By Scott Gilfoid: Ricky Hatton believes that former IBF/WBA light welterweight champion Amir Khan (29-3, 19 KOs) deserves a shot against WBA/WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr (46-0, 26 KOs) in 2015 despite the fact that Khan hasn’t faced a credible opponent in two years since his loss to Danny Garcia in 2012.
Hatton thinks that Khan has proven himself worthy of a big money fight against Mayweather. I’m not really sure why Hatton feels this way because Khan’s last three fights since his losses to Danny Garcia and Lamont Peterson have come against Carlos Molina, Julio Diaz and Luis Collazo. Read the rest of this entry »
By Cameron Gillon: WBA interim welterweight champion Keith Thurman was at the final press conference for the Floyd Mayweather Jr vs. Marcos Maidana rematch this Saturday. Thurman always shows up to these type of fights to scout and look at future opponents. He plans on being at the fight on Saturday.
Thurman is currently the mandatory challenger to be the next fighter in line to get a shot at the welterweight WBA title shot. This belt is currently held by Mayweather himself so you can understand why he is at the fight. He could potentially be the next guy Mayweather decides to fight. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo credit: Esther Lin/Showtime) By Chester Rivers: In preparation for Saturday night rematch between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Marcos Maidana, I watched the original fight with my mute button turned on. I turned on my mute so I could concentrate on the action instead of being influenced by the commentary. After watching the replay, I have come to the conclusion that Saturday night will be easy pickings for Floyd.
Like many of you I originally thought that Maidana gave Floyd one of his toughest fights ever. I have to admit that I was somewhat swayed by the enthusiasm of the commentators admiration of Maidana’s efforts but with the mute button on that is no longer the case. Read the rest of this entry »
By Gav Duthie: Mayweather and Golden Boy promotions have decided not to opt for chief undercard support this Saturday like they did with Amir Khan v Collazo but the undercard is shaping up nicely. There are some fairly competitive fights and titles on the line. Here we rate the fights and speculate if any might outshine the main event.
Humberto Soto 64-8-2 (35) v John Molina 27-4 (22)
Fight Rating: 9/10
Fight Type: All action
This has the potential to be the fight of the night. I love fighters like John Molina. Will he ever become a world champion, probably not but it doesn’t matter. He always entertains and always gives us good fights. He’s a Mickey Ward, Arturo Gatti type throwback who will keep you on the edge of your seat until the final bell. He might feel a little hard done by on Saturday as he watches Mickey Bey fight for a world title after he amazingly stopped him in round 10 for his only loss to date. Read the rest of this entry »
By Gav Duthie: I understand this is a minority opinion but I think Amir Khan is one of the few boxers that has the potential to defeat Floyd Mayweather Jr. Make no mistake I think he is a talented fighter with incredible attributes but this is not an Amir Khan love piece its more about how he is wasting a promising career.
Amir keeps making the same mistakes both in and out of the ring which is greatly effecting his fighting potential. He may have the fastest hands in boxing but from a ring IQ and marketing point of view he is a complete disaster. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Former WBO middleweight champion Peter Quillin is claiming that the reason why the World Boxing Association made Gennady Golovkin the WBA Super World champion was because Golovkin failed to fight Jarrod Fletcher.
Quillin seems to have his mind made up that Daniel Jacobs is the main WBA middleweight champion and Golovkin was made the WBA Supper World champ only because he didn’t fight Fletcher.
The WBA elevated Golovkin to Super World champion last June. The previous WBA Super Champion Daniel Geale was stripped of that status by the WBA in October of 2012 after he failed to fight Golovkin, who was the WBA regular middleweight champion at the time. Geale wanted to fight Anthony Mundine rather than face Golovkin. But for some reason the WBA didn’t give Golovkin the Super World WBA status until June of 2014. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo credit: Esther Lin/Showtime) By Allan Fox: This time WBA/WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr (46-0, 26 KOs) isn’t going to be content with just going out looking to win by a decision in his rematch against Marcos Maidana (35-4, 31 KOs).
