By Dan Ambrose: Brandon Rios (33-2-1, 24 KOs) and his trainer Robert Garcia are hoping that his win over Mike Alvarado last Saturday night can be used as a springboard for fights against Juan Manuel Marquez or Tim Bradley in 2015.
Rios looked good in destroying Alvarado in three rounds in a fight that was broadcast by HBO from Broomfield, Colorado. Rios’ trainer Robert Garcia initially mentioned wanting to have him face Victor Ortiz next, but Garcia now doubts whether HBO will ever agree to that fight perhaps due to Ortiz’s run of bad luck in fights against Luis Collazo, Floyd Mayweather Jr, Josesito Lopez and Marcos Maidana in the past. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Along with his recent deadline until the end of this month, WBO 147lb belt holder Manny Pacquiao is now giving WBA/WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr a message that it’s basically now or never if he wants to face him in a mega fight.
Pacquiao, 36, says that if the two of them don’t face each other next for a fight in the next four months or so, he doesn’t see the two of them ever facing each other. I don’t know why Pacquiao would think this, because if the two of them fail to reach agreement for a fight in their current negotiations, it’s Pacquiao who would have a great deal to do with the fight not taking place due to his January 31st deadline he imposed on the negotiations. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Golden Boy Promotions has obviously picked out slugger James Kirkland (32-1, 28 KOs) for their franchise fighter Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (44-1-1, 31 KOs) to fight on May 2nd in hopes that Kirkland will be another version of Alfredo Angulo for Canelo to look good against when they face each other on HBO from the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas.
Kirkland, who isn’t fast, is a plodder like Angulo with good power, but he’s very easy to hit and he’s had chin problems in the past. The idea is for Canelo to meet him in center ring and use his superior hand speed to give Kirkland a beat down to make him look good again, which he hasn’t looked since the Angulo fight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: In less than a month from now 32-year-old Martin Murray (29-1-1, 12 KOs) will be stepping up a level to take on what is clearly the biggest test of his career in facing knockout artist Gennady Golovkin (31-0, 28 KOs) for his WBA Super World middleweight title on February 21st at the Salle des Étoiles, Monte Carlo, Monaco.
It could be all but impossible for Murray to be able to take more than 3-4 rounds of punishment against Golovkin in this fight. Murray has good punch resistance, but he’s going to be getting hit in the head and body by arguably the hardest hitter in the division in Golovkin and that’s going to make it tough on Murray to upright for long. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: 41-year-old Juan Manuel Marquez (56-7-1, 40 KO) will reportedly is in the UK for the Daniel Estrada vs. Kevin Mitchell fight, and he’s expected to meet with IBF welterweight champion Kell Brook for a fight in 2015, according to Fightnews.
Brook has a stay busy fight in March against his mandatory challenger Jo Jo Dan, but once he gets that fight out of the way he’ll be free and clear to face Marquez. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jl A common subject among boxing fans is who will become the p4p star once Floyd ‘money’ Mayweather Jr retires from the sport. Mayweather has two fights left on his contract with Showtime.
Both of these fights will take place this year so by November Floyd may have retired from the sport, I highly doubt he will continue to fight once his contract ends as with him being almost 40 I don’t see him risking the all important ‘0’ on his record. Read the rest of this entry »
By Gav Duthie: Terence Crawford is penciled in for a fight on April 18 date in his hometown of Nebraska but as yet no opponent has been named. After only two successful defences of his WBO lightweight title against Yuriorkis Gamboa and Raymundo Beltran it has been suggested he may step up into the 140lb division. This article looks at possible next opponents for Crawford as defences and how he is likely to fair as a Light Welterweight in the future.
It is difficult to predict if Crawford will defend his title or move up for his next fight. The WBO title is currently vacant in the light welterweight division and Crawford has been told he would be the number 1 contender at 140 if he decides to take the step up. He has already admitted that he will step up at some point because the money at 135lbs is unlikely to be good enough nor is the profile of fights. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jaime Ortega: Floyd Mayweather Jr said on Super Star News TV, “If I am going to work for free I might not give you one hundred percent, but if I get paid, and I get hundreds of millions of dollars I am going master my craft.”
Then the radio host referring to the Pacquiao fight asked, “speaking about the complicated deal, it looks like is going to take week or months to make considering its the fight the world wants to see. Is it going to be a 300 million deal?” Floyd answers, “Once again we have to look at his pay-per-view numbers, his last fight verily sold 300.000 homes, so it has to make sense,” adding,“ he got knocked out not long ago, and Floyd Mayweather is still winning.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: In perhaps a good sign for the fans who are looking forward to the May 2nd Manny Pacquiao vs. Floyd Mayweather Jr mega-fight in Las Vegas, Nevada, Pacquiao is saying that he’s 80 percent certain that the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight will be taking place next.
Pacquiao isn’t tipping his hands as to why he believes the fight will be going forward, but he must have some inside information that leads him to believe this. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Despite having already been told by Floyd Mayweather Jr in clear language that he doesn’t have the name recognition in the U.S to be worth fighting, Amir Khan is still holding out hopes that he’ll be the one that Mayweather winds up facing next on May 2nd at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Khan, 28, is still waiting for that call from Mayweather’s management that he has the fight against him. What’s funny about this is that Khan set a deadline of January 15th earlier this month for Mayweather to make his decision to fight him or not, and when the deadline passed without Mayweather saying he’d give him the fight, Khan was supposedly supposed to start looking at other options for his next fight. Read the rest of this entry »