By Rusty Nate: The heavyweight scene has been one of two different divisions over the past few years. The standard HW division is where the likes of Mariuz Wach, Samuel Peter, David Haye, Tyson Fury, Deontay Wilder, Tony Thompson, Manuel Charr, Tomasz Adamek and Odlanier Solis all practice their trade. The second division within the Heavyweight class is where currently only Vitali and Wladamir sit up on high looking down.
I have recently noticed a likeness to this situation. If you have ever seen the very poor yet somehow enjoyable sequel to the film “Best of the Best” you would know a fighter called Baracus. He claims to be the world’s ultimate fighter and watches down from on high as the minions fight each other in an attempt to earn a chance to get a beating from Baracus himself. Read the rest of this entry »
By Babatis Banda: We all know that the biggest fight of the sport did not take place because of RBT. So much has so far happened over the years. Manny Pacquiao, the Filipino icon refused to agree to the full random blood tests that Floyd Mayweather wanted in their first negotiations in 2010, and and instead, he went the way of the law for comments Mayweather made. With rumors that Arum will ask for RBT for the 5th Marquez vs. Pacquiao bout, I beg to ask; has RBT become a good thing now? Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: Gabriel Rosado (21-5, 13 KO’s) sees himself having an easy fight coming up against WBA World middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (24-0, 21 KO’s) on January 19th on HBO at the Madison Square Garden in New York, New York. Rosado doesn’t even see it as a fight, as he thinks his skills and power will be too much for the 30-year-old former Olympian Golovkin.
Rosado said to thaboxingvoice.com “I feel the kind of performance I’m going to have, I’m going to dominate this guy [Golovkin]. I don’t feel this will be close. I’m going to dominate this guy. People are going to be shocked, Man.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Eric Thomas: Former WBA lightweight champion Brandon Rios (31-0-1, 23 KO’s) and Mike Alvarado (33-1, 23 KO’s) are in play for a rematch on March 30th, according to a Rios interview at diamondboxing.com. Rios would much prefer to get a big money fight against Manny Pacquiao instead.
However, it’s looking like his promoter Bob Arum will choose to put Pacquiao back in with Juan Manuel Marquez due to the high interest in the fight. But if Pacquiao doesn’t face Marquez next, Rios will likely be the guy that gets the fight rather than a fighter outside of Top Rank. When and if that opportunity comes, Rios is more than ready to take it. He wants the Pacquiao badly and he’ll take it any way he can get it. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Oscar de La Hoya of Golden Boy Promotions is dropping a pretty big hint that he thinks he can set up a huge mega fight between his fighter WBC junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (41-0-1, 30 KO’s) and unbeaten WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. (43-0, 26 KO’s) on either May 4th or September 14th.
Mayweather Jr. scheduled himself to fight on both of those days, and then Golden Boy did the same with Alvarez, no doubt hoping they can somehow convince Mayweather Jr. to fight their guy Canelo. I don’t know if they’ll succeed but it looks Golden Boy are trying their hardest to make that happen. I can’t think of a more undeserving fighter to get a Mayweather fight than Canelo Alvarez. The guy hasn’t fought Austin Trout or anyone else of quality, he’s fight welterweight despite being the junior middleweight champion, and yet he wants Mayweather. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: It’s hard to believe it but Top Rank promoter Bob Arum reportedly will be insisting on random drug testing for the 5th fight between Juan Manuel Marquez and Arum’s fighter Manny Pacquiao in September, according to Philboxing.com. This is interesting because when Floyd Mayweather Jr. was fighting for random blood testing during his failed negotiations for a fight with Pacquiao in 2010, he was met with resistance.
Now all of a sudden everything is changed Marquez having put on muscle and knocked Pacquiao out in the 6th round of their fight last month. I think Marquez should say no deal. Who wants to end up like whale getting harpooned with needles 24/7 at any times. Read the rest of this entry »
By Robert Elmore: Sometime ago, Floyd Mayweather Jr. said he was interested in fighting Sergio Martinez and Sergio expressed a fight with Floyd as well. However, the Floyd haters have taken this opportunity to say that Mayweather is ducking Sergio and that his legacy will be questioned. First off, Floyd is a first round ballot Hall of Famer. Fighting Sergio is nothing more than a cherry on top. Sergio needs Floyd more than Floyd needs Sergio.
Martinez handlers say that he is a natural 154 pounder, although he has not fought at that weight in nearly three years. What Sergio needs to do is stop pursuing the smaller Mayweather and go up to the super middleweight division. There are plenty of big names to choose from starting with the ever so talented Andre Ward. One can’t forget about Carl Froch, Arthur Abraham, Mikkel Kessler and the list goes on and on. Read the rest of this entry »
By Tom Drury: Floyd Mayweather Jr., the focus of debate, hate, love and admiration. Fans and boxing gurus like nothing more than an argument focusing on the ifs and buts, whys and why nots circling this boxers career.
Some believe a boxing phenomenon with unprecedented skills and boxing smarts with a great personality (I am one of those people), some believing a “ducker” master of using his mouth to reach the heights of great success. For those people who say Floyd has reached the great success he enjoys by using his mouth, it is close to laughable. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Manny Pacquiao isn’t listening to the advice given to him from Filipino Dr. Rustico Jimenez, who suspects that Pacquiao may be showing signs of early Parkinson’s disease after reportedly seeing “twitching” of Pacquiao’s hands while watching him on television. Jimenez didn’t perform an examination on Pacquiao and that’s the whole problem. Jimenez should have examined Pacquiao first before he started with the Parkinson disease talk.
Jimenez is worried that Pacquiao may end up in a wheelchair if he continues to fight. Pacquiao was knocked out in the 6th round by Juan Manuel Marquez on December 8th, and it was an especially bad knockout where Pacquiao lost consciousness. Naturally, the knockout loss has a lot of people concerned about Pacquiao’s health, and this doctor Jimenez appears to be yet another person with concerns. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: #3 IBF, #9 WBA, Tomasz Adamek (48-2, 29 KO’s) is close to becoming the mandatory challenger for IBF heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko in 2013, if Adamek can beat undefeated 6’4 ½” Kubrat Pulev this year in their IBF eliminator bout for the #1 mandatory position. However, Adamek has looked poor recently in winning two out of his last three fights by huge controversy in victories over Eddie Chambers and Steve Cunningham.
Adamek looked like he lost both of those fights, and even if you give benefit of the doubt and say he won, he still looked awful in both. Adamek didn’t look ready to fight either of the Klitschkos, and we already saw what happened when he fought Vitali Klitschko in September 2011. Adamek was toyed with and taken out in the 10th round in perhaps Vitali’s easiest fights since he recaptured the World Boxing Council heavyweight title in 2008 with a win over Samuel Peter. Read the rest of this entry »