By Scott Gilfoid: WBA super middleweight champion Andre Ward (26-0, 14 KO’s) says that unbeaten, #1 WBC, #3 WBA, #3 IBF, #6 WBO, Edwin Rodriguez (24-0, 16 KO’s) wants $1 million plus in order for Ward to face him in what would be pretty much little more than a high caliber tune-up bout on HBO. Ward says his team already gave Rodriguez a perfectly reasonable offer, which wasn’t far from what Rodriguez’s team wants, but it was turned down. Rodriguez won’t get the $1 million plus that he’s asking for, says Ward.
Ward told RingTV “We put up a number, and the number is more than Rodriguez made in his last fight, and it’s more than he’s made in his whole career, and it’s a good number. But his team is asking for $1 million plus, and that’s just not going to happen.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Leonard Ellerbe of Mayweather Promotions believes that the 23-year-old red-haired Mexican fighter Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (42-0-1, 30 KO’s) is taking too big of a step up in competition in his fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr. on September 14th, and he thinks it’s going to be a mismatch in the talent department in “The One” at Las Vegas, Nevada. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: The Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Saul “Canelo” Alvarez bout isn’t the only interesting fight that will be taking place on September 14th. Unbeaten heavyweight hopeful Hughie Fury (8-0, 5 KO’s) will be making his 9th fight of his career against the big slugging cruiserweight Shane McPhilbin (8-7-1, 5 KO’s) on September 14th at the Magna Centre, Rotherham, Yorkshire, UK.
Why is the 6’6” Hughie facing a cruiserweight instead of a heavyweight is the big question. I guess it’s a way for Hughie’s promoter to make sure that Hughie doesn’t lose, because he’s looked awfully vulnerable against the dreadfully weak opposition he’s been in with thus far. Read the rest of this entry »
By Frank Gaskins: There are a lot of things that should or shouldn’t be taken into consideration when these two titans clash on Sept. 14th, depending on how deep you’re willing to dig. However after watching the open workouts of Floyd Mayweather Jr. (44-0, 26 KO’s) and Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (42-0-1, 30 KO’s) the past couple days it becomes painfully obvious that STAMINA will be the deciding factor in this fight.
Canelo seems to train at the same pace at which he fights, in spurts. Stamina has always been the question mark with Canelo, “is he able to fight an entire 3 minutes of each round”, “what if he met a fighter that could take advantage of his stamina”?. During the Austin Trout fight he was clearly gassed, at times taking nearly the entire round off; luckily for him Trout didn’t let his hands go (that won’t be the case with Mayweather). Read the rest of this entry »
By Robbie Bannatyne: Ever since it was announced that Floyd Mayweather Jr. sealed a lucrative 6 fight contract with Showtime and its parent network, CBS, all the cream fighters from the current vintage crop of Welterweights have been falling over themselves to land one of the Golden tickets left to face the former multi-weight World Champion, and current holder of the WBC welterweight and WBA light middleweight straps.
And although there have been a few long term hiatus’ and a false dawn in the form of a brief retirement from the sport in 2008, Floyd Mayweather Jnr will be 38 years old upon the conclusion of the 30 month contract he signed in February. So this series of fights will almost certainly be followed by a full stop to mark the end of a career punctuated by greatness. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo credit: Tom Hogan – Hoganphotos/Golden Boy Promotions) By Ivan Ivanov: The first part of the article made comparisons of the stance, the footwork, body and head movement and the guard of the two candidates for “The One”. There are other important basics as well but I’ll focus on the punching techniques of he rivals. I suggested there is a principal difference in the way Floyd Mayweather and Saul Alvarez throw their punches.
In a nut shell, Floyd throws scoring shots with caution on his mind while “El Canelo” throws punches that travel a little further through the target and he spends more effort and energy with each shot. Floyd retracts the hand as soon as it lands while Alvarez “pushes” a little longer. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo credit Stephanie Trapp: SHOWTIME) By By Babatis Banda: It is a fact that this will be one of the biggest boxing matches in recent history. It is fueled by a strong belief in some quarters that Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, being the younger, bigger and more powerful opponent will be the one to finally defeat the P4P great in Floyd Mayweather Jr.. While that is not difficult to imagine, real life often carry with it painful realities.
I will not be the one to write-off Canelo as just another statistic on Floyd’s resume. I believe that there is a reason why Canelo is still undefeated in 42 fights with 30 stoppages.
In all sport, there are the good ones and then the outstanding ones, the talented. Talent is purely skill, it could be inherited or just God given. The good ones may have learnt it, worked hard or used hook and crook methods. Read the rest of this entry »
By Eric Johnson: On September 14th Floyd Mayweather and Canelo Alvarez will meet up for the biggest fight of the year. Over the last few days Showtime has given fans a look into the fighter’s lives with All Access, and a personal view of Mayweather and Canelo’s respective workouts. The workouts were light, but seemed like modified versions of their usual routines.
The hype for this fight is increasing, and it feels like September 14th will never come. However it will, but in the meantime here are some takeaways from the ShoSports live workouts for those of you who haven’t seen. Read the rest of this entry »
By Stevie Ocallaghan: Adrien Broner, the man who would be king after his “big brother” Floyd Mayweather Junior retires is at the moment considering his next fight. It looks as if it will be be the tough Argentinian Marcos Maidana.
After a decisive points loss to Devon Alexander early last year he has came back and been convincing in stopping his last 3 opponents. Maidana is a tough fight for Broner but by the same point an extremely hard fight for Maidana. As Alexander and Amir Khan proved, Maidana struggles against skillful fighters of which Broner clearly is but I think the difference hear is Broner is easy to hit and doesn’t have the same movement as Alexander or Khan.
Maidana punches so much harder than Mallignaggi and also Gavin Rees who both kept on tagging Broner. Read the rest of this entry »
By Sevak Sarkisian: David Graf is a cruiserweight fighting out of Germany with Armenian ancestry. He is 24 years old and started his professional career in 2011 fighting a total of five times with each of those bouts ending inside the distance. He is 6’3 in height with a current record of (10-0 7KO’s). Read the rest of this entry »