By Scott Gilfoid: After sitting idle for an entire year since his uninspired, listless performance in losing to Carl Froch last year in May, former WBA/WBC super middleweight champion Mikkel Kessler (46-3, 35 KO’s) announced today in a press conference in Denmark that he’ll be returning to the ring in October or November this year, and he’ll be looking for an important fight straightway without a tune-up.
Kessler says he’d like a third fight against Froch, although I’m not sure how that would be possible given Kessler’s time off, lack of fights during the last year, and his less than motivated looking performance against Froch the last time they fought. If all Kessler wants is a big fight without showing that he still has anything left, it’s going to give some boxing fans the impression that he’s looking to cash out. Kessler needs to be fighting tune-ups and contenders rather than going into title shots that he hardly deserves after sitting for an entire year. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: Oscar De La Hoya says he’s open to help train Marcos Maidana (35-4, 31 KO’s) for a rematch against Floyd Mayweather Jr. (46-0, 26 KO’s) next September if he needs the help. De La Hoya would work alongside Maidana’s current trainer Robert Garcia and give him pointers in how to beat Mayweather.
De La Hoya lost a close and controversial 12 round split decision in 2007. De La believes that boxing fans will demand a rematch between Mayweather and Maidana due to the competitive nature, and the somewhat controversial decision. In De La Hoya’s mind, you can make a case for the Mayweather-Maidana fight having been more of a draw than a victory for either guy last Saturday night at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: WBA/WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. (46-0, 26 KO’s) wanted to give his boxing fans a sneak peak behind the scenes in him getting ready for his fight last Saturday night against former WBA welterweight champion Marcos Maidana (35-4, 31 KO’s). The video shows a very serious Mayweather hard at work in training for the fight, doing his gym and roadwork with his personal masseuse nearby to keep him loose. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: At today’s Erislandy Lara (19-1-2, 12 KO’s) – Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (43-1-1, 31 KO’s) kickoff press conference in Los Angeles, California, Lara revealed that if he gets past the 23-year-old Canelo in their fight on July 12th at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada, Lara will be targeting Floyd Mayweather Jr. to get that fight.
Lara said “This is the fight we pushed for and this is the fight we got. Now it’s time to go to work. It’s going to be a great fight. Canelo is young and strong. I’m going to do what I do, which is box beautifully and fight if I have to, and it’s going to be a really interesting fight for the fans. Read the rest of this entry »
By Rocky Esposito: Right from the very start I want to establish that I am a (Boxing) fan. Personally, the way I look at it, the best Boxer’s only fight 2 or 3 nights a year. So, I do not care which network (HBO or Showtime) has more subscribers. (Because in actuality, those numbers are highly misleading anyway because the number of viewership is not solely based on Boxing viewership alone). Read the rest of this entry »
By Marc Livitz: It may have taken many years to materialize and such behavior exhibited by the world’s top fighter may have even beckoned calls for a boycott here and there. Shame (shame) on those who turned their collective backs on the bout. Was “The Moment” a classic of any kind? Some have suggested that Marcos Maidana may have indeed gotten the best of Floyd Mayweather, Jr. last Saturday evening and gave the Las Vegas native all he could possibly handle. “The Moment” was indeed a bit more momentous than just about every “Money” Mayweather bout in recent memory, yet such a tag would likely be so for different reasons, however.
The fight was in no way a replay of the April 2002 contest between Floyd and a certain Jose Luis Castillo, so let’s not as they say, go there. What we got instead was something special, but it took oh so very agonizingly long to emerge. Maidana (35-4, 31 KO’s) saw his staggering knockout ratio take a hit by way of forcing the hand (or gloves) of the world’s number one pugilist to go to work. It was a ton of work, to be sure. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: Former IBF/WBC welterweight champion Andre Berto (28-3, 22 KO’s) will be traveling to Oakland, California in the next few weeks to to start training with Virgil Hunter for Berto’s ring return this Summer against a still to be determined opponent. Berto, 30, hasn’t fought since last year in July when he was stopped in the 12th round by Jesus Soto Karass. Berto suffered a shoulder injury in the loss, and had to have surgery.
At this point in his career, Berto really needs to get active and hope that he can pick up some big wins and avoid injuries. Berto has had a number of bad injuries to his biceps that has kept him out of the ring. The latest injury involved a tendon in his right shoulder that he tore in the 2nd round in the Soto Karass fight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jon Ingram: I know that the fans have been crying for a fight between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao. This is not an article to bash either one of these fighters for they are #1 Floyd Mayweather Jr and #2 Pacman, in the same weight division, and have yet to get in the ring with each other. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Trainer Freddie Roach badly wants to have his fighter WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao (56-5-2, 38 KO’s) get a 5th fight against the soon to 41-year-old Juan Manuel Marquez (55-7-1, 40 KO’s), because Roach thinks Marquez has aged and deteriorated somewhat since knocking his fighter Pacquiao out cold two years ago in 2012. Roach believes that Pacquiao can beat Marquez now, and he thinks the fight will bring in over 1 million pay-per-view buys on HBO as well.
Pacquiao hasn’t brought in over 1 million PPV buys since 2011. Boxing fans don’t know what the PPV numbers were for Pacquiao’s April 12th rematch against WBO welterweight champion Tim Bradley, because for some reason they still haven’t been released despite the fact that it’s been almost a month since the Pacquiao-Bradley 2 fight took place. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: WBC Silver welterweight champion Amir Khan (29-3, 19 KO’s) took himself out of the running for WBA/WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr’s next fight in September by announcing at last Saturday’s post-fight press conference that there’s no way that he can fight Mayweather in September due to Ramadan.
Khan then went on to say that Mayweather can always move off of his preset September 13th fight date in order to fight him in November or December. Now Khan is implying that Mayweather is using his religious commitment as an excuse not to fight him this year. Read the rest of this entry »