By Allan Fox: WBA World interim welterweight champion Keith Thurman (23-0, 21 KOs) has a formidable task ahead of himself this Saturday night in unbeaten #3 IBF, #3 WBC, #4 WBA Leonard Bundu (31-0-2, 11 KOs) in their 12 round fight on the Amir Khan vs. Devon Alexander card on Showtime from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Bundu, 40, is up there in age compared to the 26-year-old Thurman, but he’s still a very tough opponent due to his speed, defensive skills and excellent inside fighting ability. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: WBC Silver welterweight strap holder Amir Khan (29-3, 19 KOs) realizes that he’s in a tough situation in his fight this Saturday night against former two division world champion Devon Alexander (26-2, 14 KOs) at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Khan figures that for him to get an important fight against Floyd Mayweather Jr next year, he’s going to need to beat Alexander in an impressive fashion. In other words, Khan will either need to knock Alexander out or dominate him in a one-sided manner like he did against Luis Collazo last May. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jim Dower: Former WBC 147 pound champion Victor Ortiz (29-5-2, 22 KOs) hopes to turn his sagging boxing career around this Saturday night in a 10 round bout against light welterweight Manuel Perez (22-10-1, 4 KOs) at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Ortiz is coming into this fight having lost his last three fights by knockout, and things obviously are looking bleak for him career-wise. However, Ortiz still believes he has the talent to become a world champion again in the near future, and he also thinks he’s going to become one of the pound-for-pound fighters. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: In what was supposed to be a tune-up bout to get former WBC light heavyweight champion Jean Pascal (29-2-1, 17 KOs) ready for an important fight against IBF/WBA/WBO 175 pound champion Sergey Kovalev, Pascal blew it by fouling his over-matched opponent Roberto Bolonti (35-3, 24 KOs) in the 2nd round last night, causing the fight to be ruled a no contest at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Canada.
Pascal knocked Bolonti down in the 2nd round, and was controlling the round. However, after the two of them locked up a clinch, the referee Michael Griffin called for them to break. Pascal then took this opportunity to nail the defenseless with a hard and fast right hand to the head while he was totally off guard. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: #2 WBC, #5 IBF, #8 WBO middleweight contender David Lemieux (33-2, 31 KOs) did his part last Saturday in stopping the always tough Gabriel Rosado (21-9, 13 KOs) in the 10th round of a back and forth fight at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
Referee Steve Willis halted the fight with Rosado, 28, still on his feet and fighting back in the 10th. You can make a strong argument that the fight deserved to continue on because Rosado was definitely still fighting back at the time of the stoppage. But ignoring the controversial ending, Lemieux said he’s open to fighting Gennady Golovkin, Miguel Cotto and Peter Quillin. Lemieux specifically said that he’s not afraid to fight Golovkin, and that he only wants to fight the best. Read the rest of this entry »
By Sarkis Aghbashian: First off all, I just want to start off by saying what a great show both David Lemieux (33-2-31KOs) and Gabriel Rosado (21-9-13 KOs) put on December 6th, at the Barclays center in Brooklyn, which aired on HBO. Especially the 4th round, this round should be listed among the top 10 best rounds of 2014. Two true warriors not being afraid to hit and get hit. But in the end, David won by a 10th round TKO.
Lemieux’s body shots in the early rounds paid him dividends for the later rounds and his power shots almost blinded Rosado’s left eye. Rosado’s determination was felt during each round, which keeps us respecting this boxer even more. Read the rest of this entry »
By Juan dela Cruz: The world had been clamoring for the mega fight between the 8-division world champion and the WBO welterweight title holder Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr., but still, the fight isn’t happening.
Even when the dream fight started to tickle the minds of the boxing pundits and fans as well, the whole world already knew the fight won’t come into fruition. Read the rest of this entry »
By James Sexton: It was a long time ago that the ‘pound for pound’ rankings were created to put Ray Robinson’s performances and achievements into perspective. Today, Ring magazine, (owned by Golden Boy Promotions) and many other sporting writers and websites use the formula to keep track of the most decorated athletes in the sport.
After the success of boxing in 2013, 2014 has seemed like a lackluster year and many find their lists are starting to take a different shape for the first time in a while. Read the rest of this entry »
By James Sexton: A lot of the time I think to myself of dream matchups I would like to see and wonder how they would play out. For some fighters I would be happy to see up against anyone as long as they would be back in the ring. Below is a short list of pugilists who have not yet confirmed their next opponent, and who I would like it to be.
It was only 2013 when Broner put the once defeated Gavin Rees down twice on way to a 5th round TKO to defend his WBC world title which he had picked up by putting Antonio DeMarco down in another stoppage performance three months earlier. Read the rest of this entry »
By Gav Duthie: It has been an action packed year for British boxing with some new world champions, great prospects and superb fights. Sky Sports link to Matchroom Promotions is working better than ever and Boxnation is now turning a profit for the first time since its inception 3 years ago.
Wembley stadium was host to the biggest event of the year with 80,000 turning up to watch Carl Froch knockout George Groves. What else were the highlights in this calendar year in the UK? Read the rest of this entry »