By Dan Ambrose: Miguel Cotto (38-4, 31 KO’s) is saying that it wasn’t him that came up with the idea of fighting at a catch weight of 159 lbs. for his fight against WBC middleweight champion Sergio Martinez (51-2-2, 28 KO’s) on June 7th. Cotto says it was Martinez’s promoter Sampson Lewkowitcz that floated the idea, and they just went with what he said.
“That came from Sampson,” Cotto said in talking about 159lb catch-weight. “The first thing he said when we sat at the table was, ‘Sergio can’t run like before anymore and he wants to make his weight. He’s not going to be able to do less than 159 pounds.’ That was a petition from them, not us.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Marcos Maidana (35-4, 31 KO’s) could win the Mayweather sweepstakes for a second straight time as Floyd Mayweather Sr. is saying that Floyd Jr. told him that he wants the rematch with Maidana next September. Floyd Sr. wants to try and convince him that he’s better off facing someone else for his next fight, because Maidana’s fouling makes him someone who’s not a good opponent for a second fight.
Floyd Sr. thinks there was way too much fouling from Maidana in their previous fight for him to get a second crack at Mayweather. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: American referee Charlie Fitch has been offered up by the IBF to work the May 31st fight between IBF/WBA super middleweight champion Carl Froch (32-2, 23 KO’s) and George Groves (19-1, 15 KO’s) at the Wembley Stadium in London, UK. Both fighters have until the end of the week to say yes or veto the choice of Fitch. Froch’s team already rejected American referee Jack Reiss for the fight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: In a battle of British heavyweights in the WBO eliminator bout, #2 WBO, #3 WBA, #3 IBF, #8 WBC, Dereck Chisora (20-4, 13 KO’s) is predicting a really early knockout of #5 WBO, #8 IBF, #12 WBC, #14 WBA, Tyson Fury (22-0, 16 KO’s) in their domestic clash on July 26th at the Phones 4u Arena in Manchester, UK.
Chisora thinks he’s going to KO Fury in the 1st round, while Fury is predicting a 5th round TKO. The more likely result will be a dull 12 round decision like the last time the two fighters met up back in 2011 when Fury totally schooled Chisora in beating him by a 12 round decision. Chisora was too short to land his looping shots, and without them landing, he was pretty much a cooked goose in the fight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Miguel Cotto (38-4, 31 KO’s) has got one of the toughest fights of his career coming up on June 7th against WBC middleweight champion Sergio Martinez (51-2-2, 28 KO’s) in their catch-weight fight at 159 lbs. Cotto’s trainer Roach is talking about Cotto having added more bulk for this fight, and Roach believes he’s going to be the stronger guy each time he’s able to get in close to Martinez on June 7th. I bet.
Cotto will be a pumped up middleweight in this fight, and not the real thing. There is a difference, you know. Roach may have put weight on Cotto, but he’s still little more than a light welterweight at heart because that’s where he started his career at and that’s what his frame is built for. Read the rest of this entry »
By Robbie Bannatyne: When I first read the news that Manny Pacquiao has signed a new 2 year deal with Bob Arum’s Top Rank promotional company I was pretty shocked, but not at all surprised. The Filipino multi weight world champion remains blindly loyal to Bob Arum despite the fact that he is a global icon whose worldwide appeal means he could easily promote his own fights.
By removing the intermediary- Bob Arum- from his fight negotiations, Pacquiao would also isolate himself from the cold war conflict. Severing ties with Top Rank would allow Pacquiao to pursue hugely lucrative fights with the plethora of talent that is signed to Golden Boy Promotions and who perform on the Showtime network. Instead of cutting out the middle man, it seems Pacquiao is cutting his nose off to spite his face by continuing to align himself with the Top Rank and HBO alliance. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: WBO light welterweight champion Ruslan Provodnikov (23-2, 16 KO’s) has been mentioned by Top Rank promoter Bob Arum as a potential opponent for WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao (56-5-2, 38 KO’s) for his next fight on November 16th in Macao, China. The Russian born Provodnikov is strictly a fallback option for Arum to put in with Pacquiao if the guy he wants to fight him Juan Manuel Marquez fails to agree to the fight.
Provodnikov at least would bring some new blood for Pacquiao to fight instead of the same old guys. That’s at least one positive. Provodnikov is someone who does well against fighters with poor mobility or guys that look to trade with him. He struggles badly when he faces opposition that moves on him. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: WBC middleweight champion Sergio Martinez (51-2-2, 28 KO’s) will be the B-side in his fight next month against Miguel Cotto (38-4, 31 KO’s), even though he’s the one with the title in this fight. Cotto is the proven pay-per-view star, and the fight is taking place in his stomping grounds in New York. But Martinez, 39, isn’t really all that worried about potentially being robbed by the judges in the fight, because he intends on turning them into mere spectators by knocking Cotto out.
“I am not worried about the judges being swayed in this bout or any questionable decisions, because there is no way this fight is going the distance,” Martinez said.
Sergio might turn out to be correct with his belief. This fight is going to be a really tough one for Cotto because he’s not faced anyone with the kind of power that Martinez has in his career. The biggest puncher that Cotto has faced during his 13-year pro career was Manny Pacquiao, and he had Cotto wilting almost immediately. Cotto was dropped in the fight, and he then was pretty much useless and playing it safe for the remainder of the fight until getting stopped in the 12th round. Read the rest of this entry »
By Yannis Mihanos: This September 13th is the great Mexican Independence Day, a day that is special for the Mexican boxing fans. Floyd Mayweather Jr. will be fighting on that date, but likely not with a Mexican warrior. It’ll no doubt be someone high in the rankings of boxing but not necessarily the best. Since Manny Pacquiao is excluded from the list for several of reasons, let’s move on with what is left for Floyd. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: George Groves (19-1, 15 KO’s) says that IBF/WBA super middleweight champion Carl Froch (32-2, 23 KO’s) is a broken man after their first fight together. Froch has been rumored to have seen a psychiatrist, and Groves sees the 36-year-old as being chased by demons from their past fight.
Whatever the case, Froch does seem to have changed his way of interacting with Groves. Whether that be from something he himself decided or something that was recommended by others it’s hard to say. But Froch does appear to be morose, listless and more than a little disengaged during the meetings that he’s had with Groves on television. Read the rest of this entry »