By Dominic Sauboorah: Reigning Ring Magazine Super Middleweight champion Andre Ward (26-0 14 KO’s) was ringside for the unification bout between Carl Froch (33-2 22 KO’s) and Mikkel Kessler (46-3 35 KO’s) at the 02 Arena, London, United Kingdom. The No.1 rated super middleweight was talking about talking a potential rematch against Froch at Wembley stadium in front of 100,000 fans after the fight.
It would be a huge event if it is to take place; however, in my eyes, I do believe that Andre Ward is unlikely to become a PPV star.
The only PPV match up at the moment for Ward is that of a rematch against Froch, mainly on the basis that Carl will do his best to make it a fight, thereby adding to the entertainment value. Ward is without a doubt one of the best technical boxers in the game and his record proves that. Read the rest of this entry »
By Ian Aldous: On June 29th, Gennady Golovkin (26-0) puts his WBA and IBO world middleweight championships on the line against tough, perennial contender, Matthew Macklin (29-4) from the MGM Grand at Foxwoods Resort in Mashantucket, Connecticut. The HBO televised fight will see Golovkin face a legitimate challenge in the form of two-time world title challenger, Macklin.
Gennady clearly has the utmost respect for Macklin and his assets as a fighter. He told me over the phone from his training camp at Big Bear, California, “For me, Matthew Macklin is a very good fighter, he is a good boxer, good athlete. He has good speed, he has good power, he’s strong.” It looks to be the toughest test of his undefeated career so far and Golovkin agrees, “Yes, absolutely. This fight is very difficult for us, for me.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: IBF/WBA super middleweight champion Carl Froch (31-2, 22 KO’s) estimates that he’s down to his last four fights of his career before he hangs up his gloves for good. Froch sees himself fighting for two or three years at the most. He believes he can last this long due to his clean living and because he doesn’t get hit a lot in his fights. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: While IBF/WBA super middleweight champion Carl Froch is saying he’d be interested in fighting WBA super middleweight champion Andre Ward next, both Froch’s and Kessler’s promoters appear to be leaning in the direction of setting up a third fight between the Dane and the Brit. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Oscar De La Hoya of Golden Boy Promotions says his fighter WBA/WBC junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (42-0-1, 30 KO’s) can’t possibly make 147 lbs. even if he wanted to for a big money fight against boxing’s biggest star Floyd Mayweather Jr. (44-0, 26 KO’s) on September 14th.
The only way the fight can happen is if Mayweather moves up in weight to 154 so that the younger 22-year-old Canelo doesn’t have to struggle with making weight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: IBF super middleweight champion Carl Froch’s punch stats showed a fighter who threw an awful lot of punches last night in beating Mikkel Kessler by a 12 round unanimous decision, but the accuracy from Froch was dreadful to say the least. Froch missed with 75% of his punches last night. That’s why Kessler wasn’t marked up despite Froch throwing a massive of shots.
HBO’s CompuBox stats showed that Froch threw 1034 punches but only connected on 25 percent of them. In contrast, Kessler threw less than half of the amount of punches that Froch threw with 497 punches but had a much healthier 39 percent connects percentage.
Froch wasted a ton of punches by throwing jabs that hit air all night long. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Matchroom Sport promoter Eddie Hearn believes that his fighter unbeaten super middleweight contender George Groves (19-0, 15 KO’s) is only one fight away from a title shot against one of the world champions.
Groves, 25, says he’d like to fight fellow stable-mate IBF/WBA super middleweight champion Carl Froch this year, but he’s not having any luck in drawing him into a fight because Froch has been setting his sights on bigger fights with better known opposition.
Hearn said to I Film London “I think George is one big win away from fighting for a world title. He’s top five in every governing body. Definitely that [Groves vs. Froch] is a big fight.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: Middleweight David Lemieux (28-2, 27 KO’s) will be fighting next month on June 8th against Poland’s Robert Swierzbinski (11-1, 3 KO’s) in a scheduled 8 round bout on the Chad Dawson vs. Adonis Stevenson undercard at the Bell Centre, in Montreal, Canada.
Lemieux, 24, is trying to get his career back in order after having suffered losses to Marco Antonio Rubio and Joachim Alcine when he attempted to step up a level from the weak opposition he’d been facing. Lemieux has won three straight fights since losing to Alcine in December of 2011.
He’s beaten Albert Ayrapetyan, Alvaro Gaona, and Jaudiel Zepeda and seemingly turned his career around. It’s still too early to tell whether Lemieux can claw his way back to the upper tier of the middleweight division, but he’s been looking very good of late in destroying in his last three opponents in 2 rounds or less. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: Next month super middleweight contender Adonis Stevenson (20-1, 17 KO’s) will be moving up in weight to face WBC light heavyweight champion Chad Dawson (31-2, 17 KO’s) on June 8th at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Canada. It’s only 7 pounds from 168 to 175, so it shouldn’t be that big of a move for the 5’11”, 35-year-old Stevenson.
It is a big move as far as quality opposition goes because Stevenson has been pretty well protected in his 7 years as a pro. In his last fight, he chose to avenge an earlier loss to journeyman Darnell Boone (19-21-3, 8 KO’s). Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: WBA super middleweight champion Andr Ward says he has a pretty good idea why IBF/WBA super middleweight champion Carl Froch is so determined to fight all of his fights in the UK. It’s because he was beaten twice when he left the UK to fight guys and he doesn’t want to have that happen again.
Ward said to thesun.co.uk “His Froch] record is 4-2 on the road and he’s undefeated in the UK so I know why he wants it here [in the UK]. Let’s talk about it if you’re serious or else just stop ringing my name up.”
Is Ward kidding? I doubt Froch and his promoter Eddie Hearn will stop mentioning Ward’s name. Read the rest of this entry »