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title My Two Cents: Part Two – Desert Storm Patterns

bradley3567By Jay McIntyre: Editor’s Note: The following analysis is an abbreviated version It is also the second installment of a two part series. The full analysis of Timothy Bradley can be found at: http://a-neutral-corner.blogspot.ca/2014/04/my-two-cents-part-two-desert-storm.html

“Manny, if you don’t knock me out, you’re not gonna win.” – Timothy Bradley (ringtv.com)

Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley (31-0-0-1, 12 KO’s) seems to genuinely struggle in generating widespread appeal and marketability. His capacity to always find a way to win his fights is offset by a style that does not always do enough to make him look decisive. Read the rest of this entry »



title Groves: Froch needs to see a psychiatrist, not a sports psychologist

groves8By Scott Gilfoid: Challenger George Groves (19-1, 15 KO’s) says that IBF/WBA super middleweight champion Carl Froch (32-2, 23 KO’s) is seeing a sports psychologist in getting ready for their May 31st rematch at the Wembley Arena. Groves thinks that Froch is wasting his time with the Psychologist, as he sees him in need of a psychiatrist due to his reluctance to come in contact with him during their press conferences to help build up their rematch.

Groves isn’t too pleased that Froch isn’t interacting with him as much in the buildup for this fight compared to in their previous bout last November. Read the rest of this entry »



title Countdown to Pacquiao-Bradley: Is Manny the real favorite?

pac72By Yannis Mihanos: As we are moving closer to this Saturday’s HBO pay-per-view fight between Manny Pacquiao (55-5-2, 38 KO’s) and WBO welterweight champion Tim Bradley (31-0, 12 KO’s), experts, fans and tipsters from all around the world are making their own predictions. The fighting pride of the Philippines Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao, the number 2 pound for pound in the world of boxing, takes the challenge of facing Bradley at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Bradley, in his last 2 fights against Ruslan Provodnikov and Juan Manuel Marquez, has proved himself as a tough and skillful fighter, especially on the fight against Provodnikov where he had to go through hell to win the fight by a 12 round decision last year in March. Read the rest of this entry »



title Canelo looking to fight in July

canelo467By Dan Ambrose: Former WBA/WBC junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (43-1-1, 31 KO’s) met with Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer last week in Golden Boy’s downtown office in Los Angeles, California to discuss his next fight in the summer. Canelo wants to fight on July 26th, according to Dan Rafael of ESPN. However, that’s not really going to work because that falls on the same date as the talked about match-up between Gennady Golovkin and Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. on HBO pay-per-view.

Unless the red-haired Canelo was to be fighting an exciting opponent with a real chance of beating him like Erislandy Lara, there’s no way that he could compete with the huge interest that will be there for the Chavez Jr-Golovkin fight. Read the rest of this entry »



title Pacquiao is 100% Ready For Bradley

pac738By Alon Calinao Dy: Manny Pacquiao, the Filipino Pride, is excited to face the undefeated American boxer Timothy Bradley this Saturday night at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. Pacquiao is 100 percent ready to fight his counterpart, who has a highly controversial win years ago. The Filipino congressman wants to dethrone the crown of the two-time depending champion Bradley on April 12.

However, the American boxer has a big chance to prove to everyone that he has the power and speed to defend his belt. At this point of time, Timothy has become more muscular-looking and stronger than the Filipino icon according to his avid fans. Read the rest of this entry »



title Khan vs. Collazo: Amir’s moment of truth

khan88By: Jeff Krugler/Dr.SweetScience: Amir Khan will be facing Luis Collazo on May 3rd at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Are we supposed to believe that beating Collazo will prove anything substantive to the case of Khan? Furthermore, were we at any point seriously supposed to believe that Khan was a formidable opponent for Floyd Mayweather? I’m not sure which question is a bigger joke.

