By Dan Ambrose: Trainer Robert Garcia believes that the Freddie Roach trained WBC middleweight champion Miguel Cotto (39-4, 32 KO’s) would still come up empty if he were to fight Floyd Mayweather Jr (46-0, 26 KO’s) today at 160. Garcia doesn’t see it being any different than when Mayweather defeated Cotto at 154 two years ago in their fight in May of 2012.
“I think Mayweather beats Cotto at 160. Sure, that would be Mayweather’s 6th world title,” Garcia said to esnewsreporting.com.
Mayweather beat Cotto by the scores of 118-110, 117-111, and 117-111 in their fight two years ago. And that was with Mayweather fighting Cotto’s fight to give him a handicap. In a rematch, Mayweather would focus on his defense and make it difficult for Cotto to land his shots. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: WBC middleweight champion Miguel Cotto’s trainer Freddie Roach says that WBA junior middleweight champion Erislandy Lara (19-1-2, 12 KO’s) doesn’t have much to offer for a fight against Cotto, even if Lara defeats former WBA/WBC 154-pound champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez next month in their fight on July 12th at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. Roach likes the idea of matching Cotto vs. Canelo, but not against Lara.
“Of course Canelo has to win so we can make the fight. I don’t think Lara brings enough to the table even if he does win. That fight does nothing for Miguel,” Roach said to thaboxingvoice.com. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: #1 IBF Kell Brook (32-0, 22 KO’s) will be fighting for a world title on August 9th against IBF welterweight champion Shawn Porter (24-0-1, 15 KO’s) at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. This is Brook’s moment in the sun, because he blew his chance a year ago for a title shot against former IBF 147-pound champion Devon Alexander when his body kept breaking down on him during training camp with him suffering one injury after another.
Whether the cause of the injury was just bad luck or perhaps the stress of the moment getting to him, it’s unclear. But Brook is now getting another chance at the IBF belt, and he can’t afford to blow it this time. Read the rest of this entry »
By Cameron Gillon: WBA/WBO super bantamweight champion Guillermo Rigondeaux (13-0, 8 KO’s) is no doubt a very talented boxer. He won gold medals in the 2000 Olympic games in Sydney and then four years later went on to win gold once again in Athens in 2004. All together the Cuban born boxer has won eight gold medals in all games which is outstanding. Read the rest of this entry »
By Gerardo Grandos: I was talking to a friend about the upcoming fight between former light middleweight champion Mexican Saul Alvarez and the current WBA Regular light middleweight belt holder Erislandy Lara, when my friend asked which boxing school is better; I told him that it is not about a boxing school or boxing style but more of the capacity of the fighters who display their abilities inside a ring at that exact moment.
But he wasn’t pleased with my answer so I had to elaborate while doing a quick research on internet to explain myself. I think both boxing schools are great but their boxing styles are different as well as successful. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Top Rank promoter Bob Arum if kicking around the idea of matching WBC middleweight champion Miguel Cotto against former WBA/WBC junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez on Cinco de Mayo in 2015 or possibly this year. If the Canelo-Cotto fight does take place on Cinco de Mayo in 2015, they’ll effectively be pushing Floyd Mayweather Jr off of his date unless he can pick out a star big enough to cause Arum not to want to compete with his fight on that date.
It’ll be difficult for Mayweather to pick someone else popular enough to outperform the Canelo-Cotto fight unless Mayweather were to fight someone like Gennady Golovkin. That’s not going to happen though. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Newly crowned WBO light welterweight champion Chris Algieri (20-0, 8 KO’s) still doesn’t know the extent of the damage to his right eye due to the swelling on the eye. It’s hoped that there’s no internal damage to the eye so that he can return to the ring later on this year and take on one of the big names like Manny Pacquiao or Danny Garcia.
Those are the guys that Algieri’s promoter is targeting for his next fight. A rematch with Ruslan Provodnikov is the plan C or D backup if nothing else comes up. It’s not a great fight, because of Provodnikov’s lack of star appeal. Besides that, Algieri already beat Provodnikov and exposed him for being one-dimensional. Not much is going to change no matter how many times Algieri fights him. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jay McIntyre: The “Blast From The Past” series is meant to harken back and remind us of some of the great fights and fighters of days gone by. This particular installment gives Joe Louis and Max Schmeling the attention they deserve. For the full-length article and its accompanying visual aids, please go to: http://a-neutral-corner.blogspot.ca/2014/06/blast-from-past-louis-vs-schmeling-i.html
When can a single fight mean more than two men punching each other in the face?
In an age as politically charged, and economically deflated as the 1930’s a single boxing match could represent a whole lot more than two men trading knuckles. The 1930’s were different times, sandwiched between the two World Wars and following the decade of decadence that was the “Roaring Twenties”. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Former WBA/WBC junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (43-1-1, 31 KO’s) has finished licking the mental wounds from his one-sided loss to Floyd Mayweather Jr from last September and he now has one win under his belt since that loss in beating a very slow Alfredo Angulo last March.
That victory has Canelo feeling as confident as he was before his loss to Mayweather, and he’s going to need that confidence in order to deal with Erislandy Lara (19-1-2, 12 KO’s) in their catch-weight at 155 pounds next month on July 12th on HBO pay-per-view from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. Read the rest of this entry »
By James Allen: This was not a fight Chris Algieri (20-0, 8 KO’s) was supposed to win. How is it that a man who has never been past ten rounds in his life had the audacity to go up against the destroyer of the division and take his title away?
Ruslan Provodnikov earned his reputation as an undeterrable force in March of last year in a losing effort against a then undefeated Timothy Bradley. That night, Ruslan was just there to make up the numbers, having jumped up a division to keep the champ busy. He fulfilled his objective, visibly shaking Bradley almost every time he landed a significant attack and walking through whatever came back at him. Bradley out-boxed the challenger for large stretches in between, and despite taking a knee under immense pressure in the twelfth round, scraped through with the decision. Read the rest of this entry »