By Chris Williams: Paulie Malignaggi saw Manny Pacquiao’s fight against Brandon Rios, and his conclusion is that Pacquiao hasn’t improved enough since his losses to Tim Bradley and Juan Manuel Marquez to beat Bradley in their possible rematch on April 12th. Malignaggi thought Pacquiao looked okay against a fighter that was tailor made for him in Rios, but he didn’t look good enough to beat Bradley again.
Malignaggi notes that Pacquiao is no longer throwing punches with the power that he once had in his fights against Miguel Cotto and Antonio Margarito. Malignaggi doesn’t understand it, but he thinks that Pacquiao isn’t the same fighter he was 3-4 years ago.
Malignaggi said to On The Ropes Boxing Radio “Manny did not seem to have the same devastating power against Rios as he has done in the past against bigger opponents Antonio Margarito and Miguel Cotto. I don’t think the Manny Pacquiao we saw beat Brandon Rios would beat Tim Bradley. I would definitely like to see Manny Pacquiao Timothy Bradley in a rematch before we talk about Mayweather.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Eric Thomas: Former three division world champion James Toney (76-9-3, 46 KO’s) will be facing #6 WBC Manuel Charr (25-1, 15 KO’s) next month on December 20th in a 12 round bout at the Messem Schnelsen, in Hamburg, Germany.
Charr is aiming low with this fight by taking on the 45-year-old Toney, but it’s been the norm for Charr to pad his record against less than dangerous opposition throughout his career. The 29-year-old Charr fought for a world title last year in losing by a 4th round TKO to WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko in September of 2012.
Charr was picked out by Vitali as an optional title defense. It’s highly unlikely that Charr would have ever been able to beat the likes of Bermane Stiverne or Chris Arreola to become Vitali’s mandatory challenger, so Vitali picked him out as an optional title defense. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (28-0 25 KO’s) will be defending his title next on February 1st against #14 WBA Osumanu Adama (22-3, 16 KO’s) at the Salle des etoiles, in Monte Carlo, Monaco. For boxing fans hoping that Golovkin would fight a quality opponent, this fight is a really disappointing one.
Adama is fringe contender ranked at nearly the bottom of the World Boxing Association rankings, and he’s not ranked at all in the top 15 by the other sanctioning bodies. Adama was easily beaten last year by former IBF middleweight champion Daniel Geale. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Top Rank promoter Bob Arum thinks boxing fans are eager to see Manny Pacquiao (55-5-2, 38 KO’s) fight Tim Bradley (31-0, 12 KO’s) again, but he’s not sure if he’ll be able to put that fight together or not for April 12th. Pacquiao hasn’t said who he wants to fight, and Arum said that it’s Pacquiao who makes the decisions on who he wants to fight.
“It’s not me who makes the decision,” Arum said to Hustleboss. “We discuss it all and see who he prefers fighting, who Freddie [Roach] wants to fight…I think it [Pacquiao-Bradley] would be an excellent fight. I think people will be interested in the fight. Whether we put it together and what Manny’s views are, I don’t know.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Lucas von Brasche:
At last, a semblance of calmness has been restored. The hype was fulfilled. Froch v Groves was huge.
The masses, whoever they are, had their pantomime passions truly aroused. Look behind you George, its Howard Foster! And in the aftermath, everyone, it seems, trumpets their opinion while being deafened by everyone else’s. We’ve filled our boots on “yes he was, no he wasn’t” and variations of it. The penny-a-line tabloid hacks have eeked out everything they could. The fighters have spilled their guts to Boxing News. Eddie Hearn, pound signs in his eyes, has smiled a lot and huffed and puffed and offered soothing, mockney, truisms that cover most angles. Read the rest of this entry »
By Mr. Pennington: When Adrien Broner (27 -0-22 kos) said “call me the Can Man because anyone CAN get it, AmeriCANS, Puerto RiCANS, MexiCANS, AfriCANS” I became an instant fan. I felt it was original and unrehearsed, and most of all dam good. I’m the type of fans that appreciates the theatrics that come along with sport, after all those are what create the most memorable moments. Mike Tyson’s Classic outburst “I want to eat his kids” Terrell Owens running to mid field in Dallas after scoring a touchdown standing on the Dallas star.
One moment in time I will never forget is the brawl in the Palace in Detroit. Though an unfortunate situation, the entertainment value was jaw dropping. Read the rest of this entry »
By Eric Thomas: We could learn who Floyd Mayweather Jr’s next fight is by next week, according to Mayweather. He’s fighting on May 3rd at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada, and he needs to name as soon as possible to start drumming up interest in the fight. It’s not like it was last time where Mayweather had a hugely popular opponent in Saul “Canelo” Alvarez to fight.
