By Raj Parmar: It was only a few days ago that Leonard Ellerbe (CEO of Mayweather Promotions) surprisingly walked into the gym of trainer Robert Garcia during Marcos Maidana’s media day training session. It was unusual to see such a prominent figure from the Mayweather camp come all the way to Los Angeles and many were interested in why.
Ellerbe stated it was because he had been hearing lots of rumblings that Maidana has been looking phenomenal in training and hears that he has been doing serious damage to sparring partners. Ellerbe stated he felt the need to check out the gym for himself and get a closer look. Read the rest of this entry »
By Daniel Hughes: Over here in the UK the Shawn Porter-Paulie Malignaggi fight drew a lot of media attention for several reasons. Malignaggi is very popular here, because his analytical boxing breakdown of fights as much as his technical skills admired. He’s a fantastic talker a big career ahead in the media world awaits.
The fact Kell Brook was awaiting the winner added to the intrigue. We now know who he will face. Brook speaking in the build up to Saturday night’s fight made no real secret of who he wanted to face ‘The Magic Man’, for many reasons now apparent to those who saw the dismantling of Malignaggi in Washington. Read the rest of this entry »
By Thomas Greengrass: At the age of 78, famous American middleweight and civil rights activist Rubin ‘hurricane’ Carter has died. He had been battling the effects of prostate cancer for a period of years. In his career in the ring, Carter fought once for the world WBA and WBC middleweight titles losing a unanimous decision to Joey Giardello in Philadelphia, 1964. He was a one time, number three ranked middleweight by ring magazine. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Last Saturday night 49-year-old Bernard Hopkins (55-6-2, 32 KO’s) defeated WBA light heavyweight champion Beibut Shumenov (14-2, 9 KO’s) to win another 175lb title to go along with his IBF light heavyweight title he already has. Hopkins now his mind set on face WBC 175lb champion Adonis Stevenson later this year followed by a mega fight against Floyd Mayweather Jr. Hopkins wants the Mayweather match-up to be staged in a stadium somewhere, and he feels it would be a huge fight with the fans. Hopkins even has a slogan for the fight, calling it “50-50.”
You have to wonder if Hopkins would be expecting a 50-50 purse split for the fight as well. If so, he would be dreaming worse than he already is in thinking he’ll get the fight in the first place. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: This past week Top Rank promoter Bob Arum kicked dirt on Floyd Mayweather Jr’s unification bout against Marcos Maidana by saying that it’s not going to be a competitive fight that will be entertaining for boxing fans. But Mayweather has already said that he chose Maidana based on his accomplishment in beating Adrien Broner, Jesus Soto Karass and Josesito Lopez. Those wins were all very impressive victories for Maidana, and they showed that he not only has improved considerably since his last defeat against Devon Alexander in 2012, but also that he’s one of the best fighters in the welterweight division.
“Maidana is the hottest guy out there,” said Mayweather Promotions CEO Leonard Ellerbe. “He’s earned the right. Floyd made that decision based on his performance [against Adrien Broner]. He is the guy – the right guy.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Floyd Mayweather Jr. (45-0, 26 KO’s) knows he has a tough fight on his hands in his unification bout in less than two weeks against WBA welterweight champion Marcos Maidana (35-3, 31 KO’s) on May 3rd at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. Mayweather will be putting up his WBC 147lb title on the line for this fight, and he’s showing Maidana nothing but respect.
Mayweather saw the raw power that Maidana showed in working over Adrien Broner in beating him last December by a 12 round decision, and he doesn’t want to fall victim of overlooking him. Read the rest of this entry »
By Yan D: The oldest champion ever has done it again and even now people keep finding ways to bring this living legend down. At the honorable age of 49, IBF/WBA light heavyweight champion Bernard Hopkins (55-6-2, 32 KO’s) became the oldest man to not only defend his title but to actually unify his division.
I will admit he defeated the weakest champion and he still have some tough challenge ahead to become undisputed champion, but at an age where some are starting to think about retirement this man from Philadelphia once again showed the world why he “isn’t from this world”. Read the rest of this entry »
By Michael Byrne: As everyone is now aware, Saturday night’s ‘History at the Capitol’ show was stolen by IBF welterweight champion Shawn Porter (24-0-1, 15 KO’s) as he destroyed Paulie Malignaggi (33-6, 7 KO’s) in four rounds at the DC Armory in Washington, DC. Malignaggi is probably finished as far as world-title boxing goes, and so we should take a brief moment to congratulate the man on a fantastic career: from his all-out war with Miguel Cotto in 2006, to beating Lovemore N’Dou in his second shot at a title, two great displays of boxing against Juan Diaz (in which he deserved two victories), coming back from the loss to Amir Khan and moving up to 147 to beat Vyacheslav Senchenko to become a two-weight world champion. Read the rest of this entry »
By Yan D: First off all this isn’t any disrespect to Manny Pacquiao’s great career in any way, but I just find it funny when people keep calling him the only 8 division world champion in boxing. It is true that Pacquiao won titles in 8 different divisions, but not all of those titles were world titles. Here is a list of Pacquiao’s world titles and I am being nice to include the WBO titles at welterweight, since I believe the WBO has basically no credibility in my eyes.
