By Dan Ambrose: WBC middleweight champion Sergio Martinez (51-2-2, 28 KO’s) successfully weighed in on Friday in coming in at 158.75 lbs. for his title defense against challenger Miguel Cotto (38-4, 31 KO’s) on Saturday night at Madison Square Garden in New York. Cotto weighed in at 155 lbs, which is kind of surprising because he’s likely to come in over 160lbs after he rehydrates.
You have to wonder if he messed up taking more weight off than he needed to when draining down to make weight for the fight. Whatever the case, Cotto is going to have his work cut out for him even if his weight is perfect. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo credit: Team Sauerland) By Scott Gilfoid: David Price (17-2, 15 KO’s) and his 39-year-old opponent Yaroslav Zavorotnyi (16-6, 14 KO’s) both weighed in on Friday for their fight on Saturday night for their 10 round bout at the Sport and Congress Center, Schwerin, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany. Price weighed in at 114.5 kg [252.4], whereas Zavorotny came in at slightly less at 111.8 kg [246.4].
The Price- Zavorotnyi will be taking place on the undercard of WBA light heavyweight champion Juergen Braehmer’s title defense against Roberto Bolonti. This is the same fighter that Tony Bellew easily beat by a 12 round unanimous decision 2 years ago, and now he’s a getting a title shot in an optional defense by Braehmer. It looks like Braehmer is taking no chances with his title.. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: #6 WBC Andy Lee (32-2, 22 KO’s) will have his back against the wall on Saturday night in his crucial fight against knockout artist John Jackson (18-1, 15 KO’s) in their fight on HBO pay-per-view at Madison Square Garden. The two will be fighting for the vacant NABF light middleweight title, and Lee says that it’s an eliminator bout as well.
The winner of the Jackson-Lee fight will likely need to wait a long, long time before they get a shot at the WBC junior middleweight title because it’s currently held by Floyd Mayweather Jr., and he’s not going to fight either Jackson or Lee. It’s not that he wouldn’t beat them, but rather there’s no money in a fight against them. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Don House, the trainer for WBC heavyweight champion Bermane Stiverne (24-1-1, 21 KO’s), believes that #3 WBC Deontay Wilder (31-0, 31 KO’s) is “frail”, according to Fighthype.com. House doesn’t see Deontay as a strong heavyweight due to his 6’7”, 220 lb. frame, and he thinks that Stiverne will be able ti either knock him out in the first three rounds or take him deep in order to stop him.
House is hoping that Stiverne will be able to take an optional title defense before he has to face Deontay. They’re waiting for the world from the World Boxing Council about whether they can take an optional title defense or if they must face Deontay next. Either way, he says Stiverne will be back in the ring in the next 5 months in November to make his first title defense of his WBC belt. Read the rest of this entry »
By Daniel Hughes: This weekend in New York sees Joe Calzaghe, the retired, unbeaten 46-0(32ko) super-middleweight champion from Wales rightly inducted into the boxing hall of fame.
The Newbridge born fighter reigned unbeaten at 168lbs for over 11 years now rewarded for his career that certainly excited the fans in the UK. He becomes only the 4th Welsh fighter to join the IBHOF joining esteemed Welsh fighters Jimmy Wilde, Jim Driscoll and Freddie Welsh some achievement. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: #4 WBC Martin Murray (27-1-1, 12 KO’s) will be fighting for the vacant WBC Silver middleweight strap against fringe contender Max Bursak (29-2-1, 12 KO’s) on June 21st this month at the Casino de Monte Carlo Salle Medecin, Monte Carlo, Monaco.
If the 31-year-old Murray wins the Silver strap, he feels like he should get another crack at WBC middleweight champion Sergio Martinez or get a fight against Miguel Cotto if he comes out victorious in the Cotto-Martinez fight this Saturday night at Madison Square Garden in New York. Read the rest of this entry »
By Iggy Chowdhury: In the build up to the Froch vs Groves rematch I followed all the pre-fight hype (TV and radio interviews, all the sky sports Ringside coverage, the numerous internet articles etc). A lot of the times there was mention of Froch “getting old overnight”. Many pundits said Groves was too quick, had a better defence and would outbox Froch but this quite simply did not happen.
During the first 6 rounds of the fight there was very little separating the two boxers, Froch was much more cautious and judged the distance between himself and Groves very well. He had more success with the jab and established the centre of the ring, something he had failed to do in the first fight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Euan Gilchrist: Firstly let me start by saying I realize I’m going to get a lot of hate from people who just read the title of this article and nothing else. To anyone who actually bothers reading more thank you and I hope that you will understand my reasoning for questioning Ward’s current reputation.
Andre Ward, the WBA super middleweight champion, came out of the Super six as the undisputed man in the super middleweight division when he beat Carl Froch in 2011 but since that time he has achieved nothing of any real note and is so inactive he makes the Klitchko’s look busy. He has fought twice since beating Froch, going ten rounds against a weight drained Chad Dawson who went back up to light heavyweight and was annihilated inside 2 minutes by Adonis Stevens, he then fought the unheralded and over-matched Edwin Rodriguez to a 12 round Unanimous decision. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: IBF/WBA super middleweight champion Carl Froch (33-2, 24 KO’s) had been think about putting together a plan-B opponent for his next fight later this year because his plan-A opponent Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. could be facing Gennady Golovkin next instead of Froch. That’s what Chavez Jr’s promoter Bob Arum of Top Rank wants.
While he sees Froch as a fighter in with a big fan base in the U.S, he likely realizes that Froch hasn’t put in the effort to build a large fan base in the United State, so he doesn’t have a ton of fans when you look at the casual fans of the sport. As such, Froch’s dream of fighting a pay-per-view fight against Chavez Jr. in the U.S isn’t really a great fight for Chavez Jr. due to Froch’s lack of a fan base in the U.S. Read the rest of this entry »
By DJ There has recently been a great deal of talk about the resume and opponent selection of Amir Khan (29-3, 19 KOs). Many question the quality of opposition he has faced. Some only look to his last few fights. Others go so far as to comment, “Who has Khan beat?” A cursory glance at Khan’s last three fights, two of which he won by a wide margin and one of which was a close but deserved decision, reveals why folks have been quick to comment. Read the rest of this entry »