By Allan Fox: The ambitious #7 WBC heavyweight contender Manuel Charr (26-1, 15 KO’s) will be taking a very risky fight for him against former WBA heavyweight champion Alexander Povetkin (26-1, 18 KO’s) this month on May 30th at a still to be determined venue in Moscow, Russia. The two fighters will be battling it out for the vacant WBC International heavyweight title, but that’s not what the main prize is. The winner of the Charr-Povetkin fight will get pushed up the WBC rankings nearer to the top.
For Charr, that’s an ideal situation, but it still won’t solve all of his problems. He’d still need to fight one of the top contenders in the division to become the mandatory, and there’s already a mandatory challenger in place in Deontay Wilder. Bryant Jennings and Michael Perez will be facing each other this month on May 24th in a second WBC heavyweight title eliminator, which means that Charr could wind up waiting for well over a year, possibly more before he gets a shot at the WBC heavyweight title even if he does get by Povetkin. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jim Dower: 34-year-old welterweight Roberto Garcia (35-3, 23 KO’s) had his way with Victor Cayo (32-3, 23 KO’s) in beating him up and stopping him in the 6th round on Thursday night at the Hialeah Park Race Track, in Hialeah, Florida, USA. Garcia hurt Cayo in the 6th round with a big left hook to the head after trapping him against the ropes.
Garcia then hit Cayo with a right to the head that caused him to stumble sideways along the ropes. Referee Telis Assimenios then stepped in and halted the fight at 2:38 of the round. To his credit, Garcia could have hit Cayo with a finishing shot while he was defenseless, but he held back and let the referee step in and waive off the fight. Cayo was cut badly over the right eye from a head-butt in the 4th round. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Earlier today Floyd Mayweather Jr. ruled out a fight happening between him and Manny Pacquiao in the future due to Pacquiao’s struggles in the ring against Juan Manuel Marquez and Tim Bradley in the past.
Mayweather said that Pacquiao thought he was on his level, but that those fighters showed that he’s not in the same class as him. Mayweather also said that he’s with Mayweather Promotions. He didn’t finish what he meant by pointing that out, but it’s possible that he’s dropping another hint that he won’t be fighting Pacquiao while he’s still with Top Rank. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Sports Illustrated is reporting that their sources are telling them that the April 12th rematch between Manny Pacquiao and Tim Bradley brought in between 775,000 to 800,000 pay-per-view buys on HBO. There’s been a delay in the release of the official PPV numbers by HBO and Top Rank, so we’re still awaiting what they’ll be reporting. These PPV numbers are far, far below the 2.2 million PPV buys that Floyd Mayweather Jr’s last fight against Saul “Canelo” Alvarez brought in last September. Mayweather’s numbers were over twice as many, and that makes it even more difficult to arrange a fight between Mayweather and Pacquiao.
The PPV numbers for the Pacquiao-Bradley 2 fight are an improvement from the 475,000 for the Pacquiao vs. Brandon Rios fight last November, but the figures are below the 890,000 that the first Pacquiao vs. Bradley fight generated in 2012. The fact that Pacquiao’s numbers were below that could be from fan exhaustion at seeing one too many retread fights involving Pacquiao being matched against the same opponents. Since 2004, Pacquiao has fought Juan Manuel Marquez four times and Bradley twice. Those are six fights between the same guys. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: In an incredibly boring Ringside episode between IBF/WBA super middleweight champion Carl Froch and George Groves this week, Froch basically used reverse psychology on Groves by complimenting him right off the bat, and giving him kudos for a great fight the last time they met up last November. Froch hardly disagreed with Groves at all during the episode until the end, but even when he was disagreeing, Froch looked pretty meek about it and wasn’t losing his cool.
As I said, it was very, very boring to watch, and I must say Froch really undermined himself by not telling Groves what he really thought of him. I mean, why hold back your thoughts if the idea is to get fans believing in the fight? Like last time, Groves was really giving it to Froch the whole time, but Froch was hardly fighting back verbally and it wasn’t even a fight. I wanted to just walk up to Froch and shake him awake because he was hardly even there. Heck, they might as well have had Eddie Hearn answering Froch’s questions for him because it would have amounted to the same. Froch was totally detached and emotionless. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo credit: Esther Lin/Showtime) By Scott Gilfoid: Amir Khan (28-3, 19 KO’s) thinks the move up in weight to 147 will help him for his fight this Saturday night against Luis Collazo (35-3, 18 KO’s). Khan has been struggling to make 140 for a while now, and now that he’s moved up 7 pounds, he expects that to give him more power than before.
“We been in the gym for the last eight months. I’ve not ate my way up to this weight, I trained my way up to this weight…you’ll definitely see a different Amir Khan come into this fight,” Khan said today. Read the rest of this entry »
IN A LITTLE OVER 48 HOURS Floyd Mayweather Jr. will find out whether it was right to call his new symphony “The Moment” or whether he should have called it “The Mistake” in his fight against Marcos Maidana at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Most people, including Mayweather Jr. agree, that his masterpiece carries the right title because it will be a perfect symphony in which all instruments, guided by master musicians, will deliver sublime sounds to create the most exquisite music that will elevate him as the ultimate composer of his era.
It’s pretty obvious that Showtime has delivered so far and will deliver during and after the fight, the commentators won’t be too harsh, the cameras will show his best profile. The fans have already bought their tickets and have already decided whether they will or not buy the PPV. The MGM has delivered and will continue to accommodate Floyd’s every wish for fear of losing their main customer. The stage is set and every actor in the play has been given its role; the only question that remains is: will they all play? Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: Despite the retirement talk from Floyd Mayweather Jr. about this possibly being his last fight of his career this Saturday night against Marcos Maidana, Amir Khan (28-3, 18 KO’s) still believes he’ll be able to get a fight against Mayweather if he shines bright against Luis Collazo (35-5-, 18 KO’s) this Saturday night in their clash at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. Golden Boy Promotions matched Khan against Collazo, with the chance that he might get a fight against Mayweather if he impresses fans enough and interests the huge star.
“If I put in a great performance [against Collazo], Floyd will have no other choice but to fight me,” Khan said to BoxNation. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: If Manny Pacquiao signs an extension with Bob Arum’s Top Rank promotional company, we could be seeing the 35-year-old Pacquiao in with Miguel Cotto, Sergio Martinez, Mike Alvarado, Ruslan Provodnikov and Juan Manuel Marquez, says Arum to RingTV.
Those are the guys the fights that Arum has in store for Manny if he chooses to stay with his Top Rank company. Arum didn’t say anything about wanting to match Pacquiao up against Brandon Rios and Tim Bradley again, but you’ve got to assume that one or both of those fighters will wind up in the ring with Pacquiao again. Read the rest of this entry »
(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 »