By Scott Gilfoid: Matchroom Sport promoter Eddie Hearn is reportedly interested in setting up a WBC lightweight eliminator bout on June 27th between his fighter former two division world champion Ricky Burns (36-3-1, 11 KO’s) and #4 WBC Javier Prieto (24-7, 18 KO’s) at the Braehead Arena in Glasgow, Scotland.
Hearn has already got the arena setup for a fight on June 27th, and he’s just checking with the World Boxing Council if they’ll give him the green light to make the Burns-Prieto fight a WBC eliminator to lock in a mandatory challenge to WBC lightweight champion Omar Figueroa, according to the Dailyrecord. Read the rest of this entry »
By M.Malik: It is safe to say that the level of interest that once surrounded the fight between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao has considerably diminished. Pacquiao’s performances in his recent bouts have made Floyd Mayweather Jr. the favorite in fans eyes. Therefore, the interest that once hovered around the possible fight between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao is much lower. With that said, it is still the most intriguing fight in boxing at the moment.
So, can the fans expect to see these two lock horns in the ring anytime soon? I would have to say No! The recent rant by the founder and CEO of Top Rank, Bob Arum, at the Manny Pacquiao versus Timothy Bradley 2 press conference, ensured that no deal is likely between the two rival promoters (Top Rank and Golden Boy Promotions) anytime soon. As we all know, Floyd Mayweather Jr. has only 4 fights left on his Showtime contract. He is fighting Marcos Maidana on May 3rd, and that leaves the room open for 3 more opponents. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Manny Pacquiao (55-5-2, 38 KO’s) has an important fight this Saturday night against WBO welterweight champion Tim Bradley (31-0, 12 KO’s), but the 35-year-old Filipino star has his mind on a much bigger fight against Floyd Mayweather Jr. and he’s really hoping that his performance against Bradley will get him that fight.
For Pacquiao to have even a sliver of a chance at getting a big cash out fight against Mayweather, he’ll need to destroy Bradley in quick fashion. Pacquiao is going to need to crush Bradley in at least 3 rounds for fans to get excited about him fighting Mayweather, because grinding out a simple 12 round decision, which will likely be a close and controversial one, won’t be enough for Pacquiao to get the fight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Yannis Mihanos: The time for the highly anticipated rematch between Manny Pacquiao and WBO welterweight champion Tim Bradley is almost here. In a few hours the weigh in will take place and thousands of followers from both sides have already gathered at the MGM Grand Las Vegas Nevada and wait to give their warm support.
People’s favorite champ Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao (55-5-2) is the favorite to win this match, and everybody in the boxing world still expect him to fight Floyd Mayweather Jr., as no one sees other opponent capable enough to threaten the No.1 pound-for-pound king with defeat, but to do that he must first overcome a few obstacles. First, Pacquiao must beat Tim “Desert Storm” Bradley. Read the rest of this entry »
By Simon Allen: There is no clear science, rematches for the most part always remain unpredictable. This is because we have seen the fighters go to war and know their strengths and weaknesses. In general the bouts have been so close as to be hard to separate and any convincing decision seems unfair on both warriors.
Despite all this rematches nearly always leave the fans wanting more.
Rematches are a constant throughout the annals of boxing history; the great Sam Langford fought Henry Wills twenty one times in his career. Although this had more to do with colour barriers of the times, these two competitors always brought out the best in each other. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: The World Boxing Council has come to the rescue for the May 3rd fight between Amir Khan (28-3, 19 KO’s) and Luis Collazo (35-5, 18 KO’s) by having the two fighters battle over their vacant WBC Silver welterweight strap on the Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Marcos Maidana undercard at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The idea of #2 WBC Khan and the #15 WBC Collazo fighting for the Silver strap loses any meaning that it otherwise would have when you look at how low the WBC has Collazo ranked. I mean, if they’re going to put up their WBC Silver strap, they should at least make sure that it’s two highly ranked fighters rather than one guy with an inflated ranking like Khan and another guy who is a bottom dweller. I could understand Khan and #1 WBC Luis Carlos Abregu fighting for the WBC Silver strap, but definitely not Khan and Collazo. That doesn’t make any sense at all. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Top Rank promoter Bob Arum thinks that WBO welterweight champion Tim Bradley (31-0, 12 KO’s) has been purposely trying to ramp Manny Pacquiao (55-5-2, 38 KO’s) into a wild fighting frenzy to where he’ll come on like a mad dog on Saturday night and will run up on one of Bradley’s right hand shots that will do the work for Bradley by generating most of the power.
Arum doesn’t think Pacquiao is falling for it, as he expects him to fight under control when his two Top Rank fighters meet each other at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. Read the rest of this entry »
By Euan Gilchrist: As I sat down earlier this week to watch Buncies Boxing Hour (which is a low budget TV show screened in the UK on Boxnation), I expected the usual fare of boxing banter, and world boxing news and a recap of the weekends action. I was surprised and delighted when Steve Bunce was joined on the phone by former WBO heavyweight champion Shannon Briggs (51-6, 45 KO’s).
