By Allan Fox: WBA/WBO super bantamweight champion Guillermo Rigondeaux (13-0, 8 KO’s) will be defending his titles on July 19th against #8 WBA Sod Kokietgym (63-2-1, 28 KO’s) at the Cotai Arena, Venetian Resort, Macao, Macao S.A.R., China, according to Dan Rafael of ESPN. This will be the final fight of Rigondeaux’s contract with Too Rank and it’s unclear whether he’ll be re-signing with them.
Chinese star Zou Shiming will be headlining the card against an opponent still to be determined.
The Ringondeaux-Kokietgym fight won’t be televised on HBO. Read the rest of this entry »
By Lucio Nunez: Floyd Mayweather Jr. didn’t become one of the greatest paid athletes in the world by accident. His pugilistic skills and an undefeated record have made Mayweather a superstar and moneymaker for the sport of boxing. Some critics claim his style is boring but now he reaps the benefits of being the pound for pound king, sits at the upper echelon’s of boxing and represents a huge paycheck for any challenger.
As a result, several boxers have called Mayweather out, from Amir Khan to Bernard Hopkins. Heck, even rapper T.I got into a brawl with “Money” over allegations of his wife cheating on him with Floyd, or at least that is the rumor. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Henderson: This Saturday night live from London, England we will see the highly anticipated rematch between George Groves and Carl Froch. The altitude of this event has reached epic levels due to the controversy surrounding the first bout in which Froch had won via stoppage after being pretty second best through out the contest even getting knocked down in the first round.
Some say the stoppage was early some say it wasn’t but I’m off the opinion that it was stopped marginally early due to the fact that Froch had Groves in trouble and with a few more seconds could have made the stoppage a more conclusive one. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: #7 WBC heavyweight contender Manuel Charr (26-1, 15 KO’s) weighed in 22.5 lbs. heavier than former WBA heavyweight champion Alexander Povetkin (26-1, 18 KO’s) at today’s weigh-in for their clash on Friday night at the Luzhniki, in Moscow, Russia. Charr, 6’3 ½”, weighed in at 247.3 lbs. compared to Povetkin’s 224.8 lbs. for their fight for the vacant WBC International heavyweight title. Read the rest of this entry »
By Diarmuid Sherry: In most pay-per-view shows, it is only the main event for which fans have only cared for, however a significant amount of punters, who pay good money for the privilege of watching a bill on television also want to see their money’s worth on the undercard.
Recently, Floyd Mayweather boasted that his undercard on “The Moment” bill, headed by himself and Marcos Maidana was the most expensively assembled undercard cast ever, featuring Amir Khan and Adrien Broner. The undercard was generally well received by writers and fans, although some said it was only ever made, to add value to a pay-per-view show that had a perceived weak top-billing prior to the fight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Miguel Cotto’s trainer Freddie Roach can’t see where WBC middleweight champion Sergio Martinez (51-2-2, 28 KO’s) has any real advantage over his fighter Miguel Cotto (38-4, 31 KO’s) except in one area and that athleticism. Roach rates Cotto as being stronger, faster, better defensively, more skilled and smarter. Roach seems to have created a superman in the short amount of time that he’s been working on rebuilding the 33-year-old Cotto, but we still don’t know whether he’s any better than he ever was.
We’re going to find out on June 7th when he fights Sergio Martinez at Madison Square Garden. If Roach is correct about Cotto being a whole new fighter, then we could see him beat Sergio somehow. But if Roach has just been talking in order to pump Cotto up and make himself look better in the process, we’re about to find that out as well. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: With his career no longer looking as promising as it once did two years ago when he was voted in as the 2012 Fighter of the Year, Nonito Donaire (32-2, 21 KO’s) will be stepping up against his first real featherweight in WBA Super World featherweight champion Simpiwe Vetyeka (26-2, 16 KO’s) this Saturday night at the Cotai Arena, Venetian Resort, Macao, Macao S.A.R., China.
Donaire comes into the fight an underdog against Vetyeka largely due to how poor Donaire looked in his loss to Guillermo Rigondeaux and in his fight against Vic Darchinyan, a fight in which Donaire took a beating and was en route to losing it at the time he pulled out a 9th round stoppage. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo credit: HBO) By Scott Gilfoid: George Groves (19-1, 15 KO’s) doesn’t see himself wearing down against Carl Froch (32-2, 23 KO’s) in their rematch this weekend like he did the last time they fought. Groves figures he’s going to improve each and every round, and his main focus will be to give Froch a methodical beating by the numbers to make sure that he gets the victory.
“I’m going to get better and better with every round,” Groves said via Sky Sports. “I’m not going to give everything away but round on round, I will get better and it’s up to Carl to hang in there. I can go 12 rounds if needs be. It’ll be one-sided from the start.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Idris Morrey: Its been rough but welterweight is no more a competitive weight class for Floyd Mayweather Jr. (46-0, 26 KO’s) to keep looking for best match ups. He has fought virtually every star in this division leaving no doubt that he is untouchable at this level.
At middleweight, Floyd is not guaranteed a smooth sail and he should be ready for a few losses in case he considers the shift. After his debut at welterweight where he first faced Zab Judah, Mayweather seem to lose the punching power he once was known for. He has grown to become a fighter and a promoter with highest grossing matches despite not scoring knockouts lately. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Manny Pacquiao’s adviser Michael Koncz says that there’s no way that a fight can take place between Pacquiao and the popular Mexican star Saul “Canelo” Alvarez unless Pacquiao can get a catch-weight for the fight to take place at. Koncz believes that without a catch-weight handicap for Pacquiao, it would be too dangerous for him to fight a guy as big as Canelo.
Koncz said to the Philboxing “It will be a substitute for a fight against Floyd Mayweather Jr, and will be the next biggest fight and may very well rival a Manny-Floyd fight. [It’s] a fight we’ll probably do next year. We cannot go into the ring if there is no catch-weight. It’s too dangerous. We are not trying to get any advantage but just trying to protect the health of Manny.” Read the rest of this entry »