By Daniel Hughes: Hollywood has certainly thrown up some tales from the ring over the years. The film, Cinderella Man, the story of James J.Braddock, a massive underdog beating Max Baer on points to become world heavyweight champion of course being recreated on film. The film made for the mainstream being a decent story of the underdog prevailing. Read the rest of this entry »
By Mauricio Carranza: Former WBA/WBC junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (44-1-1, 31 KO’s) is by far the most famous and recognized Junior middleweight on the planet as of today.
I say that fully knowing that Floyd Mayweather Jr is a welterweight and defeated Canelo at 152lbs, which in my eyes does not make Floyd a Jr. Middleweight champion. And also Floyd hasn’t defended either of his WBA and WBC 154 pound titles that he won off of Canelo last September in beating him by a 12 round majority decision. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: WBC middleweight title holder Miguel Cotto (39-4, 31 KOs) says that Golden Boy fighter Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and the Top Rank promoted Julio Cesar Chavez Jr are both on his target list as potential opponents for him to step into the ring against. Cotto says he wants to rekindle the Mexico vs. Puerto Rico rivalry.
Cotto, 33, is currently on vacation, but once he comes back he’s going to be sitting down and making a decision about who he’ll be facing in his next fight. December 6th is the target date for Cotto’s next fight. It’s unclear whether he’ll be choosing to defend his WBC middleweight title or not for his next fight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Former two-time world title challenger Tony Thompson (39-5, 26 KOs) has volunteered to step in and replace the injured Dereck Chisora to fight Tyson Fury (22-0, 16 KOs) this Saturday night at the Phones 4 U Arena in Manchester, UK.
Chisora suffered a fractured hand on his final day of sparring to get ready for the Fury rematch. Obviously it’s just a bad luck thing for the 30-year-old Chisora, but doesn’t change the fact that Fury has wasted months of training and is without a payday fight on Saturday.
Thompson said on his twitter “@Tyson_Fury I’LL FIGHT YOU THIS SATURDAY, FOOL!”
The question would Fury and his promoter be interested in taking the fight against the 42-year-old, 6’5” Thompson? We saw that Thompson did to another highly hyped heavyweight in David Price last year in knocking him out twice, putting his career on skid row. Could it be Fury’s turn to be exposed by the southpaw Thompson? Read the rest of this entry »
By Jermill Pennington: Leading up to the Floyd Mayweather Jr.(46-0-26 kos) vs. Marcos Maidana (35-4-31kos) 2 bout it seems the posturing and gamesmanship has begun. During the five city promotional tour for the fight both camps engaged in some serious trash talking.
For Maidana you would imagine all the slandering being thrown around would seem a bit frustrating being that he can’t join the fun due to a language barrier. However, his trainer Robert Garcia has been more than willing engage in the verbal combat that has taken place over the past week. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: I really hate to be the bearer of bad news, but Dereck Chisora (20-4, 13 KOs) has reportedly suffered a fractured hand injury and he won’t be able to take the big money fight against Tyson Fury (22-0, 16 KOs) at the Phones 4 U Arena in Manchester, UK. Chisora went to a specialist to examine his injured hand, but he told him he shouldn’t take the fight.
For Fury, this is the third time he’s missed out on a life-changing payday and he’s obviously not happy about it. Fury missed out on David Haye fight due to him suffering a cut the week of the fight on one occasions and then later tearing up his shoulder on another occasion. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo credit: Idris Erba) By Gav Duthie: Floyd Mayweather Jr 46-0 (26) should have detected a hint of indifference at his rematch with Marcos Maidana 35-3 (31) by the worlds media as questions of Manny Pacquiao dominated his press conference. When asked about the Filipino he responded:
“Don’t talk to me about that [expletive]. That [expletive] still got [Juan Manuel] Marquez problems”.
Mayweather’s answer can be construed one of two ways. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Promoter Ricky Hatton says he sees both Floyd Mayweather Jr and Manny Pacquiao as both being past their best fighters. He gives credit to Pacquiao for coming back from his brutal 6th round knockout loss to Juan Manuel Marquez from two years ago, but he still sees him as being a fighter who has seen better days.
Hatton thinks that a Pacquiao-Mayweather fight would still bring in a lot of pay-per-view buys if the fight were made today, even though much of the interest in the fight has died down given the time that has gone by since they first attempted to negotiate a fight between them in 2009. Read the rest of this entry »
By Gavin”Neds” O’Connor: Welterweight fighter Fritzie Zivic was once asked to comment on his reputation as a dirty fighter. Zivic’s reply was, you’re fighting, and you’re not playing the piano.
