(Photo credit: Naoki Fakuda) By Steve Davis: Having just watched the WBC world heavyweight championship from last Saturday night, Bermane stiverne beating Chris Arreola via sixth round stoppage, my heart went out to Arreola, who for me out-boxed his opponent for six rounds until being caught by a hard punch. It also raised the question how has Bermane Stiverne become heavyweight champion.
He reminded me of an eighties heavyweight, a journeyman, fleshy round the middle boxing from the outside, lazy looking, hands held low, throwing mainly single shots. What has the heavyweight division come to, after seeing Alex leapei get a shot at a title, I didn’t think it could get much worse. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: The contracts have been signed for the June 21st fight between #1 WBO Gary Russell Jr. (24-0, 14 KO’s) and #5 WBO Vasyl Lomachenko (1-1, 1 KO’s) for their fight for the vacant WBO featherweight title on HBO at a still to be determined venue in Los Angeles, California. This is a controversial situation with Lomachenko, a two time Olympic gold medalist from Ukraine, getting a second shot at the WBO featherweight title after he was beaten in his last fight by Orlando Salido by a 12 round split decision last March. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Now that Amir Khan (29-3, 19 KO’s) has fought on Floyd Mayweather Jr’s card in beating one of the fighters from the past in Luis Collazo, Khan wants Mayweather to fight him now, and it seems to be bothering Khan to no end that Mayweather has given no hint of doing that. Khan thinks that Mayweather has no intention of fighting him because he’s worried about Khan’s fighting style
After watching Khan’s fight against Collazo, I think there might be some actual worry by Mayweather about a future fight against Khan, but not for the same reason that Khan thinks. If Mayweather is ducking Khan out of concern about what could happen in a fight against him, it would likely be more due to the running, shoving and pulling down on the head that Khan showed in the Collazo fight. . Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Juan Manuel Marquez (55-7-1, 40 KO’s) will have a lot on the line this Saturday night against Mike Alvarado (34-2, 23 KO’s) at the Forum in Inglewood, California. Not only will the 40-year-old Marquez have a big payday fight against Manny Pacquiao on the line, but you can pretty much say that Marquez’s career will be on the line.
A loss to Alvarado will effectively signal an end to Marquez’s long 21-year pro career. Marquez can continue fighting, but he’ll be playing out his string and won’t have anywhere to go. I suppose we could still see Bob Arum of Top Rank draft Marquez out for a fifth fight against Pacquiao even with him coming off of a loss, but who will want to see that fight? Arum would be kidding himself to try and sell that fight to the boxing public, but I wouldn’t be surprised in the least if that’s what ends up happening. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: If WBC heavyweight champion Bermane Stiverne (24-1-1, 21 KO’s) wants to avoid fighting his WBC mandatory challenger Deontay Wilder (31-0, 31 KO’s) next then it’s going to cost him some big cash in order to make that happen, says Deontay. He wants $10 million to step aside so that Stiverne can fight someone like IBF/IBO/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko or whoever else that Stiverne and his promoter Don King might have in mind for him to fight next, according to RingTV.
Obviously that kind of money is far too prohibitive for Stiverne to side step the talented 6’7″ Deontay, so he’s pretty much going to have to take that fight with him unless he can find $10 million somewhere. Read the rest of this entry »
(Picture: Team Sauerland) By Scott Gilfoid: WBA light heavyweight champion Juergen Braehmer (43-2, 32 KOs) will be playing it safe in his next title defense against #7 WBC, #14 IBF Roberto Bolonti (35-2, 24 KO’s) on June 7th at the Sport and Congress Center, Schwerin, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany. It looks like Braehmer, 35, will be getting another optional title defense with this fight after an easy optional title defense in his last fight against Enzo Maccarinelli last April in a 5th round stoppage. The Bolonti fight, believe it or not, is a step down from Braehmer’s easy title defense against Maccarinelli.
There had been talk about a rematch between Braehmer and Maccarinelli, but it looks like Braehmer’s promoter wanted to go with an easier option instead against Bolonti.
There’s really not much to say about the 35-year-old Bolonti other than he was easily beaten two years ago by Britain’s Tony Bellew in losing by a lopsided 12 round unanimous decision in November of 2012. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Floyd Mayweather Jr. (46-0, 26 KO’s) says he thinks the main reason why Manny Pacquiao is looking to get a fight against him right now is because he needs help with his tax problems, and he doesn’t feel like he needs to give Pacquiao the fight. Mayweather is the king right now, and suspects the reasons why Pacquiao wants to fight him.
Mayweather says he offered the fight to Pacquiao on even terms in a 50/50 deal, and all he wanted him to do was to agree to random blood testing and random urine testing. When Pacquiao failed to agree to those terms, the fight failed to take place. Mayweather says that was Pacquiao’s golden opportunity to get a fight with him in 2010, and instead he chose not to accept the conditions. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jon Ingram: Adrien Broner (28-1, 22 KO’s) has been calling out Manny Pacquiao, and saying he would like to fight him for over a year now. This should be an interesting fight for Pacquiao, and his promoter Bob Arum Arum should be licking his chops at the thought of a fight with Broner. Yet I read that Arum feels that Broner is not a treat to Pacquiao so he’s not interested in the fight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: IBF/IBO/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (62-3, 52 KO’s) wants a shot at WBC heavyweight champion Bermane Stiverne (24-1-1, 21 KO’s) in the near future if possible in order to get a chance to win the last major heavyweight title not already in his possession. Wladimir has a fight tentatively scheduled already, though, against his #1 IBF challenger Kubrat Pulev (20-0, 11 KO’s) on September 6th at the O2 World, Altona, in Hamburg, Germany. A fight between Wladimir and Stiverne will likely have to wait until 2015, if at all.
Stiverne and his promoter Don King still haven’t said whether they’re interested in taking a unification fight against the 6’6″ Wladimir, and it’s quite possible that they’ll say no to his request for a fight. While it would be a good payday for Stiverne if he were to take that fight, he’d very likely lose his title and then be relegated to contender status once again. Stiverne won’t get as much money for his normal title defenses, but if he holds onto the WBC title for a year or two, he’ll end up making a lot more money in the long run than he’d make in a single unification fight against Wladimir. Read the rest of this entry »
By Robert “Big Moe” Elmore: Julio Cesar Chavez Jr wants to fight middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin. But he wants to do it on his terms. Top Rank wants to do the fight, but it comes with conditions that Chavez wants nothing to do with; a contract extension. Chavez is not ducking this fight or being a prima donna like some have claimed.
Nor did he price himself out. This is a pay per view event we are talking about here and would do quite well. Billy Keane, Chavez’s manager, told yahoo sports that Julio was offered 6.6 million dollar guarantee, but it came with a two fight extension. The biggest offer was a 7 million dollar with a one fight extension. If Chavez beat Golovkin, he would get a 10 million dollar guarantee and 5 million if he lost. Read the rest of this entry »