By Chris Williams: Golden Boy Promotions president Oscar De La Hoya sees WBC interim welterweight champion Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero (31-1-1, 18 KO’s) pulling off a major upset on May 4th and beating WBC welterweight champ Floyd Mayweather Jr. (43-0, 26 KO’s) by a 12 round decision to capture his crown.
De La Hoya said to WhamBamSe “It’s going to be a tough fight. It’s going to be a physical fight, which Robert is going to make. And we have to wait and see if Father Time is maybe catching up? [with Floyd] Who knows? I’m going to go with Guerrero by decision.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Cutman’s Stool: Bernard “The Executioner” Hopkins (52-6-2, 32 KO’s) is here, at the age of 48 fighting against undefeated fighter Tavoris “Thunder” Cloud (24-0, 19 KO’s) for the IBF light heavyweight title. The age alone is an amazing feat, a boxer less than 2 years away from being 50, fighting for a world title.
I remember in the build-up to Hopkins-Trinidad during September 2001, many “boxing experts” and writers had claimed Trinidad would be too fast for the 36 year-old Hopkins. Others saying Hopkins can’t compete at this level with a younger athlete. Read the rest of this entry »
By Ramonito O. Legaspi: In the days leading up to his second encounter with Jean Pascal, some boxing fans and analysts counted Bernard Hopkins out. They thought he could no longer keep up with a fast paced action against a younger opponent. After all, Hopkins was 46 years old. Pascal, the light heavyweight champion, was 28. Read the rest of this entry »
By Tom Drury: Exciting times for boxing and its followers in the knowledge that Floyd Mayweather Jr has just signed a six fight contract with Showtime/CBS which is reportedly going to net Mayweather a huge $250,000,000 if the contract is fulfilled within 30 months. Mayweather’s inactivity over recent years has been a cause for concern among his fans (including myself) questioning his hunger for the sport and how long his career would continue.
Mayweather is the face of boxing and the sports biggest ppv star/attraction. Fans, experts, analysts and the general public all tune in for a Floyd Mayweather event, the reasons being either to witness his undeniable natural talent inside the ring, others tune in to witness him lose the most famous “0” in fight history. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: WBO lightweight champion not surprisingly decided to leave his promoter Frank Warren this week after having two fights drop out from under him and third fight ending up postponed. Burn still hasn’t indicated where he’ll be moving to for his next promotion, but more than a few boxing fans see him choosing to work with Eddie Hearn at Matchroom Sport.
Hearn has been like a giant vacuum recently, sucking up some of the best British fighters to his stable while draining the other British’s promoter’s best fighters. What’s the allure with being with Hearn’s stable? Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: With Commonwealth super middleweight champion George Groves (16-0, 12 KO’s) signing with Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom Sport this week, Groves now thinks he has a good chance to fight the winner of the May 25th unification fight between IBF super middleweight champion and WBA champion Mikkel Kessler.
Groves, WBO, #3 WBA, #6 WBC, #7 IBF, said to Sky Sports News “Signing with Matchroom, I’m a step closer to maybe fighting the winner of Froch vs Kessler.”
Groves shouldn’t get his hopes up to face the Froch-Kessler winner because that simply isn’t going to happen. Let’s put it this way; Kessler is likely going to beat Froch again, and there is no way that Kessler will waste time fighting someone like Groves because he doesn’t have a fan base. Read the rest of this entry »
By Eric Thomas: WBC junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (41-0-1, 30 KO’s) plans on trying to start up negotiations with WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. (43-0, 26 KO’s) for a pay-per-view bout on September 14th if the two of them win their next fights.
Canelo faces WBA junior middleweight champion Austin Trout (26-0, 14 KO’s) on April 20th, whereas Mayweather will be battling WBC interim welterweight champion Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero (31-1-1, 18 KO’s) on May 4th. Read the rest of this entry »
By Eric Thomas: WBC lightweight champion Adrien Broner’s adviser Al Haymon and trainer Mike Stafford both have given their approval of a fight between Broner and WBA World welterweight Paulie Malignaggi (32-4, KO’s), according to Gabriel Montoya. The fight will take place in June, likely on the 22nd at the Barclays Center, in Brooklyn, New York, USA.
Malignaggi is reportedly eager to take the fight if he’s given a big enough payday in the process. HBO reportedly wants the fight as well, and that right there could be enough to make this a reality. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Virgil Hunter, the trainer for former IBF/WBA light welterweight champion Amir Khan (27-3, 18 KO’s), doesn’t think Khan should be getting criticized for getting blasted out and facing soft touches ever since. Hunter believes that Khan is a huge, huge talent, and that’s been through a gauntlet to get where he is today.
Khan faces 2nd tier fighter Julio Diaz (40-7-1, 29 KO’s) on April 27th in the second fight of Khan’s three-fight contract with Showtime at the Motorpoint Arena, Sheffield, Yorkshire, United Kingdom. This fight might not count as part of Khan’s three-fight contract, even though Showtime will still be televising it.
Hunter said to the telegraph.co.uk “Leave the kid [Khan] alone…watch him flourish under me.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: Wearing a black hood, ski mask and a pair of dark sunglasses, 48-year-old Bernard Hopkins (52-6-2, 32 KO’s) opted not to speak in his final press conference on Wednesday with IBF light heavyweight champion Tavoris Cloud (24-0, 19 KO’s) to promote their fight on Saturday night on HBO at the Barclays Center, in Brooklyn, New York, USA. Read the rest of this entry »