(Photo credit: Esther Lin/Showtime) By Vitali Shaposhnikov: “Is he tough like Cotto? No. Can he box like Cotto? No. Can he punch like Cotto? No. Has he faced the same opposition that Cotto’s faced? No. So am I worried? Absolutely not,” said Floyd Mayweather Jr. in a recent interview with RingTV.
Is comparing Canelo to Miguel Cotto plausible? Does it make sense claiming that beating Cotto is a guarantee at beating Alvarez? Are they similar in the way they fight? Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo credit: Naoki Fakuda) By Dan Ambrose: Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer says that the World Boxing Council has had a special pure gold WBC belt created for this Saturday’s fight between WBA/WBC junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (42-0-1, 30 KO’s) and Floyd Mayweather Jr. (44-0, 26 KO’s) at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
I’m assuming when Schaefer says it’s “pure gold,” he’s talking about it being 24 K gold and not 14 K. A pure 24 karat belt would be useless to be worn as a belt even for adornment.
Schaefer said “The WBC has produced a very special belt for this occasion. It’s a first time that they have melted a big gold bar into the belt. This is a belt made of pure gold.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: We heard from Kell Brook’s promoter Eddie Hearn how Brook (30-0, 20 KO’s) was supposed to be fighting a quality opponent for his next fight on October 26th, but instead of Brook fighting a high quality opponent, Brook will be facing former WBA welterweight champion Vyacheslav Sanchenko (34-1, 23 KO’s) at the Motorpoint Arena, Sheffield, UK.
Yes, Senchenko was technically the WBA 147 lb. champion for three years, but look who Senchenko beat in order to win the title – Yuriy Nuzhnenko. This is the same Nuzhnenko that Matthew Hatton easily beat in 2010 by a lopsided 12 round unanimous decision. I mean, look at the guys that Senchenko defended his WBA title against in 3 years: Motoki Sasaki, Charlie Navarro, Marco Antonio Avendano and Paulie Malignaggi, who whipped him last year in a 9th round stoppage. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Former WBA heavyweight champion David Haye (26-2, 24 KO’s) says he doesn’t care if his opponent Tyson Fury (21-0, 15 KO’s) were able to kick and use knees against him in their fight on September 28th, because Haye thinks it’s about the only way the light-hitting, slapping Fury would have any chance of making their fight competitive.
As things are right now, it’s a hopeless mismatch between a teacher and a pupil. About the only good thing about this mismatch is that it’ll likely be over quickly with Fury getting put out of his misery early in the fight by Haye. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo credit: Esther Lin/Showtime) By Dan Ambrose: Floyd Mayweather Jr. (44-0, 26 KO’s) is happy to see that his opponent WBA/WBC junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (42-0-1, 30 KO’s) still needs to lose weight in order to get down to the 152 lb. catch-weight by Friday. Canelo told ESPN that he was already at 153 lbs. 2 days ago, but he looked close to 163 than 153, and it was impossible to take that seriously given how bad Canelo still was at the time.
Mayweather Jr. is very aware of Canelo’s weight from his inside sources, and he said this about his red-haired opponents struggles to make weight “He’s still got a lot of weight to get off. My weight is made. I woke up this morning 150. I know it [about Canelo still needing to drop a ton of weight]. My job as a fighter is to know everything about my opponent I’m facing.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Robbie Bannatyne: I recently submitted an article about how Ricky Burns must ‘Abandon a Rematch with Beltran’ on the premise that Beltran, although thoroughly deserving of a rematch, was just too dangerous an opponent for Burns to once again risk his title against, especially after suffering a broken jaw in their 1st clash.
This conviction attracted a lot of consternation in the comments from readers who vented their ‘rage’ and insisted that I was talking, as one reader put it, succinctly, ‘a lot bollocks!’ Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo credit: Esther Lin/Showtime) By Eric Thomas: Floyd Mayweather Jr. (44-0, 26 KO’s) doesn’t acknowledge WBA/WBC junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (42-0-1, 30 KO’s) as being a real threat to him this Saturday night. To Mayweather, Canelo is just another victim for Mayweather to add to his long list heavily hyped opponents that turned out to be little more than just a mirage.
Mayweather Jr. said at the final pressure conference today “September 14th is just another stepping stone, just another opponent for me. But he [Canelo] knows he’s facing Floyd Mayweather. I’m just facing another opponent. It doesn’t matter what’s the game plan. If the game plan is to keep pressuring, I know how to handle that. If the game plan is to box, can’t no body outbox me.”
It’s debatable what Canelo will try and do. In his win over Trout, Canelo got tired and chose to out-box Trout. 5 of the last 6 rounds could have gone either way due to Trout out-working Canelo. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo credit: Esther Lin/Showtime) By John Florence: Their has been alot of speculation over the past few months on who will be the one come September 14. Will it be the red haired Saul” “Canelo” Alvarez(42-0-1) or will it be the pound for pound king of boxing Floyd “Money” Mayweather(44-0). I will tell you why I believe Canelo will be “The One.” My view on it is that every dog has its day.
All the great fighters in history never get to retire undefeated at some point or another they face someone who on fight night is better than them. Why are we to believe that Floyd is invincible father time waits for no man, and Floyd is reaching his time at almost 40 years of age. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo credit: Esther Lin/Showtime) By Dan Ambrose: Members of the media and fighters were each asked by Golden Boy Promotions who will be “The One” in Saturday’s fight between Floyd Mayweather Jr. (44-0, 26 KO’s) and WBA/WBC junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (42-0-1, 30 KO’s), and Mayweather overwhelmingly was picked as the fighter that would come out on top in this fight at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Here is a short list of some of the fighters that are picking Mayweather Jr. to beat Canelo: Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Undefeated heavyweight contender Tyson Fury (21-0, 15 KO’s) is badly hoping that his father John Fury will be able to be released from prison to sit at ringside for Fury’s important fight this month against former WBA heavyweight champion David Haye (26-2, 24 KO’s) at the Manchester Arena in the UK. His father was given an 11-year prison sentence for gauging another man’s eye out during a fight.
Tyson Fury says that his dad is already being given time off from prison each month, and he’s hoping that one of those days will be on September 28th so that he’ll be there for the Haye fight. Read the rest of this entry »