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Jacobs vs. Lyell on February 9th at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn

By Bill Phanco: Middleweight Daniel Jacobs (24-1, 21 KO’s) will be facing journeyman Billy Lyell (24-11, 5 KO’s) in a scheduled 10 round bout on February 9th at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. Jacobs-Lyell will be taking place on the undercard of the Zab Judah vs. Danny Garcia fight card on Showtime. Jacob’s fight could possibly make it on the televised portion of the broadcast but it’s still unclear if it will. Continue reading

Andre Dirrell back in action on February 2nd in McAllen, Texas

 Andre Dirrell back in action on February 2nd in McAllen, TexasBy Bill Phanco: 29-year-old former super middleweight contender Andre Dirrell (20-1, 14 KO’s) will be making his long awaited ring return next month on February 2nd at the Convention Center in McAllen, Texas. Dirrell still doesn’t have an opponent for the fight despite it being only a week a half away from the fight. Dirrell last fought well over a year ago in beating Darryl Cunningham by a 2nd round knockout.

Before that, Dirrell hadn’t fought in a year and a half since beating Arthur Abraham by an 11th round technical decision in the Super Six tournament back in March 2010.

Dirrell has great hand speed and skills, but he’s going to have to seriously get his career in gear on the fast track if he wants to amount to something. Dirrell can’t afford to fight once a year if he wants to capture a title. What Dirrell needs to do is try and fight at least 8 times in 2013, so he can be in position to fight for a world title in 2014. Continue reading

Hearn wants Froch vs. Kessler 2 to be PPV

 Hearn wants Froch vs. Kessler 2 to be PPVBy Michael Collins: Eddie Hearn of Matchroom Sport plans on making the rematch between Carl Froch and Mikkel Kessler a pay per view bout on Sky Box Office. This apparently is needed in part to help out with the costs of the contracts for Froch and Kessler, both of which will be receiving 2 million pounds are more for the fight. The PPV part for the fight will be finalized by next week, according to the Telegraph.

Hearn said in an interview with the “For a fight of this magnitude like Froch-Kessler to take place, pay-per-view is a necessity.”

Sky TV got out of the PPV business following some disastrous bouts like the Audley Harrison vs. David Haye fight in 2010. It’s interesting that Sky TV will get back into the PPV boxing business for Kessler-Froch rematch. Continue reading

Will Kelly Pavlik return to the ring?

BY Robert Jackson – Before for MW Champ Kelly ‘The Ghost’ Pavlik’s unceremonious retirement last week he was on the verge of facing 168lb powerhouse Andre Ward. If not for Ward suffering a shoulder injury that fight was supposed to take place in January or mid February. But alas it was not meant to be, Ward who originally thought that resting that sore shoulder would be enough, sought a 2nd medical opinion after which he opted to have the shoulder surgically repaired. Continue reading

Washed up after one punch – the unglamorous decline of Manny Pacquiao

 Washed up after one punch – the unglamorous decline of Manny Pacquiaoby Anthony Jeffrey – When is a boxer really ‘washed up’? It seems to be a common expression used in the boxing world after a top class fighter takes a beating, most likely for the first time in his career; gets knocked out and isn’t the same afterwards; or just isn’t as good as he was a couple of years earlier.

In late 2008, after crushing Oscar de la Hoya, against the odds, it seemed as if we would never see the day that the invincible Manny Pacquiao be referred to as ‘washed up’. Yet after a being on the receiving end of a dodgy split decision and perfectly placed punch it seems like he has been placed in the same dreaded category as fighters who continue to participate in freak shows of fights because they didn’t manage their finances properly during their prime.

