(Photo credit: Esther Lin/Showtime) By Dan Ambrose: Lucas Matthysse (34-3, 32 KO’s) is hoping that a win over John Molina (27-3, 22 KO’s) this Saturday night will lead him to a rematch against WBA/WBC light welterweight champion Danny Garcia, according to RingTV. Matthysse was beaten by Garcia in a clinch-filled fight last September on the Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Saul “Canelo” Alvarez card. Matthysse had been doing well against Garcia despite his running and clinching, but once he caught an elbow in the right eye, it closed his eye and changed the complexity of the fight.
If Matthysse can’t get the rematch against Danny Garcia, he’ll stay at 140 or two or three more fights. Matthysse could face IBF light welterweight champion Lamont Peterson in a rematch or wait around to fight for the vacated WBA and WBC 140lb titles that Garcia vacates, as he plans on moving up to the 147lb division. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Amir Khan (28-3, 19 KO’s) thinks he’ll not only steal the show in two weeks in his fight against Luis Collazo (35-5, 18 KO’s) on the May 3rd Floyd Mayweather Jr vs. Marcos Maidana fight card at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada, but he’ll also force Mayweather to fight him by looking so good in the Collazo fight.
Khan hasn’t looked good in a fight in three years since since he fought a past his prime Zab Judah in 2011. Since then it’s been one awful performance after another for Khan with him going 2-2 in his last four fights. Khan still feels he’s going to steal the show and force Mayweather to fight him by looking good against the 33-year-old Collazo. Read the rest of this entry »
By Augie Cruz: I still remember the days when boxers in their prime and most times undefeated wanted and pushed to fight the other boxers considered the best or ranked at the top of the sport. Don’t get me wrong, it still happens today but very seldom, some examples; recently Miguel Cotto was offered upwards of $10 million to take on Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and although I still think that fight will eventually take place and it will be exciting and very competitive, Cotto decided to go for glory and the history books by accepting a fight with tougher fighter in Sergio Martinez for much less money. Read the rest of this entry »
By Raj Parmar: Back in 2007, then super welterweight champion Oscar De La Hoya faced off against Floyd Mayweather in one of the richest fights in boxing history. The fight was promoted by Golden Boy Promotions (founded by De La Hoya in 2002) and a heated build up between Oscar and Mayweather ensued, so much that there is still high tension between the two to this day.
Both Oscar and Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer were greatly disappointed when Mayweather pulled out a split decision win, as Oscar and Richard were very close personally and professionally at this point. Read the rest of this entry »
(Picture Credit: KMG/Michael Sterling Eaton) By Allan Fox: Noel Thornberry, the trainer for challenger Alex Leapai (30-4-3, 24 KO’s), is hoping that the referee assigned to his fight this Saturday night against IBF/IBO/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Wlaidmir Klitschko (61-3, 51 KO’s), will limit the amount of clinches that the 6’6” Wladimir does in their fight in order for Leapai to have a fair chance of winning the fight at the Koenig Pilsener Arena, Oberhausen, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany.
It’s no secret that Wladimir uses the clinch to control his opponents to keep them from being able to throw punches, but Thornberry wants the referee to do his job by making sure that the clinching from Wladimir isn’t excessive. Read the rest of this entry »
By James Le Blanc: Max Kellerman had some interesting comments on The Fight Game with Jim Lampley regarding Andre Ward and the criticism he receives for not being a fan friendly fighter. He discusses some of the reason behind this could be based on the way Ward conducts himself. Andre Ward chooses to be humble, soft spoken, and a respectable human being and as an African American fighter this persona doesn’t sit too well with the boxing audience.
They also mentioned on the fight game that if Manny Pacquiao has another solid performance and Andre Ward still has not fought by then, Manny will take his spot as #2 on the p4p list. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Former WBA/WBC light middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (43-1-1, 31 KO’s) hasn’t beaten his next scheduled opponent WBA light middleweight champion Erislandy Lara (19-1-2, 12 KO’s) yet, and already Canelo’s trainer Jose “Chepo” Reynoso is looking past that fight for a much hoped for clash against Miguel Cotto (38-4, 31 KO’s) for later on this year.
Cotto has an important fight on June 7th against WBC middleweight champion Sergio Martinez at Madison Square Garden in New York, and there’s no telling how Cotto will do in that fight. He could very well come apart like he did in his losses to Antonio Margarito and Manny Pacquiao. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: #6 IBF, #6 WBA heavyweight contender Tony Thompson (39-4, 26 KO’s) will be taking a tough fight against #13 WBC Carlos Takam (29-1-1, 23 KO’s) on June 6th in a scheduled 12 bound bout at the Palais des Sport Marcel Cerdan, Levallois-Perret, Hauts-de-Seine, France. The 42-year-old Thompson will be fighting in front of the France-based Takam’s home fans in this fight, and Thompson’s going to need to put in the kind of performance that we saw from him in his last performance against Odlanier Solis last month for Thompson to ensure he gets the win.
Thompson needs a win in this fight to keep alive his hopes of getting a world title shot in 2015. He’s twice fought heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko for world titles, but both efforts led to knockout losses for Thompson in 2008 and 2012. Thompson would love to get one more shot at Wladimir for his IBF/IBO/WBA/WBO heavyweight titles. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: George Groves (19-1, 15 KO’s) sees IBF/WBA super middleweight champion Carl Froch (32-2, 23 KO’s) as having a bad case of the nerves as the two of them get nearer to their fight date on May 31st at the Wembley Stadium in London, UK. Groves thinks the punishment that he dished out to Froch last time they fought in November of last year has the 36-year-old fighter worried about the rematch, and he believes that Froch isn’t relishing the thought of having to get in the ring with the younger 26-year-old Groves again.
Groves expects to put an end to Froch’s career on May 31st by beating him in front of a packed house at the Wembley Stadium in front of a hostile crowd. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Former WBA welterweight champion Luis Collazo (35-5, 18 KO’s) thinks Ricky Hatton is wasting his breath in trying to give tips to Amir Khan (28-3, 19 KO’s) to help come out victorious against Collazo on May 3rd. Collazo believes that the advice Hatton gives would only work for himself and not for Khan.
Hatton beat Collazo by a 12 round decision eight years ago in 2006 in a fight that many boxing fans saw as a robbery. They felt that Hatton, the more popular fighter than Collazo, was given a gift decision. It’s hard to take Hatton’s advice to Khan seriously given that Hatton really didn’t prove that he was a better fighter than Collazo. I mean, that’s like getting advice from one of Collazo’s victims in how to beat him. Read the rest of this entry »