By Chris Williams: WBA/WBO super bantamweight champion Guillermo Rigondeaux (13-0, 8 KOs) is already looking past his opponent for this Saturday night against 37-year-old Sod Looknongyangtoy (63-2-1, 28 KOs) towards some much, much bigger fights in the near future.
Rigondeaux wants to get rid of Looknongyangtoy, and then look to fight unification matches against IBF champion Kiko Martinez and WBC champion Leo Santa Cruz in the near future before moving up in weight to featherweight where there are a number of big named fighters for him to face such as Nonito Donaire, Vasyl Lomachenko, Jhonny Gonzalez, Abner Mares, Evgeny Gradovich and Nicholas Walters. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: WBO junior middleweight champion Demetrius “Boo Boo” Andrade (21-0, 14 KO’s) saw Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (44-1-1, 31 KOs) struggle his way to a controversial 12 round split decision over Erislandy Lara last Saturday night in their fight at middleweight at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada, and Andrade is ready to give Canelo a beating in order to add his scalp to his growing resume.
Canelo is ranked at #2 by the WBO behind Andrade’s recent knockout victim Brian Rose. Andrade is more than willing to give Canelo a shot at his title if he’s up to the task. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo credit: Idris Erba/Mayweather Promotions) By Allan Fox: Challenger Marcos Maidana (35-4, 31 KOs) sees himself in a situation where he’s going to need a knockout to beat WBA/WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr (46-0, 26 KOs) in their rematch on September 13th.
Maidana doesn’t see himself being given a decision due to Mayweather having too good of defensive skills for him to beat him that way. Maidana obviously knows that Mayweather will be concentrating more on his defense for the rematch than he did the previous time they fought each other in May. Read the rest of this entry »
By Robert “Big Moe” Elmore: You might be wondering who Shawn Porter and Chris Algieri are. They are actual boxers. Moreover, these are those fighters that no one knows and really don’t give them a chance to win going into a major title fight. Porter upset Devon Alexander and took his IBF title as well.
Chris Algieri beat Ruslan Provodnikov in a WBO junior welterweight title bout. If one were to closely comb through our favorite fighters resume we would find more than a few Shawn and Chris’s on there. While many people dismiss these fighters, these are the most dangerous fighters one can face. Read the rest of this entry »
By Gav Duthie: Wladimir Klitschko has dominated the heavyweight division for almost a decade. Floyd Mayweather has dominated boxing ever since he scraped past Jose Luis Castillo. Both are very much in the twilight of their careers and have more fight earnings than you could spend in a lifetime.
In their next fights Wlad faces yet another mandatory challenger in Kubrat Pulev while Mayweather is covering old ground against Marcos Maidana. At 38 and 37 respectively I am waiting for those career defining fights that they both need to cement their legacies. For Wladimir up to now his biggest win would have to be David Haye, but I don’t see that as career defining. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Former IBF/WBA light welterweight champion Amir Khan (29-3, 19 KOs) has been out of the ring since last May when he fought Luis Collazo on the undercard of the Floyd Mayweather Jr vs. Marcos Maidana card.
While Mayweather and Maidana are already scheduled to face each other again on September 13th, Khan is sitting on the sidelines without a scheduled fight and with his future prospects for big fights looking uncertain. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Former IBF/WBA middleweight champion Daniel Geale (30-2, 16 KOs) has a nearly impossible task in front of him this month when he faces WBA/IBO middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (29-0, 26 KOs) on July 26th in a fight televised by HBO at Madison Square Garden in New York.
Next to no one is giving the 33-year-old Geale any chance in this fight because he’s arguably facing the best fighter in the middleweight division. Even guys like Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and Miguel Cotto have shown zero interest in wanting to get in the ring with Golovkin despite both of them weighing the same as him.
Golovkin is just someone that no one wants to tangle with right now due to his incredible punching power and excellent boxing skills. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo credit: Idris Erba/Mayweather Promotions) By Chris Williams: WBA/WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr (46-0, 26 KOs) means business this time when he faces Argentinian challenger Marcos Maidana (35-4, 31 KOs) on September 13th in their rematch.
Mayweather says he wants knock Maidana out to make sure he’s not still standing afterwards so that he can make a fuss by complaining and saying he should have won the fight. Mayweather wants to make sure that there is no doubt who the better man is on September 13th. If Maidana to complain to anyone in this fight, it’s going to be to the referee for stopping the fight. Mayweather wants to leave no questions after the fight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Gavin “Neds” O’Connor: It’s a done deal sighed sealed and delivered and this delivery will be as distasteful and unwelcome as a letterbox full of overdue bills and tax demands. I am indeed talking about the news that the WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao (56-5-2, 38 KOs) and WBO junior welterweight champion Chris Algieri (20-0, 8 KOs) are contracted to fight in Macau, China on November 22nd.
