By Tom Drury: Floyd Mayweather is back in the ring on May 4th, and it’s looking like Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero will be his challenger. Many fans have criticized this choice of opponent for Mayweather (nothing new there). Guerrero will be entering the ring full of confidence coming off the back of two good wins against genuine welterweight fighters Selcuk Aydin, ranked (3) by the WBC and Andre Berto, ranked (12).
Mayweather, as I’ve detailed in previous articles, has a resume made up with undefeated fighters, (1) ranked fighters and contenders, multiple division world champions and knockout artists. 43-0 and again entering the ring against a double world champion in the form of Guerrero. Guerrero is a tough fight for Mayweather; his style is relentless sometimes dirty, as seen in the Berto fight. Guerrero likes to rough up his opponents and force a fight on the inside. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Former WBA light welterweight champion Gavin Rees (37-1-1, 18 KO’s) thinks WBC lightweight champion Adrien Broner (25-0, 21 KO’s) is a Floyd Mayweather Jr. clone and he doesn’t think he’s nearly as good as Mayweather Jr. Rees feels he’s going to beat Broner next month on February 16th and show this to the boxing world.
Rees told Sky Sports “He’s [Broner] a Mayweather wanna be. We’ll see if he’s the real deal on February 16th. I don’t think he is.”
Broner isn’t really like Mayweather at all other than his habit of fighting flat-footed and using the shoulder roll defense that Mayweather is famous for. Beyond that, Broner and Mayweather are completely different fighters. Broner doesn’t have Mayweather’s hand speed, he can’t move like Mayweather did in his youth, and he’s much more of a puncher than Mayweather. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dominic Sauboorah: I actually am getting a kick out of heavyweight prospect Deontay Wilder slating off the more proven prospects Tyson Fury and David Price, both of whom are on the cusp of a world title shot, whilst Wilder is still fighting the likes of Matt Greer. The guy is so idiotic it somewhat irritates me.
Wilder stated how his jab is more powerful than Fury and Price’s normal punches. I’m sorry but how stupid do you want to get? I do think Wilder has the power to trouble most heavyweights in the world, but power doesn’t dictate everything in this sport which is something that Wilder really needs to become aware of. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Golden Boy Promotions wants WBC junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (41-0-1, 30 KO’s) to fight on the Floyd Mayweather Jr. pay per view undercard on May 4th. There’s still no word about whether they’re going to be able to get the young 22-year-old because he reportedly wants a fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr. on September 14th as part of the condition for him to fight on May 4th.
If Golden Boy can get an agreement from Mayweather to face Canelo in September then we’ll be seeing him on the Mayweather undercard on May 4th, but it might not be against the guy that boxing fans want to see him fight in WBA junior middleweight champion Austin Trout. Richard Schaefer of Golden Boy already said Trout hadn’t done enough to deserve the Alvarez fight yet. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (24-0, 21 KO’s) has been polite with Gabriel Rosado (21-5, 13 KO’s) all week long and showing excellent manners but on Saturday night things are going to change rapidly when Golovkin shows his dark side and looks to obliterate Rosado on HBO at Madison Square Garden in New York. It’s not personal with Golovkin; it’s just business.
Golovkin needs to get Rosado out of there ring quickly in this fight and he can’t afford to let the fight go into later rounds so that Rosado can make it a messy fight.
Rosado is going to probably make it easy for Golovkin by looking to slug with him. That seems to be Rosado’s game plan judging by his comments. He’s been talking about how he’s going to dominate Golovkin and stop him by the 9th round, but that can’t happen unless Rosado takes the fight to Golovkin. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: The talented WBA/WBC super middleweight champion Andre Ward (26-0, 14 KO’s) thinks IBF super middleweight champion Carl Froch and WBA champ Mikkel Kessler have been just name dropping his name to get attention from the boxing fans to try and show that their interested in facing Ward.
The American Ward doesn’t see Froch or Ward as having any genuine interest in fighting him, and he just wants the two of them to tell the boxing fans that they really don’t want to face him so that the fans aren’t deceived.
Ward said to sportsillustrated.cnn.com “They [Froch and Kessler] keep bringing my name up, there is no validity to what they are saying. Neither of them really wants to fight Andre Ward. Froch has to understand that I went into our fight wounded [with a broken left hand]. He really doesn’t want to fight.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Bob Arum needs to think hard about the possible outcome of putting his top cash cow Manny Pacquiao in a fight with Juan Manuel Marquez in September in Mexico City, Mexico. I don’t think Arum quite realizes what a huge gift he’s giving Marquez by putting the fight in Mexico.
Arum just thinking about the huge amount of taxes he can safe Pacquiao and Marquez by staging the fight there, but I don’t think he realizes how much of a benefit this is going to be for Marquez to be able to fight in front of a crowd that will likely almost all Mexican. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: Former heavyweight title challenger Chris Arreola (35-2, 30 KO’s) will be fighting Bermane Stiverne (22-1-1, 20 KO’s) on March 9th in a WBC heavyweight title eliminator bout in a fight that will be televised by HBO at The Hangar, in Costa Mesa, California. The winner of the fight will become the mandatory challenger to WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko.
The Arreola-Stiverne winner may not get to fight Vitali because he’s considering retirement, and if he does fight on it’ll likely be against other guys like David Haye. However, the Arreola vs. Stiverne winner will still be in position to fight for the World Boxing Council title at some point in the near future, but it might not take place this year unless Vitali retires. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jim Dower: British welterweight champion Frankie Gavin successfully defended his British title with a 9th round stoppage win over an over-matched Jason Welborn on Friday night at the Walsall Town Hall. Gavin knocked Welborn down in the 9th with a left to the body, and then pummeled him after he got up until referee Ian John-Lewis stepped in to halt the fight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: In looking at some of the scheduled fights coming up for the British World champions in early 2013, I think there’s a great chance that WBO light heavyweight champion Nathan Cleverly will be the last British World champion standing by June of this year. That’s unfortunate because the Brits had a good run going there for a little while but it looks like it’s about to end. Here’s the problem.
WBO lightweight champion Ricky Burns, who comes from Scotland, will be fighting IBF lightweight champ Miguel Vazquez on March 16th in London, England, and I don’t see this fight going well at all for Burns, I really don’t. I see Vazquez beating Burns and walking out of the arena with his WBO strap over his shoulder. Read the rest of this entry »