title Anthony Joshua wants Kevin Johnson on April 25th

photo: kevin johnson anthony joshua By Scott Gilfoid: With some boxing fans thinking that unbeaten British heavyweight contender Anthony Joshua (10-0, 10 KOs) backed out of his January 31st fight against 35-year-old journeyman Kevin Johnson (36-6-1, 14 KOs) out of worry about not being ready for that class of fighter, Joshua says he wants to reschedule with Johnson for April 25th after he fights a stay busy fight against a still to be determined foe on April 4th at the Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle, Tyne and Wear, United Kingdom.

Joshua, 25, pulled out of the Johnson fight, saying that he suffered a bone injury from his one round victory over 40-year-old British journeyman Michael Sprott last November. Read the rest of this entry »

title Mayweather told Pacquiao to ‘stop lying’ at Heats game, says source

By Chris Williams: Last night, Floyd Mayweather Jr confronted Manny Pacquiao and his personal adviser Michael Koncz at the Miami Heat vs. Milwaukee Bucks game in Miami, Florida. Mayweather was seen talking to Pacquiao in an animated fashion while Pacquiao stayed silent mostly while nodding his head. While no one knows what words were exchanged, an unnamed source told Fighthype that what Mayweather allegedly told Pacquiao was to ‘stop lying’ about him having signed the contract for a fight between them. Read the rest of this entry »

title Groves wants Dirrell, then DeGale fight

photo: james degale george groves anthony dirrell By Scott Gilfoid: #1 WBC super middleweight contender George Groves (21-2, 16 KOs) is hoping he can beat the talented WBC 168 pound champion Anthony Dirrell (27-0-1, 22 KOs) and then move forward with his career to a possible super fight against #1 IBF James DeGale (20-1, 14 KOs) if DeGale beats #2 IBF Andre Dirrell (24-1, 16 KOs) to pick up the IBF title that will eventually be stripped from Froch for failing to defend it against DeGale.

Groves, 26, thinks it’s possible for him and DeGale to beat the Dirrell brothers and then move forward to face each other in the near future. Read the rest of this entry »

title Mayweather and Pacquiao building the hype

photo: manny pacquiao floyd mayweather jr By Rick Jones III: The best thing any business can do to make there product shine is to market and manage. I believe Showtime has talked and explained to both fighters the in and outs of what is going to happen in the next few months. The first thing that happen was a friendly confrontation in public. The fighters were well train to show that they just met and talked for a brief moment. I paid more attention to detail on body language and facial gestures. I believe that Manny Pacquiao didn’t expect Floyd Mayweather Jr to go through with the meet and greet.

Mayweather never seem to talk directly to Manny Pacquiao to give that sense of hate. The last thing that caught my attention was the forced hug at the end, Looked like it was planned and neither fighter wanted to go through with it. Read the rest of this entry »

title Mayweather and Pacquiao meet at Heat game

By Chris Williams: Floyd Mayweather Jr and Manny Pacquiao met up with each other at tonight’s Miami Heat vs. Milwaukee Bucks game in Miami. Pacquiao briefly had words with Mayweather on the court, and they both appeared to agree on something. Whether that be on the fight or something else is unknown, but it sure looks like they agreed to a fight between them.

I’m no lip reader, but I think Pacquiao was apologizing to Mayweather in their brief meeting. Whatever Mayweather said shut Pacquiao down immediately. Pacquiao definitely seemed happy with what he heard from Mayweather. Read the rest of this entry »

title Mayweather-Pacquiao have deal memo, but no contract, says Rafael

photo: manny pacquiao floyd mayweather jr By Chris Williams: Manny Pacquiao and his promoter Bob Arum have been saying that they’ve agreed to their side of the contract and that they’re only waiting for Floyd Mayweather Jr to agree to his side of the contract. In the meantime, Showtime’s vice president of sports Stephen Espinoza is saying that there is no contract, and that they’re still negotiating the proposal points.

In other words, there’s nothing for Mayweather to sign, because there still outstanding issues that need to be negotiated. Dan Rafael of ESPN says that the two sides have a deal memo that still needs to be agreed on before it even gets to the contract stage of the negotiations. Read the rest of this entry »

title Hearn: A lot of people want to see Froch fight Chavez Jr

photo: julio cesar chavez jr carl froch By Scott Gilfoid: IBF/WBA super middleweight champion Carl Froch’s promoter Eddie Hearn seems to be a little tone deaf in regards to the criticism his fighter is getting about him being more interested in facing former WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr (48-1-1, 32 KOs) than he is in facing Gennady Golovkin (31-0, 28 KOs).

Hearn thinks that the boxing public really want to see Froch fight Chavez Jr in a bad way. Froch has received a massive amount of heat from fans due to him being interested in facing the ring rusty Chavez Jr, whose career has been in stall since his loss to Sergio Martinez in 2012, rather than Froch getting in the ring with the unbeaten Golovkin so that he could really test himself. Read the rest of this entry »

title McGuigan: Carl Frampton will become a household name in America

photo: carl frampton By Scott Gilfoid: Barry McGuigan, the promoter for IBF super bantamweight champion Carl Frampton (19-0, 13 KOs), believes that the 27-year-old Frampton will soon be making a name for himself in the United States, as well as in the UK. Frampton will be facing American Chris Avalos (25-2, 19 KOs) next month on February 28th at the Odyssey Arena, in Belfast, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom.

Unfortunately for Frampton and McGuigan, Avalos isn’t a big enough name for Frampton to get any real attention in beating him. I mean, Avalos is pretty an unknown in the U.S, so a win over him will do zero for making a name for Frampton in America. Read the rest of this entry »

title Deontay Wilder fought through pain to defeat Stiverne

photo: deontay wilder By Scott Gilfoid: Unbeaten heavyweight Deontay Wilder (33-0, 32 KOs) admits that he felt pain from his fractured right hand each time he would slam a right hand into the face of WBC heavyweight champion Bermane Stiverne (24-2-1, 21 KOs) in their fight earlier this month on January 17th at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Wilder broke the 4th metacarpal bone in his right hand in the fourth round after hitting Stiverne with shot that landed near the top of his head. From that point on, Wilder says he had to fight with pain each time he used his right hand. Read the rest of this entry »

title Pacquiao faces Jessie Vargas, Mayweather battles Cotto, says Robert Garcia

photo: miguel cotto manny pacquiao floyd mayweather jr By Chris Williams: Right now there’s a lot of confusion going on about who Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather will be facing next. While they’re both still technically in negotiations with each other, Pacquiao’s recent announcement of a January 31st deadline for Mayweather to agree to the contract may have ultimately been the final nail in the coffin of the negotiations, because it doesn’t appear there’s enough time before then to finish up the negotiations.

Trainer Robert Garcia sees little chance of the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight taking place. Instead of this fight, he sees Pacquiao fighting fellow Top Rank stablemate Jessie Vargas (26-0, 9 KOs) next on May 30th, and Garcia likes this fight. Read the rest of this entry »

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