By Scott Gilfoid: Well, it looks like Amir Khan (31-3, 19 KOs) has been passed over by Floyd Mayweather Jr. (48-0, 26 KOs) once again for a big money fight. According to Lance Pugmire’s source, Khan won’t be getting the fight against Mayweather Jr. due to Khan’s constant “yapping” about him. I had a feeling it was going to go this way for Khan.
If he’d just kept his trap shut, and waiting patiently for the Mayweather fight then maybe he’d be the guy that is getting the fight against him on September 12th, but Khan couldn’t stop flapping his gums 24/7 about Mayweather and now he’s not getting that cash out payday fight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Floyd Mayweather Jr’s strength and conditioning coach Alex Ariza says that Mayweather is training hard for his potential fight against former IBF/WBC welterweight Andre Berto (30-3, 23 KOs) on September 12th at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. Ariza says that Mayweather can’t wait to whip Berto’s backside when he gets him inside the ring.
Mayweather is taking his training as serious as he always does even though he’s facing a lesser opponent than what he’s become accustomed to. Berto may in fact turn out to be a tougher opponent than Mayweather’s last opponent Manny Pacquiao, who looked like he gave up after the 1st round after tasting Mayweather’s right hand. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Former world title challenger Dereck Chisora (21-5, 14 KOs) says he wants to fight for the EBU heavyweight title next September against European Boxing Union heavyweight champion Erkan Teper (15-0, 10 KOs) if he can get the fight with him. Chisora would in effect be avenging, or at least, attempting to avenge the defeat of fellow Brit David Price, who was trounced by Teper in two rounds a little over a week ago in Germany.
Certainly fighting for the EBU title at Chisora’s age has to be seen as a backwards career move. I mean, I can’t imagine a fighter who was recently ranked No.1 by the World Boxing Organization last November going backwards to fight for an EBU title rather than moving his career forward to try and get fights against top 10 talents. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin’s trainer Abel Sanchez says Golovkin will be fighting in October against a soon to be announced opponent in the next two weeks. Tom Loeffler, the promoter for Golovkin, is currently negotiating with Golovkin’s potential opponent for the October fight.
Sanchez didn’t drop any hints about who the fighter could be, but Golden Boy Promotions are reportedly in talks with Loeffler about a unification fight between their fighter IBF middleweight champion David Lemieux and Golovkin. It would be interesting if Lemieux winds up being the opponent for Golovkin in October on HBO. Golovkin-Lemieux would be a big fight, but probably not big enough for HBO pay-per-view. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Kalle Sauerland, the promoter for #1 WBC 168lb contender George Groves (21-2, 16 KOs), is saying that WBC super middleweight champion Badou Jack’s promoters at Mayweather promotions failed to meet the terms for the original deal for the Jack-Groves fight. As such, Sauerland has contacted the World Boxing Council to have them order purse bids for the Jack vs. Groves fight.
Now it’ll be up to the WBC to decide whether or not to let this go to purse bids. Sauerland and Mayweather Promotions previously averted a purse bid recently after they were able to reach a deal for the fight. However, it’s unclear what happened to change the terms of the deal. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: IBF super bantamweight champion Carl Frampton gave WBA champ Scott Quigg a not so subtle reminder that if he wants to put a fight together against him, he’s going to have to recognize that he’s the A-side in the equation.
Frampton wants Quigg to know this ahead of time so that if/when Quigg and his promoter Eddie Hearn decide to start negotiating with him, his manager Barry McGuigan and adviser Al Haymon, he’ll need to not try and ask for too much at the negotiating table. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: 36-year-old BJ Flores (31-1-1, 20 KOs) came in over the cruiserweight limit at 200.8lbs during today’s weigh-in for his fight on Saturday night against former WBA light heavyweight champion Beibut Shumenov (15-2, 10 KOs) at the Palms Casino and Resort, Pearl Theater, in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Shumenov vs. Flores fight will be televised on Premier Boxing Champions on NBC Sports. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo credit: HBO/Will Hart) By Dan Ambrose: IBF/WBA/WBO light heavyweight champion Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev (27-0-1, 24 KOs) made weight on Friday afternoon in coming in at 174.5 pounds for his title defense against No.1 IBF Nadjib Mohammedi (37-3, 23 KOs) on Saturday night on HBO from the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Mohammedi weighed in at 173.
Kovalev looked like he was about to start laughing during the stare down when the two fighters faced each other. Mohammedi was looking menacing at Kovalev, and it didn’t seem to bother the Russian fighter at all. He seemed to take it as a big bluff on Mohammedi’s part. Kovalev is a huge 100-1 favorite to win in some betting circles. Read the rest of this entry »
By Robert “Big Moe” Elmore: When somebody says, Salvador Sanchez, Alexis Arguello, Muhammad Ali, or Joe Louis, people automatically shout the word “greatness”. But the phrase “he fought the best in their prime” always comes out as well. That phrase can be played either way by people depending on the outcome of a fight or the person.
There have been fights that have taken place when both fighters were in their primes. Sometimes it takes place when one or the other is in their prime. And sometimes a fight takes place when neither fighter are in their primes. Read the rest of this entry »