By Scott Gilfoid: Former IBF/WBA light welterweight champion Amir Khan (27-3, 19 KO’s) is expected to announce his April opponent this week, and he’s talking about picking from one of three fighters: Josesito Lopez, Victor Ortiz and Vyacheslav Senchenko. The good news is those guys are not lightweights like Khan’s last opponent Carlos Molina. The bad news is two of those fighters are coming off of losses in which they didn’t perform well.
Khan said to Sky Sports “Josesito Lopez, Victor Ortiz, Senchenko, the guy that beat Ricky Hatton. There are few names that we have been put there…Whoever they find for me, we’ll find out in the next couple of days.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: WBO super bantamweight champion Nonito Donaire’s wife, Rachel, is reportedly pregnant, and Donaire is saying on his Facebook page that he wants to be with her during this time and he plan on fighting from June through August. Donaire’s promoter Bob Arum is hoping to get Donaire back in the ring in April against fellow Top Rank fighter WBA 122 pound champion Guillermo Rigondeaux, according to Philboxing.com.
A fight between Donaire and Rigondeaux makes the most sense right now because Rigondeaux is an easy fight to be made due to the both guys fighting for the same promotional stable, and Rigondeaux has a title and he’s not over-the-hill or considered a paper champion. Rigondeaux is still relatively young, and he’s fighting on a high level right now. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Gavin Rees (37-1-1, 18 KO’s) has a plan that he feels is going to enable him to beat WBC lightweight champion Adrien Broner (25-0, 21 KO’s) on February 16th and take his title in front of millions of Americans watching the fight on HBO. Rees isn’t saying what the plan is, but it must be a real gem for him to be able to negate the obvious talent imbalance in this fight.
Broner is so far superior to Rees in every facet of the game that it’s a wonder that the fight was put together in the first place by Broner’s promoters at Golden Boy Promotions.
At their recent telephone conference call, a way too cocky for his own good Rees said “It’s going to be a long night for you, Broner…I know it will be a great and fight that’s why I’m confident of winning.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Well, it looks like WBO lightweight champion Ricky Burns (35-2, 10 KO’s) will finally be getting back in the ring after many months out of action, but instead of accepting the challenge to fight the best guy in the 135 lb. division, Burns will be taking on IBF lightweight champion Miguel Vazquez (33-3, 13 Ko’s) in a unification bout on March 16th at the Wembley Arena in London, England.
My thoughts on this fight is that it seems to be a move in order to get Burns another title so he’ll be in a better bargaining position in negotiations for a fight against Broner later on this year. Read the rest of this entry »
By Tom Drury: A lot has happened during the last six weeks in boxing, as the last year has been wound up and we enter the new one. I wanted to share my opinion on the main topics currently going on in the sport, from Floyd Mayweather’s next opponent to Juan Manuel Marquez and his magic trick. I am going to share my thoughts on several topics in bullet point style, enjoy it or hate it; here are my thoughts on the current affairs of boxing.
1. Austin Trout – two names have been thrown about for Mayweather’s return to the ring on May 4: Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero, while Trout has been totally dismissed. Guerrero has beaten Selcuk Aydin and Andre Berto at welterweight while Canelo has defeated Josesito Lopez and Shane Mosley up at junior-middleweight in his last two fights. Neither fight is terrible nor I would like to see both. However, a fight with Mayweather would be a quantum leap in regards to level of opposition for Alvarez. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jason Kim: On January 26th, we’re going to see how magical trainer Virgil Hunter when his fighter Mike Dallas Jr. (19-2-1, 8 KO’s) faces WBC interim light welterweight champion Lucas Matthysse (32-2, 30 KO’s) for his title at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, The Joint, in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
This is going to be a real test to see the genius of Hunter at work because his fighter Dallas Jr. is over-matched on paper by the stronger Matthysse, and it’s going to take a special training job by Hunter for Dallas Jr. to win.
Dallas Jr. said “Virgil is the master when it comes to game planning for a big fight…Matthysse has been beaten before and I’m confident I can beat him.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Angel Garcia, the father of WBA/WBC light welterweight champion Danny Garcia, is still gloating about his son’s 4th round TKO victory over the previously highly hyped Amir Khan. Angel thinks Khan doesn’t have a chin and doesn’t know how to cover up properly to defend against a left hook the way he should.
Speaking with thaboxingvoice.com, Angel said “He [Danny] beat Khan and exposed him for what he was. He aint got no chin…He’s got his chin straight up in the sky where it turns into glass.”
Khan actually was already exposed by Breidis Prescott in a 1st round knockout loss in 2008, and Khan never attempted to avenge the defeat for some reason. A lot of boxing fans think Prescott has Khan’s number and would continue to knock him out each time they fought, even though Prescott has struggled against other fighters since the loss. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Matchroom Sport promoter Eddie Hearn feels confident that his fighter IBF super middleweight champion Carl Froch will be facing WBA super middleweight champ Mikkel Kessler in a rematch in late May at the O2 Arena in London, UK.
Speaking with the thesun.co.uk, Hearn said “We are getting closer. I would say the fight is 70-30 likely to happen.”
That of course means exactly zero because Kessler has the offer and he hasn’t said a word. Him and his team at Sauerland are still considering it and if they’re wise they’ll shoot it back to Hearn and Froch, telling them to sweeten the deal by switching the venue to outside of the UK and raising the 2 million pound offer to 4 million. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Freddie Roach doesn’t want his fighter Manny Pacquiao to take a tune-up fight in April against whoever Pacquiao’s promoter Bob Arum digs up for him to fight. Roach thinks Pacquiao is beyond the need of tune-ups at this point in his career, and in fact he thinks he’s fighting better now than he has in ages.
Roach said to fighthub.tv “They’re talking about a fight in April in Macau right now, a tune-up with Manny. I really don’t want a tune-up right now. I don’t think a fighter like Pacquiao needs a tune-up fight. Manny was fighting the best fight I’ve seen him fight in a long time. We got caught in that fight but I still think it was a great performance.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: #2 WBO, #3 WBA, #9 IBF junior middleweight contender Keith Thurman (19-0, 18 KO’s) has recently seen his world ranking soar after beating Carlos Quintana last November by a 4th round knockout in Ontario, California. The win was impressive in that Quintana had never been bludgeoned like that before during his career.
Quintana had been knocked out by Miguel Cotto and Paul Williams in the past, but he’d never been dominated the way that Thurman did it. Quintana looked terrified the entire time that Thurman stalked him around the ring, hitting him with huge shots that clearly bothered Quintana. Read the rest of this entry »