By Yannis Mihanos: After months of speculation and hundreds if not thousands of articles about a potential match up of Khan vs Mayweather things have finally settled. Marcos Maidana will be the lucky one to face the pound-for-pound king of boxing Floyd Mayweather Jr on May 3rd in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Twitter voting set up by Floyd proved not good enough and rightly so in my opinion.
Khan now feels cheated and humiliated.Khan believes that he has done whatever possible to earn the right to fight with Mayweather.
That’s his point of view. But his recent results may say a different story:he lost 2(even if one is in question)and won 2 matches in a non convincing way. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo credit: Chris Farina/Top Rank) By Marc Livitz: Two representations of Olympic glory are represented across the inner arms of Vasyl Lomachenko in the form of momentous tattoos. The two time gold medalist from Ukraine holds a mind boggling 98% win tally in regard to his amateur career, which is a figure made so much more astounding when his overall record of 396 wins and one loss is considered. On Saturday night, Lomachenko will find himself at the doorstep of opportunity when he faces Orlando Salido for the WBO featherweight title at the Alamodome in San Antonio, TX.
Many across the boxing spectrum, which encompasses not only fans of the sport but the self proclaimed pugilistic intelligentsia as well have pointed with utmost disdain at the fact that Vasyl has but one professional bout to his credit. Let’s not judge with such a harsh frame of mind, as Lomachenko may be the greatest amateur fighter in history. Read the rest of this entry »
By Poerqe: WBA welterweight champion Marcos Maidana’s trainer Robert Garcia believes that Floyd Mayweather Jr. (45-0, 26 KO’s) is a much better boxer than his fighter, but at the same time, Garcia is convinced he has come up with a plan to give Mayweather his first loss when Maidana faces him on May 3rd this year. Garcia’s plan is to go back to what Maidana did in beating the Mayweather-like Adrien Broner last December by a 12 round unanimous decision. Maidana jumped on Broner immediately in that fight and put nonstop pressure on him and quickly overwhelmed Broner’s shoulder roll defense. Broner wasn’t able to keep up with Maidana’s high work rate.
Well this is interesting. Garcia, winner of 2012 trainer of the year, comes up with a plan to beat Mayweather. I am a huge fan of Robert Garcia. So i am anxious to know this plan. Well Garcia said in an interview with Fight hype: Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Top Rank promoter Bob Arum is reportedly in talks with WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin’s promoter Tom Loeffler for a fight between Golovkin and former WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (47-1-1, 32 KO’s) for July 12th, according to Kevin Iole of Yahoo Sports. Chavez Jr. has to get past his rematch against Brian Vera (23-7, 14 KO’s) this Saturday night at the Alamodome, in San Antonio, Texas, USA. The fight between Chavez Jr. and Golovkin would be at the full 168 lb weight for the super middleweight division.
Golovkin will probably make a mess of Chavez Jr. if that fight is made. Chavez Jr. has an uncanny ability to take punishment, but Golovkin is too powerful for him to be taking head shots for 12 rounds without getting stopped in some fashion, whether it be from cuts or a clinical knockout. Read the rest of this entry »
By Michael Byrne: Having been strung along and eventually snubbed by Floyd Mayweather Jr, Khan is now trying to make up for lost time by landing a fight with the biggest available name in the division. The only name Khan has specifically mentioned as an option is Adrien Broner, saying ‘Broner would be a great fight’ in a Sky Sports interview. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: George Groves (19-1, 15 KO’s) has zero interest in fighting IBF/WBA super middleweight champion Carl Froch (32-2, 23 KO’s) in his own neck of the woods at Nottingham’s Forest Ground on May 31st in their rematch. It’s not that Groves is worried about fighting Froch in his own home town of Nottingham. Groves is more concerned about the limiting size of the Forest Ground, as it holds only 30,000 fans when it’s jammed back. Groves thinks his rematch with Froch deserves a much bigger venue, something like the 80,000 seat national rugby stadium.
“Twickenham is down the road from me and it holds 80,000,” Groves said to Sky Sports. “I am sure they [the fans] would rather go there than Nottingham…Hearn says this is the biggest fight in British boxing history so Nottingham just isn’t big enough, and it definitely needs something bigger. But it doesn’t matter because I will beat him in his own backyard.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Top Rank promoter Bob Arum is looking to match former WBC lightweight champion Antonio DeMarco against WBO light welterweight champion Ruslan Provodnikov (23-2, 16 KO’s) for his next fight on June 14th on HBO. According to Dan Rafael of ESPN, HBO isn’t entirely excited at the idea of televising a fight between Provodnikov and the recently knocked out DeMarco. HBO wants to see Provodnikov fight the winner of the Karim Mayfield vs. Thomas Dulorme, which takes place next month on March 29th. Mayfield probably wins that fight.
