By Gav Duthie: Shawn Porter pulled himself back into the top end of the welterweight rankings on Saturday by outpointing Adrien Broner. ‘Showtime’ Porter has only lost once by close decision in his career to date to Kell Brook and now boasts an impressive resume. Despite this it seems he isn’t getting a huge amount of credit from certain quarters for his crude style.
So from a technical assessment what makes Porter such an impressive fighter. What are the subtle qualities that Porter possesses which makes him so tough to beat. I’m no Teddy Atlas but here are the 5 main qualities I feel makes Porter a top fighter. Read the rest of this entry »
By Gav Duthie: Floyd Mayweather Jnr has hinted that in the absence of a super fight like Manny Pacquiao that he will attempt to provide fans with a loaded undercard to boost his next event. The only opponent that would potentially do numbers anywhere near the Pacman region would be Gennady Golovkin but that has already been ruled out. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: One person who feels that Oscar De La Hoya (39-6, 30 KOs) would be making a serious mistake if he were to launch a comeback is Top Rank promoter Bob Arum, who at one time promoted De La Hoya for a portion of his 16-year pro career.
Arum thinks that De La Hoya could wreck his health by coming back to the ring at age 42, because he feels that the head shots that he’d take would do harm to him at his age. Arum doesn’t think De La Hoya will be able to handle the punishment that he takes in his comeback, and he would advise against him getting back into the ring at this point. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: After seeing WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder’s recent interview in which he took some shots at him in questioning his confidence in the ring, #6 WBC Lucas Browne (22-0, 18 KOs) says he’d be very interested in facing the 6’7” Wilder in his next fight. Wilder says he’ll be back in the ring in September, and he’s yet to say who his next opponent will be.
It’ll be another voluntary defense for Wilder, as he’ll be facing his #1 WBA mandatory challenger Alexander Povetkin in early 2016. It’s important that Deontay face an opponent around the same size with a similar fighting style as Povetkin. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jaime Ortega: In a recent interview, WBA welterweight champion Keith Thurman (25-0, 21 KOs) with vitriolic confidence harshly lashed Floyd Mayweather Jr. with criticism after hearing the champion say that Thurman should fight in his next undercard against unbeaten Errol Spence (17-0, 14 KOs). Thurman got upset with Floyd for him possibly giving Andre Berto, Karim Mayfield and even Amir Khan a shot over his undefeated record alongside Kell Brook (35-0, 24 KOs).
“Floyd fight Kell Brook, fight a big welterweight, don’t [expletive] fight Amir Khan bro, don’t fight that [expletive],” Thurman said via 78SPORTSTV and added, “Go ahead and fight an undefeated fighter, if you don’t want to fight me because you don’t want to fight a brother who can punch and hurt you…then go fight him (Brook) for the fans!” Read the rest of this entry »
By Shaun La: Oscar De La Hoya left professional boxing with an exit that made his hardcore fans concerned when he was going thru the battering and energetic Manny Pacaquiao’s heavy punching offense. Yet, Oscar had nothing to be ashamed of by losing his last professional boxing bout.
A champion and marketable boxer who always showed respect to his opposition, while acknowledging the sport of boxing for allowing him to be financially wealthy and represent the coolly marketable name, The Golden Boy with a prestige aura. He went from the Olympics to millions of dollars being contractually paid for his boxing services—-what else is missing? Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: WBC super bantamweight champion Leo Santa Cruz (30-0-1, 17 KOs) says he’ll be back inside the ring in August or September against an opponent still to be determined. Santa Cruz, 26, wants to face former three division world champion Abner Mares next, but it’s not likely that fight will take place.
The best you can hope for is that Santa Cruz at least fights a quality guy for a change after fighting four consecutive mismatches dating back to March of last year. The last quality opponent Santa Cruz fought was Cesar Seda in December 2013. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Andre Berto is pretty excited about him potentially getting a fight against Floyd Mayweather Jr. for September 12th. Mayweather has been name dropping the 30-year-old Berto and Karim Mayfield’s names in interviews lately, and it seems like he’s sincere about wanting to fight one of them.
If Mayweather opts to face someone else instead, it’s going to be a huge disappointment for Berto and Mayfield. These haven’t ever been involved in a big money mega-fight before. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: John Molina, who is no strange to Adrien Broner (30-2, 22 KOs), says all Broner did in his fight last Saturday night against Shawn Porter (26-1-1, 16 KOs) was hold and run. He was surprised then that Broner came up empty in losing a 12 round decision to Porter.
Molina felt that referee Tony Weeks should have taken points off from Broner earlier in the fight due to the constant holding he was doing in the fight. Indeed, Broner wasn’t just occasionally holding. He was holding each time Porter came inside looking to land shots and he felt that it was a strategy that Broner was using in order to keep Porter from being able to fight his game.
Molina went on to say that Broner did the same kind of holding in their fight, but instead of the referee Robert Byrd doing something about the holding, he wound up warning Molina for coming forward with his head down. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Former WBA/WBC junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (45-1-1, 32 KOs) reportedly wants his fight against WBC middleweight champion Miguel Cotto (40-4, 33 KOs) to take place in Texas, where he’s got a tremendous following, rather than in Las Vegas, Nevada, according to Steve Kim.
The only way the 24-year-old Canelo is going to be able to get his fight against Cotto to take place in Texas is if the Puerto Rican star agrees to it. In other words, Canelo doesn’t have the negotiating muscle to force the venue on Cotto. If Canelo was negotiating with his past opponents Austin Trout, Erislandy Lara and Alfredo Angulo, he could tell them the fight was going to need to take place in Texas, and if they didn’t grant him his wish, he would just move on and find someone who would give him the green light. Read the rest of this entry »