By Dan Ambrose: Golden Boy Promotions has set up WBA interim welterweight champion Keith Thurman (22-0, 20 KO’s) with a stay busy fight this Saturday night against 34-year-old Julio Diaz (40-9-1. 29 KO’s) in a scheduled 12 round bout at the StubHub Center, in Carson, California, USA. Thurman should be fighting better opposition than this, but Golden Boy and his adviser Al Haymon are keeping the training wheels on a little while longer to see if he can deal with a guy like Diaz before they start letting him fight really good opposition.
Diaz gave Amir Khan problems last April, and before that he gave Shawn Porter all he could handle in two fights. Diaz fought really well against Khan and had him on the canvas at one point in the fight. However, Thurman hasn’t shown any problems with his chin like Khan has, and for that reason this should be a fairly easy fight for him as long as he’s able to get out of the way of Diaz’s left hooks. Read the rest of this entry »
(Picture Credit: KMG/Michael Sterling Eaton) By Allan Fox: Sherman “Tank” Williams, one of the sparring partners for IBF/IBO/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (61-3, 51 KO’s), is advising challenger Alex Leapai (30-4-3, 24 KO’s) to throw body shots if he wants to beat the tall 6’6” Wladimir this Saturday night in their fight at the Koenig Pilsener Arena, Oberhausen, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany.
Williams noticed that Wladimir had problems with his body punching when they sparred together, and he sees Leapai being able to take advantage of Wladimir in the same way if he focuses his shots downstairs. Read the rest of this entry »
— Kevin Mitchell (@KevinMitchell6) April 18, 2014
By Scott Gilfoid: As you can see from this photo, 2012 Olympic super heavyweight gold medalist Anthony Joshua (5-0, 5 KO’s) appears to be hitting the weights awfully hard in building up his physique with additional muscle size. I don’t know about you, but Joshua is now looking more like a bodybuilder now than an actual fighter, and I think he’s not helping himself at all by adding useless muscles to his frame. Joshua has looked robotic and slow since turning pro, and you have to think that it’s all that muscle that’s slowing him down.
Joshua has a fight scheduled on the Carl Froch vs. George Groves on May 31st at the Wembley Stadium in London, UK. Joshua’s bout will be an 8 round fight, and he’s supposedly going to be matched against a good opponent. I’ll believe that when I see it. In his last fight, Joshua defeated 39-year-old journeyman Hector Alfredo Avila. My guess is Hearn will match Joshua up with someone just a tad bit better than Avila. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo credit: Tom Casino/Showtime) By Scott Gilfoid: #2 WBA Luis Collazo (35-5, 18 KO’s) has a lot riding on his fight next month against Amir Khan (28-3, 19 KO’s) on May 3rd at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. Collazo believes in his mind that a win over Khan will put him in position to get a big money world title shot against WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. But Colllazo also realizes that if he gets beaten by Khan, the loss will knock him back to square one with his career, and he’d have to start all over at age 33.
“This fight against Khan is my whole career right in front of me. I believe if I beat Amir Khan I have a bigger future in boxing, and if I don’t, I have to start from the bottom again. A win over Khan does put me in the Mayweather sweepstake.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Willaims: Nonito Donaire (32-2, 21 KO’s) agrees that WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao (56-5-2, 38 KO’s) will be much better off if he moves down to 140lbs to campaign as a welterweight. Pacquiao hasn’t knocked out an opponent in 5 years while fighting in the welterweight division, and he’s being forced to go the full distance for each of his wins.
As we saw in his recent win over the Tim Bradley, even the light-hitting Bradley was able to stagger Pacquiao in the welterweight division. What happens when Pacquiao’s promoter Bob Arum gets around to matching him against a welterweight that can actually punch? Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: #1 WBC Viktor Postol (25-0, 10 KO’s) and #2 WBC Selcuk Aydin (26-2, 19 KO’s) will be facing each other in a WBC 140lb eliminator bout on May 17th on the undercard of the HBO televised fight card between Mike Alvarado and Juan Manuel Marquez at the Forum in Inglewood, California. While casual boxing fans in the U.S may not be familiar with Postol, they familiar with Aydin, as his defeats to Jesus Soto Karass and Robert Guerrero have been televised.
Aydin looked incredibly poor in both fights, and it’s strange that the World Boxing Council would still have Aydin so highly ranked after how badly he was beaten in both of those fights. Read the rest of this entry »
By Augie Cruz: A lot has been said and discussed about the potential super fight between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao but very little has been accomplished. Furthermore, it seems that the legion of fans that follow Mayweather are against such fight instead of supporting it. Why is that? Well, I think I can put my 2 cents as to why. In 2008, the casual boxing fan got exposed probably for the first time to Pacquiao. They saw the little man send Oscar De La Hoya into retirement and fell in love with his relentless and ferocious attack which is something boxing had been lacking for some time.
