By Chris Williams: In his latest training video from today, WBA/WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr (46-0, 26 KOs) is looking like he’s in top condition and ready to step inside the ring right now to face Marcos Maidana (35-4-31, KOs) in a rematch.
Mayweather’s hand speed and power are both looking superb, as you can tell from the video. If you look carefully, you’ll see Mayweather loading up on big shots to the lower part of the bag. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Top Rank promoter Bob Arum is starting to show some concerns about having matched his No.1 money fighter WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao (56-5-2, 38 KOs) with possibly the wrong guy in scheduling him to face the younger, taller, longer-armed, and highly mobile Chris Algieri (20-0, 8 KOs) on November 22nd at the Venetian Casino & Resort, Macao, Macao S.A.R., China.
Arum isn’t coming right out and saying that he messed up, but he’s starting to show some serious worry about Pacquiao getting whipped by Algieri and exposed like he was by Juan Manuel Marquez 4 times and Tim Bradley. Read the rest of this entry »
By Robbie Bannatyne: Former American President, Franklin D Roosevelt, once insisted that there was ‘nothing to fear, but fear itself’ in his First Inaugural Address to the American public.
If Roosevelt was alive now, and happened to be at Madison Square Garden last Saturday night, his famous statement would probably read something like ‘there is nothing to fear, but fear itself. And Golovkin’
For Gennady Golovkin is the most feared man in boxing right now. Perhaps he is the most avoided fighter in middleweight history. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Former WBO heavyweight champion Shannon Briggs reportedly barged in on IBF/IBO/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko’s camp this morning in South Florida just before Klitschko was getting ready to spar, according to Fightnews.com.
By Dan Ambrose: Golden Boy Promotions President Oscar De La Hoya did his best this past week in trying to justify the reasoning for the August 9th mismatches on Showtime between WBA/WBC light welterweight champion Danny Garcia (28-0, 16 KOs) and unranked lightweight Rod Salka (19-3, 3 KOs) and IBF welterweight champion Lamont Peterson (32-2-1, 16 KO’s) and #12 WBA, #13 IBF fringe contender Edgar Santana (29-4, 20 KOs) from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
The only excuse that De La Hoya could come up with is that it was a way of testing Garcia and Peterson, by matching them against guys that have virtually no chance of beating them. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: The stats are out for last Saturday’s HBO fight between WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin and Daniel Geale, and they’re less than spectacular. According to the Nielson ratings, Golovkin vs. Geale was the 8th most popular boxing fight for HBO in 2014. The fight averaged 984K viewers and peaked at 1.048M.
Dan Rafael of ESPN believes that the reason the ratings were less than tremendous was because the fight only lasted 3 rounds. But it might be the fact that Geale wasn’t a well-known opponent for Golovkin to be fighting. HBO blessed the fight, perhaps thinking that because Geale was a former IBF/WBA middleweight champion it would be a fight that could resonate with the casual boxing fans, but it doesn’t work that way. Read the rest of this entry »
By Gav Duthie: In any article available on this sight about a current top boxer 1 in 3 comments on average usually contain reference to drug taking. “He’s on PED’s”, “That guy is 100% juiced” etc. It’s not really my place to make speculation as to who is or isn’t on drugs in the sport but with the amount of accusations on certain performers it is long overdue that drug testing is more highly scrutinized. Read the rest of this entry »
By Thomas Cowan: Gennady “GGG” Golovkin produced another spectacular performance last weekend, destroying Daniel Geale in 3 rounds to defend his WBA middleweight title in style. Geale was a former unified champion and top 6 middleweight, Martin Murray being the non-titleholder that could be ranked above him, but Golovkin beat him easily.
Although Golovkin had previously destroyed Matthew Macklin, who was also a top 10 middleweight at the time, Geale was known for his toughness, but the Australian had no answer to Golovkin’s monstrous power.
Golovkin sold 8,500 tickets at Madison Square Garden, a massive number considering Geale is not well known in USA and Golovkin is not from New York or Puerto Rico, where most massive ticket sellers at the MSG tend to come from. HBO are expecting ratings of over 2 milion and these numbers show he has the potential to be at a star, but at 32, time is not on his side. He needs a big name and needs it now. So, who should he fight. More importantly, who will fight him? Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Julio Cesar Chavez Sr said over the weekend that his son Julio Cesar Chavez Jr was interested in facing WBC middleweight champion Miguel Cotto in a fight at 160 for this December in New York.
Chavez Sr said that negotiations would be starting this week for a fight between them, according to Univision Deportes. However, it’s not a realistic fight that can happen because of Chavez Jr not having fought at 160 for the past two years.
Chavez Jr that for a big fight such as Cotto, he would get back down to 160, but it’s still hard to imagine that he’ll be able to make weight. Unless Cotto includes a huge weight penalty for Chavez Jr in case he comes in over the weight limit, which is very likely, we could see Chavez Jr miss the 160 pound weight by a wide margin. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Dan Rafael of ESPN believes that WBC middleweight champion Miguel Cotto’s trainer Freddie Roach, who was at the fight last Saturday night to scout out WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin as a potential opponent for Cotto, will go back to Cotto and tell him that it’s a great idea for him to fight Golovkin next in December.
Indeed, Rafael sees Roach choosing not to give Cotto the go ahead to take the fight with Golovkin due to the danger involved for him. It’s one thing Cotto beating up on a nearly 40-year-old man coming off of a 14 month layoff and 2 knee surgeries in Sergio Martinez, and it’s quite a different thing for Cotto to fight a live opponent in his prime in Golovkin. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: In his media conference call today, IBF welterweight champion Shawn Porter (24-0-1, 15 KO’s) said that the guy he wants next after he beats Kell Brook (32-0, 22 KOs) is a unification fight against WBA/WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Porter isn’t overlooking Brook, but he’s not all that concerned about him. He’s studied Brook in depth and sees an upright, rigid fighter with a very basic fighting style that he’s going to expose in their fight next month on August 16th at the StubHub Center in Carson, California. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: IBF/WBA super middleweight champion Carl Froch’s promoter Eddie Hearn has ruled out completely any chance of there being a Froch vs. Gennady Golovkin fight in the near future. Hearn says it’s because it’s a dangerous fight for Froch and that it wouldn’t be a fight that HBO would televise on pay-per-view.
Hearn believes that there’s a chance that Froch could fight Golovkin in the future, but he’s not giving any timeline when or if that’s going to happen. Hearn wants the fight to be pay-per-view on HBO for some reason. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Hodgkiss: Undefeated British welterweight prospect Kell Brook (32-0, 22 KOs) is set to take on Shawn Porter (24-0-1, 15 KOs) next month on August 16th at the StubHub Center in Carson, California.
Brook has said in recent interviews that he is not at all happy about the way the drug testing has been handled that both boxers signed for in their contractual agreement. It has come to light in recent weeks that although reports of random drug testing were not in the contract that it in fact they were and both party’s signed for it to be done. Read the rest of this entry »
By Gav Duthie: Even before he gets the fairytale fights against Canelo, Cotto, Froch or Ward I am convinced Gennady Golovkin is the real deal. Many rightly predicted that he would walk through Daniel Geale but I wasn’t sure.
I still saw Geale as an awkward top 6 middleweight who’s only losses were of the narrowest of margins and I always worry about punchers against skilful opponents. GGG is far more than a puncher. He now has 27 knockouts from his 30 wins and it is extremely rare that a puncher can settle a fight with one single blow at world level but his all round technique is fantastic.
Arthur Abraham and other big punchers. Read the rest of this entry »