By Scott Gilfoid: #5 IBF Kevin Mitchell (37-2, 27 KO’s) will be trying to set himself up for another world title shot when he faces unbeaten #4 IBF Ghislain Maduma (16-0, 10 KO’s) next month in an IBF lightweight eliminator bout on May 31st at the Wembley Stadium in London, UK. The winner of the Mitchell-Maduma fight will be the mandatory for IBF lightweight champion Miguel Vazquez, and will find themselves in a very, very tough fight.
Mitchell, 29, already had a shot at a world title two years ago when he challenged former WBO lightweight champion Ricky Burns for his WBO strap, but Mitchell was blown out quickly in four one-sided rounds in what you can basically call a massacre. Previous to that, Mitchell tried to step it up against WBO interim lightweight champion Michael Katsidis in May of 2010, but unfortunately Mitchell was destroyed in that fight too in losing a 3rd round TKO. Read the rest of this entry »
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By Chris Williams: Floyd Mayweather Jr. (45-0, 26 KO’s) says he’ll be looking to score a knockout this Saturday night when he faces the tough Argentinian fighter Marcos Maidana (35-3, 31 KO’s) in “The Moment” at the beautiful MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
“In this fight I’m looking for a knockout,” Mayweather said. “In the Canelo fight, I got hurt. In the Guerrero fight, I got hurt. In my last two fights, I got hurt, but this time we’re going to stand right there and give people what they want to see. That’s what it’s about, excitement.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: IBF welterweight champion Shawn Porter (24-0-1, 15 KO’s) and WBA interim welterweight champion Keith Thurman’s recent victories have given them a push up the Ring’s rankings at welterweight. Porter destroyed Paulie Malignaggi in 4 rounds on April 19th of this month in an impressive performance at the DC Armory in Washington, DC. Boxing fans expected Porter to beat Malignaggi, but few thought that it would be in such a brutal manner.
Malignaggi was beaten badly in a fight that he was never competitive in for even an instant. He ended up with a bad concussion, and he even had to sit out his regular Showtime analyst job last weekend to have more time to recover from the beating. Thurman (23-0, 21 KO’s) obliterated a very good fighter in Julio Diaz in 3 rounds last Saturday night at the StubHub Center in Carson, California. Read the rest of this entry »
By Daven: Recently it emerged that George Groves (19-1, 15 KO’s) has been taking two days off a week for his upcoming fight against IBF/WBA super middleweight champion Carl Froch (32-2, 23 KO’s) on May 31ast at the Wembley Stadium in London, UK. This is absolutely staggering news. He’s supposed to be in his youth and has little history of injury problems yet he can’t work a full schedule? Really shocking to hear if I’m being frank.
Whilst Froch is working in the Rob’s gym in Sheffield Monday-Friday and running whilst back in Nottingham on weekends, Saint George Groves is prancing around London kissing babies and signing autographs for old ladies. Oh yeah he also expends his energy on Twitter abusing Froch, he did the same thing last time and that worked out well didn’t it? Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Amir Khan (28-3, 19 KO’s) believes that his trainer Virgil Hunter has improved him in the past year, and he feels that moving up to 147 will make him a stronger fighter than he was in the past when he steps inside the ring on Saturday night against 33-year-old Luis Collazo (35-5, 18 KO’s) at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. Khan needs a win in this fight against Collazo, and he needs to also look good so that boxing fans will demand that he fight Floyd Mayweather Jr, who will be facing Marcos Maidana in the main event on Saturday at the MGM Grand.
“[I’m] not only going to beat Collazo, but look to beat him in style,” Khan said via Sky Sports. “I wanted a tough challenge at welterweight and not just to go in there against some average guy. Collazo is a legitimate welterweight.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Former WBO light heavyweight champion Nathan Cleverly (26-1, 12 KO’s) will be returning to the ring in the next two and half weeks to fight 39-year-old Sean Cordin (17-4, 12 KO’s) in his cruiserweight debut at the Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom. While the fight is technically at cruiserweight, Corbin has been a light heavyweight for pretty much his entire career up until recently, so this is kind of a continuation of Cleverly’s career at 175, because Corbin is not a natural cruiserweight.
He’s more of a pumped up light heavyweight, and this isn’t going to prepare Cleverly much for the kinds of heavy shots he’s going to be taking when he faces a real cruiserweight with power on the same lines as Sergey Kovalev. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Two talented athletes will enter the ring this Saturday night at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada, but only one of them will emerge as the winner when Floyd Mayweather Jr. (45-0, 26 KO’s) and Marcos Maidana (35-3, 31 KO’s) face each other in their unification match. Mayweather says this fight is going to be a war, and that he’s not going to shy away from contact with the stronger and younger Maidana. Mayweather knows this could be the toughest opponent that he’s faced in a while, but he’s ready to face Maidana on his own terms in their Showtime pay-per-view bout. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo credit: Esther Lin/Showtime) By Dan Ambrose: Former two-time IBF lightweight champion Julio Diaz (40-10-1, 29 KO’s) has announced his retirement according to the Press Enterprise following his 3rd round stoppage loss to WBA interim welterweight champion Keith Thurman (23-0, 21 KO’s) last Saturday night at the StubHub Center in Carson, California.
Diaz suffered a rib injury in the 3rd round after getting hit hard by a right hand to the body by Thurman. Diaz ended up not coming out for the 4th round. Diaz, 34, was also knocked down in the 2nd round of the fight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Both Adrien Broner (27-1, 22 KO’s) and Amir Khan (28-3, 19 KO’s) have a great deal on the line for their respective fight’s this Saturday night on Showtime pay-per-view from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. The question is who needs the victory more on Saturday night: Broner or Khan? Broner faces Carlos Molina (17-1-1, 7 KO’s), and he needs a victory to keep his career afloat to continue his illusion of being the guy that replaces his “big brother” Floyd Mayweather Jr. in the future.
A loss to Molina won’t end Broner’s career, but it will put him in a different lane to where he’ll likely never emerge from. His idea of becoming the replacement for Mayweather will be over, and he could also pretty much forget about ever being a pay-per-view fighter in his own right. That doesn’t mean that Golden Boy Promotions couldn’t still steer Broner to a world title again, but it would take some very skillful match-making for that to happen. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao (56-5-2, 38 KO’s) is reportedly in negotiations with Bob Arum of Top Rank for a 5-fight, 2-year contract extension that take him through 2016. This contract will basically last for the remainder of the 35-year-old Pacquiao’s career, because he’s talked about only wanting to fight another two more years. By signing this contract, Pacquiao will effectively be ending any chance of him ever fighting Floyd Mayweather Jr, as Floyd has already told Pacquiao that he will never fight him while he’s being promoted by Arum.
“Yes, we are taking about the extension,” Arum said to Dan Rafael. “We are working it out…How many fights would be in Macau, how many would be in the United States, how many in other places. But we are talking about five fights.” Read the rest of this entry »