By Bill Phanco: WBC interim light welterweight champion Lucas Matthysse (33-2, 31 KO’s) reportedly rehydrated up to 163 pounds for his 1st round knockout win over Mike Dallas Jr. (19-3-1, 8 KO’s) last Saturday night at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. Matthysse easily beat the over-matched Dallas Jr. by taking advantage of his aggressiveness to knock him out cold late in the 1st round. Continue reading
By Rob Smith: WBA World junior middleweight champion Austin Trout believes that Golden Boy Promotions are looking to protect their “Golden Goose” WBC junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez from facing him, and potentially suffering a loss that would wreck his marketability.
Trout said on his twitter “I personally don’t believe that Canelo is ducking me. I do believe that [Richard] Schaefer [the CEO of Golden Boy] and Golden Boy is though. Have faith in your boy, GB.”
That’s easier said than done. Schaefer has been pretty transparent about his reluctance to put Canelo in with Trout with his comments about Trout needing more big fight experience before he’d agree to let him fight Canelo. I guess it wasn’t enough that Trout beat former WBA junior middleweight champion Miguel Cotto in his last fight. Continue reading
By Rob Smith: The Boxing Writers Association of American has selected WBO super bantamweight champion Nonito Donaire as their Fighter of the year for beating four opponents in 2012. They saw victories over Jeffrey Mathabula, Jorge Arce, Toshiaki Nishioka and Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. as enough to give Donaire the Fighter of the Year award. They also picked Manny Pacquiao vs. Juan Manuel Marquez 4 as Fight of the year, and Robert Garcia as the trainer of the year. Continue reading
By Jeff Sorby: Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer is no longer disguising the fact that he wants to make a big Argentinian match-up between welterweight Marcos Maidana (33-3, 30 KO’s) and WBC interim light welterweight champion Lucas Matthysse (32-2, 30 KO’s) next, if Matthysse gets past his fight tonight against fringe contender Mike Dallas Jr. (19-2-1, 8 KO’s) at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, The Joint, in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
The problem here is Matthysse wants to fight Schaefer’s Golden Boy stable fighter WBC light welterweight champion Danny Garcia, as he’s his mandatory challenger and he had to work hard to get to that position. So for Schaefer to put Maidana, a fighter without a title, as another hoop that Matthysse has to jump through in order to get to the fight he really wants against Danny Garcia, it gives the impression to some boxing fans that Schaefer is trying to protect the arguably more popular Garcia from getting beaten before he gets his big money rematch against Amir Khan.
Schaefer said to ESPN “I have one fight as a fan I want to see, and if you ask fight fans out there what they want to see, and it’s been talked about for a while, that would be Lucas Matthysse against Marcos Maidana. That is definitely a fight which I am interested in making and there is substantial network interest. The fighters can make substantial money, and it would be a barn burner.” Continue reading
By Michael Collins: WBA super middleweight champion Andre Ward thinks both Mikkel Kessler and Carl Froch have been just using his name to help promote themselves and put themselves on same level as him. Ward beat both Kessler and Froch in the Super Six tournament in fights that left no question who the better fighter was.
Ward hasn’t cared for the comments that both fighters have made since he beat them, and he feels that they’ve made excuses for their losses instead of giving him the credit he deserves for schooling them.
Ward said in an interview with esnewsreporting.com “I’ve lost all respect for Mikkel Kessler and I’ve lost all respect for Carl Froch. Neither one of those guys want to fight [me]. They’re just using my name to keep their name up. If I fight either one of those guys, I don’t care which country it’s in, it’s not going to go the distance. I don’t have to go to Denmark to become a star; they have to come to the U.S if they want to become an all-time great.” Continue reading
By Bill Phanco: Unbeaten junior middleweight Demetrius Andrade (19-0, 13 KO’s) kept his perfect record intact with a lopsided 10 round unanimous decision win over Freddy Hernandez (30-4, 20 KO’s) on Friday night at the Paramount Theater in Huntington, New York. Hernandez was down in the 6th, and hurt on number of occasions by big shots from Andrade. The judges’ scores were 100-89, 100-89 and 100-89.
