By Chris Williams: Trainer Robert Garcia believes that the recent twitter sparring that has been going on back and forth between Floyd Mayweather Jr and Manny Pacquiao could be the beginning of them working on a fight together for next year.
Mayweather’s hiring of former Pacquiao strength and conditioning coach Alex Ariza is further evidence in Garcia’s mind that Mayweather will be looking to face the 35-year-old Pacquiao in 2015.
Garcia thinks it would be a good time for Mayweather to fight Pacquiao right now in the final 3 fights of his career to guarantee himself big money in all three fights. Garcia thinks it’s possible for Mayweather and Pacquiao to get a trilogy out of it with Mayweather making $50 million per fight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Former WBO light heavyweight champion Nathan Cleverly (29-1, 14 KOs) is hoping to shut Tony Bellew’s yap for the final time in front of Bellew’s own Liverpool fans on November 22nd in their unneeded rematch at the Echo Arena in Liverpool, UK.
Cleverly says he whipped Bellew once in front of his Liverpool fans in their previous fight in October 2011 in beating him by a 12 round decision, but this time he wants to knock him out in front of his loud fans so that he can close the book on the rivalry. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jermill Pennington: There are some who say the prized “0” that still sits on Floyd Mayweather’s record means nothing, I’m here to tell that couldn’t be any further from the truth. This article is meant to be direct and straight to the point. One may think the lure to fight Mayweather is the purse, for many fighters fighting Mayweather comes with a career pay day. There are others that see the exposure as being the benefit of fighting Mayweather.
Surely having your name associated with Mayweather’s is validation to the relevance of your career. Whatever the case, Mayweather is hands down the most talked about and sought after fighter since Ali. But why, he hasn’t scored a legit knock out since Ricky Hatton in 2007 which came by way of TKO. Read the rest of this entry »
By Victor Candelario: Since the age of 10 I distinctly remember watching Floyd Mayweather Jr. (47-0, 26 KOs) fights and praying for every fighter that stepped in front of him to beat him. The closest thing we got to Floyd losing was Jose Luis Castillo, Oscar De La Hoya, Miguel Cotto and Marcos Maidana, but let’s face it, they lost.
They had their moments where they made Floyd look uncomfortable but as all great fighters do; Mayweather adjusted and cruised to decisions in all 4 of those fights. He absolutely destroyed a prime Diego Corrales, and he made Ricky Hatton look like an old man at the age of 28. Mayweather absolutely embarrassed Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (though I felt like Canelo’s game plan to outbox Floyd was a horrible one and I don’t know what his corner was thinking). Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Paul Smith’s complaining about the results of his loss to WBO super middleweight champion Arthur Abraham last Saturday night in Germany could possibly pay off for the 31-year-old fighter because the World Boxing Organization (WBO) are going to be reviewing the fight to make a determination on whether a rematch should be ordered or if Smith should be made the mandatory challenger.
What Smith and his promoter Eddie Hearn’s gripe is that the scores were too wide in Abraham’s favor. The judges scored it 117-110, 117-111 and 119-109. I don’t think there’s much argument over the fact that Abraham won the fight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Dan Rafael is reporting that Golden Boy Promotions president Oscar De La Hoya is saying that there still isn’t a deal between WBC heavyweight champion Bermane Stiverne and his mandatory challenger Deontay Wilder, but De La Hoya is still hopeful that he’ll be able to put a deal together before the scheduled Wilder-Stiverne purse bid this Wednesday, October 1st.
“In speaking to Oscar De La Hoya, he reiterated no deal yet for Stiverne-Wilder but hopes to close 1 w/Don King before Wednesday’s purse bid. #boxing.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Gav Duthie: Shane Mosley Jnr suffered his first professional defeat in only his third fight last night. After winning the first bouts by stoppage he was far from impressive against a similarly inexperienced opponent finding himself on the wrong end of a split decision. It makes it quite difficult to believe Mosley Snr when he says his son will be world champion because boxing is in his blood. So who are the more successful boxing sons in the sport today?
There is a lot of families where boxing is in the blood. At present the Alvarez family spear headed by Canelo have a few solid contenders as do the Morales (Erik) family. Read the rest of this entry »
By Victor Candelario: Gennady Golovkin (30-0, 27 KOs) has burst onto the boxing scene knocking out 90% of all opposition he has faced thus far. While boxing fans seem to believe the hype surrounding Golovkin, I haven’t yet welcomed GGG with open arms.
In my eyes he remains Untried, Unproven, & Untested. After watching several of his past fights I feel as though he has been put in the ring with outmatched, undersized opponents, who in my opinion, do not deserve to be in the ring against Golovkin.
For those who don’t know, the past 5 fighters he has faced is Daniel Geale, Osumanu Adama, Curtis Stevens, Matthew Macklin, and Nobuhiro Ishida. All of them have suffered 3 or more defeats, with Ishida suffering 9 losses in his boxing career. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Former IBF super middleweight title holder Lucian Bute (31-2, 24 KOs) will be facing former Tony Bellew victim Roberto Feliciano Bolonti (35-3, 24 KOs) on December 6th at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Canada.
This is an interesting fight because Bute should be fighting better opposition than this you would think, but then again his career has gone downhill ever since he was stopped in the 5th round by WBA super middleweight champion Carl Froch in their fight two years ago in May of 2012.
Bute was recently beaten by Jean Pascal by a lopsided decision in a fight where Bute looked timid and unable to pull the trigger on his punches. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Golden Boy Promotions president Oscar De La Hoya is saying that James Kirkland (32-1, 28 KOs) is a potential opponent for former WBA/WBC junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (44-1-1, 31 KOs) for his fight on December 6th at the Alamodome, in San Antonio, Texas, according to Dan Rafael of ESPN.
Kirkland was thought to be out of the picture for the 24-year-old Canelo after he’d agreed to fight Gabriel Rosado. But with that fight falling part due to Kirkland not happy with the money for the fight, it now leaves him as a possibility for the red-haired Canelo to fight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Former 8 division world champ Manny Pacquiao has come out of the woodwork again to take a shot at WBA/WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr after his retaliatory shot at the 35-year-old Pacquiao on Twitter.
Mayweather unloaded on Pacquiao this past week in what appears to be a retaliatory response due to Pacquiao saying “Floyd Mayweather’s testimony on All Access authenticity tells me everything I need to know about his desire to fight me.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Before last night, the November 8th fight between IBF/WBA light heavyweight champion Bernard Hopkins (55-6, 32 KOs) and WBO light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev (25-0-1, 23 KOs) was considered to be a fight in which the winner would be seen pretty much as the main guy in the 175 pound division.
But now with Artur Beterbiev (6-0, 6 KOs) coming out of nowhere to destroy former IBF 175 pound champion Tavoris Cloud (24-3, 19 KOs) in 2 rounds last night, the Hopkins-Kovalev winner won’t have proven anything. Read the rest of this entry »