Tony Thompson: All opponents are a threat to Tyson Fury because he can’t fight

By Scott Christ

Tony Thompson faces Odlanier Solis this weekend in Istanbul, but he’s still got Tyson Fury on his mind, and he still doesn’t have good thoughts about the British heavyweight.

After a pair of wins in 2013 against David Price, American heavyweight veteran Tony Thompson called out Tyson Fury repeatedly, but the challenges weren’t answered. Thompson, who lost to Kubrat Pulev in August 2013 and faces Odlanier Solis on Saturday in Istanbul, Turkey, still has Fury on his mind.

“He is a loudmouth guy, he’s talking his way into big fights and hasn’t done anything,” said Thompson. “At least David Price’s people had the gumption and balls to put him in with a live heavyweight. Tyson has never been in the ring with anyone like me,” said Thompson.

“All of his opponents pose a threat to him simply because he can’t fight. But they haven’t put him in there with anyone who is capable of exposing him, although a few people almost did it. If Cunningham was a legitimate heavyweight he would have stopped Fury easily. A couple of other guys would have beat his ass.”

Thompson (38-4, 26 KO) is focused for the time being on Solis, however, as he should be.

“I’m excited,” said Thompson. “If Odlanier comes in in good shape I think it will be a good fight for the fans. I’m looking forward to the fight and am excited for the fans and also myself because I can get back in at number two.

“Solis is a legitimate guy and I can’t afford to take my attention of him for a minute. I’m not thinking of anyone except Solis but once that fight is over I want anyone that is going to get me closer to Wladimir, those are fights I want. The fight with Solis makes me number two in the IBF, that’s one fight away from the mandatory shot again.”

Solis (20-1, 13 KO) is famous for being a great amateur in Cuba, and for not always staying in shape as a professional — in fact, one could say he’s rarely truly been in shape in the pros.

“Tony Thompson doesn’t know what’s coming for him. My only goal is to become heavyweight champion of the world. And I won’t let anybody stop me on my way. I will beat Tony Thompson and go on to become world champion,” Solis said.

BoxNation will televise the Solis-Thompson card in the United Kingdom tomorrow at 3:00 pm EDT / 8:00 pm UK time. BLH will have live coverage of the show.

Source: Bad Left Hook


Golden Boy finalizes April 3 heavyweight triple-header on FOX Sports 1

By Scott Christ

Veteran Monte Barrett will be back to face Cuban heavyweight Luis Ortiz in the main event of a triple-header on April 3.

Luis Ortiz will face veteran Monte Barrett in the main event of an all-heavyweight triple-header on April 3, live on FOX Sports 1 and promoted, of course, by Golden Boy.

Ortiz (20-0, 17 KO) is a 34-year-old Cuban southpaw, nicknamed “The Real King Kong.” Standing 6’4″, Ortiz has the size and style to be a potential contender in the division, but Barrett, 42, is a legitimate step up in competition, too. Barrett (35-10-2, 20 KO) hasn’t fought since July 2012, when he was knocked out by Shane Cameron in the fourth round in New Zealand. That followed a pair fights — a draw and a Barrett win — against David Tua. Barrett is 1-4-2 in his last seven fights.

Also on the card, unbeaten prospect Gerald Washington (11-0, 8 KO) will face Houston’s Skipp Scott (16-1, 10 KO), and 2012 U.S. Olympian Dominic Breazeale (9-0, 9 KO) will look to continue his stoppage and win streaks against Nagy Aguilera (19-7, 13 KO).

Source: Bad Left Hook


Ruslan Provodnikov returns to HBO on June 14, Andrade-Rose could be co-feature

By Scott Christ

Ruslan Provodnikov will headline an HBO card on June 14, as was expected, and the co-feature could be a 154-pound title fight between Demetrius Andrade and Brian Rose.

Ruslan Provodnikov will return to make the first defense of his WBO junior welterweight title on June 14, with HBO televising the fight. An opponent has not yet been determined, but that has been the rumored date for a bit now.

The show could feature two WBO world title bouts, as Demetrius Andrade, another of Artie Pelullo’s fighters, may make his defense against Brian Rose on the same night. Bob Arum works with Pelullo to promote Provodnikov’s fights on HBO, but says the Andrade-Rose fight is Artie’s call, and that Pelullo does want to do it.

Provodnikov (23-2, 16 KO) enjoyed a breakout year in 2013, losing a close decision to WBO welterweight titlist Timothy Bradley in what many felt was the Fight of the Year, then lifting the 140-pound belt from Mike Alvarado with a dominant performance in October, in Alvarado’s hometown of Denver.

