By Scott Gilfoid: In the past past since the emergence of light heavyweight talents Adonis Stevenson and Sergey Kovalev there’s been a lot of talk from fans and sports writers about Andre Ward (27-0, 14 KO’s) needing to leave the super middleweight to move up to 175 to compete with those two fighters, as well as against the 48-year-old Bernard Hopkins.
Ward doesn’t feel he needs to right now, and he’s not going to let himself be pressured to move up in weight before his body has out-grown the 168 lb. division.
“I’m not going to let people, based on what they say, rush me to 75,” Ward said to Fight Hype. “I’m not a 175-pounder right now. When we go to 175, we’re going to be ready for 175.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: With Manny Pacquiao’s wife Jinkee expecting a delivery of a newborn around April, Pacquiao’s scheduled April 12th fight date may need to be pushed back to to May. His promoter Bob Arum was the one that came up with the April 12th fight date, which is a month in front of a much bigger fight date of May 3rd in which Floyd Mayweather Jr. is planning to fight on. But with Jinkee now about to have a baby, Pacquiao might need to move off the April 12th fight date unless Arum absolutely requires him to fight then.
By Scott Gilfoid: IBF/IBO/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (61-3, 51 KO’s) doesn’t understand unbeaten British heavyweight Tyson Fury (21-0, 15 KO’s) keeps mentioning his name and saying that he wants a fight with him. Wladimir says he’s been trying to get a fight against the 6’9″ Fury, but he keeps being old by his management that he’s not at the point where he can take the fight yet.
This makes you wonder whether Fury is just calling Wladimir out in a way to become popular on the cheap by name dropping. Unfortunately, name dropping is a way of boosting one’s popularity by mentioning yourself in the same class as a superior fighter. It creates the illusion with some fans with just a scant knowledge of the sport that the name dropper is in the same class as the more established fighter. Read the rest of this entry »
This is my Christmas card to the world… Happy Sleepy Holidays zzzzzzzzzzzz pic.twitter.com/ynxAJiJmyS
— Floyd Mayweather (@FloydMayweather) December 23, 2013
By Chris Williams: Floyd Mayweather Jr. sent a tweet out earlier today calling it his Christmas card to the world. What’s interesting about the card is how he shows himself offering a fight to Manny Pacquiao in which he makes a $40 million offer for a fight. Pacquiao then turns it down. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Peter Fury, the trainer and father of unbeaten British heavyweight prospect Hughie Fury (12-0, 7 KO’s), feels that the 6’6″ fighter is moving along nicely with the direction his still young career is going in. The 19-year-old Hughie fought 12 times in 2013, albeit against weak 3rd tier opposition for the most part.
Peter is trying to develop Hughie into a future world champion, and he wants to push him quickly with a lot of fights for him to learn from. Unlike heavyweights like Anthony Joshua, Hughie hasn’t had much of an amateur, so he’s getting on the job training if you will.
Peter said to Hennessy Sports “It’s worked exactly to plan giving him as many fights as possible in this space of time – it’s done him nothing but good. He’s now fighting clever, while before he felt like mixing it up and taking opponents out, he’s now pacing himself and he’s trying different things in there. Read the rest of this entry »
(Amir Khan pictured here after his fight with Marcos Maidana) By Rameez Haider: After hearing Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer talk about Amir Khan having a great chance against Floyd Mayweather Jr. and after reading people’s responses, it seemed only right that someone actually bring it back down to reality and explain how Schaefer is just simply wrong.
Many people have spoken about Khan having great speed and being a good mover in the ring etc but if you look back at any of Khan’s fights there are some fundamentals that need to be taken into account. Read the rest of this entry »
By D.A: Last week we saw Adrien “The problem” Broner suffer his first defeat in a lopsided 12 round unanimous decision to Marcos “El Chino” Maidana in San Antonio, Texas. Broner took a hellacious beating and suffered his first 2 career knockdowns.
From what I was seeing by many boxing fans, casual or hardcore at least 90% were saying Broner would outbox “Chino” with ease and Maidana was tailor made. I am one who rooted for Maidana and was proven right. Now we know Broner is not the future nor is he the next Floyd Mayweather Jr., and never was to be exact. But a few months ago we saw Danny “Swift” Garcia outclass Lucas “The Machine” Matthysse on the undercard of “The One”. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: EBU heavyweight champion Dereck Chisora (19-4, 13 KO’s) could find himself in position to get a title shot in 2015 of 2016 if he chooses to take part in a WBC heavyweight eliminator bout to try and get a title shot at the winner of the February 15th fight between Bermane Stiverne and Chris Arreola. Those two are fighting for the vacant WBC heavyweight title.
The WBC plans on having two separate eliminator bouts to line up a couple of mandatory challengers. Chisora, #6 WBC, could find himself facing someone like #5 WBC Mike Perez, if Chisora agrees to take part in the eliminator. If not, then I guess he’ll be waiting a long, long time for a title shot against the WBC champion because I honestly don’t think the Arreola-Stiverne winner will just give Chisora a title shot without him having worked himself into a mandatory position. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer isn’t ready to let the cat out of the bag as far as who Floyd Mayweather Jr’s next opponent will be on May 3rd, but he is willing to say that he thinks Amir Khan has a good chance of beating Mayweather due to his hand speed advantage over him.
Schaefer sees Khan as having faster hands, and he points to Mayweather’s fight against a young Zab Judah back in 2006 as case of Mayweather struggling with a fighter with quick hands and feet. Mayweather beat Judah by the scores 119-109, 116-112, 117-111. If this is the best that an opponent with fast hands could go against Mayweather then I think Schaefer is going to be in for a big letdown if the Khan-Mayweather fight takes place on May 3rd. Read the rest of this entry »
The holiday Inn Hotel in Birmingham decided to round off a year of chills and spills by showcasing the rising stars of Midlands boxing as well as some seasoned veterans. Fans braved the biting weather on Thursday the 19th December to watch these gladiators go to war.
The action kicked off with Light Heavyweight Jody Meikle clashing with new to the game Lennox Clarke who, despite his single victory as a professional took Miekle the distance in 4 rounds. Clarke matched Miekle’s bold style with pure boxing skill. Read the rest of this entry »