By Yannis Mihanos: There is a phenomena in boxing that is called paper champion. Fighters who look credible and formidable enough but they are not.Their whole career is based on image and lies. Until they get what they want: a retirement contract or a retirement big fight. Until then, they must keep ducking opponents who look dangerous. Read the rest of this entry »
— Floyd Mayweather (@FloydMayweather) March 8, 2014
By Rocky Esposito: First, I would just like to mention that I really feel bad for Alfredo “El Perro” Angulo (22-4, 18 KO’s). Last night, as we all know, was an extremely rough night for him. And, whether you are a fan of Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (43-1-1, 31 KO’s), or not, he deserves nothing but credit for his dominating performance. To be sincerely honest with you, I like both fighters, and I was hoping to witness a very competitive fight. However, the fight did not unfold that way. Canelo’s hand speed, power and accurate counter punching were just too overwhelming for Alfredo Angulo. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (43-1-1, 31 KO’s) feels that his 10th round TKO win over Alfredo Angulo (22-4, 18 KO’s) last Saturday night was redemption for him from his humiliating defeat at the hands of Floyd Mayweather Jr. last September.
For Canelo, he sees himself as having proven that he’s learned from the loss to Mayweather, and that he’s improved his game. However, I’m really not so sure that a fighter as limited and as poor as Angulo is someone good enough for Canelo to make that kind of a statement about himself. Read the rest of this entry »
Deontay “Bronze Bomber” Wilder flies to Puerto Rico Tuesday in advance of his fight with Malik Scott, but made time to meet and work with the youth of rural Coffeeville, Alabama before departing. Wilder has a gym and training camp in the impoverished woodlands.
“We always start and finish camp in Coffeeville,” said Wilder. “It’s a tradition and it keeps my focus right. The young people here lost their school so we turned it into a boxing gym and now they have somewhere to go. These kids are hungry to be somebody. I’ve always been the same way.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Floyd Mayweather Jr. still hasn’t given up on the hope that Amir Khan and Adrien Broner end up fighting on his Showtime undercard on May 3rd against each other. Mayweather dropped a big hint during an interview with Showtime last Saturday night that Broner needs to take advantage of big fight opportunities offered to him.
It’s unclear whether Mayweather was hinting that Broner had turned down the Khan fight or what, but that’s the impression that I got from what Mayweather said. He’d like for Broner to step up and face Khan on his undercard of his fight against Marcos Maidana, because he sees them adding a lot to the event. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: This Saturday night Showtime will be televising what should be an exciting fight between American heavyweights Deontay Wilder (30-0, 30 KO’s) and Malik Scott (36-1-1, 13 KO’s) from the Coliseo Ruben Rodriguez, in Bayamon, Puerto Rico. The fight is a WBC heavyweight eliminator bout scheduled for 12 rounds with the winner becoming the mandatory challenger for the WBC strap.
The WBC title is currently vacant, but Chris Arreola and Bermane Stiverne will be fighting for the belt on June 1st of this year in Villahermosa, Tabasco, Mexico. Whoever comes out on top in that fight, they’ll have to fight the Wilder-Scott winner before the end of 2014. That’s what the WBC wants, so they’ve got little choice but to agree to it or risk having their strap stripped from them. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo credit: Esther Lin/Showtime) By Dan Ambrose: In what makes a strong case that Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (43-1-1, 31 KO’s) should be fighting at middleweight or better yet super middleweight, Canelo reportedly stepped inside the ring last Saturday night at 174 lbs for his bout against Alfredo Angulo (22-4, 18 KO’s) at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
In contrast, WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin recently weighed 170 lbs for one of his title defenses at middleweight. In other words, Canelo out-weighed even a middleweight champion like Golovkin. What does that tell you? It tells me that Canelo is way too heavy to be fighting in the junior middleweight division. He reminds me a lot of how former WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. would drain down a massive amount of weight to fight smaller middleweights and have a huge weight advantage over them come fight time. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo credit: Esther Lin/Showtime) By Hector Gonzalez: I wrote an article last week saying that Canelo was going to beat Angulo. I got a lot of heat for that article. Many fans were predicting that Angulo was going to win. For a moment I was puzzled as to why people were picking Angulo to win, I know that there is an emotional factor involved when rooting for a fighter and I do feel that Angulo is an easy guy to like, but based on skill I didn’t quite understand why people were saying that Angulo would win so boldly.
After some thought I realize that the reason why so many people were picking Angulo to win doesn’t have much to do with Angulo or Canelo as much as it has to do with Erislandy Lara and Floyd Maymayweather. The saying in boxing today is that “All roads lead to Mayweather”, in this case as subtle as it maybe this fight was really about Mayweather’s trajectory in boxing. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: Making his second fight of his comeback, 34-year-old former 4 division world champion Jorge Arce (62-7-2, 47 KO’s) obliterated journeyman Aldimar Silva Santos (19-7, 10 KO’s) by a 5th round TKO last Saturday night at the Domo de la Macroplaza, Nogales, Sonora, Mexico. Arce knocked Silva down twice in the fight, once in the 3rd and another time in the 5th. The referee Juan Jose Ramirez did the sensible thing in stopping the fight at 0:41 of the 5th round after Arce nailed the badly overmatched Silva with a flurry of shots. Read the rest of this entry »
By Phil Chad: On Monday 10th March at 12noon (UK Time) tickets for the May 31st Carl Froch v George Groves rematch will be on sale, and I predict that the 80,000 seats at Wembley stadium will all but nearly be gone. Now before I go into predictions and state where I will be putting my money come fight night, let’s take a moment to be grateful.
On May 31st the boxing world is going to be treated to another classic British grudge match, and regardless of the winner we should be appreciative of both fighters who step into the squared circle and put it all on the line. Read the rest of this entry »