By Scott Gilfoid: Lennox Lewis says he was only given 3 weeks to train former British and Commonwealth heavyweight champion David Price (15-2, 13 KO’s) for his fight last Saturday night against Tony Thompson (38-3, 26 KO’s) at the Echo Arena in Liverpool, UK.
Lewis says he wanted to train the 29-year-old Price for 5 weeks to get him ready for this important bout, but was only allowed to get a mere 3 weeks. Needless to say it’s almost impossible to make any lasting changes to a fighter after only 3 weeks working with them unless they have a brain like a sponge and can learn things quickly.
Usually the younger fighters are the ones that a lot more moldable in changing their fighting style. Price is a bit up there in age and about to hit 30. It’s not usual for fighters that old to be slow in making any lasting changes to their style with just a few weeks of work. Read the rest of this entry »
By T. Charles: Hindsight in boxing, just as in any aspect of life is a great thing. After the second David Price v Tony Thompson fight several observers were quick to comment on the fact that they felt Price should have had a warm up fight before jumping straight back in with Thompson, likewise the relationship forged between Lennox Lewis and Price was criticized because of the effect it might have had on the equilibrium of the Price Team.
However before the first bell rang of Price v Thompson 2 the general consensus was that Price was unlucky in the first fight, as Thompson had caught him in a spot whereby a ‘lucky punch’ would drop anybody, iron or glass chin – when a fighter gets hit around the ear it ‘scrambles the senses’ etc etc, – insert whatever boxing cliché you prefer. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: David Haye (26-2, 24 KO’s) has reportedly signed a contract to face unbeaten British heavyweight Tyson Fury (21-0, 15 KO’s) at a still to be determined venue. The only thing that is keeping the fight from being a solid right now is Fury signing the contract as well, and all you can do is hope that he signs for the mega domestic clash.
David Haye said this today on his social media site: “I’ve just signed to fight Fury on Sep 28, lets hope he finally agrees (and signs today) and he doesn’t keep delaying. Word around “Camp Fire” is Fury is looking to duck me and fight Toney “The Tiger”. Lets hope they are just to rumours.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Rather than face someone from his own division, undefeated #3 IBF, #7 WBA, #7 WBC, #14 WBO, super bantamweight contender Carl Frampton will be dipping down two entire divisions to face 35-year-old non-top 15 ranked super flyweight Everth Briceno (35-8-2, 26 KO’s) on July 20th at the Wembley Arena, Wembley, in London, United Kingdom.
Frampton, 26, will be defending his IBF Inter-Continental super bantamweight strap in this fight against the much older 35-year-old Bricera, who has lost 3 out of his last 7 fights.
Interestingly enough, this fight is supposed to send a message from Frampton to #1 WBC, #4 IBF, #4 WBA, Leo Santa Cruz, but I’m not sure that he’s going to get that message. Even if Frampton does beat Bricero easily it won’t mean much because the 35 and was already beaten two years ago by Santa Cruz when he was fighting at bantamweight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: WBO light heavyweight champion Nathan Cleverly (26-0, 12 KO’s) will be facing the big punching Sergey Kovalev (21-0-1, 19 KO’s) next month on August 17th at the Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff, Wales, UK. We could be seeing Cleverly say goodbye to both his unbeaten record and his WBO 175 lb. title on the same night.
Kovalev is definitely a level above some of the truly awful opposition that Cleverly has been consistently matched up against during his 8 year pro career. When you get a fighter that has been matched carefully the way that Cleverly has been, and you put him all of a sudden with someone that can actually fight like Kovalev, bad things can happen. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: It looks like former WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (46-1, 32 KO’s) will be staying at 160 after all. According to his strength and conditioning coach Alex Ariza, Chavez Jr. will be returning to 160 to continue campaigning as a middleweight after his fight against Brian Vera on September 7th at 168.
I guess the reason for Chavez Jr. fighting at 168 for this fight is because he’s been out of the ring for 10 months because of his suspension for testing positive for marijuana after his loss to Sergio Martinez last September. Taking off all that blubber that Chavez Jr. has put will likely be too difficult for him to make 160. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo credit: Esther Lin/Showtime) By Dan Ambrose: Floyd Mayweather Jr. believes that he and his team have a lot to do with WBA/WBC junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez’s popularity in the United States by letting Canelo tag along on his undercards for the past couple of years. By allowing the 22-year-old Canelo fight on his undercards, Mayweather has let millions of casual American boxing fans to be exposed to Canelo for the first time.
Mayweather said to ESPN “It was a great idea for my team, Leonard Ellerbe and Al Haymon, to continue to take this guy [Canelo] and put him on my undercard to let him slowly build his fan-base. Of course, in Mexico it can be a fighter that wears a minor belt and they’re going to cheer for him and go crazy for him, which is a great thing, to stand behind their own.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Former WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (46-1, 32 KO’s) is expected to be back in the ring in two months to face middleweight contender Brian Vera on September 7th at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: David Price’s 5th round knockout loss to Tony Thompson (38-3, 26 KO’s) last Saturday night seems to have planted some ideas into the head of British heavyweight Tyson Fury, because he’s now mouthing off about wanting to his cousin Hughie Fury (6-0, 4 KO’s) to face Price (15-2, 13 KO’s) in September.
Tyson Fury said on his twitter: “@hughiefury is ready for Price in September. Hughie would do Price.”
Oh man, this is really reaching on Fury’s part. I mean, I know Price looked bad in gassing out against Thompson, but he didn’t look that bad to where a guy like Hughie could beat him. That would be a big mistake if Fury steered Hughie into a fight with Price, because I think Price would wreck his world by knocking 18-year-old out easily. Read the rest of this entry »
By Boxingmuse: @BoxingMuse – Merseyside’s David Price (15-2, 13 KO’s) was once again halted by ‘The Tiger’ Tony Thompson (38-3, 26 KO’s) in another shock night in Liverpool.
I am not a fan of Price or Thompson but in reflection of both bouts, it is accurate to say David Price’s professional career was poorly planned and rushed.
Before the proposed match up with Thompson, Price owned a resume of 15 wins and 13 by knockout, against journeymen, overmatched fighters and domestic level boxers. Although looking very impressive in these bouts it is obvious there was a fatal era in the progression of this boxer’s career. Read the rest of this entry »