By Scott Gilfoid: 32-year-old Matthew Macklin (30-5, 20 KO’s) has joined the Matchroom Sport team for the August 30th card at the National Stadium in Dublin, Ireland. There’s no word about who Macklin will be fighting, but it makes sense to assume that it’s going to be a weaker opponent in order to make sure that he doesn’t get beaten. Macklin has lost 3 out of his last 5 fights. Not good, is it?
The talk is that they want to match Macklin up against Andy Lee later this year in a domestic level scrap. It’s a good fight because both guys are around then same level with the same career outlook. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo credit: Esther Lin/Showtime) By Raymundo Roman: Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (43-1-1, 31 KOs) will be facing the Cuban Erislandy Lara (19-1-2, 12 KOs) this Saturday night in a cathweight fight of 155 lb. in the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
This is a fight that many boxing fans are waiting for because is a 50/50 fight that could go either way and this is good for boxing because lately at the elite level the fighters are match carefully not risking future paydays or fights, on this one you have to give Canelo a lot of credit because he could have taken a soft fight and wait for Cotto or a big fight with low risk and high reward, but he choose to gave the fans what they want. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo credit: Esther Lin/Showtime) By Dan Ambrose: WBA junior middleweight champion Erislandy Lara (19-1-2, 12 KO’s) feels that Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (43-1-1, 31 KOs) has a big ego and far too much for his limited talent. Lara says he wants to knock Canelo down a peg to make him more humble when they face each other this Saturday night at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Lara normally doesn’t study his opponents, but he took a look at the 23-year-old Canelo’s last two fights against Alfredo Angulo and Floyd Mayweather Jr, and he saw plenty of holes in Canelo’s game that he can take advantage of. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: George Groves (19-2, 15 KOs) has been knocked out in twice in a row and is now getting a WBC eliminator against a little known fighter named Christopher Rebrasse (22-2-3, 6 KO’s) on September 20th. It sounds great. I like the WBC’s decision making to let Groves fight in an eliminator coming off of two knockout losses. It makes sense.
Why let a top 15 contender with a winning streak fight in an eliminator when you’ve got a perfectly suitable guy coming off of two knockout losses available in Groves. He’s not ranked in the top 15 by the WBC at this moment, but perhaps that’ll change as his September 20th fight date against Rebrasse draws nearer. Read the rest of this entry »
By Gavin “Neds” O’Connor: In sports there are some truly iconic stadiums and venues the world over football has Wembley (in London, UK), F1 Grand Prix has the playground of the rich and famous, the Monaco racing circuit , New York and baseball have the Yankee stadium and boxing has Las Vegas venues and the MGM Grand the mecca of modern boxing.
It has over the year’s showcased the biggest names in boxing, records have been made and broken millions won and lost legends created and dreams shattered. And over the last few years it has become the personal domain of boxing’s biggest pay per view star Floyd Mayweather Jr, but this was not always the case. Read the rest of this entry »
By Bob Smith: I tend to ignore the hype and build up for other sports like soccer, basketball, football, etc., but boxing build up and hype is in a league of its own. Part of it is the individual nature of the sport, part of it is the attraction of gladiatorial combat and war that appeals really to all of us at a basic level. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: In a not so surprising move, Bob Arum of Top Rank has reportedly offered WBO light welterweight champion Chris Algieri (20-0, 8 KO’s) a fight against Arum’s No.1 money maker Manny Pacquiao (56-5-2, 38 KOs) for a fight on November 22nd in Macao, China.
This offer is obviously contingent on the Algieri’s injured eye healing from his recent controversial 12 round split decision win over Ruslan Provodnikov from last June. Algieri has 4 months for his eye to heal before the November 22nd fight.
“I hope we’ll be able to get Joe [Degardia] on the phone and we’ll be able to button this up,” Arum said the NYdailynews. “We’re talking serious now with the idea of making the fight. It’s not [BULL]. Now, whether it gets made or not I don’t know. But I can tell you the fight is there for Chris.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Jay McIntyre: This article is an abbreviated one, to see the full version with illustrations and discussion please visit my blog: http://a-neutral-corner.blogspot.ca/2014/07/my-two-cents-alvarez-vs-lara.html
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A fight like this just makes sense. The number one and number two fighters in the light middleweight division are fighting for what is essentially pride. There are no major world titles. There are no guarantees afterward.
There is just a powerful need for both men to determine what they are worth. This truly is a fight for the fans, because when Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and Erislandy Lara step through the ropes against one another, two fighters at their peak will be trading leather. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Matchroom Sport promoter Eddie Hearn believes that IBF welterweight champion Shawn Porter’s fighting style is absolutely perfect for his fighter #1 IBF Kell Brook (32-0, 22 KOs) to knock him out in their fight next month on August 16th at the StubHub Center in Carson, California.
Hearn acknowledges that Brook is facing his best opponent of his career in 26-year-old Porter, but he believes that Brook has the gears to shift though to still beat him. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Golden Boy Promotions president Oscar De La Hoya has been sounding more and more like the trainer of his franchise fighter Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (43-1-1, 31 KO’s) than the promoter for him as his fight date against Erislandy Lara (19-1-2, 12 KOs) draws nearer.
Canelo and Lara will be squaring off this Saturday night in a fight that could have huge ramifications for each of their careers.
De La Hoya says that they saw flaws in the game of Austin Trout that Canelo was able to take advantage of last year in his 12 round decision win over the American fighter. De La Hoya says they see equally significant flaws in the game of the Cuban Lara that they feel Canelo will be able to exploit on Saturday at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. Read the rest of this entry »