By Scott Gilfoid: George Groves expects IBF/WBA super middleweight champion Carl Froch to avoid a rematch with him because he hurt Froch and gave him a concussive beating last Saturday night. Groves feels that Froch doesn’t want to experience the same punishment a second time in a fight with him, and risk having the referee not stop the fight like he prematurely did in their fight. Groves thinks Froch is shaking in his boots at the thought of having to fight him a second time.
Groves said to Sky Sports “I’m not going to standstill with my career for Carl Froch, for him to lay low and avoid me. Right now, I feel he’s scared of me because I hurt him badly. He’s not happy to fight me and be hurt massively in a concussive manner. He’s scared. But if he doesn’t, he’ll lose a lot of fans.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: IBF/WBA super middleweight champion Carl Froch says he wants to face former WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. or WBA super middleweight champion Andre Ward next rather than facing George Groves again, as he sees those fights as much more interesting than for him to face Groves again. Froch feels that he conclusively beat Groves, even if boxing fans disagree with the stoppage. Froch cares that the referee Howard John Foster felt Groves was hurt enough to halt the bout, and that’s enough for Froch to move on with his victory.
Froch said to the BBC “Andre Ward is on my hit list. There’s also a guy in America [Mexico] called Julio Cesar Chavez [Jr.] who’s a great fighter. As much as the fans want to see it [Groves] real a natural conclusion against George Groves, with me knocking him out again, I feel personally I gave him his chance and he blew it. He can’t cut it at world level.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Jamie Eskdale: As the title suggests this article is about the current pound for pound number 1 Floyd Mayweather Junior.
This is an article I have been planning on writing for quite some time but have always refrained because of the sheer abundance of articles written about the man.
However with a lot of focus now being put on Manny Pacquiao I thought now would be the time to write.
People who have been following my more recent work will know me more for writing about corruption , bad judging and inept governing bodies out to line their own pockets at the expense of fans and fighters. Read the rest of this entry »
By Thomas Cowan: On Saturday night, one of the biggest fights in history to take place on British shores ended in controversy and anger. Carl Froch won the fight and kept his belts and George Groves lost his unbeaten record, but gained a lot of fans in the process. The way in which the fight was stopped led to Groves feeling “gutted and angry”, with many British boxing fans feeling robbed of a satisfying end to a great fight.
To back up a bit, after promising to stand in the centre of the ring with Froch at the pre-fight press conference, the cocky young pretender Groves was as good as his words, heavily dropping the normally iron-chinned Froch in the first round. Froch has been dropped by Jermain Taylor and hurt by Mikkel Kessler but a huge right hand from Groves had him staggering around like a drunk in a way that has never been seen. Read the rest of this entry »
By @BoxingMuse: Boxing in the 1970’s and early 1980’s established the state of Las Vegas, Nevada as the ‘Fight Capital of the World’. A championship fight in Vegas signifies a landmark in a boxer’s career, when their name is up in lights on the billboards and sides of hotels, this is the pinnacle of their life as prizefighters.
Nationality aside, it is a major honor to lace your gloves up and box in the ‘Sin City’. British fighters have had mixed fortunes in Vegas but it doesn’t take away from the fact it is a dream for a fighter to get the opportunity. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Former two division world champion Amir Khan (28-3, 19 KO’s) says he’ll only agree to fight Floyd Mayweather Jr. (45-0, 26 KO’s) at 147 lbs., and not at a catch-weight over that weight. Mayweather hasn’t asked Khan for a catch-weight, so it’s hard to understand what Khan is talking about. Heck, Khan still doesn’t have the fight, and he’s already talking himself out of it by drawing a line in the sand.
“I will not be dictated to,” Khan said to the Daily Star. “With me it will be 147 lbs and that is it. I will be moving up a weight and I will not be killing myself to make it. He is always fighting guys who are slow, but I think it is time he moves up a notch and takes on someone quick, exciting and as big as him.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Showtime Vice President Stephen Espinoza wants to help put the wheels in motion for a Manny Pacquiao vs. Floyd Mayweather Jr. bout that he can televise on Showtime. Mayweather Jr. has four fights left in his 6-fight contract with Showtime, and Espinoza wants to maximize the impact of those last four fights by trying to get the two promotional companies Top Rank and Golden Boy Promotions to work on a deal. Espinoza says he’s going to contact Top Rank’s Bob Arum again to see if he can get him interested in the fight.
By Scott Gilfoid: Britain’s Martin Murray (25-1-1, 11 KO’s) was supposed to be fighting 39-year-old journeyman Sergey Khomitsky (28-9-2, 11 KO’s) on the Carl Froch – George Groves card last Saturday night, but Murray suffered an illness and couldn’t take the fight. Now that Murray is better, he’s been rescheduled for the fight with Khomitsky with it being move to December 14th at the ExCel Arena, Dockland, London, United Kingdom. Like before, it’ll be 10 rounds.
On the same card heavyweight prospect Anthony Joshua will face Dorian Darch in a bout scheduled for 6 round. Lightweight Kevin Mitchell fights Brunet Zamora in a 12 round bout, and welterweight Lee Purdy battles Leonard Bundu in a 12 round fight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: WBA super middleweight champion Andre Ward (27-0, 14 KO’s) would like nothing better than to get a second fight against IBF/WBA super middleweight champion Carl Froch (32-2, 23 KO’s) to prove that his first victory over him from 2011 wasn’t a fluke, but Ward has some real concerns about him having to go over to the UK to fight Froch.
Ward saw how Froch’s fight went last Saturday night with George Groves with the fight being stopped in the 9th round while Groves was still battling, and Ward obviously has memories of watching fellow American talent Andre Dirrell go over to the UK and fight Froch in his own backyard in Nottingham in 2009 and ending up losing that fight by a controversial 12 round split decision. Read the rest of this entry »
By Matthias Predonzan: A lost opportunity never comes back. I do not think we will see a Manny Pacquiao – Brandon Rios II, after the not antagonistically interesting contest we saw in Macau, China last Saturday night.
All boxing experts were expecting Pacquiao’s better boxing skill and speed to prevail on Rios youthfulness and fighting spirit but everybody who saw the fight was not positively surprised from the way the fight developed.
No attempt from Rios to fight his kind of fight. He was all the time closed in a very tight guard and his responses to Pacquiao combinations, were always made with perfectly wrong timing: when Manny was long gone, sure not to get him and not to be counter-punched by him. Read the rest of this entry »
By Bushleaguer: Former P4P king Manny Pacquiao returned to the ring this past Saturday and dominated a slightly game, but somewhat limited Brandon Rios. Pacquiao’s controversial defeat at the hands of Timothy Bradley, and his subsequent highlight reel KO by Juan Manuel Marquez were met with the expected predictions of a career that had run it’s course. What once seemed an impregnable fortress, was now inevitably showing signs of wear and tear.
Boxing is a unique sport. A sport in which a loss can, and often will, lead those who write about this kind of thing for a living to throw around words like “exposed”, “past prime”, or “shot”. It is also unique in the fact that oftentimes the fighters themselves will find that they are not immune to the whims of the press. Read the rest of this entry »