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title Mayweather wants Roach to train McGregor


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 »

title Thurman doubts Danny Garcia will succeed against real welterweights


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 »

title Wladimir Klitschko: I can’t wait to get my belts back!


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 »

title Tony Bellew willing to face Haye at heavyweight


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 »

title New drug tests show Alexander Povetkin was clean


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 »

title Should Canelo return to 154 if he ducks Golovkin fight?


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 »

title Is Mayweather vs. McGregor worth $100 on PPV?


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 »

title Hearn: Burns would face Broner in U.S


By Scott Gilfoid: Matchroom Sport promoter Eddie Hearn says his fighter Ricky Burns (40-5-1, 14 KOs) would be open to traveling to the United States to face former four division world champion Adrien “The Problem” Broner in order to get the fight.

Hearn is very interested in making that fight happen. Hearn says Broner’s management sent a congratulations message to him and Burns, and he sees this as a sign that they’ll be looking to contact them in the near future to start negotiations. Read the rest of this entry »

title Thurman denies running from Porter in sparring

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By Dan Ambrose: WBA World welterweight champion Keith “One Time” Thurman (26-0, 22 KOs) has less than a month before he faces Shawn Porter (26-1-1, 16 KOs) on June 25 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. The two fighters sparred together three years ago, and Thurman supposed spent much of the time running from Porter to keep from getting hit.

Thurman, 27, has a different perception of what took place during the sparring sessions, which he says took place over a three to four week period. Thurman says he wasn’t running from Porter, he was “dodging” him and making him hit air. It’s understandable why some people might interpret dodging as a form of running because what it means is that Thurman wasn’t staying in the pocket against Porter. He was moving to keep from getting hit. Read the rest of this entry »

title Francisco Vargas vs. Orlando Salido this Saturday on HBO


By Dan Ambrose: Former two division world champion Orlando Salido (43-13-3, 30 KOs) will be challenging WBC super featherweight champion Francisco Vargas (23-0-1, 17 KOs) this Saturday night on HBO Championship Boxing from the StubHub Center in Carson, California. This will be the 31-year-old Vargas’ first defense of his WBC title.

Vargas won the WBC belt with an exciting 9th round knockout win over WBC champion Takashi Miura last November in a grueling fight. Vargas was knocked down in the 4th round of the fight and looked to be on his way to losing the bout. Read the rest of this entry »

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