By Allan Fox: #7 WBC heavyweight contender Manuel Charr (26-1, 15 KO’s) weighed in 22.5 lbs. heavier than former WBA heavyweight champion Alexander Povetkin (26-1, 18 KO’s) at today’s weigh-in for their clash on Friday night at the Luzhniki, in Moscow, Russia. Charr, 6’3 ½”, weighed in at 247.3 lbs. compared to Povetkin’s 224.8 lbs. for their fight for the vacant WBC International heavyweight title. Read the rest of this entry »
By Diarmuid Sherry: In most pay-per-view shows, it is only the main event for which fans have only cared for, however a significant amount of punters, who pay good money for the privilege of watching a bill on television also want to see their money’s worth on the undercard.
Recently, Floyd Mayweather boasted that his undercard on “The Moment” bill, headed by himself and Marcos Maidana was the most expensively assembled undercard cast ever, featuring Amir Khan and Adrien Broner. The undercard was generally well received by writers and fans, although some said it was only ever made, to add value to a pay-per-view show that had a perceived weak top-billing prior to the fight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Miguel Cotto’s trainer Freddie Roach can’t see where WBC middleweight champion Sergio Martinez (51-2-2, 28 KO’s) has any real advantage over his fighter Miguel Cotto (38-4, 31 KO’s) except in one area and that athleticism. Roach rates Cotto as being stronger, faster, better defensively, more skilled and smarter. Roach seems to have created a superman in the short amount of time that he’s been working on rebuilding the 33-year-old Cotto, but we still don’t know whether he’s any better than he ever was.
We’re going to find out on June 7th when he fights Sergio Martinez at Madison Square Garden. If Roach is correct about Cotto being a whole new fighter, then we could see him beat Sergio somehow. But if Roach has just been talking in order to pump Cotto up and make himself look better in the process, we’re about to find that out as well. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: With his career no longer looking as promising as it once did two years ago when he was voted in as the 2012 Fighter of the Year, Nonito Donaire (32-2, 21 KO’s) will be stepping up against his first real featherweight in WBA Super World featherweight champion Simpiwe Vetyeka (26-2, 16 KO’s) this Saturday night at the Cotai Arena, Venetian Resort, Macao, Macao S.A.R., China.
Donaire comes into the fight an underdog against Vetyeka largely due to how poor Donaire looked in his loss to Guillermo Rigondeaux and in his fight against Vic Darchinyan, a fight in which Donaire took a beating and was en route to losing it at the time he pulled out a 9th round stoppage. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo credit: HBO) By Scott Gilfoid: George Groves (19-1, 15 KO’s) doesn’t see himself wearing down against Carl Froch (32-2, 23 KO’s) in their rematch this weekend like he did the last time they fought. Groves figures he’s going to improve each and every round, and his main focus will be to give Froch a methodical beating by the numbers to make sure that he gets the victory.
“I’m going to get better and better with every round,” Groves said via Sky Sports. “I’m not going to give everything away but round on round, I will get better and it’s up to Carl to hang in there. I can go 12 rounds if needs be. It’ll be one-sided from the start.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Idris Morrey: Its been rough but welterweight is no more a competitive weight class for Floyd Mayweather Jr. (46-0, 26 KO’s) to keep looking for best match ups. He has fought virtually every star in this division leaving no doubt that he is untouchable at this level.
At middleweight, Floyd is not guaranteed a smooth sail and he should be ready for a few losses in case he considers the shift. After his debut at welterweight where he first faced Zab Judah, Mayweather seem to lose the punching power he once was known for. He has grown to become a fighter and a promoter with highest grossing matches despite not scoring knockouts lately. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Manny Pacquiao’s adviser Michael Koncz says that there’s no way that a fight can take place between Pacquiao and the popular Mexican star Saul “Canelo” Alvarez unless Pacquiao can get a catch-weight for the fight to take place at. Koncz believes that without a catch-weight handicap for Pacquiao, it would be too dangerous for him to fight a guy as big as Canelo.
Koncz said to the Philboxing “It will be a substitute for a fight against Floyd Mayweather Jr, and will be the next biggest fight and may very well rival a Manny-Floyd fight. [It’s] a fight we’ll probably do next year. We cannot go into the ring if there is no catch-weight. It’s too dangerous. We are not trying to get any advantage but just trying to protect the health of Manny.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Trainer Freddie Roach doesn’t see Miguel Cotto (38-4, 31 KO’s) having any problems with WBC middleweight champion Sergio Martinez (51-2-2, 28 KO’s) in their fight on June 7th at Madison Square Garden, New York.
Roach feels that he’s rejuvenated the 33-year-old Cotto, and that he’ll blast Sergio out in just 4 rounds when the two fighters go at it in their HBO pay-per-view televised fight. So in other words, Sergio will last just one more round than Cotto’s last opponent Delvin Rodriguez did in his fight with Cotto last October. Read the rest of this entry »
By Anthony Mason: As is the case with Manny Pacquiao, fans are easily tricked into believing that all of Floyd Mayweather’s five division titles are legitimate. Mayweather has established himself as the best post-2005 boxer, but we will soon see that this is not due to Floyd Mayweather being great, but due to him fighting in a watered down era.
As was the case with the Pacquiao article, it is important to closely examine Mayweather’s titles and who he fought in each weight class. After putting everything in context, only then can the value of Mayweather’s titles be assessed. All fans need to remember that a title is only worth as much as who you beat. Victor Ortiz was considered a welterweight champion for simply beating Andre Berto. I highly doubt anyone can rank Ortiz’s title as valuable as Roberto Duran’s when he defeated Sugar Ray Leonard. Read the rest of this entry »
By Anthony Mason: All boxing fans have heard it by now. Manny Pacquiao is the only man to be an eight-division champion. However, this accomplishment is only true in name, not in value or substance in my opinion. It is true that after Bernard Hopkins’ middleweight reign ended, that Pacquiao, along with Floyd Mayweather, is one of the greatest boxers of this era.
I see it as false, however, to consider Manny Pacquiao to be a legitimate eight-division champion. To see why this is the case it is important to closely examine Pacquiao’s titles and what he accomplished in each weight class. Then after putting this in historical context it will be possible to objectively rank the value of Pacquiao’s multiple championships. Read the rest of this entry »