By Chris Williams: Floyd Mayweather Jr. is in the perfect position to get the ideal opponent to add to his legacy if Miguel Cotto (38-4, 31 KO’s) can get by WBC middleweight Sergio Martinez (51-2-2, 28 KO’s) on June 7th. A fight against Cotto would put Mayweather in a position to win a 5th division world title. Mayweather could easily spot Cotto a 5-10 pounds and still win an easy title while at the same time ensuring that he’s fighting someone that can help bring in the pay-per-view buys.
Other than Cotto or maybe a rematch against Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, there’s not much out there for Mayweather that brings something to the table. Marcos Maidana had his chance, but he lost the fight. Boxing fans don’t want to see Mayweather fight Maidana again because they already know that Mayweather gave Maidana a huge handicap the last time he fought him. You take away the handicap that Mayweather gave Maidana, and it would be a one-sided fight with Mayweather boxing circles around the slow-footed Maidana. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Kevin Mitchell (37-2, 27 KO’s) has an important match-up on Saturday night against #4 IBF Ghislain Maduma (16-0, 10 KO’s) in an IBF lightweight title eliminator with the winner getting a crack at IBF lightweight champion Miguel Vazquez (34-3, 13 KO’s). Mitchell thinks he’s ready for that fight, but the problem is he’s fighting a guy that may prove to be impossible to beat in Maduma.
The basic problem that Mitchell has is Maduma is faster, stronger and a better boxer than him. Maduma appears to be superior to Mitchell in every category you can name except for experience, as Mitchell definitely has a clear advantage in that area. But for the most part, Mitchell’s experience against better fighters have been mostly negative, so you have to wonder whether his experience has actually helped him. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: #4 WBC, #5 IBF, #13 WBO middleweight contender Martin Murray thinks that IBF/WBA super middleweight champion Carl Froch (32-2, 23 KO’s) will come out on top in his fight on Saturday night against George Groves (19-1, 15 KO’s). Murray, who failed in his own title shot last year against WBC middleweight champion Sergio Martinez, thinks that the 36-year-old Froch has enough left in the tank to defeat the 26-year-old Groves despite Froch’s advanced age. But Murray sees it as a fight that will be a close one.
“I’d be there, except it will mess with my preparation. I expect Frochie to win. He’s been in a lot of wars and the last fight was his worst performance. But I think he’s still got a big fight in him and will be well up for it. He’ll be looking to put it straight. I reckon it will be a pretty close fight.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Amir Khan thinks it’s a bad idea for George Groves (19-1, 15 KO’s) to get in the trenches with IBF/WBA super middleweight champion Carl Froch (32-2, 23 KO’s) and slug it out on Saturday night in their rematch at Wembley Stadium, even though Groves found a lot of success in fighting like that in their previous fight. Khan believes that for Groves to win, he’s going to need to stick and move for 12 rounds, and use his footwork to keep from being a stationary target for Froch’s heavy punches.
Khan doesn’t say how Groves can go about moving for 12 continuous rounds without gassing out or losing power on his punches to the extent that he’ll be slapping by then 7th or 8th rounds. Read the rest of this entry »
By Gari Jones: On the 13th September 2014 Mayweather is scheduled for another bout at the MGM Grand. His next opponent is still to be named, but you can guarantee whoever gets picked Money Mayweather will sell tickets and PPV’s that will make tens of millions in revenue.
This will be the fourth installment of an agreed six fight deal and looking back at the last three bouts I think it is important that the next opponent still be someone who can offer a challenge to Mayweather’s unbeaten record. Whether you like or dislike Mayweather, there is no doubt that he is right now just head and shoulders above everyone in the division and is pound 4 pound the best fighter in boxing today. Read the rest of this entry »
By Daven: This article examines what the future could hold for George Groves (19-, 15 KO’s) should he win on Saturday night at Wembley Stadium in London, UK. Obviously he has many more options than IBF/WBA super middleweight champion Carl Froch (32-2, 23 KO’s) owing to the fact Groves is still at a young age thus he doesn’t need a defining a fight or a final payday. Thus he’ll be less picky regarding his next opponent in contrast to Froch. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: Top Rank promoter Bob Arum says he has a long list of potential alternative opponents to draw from for WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao’s next fight in November.
If 40-year-old Juan Manuel Marquez, Arum’s No.1 option for Pacquiao’s next fight, rejects the fight, Arum has other guys that he’ll be picking from. Arum already mentioned Ruslan Provodnikov as one possible option for Pacquiao, but apparently Arum has other options.
“We have lots of names, list and list of names,” Arum said via sports.inquirer.net. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jim Dower: A fight between WBO light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev (24-0-1, 22 KO’s) and #1 WBO, #3 WBC, Andrzej Fonfara (25-3, 15 KO’s) is in the words for October or November of this year unless WBC light heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson decides he wants to face the hard hitting Kovalev instead of Fonfara, according to RingTV.
Kovalev’s promoter is in discussion with Fonfra’s promoter Leon Margules for the Kovalev-Fonfara fight.
Fonfare recently lost to Stevenson by a 12 round unanimous decision last Saturday night in a surprisingly competitive fight. Fonfara knocked Stevenson down in the 9th round in fight in which Stevenson appeared gassed out in the last part of the fight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: With heavyweight prospect Anthony Joshua (5-0, 5 KO’s) matched up against an over-matched opponent in 38-year-old Matt Legg (7-2, 3 KO’s) for his 8-round fight this Saturday night at Wembley Stadium, Joshua admits that he’s not feeling any pressure at all about this fight. He attributes this to him having dealt with pressure from the 2012 London Olympics in which he captured the gold medal, but you have to also see it as a case of Joshua being matched against a guy that has little chance of beating him in Legg. After all, this guy is just being brought in for Joshua to look good against while getting in some practice. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jim Dower: WBC light heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson’s title defense against #1 WBO, #3 WBC Andrzej Fonfara (25-3, 15 KO’s) brought in disappointing ratings on Showtime last Saturday night. Stevenson, 36, won the fight by a 12 round unanimous decision by the scores of 116-109, 115-110, and 115-110 in a less than impressive performance from him. But the fight brought in just 672,000 viewers on Showtime, according to Nielson’s ratings. Read the rest of this entry »