By Stevie Ocallaghan: On 21 September at the Copper Box Arena in London, Dereck Chisora takes on unbeaten Russian Denis Boytsov for the vacant EBU European Heavyweight title.
A good match-up for two fighters who are angling for position in the rankings, which has got to be a good thing.
Chisora has quite possibly had the hardest run of fights out there over any other heavyweight on the planet and that includes the K brothers. David Haye, Vitali Klitchko, Robert Helenuis and Tyson Fury in the last 2 years. Not to mention unbeaten American Malik Scott who i rate very highly. All top 10 heavyweights with one or another of the organizations. No other Heavy on the planet has done that. Remember, this fight will only be his 22nd pro contest. Others should take note. Read the rest of this entry »
By Stevie Ocallaghan: I read in an article by Allan Fox that Adrien Broners trainer Mike Stafford doesn’t think his fighter gets the credit he deserves. His trainer is wrong. In my opinion, Broner gets way to much credit for what he has actually achieved.
Okay, being a 3-weight world champ sounds impressive, but look at the opponents. Vicente Rodriguez, no disrespect but not a household name. Eloy Perez?, a passed his best Vicente Escobedo.
His best performance for me was against Antonio DeMarco. After that fight I finally thought, even though I think 23 at the time was going to be a great fighter, but after that fight fought an 80/1 5’4″ guy in Gavin Rees. Rees was catching him at will. If Rees had any power at all, it would have made the fight much more interesting. Read the rest of this entry »
By Ivan Ivanov: In a previous overview of their styles I gave a slight edge to the younger fighter but youth wasn’t the only reason. A comparison of some key points in their game could shift the focus away from weight loss and diet speculations, emotionally biased pros and cons with utter disrespect for one and idolizing praise for the other.
Both boxers deserve respect prior to the fight and I hope both will be worthy of it after September 14.
Empirical evidence will not help a prediction very much. Boxing is not an exact science with calculable variables. The “sweet science” has very little to do with a single science at all. Game plans very often last only a couple of rounds and strategies turn out to be wishful thinking. Read the rest of this entry »
By James Le Blanc/@James_theGrad: Remarkably, this is Floyd Mayweather Jr’s first ever unification bout in which he will be defending his WBA Light Middleweight title and attempting to relieve Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (42-0-1, 30 KO’s) of his WBC title. While Alvarez has size advantage, more power in his punch, he is still conceived as a heavy underdog against the brilliant Mayweather who has shown an uncanny ability to adapt to every opponent he has faced who gave him problems early on in the fight.
What has made Mayweather so intriguing to me in the past few months has been his contract with Showtime in which he signed to a 6 fight deal. So no retirement, no long break, no long wait to see Floyd in the ring again, and after this fight with Canelo, we can expect to see Floyd in the ring at least 4 more times in the next two years. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: Mike Stafford, the trainer for WBA welterweight champion Adrien Broner (27-0, 22 KO’s), thinks the 24-year-old Broner doesn’t get the credit he deserves for his accomplishments. It seems that Stafford expects that Broner would be more embraced after his recent win over WBA welterweight champion Paulie Malignaggi instead of criticized by boxing fans.
Stafford said to Hustleboss.com “They’re always going to be harsh. He’s 23, and he’s fighting a 33-year-old veteran [Malignaggi] and they don’t give him credit. That’s crazy. The kid aint nothing but 23 and doing a spectacular thing. They expect too much out of him. And they feel that he doesn’t hold up to what they think he’s supposed to do and they’re saying he’s not the one.”
Broner is 24, not 23. Stafford is off a by a year. The reason that Broner has taken so much criticism after the Malignaggi fight is because Broner has praised himself constantly, proclaiming that he’s the future of boxing. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: WBA/WBC junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (42-0-1, 30 KO’s) says he’s not worried about making the 152 lb. catch-weight for the fight, despite him barely making the 169 lb. mandatory weight limit a little over a week ago. Canelo claims he’s losing 6 ½ pounds each time he trains, and he feels that losing weight like this will make it easy for him to get down to 152.
Canelo said “I lost 3 kilos every day. I am ahead of the curve. I’m not worried about weight.”
I think Canelo is showing his youth here. You don’t lose 6 pounds of actual weight in one day. It looks like Canelo is mistaking water weight for muscle weight, which what he really needs to lose. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: After two straight defeats British heavyweight David Price (15-2, 13 KO’s) felt it was time for him to go in another direction to make changes in his career, so his first move in accomplishing that was to let go his trainer Franny Smith. Price, 6’8”, thinks that a new trainer can take him to the next level and help him move forward to capture a world title.
Price said this as quoted by Fightnews.com “For me to achieve my goal as heavyweight champion of the world, I feel that I need change…we’ve agreed that this is the best way forward. I am in no rush to appoint another trainer and I am open to discussions.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: WBA/WBC junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (42-0-1, 30 KO’s) is going into his fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr. (44-0, 26 KO’s) next month needing a definite knockout to win the fight, because there’s no way that the huge for weight class Canelo can beat Mayweather Jr. by a decision.
With that in mind, Canelo’s promoter Oscar De La Hoya of Golden Boy Promotions doesn’t think Mayweather will be able to make it past the 8th round against the red-haired Canelo. De La Hoya thinks Canelo is too talented and too powerful for Mayweather. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: #1 WBC, #5 WBO, welterweight contender Luis Carlos Abregu (35-1, 28 KO’s) suffered a hand injury while training to fight on the Manny Pacquiao vs. Brandon Rios fight card on November 23rd, in Macao, China. Abregu, 29, has already had surgery performed on his hand, according to Dan Rafael of ESPN, but his hand won’t be healed in time to fight on the November 23rd card.
This is unfortunate for Abregu, because his fight was supposed to be on the televised portion of the Pacquiao-Rios pay-view-card, and now it won’t be. The fight card doesn’t really have much going for it to lure U.S fans to purchase it other than the Pacquiao-Rios fight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Nonito Donaire (31-2, 20 KO’s) has started training for his November 9th fight at a still to be determined venue in Texas. Donaire will be fighting at featherweight now after having problems making super bantamweight for his last fight against Guillermo Rigondeaux last April.
Donaire feels this is a better weight class for him, as he’s now walking around at 145 lbs. in between fights. Donaire is still interested in fighting 37-year-old Vic Darchinyan (39-5-1, 28 KO’s), but he says he’s move onto someone else if Darchinyan doesn’t want to fight him at featherweight. Read the rest of this entry »