By Dan Ambrose: HBO analyst Max Kellerman thinks Manny Pacquiao (57-6-2, 38 KOs) should steer clear of a fight against WBO 140lb champion Terence Crawford (27-0, 19 KOs) for his final fight of his career next year in April. Kellerman sees Crawford as too mean, and too difficult of a fight for Pacquiao for his last fight of his career.
While Kellerman acknowledges that Pacquiao is faster, stronger, more athletic and more experienced than Crawford, he still sees Crawford as a bad option due to his meanness. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: WBO 160lb belt holder Andy Lee is picking former WBC middleweight champion Miguel Cotto (40-4, 33 KOs) to top Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (45-1-1, 32 KOs) this Saturday night in their HBO televised fight on pay-per-view. Lee likes Cotto’s intelligence in the fight, as well as his experience as being factors that will lead to victory over the much younger and heavier 25-year-old Canelo.
Lee doesn’t have any reasons for wanting Cotto to win the fight, because he’s interested in fighting a unification match against IBF/IBO/WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin in 2016 if Lee can successfully get past #1 WBO challenger Billy Joe Saunders in their fight on December 19th at the Manchester Arena in Manchester, UK. Read the rest of this entry »
By Raj Parmar: Boxing critics and fans have been largely divided between who they feel will win the much anticipated encounter between Saul ‘Canelo” Alvarez and Miguel Cotto tomorrow night. The match-up will be a another important chapter in the infamous Mexican-Puerto Rican rivalry that exists in boxing and will help clear up the some of the smoke that clouds the middleweight division currently.
Both Cotto and Canelo are two of the biggest draws in boxing now that Floyd Mayweather has retired and Manny Pacquiao has significantly faded from the spotlight. Mayweather retired without a loss and Pacquiao lost to Mayweather; meaning both stars have largely left boxing without recently losing to an active fighter. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: #10 WBO challenger Martin Murray (32-2-1, 15 KOs) weighed in successfully at 166.25lbs on Friday for his title shot against WBO super middleweight Arthur Abraham (43-4, 29 KOs) for their fight on Saturday night at the TUI Arena in Hannover, Germany. For his part, the 35-year-old Abraham came in at 168lbs exactly on the super middleweight limit. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: WBA World lightweight champion Darleys Perez (32-1-1, 20 KOs) and #10 WBA fringe contender Anthony Crolla (29-4-3, 11 KOs) both made weight on Friday for their fight this Saturday night at the Manchester Arena in Manchester, UK.
Both fighters came in at 134lbs for their World Boxing Association ordered rematch on Sky Sports. Crolla and Perez fought to a 12 round draw last July in Manchester, but shortly after the fight ended, Crolla’s promoter Eddie Hearn of Matchroom Sport appealed the decision to the WBA, and they chose to order a rematch. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: There will be a packed house on November 28th at the ESPRIT Arena in Dusseldorf, Germany, and Tyson Fury (24-0, 18 KOs) thinks he’s going to steal the crowd with his performance against IBF/IBO/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (64-3, 53 KOs).
Fury acknowledges that the German crowd will be firmly in Wladimir’s favor in this fight, but he thinks that he’s going to have them cheering for him by the end of the fight. Personally, I think Fury is delusional with his thinking. He’s got a serious pipe dream going in thinking that he’s going to be marching out of the ring in Germany being cheered by an adoring crowd of Germans. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: #1 WBO Tyson Fury (24-0, 18 KOs) has his mind made up that he can’t win a decision in Germany over IBF/IBO/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (64-3, 53 KOs) due to him being a Brit and Klitschko being what he calls a “super champion.”
Fury seems to think that it’s impossible to beat the talented 6’6” Klitschko by a points decision, so he figures he’s got to go in there and try to score a knockout over the 39-year-old fighter. Klitschko has been knocked out three times in his career, but by big punchers each time. Read the rest of this entry »
By Yannis Mihanos: Earlier this week the news spread that Miguel Cotto (40-4, 33 KOs) has been stripped of his WBC middleweight title because he failed to pay the World Boxing Council’s $300,000 sanctioning fee in order for him to have the WBC title on the line for his fight against Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (45-1-1, 32 KOs) this Saturday night in their fight on HBO pay-per-view from the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The news spread a bit of panic around, especially to the organizers and the TV channels for the Cotto vs. Canelo fight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Former world champion Carl Froch expects #10 WBO Martin Murray (32-2-1, 15 KOs) to have a really difficult time trying to beat WBO super middleweight champion Arthur Abraham (43-4, 29 KOs) in their fight this Saturday night at the TUI Arena in Hannover, Germany.
Froch believes that it’s a winnable fight for the 33-year-old Murray, but still a hard one potentially due to Abraham’s punching power. Froch thinks that Murray needs to outwork the 35-year-old Abraham to have a chance of winning the fight. In other words, Murray needs to try and do what Paul Smith attempted in his first fight by Abraham by being the busier fighter, and then hoping that the judges will ignore Abraham’s much more powerful shots in order to win a decision. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Adam Booth, the former trainer of 35-year-old former two division world champion David Haye believes that the heavyweight division needs exciting fighters like Haye.
Booth doesn’t see it as a bad thing for Haye to be staging a comeback after being out of the ring for three years. Haye will likely have been out of the ring for four years when/if he makes his comeback in 2016, as he last fought in 2012 in beating Dereck Chisora by a 5th round knockout. Read the rest of this entry »