By Dan Ambrose: In what has to be taken as a warning for WBC middleweight champion Miguel Cotto (39-4, 32 KOs), what 160 pound champion Gennady Golovkin (30-0, 27 KOs) said that he thinks the tiny 5’7” Cotto is too small to be fighting in the middleweight division.
Golovkin says he believes that Cotto is just doesn’t have the size to be fighting in the 160 pound weight class, and believes that Marco Antonio Rubio (59-6-1, 51 KOs) is the toughest challenge he has I the division, not Cotto.
Cotto is the exact same size at the 5’7” Curtis Stevens, a fighter that Golovkin bludgeoned for 8 one-sided rounds last November until the fight was finally halted in the 8th. Stevens has the same kind of punching power that Cotto has. Read the rest of this entry »
By Raj Parmar: During a recent media workout to promote the rematch between Floyd Mayweather (46-0, 26 KO’s) and Marcos Maidana (35-4, 31 KO’s), Mayweather Promotions CEO Leonard Ellerbe openly discussed Mayweather’s motivation for the fight and Floyd’s intent of ensuring Maidana does not make the final bell.
“Floyd is very prepared for this fight and is extremely motivated in his preparation,” Ellerbe stated via Fightype.com, “He has some added incentive because Chino (Maidana) has been talking a lot of trash and Floyd finds that very disrespectful. Floyd is very determined to stop Chino.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Raj Parmar: Newly crowned IBF welterweight champion Kell Brook (33-0, 22 KO’s) has earned some praise from pound for pound king Floyd Mayweather (46-0, 26 KO’s) following his upset defeat over ex-champion Shawn Porter (24-1-1, 15 KO’s).
“The guy Kell Brook came to my boxing gym I think 5 days before the fight and watched me spar a little bit,” Mayweather said to fighthype.com, “Cool guy. A true gentleman. He earned it the hard way.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: WBA Super World featherweight champion Nonito Donaire (33-2, 21 KOs) will be defending his title against WBA World featherweight champion Nicholas Walters (24-0, 20 KOs) in the co-feature bout on the Gennady Golovkin vs. Marco Antonio Rubio card on October 18th in a fight televised by HBO Championship Boxing from the StubHub Center in Carson, California.
Donaire-Walters is arguably the best co-feature bout on a major fight card since the Lucas Matthysse vs. Danny Garcia fight last year in September when that fight was the co-feature on the Floyd Mayweather Jr vs. Saul “Canelo” Alvarez fight card. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: #1 IBF Carl Frampton will be taking on the monstrous punching IBF super bantamweight champion Kiko Martinez on September 6th at the Titanic Quarter in Belfast. Frampton sees himself as one of the top fighters in the 122 pound division, but he’s going to have to prove that he belongs up there by showing that he can beat the tough as nails Martinez.
Frampton wants to take on the bigger names in the division like Leo Santa Cruz. Frampton hasn’t shown a great deal of interest as of yet facing what many boxing fans see as the legitimate overall champion at 122 in Guillermo Rigondeaux. That guy is obviously a step too far for Frampton to take. Read the rest of this entry »
By Rhodri Cording: This is one of the most divisive topics relating to the sport we love and enjoy at present, just who is being avoided and who is doing the avoiding. I would like to present a few case studies of undefeated fighters that are still fighting to try and get to the bottom of this never ending talking point and give you my opinions of this matter.
Before I start, I must say that it is often not the fighters that are doing the avoiding. Promoters wouldn’t be doing their jobs properly if they were putting promising, inexperienced fighters in the ring with a level that was too high for them too early on. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Marco Antonio Rubio’s WBC interim 160 pound title will be up for grabs in his fight against WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (30-0, 27 KOs) on October 18th, according to Steve Kim and Golovkin’s promoter Tom Loeffler of K2 Promotions.
This means that the winner of the Golovkin-Rubio fight will be the mandatory challenger for WBC middleweight champion Miguel Cotto. Unfortunately, it doesn’t mean that Cotto will necessarily face the winner of the Rubio-Golovkin fight, because Cotto could very well vacate his WBC title rather than face Golovkin or Rubio (59-6-1, 51 KOs). Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Unbeaten heavyweight prospect Anthony Joshua (7-0, 7 KOs), fresh off his sparring work with IBF/IBO/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko in Austria, will be facing 35-year-old journeyman Konstantin Airich next month in scheduled 8-round fight at the Phones 4u Arena in Manchester, UK.