With the fast approaching rematch between WBA/WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr (46-0, 26 KOs) and Marcos Maidana (35-4, 31 KOs) on September 13 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada and in light of the perceived roughhouse tactics employed by Maidana in the first Mayweather fight last May and the suggestions by some that his delivery was dirty, is the criticism justifiably warranted? Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Now that he’s said his goodbyes to Top Rank following his contract-ending 1st round knockout of Sod Kokietgym last Saturday night at the Cotai Arena, Venetian Resort in Macao, China, WBA/WBO super bantamweight champion Rigondeaux (14-0, 9 KOs) is said to be on the verge of signing with a new promoter that can take his career to the next level. Read the rest of this entry »
By Gav Duthie: Many have said there piece on Tyson Fury and Dereck Chisora but Frank Warren has put on a pretty decent undercard as he continues to promote his Boxnation TV network and competes with Eddie Hearn. Warren has joined forces with Mick Hennessey (providing Tyson Fury and Chris Eubank Jnr) to entertain the fans. This post focuses on the undercard including predictions.
Terry Flanagan 24-0 (8) v Martin Gethin 24-5-1 (11)
The forgotten prospect
Britain has more fighters than anyone else in the top 10-30 region of the lightweight division. After Burns there’s both Kevin Mitchell and Anthony Crolla chasing world titles, Derry Matthews, Tommy Coyle, Scott Harrison, John Murray, Stephen Ormand, Martin Gethin, Liam Walsh and Stephen Foster Jnr who are all competitive At British level. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Former WBA lightweight champion Brandon Rios (31-2-1, 23 KO’s) is matched up fairly tough in a fight against #10 IBF welterweight contender Diego Chaves (23-1, 19 KO’s) in their scheduled 10 round fight in less than two weeks from now on August 2nd at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
Rios hasn’t fought since his one-sided 12 round unanimous decision loss to Manny Pacquiao last November. Rios took a beating in that fight and wasn’t competitive at all in losing the fight in Macao, China. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: WBA/WBO super bantamweight champion Guillermo Rigondeaux (14-0, 9 KOs) finished up his contract with Top Rank last Saturday night in blasting out the hapless Sod Kokietgym in one easy round in Macao, China. In perhaps the unkindest cut of all, Rigondeaux’s fight wasn’t televised by HBO2 in the United States.
Instead of Rigondeaux’s fight, if you want to call it that, being shown in the U.S, boxing fans had to sit through fights between Zou Shiming vs. Luis De La Rosa and super middleweight Gilberto Ramirez vs. Junior Talipeau. Rigondeaux was light years ahead of Shiming and Ramirez in talent, and yet HBO passed on Rigondeaux to put on fights involving those two. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Despite #9 WBC Matthew Macklin (30-5, 20 KOs) having lost 3 out of his last 5 fights, his promoter Eddie Hearn from Matchroom Sport has got him a matched up with #4 WBC Jorge Sebastian Heiland (23-4-2, 11 KOs) in a WBC middleweight title eliminator bout on August 30th at the National Stadium, in Dublin, Ireland.
The winner of the Macklin-Heiland fight becomes the mandatory challenger for WBC middleweight champion Miguel Cotto. I really can’t see Cotto bothering to face the winner of the Macklin-Heiland fight. Cotto isn’t going to face someone that boxing fans in the U.S don’t care to see, so he’s likely going to make the winner of the Macklin-Heiland sit around for ages until he vacates or gets beaten.
If Saul “Canelo” Alvarez beats Cotto next year to capture his WBC title, I doubt he’d burn up one of his pay-per-view fights facing Macklin or Heiland. He’ll either vacate or sit on the title facing other guys. He’s not going to fight either of them because it would be perceived as a terrible mismatch, and fans would have zero interest in wanting to see him fight either of them. Read the rest of this entry »
By Bob Smith: Obviously, Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (44-1-1, 31 KOs) is a very skilled and talented boxer who has had an impressive string of wins, and just barely did enough to outpoint Trout and Lara. His only loss is to Floyd Mayweather Jr, but really who can fault him for that, and after all, he is still learning and is only 24 years old.
Canelo is also a naturally big junior middleweight, who rehydrates to the mid-160s or even the low 170s on fight night, and has not only tremendous power, very skillful combinations, and in addition a decent jab and good inside game. Kirkland, by contract, is a typical brawler, who goes non-stop in attack mode after round 1, and is relatively easy to hit. So how could a fight between Canelo and Kirkland be a toss up? Should a contest between them not be a clear Canelo victory? Read the rest of this entry »