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Khan vs. Alexander: East meets West at the crossroads

Contender crossroads is the theme heading into Saturday nights Showtime main event from the MGM Grand in the city that never sleeps Las Vegas. If Amir wins he will be in line for a huge fight. If Devon wins he saves a once promising career.

For the last two years the only thing that Amir Kahn talks about in interviews is Floyd Mayweather. That and how he’s made significant improvements to his tool belt as a boxer. If Amir Khan can be 75% as good as he thinks he is major fights will be on tap for 2015 and beyond.

Slowly but surely the tide is turning in Khan’s favor for landing Mayweather. There is a small swell of fans who think Khan is being ducked because of his skill set and speed. Meanwhile, his handlers have been carefully matching him after Danny Garcia stopped Khan in the summer of 2012. Continue reading

Trout defeats Grajeda; Tarver stops Banks

#6 WBA Austin Trout (28-2, 15 KOs) proved tonight he could beat a 2nd tier fighter in stopping Luis Grajeda (17-4-2, 13 KOs) in the 7th round at the Pechanga Resort & Casino, in Temecula, California, USA. Grajeda didn’t come out for the 8th round and the fight was halted with him on his stool. It was a boring fight from start to finish with Trout taking the fight to a reluctant looking Grajeda. Both guys were counter punchers, but Trout was clearly the better fighter of the two by far.

You have to wonder why Trout was fighting someone of this class. Trout looked horrible in his last fight against Daniel Dawson, which is perhaps why his management chose to step him down in competition rather than move him up a level. We basically learned nothing from this fight other than the fact that Trout can beat an over-matched opponent without much punching power. Trout is likely going to still have the same problems in the future once he’s stepped up a couple of levels to face someone with punching power. Continue reading

Thurman: Amir Khan is overrated

(Photo credit: Esther Lin/Showtime) Interim WBA welterweight champion Keith Thurman says he sees #1 WBC, #2 WBA Amir Khan (29-3, 19 KOs) as an overrated fighter. Thurman feels that Khan hasn’t beaten anyone at welterweight yet, and that he’s now fighting Devon Alexander for a possible chance to get a fight against boxing’s biggest star Floyd Mayweather Jr.

Thurman feels that Khan should at least be fighting actual welterweights without catch-weights. Thurman has made no secret to the fact that he’d be more than willing to share the ring with Khan if he would be willing to take the fight. Continue reading

Devon Alexander plans on standing and fighting Khan

(Photo credit: Esther Lin/Showtime) Devon Alexander (26-2, 14 KOs) says he’s going to stand his ground this Saturday night in his important fight against 28-year-old Amir Khan (29-3, 19 KOs) on Showtime from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. Alexander wants to trade with Khan, and he’s not planning on using movement or tying him up in this fight.

That doesn’t mean that Khan is going to accommodate Alexander by standing in the pocket and going toe-to-toe with him, because Khan seems to have learned his lesson about getting into wars with his opponents. Khan learned the hard way that it doesn’t pay off for him to battle his opponents. Continue reading

Rau’shee Warren, Jordan Shimmell & Thomas Williams Jr. headline solid Holiday Boxing Bash card Friday in Chicago

Boxing returns to Chicago with a bang this Friday at the UIC Pavilion as Rau’shee Warren, Jordan Shimmell and Thomas Williams Jr. headline a card in which ten of the twelve bouts on tap feature an undefeated fighter looking to maintain an unblemished record. Barring a slight miracle – an evening of zero upsets – someone’s “0” seems bound to go.

Dubbed the “Holiday Boxing Bash” by Warriors Boxing Promotions, the card promises to deliver high-level boxing to fans in attendance given the vast amateur pedigree and professional experience of the fighters. Continue reading

Bradley: Diego Chaves ain’t no joke

Tim Bradley (31-1, 12 KOs) knows he’s in for a tough fight this Saturday night against the heavy-handed Diego Chaves (23-2, 19 KOs) at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. Bradley knows this could be potentially a very tough fight for him if Chaves brings his A-game and he’s able to connect with his power shots.

Bradley says he’s not going to take the 28-year-old Chaves lightly, because he doesn’t want this fight to be tougher than it needs to be. For Bradley to win this fight in flying colors, he’s going to need to treat Chaves much like he did Juan Manuel Marquez in using movement, a stiff jab and fast combinations to keep Chaves from landing his shots. Continue reading

Andy Lee plans on using his experience to defeat Matt Korobov

Andy Lee (33-2, 23 KOs) has a tough fight on his hands on Saturday night in taking on undefeated #1 WBO Matt Korobov (24-0, 14 KOs) for the vacant WBO 160 pound title at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. This may be the last shot for the 30-year-old Lee, because a loss to Korobov is going to knock him back to square one, and it’s going to take an awfully long time to build his way back up to where he is now.

Even at #4 WBO, you can make an argument that Lee doesn’t deserve that ranking because he hasn’t beaten a decent middleweight since his win over Brian Vera three years ago in 2011. Lee’s wins since then has come against middleweights with marginal talent, and against junior middleweights like John Jackson. Continue reading

Bradley open to brawling with Diego Chaves on Saturday

Tim Bradley (31-1, 12 KOs) will be facing a big puncher this Saturday night in Diego Chaves (23-2, 19 KOs) on HBO in a 12 round bout at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. Bradley was badly hurt last year when he faced the hard-hitting Russian slugger Ruslan Provodnikov and chose to slug with him instead of boxing him. However, Bradley has since gained confidence after going 12 hard rounds with Manny Pacquiao last April.

Bradley lost the fight by a 12 round decision, but he was able to take Pacquiao’s best shots without getting concussed like he was against Provodnikov. Bradley says he’s looking forward to facing Chaves this Saturday night, and that he won’t shy away from punching with him when the two of them start trading with big power shots. Continue reading

Khan to wear expensive trunks for Alexander fight

Amir Khan (29-3, 19 KOs) will be wearing some super expensive boxing trunks this Saturday night in his important fight against former two belt holder Devon Alexander (26-2, 14 KOs) at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. Khan’s trunks for the fight have an estimated worth of £20,000 and £30,000, according to the Dailymail.co.uk. The trunks have 24 carat gold thread in the waist band along with crocodile trim.

This is an outrageously expensive pair of trunks, and it makes you wonder if Khan is getting a little ahead of himself in wearing something as expensive as this for a fight. He’s not at the level of guys like Floyd Mayweather Jr and Manny Pacquiao, and the chances are high that he’ll never be at that level unless he’s matched carefully to put him in with guys that aren’t dangerous punchers. Continue reading

Cotto-Canelo still not agreed to

On Tuesday, Golden Boy Promotions President Oscar De La Hoya announced that his fighter Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (44-1-1, 31 KOs) had agreed to terms for a title shot against WBC 160lb champion Miguel Cotto (39-4, 32 KOs) on May 2nd in 2014 on Cinco de Mayo.

A lot of boxing fans assumed that the fight negotiations were nearing the end and that fight would soon be signed. However, it’s still got a ways to go before the fight is a done deal for May 2nd, according to Dan Rafael of ESPN. Canelo agreed to terms, but the A-aide, Cotto, still has to agree to the contract term and it could take a while before he agrees to the contract language. Continue reading