By AneelKBoxing: The first fight between Carl Froch and George Groves ended in controversy which has given each fighter another pass to right a wrong with the rematch. It’s lead us to a second fight which is far bigger than the first one if not the biggest ever in the UK, this is in-fact due to its venue and attendance at Wembley Stadium.
Just a week away from the event, I want to highlight a few reasons in why this fight is so thrilling and in my own opinion more exciting than any other boxing event this year. This fight provides more than just a glimpse of top boxers but more that they genuinely despise each other and have equally found themselves in controversy following the first fight. Unlike the Mayweather and Pacquiao fights, the Froch/Groves first fight held a story line to it, where in each round we saw Froch hurt and in trouble from the young Groves. Read the rest of this entry »
By Danny Ech: Yes, reader I know you are tired of hearing about Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Manny Pacquiao and why hasn’t the fight happened and Mayweather is a coward and Mayweather is this and Mayweather is that but the fight “that never was” is still coming up today. Everyone in the world that wants this fight has his or her own opinions as to why it has not happened and just about every writer and every sports commentator has voiced their opinions as well.
As far as I have seen in my own opinion most of the blame and the pressure has been placed on Floyd Mayweather based on the articles I’ve seen on multiple websites and interviews I’ve watched on multiple sport channels. At this point I believe Mayweather has become a victim of his own success which is sad because he has raised the bar so high that if his performance is anything less than usual he is looked at as old, declining, weak, not that great, almost immediately etc etc. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Joe Calzaghe is impressed with George Groves’ speed and talent, but he questions whether he’ll have the stamina to defeat IBF/WBA super middleweight champion Carl Froch (32-2, 23 KO’s) in their rematch at the end of the month on May 31st. Calzaghe sees Froch an old time boxer who could have fought 15 round fights years ago when championship boxing matches were still going 15 rounds. Calzaghe also thinks he would have beaten Froch and Groves in his prime.
“It’s a question of stamina. Froch still appears to have the cardiovascular capacity to go any distance,” Calzaghe said. “I expect we’re going to find out about George. Froch is beginning to look like he’s slowing up…Groves is faster but does he have the steam for a long fight? In my own mind, I believe that in my prime I would have beaten either of them.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: WBC featherweight champion Jhonny Gonzalez (55-8, 47 KO’s) will be defending his title this Saturday night, May 24th, against little known Clive Atwell (12-0-1, 7 KO’s) at the Convention Center in Acapulco, Guerrero, Mexico. Gonzalez, 32, had been hoping to face Abner Mares in a rematch months ago, but Mares suffered a rib injury while training. Atwell, #12 WBC, is more of a stay busy fight than anything. He’s not someone who will give Gonzalez any real challenge because Atwell lack the speed, power, skills and experience to do much in this fight.
This fight likely won’t last more than a round or two unless Gonzalez takes it easy on Atwell. This is a mismatch in talent and a huge one at that. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Top Rank promoter Bob Arum is waiting for the word from 40-year-old Juan Manuel Marquez (56-7-1, 40 KO’s) to find out whether he’ll agree to face Manny Pacquiao (56-5-2, 38 KO’s) for a 5th time. Arum has been highly interested in getting Marquez to agree to a 5th fight with Pacquiao ever since the Mexican warrior knocked Pacquiao out cold in December of 2012.
The fight drew 1.15 million PPV buy, and the chances were high that it might have pulled in better numbers if Arum had been able to get Pacquiao back in the ring in early 2013 for a quick rematch. But now too much time has gone by and I don’t see the interest being as high for a 5th fight between them. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Former WBO European super middleweight champion Frank Buglioni (12-1, 9 KO’s) will be trying to turn his career around on July 16th in a fight against journeyman Sam Couzens (11-12-1, 3 KO’s) in a fight for the vacant British Southern Area super middleweight title at York Hall, Bethnal Green, London, UK. Buglioni, 25, is coming off of a 6th round TKO loss to Sergey Khomitsky last April in a fight in which Buglioni was really pummeled from pillar to post. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Former WBO light heavyweight champion Nathan Cleverly (27-1, 13 KO’s) and former WBC Silver light heavyweight strap holder Tony Bellew (21-2-1, 13 KO’s) will be in action on July 12th in separate fights at the Echo Arena in Liverpool, UK, Eddie Hearn of Matchroom Sports wants them both on the same card in order to Whet the appetite of the British boxing public in a fight between them later on in the year on November 29th.
Hearn didn’t say who they’ll be facing on the July 12th card, but my guess it’s going to be a couple of harmless opponents that will make them look good, and won’t be a threat to beating them. The last thing Hearn needs is to put them in with a good opponent and watch them both get knocked out on the same card. Heck, Bellew almost got knocked out in his last fight against what some fans thought was a harmless 37-year-old Valery Brudov. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Mike Alvarado (34-3, 23 KO’s) wasted his chance to beat Juan Manuel Marquez (56-7-1, 40 KO’s) last Saturday night by fighting too passively and not throwing enough punches in their fight in Inglewood, California. Alvarado believes that if he had jumped on Marquez after knocking him down in the 9th, he would have stopped him. Additionally, Alvarado thinks that Marquez would be vulnerable against someone like WBO light welterweight champion Ruslan Provodnikov (23-2, 16 KO’s).
“Provodnikov would probably exploit that out of him. Provodnikov just comes at you and fights aggressive,” Alvarado said. “If Marquez could knock him out, that’s the only way I think he could beat him.” Read the rest of this entry »
By James Allen: Observers can be forgiven for wondering whether Juan Manuel Marquez (56-7-1, 40 KO’s) was beginning to slip just a little bit as the his fight against Mike Alvarado (34-3, 23 KO’s) on May 17th approached. His last outing saw him suffer a lopsided points defeat to fellow Manny Pacquiao conqueror Timothy Bradley last October, where the younger man’s athleticism was a telling factor.
Ten months previously he had achieved what will be remembered as his most famous victory as he left long-time rival Manny Pacquiao face-down and motionless after landing a devastating right hand with only seconds left in the sixth round. However, the clinical finish combined with an earlier knockdown in the third flattered to deceive. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: WBC light heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson (23-1, 20 KO’s) will be defending his title this Saturday night against #1 WBO, #3 WBC Andrzej Fonfara (25-2, 15 KO’s) in a fight that should be entertaining while it lasts on Showtime Championship Boxing at 9:00 PM, May 24th at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Canada.
Stevenson has blowing through his opposition with ease in the past year in destroying Tony Bellew, Tavoris Cloud, Chad Dawson and Darnell Boone by knockouts. There was concern initially whether Stevenson had the chin and the talent to beat the better fighters like Dawson and Cloud, but Stevenson showed clearly in those fights that he had more than enough talent to hang with those guys. Read the rest of this entry »