By James P Sexton: Amir Khan’s long run at trying to lure pound for pound king Floyd Mayweather Jr into a lucrative pay-per-view bout seems to be at an end. Mayweather has said that Khan doesn’t have the name to generate the interest he is looking for.
If Khan can get neither Mayweather or Manny Pacquiao bouts who will be his next choice of opponent? Assuming he can and will move on from these bouts to other things, IBF welterweight champion Kell Brook would seem to be the next best thing. Read the rest of this entry »
By James P Sexton: The 2011 Ring Magazine Fight of the Year took place in April and was a WBC World Welterweight Title bout between undefeated champion Andre Berto and Victor Ortiz. The fight got off to a great start with Berto going down in the opening round, and then Ortiz down in the second.
The fast pace was maintained throughout the fight and the sixth round was one to remember with both warriors touching the canvas. Despite a late point deduction for Ortiz, he walked away with the unanimous 12 round decision as well as Berto’s title. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: IBF/WBA super middleweight champion Carl Froch has been given his marching orders by the International Boxing Federation, telling him that he has 30 days to start negotiating a fight against #1 IBF James DeGale (20-1, 14 KOs) for a fight in early 2015.
It doesn’t look like Froch is going to take that fight, so we can expect him to be either stripped of his title or vacate the strap. This leaves DeGale with the unfortunate task of facing #7 IBF Andre Dirrell (24-1, 16 KOs) for the vacant IBF strap. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: IBF 160lb champion Jermain Taylor (33-4, 20 KOs) will be defending his title against the aging fringe contender Sergio Mora (27-3-2, 9 KOs) on February 6th at the Beau Rivage Resort & Casino in Biloxi, Mississippi.
This is an ideal first title defense for the 36-year-old Taylor, because Mora doesn’t have the kind of power that has traditionally given Taylor problems in the past. Taylor has suffered bad knockouts at the hands of Kelly Pavlik, Arthur Abraham and Carl Froch. However, Taylor has always done good against fighters with little in the way of power, and he should be fine against Mora. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: 43-year-old heavyweight Audley Harrison (31-7, 23 KOs) is looking to return to the ring in 2015 after sitting out of action in 2014 following a 1st round blowout against the big punching Deontay Wilder in April of 2013.
Audley would like to get a fight against the unbeaten Anthony Joshua if possible. Harrison is also interested in facing the recently beaten Dereck Chisora. Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn has talked about the idea of matching him against Audley, but it’s unclear how serious the interest was. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: #4 WBC heavyweight contender Mike Perez (20-1-1, 12 KOs) could be fighting on January 9th against an opponent still to be determined at the Chumash Resort in Santa Ynez, California.
Perez might not fight on this date if they can’t find an opponent for him. There’s only six days left before January 9th, so it’s quite possible that his management may not be able to find an opponent for him. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: The World Boxing Council (WBC) has given British heavyweight Anthony Joshua (10-0, 10 KOs) a push up the rankings to No.8. This is an interesting ranking because it puts Joshua above #9 Andy Ruiz, #10 Manuel Charr, #12 Carlos Takam, #13 Chris Arreola, #14 Tony Thompson and #15 Odlanier Solis.
I don’t think Joshua, 6’6”, could beat some of those guys, most noticeably Takam, Arreola, Solis and Thompson. I rate all of those fighters above Joshua. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Thus far the 24-year-old Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (44-1-1, 31 KOs) and his management team at Golden Boy Promotions have come up empty in trying to get a fight against WBC middleweight champion Miguel Cotto (39-4, 32 KOs).
Canelo says he’s given in on everything that Cotto has asked for and yet he still can’t get him to sign the contract. The reality seems to be that Canelo and his promoter Oscar De La Hoya need to give Cotto a bigger purse split to make the fight worthwhile, and because Canelo doesn’t have the bargaining power right now to throw his weight around like he could do if it were another opponent under different circumstances. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Heavyweight Malik Scott is picking #1 WBC Deontay Wilder (32-0, 32 KOs) to KO WBC heavyweight champion Bermane Stiverne (24-1-1, 21 KOs) in their fight in two weeks from now on January 14th at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Scott, who was knocked out in the 1st round by Deontay earlier last year in April, thinks that Stiverne has problems with taller fighters that use their height to fight tall and not get down to their shorter opponent’s level.
Malik especially likes Deontay’s right hand power, as he believes that’s going to be a potent weapon for him against the 6’2” Stiverne when the two start firing shots. Deontay has got one of the best right hands in the division, and it’s going to be a problem for Stiverne if he gets hit with too many of those big right hands.
“I got the fight 70-30 for Wilder,” Scott said via esnewsreporting.com. “Reason I say that is because I know Stiverne and his trainer and they have been working but Stiverne doesn’t deal with rangy guys good enough for me to think he’s going to beat Deontay; someone who’s 6’7” who fights tall. He’s got the right hand equalizer. Unfortunately that’s going to be too much for Stiverne.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Tom Eynon: As I was reading on a particular website, I found myself fixated on an article to the point of reading the blog posts at the bottom. It is truly entertaining to view the opinions of so many fans around the world, giving their version of the fight between Floyd Mayweather Jr and Manny Pacquiao.
Most of the time I take opinions with a grain of salt, because so many of them are surrounded around the Fan, rather than the true reality of the situation. Read the rest of this entry »