By Dan Ambrose: Mikey Garcia (31-0, 26 KO’s) defeated WBO featherweight champion Orlando Salido (39-12-2, 27 KO’s) by an eight round technical decision on Saturday night to capture his WBO title at Madison Square Garden in New York. Garcia knocked Salido down four times in the fight, twice in the 1st, once in the 3rd and once in the 4th rounds.
The fight was halted due to the 25-year-old Garcia suffering a broken nose in the 8th round on accidental head-butt from Garcia. The fight then went to the score cards and Garcia was given the decision by the scores 79-70, 79-69 and 79-69.
The New York crowd wasn’t happy with the stoppage, as they wanted the fight to continue. It’s normal for fighters to fight through broken noses and it just seemed strange to have this fight stopped. You wonder why Mikey didn’t fight through the pain. It looked kind of weak to me. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Commonwealth super middleweight champion George Groves (16-0, 12 KO’s) says he’s impressed with his March 16th opponent Mouhamed Ali Ndiaye (22-1, 13 KO’s), and he can’t wait to face him for the vacant EBU super middleweight title at the Wembley Arena in London, England. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jim Dower: WBA World middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (25-0, 22 KO’s) successfully defended his title on Saturday night in stopping a game Gabriel Rosado (21-6, 13 KO’s) in the 7th round at Madison Square Garden in New York.
The fight was halted when Rosado’s corner threw in the towel to save Rosado, who was bleeding badly from his left eye and also bleeding from his nose. Rosado had stopped fighting back and was just running.
Rosado had talked about wanting to come and slug with Golovkin but instead of slugging, Rosado chose to run for the entire fight. He was able to land an occasional good shot, but for the most part Rosado was just moving punching bag. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jim Dower: In the main event on Saturday night, Undefeated #1 WBO Miguel “Mikey” Garcia (31-0, 26 KO’s) triumphed over WBO featherweight champion Orlando Salido (39-12-2, 27 KO’s), beating him by an eight round technical decision in a four knockdown performance at Madison Square Garden. Garcia suffered a broken nose from a head clash in the 8th, and it looked like his trainer/brother Robert Garcia was able to get the fight to be stopped and go to the cards.
Having the fight go to the cards no doubt saved Garcia from potentially taking a lot of punishment to the nose in the remaining four rounds of the fight. But perhaps more than that, it saved Garcia from taking punishment period considering Salido was starting to land more of his own power shots.
The judges scored the fight 79-70, 79-69, 79-69, all for Garcia. Salido was knocked down twice in the 1st round from left hooks by Garcia. Salido was walking into the shots and getting dropped. In the 3rd, Garcia knocked Salido down with a perfect right uppercut to the head that he never saw coming while they were in close. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: British promoter Frank Warren says that WBO lightweight champion Ricky Burns (35-2, 10 KO’s) will fight the talented WBC lightweight champion Adrien Broner (25-0, 21 KO’s) in 2013, if Burns can get past his scheduled March 16th unification bout against IBF lightweight champion Miguel Vazquez (33-3, 13 KO’s) at the Wembley Arena, Wembley, in London, United Kingdom.
Warren said in his column at thesun.co.uk “He [Burns] intends to beat Broner, not simply turn up for the dough. That fight WILL happen, home or abroad, provided both continue to win…Burns has done a job on world class opposition in Michael Katsidis, Paulus Moses and Kevin Mitchell.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Light welterweight contender Mike Alvarado (33-1, 23 KO’s) has signed a contract for a rematch with unbeaten former WBA lightweight champion Brandon Rios (31-0-1, 23 KO’s) for a fight that will be taking place on March 30th, according to Steve Kim. Team Alvarado are now waiting for Rios to sign his portion of the contract.
Rios stopped the 32-year-old Alvarado in the 7th round last October in a fight that was competitive until the 6th round. Once Rios got Alvarado hurt, he finished him off. The fight was exciting while it lasted, which gave their mutual promoter Bob Arum the excuse to put them back in the ring together.
Arum probably didn’t need much of an excuse to put them back in together given that Arum doesn’t have a lot of options to put either guy in with. By putting them together, Arum can keep them both busy and presumably happy. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: According to Steve Kim, the proposed fight between super featherweight Yuriorkis Gamboa and WBO welterweight champion Tim Bradley (29-0, 16 KO’s) is coming down to whether the two fighters can agree on a weight between 140 and 147.
Gamboa, 31, is moving up from 130 at super featherweight to take the fight, but he’s going to need a catch weight 140 to 143 lbs for the fight to take place. Kim says he’s hearing that this likely won’t happen. In other words, Bradley won’t agree to fight Gamboa at a catch weight. That’s too bad considering Bradley already turned down a rematch against Lamont Peterson last December that would have given him a big payday of $2.3 million, according to Dan Rafael of ESPN. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Undefeated heavyweight Deontay Wilder (26-0, 26 KO’s) will be looking to show his stuff tonight against Matt Greer (15-8, 13 KO’s) at the Centro de Convenciones, in Villahermoso, Tabasco, Mexico. This is just a small step for the talented 6’7” Wilder in his move for an eventual world title this year.
Wilder says he’s not going to hold back his hidden offensive weapons that he’s been purposely holding back from his opposition and from the boxing public. This year, Wilder wants to show the world and his opponents everything that he has.
Wilder told boxingbeatandrhymes “I’m looking to achieve great things. I’m looking to achieve a lot. This is Deontay Wilder and I’m looking to be the next heavyweight champion of the world. I’m willing to fight anyone in the future. I want the best in the heavyweight division. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: 30-year-old former WBC/WBO middleweight champion Kelly Pavlik (40-2, 34 KO’s) has decided to hang up his gloves after 13 years as a pro. Pavlik told ESPN that he wants to get out of the sport while he can to avoid future health problems in his 50s and 60s. It might be a wise decision for the 6’2” Pavlik being that he’s always taken a lot of punishment in his fights, and it would only get worse if he were to fight longer.
Pavlik told ESPN “When you stay in the sport too long you have health problems. That’s a big, big thing for me. I’m not talking about now. I’m talking about in the future. I’m talking about when I’m 55 or 60. What’s gonna happen to me thing? Why take any more chances.” Read the rest of this entry »
Steve Collins, 48, set to make a comeback against rival Roy Jones Jnr after a 15-year absence from the ring
By adizard: Former two division world champion Steve Collins (36-3, 21 KO’s) claims that he wanted to face Roy Jones Jnr during the 1990s, when the American was considered the pound-for-pound king, but his calls for the match-up had been unrequited. Read the rest of this entry »