By Scott Gilfoid: WBC middleweight champion Sergio Martinez (50-2-2, 28 KO’s) and Martin Murray (25-0-1, 11 KO’s) will have instant replay available for their April 27th fight in Buenos Aires, Argentina. It’s unclear under what circumstances it’ll be used, and how often.
It’s too bad Martinez didn’t have instant replay available for his fight against Kermit Cintron in February 2009, because it would have resulted in Martinez winning by a 7th round knockout instead of receiving a draw in this mostly one-sided fight. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo credit: Trapp/Showtime) By Dan Ambrose: WBC junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (41-0-1, 30 KO’s) isn’t much of a puncher when it comes to throwing head shots. His specialty is to throw body shots. If he’s got an opponent that stands directly in front of him without moving, Canelo is incredibly dangerous with body punching.
Canelo is like a mini Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. when it comes to throwing to the body. Unfortunately for him, Canelo is facing a modern fighter on April 20th in WBA World junior middleweight champion Austin Trout (26-0, 14 KO’s) that isn’t the type that just stands there foolishly letting his opponents throw punches to the body. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo credit/Sumio Yamada) By Allan Fox: WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (25-0, 22 KO’s) will be facing 37-year-old Nobuhiro Ishida (24-8-2, 9 KO’s) this Saturday night in a stay busy fight for the 30-year-old Golovkin at the Salle des etoiles, Monte Carlo, Monaco.
Golovkin was hoping to get contender Matthew Macklin and IBF champion Daniel Geale to face him for the March 30th fight, but neither of them agreed to face him. WBO middleweight champion Peter Quillin was another fighter that they wanted to face in March, but he’s scheduled to defend his title against Fernando Guerero next month on April 27th.
If Golovkin gets past the 6’1” Ishida, which seems likely, then he’s hoping that former WBA Super World middleweight champion Felix Sturm, #2 WBA, will agree to face him if he’s given the chance. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Heavyweight Tyson Fury (20-0, 14 KO’s) has been speaking about himself in glowing terms for the past year or so, calling himself the greatest heavyweight on the planet even though he’s yet to face an actual top tier opponent. Sorry, I don’t count Kevin Johnson and Dereck Chisora as being 1st tier fighters.
Fury has been bragging about himself 24/7 since his fight with the 36-year-old Steve Cunningham (25-5, 12 KO’s) was first signed. That’s all well and good because if no one else is giving you the pat on the backs then I guess you might as well pat yourself on the back. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: Brandon Rios (31-0-1, 23 KO’s) is so confident that he’ll beat Mike Alvarado (33-1, 23 KO’s) again in their rematch that he’s looking past him towards a hoped for fight against 39-year-old Juan Manuel Marquez.
Rios is facing Alvarado this Saturday night at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. The interim WBO light welterweight title will be up for grabs in this fight.
Rios said to RingTV “I’d love to fight Marquez. That’s a guy I’d love to fight.” Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo credit: Casino/Showtime) By Dan Ambrose: Having been ignored in his attempts at getting the biggest payday of his career in a fight against Floyd Mayweather Jr. (43-0, 26 KO’s) in September, WBC junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez is now hoping that Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero (31-1-1, 18 KO’s) will defeat Mayweather in their fight on May 4th at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Canelo said in an interview with esnewsreportingcom: “Anything can happen in boxing, but I hope Guerrero wins.”
So the question is does Canelo really want Guerrero to win and why or is he just saying what he thinks his loyal fan base want to hear? In other words, Canelo pulling for another Mexican like himself to defeat Floyd. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: #1 WBO middleweight contender Brian Vera (22-6, 13 KO’s) will be back in the ring against Donatas Bondorovas (17-3-1, 6 KO’s) this Friday night on ESPN2 in a scheduled 10 round bout at the Turning Stone Resort & Casino, in Verona, New York, USA.
Vera, 31, is making a quick turnaround as he recently was on ESPN2 in his 10th round TKO victory over former WBO junior middleweight champion Serhiy Dzinziruk in mostly one-sided fight that ended with Vera sending a beaten Dzinziruk to the canvas in the 10th after having trapped him in the corner.
Vera needs to win this fight this Saturday night against the 33-year-old Lithuanian Bondorovas to keep in line for a big fight against either former WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. or WBC middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin in June. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: WBO lightweight champion Ricky Burns (35-2, 10 KO’s) and his promoter Eddie Hearn had no other choice but to agree to face #1 WBO Jose Gonzalez (22-0, 17 KO’s) on May 11th at the Emirates Arena, Glasgow, in Scotland, United Kingdom.
It was either face the hard hitting Gonzalez or give up the WBO title because the World Boxing Organization ordered Burns to take this fight, and he had no other choice unless he was up for vacating. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Undefeated #4 WBC, #5 WBO, #8 IBF, heavyweight contender Tyson Fury (20-0, 14 KO’s) is still up in arms that IBF/IBO/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko is making him earn his title shot against him by working his way to a title shot instead of just having one plopped in his lap based on his victories over journeyman competition.
Fury said to the Dailymail.co.uk “A b****,” is how Fury sees the 37-year-old Wladimir. “He doesn’t want to fight back and he doesn’t want to fight anybody dangerous. So that, to me, is a b****.”
You have to wonder why Fury has been facing guys like Martin Rogan, Vinny Maddalone and Kevin Johnson instead of the likes of Deontay Wilder and Kubrat Pulev.
If Fury’s idea is that Wladimir has been avoiding dangerous heavyweights, then what does that say about Fury that he’s fighting guys like Rogan, Maddalone and Johnson? Wilder and Pulev would love to get their hands on Fury so that they could smash his fragile chin, but he’s not fighting them for some reason. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: British heavyweight Audley Harrison (31-6, 23 KO’s) was really slathering on the compliments over the head of the talented 6’7” heavyweight contender Deontay Wilder (27-0, 27 KO’s) after the hard-hitting American gave Audley some valuable sparring last year while helping him get ready for his ill-fated fight against British/Commonwealth heavyweight champion David Price.
Audley said to the dailymail.co.uk “Deontay Wilder punches like a mule, and he’s fast. I had four weeks of him.”
Some boxing fans think that the punishment that Audley took in the sparring sessions Wilder depleted Audley to where Price could have knocked him out by just blowing on him in their October 2012 fight. Read the rest of this entry »