By Michael Byrne: So the Carl Froch – George Groves rematch has been announced for 31st May, and it’s time to start wondering what will be different a second time round. Groves surprised everyone last time out. It doesn’t matter if you’re George Groves’s biggest fan, it doesn’t even matter if you’re Geroge Groves himself; you WERE surprised when Froch hit the canvas in the first round.
Yes, we all knew Groves has power, and some of us understood he has the timing and movement to be able to find Froch’s chin consistently. But absolutely no one could have predicted Froch hitting the mat in the first round and getting up on shaky legs. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Trainer Freddie Roach thinks it’ll be bad for the sport if the mega-fight between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. fails to take place in the future. Roach is one of those persons who feels that all big fight match-ups should take place if the interest is there from the boxing public. Roach puts it on Mayweather for the fight to make the match with Pacquiao take place, and he sees him in a position where he’s going to need overcome his resistance to the idea within his next 4 fights with his Showtime/CBS contract.
Roach thinks Mayweather is going to hit a bumpy dirt road with fights against Amir Khan and Marcos Maidana in terms of his pay-per-view sales go. Roach sees both of those fights as a fail with the boxing public, and that will make it neccesary for Mayweather to consider a fight with the Filipino star. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: After getting arguably robbed of his chance for victory last November, George Groves (19-1, 15 KO’s) may need to take the referee out of the equation when he faces IBF/WBA super middleweight champion Carl Froch (32-2, 23 KO’s) in a rematch on May 31st by knocking out the soon to be 37-year-old Nottingham fighter. Groves wants to KO Froch as fast possible, and get the job done so that it won’t go into the later rounds of the fight again.
Usually it’s the judges that a fighter needs to turn into a spectator due to their ability to take a victory away from them based on poor scoring, but in this case Groves will do himself a big favor if he goes all out in the first three rounds to get Froch out of there quickly. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo credit: Stephanie Trapp/Showtime) By Marc Livitz: Who among us can remember the old style class votes we used in elementary school? The class would write down a name on a small piece of paper, fold it up and then place it in a basket. Sometimes the memories are even clearer if your name was one amongst the candidates for class president or whatever the post at stake happened to be. If we lost the vote, then at the very least we were able to see the number of votes cast and the evidence was far beyond concrete. For a number of years, the months of either/or May and September have become synonymous with a certain Floyd “Money” Mayweather, Jr. and a particular venue located on the corner of Las Vegas Boulevard and Tropicana Avenue.
As we all know by now, Floyd took the highest road and ultimately found it paved with gold once he not only became his own promoter but tweaked his public persona as well. Internet polls are nothing new. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jake Horowitz: Former four-division world championship title holder and Mexican fighting legend Juan Manuel Marquez (55-7-1, 40 KOs) is going to talk to his promoter Fernando Beltran about returning to the ring to fight former junior welterweight champion “Mile High” Mike Alvarado (34-2, 23 KOs).
Marquez is looking to fight again on May 17 possibly at the former home of the NBA’s 16-time world champions Los Angeles Lakers and NHL Los Angeles Kings which happens to be The Forum in Inglewood, California, were he fought many times earlier in his career because he wants to fight the winner of the April 12 WBO welterweight championship title fight between “Dessert Storm” Tim Bradley and Manny Pacquiao. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Top Rank promoter Bob Arum is breaking character with his matching of Vasyl Lomachenko (1-0, 1 KO’s) against WBO featherweight champion Orlando Salido (40-12-2, 28 KO’s) on March 1st at the Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas, USA.
With the way that Arum has babied the career of Mikey Garcia by not putting him in any risky fights against the likes of Guillermo Rigondeaux and Yuriorkis Gamboa despite Garcia having 34 fights on his resume, why is Arum letting Lomachenko fight for a world title in his second fight of his pro career? Is there less for Arum to lose if Lomachenko gets beaten than it would be for him to have put Mikey Garcia in with Gamboa or Rigondeaux in his 2nd pro fight? It just seems more than a little odd to me that Arum is willing to let Lomachenko take a risky fight in his second pro fight of his career when Arum didn’t do the same thing for Mikey Garcia. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Matchroom Sport promoter Eddie Hearn is scouring the UK for a big football stadium to stage the Carl Froch vs. George Groves rematch on May 31st. Hearn reportedly wants a stadium that can seat at least 80,000 fans, because he believes that the fight could potentially draw that many. There’s no doubt that a lot of fans will stream in to see the Froch-Groves 2 rematch, but 80,000? I hope Hearn doesn’t get too big of a stadium and end up having to eat the cost if it only sells out halfway.
“This is a huge event,” Hearn said to Sky Sport. “I believe it is the biggest fight in British boxing history and we are looking at crowds of up to 80,000…Over the next week we will be closing off a deal with one of those big venues and securing that football stadium that we need to cater for this fight.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Shaun Ayres: Finally, news that many boxing fans have been waiting for, Carl Froch v George Groves 2 looks set for May. This is an intriguing contest which incorporates many permutations for both fighters depending on the outcome of the fight. I have taken the view that the fight was stopped too early last time, I am not advocating that Groves was not hurt, but if you watch the fight, you can still see he is still slipping some of Froch’s punches and firing some shots back.
I have read loads of comments from pundits, commentators and fans alike, there is clearly disagreement about how hurt Groves actually was. However, the point of this article is not to bring up the previous fight, but rather, to analyze the forthcoming fight. I think there are three key areas where the fight will be won and lost, these are, technical ability, fitness, heart and longevity. Read the rest of this entry »
By Robbie Bannatyne: After being utterly underwhelmed by all the hubris surrounding Floyd Mayweather Jr’s decision to allow the fans to vote on his next opponent- either Amir Khan or Marcos Maidana- it got me thinking what sort of say do Showtime have in the decision about who he fights?
Surely when the power brokers at Showtime committed pen to paper on such a hugely lucrative, 200 million dollar contract, with the sports Pound for Pound star, they did so with the prime intention of pairing him up with Manny Pacquiao. After all, for any fight fans- barring the notable exception of Floyd’s own followers- the Filipino icon has been the one and only fighter they have wanted to see Floyd Mayweather Jr. face in recent years. Read the rest of this entry »
It would b an honour to share the ring with @FloydMayweather who will be loyal to his word and to the fans, to fight the winner of his poll
— Amir Khan (@AmirKingKhan) February 12, 2014
By Scott Gilfoid: As you can see from the above tweet, Amir Khan (28-3, 19 KO’s) is showing the classic signs of someone who appears to be groveling to get a fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr. (45-0, 26 KO’s). Khan seems to be talking as if it’s going to be him that steps inside the ring with boxing great Floyd Mayweather Jr. (45-0, 26 KO’s) on May 3rd. Unfortunately, we still don’t know if Khan is going to be getting the fight, because Mayweather’s uncle Roger Mayweather said in an interview that he was told that Marcos Maidana will be the one getting the fight instead of Khan. Read the rest of this entry »