By Chris Williams: Trainer Freddie Roach still hasn’t given up on his star fighter Manny Pacquiao making a comeback in the near future for one last fight. Pacquiao has already said that he’s probably not going to come back to the sport to resume his career unless he misses it. What makes a comeback unlikely is Pacquiao being elected into the senate in the Philippines last May.
Pacquiao is now a senator in his home country, and he’s got huge responsibilities that go with this job. Roach wants to get Pacquiao to come back for a fight against Saul “Canelo” Alvarez of Floyd Mayweather Jr. Roach says the fight with Canelo was offered to him, and he want to see what Pacquiao thinks about it when they meet each face to face in the future. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: WBO middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders (23-0, 12 KOs) says he’s not in favor of Floyd Mayweather Jr. fighting UFC champion Conor McGregor in a boxing match. Saunders thinks it’s bad for the sport, and a fight in which McGregor could potentially get hurt by Mayweather due to his inexperience in boxing.
Saunders’s idea is for McGregor to earn the fight against Mayweather by facing him first, and if McGregor wins, then he can move forward to face Mayweather for a big money fight. It sounds like a nice pipe dream, doesn’t it? The problem with that idea is that McGregor will likely never consider it even for a fraction of a second. I mean, there’s no question in my mind that Saunders would whip the novice McGregor in a boxing match. But once Saunders finished smashng McGregor into oblivion, Mayweather couldn’t fight McGregor any longer. Who would want to see a Mayweather-McGregor fight then? Saunders will spoiled the mismatch for Mayweather by beating his unskilled opponent before he could do it. Read the rest of this entry »
By Eric Baldwin: Yvon Michel, the promoter for unbeaten light heavyweight contender Artur Beterbiev (9-0, 9 KOs), says the goal for Beterbiev is to capture all four of the light heavyweight titles in the division. To accomplish that task, Beterbiev, 31, will need to defeat IBF/WBA/WBO 175lb champion Sergey Kovalev and WBC champion Adonis Stevenson.
It’s not going to be easy for Beterbiev to get fights against both of those fighters. Facing Kovalev will require some waiting around until 2017, because he’s got two more fights scheduled in 2016 against Isaac Chilemba and Andre Ward.
If Kovalev is still unbeaten after those two fights are out of the way, then him and Beterbiev will be a possibility next year if Kovalev doesn’t choose to take a couple of voluntary defenses first. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: In a strange move, Floyd Mayweather Jr. reportedly told trainer Freddie Roach to agree to train UFC fighter Conor McGregor if he’s asked by him to train him for their proposed fight. It’s unknown why Mayweather wants Roach to train the 27-year-old McGregor for a fight between them.
It could be that Mayweather might think having Roach’s name associated with McGregor could help pump up interest in the Mayweather-McGregor fight. It sounds good if the media can mention Roach as the trainer for McGregor rather than some obscure boxing trainer or an MMA trainer with little knowledge of the sport. Read the rest of this entry »
Eric Baldwin: WBA World welterweight champion Keith “One Time” Thurman has doubts whether WBC welterweight champion Danny Garcia (32-0, 18 KOs) will be able to hang with the big boys at welterweight now that he’s moved up all the way to the division and is no longer fighting at catch-weights.
Thurman takes issue with Garcia seeing himself as the No.1 fighter at 147 now that Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao have both retired from the sport. Thurman notes that Garcia has had two fights since he moved up to the full weight for the welterweight division, and those fights were against Paulie Malignaggi and Robert Guerrero.
Thurman says those guys aren’t real welterweights, as they started their careers below 147. Garcia beat Guerrero last January by a 12 round decision, but it was a fairly close fight. It was closer than the 116-112 x 3 scores that the judges handed down. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Wladimir Klitschko (64-4, 53 KOs) say he feels younger now that he’s no longer a world champion, and he’s looking forward to challenging IBO/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Tyson Fury (25-0, 18 KOs) in their rematch on July 9 at the Manchester Arena in Manchester, UK.
Wladimir, 40, plans on knocking Fury out and recapturing those belts that are now in the slightly pudgy looking British fighters’ possession. Wladimir feels he has less pressure on him now that he’s no longer defending his titles. He likes being on the other side of the fence as the challenger for a change after holding down world titles for nine straight years until his loss to Fury last November. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Newly crowned WBC cruiserweight champion Tony Bellew (27-2-1, 17 KOs) says he would be willing to move up to heavyweight to face David Haye (28-2, 26 KOs) at the full weight for the division without a catch-weight if he’s game. Haye might just take Bellew up on his offer because he already snapped off an Instagram post on Monday, saying he would be willing to give him a thrashing after he gets done with his next fight against former WBO heavyweight champion Shannon Briggs. Bellew won the vacant WBC cruiserweight title last Sunday night in stopping Ilunga Makabu in the 3rd round at the Goodison Park Stadium in Liverpool, UK.
That fight is likely to take place in September. As such, we could be seeing a clash between Bellew and Haye before the end of 2016. It works out well for both fighters if the fight takes place at heavyweight. Read the rest of this entry »
Ryabinsky press statement: The new doping test of the Russian boxer Alexander Povetkin, taken May 17, 2016, showed no traces of Meldonium. This was reported today by the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association (VADA) with reference to the results of analyses conducted by the laboratory in Los Angeles. The sample taken a week earlier also lacked traces of Meldonium. Thus, only one of Povetkin’s six samples revealed extremely low concentrations of the prohibited drug. Read the rest of this entry »
Jeff Aranow: Saul “Canelo” Alvarez says he wants his promoters at Golden Boy Promotions to continue working on negotiations for a fight against IBF/IBO/WBA/WBC middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin. Canelo hasn’t officially ducked the hard hitting Kazakhstan fighter yet, but there’s a very good chance we could see that in the near future.
Canelo giving up his WBC middleweight title this month was the first hint that he might choose to avoid facing Triple G. The other hints were Canelo saying he’s still a 154lb fighter and that he won’t fight a middleweight at the full weight of 160lbs. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jeff Aranow: Many boxing fans are hoping that Floyd Mayweather Jr. (49-0, 26 KOs) doesn’t wind up facing MMA fighter Conor McGregor (0-0) this year or ever in a boxing match due to the fight potentially hurting the sport because of it being such a gross mismatch.
Mayweather’s Tweet today in posting a fight-poster of himself and McGregor posing in the type of poster you see when a fight is taking place, it suggests that the two of them will be facing. Read the rest of this entry »