By Chris Williams: As reportedly over the weekend, trainer Freddie Roach has reportedly fired strength and conditioning coach Alex Ariza after meeting with Manny Pacquiao (54-5-2, 38 KO’s) to speak with him about problems he’d been having with him.
Roach now plans on taking over Ariza’s job as the strength and conditioning coach for Pacquiao in addition to being his trainer. According to Yahoo, Roach will be using Kerlan-Jobe Orthopedic Clinic in the Orange County area to help work on Pacquiao’s problems with leg cramps. Read the rest of this entry »
By Mo Khan: Amir Khan, Real or Delusion? It takes a complete package to make a great fighter, basic skills, advanced skills, offensive skills, defensive skills, physical strength / ability / agility, a strong punch, quick jab, a good chin, quick to adapt to any fighter, discipline to execute a fight plan, can read an opponent fight plan, HEART and SMART.
Some Straight Facts:
1. Good Fighter as an Amateur, would be safer to stay there to this day.
2. Great Physical Attributes, he has the height, reach and condition to be a tab more than his opponents. Read the rest of this entry »
By Ivan Ivanov: I am not looking to get into arguments and I am not a fan of Amir Khan. When a boxer is disparaged and disrespected at a time he needs support, I think there should be a different view as well or at least a word of advice and encouragement. Here is what Khan needs to do in my humble opinion:
1. Change the footwork to a more economical glide and plant your feet for at least one punch in a combo.
2. Use no more than three punches in a combo and use one big shot (hook, cross, uppercut, swing, Nelson, straight right) in each combo. Four shots and more at a time waste energy without doing a lot of damage, the power (if any) dissipates. Read the rest of this entry »
By Rusty Nate: I don’t like to dislike fighters. I love the sport of boxing in all its glory, in sickness and in health you might say. I love the different styles and more importantly personalities that come together in this one of a kind sport.
Believe it or not, I do find some of the things fighters say in the heat of the moment, true or false, actually add to the charisma of the sport, and make it what it is today.
One fighter has, over time, managed to break that habit of a lifetime of mine and caused me to actually dislike his presence in the boxing world.
When a fighter makes claims or statements that are SO ridiculous that it brings their own mental state of mind into serious question. Read the rest of this entry »
By Sal Arteaga: Floyd Mayweather Jr. (44-0, 26 KO’s) is set to meet boxing’s newest star Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (42-0-1, 30 KO’s) on September 14th. Floyd is considered by many the best pound-for-pound boxer, as he has skillfully, and masterfully defeated his competition. He is arguably the best defensive counter puncher to ever put on a pair of gloves, so how then, does Canelo plan on defeating him?
The sport of boxing is truly a sweet science, a combination of skill and strategy is needed to successfully defeat your opponent. One cannot merely go into a boxing match loosely throwing punches, and expect a favorable outcome. Mayweather’s success is greatly attributed to his vast understanding of the science, and of his superior boxing abilities. He understands how to effectively defeat an opponent by intelligently scoring on the judges’ scorecards. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Brandon Rios (31-1-1, 23 KO’s) thinks one of the main reasons he was picked out to fight Manny Pacquiao (54-5-2, 38 KO’s) on November 23rd is because Team Pacquiao see him another slow, easy to hit Antonio Margarito type of fighter.
In other words, a fighter that just plods forward slowly, blocking punches with face, and having slow hand speed that enables Pacquiao to easily avoid most of his shots. Rios doesn’t see himself as that type of fighter, and he plans on upsetting Pacquiao’s plans to end his 2-fight losing streak. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: The British Boxing Board of Control has decided not to review the July 20th fight between Britain’s Dereck Chisora vs. Malik Scott despite the appeal made by Scott’s promoter due to the referee halting the fight on the count of 9 instead of the count 10 in the 6th round, according to Dan Rafael.
Robert Smith, the general secretary of the BBB of C, says that in British rules a fighter is still considered down even if he’s rising at the count of 9. They still see him as being down. Read the rest of this entry »
By Ken Woods: Floyd Mayweather will embark on his 45th fight, and perhaps his toughest, on September 14 against Saul Canelo Alvarez. Mayweather is undefeated, and many have wondered what the remedy is to beat the gifted fighter.
So what exactly is it that makes Mayweather so successful? The answer has nothing to do with speed or power.
Mayweather does not fight in one rhythm. Most fighters move to their own consistent pace. This makes it easier to time them. However, “Money” does not. He may move around the ring quickly on his toes. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Manny Pacquiao (54-5-2, 38 KO’s) and Brandon Rios (31-1-1, 23 KO’s) met in New York on Tuesday as part of their U.S press tour to generate interest in their pay per view fight on HBO on November 23rd from Macao, China.
The two fighters were pretty mild with their comments, with Manny still seemingly making excuses for his 6th round knockout loss to Juan Manuel Marquez from last December instead of moving on and putting his focus on the Rios fight.
Pacquiao said “I believe in my last fight many people are thinking my boxing career is at an end. But I’ll tell you think, in the last fight my condition was amazing. My condition was one of the best in my boxing career. It just happened that in the 6th round I got too careless and too aggressive and he got me with a good shot. But if we review the fight my condition was one of the best I’ve had. That’s why I chose Brandon Rios. I know he’s a good fighter, He throws a lot of punches and he’s a very aggressive fighter.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: It looks like unbeaten heavyweight Tyson Fury (21-0, 15 KO’s) could use some sparring partners to get ready for his September 28th fight against David Haye (26-2, 24 KO’s) in Manchester. Fury’s sparring partners to get ready for Haye are Michael Sprott and Dillian Whyte, according Fightnews.
Sprott is nothing like Haye, so he shouldn’t even be one of Fury’s sparring partners. Whyte, 25, has good right hand power, but he’s slower than heck, and he doesn’t use his left hand like Haye does.
It’s almost a waste of time to have him as a sparring partner as well. If I was the trainer for Fury, I’d give both of those guys the boot, and look for some quality sparring partners that can give Fury at least a little bit of good sparring instead of him just twiddling his thumbs sparring without getting helped. Read the rest of this entry »