By Scott Gilfoid: #1 WBC Deontay Wilder (32-0, 32 KOs) sees himself racking up his 33rd consecutive knockout next month when he challenges for the WBC heavyweight title against 36-year-old Bermane Stiverne (24-1-1, 21 KOs) at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Deontay believes he’ll get to Stiverne’s chin early in the fight perhaps as early as the 2nd round. At worst, Deontay thinks the fight can last as long as four rounds, but that’s as far as he sees Stiverne being able to go before he knocks him out. Read the rest of this entry »
By Antonia Bufalino: Nothing is more entertaining than hearing the two best P4P fighters, Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao, go back and forth in trash-talk. Hearing them trade words is almost as entertaining as it would be to watch them trade punches, almost.
With the clamoring of a fight between the two seeming to reach an all-time high so has the verbal sparring. After Mayweather’s Showtime interview, Pacquiao was quick to respond per Sky Sports.
“He (Mayweather) has reached a dead end. He has nowhere to run but to fight me. I will try my best to make this a thrilling and entertaining fight. But I doubt if he’s gonna engage me in a slugfest. You all know his fighting style. Most of his previous fights, if not all, induced us to sleep.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Phil Smith: The numbers are in and it’s all good news for Amir Khan. His showdown with Devon Alexander averaged 762k viewers on Showtime with a peak at 887k. Across town, at the Cosmopolitan, the Bradley did averaged 966k with a peak at 1M viewers. How is that good news for Khan?
HBO has several millions subscribers more than Showtime and yet, the difference between the two cards in terms of viewers was 125k. That means that a higher percentage of Showtime subscribers were interested in watching Khan as opposed to a lower percentage of HBO subscribers tuning in for the Bradley fight. If it was reversed, Khan would have probably averaged 1.5M on HBO. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Some would say that Tyson Fury (23-0, 17 KOs) had an free ride in only having to beat Dereck Chisora in order to earn a shot at fighting IBF/IBO/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko at some point in 2015.
Fury could have had it much more difficult in having to face dangerous fighters like Deontay Wilder, Bryant Jennings, Alexander Povetkin, Andy Ruiz, Carlos Takam or Kubrat Pulev. Instead, Fury only had to beat a guy that basically faced no one in the last two years since he was annihilated by David Haye in 2012. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Rob McCracken, the trainer for IBF/WBA super middleweight champion Carl Froch, says that unless Froch gets a fight against former WBC middleweight title holder Julio Cesar Chavez Jr in 2015, he believes that Froch will retire from the sport. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: WBO 147 pound champion Manny Pacquiao (57-5-2, 38 KOs) turned 36-years-old today, and he’s now been fighting for 19 years as a pro since turning professional in 1995. Pacquiao has recently turned his career around with victories over Brandon Rios, Tim Bradley and Chris Algieri.
There are major questions about whether Pacquiao’s chin is the same since he was knocked out cold by Juan Manuel Marquez in 2012. Since that defeat, Pacquiao has either been matched against light punchers or fighters that have little in the way of hand speed and skills. Read the rest of this entry »
By James P Sexton: This year we have seen World welterweight champion Kell Brook suffer a stab wound and former British, Irish and European champion Jamie Moore suffer two gunshots wounds.
Now it is being reported that WBO Inter-continental champion Anthony Crolla has been injured during an altercation at his home on Tuesday night.
His promoter Eddie Hearn has said that his World title challenge against Richar Abril (which was scheduled for January 23rd) will be postponed but as this was the first World title shot for the 28 year old Manchester fighter, it has come as a devastating blow to him, his team, family and fans. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Amir Khan has even less ammunition to get a fight against Floyd Mayweather Jr now that Nielson has released his ratings for his fight last Saturday night against Devon Alexander on Showtime.
According to Dan Rafael the Khan-Alexander fight averaged 762,000 viewers with a peak of 887,000. These obviously aren’t good numbers, and they’re definitely not the kind of numbers that Khan can brag about in saying that the boxing public in the U.S can’t get enough of him.
With those kinds of numbers, it looks like the boxing public blew town last Saturday or else they were too busy watching the dueling telecast on HBO between Timothy Bradley and Diego Chaves. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jay McIntyre: Amir Khan (30-3, 19 KO’s) has all the athletic aptitude to go very far in professional boxing. His hand speed is sharp, his accuracy with those flashy combinations is quite crisp and he has been involved in some very entertaining fights. He has fought some of the established names and won, and he has lost to two established fighters as well (and then there’s Breidis Prescott…).
It’s often been said that it’s always easier to learn from failures than to learn from victories. Sure, I’ll buy that, sometimes. But then there’s Amir Khan. His loss to Danny Garcia was chalked up to a glass jaw by some fans, and knockouts do indeed end most discussion on the matter. To be honest, I’m not sure it was his chin that was the problem in that fight. Let’s also consider his loss to Lamont Peterson. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Bob Arum, the promoter for Manny Pacquiao, thinks that Showtime is taking losses for the fights they televise on pay-per-view for superstar Floyd Mayweather Jr.
How Arum knows that Showtime is taking money losses is unclear, because Showtime Vice President of Sports Stephen Espinoza hasn’t been talking about Showtime losing money on Mayweather’s fights, which have been hovering in the 1 million range in the four fights he’s had on his six-fight contract. You can say that Mayweather’s fights have averaged over 1 million buys due to his fight against Saul “Canelo” Alvarez bringing in 2.2 million buys. Read the rest of this entry »