The Latest Boxing News
It is only just over a week away before the long anticipated showdown between Floyd Mayweather Jr and Manny Pacquiao finally takes place. The fight is long overdue and has been six long years in the making. Now that the time has arrived at last, what will happen? How will the fight unfold? What type of momentum shifts might occur? What can we expect to see? And ultimately, and most importantly, who will win this legacy defining fight between boxing’s two biggest stars? The answers to all of these questions and more will be addressed and considered in this official prediction video. Continue reading
So after much rumour and speculation, the confirmation has finally arrived, and it will be Britain’s Paul Smith (35-5, 20ko) who squares off in the opposite corner to the returning Andre Ward (27-0, 14ko) on June 20th in Oakland, California.
Ward is one of America’s best in my opinion, and despite a 19 month lay-off will walk into this non-title bout a heavy betting favourite against the Liverpool fighter, who has been cruelly referred to by fans as “not even the best super middleweight in the Smith family” in reference to younger brother, undefeated 168lb contender Callum Smith (15-0, 11ko). Continue reading
Legendary British promoter Kellie Maloney, who famously guided Lennox Lewis to the world heavyweight title in her former incarnation of Frank, has spoken to the BBC’s 5live in the UK today to signal her return to boxing.
Maloney left the fight game following then charge David Price’s crushing losses to American Tony Thompson, ostensibly because she “had fallen out of love with boxing”.
The reality was that the promoter had finally decided to face a life-long gender identity crisis away from the unforgiving glare of the boxing public. Continue reading
Klitschko is not just looking past Bryant Jennings (19-0) but he has grand plans to rewrite the record books. At this stage the Ukrainian has 17 consecutive title defenses ranking third behind Larry Holmes with 19 pops and Joe Louis in a league of his own with 25 straight wins at the top. Dr. Steelhammer will tie one of Louis’s achievements – 27 title bouts- the moment he sets foot in the ring tomorrow night at the Garden to defend his 4 titles against Jennings.
“As long as I have the motivation and health, I’ll do it. I don’t feel old, or bad, or slow.” said the confident champion. At the last press conference prior to his fight with Jennings, Wladimir acted out of character and did some brash talking giving the media and fans a little more food for comments. Ever the gentleman, he never talks trash and he found some balance in dismissing the up comers but paying his respect to the legends form the past, saying: “I am still looking up to those guys. Continue reading
Tuesday in Mexico City, the WBC unveiled the million dollar belt that will be presented to the winner of Mayweather-Pacquiao on May 2nd.
Current WBC 175lb champion Adonis Stevenson and legendary former heavyweight champion Larry Holmes were on hand to help with the unveiling, alongside WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman.
It’s always good to see the Easton Assassin, who won his own WBC strap in a gruelling fight with Ken Norton in 1978, out and about and looking so well. Continue reading
American 168lb king Andre Ward (27-0, 14ko) has shown a self-deprecating sense of humour in a chat with fighthype.com, jokingly referring to his much talked about comeback as “the comeback 2.0″.
This obviously in reference to the agonising time out of the ring he has had since his last fight way back in November of 2013, and the mooted returns that have previously failed to materialise.
With a smile on his face, S.O.G said of his pencilled in June 20th date, “It’s the comeback 2.0. Let’s just clarify! You gotta laugh at yourself sometimes, man. It (the inactivity) is what it is..” Continue reading
They have arrived with a bang. A knock out bang that is resonating through the cruiser weight division so loudly the heavyweights can hear it. They keep coming on a regular basis – Gigory Drozd, Dennis Lebedev, Rakhim Chakhkiev, Dmitry Kudryashov, Murat Gassiev are the first echelon that has deployed at the pro ranks and there are several other names crawling up through the ratings. All except Drozd are the product of the Russian amateur boxing program which continues to produce an industrial number of fighting machines with hardcore skills and solid conditioning. They are very well educated outside the ring as well and some have a college degree completed as they came along in the amateur ranks. Even the less decorated amateurs have fighting experience within the Russian internal tournaments that easily exceeds that of many international standouts form other countries. Russian boxers say it is easier to win the European title than to become a Russian national champion. If you ask Sergey Kovalev, keeping your spot in the national amateur team is harder than making it big in the pro ranks. Continue reading
Earlier this week on twitter and numerous other sites a picture of Sergey Kovalev gathered real steam when it showed him pointing to the t-shirt of a small child in his arms (presumably his son) that featured an image of a chimpanzee wearing boxing gloves.
Beneath the image, Kovalev (27-0,24ko) included a caption, referring to rival and Haitian national (WBC 175lb king) Adonis Stevenson (26-1,21ko) that simply read;
“Adonis is looking great”
The picture quickly provoked a storm on social media with twitter users referring to the dominant Russian champion as “ignorant”, “racist” and “naïve”. Continue reading
Live Beginning at 2:00 p.m. ET/11:00 a.m. PT – Wladimir Klitschko vs. Bryant Jennings is presented by K2 Promotions and the Klitschko Management Group in association with Gary Shaw Productions and will be televised Live on HBO World Championship Boxing® beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT in the United States and RTL in Germany.
ALI vs. SANTANA is presented by K2 Promotions in association with Gary Shaw Productions and Golden Boy Promotions.
Tickets priced at $1000, $600, $300, $200 and $100 may be purchased through the Madison Square Garden Box Office, www.TheGarden.com and www.Ticketmaster.com. Continue reading
British middleweight star and WBA 160lb interim champion Chris Eubank Jr (19-1, 14ko) has spoken to “nuffinlong.com” in the UK to promote his “routine” title defence on Frank Warren’s May 9th card in London against unheralded Australian Les Sherrington (35-7, 19ko)
At the same time he used the opportunity to take a pot shot at bitter rival and WBO mandatory Billy Joe Saunders (21-0, 11ko) and to convey his disappointment at being unable to join the Mayweather family out in Vegas for the big fight. Continue reading