By Simon Allen: At the MGM Grand, Garden Arena, Las Vegas, Timothy Bradley takes on Manny Pacquiao for the second time in what promises to be one of the biggest fights of 2014. After the controversy of the last fight and the paths both fighters have progressed down since, both fighters have much to win and a lot to lose.
Manny Pacquiao, 55/ 5/ 2 (38) comes to the fight fresh over a dominant win of an outclassed Brandon Rios and looking to avenge defeat to Bradley in their previous fight. Much of the appeal of the fight centres on the fact that nearly everyone who watched the first fight had Pacquiao winning comfortably. Indeed a WBO championship committee upon review had all five of the judges they used scoring the fight for Pacquiao however the result was not overturned. Manny indeed has much to be aggrieved by.
Throw in the jibes from Bradley and his camp about Pacquiao’s apparent loss of desire and loss of killer instinct and there seems good reason for Manny to prove a point. The word is the normally passive and respectful Manny is angry and out for revenge. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: #10 IBF, #11 WBO, David Lemieux (31-2, 29 KO’s) will be back in the ring next month against 27-year-old former world title challenger Fernando Guerrero (26-2, 19 KO’s) in a bout scheduled for 10 rounds on the undercard of the title fight between WBC light heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson vs. Andrzej Fonfara at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Canada.
Lemieux is taking a considerable step up in class in taking this fight, as Guerrero can fight a little bit as he’s shown in the past with wins over Ossie Duran, Derrick Findley, Gabriel Rosado, Michael Walker, Jessie Nicklow, and Ishe Smith. Guerrero has run into problems in knockout losses to Grady Brewer and Peter Quillin. You have to wonder whether Guerrero’s ability to take a good shot has diminished since his loss to Quillin. Read the rest of this entry »
By Alon Calinao Dy: Mexican Professional Boxer Juan Manuel Marquez chooses to fight a lesser threat opponent Mike Alvarado than his long-time rival Manny Pacquiao at The Forum in Inglewood, California on May 17, 2014.
Filipino boxing champ Pacquiao is looking for a fifth bout when Marquez has closed the door of opportunity to show to the world that it was not a stroke of luck when he defeated the Filipino congressman by knockout. The truth is, a fight between these veteran boxers would definitely cement their legacies in the sport of boxing.
However, what are the true reasons why Marquez is avoiding Pacquiao after he knocked him out? Is it because of money issues? Perhaps, that would be another reason why Marquez does not want to fight Pacquiao again. Read the rest of this entry »
By Bradley Dee: I often find myself browsing Boxrec for no reason other than wanting as much knowledge about boxing history as I can possibly absorb, and today I noticed that someone has organized a tournament they’re calling the Heavyweight “Super 8” tournament. Digging deeper, I started noticing some of the names in this tournament, and much to my surprise I see Sam Peter on the list as well as 4 other completely over the hill fighters. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: George Groves (19-1, 15 KO’s) acknowledges that IBF/WBA super middleweight champion Carl Froch (32-2, 23 KO’s) can take a pretty good shot every now and then. However, Groves doesn’t think Froch is going to be able to stand up to the repeated right hands that he’s going to be shoving down his gullet. Groves thinks that Froch will initially be able to take his shots, but eventually he’s going to succumb to his power and hit the canvas for the 10 count in their rematch on May 31st at the Wembley Stadium in London, UK.
“He’s brave in that he takes a lot of shots but he’s not a warrior,” Groves told the London Evening Standard. “He’s never had much of a technique to fall back on and he’s slowed. He can take a shot but not repeatedly from me. I wish him luck but he’s not showing me anything. I’m a faster fighter, I have faster hands and a better defence. It’s only going to end one way.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: WBO welterweight champion Tim Bradley (31-0, 12 KO’s) thinks Manny Pacquiao (55-5-2, 38 KO’s) has lost his desire for the sport and just fighting for the money instead of fighting for the love of competing. For Bradley, he sees that as the difference between him and the 35-year-old Pacquiao. He still loves competing and wants to fight as well as he can each time he steps in the ring. It’s not about money for Bradley; it’s about him looking to compete and beat his opponent.
— World Boxing Council (@WBCBoxing) April 8, 2014
By Chris Williams: Floyd Mayweather Jr. (45-0, 26 KO’s) has yet to experience a down period in his highly accomplished career, and he plans on continuing to have nothing but up experiences for the remainder of his career. Mayweather fights WBA welterweight champion Marcos Maidana (35-3, 31 KO’s) in exactly 25 days when these two warriors enter the ring on May 3rd at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Mayweather says “There’s ups and downs with boxing, layoffs are part of the sport and they can either help or hurt a guy.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: Unbeaten heavyweight contenders Mike Perez (20-0-1, 12 KO’s) and Bryant Jennings (18-0, 10 KO’s) will be facing each other in a World Boxing Council heavyweight eliminator bout on May 24th at a site still to be determined in the United States on HBO. The winner of the Jennings vs. Perez fight will become the new mandatory challenger for the WBC title, and will fight for the world title in early 2015.
The WBC already has a heavyweight mandatory challenge in Deontay Wilder, who defeated Malik Scott last month by a 1st round knockout to earn the mandatory position. Deontay will be fighting the winner of the May 10th fight between Chris Arreola and Bermane Stiverene later this year for the WBC title. Then the winner of that fight will be required to face the winner of the Jennings vs. Perez fight in their next bout. Read the rest of this entry »
By @BoxingMuse: Floyd Mayweather Jr. (45-0, 26 KO’s) has won world crowns from Super featherweight up to Light middleweight but before he hangs his gloves up for good, would the lure of a championship title in a sixth weight division tempt the pound-for-pound number one, to take on the challenge of a middleweight title.
Common sense and business sense suggests that if ‘Money’ were to step up to 160lbs to attempt to secure a championship belt out of the four main titlists Sergio Martínez, Gennady Golovkin, Felix Sturm and Peter Quillin surely ‘Maravilla’ is the most feasible opponent. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo credit: Team Sauerland) By Allan Fox: #9 WBO Nikola Sjekloca (26-1, 8 KO’s) expects to beat newly crowned WBO super middleweight champion Arthur Abraham (39-4, 28 KO’s) in their fight in a month from now on May 3rd at The Velodrom, Prenzlauer Berg, Berlin, Germany. This is an optional title defense for the 34-year-old Abraham, so he’s not surprisingly selected a guy that he feels he can beat in the light hitting 35-year-old Sjekloca, who recently lost to Sakio Bika by a lopsided 12 round unanimous decision a year ago in February.
Abraham defeated Robert Stieglitz by a close 12 round split decision last March to win the WBO 168lb title. This was the third fight between Abraham and Stieglitz in the last two years, and sadly it’s probably not going to be the last fight between them. Read the rest of this entry »