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title Broner: Carlos Molina is a punching bag with arms and legs

Broner and Molina(Photo credit: Esther Lin/Showtime) By Dan Ambrose: Adrien Broner (27-1, 22 KO’s) will be trying to look good this Saturday night in his tune-up/stay busy fight against Carlos Molina (17-1-1, 7 KO’s) at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Golden Boy Promotions and Broner’s adviser Al Haymon have backed him off of world class opposition following his one-sided 12 round decision loss to Marcos Maidana last December in order to get Broner back on the winning track. Molina doesn’t have the talent to compete with Broner, or at least he shouldn’t have the talent to compete with him. Read the rest of this entry »



title Maidana’s trainer wants him to rough up Mayweather on Saturday

maidana633By Allan Fox: Marcos Maidana’s trainer Robert Garcia believes that one of the keys to victory for Maidana in his fight against Floyd Mayweather Jr. (45-0, 26 KO’s) this Saturday night is for him to rough up Mayweather, and make it difficult for him to relax in the ring. Garcia wants Maidana to keep Mayweather under pressure constantly by staying close to him, throwing lots of punches, and roughing him up so that he can’t get into his normal rhythm in the ring.

Garcia doesn’t think Maidana will make the same mistakes that Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and Oscar De La Hoya did by trying to box Mayweather, and showing him too much respect. Garcia believes that Maidana will go after Mayweather and will show him zero respect like he did against Adrien Broner in handing out punishment against Mayweather. Read the rest of this entry »



title Groves with big advantage over Froch in rematch

froch5629By 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 »



title Is Mayweather’s retirement talk a marketing ploy to increase PPV buys for Maidana fight?

floyd7772By 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 »



title Michael Katsidis vs. Graham Earl 2 rematch on July 4th in Australia

katsidis56378By 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 »



title Why Mayweather needs to KO Maidana

Mayweather and Maidana(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 »



title Mayweather says he has no game plan for Maidana

Mayweather and Maidana(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 »



title Maidana, trained to fail?

Marcos Maidana(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 »



title Andre Ward’s contract with Goosen Tutor valid

ward1By 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 »



title Mayweather v Maidana “The Moment” is almost here

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 »



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