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title Maidana/Lopez, Dawson/Stevenson, Lara/Angulo, Gamboa/Perez – this weekend

maidana32434By Sotoman: Throughout the past few months we have been spoiled with great boxing thrillers, this weekend seems like one of those weekends of boxing that need more talking about.  Lets see!

It looks like Yuriorkis Gamboa will be making his return to the ring under 50 Cents promotional label and looking to help his promoter, after one of 50 cents big name fighters fell in Billy Dib.  Yuriorkis Gamboa looks to score and impressive victory against Darley Perez.  Again, it will be the speed and power of Gamboa that fans will line up to see.  With a win, Gamboa may set himself up for a high profile fight later in the year. Read the rest of this entry »

title Mayweather wanted 147 or 150 for Canelo; Schaefer negotiated 152

floyd#1By Dan Ambrose: Chepo Reynoso, the trainer for WBA/WBC junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (42-0-1, 30 KO’s), says that Floyd Mayweather Jr. (44-0, 26 KO’s) initially asked for Canelo to fight him at 147 for their September 14th fight in Las Vegas, Nevada.

When he was unable to get Canelo to fight at that weight, he targeted a catch-weight of 150. It was Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer who successfully negotiated the catch-weight of 152 lbs, which just happened to be the original request from Canelo’s team. Read the rest of this entry »

title Fury isn’t ready for David Haye – or Deontay Wilder

fury3333By Scott Gilfoid: Former British and Commonwealth heavyweight champion Tyson Fury (21-0, 15 KO’s) chose not to take an IBF heavyweight title eliminator bout with unbeaten Kubrat Pulev to try and become the mandatory for IBF heavyweight champ Wladimir Klitschko.

The word is the 6’9” Fury could be facing David Haye later on this year if and when Haye gets past Manuel Charr. That’s going to be a tough one for Haye because Charr’s got decent power and Haye will be out-weighed by over 30 pounds. But if Haye gets past Charr, we’ll likely see him fighting Fury before the end of the year. Read the rest of this entry »

title Floyd Mayweather falsely accused of hypocrisy

floyd#22By Bruce Smith Jr: I find it absolutely fascinating that up until a few days ago, many Floyd Mayweather detractors were up in arms, deriding the pound for pound king for “ducking” Canelo Alvarez. All the while Mayweather was focused primarily on securing that fight for the fans.

Then, instead of seeing articles admitting wrongful assumptions and giving Mayweather props for taking on the most difficult challenge available, (which I felt would have been entirely appropriate after such a wrongful accusation) fans and critics alike are accusing Mayweather of hypocrisy now that he’s fighting Canelo at a catch-weight of 152 pounds, citing the Cotto fight as evidence. This is absolutely ludicrous, and here’s why:

In the buildup to the Cotto fight Floyd Mayweather never said, “I’m never going to fight at a catch-weight again.” Had he uttered those words and then agreed to a catch-weight with Canelo, then sure, that would be grounds for calling him a hypocrite. Read the rest of this entry »

title Now that Canelo is on Mayweather’s radar

alvarez8By Babatis Banda: From the time it was known that Mayweather Junior 44-0-26 would be fighting Guerrero, there were all sorts of accusations on Mayweather’s part. Guerrero despite being a mandatory challenger and a champion in his own right, many of Mayweather’s critics increasingly made it so clear that there was no way Mayweather would choose to fight Saul Alvarez 42-0-1-30.

The argument was that Mayweather was a cherry picker and Alvarez provided a real threat to Mayweather’s unbeaten record.

While these accusations will never go away no matter who he fights, there must be some acknowledgement that it could never get any better than this. Canelo, as he is sometimes called, is not a cherry. He is young, strong and skilled. Read the rest of this entry »

title Can Canelo crack the Money Code?

alvarez346By Ahad Khan: The question on everyone’s mind leading up to their pay-per-view megafight on September 14 will be: Can Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (42-0-1, 31 KOs) crack what Floyd “Money” Mayweather Jr. (44-0, 26 KO), has called “The Money Code?”  The Money Code is, in other words, Mayweather’s famous defensive riddle that has thus far eluded all 44 fighters who have tried.  Will Canelo be able to accomplish what no other fighter has been able to and either knock out Mayweather or win enough rounds to out-point him?  This is what Canelo will have to do in order to remove the zero from Mayweather’s loss column.

Although Canelo has knockout power, a knockout against the pound-for-pound king seems unlikely.  In order to win to put Mayweather in any danger of losing, Canelo will have to accomplish several things.  The first hurdle will take place outside of the ring and before the fight even takes place.  Like several of Mayweather’s recent opponents (Robert Guerrero, Victor Ortiz), Canelo has never been in a fight of this magnitude.  Read the rest of this entry »

title Joe Cortez favors Mayweather to beat Canelo

mayweather334By Dan Ambrose: Former referee Joe Cortez believes that Floyd Mayweather Jr’s experience could give him enough of an edge to beat Mexican Saul “Canelo” Alvarez in their fight on September 14th in Las Vegas, Nevada. Cortez is impressed with the poise and maturity of the 22-year-old Canelo, but he wonders if the fight is taking place too soon for him. He thinks if it took place in a year or two he’d have a better chance at beating Mayweather.

Cortez said to Esto at “I do not know if you have the experience that you will have one or two more years. Mayweather is 36. 36 is not the same as 22, but he brings a lot of experience in the ring and has a style that is very hard to beat, has good power and I think that right now it’s going to be a little hard for Canelo because Mayweather has the experience…the experience will be too much for the boy…I’m favoring Mayweather.” Read the rest of this entry »

title Chad Dawson vs. Adonis Stevenson this Saturday, June 8th at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Canada

1698By Eric Thomas: This Saturday night will be the showdown between WBC light heavyweight champion Chad Dawson (31-2, 17 KO’s) and the knockout artist Adonis Stevenson (20-1, 17 KO’s) on June 8th at the Bell Centre, in Montreal, Canada.

Unless this fight ends in a draw, there’s going to be questions answered about the future of one of these guys starting with Dawson. He’s not looked good in quite some time and it could be that he reached his peak early and started going downhill at an early age. Read the rest of this entry »

title Mosley could face Broner-Malignaggi winner or Mundine

mosley445(Photo credit: Alma Montiel) By Allan Fox: 41-year-old Shane Mosley (47-8-1, 39 KO’s) is being mentioned as a possible opponent for the winner of the June 22nd fight between WBA welterweight champion Paulie Malignaggi (32-4, 7 KO’s) and Adrien Broner (26-0, 22 KO’s), according to Badlefthook.

Mosley will get the winner unless he chooses instead to face former WBA super middleweight champion Anthony Mundine (44-5, 26 KO’s) in a fight that would take place in August or September in Australia.

Mosley is reportedly being offered good money for the Mundine fight to face him at 154. Mundine, a middleweight, would drop down 6 pounds to take the fight. Read the rest of this entry »

title Maidana picks Khan to beat Alexander

khan#2By Scott Gilfoid: Marcos Maidana is picking Amir Khan (28-3, 19 KO’s) to beat IBF welterweight champion Devon Alexander (25-1, 14 KO’s) in their proposed fight on December 7th. Maidana has lost two both fighters, but he feels that Khan’s hand speed will be key to him beating Alexander.

Maidana was beaten worse by Alexander than Khan, but he still thinks Khan will be too fast for Alexander when that fight happens in December.

Maidana said this to when asked who will win in a fight between Khan and Alexander: “Amir Khan punches fast. Alexander [is] not strong, no power.” Read the rest of this entry »

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