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title Froch says third fight with Groves possible

froch1111By Scott Gilfoid: IBF/WBA super middleweight champion Carl Froch (32-2, 23 KO’s) has yet to step inside the ring with George Groves (19-1, 15 KO’s) for their second fight and already Froch is talking about maybe getting in the ring with him for a third fight. Froch can see himself doing such a think if he loses his two straps on Saturday night. With the British boxing public very interested in seeing these two guys go at it, Froch says a trilogy fight is possible.

“Who knows? I expect to stop Groves but what if I had lost a fantastic fight? Maybe that would mean trilogy fight in front of another sell-out crowd at the National Stadium,” Froch said via the Dailymail.co.uk. Read the rest of this entry »



title Has Mayweather put Maidana in his black list?

mayweather9933By Yannis Mihanos: Floyd Mayweather Jr. (46-0, 26 KO’s) after his gutsy victory over Marcos Maidana (35-4, 31 KO’s) earlier this month, he now seems to be close sending the hard hitter from Argentina to the unwanted list of his personal choices. It’s looking like Mayweather will pass up on the idea of giving Maidana a rematch in September.

There are two main reasons why this is happening: First is the most obvious and it has to do with the money that their fight produced on Showtime pay-per-view. Even if the official results have not yet been revealed, it is evidence the financial failure. One vague estimation comes to around 800.000-900.000 PPV buys for the fight. Obviously that’s not a satisfying number for a guy like Floyd and TV channel Showtime. The poor marketing preparation for the fight (with only two and a half months to market the fight) had an impact on the sales. The fight needed more time to be marketed. Read the rest of this entry »



title Froch battles Groves next Saturday: The Dark Cobra Rises

froch782By Byron James: Next Saturday night belongs to personally the most eagerly awaited fight of my fifteen years as a devoted boxing fan. Carl Froch (32-2, 23 KO’s) will once against step into the ring with the relatively recent, but perhaps most fearsome nemesis of his boxing career George Groves (19-1, 15 KO’s).

The title of this article mirrors that of a well known recent blockbuster film, and in many ways the scenario Carl Froch faces is not altogether unlike the film’s protagonist. Coming into their first fight Carl Froch had finally found a long sought after connection with the British public. He was cheered into the ring whilst George Groves was welcomed with boos and jeers. However, leaving aside the well know and documented details of what happened in the fight (it was stopped too early) what transpired was a 30 minute window where roles were reversed. Read the rest of this entry »



title The Only Thing Left For Floyd Mayweather To Accomplish In His Boxing Career? An “L”

may219By Rocky Esposito: Floyd “Money” Mayweather Jr. is currently (46-0 / 26 KOs). He started his professional career all the way back in 1996. Since then, he has won World Titles in 5 different weight classes. He has a career record of (23-0 / 10 KOs) in World Title Fights. He also has a career record of (21-0 / 7KOs) against former or current World Champions. Currently, in the 19th year of his professional career, he holds 6 Championship Belts: 3 Championship Belts at Welterweight (147lbs.) and 3 more at Light Middleweight (154lbs.).

On paper, with those career statistics, it would seem there is nothing else left for Floyd Mayweather Jr. to achieve in his Boxing career, right? If he hung up the gloves tomorrow, it would seem that he left the sport on top. *However, many Boxing fans (the world over) would quickly point out that he never fought the one man that they all really wanted him to fight, the current WBO Welterweight Champion of the World Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao (56-5-2 / 38KOs). Read the rest of this entry »



title Brandon Rios – Diego Chaves in play for 8/2 on HBO

rios111111By Dan Ambrose: Brandon Rios’s next probable opponent is #7 WBA, #10 IBF, Diego Chaves (23-1, 19 KO’s) for a fight on August 2nd on HBO, along with WBA light welterweight champion Jesse Vargas defending his strap for the first time against a to be determined opponent. According to Dan Rafael of ESPN, it’ll be a split site triple-header with WBO light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev defending his title at a separate site.

