By Michael Byrne: Austin Trout and Steve Cunningham were both on the losing side on Saturday night, with Trout losing his ‘0’ and USS finding himself glued to the canvas. However, they can both draw some big positives from their losses. Both men spoke well in their ring interviews after their defeats: Trout was incredibly humble, and Cunningham was honest and accepting.
Trout could have complained about the ‘hometown’ judging, especially the 118-109 verdict, but instead decided to accept his defeat and praise Canelo. Presumably, he is not sat at home looking for a ‘man-in-the-hat’ on the replays. Cunningham could have complained about Tyson Fury being anything but gentlemanly, but instead managed to make Fury look even more dishonorable by showing how a gentleman really should act. Read the rest of this entry »
By Miguel Alejandro Lopez: Manny Pacquiao (55-5-1), arguably the best pound for pound boxing superstar prior to two recent heartbreaking defeats, has enough reasons to call it quits with his current promotional stable – Top Rank Promotions.
The first plausible reason for leaving Top Rank is lack of new competition. Bob Arum, the head honcho of Top Rank, is known for keeping his fighters in-house. This means that for many years, fans will see the same guys fighting each other. And with the lack of viable opponents, reruns of each fight will be inevitable. Right now, Pacquiao is only being presented with the options of facing Marquez or Bradley again in 2014, and either Rios or Alvarado in 2013. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Virgil Hunter, the trainer for former IBF/WBA light welterweight champion Amir Khan, sees his opponent Julio Diaz as a serious threat to Khan in their fight this Saturday night in Sheffield, UK. While the vast majority of the boxing world sees Diaz as just another past his best opponent that was hand-picked by Khan’s promoters for to look good against, Hunter sees Diaz as still being a high quality fighter of the first order.
Hunter said to the telegraph.co.uk “Julio Diaz is not just an opponent. He’s a serious two-time world champion, a dangerous rival, and should be respected as such. He’s a formidable foe…this is not just a comeback fight; this is a tough championship fight.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Little does anyone know that former WBA junior middleweight champion Austin Trout had to struggle in the last five rounds with a badly injured right ankle that he injured in the 7th round in his 12 round decision loss to WBC junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez last Saturday night.
Shukree Shabazz from Team Trout told esnewsreporting.com “Nobody knew at the time. He [Trout] just gritted his teeth and went out there. If you look at the film you can see that he injured his ankle.” Read the rest of this entry »
by James Le Blanc: I have become accustomed to continuously seeing Sergio Martinez’s name go up and down in the top 10 p4p rankings and it irritates me incredibly that he has never reached number one, at least for a short period of time. Since 2010 defeating Kelly Pavlik, Sergio has dominated his opponents, he has dominated his weight class, and he has dominated the sport.
Let’s recap to solidify my argument here. After the fight with Pavlik, Sergio fought a rematch with Paul Williams who had controversially defeated him before. We remember the knockout, the vicious hook that made people worry about the well being of Paul Williams. Since that giant victory over a much feared and over-sized middleweight in Williams, Martinez went on to fight Dzinziruk. Read the rest of this entry »
By Eric Thomas: Golden Boy Promotions have requested September 14th with the Nevada State Athletic Commission for a pay per view show in Las Vegas, Nevada in a fight that will be headlined by Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. a still to be determined opponent. At the same time, Top Rank will possibly have WBO welterweight champion Tim Bradley defending his title against Juan Manuel Marquez in a PPV bout as well.
What this means for boxing fans is that they will have to decide on which PPV broadcast they want to purchase on that fight unless they want to purchase both of them and flip channels or Tivo them. Unless there’s an injury of some sorts that will knock one of these two fights from that date, we could see the numbers for either fight less than what they could have been if they didn’t have tough competition. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: WBA/WBC junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (42-0-1, 30 KO’s) stopped off at the Golden Boy Promotions headquarters today to meet with the head honchos Oscar De La Hoya and Richard Schaefer to try and decide on who Canelo will be facing next on September 14th this year.
Golden Boy will make a strong attempt to get 32-year-old Miguel Cotto to take the fight with Canelo, but it’s going to take a lot of money to get him to agree. Cotto has lost his last two fights and he may not be excited about being in the position of being used as an old lion for Canelo to tear up and build his name on. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Manny Pacquiao’s choices for his next fight on October 13th are down to Mike Alvarado or Brandon Rios, according to his promoter Bob Arum of Top Rank. Arum had wanted to match Pacquiao up against Juan Manuel Marquez or Tim Bradley, but it looks like those two fighters will face each other next with the winner possibly facing Pacquiao in 2014.
However, if Marquez emerges as the winner, a fight between him and Pacquiao would likely only take place if he’s given $20 million because he’s looking for much bigger money the next time he faces Pacquiao after having received only $6 million the last time he fought him. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: While the heavyweight clash between the two giants Deontay Wilder (27-0, 27 KO’s) and Audley Harrison (31-6, 23 KO’s) is been relegated to that of an undercard position on this Saturday’s Amir Khan vs. Julio Diaz fight card in Sheffield, I have a strong feeling that this fight could end up stealing the show for the fans that actually get to see it.
The fight card will be televised by BoxNation in the UK, but unfortunately in the United States fans will only see the Khan-Diaz fight with just highlights of the Wilder-Harrison fight shown. Instead of that fight being televised in it’s entirety, U.S boxing fans will be shown Zab Judah vs. Danny Garcia and Peter Quillin vs. Fernando Guerrero.
I don’t mind seeing the Judah-Garcia fight, but Quillin-Guerrero is mismatch and hardly an interesting one as far as I’m concerned. I’d much rather see Wilder-Harrison than that fight because it involves former Olympic stars going at it. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: IBF super middleweight champion Carl Froch (30-2, 22 KO’s) may have no interest in fighting unbeaten super middleweight contender George Groves, but that doesn’t mean that Groves can’t still get to Froch in another way. Groves plans on helping WBA super middleweight champion Mikkel Kessler (46-2, 35 KO’s) get ready for his May 25th rematch against Froch by helping him with sparring to mimic how Froch fights.
Groves will be traveling to Copenhagen this Thursday to start helping Kessler.
Kessler’s trainer Jimmy Montoya said to the dailymail.co.uk “We hope to have him [Groves] here for sparring with us. We want George here because it would be really good quality sparring. We have invited him for April 28th. “ Read the rest of this entry »