At one time, Khan looked like a promising prospect in the eyes of many, but as time has revealed that was all smoke and mirrors. What we are left with is the ‘Khan Man’ who managed to look good in carefully selected fights until his one dimensional style was exposed. By the way, what was all the hype about? Do you remember? There had to be some fights that put this guy on the map right? So what were they? Who did he really beat? Let’s take a deeper look into that and refresh our memories. Read the rest of this entry »



title Broner with a lot to prove against Carlos Molina

broner544By Allan Fox: Adrien Broner (27-1, 22 KO’s) will be putting his reputation on the line next month against Carlos Molina (17-1-1, 7 KO’s) in a fight that Broner cannot afford to lose on May 3rd on the Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Marcos Maidana fight card. A loss for Broner in this fight will be a huge blow to his career. At 24, it certainly won’t be over for Broner if he loses to Molina, but it’ll make things very difficult for Golden Boy Promotions to rebuild his career. They’re already trying to rebuild his career by matching him against the 5’5” Molina following Broner’s loss to Marcos Maidana last December.

Broner needs to win in a manner that makes fans forget about his loss to Maidana. This is what this fight is all about. Broner needs to win in such a decisive manner that fans will forget the loss to Maidana, and they’ll start jumping on board the Broner train again. Read the rest of this entry »



title Maidana can beat Mayweather, says Sergio Martinez

By Allan Fox: WBC middleweight champion Sergio Martinez says he’s really surprised that WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. (45-0, 26 KO’s) agreed to face Marcos Maidana (35-3, 31 KO’s) in their fight on May 3rd, because Martinez sees Maidana as a really tough fight for the 36-year-old Mayweather. Sergio sees the pressure that Maidana will be putting on Mayweather for the full 12 rounds of the fight will be difficult for him to cope with in this fight.

“Well it’s a very tough fight for Mayweather who is great beyond his years, but I’m surprised he took such a tough matchup because Maidana is a machine, he won’t stop coming and I think he can get the win for Argentina,” Martinez said to the Boxingsocialist. Read the rest of this entry »



title Matthew Macklin vs. Daniel Geale possible for May 24th on HBO

macklin64By Scott Gilfoid: Matthew Macklin (30-5, 20 KO’s) is being talked about for a fight against former IBF/WBA middleweight champion Daniel Geale (30-2, 16 KO’s) on May 24th in a fight that will take place on HBO, according to Steve Kim. There won’t be any title on the line obviously because Geale was beaten by Darren Barker last year in August and he lost his IBF strap in that fight. Since then, Geale has only fought once in beating Australian fighter Garth Wood. Geale had the chance to fight WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin, but the fight never materialized.

Macklin, #9 WBA, #10 WBO, #14 WBC, was destroyed in 3 rounds by Golovkin last year in June in a failed attempt to capture his WBA 160lb title. Macklin has fought once since then in beating Lamar Russ by a much tougher than expected 10 round unanimous decision last December. Macklin took a pounding by the taller 6’2” Russ, and if this fighter hadn’t run out of gas late in the fight, he would have definitely beaten Macklin. Read the rest of this entry »



title Kevin Mitchell to face Ghislain Maduma on May 31st on Froch-Groves card

mitchell3By Scott Gilfoid: #7 IBF Kevin Mitchell (37-2, 27 KO’s) says he’ll be fighting #6 IBF Ghislain Maduma (16-0, 10 KO’s) in an IBF lightweight eliminator bout on the undercard of Carl Froch vs. George Groves rematch on May 31st at the Wembley Stadium in London, UK. The winner of the Mitchell-Maduma fight will become the IBF mandatory challenger to champion Miguel Vazquez.

It’s hard to imagine Mitchell getting another crack at a world title after he was easily blasted out in 4 rounds 2 years ago by former WBO lightweight champion Ricky Burns in 2012. Mitchell looked incredibly bad in that fight, just as he did in getting blown out in just 3 rounds by Michael Katsidis in 2010. However, Mitchell has won his last four fights in beating Karim El Ouazghari, Mikheil Avakyan, Marco Lopez and Sebastien Benito. Read the rest of this entry »



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