By Bob Smith: Obviously, Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (44-1-1, 31 KOs) is a very skilled and talented boxer who has had an impressive string of wins, and just barely did enough to outpoint Trout and Lara. His only loss is to Floyd Mayweather Jr, but really who can fault him for that, and after all, he is still learning and is only 24 years old.
Canelo is also a naturally big junior middleweight, who rehydrates to the mid-160s or even the low 170s on fight night, and has not only tremendous power, very skillful combinations, and in addition a decent jab and good inside game. Kirkland, by contract, is a typical brawler, who goes non-stop in attack mode after round 1, and is relatively easy to hit. So how could a fight between Canelo and Kirkland be a toss up? Should a contest between them not be a clear Canelo victory? Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: WBA middleweight champion Gennedy Golovkin (29-0, 26 KOs) is hoping that he can become the first fighter to officially stop Daniel Geale (30-2, 16 KOs) when they face each other this Saturday night on HBO.
Geale has been fighting 10 years as a pro, but no one during that time has ever come close to knocking him out during that entire time. But then again, Geale has never fought Golovkin before. This is going to be a whole new experience and test for Geale.
If he can survive the full 12 rounds, he’ll be the first guy in the past 5 years that has survived 12 rounds against Golovkin. Winning probably isn’t an option for Geale, but if he can just make finish on his feet, it would be saying a lot about him. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo credit: Idris Erba) By Allan Fox: One of the mistakes that Marcos Maidana (35-4, 31 KOs) feels he made the last time he fought Floyd Mayweather Jr (46-0, 26 KOs) was by head-hunting too much when he had him trapped against the ropes last May.
Maidana spent much of the time trying to club Mayweather with shots that frequently missed by a wide margin with them flying over his head. Maidana failed to make corrections by lightening up on his power so that he could improve his accuracy, and most of all he feels that he failed to direct punches to the body of Mayweather where he was a lot more vulnerable. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Matchroom Sport promoter Eddie Hearn says he’s going to be making an announcement this Monday about who #7 WBO, #9 WBC, #11 WBA Matthew Macklin’s next opponent will be for his fight August 30th next month at the National Stadium in Dublin, Ireland.
Hearn says that the guy that he’s matching the 32-year-old Macklin up against will put him into him back into the world title picture.
Hearn said on his twitter “Made a great fight for Matt Macklin, victory puts him right back in the thick of things! Full card announced tomorrow- tickets on sale Tuesday.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Chris Algieri (20-0, 8 KOs) is so confident that he’s going to beat the 35-year-old Manny Pacquiao (56-5-2, 38 KOs) that he already has who in mind that he’d like to fight in his first fight after the Pacquiao fight.
Algieri wants to fight WBA/WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr (46-0, 26 KOs) in what would be a unification match. Algieri sees weakness in Pacquiao in terms of size, skills and age that he’ll be exploiting on November 22nd in their fight at the Venetian Casino & Resort, Macao, Macao S.A.R., China.
“That’s where we’re looking [Mayweather],” Algieri said to RingTV.com. Read the rest of this entry »
By Robert “Big Moe” Elmore: I don’t mind criticism of a fighter. It comes with the territory of being out in the public eye. It seems the closer Floyd Mayweather Jr gets to 49-0, the more negative articles seem to come out. Read the rest of this entry »
By Gav Duthie: If as expected we miss out on the biggest fight of the current era between Floyd Mayweather Jr 46-0 (26) and Manny Pacquiao 56-5-2 (38) a part of my love of boxing will die.
Since the conception of the sport there have been so many great fight nights but there is always one fight in a generation that defines the era. I decided to have a look at the biggest bouts by decade in over 100 years of boxing history to convey what we are missing out on if Mayweather and Pacquiao never meet.
Pound for Pound
The concept of pound for pound was created to compare boxers through the weight divisions. It isn’t very often two of the best p4p fighters actually occupy the same division. When it happens and they do fight it can define a generation. These aren’t always the best spectacles but they still live long in the memory. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (29-0, 26 KO’s) is in a situation where he not only needs to beat former IBF/WBA middleweight champion Daniel Geale (30-2, 16 KO’s) in their fight at Madison Square Garden in New York, but Golovkin needs to win an impressive manner by knocking the 33-year-old Geale out.
