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title Khan: Mayweather-Pacquiao fight will NEVER happen!

By Scott Gilfoid: Amir Khan is one of the many fighters who are hoping to hit the lottery jackpot by having one of the superstars Floyd Mayweather Jr or Manny Pacquiao to agree to fight him next in May if the two are unable to come to terms for their fight on May 2nd. Read the rest of this entry »

title Arum wants to move Mayweather-Pacquiao fight to May 30th or June

pac1234123By Dan Ambrose: With time running out before the May 2nd mega-fight between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr, Top Rank promoter Bob Arum is starting to think that the fight should be moved off the 5/2 date and instead staged on May 30th or in June.

Arum wants to make sure that the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight has enough time for it to be properly promoted, and if the contracts for the fight don’t get signed for another two more weeks at the earliest, then that’ll take the negotiations until mid-February. Read the rest of this entry »

title Keith Thurman is an average fighter, says Jeff Mayweather

thurman32222By Dan Ambrose: Undefeated WBA welterweight champion Keith Thurman (24-0, 21 KOs) wants a fight against Floyd Mayweather Jr before he steps away from the game. Thurman sees a victory over Mayweather as the perfect send off for the 37-year-old superstar fighter for him to retire on.

Thurman, 26, sees Mayweather as an old man and he wants the privilege of beating him, because he thinks a victory over him would be a great lift to his career. Read the rest of this entry »

title The decline of boxing

deontay4444By Ryan M. Skelton: Boxing at one point in time was the purest sport in the world. A sport which could captivate the masses, a sport in which pitted titans against each other. It was our version of The Gladiators –  the squared circle was the Colosseum and two warriors would wage war for the most important thing of all; self respect and pride. Boxing was all about blood, guts and glory. The best fought the best and the climb to the top of the mountain was a long painful road depicting self sacrifice and the concrete ambition of changing ones life.

With that being said my first point is that this day and age some fighters are awarded high rankings for fighting tomato cans and people that are essentially paid to lose. No disrespect to said boxers as everyone deserves immense respect for stepping in to the lions den as essentially they are endangering their lives.  Granted, boxers need to be built up carefully and must be fed a steady diet of sacrificial lamb in order to gain experience and improve. Read the rest of this entry »

title Steve Cunningham talks about world heavyweight title eliminator against Vyacheslav Glazkov

cunningham32By Ian Aldous: Steve ‘USS’ Cunningham (28-6) is currently preparing for one of the biggest opportunities the two-time former world cruiserweight champion has earned in his career. On March 14th he will face Vyacheslav Glazkov (19-0-1) in a final eliminator for the IBF world heavyweight championship, currently held by Wladimir Klitschko. The fight will act as the co-main event to the epic Kovalev vs. Pascal unified world light-heavyweight title fight live on HBO from the Bell Centre in Montreal. A week after the bout was announced – Steve took some time to chat with me over the phone.

At the press conference announcing the fight, one of the topics that Cunningham spoke excitedly about was the fact that he’ll finally get the chance to showcase his skills on HBO. The premium U.S television network is the destination of choice for so many fighters and the thirty-eight year-old is no exception to that rule. “It means a lot, you know. It means that you’re good, they not just putting any bum on HBO. Read the rest of this entry »

title Kessler vs. Ward: Sauerland to fight for Mikkel’s career against Andre

Kessler#14By Oliver Norager: Former WBC/WBA super middleweight champion Mikkel Kessler (46-3, 35 KO’s) may have lived a short retirement after all. Rumors going on in Danish paper Ekstrabladet is that Kalle Sauerland, Kessler’s promoter, is in Los Angeles to get a fight for the Danish legend against his former conqueror André Ward (27-0, 14 KO’s) in Denmark.

Kessler announced a couple of days ago that his career was over and he was “mentally retired”, but if a fight against Ward or Carl Froch opened up for him, that would be a different situation. Read the rest of this entry »

title Koncz: We told Khan’s team to find a venue for a Pacquiao fight

pac8888111By Chris Williams: Manny Pacquiao’s adviser Michael Koncz is saying that they’ve been in contact with former IBF/WBA light welterweight champion Amir Khan for him possibly being the backup option for Pacquiao to fight on May 30th if they don’t face Floyd Mayweather Jr.

It looks like Koncz and promoter Bob Arum are serious about wanting to use the 28-year-old Khan as the plan-B opponent for Pacquiao, because they already told Khan’s team to find a venue for the Khan-Pacquiao fight. Read the rest of this entry »

title Mayweather-Paquiao: Arum complaining about slow progress for negotiations

floyd6666By Chris Williams: After a slow week of negotiations, Top Rank promoter Bob Arum isn’t too pleased with the lack of speed in the Floyd Mayweather Jr vs. Manny Pacquiao negotiations. Arum would like to see their negotiations speed up if possible, but that’s not going to be possible because Mayweather’s management are making sure that everything in the contract is to their liking.

Arum, who promotes the 36-year-old Pacquiao, wants things to go quickly in order for the negotiations to get completed in time for the two mega-stars to battle it out on May 2nd in a joint pay-per-view telecast on HBO and Showtime. Read the rest of this entry »

title Carl Froch chooses to give up IBF strap rather than face DeGale

froch5629By Scott Gilfoid: In a highly questionable move, WBA super middleweight champion Carl Froch (33-2, 24 KOs) has decided to give up his IBF 168lb title rather than defend it against his mandatory challenger James DeGale.

The move is a curious one because it comes across to some boxing fans that Froch is avoiding the DeGale fight in order to take the arguably softer one against the inactive Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. Read the rest of this entry »

title Hearn hoping to bring Andre Dirrell to UK for DeGale fight

dirrell555By Scott Gilfoid: #1 IBF James DeGale (20-1, 14 KOs) just got some really bad news with the word that the International Boxing Federation [IBF] is going to force the 29-year-old DeGale to face #2 IBF Andre Dirrell (24-1, 16 KOs) instead of DeGale being able to face anyone his promoter Eddie Hearn found for him to fight for the now vacant IBF super middleweight title.

Up until the IBF ordered the DeGale-Dirrell fight, DeGale and Hearn were hoping to setup a fight against fellow countryman George Groves in a stadium fight in the UK. Read the rest of this entry »

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