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 »
By Scott Gilfoid: Tony Bellew (21-2-1, 13 KO’s) expects to put former WBO light heavyweight champion Nathan Cleverly (27-1, 13 KO’s) out of his misery when/if they face each other in October or November of this year. Bellew believes that with his new power at cruiserweight, he’ll send Cleverly off into a permanent retirement by giving him a furious beating that he won’t soon forget. But before Bellew and Cleverly can face each other again, they have to win their next fights against the guys that their promoter Eddie Hearn dug up for them.
Bellew will be fighting Julio Cesar Dos Santos (26-2. 23 KO’s) on July 12th at the Echo Arena in Liverpool, UK, while Cleverly faces Alejandro Emilio Valori (15-4, 11 KO’s) on the same card. Bellew and Cleverly should be able to win these fights in order to meet up later on this year, but nothing is a given with either of them due to them both having been knocked out. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Well, I guess you can scratch Amir Khan’s name off the list as a potential candidate for Manny Pacquiao’s next fight in November, because Pac’s trainer Freddie Roach says he doesn’t want to put the boxing fans through the ordeal of having to watch Khan holding 24/7 in a Pacquiao-Khan fight.
Roach, who previously trained Khan in the past, likes his hand speed and his combination punching. But he thinks that Khan’s new style of fighting in which he’s constantly holding his opponents would be off putting for the fans if they were dump their good clean cash on a Pacquiao vs. Khan fight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Yannis Mihanos: In boxing the fighter who’s the strongest in the rankings calls the shots. That gives him the opportunity to make the right choices but also the wrong ones. The right choices for a fighter will be to make no exceptions and no selections, and just fight who is the best out there available. A champion must fight another champion. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: #5 WBA Daniel Jacobs (27-1, 24 KO’s) will be facing #2 WBA Jarrod Fletcher (18-1, 10 KO’s) on August 9th in a very winnable fight for the 27-year-old Jacobs at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. Jacobs had been talked about fighting WBO middleweight champion Pete Quillin for his title, but instead Jacobs will have the much easier task of fighting the 30-year-old Australian Fletcher for the WBA title.
If Jacobs can’t beat Fletcher for the title then it’s going to be tough for Jacobs to ever capture a world title belt, because this is perhaps the best chance he’s ever going to get to win a world title. Read the rest of this entry »