By Gerardo Granados: Next September 13th at the MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.A.; Referee Kenny Bayless will be responsible to make the fighters obey the rules and it might not be an easy job for him or any other referee. Bayless is an experienced referee and has been in charge of many big fights. To the pressure of fight fans who will be watching, you can add the economical side of the bout that a big Pay Per View event can bring.
Referee Bayless must take control of the actions since the first bell ring otherwise the fight could get spoiled just as Referee´s Vic Drakulich and Pat Russell respectively did on the Diego Chaves vs Brandon Rios and Kell Brook vs Shawn Porter bouts. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Trainer Robert Garcia thinks that Chris Algieri (20-0, 8 KOs) is going to have a very difficult time trying to figure out how to beat WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao (56-5-2, 38 KOs) on November 22nd in their fight in Macao, China.
Garcia has a lot of respect for the talent of Pacquiao, and he feels that he still has a lot left in the tank at age 35. Garcia acknowledges that Pacquiao has something from his game from when he was at his peak in 2009, but he feels that he was so far above everyone else that he’s still exceptionally good. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Former WBA/WBC junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (44-1-1, 31 KOs) reportedly stopped by Golden Boy Promotions Offices today to discuss his next fight in December.
Golden Boy sent out a tweet hinting that the 24-year-old Canelo will have something big coming. What that big thing is we can only guess. #3 WBO, #5 IBF, #11 WBC James Kirkland (32-1, 28 KOs) has been mentioned as a possible opponent for Canelo to fight. However, that’s not a great fight, given how bad Kirkland looked in getting stopped by Nobuhiro Ishida in 2011 in a 1st round knockout loss for Kirkland. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Here are some of the quotes from today’s media day with Marcos Maidana (35-4, 31 KOs):
“I think its advantage for me that I’ve experienced his style before. I’ll take advantage of his mistakes,” Chino Maidana said about his rematch with Floyd Mayweather Jr. “My distance control wasn’t great. I smothered my punches. I’m not sure I ever really hurt him. This time I’ll keep my distance.”
“I think I can win by decision or by knockout,” Maidana said. “The 1st fight was a very close fight. I just need to make a few adjustments. I’m going to make history September 13. It’s really difficult to knockout Floyd because he runs, but I’ll do my best to make it happen. No, I haven’t had the pleasure of having such a pleasant dream.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Raj Parmar: Earlier today, it was confirmed in a media conference call to promote the rematch between Floyd Mayweather (46-0, 26 KO’s) and Marcos Maidana (35-4, 31 KO’s) that Maidana will in fact wear the same gloves he used in the first fight, which is the Everlast Powerlock model.
A day before the first fight, the event was threatened to be cancelled when Floyd’s team objected to the gloves Maidana had selected for the bout. After some tense hours, it was decided that Maidana would have to switch his original gloves and wear the Powerlock model. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao (56-5-2, 38 KOs) hasn’t even gotten past the tough as nails Chris Algieri (20-0, 8 KOs) for their fight scheduled on November 22nd, and already Pacquiao’s promoter Bob Arum is talking about the next fight he wants to match Pacquiao against after that one.
Arum specifically wants to put a fifth fight together between Pacquiao and 40-year-old Juan Manuel Marquez. Arum previously had hoped to put the Pacquiao-Marquez 5 fight together for November, but they couldn’t get Marquez to agree to take the fight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Trainer Freddie Roach says it’s a waste of time for his fighter WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao (56-5-2, 38 KOs) to be waiting around to try and get a fight against the biggest arguably the biggest money maker in the sport of boxing in WBA/WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr (46-0, 26 KOs).
Roach says they’ve done all they could to try and make a Pacquiao-Mayweather fight take place, but it never did. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: WBC interim middleweight champion Marco Antonio Rubio (59-6-1, 51 KOs) plans on using every trick in the book to try and defeat WBS middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (30-0, 27 KOs) in their fight on October 18th at the StubHub Center in Carson, California.
