By Scott Gilfoid: In one of IBF/IBO/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko’s easiest title defenses of his career, he stopped a badly over-matched Australian heavyweight Alex Leapai (30-5-3, 24 KO’s) in the 5th round on Saturday night in a three knockdown performance at the Koenig Pilsener Arena, Oberhausen, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany. The 6’6″ Wladimir was barely touched in the fight by the much shorter and slower 6’0″ Leapai.
In the 5th, Wladimir knocked Leapai down twice with left-right combinations to the head. Leapai showed a lot of heart in getting back up from the first knockdown in the round, because he was badly hurt from that shot. I don’t know of too many heavyweights who would have gotten up from that. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: #11 WBC heavyweight contender Lucas “Big Daddy” Browne (20-0, 18 KO’s) bludgeoned Eric Martel Bahoeli (10-4, 7 KO’s) into submission in five rounds on Saturday night to win the vacant Commonwealth and WBC Eurasian Pacific Boxing Council heavyweight titles at the Ponds Forge Arena, Sheffield, Yorkshire, United Kingdom.
Browne showed huge, huge power in the fight, but he looked very slow and his work rate wasn’t as good as you’d like to see. Browne’s power was amazing though. You’ve got to give Bahoeli a lot of credit for being able to take the shots he was hit with.
Browne knocked Bahoeli to the canvas with a short right hand to the head in the 5th round to get the stoppage. Referee Richard James Davies then stepped in and halted the fight at 1:26 of the round. Browne knocked Bahoeli down once in the 2nd, 4th and 5th times. In the 3rd, Browne suffered a bad cut over his left eye from a clash of heads. The cut was a really bad one and it was pretty clear that Browne was racing against time after the cut occurred. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jay McIntyre: Writer’s Note: This is an adjusted analysis. Visit this page for the full analysis: http://a-neutral-corner.blogspot.ca/2014/04/my-two-cents-mayweather-vs-maidana.html
It was a fight that took a while to announce, but in late February Floyd “Money” Mayweather (45-0, 26 KO’s) finally declared that on May 3rd he would be fighting Marcos “El Chino” Maidana (34-3. 31 KO’s). There is often a great deal of hype surrounding the mere mention of Mayweather’s next opponent because for 45 fights, he has remained undefeated. The fans wonder: could this one be the one blemish the “0” that he has touted for so long? Boxing math would indicate that Maidana doesn’t stand much of a chance and shouldn’t even be fighting Mayweather. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chester Rivers: In my opinion, Floyd Mayweather Jr. is an arrogant fighter. He has a knack for rubbing people, especially boxing fans, the wrong way. His over-the top bravado and frivolous spending oozes the immaturity of the entitled athlete. This shouldn’t have anything to do with his legacy in boxing, but many fans allow their personal disdain for the man to cloud their rational view of his brilliance in the ring as an all time great.
Floyd isn’t the first great to be viewed as arrogant by some boxing fans. Besides being considered the best ever, Sugar Ray Robinson is also viewed by many as the most conceited as well. Robinson is said to be the originator of the huge entourage. In a documentary of his life produced by HBO 20th Century Sports, Robinson was a genius inside the ring and a jerk outside the ring. Family and friends were interviewed as they reminisced how he [Robinson] would spend huge sums of money on frivolous items, disrespect his wife and strong arm promoters. Robinson once sat in his dressing room before a fight and refuse to come out until the promoter raised his purse for the fight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Sky Sports boxing analyst Glenn McCrory believes that IBF/IBO/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (61-3, 51 KO’s) is down to his last two years of him being at the top of the heavyweight division. McCrory expects other heavyweights to take over the sport by 2016, one of them being British heavyweight Anthony Joshua. McCrory is very high on the lumbering 6’6″ Joshua, who won a gold medal in the 2012 London Olympics, and thinks that Joshua will take over the division.
“In the next two years there will be a new chapter in the heavyweight division,” McCrory said to Sky Sports. “It’s only a matter of time befor eour own Anthony Joshua comes in to take over the heavyweight division himself, which I’m sure he will. He’s the best prospect I’ve seen in heavyweight boxing since Lennox Lewis and is looking formidable in every department.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: 6’6″ undefeated heavyweight prospect Hughie Fury (13-0, 8 KO’s) will be in the ring next month against 28-year-old Danny Hughes (12-2-2, 3 KO’s) in a scheduled 8 round fight at the Ponds Forge Arena, Sheffield, Yorkshire, United Kingdom. Hughie’s trainer/father Peter Fury sees this as a step up for him, although it’s hard to say that it’s much of a step up given that Danny has never beaten anyone good before during his career.
To me, it looks more like a sideways move from Hughie’s last opponent journeyman Matthew Greer (16-12, 13 KO’s) than any kind of a step up at all.
“It’s a good step up for Hughie and it’s a good fight,” Peter said. “Danny’s coming to win, he’s a big lad, he’s 6’5” tall and 17-and-a-half to 18 stone, a genuine heavyweight who has been training hard for this fight.” Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo credit: Michael Sterling Eaton / KMG; www.michaelsterlingeaton.com) By Scott Gilfoid: IBF/IBO/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimr Klitschko (61-3, 51 KO’s) isn’t too worried about his WBO selected opponent Alex Leapai (30-4-3, 24 KO’s) for their fight tonight at the Koenig Pilsener Arena, Oberhausen, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany.
Wladimir realizes what he has in front of him – a short, slow fighter with big power but limited skills and talent. This is one of the more basic opponents that the 6’6” Wladimir has had recently, and as long as he doesn’t get hit on the chin by him, Wladimir should be fine. Read the rest of this entry »
By Daniel Hughes: When Bernard Hopkins (55-6-2, 32 KO’s) was having his hand wraps removed after losing on his pro debut against Clinton Mitchell in 1988, he was back at square one. The time he had spent getting himself prepared for a life in professional boxing, through incarceration, had taught him that any boxing road he was to travel would not be straightforward.
The debut in 1988 lead to him going away and not rushing his next move in boxing. He looked at what he was doing wrong and vowed the same mistakes would not happen again. Bernard Hopkins, a consummate professional as his career would show, took over a year to return to the ring, beating Greg Paige on points. The rest you could certainly say is history. Read the rest of this entry »
By Yannis Mihanos: My definition of cherry picking in boxing is this: Someone who selects carefully his opponents with no intent to lose. The privilege of cherry picking have the so called “paper champs.” A paper champ is the one who is afraid to put everything on the line. His boxing record is supremely important. Throughout the years similar references have been used for the name of the one and only Floyd Mayweather Jr.
His boxing record remains stainless (45-0) and is the number one pound for pound. Accusations of him cherry picking opponents have been circulating the internet and to all other media for a few years now. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Episode 2 of ALL ACCESS: Mayweather vs. Maidana will be premiering tonight on Showtime at 9 PM ET/PT. This episode will have television personality Robin Leach, who was famous for hosting the TV program Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous during the 1980s and a part of the 1990s. Having Leach on the program will give a voice to the luxurious and highly wealthy lifestyle of Mayweather, who with his many millions won in the boxing ring, is able to purchase beautiful homes, cars, you name it. Read the rest of this entry »