(Photos: Stephanie Trapp/SHOWTIME) By Dan Ambrose: The April 20th unification fight between WBA World junior middleweight champion Austin Trout (26-0, 14 KO’s) and WBC junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (41-0-1, 30 KO’s) promises to be one of biggest boxing events of the year for 2013 when the two fighters face off at the Alamodome, in San Antonio, Texas, USA.
According to Steve Kim, the gate for the Canelo-Trout fight is already $800,000 and growing with a little over a month to go before the two fighters step inside the ring on April 20th in Texas.
No doubt the huge ticket sales are fueled in part by the low cost $10 tickets that Canelo specifically asked for in order to try and sell out the 72,000 seat stadium. Golden Boy Promotions has retrofitted the stadium for 30,000, but if it were to reach the limit then you could expect it to be resized for however many boxing fans would come to the event. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: The May 25th fight between former Canadian based world champions Jean Pascal (27-2, 16 KO’s) and Lucian Bute (31-1, 24 KO’s) is a done deal as of today, Friday. Pascal and Bute’s promoters both report that the fight has been signed and the fight go ahead at a still to be determined venue in Montreal, Canada.
This is kind of a fight that mainly Canadians are into because it’s not all that interesting for other boxing fans. Bute was badly exposed by Carl Froch last year in May, and Bute looked like a shadow of his former self in his rebound fight against Denis Grachev last November in winning a not too impressive 12 round decision. I don’t know if Bute has gotten old overnight, but he sure seems to be fighting like he has. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Former IBF/WBA light welterweight champion Amir Khan (27-3, 19 KO’s) has been put in the position where if he loses his next fight against Julio Diaz (40-7-1, 29 KO’s) on April 27th then it’ll be pretty much over for the 26-year-old Khan.
Diaz isn’t ranked in the top 15 in the welterweight division, and he’s not even close to being as good as many of the top 15 contenders in that division and also in the light welterweight division. If Khan can’t beat this guy when he faces him at the Motorpoint Arena, Sheffield, Yorkshire, United Kingdom, then it’s really over for Khan. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Some fighters never get a clue, and they end up wasting time instead of focusing on makeable fights. WBC junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez thinks he’s going to get a fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr. in September despite Mayweather having already said no to Canelo’s pressure tactics to try and weasel a fight with him.
Canelo said to Ringtv “I’m happy to fight Floyd Mayweather when he’s ready to fight me.”
There’s a real problem with this. Mayweather doesn’t like to face guys that have been exposed. He’ll make an exception every now and then for guys like Miguel Cotto, but it’s rare that he does this. Most of the time Mayweather prefers to be the guy that exposes fighters, because he doesn’t like to get sloppy seconds when it comes to beating a guy. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: WBA super middleweight champion Mikkel Kessler (46-2, 35 KO’s) says he’s spotted some major flaws in IBF super middleweight champion Carl Froch’s fighting style in his last two fights that he plans on taking full advantage of when he faces him on May 25th at the O2 Arena (Millenium Dome), Greenwich, London, United Kingdom.
Kessler said to Sky Sports “I see a lot of flaws in Carl’s [recent] fights, and I’m going to take advantage of it.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Steven Ocallaghan: I wrote a piece in who I thought was the pound for pound king at the moment. My answer was Andre Ward. Ward for me has over the last 4 years has fought and beaten the better fighters than anybody else out there. Only my opinion.
Floyd Mayweather, arguably the world’s best fighter over the last 25 years is top on almost all of the polls but my basis is on recent fighting history and not past glories.
The main source of the argument is the amount of titles at different weights that Floyd has captured which is tremendous, but now Floyd flits between 2 weights now. Ok, still more than Andre Ward but not a great deal anymore. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: You hate to see this as a comeback/rebound fight for WBO welterweight champion Tim Bradley (29-0, 12 KO’s), but that’s the only way you can really see his fight tomorrow night against light welterweight Ruslan Provodnikov (22-1, 15 KO’s) at the Home Depot Center, in Carson, California, USA.
Bradley won a highly controversial 12 round split decision against Manny Pacquiao last year in June in a fight where pretty much the entire world saw Bradley losing convincingly.
Bradley has since done nothing, sitting around and waiting for Pacquiao to give him a rematch that never happened, while at the same time saying no to a rematch against Lamont Peterson that would have given Bradley a big payday of $2.3 million. Bradley won’t make anything close to that tomorrow night against the 140 pound Provodnikov. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Unbeaten heavyweight contender Deontay Wilder (27-0, 27 KO’s) believes he’s on course to become the next heavyweight champion of the world unless somehow IBF/IBO/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko is upset in his mismatch on May 4th against Franceso Pianeta in Germany.
Wilder, 6’7”, is in the process of possibly getting a shot against David Price conqueror Tony Thompson after Wilder struck out in attempting to get British heavyweight Tyson Fury to face him.
Wilder said on his social media site, “I’ll float like a butterfly and sting like a bee, [and] definitely no one hits like the Bronze B; the next heavy champ of the world will soon be me.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Well, so much for notion of former WBA heavyweight champion David Haye (26-2, 24 KO’s) taking the mandatory route to get a world title shot against one of the heavyweight champions. Haye is leaning in the direction of retirement now, and will be meeting his trainer Adam Booth next week to decide on what’s best for him.
Haye recently said he was going to use that method to get a title shot after being ignored by both the Klitschko brothers in getting an undeserved title shot.
Haye is now reportedly having second thoughts about going through the long process of working his way up through the mandatory route given the amount of time that he’d likely have to wait before he eventually was made the mandatory. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: Unbeaten middleweight prospect J’Leon Love (15-0, 8 KO’s) will be facing Gabriel Rosado (21-6, 13 KO’s) on May 4th on the undercard of the Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Love-Rosado fight is scheduled for 10 rounds.
Rosado, a light middleweight, is coming off of a 7th round knockout loss at the hands of WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin last January in a fight where Rosado elected to move for 90% of the fight rather than trying to slug it out with the harder hitting Golovkin.
It didn’t matter though, as Golovkin was able to beat Rosado’s face to a bloody mess by hitting with hard shots each time he could catch up to him. Love, 5’10”, would have likely fared no better than Rosado, and if anything, Golovkin would have knocked Love out sooner because he’d have likely tried to slug with Golovkin instead of running. Read the rest of this entry »