By Jim Dower: Marcos Maidana (35-4, 31 KOs) isn’t content with just trying to get a decision win over WBA/WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr (46-0, 26 KOs) on September 13th. Maidana wants to KO Mayweather so that he doesn’t find himself on the losing end of what he feels is another controversial decision like last time he fought him in May of this year.
“I hope to knock him out in the 9th,” Maidana said to esnewsreporting.com.
Maidana is working on his endurance in training camp so that he can fight hard enough for the full fight for him to score a knockout or win a decision this time.
Last May, Maidana fought at a high level for the first 5 rounds, but after that he looked like he didn’t have the energy to continue to push the pace like he’d done in the first half of the fight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Former three division world champion Adrien Broner (28-1, 22 KOs) reportedly posted an instagram message today saying that he’ll be facing IBF light welterweight champion Lamont Peterson on October 18th.
A lot of boxing fans took Broner to be serious about the post, and they got excited about the fight. But as it turns out, Broner was playing an April fools type joke on August 25th. Dan Rafael of ESPN said that Golden Boy Promotions says that Broner won’t be fighting Peterson on October 18th. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Top Rank promoter Bob Arum is working hard to try and create interest in the November 22nd fight between WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao (56-5-2, 38 KOs) and the little known Chris Algieri (20-0, 8 KOs) for their fight in Macao, China.
One of the ways that Arum has been trying to get boxing fans interested is by stressing that it’s a competitive fight where we could see an upset with Algieri beating the slugger Pacquiao.
Earlier today in their press conference in Macao, China, Arum compared the Pacquiao vs. Algieri fight to the two heavyweight championship bouts that took place in 1926 and 1927 between National Boxing Association World heavyweight champion Jack Dempsey and Gene Tunney. Dempsey was the slugger while Tunney was the boxer. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: WBO featherweight champion Vasyl Lomachenko (2-1, 1 KOs) will be making his first defense of his WBO 126 pound title against Chonlatarn Piriyapinyo (52-1, 33 KOs) on the undercard of the HBO televised pay-per-view card headlined by Manny Pacquiao vs. Chris Algieri on November 22nd at the Cotai Arena, Venetian Resort, Macao, Macao S.A.R., China.
Top Rank promoter built up the Lomachenko vs. Piriyapinyo as an exciting fight that he feels will be competitive. Unfortunately, that’s probably not going to be the case. Piriyapinyo, 29, has one of the most padded records I’ve ever seen from a fighter. He’s got 52 wins, but all the victories came against very weak opposition. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: Tickets for the November 8th unification fight between IBF/WBA light heavyweight champion Bernard Hopkins (55-6-2, 32 KOs) and WBO 175 pound champion Sergey Kovalev (25-0-1, 23 KOs) will be going on sale on September 5th at noon ET for their fight at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
Ticket prices are as follows: $300, 200, 150, 100, 50 (plus fees). They can be purchased by Ticketmaster and at Boardwalk Hall box office.
This is a great showdown and perhaps the best one in the light heavyweight division right now. Adonis Stevenson vs. Kovalev or Stevenson vs. Hopkins would be exciting fights too, but Stevenson might be a little too fast and powerful for Hopkins to deal with at this point in the 49-year-old Hopkins’ career. Read the rest of this entry »
By Don Esch: In a one on one interview with undefeated interim WBA welterweight champion Keith “One Time” Thurman the question was asked “Keith a lot of fans say you are not “there” yet to get a major fight with the big names like Floyd Mayweather and you (Thurman) haven’t fought anyone to merit a major fight how do you feel about that“?
Keith Thurman: “For those who believe that I haven’t done anything to truly deserve it, I can understand where you (fans) are coming from but it’s not truly my fault their (promoters) not putting me in the ring with top 10 fighters I deserve better fights than this”. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao (56-5-2, 38 KOs) and challenger Chris Algieri (20-0, 8 KOs) met earlier today for their first stop in their 6-city press tour in Macao, China.
What was immediately notable about the press conference was the huge size difference between Algieri and Pacquiao when they stood next to each other. They looked more like a comedy duo than two guys getting reach to fight each other in the next three months in their catch-weight fight at 144 pounds on November 22nd in Macao. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: WBO light welterweight champion Chris Algieri (20-0, 8 KOs) will be meeting up with WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao (56-5-2, 38 KOs) on November 22nd in Macao, China.
