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Will Rees have a ‘Problem?’

By J.D: February 16th at the Boardwalk Hall Atlantic City will see Gavin ‘The Rock’ Rees (37-1-1 18 ko’s) lock horns with WBC Lightweight Champion Adrien ‘The Problem’ Broner (25-0-0 21 ko’s).
Rees has been given little chance by many of upsetting the odds, but as a former world champion at Light Welterweight and the current European and most recently crowned British Champion of the lightweight division has he perhaps been written off too soon as just another learning curve for the highly touted Broner? Continue reading

Donaire vs. Rigondeaux: Nonito in risky fight on 4/13

 Donaire vs. Rigondeaux: Nonito in risky fight on 4/13By Jeff Sorby: WBO super bantamweight champion Nonito Donaire (31-1, 20 KO’s) is finally facing a quality fighter in WBA World super bantamweight champion Guillermo Rigondeaux (11-0, 8 KO’s) on April 13th in New York. Rigondeaux is expected to sign shortly, and the fight will then likely take place in New York at Madison Square Garden.

The southpaw Rigondeaux potentially has the talent to give Donaire a lot of problems due to his power, speed, counter punching ability and defensive skills. Donaire defeated Jorge Arce, Toshiaki Nishioka, Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. and Jeffrey Mathebula in 2012. Some boxing experts thought Arce and Nishioka were going to be tough tests for Donaire, but they ended up being badly over-matched in losing by knockouts. Continue reading

Saul Alvarez to fight on May 4th in Las Vegas, Nevada

 Saul Alvarez to fight on May 4th in Las Vegas, NevadaBy Bill Phanco: WBC junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (41-0-1, 30 KO’s) is set to fight on the Floyd Mayweather Jr. undercard on May 4th at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The 22-year-old Canelo doesn’t have an opponent as of yet, but could see him in against WBA junior middleweight champion Austin Trout. He’s the only fighter that has been consistently mentioned for Canelo, and it’s kind of a situation where if Canelo doesn’t face him he’ll take major heat from the boxing world. Continue reading

Andy Lee’s stock drops in win over Fitzgerald

 Andy Lee’s stock drops in win over FitzgeraldBy Kevin Chittenden: Middleweight contender Andy Lee (29-2, 20 KO’s) looked like a shell of his former self last Saturday night in having to really battle hard against a fighter that he would have likely blown out a year ago in Anthony Fitzgerald (13-4, 4 KO’s).

The 28-year-old Lee defeated Fitzgerald by a 10 round decision, but it was far from easy. Lee’s former trainer, the legendary Emanuel Steward, passed away last October, leaving Lee having to start over with a new trainer after having been with Steward for many years. Continue reading

Broner-Rees: Gavin with only punchers chance of winning on Saturday

 Broner Rees: Gavin with only punchers chance of winning on SaturdayBy Michael Collins: You’ve got to feel for #2 WBA, #5 WBO, #15 WBC, Gavin Rees (37-1-1, 18 KO’s) right now because he’s someone that is going to demolished this Saturday night against WBC lightweight champion Adrien Broner (25-0, 21 KO’s) unless Rees can come up with a big knockout punch to win. Other than a winning by a knockout, Rees simply doesn’t have the skills to compete against the faster and better skilled Broner.

Rees is at a disadvantage in every sense that you could think of for this fight, and really thing he can try to do is go out there and look for a knockout. I’m hoping that Rees’ trainer has told him this because if he goes into the fight on Saturday looking to out-box Broner at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey, then Rees is going to get knocked out quick. Continue reading

Hearn steering Frampton towards IBF or WBC titles; Quigg believes he’ll fight him soon

 Hearn steering Frampton towards IBF or WBC titles; Quigg believes he’ll fight him soonBy Michael Collins: Eddie Hearn of Mathroom Sport is positioning his fighter EBU super bantamweight champion Carl Frampton (16-0, 11 KO’s) towards the vacant IBF and WBC 122 pound titles, and away from the WBA and WBO champions Guillermo Rigondeaux and Nonito Donaire following Frampton’s 9th round TKO win over former EBU super bantamweight champion Kiko Martinez last Saturday night in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

Quigg, the interim WBA super bantamweight champion, was at the fight last night and he believes he’ll get a shot against Frampton eventually.

Quigg told Sky Sports News “It’s going to happen. They [Frampton & Hearn] are talking about getting an IBF shot or a WBC shot, if there’s a world title on the line then it would be even bigger. But the fight will definitely happen. I want it and he wants it. It’s got to happen. The public wants it.” Continue reading

Ricky Burns: Vazquez is the toughest opponent of my career

 Ricky Burns: Vazquez is the toughest opponent of my careerBy Michael Collins: WBO lightweight champion Ricky Burns (35-2, 10 KO’s) believes he’s going to be in a real tough one on March 16th against IBF lightweight champion Miguel Vazquez (33-3, 10 KO’s) at the Wembley Arena in London, England. Burns has the home advantage of sorts given that he’s from the UK while Vazquez is from Mexico, but he still expects it to be a tough fight.

