By Craig Hilton: There has been a great deal of intrigue and speculation concerning the massive world title fight between IBF world title holder, Devon Alexander (25-1), and UK superstar Kell Brook (29-0) on 18/05/2013 at The Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey. Does Devon Alexander have too much experience? Does Brook have too much power?
The stakes are high: a win for Alexander would put the wheels in motion for the big-money fight he craves with Floyd Mayweather Junior (43-0); a win for Brook would establish him in the USA, creating lucrative opportunities for his career. I’d like to highlight some of the key factors that may determine the outcome of this huge and career-defining fight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: Ruslan Provodnikov (22-2, 15 KO’s) gave a really good effort last Saturday night in his 12 round unanimous decision loss to WBO welterweight champion Tim Bradley (30-0, 12 KO’s) at the Home Depot Center, in Carson, California.
Provodnikov walked through everything that Bradley threw, and was able to hurt him and knock him down in the 12th round. It was a fight that was determined ultimately on the referee Pat Russell failing to score a 1st round knockdown of Bradley where he hit the deck after being hurt by Provodnikov. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer was hoping to match rising heavyweight contender Deontay Wilder (27-0, 27 KO’s) in a fight against Tony Thompson (37-3, 25 KO’s) next, but Schaefer has learned that heavyweight David Price, who was knocked out in the 2nd round by Thompson last month, has a rematch clause with him and he plans on using it to face him next. As such, Schaefer wants to match Wilder against the Thompson-Price winner.
Schaefer told RingTV “While we would want a fight with Tony Thompson, we have been made aware that Thompson has an immediate rematch obligation to David Price…Deontay would be happy to fight the winner of that immediate rematch.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: If you had the chance to listen to HBO analyst Roy Jones Jr’s commentary of the 2nd round of action in last night’s fight between WBO welterweight champion Tim Bradley and Ruslan Provodnikov, you have to wonder which fight Jones Jr. was watching because he seemed to be way off the board with his analysis of what was happening in the round.
In the 2nd round, Provodnikov had Bradley staggering all around the ring, and basically on the verge of being stopped. It was completely one-sided during the entire round, and while Bradley was landing, he had no power on his shots and his legs were unsteady under him. However, Jones Jr. was insisting that it Provodnikov was hurt as well despite the fact that he showed no signs of being hurt at any given time. I never saw Provodnikov stagger or slow down his forward momentum in going after a badly hurt Bradley. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: WBO welterweight champion Tim Bradley (30-0, 12 KO’s) was taken to a nearby hospital last night for a check-up after taking a severe pounding in winning a narrow 12 round unanimous decision win over Ruslan Provodnikov (22-2, 15 KO’s) at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California.
Bradley, 29, was knocked down in the 12th round of the fight, and also badly hurt by big shots from Provodnikov in the 1st, 2nd, and 6th rounds. Read the rest of this entry »
By Gerardo Granados: It has been twenty three years since boxing fans got the chance to witness one of the best fights of all times. Maybe for some fans this fight wont be ranked as number one but for sure it must rank among the personal top ten list. Back in march 17 of 1990 Julio Cesar Chavez won by TKO 12 with only two seconds left elevating himself as a world boxing star.
Richard Steele was highly criticized for stopping the fight although it was evident that Taylor made the count but was knocked out on his feet. Do the young boxing fans have ever seen this fight? If you don´t then you must watch it and decide if Lou Duva had a valid reason to be so angry after the referee stopped the fight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Mister Jackson: Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero’s boxing record is 31-1-1, sounds very impressive to me and most when looking at the numbers, right? Well, only two of the fights on his record are at welterweight, Guerrero has defeated Andre Berto and Selcuk Aydin.
Guerrero should be given credit for facing the challenge of fighting in a higher weight class, because we have all seen other fighters fail when moving up in weight. Considering the fact that Guerrero jumped up two weight classes and only had two welterweight fights, one has to question how the rankings are handled. Read the rest of this entry »
By Andrew Garewal: If you tuned in to watch the Tim Bradley – Ruslan Provodnikov bout this past Saturday night, you witnessed quite a battle ending in a unanimous decision for Timothy Bradley. Both fighters engaged in exciting flurries and dangerous exchanges which had the crowd on their feet throughout the fight.
Provodnikov landed the more significant punches, but Bradley managed to box his way to victory while Provodnikov was refueling his gas tank.
Provodnikov showed us that he truly is the “Siberian Rocky”, able to withstand brutal punishment and fight back with heart and ferocity. All the while Bradley was playing the role of “Desert Apollo Creed”, electing to abandon his outside game and over-confidently enter Rocky’s wheelhouse only to encounter a Russian bombardment. Read the rest of this entry »
By Gerardo Granados: WBO Welterweight belt holder Tim Bradley put on a great effort and showed to have a heart bigger than his chest winning a close 12 round unanimous decision to the brave Russian fighter Ruslan Provodnikov, but also was exposed by a hard hitting but also limited brawler who failed to take several opportunities to knock out his rival.
The first two rounds were dominated by Provodnikov who failed to finish off Bradley. Tim was not counted for a clear knock down on the first round. On the third and fourth rounds Ruslan simply didn’t throw punches allowing his opponent to recover.
Provodnikov was instructed on his corner to be selective with his punches, maybe to avoid him running out off gas but he was also not instructed to attack the body. Read the rest of this entry »