By Chris Williams: Boxing fans will get a chance to see Floyd Mayweather Jr. and challenger Andre Berto tonight at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT on ALL ACCESS: Mayweather vs. Berto” Episode 1 on Showtime. The episode will highlight the buildup to their interesting fight on September 12th on Showtime pay-per-view from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Part of the episode will show Mayweather showing off his versatility in playing Boston Celtics point guard Isaiah Thomas in a game of basketball. What was surprising in watching the game was how good Mayweather is. He was competitive with Thomas, and this isn’t even Mayweather’s No.1 sport. Thomas had to bring his A-game for him to beat Mayweather. He wasn’t slacking off at all against him. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: WBC super bantamweight champion Leo Santa Cruz (30-0-1, 17 KOs) and former three division world champion Abner Mares (29-1-1, 15 KOs) will be fighting it out for the WBA Super World featherweight title this Saturday night on Premier Boxing Champions on ESPN from the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California.
This is one of the World Boxing Association’s two world titles at 126 that they’ll be fighting for. The WBA “regular” featherweight title is currently held by Jesus Andres Cuellar. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: Kenny Bayless will be working as the referee for the September 12th fight between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Andre Berto at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. For Bayless, this will be the 7th time that he’s worked one of Mayweather’s fights during his long 19-year pro career.
With this fight being such a one-sided fight in terms of boxing skills, it really doesn’t matter who the referee is. This isn’t a fight where Mayweather has to be concerned about who the referee is working the fight because he’s got all the advantages against the 31-year-old Berto. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Freddie Roach, the trainer for WBC middleweight champion Miguel Cotto (40-4, 33 KOs) says that winner of the November 21st fight between Cotto and Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (45-1-1, 32 KOs) will eventually get around to fighting the WBC mandatory challenger Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (33-0, 30 KOs) in the future.
Roach wouldn’t say when that time will be. All he could do is say that the winner of the Cotto vs. Canelo fight will eventually fight Golovkin in the future. Unfortunately for Golovkin, this ties in with what Canelo’s promoter Oscar De La Hoya has been saying. De La Hoya says he doesn’t know what’s going to happen with the Cotto-Canelo fight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Undefeated heavyweight prospect Dillian Whyte (15-0, 12 KOs) will taking on the well-known American heavyweight Dominick Guinn (35-10-1, 24 KOs) in an Important 10 round bout on the undercard of the Anthony Joshua vs. Gary Cornish card on September 12th at the O2 Arena in London, UK.
The reason why the Whyte-Guinn fight is so important is because Whyte needs a win over Guinn in order to face the 6’6” Joshua in a big fight on December 12th. Whyte, 27, can write his own ticket if he can beat Guinn and Joshua in back to back fights. That would put Whyte within striking distance of a world title fight against the likes of WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder in 2016. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: WBC super middleweight champion Badou Jack (19-1-1, 12 KOs) plans on stealing the show from Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Andre Berto in their main event fight on September 12th at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. Jack, 31, will be defending his title against George Groves (21-1, 16 KOs) in his first defense of his newly won WBC 168lb title.
Jack will be making his first defense against his mandatory challenger. He doesn’t mind having to face his mandatory right away because he feels confident that he’s going to be able to defeat him, and send him back home a beaten fighter. Read the rest of this entry »
By Ian Aldous: Randall ‘The Knockout King’ Bailey (45-8) is about to embark on another chapter of his career at the grand age of forty. He’s set to fight in South Korea on October 4th after signing an exclusive promotional contract with Andy Kim and his South-Korean based, AK Promotions. His opponent and a venue are yet to be announced. Last week he took some time to talk with me over the phone after a day of training.
Bailey is a veteran of the game and has fought in Canada, Puerto Rico and multiple times on European soil, so fighting away from home is something he’s certainly not afraid of. But the idea of traveling and competing in Asia is something we see very few Stateside pugilists take on. It was something that Bailey couldn’t wait to do. “Well, my manager (Si Stern) had been telling me that he’d been working on it for a while and it was just a matter of time before Andy (AK Promotions) and my manager came up with a significant game plan and I was all aboard!” He continued “I’m very excited and looking forward to coming out there.”
In the original press release, Andy Kim showed himself to be delighted with his newest signing. “Bailey will be an instant attraction here locally with his style of fighting and having been a two-division world champion, it won’t be long before he is contending once again for a world title.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: When you look at the resumes of WBC middleweight champion Miguel Cotto (40-4, 33 KOs) and Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (45-1-1, 32 KOs) what immediately jumps out at you is the experience advantage that the 34-year-old Cotto has over the 25-year-old Canelo in terms of the opposition he’s faced during his career.
Canelo doesn’t believe that Cotto has an experience advantage over him despite him having been a pro career that has lasted five years shorter. Cotto had a long and successful amateur career, whereas Canelo didn’t have one. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Mayweather Promotions CEO Leonard Ellerbe let the press known on Wednesday that they’re not worried about what the pay-per-view numbers are for Floyd Mayweather Jr’s next fight against Andre Berto (30-3, 23 KOs) on September 12th. Ellerbe says that it’s the media’s job to worry about the PPV numbers.
Mayweather has taken a lot of flak for choosing the highly accomplished 31-year-old Berto for his next fight instead of someone that the media wanted him to fight. But Mayweather remarked that even if he had selected someone else, it still wouldn’t have made everyone happy. The media would still have taken a shot at him regardless. Read the rest of this entry »