By Jim Dower: WBO World light flyweight champion Donnie Nietes (36-1-4, 21 KOs) will be making his 9th title defense this Saturday on October 17th against #8 WBO Juan Alejo (21-3, 13 KOs) at the StubHub Center, in Carson, California. Nietes, 33, is looking forward to his battle against the Mexican warrior Juan Alejo. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jim Dower: 47-year-old former three division world champion James “Lights Out” Toney (76-10-3, 46 KOs) will be fighting next month on November 27th against 34-year-old heavyweight Eric “The Hammer” Martel Bahoeli (11-5, 7 KOs) in a scheduled 8 round fight at the Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa, Ontario.
It’s hard to believe that Toney is still fighting at 47, because his career has been pretty much over since his two losses to Samuel Peter in 2006 and 2007. Those fights seemed to take the best of what’s left of Toney. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: IBF World featherweight champion Lee Selby (21-1, 8 KOs) will be facing the aging 36-year-old former three division world champion Fernando Montiel (54-4-2, 39 KOs) tomorrow night on Wednesday on Premier Boxing Champions on ESPN from the Gila River Arena, in Glendale, Arizona.
This is a fight that is hard to really like because of Montiel being so much smaller and older than Selby. The 5’4” Montiel started his career out as a flyweight, and it was only recently that he moved up to featherweight. #10 IBF Montiel clearly doesn’t belong in the ring with someone as tall as the 5’8 ½” Selby. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo credit: Sumio Yamada) By Scott Gilfoid: If Amir Khan (31-3, 19 KOs) gets his way, he’ll be facing former WBA/WBC 140lb champion Danny Garcia (31-0, 18 KOs) this December in a fight to avenge his loss to him three years ago in 2012.
If Khan defeats Garcia, he’ll then face former eight division world champion Manny Pacquiao (57-6-2, 38 KOs) in May of 2016 in a fight that Khan feels he’ll win. Of course, this is Khan talking and not his adviser Al Haymon, who is the one who lines up the fights for him.
Khan says he’s wanted a rematch with Garcia for the past three years, but he hasn’t had the chance to get him inside the ring. If this is true that Khan is the one that has been pushing the fight, then I don’t see any reason to think that we’re going to see Garcia suddenly want to get inside the ring with Khan.
If Khan’s focus is on getting the fight against Pacquiao, then it could be difficult for him to all of a sudden try and get a fight against Garcia for December. Khan and Haymon are probably not going to be able to get a fight against Garcia if it’s last second thing. Khan is starting to sound a little scattered here.
If Khan wants the fight against Garcia to avenge his previous loss, then he needs to be going after that fight right now rather than waiting until he knows what’s going to happen with his Pacquiao negotiations. I think it’s pretty obvious that if Khan finds out that he’s going to get a fight against Pacquiao in May, then he’ll take a soft opponent for December or maybe not even fight at all.
I can’t see Khan putting at risk his fight against Pacquiao by fighting a good opponent in December, especially when Khan hasn’t really faced anyone that you can call a good upper echelon opponent in the last three years. If anything, we’ll see Khan matched against another light hitting Chris Algieri or Devon Alexander type fighter rather than someone that can potentially punch his lights out like Shawn Porter.
“We’ve spoken to a few potential opponents for December, but a rematch with Garcia around then would be great. It’s still 14 weeks away so it’s a possibility,” Khan said.
By Scott Gilfoid: Now that Floyd Mayweather Jr. has retired from boxing there is a hole that needs to be filled by another fighter to step into his shoes to become the next star that can carry boxing for the next 5-10 years. Saul “Canelo” Alvarez has already been exposed several times, and he’s clearly not the guy that can fully step into Mayweather’s shoes.
One fighter who could take the baton from Mayweather is WBC heavyweight champion Deontay “Bronse Bomber” Wilder (35-0, 34 KOs). He’s got the personality, punching power, the knockouts, the crowd pleasing personality and the overall talent. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: Former IBF light welterweight champion Lamont Peterson (33-3-1, 17 KOs) will be back inside the ring this Saturday night against Felix Diaz Jr (17-0, 8 KOs) on Premier Boxing Champions on NBC from the EagleBank Arena, in Fairfax, Virginia.
Peterson, 31, says he’s still fighting at 140 despite his good showing in his last fight against Danny Garcia, which took place at a catch-weight of 143 pounds last April. Peterson bulked up for that fight and looked like a genuine welterweight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Tim Fletcher: Boxing fans are going to be asked to open their wallets this Saturday night and dig deep to come up with the $49.99 to watch the middleweight contest between IBO/WBA middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (33-0, 30 KOs) and IBF belt holder David Lemieux (34-2, 31 KOs) on HBO pay-per-view. I’m just saying.
Yes, there are a lot of fans willing to pay to see the Golovkin-Lemieux fight, but I think there are going to be a lot of them rebelling at the idea of paying to see fighters that they’ve previously seen for free on HBO. When you get free samples of a product, you’re not exactly excited when you suddenly have to pay to get more of that same product. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: WBC heavyweight champion Deontay “Bronze Bomber” Wilder (35-0, 34 KOs) feels that unbeaten light hitting Tyson Fury (24-0, 18 KOs) does have a chance at unseating IBF/IBO/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (64-3, 53 KOs) in their fight next month on November 28th at the ESPRIT Arena in Dusseldorf, Germany.
But even though Fury has a chance in this fight, Wilder notes that the boxing fans are mainly interested in a Wilder vs. Klitschko fight. That’s the one they want to see. In other words, that fight drowns out Klitschko-Fury or Fury vs. Wilder. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Manny Pacquiao (57-6-2, 38 KOs) appears to have made a miraculous recovery from his shoulder surgery to repair his torn right rotator cuff. Just five months after surgery, Pacquiao is reportedly saying that his right shoulder is now at 80-90% full strength, and he wants to fight Floyd Mayweather Jr. (49-0, 26 KOs) in a rematch.
Pacquiao is now saying he thinks he can beat Mayweather with a perfectly healthy shoulder. However, Pacquiao hasn’t even started training yet, so it’s impossible to know if his shoulder will be able to hold up to the wear and tear normal training, especially when he starts getting hit in that area by big shots from the sparring partners. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Boxing fans can tune-in this Saturday night to watch WBC flyweight champion Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez (43-0, 37 KOs) defend his WBC 112lb title against #1 WBO, #2 WBC Brian “The Hawaiian Punch” Viloria (36-4, 22 KOs) on HBO pay-per-view in the co-feature bout on the Gennady “GGG” Golovkin vs. David Lemieux fight card at Madison Square Garden in New York.
What time does Gonzalez vs. Viloria start? This Saturday, on October 17th at 9:00 p.m. ET/ 6:00 p.m. PT. Read the rest of this entry »