By Scott Gilfoid: Challenger George Groves (19-1, 15 KO’s) is going to have a tremendous advantage against IBF/WBA super middleweight champion Carl Froch (32-2, 23 KO’s) in their rematch this month on May 31st at the Wembley Stadium in London, UK. With the aggressive fighting style that Froch showed in their previous fight last November, Groves now knows exactly how Froch will be attacking him, and he’ll be ready for the 36-year-old Froch this time around.
Last November, Froch repeatedly would charge forward in a primitive manner and would just throw wild flurries of shots. Froch paid for this in the 1st round when he charged forward and ran into a straight right hand from Groves that decked him. Groves continued to make Froch pay for his sloppy fighting style in rounds 2-7. However, where Groves made a mistake is by not using movement to get out of the way of Froch’s all-out attacks in rounds 8 and 9, when Groves was starting to tire. This enabled Froch to land shots that he wouldn’t have been able to land against smart fighters like Andre Ward and Andre Dirrell. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Recently Floyd Mayweather Jr. (45-0, 26 KO’s) has been dropping hints that he may walk away from boxing after this Saturday’s unification bout against WBA 147lb champion Marcos Maidana (35-3, 31 KO’s) at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. But as David Mayo from Mlive sees it, Mayweather could be using the retirement talk as a way of increasing interest in the Maidana fight in order to get as many fans interested in that fight as possible. What better way to do that than to say that this could be his last fight.
This is something that works, both in sports and with celebrity singers. They let the public know ahead of time that this will be their last performance, and the public responds by coming out in huge numbers in wanting to see that person one more time and become part of history. Additionally, the fans end up purchasing a lot of memorabilia due to their belief that this is the last time they’ll see this famous person. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Michael Katsidis (29-6, 24 KO’s) will be facing the rusty 35-year-old Granham Earl (26-4, 12 KO’s) on fourth of July at the Rumours International, Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia. This is a rematch of their February 2007 fight, which Katsidis easily won in 5 rounds. That loss was the beginning of the end for Earl’s career, as he fought only three more times after that, losing to a young Amir Khan and Henry Castle before wrapping up his career with a win over Karl Taylor in June of 2009.
The 5’5″ Earl hasn’t fought since 2009, and it makes it very difficult to get excited about this rematch given the huge amount of time that Earl has been out of the ring. I mean, I wouldn’t mind seeing the fight just for kicks if Earl had a half dozen tune-up fights under his belt to show that he can beat at least 3rd tier opposition, but that’s not what they’re doing here. Earl is using the Ricky Hatton comeback approach by diving straight into a tough fight without any tune-ups at all. That makes me think this is just a money grab and nothing more. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo credit: Esther Lin/Showtime) By David Alexander: On May 3rd, Floyd Mayweather Jr. (45-0, 26 KO’s) will go against a strong willed, highly spirited and determined Marcos ‘El Chino’ Maidana (35-3, 31 KO’s). While most boxing fans and aficionados expect an easy win for the The Ring Magazine #1 Pound for Pound boxer in the world, Mayweather needs to make a statement of his own to the boxing world and fans alike.
With a 45-0 record heading into his upcoming fight in Las Vegas, Mayweather has little to prove to anyone at this point but for him proving he is the best boxer of this generation and owning up to the TBE label as he proclaims, Floyd needs to give a masterful performance at the MGM Grand Garden arena.
Marcos Maidana has made no mistake he will be aggressive and pressure Mayweather throughout the fight. Maidana is an ultra-aggressive fighter with a solid punch, which feeds into the hands of boxing’s premier defender. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo credit: Esther Lin/Showtime) By Allan Fox: Floyd Mayweather Jr. (45-0, 26 KO’s) says he’s going to fight Marcos Maidana (35-3, 31 KO’s) completely different from how he fought his last two opponent Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero and Saul “Canelo” Alvarez in 2013. Mayweather had a definite fight strategy for those two fights, namely to avoid getting hit while focusing on landing hard pot shots. It worked perfectly for Mayweather, because neither guy was able to do anything with him at all.
