By B.G.B: There has been speculation surrounding the Floyd Mayweather Jr vs. Marcos Maidana 2 fight since it’s announcement and questions that were being asked of Mayweather Jr with regards to the first fight have resurfaced. Is this the right fight for Mayweather? Is this an easy fight for Mayweather? What can Mayweather prove? Is Mayweather cherry picking?
It seems that the majority of fight fans as well as uneducated haters (in relation to the sport of boxing) believe Mayweather is protecting his own unique selling point, his 0 losses record. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: IBF middleweight champion Sam Soliman (44-11, 18 KOs) will be watching tonight’s fight between WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (29-0, 26 KOs) and Daniel Geale (30-2, 16 KO’s) with great interest because he’s hoping to get the winner of the fight to face him later this year in a unification match.
Soliman has had easier title-milking fights offered to him against Andy Lee, Matthew Macklin and Martin Murray, but he wants to face the best in the winner of the Golovkin vs. Geale fight.
“I’ve had offers to fight Andy Lee in Ireland…I’ve had interest from Matthew Macklin and Martin Murray in the UK. I’ve been offered plenty of easy fights but I’m 40 now and I only want the really big fights at the end of my career,” Soliman said. “The biggest fight for me is to unify the world titles against Geale-Golovkin winner.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Heavyweight Tyson Fury (22-0, 16 KOs) has pulled out of his fight scheduled for tonight against the tough and dangerous Alexander Ustinov (29-1, 21 KOs) due to his Uncle Hughie suffering an illness and subsequent hospitalization.
Rather than continue on and taking the fight with Ustinov anyway, Fury has decided to pull out of the fight.
As you would expect, fans are shocked, confused, suspicious and angry at Fury pulling out of the fight. Some fans think the worst, believing Fury pulling out of the fight to avoid a dangerous opponent in Ustinov. Fury is obviously going to be slammed by fans over this withdrawal, especially given the stick that he gave Dereck Chisora for pulling out of his own fight due to an injury.
This is obviously disappointing news to the extreme especially given that Fury was taking on by far the most dangerous opponent of his career in 6’7 ½” Ustinov. After years and years of mismatches involving Fury facing over-matched weak opposition, he was finally facing someone that had a 50-50 chance of beating him. Of course, there are far better heavyweights than Ustinov in the top 15, but he was a decent fringe contender with talent comparable to Fury’s own. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Unbeaten light welterweight Frankie Gomez (18-0, 13 KO’s) remained unbeaten with his toughest test of his career in beating Vernon Paris (28-2, 16 KOs) by a 10 round unanimous decision on Friday night at the Fantasy Springs Casino, in Indio, California, USA. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: In a battle of 2nd tier welterweights, Roberto Garcia (36-3, 23 KOs) survived a 9th round knockdown to defeat Breidis Prescott (27-6, 20 KOs) by a 10 round unanimous decision on Friday night at the UIC Pavilion, in Chicago, Illinois, USA. Read the rest of this entry »
By Anthony Mason: A lot of drama has surrounded the pre-fight hype of the Mayweather-Maidana rematch, especially with regards to rough house tactics – coming from both fighters. Maidana’s team complains that Mayweather uses his elbows to sneak in shots to the throat and face, while Mayweather’s side compare Maidana to an MMA fighter.
Neither of them have any reason to complain. Referees should allow boxers to be physical to a degree. The old school fighters, the vast majority of whom are far superior to the new school, went through much rougher circumstances than either Mayweather or Maidana. Both boxers need to man up and get ready to fight physical. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Kell Brook (32-0, 22 KOs) thinks he’ll soon be getting tons of respect from fans he calls “haters” after he faces IBF welterweight champion Shawn Porter (24-0-1, 15 KOs) next month on August 16th at the StubHub Center in Carson, California. Brook believes that he’s going to look so good in that fight while beating Porter that the haters will in turn give him respect.
Brook is kind of bent out of shape because there isn’t drug testing that he was hoping to have during the run up to the fight. It’s unknown what happened to the testing that Brook wanted, but perhaps it was too costly to have to pay for the extra testing. After all, we’re not talking about this being a pay-per-view fight or anything like that, so it’s not as if the money if falling from the sky for a fight of this nature. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: Adrien Broner (28-1, 22 KOs) says he’s not sure who he’ll be fighting for his next fight on September 6th, but he said to Dan Rafael of ESPN that he’s hearing that it might be Emmanuel Taylor (18-2, 12 KOs). It won’t be former IBF lightweight champion Paul Spadafora, apparently. He’s been ruled out for some reason.
Taylor, 23, beat Karim Mayfield recently on ESPN. But in his fight before that, Taylor was easily beaten by Chris Algieri by a 10 round decision last February. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Abel Sanchez, the trainer for WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (29-0, 26 KOs), says a fight between Golovkin and WBA 168 pound champ Andre Ward (27-0, 14 KOs) is a realistic option in the future, but only if Ward understands who the top guy is in this fight. In other words, who the A-side money guy is and that’s obviously Golovkin, in Sanchez’s eyes.
Sanchez said “We are ready to fight Andre Ward, but only if he will understand that Gennady is a bigger star, bigger draw.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Michael Miller, the co-manager for popular but seldom active James Kirkland (32-1, 28 KO’s), is reportedly up for the idea of Kirkland facing Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (44-1-1, 31 KO’s) or WBC middleweight champion Miguel Cotto this year.
Either of those guys are fights that he wants to set up for the 30-year-old Kirkland. Canelo is the one that they really one. No doubt they smell blood in the water after seeing Canelo struggle to a controversial win over Erislandy Lara, lose to Floyd Mayweather Jr, and beat Austin Trout by a far from impressive decision. Read the rest of this entry »