By Allan Fox: 45-year-old former IBF/WBA/WBC light heavyweight champion Antonio Tarver (30-6, 21 KOs) suffered a thumb injury during training for his scheduled September 29th fight against Johnathon Banks (29-2-1, 19 KOs) at the State Farm Arena in Hildago, Texas. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: The injured IBF/IBO/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (62-3, 52 KOs) is close to being ready to restart his training camp for his rescheduled November 15th title defense against #1 IBF Kubrat Pulev (21-0, 11 KOs) at the O2 World Arena, Altona, in Hamburg, Germany.
Wladimir, 38, suffered a tear in his left biceps during training camp for his previously scheduled fight against Pulev on September 6th.
According to Klitschko’s manager Bernd Boente, Wladimir will be ready to start training again in a couple of weeks for the Pulev fight. Depending on what Pulev brings to the table, this could be one of Wladimir’s toughest title defenses in many years since his stoppage win over a prime Tony Thompson in 2008. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: WBC super middleweight champion Anthony Dirrell still hasn’t come to terms with the fact that he could very well be soon defending his title against George Groves (19-2, 15 KOs), possibly in December of this year if Groves defeats #3 WBC Christopher Rebrasse (22-2-3, 6 KOs) this Saturday night in their WBC super middleweight title eliminator at the Wembley Arena in London, UK.
Dirrell is unhappy that the WBC has given Groves an immediate chance to put himself in line to fight for a world title after consecutive losses to IBF/WBA super middleweight champion Carl Froch. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Former two division world champion Ricky Burns (36-4-1, 11 KOs) will be fighting for the first time in the light welterweight [140lbs] division next month on October 4th against 32-year-old second tier fighter Leonardo Esteban Gonzalez (22-5-1, 15 KOs) from Argentinian in a scheduled 10 round bout at the First Direct Arena, Leeds, Yorkshire, United Kingdom.
What’s interesting about the Burns-Gonzalez fight is that Burns isn’t actually fighting a light welterweight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Raj Parmar: Boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao seems to be growing increasingly frustrated with pound for pound king Floyd Mayweather. Talks of a super-fight between these two dominant powers in boxing have been ongoing for a few years now with the fight never coming to fruition.
It seems like Manny has hit his boiling point with regards to a fight with Floyd and appears very eager to step in the ring with Mayweather. Read the rest of this entry »
By Joshua Blessman: I recently wrote an article on Boxing News 24 entitled “Floyd Mayweather Jr: The Best Ever and Why the “O” Matters.” In it, I contend that Floyd Mayweather Jr. (47-0, 26 KOs) is truly The Best Ever (TBE) because he is the most extraordinary athlete the sport has ever seen and the only elite fighter in the history of boxing to face the top level-opposition of his time and remain undefeated. As anticipated, my position was met with criticism in the form of comments. Many of these comments are the same that I have heard in different media outlets. While these criticisms may seem valid, they lack serious merit.
Below are my responses to common criticisms of Mayweather that have been presented by boxing commentators in various media forums. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: HBO commentator Max Kellerman said what many boxing fans already knew last Wednesday night when he said that WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (30-0, 27 KOs) needs one of the big names – Floyd Mayweather Jr, Miguel Cotto or Saul “Canelo” Alvarez to agree to fight Golovkin before he can become a pay-per-view seller in his own right.
It’s not enough right now that Golovkin is knocking out everyone he faces dating back to 2009. He needs to get a scalp from the like of Canelo, Cotto or Mayweather for him to get to the next level. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: If former WBA/WBC junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez wants to be stubborn about fighting on Cinco de Mayo next May despite WBA/WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr already planning on fighting on that date on Showtime PPV, then Canelo is going to need to accept that his likely catch-weight fight against WBC middleweight champion Miguel Cotto will bring in far, far less PPV buys than what it would have done if Canelo and Cotto had the May Cinco de Mayo holiday date all to themselves.
“Yes, I plan on fighting in May,” Mayweather told Fighthype.com. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo credit: Esther Lin/Showtime) By Raj Parmar: Pound for pound king Floyd Mayweather has stated that he plans to restructure his entire Mayweather Promotions team by his next fight in May 2015. He directly spoke about some existing tension between him and Mayweather Promotions CEO Leonard Ellerbe, who has also been a long time friend of Mayweather’s.
“Leonard, I think we’re just getting to a point where we’re outgrowing each other. I think I just see things my way and I think he sees things in another way,” Floyd stated to fighthype.com, “For example, this time around when I went out and fought, my WBC and WBA titles in both weight classes were on the line and I didn’t approve of that at all. Also, my daughter was sitting in the front row and her mother wasn’t sitting next to her, so the ticket arrangements were totally wrong. People just outgrow one another, just like when people get a divorce. They’re no longer on the same page mentally.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Former two time world title challenger George Groves (19-2, 15 KOs) says he gained a ton of confidence from his sparring session with WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin last July.
Groves sparred a little with Golovkin to get him ready for his title defense against Daniel Geale on July 26th, and Groves claims he did well during the sparring session. Groves didn’t say who got the better of who or if he was injured or knocked down during the session, but evidently Groves came away the sparring session with confidence that he still has it after his back to back knockout losses to IBF/WBA super middleweight champion Carl Froch. Read the rest of this entry »