By Ammar: Well we finally have the verdict. Floyd Mayweather Jr. (45-0, 26 KO’s) will be fighting Marcos Maidana (35-3, 31 KO’s) on May 3rd at a venue to still be determined. I am not going to get into who will give Mayweather the most trouble. Either fighter will probably lose big time. Maidana will have a hard time landing his crushing blows while Khan would repeatedly get countered and put down a few times during the fight.
Which brings us Khan being snubbed for this fight for what was termed as his “left-overs”. This is false as Maidana has put together an impressive streak of wins over decent competition, punctuated by a recent win over someone who was pegged as the next Mayweather. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: #1 WBO Terence Crawford (22-0, 16 KO’s) is totally unfazed by Matchroom Sport promoter Eddie Hearn flapping his gums about how 13,000 fans will be cheering madly for WBO lightweight champion Ricky Burns (36-2-1, 11 KO’s) this Saturday in their fight at the Scottish Exhibition Centre, Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom. Hearn thinks that Crawford will be unnerved by the screaming from the Scottish crowd, and that i turn will cause him to lose the fight.
Crawford had this to say about the pro-Burns crowd: “Ricky has got the whole of Scotland depending on him. In the States we’ve got lots of world champions. In Scotland there’s only one – Ricky Burns. The whole country is riding on Ricky because without him what is Scotland? The fans won’t like it, but I am fine…What can they do apart from yell and scream?” Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Amir Khan (28-3, 19 KO’s) is now actively looking to line up his Plan B opponent after being bypassed by Floyd Mayweather Jr. for his May 3rd fight. Khan is interested in fighting one of these names for his next fight in April or May: Paulie Malignaggi, Lamont Peterson, Shawn Porter or Adrien Broner, according to BoxNation. Peterson and Malignaggi are retread opponents for Khan, as he stopped Malignaggi in the 11th round in 2010. Khan was beaten by Peterson by a 12 round decision in 2011.
I wouldn’t be surprised at all if Khan were to fight Malignaggi next fight, because that would be a safe fight for Khan to keep him winning until Mayweather gives him a shot. With the news yesterday from Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer that Mayweather still is interested in fighting Khan, but not for May, it would make sense for Khan to take a soft touch like Malignaggi for his next fight instead of someone that could beat him. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: Sparring partner Haskell Rhodes (19-0, 9 KO’s) came away from his first sparring session with Manny Pacquiao (55-5-2, 38 KO’s) reportedly impressed with his conditioning during a 4-round sparring session in General Santos City, in the Philippines. Rhodes, 26, has been hired to emulate WBO welterweight champion Tim Bradley’s fighting style during the training camp, and he might just be the best sparring partner that Pacquiao has in the camp. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo credit: Esther Lin/Showtime) By Dan Ambrose: Former WBA/WBC junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” ALvarez (42-1-1, 30 KO’s) is still talking about his loss to Floyd Mayweather Jr. as being a gift to him because of the things that he learned in the loss.
What those things are is unknown, but Canelo is telling everyone that will listen that it was a great learning experience for him to get beaten by Mayweather last September. We’ll see if that’s true when Canelo fights Alfredo Angulo (22-3, 18 KO’s) next month on March 8th at the MGM Grand, in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. Read the rest of this entry »
By Steve Davis: Let’s make something clear, Floyd Mayweather is a very good fighter, and is Certainly a great business man. He has blinding speed of hand and foot and is properly the best defensive fighter ever, but is he a great, does he stand with the likes of Muhammad Ali, Larry Holmes, Sugar Ray Leonard, Sugar Ray Robinson, Thomas Hearns, Evander Holyfield to name a few and if he doesn’t why is he not.
In terms of titles won, defences made and the fact that he is still undefeated, you would think he would be termed as a great, but this I feel is why is isn’t a great. he has never had to dig deep, to go into the trenches and deal with a war. He has never faced defeat. Never faced this demon, looked him straight in the eyes and then somehow manage to be victorious. Read the rest of this entry »
By Daniel Hughes: Fight fans the world over always look out for the next fighter they believe can make waves in their respective divisions here in the UK we have a real talent on our hands in Callum Smith.
