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title Mayweather Jr. does not need to please everybody

floyd9000By Babatis Banda: We are human, flesh and blood. It is impossible for a mere mortal to please all his fellow mortals. Not even Jesus or Mohamed as it were, was able to please everybody. Not even God, our heavenly father, the creator of both the heavens and the earth has been able to please everyone. Reasons are many, but among the many a few stand out.

Man by his nature is limited in his thinking. Some are better off, while others are worse off. Depending on which side you fall, you are either appreciative or optimistic and objective or you are either simple minded, myopic and very negative in everything you do. You can either be appreciative in nature, or you can be sadistic in nature. Whichever you are, it may reveal a little more of your environment, or how you were brought up or indeed, something about you as a person. Read the rest of this entry »

title Boxing Wishlist: Fight #1 Lucas Matthysse vs. Danny Garcia

By Peter Wells (twitter @boxingbrains): Before I begin, for those of you who have not seen my previous article then I should firstly explain what is going on here. A few days ago I wrote on my blog and on, asking readers which fights are on their ‘Boxing Wishlist’. Read the rest of this entry »

title Canelo: I will shock the world; I’m sure I will win

canelo9922By Dan Ambrose: WBA/WBC junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (42-0-1, 30 KO’s) says he knows Floyd Mayweather Jr’s fighting style well after studying him in great deal over the years, and Canelo feels very confident that he’ll beat him on September 14th in their big, big fight at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Canelo said this as quoted by “I am going to prepare like never in my life because I will win that day and I will shock the world.”

I don’t see Canelo shocking the world in this fight, but I do think it makes for a nice quote. Canelo is basically Robert Guerrero 2.0. He’s going to take well before the fight, but then get badly exposed as a flat-footed fighter that can’t maneuver well around the ring and who comes forward in straight lines. Read the rest of this entry »

title Kovalev stops White; Jennings beats Fedosov

656(Photo credits to Larry Levanti/Main Events) By Jim Dower: Unbeaten #6 WBO light heavyweight contender Sergey Kovalev (21-0-1, 19 KO’s) stayed unbeaten with an impressive 3rd round TKO win over an over-matched Cornelius White (21-2, 16 KO’s) at the Sands Casino Resort, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA.

After dominating the first two rounds, Kovalev knocked White down three times in the 3rd round from big left hands before the fight was halted by the referee.

After the fight, Kovalev said “I want Bernard Hopkins next.”

It’s possible that IBF light heavyweight champion Bernard Hopkins could face Kovalev. Hopkins’ scheduled July 13th opponent Karo Murat has visa problems and won’t be able to travel to the U.S to face Hopkins next month. If Hopkins chooses not to face Kovalev, then we could see Kovalev face WBO light heavyweight champion Nathan Cleverly. Read the rest of this entry »

title Hughie Fury meets Tomas Mrazek tomorrow night, June 15th

fury5656By Scott Gilfoid: 6’6” heavyweight prospect Hughie Fury (5-0, 4 KO’s) will be looking for his sixth straight win tomorrow night against journeyman Tomas Mrazek (7-40-6, 5 KO’s) in a six-round bout at the Epic Centre, Magdalen Street, Norwich, UK.

Fury, 18, has all the advantages in this fight – speed, power, youth, you name it. This is just another mismatch that is supposedly getting Fury ready for better opponents.

I don’t agree with the idea that total fodder opposition gets one ready for better fighters. Fury’s promoter should skip to the chase and put Fury in with a decent B level fighter and see how he does. Read the rest of this entry »

title Gesta suffers rib injury, fight with Olusegun is off

gesta65By Chris Williams: #10 IBF, lightweight contender Mercito Gesta (26-1-1, 14 KO’s) is reporting that he injured a rib in training for his July 19th fight against Ajose Olusegun (31-1, 14 KO’s), and he’s going to have to cancel the fight because of that.

This may be a lucky break for Gesta because the chances of him beating Olusegun weren’t very good. Olusegun is a very good fighter who gave Lucas Matthysse all he could handle last year in September before getting stopped in the 10th round.

Gesta said on his Facebook “Due to an injury that I suffered today while training, doctors recommended that I cancel my fight on July 19th on ESPN. Read the rest of this entry »

title Paul Smith vs. Tony Dodson for vacant British 168 lb. title on June 29th at the Bolton Arena

smith434By Scott Gilfoid: Paul Smith (32-3, 18 KO’s) will be taking his career in reverse mode this month on June 29th when he faces Tony Dodson (29-7-1, 14 KO’s) in a rematch for the vacant BBBofC British super middleweight title at the Bolton Arena, Bolton, Lancashire, UK. Smith already beat the 32-year-old Dodson in an ugly clinch-filled fight in 2010.

There wasn’t much to note about the fight other than all the dreadful head-butts that occurred left and right and all the dripping blood from the cuts the two fighters suffered in the fight. Read the rest of this entry »

title Afolabi predicts KO win for Golovkin over Macklin

golovkin45By Scott Gilfoid: Cruiserweight Ola Afolabi is picking WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (26-0, 23 KO’s) to knockout challenger Matthew Macklin (29-4, 20 KO’s) on June 29th at the MGM Grand at Foxwoods Resort, Mashantucket, Connecticut.

While Afolabi likes Macklin a lot and thinks he’s got a lot of power, he thinks Golovkin is going to be just too strong for Macklin to handle and he sees the fight ending in a knockout for Golovkin.

Afolabi said to Sky Ringside “I think it’s going to be a knockout. The guy [Golovkin] hits incredibly hard. I’ve been in the ring with heavyweights, cruiserweights, light heavyweights, and I get in the ring with this kid and every time he hits me, I saw whoa…Macklin has the style to walk into something.” Read the rest of this entry »

title Canelo will struggle against a defensive-minded Mayweather

canelo453By Dan Ambrose: Now that Floyd Mayweather Jr. (44-0, 26 KO’s) has his father Floyd Sr. training him once again, Mayweather Jr. is a much more defensive-minded fighter than he was when he was being trained by his uncle Roger Mayweather.

Floyd Sr’s main focus is defense and he doesn’t like to see his son get hit, and you can bet that the entire training camp to get Mayweather Jr. ready for his fight against WBA/WBC junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (42-0-1, 30 KO’s) will be aimed around keeping Mayweather Jr. from getting hit.

Mayweather is impossible to hit when he’s putting his energy into his defense. I don’t care how much Canelo outweighs him for this fight. He’s not going to be able to hit Mayweather in this fight because Mayweather isn’t going to let him. He’s not going to do the things he did against Miguel Cotto by standing in one place and choosing to trade. Read the rest of this entry »

title Respecting the Sportsman

Recently, I was perusing my twitter feed and I came across Robert the Ghost Guerrero’s post of his direct message conversation/challenge with Victor Ortiz. My initial reaction to this potential bout was one of excitement. Read the rest of this entry »

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