By Scott Gilfoid: Tyson Fury (20-0, 14 KO’s) is the last of the unbeaten heavily hyped British heavyweights, and his unbeaten mark could be going by the wayside very soon once he finally steps it up and faces a quality opponent for the first time in his career. With one highly hyped but limited heavyweight now exposed, Fury has a big target on him and he could be the next British heavyweight to go.
Last weekend we saw the other previously unbeaten UK heavyweight David Price (15-1, 13 KO’s) taste defeat for the first time in his career in getting destroyed in two rounds by American Tony Thompson in Liverpool, England. That leaves just Fury to be the last of the unbeaten Brit heavyweights. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: WBO super bantamweight champion Nonito Donaire (31-1, 20 KO’s) was upset over the weekend due to his opponent WBA super bantamweight champion Guillermo Rigondeaux (11-0, 8 KO’s) being a little late in starting the testing by the VADA for performance enhancing drugs for their April 13th fight at the Radio City Music Hall, New York, New York, USA.
Donaire was thinking about canceling the fight, but he says he’s decided not to for the sake of his fans and not upsetting HBO. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Manny Pacquiao’s promoter Bob Arum wasn’t too interested in hearing the conditions set by Floyd Mayweather Jr. for him to agree to fight Manny. When told that Mayweather wants Pacquiao to first avenge his losses to Tim Bradley and Juan Manuel Marquez before he’ll consider giving him a fight, Arum told the Manilastandardtoday.com “Just forget about [Mayweather].”
In other words, Arum isn’t going to be looking to make the Pacquiao-Mayweather fight. Arum’s whole focus right is to try and put Pacquiao back in with Marquez, which in a way is a good thing because Arum is at least pointing Pacquiao in the right direction to get a Mayweather fight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Bob Arum of Top Rank believes Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero (31-1-1, 18 KO’s) has a good chance of pulling off an upset over WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. (43-0, 26 KO’s) on May 4th.
Arum is going the opposite way of conventional wisdom because few boxing fans are giving the much slower and easier to hit Guerrero any chance of winning this fight against the faster, more experienced and much more talented Mayweather. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Top Rank promoter Bob Arum refuses to believe for a second that he can’t make a fifth mega fight between Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez for September this year. Arum doesn’t believe that Marquez will say no to the fight when he meets with him over dinner this Tuesday to talk numbers with him to get him on board for the fifth fight.
Arum said to thaboxingvoice.com “Both fighters [Pacquiao and Marquez] are open to fighting each other, and as a promoter, it’s my job to make it happen…If I can’t make it happen, and I don’t believe for a moment that I can’t, then I’ll figure out an alternative.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: IBF super middleweight champion Carl Froch believes that he’s accomplished more in his career than former super middleweight champion Joe Calzaghe. Froch feels he’s faced the better competition overall and taken more risks.
Froch said to the telegraph.co.uk “I’ve fought more unbeaten fighters…I’m taking unbeaten people’s scalps and fighting at a higher level. Calzaghe has two or three names which stand out on his record.”
It hurts Froch’s case that he was beaten by Mikkel Kessler, a fighter that Calzaghe beat in 2007 by a 12 round unanimous decision when Kessler was at his best. However, Froch definitely has faced the better overall competition than Calzaghe, so you have to give him that. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: British boxing fans will perhaps be pleased at the news released today by Amir Khan about his next fight taking place in the UK in front of his loyal fans on April 27th. Khan hasn’t fought at home in the UK since his terrible mismatch against Paul McCloskey in April 2011 in a fight that was halted after McCloskey suffered a cut over his left eye from a head-butt. The fight was hastily stopped despite the fact it was more of a scratch than actual cut.
Khan said on his twitter today “Next fights in UK everyone after 2 years. Venue TBA.”
There has been a number of possible opponents mentioned for Khan’s next fight consisting of Josesito Lopez, Vyacheslav Senchenko and Humberto Soto. Senchenko and Soto have both been ruled out, but you just never know. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: Floyd Mayweather Jr. stands to do incredibly well with his new six-fight contract with Showtime/CBS, and all he needs to do is to try and complete it within 30 months and he’ll be a very, very rich man for a long time.
According to the Boston Herald, Mayweather has “been given a guaranteed minimum buy rate regardless of what his future PPV fights generate.” The number that they believe Mayweather is getting for each fight as a minimum is $30 million. That’s huge because that’s just the minimum, and his fights are likely to do really well even if he faces weak opposition.
Mayweather will be fighting Robert Guerrero on May 4th as the starting point for his contract with Showtime, and from there it’s unknown who he’ll face. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Earlier today, there seemed to be panic on WBO super bantamweight champion Nonito Donaire’s facebook page due to Guillermo Rigondeaux having not begun the VADA testing that Donaire wants for the fight. Rigondeaux hadn’t left an address or a phone number to where he could be reached for his training camp so that the testing could be started.
Here’s what Donaire said on his facebook page had to say about Rigondeaux and the VADA testing:
“Rigo has not started testing in VADA bc he left no whereabouts addresses AND NO phone numbers to find him. All attempts from Top Rank and VADA have not resulted in Rigos whereabouts as of 2:20 pm PST Sat (2 days after presser).” Read the rest of this entry »
By Tony Crooks: In one of my previous articles, I mentioned that David Price, Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder’s managements all avoided each other in order to make as much money as possible. I do not have to tell you what happened to Price at the weekend. In another article, I mentioned the importance of a good chin. It kind of relates back to the old school bully mentality, you beat up on people that you have the confidence to beat until that one day when someone hit’s you back harder.
This is my case on protected fighters, Tony Thompson is way past his prime, and he was just another patsy in David Price’s road to glory. One punch is all it took to in all honesty end Price’s career. We can all say it was a lucky punch and if my auntie had balls she would be my uncle, so that has no bearing on the facts. Read the rest of this entry »