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Is Amir Khan shot or simply a fighter in transition?

khan#2 - CopyBy Jack Scales: Amir Khan’s most recent performance against Julio Diaz, was in some respects typical of the Amir we have grown to know and appreciate over the years. As usual he displayed tremendous valor and the fans were treated to an engaging contest that provided terrific value for money.

Complimenting this was a new found maturity that revered trainer Virgil Hunter has instilled in Khan. This was evident in his uncharacteristic reaction to the knockdown he suffered in round four. Instead of his usual response, which has typically been to bounce back up immediately and engage in a costly brawl, on this occasion he maintained his composure and boxed sensibly. Continue reading

Will Tomlinson Defeats Malcolm Klassen to Retain IBO Super Featherweight Title

Australian Will Tomlinson (21-0-1, 12 KOs) has retained the IBO super featherweight title in defeating South African Malcolm Klassen (27-6-2, 14 KOs) via unanimous decision in Melbourne, Australia tonight.

In what seemed a very competitive fight from start to finish, Tomlinson was aggressive, looking to stalk down the two time IBF super featherweight champion Klassen from the outset. The first round saw Tomlinson land a controversial knockdown on the South African that appeared to be from a shove, with Klassen showing considerable displeasure to the referee’s ruling. Continue reading

Exclusive Interview with cruiserweight Olanrewaju Durodola

“I would like to fight anyone in the top ten world rankings: Dmytro Kucher, Ola Afolabi, BJ Flores, Thabiso Mchunu, and there are others. I am willing to fight any and all of these guys.”— Olanrewaju Durodola

Olanrewaju DurodolaNigerian-born cruiserweight Olanrewaju Durodola (15-1, 14 KOs) defeated Victor Barragan on April 20 in Saint Joseph, Missouri to capture the vacant WBC Continental Americas cruiserweight title. I was recently afforded a chance to catch up with the Kansas City resident to speak about his boxing career and future aspirations. Durodola, who goes by the ring moniker “God’s Power”, also discussed how his former profession in law enforcement and his Olympic boxing experience helped him develop as a boxer. Here is a complete transcript from the interview:

GEOFFREY CIANI: Hello Olandrewau. How is everything going today?

OLANREWAJU DURODOLA: Oh! Everything is going fine, thank you.

CIANI: Great! Now you’re coming off of a fourth round stoppage against Victor Barragan last month. How would you evaluate your performance? Continue reading

Kotey Neequaye vows to beat Sanchez in New York June 7

Samuel-Kotey-NeequayeUS based Ghanaian fighter, Samuel Kotey Neequaye takes another step towards championship glory when he faces Guillermo Sanchez in a Welterweight contest scheduled for 10 rounds on June 7 at the Turning Stone Resort Casino, Verona, New York.

Undefeated Neequaye (19-0, 15 KOs) has pledged nothing but victory over American of Puerto Rico descent, Sanchez (13-8, 5 KOs) as he bids for recognition and cracks at title fights in his quest to follow in the footsteps of his childhood heroes, Azumah Nelson and Ike Quartey to become world boxing champion. Continue reading

Kell Brook vs. Carson Jones II rematch on July 13th in Yorkshire

brook453Unbeaten welterweight contender Kell Brook (29-0, 19 KO’s) will get a second shot at proving that he’s the better fighter than American Carson Jones (35-9-3, 25 KO’s) when they face each other on July 13th in a rematch at the Craven Park Stadium, Hull, Yorkshire, UK.

Brook and Jones fought last year in July with Brook winning a controversial 12 round majority decision in Sheffield. The fight looked to be more of a draw, if not an outright win by Jones because Brook took major punishment in the last six rounds of the fight and was staggering around the ring in the 12th after taking a serious lambasting from Jones. Continue reading

Booth: Haye-Charr fight is postponed, and not cancelled

haye34Earlier today news came out about former WBA heavyweight champion David Haye suffering an injury to his left hand will prevent him from facing Manuel Charr on June 29th at the Manchester Arena in Manchester, UK. At the time, Haye wasn’t saying about whether the fight was cancelled or postponed.

