By Scott Gilfoid: In looking at Amir Khan’s recent fight with Carlos Molina one thing that jumps out at you is how little Khan has really changed from his previous fights under trainer Freddie Roach. Other than Khan looking more mechanical, and less intelligent in the ring, I think there was absolutely no improvement in his game whatsoever. If anything, Khan looks worse off under the guidance of his new trainer Virgil Hunter, because if this supposed to be an improvement in his game than he’s not getting a good deal.
I think Khan would be much better off at the Wildcard gym where he can get more attention from LA crowd, first rate sparring at all times, and fight strategy that is more attuned to his own style. Hunter is not going to be able to make enough of an improvement to keep Khan from getting knocked out like he would with any other trainer. It’s not possible. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jason Kim: Former WBO light heavyweight champion Juergen Braehmer (38-2, 30 KO’s) will be challenging EBU light heavyweight champion Eduard Gutknecht (24-1, KO’s) on February 2nd at the Max Schmeling Halle, in Prenzlauer Berg, Berlin, Germany. Read the rest of this entry »
Judah vs. Garcia: Boxing fans are going to wonder why Golden Boy made this mismatch by the end of it
By Dan Ambrose: It’s interesting to see all the casual boxing fans chiming in on their thoughts about the February 9th fight between WBC/WBA light welterweight champion Danny Garcia (25-0, 16 KO’s) and 35-year-old former two division world champion Zab Judah (42-7, 29 KO’s) at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. The casual boxing fans are giving Judah a great chance of beating the 24-year-old Garcia.
They actually believe that Judah is going to school Garcia, and they’re reasoning for this is Judah’s controversial 12 round split decision win over Lucas Matthysse two years ago when Judah was fighting at home on the East coast. These fans don’t realize that Judah isn’t young anymore and he’s not even the same fighter that won a gift decision over Matthysse. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: #1 WBO Mikey Garcia (30-0, 26 KO’s) will take his unbeaten record into his fight this month against WBO featherweight champion Orlando Salido (39-11-2, 27 KO’s) on January 19th at Madison Square Garden in New York.
For Garcia’s sake you’ve got to hope that his trainer Robert Garcia has taught him some defense, and has him throwing combinations because he’s not going to get the job done against a fighter like Salido with his single shot type offense. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: WBA World super middleweight champion Mikkel Kessler (46-2, 35 KO’s) seems to be growing stronger instead of weaker as he gets older. At 33, Kessler is sitting down on his punches more than ever and has knocked out his last three opponents. The last guy Kessler didn’t KO was Carl Froch back in April 2010, but even in that fight, Kessler staggered Froch. Now Kessler and Froch are in negotiations for a rematch that will likely take place in the first six months of the year possibly in England.
I think we might see Kessler KO Froch in this fight, I really do. Froch hasn’t been knocked out yet during his 11-year pro career but he’s been hurt plenty of times and he’s getting hit even more than he ever did before due to his over-confidence. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Bob Arum, the promoter for WBO super bantamweight champion Nonito Donaire (31-1, 20 KO’s), says he’ll try and set him up with a fight against WBC super bantamweight champion Abner Mares (25-0, 13 KO’s) as soon as Mares gets finished defending his World Boxing Council 122 pound title against his mandatory challenger Victor Terrzaz. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Top Rank promoter Bob Arum says he’s not in a hurry to try and put together a fight between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. right now. His main priority is to find out from Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez if they want to get together for a fifth fight in 2013 to fight again rather at some time during the New Year.
Arum said to 8countnews.com “Floyd Mayweather Jr-Manny Pacquiao. That fight can happen down the line. That fights not as urgent but it’s possible. Never say never.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Gerardo Granados: As the year comes to an end the boxing fans must be satisfied after witness so many great fights during this busy 2012. First of all let me applause and recognize to all those anonymous fighters that around the planet gave boxing fans thrilling and bloody fights to enjoy, unfortunately the Unofficial Boxingnews24 2012 Awards are meant for the main events. Ladies and Gentlemen without any further last words let’s award the best of the best of 2012.
A lackluster award but a necessary one, “Robbery of the year 2012” goes to Brandon Rios vs. Richard Abril lightweight title bout. Rios failed to make weight but in yet another “unexplainable” judge scoring found himself winning by split decision. This was a close call to make and some boxing fans will pick the Tim Bradley vs. Manny Pacquiao fight for sure. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: IBF middleweight champion Daniel Geale (28-1, 15 KO’s) doesn’t think that the 37-year-old Anthony Mundine (44-4, 26 KO’s) will be able to keep up with him on January 30th, when they meet up in their rematch at the Entertainment Centre in Sydney, Australia. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: It goes without saying that Filipino Manny Pacquiao had a terrible 2012 in losing both of his fights he took part in and capping the year by getting planked by Juan Manuel Marquez in the 6th round on December 8th. What a terrible year for Pacquiao and arguably the worst year of his entire career.
Pacquiao now goes into 2013 with a big question mark about his chin and that question will likely be answered by September next year in a rematch between and Marquez. Getting knocked out a second time could be the catalyst needed for Pacquiao to finally hang up his gloves permanently and go back to the Philippines to focus on his political career. Read the rest of this entry »