By Raj Parmar: As the Floyd Mayweather vs Marcos Maidana rematch draws closer, both fighters are constantly throwing accusations at each other about being a dirty fighter. The drama started at the post fight press conference after the first fight, when Floyd ripped into the Maidana camp for using illegal tactics throughout the match.
There is no doubt that Maidana was very rough and dirty in the first fight as he hit Floyd with many low blows, shoved him through the ropes, elbowed him, headbutted him and even came close to hitting him with a knee to the head. Maidana’s trainer Robert Garcia was even heard in the corner instructing Maidana to use whatever roughhouse tactics were necessary in order to hurt Floyd. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: If IBF welterweight champion Kell Brook (33-0, 22 KOs) is still a belt holder by late 2015, his promoter Eddie Hearn thinks a fight between him and WBA/WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr (46-0, 26 KOs) is a possible fight that can be made between the two fighters.
That, of course, will hinge on Brook defeating his December 6th opponent and then beating former IBF/WBA 140 pound champion Amir Khan in their proposed mega fight at Wembley Stadium in London, UK. If all those cards fall perfectly on the table, we could see a Brook-Mayweather fight. I mean, it’s possible, yeah, but not all that likely. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jim Dower: WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao (56-5-2, 28 KOs) and challenger Chris Algieri (20-0, 8 KOs) will start their long media tour this coming Monday, August 25th at the The Venetian Macao. They then plan on taking their media tour to Shanghai, San Francisco, California, Las Vegas, Nevada, Los Angeles and New York.
All total, they’ll be visiting 6 cities during the tour to help attract interest in their November 22nd fight in Macao, China. The fight will be televised on HBO pay-per-view in the United States. It’s unclear how much the 6-city tour is costing Top Rank, but you’ve got to assume it’s going to be costly. Read the rest of this entry »
By Gerardo Granados: Sooner than later, the so called big names might not find where to hide and could run out of excuses to not to fight the WBA – IBO Middleweight Champion of the World Gennady Golovkin (W30(27)-L0-D0). Next October 18th GGG will defend his championship against Marco Antonio Rubio (W59(51)-L6-D1) who is a quality middleweight contender that possesses the experience and hunger to compete against any belt holder. The Rubio vs Golovkin fight is no mismatch and you can bet it will be more competitive than the Manny Pacquiao vs Chris Algieri illusion.
It is a shame that Erik Morales doesn’t hold a belt at the middleweight division. Do the reader recalls who gave Danny Garcia his first shot at the title? After come back from an unofficial retirement, Terrible won a couple of fights and then challenged a young lion named Lucas Matthysse but the bout was cancelled due Lucas viral illness one week prior to their fight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Former two division world champion Ricky Burns (31-4-1, 11 KOs) will be moving up to the light welterweight division for his next fight on October 4th in Leeds against an opponent still to be determined.
Burns, 31, has lost his last two fights in defeats against Dejan Zlaticanin and Terence Crawford this year. You’ve really got to call it a 3-fight losing streak for Burns, because he clearly lost to Raymundo Beltran last September in a fight that the judges scored a 12 round draw in their fight in Glasgow, Scotland. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (30-0, 27 KOs) will be facing WBC interim middleweight champion Marco Antonio Rubio (59-6-1, 51 KOs) on October 18th at the StubHub Center in Carson, California.
With Rubio’s WBC interim 160 pound title on the line for the fight in addition to Golovkin’s WBA title, we could in theory see a situation where Golovin could become Cotto’s WBC mandatory if he beats Rubio. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: This Friday, Austin Trout (26-2, 14 KOs) is going to be trying to resurrect his sinking career against Daniel Dawson (40-3-1, 26 KOs) in a fight televised by ESPN at the Pechanga Resort & Casino in Temecula, California.
Trout lost his last two fights so he needs a win here if he wants to work his way back to title contention. He’s ranked #7 WBA, and he could eventually get another title shot against WBA champion Erislandy Lara if he can put together 4-6 good wins. Lara isn’t going to give him another shot unless he’s the mandatory, and Canelo Alvarez isn’t interested in fighitng Trout again.
Trout is doing the right thing by taking on a contender in #15 WBA Dawson, because he’ll get moved up the rankings a lot faster than if he were to faced C level fighters like some fighters do to climb the rankings. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Matchroom Sport promoter Eddie Hearn doesn’t think his fighter Kell Brook (33-0, 22 KOs) was holding Shawn Porter (24-1-1, 15 Kos) a lot in their fight last Saturday night at the StubHub Center in Carson, California.
