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Badou Jack MD 12 Anthony Dirrell
Daniel Jacobs TKO 12 Caleb Truax
Keith Tapia KO 1 Jason Smith
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By Chris Williams: If Manny Pacquiao (57-5-2, 38 KOs) emerges victorious eight days from now in his mega-fight against Floyd Mayweather Jr. (47-0, 26 KOs) his trainer Freddie Roach says he’s going to advise that Pacquiao hang up his gloves and retire from boxing. Roach doesn’t think Pacquiao would have anything left to prove if he beats Mayeather so bother continuing forward.
After Mayweather is out the way, the fights would be smaller and the paydays not nearly the same. Roach feels that it would be best for Pacquiao to get out of the sport on a high note on a big victory rather than a loss. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Former WBO heavyweight champ Shannon Briggs and WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder both lived up what was an otherwise dull weigh-in for IBF/IBO/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (63-3, 53 KOs) and challenger Bryant Jennings (19-0, 10 KOs). Briggs initially was taunting Wladimir by repeatedly saying “Let’s go champ” in a move that appears to be designed to get the 39-year-old Wladimir to agree to fight him. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Freddie Roach says that Floyd Mayweather Jr. is going to be in a position where he’s going to need to try and match Manny Pacquiao’s high work rate or else he’s going to be destroyed by him on May 2nd.
Roach isn’t worried about Pacquiao being a reckless fighter. He thinks that’s what the fans want to see. That’s all well and good if that style works on Mayweather, but I don’t think it will. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: IBF/IBO/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (63-3, 53 KOs) says he would prefer to face the WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder (33-0, 32 KOs) because he thinks it would be a pay-per-view bout. However, Wladimir will likely face #1 WBO Tyson Fury later on this year unless he chooses for the big money fight against the 6’7” Deontay.
The Fury will make Wladimir a lot of money as well because it will be a huge in Europe where the fight will obviously take place. But before Wladimir can get the big money fights against Fury and Wilder, he’s going to need to get past unbeaten American Bryant Jennings (19-0, 10 KOs) in their fight this Saturday on April 25th at Madison Square Garden in New York. Read the rest of this entry »
Michael Montero, New York – A buzzing crowd of international media and fans came to New York’s famed Madison Square Garden to see heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko and undefeated Bryant Jennings hit the scales. Both athletes have been professional and workmanlike throughout media week, with some light trash talk back and forth. It all culminated this afternoon in the last obligatory task before they meet in the ring tomorrow night. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Trainer Freddie Roach has been guarding the access to his fighter Manny Pacquiao’s sparring sessions like a mother hen protecting her baby chicks from predators.
Roach has cut off access for people to watch Pacquiao spar for fear that they’ll spill the beans to Floyd Mayweather Jr. or to his people. Roach says that they’ve got a different game plan that they’re using for this fight that is different from how Pacquiao has fought in the past. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Despite former WBA lightweight champion Brandon Rios (33-2-1, 24 KOs) having lost two out of his last four fights, Rios could be getting a world title shot later this year against IBF welterweight champion Kell Brook (34-0, 23 KOs) if Brook gets past his next title defense against #5 IBF Frankie Gavin (22-1, 13 KOs) on May 30th at the O2 Arena in London, UK.
Rios’ promoter Bob Arum of Top Rank is interested in matching Rios against Brook. Eddie Hearn, the promoter for Brook, is reportedly interested in putting together the Brook-Rios fight, and he’s rumored to be interested in making the fight a pay-per-view bout on Sky Box Office. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: For boxing fans who were unable to purchase any of the 1,000 tickets that were put on sale to the general public last Thursday, the fans can now purchase tickets to see the May 1st Floyd Mayweather Jr. – Manny Pacquiao weigh-in at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The tickets go for $10. They go on sale officially at 3PM ET today, Friday.
There is a limit of 10 per person, which obviously was done to prevent scalpers from purchasing a ton of tickets at once and then marking up the price to a ridiculous amount. As it is it’s difficult to imagine having to pay to see a weigh-in because there’s nothing going on other than the fighters briefly weighing in and then doing a stare down.
The undercard fights aren’t interesting in the minds of a lot of boxing fans, so many of the fans would be merely purchasing the weigh-in tickets in order to see Mayweather and Pacquiao. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: With his hoped for unification fight against IBF super bantamweight champion Carl Frampton now off the table, WBA 122 pound belt holder Scott Quigg (30-0-2, 22 KOs) is reportedly will be facing former IBF 122lb champion Kiko Martinez (32-5, 24 KOs) in the summer in a fight that will take place on July 18th at the Manchester Arena.
As bad as Quigg has looked in some of his past fights against the likes of Yoandris Salinas, I wouldn’t be surprised if Martinez takes this fight. Quigg is definitely a shaky champion with decent but far from great skills. Martinez has to be seen as a live dog in this fight. Read the rest of this entry »