Heavyweights Gerald Washington (16-0-1, 11 KOs)and Eddie Chambers(42-4, 23KOs) each could use a win when they meet tonight. The heavyweight division has become very competitive the last few months and a loss can really set either guy back.  They will fight in a scheduled for 10 round bout that will be aired on Fox. The site location will be the

StubHub Center, in Carson, California. Tom Brown (TGB Promotions) will promote the card.

Chambers is a former world title challenger. Even though he came up short he had some major wins prior to that and brings a major wealth of experience to this fight. He is not a huge heavyweight nor is he a heavy handed puncher. In fact he experimented in the cruiserweight division a few years back but was not able to have the same success as he had at heavyweight.

Washington is a bit of late bloomer but a natural athlete. He served in the United States Navy, then major college football at USC, and a brief stint in the NFL. He turned professional at the age of 30. Fortunately for him he fight in the heavyweight division where many have excelled in their 30’s. Chambers will be by far the most accomplished boxer he has faced as a pro.

Each fighter is 34 years old so they are looking for the big fight sooner than later. Washington is from California so any fan support will likely be for him. He will also have a major height advantage on paper being that he is 6′ 6″  to Chambers 6′ 1″.  This will be nothing new for Chambers who has fought and defeated some very tall fighters.  Each guy knows how important a win is to them. This could have the fans see them in a very entertaining fight. This we shall see for sure tonight.

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HUGHIE FURY IN SPOTLIGHT TONIGHT Sat, 30 Apr 2016 08:24:16 +0000 :READ MORE...]]> hughie fury

Unbeaten highly touted prospect Hughie Fury (19-0, 10 KOs) of the United Kingdom will be featured in the main event tonight. It will be a major step up for Fury as he meets U.S. based African Fred Kassi (18-4-1, 10 KOs). The 12 round bout will take place at the Copper Box Arena, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Hackney Wick, London, England. The two will square off for the vacant WBO International heavyweight title. The show will be promoted by Frank Warren (Queensberry Promotions). WBO middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders was scheduled to be the original main event defending against Max Bursak. A hand injury suffered by Saunders forced him to pull out of the fight.

It’s hard to imagine that someone 6′ 6″  could be in the shadows but this is literally and figuratively speaking for Fury. His older cousin is 6′ 9″ unified heavyweight champion of the world Tyson Fury. The other part of this is the huge personality of Tyson.  He is very outspoken and quite entertaining with his antics outside the ring. In the meantime Hughie has steadily been moving along with his career and is only 21 years of age entering his 20th fight tonight.

Kassi could prove to be a very tough task for Fury. He has performed well of late stepping up against decent competition. He held former two time world title challenger Chris Arreola to a draw last year. Many viewers felt that Kassi deserved the nod in the fight.  This will be the first time that he will be the headliner on such a big event. It’s a major opportunity for Fury. If he can win impressively versus Kassi he could perhaps be the Fury garnering the attention even if only for a night.

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DEGALE-JACK COLLISION COURSE BEGINS SATURDAY Fri, 29 Apr 2016 07:23:06 +0000 :READ MORE...]]> Badou-Jack---Degale

It will be super middleweight world title fights co headlining this Saturday.  WBC world champion Badou Jack (20-1, 12 KOs) of Sweden now based in Las Vegas will defend his belt against former world champion Lucian Bute (32-3, 25 KOs) of Canada. The other bout will feature IBF world champion James DeGale (22-1, 14 KOs)of the United Kingdom put his title on the line vs Rogelio Medina (36-6, 30 KOs)  of Mexico. The site location will be the  Armory in Washington D.C. with Showtime airing the even live. The show will be promoted by Mayweather Promotions.

There has been a lot of talk of a possible unification between Jack and DeGale. The fact is each have formidable foes in front of them first. Bute surprised a lot of people with his performance versus DeGale in his last fight. The fight took place in his hometown but he was still a heavy underdog entering the fight. He turned the clock back and really pushed DeGale. The decision was proper in the end with DeGale deservling retaining his title by decision.

DeGale cannot afford to look past Medina for sure. Medina has faced a lot of top fighters in his career nearly spanning a decade. He is only 27 and seems quite fresh. He opened many eyes with his stunning knockout of unbeaten J leon Love of Mayweather Promotions. DeGale himself looked sharp and strong versus Bute but was tested at times during the fight. The important thing was he won and met the challenge of Bute head on.

