By 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 »
By Chris Williams: Negotiations between management representatives for Manny Pacquiao (54-5-2, 38 KO’s) and Juan Manuel Marquez 55-6-1, 40 KO’s) has reportedly already started for a fight that could take place in September in either Mexico or Macau.
Pacquiao’s adviser Michael Koncz said to RingTV “Yes, Marquez is a possibility, but there are other fighters that are possibilities too. We’re negotiating, and if we came come to terms on the money, we’ll do it, and if not then it’s up to Manny.”
Arum is meeting with Marquez this week in a one-on-one meeting to see if he can make the September fight with Pacquiao. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: IBF super middleweight champion Carl Froch (30-2, 22 KO’s) plans on throwing away any idea of using boxing tactics in his rematch against WBA super middleweight champion Mikkel Kessler (46-2, 35 KO’s) in their rematch on May 25th.
Froch believes the best way to beat Kessler is to go right at him and turn it into a war like he did in stopping former IBF super middleweight champion Lucian Bute last May in Nottingham, England.
Froch said to thesun.co.uk “It can only go one way…Carl Froch will win. As soon as I get in there, I’m going to pick up with round 13 where I left off with round 12 in Denmark. It’s a case of standing in range. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: The hold-up between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and WBC interim welterweight champion Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero (31-1-1, 18 KO’s) is not money related for their proposed May 4th fight at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada, according to Steve Kim. There’s something on Mayweather’s end that he’s not happy with, so he’s holding off on making that fight.
The money has reportedly been already agreed on for Guerrero, but something else is keeping the fight from being signed. It could be that Mayweather is having second thoughts about fighting the Guerrero or something else entirely. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Boxing analyst Al Berstein doesn’t care too much for the March 30th fight between WBA World middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (25-0, 22 KO’s) and the unranked Nobuhiro Ishida (24-8-2, 9 KO’s) at the Chapiteau de Fontvieille, Monte Carlo, Monaco. Bernstein thinks the 30-year-old Golovkin should be taking on much better opposition at this point in his career instead of facing a guy that has lost his last two fights in 37-year-old Ishida.
Bernstein said to Boxing Channel “That’s [Golovkin-Ishida] a stupid fight. We’ve not seen Gennady Golovkin against a top middleweight yet. Eventually he’s going to run out of 154 pounders to fight, and you might want to fight a 160 pounder. I think Golovkin still has to prove himself. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Former EBU middleweight champion Darren Barker (24-1, 15 KO’s) is hoping he can get the big 6’2” southpaw middleweight contender Andy Lee (29-2, 20 KO’s) in the ring in the near future, as Barker thinks he’s got the goods to beat the lanky Lee.
Barker said to Sky Sports “I really want to fight him [Lee]. I think style-wise he’s all right for me as a tall southpaw. Hopefully this could happen one day in the future.”
Barker has dropped out of the top 15 world rankings due the extensive amount of time he’s gone between fighting world class contenders after suffering an injury in 2012. Barker missed almost the entire year before coming back late in December to defeat Kerry Hope by a 4th round TKO. Barker is now scheduled to fight on March 9th, but incredibly he still doesn’t have opponent for that date. That’s not good. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: EBU super bantamweight champion Carl Frampton (16-0, 11 KO’s) didn’t exactly sound motivated when he was asked last night if he would be interested in fighting interim WBA super bantamweight champion Scott Quigg in his next fight.
The look on Frampton’s face spoke volumes, as he immediately froze for a second before he finally spit out this answer: “Hopefully we’ll fight one of these days. It’s what the British people want; it’s bigger than [David] Price – [Tyson] Fury.”
At that point in the conversation, Frampton was quickly cut off by his promoter Eddie Hearn, who started getting animated, saying this and that about how Frampton is a huge star and how he sells out arenas. Hearn ended his frantic monologue with these words “Scott Quigg needs Frampton, that’s the difference.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: WBO welterweight champion Tim Bradley (29-0, 12 KO’s) is finally getting around to defending his World Boxing Organization title after sitting around and doing nothing since beating Manny Pacquiao by a controversial 12 round split decision last year in June. Bradley could have fought for good money against Lamont Peterson, but turned down the $2.3 million fight.
Bradley won’t be making nearly as much in his fight against a non-welterweight in 140 lb. contender Ruslan Provodnikov (22-1, 15 KO’s) next month on March 16th at Home Depot Center, in Carson, California, USA. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: If Manny Pacquiao gets his way his next fight in September will be in his home country of the Philippines in front of a large flock of his adoring Filipino fans. However, the chances of that happening are extremely remote at best due to the time difference between the United States and the Philippines.
For Pacquiao’s next fight to be staged in the Philippines, it will have to take place on Sunday morning instead of Saturday night in order for it to be televised live to the U.S, which is where Pacquiao makes most of his money through pay per view receipts from American boxing fans. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: WBA World light welterweight champion Khabib Allakhverdiev (18-0, 8 KO’s) will be making his first defense of his title on March 30th against 2nd tier fighter Breidis Prescott (26-4, 20 KO’s) at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. The Allakhverdiev-Prescott fight will be the co-main event on the Mike Alvarado vs. Brandon Rios card.
Prescott was previously mentioned to be facing fringe light welterweight contender Victor Cayo, but it looks like Top Rank promoter Bob Arum wanted him more to give some credibility to his new champion 30-year-old Allakhverdiev. Read the rest of this entry »