By Gav Duthie: When I caught a sneak peak at the headline Matchroom and Top Rank join forces I was excited. I thought maybe he has signed up Kell Brook for a three fight deal against Rios, Pacquaio and Bradley? Perhaps Chavez Jnr v Carl Froch is close to completion?
Unfortunately not, both wrong. Carl Moretti and Top Rank have joined forces with Matchroom to discuss opportunities for American Super Bantamweight Chris Avalos 24-2 (18) in the UK sector. Quite uninspiring news really but it did get me thinking. Matchroom boss Eddie Hearn said of the venture: (Courtesy of sky sports)
“There are lucrative opportunities for Chris Avalos within the division particularly on this side of the pond”. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: WBC interim middleweight champion Marco Antonio Rubio is picking former two division world champion Marcos Maidana (35-4, 31 KOs) to defeat WBA/WBC 147lb champion Floyd Mayweather Jr (46-0, 26 KOs) this Saturday night in their rematch on Showtime pay-per-view from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Mayweather-Maidana 2 fight goes for $64.95 on PPV for boxing fans who still haven’t ordered it.
Rubio believes that Maidana’s aggressive fighting style is going to give Mayweather problems in this fight, especially with the way that he attacks by throwing punches everywhere. Rubio sees this as Maidana’s best chance of beating Mayweather on Saturday. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: A fight between #1 WBO Matt Korobov (24-0, 14 KOs) and #2 WBO Billy Joe Saunders (20-0, 11 KOs) is reportedly in the works for November 22nd to fight for the vacant WBA middleweight title that was recently vacated by Peter Quillin.
Top Rank, the promoters for Korobov, are working with Saunders’ promoter Frank Warren to setup the fight. The idea is to have the Korobov-Saunders fight take place on the undercard of the November 22nd fight between Tyson Fury and Dereck Chisora at the ExCel Arena in London, UK. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: The talented unbeaten WBO lightweight champion Terence Crawford (24-0, 17 KOs) will be making his second and likely his last title defense of his WBO strap in two months on November 29th against #1 WBO Raymundo Beltran (29-6-1, 17 KOs) in Crawford’s home city at the CenturyLink Center, in Omaha, Nebraska, USA.
Crawford feels that Beltran was robbed last September in 2013 when he challenged former WBO lightweight champion Ricky Burns in his home city of Glasgow, Scotland and had to settle for a 12 round draw. Read the rest of this entry »
Deontay Wilder vs. Bernane Stiverne & Danny Garcia vs. Viktor Postol purse bids postponed until October 1st
By Scott Gilfoid: The purse bids that were previously scheduled for this Friday, September 12th for the Deontay Wilder vs. Bermane Stiverne and Danny Garcia vs. Viktor Postol fights have been postponed until October 1st, according to Dan Rafael of ESPN. It’s unknown at this time why the purse bids were postponed.
It’s a positive for both fights because it gives them more time to try and negotiate the fights before it gets to a purse bid. I still see them both going to purse bids though. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo credit: Sauerland Events) By Scott Gilfoid: #5 WBO Paul Smith (35-3, 20 KOs) is hoping to pull off a huge upset this month in would could be a once in a lifetime title shot against WBO super middleweight champion Arthur Abraham (40-4, 28 KOs) on September 27th at the Kiel, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany.
Smith wants to beat Abraham and then bring the strap back to the UK with him as a trophy from battle, but it’s going to be awfully tough for him to do that given the huge step up he’s making in this fight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: In this Saturday’s Showtime pay-per-view rematch between WBA/WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr (46-0, 26 KOs) and Marcos Maidana (35-4, 31 KOs), Mayweather says he expects Maidana to come out and foul and be a dirty fighter when they get inside the ring at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Mayweather says he’s just going to need to stay calm and use his intelligence to box Maidana and minimize the things that he attempts to do.
The referee for the fight is Kenny Bayless and he’s got a track record of not putting up with too much fouling without him putting his foot down and taking control of the fight. Bayless is going to be tested in this fight just as referee Tony Weeks was tested last May in the original Mayweather-Maidana fight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Trainer Freddie Roach is still stewing about WBA/WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr (46-0, 26 KOs) showing little interest in fighting his No.1 guy WBO 147 pound champion Manny Pacquiao (56-5-2, 38 KOs) in a mega-fight.
