By Allan Fox: Johnathon Banks, the trainer for IBF/IBO/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (62-3, 52 KOs), likes what he sees from Wladimir in his training camp as he gets ready for his September 6th title defense against his unbeaten IBF mandatory challenger Kubrat Pulev (20-0, 11 KOs) at the O2 World Arena in Hamburg, Germany.
Wladimir has 15 sparring partners in his training camp in beautiful Going, Austria. British heavyweight Anthony Joshua and American journeyman Kevin Johnson are two of the sparring partners that Wladimir has to help him get ready for the 6’4 ½” Pulev.
Wladimir doesn’t have anyone that fights exactly like Pulev, but with Wladimir’s trainer having them imitate Pulev’s fighting style, they’re going the best they can to impersonate him. Wladimir is sparring as much as 14 rounds of continuous sparring with different sparring partners. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Former two division world champion Marcos Maidana (35-4, 31 KOs) is using a mix of fast, slick and powerful sparring partners to get him ready for his rematch against WBA/WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr (46-0, 26 KOs) on September 13th at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Maidana’s sparring partners are as follows: Super featherweight Mikey Garcia, light welterweight Thomas Dulorme and welterweight Steve Forbes. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: WBO light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev (25-0-1, 23 KOs) is pleased that he’s got a chance to make a big name for himself in facing IBF/WBA 175lb champ Bernard Hopkins (55-6-2, 32 KOs) on 11/8 at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
This is the opportunity for the 31-year-old Kovalev to win over a lot of new fans by beating the wily old Hopkins and taking his two titles at the same time. Their fight will be televised by HBO in front of what should be a large nationwide audience. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: IBF/WBA super middleweight champion Carl Froch’s promoter Eddie Hearn says that the negotiations are “Frustratingly slow,” Hearn told Fighthype.com when asked how the negotiations are going for a Froch vs. Chavez Jr fight.
Froch and Hearn could end up with nothing to show for the negotiations with Chavez Jr if the fight is going to be tied into a contract extension for Chavez Jr with Top Rank. Chavez Jr likely won’t sign for a fight against Froch if it means he’s going to need to sign an extension with Top Rank for the fight to happen. Read the rest of this entry »
By Cameron Gillon: The WBC have officially ordered that their middleweight champion Miguel Cotto defend his newly won title against the winner of October’s middleweight clash between IBO/WBA middleweight champion Gennady ‘GGG’ Golovkin and Marco Antonio Rubio.
This is a good call from the WBC as Cotto is not seen as a real middleweight. He won the title off of a injury prone and past his prime Sergio Martinez. Rubio currently holds the WBC interim title which means this title will be on the line in his fight against Golovkin also so if Golovkin wins he will become Cotto’s mandatory challenger for the WBC belt and this will not amuse Miguel Cotto at all. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: WBA/WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr (46-0, 26 KOs) has had it real good in his last two fights. He made over $72 million combined for his fight against Marcos Maidana and Saul “Canelo” Alvarez. Mayweather is now about to scoop up another $30 million for his rematch against Maidana next month on September 13th. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: IBF welterweight champion Kell Brook (33-0, 22 KOs) believes he should have the upper hand in the Amir Khan negotiations next year if/when negotiations start.
Speaking with IFL TV about who calls the shots in the negotiations between him and Khan, Brook said “I’m the champion of the world. He’s not the champion. When he moves up to this level, he gets knocked out. I’m the governor. I’m the champion. I’m the man.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Former WBA 154 pound champion Austin Trout (27-2, 14 KOs) says he wants one more tune-up fight to get the rust out before he goes after the top tier fighters. Trout, 28, specifically wants rematches with Miguel Cotto, Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and Erislandy Lara.
Trout beat Cotto in 2012, but then lost to both Canelo and Lara by 12 round decisions. Trout fought well enough to deserve a win in the Canelo fight, but he was up against it by facing a popular fighter like Canelo in Texas. It was a situation where Trout needed to really pound Canelo if he had wanted to get a win. Read the rest of this entry »
By Raj Parmar: Top pound for pound boxing star Floyd Mayweather (46-0, 26 KO’s) is definitely not new to criticism of his boxing style with constant allegations that his fights are not exciting. Back in 2006, after outpointing welterweight champion Carlos Baldomir, Floyd famously got into an argument in the ring with HBO broadcaster Larry Merchant after Merchant noted that fans left the arena during the fight and were booing Mayweather due to how boring the fight was. Read the rest of this entry »
By Patrick White: Why is it the case that some boxers can take a punch but others cannot? Or to phrase this more scientifically: why is there such apparent variation in the punch resistance of professional boxers? How can Carl Froch take punches to the head like his cranium is made of stone, yet Amir Khan wobbles or goes limp and falls to the canvass when hit with a solid punch? I cannot offer a conclusive explanation as to what accounts for this variation but I can identify some important factors.
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