By Scott Gilfoid: George Groves (16-0, 12 KO’s) will be looking to picked up the vacant EBU title that James DeGale cast off when he faces Mouhamed Ali Ndiaye (22-1, 13 KO’s) on March 16th on the Nathan Cleverly vs. Robin Krasniqi fight card at the Wembley Arena in London, UK.
This is also the card that has WBO lightweight champion Ricky Burns facing IBF 135 pound champion Miguel Vazquez in what is easily the best perhaps the only good fight on the entire career unless you’re into watching mismatches. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: EBU super bantamweight champion Kiko Martinez (27-3, 19 KO’s) expects the younger and inexperienced Carl Frampton (15-0, 10 KO’s) to be running for survival in their fight on February 9th at the Odyssey Arena in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Martinez believes Frampton won’t even try to mix it up with him for fear of getting hurt by something big.
Martinez said to Sky Sports “I feel I will be by knockout…I think Frampton will try to run. I think he’ll box and he won’t go toe-to-toe. I know I’m a lot stronger than him. When I’m in the ring with him, he won’t want to fight me.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: 33-year-old former WBA middleweight champion Felix Sturm (37-3-2, 16 KO’s) has a crucial fight on his hands against #1 IBF Sam Soliman (42-11, 17 KO’s) in an IBF middleweight eliminator bout at the ISS Dome in Dusseldorf, Germany.
Sturm needs this fight so that he can get a second crack against IBF middleweight champion Daniel Geale after having been beaten by Geale last year in September in an upset loss in Germany. Sturm, who had previously had the judge’s side with him in a number of controversial fights, found himself finally on the other end of a decision in getting beat by Geale. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Zab Judah (42-7, 29 KO’s) thinks WBA/WBC light welterweight champion Danny Garcia (25-0, 16 KO’s) started getting cold feet about the idea of facing him on February 9th after seeing how devastating Lucas Matthysse looked this past weekend in destroying Mike Dallas Jr. by a 1st round knockout win. Judah beat Matthysse by a 12 round decision two years ago in a close fight.
Judah thinks an out of shape Garcia decided he wasn’t ready physically or mentally to fight Judah in February after seeing that fight. Garcia has decided to use a fake injury excuse about his ribs to buy more time to get in shape and to try and get ready for the fight, Judah believes. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Former IBF super middleweight champion Lucian Bute (31-1, 24 KO’s) has reportedly had surgery on his left eyebrow to clean up some excess scar tissue that he had in the areas, according to fightnews.com.
The talented 32-year-old Bute should be ready to go by May 25th to take on the winner of the February 16th clash between Nikola Sjekloca and Sakio Bika for the vacant WBC super middleweight title lifted from champion Andre Ward by the World Boxing Council. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: IBF middleweight champion Daniel Geale will be defending his title in a rematch tomorrow night against his old nemesis 38-year-old Anthony Mundine at the Entertainment Center in Sydney, Australia. Geale chose this fight rather than facing the much more dangerous WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin to fight. By choosing Mundine to fight again, it cost Geale his WBA Super World middleweight title, but then it was a bad match-up for Geale and he would have likely lost not only his WBA strap, but also his IBF title had he taken the fight.
The rematch with Mundine isn’t a match that registers with the world wide boxing public because Mundine has been out of the loop for so long that it’s not a fight that boxing fans outside of Australia really care about but the Australians like the fight and it’ll give Geale a good payday. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Miguel Cotto (37-4, 30 KO’s) will be getting a good long rest after absorbing a lot of punishment in consecutive losses to Floyd Mayweather Jr. and WBA junior middleweight champion Austin Trout in 2012. According to Dan Rafael of ESPN, Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer says the 32-year-old Cotto will be resting up until the fall (September, October and November) before he fights again.
In other words, Cotto will only be fighting once in 2013 unless he somehow gets selected by WBC junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez to fight on May 4th. That’s not likely because Trout has been mentioned as a strong possibility to fight Alvarez on that date, and if not him then Alfredo Angulo will be a strong candidate to be fighting Alvarez. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: IBF light welterweight champion Lamont Peterson (30-1-1, 15 KO’s) recently signed a contract with Golden Boy Promotions to put himself in position to get important big money fights against the likes of Lucas Matthysse, Danny Garcia and Amir Khan, the big three in the light welterweight division.
For the 31-year-old Peterson to take advantage of his new status as a Golden Boy fighter and to get those important fights, he’s going to have to get past former WBO light welterweight champion Kendall Holt (28-5, 16 KO’s) next month on February 22nd in their fight at the DC Armory in Washington, DC. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: In a battle of aging Polish heavyweights, the 45-year-old Andrew Golota (41-8-1, 33 KO’s) will return to the ring next month to fight 44-year-old Przemyslaw Saleta (43-7, 21 KO’s) in a Polish clash at the Ergo Arena, Plac Dwoch Miast 1, 8—344 Gdansk, Poland.
The fight is scheduled for 10 rounds, but it’ll be a miracle if it makes it to the 6th. One of the these bog heavyweights are going down early in this fight, and he couldn’t be surprised in the least if it were Golota, although I would think that he would be the favorite just based on his superior talent during his career. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: After watching Jesus Soto-Karass (27-8-3, 17 KO’s) easily beat Selcuk Aydin (23-2, 17 KO’s) last Saturday night in a 12 round majority decision victory, suddenly Robert Guerrero’s 12 round unanimous decision victory over Aydin isn’t looking so special now.
In watching those two fights, it’s clear that Soto-Karass has a much easier time against Aydin compared to Guerrero. Forget about the fact that Guerrero beat Aydin by a 12 round unanimous decision compared to the 12 round majority decision victory that Soto-Karass earned against Aydin. Read the rest of this entry »