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title HBO 24/7 Pacquiao-Bradley 2 episode 1 this Saturday, 3/29

bradley32By Chris Williams: This Saturday night, March 29th, the 24/7 Pacquiao-Bradley 2 episode 1 will be televised on HBO at midnight – 12:30 a.m. ET/PT. This will be the first of three episodes previewing the rematch between the two fighters. The previous time the two fighters faced each other in 2012, the episodes were less than thrilling to watch so hopefully they’ll improve this time around.

Alex Ariza, Pacquiao’s former strength and conditioning coach, is no longer with his team after he was let go due to Roach wanting him gone. That’s too bad, because Ariza was one of the few people that was worth watching on the 24/7 series. Having him gone is going to make it dull. Like in most of the 24/7 episodes involving Pacquiao, we’ll likely see Freddie Roach doing most of the talking. I’d like to see less of that and more actual training. Watching Roach brag about how good Pacquiao is gets old fast. Read the rest of this entry »



title Showtime reaches deal for Adonis Stevenson vs. Andrzej Fonfara fight

stevenson22By Dan Ambrose: HBO chose not to renegotiate a contract with WBC light heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson (23-1, 20 KO’s), who is fighting Andrzej Fonfara (25-2, 15 KO’s) on May 4th at the Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada. HBO had the option of taking this fight and keeping Stevenson with their network, but they passed up on the deal, according to Yahoo Sports. It’s possible that the asking price was too much to keep the 36-year-old Stevenson, who is now being managed by Al Haymon.

The loss of Stevenson from HBO means boxing fans won’t get a chance to see Stevenson vs. Sergey Kovalev fight each other, as Kovalev is with HBO. Showtime vice president of sports Stephen Espinosa said to Yahoo “There is a structure which allows us to continue for multiple fights beyond that fight.” The fight he’s talking about is the Fonfara fight, which honestly isn’t that big of a deal. That’s not a fight that will bring in big ratings no matter which network televises it. Read the rest of this entry »



title Erislandy Lara defends against Ishe Smith on May 2nd in Las Vegas, Nevada

lara34By Dan Ambrose: WBA World light middleweight champion Erislandy Lara (19-1-2, 12 KO’s) will be defending his title for the first time against the recently beaten IBF 154lb champion Ishe Smith (25-6, 11 KO’s) on May 2nd at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. The fight will be televised by Fox Sports 1 and Fox Deportes instead of Showtime.

You can read between the lines why Showtime chose not to televise this fight. Obviously, the interest in the fight would be too low for them to want to take a chance on buying the fight. This is not a good fight, and it’s very likely to put fans to sleep on Fox Sports 1 and Fox Depotes. Lara’s a good fighter, but he’s more interesting to watch when he’s facing aggressive opposition like Alfredo Angulo rather than guys that clinch a lot. Read the rest of this entry »



title My Two Cents: Part One – Meditations on Manny Pacquiao

pac156By Jay McIntyre:

“Our mantra is: ‘close the show, no mercy'” – Freddie Roach (latimes.com)

 Disclaimer: This is a painfully abbreviated version of a longer and more thorough article that can be found at: http://a-neutral-corner.blogspot.ca/2014/03/my-two-cents-part-one-meditations-on.html

Background

Manny Pacquiao’s (55-5-2, 38 KO’s) penchant for violence in the ring has been questioned since he stopped knocking people out after his twelfth round TKO of Miguel Cotto in 2009. Read the rest of this entry »



title All Access Moments: Behind the Scenes of Mayweather’s Photo Shoot

By Chris Williams: Here’s a sneak preview of the Showtime All Access behind the scenes photo shoot of Floyd Mayweather Jr. (45-0, 26 KO’s) as he gets ready for his big fight against WBA welterweight champion Marcos Maidana (35-3, 31 KO’s) on May 3rd on Showtime pay-per-view.

