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Kevin Chittenden

Does Sergey Kovalev deserve Fighter of the Year for 2014?

Recently, ESPN named Terence Crawford as their Fighter of the Year for 2014 due to his wins over Raymundo Beltran, Yuriorkis Gamboa and Ricky Burns. However, only the Gamboa fight was truly interesting to watch, and the Burns fight really proved nothing given how poor Burns has looked since then.

Gamboa is really a pumped up featherweight who had no business fighting in the lightweight division against a fighter the size of Crawford. The Crawford-Beltran fight was not an interesting fight to watch due to Crawford’s constantly clinching each time Beltran would get in position to throw a punch. It was not great television, believe me. Continue reading

Andy Lee plans on using his experience to defeat Matt Korobov

Andy Lee (33-2, 23 KOs) has a tough fight on his hands on Saturday night in taking on undefeated #1 WBO Matt Korobov (24-0, 14 KOs) for the vacant WBO 160 pound title at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. This may be the last shot for the 30-year-old Lee, because a loss to Korobov is going to knock him back to square one, and it’s going to take an awfully long time to build his way back up to where he is now.

Even at #4 WBO, you can make an argument that Lee doesn’t deserve that ranking because he hasn’t beaten a decent middleweight since his win over Brian Vera three years ago in 2011. Lee’s wins since then has come against middleweights with marginal talent, and against junior middleweights like John Jackson. Continue reading

Deal still not reached for Stiverne vs. Wilder fight, says De La Hoya

A couple days ago reports surfaced about there being a deal for a December fight between WBC heavyweight champion Bermane Stiverne (24-1-1, 21 KOs) and #1 WBC Deontay Wilder. Apparently, someone spoke too soon, because Golden Boy Promotions president Oscar De La Hoya says that there has been no deal reached between the 35-year-old Stiverne and the 6’7” Wilder.

If the two sides are unable to come to an agreement in their negotiations then it’ll go to purse bids on October 1st next week. That’s when the World Boxing Council has scheduled a purse bid in order to finally get the fight put together.

Contrary to wretched WBC comments @OscarDeLaHoya told me today he has NOT reached terms with King on Stiverne-Wilder. #boxing,” said Dan Rafael on his Twitter. Continue reading

Mayweather unsure who he’ll fight next in May 2015

(Photo credit: Stephanie Trapp/Mayweather Promotions) WBA welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr (47-0, 26 KOs) said before last night that Marcos Maidana (35-5, 31 KOs) would be his 47th victim and that’s exactly what happened with Mayweather using superb footwork to box his way to a 12 round unanimous decision at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.

There may not have been as much toe-to-toe action as there was in their first fight in May of this year, but the fight was still quite exciting to watch from start to finish.

After the bout was over, Mayweather was asked repeatedly by media members whether he’ll be fighting Manny Pacquiao or Amir Khan next, but Mayweather didn’t have a clear answer at the time. He says he still needs to think about what direction he wants to go in for his fight in May of 2015. Continue reading

Angulo in make or break fight against De La Rosa on Mayweather-Maidana 2 card

Alfredo Angulo (22-4, 18 KOs) partially explains away his last two defeats to Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and Erislandy Lara by him fighting in the wrong weight class. Angulo, 32, has now moved up to middleweight and he hopes that he’ll be able to restart his career with a victory in his next fight against James De La Rosa (22-2, 13 KOs) on the Floyd Mayweather Jr vs. Marcos Maidana 2 fight card on September 13th at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Golden Boy Promotions isn’t doing Angulo any favors by matching him against De La Rosa, because this guy is a tough opponent for a fighter coming off the kind of beat down Angulo suffered in his last fight against Canelo. Continue reading

Miguel Vazquez will be looking to out-box Mickey Bey on September 13th

IBF lightweight champion Miguel Vazquez (34-3, 13 KOs) plans on using his boxing skills, long reach and movement to beat fringe contender Mickey Bey (20-1-1, 10 KOs) in their fight on September 13th on the undercard of the Floyd Mayweather Jr vs. Marcos Maidana rematch at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The fight card will be televised on Showtime pay-per-view, and the Vazquez-Bey fight will be one of the fights that makes it onto the televised portion of the card. Continue reading

Austin Trout looking to turn his career around against Daniel Dawson

28-year-old former WBA junior middleweight champion Austin Trout (26-2, 14 KOs) will be fighting on ESPN this Friday night against #15 WBC fringe contender Daniel Dawson (40-3-1, 26 KOs) in a 12 round fight at Pechanga Resort & Casino in Temecula, California.

Trout says he’s figured out why he lost his last two fights against Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and Erislandy Lara, because he wasn’t fighting his fight and was trying to force the action against those guys. Continue reading

Shannon Briggs vs. Cory Phelps this Saturday in Winston-Salem, North Carolina

42-year-old former WBO heavyweight champion Shannon Briggs (55-6-1, 48 KOs) will be continuing his trek to win another heavyweight title when he gets in the ring with cruiserweight Cory Phelps (16-6-1, 8 KOs) this Saturday night in a scheduled 10 round bout at the Ring of Dreams Boxing Gym, in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA. Continue reading

Deontay Wilder: Stiverne fight will happen in November

#1 WBC unbeaten heavyweight Deontay Wilder (32-0, 32 KOs) feels certain that he’ll be getting a title shot against WBC heavyweight champ Bermane Stiverne (24-1-1, 21 KOs) in the next three months in November. Deontay says that the letters have already been sent out for the fight and that the negotiations are about to start.

“The letters went out today. We’re about to into negotiations. The world will know soon as far as where it’s going to be, venues and all that stuff. All that stuff is coming,” Deontay said to “That’s the month [November]. That’s the month that they are claiming it will be one hundred percent,” Deontay said. Continue reading

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