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title Arum really needs to stop poaching talk

arum789By Robert “Big Moe” Elmore: In the latest news out of Top Rank when talking about making Floyd Mayweather Jr and Manny Pacquiao mega fight, Pacquiao’s promoter Bob Arum claims that Floyd is poaching Cinco De Mayo, where Floyd has fought for the last four years. Arum also claims it’s disrespectful to Mexicans for non Mexicans to be fighting on that date. Now I will say this.

The mega fight would sell no matter what date they fight on. I totally agree. How convenient for Arum to bring that up at this juncture and journey with me if you will with this questionnaire. Manny Pacquiao fought Ricky Hatton on what Mexican holiday; was A) May 2nd 2009 Cinco De Mayo, B) Cinco De Mayo May 2nd 2009 C) A Mexican holiday or D) All of the above. Read the rest of this entry »

title Artur Beterbiev looks flawed but dangerous in win over Page

beterbiev67By Dan Ambrose: Undefeated #10 WBA light heavyweight contender Artur Beterbiev (7-0, 7 KOs) showed excellent power in destroying American Jeff Page Jr (15-1, 10 KOs) last Friday night by a 2nd round knockdown at the Colisee de Quebec, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada.

The 29-year-old Beterbiev was knocked down in the 1st round by a right hand he never saw. It turned out to be a wakeup call for Beterbiev, as he came out with a vengeance in the 2nd round and knocked Page Jr down three times in the round before the fight was halted at 2:21 of the round by referee Jean-Guy Brousseau.

Beterbiev said afterwards that he was sleepy in the opening round, and the knockdown woke him up. After that he was okay, but he needed something to get him to weak up and start fighting effectively. Read the rest of this entry »

title Khan says Mayweather won’t be seen as a legend if he fights Brook instead of him

khan67777By Scott Gilfoid: Amir Khan thinks Floyd Mayweather Jr won’t be seen as a legend of the sport after he retires if he chooses to fight IBF welterweight champion Kell Brook rather than himself for his next fight.

To Khan, Mayweather choosing Brook to fight would be a sign that he’s running from himself, even though Khan doesn’t hold down a title and is a mere contender with two defeats in his last six fights.

When asked what he’d think if Brook got the Mayweather fight instead of himself, Khan said to “It shows Floyd’s on the run. If it happens, he will never be seen as a legend in the sport or he’ll never be seen like the likes of Sugar Ray Leonard… because obviously he’s avoiding a lot of big fighters.” Read the rest of this entry »

title Arum wants Pacquiao-Mayweather fight to take place in April or June in 2015

pacquiao7By Chris Williams: In a sign that Manny Pacquiao’s promoter Bob Arum may not fully understand that Pacquiao is the B-side of the equation for a Floyd Mayweather Jr fight, Arum says he wants a fight between them to take place in either April or June of 2015, but not on the Mexican holiday Cinco de Mayo on May 2nd.

Arum says the May 2nd date is for Mexican star Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, who just happens to be in negotiations with one of Arum’s fighters Miguel Cotto. Arum thinks that it’s wrong for Mayweather to be looking to fight on a Mexican holiday because he personally sees it as disrespectful to the Mexican people. Read the rest of this entry »

title Gary Russell Jr vs. Christopher Martin tonight in Shelton, Washington

russell jr(Photo credit: Kyler Locke/Little Creek Casino Resort) By Allan Fox: #6 WBO, #7 WBA Gary Russell Jr (24-1, 14 KOs) will be looking to bounce back from his recent loss to Vasyl Lomachenko when he faces Christopher Martin (28-4-3, 9 KOs) in a scheduled 10 round bout tonight at the Little Creek Casino Resort, in Shelton, Washington, USA. The fight will be televised on Showtime Extreme.

