By Jeff Aranow: Stephen Espinoza, the vice president of Sports with Showtime, seriously doubts Floyd Mayweather Jr. will be coming out of retirement to resume his boxing career. Mayweather told Showtime’s Jim Gray last Saturday that he’s not ruling out a comeback in the future, albeit if he can receive a nine-figure payday in the process.
Espinoza says they ask Mayweather all the time if he’s interested in returning to the sport, but thus far he’s not saying he will. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Former IBF middleweight champion David Lemieux (34-3, 31 KOs) believes IBF/IBO/WBA middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (35-0, 32 KOs) is a very hard puncher, but not the hardest puncher in the 160lb division. Lemieux disagrees with former world title challenger Curtis Stevens (27-5, 20 KOs), who said this week that he doesn’t think Golovkin is a hard puncher at all.
Stevens sparred with Saul “Canelo” Alvarez to help him get ready for his fight last November against Miguel Cotto, and he came away impressed with Canelo’s power more so than Golovkin. However, Stevenson was stopped by Golovkin in the 8th round in their fight in November 2013, so that tells you that Golovkin hits hard enough to make Stevens quit. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo Credit: Hogan Photos/Golden Boy Promotions) By Dan Ambrose: Amir Khan (31-3, 19 KOs) believes Floyd Mayweather Jr. (49-0, 26 KOs) won’t be able to resist coming out of retirement to fight him if he beats WBC middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (46-1-1, 32 KOs) on Saturday night in their fight on HBO PPV.
Besides Mayweather, Khan says a fight against IBF/IBO/WBA middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (35-0, 32 KOs) is also an option for him. Khan will sit down with his people and make a decision about whether to take the Golovkin fight. However, Khan says his own health is important to him, so he might not fight Golovkin and instead move back down to welterweight to fight WBC champion Danny Garcia for his title. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: WBA lightweight champion Anthony Crolla (30-4-3, 12 KOs) and the talented unbeaten challenger Ismael Barroso (19-0-2, 18 KOs) met for their final press conference today for their fight this Saturday night at the Manchester Arena in Manchester, UK.
Barroso made it clear during the press conference that he’s tired of all this back and forth talking, and just wants to go out there and do the job on the 29-year-old Crolla and go home with his WBA title.
The Venezuelan born Barroso believes he’s the best fighter in the lightweight division and he’s ready to erase Crolla as the WBA champion as he would any other contender or champion in division. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Bernard Hopkins of Golden Boy Promotions says IBF/IBO/WBA middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin should give Golden Boy promoter Saul “Canelo” Alvarez whatever catch-weight handicap he asks for in order for them to face each other.
Canelo maintains he’s a junior middleweight rather than a middleweight, and he feels he should be able to get a weight handicap for a fight against Golovkin. Hopkins came down in weight to fight the more popular Oscar De La Hoya at a 158lb catch-weight in September 2004. De La Hoya had just recently moved up to middleweight at the time three months earlier in beating WBO middleweight champion Felix Sturm by a controversial 12 round decision in June 2004. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Trainer Virgil Hunter thinks Amir Khan (31-3, 19 KOs) has enough size and power to hurt WBC middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (46-1-1, 32 KOs) in their fight this Saturday night. There’s a belief by some fans and writers that Canelo won’t be bothered by Khan’s punches because he’s moving up in weight from the welterweight division and isn’t a true middleweight like the 170+ pound Canelo.
Miguel Cotto wasn’t able to hurt Canenlo with his punches last November and Cotto is a much bigger puncher than Khan. Canelo was able to absorb the shots from the smaller Cotto without showing any signs of being bothered by the shots. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: Former WBA/WBC super middleweight champion Andre Ward (29-0, 15 KOs) will be fighting on July 9 or 16h in a tune-up fight to get him ready for his important title shot against Sergey Kovalev in November. Ward’s fight in July will be in his hometown of Oakland at the Oracle Arena, according to Dan Rafael. This is the 32-year-old Ward’s interim fight.
Ward’s promoters at Roc Nation Sports attempted to get #7 WBC Vyacheslav Shabranskyy (16-0, 13 KOs) for him to fight, but the money wasn’t right so the fight didn’t get made. If Ward can’t get an opponent for him to fight in July, then he might need to wait for the Kovalev fight in November on HBO PPV. That’s bad for Ward obviously and very good for Kovalev, because it would mean even rustier Ward than he already is. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jeff Aranow: Former four division world champion Adrien “The Problem” Broner (32-2, 24 KOs) says he’s open to a fight against WBO 140lb champion Terence “Bud” Crawford and he thinks he would beat the Omaha, Nebraska native if that fight takes place.
Broner also says he doesn’t need Floyd Mayweather Jr. Broner says the 39-year-old Mayweather needs him in order to stay relevant in the sport. In other words, Broner seems to be putting himself in the position as the younger generation and one of the top guys that Mayweather has to fight to keep himself in the limelight. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo Credit: Hogan Photos/Golden Boy Promotions) By Dan Ambrose: WBC middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez says IBF/IBO/WBA middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin is going to need to start facing better opposition if he wants to get a fight against him.
Canelo wasn’t impressed with Golovkin’s last opponent Dominic Wade, who he knocked out in two rounds last month in a mandatory title defense for his IBF belt. Canelo says that Golovkin will need to upgrade his competition from the likes of Wade if he wants to fight him in the future. Read the rest of this entry »
By Ken Wills: This is my opinion based upon who they have beaten, and pure boxing skills not hype. It’s funny how after Floyd Mayweather Jr. retired last September all of a sudden fighters who weren’t even considered in the pound for pound discussion suddenly ended up number 1 or 2 or 3 without even fighting a champion former champion or Hall of Famer to get their spot.
Gennady Golovkin, Guillermo Rigondeaux, Roman Gonzalez and Terence Crawford all look to me like they could be number one pound for pound, but you have to take that spot by beating the best, and they haven’t had their opportunity to prove that they are the best in the ring. Read the rest of this entry »