By Robert “Big Moe” Elmore: I can’t speak for anyone else, but I have thoroughly enjoyed the fights that 2014 gave us. There were a few stinkers and a few that I thought that were not pay per view worthy. Nonetheless, they happened and I look forward to 2015. There were those who lost their lives in the ring and some were hospitalized this year. It has to be a little disheartening to those families who support their husbands, sit ring side, let them go off for weeks on end only to see their hard work and dedication be shattered with a series of punches or a single punch.
Along those same lines, we have seen fighters train hard; put the time in only to be cheated by the judges. This is why I would never call any boxer a coward or greedy for trying to get the most money possible every time they fight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Matt H: 2014 saw a number of rematches, such as Froch vs. Groves, Mayweather vs. Maidana, Pacquiao vs. Bradley, Bellew vs. Cleverly and Fury vs. Chisora. Historically boxing has seen a number of classic rematches and a few trilogies, like Gatti vs. Ward, Ali vs. Fraser and Leonard vs. Duran. Read the rest of this entry »
By Gav Duthie: After witnessing another couple of horrendous decisions on Saturday night many high profile boxing figures including Teddy Atlas and Bob Arum have spoken out in protest. Controversial decisions are as old as the sport itself but it is increasingly affecting the fighters who are trying to make a living out of it.
Mauricio Herrera might have been a contender for fighter of the year for 2014 after his performances against Danny Garcia and Jose Benavidez. Is only win ironically came in probably his closest fight against Johan Perez. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: IBF/IBO/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (63-3, 53 KOs) will be returning to the ring in the next four months to defend his title against either unbeaten Bryant Jennings (19-0, 10 KOs) or Shannon Briggs (57-6-1, 50 KOs) on April 25th at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
The fight will be televised by HBO. This will be Wladimir’s 18th title defense, and it’s expected to be a very winnable one whether he’s facing Jennings or Briggs. Jennings is the first option for Wladimir, but if his management are unable to iron out a deal with him then they’ll go ahead and look to make the fight with Briggs. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jaime Ortega: The only one-way to understand how good Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Many Pacquiao truly are, does not directly depend on their last performances, instead it depends on a completely different intriguing scenario most boxing analyst have not thought of enough.
Fans from both sides, have mistakenly valued the true quality of their heroes by incorrectly assuming how good the Filipino and the Michigan native have come to be over the years.
In Floyd’s case, a zero on his record means absolutely nothing (despite his unblemished defensive style) when predicting a fight against Pacquiao. It works both ways, as Pacquiao’s hand speed and quick instep does not necessarily reflect he could outbox Floyd, or even touch him. He also realistically lost once against Marquez via brutal knockout. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: WBC super middleweight champion Anthony Dirrell (27-0-1, 22 KOs) still feels that #1 WBC, #4 IBF, #6 WBA contender George Groves (21-2, 16 KOs) doesn’t deserve a shot at his WBC title due to his two knockout losses to Carl Froch.
In a very strange move by the WBC, they let Groves fight in a WBC 168 pound eliminator bout this year against little known Christopher Rebrasse after Groves had been knocked out twice in a row in his two previous fights against Froch. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: While Floyd Mayweather Jr came out on Tuesday and revealed in an interview that he has zero interest in fighting Amir Khan due to his name not holding any weight among casual boxing fans in the United States, Khan still believes he’ll be the one that winds up facing Mayweather next May in 2015.
Khan might wind up sadly disappointed if he holds out with that belief, because Mayweather says he’s totally focused on getting a fight against Manny Pacquiao on May 2nd, not a fight against Khan.
Mayweather pointed out that Khan sold around 4,000 tickets. The MGM has a max seating capacity of 16,800. This means that if Mayweather’s number is true then Khan wasn’t even close to selling out the MGM Grand for his fight against Devon Alexander. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Golden Boy Promotions President Oscar De La Hoya says he’d have a talk with his willful fighter Saul “Canelo” Alvarez to try and persuade him to move off the May 2nd fight date next year if the Manny Pacquiao vs. Floyd Mayweather Jr mega-fight gets made for that date.
That’s a big if right now because Pacquiao’s promoter Bob Arum recently said that the May 2nd date belonged to Canelo because of him being Mexican and that fight date falling on the Mexican holiday Cinco de Mayo. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jim Dower: Interim WBA welterweight champion Keith Thurman won the battle in defeating European level fighter Leonard Bundu last Saturday night in winning a 12 round unanimous decision, but Thurman’s timid fighting style ultimately may have lost him a chance at getting a bigger fight against former two division world champion Marcos Maidana who was ringside at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada for the fight.
Maidana’s manager Sebastian Contursi thinks Thurman looked bad in the fight, and he was surprised that he had the nerve to call Maidana out after the fight with the boxing fans booing Thurman at ringside. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: #1 WBC Deontay Wilder (32-0, 32 KOs) sees himself racking up his 33rd consecutive knockout next month when he challenges for the WBC heavyweight title against 36-year-old Bermane Stiverne (24-1-1, 21 KOs) at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Deontay believes he’ll get to Stiverne’s chin early in the fight perhaps as early as the 2nd round. At worst, Deontay thinks the fight can last as long as four rounds, but that’s as far as he sees Stiverne being able to go before he knocks him out. Read the rest of this entry »