By Allan Fox: Roy Jones Jr., who is no stranger to being knocked out, says he’s taking a wait and see approach about whether Manny Pacquiao (54-5-2, 38 KO’s) is back from his brutal knockout loss to Juan Manuel Marquez from last December. Jones Jr. says Pacquiao has done the right thing in taking a year off from the sport, and he thinks it’s a positive that he’s not someone that has had to take off weight for him to fight. But Jones Jr. says he’s still very interested in seeing whether Pacquiao can take a hard shot from Pacquiao’s opponent Brandon Rios in their fight this Saturday night in Macao, China.
Jones Jr. said via ESPN “I want to see how Manny takes the first clean punch landed by Rios, and then I’ll know how he is. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: #1 WBC, Tony Bellew (20-1-1, 12 KO’s) is an underdog going into his fight in a little over a week on November 30th against WBC light heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson (22-1, 19 KO’s) at the Colisee de Quebec, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. Bellew’s promoter Eddie Hearn of Matchroom Sport sees this fight as a “life changer” for Bellew and he believes that he’s got a great chance of pulling off an upset to defeat Stevenson. Hearn doesn’t see the fight as one where Bellew should be the underdog, because Hearn believes he’s got more than a 50-50 chance at beating Stevenson.
“I think it’s going to be much more than a 50-50 fight than most people think,” Hearn said to IFL TV. “I think Tony’s a fantastic boxer. I think Stevenson is overrated, but he can definitely punch…I think Tony’s got a fantastic plan to beat him. I think he’s got a great chance. We’re calling this one the life changer, me and Tony. You win this you’ve absolutely cracked it.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Top Rank promoter Bob Arum doesn’t expect Manny Pacquiao (54-5-2, 38 KO’s) to show any signs from his previous 6th round knockout loss when he steps inside the ring on Saturday night to face Brandon Rios (31-1-1, 23 KO’s) in Macao, China.
Arum believes that because Pacquiao was knocked out with a sudden punch from Juan Manuel Marquez rather than from having taken a sustained beating that led to the KO, it will mean that Pacquiao will shown no negative signs or ill affects from his KO last December.
This is Arum’s belief that he has about Pacquiao, and he feels that he’s going to be rejuvenated for this fight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Kyle Proctor: Potentially the biggest fight in British boxing in a long time, IBF/WBA super middleweight champion Carl Froch (31W-22KO-2L) vs The Saint George Groves (19W-15KO-0L).
The battle between experience vs youth, Carl Froch has definitely got more experience in the ring plus more stamina, and a better chin than the younger George Groves. However, Groves has got the advantage when it comes to agility and hand speed. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Middleweight contender Andy Lee (30-2, 21 KO’s) finally has an opponent for this Saturday’s fight on the undercard of the Carl Froch vs. George Groves card at the Phones 4u Arena in Manchester, UK. Lee #7 WBC, #12 WBA, will be facing 37-year-old Hungarian fighter Ferenc Hafner (21-4, 12 KO’s) in a scheduled 6 round bout.
It’s rather odd that the 29-year-old Lee would be fighting a 6 round bout at this point in his career, as he’s been a pro for 7 years and he’s already fought for a world title before and lost.
This is a backwards step from Lee’s last two fights against Daryl Cunningham and Anthony Fitzgerald, which were tune-ups after his 7th round knockout loss Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. last year in June. Lee, 29, is going to need to turn his carer back into the forward gear at some point unless he wants to burn it up fighting tune-ups. Read the rest of this entry »
By Rachel Aylett: Andre Ward returned to the ring on Saturday in Ontario, California, after an absence of 14 months to thrash contender Edwin Rodriguez in what most observers scored a shutout victory. Ward showed no sign of ring rust as he dealt with the rough-house early tactics of Rodriguez and then took over with his superior speed and accuracy from outside. Rodriguez obviously came into the fight with a game plan of rushing Ward and out-hustling him on the inside. He should know however that Ward is the best inside fighter in the game and will not be bullied, even by a bigger opponent, as Rodriguez clearly was.
Ward is a brilliant fighter but is the victim of his own ability. He has run out of opponents at his own weight, having easily dispatched his closest rival Carl Froch in December 2011. No other realistic challengers have appeared since. Read the rest of this entry »
By Mark Havey: A day of reckoning awaits Congressman Manny Pacquiao. Saturday night we will see the former pound 4 pound king face off against Brandon Rios. The fight is a dream for the fans who like to witness a display of courage, heart and endurance.
Pacquiao has already had a career than far exceeds what anyone expected. A poor kid from the Philippines grew up to bring national pride and hope to a nation that needed it. He won title after title, resulting in him becoming the only 8 weight world champion ever. Soon he was universally hailed as pound 4 pound the greatest boxer on the planet. But all of that came to an end. Some blame it on age, others say it was due to his increasing focus on politics, some say he hasn’t faded at all. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: A day after announcing that he’s retiring from boxing, British heavyweight Tyson Fury (21-0, 15 KO’s) is sticking with his guns, saying that he still absolutely is retiring from the sport. Fury said he wasn’t just in a bad mood when he announced his retirement on Wednesday.
Fury really plans on retiring, he says. Of course, the talk by some fans is that Deontay Wilder’s challenge of Fury led to him retiring rather than taking this fight and potentially getting knocked out in the 1st or 2nd rounds. Who knows why Fury is retiring. But we do know that Fury’s retirement is coming right at the moment that Deontay is calling him out for a fight, and that makes you wonder what’s going on. Did Deontay’s challenge send Fury into retirement? Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: With his fighter Manny Pacquiao (54-5-2, 38 KO’s) having lost his last two fights and starting to show his age at nearly 35, Top Rank promoter Bob Arum is suddenly very interested in trying to put together a fight between Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. for 2014. Arum thinks it’s possible to make that fight happen next year, but only if Mayweather is willing to take a step forward to try and meet him halfway.
It makes a lot of sense for Arum to be pushing hard for the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight now because with each loss that Pacquiao suffers, he gets nearer to the end of his career.
Even if Pacquiao chooses not to retire, he’ll no longer be in the position to talk about a Mayweather fight if he keeps getting beaten over and over. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: Trainer Freddie Roach says that Manny Pacquiao (54-5-2, 38 KO’s) says he’ll take care of Brandon Rios (31-1-1, 23 KO’s) on Saturday night. The way Roach describes it, Pacquiao will partially be doing it for him because of the way that Rios teased him three years ago while speaking with Antonio Margarito.
In clowning around with Margarito, Rios imitated the way the way that Roach moves and talks. Roach later saw the video and he was upset about it.
Roach said via AP via ESPN “(Pacquiao) said to me, ‘Are those the guys that made fun of you?’ and I said yes, and he said, ‘That’s all I need to know,’ and he walked away. He told me he’s going to take care of this guy quickly.” Read the rest of this entry »