Airich has lost 5 out of his last 7 fights and you can make a strong argument that he’s probably a step down from Joshua’s last opponent 47-year-old Matt Skelton, who Joshua stopped in 2 rounds last July. Read the rest of this entry »
By Don Ech: This past week I have written two articles on Keith “The Beast” Thurman aka Keith “Thunder” Thurman aka Keith “One Time” Thurman which have generated over 50+ comments each.
I have chosen purposely to focus on Keith Thurman because it is totally obvious that something very strange is going on in the world of boxing concerning this young man.
In my view it seems we (fans) are being sold day in and day out on the idea that Keith Thurman is a nobody, not worthy, hasn’t really fought anyone and Thurman is all hype. The question I pose to you the reader is “are we the fans being fooled or is it true” that Keith “One Time” Thurman is just another hype job with no skills, no talent, and no power plus no marketability or is Keith Thurman deliberately being stalled and pushed backwards for the sake of business? Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Marcos Maidana (35-4, 31 KOs) is threatening to walk away from his scheduled rematch against WBA/WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr (46-0, 26 KOs) on September 13th unless he can wear his Everlast MX gloves for the fight.
These are the same type of gloves that Mayweather already rejected for their last fight in May. Mayweather took issue with the gloves after he inspected them and found that they didn’t have as much padding round the knuckle area of the gloves compared to some of the other gloves. Maidana subsequently had to change to a different pair. There was talk that Maidana received money to change to a different pair, but Maidana denied this. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Kubrat Pulev (20-0, 11 KOs) will be getting his shot against IBF/IBO/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (62-3, 52 KOs) on November 15th, provided that Wladimir’s torn left biceps injury is healed by then. Wladimir hurt his arm while sparring with one of his 15 sparring partners a week ago.
The Wladimir-Pulev fight will be staged at the O2 World Arena in Hamburg, Germany. They were set to fight on September 6th, but Wladimir’s arm injury wiped that fight date out. Read the rest of this entry »
By Gav Duthie: Anyone who witnessed Marcos Maidana’s lumbering display against Devon Alexander in 2012 on his welterweight debut would be forgiven for thinking he would never share a ring with Mayweather let alone a rematch. The improvement in the Argentines set up since then can be laid purely at Robert Garcia’s door.
If Maidana is to have any chance of dethroning Floyd it will mean Garcia will need to come up with the perfect game plan. The role between the trainer and the fighter in boxing is probably more important than any other sport. Here are some other of my favourite examples of how vital a trainer has been in a boxers success. Read the rest of this entry »
By Raj Parmar: As Bernard Hopkins (55-6-2, 32 KO’s) keeps defying all logic at 49 years young by continuing to rack up wins and championships, his trainer Naazim Richardson has spoken out regarding the fact that Hopkins does not get enough credit for his accomplishments. Richardson feels that if Bernard was achieving similar high level results in another sport at his current age, then Bernard would be the world’s biggest sports star.
“If this was any other sport, like a 50-year old pitcher, he would have been the biggest star in the world,” Naazim Richardson stated to thaboxingvoice.com, “But they are treating out sport different. They don’t acknowledge it.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Jim Dower: Former IBF/WBA/WBC/WBO middleweight champion Jermain Taylor was arrested on Tuesday and charged with allegedly shooting his cousin in Pulaski County in Arkansas. Taylor’s cousin is said to be in serious condition.
The shooting occurred at Taylor’s home in Pulaski County. He’s being charged with first-degree battery, as well as aggravated assault. The shooting took place at approximately 6:00 p.m.
According to Arkansas online, Taylor got into an altercation with his cousin. The name of Taylor’s cousin is unknown at this point.
Taylor was taken to the Pulaski County Jail. He’s currently being held without bail. He’ll be attending court tomorrow morning on Wednesday. Read the rest of this entry »