By Dan Ambrose: The May 4th fight between WBC junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (41-0-1, 30 KO’s) and WBA junior middleweight champion Austin Trout (26-0, 14 KO’s) is not a done deal, according to Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer. He has three other opponents that he’s considering for Canelo on that date in addition to Trout, according to Steve Kim.
Schaefer told ESPN “It is not done, it is not signed. There are other possibilities we are looking at for Canelo.”
Trout is still the leading guy, but it looks like Schaefer has some other guys available in case the Trout-Canelo fight doesn’t get made. Stephen Espinoza thinks the fight can be made, but there’s obviously something that is holding up the negotiations. Read the rest of this entry »
By Mark Havey: After spending so much of his career fighting in America, Manny Pacquiao now wants a change. The crowd pleasing Filipino legend has said that he would like to fight in China or the Philippines. So many countries have been suggested that it’s difficult to be sure what his preference is.
Pacquiao is used to being worshiped in every country he steps foot in, but none more so than his native Philippines. Every time he steps into the ring, Manny Pacquiao has the expectations of an entire country on his shoulders. It would be nice for him and his fans if he fought back on home soil. But it won’t happen. Read the rest of this entry »
By Ben Walton: Last Saturday night, lightweight champ Adrien “The Problem” Broner successfully defended his WBC title in Atlantic city New Jersey, against Welshman Gavin Rees, Taking his record to 26-0 with 22 KO’s.
Superstar in the making Broner 23, is hotly tipped to become a P4P great after already winning belts in two weight divisions.
After a slow start, The problem Stepped up the pace in the 3rd round, going on to drop the game Rees in the 4th and again in the 5th, forcing the traveling Welshman’s corner to throw in the towel. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Unbeaten super featherweight contender Mickey Bey (19-0-1, 10 KO’s) has failed his drug test for his fight earlier this month against Robert Rodriguez on February 2nd. Bey stopped Rodriguez in the 3rd round with a huge left hook to the head. Dan Rafael reports that the 29-year-old Bey had a high concentration of testosterone in his system.
The normal levels are 6-1 ratio, and Bey had a 30-1 ratio, according to Rafael. The Nevada State Athletic Commission will be having a hearing on the results of the test. Bey could be facing a suspension for this, unless they can find some kind of reason to explain for the results. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Former IBF/WBA light welterweight champion Amir Khan (27-3, 19 KO’s) still doesn’t have an opponent for his April fight date, and it’s not looking good right now that he’s going to be able to find anyone halfway decent that Showtime will agree to.
Khan said on his twitter “[Vyacheslav] Senchenko, [Juan Manuel] Marquez, [Humberto] Soto, [Josesito] Lopez, [Timothy] Bradley, [Jessie] Vargas all said no due to weight issues or they just didn’t want to fight and get back to us.”
Khan wants to fight a well-known fighter for his next bout, but he’s been picking welterweights and he wants them to boil down to at or near 140 in order to fight them. These guys don’t want to have to drain themselves just to fight Khan. Read the rest of this entry »
By Tony Crooks: There are many ingredients to make the ultimate heavyweight champion. There are a number of factors that are needed, firstly, a good chin, and you also need good boxing skills, durability, heart, endurance, hand speed, good defence and physical attributes and a killer instinct.
So how do you create the ultimate heavyweight champion of the world? Let us start with a good chin, if you can’t take a punch and you will take one at one time or another; you are on an uphill struggle. In my book, Oliver McCall had the best chin in history; there are others like Marian Wilson, Larry Holmes, Joe Bugner and Vitali Klitschko and of course the great Ali, but McCall gets my vote. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: HBO has got to be feeling the pain today at the news that their star, the biggest pay per view star in all of sports Floyd Mayweather Jr., has left them and signed a six-fight, 30 month deal with Showtime/CBS. Dan Rafael of ESPN is right; this has got to be the darkest day for HBO ever.
They lost Manny Pacquiao for one fight, and we saw what happened after that. But to lose an even bigger star in Mayweather, that’s going to be tough on HBO. They don’t have anyone to fill in the void that Mayweather Jr. has left.
Adrien Broner is one of HBO’s darlings right now, but he’s not ready to be promoted to pay-per-view fights, partly because of the poor match-making his promoters at Golden Boy Promotions are doing for him. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: Unbeaten Floyd Mayweather Jr. has reportedly signed a six-fight deal with Showtime/CBS pay per view deal that could take Mayweather to the end of his career. The deal is for 30 months, so Mayweather is going to have to stay active if he’s going to squeeze in all of those fights.
He’s not going to be able to fight once a year like he’s been doing if he wants to get in all six of the fights. Mayweather’s first fight of the new contract will be against Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero on May 4th. Read the rest of this entry »
By Thomas Cowan: James DeGale has announced he will be facing unknown Argentinian Pablo Farias on March 23rd. This is a disappointing choice of opponent because DeGale claimed he would be facing a world class fighter after vacating his European title to face better opponents. If DeGale had kept his European title he’d be facing #8 WBC contender Mouhamed Ali Ndiaye which would be ideal for DeGale considering that he’s trying to work his way towards a shot at the WBC title.
Instead, his rival George Groves will be fighting Senegalese born Italian Ndiaye for the vacant title. Groves has suggested that DeGale vacated to avoid Ndiaye, a suggestion that I found hard to agree with because I thought DeGale would be fighting someone decent like Brian Magee or Thomas Oosthuizen but choosing unranked Farias suggests that DeGale was worried about fighting Ndiaye after all. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: British heavyweight champion David Price (15-0, 13 KO’s) says he wants to fight Tyson Fury (20-0, 14 KO’s) now because he doesn’t see their fight getting much bigger before they fight for a world title. Price thinks Fury wants the fight, but his management around him is keeping him from taking the fight.
Price said to Sky Sports “It’s the people around him [Fury]. They’ve got the brains and they are thinking ‘David Price is a big puncher and a dangerous opponent, this could end very quickly.’ I think it’s down to them.” Read the rest of this entry »