With the farcical YouTube video doing the rounds at the moment of Briggs losing his mind and throwing his shoes at an unresponsive Wladimir Klitschko, it’s easy to view him as a clown and to forget that he has fought some of the best heavyweights from the last 50 years in George Foreman, Lennox Lewis and Vitali Klitschko. For that reason alone I think that the man shouldn’t be treated as a joke. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: #8 WBC, #11 WBA, #12 WBO, Andy Lee (31-2, 22 KO’s) will be continuing with his trend of fighting journeyman when he faces 33-year-old journeyman Frank Haroche Horta (34-12-5, 13 KO’s) of France in a scheduled 8-round bout this Saturday night, April 12th from the Blue Water Dokken, in Esbjerg, Denmark.
Lee, 29, has basically lost two years of his career following his 7th round stoppage loss to WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. in June of 2012 in Texas. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Trainer Freddie Roach still seems bothered that Floyd Mayweather Jr. never bothered to face his fighter Manny Pacquiao, and he’s now lashing out at Mayweather by saying he’s just trying to avoid taking risky fights so that he can retire undefeated. Roach says that Pacquiao accepted a 64-40 split to face Mayweather, but then the fight still didn’t happen. He thinks that Mayweather doesn’t want to face the 35-year-old Pacquiao for fear of being beaten.
Roach doesn’t say anything about Mayweather having agreed to a 50-50 deal to fight Pacquiao in 2010, only to see the fight fail to happen after the fight fell apart over Mayweather wanting random blood testing. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Showtime All Access episode 1 of the Floyd Mayweather Jr. (45-0, 26 KO’s) vs. Marcos Maidana (35-3, 31 KO’s) fight preview is coming up in nine days from now on 4/19 at 9:00 PM E/T. After having sat through two of the Manny Pacquiao – Tim Bradley 24/7 episodes on HBO, I’m really looking forward to seeing Mayweather and Maidana show fans how it’s done by bringing some excitement and energy into their fight preview. This should be really compelling TV for fans of the sweet science. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: WBO welterweight champion Tim Bradley (31-0, 12 KO’s) has a big fight this Saturday night against Manny Pacquiao (55-5-2, 38 KO’s), and the chances are Bradley will come up short and wind up losing this fight on way or another. He’s giving up a lot of speed and power to Pacquiao, and the only thing he has going for him is his heart and his supreme confidence But Bradley feels he’s definitely going to beat Pacquiao, and he’d like to fight Floyd Mayweather Jr. so that he can prove who the No.1 fighter is in boxing.
To Bradley, he thinks a win over Pacquiao will prove without a doubt that he’s the No.2 two fighter, but he’d still need to fight Mayweather for the No.1 spot to show fans who the better fighter is. Read the rest of this entry »
By Yannis Mihanos: Just a few days before the big fight between WBO welterweight champion Tim Bradley (31-0, 12 KO’s) and Manny Pacquiao (55-5-2, 38 KO’s) on Saturday night at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. The knives have already gone out from both sides. Eight time division world champion Pacquiao seems as ready as ever and as aggressive as ever for this fight.
Welterweight champion Bradley appears ready and confident too. In their sparring sessions both looked in tip top shape. Bradley seems overly muscular, and it is obvious to me that his increased body mass index was a main target for the preparation. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: #5 IBF James DeGale (18-1, 12 KO’s) inked a contract with Matchroom Sport promoter Eddie Hearn earlier today. DeGale will now be looking to set himself up to potentially face the winner of the Carl Froch vs. George Groves 2 fight by battling #3 IBF Brandon Gonzales (18-0-1, 10 KO’s) in an IBF super middleweight eliminator bout on the undercard of Froch-Groves 2 on May 31st at the Wembley Stadium in London, UK.
If DeGale wins that fight than he’ll be locked in as the mandatory challenger for Froch’s IBF belt. However, that doesn’t mean he’ll get a chance at Froch, because he could choose to vacate the belt if the IBF tries to force him to take the fight. There are better paying fights out there for Froch than a fight against DeGale, and it’s a bad style match-up for the aging 36-year-old Froch. The last thing he needs is to be fighting another Andre Dirrell type of opponent at this late stage in his career. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Former two division world champion Vic Darchinyan (39-6-1, 28 KO’s) will be fighting his second consecutive fight in the 126lb division when he faces WBA World featherweight champion Nicholas Walters (23-0, 19 KO’s) at the Cotai Arena, Venetian Resort, Macao, Macao S.A.R., China. Walters is the guy that Top Rank promoter Bob Arum had wanted to match against Nonito Donaire, but he changed his mind for some reason after Donaire had his faced fractured in his last fight against Darchinyan last November. Donaire won the fight by a 9th round TKO, but he suffered a hairline fracture in his face in that fight.
Darchinyan did such a good job in that fight that they decided to let him fight on HBO again in the featherweight division, even though he’s someone who hasn’t been a really effective fighter since he left the super flyweight division years ago. Darchinyan was nearly unbeatable at flyweight and super flyweight, but there was no money in those divisions, so he kept moving up in weight to chase the bigger fights. Read the rest of this entry »