(Photo Wende) By Scott Gilfoid: David Price’s German handlers are moving him up quite a big for his next fight by putting him in with Euro level slugger Ondrej Pala (33-4, 23 KO’s) for a fight on March 29th at the Veldrom, in Berlin German. Pala, 29, isn’t a top tier heavyweight or anything close to that, but he can punch a little, as we saw in his recent rabbit punch loss to Dereck Chisora last November.
Pala had Chisora staggered several times in the fight before getting taken out with two textbook rabbit punches to the back of the head in the 3rd round. The referee Jan Christensen didn’t say anything about Chisora’s rabbit shots, and so the win stood. However, Pala would have had a real chance of beating Chisora had the referee stopped the action, and given Pala a 5 minute recovery period after taking a point off from Chisora for hitting him in the back of the head. Read the rest of this entry »
By James Le Blanc: Al Haymon is the best Adviser in the business. His record speaks for itself as you consistently see top boxers thanking him, before God, after a victory including top boxing stars like Floyd Mayweather Jr. Haymon has done an exceptional job and in recent interviews this weekend it is clear his great mind is rubbing off on others.
Mayweather has called for Amir Khan to face Adrien Broner on his Pay Per View undercard and has promised Khan a fight with him if he is able to beat Broner. This makes Broner the new gatekeeper to fighting Floyd, kind of how Andre Berto was a couple of years ago. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Well, it looks like Amir Khan won’t have to keep talking about wanting to fight Adrien Broner on Floyd Mayweather Jr’s undercard on May 3rd, because Mayweather said today that he wants Khan to face Broner on his undercard in a catch-weight fight at 144 lbs rather than the full weight for the welterweight division. Khan is moving up in weight to the 147 lb division, but Mayweather is under the impression that Broner is moving down to 140.
I’m not sure that’s what the deal is because Broner hasn’t said anything about wanting to fight at light welterweight, at least not yet. It may come to that if he gets beaten by Marcos Maidana when they eventually get around to facing each other. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini is picking Manny Pacquiao (55-5-2, 38 KO’s) to easily avenge his loss to WBO welterweight champion Tim Bradley (31-0, 12 KO’s) next month in their long-awaited rematch on April 12th at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. For Mancini, picking Pacquiao is pretty easy because he felt that Pacquiao beat Bradley the last time they fought, so it’ll be just a simple matter of being a little bit better in the rematch so that he doesn’t wind up losing another controversial decision.
The only way Pacquiao can flub it up in the rematch is if he goes overboard with his trainer Freddie Roach’s fountain of youth kick, and tries to fight like a youngster instead of a 35-year-old fighter who was recently knocked out cold by Juan Manuel Marquez. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jay McIntyre: When you talk to or read interviews about the old sages of the sweet science their fondness for “how tough they had it”, or “the good old days” can sometimes come to light, and often these remarks are shrugged off by a younger, more hubristic generation willing to learn things their own way – the hard way. Today fighters and promoters are criticized for rushing the potential of young fighters, or alternately, protecting them so that their title shot is safeguarded.
Maxie Rosenbloom is an archaic example of a fighter rushed into a title fight against the exhausting Harry Greb, while Gerry Cooney was guarded by his promoters against fighters that could have made him better for his tilt with Larry Holmes. Vasyl Lomachenko was a victim of both – of rushing into a title fight, and also being unprepared for the style of his opponent in his title fight. He fought skillfully, and he fought nobly, but he lost due to his inexperience in the pro ranks. Read the rest of this entry »
By Joey: Sometime ago when former WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (48-1-1, 32 KO’s) was on his way to a fight against Sergio Martinez in 2012, I remember seeing one of the HBO 24/7 episodes leading to the fight. I remember constantly seeing the disappointed look on his then trainer Freddie Roach’s face, because of his lack of commitment to training by Chavez Jr.
After seeing Chavez Jr’s 12 round unanimous decision win over Brian Vera from last night, I believe Chavez Jr. still has some work to do as far being able to take on top tier fighters like Gennady Golovkin and Sergio Martinez among others. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: This Saturday boxing fans are going to get the chance to find out if the red-haired former WBA/WBC junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (42-1-1-, 30 KO’s) is for real or just a pretender built up by Golden Boy Promotions when Canelo faces Alfredo Angulo (22-3, 18 KO’s) on Showtime pay-per-view in a 12 round bout at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. The fact that Canelo is asking boxing fans to pay to see him fight with him coming off of a one-sided loss to Floyd Mayweather Jr. from last September is one of the oddest things that you’ll ever see.
