By Hayesa: Okay, so I want to set the record straight regarding the recent Amir Khan and Floyd Mayweather saga. I acknowledge from many fans their shock to Mayweather having the audacity to turn down a fight with Khan and then have him added to his upcoming fight card with Marcos Maidana.
Khan who seemed to have won one of many online polls to have a match lined up with Mayweather had to take the back seat after Mayweather confirmed he was after Maidana instead. This left a very bitter taste in many fight fans mouths, notably UK fight fans. However, these are the same fans that have criticized Mayweather for taking easier fights and taking an easy route to see out his career. I can’t understand peoples frustration with Mayweathers choice of fight here. Read the rest of this entry »
By Daniel Hughes: IBF/IBO/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko celebrates his 38th birthday today. He also can celebrate nearly 10 years unbeaten as a pro as a heavyweight champion. The old saying styles make fights; styles also make fighters. Klitschko should know this full well, as he reinvented his career 10 years ago. You can cast your mind back to March 2003, when the late game southpaw Corrie Sanders pulled off a shock 2nd round stoppage in Germany.
The question’s asked of Klitschko after losing his WBO strap, he didn’t find the answers straight away. The same critics already bringing up his 1998 fight against Ross Purrity, a fight that really was a major upset when Wladimir’s 24-0 record went with a shock 11th round TKO loss to Purrity. Read the rest of this entry »
By Wil Patino: With the increasing rise of the NFL and combat sports like the MMA growing in popularity, I want to discuss how the same can be done with Boxing. The average age for a viewer is somewhere between 35 and 50, depending on which statistics you go by. So it would seem to me that we need to reach a younger demographic. There was a time where kid’s role models would be boxers over other athletes of other sports. Muhammad Ali is a prime example of someone people looked up to and had posters of, in iconic fashion. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Interim WBA welterweight champion Keith Thurman (22-0, 20 KO’s) will be defending his interim WBA 147lb strap against 34-year-old former IBF lightweight champion Julio Diaz (40-9-1, 29 KO’s) on Showtime on April 26th, according to Dan Rafael. Thurman is quickly becoming the Paul Williams of the welterweight division with no one wanting to fight him, and Golden Boy Promotions sticking him in with guys that are beneath his amazing talents.
I don’t understand why Thurman wasn’t matched against Amir Khan on May 3rd instead of Diaz. I take that back. I do understand why Thurman wasn’t given the Khan fight. Obviously, they want to keep Khan winning long enough to get the big money fight against Floyd Mayweather Jr., and Thurman would spoil their plans. Thurman is clearly the third best fighter in the welterweight division behind Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao, so they’re not going to feed a more popular fighter like Khan to him so that he can destroy Khan before he’s faced Mayweather for the cash out fight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: WBO light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalv (23-0-1, 21 KO’s) will be making his second defense of his WBO 175lb title this Saturday night against unbeaten and untested Cedric Agnew (26-0, 13 KO’s) in a fight card televised by HBO from The Ballroom, at Boardwalk Hall, in Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA. Read the rest of this entry »
By Yannis Mihanos: They kill the horses before getting old. In boxing and in many sports when people reach a certain age they start to be called veterans, has-beens or spent forces. A prime example of that today in my article is Manny Pacquiao (55-5-2, 38 KO’s). He is 35-years-old and preparing for his title fight against WBO welterweight champion Timothy Bradley (31-0, 12 KO’s) on April 12th next month at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. Many people now consider Pacquaio “old” for boxing.
As an example they say he has become less aggressive in the ring since 2009 (versus Miguel Cotto). They also mention how he used to be so ferocious and strong in the ring comparing to what he is showing in his last few fights. I have no argument with that because I have eyes too. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: #8 IBF, #15 WBC heavyweight contender Tony “The Tiger” Thompson (39-4, 26 KO’s) doesn’t think too much of UK fighter Tyson Fury (22-0, 16 KO’s) after watching some of his fights, and he sees the 6’9” British heavyweight as an easier mark than David Price, who Thompson twice destroyed in 2013 in quick knockouts. Thompson doesn’t see much talent from Fury, and he thinks he’s vulnerable to pretty much any heavyweight they put him in with due to his lack of ability.
Fury has a fight coming up in four months against Derek Chisora (20-4, 13 KO’s) in a WBO heavyweight eliminator bout at the Phones 4u Arena in Manchester, UK. However, after that fight, should Fury win, he’s going to have a lot of time in between then and the time he gets an eventual world title shot against IBF/IBO/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko, because the Ukrainian champion has another WBO mandatory challenger in Kubrat Pulev who he has to fight later this year. As such, Fury will be sitting around for a long, long time waiting for his title shot against Wladimir. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Trainer Virgil Hunter says that the reason why former WBA welterweight champion Luis Collazo (35-5, 18 KO’s) was picked out for Amir Khan (28-3, 19 KO’s) to fight on May 3rd instead of another welterweight in the division was due to it being a “business decision.”
Hunter didn’t reveal what he meant by that, but you can kind of read between the lines that maybe Collazo was seen as an easy mark given that he’s only had one fight against a named opponent [Victor Ortiz] in the past 5 years since his loss to Andre Berto in 2009, and that was against a rusty and depleted Ortiz. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Cook: Amir Khan 28-3-0 (19KO) faces off against former WBA welterweight champion Luis Collazo 35-8-0 (18KO) on the undercard of Floyd Mayweather Jr – Marcos Maidana on May 3rd at the MGM in Las Vegas, Nevada. The self proclaimed ‘King’ Khan divides opinion more than most amongst boxing fans, with his electric hand speed and ability to throw endless combinations, counteracted by his questionable chin and his willingness to get involved in tear-ups that he does not need.
Some call this exciting, I just find it frustrating. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jarrette: I would like to hear everyone’s opinion on their top 5 P4P list. There have been a good number of new or lesser named people emerging some with a very impressive resume full of champions and some with a few fights and questionable competition. With that being said I will list my own top 5 P4P. Read the rest of this entry »