Golovkin needs to look good because he doesn’t have the built in fan base that more popular fighters like Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, Miguel Cotto and Julio Cesar Chavez Jr all have. Those are the guys that Golovkin would like to fight in the near future, but if he fails to keep winning in an overpowering way each time he fights, he’ll give them an excuse to avoid fighting him. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Last night on Showtime ALL ACCESS: Canelo vs. Lara epilogue, it was interesting to see former WBA/WBC junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (44-1-1, 31 KO’s) speaking about what he had accomplished last week in beating Erislandy Lara (19-2-2, 12 KO’s) by a highly contested 12 round split decision.
Instead of accepting responsibility for failing to adapt to Lara’s style, Canelo could only grumble afterwards, blaming Lara for not standing and fighting him in the way that he wanted to, and the way that he’d been accustomed to fighting his entire career. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo credit: Idris Erba) By Chris Williams: Floyd Mayweather Jr (46-0, 26 KOs) hasn’t even closed the chapter on Marcos Maidana (35-4, 34 KOs) and already fans are talking about whether he’ll face WBC middleweight champion Miguel Cotto again. Mayweather soundly beat Cotto by a 12 round unanimous decision in 2012 by the scores of 118-110, 117-111 and 117-111.
Cotto was seen as a shot fighter after that bout and especially after losing his next fight to Austin Tour in December of 2012. But with Cotto having beaten Delvin Rodriguez and 39-year-old Sergio Martinez, Cotto is now seen as a new fighter and completely rejuvenated now that he’s being trained by Freddie Roach. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: #5 WBO Paul Smith (35-3, 20 KOs) will be getting a title shot against WBO super middleweight champion Arthur Abraham (40-4, 28 KOs) on September 27th in Kiel, Germany. This is an optional title defense in which Abraham’s promoters at Sauerland Events have handpicked the 31-year-old Smith.
Abraham hasn’t shown much interest in taking on any dangerous opponents like Andre Ward and some of the other top fighters. He’s kind of been locked into back and forth fights against Robert Stieglitz. When the two of them aren’t facing each other, they’re facing little known fringe contenders. Read the rest of this entry »
By Gerardo Granados: The current WBA/WBO super bantamweight champion Guillermo “Chacal” Rigondeaux (W14(9)-L0-D0) knocked out in only one round contender Sod Kokietgym (W63(28)-L3-D1); in a fight that I will admit did not care to watch live, but after finally seen it I was pleased with what I saw. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: WBO light welterweight champion Chris Algieri (20-0, 8 KO’s) plans on taking advantage of his youth, size and boxing ability to beat the 35-year-old WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao (56-5-2, 38 KOs) in their fight on November 22nd at the Venetian Casino & Resort, Macao, Macao S.A.R., China.
Algieri thinks Pacquiao isn’t the same fighter anymore for whatever reason. He doesn’t know if it’s because he’s fighting in the wrong weight division or if it’s the ravages of time showing it’s ill effects on the Filipino star. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: 7-foot heavyweight Taishan Dong (1-0, 1 KO’s) won his pro debut last Friday night in stopping Alex Rozman (2-7, 1 KOs) in the 2nd round of a scheduled 4 round bout at the Longshoremen’s Hall, in San Francisco, California, USA.
The huge 287 pound Taishan knocked Rozman down three times in the fight before the fight was halted in the 2nd round after the third knockdown.
Taishan dropped Rozman once in the 1st round from a stiff jab that was the equivalent of a power punch. In the round, Taishan connected with another stiff jab that dropped Rozman. Moments later, Taishan flattened Rozman with a hard right hand to the head. The referee Edward Collantes had seen enough at this point and halted the fight at 1:58 of the round. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo credit: Idris Erba) By Chris Williams: Floyd Mayweather Jr (46-0, 26 O’s) hinted this week that he may opt to continue to fight on after his remaining 3 fights of his 6-fight contract is through next year. Mayweather will be 49-0 at that time if he continues winning, and he says he’d be willing to stick around to pick up win No.50 if Showtime wants to offer him another contract.
Mayweather’s current deal is said to be a 6-fight, $200 million contract. But if Showtime wants to offer him some additional loot to keep him around for another contract, he says he’d be interested in that.
Mayweather said “If the price is right for number 50, then it’s possible. Everyone knows I have a certain deal [with Showtime/CBS], but if Stephen [Espinoza] gives me another deal.” Read the rest of this entry »