If both Bute and DeGale in their fight then the fans are in for quite a treat. The fight would pit two world champions in their primes facing each other. That itself is not something you see so regularly during the course of a year of boxing programming on television. Both fighters seem to want the fight and appears to be a rather easy fight to make. A victory by each fighter Saturday should have us see them fighting each other before 2016 ends.

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BOXING 360’S PICK OF THE WEEK (HORN-BAILEY) Wed, 27 Apr 2016 08:08:16 +0000 :READ MORE...]]> horn bailey

Our pick of the week from last week came from the matchup between unbeaten light heavyweight Erik Skoglund of Sweden and Ryno Leibenberg of South Africa. The bout took place last Saturday in Skoglund’s native Sweden. There were some doubts by some of just how real Skoglund was. This was highly based on the level of competition he faced compared to that of Lebenberg. The 12 round main event truly lived up to the hype.

Leibenberg was more than holding his own until a cut changed things. He showed a lot of heart and gutted out a decision win. He quieted his critics in the meantime. He prove that faced with adversity that he steps up and meets it head on. Skoglund will likely be out a little while in order to let his cut heal. He can take comfort in scoring a major win for him as he steadily continues to progress. We extended our win streak to 7 as we had Skoglund as our pick of the week.

This week our pick comes from the matchup between world ranked welterweight Jeff Horn (13-0-1, 8 KOs) of Australia and former world champion Randall Bailey (46-8, 39 KOs) of south Florida. The two will square off today at the Convention & Exhibition Centre in Brisbane Queensland, Australia. The bout seems to be a tale of the young lion versus the old with Horn being 28  to Bailey’s 41.

Horn is a  -420 favorite to the +335 for the visiting Bailey. The odds seem a bit wide considering Bailey’s  knockout power and that Horn has no names of note on his list of wins. Bailey has nearly 3 times as many knockouts as Horn has total fights. Bailey is very live in this fight but were going to go with Horn to step and win the biggest fight of his career.

Disclaimer: Boxing360’s Pick of the week is strictly for entertainment purposes only

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DIRRELL BROTHERS FEATURED ON FRIDAY Wed, 27 Apr 2016 07:44:37 +0000 :READ MORE...]]> Dirrell brothers

Former world champion Anthony Dirrell (28-1-1, 22 KOs) and his brother former world title challenger Andre Dirrell (24-2, 16 KOs) will look to get back on the championship trail Friday. Each will fight in separate bouts in a card held at the Trump Taj Mahal, in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The show will be promoted by Marshall Kauffman (King’s Promotions) and aired on Spike TV. Each of the brothers’ bouts will be scheduled for 10 rounds and in the super middleweight divisions.

Andre will be fighting for the first time in nearly a year. He last fought Jame DeGale for the vacant IBF super middleweight world title. Dirrell was down twice early in the fight but came on strong the second half of the fight. DeGale was able to hang on when the world title by close decision. It was a tough defeat for Dirrell who had come a long way just to get himself back into contention again.

Anthony actually was actually over shadowed by his brother who was seen by many as the more likely to win a world title. It was Anthony who would reach that goal first though in 2014 winning the vacant WBC super middleweight world title in a rematch versus Sakio Bika. There first fight was a draw the previous year. Dirrell would lose his WBC world title to Badou Jack in an upset nearly a year ago in his first defense. He bounced back with a win over former world title challenger Marco Rubio this past September.

Andre will face former world title challenger Blake Caparello while Anthony will face former world title challenger Caleb Truax. Both brothers will be facing decent opposition but are expected to come out victoriously in the end. Neither has been very active of late which is a trend they certainly would like to change. The division is now wide open with the departure of Andre Ward to the light heavyweight divsion and retirement of Carl Froch. The opportunity seems to there for both brothers. It’s up to each of them to step up and take advantage now if a world title opportunity presents itself.

