By Dan Ambrose: In a must win bout for both fighters, #13 WBC heavyweight fringe contender Odlanier Solis (20-2, 13 KOs) and 42-year-old #13 WBO Tony Thompson (39-5, 26 KOs) will be facing each other in October in a rematch.
The two fighters faced each other last March with Thompson pounding out a 12 split decision at the Atatürk Spor Salonu, Tekirdag, Turkey. Thompson clearly won the fight and deserved a unanimous decision rather than a split decision. He simply outworked the chunky 257 pound Solis.
The exact date and venue of the Solis-Thompson II fight is still being worked out at this time, but it wouldn’t be surprising if it winds up in Turkey again.
The winner of the rematch between the two fighters will keep their faint hopes for a world title shot in the future if they keep winning or if they get picked out by one of the champions in a voluntary defense, which isn’t too likely. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: In something of a surprise, boxing newcomer, Roc Nation Sports, a company founded by famous rapper Jay-Z, won the purse bid today for the Peter Quillin vs. Matt Korobov (24-0, 14 KOs) fight on November 8th at a venue still to be determined.
Quillin will be making a defense of his WBO middleweight title against the No.1 WBO Matt Korobov in what will easily be Quillin’s toughest fight of his career thus far. Read the rest of this entry »
By Robert “Big Moe” Elmore:
Let me make this perfectly clear. Boxing has been and will always be about business. We have enjoyed a lot of big matches throughout boxing history. There are some fans who want big fight after big fight after big fight. And to them, it doesn’t matter what the economic factors are just get the fight done. What is disturbing is that there certain fighters who have worked their way into the number one spot only to be told “they don’t deserve a shot at the title because they haven’t fought anybody”.
So it’s no wonder that fighters jump all over the change to have an interim belt or an extra belt created by the WBC. It’s probably the closest they’ll get to title. Take Marco Antonio Rubio and Jarrod Fletcher. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo credit: Esther Lin/Showtime) By Dan Ambrose: After two straight knockout losses where he’s taken horrible punishment, Alfredo Angulo (22-4, 18 KOs) will be moving up in weight to the super middleweight division for his next fight in facing James De La Rosa (22-2, 13 KOs) in a catch-weight fight at 162 pounds on September 13th on the Marcos Maidana vs. Floyd Mayweather Jr “Mayhem” card at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Angulo is technically moving up to the middleweight division from the 154lb division, but he wanted an extra two pounds of weight for the fight against De La Rosa. You can understand that because Angulo reportedly had to lost 34 pounds of fat in 8 weeks to get ready for his last fight against former WBA/WBC junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez last March in a fight where Angulo was beaten badly in losing by a 10th round knockout. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo credit: Esther Lin/Showtime) By Chris Williams: Marcos Maidana (35-4, 31 KOs) came away from his previous fight against Floyd Mayweather Jr (46-0, 26 KOs) that he’s a fighter that can be hit, and he sees a rematch with him on September 13th as one where he’s going to be able to land his shots again but a lot more of them.
Maidana is working on his conditioning so that he won’t fade in the last 6 rounds like last time. Maidana fought well for exactly 6 rounds, and that that he was running on fumes and getting beaten to the punch by Mayweather again and again. Read the rest of this entry »
By Don Ech: The time is slowly but surely coming for the “Dark Horse” to appear and show his head and his powerful force of nature and that is none other than Keith “One Time” Thurman of Clearwater Florida. The definition of “Dark Horse” is defined as “A competitor or candidate about whom “little” is known but who unexpectedly wins and succeeds “and in my opinion that description fits Thurman totally.
Keith Thurman is the guy that many will “hate on” and discredit because of whom his Promotional Company has aligned him with to fight but secretly those same people also recognize the danger and risk he poses for any fighter at 147 & 154. In my opinion Keith Thurman is the “Passive Aggressive” type the guy who does not need to “bark” at anyone because his “bite” is far worse and far more devastating just “One Time”. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: If you were wondering why WBA/WBC light welterweight champion Danny Garcia (29-0, 17 KOs) agreed to fight a little unranked lightweight named Rod Salka (19-4, 3 KOs) in his last fight on Showtime this month, Garcia says that he’s thinking about his career. He says fighters have a short career, and it’s a business thing.
“Fans last forever; boxing is a short-term career,” Garcia said to Fighthype. “I got to do what’s best for my life and my career. You can be 70-years-old and a fan. I can only box for another 10 years. I got to do what’s best for me.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Cameron Gillon: Timothy Bradley is hoping that once he is back in the ring and wins a few fights that he can get a third fight to settle the score with Manny Pacquiao, the WBO welterweight champion. Back in June 2012 Bradley defeated Pacquiao in a highly controversial split decision to win the WBO welterweight title and ended Pacquiao’s seven year unbeaten winning record.
Bradley then had a rematch with Pacquiao in April this year and this time lost in a clear 12 round unanimous decision which gave Bradley his first loss on his record.
In the rematch, Bradley injured his calf and is currently out on the sidelines and hasn’t got a fight lined up this year but is hoping to return in November, December. Bradley also said he doesn’t want his team and promoter Bob Arum to put him in a warm up or a tune up fight and wants to get straight back in with fighting the best. ‘I don’t want no tune up fight, man. I’m not about that. Read the rest of this entry »
By Yannis Mihanos: As I witnessing Kell “The Special K” Brook (33-0, 22 KOs) for the first time in beating IBF welterweight champion Shawn Porter (24-1-1, 15 KOs) last Saturday night, I must say that he did convince me. His performance was not outstanding but it was rock solid.
Anybody else would have fallen after the ferocious attacks of Porter starting from round 1 up to round 12, but no, not this one, not this guy.
At the beginning I was a bit sceptic with what I would see from Brook cause many times fighters who come with clean sheet records are not in reality what they seem to be (paper champs). That was clearly not the case here. The lad from Sheffield England was well trained and determined and win. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: #8 WBC heavyweight contender Lucas “Big Daddy” Browne wasn’t impressed with what he saw of #1 WBC Deontay Wilder (32-0, 32 KOs) last Saturday night in watching him destroy a badly over-matched Jason Gavern (25-17-4, 11 KOs) in four rounds at the StubHub Center in Carson, California.
Deontay didn’t destroy Gavern, one of his former sparring partners, immediately in the 1st round like he’d done 18 times in the past against other opposition. The fact that Deontay let Gavern survive, almost out what appeared to be kindness, has Browne thinking that Deontay isn’t as powerful as many boxing fans think. Read the rest of this entry »