By Double Standard: Last night in Montreal, former IBF super middleweight champion and Montreal based fighter Lucian Bute (32-2 25 KOs) stopped the European champion, Italian Andrea Di Luisa (17-3 13 KOs), by TKO in the 4th round of a bout scheduled for 10. The fight was set at 171lbs catch-weight, although both men weighed in at 170lbs. or less.
It took place at the Bell Centre, but looked like the 21.000 seats arena had been converted into a 3.000 seats casino type venue. The small but loud crowd was surely pleased by the outcome, but also by the way Bute passed the test. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo credit: Ed Diller/DiBella Entertainment) By Scott Gilfoid: No.9 WBA heavyweight contender Antonio Tarver (31-6-1, 22 KOs) came up empty last Friday night in fighting to a 12 round draw against 39-year-old Steve “USS” Cunningham (28-7-1, 13 KOs) in their fight on Premier Boxing Champions on Spike TV from the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.
Tarver, 46, came into the fight needing a big win to get him pushed up closer to the top five so that he could lure IBF/IBO/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (64-3, 53 KOs) into fighting him. But instead of getting a win, Tarver had to settle for getting a 12 round draw against Cunningham by the scores of 115-113 for Cunningham, 115-113 for Tarver, and 114-114. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: If trainer Freddie Roach has any say so, former eight division world champion Manny Pacquiao will be facing Floyd Mayweather Jr. in a rematch and unbeaten former WBA/WBC light welterweight champion Danny Garcia.
Unfortunately for Roach, he doesn’t have any voice in who Pacquiao fights. The decider for Pacquiao is 83-year-old Bob Arum, and he’s already been vocal about who he wants to the 36-year-old Filipino star to fight in 2016. Arum would like to see Pacquiao fight a rematch against Mayweather, and then possibly Amir Khan or Terence Crawford. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Ricky Hatton doesn’t see any point in Amir Khan waiting round before getting the fight against IBF welterweight champion Kell Brook out of the way. Khan says he wants Brook to build up their eventual fight by facing and beating a couple of top fighters in the 147lb division like Keith Thurman, Shawn Porter, Marcos Maidana and/or Tim Bradley.
That doesn’t look like it’s ever going to happen unfortunately. Brook just finished fighting Jo Jo Dan and Frankie Gavin in back to back fights. Brook’s promoter Eddie Hearn is reportedly interested in matching Brook against Diego Chaves, whose ring record in his last three fights is something like 1-1-1. That’s not too good, is it? Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: After taking Manny Pacquiao’s pelt last May and adding it to his huge list of fine pelts, boxing’s No.1 star Floyd Mayweather Jr. now finds himself being pursued by Pacquiao in a rematch that the Filipino star is hoping will take place next year in 2016.
Pacquiao is going after a fight against Mayweather much in the same way that Amir Khan is. The only difference is that Pacquiao isn’t talking trash like Khan and showing frustration. Instead, Pacquiao is calmly saying he wants the rematch with Mayweather when interviewed and saying he thinks he can do a better job the next time around. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jim Dower: 46-year-old former four division world champion Roy Jones Jr. (61-8, 44 KOs) will be in action tonight against Eric Watkins (12-9-2, 5 KOs) in a scheduled 10 round bout in cruiserweight action from the Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut.
This is just one of three fights that Jones has scheduled. He also has scheduled fights against Danny Santiago on August 29th, and then a fight against Tony Moran on September 12th. Read the rest of this entry »
(Amir Khan seen here after his very, very tough fight against Marcos Maidana in 2010) By Scott Gilfoid: Amir Khan (31-3, 19 KOs) says WBA/WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. (48-0, 26 KOs) is scared of him because of his speed, size and punching power.
Khan also thinks Mayweather is a liar because he chose not to fight him after he won a poll conducted on his Mayweather Promotions website last year. The poll was one where boxing fans voted to pick the guy they felt Mayweather should fight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Former two division world champion Brian Viloria (36-4, 22 KOs) says he’s really looking forward to his title shot against unbeaten WBC flyweight champion Roman Gonzalez (43-0, 37 KOs) in their fight on HBO pay-per-view on October 17th on the undercard of the Gennady Golovkin vs. David Lemieux fight card from Madison Square Garden in New York.
Viloria, 34, thinks that the 28-year-old Roman Gonzalez has never been tested by a puncher like him before during his career, and he can’t wait to get him inside the ring so that he can start bouncing shots off his chin one after another. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder (34-0, 33 KOs) saw former light heavyweight champion Antonio Tarver (31-6-1, 22 KOs) struggle to a 12 round draw last Friday night in his fight against former IBF cruiserweight champion Steve “USS” Cunningham (28-7-1, 13 KOs) at the Prudential Center, in Newark, New Jersey, USA.
While Deontay, 6’7”, gave the 46-year-old Tarver credit for being able to hang in there with the fast 204lb Cunningham, Wilder thinks that there’s no way that Tarver would have been able to go the distance with him had he been in there with him rather than Cunningham. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: After toiling away for years as a pro, IBO/WBA middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (33-0, 30 KOs) is on the cusp of superstardom if he can win his next two fights against IBF 160lb champion David Lemieux (34-2, 31 KOs) on October 17th and against the inner of the November 21st fight between WBC middleweight champion Miguel Cotto (40-4, 33 KOs) and Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (45-1-1, 32 KOs).
If Golovkin wins those two fights, he’ll be a huge star and will likely be a pay-per-view fight from this point on. However, it’s quite possible that Golovkin won’t get a chance at fighting the winner of the Cotto-Canelo fight, because they may opt not to fight him due to the risk involved. Read the rest of this entry »