(Photo credit: Esther Lin/Showtime) By Eric Johnson: Fight fans have been very critical of the catch weight applied for the Mayweather x Canelo clash that will take place at the MGM Grand on September 14th. They’ve called Mayweather a hypocrite, seeing that he has been so outspoken about the many catch weight bouts that fallen rival Manny Pacquiao has been involved in. There are some key differences and intangibles that the Mayweather x Canelo fight contains that many of Manny Pacquiao’s catch weight bouts didn’t.
For starters, Floyd Mayweather is a Welterweight fighter. A small welterweight who doesn’t rehydrate much because he is disciplined and gets the most out of every pound. Evident in his first fight with Jose Luis Castillo which was held at 135 pounds. Castillo made weight at 134 ½ pounds and Mayweather at 134 pounds, both just below the lightweight limit. However, on fight night Floyd Mayweather rehydrated to just 138 ½ pounds, while Castillo rehydrated to a Welterweight at 147 ½ pounds. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: If former WBA heavyweight champion David Haye (26-2, 24 KO’s) is able to beat Tyson Fury (21-0, 15 KO’s) in their fight on September 28th in Manchester, UK, Haye is hoping that one of the Klitschko brothers, Vitali or Wladimir, will choose to fight him.
This is the reason why he chose to fight the 6’9” Fury, because in his mind it will catapult him into a fight with one of the huge Ukrainian Klitschkos. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo credit: Tom Casino/Showtime) By Allan Fox: Tonight is the make or break fight for former IBF/WBC welterweight champion Andre Berto (28-2, 22 KO’s) against Jesus Soto Karass (27-8-3, 17 KO’s) at the AT&T Center, in San Antonio, Texas, USA. The title that will be on the line tonight, the vacant NABF welterweight strap, tells you how far the 29-year-old Berto has slipped from the big time.
No longer fighting for major titles after losing two out of his last three fights, he’s now content with fighting over an obscure strap. If Berto loses tonight to Soto Karass, he might as well pack it in and retire from boxing because there’s very little chance he’ll have anywhere to go from here. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Former two time Olympic gold medalist Zou Shiming (2-0) once again failed to impress this time against Jesus Ortega (3-2, 2 KO’s) in beating him by a 6 round unanimous decision in flyweight action on Saturday night at the Cotai Arena, Venetian Resort, Macao, Macao S.A.R., China. The final judges scores were 59-55, 59-55, 59-55. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Former WBA lightweight champion Brandon Rios (31-1-1, 23 KO’s) sounded like he had a little bit of a chip on his shoulder in the press conference with Manny Pacquiao (54-5-2, 38 KO’s) today in Macao, China to hype their November 23rd fight at the Cotai Arena, Venetian Resort, Macao, Macao S.A.R., China.
The 27-year-old Rios promised that he’ll come out on top in this fight and show his doubters that they were wrong.
Rios said “I’ll be ready, 100 percent health. I’m going to show the world and everybody that talks bad about me. They say I’m a punching bag. They’re going to find something out definitely. They’re going to see on November 24th. Brandon Rios is going to win.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: They’ve found another young fighter with almost zero experience for the former two time Olympic gold medalist Zou Shiming (1-0) to pad his record with in Jesus Ortega (3-1, 2 KO’s), who Shiming will be fighting this Saturday night in a scheduled 6 round bout at the Cotain Arena, Venetian Resort in Macao, China.
Ortega looks like he’s 18-years-old, possibly younger. The 32-year-old Shiming’s last opponent Eleazar Valenzuela was only 18, and he gave Shiming all he could handle last April in a fight that was a lot closer than the scores handed down. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: A fight between former four division world champion Roy Jones Jr. and former UFC light heavyweight champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson (32-11, 14 KO’s) is reportedly in the works for later on this year. It’ll be a boxing match, not a MMA fight, according to usatoday.
That puts the 35-year-old Jackson in a tough situation where he’ll have to try and score a knockout early otherwise he’s going to get dominated and stopped by the 44-year-old Jones Jr. As good as the MMA fighters are at wrestling and the mixed martial arts, they don’t have the skills to beat boxers in the ring. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Jeff Mayweather sees his nephew Floyd Mayweather Jr. (44-0, 26 KO’s) as having an easy fight against Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (42-0-1, 30 KO’s). Jeff isn’t just saying that because he’s related to Floyd Jr. He’s seen Canelo’s fights and thinks he’s a flat-footed that lacks the speed and ingenuity to beat compete with Mayweather in this fight. He sees it as a really fight because of Canelo’s fighting style.
Jeff said, “I don’t see it being close. I think it will be an easier fight than Guerrero. Floyd has already won the 154 title twice by beating Oscar [De La Hoya] and [Miguel] Cotto. Canelo is no different from those guys, just younger…He [Canelo] is good, but flat-footed. I just don’t see nothing in him that will trouble Floyd.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: If #6 IBF, #10 WBC, middleweight contender Curtis Stevens (24-3, 17 KO’s) is able to get past his August 3rd opponent Saul Roman (37-9, 31 KO’s) in what will likely be a slugfest, then Stevens could wind up facing WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin next on November 2nd.
Golovkin’s promoter Tom Loeffler of K2 Promotions is interested in using the 5’7” Stevens as Golovkin’s next challenger, provided that Stevens beats Roman next month at the Mohegan Sun Casino, in Uncasville, Connecticut, USA. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Top Rank has reportedly signed former two-time Ukrainian Olympic gold medalist Vasyl Lomachenko to a long term contract. Lomachenko, still only 25, captured gold medals in the 2008 and 2012 Olympics in dominating his overmatched opposition. Read the rest of this entry »