By Dan Ambrose: Luis DeCubas Jr., the co-manager for Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero (31-2-1, 18 KO’s), is looking to angle Guerrero into another world title bout against unbeaten Floyd Mayweather Jr. (45-0, 26 KO’s) in the near future. The idea here is to get Guerrero some important wins under his belt to create demand for the Guerrero-Mayweather rematch.
Obviously, Guerrero is going to need to pile up these victories one after another in rapid fashion to get a rematch with Mayweather. This means that Guerrero will need to take on some big names like Amir Khan, Keith Thurman, Devon Alexander, Shawn Porter, Paulie Malignaggi or Kell Brook and the fights in as quick as possible. Guerrero has already wasted the last 10 months doing nothing since his 12 round decision loss to Mayweather last May. Read the rest of this entry »
By David Connor: I’ll never forget the night of September 4 2011, when I settled into my sofa, a cold beer in one hand and TV remote in the other. Ready to watch the nights action, a little known Scottish fighter called Ricky Burns was fighting for the WBO super-featherweight title against Puerto Rican ‘Roman Martinez’ in the Kelvin Centre, Glasgow.
Going into the fight the hard hitting unbeaten Roman “Rocky” Martinez (24-1, 15KOs) was the heavy favourite, where as the light hitting Commonwealth champion Burns (28-2, 7KOs) was given little chance of success. The experts seemed to be correct as Burns was floored by a heavy right in the first round, but a true Scottish warrior he rose to his feet and went on to largely dominate the action. When the scorecards were announced 115-112, 115-112 and 115-113 all in favour, the UK had a new world champion to be proud of. Read the rest of this entry »
By Yannis Mihanos: On April 12 at MGM Grand Garden in Las Vegas, Nevada a big title fight will take place in the long awaited rematch between Tim “Desert Storm” Bradley and Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao. The reason why it’s been so highly anticipated is not because of the excitement that it may give, but also because of the controversy that it was created the first time.
Although the first match was a mismatch with Pacquiao the clear victor, somehow Bradley was rewarded with a points split decision. Immediately afterwards Pacquiao expressed no intention in fighting Bradley again. But what it did follow, made him change his mind. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: WBO welterweight champion Tim Bradley (31-0, 12 KO’s) thinks Manny Pacquiao (55-5-2, 38 KO’s) is just a shell of the fighter he used to be. Bradley doesn’t know what happened to the 35-year-old Pacquiao, but he feels he lost his will to fight in aggressive manner. He still thinks the Filipino star is a good fighter, but not nearly the guy he was many yesterday’s ago. Bradley sees the change in Manny’s game and he’s not going to hide the fact by not talking about it like many of Pacquiao’s fans aren’t willing to do. Bradley’s calling it like he sees it.
“Manny, the only way you’re going to beat me is if you knock me out,” Bradley said to HBO’s Max Kellerman on their Face to Face special. “If you don’t knock me out, Manny, you’re not going to win.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Paulie Malignggi sees the May 3rd fight between Floyd Mayweather Jr. (45-0, 26 KO’s) and Marcos Maidana (35-3, 31 KO’s) as a potentially interesting fight due to Maidana’s big power in both hands and his high pressure offense. Malignaggi sees Maidana giving Mayweather all he can handle as long as he doesn’t fall into the same trap that Saul “Canelo” Alvarez did in his recent loss to Mayweather by getting out-boxed and controlled.
“Maidana will give it his all,” Malignaggi said to Sky Sports. “He is a very big puncher with both hands. But at the end of the day, I think Mayweather is a bit too much for Maidana. But I think Maidana can make it interesting at times if he doesn’t domesticate him like he did Canelo Alvarez.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: It’s really difficult to see the July 26th clash between British heavyweights Dereck Chisora (20-4, 13 KO’s) and Tyson Fury (22-0, 16 KO’s) as anything more than a domestic/European level money grab where the two fighters will make a ton of money, but the fans will be seeing little more than the next sacrificial lamb being picked out for IBF/IBO/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko to ritually slaughter.
I was hoping that Wladimir would finally start facing good opposition, but the World Boxing Organization has thrown a bone to Wladimir by letting him face the Chisora-Fury winner for the WBO mandatory. Why on Earth did the WBO pick Fury and Chisora as the two fighters that should be fighting for a chance at Wladimir? First off, I don’t see the point in the rematch in the first place due to Fury having easily beaten Chisora three years ago. Secondly, neither guy has beaten a live body to deserve to be in a position to be fighting in a mandatory. Read the rest of this entry »
By Gerardo Granados: Next April 12 at Las Vegas, Nevada (USA) the defending WBO belt holder Timothy Ray Bradley Jr. aka Desert Storm (W31-L0-D0) will defend his strap against former multiple division champion Emmanuel Dapidran Pacquiao aka Manny Pacman Pacquiao (W55-L5-D2), but why is it that this fight should be relevant? Is it a matter of pride or is it simply that this is a fight that fits Pacman to look good? In their first bout the fight judges saw Bradley win but after a review the WBO stated Pacquiao had won but they didn’t gave back the belt; there is no doubt that Pacman clearly won the fight so why a rematch?
Desert Storm barely survived the Siberian Rocky Ruslan Provodnikov proving to have a champion heart, and then snatched a close victory against an aging but still dangerous and experienced lion Juan Manuel Marquez. But why is it that a direct rematch between Pacquiao and Bradley wasn’t ordered? Maybe it was because it was very clear it had been a robbery of the year award nominee. So, why is it that now this fight should be relevant? Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: #2 WBC Chris Arreola (36-3, 31 KO’s) has new confidence after beating Seth Michell by a 1st round knockout in his last fight in September. Arreola is no longer thinking about his one-sided round unanimous decision loss to Bermane Stiverne (23-1-1, 20 KO’s) from last year in April. Arreola will be facing Stiverne in a rematch on May 10th, and he feels he’s going to avenge the loss and then go after IBF/IBO/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko to unify the heavyweight world titles. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan fox: Cuban heavyweight Odlanier Solis (20-1, 13 KO’s) weighed in on Friday for his fight tomorrow night against two-time title challenger Tony Thompson (38-4, 6 KO’s) in Istanbul, Turkey. Solid weighed in at 257 lbs, which is a fairly slim weight for him. He’s been as high as 271 during his career, which is around 40 lbs too much for him given his short 6’1″ height. Solis was perfect as an amateur in weighing 200 lbs in 2004 before coming over to the U.S and quickly piling on a lot of weight.
Thompson weighed in at 266.5 lbs. That’s around the same weight he’s been at since his two fights with David Price. Thompson is a lot better in the mid-240s compared to him in the 260s. He seems to have good power in the 260s, but his stamina isn’t as good. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jim Dower: As many fans expected, junior middleweight contender Vanes Martirosyan (34-1-1, 21 KO’s) easily defeated the powerful but badly over-matched Mario Lozano (27-5, 20 KO’s) tonight in winning a 10 round unanimous decision to capture the vacant WBO Inter-Continental light middleweight title at the Morongo Casino Resort & Spa, in Cabazon, California, USA.
The final judges scores were 100-89, 100-89, 100-89. Martirosyan dominated the action with his powerful right hand and uppercuts. He didn’t throw a lot of body punches, but he was very effective with his right hands to the head. Lozano showed a good chin in eating punches for 10 rounds without putting up much of a fight. Lozano did have one brief flurry in the 6th round, but that was the extent of it. Read the rest of this entry »