By Scott Gilfoid: Amir Khan (29-3, 19 KOs) is counting on 2015 being a huge year for him. Khan is hoping to get big fights against the top names in the sport such as Floyd Mayweather Jr and Manny Pacquiao after failing to get fights against them during the first nine years of his pro career.
For Khan to get in the running for fights against the likes of Mayweather and Pacquiao in 2015 and beyond, he’s going to need to pass a minor test this Saturday night against Devon Alexander (26-2, 14 KOs) at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. Read the rest of this entry »
By Leigh K. Seto: Back in June, Top Rank promoter Bob Arum suggested Saul “Canelo” Alvarez could meet Miguel Cotto on Cinco de Mayo. What is significant about that statement is its common knowledge in boxing circles to be one of two Mayweather fight dates.
It seemed like a far-fetched prospect, because who would dare challenge the pay-per-view king on one of his two annual dates. That’s like someone announcing “I’m moving the Super Bowl to March”. Read the rest of this entry »
Writer thinks some voters will withhold support of Mayweather in getting into Boxing Hall of Fame if he doesn’t face Pacquiao
By Chris Williams: Yahoo Sports writer Kevin Iole believes that a numbers of voters will opt to withhold their vote for boxing great Floyd Mayweather Jr if he doesn’t face Manny Pacquiao before he retires from the sport.
In other words, the voters will supposedly hold it against Mayweather just because he doesn’t choose to face an opponent that he’s twice attempted to face already in the past. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jim Dower: Interim WBA welterweight champion Keith Thurman (23-0, 21 KOs) won’t be overlooking his 40-year-old opponent Leonard Bundu (31-0-1, 11 KOs) this Saturday night at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. Thurman knows full well that Bundu, #3 WBC, #4 WBA, has the kind of talent to give anyone problems in the 147 pound division.
Bundu is coming off of a 12 round split decision upset win over previously unbeaten Frankie Gavin in his last fight in August of this year. Bundu came in and beat Gavin in his own country in front of his own fans. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Former two division world champion Tim Bradley (31-1, 12 KOs) believes he’s developed some added power to his game after his recent loss to Manny Pacquiao last April.
Bradley says he hurt Pacquiao in that fight with some of his shots on three occasions, and he feels that’s an indication that he now has more power. Bradley doesn’t comment on the possibility that Pacquiao’s chin might not be the same since his one-punch knockout loss to Juan Manuel Marquez in 2012. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Former three division world champion Adrien Broner (29-1, 22 KOs) is calling out Marcos Maidana and Manny Pacquiao for a fight. Broner wants one of them to sign a contract to face him.
Broner has done precious little since his loss to Maidana last year, and that’s going to make it difficult for him to get a fight against either Pacquiao or Maidana at this point.
“This the face I’m go have when that hard hitting [expletive] CHINO or PAC-MAN sign a contract to fight me. Read the rest of this entry »
By Gary J Cooper: I learned that Amir Khan vs. Devon Alexander had been made when The Fight Guru (@TheFightGuru) tweeted it. I tweeted back, asking what he thought the odds would be. He didn’t give me a number, but said he thought Alexander would win. I tweeted back that I thought Khan would be about a (-250) favorite.
Khan is currently a (-240) favorite. Off the top of my head, I think the odds may have fluctuated from around (-230) to (-260) or so. I don’t remember for sure, but there hasn’t been much movement. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: #4 WBO Andy Lee (33-2, 23 KOs) will be bringing a 5-fight winning streak into the ring this Saturday night on December 13th when he takes on #1 WBO Matt Korobov (24-0, 14 KOs) for the vacant World Boxing Organization middleweight title at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
Lee, 6’2”, hasn’t fought a solid middleweight since his 7th round destruction at the hands of Julio Cesar Chavez Jr in 2012, and for that reason it’s difficult to know for sure what we’ll get from the stork-like Lee in this fight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: #6 WBA, #10 WBC, #12 IBF former junior middleweight champion Austin Trout (27-2, 14 KOs) will be fighting this Thursday night, December 11th in a scheduled 10 round bout against Luis Grajeda (18-3-2, 14 KOs) on ESPN2 from the Pechanga Resort & Casino, in Temecula, California, USA.
Trout, 29, is being slowly brought back after losing back to back fights to Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and Erislandy Lara in 2013. Trout was matched against 37-year-old fringe contender Daniel Dawson in his last fight in August of 2014, and Trout had to struggle to defeat him by a 10 round decision. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dino Marcelino: For the past decade, the most undoubtedly polarizing figure in boxing has been pound-for-pound king, Floyd “Money” Mayweather Jr. Following his systematic destruction of Argentine brawler Marcos Maidana in their September rematch, Mayweather now sits at 47-0.
The general consensus is that Mayweather will indeed retire undefeated, joining Welshman Joe Calzaghe and the legendary Rocky Marciano as one of the few to do so. By comparison, Marciano’s career spanned eight years before he decided to retire at age 32. Mayweather will be 38 in February, and has fought a whole decade longer than Marciano. Based on longevity alone, Mayweather has earned tremendous respect, and a worldwide following that extends outside of the ring. Mayweather refers to himself as “TBE” or “The Best Ever,” although there is one thing standing in the way of some boxing fans making that statement without hesitation. That one thing is a fight with Filipino superstar Manny Pacquiao. Read the rest of this entry »