By Gerardo Granados: A hungry young lion versus a proud veteran lion king will battle to claim who the leader of the pack is. Past November of 2013 in Manchester, United Kingdom, referee Howard John Foster halted the bout between the WBA Super World – IBF super middleweight champion Carl Froch and contender George Groves. And many fight fans believe the stoppage was premature. I also believe so, but the referee must protect a fighter and if he thinks a prizefighter has had enough then he has the authority to stop the fight.
I strongly believe it is better to stop a fight early than one punch late. As a fight fan I look up to this kind of fights. Yes, strategic boxing matches are entertaining but nothing can be compared to what we could get to see next May 31 at the Wembley Stadium, London, United Kingdom; this is a real fight and frankly I doubt it will be necessary to score it. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: While Floyd Mayweather Jr. and his team work on finding a high quality opponent for his next fight on September 13th, former pro Tony Jeffries, who now operates a couple of gyms, believes that Mayweather doesn’t want any part of WBC Silver welterweight champion Amir Khan (29-3, 19 KO’s).
Jeffries, who is from the UK, thinks that Khan has improved his game with his last fight against Luis Collazo, and he sees Khan as being polished enough now to where he would never have lost to the guys that beat him before in Breidis Prescott, Lamont Peterson, and Danny Garcia. But more importantly, Jeffries feels that Khan would give Mayweather a problems with his hand speed. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez are poised for a 5th fight between them in November, and for a lot of boxing fans they’ve grown tired of seeing these two fighters face each other again and again. It’s not that they haven’t had some exciting fights over the year, because they’ve had some good fights. But fans want to see the two of them face other people and not be stuck on an endless rematch cycle.
One of the people that are tired of see Pacquiao and Marquez fight each other is Jeff Mayweather. He sees a 5th fight between them as redundant and proving little at this point. Jeff thinks that Marquez has won 3 of the 4 fights with Pacquiao already, and that he put an exclamation point on who the better fighter is with his 6th round knockout win 2 years ago. Read the rest of this entry »
By Gav Duthie: With all the recent Froch-Groves hype its easy to forget that Alexander Povetkin 26-1 (18) takes on Manuel Charr 26-1 (15) in Moscow, Russia this Friday night.
In order to avoid fighting for any of Wladimir Klitschko’s titles these two evenly matched heavyweights are adding their names to the long line targeting the WBC belt currently held by Bermaine Stiverne. The WBC international gong is on the line for the winner and would significantly move either fighter up the pecking order for a mandatory position with Stiverne. Manuel Charr is currently rated no. 6 and Povetkin is not yet rated as he was recently the WBA champ. However big bookies favourite Povetkin (1/6) would move right near the top with a win over Charr. Read the rest of this entry »
by Peter Broderick: It’s difficult to believe that nearly 6 months have elapsed since George Groves shocked the world by flooring Carl Froch in round one of their much anticipated first clash. The four time world champion had only been dropped once previously and although the fight was stopped controversially in the 9th round, It was one of the most exciting fights in recent history; what should have been a four round blow-out by the defending champion was turned into a grueling war, when Groves decided to ignore the script and meet Froch in the center of the ring and beat him at his own game.
By Daniel Hughes: The boxing family lost another great son today with the passing of Matthew Saad Muhammad (49-16-3, 35 KO’s) at the young age of 59. A real warrior whose life was a fight from start to finish. Born Maxwell Loach and grew up on the tough streets of Philadelphia a real life fight story unfolded the stuff of movie legends, fictional or real get produced. Read the rest of this entry »
By Gav Duthie: With Carl Froch 32-2 (23) recently singing the praises of middleweight prospect Chris Eubank Jnr 15-0 (10) as a sparring partner I thought I would look at the link between quality sparring and boxing performance come fight night. I also want to explore some of the rumours of big sparring upsets over the years. Its something that always fascinated me what happens behind closed doors. As a boxing fan you’ve got to love a bit of Rocky Balboa. One question I always wanted to know was who won the fight after the credits of Rocky 3 between Balboa and Apollo Creed. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: While meeting with challenger George Groves on Sky Sports’ “Froch vs. Groves the Gloves are off,” IBF/WBA super middleweight champion Carl Froch yanked Groves over the table while Groves was giving him what appeared to be a hard handshake. Groves briefly pulled Froch to him in giving him the old iron handshake, but Froch responded by yanking Groves hard to where he was almost falling on the table. It was pretty shocking to see a harmless handshake being turned into what could have resulted in an injury.
After the incident, Froch looked at Groves and smiled at him, as if he were satisfied with what had just took place. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: WBA Super World featherweight champion Simpiwe Vetyeka (26-2, 16 KO’s) will be defending his title this Saturday night against Nonito Donaire (32-2, 21 KO’s) in a fight that will be taking place at the Cotai Arena, Venetian Resort, Macao, Macao S.A.R., China. Donaire moved up to the featherweight division recently, but he still hasn’t fought an actual featherweight. Instead of fighting a featherweight, Donaire dragged former super flyweight champion Vic Darchinyan up to featherweight to fight. Donaire took a beating in the fight before stopping the 38-year-old Darchinyan in the 9th.
Vetyeka said that Donaire’s “only strength is his ability to catch his opponent with a surprise punch but I hope he is well prepared to face me because I am. Even if the fight was tomorrow, I’m more than ready.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Trainer Freddie Roach thinks he’s taken former three division world champion Miguel Cotto (38-4, 31 KO’s) in reverse mode in finding Ponce de Leon’s fountain of youth for Cotto to drink from so that it can restore his waning youth for important fight against WBC middleweight champion Sergio Martinez (51-2-2, 28 KO’s) in less than 2 weeks from now on June 7th, but I have a feeling that Cotto hasn’t been restored to his once youthful self.
I believe that Roach is heading Cotto down the path of bitter defeat when he enters the ring against the tough transplanted Argentinian fighter at Madison Square Garden in New York. Read the rest of this entry »