By Allan Fox: Former two division world champion Juan Manuel Lopez (31-2, 28 KO’s) will be returning to the ring on February 2nd against an opponent still to be determined at the Coliseo Ruben Rodriguez, in Bayamon, Puerto Rico. This will be the first fight for the 29-year-old Lopez since he was stopped in the 10th round in his rematch against WBO featherweight champion Orlando Salido last March.
Lopez was given a suspension after that fight for making negative comments about the referee Roberto Ramirez, who stopped the fight in the 10th round after a badly hurt Lopez was knocked down. Lopez got back up was clearly too hurt to continue and the referee did the wise thing by stopping it rather than letting Salido finish Lopez off.
Lopez will be moving up in weight to the super featherweight division where he hopes to capture another world title, and you have to like his chances of doing that because he matches up really well against the current champions Roman Martinez, Juan Carlos Salgado, Takashi Uchiyama and Gamaliel Diaz. Read the rest of this entry »
By Rusty Nate: I was planning on leaving the writing until the New Year now and just taking in some of the other articles and discussions that BN24 were posting, however I read an article earlier which compelled me to write my own view of the fighter and the writer. It was relating to Deontay Wilder fighting for a World Title in 2013. I think that tells all the hardcore fans out there which writer I am referring to.
I’ll just start by saying, as many of you will know from my previous pieces, that I don’t show bias towards one fighter or another when discussing a subject and I certainly don’t dislike or rip on any up and coming contenders for the sake of it because I truly believe they are the future of our sport. Read the rest of this entry »
by James Le Blanc IV: After DVR’ing every sports show on ESPN the next day to hear what all the analyst had to say about the knockout victory Juan Manuel Marquez scored on Manny Pacquiao and what it meant to the potential showdown of Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather I was utterly disappointed in what I was hearing. It seemed like everyone was automatically calling for a Pacquiao vs. Marquez 5 showdown. As a fan I never wanted to see those two fight a fourth time, or a third time for that matter (but I understand how some do).
This rivalry has held back a few potential match-ups that I would rather have seen and while we can credit Manny for taking on a hard task as he knowingly has issues when he fights his rival Marquez, I preferred he would have taken a different route. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: WBO super bantamweight champion Nonito Donaire (31-1, 20 KO’s) is now #5 in the Ring Magazine pound-for-pound ratings. What’s interesting about this is that Donaire is ranked above #6 Adrien Broner and #7 Manny Pacquiao. I don’t agree with that ranking at all. Pacquiao should still be ranked above Donaire despite getting knocked out by Marquez.
Here’s how I see the pound-for-pound top 10 shaking up:
#1 Floyd Mayweather Jr Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Juan Manuel Marquez (55-6-2, 40 KO’s) is more than ready to get in the ring with Filipino Manny Pacquiao again so that he score another knockout over him and prove that his KO win earlier this month wasn’t just from a “Lucky punch” like a lot of Pacquiao’s fans have been saying. But unless Marquez’s wife gives him permission, he’ll be retiring and won’t give Pacquiao the opportunity to try and avenge his loss.
Marquez said to the record.com.mx “I wish my wife would give the green light…and hopefully give me a chance to do another fight.”
The fourth fight with Pacquiao was supposed to have been the 39-year-old Marquez’s final fight of his career, as he had promised his wife that he would retire after the bout no matter what the outcome. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Former WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (46-1-1, 32 KO’s) is expected back in the ring in May or June of next year, according to RingTV. Chavez Jr’s promoter Bob Arum would like to get him back in the ring by then provided that the Nevada State Athletic Commission doesn’t suspend him beyond those dates for his positive marijuana test from his last fight against Sergio Martinez from September.
Middleweight contender #2 WBC, #11 WBA, #14 IBF, Matthew Macklin (29-4, 20 KO’s) is a potential opponent for the young 26-year-old Chavez Jr., but don’t be surprised if Arum chooses a much weaker opponent so that there’s little risk that Chavez Jr. will lose again before he faces Martinez in a big money rematch near the end of 2013. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Top Rank promoter Bob Arum reportedly is saving September date for a rematch between his fighter Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez next year, according to RingTV. Arum wants to give Pacquiao as much time as possible for him to recover from his 6th round knockout from Marquez on December 8th, and by waiting until September it could give Pacquiao enough time to recover from the knockout, if possible.
There’s no real science on a knockout like this. Some people think that if a fighter waits a long time before fighting again after a KO then he’ll be okay, but there’s no telling what can happen. Some fighters still get knocked out even when they wait a long time in between fights, so it’s something that is different for each person. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Floyd Mayweather Jr. will be facing either WBC interim welterweight champion Robert Guerrero (31-1-1, 18 KO’s) or WBC junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (41-0-1, 30 KO’s) next on May 4th at the MGM Grand, in Las Vegas, Nevada. I think the choice is a pretty simple one for Mayweather.
Guerrero has accomplished far more in his 11-year pro career than what Canelo has in his 7-year career. It’s not even close. While Guerrero has been capturing world titles at featherweight, super featherweight, and lightweight, Alvarez picked up his WBC title in a fight against against a fringe welterweight contender in Matthew Hatton. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: According to Dan Rafael of ESPN, 41-year-old Tony Thompson (36-3, 24 KO’s) has reportedly been offered $40,000 to fight unbeaten British and Commonwealth heavyweight champion David Price (15-0, 13 KO’s) on February 23rd in the 8000 seat Echo Arena, in Liverpool, England.
Thompson hasn’t signed the contract yet and he wants to get a better deal, because he feels he’s worth more than just $40,000.
Thompson told ESPN “I know the fight is worth more than that, so I’m still trying to negotiate. I want to take the fight but I have other offers that are just as viable.”
You can’t blame Thompson for wanting to get more because $40,000 isn’t really that much money for the fight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Former WBA Super World light middleweight champion Miguel Cotto (37-4, 30 KO’s) plans on continuing his boxing career despite suffering a fairly one-sided defeat to WBA World junior middleweight champion Austin Trout earlier this month on December 1st in Madison Square Garden in New York. Cotto says he still hasn’t seen the fight yet, but he plans on watching it one of these days. He’s not sure who his next opponent will be when he does step back inside the ring.
Speaking with primerahora.com, Cotto said “I will take several months off. Boxing is out of the picture for now. I will make an announcement when we have something planned. We do not know [when]. We will discuss later.” Read the rest of this entry »