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By Richard Eberline May 18th, 2013 All Boxing Previews
The action this weekend is at Atlantic City's famed Boardwalk Hall as Devon Alexander put his IBF welter title at risk and Lucas Matthysse lays his WBC Interim light welter belt on the line.
Alexander, 24-1 (13), meets unheralded Englishman Lee Purdy, 20-3-1 (13), while Matthysse, 33-2 (31), squares off with Lamont Peterson, 31-1-1 (16).
Southpaw Alexander, ex-WBC/IBF light welter king, is enjoying a new lease on life since heading up to 147 pounds, where he outpointed Randall Bailey this past October to cage the IBF bauble. More...
By Boxing Press May 11th, 2013 All Boxing Previews
On Thursday, at Nongbua school, Nakornsawan Province, Thailand, M150 OneSongchai Boxing put on a fight card against drugs in Paknamp, chaired by Mr. Chairoj Meedang, Nakornsawan governor.
The main event featured "Machinery Fist" Puengluang Sor Singyu, the former WBO Bantamweight Champ, and Tanzania's Juma Fundi, who was stopped in the second round as Puengluang captured the vacant WBO International Bantamweight crown. More...
By Ricky Jones May 10th, 2013 All Boxing Previews
Ricky Burns will look to retain his WBO lightweight crown tomorrow night at Emirates Arena in Glasgow, Scotland, meeting the challenge posed by Puerto Rican danger man Jose Gonzalez.
Gonzalez, the number one WBO contender at 135 pounds, has whipsawed his way through 22 opponents since turning pro in 2008, halting 17 inside the distance.
Only one fighter, Fernando Trejo in 2011, has managed to hear the final bell against Gonzalez in the last four years.
The 29 year old from Toa Baja has devastating power in either hand, mixing in crippling body shots with lethal counter-punching to produce a very credible threat to the 14 month title reign of Burns.
Team Burns is counting on the fact that Gonzalez hasn't faced anyone near the world class level of the 30 year old Scotsman from Coatbridge, producing his impressive resume amid the company of record-building competition.
Ricky Burns has also pointed out the fact that he took the best shots of another big-punching Puerto Rican, Roman "Rocky" Martinez, yet climbed off the canvas to win the WBO super feather belt in 2010. More...
By Nick Chamberlain May 3rd, 2013 All Boxing Previews
This Saturday night, Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather looks to increase his unbeaten record to 44-0 against Robert ‘The Ghost’ Guerrero.
As much as Mayweather would have you believe that it will be an easy night's work for him, the general consensus is that Guerrero is not going to be a push over. ‘The Ghost’ has not been a push over for anyone in his career…
Apart from that one time he got pushed over by Gamaliel Diaz.
A loss is no bad thing though and he avenged that six months later, stopping Diaz in six rounds. Also that was back in 2005, and if we judge him on his last fight, he looked great.
He went into the fight against, the supposedly up and coming superstar Andre Berto, a total underdog. Guerrero out boxed Berto from start to finish, dropping him in the first and second rounds.
By the fourth, Berto’s eyes were beginning to shut due to the swelling, and Guerrero took the majority points decision.
Guerrero is a slick southpaw who carries moderate power, with a 51% KO ratio, stopping 18 opponents out of 31. He is called the ‘Ghost’ because of how elusive he is, with his nifty footwork and good head movement.
He also carries the good guy image, a deeply religious person who came from adversity to be on top of the world stage, whose out of the ring battles, such as his wife battling with leukemia, have been harder than those inside the ring.
Other than the Berto, names on his record he has beaten include undefeated Selcuk Aydin, brawler Michael Katsidis, wily old dog Joel Casamayor and tough gatekeeper Vincento Escobedo, all talented fighters…not elite…but talented in their own respects. More...
By Hermann Helmut May 3rd, 2013 All Boxing Previews
The world's top heavyweight returns to the ring tonight at SAP Arena in Manheim, Germany as Wladimir Klitschko seeks to defend every belt of note, except the WBC, against the challenger of opponent Francesco Pianeta of Italy.
Poor Wladimir. He must envy fighters in lighter divisions; they can move up if they clean out their weight class.
And at 250 pounds, "Dr Steelhammer", 59-3 (50), isn't going to drop down to cruiserweight anytime soon. Instead, he must face opponents like Mariuz Wach, Tony Thompson and now, Francesco Pianeta.
Pianeta isn't a bad fighter, he just has never been anywhere near the level of fighter he'll be facing on Saturday.
What do we know about Pianeta? He's a 28 year old tall southpaw, born in Italy, lives in Germany, has come back from Cancer, has held the European Union and WBC Youth titles and sports a professional record of 28-0-1 (15).
