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By Alejandro Tostado June 14th, 2013 All Boxing Previews
WBO featherweight champ Mikey Garcia is in action tomorrow night as he places his belt at risk for the first time when he meets heavy-handed southpaw Juan Manuel Lopez at American Airlines Center in Dallas, TX.
Fresh off his manhandling of hard as nails Mexican pressure artist Orlando Salido to capture the WBO title in January, Garcia, 31-0 (26), now faces a completely different threat in the form of Lopez, 33-2 (30).
Lopez wore the WBO super bantam crown for five defenses before stepping up to annex the WBO feather strap in 2010, losing it to Salido after two defenses and then failing to get it back in a 2012 rematch.
Now the 29 year old Puerto Rican will see if he can build upon his two bout win streak and take back his old title. This will be no easy matter as Garcia could be the best fighter that Lopez has ever faced in the ring.
In terms of world title bout experience, Lopez has a massive edge over Garcia but the challenger's advantages stop there as the champion was able to convert years of sparring some of the best boxers on the planet to good use in his first world title opportunity, dropping the durable Salido four times.
The high KO percentage of both men indicate they can punch with authority but the deciding factor here could turn out to be who can take the punches better once the flush shots start to land. More...
By Danny Wilson June 8th, 2013 All Boxing Previews
WBC Light Heavyweight ruler Chad Dawson makes his way to Montreal's Bell Centre for a third time as the Connecticut resident faces 35 year old Quebec man Adonis Stevenson tonight in a battle of southpaws set for 12 rounds.
Dawson has had a mixed bag of results at the Bell Center, losing to the WBC and IBO belts to Jean Pascal in 2010 before returning to outpoint former world title challenger Adrian Diaconu a year later.
The 30 year old lefty is also once again fighting on the home turf of his opponent, a regular thing with Dawson, who is coming off a stoppage loss in Oakland at the hands of Andre Ward for the WBA and WBC super middle crowns last September.
It will be interesting to see if Dawson has any lingering effects from that loss, as "Bad Chad" has chalked that one up to being weight drained after stepping down to super middle for the first time in seven years.
In the pre-fight build up, Dawson, 31-2 (17) has gone on record as saying that he feels his punch power will return back at his normal weight and that his skills are a step above that of Stevenson. More...
By Richard Eberline June 8th, 2013 All Boxing Previews
A nice welter clash headlines an interesting bill at Home Depot Center in Carson, CA this Saturday with Marcos Rene Maidana and Josesito Lopez squaring off for the WBA Intercontinental strap.
Also scheduled is a light middle scrap between Erislandy Lara and Alfredo Angulo for the Interim WBA crown and a USBA light middle title contest between Demetrius Hopkins and Jermell Charlo.
Argentine body-puncher and former WBA light welter beltholder Maidana, 33-3 (30), is coming off two straight victories since losing to current IBF welter king Devon Alexander in February, 2012 and should be ready for a real tear-up again Lopez.
Lopez, 30-5 (18), will be looking to get back to the form that saw him take apart ex-WBC welter strapholder Victor Ortiz a year ago for the WBC silver 147 pound title. More...
By Ricky Jones May 24th, 2013 All Boxing Previews
Carl Froch Vs Mikkel Kessler, Three years after their thrilling initial clash, super middleweights Carl Froch and Mikkel Kessler are at it again on Saturday evening, this time at London's 02 Arena.
On April 24, 2010, the pair met on Kessler's Danish home turf with Carl Froch's WBC on offer as part of the Super Six tournament. Kessler had just come off a loss to Andre Ward while Froch was in his first bout after a controversial split decision win over Andre Dirrell.
The bout pitted Kessler's straight ahead European style against the awkward, low-handed looseness of Carl Froch and in the end, it was Kessler who got the nod after 12 intriguing rounds.
Fast-forward three years later and we have two belts at risk: Kessler's WBA bauble, won last time out against Brian Magee, and Froch's IBF crown, won a year ago against Lucian Bute. More...
By Alejandro Tostado May 24th, 2013 All Boxing Previews
Omar Andres Narvaez Vs Felipe Orucuta, In The Land of Silver on Saturday night, the action takes place at Buenos Aires' famed Estadio Luna Park as masterful southpaw Omar Andres Narvaez puts his WBO super flyweight crown at risk against the challenge of Mexican puncher Felipe Orucuta.
An amazing defensive technician with few equals, 37 year old Narvaez, 38-1-2 (20), is on a three bout title defense streak after stepping up to bantam and challenging WBO/WBC king Nonito Donaire, losing a wide decision after taking very few shots in the process.
Orucuta, 27-1 (23), comes into the contest at Luna Park as the WBC Continental American super fly beltholder, having won nine contests on the bounce.
The 27 year old from Nicolas Romero, Mexico has won those nine victories inside the distance, belting out all comers, some obscure, some veterans but most notably ex-WBO flyweight boss Julio Cesar Miranda last September.
Will Orucuta ever get the chance to land his vaunted power on Saturday night? That will be a very difficult proposition against Narvaez and makes a win in the local man's backyard all but impossible. More...
By Gary Shaw Productions May 21st, 2013 All Boxing Previews
In the face of adversity, 'Wild' Will Tomlinson (21-0-1, 12 KOs) overcame a brave performance from Malcolm 'Stone' Klassen (27-6-2, 14 KOs) to retain his IBO super-featherweight title via a controversial unanimous points decision in an enthralling battle of wills at The Melbourne Pavilion overnight.
All three judges looked favorably towards the defending champion for his controlled aggression and punch output, distributing disputed verdicts of 117-110 and 118-109 twice in Tomlinson's favour. More...
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...
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