By Jim Dower: Jose Uzcategui (24-1, 20 KOs) badly exposed previously unbeaten #5 IBF Julius Jackson (19-1, 15 KOs) in stopping him in the 2nd round of a scheduled 12 round fight on Tuesday night on Premier Boxing champions at the Cowboys Dance Hall, in San Antonio, Texas, USA. Uzcategui put Jackson down four times en route to winning by an easy 2nd round knockout. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: IBF/WBA/WBO light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev (28-0-1, 25 KOs) won’t be able to fight in November in his home country of Russia like he had been planning on doing. According to Kovalev’s promoters at Main Events, there are scheduling issues that will prevent him from fighting in November like he had wanted to.
The idea is now for the 32-year-old Kovalev to fight in January 2016 against an opponent still to be determined.
“11/28 Krusher Kovalev fight in Russia is off. He will instead fight Jan on HBO boxing as he moves toward a fight with Andre Ward in 2016,” Dan Rafael said on his Twitter. Read the rest of this entry »
By Tim Fletcher: Unbeaten #5 IBF, #7 WBA super middleweight contender Julius Jackson (19-0, 15 KOs) will be in action against #7 IBF Jose Uzcategu (23-1, 19 KOs) tonight in the main event on Premier Boxing Champions on Fox Sports 1 in a scheduled 12 round fight at the Cowboys Dance Hall, in San Antonio, Texas.
Start time for Jackson vs Uzcategui : @ 9:00 p.m. ET/ 6:00 p.m. PT.
Where to watch? Fox Sports 1
This should be a winnable fight for the 28-year-old Jackson, who is the son of former two division world champion Julian Jackson. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: With three defeats in his last five fights, it’s not surprising that #4 WBO, #5 WBC, #8 WBA light welterweight contender Ruslan Provodnikov (24-4, 17 KOs) would go in another direction by switching out his trainer Freddie Roach in favor of Joel Diaz, the former trainer for Tim Bradley.
What might especially sunk Roach’s ship was him not being able to be there for Provodnikov’s last fight against Lucas Matthysse last April. Provodnikov took the fight with assistant trainer Marvin Somodio guiding him, while Roach was busy training Manny Pacquiao for his big fight against Floyd Mayweather Jr. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: IBF super middleweight champion James DeGale (21-1, 14 KOs) is in kind of a no-win situation with his upcoming first title defense against a past his best 35-year-old former IBF 168lb champ Lucian Bute (32-2, 25 KOs) on November 28th at the Centre Videotron, in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada.
Bute is considered to be over-the-hill by a lot of boxing fans, and he was previously whipped by Carl Froch in five rounds three years ago in 2012. Froch thinks that DeGale is in an impossible situation with the Bute fight.
If he beats him, boxing fans will compare his performance to that of Froch. If DeGale can’t measure up to the standard that Froch set in defeating Bute, then people won’t be impressed. If DeGale does destroy Bute, then some fans will make little of the win because they’ll think that Froch softened Bute up three years ago in beating him in 2012. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: HBO analyst Max Kellerman has moved WBA super middleweight champion Andre Ward (28-0, 15 KOs) No.1 in his personal pound-for-pound list now that Floyd Mayweather Jr. has retired from boxing.
If Mayweather comes back, then Kellerman believes that he should be No.1 still. Kellerman says he doesn’t have unbeaten knockout artist IBO/WBA middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (33-0, 30 KOs) high on his pound-for-pound list because he’s still unproven because none of the top middleweights want to fight him aside from IBF 160lb champion David Lemieux. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Fans don’t know exactly what to expect in the unification fight between IBO/WBA middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (33-0, 30 KOs) and IBF champion David Lemieux (34-2, 31 KOs) this month on October 17th on HBO pay-per-view, but Lemieux’s promoter Oscar De La Hoya feels pretty confident about the 26-year-old Lemieux’s chances of winning this fight at Madison Square Garden, in New York.
De La Hoya says he wouldn’t have wanted Lemieux to face Golovkin a year ago because he felt he wasn’t ready back then. But now that he has wins over Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam, Gabriel Rosado and Fernando Guerrero under his belt, De La Hoya now feels that Lemieux is ready to go into Madison Square Garden and take Golovkin’s scalp and bring his IBO and WBA 160lb titles back to Canada with him. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Matchroom Sport promoter Eddie Hearn is saying that the unification fight between his fighter WBA “regular” super bantamweight champion Scott Quigg (31-0-2, 23 KOs) and IBF 122lb champion Carl Frampton (21-0, 14 KOs) is close to getting done.
Hearn thinks the fight can be made within the next two weeks if everything goes right with the negotiations. The negotiations have been dragging out for eons and at times it’s looked like the fight would never get made, but it finally seems to be near the finish line. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Well, it doesn’t look like the boxing fans are going to be getting much value for their money in the co-feature bout in this month’s Sky Box Office pay-per-view card head-lined by Kell Brook (35-0, 24 KOs) vs. Diego Chaves (23-2-1, 19 KOs) on October 24th at the Sheffield Arena in Sheffield, UK.
Instead of a nice competitive match-up between fighters evenly matched, #1 WBA middleweight contender Chris Eubank Jr. (19-1, 14 KOs) has what amounts to be a mismatch against 39-year-old American Tony Jeter (24-4-1, 14 KOs) as the co-feature bout. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: A fight between WBC heavyweight champion Deontay “Bronze Bomber” Wilder (35-0, 34 KOs) and former world title challenger Bryant Jennings (19-1, 10 KOs) is rumored to be taking place on January 9th next year.
Jennings, 31, gave strength to the rumor when commenting on his Instagram today that the talented Wilder will be losing his title on January 9th. Jennings, #5 WBC, #6 WBA, #9 IBF, is coming off of a 12 round unanimous decision defeat to IBF/IBO/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko last April at Madison Square Garden in New York. Read the rest of this entry »