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Khan: If Brook beats Porter, it could lead to big fight between us

(Photo credit: Esther Lin/Showtime) Amir Khan sees a victory by Britain’s Kell Brook (32-0, 22 KOs) tonight against IBF welterweight champion Shawn Porter (24-0-1, 15 KOs) as opening the door for a big fight between the two of them in the UK in the near future.

Khan isn’t saying precisely when he wants to face Brook, but you’ve got to figure that it would need to happen fairly soon. Brook doesn’t have the kind of talent to hold down the WBA title for long if he were to face the likes of Keith Thurman, Floyd Mayweather Jr or Manny Pacquiao. You’d have to favor all three of those fighters to beat Brook if a fight were made. Continue reading

Dirrell must avoid brawling with Bika

Anthony Dirrell (26-0-1, 22 KOs) will be looking to capture Sakio Bika’s WBC 168 pound title tonight in their rematch at the StubHub Center in Carson, California. Dirrell showed the talent to win last time he fought Bika last December, but he played to his strengths by electing to slug it out for the entire fight instead of boxing him the way that his brother Andre Dirrell had wanted him to.

Tonight, Dirrell is going to need to stay 100% focused on hitting and getting out of the way of Bika’s fierce assaults. Dirrell cannot fight the same way by standing in front of Bika hoping he can get the better of him.

Bika showed last time that he’s the better slugger of the two, and more capable of winning those kinds of brawling fight. Dirrell had Bika hurt and on the canvas in the 5th, but he wasn’t able to repeat that in any of the remaining rounds Continue reading

Showtime Tripleheader Preview & Weigh-In Results

Fans, media, fighters and their teams gathered at the StubHub Center in Carson, California this afternoon, as the official weigh-ins for tomorrow’s Showtime Boxing tripleheader took place.

Omar Figueroa 23-0-1 (17KO) vs. Daniel Estrada 32-2-1(24KO)
Lightweight title bout

Figueroa returns to the StubHub Center, where he narrowly escaped with a controversial split decision victory over Jerry Belmontes in April. For Estrada, this is his first bout outside of his native Mexico, and easily the biggest stage he’s ever fought on. Estrada hit the scales first, weighing in at 134.5 pounds; while Figueroa came in right at the lightweight limit of 135 pounds. Continue reading

Khan says he tried to get Pacquiao fight but they chose Algieri instead

Former IBF/WBA light welterweight champion Amir Khan says he made an offer to WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao’s team to face him in November. Khan says his team never heard back from Pacquiao’s promoter Bob Arum.

Khan was later stunned to learn that Pacquiao would be fighting little known light welterweight Chris Algieri next on November 22nd in Macao, China. Khan doesn’t understand the choice of opponent, because Algieri isn’t a big name and he felt that he would have been a much better choice than Algieri. Continue reading

Brook vs. Porter weights

British challenger Kell Brook (32-0, 22 KOs) is promising a knockout for Saturday night against IBF welterweight champion Shawn Porter (24-0-1, 15 KOs) when they battle it out in an important fight at the StubHub Center in Carson, California. Brook weighed in 146.5 pounds at today’s weigh-in.

Brook towered over Porter during the face-off with him and seemed to have lost the nervousness that he initially had during their final press conference on Thursday. Porter weighed in at 146.75.

The fight is important because the winner of the Brook-Porter fight can move forward to potential bigger fights in the future against the likes of Amir Khan and Floyd Mayweather Jr. The loser will need to start over and try and rebuild their career. Continue reading

Gennady Golovkin vs. Marco Antonio Rubio on 10/18?

It looks like WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (30-0, 27 KOs) won’t be getting the big fight that he and his promoter Tom Loeffler of K2 Promotions were hoping for in his next fight in October.

WBC interim 160 pound champion Marco Antonio Rubio (59-6-1, 51 KOs) is saying that he’ll be fighting Golovokin next on October 18th.

“Since Miguel Cotto didn’t want to fight me, we’re fighting GGGboxing [Golovkin] October 18. I never back down from anyone. The battle is coming,” Rubio said.

Rubio has power but he’s not someone that will challenge Golovkin in any way. I rate Rubio below Curtis Stevens, a fighter that Golovkin recently stopped in 8 round. Continue reading

Livestream: Porter-Brook Weigh-In Live

SHOWTIME® Sports will offer a live stream of Friday’s official weigh-in for Porter vs. Brook taking place this Saturday, Aug. 16, live on SHOWTIME® (9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT) from StubHub Center in Carson, Calif.

James DeGale MBE has backed stable mate Kell Brook to rip the IBF World Welterweight title from Shawn Porter when they clash in California live on Sky Sports from 2am on Sunday morning.

DeGale is the star guest in the second edition of The Kugan Cassius Show exclusively available to Matchroom Fight Pass members, and ‘Chunky’ told Kugan that Kell can rise to the occasion against a man he boxed in the amateurs.

