By Scott Gilfoid: A scraggly looking former two division world champion David Haye (26-2, 24 KOs) told IBF TV today that he hasn’t signed with any promoter yet. There are rumos that Haye plans on signing with American adviser Al Haymon, but Haye says he hasn’t signed with anyone at this time. Further, Haye also failed to address the rumors of him splitting up with Adam Booth, his trainer.
Haye says he’s 2-3 fights away from fighting for a world title against the likes of WBA champ Ruslan Chagaev of WBC champ Bermane Stiverne. Haye realizes that the only way he can get a rematch against IBO/IBF/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko is if he becomes his mandatory challenger, so he’s obviously not on his radar at this time. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: This Saturday night WBA/WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr (46-0, 26 KOs) is going to be looking to improve upon the performance from his last fight against Argentinian slugger Marcos Maidana (35-4, 31 KOs) when he gets him inside the ring for their “Mayhem” rematch at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Mayweather wants to improve upon his performance from last time out, as does Maidana. Trainer Robert Garcia has been talking about the additional 4 weeks of training that will benefit Maidana, he hopes, for the rematch. Read the rest of this entry »
By Gav Duthie: When I caught a sneak peak at the headline Matchroom and Top Rank join forces I was excited. I thought maybe he has signed up Kell Brook for a three fight deal against Rios, Pacquaio and Bradley? Perhaps Chavez Jnr v Carl Froch is close to completion?
Unfortunately not, both wrong. Carl Moretti and Top Rank have joined forces with Matchroom to discuss opportunities for American Super Bantamweight Chris Avalos 24-2 (18) in the UK sector. Quite uninspiring news really but it did get me thinking. Matchroom boss Eddie Hearn said of the venture: (Courtesy of sky sports)
“There are lucrative opportunities for Chris Avalos within the division particularly on this side of the pond”. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: WBC interim middleweight champion Marco Antonio Rubio is picking former two division world champion Marcos Maidana (35-4, 31 KOs) to defeat WBA/WBC 147lb champion Floyd Mayweather Jr (46-0, 26 KOs) this Saturday night in their rematch on Showtime pay-per-view from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Mayweather-Maidana 2 fight goes for $64.95 on PPV for boxing fans who still haven’t ordered it.
Rubio believes that Maidana’s aggressive fighting style is going to give Mayweather problems in this fight, especially with the way that he attacks by throwing punches everywhere. Rubio sees this as Maidana’s best chance of beating Mayweather on Saturday. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: A fight between #1 WBO Matt Korobov (24-0, 14 KOs) and #2 WBO Billy Joe Saunders (20-0, 11 KOs) is reportedly in the works for November 22nd to fight for the vacant WBA middleweight title that was recently vacated by Peter Quillin.
Top Rank, the promoters for Korobov, are working with Saunders’ promoter Frank Warren to setup the fight. The idea is to have the Korobov-Saunders fight take place on the undercard of the November 22nd fight between Tyson Fury and Dereck Chisora at the ExCel Arena in London, UK. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: The talented unbeaten WBO lightweight champion Terence Crawford (24-0, 17 KOs) will be making his second and likely his last title defense of his WBO strap in two months on November 29th against #1 WBO Raymundo Beltran (29-6-1, 17 KOs) in Crawford’s home city at the CenturyLink Center, in Omaha, Nebraska, USA.
Crawford feels that Beltran was robbed last September in 2013 when he challenged former WBO lightweight champion Ricky Burns in his home city of Glasgow, Scotland and had to settle for a 12 round draw. Read the rest of this entry »
Deontay Wilder vs. Bernane Stiverne & Danny Garcia vs. Viktor Postol purse bids postponed until October 1st
By Scott Gilfoid: The purse bids that were previously scheduled for this Friday, September 12th for the Deontay Wilder vs. Bermane Stiverne and Danny Garcia vs. Viktor Postol fights have been postponed until October 1st, according to Dan Rafael of ESPN. It’s unknown at this time why the purse bids were postponed.
It’s a positive for both fights because it gives them more time to try and negotiate the fights before it gets to a purse bid. I still see them both going to purse bids though. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo credit: Sauerland Events) By Scott Gilfoid: #5 WBO Paul Smith (35-3, 20 KOs) is hoping to pull off a huge upset this month in would could be a once in a lifetime title shot against WBO super middleweight champion Arthur Abraham (40-4, 28 KOs) on September 27th at the Kiel, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany.
Smith wants to beat Abraham and then bring the strap back to the UK with him as a trophy from battle, but it’s going to be awfully tough for him to do that given the huge step up he’s making in this fight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: In this Saturday’s Showtime pay-per-view rematch between WBA/WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr (46-0, 26 KOs) and Marcos Maidana (35-4, 31 KOs), Mayweather says he expects Maidana to come out and foul and be a dirty fighter when they get inside the ring at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Mayweather says he’s just going to need to stay calm and use his intelligence to box Maidana and minimize the things that he attempts to do.
The referee for the fight is Kenny Bayless and he’s got a track record of not putting up with too much fouling without him putting his foot down and taking control of the fight. Bayless is going to be tested in this fight just as referee Tony Weeks was tested last May in the original Mayweather-Maidana fight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Trainer Freddie Roach is still stewing about WBA/WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr (46-0, 26 KOs) showing little interest in fighting his No.1 guy WBO 147 pound champion Manny Pacquiao (56-5-2, 38 KOs) in a mega-fight.
Roach has recently been saying that the only reason why Mayweather has shown no interest in that fight is because he feels he’s a shot fighter whose legs are gone. In a recent interview, Roach continued along that theme with him believing Mayweather has lost a few steps and can no longer move like he used to. Read the rest of this entry »