title Marquez has too much power for Pacquiao now; a rematch is a bad idea

photo: manny pacquiao juan manuel marquez By Chris Williams: I think it’s pointless in Manny Pacquiao fighting Juan Manuel Marquez for a 5th fight. Marquez’s is simply too much for the Filipino now, and it’s only going to be even worse for him next time they fight. Marquez’s punching power and muscle strength has increased dramatically with his strength training and he’s on another level than Pacquiao right now.

We saw what Marquez’s power could do to Pacquiao with him getting knocked out cold in the 6th round, and I think the outcome will be much worse Pacquiao next time they fight. Read the rest of this entry »

title Rigondeaux-Donaire possible for June

photo: nonito donaire guillermo rigondeaux By Chris Williams: WBA World super bantamweight champion Guillermo Rigondeaux’s manager Gary Hyde says he’s been given a promise by Top Rank Promotion Bob Arum that he’ll set up a fight between Rigondeaux and WBO super bantamweight champion Nonito Donaire in June next year after Rigondeaux gets in a title defense of his World Boxing Association 122 pound title on February 23rd.

In an interview with the El Nuevo Herald, Hyde said “Rigos next fight is scheduled for February 23rd against an opponent still to be named. Promoter Bob Arum promised me Rigo-Donaire fight will be in June 2013.” Read the rest of this entry »

title Brandon Rios vs. Mike Alvarado II possible for March 16th

photo: mike alvarado brandon rios By Chris Williams: Bob Arum’s plans to match former WBA World lightweight champion Brandon Rios (31-0-1, 23 KO’s) up against Manny Pacquiao in early April next year were foiled with Pacquiao’s knockout loss to Juan Manuel Marquez on December 8th.

With no other real ideas what to do with Rios, Arum is reportedly looking to put him back in the ring with light welterweight contender Mike Alvarado (33-1, 23 KO’s) for a rematch on March 16th.

Rios already beat Alvarado by a 7th round knockout last October in a fight that was competitive until Alvarado got hurt in the 6th and then taken out in the 7th. Read the rest of this entry »

title Pacquiao blew his chance to fight Mayweather

photo: manny pacquiao juan manuel marquez floyd mayweather jr By Robert Elmore: Everyone is still shocked about Manny Pacquiao getting knocked out by Juan Manuel Marquez. Shortly after, as I thought would happen, people have come forth saying Floyd Mayweather should have done this and that to make the fight happen.

Let’s get one thing straight. It’s not Mayweather’s fault that Pacquiao took the bout against Marquez. That fight was simply about money (although his fans say he doesn’t fight for money). All Pacquiao had to do was keep winning and his stock would have risen even more. Pacquiao seemed to be content with “leaving it up to his promoter” who has matched up him with Top Rank fighters in his last seven fights. This time he ran into a very determined Marquez in their 4th bout which sent Pacquiao down the pound for pound list and his demand for a 55/45 split straight down the tubes. Read the rest of this entry »

title One to watch: Mark ‘Kid Kurylak’ Coomb

photo: boxing By Ed Hoyle: Over the past five years, Britain has produced an unprecedented nucleus of raw talented boxers. The current up and coming stable of fighters seemingly destined to one day grace the American canvas; Carl Frampton , David Price and Billy Joe Saunders have understandably stolen the limelight on the back of their amateur pedigree and explosive starts to their respective professional crusades. However, there are some fighters that occasionally slip under the promoter’s and therefore fan’s radar – meet Mark Coombs.

Schooled in Portsmouth as an amateur, Coombs’ excelled to amass an exceptional amateur record, which included winning the boxer-of-the-tournament award in the prestigious Haringey Box Cup 2010. With launch pad provided, Coombs went pro and was immediately signed by MHM (Michael Helliet Management) and began training out of the Ballingall Gym. Read the rest of this entry »

title Cloud-Hopkins & Dawson-Pascal could be paired on HBO on March 9th

By Allan Fox: The Bernard Hopkins vs. Tavoris Cloud and the Jean Pascal vs. Chad Dawson fights could both be paired on HBO in a split site double-header on March 9th, according to Steve Kim. The Hopkins-Cloud fight isn’t definite for HBO, but the word is that there’s a good possibility that it ends up being televised. Read the rest of this entry »

title Groves to fight next in February, 2013

By Scott Gilfoid: Commonwealth super middleweight champion George Groves (16-0, 12 KO’s) defeated 43-year-old Glen Johnson on December 15th of this month in a one-sided 12 round unanimous decision over the recently retired veteran. Johnson came out of retirement to take the fight, and he honestly should have stayed there because he didn’t have much left in his once excellent game. Groves says he’ll be back in the ring in February next year against an opponent still to be determined. Read the rest of this entry »

title DeGale giving up EBU super middleweight title to look for bigger fights

photo: james degale By Scott Gilfoid: WBC Silver super middleweight champion James DeGale (14-1, 9 KO’s) has decided to vacate his EBU super middleweight title that he had held for the past year. DeGale had to give up one of the straps, and he figured that the WBC Silver 168 title would enable him to get bigger fights than the ones that were available to him defending his EBU strap in a dutiful manner.

All I can say is it’s about time. What a waste it was for DeGale to be holding down the EBU strap and having to defend it against the likes of Cristian Sanavia and Hadillah Moumadi.

If I was DeGale’s promoter I would have had DeGale vacate immediately after he beat former EBU champion Piotr Wilczewski last year. DeGale would have saved himself two wasted fights, and he could have taken on some worthy opponents. Read the rest of this entry »

title Is Floyd Mayweather still number one?

photo: floyd mayweather jr By Peter Broderick: A premature retirement in 2007 after a stellar career, turned out to just be a 2 year sabbatical for Floyd Mayweather jr. There is no doubt in my mind, (or most other people’s in fact) that he was the best pound for pound boxer on earth when he made his announcement to hang up his gloves. But today, with 2012 drawing to a close, 3 years after his come back and with as few as 4 more fights under his belt, can he still be called the best?

If so, what is it that puts him ahead of other boxers such as Nonito Donaire, Andre Ward, Sergio Martinez, Juan Manuel Marquez or Manny Pacquiao? Let’s analyze his career since his return to the ring. Read the rest of this entry »

title Chavez Jr. to dump Roach for Beristain?

photo: sergio martinez julio cesar chavez jr freddie roach By Dan Ambrose: Former WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (46-1-1, 32 KO’s) may be the next big name fighter that jumps ship and dumps trainer Freddie Roach, according to fightnews.com A source has revealed that Chavez Jr. could possibly end up with trainer Nacho Beristain if Roach is dumped.

Beristain is the trainer that made a world champion out of Juan Manuel Marquez. Beristain has trained countless top fighters over the years, such as Ricardo Lopez, Abner Mares, Jhonny Gonzalez, Oscar De La Hoya, Jorge Arce, and many more. Read the rest of this entry »

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