(Photo credit: Esther Lin/Showtime) By Chris Williams: Marcos Maidana (35-4, 31 KOs) came away from his previous fight against Floyd Mayweather Jr (46-0, 26 KOs) that he’s a fighter that can be hit, and he sees a rematch with him on September 13th as one where he’s going to be able to land his shots again but a lot more of them.
Maidana is working on his conditioning so that he won’t fade in the last 6 rounds like last time. Maidana fought well for exactly 6 rounds, and that that he was running on fumes and getting beaten to the punch by Mayweather again and again. Read the rest of this entry »
By Don Ech: The time is slowly but surely coming for the “Dark Horse” to appear and show his head and his powerful force of nature and that is none other than Keith “One Time” Thurman of Clearwater Florida. The definition of “Dark Horse” is defined as “A competitor or candidate about whom “little” is known but who unexpectedly wins and succeeds “and in my opinion that description fits Thurman totally.
Keith Thurman is the guy that many will “hate on” and discredit because of whom his Promotional Company has aligned him with to fight but secretly those same people also recognize the danger and risk he poses for any fighter at 147 & 154. In my opinion Keith Thurman is the “Passive Aggressive” type the guy who does not need to “bark” at anyone because his “bite” is far worse and far more devastating just “One Time”. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: If you were wondering why WBA/WBC light welterweight champion Danny Garcia (29-0, 17 KOs) agreed to fight a little unranked lightweight named Rod Salka (19-4, 3 KOs) in his last fight on Showtime this month, Garcia says that he’s thinking about his career. He says fighters have a short career, and it’s a business thing.
“Fans last forever; boxing is a short-term career,” Garcia said to Fighthype. “I got to do what’s best for my life and my career. You can be 70-years-old and a fan. I can only box for another 10 years. I got to do what’s best for me.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Cameron Gillon: Timothy Bradley is hoping that once he is back in the ring and wins a few fights that he can get a third fight to settle the score with Manny Pacquiao, the WBO welterweight champion. Back in June 2012 Bradley defeated Pacquiao in a highly controversial split decision to win the WBO welterweight title and ended Pacquiao’s seven year unbeaten winning record.
Bradley then had a rematch with Pacquiao in April this year and this time lost in a clear 12 round unanimous decision which gave Bradley his first loss on his record.
In the rematch, Bradley injured his calf and is currently out on the sidelines and hasn’t got a fight lined up this year but is hoping to return in November, December. Bradley also said he doesn’t want his team and promoter Bob Arum to put him in a warm up or a tune up fight and wants to get straight back in with fighting the best. ‘I don’t want no tune up fight, man. I’m not about that. Read the rest of this entry »
By Yannis Mihanos: As I witnessing Kell “The Special K” Brook (33-0, 22 KOs) for the first time in beating IBF welterweight champion Shawn Porter (24-1-1, 15 KOs) last Saturday night, I must say that he did convince me. His performance was not outstanding but it was rock solid.
Anybody else would have fallen after the ferocious attacks of Porter starting from round 1 up to round 12, but no, not this one, not this guy.
At the beginning I was a bit sceptic with what I would see from Brook cause many times fighters who come with clean sheet records are not in reality what they seem to be (paper champs). That was clearly not the case here. The lad from Sheffield England was well trained and determined and win. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: #8 WBC heavyweight contender Lucas “Big Daddy” Browne wasn’t impressed with what he saw of #1 WBC Deontay Wilder (32-0, 32 KOs) last Saturday night in watching him destroy a badly over-matched Jason Gavern (25-17-4, 11 KOs) in four rounds at the StubHub Center in Carson, California.
Deontay didn’t destroy Gavern, one of his former sparring partners, immediately in the 1st round like he’d done 18 times in the past against other opposition. The fact that Deontay let Gavern survive, almost out what appeared to be kindness, has Browne thinking that Deontay isn’t as powerful as many boxing fans think. Read the rest of this entry »
By Raj Parmar: As Kell Brook pulled off the upset against Shawn Porter this past weekend, the fighter that benefited most (other than Brook himself) was Keith “One Time” Thurman (23-0, 21KO’s).
Thurman’s team had been trying to set up a major showdown with Porter however they stated that Porter’s camp had not shown much interest or enthusiasm in finalizing a clash with Thurman.
This left “One Time” in a bad predicament for his quest to become world champion, as he is the mandatory challenger for Floyd Mayweather’s WBA welterweight title and Floyd is scheduled to face Marcos Maidana in September before taking the rest of the year off. Read the rest of this entry »
By Rusty Nate: Having read a few articles and more importantly the comments regarding the fight between Kell Brook and Shawn Porter, I felt compelled to put across the truth behind the stupid comments.
The fight was built up as being close between the two fighters for much of the same reasons on both sides. They were men that were untested on a realistic world class level.
Brook is a fighter that appears to have been protected and spoon fed easier opponents over the years than he probably should have been. That’s no surprise and is pretty accurate. He has fought above domestic level but probably nothing to far north of European / Commonwealth level. Read the rest of this entry »
By Robbie Bannatyne: Kell Brook is living the dream, and now that he has ended his long and frustrating wait for a world title he is going to want to live the dream for as long as possible.
It has been a long and arduous journey to the summit for the Sheffield man, but now he is at the top it will only get tougher. The glass ceiling has been shattered, and now that the ‘Special One’ can bring his shiny new IBF world title to the party he is suddenly being ushered through doors that have been previously slammed shut in his face. Who lies in wait behind those doors provides a fascinating insight into how a man quickly becomes a priceless commodity when he has a world title in his possession, especially when it is a title in the most talent rich and lucrative division in boxing. Read the rest of this entry »
By Gav Duthie: There may be other fighters more deserving of a title shot but new IBF champion Kell Brook 33-0 (22) would be mad not to fight Amir Khan 29-3 (19) for his first defense. Before Saturday’s fight had Brook lost he would have been nowhere but now his opportunities are endless. The main two reasons for a fight with Khan is:
1. The payday which would be considerable (compared to other fights)
2. The chance to take Khan’s place in the queue for a Mayweather fight.
American fans will rightly state that Devon Alexander, Keith Thurman and Tim Bradley are more deserving but its a simple case of financial mathematics. It is also the best fight for Amir Khan, Matchroom and Golden Boy promotions and to an extent even Floyd Mayweather. Read the rest of this entry »