(Photo Credit: Hoganphotos/GBP) By Dan Ambrose: WBA/WBC light welterweight champion Danny Garcia (26-0, 16 KO’s) still isn’t willing to give his September 14th opponent WBC interim light welterweight champion Lucas Matthysse (34-2, 32 KO’s) much credit for being an excellent fighter with recent wins over Lamont Peterson, Mike Dallas Jr. and Ajose Olusegun.
Garcia doesn’t see anything special in Matthysse, and he feels he’s going to be able to out-box him without any problems at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. Garcia-Matthysse will be the co-feature bout on the Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Saul “Canelo” Alvarez pay per view card on Showtime. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Manny Pacquiao is picking Raymundo Beltran (28-6, 17 KO’s) to beat WBO lightweight champion Ricky Burns (36-2, 11 KO’s) in their fight next month on September 7th at the Scottish Exhibition Centre, in Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom. Pacquiao knows how talented the 32-year-old Beltran is because he’s been his sparring partner, and the two have battled it more numerous times with Beltran giving as good as he gets.
Pacquiao told WealthTV “I believe Beltran will make [take] it. He is a nice guy, a good boxer and good luck to him. Hopefully he can make it.”
Forget the nice guy stuff; Beltran is like a relentless lion in the ring. He doesn’t stop coming forward even for an instant, and no matter how good your boxing skills are, he’s going to force you into a war. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer says he’s working on a big pay per view card on November 9th, but he’s not saying which fighters will be on the card and who the headliner will be. Most of Golden Boy’s top fighters are already scheduled for fights or will have just finished fighting. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo credit: Tom Casino/Showtime) By Thomas Cowan: Unbeaten American heavyweight Deontay Wilder (28-0, 28 KO’s) will be facing former WBO champion Siarhei Liakovich tonight in Indio, California. Wilder was going to fight Dereck Chisora in July, but that fell through because Wilder is not currently allowed to travel outside the States for legal reasons. Wilder said he would be facing a Russian heavyweight who was “much better than Chisora”. As it turned out, neither of these statements were true.
Liakovich is not from Russia, he’s from Belarus. Obviously, this doesn’t make him a bad opponent, I just wouldn’t let Deontay book his own flights if he’s flying to Europe anytime soon. The main disappointment though, is that Liakovich isn’t a good opponent. Read the rest of this entry »
By Brian H: I’m going to keep it as real as possible, and if this offends you, then you may need to look in the mirror. We live in an era where there is a flood of haters, trolls, nay-sayers and doubters. These pathetic gremlins have always existed, but have been multiplied and enhanced by the distance and anonymity that the internet provides.
You can tell who they are by the constant misery in which they spew – usually from the privacy of their darkened rooms and / or random mobile location where they feel the safest. In order to fully understand, you have to know the psychology of a troll. Haters and trolls will ignore all logic, dismiss every fact, and aimlessly detour conversations from the real stats in order to gain the attention in which they seek. So, by now, you may be asking “how does this apply to Floyd Mayweather Jr.”? Well, allow me to explain.
It’s simple. Real men and women have always valued and embodied the Money Team chant, “hard-work and dedication”. When you work hard for something, anything really, then the greatness of others only inspires you. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo credit: Tom Casino/Showtime) By Scott Gilfoid: We could be seeing the future of the heavyweight division tonight with unbeaten American knockout artist Deontay Wilder (28-0, 28 KO’s) on the hunt for his 29th straight KO in his scheduled 10 round fight against Sergei Liakhovich (25-5, 16 KO’s) at the Fantasy Springs Casino, in Indio, California, USA.
The fight will be televised by Showtime, so it’s going to be a great opportunity for Deontay to showcase his talent in front of a huge national audience in the U.S. The 6’7” Deontay has already been pegged by IBF/IBO/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko as the future of the heavyweight scene. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo credit: Esther Lin/Showtime) By Ken Woods: Saul “Canelo” Alvarez will face Floyd “Money” Mayweather on September 14. Every boxer and analyst has tried to come up with a strategy to defeat Mayweather. Most strategies had something to do with smothering him, applying pressure, and throwing a lot of punches. This game plan has yet to work.
Alvarez will have to implement a different strategy if he wants to be successful. The following are the measures he needs to take to win, and even then, it will still be a difficult task.
Punch When He Punches Read the rest of this entry »
By Robbie Bannatyne: In a documentary aired in the build to his recent clash with Robert Guerrero, Floyd Mayweather repeatedly stated how he was duty bound to ‘entertain’ the fans during his fights.
It seemed a tad ironic considering how his most of his prize fights get pilloried by fans who boo at his boring performances.
But Mayweather is an entertainer. Sadly, though, his most exciting and explosive performances are almost always reserved to the confines of a press conference, as opposed to inside the parameters of the ring, where, incidentally, Pacquiao never fails to entertain- win or lose. Read the rest of this entry »
By Ivan Ivanov: The heavyweight division may have to be reinvented to make it marketable and if this means reinventing professional boxing, it may take a while. Mike Tyson once said in an interview that boxing must be taken over by the government so that it can get back to normalcy.
This may be extreme and Tyson may have changed his mind since he started a promotional enterprise of his own but some changes may be overdue. The first one I would suggest is revising the 200 lbs limit. The heavyweight division originated as 160 pounds/72.6 kg plus, then changed to 175 lbs/79.5 kg, then it was modified to over 200 pounds/90.8 kg to reflect human acceleration.
Today there are heavyweight boxers at a fit fighting weight of 250 pounds and over. Read the rest of this entry »