By Donald Crisp: After many weeks of non-stop trash-talk between Paulie Malignaggi and Adrien “The Problem” Broner, the fight that many have been anticipating, if for nothing else just to see the fireworks unfold, ended leaving us with more questions than it answered. Most of the questions have to do with Adrien Broner’s merits: How good is he? Did he prove anything? Did this fight help or hurt him? And what about Paulie – if Adrien Broner is as good as he (and/or we) thinks, does that mean Paulie is still a legitimate contender?
Both men made promises in their pre-fight bashing: Broner promised to knock Malignaggi out; Malignaggi promised to expose Broner and defeat him. Neither of them walked the talk, but who came closer? Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: IBF welterweight champion Devon Alexander (25-1, 14 KO’s) is not interested in facing former IBF/WBA light welterweight champion Amir Khan (28-3, 19 KO’s) in Dubai, according to Dan Rafael of ESPN.
Alexander is interested in defending his title against Khan on December 7th, but he wants no part in defending his title in what would likely be in front of a huge pro-Khan crowd in Dubai.
You could definitely understand why Alexander wouldn’t want to do that because why should he, as the IBF champion, be put in the position where he’d be defending his title in front of his challenger’s fans. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Joe Calzaghe is giving unbeaten super middleweight contender George Groves (19-0, 15 KO’s) a chance of beating IBF/WBA super middleweight champion Carl Froch (31-2, 22 KO’s) if Froch were to ever agree to fight the 25-year-old Groves. Calzaghe thinks Groves could out-box the 35-year-old Froch if he fought smart.
Calzaghe doesn’t understand why Froch jumps on the case of some of the younger fighters that call him out for a fight.
By Scott Gilfoid: Peter Fury, the trainer/uncle of unbeaten heavyweight contender Tyson Fury (21-0, 15 KO’s), is saying that they are absolutely ready to fight David Haye (26-2, 24 KO’s) despite Haye’s claim that they had turned down a 50/50 offer to take the fight.
Peter Fury says they are ready to sign the contract to make the fight right now. Yesterday, Fury said on his twitter that he wanted an 80/20 split for a fight with Haye.
Peter said thesun.co.uk “We are ready to, David’s team say they are ready, so let’s get it on. We are ready to sign and as far as we’re concerned the fight is 100 percent on from our side. We are even willing to fly to London immediately to get the contract signed.” Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo credit: Tom Casino/Showtime) By Dan Ambrose: Instead of the 152 lb. catch-weight hurting WBA/WBC junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (42-0-1, 30 KO’s) for his fight against Floyd Mayweather Jr. (44-0, 26 KO’s) on September 14th, Golden Boy Promotions president Oscar De La Hoya believes that it’ll help Canelo by making him faster than he would be if the fight were held at the normal 154 lb. weight limit for their junior middleweight title bout.
It’s unclear why a mere 2 pounds would make Canelo any faster than he was when he weighed in at 153 lbs. for his last fight against Austin Trout, and then promptly rehydrated up to 172 lbs. after the weigh-in last April, but this is what De La Hoya believes. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo credit: Esther Lin/Showtime) By Omar Torres: I managed to attend the first Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Saul “Canelo” Alvarez press conference yesterday in times square NYC. In a hot and humid day in New York City everyone waited an hour more of the original starting time at which time Canelo and Mayweather finally made their entrance on stage.
Fans where definitely cheering more for Canelo than Mayweather and you can see Mexican flags being waived all over the place. Despite what’s had been said about Mayweather looking scared of Canelo when they where at the studio recording promos for the fight, I saw Floyd calm and happy I didn’t see any distress from him at all not even in the face-off. Read the rest of this entry »
By Gerardo Granados: Last Saturday night the new WBA welterweight champion Adrien Broner defeated former two division champion Paul Malignaggi by a 12 round split decision but failed to impress with his performance. When I saw the betting odds, I thought that Malignaggi was heading in to a slaughter but the fight was really competitive. I scored the bout 117 – 111 for Broner, but there were a couple of close rounds that I gave to Adrien.
Malignaggi doesn´t have outstanding offensive skills but he was able to connect many clean punches to the body and head and it was his below average power that didn’t allow him to hurt Broner.
At the welterweight division there´s a line that separates the lower weight classes from the bigger lions and Broner didn’t convince me of being a big puncher for the welterweight division. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: WBA/WBC junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (42-0-1, 30 KO’s) says he’s been picturing himself in his mind beating Floyd Mayweather Jr. (44-0, 26 KO’s) for years and thinks he’s going to make his daydreams a reality on September 14th when they face each other in real life on Showtime PPV from Las Vegas, Nevada.
Canelo wants to beat Mayweather and do it in a way that leaves no doubt in people’s minds about who the winner is. For that to happen, Canelo is going to have to increase his work rate, move his feet a lot more, throw combinations, and try to keep from gassing out like he did in his fight with Austin Trout last April. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Floyd Mayweather Jr. didn’t sound too impressed with Adrien Broner (27-0, 22 KO’s) in evaluating his 12 round split decision win over Paulie Malignaggi (32-5, 7 KO’s) last Saturday night. Mayweather Jr. says that he thought Broner should have knocked Malignaggi out, and he didn’t like the way he was just standing in front of him. Mayweather Jr. says Broner has got a lot of things he needs to improve on his game.
Mayweather Jr. said to esnewsporting “There’s a lot of things he [Broner] still needs to learn. I thought he should have got the knockout. He was flat-footed. With my career, they try to compare the two, and I love the kid, but you got to look at my career. I had already fought a guy that was crafty at 21 in Genaro Hernandez.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Abel Sanchez, the trainer for WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (26-0, 23 KO’s), thinks Golovkin’s fight against the hard hitting southpaw Grzegorz Proksa last September was a harder fight for Golovkin than this Saturday’s title defense Matthew Macklin (29-4, 20 KO’s) at the MGM Grand at Foxwoods Resort, in Mashantucket, Connecticut, USA.
Sanchez thinks Macklin is tough, but he thinks Proksa was more difficult because of his southpaw stance and the variety of skills he brought to the table in that fight.
Sanchez said to Steve Kim at Maxboxing.com “I don’t think it’s the toughest fight that we’ve had…Proksa was tougher…the style, left hander, a mover.” Read the rest of this entry »