By Scott Gilfoid: WBC Silver welterweight champion Amir Khan (29-3, 19 KO’s) took himself out of the running for WBA/WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr’s next fight in September by announcing at last Saturday’s post-fight press conference that there’s no way that he can fight Mayweather in September due to Ramadan.
Khan then went on to say that Mayweather can always move off of his preset September 13th fight date in order to fight him in November or December. Now Khan is implying that Mayweather is using his religious commitment as an excuse not to fight him this year. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo credit: Tom Casino/Showtime) By Scott Gilfoid: WBC super bantamweight champion Leo Santa Cruz (27-0-1, 15 KO’s) says he’ll be looking to fight a unification match against WBA World 122lb champion Scott Quigg (28-0-2, 21 KO’s) this Summer, and after that Santa Cruz wants to defend his title against #1 WBC, #2 IBF Carl Frampton (18-0, 13 KO’s) at the end of the year. Santa Cruz says he sees Frampton as the stronger guy between him and Quigg, but Frampton doesn’t have a title in his possession like Quigg, so he’s less important right now.
It makes a heck of a lot of sense for Santa Cruz to go after Quigg so that he can unify the titles before he takes the lesser fight against Frampton. That may be a big fight in Northern Ireland where Frampton is from, but in the U.S, a Frampton-Santa Cruz fight doesn’t mean much more than Santa Cruz’s previous title defenses against the likes of Cristian Mijares, Cesar Seada, Victor Terrazas, Alexander Munoz, Victor Zaleta and Eric Morel. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: Floyd Mayweather Jr. (46-0, 26 KO’s) says he’s not sure if he’s going to be continuing his boxing career following his 12 round majority decision win over Marcos Maidana (35-4, 31 KO’s) last Saturday night. It was a tough fight for Mayweather in which he was hit hard over 200 times by the powerful Maidana. Mayweather may have misjudged the talent and the power that Maidana had when he made the decision to be a stationary target in front of Maidana. In hindsight, it was a bad idea for Mayweather to get into the trenches with a guy like Maidana and fight his kind of fight.
When asked by reporters if he’d be interested in fighting Amir Khan, Mayweather said “I don’t know. I want to go home, sit down, and see what I come up with. I don’t know if I’m fighting again or not. He’s [Maidana] a real, real rugged guy. He don’t care where he hits you at.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Nathan Cleverly (26-1, 12 KO’s) lost his WBO light heavyweight title last August when he was knocked out by Sergey Kovalev in four rounds in front of his own fans at the Motorpoint Arena, in Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom. Cleverly thought he could beat Kovalev, who was favored in that fight, but he ended up getting blasted out in short order. Cleverly will now be moving up to the cruiserweight division to fight little known Sean Corbin (17-4, 12 KO’s) at the Motorpoint Arena on May 17th.
Cleverly says that he was badly hurt by Kovalev’s shots, and that they had him feeling woozy after he ate a handful in the fight. Kovalev knocked CLeverly down twice in the 3rd round of the fight, and had to be partially carried back to his stool after the round had ended by referee Terry O’Connor. It was one of the oddest things you’ll ever see in the ring, because usually a referee would halt the fight if a fighter is unable to walk on his own back to his corner. They don’t partially carry a fighter back to their seat. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Former two division world champion Ricky Burns (36-3-1, 11 KO’s) will be fighting against a still to be determined opponent on June 27th at the Braehead Arena in Glasgow, Scotland. Burns’ promoter Eddie Hearn is reportedly set to announce his opponent on Wednesday. There’s no word about who that fighter might be, but the chances are pretty high that it’ll be a domestic level guy like Anthony Crolla or someone of that level.
Burns, #5 WBO, lost his WBO lightweight title in his last fight against Terence Crawford last March in losing a 12 round decision. Burns losing his WBO title was long overdo because he’d been forced to go life and death with Jose Gonzalez last year in May before pulling out a 9th round injury stoppage. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Amir Khan (29-3, 19 KO’s) says he’d like to fight the winner of the possible July fight between IBF welterweight champion Shawn Porter (24-0-1, 15 KO’s) and Kell Brook (32-0, 22 KO’s) next, but Khan doesn’t think that fight will happen, according to the Daily Star. Khan sees Brook ducking out of that fight due to the risk involved in facing Porter.