Algieri says that the biggest puncher he’s ever had to handle in the ring was when he sparred Marcos Maidana (35-4, 31 KOs), not Ruslan Provodnikov. Algieri was really impressed with Maidana’s punching power when the two of them sparred together, and he sees him as a dangerous threat with either hand. He says both hands are very powerful. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: IBF/IBO/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (62-3, 52 KOs) suffered a partial tear in his left biceps last Friday while sparring. The injury will require for the 38-year-old Wladimir to rest for 4 weeks without sparring.
This means his scheduled title defense against IBF mandatory challenger Kubrat Pulev (20-0, 11 KOs) will be pushed back to November possibly later depending on how well the injury heals. Luckily for Wladimir, the injury won’t require surgery. Read the rest of this entry »
By Raj Parmar: On November 22, Manny Pacquiao (58-5-2, 38 KO’s) will defend his WBO welterweight title against Chris Algieri (20-0, 8 KO’s) at the Venetian Resort Hotel in Macao China. Algieri came off the canvas to defeat Ruslan Provodnikov for the WBO light welterweight title in his last fight and will be moving up in weight to try to achieve a world title in a second weight class.
A pre-fight media tour was kicked off today in Macao to promote the fight and there were many praises for the undefeated American from Pacquiao as well as promoter Bob Arum. Manny feels that Algieri presents a great risk to his championship status and that he will need to work extremely hard to remain a world champion on November 22. Read the rest of this entry »
By Gav Duthie: We may all be getting a little fed up of the tit for tat, handbags battle between Floyd Mayweather Jr and Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson on social media but something the rapper said recently made me wonder about the future of Floyd’s promotional company Mayweather Promotions. In response to a Mayweather picture posted on instagram portraying two cheques totaling over $72 million, Jackson said:
“Look [expletive] the cheque say Golden Boy. That mean you work for Oscar (De La Hoya) [expletive]?, I don’t hold grudges. I remember facts”. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Trainer Freddie Roach is pretty confident that his fighter WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao (56-5-2, 38 KOs) will be able to land his shots against defensive artist Chris Algieri (20-0, 8 KOs) in their fight on November 22nd at the Cotai Arena, Venetian Resort, Macao, Macao S.A.R., China.
Roach also predicting a knockout for Pacquiao in this fight despite the fact that he hasn’t knocked anyone out in 5 years. Roach is still faithfully predicting knockouts each time 35-year-old Pacquiao fights, and the Algieri fight is no exception.
It’s pretty clear that there won’t be a knockout in this fight. Roach obviously is predicting knockouts like he always does, but there’s no way that Pacquiao with his short 35-year-old legs is going to be able to catch up to Algieri often enough to score a knockout in this fight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: #14 WBA heavyweight contender Shannon Briggs (56-6-1, 49 KOs), stopped a fighter named Cory Phelps (16-7-1, 8 KOs) in the 1st round last Saturday night at the Ring of Dreams Boxing Gym, in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA.
Briggs knocked out the balding 30-year-old Phelps with a right hand to the head to win the interim WBC Latino heavyweight title. In a little over a minute of action, Briggs knocked Phelps down three times in the round with head shots. After the 3rd knockdown the referee finally stopped the slaughter.
The fight could have been stopped after the first knockdown because Phelps was down on his side on the canvas and looking badly hurt. Instead the referee calmly waited until Phelps slowly picked himself up off the canvas before he let the fight continue. Read the rest of this entry »
By Robert “Big Moe” Elmore: Fans love to use the phrase “they fought everybody” when talking about the 50’s 60’s 70’s and especially the 80’s.
The phrase is thrown around loosely, but I have a good idea where that mentality comes from. It comes from highlights that are put together by media and boxing historians. Notice they are called highlights and not low lights. Highlights only focus on the big matches a fighter had. They may show an A plus fighter knocking out a second tier opponent but never go into great detail about it. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Marcos Maidana (35-4, 31 KOs) says he no longer sees WBA/WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr (46-0, 26 KOs) as an invincible boxer after he gave him a lot of problems last May in losing a 12 round majority decision Maidana says he now sees the 37-year-old Mayweather as no longer the great boxer that fans had him believing he was.
Maidana knows he Mayweather can be hit, and he plans on hitting him as much as possible when they face each other on September 13th at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
“I learned that he’s not that great, he’s not that superhuman boxer everybody talks about,” Maidana said. Read the rest of this entry »