Boxing fans can be the most critical yet fickle and narrow minded amongst sports fans. Fighters, and indeed other boxing fans, are subjected to fierce and often childish criticism all over boxing websites and social media platforms. However, in a sport where some of the contributing factors of a boxer’s worth are nationality, popularity, and pre-fight hype, this is not overly surprising: Miguel Cotto was on top of the world until his loss to Antonio Margarito turned the tables and left him being labelled washed up. Ironically, Shane Mosley was already universally considered washed up before he sent Margarito flying from his perch to the canvas. But even after inheriting the throne, in terms of fight fan hype, Mosley’s renaissance was short lived when a subsequent beating from Floyd Mayweather has now left him eternally washed up. Continue reading

Martin Murray: “ARGENTINA Trip Doesn’t Daunt Me”

MARTIN MURRAY insists he holds no fear of going into the lion’s den against Sergio Martinez this spring.

The unbeaten St Helens man will face the planet’s best middleweight in front of almost 50,000 fans at the Estadio José Amalfitani in Buenos Aires, Argentina on April 27.

And he knows few will be cheering him on. Continue reading

Mikey Garcia still has a lot of questions that need to be answered

 Mikey Garcia still has a lot of questions that need to be answeredBy Bill Phanco: If you looked at Mikey Garcia’s 8th round technical decision win over WBO featherweight champion Orlando Salido last Saturday night at Madison Square Garden, you might have focused mainly on how Garcia was able to hurt Salido on a number of occasions while knocking him down four times in the early going. However, if you paid close attention to how Garcia was starting to slow down in the 7th and 8th rounds and losing his power, you’ll have noticed that Garcia might be showing the hints of problems that other fighters can take advantage of in the future.

The 8th round was especially significant because you saw Garcia actually looking worried as he was standing against and taking big shots from Salido. Garcia was no longer able to hurt Salido with his single power shots, and he wasn’t able to stop Salido’s attacks by pushing his head away like he’d done in the earlier rounds. Garcia had been warned about the pushing of Salido but he had continued to use this move with great effectiveness to blunt many of Salido’s attacks. But by the 7th and 8th, Salido was able to duck under Garcia’s attempts at pushing him to land solid shots. Continue reading

Orlando Salido to move up to super featherweight, targeting Roman Martinez

By Bill Phanco: Former WBO featherweight champion Orlando Salido (39-12-2, 27 KO’s) will be opting to move up to super featherweight to go after a title in that weight class against WBO super featherweight champion Roman “Rocky” Martinez in September, according to Salido, 32, wants to fight a 10 round bout in May against a still to be determined opponent in Mexico, and then from there move on to face Martinez for the World Boxing Organization super featherweight title. Continue reading

Mare’s manager working with Arum on Donaire-Mares fight for April 13th

 Mare’s manager working with Arum on Donaire Mares fight for April 13thBy Jeff Sorby: Frank Espinosa, the manager for unbeaten WBC super bantamweight champion Abner Mares (25-0-1, 13 KO’s) is reportedly working with Top Rank promoter to put together an April 13th fight between Mares and WBO super bantamweight champion Nonito Donaire.

This is the big money fight that Donaire and Mares both want and Espinosa is the contact person for Arum in trying to work a deal with Mares’ promoters at Golden Boy Promotions
According to the LA Times, they’ll know whether the fight can be put together within the next couple of weeks.

Part of the deal will be that Donaire gets a little more money than Mares, but if Mares defeats Donaire, then in a rematch Mares will be the one that gets the bigger purse. Richard Schaefer, the CEO of Golden Boy Promotions, doubts that Arum will agree to this deal because Schaefer feels that Arum suspects that Donaire will lose the fight. Continue reading

Malignaggi-Mosley negotiations falling apart; Paulie wants Maidana

By Kevin Chittenden: WBA World welterweight champion Paulie Malignaggi may not be facing Shane Mosley on April 27th, according to There’s been a snag in the negotiations between Malignaggi and Mosley, and the fight might not happen now. Paulie says he’s interested in facing #2 WBA Marcos Maidana, according to Steve Kim. Continue reading

Canelo to fight on May 4th, possible opponents Angulo, Kirkland or Trout

 Canelo to fight on May 4th, possible opponents Angulo, Kirkland or Trout
By Jeff Sorby: It was confirmed by Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer on Tuesday that WBC junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo”Alvarez will be fighting on the same card as Floyd Mayweather Jr. on May 4th at the MGM Grand, but not against Mayweather. According to the LA Times, Canelo will face one of the following fighters: Alfredo Angulo, James Kirkland or Austin Trout.

