By Scott Gilfoid: Former two time heavyweight champion Chris Byrd is really impressed with what he’s seen of the two giant British heavyweights David Price and Tyson Fury, and he thinks they could be talented fighters in the future if they keep progressing. Byrd believes Price and Fury would give anyone in the division problems, including the Klitschkos.
Speaking with secondsout.com, Byrd said “Well Vitali is 40 something and Wladimir 36. I look at David Price and he’s got a ton of talent. He can pop, he knows how to keep his distance, and he makes you think before you come in. Both these big guys (Price and Fury) can really fight. They are a tough matchup for anybody in the division.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Eric Thomas: Junior middleweight contender Gabriel Rosado (21-5, 13 KO’s) hasn’t even fought WBA World middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (24-0, 21 KO’s) , yet he’s already looking past him towards big fights that he feels a win over Golovkin will lead to in the near future.
Rosado and Golovkin will be fighting this month on January 19th at Madison Square Garden in New York. Rosado is a big underdog in this fight, and he’s going to have to find a way to show that the betting crowd is wrong by not giving him much of a shot to win this fight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: #3 WBC light heavyweight contender Tony Bellew (19-1, 12 KO’s) could be on the verge of facing his first real quality opponent in #5 WBC Isaac Chilemba (30-1-1, 9 KO’s) on March 30th at the Echo Arena in Liverpool, UK. Bellew, 30, is hoping to get a title shot against WBC light heavyweight champion Chad Dawson in 2013, that’s not likely to happen because he’s not ranked high enough.
Bellew needs another big win or two to get him to the #1 mandatory position and it starts possibly with the talented 25-year-old Chilemba from Johannesburg, South Africa. Chilema is a tough fighter and I can’t see Bellew getting past this guy unless he’s able to score a knockout. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Top Rank promoter Bob Arum reportedly may ask Juan Manuel Marquez and Manny Pacquiao to have random drug tests for their possible rematch in September 2013, according to Philboxing.com. The random blood tests aren’t required for fights that tale place in Nevada or Texas, two of the locations that Arum may consider placing the Pacquiao-Marquez 5 fight.
Since it’s not a requirement from the states that Arum wants to stage the fight, I don’t see any reason why Marquez should have to agree to this extra testing. If some fighters like WBO super bantamweight champion Nonito Donaire want to take the testing for themselves then more power to him, but Marquez shouldn’t have to agree to taking the tests.
If this turns out to be the case and Arum does request that Pacquiao and Marquez agree to the blood testing before they can fight again the you have to ask why do they suddenly want random blood tests for a Pacquiao-Marquez fifth fight when they never had it in their four previous fights? Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Interim WBA World middleweight champion Martin Murray (25-0-1, 11 KO’s) must be pretty happy right now that he’s been selected to fight the best middleweight in the division on April 27th against WBC 160 pound champion Sergio Martinez (50-2-2, 28 KO’s) at the Club Atletic Velez Sarsfield, Distrito Federal, Argentina.
Murray is happy because Martinez is the guy that all the young contenders want to fight, him and Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. However, I think Murray’s happiness will soon be replaced with terrible sadness on April 27th when it becomes clear that he doesn’t have the talent to compete in this fight and ends up getting routed by Martinez. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Unbeaten Kell Brook (29-0, 19 KO’s) is picking the wrong champion and the wrong time to be finally stepping it up against a quality opposition after 9 years as a pro. Brook will be challenging IBF welterweight champion Devon Alexander (24-1, 13 KO’s) on February 23rd at the Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Michigan.
Brook, 25, has been spoon fed all these years nothing but incredibly weak opposition and even in his last two fights, he was still facing weak opponents. Well, spoon fed opposition ends on February 23rd when he fights Alexander, and there’s going to be a lesson learned from this after Brook gets spanked badly. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jason Kim: #3 WBC welterweight contender Selcuk Aydin (23-1, 17 KO’s) will be fighting for the first time with new trainer Adam Booth on January 26h against Jesus Soto-Karass (26-8-3, 17 KO’s0 at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Aydin, 29, lost his last fight to former three division world champion Robert Guerrero by a 12 round unanimous decision in July of last year. Although Aydin looked powerful with his shots, he looked incredibly raw for a fighter with six year of pro experience under his belt and he performed poorly other than when he was landing big power shots. Read the rest of this entry »
By Eric Thomas: WBO middleweight champion Peter Quillin (28-0, 20 KO’s) will be looking to put in a solid performance against #5 WBC, #14 WBO Fernando Guerrero (25-1, 19 KO’s) on the undercard of the Danny Garcia – Zab Judah fight on February 9th at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
Quillin, 29, won the WBO middleweight title in his last fight against WBO champion Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam last October by a 12 round decision. Quillin showed some positives in that fight in terms of his huge power as he was able to knock N’Dam down six times in the fight. Each time N’Dam would start making a comeback, Quillin would drop him. He had N’Dam down in the 4th, 6th and 12th rounds. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: It’s looking like WBC junior middleweight champion Sail “Canelo” Alvarez won’t be facing WBA junior middleweight champion Austin Trout next judging by the comments Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer made to Sports Illustrated writer Chris Mannix this past week on twitter.
It’s unclear whether Alvarez will be fighting on May 4th, the Mexican holiday Cinco de Mayo or if he’ll be back in the ring in March against a still to be determined opponent. What does seem pretty obvious is that Alvarez won’t be facing the guy he arguably should be fighting in Austin Trout. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Caribe Promotions, the co-promoters for WBA World super bantamweight champion Guillermo Rigondeaux (11-0, 8 KO’s), says that they are ready to match Rigondeaux against WBO super bantamweight champion Nonito Donaire in March or whatever month that Donaire wants the fight. They’re not saying no to any month; they just want the fight with Donaire.
Caribe Promotions said on their twitter “Nonito talks a lot, and talks a lot about Rigondeaux. Rigondeux asks ‘when is Nonito ready to fight? Nonito, talk, talk, talk. Nonito vs. Rigondeux in March. Nonito didn’t confirm. And now he’s talking. Rigondeaux is ready. Nonito wants to fight in China. I confirm that Rigondeaux is ready, and we are ready for China.” Read the rest of this entry »