By Scott Gilfoid: Dereck Chisora (20-4, 13 KO’s) says he’ll be okay and not explode on Tyson Fury (22-0, 16 KO’s) during the build up to their July 26th rematch as long as Fury doesn’t put hands on him. However, if he touches him in any way, he might show his bad side and “release the anger” on the 6’9” Fury.
What Chisora means by releasing the anger is hard to understand? It could mean that he’ll slap him, or maybe he’ll spit water in his face or possibly even kiss him. Chisora has done all of these things in the past two fighters, so it’s hard to know exactly how he’ll react when he releases his anger. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo credit: Tom Casino/Showtime) By Allan Fox: 49-year-old Bernard Hopkins (54-6-2, 32 KO’s) is confident that he’ll be holding onto his IBF light heavyweight champion on Saturday night in his unification bout against WBA light heavyweight champion Beibut Shumenov (14-1, 9 KO’s) DC Armory, in Washington, District of Columbia, USA. Hopkins wants to win Shumenov’s WBA title and then possibly move forward to fight WBC champ Adonis Stevenson after that.
The Stevenson fight is still not a definite thing in Hopkins’ plans, because he might choose to do something else. Stevenson wants the fight, but it’s still unclear whether Hopkins will choose to face him. Hopkins has a lot of easy marks for top contenders such as Dimitri Sukhotsky, Anatoliy Dudchenko, Nadjib Mohammedi and Sean Monaghan. With contenders like that, Hopkins could remain champion for another 2-3 years before someone eventually beats him. Read the rest of this entry »
By Paul-Jonas Sivertsen: In this article we will take a look in to what is one of hardcore boxing fan’s favorite hobbies. Comparing the great fighter’s of the past with those of today. I will use two fighter’s as example’s, Floyd Mayweather Jr and Henry Armstrong. I won’t voice any opinion on who would win because that is not the objective of this article. In this article we will take a look at how different the era’s of boxing history is. We will take a look at how these two fighter’s would do in each others respective era’s. Read the rest of this entry »
— Tom Loeffler (@TomLoeffler1) April 15, 2014
By Allan Fox: ESPN will be televising the April 26th title defense by IBF/IBO/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (61-3, 51 KO’s) against Alex Leapai (30-4-3, 24 KO’s) at 5 pm ET from the Koenig Pilsener Arena, Oberhausen, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany, according to Dan Rafael. HBO won’t be televising the fight. They do pick up some of Wladimir’s fights, but mostly they focus more on his bigger fights rather than the ones that figure to be mismatches like his April 26th defense against Leapai will likely be.
Rafael said this on his twitter: “Great news! ESPN (the main big daddy network) airs Wladimir Klitschko’s 4/26 heavyweight title defense vs Leapai live at 5 pm ET! #boxing.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Former 6 division world champion Oscar De La Hoya (39-6, 30 KO’s) said today that he feels he would have beaten Floyd Mayweather Jr. (45-0, 26 KO’s) if the two of them had fought while he was in his prime of his career instead of at the end of it. De La Hoya was 34-years-old when he fought Mayweather in 2007, and he ended up losing by a close 12 round split decision by the scores 116-112 and 115-113 for Mayweather, and 115-113 for De La Hoya.
“Everyone has failed against Floyd Mayweather because he’s obviously the best,” De La Hoya said. “Explaining why 45 have failed to beat Floyd. He (Floyd) is slippery and tough to hit…this is my experience…I feel if I was younger I would have beat him.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: WBO super featherweight champion Mikey Garcia (34-0, 28 KO’s) is reportedly looking to get out of his contract with Top Rank, according to Fightnews. Garcia, 26, has filed a lawsuit in an attempt to break the contract. He filed the lawsuit from Riverside, California. There will be a hearing on October 26th.
It’s unclear whether Mikey will continue fighting with Top Rank while he waits for the outcome of his lawsuit or if he’ll continue to fight with them until he finds out what the outcome will be.
Garcia is someone that was mentioned as a potential future opponent for Manny Pacquiao. That would be a fight that Mikey would make huge money if it were to be made. Read the rest of this entry »
By Bradley Dee: Coming from a huge fan of Manny Pacquiao, Manny likely cannot beat Floyd Mayweather Jr at this stage in his career. I watched his fight against former WBO welterweight champion Timothy Bradley II last night, and I feel that Pacquiao doesn’t have the stamina needed to produce a victory against Floyd at this point.
About 4-5 years ago, I would have given Pacquiao the victory over Mayweather, and even earlier in his career, such as when he fought Marco Antonio Barrera, I feel he would have defeated Mayweather by unanimous decision. He was simply a buzz saw of endless energy at that point in his career. He could punch every minute of every round for 12 straight rounds, proven against Barrera and Erik Morales and Juan Manuel Marquez. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo credit: Stephanie Trapp/Showtime) By Dan Ambrose: WBA welterweight champion Marcos Maidana (35-3, 31 KO’s) has been training hard for the past month for his big fight against WBC champ Floyd Mayweather Jr. (45-0, 26 KO’s) next month on May 3rd, and Maidana feels he’s in top shape and really to pull off an upset. Maidana expects to give a much better performance against Mayweather than the recent efforts from Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero, both of which seemed to have no heart for the task.
