(Photo credit: Sumio Yamada) By Scott Gilfoid: After getting stopped in the 10th round last May in a fight against WBC lightweight champion Jorge Linares (39-3, 26 KOs), #3 WBC Kevin Mitchell (39-3, 29 KOs) is poised to get yet another shot at the title in a rematch against Linares on October 17th in Venezuela.
It’ll depend on how things go with the July 18th fight between challenger Anthony Crolla and WBA lightweight champion Darleys Perez. If Perez wins that fight, then Linares will likely face Perez in a unification bout. If Crolla wins, then Linares and Mitchell would wind up facing each other again. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Welterweight star Floyd Mayweather Jr. will be netting from $220 million to $230 million for his 12 round decision win over Manny Pacquiao on May 2nd of this year in Las Vegas, Nevada, according to ESPN.com. This is pretty close to the $250 million that Mayweather is talking about making from the Pacquiao fight.
Mayweather says he’ll make all total over $500 million for 2015. He’s expected to make over $100 million for his next fight on September 12th, and he still has money coming to him for the Pacquiao fight. $500 million is a lot of green. Read the rest of this entry »
By Yannis Mihanos: It seems that controversy and Tim “Desert Storm” Bradley (35-1-1-1) have finally become one and the same thing.
I might as well call him from now on Controversy Tim or at least he should consider changing his nickname to “Controversy”.
I really don’t know how Bradley manages to put himself into trouble every time, but he certainly has something special going on with it. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: On Tuesday, WBA/WBC/WBO welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. confronted a dummy that he used as a prop to get some of his thoughts out about the excuses Filipino star Manny Pacquiao (56-6-2, 38 KOs) came up with after his one-sided 12 round unanimous decision in their fight on May 2nd at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. After Mayweather asked the Pacquiao dummy about his shoulder excuse that he used after his loss to him, Mayweather slapped the Pacquiao twice in the face and then told him to stop telling fibs. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Undefeated WBA super middleweight champion Andre Ward (28-0, 15 KOs) will be back before the end of the year, according to Roc Nation Sports COO David Itskowitch. He’s not sure which weight class the 31-year-old Ward will be fighting in, however.
Ward is still trying to decide whether to move up to 175 to fight the likes of Sergey Kovalev, or stay at 168 and continue to rule the division with an iron fist. There are negatives for Ward no matter which way he moves with his career. Read the rest of this entry »
By Michael Montero: Saturday night Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley scored a unanimous decision victory over previously undefeated Jessie Vargas at the StubHub Center, just outside of Los Angeles. HBO Championship Boxing, which is having an outstanding year so far, celebrated the broadcast of their thousandth bout. For Bradley, who won the 2013 fight of the year against Ruslan Provodnokov at this same venue, he added another exciting victory to his ledger. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Promoter Eddie Hearn is going to wait until November or December before he steps his fighter heavyweight Anthony Joshua (13-0, 13 KOs) up a couple levels and puts him in with unbeaten talent Dillian Whyte (14-0, 11 KOs) at that time.
Joshua will be fighting on September 12th, which would be the ideal date for the Joshua-Whyte fight, but for some reason Hearn wants to put the fight off for a little while longer. It could be that Hearn wants Joshua to get a little more seasoning with his September fight before finally allowing him to step inside the ring with his former conqueror Whyte. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jim Dower: Welterweight contender Manny Pacquiao (57-6-2, 38 KOs) will begin the hard part of his rehab on his shoulder this week after he visits his doctor in the United States on July 3rd. As long as everything checks out for the 36-year-old Filipino star, he’ll be back inside the ring in early 2016. That’s what his promoter Bob Arum sees happening with him.
Arum is interested in matching him against his fighter WBO light welterweight champion Terence Crawford (26-0, 18 KOs) if he can’t get Pacquiao a rematch with Floyd Mayweather Jr. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: With 42-year-old Oscar De La Hoya recently talking about making a comeback to the sport before changing his mind to stay retired, it makes one think of former two division world champion Ricky Hatton (45-3, 32 KOs) as someone who is due for another comeback attempt of his own. He’d just need to take off a wee bit of weight first.
In comparison to De La Hoya, the 37-year-old Hatton is a young chicken. He’s still young enough to fight and possibly even succeed against the right opposition. But for Hatton to make a comeback, he’s going to need to burn the blubber off that he’s put on because he’s gotten quite heavy. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: WBA World welterweight champion Keith “One Time” Thurman (25-0, 21 KOs) has hit a dry streak in his career where he’s no longer knocking guys out like he was before when he was fighting lower level, record-padding opposition.
Thurman, 26, said earlier today that he’s now facing crafty opposition who are focusing on not getting knocked out, and that’s why he’s not getting the KOs like he had before. He says his power is still the same, but he’s now facing guys that trying to survive. Read the rest of this entry »