Russell Jr, 26, was beaten by Lomachenko by a 12 round majority decision last June in a fight for the vacant World Boxing Organization featherweight title. Russell Jr was no match for Lomachenko in that fight, and he the defeat has really bugged him. Read the rest of this entry »

title Andre Dirrell likely to face James DeGale in 2015

dirrell555By Scott Gilfoid: Andre Dirrell’s win over Derek Edwards last night in their IBF super middleweight title eliminator puts Dirrell on a crash course with #1 IBF, #4 WBO, #9 WBA James DeGale (24-1, 16 KOs) for the IBF title in 2015 once Froch gives up the belt, which is fully expected due to him showing no interest in facing his mandatory DeGale.

If Froch doesn’t face DeGale in the first part of 2015, then he’ll likely be stripped by the International Boxing Federation for failing to defend against his mandatory.

DeGale earned the IBF mandatory spot last May when he defeated Brandon Gonzales by a 4th round knockout win. Last Friday night, Dirrell became the second IBF mandatory challenger when he dominated Edwards in beating him by a 12 round decision. Read the rest of this entry »

title Dirrell to Froch: I ain’t no George Groves

fight night-0005(Photo credit: Amanda Kwok/SHOWTIME) By Scott Gilfoid: Super middleweight talent Andre Dirrell (24-1, 16 KOs) looked sensational last night in pitching a near shutout in defeating the hard hitting Derek Edwards (27-4-1, 14 KOs) by a lopsided 12 round unanimous decision at the Colisee de Quebec, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada.

The importance of the fight for Dirrell is that it was an IBF super middleweight title eliminator. The win put Dirrell in as the No.2 mandatory challenger to IBF champ Carl Froch.

Dirrell made it clear immediately after the fight that Froch is his target, and he’s hoping that he doesn’t retire without fighting him. Dirrell, however, thinks Froch is scared to fight him due to the risk involved in taking on a talent like himself. While Dirrell is holding out hope that Froch will want to clear up the controversy around their previous fight in 2009, he’s not too hopeful Froch will suddenly start showing interest in facing him. Read the rest of this entry »

title Mayweather in a tough situation

floyd688By Mohamed Horomtallah: I feel a great deal of sympathy for Floyd Mayweather. I really do. His current situation reminds me of that of a fugitive trapped inside a house with no way of escaping.

Manny Pacquiao is knocking on the door, Amir Khan is trying force the window and Canelo Alvarez is blocking the escape route. This is a stressful situation for Mayweather and I believe his best move is to go into protective custody and disappear through the witness protection program. Read the rest of this entry »

title Superman: Not-So-Hotsky

By Joe Masterleo: Dimitry Sukhotsky (22-2) took on WBC light heavyweight champion Adonis “Superman” Stevenson (24-1) Friday night at the Pepsi Coliseum in Quebec City, Canada. And by the fifth round the obscure and overmatched Russian likely wished he hadn’t. Prior to the bout with Stevenson, Sukhotsky had won four consecutive fights, all against lowly regarded opposition. It was the fourth so-called “title defense” (cake walk) for Stevenson, who tagged his lanky opponent with powerful counter left hands throughout, knocking him down four times in round five, the last time for good. Read the rest of this entry »

title Stevenson obliterates Sukhotsky; Dirrell defeats Edwards

fight night-0013(Photo credit: Amanda Kwok/SHOWTIME) By Jim Dower: WBC light heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson (25-1, 21 KOs) had an easy time stopping an over-matched Dmitry Sukhotsky (22-3, 16 Kos) in the 5th round in an optional title defense at the Colisee de Quebec, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. Stevenson dropped Sukhotsky four times in the fight. There of the knockdowns came in the 5th round by left hands from Stevenson.

After the fight Stevenson said “He [Sergey Kovalev] has com come to me. I’m the Ring champion, so he has to come to me.”

Sukhotsky did zero to make a fight of it, as he fought defensively from start to finish. Rarely did Sukhotsky attempt to throw any punches in the fight. Read the rest of this entry »

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