By Allan Fox: Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (42-1-1, 30 KO’s) will be trying to put the past behind him this Saturday night in facing Mexican slugger Alfredo Angulo (22-3, 18 KO’s) on Showtime pay-per-view from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. Canelo sees this as a new beginning for him, as he’s going to be applying the lessons he learned from his last fight against Floyd Mayweather Jr. and he’ll be making his first PPV fight with him as the star headliner.
Things are set up perfectly for the 23-year-old Canelo too look great in this fight, as long as Angulo doesn’t spoil the party by beating him in front of a nationwide audience.
Canelo needs to stay busy in this fight, and not make the mistake of thinking he can mimic Floyd Mayweather Jr. like he did in his recent 12 round majority decision loss to Mayweather last September. Canelo is a good fighter when he’s using his strengths – power, pressure and inside fighting – but he’s less effective when he tries to box. With that said, Canelo will likely try and box Angulo on Saturday night instead of playing to what he does well by getting in the face of Angulo and beating him at his own game. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Floyd Mayweather Jr’s uncle Jeff M. sees May 3rd fight between Floyd Jr. and WBA welterweight champion Marcos Maidana (35-3, 31 KO’s) giving fight fans a good opportunity to see the real difference between Floyd Jr. and Adrien Broner, the fighter that copies his fighting style but with less talent. Broner was beaten up in his last fight against Marcos Maidana in losing a 12 round decision last December.
Broner lost his WBA welterweight title in that fight, and he was totally ineffective at slowing down Maidana’s high octane offense using the Mayweather shoulder roll. Broner seemingly tried every trick in the book that he’d learned from watching Mayweather Jr., but none of the tricks worked against Maidana. He walked right through Broner’s shots, and knocked him down twice en route to winning a 12 round decision. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Promoter Eddie Hearn of Matchroom Sport has finally found an opponent for #1 IBF, #7 WBO, #10 WBC welterweight contender Kell Brook (31-0, 21 KO’s) to fight on March 15th and instead of it being a well known 147 lb contender, Hearn has dug up someone named Alvaro Robles (17-2, 15 KO’s) from Mexico.
Honestly, I’ve never heard of Robles before, and he’s not ranked in the top 15. Of course, Robles is Brook’s tune-up opponent, so that explains him being an obscure opponent without a top 15 ranking. But given that Brook has really fought mostly obscure opposition during his 10-year pro career, this fight is pretty much Brook sticking with the status quo. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: #7 WBC Tony Bellew (20-2-1, 12 KO’s) will be returning to the ring this month to fight 37-year-old light heavyweight Valery Brudov (41-4, 28 KO’s) in a cruiserweight bout on March 15th at the Echo Arena in Liverpool, UK. Bellew was smacked around the ring in his last fight in his unsuccessful title challenge against WBC light heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson last November.
So instead of staying at 175, Bellew will be moving up to the cruiserweight division along with fellow Brit Nathan Cleverly to try and make his mark at that weight. What’s interesting, though, is that Bellew is fighting a light heavyweight in Brudov in his first fight at cruiserweight instead of an actual cruiserweight. In other words, Bellew is fighting in the cruiserweight division but he still has his toe stuck in the light heavyweight division. Yeah, doesn’t make any sense at all, but that’s Bellew’s decision to take this fight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: Floyd Mayweather Jr. recently stirred things up a bit by offering Amir Khan a fight in the future if he would agree to fight Adrien Broner on his undercard on May 3rd. Mayweather has selected WBA welterweight champion Marcos Maidana to fight on May 3rd, and this could turn out to be a real disaster for Mayweather, because Maidana isn’t a popular fighter and he doesn’t speak fluid English. Getting fans interested in a Mayweather-Maidana fight could end up being a very tough task for Mayweather. The one ace in the hole that Mayweather has is his little brother Adrien Broner that he can add to his fight card.
