By Scott Gilfoid: Sky Sports analyst Jim Watt believes Gavin Rees (37-1-1, 18 KO’s) is capable of giving WBC lightweight champion Adrien Broner (25-0, 21 KO’s) problems on Saturday night in their HBO televised fight from Atlantic City, New Jersey. Watt thinks Rees is good at dealing with bigger fighters, and giving them problems with his heavy pressure. Rees and Broner are both the same size in this fight at 5’7”.
Watt said to Sky Sports “He [Rees] has a style that would give smooth boxers problems, as smooth boxers like to do things at their own pace. Fighters like Floyd Mayweather Jr. don’t like pressure. Rees can at least give Broner a real test and create some problems.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: #10 IBF heavyweight contender Alexander Dimitrenko (33-2, 21 KO’s) will be taking an easy tune-up fight against 46-year-old Dzenan Hodzic (4-0, 4 KO’s) in a scheduled 8 round bout next month on March 9th at the CU Arena in Hamburg, Germany.
Hodzic hasn’t fought in five years and it makes you wonder why the 6’7” Dimitrenko is being matched up against somebody as old as Hodzic and as inactive. Dimitrenko was stopped by heavyweight contender Kubrat Pulev by an 11th round knockout last year in May. Since then, Dimitrenko came back to defeat 36-year-old Samir Kurtagic (11-5, 8 KO’s) by an eight round unanimous decision. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: If you’ve listened to some of the comments from IBF super middleweight champion Carl Froch in describing what he intends on doing against WBA super middleweight champion Mikkel Kessler in their rematch on May 25th, it becomes clear that Froch is going to try and out-brawl Kessler by fighting even harder than last time they fought back in April 2010.
Froch seems to think he can whip Kessler by throwing more combinations than last time. Froch’s grand plan for beating Kessler is by throwing 6-six punch combinations each time he lets his hands go. In other words, Froch will be throwing flurries after flurries, hoping for the best. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Unbeaten WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. said tonight that his father Floyd Sr. will be his trainer when he fights next on May 4th at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Mayweather Jr. said on his twitter “Me & my trainer [my dad] back working together getting ready for May 4th.”
Mayweather’s longtime trainer Roger Mayweather is reportedly having health problems, so Mayweather Jr. wants to go with his father for this fight, which could be against Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: With Manny Pacquiao looking to fight outside of the U.S to escape the high taxes that he’s being hit with whenever he fights in the country, there’s one fighter who still doesn’t mind fighting at home in the U.S regardless of how high the taxes are and that’s Floyd Mayweather Jr.
He doesn’t mind fighting in front of the Americans that made his famous because he realizes that this is where he became famous, and he’s not going to go luck for alternative to squeeze a little cash for himself. Of course, Mayweather makes huge amounts of money whenever he fights, and he’s not giving out a lot of money to his promoter, management and others like some fighters. Read the rest of this entry »
By Mark Havey: I have always felt that the best fights are at domestic level, before the money and world titles come. Fans are often so caught up with the big PPV events that they miss the real battles. Proof of this can be witnessed at the event of any big fight. The arena is near enough empty for the first fight and doesn’t reach full capacity until the last fight of the night.
I spend a lot of time in boxing gyms and talking to hard core fight fans. Finally I don’t have to listen to talk of Manny Pacquiao vs Floyd Mayweather. A fight that was never going to happen until it was too late, and was never going to live up to expectations. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: If Eddie Hearn is going to put his fighter #9 IBF Carl Frampton (16-0, 11 KO’s) in against the winner of this Saturday’s fight between #1 IBF Alejandro Lopez and #2 Jhonatan Romero for the IBF super bantamweight title, then Hearn better do it awfully quick because IBF bantamweight champion Leo Santa Cruz (23-0, 13 KO’s) is vacating his title and he’s moving up in weight to 122 lbs, and the International Boxing Federation will likely elevate Santa Cruz to at least the #3 IBF spot, if the #1 position.
While I think Frampton is a decent little fighter, I don’t like his chances against the 5’7” Leo Santa Cruz. I think it would be a good fight, but I see Santa Cruz walking through Frampton. British/Irish boxing fans might not know who Santa Cruz is, but believe me he would be pure trouble for Frampton. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: #7 WBC, Andy Lee (29-2, 20 KO’s) says he’s ready to take on former EBU middleweight champion Darren Barker (24-1, 15 KO’s) next if he’s game to take the fight. Lee wants to add the 30-year-old Barker’s scalp to his resume if their mutual promoter will allow Barker to be put in with him.
Lee this to Sky Sports last Saturday: “Barker, let’s get it on. We’ve got the same promoter, this is your network, Sky, this is your baby.”
Lee defeated Anthony Fitzgerald by a 10 round unanimous decision last Saturday night on the Carl Frampton vs. Kiko Martinez fight card at the Odyssey Arena in Belfast, Northern Ireland. While Lee wasn’t all that pleased with his performance, he felt he did a reasonably good job given how much heart Fitzgerald showed in the fight. Read the rest of this entry »
(Rich Kane – Hoganphotos/Golden Boy Promotions) By Scott Gilfoid: Unbeaten WBC lightweight champ Adrien Broner (25-0, 21 KO’s) says he won’t ever look to fight his hero Floyd Mayweather Jr. because he’s like family to him. Broner looks up to Mayweather in a big way, and he would never seek out a fight with him even though it would create huge, huge money. It might soon even eclipse the money that Mayweather Jr. could get against Manny Pacquiao if Pacquiao keeps losing.
Broner said to espn.go.com “We won’t ever fight, that’s a big brother, that’s my big brother. I don’t fight family. I wouldn’t fight family, no. I pay homage, Floyd is still in the game but after Floyd, it’s Adrien Broner. In this era, I’m number one. As long as Floyd Mayweather is still in the game, it’s only right, he’s number one.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Golden Boy Promotions wants to match their budding star WBC junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (41-0-1, 30 KO’s) with Floyd Mayweather Jr. this year in September.
You can say that Golden Boy has been preparing the 22-year-old Alvarez for this moment since they first started promoting him by keeping him unbeaten by matching him against the perfect opponents for him to keep winning.
There hasn’t been opponent that Canelo has faced that wasn’t over-matched from the jump. Right now there’s a good possibility that Canelo will be facing WBA World junior middleweight champion Austin Trout on May 4th at the MGM Grand on the Mayweather Jr. card in Las Vegas, Nevada. Read the rest of this entry »