By Dan Ambrose: WBC interim welterweight champion Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero (31-1-1, 18 KO’s) is convinced that Floyd Mayweather Jr. (43-0, 26 KO’s) has lost a couple of steps and isn’t the same fighter he once was in his prime.
Guerrero believes that Mayweather has slowed down enough to where he’s now ready to be taken down and beaten for the first time in his 17-year pro career.
Guerrero said “His legs are starting to get slower. He’s not moving the way he used to. He knows.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Robert Garcia, the trainer for WBO super bantamweight champion Nonito Donaire (31-1, 20 KO’s), believes that his opponent WBA super bantamweight champion Guillermo Rigondeaux (11-0, 8 KO’s) doesn’t deserve the fight with Donaire and he sees him as being little more than a nervous ball of energy on Saturday at the Radio City Music Hall in New York, New York.
Garcia said to the Boxingchannel.com “I don’t think he [Rigondeaux] deserves it [the fight]. I don’t think he’s got a shot…this is going to be an easy fight for Donaire. Rigondeaux is going to fight nervous, scared…I know boxing.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Former IBF/WBA light welterweight champion Amir Khan (27-3, 19 KO’s) has taken heat for the way he sometimes doesn’t do the right thing when he’s been shook up by a big punch. Instead of grabbing his opponents to try and hold on until he recovers from the shot, Khan has tried to keep slugging.
Khan got away with this in his fight against Marcos Maidana in 2010, but it may have cost him the fight last July when he was stopped in the 4th round by Danny Garcia after being badly hurt in the previous round. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: IBF super middleweight champion Carl Froch thinks he’s figured out what he did wrong the last time he fought Mikkel Kessler three years ago and he’s vowing not to make the same mistakes when he faces Kessler in their rematch next month on May 25th at the O2 Arena in London, UK.
Froch figures that he made the mistake of backing off when he had Kessler in the pocket and he thinks he would have been better off just staying put and letting his hands go.
Froch said to thisisnottingham.co.uk “Last time I was throwing wild bombs and standing back and admiring them. There will be none of that this time around. Once I get Kessler on the hook, I’m going to reel him in.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Unbeaten heavyweight prospect Tyson Fury is almost in a no-win situation with his fight this month against 36-year-old Steve Cunningham at New York’s Madison Square Garden.
The 6’9” Fury thinks he’s going to impress the American boxing fans with his first fight in the United States, but unless he scores a quick knockout – which is highly unlikely given his complete absence of power – he’s going to end up struggling against Cunningham. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: Heavyweight contender Alexander Ustinov (27-1, 21 KO’s) will be returning to the ring this month in a scheduled 8 round bout against 38-year-old journeyman Ivica Perkovic (19-19, 14 KO’s) in a fight that will take place at the Sportpalace, Kharkov, Ukraine.
The 36-year-old Ustinov is coming off of an 11th round TKO loss to unbeaten Kubrat Pulev from last September in Hamburg, Germany. The slow and huge 6’7”, 320 lb. Ustinov was beaten down from the powerful jabs from Pulev and eventually Ustinov was dropped in the 11th round and taken out. Read the rest of this entry »
By Eric Thomas: IBF junior middleweight champion Ishe Smith (25-5, 11 KO’s) vs. Carlos Molina is in the works for late July according to Dan Rafael. There still isn’t a specified date or venue for the fight but it should be announced soon.
Smith recently defeated IBF champion Cornelius Bundrage by a 12 round decision to capture his IBF title last February in a hard fought fight.
Molina, 29, has a two-fight winning streak going since being beaten by James Kirkland in a highly controversial fight last year where the referee stopped the fight that Molina was head in after his corner person stepped inside the ring after the round had ended following a knockdown of Molina by Kirkland. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: The five-part series titled Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Robert Guerrero will be televised on Wednesday night on Showtime at 10 p.m ET/PT. This series is Showtime’s equivalent of HBO’s 24/7 episodes they like to out together for mega pay per view fights to draw interest from boxing fans.
The main difference I see between the two of them is that Showtime’s version is a little rawer, more real and less sentimental and corny. HBO seems to overdo the family aspect and they seem to get away from why boxing fans are really tuning in to see the episodes. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Bob Arum needs to think hard about who he wants to put in the ring with his fading star Manny Pacquiao next September in Macao, China, because Pacquiao has lost his last two fights and another loss could put the Pacquiao pay per view gravy train to a full stop or close to it.
I know Arum wants to keep the Filipino at the top fighting for as long as possible, but how is Arum going to be able to sell his fights if he loses his third straight fight? This reminds me of Evander Holyfield when he suddenly started going downhill and losing over and over again. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: David Haye (26-2, 24 KO’s) said recently that he wants to take on an unbeaten top 10 contender for his next fight on June 29th at the Manchester Arena. We’ve since heard that Haye’s management has contacted unbeaten Polish fringe contender Andrzej Wawrzyk (27-0, 13 KO’s) to be his next opponent for this fight date.
Kubrat Pulev (17-0, 9 KO’s) is very interested in facing Haye on June 29th, and I think he’s a much, much better fighter than Wawrzyk. Pulev has volunteered to take the fight and will likely have no problems with coming to the UK to face Haye in front of his British fans. Read the rest of this entry »