By Eric Johnson: Being active in the boxing news world, I often watch as bloggers, analysts, and fans criticize Floyd Mayweather of ducking, and “cherry picking” opponents. They say he has plenty of reputable names on his boxing resume, but that most of them were past their primes or “shot”. We live in a generation of selective memory that benefit our arguments, and trends that lead to massive outcry among different fields. There are people who don’t feel a way about certain situations, but will convince themselves that they do to avoid backlash, or to simply fit in. Out of all the things Floyd Mayweather is, he is definitely not a “ducker” or a “cherry picker”. Here’s why.
When people talk about his fights or accomplishments, they most often reflect to his career post 2007. As if it started there. As if he was always the biggest draw in boxing. That couldn’t be further from the truth. There was a time where the man known as “Pretty Boy Floyd” couldn’t sell out an arena in his hometown of Grand Rapids, Michigan. There was a time where he was the most ducked fighter in all of boxing. Simply because he wasn’t a big draw, and offered small reward with high risk. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Having just narrowly escaped getting knocked out by 210 pound heavyweight Steve Cunningham in his last fight, British heavyweight Tyson Fury (21-0, 15 KO’s) has decided not to fight a very tough unbeaten heavyweight contender Kubrat Pulev next.
Fury wants former WBA heavyweight champion David Haye (26-2, 24 KO’s) and he thinks he’s got the talent to beat him despite his dreadful performance against Cunningham in front of an American audience in New York last April.
Fury said to the dailystar.co.uk “Bring it on. David Haye is by far the best heavyweight in Britain so forget David Price…if I beat him I will be the best…I have no interest whatsoever in David Price.” Read the rest of this entry »
By A punchers chance: Floyd Mayweather, Adrien Broner, Andre Ward, Deontay Wilder. America once had a proud history in boxing. Not any more in my opinion.
All the above named fighters are good and at some point great. For instance, Floyd “Money” Mayweather. What boxer who’s heart is all for boxing calls himself money? Sugar Ray Leonard. Don “The Cobra” Curry and “The Hit Man” Tommy Hearns. Fighters who wanted to be the best, not just earn the most. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Welterweight contender Marcos Maidana (33-3, 30 KO’s) seems to feel a little sorry for his opponent Josesito Lopez (30-5, 18 KO’s) for this Saturday night in their battle at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California.
Lopez was recently the sacrificial lamb for WBC junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez to bludgeon last September in a 5th round TKO loss for Lopez. At the time, Lopez had been fighting pretty much his entire career at 140 when he asked if he wanted to come up in weight two divisions to face the much heavier Canelo. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dallas Orysiuk: 2013 has been a good year for boxing, and there is much more to come. Proving boxing is strong and doing fine. First, boxing is an amazing sport. It is a sport where two warriors square off and prepare for war. Despite the ferocity, the blood, the sweat and the tears, boxing is elegant… it is classy. Tremendous craft is involved.
No wonder it is called the “sweet science.” Not to mention, you don’t have to go through the agonizing pain of watching two half naked men rolling around choking each other for 25 minutes, or fighters going at it and gassing out after one round. It is a sport like none other, brilliant craft and skill, tremendous heart, impressive cardio, and brutal action is displayed.
In rival combat sports, it is rare to get two warriors going at it toe-to-toe, mono a mono, for 12 rounds, exhaustion kicking in… but the fighters are still bombing away, knockdowns are exchanged and the gladiators continue to battle. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Junior middleweight contender Alfredo Angulo (22-2, 18 KO’s) has had a nice career but he’s been exposed when he’s stepped up a level. On Saturday, it looks like Angulo is going to get exposed again when he faces Erislandy Lara (17-1-2, 11 KO’s) in a fight for the interim WBA World light middleweight title at the Home Depot Center, in Carson, California, USA.
It’s too bad because Angulo was just now starting to get his career back in order after getting wiped out by James Kirkland in 2011 Angulo has won his last two fights since then, albeit against weak opposition. As far as his fight with Lara goes, Golden Boy Promotions has done Angulo no favors in this one because this is not the type of opponent that Angulo can succeed against. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: They made a big deal about the Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Saul “Canelo” Alvarez fight taking place at a measly 152 lb. catch-weight for their September 14th fight in Las Vegas, but what’s going to keep Canelo from not blowing off that two pounds and coming in at 154 like usual?
We’ve not heard there being a huge penalty written into the contract, and without one, Canelo can easily afford to pay whatever fine he’ll receive for coming in two pounds over the limit at 154. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: IBF/WBA super middleweight champion Carl Froch (31-2, 22 KO’s) doesn’t like the fact that unbeaten #1 WBO, #2 WBA, #2 WBA, #7 IBF, George Groves (19-0, 15 KO’s) has been calling him out left and right trying to get a fight with him.
Froch says if Groves keeps showing him disrespect than he won’t bother fighting him.
Speaking with Steve Bunce’s ESPN Podcast, Froch said “I’m in the position where I could freeze him out, and if he carries on being disrespectful I’ll just say ‘You know what, I don’t even need to fight you.’” Read the rest of this entry »
By Peter Wells (twitter – @boxingbrains): With just a few days to go until Chad Dawson defends his WBC Light Heavyweight title, I’ll be taking a look at his challenger, the 35 year old Canadian Adonis Stevenson. With just 21 fights to his name Stevenson is moving up from Super Middleweight having failed to secure a fight with one of the top guns at 168lbs. In modern day boxing Stevenson has failed to attract much attention outside of the fight game.
Having fought the majority of his fights in Canada he has some what gone under the radar, but Saturday night he has the chance to make a name for himself. Win, draw or lose, a good performance from Adonis against the world class Dawson would do wonders for his career. Having been a pro for just 7 years, Adonis still has time on his side even at the age of 35, a late bloomer he is, but compare him to fellow Light Heavyweight Bernard Hopkins and he’s a young pup. Read the rest of this entry »