Photo: A relaxed, confident Chavez says he's unconcerned with the controversy surrounding the first fight with Vera. pic.twitter.com/5WPkZR8Ett
— Top Rank Boxing (@trboxing) February 25, 2014
By Dan Ambrose: Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (47-1-1, 32 KO’s) is three days away from his weigh-in on Friday for his rematch against Brian Vera (23-7, 14 KO’s) on Saturday night. In looking at some of the picture of Chavez Jr, who is wearing a jacket in order to take off water weight, he looks kind of chunky around the face and the natural thing to wonder is whether he’ll be able to get down to the 168 lb limit by Friday’s weigh-in. When they fought each other last year, Chavez Jr. was unable to make the 168 lb limit for the fight and they eventually had to raise the limit to 173 lbs to accommodate Chavez Jr. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: In official statement sent from Amir Khan moments ago, he complained that he had signed a contract to fight Floyd Mayweather Jr. last December, which was why he chose to wait around and decline a fight against Devon Alexander.
Khan went onto say that he’s upset that Mayweather didn’t communicate with him about why he was taking his time in making his choice for his May 3rd fight. Khan would have preferred that Mayweather show him the courtesy of letting him know what’s going on with his decision making. Read the rest of this entry »
Do y'all think I should fight on my big bro @FloydMayweather card or nah?
— Adrien Broner (@AdrienBroner) February 24, 2014
By Allan Fox: “Little Mayweather,” Adrien Broner (27-1, 22 KO’s) vs. former WBA welterweight champion Luis Collazo (35-5, 18 KO’s) is possible for the May 3rd undercard headlined by Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Marcos Maidana on Showtime pay-per-view. Broner asked his fans on his twitter if he should fight on the undercard, and he obviously was looking for some kind of interest. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: British boxing writer Steve Bunce thinks Amir Khan was done wrong by Floyd Mayweather Jr. by him choosing to twist Khan around recently by giving him hope for a fight with him on May 3rd, but then pulling the rug out from under him and selecting WBA welterweight champion Marcos Maidana as his next opponent instead. Bunce doesn’t have a problem with Mayweather’s choice of Maidana. Instead, Bunce’s issue is with how Khan was strung along.
“What’s bad about it is the way it’s been done,” Bunce said to Talksport. “I’ve got no problem with the final decision, the problem is that it was all done in the open. It was very shabby…Let’s not mince our words, Amir has been conned here. He’s been played. It’s really hurt him. It would have been life-changing money for Amir Khan. He could have ended up leaving Las Vegas with as much as $14 million in his back pocket.” Read the rest of this entry »
— Team Sauerland (@TeamSauerland) February 25, 2014
By Allan Fox: WBO super middleweight champion Robert Stieglitz (46-3, 26 KO’s) and Arthur Abraham (38-4, 28 KO’s) will be meeting up for the third and hopefully the final time this Saturday night at the GETEC Arena, Magdeburg, Sachsen-Anhalt, Germany. The two German based fighters have worked it out to where they’ve been able to keep facing each other with repeated rematches by taking weak opponents in between their fights. Stieglitz would have lost his WBO title long ago had he been forced to fight his No.1 challenger George Groves instead of the little known challengers Yuzo Kiyota and Isaac Ekpo. Read the rest of this entry »
I'm just happy to face Mayweather but it doesn't feel like I hit the lottery like he said. Only beating him it will
— Marcos René Maidana (@ChinoMaidana) February 25, 2014
By Allan Fox: While some boxing fans may feel that WBA welterweight champion Marcos Maidana (35-3, 31 KO’s) won the lottery by being selected over Amir Khan to get a fight against Floyd Mayweather Jr. (45-0, 26 KO’s) on May 3rd, but Maidana doesn’t feel that way. As you can see, he says he won’t be feeling like he hit the lottery until he beats the 37-year-old Mayweather in their important fight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Rocky Esposito: What an amazing ride it has been for Marcos Maidana. There have been many highs in his career, with a few heart wrenching lows/loses in between. Maidana’s very first fight in the U.S. was vs Victor Ortiz back June of 2009. Many fans might not have remembered this, but just four months prior to the fight with Ortiz, Maidana had just suffered the very first loss of his professional career. He lost an extremely close (115-113, 114-115, 113-115) split decision to Andriv Kotelnik in Germany. Many observers of the fight thought the decision should have went Marcos’ way.
Regardless, now he was facing Victor Ortiz and fighting on U.S. soil for the very first time. Maidana knew going into the fight he could not afford another loss. Most Boxing fans remember this fight as a Modern Day Classic. Ortiz put Maidana down in Round 1, but Maidana got up and immediately knocked Victor down to even the score. Ortiz then put Maidana down twice in Round 2, but Maidana got up each time. Read the rest of this entry »
By Bob Smith: The simple answer is, yes, Floyd Mayweather Jr. is the Greatest of All Time. It is not only his undefeated record, but the caliber of opposition that he has faced, his climb through the boxing weight classes as he defeated champion after champion, future Hall of Famer after future Hall of Famer, and above all his nearly impenetrable defense. I don’t think that he has been genuinely stunned or hurt by a single punch in his entire career, and this more than anything else is a testament to his greatness.
