(Photo credit: Esther Lin/Showtime) By Daniel Hughes: Next weekend the MGM Grand, in Las Vegas, Nevada hosts a real genuine 50-50 fight when Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (43-1-1, 31 KO’s) faces Erislandy Lara (19-1-2, 12 KO’s) in a light-middleweight contest at the catch-weight limit of 155lb. The fight eagerly anticipated and just over a week away, and will be a contest boxing fans and writers have been looking forward to ever since the ink on the contracts were signed.
Lara, the avoided Cuban, is in many ways in the ‘who needs them club’ against the young Mexican, Canelo, who could certainly of looked to have taken an easier challenge at this point of his career. The fight will certainly throw up pressure on both to perform, look good and get the win for vastly different reasons. Lara at 31 years old, has been given a chance to talents to a worldwide audience against Canelo. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: #12 WBC Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero (32-2-1, 18 KO’s) is reportedly a strong candidate for WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao’s next fight on November 22nd at the Venetian Casino & Resort, in Macao, Macao S.A.R., China. Doghouseboxing.com is reporting that a source close to Team Pacquiao has leaked the news that they’re very interested in having the 31-year-old Guerrero face Pacquiao next.
Guerrero has a cut over his left eye that will need to heal, but it’s not a big cut and he should be ready to fight the Filipino star by November. Read the rest of this entry »
(Picture credit: Hogan Photos) By Dan Ambrose: ESPN commentator Teddy Atlas went into a long and angry rant last Wednesday night about the August 9th Golden Boy Promotions fight between WBA/WBC light welterweight champion Danny Garcia (28-0, 16 KO’s) and unranked lightweight Rod Salka (19-3, 3 KO’s) at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
Like a lot of boxing fans, Atlas isn’t happy about the match-up, because the two-title holder Garcia isn’t fighting a top 15 contender. He’s not even fighting a light welterweight in this case, as Salka is a light hitting lightweight who is moving up in weight for this fight but without a top 15 ranking. Atlas thinks that one of the sanctioning bodies, either the WBA or WBC, will soon have Salka ranked in the top 15 at 140 shortly before the fight takes place in order to give the fight some legitimacy. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: #4 WBO Tyson Fury (22-0, 16 KO’s) has been pushing around tractors and flipping huge tires to get ready for his rematch against #1 WBO Dereck Chisora (20-4, 14 KO’s) in their rematch this month on July 26th at the Phones 4u Arena in Manchester, UK.
The Chisora-Fury II fight was given the green light as a WBO heavyweight eliminator bout despite the fact that there are other guys ranked ahead of Fury by the WBO in Andy Ruiz and Deontay Wilder.
Fury is going to need to be careful with his pushing of tractors and lifting of tires, because the last thing he needs is to blow out his back. I mean, lifting a tire is potentially a dangerous thing unless you have a history of weight lifting. Judging by Fury’s physique, my guess is he’s not been a huge weight lifter during his lifetime, and it’s probably not a good idea for him to start this close to an important fight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Gavin “Neds” O’Connor: This week at the BET awards ceremony the red carpet was turned in to an unofficial press posting with Floyd Mayweather Jr dropping the news of a September rematch with the tough Argentinean Marcos Maidana at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
To some the news was not a surprise and to others it was the choice of creditable and available suitors was to a lot of people in the boxing world believed very limited due to a number of issues. Manny Pacquiao is off limits due the problems between Bob Arum and Floyd and a collection of other issues (everyone has their own views). Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Former two time world title challenger Matthew Macklin (30-5, 20 KO’s) will be back in the ring on August 30th in Dublin, Ireland against an opponent still to be determined.
This could be a possible warmup fight for the 32-year-old Macklin to face #4 WBC junior middleweight contender Andy Lee (33-2, 23 KO’s) in November, as Eddie Hearn from Matchroom Sport is said to be interested in putting this fight together. If so, this domestic level clash would be similar to the fight that Hearn plans on putting together later this year between Tony Bellew and Nathan Cleverly in the cruiserweight division. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jim Dower: The hard hitting #4 IBF Michael Farenas (39-4-4, 31 KOs) was much too powerful for the light hitting #11 IBF Mark Davis (18-1, 5 KO’s) in stopping him in the 8th round on Wednesday night in their IBF super featherweight eliminator bout at the Foxwoods Resort, in Mashantucket, Connecticut, USA.
Farenas hurt Davis with a big left hook to the head in the 8th round that drove him across him staggering across the ring. Referee Steve Smoger then stepped in and stopped the bout at 0:59 of the round. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Well, it looks like #1 IBF Kell Brook (32-0, 22 KO’s) has finally got his fight against IBF welterweight champ Shawn Porter (24-0-1, 15 KO’s). Dan Rafael of ESPN is saying that the Brook-Porter fight will be taking place on August 16th at the StubHub Center in Carson, California.
The card included a rematch between WBC super middleweight champion Sakio Bika and #5 WBC Anthony Dirrell. The card will be televised by Showtime. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo credit: Esther Lin/Showtime) By Chris Williams: Golden Boy Promotions president Oscar De La Hoya says that he’s been given “strict orders” by 23-year-old Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (43-1-1, 31 KO’s) to schedule him for the Mexican holidays in September on the Mexican Independence Day weekend and in May on Cinco de Mayo.
Canelo also said that he’s going to be fighting on those dates. The problem is WBA/WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr (46-0, 26 KO’s) has been sitting on those dates off and on since 2007 and he’s by far a much, much bigger pay-per-view draw than Canelo right now. Read the rest of this entry »
By Yannis Mihanos: What happened to this once exciting division that now no one gives a penny to watch? The times of reign of Iron Mike Tyson, Lennox Lewis, Evander Hollyfield, Muhammed Ali, George Foreman and Joe Frazier are long gone but the time of Wladimir Klitshko has not yet to end.
Since the departure of his older brother Vitali Klitschko, Wladimir seems to be the last man standing in the heavyweight division.
Wladimir is the only man accountable in the heavyweight division after him chaos prevails. He now holds 4 titles: WBA, WBO, IBF and IBO. Read the rest of this entry »