By Dan Ambrose: Trainer Robert Garcia thinks that WBC middleweight champion Miguel Cotto (39-4, 32 KO’s) avoid fighting WBA 160-pound champion Gennady Golovkin (29-0, 26 KO’s) because he sees Golovkin as far too dangerous for the 5’7” Cotto to fight. Golovkin isn’t old and coming off of major knee surgeries, and he feels that he would be too much for Cotto to do with.
Instead of Cotto fighting Golovkin and likely getting knocked out in 2-3 rounds, Garcia thinks Cotto would be better off fighting Floyd Mayweather Jr in a rematch or facing Saul “Canelo” Alvarez if the fight can be put together.
“I think triple G is just too dangerous [for Cotto],” said Garcia. “He [Cotto] could fight Mayweather again. That’s a fight that people would buy. Cotto vs. Mayweather again. Cotto vs. Canelo. It would be huge – Puerto Rico vs. Mexico.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Jay McIntyre: The greatness of an individual has often been attributed to that person being either in eventful circumstances or having an event-making personality. But this is an oversimplification because true greatness often requires an alignment of both.
William Shakespeare’s manipulative Roman character, Cassius, once remarked to his would-be conspirator that “the fault, dear Brutus, lies not in our stars, but in ourselves, that we are men.” When looking at what fighters are capable of accomplishing in the ring, sometimes their greatest achievements arise from the perfect combination of preparation and opportunity. A fighter can only rise so high on talent and guidance alone. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: HBO will be televising a triple-header on August 2nd with former WBA lightweight champion Brandon Rios (31-2-1, 23 KO’s) in a must win fight against Diego Chaves (23-1, 19 KO’s) in a fight at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. Also on the card is WBA light welterweight champion Jessie Vargas (24-0, 9 KO’s) making his first defense of his title against #13 WBC, #15 IBF fringe contender Anton Novikov (29-0, 10 KO’s).
WBO light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev (24-0-1, 22 KO’s) will be fighting in a separate venue likely against Australian Blake Caparello (19-0-1, 6 KO’s) at the Revel Resort, in Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Top Rank promoter Bob Arum will be meeting with Matchroom Sport promoter Eddie Hearn this Saturday to discuss a potential big fight for later this year between IBF/WBA super middleweight champion Carl Froch (33-2, 24 KO’s) and former WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr in a fight that could take place in November or December if the fight gets made.
Hearn will be at the Demetrius Andrade vs. Brian Rose fight at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, because he’ll be watching his fighter Rose attempt to upset the odds against the highly talented Andrade. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Jeff Mayweather says that trainer Freddie Roach hasn’t made any real changes to Miguel Cotto at all, and that the reason why he beat WBC middleweight champion Sergio Martinez last Saturday night was more of a situation of Martinez not being 100% after coming off two knee surgeries and a long 14 month layoff rather than Cotto being a rejuvenated fighter because of Roach’s training.
By Chris Williams: Floyd Mayweather Jr (46-0, 26 KO’s) has been selected by Forbes as the No.1 money maker in the world as far as Athletes go for the big money he netted with his victories over Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and Marcos Maidana. Just with those two fights alone, Mayweather hauled in $105 million, which is an incredible of cash for just 2 fights.
Now imagine the money he’ll be pulling in for the next three fights on his contract with Showtime. We’re probably talking somewhere along the lines of $150 million to go along with his estimated net worth of $200 million. We’re talking $350 million in the bank by next year for “Money” Mayweather. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Chad Dawson (31-3, 17 KO’s) will be staging a comeback this month after a year-long layoff to fight George Blades (23-5, 16 KO’s) on the Robert Guerrero vs. Yoshihiro Kamegai card on 6/21 at the StubHub Center in Carson, California, according to RingTV. The Dawson-Blades fight, which isn’t expected to be a competitive one, won’t be make the television portion of the Showtime card.
It’s not surprising that the Dawson vs. Blades fight won’t be televised because the card is loaded with Gary Russell Jr facing Vasyl Lomachenko for the vacant WBO featherweight title, former two division world champion Devon Alexander battling Jesus Soto Karass in a 10-round bout, and heavyweights Dominic Breazeale and Devin Vargas going at in a 10 round fight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: WBO light welterweight champion Ruslan Provodnikov (23-2, 16 KO’s) says he’s ready to sacrifice his life on Saturday night in facing 30-year-old challenger Chris Algieri (19-0, 8 KO’s) in his first defense of his WBO title at the Barclays Center, in Brooklyn, New York, USA.
Provodnikov will be on a seek and destroy mission against the quicker, taller and more agile Algieri in this fight, and he plans on trying to force him into a dog fight. Provodnikov has no other choice but to force Algieri into a brawl, because if he fails to draw him into a war then chances are pretty good that he’ll wind up losing the fight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Trainer Freddie Roach says that he’ll set WBO light welterweight champion Ruslan Provodnikov (23-2, 16 KO’s) up with a fight against Manny Pacquiao if he wants the fight. Roach thinks he can give Provodnikov that match-up if he wants it, but if he does, he wouldn’t have Roach as his trainer because Roach be sticking with Pacquiao and would be in his corner if the two of them squared off.
Roach and Top Rank promoter Bob Arum were hoping that they could continue the never-ending Pacquiao vs. Juan Manuel Marquez series by getting Marquez to agree to a 5th fight against Pacquiao for November, but with Marquez asking for $20 million to take the fight, they’re now looking at other options such as Provodnikov. Marquez wants a 50-50 purse split for a 5th Pacquiao fight, and it doesn’t look like they’re into giving it to him. Read the rest of this entry »
By Simon Hirst: It doesn’t take a genius to realize that something is wrong in the boxing life of Andre Ward. Having won the Super Six, the world was Ward’s oyster and yet two fights and two and a half years later, Ward is arguably no better off than when he won it.
Fans won’t be insulted to believe there is a better fighter at 168 pounds than Andre Ward because as things stand, there isn’t. However, there are two worrying aspects to this point. The first is there are more exciting fighters in the division who are not content (some would argue skilled) to box their way to a decision. They like to provide value for the fans and put it all on the line come win or lose. The second point as with time, it is inevitable that challengers rise up and become legitimate opponents. This has clearly happened within the last two years.
We have seen Carl Froch come back from his loss to Andre Ward and beat Lucian Bute, Yusaf Mack, Kessler and George Groves twice. Read the rest of this entry »