By Chris Williams: Here is last Saturday night’s Showtime All Access: Mayweather vs. Maidana 2 episode 2. The episode showed some of what I feel is some edginess on the part of Marcos Maidana (35-4, 31 KOs) as the fight date comes closer for his rematch with WBA/WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr (46-0, 26 KOs) at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: #4 WBC George Groves (19-2, 15 KOs) has been knocked out in his last two fights against IBF/WBA super middleweight champion Carl Froch and yet here Groves is fighting in a WBC 168 pound eliminator bout this month on September 20th against European super middleweight champion Christopher Rebrasse (22-2-3, 6 KOs) at Wembley Arena in London, UK.
Ignoring for a second the oddity of someone fighting in an eliminator bout after coming off of two straight knockout losses, what I’m wondering is whether Groves’ chin will hold up against Rebrasse for a full 12 rounds without betraying him once again. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo credit: Stephanie Trapp/SHOWTIME) By Dan Ambrose: Adrien Broner (29-1, 22 KOs) says he wants to fight #1WBO, #2 WBC 140lb contender Lucas Matthysse (36-1, 34 KOs) next following Broner’s hard fought 12 round unanimous decision win over Emmanuel Taylor (18-3, 12 KOs) last night at the U.S Bank Arena in Cincinnati, Ohio.
It was a tough scrap for Broner, but he was able to pull out the victory in the second half of the fight when Taylor stopped throwing as many punches. If not for that, Broner would have lost again. His work rate was not good, and he spent too much time on the ropes just covering up. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo Credit: Stephanie Trapp/SHOWTIME) By Dan Ambrose: Last Saturday night #1 WBO, #2 WBC Lucas Matthysse (36-3, 34 KOs) defeated WBC Silver 140 pound champion Roberto Ortiz (31-1-1, 24 KOs) by an impressive 2nd round knockout at the U.S Bank Arena in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Immediately after the fight, Matthysse said he wanted to fight WBA/WBC light welterweight champion Danny Garcia next if he had the courage to take the fight. But if Garcia didn’t want the fight, Matthysse said he’d look to face Adrien Broner, who defeated Emmanuel Taylor on the same card last night in Cincinnati, but in a far less impressive fashion. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo Credit: Stephanie Trapp/SHOWTIME) By Gav Duthie: After another average Adrien Broner performance on Saturday in winning a close decision against Emmanuel Taylor he continues to have question marks over his star quality as he claws his way back to the top after his loss to Marcos Maidana. With Broner’s relaxed, dismissive attitude towards Emmanuel Taylor it would be easy to forget that he actually lost a fight recently.
It brings me to question whether Broner will be the next Floyd Mayweather Jr or will he be more like a Zab Judah. Furthermore how does he fair against the current champions in the 140 lb division. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: If you were hoping to see newly crowned IBF super bantamweight champion Carl Frampton (19-0, 13 KOs) face what many boxing fans consider to be the best fighter in the 122 pound division in WBA/WBO champion Guillermo Rigondeaux, you can forget all about that fight.
Frampton’s promoter Barry McGuigan says they have no interest in fighting the talented Cuban fighter for they see him as someone who brings nothing to the table in terms of money, TV or fan appeal. Of course, this is the standard line that other boxing promoters mention when they wish to have their fighter avoid someone who would likely expose their fighter by beating them soundly. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Marcos Maidana (35-4, 31 KOs) showed moments of self-doubt last Saturday night in episode 2 of All Access: Mayweather vs. Maidana 2 on Showtime. Maidana had a conversation with his trainer Robert Garcia’s dad in which Maidana wasn’t sure if he fought the right fight the last time he battled Floyd Mayweather Jr (46-0, 26 KOs) last May.
Maidana seemed to be looking for validation from Garcia’s dad for the way he fought. At the end of the conversation, Maidana said that he wants to hurt Mayweather this time. Maidana seemed like he was in a trance-like state when he made the comment, and you could see how much this fight means to him in their rematch on September 13th at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo Credit: Stephanie Trapp / SHOWTIME) By Dan Ambrose: Former three division world champion Adrien “The Problem” Broner (29-1, 22 KOs) had to battle hard to defeat Emmanuel Taylor (18-3, 12 KOs) by a harder than expected 12 round unanimous decision on Saturday night at the U.S Bank Arena in Cincinnati, Ohio. Broner sealed the victory with a 12th round knockdown. Broner landed a hard left hook that put Taylor down. The final judges’ scores were 115-112, 116-111, and 116-111.
The fight was very close with many rounds hard to pick a winner in. Broner clearly won the fight, but he should have beaten Taylor in a more impressive fashion given that this was a fringe contender that he was facing rather than a top contender like Matthysse or Viktor Postol. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo Credit: Stephanie Trapp / SHOWTIME) By Jim Dower: Lucas Matthysse (36-3, 34 KOs) did his job tonight in stopping #2 WBC Roberto Ortiz (31-1-1, 24 KOs) with a powerful body shot in the 2nd round tonight to move past what many boxing fans thought was going to be a formidable opponent for him at the U.S Bank Arena in Cincinnati, Ohio.
The knockout came by a perfectly placed Matthysse left hand to the liver or Ortiz. The Mexican fighter stayed down too long and misjudged the count. Ortiz rose at 9 instead of 10 and he just barely missed beating the count. Read the rest of this entry »
(Stephanie Trapp / SHOWTIME) By Dan Ambrose: Former IBF/WBC welterweight champion Andre Berto (28-3, 22 KOs) has what should be a decent test tonight in facing the light hitting Steve Upsher Chambers (24-3-1, 6 KOs) on Showtime’s triple-header from the U.S Bank Arena in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Berto says he’s hungry after having been out of the ring for an entire year because of a torn tendon in his right shoulder. The injury has now healed after surgery and Berto says he’s fighting better than he has before. Upsher isn’t someone that is supposed to be a difficult test for Berto, but he should at least give him and his handlers and idea of where he’s at with his skills. Read the rest of this entry »