By Rob Blakeman: Yesterday, the arrogant but brilliant Pound for Pound Number One fighter in the World, Floyd Mayweather announced that if Britain’s Amir Khan wants to box another American fighter, named Adrien Broner on the undercard of his next mega fight in a couple of months time, then he, Mayweather would fight the winner. This is yet another lifeline in the career of the Bolton man who himself is not shy of blowing his own trumpet.
In a recent and unique move, a “Who next for Floyd?” internet poll, arranged by Mayweather’s people, asked the fans to choose between Khan and an Argentinean World Champion called Marcus Maidana as Floyds next opponent. It appeared that the majority of boxing fans wanted Mayweather to fight Khan next but several other independent polls showed otherwise, citing Maidana, recent conqueror of the previously undefeated Broner, as the best opposition for Floyd to face next. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: IBF/WBA super middleweight champion Carl Froch’s promoter Eddie Hearn of Matchroom Sport is excited at the thought of selling out the Wembley Stadium on May 31st in Froch’s rematch against George Groves (19-1, 15 KO’) in London, UK. Hearn is so confident that the Froch-Groves II rematch will do so well that he’s booked the 80,000 seat Wembley Stadium in hopes of filling it to the prime jam packed with paying fans on May 31st. Hearn has a vision thing where he sees the Froch-Groves rematch eclipsing the 57,000 high mark for British boxing set for the 2007 fight between Ricky Hatton and Juan Lazcano. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: HBO must be feeling pretty pleased with their ratings last Saturday night in the Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (48-1-1, 32 KO’s) vs. Brian Vera (23-8, 14 KO’s) rematch at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. The Chavez Jr-Vera hauled in 1.390 million viewers with a high of 1.531 million on HBO, and the co-feature bout between Orlando Salido and Vasyl Lomachenko brought in 1.017 million viewers.
Chavez Jr. won the fight by a 12 round unanimous decision by the scores of 114-113, 117-110, 117-110. In terms of excitement, it was a lot more appealing than the previous fight between them that took place last year in September. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: 40-year-old Juan Manuel Marquez (55-7-1, 40 KO’s) has one thing left that he wants to accomplish before he retires and that’s to win a 5th division world title. For Marquez to do that, he’s going to need to face the winner of the April 12th fight between Manny Pacquiao and Tim Bradley.
Marquez already fought both guys, and he feels he was robbed in three of his fights against Pacquiao and in his fight against Bradley. Marquez said recently that he didn’t want to ever fight Pacquiao again after knocking him out cold in December of 2012 in their fourth fight. But Marquez’s desire to win a 5th division world title is more important than his resistance to fight Pacquiao a fifth time, so he’ll face him again if Pacquiao somehow gets past Bradley. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Showing that it helps being connected with a high-powered promotional company like Top Rank, #5 WBO Vasyl Lomachenko (1-1, 1 KO’s) will be getting an immediate title shot at the vacant WBO featherweight title in the Summer despite the fact that Lomachenko was beaten in his fight last Saturday by Orlando Salido in an attempt to capture the same title at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. WBO president Paco Valcarcel is giving Lomachenko another chance to snatch the WBO featherweight title, but it won’t be against Salido again because he’s moving up in weight.
Lomachenko will be fighting against one of the top contenders that the WBO has ranked in their top 15. It probably won’t be against Gary Russell Jr., even though he’s ranked No.1 by the WBO. He’s with Golden Boy Promotions, so that’ll mean that he’s going to be likely skipped over for this fight. I wonder what the WBO will say in justifying that another contender get the shot at the vacant WBO title instead of Russell Jr? Read the rest of this entry »
By Gerardo Granados: After his disappointing performance against the pound for pound best boxer and future hall of fame member Floyd Mayweather Jr. last September, Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (42-1-1, 30 KO’s) has selected Alfredo “Perro” Angulo (22-3, 18 KO’s) as his opponent to face this Saturday night at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. The betting odds show Canelo as a huge favorite to win, but when a fighter has one punch KO power like Angulo does things might become more interesting to watch.
In his last fight in June of 2013, Angulo gave hell to the newly crowned interim WBA light middleweight belt holder Erislandy Lara in a grueling fight, but ultimately Angulo fell short of success with the fight being halted in the 10th round due to Angulo suffering an eye injury. Read the rest of this entry »
I'm very keen on it but I believe Broner is going down to 140 "@realflomop: care to explain why you guys aren't too keen on Broner/Khan?"
— Stephen Espinoza (@StephenEspinoza) March 3, 2014
By Chris Williams: While Floyd Mayweather Jr. has been talking a lot recently about wanting to see Adrien Broner (27-1, 22 KO’s) and Amir Khan (28-3, 19 KO’s) fight on the undercard of his May 3rd fight, Showtime Sports vice president Stephen Espinoza is doubtful that the Khan vs. Broner fight will take place. Espinoza notes that Broner plans on moving down to 140, while Amir is moving up to 147 for his next fight. Espinoza thinks that will get in the way of the Broner-Khan fight from taking place. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer is trying to stay on the fence for this Saturday’s Showtime pay-per-view bout between former WBA/WBC junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (42-1-1, 30 KO’s) and Alfredo Angulo (22-3, 18 KO’s) at the MGM Grand in las Vegas, Nevada. Schaefer promotes both fighters, but he probably realizes that it might not be a good thing for him to side with the red-headed Canelo in this fight in case Angulo pulls off a mini upset and beats him on Saturday.
It wouldn’t be a huge upset, because we’ve already seen Canelo go life and death with Austin Trout last year, and almost get knocked out by little Jose Miguel Cotto in the past. Angulo hits a lot harder than both of those guys, so it’s highly possible that he could win on Saturday night, especially if he gets Canelo into the deeper rounds of the fight where his stamina problems may surface. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Matchroom sport promoter Eddie Hearn is interested in putting together a fight between John Murray (33-2, 20 KO’s) and Anthony Crolla (27-4-1, 10 KO’s) on April 19th at the Manchester Arena, in Manchester, UK. Murray and Hearn both want the fight, and it looks like Crolla is up for it as well. Murray destroyed John Simpson by a 2nd round TKO last Saturday night on the Ricky Burns vs. Terence Crawford fight card at the Scottish Exhibition Centre, Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom.
“I’m really up for a fight fight, and Anthony Crolla on April 19th is the one that’s offered,” Murray said to Sky Sports. “I think I’m the more powerful man, and I’ll win and win by stoppage.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Yannis Mihanos: Can WBA welterweight champion Marcos Maidana (35-3, 31 KO’s) beat the best pound4pound fighter in the world by beating Floyd Mayweather Jr. (45-0, 26 KO’s) on May 3rd? Is Maidana prepared enough? Is he skilled enough? Is he intelligent enough? Is he fast enough?Is he mentally and physically strong enough? Is he lucky enough? These are some of the questions that pop into my head about two months before the big fight.
These are some of the questions that Maidana must try to answer in the ring. The tough as nails Argentinian is into the biggest match and purse of his career. Read the rest of this entry »