By Scott Gilfoid: Anthony Dirrell (26-0-1, 22 KOs) and WBC super middleweight champion Sakio Bika (32-5-3, 21 KOs) will be back in the ring this Saturday to face each other in a fight that promises to be an exciting affair at the StubHub Center in Carson, California. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Taking a page out of the playbook of Floyd Mayweather Jr, IBF/WBA super middleweight champion Carl Froch is asking fans on his Facebook page to pick his next opponent from the following fighters: Julio Cesar Chavez Jr, James DeGale and Gennady Golovkin.
As of now, Chavez Jr is ahead of Golovkin with 9,649 likes to his 6,320. DeGale is right behind Golovkin at 6,329 likes. Froch didn’t add all the fighters’ names at the same time. He started with Chavez Jr and DeGale 6 hours ago and Golovkin 4 hours ago. Read the rest of this entry »
By Ian Aldous: Big-time boxing returns to U.S Cellular Field in Chicago on August 23rd when Don ‘Da Bomb’ George (25-4-2) takes on Dyah Davis (22-4-1) for the vacant IBO world super-middleweight title. It follows the successful event held at the same venue last Summer when Andrzej Fonfara defeated Gabriel Campillo in front of over 8,000 fans. Last week Donovan took some time to talk with me about the challenge in front of him and the excitement of fighting at the home of the baseball team he’s supported since childhood.
This potentially career-changing fight for Donovan will see the dawn of a new era as far as his training and preparation goes. So, the typically asked question of ‘How has your training gone for the fight?’ actually harbored a non-stereotypical answer! “It’s actually really different and cool and interesting and I’m learning a lot. I’ve got pretty much a whole new team, I’m no longer training with my father, I’m with Sam Colonna out of Chicago and Rita Figueroa is my assistant trainer and it’s great. I feel very energized because I’m learning something new every day.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: This Saturday night boxing fans could get a brief glimpse of #1 WBC heavyweight contender Deontay Wilder (31-0, 31 KOs) as he looks to shine against Jason Gavern (25-16-4, 11 KOs) on Showtime.
There’s been no official word about whether the Wilder-Gavern will be televised as part of the Showtime triple-header, so I’m assuming that fans will only get a brief review of the fight in between one the three fights on the televised portion of the card. The fights that are scheduled to be televised by Showtime are the following bouts: Kell Brook vs. Shawn Porter, Anthony Dirrell vs. Sakio Bika 2 and Omar Figueroa vs. Daniel Estrada. Read the rest of this entry »
By Raj Parmar: As the Floyd Mayweather Jr – Marcos Maidana rematch inches closer, the boxing landscape has become disarrayed at the highest levels. This past weekend, boxing fans loudly complained of the horrific mismatches taking place on the Danny Garcia-Rod Salka card on Showtime.
The venom in the air surrounding the card was not strictly coming from fans however, as tension flowed between the major power players in the sport of boxing as well. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: As expected, last Saturday’s Danny Garcia vs. Rod Salka triple-header fight card on Showtime brought in poor numbers. It was a night of mismatches, and the poor numbers reflect dismal match-making that was done for this fight.
According to Dan Rafael of ESPN, the card averaged 612K viewers. The main event fight between Garcia and unranked lightweight Rod Salka averaged 808K viewers with a peak of 850. This was 17% lower than Garcia’s last fight against Mauricio Herrera, which brought in 972K. The poor match-making for Garcia led to a lower amount of viewers.
The co-feature fight between IBF light welterweight champion Lamont Peterson and #13 IBF Edgar Santana averaged 648K. This too was a mismatch with Peterson hitting Santana at will until the ringside doctor ordered the fight stopped in the 10th. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Former Kell Brook (32-0, 22 KOs) victim Matthew Hatton is picking Brook to beat IBF welterweight champion Shawn Porter (24-0-1, 15 KOs) this Saturday night in their fight at the StubHub Center in Carson, California.
Hatton likes Kell’s talent, and he sees him as being fully ready to beat Porter in front of his own fans in Carson. Brook will be a long way from the UK on Saturday night, and there’s likely going to be few cheers for him in this fight. Brook is used to his fans adoring him and screaming like mad each time he throws a shot. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo credit: Esther Lin/Showtime) By Scott Gilfoid: IBF welterweight champion Shawn Porter (24-0-1, 15 KOs) isn’t impressed with the inside fighting skills of #1 IBF Kell Brook (32-0, 22 KOs), and he believes that’s an area that he can take advantage of this Saturday night when he faces him at the StubHub Center in Carson, California.
Brook tends to stay on the outside most of the time, and when he’s in close he’s not doing much other than holding or wrestling.
Porter also plans on taking Brook deep into the fight to test his stamina, because he notes that he’s not had too many fights go the full distance during his career. This is something that Porter really can’t plan on though, because Brook could fall apart in the early rounds in the same way that Paulie Malignaggi did in getting beaten to a pulp on the inside last April from Porter’s huge shots. Read the rest of this entry »
By Anthony Mason: Over time, certain boxers are forgotten as the sport moves on. It’s important to look back on some of the lesser known boxers of the past, and appreciate what they contributed to the sport. If it weren’t for the great boxers of the past, the way would not have been paved for those of the present. I assembled a small list of some of the underrated boxers of the past and thought it would be a good idea to look back and appreciate their accomplishments. This list is not in any order of ranking, and the exclusion of other underrated fighters is not any indication of their ranking either.