By Yannis Mihanos: Floyd Mayweather Jr. (45-0, 26 KO’s) is the gold machine,the cash cow, the money maker. Nobody can deny that. He is the most successful fighter in the money business of boxing .The numbers don’t lie. After signing with Showtime/CBS his popularity has continued going from strength to strength and his earnings too. Throughout his career has fought and beaten many title holders in various categories and his record remains spotless at 45-0.
Even if he’s been accused for cherry picking opponents, the fact remains that Floyd Mayweather is the number 1 most profitable fighter in boxing, hands down. Read the rest of this entry »
By Rocky Esposito: Before every major fight, I have a routine where I’ll re-watch each of the fighters last few bouts the weeks leading up to Fight Night. (Thank God for DVR). I also give Showtime a ton of credit. In a world were each major cable movie network has easily over 10 channels to choose from, Showtime does a great job by re-airing all of their fights (present ones and past classics) on basically a nightly basis via Showtime Extreme. And with All Access, we Boxing Fans are truly spoiled as we get a real chance to get inside each fighter’s Training Camp. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo credit: Esther Lin/Showtime) By Hector Gonzalez: Many fans are using the Alfredo Angulo (22-3, 18 KO’s) vs. Erislandy Lara fight as an indicator of what’s going to happen this weekend between Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (42-1-1, 30 KO’s) vs. Angulo. These fans are saying that Angulo looked good against Lara, almost stopped him and therefore Canelo is in big trouble. In my opinion these fans either just want to see Canelo lose and using selective reasoning to justify their claim, or they might not be educated enough about Angulo’s abilities. I’ll say it now, Canelo is going to beat Angulo, possibly even KO him.
It’s important for readers to erase what happened between Angulo vs Lara for a second and think about what happened between Angulo vs Jorge Silva, the 19 year old kid that was giving Angulo a run for his money just 6 months before Angulo faced off against Lara. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo credit: Esther Lin/Showtime) By Dan Ambrose: Alfredo Angulo (22-3, 18 KO’s) has had a lot of opportunities to sit and watch the previous fights of former WBA/WBC junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (42-1-1, 30 KO’s) while getting ready for their fight this Saturday night in Las Vegas, Nevada, and Angulo has concluded that Canelo doesn’t have the same kind of talent that WBA interim junior middleweight champion Erislandy Lara possesses.
Angulo lost to Lara by a 10th round TKO last year in June after their fight was halted in the 10th round. Angulo gave Lara a lot of problems in knocking him down twice in the fight. If not for Angulo suffering an eye injury, he’d have very likely won the fight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Robbie Bannatyne: “I was beaten by the better man”. Truer words have never been spoken by Ricky Burns as he gave a frank and concise assessment of his performance in the immediate aftermath of his defeat to Terrence Crawford.
Burns showed he is as humble in defeat as he is in victory. Yet for the third fight in a row he flattered to deceive, only this time paid the ultimate price in losing his prized possession: the WBO lightweight title.
The 30 year old Scotsman now faces a long road to redemption to prove he is still a relevant entity at the elite level of the lightweight division. But Burns should abandon any ideas of a rematch between Crawford, as the overwhelming consensus is that the classy American would cruise to another landslide victory, thus further damaging the former champions’ career prospects. Read the rest of this entry »
— Floyd Mayweather (@FloydMayweather) March 5, 2014
By Chris Williams: Floyd Mayweather Jr. (45-0, 26 KO’s) and Marcos Maidana (35-3, 31 KO’s) will be fighting at the beautiful MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada on May 3rd. Until today it the venue was up on the air between the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York and the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. At the end of the day, Mayweather selected Las Vegas. This is the ideal venue for a fight like this because it’s a beautiful city, and the fans tht flow into the city will be able to enjoy themselves to the fullest while they’re there. Mayweather will save millions in tax money by having the fight take place in Nevada rather than New York. Nevada doesn’t have a state tax, and that’s why it’s such a great place for boxing events.
This is Mayweather’s big opportunity to avenge the loss for his little brother Adrien Broner by beating Maidana the way that Broner should have done last December in their fight at the Alamodome, in San Antonio, Texas. Mayweather will show his little brother how to do the job on Maidana, and that in turn will make it much easier for Broner to beat Maidana in their eventual rematch at some point in the future, if the two of them still end up facing each other. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (42-1-1, 30 KO’s) will be trying to put the past behind him this Saturday night in facing Mexican slugger Alfredo Angulo (22-3, 18 KO’s) on Showtime pay-per-view from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. Canelo sees this as a new beginning for him, as he’s going to be applying the lessons he learned from his last fight against Floyd Mayweather Jr. and he’ll be making his first PPV fight with him as the star headliner.
Things are set up perfectly for the 23-year-old Canelo too look great in this fight, as long as Angulo doesn’t spoil the party by beating him in front of a nationwide audience.
Canelo needs to stay busy in this fight, and not make the mistake of thinking he can mimic Floyd Mayweather Jr. like he did in his recent 12 round majority decision loss to Mayweather last September. Canelo is a good fighter when he’s using his strengths – power, pressure and inside fighting – but he’s less effective when he tries to box. With that said, Canelo will likely try and box Angulo on Saturday night instead of playing to what he does well by getting in the face of Angulo and beating him at his own game. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Floyd Mayweather Jr’s uncle Jeff M. sees May 3rd fight between Floyd Jr. and WBA welterweight champion Marcos Maidana (35-3, 31 KO’s) giving fight fans a good opportunity to see the real difference between Floyd Jr. and Adrien Broner, the fighter that copies his fighting style but with less talent. Broner was beaten up in his last fight against Marcos Maidana in losing a 12 round decision last December.
Broner lost his WBA welterweight title in that fight, and he was totally ineffective at slowing down Maidana’s high octane offense using the Mayweather shoulder roll. Broner seemingly tried every trick in the book that he’d learned from watching Mayweather Jr., but none of the tricks worked against Maidana. He walked right through Broner’s shots, and knocked him down twice en route to winning a 12 round decision. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Promoter Eddie Hearn of Matchroom Sport has finally found an opponent for #1 IBF, #7 WBO, #10 WBC welterweight contender Kell Brook (31-0, 21 KO’s) to fight on March 15th and instead of it being a well known 147 lb contender, Hearn has dug up someone named Alvaro Robles (17-2, 15 KO’s) from Mexico.
Honestly, I’ve never heard of Robles before, and he’s not ranked in the top 15. Of course, Robles is Brook’s tune-up opponent, so that explains him being an obscure opponent without a top 15 ranking. But given that Brook has really fought mostly obscure opposition during his 10-year pro career, this fight is pretty much Brook sticking with the status quo. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: #7 WBC Tony Bellew (20-2-1, 12 KO’s) will be returning to the ring this month to fight 37-year-old light heavyweight Valery Brudov (41-4, 28 KO’s) in a cruiserweight bout on March 15th at the Echo Arena in Liverpool, UK. Bellew was smacked around the ring in his last fight in his unsuccessful title challenge against WBC light heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson last November.
So instead of staying at 175, Bellew will be moving up to the cruiserweight division along with fellow Brit Nathan Cleverly to try and make his mark at that weight. What’s interesting, though, is that Bellew is fighting a light heavyweight in Brudov in his first fight at cruiserweight instead of an actual cruiserweight. In other words, Bellew is fighting in the cruiserweight division but he still has his toe stuck in the light heavyweight division. Yeah, doesn’t make any sense at all, but that’s Bellew’s decision to take this fight. Read the rest of this entry »