By Dan Ambrose: Former WBA/WBC junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (43-1-1, 31 KO’s) was able to get a victory last month in halting the hand-picked Alfredo Angulo (22-4, 18 KO’s) by a 10th round in a fight that did little to erase the memory of Canelo’s one-sided loss to Floyd Mayweather Jr. last year in September. The reason why the defeat didn’t do anything to make boxing fans forget about how lost Canelo looked against Mayweather was because of how poor Angulo looked.
It’s going to take someone a lot better than Angulo for fans to start believing in the flat-footed Canelo, and it’s unlikely that Golden Boy Promotions are going to risk putting him in with someone that is actually good like Erislandy Lara. Canelo, #2 WBA, #2 WBC, #12 IBF, already closed the door on a fight against Lara by telling him that he has to wait his turn. In other words, Lara isn’t going to get a chance to clown Canelo the way that Mayweather did. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: The ring rusty 5’5” Carlos Molina (17-1-1, 7 KO’s) isn’t bothered that he’s perceived to be the underdog against Adrien Broner (27-1, 22 KO’s) next month in their fight on May 3rd, as Molina says he’s motivated by being seen the guy who will be losing when they meet up at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. Molina has been resting for the past year since his loss to Amir Khan in December of 2012.
Molina was stopped in the 10th round in that fight, and he’s been waiting for an important fight since that time. What’s surprising is that Golden Boy Promotions picked him out for such a big fight after all that time out of the ring. Normally you don’t see that kind of thing, but it kind of gives you a good indication of how far Broner has slipped for him to be facing a guy coming off of a year and half long layoff. Read the rest of this entry »
By Gerardo Granados: Mexico is a country with a huge boxing tradition, a nation in love with brave fighters and one that harbors a breed of the best boxing fans for their support but also one fan base that can be very demanding to their co-nationals. Most of the Mexican fighters will be known for their heart and macho attitude in and outside the ring. And, yes, most of them are brawlers and many lack great footwork and can’t be considered as slick boxing technicians but for sure they are some of the bravest and meanest sons of boxing.
There are no exceptions to the rule of the Mexican fighters fan friendly boxing style but there is a group who have excelled as prize fighters; the ones who can risk it all but also are really skilled. Read the rest of this entry »
By DC: This is the first time I have written an article on Boxing News but have been on the website and read almost every article for some time now. A lot of topics are covered pretty frequently but one topic I believe has gone over looked or has been loosely talked about in other articles is weight class unification. A topic usually overlooked by the conversation of why or why not Floyd Mayweather should or should not fight Manny Pacquiao and who needs who. What defines and Elite fighter today? Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: WBO welterweight champion Tim Bradley (31-0, 12 KO’s) already knows what challenger Manny Pacquiao (55-5-2, 38 KO’s) will be attempting to do in their rematch on April 12th by pushing the fight to him, and attempting to put on nonstop pressure for 12 rounds. Bradley sees this as a strategy that will end up failing for the 35-year-old Pacquiao because he already knows how to defeat that tired old plan.
“Everybody knows what Manny Pacquiao is going to do. He is going to bring the fight to me and I am just going to show everyone it is not going to work…I feel that Pacquiao is declining and this is my time.” Read the rest of this entry »
ByM. Malik: There is no doubt that WBA welterweight champion Marcos Maidana (35-3, 31 KO’s) is probably the most deserving of the fight against Floyd Mayweather Jr. I(45-0, 26 KO’s) at the moment. Certainly more than Amir Khan, even though styles make fights, and I think Khan would give Floyd more problems. But Maidana did it the hard way and earned his shot against Mayweather Jr.
Let’s look at Maidana’s last few opponents since his loss to Devon Alexander. He fought Jesus Soto Karass, Martin Martinez, Josesito Lopez, and Adrien Broner. He won all bouts via TKO or KO except for his fight against Adrien Broner. We all know what happened in that fight. Broner was knocked down twice, and the referee came very close to stopping the fight in the second round. Read the rest of this entry »
By Steve Davis: IBF light heavyweight champion Bernard Hopkins (54-6-2, 32 KO’s) will be looking to capture Beibut Shumenov’s IBA and WBA light heavyweight titles in their unification bout on April 19th in their fight at the Armory, Washington, DC. Hopkins will be turning 50 on January 15th in 2015.
Hopkins not only wants IBA and WBA belts, but wants to capture the WBC and WBO light heavyweight titles before he retires. If he wins on April 19th, two fighters stand in his way and they are WBC champion Adonis Stevenson and WBO champion Sergey Kovalev. Read the rest of this entry »
By Smith Dan: As a relatively avid boxing fan from Britain, there is very little I enjoy more than seeing a fellow Brit in possession of a World title. My first real boxing hero was Joe Calzaghe, a blisteringly quick, charismatic character with an exciting style that always brought me to the edge of my seat. Watching Joe deliver flurry upon flurry of punches (I disagree with the criticism that they were ‘slaps’, but you’re entitled to your opinion) was exhilarating, and served as the proverbial fishing rod that hooked me in.
Calzaghe helps to lead me to the man who is the topic of this article; as he almost built his publicity off of the back of claiming Joe had ‘ducked’ a fight with him. WBA super middleweight champion Carl Froch, before his controversial fight with George Groves and his arrogance that followed, was one of the most popular British boxers around, and with the WBA and IBF super-middleweight titles around his waist, it was very tough to be a critic. Read the rest of this entry »
By Daven: We all know how talent stacked the 147 lb division currently is. In fact one could argue that the welterweight division has been the premier division in boxing throughout the last seventy years. Sugar Ray Robinson and Henry Armstrong are widely regarded as the two greatest boxers of all time and are renowned for their dominance at welterweight. These men went on to capture world titles at multiple weight class hence establishing a precedent for the great boxers that followed them.
Likewise Roberto Duran and Sugar Ray Leonard went on to accomplish similar things in the 1980s. Again these two individuals are considered as top 10 P4P fighters. All in all the welterweight division has been exciting for those who appreciate boxing history. This article will outline 5 fights that will consolidate the 147lb division as the best around. Read the rest of this entry »
By Yannis Mihanos: For the last 5 years there is a debate going on about why Floyd Mayweather Jr , the number 1 pound for pound in boxing, and Manny Pacquiao aren’t facing each other in the ring. Pacquiao, the eight division world champion, says he wants the fight, but Mayweather is constantly setting up new conditions that Pacquiao needs to meet before the two of them can face each other.
Who really needs who between Mayweather and Pacquiao? That’s a tough question to ask. Mayweather, 37, claims he needs no one to prove that he is the best, and that his record speak for themselves. As such, he prefers to focus on his present opponent Marcos Maidana rather than looking ahead to a potential mega-fight against Pacquiao. Read the rest of this entry »