By Dan Ambrose: Former WBO welterweight champion Tim Bradley (31-1, 12 KO’s) will be back in the ring in October or November, and he’s looking for a big name like Floyd Mayweather Jr to fight if possible. Bradley, 30, is coming off of a 12 round unanimous decision loss to Manny Pacquiao in their rematch last April, a fight which Bradley seemed to run out of gas in the last six rounds. Bradley says he tore a calf muscle in two places in the fight, and after that he was a sitting duck for Pacquiao’s shots.
“I’ll be back hopefully by October-November, that’s the goal,” Bradley said. I just want to fight the best. I tell people I don’t need a tuneup or a down grade. The only guy that I haven’t been in there with is Mayweather…bring it. I want to be the best fighter in the world. Why mess around with a guy that’s a top 20, when I can get in there and fight on HBO and fight…a top guy in the sport?” Read the rest of this entry »
By Alon Calinao Dy: The 40-year-old Mexican boxer Juan Manuel Marquez is going to face Mike Alvarado this Saturday at the Forum in Inglewood, California, and the winner of this bout is the mandatory challenger to WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao.
Marquez lost via split decision to Timothy Bradley last June 2013. Last month, Pacquiao regained his WBO crown via unanimous decision over Bradley. Marquez wants that belt that’s why he is planning to go for another battle against Pacquiao.
Comparing Alvarado to Bradley, I guess Bradley is tougher than him since Tim did not experience a knockout loss. I also believe that Alvarado is not a threat to Marquez due to the fact that he already had a TKO loss to Ruslan Provodnikov last October. Marquez is a technician and a counter-puncher that will definitely school the younger Alvarado in their upcoming fight. Read the rest of this entry »
By sishaq: There are only a handful of boxers who have been able to elevate the intrigue and excitement of a fight simply by the anticipation and execution of their ring entrance.
There are merely four athletes that are head and shoulders above the rest in the history of the sport, all with an innate ability to attract loyal fans as well as loathing critics. The first two, Muhammad Ali and Mike Tyson, didn’t require any props or celebrities to augment their entrance because both had a intimidating presence, natural gravitas and an overwhelming aura.
Every word, emotional feature, facial expression and body language was carefully analyzed by fans from the curtain to the catwalk. Based on the fighter appearing angry, uncharacteristically relaxed, stone-faced focused or sadistically jovial it could suggest the level of ruthless punishment forthcoming the opponent. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo credit: Sumio Yamada) By Scott Gilfoid: Newly crowned WBC heavyweight champion Bermane Stiverne is in a situation where he’s expected to fight his WBC mandatory challenger Deontay Wilder (31-0, 31 KO’s) next rather than Stiverne taking an optional title defense. His promoter Don King was talking about Stiverne taking an optional title defense for his next fight. However, the WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman made it clear on the WBC’s website that Stiverne must face Deontay next.
The question is will Stiverne ignore the WBC and take an optional title defense next in a move that would essentially be daring the WBC to strip him or will he follow what they’re saying and face the dangerous 6’7” Deontay next? Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Heavyweight Tyson Fury plans on giving Dereck Chisora his British and European heavyweight title straps after he beats him in their rematch on July 26th in Manchester. Fury, 6’9”, already easily beat Chisora by a 12 round unanimous decision three years ago, but the promoters for the two fighters decided to stage a rematch anyway because Chisora has a small winning streak of 5 fights, albeit against weak opposition. The vacant British heavyweight title will be on the line for the Chisora-Fury fight, and Chisora’s European heavyweight title will also be up for grabs.
Fury feels that he won’t need the British and European straps after he beats Chisora, because he’ll be getting a world title shot against IBF/IBO/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko after that, and Fury thinks he can beat Wladimir. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: The management for IBF/WBA super middleweight champion Carl Froch (31-2, 23 KO’s) have reportedly said no to the idea of American referee Jack Reiss working the Froch vs. George Groves (19-1, 15 KO’s) on May 31st at the Wembley Arena in London, UK. There’s no reason why Froch’s management would say no to the no nonsense Reiss. This referee has an excellent track record. However, he’s a referee that doesn’t put up with fouling, such as rabbit punches, hitting on the break, using the forearm, elbows and shoving.
“We initially wanted Jack Reiss, but we’ve got an objection, so we’ve had to change,” said IBF chairman Lindsay Tucker to Sky Sports. “We naturally feel that Reiss is qualified to do the fight, but a big fight like this, if somebody objects, we kind of take it seriously, even though we don’t agree with this.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Unbeaten middleweight contender Billy Joe Saunders (19-0, 10 KO’s) is hoping he can line himself up for a world title shot against WBO middleweight champion Peter Quillin if Saunders can get past little known Emanuele Blandemura (22-0, 5 KO’s) in their fight on July 26th for the vacant European middleweight title at the Phones4U Arena in Manchester, UK.
Saunders doesn’t have much in the way of punching power, and it’s hard to imagine him doing any better than Quillin’s last opponent Lukas Konecny. In fact, I think Konecny is a far better fighter than Saunders with better power, more experience and better skills. Read the rest of this entry »
By Donnell Young: Since Floyd Mayweather Jr’s win over Marcos Maidana on May 3rd, I have read several articles about Amir Khan (29-3, 19 KO’s) and his worthiness to be awarded a fight against Mayweather. What gives him the audacity to say foolish things like, “Floyd is ducking me.” The last time I checked, Khan was an overrated fighter living off of the potential he showed 2-3 years ago. I personally thought he could be a special fighter.
After watching him being misguided by former trainer Freddie Roach, my thoughts quickly changed. Then Khan switched trainers and began working with Virgil Hunter in an effort to reclaim his status as one of the best young fighters around. After watching his few fights under Hunter’s direction, it’s becoming quite clear to me that Khan just doesn’t have “it.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Former WBO light welterweight champion Mike Alvarado (34-2, 23 KO’s) says his goal is to get the Manny Pacquiao fight for September by beating the 40-year-old Juan Manuel Marquez (55-7-1, 40 KO’s) this Saturday night at the Forum, in Inglewood, California, USA. While Bob Arum of Top Rank has matched up many of his other 140 and 147 pound fighters in his Top Rank stable with Pacquiao in order to increase their popularity and bring in new blood, Arum skipped over Alvarado for some reason.
It could be that Alvarado, before he was beaten by Ruslan Provodnikov, was considered to be too much of a grueling fight for Pacquiao due to the power that he possesses and because of his size. Whatever the case, Alvarado is poised to finally get a huge payday fight against Pacquiao, provided that he beats Marquez on Saturday. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: WBA/WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr’s recent win over Marcos Maidana (35-4, 31 KO’s) was a costly one for him, because he suffered a cut over his right eye after a head clash early in the fight. The cut will take time to heal, and there’s a good chance that it’ll open up as soon as Mayweather takes a hard shot on that eye in his next fight in September.
Mayweather’s father thinks it’s just not worth it for him to fight Maidana again because of the fouling that he might do. Floyd Sr. feels that Maidana plays it too rough when he fights, and it’s not worth the trouble to fight him because of the way he bends the rules. Read the rest of this entry »