Rafael says that Rios’ management turned down a fight against tough Argentinian Luis Carlos Abregu. That makes a lot of sense because Rios would have likely taken a bad beating by Abregu. He’s not in that guy’s league in terms of punching power or skills. For that matter, Rios might not even be in Chaves’ league, because that guy is plenty tough and he gave Keith Thurman some problems last year before getting taken out in the 10th round. Thurman has to box Chaves because he getting nailed by some big shots early. Read the rest of this entry »



title Cotto vs. Martinez: My Two Cents

cotto667Writer’s Note: This article is an abbreviated one, for the full article, please visit: http://a-neutral-corner.blogspot.ca/2014/05/my-two-cents-martinez-vs-cotto.html

By Jay McIntyre: A year ago nobody would have used the names Sergio Martinez (51-2-2, 28 KO’s) and Miguel Cotto (38-4, 31 KO’s) in the same sentence, but on June 7th, 2014, they will be stepping through the ropes of the same ring in Madison Square Garden. That’s boxing. Don’t read too much into it, instead just enjoy it. It’s not often that we get to see two incredible boxers match their wits and skill against one another due to promotional rivalries and protective managers. 

Sergio Martinez, an established champion and ranked #7 on The Ring’s pound-for-pound list, must defend his crown against the dangerous usurper that is Miguel Cotto. Aside from his bout against Delvin Rodriguez, Miguel Cotto has been fighting in championship fights since 2005. Read the rest of this entry »



title Maidana doubts he’ll get rematch with Mayweather

floyd8282828By Dan Ambrose: Marcos Maidana (35-4, 31 KO’s) has doubts that he’ll be selected for a second fight against WBA/WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. (46-0, 26 KO’s) for September 13th. Maidana doesn’t know for sure that he’s not going to get a rematch, but he suspects Mayweather will go in another direction and face someone else instead of him the next time he gets in the ring.

What Maidana working against him is that Mayweather’s father Floyd Sr. wasn’t too happy in watching his son get fouled repeatedly by Maidana in Mayweather’s 12 round majority decision win on May 3rd, and he’s told him not to fight Maidana again. Just how much persuasion Floyd Sr. has with Mayweather Jr. is debatable. If Mayweather wants the fight with Maidana, he’d likely take it no matter what his father says. But if he chooses not to give Maidana a second fight, it would be due to a combination of things rather than just one single issue such as him being fouled all night by him. Read the rest of this entry »



title Marquez’s trainer doesn’t want him to take Pacquiao fight

marquez8By Chris Williams: Trainer Nacho Beristain is hoping to talk his fighter Juan Manuel Marquez (56-7-1, 40’s) out of facing Manny Pacquiao (56-5-2, 38 KO’s) in November. Marquez is undecided whether he’ll take the fight with the 35-year-old Pacquiao after beating Mike Alvarado in a WBO welterweight eliminator bout this month.

The World Boxing Organization set the fight up as an eliminator bout for their 147 lb. strap despite Alvarado never having fought in the division and having no ranking in their top 15 at the time of the fight. Marquez wasn’t ranked in the top 15 either by the WBO.

“I do not care what you have to do , I do not care who is angry, but I will do everything possible to prevent Juan Manuel Marquez and Manny Pacquiao from stepping into the ring with Pacquiao a fifth time ,” said Beristain to ESPN. [He] has nothing to prove, people will remember you for what you did in your career, for having given big fights people and for having faced the best of his time,” Beristain said. Read the rest of this entry »



title Weights: Stevenson 173.5, Fonfara 174.5

By Jim Dower: WBC light heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson (23-1, 20 KO’s) successfully weighed in on Friday for his title defense on Saturday night against #1 WBO, #3 WBC, Andrzej Fonfara (25-2, 15 KO’s) for their fight at the Bell Centre, in Montreal, Canada. Stevenson weighed in at 173.5 lbs. The 26-year-old Fonfara weighed in slightly heavier at 174.5.

“It’ll be the same thing for me – a knockout,” Stevenson said after the weigh-in. “Exciting fights and exciting knockouts. I will be winning by a knockout so Showtime will see my Superman punch. Don’t move. Don’t go take a beer, because it will end quick.” Read the rest of this entry »



title Stuart Hall defends IBF title against Paul Butler on June 7th

By Ian Aldous: On Saturday June 7th, Stuart ‘Stuey’ Hall (16-2) defends his IBF world bantamweight championship against undefeated challenger, Paul ‘Baby faced assassin’ Butler (15-0) at the Metro Radio arena in Newcastle, England. The all-British clash entitled ‘Rampage’ is promoted by Dennis Hobson promotions in association with Queensberry promotions and will be broadcast live on Boxnation in the UK. Read the rest of this entry »



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