Broner is already talking about it being a done deal that he’ll be fighting on the card, but the opponent that he ends up facing has got to be someone with a big enough name to where it’ll interest the average boxing fan. Amir Khan has been mentioned for the fight, and he seems very interested in taking it. But lightweight John Molina is being talked about as Broner’s opponent for the fight, not Khan. Read the rest of this entry »
By Daven: Andre “SOG” Ward (27-0, 14 KO’s) is clearly the number 2 pound-for-pound boxer in the world, yet his purse for his last bout equated to a mere $2,000,000. This may sound like a decent amount but when people take into consideration that Floyd Mayweather Jr. netted over $40,000,000 for beating up Saul “Canelo” Alvarez. The figures don’t correlate. Andre is the second best boxer in the world and normally in any profession the second best gets paid handsomely.
The numbers from their last fights suggest that Ward is twenty times inferior than Mayweather as a boxer and that is simply ludicrous. I personally regard Ward as a very close second in the Pound for Pound list, as he has outclassed greater competition than Mayweather. The likes of Mikkel Kessler, Arthur Abraham, Carl Froch and Chad Dawson were all in their primes when they faced Ward and all own trademark victories over other top contenders. Do the likes of Robert Guerrero, Victor Ortiz or Canelo have the same status as the aforementioned above? No they do not to be frank. Read the rest of this entry »
By Yannis Mihanos: We are back in February 25th 2012, Marcos Maidana is on his first attempt in welterweight division facing Devon Alexander. As the action starts in round 1, Maidana obviously is experiencing problems: Alexander seems to be too fast to catch and get hit. On the other hand, Maidana seems awfully predictable and one dimensional. As the rounds go by nothing changes and Alexander gets a comfortable victory by a unanimous decision ( 100-90, 100-90, and 99-91 ).
In the years following, Marcos <chin0> Maidana along with his new trainer Robert Garcia gets everything right and with 4 wins in a row, gets the right to fight the pound-four-pound king of boxing Floyd <money> Mayweather Jr. on may 3rd 2014. Read the rest of this entry »
Broner You didn't even give an interview after your last fight. Instead u cried your way out of the ring like a baby pic.twitter.com/pkbqyJlSA8
— Amir Khan (@AmirKingKhan) March 4, 2014
By Scott Gilfoid: Amir Khan (28-3, 19 KO’s) took shots at Adrien Broner (27-1, 22 KO’s) on his social media site today, and asked him to have one of his management representatives contact his people so that they can get the ball rolling for a fight on Floyd Mayweather Jr’s undercard on May 3rd. Broner responded to Khan’s trash talking by saying on his twitter “I’m ready to beat the f*** out of Amir Khan Khan.” This didn’t sit right with Khan, who then open up with both barrells in trash taking Broner with photos of from his beat down against Marcos Maidana last December. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo credit: Esther Lin/Showtime) By Rocky Esposito: Virgil Hunter is one of the best Boxing trainers in the world today. He is an extremely cerebral trainer who will always devise the best game plan/strategy possible for his fighter to execute and succeed with. If any one of the fighters in his stable faces an opponent who has bad tendencies, flaws or weaknesses, you can be certain that Hunter will know exactly what they are and how his fighter can effectively exploit them during a fight.
For the promotion of the ”Canelo vs Angulo” fight, Hunter was asked many questions about Canelo. During one of the Q & A sessions done by Showtime, one of Hunter’s responses really stood out to me. When Hunter was asked, ”What are some of Canelo’s weaknesses”? He answered, ”I believe he has stamina problems, and I believe he likes to takes rests. I am very aware of that and when he wants to rest we are not going to let him rest. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Trainer Virgil Hunter believes that his fighter Alfredo Angulo (22-3, 18 KO’s) is in a tough situation this Saturday in his fight against the highly popularly but very flawed Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (42-1-1, 30 KO’s). Hunter thinks it’s going to require a knockout for Angulo to get a win over Canelo, because the judges likely won’t give a decision to Angulo over a fighter that has the popularity and who brings a lot of fans to the sport.
It’s pretty clear that Angulo has to knock Canelo out to get a victory. All you need to do is look at the Canelo vs. Austin Trout fight and see how one judge had the scored 118-109 to know that Angulo won’t likely be getting a decision over Canelo on Saturday, even if he knocks him down 2-3 times. If Trout wasn’t given a decision over Canelo, then I can’t see Angulo getting a decision against him. Read the rest of this entry »