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title Can Mayweather-Maidana II succeed without Canelo’s help to boost the PPV numbers?

floyd888By T.B: It’s no secret that Floyd Mayweather Jr is the pay-per-view king when it comes to boxing. Floyd has set the bar so high when it comes to PPV that anything under 1 million buys is considered a bomb in Floyd’s eyes.

As of today 2 of 3 fights which Floyd has fought under his contract with Showtime have not hit the mystical bench mark of 1 million buys.

I know this is where some of you will argue that both the Robert Guerrero fight and the first Marcos Maidana fight both did 1 million buys. Stop it and let it go. They didn’t. Showtime has yet to release an “official number for the Mayweather-Guerrero fight much less the first Mayweather-Maidana fight and that only means one thing: they were both under a million buys.

If you remember the Canelo fight PPV numbers came out the following Tuesday. So as the saying goes.” The longer it takes the worse it is”. Sure Stephen Espinoza has said he’s confident that the Mayweather-Maidana fight reached 1 million buys, great, but what about an official number. So for the sake of argument let’s use the truth and move on. Read the rest of this entry »



title Canelo Alvarez vs. Erislandy Lara: Aftermath

CaneloLara_Hoganphotos1(Picture credit: Hogan Photos) By Gerardo Granados: It was not a surprise to see what happen last night at MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada in the Saul “Canelo” Alvarez vs. Erislandy Lara fight. But it was really disappointing to see Erislandy Lara shutting off not only one or two rounds but the entire fight, it was like watching an amateur fight and at the end it turned out quite boring to watch.

According to the current rules to score a bout on the 10 must system Lara did enough to win, I scored the fight 115-113 for him with two difficult rounds to score. Fight judge Levi Martinez had it 117- 111 but I believe the fight was a lot closer than that, maybe Levi had a different angle of the fight. Read the rest of this entry »



title Wasted Opportunities – Why Lara should have done much more against Canelo

CaneloLara_Hoganphotos2(Picture credit: Hogan Photos) by J.R. Leon: After the overall lackluster performances by Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and Erislandy Lara during last nights’ Showtime pay-per-view event at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada, it was quite obvious that Lara’s game plan was to mimic Floyd Mayweather Jr. and use the “stick and move” strategy, which Mayweather Jr. used beautifully against Alvarez last September.

Unfortunately for Lara, his game plan didn’t pan out as he hoped, losing a questionable split decision and once again pushing him back into the second tier of boxing, when it comes to promotional backing. Read the rest of this entry »



title Potential Adrien Broner opponents for September 6th

broner111By Gav Duthie: Any excitement that we had in hearing that Adrien Broner 28-1 (22) and Lucas Matthysse 35-3 (33) were both fighting on September 6 was quickly destroyed when it was confirmed they wouldn’t be fighting each other. The fact that Golden Boy Promotions aren’t putting these two together and Broner won’t be fighting on the Floyd Mayweather Jr – Marcos Maidana II bill the next week on September 13th suggests the whole card will be a pretty low key affair. 

I’ve had a look into Golden Boy’s stable of fighters at Light Welterweight to speculate on who Broner may be put up against. Its pretty clear that they are still not yet comfortable putting him in at top level in his new division. It is quite likely they will put someone in there relatively similar to his last opponent Carlos Molina.  Read the rest of this entry »



title Bellew-Cleverly II is not a 50-50 fight

bellew8By Daven: Six months ago Tony Bellew and Nathan Cleverly were licking their wounds after being outclassed by the dominant duo of Adonis Stevenson and Sergey Kovalev. Now both men are coming off two straight stoppage victories at a much more dangerous weight division.

Eddie Hearn has somehow managed to quickly resurrect two careers which six months ago were in ruins. Nobody really gave either man any hope of winning a world title yet now there is a scenario that at least one could fight for such honours in early 2015. Read the rest of this entry »



title De La Hoya: No one wants a rematch, Canelo is moving on

Canelo Alvarez vs Erislandy Lara(Photo credit: Esther Lin/Showtime) By Dan Ambrose: Golden Boy Promotions president Oscar De La Hoya has ruled out any chance of a rematch taking place between Cuban Erislandy Lara (19-2-2, 12 KO’s) and De La Hoya’s fighter Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (44-1-1, 31 KO’s) after Canelo dodged a bullet tonight in beat Lara by a 12 round split decision at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.

