(Photo credit: Tom Casino/Showtime) By Dan Ambrose: Everything was supposed to be good with Alfredo Angulo (22-2, 18 KO’s) with him coming back from a near one-year layoff and changing trainers to Virgil Hunter in the California Bay Area. Unfortunately, Angulo’s problems haven’t been taken care of by Hunter because Angulo looked like the same slow, plodding fighter that he’s been in struggling to beat a little known welterweight named Jorge Silva (19-3-2, 15 KO’s) by a less than spectacular 10 round unanimous decision on the undercard of Amir Khan vs. Carlos Molina at the Sports Arena in Los Angeles, California.
Angulo got the decision by the scores 97-93, 97-93, 97-93, but it was so ugly to watch. Angulo was taking punishment big time in the opening round, and I thought for a second there that Silva would score a knockout because Angulo was just too slow to block the incoming shots. Read the rest of this entry »
Move over football make way basketball, goodnight bar room brawlers. Boxing is back and with a vengeance. With the emergence of new stars and the hard work and dedication of veterans boxing is re establishing itself as the preeminent sport of the land. The most visible protagonist is Floyd Money Mayweather JR.
This undefeated boxer is the standard bearer in the sport. His dominance is mind blowing and envied by athletes of all different sports. His main rival Manny Pacquiao while recently being knock the bleep out has accomplished what no other fighter in the history of the sport has ever dreamed or fathomed to walk through eight weight classes and dominate. Read the rest of this entry »
At this point everyone who’s into boxing has watched the fight with Manny Pacquiao getting knocked out cold by Juan Manuel Marquez with, “the punch heard around the world”. Pacquiao lost this fight due to his lack of focus and distractions.
Pacquiao is surrounded by distractions and his yes men don’t help his cause either. Pacquiao showed little glimmers of his former self during much of the fight before getting knocked out by Marquez but, the fact of the matter is Pacquiao walked into a punch that he didn’t see and should have never been caught as solidly as he did. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: 33-year-old Jorge Arce said he ending his boxing career after getting blown out in a 3rd round TKO by WBO super bantamweight champion Nonito Donaire in Houston, Texas. Donaire hit Arce with a scorching left hook to the head that knocked him out in the 3rd round. Arce was already badly hurt at the time after getting knocked down moments earlier in the same round. Donaire ended up knocking the little 5’4” undersized Arce down three times in the fight.
This mismatch was just like the mismatch that Bob Arum put together between Manny Pacquiao and an over the hill 40-year-old Shane Mosley last year. Why these two fights were put together is beyond me, because they weren’t fan friendly fights in terms of being competitive. I think it’s bad for boxing to have mismatches like Donaire-Arce put together, because it’s not interesting to watch, and it gives a false impression about how good guys like Pacquiao and Donaire really are. We just saw Pacquiao exposed when he had to step it up and fight someone good, and I suspect the same thing will happen one of these days when Arum finally puts Donaire in with quality fighters like Mares and Guillermo Rigondeaux. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Undefeated heavyweight contender Tyson Fury (20-0, 14 KO’s) wasn’t impressed with the performance of American heavyweight knockout artist Deontay Wilder’s 3rd round demolition of Kelvin Price (13-1, 6 KO’s) last night in Los Angeles, California. Fury thinks that his last opponent Kevin Johnson would beat the 27-year-old Wilder, and Fury suggests that Wilder fight unbeaten British and Commonwealth heavyweight champion David Price.
Fury said on his twitter “Just watched Wilder fight! Not impressed at all. He couldn’t beat Kevin Johnson! Very raw and open to big shots! [Wilder has a] Long way to go, [but] big punch. Wilder and [David] Price are the same, untested hype! To be a top fighter you need more than a punch! They have a long way to go. Why not fight each other. [It] would be good.” Read the rest of this entry »
A great deal has been said and written about Danny Garcia beating Amir Khan. Some fans and writers believe Khan got exposed while others marvel at Garcia’s punching power. A cold analysis of that fight will reveal the following: Garcia didn’t beat Khan. Khan beat himself. Garcia was throwing that left hook of his during the first 3 rounds and wildly missing with it.
Khan was beating him up and straight out classing him big time, busting up his nose and eyes but Khan got cocky, excited, though it was done and wanted to finish him in style to get a glorious knock out. He started to go in open like nothing could hit him and Garcia threw that hail mary, eyes closed, full force desperation left hook and caught Khan. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: LA Times writer Lance Pugmire is reporting that Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer is highly interested in matching Amir Khan (27-3, 19 KO’s) with Josesito Lopez (30-5, 18 KO’s) for Khan’s next fight in April. Khan ended his two fight losing streak last night in beating lightweight Carlos Molina (17-1, 7 KO’s) by a 10th round stoppage at the Sports Arena in Los Angeles.
Boxing fans were hoping that Khan would attempt to avenge his loss to Danny Garcia, but Schaefer is thinking of making that fight later towards the end of next year. Lopez is the one that Schaefer wants for Khan next. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Unbeaten heavyweight superstar on the rise Deontay Wilder (26-0, 26 KO’s) is looking for his next victim after easily dispatching 6’7” Kelvin Price (13-1, 6 KO’s) with a single right hand shot to the head that knocked him out in the 3rd round last Saturday night in front of a large national television audience in the U.S on Showtime at the Sports Arena in Los Angeles, California.
It was a good finish to what had been an unusually reserved performance from the young 27-year-old Wilder, but that’s why he’s so special. He’s got tremendous power that he holds in reserve and even if he’s not looking good, he can make up for his mistakes with a single shot to the head. Read the rest of this entry »
By William Mackay: WBA/WBC light welterweight champion Danny Garcia says he’s up for a rematch with former IBF/WBA light welterweight champion Amir Khan after watching him defeat Carlos Molina last night by a 10th round TKO in Los Angeles, California. Khan called Garcia out after the fight, saying he’d be willing to fight him “Anytime, anyplace.” Khan also claimed that his knockout loss to Garcia was due to Garcia getting “lucky.”
Garcia said to Sky Sports News “It’s up to what Golden Boy wants because I can say ‘yeah, let’s go do it’ but really I have no control over it…If everything is right we can do it.”
It doesn’t seem likely that Golden Boy will let Khan fight Garcia again if you’re to read the tea leaves from what Richard Schaefer, the CEO of Golden Boy said after the fight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Van Dunn: On last week the boxing world was treated to what is now viewed as a potential fight of the year and most certainly the knockout of the year when Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez clashed for the 4th installment of their classic bouts. First of all, we must congratulate Marquez on his “Rocky” like performance in finally conquering his demons of not getting a clear cut victory over his nemesis in the seemingly indestructible Manny Pacquiao.
What Pac fans are calling a “lucky punch”, was actually a “perfect punch” when Marquez connected on a devastating right hand that dropped Pacquiao cold and ended the fight abruptly. Read the rest of this entry »