(Photo Credits: Wojtek Kubik Photography) By Scott Gilfoid: Unbeaten British heavyweight Tyson Fury (20-0, 14 KO’s) is perhaps the biggest trash talker in the heavyweight division right now, having taken over that title from the inactive David Haye. Despite all the trash talking that the light hitting 6’9” Fury does, he still hasn’t faced any quality heavyweights during his career for some reason.
On April 20th, Fury will be fighting a much smaller heavyweight in fringe contender Steve Cunningham (25-5, 12 KO’s) Madison Square Garden Theater, in New York, New York, USA. Instead of being a good visitor to the U.S, Fury decided to trash talk Cunningham something fierce in their press conference yesterday, saying “You’re a small man, you’re chinny, you’re getting knocked out. You’ve been put down in early every fight you’ve had.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: WBA/WBC super middleweight champion Andre Ward says he has zero interest in fighting Floyd Mayweather Jr, and he’s not calling him out in any way, shape or form. Ward and Mayweather have been going back and forth for the past couple of weeks ever since Ward said he was pulling for his friend WBC interim welterweight champion Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero to beat Mayweather Jr. in their fight on May 4th.
Although Mayweather didn’t say this was something that upset him, it kind of seems that way, as he struck back a number of times in interviews with Fighthype.com, saying that Ward can’t draw fans outside of his home base in Oakland, California, and even saying that Ward isn’t even as popular as the 23-year-old WBC lightweight champion Adrien Broner. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photos: Stephanie Trapp/SHOWTIME) By Dan Ambrose: Mexican legendary fighter Juan Manuel Marquez (55-6-1, 40 KO’s), who has spent most of his career fighting at featherweight and super featherweight, says he won’t move up to the 154 pound division to face WBC junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (41-0-1, 30 KO’s) because the size difference between them is too much.
Speaking with Univision Deportes, Marquez said “In April, I’ll decide if I want to keep boxing or retire. I definitely won’t fight Saul Alvarez because it’s a lot of weight to move up to middleweight [junior middleweight], and on fight night that would be the average weight for Canelo. Additionally, he has a tough fight against Austin Trout. He must show his merit.” Read the rest of this entry »
(Photos: Stephanie Trapp/SHOWTIME) By Dan Ambrose: Over 12 thousand tickets were sold on the first day after being put on sale for the April 20th unification clash between WBC junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (41-0-1, 30 KO’s) and WBA champion Austin Trout (26-0, 14 KO’s).
Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer told ESPN the 12 thousand tickets have been sold for the fight that will take place for the 72,000 seat stadium at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas, but the stadium has been scaled back to hold only 30,000. In other words, Golden Boy and Canelo are making the tickets extra cheap just to sell out less than half of the stadium.
So what does that tell you about Canelo’s popularity if Golden Boy is dropping the prices at a bargain basement price for the fight? I don’t know, but I think it gives a good indication that Canelo isn’t popular enough at this time to draw huge amounts of boxing fans if the fight were to take place with regular priced tickets. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photos: Stephanie Trapp/SHOWTIME) By Dan Ambrose: It looks as if WBC junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (41-0-1, 30 KO’s) was serious about having a good portion of his tickets priced at only $10 for his April 20th unification bout against WBA World junior middleweight champion Austin Trout (26-0, 14 KO’s) at the Alamodome, in San Antonio, Texas, USA.
According to Dan Rafael, there are 11 thousand tickets priced at $11 per ticket. Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer says Canelo was the driving force behind wanting the tickets to be sold at such a cheap price because he wanted families in the San Antonio area to be able to afford bringing the entire family to the event instead of just one or two showing up. Read the rest of this entry »
March 2013. For those of you that are unaware, and for those that care, (for those that are unaware and wouldn’t care, this is not aimed at you), we are literally (oop) spoilt for fights in the coming weeks/months. Multiple angles could be used to sell and promote these fights, such as they are, both internationally and domestically, so equal in stature. Read the rest of this entry »
By Stevie Ocallaghan:One of the big debates that always rages on is who is the pound for pound champ. Floyd Mayweather, Manny Pacquiao, Andre Ward, a K brother, even Adrien Broner is now getting caught in the mix. For me No 1 has to go to Andre Ward. Ward entered the super 6, not as the favorite but as a contender. He fought and beat the best in probably the most hotly contested division out there. This is my reasoning.Ward fought and beat all the top guys, guys who were world champs and after losing to Ward, went on to be again a belt holder.
Carl Froch, Mikkel Kessler, who he stopped, a feat that Joe Calzaghe couldn’t do, proves the level of competition that Ward fought at. Now a lot of people will say Floyd Mayweather. Yes, he’s still undefeated but really, what makes him no 1? Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Former IBF cruiserweight champion Steve Cunningham (25-5, 12 KO’s) had unbeaten 6’9” Tyson Fury (20-0, 14 KO’s) worked up and hopping mad after he called him “garbage” at their press conference earlier today to hype their April 20th fight at the Madison Square Garden Theater, in New York, New York, USA.
Cunningham was pretty nice to Fury when he initially spoke, but Fury went for the throat immediately when it was his time to speak, talking about wanting to retire Cunningham come April 20th. When Cunningham merely pointed out that the only reason that Fury is having success is because his huge, Fury went ballistic, standing up and drowning out everything that Cunningham and his trainer Naazim Richardson. Read the rest of this entry »
By Andrew Garewal: Due to the large response and comments, I have decided to update the list to try and capture a consensus list. I have removed the rankings and will allow you all to comment on who you believe is the best. This list is composed of active fighters who are at or nearing their prime. You may believe some great boxers should be on here for their body work from the past, such as Miguel Cotto or Floyd Mayweather.
Well, Mayweather’s best display of body punching was last decade against Diego Corrales, and Miguel Cotto hasn’t thrown a body shot with bad intentions in three years. This list is composed of fighters still employing their body snatching tactics, and standout commitment to the damage their opponent’s frame. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Having failed to get IBF super middleweight champion Carl Froch to face him in the ring, #1 IBF 168 lb. contender Adonis Stevenson (19-1, 16 KO’s) will be moving up in weight to face WBC light heavyweight champion Chad Dawson (31-2, 17 KO’s) in a fight that will be taking place in June, according to Steve Kim.
Nemzetisport.hu is reporting the fight will take place on June 8th, provided that the 35-year-old Stevenson get past journeyman Darnell Boone (19-20-3, 8 KO’s) this month in their fight on March 22nd at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Canada.
Boone already knocked Stevenson out 2nd round three years ago, and Stevenson wants to avenge the fight. Read the rest of this entry »