By The Realist: Is there really the need for a second fight between IBF/WBA super middleweight champion Carl Froch (31-2, 22 KO’s) and WBA super middleweight champion Andre “S.O.G.” Ward (26-0, 14 KO’s)? Of course, the answer is yes. We all want to see the best Super Middleweights fight. But, Froch did not earn another shot at S.O.G. after his dismal performance in the first fight.
The only reason the score sheets were so close in the Super Six final was because of the grumbling by a minority of fans that felt that Amir Khan did not lose to Lamont Peterson, by the scorecards, in a close fight the week prior to this fight. Peterson won a close Split Decision in a Fight of the Year candidate. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jerrod Green: Okay first off I do not want to come off as a Floyd Mayweather Jr. fanatic who doesn’t care about anyone or anything else in the sport of boxing. However I find it quite insane at the amount of hate Floyd gets. First off the man has been undefeated for 17 years. He has fought world class champions and contenders of all sorts, but somehow it is overlooked.
Take Oscar De la Hoya, Shane Mosley, Ricky Hatton, Miguel Cotto and Juan Manuel Marquez for example. For some odd reason Manny always gets more credit for fighting them even though Mayweather fought 3 of them first and arguably say he looked better doing it, but that is of opinion depending on you ask. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dominic Sauboorah: Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer has stated that a fight between former WBA and IBF Light Welterweight champion Amir Khan (28-3, 19 KO’s) and IBF welterweight champion Devon Alexander (25-1, 14 KO’s) is close to being finalized for some point this year. He also stated how the fight could take place in Dubai.
According to the Daily Mail Schaefer said “Amir needs one fight at welterweight, along with a title, to set up the match with Floyd. He is getting that chance against Devon, who has agreed the fight. We will be finalizing and signing the contracts in the next couple of weeks…If he defeats Devon…the next step for him would be against Floyd.”
This is an intriguing match up between two world rated fighters. Mentally I believe Alexander will have the edge, considering that he’s beaten the likes of Lucas Matthysse, Marcos Maidana and Randal Bailey since being stopped by Timothy Bradley over two years ago. Khan is still in the learning process under Virgil Hunter who appears to have improved, temperament wise, under the tutelage of the trainer from Los Angeles. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Former two time Olympic Gold medalist flyweight Zou Shiming (1-0) will be making his second appearance at the pro level on July 27th in this Top Rank promoted card against Jesus Ortega (3-1, 2 KO’s) in a scheduled 6 round fight at the Venetian Casino & Resort, in Macao, Macao S.A.R., China.
The 32-year-old Shiming is projected to be a world champion by 2014 by his trainer Freddie Roach. However, in looking at how little power he had in his pro debut last April, it’s difficult to picture Shiming wining even a non-world title.
Shiming struggled to beat 18-year-old Eleazar Valenzuela in winning a four round unanimous decision, and there was nothing in that performance that suggests that Shiming will be anything more than a fringe contender the best of circumstances. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jerrod Green: I’ve come to the conclusion that some people are never happy and will never be satisfied. It ‘s like people complain just to complain. The September 14th fight between Floyd Mayweather Jr. (44-0, 26 KO’s) and WBA/WBC junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (42-0-1, 30 KO’s) is great fight for the sport of boxing.
I like both fighters. Floyd is a legend and Canelo a young and strong charismatic Mexican champ. Both fighters are undefeated and you have the best at 147 fighting the best at 154, but some people are still complaining. You here stuff like “Canelo had to drop 2 pounds” or “Mayweather is still not fighting Manny Pacquiao.” Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo Wende) By Eric Thomas: WBO cruiserweight champion Marco Huck and Ola Afolabi (19-2-4, 9 KO’s) will be facing off this Saturday night, June 8th in a rubber match at the Max Schmeling Halle, in Berlin, Germany.
Huck and Afolabi have fought in 2009 and 2012 with Huck winning the first fight and then the second ending in a 12 round draw. Afolabi appeared to win the second fight, but fight was held in Germany and Huck was he home fighter. Not much more to say than that.
Saturday’s fight will also be in Germany, so Afolabi is going to have to either plan knocking Huck out or winning every round to ensure he can get a close decision. It’s unfortunate that he’ll have to do something really spectacular to win but that’s probably the extent of it. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Juan Manuel Marquez (55-6-1, 40 KO’s) says he feels content with his 6th round knockout win over Filipino Manny Pacquiao last December, and he has no interest in fighting him again for a bigger payday because he feels he’s already proven himself by beating.
Marquez said to ESPN “I don’t think about that [fighting Pacquiao] anymore. Anything that was pending was settled in every way. If he would have knocked me out the way I did to him, how am I going to ask for another fight? Keeping that feeling is grandiose.”
Marquez is taking the right approach. Why bother fighting Pacquiao again when he’s already proven that he’s better than him in their four fights. Marquez got jobbed on the win in the first fight after out-boxing Pacquiao from the 2nd round until the 12th. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: WBO light heavyweight champion Nathan Cleverly (28-0, 12 KO’s) says he’s willing to sacrifice weight by moving down in weight 7 pounds to whip IBF/WBA super middleweight champion Carl Froch (31-2, 22 KO’s) if he would only accept the fight so that he could get the job one on the 35-year-old Froch.
Cleverly said to walesonline.co.uk “I know I can beat Froch so I’m more than happy to move down a division to show people what I can do. It would be tough for me to move down, but it’s a sacrifice I’m willing to take.”
I hate to say it but I think Cleverly would beat Froch if that fight were to be made, even if Cleverly was a little weight drained. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Heavyweight David Price (15-1, 13 KO’s) has been working under the guidance of former heavyweight champion of the world Lennox Lewis in this training camp to get ready for a rematch against 41-year-old Tony Thompson (37-3, 25 KO’s) on July 6th at the Echo Arena in Liverpool, UK.
Price was knocked out by the 6’5” Thompson last February, and he wants to make sure that doesn’t happen again. Whether Lennox Lewis can help Price beat Thompson this time is questionable.
Price is going to have to be able to take some shots from Thompson if he wants to win. Last time Price couldn’t take it and was stroked out. That was Price’s best opponent in the pros by far, and he was easily beaten. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Oscar De La Hoya of Golden Boy Promotions feels that his #1 fighter WBA/WBC junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez won’t meet the same fate as past victims of Floyd Mayweather Jr. like Victor Ortiz and Juan Manuel Marquez. De La Hoya thinks because Canelo comes from the streets of Mexico that it makes him different with a better chance of beating Mayweather than the other guys.
De La Hoya said to RingTV “Canelo is no Victor Ortiz. Canelo is no Marquez…Canelo comes from the streets of Mexico…he has bad intentions, let me tell you. This kid is a street guy who had bad intentions…the question is, is Mayweather going to beat Canelo solely on experience. I would guess that I think not.” Read the rest of this entry »