By Abbad Ashraf: Floyd Mayweather Jr. has a natural defense against pressure fighters, as we’ve seen in his last fight with Saul “Canelo” Alvarez. Mayweather picks it’s prey carefully choosing opponents that are not be able to break his armor. You have to respect that he defends himself against his opponent’s best assets efficiently and effectively through the pre-fight terms and timing.
Mayweather has sufficient power but not capable of crushing his opponents. He is not a impervious fighter as Muhammad Ali. Amir Khan and Manny Pacquiao, and other elite level fighters that challenge Mayweather’s supremacy over his time era. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Matchroom Sport promoter Eddie Hearn thinks British heavyweight prospect Anthony Joshua (3-0, 3 KO’s) will be ready to take on the likes of Dereck Chisora and Tyson Fury by the end of the year. Hearn is really high on the 6’6″ 2012 Olympic super heavyweight gold medalist from London Olympics. Hearn thinks that Joshua has the skills to compete with world level fighters despite his lack of quality fights since he turned pro.
“He [Joshua] feels that he’s ready to take those fights [Chisora and Fury] now,” Hearn said to Sky Sports. “Certainly at the end of this year, I think he will be in a position to take those kinds of fights. He’s an incredible talent.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Top Rank promoter Bob Arum said that Robert Guerrero and Yuriorkis Gamboa are not being looked at as potential opponents for Manny Pacquiao’s next fight on April 12th, according to the Manila Standard. Arum it’s still the same two guys – Tim Bradley and Ruslan Provodnikov – as before. He’s trying to iron out a deal with one of them, and he thinks he should be able to make an announcement on the fight within a week at the latest.
Bradley and Provodnikov are both with Top Rank, so that’s pretty much the only reason they’re being looked at for Pacquiao’s next. The problem with those guys is very few boxing fans are interested in seeing Pacquiao fight either of them except for Pacquiao’s hardcore fans. Normal fans aren’t interested in seeing Pacquiao chase Bradley around the ring for 12 rounds in a game of cat and mouse. Read the rest of this entry »
By Kamran Mahmood: Firstly, it is important to note and take into account that Amir Khan has actually been knocked out twice by opponents who were not even ranked in the top 5 of their weight divisions by any of the governing sanctioning bodies. With the most recent being last year against Danny Garcia, who before the fight was actually a huge underdog.
Hence, in this case, Floyd Mayweather Jr. has never lost or even been put down for that matter, despite facing opposition ranked within the top 10 in the world by all the major sanctioning bodies. This clearly shows that Mayweather has faced tougher opposition throughout his career and the threat of Amir Khan is extremely small. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: The rematch between former WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (47-1-1, 32 KO’s) and Brian Vera (23-7, 14 KO’s) is set for March 1st. The fight will take place at super middleweight and will be staged at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. According to Dan Rafael, Top Rank will have WBO featherweight champion Orlando Salido facing two-time Olympic gold medalist Vasyl Lomochenko as the co-feature bout on the card. That fight might end up being more interesting than the Chavez Jr-Vera rematch.
Chavez Jr. will need to do a much better job of making weight for this fight than he did last September when he couldn’t make the 168 lb. limit and had to have the weight raised to 173 lbs. in order for him to fight. For the rematch there will be a $250,000 penalty that Chavez Jr. will be stuck paying if he fails to make weight. Chavez Jr. made $2.5 million for the Vera fight last September at the StubHub Center in Carson, California. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: In a battle of aging Canadian based fighters just trying to stay relevant, Jean Pascal (28-2-1, 17 KO’s) will be fighting NABF light heavyweight champion Lucian Bute (31-1, 24 KO’s) on Saturday in a fight that will be shown on Showtime from the Bell Centre, Montreal, in Canada.
Both guys don’t have a lot of defeats on their resumes, but they’ve been kind of forgotten about by boxing fans due to their time off from boxing from injuries. Pascal only fought once in 2011, 2012 and 2013. Bute didn’t fight at all last year, and in his two fights in 2012, he looked like a shot fighter. Froch stopped Bute in the 5th round in May of 2012, and then Bute had a lot of problems in beating fringe contender Denis Grachev in November of 2012. Read the rest of this entry »
By Robbie Bannatyne: The sport of boxing is all set to again embark on another brutal but brilliant year of prize fights in 2014. Hopefully the battles within the confines of the ring in the coming year are able to elicit similar levels of sheer joy and excitement in the way 2013’s many memorable rings wars managed to.
But for now, anyway, the two main issues of contention- both the subject of such speculation and analysis- are who will be the next opponents for Floyd Mayweather Jnr and Manny Pacquiao. Of course, there is little doubt among anyone with a penchant for logical thought that the only opponents they should be facing are each other. But we all know it will definitely not materialize in this calendar year. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: WBO lightweight champion Ricky Burns (36-2-1, 11 KO’s) barely held onto his title in his last fight against challenger Raymundo Beltran. The judges scored the fight a 12 round draw, but boxing fans think Burns lost that fight by a clear decision.
Whatever the case, Burns will now be defending his title in less than 2 months against the talented undefeated American Terence Crawford (22-0, 16 KO’s) on March 1st at the Scottish Exhibition Centre, Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom. Burns has been bragging lately about having some new secret strategy that they’re going to use on Crawford to try and beat him. I can only imagine what that strategy is. Read the rest of this entry »
By Olly Campbell: Anyone who has been following my articles on this site will know by now that I am primarily concerned with representing British boxing in all forms, past and present.
If the refreshing remarks in my comment threads are anything to go by, it has been proven to me that even many American fans are now sick and tired of the whole Mayweather/Pac Man debacle and the constant “next Floyd opponent” rumblings propagated by the attention seeking element of this page. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Former IBF/WBA featherweight champion Yuriorkis Gamboa (23-0, 16 KO’s) has been added to the list of potential opponents for Manny Pacquiao’s next fight on April 12th, according to the Manila Standard. This is a further sign that things are not going well with the negotiations between Top Rank promoter Bob Arum and WBO welterweight champion Tim Bradley.
That’s the guy that Pacquiao reportedly wants to fight, but Bradley is said to be asking for $8 million for the fight, and is more than what they’re interested in paying him. He got $5 million last time he fought Pacquiao in June of 2012, but the fight didn’t bring in good pay-per-view numbers. On top of that, Pacquiao’s last fight against Brandon Rios brought in just 475,000 PPV buys. Read the rest of this entry »