Andrade (20-0, 13 KO) also fought twice in 2013, beating Freddy Hernandez in January, and then winning a split decision over Vanes Martirosyan to claim the vacant WBO junior middleweight title in November. Rose (25-1-1, 7 KO) is a 29-year-old fighter from Blackpool, England, who beat Prince Arron in 2011 for the British title at 154 pounds, defending it successfully three times and keeping a busy schedule. He’s gone 7-0 since beating Arron, including three wins last year over Joachim Alcine, Alexey Ribchev, and Javier Maciel.

Source: Bad Left Hook


Shannon Briggs harasses Wladimir Klitschko during training

By Scott Christ

43-year-old former heavyweight titleholder Shannon Briggs says he’s back, and used Wladimir Klitschko’s gym time to announce it to the world.

Shannon Briggs is back, or at least that’s what he says in the video below, where he challenges Wladimir Klitschko to a fight there and then in the gym, being held back by a few folks and led out of the gym while yelling about Klitschko only fighting bums.

Via Fight News:

Briggs (51-6-1, 45 KO) hasn’t fought since he was manhandled by Vitali Klitschko in 2010, and hasn’t scored a notable victory since 2006, when he scored a TKO-12 at 2:59 of the final round against Siarhei Liakhovich to win the WBO title in a fight Liakhovich would have won on the cards.

For whatever it’s worth, Briggs, 43, does look in great shape, from what can be seen in the video. That said, for all the posturing and bluster Briggs throws Wladimir’s way, it’s Klitschko who steals the show in the clip, calmly responding to Briggs’ challenge to step outside.

“I’m coming,” Wladimir says, eliciting some laughs. “Give me 45 minutes.”

Briggs had this to say on Instagram:

They saying I went Mr.T on #wladimirklitchsko but I say that’s nothing. I sat back for 3 plus years and watched all these so called young guns and bums play I’m the next champ. Truth is they the next chump that Wladimir loves to fight and punish. One hit they go nite nite forget to thank Jesus ( only when they win do they give thanks ) then they say I’ll be back. No you won’t. I did what I did today because it’s personal and because heavyweight boxing sucks thanks to Wladimir himself and his wack ass brother with they boring ass flights. Yeah Vitali he won a fight against me. With one arm. And he couldn’t stop nor drop me. One arm for twelve and that was light. Follow me follow Wlady. #wladimirklitchskoscaredofme

Klitschko (61-3, 51 KO) is currently preparing for an April 26 defense of his Ring Magazine, WBA, WBO, and IBF titles, against Alex Leapai.

Source: Bad Left Hook


The Bad Left Hook Pick’em Game: Season 21 – Week 2

By The Boxing Bulletin

This week’s featured bout on the pick’em line-up is a heavyweight clash from Turkey, featuring big men Odlanier Solis and Tony Thompson. We’ve added an over/under for this one.

On the under end of the weight spectrum, undefeated Filipino southpaw Merlito Sabillo travels to Mexico to face Francisco Rodriguez in 105lb clash. Also on the line-up is a super-middleweight rematch, with Christopher Rebrasse taking on Mouhamed Ali Ndiaye in Italy. And finally, we have an FNF doubleheader, with Vanes Martirosyan taking on Mario Alberto Lozano and Anthony Peterson going up against Marcos Jimenez.

For those that haven’t played before, welcome to the best pick’em game going. Please join right in and start playing (just make sure to check out the rules – we promise they are very simple).

An explanation of how to fill out your selections appears at the bottom of this post – please follow these instructions as it makes it easier for us to tabulate the results quickly each week.

You can check out last season’s final standings here.

Let’s get to the week 2 line-up…

**** Remember you do not need to make a selection on every fight. If you are unfamiliar with any of the fighters, and don’t want to risk points, you are free to PASS on any pick. You must make at least one selection to receive the 10 point participation bonus****

A. Pick the winner / Method of victory – Odlanier Solis vs Tony Thompson (technical decision counts as decision, DQ counts as stoppage – Saturday, March 22)

1. Solis to win – risk 8.5 to win 3.5.
2. Solis to win by stoppage – risk 2.5 to win 9.5.
3. Solis by decision – risk 6 to win 6.
4. Thompson (any method) – risk 3.5 to win 8.5.