Schaefer isn’t mentioning who the leading candidate is for the fight but the fact that Angulo and Kirkland are both Golden Boy fighters would seem to suggest that one of those two will ultimately get the fight with Canelo. Schaefer hasn’t seemed all that interested in a Trout-Canelo fight when asked about it in the media. He feels that Trout hasn’t done enough yet for the fight, although if Angulo or Kirkland is selected, you have to wonder exactly they’ve done in their careers to get the fight. Continue reading

Broner vs. Rees: Gavin will have problems with Adrien’s power

By Michael Collins: Gavin Rees (37-1-1, 18 KO’s) is going to have to dramatically alter his normal fighting style next month if he doesn’t want to get bludgeoned into submission within the first three rounds of the fight against WBC lightweight champion Adrien Broner (25-0, 22 KO’s) in their fight at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The reason for this is because Rees is a brawler 100 percent and he doesn’t focus too much attention on his defense as he plods in to slug against his opposition. Continue reading

Bradley-Gamboa still haggling over Catchweight for March 16th fight

 Bradley Gamboa still haggling over Catchweight for March 16th fightBy Jeff Sorby: WBO welterweight champion Tim Bradley (29-0, 12 KO’s) and super featherweight Yuriorkis Gamboa (22-0, 16 KO’s) are still trying to negotiate the weight for their proposed March 16th fight. Gamboa, 31, is moving up in weight three divisions to take the fight with Bradley. According to the LA Times, Gamboa’s team is shooting for a catch weight of 143 lbs, whereas Bradley is willing to fight Gamboa at a catchweight of 145.

You can see Gamboa’s side for wanting to fight Bradley in the middle between 141 and 147. It’s a lot harder on Gamboa because he’s moving up in weight from the 130 lb. division to take the fight. Bradley would be asking Gamboa to fight 15 pounds above that weight. It may not sound like a lot but it’s pretty significant. Bradley rehydrates up over 150 and that’s going to give him a pretty big weight advantage over Gamboa, who will be lucky if he weighs much more than 140. Continue reading

Arum: The taxes are too high in U.S for Pacquiao to fight there

By Rob Smith: Manny Pacquiao may have fought for the last time in the United States last December in his 6th round knockout loss to Juan Manuel Marquez in Las Vegas, Nevada. Pacquiao’s promoter Bob Arum is railing against the high taxes in the United States now, which Arum feels is making it impossible for Manny – and other foreign fighters – to compete in the United States. Continue reading

Mikey Garcia’s broken schnoz – Critics honking about stoppage!

 Mikey Garcias broken schnoz   Critics honking about stoppage!By Paul Strauss: Almost before the well-publicized results and televised replay of Miguel Angel “Mikey” Garcia vs Orlando “Siri” Salido fight were made, the discordant honking sounds of the carping, nitpicking twerps surfaced. It permeates the air with the old nonsensical bull shit about quitting. It’s the old testosterone crapola about “going to war” or “he’ll have to kill me” foolishness. The thoroughly whipped Salido had nothing left but to throw in his, “My nose was broken too, but Mexicans don’t quit.”

Good for you Siri. However, if your nose was broken, it came from a punch. You had no choice but to continue, unless you wanted to be TKO’d. There’s no doubt about what caused Mikey’s rerouted smeller. It was a rapidly moving noggin thruster, thrown from the left hook side. There was no wham, only a crunching sound…….skull on bone and cartilage. Damn right is was an “Ouch”! More importantly, it was a foul; albeit accidental according to the generous Mikey.

Accordingly, why should Mikey fight on just to please the raucous, adrenaline high knuckleheads, who would much rather witness a barroom brawl than a picturesque demonstration of the sweet science? Continue reading