The bar is pretty low for Maidana, and he’s in the position where he’s going to look good just by going out and putting forth a good effort. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Unless former 8 division world champion Manny Pacquiao moves up to middleweight to meet Miguel Cotto at that weight, there won’t rematch. No doubt Pacquiao’s promoter Bob Arum of Top Rank would love the idea of staging a Pacquiao-Cotto 2 rematch. The money that could be made from a fight of this kind would be huge for the two fighters, as well as Top Rank. However, Cotto has moved up to the 160lb division, and he say he won’t move back down to fight Pacquiao at 147.
By Scott Gilfoid: Matchroom Sport promoter Eddie Hearn will have an additional 20,000 tickets on sale for the May 31st rematch between IBF/WBA super middleweight champion Carl Froch (32-2, 23 KO’s) and George Groves (19-1, 5 KO’s) at the Wembley Stadium in London, UK. 60,000 tickets have already been sold for the fight, but the stadium fits 80,000 at max capacity. As such, the other 20,000 tickets will so go on sale in order to fill of the remainder of the stadium.
Hearn wants to maximize revenue for the fighters, and the only way of doing that is to sell every ticket and hope that there are enough fans out there to greedily scoop them up.
It’s weird how fate stepped in and gave Froch and Groves a second chance at a payday. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: #2 WBO, #5 IBF, #8 WBC, #13 WBA, Dereck Chisora (20-4, 13 KO’s) expects to see Tyson Fury (22-0, 16 KO’s) running from him instead of standing and fighting in their fight on July 26th, and Chisora says he’s going to cut off the ring on Fury to force him to exchange punches. It seems that Chisora’s confidence has sky rocketed after beating 5 mostly Euro level heavyweights since his knockout loss to David Haye, and he now fancies himself as a knockout puncher rather than just a short hard-worker with medium power, and not much of any outside game to speak of.
“He [Fury] won’t be able to stand the heat that I’m bringing to him so he’ll definitely be leaving my kitchen the ring, once I start turning up the heat. Fury is like a rabbit, he’ll be running, but I’ll hunt him down and eventually catch up with him and then it’s game over.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Juan Manuel Marquez (55-7-1, 40 KO’s) says he has zero interested in fighting Manny Pacquiao (56-5-2, 38 KO’s) for a 5th time, as what Top Rank promoter Bob Arum is hoping for. Instead of Marquez fighting Pacquiao, he wants him to face Floyd Mayweather Jr. in order to give boxing fans the fight that they really want to see. Marquez feels that he’s had enough fights against Pacquiao, and he doesn’t want to waste time fighting him a fifth time.
Marquez is fighting Mike Alvarado (34-2, 23 KO’s) next month on May 17th in a WBO welterweight title eliminator bout at the Forum, in Inglewood, California, USA. The winner of that fight is supposed to fight for the WBO title against Pacquiao now that he’s beaten Tim Bradley. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Boxers Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Wladimir Klitschko made the list for the top 25 highest paid athletes in 2013. It’s impressive that two boxers would make the list for the highest paid athletes, because boxers are competing with mainstream sports like football, basketball and baseball, and those sports pull in a lot of viewers, both on television and in the live gates.
Mayweather Jr came in first in 2013 as the highest paid athletes overall with an income of $73.5 million from his two big fights against Robert Guerrero and Saul “Canelo” Alvarez. Mayweather made $32 million for the Guerrero fight, and $41.5 million for his fight against Canelo. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: 33-year-old Paulie Malignaggi (33-5, 7 KO’s) will be looking to become a 2-time welterweight champion this Saturday night when he challenges IBF 147lb champion Shawn Porter (23-0-1, 14 KO’s) at the DC Armory, Washington, District of Columbia, USA. Malignaggi lost his WBA welterweight title last year in losing a questionable 12 round split decision loss to Adrien Broner in June of 2013.
Malignaggi fought well enough to deserve the decision, but he was facing a very popular fighter in Broner. It was going to take something really special from Malignaggi to get the victory on that night. Since then, Malignaggi has been sitting idle for the past 10 months waiting for an opportunity for an interesting fight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer says he doesn’t think that Top Rank promoter Bob Arum is interested in matching his No.1 money fighter Manny Pacquiao up with Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Arum says he wants to Pacquiao up against Mayweather next, and he sees Mayweather’s fight against WBA welterweight champion Marcos Maidana as a waste of time for fans because he feels that it promises to be a mismatch. Arum also asked for fans to boycott the Mayweather-Maidana fight, and that’s something that has Schaefer feeling that Arum isn’t serious about wanting a Pacquiao-Mayweather fight. Read the rest of this entry »