By Chris Williams: It’s hard to believe that just three years ago Nonito Donaire (33-3, 21 KOs) was named the 2012 Fighter of the Year for his wins over a mix of aging veterans and average contenders such as Toshiaki Nishioka, Jorge Arce, Jeffrey Mathebula and Wilfredo Vazquez Jr.
Things have changed a lot since then for Donaire, as he’s lost to Guillermo Rigondeaux, looked poor against Vic Darchinyan and then lost to Nicholas Walters. Donaire’s former trainer Jonathan Penalosa thinks that he’s still capable of winning a world title, but he doesn’t think he’s cut out for the featherweight division. He believes that Donaire needs to move down in weight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Former two division belt holder Paulie Malignaggi (33-6, 7 KOs) says he’s interested in facing IBF welterweight champion Kell Brook (33-0, 22 KOs) for his IBF strap. Malignaggi, 34, has been out of the ring for the past nine months since getting stopped in the 4th round by Shawn Porter last April.
It was a brutal beating that Malignaggi suffered in that fight, and it was thought by some boxing fans that he would retire rather than carry on. However, it now looks like Malignaggi is interested in fighting for another world title. Whether or not Brook is interested in giving him a shot is the big question. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Having struck out in his attempt to get Floyd Mayweather Jr after two years of calling him out, Amir Khan (30-3, 19 KOs) is now setting his sights on WBO 147lb champion Manny Pacquiao to try and get a fight against him.
Believe it or not, Khan thinks Pacquiao will not only agree to fight him, but that he’ll also be up for traveling to the UK to fight in front of what would likely be a large British audience of Khan fans. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: #3 WBA, #4 WBC light welterweight contender Adrien Broner (29-1, 22 KOs) says he thinks he’s going to take over the boxing world in 2015 with a series of fights that will put him on the top of the sport.
Broner, 25, still doesn’t have an opponent picked out for his next fight date on March 7th in Cincinnati, Ohio. It’s got to be a good fighter for him to start making a move to become the sport’s top fighter, because his last two opponents, Carlos Molina and Emanuel Taylor, didn’t prove anything for Broner. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jay McIntyre: The following article is amended from the one posted on my blog that includes visuals. For those of you interested, please visit: http://a-neutral-corner.blogspot.ca/2014/12/roy-jones-jr-calculated-clowning.html
Roy Jones Jr. is a popular high-light reel fighter. The speed and sheer decisiveness with which he ends fights has made him into something of a living legend. Make no mistake though, the Roy Jones Jr. that boxes today is a shadow of his former self. Read the rest of this entry »
By Edgar Solorzano: Coachella’s rising super-star Randy “El Matador” Caballero is slowly becoming an icon in Nicaragua. Caballero, 24, has always represented the American and Nicaraguan flag when stepping in the ring to invest punches. With his high boxing IQ and work ethic, the young matador has managed to add Nicaragua on the elite category of pure boxers. The Caballero’s respect and love for Nicaragua is similar to Manny Pacquiao’s relationship with his country, the Philippines. Read the rest of this entry »
By Gav Duthie: One of my new years resolutions is to pay more attention to the lower weight classes. It doesn’t take long to realise that a potential bout between Nicaraguan Roman Gonzalez 41-0 (35) and Naoya Inoue 8-0 (7) would be the highest class fight out there for 2015 with the exception of Mayweather-Pacquiao. In my opinion this would be the biggest fight in the lower divisions since the Ricardo Lopez v Rosendo Alvarez rematch in 1998.
Naoya Inoue (WBO Super Flyweight Champion)
For anyone who is yet to see this 21 year old sensation alias ‘Monster’ take five minutes to youtube his two round destruction of Omar Narvaez 4 days ago. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jim Dower: WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin’s trainer Abel Sanchez is hoping that the winner of the proposed fight between WBC 160lb champion Miguel Cotto and Saul “Canelo” Alvarez will follow the ruling by the WBC that the winner of the fight must fight Golovkin, who is the WBC interim middleweight champion.
If they decide not to face Golovkin, then the World Boxing Council will likely strip the Cotto-Canelo winner of their WBC title, and this would mean that Golovkin would fight for the vacant WBC title against likely David Lemieux. It would still be a good fight, but not nearly as interesting as Golovkin fighting Canelo or Cotto. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: IBF/WBA 168lb champion Carl Froch is having what has to be seen as a really bad week for him. First he got the news that his fight against Julio Cesar Chavez Jr isn’t going to take place due to Chavez Jr still being under contract with Top Rank. And now the IBF Championship chairman Lindsey E Tucker has ordered Froch to defend his IBF title against mandatory James DeGale.
I’m sure Froch and his promoter Eddie Hearn of Matchroom Sport were aware that this coming from the IBF, because Froch’s mandatory defense is now due. He can’t just keep his belts like they were trophies to wear without defending them on a regular basis. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jim Dower: After fighting only once in 2014 in barely getting by the hard-hitting Yoshihiro Kamegai last June, #2 WBC, #8 IBF welterweight contender Robert Guerrero (32-2-1, 18 KOs) says he’s really looking forward to get back in the boxing ring this year.
It’s unclear if the soon to be 32-year-old Guerrero means that he wants to get inside the ring so that he can merely train or if he’s actually interested in fighting again. Read the rest of this entry »