By Chris Williams: Top Rank promoter Bob Arum thinks his fighter Manny Pacquiao deserved at least a 12 round draw in his fight against Floyd Mayweather Jr. on May 2nd. Pacquiao didn’t get a draw though. He got a 12 round unanimous decision loss.
Arum says Pacquiao thinks he won the fight, and with two good arms, he would have made it easy. We don’t know what Pacquiao would have done with two good arms because he went through with the fight with an injured right shoulder. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: It looks like Carl Froch (33-2, 24 KOs) is the touchy one today after ESPN writer Dan Rafael told him to keep his gob shut if he’s not interested in really fighting WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (33-0, 30 KOs). Rafael blasted Froch over the Tweet that he sent out yesterday in which he said “Too big & too strong for GGG.”
The tweet was no big deal, but it became a big deal when Golovkin’s promoter Tom Loeffler called Froch on his words by telling him to back it up in the ring against Golovkin in saying “Carl, there’s only one way to find out @eddieHearn @GGGBoxing.” Loeffler basically lobbed an underhand pitch to Froch and all he had to do was hit it out of the park by saying ‘Anytime, anywhere,’ as far as when he would face Golovkin. But did Froch do that? Nope! Froch clammed up entirely and said nothing for the rest of the day. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Brandon Rios’ trainer Robert Garcia has some major doubts whether the September 12th fight between Rios (33-2, 24 KOs) and unbeaten IBF welterweight champion Kell Brook (35-0, 24 KOs) will take place. The negotiations between the two promoters at Top Rank and Matchroom Sport are locked up over the rematch clause Brook wants for the fight to go ahead.
Additionally, we’re already hearing about Brook’s promoter Eddie Hearn having a plan-B in which he’ll have Brook fight against someone else in October instead of September. In the meantime, Rios will have nothing to show for all the time he’s spent in waiting around for the fight against the 29-year-old Brook, which was supposed to have taken place at the O2 Arena in London, UK. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: The recently beaten former WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (48-2-1, 32 KOs) says he’s going to be focusing on using his boxing skills in order to get hit from now on in his fights. Chavez Jr., 29, was stopped after the 9th round after he quit in his corner last April against light heavyweight Andrzej Fonfara in their fight at the StubHub Center in Carson, California.
Chavez Jr. says he got tired in that fight after the 5th round, as he didn’t train right. He says Fonfara’s bigger size was also a problem. For Chavez Jr’s next fight against little known Marcos Reyes (33-2, 24 KOs) on July 18th, Chavez Jr. will be going back to the basics by using his jab, movement, and focusing on not getting hit as much. Chavez Jr. doesn’t want to be a “Rocky” type fighter any longer. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: It looks like WBO featherweight champion Vasyl Lomachenko (4-1, 2 KOs) can pretty much forget about fighting IBF featherweight champ Lee Selby (21-1, 8 KOs) in a unification fight anytime soon. Selby is saying that he won’t be looking to fight a unification fight for several more years. I think Selby realizes now that if he were to take a unification fight with Lomachenko or someone like WBC featherweight champion Gary Russell Jr., both of those guys would easily beat him. It probably wouldn’t even be competitive. So instead of taking a beating against those guys and likely losing his title, Selby will be milking his IBF strap against the IBF contenders.
Selby, 28, says he wants to get in a lot of title defenses of his newly won IBF featherweight strap that he picked up on May 30th in getting an 8th round cut stoppage win over champion Evgeny Gradovich in a fight that took place at the O2 Arena in London, UK. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Former IBF/WBA/WBC super middleweight champion Carl Froch (33-2, 24 KOs) has been flapping his gums off and on in the past month about being interested potentially in facing WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (33-0, 30 KOs). However, when Golovkin and his promoter Tom Loeffler attempted to get the fight put together, they were met with silence from Froch.
In the recent past, Froch said that he going to make a decision in the first week of June whether he would return to the ring or not. Well, it’s not the first week of July, and Froch hasn’t said a word about whether he’ll be returning to fight or not. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: 40-year-old former WBA super middleweight champion Anthony Mundine (47-6, 27 KOs) and former WBA junior middleweight champion Austin Trout (29-2, 16 KOs) were unable to make a deal for a fight that was supposed to take place in August or September.
So instead of continuing with the fruitless negotiations, they’ll be going in different directions. Trout and Mundine were supposed to have fought in May, but the fight was postponed due to Mundine suffering an ear infection. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: WBC middleweight champion Miguel Cotto’s trainer Freddie Roach has a lot of boxing fans convinced that he singlehandedly resurrected the 34-year-old Cotto’s career with his training techniques by having him use more left hooks and focusing more on his power than before.
Other boxing fans believe the only thing that’s changed in Cotto is he’s been matched up against three consecutive weak fighters in the past two years. This is all going to change in November when Cotto steps inside the ring with Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (45-1-1, 32 KOs) of Mexico in a fight that will very likely be televised in Las Vegas, Nevada on November 21st. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: There are a lot of boxing fans who feel that Andre Berto doesn’t deserve to get the September 12th fight against Floyd Mayweather Jr. in Las Vegas, Nevada. Trainer Robert Garcia is one of the many people who don’t want to see Mayweather fight the 31-year-old Berto.
If given the choice, Garcia says Amir Khan (31-3, 19 KOs) should be the one to get the fight. If not him, then he wants Brandon Rios (33-2, 24 KOs) to face Mayweather. But Garcia would want Rios’ promoter Bob Arum of Top Rank to step aside and let Mayweather’s promotional company to do the fight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Trainer Robert Garcia thinks that #3 WBA, #3 WBC Marcos Maidana (35-5, 31 KOs) would KO Amir Khan, Andre Berto and Shawn Porter if he could get a fight against any of those guys.
Garcia would like to see Maidana fight one or all of them if he could because he thinks they would be a good match-up for him. Maidana has more size and punching power than all three of them, and it definitely would be difficult for them to handle his power if Maidana came into the fights in top shape. Read the rest of this entry »