On July 18th in Manchester, WBA (reg) super bantamweight champion Scott Quigg tops the bill when he defends his title against Spain’s Kiko Martinez, in what is sure to be a fight that will draw comparisons to that of IBF 122 lb champ Carl Frampton – and his own performances against the Spanish fighter.
The Northern Irishman took Martinez’s world title last September, having previously stopped him in the 9th to win the EBU belt the year before – and with negotiations between Quigg and Frampton for a UK super fight breaking down recently – all eyes will be on how the Bury man performs in anticipation of a possible future showdown with his Tiger’s Bay rival. Continue reading
Anthony Mundine, the Australian former Rugby player and Islamic convert known more for his distasteful views than his boxing these days, is – believe it or not – the mandatory challenger for Floyd Mayweather’s WBC 154 lb strap, and buoyed by Mayweather’s recent “Berto/Mayfield” talk, has taken to desperately pleading his own case to be entered into the sweepstakes for Floyd’s ‘final’ September fight in a rather pitifully sounding “begging letter.”
In a move more befitting of Amir Khan, Mundine has publicly laid out his case for a shot at “Money” – all but admitting Floyd probably doesn’t even care who he is. Continue reading
After the two camps came to a last minute agreement ahead of the scheduled purse bid, we now know that Tyson Fury is to get his opportunity to become undisputed heavyweight champion of the world, when he fights dominant Ukrainian champion Wladimir Klitschko on October 24th in Germany.
Following the confirmation, both Tyson and his trainer and Uncle, Peter, took to twitter to express their excitement ahead of getting down to the rigours of a long, hard training camp, for which they will base themselves in Ireland. Continue reading
As widely expected Floyd Mayweather has now been stripped of the WBO welterweight title he won against Manny Pacquiao back in May after the Puerto-Rico based organisation’s championship committee meeting on Monday afternoon.
Immediately following the fight on May 2nd, Floyd hinted he would likely give up the belt, among others he owns, in order to let the next generation of fighters coming through fight for a shot at them. Continue reading
It’s a fair question to ask, can Luis Collazo (36-6 19Kos) overcome his perceived deficiencies against Keith Thurman (25-0 21Kos) on July 11th in Tampa Florida? Bookies aren’t in favor of him (he’s sitting as a 14-1 dog), he’s 8 years his opponent’s senior, has boxed more than double the rounds of Thurman, and has been in some very entertaining WARS throughout his career.
Now I’m a betting man (admittedly not a very good one), and this fight intrigues me. Keith has been vocal about fighting Floyd Mayweather, and showcasing his talents for all to see; could he possibly be overlooking Luis Collazo? This statement is purely conjecture, but if true, he wouldn’t be the first guy to do so. Ricky Hatton and Andre Berto both had aims of a fight with Mayweather when they clashed with Collazo, and both men were very fortunate to be awarded wins in those respective bouts. Continue reading
Wladimir Klitschko-Tyson Fury is on, and it could prove to be to Klitschko’s toughest test in a while!
As fight fans ave surely read by now, it has been announced by a number of sources how heavyweight king Wladimir Klitschko will defend his belts against unbeaten Tyson Fury, the WBO heavyweight mandatory challenger, on October 24th in Germany. The two sides today came together and, at the last minute avoiding the need for purse bids, the fight was made.
Dusseldorf will host the big fight and both giants are confident of victory. Britain’s Fury, who has been calling for a shot at Klitschko for some time, took to his oft-used Twitter account just minutes ago:
“Viva Deutschland, I’m coming to rock your country in October be there or miss the best fight in heavyweight history, #letsgetthispartystarted,” Fury wrote. Continue reading
After Jim Braddock demystified the frightening power of Max Baer on June 13, 1935, it drove the heavyweight division into an unexpected state of flux. Braddock’s inspired 15-round upset decision over the long-armed 6-foot-4 Baer lifted the crown and also created a sense of anticipation that hadn’t existed before.
Prior to the upset by Braddock, the general thought was that the destructive Baer would reign as champ for many years to come. Baer was seen as head and shoulders above the rest of the contenders and pretenders.
Braddock’s shocking victory changed people’s perspectives. Continue reading
On September the 19th, WBO middleweight champion, “Irish” Andy Lee, will make the 2nd defence of the strap he won against Russian Matty Korobov in December of last year when he squares off against mandatory challenger Billy Joe Saunders at Thomond Park Stadium, Limerick, Ireland.
The history making fight will be the first time two men of traveller origins have contested a version of a world championship, and in a chat with Boxing News magazine, Lee not only asserts he will end the Hatfield fighter within 5 rounds when they do meet, after hand he wishes to correct a 2012 KO loss to Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. Continue reading
It’s been a long time coming but WBC super bantamweight champion Leo Santa Cruz may finally get the test the fans have been craving for him if he steps up to face California based Mexican rival Abner Mares, as is being mooted.
A provisional date of August 29th at the Staples Center in LA is being touted for the Premier Boxing Champion’s event, and Santa Cruz – who would move to 126 lb for the fight, is confident of dethroning his rival, saying via fighthubtv, that if the fight happens as expected, he can’t see it going the distance. Continue reading
When he returns to the US in the next fortnight to meet with surgeon Dr ElAttrache and to begin rehab on “that” rotator cuff injury, Manny Pacquiao will no doubt be meeting with trainer and Wild Card gym boss Freddie Roach to discuss exactly “what’s next?”
In what can perhaps be perceived as a thinly veiled dig at Floyd Mayweather’s recent “Berto talk” regarding his September 12 opponent, Roach has spoken out to USA Today in a recent interview, to insist that when the Filipino star does indeed return to the ring, he wants him matched “tough.” Continue reading