By Allan Fox: Former WBC light heavyweight champion Chad Dawson (32-3, 18 KOs) will be fighting next month against former world title challenger Tommy Karpency (23-4-1, 14 KOs) in a scheduled 10 round bout on October 4th at the Foxwoods Resort, in Mashantucket, Connecticut, USA.
For the 32-year-old Dawson, this is his 2nd fight of his comeback. He defeated George Blades by a 1st round knockout last June in an impressive performance. Dawson was overweight in that fight and he looked like he hadn’t trained hard for the fight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Former WBC Silver light heavyweight strap holder Tony Bellew is giving #5 WBO Paul Smith (35-3, 20 KOs) a good chance of pulling off what would be a huge upset this Saturday night in his title challenge against WBO super middleweight champion Arthur Abraham (40-4, 28 KOs) in their fight at the Kiel, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany. Bellew points to the experience of the 31-year-old Smith as the reason why he’ll do well against Abraham.
Bellew thinks that Smith has a ton of experience, even though he’s actually only fought two recognizable fighters in George Groves and James DeGale. As for the rest of the guys Smith has fought, they’ve been domestic level opposition. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: In what has to be seen as a protest against the British Boxing Board of Control for their stiff £15,000 fine handed out to Tyson Fury (22-0, 16 KOs) for the trash talking he did in the past in another press conference with Chisora, Fury decided to tape his mouth and not speak for today’s press conference.
It was kind of a senseless move on Fury’s part because by not speaking, he’s shooting himself in the foot by not helping to get boxing fans interested in his November 22nd rematch with Chisora at the ExCel Arena in London, UK. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: WBC interim middleweight champion Marco Antonio Rubio (59-6-1, 51 KOs) believes he’s got a good chance of knocking out WBA Super World middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (30-0, 27 KOs) in their fight next month on October 18th at the StubHub Center in Carson, California.
Unfortunately for Rubio, few boxing fans and writers are giving him a shot at knocking Golovkin out or beating him by a decision. It’s not that Rubio doesn’t have the punching power to KO Golovkin in theory. It’s just that Rubio is going to have huge problems in taking the punishment that Golovkin will be dishing out.
Rubio has a good chin, as we saw in his 7th round stoppage win over the hard hitting David Lemieux in 2011. Rubio took terrible punishment in the first 5 rounds of that fight before taking over in the 6th round when Lemieux gassed out completely. But the reality is that if Lemieux hadn’t gassed out then it’s very likely that Rubio would have been finished by the 8th round.
He wouldn’t take another 3-4 rounds of the kind of punishment that Lemieux was dishing out in that fight, and it wasn’t competitive at all until Lemieux got tired. Before that, it was like Lemieux working on a heavy bag in nailing Rubio with punch after punch. Read the rest of this entry »
By Rob Blakeman: News that Floyd Mayweather is possibly reluctant to fight Amir Khan is hardly a surprise for genuine and true connoisseurs of the game. Who would fight Khan? Would anyone fight him in a realistic attempt to further their career? Let’s look at the facts; Khan has been beaten (badly) by some boxers who were hardly household names. He has also beaten some boxers who were statistically far better than him, Zab Judah, Marcos Maidana, Luis Collazo, etc.
If Khan were to, by some incredible fluke, beat Mayweather, would any of us really and truly believe that he is a better boxer than Mayweather? OF COURSE NOT!! Khan has been flattened inside 90 seconds by a handpicked, C class Club fighter (Prescott) in a massive publicized show in which took place in his own backyard! Read the rest of this entry »
By Rusty Nate: There has been a fair bit of writing and commenting on the whole “boredom” that is Floyd Mayweather Jr vs. Manny Pacquiao recently. It is a subject that has raged for years and having watched Manny avenge the defeat to Tim Bradley and Mayweather comprehensively beat Marcos Maidana for a second time it has re-surfaced and once again the haters and lovers are in full force.
It appears to me personally that this fight will not happen although I do hold out hope that Floyd maybe thinking to himself quietly “what better way to end my career undefeated than by having my last ever fight be against Pacquiao.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Daniel Hughes: The super bantamweight division has of course four stand out names Guillermo Rigondeaux, Leo Santa Cruz, Carl Frampton and Scott Quigg. Rigondeaux quite rightly rated the best of a very talented bunch. The fans would love to see any combination of those fighters named being matched, unification fights and financially great paydays for the fighters involved. Read the rest of this entry »
By Gav Duthie: Anthony Dirrell might be right about George Groves not deserving a title shot after back to back defeats to Carl Froch but the fact is there isn’t much else out there.
Looking at Dirrell’s list of alternatives for a voluntary defence before he faces Groves as his mandatory challenger it makes uninspiring reading. Unless he fancies fighting his brother Andre Dirrell he won’t make any more money or add to his marketability other than in a showdown with Groves.
The Londoner got back to winning ways on Saturday night against Frenchman Christopher Rebrasse in a bout with a 3 pronged incentive. Read the rest of this entry »
By Bob Smith: Though it is almost certainly the case that Cotto will fight Canelo next May, with or without a tune up fight, many boxing fans want to see who truly is the best in the middleweight division. Perhaps Cotto’s decision not to face Golovkin is due to financial reasons; perhaps at this point in his career he feels he has nothing to prove – and as the first four division Puerto Rican champion why would he?
But perhaps also he is aware that Martinez was slipping or shot by the time that he fought Martinez, so his title is less than legitimate, and so he wants to avoid fighting a true middleweight until his cash out fight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao may have undermined his own cause for a potential career high payday fight against WBA/WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr when Pacquiao signed an extension with Top Rank earlier this year rather than letting his existing contract with the company expire at the end of the year.
New Mayweather employee Alex Ariza, one of the finest strength and conditioning coaches in boxing, says that he doesn’t see a fight between Mayweather and Pacquiao happening as long as Bob Arum is still involved. Read the rest of this entry »