By Chris Williams: Oscar De La Hoya of Golden Boy Promotions ruled out Top Rank fighter WBO welterweight champion Tim Bradley as one of the candidates for Floyd Mayweather Jr’s next fight on May 4th, and he also doesn’t see them ever fighting.
De La Hoya said to the thaboxingvoice.com when asked if Bradley would fight Mayweather next, “No, never, that’s not even a possibility. If you look at their [Top Rank] roster of who they have, who is Tim Bradley going to fight? What do they have to keep telling him, a bunch of lies? It’s not fair to the fighter.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: The Boxing Writers Association of America has named WBO super bantamweight champion Nonito Donaire the Fighter of the Year for 2012 for his wins over 36-year-old Toshiaki Nishioka, Jorge Arce, Jeffrey Mathebula and Wilfredo Vazquez Jr.
It seems that they were more impressed with the 31-year-old Donaire’s quantity of wins rather than the quality because there wasn’t much in the way of quality due to the two best fighters in the division – Guillermo Rigondeaux and Abner Mares – were missing from Donaire’s list for 2012. Read the rest of this entry »
By Steven Ocallaghan: After a chat with American heavyweight contender Deontay Wilder (27-0, 27 KO’s) on twitter, I’m still perplexed to what he expects of the public. I questioned his choice of opponents and he answered by saying that I know nothing about boxing.
All my life I have watched, read and studied the noble art, even have a claim to fame in sparring to knocking down a world champion. I replied that I have forgotten more than he knows. His reply was that I was a hater, by which I’m not. Anybody ho can KO 27 out of 27 has to be listened to, but because I disagree, I know nothing. Read the rest of this entry »
By Tony Crooks: As a young boy, I grew up watching the great fights that went on to be legend. I am not going to mention those fights to you, as you as boxing fans will know exactly what I am talking about. The younger boxing fans out there can use the internet to discover and educate themselves on the history of boxing and personally watch the true stories unfold.
We all know of Muhammad Ali & Joe Frazier, the formidable George Foreman who used to be a devastating fighter before he made low fat cooking grills. I mentioned George Foreman to my son and told him that he had one of the hardest punches ever, he looked at me and laughed and said:” Do you mean the big bald guy that sells health grills.” In all honesty and in sadness and in respect of this great fighter, I politely told my son that he was mistaken. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Former European Boxing Union (EBU) welterweight champion Matthew Hatton (43-6-2, 17 KO’s) is already looking past his March 2nd fight against International Boxing Organization (IBO) welterweight champion Chris van Heerden (18-1-1, 10 KO’s) in South Africa towards a hoped for fight against either WBA World welterweight champion Paulie Malignaggi or former WBA welterweight champion Vyacheslav Senchenko.
Hatton, #14 IBF, likes his chances against both of those guys for some reason. Hatton especially wants to fight Senchenko so that he can get revenge for Senchenko whipping his brother Ricky Hatton last year in a 9th round TKO win last November. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo credit: Team Sauerland) By Allan Fox: Former WBO super middleweight champion Robert Stieglitz (43-3, 24 KO’s) got an easy 3rd round TKO victory last Saturday night over the inexperienced 22-year-old Michal Nieroda (10-3, 5 KO’s) in a tune-up bout at the Bon Pastor, Barcelona, Cataluña, Spain. The fight was halted at 1:45 of the 3rd round to give the 31-year-old Stieglitz the victory.
Stieglitz, #12 WBO, #12 IBF, will now be given a rematch against WBO super middleweight champion Arthur Abraham (36-3, 28 KO’s) on March 23rd at the Magdeburg, Sachsen-Anhalt, Germany. Hopefully, this is the last of the fights between Abraham and Stieglitz because this rematch is hardly necessary due to Abraham soundly beating Stieglitz by a 12 round unanimous decision last August by the scores of 116-112, 115-113 and 116-112. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Zab Judah doesn’t care that WBA/WBC light welterweight champion Danny Garcia reportedly suffered a rib injury while training for their now cancelled fight on Showtime on February 9th at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. Judah still wants to fight on that date, and he’s hoping his team will be able to find a suitable replacement so that he can fight in the main event on that card.
Judah said this on his twitter “This is who I’m really fighting. A boy, not a man. Lol @DannySwift boy I’m on to you!! Ok its official @DannySwift has Blocked me from his twitter aint this a blimp? Lololololol I knew this boy didn’t want none @50cent. That’s Crazy because I just wanna fight the best and he say he the best so let’s get it and he blocked me ok I take another route. Read the rest of this entry »
By Tony Crooks: Deontay Wilder has a very impressive record with 27 KO’s and no losses; on paper this appears to be in actual fact imposing, so much so that every heavyweight in the world should be tormented by the nightmares that most early Tyson opponents experienced. Why is not the case?
Lets us make a comparable with Lennox Lewis at the exactly the same time in their respective careers. Lewis fought Donavon Razor Ruddock in his twenty second fight and won by KO in the second round. Wilder fought Jesse Oltmanns, Jesse who? Lewis then fought Tony Tucker, Wilder fights Owen Beck, Owen who? Both Ruddock and Tucker were dangerous fights for Lewis at that time in his career, Oltmanns and Beck sounds more like a department store than they do boxers. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo credit: Naoki Fakuda) By Allan Fox: WBC interim light welterweight champion Lucas Matthysse (33-2, 31 KO’s) decided after suffering two controversial losses in the United States to Zab Judah and Devon Alexander that he was no longer going to let the judges have any say so in his fights in the U.S, and so he’s turned the judges into meaningless spectators the last three times he’s fought in the U.S by knocking out all three of his opponents.
Last night, Matthysse stopped Mike Dallas Jr. (19-3-1, 8 KO’s) in the 1st round at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. Matthysse flattened an overanxious Dallas Jr. with a solid right to the head that sent Dallas Jr. down face first on the canvas. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo credit: Ester Lin/Showtime) By Dan Ambrose: Dan Rafael of ESPN is reporting that WBA/WBC light welterweight champion Danny Garcia has a rib injury, and it’s possible that his February 9th title defense against Zab Judah will be postponed because of it.
Rafael said on his twitter “I’m told the Danny Garcia has a rib problem, which is why the Super Judah fight might be postponed.”
So there it is. Garcia has a rib injury that could cause the fight to be put off for a while until his injury heal, but it makes you wonder why Garcia didn’t just say that last night. Why keep quiet about it? Read the rest of this entry »