By Anthony Mason: I find it very confusing when people compare the Klitschkos to the all-time great heavyweights. The Klitschkos are definitely good boxers, but they have not done anything to stand out and be considered in the league of a Dempsey, Wills, or Tunney, let alone a Joe Louis or Muhammad Ali. No amount of title defenses will hide the fact that the Klitschkos have never beaten an elite heavyweight boxer in their entire careers. To claim that they are historically underrated is a terrible farce.
Simply reciting statistics such as the Klitschkos win-loss record, number of defenses, or KO ratios demonstrates an inability to use logical thinking and an inability to put these misleading statistics into context. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo credit: Esther Lin/Showtime) By Jim Dower: In an dull fight, WBC lightweight champion Omar Figueroa (23-0-1, 17 KO’s) retained his WBC title with a 12 round split decision win over a spoiling challenger Jerry Belmontes (19-4, 5 KO’s) on Saturday night at the Stubhub Center in Carson, California. The final judges scores were 118-110 and 116-112 for Figueroa, and 115-113 for Belmontes.
Belmontes would have won the fight had he let his hands go, but after the 6th round, Belmontes started moving constantly and keeping on the outside in a prolonged keep away. It’s hard to understand what Belmontes was thinking about because he could have won this fight had he kept mixing it up with Figueroa, as he was landing the cleaner shots. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: IBF/IBO/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (62-3, 52 KO’s) did a great job tonight in defeating challenger Alex Leapai (30-5-3, 24 KO’s) by a 5th round stoppage at the Koenig Pilsener Arena, Oberhausen, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany.
The win over the outclassed Leapai has Wladimir now set to defend against his IBF mandatory challenger Kubrat Pulev for later on this year. However, Wladimir has his eyes set on trying to get a fight against the winner of the May 10th fight between Bermane Stiverne and Chris Arreola for the WBC heavyweight title. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Heavyweight contender Tyson Fury saw IBF/IBO/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (62-3, 52 KO’s) destroy challenger Alex Leapai (30-5-3, 24 KO’s) in 5 rounds tonight at the Koenig Pilsener Arena, Oberhausen, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany, and Fury says he was bored in watching the fight. Fury feels that he would have knocked Leapai out much faster than Wladimir did by throwing uppercuts rather than throwing just jabs the way that Wladimir did tonight. Fury also thinks he would set a really fast pace, if given a chance to fight the 6’6″ Wladimir, and he’d wear Wladimir out.
“Why not have a real fight, and why not fight Tyson Fury,” Fury said to Euro Sport. “Let’s get it on. I want you. Have a fight with a real man. I’ll set a fast pace. Wladimir does the same thing every fight – jab, jab, jab. I would have got that guy out much quicker with an uppercut. I would have made Wladimir fight at a much faster pace than he’s used to. There’s never been anyone like me and there probably never will be. 10 Wladimir’s wouldn’t put the fear in me.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: In one of IBF/IBO/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko’s easiest title defenses of his career, he stopped a badly over-matched Australian heavyweight Alex Leapai (30-5-3, 24 KO’s) in the 5th round on Saturday night in a three knockdown performance at the Koenig Pilsener Arena, Oberhausen, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany. The 6’6″ Wladimir was barely touched in the fight by the much shorter and slower 6’0″ Leapai.
In the 5th, Wladimir knocked Leapai down twice with left-right combinations to the head. Leapai showed a lot of heart in getting back up from the first knockdown in the round, because he was badly hurt from that shot. I don’t know of too many heavyweights who would have gotten up from that. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: #11 WBC heavyweight contender Lucas “Big Daddy” Browne (20-0, 18 KO’s) bludgeoned Eric Martel Bahoeli (10-4, 7 KO’s) into submission in five rounds on Saturday night to win the vacant Commonwealth and WBC Eurasian Pacific Boxing Council heavyweight titles at the Ponds Forge Arena, Sheffield, Yorkshire, United Kingdom.
