(Picture Credit: KMG/Michael Sterling Eaton) By Allan Fox: Noel Thornberry, the trainer for challenger Alex Leapai (30-4-3, 24 KO’s), is hoping that the referee assigned to his fight this Saturday night against IBF/IBO/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Wlaidmir Klitschko (61-3, 51 KO’s), will limit the amount of clinches that the 6’6” Wladimir does in their fight in order for Leapai to have a fair chance of winning the fight at the Koenig Pilsener Arena, Oberhausen, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany.
It’s no secret that Wladimir uses the clinch to control his opponents to keep them from being able to throw punches, but Thornberry wants the referee to do his job by making sure that the clinching from Wladimir isn’t excessive. Read the rest of this entry »
By James Le Blanc: Max Kellerman had some interesting comments on The Fight Game with Jim Lampley regarding Andre Ward and the criticism he receives for not being a fan friendly fighter. He discusses some of the reason behind this could be based on the way Ward conducts himself. Andre Ward chooses to be humble, soft spoken, and a respectable human being and as an African American fighter this persona doesn’t sit too well with the boxing audience.
They also mentioned on the fight game that if Manny Pacquiao has another solid performance and Andre Ward still has not fought by then, Manny will take his spot as #2 on the p4p list. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Former WBA/WBC light middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (43-1-1, 31 KO’s) hasn’t beaten his next scheduled opponent WBA light middleweight champion Erislandy Lara (19-1-2, 12 KO’s) yet, and already Canelo’s trainer Jose “Chepo” Reynoso is looking past that fight for a much hoped for clash against Miguel Cotto (38-4, 31 KO’s) for later on this year.
Cotto has an important fight on June 7th against WBC middleweight champion Sergio Martinez at Madison Square Garden in New York, and there’s no telling how Cotto will do in that fight. He could very well come apart like he did in his losses to Antonio Margarito and Manny Pacquiao. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: #6 IBF, #6 WBA heavyweight contender Tony Thompson (39-4, 26 KO’s) will be taking a tough fight against #13 WBC Carlos Takam (29-1-1, 23 KO’s) on June 6th in a scheduled 12 bound bout at the Palais des Sport Marcel Cerdan, Levallois-Perret, Hauts-de-Seine, France. The 42-year-old Thompson will be fighting in front of the France-based Takam’s home fans in this fight, and Thompson’s going to need to put in the kind of performance that we saw from him in his last performance against Odlanier Solis last month for Thompson to ensure he gets the win.
Thompson needs a win in this fight to keep alive his hopes of getting a world title shot in 2015. He’s twice fought heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko for world titles, but both efforts led to knockout losses for Thompson in 2008 and 2012. Thompson would love to get one more shot at Wladimir for his IBF/IBO/WBA/WBO heavyweight titles. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: George Groves (19-1, 15 KO’s) sees IBF/WBA super middleweight champion Carl Froch (32-2, 23 KO’s) as having a bad case of the nerves as the two of them get nearer to their fight date on May 31st at the Wembley Stadium in London, UK. Groves thinks the punishment that he dished out to Froch last time they fought in November of last year has the 36-year-old fighter worried about the rematch, and he believes that Froch isn’t relishing the thought of having to get in the ring with the younger 26-year-old Groves again.
Groves expects to put an end to Froch’s career on May 31st by beating him in front of a packed house at the Wembley Stadium in front of a hostile crowd. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Former WBA welterweight champion Luis Collazo (35-5, 18 KO’s) thinks Ricky Hatton is wasting his breath in trying to give tips to Amir Khan (28-3, 19 KO’s) to help come out victorious against Collazo on May 3rd. Collazo believes that the advice Hatton gives would only work for himself and not for Khan.
Hatton beat Collazo by a 12 round decision eight years ago in 2006 in a fight that many boxing fans saw as a robbery. They felt that Hatton, the more popular fighter than Collazo, was given a gift decision. It’s hard to take Hatton’s advice to Khan seriously given that Hatton really didn’t prove that he was a better fighter than Collazo. I mean, that’s like getting advice from one of Collazo’s victims in how to beat him. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Floyd Mayweather Jr. had less than glowing things to say about Manny Pacquiao and Tim Bradley after watching their recent fight. Mayweather says he hadn’t seen Pacquiao fight since 2009 in his win over Miguel Cotto, and he thinks Pacquiao’s shots aren’t landing with the same pop as they did then. Mayweather also thought Pacquiao looked tired against Bradley in their rematch this month, and he hadn’t seen that from Pacquiao five years ago.
“I don’t see the same pop in Pacquiao’s shots. I don’t see the same snap in his shots,” Mayweather said in a teleconference. “He was getting tired, and he wasn’t getting tired before. With me, I’m still sharp, I’m still smart. I’m not getting fatigued. I think both fighters fought like amateurs. I’m seeing a totally different Pacquiao.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: #4 WBC, #6 IBF, #13 WBO, Martin Murray (27-1-1, 12 KO’s) defeated little known journeyman Ishmael Tetteh (29-11-2, 16 KO’s) by a 7th round stoppage on Wednesday night in a less than spectacular performance at the Emperors Palace, Kempton Park, Gauteng, South Africa. Tetteh didn’t come out for the 7th round. However, it’s hard to understand why Tetteh didn’t continue fighting because he was the one landing most of the punches in the fight.
Tetteh and Murray had a bad head clash in the 5th, and it was bad enough to where Tetteh went down on the canvas. It’s possible that Tetteh was still feeling the effects of the head clash in the 6th and that could be a reason he chose not to come out for the 7th. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jaime Ortega: The art of ducking is nothing new in boxing. Jack Dempsey ducked Afro-American fighters. Sugar Ray Leonard ducked Aaron Pryor. Roy Jones Jr. ducked Steve Collins, and the list goes on and on.
Boxing biggest problems started when fighters decided to become self-promoters. Even though, it was good news for boxers on a financial perspective, it was terrible news for fans and the sport of boxing. Read the rest of this entry »
(Picture: Team Sauerland) By Dan Ambrose: #12 WBO Nikola Sjekloca (26-1, 8 KO’s) says he’s been getting advice from Team Mayweather in how to get ready for his upcoming fight against WBO super middleweight champion Arthur Abraham (39-4, 28 KO’s) on May 3rd at The Velodrom, Prenzlauer Berg, Berlin, Germany.
“I am close to the camp of Floyd Mayweather,” Sjekloca said. “Their instructions in addition to hard workouts with my coach Millvoje Basic are the perfect package to become a world champion.”
Sjekloca, 6’1″, really doesn’t need the advice of Mayweather’s team to figure out how to beat the 5’9″ Abraham, because there’s already plenty of fights available to watch where Abraham was already beaten and badly exposed in defeats against Andre Dirrell, Andre Ward, Carl Froch and Robert Stieglitz. The best bluepoint to beat Abraham for Sjekloca would be for him to follow what Ward and Dirrell did, because both fighters used their height and reach advantage to jab Abraham and keep him on the outside for 12 rounds. Read the rest of this entry »