WBC #15 lightweight contender Luke Campbell (12-0, 10 KOs) totally dominated Tommy Coyle (21-3, 12 KOs) in knocking him down four times en route to scoring a 10th round stoppage tonight at the Craven Park Stadium in Hull, UK. Coyle was hurt with a body shot in the 9th, and then finished off with three knockdowns in the 10th. Coyle continually attacked the bigger and stronger Campbell, but he didn’t have the punching power to worry him. Continue reading
(Photo credit: Suzanne Teresa/Premier Boxing Champions) BJ Flores (30-2-1, 20 KOs) came up empty tonight in losing a 12 round unanimous decision to former WBA light heavyweight champion Beibut Shumenov (16-1, 10 KOs) in a failed bid to win the vacant WBA interim cruiserweight title at the Palms Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. Flores tried hard, but he wasn’t able to cut off the ring against the fleet-footed, pot-shotting Shumenov.
The judges scored the fight 116-112, 116-112 and 116-112. The decision was a highly unpopular one with the ringside crowd, as they booed the decision loudly and shouted profanities. Continue reading
Sugar Shane Mosley thinks former two division world champion Paulie Malignaggi (33-6, 7 KOs) will come out on top in his fight next month against unbeaten Danny Garcia (30-0, 17 KOs) on August 1st at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. Garcia, 27, is the favorite to win the fight though based on his superior punching power, youth and the fact that he’s unbeaten. Garcia has beaten some tough fighters recently in Lamont Peterson and Lucas Matthysse, both of which would likely be favored to beat Malignaggi if they were to fight.
The only way Mosley is going to be correct with his prediction of Malignaggi beating Garcia is if Malignaggi is able to develop his punching power enough to hurt Garcia. I don’t think that’s possible though. Malignaggi has never been a big puncher even when he fought in the 140 pound division. At 34, he’s probably not going to be any stronger than he was in the past. Continue reading
WBA “regular” welterweight title holder Keith Thurman (26-0, 22 KOs) got the victory tonight in beating B-level fighter Luis Collazo (36-7, 19 KOs) by an 8th round TKO after Collazo told the referee he couldn’t see out of his cut right eye an a fight that was televised on Premier Boxing Champions on ESPN from the USF Sun Dome in Tampa, Florida. Continue reading
Tim Bradley (32-1-1, 12 KOs) dodged a bullet in the 12th round to defeat previously unbeaten Jessie Vargas (26-1, 9 KOs) by a 12 round unanimous tonight to win the interim WBO welterweight title at the StubHub Center in Carson, California. In the last 30 seconds of the round, Vargas connected with a huge right hand that had Bradley out of his feet.
Vargas then spent 11 seconds trying to line Bradley up for another big hand, when suddenly referee Pat Russell halted the fight with 10 seconds to go because he thought he had heard the final belt. Vargas, thinking the referee had stopped the fight due to Bradley being badly hurt, immediately started jobbing up and down celebrating thinking he’d scored a knockout. Continue reading
The big punching David Lemieux (34-2, 31 KOs) built up an early lead and held onto it in the second half of the fight to defeat #1 IBF Hassan N’Dam (31-2, 18 KOs) by a 12 round unanimous decision on Saturday night to win the International Boxing Federation 160 pound title at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Canada. Lemieux’s left hook was a big weapon for him in this fight, as he knocked N’Dam down with it on four occasions in the fight.
The scores were 115-109, 115-109, and 114-110. Continue reading
It seems as if a new cockier version of Gennady Golovkin (33-0, 30 KOs) has emerged in the last four weeks since his win over Willie Monroe Jr. on May 16th. Gone is the humble, soft spoken Golovkin that never trash talked. The newer Golovkin is now unafraid to let his opponents know what he thinks of them.
In the case of Floyd Mayweather Jr., a fighter that Golovkin badly wants to fight, he sees him as no problem for him to beat. Golovkin says he’s 100 percent certain he would beat Mayweather if the superstar were to dare to fight him before he hangs up his gloves. Continue reading
Andre Ward (27-0, 14 KOs) will be making his long awaited ring return on Saturday in a catch-weight fight at 172 pounds against Paul Smith (35-5, 20 KOs) in Ward’s hometown in Oakland, California from the Oracle Arena. While some boxing fans think the 32-year-old Smith is unworthy of facing Ward, it’s not really a big deal.
Ward’s WBA super middleweight title won’t be on the line because of the fight taking place at a catch-weight of 172 in the light heavyweight division. Smith is coming into the fight for the payday, and of course with the hope that he can somehow pull off a big upset against the rusty Ward. Continue reading
Boxing fans are going to have to wait a little awhile before WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder (34-0, 33 KOs) defends his WBC title against his mandatory challenger Alexander Povetkin. Wilder’s trainer Jay Deas says the Wilder-Povetkin fight likely won’t take place until 2016. He says it takes a lot of time to negotiate big fights against fighters like Povetkin and Tyson Fury.
In the meantime, Wilder will be looking to fight against in three months on September 26th against the likes of Tony Thompson or Chris Arreola. It’s a voluntary defense for Wilder so he’s not going to be fighting a top five contender like Anthony Joshua, Vyacheslav Glazkov or Bryant Jennings. Continue reading
British heavyweight David Price (19-2, 16 KOs) may have failed in the past in a pair of losses to Tony Thompson, but he feels he’s more than good enough right now to take the strap off WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder (34-0, 33 KOs) if the two of them meet up in the near future. Price, 6’8” had the chance to see Wilder’s fight last night against Eric Molina (23-3, 17 KOs), and Price didn’t see too much in Wilder’s performance that impressed him. Continue reading