Browne showed huge, huge power in the fight, but he looked very slow and his work rate wasn’t as good as you’d like to see. Browne’s power was amazing though. You’ve got to give Bahoeli a lot of credit for being able to take the shots he was hit with.
Browne knocked Bahoeli to the canvas with a short right hand to the head in the 5th round to get the stoppage. Referee Richard James Davies then stepped in and halted the fight at 1:26 of the round. Browne knocked Bahoeli down once in the 2nd, 4th and 5th times. In the 3rd, Browne suffered a bad cut over his left eye from a clash of heads. The cut was a really bad one and it was pretty clear that Browne was racing against time after the cut occurred. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jay McIntyre: Writer’s Note: This is an adjusted analysis. Visit this page for the full analysis: http://a-neutral-corner.blogspot.ca/2014/04/my-two-cents-mayweather-vs-maidana.html
It was a fight that took a while to announce, but in late February Floyd “Money” Mayweather (45-0, 26 KO’s) finally declared that on May 3rd he would be fighting Marcos “El Chino” Maidana (34-3. 31 KO’s). There is often a great deal of hype surrounding the mere mention of Mayweather’s next opponent because for 45 fights, he has remained undefeated. The fans wonder: could this one be the one blemish the “0” that he has touted for so long? Boxing math would indicate that Maidana doesn’t stand much of a chance and shouldn’t even be fighting Mayweather. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chester Rivers: In my opinion, Floyd Mayweather Jr. is an arrogant fighter. He has a knack for rubbing people, especially boxing fans, the wrong way. His over-the top bravado and frivolous spending oozes the immaturity of the entitled athlete. This shouldn’t have anything to do with his legacy in boxing, but many fans allow their personal disdain for the man to cloud their rational view of his brilliance in the ring as an all time great.
Floyd isn’t the first great to be viewed as arrogant by some boxing fans. Besides being considered the best ever, Sugar Ray Robinson is also viewed by many as the most conceited as well. Robinson is said to be the originator of the huge entourage. In a documentary of his life produced by HBO 20th Century Sports, Robinson was a genius inside the ring and a jerk outside the ring. Family and friends were interviewed as they reminisced how he [Robinson] would spend huge sums of money on frivolous items, disrespect his wife and strong arm promoters. Robinson once sat in his dressing room before a fight and refuse to come out until the promoter raised his purse for the fight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Sky Sports boxing analyst Glenn McCrory believes that IBF/IBO/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (61-3, 51 KO’s) is down to his last two years of him being at the top of the heavyweight division. McCrory expects other heavyweights to take over the sport by 2016, one of them being British heavyweight Anthony Joshua. McCrory is very high on the lumbering 6’6″ Joshua, who won a gold medal in the 2012 London Olympics, and thinks that Joshua will take over the division.
“In the next two years there will be a new chapter in the heavyweight division,” McCrory said to Sky Sports. “It’s only a matter of time befor eour own Anthony Joshua comes in to take over the heavyweight division himself, which I’m sure he will. He’s the best prospect I’ve seen in heavyweight boxing since Lennox Lewis and is looking formidable in every department.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: 6’6″ undefeated heavyweight prospect Hughie Fury (13-0, 8 KO’s) will be in the ring next month against 28-year-old Danny Hughes (12-2-2, 3 KO’s) in a scheduled 8 round fight at the Ponds Forge Arena, Sheffield, Yorkshire, United Kingdom. Hughie’s trainer/father Peter Fury sees this as a step up for him, although it’s hard to say that it’s much of a step up given that Danny has never beaten anyone good before during his career.
To me, it looks more like a sideways move from Hughie’s last opponent journeyman Matthew Greer (16-12, 13 KO’s) than any kind of a step up at all.
“It’s a good step up for Hughie and it’s a good fight,” Peter said. “Danny’s coming to win, he’s a big lad, he’s 6’5” tall and 17-and-a-half to 18 stone, a genuine heavyweight who has been training hard for this fight.” Read the rest of this entry »