(Photo Wende) By Scott Gilfoid: It looks like unbeaten Bulgarian heavyweight Kubrat Pulev (18-0, 9 KO’s) wasn’t altogether pleased with his 12 round unanimous decision win over 41-year-old Tony Thompson (38-4, 26 KO’s) in Germany last Saturday night. Pulev won the fight by the scores of 116-112, 118-110, and 117-111.
However, he looked far from impressive. You can really say that the only reason Pulev won the fight was because Thompson got tired. I had Thompson winning the first four rounds, as did many other boxing fans who saw the fight.
The win now makes the 6’4 ½” Pulev the mandatory challenger for IBF heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko, but Wladimir did a lot better job in beating Thompson than Pulev did. Pulev had to struggle to win; whereas Wladimir crushed Thompson in 6 rounds last year in July in their 2nd fight together. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: It seems that a lot of former WBO light heavyweight champion Nathan Cleverly’s followers are coming out of the woodwork with their second guessing of his fight tactics in his quick 4th round destruction against Sergey Kovalev (22-0-1, 20 KO’s) last week.
Joe Calzaghe is the latest one who feels that all Cleverly had to do in order to beat Kovalev was use his speed, and he would have gotten the job done. Tony Bellew is another one thinks that all Cleverly had to do was turn on the speed, and Kovalev would have been beaten.
Calzaghe said to the South Wales Argus “I felt he [Kovalev] was very slow and looked beatable. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Boxing great Oscar De La Hoya has his mind made up about his fighter WBA/WBC junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (42-0-1, 30 KO’s) beating the best fighter in the world in Floyd Mayweather Jr. (44-0, 26 KO’s) on September 14th, and proving that he’s the new Golden Goose or as De La Hoya says, “the new rooster.”
Given the money that Canelo stands to make during his career for himself and Golden Boy Promotions, I like the name that Austin Trout came up with, “Golden Goose” for Canelo a lot better. Regardless of how badly Mayweather beats Canelo on September 14th, Canelo will be laying golden eggs for many years to come for Golden Boy and himself. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Unbeaten super middleweight contender Edwin Rodriguez reportedly priced himself out of the negotiations for a fight against WBA super middleweight champion Andre Ward, according to Fighthype.
Ward is saying that Rodriguez turned down a very generous offer that would have been the biggest payday of his career had he accepted it to face him in November. Rather than waste time trying to get a fight against Rodriguez and being met with road blocks, Ward and his promoter are moving on. However, there’s not a whole of options out there for Ward. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo credit: Naoki Fakuda) By Hector Gonzalez: Here is why Mares getting knocked out was special. Most boxing fans are accustomed to watching welterweights, middleweights and heavy weights. Some notable light weights, but in general very few people talk about featherweights. In my opinion, that’s where the real magic happens. For example, one of the best technicians in Nonito Donaire losses to an even better technician in Rigondeux. Undoubtably in the top 5 lists of technicians in boxing today,fighting one another.
Some of my favorite fights in the last 15 years have been in the featherweight divisions. Such trilogies (what other divisions are having trilogies?), Morales vs Barrera, Israel Vasquez vs Rafael Marquez, Pacquiao vs Morales. Even Gonzalez vs Vasquez was a great right. How about Juan Manuel Lopez vs Orlando Salido. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo credit: Naoki Fakuda) By Jim Dower: In a shocking upset, challenger Jhonny Gonzalez (55-8, 47 KO’s) stopped WBC featherweight champion Abner Mares (26-1-1, 14 KO’s) to hand him his first defeat of his career on Saturday night at the at the StubHub Center in Carson, California. Gonzalez knocked Mares down with a powerful left hook with 30 seconds left to go in the 1st round. After Mares got back to his feet, he made the mistake of exchanging with Gonzalez and ended up getting knocked down for a second time this time from a left to the head followed by a right as he was falling down.
The referee Jack Reiss then prevented Mares from getting back to his feet after looking at his eyes and noticing that he was dazed looking. Read the rest of this entry »
By Sevak Sarkisian: On September 7th from the Fantasy Springs Casino in Indio California, Heavyweight contenders Chris Arreola (35-3 30 KO’s) and Seth Mitchell (26-1-1D 19KO’s) will be facing one another in what many fans believe will be an entertaining bout. The event will be televised live on Showtime at 11pm ET.
Chris Arreola is a fighter most fight fans are familiar with. He had a world title shot back in 2009 against Vitali Klitschko and got battered and stopped in the 10 rd. He has lost decisions to Tomasz Adamek and most recently against Bermane Stiverne this past April. The most notable names under Arreola’s resume are arguably Travis Walker and Chazz Witherspoon. Arreola is an aggressive come forward fighter with good punching power. He’s fun to watch most of the time and has the Mexican warrior mentality. However, he is limited in many ways as a fighter. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Having just seen Kubrat Pulev’s unimpressive 12 round unanimous decision win over Tony Thompson (38-4, 26 KO’s) tonight at the Sport and Congress Center, Schwerin, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany, I have no doubt in my mind that unbeaten American heavyweight knockout artist Deontay Wilder (29-0, 29 KO’s) would have knocked the Bulgarian Pulev out if he had been in the ring tonight with him instead of the 41-year-old Thompson.
Pulev won the fight after Thompson got tired after four rounds, but it wouldn’t take that long for Deontay to destroy Pulev. I mean, Pulev wouldn’t even make it past the 4th round against the 6’7” Deontay. You saw how easy it was for Thompson to nail Pulev with his power shots. Well, those same power shots that Thompson were landing against Pulev would be potential knockout shots with Deontay landing them. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chester Rivers: There are countless numbers of articles written about Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao but few to none written about their die-hard fans. It is understandable why these two would have the two largest fan bases in boxing but what is puzzling is their (the fans) devotion to their favorite fighter. Mayweather fans seem to be addicted to Floyd Jr antics so I named them Floyd-aholics. Pacquiao fans seem to be in a crazed stupor for Manny so I’ll refer to them as Pac-a-maniacs.
Floyd-aholics tend to live vicariously through Floyd. They can relate to Mayweather’s life story of being the product of a felonious father and a single mother. Mayweather’s rags to riches story made possible by sports is many of his fans American dream. Floyd-aholics often feel disenfranchised so they fill the void with superficial material items like cars, clothing and the need to flash money much like their hero Floyd Jr. The Mayweather super fan will quickly defend Floyd Jr whether he’s in the right or wrong. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Oscar De La Hoya thinks his red-headed fighter Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (42-0-1, 30 KO’s) not only has the talent to beat Floyd Mayweather Jr. (44-0, 26 KO’s), but also to be the best fighter ever in the sport. That’s a pretty tall order for the young 23-year-old Canelo, because his last win over Austin Trout was underwhelming to say the least, and certainly not what you’d see from the best ever.
De La Hoya thinks the flat-footed Canelo has the ability to be better than any fighter that ever breathed. If that’s to be the case, Canelo is going to have to improve 110% because he doesn’t look like even the best fighter in the junior middleweight division. Read the rest of this entry »