Well, Haye’s trainer/manager Adam Booth is now saying that Haye’s fight with Charr is postponed and not cancelled. He doesn’t know when Haye’s left hand will be healed because he dislocated it, but it likely is more than a month before he’s able to resume training with that kind of injury. Continue reading

Arum: If Pacquiao loses to Rios then he’s going to have to make a decision about his career

pac888Top Rank promoter Bob Arum says his money fighter Manny Pacquiao is going to be facing a potentially big career decision if he were to lose to Brandon Rios on November 23rd in their fight in Macau, China.

Arum sees this fight as an exciting match-up, and he obviously wouldn’t have made it if he didn’t think Pacquiao had a good chance to win it, but he still thinks Pacquiao will have to make a decision about his career if he gets beaten. It would be Pacquiao’s third straight loss and it’s difficult to imagine where he would go from there. Continue reading

Golovkin vs. Macklin: Matthew with a tough task ahead of him on 6/29

golovkin4534#11 WBA, Matthew Macklin (29-4, 20 KO’s) will be getting a title shot next month against WBC middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (26-0, 23 KO’s) on June 29th at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. Macklin is mostly known to U.S casual boxing fans for his spirited effort in dragging Sergio Martinez into the 11th round last year in March before getting stopped by him.

Although Macklin lost the fight, he got a lot of credit for having given Martinez a tough time along the way. Now, however, Macklin is going to have to prove himself again, but this time against a younger fighter with more power and arguably more skills than Martinez in Gennady Golovkin. Continue reading

WBC drops Khan from top 15 welterweight rankings

khan1For some reason the World Boxing Council (WBC) has dropped Amir Khan from their top 15 welterweight rankings after his struggle to defeat 33-year-old Julio Diaz last month on April 27th. Before that fight the WBC had elevated Khan to #2 in their welterweight rankings despite the fact that Khan had never fought at welterweight before and had lost two out of his last three fights.

It was hard to understand what the WBC saw in Khan to put him at #2 at 147 because normally fighters that has lost 2 out of their last 3 fights aren’t given a bump in the rankings. Continue reading

Cotto could give Canelo a lot of problems

canelo4534After seeing how exhausted WBA/WBC junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez looked in his fights against Austin Trout and Shane Mosley, I think Miguek Cotto (37-4, 30 KO’s) has a good chance of beating Canelo in September if he ends up being the one that faces him, and right now it’s looking like Cotto could be the guy that gets picked.

Floyd Mayweather Jr. wants Canelo to come down to 147 before he’ll agree to fight him, and I don’t think it’s possible for Canelo do that without being weakened from water loss. You can never say never, but I doubt Canelo will agree to lose that kind of weight. Continue reading

Khan wants Mayweather; not interested in Kell Brook fight

khan43Former IBF/WBA light welterweight champion Amir Khan makes it perfectly clear that he doesn’t have even the slightest amount of interest in facing fellow Brit Kell Brook at any time in the future.

Khan sees no upside in such a fight and fears that the boxing public wouldn’t care about the fight and Brook would likely pull out of the fight with an injury excuse anyway. Khan’s main interest is in getting a big fight against WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. next year. Continue reading

Arum: Donaire will fight in October or November

donaire#55Top Rank promoter Bob Arum is saying that former IBF/WBO super bantamweight Nonito Donaire (31-2, 20 KO’s) will be back in the ring in either October or November this year against a still to be determined opponent. It won’t be newly crowned WBC super bantamweight champion Victor Terrazas because he’ll likely be facing newly signed Top Rank fighter Vic Darchinyan.

If Darchinyan wins that fight then Arum would like to match him against Donaire in a rematch in 2014. Donaire stopped Darchinyan in the 5th round in 2007.
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