Roach has recently been saying that the only reason why Mayweather has shown no interest in that fight is because he feels he’s a shot fighter whose legs are gone. In a recent interview, Roach continued along that theme with him believing Mayweather has lost a few steps and can no longer move like he used to. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Just as I expected, WBA 122 pound strap holder Scott Quigg (28-0-1, 21 KOs) prefers to face IBF super bantamweight champion Carl Frampton in England rather than Belfast, which is where Frampton’s manager Barry McGuigan wants the fight to take place.
Quigg has a title defense coming up next week on September 13th that he has to get out of the way first against bantamweight Stephane Jamoye (26-5, 16 KOs) that he has to get out of the way first before he can think seriously about fighting Frampton in a unification fight, and even then, the IBF is going to need to give Frampton permission to bypass his #1 IBF mandatory challenger Chris Avalos for the fight against Quigg to happen. Read the rest of this entry »
By Cameron Gillon: Former WBC, WBO and Ring middleweight champion Sergio Martinez career will be decided next week when he meets with a doctor to run tests on the injuries he has occurred over recent years.
Martinez is coming off a heavy loss to the new WBC middleweight champion Miguel Cotto where Martinez lost that title to Cotto, Martinez to me was a favorite and I gave Cotto no chance of winning this fight due to Cotto not ever fighting at 160 and Martinez still being good enough to beat Cotto.
That wasn’t the case as Cotto put Martinez down three times in the 1st round and then again in the 9th. The fight was stopped by Martinez’s trainer who could clearly see Martinez was not going to win on the scorecards and had nothing left to go for the knockout. Martinez’s legs couldn’t handle Cotto’s power shots and the only thing that kept Martinez was going was the heart he has. Read the rest of this entry »
By Gav Duthie: Everyone has an opinion on why Floyd Mayweather Jr and Manny Pacquiao have not yet fought. It would be ignorant of me to try and convince anyone either way who is to blame as most are on one side or another and that won’t change.
If you blame Mayweather that’s fine, no problem, what I don’t like is the throw away comments about him ducking this or cherry picking that. With the exception of Pacquiao is there anyone else he should have fought in the past but didn’t? I thought I would have a proper look back at his career and assess the situation.
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By Chris Williams: WBA/WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr (46-0, 26 KOs) reminded boxing fans and Marcos Maidana (35-4, 31 KOs) last night that Maidana isn’t on the same level as him and he’s going to be taking a considerable step up in class when the two fighters meet in the center of the ring on Saturday, September 13th at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Mayweather respects Maidana 100 percent as a fighter and believes he’s a competent guy who would give anyone in the division problems at 147. But Mayweather doesn’t see Maidana as being an A level fighter like himself. He seems Maidana as strictly as a B level guy making a big jump up in competition, and like most B-level fighters that face Mayweather, Maidana is going to have some problems. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Here is last Saturday night’s Showtime All Access: Mayweather vs. Maidana 2 episode 2. The episode showed some of what I feel is some edginess on the part of Marcos Maidana (35-4, 31 KOs) as the fight date comes closer for his rematch with WBA/WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr (46-0, 26 KOs) at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: #4 WBC George Groves (19-2, 15 KOs) has been knocked out in his last two fights against IBF/WBA super middleweight champion Carl Froch and yet here Groves is fighting in a WBC 168 pound eliminator bout this month on September 20th against European super middleweight champion Christopher Rebrasse (22-2-3, 6 KOs) at Wembley Arena in London, UK.
Ignoring for a second the oddity of someone fighting in an eliminator bout after coming off of two straight knockout losses, what I’m wondering is whether Groves’ chin will hold up against Rebrasse for a full 12 rounds without betraying him once again. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo credit: Stephanie Trapp/SHOWTIME) By Dan Ambrose: Adrien Broner (29-1, 22 KOs) says he wants to fight #1WBO, #2 WBC 140lb contender Lucas Matthysse (36-1, 34 KOs) next following Broner’s hard fought 12 round unanimous decision win over Emmanuel Taylor (18-3, 12 KOs) last night at the U.S Bank Arena in Cincinnati, Ohio.
It was a tough scrap for Broner, but he was able to pull out the victory in the second half of the fight when Taylor stopped throwing as many punches. If not for that, Broner would have lost again. His work rate was not good, and he spent too much time on the ropes just covering up. Read the rest of this entry »