It was a fine performance from Andrade, #3 IBF, #3 WBO, #8 WBC, #13 WBA,. He showed good power at times and nice hand speed. He didn’t have much to worry about in this fight because Hernandez was way out of his league and he didn’t have a lot of power.
Andrade knocked Hernandez to the canvas in the 6th round with a right hand to the head, and he also had Hernandez hurt in the 9th after nailing him with a right uppercut. Hernandez showed a good chin to make it the full 12 considering it looked like the fight was on the verge of being stopped in the 9th when Andrade was unloading on Hernandez with everything but the kitchens sink. Continue reading
By Bill Phanco: Former WBO junior middleweight Sergiy Dzinziruk (37-2-1, 24 KO’s was stopped in the 10th round in a three knockdown performance by WBO NABO middleweight champion Brian Vera (22-6, 13 KO’s) on Friday night at Turning Stone Resort & Casino, in Verona, New York, USA.
Dzinziruk was taken out with blizzard of punches in the 10th when he foolishly backed to the corner and tried to fight Vera from that position. Vera just barely missed Dzinziruk with a big right hand while he was on the canvas in the sitting position after being knocked down. Had that punch landed it’s very likely that Vera would have been disqualified. The fight was stopped after the knockdown by Benjy Esteves Jr. Continue reading
By Joseph Herron - After WBA Middleweight Champion Gennady Golovkin’s methodical and impressive seven round destruction of customary Junior Middleweight contender Gabriel Rosado on January 19th, the Kazakhstani’s promoter, Tom Loeffler and K2, issued a statement announcing that the stone-fisted title holder would follow up his TKO performance on March 30, 2013.
While a challenger for the upcoming event has not yet been determined, perennial Middleweight contender and Texas native Bryan Vera (21-6, 12 KOs) has declared a genuine interest in facing the most avoided fighter in the packed 160 pound weight class.
“That’s the fight we originally wanted,” claims the 31 year old fighter. “We were being considered for the January 19th slot but ultimately didn’t land the fight. Team Golovkin and HBO decided to go with Gabriel Rosado instead. But we’re still hopeful that a championship opportunity against Gennady will happen in the near future. I would really love that fight.” Continue reading
By Alden “The Kid” Chodash – You might’ve noticed that the last time the recognized heavyweight champion of the world was not a giant (with the exception of Hasim Rahman’s short reign in 2001) was in 1994 when Michael Moorer briefly carried the title. And that’s unfortunate, because in a division where a weight limit does not exist, smart managers are more than encouraged to seek bigger as a viable alternative to better. For example, if the question of whether Wladimir Klitschko or Rocky Marciano was the better fighter was raised in a room full of boxing aficionados, it would be quite obvious that Marciano would unanimously get the nod. However, if the question was who would win a hypothetical match-up between those two fighters, they might not be so certain. And this indicates simply that the best heavyweights in the world today aren’t the best fighters in the division anymore, but rather, the hardest to beat. Continue reading
By Prince Dornu-Leiku: After beating Michael “Slick” Anderson in front of Anderson’s hometown fans in Newark, New Jersey, USA on Saturday night, January 19, 2013, Ghanaian Emmanuel ‘Ice Cold’ Lartei Lartey has expressed his willingness to take on the best welterweights in the world following his annexation of the WCB USCB Welterweight belt.
Undefeated Lartey who now resides in The Co-Op City section of the Bronx, New York was so dominant over Anderson at the Robert Treat Hotel, Newark, New Jersey that the three judges had no choice than to dole out the unanimous decision, 97-92, 97-93 and 97-93 which ringside observers hinted wasn’t even that close.
