Mayweather: The Puppet Master

Mayweather Maidana 2 Mayweather vs. Maidana 2  marcos rene maidana floyd mayweather jr By Jermill Pennington: Leading up to the Floyd Mayweather Jr.(46-0-26 kos) vs. Marcos Maidana (35-4-31kos) 2 bout it seems the posturing and gamesmanship has begun. During the five city promotional tour for the fight both camps engaged in some serious trash talking.

For Maidana you would imagine all the slandering being thrown around would seem a bit frustrating being that he can’t join the fun due to a language barrier. However, his trainer Robert Garcia has been more than willing engage in the verbal combat that has taken place over the past week. Read the rest of this entry »

Chisora injured, Fury rematch to be rescheduled

Chisora Fury 2 Chisora vs. Fury 2  tyson fury derek chisora By Scott Gilfoid: I really hate to be the bearer of bad news, but Dereck Chisora (20-4, 13 KOs) has reportedly suffered a fractured hand injury and he won’t be able to take the big money fight against Tyson Fury (22-0, 16 KOs) at the Phones 4 U Arena in Manchester, UK. Chisora went to a specialist to examine his injured hand, but he told him he shouldn’t take the fight.

For Fury, this is the third time he’s missed out on a life-changing payday and he’s obviously not happy about it. Fury missed out on David Haye fight due to him suffering a cut the week of the fight on one occasions and then later tearing up his shoulder on another occasion. Read the rest of this entry »

Mayweather-Maidana 2 press conference dominated by Pacquiao questions

Mayweather Maidana 2 Mayweather vs. Maidana 2  marcos rene maidana manny pacquiao floyd mayweather jr (Photo credit: Idris Erba) By Gav Duthie: Floyd Mayweather Jr 46-0 (26) should have detected a hint of indifference at his rematch with Marcos Maidana 35-3 (31) by the worlds media as questions of Manny Pacquiao dominated his press conference. When asked about the Filipino he responded:

“Don’t talk to me about that [expletive]. That [expletive] still got [Juan Manuel] Marquez problems”.

Mayweather’s answer can be construed one of two ways.  Read the rest of this entry »

Hatton talks Mayweather and Pacquiao

 ricky hatton manny pacquiao floyd mayweather jr By Scott Gilfoid: Promoter Ricky Hatton says he sees both Floyd Mayweather Jr and Manny Pacquiao as both being past their best fighters. He gives credit to Pacquiao for coming back from his brutal 6th round knockout loss to Juan Manuel Marquez from two years ago, but he still sees him as being a fighter who has seen better days.

Hatton thinks that a Pacquiao-Mayweather fight would still bring in a lot of pay-per-view buys if the fight were made today, even though much of the interest in the fight has died down given the time that has gone by since they first attempted to negotiate a fight between them in 2009. Read the rest of this entry »

Mayweather v Maidana 2: Time to clean up

Mayweather Maidana 2 Mayweather vs. Maidana 2  marcos rene maidana floyd mayweather jr By Gavin”Neds” O’Connor: Welterweight fighter Fritzie Zivic was once asked to comment on his reputation as a dirty fighter. Zivic’s reply was, you’re fighting, and you’re not playing the piano.

With the fast approaching rematch between WBA/WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr (46-0, 26 KOs) and Marcos Maidana (35-4, 31 KOs) on September 13 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada and in light of the perceived roughhouse tactics employed by Maidana in the first Mayweather fight last May and the suggestions by some that his delivery was dirty, is the criticism justifiably warranted? Read the rest of this entry »

Rigondeaux expected to sign with new promoter by next week

By Chris Williams: Now that he’s said his goodbyes to Top Rank following his contract-ending 1st round knockout of Sod Kokietgym last Saturday night at the Cotai Arena, Venetian Resort in Macao, China, WBA/WBO super bantamweight champion Rigondeaux (14-0, 9 KOs) is said to be on the verge of signing with a new promoter that can take his career to the next level. Read the rest of this entry »