Golden Boy Promotions revealed the other three big fights on the card on Monday with former IBF/WBA light welterweight world titlist fighting former WBA 147lb champ Luis Collazo, unbeaten future world champion J’Leon Love battling Marco Antonio Periban in super middleweight action, and former three division world champion Adrien Broner facing a tough fighter in Carlos Molina in a 10 round tune-up fight to get Broner ready for rematch against Maidana. Read the rest of this entry »



title Lucas Matthysse vs. John Molina Jr on April 26th at StubHub Center, Carson, California

matthysse84By Scott Gilfoid: On the same card as the mismatch between Keith Thurman and Julio Diaz, former WBC interim light welterweight champion Lucas Matthysse (34-3, 32 KO’s) will be facing lightweight contender John Molina Jr. (27-3, 22 KO’s) at the StubHub Center, in Carson, California, USA. The reason for this mismatch obviously is to get Matthysse a sure thing win against a fighter that is somewhat known by casual boxing fans.

I must say this card is absolutely horrible. I mean, there are good talents in Matthysse and Thurman on the card, but some god awful matches though. It’s not even sporting to see Thurman fighting Diaz and Matthysse fighting Molina Jr. It’s like stunning someone in the head and sending them out in the ring to try their luck against Matthysse and Thurman. Read the rest of this entry »



title The Whole Truth: Pacquiao – Bradley

pac734I have had it up to my eyebrows listening to so-called writers, columnists, experts, and fans talking about Manny Pacquiao – Tim Bradley. Cutting to the chase, it’s been a load of garbage from all angles. A million talking heads blathering on from a specific place located approximately three feet south of the mouth on the opposite side of their body. Sometimes a word of truth is spoken, most of the time there’s very little. Meanwhile vast amounts to insipid conjecture flood cyberspace as well as the very air we breath tainting both in the process. I come bearing the latter. Read the rest of this entry »



title John Murray vs. Anthony Crolla on 4/19 at Manchester Arena

murray34By Scott Gilfoid: Former EBU lightweight champion John Murray (33-2, 20 KO’s) will get to test his power shots on the light-hitting #5 WBO Anthony Crolla (27-4-1, 10 KO’s) next month on April 19th at the Manchester Arena in Manchester, UK. Crolla, a pure finesse fighter with a number of controversial decisions in the last year, is going to be in for a world of hurt in this fight.

Crolla arguably should have lost his rematch against Derry Mathews last year in March, and after that Crollas was given another gift with his 12 round majority decision win over Gavin Rees last year in June in a fight that I had Rees winning easily by 4 rounds. With Crolla getting gift after gift in his fights, I have a feeling that Murray might have to knock him out cold in order to get the win and turn the three judges into helpless spectators in the fight.

The good thing that Murray has going for him is his power. He’s capable of bringing his own judges with him on April 19th so that we that there won’t be another controversial decision involving Crolla. Believe me, if Crolla wins this fight, he’s going to have to knock Murray out, because if he’s still there by the 6th round, Crolla is likely to be punch drunk and on his way to getting blasted out. Read the rest of this entry »



title Setting the record straight, Khan v Mayweather

floyd7878By Hayesa: Okay, so I want to set the record straight regarding the recent Amir Khan and Floyd Mayweather saga. I acknowledge from many fans their shock to Mayweather having the audacity to turn down a fight with Khan and then have him added to his upcoming fight card with Marcos Maidana.

Khan who seemed to have won one of many online polls to have a match lined up with Mayweather had to take the back seat after Mayweather confirmed he was after Maidana instead. This left a very bitter taste in many fight fans mouths, notably UK fight fans. However, these are the same fans that have criticized Mayweather for taking easier fights and taking an easy route to see out his career. I can’t understand peoples frustration with Mayweathers choice of fight here. Read the rest of this entry »



title Wladimir Klitschko turns 38 today: Styles make fighters

wladimir34322By Daniel Hughes: IBF/IBO/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko celebrates his 38th birthday today. He also can celebrate nearly 10 years unbeaten as a pro as a heavyweight champion. The old saying styles make fights; styles also make fighters. Klitschko should know this full well, as he reinvented his career 10 years ago. You can cast your mind back to March 2003, when the late game southpaw Corrie Sanders pulled off a shock 2nd round stoppage in Germany.

The question’s asked of Klitschko after losing his WBO strap, he didn’t find the answers straight away. The same critics already bringing up his 1998 fight against Ross Purrity, a fight that really was a major upset when Wladimir’s 24-0 record went with a shock 11th round TKO loss to Purrity. Read the rest of this entry »



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