By Dan Ambrose: WBA/WBC junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (42-0-1, 30 KO’s) says he only has two weeks to decide on who’s going to be his next opponent on September 14th at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Canelo, 22, doesn’t think Floyd Mayweather Jr. or Miguel Cotto will choose to fight him next. He also recognizes that a fight against WBC middleweight champion Sergio Martinez isn’t possible after Martinez broke his left hand and injured his knee in his win over Martin Murray last April. Read the rest of this entry »
by Bob Smith: This is a topic really any boxing fan should love and I definitely look forward to reading your comments and suggestions. Of course, an article like this is purely speculative; at the same time, these speculations are worth real money, as 2-4 years ago this fight would have been worth tens of millions to each fighter.
Of course, this is article is not to say that Floyd Mayweather Jr. is not in his prime, but arguably Manny Pacquiao is not in his prime at this point.
The truth is that I am not sure who would win if these two fighters fought at their primes. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Right now, fans of WBO lightweight champion Ricky Burns (36-2, 11 KO’s) are giving him lots of pats on the back after he came from near oblivion to defeat Jose Gonzalez (22-1, 17 KO’s) by a 9th round retirement following a wrist injury that Gonzalez suffered at some point in the fight to his left wrist. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: WBO lightweight champion Ricky Burns (36-2, 11 KO’s) got a really lucky break tonight when his opponent Jose Gonzalez (22-1, 17 KO’s) suffered a wrist injury and was unable to come out for the 10th round on Saturday night at the Emirates Arena, Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom. >
Burns was trailing 7 rounds to 2 on my scorecard and the only round you can arguably give him was the 8th and 9th after Gonzalez injured his wrist in the 7th round after totally dominating Burns in the 7th. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Jaime McDonnell (21-2-1, 9 KO’s) defeated previously unbeaten slugger Julio Ceja (24-1, 22 KO) by a 12 round majority decision on Saturday night to capture the vacant IBF bantamweight title at the Keepmoat Stadium, in Doncaster, United Kingdom. The final judges’ scores were 114-114, 115-113, 118-110. Read the rest of this entry »
by Bob Smith: Of all of the fighters currently trying to move their way up the ranks and to obtain championships and big paydays (no particular order) two strike me as the most overrated: Tyson Fury and Saul “Canelo” Alvarez.
First, let’s start with one ‘”fighter” hopefully all of us can agree is overrated – Tyson Fury. To be fair, he is a respectable 2nd rate fighter with wins over Derek Chisora and Kevin Johnson but he is nowhere near the level of either his hype or his self-perceptions. In his match with Steve Cunningham he behaved like a WWE clown with his touching of the gloves and hitting after the bell and still got knocked down within three rounds by a glorified cruiserweight who is at least six inches shorter and at least 30 pounds lighter than him. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: With one week to go before the light welterweight clash between Lamont Peterson (31-1-1, 16 KO’s) and Lucas Matthysse (33-2, 31 KO’s), there are still a lot of tickets available through ticketmaster.com for their May 18th fight staged at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
The seating capacity for the Boardwalk Hall is 10,500. The fight would have been sold out a long time ago had it been staged in Washington, DC, where Peterson fights in front of huge, huge crowds. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photos courtesy PR Best Boxing Promotions/Joel Colon) By Scott Gilfoid: #1 WBO challenger Jose Gonzalez (22-0, 17 KO’s) realizes what he’s up against tonight in venturing into Glasgow, Scotland to face WBO lightweight champion Ricky Burns (35-2, 10 KO’s) at the Emeritates Arena.
Gonzalez realizes that he’s probably going to need to knockout Burns to make sure that he walks out of the ring with the WBO strap around his waist.
This is Burns’ home turf him being from Scotland, and it might take a thudding knockout to make sure that he doesn’t find himself on the receiving end of a questionable decision. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: British bantamweight Jaime McDonnell (20-2-1, 9 KO’s) thinks he’s got an easy mark tonight in unbeaten Mexican warrior Julio Ceja (24-0, 22 KO’s) just because the 5’5 ½” Ceja is 2 ½” inches shorter than him. The 5’8” McDonnell says he’s now more than ever certain that he’ll beat the 20-year-old Ceja tonight after standing next to him and looking at the height difference between himself and him.
Ceja and McDonnell will be fighting for the vacant IBF bantamweight title tonight at the Keepmoat Stadium, in Doncaster, UK.
McDonnell said to Sky “I knew I was going to beat Ceja before, but now that I’ve seen how short he is, I know I’m going to win now.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Last February 41-year-old heavyweight contender Tony Thompson (37-3, 25 KO’s) blasted out Britain’s David Price (15-1, 13 KO’s) in two easy rounds in Liverpool, UK.
Instead of Price and his promoter Frank Maloney getting a clue that it might not be the best idea to tangle with the 6’5” Thompson again, they’ve set up a rematch for July 6th, and once again in Price’s home city of Liverpool, UK. Read the rest of this entry »
By Daniel Mcglinchey: Unbeaten Heavyweight sensation Tyson Fury (21-0, 15 KO’s) is set to be out again in the summer to continue his journey on the way to Heavyweight stardom.
According to his uncle and trainer Peter Fury his options are Kubrat Pulev (17-0, 9 KO’s) or Tomasz Adamek (48-2, 29 KO’s) for his next bout according to Peter Fury’s social media site. Peter also mentioned David Haye. However, Haye recently signed to fight 2nd tier Manuel Charr, so he’s out of the picture.
Either Adamek or Pulev as an opponent for Tyson would generate massive interest from boxing fans around the world because they are both legitimate and established world class fighters. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: ESPN analyst Teddy Atlas was disappointed from what he saw from Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero (31-2-1, 18 KO’s) in his failed attempt to defeat WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. (44-0, 26 KO’s) at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Atlas expected Guerrero to have some kind of logical plan to try and win the fight, but instead Guerrero stood on the outside and took pot shots for most of the fight. When did plod forward, he’s eat big right hand shots and get tied up after missing two or three shots.
