By Robert “Big Moe” Elmore: Since I began writing, I have often found myself trying to find a balance. I often wanted to get my point across without making people mad, but sometimes it just didn’t work out that way. I get people who agree and disagree with me. But that’s good. I understand everything is not to be agreed upon. It makes for good debate. Read the rest of this entry »
By Michael Byrne: David Price is continuing his offshore comeback with an 8-round contest against Ondrej Pala in the Velodrom, Berlin on March 29th. This is a big gamble. Pala was stopped in three rounds by Derek Chisora last time out, but that doesn’t tell the tale of the fight. The stoppage was a strange one, as Pala stumbled face-first into the corner with his arms over the ropes, leaving Chisora free to tee-off against the back of the head of a fighter unable to protect himself.
The referee was left with no choice but to wave it off. Before this point, though, Pala had been willing to trade with Chisora, and appeared to have Chisora buzzed by big hooks to the chin on more than one occasion. He hits hard, he comes forwards, and he can take punishment: is this what Price needs right now? Read the rest of this entry »
— Floyd Mayweather (@FloydMayweather) March 3, 2014
By Scott Gilfoid: Last night, Floyd Mayweather Jr. (45-0, 26 KO’s) offered Amir Khan (28-3, 19 KO’s) a chance to fight on his May 3rd undercard against his protegee Adrien Broner (27-1, 22 KO’s). Mayweather not is offering Khan a chance to fight on his undercard, but he’s also offering him a chance to fight for the opportunity to face him later in the year if he can beat Broner. Mayweather told Khan on his twitter that if he beats Broner on May 3rd, then he’ll fight him. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo Wende) By Scott Gilfoid: David Price’s German handlers are moving him up quite a big for his next fight by putting him in with Euro level slugger Ondrej Pala (33-4, 23 KO’s) for a fight on March 29th at the Veldrom, in Berlin German. Pala, 29, isn’t a top tier heavyweight or anything close to that, but he can punch a little, as we saw in his recent rabbit punch loss to Dereck Chisora last November.
Pala had Chisora staggered several times in the fight before getting taken out with two textbook rabbit punches to the back of the head in the 3rd round. The referee Jan Christensen didn’t say anything about Chisora’s rabbit shots, and so the win stood. However, Pala would have had a real chance of beating Chisora had the referee stopped the action, and given Pala a 5 minute recovery period after taking a point off from Chisora for hitting him in the back of the head. Read the rest of this entry »
By James Le Blanc: Al Haymon is the best Adviser in the business. His record speaks for itself as you consistently see top boxers thanking him, before God, after a victory including top boxing stars like Floyd Mayweather Jr. Haymon has done an exceptional job and in recent interviews this weekend it is clear his great mind is rubbing off on others.
Mayweather has called for Amir Khan to face Adrien Broner on his Pay Per View undercard and has promised Khan a fight with him if he is able to beat Broner. This makes Broner the new gatekeeper to fighting Floyd, kind of how Andre Berto was a couple of years ago. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Well, it looks like Amir Khan won’t have to keep talking about wanting to fight Adrien Broner on Floyd Mayweather Jr’s undercard on May 3rd, because Mayweather said today that he wants Khan to face Broner on his undercard in a catch-weight fight at 144 lbs rather than the full weight for the welterweight division. Khan is moving up in weight to the 147 lb division, but Mayweather is under the impression that Broner is moving down to 140.
I’m not sure that’s what the deal is because Broner hasn’t said anything about wanting to fight at light welterweight, at least not yet. It may come to that if he gets beaten by Marcos Maidana when they eventually get around to facing each other. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini is picking Manny Pacquiao (55-5-2, 38 KO’s) to easily avenge his loss to WBO welterweight champion Tim Bradley (31-0, 12 KO’s) next month in their long-awaited rematch on April 12th at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. For Mancini, picking Pacquiao is pretty easy because he felt that Pacquiao beat Bradley the last time they fought, so it’ll be just a simple matter of being a little bit better in the rematch so that he doesn’t wind up losing another controversial decision.
The only way Pacquiao can flub it up in the rematch is if he goes overboard with his trainer Freddie Roach’s fountain of youth kick, and tries to fight like a youngster instead of a 35-year-old fighter who was recently knocked out cold by Juan Manuel Marquez. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jay McIntyre: When you talk to or read interviews about the old sages of the sweet science their fondness for “how tough they had it”, or “the good old days” can sometimes come to light, and often these remarks are shrugged off by a younger, more hubristic generation willing to learn things their own way – the hard way. Today fighters and promoters are criticized for rushing the potential of young fighters, or alternately, protecting them so that their title shot is safeguarded.
Maxie Rosenbloom is an archaic example of a fighter rushed into a title fight against the exhausting Harry Greb, while Gerry Cooney was guarded by his promoters against fighters that could have made him better for his tilt with Larry Holmes. Vasyl Lomachenko was a victim of both – of rushing into a title fight, and also being unprepared for the style of his opponent in his title fight. He fought skillfully, and he fought nobly, but he lost due to his inexperience in the pro ranks. Read the rest of this entry »
By Joey: Sometime ago when former WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (48-1-1, 32 KO’s) was on his way to a fight against Sergio Martinez in 2012, I remember seeing one of the HBO 24/7 episodes leading to the fight. I remember constantly seeing the disappointed look on his then trainer Freddie Roach’s face, because of his lack of commitment to training by Chavez Jr.
After seeing Chavez Jr’s 12 round unanimous decision win over Brian Vera from last night, I believe Chavez Jr. still has some work to do as far being able to take on top tier fighters like Gennady Golovkin and Sergio Martinez among others. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: This Saturday boxing fans are going to get the chance to find out if the red-haired former WBA/WBC junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (42-1-1-, 30 KO’s) is for real or just a pretender built up by Golden Boy Promotions when Canelo faces Alfredo Angulo (22-3, 18 KO’s) on Showtime pay-per-view in a 12 round bout at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. The fact that Canelo is asking boxing fans to pay to see him fight with him coming off of a one-sided loss to Floyd Mayweather Jr. from last September is one of the oddest things that you’ll ever see.
It makes zero sense for Canelo to suddenly have fans having to pay to see him on PPV after a one-sided loss like the one he suffered against Mayweather. And what makes even less sense is for Canelo to pick Angulo for his first fight on PPV. That’s a senseless move, and you have to wonder whether Golden Boy Promotions tried to talk some sense into the head of the flat-footed Canelo or if they thought it was a great idea. Read the rest of this entry »