By Chris Williams: If Bob Arum of Top Rank gets his way, Manny Pacquiao (55-5-2, 38 KO’s) will be facing Floyd Mayweather Jr. (47-0, 26 KO’s) next on April 12th in Las Vegas, Nevada. That’s the fight that Arum wants for Pacquiao following Pacquiao’s 12 round unanimous decision win over Arum’s fighter Brandon Rios (31-2-1, 23 KO’s) last night at the Cotai Arena, Venetian Resort, Macao, Macao S.A.R., China. Pacquiao beat Rios decisively by the scores 119-109, 120-108 and 118-110.
Arum said this via Steve Kim “If all sides can cut out the crap it can get done. Where there’s a will there’s a way.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Kyle Proctor: Well wasn’t this fight full of the unexpected, George Groves (19-1, 15 KO’s) knocking down IBF/WBA super middleweight champion Carl Froch (32-2, 23 KO’s) with a right hand in the 1st round and stunning pretty much everyone who said he didn’t have a big right hand.
Groves then bullied Froch with his speed and jab up to the 7th round, when, in my opinion, Groves started tire and Froch’s superior stamina started to come in to play. Froch hurt Groves in the 9th round which caused the referee to stop the fight early. However, as Froch only wobbled Groves I think it was bad refereeing and should of been a standing count at least. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: George Groves (19-1, 15 KO’s) wants a rematch a day after his fight that he was ahead of against IBF/WBA super middleweight champion Carl Froch (32-2, 23 KO’s) was abruptly stopped in the 9th round by referee Howard John Foster after Groves was hit with some grazing shots and knocked off balance by Froch bumping into him at the Phones 4u Arena in Manchester, UK.
Foster put Groves in a head lock during an exchange for some strange reason and then Froch got in two free shots. Weird stoppage aside, you have to wonder why Foster didn’t disqualify Froch for the hitting Groves while he was defenseless with Foster holding him or why he didn’t disqualify Froch for hitting on the break is also something that really tarnished the fight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Carlos Gonzalez: Manny Pacquiao (56-5-2, 38 KO’s) is back. He clearly defeated on the cards Brandon Rios (31-2-1, 23 KO’s) by a 12 round unanimous decision this Saturday night in Macao , China. The judges very accurately scored the fight 120-108, 119-109, 118-110 in favor of Manny, who still is without any doubts one of the best pound for pound boxer in the business.
Pacquiao seemed a bit more cautious covering himself a lot more perhaps on the memory of his upset with Juan Manuel Marquez and was in the initial rounds awaiting a much better display from Rios. Pacquiao showed the boxing world that he is back in great form, He was as quick as always and with an amazing footwork that kept Rios running around trying to catch him on the ropes to fight in the inside in Rios´s style. Unfortunately for Rios, Manny is not Mike Alvarado. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jim Dower: IBF cruiserweight champion Yoan Pablo Hernandez (28-1, 14 KO’s) successfully defended his title on Saturday night in beating #1 IBF Alexander Alekseev (24-3-1, 20 KO’s) by a 10th round knockout at the Stechert Arena in Bamberg, Germany.
Hernandez, 29, nailed Alekseev with a right hook to the head in the 10th round that put him down on his back. Referee Lindsey Page then immediately stepped in and immediately called a halt to the bout at 1:35 of the round due to Alekseev being too hurt to continue.
Hernandez also knocked Alekseev down in the 2nd and 5th rounds with left hands to the head. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: In a card filled with mismatches from top to bottom, 34-year-old Manny Pacquiao (56-5-2, 38 KO’s) defeated fellow Top Rank stable fighter Brandon Rios (31-2-1, 23 KO’s) by a 12 round unanimous decision on Saturday night in Cotai Arena, Venetian Resort, Macao, Macao S.A.R., China. The final judges scores were 120-108, 119-109, 118-110.
Pacquiao was able to hit the much slower Rios by at will with shots and make him miss when he would attempt to land his own power shots. Pacquiao’s movement and fast hands proved to be way too much for the slow-footed, slow-handed Rios. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: Amir Khan, David Haye and Glen McCrory were greatly disappointed with the referee Howard John Foster’s performance in stopping tonight’s fight between IBF/WBA super middleweight champion Carl Froch (32-2, 23 KO’s) and George Groves (19-1, 15 KO’s) in what they felt was a premature stoppage in the 9th round in Manchester, UK.
They all thought that Groves was still game and fighting back a the time that Foster lassoed Groves by the neck and called a halt to the bout.
What Haye and McCrory also had a problem with was the referee grabbing Groves by a headlock and putting him in a defenseless position to where Froch was then given the chance to nail Groves with two shots while he was being held. They felt that if the referee wanted to halt the fight prematurely, then he should have grabbed Froch rather than Groves. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: In a total blow it move by the referee, IBF/WBA super middleweight champion Carl Froch (32-2, 23 KO’s) was given credit for a 9th round TKO win over George Groves (19-1, 15 KO’s) in one of the worst stoppages that you’ll ever see tonight at the Phones 4u Arena, Manchester, United Kingdom.
The referee Howard Foster totally blew it by halting the fight while Groves was still fighting back. Words can’t describe how badly the referee screwed up in stopping this fight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jim Dower: In a stunning upset tonight, the hard hitting Alex Leapai (30-4-3, 24 KO’s) defeated #1 WBO heavyweight contender Denis Boytsov (33-1, 26 KO’s) to give the previously undefeated Russian fighter his first loss of his career in beating him by a 10 round unanimous decision to become the WBO mandatory challenger for IBF/IBO/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Well, it didn’t take David Haye (26-2, 24 KO’s) long to start mentioning Wladimir Klitschko’s name following Haye pulling out of his previously scheduled fight against Tyson Fury due to Haye having shoulder surgery.
Rather than talking about healing up his shoulder to try and face Fury, Haye says he wants to heal up his shoulder and face Wladimir in a rematch. In other words, Haye would be skipping the fight with Fury, which was supposed to be a bout that would partially redeem Haye after his lopsided 12 round unanimous decision loss to Wladimir in July 2011. Read the rest of this entry »