(Photo credit: Hogan Photos) By Jim Dower: Interim WBA welterweight champion Keith Thurman (23-0, 21 KOs) is targeting a fight against unbeaten pound-for-pound fighter Floyd Mayweather Jr (47-0, 26 KOs) in 2015. Thurman, 26, knows that this could be his last chance at getting a fight against the 37-year-old Mayweather due to him heading towards retirement.
Thurman feels that if he can beat someone like Marcos Maidana in an impressive fashion on his first try, then it would be enough for him to get a fight against Mayweather in 2015.
This Saturday, Thurman will be fighting undefeated 40-year-old Leonard Bundu (31-0-1, 11 KOs) in a highly visible fight card on Showtime from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: #5 WBO Paul Smith (35-4, 20 KOs) will be getting what some boxing fans feel is an underserved second chance at fighting for a world title on February 21st in a rematch against WBO super middleweight champion Arthur Abraham (41-4, 28 KOs) at the O2 World Arena, Kreuzberg, in Berlin, Germany.
Smith, 32, tried his hand at fighting the 34-year-old Abraham last September, but he came up short in losing a 12 round unanimous decision by the scores of 117-111, 119-109 and 117-111. Read the rest of this entry »
By Gav Duthie: The conveyer belt of special talent from Eastern Europe doesn’t seem to be slowing down anytime soon. There are two fantastic prospects looking to breathe life into one of boxing’s least popular divisions, cruiserweight.
Despite increasing the Cruiser limit from 190lb-200lbs in recent years in a category that theoretically should possess the perfect blend between size, speed and power it has never really succeeded in comparison to its marketing potential. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Amir Khan (29-3, 19 KOs) will be walking into the ring this Saturday night wearing expensive $50,000 boxing trunks for his clash with American Devon Alexander (26-2, 14 KOs) at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The trunks have crocodile trim and 24 carat gold thread around the waist.
The reason for Khan wearing the expensive trunks is anyone’s guess. You could say perhaps that Khan is wearing the expensive trunks to put himself in the class of fighters like Floyd Mayweather Jr. Read the rest of this entry »
By Christopher Young: Which fight would be bigger – Floyd Mayweather Jr vs. Manny Pacquiao or Miguel Cotto vs. Saul “Canelo” Alvarez? If these two fights were on two separate networks scheduled for May 2nd and you could only choose one to buy, which fight would it be?
Both of these fights have a special nationwide interests for hardcore and casual boxing fans. Mayweather vs. Pacquiao fight is a fight long overdue. It lost a lot of its luster, but it is still one of the biggest fights out there. Read the rest of this entry »
By Matt H: 2014 was a great year for British boxing. Regular cards televised on Skysports, Channel 5 and Boxnation have certainly helped bring boxing towards the forefront of British sports.
Newly crowned champions, fight of the year contenders, rematches, some incredible performances and the return of boxing to Wembley Stadium marked an upward curve for boxing in Britain, below are my top 5 highlights. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo credit: Hogan Photos)By Scott Gilfoid: Devon Alexander (26-2, 14 KOs) says he wants to stay in the pocket on Saturday night and punch with Amir Khan (29-3, 19 KOs) in order to expose him in their fight on Showtime from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Alexander recognizes that Khan has a chin problem, and he wants to capitalize on that by looking to hit him as often as possible to try and score a knockout.
Alexander notes that Khan has fast hands, but he doesn’t see him as being much faster than his own hand speed. He sees the two of them as being close enough in the hand speed department where it won’t matter. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo credit: Stephanie Trapp/SHOWTIME) By Jim Dower: Former IBF junior middleweight champion Ishe Smith (26-6, 12 KOs) is counting on WBA World junior middleweight champion Erislandy Lara (19-2-2, 12 KOs) looking to mix it up on Saturday night in their fight at the Illusions Theater, in San Antonio, Texas, USA.
Smith figures that it’ll make his job much easier if Lara comes at him trying to punch it out rather than if he chooses to move all night long and box his way to a decision.
Smith does well against sluggers, and he might have an advantage over Lara if he decides he wants to sit down on his punches rather than run like he did against Saul “Canelo” Alvarez last July. Read the rest of this entry »
By Thomas Drury: Floyd Mayweather Jr is the greatest boxer of the modern era, I will never tire of watching him show off his pugilistic talent and when that time comes when he hangs up the gloves boxing fans around the globe and the sport itself will feel the impact of Floyd’s absence, his flashy, arrogant personality, his god given talent, his entertaining interviews and 24/7 appearances leading up to his anticipated fights, not to mention the exposure boxing will lose by the absence of its biggest superstar.
Recently I have come to the conclusion Mayweather is having a detrimental effect on the fighters that participate in our sport especially the fighters that occupy the welterweight and light-middleweight divisions, it seems the fighters have only one goal, to receive that lottery like payday that only Floyd Mayweather can provide. Read the rest of this entry »
By Robert “Big Moe” Elmore: If anybody has studied my writings, I always champion for fighters to be more active in their careers. Saul “Canelo” Alvarez with the help of Oscar De La Hoya, seems to be taking that approach. But his approach comes with a twist. He wants to reclaim the Mexican holidays (Cinco De Mayo and Mexican Independence Day) away from the current occupant Floyd Mayweather. Oscar told fighthype.com that Canelo has agreed to all terms.
Ring Magazine online, my main source, tells an entirely different story. Let’s point out a few facts here. Fact one, Todd Du Boef and Gabriel Penagaricano (Cotto’s advisor) are leading negotiations for this fight. Not Arum. He was simply brought on to help move things along. Fact two; they are still negotiating and Cotto has not been informed yet of negotiations. Fact three; the venue has not been decided upon. Read the rest of this entry »
By Lukasz Clemans: Unfortunately in the sport of boxing it is too often the case that in the main event of a big fight night there is a clear favourite against a very unlikely winner, regardless of how well known the underdog may be. It is usually the smaller fights which are less predictable such as the fights between two untested and unbeaten potential contenders.
This Saturday Las Vegas hosts a great night of boxing with the main event being a showdown between two fighters who have had their ups and downs in recent years and the result wouldn’t be a surprise to many if it went either way. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Amir Khan (29-3, 19 KOs) is counting on 2015 being a huge year for him. Khan is hoping to get big fights against the top names in the sport such as Floyd Mayweather Jr and Manny Pacquiao after failing to get fights against them during the first nine years of his pro career.
For Khan to get in the running for fights against the likes of Mayweather and Pacquiao in 2015 and beyond, he’s going to need to pass a minor test this Saturday night against Devon Alexander (26-2, 14 KOs) at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. Read the rest of this entry »