By Scott Gilfoid: #2 WBC, #3 WBA Martin Murray (27-1-1, 12 KO’s) weighed in on Friday for his clash on Saturday night against Max Bursak (29-2-1, 12 KO’s). Murray, who believes that he’s got the talent to beat WBC middleweight champion Miguel Cotto with no problems, weighed in at 159. Bursak weighed 160.5.
The fight will be taking place at the Casino de Monte Carlo Salle Medecin, Monte Carlo, Monaco. Bursak lost his last fight to Jarrod Fletcher earlier this year. It’s kind of perplexing why a middleweight contender this long in the tooth and ranked as high as he is by the WBA and WBC is fighting a guy coming off of a loss the way Bursak is. It’s very strange, because usually once guys fight for world titles, they continue to fight opposition that are winning their fights, not losing them. It strikes me as a little strange, and more than a little self-defeating. Read the rest of this entry »
By Anthony Mason: Many are under the false perception that undefeated equates to great. When looking at the history of boxing, however, we see that all undefeated boxers have a low quality of competition. There have been a lot of undefeated boxers who have simply been good, but none that truly stand out from their level of competition. Let’s take a good look at the undefeated boxers in history.
The likes of Edwin Valero, Harry Simon, Terry Marsh, etc will not be discussed. No analysis is necessary to see that their short careers in combination with their competition are not on the great level. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: After a few weeks of staying quiet on the subject of Floyd Mayweather Jr, Amir Khan (29-3, 19 KO’s) opened up his mouth to let himself be heard today in saying that he still wants Mayweather and that he thinks the fight can happen next May. Mayweather plans on fighting September 13th this year, and then on May 2nd in 2015 on the Cinco de Mayo holiday.
Khan says he can’t fight him this September, but he can fight him next Mayweather, as if he wasn’t already aware of this. Mayweather hasn’t said much about Khan’s interest in fighting him, and you have to see this as a sign that he’s not all that interested in facing him. Read the rest of this entry »
By Robert “Big Moe” Elmore: Fans and boxing analysts have taken their shots at the heavyweight division calling it weak and not what it used to be. I concur the division has taken a turn. Two things happened that caused this mess. One, the Klitschko brothers or K2 Brothers (Wladimir and Vitali) have gotten their hands on the belts and darkened the division. Two, there has no American heavyweight that stepped up to carry the torch. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Heavyweight David Price’s promoter Kalle Sauerland is interested in stepping the 6’8” Price (18-2, 15 KO’s) up a class by putting him in with a top 10 contender for his next fight on September 6th in Liverpool, UK. Sauerland’s goal is for Price to beat the top 10 contender, and then face the winner of the July 26th fight between Tyson Fury and Dereck Chisora in early 2015.
The Chisora-Fury winner will be the WBO mandatory challenger for IBF/IBO/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitsachko, but the winner will still have to wait a while before Wladimir gets around to facing one of them. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Kalle Sauerland, the promoter for the recently knockout George Groves (19-2, 15 KO’s), says that he’ll be back in the ring on September 13th or 20th in London, UK. The plan is to get him an eventual title shot against WBC super middleweight champion Sakio Bika after Groves fight an eliminator bout to get that fight.
If Groves can win that strap, Sauerland will put him in with WBO 168lb champion Arthur Abraham, who Sauerland promotes, in a unification fight. It sounds like a good idea except for one problem. Groves’ chin might not be good enough for him to take 12 rounds of huge power shots from Bika for him to beat him. Read the rest of this entry »
By By Jermill Pennington: I’m not here to tell you Floyd Mayweather Jr is the greatest fighter of all time, nor am I here to give merit to his list of opponents. In the process of getting my point across I will not discredit or defame another fighter in order to elevate my perspective. Recently there have been a lot of articles written on Floyd Mayweather, some shining light on his career, and others taking aim at what they feel are weak points.
As they say “all is fair in love and war” so the difference in opinion from fans is fine with me. Everyone has an opinion; the best we can hope for in debate is that the person you are in debate with has a factual base to their argument. This allows for there to be some common ground for the debate to work from and see if they can come to an understanding. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: WBA/WBC light welterweight champion Danny Garcia (28-0, 16 KO’s) will be back in the ring on August 9th against an opponent still to be determined at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. This could be the last fight for the 26-year-old Garcia before he possibly challenges WBA/WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr for his titles next year in May.
It’s possible that Garcia will be moving up to 147 for his August fight in order to get one bout under his belt at this weight for him to get ready for the Mayweather fight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Former WBA lightweight champion Brandon Rios (31-2-1, 23 KO’s) sees himself at the brink of career implosion going into his August 2nd fight against #10 IBF Diego Chaves (23-1, 19 KO’s) at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. Rios, 28, has lost his last two fights to Manny Pacquiao and Mike Alvarado, and not looked good at all in either of them.
While Rios’ trainer Robert Garcia has been quick to try and make excuses for his defeats, the fact of the matter is that Rios hasn’t looked like a world class fighter recently. It wasn’t so much that he was beaten by Pacquiao and Alvarado in his last two fights, it was how he was beaten. Rios looked like a punching bag in both fights and that’s troubling. Read the rest of this entry »
By Yannis Mihanos: There are two names in the recent history of boxing that each fighter wants to fight one day: Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather. Last Saturday many people were surprised by Chris Algieri with me included. No one knew Algieri before the match. He was number 13 in the rankings and was expected to be easily dispatched by heavy hitter Ruslan Provodnikov.
Provodnikov did drop twice in the canvas Algieri in the first round. The swelling in the right eye of Algieri after the first knockout got even worse as the rounds passed, but he kept on coming with a lot of body movement and many mosquito bite-like punches to the head of the Russian Provodnikov.
Algieri’s many light shots convinced two of the three judges to grant him a 12 round split decision. The third judge saw it different with him scoring it 117-109 in favor of Provodnikov, and I have to say that I agree with that score of the fight. But boxing decisions sometimes work in mysterious way. Read the rest of this entry »