Rubio, 34, and his trainer Robert Garcia are going to come into the fight with a number of different battle plans they hope will work. If one doesn’t work, they plan on abandoning it and trying something else out until something does finally work. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid:
Former WBC 160lb champ Julio Cesar Chavez Jr (48-1-1, 32 KOs) has decided not to face WBC super middleweight champion Anthony Dirrell (27-0-1, 22 KOs). Chavez Jr, ranked #1 WBC, would have been the next guy in line to fight Dirrell, but Chavez Jr has instead opted to pass on fighting the unbeaten talent for some reason.
According to Dan Rafael of ESPN, the WBC was notified that Chavez Jr won’t be exercising his mandatory challenger status for a shot against Dirrell. As such, Dirrell can now take an optional defense against whomever he would like to face. Read the rest of this entry »
By Gav Duthie: Despite the nation only having 13 ex world champions in the history of boxing there have been a couple of times where Scottish fans have had the excitement of watching two of them face each other. Ricky Burns v Scott Harrison is not one of those times. This is a fight that Harrison doesn’t deserve and Burns doesn’t need. If Ricky wants to be a genuine contender at 140lbs he needs to fight a genuine contender at the weight. I hope they are not going to try to make this into some sort of a grudge match that it is not.
Ricky Burns- The Good
Despite his drop in form Ricky has more than surpassed any expectations that local fans had for him. He was fighting well under the radar in the mid 2000′s in the shadow of Scott Harrison and Alex Arthur. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: WBA World super bantamweight champion Scott Quigg (28-0-2, 21 KOs) will be fighting #10 WBC bantamweight contender Stephane Jamoye (26-5, 16 KOs) on September 13th at the Manchester Arena in Manchester, Lancashire, United Kingdom.
Quigg was supposed to be fighting Paulus Ambunda, but he suffered a hamstring pull during training and had to pull out of the fight.
What’s interesting about Quigg facing the 24-year-old Jamoye on September 13th is the fact that Jamoye has lost 2 out of his last 3 fights. You don’t see that a lot, a champion fighting a contender struggling like Jamoye has been recently. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: WBA light heavyweight strap holder Jurgen Braehmer (44-2, 32 KOs) is interested in facing IBF/WBA super middleweight champion Carl Froch (33-2, 24 KOs) at either 168 or a catch-weight.
Braehmer’s promoter Kalle Sauerland believes a fight between the two fighters would be a big deal, presumably because of a Germany vs. England rivalry. Froch still doesn’t have an opponent for next January, and it’s looking like the fight that he’s been pining away for against Julio Cesar Chavez Jr isn’t going to happen. Read the rest of this entry »
By Don Esch: In a radio interview conducted by 78sportstv with WBA Interim Welter Weight Champion Keith “One Time” Thurman, the interview was focused on Thurman’s thoughts on Golden Boy, Top Rank, Al Haymon, Floyd Mayweather and the business of Boxing.
I must say after watching this young man speak (Keith Thurman) in multiple interviews Keith “One Time” Thurman is a real “class act” ;This young aspiring boxer is very articulate, funny, charismatic and an all around good person and dedicated athlete which we rarely see today. In my opinion Keith Thurman comes across as more than an athlete, Thurman comes across as a “role model” and a leader who speaks very well and very educated with absolutely no disrespect to any fighters, Promoters, Commentators, or Fans. Read the rest of this entry »
By Raj Parmar: While currently promoting his welterweight title defense against Chris Algieri (20-0, 8 KO’s) that is set to take place on November 22, Manny Pacquiao (58-5-2, 38 KO’s) and promoter Bob Arum took some time to discuss a potential showdown with pound for pound king Floyd Mayweather (46-0, 26 KO’s). Both believe the long anticipated superfight can finally happen next year and that a deal will no doubt be reached amongst all parties involved very soon.
Mayweather currently has a network deal in place with Showtime while Manny fights for rival network HBO. Arum is confident however that the two networks can come to a special agreement to stage the fight, which would no doubt shatter pay per view records. Both networks had previously staged a joint promotion when Mike Tyson took on Lennox Lewis in a huge heavyweight title clash; as Tyson was signed with Showtime and Lewis with HBO. Read the rest of this entry »