Tyson Fury v Dereck Chisora: Undercard Preview

Chisora Fury 2 Chisora vs. Fury 2  tyson fury derek chisora By Gav Duthie: Many have said there piece on Tyson Fury and Dereck Chisora but Frank Warren has put on a pretty decent undercard as he continues to promote his Boxnation TV network and competes with Eddie Hearn. Warren has joined forces with Mick Hennessey (providing Tyson Fury and Chris Eubank Jnr) to entertain the fans. This post focuses on the undercard including predictions. 

Terry Flanagan 24-0 (8) v Martin Gethin 24-5-1 (11)

The forgotten prospect

Britain has more fighters than anyone else in the top 10-30 region of the lightweight division. After Burns there’s both Kevin Mitchell and Anthony Crolla chasing world titles, Derry Matthews, Tommy Coyle, Scott Harrison, John Murray, Stephen Ormand, Martin Gethin, Liam Walsh and Stephen Foster Jnr who are all competitive At British level. Read the rest of this entry »

Brandon Rios ready for Diego Chaves

Rios Chaves Rios vs. Chaves Diego Chaves  brandon rios By Dan Ambrose: Former WBA lightweight champion Brandon Rios (31-2-1, 23 KO’s) is matched up fairly tough in a fight against #10 IBF welterweight contender Diego Chaves (23-1, 19 KO’s) in their scheduled 10 round fight in less than two weeks from now on August 2nd at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.

Rios hasn’t fought since his one-sided 12 round unanimous decision loss to Manny Pacquiao last November. Rios took a beating in that fight and wasn’t competitive at all in losing the fight in Macao, China. Read the rest of this entry »

Rigondeaux now a free agent

 guillermo rigondeaux By Dan Ambrose: WBA/WBO super bantamweight champion Guillermo Rigondeaux (14-0, 9 KOs) finished up his contract with Top Rank last Saturday night in blasting out the hapless Sod Kokietgym in one easy round in Macao, China. In perhaps the unkindest cut of all, Rigondeaux’s fight wasn’t televised by HBO2 in the United States.

Instead of Rigondeaux’s fight, if you want to call it that, being shown in the U.S, boxing fans had to sit through fights between Zou Shiming vs. Luis De La Rosa and super middleweight Gilberto Ramirez vs. Junior Talipeau. Rigondeaux was light years ahead of Shiming and Ramirez in talent, and yet HBO passed on Rigondeaux to put on fights involving those two. Read the rest of this entry »

Macklin faces Jorge Sebastian Heiland in WBC 160 lb eliminator on August 30th

Macklin Heiland Macklin vs. Heiland Jorge Sebastian Heiland  matthew macklin By Scott Gilfoid: Despite #9 WBC Matthew Macklin (30-5, 20 KOs) having lost 3 out of his last 5 fights, his promoter Eddie Hearn from Matchroom Sport has got him a matched up with #4 WBC Jorge Sebastian Heiland (23-4-2, 11 KOs) in a WBC middleweight title eliminator bout on August 30th at the National Stadium, in Dublin, Ireland.

The winner of the Macklin-Heiland fight becomes the mandatory challenger for WBC middleweight champion Miguel Cotto. I really can’t see Cotto bothering to face the winner of the Macklin-Heiland fight. Cotto isn’t going to face someone that boxing fans in the U.S don’t care to see, so he’s likely going to make the winner of the Macklin-Heiland sit around for ages until he vacates or gets beaten.

If Saul “Canelo” Alvarez beats Cotto next year to capture his WBC title, I doubt he’d burn up one of his pay-per-view fights facing Macklin or Heiland. He’ll either vacate or sit on the title facing other guys. He’s not going to fight either of them because it would be perceived as a terrible mismatch, and fans would have zero interest in wanting to see him fight either of them. Read the rest of this entry »

Is Kirkland vs. Canelo a toss up?

