WBC light heavyweight champion Chad Dawson (31-1, 17 KO’s) doesn’t foresee himself having any problems whatsoever in making weight for his fight against WBC super middleweight champion Andre Ward (25-0, 13 KO’s) next month on September 8th at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, California. Dawson, 30, will be moving down seven pounds from light heavyweight to fight Ward at 168 in Ward’s home city of Oakland.
Unbeaten heavyweight Deontay Wilder (23-0, 23 KO’s) will be looking to impress and win over new boxing fans tonight in his 10 round bout against Kertson Manswell (22-5, 17 KO’s) at the Exposition Hall, in Mobile, Alabama. First and foremost the 6’7″ Wilder will be looking to KO the 35-year-old Manwell in their Fox Sports televised fight. However, Wilder would like to get some rounds in so that he showcase his skills and show off his new jab to boxing fans.
The 26-year-old Wilder told RingTV “What I really want to display the most is my jab. I want to show the world that jab as well as the speed of my punches. I’ve got the best footwork in the business.”
Unbeaten lightweight contender Mercito Gesta (26-0-1, 14 KO’s) scored a relatively easy 9th round TKO win over a made to order Ty Barnett (20-3-1, 13 KO’s) on Friday Night Fights after knocking Barnett down twice in the 9th to get a stoppage at the Texas Station Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Recently there’s been talk of trainer Emanuel Steward being in the running for the position as new trainer for former IBF/WBA light welterweight champion Amir Khan (26-3, 18 KO’s), if Khan decides to boot current trainer Freddie Roach. However, I’m skeptical about Steward being able to help Khan’s game in any real way.
If Khan’s fragile chin can’t take a healthy shot without him getting blasted out then I think even Steward would be a fail for him. Steward does well with giant heavyweights that have a built in height and reach advantage over their opponents. Khan, 5’10”, is taller than the average light welterweight but not that much taller to where he can just stay on the outside without ever getting his fragile chin touched.
By James Slater: Though he has yet to defeat fellow former Olympian Audley Harrison in a fight set for October 13th, David Price and his team have already got an eye on what could come next. According to The Liverpool Echo, the 2008 Olympic bronze medallist who is 13-0(11) as a pro has been approached with an offer to fight in South Africa next February, on a card that will honour Nelson Mandela.
29-year-old Price has been offered a fight with experienced former world heavyweight title challenger Michael Grant. Grant is almost as big as Price, and the veteran who is coming off KO wins over Tye Fields and Frans Botha would in all likelihood make a good learning opponent for the hope from Liverpool.
Eastside Boxing: Do you feel you are the man to end the reign of the Klitschkos?
Mariusz Wach, unbeaten Polish heavyweight contender: “I feel I am, and I’m looking to facing them in the future. They are both great champions, but I have a dream to achieve and a family to take care of. I also have the support of my Polish people and their support makes me stronger. I have the size and strength, but also the heart and skills to be the one to beat them. I’m waiting for my opportunity, and when it comes, I’ll be ready!”
This week, on Kyiv Post.com, it was reported how the Polish media in general has been buzzing over the fact that unbeaten, 6’7” Mariusz Wach had come to a deal with heavyweight king Wladimir Klitschko, with a fight all but done for Hamburg, Germany in either November or December. Upon hearing this news, some fans groaned about 32-year-old Wach’s credentials. But, as is the case with big brother and reigning WBC champ Vitali, Wladimir has pretty much ran out of challengers to defend against. Simply put: the Klitschkos have cleaned out their weight class.
By James Slater: Evander Holyfield is having to put up a lot of his prized possessions due to his financial problems (he recently had to sell his Georgia mansion for $7.5 million), and the late Angelo Dundee’s vast collection of ring treasures will also go for sale at another auction soon.
Puerto Rican hero Miguel Cotto, bigger than ever despite (maybe even due to) his competitive, hugely successful fight with the recently released from jail Floyd … read more “Miguel Cotto Close To Deciding Who He’ll Face On Dec. 1st – “Canelo” One Possibility”
By Vitali Shaposhnikov: After suffering his recent loss to Danny Garcia, Amir Khan has been on the bad end of media attention. In his numerous recent interviews, Khan has said too many things that he shouldn’t have, and has slowly dug a social hole for himself, a hole from which it will be very hard for him to climb out.
The most recent topic he had talked about a few weeks ago was the fact that he was not all that happy with the way Freddie Roach has been treating him, and how Freddie was not devoting the proper attention to Khan when Pacquiao’s fight was coming up.
Later, Freddie Roach stated that he had met with team Khan, and that everything was fine, as the topic of anyone getting fired was not a part of their meeting. Roach hinted that there might be a few changes as far as their training goes, but nothing too specific or major.
By James Slater – Today, boxing superstar Floyd “Money” Mayweather left the Las Vegas jail that has been his home since June. Once again a free man, expected to get back to his job as the world’s best boxer soon, it’s possible the 43-0 master will box as soon as later this year. Reports said the 35-year-old had a tough time of it during his 87-day sentence (reduced due to good behaviour), with some reports suggesting the premiere athlete was barely touching the prison food and water available to him.
Some reports said Floyd was consuming just 800 calories per day. But today, though he might have looked a little underweight (dressed in a baggy hoody as he was it’s hard to really tell), Mayweather beamed as he climbed into his awaiting Bentley. Driving himself away after saying nothing to the gathered media, Mayweather, sporting a thick goatee beard, gave a victory sign with his hand and then he was gone.
Already, barely hours after he has begun to breathe free air again, people are asking, ‘who will Floyd fight next? And ‘when will he fight next?’