The last three opponents he's faced were Nelson Dario Dominiquez, Frans Botha and Oliver McCall. Botha and McCall are slivers of their former selves and Dominiquez was gunned down in the first.
The trail turns cold after that. More...
By Corey Quincy April 20th, 2013 All Boxing Previews
Few suspected Austin Trout (26-0-0 14 KO's) would be able to boss Puerto Rican boxing legend Miguel Cotto, but he did it.
Not many would visualize that Saul "El Canelo" Alvarez (41-0-1 30 KO's) would obliterate every opponent to go 41-0 as a professional, but he did it.
How well will the next chapter unfold in both fighters outstanding professional boxing careers? Millions will be viewing in the United States and Mexico, attempting to decode the same thought.
That's right! It's here! Yet another illustriously themed fight night set to make or break the careers of two world class professional combatants with world title supremacy on the line. We are set for a 12 round title unification bout!
You have the vengeful hands of "Canelo", a 22 year old Cinnamon-haired Mexican looking to sprout up to the level of some of boxing's elite. His brother, Rigoberto, had a decision loss against Trout, one that Alvarez says he rightfully won.
For Canelo, winning this bout is both a matter of family honor and his career in mind. Can he bruise the insuppressible confidence of Trout?
Then you have Trout, a sensible, poised and conditioned southpaw fighter with nothing but "win" on his mind.
Hailing from Las Cruces, New Mexico, he is out to become the local hero, collecting two world title belts in less than a year would be a grand accolade for his hopeful career.
Can he outwit the bodacious brawler? More...
By Corey Quincy April 13th, 2013 All Boxing Previews
Tonight, boxing fans are in store for another explosive spring battle. Heating up the night, "The Filipino Flash", Nonito Donaire (31-1-0 20 KO's) will look to drill his way past former amateur sensation Guillermo Rigondeaux (11-0-0 8 KO's) in a WBO, WBA and lineal world title collision.
There isn't a single dedicated fight-fanatic in the world who wasn't anticipating this one.
Donaire is a 30 year old rising Filipino star, and three division world champion. Rigondeaux, the cream of the crop of an enticing Cuban amateur pack, is looking to prove legitimacy his title reign with the biggest victory of his career.
Rigondeaux is a sharp southpaw in the physical shape and prime of his life. Many are predicting he will pull the upset on Saturday night.
An agile fighter of his sort is freshly made to defeat a boxing "chess master" in Donaire, who is known for aggressively pursuing and outsmarting every opponents move.
At 32 years old, the theory is blunt for Rigondeaux - he must hurry. He stretched his amateur career on past 300 fights. When he finally defected from Cuba, many questioned his ability in the ring at world level. Now it is time to put all hands on deck and face tests of this level.
Donaire also may not be a spring chicken at 30; in the lighter divisions of the boxing world that is. He seized big knockout victories over Vic Darchinyan, Jorge Arce, Moruti Mthlaine, Volodymyr Sydorenko, Tyson Marquez and Fernando Montiel through his widening career and needs to get in some good work in the coming years.
That starts with shocking Rigondeaux.
Rigondeaux's underestimated defense will play a factor in this fight, but will an uninspired retreat cause him to lose his lead on the score cards... or will one massive left hook change it all for the San Leondro residing Donaire? More...
By Richard Eberline March 16th, 2013 All Boxing Previews
Nine months after pulling off a massive, albeit controversial, upset of Manny Pacquiao, Timothy Bradley returns to action this evening, where in the first defense of his WBO welter belt, he'll meet challenger Ruslan Provodnikov at Home Depot Center in Carson, CA.
Could Bradley be heading for a letdown? Will Provodnikov turn the tables on Bradley and pull off a massive upset?
Unlikely, yes, but did you ever predict that Bradley would unseat Pacquiao?
Bradley first burst onto the world scene as a light welter, going on the road in 2008 to upset WBC titlist Junior Witter in England, making six defenses over the next three years and picking up the WBO crown in the process.
The Californian made a side trip to welterweight in 2010, testing the waters in a winning venture against previously unbeaten Luis Carlos Abregu but it was Bradley's bold challenge of Pacquiao in June, 2012 that proved to be the real star turn in an already successful career. More...
By Richard Eberline March 9th, 2013 All Boxing Previews
The Old Master returns to the ring tonight as seemingly ageless wonder Bernard Hopkins steps through the ropes to challenge reigning IBF Light Heavyweight king Tavoris Cloud at New York's Barclay's Center.
