By Dan Ambrose: WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (26-0, 23 KO’s) has former WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (46-1-1, 32 KO’s) and Floyd Mayweather Jr. (44-0, 26 KO’s) high on his list for fighters that he wants to face in the near future. I’m sure Golovkin would take a fight against either if one of them were open to facing him.
Golovkin said this to esnewsporting when asked if he’d like to fight Chavez Jr., “Absolutely, why not? I want this fight. In the future I want to fight Mayweather. It’s my dream.”
The Mayweather fight is probably not ever going to happen because Golovkin is too strong and too heavy for Mayweather, even though Golovkin probably weighs less than Mayweather’s opponent for September 14th WBA/WBC junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Former WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (46-1-1, 32 KO’s) has been out of the ring since losing to Sergio Martinez by a 12 round unanimous decision last September in Las Vegas, Nevada. Chavez Jr. was barely making 160 before the Martinez fight, but since that loss, Chavez Jr. has put on weight and there’s some questions about whether he can ever get down to 160 lb. to fight at middleweight again.
As it is, Chavez Jr. was struggling badly to make the 160 lb. limit and dehydrating more than I’ve ever seen a fighter. I’m sure there are fighters that have dehydrated more than Chavez Jr., but I can’t think of one that looked as emaciated as he did during the week of the fight as he struggled to make the weight. In looking at how huge Chavez Jr. would get after rehydrating, one gets the sense that he would have been better off moving to super middleweight or better yet light heavyweight a long time ago. Read the rest of this entry »
By Boxing Muse – @boxingmuse – The wildest man in boxing is looking to make a comeback since his March 2011 bout versus Miguel Cotto for the WBA Light Middleweight title. The Nicaraguan Ricardo Mayorga (29-8-1, 23 KO’s) who is now 39 soon to be 40 in October certainly gives you value for money when he does fight and you cannot accuse him of ducking anyone. Although he usually loses at world level he seems to literally fear no man.
It is safe to say that Mayorga doesn’t live the life of a professional boxer having been known to smoke during training camps but his choice of lifestyle doesn’t seem to affect his brut courage and tenacity even if his boxing skills are very raw, I believe his will to fight makes him a tough opponent to not underestimate. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: World Boxing Council President Jose Sulaiman doesn’t see there being a knockout in the September 14th fight between Floyd Mayweather Jr. (44-0, 26 KO’s) and WBA/WBC junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (42-0-1, 30 KO’s) at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Sulaiman sees the fight ending by a decision, but he fails to see which fighter will come out on top.
Sulaiman said to deportes.univision “I do not think the fight will be decided by knockout. I think it will go to a decision. Both fighters endure, resist, hit hard, but don’t have overwhelming power and come well prepared to put up a fight that could go 12 rounds because of the style of the two. Saul Alvarez is a great champion and is improving in every fight.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Matthew Macklin (29-4, 20 KO’s) is going to have to come up with a better plan to beat WBC middleweight champion Gennady Golokvin (26-0, 23 KO’s) in their fight this month on June 29th at the MGM Grand at Foxwoods Resort, in Mashantucket, Connecticut.
If Macklin chooses to use the same plan that he used against Felix Sturm and Sergio Martinez, then he’s going to surely lose this fight but lose it quickly by knockout. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin sees the September 14th fight between Floyd Mayweather Jr. (44-0, 26 KO’s) and Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (42-0-1, 30 KO’s) as being a 50-50 fight.
Golovkin has sparred with Canelo before and was rumored to have dominated the 22-year-old but he thinks Canelo is at the point in his career where he’s go the power to give someone like Mayweather problems. Read the rest of this entry »
By Eric Thomas: This Saturday night Juan Manuel Lopez (33-2, 30 KO’s) will be stepping inside the ring with WBO featherweight champion Mikey Garcia (31-0, 26 KO’s) at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas.
This is probably the biggest fight that the 29-yer-old Juanma could get right now, but it’s also one of the most dangerous ones for him because he’s lost two out of his last five fights and he looks like a shell of his former self.
Mikey Garcia is a dangerous puncher and an excellent counter puncher. He’s a nightmare fighter for someone like Lopez, who was beaten twice by Mikey victim Orlando Salido. Lopez took beatings both times in those fights and looked pretty well beaten both times. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Former three division world champion Miguel Cotto (37-4, 30 KO’s) is looking to end his two-fight losing streak on September 28th against former IBF junior middleweight champion Cornelius Bundrage (32-5, 19 KO’s) at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
For some reason Cotto has selected the 40-year-old Bundrage to fight instead of a softer target or a bigger name to where he’ll get a bigger payday and less fallout if he were to lose.
Bundrage is plenty tough and dangerous for a fighter like Cotto, and I think this fight could go badly for Cotto unless he somehow is able to out-box Bundrage. I don’t think Cotto will be able to KO Bundrage because he has a really good chin and I can’t see Cotto being able to dent it. Read the rest of this entry »
By Mark Havey: The leading boxer in terms of PPV and the world’s highest paid athlete, Floyd Mayweather Jr. could be the definition of success. Of course he has spent time locked up and been hated for much of his career.
I’m sure jail was never on his list of goals, but he always aimed to be hated. You may love him, you may hate him, but we all pay to watch him. our money goes straight out of our bank account and into his. Wealth is his main goal. Read the rest of this entry »
By Robert “Big Moe” Elmore: I love to watch every style of boxing, although technical fighters are my favorite. Exciting-all-out-fighters sells tickets and they bring the fans back to see them fight. But they lack one thing that can probably sustain their career and that is defense. It doesn’t have to be that much if they don’t want to. I say just enough not to have your brain rattled to the point of concussion (as Tim Bradley said he had in his post fight interview in his bout with Ruslan Provodnikov).
What I saw last Saturday night from Alfredo Angulo in his bout with Erislandy Lara fight was utterly ridiculous. The man was being hit with the same 1-2 combo repeatedly. Did anybody in Angulo’s corner’ or more importantly Alfredo himself stop say “I need to do something about this. I’m getting hit with same combination”. Was he that focused on trying to finish off Lara or please the crowd that he disregarded safety? Read the rest of this entry »