By AK: Floyd Mayweather is considered one of the best fighters of his era with an amazing record of 49 fights and 49 wins. But despite having a perfect record a lot of people believe Floyd Mayweather was gifted a few decisions.
Some people believe Jose Luis Castillo, Oscar De La Hoya, Marcos Maidana, and Manny Pacquiao all have won against Floyd Mayweather or drawn against him. I disagree and believe Floyd won all of them but the problem with boxing is that sometimes there is not a decisive winner so that ends up splitting the opinion of the public.
Out of all of the Floyd Mayweather’s ‘controversial’ wins the one that gets the most mentioned is the first bout with Jose Luis Castillo. To this day, critics of Mayweather point to this fight as the fight Mayweather unofficially lost, with most observers seeing it as a clean win for Castillo with scores ranging from 115-111 to 117-109. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua says he would like to see IBF/IBO/WBA/WBC middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin move up two entire divisions to fight someone from the 175lb division in order to replicate what welterweight Kell Brook did in moving up two divisions to fight at middleweight against Triple G.
Joshua says he would like to see how Golovkin would do under similar circumstances. Brook, who has always been a very heavy welterweight, was stopped in the 5th round by Golovkin last Saturday night on September 10 at the O2 Arena in London, England.
Brook suffered a broken right eye socket, which some boxing fans believe was the cause of the stoppage. I’ve seen the 5th round in slow motion, and I noticed that Brook stopping punching completely after getting hit with a brutal right hand from Golovkin thrown to the solar plexus.
The effects of the shot caused Brook to drop his hands completely and take five straight punches to the head. To show you how hurt Brook was, he didn’t even try to raise his gloves to protect his head. He was clearly hurt from the body punch. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (47-1-1, 33 KOs) and Liam Smith (23-0-1, 13 KOs) can feel proud that the two of them have produced over 40,000 ticket sales for their match this Saturday at the AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. The number of ticket sales for the Canelo-Smith fight thus far has surpassed the ticket sales for the Manny Pacquiao vs. Antonio Margarito fight six years ago in 2010.
This is great news Canelo, Smith and for Golden Boy Promotions. CEO Oscar De La Hoya had predicted that the Canelo-Smith fight would bring in more ticket sales than the Pacquiao vs. Margarito fight, and he’s turned out to be right. Also, De La Hoya predicted that the Canelo-Smith fight would bring in more pay-per-view buys on HBO than the Pacquiao-Margarito fight, which brought in 1.15 million buys. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: British heavyweight Dillian Whyte (18-1, 14 KO) will be fighting 34-year-old Ian Lewison (12-2-1, 8 KOs) in what appears to be a mismatch on October 7 at the SSE Hydro in Glasgow, Scotland. The Whyte-Lewison fight was made official on Friday. It’ll be taking place on the undercard of World Boxing Association World light welterweight champion Ricky Burns’ first title defense against #1 WBA Kiryl Relikh.
Whyte, who still hasn’t fully regained the strength in his surgically repaired left shoulder from what I can see, will be scrapping with Lewison for the vacant British title. It’ll be sad if this is as far as Whyte goes in his career. Read the rest of this entry »
By Patrick McHugh: WBO junior middleweight champion Liam “Beefy” Smith (23-0-1, 13 KOs) successfully weighed in at 154 pounds on the button on Friday afternoon for his title defense against Mexican star Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (47-1-1, 33 KOs) for their fight on Saturday night at the AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
Canelo also came in at 154 pounds. Canelo looked very thin at the weigh-in. Canelo looked almost annoyed when standing next to Smith, as Canelo quickly walked away after just a short period of time. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua (17-0, 17 KOs) is bellyaching about not being given credit for his wins, and he feels that even if he defeated undefeated WBC champion Deontay “Bronze Bomber” Wilder (37-0, 36 KOs), he wouldn’t be given credit for the win by the boxing fans.
Joshua thinks the fans would see Wilder as a flawed fighter and wouldn’t give him the credit for the victory. You hate to see a fighter bellyache like Joshua is doing when he’s not having his back slapped for beating the guys that have dug up for him to fight by his promoter Eddie Hearn.
If Joshua had been fighting quality guys like Luis “The Real King Kong” Ortiz, Kubrat Pulev and Bryant Jennings, I think he would have been given his credit. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Saul “Canelo” Alvarez will be fighting WBO junior middleweight champion Liam “Beefy” Smith this Saturday night on September 17, but unbeaten IBF/IBO/WBA/WBC middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin seems to be the guy that is being mentioned more than anyone. Golovkin is the focus despite Canelo fight smith, because the boxing fans want to see the Canelo-Golovkin match.
The fans want to see Canelo fighting Golovkin, not the little known Liam Smith. This fight holds very little interest from fans. Golden Boy could have done a far better job if they had selected one of the arguably more talented junior middleweights for Canelo to fight if they were insisting on pooling from the 154lb division to find opponents for him. Read the rest of this entry »
By Patrick McHugh: WBO cruiserweight champion Krzysztof Glowacki (26-0, 16 KOs) made weight successfully on Friday in weighing in at 199.3 pounds for his title defense against mandatory challenger Oleksandr Usyk (9-0. 9 KOs) for their fight this Saturday night at the Ergo Arena, in Gdansk, Poland.
Usyk, 29, weighed in at 198.7lbs. The Glowacki-Usyk will be televised on Sky Sports in the UK. The promoters for the event are Warriors Boxing and Sferis Promotions/Babilon Promotions. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: It looks like Amir Khan’s knockout loss to Saul Canelo Alvarez last May has instilled a sense of urgency in Khan with him talking about wanting to fight Kell Brook. That fight would likely take place at the end of 2017. Khan says he wants a tune-up fight in his next match in January.
Let’s be honest; Khan can’t afford to wait much longer before fighting Brook, because both guys are nearing the end of their careers in terms of being relevant fighters. If they don’t fight each other soon, it’ll be too late for their fight to attract interest. I know some boxing fans will say that Brook is only 30 and has a ton of time remaining in his career.
If Brook were to go back down to 147 and go after WBC champion Danny Garcia or WBO champion Jessie Vargas, then I think he might have some more time left as a relevant contender/paper champion. However, Brook says he wants to fight at 154 to fight the winner of the Liam Smith vs. Saul Canelo Alvarez fight. I can’t see Brook winning that. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jim Dower: Unbeaten World Boxing Council World bantamweight champion Shinsuke Yamanaka (26-0-2, 18 KOs) retained his WBC 118lb title on Friday night by stopping 31-year-old former WBA bantamweight champion Anselmo Moreno (36-5-1, 12 KOs) in the 7th round at the Edion Arena in Osaka, Japan.
Yamanaka, 33, knocked the 31-year-old Moreno down four times in the fight before it was finally halted in the 7th round by referee Daniel Van de Wiele. The official time of the stoppage was at 1:09 of the 7th. Read the rest of this entry »