By Scott Gilfoid: Anthony Dirrell (26-0-1, 22 KO’s) and WBC super middleweight champion Sakio Bika (32-5-3, 21 KO’s) will do it again in a much needed rematch next month on August 16th at the StubHub Center in Carson, California. Dirrell, 29, was arguably robbed in their previous fight last December when the fight was scored a 12 round draw despite Dirrell’s much superior work, and cleaner landing shots.
The judges thought that Bika’s aggressiveness and higher punch output was more important than the higher connect percentage and the harder landing shots from Dirrell. Usually it’s the opposite with the judges scoring the fight for the harder puncher with the higher connect percentage, but not in this fight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Jeff Mayweather, the uncle of WBA/WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr (46-0, 26 KO’s), says that he doesn’t see a fight between Floyd Jr and WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao (56-5-2, 38 KO’s) taking place at this point because of Floyd Jr’s reluctance to work with Pacquiao’s promoter Bob Arum, and because Pacquiao turned the fight down on two prior occasions when it was offered to him.
Jeff says that a Pacquiao-Mayweather fight wouldn’t mean as much now because he feels that Pacquiao is living off of his past accomplishments that he compiled in a short 2-year window of time between 2008 and 2010, when he was knocking almost everybody in easily beating Oscar De La Hoya, Ricky Hatton Miguel Cotto, Shane Mosley and Joshua Clottey. Of those fighters, Pacquiao knocked out Hatton, Cotto, and De La Hoya. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Just to let Tyson Fury (22-0, 16 KO’s) know that he’s out there waiting for him once he finishes running the gauntlet between Dereck Chisora (20-4, 14 KOs) and possibly IBF/IBO/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko after that, unbeaten #1 WBC Deontay Wilder (31-0, 31 KO’s) lashed the 6’9” Fury with some of his personal thoughts on his social media site earlier today.
Deontay just wanted to let Fury know what he’s going to do to him once he gets him in the ring if he continues fighting after the Chisora and Klitschko bouts. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Former WBA heavyweight title holder Ruslan Chagaev (33-2-1, 20 KO’s) defeated 41-year-old Fres Oquendo (37-8, 24 KO’s) by a 12 round majority decision on Sunday night tow in the vacant WBA heavyweight title at the Akhmat Arena in Grozny, Russia. Read the rest of this entry »
By Gerardo Granados: Next Saturday July 12 at the MGM Grand, Las Vegas; U.S.A., the former WBC-WBA light middleweight champion Saul Canelo Alvarez (W43(31)-L1-D1) will fight against current regular WBA belt holder Erislandy Lara (W19(12)-L1-D2). There is a big expectation for this bout, both are quality fighters but Lara´s amateur background gives him the edge on “pure boxing experience” and he is nowhere near of Alfredo Angulo fighting style.
Lara is not an elite boxer as Floyd Mayweather Jr. is, but he could trouble Canelo puzzling him with boxing ring smarts just as Money did when he clearly dominated the young lion. Lara´s record show that he is no monster puncher, nor has blazing speed but he is smart boxer with good power and speed also is accurate puncher, who has taken advantage of most of his opponent’s weakness. A slow flat footed Alfredo Angulo floored him twice and a feather puncher Austin Trout troubled him for a couple of rounds so for me the betting odds are surprisingly even, also promoter Oscar De la Hoya seems to be concerned but it might be in order to promote the fight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: With his once promising career crumbling after back to back knockout losses to IBF/WBA super middleweight champion Carl Froch in his last two fights, George Groves (19-2, 15 KO’s), #6 WBA, #8 WBO, #11 IBF, reportedly will be back in the ring this September to fight against an opponent that will likely be announced this week by Sauerland Events.
Provided that Groves wins that scrap, he’ll be back in the ring in December to fight the winner of the August 16th fight between WBC super middleweight champion Sakio Bika (32-5-3, 21 KO’s) and #5 WBC Anthony Dirrell (26-0-1, 22 KO’s), according to The Mirror. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: If the Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Marcos Maidana rematch does become a reality on September 13th, we could be seeing an equally important fight between Adrien Broner (28-1, 22 KO’s) and #2 WBC, #2 WBO, #3 IBF Lucas Matthysse (35-3, 33 KO’s) in the co-feature bout on the card, according to Maidana’s trainer Robert Garcia. He says that’s what he’s hearing will be the co-feature on the card.
By Dan Ambrose: Mexican star Juan Manuel Marquez thinks that former WBA/WBC junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (43-1-1, 31 KOs) has the power and the speed to score a knockout in his requested catch-weight fight of 155 pounds against Erislandy Lara (19-1-2, 12 KO’s) next Saturday night at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Marquez still sees Lara presenting a lot of problems for Canelo with his boxing ability, but he thinks that if Canelo uses his intelligence, he’ll be able to knock the taller, faster Lara out in this fight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Bob Smith: Dear friends and readers of Boxing News 24: for the past 14 months, I have developed a respectable if not impressive track record of both boxing analysis and predictions.
Some of the highlights were my recognition of the bias against Klitschkos among American fans and commentators; predicting the rise of Gennady Golovkin in the middleweight division; predicting that Adrien Broner would defeat Paulie Malignaggi, but then find that the welterweight division was too difficult for him and that his power would not come up with him; that Floyd Mayweather Jr would totally dominate Saul “Canelo” Alvarez; and that Manny Pacquiao would clearly win the rematch with Tim Bradley. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: With just two weeks to go before the July 19th fight between Guillermo Rigondeaux (13-0, 8 KO’s) vs. Sod Kokietgym (63-2-1, 28 KO’s) at the Cotai Arena, Venetian Resort, in Macao, Macao S.A.R., China, tickets are still available for the card.
It’s not surprising though because by sticking the fight in Macao, China, Bob Arum of Top Rank has put superb fighters like Rigondeaux in a position where they’re not able to fight in front of large crowds in the United States. Read the rest of this entry »