By Nathan Haworth: On Friday night Sam Sheedy put his 13-0 record on the line against Bradley Pryce a 53 fight veteran who would prove to be his toughest opponent to date.
Before the fight Pryce had tipped Sheedy to run for the duration; after the first round he may have been thinking differently. Sam tagged Pryce with a big shot that rocked the Welshman in the opening minute. Read the rest of this entry »
by Bob Smith: The light heavyweight championship bout between Bernard Hopkins and Sergey Kovalev is perhaps the most intriguing match-up of this boxing year. It pits a devastating knockout artist in his prime against an ageless wonder, a skilled fighter for 20 years now, who has never been knocked out even a single time in his 65 fight career. Will the power and skill of the Krusher prove to be too much for Hopkins, or with the Ageless Wonder, the Alien, somehow find a way to win, even nearly pushing 50 years old?
The first thing to ask is: should Bernard Hopkins even be in the ring with such a devastating puncher as Kovalev, much less do so at 49 years old. Hopkins is a former middleweight, and it was in this division, 15-20 years ago, that he made his greatest mark. The short answer is, yes. Hopkins went the distance against a devastating and much quicker puncher in Roy Jones Jr.; he defeated Trinidad and Oscar de la Hoya; went the distance with Calzaghe and Chad Dawson; and defeated Tavoris Cloud and Jean Pascal. While it may be true that Kovalve is a bigger puncher and man than any of them, it still shows that skill of Bernard Hopkins against world class fighters. Read the rest of this entry »
By Robbie Bannatyne: If there is one boxer whose real life fighting career most closely mirrors the fantasy of Slyvester Stallone’s classic Rocky series it is Victor Ortiz.
Despite being on 27 years old, Ortiz’s short life and career is colourful enough to have come straight from the creative mind of a Hollywood script writer.
However, fantasy and reality have overlapped as both Ortiz and Sly Stallone have become close after the former featured in the latest Expendables film at the behest of the Hollywood legend. Read the rest of this entry »
Accomplished and widely recognizable former world champions still in the prime of their careers — Amir Khan and Devon Alexander — participated in a Golden Boy Promotions press conference on Tuesday at The Conga Room at L.A. Live to formally announce “ROYAL BATTLE” on Saturday, Dec. 13, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas; live on SHOWTIME (9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT). Former world champion Victor Ortiz was also in attendance as he prepares for his undercard bout against an opponent to be named. Read the rest of this entry »
Popular, hard-hitting WBC and The Ring Magazine Light Heavyweight World Champion Adonis “Superman” Stevenson (24-1, 20 KOs), of Montreal, will defend against top-10 contender Dmitry “The Hunter” Sukhotskiy (22-2, 16 KOs) of Russia, in the main event of a SHOWTIME BOXING: Special Edition® quadrupleheader Friday, Dec. 19, live on SHOWTIME® (9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast) from the Pepsi Coliseum in Quebec City, it was formally announced Wednesday at a jam-packed press conference at NRJ Bell Media building in Montreal. Read the rest of this entry »
Irish fight legend Steve Collins is stumped on picking a winner out of the big domestic blockbuster between Billy Joe Saunders and Chris Eubank Jnr. on Saturday 29th November at the ExCeL London.
Collins, who won WBO World titles at middleweight and super-middleweight, is excited about the massive domestic grudge fight that is dividing the nation and is finding it too hard to call. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jermill Pennington – In an uncharacteristic response Manny Pacquiao (56-5-2, 38 KOs) seemed to totally dismiss the accomplishments of his soon to be opponent Chris Algieri (20-0, 8 KOs) saying “so what if he has a master’s degree”. Judging this statement and its defensive nature the first thought that came to mind was if I didn’t know prior to reading the article and just read the statement, I would have bet the house that the statement was made by Floyd Mayweather.
Pacquiao, usually the perfect gentlemen to my recollection has never been one to engage in any type of trash talking. Then to be so dismissive of Algieri’s educational pursuit seemed to be a bit heavy handed to say the least. So why, why now are we seeing this side of Manny Pacquiao that we have never seen before. Read the rest of this entry »
by Mark Havey: I have interviewed enough boxers. What I wanted was to get things from a trainer’s point of view. Mark Myers is one of Southern England’s top technical coaches.
His gym is a hive of activity. A security system on the door keeps unwanted visitors out, leaving the fighters to work on their craft. Before the session started, the boxers stand around chatting. The banter was interesting, they were discussing an up and coming show.
Marks voice is ever-present throughout the session. He puts great importance on footwork. The session finishes with 30mins of sparring. I watch a young lad vs. an experienced lad. Despite his inexperience, his ability far exceeds expectation. Plus he asked to get into the ring. He is dropped by a body shot. Mark asks him if he wants a rest, he refuses. His tenacious valour is admirable. This is a gym that produces warriors. It’s where you go if you want to learn, understand and thrive in boxing. Read the rest of this entry »
By Ken Woods: The light heavyweight unification bout between Bernard Hopkins (55-6-2, 32 KOs) and Sergey Kovalev (25-0-1, 23 KOs) on November 8 is being billed as a highly competitive contest between two of the division’s best. However, the actual contest will be anything but.
Hopkins will absolutely embarrass Kovalev on his way to a unanimous decision victory, making history once again by unifying titles. Kovalev is portrayed as a big bad wolf in the division with dangerous punching power and a seek and destroy mentality. This is mostly hype.
by Jay McIntyre: The struggle as old as time – age vs youth – is about to be settled in Atlantic City on November 8th. Statistically a fighter’s prime years are his early thirties where he is blessed with that perfect mixture of youth and wisdom. Sergey Kovalev is at this phyiscal and mental summit in his career. But as the years and the body wear on, the mind is called upon more and more to find a way to persevere. For, make no mistake, every fighter only has so many fights in him. How many fights that happens to be comes down to the nature of the fights and the nature of the fighter. When one looks at Bernard Hopkins, a 49 year old prize fighter who has lived and seen it all, one must wonder: how many fights does he have left, or is he on borrowed time? His capacity to scorn Father Time seems decidedly “alien”. Read the rest of this entry »