By Robbie Bannatyne: They say it’s tough at the top, and judging by the torrent of abuse aimed at Floyd Mayweather Jr over his apparently scandalous decision to fight Marcos Maidana on May 3rd, it obviously is in boxing.
Floyd Mayweather could be forgiven if he fails to understand how he has incurred the wrath of the boxing world by wanting to unify the welterweight division when he takes on the murderously powerful Maidana on May 3rd. The hard hitting Argentine is now one of the hottest properties in the sport after destroying Adrien Broner on his way to winning the WBA welterweight title, which is his 2nd world title- he was also a champion in the 140 lb weight class. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo credit: Esther Lin/Showtime) By Rocky Esposito: Tonight the Interim WBA World Welterweight Champion Keith “One Time” Thurman (23-0-0 / 21KOS) defeated former two time IBF lightweight Champion Julio “The Kidd” Diaz (40-10-1 / 5KOs) by a 3rd Round TKO at the great outdoor venue, the Stubhub Center in Carson California.
Julio Diaz coming into this fight 0-2-1 in his last three fights, but those of us who know Boxing can attest that those numbers were extremely misleading. To Diaz’s well deserved credit, he faced top level opponents Shawn Porter twice, and Amir Khan in between. Diaz, and many fans fiercely (and fairly) argue that Diaz actually won 2 of the 3 fights. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: WBA interim welterweight champion Keith Thurman (23-0, 21 KO’s) stopped 34-year-old former IBF lightweight champion Julio Diaz (40-10-1, 29 KO’s) in a 3rd round stoppage on Saturday night at the StubHub Center, in Carson, California, USA. In between the 3rd and the 4th rounds, Diaz’s corner decided to halt the fight due to a rib injury that he had suffered in the 3rd.
Thurman hit Diaz with a hard right to the body in the 3rd round. Diaz didn’t show any sign signs of being hurt during the round, though, and he seemed to get the better of Thurman during that round. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: In a fight of the year candidate, Lucas Matthysse (35-3, 33 KO’s) showed incredible heart to get up off the deck twice to stop the game John Molina (27-4, 22 KO’s) in the 11th on Saturday night at the StubHub Center, in Carson, California, USA. Matthysse knocked Molina down three times in the fight in dropping him in the 8th, 10th and 11th rounds.
The fight was halted at the start of the 11th after Matthysee cornered a badly beaten Molina up against the ropes and flurried on him until he hit the canvas. The referee Pat Russell then stepped in and halted the bout with Molina still down on his back. Read the rest of this entry »
By Anthony Mason: I find it very confusing when people compare the Klitschkos to the all-time great heavyweights. The Klitschkos are definitely good boxers, but they have not done anything to stand out and be considered in the league of a Dempsey, Wills, or Tunney, let alone a Joe Louis or Muhammad Ali. No amount of title defenses will hide the fact that the Klitschkos have never beaten an elite heavyweight boxer in their entire careers. To claim that they are historically underrated is a terrible farce.
Simply reciting statistics such as the Klitschkos win-loss record, number of defenses, or KO ratios demonstrates an inability to use logical thinking and an inability to put these misleading statistics into context. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo credit: Esther Lin/Showtime) By Jim Dower: In an dull fight, WBC lightweight champion Omar Figueroa (23-0-1, 17 KO’s) retained his WBC title with a 12 round split decision win over a spoiling challenger Jerry Belmontes (19-4, 5 KO’s) on Saturday night at the Stubhub Center in Carson, California. The final judges scores were 118-110 and 116-112 for Figueroa, and 115-113 for Belmontes.
Belmontes would have won the fight had he let his hands go, but after the 6th round, Belmontes started moving constantly and keeping on the outside in a prolonged keep away. It’s hard to understand what Belmontes was thinking about because he could have won this fight had he kept mixing it up with Figueroa, as he was landing the cleaner shots. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: IBF/IBO/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (62-3, 52 KO’s) did a great job tonight in defeating challenger Alex Leapai (30-5-3, 24 KO’s) by a 5th round stoppage at the Koenig Pilsener Arena, Oberhausen, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany.
The win over the outclassed Leapai has Wladimir now set to defend against his IBF mandatory challenger Kubrat Pulev for later on this year. However, Wladimir has his eyes set on trying to get a fight against the winner of the May 10th fight between Bermane Stiverne and Chris Arreola for the WBC heavyweight title. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Heavyweight contender Tyson Fury saw IBF/IBO/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (62-3, 52 KO’s) destroy challenger Alex Leapai (30-5-3, 24 KO’s) in 5 rounds tonight at the Koenig Pilsener Arena, Oberhausen, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany, and Fury says he was bored in watching the fight. Fury feels that he would have knocked Leapai out much faster than Wladimir did by throwing uppercuts rather than throwing just jabs the way that Wladimir did tonight. Fury also thinks he would set a really fast pace, if given a chance to fight the 6’6″ Wladimir, and he’d wear Wladimir out.
“Why not have a real fight, and why not fight Tyson Fury,” Fury said to Euro Sport. “Let’s get it on. I want you. Have a fight with a real man. I’ll set a fast pace. Wladimir does the same thing every fight – jab, jab, jab. I would have got that guy out much quicker with an uppercut. I would have made Wladimir fight at a much faster pace than he’s used to. There’s never been anyone like me and there probably never will be. 10 Wladimir’s wouldn’t put the fear in me.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: In one of IBF/IBO/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko’s easiest title defenses of his career, he stopped a badly over-matched Australian heavyweight Alex Leapai (30-5-3, 24 KO’s) in the 5th round on Saturday night in a three knockdown performance at the Koenig Pilsener Arena, Oberhausen, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany. The 6’6″ Wladimir was barely touched in the fight by the much shorter and slower 6’0″ Leapai.
In the 5th, Wladimir knocked Leapai down twice with left-right combinations to the head. Leapai showed a lot of heart in getting back up from the first knockdown in the round, because he was badly hurt from that shot. I don’t know of too many heavyweights who would have gotten up from that. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: #11 WBC heavyweight contender Lucas “Big Daddy” Browne (20-0, 18 KO’s) bludgeoned Eric Martel Bahoeli (10-4, 7 KO’s) into submission in five rounds on Saturday night to win the vacant Commonwealth and WBC Eurasian Pacific Boxing Council heavyweight titles at the Ponds Forge Arena, Sheffield, Yorkshire, United Kingdom.
Browne showed huge, huge power in the fight, but he looked very slow and his work rate wasn’t as good as you’d like to see. Browne’s power was amazing though. You’ve got to give Bahoeli a lot of credit for being able to take the shots he was hit with.
Browne knocked Bahoeli to the canvas with a short right hand to the head in the 5th round to get the stoppage. Referee Richard James Davies then stepped in and halted the fight at 1:26 of the round. Browne knocked Bahoeli down once in the 2nd, 4th and 5th times. In the 3rd, Browne suffered a bad cut over his left eye from a clash of heads. The cut was a really bad one and it was pretty clear that Browne was racing against time after the cut occurred. Read the rest of this entry »