By Dan Ambrose: #3 WBO, #8 WBC, #13 IBF heavyweight contender Andy Ruiz Jr (23-0, 17 KOs) put in a workmanlike performance last Saturday night in defeating former WBO heavyweight champion Sergei Liakhovich (26-6, 16 KOs) in beating him by a 10 round unanimous decision at the Celebrity Theatre in Phoenix, Arizona.
The fight was a lot closer than it was expected to be, as Liakhovich had no problems taking the slow power shots thrown by the flabby looking Ruiz Jr. The final judges’ scores were 98-92, 96-94 and 99-91. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo credit: Stephanie Trapp/SHOWTIME) By Jim Dower: Interim WBA featherweight champion Jesus Andres Cuellar (26-1, 20 KOs) of Argentina made easy work of an over-matched Ruben Tamayo (23-5-4, 15 KOs) on Saturday night in stopping him in the 5th round at the Little Creek Casino Resort, in Shelton, Washington, USA.
Cuellar, 27, knocked Tamayo down twice with body shots in the 4th round, and then dropped him again with another body shot in the 5th. Referee Mark Nelson halted the fight at 1:48 of the 5th.
Cuellar had previously destroyed former two division world champion Juan Manuel Lopez in his previous fight last September. Read the rest of this entry »
By BP: Bob Arum has yet again come up with another excuse to block the Mayweather vs Pacquiao Fight from happening.
Mayweather was to begin a 90-day sentence on Jan. 6, 2012.
Bob Arum said he would go to the Philippines to meet with Pacquiao and present him with the names of four possible opponents for May or June: Miguel Cotto, Marquez, Lamont Peterson and Timothy Bradley Jr. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Matchroom Sport promoter Eddie Hearn is counting on Amir Khan facing his fighter IBF welterweight champion if Khan gets passed over by Floyd Mayweather Jr for a fight in early 2015. Mayweather has pretty much already ruled out a fight against Khan in early 2015 anyway, but Khan appears to be stubbornly holding out hope that he’ll still get the fight against Mayweather if he doesn’t wind up facing Pacquiao.
Hearn is also holding out hope that Khan will wind up facing his guy Brook if he can’t get the Mayweather fight, which would seem like it’s going to be the case. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo credit: Amanda Kwok/SHOWTIME) By Scott Gilfoid: IBF welterweight champion Kell Brook may have learned who his next opponent will be last night after #2 IBF Jo Jo Dan (34-2, 18 KOs) defeated Canada’s Kevin Bizier (23-2, 16 KOs) by a 12 round split decision at the Colisee de Quebec, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada.
The judges scored the fight 115-112, 114-113 for Dan and 114-113 for Bizier.
Dan is a light puncher with not much in the way of defense and hand speed. In other words, he’s the perfect stay busy fight for Brook for his next fight in March. Read the rest of this entry »
By Robert “Big Moe” Elmore: In the latest news out of Top Rank when talking about making Floyd Mayweather Jr and Manny Pacquiao mega fight, Pacquiao’s promoter Bob Arum claims that Floyd is poaching Cinco De Mayo, where Floyd has fought for the last four years. Arum also claims it’s disrespectful to Mexicans for non Mexicans to be fighting on that date. Now I will say this.
The mega fight would sell no matter what date they fight on. I totally agree. How convenient for Arum to bring that up at this juncture and journey with me if you will with this questionnaire. Manny Pacquiao fought Ricky Hatton on what Mexican holiday; was A) May 2nd 2009 Cinco De Mayo, B) Cinco De Mayo May 2nd 2009 C) A Mexican holiday or D) All of the above. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Undefeated #10 WBA light heavyweight contender Artur Beterbiev (7-0, 7 KOs) showed excellent power in destroying American Jeff Page Jr (15-1, 10 KOs) last Friday night by a 2nd round knockdown at the Colisee de Quebec, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada.
The 29-year-old Beterbiev was knocked down in the 1st round by a right hand he never saw. It turned out to be a wakeup call for Beterbiev, as he came out with a vengeance in the 2nd round and knocked Page Jr down three times in the round before the fight was halted at 2:21 of the round by referee Jean-Guy Brousseau.
Beterbiev said afterwards that he was sleepy in the opening round, and the knockdown woke him up. After that he was okay, but he needed something to get him to weak up and start fighting effectively. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Amir Khan thinks Floyd Mayweather Jr won’t be seen as a legend of the sport after he retires if he chooses to fight IBF welterweight champion Kell Brook rather than himself for his next fight.
To Khan, Mayweather choosing Brook to fight would be a sign that he’s running from himself, even though Khan doesn’t hold down a title and is a mere contender with two defeats in his last six fights.
When asked what he’d think if Brook got the Mayweather fight instead of himself, Khan said to Fighthype.com “It shows Floyd’s on the run. If it happens, he will never be seen as a legend in the sport or he’ll never be seen like the likes of Sugar Ray Leonard… because obviously he’s avoiding a lot of big fighters.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: In a sign that Manny Pacquiao’s promoter Bob Arum may not fully understand that Pacquiao is the B-side of the equation for a Floyd Mayweather Jr fight, Arum says he wants a fight between them to take place in either April or June of 2015, but not on the Mexican holiday Cinco de Mayo on May 2nd.
Arum says the May 2nd date is for Mexican star Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, who just happens to be in negotiations with one of Arum’s fighters Miguel Cotto. Arum thinks that it’s wrong for Mayweather to be looking to fight on a Mexican holiday because he personally sees it as disrespectful to the Mexican people. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo credit: Kyler Locke/Little Creek Casino Resort) By Allan Fox: #6 WBO, #7 WBA Gary Russell Jr (24-1, 14 KOs) will be looking to bounce back from his recent loss to Vasyl Lomachenko when he faces Christopher Martin (28-4-3, 9 KOs) in a scheduled 10 round bout tonight at the Little Creek Casino Resort, in Shelton, Washington, USA. The fight will be televised on Showtime Extreme.
Russell Jr, 26, was beaten by Lomachenko by a 12 round majority decision last June in a fight for the vacant World Boxing Organization featherweight title. Russell Jr was no match for Lomachenko in that fight, and he the defeat has really bugged him. Read the rest of this entry »