“I knew Michael Anderson would be tough, but we watched video of him and knew our best chance was to take him into the later rounds,” said Lartei Lartey, who raised the USCB belt and showed his happiness.
He added: “This is what I came for (referring to the belt). When I saw the bout I knew I was going to give my all and win it. You were going to have to kill me in the ring to get me out of there.”
His opponent concurred that the Ghanaian was one cut for more success in the ring. Continue reading
Mark de Mori: “I wanted to focus on weight training and build my body into a heavyweight wrecking machine.”
By Dan Emicus
Having previously been an Australian football player, what made you want to switch to boxing?
I really enjoyed Australian rules football and it is the most popular sport by far in Australia, so I was surrounded with it. However, when I first saw some tapes of Muhammed Ali and Sugar Ray Leonard, I became obsessed with boxing. While I was a natural at most sports, boxing was not something that came easily, but I was determined to do it.
It’s been said that you idolised Mike Tyson. Was it the explosive KOs, or did you also come to admire him stylistically? Continue reading
By Brian D’Ambrosio – Marvin Camel started off the bout on 3/31/1980 for the WBC Cruiserweight title picking up where he left off in their first encounter – a brutally unfair draw on his opponent’s home territory of Yugoslavia. He flicked out a stiff right jab and scored hard body shots. Mate Parlov retreated and lost the first pair of rounds. After a sluggish, indecisive third round, Parlov stepped up the aggression in the next three, countering effectively.
In the sixth, Parlov cut Camel’s left cheek near the sideburn. Despite the chants and flag-waving of a small contingent of his countrymen, Parlov could not sustain his advantage. After an even seventh, the rest was controlled by Camel except for the fifteenth when an ugly gash below Camel’s eyebrow caused him to lose that round.
Pleasing to the Las Vegas crowd crammed with many of his home state Montana fans, Camel re-established his right jab in the eighth round and dictated the rest of the fight with his most dependable asset. As the fight progressed, Camel discovered that he could deliver this punch to its target from a crouch, and that Parlov could not counter effectively when Camel was in this stance. Continue reading
By Bill Phanco: Orlando Salido may have been fighting with right broken orbital bone from the 1st round in his 8th round technical decision loss to Mikey Garcia last Saturday night. Salido’s manager Sean Gibbons has confirmed with espn that Salido broke his orbital bone in the fight. The fight was stopped after the 8th round because Garcia broke his nose from an accidental head-clash with Salido during the 8th. The judges gave Garcia the victory by the scores 79-70, 79-69 and 79-69. Continue reading
By Rob Smith: Manny Pacquiao has apparently been offered $10 million to fight in Dubai in April, according to his trainer Freddie Roach. The offer was made by an unknown caller that contacted Roach and attempted to make a deal with him instead of Pacquiao’s management.
Roach said to Sport360 “I got a phone call from someone in Dubai on Monday, who offered $10 million for Manny to fight there in April, but I told him to call Bob Arum because I don’t make his [Pacquiao] fights; I just get him ready. A place like Dubai for a fight would be great. It’s a great location for pay per view TV networks.”
Dubai is pretty nice, and I bet Arum liking the idea of getting the tax situation there compared to the United States. However, there’s no telling if this is real offer. It could have just been a crank phone call to Roach to mess with him, Pacquiao and Arum by getting their hopes up for nothing. If it is a real offer, though, you can bet that Arum will seriously consider it because I doubt he’s going to find anything comparable for Pacquiao’s April fight. Continue reading
By Kevin Chittenden: Negotiations between WBA lightweight champion Brandon Rios and Mike Alvarado are reportedly moving slowly for their March 30th rematch that Top Rank promoter Bob Arum wants. According to RingTV, the two haven’t agreed on the money split for the fight and that’s causing the negotiations to slow. Rios says he’d like to face one of the following fighters instead: Lucas Matthysse, Danny Garcia, Tim Bradley or Amir Khan. Continue reading
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