By Steven Ocallaghan: After a chat with American heavyweight contender Deontay Wilder (27-0, 27 KO’s) on twitter, I’m still perplexed to what he expects of the public. I questioned his choice of opponents and he answered by saying that I know nothing about boxing.
All my life I have watched, read and studied the noble art, even have a claim to fame in sparring to knocking down a world champion. I replied that I have forgotten more than he knows. His reply was that I was a hater, by which I’m not. Anybody ho can KO 27 out of 27 has to be listened to, but because I disagree, I know nothing. Read the rest of this entry »
By Tony Crooks: As a young boy, I grew up watching the great fights that went on to be legend. I am not going to mention those fights to you, as you as boxing fans will know exactly what I am talking about. The younger boxing fans out there can use the internet to discover and educate themselves on the history of boxing and personally watch the true stories unfold.
We all know of Muhammad Ali & Joe Frazier, the formidable George Foreman who used to be a devastating fighter before he made low fat cooking grills. I mentioned George Foreman to my son and told him that he had one of the hardest punches ever, he looked at me and laughed and said:” Do you mean the big bald guy that sells health grills.” In all honesty and in sadness and in respect of this great fighter, I politely told my son that he was mistaken. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Former European Boxing Union (EBU) welterweight champion Matthew Hatton (43-6-2, 17 KO’s) is already looking past his March 2nd fight against International Boxing Organization (IBO) welterweight champion Chris van Heerden (18-1-1, 10 KO’s) in South Africa towards a hoped for fight against either WBA World welterweight champion Paulie Malignaggi or former WBA welterweight champion Vyacheslav Senchenko.
Hatton, #14 IBF, likes his chances against both of those guys for some reason. Hatton especially wants to fight Senchenko so that he can get revenge for Senchenko whipping his brother Ricky Hatton last year in a 9th round TKO win last November. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo credit: Team Sauerland) By Allan Fox: Former WBO super middleweight champion Robert Stieglitz (43-3, 24 KO’s) got an easy 3rd round TKO victory last Saturday night over the inexperienced 22-year-old Michal Nieroda (10-3, 5 KO’s) in a tune-up bout at the Bon Pastor, Barcelona, Cataluña, Spain. The fight was halted at 1:45 of the 3rd round to give the 31-year-old Stieglitz the victory.
Stieglitz, #12 WBO, #12 IBF, will now be given a rematch against WBO super middleweight champion Arthur Abraham (36-3, 28 KO’s) on March 23rd at the Magdeburg, Sachsen-Anhalt, Germany. Hopefully, this is the last of the fights between Abraham and Stieglitz because this rematch is hardly necessary due to Abraham soundly beating Stieglitz by a 12 round unanimous decision last August by the scores of 116-112, 115-113 and 116-112. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Zab Judah doesn’t care that WBA/WBC light welterweight champion Danny Garcia reportedly suffered a rib injury while training for their now cancelled fight on Showtime on February 9th at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. Judah still wants to fight on that date, and he’s hoping his team will be able to find a suitable replacement so that he can fight in the main event on that card.
Judah said this on his twitter “This is who I’m really fighting. A boy, not a man. Lol @DannySwift boy I’m on to you!! Ok its official @DannySwift has Blocked me from his twitter aint this a blimp? Lololololol I knew this boy didn’t want none @50cent. That’s Crazy because I just wanna fight the best and he say he the best so let’s get it and he blocked me ok I take another route. Read the rest of this entry »
By Tony Crooks: Deontay Wilder has a very impressive record with 27 KO’s and no losses; on paper this appears to be in actual fact imposing, so much so that every heavyweight in the world should be tormented by the nightmares that most early Tyson opponents experienced. Why is not the case?
Lets us make a comparable with Lennox Lewis at the exactly the same time in their respective careers. Lewis fought Donavon Razor Ruddock in his twenty second fight and won by KO in the second round. Wilder fought Jesse Oltmanns, Jesse who? Lewis then fought Tony Tucker, Wilder fights Owen Beck, Owen who? Both Ruddock and Tucker were dangerous fights for Lewis at that time in his career, Oltmanns and Beck sounds more like a department store than they do boxers. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo credit: Naoki Fakuda) By Allan Fox: WBC interim light welterweight champion Lucas Matthysse (33-2, 31 KO’s) decided after suffering two controversial losses in the United States to Zab Judah and Devon Alexander that he was no longer going to let the judges have any say so in his fights in the U.S, and so he’s turned the judges into meaningless spectators the last three times he’s fought in the U.S by knocking out all three of his opponents.
Last night, Matthysse stopped Mike Dallas Jr. (19-3-1, 8 KO’s) in the 1st round at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. Matthysse flattened an overanxious Dallas Jr. with a solid right to the head that sent Dallas Jr. down face first on the canvas. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo credit: Ester Lin/Showtime) By Dan Ambrose: Dan Rafael of ESPN is reporting that WBA/WBC light welterweight champion Danny Garcia has a rib injury, and it’s possible that his February 9th title defense against Zab Judah will be postponed because of it.
Rafael said on his twitter “I’m told the Danny Garcia has a rib problem, which is why the Super Judah fight might be postponed.”
So there it is. Garcia has a rib injury that could cause the fight to be put off for a while until his injury heal, but it makes you wonder why Garcia didn’t just say that last night. Why keep quiet about it? Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: WBA/WBC light welterweight champion Danny Garcia is rumored to be pulling out of his fight this Monday with 35-year-old Zab Judah, according to Steve Kim of maxboxing.com. With Judah skewering him in messages on twitter late last night, the only thing Garcia could offer up was this brief comment: “I’m ready for whoever!”
That doesn’t sound like a denial, does it? Boxing fans that were looking forward to the February 9th fight between Garcia and Judah are still hoping this is just a sick joke and that Garcia will choose to fight Judah as scheduled, but you have to wonder why Garcia didn’t confront the rumors head on last night when given the opportunity. Garcia’s usually vocal father, Angel Garcia, has been oddly quiet about the news of Garcia possibly pulling out of the fight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: The unbeaten heavyweight Deontay Wilder (27-0, 27 KO’s) has finally cracked the top tier world rankings and he’s now ranked #9 by the World Boxing Association (WBA) in their new rankings. Before this, Wilder wasn’t ranked in the top 15 by any of the sanctioning bodies due to him still being a prospect, but now there are no more excuses from the top tier heavyweights why they can’t fight the 6’7” Wilder.
Upon learning the news of his ranking by the WBA, Wilder said on his twitter “On the building!”
Wilder’s new ranking means a lot of things. He’s now ranked high enough so that if one of the heavyweight champions like Wladimir Klitschko, Vitali Klitschko or Alexander Povetkin decide they want to want to defend their titles against him, they can do it without anyone being able to make a fuss out of due to Wilder’s top 10 ranking by the WBA. Read the rest of this entry »