By Scott Gilfoid: Former IBF/WBA/WBC/WBO super middleweight champion Joe Calzaghe (46-0, 32 KO’s) turns 42-years-old today, and I guess it’s pretty clear at this point that Calzaghe will never return to the ring to fight ever again despite the big money he could get for a clash against someone like Carl Froch, Adonis Stevenson, Bernard Hopkins, Andre Ward, or Sergey Kovalev. Calzaghe retired 6 years ago when he was still more or less in his prime of his career, but also the timing of his retirement came about right at the same time as the emergence of Andre Ward.
Some boxing fans think Calzaghe chose to retire at that time due to what would likely have been mounting pressure for him to face Ward. Had Calzaghe continued his career, he would have had to fight Ward otherwise fans would have seen him as a ducker and questioned his entire legacy. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: George Groves (19-1, 15 KO’s) wants IBF/WBA super middleweight champion Carl Froch (32-2, 23 KO’s) to be officially reprimanded by the British Boxing Board of Control (BBBofC) for Froch having given him a shove at their pre-fight press conference at the Wembley Stadium two weeks ago to announce their fight on May 31st in London, UK. Groves is concerned that Froch may choose to put hands on him again during their face offs in the next month.
The last thing that Groves wants is for Froch to take a shot at him which would cause him to fire back with a punch to the head of Froch, causing bloodshed. Groves is saying that he’ll knock Froch out if he punches himself out of the ring.
“If I have to meet him 3 or 4 times before and do a face off with him, I don’t want to be standing there with him waiting for him to throw a punch at me, because if he throws a punch at me, I’ll put him to sleep and where does that leave me?” Groves said to IFL TV. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: The May 17th WBO 147lb eliminator bout between the recently knocked out Mike Alvarado (34-2, 23 KO’s) and the recently beaten Juan Manuel Marquez (55-7-1, 40 KO’s) will be officially announced this Wednesday by Top Rank Promotions in Los Angeles, California. The fight will be taking place at the Forum, in Inglewood, California, USA.
The winner of this bout becomes the mandatory challenger to the winner of the April 12th rematch between WBO welterweight belt holder Tim Bradley and challenger Manny Pacquiao. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jarrette: I will start off by saying this is my first post so I will start with an easy subject article, no controversy, no arguing, just opinions on your personal dream fights.
Now with that out of the way this article is purely to hear everyone’s wish list for 2014.
- Julio Cesar Chavez Jr vs, Gennady “GGG” Golovkin
- Ruslan “Siberian Rocky” Provodnikov vs, Brandon Rios/Manny Pacquiao
By Stephen Davis: It is with sadness that I have to report the sad death of British boxing promoter Mickey Duff. He died in his sleep, early Saturday morning.
Duff worked with many of the British Boxing greats over the years including Frank Bruno, John Conteh, Joe Calzaghe and Alan Minter, to name a few. Read the rest of this entry »
By Yannis Mihanos: This morning I watched on You Tube, HBO’S Manny Pacquiao – Tim Bradley Face off with Max Kellerman. It’s duration was short, about 6 minutes but it was enough to notice a few things.
First thing that I noticed was that Pacquiao seemed uncomfortable with the presence of Bradley. Then I heard Bradley go on and say that he has watched again the tape of the fight and that he is sure that he won 8 out of the 12 rounds. Read the rest of this entry »
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By Dan Ambrose: With six weeks to go before his big pay-per-view fight on Showtime, WBA welterweight champion Marcos Maidana (35-3, 31 KO’s) is already looking in fighting shape for his big money fight against WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. (45-0, 26 KO’s) at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. Maidana didn’t let himself get out of shape after his big win over Adrien Broner last December, so he’s already got a leg up for this important clash.
Maidana is training with Manny Pacquiao’s ex-strength and conditioning coach Alex Ariza to get ready for the fight. It’s obviously going well. Having Ariza on his team as his S &C has really helped Maidana, because his conditioning was one of his weak points a few years ago when he would gas out late in his fights. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jim Dower: Undefeated super bantamweight Abdul “Kid Galahad” Barry Awad (16-0, 8 KO’s) stayed unbeaten with a lopsided 12 round unanimous decision win over a badly overmatched Sergio Prado (9-4-1, 3 KO’s) on Saturday night to capture the vacant European 122lb title at the Ponds Forge Arena, Sheffield, UK. The final judges’ were 117-111, 118-110, and 120-108. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Floyd Mayweather Jr. will be having Adrien Broner (27-1, 22 KO’s) and Amir Khan (28-3, 19 KO’s) both on his May 3rd fight card at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada, but unfortunately both of them appear headed for disappointing fights that make it hardly worth having them on his career. Broner is said to be fighting Carlos Molina (17-1-1, 7 KO’s), and we’re talking the light welterweight version of Carlos Molina, not the IBF junior middleweight champion.
Khan’s opponent on the card is still being worked out, but Luis Collazo is the guy that Golden Boy Promotions are reportedly interested in matching against him. However, Collazo is a far more appealing opponent than Molina is for Broner. Molina hasn’t fought in over a year since his 10th round stoppage loss to Khan in 2012. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: 42-year-old Tony Thompson (38-4, 16 KO’s) beat a lazy-looking Odlanier Solis (20-2, 13 KO’s) by a 12 round split decision on Saturday night to capture the vacant WBC International heavyweight title at the Tekirdag, Turkey. The final judges scores were 115-114, 115-113 for Thompson. The final judges had it 116-112 for Solis. Thompson appeared to win 11 of the 12 rounds in my scoring of the fight. The only round that Solis fought well enough to win was the 2nd. All the rest of the rounds he was badly outworked by the older and much bigger Thompson.
Thompson, 6’5″, had too much size for the smaller 6’1″ Solis in this fight, and most of the rounds saw Solis being jabbed constantly in the face. Thompson wasn’t putting much power in his shots, but he was throwing nonstop punches that Solis had no answer for. Occasionally, Solis would throw a few shots, but mostly he just stood and covered up. Solis had the better power, but he would frequently miss with his shots when trying to nail Thompson. Read the rest of this entry »