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title Nonito Donaire vs. William Prado on March 28th in the Philippines

donaire456By Chris Williams: Nonito Donaire (33-3, 21 KOs) will be back in action next month in a confidence builder type fight against little known 2nd tier fighter named William Prado (22-4-1, 15 KOs) on March 28th at the Mll of Asia in the Philippines.

The Donaire-Prado fight will take place in the super bantamweight division, as the 32-year-old Donaire is moving back down from the featherweight division following a 6th round knockout loss to WBA featherweight champion Nicholas Walters last October in Carson, California.

There’s not much to say about Prado, 31, other than he’s from Brazil, and he’s lost three out of his last six fights since 2012. Prado has suffered losses to Paulus Ambunda, Jeremy Parodi, and Scott Quigg. Prado was knocked out in just three rounds by Quigg in 2013. That’s obviously a sign that Prado won’t last long against Donaire. Read the rest of this entry »



title Espinoza: Mayweather’s backup opponent for 5/2 are Cotto or Khan

floyd8282828By Chris Williams: Showtime executive vice president of Sports Stephen Espinoza is still optimistic that the negotiations can be successfully completed for Floyd Mayweather Jr and Manny Pacquiao in their mega-fight on May 3rd. There are just a small number of issues that need to be worked through.

Showtime and HBO still have to work out their deal as well, but there’s a good possibility that they’ll be able to negotiate a deal from their end. Espinoza is saying that Mayweather absolutely will be fighting on the May 2nd date, even if he doesn’t face Pacquiao. Read the rest of this entry »



title Mayweather-Pacquiao negotiations have plenty of time

pac723By Chris Williams: In the last week a lot of boxing fans have begun to panic due to the Floyd Mayweather Jr vs. Manny Pacquiao negotiations taking a lot of time. The fans think the fight won’t have enough time left to get negotiated for them to be able to have any kind of marketing campaign to promote the fight.

As Dan Rafeal points out, Mayweather’s fight negotiations with Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero didn’t get completed until February 19th in 2013, yet they were still able to market the fight and it did reasonably well with over 800,000+ pay-per-view buys. Read the rest of this entry »



title David Price interested in Anthony Joshua fight

price1234By Scott Gilfoid: Former British and Commonwealth heavyweight champion David Price (18-2, 15 KOs) says he’s interested in facing unbeaten 2012 London Olympics gold medalist Anthony Joshua (10, 10 KOs) in a fight to prove which of the two taller Brits are the better heavyweights.

For some reason, Price seems confident about the fight. There are rumors that Price and Joshua sparred with each other in the past with Price having his way with the 25-year-old Joshua. Read the rest of this entry »



title Deontay Wilder: I’ll knock Tyson Fury out

deontay73By Scott Gilfoid: WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder (33-0, 32 KOs) says the boxing world would prefer that he faces #1 WBO Tyson Fury (23-0, 17 KOs) next rather than IBF/IBO/WBAWBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (63-3, 53 KOs) in his first fight as the WBC champion.

It’s easy to see why Wilder would want to fight the 6’9” Fury first. It’s a potentially more interesting fight for him and the boxing fans, because the two of them would be trash talking each other the moment the contracts are signed. Read the rest of this entry »



title Jermain Taylor stripped of IBF title, Sturm and N’Dam ordered to fight for vacant belt

taylor775By Dan Ambrose: Jermain Taylor was stripped of his IBF middleweight title earlier today, according to Dan Rafael. Taylor is dealing with a whole host of legal problems that could keep him out of the ring possibly for good. He was supposed to face Sergio Mora in his first title defense, but that obviously isn’t going to happen now. Mora is fighting tonight against Abe Han.

With Taylor now stripped of his IBF title, the International Boxing Federation has now ordered #1 Hassan N’Dam (31-1, 18 KOs) to fight #3 IBF Felix Sturm (39-4-3, 18 KOs) for the vacant IBF title. Read the rest of this entry »



title Sergio Mora defeats Abie Han by split decision

mora544By Dan Ambrose: In a fight that was a lot tougher than expected for 34-year-old former WBC 154 pound champion Sergio Mora (28-3-2, 9 KOs), he had to battle hard to defeat ESPN regular Abie Han (23-2, 14 KOs) by a close 12 round split decision on Friday night at the Beau Rivage Resort & Casino in Biloxi, Mississippi.

It was a fight that could have literally gone either way, as many of the rounds were extremely close. Mora was exhausted in the last three rounds of the fight, and he clearly lost – or should have lost – those rounds. Read the rest of this entry »



title Froch: I don’t want to fight Bernard Hopkins; it’s a lose-lose situation

froch563478After mentioning a potential fight against 50-year-old Bernard Hopkins (55-7-2, 32 KOs) for the summer, the 37-year-old Carl Froch (33-2, 24 KOs) is now saying that he’s not interested in taking a fight against the aging legend due to it being a situation where he wouldn’t get much credit, if any, if he beat him and he’d get dumped on it he were to lose due to Hopkins’ age.

Froch had said in an earlier interview that he could fight twice in 2015, but if that’s going to happen then it’s going to need to be against someone besides Hopkins. Froch already is very, very interested in facing Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. However, Chavez Jr has a fight scheduled against Andrzej Fonfara on April 18th, and this means it’s going to be kind of difficult to get a fight against him scheduled for the summer unless the fight takes place in the late summer. Read the rest of this entry »



title Golovkin’s trainer dares Andre Ward to have his management make fight offer

golovkin000By Dan Ambrose: If WBA Super middleweight champion Andre Ward (27-0, 14 KOs) wants a big money fight against WBA 160 pound champion Gennady Golovkin (31-0, 28 KOs) then all he needs to do is have his management contact Golovkin’s promoter Tom Loeffler to make an offer for a fight, according to Golovkin’s trainer Abel Sanchez.

It’s a fight that Sanchez firmly believes that Golovkin can win, and he’s felt that way for a long time. The question is will Ward make the effort to try and setup the fight against Golovkin? Read the rest of this entry »



title De La Hoya still insisting Canelo-Kirkland will take place on May 2nd unless Mayweather-Pacquiao fight happens

delahoya7777By Dan Ambrose: Despite the Floyd Mayweather Jr vs. Manny Pacquiao fight likely to get made for May 2nd, Golden Boy Promotions President Oscar de La Hoya is still saying that he’s going to have his fighter Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (44-1-1, 31 KOs) fight the inactive James Kirkland (32-1, 28 KOs) on the same night unless Mayweather and Pacquiao actually takes place.

De La Hoya says Canelo-Kirkland fight will take place on 5/2 if Mayweather fights anyone else but Pacquiao. This means that De La Hoya and Canelo are willing to risk getting low ratings for his fight against Kirkland.

This obviously isn’t the smartest thing to do if your goal is to make the 24-year-old Canelo more popular, because right now he’s proven that he doesn’t have the popularity to bring in big pay-per-view numbers like Pacquiao and Mayweather. Read the rest of this entry »



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