By Dan Ambrose: After retiring last September, Floyd Mayweather Jr. could be returning to the ring in the near future for a big money fight against one of the top fighters. Mayweather talked with Showtime’s Jim Gray last Saturday night about a potential comeback.
Mayweather does not seem particularly interested in fighting Gennady Golovkin, a fighter who is quickly becoming the biggest name in the sport. Mayweather thinks Golovkin should move up two entire weight divisions to fight Andre Ward at light heavyweight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Amir Khan (31-3, 19 KOs) says his hand speed will be too much for the bigger and slower WBC middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (46-1-1, 32 KOs) in their fight this Saturday night on HBO PPV. Khan has bulked up for this fight from the welterweight division, and he feels the strongest he’s ever been in a fight.
The fight will be taking place at a catch-weight of 155lbs, and that gives Khan an extra eight pounds from what he usually weighs in at 147. Khan believes the added weight will make him stronger. However, Khan will still be dealing with a heavier fighter in Canelo, who generally rehydrates into the 170s for his fights. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: With IBO/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Tyson Fury (25-0, 18 KOs) saying this week that he’ll be ending his boxing career after his next fight against Wladimir Klitschko on July 9, it looks like IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua (16-0, 16 KOs) and his promoter Eddie Hearn won’t be getting the unification fight against Fury.
Hearn has been talking about wanting to match Joshua against Fury in November in what would be a big fight fit for a stadium. However, Fury says he’ll be hanging up his gloves after the rematch with Klitschko in two months from now at the Manchester Arena in Manchester, UK. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: WBA lightweight champion Anthony Crolla (30-4-3, 12 KOs) will be making his first and perhaps his only defense of his WBA title this Saturday night against a virtual freight train in #1 WBA Ismael Barroso (19-0-2, 18 KOs) at the Manchester Arena in Manchester, UK.
Crolla has the hometown advantage in this fight, but in this case I don’t see it being any help for him. Barroso is simply an unstoppable force of nature, and no amount of screaming from Crolla’s home fans is going to change that.
If anything, Crolla’s fans will lead to an early demise for the 29-year-old Crolla because Barroso seems to get motivated when he has fans cheering his opponents. I think he sees the cheering an exciting and he just pours it on until his opponents collapse on the canvas. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jeff Aranow: Last Saturday, Floyd Mayweather Jr. (49-0, 26 KOs) dropped a big hint that he’ll be possibly making a comeback soon for the right price of 9-figures in talking to Showtime. Mayweather will be looking for win No.50, and it’s already said that Mayweather Promotions has trademarked a couple of names related to victory No.50.
The next question is who will the 39-year-old Mayweather be fighting. We already know that his last fight against Andre Berto failed to ring in a ton of PPV buys like we’d seen from Mayweather in the past. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: Andre Berto (31-4, 24 KOs) tuned his career around last Saturday night with a fourth round knockout win over his old nemesis Victor Ortiz (31-6-2, 24 KOs) in their rematch at the DC Armory in Washington, DC.
A loss for Berto in this fight would have removed any chance of him getting a crack at WBC 147lb world champion Danny Garcia, and it might have did his career in. The improvement that Berto made in his skills came from his hard work in sparring with former WBA/WBC super middleweight champion Andre Ward, who shares the same trainer as him in Virgil Hunter out of Hayward, California. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Trainer Peter Fury appears to be making excuses for his fighter heavyweight Hughie Fury (20-0, 10 KOs) not looking good last Saturday night in his fight against Fred Kassi (18-5-1, 10 KOs) last Saturday night at the Copper Box Arena in London, UK. Hughie was having all he could handle from the 36-year-old Kassi until the fight was halted in the 7th round due to the 21-year-old Hughie suffering a cut over his left eye from a head clash in the 6th.
Peter says Hughie was flat in the fight due to Kassi’s awkward style. Peter says that Kassi wasn’t there for Hughie to hit, so that led to frustration on his part. However, in watching the fight, it looked like Hughie went to pieces mentally in the 6th round after getting pursued all over the ring by the shorter Kassi and nailed with some huge headshots. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jeff Aranow: It’s looking like superstar Floyd “Money” Mayweather Jr. is poised to launch a comeback to shoot for victory No.50 in his career. Mayweather Promotions has filed for trademarks on ‘TMT 50’ and ‘TBE 50,’ according to ESPN.com.
If that’s not a big hint that we’ll soon be seeing Mayweather comeback, then it’s hard to know what is. Mayweather retired with victory 49 after his one-sided 12 round unanimous decision victory over Andre Berto last September in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Mayweather’s record now sits at 49-0 with 26 knockouts, which ties him with the late former heavyweight world champion Rocky Marciano. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: According to the punch stats from last night’s fight between WBC super middleweight champion Badou Jack (20-1-2, 12 KOs) and Lucian Bute (32-3-1, 25 KOs), Jack out-landed the 36-year-old Bute by a wide margin. Jack landed almost a 100 more punches.
It’s not the fight I saw. I thought Bute landed more shots and I counted him landing many more punches than Jack in their fight at the DC Armory in Washington, DC. The Jack-Bute fight was scored a draw by the scores 117-111 for Jack, and 114-114 and 114-114. I thought a draw was fair. I have no problems with that score. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: WBC welterweight champion Danny Garcia (32-0, 18 KOs) says he’s ready to face #3 WBC Andre Berto following his fourth round knockout win over Victor Ortiz last Saturday night on Premier Boxing Champions on Fox at the StubHub Center in Carson, California.
The win for Berto was an impressive won because he turned back the clock with the victory. It was easily the best performance from the 32-year-old Berto since his win over former IBF welterweight champion Jan Zaveck in 2011. Read the rest of this entry »