By Bob Smith: Though it is almost certainly the case that Cotto will fight Canelo next May, with or without a tune up fight, many boxing fans want to see who truly is the best in the middleweight division. Perhaps Cotto’s decision not to face Golovkin is due to financial reasons; perhaps at this point in his career he feels he has nothing to prove – and as the first four division Puerto Rican champion why would he?
But perhaps also he is aware that Martinez was slipping or shot by the time that he fought Martinez, so his title is less than legitimate, and so he wants to avoid fighting a true middleweight until his cash out fight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao may have undermined his own cause for a potential career high payday fight against WBA/WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr when Pacquiao signed an extension with Top Rank earlier this year rather than letting his existing contract with the company expire at the end of the year.
New Mayweather employee Alex Ariza, one of the finest strength and conditioning coaches in boxing, says that he doesn’t see a fight between Mayweather and Pacquiao happening as long as Bob Arum is still involved. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: With few boxing fans talking about the November 22nd title defense by WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao (56-5-2, 38 KOs) against Chris Algieri (20-0, 8 KOs), Pacquiao’s promoter Bob Arum continued stoking the fires for a Pacquiao vs. Floyd Mayweather Jr mega fight.
Arum said in an interview recently that Mayweather is afraid of losing to the 35-year-old Pacquiao, and that he’s choosing not to fight him because he wants to avoid a defeat.
It obviously doesn’t hurt the Pacquiao-Algieri fight for Arum to be talking up a Mayweather-Pacquiao fight right about now because it definitely helps get the easily persuadable fans to believe that there’s a chance that Mayweather will fight Pacquiao in early 2015. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jesse James: American slugger James Kirkland was the front runner to being Saul “Canelo” Alvarez’s next opponent on December 6th. Kirkland was also being considered for Erislandy Lara who recently lost to Canelo Alvarez via split decision. Though Kirkland was definitely Canelo’s first choice, Kirkland’s team was reportedly not interested in Canelo or Lara.
Instead they opted for journeymen Gabriel Rosado who is a tough costumer and has had the bad end of decisions in his last few fights before Bryan Vera. Kirkland is an American favorite and has a very good trainer in Anne Wolf. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Former heavyweight world champion Chris Byrd believes that WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao (56-5-2, 38 KOs) has bitten off more than he can chew in taking on WBO 140lb champion Chris Algieri (20-0, 8 KOs) in their scheduled fight on November 22nd on HBO pay-per-view at the Cotai Arena, Venetian Resort, Macao, Macao S.A.R., China.
Byrd sees Algieri’s 5’10” height as being all wrong for the 35-year-old Pacquiao, and he also sees his defensive skills and youth being a problem for the aging Filipino star as well. Byrd likes Algieri’s boxing skills as well, and he thinks he could end up out-boxing Pacquiao in this fight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Next Saturday night, #5 WBO Paul Smith (35-3, 20 KOs) will be challenging WBO super middleweight champion Arthur Abraham (40-4, 28 KOs) for his WBO 168 pound title at the Kiel, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany.
This is one of those modern day Rocky stories for the soon to be 32-year-old Smith, because he’s stepping way, way out of his class in taking on the hard hitting Abraham.
It doesn’t matter that Abraham has been badly exposed in the past in losses to talents like Andre Ward and Andre Dirrell, he still packs a punch with either hand and he’s got the perfect guy in front of him to score a quick knockout on Saturday in the form of Smith. Read the rest of this entry »
By Gav Duthie: Despite two defeats in 2014 for Marcos Maidana the Argentine has probably enhanced his reputation after running Floyd Mayweather Jr close on both occasions. His record now stands at 35-5 (31) and his next bout is crucial in shaping his future career. Many will be looking at Maidana as a stepping stone to big fights and will rightly feel a convincing win over him may lead to a fight with Mayweather himself.
Adrien Broner 2
Adrien Broner has said on a few occasions he wants the fight but I don’t think any of his team does. His trainer even recently stated that he didn’t want him to fight Lucas Matthysse next. After watching him in has last few fights its probably a good idea to keep him away from strong pressure fighters because of his lack of footwork. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Last Saturday’s night’s All Access: Mayweather vs. Maidana 2 epilogue was the final episode of the 4-episode series chronicling the important rematch between WBA/WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr and Marcos Maidana at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
What boxing fans got to see last night was a brief review of some of the most important action that took place during their fight last week on September 13th, along with some of the low lights of the fight such as the bite incident that occurred during the 8th round. Read the rest of this entry »
By Gav Duthie: Love him or hate him you couldn’t take your eyes off him. Prince Naseem Hamed was box office. Everything from his ring walk to his fighting style was pure showman. Time passes on and it was 12 years ago that we last seen him in a boxing ring. Hamed was so popular during his reign as featherweight champion he put boxing on the map in Britain and no doubt inspired many to take up the sport especially in the English/Arabic community. We are now starting to see the fruits of his labour with a crop of exciting stars who have adopted a similar style coming through.
Kell Brook 33-0 (22)
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By Dan Ambrose: WBA World lightweight champion Richard Abril (19-3-1, 8 KOs) put in a masterful performance in out-boxing previously undefeated #6 WBA Edis Tatli (23-1, 7 KOs) by a 12 round majority decision last Saturday night at the Hartwall Arena in Helsinki, Finland. The final judges’ scores were 114-114, 116-112, and 117-111.
A more accurate score for the fight was 117-111, but even that score was far too kind because the 32-year-old Abril beat Tatli in a far more decisive manner than those scores would suggest.
Tatli fought well enough to deserve 1-2 rounds at best, because he was throwing wild shots and missing badly all night long. The only round where he appeared to connect with some of his crude punches was in the 6th, and he only connected with a few of the punches. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: IBF/WBA super middleweight champion Carl Froch thinks that George Groves (20-2, 15 KOs) needs to think seriously about putting the brakes on his plans on fighting for a world title against WBC super middleweight champion Anthony Dirrell (27-0-1, 22 KOs) in 2015, because Froch doesn’t think that Groves is anywhere near ready to take on a big puncher like Dirrell at this point in his career.
Froch says that Groves needs more experience and he needs to improve his stamina in a major way before he starts taking on talents like Dirrell. At this point Froch thinks that Groves would lose to Dirrell, Mikkel Kessler and Arthur Abraham. All three of those guys would do Groves, says Froch. Read the rest of this entry »
By Raj Parmar: It looks as if pound for pound star Floyd Mayweather (47-0, 26 KO’s) and strength & conditioning coach Alex Ariza have escalated their friendly relationship into a now professional one. Ariza has indicated that Mayweather has signed him to be his strength & conditioning coach for the next two years.
“I signed an official contract for two years to serve as Floyd’s strength and conditioning coach,” Ariza stated to the Manila Standard/Viva Sports per philboxing.com. Read the rest of this entry »