(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 »
By Ahad Khan: Oscar De La Hoya, the president of Golden Boy Promotions, will not be at the MGM Grand on September 14 to witness the mega-fight between Golden Boy fighter Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (42-0-1, 30 KOs) and Floyd Mayweather Jnr. (44-0, 26 KOs). Dan Rafael of ESPN reports that De La Hoya will miss the fight in order to return to rehab to address ongoing substance abuse issues.
“Canelo Alvarez and I have big fights coming up this weekend. His is [in] the ring and mine in treatment. I will not be at the fight to cheer Canelo to victory since I have voluntarily admitted myself into a treatment facility.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Vitali Shaposhnikov: Hope is something that no man should give up on, or abandon at any point in time. No matter what the odds are, no matter what obstacles are in the way, optimism and belief in miracles can carry people far.
Unfortunately aside from hope, there isn’t much else riding with the fans of Saul Alvarez for his upcoming bout against Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Looking at the official betting odds as well stylistic strengths and weaknesses, Mayweather Jr. is as always, a huge favorite. Despite Canelo being a young hungry champion with an unblemished record, many boxing fans and analysts agree that this fight will not be as challenging as hype projects it to be for Floyd.
While it’s important to be patriotic and root for one’s countryman, truth has the tendency to revel itself sooner or later. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Andre Ward isn’t giving Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (42-0-1, 30 KO’s) much of any chance at beating Floyd Mayweather Jr. (44-0, 26 KO’s) this Saturday night. In fact, Ward is only giving Canelo a puncher’s chance of winning this fight against the faster and much more experienced Floyd.
Ward believes that Canelo maybe can score a knockout if he lands a really big puncher, but barring that happening, he doesn’t have a real chance at winning. Ward also thinks the huge amount of water weight Canelo will be taking off to get down to the 152 pound catch-weight is going to possibly hurt his stamina down the stretch. Read the rest of this entry »
By Franco Ranzoni: WBC interim light welterweight champion Lucas Matthysse has 32 KO wins out of 34 victories. The highest KO percentage in boxing today among active fighters. His power has been described as monstrous and scary. “It’s literally like a bomb explodes every time he lands a punch,” said Paulie Malignaggi of Matthysse after the Lamont Peterson fight last May.
Matthysse has never been knocked down in a professional fight. This is what we all know about Lucas Matthysse. But what about what we don’t know about the man who is on the cusp of boxing history?
Having befriended both Lucas and his brother Walter some years ago on Facebook, I am often surprised to find that hardly anybody pays any attention to the part of his life that truly makes him the modest boxing star that he is today. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: In response to British heavyweight Dereck Chisora’s interest in facing unbeaten heavyweight contender Deontay Wilder (29-0, 29 KO’s) in a fight, Deontay is now inviting Chisora to come over to David Haye’s gym to fight him if he’s willing enough to do it. Deontay says he’s even willing to come over to Chisora’s gym to fight him. So the question is will Chisora taking Deontay up on the offer? My guess is the answer is a big NO!.
This is from Deontay’s trainer Jay Deas:
“I think Derek should focus on the task at hand with Gerber. We have a saying, “only a fool looks past what is in front of him.” Derek has been on twitter asking how Deontay couldn’t travel for a fight with him but can for sparring with Haye. Read the rest of this entry »
By Rachel Aylett: September 21st sees the Frank Warren team promoting their first show of the new season. The top of the bill is a fascinating British middleweight title fight with Billy Joe Saunders defending against his top challenger, John Ryder. This is a battle of unbeatens and is an intriguing encounter on many fronts.
Champion Billy Joe is one of the class of ’08 Beijing Olympians, which includes current successful professionals, James DeGale, Frankie Gavin, David Price, Joe Murray and current hot prospects Bradley Saunders and Kal Yafai. It is looking increasingly likely that Billy Joe Saunders will prove to be the best of this bunch. Read the rest of this entry »