Using movement, a nice jab and some skillful roughhouse tactics, bantamweight contender Jaime McDonnell (21-2-1, 9 KO’s) defeated Julio Ceja (24-1, 22 KO) tonight by a 12 round unanimous decision to win the vacant International Boxing Federation (IBF) bantamweight ttile at the Keepmoat Stadium, in Doncaster, United Kingdom.
Former WBA heavyweight champion David Haye (26-2, 24 KO’s) has set a goal for himself in his fight against #8 WBC Manuel Charr (23-1, 13 KO’s) next month on June 29th at the Manchester Arena (formerly M.E.N Arena), Manchester, Lancashire, United Kingdom.
Haye, 32, wants to improve upon the job WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko did last September when he tore Charr’s face to ribbons in stopping him in the 4th round.
(Photos courtesy PR Best Boxing Promotions/Joel Colon) Billy Nelson, the trainer of WBO lightweight champion Ricky Burns (35-2, 10 KO’s) feels that his opponent for Saturday night Jose Gonzalez (22-0, 17 KO’s) isn’t the puncher that many people think is. In fact, Nelson thinks Gonzalez isn’t even as big a puncher as former WBO super featherweight champion Roman Martinez, who Burns defeated by a close 12 round unanimous decision in 2010 to take his title.
Nelson said to RingTV “Ricky has a superb chin and in my opinion Gonzalez doesn’t hit as hard as Martinez. To this day, Roman is the hardest puncher Ricky has faced by a long way, but he still couldn’t get the job done.”
Amir Khan is hoping to get Floyd Mayweather Jr. in the ring in the near future, possibly in September if Mayweather gets past Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero tonight at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. Khan likes Mayweather in that fight due to his skills.
Khan said as quoted by thesun.co.uk “Guerrero’s a tough guy but skill-wise he’s not in the same league as Mayweather…I have a great team around me and we have a game plan for defeating Mayweather.”
It’s no secret that Amir Khan (28-3, 19 KO’s) looked pretty bad last Saturday night in beating Julio Diaz (40-8-1, 29 KO’s) by a 12 round unanimous decision. Khan was knocked down in that fight in the 4th and hurt to the point where he needed to hold onto Diaz in the 11th.
Khan was also hurt in the 9th and 10th rounds from shots from Diaz. The judges gave him a close decision by the scores of 114-113, 115-113 and 115-113. Khan now will be off until December at which point he’ll be likely facing Lucas Matthysse, Danny Garcia or Lamont Peterson.
Heavyweight contender Manuel Charr’s campaigning for a fight against former WBA heavyweight champion David Haye (26-2, 24 KO’s) has paid off, as the two fighters will be facing each other on June 29th in the Manchester Arena in Manchester, UK. There will be a press conference to announce the fight this Wednesday. The fight will be shown Sky Sports.
Charr (23-1, 13 KO’s) has only been beaten once in his career in losing to WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko last year by a 4th round TKO. However, Charr also has had it pretty easy in terms of opposition. There’s his one fight against Vitali, and the rest of Charr’s opponents have been mediocre at best. Is it an accident that Charr has been brought along so carefully by his promoters? No, I think it’s the norm in the heavyweight division nowadays.
I must say I’m really disappointed in WBC junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez’s performance tonight in his controversial 12 round unanimous decision over WBA junior middleweight champion Austin Trout (26-1, 14 KO’s) at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas.
I had expected a lot better from Canelo than what I saw tonight. His stamina was horrible, his defense good, but his work rate was very poor. Canelo fought in a very lazy manner with him reminding me a lot of former IBF middleweight champion Arthur Abraham the way that he failed to be busy and would get rounds given to him based on a tiny handful of landed power shots.
In a revealing fight, undefeated heavyweight contender Tyson Fury (21-0, 15 KO’s) had to really struggle tonight in stopping former IBF cruiserweight champion Steve Cunningham (25-6, 12 KO’s) in the 7th round in a fight televised by NBC from Madison Square Garden, New York. Fury is awfully lucky that he was fighting a guy 44 lbs. lighter than him because Fury got dropped in the 2nd round by a looping right hand from Cunningham.