By Scott Gilfoid: In less than three weeks, WBC super middleweight Badou Jack (19-1-1, 12 KOs) will be putting his WBC title on the line against his No.1 WBC 168lb mandatory challenger George Groves (21-2, 16 KOs) in a 12 round bout on the undercard of the Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Andre Berto fight card on Showtime PPV from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Jack, 31, originally thought the fight with the 27-year-old Groves would be a tough affair, but he’s now thinking that it could wind up as being an easy one for him. Either way, Jack says he’ll ready for a war on September 12th when he gets inside the ring with Groves. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Top Rank promoter Bob Arum will be meeting with his No.1 money fighter Manny Pacquiao to discuss the possibility Pacquiao fighting Britain’s Amir Khan in Pacquiao’s return fight in February or March of 2016. The 83-year-old Arum has already met with Khan in the UK to talk over the fight, and now he wants to meet with Pacquiao to see what he thinks of facing the 28-year-old Khan.
Pacquiao and Khan previously sparred together when the two of them were both trained by the same trainer Freddie Roach in the past. The two stopped sparring after Khan dumped Roach following his 4th round knockout loss to Danny Garcia in 2012. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jim Dower: If Canadian #5 WBC Jean Pascal wants a world title shot against WBC light heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson (26-1, 21 KOs) then he’s going to have to work his way to the No.1 mandatory spot, because the soon to be 38-year-old Stevenson says he’s not going to give the 32-year-old Pascal a title shot with one of his voluntary defenses.
Stevenson says that Pascal gave up his No.1 spot recently when he chose to fight IBF/WBA/WBO light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev, and he’s not going to let Pascal get a title shot after he threw away his chance. Further, Stevenson says that he wasn’t given a title shot by one of the champions in a voluntary defense. He had to work his way to the No.1 spot before he was given a title shot. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chester Rivers: Why is there so much negative criticism towards Floyd Mayweather Jr. and his career accomplishments? Many cannot wait to pick apart any statement or action involving the 5 division champion. Most of his critics have a double standard when it comes to Mayweather thus making them appear to be jealous hypocrites and incompetent on the history of the sport of boxing. Let take a look at some of the latest criticism and acts of hypocrisy by some of Mayweather’s most vocal critics.
Let’s start with the face of the female sports world, Ronda Rousey. As of late, Rousey has got in the habit of mentioning or referencing Mayweather’s name during some of her interviews. During an interview following her ESPY win as Fighter of the Year she took a jab at Mayweather by referencing his history of domestic violence asking, “How does it feel to beat by a women for once”? Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: IBF middleweight champion David Lemieux (34-2, 31 KOs) expect IBO/WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (33-0, 30 KOs) to be really surprised by his punching power when he gets inside the ring with him on October 17th.
Lemieux figures that Golovkin will be facing the hardest puncher of his career when the two of them start exchanging shots on HBO pay-per-view, and he admits that Golovkin will be the hardest puncher that he’s faced during his career. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: A lot of boxing fans and members of the media are writing off the chances of the 6’5” Johann Duhaupas (32-2, 20 KOs) for his title shot against the talented WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder (34-0, 33 KOs) on September 26th. They don’t see the 32-year-old Duhaupas as having the talent to compete with the 6’7” Wilder.
I can understand why they wouldn’t see Duhaupas as being good enough to compete with Wilder, because not too many heavyweights can due to his incredible punching power, but I think Duhaupas has the talent to possibly go the distance with Wilder. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: WBC middleweight champion Miguel Cotto’s trainer Freddie Roach says he’s got a great plan for the soon to be 35-year-old Cotto to use for his catch-weight title defense against the younger 25-year-old Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (45-1-1, 32 KOs) in their big fight on HBO pay-per-view on November 21st at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Roach isn’t saying what this great plan is but it likely has something to do with Cotto using movement, jabbing and avoidance of Canelo to try and win a 12 round decision. That’s the only thing that’s ever worked against Canelo in the past. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: This Saturday night on August 29th, former three division world champion Abner Mares (29-1-1, 15 KOs) will be facing former two division champion Leo Santa Cruz (30-0-1, 17 KOs) in a 12 round fight on Premier Boxing Champions on ESPN from the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California.
The Mares vs. Santa Cruz fight is a good one, but it’s one that would have been much better had the fight taken place in 2013 when the two of them were still being matched against quality opposition. Mares has been on the rebuilding mode with his career ever since he was knocked out in one round by Jhonny Gonzalez in August 2013. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: If the long awaited German match-up between WBO super middleweight champion Arthur Abraham (43-4, 29 KOs) and the aging former IBF/WBA/WBO middleweight champion Felix Sturm (39-5-3, 18 KOs) is going to take place then it must take place in 2015, according to Abraham’s promoter Wilfried Sauerland.
Sauerland thinks the fight is already late in taking place, and Sturm waits until 2016 before finally taking the fight, it will be too late. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Amir “King” Khan (31-3, 19 KOs) thinks Floyd “Money” Mayweather Jr. (48-0, 26 KOs) is cheating the fans by not picking him out for his September 12th fight or for what will likely be another fight in early 2016 as he seeks out his 50th victory of his career.
Khan thinks that Mayweather is evading the fight with him by ducking him rather than facing him and potentially getting beaten for the first time in his career. Khan thinks he brings more money to a fight against Mayweather than anyone else in the sport except for Manny Pacquiao. Read the rest of this entry »