By Wilmar Patino: This November Chris Algieri and Manny Pacquiao square off in a PPV showdown on HBO from Macao, China. They have contrasting styles. So much to take in account when making an in depth decision on what would happen when the 5’11 Algieri faces the small 5’6 Pacquiao. One thing I can assure you is that this will not be a Margarito/De La Hoya esque fight. No, There are a lot of variables in which one should review in a scrupulous manner to make a prediction.
What we know about Chris Algieri: What we know is that Algieri has good boxing skills (not great). He’s a bit of a jabbing machine, uses lateral movement all night and tries to circle his way out of trouble. He can make some adjustments as the fight goes on and after his battle with Ruslan Provodnikov we know he’s disciplined, and capable of keeping his cool and stick with the game plan. We also know by now that he has heart. Read the rest of this entry »
By Bob Smith: The victory by WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin over Daniel Geale was very impressive, and arguably the most dominant victory of the entire boxing year, in retrospect it seemed like they did not even deserve to be in the ring with each other, yet Geale is a former two time world champion at middleweight, who had never suffered a loss by knockout, won title decisions as a foreigner in Germany, and was universally ranked in the top 5 fighters in the middleweight division.
And Golovkin really just blitzed over Geale. It is an interesting reflection that tough contenders like Garbriel Rosado and Curtis Stevens last longer in the ring against Golovkin than those who have contested for titles more regularly like Geale or Matthew Macklin. Read the rest of this entry »
By Anthony Mason: “The truth is, it makes the game [where] players have to be more skillful. Nowadays, literally anybody can get out there and get to the basket and you can’t touch anybody. Back then, if guys put their hands on you, you had to have the skill to be able to go both ways, change direction, post up, you had to have a mid-range game because you didn’t want to go all the way to the basket because you would get knocked ass over tea kettle. So I think PLAYING THE GAME BACK THEN REQUIRED MUCH MORE SKILL.” – Kobe Bryant (whose prime years were all in the 2000s) on the NBA of the 1980s/1990s
With this quote, Kobe Bryant, who won all 5 of his NBA championships in the 2000s, disproved the common myth that athletes get better as the years go by. When a sport first starts, it is true that there is a learning curve that needs to be passed. Eventually, however, there is a point where the development of a sport plateaus. Sure, some might point to the steady increase in sprinting times over the years as “proof” that today’s athletes are superior. Read the rest of this entry »
By Wilmar Patino: After Gennady Golovkin’s showcase of power and skill many here are quick to praise the middle weight champion, justifiably so. He is the real deal and a true prize fighter. Gennady Golovkin has great amateur credentials and seemingly is rising through the pound for pound rankings grabbing everyone’s attention along the way.
I acknowledge his talent and am becoming a real fan of his knockout power. He cuts the ring off very good and unloads bombs on his opponents when he gets the chance or creates the opportunity. Yet I myself have to be reminded of a mistake all of us make, have made, and will continue to make. The mistake I’m talking about ladies and gentlemen is…falling in love with power. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: IBO/WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin’s promoter Tom Loeffler says that Golovkin will be back in the ring in October or November against an opponent still to be determined. Loeffler doesn’t know yet who Golovkin will be facing, but he mentioned wanting to match him against Miguel Cotto, Saul “Canelo” Alvarez or Julio Cesar Chavez Jr next if possible.
If he can get any one of those guys in the ring, then he’ll take that fight. HBO wants to see Golovkin fight as much as possible, and they’d obviously be pleased if any of those guys came to the table to fight him.
The Golovkin-Geale fight drew 8,572 fans last night, which is double the number for Golovkin’s last fight. Loeffler feels that Golovkin’s popularity is increasing like a wildfire similar to the way that former heavyweight world champion Mike Tyson became popular overnight when he became a world champion at age 19. Read the rest of this entry »
By Ian Aldous: On Saturday August 9th, Derric Rossy, (29-8) will take on the undefeated contender, Vyacheslav Glazkov (17-0-1) in the main event of the NBCSN televised ‘Fight Night’ card from the Sands Casino Resort in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Unbeaten challenger Chris Algieri (20-0, 8 KOs) plans on taking advantage of Manny Pacquiao’s advanced age to try and wear down the 35-year-old with a fast pace in their fight on November 22nd at the Venetian Casino & Resort, Macao, Macao S.A.R., China.
Algieri, 30, believes that the soon to be 36-year-old Pacquiao can no longer fight at a sustained fast pace for a 12 round fight, and this is something he’s going to use to make him show his age. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Amir Khan (29-3, 19 KOs) says that former IBF/WBC welterweight champion Andre Berto (28-3, 22 KOs) is one of three possible names for him to fight next in December. He says that he trains alongside Berto in Oakland, California with trainer Virgil Hunter.
