By Chris Williams: Manny Pacquiao (54-5-2, 38 KO’s) still hasn’t had enough after his knockout loss to Juan Manuel Marquez last December. Pacquiao says he wants a 5th fight with Marquez if he can get it. Not only that. Pacquiao says he wants to fight Floyd Mayweather Jr. as well.
The problem with that is Pacquiao hasn’t even gotten past his November 23rd opponent Brandon Rios and already he’s talking about Marquez and Mayweather. That’s not a wise thing to do because Pacquiao’s no longer a spring chicken at 34. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Former three division world champion Miguel Cotto (37-4, 30 KO’s) made weight today in coming in at 153.2 lbs. for his do-or-die fight on HBO this Saturday against #4 WBA, #9 WBO, #11 WBC, #11 IBF, Delvin Rodriguez (28-6-3, 16 KO’s) at the Amway Center in Orlando, Florida. Rodriguez weighed in right at the junior middleweight limit at 154.
It goes without saying that Cotto, #2 WBC, #3 WBA, #7 WBO, is in a must win situation after his losses in his last two fights against Austin Trout and Floyd Mayweather Jr. A loss to Delvin Rodriguez on Saturday will effectively be the end of Cotto’s career. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Matchroom Sport promoter Eddie Hearn is predicting stoppage victories for 3 of his top fighters in action this Saturday night at the O2 Arena in London, UK. Most of the predictions are pretty obvious given the competition that his fighters have.
First off, Hearn is predicting a KO win for heavyweight Anthony Joshua over Emanuele Leo (8-0, 3 KO’s) in their scheduled 6 round fight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: While trying to pour some compliments over the head of his opponent for Saturday night Alexander Povetkin, Wladimir Klitschko gave a stiff backhand to British heavyweights Dereck Chisora and David Haye in describing their trash talking style as like “barking dogs.” Wladimir is making sure he gives nothing for Povetkin to gain motivation before their fight in Moscow, Russia.
Wladimir said via BBC Sport “Barking dogs never bite and Povetkin is not a barking dog. There is no controversy like with Haye, when he said all that crazy stuff before our fight. There’s no spitting water or slapping like Chisora did before he fought my brother…He’s the best opponent I’ve ever had.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: At Friday’s weigh-in IBF/IBO/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (60-3, 51 KO’s) weighed in almost 16 pounds heavier than his opponent WBA champion Alexander Povetkin (26-0, 18 KO’s) in weighing in at 241.6 lbs. compared to Povetkin’s 225.75 lbs. for their big fight on Saturday night in Moscow, Russia.
For Wladimir, it’s almost the norm for him to have a weight advantage over his opponents. The exceptions have been in his fights against Mariusz Wach, Tony Thompson [1st fight], Ray Austin, and Hasim Rahman. Read the rest of this entry »
By Babatis Banda: Even in the midst of the politics and the egos, economics will prevail. There is so much that has gone down since the first talk of a Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Manny Pacquiao fight.
Without delving into the issue that never brings a conclusion to the debate, it is clear that politics and to some extent, egos in the two camps prevented the fight from taking place until now. With Floyd having cleaned the welter weight of any real challenge, very little formidable opposition remain, if any at all. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: The recently beaten former WBA/WBC junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (42-1-1, 30 KO’s) will be at Golden Boy Promotions head quarters in Los Angeles, California next week to meet with CEO of GBP Richard Schaefer and matchmaker Eric Gomez to discuss plans for his next fight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: #1 WBO lightweight contender Terence Crawford (21-0, 16 KO’s) is ready to come gunning for WBO lightweight champion Ricky Burns after Crawford takes care of undefeated Andrey Klimov (16-0, 8 KO’s) in their fight on Saturday night at the Amway Center, in Orlando, Florida, USA.
Crawford’s promoter Bob Arum of Top Rank will be looking to get Burns to travel from his home country of Scotland to face Crawford in the U.S in the early part of 2014, as long as a deal can be made, according to Dan Rafael.
Crawford told ESPN “I’m read [to fight Burns for his WBO strap] but I am not looking past Klimov.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Amir Khan (28-3, 19 KO’s) and Golden Boy Promotions has until next Monday, October 7th to negotiate a fight with IBF welterweight champion Devon Alexander (25-1, 14 KO’s), because if they haven’t done it by that time then there won’t be a fight between them on December 7th, says Alexander’s trainer Kevin Cunningham.
He’s looking out for Alexander’s welfare and he doesn’t want to have him put in a situation where he doesn’t have enough time to adequately train for the Khan fight. Cunningham wants Alexander to have 8 weeks to get in shape and plan for Khan, and anything less than that isn’t enough time. Read the rest of this entry »
By Iggy Chowdhury – This is simply a fight that must happen because no one else really wants to fight either of these fighters albeit for different reasons. Below I assess the two boxers and how they would fare against each other.
Gennady Golovkin – This guy is the real deal. The way he stalks his opponent and cuts down the ring with intelligent diagonal steps is just pure ring intelligence and makes for a claustrophobic fight for whoever steps in the ring with him. Add to that his ability to punch with concussive power using either hand and a jab that feels like a straight.
Golovkin’s chin is rarely tested because his movement in and out of range is so very good that his opponents are always a few millimeters short of landing and the times when he has been caught he barely bats an eyelid. Then there is perhaps the scariest aspect of this unique boxer; his calm, ice cold, emotionless expression, it is as though he is not even in a fight but standing in line at the bank waiting, in his case waiting to land that knockout blow. Read the rest of this entry »