By Scott Gilfoid: Jeff Mayweather, the trainer for Kevin Johnson (28-2-1, 13 KO’s), isn’t at all impressed with what he’s seen of unbeaten 6’9″ heavyweight contender Tyson Fury (19-0, 14 KO’s), and he doesn’t see what the fuss is about him. Mayweather thinks Fury is just uncoordinated heavyweight who wins on size alone, but who doesn’t have the skills to beat Johnson or the Klitschko brothers.
Mayweather had never seen Fury before until his fighter Johnson was selected to replace Denis Boytsov as the opponent to fight Fury, and he’s really disappointed in Fury’s ability. Read the rest of this entry »
By William Mackay: They have a saying in boxing – “Timing is everything.” This may never be more true then with the Carlos Molina (17-0, 7 KO’s) vs. Amir Khan (26-3, 18 KO’s) fight next month on December 15th at the Sports Arena, in Los Angeles, California, USA. Khan, at one time a two belt holder at 140, has now lost his last two fights and is coming off a terrible 4th round knockout loss to WBC light welterweight champion Danny Garcia in a fight that took place last July.
To be sure, Molina has been carefully picked by Khan’s promoter and deemed a non-threat to Khan due to Molina’s small 5’6″ size and his long two year knockout drought. However, in this case Molina’s tiny size and long period in between knockouts may not matter because he’s facing a guy with a weak chin in Khan, and who may be even more susceptible to getting knocked out due to his knockout loss to Garcia. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: WBA World junior middleweight champion Austin Trout (25-0, 14 KO’s) says he isn’t going to be lucking to run from Miguel Cotto (37-3, 30 KO’s) on Saturday night in their big fight in Madison Square Garden in New York. Trout is going to meet Cotto’s attacks head on and not look to flee in order to survive.
Trout said “Once that bell rings it’s fight or flight, and I’m ain’t running nowhere.”
That could be bad news for Cotto because he seems to fight better against guys that run from him, and allow him to fight at a slow pace so that he can get plenty of rest breaks. Cotto never did have good stamina even in the early part of his career, but it’s gotten worse as he’s aged. Trout can expose Cotto’s stamina issues if he forces him to fight at a fast pace. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer really needs an opponent for WBA World welterweight champion Paulie Malignaggi after all the big plans they had in store for him in facing Ricky Hatton went up in smoke last Saturday night with Hatton’s loss to Senchenko.
Malignaggi wants that one big name for him to fight so he can get a nice payday, but Schaefer unfortunately doesn’t have a lot of choices to put in with Malignaggi. Schaefer says he could look to the lightweight division to have his young star WBC lightweight champion Adrien Broner move up two divisions to face Malignaggi. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Strength and conditioning coach Alex Ariza and trainer Freddie Roach are trying to extract more aggression from Manny Pacquiao so that he can beat Juan Manuel Marquez by a knockout or at the minimum a decision that can’t be questioned by boxing fans.
It’s pretty pointless really, because the whole idea behind trying to get Pacquiao to be more aggressive really revolves around getting Pacquiao to a more youthful stage in his career when he was able to move well around the ring, throw a lot of punches, and fight with a great deal of intensity. Pacquiao isn’t doing those things anymore. When Pacquiao does fight hard, he gets leg cramps, he tires out, and then he takes punishment. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Unbeaten Keith Thurman (19-0, 18 KO’s) made Carlos Quintana (29-4, 23 KO’s) look really bad in losing to Thurman by a 4th round TKO on the Andre Berto vs. Robert Guerrero card in Ontario, California. The win by the 5’11” Thurman showed not only his raw power, which is quite top notch, but also poise and maturity that few fighters his age have.
Thurman looks ready to take on WBC junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, Vanes Martirosyan, Miguel Cotto, Erislandy Lara and Cornelius Bundrage. I can see Thurman giving all of those guys a real run for their money with his power. Alvarez, 5’9″, isn’t a very big junior middleweight and I think Thurman would give him some problems with his height, reach and power. The same goes for the 5’7″ Cotto. He’s a lot smaller than Thurman, and he tends to break down when he gets in wars with strong fighters. Thurman might be too big and power for the likes of Cotto. Read the rest of this entry »
By Sebastian Hernandez: In the sport boxing few men are remembered. Those few are not only immortalized by their outstanding records or unbeaten streaks but by their skill, perseverance, pride, and courage in the ring. One such boxer who possessed these qualities in excess was one of the best boxers Puerto Rico has ever blessed us with. I speak of none other than Hector Macho Camacho. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Big 6’8″ British and Commonwealth heavyweight champion David Price (14-0, 12 KO’s) successfully weighed in at 250 pounds for his mismatch against 45-year-old Matt Skelton (28-6, 23 KO’s) on Friday night at the Aintree Equestrian Centre, Liverpool, Merseyside, United Kingdom.
It’s not much of a fight to be honest, but this kind of par for the course for the 29-year-old Price because his promoter hasn’t been all that interested in putting him in with any talented heavyweights. right now, Price is going through the older heavyweights with 41-year-old Audley Harrison and now 45-year-old Skelton. I haven’t heard anything about 50-year-old Evander Holyfield being targeted next for Price, but I wouldn’t be surprised if he gets selected next. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: WBC middleweight champion Sergio Martinez (50-2-2, 28 KO’s) will be making his first defense of his title on April 27th in Argentina against Britain’s Martin Murray (25-0-1, 11 KO’s) in a still to be determined venue, according to RingTV. This isn’t really much of a surprise because it’s been talked about for a while now Martinez taking a fight against the unbeaten #3 WBC Murray, but now it looks like it’s about to happen.
If Martinez can get past Murray, he will then possibly face former WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. in a rematch on September 14th, provided that Chavez Jr. isn’t serving a suspension from the Nevada State Athletic Commission for him having tested positive for marijuana for his loss to Martinez last September. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: WBO lightweight champion Ricky Burns (35-2, 10 KO’s) is already hard at work trying to pump up interest in his December 15th fight against little known 2nd tier opponent Jose Ocampo (17-0, 12 KO’s) for their fight at the ExCel Arena, Dockland, London, United Kingdom.
Ocampo is yet another over-matched opponent for Burns, who is making a name for himself as someone that is badly underachieving in his title reigns at super featherweight and now lightweight in terms of match-ups.
But believe it or not, Burns sees the Ocampo fight as his toughest, saying in a press release “I’d say this is the hardest fight of my career against a young, hungry challenger.” Read the rest of this entry »