By Scott Gilfoid: Robert Stieglitz (44-3, 25 KO’s) defeated WBO super middleweight champion Arthur Abraham (36-4, 28 KO’s) tonight by an injured related 4th round stoppage in Magdeburg, Germany, and already Stieglitz – and Abraham – are talking about a third fight with one another rather than looking to fight other guys.
I can understand it from Abraham’s point of view because he was really pounded tonight in getting his left eye closed and beaten up. But for Stieglitz, you’d think he would want to fight someone else for a change instead of just Abraham, but it looks like that’s the safest fight for him and the biggest money fight he can make given that Stieglitz is a German based fighter like him. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: If you were hoping the co-main event would be a good one involving well known fighters on the undercard of the WBC junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez vs. Austin Trout fight card on April 20th on Showtime, I have some bad news for you. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: Undefeated #1 WBO welterweight contender Keith Thurman (20-0, 18 KO’s) and former IBF/WBC welterweight champion Andre Berto (28-2, 22 KO’s) are expected back in the ring in July against separate opponents in a doubleheader on Showtime, according to RingTV.
Thurman, 24, needs to stay busy while he waits for his shot against WBO welterweight champion Tim Bradley or whoever holds the bout by the time the WBO forces the issue. Bob Arum of Top Rank will have to make a decision at some point in the future whether he’d rather have the WBO champion defend his title against Thurman or vacate it altogether to avoid fighting the Golden Boy promoted Thurman. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: #1 WBO super middleweight contender George Groves (18-0, 14 KO’s) is moving ahead to his May 25th spot on the undercard of the Carl Froch-Mikkel Kessler fight after beating the unknown fighter Baker Barakat earlier tonight by a 2nd round knockout in Magdeburg, Germany. That was Groves’ second easy fight under the guidance of promoter Eddie Hearn. Groves is now supposed to be fighting a well-known fighter on the Froch-Kessler card.
Hearn says he’s getting a big name for Groves to fight on May 25th, but I pretty much see it as Brian Magee and no one else. That’s not a big fight, but I guess it’s a big fight for UK fans just by the virtue of them knowing who Magee is. But as far as Magee being a big name, he’s not. That won’t keep Hearn from trumpeting that Magee is a big name, as if boxing fans will believe him if he says it often enough. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: WBA junior middleweight champion Austin Trout (26-0, 14 KO’s) weighed in today for his 30-day weigh-in at 166.5, a mere 12.5 pounds over the 154 pound weight limit for his April 20th fight against WBC junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (41-0-1, 30 KO’s). Canelo weighed in at exactly the same weight at 166.5.
Trout, 27, will likely hold his weight around the mid-160 region, as he’ll have no problem stripping down 10 to 12 pounds of water weight when it comes time to dehydrate the week of his fight with Canelo at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas.
Trout, 5’10”, is a big junior middleweight, but he’s very agile for the weight that he carries. He’s not like a tank with the weight carries. He’s able to glide around the ring effortlessly to shoot out his jab, right hook and left hand. Read the rest of this entry »
By Eric Thomas: If we learned anything from watching WBO super middleweight champion Arthur Abraham (36-4, 28 KO’s) get slaughtered tonight by the bigger, stronger, and more talented Robert Stieglitz (44-3, 25 KO’s) it’s that Abraham doesn’t belong fighting in the super middleweight division.
It was proven in the Super Six tournament where Abraham was beaten in three of the four fights he had, and it was proven once again tonight. Abraham simply doesn’t have the height or reach to compete in this weight class. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jim Dower: Robert Stieglitz (44-3, 25 KO’s) has pulled off a huge upset in stopping WBO super middleweight champion Arthur Abraham (36-4, 28 KO’s) by a 4th round stoppage on Saturday night. The fight was halted at the start of the 4th round due to Abraham’s left eye closing completely at the GETEC Arena, Magdeburg, Sachsen-Anhalt, Allemagne, Germany.
The eye swelling was caused from a punch in the 2nd round. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: WBA World junior middleweight champion Austin Trout (26-0, 14 KO’s) says he’s going to take WBC junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (41-0-1, 30 KO’s) out of his element on April 20th and expose him in their fight at the Alamo Dome in San Antonio, Texas.
Trout is going to force Canelo to use his wheels in this fight, and make him move more than he ever has before. If you’ve looked at Canelo’s previous fights you’ll see that he’s a pure plodder and can’t move well at all around the ring.
Trout said to Fightnews.com “I don’t think he has his man strength yet. I will impose my will on him. I am going to take him out of his comfort level…I have the tools with my jab and foot work.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Earlier tonight, trainer/manager Adam Booth says that former WBA heavyweight champion David Haye (26-2, 24 KO’s) WON’T be fighting on July 6th. Booth blames that rumor on poor journalism in England. Booth says that Haye will be making a decision about his career in the next 10 days.
I figured it was too good to be true that Haye would be coming back on July 6th. The talk at the time was that Haye had finally seen the light and was going to work his way in line to become the mandatory challenger for IBF/IBO/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko to guarantee himself a title shot, which is something that Haye should have committed himself to doing two years ago after he was beaten by Wladimir by a lopsided 12 round unanimous decision in July of 2011. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: There’s talk of the talented American heavyweight contender/prospect Deontay Wilder (27-0, 27 KO’s) facing British heavyweight Audley Harrison (31-6, 23 KO’s) on the undercard of the Amir Khan vs. Julio Diaz fight on April 27th at the Motorpoint Arena, Sheffield, Yorkshire, United Kingdom.
Golden Boy promotions were hoping to get American Tony Thompson, the fighter that destroyed the UK’s best heavyweight David Price last February, but Thompson is reportedly not excited about getting in the ring with the knockout artist Wilder with his one-punch power.
Harrison, 6’6”, is almost as tall as Wilder, and recently has had a bit of luck in capturing the Prizefighter tournament last month in defeating Claus Bertino, Derric Rossy and Martin Rogan in three fights. Read the rest of this entry »