It makes zero sense for Canelo to suddenly have fans having to pay to see him on PPV after a one-sided loss like the one he suffered against Mayweather. And what makes even less sense is for Canelo to pick Angulo for his first fight on PPV. That’s a senseless move, and you have to wonder whether Golden Boy Promotions tried to talk some sense into the head of the flat-footed Canelo or if they thought it was a great idea. Read the rest of this entry »
By Hector Gonzalez: Vasyl Lomachenko took his defeat gracefully and had the showmanship of a stand up guy. He gave a valiant effort and proved that he had the right tools to be a champion ‘one day’. Unfortunately, he made a big mistake, ‘overconfident’ would be an understatement. To suggest that a boxer with a great amateur record could get a champion belt in his second fight against the likes of Orlando Salido leaves me wondering what he and his managers were thinking. Then again, people did fall into his bandwagon and he even walked in as the favorite. Huge mistake.
Let’s start by stating the obvious, Salido weight in 2 pounds over the weight limit and got away with low blows through out the entire fight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Top Rank promoter Bob Arum will be bringing the newly crowned WBC Continental Americas super middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (48-1-1, 32 KO’s) back to the ring this Summer to fight against an opponent to be determined. Unfortunately for boxing fans it won’t be WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (29-0, 26 KO’s), because his father just past away and he’ll not be fighting for a while.
Instead of Golovkin, Chavez Jr. will likely be taking on another lesser opponent. Hopefully Arum will find an actual super middleweight for Chavez Jr. to fight next instead of having middleweights like Brian Vera move up from the 160 lb division to face the cruiserweight-sized Chavez Jr. Read the rest of this entry »
By Daven: It really was a strange 2013 for two time world middleweight challenger Martin Murray (26-1-1, 11 KO’s). The year started as promising as he could have hoped for. Taking Sergio Martinez to the scorecards in the most hostile of territories is no easy feat; Matthew Macklin and Darren Barker can testify to that and they fought him in USA. Moreover Murray knocked down Sergio three times yet the judges scorecards seemed to ignore this sensational accomplishment, nonetheless Murray’s performance was probably the finest of all British boxers in 2013 when faced with foreign opposition.
One would assume Hatton promotions would have struck whilst the iron was hot following the Argentine affair but this did not occur. For whatever reason several crucial fights fell through. A fight with Garth Wood was made official only for the fight to be scrapped through no fault of Murray’s. Read the rest of this entry »
By Mike Wyatt: Finally Floyd Mayweather Jr. has announced he is to fight Marcos Maidana on May the 3rd. I for one, believe this to be a much better and exciting fight than the proposed fight against Amir Khan. The Khan fight has it’s pro’s, as he could trouble Mayweather with his hand speed and boxing skills but the overwhelming fact remains that it would probably be Khan dancing around Floyd over 12 rounds before Mayweather’s given the points decision.
I do believe however, Maidana will produce an exciting fight against Floyd if he comes out the same way he did against Broner. He needs to come out as the aggressor and keep up the work rate, trying to pin Floyd against the ropes and get some shots off, I believe the key will be trying to keep Floyd from getting into his rhythm.. Easier said than done! Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: With the way that Ricky Burns (36-3-1, 11 KO’s) was whipped last Saturday night by the unbeaten talent Terence Crawford (23-0, 16 KO’s) in losing his WBO lightweight title in their Glasgow, Scotland based fight, you would think that Burns shouldn’t get any closer than 4 thousand miles so that he could never suffer another one-sided loss to him again. But Burns doesn’t care that he was beaten up and dominated in losing a 12 round unanimous decision.
Burns says he wants to fight Crawford again if his promoter Eddie Hearn can set up the fight for him, which I doubt he can. Read the rest of this entry »
— Amir Khan (@AmirKingKhan) March 2, 2014
By Scott Gilfoid: Amir Khan floated a deal to Floyd Mayweather Jr. on his twitter today saying that he’ll agree to fight Adrien Broner on his next undercard on May 3rd if Mayweather will agree to fight him after he beats Broner. It’s pretty shocking that Khan is trying to wrangle a deal like that, because he probably didn’t even need to make this offer. I mean, Mayweather is likely going to give Khan the fight in September or early 2015 without Khan having to twist his arm to get the fight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin’s father has reportedly passed away in Kazakhstan, and Golovkin now won’t be available to fight on April 26th like his promoters at K2 Promotion had planed. Golovkin’s April 26th fight against Andy Lee was supposed to be announced this weekend, but that’s not going to happen now. Golovkin will be traveling back to Kazakhstan to be with his family members. As for when his next fight will take place, it’s unknown at this time.
However, Golovkin won’t be fighting Andy Lee when he does return to the ring this year, because Top Rank promoter Bob arum is interested in matching Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. up against Golovkin for later this year. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Former WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (48-1-1, 32 KO’s) defeated Brian Vera (23-8, 14 KO’s) by a 12 round unanimous decision on Saturday night at the Alamodome, in San Antonio, Texas, USA. The final judges scores were 114-113, 117-110, 117-110. Chavez Jr. used his bigger size to dominate Vera, who was pulled up from the middleweight division for this fight.
The referee took a point off from Vera in the 8th round for leaning on Chavez Jr’s next. It seemed like a petty point deduction given that Chavez Jr. was getting away with throwing low blows all night long without the referee taking any points away. Read the rest of this entry »