One more time Hopkins will try to vanquish not only the calendar and his opponent, but the legion of doubters who have written him off repeatedly as over the hill since his mega-fight with Felix Trinidad in 2001.
It is hard to believe that Hopkins, 52-6-2 (32), is 48 years of age, the oldest man to ever win a world title, but Tavoris Cloud, 24-0 (19), has vowed to help Father Time bring "The Executioner" back down to reality.
At stake is Cloud's IBF crown, which the 31 year old won by defeating Clinton Woods in 2009, and if Hopkins is successful, it will be his 22nd world title fight victory.
However, a closer look at the record of Hopkins reveals that he's had a rough time of it over the last three years since defeating Roy Jones Jr in a rematch, going 1-1-1 with one No Contest over his last four appearances.
Since Hopkins lost his world middleweight title to Jermain Taylor eight years ago and moved up to the light heavy division, his fortunes can be tied to whether or not he can keep his fights at a slow pace. More...
By Ricky Jones March 2nd, 2013 All Boxing Previews
Saturday night at Sandton Convention Center in Johannesburg, South Africa, Britain's Matthew Hatton will contend for the IBO welterweight crown against reigning champion and local man Chris van Heerden.
This should be a good clash between two fighters with contrasting styles, van Heerden the southpaw boxer and Hatton the brawler.
Van Heerden, 18-1-1 (10), at 25 year of age is taller, younger and quicker but also less experienced than the 31 year old Hatton, 43-6-2 (17), who's resume carries the more recognizable names.
Hatton took his game to another level in 2008, defeating Ben Tackie before drawing with Lovemore N'dou in a 2009 IBO welterweight title bout. In 2010, the Englishman outpointed Gianluca Branco to win the vacant European strap, retaining the title on two occasions.
While these were significant wins for Hatton, the opponents in question were definitely well past their heydays but the same cannot be said of "Magic" Matthew's sole world title opportunity to date.
Hatton stepped up weight in 2011 to contend for the vacant WBC light middle trinket against the picture of youth, the then 20 year old Mexican starlet Saul Alvarez.
Despite losing a wide points decision, Hatton was competitive throughout the contest and the bout stands as the high point of his career, especially considering Alvarez's subsequent ascension. More...
By Bruce Dingo March 2nd, 2013 All Boxing Previews
One of Australia's top fighters is back in action tonight as IBF featherweight king Billy Dib meets the challenge posed by Evgeny Gradovich at Foxwoods Casino in Mashantucket, CT.
Dib, 35-1 (21), won the vacant IBF strap in 2011, outpointing Jorge Lacierva before going on to KO Alberto Servidei in one during a defense later that year. The 27 year old Sydney man retained his title twice more in 2012, stopping Eduardo Escobedo in six before posting a unanimous decision over Juan Antonio Rodriguez.
Tonight's challenger Gradovich, 15-0 (8), continues the tradition of Dib facing rather obscure opponents since losing a WBO title clash to Steven Luevano in 2008, and it should be interesting to see, should Dib win this bout, just how long he can continue his reign without meeting world level opposition.
At any rate, Gradovich, born in Russia but having fought his entire career to date in America, has even a blander resume than Dib but that can be expected of a prospect just in his third year as a pro.
How Gradovich got the call to challenge for a world title probably has something to due with the IBF rankings, in which the 26 year old North Carolina resident is in the #11 slot.
Dib, a good boxer, should win this fight and with any luck at all, will be put in with recently deposed WBO king Orlando Salido, who occupies the #10 position in the IBF rankings. More...
By Corey Quincy February 1st, 2013 All Boxing Previews
In the fourth "Friday Night Fights" card live from the UIC Pavilion in Chicago, we have another bill that fails to disappoint. In the main event, Light Middleweights Carlos Molina and Cory Spinks face off with a potential world title shot on the line.
At age 34, Spinks is past his prime, almost ten years past his shortened Welterweight lineal title reign, the proclaimed "Spinks Jinx" is slowly wearing off. But can he get a final good win against Molina?
It's not impossible. Spinks has a great southpaw jab and sleek style and if he can time Molina, a decision "W" isn't impossible.
Molina is a rough and tumble boxer, always a difficult stylistic fighter and in the end is a spoiler for hungry contenders who view him as a push over.
Most think he will take the prize, but he definitely will need a win here to be taken seriously as a 154 lb contender.
In the co-feature, Mexican welterweight warrior Jose Luis Castillo will hope to show the spirit he had years ago in his wars with "Chico" Corrales in a must win fight with American fringe contender Antwone Smith. Smith can be found fighting rather timid, announcing every punch with a loud "Ah", something many more tuned fighters have taken advantage of.
