By Liam Fitzpatrick: Seriously everyone. I’m as big a boxing fan as the next person and love watching a good fight, but I really don’t think that watching Floyd Mayweather Jr. go in against anyone will give us this. Don’t get me wrong, I am not trying to take anything away from the guy. He is an exceptional boxer and quite literally the best in the business, but the last good fight I saw him in was with Miguel Cotto.
I admit I was excited about the Saul “Canelo” Alvarez fight, although I would have preferred them to fight this year rather than last as I think Canelo still hadn’t reached his full maturity at the time they fought. Watching the way he was schooled by the pound for pound king was a humbling experience, and has led me to ask, who would honestly have any better chance against Mayweather? Read the rest of this entry »
By Bob Smith: Last year heralded two new champions added to the pantheon of the ESPN Pound for Pound List – Guillermo Rigondeaux and Gennady Golovkin, and also was the year of the first defeat of Canelo Alvarez in the most anticipated fight of the year, the fight between him and Floyd Mayweather. All three boxing champions have bright futures and unique strengths, but if they face the wrong opponent, may well fall from grace in the next year.
Guillermo Rigondeaux is arguably the best defensive fighter in boxing today, with the possible exception of Floyd Mayweather. His brilliant and masterful fight against Donaire last year made the 2012 Fighter of the Year look ordinary, and largely feckless. He followed this up with a win against the very tough and underrated Joseph Agbeko. He is a master at controlling distance and is an excellent counter-puncher. Read the rest of this entry »
By Justin Town: “I’ve been stopped once in my life and that was by my momma and ever since then nobody’s put me down. My momma whopped my behind since I was seven-years-old. I got hit by lefts, rights, uppercuts, sticks, board, cat, dog, strap, bat, everything you name it but I’m still here. I guess it made me the tough, strong, broad male that I am today and unless you whop me you ain’t putting me down. My momma’s a heavyweight man. My momma’s 6’1” 210 pounds. Trust me, it was a hell of a nightmare.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Tom Eynon:
10. Sugar Ray Leonard vs julio Cesar Chavez. This fight would have been the classic Thunder vs Lightning.. With The famous bull rush, hard pressed approach that Chavez had built into a hall of fame career, and the slick lightning fast hands of The classic Sugar Ray Leonard. This fight can only make us speculate on the greatness that could have been witnessed. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo credit: Chris Farina/Tom Rank) By Chris Williams: WBO welterweight champion Tim Bradley (31-0, 12 KO’s) is still more than a little mystified by the fact that hes the underdog against Manny Pacquiao (55-5-2, 38 KO’s) for their upcoming April 12th fight. Bradley feels that Pacquiao should be the underdog considering that he was recently knocked out cold by Juan Manuel Marquez in 2012. This is the same Marquez that Bradley easily beat by a 12 round decision last October.
Bradley thinks it’s funny how fans select Pacquiao to beat him when they should be backing him in this fight. Read the rest of this entry »
By sishaq: By now many hard-core boxing junkies and casual fans are aware Floyd Mayweather Jr. has a May 5 fight date approaching in the desert of Las Vegas, NV. What’s odd is that it’s late February and an opponent has still yet to be named.
Mayweather asked his fans to pick either Amir Khan or Marcos Maidana, and though the latter had the early lead the tide turned when day turned to night in the US and night turned to day in the other parts of the world thus allowing Amir Khan’s fans to make him leapfrog past Maidana and win the popular vote. This is consistent with Khan’s broad international appeal and further evidence the PPV interest has international reach and not just by domestic audiences. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Former WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (47-1-1, 32 KO’s) needs to look impressive and win without the stink of controversy in his rematch against middleweight contender Brian Vera (23-7, 14 KO’s) on March 1st at the the Alamodome, in San Antonio, Texas, USA. Chavez Jr. was given an very controversial 10 round unanimous decision win over Vera last September in Carson, California. Chavez looked sluggish, overweight, and not in shape in that fight and he deserved to lose a clear decision. However, this isn’t the first time that Chavez Jr. has won a controversial decision.
It was actually the 4th time during his career that he’s won a fight that he appeared to lose, as he was outworked in both of his fights against Carlos Molina earlier in his career, and he was clearly beaten by Matt Vanda in their first fight in 2008. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: A huge fight card fight is being talked about for May 3rd headlined by Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Marcos Maidana with the co-feature fight being Amir Khan vs. Adrien Broner, according to Steve Bunce. The idea is that Khan would have to prove himself by beating Broner in order to get a big money fight against Mayweather in September. Having Broner-Khan on the undrecard of Mayweather vs. Maidana would likely bring in a ton of PPV buys.
In other words, an eliminator type of fight. It’s a win-win for Mayweather either way. If Khan beats Broner, then Khan comes out as a much stronger opponent for Mayweather to fight in September than he is now with his 2 losses in his last 4 fights. If Broner beats Khan, then we have Broner facing Mayweather in September. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: Former two division world champion Zab Judah (42-9, 29 KO’s) will be back in the ring in late April, according to the Boxing Channel. Judah, 36, still doesn’t have an opponent yet for this date, but someone will be selected shortly. Judah is coming off of a disappointing 12 round decision loss to Paulie Malignaggi from last December in Brooklyn, New York.
Judah started out the fight well in dropping Malignaggi in the 2nd round. However, Judah stopped punching after the 3rd round and spent most of the fight doing nothing, and trying to get out of the way of Malignaggi’s shots. Late in the 12th round, Judah finally came alive when he went after Malignaggi in throwing a flurry of shots. However, the punches mostly missed, and Malignaggni openly taunted Judah for this late effort. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Dereck Chisora (19-4, 13 KO’s) weighed in today at an in shape looking [for him] 238 lbs for his important fight against highly skilled veteran Kevin Johnson (29-4-1, 14 KO’s) for their fight tomorrow night. This is a must win for Chisora, because he needs a victory over the 34-year-old Johnson to move forward to his WBO heavyweight eliminator bout against Tyson Fury this Summer. In looking at the body language of the two during the weigh-in, it seemed to me like Chisora was afraid of Johnson.
I smelled fear in a big way from Chisora, especially when he had to stand face-to-face with Johnson for the stare down. Chisora didn’t try any of his tricks, and it’s a good thing too because Johnson doesn’t play that. Read the rest of this entry »