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GGG CLOSES IN ON RECORD SATURDAY Fri, 22 Apr 2016 15:37:35 +0000 :READ MORE...]]> Gennady-Golovkin

WBA/IBF middleweight world champion Gennady  “GGG” Golovkin (34-0, 31 KOs) will continue his pursuit of history this Saturday. Golovkin is in current pursuit of world middleweight title defenses which is help by Bernard Hopkins of 20. Golovkin currently has 15 which could be 16 with a successful defense against  IBF mandatory challenger Dominic Wade (18-0, 12 KOs). The main event bout will take place at the  Forum in Inglewood, California. The show will be promoted by Tom Brown (TGB Promotions), Gennady Golovkin (GGG Promotions), Tom Loeffler (K2 Promotions) and aired live on HBO.

The talk on the social medias have been about a showdown between Golovkin and current WBC middleweight world champion Saul  “Canelo” Alvarez. It almost seems at times that Wade is a bit forgotten. He is about 10 years younger than Golovkin and is undefeated. He has seemed very confident throughout the promotion. He is a huge underdog and for good reason. He has not fought anywhere near the level of a Golovkin.

Golovkin is not taking any chances and has been nothing but respectful to Wade throughout the promotion of the fight. He knows that he was once in Wade’s position looking for the big breakout opportunity. There really is no telling of when or if a showdown with Alvarez will happen. Golovkin in the meantime has continued to stay very active defending his world titles. His current pace has him to course to break Hopkins record in 2018 if he wins out. The rate he is going it appears that he will be in the history books in the next few years.

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BOXING360’S DEBATE OF THE WEEK ( “CHOCOLATITO” #1? ) Thu, 21 Apr 2016 14:42:52 +0000 :READ MORE...]]> gonzalez

Our debate of the week topic last week revolved around 8-division world champion Manny Pacquiao. He impressively defeated former two-division world champion Timothy Bradley by way of unanimous decision less than two weeks ago. Pacquiao was extremely dominate scoring two knockdowns on Bradley. This was something he was not able to do in 24 previous rounds vs. Bradley. Prior to the bout and after Pacquiao stated he would retire from boxing.

The debate we put out to our followers was whether or not Pacquiao should retire from boxing. He pretty was in charge the whole way against a very talented Bradley who could have beat many with his performance that night at welterweight. There are still some big fights that can be made at 147. The question will remain to be seen on if he indeed stay retired. The feedback that we got back from our followers as that he should continue on fighting.

When unbeaten pound for pound king Floyd Mayeather Jr.retired unbeaten at 49 and 0 last year it left a void for boxing’s top spot. That void has since been filled by flyweight world champion Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez of Nicaragua. He holds a distinguished record of 44 and 0 with 38 KOs. Gonzalez is just 28 years old and already is a three division world champion.

Gonzalez has accomplished so much and been a world champion for nearly a decade. Gonzalez is still unknown to the casual boxing fan. He fought the early part of his career in Japan where he is still promoted to this day by Japanese hall of fame promoter Akihiko Honda of Teiken promotions. The numbers support his new position but some might feel there are others who rate it. Please give us your take on if you feel Gonzalez is boxing’s top guy.

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Our pick of the week from last week came from the matchup between unbeaten IBF super featherweight world champion Jose “Sniper” Pedraza (22-0, 12KOs) of Puerto Rico and challenger Stephen “Swifty” Smith (23-2, 13KOs) of the United Kingdom. It was the second defense for Pedraza in the 12 round semi-main event. The fight took  place at the Foxwoods Resort,  in Mashantucket, Connecticut and aired live on Showtime Championship boxing. Lou DiBella (DiBella Entertainment) promoted the show. Some sportsbooks had this fight quite close on the odds with Pedraza only a -185 favorite to the +160 odds for Smith.

Smith proved these odds to be accurate as he came out tactically early and was holding his own. Pedraza then took control of the fight showing his ability to be the aggressor and counter punch. Smith may have been a bit out of his league in terms of overall talent but he certainly made up for it with his heart. He was able to push Pedraza at times during the fight and make him work. A knockdown scored by Pedraza late in the fight sealed the deal and Pedraza retained his title with a unanimous decision.  We were winners as well as Pedraza was our pick of the week making it 6 wins in a row for us.

This week we are going with the matchup between unbeaten Erik Skoglund of Sweden and Ryno Leibenberg of South Africa. The two will square off this Saturday in Skoglund’s native Sweden. There has been alot of talk from Leibenberg on how he pretty much doesn’t see Skoglund as the real deal. Skoglund to date has former world champion Glen Johnson as his biggest win. Johnson has been well past his prime for quite some time. Leibenberg was considered a promising unbeaten prospect at one time.  This was prior to him suffering back to back losses to unbeatens Eleider Alvarez and to his fellow countryman Thomas Oosthuizen.

