By Chris Williams: Top Rank promoter Bob Arum may have done his No.1 money fighter Manny Pacquiao (56-5-2, 38 KOs) in a small way by matching him against obscure fighter Chris Algieri (20-0, 8 KOs) in their fight on November 22nd in Macao, China, but Arum ultimately is putting the 35-year-old Pacquiao in a position where his career is going to be on the brink of implosion should he lost to the 5’10” Algieri.
The casual boxing fans, the ones that will be purchasing the Pacquiao-Algieri fight on HBO pay-per-view, have no clue who Algieri is. The ones that do know who he is are largely unimpressed with his power and overall talent. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Former WBA lightweight champion Ray Mancini thinks that Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (44-1-1, 31 KOs) is an ordinary fighter with marginal skills, and that he should have been given a defeat in his fight against Erislandy Lara this month.
Mancini, like many other boxing experts, feels that Lara out-boxed Canelo for 12 rounds, but ultimately lost the fight to the house fighter, the guy that brings in more money for the sport of boxing.
Mancini thinks that Canelo’s trainers haven’t taught him the things that he needs to know, and that they were exposed for what they didn’t tell him in Canelo’s loss to Floyd Mayweather Jr. Mancino thinks Canelo is a big puncher, but not a skilled one and not one that can handle any kind of movement. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: You have to wonder whether the executives at HBO that call the shots as far as their boxing programming have a clue about the sport. The choice of HBO2 to televise flyweight Zou Shiming’s fight against Luis De La Rosa rather than Guillermo Rigondeaux’s fight against Sod Kokietgym was a curious one, because it suggests that HBO might have a tin ear when it comes to knowing who the hardcore boxing fans are interested in seeing on their network.
Rigondeaux’s fight ended up being televised by Unimas rather than HBO, while Shiming’s fight against De La Rosa gets televised. Shiming had a tough time against the 2nd tier opponent and won by scores – 99-91 – that didn’t match the actual fight. Rigondeaux destroyed his 1st tier opponent Kokietgym in one entertaining round. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: #4 WBO, #5 IBF Tyson Fury (22-0, 16 KOs) says he still hopes to fight this Saturday night on the Phones 4U Arena card in Manchester, UK. Fury’s previously scheduled opponent Dereck Chisora (20-3, 13 KOs) had to pull out of the fight due to a fractured left hand yesterday, leaving the ring rusty Fury high and dry without an opponent.
Fury said on his twitter today “I know who am fighting yet.”
American heavyweights Tony Thompson and Antonio Tarver have reportedly volunteered to step in and face Fury. However, given the talent of the two fighters, Fury and his handlers will steer clear of either of them. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo credit: Idris Erba) By Chris Williams: Marcos Maidana (35-4, 31 KO’s) isn’t willing to give Floyd Mayweather Jr (46-0, 26 KOs) full credit for his wins over Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero in 2013 for some reason. Rather than admitting that Mayweather did a great job of beating Canelo and Guerrero due to his boxing skills being too much for them to handle, Maidana says he thinks Mayweather beat them because they might been afraid of him.
They didn’t fight at the top of their game because they were simply too afraid of Mayweather because of his legend rather than who he actually was. Maidana says the reason he did so well against Mayweather because he showed him no respect and went right at him. Read the rest of this entry »
By Rob Blakeman: Many articles on boxing upsets have been written and some of them over time have become diminished or exaggerated. In any case, inspired by the recent Cotto Martinez upset I decided I would list in no particular order, the greatest boxing upsets I have personally witnessed live that made me literally shake my head in open-mouthed awe!
1. Nigel Benn V Gerald McClellan. In the most savage fight ever seen in a British Ring Benn came back against seemingly insurmountable odds and stopped the ostensibly indestructible aptly named; ‘Mini Mike Tyson’ McClellan late in the fight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Daniel Hughes: Hollywood has certainly thrown up some tales from the ring over the years. The film, Cinderella Man, the story of James J.Braddock, a massive underdog beating Max Baer on points to become world heavyweight champion of course being recreated on film. The film made for the mainstream being a decent story of the underdog prevailing. Read the rest of this entry »
By Mauricio Carranza: Former WBA/WBC junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (44-1-1, 31 KO’s) is by far the most famous and recognized Junior middleweight on the planet as of today.
I say that fully knowing that Floyd Mayweather Jr is a welterweight and defeated Canelo at 152lbs, which in my eyes does not make Floyd a Jr. Middleweight champion. And also Floyd hasn’t defended either of his WBA and WBC 154 pound titles that he won off of Canelo last September in beating him by a 12 round majority decision. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: WBC middleweight title holder Miguel Cotto (39-4, 31 KOs) says that Golden Boy fighter Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and the Top Rank promoted Julio Cesar Chavez Jr are both on his target list as potential opponents for him to step into the ring against. Cotto says he wants to rekindle the Mexico vs. Puerto Rico rivalry.
Cotto, 33, is currently on vacation, but once he comes back he’s going to be sitting down and making a decision about who he’ll be facing in his next fight. December 6th is the target date for Cotto’s next fight. It’s unclear whether he’ll be choosing to defend his WBC middleweight title or not for his next fight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Former two-time world title challenger Tony Thompson (39-5, 26 KOs) has volunteered to step in and replace the injured Dereck Chisora to fight Tyson Fury (22-0, 16 KOs) this Saturday night at the Phones 4 U Arena in Manchester, UK.
Chisora suffered a fractured hand on his final day of sparring to get ready for the Fury rematch. Obviously it’s just a bad luck thing for the 30-year-old Chisora, but doesn’t change the fact that Fury has wasted months of training and is without a payday fight on Saturday.
Thompson said on his twitter “@Tyson_Fury I’LL FIGHT YOU THIS SATURDAY, FOOL!”
The question would Fury and his promoter be interested in taking the fight against the 42-year-old, 6’5” Thompson? We saw that Thompson did to another highly hyped heavyweight in David Price last year in knocking him out twice, putting his career on skid row. Could it be Fury’s turn to be exposed by the southpaw Thompson? Read the rest of this entry »