By Dan Ambrose: Former WBA/WBC junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (43-1-1, 31 KO’s) was hunting for reasons last night why he’ll beat WBA junior middleweight champion Erislandy Lara (19-1-2, 12 KO’s) when asked last night by Showtime why he’ll beat the Cuban fighter on July 12th. To the 23-year-old Canelo, he sees his experience as being the major factor why he’ll beat the 31-year-old Lara when they meet each other on Showtime pay-per-view from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Canelo has been in the ring with the likes of Floyd Mayweather Jr, Austin Trout, Kermit Cintron, Matthew Hatton, Alfonso Gomez, Josesito Lopez, Shane Mosley, Ryan Rhodes, Carlos Manuel Baldomir, Lovemore Ndou and Jose Miguel Cotto. Most of those guys were smaller than Canelo though, and older too. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: Former IBF/WBC light heavyweight champion Chad Dawson (32-3, 18 KO’s) says he’ll be fighting twice more in 2014 before looking to get a world title shot in early 2015 against one of the champions. Dawson, 31, knocked out George Blades (23-6, 16 KO’s) in the 1st round last night in a 3-knockdown performance in an off TV fight at the StubHub Center in Carson, California.
Despite looking a little fat at 202 pounds, Dawson was very impressive in mixing his punches up well from the head to the body in destroying a decent fighter in 39-year-old Blades. Immediately after Dawson put Blades down for a third time and the fight was stopped by referee Raul Caiz Jr at 2:35 of the round. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Now that Vasyl Lomachenko (2-1, 1 KO’s) has captured the vacant WBA featherweight title after beating #1 WBO Gary Russell Jr last night by virtue of his 12 round majority decision, the question now on the minds of many boxing fans is will Bob Arum of Top Rank let WBA Super World featherweight champion Nonito Donaire (33-2, 21 KO’s) fight Lomachenko in a unification bout in November or December of this year or will Arum steer the better known Donaire around the Ukrainian fighter to safer waters where Donaire can have a better chance of keeping his WBA title?
We’re already hearing that Donaire might not be giving a rematch against Simpiwe Vetyeka despite the fact that he said he would after their fight from last month ended after just 5 rounds due to Donaire suffering a cut over his eye. For a challenger to win a title off of a cut that he himself suffered is kind of an off-putting way of winning a belt, especially if the challenger doesn’t give the champion a rematch. That right there is going to look bad if Donaire fails to give Vetyeka a rematch. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Former three division world champion Adrien Broner (28-1, 22 KO’s) was at last night’s Robert Guerrero vs. Yoshihiro Kamegai fight at the StubHub Center in Carson, California, in what could have been a scouting mission for the 24-year-old Broner.
Broner hasn’t fought since defeating the smaller light hitting 5’5” Carlos Molina in an unimpressive performance last May on the Floyd Mayweather Jr vs. Marcos Maidana fight card in Las Vegas, Nevada. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: #1 WBO Gary Russell Jr (24-1, 14 KO’s) gave a good effort but came up empty-handed last night in losing to a bigger, stronger and more experienced fighter in Vasyl Lomachenko (2-1, 1 KO’s) in losing a 12 round majority decision for their scrap for the vacant WBO featherweight belt at the StubHub Center in Carson, California.
Lomachenko, 26, isn’t more experienced as a pro, but with his 397 amateur fights and two Olympic gold medals under his belt, he was too polished a fighter for Russell Jr to deal with, especially with the type of soft opponents that Russell Jr had been matched against in his fights before last night’s bout. Lomachenko had a record of 396-1 as an amateur, and he clearly was the real deal coming into last night’s fight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: Devon Alexander (26-2, 14 KO’s) was pleased with his tougher than expected 10 round unanimous decision win over Jesus Soto Karass (28-10-3, 18 KO’s) at the StubHub Center, in Carson, California. Alexander, 27, broke out of his old defensive style of fighting, and was willing to exchange with the hard hitting 31-year-old Soto Karass to show boxing fans that he’s come back from his loss to Shawn Porter in his previous fight.
To his credit, Alexander stood in the pocket for much of the fight and traded bombs with Soto Karass in earning a hard fought 10 round decision. Even Soto Karass was surprised that Alexander was willing to fight his fight, because the last thing he expected was for him to take shots in order to give them last night. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: In watching Robert Guerrero (32-2-1, 18 KO’s) go life and death with a fringe level contender in Yoshihiro Kamegai (24-2-1, 21 KO’s) last night, I think I speak for everyone here when I say he needs to think seriously about dumping his current trainer Ruben Guerrero and find a real trainer that can improve his game.
It was just awful to watch Guerrero getting beaten up by a guy who arguably shouldn’t be ranked in the top tier if the welterweight division’s talent wasn’t watered down by 4 sanctioning bodies. Read the rest of this entry »
By Eric Thomas: Two time Olympic gold medalist Vasyl Lomachenko (2-1, 1 KO’s) took advantage of his size and power advantage over the 5’4” Gary Russell Jr (24-1, 14 KO’s) last Saturday night to pound out a 12 round majority decision to win the vacant WBO featherweight title. The fight should have been much more one-sided than it was had Lomachenko shown a bit more urgency with his offense.
Lomachenko was fighting at such a slow pace that he generally gave away the first couple of minutes of every round and then could on in the last minute to land some big body shots to steal the rounds. It was single punches for the most part with Lomachenko in winning by the scores of 116-112, 116-112, and 114-114. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jim Dower: In a fight of the year candidate, Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero (32-2-1, 18 KO’s) defeated Yoshihiro Kamegai (24-2-1, 21 KO’s) in a tougher than expected fight on Saturday night at the StubHub Center in Carson, California. The final judges’ scores were 116-112, 117-111, and 117-111.
Guerrero took a great deal of punishment in the fight from the hard hitting Kamegai, and ended up with a nearly swollen shut left eye.
After the fight Guerrero showed little interest when Keith Thurman’s name was mentioned as a potential opponent for him by Showtime’s Jim Gray. Guerrero said “I fell into his style. I wanted to please the fans. He hit me with some big shots and some big body shots. I took them well though.” Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo Credit: Rich Graessle/Main Events) By Dan Ambrose: In a complete massacre, #4 IBF Nadjib Mohammedi (34-3, 21 KO’s) destroyed a badly overmatched #3 IBF Anatoliy Dudchenko (19-3, 13 KO’s) by a 7th round TKO on Saturday night in an IBF light heavyweight eliminator bout at the Mohegan Sun Pocono Downs, in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, USA.
Mohammedi flurried on a defenseless Dudchenko in the 7th round until the referee Shawn Clark stepped in and halted the fight at 0:37 of the round. Dudchenko had absolutely no defense for the 29-year-old Mohammedi’s right hand all night long, and he looked more like a first time amateur than a 35-year-old fighter with 12 years under his belt as a pro. Read the rest of this entry »