By David Alexander: On Saturday night, Floyd Mayweather Jr. improved to 46-0 and kept his unbeaten streak alive. Yet this fight was one of his toughest fights in his 17 year boxing career, making him uncomfortable and at times, vulnerable. Personally I scored the bout 115-113 to Mayweather. Marcos Maidana came out swinging and for the first time in a while we saw a fighter against Floyd who commanded the ring early with his awkward style and putting Mayweather on the ropes.
Few fighters have ever come as close as Maidana did to handing Mayweather his first loss. The Argentine star went on the offensive right from the opening bell and didn’t let up over the next 11 rounds. While Maidana clearly got tired as the bout went on, he never gave the champion an easy time of it. Mayweather landed crisper shots and was winning rounds in the middle of the bout. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: WBA/WBO super bantamweight champion Guillermo Rigondeaux (13-0, 8 KO’s) will be fighting #11 WBA bantamweight contender Jonathan Guzman (16-0, 16 KO’s) on July 12th at the Cotai Arena, Venetian Resort, Macao, Macao S.A.R., China. This will be Rigondeaux’s last fight with Top Rank, as he’s going to be moving on to find a promoter who can keep him busier than he’s been recently in fighting for Top Rank.
Rigondeaux has fought only once since he whipped former WBO 122lb champion Nonito Donaire last year in April, although it’s not for Rigondeaux not wanting to fight. Rigondeaux was interested in getting back in the ring and giving Donaire another thrashing, but Top Rank promoter Bob Arum hasn’t let Rigondeaux get another chance at fighting Donaire. Rigondeaux wanted to take Donaire’s scalp for a second time, but Arum didn’t make the fight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Danny Ech: First let me say that it is my soul purpose when I write an article on Boxing News 24 to cause YOU the reader to think and ask yourselves questions about what you are seeing instead of just accepting what is being fed to YOU through media. Let me also say that what I am going to share with YOU the reader are just my thoughts and opinions in NO way am I saying this is true because only time will tell plus every other article everywhere else is pretty much saying the same things so here’s something different.
To be duped is defined as “To use your targets EMOTIONS to CONFUSE their THOUGHTS” i.e. EMOTIONS CONFUSE THOUGHTS. Hood-Winked is defined as “To have the wool be pulled over your eyes” so now EMOTIONS CONFUSE THOUGHTS BY PULLING THE WOOL OVER YOUR EYES. Bamboozled is defined as “To take in by ELABORATE METHODS of DECEIT” so now EMOTIONS CONFUSE THOUGHTS BY PULLING THE WOOL OVER YOUR EYES BY ELABORATE METHODS OF DECEIT. Read the rest of this entry »
By Anthony Mason: Floyd Mayweather Jr’s last performance against an ordinary opponent in Marcos Maidana last Saturday night was hardly impressive. Roger Mayweather himself stated that Maidana had not beaten anyone that impressed him. Despite his own uncle and trainer admitting the ordinary status of Maidana, Floyd clearly lost four to five rounds. And it’s not like Floyd is well past his prime, either.
Floyd was coming off a win against a solid average opponent in Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, and sustained absolutely no damage in that fight. Many considered his win over Canelo to be one of the finest performances in his career, so it is ludicrous to immediately switch to saying that Floyd is getting old and slowing down. Although he is 37, several fighters have peaked in their mid-30s, while others peaked in their early 20s, so age is not indicative of a fighter’s prime. Read the rest of this entry »
By John Snow: So the main purpose of me writing this piece is mainly looking at the sport of boxing in a different light, I will use a few modern fighters Victor Ortiz, Amir Khan and Floyd Mayweather Jr, along with some of our golden oldies Muhammad Ali, Mike Tyson etc. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Two of boxing’s greatest minds, WBA super middleweight champion Andre Ward and trainer Virgil Hunter, both saw the Floyd Mayweather Jr. – Marcos Maidana fight last Saturday night, and they saw absolutely nothing controversial about the judges giving Mayweather Jr. the 12 round decision victory. If anything, they felt that it should have been a unanimous decision instead of a majority decision.
To Ward and Hunter, it was a clear cut 8 rounds to 4 victory for Mayweather in the fight. Like everyone, they saw Maidana throwing a lot of punches, but they also observed that he was missing all night long instead of landing with those punches. You’re not supposed to win rounds based on missed shots, as the name of the game is to score punches that land. Maidana simply wasn’t landing with the punches he was throwing, they felt. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Last Saturday night we saw the new Amir Khan (29-3, 19 KO’s) revealed with his clinch-filled 12 round decision victory over Luis Collazo (35-6, 18 KO’s) on the Floyd Mayweather Jr – Marcos Maidana undercard at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. This was supposed to be the new and improved Khan that would be more exciting, more powerful and more of a threat to beating Mayweather.
Khan used more movement and more head-grabbing in this fight than he had in his last two fights, and it made his fight with Collazo very difficult to watch due to the constant tie-ups that Khan was initiating. According to theguardian, one of the Showtime executives wasn’t pleased with Khan’s new defensive fighting style, saying “We liked the old Amir.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: ESPN commentator Teddy Atlas sees Marcos Maidana (35-4, 31 KO’s) as gaining strength and confidence from his good performance against Floyd Mayweather Jr. (46-0, 26 KO’s) last Saturday night, and using that confidence to take the fight to Mayweather in an even more aggressive manner in their possible rematch in September of this year. Atlas blames Mayweather’s poor performance in the fight on him putting too much emphasis on his defense at the expense of his offense.
Atlas thinks Mayweather could have shut Maidana down completely and knock him out if he had taken the fight to him instead of sitting back against the ropes to look for counter shot opportunities. Mayweather thought he could halt Maidana’s forward motion with single punches while he was coming forward, but Maidana walked through these punches all night long to get in close to throw his nonstop bombs. Atlas thinks Mayweather could have kept Maidana from getting anything off if he had just thrown combinations. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: Floyd Mayweather Jr. (46-0, 26 KO’s) is contemplating giving Marcos Maidana (35-4, 31 KO’s) another fight after the two of them went toe-to-toe for 12 action-packed rounds last Saturday night at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. Maidana fought well enough to where a handful of fight fans felt that he deserved the win. But even the ones that felt that Mayweather edged it, were pleased enough with the fight to want to see the two go at it a second time.
No one has fought Mayweather this competitive since his first fight against Jose Luis Castillo many years ago, and it was refreshing for fans to see Mayweather having to push himself to a victory instead of him just going out and effortlessly beating his opponents. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: #4 WBO super featherweight contender Juan Manuel Lopez (34-3, 31 KO’s) will be fighting #2 Francisco Vargas (19-0-1, 13 KO’s) in a WBO 130lb title eliminator bout on July 12th on the undercard of the Erislandy Lara vs. Saul “Canelo” Alvarez card at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. The winner of the Lopez-Vargas fight will become the mandatory challenger for WBO super featherweight champion Mikey Garcia.
Lopez, 30, was destroyed by Mikey Garcia in 4 rounds last year in June in a fight that was a little more than a massacre. After that loss, Lopez was considered to be washed up and ready for the junk heap by a lot of boxing fans of the sport. However, Lopez was able to get in excellent shape and come and destroy Danel Ponce De Leon in two rounds last March in an impressive performance by Lopez in Coliseo Ruben Rodriguez, Bayamon, Puerto Rico. Read the rest of this entry »