Castillo couldn't care less, even years past his physical prime he has the same mental goal; fight, fight and fight some more. He always entertains the fans, and while just that will keep him in most people's favor, he has a tough task at hand. More...
By Alejandro Tostado December 15th, 2012 All Boxing Previews
Big super bantam clash tonight in Houston, TX as WBO kingpin Nonito Donaire puts his belt on the line against Mexico's fiery fan favorite and former WBO titlist Jorge Arce at the Toyota Center.
Donaire, 30-1 (19), has been busy in 2012, winning the vacant WBO crown with a split decision over Wilfredo Vasquez in February, a points title defense against Jeffrey Mathebula in July and then a dominating stoppage defense against Toshiaki Nishioka in October.
Arce, 61-6-2 (46), has also had three appearances this year, starting off with a fifth round KO of Lorenzo Parra in a rematch in February, a two round no decision against Jesus Rojas in June and a ten round unanimous decision over Mauricio Martinez in August.
Donaire will have a lot of advantages going into tonight's fight; youth, speed, power, height and reach. The one area that Arce could have an edge in is the heart department.
But, in order to prove that he has the greater will to win, Arce will have to show that he can take Donaire's heavy artillery as the Mexican will no doubt be getting hit early and often.
Arce definitely won't be there to try and outbox "The Filipino Flash", so in order to come out of this contest with possession his old WBO title, he'll have to use educated pressure, getting inside and putting Donaire on the defensive but at the same time avoiding getting nailed on the way in. More...
By Corey Quincy December 15th, 2012 All Boxing Previews
Battle hardened Armenian-German Arthur Abraham (35-3-0 27 KO's) will look to retain his WBO Super Middleweight title strap in a planned showcase bout with fringe contender Mehdi Bouadla (26-4-0 11 KO's) of France, live tonight from Bayern, Germany.
Abraham, age 32, is looking at a final title run. Falling past his physical peak, he is thriving by outbrawling guys, while he used to be known for crushing top contenders with his brutal right hand.
Can facing a man like Bouadla bring that exclamation mark back to his fights? Or will he just cling onto his career as he did twice against Piotr Wilczewski and Robert Stieglitz in his last two fights?
He won close decisions in those bouts while Bouadla proved in his losing effort KO to Mikkel Kessler last year that he doesn't throw with as much volume as Stieglitz or Wilczewski.
Again, Bouadla is known by few as a regional contender. He is popular in his French homeland but not recognizable to even the most enthusiastic fight observers.
Far and seldom are people who actually believe Abraham won't shove past him or even believe that he deserves the opportunity.
Nevertheless, Abraham's keys to victory is to pressure Bouadla. Keep him uncomfortable and make him fall apart just as Danish star Mikkel Kessler did last year. Try to finish with the right hand late. Bouadla needs to keep his range and stay out of the pocket or otherwise he will have little chance to upset the local favorite. More...
By Corey Quincy December 8th, 2012 All Boxing Previews
These guys are at it again tonight as Pinoy boxing icon Manny "Pacman" Pacquiao steps into the ring for a fourth time against Mexican legend Juan Manuel "Dinamita" Marquez.
Deja vu for the boxing fans is in full effect as it's the third time the pair meet at the famed MGM Grand, the fourth time they fight in Las Vegas and the fourth time on HBO's PPV. And I am also going to predict this will be the forth time we see a close war between these two world class boxers.
Marquez, 54-6-1 (39), is far from counted out in this fight, but after losing two and getting a close draw in one of the four contests, even confident Marquez observers are edgy about choosing him to nab up a victory.
This despite the fact a close majority had him winning the third bout between the two fighters last November. And, in the mean time, Pacquiao, 54-4-2 (38), lost a disgusting decision to Timothy Bradley, although it was fairly clear that was an abomination. So, that also raises the question, will the judges do Pacquiao any favors? As it seemed previously? Only time will tell.
As with the majority of the boxing media, I am absolutely split about this fight. Nobody can pick a clear or even somewhat obvious winner.
That is why we can look back at previous fights between the two men to determine what would be your best prediction.
Going back to 2004, Pacquiao had just scrapped superstar Marco Antonio Barrera in devastating fashion to hit notoriety on an international level.
The chance to unify the Featherweight straps with another hungry competitor in Juan Manuel Marquez brought out the bull in Pacquiao, who put a tough Marquez on the canvas three times in the first round, nearly causing the fight to be stopped. But Marquez came back very quickly and after a rusty round two, he began to expertly time Pacquiao. More...
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