By Simon Allen: Last year prior too November the general public had no idea who George Groves was. The most avid boxing fans knew him to be a good boxer most definitely one for the future. When the IBF made Groves mandatory for the super middleweight belt few gave George a chance, apart from the man himself that is.
Groves was pitted as a heavy underdog not fancied against the granite chin and power of the experienced Froch. However George had other ideas. Dismissive of the champions achievements in the ring and his reputation, and confident enough to tell the media what he would do to Froch in the fight, George said he would show people he was good enough to be in the ring with the champion. He was dignified in saying so neither obnoxious nor bullying merely showing his immense confidence and self belief a stark change form how fighters usually hype their fights. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Former WBA heavyweight champion David Haye (26-2, 24 KO’s) said last night that he could be back in the ring in September or October. Haye looked like he was feeling pretty good in celebrating last night’s fight card at Wembley Stadium, but he looked to be be dead serious about being back in the ring.
“If I was a betting man, I’d bet I’m fighting in September or October,” Haye said to IFL TV.
Gee, it looks like Haye has made a quicker recovery than many boxing fans thought he would. It was only a couple of months ago when Haye was sounding iffy about his career like he wouldn’t be able to come back from his right shoulder injury. Read the rest of this entry »
By Daniel Hughes: The reported decline of boxing as a sport that could be described as out of the spotlight in the UK was firmly put back into focus last night at Wembley stadium, in London, England. The WBA/IBF title fight between champion Carl Froch (33-2, 24 KO’s), and George Groves (19-2, 15 KO’s), certainly captured the nations imagination. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: #1 IBF Sam Soliman (44-11, 18 KO’s) completely wore out IBF middleweight champion Felix Sturm (39-4-2, 18 KO’s) in beating him by a one-sided 12 round unanimous decision last Saturday night to capture his IBF 160 lb. title at the König Palast, Krefeld, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany. Soliman, 40, won the fight by the judges’ scores of 118-110, 118-110, and 117-111.
Soliman beat Sturm last year by a 12 round unanimous decision in February of 2013. But last night, Soliman beat Sturm far worse than he did last time in badly outworking him for 12 rounds. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: George Groves (19-2, 15 KO’s) fought well enough for the first 7 rounds to be essentially knotted up with IBF/WBA super middleweight champion Carl Froch (33-2, 24 KO’s) last night, but then he royally blew it by backing up to the ropes like a 3-fight novice and got blasted out by Froch in getting knocked out in front of a partially filled 80,000 seat stadium at Wembley. Now Groves is saying he’d like another crack at Froch for a third fight between them.
“I’d love another chance. I don’t think I can’t beat Carl Froch, and I just sold out Wembley Stadium,” Groves said to IFL TV. “I’m sure I’ll become a world champion. It’s going to be the quickest route rather than the easiest route.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: With their big HBO pay-per-view match-up now less than a week away, WBC middleweight champion Sergio Martinez (51-2-2, 28 KO’s) says he’s in top shape and ready to knock Miguel Cotto (38-4, 31 KO’s) out in their fight next Saturday night at Madison Square Garden in New York. The 39-year-old Martinez says Cotto will regret having taken the fight with him after he gets done with him.
Martinez’s surgically repaired knee is ready to go, and he’s not going into this fight having re-injured his knee like he did in his previous fight against Martin Murray last April. Sergio’s knee was 70% for that fight, and he also had an injured left shoulder and a fractured left hand that he hurt in the fight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: James DeGale (19-1, 13 KO’s) became the IBF super middleweight mandatory challenger yesterday to Carl Froch’s IBF 168 lb. title with a 4th round TKO victory over Brandon Gonzales at Wembley Stadium in London, England. DeGale is going to have wait around for a while before he gets a crack at Froch [if he ever gets one], because Froch is talking about having an optional title defense coming for his next fight. He’s talking about wanting to fight in Las Vegas, Nevada.
If Froch fights in Vegas, it would be against one of three possible opponents: 1. Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., 2. Gennady Golovkin or 3. Andre Ward. The odds of it being Ward are likely so incredibly small that it’s not even really worth considering him as an option, because Ward is a show stopper for Froch in terms of his ability to beat him and mess up his legacy. Read the rest of this entry »
By Yannis Mihanos: Since his explosive victory over Manny Pacquiao in 2012, the great Mexican warrior Juan Manuel Marquez has been reluctant in getting again in the ring with Pacquiao. The question is has the Marquez decided to take the easy way by cherry picking opponents?
Marquez will be turning 41 years old in August and he’s definitely not a spring chicken anymore, but he still shows signs that there is life in him for boxing. His last fight was a very easy victory against Mike Alvarado. Alvarado was a tailored made opponent for Marquez, with no fast body movement, very static and without the same power like Marquez has. Alvarado was an easy target for Marquez. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Nonito Donaire (33-2, 21 KO’s) won the WBA Super World featherweight title last night in a fight that went 4 rounds – just long enough for him to get the victory – last night with his technical decision win over champion Simpiwe Vetyeka (26-3, 16 KO’s) at the Cotai Arena, Venetian Resort, Macao, Macao S.A.R., China. Donaire was given a victory by the judge’s scores of 49-46, 49-46, and 49-46.
The fight was stopped because of a cut over the left eye of Donaire which was caused by an accidental head-butt in the 1st round. Donaire’s promoter Bob Arum was pleased with his performance, and he said at the post-fight press conference that Donaire should be proud with the way he was able to carry on after being cut. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Mikkel Kessler’s promoter Kalle Sauerland says that Kessler wants to fight a third fight with IBF/WBA super middleweight champion Carl Froch, and that Froch promised him the fight. Thus far the two fighters have faced each other twice with Kessler winning the first fight in April 2010, and Froch winning their rematch three years later in May of 2013.
“Kessler fancies the winner here tonight. Carl promised it; we’d look forward to it,” Sauerland said to IFL TV.
I don’t know how you can sell a third fight between Froch and Kessler given the fact that Kessler hasn’t fought since his loss to Froch a year ago. I mean, how would that look with Froch deciding he wants to fight a guy who hasn’t fought in a year and a half. Read the rest of this entry »