By Jim Dower: Making his first defense of his IBF super bantamweight title, champion Kiko Martinez (30-4, 22 KO’s) battered the tall 5’11” challenger Jeffery Mathebula (27-5-2, 14 KO’s) in stopping him in the 9th round on Saturday night at the Pabellon Esperanza Lag, Elche, Comunidad Valenciana, Spain. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: Former HBO analyst Larry Merchant saw what everyone observed last Saturday night with the highly hyped Adrien Broner (27-1, 22 K’s) getting beaten down by Marcos Maidana in losing by a painful 12 round unanimous decision. Now Merchant is wondering what Broner and Golden Boy Promotions will do to rebuild him.
Will he turn into another Andre Berto or improve and become the next Floyd Mayweather Jr? Merchant wants to see what happens next with him.
It would be a pity if Broner ends up being little more than another Berto, because Berto’s career thus far has been a bitter disappointment. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: IBF light heavyweight champion Bernard Hopkins (54-6-2, 32 KO’s) hasn’t given up his big dream of fighting Floyd Mayweather Jr. and says he’s willing to drop down in weight to make it happen. Hopkins also says he’d like to fight Manny Pacquiao as well.
Recently, Hopkins said that he could get down to 160 to make the fight happen, which would mean that Mayweather – or Pacquiao – would still need to move up in weight from 147 or 154 to make the fight happen. Why they would want to do that to fight the soon to be 49-year-old Hopkins is the big question you’d have to ask. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Former WBA featherweight champion Chris John (48-1-3, 22 KO’s) announced his retirement from boxing this week after a long 15-year pro career. The 34-year-old John had recently been stopped in the 6th round by Simpiwe Vetyeka on December 6th of this month in a fight where he was batted around the ring until getting stopped.
John held the WBA featherweight title from 2003-2009, at which point the World Boxing Association upgraded him to Super Champion. This was the same year where John had fought a controversial 12 round draw against Rocky Juarez in Houston, Texas. Not too many people who saw that fight agreed with the decision. In fact, next to no one thought John deserved that fight. However, John was able to beat Juarez, who should have been an easy opponent for him, by a 12 round decision in their rematch seven months later in September of 2009. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Britain’s Tyson Fury (21-0, 15 KO’s) thinks he should be the one to fight the winner of the Chris Arreola vs. Bermane Stiverne fight rather than unbeaten American talent Deontay Wilder (30-0, 30 KO’s). The Arreola-Stiverne bout will be for the vacant WBC heavyweight title that used to belong to Vitali Klitschko until he vacated the strap earlier this week.
Unfortunately for Fury, the WBC has pushed him down in the rankings to #8 because he hasn’t stayed active and has been resting on his laurels since his close call win against Steve Cunningham last April. In the meantime, the WBC has pushed the 6’7″ Deontay to #3 in the WBC rankings. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Poor George Groves (19-1, 15 KO’s). He was royally robbed of what would likely have ended up as a victory over the aging IBF/WBA super middleweight champion Carl Froch (32-2, 23 KO’s) last month when the referee Howard John Foster jumped in between a perfectly competitive fight and halted it and gave Froch a knockout win.
It was such a blunder by the referee, and to add insult to injury, Froch got in a couple of free shots while the referee was in the act of stopping it.
Now Groves is pretty much out in the cold as far as getting a rematch. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Floyd Mayweather Sr. doesn’t see any real difference between Marcos Maidana and Amir Khan for Floyd Mayweather Jr. to fight on May 3rd in Las Vegas, Nevada. Floyd Sr. sees both Khan and Maidana as flawed fighters that will end up getting clowned by Mayweather Jr. and likely knocked out.
Floyd Sr. seems to prefer that Khan be Mayweather Jr’s next opponent and then Maidana coming after him, but as far as the fight itself, he sees neither of them as being good enough to make an interesting fight.
“It’s [Mayweather-Maidana] an easy fight, I’m telling you. It’s not difference from fighting Khan,” Floyd Sr. said to On the Ropes Boxing Radio. “He’s [Maidana] easy to hit. Broner hit him easy. Read the rest of this entry »
By Juan dela Cruz: On the first week of December this year, at Shelton, Washington, Floyd Mayweather Jr. said his next opponent will be a solid guy come May 3, 2014. And I’ll say this again, all of Floyd’s opponents were solid guys. The only issue is that, were they in the solid form when Floyd faced them?
I have already answered this in my previous articles, from Oscar dela Hoya to Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, I already explained why they can’t be considered solid when Mayweather fought them. And now, buzzing around the web is a potential Khan-Mayweather Jr fight. What does Khan have or done that will entitle him for a fight with Floyd? Definitely none! And if and when he became Floyd’s dance partner, then it will be a big insult to his fans. Read the rest of this entry »
By Juan dela Cruz: As already known to all boxing fans in the world, Manny Pacquiao vs. Floyd Mayweather Jr. fight won’t happen, and this was confirmed by no less than Floyd himself. In a recent interview with Fight Hype, Mayweather insisted that a fight with Manny Pacquiao won’t happen soon because Pacquiao is with Top Rank and that he has no intentions of doing business with Bob Arum. Another reason that Floyd gave for the fans to forget about the fight is Pacman’s PPV numbers, and that Pac only wanted to fight him just because of Manny’s problems with the IRS.
Well, here he goes again. Even Floyd’s fans knew that these were just smokescreen to avoid the Pacman. Notably, the issues raised here by Floyd were recycled, except for the last one which is about Pac’s supposed problem with the IRS. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jay McIntyre:
On Monday December 16th, Vitali Klitschko vacated his title as the WBC heavyweight champion of the world and has made vocal his desire to run in the Ukrainian presidential election of 2015. While he doesn’t intend to return to the sport which made him so famous, the World Boxing Council responded by declaring him ’emeritus champion’.
This basically means that if he every steps through the ropes again, it will be into an instant title shot for the WBC strap. According to cbc.ca, Klitschko himself has been quoted as saying that “This offer makes it theoretically possible to return to the ring, which I cannot at all image happening right now.” The WBC’s decision may leave some scratching their heads, but I can’t disagree with this move because the heavyweight division isn’t exactly teeming with prospects and talent at this time. Read the rest of this entry »