WBC super bantamweight champion Leo Santa Cruz (27-0-1, 15 KOs) is talking about wanting to fight WBA/WBO 122 pound champion Guillermo Rigondeaux (14-0, 9 KOs) in the near future in a unification match.
Rigondeaux has been taunting Santa Cruz and giving him grief on twitter by saying that he’s terrified about wanting to get in the ring and face him. Santana says he wants to show Rigondeaux how unafraid he is by facing him. Needless to say, this is a very tough match-up for Santa Cruz, because Rigondeaux is the best fighter in the super bantamweight division by far.
“Guillermo (Rigondeaux). He’s the one who’s been calling me out saying that I’m scared,” Santa Cruz said. “I want to prove that I’m not scared. I know it’s a hard fight for me, but we don’t care. I want to give the fans what they want. I want to please them and if they’re happy, I’m happy.” Continue reading
Kell Brook’s win over IBF welterweight champion Shawn Porter last Saturday night has put ideas into Brook’s promoter Eddie Hearn’s head about wanting to match him not only against former IBF/WBA 140 pound champion Amir Khan in 2015, but also to put him in with WBA/WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr (46-0. 26 KOs).
Roach feels that the 28-year-old Brook rates a fight with Mayweather now that he’s in possession of the IBF 147 pound title. Continue reading
WBA/WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr (46-0, 26 KOs) was disappointed in the performance of referee Tony Weeks for the job that he put in while working Mayweather’s previous fight against the aggressive Argentinian Marcos Maidana (35-4, 31 KOs) last May at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Maidana was able to foul Mayweather early and often in the fight in hitting low, throwing elbows and rabbit punches. While you can say the stuff was accidental on Maidana’s part, Weeks failed to take points away from Maidana to help him improve his aim. Maidana was given a warning for a low blow, but no points were taken off. Continue reading
WBO 140 pound champion Chris Algieri (20-0, 8 KOs) came out of nowhere recently when he fought and defeated WBO light welterweight champion Ruslan Provodnikov by a 12 round decision last June.
The loss was a major blow for Provodnikov’s trainer Freddie Roach, because he’s the guy that got Provodnikov for Algieri fight. Roach now finds himself in a situation where he might have another one of his fighters beaten by Algieri when WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao (56-5-2, 38 KOs) faces him on November 22nd in Macao, China. Continue reading
(Photo credit: Esther Lin/Showtime) Marcos Maidana (35-4, 31 KOs) thinks he has it all figured out how to defeat Floyd Mayweather Jr (46-0, 26 KOs) in their rematch coming up next month on September 13th. Maidana believes that the key to cracking the MayVinci code is to put him under so much pressure that he’ll eventually either get stopped by one of Maidana’s storm of power shots or he’ll get outworked and lose a decision.
To be sure, Maidana came close to beating Mayweather last May when he lost a 12 round majority decision to him at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. With a little better stamina in the last 7 rounds of the fight, Maidana might have pulled off the biggest upset in 2014. But Maidana ended up fading the last half of the fight and ruining his chances for success based on his poor conditioning. Continue reading
Heavyweight Denis Boytsov (33-1, 26 KOs) will be back in the ring near the end of the month in a fight against little known Timur Musafarov (6-1, 5 KOs) in a tune-up bout on the same card as Marco Huck vs. Miko Larghetti title fight at the Gerry Weber Stadion in Halle/Westfalen, Germany, according to Fightnews.
The Boytsov-Musafarov fight will be the co-feature bout on the card. That’s kind of fitting because the main event between WBO cruiserweight champion Huck and #12 WBO Larghetti shapes up to be a horrible mismatch, and adding another mismatch between Boytsov and Musafarov seems to fit in well with the main event of the card. Continue reading
#1 WBC unbeaten heavyweight Deontay Wilder (32-0, 32 KOs) feels certain that he’ll be getting a title shot against WBC heavyweight champ Bermane Stiverne (24-1-1, 21 KOs) in the next three months in November. Deontay says that the letters have already been sent out for the fight and that the negotiations are about to start.
“The letters went out today. We’re about to into negotiations. The world will know soon as far as where it’s going to be, venues and all that stuff. All that stuff is coming,” Deontay said to Thaboxingvoice.com. “That’s the month [November]. That’s the month that they are claiming it will be one hundred percent,” Deontay said. Continue reading
On Monday, Roc Nation Sports won the purse bid for November 8th matchup between WBO middleweight Peter Quillin (31-0, 22 KOs) and his mandatory challenger Matt Korobov (24-0, 14 KOs). Roc Nation was founded by rapper Jay-Z. They out-bid Golden Boy Promotions and Top Rank with a monstrous bid of $1,904,840.
Golden Boy came in second with a bid of $1,207,000. Top Rank was a distant third at $515,000. The bid that Roc Nation put in for the Quillin vs. Korobov fight was obviously a very high one because it’s not a fight that promises a lot of interest from boxing fans. Continue reading
Gennady Golovkin – Marco Antonio Rubio close to being done for October 18th at StubHub Center, Carson, CA
A match-up between WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (30-0, 27 KOs) and two-time world title challenger Marco Antonio Rubio (59-6-1, 51 KOs) for October 18th at the StubHub Center in Carson, California, according to Golovkin’s trainer Abel Sanchez.
Golovkin is looking to expand his presence to the West Coast, as he’s been fighting on the East Coast and in Monte Carlo in the last year. Fighting Rubio is one of getting the attention of boxing fans in California. Rubio is pretty much the next sacrificial lamb for Golovkin to slaughter. Continue reading
Matchroom Sport promoter Eddie Hearn will be looking to get IBF welterweight champion Kell Brook (33-0, 22 KOs) back in the ring in the next four months possibly in December in a fight that he wants to place in Sheffield, a location where Brook frequently fights.
Hearn isn’t talking about an opponent yet, but it’s not expected to be a dangerous one. Hearn his eyes on trying to line up a big name for Brook in 2015 against one of the following fighters: Amir Khan, Juan Manuel Marquez, Manny Pacquiao of Floyd Mayweather Jr. Continue reading