By Scott Gilfoid: Danny Dyer from EastEnders is hoping that George Groves (19-1, 15 KO’s) beats IBF/WBA super middleweight champion Carl Froch (32-2, 23 KO’s) in their second fight on May 31st at the Wembley Stadium in London, UK. Dyer thinks that a victory for the 26-year-old Groves would set up a huge rubber match between the two fighters later on in the year, and he’s hoping that this can take place.
Froch was given a 9th round stoppage over Groves last November when the referee working the fight Howard John Foster jumped on Groves during the heat of the action and inexplicably stopped the fight to give Froch a win. It was one of the strangest things I’ve seen in British boxing. The controversial stoppage actually helped both Froch and Groves, because it gave them an excuse to fight each other a second time and get another big payday. Read the rest of this entry »
By Daven: Yesterday I completed a very ambitious article which outlined my top 15 P4P fighters of all time. Instead of garnering serious discourse and appreciation, I had to read ridiculous comments on the whole about how I was disrespecting the likes of Floyd Mayweather Jr and Roy Jones Jr, yet at the beginning of my article I clearly stated that active fighters were not considered for the list due the fact their legacies are not yet completed. How ignorant can people actually be to say I ignored Floyd when I addressed the issue as bluntly as possible? Read the rest of this entry »
By Yannis Mihanos: The opposition that each fighter faces determines his position in boxing history. A fighter who faces the best and the strongest can be called an all-time great. In boxing today two names – Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr – insist on being mentioned from the mouths of experts and the simple fans.
These two names have grown boxing’s attention so much that it’s inevitable their comparison. And since the day that they will face each other in the ring is still long; all is left is speculations and statistic comparisons and that’s what I will do here.
The dominance of Mayweather Jr in boxing, (professional record 45-0) has been countless times questioned. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jim Dower: #1 IBF Kubrat Pulev (19-0, 10 KO’s) will be facing his third scheduled opponent for this Saturday night in Danny Hughes (12-2-2, 3 KO’s) in a scheduled 8 round bout at the Stadthalle, Rostock, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany. Pulev was previously scheduled to fight Ellijah McCall and then Joey Dawejko, but both of those fights fell apart for various reasons.
Pulev, 6’4 ½”, sees himself as an avoided fighter by other heavyweights. He’s already the IBF mandatory challenger to IBF/IBO/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko. He won’t have to worry about Wladimir avoiding him, because he’ll be a huge underdog against him due to his lack of punching power. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: #2 WBC Carl Frampton (17-0, 12 KO’s) has an important WBC 122lb eliminator bout tonight against #1 WBC Hugo Fidel Cazares (40-7-2, 27 KO’s) at the Odyssey Arena, in Belfast, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom. Frampton, 27, needs to win this fight to become the mandatory challenger to WBC super bantamweight champion Leo Santa Cruz. Frampton has a decent chance of beating the 35-year-old Cazares, because this is an older fighter who is fighting a two divisions above his best weight class.
Cazares is also someone who has been given a very, very generous No.1 ranking by the World Boxing Council. While I think Cazares is a halfway decent super bantamweight, I don’t for a second see him as a top 15 contender, and certainly not a No.1 contender like the WBC has him ranked. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: While many boxing fans think heavyweight contender Tyson Fury (22-0, 16 KO’s) looks to be going downhill recently in almost getting knocked out by small heavyweight Steve Cunningham and thought he looked fat and slow in his recent win over C level fighter Joey Abell, Fury’s trainer Peter Fury thinks he’s looking great.
Peter sees Tyson as having improved from his previous fight against Dereck Chisora (20-4, 13 KO’s) from three years ago, and he believes that he’s ready to be taken off the leash right now to tear Chisora apart in their rematch. Read the rest of this entry »
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By Allan Fox: Alex Ariza, the strength and conditioning coach for WBA welterweight champion Marcos Maidana (35-3, 31 KO’s), feels that Maidana is ahead of schedule for this fight in terms of conditioning compared to his previous fight against Adrien Broner last December. With precisely one month to go before Maidana’s huge clash on May 3rd against Mayweather, Maidana is looking in excellent shape for this fight and ready to take the fight to Mayweather.
“Maidana’s been here for going on our third week now. I think that he’s ahead of schedule from where he was before the Broner fight. We’ve had three solid weeks,” Ariza said via RingTV. “He looks great. He came in in relatively good shape from Argentina, and we got to hit the ground running right away. Robert’s really pleased, and I’m really pleased, and the weight is great.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: It looks like WBO light welterweight champion Ruslan Provodnikov (23-2, 16 KO’s) will be facing undefeated Chris Algieri (19-0, 8 KO’s) in his first defense of his WBO 140lb title on June 14th instead of someone more interesting like Brandon Rios. According to Dan Rafael of ESPN, Thomas Dulorme, Antonio DeMarco, and Hank Lundy were all ruled out as a possible opponent for Provodnikov. Algieri was the guy that was approved.
Provodnikov’s promoter Artie Pelullo of Banner Promotions, wasn’t impressed with Dulorme’s recent win over Karim Mayfield, said Rafael. Dulorme did a lot of holding in the fight en route to winning a 10 round unanimous decision. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Freddie Roach, the trainer for Miguel Cotto (38-4, 31 KO’s), is having him bulk up for his June 7th title challenge against WBC middleweight champion Sergio Martinez (51-2-2, 28 KO’s) at Madison Square Garden in New York. Cotto is already a big fighter who weighs in for his junior middleweight fights in the 160s, but Roach wants Cotto, 5’7”, to add more muscle so that he can compete better against the 5’10” Martinez for the fight.
“Miguel began preparing on Sunday,” said Bryan Perez, the executive director of Miguel Cotto Promotions to ESPN Deportes. “Originally we were going to start on April 14. That was the date, but when we met Freddie, he decided that he wanted us to start on March 30th for the preparation to get a base, and that’s what we’re doing. Miguel obeyed the order. Freddie has a plan well designed to increase muscle mass, and Miguel is already working on it.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Simon Allen: Cheat – Act dishonestly or unfairly to gain an advantage.
Cheating in sport is frowned upon by all societies around the world. Fans watch sport to see fair competition and the best man win. Knowing a person has cheated to gain an advantage is unacceptable and derided, rightly so. Read the rest of this entry »