By Franco Z: I have been watching boxing for over forty years, and I cannot understand why most sports writers considered the fight between Floyd Mayweather Jr. (44-0, 26 KO’s) and Robert Guerrero (32-2-1, 18 KO’s) a work of art. I thought it was a lackluster and boring match. Robert Guerrero is just one more featherweight that moves up to the welterweight division to fight Mayweather.
Mayweather has built his record fighting mostly featherweights who don’t have the physical advantages to compete with Mayweather. The dirty little secret is that Floyd Mayweather will never fight a true welterweight contender who is in his prime, because Mayweather cannot win at this level of competition. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Former WBA heavyweight champion David Haye (26-2, 24 KO’s) intends on teeing off on his painfully slow and lead–footed hand-picked opponent Manuel Charr (23-1, 13 KO’s) in their fight next month on June 29th at the Manchester Arena (formerly M.E.N Arena), in Manchester, Lancashire, United Kingdom.
Haye sees Charr as just another one of the many slow-footed German based fighters and he intends on blasting him out quick as soon as Charr covers up like he usually does when he fights.
Haye said to Sky Sports News “His feet are slow and like a lot of German-based heavyweights he tends to fight at a leisurely pace and he takes turns to punch…when he covers up, I’ll tee off on him so quickly he’ll think he’s being surrounded.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Former 8-division world champion Manny Pacquiao reportedly wants random drug testing for his November 24th fight against Brandon Rios in Macau, China. We don’t know which drug testing organization will be administering the tests, but one of them will.
This is interesting that Pacquiao wants the drug testing now because in the past his negotiations with Floyd Mayweather Jr. tanked in 2010 over drug testing. Mayweather wanted the full testing but Pacquiao wanted a period where there was no testing before the fight. The negotiations ending up going down the tubes from there and the fight wasn’t made.
Pacquiao’s adviser Michael Koncz said to RingTV “The fact is that Manny has requested random drug testing for this fight. We still haven’t decided which entity we’ll use. It’s going to be either USADA or [VADA].” Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: The proposed June 15th clash between the up and coming star heavyweight monster puncher Deontay Wilder (28-0, 28 KO’s) and the domestic British heavyweight Dereck Chisora (16-4, 10 KO’s) is still up in the air, as the negotiations are still ongoing and it’s unclear if the fight will take place or not.
There’s a lot of stuff happening that could potentially cause the fight from getting made, such as Deontay’s recent arrest in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Chisora’s matchmaker Dean Powell is hoping the fight can be made, but there are a lot of hoops that need to be jumped through before the fight can get put together and at the end of the day it might not be worth it to make the fight. It might be best that it scraped. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Contrary to what Dan Rafael recently said about the Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Robert Guerrero fight resulting in less than 1 million PPV buys last Saturday night, Showtime vice president Stephen Espinosa is reporting that the Mayweather-Guerrero fight is going to be over 1 million PPV buys when the official tallies are completed. Showtime is still compiling the figures but they’ve already got over 1 million buys and it could climb much higher.
Espinosa said to RingTV “We wanted to take our time and wait until we had enough data to speak responsibly about this, so based on what we’ve seen, now we are very comfortable that we’re definitely going to exceed a million pay per view buys.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Justin Jones & Paul “Paparazzi” Jones (May 10, 2013) Boxingnews24.com (Photo © Paul “Paparazzi” Jones)
Washington, DC—On Thursday, IBF Junior Welterweight Champion Lamont “Havoc” Peterson (31-1-1, 16 KOs) held an open media workout at his home gym, the Bald Eagle Boxing Annex (DC), with just nine days left before his much anticipated bout against WBC Interim Super Lightweight Champion Lucas “The Machine” Matthysse (33-2, 31 KOs).
Peterson and Matthysse headline an upcoming Showtime® Championship Boxing doubleheader on May 18th at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The card also features IBF Welterweight World Champion Devon “The Great” Alexander (24-1, 13 KOs) who takes on Lee “Lights Out” Purdy (23-1, 13 KOs). Read the rest of this entry »
By Duke Pahulu: The Ring just posted their latest P4P list. The top three of Mayweather, Ward and Marquez are solid picks. I have a problem with the rest of the list. I thought the pound for pound list was created to put a spotlight to the divisions below heavyweight.
I don’t know why they keep putting heavies on the list. Wlad is a great fighter but being the Heavyweight Champion should be good enough. Abner Mares had a great win against Daniel Ponce de Leon but he shouldn’t be this high up the list. You can say that he has titles at three divisions but he was the man at only 118. Its not as though Mares just beat the featherweight champ in Mikey Garcia. Number six has Adrien Broner. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photos courtesy PR Best Boxing Promotions/Joel Colon) By Scott Gilfoid: #1 World Boxing Organization (WBO) lightweight ranked Jose “Chelo” Gonzalez and the WBO champion Ricky Burns weighed 134.5 pounds today during the official weigh in held at the St Echno Centre in Glasgow, for their clash of tomorrow at the Emirates Arena in Glasgow, Scotland.
Burns is going to be in for a world of hurt in this fight because Gonzalez is a huge puncher and Burns doesn’t have the power to stand and trade with this guy. The best that Burns can do is trying and spoil by running, holding and fighting a purely defensive battle. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photos courtesy PR Best Boxing Promotions/Joel Colon) By Shane Newsome: Yet another return to my weekly column which means only one thing yet more exciting boxing in our packed schedule and yet another three world championship belts on the line over the weekend and all have a true chance of changing hands.
We start the action at the Emirates Arena, Glasgow, Scotland, UK and straight into our first Championship fight of the weekend between Scotland’s own WBO Lightweight Champion Ricky Burns (35-2) and Jose A Gonzalez (22-0) this is a mandatory defense for Burns but far from an easy one the 29 year-old Puerto Rican Gonzalez is a hungry undefeated fighter who has truly deserved his shot at the title and with his power (17 ko’s in 22 wins) and he wont make this a simple night for the home fighter Burns who is rarely in an easy fight, saying that I do see Burns scraping through this test with a close decision though he may have his chin tested in the process, if Burns does pick up the win here I’d like to see the fight between him and Miguel Vazquez which was called off last year be remade as it will be a great fight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Eric Thomas: Former IBF super middleweight champion Lucian Bute successfully underwent hand surgery to repair his injured left hand that was loaded with bone chips.
Like most surgeries it was deemed a success and Bute now will start the healing process so that he can get ready for his fight with former WBC light heavyweight champion Jean Pascal this year.
Bute was supposed to be fighting Pascal on May 25th but the fight had to be postponed after Bute injured his hand while training for the fight. Read the rest of this entry »