By Yannis Mihanos: Since his explosive victory over Manny Pacquiao in 2012, the great Mexican warrior Juan Manuel Marquez has been reluctant in getting again in the ring with Pacquiao. The question is has the Marquez decided to take the easy way by cherry picking opponents?
Marquez will be turning 41 years old in August and he’s definitely not a spring chicken anymore, but he still shows signs that there is life in him for boxing. His last fight was a very easy victory against Mike Alvarado. Alvarado was a tailored made opponent for Marquez, with no fast body movement, very static and without the same power like Marquez has. Alvarado was an easy target for Marquez. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Nonito Donaire (33-2, 21 KO’s) won the WBA Super World featherweight title last night in a fight that went 4 rounds – just long enough for him to get the victory – last night with his technical decision win over champion Simpiwe Vetyeka (26-3, 16 KO’s) at the Cotai Arena, Venetian Resort, Macao, Macao S.A.R., China. Donaire was given a victory by the judge’s scores of 49-46, 49-46, and 49-46.
The fight was stopped because of a cut over the left eye of Donaire which was caused by an accidental head-butt in the 1st round. Donaire’s promoter Bob Arum was pleased with his performance, and he said at the post-fight press conference that Donaire should be proud with the way he was able to carry on after being cut. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Mikkel Kessler’s promoter Kalle Sauerland says that Kessler wants to fight a third fight with IBF/WBA super middleweight champion Carl Froch, and that Froch promised him the fight. Thus far the two fighters have faced each other twice with Kessler winning the first fight in April 2010, and Froch winning their rematch three years later in May of 2013.
“Kessler fancies the winner here tonight. Carl promised it; we’d look forward to it,” Sauerland said to IFL TV.
I don’t know how you can sell a third fight between Froch and Kessler given the fact that Kessler hasn’t fought since his loss to Froch a year ago. I mean, how would that look with Froch deciding he wants to fight a guy who hasn’t fought in a year and a half. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Trainer Freddie Roach has said that he’s made changed to Miguel Cotto’s style of fighting to have him implementing his hook more than in the recent past, but Pablo Sarmiento, the trainer for WBC middleweight champion Sergio Martinez, doesn’t see any changes to Cotto’s style of fighting at all.
Sarmiento listens to what Roach says, but he sees the same fighter virtually unchanged. Sarmiento concludes that Cotto is the same fighter he always was and that he would have beaten his last opponent Delvin Rodriguez even before Roach got there. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Carl Froch (33-2, 24 KO’s) got a nice little win tonight in beating Britain’s George Groves (19-2, 15 KO’s) for a second time in the last 6 months. Froch’s win now has people talking about his next opponent in line. James DeGale would like to be the next guy that faces him, and he took care of business earlier tonight in his IBF super middleweight title eliminator in stopping Brandon Gonzales.
There word from Dan Rafael is that his promoter Eddie Hearn is possibly interested in a fight against Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. Roy Jones Jr., a commentator for HBO, believes that Chavez Jr. is a much better match-up for Froch than Gennady Golovkin would be. Max Kellerman of HBO is in agreement with that too. Read the rest of this entry »
By Anthony Mason: IBF/WBA super middleweight champion Carl Froch (33-2, 24 KO’s) had a magnificent knockout over the outclassed George Groves (19-2, 15 KO’s). Froch vs Groves was a major event in the British boxing world today and a lot of anticipation was behind the event. However, it is hard to see, outside of the hype, trash talk, and controversial nature of the last bout, what made this fight so highly anticipated.
George Groves has not one impressive win on his record, outside of a beyond washed up Glen Johnson. Froch and Groves are good boxers, but there is not much to suggest that they are great. Froch is elite, but it is hard to see how he can compare with the truly great fighters of Britain’s past. Perhaps the high anticipation is a result of the diminished quality of British boxing since the early 1960s, the last days of Randolph Turpin’s career. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: A fight between IBF/WBA super middleweight champion Carl Froch (33-2, 24 KO’s) and former WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. is possible for the fall, according to Dan Rafael of ESPN. Rafael says that Froch’s promoter Eddie Hearn had a conversation with Top Rank promotions about a potential fight between Froch and Chavez Jr. The Froch-Chavez Jr. fight would be a pay-per-view bout in the U.S, although I have serious doubts whether it would be a marketable fight due to Froch not having a huge fan base in America.
“Froch could be headed for Vegas for next fight. Top Rank and Eddie spoke a few days ago about possible Chavez fight in the fall. #boxing,” Rafael said on his twitter. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: Adam Booth, the former trainer for George Groves (19-2, 15 KO’s), wasn’t pleased with the mistakes that he made tonight in his loss to IBF/WBA super middleweight champion Carl Froch (33-2, 24 KO’s). Booth thought that Groves telegraphed a left hook and this enabled Froch to take advantage of it by hitting him with a right hand to the head in the 8th round to knock him out. Booth said that he’s gone over this with Groves during the time he was his trainer. It looks like Groves must have forgotten the lessons from Booth.
“George opened his arm out for the left hook. It is something we talked about from day one but if you make a mistake like that then you will lose,” Booth said to the BBC. “I could see from the first round that Carl was sweeping that left hook across. He was doing that to keep George occupied. George looked a little heavy on his legs at times and when Carl senses the time was right that is when he made his move. It was sad to see.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: IBF/WBA super middleweight champion Carl Froch (33-2, 24 KO’s) put an end to his rivalry with George Groves (19-2, 15 KO’s) tonight by stopping him in the 8th round with a right hand to the head at the Wembley Stadium in London, UK. The ending was sudden and shocking with Froch nailing Groves with a right hand shot that put him down on his back on the canvas.
Groves didn’t stir for a second or two while he was down on his back, and that was enough for the referee Charlie Fitch to stop the fight. But as soon as Fitch called a halt to the fight, Groves was able to sit up as if he had woken from a nap, and he immediately started protesting the stoppage. Fitch did the right thing in this case because Groves was badly hurt and Fitch had no way of knowing if he would get up. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: In another questionable stoppage on tonight’s Wembley card, James DeGale (19-1, 13 KO’s) defeated Brandon Gonzales (18-1-1, 10 KO’s) by a 4th round TKO in their IBF super middleweight title eliminator bout. DeGale dropped Gonzales with a left hand to the head after hitting him with a flurry on the inside. It was a very bad stoppage because Gonzales was still able to fight and there was no reason why the referee should have stopped it.
Gonzales got back to his feet and was hit with a left hand to the head that knocked him into the ropes. Gonzales then clinched briefly, and after the two fighters were separated the referee Steve Gray, for strange reason, stopped the fight. Read the rest of this entry »