By Juan dela Cruz: After Manny Pacquiao’s one-sided win over Brandon “Bam-Bam” Rios last November 24, 2013 at the Venetian Hotel in Macau, China, talks about the mega fight again started to brew in all corners of the boxing world. Boxing fans around the world have seen the redemption of Manny Pacquiao from back-to-back losses in the hands of Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley and Juan Manuel “Dinamita” Marquez. They are one in saying “Manny is back!”
Though this writer disagree that Manny is back, simply because he never was away, I would admit that after said losses, the talks of the mega fight simmered down. But again, the talks are brewing, hope of seeing the fight happen was again alive among fans. Even boxing pundits express their opinion that the fight can finally happen after Manny’s performance against Rios. But in analyzing what had happened before and still happening today, can we say the fight will finally happen? As what I have stated before, the fight isn’t going to happen. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Tyson Fury’s trainer Peter Fury says that Tyson won’t be back in the ring until the end of March. Tyson had talked about wanting to mix it up with American heavyweight Deontay Wilder (30-0, 30 KO’s) on February 8th in Manchester to have him replace Haye, but that’s not going to happen, according to Britishboxers. Fury will be taking Christmas holidays off and won’t be back in training in January sometime for his March bout.
Supposedly it’ll be up to Sky whether they want to televise the Fury-Deontay fight. They’ll be making a decision about the fight soon, I hope, because Deontay doesn’t need to wait around for months on end while they decide on whether to televise the fight or not. Read the rest of this entry »
By Robbie Bannatyne: In the build-up to the Super Middleweight grudge match between Carl Froch and George Groves, valid for the formers WBA and IBF 168lb world titles, many billed the contest as David versus Goliath type battle. Personally, I didn’t feel Groves was quite as over-matched. But I fancied a Froch win so much I rushed from the pub to the nearest betting shop to put a note on the Nottingham native winning by a 10th round knockout, at thoroughly decent odds of 14-1, just before the fight started.
You can deduce from my pre-fight prediction then that I, like many others, was totally surprised that Groves pre-fight rhetoric- that he would assume his position in the centre of the ring and force Froch onto the back foot, from the 1st bell- translated into reality on the night. Read the rest of this entry »
By Sotoman: Lately, we have been reading articles where Floyd Mayweather Sr. is suggesting that Manny Pacquiao needs to fight specific individuals in order to land a fight with his son Floyd “Money” Mayweather Jr. Some of these boxers Manny needs to beat are: Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero, etc. There are several issues and obvious facts that come to light here.
1. Floyd’s camp is avoiding the fight. Looking back, we can all agree that Canelo is the only “possible” boxer that earned an opportunity with Mayweather Jr. Guerrero, on the other hand beat who? Andre Berto (who lost to Victor Ortiz, who got his TKO by Josesito Lopez). Amir Khan is currently the front runner, and he deservedly beat to earn a fight with Floyd? Manny brings to the table one thing and one thing only: The MONEY! Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Amir Khan thinks IBF/WBA super middleweight champion Carl Froch (32-2, 22 KO’s) should retire from boxing following his controversial 9th round TKO win last Saturday night against challenger George Groves (19-1, 15 KO’s) in Manchester, UK. Khan thinks Froch took a great deal of punishment in that fight and was dominated for 8 rounds before getting the tainted stoppage in the 9th when the referee Howard John Foster jumped in between the two fighters during an exchange and put a headlock around the still fighting Groves.
Khan said to the Daily Mail “He got a very close win against Groves because he was losing almost every round. He was losing the fight. Groves was the stronger fighter. While he is still champion, he should call it a day. The referee stopped the fight too soon. The fight would’ve have gone the distance and Groves would’ve won on points.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Tony Bellew (20-1-1, 12 KO’s) thinks the fact that he was able to KO Edison Miranda while Andre Ward couldn’t, proves that he’s a top fighter and capable of beating WBC light heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson (22-1, 19 KO’s) on Saturday night at the Colisee de Quebec, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada.
Bellew said to Sky Sports “He [Miranda] fought Andre Ward two fights before me and Ward couldn’t stop him. I stopped him and still got a ton of criticism for is. Andre Ward is the kingpin but he couldn’t stop Miranda. I deserve to be champion on November 30th.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Floyd Mayweather Sr. wasn’t impressed with Manny Pacquiao’s opponent Brandon Rios last Saturday night, as he feels that Rios showed that he didn’t have any skills in that fight. Mayweather Sr. says that fight wasn’t nearly enough for Pacquiao to show that he’s redeemed himself from his losses to Tim Bradley and Juan Manuel Marquez.
Mayweather Sr. says that if Pacquiao wants to redeem himself and get a bout against Floyd Mayweather Jr., then he’s going to need to beat Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and/or Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero. If he can beat one or both of them, then Mayweather Sr. says Pacquiao deserves a fight against Floyd Jr. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: 30-year-old British heavyweight David Price (15-2, 13 KO’s) will be trying to resurrect his shattered career next month against 35-year-old Russian journeyman Evgeny Orlov (14-12-1, 10 KO’s) in a scheduled 8 round bout at the Jahnsportforum, Neubrandenburg, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany. Price has changed his whole team with him now trained by Adam Booth and promoted by Sauerland Events from Germany.
It’s unclear what if any changes can be made in fixing Price’s chin and stamina problems with these moves. Those flaws in Price’s game will likely carry over with him to whatever country and promotional company he chooses to fight with. Read the rest of this entry »
By Robert “Big Moe” Elmore: Immediately after Manny Pacquiao defeated Brandon Rios, Top Rank’s CEO Bob Arum scheduled Manny’s return on April 12th of next year. This immediately killed any hope of making a fight with pound for pound undefeated champion Floyd Mayweather. Floyd announced shortly after his victory over Saul Alvarez that he would be fighting in May and September.
The media and fans have only speculated who Floyd’s May 3rd opponent will be, but Floyd himself has not uttered a word. Days before Manny’s fight with Rios, Freddie Roach and Bob Arum had become very vocal about wanting a Floyd fight. And after Pacquiao’s victory last Saturday night, Pacquiao has become vocal as well. Naturally, the Pac faithful and Floyd supporters filled the boxing websites to defend their favorite fighters. Here are a few facts that let me know that Floyd/Pac fight wasn’t an option for 2014. Read the rest of this entry »
By Eric Thomas: 45-year-old former IBF/WBA/WBC light heavyweight champion Antonio Tarver (30-6, 21 KO’s) stopped 38-year-old journeyman Mike Sheppard (21-16-1, 9 KO’s) in the 4th round on Tuesday night to capture the interim NABA heavyweight title at the BB&t Center, in Sunrise, Florida, USA. Tarver knocked Sheppard down 3 times in the 4th round to cause referee Samuel Burgos to step in and halt the bout at 1:54 of the round.
Tarver knocked Sheppard down with a left uppercut thrown from the outside. After Sheppard got back to his feet, Tarver flurried on him and send him down for the second time in the round with a right hand to the lower back. The referee still ruled it a knockdown for some reason. Moments later, Tarver nailed Sheppard with a left hook to the head that put him down for the third and final time in the round. Read the rest of this entry »