By Allan Fox: Friday’s nights scheduled rematch between WBA cruiserweight champion in recess Guillermo Jones and Denis Lebedev has reportedly been called off due to the 41-year-old Jones testing positive for a banned substance, according to Fightnews. This is the second time the 6’4″ Jones tested positive for a banned substance, as he tested positive for a banned substance for his previous fight against Lebedev last year. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo credit: Michael Sterling Eaton / KMG; www.michaelsterlingeaton.com) By Allan Fox: IBF/IBO/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (61-3, 51 KO’s) and challenger Alex Leapai (30-4-3, 24 KO’s) both weighed in today for their fight on Saturday night at the Koenig Pilsener Arena, Oberhausen, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany. Wladimir weighed 247.4 lbs. Leapai weighed 248lbs. Wladimir’s weight is 6 lbs heavier than in his last fight against Alexander Povetkin last year when he weighed in at 241.
Leapai’s weight of 248lbs is a career high for him. He weighed 244 in his last fight. You have to figure that Leapai either consciously put on extra due to him fighting the bigger Wladimir or he might have been padding himself on the back a little too much after his big win over Denis Boytsov last November. That’s quite possible as well. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo credit: Tom Casino/Showtime) By Raj Parmar: In the weeks and months leading up to his December 2013 clash with Marcos Maidana, Adrien Broner was having the time of his life. He had just become a three division champion at 23 years old after beating Pauli Malignaggi in his welterweight debut and was living his dreams. He dabbled into rapping as he went on a city to city tour reciting his lyrics to hip hop fans and was regularly seen partying with various sorts of women. He even released a short tape of himself with two women engaging in a threesome.
His reckless behavior away from the ring brought him lots of attention and he seemingly enjoyed every bit of it. He headed into the Maidana fight full of confidence and cockiness, both of which were literally knocked out of him in the second round of the fight when Maidana dropped him to the canvas for the first time in his career. Marcos would go on to viciously beat up Broner and put a halt to the suggestions that Broner would be the next big superstar of boxing. Read the rest of this entry »
By Mohammad Malik: It was recently reported by The La Times that the Golden Boy President, Oscar De La Hoya, is talking to the founder and CEO of Top Rank, Bob Arum, and he’s interested in pursuing a super-bout between Manny Pacquiao and Saul “Canelo” Alvarez. You can read the full article below:
First of all, I was surprised to read that they are even thinking about doing business together after Bob Arum’s rant at Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley’s press conference at the MGM.
It certainly makes sense in terms of business, and there is no doubt that the fight would draw a large audience. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Floyd Mayweather Sr. no longer sees Manny Pacquiao as being a tough opponent for his son Floyd Mayweather Jr. (45-0, 26 KO’s) after watching how 40-year-old Juan Manuel Marquez dusted Pacquiao off in 6 rounds in 2012. To Floyd Sr, he sees WBA welterweight champion Marcos Maidana (35-3, 31 KO’s) as by far the tougher fight for Mayweather Jr. than a fight against 35-year-old Pacquiao, who Mayweather himself feels has lost the power that he once had in his punches.
Floyd Sr’s view on Maidana being a tougher fight for Mayweather Jr. than Pacquiao is echoed by a great many boxing fans, who see Maidana’s huge punching power, youth, aggressiveness and chin as making him far more dangerous to Mayweather than Pacquiao is at this point in his career. We just saw Pacquiao get hurt by a very light hitter in Tim Bradley in their fight in April 12th of this month, and Pacquiao’s power seemed to be missing in action once again. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: IBF/WBA light heavyweight champion Bernard Hopkins (55-6-2, 32 KO’s) appeared on ESPN last night to talk about his future plans of trying to get a unification fight against WBC 175lb champion Adonis Stevenson (23-1, 20 KO’s) and then a big money bout against Floyd Mayweather Jr. Hopkins says he feels that he has a good chance of getting the Mayweather fight if he can get past Stevenson in his next bout in Canada later this year.
That’s a big ‘if’ because Stevenson is nothing like the last three fighters – Tavoris Cloud, Karo Murat and Beibut Shumenov – that Hopkins has beaten recently. Stevenson would no doubt beat all of those guys except he would have likely knocked all of them out early instead of having them go the full distance with him the way Hopkins has been forced to do. Read the rest of this entry »
By John Hoolan: On Saturday evening Lucas Browne will step into the ring on the Ponds Forge Arena in Sheffield with the weight and expectation of a country on his shoulders. He will be aiming to be the first Australian to win the Commonwealth Title for 122 years. A win would also provide a huge boost to Browne’s standing within the game, currently rated #11 by The WBC and in the top 15 by The WBA and IBF, Ricky Hatton (lucas’ promoter) believes a win would push Lucas into the top 5 and on the verge of a world title shot. No pressure then!
Standing in his way is Eric Martel Bahoeli. Known as the hammer from Canada with a record of – won 10 (KO 7) + lost 3 (KO 2) + drawn 0 = 13. Bahoeli is a huge underdog according to the bookies for this fight. Some have him as more of a longshot than Leapai is against Klitschko. In his own words though Bahoeli says “I have been an underdog maybe 3 times before, so this is nothing new to me”. He is ranked 48 in the world and 2nd, behind Stiverne in the Canadian rankings. Read the rest of this entry »
By Yannis Mihanos: For many fans the May 3rd fight between number 1 pound for pound king of boxing Floyd Mayweather Jr (45-0) and the WBA welterweight title holder Marcos Maidana (38-3) looks one sided.
Maidana is the explosive fighter from Argentina. As any boxer, Maidana has a puncher’s chance. But is that good enough to defeat the best defensive fighter in recent boxing history?
In boxing they say: all it takes is one punch to change the fight. That’s right to say because Maidana has knocked down many of his opponents (31 out of 38). Read the rest of this entry »
By Alon Calinao Dy: New WBO welterweight and eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao (56-5-2) would like to become a basketball player for Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) after he defeated Timothy Bradley (31-1-1) in unanimous decision last April 12 this year at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jim Dower: Welterweight Josesito Lopez (32-6, 19 KO’s) halted Aaron Martinez (19-3-1, 4 KO’s) in the 5th round on Thursday night after Martinez turned his back on Lopez after getting hurt at the Agua Caliente Casino, in Rancho Mirage, California, USA. Lopez, 29, trapped the light hitting Martinez in the corner in the 5th round, and hurt him with a left to the body followed by a left hook to the head.
After getting hit with the left to the head, Martinez turned his back to Lopez and put his hands up behind his head to protect himself. At that point referee Jack Reiss rushed in and halted the fight at 1:19 of the round. Martinez tried to protest the stoppage, but Reiss wasn’t having any of it, saying “You abandoned the fight. You turned your back on your opponent.” Martinez kept saying “No.” Read the rest of this entry »