36-year-old former IBF/WBA/WBC/WBO middleweight champion Jermain Taylor (32-4-1, 20 KOs) will be challenging IBF middleweight champion Sam Soliman (44-11, 18 KOs) this Wednesday, on October 8th on ESPN2 from the Beau Rivage Resort & Casino, in Biloxi, Mississippi, USA.
This is a really tough test for Taylor, and perhaps the toughest fight for him since his knockout loss to Arthur Abraham in 2009. Soliman doesn’t have major power, but his high work rate, and the odd angles he likes to punch from makes him a really tough fighter for the likes of Abraham to deal with. It’s difficult fight for Taylor to be taking at this stage of his career after 5 years away from fighting top level opposition. Continue reading
Buboy Fernandez, the assistant coach for WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao (56-5-2, 38 KOs), says Pacquiao is training to attack challenger Chris Algieri (20-0, 8 KOs) with nonstop punches in their fight on November 22nd at the Cotai Arena, Venetian Resort, Macao, Macao S.A.R., China.
Pacquiao will be looking to wash over Algieri like a Tsunami next month in their HBO pay-per-view televised fight on Championship Boxing.
Buboy figures that the all-out attacking style of fighting for the 35-year-old Pacquiao could produce a knockout early if the slender Algieri chooses to slug with him. Why Algieri would do that is unknown, because if he watched his last fight against Ruslan Provodnikov, you can see that Algieri was moving constantly and not mixing it up. Continue reading
While many boxing fans see WBC interim middleweight champion Marco Antonio Rubio (59-6-1, 51 KOs) as a lamb being led to the slaughter by WBC middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (30-0, 27 KOs) on October 18th, Rubio’s trainer Robert Garcia thinks that Rubio, with his Mexican style, will give Golovkin all kinds of problems.
Garcia thinks it comes down to Rubio having real Mexican blood while Golovkin is just someone that is attempting to adopt the Mexican style of fighting. In other words, Rubio is the real thing while Golovkin is just trying to copy what he sees instead of what’s inside of him. Continue reading
35-year-old Danish fighter Mikkel Kessler (46-3, 35 KOs) says he’s waiting by the phone to get a call from IBF/WBA super middleweight champion Carl Froch (33-2, 24 KOs) to be his next opponent on January 31st next year in a fight that would be staged in London. Froch’s promoter Eddie Hearn is saying that he’s looking to match the 37-year-old Froch against either Kessler or James DeGale, Froch’s IBF mandatory challenger.
“I am sitting by the phone, hoping something is going to happen soon – I want a decider with Carl,” Kessler said to Ringside.
The problem with matching Froch against Kessler is that it’s a fight that some boxing fans would see as a rip-off considering that Kessler hasn’t fought since May of 2013 when he was beaten by Froch. Continue reading
Matchroom Sport promoter Eddie Hearn is kicking around the idea of pitting his fighter Ricky Burns (37-4-1, 11 KOs) against the winner of the October 25th fight between Michael Katsidis (30-6, 24 KOs) and Tommy Coyle (19-2, 8 KOs). Hearn wants to bring the 31-year-old Burns back to Glasgow, Scotland for his next fight.
Last Saturday night, Burns labored to an 8 round points decision victory over Alexandre Lepelley (17-2-1, 3 KOs) at the First Direct Arena, Leeds, Yorkshire, United Kingdom. It was Burns’ first and possibly his last fight at light welterweight. Immediately after the fight, Burns talked about wanting to move back down to lightweight. It’s a move that Burns pretty much has to make because he doesn’t have the frame to be fighting at light welterweight nor the power as well. Continue reading
Trainer Floyd Mayweather Sr still thinks 35-year-old WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao would be a really easy fight for his son WBA/WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr if the two of them meet up down the road in 2015 or perhaps 2016.
Floyd Sr believes that Pacquiao would lose to the big guys that Mayweather has been fighting.