Guerrero looked totally clueless and also scared. I expected Guerrero to look confused, because he had never fought anyone even close to the skill level of Mayweather before during his career. However, what I wasn’t expecting was for Guerrero to look as timid as a lamb out there against Mayweather, especially after all that bold talk that Guerrero had done about him not being intimidated by Mayweather. Read the rest of this entry »
by Bob Smith: Though Ring magazine is a respectable if not venerable boxing publication, there are two ways in which its pound for pound list can inaccurately report the best boxers – one is by being susceptible to the favorites of boxing promoters and hype; the other is by overemphasizing recent wins, especially by knockout.
For instance, IBF/IBO/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko jumped from #9 to #4 just because he defeated a badly overmatched challenger in Francesco Pianeta. Also, WBC lightweight champion Adrien Broner is still untested yet is ranked ahead of Sergio Martinez on the list. I will present my own list here to correct for these errors. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: ESPN boxing analyst Teddy Atlas says he’s hearing that Miguel Cotto (37-4, 30 KO’s) will be the one that ends up facing WBA/WBC junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (42-0-1, 30 KO’s) rather than Floyd Mayweather Jr. (44-0, 26 KO’s) for Canelo’s next fight on September 14th in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Atlas said to ESPN: “My sources tell me it will be Miguel Cotto [who faces Canelo next]. Floyd Mayweather is not looking to fight. Yes, it would be a huge money fight [Mayweather vs. Canelo], but Mayweather can make money in a lot of different places. Why take a risk with a much bigger guy like Alvarez. So what I understand, Alvarez-Cotto is a much better bet than waiting to see Alvarez-Mayweather.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: 37-year-old former two division world champion Vic Darchinyan (38-5-1, 27 KO’s) successfully weighed in on Friday for his fight tomorrow night against Javier Gallo (18-6-1, 10 KO’s) for their fight at the Uni-Trade Stadium in Laredo, Texas.
Darchinyan, #3 WBC, came in at 123.5 pounds, and his opponent 29-year-old Gallo weighed in at 123.25 lbs. This will be the first fight for Darchinyan with Top Rank Promotions and there’s talk of him possibly facing newly crowned WBC super bantamweight champion Victor Terrazaz next, although former IBF/WBO super bantamweight champion Nonito Donaire might be the one that ultimately gets the shot against Terrazaz. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Last Saturday night’s fight at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero may not equal Mayweather’s previous fight against Miguel Cotto in terms of pay per view buys, but in one area where it did quite well was at the gate.
The fight hauled in a gate of $9,922, 350 from 14,258 tickets with 1,459 tickets comped. That’s good loot for this fight, especially given that Mayweather was fighting a complete unknown in the minds of many boxing fans in choosing to fight Guerrero instead of a better known fighter. Guerrero didn’t help the PPV card any by getting arrested last April at the New York airport. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Earlier today, bantamweight contender Jaime McDonnell (20-2-1, 9 KO’s) made weight for his fight against the devastating puncher Julio Ceja (24-0, 22 KO’s) for their fight on Saturday for the vacant IBF bantamweight title that previously belonged to Leo Santa Cruz before he vacated it to move up to 122.
The Ceja-McDonnell fight will be taking place in the UK at the Keepmoat Stadium, Doncaster.
Ceja weighed in at 117 lbs, while McDonnell also came in at 117 as well. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Freddie Roach believes that IBF super middleweight champion Carl Froch (30-2, 22 KO’s) will beat WBA super middleweight Mikkel Kessler (46-2, 35 KO’s) when the two fighters meet up for their pay per view rematch on May 25th in London, UK. Roach thinks Froch, 35, is too young for the 34-year-old.
Roach said to RingTV “I think Froch is too young and too much for him at this point. I think Froch wins by a decision.”
I hate to be the one to break this to Roach, but Kessler is actually the younger fighter and he looks a lot younger than Froch as well. I mean, I don’t knock Roach for being ignorant about the ages of the fighters. After all, he’s not a writer and it’s not his job to keep up with those kinds of things. That’s my job. I keep track of ages and junk like that. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photos courtesy PR Best Boxing Promotions/Joel Colon) By Scott Gilfoid: Matchroom Sport promoter Eddie Hearn wants to match his fighter WBO lightweight champion Ricky Burns (35-2, 10 KO’s) against IBF lightweight champion Miguel Vazquez (33-3, 13 KO’s) in a unification bout next if Burns gets past his #1 challenger Jose Gonzalez (22-0, 17 KO’s) this Saturday night at the Emirates Arena, in Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom.
That’s a big if because Gonzalez is a huge, huge puncher of the first order and Burns is there to be hit all night long. Burns seems to see himself as a puncher lately and I’m wondering if his 4th round knockout win over Kevin Mitchell last September may have planted some ideas in his head about his power. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Trainer Freddie Roach sees Manny Pacquiao’s fight against former WBA lightweight champion Brandon Rios (31-1-1, 23 KO’s) on November 24th as being potentially Pacquiao’s last fight of his career if he fails to perform well in their HBO pay per view fight at the Cotai Arena, Venetian Resort, Macao, Macao S.A.R., China.
Pacquiao is coming off of not just one but two disappointing losses back to back, and he looks like a poor copy of the fighter that he once was years ago. The age and ring-wear is starting to shock it’s ugly effects on the 34-year-old Filipino now and Roach can’t just explain it away as Pacquiao not being motivated. The way he’s looked goes beyond motivation and more towards aging and too many hard fights. Read the rest of this entry »