“It’s a tough fight for Kell but he’s a talented World class fighter” said DeGale. “It’s going to be difficult but I think he’s going to pull it out of the bag, I honestly do – it’s a big task to go over to America and take the title from the champion but I have every faith in him. Continue reading

Full undercard announced for tomorrow night’s Shawn Porter vs. Kell Brook night of fights at StubHub center in Carson, Calif.

LOS ANGELES (Aug. 15, 2014) – An international lineup of boxing standouts from the United States, Venezuela, Ireland, England and Argentina will make up a stacked undercard ahead of Saturday’s SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING® tripleheader of championship bouts at the StubHub Center in Carson, Calif.

In the main event, “ShowTime” Shawn Porter will defend his IBF 147-pound crown against British banger Kell Brook. Plus, WBC Super Middleweight World Champion Sakio “The Scorpion” Bika will risk his 168-pound belt in a rematch against unbeaten Anthony “The Dog” Dirrell, and undefeated Omar “Panterita” Figueroa Jr. will defend his WBC Lightweight World Championship against mandatory challenger Daniel “Tremendo” Estrada. The tripleheader airs live on SHOWTIME® (9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT). Continue reading

Wilder: Wladimir Klitschko shouldn’t fight Briggs, he doesn’t deserve it

#1 WBC Deontay Wilder thinks that 42-year-old Shannon Briggs (55-6-1, 48 KOs) is wasting his time following IBF/IBO/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko around trying to get a fight with him by getting into confrontations with him at his gym, in restaurants and at press conferences. Continue reading

Provodnikov Hungry For Knowledge: “I practically don’t know anything”

It didn’t take long for Ruslan Provodnikov to make a name for himself in the sport of boxing. Over the years he has chiseled an image for himself, one of a champion with a granite chin, unstoppable stamina and a burning heart.

When crossing the ropes, Provodnikov is expected to throw an unbelievable volume of punches, while his opponent across the ring, knowing this, prepares for a long and painful night; war,

Nevertheless, Provodnikov is as humble as professional fighters get. In a recent interview, Ruslan admitted that he knows very little when it comes to boxing, and is always hungry and open for more knowledge. Continue reading

Wladimir Klitschko Mired in Lawsuit Over Injured Boxer Magomed Abdusalamov

Heavyweight boxing champ Wladimir Klitschko is in the middle of a bizarre legal fight … involving a boxer he signed who suffered massive injuries during a recent bout.

Magomed Abdusalamov — a boxer who was signed by Klitschko’s company, K2 Boxing Promotions — suffered permanent brain damage in a November, 2013 bout at Madison Square Garden. Continue reading

Brook: I’m ready to do anything to get the win against Porter

British welterweight Kell Brook’s moment of truth is just one day away before he faces IBF welterweight champion Shawn Porter (32-0, 22 KOs) on Saturday at the StubHub Center in Carson, California.

Brook, 28, has spent 10 years of his long career building up to this moment and now it’s his time to show whether he belongs at the world level or if he’s just another fighter with inflated record courtesy of long years of weak match-making to keep him unbeaten.

Brook says he’s willing to do anything he has to try and win. Well, he may indeed need to do that on Saturday night if he discovers that boxing Porter from the outside is a fail. In that case, Brook will need to mix it up with Porter to try and out-slug him. Brook looked horrible in one fight in his career where opponent forced his way to the inside and exposed him in his first bout against Carson Jones. Continue reading

The Recent Uproar…

The recent uproar regarding world champions Lamont Peterson and Danny Garcia’s recent opponents has sparked a large amount of friction between the promoters, fighters, journalists and fans.

Fans, and journalists, who must be considered the most dedicated versions of fans, have displayed their frustrations with the recent choices of opponents for the top fighters in the sport. Generally speaking of course, those watching and writing about the sport are expecting to see the best fight the best, or seeing the best fight those that could be the best. Continue reading

Is Hopkins overmatched against Kovalev?

49-year-old Bernard Hopkins (55-6-2, 32 KOs) has surprised a lot of boxing fans by being able to come back from a 12 round decision loss to Chad Dawson in 2012 and turning things around by winning his last three fights against Tavoris Cloud, Karo Murat and Beibut Shumenov.

Hopkins was seen as nearing the end of his career when Dawson beat him, but Hopkins has definitely turns things around with his last three wins. While it was nice that Hopkins beat Cloud, Murat and Shumenov, the wins were still largely shallow ones given how vulnerable all three of those fighters were. Continue reading

The Next Big Thing in Boxing: The Fight Network

One of the significant issues in boxing is its lack of media coverage on the sport. Sports radio, television and newspapers rarely discuss boxing bouts or topics, unless it pertains to Manny Pacquiao or Floyd Mayweather, making the internet the only place to obtain information. It doesn`t help that ESPN Wednesday and Friday Night Fights remain the only television venue to watch boxing without individuals having to pay additional money to subscribe to HBO or Showtime and even more money for their paper view events. Continue reading