Popular, hard-hitting WBC and The Ring Magazine Light Heavyweight World Champion Adonis “Superman” Stevenson (24-1, 20 KOs), of Montreal, will defend against top-10 contender Dmitry “The Hunter” Sukhotskiy (22-2, 16 KOs) of Russia, in the main event of a SHOWTIME BOXING: Special Edition® quadrupleheader Friday, Dec. 19, live on SHOWTIME® (9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast) from the Pepsi Coliseum in Quebec City, it was formally announced Wednesday at a jam-packed press conference at NRJ Bell Media building in Montreal. Read the rest of this entry »
Irish fight legend Steve Collins is stumped on picking a winner out of the big domestic blockbuster between Billy Joe Saunders and Chris Eubank Jnr. on Saturday 29th November at the ExCeL London.
Collins, who won WBO World titles at middleweight and super-middleweight, is excited about the massive domestic grudge fight that is dividing the nation and is finding it too hard to call. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jermill Pennington – In an uncharacteristic response Manny Pacquiao (56-5-2, 38 KOs) seemed to totally dismiss the accomplishments of his soon to be opponent Chris Algieri (20-0, 8 KOs) saying “so what if he has a master’s degree”. Judging this statement and its defensive nature the first thought that came to mind was if I didn’t know prior to reading the article and just read the statement, I would have bet the house that the statement was made by Floyd Mayweather.
Pacquiao, usually the perfect gentlemen to my recollection has never been one to engage in any type of trash talking. Then to be so dismissive of Algieri’s educational pursuit seemed to be a bit heavy handed to say the least. So why, why now are we seeing this side of Manny Pacquiao that we have never seen before. Read the rest of this entry »
by Mark Havey: I have interviewed enough boxers. What I wanted was to get things from a trainer’s point of view. Mark Myers is one of Southern England’s top technical coaches.
His gym is a hive of activity. A security system on the door keeps unwanted visitors out, leaving the fighters to work on their craft. Before the session started, the boxers stand around chatting. The banter was interesting, they were discussing an up and coming show.
Marks voice is ever-present throughout the session. He puts great importance on footwork. The session finishes with 30mins of sparring. I watch a young lad vs. an experienced lad. Despite his inexperience, his ability far exceeds expectation. Plus he asked to get into the ring. He is dropped by a body shot. Mark asks him if he wants a rest, he refuses. His tenacious valour is admirable. This is a gym that produces warriors. It’s where you go if you want to learn, understand and thrive in boxing. Read the rest of this entry »
By Ken Woods: The light heavyweight unification bout between Bernard Hopkins (55-6-2, 32 KOs) and Sergey Kovalev (25-0-1, 23 KOs) on November 8 is being billed as a highly competitive contest between two of the division’s best. However, the actual contest will be anything but.
Hopkins will absolutely embarrass Kovalev on his way to a unanimous decision victory, making history once again by unifying titles. Kovalev is portrayed as a big bad wolf in the division with dangerous punching power and a seek and destroy mentality. This is mostly hype.
by Jay McIntyre: The struggle as old as time – age vs youth – is about to be settled in Atlantic City on November 8th. Statistically a fighter’s prime years are his early thirties where he is blessed with that perfect mixture of youth and wisdom. Sergey Kovalev is at this phyiscal and mental summit in his career. But as the years and the body wear on, the mind is called upon more and more to find a way to persevere. For, make no mistake, every fighter only has so many fights in him. How many fights that happens to be comes down to the nature of the fights and the nature of the fighter. When one looks at Bernard Hopkins, a 49 year old prize fighter who has lived and seen it all, one must wonder: how many fights does he have left, or is he on borrowed time? His capacity to scorn Father Time seems decidedly “alien”. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: Top Rank promoter Bob Arum says that he’d like to setup a fight between WBA Super World featherweight champion Nicholas Walters (25-0, 21 KOs) and WBO featherweight champion Vasyl Lomachenko (2-1, 1 KOs) in 2015.
Walters recently obliterated one of Arum’s most popular fighters in Nonito Donaire in stopping him in the 6th round last October in a pretty much one-sided fight. Now that Donaire is out of the unofficial featherweight tournament that Arum has going, it’s now Lomachenko and Walters that need to face each other. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Manny Pacquiao (56-5-2, 38 KOs) isn’t all that impressed with the Master’s degree that his opponent Chris Algieri (20-0, 8 KOs) has going for him. Pacquiao says he has a Master’s degree in boxing from his many years as a pro. Pacquiao started his pro career in 1995, and he feels that experience puts him in the class of a Master’s degree holder.
Pacquiao also says he has an honorary doctorate degree. Unfortunately, there’s a big difference between someone that earns a Masters or Doctorate degree than a situation where someone well-known is giving an honorary degree. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: IBF/WBA light heavyweight champion Bernard Hopkins (55-6-2, 32 KOs) will be putting his two titles on the line this Saturday night, November 8th against WBO 175 pound champion Sergey Kovalev (25-0-1, 23 KOs) at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
This is perhaps the final chance for the 49-year-old Hopkins to try and unify all the titles in the light heavyweight division, because he’s not young enough to stick around to try and come back from a loss to Kovalev to go after all the titles. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: It’s no secret that WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao (56-5-2, 38 KOs) hasn’t been matched against too many mobile fighters during his long 19-year pro career.
It’s also no secret that Pacquiao struggled badly in a recent fight where he had to deal with the mobile Tim Bradley two years ago. Perhaps for that reason, Pacquiao is concerned about how he’s going to deal with his next opponent Chris Algieri (20-0, 8 KOs) on November 22nd at the Cotai Arena, Venetian Resort, in Macao, Macao S.A.R., China. Read the rest of this entry »