Khan will likely be steered around the winner of the Brook-Porter fight, and, yes, that fight will take place. Brook pretty much has no other choice but to take on Porter because he’s not going to get a shot at the WBA/WBC champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. and definitely not against WBO champion Manny Pacquiao. Neither of those huge stars are going to burn up a valuable fight against a guy that the American boxing fans have never heard of or seen before in Brook. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: In a battle of unbeatens, WBO lightweight champion Terence Crawford (23-0, 16 KO’s) will put his WBO 135lb title on the line against Yuriorkis Gamboa (23-0, 16 KO’s) next month on June 28th at the CenturyLink Center, in Omaha, Nebraska, USA. This is one of the better lightweight bouts the division has seen in the last few years. Gamboa has looked impressive since turning pro in 2007, as he’s won two titles [IBF/WBA] in the featherweight division, and he’s looked good since moving up to the lightweight division.
Crawford has also been very impressive lately. He defeated WBO lightweight champion Ricky Burns by a 12 round unanimous decision last March. Crawford easily out-boxed a very good fighter in that bout, and had Burns looking totally befuddled for the most part. Recently there was talk of Crawford defending his WBO title against No.1 WBO Raymundo Beltran, but the Gamboa fight opened up for Crawford after Top Rank was unable to set up a fight between Gamboa and the Top Rank promoted Mikey Garcia. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: Trainer Floyd Mayweather Sr. says he was unhappy with the way that his son Floyd Mayweather Jr. (46-0, 26 KO’s) spent so much time fighting off the ropes last Saturday night against Marcos Maidana (35-4, 31 KO’s). Floyd Sr. says he told Mayweather Jr. that he didn’t want him staying against the ropes in that fight, and that was something that he took an issue with in his performance. Floyd Sr. also said he doesn’t like to see Mayweather Jr. taking shots like the big hits he was absorbing last Saturday against Maidana.
“It was still a good performance, but not one of his best,” Floyd Sr. said about Mayweather’s fight against Maidana. “Floyd showed that he could fight the guy’s fight. Next time around we’ll see. You don’t need to be on the ropes all the time. That was one of the things I rejected. I think it’s very important that it [the Mayweather-Maidana rematch] happen. Read the rest of this entry »
By John Kelvin: Amir Khan (29-3 19 KO’s) thinks that Floyd Mayweather Jr (46-0, 26 KO’s) took the easy option is facing the now former welterweight champion Marcos Maidana (35-4, 31 KO’s) for his most recent fight last Saturday night at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. Khan thinks this because he already defeated Maidana in 2010 and that Mayweather is afraid of facing someone with fast hands like his. First off, how could Khan even think he deserved to face Mayweather when he and struggled to win against former lightweights Carlos Molina and Julio Diaz prior to Khan’s win last Saturday night against Luis Collazo.
Maidana on the other hand was undefeated at welterweight and a world champion. What is the harder fight, facing an undefeated welterweight champion or a guy with no fights at 147lbs and who has knocked out in his last world title fight. Khan has been knocked out twice and has been on the floor numerous times in his pro career. Read the rest of this entry »
By Alon Calinao Dy: Floyd Mayweather Jr. (46-0, 26 KO’s) and Manny Pacquiao (56-5-2, 38 KO’s), are both considered as pound-for-pound boxers in the world today. They are excellent fighters in the sport of boxing that many boxers want to fight them for fortune and fame.
It seems to me that the only way to get a Mayweather Jr. versus Pacquiao fight is to take away that perfect record of Floyd. In my opinion, Mayweather Jr. cares so much about his undefeated status in boxing. If judges have given the decision to Marcus Maidana last night, I suppose we have now the fight that we’ve been waiting for a long time. Read the rest of this entry »