By Scott Gilfoid: Amir Khan’s trainer Virgil Hunter says they’re going to study tape from the Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Saul “Canelo” Alvarez fight from 2013 to learn what Mayweather did to defeat Canelo by a 12 round decision.
Hunter wants Khan to use what Mayweather employed in beating the heavy-bodied Canelo by a decision. Hunter believes that Khan do the same thing that Mayweather did because he’s got the hand speed, better size and better punching power than Mayweather.
Mayweather beat Canelo by using his jab frequently and throwing fast right hand pot shots. Mayweather’s quick reflexes enabled him to get out of the way of Canelo’s counter shots all night long. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: IBF welterweight champion Kell Brook seems to have taken the news pretty well of Amir Khan (31-3, 19 KOs) passing him up for WBC middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (46-1-1, 32 KOs). Brook, 29, had been hoping to face Khan on June 4, in a nice paying fight at Wembley Stadium in London, UK.
Instead of Brook getting the Khan fight, he is left with nothing. All he can hope for is maybe his promoter Eddie Hearn setting up a unification fight against WBC welterweight champion Danny Garcia instead for the summer. That is not a Wembley Stadium type of fighter, however.
Brook says he is not sure if Khan is cashing out with the fight against the much bigger 25-year-old Canelo Alvarez. Never the less, Brook does not see it as a winnable fight for Khan. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Trainer Freddie Roach is holding out hope that his fighter Manny Pacquiao, who obviously pays him very, very well, will continue his pro career beyond his third fight against WBO welterweight champion Timothy Bradley on April 9. Pacquiao will be running for a senate seat in the Philippines in May, and Roach isn’t sure whether he would be able to continue his career if elected into that position.
However, Roach still thinks that Pacquiao won’t be able to resist the idea of fighting while holding office in the senate. He just thinks Pacquiao will continue fighting. You can call it wishful thinking on Roach’s part, because the chances aren’t too good that Pacquiao will continue his career beyond his third fight against Bradley, which few boxing fans want to see. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: #1 WBC Callum Smith (18-0, 13 KOs) will be looking to lock himself into for a world title shot against WBC super middleweight champion Badou Jack when he faces Hadillah Mohoumadi (20-3-1, 15 KOs) on April 2 in a WBC 168lb title eliminator at the Echo Arena in Liverpool, UK.
What I don’t understand is why in the heck is Smith being allowed to fight #7 WBC Mohoumadi in a WBC super middleweight eliminator when their are higher ranked contenders like #4 WBC Anthony Dirrell and #6 WBC Andre Dirrell that are getting passed over by the World Boxing Council. What’s up with that? It seems to me that one of the Dirrell brothers should be facing Callum for the WBC eliminator rather than the lower ranked Mohoumadi, who has largely fought obscure opposition during his career with the exception of his fight against James DeGale four years ago in 2012. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: The ticket prices for the May 7 fight between WBC middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (46-1-1, 32 KOs) and Amir Khan (31-3, 19 KOs) are still not know at this time because the venue hasn’t been locked down 100 percent as of yet for the contest.
The fight is expected to take place at the T-Mobile Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. Canelo’s promoter Oscar De La Hoya of Golden Boy Promotions is expecting the Canelo vs. Khan fight to bring in better pay-per-view numbers on HBO than the 900,000 buys Canelo’s last fight against Miguel Cotto brought in last November.
De La Hoya believes the Canelo-Khan fight can bring in over 1 million buys. I think there’s a good chance that the Canelo-Khan fight could bring in over 1 million PPV buys. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: IBF/IBO/WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin’s next fight against #3 IBF, #7 WBC, #8 WBA, #15 WBO Dominic Wade (18-0, 12 KOs) has been agreed to and also approved by HBO for April 23, according to Dan Rafael. The Golovkin-Wade fight will likely be staged at The Forum in Inglewood, California.
It’s obviously not a fight that Golovkin and his promoters at K2 wanted. They were hoping to get a bigger fight against the likes of Chris Eubank Jr. or Billy Joe Saunders. However, the International Boxing Federation took their ability to choose away when they ordered Golovkin to face Wade, the replacement mandatory challenger. Read the rest of this entry »
By Matthew J. Hunter: Danny Garcia (32-0, 18 Ko’s) won an unanimous decision against veteran Robert Guerrero in Staples Center, Los Angeles. The former unified light welterweight champion has now become a two-weight division champion, and instantly the question of who is the next heir to Mayweather heated up across the boxing community.
His accolades and resume at 140lbs. does play a factor into this question, but not as much as most fans like to believe. Coming up a weight division does change a boxer, and it’s almost impossible to objectively judge opponents on a resume across divisions. However with wins against Paulie Malignaggi, Robert Guerrero, and Amir Khan, it is now possible to start discussing Garcia with the likes of more established welterweights. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Former WBA/WBO super bantamweight champion Guillermo Rigondeaux (16-0, 10 KOs) has a nice little mismatch scheduled next month on March 12 against British fighter Jazza Dickens (21-1, 6 KOs) in a 10 round but on the undercard of the lightweight contest between WBO champion Terry Flanagan and Derry Mathews at the Echo Arena in Liverpool, UK.
Rigondeaux is hoping to get the winner of the February 27 fight between IBF 122lb champion Carl Frampton and WBA “regular” super bantamweight champion Scott Quigg. Rigondeux sees both of them as cowards for choosing not to fight him all this time, and he’s hoping that he’ll finally get a chance to fight the winner of that fight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Former three division world champion Abner Mares (29-2-1, 15 KOs) will be looking to bounce back from a loss in his last fight against Leo Santa Cruz when he faces 36-year-old former three division world champion Fernando Montiel (54-5-2, 39 KOs) in a 10-round scheduled fight in featherweight action on March 12 on Premier Boxing Champions on CBS from the Mohegan Sun Casino, in Uncasville, Connecticut.
It’s unclear why Mares, #2 WBC, #3 WBA, is going back to fighting weak opposition once again by facing the well past his best #14 WBC Montiel. Mares, 30, chewed up a year and a half of his career fighting weaker opposition following a 1st round knockout loss to Jhonny Gonzalez in 2013. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: After recently making a fruitless attempt to setup a big stadium fight against IBF welterweight champion Kell Brook, Amir Khan (31-3, 19 KOs) abandoned the efforts and chose instead to challenge WBC middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (46-1-1, 32 KOs) on May 7 on HBO pay-per-view in a fight that will be staged in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Khan says that he believes that Canelo is twice as good as the 29-year-old Brook, who he says turned down a big money offer from him. Khan says he made a big money offer, but Brook turned it down.
It was Brook’s rejection of his offer that led to Khan to look in another direction towards the Canelo fight, and surprisingly he was able to get it straightaway. There was a bit of disagreement about the weight for the fight, as Khan reportedly wanted it to take place at 154 and Canelo wanted it at 155 so that he could defend his WBC middleweight title with the fight. Read the rest of this entry »