The Latest Boxing News
There were some colourful scenes earlier today at the inaugural press conference to officially announce October 24th’s WBA/WBO/IBF heavyweight title clash between dominant lineal champion Wladimir Klitschko and mandatory challenger Tyson Fury, with the Brit sounding the warning – “I am the new blood in the division.”
6ft 9″ Fury was in confident mood when addressing the assembled media, insisting that he will present a challenge the long reigning champion is yet to see, referring to the Ukrainian as ‘boring’. Continue reading
This Saturday sees WBO, WBA and IBF light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev go into action against French mandatory challenger Nadjib Mohammedi at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, live on HBO (US) /Boxnation (UK)
Speaking to the media via FightHub tv, Kovalev insisted he is confident of victory against Mohammedi, yet could not avoid the topic of bitter rival and WBC boss, Adonis Stevenson, who holds the one title the Russian needs to become undisputed champion.
Clearly frustrated at Stevenson signing with Showtime, and his outright refusal to fight on HBO – where Kovalev fights exclusively – the Russian has conceded he may have to wait until another fighter beats Adonis first before he can get a shot at the WBC title. Continue reading
Big punching Argentinian Lucas Matthysse will face Ukraine’s Viktor Postol on October 3rd at the Stub Hub Centre in Carson, California after the two camps agreed terms yesterday ahead of a scheduled purse bid to host the contest.
The two will square off for the WBC 140 lb title recently vacated by Danny Garcia, who fights Paulie Malignaggi at The Barclays Center in New York on August 1st.
Oscar De La Hoya, who promotes Matthysse said to ESPN; Continue reading
Last week Ronda Rousey made waves in the world of combat sports when she claimed the ESPY for best fighter, an award that Floyd Mayweather Jr. has dominated in previousyears. She raised the stakes even further with her comments about the pound-for-pound king following that victory.
We took a tour of the Mayweather Boxing Club to get the reaction of some of the top fighters and trainers who work out of the gym. The reaction to her victory was mixed, with some believing the award was a joke, while others seemed ok with the decision.
Former world champion Lou Del Valle was among the most outspoken on the topic, while others like J’Leon Love seemed to have no real issues with Rousey claiming the award. See what they, and other had to say about Ronda Rousey and her comments in the video below.
It’s on … Floyd Mayweather is officially set to square off with Andre Berto in September … TMZ Sports has confirmed.
The two have been in talks for weeks … but now we’re told from both camps that it’s a done deal and the two will fight in Vegas on September 12th.
We spoke with Berto who tells us, “It’s a pleasure and honor to be in this position and I’m looking forward to capitalizing on every moment of it”.
As we previously reported, there’s some bad blood between the two — with Berto claiming Mayweather had been crank calling his phone … and he believes it was all over a woman. Continue reading
After Amir Khan’s recent comments regarding Kell Brook, one has a feeling it will be an exercise in futility, yet Matchroom Boxing boss Eddie Hearn has gone on record to say that he plans on making an offer to Khan later this week for a November super fight between the two Brits, which in the unlikely event it’s accepted, would give Khan the opportunity to answer his own question “Do I have to put a beating on Kell Brook to prove I’m the better fighter?”
In his most recent chat with iFLtv, Khan said the above and more, repeating his insistence that he feels IBF welterweight champion Brook has done nothing to deserve a shot at him and simply “isn’t a big enough name.” Continue reading
Matchroom Boxing have big plans for undefeated heavyweight prospect Anthony Joshua, who enters his first significant title fight on September 12th, when he fights Scotland’s Gary Cornish for the vacant Commonwealth heavyweight strap at the O2 in London.
After destroying American veteran Kevin Johnson inside two rounds in May in what was meant to be his toughest test yet, the former Olympic gold medalist feels he is on a faster than anticipated career arc, possibly eyeing a world title shot towards the end of 2016/early 2017 should everything go as planned. Continue reading
Nottingham’s Carl Froch finally brought the curtain down on his world title winning boxing career last week to take up his new role as full-time pundit for Sky Boxing, bringing about an end to the will he/won’t he fight again debate that had been rumbling since his 2nd victory over countryman George Groves last May.
After vacating his IBF title rather than face James DeGale, the Cobra was stripped of his WBA (reg) strap for inactivity as he made a decision about his next move and waited out an elbow injury – watching a mooted fight with Julio Cesar Chavez Jr in Las Vegas fall by the wayside when the Mexican was beaten into submission by Andrzej Fonfara earlier this year. Continue reading
Nutley, NJ (July 20, 2015) – This past Friday night at the Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem, Jerry Odom (13-2, 12 KO’s) was stopped in three rounds by Samuel Clarkson (15-3, 9 KO’s) in what was supposed to be a fight contested in the Super Middleweight division.
Odom of Washington, DC did his part to meet his contractual obligation and made the 168 pound contracted weight. Unfortunately Clarkson checked in over 4 pounds higher at 172.8
At the morning- after weigh in, Clarkson was only supposed to be 10 pounds over the contracted weight and could not come in over 180 but once again was overweight at 184.6 pounds. Odom was 173 pounds. Continue reading
Once beaten 19-year-old German knockout artist Vincent Feigenbutz (20-1, 19 KOs) made easy work of 38-year-old Mauricio Reynoso (15-2-1, 11 KOs) in destroying him in three rounds last Saturday night to capture the interim WBA World super middleweight title at the Gerry Weber Stadium in Halle, Germany. Feigenbutz battered Reynoso with power shots until dropping him in the 3rd round with a hard left to the body. The fight was then stopped at 1:21 of the round by referee Giuseppe Quartarone.
With this victory, Feigenbutz will next be fighting for the world title against WBA World super middleweight champion Fedor Chudinov (13-0, 10 KOs) later this year or perhaps early next year. Continue reading