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title Deontay Wilder: Stiverne won’t be the same fighter, he took too many head shots

deontay333333(Photo credit: Sumio Yamada) By Scott Gilfoid: WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder (33-0, 32 KOs) doesn’t think former WBC champion Bermane Stiverne (24-2-1, 21 KOs) will ever be the same fighter he once was after the beating he took from Deontay in their fight last January on the 17th at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Stiverne gave it a game effort, but he was totally outclassed by the 6’7” Wilder, as he ended up losing by a 12 round unanimous decision by the scores of 118-109, 119-108 and 120-107. Read the rest of this entry »

title Cornelius ‘K9’ Bundrage talks about regaining his IBF world championship

bundrage33By Ian Aldous: Five months after winning back the very same world title belt he’d lost in 2013, two-time world junior-middleweight champion Cornelius ‘K9’ Bundrage (34-5) is in a great position to be in a big fight this year. Last week, he took the time to speak with me over the phone about his career and what the future may hold for him.

As previously mentioned, in October ‘K9’ traveled to Mexico to challenge Carlos Molina for the IBF junior-middleweight belt – the same belt he’d won and defended between 2010-2013. Something of a merry-go-round occurred when Bundrage lost a majority-decision to Ishe Smith before he then dropped the title to Molina on a split-decision and now it rests on K9’s mantlepiece once again. Read the rest of this entry »

title Kovalev vs. Pascal brings in 1.2 mil viewers on HBO

By Allan Fox: IBF/WBA/WBO light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev’s fight last Saturday night against Canada’s Jean Pascal (29-3-1, 17 KOs) was a huge success on HBO Championship Boxing. The fight pulled in a peak of 1.2 million viewers on HBO, with an average of 1.152 million.

While some of the success of the card has to do with Pascal’s own popularity and him being well-known to a lot of casual boxing fans, it’s also a sign that Kovalev (27-0-1, 24 KOs) is quickly picking up a lot of fans. Read the rest of this entry »

title Mayweather-Pacquiao: What Floyd’s fan wants from this fght

LR_TRAPPFOTOS-MAYPAC PRESSER-8132(Photo credit: Stephanie Trapp/Mayweather Promotions) By Yannis Mihanos: This is part 2 of this fun article series based on what the fans from each side want to happen in the Floyd Mayweather Jr vs. Manny Pacquiao mega-fight on May 2nd at MGM in Las Vegas Nevada.

Last time I presented some of the strongest desires and wishes from the Pacquiao fans. Respectfully this time is the other way around. So I advise you the Pac fans to look elsewhere before it is too late. Read the rest of this entry »

title Roach wants referee to call a fair fight for Pacquiao against Mayweather

roach9By Chris Williams: Manny Pacquiao’s trainer Freddie Roach is concerned about whether the referee that winds up working Pacquiao’s May 2nd fight against Floyd Mayweather Jr will be fair to him. Roach believes the judges will call a fair fight due to it being a huge affair.

The referee that works the fight will likely not be a factor in the fight unless we see a premature stoppage. It’s not as if the referees have been a big factor in Pacquiao or Mayweather’s past fights. The only referee in the past that caused any controversy was Joe Cortez in the Mayweather vs. Ricky Hatton fight in 2007. Read the rest of this entry »

title Canelo says he’s staying at 154, not moving to 160!

canelo7657By Dan Ambrose: Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (44-1-1, 31 KOs) will be fighting for the third consecutive time at a 155 pound catch-weight when he faces James Kirkland (32-1, 28 KOs) on May 9th at the Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas.

Despite this being his third straight fight at what is technically a new 155 pound class that he’s been fighting at, Canelo is saying that he can still 154 and that he doesn’t want to move up in weight to fight at middleweight.

The middleweight division goes from 155 to 160 pounds, so Canelo has been fighting as a middleweight, not as a junior middleweight in his last two fights. Read the rest of this entry »

title Kovalev likely to face Nadjib Mohammedi next

kovalev3454By Dan Ambrose: Canada’s Jean Pascal (29-3-1, 17 KOs) won’t be getting an immediate rematch with IBF/WBA/WBO light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev (27-0-1, 24 KOs) next despite the fact that the two of them were involved in an exciting fight last Saturday night at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Canada.

Kovalev stopped a game Pascal in the 8th round when referee Luis Pabon abruptly stopped the fight after a slightly dazed Pascal took two hard right hands to the head from Kovalev.

Pascal said after the fight that he wanted an immediate rematch because he was unhappy with the way the fight was stopped so suddenly by Pabon. However, Kovalev has a mandatory defense he has to get out of the way against his IBF mandatory challenger Nadjib Mohammedi (37-3-1, 23 KOs). Read the rest of this entry »

title Pacquiao won’t be sparring with Rigondeaux

rigondeauux6By Chris Williams: Trainer Freddie Roach shot down the rumor that Manny Pacquiao will us using WBA/WBO super bantamweight champion Guillermo Rigondeaux as one of his sparring partners to get him ready for his May 2nd fight against Floyd Mayweather Jr, according to Dan Rafael of ESPN.

The rumor started recently on a site, and then it took from there with a number of other sites reporting the news without them checking it out with Pacquiao and Roach to verify if it were true or not. Read the rest of this entry »

title Anthony Dirrell looking to impress against Badou Jack on April 24th

dirrell4565By Scott Gilfoid: WBC super middleweight champion Anthony Dirrell (27-0-1, 22 KOs) will be looking to put on a show on April 24th next month in his first title defense of his WBC title on Spike TV against challenger Badou Jack (18-1-1, 12 KOs) on the Premier Boxing Champions at the UIC Pavilion, in Chicago, Illinois, USA.

The Dirrell vs. Jack fight will be seen by a lot of people, so this will be the 29-year-old Dirrell’s chance to impress a lot of fans and for him to win over a lot of casual boxing fans. Read the rest of this entry »

title The Return of David Haye? Sorry, I Don’t See It

hayeBy Olly Campbell: As a boxing writer and columnist, you learn very quickly that certain fighters get talked about a hell of a lot more than others, particularly by the fans. In this country, be it by virtue of their in ring exploits, life outside it, or BOTH, it’s a hard fact that fighters such as Tyson Fury, Carl Froch and Amir Khan get mentioned more than a lot of others in today’s fight game. There is a very simple reason for this in my opinion : These fighters, like Naseem Hamed and Chris Eubank before them, seem wholly more divisive and elicit a far stronger reaction from fight fans. They are the guys who are like marmite: People either love them or hate them. There are very few in-betweens.

One fighter who fits into this category for many is former world cruiserweight and heavyweight champion David Haye, who as recently as January was asserting the following: Read the rest of this entry »

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