By Chris Williams: Manny Pacquiao could lose his next fight against unbeaten Jeff Horn, according to Ali Funeka. He was beaten by the 28-year-old Horn (16-0-1, 11 KOs) by a 6th round knockout last December. Horn was able to use an in and out attacking style to get the better of the 38-year-old Funkeka in dropping him and scoring a 6th round TKO.
Now it’s Pacquiao’s turn. This might be a mistake for Pacquiao to agree to fight Horn. The way Pacquiao looked in his last fight against Jessie Vargas last November, he could have problems with Horn, and he might lose. A win for Horn would make him the new WBO welterweight champion. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: David Haye sized Tony Bellew up while they were taping ‘The Gloves are Off’ special for British television, and he says he saw a nervous fighter that look fat, and is ready to be knocked out quickly in their fight in a little over a month on March 4 on Sky Box Office pay-per-view at the O2 Arena in London, England. In looking at some recent photos of Bellew, he does look kind of blubbery around the jowls. He looks like he’s carrying around some useless extra weight.
Bellew has bulked up in weight to 225lbs in hopes of being able to defeat Haye. The problem with Bellew putting on weight is he’s not going to get a chance to test himself at the new weight before he faces Haye. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: Daniel Jacobs (32-1, 29 KOs) says he has the perfect strategy to deal with what IBF/IBO/WBA/WBC middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (36-0, 33 KOs) will be bringing to the table on March 18 on HBO pay-per-view at Madison Square Garden in New York. Jacobs is going to be training with light heavyweight champion Andre Ward’s trainer Virgil Hunter in his gym in Oakland, California for this training camp to get ready for Triple G.
There’s a possibility that Jacobs could do some sparring with Ward, who recently beat the hard hitting Sergey Kovalev by a 12 round unanimous decision last November to take his IBF/WBA/WBO 175lb titles. The strategy that the 29-year-old Jacobs will be using for Golovkin is his secret. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: The negotiations between Amir Khan (31-4, 19 KOs) and IBF welterweight champion Kell Brook (36-1, 25 KOs) fell apart this week. Khan says that Brook didn’t want the fight. Brook’s promoter Eddie Hearn agreed that they don’t want the Khan fight for a purse split of 70-30, which apparently is what he was asking for.
Hearn reportedly wants a 50-50 split of the revenue for the Brook-Khan fight, but that’s not going to fly with Khan. As such, Khan is going in a different direction for his next fight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Carl Frampton says he sees Leo Santa Cruz as a bully, and claims that he was able to push him back in their last fight in July, and didn’t let him have his way. Frampton has made adjustments to his game with his training for their rematch this Saturday night on January 28 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Frampton thinks that with those adjustments, he’ll be able to beat Santa Cruz easier than he did last time they fought. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: After IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua beats 41-year-old Wladimir Klitschko on April 29, he expects his credibility to increase his credibility in the boxing world. Joshua, 27, believes a win over former world champion Klitschko will give him more status in the sport.
It didn’t really work well for Tyson Fury though after he beat Klitschko. Instead of Fury being seen as a great, he was seen as someone that picked the right moment in Klitshko’s career to fight him. I suspect it’ll be much the same with Joshua, but even more so. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Trainer Robert Garcia is giving the edge to Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (50-2-1, 32 KOs) for his fight against Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (48-1-1, 34 KOs) on May 6 on HBO PPV. While Garcia likes Canelo’s boxing skills and activity level in his career, he sees him as the smaller, weaker fighter of the two.
Garcia thinks that Chavez Jr. can win the fight if he comes in shape and is focused for the fight. It comes down to pride and defending the family name with Chavez Jr., says Garcia. He believes that with Chavez Jr’s size and power advantage, he’ll be able to beat the 5’9” Canelo. Read the rest of this entry »
By Joseph Hirsch: It was inevitable that Adrien Broner would initially draw comparison to Floyd Mayweather. From his use of the “Philly Shell” defense style to his flamboyant trash-talking, the two had quite a bit in common.
But Floyd was a much more defensive-minded fighter than Broner, a consummate counter-puncher who didn’t engage in a war unless he absolutely had to. Broner has great defense, but he is also at heart a more aggressive fighter than Floyd Mayweather. Broner also has a couple of official losses on his record, unlike Mayweather.
Floyd is retired now, which means Broner is no longer laboring in Money Mayweather’s shadow. The main question remaining then is where does Broner go from here? Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Manny Pacquiao says he plans on only fighting two times in 2017, not the four times that his promoter Bob Arum was talking about. The 38-year-old Pacquiao says it’s hard enough for him to fight even twice per year, and he does not want to try for four times.
Pacquiao doesn’t plan on retiring in 2017 as well. He wants to fight a couple of times in 2018, and then make a decision on his boxing career. Pacquiao’s next fight is supposed to be on April 23 against #2 WBO Jeff Horn (16-0-1, 11 KOs) in Brisbane, Australia. Pacquiao says the fight still isn’t finalized as of yet, and he’s not heard of the guy before. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: The International Boxing Federation has scheduled a purse bid for the #1 IBF light heavyweight position between #2 IBF Artur Beterbiev (11-0, 11 KOs) and #9 IBF Sullivan Barrera (18-1, 13 KOs) at the IBF’s headquarters on February 2. Beterbiev’s promoter Yvon Michel and Main Events, the promoter for Barrera, will be in attendance.
Beterbiev and Barrera will be fighting to decide who will be the mandatory challenger to IBF light heavyweight champion Andre Ward. Beterbiev, 31, has been knocking out everyone he’s faced since turning pro several years ago. Read the rest of this entry »