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title Froch: I won’t be forced into a DeGale fight

froch67By Scott Gilfoid: Well, it looks like IBF/WBA super middleweight champion Carl Froch doesn’t like the idea of fighting his #1 IBF mandatory challenger James DeGale. Froch is saying that he doesn’t feel really motivated to take that fight next year, and he doesn’t want to risk his legacy fighting DeGale if he’s not fully motivated to take the fight.

Instead of facing DeGale, Froch is kicking around the idea of fighting 35-year-old Mikkel Kessler for a third time or possibly Julio Cesar Chavez Jr or Anthony Dirrell.

What I want to know is why isn’t Froch trying to get a fight against WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin? Froch asked boxing fans to pick from a list of three fighters – James DeGale, Gennady Golovkin and Julio Cesar Chavez Jr – in a poll on Froch’s Facebook page. Read the rest of this entry »



title Salido stops Kokietgym in 11th, captures interim WBO super featherweight title

kokietgym6By Dan Ambrose: In an exciting back and forth fight, former WBO featherweight champion Orlando Salido (42-12-2, 29 KOs) has to climb up off the deck on three separate occasions to eventually wear down and stop 33-year-old former world title challenger Tersak Kokietgym (53-5-1, 33 KOs) in the 11th round on Saturday night to win the interim WBO super featherweight title at the Auditorio Municipal in Tijuana, BC, Mexico.

Both Salido and Kokietgym hit the deck in the opening round with big power shots. Salido, a notorious slow starter, was then knocked down in the next round in getting put down by a big shot in the 2nd. Salido paid Kokietgym back in the 4th by dropping him. But a round later, Salido was knocked down again. This was the third and final time Salido hit the deck, because after this knockdown he finally get his act together and started punishing Kokietgym with body shots while staying in close. Read the rest of this entry »



title Edwin Rodriguez vs. Azea Augustama on Golovkin-Rubio card on October 18th

rodriguez432By Dan Ambrose: Former world title challenger Edwin Rodriguez (24-1, 16 KOs) will be back in the ring next month against light heavyweight Azea Augustama (17-1, 9 KOs) on October 18th on the undercard of the Marco Antonio Rubio vs. Gennady Golovkin fight card at the StubHub Center in Carson, California.

Rodriguez, 29, hasn’t fought since last November when he was soundly beaten by WBA super middleweight champion Andre Ward in a one-sided 12 round unanimous decision. Rodriguez tried as hard as he could against Ward, but he just didn’t have the talent to compete in that fight. Read the rest of this entry »



title Froch warns Groves to stay away from Anthony Dirrell

groves8By Scott Gilfoid: IBF/WBA super middleweight champion Carl Froch mentioned WBC champion Anthony Dirrell (27-0-1, 22 KOs) as a potential next opponent in early 2015 for his next fight. Froch was at ringside for George Groves’ win over EBU super middleweight champion Christopher Rebrasse (22-3-3, 6 KOs) tonight to become the mandatory challenger to WBC super middleweight champ Anthony Dirrell at the Wembley Arena in London, England.

Froch didn’t like what he saw from Groves in the fight despite him beating Rebrasse. As I mentioned earlier, Froch didn’t like the way Groves was wobbled a couple of times by Rebrasse and he feels that Dirrell, with his power, would give Groves major problems. Froch saw how Rebrasse was able to easily nail a tired looking Groves with head shot in the 2nd half of the fight. Froch’s conclusion was that if a light hitting Rebrasse was able to trouble Groves, then a powerful puncher with blazing hand speed like Dirrell would KO him down the stretch. Read the rest of this entry »



title Deserving fighters and the many belts

By Robert “Big Moe” Elmore: Some boxing fans are not happy with the many belts that have filled boxing as of late. They say it takes away from the sport for two reasons. One, they claim it’s just another way for the alphabet soup to align their pockets with more money. And two, it takes away from knowing who is the true champion of a certain division. Read the rest of this entry »



title Groves decisions Rebrasse, looks poor

groves56By Scott Gilfoid: A very tired looking George Groves (20-2, 15 Kos) struggled to defeat the light hitting EBU super middleweight champion Christopher Rebrasse (22-3-3, 6 KOs) on Saturday night by a 12 round unanimous decision at the Wembley Arena in London, UK. The final judges’ scores were 118-110, 118-110 and 117-111. Groves threw over 1000 punches

Groves was wobbled a couple of times by the light hitting Rebrasse and that’s really troubling. Both Carl Froch and Tony Bellew expressed doubts that Groves would be able to defeat WBC super middleweight champion Anthony Dirrell if that’s going to be his next fight. Read the rest of this entry »



title Mikkel Kessler expected to reveal next opponent in 10 days

By Scott Gilfoid: Inactive former WBA/WBC super middleweight champion Mikkel Kessler (46-3, 35 KOs) says he expected to make a statement about his next fight in the next days. This is obviously good news for fans of the 35-year-old Kessler, because he hasn’t fought in a year and a half since his loss to Carl Froch in May 2013, and it’ll be interesting to see if he even fights at all in 2014. Read the rest of this entry »



title Guillermo Rigondeaux vs. Chris Avalos possible for November 22nd

rigondeaux3By Dan Ambrose: On Friday, Caribe Promotions won the purse bid for the title defense by WBA/WBO super bantamweight champion Guillermo Rigondeaux (14-0, 9 KOs) for his defense against #1 IBF, #4 WBA Chris Avalos (24-2, 18 KOs). Caribe Promotions won with a winning bid of $317,777.77.

The fight Rigondeaux-Avalos is being talked about for November 22nd. The venue for the fight hasn’t been decided yet, but they’re looking at possibly Miami or the Dominican Republic. However, the fight is still up in the air at this time because Avalos’ promoters at Top Rank might opt to put him in against newly crowned IBF super bantamweight champion Carl Frampton in a fight that would be staged in the UK. Read the rest of this entry »



title Mayweather says Khan has unfinished business with Danny Garcia and Breidis Prescott

floyd5656By Scott Gilfoid: Well, it looks like Amir Khan can pretty much forget all about getting a fight against WBA/WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr next year unless Khan takes care of his unfinished business with his two biggest blemishes on his resume in his knockout losses to Breidis Prescott and Danny Garcia.

Khan never did anything to avenge those losses, and instead he moved on without trying to rectify those glaring defeats. Mayweather is saying that Khan still has problems from the past that he’s not taken care of in those two fights.

Mayweather didn’t come right out and say he won’t fight Khan unless he avenges the defeats but you can pretty much read it as such. Read the rest of this entry »



title Mchunu defeats Wilson; Dargan stops Perez

mchunuBy Allan Fox: In a fight that was one-sided from start to finish, #2 WBC, #7 IBF, #10 WBO cruiserweight contender Thabisio Mchunu (17-1, 11 KOs) easily defeated a badly over-matched Garrett Wilson (13-8-1, 7 KOs) in beating him by a 10 round unanimous decision on Saturday night at the Foxwoods Resort, Mashantucket, Connecticut, USA.

The final judges’ scores were 96-93, 99-90 and 98-91. The 99-90 score was by far the most accurate score of the three, as Wilson arguably didn’t win one round in the fight. It was so one-sided that it wasn’t even entertaining. Read the rest of this entry »



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