By Dan Ambrose: If you watched any of WBA/WBC junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez’s past fights you’ll no doubt have noticed that he fights as if he’s afraid to tire out. He’s very economical with his punches even when he’s got a guy in trouble. I used to think it was because he was looking for the perfect shot, but after noticing how gassed he’s looked in many of his fights, I now see it as stamina problem that could be a permanent issue for him.
On September 14th, Canelo will be fighting Floyd Mayweather Jr. in Las Vegas, Nevada and I think Canelo is going to have a lot of problems unless he’s able to throw a lot more punches than he’s done in past bouts. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: Former WBC junior middleweight champion Sergio “Latin Snake” Mora (23-3-2, 7 KO’s) will be taking a dangerous fight this month against 28-year-old former EBU middleweight champion Grzegorz Proksa (29-2, 21 KO’s) in a scheduled 10 round bout at the Veteran’s Coliseum in Jacksonville, Florida. Mora has lost two out of his last three fights, both to Brian Vera. Mora badly needs a win over Proksa to try and get back into the thick of things in the middleweight division because he’s been out of the picture for a long time.
Proksa was beaten last September by WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin by a 5th round TKO. Proksa was able to land some hard shots on Golovkin, but he couldn’t take his own big punches in return and ended up getting dropped three times in the fight before it was halted in the 5th round. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: 18-year-old heavyweight prospect Hughie Fury (5-0, 4 KO’s) believes that he’s going to erase Mike Tyson’s record for being the youngest heavyweight world champion. Mike Tyson captured a world title for the first time at the age of 20-years-old in defeating WBC heavyweight champion Trevor Berbick by a 2nd round TKO on November 22nd, 1986.
Hughie said to Channel 5 last Saturday night “I will do it. I will beat Mike Tyson’s record. I’ll be the youngest heavyweight world champion.”
Well, Hughie better get a start on it then because he turns 19 this September. Mike Tyson was 20 years, 5 months when he beat Berbick in 1986 and he was 27-0. Tyson had faced MUCH better opposition in his first 27 fights than Hughie is being matched up against thus far. Read the rest of this entry »
By Eric Thomas: WBO cruiserweight champion Marco Huck (36-2-1, 25 KO’s) beat Ola Afolabi (19-3-4, 9 KO’s) last Saturday night by a 12 round majority decision in their third fight. Like their other two fights together, it was close from start to finish, but Huck ended up prevailing by the scores 117-111, 115-113, 114-114. With this win, Huck will likely face 42-year-old former WBA cruiserweight champion Firat Arslan (33-6-2, 21 KO’s) in a rematch for later this year. Huck beat Arslan by a controversial 12 round unanimous decision last November.
That fight was controversial because Arslan dominated Huck and out-landed him and out-worked him. Arslan forced Huck to fight on the inside where Huck is much less skilled and he gave him a real beating. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: If strength and conditioning coach Alex Ariza gets his way, Manny Pacquiao (54-3-2, 38 KO’s) will be back to his old strength and conditioning program for his next fight against Brandon Rios (31-1-1, 23 KO’s) on November 23rd at the Cotai Arena, Venetian Resort, Macao, Macao S.A.R., China. Ariza has been trying to get Pacquiao back to the old condition regiment that he had him under for his fight with Miguel Cotto in 2009 and before.
Pacquiao stopped working on Ariza’s full program starting with his fight against Joshua Clottey because the extra strength and size he was putting on was slowing him down during training sessions. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: Chad Dawson (31-3, 17 KO’s) was knocked out for the second straight fight last Saturday night by Adonis Stevenson (21-1, 18 KO’s), and in the process of losing the fight, Dawson lost his WBC light heavyweight title. Dawson, 30, didn’t even make out of the 1st round against Stevenson, as he knocked out with the third punch of the fight by Stevenson.
Dawson only connected on two punches of his own during the fight, but to see him knocked out so quickly was rather alarming considering he’d been knocked out in his previous fight by Andre Ward last September. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: #5 WBC, James DeGale (16-1, 11 KO’s) is targeting the winner of the June 22nd fight this month between #1 WBC, Sakio Bika (31-5-2, 21 KO’s) and Marco Antonio Periban (20-0, 13 KO’s) at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
Bika and Periban are fighting for the vacant World Boxing Council 168 lb. title stripped from former WBC champion Andre Ward by the WBC after Ward suffered an injury to his right shoulder.
Last Saturday night, DeGale stopped Stjepan Bozic in the 4th round. After the fight, DeGale said to Channel 5 “I’m in the perfect position for the WBC. I’m the WBC Silver champion, I’m ranked #4 or #5 [DeGale is ranked #5]. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Marcos Maidana (34-3, 31 KO’s) did what he had to do last night to stay in the hunt for a shot against the WBA welterweight champion Paulie Malignaggi last night by defeating Josesito Lopez (30-6, 18 KO’s) by a 6th round TKO at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California.
Maidana is ranked #2 by the World Boxing Association, and there’s a possibility that he could get a shot against the winner of the June 22nd fight between WBA champion Malignaggi and Adrien Broner. However, the rumors are that the winner of that fight will be facing Shane Mosley instead, and that’s likely to happen no matter who emerges as the winner of that fight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Heavyweight Hughie Fury (5-0, 4 KO’s) stayed in the unbeaten ranks with a 1st round TKO victory over 38-year-old Ladislav Kovarik (10-15, 5 KO’s) last Saturday night at the Glow, Bluewater, Greenhithe, Kent, UK. Fury, 18, knocked the heavyset Kovarik down twice in the 1st round before the fight was stopped at 1:37 of the round by referee Mark Green following a second knockdown.
The first knockdown came from a chopping right hand to the head of Korvarik. Fury had gone right hand crazy and was nailing Kovarik with one right hand after another without using his left at all and finally Kovarik collapsed on the canvas after Hughie caught him with a chopping right hand to the head. After Kovarik got up, Hughie continued to unload almost nothing but right hands until he dropped him with a sweeping left hand that didn’t have much power on it. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: #1 WBC 175 lb. contender Tony Bellew might have to do some waiting before he eventually gets a shot at newly crowned WBC light heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson (21-1, 18 KO’s) because he’s looking for bigger game; namely Andre Ward (26-0, 14 KO’s) or IBF light heavyweight champion Bernard Hopkins (53-6-2, 32 KO’s). Those were the names that Stevenson mentioned last night after his stunning 1st round knockout win over WBC light heavyweight champion Chad Dawson (31-3, 17 KO’s) at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Canada.
Stevenson knocked Dawson out with a left hand to the head a little over a minute into the fight. Dawson never even got a got chance to get warmed up before he was starched out by Stevenson. Read the rest of this entry »