By Yannis Mihanos: We are back in February 25th 2012, Marcos Maidana is on his first attempt in welterweight division facing Devon Alexander. As the action starts in round 1, Maidana obviously is experiencing problems: Alexander seems to be too fast to catch and get hit. On the other hand, Maidana seems awfully predictable and one dimensional. As the rounds go by nothing changes and Alexander gets a comfortable victory by a unanimous decision ( 100-90, 100-90, and 99-91 ).
In the years following, Marcos <chin0> Maidana along with his new trainer Robert Garcia gets everything right and with 4 wins in a row, gets the right to fight the pound-four-pound king of boxing Floyd <money> Mayweather Jr. on may 3rd 2014. Read the rest of this entry »
Broner You didn't even give an interview after your last fight. Instead u cried your way out of the ring like a baby pic.twitter.com/pkbqyJlSA8
— Amir Khan (@AmirKingKhan) March 4, 2014
By Scott Gilfoid: Amir Khan (28-3, 19 KO’s) took shots at Adrien Broner (27-1, 22 KO’s) on his social media site today, and asked him to have one of his management representatives contact his people so that they can get the ball rolling for a fight on Floyd Mayweather Jr’s undercard on May 3rd. Broner responded to Khan’s trash talking by saying on his twitter “I’m ready to beat the f*** out of Amir Khan Khan.” This didn’t sit right with Khan, who then open up with both barrells in trash taking Broner with photos of from his beat down against Marcos Maidana last December. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo credit: Esther Lin/Showtime) By Rocky Esposito: Virgil Hunter is one of the best Boxing trainers in the world today. He is an extremely cerebral trainer who will always devise the best game plan/strategy possible for his fighter to execute and succeed with. If any one of the fighters in his stable faces an opponent who has bad tendencies, flaws or weaknesses, you can be certain that Hunter will know exactly what they are and how his fighter can effectively exploit them during a fight.
For the promotion of the ”Canelo vs Angulo” fight, Hunter was asked many questions about Canelo. During one of the Q & A sessions done by Showtime, one of Hunter’s responses really stood out to me. When Hunter was asked, ”What are some of Canelo’s weaknesses”? He answered, ”I believe he has stamina problems, and I believe he likes to takes rests. I am very aware of that and when he wants to rest we are not going to let him rest. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Trainer Virgil Hunter believes that his fighter Alfredo Angulo (22-3, 18 KO’s) is in a tough situation this Saturday in his fight against the highly popularly but very flawed Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (42-1-1, 30 KO’s). Hunter thinks it’s going to require a knockout for Angulo to get a win over Canelo, because the judges likely won’t give a decision to Angulo over a fighter that has the popularity and who brings a lot of fans to the sport.
It’s pretty clear that Angulo has to knock Canelo out to get a victory. All you need to do is look at the Canelo vs. Austin Trout fight and see how one judge had the scored 118-109 to know that Angulo won’t likely be getting a decision over Canelo on Saturday, even if he knocks him down 2-3 times. If Trout wasn’t given a decision over Canelo, then I can’t see Angulo getting a decision against him. Read the rest of this entry »
By Daniel Hughes: The heavyweight picture is soon about to change with former WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko fighting a political career that may turn out to be tougher even than what he experienced during his ring career. So we are left with Wladimir Klitschko. The 37 year old may not be too long in following his elder brother into retirement, as he openly admits the motivation to keep going is probably harder than the challenges in front of him. Read the rest of this entry »
By Stephen Davis: Let’s hope Ricky Burns has watched the rerun of his fight with Terence Crawford in losing his WBO title and has therefore rang Eddie Hearn and stated let’s forget about Crawford and world titles for awhile. Ricky’s stock at the moment must be at an all time low. His last three fights W1, D1, L1, have frankly been terrible. He has suffered a badly broken jaw, and now he has lost his world title. It’s a far cry from his 4 round demolition of Kevin Mitchell, where Ricky hit the heights and looked like he could do no wrong.
Burns’ name was mentioned for possible match ups against Adrien Broner and Miguel Vasquez. Apparently the Vasquez fight was a done deal with Frank Warren until Ricky jumped ship and moved to Eddie Hearn. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Trainer Freddie Roach believes his fighter Manny Pacquiao (55-5-2, 38 KO’s) will beat WBO welterweight champion Tim Bradley (31-0, 12 KO’s) next month because he’s in better condition for their fight at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. Roach has been working Pacquiao hard in training camp in the Philippines, and he’s had sparring partner Lydell Rhodes soaking up a lot of rounds against the 35-year-old Pacquiao.
Roach didn’t mention the fountain of youth, but he’s talking in glowing terms about Pacquiao like he’s somehow found the Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de León’s mythical fountain of youth somewhere for the aging Pacquiao. Roach has been talking about wanting Pacquiao to fight like he was in his 20s, and that’s just not going to be possible given how old he is. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: A fight between lightweight John Molina (27-3, 22 KO’s) and Adrien Broner (27-1, 22 KO’s) is being talked about for the co-feature bout on the May 3rd Showtime pay-per-view card headlined by Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Marcos Maidana from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada, according to Fighthype.
A Broner-Molina fight is basically a move where Broner would be moving back down to the lightweight division. The plan is for Molina to move up to light welterweight to face Broner. Molina was beaten last year by lightweight Andrey Klimov in losing a 10 round decision. In 2012, Molina was blown out in 1 round by Antonio DeMarco. If you remember, DeMarco is the same guy that Broner destroyed in 8 rounds in 2012. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Amir Khan worked on sparring with Alfredo Angulo (22-3, 18 KO’s) for weeks in Oakland, California to get him ready for his match-up against Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (42-1-1, 30 KO’s) this Saturday night at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. Khan learned a lot from Angulo, and enough to know that he has the potential to knock the red-headed Canelo out if he lands with a good shots. Khan thinks Canelo won’t be fighting Angulo in a toe-to-toe fashion on Saturday night, but rather in more of a boxing match in order to take advantage of his skills and quickness.
“You can be sure that he’ll force Canelo to work every minute of every round,” Khan said. “Sharing the ring with hi I know what he’s bringing to this fight and believe me it won’t be an easy night for Canelo.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Matchroom Sport promoter Eddie Hearn finally announced the venue for the May 31st rematch between IBF/WBA super middleweight champion Carl Froch and challenge George Groves. Hearn will be staging it at the Wembley Arena in Wembley, London, United Kingdom. The stadium fits 80,000 fans, so that gives you a pretty good idea of the kind of turnout that Hearn is hoping to get for the fight.
The biggest fight in British boxing history was the 2007 bout between Ricky Hatton and Juan Lazcano at the Manchester Arena. The fight drew 57,000, and that was little more than a mismatch between Hatton and a fringe contender. That the infamous shoelaces fight in which Hatton was given a timeout to have his shoelaces tied while he was in the process of getting batted around the ring by Lazcano. It was the funniest thing I’ve ever seen before in a ring. Hatton is staggered and taking punishment, but then is given time to have his shoelaces tied in the middle of it. Read the rest of this entry »