By Gav Duthie: It is somewhat of a fairytale that Daniel Jacobs 27-1 (24) fights for the WBA world title on August 9th 2014. His last title challenge ended in disaster when in 2010 he was put flat on his back in the 5th round as the referee waved away the contest.
After two low-key winning comeback fights he was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma, an aggressive form of cancer.
His conqueror back in July 2010 on the undercard of Juan Manuel Marquez v Juan Diaz 2 at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas was Russian middleweight Dimitry Pirog 20-0 (16). Despite being behind on the cards Pirog delivered a perfectly timed right hand to the head of Jacobs handing him the WBO middleweight championship. Read the rest of this entry »
By Bob Smith: To this day, the Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (43-1-1, 31 KOs) vs. Erislandy Lara (19-1-2, 12 KOs) fight intrigues, challenges, perplexes, and excites me. While I do favor Canelo to sneak by in a majority decision or unanimous decision, I wouldn’t be surprised by a Canelo KO/TKO or a Lara decision.
The only outcome that would surprise me is a Lara KO, because although he is a powerful puncher and counter puncher with good speed and angles, I think Canelo will be able to withstand his hard blows and even come forward through them at times. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: It’s looking like we could have a catch-weight of 144 pounds for the November 22nd fight between WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao (56-5-2, 38 KO’s) and his lighter opponent Chris Algieri (20-0, 8 KO’s) in their fight at the Venetian Casino & Resort, in Macao, Macao S.A.R., China.
Steve Kim is reporting that a catch-weight could be in play for this fight. In this case, it wouldn’t be a handicap for Pacquiao, but instead for his lighter opponent Algieri, who holds down the WBO light welterweight title. Read the rest of this entry »
— Floyd Mayweather (@FloydMayweather) July 10, 2014
By Dan Ambrose: WBA/WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr (46-0, 26 KO’s) has just announced on his twitter that he’ll be fighting Marcos Maidana (35-4, 31 KO’s) on September 13th at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. We already knew that Mayweather planned on fighting Maidana a second time in September, but we didn’t know the venue until today with Mayweather Jr revealing that the fight will be at the MGM Grand.
Yahoo Sports writer Kevin Iole says that he had a conversation with Mayweather Promotions CEO Leonard Ellerbe, and he says that Golden Boy Promotions will be promoting the Mayweather-Maidana II fight along with Mayweather Promotions. This too is new, because there was speculation that Mayweather would promote the fight himself now that his company has a promoter’s license in New York. However, they still don’t have a promoters’ license in the state of Nevada. Read the rest of this entry »
By Bakary “Deus Ex” Sanou: Over the past few days you have probably read everywhere that people were picking Erislandy Lara (19-1-2, 12 KO’s) to upset Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (43-1-1, 31 KOs) or at least saying that it’s a 50-50 fight. Here are the 2 reasons why this is not true.
1. Canelo is the A-side fighter
The A-side fighter is the one who has the ability to pick his opponent. For example, Floyd Mayweather Jr has always been the A-side fighter – except against Oscar De La Hoya. I could talk about the fact that the A-side fighter can choose: the place, the size of the ring, the gloves, the referee and the judges. But I rather focus on a simpler thing: Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Golden Boy Promotions president Oscar De La Hoya is already planning out former WBA/WBC junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez’s next two fights and working on the basis that he beats Erislandy Lara (19-1-2, 12 KO’s) this Saturday night at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
De La Hoya told ESPN that he wants the soon to be 24-year-old Canelo to fight #5 IBF, #5 WBO, #11 WBC James Kirkland (32-1, 28 KOs) and then WBC middleweight champion Miguel Cotto (39-4, 32 KO’s) next year, possibly on Cinco de Mayo on May 2nd. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Former WBO light heavyweight champion Nathan Cleverly (27-1, 13 KOs’) will be back in the ring this Saturday night for made to order opponent Alejandro Emilio Valori (15-4m, 11 KO’s) at the Echo Arena in Liverpool, UK.
This will be the second fight for the 27-year-old Cleverly at cruiserweight, and he realizes that he can’t make a mistake in this fight or else it’ll be bad for his career. At stake is a big money rematch against Tony Bellew (21-2-1, 13 KOs) for later on this year. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Unbeaten #4 WBO heavyweight Tyson Fury (22-0, 16 KO’s) was bragging today about hearing the news from someone about 13,000 tickets having been sold for his scheduled July 26th rematch against European heavyweight champion Dereck Chisora (20-4, 13 KO’s) at the Phones 4u Arena in Manchester, UK.
Chisora and Fury will be fighting in a WBO heavyweight eliminator bout with the winner getting a title shot one of these days against WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: IBF/WBA super middleweight champion Carl Froch is going to need to make a decision about whether he values his IBF title enough to defend it, because he has until the end of February to face James DeGale (19-1, 13 KOs), his mandatory, or else he’ll risk having the title stripped from him.
DeGale sees the 37-year-old Froch as being at the end of the road with nowhere else to go but retirement. He expects to either get Froch’s IBF strap by beating him or by picking it up once the title is vacated by him or stripped by the IBF.
DeGale defeated Brandon Gonzales on May 31st in an IBF super middleweight eliminator bout to become Froch’s mandatory. DeGale initially was hopeful that Froch would turn around and fight him, but it’s now looking like Froch may choose to go in another direction by facing someone else like Julio Cesar Chavez Jr or possibly Mikkel Kessler. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Ronnie Shields, the trainer for Erislandy Lara (19-1-2, 12 KO’s) isn’t impressed with the boxing skills or the stamina of former WBA/WBC junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (43-1-1, 31 KO’s), and Shields just sees Canelo as a one-dimensional fighter who has taken advantage of his power and size advantage over his smaller opposition during his short pro career.
Shields notes that Canelo fades quickly in his fights, and he stops throwing combinations once he starts gassing out in the second half of his fights. Canelo can still punch with major power, but he become a punch at a time fighter from the 6th round on. Read the rest of this entry »