They admired a man that was very dominant but vulnerable at the same time and most if not all can associate with that. Now, from 2007 until 2009, the #1 pound-for-pound fighter (Mayweather) was retired. Some say because there were no opponents left and some say because he wanted to avoid certain fighters (Miguel Cotto, Antonio Margarito, Paul Williams, etc…). Read the rest of this entry »
By Raj Parmar: As Floyd Mayweather trained in front of media members on his scheduled open training day session yesterday, there was an interesting observer in the gym. Watching quietly and intently as Mayweather fiercely pounded his fists away in the ring was super featherweight champion Mikey Garcia, who took in all the action as he stood alongside the many photographers and cameraman that were absorbing in Mayweather’s every move.
Mikey is the younger brother of trainer Robert Garcia, who is currently training Marcos Maidana with hopes of being the first ones to give Mayweather a loss on May 3. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr (45-0, 26 KO’s) says he won’t be using a lot more movement against WBA 147lb champion Marcos Maidana (35-3, 31 KO’s) in their fight next month on May 3rd. Mayweather says he plans on staying in the pocket against the Argentinian fighter when the two of them meet up at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
If Mayweather fights Maidana like that then he would be fighting him the same way that Adrien Broner did last December. But it didn’t work out well for Broner because he took a lot of shots that he shouldn’t have, and his shoulder roll wasn’t working as well as he needed it on that night. Broner did fight well in the second half of the fight when he started pushing Maidana back, but things didn’t go well in the first six rounds for Broner when he was just standing stationary in front of Maidana. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: George Groves (19-1, 15 KO’s) has been noticing that IBF/WBA super middleweight champion Carl Froch (32-2, 23 KO’s) hasn’t been making many media appearances to help promote their upcoming rematch on May 31st at Wembley Stadium, and he feels that Froch is basically hiding.
Groves doesn’t say why the 36-year-old Froch isn’t out and about trying to drum up interest in their rematch, but one can guess it might be due to the way Groves appeared to get the better of Froch in their media appearances together before their last fight in November. Read the rest of this entry »
My opening question would be “How do you hurt a boxer who is hard to hurt?”, but before I get to that let me talk about a few things that I would like to share. The first time I started hearing fuzz about Floyd Mayweather Jr (45-0, 26 KO’s) was when he fought and beat Oscar De La Hoya in 2007. The first Mayweather fight I ever watched was Mayweather vs. Ricky Hatton, which me being a Hatton fan hurt me to see him get KO’ed that way.
I have seen all his fights up to this present day and the obvious notoriety is, he has a really good defense, his counters are perfectly timed, his leg movement is very fast and agile, he has good head and upper body movements, and most importantly he manages to ALWAYS leave the ring without any serious damage. One of my mentors told me to always give things its proper respect regardless if your bias or not. Even though I am not a fan of Mayweather, I do recognize that he is a really good a boxer and has paid his dues to get to where he is at today. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: IBF super bantamweight champion Kiko Martinez (31-4, 23 KO’s) successfully defended his title by stopping former WBC bantamweight champion Hozumi Hasegawa (33-5, 15 KO’s) in the 7th round on Wednesday night at the Castle Hall, in Osaka, Osaka, Japan. Martinez, 28, knocked the 33-year-old Hasegawa down three times in the fight.
The fight was halted at 1:20 of the 7th round by referee Robert Byrd after Martinez knocked Hasegawa down twice in the round. Martinez had also knocked Hasegawa down in the 2nd round from a big left hook to the head. At the time of the stoppage, Hasegawa was bleeding from his nose and was cut over his left eye. He also had swelling around his right eye. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jaime Ortega: There is a media lie floating inside the mainstream boxing community that suggest Rocky Marciano’s record of (49-0), is the record to currently defeat. This is partly because Marciano is considered a legendary fighter that had no rival during the golden years of boxing, so his legacy has outlasted the reality of his already beaten record. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Oscar De La Hoya of Golden Boy Promotions is reportedly in talks with Top Rank promoter Bob Arum about a possible super fight between Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and Arum’s fighter Manny Pacquiao for later this year. De La Hoya says he has no beef with the 82-year-old Arum, who used to promote him during his boxing career, and he feels that the two of them can work with each other to make some big fights. Arum is open to working with De La Hoya for fight.
“Anything is possible,” De La Hoya said to the LA Times about a Pacquiao vs. Canelo fight. “That’s one of the reasons I was extending the olive branch. The fans want to see these fights.” Read the rest of this entry »
David Lemieux vs. Fernando Guerrero on Stevenson-Fonfara card on May 24th at Bell Centre in Montreal, Canada
By Scott Gilfoid: #8 IBF, #12 WBO, #15 WBC, middleweight contender David Lemieux (31-2, 29 KO’s) is getting bumped up a level in his competition by being matched up against former middleweight world title challenger Fernando Guerrero (26-2, 19 KO’s) in a scheduled 10 round bout on May 24th on the undercard of the Adonis Stevenson vs. Andrzej Fonfara headliner bout at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Canada.
Lemieux, 25, suffered a couple of losses three years ago to Marco Antonio Rubio and Joachim Alcine when he attempted to step it up from the weak opposition that he’d been feasting on up until then. Following that loss, Lemieux’s management put him back on the diet of weak opposition, and not surprisingly he’s looking good again. Read the rest of this entry »