By Dan Ambrose: Former WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (46-1-1, 32 KO’s) won’t have to worry about melting down to 160 lbs. for his next fight on August 3rd in Mexico city, Mexico. According to Steve Kim, Bob Arum of Top Rank is reporting that Chavez Jr. will be fighting middleweight contender Brian Vera (23-6, 14 KO’s) next in a catch weight of 165 pounds.
Chavez Jr. had been in negotiations previously with recent title challenger Martin Murray, but the two were unable to successfully negotiate the fight. Perhaps it’s for the best because Murray wanted the fight to take place at 160 lbs. and it would have been really difficult for Chavez Jr. to get down to the 160 lb. limit. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Former WBA heavyweight champion David Haye is still healing up from his hand injury that he suffered recently in training for his comeback fight against #8 WBC Manuel Charr. Haye’s still not sure how long it’ll be before his hand is healed enough to where he can reschedule the fight, but he’s still interested in facing the wide-bodied Charr. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo Credit: Lawrence Lustig) By Scott Gilfoid: Recently, IBF super middleweight champion Carl Froch was up in arms just because WBO light heavyweight champion Nathan Cleverly and super middleweight contender George Groves, neither which are friends with him, chose to spar with WBA super middleweight champion Mikkel Kessler upon receiving an invitation from him to help him get ready for the Froch fight this Saturday night.
Froch took it as a sign of Groves and Cleverly being disloyal to him because he’s from the UK like they are, so they shouldn’t help a fighter from another country.
Cleverly remembers how Froch helped out Kessler last December in giving him pointers in how to beat Ireland’s Brian Magee, and his advice helped Kessler stop Magee in the 3rd round by series of hard body shots. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: You can add former super middleweight champion Joe Calzaghe to the long list of people who think that IBF super middleweight champion Carl Froch (30-2, 22 KO’s) will defeat WBA champion Mikkel Kessler (46-2, 35 KO’s) this Saturday night in their rematch.
Calzaghe thinks Kessler isn’t the same fighter he was back in 2007 when Calzaghe fought him and won a close 12 round unanimous decision. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: If WBC interim light welterweight champion Lucas Matthysse (34-2, 32 KO’s) can get past WBA/WBC light welterweight champion Danny Garcia (26-0, 16 KO’s) in their proposed fight on September 7th, Matthysse could wind up facing WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. (44-0, 26 KO’s) in 2014.
Matthysse, a Golden Boy Promotions fighter, would be high on the list of potential opponents for Mayweather just by the virtue of Matthysse having cleaned out the 140 lb. division of some of the top fighters.
However, Mayweather’s father Floyd Mayweather Sr. isn’t all that impressed with Matthysse apart from admiring his power. Mayweather Sr. does like Matthysse’s power, but he doesn’t see him as having great skills to go along with that power. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: WBA super middleweight champion Mikkel Kessler (46-2, 35 KO’s) believe that IBF super middleweight champion Carl Froch (30-2, 22 KO’s) has worked himself up to such an emotional state to where he’s going to come out incredibly out of the blocks this Saturday night and make a ton of mistakes that could lead to Froch getting knocked out in front of his loyal British faithful at the O2 Arena in London, UK.
Kessler said “Froch has put himself under big pressure by saying all sorts of things, but I know when a fighter does that he can make mistakes, big mistakes. Carl came out very fast against [Lucian] Bute and we all saw what happened. But if he is going to be a bit too aggressive…it will suit me.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Top Rank promoter Bob Arum plans on selling the November 23rd fight between Manny Pacquiao (54-5-2, 38 KO’s) and Brandon Rios (31-1-1, 23 KO’s) for $5 to Chinese boxing fans in pay per view, according to Tempo.com.ph.
The fight will be taking place at the Cotai Arena, Venetian Resort, in Macao, Macao S.A.R., China. The $5 may not seem like a lot of money to U.S boxing fans, who pay from $60 to $70 to see Pacquiao’s fights on PPV, but with China’s huge 1.34 billion population, Arum, Pacquiao and Rios could rake in the cash from the Chinese PPV money alone. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo Credit: Thomas Sjoerup) By Mateo Miranda: Even though boxing is going through a promotion and TV networking war, we have to give props to Oscar de la Hoya and the whole Golden Boy Promotions team, Mayweather Promotions, Bob Arum, Lou DiBella, K2 Promotions, promoters overseas, and of course HBO and Showtime for these next few months of nonstop boxing entertainment.
Lucas Matthysse vs. Lamont Peterson was the prologue and left our mouths drooling and hungry for more.
Adjust your flat screen TV, ramp up the surround sound, grab your beers (or sodas), and light up that barbecue grill (some are probably still smoking from this past Saturdays annihilation) because we are entering one of the most epic boxing TV lineups in recent memory. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: #4 WBA, Keith Thurman (20-0, 18 KO’s) will be fighting #1 WBA, Diego Chaves (22-0, 18 KO’s) in a battle of unbeaten between fighters with near identical records on July 27th for the interim WBA welterweight title at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas.
The winner of the Thurman-Chaves fight will lock themselves down as the mandatory challenger for WBA welterweight champion Paulie Malignaggi. We could see the World Boxing Association give the Thurman-Chaves winner the title at some point in the future if the winner of the Malignaggi vs. Adrien Broner fight next month on June 22nd fails to fight Thurman. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo Credit: Lawrence Lustig) By Scott Gilfoid: The British Boxing Board of Control (BBBof C) is reportedly investigating IBF super middleweight champion Carl Froch after he made comments about potentially killing his opponent WBA super middleweight champion Mikkel Kessler (46-2, 35 KO’s) in their fight on Saturday night in London, UK.
Froch got himself worked up and said this as quoted by the Telegraph.co.uk “If I have to I will kill this f*****. I will kill him. It sounds brutal, it sounds horrible, but that is what it means to me…when I smash his face in, I am going for the kill.”
Robert Smith, the general secretary of the British Boxing Board of Control, said to Sky Sports “We are looking into it and will deal with it accordingly…we are not in a position to do anything about it before the fight.” Read the rest of this entry »