By Scott Gilfoid: Undefeated heavyweight contender Deontay Wilder (28-0, 28 KO’s) has been moved up two spots in the World Boxing Association rankings to #6 WBA, and he’s also been moved up to #7 WBO. What this means of course is that the talented 6’7” Deontay is within striking distance of getting a heavyweight title shot against IBF/IBO/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (60-3, 51 KO’s).
It doesn’t mean that Wladimir will select him rather than some of the other guys ranked ahead of him likely below him, but it does show that Deontay is now getting close. If he can destroy former WBO heavyweight champion Siarhei Liakhovich (25-5, 16 KO’s) in their fight next month on August 9th at the Fantasy Springs Casino, in Indio, California, USA, we could see Deontay pushed up even higher in the rankings. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo credit: Esther Lin/Showtime) By Dan Ambrose: Former IBF bantamweight champion Leo Santa Cruz is picking unbeaten Floyd Mayweather Jr. (44-0, 26 KO’s) to defeat WBA/WBC junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (42-0-1, 30 KO’s) in their fight in 2 months on September 14th at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Santa Cruz says he hopes Canleo will win, but he thinks Mayweather’s experience and defense will lead him to victory. However, he does think Canelo has a chance of winning if he can land one of his big power shots, but that’s a big if. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: Former IBF/WBC welterweight champion Andre Berto (28-2, 22 KO’s) will be in tough against Jesus Soto Karass (27-8-3, 17 KO’s) later this month on July 27th at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas.
The 5’9 ½” Soto Karass is a bigger, stronger and perhaps a better version of Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero, the same fighter that gave the 29-year-old Berto a real pounding last year in November in beating him by a 12 round unanimous decision in Ontario, California.
Berto ended up with both eyes badly swollen by the end of the fight, and he looked like he’d been through a war. Berto used the shoulder roll defense much of the fight, and he didn’t look like he was familiar with how to use it because Guerrero was able to tag him with hard shots the entire night without Berto being able to block them. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Unbeaten American heavyweight contender Malik Scott (35-0-1, 12 KO’s) sees himself as the next guy that exposes the 29-year-old Dereck Chisora (16-4, 10 KO’s) when they meet each other this Saturday night, July 20th, at the Wembley Arena in London, UK. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Manny Pacquiao’s trainer Freddie Roach says his fighter can’t afford to stand in front of the hard hitting Brandon Rios (31-1-1, 23 KO’s) on November 23rd at the Cotai Arena, Venetian Resort, Macao, Macao S.A.R., China. Although Roach thinks Rios is made to order for Pacquiao (54-5-2, 38 KO’s), he still doesn’t want Manny to be standing in front of him for too.
Remembering how Pacquiao’s last fight against Juan Manuel Marquez, ended, it’s not hard to understand why Roach is so concerned about Pacquiao not standing in front of Rios for too long. Read the rest of this entry »
By B.G.B: The hype is well under way in building up the biggest British heavyweight clash since Bruno v Lewis. On the 28th September former 2 weight world champion David Haye (28- 2 26 KOs) takes on 6 ft 9 prospect Tyson Fury (21- 0 15 KOs). We know what to expect in the build up: name calling, slating, stare downs and perhaps the odd scuffle. All of this is a key element of the promotion of this fight, but what can we expect from the actual fight?
Obviously the large amounts of money involved in this fight is one of the main reasons as to how this fight has materialized. If the money is right, big fights with big risk are made, with this fight being no exception. David Haye is an experienced world champion with fast hands, good movement, fast reflexes and of course explosive power. Read the rest of this entry »
First off, I am going to list down the achievements of each of these amazing boxers to help support my conclusion as to who deserves to be King starting with Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Floyd Mayweather Jr. has defeated many of the recent greats of boxing including – Juan Manuel Marquez, Miguel Cotto, Shane Mosley, Ricky Hatton, Oscar De Le Hoya, and many other big names. It is because of this you have to give him a lot of credit. He has always possessed a unique defense, which I believe has permanently revolutionized the art of boxing. In addition to this, he has pinpoint accuracy and very intelligent ring-smarts. I believe he could face basically any boxer of today and win unanimously. However, I do believe some of the above boxers I have mentioned could possibly come out on top. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Last night welterweight contender Kell Brook (30-0, 20 KO’s) dispatched Carson Jones in 8 rounds in their rematch at the Craven Park Stadium, Hull, Yorkshire, United Kingdom. Brook’s promoter Eddie Hearn said over and over again that he has a “Big name” opponent for Brook to be fighting in September that he’ll be announcing this week.
In an interview with I Film London, Hearn said he’d say yes if interviewer Kugan Cassius was able to guess the name of the opponent. Kugan named Shane Mosley and Paulie Malignaggi, both of which Hearn shook his head and said they neither of them would be the guy that faced him.
Kugan later said he heard Hearn speaking on the phone and he overheard the name of the fighter that Hearn will be matching Brook against. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo credit: Esther Lin/Showtime) By Dan Ambrose: If you look at Saul “Canelo” Alvarez’s body shape, it doesn’t look like the body of a fighter that is capable of beating a super star like Floyd Mayweather Jr. (44-0, 26 KO’s). Canelo has more of a wrestler’s type of a body with his short limbs and heavy muscles that prevent fast movements.
Canelo looks like a little tank with red hair and it’s impossible to picture him beating an athlete with blazing fast hand and foot speed like Mayweather Jr. Canelo looks more like a cross between Juan Manuel Marquez, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. and Arthur Abraham with his body shape, movement and skills. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: The WBC has decided to create a showy WBC 24K Gold World championship belt to give to the winner of the September 14th fight between WBA/WBC junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (42-0-1, 30 KO’s) and Floyd Mayweather Jr. (44-0, 26 KO’s), according to fightsaga.com.
There’s no word if additional sanctioning fees will be needed to cover the cost of the showy Gold strap. I would hope to think this is just something the WBC has thrown in to set their strap apart from the WBA title that Canelo still has in his possession. Read the rest of this entry »