Khan isn’t all that keen at the thought of fighting Berto, because the two of them have become friends, but he’s willing to do it if he’s the guy selected by his management.
It’s unclear if his adviser Al Haymon or Golden Boy Promotions are the ones that are thinking of putting Berto in with Khan. In either case, it would be another safe pick for Khan given that Berto has lost 3 out of his last 4 fights, and is coming off of a 12th round knockout loss to high level journeyman Jesus Soto Karass from last year in July. Berto suffered a shoulder injury in that fight, and he’s been out of action ever since. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Brandon Rios (31-2-1, 23 KOs) will be fighting for the first time in nine months when he gets in the ring in fight against the tough #10 IBF Diego Chaves (23-1, 19 KOs) in a 10 round bout at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The Rios-Chaves fight is part of an HBO After Dark split site double-header. WBO light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev (24-0-1, 22 KO’s) defends against #10 WBO Blake Caparello (19-0-1, 6 KOs) from the Revel Resort, in Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: In case WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (30-0, 27 KOs) fails to get a fight against WBC middleweight champion Miguel Cotto (39-4, 32 KOs) or Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (44-1-1, 31 KOs) in November, Golovkin is now saying he’d be more than willing to fight former WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr next if he’s willing.
Golovkin and Chavez Jr were in negotiations to fight recently, but Chavez Jr didn’t sign the contract. There was a huge guarantee for Chavez Jr whether he won or lost. Rumors are that Chavez Jr would have made a career high $6 million as part of a 2-fight, $12 million deal, and yet he didn’t sign. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: With his win last night over a pudgy looking Mike Perez (20-0-1, 12 KOs), #2 WBC Bryant Jennings (19-0, 10 KOs) earned a shot to fight for the WBC heavyweight title against the winner of the November fight between Deontay Wilder and WBC belt holder Bermane Stiverne.
Jennings will likely take a tune-up fight before he faces the winner of the Wilder-Stiverne fight though, because he’s clearly not going to be getting that title shot until early 2015 given that those two will be fighting in November.
Jennings, 6’3”, 222lbs, is going to need to raise his game considerably from what we saw last night against Perez if he wants to have a chance of beating Wilder or Stiverne. I expect that Jennings will be facing Deontay and not Stiverne, but either way he’s going to be in big trouble against either of those guys. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Trainer Freddie Roach still isn’t willing to display his cards about how he plans on telling his fighter WBC middleweight champion Miguel Cotto (39-4, 32 KOs) to fight next in December. Roach went on a scouting run last night at Madison Square Garden in New York to watch WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin’s fight against Daniel Geale.
Roach had seen Golovkin on video, but he wanted to see him live in order to get a better estimation of his power and to hear the sound of his punches.
Roach had previously mentioned Saul “Canelo” Alvarez’s name as a potential opponent for Cotto to fight in December, but a new name is former WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. He hadn’t been talking about the much, much bigger Chavez Jr as a potential opponent for Cotto, perhaps due to Chavez Jr’s 6’1”, 190+ frame. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: Former IBF/WBA middleweight champion Daniel Geale (30-3, 16 KO’s) was skeptical about WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (30-0, 27 KOs) being the real deal before their fight last night at Madison Square Garden in New York, but after finding out firsthand how powerful Golovin is in getting knocked out in the 3rd round, the 33-year-old Geale is now officially on board the GGG express.
Geale believes that Golovkin is the hardest puncher in boxing, and he feels that there’s really no one that has any chance of beating him right now because of his punching power. Read the rest of this entry »
By Gavin “Neds” O’Connor: The future of the middleweight division is really starting to look very interesting and the prospect of Gennady Golovkin (30-0, 27 KOs) moving up to 168 or down to 154 is genuinely exciting and the potential match ups available are mouthwatering for him in either of those divisions if he’s willing to make the move.
Last night in Madison Square Garden, the seemingly unstoppable Golovkin successfully defended his WBA middleweight title in showcasing his power and talent in beating the tough Australian and former 3-time world champion Daniel Geale (30-3, 16 KOs) in the 3rd round TKO. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: If you saw last night’s heavyweight WBC eliminator bout between #3 WBC Mike Perez (20-1-1, 12 KOs) and Bryant Jennings (19-0, 10 KO’s) on the undercard of the Gennady Golovkin vs. Daniel Geale fight at Madison Square Garden in New York, you’ll have no doubt noticed how limited and lost Perez’s trainer Adam Booth was when it came to giving him any functional advise in the corner.
I’m not even talking about the fact that Perez came into the fight at a career-high of 242 pounds and appeared to be a good 25 pounds overweight, what I noticed was how repetitive Booth’s instructions were in between rounds. Perez needed some clear instructions in order to help him get past what proved to be difficult opponent for him in Jennings. Read the rest of this entry »