By Anthony Mason: A long time ago, I made an article explaining why Floyd Mayweather is not a top 45 pound for pound boxer of all time, but I made a big mistake. I forgot to mention several other fighters better than him, making Floyd actually outside of the top 60 greatest pound for pound boxers.
Let me just start off by saying that Mayweather is definitely a very skillful boxer, and he has accomplished some big things for the standards of his era. His defense is masterful, his counter-punching and timing are incredible, and his ability to adjust is remarkable. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: It’s looking like former WBA/WBC junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (41-1-1, 31 KOs) will be fighting the soon to be 37-year-old former IBF welterweight champion Joshua Clottey (38-4, 22 KOs) this December.
Steve Kim is talking about Clottey being the one that the 24-year-old Canelo could be facing next instead of a more dangerous opponent like Erislandy Lara, Demetrius Andrade or James Kirkland.
Clottey vs. Canelo isn’t a great fight, and it’s definitely not pay-per-view worthy. Golden Boy Promotions vice president Eric Gomez told ESPN this past week that Canelo’s next fight in December won’t be on pay-per-view. Gomez said it wouldn’t be on PPV because the market was over-saturated with too many PPV fights. But the closer reality is that there would be no way that Canelo and Golden Boy could sell Canelo vs. Clottey on PPV. Canelo-Clottey isn’t even a good fight for regular non-PPV Showtime. I see this as an ESPN Friday Night Fights undercard fight rather than any kind of main event type of fight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Tom Berridge: Having watched both Nathan Cleverly and Tony Bellew for a very long time, I believe this fight is guaranteed entertainment when it finally happens.
The Bellew-Cleverly 2 fight will take place later this year and it will take place in Liverpool England, Bellew’s home town, just like there first altercation in 2011 that ended in a close decision in Cleverly’s favor and deservedly so, in my opinion. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: #2 IBF Carl Frampton is under the impression that the hard hitting IBF super bantamweight champion Kiko Martinez hates him for some reason. The two fighters will be facing each other this Saturday night in a rematch at the Titanic Quarter, Belfast, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom. Frampton thinks that Martinez hates him by the way he’s looking at him rather than anything he’s said.
Frampton defeated Kiko last year in February by a 9th round stoppage. Martinez had been giving Frampton all kinds of problems in the fight with his huge power, forcing Frampton to run around the ring to avoid getting knocked out. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Marcos Maidana (35-4, 31 KOs) says he’s going to be looking to be putting on twice as much pressure on WBA/WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr (46-0, 26 KOs) as he did in their first fight last May.
Maidana thinks that the magic to him getting a victory over Mayweather is to put unrelenting pressure for 12 rounds with a lot of punches being thrown.
Maidana put a lot of pressure on Mayweather last time, but it didn’t out well for Maidana after he got tired in the first half of the fight. Assuming that Maidana has sparred hard in training camp with his sparring partners, he’s got to have a pretty good idea of whether he can fight hard to give Mayweather more problems this time. If he can’t do any better than he did last time then he’s going to lose the fight just like last time. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: In a likely effort to help drum up some badly needed publicity for his November 22nd HBO pay-per-view fight against Chris Algieri (20-0, 8 KOs), WBO welterweight strap holder Manny Pacquiao (56-5-2, 38 KOs) will be throwing out the first pitch at Dodgers Stadium today for the Dodgers vs. Nationals game. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jay McIntyre: The following is a modified version of the original article which can be found here: http://a-neutral-corner.blogspot.ca/2014/08/iron-mike-tyson-at-his-sharpest.html
He was “The Baddest Man on the Planet”, “Kid Dynamite”, and “Iron Mike”, and all of these nicknames are precise in their description of the former champion.
Guided by the enigmatic and hermit-like sage Cus D’Amato, Mike Tyson was a self-proclaimed “throwback fighter”. With the contemptuous air of Jack Johnson and the stylized hair and punching prowess of Jack Dempsey, he was eager to disassociate himself from his contemporaries, and connect himself with a more charismatic past. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Once WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (30-0, 27 KOs) takes care of business against WBC interim 160lb champ Marco Antonio Rubio (59-6-1, 51 KOs) on October 18th, he wants to go after several big names in 2015 for pay-per-view fights.
Golovkin wants WBC middleweight champion Miguel Cotto, Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and Julio Cesar Chavez Jr in 2015. Golovkin says he’s ready to take any of those three on next year with his WBA title on the line for the fights. Read the rest of this entry »
By Gav Duthie: The three greatest words that every challenging boxer wants to hear “AND THE NEW”, signifying they have reached their ultimate goal and won a world title.
With 17 weight divisions, 4 main governing bodies and two titles distributed by the WBA (regular and super) we can have up to 85 world champions at any one time. This article looks at the 10 titles most likely to change hands over the next year.
(1- most likely, 10- least likely)
(10) WBO Featherweight – Johnny Gonzalez Read the rest of this entry »
By Jim Dower: WBC light heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson (24-1, 20 KOs) has missed out on several big fights this year in Sergey Kovalev, Bernard Hopkins and Jean Pascal.
It’s now looking like Stevenson will be settling for a title milking fight against either Gabriel Campillo or Umberto Savigne for his next fight this year, according to Dan Rafael. The little known Savigne is ranked #2 by the WBC, while Campillo is ranked No.9.
Stevenson could have taken a big money fight against #1 WBC Jean Pascal in a fight that would have done really well in Canada, but Stevenson didn’t want to agree to a 50-50 deal, according to Dan Rafael. Read the rest of this entry »