May 25th, 2013 at 10:00 AM
By Sharon Scrima
Robert Steiglitz beat Arthur Abraham via a stunning fourth round technical knockout in a super middleweight championship rematch in Germany this past March to redeem himself from a previous loss. Precisely two months later, we now get to see another super middleweight rematch between two champions as IBF titlist Carl Froch looks for revenge against WBA belt holder Mikkel Kessler tonight at the O2 Arena in London. The fight will be broadcast live on HBO at 6pm ET/3pm PT with a replay at 10pm ET.
Froch (30-2, 22 KO's) is looking to avenge the first loss of his career, an April 2010 unanimous decision to Kessler (46-2, 35 KO's). In defeat, Froch lost the WBC super middleweight belt while in Kessler's home country of Denmark, perhaps with the assistance of two Belgian judges who scored the fight far too wide in the challenger's favor with scores of 117-111 and 116-112.
Similarly, Steiglitz had lost his WBO super middleweight title by unanimous decision to Abraham in his opponent's hometown of Berlin in their first meeting in August 2012. The rematch was held in Steiglitz's hometown of Magdeburg on March 23, 2013 where he thoroughly dominated the short-lived match, closing Abraham's eye and re-claiming the belt with a fourth round TKO.Read more... Join the Conversation...
May 24th, 2013 at 12:45 PM
By Sharon Scrima
As the month of May winds down, so does a very active period for USA Boxing. Last weekend's completion of the 2013 Golden Gloves National Championships at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City and the Junior Olympic Northeast Regional Championships at the US Olympic Training Center in Lake Placid, NY may mark the end of the month's activities, but is only the beginning of an upcoming summer of more amateur boxing action.
Ten National Golden Gloves champions were crowned last weekend as follows:
108 pounds — Nico Hernandez, Kansas-Oklahoma dec. Tyrone Arzeno, PennsylvaniaRead more... Join the Conversation...
114 — Stephen Fulton Jr., Pennsylvania dec. Cristian Williams, Chicago
123 — Gary Antonio Russell, Washington DC dec. Ja’Rico O’Quinn, Detroit
132 — Lamont Roach Jr., Washington DC dec. Maliek Montgomery, Knoxville
141 — Julian Rodriguez, New Jersey dec. Eddie Ramirez, Chicago
152 — Erickson Lubin, Florida dec. Andreal Holmes Jr., Michigan
165 — Marquis Moore, Colorado-N. Mexico dec. Kyrone Davis, Pennsylvania
178 — Steven Nelson, Colorado-New Mexico dec. Randy Foster, Knoxville
201 — Earl Newman, New York Metro dec. Joshua Temple, St. Louis
201-plus — Cam F. Awesome, Kansas City dec. Jermaine Franklin, Michigan
May 23rd, 2013 at 11:04 PM
By Phil Clark
It was announced recently that Manny Pacquiao's next bout, like Floyd Mayweather's most recent, would be against an opponent of lesser name value. In both cases, the choices were made by each respective boxer's promoters and were choices that offered each man a respectable opponent on paper while receiving the tacit approval of the boxing world.
Pacquiao's next opponent, Brandon Rios, is someone who has been gaining a rightful reputation as being someone who is dangerous to go up against in the ring. Not only that, but Rios is also beginning his push to get through boxing's glass ceiling that separates the few superstars the sport still possesses from everybody else.
Now before this writer continues with looking at the upcoming Pacquiao/Rios bout, one question has to be asked: is boxing completely against rematches that are guaranteed to be really good? With both Pacquiao and Rios, there were other bouts that could have been made that would be guaranteed fights of the night.
With Rios, a third bout with Mike Alvarado is really what the doctor would have ordered for both. More specifically, Rios lost to Alvarado in his last bout just a few months ago. Considering that, to go from a loss to a bout with Pacquiao is more an achievement by Rios' promoter than something the boxer earned 100% in the ring.Read more... Join the Conversation...
May 20th, 2013 at 10:20 PM
By Rebecca Pierce
After a tough loss on Saturday night, Phil Lo Greco says it is likely that he will move up a weight class from welterweight to junior middleweight. Previous to Saturday's fight against Shawn Porter, Lo Greco was undefeated. Lo Greco has had 14 KO's in his current weight class.
"I think I'm going to move up in weight class. I've been at 147 lbs since I was 16. I think I might need new challenges," Lo Greco told press.
Many of the 28-year-old Canadian-born boxer's fights have actually been above the welterweight limit according to boxrec.com, including Saturday's bout against Porter, for which both boxers weighed in at 150 lbs.
"It's part of boxing. Everybody loses," he said. "… One thing I can promise is you, you will see a harder, better, faster Phil Lo Greco."
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May 19th, 2013 at 11:34 PM
By Rebecca Pierce
Argentina-born rising star, Lucas Matthysse, knocked out Lamont Peterson in a non-title fight in Atlantic City on Saturday for his 6th consecutive win. Peterson holds a junior welterweight world title, Matthysse a title from another organization. While there was no title at stake for the 141 lb-limit fight, the win proved that Matthysse deserves his nickname, "The Machine."
"Now we all know who the best 140-pound fighter is," Matthysse said through a translator. "No one has dominated Peterson like that."
Matthysse has scored knockouts in his last 11 victories, and has made it clear that that is how he prefers to win.
"I got a lot of experience with the two losses, to Zab Judah and Devon Alexander, and now I know I have to win by knockout," he said.
The two losses he speaks of were controversial split decisions, but they have clearly only made "The Machine" stronger. Golden Boy and 30-year-old Matthysse plan to take on another title-holder, Danny Garcia, next.
Richard Schaefer of Golden Boy said after the match, "Nobody should count out Danny Garcia, but this guy [Matthysse] is one of the best and most exciting fighters in the sport. What he did to Lamont was incredible."Read more... Join the Conversation...