By Scott Gilfoid: IBF super middleweight champion Carl Froch’s promoter Eddie Hearn wants to get WBA super middleweight champion Mikkel Kessler over to the UK so that Froch can have the hometown advantage against him. The way Hearn is trying to lure Kessler in is by offering him a 50-50 purse split and a promise of a third fight, this one in a neutral venue instead of in the UK like he wants second fight to be.
Hearn said to thisisnottingham.co.uk “I’m still hopeful of making the Kessler fight because he [and Froch] will be taking home £2 million. Even if he [Kessler] losses it will not be the end of his career because we have offered him the chance of a third fight on neutral territory.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: 29-year-old heavyweight David Price doesn’t see any need to rush into a fight against one of the Klitschko brothers. He prefers to take his time before getting that shot, and he’s talking about five fights and about one year away. It just happens to work out to where Price will be ready right about when the Klitschkos are ready to retire. I guess it’s just a coincidence that the timing of him finally stepping it up will be right about when they’re either retired or too old.
Price said to the bbc.co.uk “Without a doubt I’ll be fighting for a world title in five fights…To be fighting someone who fought for a world title only five months ago, it’s a massive step up in class…If I can do a cleaner job than Klitschko did on him that will send a message out.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer will be setting 41-year-old former three division world champion Shane Mosley (46-8-1, 39 KO’s) with an arguably much undeserved title shot against WBA World welterweight champion Paulie Malignaggi (32-4, 7 KO’s) on April 27 despite the fact that Mosley isn’t ranked in the top 15 by any of the sanctioning bodies, hasn’t won a fight in four years and has lost three out of his last four fights.
Schaefer still feels okay with matching Mosley with Malignaggi and having Mosley leap from over all of the top 15 contenders in the World Boxing Association rankings so that he can get a title shot against Malignaggi. Schafer says that if Mosley doesn’t produce he won’t promote another one of his fights again. Read the rest of this entry »
By Mikkel Mikkelsen: Recently I’ve noticed a lot of talk about whether or not the second fight between Mikkel Kessler and Carl Froch is going to happen. In addition to that, I’ve read that there people who have some doubt about it taking place, Therefore I felt like posting my thoughts on it. I personally don’t understand why people doubt it. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid Former IBF/WBA light welterweight champion Amir Khan (27-3, 19 KO’s) will be back in the ring on either April 13th or April 20th, according to Maxboxing.com. Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer is looking at having Khan fight on one of those dates and he’s considering having the fight take place in the UK. He’s going to be flying over to meet with Khan and his family to decide on who they want to fight next.
Golden Boy matched Khan against a soft opponent in his last fight against Carlos Molina. That obviously was necessary to stop Khan’s losing streak. He’d lost his last two fights before that and things were looking pretty bleak for him. So, Golden Boy found a small 5’6” lightweight with no power and put him in with Khan, and all of a sudden Khan looked like his old self in beating the little guy. I mean, the victory proved jack because Molina had no power, no speed, no ranking in the top 15, and wasn’t even fighting in the same weight class as Khan. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: WBO lightweight champion Ricky Burns (35-2, 10 KO’s) won’t be fighting on January 26th after all. He’s decided to fight in either late February or early March, according to BBC Sport. Burns’s manager Alex Morrison says that Burns wants to get a little rest before he starts fighting again. Burns hasn’t fought since beating British fighter Kevin Mitchell by an easy 4th round knockout last September in a one-sided fight.
Burns had the chance to fight WBC lightweight champion Adrien Broner, but turned it down. Broner has a fight coming up next month on February 16th against Gavin Rees, but after he knocks him out, Broner says he’s still interested in trying to get a fight with Burns. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: We already know that Manny Pacquiao is dead set against retiring following his brutal 6th round knockout loss to Juan Manuel Marquez last month. We know that Pacquiao’s promoter Bob Arum is eager to put Pacquiao back in with Marquez and he feels that a tune-up is pointless for the Filipino.
Pacquiao’s wife Jinkee and his mother both want him to retire from boxing, as well as Filipino Dr. Rustico Jimenez. The question is will Pacquiao continue to fight if Marquez knocks him out cold just like he did last month on December 8th or will Pacquiao stubbornly refuse to hang up his gloves and instead blame on the loss on being overconfident? Read the rest of this entry »
By Tom Drury: It is inevitable the current pound for pound king and face of boxing Floyd Mayweather Jr. will soon hang up the gloves. This will be a sad time for boxing. Love him or hate him, active or inactive, Mayweather draws in the crowds, causes controversies and always puts on a show of raw boxing talent. This article will analyze the current crop of worthy fighters and prospects that will takeover the title of pound for pound, attract a record breaking fan base and possess the skills to back it up in the ring.
Boxing has many talented fighters active in the sport. The time is nearing when the sport will lose some of its most attractive fighters and talents to retirement. The likes of Mayweather Jr, Juan Manuel Marquez, Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez, Manny Pacquiao, Wladimir Klitschko, Miguel Cotto among others. The thought of these fighters leaving the sport quite frankly makes me worry about where boxing will be in five years time. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: IBF super middleweight champion Carl Froch badly wants to get Mikkel Kessler to agree to fight him in England rather than Denmark or better yet a neutral venue for their rematch. Froch really thinks he’ll do well if he has the support of his British fans this time because in his previous fight in Denmark, Froch fought poorly and there were very few cheers for Froch from the audience.
Froch said to the Nottingham Post “Considering we bring 70 percent to the pot, it is a very generous offer. It is a lot of money, but it’s the only way we can get him here. It’s up to him [Kessler] now. Does he come here for the rematch with Carl or take another easy defense in Copenhagen?” Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: The powerful middleweight David Lemieux (28-2, 27 KO’s) has suffered an injury to his right hand while training for his February 8th fight against Jose Miguel Torres (26-5, 23 KO’s). The extent of the injury is bad enough to where the 24-year-old Lemieux won’t be able to take the fight, which had been scheduled to be televised on ESPN2’s Friday Night Fights.
According to Dan Rafael at ESPN, Lemieux injured his fourth metacarpal on his right hand and he’ll need at least two weeks of no activity so the injured hand can heal. It’ll be looked at again at that point to make sure there are no lingering problems. Read the rest of this entry »