By Scott Gilfoid: I really hope the judges get the decision right for the March 16th fight between WBO lightweight champion Ricky Burns (35-2, 10 KO’s) and IBF lightweight champion Miguel Vazquez (33-3, 13 KO’s) because they won’t be doing anyone any favors if they mess up the scoring and give the loser the victory.
The fight will be taking place at the Wembley Arena in London, England, and that means the 29-year-old Burns will have the hometown advantage. Yes, I know he’s from Scotland, but that’s the UK, and Scotland is just a stone’s throw away from London, so you can pretty much call Burns the hometown fighter. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: A month from now this will all seem like a bad dream for Gavin Rees (37-1-1, 18 KO’s) after he faces WBC lightweight champion Adrien Broner (25-0, 21 KO’s) in the United States on February 16th, and takes his knockout loss, and then flies back to his home city of Newbridge, Wales, in the UK.
Honestly, it’s not going to end good for Rees. But right now Rees is still hopeful, and still believes he has a chance to pull off a huge upset when they meet at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Reality will set in quickly once February 16th arrives, and Rees takes a one-sided beat down from the most talented fighter by far in the lightweight division. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Oscar De La Hoya says that Golden Boy Promotions’ offer of $3 million to WBO super bantamweight champion Nonito Donaire and his promoters at Top Rank for a unification bout against WBC super bantamweight champion Abner Mares is totally legit.
The $3 million is for Donaire and Bob Arum of Top Rank to split among themselves depending on what percentage of a cut Top Rank takes out of Donaire’s purses when he fights.
De La Hoya said to thaboxingvoice.com “They [Donaire & Arum] can split it up the way they want to. I don’t know what type of deal they have with Bob Arum and Nonito. Maybe it’s a 60/40 deal, maybe it’s a 50/50 deal. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: The previously scheduled February 9th fight between WBA/WBC light welterweight champion Danny Garcia and Zab Judah has been moved to April 27th at the Barclays Center, in Brooklyn, New York, according to Dan Rafael of ESPN.
Garcia, 24, badly injured his ribs sparring with the hard hitting DeMarcus Corley on January 19th, Rafael says, and Garcia has had problems breathing while working out ever since. Rather than letting the card go on without the main event fight between Judah and Garcia, Showtime has decided just to postpone the entire card until April 27th, at which time Garcia should be fully healed from his rib injury. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Oscar De La Hoya of Golden Boy Promotions ruled out Top Rank fighter WBO welterweight champion Tim Bradley as one of the candidates for Floyd Mayweather Jr’s next fight on May 4th, and he also doesn’t see them ever fighting.
De La Hoya said to the thaboxingvoice.com when asked if Bradley would fight Mayweather next, “No, never, that’s not even a possibility. If you look at their [Top Rank] roster of who they have, who is Tim Bradley going to fight? What do they have to keep telling him, a bunch of lies? It’s not fair to the fighter.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: The Boxing Writers Association of America has named WBO super bantamweight champion Nonito Donaire the Fighter of the Year for 2012 for his wins over 36-year-old Toshiaki Nishioka, Jorge Arce, Jeffrey Mathebula and Wilfredo Vazquez Jr.
It seems that they were more impressed with the 31-year-old Donaire’s quantity of wins rather than the quality because there wasn’t much in the way of quality due to the two best fighters in the division – Guillermo Rigondeaux and Abner Mares – were missing from Donaire’s list for 2012. Read the rest of this entry »
By Steven Ocallaghan: After a chat with American heavyweight contender Deontay Wilder (27-0, 27 KO’s) on twitter, I’m still perplexed to what he expects of the public. I questioned his choice of opponents and he answered by saying that I know nothing about boxing.
All my life I have watched, read and studied the noble art, even have a claim to fame in sparring to knocking down a world champion. I replied that I have forgotten more than he knows. His reply was that I was a hater, by which I’m not. Anybody ho can KO 27 out of 27 has to be listened to, but because I disagree, I know nothing. Read the rest of this entry »
By Tony Crooks: As a young boy, I grew up watching the great fights that went on to be legend. I am not going to mention those fights to you, as you as boxing fans will know exactly what I am talking about. The younger boxing fans out there can use the internet to discover and educate themselves on the history of boxing and personally watch the true stories unfold.
We all know of Muhammad Ali & Joe Frazier, the formidable George Foreman who used to be a devastating fighter before he made low fat cooking grills. I mentioned George Foreman to my son and told him that he had one of the hardest punches ever, he looked at me and laughed and said:” Do you mean the big bald guy that sells health grills.” In all honesty and in sadness and in respect of this great fighter, I politely told my son that he was mistaken. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Former European Boxing Union (EBU) welterweight champion Matthew Hatton (43-6-2, 17 KO’s) is already looking past his March 2nd fight against International Boxing Organization (IBO) welterweight champion Chris van Heerden (18-1-1, 10 KO’s) in South Africa towards a hoped for fight against either WBA World welterweight champion Paulie Malignaggi or former WBA welterweight champion Vyacheslav Senchenko.
Hatton, #14 IBF, likes his chances against both of those guys for some reason. Hatton especially wants to fight Senchenko so that he can get revenge for Senchenko whipping his brother Ricky Hatton last year in a 9th round TKO win last November. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo credit: Team Sauerland) By Allan Fox: Former WBO super middleweight champion Robert Stieglitz (43-3, 24 KO’s) got an easy 3rd round TKO victory last Saturday night over the inexperienced 22-year-old Michal Nieroda (10-3, 5 KO’s) in a tune-up bout at the Bon Pastor, Barcelona, Cataluña, Spain. The fight was halted at 1:45 of the 3rd round to give the 31-year-old Stieglitz the victory.
Stieglitz, #12 WBO, #12 IBF, will now be given a rematch against WBO super middleweight champion Arthur Abraham (36-3, 28 KO’s) on March 23rd at the Magdeburg, Sachsen-Anhalt, Germany. Hopefully, this is the last of the fights between Abraham and Stieglitz because this rematch is hardly necessary due to Abraham soundly beating Stieglitz by a 12 round unanimous decision last August by the scores of 116-112, 115-113 and 116-112. Read the rest of this entry »