By Dan Ambrose: One of the goals that WBC junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (41-0-1, 30 KO’s) has set for himself is to become a better fighter than boxing great Julio Cesar Chavez Sr. (107-6-2, 86 KO’s) was. It’s going to be hard to do because Alvarez has some basic problems that could get in his way. He’s not as fast on his feet as Chavez Sr. was in his prime, as he’s much more of a heavy-bodied fighter without the head movement and crushing power.
Chavez Sr. was a huge puncher at super featherweight to welterweight, whereas Alvarez is someone that has to take his opponents out by an accumulation of punches over many rounds. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jason Kim: Unbeaten cruiserweight Lateef Kayode (18-0, 14 KO’s) has decided to move up to the heavyweight division and give that division a try starting in 2013. Kayode, 29, is expected to fight for the first time at this new weight in February.
It looks like Kayode may have seen how other cruiserweights like Johnathon Banks, Antonio Tarver, Tomasz Adamek, Jean Marc Mormeck and Steve Cunningham have been able to move up to heavyweight and find a certain amount of success and make bigger money. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: You can see that Top Rank promoter Bob Arum is really pushing hard to make a star out of WBO super bantamweight champion. He’s matching him very carefully, not putting him in with dangerous guys, and focusing a lot on matching him against better known super bantamweights but without the talent to give Donaire problems.
With Arum’s #1 fighter Manny Pacquiao showing signs that he may not have much more time left before his career is finished, Arum is going to need a replacement to take over as a pay per view money maker. Top Rank fighters Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. and Brandon Rios don’t appear to be the answer, although you can expect Arum to push hard to make both of them big stars in the near future. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Former three division world champion Shane Mosley believes that WBC junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (41-0-1, 30 KO’s) can someday be as good as Floyd Mayweather Jr, Manny Pacquiao, Oscar De La Hoya and Miguel Cotto. Mosley was beaten by Alvarez earlier this year by a lopsided 12 round unanimous decision in May, so it’s understandable why he’d be such a big supporter of the 22-year-old Alvarez.
Mosley said to ESPN, “I’ve fought Floyd Mayweather, Manny Pacquiao, Oscar De La Hoya, Miguel Cotto, and Canelo has the potential to be as good as anyone I’ve faced. He is definitely in the mix of talented fighters who are going to carry the sport for the next decade.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: WBC lightweight champion Adrien Broner (25-0, 21 KO’s) is disappointed but not surprised that WBO lightweight champion Ricky Burns (35-2, 10 KO’s) chose not to fight him on February 16th, as Broner thinks that Burns is just looking to make money from the sport and not fight the best guys.
Broner said to Fighthype.com “He don’t want to fight me…He’s trying to milk the game. He knows after he fights me, he’s not going to be s***.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Unbeaten junior middleweight prospect Keith Thurman (19-0, 18 KO’s) has been selected by RingTV.com as the prospect of the year for 2012 for his wins over Carlos Quintana, Orlando Lora, Brandon Hoskins and Christopher Fernandez. Thurman, 24, has looked good as of late, knocking out his last eight opponents dating back to November 2009. His knockout of Quintana was especially impressive, as he took him out in only four rounds.
The one drawback to Thurman’s game is his lack of skills. He seems to load up on everything he throws, and doesn’t seem to show a lot of other things you’d like to see in a fighter like a good jab, speed, varying his power, moving his head, blocking punching. When Thurman eventually faces someone that can handle his power, he’s going to have problems, especially if his opponent also has good power. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: It really pains me to say this but I think Eddie Hearn and his Matchroom Sport stable of fighters are going to be tasting some major losses in 2013, at least the ones that actually count. Hearn has got a number of fighters but not too many what you would call stars.
The stable consists of Darren Barker, Carl Froch, Kell Brook, Gavin Rees, Paul McClosley and some other guys that aren’t really on the radar screen.
Froch is going to lose to Mikkel Kessler, Andre Ward, and possibly Lucian Bute. I honestly can see Froch getting swept by this bunch in 2013, and having a dreadful year that may have Froch thinking of hanging up the old gloves. When he does lose those fights, it’s not going to be because he suddenly is a shot fighter or anything like that. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Golden Boy Promotions isn’t helping their young star WBC lightweight champion Adrien Broner (25-0, 21 KO’s) by setting him up with sick mismatches like his scheduled February 16th mismatch against Britain’s Gavin Rees (37-1-1, 18 KO’s) at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Fights like this aren’t helping Broner become a bigger star nor is putting him with reluctant fighters like Ricky Burns, who the American boxing public has never heard aside from the hardcore fans.
Broner is going to destroy Rees within few rounds and the fans will get nothing from this fight. Broner needs to move up to 140 where he can at least find some halfway decent talent to compete with. The lightweight division is devoid of any real talent, and it’s a waste of Broner’s career for him to be chasing down fights against guys that don’t want to fight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Manny Pacquiao and his promoter really want the rematch with Juan Manuel Marquez next year despite the dangers that a fight of that nature would present to the recently knocked out Pacquiao. Marquez is all for the rematch as long as his wife agrees to it and he gets a lot more money than he did last time.
I think this fight will be a great occasion for Marquez to end his incredible boxing with another knockout of Pacquiao. That would be the equivalent of baseball great Ted Williams hitting a homerun in his final at bat in his career. At the same time, I think a knockout loss for Pacquiao would be a good opportunity for him to retire from the sport as well. Read the rest of this entry »
The time is almost at hand. The veterans are winding down the grays are beginning to show. Let the torch passing ceremony begin. We have been dazzled for years by the likes of Floyd Mayweather Jr., Manny Pacquiao, Sugar Shane Mosley, Bernard Hopkins, Juan Manuel Marquez, Miguel Cotto & Sergio Martinez, just to name a few. We have watched them from their early days and we knew they had what it took to be at the pinnacle of the sport. Each of these men has had his day in the sun. Some are still enjoying unrivaled success in the ring at such a late stage in their careers.
They have dazzled the crowds and held up the sport while the world turned its attention elsewhere. Often fighting in the shadows awaiting the time for boxing to illuminate the sporting landscape once again. Now in the twilight of their careers due in no small part to their persistent unyielding desire to see the sport they have dedicated their lives to rise back to the top shelf of entertainment, boxing is experiencing a renaissance. Read the rest of this entry »