By Jim Dower: Undefeated No.9 IBF Sullivan Barrera (16-0, 11 KOs) has agreed to face undefeated no.2 IBF Artur Beterbiev (9-0, 9 KOs) in an IBF light heavyweight eliminator bout. The negotiations will start soon between Barrera’s promoter Kathy Duva and the promoter of Beterbiev for a fight this year.
The winner of the Beterbiev-Barrera fight will become the IBF No.1 mandatory challenger to IBF champion Sergey Kovalev. Beterbiev could have faced Kovalev without going through the trouble of fighting in an IBF eliminator, but he wanted to be the mandatory challenger and not just the voluntary challenger. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Golden Boy Promotions CEO Oscar De La Hoya says that the Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Manny Pacquiao last May turned off 2.5 million new boxing fans, who he feels will never come back to watch another boxing event due to De La Hoya believing that the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight failed to provide the action and excitement that it was originally billed as potentially supplying. For De La Hoya, it obviously hits him hard if the casual fans don’t come back to watch future pay-per-view fights, because he promotes a lot of fights, and it will be bad if the fan don’t come back.
“Pacquiao-Mayweather didn’t live up to expectations whatsoever,” De La Hoya said to Fighthype.com. “You had 2.5 million people, new customers, disappointed. They wanted to see a fight, and now these are never going to want to see boxing again because of that fight. So that’s what I have a problem with. Now I’m speaking as a promoter. I love fights. I love action. I want to see an action fight. That’s what I’m going to see on November 21st [with Canelo vs. Cotto],” De La Hoya said. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jim Dower: After being dismissed by Floyd Mayweather Jr. recently when he told her to come look him up when she starts making $300 million per fight like he made against Manny Pacquiao, UFC woman’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey has fired back with a comment about how she thinks she makes more money per second than Mayweather makes for his fights.
In overall pay, Mayweather likely makes more money than the 28-year-old Rousey, but her fights have been lasting only one round lately due to the lack of quality for her to fight. Rousey isn’t facing opposition with a massive amount of experience, and the result is she’s stopping them quickly in less than one round. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: #1 WBC challenger George Groves (21-2, 16 KOs) has failed twice in the past when he’s challenged for a world title in stoppage losses to former IBF/WBA 168kb champion Carl Froch in the past, and now Groves is on the verge of challenging for another world title against WBC super middleweight champion Badou Jack (19-1-1, 12 KOs) on September 12th at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Groves says he’s got a specific game plan for the Badou Jack fight that will bring him a victory in this pay-per-view card on Showtime. Groves, 27, doesn’t say what the plan is, but it’s likely something to do with him using a lot of movement to try and stay clear of him. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Former WBO light heavyweight champion Nathan Cleverly (29-2, 15 KOs) will be returning to the 175lb in failure when he faces #2 WBC, #3 WBA, #5 WBO, #6 IBF Andrzej Fonfara (27-3, 16 KOs) in a 12 round fight on October 16th at the UIC Pavilion, in Chicago, Illinois. Cleverly, 28, attempted to make a go of it at cruiserweight, but after facing a few weak cruiserweights, he was beaten by fringe contender Tony Bellew by a close 12 round decision last November.
Cleverly saw the writing on the wall after that fight and did the wise thing in moving back down to light heavyweight. Bellew should have seen the writing on the wall as well from that fight, because he clearly doesn’t belong at cruiserweight either. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: WBC middleweight champion Miguel Cotto (40-4, 33 KOs) reminded the boxing media about an event that took place give years ago when his little brother Jose Miguel Cotto had Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (45-1-1, 32 KOs) badly hurt and basically out on his feet give years ago in the 1st round in their fight in 2010. Jose hurt Canelo with a hard right hand that had him stunned. He then unloaded everything but the kitchen sink on Canelo while trying to finish him off, but unfortunately for Jose, he smothered his own work by standing too close to Canelo and he was unable to finish him off.
At the time of the fight, Jose was a 135lb lightweight, while Canelo was a hulking welterweight. Canelo was more like junior middleweight at the time of the fight. He was 20-years-old at the time. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Former WBA/WBC junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez told the media this week that if he’s mandated to fight IBO/WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin in the near future after his bout against WBC middleweight champion Miguel Cotto then that’s something he’ll explore and think about. But Canelo says he’s not afraid to fight anybody in the sport despite the fact that Canelo hasn’t elected to fight Golovkin as of yet.
“If that’s something that was mandated, then we’ll take it serious,” Canelo said to media. “After this fight [against Cotto], we’ll deal with it. I’m not afraid of anybody.” Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo credit: Casino/Showtime) By Gerardo Granados: Next August 29 at the Staples Center, Los Angeles, California; two former champions will engage in a fight that could decide the future for both, one will stay wondering what went wrong meanwhile the other will move on to bigger things better fights and purses.
WBC super-bantam belt holder Leo Santa Cruz will have his most difficult fight in the past two years, once he was perceived as potentially a future boxing star but after hand pick three opponents in a row and have looked poor against club fighter Jose Cayetano it’s hard to believe he is living his best moment right now. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: 31-year-old WBA Super Word super middleweight champion Andre Ward (28-0, 15 KOs) is still possible for the undercard of the November 21st pay-per-view card headlined by WBC middleweight champion Miguel Cotto vs. Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (45-1-1, 32 KOs) on HBO from the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.
“We think it would be good for him [Ward], a showcase pay-per-view, it could be good for the pay-per-view and he showed interest in being on the undercard,” Michael Yorkmark, CEO of Roc Nation, told ESPN Deportes. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: Former IBF/WBA 140lb champion Danny Garcia (31-0, 18 KOs) says he wouldn’t mind fighting for eight division world champion Manny Pacquiao (57-6-2, 38 KOs) if possible, but at the same time he doesn’t know if the fight can be realistically made now that Pacquiao’s company Top Rank has decided to sue Al Haymon, the adviser for Garcia.
It’s a lawsuit that Garcia says he doesn’t understand at all, given that Haymon helped put together the recent fight between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Pacquiao, a fight which has turned out to be a huge money maker for Top Rank. Read the rest of this entry »