Canelo Kirkland Canelo vs. Kirkland  saul alvarez james kirkland By Bob Smith: Obviously, Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (44-1-1, 31 KOs) is a very skilled and talented boxer who has had an impressive string of wins, and just barely did enough to outpoint Trout and Lara. His only loss is to Floyd Mayweather Jr, but really who can fault him for that, and after all, he is still learning and is only 24 years old.

Canelo is also a naturally big junior middleweight, who rehydrates to the mid-160s or even the low 170s on fight night, and has not only tremendous power, very skillful combinations, and in addition a decent jab and good inside game. Kirkland, by contract, is a typical brawler, who goes non-stop in attack mode after round 1, and is relatively easy to hit. So how could a fight between Canelo and Kirkland be a toss up? Should a contest between them not be a clear Canelo victory? Read the rest of this entry »

Golovkin to test his power on Geale

Golovkin Geale Golovkin vs. Geale  gennady golovkin daniel geale By Dan Ambrose: WBA middleweight champion Gennedy Golovkin (29-0, 26 KOs) is hoping that he can become the first fighter to officially stop Daniel Geale (30-2, 16 KOs) when they face each other this Saturday night on HBO.

Geale has been fighting 10 years as a pro, but no one during that time has ever come close to knocking him out during that entire time. But then again, Geale has never fought Golovkin before. This is going to be a whole new experience and test for Geale.

If he can survive the full 12 rounds, he’ll be the first guy in the past 5 years that has survived 12 rounds against Golovkin. Winning probably isn’t an option for Geale, but if he can just make finish on his feet, it would be saying a lot about him. Read the rest of this entry »

Maidana plans on throwing more body shots against Mayweather this time

Mayweather Maidana 2 Mayweather vs. Maidana 2  marcos rene maidana floyd mayweather jr (Photo credit: Idris Erba) By Allan Fox: One of the mistakes that Marcos Maidana (35-4, 31 KOs) feels he made the last time he fought Floyd Mayweather Jr (46-0, 26 KOs) was by head-hunting too much when he had him trapped against the ropes last May.

Maidana spent much of the time trying to club Mayweather with shots that frequently missed by a wide margin with them flying over his head. Maidana failed to make corrections by lightening up on his power so that he could improve his accuracy, and most of all he feels that he failed to direct punches to the body of Mayweather where he was a lot more vulnerable. Read the rest of this entry »

Macklin’s next opponent to be announced on Monday

 matthew macklin By Scott Gilfoid: Matchroom Sport promoter Eddie Hearn says he’s going to be making an announcement this Monday about who #7 WBO, #9 WBC, #11 WBA Matthew Macklin’s next opponent will be for his fight August 30th next month at the National Stadium in Dublin, Ireland.

Hearn says that the guy that he’s matching the 32-year-old Macklin up against will put him into him back into the world title picture.

Hearn said on his twitter “Made a great fight for Matt Macklin, victory puts him right back in the thick of things! Full card announced tomorrow- tickets on sale Tuesday.” Read the rest of this entry »

Algieri wants Mayweather after Pacquiao fight

Pacquiao Algieri Pacquiao vs. Algieri Chris Algieri  manny pacquiao floyd mayweather jr By Chris Williams: Chris Algieri (20-0, 8 KOs) is so confident that he’s going to beat the 35-year-old Manny Pacquiao (56-5-2, 38 KOs) that he already has who in mind that he’d like to fight in his first fight after the Pacquiao fight.

Algieri wants to fight WBA/WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr (46-0, 26 KOs) in what would be a unification match. Algieri sees weakness in Pacquiao in terms of size, skills and age that he’ll be exploiting on November 22nd in their fight at the Venetian Casino & Resort, Macao, Macao S.A.R., China.

“That’s where we’re looking [Mayweather],” Algieri said to Read the rest of this entry »

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