By Chris Williams: WBO welterweight champion Tim Bradley (31-0, 12 KO’s) already knows what challenger Manny Pacquiao (55-5-2, 38 KO’s) will be attempting to do in their rematch on April 12th by pushing the fight to him, and attempting to put on nonstop pressure for 12 rounds. Bradley sees this as a strategy that will end up failing for the 35-year-old Pacquiao because he already knows how to defeat that tired old plan.
“Everybody knows what Manny Pacquiao is going to do. He is going to bring the fight to me and I am just going to show everyone it is not going to work…I feel that Pacquiao is declining and this is my time.” Read the rest of this entry »
ByM. Malik: There is no doubt that WBA welterweight champion Marcos Maidana (35-3, 31 KO’s) is probably the most deserving of the fight against Floyd Mayweather Jr. I(45-0, 26 KO’s) at the moment. Certainly more than Amir Khan, even though styles make fights, and I think Khan would give Floyd more problems. But Maidana did it the hard way and earned his shot against Mayweather Jr.
Let’s look at Maidana’s last few opponents since his loss to Devon Alexander. He fought Jesus Soto Karass, Martin Martinez, Josesito Lopez, and Adrien Broner. He won all bouts via TKO or KO except for his fight against Adrien Broner. We all know what happened in that fight. Broner was knocked down twice, and the referee came very close to stopping the fight in the second round. Read the rest of this entry »
By Steve Davis: IBF light heavyweight champion Bernard Hopkins (54-6-2, 32 KO’s) will be looking to capture Beibut Shumenov’s IBA and WBA light heavyweight titles in their unification bout on April 19th in their fight at the Armory, Washington, DC. Hopkins will be turning 50 on January 15th in 2015.
Hopkins not only wants IBA and WBA belts, but wants to capture the WBC and WBO light heavyweight titles before he retires. If he wins on April 19th, two fighters stand in his way and they are WBC champion Adonis Stevenson and WBO champion Sergey Kovalev. Read the rest of this entry »
By Smith Dan: As a relatively avid boxing fan from Britain, there is very little I enjoy more than seeing a fellow Brit in possession of a World title. My first real boxing hero was Joe Calzaghe, a blisteringly quick, charismatic character with an exciting style that always brought me to the edge of my seat. Watching Joe deliver flurry upon flurry of punches (I disagree with the criticism that they were ‘slaps’, but you’re entitled to your opinion) was exhilarating, and served as the proverbial fishing rod that hooked me in.
Calzaghe helps to lead me to the man who is the topic of this article; as he almost built his publicity off of the back of claiming Joe had ‘ducked’ a fight with him. WBA super middleweight champion Carl Froch, before his controversial fight with George Groves and his arrogance that followed, was one of the most popular British boxers around, and with the WBA and IBF super-middleweight titles around his waist, it was very tough to be a critic. Read the rest of this entry »
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 »