Hearn says what Brook was doing was he was tying Porter up rather than holding him, and he sees that as being different from regular holding. They both look the same, but Hearn is giving them different names.
“There’s a difference between holding and tying someone up,” Hearn said to IFL TV. “Andre Ward does it really well. If you watch the Froch-Ward fight, he tied Froch up brilliantly. That’s what Kell did. It was a case where when we get close I’m going to lock you down, and you’re not going to be able to do your work. He [Brook] got told once in the fight to stop holding.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Former world title Mike Jones (26-1, 19 KOs) will be fighting this Saturday night against Jaime Herrera (11-2, 6 KOs) in a scheduled 10 round bout at the Bally’s Event Center in Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA.
It’s been 2 years since the 31-year-old Jones last fought. He was stopped in the 11th round by the hard hitting Randall Bailey in June of 2012. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: Marcos Maidana (35-4, 31 KOs) made a number of critical mistakes in his last fight against Floyd Mayweather Jr (46-0, 26 KOs) last May in losing to him by a 12 round majority decision in Las Vegas, Nevada. One of the mistakes Maidana made was coming into the fight too heavy in weighing 165 against the lighter and more agile 150 pound Mayweather.
Maidana’s extra size hurt him when he gassed after 6 rounds. Maidana’s wasn’t up to par, and it cost him big time. He also hurt himself by throwing too many head shots in the fight. Many of the shots that Maidana threw to the head of Mayweather missed wide of the mark, and it was a waste of energy for Maidana to have thrown so many punches that had little chance of landing. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Unbeaten heavyweight prospect Anthony Joshua (7-0, 7 KOs) lucked out with IBF/IBO/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (62-3, 52 KOs) giving him the opportunity to spar with him for 10 days to help get ready for his fight next month on September 6th against challenger Kubrat Pulev (20-0, 11 KOs) at the O2 World Arena in Hamburg, Germany.
Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn is pretty excited about Joshua getting the opportunity to work with Wladimir and possibly pick up some training tips while in his camp. Hearn believes Joshua will be better for the work he puts in with Wladimir. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: The WBC has ordered a purse bid on September 12th for a fight between WBC light welterweight champion Danny Garcia (29-0, 17 KOs) and his #1 WBC mandatory challenger Viktor Postol, according to RingTV.
Garcia and Postol are in the free negotiations period where they’re management can put together the fight without it going to purse bids. With Garcia, it’s unknown whether he’ll stay at 147 to defend his title against someone as difficult to fight as the 5’11” Postol. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golvkin will be defending his title against Marco Antonio Rubio on 10/18 in a fight televised by HBO from the StubHub Center in Carson, California. Golovkin’s promoter Tom Loeffler of K2 Promotions wanted to get a big name like Miguel Cotto, Saul “Canelo” Alvarez or Julio Cesar Chavez Jr, but none of those fighters were options for the fight.
For Golovkin and K2, this is as good as it gets in terms of available opponents. Rubio fits their criteria for what they’re looking for given that the fights taking place in Southern California and K2 is looking to create new fans for Golovkin. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo credit: Esther Lin/Showtime) By Scott Gilfoid: Promoter Eddie Hearn says that his fighter IBF welterweight champion Kell Brook (33-0, 22 KOs) will be fighting on December 6th in Sheffield.
Hearn picked the same date that Amir Khan plans on fighting in the United States, because Hearn wants to start building for an April or May mega-fight between Khan and Brook.
As far as who Brook will be fighting next in his voluntary defense on December 6th, Hearn says he’s interested in guys like Brandon Rios, Josesito Lopez, Andre Berto and Robert Guerrero. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo credit: Esther Lin/Showtime) By Scott Gilfoid: Last Saturday’s Showtime card head-lined by Kell Brook vs. IBF welterweight champion Shawn Porter brought in less than spectacular ratings for Showtime, according to Dan Rafael of ESPN.
Porter’s numbers are down from his previous fight against Paulie Malignaggi from last April. We’re talking a big drop off in numbers. The Porter-Malignaggi fight brought in 897,000 viewers on Showtime compared to the 661,000 for the Porter-Brook fight. What was especially sad about the Brook vs. Porter ratings is that the Danny Garcia vs. Rod Salka fight did far better in averaging 808,000 viewers on Showtime. That was a terrible fight too. Read the rest of this entry »