The deal was brokered by Top Ranks Bob Arum and Joe Deguardia from Star Boxing in what is sure to be a career high payday for the 30-year-old Algieri whose previous best purse was against former WBO light welterweight champion Ruslan Provodnikov in June 14 in a fight that Algieri won a shocking 12 round split decision win. $100k was the reported purse for the Provodnikov fight for Algieri. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo credit: Idris Erba/Mayweather Promotions) By Chris Williams: Floyd Mayweather Jr (46-0, 26 KOs) will be looking to cut his critics and haters down to size on September 13th when he defends his WBA and WBC welterweight titles against challenger Marcos Maidana (35-4, 31 KOs).
Mayweather feels that he’s in a situation where he won’t get any credit no matter how badly he whips Maidana in front of the entire world on Showtime pay-per-view, because fans will come in afterwards and discredit him or his opponent in some way rather than giving him his props for a job well done. But Mayweather is used to it because it’s been that way for so long now with fans saying this opponents were inferior or over the hill at the time he fought them. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo Wende) By Scott Gilfoid: It seems that former British and Commonwealth heavyweight champion David Price’s recent win over 39-year-old Ukrainian Yaroslav Zavortnyi was a costly victory, because Price suffered a tendon injury in his right hand that required him to have hand surgery.
The injured hand was operated on Tuesday by specialist Mike Hayton, and while the surgery was a success, Price is still expected to be out of the ring until December. Price is 31-years-old and has spent the first half of 2014 fighting lower level opposition. The injury means that Price likely won’t have much to show for the entire 2014 year in terms of solid wins. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: The Manny Pacquiao (56-5-2, 38 KO’s) vs. Chris Algieri (20-0, 8 KOs) is reportedly a done deal for November 22nd at the Venetian Casino & Resort, Macao, Macao S.A.R., China.
Dan Rafael of ESPN is reporting that the Algieri wrapped up the deal on Tuesday following a meeting with his promoters Joe DeGuardia and Artie Pellulo. The fight will be televised on HBO pay-per-view.
Pacquiao’s promoter Bob Arum is taking a big risk in having the fight take place in Macao, China, which is where Arum staged Pacquiao’s fight against Brandon Rios last year. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo credit: Idris Erba/Mayweather Promotions) By Chris Williams: Floyd Mayweather Jr (46-0, 26 KOs) expects his rematch with Marcos Maidana (35-4, 31 KOs) to be a much cleaner fight than the last time they fought, because sees the referee working the fight to be on his job on September 13th to keep Maidana from taking it to the next level in terms of fouling.
Mayweather feels that referee that worked their last fight played it too loose by failing to address the fouling, but this time he’s confident that Maidana will be playing it clean. Maidana was fouling left and right without the referee stepping in to take control over the fight. It was pretty bad in the first half of the fight especially when Maidana had a lot of energy to rough Mayweather up. As the fight wore on into the second half, Maidana was tired and not fouling as much. Read the rest of this entry »
“There are no facts, only interpretations” - Friedrich Nietzsche
By Jay McIntyre: It is indeed a cruel twist of irony when two prizefighters bring a version of themselves that would frustrate anyone in their weight class (except Floyd Mayweather Jr.), stick to their game plans, stay focused, punch hard, and afterwards – once the dust has settled – find themselves leaving so many people dissatisfied.
Erislandy Lara did what everyone expected him to do – he was coy and fleet of foot. Saul “Canelo” Alvarez also fought in a manner predictably similar to every other fight of his life. Why then, were so many of us surprised by the outcome? Sure the split scorecards of 115-113 made sense and the third judge’s scorecard 117-112 made far less, but why the shock? Perhaps looking at the scoring criteria can give us some insight into the nebulous realm of viewer interpretation. Read the rest of this entry »
— Top Rank Boxing (@trboxing) July 15, 2014
By Chris Williams: Trainer Freddie Roach believes that he has #6 WBA flyweight contender Zou Shiming (4-0, 1 KOs) punching with more power as he heads into his 10 round fight this Saturday night against Luis De la Rosa (23-3-1, 13 KO’s) for the vacant WBO International flyweight title at the Cotai Arena, Venetian Resort, Macao, Macao S.A.R., China.
Shiming, 33, is a two-time Olympic gold medalist from China from the 2008 and 2012 Olympics. However, a lot of boxing fans felt that Shiming was beaten in both of those Olympics. Read the rest of this entry »