By Scott Gilfoid: WBO lightweight champion Ricky Burns (35-2, 10 KO’s) is still floating WBC lightweight champion Adrien Broner’s name as a potential future opponent despite having turned down the fight three times in the past. Broner has been trying to get a fight with Burns for close to two years, but with no luck. Tired of wasting his time trying to get a fight against a reluctant Burns, Broner is moving up to welterweight to face WBA champion Paulie Malignaggi on June 22nd.
Burns said to Sky Sports “There’s still talk about this fight [Broner vs. Burns] fight happening. When I was speaking to Eddie he said his team has actually been in touch to see about it. Eddie’s said my next fight is definitely in Glasgow, but it’s [fight against Broner] a possibility for later on in the year.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: HBO Boxing will televise a short 15-minute special on March 30th titled “Road to Donaire-Rigondeaux” to hype their April 13th fight on HBO at the Radio City Music Hall, in New York, New York, USA. The special will be televised at 12:15 a.m. ET/PT.
This is going to be the first and only special, and it’s got to be disappointing that they’re only being given 15 minutes to show the lives of Rigondeaux and Donaire because what can you do in 15 minutes.
You would think a fight like this should have a series 24/7 episodes to hype the fight and try to attract some interest among the casual fans, but looks like all HBO is going to give them is a measly 15 minutes.
The Road to Donaire-Rigondeaux will be replayed 14 separate times, so at least they’ve got that going for them. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: The World Boxing Council will do a tribute for 41-year-old Shane Mosley (46-8-1, 39 KO’s) to honor his 20-year pro career when he steps inside the ring on May 18th to face Pablo Cesar Cano (26-2-1, 20 KO’s) in Mexico in a non-title fight.
WBC president Jose Sulaiman said to the record.com.mx “We see this fight as the fight of his retirement, he was an outstanding fighter and a great champion of the Council.”
This is interesting because Mosley is actually coming out of retirement rather than going into retirement, so it’s hard to understand the timing for this retirement ceremony that Sulaiman is putting on. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Top Rank promoter Bob Arum sees no problem with his promotional team and rival Golden Boy Promotions scheduling fights on the same night that compete with one another.
Arum doesn’t see that as something would cause boxing fans to have to pick and choose which fight they want to watch of the two because he believes that boxing fans use DVRs in high numbers that allows them to watch two different things.
Speaking with Radio Raheem, Arum said “Everybody has a DVR. Everybody can tape one fight and watch another. There are no conflicts if both of the networks go on the same night. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: IBF super middleweight champion Carl Froch (30-2, 22 KO’s) thinks he’s come up with the game plans of all game plans to beat WBA super middleweight champion Mikkel Kessler (46-2, 35 KO’s) in their rematch on May 25th at the O2 Arena in London, UK.
So what is Froch’s genius of a plan? It’s simple. All Froch is going to do is use the same blueprint that he used to defeat Lucian Bute last year by standing directly in front of Kessler and throwing 12 punch combinations. In Froch’s mind, this is the surefire way to beat the Dane once for all. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Former HBO analyst Larry Merchant says he wouldn’t be surprised in the least if WBC junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (41-0-1, 30 KO’s) gets beaten next month by WBA champion Austin Trout (26-0, 14 KO’s) on April 20th in their Texas based fight.
Merchant understands fully why Canelo’s promoters at Golden Boy Promotions were dead set against putting their fighter in with Trout because he’s a clever boxer and there’s a good chance that Canelo ends up getting beaten in this fight.
Merchant said to esnewsreporting.com “I like Canelo…It’s a dangerous fight, and if he lost it wouldn’t be the biggest shock in the world.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: WBC middleweight champion Sergio Martinez (50-2-2, 28 KO’s) will be fighting in front of a packed house when he makes his first defense of his title against Martin Murray (25-0-1, 11 KO’s) on April 27th at the Club Atletico Velez Sarsfield, in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
According to ole.com.ar, there are few tickets left of the 40,000+ tickets that went on sale for the 48,000 seat stadium, and those tickets are likely to go quickly within the next 30 days as the fight draws nearer. That shows you how popular the 38-year-old Martinez has become in his home country of Argentina. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: With still nine days to go before their March 30th clash, there are only 1,500 tickets left for the rematch between light welterweights Brandon Rios (31-0-1, 23 KO’s) and Mike Alvarado (33-1, 23 KO’s) at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
The venue seats 12,000 fans, and that’s pretty impressive that Brandon-Rios have already sold 10,000 tickets given that neither of them have large fan bases.
Both guys are promising a war like the one they had last October where they went toe-to-toe for seven rounds with Alvarado being stopped on his feet in the 7th after getting rocked by a series of hard shots from Rios. Read the rest of this entry »
By Eric Thomas: #1 IBF super middleweight contender Adonis Stevenson (19-1, 16 KO’s) will be taking a big risk tomorrow night in facing the hard hitting journeyman Darnell Boone (19-20-3, 8 KO’s) in a 10 round bout at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Canada. Stevenson, 35, weighed in on Thursday, coming in at 171.8 pounds. Boone, 33, came in a little lighter at 170.8 lbs.
Stevenson has to win this fight in order to move forward to a much bigger fight against Chad Dawson in May or possibly later depending on whether Stevenson suffers any injuries in the Boone fight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Former two time Olympic Gold Medalist Zou Shiming will be making his pro debut next month against Mexican flyweight Eleazar Valenzuela (2-1-2, 1 KO’s) in a scheduled four round bout at the Venetian Casino & Resort in Macao, China.
Shiming, 31, is a recent Top Rank addition to their stable and will be fighting at light flyweight. Trainer Freddie Roach has already worked out with Shiming, and he says he was surprised at the power of Shiming, although he’s not considered a power puncher at all or even close to being one. Read the rest of this entry »