By Daven: We all know how talent stacked the 147 lb division currently is. In fact one could argue that the welterweight division has been the premier division in boxing throughout the last seventy years. Sugar Ray Robinson and Henry Armstrong are widely regarded as the two greatest boxers of all time and are renowned for their dominance at welterweight. These men went on to capture world titles at multiple weight class hence establishing a precedent for the great boxers that followed them.
Likewise Roberto Duran and Sugar Ray Leonard went on to accomplish similar things in the 1980s. Again these two individuals are considered as top 10 P4P fighters. All in all the welterweight division has been exciting for those who appreciate boxing history. This article will outline 5 fights that will consolidate the 147lb division as the best around. Read the rest of this entry »
By Yannis Mihanos: For the last 5 years there is a debate going on about why Floyd Mayweather Jr , the number 1 pound for pound in boxing, and Manny Pacquiao aren’t facing each other in the ring. Pacquiao, the eight division world champion, says he wants the fight, but Mayweather is constantly setting up new conditions that Pacquiao needs to meet before the two of them can face each other.
Who really needs who between Mayweather and Pacquiao? That’s a tough question to ask. Mayweather, 37, claims he needs no one to prove that he is the best, and that his record speak for themselves. As such, he prefers to focus on his present opponent Marcos Maidana rather than looking ahead to a potential mega-fight against Pacquiao. Read the rest of this entry »
By Lee Shaw: On May 31st the hugely anticipated rematch between Carl Froch and George Groves will take place at England’s national stadium, Wembley in front of 60,000 fans. It is now time to move on from the controversy of the first fight and look forward to what will once again be a spectacular event with two of Britain’s finest ready to battle it out for the IBF and WBA Super Middleweight titles.
Carl Froch (32-2, 23 KO’s) will be looking for a much improved performance this time around having been put on the canvass in the first round last time out, being beaten to the punch by the noticeably quicker Groves on many occasions. The general consensus seems to be that Froch overlooked Groves, eyeing bigger names for future bouts including a rematch with Andre Ward and other possible fights in Las Vegas. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Gary Lockett, the trainer for Enzo Maccarinelli (38-6, 30 KO’s), thinks he could knock WBA World light heavyweight champion Juergen Braehmer (42-2, 31 KO’s) out this Saturday night as soon as he lands a big shot at the Stadthalle, Rostock, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany.
Maccarinelli has a 3-fight winning streak against Courtney Fry, Ovill McKenzie and Carl Wild. Those guys aren’t anywhere near being in the same class as Braehmer. What this means is that Maccarinelli’s empty wins are no indication that he’s going to be competitive with Braehmer, or that he’s going to have a chance of beating him if he lands something big. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: With WBC light heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson now history after having moved over to Showtime, Kathy Duva, the promoter for WBO 175lb champion Sergey Kovalev (24-0-1, 22 KO’s), is interested in matching the power punching Russian against WBA super middleweight champion Andre Ward (27-0, 14 KO’s), but the fight would have to take place at the full 175lb for the light heavyweight division without a catch-weight for Ward.
“Certainly, Andre Ward is a fight we want. He’s going to have to come up at 175 because he [Kovalev] can’t make 168,” Duva said to thaboxingvoice. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Manny Pacquiao could probably get the biggest payday of his career against Floyd Mayweather Jr if he were to leave Top Rank at the end of 2014 when his contract with them expires, but Pacquiao doesn’t look like he’s interested in doing that judging by his comments today in an interview. Pacquiao says he has no problems with his relationship with his promoter Bob Arum, and he thinks that Mayweather simply doesn’t want to fight him.
“Right now, I don’t have issues [with his promoter],” Pacquiao said to the LA Times. “I’m the kind of person that doesn’t look to make changes…I’ve only had one trainer. I never change. We have a good relationship with Top Rank, with Bob…The truth is, he [Mayweather] doesn’t have interest in fighting me. It’s not about the promoter.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Hector Gonzalez: Most of the articles I’ve read regarding Tim Bradley vs. Manny Pacquiao II have something to do with their controversial first fight, to make it clear, I’m not even going to address the first fight. This article is based on where I see both of these men today. My prediction is that Bradley is going to win, he will do it counter intuitively because he’s not going to win by what his hands can do, instead he’s going to win by what his feet can do. Bradley has better footwork than Pacquiao and footwork will be the story of this fight.
Manny Pacquiao’s sensationalism many times does not allow the public to see him doing anything else but be sensational. I’ll give an example, before Pacquiao vs Marquez 3 both Pacquiao and Roach were quoted as saying that Pacquiao would KO Marquez in round 1. Read the rest of this entry »
By Frank Boileau: Do you remember 2 years ago When Adonis Stevenson was calling out just about everyone at 168 pounds? Nobody answered the call. Not Carl Froch, Lucian Bute, Andre Ward nor Mikkel Kessler. Why? Easy answer: Because he wasn’t bringing enough money to the table for the risk he represented. He was clearly avoided. What has he done? Well he moved up to 175 and fought the of division at the time: Chad Dawson. Read the rest of this entry »
By Wil Patino: Defense is an art only few are willing and able to master. Its hard to appreciate in real time yet beautiful to watch in slow motion. Only then can you truly see step by step the essence of eluding an attack. There are a variety of ways to make your opponent miss and many techniques one can apply. I’m here to speak on an art that some may not appreciate or truly understand.
From casual fans to hardcore, pure defense can be hard to appreciate and can feel a bit lackluster in regards to the action in the ring. I myself love an offensive fighter and the art of the knockout (hence the term knock out artist). They entertain and present a magnificent display in the technique of attack and conquer. Today I will speak on the defensive wizards of yesteryear’s with some mention of present fighters. The way they brush off punches like they brush paint on a canvas we call the ring. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Former WBO light heavyweight champion Nathan Cleverly feels that he really doesn’t need to give Tony Bellew a rematch after having beaten him several years ago by a 12 round majority decision while Cleverly was still holding the WBO 175lb title. Cleverly is kind of conflicted about giving Bellew a rematch. On one hand he feels like he doesn’t need to face him again given that he beat him already, but on the other hand he says he will likely fight him again.
Cleverly’s new promoter Eddie Hearn wants him to fight Bellew, because it’s a fight that he can easily make due to him promoting Bellew as well. It’s a match-up that will make both guys a lot of money right now, and that’s obviously why Hearn wants to put the fight together. What Hearn isn’t saying it that he needs to make the fight right now because either of them get their feet seriously wet in the cruiserweight division and find out just how brutal it can be for these two ex-light heavyweights. Read the rest of this entry »