For Mayweather’s fight on Saturday night against Marcos Maidana, he says he’s going to abandon all fight strategies completely and stand right in front of Maidana to punch with him. You can say that by choosing to slug, Mayweather is using a game plan, but not really.Slugging it out with an opponent doesn’t take a lot of thought. Mayweather wants to beat Maidana by showing he can best him using his own style. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo credit: Esther Lin/Showtime) by J.R. Leon: Marco Maidana’s trainer and 2012 Trainer Of The Year, Robert Garcia, said in Episode 2 of Showtime’s All Access that Floyd Mayweather’s toughest fights were against opponents who applied pressure and made the fight an aggressive one. Unfortunately, if this is the way Maidana is being trained for his upcoming fight against Floyd, he will be in lots of trouble.
Looking back on Floyd’s most recent fights, going back to the Zab Judah fight in 2008, you can clearly see how speed and accuracy was and still is Floyd’s biggest enemy. Judah, who at that time was still considered one of the best 147 pounders in the world, in my honest opinion won the first three rounds against Floyd, even making Floyd touch his glove against the canvas on the second round, which the ref called a slip.
But knowing what we know about Judah, by the fifth round he was gassed as usual and was outclassed by a better opponent. But right there we saw what was needed to beat Floyd – speed and accuracy. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: WBA super middleweight champion Andre Ward’s contract with Goosen Tutor was ruled valid by the California State Athletic Commission earlier today. Ward now has another two and half years until his contract expires on November 8th, 2016. Ward will be close to 33 when his contract is up with Goosen, and it’s anyone’s guess whether he’ll still be the same fighter at that point in his career.
Wards also lost an arbitration hearing last year when he was trying to get out of his contract at that time. According to Dan Rafael, Ward signed a contract extension with his promoter Dan Goosen in April of 2011. There was a delay in the contract beginning until 2012, due to Ward being out of action for a considerable amount of time because of a shoulder injury he had suffered while training. Read the rest of this entry »
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By Ryan Allan: Las Vegas is ready for it’s biggest fight of the year thus far as Marcos “El Chino” Maidana becomes the latest man to enter the Floyd Mayweather Jr sweepstakes as he attempts to take Floyd’s most prized possession; his cherished “0”.
Of course Mayweather would have you believe that all he cares about is money, but make no mistake about it, the unbeaten record is all Floyd needs to motivate himself with and on Saturday, it comes under a genuine threat in the form of the dangerous, hard hitting Argentinian Maidana. Read the rest of this entry »
By Nick Hagan: This time next week Floyd Mayweather Jr’s fans will be asking themselves, who next? Its undoubtedly getting to the point where there is now very few viable opponents for this champion. If you look at all the belt holders/ big names between 147 – 154, that Mayweather could pick, you have a relatively small list that consists of, Keith Thurman, Shaun Porter, Erislandry Lara, Amir Khan, Saul “Alvarez” and Danny Garcia.
I’m going to dismiss Amir Khan straight away, because I see Luis Collazo knocking him out and effectively ending his career on Saturday night.
There are a few other names that we would all like to see added to the list that I have compiled above, however, these fight’s can’t and won’t be made due to TV contractual rights and the “Cold War” between Top Rank and “The Money Team”/ Golden Boy Promotions. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo credit: Esther Lin/Showtime) By Dan Ambrose: This Saturday night Floyd Mayweather Jr. (45-0, 26 KO’s) will be fighting Marcos Maidana (35-3, 31 KO’s) in a 12 round unification match at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Mayweather sees Maidana as being a much different fighter than his last opponent Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, who Mayweather easily beat last September by a 12 round decision in Las Vegas, Nevada. Mayweather says he sees Canelo as being a similar fighter to him, whereas he sees Maidana as being more of a classic slugger that comes straight at his opponents looking to punch their lights out. Read the rest of this entry »