Not sure why HBO doesn’t want to televise the fight, but it could be that they feel that boxing fans will still remember the image of DeMarco getting stopped by Adrien Broner in late 2012. That was less than a year and half ago that Broner destroyed DeMarco, and that might be too soon to have DeMarco getting a world title shot. Read the rest of this entry »
By Robbie Bannatyne: After two consecutive below par performances, WBO lightweight champion Ricky Burns is at somewhat of a career roads as he embarks on his 10th world title defence against unbeaten American, Terrence Crawford. It really is win or bust at world level for Ricky Burns, who suffered a broken jaw when he was badly beaten in his last fight against perennial contender Raymundo Beltran.
That night many thought the dream was dead and buried for Ricky Burns, the end of an incredible journey that, in the beginning, not even his own trainer thought he was capable of. In reality, Burns has already achieved beyond his wildest dreams by becoming a two weight world champion with a string of successful defences. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: British heavyweight Anthony Joshua (4-0, 4 KO’s) will be taking a slight step up this Saturday night against Hector Alfredo Avila (22-15-1, 14 KO’s) in a fight at the Scottish Exhibition Centre, Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom. The soon to be 39-year-old Avila is a definite step up from the guys that Joshua has fought since turning pro in 2013, but not a big enough step up to where it means anything. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Now that Amir Khan has been eliminated from contention for a nice payday fight against Floyd Mayweather Jr. on May 3rd, Matchroom Sport promoter Eddie Hearn, the promoter for unbeaten welterweight contender Kell Brook (31-0, 21 KO’s), has given Khan an offer of $8 million [5 million pounds] to face Brook. The money that Hearn is offering Khan is only $2 million less than the likely $10 million that he would have received for the Mayweather fight.
“When we heard Khan’s Mayweather fight was on the brink of falling through, I made a serious offer for him to fight Kell,” Hearn said via RingTV. “That offer, £5million, is still on the table and will remain there for the foreseeable future.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: WBA welterweight champion Marcos Maidana (35-3, 31 KO’s) hit the lottery in getting picked out by Floyd Mayweather Jr. (45-0, 26 KO’s) to be his next opponent on May 3rd, but Maidana is already being dismissed as little more than the next sacrificial lamb by boxing fans due to his slow hands and feet. But Maidana’s strength and conditioning coach Alex Ariza, who built a name as being the one that turned Manny Pacquiao into a powerful welterweight, believes that Maidana is going to shock the world by beating Mayweather on May 3rd.
Ariza is going to be buildig up Maidana’s body and making him the same powerful fighter that he did in transforming Pacquiao from a lightweight to a welterweight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Ammar: Well we finally have the verdict. Floyd Mayweather Jr. (45-0, 26 KO’s) will be fighting Marcos Maidana (35-3, 31 KO’s) on May 3rd at a venue to still be determined. I am not going to get into who will give Mayweather the most trouble. Either fighter will probably lose big time. Maidana will have a hard time landing his crushing blows while Khan would repeatedly get countered and put down a few times during the fight.
Which brings us Khan being snubbed for this fight for what was termed as his “left-overs”. This is false as Maidana has put together an impressive streak of wins over decent competition, punctuated by a recent win over someone who was pegged as the next Mayweather. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: #1 WBO Terence Crawford (22-0, 16 KO’s) is totally unfazed by Matchroom Sport promoter Eddie Hearn flapping his gums about how 13,000 fans will be cheering madly for WBO lightweight champion Ricky Burns (36-2-1, 11 KO’s) this Saturday in their fight at the Scottish Exhibition Centre, Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom. Hearn thinks that Crawford will be unnerved by the screaming from the Scottish crowd, and that i turn will cause him to lose the fight.
Crawford had this to say about the pro-Burns crowd: “Ricky has got the whole of Scotland depending on him. In the States we’ve got lots of world champions. In Scotland there’s only one – Ricky Burns. The whole country is riding on Ricky because without him what is Scotland? The fans won’t like it, but I am fine…What can they do apart from yell and scream?” Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Amir Khan (28-3, 19 KO’s) is now actively looking to line up his Plan B opponent after being bypassed by Floyd Mayweather Jr. for his May 3rd fight. Khan is interested in fighting one of these names for his next fight in April or May: Paulie Malignaggi, Lamont Peterson, Shawn Porter or Adrien Broner, according to BoxNation. Peterson and Malignaggi are retread opponents for Khan, as he stopped Malignaggi in the 11th round in 2010. Khan was beaten by Peterson by a 12 round decision in 2011.
I wouldn’t be surprised at all if Khan were to fight Malignaggi next fight, because that would be a safe fight for Khan to keep him winning until Mayweather gives him a shot. With the news yesterday from Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer that Mayweather still is interested in fighting Khan, but not for May, it would make sense for Khan to take a soft touch like Malignaggi for his next fight instead of someone that could beat him. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: Sparring partner Haskell Rhodes (19-0, 9 KO’s) came away from his first sparring session with Manny Pacquiao (55-5-2, 38 KO’s) reportedly impressed with his conditioning during a 4-round sparring session in General Santos City, in the Philippines. Rhodes, 26, has been hired to emulate WBO welterweight champion Tim Bradley’s fighting style during the training camp, and he might just be the best sparring partner that Pacquiao has in the camp. Read the rest of this entry »