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
Before last night’s “High Stakes” card in Manchester, fans were expecting an announcement from IBF 147 lb champion Kell Brook – who was sat ringside alongside promoter Eddie Hearn – regarding his next fight in October. Although the announcement failed to materialise, there was a rather awkward moment when the big screen in the arena flashed to welterweight rival Amir Khan backstage before shooting across to Brook, who hadn’t realised immediately that Khan was in the building or that the camera had now focused in on him. Continue reading
Last night in Texas, IBF 122 lb champion Carl Frampton overcame an early scare against Mexico’s Alejandro Gonzalez Jr, surviving two flash knockdowns in the opening stanza, to bully his way back into a hard fought and deserved UD win against a fighter who looked a whole lot better than “the 11th best 122 lb fighter in Mexico” as Matchroom Sport’s Eddie Hearn delightfully splashed over his twitter in acknowledgement of the pre-fight world rankings.
Hearn, who promotes Frampton’s domestic, divisional rival Scott Quigg is certain that following the performance, the Northern Irishman wants no part of his fighter, and cites Frampton’s trainer saying he will possibly move up to featherweight, as a sure sign of that reluctance. Continue reading
Last night saw heartbreak for Anthony Crolla’s world title dreams in Manchester when a valiant and spirited effort from the home-town challenger ended in a controversial draw, despite champion Darleys Perez losing two points for low blow infringements.
The challenger put in a heroic shift that upon the sounding of the final belt saw his corner hoist him into the air to the raucous cheers of the partisan crowd who threatened to take the roof off.
However the joy was to be short lived, and after some initial confusion regarding the scorecards, legendary MC Michael Buffer dealt the crushing blow that the fight was a draw and the belt was returning to Colombia. Continue reading
On 18th July, 2015, Arthur Abraham won his fourth encounter with Robert Stieglitz via sixth round KO, successfully defending his WBO belt and maintaining his position atop The Ring super middleweight ratings. A fight between Abraham and James DeGale would crown a new Ring Magazine champion – they are the number one and number two rated fighters in their division respectively. Potentially, if these two 168 pounders fail to negotiate a fight, DeGale could in fact fight the number five rated Gilberto Ramirez for the once prestigious Ring title.
Andre Ward, one of the most accomplished champions the super middleweight division has ever had is nowhere to be seen in the current Ring ratings. Continue reading
WBA (reg) 122 lb champion Scott Quigg despatched his toughest foe to date – Kiko Martinez – in considerable style last night in Manchester, blowing away the Spaniard with what appeared to be consummate ease, setting up some big-money fights against the likes of Nonito Donaire – and God willing for the British fans- Carl Frampton, who survived his own scares in El Paso against tough Mexican Alejandro Gonzalez Jr.
Talking to iFLtv immediately following the victory, the Bury man was upbeat about the future, insisting it is those big fights he so desires, against the best of the best, and after last night’s win, he hopes they will be a little easier to come by; Continue reading
Forget Amir Khan-Kell Brook; the best all-British showdown that can be made right now is Carl Frampton-Scott Quigg. And, in light of the respective showings of the two champions last night, this potentially massive showdown has seen a shift in fan opinion.
Go back to when the fight was first spoken about as a sure-fire sizzler, and Frampton had a slight edge to win in the opinion of maybe 60-percent of the fans/experts. Now, with Quigg blowing away Kiko Martinez – the same Martinez who twice went to war with Frampton – it is no longer the Irishman who is the perceived favourite. Frampton’s stock went down a little with his up-from-the-floor battle with a determined and very tough Alejandro Gonzalez Junior, and now Quigg Vs. Frampton looks like a gamble for the Barry McGuigan-managed star. Continue reading
Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. earned a unanimous decision (97-92, 98-91, 96-93) over Marcos Reyes in the main event of SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING on Saturday in front of 9,245 at the Don Haskins Center in El Paso, Texas.
Reyes was the more active fighter – he doubled Chavez’s output – but simply couldn’t hurt his larger opponent. Following a loss at light heavyweight last April, Chavez decided to attempt to campaign at super middleweight. Continue reading
Scott Quigg v Kiko Martinez
Regular WBA World bantamweight champion Scott Quigg, 31-0-2 (23KO’s), laid down a marker the size of the Manchester Arena tonight blasting former World super bantamweight champion Kiko Martinez, 32-6 (24KO’s) to pieces inside two rounds, in front of a packed hometown crowd.
Midway through the 2nd round, Quigg took absolutely everything from his Spanish opponent – who seemed to be warming to the task after an encouraging opener – with an enormous right uppercut that dipped his legs and left him laid on the canvas moments later following a further assault from the vicious champion. Continue reading
A very heavy looking Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (49-2-1, 32 KOs) put in an uneven performance in beating Marcos Reyes (33-3, 24 KOs) by a 10 round unanimous decision on Saturday night in Chavez Jr’s bounce back fight at the Don Haskins Center in El Paso, Texas. Chavez Jr. lost his last fight to Andrze Fonfara last April. But Chavez Jr. had nothing to fear tonight in dragging a weak-punching middleweight in 27-year-old Reyes up to super middleweight in order to enjoy a weight advantage.
Chavez Jr. was cut over his left eye in the 9th round from a clash of heads. After being cut, Chavez Jr. marched around the ring complaining about the head-butt until the referee took a cut and took a point away from Reyes. It looked very strange; as if the referee did this in response to Chavez Jr’s complaining rather than doing it based on what he felt was the right thing to do. Continue reading