(Photo credit: Esther Lin/Showtime) By Dan Ambrose: WBA/WBC junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (42-0-1, 30 KO’s) is set to make $5 million for his fight this Saturday night against Floyd Mayweather Jr. (44-0, 26 KO’s), but he could make as much as $12 million for the fight, according to Dan Rafael of ESPN.
This $12 million is quite a bit of money for a fighter only 23-years-old having fought only 1 good opponent during his career in Austin Trout. In contrast, Mayweather Jr. is making $41.5 million for the fight, but the difference in experience between them is huge. Read the rest of this entry »
By Rachel Aylett: With Ukrainian Vyacheslav Senchenko about to return to the UK on 26 October to face our top welterweight Kell Brook, I am reminded of a brief conversation I had with a workmate after Senchenko last fought in Britain just over a year ago. That was, of course, when he demolished, once and for all, the comeback dreams of Ricky Hatton. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo credit: Naoki Fakuda) By Michael Turturice: In May of 2007, the pay per view record was set at 2.4 million Buys for the Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Oscar Del La Hoya fight in Las Vegas, Nevada. Now the question is can this Saturday’s card between Mayweather Jr. and WBA/WBC junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (42-0-1, 30 KO’s) at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada overtake that lofty number?
I watched the 2007 Mayweather-De La Hoya fight and really enjoyed every round. Yes, Mayweather won that fight by a 12 round split decision with his mid-fight adjustments surpassing the solid effect by the Golden Boy De La Hoya. Thinking back on that fight, I can’t remember who else stepped in the ring that night; and this is where I think this upcoming card has a chance. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo credit: Naoki Fakuda) By Dan Ambrose: In photos taken of WBA/WBC junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (42-0-1, 30 KO’s) from yesterday, it looks as if Canelo is still in the 160 lbs. region, and it’s unclear right now from lacking at his photos if he’s going to be able to take off the remaining weight to get down to the 152 pound catch-weight, if he does plan on making that weight.
You can see his mouth is totally dehydrated, and he looks like he’s not drinking water. You have to wonder how many days Canelo has had to limit his liquids to drop weight to where he is now. Canelo should be a lot thinner than he is if he were close to the 152 lb. weight, but he’s not looking skeletal yet like we frequently see Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. when he dehydrates to make weight. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo credit: Naoki Fakuda) By Eric Thomas: Adrien Broner has no doubts in his mind that his “big brother” Floyd Mayweather Jr. (44-0, 26 KO’s) will take care of business on Saturday night against Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (42-0-1, 30 KO’s) at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
While Mayweather Jr. isn’t what you’d call a knockout puncher, Broner thinks he’s got enough power to stop the stocky Canelo late in this fight. Broner sees it lasting 9 or 10 rounds before Mayweather Jr. gets to Canelo and takes him out with some big shots.
Mayweather Jr. doesn’t have junior middleweight power for him to be stopping someone as large as Canelo. Sometimes a lighter fighter can stop a bigger guy if he gets tired, but that might be the only way Mayweather will get a stoppage in this fight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: Angel Garcia, the father of WBA/WBC light welterweight champion Danny Garcia (26-0, 16 KO’s), is really upset that a lot of boxing writers and fans are picking his opponent Lucas Matthysse (34-2, 32 KO’s) to beat Garcia on Saturday in their fight at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Fans and writers are not only picking the hard hitting Matthysse to beat Danny Garcia, but many of them are picking Matthysse to knock Garcia out early in the fight unless Danny runs from him.
An angry Angel Garcia told esnewsreporting “He [Matthysse] ain’t no killer! The champion [Danny Garcia] is the killer. He trying to tell he didn’t lose [to Devon Alexander and Zab Judah]. No, you lost. In black and white, you lost. He’s got 32 nobodies. I’m worried about that bum [Matthysse] up there. That f***** bum.” Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo credit: Esther Line/Showtime) By Dan Ambrose: Floyd Mayweather Jr. (44-0, 26 KO’s) says he doesn’t intend on losing to WBA/WBC junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (42-0-1, 30 KO’s) this Saturday night in their fight in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Mayweather Jr. says he’ll beat the 23-year-old Canelo, but he believes the red-haired Mexican fighter will rebound from the defeat and still be a star. However, Mayweather Jr. doesn’t believe Canelo will be the guy in boxing.
Mayweather Jr. doesn’t say who will be the next big star to carry the sport, but he feels Canelo lacks the talent to be the fighter to carry the sport. Read the rest of this entry »
By Kirby (Kwest) Edwards: It’s a good thing for a boxer to believe they are the best, because after all, that’s how we became so blessed to have a man around called, ‘The Greatest.’ But the unfortunate thing about today’s critics in the sport of boxing is this; As if we didn’t always have a sore eye on the sport, a mandatory title defense system has been put into place to sort of help them along in their inaccuracies about who is the best.
Whether you are a fan or professional analyst, many criticisms are not based on real facts or stats, and thus who is the best, but more on who is the favorite. The favorites have outnumbered the best, in the same way that the lie spreads faster than the truth. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chester Rivers: It’s the fight that refuses to go away. Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs Emmanuel “Manny” Pacquiao is still the biggest fight that can be made in boxing. If these two never fight each other boxing will still go on but the question of “what if” will always be a negative on Mayweather’s outstanding resume.
Former champion Roberto Duran has recently criticized Mayweather’s legacy. Duran believes Floyd is a product of the era he’s fighting and stated” if he fought during my era he would just another guy in the bunch.”
Does Duran have a legitimate point and what does Duran see that most of the boxing public is overlooking?” Duran’s era consists of 4 boxers that campaigned at welterweight who are considered all time greats. Sugar Ray Leonard, Wilfredo Benitez, Thomas Hearns and Duran all competed during the same time and all fought one another sometime during the peak of their careers. Read the rest of this entry »
By Rachel Aylett: Boxing returns once again to terrestrial television in the UK on Saturday night (14 Sep) with an excellent British super-bantamweight title fight between two young unbeaten fighters.
This pits Sheffield’s Kid Galahad against Liverpool’s James “Jazza” Dickens for the above-mentioned title, which became vacant when Scott Quigg relinquished in May. Read the rest of this entry »