By Scott Gilfoid: Former IBF/WBA light welterweight champion Amir Khan (29-3, 19 KO’s) has now made up his mind that he now wants WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao (56-5-2, 38 KO’s) next in November in his fight in Macao, China, and then provided that Khan wins that fight, he wants to go after the biggest name in boxing by taking on WBA/WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr (46-0, 26 KO’s) in May of 2015 when/if Mayweather fights on Cinco de Mayo on May 2nd.
Boxing fans were curious to know who Khan would be looking to fight in his next fight later this year after beating a couple of old timers in Luis Collazo and Julio Diaz in his last two fights, and little 5’5” lightweight Carlos Molina in his fight before that. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Promoter Eddie Hearn says that former WBO featherweight champion Scott Harrison (27-3-2, 15 KO’s) is one of the names that he’s thinking of putting with his struggling fighter Ricky Burns (36-4-1, 11 KOs) for his next fight if he doesn’t match him against a domestic level fighter. The Harrison-Burns fight can only happen if the 36-year-old Harrison can get a boxing license to fight.
He hasn’t been in the ring for over a year now since his 10 round decision loss to Liam Walsh in April of 2013. Hearn says that if a Harrison vs. Burns fight were to be made, he would stage the fight in Scotland. That would be the one exception where Hearn would be willing to have Burns fight at home in Scotland. Hearn wants to get Burns away from Scotland for a while, because he feels that there’s too much pressure on him when he fights at home, and this could be one of the reasons why he’s been having problems in the ring. Read the rest of this entry »
By Anthony Mason: Far too often in today’s era of boxing do we hear that a certain fighter is a so-called “world champion” in multiple divisions. That is false 99% of the time. These boxers are simply belt holders in multiple divisions, not world champions. People claim that a fighter is great based on how many “world champions” he has beaten, when none of those opponents are world-class at all.
Floyd Mayweather Jr himself has said that a belt doesn’t define him. That also means that a belt doesn’t define a true world-class champion. Especially in today’s era, where belts are fabricated out of thin air for any journeyman to pick up. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chester Rivers: Last night in Omaha, Nebraska, U.S.A, WBO lightweight champion Terrance Crawford defended his 135 lb championship against challenger Yuriorkis Gamboa (23-1, 16 KO’s). The only problem was Crawford entered the ring unofficially 152 lbs. During their pre-fight instructions, there was no doubt as to who was the larger man. Crawford dwarfed the 5’5 1/2″ Gamboa as the two fighters stood nose to nose will receiving instructions from the referee. If ever there was a time to bring back the same day weigh in the time is now.
Weighing in on the same day ended in the early 1980’s. Because promoters were in fear of losing money when one fighter would come in overweight and the other fighter refusing to fight because of this issue. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: The 23-year-old former WBA/WBC junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (43-1-1, 31 KO’s) wants to create a huge legacy for himself before he retires from the sport in the distant future, and he’d like go down in history as one of the best fighters the sport has seen.
This is why he says he’s agreed to fight WBA junior middleweight champion Erislandy Lara (19-1-2, 12 KOs) in their catch-weight fight at 155 on July 12th at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. Canelo says he chose Lara not because of the pressure that the Cuban Lara was putting on him 24/7 to agree to the fight, but because he wants to be known as the type of fighter who was willing to fight anybody. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo credit: Showtime Boxing) By Scott Gilfoid: A rematch between WBC super middleweight champion Sakio Bika (32-5-3, 21 KO’s) and #5 WBC, #7 WBO Anthony Dirrell (26-0-1, 22 KO’s) is in the works for August 16th, along with former WBA junior middleweight champion Austin Trout (26-2, 14 KOs) facing Daniel Dawson (40-3-1, 26 KO’s) for possibly the WBA 154 pound interim belt. There’s isn’t a venue yet, but it’s likely that the card will take place in New York.
Bika, 35, and Dirrell fought last December at the Barlcays Center in Brooklyn, New York, with the fight being ruled a 12 round draw. The judges scored it 114-112 for Bika, and 116-110 for Dirrell, and 114-114 even. Dirrell knocked Bika down in the 5th round after tagging him with a beautiful right hand to the head, and flurrying on him with massive head shots. Bika got back up and survived the round just barely. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: One of the reasons why WBO lightweight champion Terence Crawford (24-0, 17 KO’s) felt assured of victory going into last night’s fight against 5’5 ½” Yuriorkis Gamboa (23-1, 16 KOs) was because he saw him as someone who was little more than a pumped up featherweight who had moved up in weight to the lightweight division, but who really belonged still at featherweight.
Crawford, 5’8”, outweighed Gamboa on the night of the fight 152 to 145, and had a long reach advantage of 5” inches. It was no wonder that with all of the things in his favor that Crawford was going to come out ahead when the two of them went at it last night at the CenturyLink Center, in Omaha, Nebraska, USA. Crawford used his size to stop Gamboa in the 9th round after putting him down 4 times in the fight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: WBO lightweight champion Terence Crawford (24-0, 17 KOs) bagged the biggest win of his career in defeating former IBF/WBA featherweight title holder Yuriorkis Gamboa (23-1, 16 KOs) by a 9th round stoppage last night in front of a huge crowd of Crawford supporters at the CenturyLink Center, in Omaha, Nebraska, USA.
The victory has many boxing fans wanting to know if the 26-year-old Crawford will be moving up in weight to 140 to possibly challenge Manny Pacquiao – who is promoted by the same promotional company Top Rank – Chris Algieri, Ruslan Provodnikov, Danny Garcia, Lucas Matthysse, Juan Manuel Marquez, Mike Alvarado or Brandon Rios. Read the rest of this entry »
By Gareth Steven Mills: It seems like an absolute lifetime ago that the heavyweight division was the forefront and the flagship of boxing. The nights of glitz and glamour in the Las Vagas casinos are well and truly in the past and have been replaced by a soggy wet night in Munich.
Today paints a different picture for the current generation of heavyweights. With not as much interest in the division, the majority of fans are now drawn to the lighter and middleweight divisions as many believe they are far more exciting and much more competitive. No longer do young wanna-be boxers answer the question of “what do you want to be?” With “I want to be the heavyweight champion of the world.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: HBO will be showing a replay of the clash between WBO lightweight champion Terence Crawford (24-0, 17 KO’s) and challenger Yuriorkis Gamboa (23-1, 17 KO’s) this Sunday at 8:45 am ET/PT. Crawford gave an impressive performance in knocking out 2004 Olympic gold medalist Gamboa in a fight that could wind up being the Fight of the Year.
Both fighters were hurt I the fight, and Gamboa was put down on the canvas 4 times in the course of the 9 rounds of action. Crawford, 26, finally put an end to matters in the 9th round by knocking Gamboa down two time to get the stoppage at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha, Nebraska. This was by far the biggest win of Crawford’s still young 6-year pro career. Read the rest of this entry »