By Alon Calinao Dy: Boxing has become one of the most popular sports in the world today despite the emerging popularity of other sports like MMA and wrestling. Now, many of us know the names of Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. Some people would even say that Pacquiao can easily defeat Mayweather due to his aggressive nature, while others believe that Mayweather would beat Pacquiao due to his quickness and accuracy. Of course, this mega-fight between the two pound-for-pound fighters in the sweet science should have happened long time ago, but unfortunately the bout did not take place for some reasons.
The first name that comes to my mind when I think about a boxer who has excellent defensive styles is none other but Mayweather. On the other hand, I consider Pacquiao as a fighter who has superb offensive skills when it comes to breaking down the walls of his opponents. Read the rest of this entry »
Kessler vs Froch 3? pic.twitter.com/Tm4jYkiznC
— Mikkel Kessler (@MikkelKessler) May 12, 2014
By Scott Gilfoid: Mikkel Kessler (46-3, 35 KO’s) shot out a tweet today hinting that he wants to fight IBF/WBA super middleweight champion Carl Froch (32-2, 23 KO’s) in a third fight between them if Froch can get past George Groves (19-1, 15 KO’s) in their rematch on May 31st at the Wembley Stadium in London, UK. Kessler hasn’t fought since his 12 round unanimous decision loss to Froch last year in May, but it looks like he’s finally decided to get back in the ring after all this time. Kessler said he’ll be at the Froch-Groves 2 fight.
If Kessler had acted sooner after his loss to Froch last year, he would have very likely gotten an immediate rematch straight away, because Froch’s promoter Eddie Hearn was talking 24/7 about wanting to put an immediate rematch together between the two fighters due to the tremendous amount of interest there had been between the two fighters, but Kessler didn’t speak up, so Hearn had Froch move on and face Groves in what was by far a more exciting fight last November. Read the rest of this entry »
By T.B: You may have missed him but Father Time [FT] was sitting ring side at the May 3rd fight between Floyd Mayweather Jr. (46-0, 26 KO’s) and Marcos Maidana (35-4, 31 KO’s) at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada and I bet you can guess who he was there to see. They say Father Time comes to visit everyone at some point in our lives and he mostly shows up when we least expect him. Floyd Mayweather Jr got his first visit from FT right around the time Showtime’s “All Access” started documenting his every move for his up coming Maidana fight.
The fans who did tune into All Access witnessed the same tired act they saw on both the Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and Robert Guerrero All Access episodes. Fans got to see Floyd’s houses, cars, woman, and friends, all of which has been shown over and over year after year. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: The undercasrd of the June 21st fight between Vasyl Lomachenko vs. Gary Russell Jr. will have two fights that could wind up being far better fights than that one in welterweight Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero (31-2-1, 18 KO’s) fighting slugger Yoshihiro Kamegai (24-1-1, 21 KO’s) and former two division world champion Devon Alexander (25-2, 14 KO’s) fighting Jesus Soto Karass (28-9-3, 18 KO’s) in a 50/50 fight on Showtime at the StubHub Center in Carson, California.
Guerrero has done nothing since his loss to Floyd Mayweather Jr. last year in May. Golden Boy Promotions were interested in matching Guerrero up with Keith Thurman, but he chose not to take that fight. They had other options for him in addition to Thurman, but Guerrero opted not to take any of those fights. He wanted a rematch against Mayweather, but Mayweather wasn’t interested in fighting him again due to their fight not being a competitive one. Their fight didn’t bring in huge pay-per-view numbers either. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo courtesy of Top Rank & DiBella Entertainment/Justin Lopez) By Dan Ambrose: WBC middleweight champion Sergio Martinez (51-2-2, 28 KO’s) figures that the beat down he’ll be giving challenger Miguel Cotto (38-4, 31 KO’s) in their HBO pay-per-view fight on June 7th will send the 33-year-old Cotto into retirement after the fight and put a wrap on his long 13-year pro career when the two of them face each other at Madison Square Garden in New York.
Cotto’s career is limping along with now with him having been beaten in 2 out of his last 3 fights. He has a new trainer in Freddie Roach who has been giving him a lot of pep talks, and has him throwing a bit more to the body than he has in the recent past, but Cotto is still basically the same fighter that was out-boxed by Austin Trout and Floyd Mayweather Jr. recently. Read the rest of this entry »
By Gerardo Granados: Last Saturday night something unusual happened, not only that the heavyweight championship bout disputed between Chris Arreola vs. Bermane Stiverne was aired on open Television by ESPN and although there wasn’t previously a really big promotion for the fight it made well on TV ratings according to ESPN. The boxing media covered the event as if it was a big fight, it is also interesting enough to know that the contenders were not big names but they were able to wake up the interest of the fight fans to watch a heavyweight championship fight.
Just a couple of weeks ago the reigning WBA-IBF-IBO-WBO champion Wladimir Klitschko also fought and ESPN aired his fight but the bout did poorly having only a fraction of the usual viewers. Read the rest of this entry »
By Shawn Sangster: The purpose of this article is to paint a scene. A scene that is painted on the canvass of reality is with the brush strokes of possibility. The possibility that we will explore is an ideal promotional pairing, however, before we get into that lets look at the current landscape of boxing (the canvass).
With the recent announcement of the Pay Per View numbers coming in at between 750,00-800,000 for the last Pacqiao, and with Pay Per View purchases expected to be around 1 million for the recent Mayweather fight, it is clear that boxing is in need of a boost. While these numbers have not been terrible, they are also not good omens, as the both Mayweather and Pacqiao are on the front lines of the war to keep boxing alive and relevant. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Amir Khan doesn’t see a fight between IBF welterweight champion Shawn Porter (24-0-1, 15 KO’s) and #1 IBF Kell Brook (32-0, 22 KO’s) will take place in July, as the International Boxing Federation has ordered. Khan believes that Brook doesn’t have the stomach for the fight after watching the magnificent job that Porter did on Paulie Malignaggi in stopping him in 4th round last April.
“Brook-Porter is not going to happen because Kell doesn’t think he can win it,” Khan said via BBC Sport. “I don’t think Kell has got the bottle to take a big fight like that; he’s always been all talk when it comes to the big fights. Some fighters are like that.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Yannis Mihanos: Even though the fight between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao would be the richest purse in boxing history it seems that something stops it from ever happening. Many boxing fans are blaming Mayweather for the fight not happening due to the conditions he’s set up for a fight to take place between the two stars.
The talk about a potential fight has been going on for at least 5 years. Throughout this time period, each fighter has gone through many struggles and pains in and out of the ring but both fighters still remain at the top hierarchy at No.1 and No.2 in the pound-for-pound category. Read the rest of this entry »
By Damien Dennis: It has been almost a month now since Shawn Porter (24-0-1) with only 15 knockouts defeated the light fisted journeyman Paulie Malignaggi (33-6) in a one sided optional first defense of his IBF welterweight title. Even though the talented Kell Brook (32-0) with a massive 22 knockouts, has been in a mandatory position for that title for a very long time now, Porter’s anxious team decided to take an easy first defense against a boxer with little or no punching power but who also happened to be from the U.S.A.
In the aftermath of the lop-sided mismatched Malignaggi brawl I expected terms between the accomplished Brook and Porter to be worked out smoothly and quickly. However, nearly a month later and there has been little or no news from either camp. This has led to a lot of speculation as to why the fight hasn’t been penciled into the calendar seeing as the IBF had originally stated that the skilled Brook would get his shot by the end of July. Read the rest of this entry »