By Chris Williams: Trainer Freddie Roach is clear that he won’t be working his fighter WBO light welterweight champion Ruslan Provodnikov’s corner if he faces Manny Pacquiao later this year on November 22nd in Macao, China. Roach says he’ll definitely be with the 35-year-old Filipino star. It’s obvious move by Roach because Pacquiao is paying him big, big cash for each fight that Roach works in his corner.
Provodnikov, 30, has a very real chance of winding up as Pacquiao’s opponent in November unless Bob Arum of Top Rank can get 40-year-old Juan Manuel Marquez to back off his request of a 50-50 purse split for the fight. Marquez wants to make the same kind of money that Pacquiao is getting because Marquez will bring in a lot of Mexican fans to purchase the fight on pay-per-view. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo credit: Rey Sanchez) By Dan Ambrose: Former IBF/WBA featherweight champion Yuriorkis Gamboa (23-0, 16 KO’s) has no worries at all bout the technical skills of WBO featherweight champion Terence Crawford (23-0, 16 KO’s) for their fight this month on June 28th at the CenturyLink Center, in Omaha, Nebraska, USA. Gamboa, 32, grew up fighting nothing but technical fighters in Cuba and while fighting in the Olympics in 2004 in winning a gold medal for Cuba. Gamboa isn’t worried at all about what the 26-year-old Crawford brings to the table on June 28th.
“Coming from Cuba, the guys were technical and had size, and I fought them a lot. Me, I’ve perfected my strategy to fighting these type of fighters,” Gamboa said. “I think this will be a counter-vs-counter match. Objective is to get him to the middle range where I can use my speed.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Dominic Ingle, the trainer for No.1 IBF Kell Brook (32-0, 22 KO’s), thinks that his fighter will be able to halt the attacks from IBF welterweight champion Shawn Porter (24-0-1, 15 KO’s) in their fight on August 9th at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
Ingle believes that Porter’s high pressure offense and his attempts and taking advantage of Brook on the inside [where he has little skills] will be ultimately fruitless, because Brook will catch Porter with jabs and straight right hands that will stop him in his tracks to keep him from getting to Brook’s soft underbelly. Read the rest of this entry »
By Gav Duthie: For the last few years we’ve always known that like clockwork Floyd Mayweather Jr (46-0 (26) will fight on the first Saturday in May and the second Saturday in September. This seems to have worked relatively well for him in the past but this time that September date means he is running out of potential opponents for his next showdown.
There have been so many summer blockbusters in and around his divisions most opponents wouldn’t be available for September. When I look through the list of candidates the only fight that seems workable and worthwhile is Keith ‘One Time’ Thurman 23-0 (21). This got me thinking that if Mayweather isn’t going to cement his legacy by beating Manny Pacquiao then he should look to the superstars of the future. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jermill Pennington: While the possibility of this fighter fighting that fighter spiral over the web there is one match up that that by far presents the most entertaining television experience. Just think of the world class smack that would be thrown around at the press conferences. The build -up for this fight would exceed whatever projected numbers due to the inevitable tongue lashings that would be given by both sides. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: This Saturday night will be a special for WBO junior middleweight champion Demetrius Andrade (20-0, 13 KO’s), because it’ll be his first defense of his title against little known fighter Brian Rose (25-1-1, 7 KO’s), and the fight will televised in front of millions of American boxing fans on HBO from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
Andrade, 26, doesn’t just want to beat Rose, he wants to work him over in a big way to show the fans that he doesn’t belong in the same ring with him. Andrade’s plan is to pound the 29-year-old Rose into submission.
“I’m a bad man. I’m going to whip his a**,” Andrade said in speaking about Rose. “He’s getting knocked out. Fans are going to see why none of the top guys want to fight me. I’m taking over.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: WBO light welterweight champion Ruslan Provodnikov (23-2, 16 KO’s) expects challenger Chris Algieri (19-0, 8 KO’s) to not make it easy for him to fight his fight this Saturday night. Provodnikov doubts that Algieri will stand in front of him the way he likes his opponents to do. However, Provodnikov says that he’s not worried about Algieri boxing and moving for 12 rounds because he insists that he’s fought lots of fighters with the exact same style as Algieri in the last.
The truth is Provodnikov has only fought one fighter with height and good boxing skills and that was Mauricio Herrera, who easily beat him. The rest of the guys that Provodnikov fought were largely sluggers very little talent, and nowhere near as good as Algieri. If Provodnikov did fight loads up fighters like Algieri, then he did at the amateur level and not the pro level, because the guys he’s faced at the pro level have been short fighters that slugged with him. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Trainer Robert Garcia thinks that WBC middleweight champion Miguel Cotto (39-4, 32 KO’s) avoid fighting WBA 160-pound champion Gennady Golovkin (29-0, 26 KO’s) because he sees Golovkin as far too dangerous for the 5’7” Cotto to fight. Golovkin isn’t old and coming off of major knee surgeries, and he feels that he would be too much for Cotto to do with.
Instead of Cotto fighting Golovkin and likely getting knocked out in 2-3 rounds, Garcia thinks Cotto would be better off fighting Floyd Mayweather Jr in a rematch or facing Saul “Canelo” Alvarez if the fight can be put together.
“I think triple G is just too dangerous [for Cotto],” said Garcia. “He [Cotto] could fight Mayweather again. That’s a fight that people would buy. Cotto vs. Mayweather again. Cotto vs. Canelo. It would be huge – Puerto Rico vs. Mexico.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Jay McIntyre: The greatness of an individual has often been attributed to that person being either in eventful circumstances or having an event-making personality. But this is an oversimplification because true greatness often requires an alignment of both.
William Shakespeare’s manipulative Roman character, Cassius, once remarked to his would-be conspirator that “the fault, dear Brutus, lies not in our stars, but in ourselves, that we are men.” When looking at what fighters are capable of accomplishing in the ring, sometimes their greatest achievements arise from the perfect combination of preparation and opportunity. A fighter can only rise so high on talent and guidance alone. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: HBO will be televising a triple-header on August 2nd with former WBA lightweight champion Brandon Rios (31-2-1, 23 KO’s) in a must win fight against Diego Chaves (23-1, 19 KO’s) in a fight at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. Also on the card is WBA light welterweight champion Jessie Vargas (24-0, 9 KO’s) making his first defense of his title against #13 WBC, #15 IBF fringe contender Anton Novikov (29-0, 10 KO’s).
WBO light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev (24-0-1, 22 KO’s) will be fighting in a separate venue likely against Australian Blake Caparello (19-0-1, 6 KO’s) at the Revel Resort, in Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA. Read the rest of this entry »