By Jeff Aranow: Floyd Mayweather Jr. is targeting MMA star Conor McGregor as his next opponent in resuming his boxing career. Mayweather says he’s still undecided about whether he’ll return to the ring or not, but if he does decide to fight on, he’d like to face the 27-year-old McGregor for his next fight.
Mayweather thinks a fight against McGregor will bring in the same amount of PPV buys as his fight against Manny Pacquiao. Top Rank promoter Bob Arum thinks it’s a really bad idea for Mayweather and McGregor to fight each other because he feels it would be a joke if the fight takes place in a boxing ring. Read the rest of this entry »
By Askhat Bapiev: Many people are convinced that Conor McGregor has no chance against Floyd Mayweather Jr. And they also believe that Floyd has a good arsenal to kill all aspirations for win.
It will be difficult to visualize a full picture of winner,until we turn the page. We simply can’t judge McGregor’s chance according to Mayweather’s ability and greatness.
Our mind can be dictated by many factors as anger,hatred or sympathy for one of them. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Former WBO heavyweight champion Shannon “The Cannon” Briggs (59-6-1, 52 KOs) won’t be facing the 6’7” Ukrainian Alexander Dimitrenko as previously talked about, as Dimitrenko has reportedly pulled out of the fight unfortunately. Instead, the 44-year-old Briggs could wind up facing 33-year-old Croatian journeyman Jakov Gospic (17-14, 12 KOs) in a 10 round bout on the undercard of this Saturday’s heavyweight clash between David Haye and Arnold Gjergjaj at the O2 Arena in London, UK.
It’s too bad that Briggs won’t be fighting Dimitrenko, because he needs a good opponent like that to help build up a fight between him and the 35-year-old Haye for September. Fighting Gospic, who has lost seven out of his last ten fights, won’t create a lot of interest in the British boxing public for a Briggs vs. Haye fight, or at least shouldn’t create a lot of interest. I hate to say that Gospic is a “possible” opponent for Briggs because he’s definitely one that they’re looking at for the fight, but with the track record of this promotion in nailing down an opponent for Briggs, I won’t assume anything until I see Briggs standing across the ring with Gospic on Saturday night. Read the rest of this entry »
By Navi Singh: It’s difficult not to admire Wladimir Klitschko in spite of the persistent allegations of steroid abuse and his sometimes controversial, control-freak antics. A PHD-holder who is also conversant in four languages, Dr. Steelhammer has dominated the heavyweight division for roughly a decade prior to the sensational upset last November.
His conqueror’s uncle and trainer, the astute Peter Fury, made some interesting points about Wladimir. Long derided by some other heavyweight fighters for his supposedly below-par opposition, Peter Fury in a recent interview claimed that other talented contenders were avoiding Wladimir for all these years, as opposed to the other way round.
No trainer wanted to offer up their prospect as a sacrificial lamb. The sudden emergence of all these promising challengers almost immediately after Wladimir’s defeat to Fury is testament to this point. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: 24-year-old Joseph Parker (18-0, 16 KOs) isn’t going to be turned away in his goal of becoming the IBF mandatory challenger to IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua. This is #4 IBF Parker’s chance to make some life changing money by earning the title shot against the 6’6” Joshua this year.
Parker is facing the hard hitting #3 IBF Carlos Takam (33-2-1, 25 KOs) this Saturday night on May 21 in an IBF title eliminator at the Vodafone Events Centre, in Manukau City, New Zealand.
Parker wants to turn back the 35-year-old Takam, but it’s a lot easier said than done because he’s such a big step up from the guys that he’s been facing during his career. I don’t think Parker has been brought along too slowly because he’s still a young guy. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: #2 WBA middleweight contender Chris Eubank Jr. (22-1, 17 KOs) has inked with Matchroom Sport in a new promotional contract. The addition of the 26-year-old Eubank Jr. to Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom stable is turning that promotional company into a giant.
I’ve never seen anything like it with one promotional company becoming so huge. It reminds me the type of huge companies we saw during the gilded age when John D. Rockefeller was around with his Standard Oil. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jim Dower: The big punching #3 IBF cruiserweight contender Murat Gassiev (23-0, 17 KOs) stayed unbeaten in destroying #10 IBF Jordan Shimmell (20-2, 16 KOs) in a 1st round knockout on Tuesday night in their International Boxing Federation cruiserweight title eliminator bout at the Black Bear Casino Resort in Carlton, Minnesota. Read the rest of this entry »
By Ian Aldous: As Sergey Kovalev (29-0-1) prepares for his long-awaited Russian homecoming in Ekaterinburg on Monday July 11th against Isaac Chilemba (24-3-2), the WBA, IBF and WBO light-heavyweight world champion has been on an incredible run since signing with Main Events in 2012. This week, Main Events CEO and co-founder, Kathy Duva, took some time to talk with me about how life with Sergey has panned out under her promotional wing.
IA: When you signed Sergey in November 2012, did you face much competition for his signature, or was he a little under the radar? Am I right in saying he fought on one or two of your undercards before you signed him? Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Boxing great Julio Cesar Chavez Sr. believes that WBC middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez has improved enough at this point in his career that he can now upend IBF/IBO/WBA middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin if the two of them face each other next.
Chavez likes Canelo’s skills that he’s now showing right now, and he feels that he could give the 34-year-old Golovkin his first loss of his 12-year pro career. Unlike a lot of people who feel that Canelo is hiding behind his catch-weights as an excuse to avoid the Golovkin fight, Chavez sees Canelo as unafraid of the Kazakhstan fighter. Read the rest of this entry »
By Rishad Marquardt: The heavyweight division in boxing has, historically speaking, been the premier division within the sport, the class by which boxing itself and its popularity has been defined by throughout past eras. Thoroughbred boxing fans will be the first to come forward in protest to this kind of flawed account and point in the direction of all the other great prizefighters in all of the other divisions at any given point in history.
It can be argued that you need look no further than the biggest fights of the last decade and the weight divisions they took place in and conclude that boxing is not reliant on the big boys to sustain interest. But like it or not, the heavyweight division has been the de facto representative of the fight game. Read the rest of this entry »