Burns said to Sky Sports “It’s the toughest fight of my career with two world titles on the line. He’s not the world champion for nothing. When you look at his record, he’s only lost to two fighters at the top of their game. I know myself it’s a tough ask, but I’m going to be really bring it. He’s going to bring out the best in me. He’s the fight I’ve always wanted, so I’m looking forward to it.” Continue reading

Rigondeaux expected to sign for Donaire fight

 Rigondeaux expected to sign for Donaire fightBy Rob Smith: WBA World super bantamweight champion Guillermo Rigondeaux (11-0, 8 KO’s) is reportedly expected to sign for a fight against fellow Top Rank fighter WBO super bantamweight champion Nonito Donaire (31-1, 20 KO’s) for a fight that will take place on April 13th at Madison Square Garden, in New York.

Rigondeaux will be Donaire’s first real test of his career because his opponents have been lacking in a big way. Rigondeaux can actually fight and has an excellent chance of beating Donaire with his fast hands, powerful body punching, and excellent defense. Rigondeaux has the skills to nullify Donaire’s left hook, and without that weapon, Donaire is a pretty average fighter. Continue reading

Frampton TKO’s Martinez in 9th round; Lee decisions Fitzgerald; Selby defeats Lindsay

 Frampton TKOs Martinez in 9th round; Lee decisions Fitzgerald; Selby defeats LindsayBy Jeff Sorby: After a shaky start in the first three rounds tonight, Carl Frampton (16-0, 11 KO’s) came on strong to dominate and stop EBU super bantamweight champion Kiko Martinez (27-4, 19 KO’s) by a 9th round TKO at the Odyssey Arena, Belfast, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom.

Martinez ran into a right hand from Frampton in the 9th that put him down. The fight was then halted after Martinez got back to his feet but was too hurt to continue. Frampton spent much of the fight moving around the ring, clinching, ducking below the waist, and trying to avoid the pressure from Martinez. Continue reading

Exclusive interview with Sakio Bika

 Exclusive interview with Sakio Bikaby Dan Emicus:

How did you get into boxing?

I started boxing when I was 13 years old. I hurt my knee when I was playing soccer and swapped over to boxing. I went to a boxing Academy in Cameroon and the winners were getting prizes. I started winning, I started getting prizes and haven’t stopped since!

You were born in Cameroon, yet relocated to Australia by the time you embarked on your professional career. Was this due to boxing not being as popular in Cameroon, or is there more to it than that?

Boxing is popular in Cameroon, but only in the amateur system. Not professional boxing. The Government looks after the amateur program very well. From equipment and money to spend, through to the prizes I mentioned. When it’s time to turn professional there is nothing though, no opportunities. Continue reading

Bizier stops Campbell

 Bizier stops CampbellBy Bill Phanco: Unbeaten welterweight contender Kevin Bizier (20-0, 14 KO’s) proved that he’s got what it takes to beat 40-year-year-old Nate Campbell (36-10-1, 26 KO’s) by stopping him by an 8th round retirement on Friday night at the Cell Centre, in Montreal, Canada.

Campbell, who was little more than a short punching bag for Bizier all night long, was unable to come out for the 9th round after his back tightened up on him. Campbell had just had one of his better rounds of the fight, so it was a good point for him to stop fighting rather than continuing and risking a stoppage in the middle of a round. Continue reading

Campbell vs. Bizier: Twilight for the Galaxxy Warrior?

By John G. Thompson: This Friday at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, Nate “The Galaxxy Warrior” Campbell (36-9-1, 26 KO’s, 1 NC) faces Kevin Bizier (19-0, 13 KO’s), a relative unknown to US boxing fans, but none the less he is an undefeated fighter in his prime, fighting in his home town, with a two inch (5 cm) height advantage, a six inch (15 cm) reach advantage, and proven knockout power. The “Galaxxy Warrior” is a former lightweight champion, but now at age 40 and having only won three of his last eight bouts, how much does Campbell have left? Continue reading

Johnathon Banks Breaks Thumb, Return With Seth Mitchell Postponed

By James Slater: Yet more disappointing news regarding a postponed fight. According to Ring.tv.com, the February 16th rematch between U.S heavyweights Johnathon Banks and Seth Mitchell will need to be fought at a later date, as Banks broke his thumb in sparring.

“Johnathon Banks broke his thumb in sparring, and he will not be able to compete in the bout on February 16th against Seth Mitchell,” Richard Schaefer told the web site of The Bible of Boxing. Continue reading

Interview with Patrick Day: “I am enjoying flying under the radar for as long as it lasts”

By Dan Emicus:

How did you get into boxing?

I got in to boxing out of the curiosity I had for the science of the sport (the difference between boxing and street-fighting). Watching the golden gloves in my town sparked an interest and living across the street from my trainer, Joe Higgins, led me to act on it.

Any boxing idols from the past?

My biggest boxing idol from the past that I both admire and look up to is Sugar Ray Leonard. Our fighting styles are similar and I feel that he was the best of his time. Continue reading

Money Mayweather boxing’s ULTIMATE Businessman!

By Robert Jackson: Up until yesterday 2/5/2013 it was all but expected that Floyd Mayweather Jr. would be soon announcing his return to the ring to face Robert ‘The Ghost’ Guerrero. And then…Facebook interceded and the whole world found out that Money Mayweather would be facing Devon Alexander! But wait, wasn’t it announced yesterday that Alexander injured a bicep while training for a February matchup with Kell Brook for the IBF title, causing that match-up to be postponed? Continue reading