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title Abril withdraws from defense against Mathews

abril3By Scott Gilfoid: WBA World lightweight champion Richard Abril (19-3-1, 8 KOs) has reportedly withdrawn from his April 18th title defense against #5 WBA Derry Mathews (37-9-2, 20 KOs) for unknown reasons.

Mathews’ promoters at Queensbury Promotions have contacted the World Boxing Association to see if they can still have the 31-year-old Mathews fighting on April 18th but against another fighter for the WBA title if the strap is stripped from Abril. Read the rest of this entry »

title Andre Ward should move up to 175, says Kovalev’s trainer

ward1By Scott Gilfoid: John David Jackson, the trainer for IBF/WBA/WBO light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev, believes that it’s high time that WBA Super World super middleweight champion Andre Ward (27-0, 14 KOs) moves up to the light heavyweight division to start campaigning as a 175 pound fighter rather than staying at 168 and trying to fight the guys that he already beat like Carl Froch.

Jackson doesn’t see any point in Ward staying at super middleweight because there’s really no one left for him to fight at this weight. Ward already whipped Froch, and he’s obviously not having any luck trying to get Froch and his promoter Eddie Hearn to agree to fight him in London, UK. Read the rest of this entry »

title Frampton turns down £1.5 million offer from Quigg, Rigondeaux ready to take it

rigondeauxBy Scott Gilfoid: Unbeaten IBF super bantamweight champion Carl Frampton has reportedly turned down an offer of £1.5 million from WBA World super bantamweight champion Scott Quigg’s promoter to face Quigg in the ring.

Frampton sees the money as too little, and he says the fight is worth £12 million. In the meantime, WBA/WBO super bantamweight champion Guillermo Rigondeaux’s manager Gary Hyde says that Rigondeaux is willing to face Quigg for the £1.5 million if he’s up to the fight.

It’s so sad that Frampton and Quigg won’t face each other so they can’t at least find out who the No.2 or No.3 fighter is in the 122 pound division. Rigondeaux is obviously see as the No.1 guy. What’s ever sadder is that neither Frampton nor Quigg will get inside the ring with Rigondeaux so they can try and prove themselves against the Cuban talent. Read the rest of this entry »

title Deontay Wilder says he’ll lose interest in facing Fury if he loses to Klitschko

deontay32 - Copy (2)By Scott Gilfoid: #1 WBO, #3 IBF, #3 WBC, #5 WBA heavyweight contender Tyson Fury (24-0, 18 KOs) could get a world title shot against WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder (33-0, 32 KOs) likely without having to wait until the end of the year like the 6’9” Fury is having to wait for his title shot against IBF/IBO/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko.

Fury prefers to take the fight against Wladimir rather than facing the 6’7” talented Deontay for his WBC strap. Fury says that he wants to face Wladimir, 39, because he sees him as the top heavyweight in the division, and wants the credit with beating him. Read the rest of this entry »

title Mayweather vs Pacquiao: Breaking Down the Numbers

By Michael Montero – We’re less than a month away from the most anticipated prizefight in decades. And while many are discussing the expected record-breaking financial numbers, very few are analyzing the numbers that really matter in regards to the matchup itself. Let’s take a deep dive into the numbers behind Mayweather-Pacquiao.

Punch Stats:

While CompuBox numbers don’t tell the whole story, they often provide a great way to identify trends in a fighter. When analyzing Manny Pacquiao’s punch output throughout his welterweight campaign, a clear trend emerges. The Filipino icon threw an average of 952 total punches in his first four bouts at welterweight (Cotto, Clottey, Margarito, Mosley), yet has averaged a pace of only 670 punches per twelve rounds from 2012-0214. Read the rest of this entry »

title Andy Lee: It could be explosive once Quillin and I exchange punches

lee91By Scott Gilfoid: WBO middleweight champion Andy Lee (34-2, 24 KOs) expects to see fireworks on Saturday when he and former WBO 160 pound champion Peter Quillin (31-0, 22 KOs) let their hands go in their fight on NBC on Premier Boxing Champions at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

Lee, 30, feels that he’s made a lot of progress with his career in the past year in terms of the technical changes he’s made after working hard in training camps. Lee has bailed himself out of tough situations in fights against John Jackson and Matt Korobov by landing huge right hooks to capture the wins. Read the rest of this entry »

title Wladimir Klitschko has multiple game plans for Bryant Jennings fight

IMG_4980(Photo credit: HBO) By Dan Ambrose: IBF/IBO/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (63-3, 53 KOs) says he’s got a number of game plans he can fall back on if the original plan doesn’t work for his April 25th title defense against unbeaten American Bryant Jennings (19-0, 10 KOs) in their fight at Madison Square Garden in New York.

Wladimir, 39, says he’ll be ready to shift games from plan A all the way to plan-E if he has to in order for him to get past the 6’3” Jennings in their important fight on HBO World Championship Boxing. Read the rest of this entry »

title Kirkland: I know Canelo’s style, I feel like I can beat him!

KirklandSAWorkout_Hoganphotos6(Photo Credit: Hogan Photos/Golden Boy Promotions) By Dan Ambrose: American slugger James Kirkland (32-1, 28 KOs) feels confident that he can beat the red-haired former WBA/WBC junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (44-1-1, 31 KOs) in their fight next month on May 9th at the Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas.

Kirkland, 30, says he’s studied the fighting style of the 24-year-old Canelo, and he feels he can defeat his style of fighting. Kirkland is ready slug with Canelo if that’s the type of fight that he’ll be looking to bring on May 9th.

Kirkland is looking forward to this fight because he sees Canelo as someone that he can definitely beat.

“I want to fight Canelo because I know his style. You see something, you analyze it, and I feel like I can beat him,” Kirkland said. “I know Canelo is going to put in the work on fight night. I want to be a step ahead of him, so if he comes to box or comes for a slug fest, I will be ready.” Read the rest of this entry »

title Roach: I see Pacquiao vs. Mayweather fight as good vs. evil
By Chris Williams: For the past couple of weeks trainer Freddie Roach has been trash talking Floyd Mayweather Jr. and giving him very little credit for him having been boxing’s No.1 fighter for most of his long career.

Roach even went so far as to say that Mayweather was taught wrong from the start of his career. But now Roach is characterizing Mayweather’s May 2nd mega-fight against Manny Pacquiao as a good vs. evil type of fight with Pacquiao being the good guy and Mayweather representing the evil side. Read the rest of this entry »

title Upcoming Big Fights For The Next 30 Days!

By Wilmar Patino (Boxing’s Finest) Hello Boxing fans and enthusiasts and welcome to another edition of Upcoming fights for the next 30 days. As you already know Danny Garcia will be taking on Lamont Peterson this Saturday in a non title fight. I think there is enough coverage on this site of that fight so we’ll begin with the all out war between Lucas Matthysse and Ruslan Provodnikov. Read the rest of this entry »

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