By Gav Duthie: Any excitement that we had in hearing that Adrien Broner 28-1 (22) and Lucas Matthysse 35-3 (33) were both fighting on September 6 was quickly destroyed when it was confirmed they wouldn’t be fighting each other. The fact that Golden Boy Promotions aren’t putting these two together and Broner won’t be fighting on the Floyd Mayweather Jr – Marcos Maidana II bill the next week on September 13th suggests the whole card will be a pretty low key affair.
I’ve had a look into Golden Boy’s stable of fighters at Light Welterweight to speculate on who Broner may be put up against. Its pretty clear that they are still not yet comfortable putting him in at top level in his new division. It is quite likely they will put someone in there relatively similar to his last opponent Carlos Molina. Read the rest of this entry »
By Daven: Six months ago Tony Bellew and Nathan Cleverly were licking their wounds after being outclassed by the dominant duo of Adonis Stevenson and Sergey Kovalev. Now both men are coming off two straight stoppage victories at a much more dangerous weight division.
Eddie Hearn has somehow managed to quickly resurrect two careers which six months ago were in ruins. Nobody really gave either man any hope of winning a world title yet now there is a scenario that at least one could fight for such honours in early 2015. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo credit: Esther Lin/Showtime) By Dan Ambrose: Golden Boy Promotions president Oscar De La Hoya has ruled out any chance of a rematch taking place between Cuban Erislandy Lara (19-2-2, 12 KO’s) and De La Hoya’s fighter Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (44-1-1, 31 KO’s) after Canelo dodged a bullet tonight in beat Lara by a 12 round split decision at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
De La Hoya took the crowd approval of the final judges’ scores as a mandate that boxing fans don’t want to see a rematch between the two fighters.
De La Hoya said “What I heard from everyone is that no one wants a rematch, there’s ten guys waiting in line. Lara has to wait in line. Canelo won tonight and now we have to move on.” Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo credit: Esther Lin/Showtime) By Chris Williams: Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (44-1-1, 31 KO’s) won a 12 round split decision over Erislandy Lara (19-2-2, 12 KO’s) in a fight that Lara appeared to but was given the shaft at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. I don’t blame Lara for the loss.
I pretty much blame Lara’s trainer Ronnie Shields, because he should have been lighting a fire under Lara’s backside by telling him that he wasn’t going to win a decision against a popular fighter like Canelo unless he hit him with everything but the kitchen sink. You don’t beat a guy that means as much to boxing as Canelo unless you trounce him, and Lara didn’t do that tonight. He dominated the 23-year-old Canelo and made him look almost as bad as Floyd Mayweather Jr did, but he didn’t totally humiliate him the way he probably needed to in order to get the two judges that scored it for Canelo to give it to Lara. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo credit: Esther Lin/Showtime) By Dan Ambrose: Former WBA/WBC light middleweight champion Saul “Canelp” Alvarez (44-1-1, 31 KO’s) defeated Erislandy Lara (19-2-2, 12 KO’s) by 12 round split decision on Saturday night at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. The final judges scores were 115-113, 117-111 for Canelo and 115-113 for Lara.
Canelo reported rehydrated to 171 pounds from the 155 that he weighed in at on Friday.
The judge that scored the fight 117-111 for Canelo appeared to be watching a completely different fight tonight because there’s no way Canelo won the fight by that score. I had Lara winning the fight. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo credit: Esther Lin/Showtime) By Jim Dower: Former three division world champion Abner Mares (27-1-1, 14 KO’s) defeated the bigger and stronger Jonathan Oquendo (24-4, 16 KO’s) by a 10 round unanimous decision on Saturday night at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. The final judges’ scores were 96-94, 98-92, 98-92.
Mares dominated the action with his quicker combinations after having a rough first three rounds. In the 4th round, mares suffered a cut over his left eye from what appeared to be a head-butt. Mares’ new trainer Virgil Hunter had Mares focus on his boxing in the last 6 rounds of the fight to minimize the amount of punishment that he absorbed, and it worked well for Mares. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Former WBC Silver light heavyweight champion Tony Bellew (22-2-1, 14 KO’s) stopped 36-year-old Brazilian Julio Cesar Dos Santos (26-3, 23 KO’s) in the 5th round on Saturday night at the Echo Arena in Liverpool, UK. Bellew connected with a left hook that dropped Dos Santos in the 5th. Dos Santos staggered to his feet, but the referee halted it anyway.
Dos Santos was nailing Bellew with monstrous shots in the 3rd and 4th rounds. Going into the 5th, Dos Santos looked like he was on his way to victory. He looked like he was going to get to Bellew. Fortunately for Bellew, Dos Santos threw a left hook at the same time that Bellew threw his own left hook. Bellew’s left hand got there first and sent Dos Santos down. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Golden Boy Promotions president Oscar De La Hoya says that he spoke with Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (43-1-1, 31 KO’s) at Friday’s weigh-in and Canelo promised him at that time that he’s going to punish WBA junior middleweight champion Erislandy Lara (19-1-2, 12 KO’s) in tonight’s fight at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
De La Hoya says Canelo is worked up over Lara supposedly insulting his countryman, as well as his insults about him and his lack of boxing skills.
De La Hoya says he’s never seen the 23-year-old Canelo this upset before during his career. De La Hoya doesn’t say what Lara specifically said to him at the weigh-in other than looking at Canelo in a dismissive manner that suggested that Canelo is well beneath him in talent. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: WBO International cruiserweight champion Tony Bellew (21-2-1, 13 KO’s) will be in the ring tonight defending his WBO strap against big punching Brazilian Julio Cesar Dos Santos (26-2, 23 KOs) at the Echo Arena in Liverpool, UK.
For Bellew, 31, this will be his second fight in the cruiserweight division after moving up in weight recently following a 6th round knockout loss to WBC light heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson last November.
Bellew said that it was too difficult for him to make weight for the 175 pound division, and that cruiserweight was more of his natural weight class. However, since moving up in weight to cruiserweight, Bellew has looked visibly flabby around the midsection area, and the weight that he’s put on to fight at cruiserweight doesn’t appear to be useful muscle. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Former WBO light heavyweight champion Nathan Cleverly (27-1, 13 KOs) has a lot riding on his fight tonight against little known cruiserweight Alejandro Emilio Valori (15-4, 11 KOs) at the Echo Arena in Liverpool, UK.
A loss to Valori will erase what could be a career-high payday in a rematch against Tony Bellew for later this year. Cleverly obviously wants to get to that rematch because it very well could be the last huge payday that Cleverly gets if he Valori or Bellew dismantles him in the same fashion that Sergey Kovalev did last August.
Kovalev tried Cleverly like a ragdoll in giving him a beating before the plug was finally pulled in the massacre in the 4th. Cleverly hasn’t go anywhere near a talented fighter since that loss, and you’ll still be able to say the same thing after tonight’s fight, because Valori looks to be little more than a lamb being brought in for slaughter by Cleverly. Read the rest of this entry »