By Meyer Lynk: Everyone that’s deep in the boxing scene knows if Floyd Mayweather Jr. had it his way – He would never fight Saul “Canelo” Alvarez 42-0-1-30. Floyd’s method of operation works like this: Choose the easiest route that pays the most. Every hardcore boxing fan knows this.
Due the low PPV numbers for Mayweather’s previous fight against Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero, (not the PPV numbers given to the public to save face and put a good light on the event, which all promoters do, but the real PPV numbers that are collected and was not given to the public and only to the board members). Read the rest of this entry »
By Gerardo Granados: Once the veteran lion king and boxing legend WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. was not considered the top pound for pound boxer and on times he could have been the underdog going in to a fight, but now he is the man to defeat and all the pressure is on his side.
On the other corner Saul Canelo Alvarez is a young lion king who has not proved himself against any one as skilled as Money but his huge charisma has allowed him a shot to make history next September 14th in Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.A. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Despite all the talk from IBF/WBA super middleweight champion Carl Froch (31-2, 22 KO’s) about being willing to face the talented Andre Ward (26-0, 14 KO’s) in the UK, there’s been absolutely no contact from Froch or his promoter with the 29-year-old Ward to try and schedule a fight between them.
In other words, Froch has done a lot of talking in mentioning Ward’s name but he hasn’t made the move to make the fight a reality.
Ward told fighthype.com “There hasn’t been one phone call made that I’m aware of to try and generally schedule a rematch. I don’t think the man wants to fight me. And I’m not going to be dictated to.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Former WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr’s next fight will be moving from August to September 7th, according to Steve Kim. Top Rank promoter Bob Arum is saying that he wants Chavez Jr. to fight on that date and he has the Staples Center in Los Angele, California on hold.
There had been talk of Chavez Jr. fighting in Mexico City, Mexico, but it looks like Arum has had second thoughts about that for some reason. Read the rest of this entry »
By 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 »
By 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 »
By 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 »
By 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 »
By 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 »
By 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 »