This is actually a step up for Skoglund who is a -240 favorite to the +200 for the visiting Leibenberg according to odds from one sportbook. Skoglund’s style is not the most fun to watch as he is constantly moving and ties up as well. It’s a style that he applies effectively and builds up points. Leibenberg has shown he can be quite effective aggressively and a decent boxer as well. He will likely be the aggressor in this fight being the visitor and all. We are going to be Skoglund in this one to be able to get past Leibenberg and move forward in his career.

Disclaimer: Boxing360’s Pick of the week is strictly for entertainment purposes only

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Four-division and current WBO super bantamweight world champion Nonito  “The Filipino Flash” (36-3, 23 KOs) returns to the ring this Saturday. It will be Donaire’s 2016 debut and first defense of his world title he won last December. That match turned out to be an unexpected thriller that took place in Puerto Rico. Donaire took on Cesar Juarez of Mexico who he was heavily favored to defeat. Juarez did not get this memo as he gave Donaire all he could handle. In the end Donaire’s overall better skill and experience were enough for him to win his 7th world title.

Donaire will fight in his native Philippines for the first time as a world champion in 7 years. The fight will take place at the Cebu City Sports Complex, in Cebu City, Cebu. Philippines. His opponent will be former world title challenger Zsolt Bedak of Hungary. Bedak unsuccessfully challenged Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. in 2010. He has reeled of 10  straight non descript victories but now gets his second crack at a world title.

Donaire is heavily favored to defeat Bedak which has some thinking about bigger fights in the division for him. His name was in the mix last year for a possible fight with Carl Frampton or Scott Quigg. Those two ended up fighting each other in a unification fight won by Frampton. The WBA has since stripped Frampton who was mandated to fight Guillermo Rigondeaux. Frampton appears headed to featherweight and a possible showdown with world champion Leo Santa Cruz. This would actually leave Rigondeaux. along with Donaire the top guys in the division. We will have to wait and see if Donaire would want to fight Rigondeaux again and try and avenge that 2013 loss to him.

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ARROYO STEPS UP TO CHALLENGE GONZALEZ SATURDAY Mon, 18 Apr 2016 07:23:08 +0000 :READ MORE...]]> arroyo

There has been a lot of buzz on the social media networks regarding the return of WBC flyweight world champion  Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez, (44-0, 38 KOs) this Saturday. This will be his third consecutive appearance on HBO and third sharing a card with unified WBA and IBF middleweight world champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin, (34-0, 31 KO’s). Golovkin will again be the main event as he faces undefeated mandatory contender Dominic “Lights Out” Wade, (18-0, 12 KO’s) of Maryland. The card will take place at the Fabulous Forum in Inglewood, California. The card will be promoted by Gennady Golovkin (GGG Promotions), Tom Loeffler (K2 Promotions), and Tom Brown (TGB Promotions). HBO will televise live.

There has not been a lot mentioned about Gonzalez’ opponent McWilliams Arroyo (16-2, 14 KOs) of Puerto Rico.  Arroyo is a former 2008 Olympian and is currently ranked #10 by the WBC and #9 by the WBO.  Arroyo dropped a close 4 round decision early in his career for his first professional loss. He would storm back to win 12 fights in a row and got his first world title opportunity. He would lose what many felt was a controversial  split decision to IBF champion Amnat Ruenroeng in the latter’s native Thailand.

This is a very difficult fight for Arroyo to say the least. He has a very good amateur background and boxes well. The problem is that Gonzalez has showed he can box as well. Gonzalez has alot of knockouts on his record but he is no plodding puncher. Gonzalez also has a very underrated defense. The work rate of Gonzalez is really unbelievable to watch. This doesn’t seem to bode well for Arroyo but he should be credited for taking the fight. It is not the easiest to match Gonzalez in the United States as his star is now rising. His opponents want to be paid top dollar as they should. Arroyo has earned respect by stepping up and taking this fight.  He can build on that respect by giving the viewer’s something they will remember if he were to upset Gonzalez.

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