The UK has always been blessed with competitive world level operators at either middle or super-middleweight Froch obviously has been our best in the 168lb division for some time. Read the rest of this entry »
By Rocky Esposito: I have watched and studied Boxing long enough to realize and practice a simple truth… Never make the mistake of anointing a Boxer as a ”Super Star” until he himself has earned it inside of the ring. Not to pick on him, because it is largely the Sports media’s fault for helping fuel the fire, but Adrian Broner is just the latest example of this. Here, you had a very young and gifted fighter become inpatient and unwisely place himself into a weight division that he clearly was not ready for.
Yet, there is another young 147lb fighter who will not arrogantly tell you how good he is, he will not post things on the internet just to get your attention. Nope, he’d rather just earn your respect inside of the ring. The man I am talking about is Keith ”One Time” Thurman. Read the rest of this entry »
by James Le Blanc: This is an unprecedented topic. I can’t think of a time when a boxer stalled his own career for an entire year to fight one particular foe. Amir Khan has been pointing the finger a lot lately, from the person that advised him to back out of the Devon Alexander fight in December to Floyd Mayweather for taking his precious time in picking an opponent and then ultimately going in a different direction than Khan. Read the rest of this entry »
Keith “One Time” Thurman (23-0-0 22 KOs) has to hold on to his interim WBA belt for another year longer. It seems that Floyd “Money” Mayweather (45-0-0 26 KOs) swooped in and took Marcos Maidana (35-3-0 31 KOs) away from him and Adrien “The Problem” Broner. With the recent plan changes, Broner is tweeting that he wants to fight on his big brother’s undercard. It seems that Thurman versus Broner is the most logical choice for that night.
Considering the fact that Thurman retained his interim belt with a one-sided knockout victory over Jesus Soto Karass the same night Broner lost to Maidana, it was Thurman that should have been the one fighting Broner that night hence the point of an interim belt. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo Credit: Chris Farina) By Jay McIntyre:
Where? – Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas
When? – March 1st, 2014
Who? – Orlando Salido (40-12-2, 28 KO’s) vs Vasyl Lomachenko (1-0, 1 KO)
What’s at Stake? – WBO featherweight title
Why should you watch this fight? – although it is not the main attraction, it has far more question marks surrounding it – expect it to be a fascinating fight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer says he spoke to Floyd Mayweather Jr. at a recent Los Angeles Lakers game the other night, and he said that he does plan on fighting Amir Khan in the near future but just not this time. Mayweather passed Khan up for this fight by choosing Marcos Maidana for his May 3rd fight. For Khan to get a fight with Mayweather, he’s obviously going to have to pick up a decent win or two and stop losing each time he steps up against a good opponent.
“I saw Floyd on Monday night at the Los Angeles Lakers basketball game and he was telling me, ‘tell Amir that it’s not going to happen now, but it will happen,’” Schaefer said to Sky Sports. Read the rest of this entry »
Photo: A relaxed, confident Chavez says he's unconcerned with the controversy surrounding the first fight with Vera. pic.twitter.com/5WPkZR8Ett
— Top Rank Boxing (@trboxing) February 25, 2014
By Dan Ambrose: Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (47-1-1, 32 KO’s) is three days away from his weigh-in on Friday for his rematch against Brian Vera (23-7, 14 KO’s) on Saturday night. In looking at some of the picture of Chavez Jr, who is wearing a jacket in order to take off water weight, he looks kind of chunky around the face and the natural thing to wonder is whether he’ll be able to get down to the 168 lb limit by Friday’s weigh-in. When they fought each other last year, Chavez Jr. was unable to make the 168 lb limit for the fight and they eventually had to raise the limit to 173 lbs to accommodate Chavez Jr. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: In official statement sent from Amir Khan moments ago, he complained that he had signed a contract to fight Floyd Mayweather Jr. last December, which was why he chose to wait around and decline a fight against Devon Alexander.
Khan went onto say that he’s upset that Mayweather didn’t communicate with him about why he was taking his time in making his choice for his May 3rd fight. Khan would have preferred that Mayweather show him the courtesy of letting him know what’s going on with his decision making. Read the rest of this entry »
Do y'all think I should fight on my big bro @FloydMayweather card or nah?
— Adrien Broner (@AdrienBroner) February 24, 2014
By Allan Fox: “Little Mayweather,” Adrien Broner (27-1, 22 KO’s) vs. former WBA welterweight champion Luis Collazo (35-5, 18 KO’s) is possible for the May 3rd undercard headlined by Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Marcos Maidana on Showtime pay-per-view. Broner asked his fans on his twitter if he should fight on the undercard, and he obviously was looking for some kind of interest. Read the rest of this entry »