By Dan Ambrose: Former WBO light welterweight champion Mike Alvarado (34-3, 23 KOs) was changed by the Denver Police department last Monday for a weapons offense for having a firearm [handgun] in his automobile when pulled over on January 3rd. The pistol was found in the 34-year-old Alvarado’s glove department during the stop of his Hummer automobile.
The problem Alvarado had is he’s a convicted felon, and he’s not supposed to have possession of a pistol. Alvarado is saying that the pistol wasn’t his and that it belonged to a friend of his. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: The March 14th fight card headlined by Sergey Kovalev vs Jean Pascal will have a heavyweight match between #6 WBC, #9 WBO, #12 WBA Vyacheslav Glazkov (19-0-1, 12 KOs) and #4 IBF, #14 WBO, #14 WBA Steve Cunningham (28-6, 13 KOs) as the co-feature bout at the Bell Centre, in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
This is kind of disappointing because there was talk about a match between light heavyweight contenders Artur Beterbiev and Isaac Chilemba potentially taking place on the card, and that’s a much better fight than Cunningham-Glazkov. Beterbiev has the potential to be a future world champion at light heavyweight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Boxing great George Foreman sees this Saturday’s fight between WBC heavyweight belt holder Bermane Stiverne (24-1-1, 21 KOs) and American talent Deontay Wilder (32-0, 32 KOs) as a bout that the 6’7” Deontay can easily win if he comes out on fire and uses his power, speed, size and aggressiveness to take the fight to the 36-year-old Stiverne.
Deontay has the size advantage, as well as the speed, youth and power advantage going for him. Foreman doesn’t think that Deontay should play it safe with Stiverne, because he feels this could lead to a fight where Stiverne gets opportunities to land his own big shots rather than it being a one-sided affair with Deontay getting rid of the smaller, aging champion as quick as possible. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Matchroom Sport promoter Eddie Hearn will be announcing the next fight for his guy IBF welterweight champion Kell Brook (33-0, 22 KOs) next Monday on January 19th for the 28-year-old Brook’s next fight in March against an opponent still to be determined.
The opponent for Brook is expected to be a soft job, as Brook is coming off of a knife injury that he sustained recently. Hearn isn’t going to likely match Brook up with anyone with a chance of beating him. However, Hearn was already talking about matching Brook soft even before he was injured in the knife attack, so there’s no real change either way. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jon Ingram: It’s easy to write how Floyd Mayweather Jr is the favorite when it comes to I don’t know everyone he faces of late. His next opponent, soon to be announced Manny Pacquiao will make the exception no different.
Instead of this being the ole regular chicken noodle soup you have to intake after reading the same stuff that make you sick. How about we add some veggies and chicken chunks. Read the rest of this entry »
By Ahsalim: Long before I ever imagined writing about the sport of boxing, I was merely a hardcore fan religiously following The Sweet Science.
However, from 2009 onwards, frustration, disappointment and anger followed by optimism and hope describe my day to day cycle of feelings towards what Dana White, the brains behind the multi-billion dollar enterprise, the UFC, describes as ‘a sport on life support’. In my humble opinion, the inability to stage the most lucrative boxing event in history for half a decade clearly demonstrates that prize fighters do not engage in their brutal battles solely to build an everlasting legacy. Read the rest of this entry »
By Babatis Banda: If what is being said is true, then we are about to witness the end-game to the controversy over the two fighters. In my view, after this fight boxing will become some-what boring. Boxing will certainly not die, but it will command little interest in some quarters. Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao have carried this sport on their shoulders for a while now. It is very true that they have made this sport popular in their own way.
Let the truth be told, styles make fights. The unfortunate thing is that over the years, some people have come to believe that Pacquiao is the only fighter that can dethrone the unbeaten American. While anything is possible in the sport of boxing, it is highly unlikely that this will be so. It is because this fight has taken too long to be made, that such thoughts have grown in people’s heads. Optimism has merely turned into belief and there is nothing wrong with that. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Tony Weeks will be the referee for this Saturday’s title fight between WBC heavyweight champion Bermane Stiverne (24-1-1, 21 KOs) and Deontay Wilder (32-0, 32 KOs), according to Dan Rafael of ESPN. Weeks has never worked one of Deontay’s fights before, but it’s not important because referees are mainly used for counting out Deontay’s opposition rather than playing any huge part in the fight.
The judges for the Stiverne-Wilder fight are as follows: Adalaide Byrd and Jerry Roth, both of Nevada, and Craig Metcalfe of Canada. The judges will likely be equally unimportant in this fight because this is a match-up that is heading for a knockout either way. One of these guys going to get knocked out in this fight.
Stiverne, 36, is hinting that he won’t be pulling back against the ropes in this fight like he always does in his past fights. Stiverne is giving the impression that he’s going to stay off the ropes and fight in a much different way than he has in the past. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Manny Pacquiao conqueror Juan Manuel Marquez’s future is in doubt right now due to a knee injury he suffered in his last fight a year ago against Mike Alvarado in May of 2014.
Marquez easily won the fight by a 12 round unanimous decision, but the win came at a high cost with Marquez injuring his knee. The injury still hasn’t healed and it’s unclear when it will.
In the meantime, Marquez will be turning 42-years-old in August and he doesn’t have a lot of time to sit around waiting for his knee to heal up. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Golden Boy Promotions president Oscar de La Hoya is giving the edge to Floyd Mayweather Jr in a fight against Manny Pacquiao if the two of them face each other in the next few months. De La Hoya thinks that Mayweather has more left of his skills right now compared to the 36-year-old Pacquiao, who has looked stationary since his knockout loss to Juan Manuel Marquez in 2012.
De La Hoya thinks that Pacquiao would have given Mayweather a run for his money and possibly beaten him three years ago, but right now he doesn’t see that Pacquiao as capable of beating Mayweather, even though Pacquiao is two years younger than him. Read the rest of this entry »