By Brad Cronick: WBO light heavyweight champion Nathan Cleverly (25-0, 12 KO’s) will be facing his mandatory challenger Robin Krasniqi (39-2, 15 KO’s) on March 16th in the UK. This isn’t a fight that is attracting much interest as Krasniqi isn’t a big name and hasn’t faced anyone on the world stage yet like Cleverly. Continue reading
Oklahoma power puncher Eric “Danger” Fields (21-1, 15 KOs) is hoping he’ll be underestimated when he brings his heavy fists to Germany on February 2, 2013, to face IBF Cruiserweight Champion Yoan Pablo Hernandez (27-1, 13 KOs) at Max-Schmeling-Halle in Berlin.
Fields and Hernandez will meet in the main supporting bout of the European Light Heavyweight Championship main event between Eduard Gutknecht and Juergen Braehmer.
“This is his third defense and he’s had some big wins and he’s a southpaw, so I bet he’s feeling real confident fighting a guy in the top 15. Well, guess what? He’s in danger and he won’t know it till it’s too late. I’m taking the title from him and bringing it back to America.”
Fields’ promoter, Greg Cohen of Greg Cohen Promotions, has been looking like a boxing genius of late, after maneuvering WBA world junior middleweight champion Austin Trout from relative obscurity to boxing’s newest star. Continue reading
LOS ANGELES, December 27 – Throughout the years, several British superstars, including Amir “King” Khan, Ricky “Hitman” Hatton and David “Hayemaker” Haye, have fought under the Golden Boy Promotions banner. Today, the Los Angeles-based promoter is pleased to announce the signing of a promotional agreement with a young man it believes will follow in his countrymen’s footsteps, 2012 Olympic Bronze medalist for Great Britain, Anthony Ogogo. Continue reading
December 27, 2012 – Undefeated cruiserweight contender, Lateef Kayode (18-0, 14 KOs), who fights under the Gary Shaw Productions promotional banner, will now be campaigning at the Heavyweight division.
“Kayode is a heavy handed puncher who can easily bring his power up to the heavyweight division,” said Gary Shaw. “Right now my matchmaker John Beninati is looking at potential opponents and we are confident Lateef will be successful moving up in weight.”
“We made a lot of headway campaigning as a cruiserweight,” said Kayode’s manager Steve Feder. “Considering the fact that we appeared more times on Shobox then any other cruiser in a decade, in a division far more suited for the European market, ultimately our options since the Tarver debacle have diminished.” Continue reading
By Brendan George: Larry “The Legend” Donald (42-5 – 24 KO’s) returns to the ring February 9 at the Northern Kentucky Convention Centre against tough journeyman Jason Gavern (21-13 -14 KO’s). Donald last fought in June 2007 against current WBA Champion Alexander Provetkin losing a decision on the scorecards. When asked why he was making a comeback, Larry stated the following: “I’m in great condition. I never lost it and I’m giving all these heavyweights hell in sparring. I never lost the passion for competition.” Continue reading
By Michael Collins: Unbeaten challenger Kell Brook (29-0, 19 KO’s) feels really confident and eager to get inside the ring to challenge IBF welterweight champion Devon Alexander (24-1, 13 KO’s) next year on February 23rd in their clash at the Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Michigan.
Brook said on his twitter “I’m going to be so ready. Get ready! I’m bringing a world title back to Britain!”
It’s not realistic that Brook will be bringing anything back to Britain other than a wounded ego after getting out-pointed or even possibly stopped by Alexander. You have to remember that Brook has faced such poor opposition his entire career and he finally was put in a little tough against Carson Jones last July, and he had major problems in that fight.
Jones gave Brook a real beating in the last seven rounds of that fight, and had him hurt in the 12th.
Brook thinks the reason why he struggled was because of his conditioning, but it looked more like the fact that Brook couldn’t handle meeting resistance. Continue reading
Michael Goddard – Controversial British heavyweight Dereck “Del Boy” Chisora has stirred the pot once again by mocking a host of big names on both sides of the Atlantic.
Speaking to ATG radio in America, the former world title challenger shared his views on the US heavyweight scene. Chisora said American boxers “don’t want to fight”, preferring to pad their records against weak opponents. He also ridiculed recently beaten Seth Mitchell as “a joker who thinks he can fight”. Continue reading
By Joseph Herron: After somewhat of an historic year in the world of boxing, expert fight strategist and prolific trainer James Gogue gives Eastsideboxing.com his exclusive insight into the best and worst of the sweet science during the year 2012.
Here’s a recap of the categories and winners that were published in Part I and II of the first annual “Gogue Awards”:
Fighter of the Year 2012 – Juan Manuel Marquez
Fight of the Year 2012 – Marquez KO6 Pacquiao, Dec 8th
Round of the Year 2012 – Rios vs. Alvarado, Round 5, Oct 13th
Upset of the Year 2012 – Lopez TKO9 Ortiz, June 23rd
KO of the Year 2012 – Marquez KO6 Pacquiao, Dec 8th Continue reading
Five time women’s boxing world champion Carina Moreno is enjoying the fruits of her labor this Holiday Season.
After winning the WBA Flyweight title in Germany on December 1st, the slick fight veteran found a multi-fight contract with Zeferino Entertainment nestled safely under her tree. Continue reading
(OAKLAND, CALIF.) – WBA, WBC and Ring Magazine Super Middleweight World Champion Andre Ward (Oakland, Calif.) will have surgery to repair a shoulder injury suffered just over a month ago during training.
“When I first got injured, there was a lot of inflammation, and the MRI was misread by the first radiologist. I’ve been doing extensive rehab and the shoulder was getting stronger, but after three and a half weeks of rehab, there was still slight pain that had me concerned enough to get two additional opinions,” Ward said. “It was then diagnosed that there is a small tear in my shoulder capsule. It’s not a major tear, but I can either rest it and see if it heals itself or speed up the process by surgically repairing it, and be stronger than I was before the injury and that’s what we opted to do.”
Ward is tentatively scheduled to have surgery late next week in the Bay Area.
“I’m working with one of the best orthopedic surgeons and physical therapists in Northern California, and I know that I will come back stronger than before. I appreciate all the support that I’ve already received and my fans can rest assured that I’m going to be back in the ring as soon as possible,” Ward said. Continue reading