De La Hoya took the crowd approval of the final judges’ scores as a mandate that boxing fans don’t want to see a rematch between the two fighters.

De La Hoya said “What I heard from everyone is that no one wants a rematch, there’s ten guys waiting in line. Lara has to wait in line. Canelo won tonight and now we have to move on.” Read the rest of this entry »



title Canelo wins controversial decision over Lara in Las Vegas

Canelo Alvarez vs Erislandy Lara(Photo credit: Esther Lin/Showtime) By Chris Williams: Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (44-1-1, 31 KO’s) won a 12 round split decision over Erislandy Lara (19-2-2, 12 KO’s) in a fight that Lara appeared to but was given the shaft at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. I don’t blame Lara for the loss.

I pretty much blame Lara’s trainer Ronnie Shields, because he should have been lighting a fire under Lara’s backside by telling him that he wasn’t going to win a decision against a popular fighter like Canelo unless he hit him with everything but the kitchen sink. You don’t beat a guy that means as much to boxing as Canelo unless you trounce him, and Lara didn’t do that tonight. He dominated the 23-year-old Canelo and made him look almost as bad as Floyd Mayweather Jr did, but he didn’t totally humiliate him the way he probably needed to in order to get the two judges that scored it for Canelo to give it to Lara. Read the rest of this entry »



title Canelo beats Lara by split decision

Canelo Alvarez vs Erislandy Lara(Photo credit: Esther Lin/Showtime) By Dan Ambrose: Former WBA/WBC light middleweight champion Saul “Canelp” Alvarez (44-1-1, 31 KO’s) defeated Erislandy Lara (19-2-2, 12 KO’s) by 12 round split decision on Saturday night at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. The final judges scores were 115-113, 117-111 for Canelo and 115-113 for Lara.

Canelo reported rehydrated to 171 pounds from the 155 that he weighed in at on Friday.

The judge that scored the fight 117-111 for Canelo appeared to be watching a completely different fight tonight because there’s no way Canelo won the fight by that score. I had Lara winning the fight. Read the rest of this entry »



title Mares decisions Oquendo; Vargas stops Lopez

Abner Mares vs Jonathan Oquendo(Photo credit: Esther Lin/Showtime) By Jim Dower: Former three division world champion Abner Mares (27-1-1, 14 KO’s) defeated the bigger and stronger Jonathan Oquendo (24-4, 16 KO’s) by a 10 round unanimous decision on Saturday night at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. The final judges’ scores were 96-94, 98-92, 98-92.

Mares dominated the action with his quicker combinations after having a rough first three rounds. In the 4th round, mares suffered a cut over his left eye from what appeared to be a head-butt. Mares’ new trainer Virgil Hunter had Mares focus on his boxing in the last 6 rounds of the fight to minimize the amount of punishment that he absorbed, and it worked well for Mares. Read the rest of this entry »



title Bellew stops Dos Santos; Joshua and Cleverly also win

bellew7898By Scott Gilfoid: Former WBC Silver light heavyweight champion Tony Bellew (22-2-1, 14 KO’s) stopped 36-year-old Brazilian Julio Cesar Dos Santos (26-3, 23 KO’s) in the 5th round on Saturday night at the Echo Arena in Liverpool, UK. Bellew connected with a left hook that dropped Dos Santos in the 5th. Dos Santos staggered to his feet, but the referee halted it anyway.

Dos Santos was nailing Bellew with monstrous shots in the 3rd and 4th rounds. Going into the 5th, Dos Santos looked like he was on his way to victory. He looked like he was going to get to Bellew. Fortunately for Bellew, Dos Santos threw a left hook at the same time that Bellew threw his own left hook. Bellew’s left hand got there first and sent Dos Santos down. Read the rest of this entry »



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