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title Haymon, Arum, Oscar, and Schaefer: Time will tell

delahoya6By Big Moe Elmore: When news broke that former CEO of Golden Boy Richard Schaefer and current Golden Boy president Oscar De La Hoya had settled their legal battle, blogs, and comments within those blogs fill up within minutes. It was interesting reading the comments. Schaefer, Oscar, Top Rank CEO Bob Arum and manager/advisor Al Haymon all gained and lost some fans. I’m really anxious to see how all this plays out.

Each of these men has brought things to boxing that has either helped or hurt the sport. Let’s face it. There is no way to maneuver in boxing without upsetting people. There are several respectable managers out there such Billy Keane, Cameroon Dunkin and J Prince just to name a few, but fighters continue to sign with Haymon. And with Roc Nation joining the ranks, it’s sure to be interesting. Here’s what we do know and let’s start with the anchor for each of these promotional entities. First Top Rank. Read the rest of this entry »



title Roach doesn’t want Khan for Pacquiao if Mayweather fight doesn’t happen

khan111By Scott Gilfoid: If Manny Pacquiao’s trainer Freddie Roach gets his way, Pacquiao won’t be fighting Amir Khan if the fight against Floyd Mayweather Jr fails to materialize.

Roach says he doesn’t like the idea of Pacquiao using Khan as the plan-B backup option if they can’t get the Mayweather fight, because he sees Khan as too much of a runner and he doesn’t think that will make for an exciting fight. Read the rest of this entry »



title Pacquiao: Mayweather fight announcement will come at end of month

pac8888By Chris Williams: WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao is saying that his fight between him and Floyd Mayweather Jr will be announced by the end of January, and that he expects the fight to take place. This is obviously good news for boxing fans who have been waiting patiently for the fight to take place for the past six years.

“We will make an announcement before the end of the month” and added “I think it (the fight” will happen,” Pacquiao said via Philboxing.com. Read the rest of this entry »



title Deontay Wilder looking for 33rd consecutive knockout on Saturday

deontay899By Scott Gilfoid: American heavyweight Deontay Wilder (32-0, 32 KOs) will be looking to add to his consecutive knockout streak this Saturday night on January 17th when he goes for No.33 in his fight against WBC heavyweight champion Bermane Stiverne (24-1-1, 21 KOs) at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Deontay, 29, has knocked out his first 32 opponents, none of which lasted past the 4th round. The record for consecutive knockouts was set by Lamar Clark when he stopped 44 straight opponents. Read the rest of this entry »



title Maidana’s career could improve under Haymon’s safe guidance

maidana8By Dan Ambrose: Welterweight contender Marcos Maidana (35-5, 31 KOs) could see a continued improvement in his career outlook now that Golden Boy Promotions has settled their legal issues with former CEO Richard Schaefer.

As part of that settlement, Maidana, 31, will be going with Al Haymon, the high powered adviser who many boxers prefer to use to manage their careers. Haymon is good at looking out for his fighters and putting them in winnable fights. Read the rest of this entry »



title Anthony Dirrell needs to get Groves fight out of the way now

groves6643By Scott Gilfoid: WBC super middleweight champion Anthony Dirrell (27-0-1, 22 KOs) is looking to have a busy 2015 in defending his newly acquired WBC title as much as possible in order for him to make some good money and start building on his unbeaten legacy.

The talented Dirrell, the brother of super middleweight contender Andre Dirrell, wasn’t too happy recently when the World Boxing Council allowed George Groves, a fighter who’d been knocked out in consecutive fights to Carl Froch, to fight in a WBC 168 pound eliminator against an obscure fighter named Christopher Rebrasse to pick out Dirrell’s mandatory challenger. Read the rest of this entry »



title Roach: Canelo won’t be pretty after Cotto faces him

canelo7657By Dan Ambrose: Trainer Freddie Roach sees former WBA/WBC junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (44-1-1, 31 KOs) as a pretty boy, and he’s really hoping that he ends up facing his fighter WBC middleweight champion Miguel Cotto (39-4, 32 KOs) in his next fight in early May.

The two fighters’ teams are still currently negotiating the fight, and there’s a good possibility that the fight will get made. Both guys are at a point where they need each other because the alternatives for them aren’t that great in terms of big fights. Read the rest of this entry »



title Golovkin willing to be C-side to get Cotto fight, says Sanchez

golovkin433By Dan Ambrose: WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin’s trainer Abel Sanchez says they’re willing to do anything they can to get a fight against WBC middleweight belt holder Miguel Cotto (39-4, 32 KOs), including being the C-side in order to get the fight signed.

Golovkin wants the WBC strap so bad that it looks like he’s willing to take the short money in order to lure the aging 34-year-old Cotto in the ring. However, Golovkin doesn’t have a bad knee and he’s not bearing 40 the way Cotto’s last opponent Sergio Martinez was. Read the rest of this entry »



title Stiverne: I’m going to burp Deontay like a baby

stiverne52By Scott Gilfoid: WBC heavyweight champion Bermane Stiverne (24-1-1, 21 KOs) says that there’s nothing that can save challenger Deontay Wilder (32-0, 32 KOs) in their fight this Saturday night on January 17th.

Stiverne says he’s going to punish the 29-year-old Deontay by making him feel a lot of pain during the beating he plans on giving him before he finally puts him out of his misery by knocking him out. Stiverne figures that Deontay will fall apart once he starts feeling hard punches for the first time in his pro career. Read the rest of this entry »



title Froch: Golovkin’s not PPV; I don’t want Ward

froch11By Scott Gilfoid: IBF/WBA super middleweight champion Carl Froch says he’s not interested in either Gennady Golovkin or Andre Ward for his next fight. Froch says if he doesn’t get a fight against former WBC middleweight belt holder Julio Cesar Chavez Jr next then he’ll retire from boxing.

Froch doesn’t have a plan B backup in facing Golovkin or Ward, which is kind of surprising given Froch’s recent comments about wanting to continue his career beyond his next fight. Read the rest of this entry »



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