By Ian Aldous: This past Saturday night, a big card from the Ponds Forge Arena in Sheffield, England saw a whole host of British talent in action. The main event featured a vacant European super-bantamweight title fight between Kid Galahad and Sergio Prado. The co-features showcased the continuation of the eight-man British light-heavyweight title tournament. I was ringside on fight night to cover all the action for BN24. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer says that both Amir Khan (28-3, 19 KO’s) and Luis Collazo (35-5, 18 KO’s) want to fight the winner of the Marcos Maidana vs. Floyd Mayweather Jr. fight on May 3rd. Earlier this morning it was announced that the Khan-Collazo fight was added to the card as the co-feature bout just before the Mayweather-Maidana fight at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The Khan-Maidana match-up isn’t a bad fight, but I’m not sure if it’s going to be quite a big enough one to where fans are going to get excited about the winner of that fight facing the Mayweather-Maidana winner. It’s a winnable fight for Khan, as Collazo hasn’t faced anyone in his class since he was beaten by Andre Berto in 2009. Collazo did beat Victor Ortiz last January, but Ortiz isn’t the same fighter he once was and he never really was a solid guy. Read the rest of this entry »
By B.G.B: Straight to the point, it’s obvious that WBA welterweight champions Marcos Maidana (35, 31 KO’s) is a massive underdog going into the biggest fight of his life against pound for pound King Floyd Mayweather Jr (45-0, 26 KO’s) on May 3rd at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. Mayweather has superior hand speed, footwork, accuracy, defense, height and reach. The only attribute Maidana can and will rely on is his superior power, but how far will power take him? Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: I hope you don’t mind having the Amir Khan (28-3, 19 KO’s) vs. Luis Collazo (35-5, 18 KO’s) as the co-feature bout on the May 3rd Showtime pay-per-view card headlined by Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Marcos Maidana, because that’s what Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer says will be happening. He said today that the Khan-Collazo fight will be the co-feature bout just below the Mayweather-Maidana fight.
“Khan versus Collazo is done, and they’re going to be fighting underneath the Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Marcos Maidana card,” Schaefer said via RingTV. I think that is a huge addition to the card and it’s a terrific match-up.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: As I already reported, Amir Khan (28-3, 19 KO’s) will be facing former WBA welterweight champion Luis Collazo (35-5, 18 KO’s) on May 3rd on the undercard of the Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Marcos Maidana fight card at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Khan-Collazo fight was announced today.
I didn’t think they were going to match Khan up against someone dangerous for this fight. Collazo is a safe fight for Khan to keep him winning, and against a guy with an inflated ranking by the WBA. This is all about keeping Khan winning until he gets a big money fight against Mayweather in September of 2014 or in 2015. I’m not really excited about paying to see Khan fight a guy like Collazo. To me, that’s an ESPN2 level fight, and not nearly interesting enough fight to have it on Showtime PPV. Maybe if they had it as the first fight of the night on off TV, I wouldn’t mind it. But I hate the idea of Khan-Collazo being part of the PPV broadcast by Showtime. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: #1 WBO, Alex Leapai (30-4-3, 24 KO’s) says he doesn’t see how IBF/IBO/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (61-3, 51 KO’s) will be able to beat him in their fight in less than 5 weeks from now on April 26th at the Koenig Pilsener Arena, Oberhausen, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany.
Leapai, 34, sees himself hitting the 6’6” Wladimir hard early in the fight, and that in turn will cause Wladimir to play it safe for the remainder of the bout to keep from getting knocked out. Leapai thinks his power will cause Wladimir to fight defensively to the point where he won’t be able to win the fight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: The May 10th fight between #1 WBC Bermane Stiverne (23-1-1, 20 KO’s) and #2 WBC Chris Arreola (36-3, 31 KO’s) will be staged at the Galen Center, in Los Angeles, California, USA. The fight will be televised by ESPN, as Showtime and HBO failed to go for buying the fight for some reason. The previous Arreola-Stiverne fight from a year ago didn’t bring in huge ratings, so that might have something to do with it.
Southern California was pretty much the only place where an Arreola-Stiverne fight would bring in a lot of fans given that Arreola is from Southern California and has a big fan base over there. There was talk of possibly staging the fight in Mexico, but that might not have worked because Arreola isn’t from Mexico. He was born in Los Angeles, and it might have been a mistake in staging it in Mexico. Read the rest of this entry »
Manny Pacquiao (55-5-2, 38 KO’s) faces off against Timothy Bradley (31-0, 12 KO’s) in an intriguing rematch on April 12. Bradley won the first contest by a controversial split decision, but with many fans now believing the result will be the same this time round due to Pacquiao being in decline. But has Pacquaio really declined as much as people are saying?
We all know Pacman hasn’t stopped an opponent since Miguel Cotto (38-4. 31 KO’s) in November 2009, but his record shows after that fight, 3 landslide victories against Joshua Clottey (37-4, 22 KO’s) Antonio Margarito (38-8, 27 KO’s) and Shane Mosley (47-9-1, 39 KO’s) with Mosley being knocked down in the 3rd. Read the rest of this entry »
By Matt Wood: Gennady Golovkin is one boxing’s most promising and exciting new fighters. He had a huge 2013, with four wins that were good enough to earn him Ring Magazine Fighter of the Year. While these fights were convincing enough to get many of us thinking that GGG is the best middleweight in the world, they were over competition that, while admirable, wasn’t great. At 31, he still has his best years ahead of him, but he’s not exactly a young man anymore, and we’d like him to spend his prime putting it on the line and fighting champions, not the Osumanu Adamas of the world.
Golovkin has been quiet lately due to the death of his father and his return to his native Kazakhstan. While we offer him our condolences during this period of mourning, the fan in us can’t help but be wonder what awaits upon his return. With that said, let’s look at where his current trajectory could lead him over the next year. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Last Saturday night in the Manny Pacquiao – Tim Bradley face off with Max Kellerman, Bradley stood firm with Kellerman when he brought up their previous fight from 2012 and seemed to be trying to get Bradley to admit that he lost that fight. Bradley wasn’t going to play Kellerman’s game, so he shut him down in mid-sentence when he brought it up, and this left Kellerman stuttering briefly.
Kellerman: “You went back and reviewed the tape. You’re one of the most honest.” Read the rest of this entry »