Skeptics and haters will argue that he actually lost to Jose Luis Castillo; that Judah got a knockdown against him; that the Shane Mosley punch hurt him; that he lost to Oscar De La Hoya, blah, blah, blah. They are jealous of his success and envious of his titles. Read the rest of this entry »
By Robbie Bannatyne: After their 1st ‘Fight of the Year’ contender perfectly encapsulated the brutality and beauty of boxing the viewing public will once again be treated to another clash of the titans when Carl Froch and George Groves renew their bitter rivalry on May 31st.
The controversial nature of the stoppage, and the perception that the fight did not reach a ‘natural conclusion’ resulted in a fervor among fans which ensured a rematch had to materialize.
The promise of another punishing battle means the paying public will have no problems putting their hands in their pockets to see the rematch. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Amir Khan has just received the news about Marcos Maidana (35-3, 31 KO’s) getting picked by Floyd Mayweather Jr. (45-0, 26 KO’s) for his next fight on May 3rd in Las Vegas, Nevada or the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, and Khan isn’t sounding too cheerful judging by his post on his twitter page. Khan said “Let’s just leave everything up to God. Hope you all having a good day. Gym time for me shortly. Speak later.”
I hate to say it, but that’s the way the cookie crumbles, Khan. You had your chance and you royally blew it by now making the fight moves. Read the rest of this entry »
— Floyd Mayweather (@FloydMayweather) February 25, 2014
By Chris Williams: Just moments ago, WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. (45-0, 26 KO’s) announced on his twitter site that he’ll be facing WBA welterweight champion Marcos Maidana (35-3, 31 KO’s) in what will be a unification bout on Showtime pay-per-view on May 3rd at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. The decision ends the anticipation and the endless debate of who Mayweather will be facing. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Dan Rafael of ESPN surmises that a potential reason why Floyd Mayweather Jr. hasn’t yet announced his May 3rd fight is that they could be looking at having the fight staged at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York instead of the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. If Mayweather will be fighting in New York, then this could mean that Amir Khan will be his next opponent because New York has by far the largest amount of people from India and Pakistan.
Khan has a large amount of fans from India and Pakistan, as well the UK. New York is way ahead of places like California and Texas. It’s not even close. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: WBO lightweight champion Ricky Burns’ promoter Eddie Hearn thinks that unbeaten challenger Terence Crawford (22-0, 16 KO’s) is in for a big surprise this Saturday night in their important match in Glasgow. Hearn thinks Burns (36-2-1, 11 KO’s) will beat the undefeated American Crawford and expose him. How Burns will go about doing that is the big question because he’s considerably slower than Crawford, and honestly, Burns looks like he’s on his last leg as this point.
“Crawford is a real golden boy in America and is backed by Bob Arum’s Top Rank Promotions and HBO,” Hearn said to Sky Sports. “I honestly don’t think he knows what he’s in for on Saturday night…I don’t think what 10,000 people, especially Scottish people, are going to sound like…I think it’s a huge advantage for Ricky. It makes a huge, huge difference. We will see how special he is when he hears it.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Amir Khan thinks Floyd Mayweather Jr. just used his name to get attention for his website poll at Mayweather Promotions website without being serious about having any interest in fighting him. Khan doesn’t like it and he feels he was used by the talented star. Like in his other interviews, Khan is convinced that Mayweather is afraid of fighting opponents with fast hands like himself and Manny Pacquiao. That’s why he feels that Mayweather will face the considerably slower WBA welterweight champion Marcos Maidana next on May 3rd.
“He’s just been using my name, saying should I fight Maidana or Khan in the poll on his website, which was the official one,” Khan said to behindthegloves.com. “I’ve been waiting a long, long time [for him to announce the fight]. Floyd wants to fight guys that are easy. He don’t want to fight someone who is explosive, and who has a lot of speed. I believe I can go in there and beat him. I believe I can go in there and cause a big, big upset…I missed out on paydays [waiting for Mayweather fight], titles.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Trainer Freddie Roach has finally arrived in the Philippines to join Manny Pacquiao’s training, which has already started without Roach. The plan is to possibly get the 35-year-old Pacquiao sparring this week with his sparring partner Lydell Rhodes. He’s got a fighting style similar to WBO welterweight champion Tim Bradley, and he should do most of the sparring with Pacquiao unless something unforeseen happens, like Rhodes being dismissed from the camp for one reason or another.
Pacquiao has been training with his assistant trainer/helper Buboy Fernandez for weeks already, and he’s now ready for Roach to start the main portion of the training. Roach is now going to work on trying to somehow bring out the lost aggression in Pacquiao. Read the rest of this entry »