(Photo credit: HBO) By Allan Fox: #14 WBO Cedric Agnew (26-0, 13 KO’s) isn’t being given any chance at all against WBO light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev (23-0-1, 21 KO’s) in their fight on HBO this Saturday night at The Ballroom, Boardwalk Hall, in Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA. Agnew has an impressive record, but he’s not fought anyone nearly as good as Kovalev, and he’s not shown the kind of power or defensive skills needed to extend this fight.
Agnew, 27, still thinks he’s got the smarts and the skills to take the Russian fighter deep and beat him somehow. “The key to fighting any guy with power is to fight smart,” Agnew said to RingTV. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Former WBO light welterweight champion Mike Alvarado (34-2, 23 KO’s) is looking forward to trying to beat 40-year-old Juan Manuel Marquez (55-7-1, 40 KO’s) in their fight on May 17th at the Forum in Inglewood, California. The winner of this fight will be facing the April 12th winner of the rematch between Manny Pacquiao and Tim Bradley. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Former WBA welterweight champion Luis Collazo (35-5, 18 KO’s) says that Amir Khan (28-3, 19 KO’s) will be making a mistake if he overlooks him in their fight on May 3rd on the Mayweather-Maidana undercard. Khan seems to be taking the fight very seriously though, and with what’s at stake, a big money cash out fight against Floyd Mayweather Jr., you can’t blame Khan. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: After a six-year dry spell former WBO cruiserweight champion Enzo Maccarinelli (38-6, 30 KO’s) will finally get another crack at a world title against WBA light heavyweight champion Juergen Braehmer (42-2, 31 KO’s) on April 5th at the Stadthalle, Rostock, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany. Maccarinelli, 33, has been relegated to the Euro level for the past 6 years since losing his WBO cruiserweight title to David Haye by a 2nd round TKO in 2008.
Maccarinelli has looked pretty horrible in knockout loses to Ola Afolabi, Denis Lebedev, Alexander Frenkel, and Ovill McKenzie. But after all those defeats, Maccarinelli has clawed his way into a title shot against Braehmer on April 5th, and this is his big chance to win a strap, albeit against a fighter who many boxing fans see as a paper champion. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Carlos Molina (17-1-1, 7 KO’s) doesn’t see himself as the sacrificial lamb being brought in to be slaughtered by Adrien Broner (27-1, 22 KO’s) on May 3rd like a lot of fans see him, Molina actually sees himself as having a good chance of beating Broner. He believes his power, such as it is, will be enough for him to beat Broner. Molina isn’t saying he’ll knock Broner out, but one gets the sense that’s what he’s hoping to do.
This is going to be funny watching the light-hitting Molina going after Broner on May 3rd. Man, if Broner looks horrible against this guy then he’s going to be in a deep hole with his career. If a light hitter like Molina can beat Broner or make him struggle to win, it’s going to be a bad sign for Broner. He’d pretty much have to go back down to the lightweight division if he didn’t want to get beaten up by the best light welterweights in the division like Lucas Matthysse or Danny Garcia. Heck, Molina isn’t even a contender at 140, and that makes it even worse for Broner if this guy beats him or goes life and death with him. Read the rest of this entry »
By Yannis Mihanos: Marcos “El Chino” Maidana (35-3, 31 KO’s), since his last defeat in 2012 at the quick hands of Devon Alexander, has enjoyed a strong run of victories over Jesus Soto Karass, Martin Angel Martinez, Josesito Lopez and most recently Adrien Broner.
In this winning streak there is great contribution by his new and very capable trainer Robert Garcia. Last December in Maidana’s win over Broner, he showed more foot movement t and the same old aggression. This is the same aggression that had made him famous. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: WBC light heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson (23-1, 20 KO’s) made a smart move in leaving HBO for Showtime this week. The move could end up keeping Stevenson as the WBC 175lb champion for a long time to come due to the lack of quality opponents that will be matched up against him. Had Stevenson stayed at HBO, he would have had to face WBO light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev sooner or later, and that’s a fight that Stevenson could very well have lost.
With him moving to Showtime, the only fighter that Stevenson has to worry about is the soon to be 50-year-old Bernard Hopkins, and it’s impossible to say if Hopkins will ever fight him. Once Stevenson gets past the Hopkins bout, there is absolutely no one for him to fight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Former three division world champion Adrien Broner (27-1, 22 KO’s) wants his fans to forget about his loss to Marcos Maidana from last year in December, and focus instead on his upcoming fight against Carlos Molina (17-1-1, 7 KO’s) on May 3rd on the undercard of the Floyd Mayweather vs. Maidana fight at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Broner would have been better off facing Amir Khan or at least a viable opponent for his next fight instead of Molina, who is one of Khan’s leftovers from 2012. The little 5’5” Molina was halted in the 10th round by Khan after taking a frightful beating, and Molina hasn’t been seen since. For that reason alone, Broner should have told his manager Al Haymon and/or Golden Boy Promotions to find him someone else. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: This Saturday night, March 29th, the 24/7 Pacquiao-Bradley 2 episode 1 will be televised on HBO at midnight – 12:30 a.m. ET/PT. This will be the first of three episodes previewing the rematch between the two fighters. The previous time the two fighters faced each other in 2012, the episodes were less than thrilling to watch so hopefully they’ll improve this time around.
Alex Ariza, Pacquiao’s former strength and conditioning coach, is no longer with his team after he was let go due to Roach wanting him gone. That’s too bad, because Ariza was one of the few people that was worth watching on the 24/7 series. Having him gone is going to make it dull. Like in most of the 24/7 episodes involving Pacquiao, we’ll likely see Freddie Roach doing most of the talking. I’d like to see less of that and more actual training. Watching Roach brag about how good Pacquiao is gets old fast. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: HBO chose not to renegotiate a contract with WBC light heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson (23-1, 20 KO’s), who is fighting Andrzej Fonfara (25-2, 15 KO’s) on May 4th at the Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada. HBO had the option of taking this fight and keeping Stevenson with their network, but they passed up on the deal, according to Yahoo Sports. It’s possible that the asking price was too much to keep the 36-year-old Stevenson, who is now being managed by Al Haymon.
The loss of Stevenson from HBO means boxing fans won’t get a chance to see Stevenson vs. Sergey Kovalev fight each other, as Kovalev is with HBO. Showtime vice president of sports Stephen Espinosa said to Yahoo “There is a structure which allows us to continue for multiple fights beyond that fight.” The fight he’s talking about is the Fonfara fight, which honestly isn’t that big of a deal. That’s not a fight that will bring in big ratings no matter which network televises it. Read the rest of this entry »