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title Pacquiao says he doesn’t know who Jeff Horn is

By Chris Williams: Manny Pacquiao’s career is arguably ending slowly in a sad way for the former eight-division world champion with him facing one non-star after another in pay-per-view fights that the boxing fans have little interest in purchasing in high numbers. Pacquiao is expected to fight someone named Jeff Horn (16-0-1, 11 KOs) next on April 23 at the Suncorps Stadium in Brisbane, Australia.

Horn is someone that Pacquiao’s 85-year-old promoter Bob Arum wants him to fight next. Pacquiao (58-6-2, 38 KOs) says he doesn’t know who Horn is, and he’s never seen his face. Despite all that, Pacquiao still wants to fight in Australia. Read the rest of this entry »



title Thurman to Danny Garcia: You’re getting knocked out

By Eric Baldwin: WBA World welterweight champion Keith “One Time” Thurman )27-0, 22 KOs) says WBC belt holder Danny Garcia (33-0, 19 KOs) has made a grave mistake in signing the contract to fight him on March 4, because he’s going to knock him out and take his WBC title in the process.

Thurman, 28, respects the punching power of Garcia, but he sees his own knockout power as being a level above his. Thurman points out that when Garcia hits guys, they go down and then get right back up. In contrast, when he knocks guys down, they stay down and don’t get back up. Read the rest of this entry »



title Santa Cruz with right game plan for Frampton

By Scott Gilfoid: Leo Santa Cruz feels that he’s improve since his loss to Carl “The Jackal” Frampton last July, and he plans on getting inside the ring and showing it on January 28 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. Santa Cruz (32-1-1, 18 KOs) knows what he did wrong in his previous fight against the unbeaten Frampton (23-0, 14 KOs), and he plans on correcting all of those mistakes when he faces the 29-year-old Irish fighter in the rematch on Showtime Championship Boxing.

The WBC Diamond strap will be up for grabs in the Frampton-Santa Cruz rematch. It’s nice little trinket for the winner. However, it doesn’t mean nearly as much for the winner as getting the victory and moving on. Read the rest of this entry »



title Using Weight as a weapon, catch-weights, same day weigh-ins and Re-hydration

By Bradley D. Cision: In the last five or so years we have seen an alarming trend in boxing, and that is the catch-weight. Lately, several boxers have started using catch-weights as weapons, and this needs to be put to an end as quickly as possible.

The latest fight to have a catch-weight contract is the Saul Canelo Alvarez vs. Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. fight on May 6. Historically, Chavez Jr. has had a good amount of difficulty making weight, and lately has been fighting at over 170 pounds. However, in his last fight against Dominik Britsch on December 10, he did come in lighter, but looked incredibly drawn and gaunt on the scales. The Canelo vs. Chavez Jr. fight has a catch-weight set at 164 1/2 pounds. Why the half pound? This seems ridiculous and pointless. Read the rest of this entry »



title Garcia-Thurman: Guardian Angel?

By Chris Miller: Ask most fighters and they will tell you “Boxing is 90% mental and 10% physical.” Nobody knows the exact ratio but for sure a huge chunk of ability is certainly housed between the ears. There is nobody who can antagonize or ignite emotion in a fighter the way trainer Angel Garcia manages to.

Good or bad, whatever your views are, he seems to be an Angel to his son WBC champion Danny ‘Swift’ Garcia, but a demon to any opponent. That opponent now is current WBA welterweight champion Keith ‘One Time’ Thurman. Read the rest of this entry »



title David Price aiming for title heavyweight title shot

By Scott Gilfoid: David Price (21-3, 18 KOs) believes he could be soon fighting for a world title in the near future if he can get past Christian Hammer (20-4, 11 KOs), and then win another fight. Price, 33, wants to become the mandatory challenger to WBO heavyweight champion Joseph Parker before fighting for a world title. However, Price might be lucky if he can even beat the 29-year-old Hammer next month, because he’s had problems with taking hard head shots.

Price has been knocked out three times since 2013, and he hasn’t even fought anyone particularly dangerous. Price’s knockouts have come against Tony Thompson [x 2] and Erkan Teper. Read the rest of this entry »



title Froch thinks Callum Smith beats Anthony Dirrell

By Scott Gilfoid: Carl Froch is picking #1 WBC Callum Smith (22-0, 17 KOs) to beat No.1 WBO Anthony Dirrell (30-1, 24 KOs) when the two of them face each other for the now vacant WBC super middleweight title.

Champion Badou Jack vacated the belt on Wednesday of this week in order to move up to light heavyweight to get bigger fights than the ones available in the 168lb division. The World Boxing Council will soon be ordering the Dirrell vs. Smith fight for the vacant WBC super middleweight title. Read the rest of this entry »



title Haye-Bellew receive warning from BBBofC

By Scott Gilfoid: Heavyweight David Haye and Tony Bellew have both reportedly received warnings from the British Boxing Board of Control before they meet up in “The Gloves Are Off” special. Bellew and Haye got into it during their kickoff press conference on November 4 for their fight on March 4 at the O2 Arena in London, England.

Bellew shoved Haye when he got too close to him, and this led to Haye appearing to swat him with a left to the chin. This all could have been avoided if promoter Eddie Hearn had made sure that the two fighters were kept separated, but he wanted them to have a face off because he thinks it’s needed to help drum up interested in the fight. Read the rest of this entry »



title Thurman wants Errol Spence Jr. match to be mega-fight

By Dan Ambrose: WBA welterweight champion Keith “One Time” Thurman (27-0, 22 KOs) says before he faces unbeaten Errol Spence Jr. (21-0, 18 KOs) in the future, he wants the fight to be built up by the media to the point where it’s a mega-fight rather than a normal fight.

Thurman points out that Floyd Mayweather Jr. didn’t agree to fight Manny Pacquiao when the boxing public wanted him to. He waited until he was ready to make that fight happen before he finally agreed to do it. Read the rest of this entry »



title Hearn wants Luis Ortiz vs. Jarrell Miller fight

By Jeff Aranow: Eddie Hearn says he’d like to match his heavyweight Luis “King Kong” Ortiz (27-0, 23 KOs) against unbeaten American heavyweight Jarrell Miller (18-0, 16 KOs). Hearn says he’s going to speak with those fighters to see if they’d be interested in the fight. Hearn says he already spoke with Showtime Sports executive Stephen Espinoza about the fight, and he’s in favor of it.

It would be a sizable step up for the 38-year-old Cuban Ortiz, who has been fighting over-matched opposition lately in British domestic level fighter David Allen and Malik Scott. The 6’4” Miller has the size and the punching power to at least make a fight of it against Ortiz. Read the rest of this entry »



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