By The Commissioner: There’s a myth that promulgates amongst boxing fans that’s almost as old as prize fighting itself. This myth has gone unchallenged and unsubstantiated over and over again every time it’s spoken. In the boxing gyms, bars, workplaces and fight venues worldwide it is accepted as truth and it’s theory validated by its re-use by those who put forth their argument against a fighter who they believe to have weaknesses waiting to be exposed.
The myth? That a boxers talent is intrinsically linked to the quality of their previous opposition. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: If/when former two division world champion David Haye (28-2, 26 KOs) faces IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua (18-0, 18 KOs), he says he’ll train for that fight the same way he’s been training lately. Haye has been having fun in getting ready for his March 4 clash against cruiserweight Tony Bellew.
Instead of putting in a grueling camp for the Bellew fight, Haye has taken it easy and not worn out his 36-year-old body. Haye says it’s working in training this way, and his plan is to do the same thing if he ever gets a fight against Joshua in the future. The two of them will need to keep winning for them to have a chance at fighting each other. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: In what appears to be an attempted to create more buzz for the May 6th fight between Mexican stars Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., Golden Boy Promotions CEO Oscar De La Hoya has offered Floyd Mayweather Jr. a rematch with the 27-year-old Canelo.
Mayweather already beat Canelo by a 12 round majority decision in 2013 in catch-weight fight at 152 pounds. De La Hoya believes the outcome would be different in a rematch between Mayweather and Canelo. De La Hoya thinks his fighter Canelo would beat Mayweather by a knockout in a rematch. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Heavyweight contender David Haye won’t be satisfied with knocking out Tony Bellew on March 4 in their fight on Sky Box Office pay-per-view. Haye (28-2, 26 KOs) says he wants to knock Bellew out with an impressive highlight reel knockout in which he nails him with a parting shot while he’s going down. With the Bellew fights, we might see that scenario play out in this fight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: The April 29 fight between heavyweights Anthony Joshua and Wladimir Klitschko has failed to catch on with the boxing public compared to fights in the past. Wladimir’s brother former WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko is confident that Wladimir can beat Joshua or any heavyweight in the division if he’s focused.
Vitali says Wladimir lost his last fight to Tyson Fury because he wasn’t focused in that fight. Vitali is probably right. Wladimir looked like he was in a trance when Vitali and trainer Jonathon Banks were trying to give him instructions in between rounds how to turn things around against Fury. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Just days after Top Rank promoter Bob Arum said that Amir Khan is not in the picture for Manny Pacquio’s next fight in April, the Filipino star announced the news tonight that he IS in negotiations with Khan. Pacquiao, 38, sounds pretty confident about the Khan fight being a possibility for him.
Khan is a far better fight for Pacquiao than Jeff Horn in my view. I still don’t know why Arum didn’t match Pacquiao against Khan last year when he was interested in the fight. Instead of signing Khan for Pacquiao, Arum matched him against two of his Top Rank fighters in Tim Bradley and Jessie Vargas. Not surprisingly, neither fight brought in a lot of PPV buys. It was a missed opportunity to make the Khan vs. Pacquiao fight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: Daniel Jacobs says that he’s going to test IBF/IBO/WBA/WBC middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin without a doubt in their fight on March 18, and that he’s going to give him respect inside the ring. Jacobs says he may not hit quite as hard as Golovkin, but he hits hard enough to hurt his opponent. The 6’0” Jacobs (32-1, 29 KOs) is very aware of his height, reach and weight advantage and he is going to be looking to use that against the 5’10 ½” Golovkin. Jacobs is 1 ½ inches taller than Golovkin, but he has a 3” inch reach advantage.
Golovkin-Jacobs fight take place in three and a half weeks from now on March 18 on HBO PPV at Madison Square Garden in New York. The venue favors Jacobs too, as he’s from Brooklyn. It’s interesting that Golovkin was willing to fight in Jacobs’ hometown. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jim Dower: WBC welterweight champion Danny “Swift” Garcia (33-0, 19 KOs) views his fight against WBA champion Keith “One Time” Thurman (27-0, 22 KOs) as a fight that will help shape his legacy when the two of them fight each other in less than two weeks on March 4 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
Garcia wants to add Thurman’s scalp to his collection of scalps, and adding his WBA 147lb title will definitely help his career. Thurman would be the biggest name on Garcia’s resume next to his wins over Lucas Matthysse and Amir Khan. Those wins came a while ago, and Garcia hasn’t beaten a big name since his the Matthysse fight four years ago. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jim Dower: Last Saturday night, Adrien Broner proved that he can still bring in good ratings with him pulling in an average of 779,000 viewers with a peak of 850,000 viewers on Showtime Championship Boxing for his fight against Adrian “Tigre” Granados at the Cintas Center in Cincinnati, Ohio.
This is potentially good news for the career of the 27-year-old Broner, because it might increase his chances of getting a big fight. That’s something that Broner has never had in his 9-year pro career despite being a popular fighter himself. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Former world champion Chris Algieri is working with Daniel Jacobs as his nutritionist to help him get ready for his fight against Gennady “GGG” Golovkin next month on March 18. Jacobs surprised a lot of people recently in weighing in at 174.8 pounds for the World Boxing Council’s 30-day weight check this month on February 18.
The upper limit for the weigh-in was 176 lbs. and Jacobs barely made it. In contrast, Golovkin weighed in at a slim 165.1 lbs., which is only 5.1 pounds away from the 160lb limit for their fight on March 18. Read the rest of this entry »