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Virgil Hunter: Khan is in for a rude awakening if he fights Mayweather

The latest talk is that former two division world champion Amir Khan may choose to bypass the risky fight against IBF welterweight champion Devon Alexander on December 7th in order to sit around until May to get a much bigger money fight against Floyd Mayweather Jr.

Khan’s promoters at Golden Boy Promotions wanted him to fight Alexander in order to give Khan a chance to pick up his IBF 147 lb. title and show boxing fans that he would be a worthy opponent for Mayweather.

Khan’s trainer Virgil Hunter doesn’t know what Khan is going to do, but he feels that he’s going to need to dedicate himself fully to the sport if he wants to beat a talented fighter like Mayweather. Continue reading

Deontay Wilder looking for KO #30 against Nicolai Firtha on October 26th

deontay32 - CopyUnbeaten heavyweight contender Deontay Wilder (29-0, 29 KO’s) will be looking to pick up his 30th consecutive knockout against the always tough Nicolai Firtha (21-10-1, 8 KO’s) on October 26th at the Boardwalk Hall, in Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA. The Deontay-Firtha fight will be on the undercard of Bernard Hopkins vs. Kara Furat and Peter Quillin vs. Gabriel Rosado card.

At this point, the Wilder vs. Firtha fight might not be televised. However, boxing fans will no doubt get to see clips of the fight if that happens. It’s likely not going to last more than 1 round at best, so boxing fans won’t miss a lot by not being able to see the entire Deontay vs.Firtha fight, if Showtime chooses not to televise it. Continue reading

Haye’s injury could be good thing for Tyson Fury

fury2222With the news today about former WBA heavyweight champion David Haye suffering a cut during sparring for his fight next week against Tyson Fury, it means that the fight will be postponed or possibly be even cancelled depending on whether Team Fury still wants to reschedule. However, it might be in Fury’s best interest to forget about facing Haye altogether, because it’s not as if Fury stood a real chance at winning the fight.

The odds were heavily in Haye’s favor to the point where it was hardly worth it for Fury to take the fight. Let’s be honest here; does anyone really think that the 6’9″, fragile-chinned Fury had any actual chance to beat Haye in this fight?

Fury doesn’t have the power, speed or the chin to have any chance at beating a big puncher like Haye. That’s why this injury might actually be the best thing for Fury because it let’s him move on and save face at the same time. I mean, Fury now has a ready-made excuse for why he shouldn’t have to face Haye now, and no one will blame him if he moves on and resumes fighting the likes of Martin Rogan, Kevin Johnson and Vinny Maddalone-types. Continue reading

Deontay Wilder: Arreola’s afraid of me; he’s already running

Chris Arreola vs Seth MitchellUnbeaten heavyweight Deontay Wilder (29-0, 29 KO’s) can already smell fear coming from Chris Arreola (36-3, 31 KO’s) now that he’s in a position where Golden Boy Promotions is trying to match him up against him. Arreola destroyed Seth Mitchell (26-2-1, 19 KO’s) in a 1st round TKO in Indio, California.

Deontay saw the fight he’s licking his chops at getting Arreola in the ring to face him, and he’s hoping Oscar De La Hoya of Golden Boy Promotions will be able to get Arreola to accept the fight.

Oscar sent out a twitter message to Showtime to see what they thought of the idea of Arreola and Deontay mixing it up. There’s no question they’ll go for the idea, especially after the God awful mismatch they televised tonight between Arreola and Mitchell. Continue reading

Ricky Burns – Ray Beltran ends in draw

In what amounts to be the robbery of the century, WBO Lightweight champion Ricky Burns (36-2-1, 11 KO’s) was awarded a 12 round draw against Raymundo Beltran (28-6-1, 17 KO’s) at the Scottish Exhibition Centre, in Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom. The judges scored were 115-112 for Burns, 115-113 for Beltran and 114-114 even.

It was a total robbery for sure, as Beltran clearly deserved the win. Burns held all night long, and the referee didn’t life a finger to stop it. Why the referee allowed Burns to get away with nonstop holding in every of the fight is the big question.

I don’t know how on earth a judge could actually give Burns the victory in this fight of even a draw, yet that’s exactly what happened. I had a feeling this was going to happen, and I know it was going to make Burns look bad as heck. Getting a gift draw only makes Burns looks bad, especially given all the holding that he was allowed to get away with. Continue reading

Froch-Groves set for November 23rd in Manchester, UK

froch9999IBF/WBA super middleweight champion Carl Froch (31-2, 22 KO’s) will be defending his titles against unbeaten George Groves (19-0, 15 KO’s) on November 23rd in a 50-50 fight at the Phones 4u Arena (formerly M.E.N Arena), in Manchester, United Kingdom. This is really one of those fights that is very difficult to predict the outcome mainly because Froch was so poor looking in his recent win over Mikkel Kessler last May.

If you saw that fight you’ll have noticed that Froch is incredibly slow now, and very clumsy-looking. Kessler could have won that fight and probably should have except that he didn’t start fighting until the 5th round. Continue reading

Kovalev obliterates Cleverly; Maccarinelli defeats McKenzie; Smith smashes Buckland

Nathan Cleverly v Sergey Kovalev(Photo Credit: Eoin Mundow/SEEN Sport Magazine) WBO light heavyweight champion Nathan Cleverly (26-1, 12 KO’s) was BADLY exposed tonight by the unbeaten powerful Russian Sergey Kovalev (22-0-1, 20 KO’s) in what you can only call a total slaughter in losing to Kovalev by a 4th round TKO at the Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom. Heck, it wasn’t even a fight.

It was like watching someone pound away at a helpless punching bag. I mean, Cleverly hit the deck three times in the fight, and the fight should have been stopped in the 3rd round after Cleverly had been knocked to the canvas twice by crushing right hands from Kovalev. Continue reading

Tyson Fury to use Steve Cunningham as sparring partner to get ready for David Haye

fury11In somewhat of an odd move, heavyweight Tyson Fury (21-0, 15 KO’s) will be using 37-year-old Steve Cunningham as one of his sparring partners to help him get ready for his September 28th fight against David Haye (26-2, 24 KO’s) at the Manchester Arena.

Fury defeated Cunningham last April in New York in a 7th round stoppage. Cunningham wasn’t too happy about the loss, because he felt that Fury had partially held him in place with a left hand while landing the knockout punch. There was no rematch to clear up the controversy, and now Fury has moved on to the Haye fight. Continue reading

Wilder stops Liakhovich in 1st round

deontay1Showing devastating power, unbeaten heavyweight contender Deontay Wilder (29-0, 29 KO’s) poleaxed Sergei Liakhovich (25-6, 16 KO’s) in an impressive 1st round knockout on Friday night at the Fantasy Springs Casino, in Indio, California, USA.

Deontay, 27, ended the fight with three straight right hands to the head that put Liakhovich down flat on his back on the canvas where he laid with his hands and legs going into a knockout spasm. It was scary to watch because Liakhovich looked badly hurt.

Liakhovich was okay until he got nailed by the 3rd right from Deontay, and at that point, Liakhovich hit the canvas like a sack of potatoes with his legs and arms pointing up in the arm in the way that fighters do after they’ve been concussed. Continue reading