By Scott Gilfoid: Rob McCracken, the trainer for IBF/WBA super middleweight champion Carl Froch (32-2, 23 KO’s), doesn’t see another repeat of Froch shoving challenger George Groves (19-1, 15 KO’s) before they face each other in the ring on May 31st at the Wembley Stadium, Wembley, London, United Kingdom.
McCracken thinks Froch used that tactic as a way of motivating himself for the fight, and that he doesn’t see him using that tactic again. Besides, he feels that the two fighters will be kept separated from now on. Read the rest of this entry »
By Michael Byrne: Shawn Porter has arranged a voluntary defence of his new IBF 147lb title with the biggest available name, Paulie Malignaggi, but the IBF have stated that the winner must fight mandatory challenger Kell Brook within 90 days. This is great news all round. Porter gets to fight another big name after springing onto the big stage with his upset victory over Devon Alexander.
Malignaggi didn’t get his rematch with Broner, nor a fight with Maidana to get his belt back, but now he gets a chance to become a three-time world champion. And Kell Brook, after challenging Gary Russell Jr. for the award for the most consecutive tune-up fights ever, will finally fight for a title (assuming it isn’t repeatedly cancelled through injuries again, as was the case with his proposed fight with Alexander). Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: A bearded and out of shape-looking Adrien Broner (27-1, 22 KO’s) announced in a video posted on his twitter site that he’ll be fighting on May 3rd against an opponent to be determined. Broner, 24, sounded like he didn’t care who he faces in the ring on May 3rd on the undercard of Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Marcos Maidana at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. Broner could face John Molina or a similar opponent. He’s not going to fight Amir Khan.
“This is the first day of training camp,” Broner said. “It’s going down on May 3rd. I don’t know who I’ll fight.”
The way that Broner make the announcement, you would think that he’s facing a quality opponent on May 3rd, but that’s probably not going to happen. He had the chance to fight Amir Khan, but it looks like he passed up on the idea of taking that fight. Showtime Sports vice president Stephen Espinoza says that Broner will be moving down in weight for his next fight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Yannis Mihanos: Since stopping by a way of knockout Miguel Cotto in November of 2009, Manny Pacquiao hasn’t be able to win the same way again. A controversial defeat by Tim Bradley that only the judges saw, a close victory by points against Juan Manuel Marquez and a famous knockout defeat by the same opponent in December of 2012.
Coming back almost a year later against Brandon Rios it was obvious that Pacquiao didn’t want to take big risks. He just out-boxed cleverly his opponent in each round and that was enough.
Facing for a second time Bradley, nobody can expect again a controversial decision but then again you can never be sure in boxing. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: The International Boxing Federation (IBF) has given IBF welterweight champion Shawn Porter (23-0-1, 14 KO’s) an exception to take on former two division world champion Paulie Malignaggi (33-5, 7 KO’s) in an optional title defense with the stipulation that the winner of the Porter-Malignaggi fight must face #1 IBF Kell Brook (31-0, 21 KO’s) by this Summer, according to Fightnews.
Porter, 26, was supposed to be fighting Brook next, but he got permission from the IBF to take the fight against #2 WBA, #3 WBC, #4 WBO, #5 IBF, Malignaggi next. However, the fight must be staged by April 19th at the latest, otherwise Porter will have to fight Brook next, and not Malignaggi. Read the rest of this entry »
(Tony Bellew seen here doing a good job of taking Adonis Stevenson’s best power shots) By Scott Gilfoid: Liverpool fighter Tony Bellew (20-2-1, 12 KO’s) will be moving up in weight from the light heavyweight division to the cruiserweight division this Saturday night to face a ring rusty 37-year-old Valery Brudov (41-4, 28 KO’s) in a scheduled 12 round bout at the Echo Arena in Liverpool, UK. While this is technically Bellew’s first fight at cruiserweight, he’s fighting a light heavyweight for this one.
Brudov used to fight at cruiserweight, but he’s now a light heavyweight, so Bellew has picked an odd opponent for his first fight in the cruiserweight division. Brudov has fought only 5 times in the past 4 years. In other words, just a little over 1 fight a year a year. That always helps a guy when you pick out an old rusty fighter who doesn’t fight in the same weight class as you. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: This Friday night, 33-year-old Michael Katsidis (28-6, 23 KO’s) will be making a comeback in facing super featherweight journeyman Eddy Comaro (27-17-5, 11 KO’s) in a scheduled 10 round bout at the Rumours International, Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia. At one time one of the best fighters in the lightweight division, Katsidis hasn’t fought since losing a narrow 10 round majority decision to the much bigger Albert Mensah in April of 2012.
In his bout before that, Katsidis had been beaten by then interim WBO lightweight champion Ricky Burns. As it is, Katsidis has lost 4 out of his last 5 fights. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: IBF light heavyweight champion Bernard Hopkins (54-6-2, 3 KO’s) has a goal of becoming the undisputed light heavyweight champion of the world, and for him to do that he’s going to need to defeat WBA champion Beibut Shumenov (14-1, 9 KO’s) on April 19th in the first part of his journey. The Hopkins-Shumenov fight will be taking place on Showtime from the DC Armory, Washington, District of Columbia, USA. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Top Rank promoter Bob Arum has shut down any chance of having his fighter Mikey Garcia (34-0, 28 KO’s) face unbeaten Cuban Yuriorkis Gamboa (23-0, 16 KO’s) in the near future. Arum doesn’t want to let the Mikey-Gamboa fight take place because Gamboa walked out on a fight against one of Arum’s Top Rank stable fighters Brandon Rios two years ago.
Gamboa was supposed to fight Rios, but he failed to show at the press conference to announce the fight. Arum then had to get Richard Abril to face Rios. In hindsight, it’s probably a good thing that Gamboa chose not to take the fight against Rios, because Abril was totally robbed after dominating Rios over 12 rounds. Rios appeared to win 1 round of the fight, yet the judges gave him the decision. Had it been Gamboa in there against Rios, it’s hard to see him doing any better than Abril did, as he really made Rios look bad. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: Former IBF/WBC welterweight champion Andre Berto (28-3, 22 KO’s) expects to return to the ring next July provided that his rehab for his injured shoulder goes smooth. Berto, 30, suffered a torn right tendon in his shoulder in his last fight against Jesus Soto Karass last July. The injury required surgery to repair the problem, and Berto has been out of action ever since. By the time he returns to the ring in July, he’ll have been out of action for an entire year.
Unfortunately for Berto, this isn’t the first time he’s suffered bad injuries, as he’s twice suffered torn bicep injuries that has consumed a lot of time while he recovered from the injuries. Read the rest of this entry »