By Chris Williams: Robert Garcia, the trainer for WBO super bantamweight champion Nonito Donaire (31-1, 20 KO’s), doesn’t expect Nonito to have any problems at all in beating Cuban WBA World super bantamweight champion Guillermo Rigondeaux (11-0, 8 KO’s) next month on April 13th at the Radio City Music Hall, in New York, New York, USA.
Garcia sees Donaire stopping Rigondeaux in one or two rounds, and he says learned not to make a big deal out of Donaire’s opponents after Donaire stopped a heavily hyped – but much smaller – Fernando Montiel in two rounds two years ago in February 2011.
Montiel, 5’4”, Jorge Arce and Rigondeaux are all about the same height and reach, and all gave up close to three inches in height to the 5’7” Donaire. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: WBC interim welterweight champion Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero (31-1-1, 18 KO’s) has been pretty transparent about how he plans on trying to beat undefeated Floyd Mayweather Jr. (43-0, 26 KO’s) on May 4th at the MGM Grand, in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Guerrero’s plan is to get in the best shape possible to fight hard for 12 rounds, to put a ton of pressure on Mayweather, and throw a massive amount of punches that he’ll have problems answering due to his advanced age of 36. It’s a plan that many younger fighters use on aging veterans like Mayweather, and it’s a plan that tends to work more often than not. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: It looks like Golden Boy Promotions and the staff at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas are going to need to restructure the stadium because there reportedly is less than 2,300 tickets remaining for the April 20th unification bout between WBC junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (41-0-1, 30 KO’s) and WBA champ Austin Trout (26-0, 14 KO’s).
Initially they configured the 72,000 Alamodome stadium to fit 30,000 boxing fans for the Canelo-Trout fight, but when 20,000 tickets were quickly scooped up by eager fans jumping at the chance to purchase the low cost $10 and $20 tickets, they quickly restructured the stadium to fit 40,000 fans. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Angel Heredia, the strength and conditioning coach for Juan Manuel Marquez, believes 34-year-old Manny Pacquiao made a huge mistake by failing to get with his strength and conditioning coach Alex Ariza before his last fight with Marquez and following his instructions to build up his body.
Pacquiao was stopped in the 6th round by Marquez and didn’t look strong like he had been years earlier.
Heredia said on his social media site: “I believe if Pacquiao wouldn’t skipped Ariza’s training, he would of performed at a higher scale level, he needs to get to it.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Mark Havey: Amir Khan has often made the mistake of talking about other fights whilst training for another. Effectively dispersing his focus to places it shouldn’t be. history has proven that is never wise to over look an opponent. During his training camp for his fight with Lamont Peterson, Amir Khan repeatedly called out Floyd Mayweather.
He lost a close fight on points. Throughout training for Danny Garcia, Khan again issued challenges to Mayweather. Garcia knocked Khan out in round 4.
Khan recently used his Facebook page to propose an eliminator. Not a bad idea if he was suggesting a way in which he could earn a fight with Garcia, but he didn’t do that. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: WBO welterweight champion Tim Bradley (30-0, 12 KO’s) is doing fine after suffering a bad beating from Ruslan Provodnikov (22-2, 15 KO’s) last Saturday night in winning by a 12 round unanimous decision. Steve Kim is reporting that Bradley is well and will be attending the March 30th fight between light welterweights Mike Alvarado and Brandon Rios in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Bradley could end up fighting the winner of that bout. As for Provodnikov, it doesn’t look like Bradley is going to give him a second chance by giving him a rematch. Bradley moves on and will face one of his promoter’s fighters unless the World Boxing Organization or the Nevada State Athletic Commission orders an immediate rematch due to Provodnikov’s promoters making an appeal. Read the rest of this entry »
by Scott Gilfoid: WBC Silver light heavyweight champion Tony Bellew (19-1, 12 KO’s) has himself scheduled for two fights instead of just one. Bellew, 30, faces Isaac Chilemba (20-1-1, 9 KO’s) this month on March 30th at the Echo Arena in Liverpool, UK, and then win or lose, Bellew will return to the ring to face Bob Ajisafe (10-2, 3 KO’s) on May 25th on the undercard of the PPV fight between IBF super middleweight champion Carl Froch and WBA champion Mikkel Kessler at the O2 Arena in London, UK.
I can’t quite understand that fight because you’d think that Bellew’s promoter Eddie Hearn at Matchroom Sport at least would have found Bellew a halfway decent opponent given the divisibility of the fight card and all, but it looks like Hearn is scrimping with the undercard fights by putting his Matchroom stable fighters in mismatches against lesser opposition. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: Unbeaten lightweight Mickey Bey Jr. (18-0-1, 10 KO’s) received a mere slap on the hands by the Nevada State Athletic Commission for Bey testing positive for testosterone for his fight last month against Robert Rodriguez on February 2nd in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Bey Jr. knocked Rodriguez out in the 3rd round with an impressive looking left hook to the head. The Nevada Commission reportedly voted 3-2 to fine Bey Jr. $1000 and suspend him three months. The $1000 comes out of Bey Jr’s $8000 purse for the fight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: I’ve noticed that when you discuss the possibility of WBC junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (41-0-1, 30 KO’s) losing his April 20th fight against WBA junior middleweight champion Austin Trout (26-0, 14 KO’s) Austin Trout, some of Canelo’s fans start to lash out and name call. Is it because Canelo has orange hair that his fans react some bitterly?
It’s hard to understand what makes Canelo’s loyal fan base get testy when you point out he’s in trouble in the Trout bout. It’s better to tell the truth about Canelo than to build him up based on nothing. You don’t see this when other Mexican fighters are critiqued like Juan Manuel Marquez, and it makes you wonder what exactly it is about the red-haired Canelo that causes some of his fans to want to insult when you point out the possibility that he may lose and lose badly to Trout in this fight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Former WBA World lightweight champion Brandon Rios (31-0-1, 23 KO’s) doesn’t think his opponent Mike Alvarado (33-1, 23 KO’s) is disciplined enough to change for their rematch on March 30th at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Rios sees Alvarado as only being able to change briefly from their last fight in October of last year, and then he sees Alvarado reverting back to his slugging style of fighting and going toe-to-toe with him until the end of the fight.
Rios said to RingTV: “I think he’s going to try and use his reach, but it depends on how long he can keep it up for. I say one or two rounds. After that, he’s going to turn out just like the first fight. One or two rounds, he was on the outside. Read the rest of this entry »