(Photo credit: Esther Lin/Showtime) By Dan Ambrose: 32-year-old former IBF/WBA/WBC super flyweight champion Cristian Mijares (49-7-2, 24 KO’s) thinks his experience will be the telling factor tonight in his title challenge against the younger 25-year-old Leo Santa Cruz (26-0-1, 15 KO’s) at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. Mijares has a lot of confidence going into this fight, but not much to show for in terms of wins over high quality opposition.
In his last five fights, Mijares has beaten Jovanny Soto, Carlos Joan Gaspar Jacobo, lost to Victor Terrazas, beaten a well past his prime Rafael Marquez and Eusebio Osejo. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo credit: Esther Lin/Showtime) By Dan Ambrose: Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer explained away his fighter Saul “Canelo” Alvarez’s inability to make weight for his fight tonight against Alfredo Angulo (22-3, 18 KO’s) by saying that Canelo could have made the 154 lb limit had a title belt been on the line. To Schaefer, Canelo would have made the effort to get down to the junior middleweight limit if he had a reason to. Canelo now has to make the 168 lb re-hydration limit for today otherwise he’ll need to give Angulo a little more money. Canelo gave Angulo $100,000 yesterday for having the weight moved up from 154 to 155.
If Canelo can’t make 168, then one would guess that Angulo will get another chunk of change to make it worth his while to be facing a guy heavier than him. Canelo rehydrated to 172 for his junior middleweight fight last year against Austin Trout, so that gives you an idea of how heavy he can bulk up to after he hydrates following a weigh-in. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo credit: Esther Lin/Showtime) By Rocky Esposito: With a fight card that is having many weird last minute turns and twists, ESPN 2 just reported that former WBA/WBC junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (42-1-1, 30 KO’s) paid Alfredo Angulo (22-3, 18 KO’s) $100,000 to push up the weight limit up from 154lb to 155lbs for their fight tomorrow night on Showtime pay-per-view from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
To be honest, I thought both fighters looked a little drained at the weigh in earlier today. (I am being kind). But, I am shocked at Canelo. Not to be too hard on him, but this is very important fight for him. If he were to suffer two losses, back to back, I assure you that he would not be head-lining another PPV main event this year. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Amrbose: 34-year-old Jorge Arce (62-7-2, 47 KO’s) will be in action this Saturday night against journeyman Aldimar Silva Santos (9-7, 10 KO’s) in a scheduled 10 round bout at the Domo de la Macroplaza, Nogales, Sonora, Mexico. Arce had been in retirement after a 3rd round knockout loss to former WBO super bantamweight champion Nonito Donaire in December 2012. Arce’s retirement lasted for exactly 11 months. He came back last year in November and defeated Jose Carmona by an 8th round stoppage.
Arce came back because he wants to capture a world title in the featherweight division to become a 5-division world champion. Like Juan Manuel Marquez, Arce is looking to add to his legacy by trying to capture another world title in another weight class. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: In a move that is probably 2 fights too late, former WBC light heavyweight champion Chad Dawson (31-3, 17 KO’s) has signed with adviser Al Haymon to help manage his sagging career. Dawson, 31, has lost his last two fights both by knockout to Andre Ward and Adonis Stevenson. He’s not looked good in the ring in quite a while, even before his losses to those two fighters.
At one time, Dawson was considered to be the best fighter at 175, but he failed to do much with his career other than fight a lot of older guys like Glen Johnson, Antonio Tarver and Bernard Hopkins. Read the rest of this entry »
— Floyd Mayweather (@FloydMayweather) March 8, 2014
By Chris Williams: With his important May 3rd clash against WBA welterweight champion Marcos Maidana (35-3, 31 KO’s) slightly less than 2 months away, Floyd Mayweather Jr. (45-0, 26 KO’s) is working on getting ready for the fight and he already looks like he’s in fighting shape. Mayweather looks like he’d ready to go out and beat Maidana without a full training camp under his belt. That’s not because Maidana isn’t a good fighter, because he’s certainly a high quality opponent for Floyd. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo credit: Esther Lin/Showtime) By Dan Ambrose: With the weight being increased at the last minute, both Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and Alfredo Angulo were able to make the 155 lb weigh-in limit on Friday for their fight tomorrow night at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
An emaciated Canelo came in right at the weigh-in limit at 155 lbs, and looked like he couldn’t take anymore weight off without leaving himself too weak to fight on Saturday. Angulo looked a lot better at 154.5 lbs, and appeared like he would have taken more weight off without it draining him. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo credit: Esther Lin/Showtime) By Chester Rivers: We are barely 2 months into 2014 and the boxing scene is already heating up. With 4 high profile fights already set for the first half of the year 2014 could be the year of the upset.
The first upset will come on March 8 when Saul “Canelo” Alvarez takes on Alfredo “El Perro” Angulo. I believe this fight will tell the tale of Alvarez. This is the biggest puncher Canelo has ever faced. After the first clean body shot the corner of Canelo will go into panic mode much like the corner of Adrien Broner. Many have forgotten that Angulo was touted as the next great Mexican superstar before his legal battles with U.S. Immigration. For some strange reason I get the feeling this is the wrong fight for a young Canelo coming off his first loss. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Career-wise, Manny Pacquiao (55-5-2, 38 KO’s) will be limping into his April 12th rematch against WBO welterweight champion Tim Bradley (31-0, 12 KO’s) next month at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. Pacquiao has lost 2 out of his last 3 fights, and he hasn’t beaten a really good fighter since his catch-weight win over Miguel Cotto in 2009. Since that fight, Pacquiao’s wins have come against Joshua Clottey, Shane Mosley, Antonio Margarito, Juan Manuel Marquez and Brandon Rios. Like a lot of fans, I don’t count Pacquiao’s victory over Marquez in 2011 as being a win for Pacquiao, because Marquez clearly won that fight and deserved a decision with a four round cushion.
A loss for Pacquiao in the rematch with Bradley will send a message that it’s pretty much over for the 35-year-old Pacquiao. Yes, he’ll continue to fight after the defeat, because there’s no way that he’ll retire. Read the rest of this entry »