By Dan Abrose: Golden Boy Promotions president Oscar De La Hoya is confident that the proposed May 2nd showdown between WBC middleweight champion Miguel Cotto (39-4, 32 KOs) and Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (44-1-1, 31 KOs) will bring in over 1 million pay-per-view buys on HBO, and give the two fighters the biggest paydays of their careers.
The Cotto-Canelo fight likely won’t do nearly as well as when the two fighters each fought Floyd Mayweather Jr . However, they’ll be getting a much bigger purse split in facing each other than they did against Mayweather, and that ultimately could mean a bigger payday for them if the fight does as well on HBO PPV as De La Hoya seems to think it will. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Unbeaten #2 WBC, #2 WBO, #4 IBF super middleweight contender Gilberto Ramirez (29-0, 23 KOs) will be putting his unbeaten record on the line tonight against journeyman Fulgencio Zuniga (27-9-1, 24 KOs) at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Amir Khan believes that WBO light welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao (56-5-2, 38 KOs) has slipped a couple of notches at age 35, and he feels that he could have problems in his next fight on November 22nd against undefeated Chris Algieri (20-0, 8 KOs) in Macau, China.
Khan thinks Pacquiao’s performances in his last four fights have been less than impressive, and while he’s won his last two fights against Tim Bradley and Brandon Rios, he felt that Pacquiao failed to impress in either of those bouts. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: IBF/IBO/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (62-3, 53 KOs) will be taking on what could be one of his toughest tests in quite some time when he defends his belt against unbeaten Kubrat Pulev (20-0, 11 KOs) this Saturday night at the O2 World arena in Hamburg, Germany. Read the rest of this entry »
by Robert “Big Moe” Elmore: I penned an article about Top Rank CEO Bob Arum claiming that Showtime and HBO were on board to do the Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao fight in 2015 as told to the UK-based newspaper “The Independent” on September 2nd of this year. At that time, neither Ross Greenberg (HBO sports president) nor Steve Espinoza (Showtime sports president) came forward to support Arums claims. It was later confirmed that Pac was moving back to 140 to finish his career. At least we now know that Arum’s claims that Showtime was on board were correct. According to Espinoza, three months ago, they offered Pac a minimum of 40 million dollars with a 35% percent of the pay per view upside.
Arum told fighthype.com on November 11th of this year that Floyd was reluctant to fight Manny. Floyd has not uttered a word, but it’s very clear that an offer was made. What is interesting about this offering from Espinoza to Arum is that it was offered three months ago and Arum has not answered. Read the rest of this entry »
Jacob Cullen: Boxing season is in effect, with a number of bouts around the corner, I want to know which YOU are most anticipating.
This weekend 15/11/2014 – Return of the Mack, Klitschko vs Pulev
This weekend sees the Return of Matthew Macklin after his 8 round fight on the Smith vs Abraham card. He faces off against Jorge Sebastian Heiland in what should be a routine victory for Macklin, but as many know Macklin is coming off the back of a poor performance in Germany and was last year knocked out by GGG Gennady Golovkin. Read the rest of this entry »
by Gav Duthie: Once again Wladimir Klitschko 62-3 (52) will take on the #2 heavyweight in the world when he faces Kubrat Pulev 20-0 (11) tomorrow night. If he wins tomorrow and then a further two particular bouts against the Chisora-Fury winner on Nov 29 and whoever the WBC champion is by the summer next year he could hold a legitimate claim to being the most dominant heavyweight champion of all time.
I want to distinguish that I see the likes of Muhammad Ali, Joe Louis, Evander Holyfield and George Foreman as greater fighters on the all time greatest fighter list but in terms of pure heavyweight domination Klitschko is hard to rival. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: #9 WBO, #13 IBF heavyweight contender David Price (18-2, 15 KOs) will be back inside the ring next month against journeyman Emilio Ezequiel Zarate (18-13-3, 9 KOs) in a scheduled 10 round bout at the the EWE Arena in Oldenburg, Germany.
Price, 6’8”, has been licking his wounds for the past five months after suffering a hand injury. Price’s German promoters have been trying to rebuild his career following back to back defeats at the hands of American Tony Thompson in 2013. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Don Charles, the trainer for Dereck Chisora, believes that unbeaten #1 WBO Kubrut Pulev (20-0, 11 KOs) could pull off a huge upset this Saturday night when he gets in the ring against IBF/IBO/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (62-3, 52 KOs) in their fight at the O2 World Arena in Hamburg, Germany.
Charles thinks the 6’4 ½” Pulev’s size, strength and intelligence will be keys to him beating the 6’6” Wladimir, who hasn’t lost a fight in a decade since his loss to Lamon Brewster in 2004. Charles points out that Pulev easily handled Alexander Ustimov several years ago in his 11th round knockout. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Joe Calzaghe sees Tony Bellew (22-2-1, 14 KOs) tasting defeat for a second time when he faces former WBO light heavyweight champion Nathan Cleverly (28-1, 14 KOs) on November 22nd at the Echo Arena, in Liverpool, UK.
Calzaghe thinks the Bellew-Cleverly 2 fight will ultimately come down to Cleverly’s superior hand speed and conditioning. Like their first fight in 2011, Calzaghe sees the two fighters fighting each other to a standstill in the first half of the fight. But once the bout goes into the second half, Calzaghe thinks Cleverly will take over and wear Bellew out with his superior conditioning. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Unbeaten Chris Algieri (20-0, 8 KOs) has dominated Manny Pacquiao (56-5-2, 38 KOs) in the four sports they completed in while on their press tour. Algieri sees their November 22nd fight this month as being more of a continuation of that, as he feels he’s a better athlete than Pacquiao.
Algieri beat Pacquiao in basketball, bowing, pool and batting practice. Being a better fighter than Pacquiao in four separate sports says a lot about Algieri. It tells you that he’s the better athlete and it also suggests that he has the better IQ, because it takes intelligence to beat your opponent in so many different sports. Whether Algieri’s superior talent in those sports will transfer over to boxing is the big question. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: John David Jackson, the trainer for IBF/WBA/WBO light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev (26-0-1, 23 KOs), thinks one of the biggest reasons why Kovalev was able to beat the 49-year-old Bernard Hopkins (55-7-2, 32 KOs) in their recent fight on November 8th was due to Kovalev keeping his head and not getting frustrated easily when he was unable to score a knockout over Hopkins at some point in their fight.
Kovalev put Hopkins on the floor in the 1st round, and he also hurt him in the 12th. However, Hopkins did a good job of taking Kovalev’s best shots to continue fighting. Read the rest of this entry »