By G. Cooper: Carl “The Jackal” Frampton fights Kiko Martinez for the second time this weekend, seven days before Mayweather-Maidana II, and a week after the UFC’s Dillashaw-Barao II, so it seems fair to call the cusp of football 2014 the season of the rematch.
Or seemed fair, until Renan Barao passed out while trying to make weight, and was hospitalized. His withdrawal, following the July withdrawal of Dereck “Dellboy” Chisora from Fury-Chisora II after fracturing his hand in his final sparring session, has the season of the rematch feeling more like the season of the cancellation. At least Fury-Chisora II is rescheduled for November 22. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo Credit: Stephanie Trapp / SHOWTIME) By Scott Gilfoid: Adrien “The Problem” Broner (28-1, 22 KOs) will be looking to add another scalp to his resume this Saturday night against former Chris Algieri victim Emmanuel Taylor (18-2, 12 KOs) in a fight televised by Showtime from the U.S Bank Arena in Cincinnati, Ohio.
After three straight un-Broner-like performances, Broner is ready to show his old talent by scoring a knockout against the 23-year-old Taylor in front of his loyal fans in Cincinnati.
Broner needs an impressive knockout right now to show boxing fans he’s for real, and to win back a lot of the fans that jumped ship after he got beat by Argentinian Marcos Maidana eight months ago in December. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: 8 WBC super middleweight talent Andre Dirrell (22-1, 15 KOs) is being talked about fighting on the undercard of the October 8th card headlined by IBF middleweight champion Sam Soliman vs. Jermain Taylor in Biloxi, Mississippi, according to Dan Rafael of ESPN.
The card will be televised by ESPN, so boxing fans will get a chance to see Dirrell fight without needing to subscribe to one of the expensive premium cable channels. Read the rest of this entry »
Fans I wanted to share with you all that my return to the ring will be in early 2015!!. Thank you for the amazing support. #WarCotto
— Miguel A. Cotto (@RealMiguelCotto) September 3, 2014
By Dan Ambrose: WBC middleweight champion Miguel Cotto (39-4, 32 KOs) announced today that his next fight will be in early 2015 rather than on December 13th. This means that Cotto will likely be taking a soft opponent in January in order to get ready for his catch-weight title defense against Saul “Canelo” Alvarez on Cinco de Mayo. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo credit: Idris Erba/Mayweather Promotions) By Raj Parmar: Floyd Mayweather (46-0, 26 KO’s) took some time during his open media workout to acknowledge the recent pictures and videos that show him training with strength and conditioning coach Alex Ariza. It was strange to see Ariza pictured with Floyd as Ariza had trained Mayweather’s upcoming opponent Marcos Maidana (35-4, 31 KO’s) for their first fight a few months ago.
“Alex came and watched me train a couple times, I think he came to see is it really true that I work that hard,” Floyd said to fighthype.com, “Ariza was just showing me different stretches that I can use that’s going to help, he’s not 100% with our camp.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Robert “Big Moe” Elmore: Before I get started, I want to point out that I’m a big Andre Ward fan as my main focus will be on him. I enjoy watching him fight. I’m not that big of fan of Gennady Golovkin (GGG), but I highly respect him in what he’s trying to accomplish. But there are few misconceptions about Golovkin being offered big fights.
I’m not here to talk about fighters resumes, but rather who has offered what. There is a difference between saying “I want to fight” someone and actually placing a deal on the table. The former has happened, but the latter has not. Indeed, Carl Froch and his promoter, Eddie Hearn had expressed a fight with GGG, but no formal contract was offered. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo credit: Idris Erba/Mayweather Promotions) By Chris Williams: Mayweather Promotions CEO Leonard Ellerbe sees the September 13th fight between Floyd Mayweather Jr (46-0, 26 KOs) and Marcos Maidana (35-4, 31 KOs) as a fight where anything can happen due to the tremendous skills that these two fighters bring to the table in their fight at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Ellerbe feels that Maidana’s huge punching power will keep him in the fight until the last second of action because he’ll always have the chance of scoring a stoppage, even if he’s trailing badly 11 rounds none. But at the same time Ellberbe recognizes the talent that Mayweather has in this fight with him being boxing’s most talented fighter bar none, and that incredible power is going to give Maidana problems this time because Mayweather is playing for keeps. He’s not going to take it easy on Maidana this time and give him a handicap again like in their first fight last May. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: In a card that some boxing fans are calling an old timer’s card, 40-year-old former two division world champion Ricardo Mayorga (29-8-1, 23 KOs) will be in action against an opponent still to be determined in an 8 round bout on September 27th in light middleweight action at the OKC Downtown Airpark, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA.
Mayorga hasn’t seen action in three years since being stopped in the 12th round by Miguel Cotto in March of 2011. Mayorga surprisingly gave Cotto a lot of problems in that fight, forcing him to box instead of slugging with him. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: It’s looking like the negotiations between WBC heavyweight champion Bermane Stiverne (24-1-1, 21 KOs) and his #1 WBC mandatory challenger Deontay Wilder (32-0, 32 KOs) have reached a sticking point over the location for the fight. According to RDS, Stiverne’s promoter Camile Estephan wants the Wilder-Stiverne fight to take place in Montreal, Canada, but Deontay doesn’t want the fight to take place there.
If the two sides are unable to negotiate the fight, then it’ll go to purse bids on September 12th. From there it’ll be whoever has the deepest pockets to win the bid. Deontay is backed by the powerhouse promotional company Golden Boy. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: The 27,273 mile 6-city tour will end for WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao (56-5-2, 38 KOs) and Chris Algieri (20-0, 8 KOs) this Thursday at the New York Stock Exchange. The tour has taken them from a starting point in Macao, China to California and now it’s heading to New York.
The sad thing is instead of Pacquiao’s November 22nd fight against Algieri being talked about, boxing fans have mainly ignored that fight and focused on what if type match-up against Floyd Mayweather Jr. Read the rest of this entry »