Floyd Sr doesn’t mention the names of the bigger guys that he thinks would beat Pacquiao, but obviously he’s talking about Marcos Maidana, Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and Miguel Cotto. Continue reading
#4 WBO, #8 IBF Vanes Martirosyan (35-1-1, 21 KOs) is hoping to get a fight against former WBA/WBC light middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez in the near future following Martirosyan’s 10 round unanimous decision win over contender Willie Nelson last Saturday night on Showtime from the Foxwoods Resort, in Mashantucket, Connecticut, USA.
Martirosyan, 28, wore Nelson down and punished him with hard shots in the 2nd half of the fight. It was a tough fight for Martirosyan because he took a lot of hard shots, and he ended up with a badly bruised face in winning by the scores of 97-93, 97-93 and 96-94. Continue reading
Last Saturday night former IBF/WBC light heavyweight champion Chad Dawson (32-4, 18 KOs) was surprisingly beaten by former world title challenger Tommy Karpency by a 10 round split decision in what was supposed to be a showcase fight for the 32-year-old Dawson at the Foxwoods Resort, in Mashantucket, Connecticut, USA.
Dawson was in shock after the fight, as he felt that he should have been given the decision despite the fact that he clearly injured his left arm in the 7th round. Dawson claimed the injury occurred in the 3rd round. However, he was still using his left arm up until the 7th. Continue reading
We may have seen the end of 35-year-old Jorge Arce (64-8, 49 KOs) last Saturday night in his 11th round knockout loss to WBC featherweight champion Jhonny Gonzalez (57-8, 48 KOs) at the Centro de Usos Multiples, Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico. Arce was knocked down three times in the fight.
The referee stopped the fight in the 11th with Arce still on his feet but no longer even making an effort to fight back. Arce was moving in circles and looking like he was just wanted to survive until the final belt.
Gonzalez fought like he was taking it easy on Arce for most of the fight. Rarely did Gonzalez step it up, and each time he did, Arce wound up on the canvas. Continue reading
World ranked junior middleweight contender VANES “The Nightmare” MARTIROSYAN entered the top echelon of his division on Saturday night with an outstanding 10-round unanimous decision over fellow contender WILLIE NELSON from the Foxwoods Resort Casino and telecast live on SHOWTIME.
Scores for Martirosyan, now 35-1-1 (21KO’s) were 97-93, 97-93 and 96-94 over Nelson who moved to 23-2-1 (13KO’s).
Changing the momentum of the fight in the second round with a big right hand and surviving a bad cut above his right eye suffered in the fourth, Martirosyan fought brilliantly over the second half of the fight. Continue reading
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Atlantic City, NJ – Junior Middleweight Glen “Jersey Boy” Tapia (22-1, 14 KOs) continued on the comeback trail with his second consecutive knockout victory stopping Donatas Bondorovas (18-6-1, 6 KOs) in the main event of a seven-fight Top Rank card at the Bally’s Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City.
Once again, Tapia showed that working with Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach has been a worthwhile investment. Tapia, who won via 4th round TKO, looked more patient and calculated in the ring than he did in his previous fight. The Passaic native also worked behind a steady stiff jab from the outset, which enabled him to set up his power shots with precision. Tapia landed thudding right hands, hooks, and body shots on Bondorovas with regularity. Continue reading
Whatever it is about Josh Warrington, which inspires what I witnessed in Leeds tonight, if he possessed a pint of it, he would never have to enter the ring again, such is the sheer value it would command.
Backed by a support, more likely to be seen in a field Glastonbury, Warrington, 23, produced the performance of his career to date with a scintillating 4-round demolition of the brave Davide Dieli. Clearly carrying the sporting hopes of a City on his shoulders, you could forgive the young man for being apprehensive, nervous even.
Not a bit of it, he embraces the expectation and wears it as a badge of honour, refusing to wilt under the pressure, instead allowing it to fuel him, spurred on by the desire to please his fans. In his own word’s, “If they tell me they are going to make a day of it, it fires me up to train harder and put the graft in.”