By Scott Gilfoid: Right now, Kell Brook (33-0, 22 KOs) is probably still up in the clouds after beating IBF welterweight champion Shawn Porter (24-1-1, 15 KOs) last week to win his IBF title.
Brook obviously sees that win as the beginning of a long line of victories where he’ll become the next mega-millionaire in Britain similar to how IBF/WBA super middleweight champion Carl Froch recently struck it rich with the big money he made from his fights against Mikkel Kessler and George Groves. I don’t know that Brook is going to be able to get to the next level to where he’s going to make the kind of cash to where he can live in the sticks among nature. Read the rest of this entry »
By Gav Duthie: It seems to be a continuing trend that when a boxer loses a fight he isn’t supposed to, weight issues are often given as the the excuse. Ex 2 division world champion Ricky Burns is the latest to make a strategic move up to 140 lbs as he tries to rebuild his career.
Burns joins fellow Brits Nathan Cleverly and Tony Bellew who made the big leap from light heavyweight to cruiserweight as well as Alfredo Angulo to 154 from 147 and Julio Cesar Chavez Jnr to 160 from 154.
What makes a fighter successfully move through the divisions? The question is with these fighters in particular is whether the move is the correct one? Are they past their best? Or were they not good enough to begin with? Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Former WBC lightweight champion Antonio DeMarco (31-3-1, 23 KOs) defeated 39-year-old journeyman Lanardo Tyner (31-11-2, 20 KOs) by a 10 round unanimous decision last night at the Casa Social de la Cervecería in Tecate, Baja California, Mexico.
The final judge’ scores were 98-92, 98-92 and 98-92, all for DeMarco. The fight took place in the light welterweight division.
The 5’10” DeMarco was dropped by the 5’7” Tyner with a hard left hook in the 1st round. DeMarco got back up and was able to make it out of the round despite taking a lot of punishing shots to the head. DeMarco continued to take heavy shots in the 2nd round from the much shorter Tyner. Read the rest of this entry »
By Gerardo Granados: A couple of weeks ago I read a tweet in which the author wasn’t pleased with so many belts for grabs and the excessive so called champions. It’s true that in the old days there were only 8 weight divisions; it is also true that four major boxing organizations might be too many, and it is irrational that on the same night at the same venue you get to see two different fights in which there are four fighters disputing the same weight division championship under two different names of the very same sanctioning boxing organization.
We cannot deny that prize fighters need to gain as much money as possible before they retire. The more belts for grabs the more title bouts there will be and by consequence more opportunities to earn money for prizefighters; so it sounds fair for boxers. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: Coming off of a 2-year layoff, welterweight Mike Jones (26-2, 19 KOs) was beat up and surprisingly stopped by Jaime Herrera (12-2, 7 KOs) in the 7th round last night in what was supposed to have been a tune-up fight for the 31-year-old Jones at Bally’s in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Read the rest of this entry »
By Raj Parmar: IBF middleweight champion Sam Soliman (44-11, 18 KO’s) has indicated he has added incentives for victory when he defends his title against former middleweight champion Jermain Taylor (32-4-1, 20 KO’s) later this year on October 8.
Soliman claims he is a big fan of middleweight legend and current light heavyweight champ Bernard Hopkins, whom Taylor dethroned back in 2005 to take the middleweight crown and in the process put an end to Bernard’s record of 20 straight successful title defences. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: Johnathon Banks, the trainer for IBF/IBO/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (62-3, 52 KOs), likes what he sees from Wladimir in his training camp as he gets ready for his September 6th title defense against his unbeaten IBF mandatory challenger Kubrat Pulev (20-0, 11 KOs) at the O2 World Arena in Hamburg, Germany.
Wladimir has 15 sparring partners in his training camp in beautiful Going, Austria. British heavyweight Anthony Joshua and American journeyman Kevin Johnson are two of the sparring partners that Wladimir has to help him get ready for the 6’4 ½” Pulev.
Wladimir doesn’t have anyone that fights exactly like Pulev, but with Wladimir’s trainer having them imitate Pulev’s fighting style, they’re going the best they can to impersonate him. Wladimir is sparring as much as 14 rounds of continuous sparring with different sparring partners. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Former two division world champion Marcos Maidana (35-4, 31 KOs) is using a mix of fast, slick and powerful sparring partners to get him ready for his rematch against WBA/WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr (46-0, 26 KOs) on September 13th at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Maidana’s sparring partners are as follows: Super featherweight Mikey Garcia, light welterweight Thomas Dulorme and welterweight Steve Forbes. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: WBO light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev (25-0-1, 23 KOs) is pleased that he’s got a chance to make a big name for himself in facing IBF/WBA 175lb champ Bernard Hopkins (55-6-2, 32 KOs) on 11/8 at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
This is the opportunity for the 31-year-old Kovalev to win over a lot of new fans by beating the wily old Hopkins and taking his two titles at the same time. Their fight will be televised by HBO in front of what should be a large nationwide audience. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: IBF/WBA super middleweight champion Carl Froch’s promoter Eddie Hearn says that the negotiations are “Frustratingly slow,” Hearn told Fighthype.com when asked how the negotiations are going for a Froch vs. Chavez Jr fight.
Froch and Hearn could end up with nothing to show for the negotiations with Chavez Jr if the fight is going to be tied into a contract extension for Chavez Jr with Top Rank. Chavez Jr likely won’t sign for a fight against Froch if it means he’s going to need to sign an extension with Top Rank for the fight to happen. Read the rest of this entry »