By Scott Gilfoid: Former IBF/WBA light welterweight champion Amir Khan (28-3, 19 KO’s) will be fighting on Floyd Mayweather Jr’s next fight card against likely Luis Collazo or someone else along his level in terms of talent. This will be Khan’s first official fight at the full 147lbs for the welterweight division, and he’s under the impression that he’ll be stronger at this weight than he was at 140. He believes that this will be the answer to the problems that he had recently in his losses to Lamont Peterson and Danny Garcia, as well as his controversial decision over Julio Diaz.
“Weight making can affect a fighter, I was killing myself to make weight [at 140lbs], going back to the Zab Judah fight when I was first having problems,” Khan said to Sky Sports. “I think now being at 147lbs it’s only going to make me stronger, healthier and happier when I go into a fight. The speed’s going to be there. I won’t be tired or weak.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: WBO super middleweight champion Arthur Abraham (39-4, 28 KO’s) will be making his first defense of his WBO title on May 3rd against the light hitting #9 WBO Nikola Sjekloca (26-1, 8 KO’s) at the Velodrom in Berlin, Germany. Abraham, 34, recaptured the World Boxing Organization 168 lb. title earlier this month in beating champion Robert Stieglitz by a 12 round split decision on March 1st in their third and hopefully their final fight together. Abraham just barely won the decision.
Sjekloca, 35, is a disappointing opponent for some fans because they were hoping that Abraham would start taking on tougher opponents for his optional title defenses instead of facing weak, hand-picked opponents with little chance at beating him. Read the rest of this entry »
By Tom McQueen: Deontay Wilder has made a name for himself for two reasons; Firstly for his impressive and obvious power resulting in 31 straight knock outs as a professional. And secondly as a fighter who has taken on, disappointingly, a large number of poor opponents when many have wanted him to move on and step up.
These points at first seem obvious and fair, but looking at how “The Bronze Bomber” has progressed over the last few years and since turning professional I am now starting to think that the criticisms placed on Deontay are not only unfair but possibly even distracting us from a great talent that should be appreciated. Read the rest of this entry »
By Yannis Mihanos: In the last few years the inability of Manny Pacquiao to finish matches in spectacular fashion by the way of knockout has been one of the favorite topics in various websites, magazines, and on TV. Some they blame it on his recent election as a congressman for his native country, while some others believe his best is forever gone and that he is now old; some also accuse him of using in the past steroids. So there all kinds of reasons good and bad available but I am not here to judge.
In boxing there are two ways of winning, one is through a knockout and one is through a points decision. While there are both good for the fighter as victory is the main purpose they are not Always good for the fans. Boxing fans around the world always demand something more, something to talk about, something to remember: A knockout. Read the rest of this entry »
By Robert “Big Moe” Elmore: I read Top Rank Promoter Bob Arum’s comments about matching rising featherweight star Mickey Garcia and Cuban Yurioskis Gamboa. There are two sides to this coin and let’s starts with heads. Gamboa was set to fight Brandon Rios in 2012. Gamboa reneged on the contract that was signed because he reportedly unhappy with his 1.1 million dollar pay day. He also stated that there was never a contract to fight Rios.(http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/boxing/top-rank-sues-yuriorkis-gamboa-brandon-rios-now-213642277.html)
Gamboa skipped two press tours thus causing Top Rank to take legal action against Gamboa. The Cuban was then picked up rapper turned promoter Curtis Jackson. But since signing with Jackson, he’s only had two fights. Arum has expressed doubts that Gamboa would do the same to Garcia that he did to Rios. I can see why Arum would be skeptical about putting this fight together. Read the rest of this entry »
I really consider Keith Thurman as “the legitimate threat” in the welterweight division. There is some speculation that he is an untested hyped-up fighter. This may be true, but the facts are no one really wants to fight him or try to expose him. There seems to be some collaborative efforts in place where everyone has a reason not to fight Thurman.
Many fighters are quick to discredit him to avoid a fight against him. Whether the excuses are reasonable or not, here is list of fighters that confirmed they will not, do not, or in the past avoided fighting Keith Thurman: Marcos “El Chino” Maidana, Paulie “The Magic Man” Malignaggi, Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero, Shawn “Showtime” Porter, and Luis Collazo. I have yet to hear or read any news indicating Keith Thurman is avoiding anyone. Instead, he is calling them all out. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Heavyweight Deontay Wilder (31-0, 31 KO’s) is amused that his many detractors are looking for different reasons to try and explain why he was able to knockout Malik Scott (36-2-1, 13 KO’s) so easily last Saturday night in Puerto Rico. Some fans can’t comprehend that a fighter like Deontay can knockout an opponent so easily.
Instead of realizing that Deontay has the kind of one-punch power that makes him capable of knocking out his opponents with a single shot, fans are seeing something sinister going on with them thinking that the fight was fixed with Scott throwing the fight on purpose for money. It just goes to show you how some fans have wild imaginations and can’t quite grasp the reality of what they’re seeing in Deontay. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: IBF/WBA super middleweight champion Carl Froch (32-2, 23 KO’s) was the beneficiary of a controversial 9th round stoppage win over George Groves (19-1, 15 KO’s) the last time they fought in November last year when the referee jumped on Groves during a give a take portion of the 9th round and halted the fight. On May 31st, Groves and Froch will do it again but this time at the Wembley Stadium, in London, United Kingdom.
“I’m going to win the fight definitely, 100 percent,” Froch said. “I can’t see it going the distance. That’s the prediction: Carl Froch to win.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: WBA welterweight champion Marcos Maidana (35-3, 31 KO’s) started training today with his trainer Robert Garcia for his May 3rd match-up against Floyd Mayweather Jr. (45-0, 26 KO’s) in a fight called “The Moment” at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. Maidana is going to be working on developing his stamina so that he can throw as many shots as possible to try and overwhelm Mayweather Jr’s shoulder roll defense.
This was precisely what Maidana did in his last fight against Adrien Broner, and it worked well for Maidana with him getting a 12 round unanimous decision win. Maidana ran out of gas in the last four rounds of the fight, and this enabled Broner to come on a little and make it somewhat close. Read the rest of this entry »
By Robbie Bannatyne: For a promoter whose stable is in danger of bleeding dry after his two most profitable cash cows, Manny Pacquaio and Juan Manuel Marquez, depart Top Rank and retire in the not too distant future, it beggars belief that Bob Arum’s new star pupil, Ruslan Provodnikov, still has no opponent lined up for his next fight.
What is more unbelievable is that Mike Alvarado, who was destroyed by Provodnikov in his very last fight, has been gift wrapped a scrap with Mexican legend Juan Manuel Marquez. The winner of that fight will face the victor of the Manny Pacquaio vs Timothy Bradley for the WBO welterweight title. Read the rest of this entry »