By Scott Gilfoid: IBF/WBA super middleweight champion Carl Froch (32-2, 23 KO’s) has been playing it pretty soft in the run up to his May 31st rematch against George Groves (19-1, 15 KO’s), as Froch has been quiet without the angry intensity that he had in the build-up to their previous fight last November.
Froch figures that Groves won’t be able to fight hard for a full 12 round on May 31st without gassing out and getting halted in front of what will likely be a crowd of 80,000 screaming fans.
“I don’t think the fight will go the full 12 rounds,” Froch said to the Dailymail.co.uk. “The pace and the intensity I’m going to set from round one, I’m convinced George Groves hasn’t got 12 championship rounds in him. He’s not experienced.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: To no one’s great surprise, Manny Pacquiao wants to fight the winner of this Saturday’s clash between the aging Mexican star 40-year-old Juan Manuel Marquez (55-7-1, 40 KO’s) and Mike Alvarado (34-2, 23 KO’s) at the Forum, in Inglewood, California, USA. Arum has confirmed with Pacquiao that he wants the winner of this fight, so this is what boxing fans will likely be seeing in September for Pacquiao’s next fight.
Pacquiao can’t fight the winner of the June 7th fight between Sergio Martinez and Miguel Cotto unless he waits until later in the year, because the winner of that fight will likely be nicked up and unable to fight in September. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Former WBO light heavyweight champion Nathan Cleverly (26-1, 12 KO’s) successfully weighed in on Friday for his clash on Saturday in his cruiserweight debut against 39-year-old Sean Corbin (17-4, 12 KO’s) at the Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom. Cleverly weighed in at 198.5 lbs, and looked huge compared to the skinny look that he had while fighting in the 175 lb division in the past.
Cleverly will likely bulk up even more after he rehydrates for the fight on Saturday, so you can expect him to look even bigger than he was at the weigh-in. For his part, Corbin weighed in slightly less at 195.7 lbs. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Top Rank promoter Bob Arum says that Manny Pacquiao (56-5-2, 38 KO’s) wants to fight the winner of the June 7th fight between WBC middleweight champion Sergio Martinez (51-2-2, 28 KO’s) and Miguel Cotto (38-2, 31 KO’s). What Arum doesn’t say is what weight Pacquiao will be fighting the winner of that fight at. Given Pacquiao’s history of fighting bigger guys at strength draining catch weights, it won’t work if the Cotto-Sergio winner has to drain down to 147 or 150 in order to give Pacquiao a big enough handicap for the fight to take place.
“Yeah, Manny has agreed to fight the winner [of Cotto vs. Martinez,” Arum said. “I haven’t talked to either of these fighters whether if they won if they would want to fight Manny, but I’ll do that after the fight. I’ll only have to talk to one guy, not two.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Amir Khan (29-3, 19 KO’s) thinks he’ll be able to draw massive amounts of people to a fight against Floyd Mayweather Jr. (46-0, 26 KO’s) if he moves off his September date to fight him in November or December this year in a pay-per-view. Believe it or not, Khan thinks that Mayweather will get career high purse for the fight if he chooses him.
Khan isn’t a huge attraction in the United States like past Mayweather opponents Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and Miguel Cotto, so the only way that Mayweather could wind up with the biggest purse of his career is if the PPV money from the UK was huge enough to give Mayweather extra money on top of what he’ll be getting from the U.S PPV.
“I really think that if Floyd wants to get the biggest purse of his career, a fight between him and me will make him a lot of money,” Khan said to Boxnation. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Former IBF/WBA/WBC/WBO super middleweight champion Joe Calzaghe thinks that IBF/WBA super middleweight champion Carl Froch (32-2, 23 KO’s) is going to have major problems on May 31st against George Groves (19-1, 15 KO’s) in their rematch at Wembley Stadium in London, UK. Calzaghe thinks that the confidence that Groves got from being able to put Froch down early on the canvas will translate over into this fight, and he sees Froch struggling in this fight, which he sees as a real toss up.
“I think he [Groves] has got his number regarding the boxing style,” Calzaghe said to Sky Ringside. “Froch always struggles against people that can box, that can move and feint, and come over the top with a right hand, because Froch always leaves his left hand down. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jon Ingram: Let’s be honest, to hit the lottery with Floyd “Money” Mayweather Jr, he has to want to fight you. It’s been proven by a lot of boxers interested with stepping in the ring with him, and that they all say “I don’t know, he’s his own business man. He chooses who he wants to fight”. Everyone knows that Floyd is all about his money, (look at his nickname). What if someone proposed to him a deal that would make him happy, his fans happy, and help save the sport that he loves so much. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Former WBO welterweight champion Tim Bradley (31-1, 12 KO’s) will be back in the ring in October or November, and he’s looking for a big name like Floyd Mayweather Jr to fight if possible. Bradley, 30, is coming off of a 12 round unanimous decision loss to Manny Pacquiao in their rematch last April, a fight which Bradley seemed to run out of gas in the last six rounds. Bradley says he tore a calf muscle in two places in the fight, and after that he was a sitting duck for Pacquiao’s shots.
“I’ll be back hopefully by October-November, that’s the goal,” Bradley said. I just want to fight the best. I tell people I don’t need a tuneup or a down grade. The only guy that I haven’t been in there with is Mayweather…bring it. I want to be the best fighter in the world. Why mess around with a guy that’s a top 20, when I can get in there and fight on HBO and fight…a top guy in the sport?” Read the rest of this entry »
By Alon Calinao Dy: The 40-year-old Mexican boxer Juan Manuel Marquez is going to face Mike Alvarado this Saturday at the Forum in Inglewood, California, and the winner of this bout is the mandatory challenger to WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao.
Marquez lost via split decision to Timothy Bradley last June 2013. Last month, Pacquiao regained his WBO crown via unanimous decision over Bradley. Marquez wants that belt that’s why he is planning to go for another battle against Pacquiao.
Comparing Alvarado to Bradley, I guess Bradley is tougher than him since Tim did not experience a knockout loss. I also believe that Alvarado is not a threat to Marquez due to the fact that he already had a TKO loss to Ruslan Provodnikov last October. Marquez is a technician and a counter-puncher that will definitely school the younger Alvarado in their upcoming fight. Read the rest of this entry »
By sishaq: There are only a handful of boxers who have been able to elevate the intrigue and excitement of a fight simply by the anticipation and execution of their ring entrance.
There are merely four athletes that are head and shoulders above the rest in the history of the sport, all with an innate ability to attract loyal fans as well as loathing critics. The first two, Muhammad Ali and Mike Tyson, didn’t require any props or celebrities to augment their entrance because both had a intimidating presence, natural gravitas and an overwhelming aura.
Every word, emotional feature, facial expression and body language was carefully analyzed by fans from the curtain to the catwalk. Based on the fighter appearing angry, uncharacteristically relaxed, stone-faced focused or sadistically jovial it could suggest the level of ruthless punishment forthcoming the opponent. Read the rest of this entry »