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title Schaefer to discuss Khan’s April 20th opponent with Showtime today

khan432By Scott Gilfoid: Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer will reportedly be meeting with Stephen Espiniosa, the Executive Vice President of Showtime Sports, today to discuss former IBF/WBA light welterweight champion Amir Khan’s next opponent for April 20th on Showtime. The leading candidate to be facing Khan is former two division world champion Humberto Soto (60-8-2, 34 KO’s).

This will be Khan’s second fight of his three-fight contract with Showtime, and it’s possible the fight will take place in the UK where Khan can still draw. He hasn’t proven to be a ticket seller in the United States as of yet, so it makes sense for Khan to take the fight to the UK for this one. Read the rest of this entry »

title Ricky Burns sparring with taller fighters to get ready for Vazquez

burns10By Scott Gilfoid: To get him ready for what he’s going to be facing on March 16th, WBO lightweight champion Ricky Burns (35-2, 10 KO’s) against the tall 5’10” IBF lightweight champion Miguel Vazquez (33-3, 13 KO’s), Burns is sparring with really tall fighters hoping that they can somehow get him prepared for what he’ll face in the ring at the Wembley Arena in London, England.

This obviously won’t help Burns because there isn’t anyone in the UK with the same kind of hard to hit defensive style that the 26-year-old Vazquez has.

Burns said to BoxNation “He’s [Vazquez] a very good technical puncher, very fast. When you fight, it’s quite the same as myself. It’s going to be a very tough fight. I’m bringing in tall sparring partners to prepare.” Read the rest of this entry »

title Broner-Rees: The odds are against Rees winning on Saturday

rees45By Scott Gilfoid: Welsh fighter Gavin Rees (37-1-1, 18 KO’s) will be the visiting fighter on Saturday night against heavy favorite WBC lightweight champion Adrien Broner (25-0, 21 KO’s) at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

Some boxing fans have already branded the 32-year-old Rees as the sacrificial lamb for Broner to slaughter on HBO in front of the entire United States. I think Rees is a little better than a lamb, but he’s pretty much up against it in this fight. Rees is going to have to raise his game a huge amount for him to even stay in there fir Broner for a few rounds.

I mean, this fight is a dreadful mismatch, but you’ve got to thank Golden Boy Promotions for that because they’re the ones that made the fight. Read the rest of this entry »

title The Top Rank and Golden Boy feud is ruining boxing

By John Kelvin: A lot of people like to claim that boxing is dying and that casual fans are no longer interested in the sport. The huge pay-per-view numbers generated by Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather contradict these claims. However, the sport would be a lot healthier and popular if the current conflict between the top two promotional companies, Top Rank and Golden Boy was brought to an end. This conflict has and will continue to have a significant impact on the sport as the top champions will be unable to face each other to decide who is the very best in the division. Read the rest of this entry »

title Macklin eager to face Andy Lee on May 11th

lee5By Scott Gilfoid: Middleweight contender Matthew Macklin 29-4, 20 KO’s) is hoping his promoter Lou Dibella can match him up against fellow Dibella promoted fighter Andy Lee (29-2, 20 KO’s) on May 11th on HBO. Macklin says HBO has an open spot on that card for him, and he’d like to face the 28-year-old Lee if he’s open to taking the fight.

#9 WBA Lee recently mentioned that a fight against Macklin would be an easy one for him, and this seems to have gotten Macklin, #2 WBC, #11 WBA, #14 IBF, a heated because now he wants to face Lee.

My question is what happened to all these big fights that Macklin was supposed to get? Why didn’t Macklin accept the offer made to him by WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin? Read the rest of this entry »

title Arum will likely need to make a huge offer to get Marquez for Pacquiao

marquez763By Chris Williams: Bob Arum will be meeting with Juan Manuel Marquez to see if he can convince him to face Manny Pacquiao in September in a huge pay per view fight. Neither fighter will be taking tune-up fights before then. Arum badly wants this fight, as does Pacquiao.

Arum, Pacquiao and Marquez all want the fight to take place outside of the U.S for tax reasons, but that might not happen because they likely won’t be able to sell expensive tickets if they put the fight in Asia. Read the rest of this entry »

title Selby needs to step it up to the European level

selby45By Scott Gilfoid: In watching British featherweight champion Lee Selby 14-1, 5 KO’s) easily beat Martin Lindsay last Saturday night by a lopsided 12 round unanimous decision in Belfast, Northern Ireland, it’s pretty clear that the 26-year-old Selby is just wasting his time defending the British featherweight strap when he’s capable of a lot more.

I’m not saying Selby has the talent to hang with the world class champions like Daniel Ponce De Leon or Mikey Garcia, because clearly he doesn’t have the power to ever beat guys like that. But Selby is good enough to compete against the top European fighters right now and I think he might be good enough to beat the current EBU featherweight champion Alexander Miskirtchian (22-2-1, 8 KO’s). Read the rest of this entry »

title Marcos Maidana vs. Josesito Lopez a possibility

lopez324By Allan Fox: A fight between former WBA light welterweight champion Marcos Maidana (33-3, 30 KO’s) and Josesito Lopez (30-5, 18 KO’s) is being discussed by Golden Boy Promotions, according to Steve Kim. There’s no date yet for the fight, but given that both of them haven’t fought in 2013 yet, it would have to be soon.

Maidana, 29, destroyed Angel Hernandez by a 3rd round knockout in December in an easy tune-up fight in Buenos Aires, Argentina, whereas Lopez hasn’t fought since last September when he was blown out by the much stronger, if not bigger, WBC junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez. Read the rest of this entry »

title Rees: I’m ready to cause a massive upset of Broner

rees5By Chip Lewis: Gavin Rees (37-1-1, 18 KO’s) will be looking to upset the odds on Saturday against WBC lightweight champion Adrien Broner (25-0, 21 KO’s). Rees, 32, isn’t phased by the fact that he’s a big underdog in this fight because he’s confident in his skills and he has a good game plan to try and neutralize the things that Broner does in the ring.

Rees said “We’ll put on a good show on the 16th of February and cause a massive upset. Adrien’s a great fighter and I can’t wait for the meet.”

One of the things that Rees plans on doing is avoiding the trap falls that Broner’s previous opponent Antonio DeMarco made against him last November in losing by an 8th round knockout. Read the rest of this entry »

title Hearn wants Frampton back at the Odyssey Arena on May 11th

frampton21By Sean McDaniel: EBU super bantamweight champion Carl Frampton (16-0, 11 KO’s) won’t get much time to rest up after his 9th round TKO win over Kiko Martinez last Saturday night. Frampton’s promoter Eddie Hearn is going to keep him busy in 2013, and has plans on having him back at the Odyssey Arena in Belfast on May 11th. He drew a huge crowd for the Martinez fight, and it’s possible he’ll do that again if Hearn can find him a quality fighter.

Hearn wants Frampton to go after the IBF belt. It’s currently vacant but it won’t be after Saturday when Alejandro Lopez faces Jhonatan Romero for the title at the Auditorio Municipal, Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico. Both of those guys are vulnerable fighters, and Hearn sees what many fans see as a potential easy belt for Frampton to pick up without much risk. Read the rest of this entry »

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