By Daven: Earlier this evening James DeGale raised eyebrows by confirming on twitter that he’d terminated his promotional deal with big Mick Hennessy. If this news had broken last month, or even last week, there wouldn’t have been too much shock considering the frustration Chunky has endured; however the fact that Hennessy has just secured James the mandatory position for the WBC super- middleweight championship adds mystery to the situation.
After all it was only four days ago that the WBC confirmed DeGale’s shot at Sakio Bika after the long delay. No doubt James benefited from the fact that Julio Chavez Jr who had been touted as the mandatory, was instead in negotiations with team Gennady Golovkin for a bout in the summer. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: As I expected, Carl Frampton (18-0, 13 KO’s) defeated 35-year-old Hugo Fidel Cazares (40-8-2, 27 KO’s) in a disappointing 2nd round TKO on Friday night in their WBC super bantamweight title eliminator bout at the Odyssey Arena, Belfast, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom.
Frampton knocked down the past his prime Cazares with a left hook to the head that put him down on one knee. Cazares, who is from Mexico, seemed to lose track of the count and was counted out. Cazares was grinning at the time, and seemed to think he had time to get up to beat the count. It looked like Cazares couldn’t understand the count that was being given by the Scottish referee Victor Loughlin. It could be that his accent was too thick and that made it difficult for Cazares to understand the numbers that were being called out by the referee. Read the rest of this entry »
By Bradley Dee: Last week WBC light heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson made the predictable and expected move away from HBO and WBO light heavyweight champion Sergei Kovalev to Showtime and Al Haymon and proved what we all thought, he does not want to fight Kovalev.
A fight with Kovalev was everything but a done deal for later on this year. However, instead of fighting the number one, toughest fight in the division, Stevenson is cashing out on the expected easy win over the other unimportant champions in the division. The days of boxing champions wanting to fight the best fighters are over. Now, champions just want the easiest fights for the highest amount of money. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jim Dower: Unbeaten heavyweight contender Kubrat Pulev (19-0, 10 KO’s) is now fighting 39-year-old journeyman Ivica Perkovic (20-23, 15 KO’s) on Saturday night instead of the opponent that was mentioned earlier today in Danny Hughes. The Pulev-Perkovic fight is scheduled for 8 rounds on the undercard of the Jurgen Braehmer vs. Enzo Maccarinelli fight at the Stadthalle, Rostock, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany.
Pulev’s promoters have had an awful tough time trying to find an opponent for him, and it’s made them look kind of bad with the huge number of fights that have fallen apart. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Former WBA welterweight champion Luis Collazo (35-5, 18 KO’s) recognizes that his May 3rd opponent Amir Khan (28-3, 19 KO’s) will have an advantage in hand speed in their scheduled 12 round fight at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. Collazo, 32, isn’t worries about Khan’s speed, as he realizes that he’s moving up in weight to the full 147 lbs for the division, and he sees this as being a potential problem for him.
“This fight is the one that will get me back to the top of the welterweight division,” said Collazo to Sportinglife. “He’s [Khan] got great speed, but he’s stepping up to my weight and it doesn’t bother me. I’ve been the underdog all my life.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Matchroom Sport promoter Eddie Hearn thinks that former two division world champion Ricky Burns needs to back off a level for his next fight on June 27th, and focus on regrouping after his recent loss to unbeaten talent Terence Crawford. For Burns, he’s had three tough fights in a row against Jose Gonzalez, Raymundo Beltran and Crawford, and he’s not looked good in any of them of those bouts. It’s fair to say that Burns deserved to lose 2 of the bouts instead of just 1 of them, and it’s also a good indication that he’s either past it or doing something wrong with his training.
Hearn wants Burns to face the winner of the Anthony Crolla vs. John Murray fight in order to give Burns a rest from top level opposition, but also to see where he’s at in comparison to these fighters. Crolla and Murray are fringe level contenders at lightweight, and clearly not top 5 material at 135. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: WBO welterweight champion Tim Bradley (31-0, 12 KO’s) has added more muscle for his April 12th rematch against Manny Pacquiao (55-5-2, 38 KO’s) and he appears to be punching with greater power than he has in the past. In looking at Bradley go through his paces during a workout this week, he’s definitely throwing with new-found power, and it’s quite possible that we could see a knockout in this fight if he’s able to catch Pacquiao with a big shot.
Bradley realizes that he’s punching with more power, because he’s predicting that his fight with Pacquiao will end in a knockout this time rather than having it to go a decision. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Danny Dyer from EastEnders is hoping that George Groves (19-1, 15 KO’s) beats IBF/WBA super middleweight champion Carl Froch (32-2, 23 KO’s) in their second fight on May 31st at the Wembley Stadium in London, UK. Dyer thinks that a victory for the 26-year-old Groves would set up a huge rubber match between the two fighters later on in the year, and he’s hoping that this can take place.
Froch was given a 9th round stoppage over Groves last November when the referee working the fight Howard John Foster jumped on Groves during the heat of the action and inexplicably stopped the fight to give Froch a win. It was one of the strangest things I’ve seen in British boxing. The controversial stoppage actually helped both Froch and Groves, because it gave them an excuse to fight each other a second time and get another big payday. Read the rest of this entry »
By Daven: Yesterday I completed a very ambitious article which outlined my top 15 P4P fighters of all time. Instead of garnering serious discourse and appreciation, I had to read ridiculous comments on the whole about how I was disrespecting the likes of Floyd Mayweather Jr and Roy Jones Jr, yet at the beginning of my article I clearly stated that active fighters were not considered for the list due the fact their legacies are not yet completed. How ignorant can people actually be to say I ignored Floyd when I addressed the issue as bluntly as possible? Read the rest of this entry »
By Yannis Mihanos: The opposition that each fighter faces determines his position in boxing history. A fighter who faces the best and the strongest can be called an all-time great. In boxing today two names – Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr – insist on being mentioned from the mouths of experts and the simple fans.
These two names have grown boxing’s attention so much that it’s inevitable their comparison. And since the day that they will face each other in the ring is still long; all is left is speculations and statistic comparisons and that’s what I will do here.
The dominance of Mayweather Jr in boxing, (professional record 45-0) has been countless times questioned. Read the rest of this entry »