1) WBC Flyweight Champion (112 lbs)
2) IBF Super Bantamweight Champion (122 lbs)
3) WBC Super Featherweight Champion (130 lbs)
4) WBC Lightweight Champion (135 lbs)
5) (2) WBO Welterweight Champion (147 lbs) Read the rest of this entry »
By Gerardo Granados: Last Saturday night at Washington, D.C., U.S.A., the now unified IBF and WBA Super World light heavyweight champion Bernard “Alien” Hopkins (55-6-2, 32 KO’s) defeated a limited Beibut Shumenov (14-2, 9 KO’s) by a 12 round split decision over twelve rounds with the official score cards of 116-111 x 2 for Hopkins and 114-113 for Shumenov.
I had it 116–111 for Hopkins, but wasn’t pleased with the boxing match. Was this a “fight” that kept fans on their feet excited, cheering in awe thru the twelve rounds of action? Or was it that casual boxing fans are looking forward to see Hopkins fight again? Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Eddie Hearn, the promoter for WBA super bantamweight champion Scott Quigg (28-0-1, 21 KO’s), says he’s working on setting up a unification match between Quigg and WBC super bantamweight champion Leo Santa Cruz (27-0-1, 15 KO’s) for a fight that he wants to take place next for the 25-year-old Quigg. Hearn is cutting in line to make this fight, as #1 WBC Carl Frampton was thought to be the next opponent for Santa Cruz. Frampton’s manager Barry McGuigan wants the fight, and Santa Cruz has already said he’d come to the UK to face Frampton for the right amount of money.
Quigg destroyed replacement opponent Tshifhiwa Munyai by a 2nd round TKO last Saturday night at the Phones 4u Arena in Manchester, UK. Munyai had been pulled in to take the fight at the last minute after Quigg’s originally scheduled opponent Nehomar Cermeno couldn’t make it due to visa problems. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jay McIntyre: Saturday April 19th marked another evening where the aging Bernard “The Alien” (formerly “The Executioner”) Hopkins (55-6-2-2, 32 KO’s) defied Father Time. It marked another notch in his belt, and gave him two more championship straps (the WBA super, and IBA titles) in his quest to unify the light-heavyweight division.
This unification bid started in March of last year when he dismantled former champion Tavoris Cloud – winning his IBF title – and it continued last night when he peeled away and added the two aforementioned pieces of the light heavyweight crown to his collection. Beibut Shumenov (14-2, 9 KO’s) did not have much to offer that Hopkins had not seen before, and herein lies the problem for most of Hopkins’ opponents: he has seen it all and he knows how to keep his rhythm going at the expense of his opponent’s. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Floyd Mayweather Jr. (45-0, 26 KO’s) says he’s unhappy with the way that WBA welterweight champion Marcos Maidana (35-3, 31 KO’s) beat Adrien Broner last December and he feels that Broner took Maidana for granted instead of realizing that he was a dangerous opponent with a real chance of beating him. Maidana defeated Broner by a 12 round unanimous decision and knocked him down twice in the fight.
It was a fight where Broner took a great deal of punishment, and he never did make an adjustment to shift into a plan B game plan to try and overcome the hard shots that Maidana was continually landing against him in the fight. Broner ended up with bad swelling on the right side of his face, but luckily for him there wasn’t an injury to his jaw. Read the rest of this entry »
By Rasheed Catapang: In the height of his powers, Michael Jordan was a force of nature. In his hands, the defeat of opposing teams were a foregone conclusion – inevitable like death and tax. Prime MJ was the ultimate basketball player, absolutely devastating in both sides of the court. The same is true for the 2008-2009 version of Pacquiao which in the rematch with Bradley was nowhere to be found.
There were flashes of brilliance of course. Moments in the fight showing us glimpses of the punching dynamo Pacquiao no longer is. The buzz saw still churns but no more in a sustained mode. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: After seeing how easily IBF welterweight champion Shawn Porter (24-0-1, 15 KO’s) dispatched former two division world champion Paulie Malignaggi (33-6, 7 KO’s) last night in Porter’s 4th round TKO win at the DC Armory in Washington, DC., I think No.1 IBF Kell Brook (32-0, 22 KO’s) is going to have major problems trying to beat him.
Not only will Brook have to leave his home country of the UK to take the fight in the United States, but he’s going to have to figure out how to fight on the inside against the brawling Porter. I don’t think that’s humanely possible for Brook to do in one training camp. Brook struggled in his first fight against Carson Jones in 2012 when the American smothered Brook’s offense and forced him to fight on the inside for long stretches. Read the rest of this entry »