By Dan Ambrose: It looks like you can forget about a fight between former three division world champion Adrien Broner (28-2, 22 KO’s) and light welterweight slugger/contender Lucas Matthysse (35-3, 33 KOs) for September 6th. Showtime vice president Stephen Espinosa says that the two fighters will be competing on the same card on September 6th, but not against each other.
The idea is to have Broner, Matthysse and WBC featherweight champion Jhonny Gonzalez on the card, but with each of them facing other opponents. It’ll work if each of them are facing high quality opposition, but it doesn’t look like we’re going to be seeing that. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: It’s not looking good for Amir Khan (29-3, 19 KO’s) as far as him getting a shot at WBA/WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr (46-0, 26 KO’s) for next year in May on Cinco de Mayo.
Mayweather’s trainer Roger Mayweather seemed disinterested when Khan’s name was mentioned during a recent interview as a potential opponent for Mayweather in May, as did Jeff Mayweather.
Additionally, Miguel Cotto has emerged as a potential name for Mayweather to compete with in May of next year if Mayweather can get him signed before Golden Boy Promotions President Oscar De La Hoya gets him to agree to a fight against Saul “Canelo” Alvarez. Read the rest of this entry »
(Picture credit: Hogan Photos) By Dan Ambrose: Former WBA/WBC junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (43-1-1, 31 KO’s) will be getting a guaranteed $1.5 million for his fight on Saturday night against Cuba’s Erislandy Lara (19-1-2, 12 KOs) on Showtime pay-per-view.
Canelo, 23, could wind up with a lot more than the guaranteed money though, because this is before the pay-per-view sales, as well as the money that Canelo will likely receive from Mexican television money. It’s likely that Canelo will eventually wind up with considerably more than the $1.5 million of guaranteed money. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: The Floyd Mayweather Jr – Marcos Maidana 5-city press tour will kick off this Monday, July 14th, in New York City in the afternoon to promote their September 13th fight at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
From there, Mayweather and Maidana will travel to Washington, DC on the same day as the New York press conference, and then Chicago [afternoon] and San Antonio [evening] on Tuesday and Los Angeles on Thursday.
The 5-city press tour should help attract more fans to see the Mayweather-Maidana II fight card on Showtime pay-per-view.
In an ideal world, an 11-city press tour for this event would be even better, because there’s a lot of major cities that are being skipped over for this one. Surely, Houston, Dallas, San Jose, Philadelphia and Baltimore would be great tour stops for the Mayweather-Maidana tour. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: If some boxing fans wondered by WBA/WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr (46-0, 26 KOs) selected the tough Argentinian Marcos Maidana (35-4, 31 KOs) to fight in a rematch on September 13th at the MGM Grand in Las Vega, Nevada, Mayweather breaks it down himself to him giving the fans the fight that they wanted to do.
Obviously, it’s not the No.1 fight that fans wanted to see in Mayweather choosing to fight Manny Pacquiao, but it is a fight that many boxing fans are very interested in seeing a second time due to the competitive nature of their previous fight in May of this year. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: George Groves (19-2, 15 KOs) has been stopped in his last two fights in defeats at the hands of IBF/WBA super middleweight champion Carl Froch. The WBC still feels that Groves is a worthy enough contender to fight in their WBC super middleweight eliminator bout on September 20th against Christopher Rebrasse (22-2-3, 6 KO’s) at the Wembley Arena in London, UK.
Groves expects to get through that fight in flying colors, and then take on the winner of the August 16th fight between WBC 168 pound champion Sakio Bika (32-5-3, 21 KOs) and Anthony Dirrell (26-0-1, 22 KO’s) later on this year in December for the WBC title. Read the rest of this entry »
(Picture credit: Hogan Photos) By Dan Ambrose: After being schooled badly by Floyd Mayweather Jr last September, you’d have thought that Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (43-1-, 31 KOs) would have learned his lesson by now that he can’t afford to try and box slick fighters like Erislandy Lara (19-1-2, 12 KO’s), but that’s what the 23-year-old is hinting that he’ll be doing on Saturday night in their middleweight pay-per-view match on Showtime from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Canelo said “How will I beat him? With speed, movement and combinations.”
Speed is the way last way that the slow-footed, 170+ pound Canelo is going to beat a fast Cuban fighter like Lara, and if that’s the only plan that he and his trainer Chepo Reynoso have come up with in the last two months of training for this fight then Canelo is probably heading for a serious clowning on Saturday night. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: The hard hitting Vladine Biosse (15-3-2, 7 KO’s) will be fighting the 6’3” highly hyped but still very flawed Callum Smith (11-0, 9 KO’s) this Saturday night in a 10 round bout at the Echo Arena in Liverpool, UK.
This is going to be the proving ground for the lanky 6’3” Smith, who can punch with a little of power from the outside, but who looks horrible when facing guys that come to the inside on him.
Biosse, 32, will likely be crowding Smith all night long to chip away at his midsection and to nail him with hooks to the head. Smith doesn’t do a very good job of moving to prevent being pressured, so you can bet this fight is going to be won or lost on the inside on Saturday. Biosse is the better fighter by far on the inside, and he could open some eyes in this fight by either scoring a stoppage or making Smith look really bad in winning. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: Floyd Mayweather Jr (46-0, 26 KOs) will be teaming up with Golden Boy Promotions for his rematch against Marcos Maidana (35-4, 31 KOs) on September 13th at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
For some fans it’s surprising that Mayweather decided to fight on a Golden Boy card again because after Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer stepped down from the company recently, it looked like Mayweather was no longer going to fight on their cards to him being close to Schaefer. The two had a great working relationship, and with him gone things were unclear. Read the rest of this entry »
By Mohamed I: So it’s finally official, the Mayweather-Maidana rematch has been confirmed for September 13th at the MGM Grand. Honestly though, absolutely nobody should be surprised. It’s been known since his “comeback” that Mayweather will only fight at the MGM Grand (christened by some to stand for Mayweather Gets Money) and will not budge from fighting near Cinco de Mayo or Mexican Independence weekend. But why another Maidana fight? The simple reason?
It’s more money than the other limited options. It’s no big secret that Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather cares more about his payday than having a boxing legacy. It’s why he picks his fight for his profit rather than reputation and exactly why he’s giving the rematch to Maidana.
If you remember back to late 2013, the only big name in contention for the fabled Mayweather showdown was Amir Khan. He had fought two tomato cans since his KO loss to Danny Garcia in late 2012 and pulled out of a Devon Alexander fight believing he was guaranteed to fight Mayweather. Read the rest of this entry »