By James P Sexton: This year we have seen World welterweight champion Kell Brook suffer a stab wound and former British, Irish and European champion Jamie Moore suffer two gunshots wounds.
Now it is being reported that WBO Inter-continental champion Anthony Crolla has been injured during an altercation at his home on Tuesday night.
His promoter Eddie Hearn has said that his World title challenge against Richar Abril (which was scheduled for January 23rd) will be postponed but as this was the first World title shot for the 28 year old Manchester fighter, it has come as a devastating blow to him, his team, family and fans. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Amir Khan has even less ammunition to get a fight against Floyd Mayweather Jr now that Nielson has released his ratings for his fight last Saturday night against Devon Alexander on Showtime.
According to Dan Rafael the Khan-Alexander fight averaged 762,000 viewers with a peak of 887,000. These obviously aren’t good numbers, and they’re definitely not the kind of numbers that Khan can brag about in saying that the boxing public in the U.S can’t get enough of him.
With those kinds of numbers, it looks like the boxing public blew town last Saturday or else they were too busy watching the dueling telecast on HBO between Timothy Bradley and Diego Chaves. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jay McIntyre: Amir Khan (30-3, 19 KO’s) has all the athletic aptitude to go very far in professional boxing. His hand speed is sharp, his accuracy with those flashy combinations is quite crisp and he has been involved in some very entertaining fights. He has fought some of the established names and won, and he has lost to two established fighters as well (and then there’s Breidis Prescott…).
It’s often been said that it’s always easier to learn from failures than to learn from victories. Sure, I’ll buy that, sometimes. But then there’s Amir Khan. His loss to Danny Garcia was chalked up to a glass jaw by some fans, and knockouts do indeed end most discussion on the matter. To be honest, I’m not sure it was his chin that was the problem in that fight. Let’s also consider his loss to Lamont Peterson. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Bob Arum, the promoter for Manny Pacquiao, thinks that Showtime is taking losses for the fights they televise on pay-per-view for superstar Floyd Mayweather Jr.
How Arum knows that Showtime is taking money losses is unclear, because Showtime Vice President of Sports Stephen Espinoza hasn’t been talking about Showtime losing money on Mayweather’s fights, which have been hovering in the 1 million range in the four fights he’s had on his six-fight contract. You can say that Mayweather’s fights have averaged over 1 million buys due to his fight against Saul “Canelo” Alvarez bringing in 2.2 million buys. Read the rest of this entry »
By Antonio Bufalino: In a recent interview with ESNEWS, Floyd Mayweather was asked about Amir Khan’s dominating performance of Devon Alexander. He responded, “The other night I think he did 4,000. So, Amir Khan, his name holds no weight. No one knows who Amir Khan is, but those involved in boxing. My focus is Manny Pacquiao. Let’s make it happen.”
In a way, Mayweather has a valid point. Though Amir Khan has impressive boxing abilities, he has yet to challenge and win against an opponent who can increase his popularity in not just boxing fans but casual fans. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo credit: Amanda Kwok/SHOWTIME) By Scott Gilfoid: Once beaten #7 IBF, #7 WBC, #14 WBA super middleweight Andre Dirrell (23-1, 16 KOs) will be in action this Friday night in facing #7 WBA Derek Edwards (27-3-1, 14 KOs) on December 19th on the undercard of the Adonis Stevenson vs. Dmitry Sukhotsky fight on Showtime Championship Boxing from the Colisee de Quebec, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada.
This is a very important fight for the blazing fast Dirrell, because it’s an IBF eliminator fight. The winner will be in position to fight for the IBF title once the current champion Carl Froch makes up his mind whether he’s going to continue fighting or retire from the sport.
Dirrell would like nothing better than to beat Edwards and face Froch, who has a controversial win over Dirrell from way back in 2009 when the two of them were in the Super Six tournament. However, Froch appears to be in the shutdown mode of his career and it’s likely that he’ll fight only one more time before he retires from the sport. A fight against Dirrell would be pretty much out of the question because of the high risk involved for Froch. Read the rest of this entry »
By B.G.B: After a career best performance beating Devon Alexander last weekend, Amir Khan now has his sights set on Floyd Mayweather Jr. It is no surprise that Khan has expressed his desire to fight Floyd and has demanded the fight for some time now.
Khan is banking on a showdown with Floyd in 2015 on Mayweather’s next fight date May 2nd. However, there is now a very real possibility that Floyd may face long time rival Manny Pacquiao on that date if (a BIG if) an agreement between the two parties can be made. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chester Rivers: The idea of Floyd Mayweather Jr vs. Manny Pacquiao is once again saturating the media airwaves. Once again we’re being sucked in by the thought that once and for all the two men will prove in the ring who’s better. Once again we’re putting the cart before the horse because neither man has signed an official contract and the fighters are not in the ring. Why now? After 5 years of waiting why are both fighters so adamant about finally facing one another?
Could it be that both fighters are desperate and this is the only fight that can secure their legacy and finances.
Why is Floyd Mayweather Jr. desperate? Mayweather is seemingly losing his stronghold on boxing. Ali passed the reigns to Leonard. Leonard then passed the reigns to Tyson. Tyson to De La Hoya and De La Hoya to Mayweather. Now it’s time for Mayweather to relinquish to Alvarez but, Mayweather doesn’t want to go quietly. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Manny Pacquiao took to twitter earlier on Tuesday to once again ask Floyd Mayweather Jr for a fight next year.
It’s kind of an unneeded move for Pacquiao, because Mayweather clearly said in an interview last Friday on Showtime that he wants the fight with the soon to be 36-year-old Pacquiao on May 2nd. Mayweather Jr just wants Pacquiao’s promoter Bob Arum not to duck the fight by coming up with some excuse not to make it happen. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: With WBO super bantamweight champion Guillermo Rigondeaux (14-0, 9 KOs) unable to get any of the big names at super bantamweight to face him, he’ll instead be taking a stay busy fight against Japan’s Hisashi Amagasa (28-4-2, 19 KOs) in less than two weeks from now on December 31st at the Bodymaker Colosseum, Osaka, in Osaka, Japan.
It’s a simple money fight for Rigondeaux. He’ll be traveling to Amagasa’s home country, even though Rigondeaux is the champion, to face a guy who has done very little during his career. Read the rest of this entry »
— Erislandy Lara (@Laraboxing) December 15, 2014
By Dan Ambrose: After recently beating Ishe Smith and Austin Trout and being arguably robbed in his fight against Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, WBA World junior middleweight champion Erislandy Lara (20-2-2, 12 KOs) says he’s interested in fighting Floyd Mayweather Jr, Miguel Cotto and Gennady Golovkin in 2015.
Just which one of these three will say yes to a fight against the southpaw Lara is the big question. It’s quite possible that Lara scared away all three of them with his performance against Canelo. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Eddie Hearn, the promoter for IBF welterweight champion Kell Brook, thinks Amir Khan matches up well with Floyd Mayweather Jr, and he’s giving Khan an excellent chance of defeating Mayweather if that fight takes place next year.
Interestingly enough, Hearn naturally thinks his fighter Brook can beat Khan. I’m not sure that are too many boxing fans who would give Brook any chance of beating Mayweather. So if we’re to follow Hearn’s logic, Brook could beat Khan, but Mayweather couldn’t. Read the rest of this entry »