By Chris Williams: Floyd Mayweather Jr. was interviewed last night by Showtime’s Steve Farhood last Friday night and asked by he had selected WBA welterweight champion Marcos Maidana to face next on May 3rd instead of Britain’s Amir Khan. This was the million question, because Mayweather had been previously been leaning in the direction of fighting the better known Khan due to the attention that a fight against him would get.
Mayweather pointed out that he liked the idea of fighting Maidana more than Khan due to what he’s done recently in the ring in winning some big fights. With Khan, he’s not done as well, Mayweather said. What’s interesting is that Mayweather didn’t speak about the poll on his website that Khan won. That was a poll where Mayweather asked boxing fans to select his next opponent, and it was believed at the time that Mayweather would fight whoever the fans picked. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: WBO lightweight champion Ricky Burns (36-2-1, 11 KO’s) is facing the moment of truth tonight in his battle against American Terence Crawford (22-0, 16 KO’s) at the Scottish Exhibition Centre, in Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom. While Burns is saying he’s going to use a couple of different plans to try and defeat the talented 26-year-old Crawford, pretty much no one is giving Burns any chance at all in him actually winning the fight.
I mean, Burns’ fans obviously are giving him a chance at winning, but the fans that see the fight for what it is – a mismatch – see Burns as being at the end of the line and ready to be beaten badly. Burns already dodged a couple of bullets in his last two fights against Jose Gonzalez and Raymundo Beltran in escaping from those two bouts without a loss, but Crawford is a heck of a lot better than those two guys. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: #2 WBC, #2 WBO, #5 IBF, James DeGale (17-1, 11 KO’s) will be in action tonight against little known Gevorg Khatchikian (28-0, 8 KO’s) in a 12 round bout at the City Academy Sports Centre, Bristol, Avon, United Kingdom. DeGale will have his WBC Silver super middleweight strap on the line for this fight.
Khatchikian, 25, is someone that DeGale’s team picked for whatever reason. I’m still wondering why they bothered to selection Khatchikian, because he’s never faced anyone that you can say is a good fighter, and he’s not ranked in the top 15. At 28, DeGale should be fighting a lot better opposition than this, don’t you think? Read the rest of this entry »
By Jim Dower: Undefeated super middleweight contender J’Leon Love (17-0, 10 KO’s) put in an impressive performance in stopping Vladine Biosse (15-3-2, 7 KO’s) in the 10th round on Friday night at the Turning Stone Resort and Casino in Verona, New York. Love was the much stronger, faster and more talented fighter. He was able to nail Biosse with big shots all night long until the bout was mercifully halted in the 10th round at .45 mark. Love is capable of beating a lot better opposition than this, so hopefully he’ll be moved up a level soon.
In a shocking upset, super middleweight contender Badou Jack (16-1, 9 KO’s) was blasted out in just one round by Derrick Edwards (26-3-1, 13 KO’s). Edwards hurt Jack with a big shots to put him down on the canvas. Jack got up but he was knocked down again. Read the rest of this entry »
With big brother Floyd Mayweather Jr. getting ready to show little brother Adrien Broner how not to get hit by a slugger in Marcos Maidana, it seems that Amir Khan and Broner are willing to fight each other. While Khan has made it clear he is willing to fight on Mayweather’s undercard and already started calling out Broner, Broner is tweeting and tagging images of him fighting Khan. This will probably be an entertaining fight, but will it be competitive?
We all know styles make fights and Broner will not have to worry as much about Khan’s style or power mimicking Maidana’s, but he did not confidently demonstrate he had an answer for Paulie Malignaggi’s boxing ability. The fact Broner shows us that he spends too much time thinking in the ring rather than punching back, Khan who is known for winning rounds and outworking his opponents will probably go home with the victory with a unanimous decision. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: HBO and the promoter for IBF/WBA super middleweight champion Carl Froch (32-2, 23 KO’s), Eddie Hearn, have reportedly agreed on a deal to have the Froch-Groves II rematch televised in the United States on HBO, according to Dan Rafael. Their previous fight last November wasn’t televised in the U.S, but this time the fans will get a chance to see these two guys go at it. The bout will be taking place in the UK at a still to be determined venue.
Hopefully the referee working the Froch-Groves fight won’t blow it like the last guy, because that would be a real pity if America fans had to sit through a controversial ending like the one that took place in their previous fight. Read the rest of this entry »
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By Allan Fox: Tomorrow night two German based fighters will go at it with Arthur Abraham (38-4, 28 KOs) meeting up with the WBO 168 lb title holder Robert Stieglitz (46-3, 26 KO’s) in a fight in Germany. These are two solid problems. Neither of them of them are considered among the top fighters of the division by fans, but they’re still decent quality fighters. Abraham has a huge incentive to win because of how badly he was beaten last year by Stieglitz in their 2nd fight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: An emaciated looking Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (47-1-1, 32 KO’s) made weight today at the weigh-in for his rematch on Saturday night against Brian Vera (23-7, 14 KO’s) at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. Chavez Jr. weighed in at 167.5 lbs, but he looked painfully thin at the weight. As thin as Chavez Jr. looked, it wouldn’t surprise me if he walks into the ring on Saturday night close to 200 lbs for the fight.
It’s good thing for Vera that he’s been sparring with heavyweights to get ready for this fight, because he could be fighting the equivalent of a little heavyweight depending on how much weight Chavez Jr. rehydrates up to by the time he sets foot into the ring on Saturday. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: WBO lightweight champion Ricky Burns (36-2-1, 11 KO’s) made weight today for his title defense on Saturday night against the highly talented American Terence Crawford (22-0, 16 KO’s) in Glasgow, Scotland. Burns weighed in at 134.25 lbs, and he looked in good shape as always. Burns’ recent problems in the ring have nothing to do with his conditioning, and more to do in terms of him suffering an injury against the big punching Raymundo Beltran.
Crawford weighed in at 134.5 lbs, and he looks to be in even better shape than Burns. Crawford’s midsection looked like it was carved out of a block of marble. He obviously worked hard during training camp. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Amir Khan (28-3, 18 KO’s) unleashed the dogs of war on Friday in saying he’ll KO former three-time world champion Adrien Broner if he wants to face him. Khan says he’s open to the Broner fight because he sees it as one of the big ones that will get him a fight against Floyd Mayweather Jr. Khan also sad in an interview on Thursday that he’s open to fighting on Mayweather’s undercard, even though he has his own contract with Showtime and doesn’t need to fight on Mayweather’s undercard.
Obviously, Khan would would see fighting on Mayweather’s undercard as a straight path to getting a fight against him either at the end of this year or early 2015. Read the rest of this entry »