This time it’s going to be a lesser star that he faces, and Mayweather is going to be the one that has to do most of the heavy lifting in terms of attracting interest in the fight unless he faces someone like WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin or Manny Pacquiao. Read the rest of this entry »
By Michael Byrne: This weekend saw Jeff Lacy back in the ring for the first time since being embarrassed by Dhafir Smith in 2010. His fight was against Martin Verdin (20-16-2), so it’s clear he plans on taking the comeback slowly, which is advisable: he didn’t look too good. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Amir Khan (28-3, 19 KO’s) is still hanging around in limbo, having sacrificed the last eight months of 2013 waiting to hear the word of whether Floyd Mayweather Jr. (45-0, 26 KO’s) will agree to fight him or not in early 2014. Mayweather Jr. still hasn’t said a word about whether he’ll choose Khan as his next opponent, but that hasn’t stopped Khan from talking about the Mayweather fight 24/7.
Khan said via Fightnews “He is undefeated and I want to be the one to defeat him. I have been training very hard for the past 8-10 weeks. My next fight will be in May 2014, and I hope it’s against Mayweather.”
This sounds so sad. It reminds me of a kid talking about a Christmas present he badly wants, but then he gets up and instead of the thing he wants, he gets a few pair of socks and some color books. Read the rest of this entry »
By @BoxingMuse: Three weight champion Shane Mosley looked a shell of his former self during his performance in Sydney, Australia against Anthony Mundine. The fight ended before the start of 7th round with the fight doctor and referee in agreement that due to Mosley suffering back spasms the bout should be stopped. Mundine who is a two-weight world titlist (WBA & IBO titles) himself now has a TKO win over the American legend.
Mosley in his prime, which can be estimated over ten years ago, approximately around the victories over De La Hoya was an extremely talented fighter. Shane may well be remembered as one of the best lightweights of all time and a certain hall of famer. It is sad to say we haven’t seen vintage Mosley since his iconic victory over boxing’s bad boy Antonio Margarito. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: WBA/WBO super bantamweight champion Guillermo Rigondeaux (12-0, 8 KO’s) says he’ll fight featherweight Nonito Donaire (32-2, 21 KO’s) in a rematch at a catch-weight of 123 lbs. if Donaire doesn’t rehydrate 10 pounds above that weight and come into the fight as a lightweight at 133 lbs. to fight him. Rigondeaux wants to beat Donaire again, but he doesn’t want to be in the ring with a lightweight on the night of the fight.
Rigondeaux beat Donaire by a 12 round unanimous decision last April, and Donaire is starting to make noise finally about wanting a rematch to try and avenge his embarrassing defeat. However, Donaire has a lot of healing he has to do after suffering a small fracture of his left orbital bone from his fight against Vic Darchinyan last month. Donaire will be out of the ring until the March or April of next year, and that’s if his injury heals properly because he’s hoping that it’ll heal without surgery. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Two former world champions Zab Judah (42-8, 29 KO’s) and Paulie Malignaggi (32-5, 7 KO’s) will step inside the ring this Saturday night to face off on Showtime at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. There won’t be a major world title on the line for this fight, because both guys are coming off of close 12 round decision defeats in their previous fights. However, the vacant NABF welterweight title will be up for grabs for this one, but I’m not sure that’s an appealing belt for them because it doesn’t carry the same weight that the major title straps do. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Ever since WBC light heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson called out IBF/WBA super middleweight champion Carl Froch (32-2, 23 KO’s) last Saturday night following Stevenson’s 6th round demolition job on the UK’s Tony Bellew, there’s hasn’t been a peep heard from Froch or his promoter Eddie Hearn about accepting Stevenson’s challenge.
Froch said that he was going to watch the Bellew-Stevenson fight, so it’s not as if Froch didn’t get a chance to hear Stevenson’s challenge after the fight. Hearn hasn’t said a word either about the challenge from Stevenson, and that is very strange because Hearn usually is talking nonstop about challenges made towards his fighters. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Austin Trout (26-1, 14 KO’s) will be fighting for his old WBA junior middleweight title this Saturday night against Erislandy Lara (18-1-2, 12 KO’s) on a fight that will be televised by Showtime from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. Trout, 28, lost his WBA title earlier this year in a 12 round decision loss to Saul “Canelo” Alvarez last April in San Antonio, Texas.
Trout has shown a lot of interest in facing Canelo again, but with no luck in getting him to take the rematch. If Trout can win back his WBA title, he’ll be in a good position to face Canelo at some point in the future due to him holding that belt. Canelo will eventually need to turn to him unless he’s going to focus on fighting welterweights and specific middleweights. Read the rest of this entry »