B. *Over/Under – Odlanier Solis vs Tony Thompson (Saturday, March 22)

1. Over 9 1/2 – risk 6 points to win 3.
2. Over 11 1/2 – risk 5 points to win 4.
3. Under 9 1/2 – risk 3 points to win 6.
4. Under 11 1/2 – risk 4 points to win 5.

*Over 9 1/2 = 9 full rounds completed, plus 1/2 round – fight must go past the 1:30 mark of Round 10.

C. Pick the winner / Method of victory – Merlito Sabillo vs Francisco Rodriguez (technical decision counts as decision, DQ counts as stoppage – Saturday, March 22)

1. Sabillo to win – risk 8.5 to win 2.5.
2. Sabillo by stoppage – risk 5 to win 6.
3. Sabillo by decision – risk 4.5 to win 6.5.
4. Rodriguez to win – risk 2.5 to win 8.5.

D. Pick the winner – Christopher Rebrasse vs Mouhamed Ali Ndiaye (Saturday, March 22)

1. Rebrasse to win – risk 6 points to win 3.
2. Ndiaye to win – risk 3 points to win 6.

E. Pick the winner / Method of victory – Vanes Martirosyan vs Mario Lozano (technical decision counts as decision, DQ counts as stoppage – Friday, March 21)

1. Martirosyan to win – risk 8.5 to win 0.5.
2. Martirosyan by stoppage – risk 4 to win 5.
3. Martirosyan by decision – risk 4.5 to win 4.5.
4. Lozano to win – risk 0.5 to win 8.5.

F. Pick the winner / Method of victory – Anthony Peterson vs Marcos Jimenez (technical decision counts as decision, DQ counts as stoppage – Friday, March 21)

1. Peterson to win – risk 8.5 to win 0.5.
2. Peterson by stoppage – risk 5.5 to win 3.5.
3. Peterson by decision – risk 3 to win 6.
4. Jimenez to win – risk 0.5 to win 8.5.

Please fill out your selections as follows:

Enter the LETTER of the fight first, then whether it’s a single (1), double (2) or triple (3) followed by the NUMBER of your pick and the NAME of the FIGHTER and METHOD of victory (where applicable).

**** You have 10 doubles and 5 triples to use over the 10 week season ****

For Selection A, if you want to use one of your doubles on Solis to win…

A. (2) – 1 – Solis to win

For Selection B, if you want to pick the over 11 1/2 without using a double or triple…

B. (1) – 2 – Over 11 1/2

For Selection C, if you want to use one of triples on Sabillo by stoppage…

C. (3) – 2 – Sabillo by stoppage

For Selection D, if you wish to pass…

D. Pass

Good luck!

Source: Bad Left Hook


Freddie Roach: Pacquiao and Cotto will work together in camp, says Sergio is a good athlete but not a great fighter

By Scott Christ

Freddie Roach says that Manny Pacquiao and Miguel Cotto will overlap training camps for two weeks, and the two will likely work together a bit in preparation for their big fights on April 12 and June 7.

Source: Bad Left Hook


James DeGale vs Brandon Gonzales ordered as IBF eliminator at 168

By Scott Christ

James DeGale confirmed the reports that he’s agreed to fight an IBF super middleweight eliminator, with Brandon Gonzales said to be on the other side of the potential fight.

The winner of May 31’s Carl Froch vs George Groves rematch will potentially have another big All-UK showdown to look forward to in a mandatory defense, as Sky Sports’ Ringside reported today that James DeGale and Brandon Gonzales have been ordered to meet in an IBF eliminator bout.

DeGale confirmed via Facebook that he had agreed to an eliminator. The only loss on his pro record of 18-1 (12 KO) came to Groves in 2011, when the former amateur rivals met in a closely-contested grudge match, Groves winning a debatable (but not robbery) majority decision.

Since that time, DeGale has split with former promoter Frank Warren, and taken his game to Channel 5, where he’s fought under the Hennessy Sports banner. A matchup against either Froch or Groves would surely take place on Sky, if not on Sky Box Office.

That said, Gonzales (18-0-1, 10 KO) would be no pushover, and certainly no one to overlook if the fight is made. The 29-year-old American is trained by Virgil Hunter, and most believed he got the short end of the stick in an HBO-televised draw with Thomas Oosthuizen in June 2013. Neither DeGale nor Gonzales have exactly been fighting the cream of the crop, but they both look like top 10-type super middleweights at the moment.

If the fight goes down, who would you expect to win, keeping in mind also that DeGale would likely have home field advantage?

Source: Bad Left Hook