Mayweather wants to score a knockout this time because he feels like that’s the best way for him to make a statement in this fight and show boxing fans the difference between him and Maidana. Mayweather wants to leave Maidana on the canvas and not able to answer the 10 count. Read the rest of this entry »
By Raj Parmar: An interesting tidbit of information came out today regarding the never ending glove dispute saga between Floyd Mayweather Jr (46-0, 26 KO’s) and Marcos Maidana (35-4, 31 KO’s). There had been some confusion in the boxing world regarding whether Maidana would fight Mayweather in 8 ounce Everlast Powerlock gloves (which he fought Floyd with in May) or a bigger 10 ounce version of the gloves.
After the final Mayweather-Maidana press conference was over today, Maidana’s trainer Robert Garcia spoke with reporters about the gloves issue and revealed that Marcos almost had to wear 10 ounce Everlast Powerlock gloves in the rematch with Floyd. After going through some general paperwork regarding the fight recently, Garcia discovered that the paperwork indicated 10 ounce gloves were to be used by each fighter in the fight. This came as a complete shock to Garcia and he immediately did something about it. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Tonight, All Access: Mayweather vs. Maidana 2, episode 3 will air at 7:30 PM ET/PT on Showtime. This episode will show Mayweather and Maidana getting to the final stages of preparation for this Saturday’s “Mayhem” card from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. The fight is televised on Showtime pay-per-view. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Well, it looks like #2 WBO Billy Joe Saunders (20-0, 11 KOs) is out of luck as far as him fighting for the vacant WBO middleweight crown. The World Boxing Organization committee has ordered a fight between Demetrius Andrade and #1 WBO Matt Korobov (24-0, 14 KOs) for the vacant WBO 160 pound title rather than letting Saunders get a shot at the crown.
Andrade applied this past week to be the WBO to be mandatory for the vacant WBO middleweight title, and the WBO granted his request. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo credit: Naoki Fakuda) By Chris Williams: Marcos Maidana (35-4, 31 KOs) says he plans on making history on Saturday night in his rematch against WBA/WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr (46-0, 26 KOs) at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Maidana was well dressed today with a suit that looked something out of an old Lawrence Welk program from the 60s. Maidana was definitely well dressed for the occasion.
“I am ready to make history,” Maidana said today at the final press conference at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. “I am very well prepared. I know him already. It’s going to be a big advantage for me,” Maidana said. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Mike Stafford, the trainer for former three time world champion Adrien Broner (29-1, 22 KOs), says he prefers that Broner not fight #1 WBO, #2 WBC Lucas Matthysse (36-3, 34 KOs) next. Stafford wants Broner to fight for a world title and pick up a belt before fighting Matthysse at a later date.
If Stafford gets his way then we might not see Broner vs. Matthysse for quite some time. In that case then there would have been no real point in last Saturday’s mismatches between Broner and Emmanuel Taylor and Matthysse vs. Roberto Ortiz on Showtime. Read the rest of this entry »
By Conor Farrelly: Paul Smith Junior (35-3) challenges WBO Super-middleweight Arthur Abraham (40-4) on the 27th of September in Kiel Germany.
This is a fight which has raised certain eyebrows within boxing circles. The question of whether Paul Smith Junior is worthy of this opportunity is not an area which I will develop upon.
Any boxer who decides to enter a boxing ring will always have my respect. Michael Watson and Gerald McClellan are examples of the devastating consequences which come about from entering the ring. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao (56-5-2, 38 KOs) says he has no concerns about the big height and reach advantage of his 5’10” opponent Chris Algieri (20-0, 8 KOs) going into their fight in two months from now on November 22nd at the Cotai Arena, Venetian Resort, Macao, Macao S.A.R., China.
Pacquiao, 5’6,” will be giving up 4” in height and close to 6” in reach to Algieri. If that’s not a huge disadvantage for the 35-year-old Pacquiao than I don’t what is. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo credit: Esther Lin/Showtime) By Chris Williams: The “Mayhem: Mayweather vs. Maidana 2″ final press conference will be streamed today starting at 1 pm PT for boxing fans to see WBA/WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr and Marcos Maidana make their final comments about their fight on Saturday night at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
This is a fight that boxing fans have been looking forward to for the past four months ever since their previous fight last May, which was won by Mayweather by a 12 round majority decision. Read the rest of this entry »