By Dan Ambrose: Former WBA junior middleweight champion Austin Trout (26-1, 14 KO’s) wasn’t impressed at all in the way that Saul “Canelo” Alvarez fought Floyd Mayweather Jr. last September in a 12 round decision losing effort. Trout says Canelo’s performance not only made him look bad, but it also made himself look bad because he had lost to Canelo last April, albeit by a decision that Trout didn’t agree with.
Trout said this via Golden Boy Promotions twitter “I kept thinking ‘@caneloOfficial is making us both look bad’ during his fight with Floyd Mayweather. I could’ve done better.”
There’s no question that Trout would have done better than Canelo, because he wouldn’t have made the mistake of going to the ropes for breathers the way that Canelo did on numerous occasions and letting Floyd tee off on him from that position. Read the rest of this entry »
By Gerardo Granados: Last Saturday night at Corpus Christi, Texas, U.S.A.; Former champion Nonito Donaire failed to impress against the Armenian Raging Bull Vic Darchinyan, who once again fell short of victory when got over confident and undermined Nonito´s big left.
Entering the ninth round I had it scored 78 – 74 for Vic, Darchinyan kept a tight guard countering Donaire with hard shots thru round one to the eight with Nonito´s face showing clear signs of damage. But, in the ninth round Donaire landed his big left that lead to Darchinyan demise; Vic picked up the count visibly hurt only to take more punishment until the referee stopped the bout. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Robert Garcia, the trainer and brother of WBO super featherweight champion Mikey Garcia (33-0, 28 KO’s), believes that Mikey can become like Manny Pacquiao by moving up in in weight class after weight class to capture world titles. Mikey has already won two world titles in different weight classes, and now Robert Garcia believes that he’s capable of winning 4 to 5 division world titles.
If Robert’s not counting the two division titles that Mikey has already captured, that would mean Mikey would have to capture world titles at lightweight, light welterweight, welterweight, junior middleweight and middleweight in order to realize Robert Garcia’s vision of him winning another 5 division titles. If he’s only taking about Mikey winning 5 world titles in total, then that would mean that would mean that Mikey would stop at welterweight. But that, of course, wouldn’t make Mikey like another Pacquiao because he captured world titles in 8 divisions. Mikey would be more like Miguel Cotto or Juan Manuel Marquez if he wins 4-5 world titles. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Matthew Macklin’s December 7th scheduled fight against junior middleweight contender Willie Nelson is now down the drain due to Nelson suffering an elbow injury that will keep prevent him from taking the fight at the Boardwalk Hall, in Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA.
According to ESPN, Macklin (29-5, 20 KO’s) was offered a fight against the unbeaten Russian Matt Korovbov (21-0, 12 KO’s), but Macklin didn’t want the fight due to him having only a short period of time to prepare for his southpaw style. It’s perhaps a good thing that Macklin didn’t take that fight because I think Korobov would have had an excellent chance of beating Macklin badly, even if Macklin was well prepared for the fight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Mr. Pennington: On November 23rd Manny Pacquiao (54-6-1) will face Brandon Rios (31-1-1) in what’s assumed to be a tailor made fight for Pacquiao. The word tailor made can be a bit deceiving in this fight I believe. It would lead you to believe there is no danger involved for Pacquiao, which couldn’t be any further from the truth.
To be honest I think Rios should be considered a stern measure considering the circumstance coming in for Pacquiao. There are many unknowns coming into this fight for Manny. Being in wars in the ring is one thing, we can think of many fighters whose careers were built on fights that could have been had in a phone booth. But not many fighters come to mind when I think of those who have returned from a brutal one punch knockout. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: American heavyweight James Toney (75-8-3, 45 KO’s) surprisingly said that he feels that 2012 Olympic super heavyweight gold medalist Anthony Joshua (2-0, 2 KO’s) will beat heavyweight contender Deontay Wilder (30-0, 30 KO’s) if they were to face each other in six months. Toney is really high on Joshua after seeing some of his recent pro fights.
Toney told IFL TV “I mean it [that Joshua would beat Deontay]. I watched the film. I’m very impressed with his skills level. To me, his skill level is better than Deontay Wilder. Deontay fights bums. No, I don’t think Deontay Wilder will be a heavyweight champion.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Freddie Roach wants to send a message to Brandon Rios (31-1-1, 23 KO’s) that his fighter Manny Pacquiao (54-5-2, 38 KO’s) is going to knock him out in 12 weeks in their fight in the tax-friendly Macao, China. Roach still has bad blood with Rios over the time that he mocked the way he moves and speaks while Rios was having a laugh with Antonio Margarito several years ago.
Roach said via Philboxing.com “Tell Rios we [Pacquiao] are going after him and we’ll knock him out.”
It’s always interesting to see how Roach includes himself in thing when he talks about what Pacquiao is going to do. It’s going out there taking the head shots from Rios on November 23rd, not Roach. If Pacquiao ends up knocking Rios out, it’s going to be Pacquiao that knocks him out, not Roach. If Pacquiao wins this fight, I don’t think it’ll be because of Roach. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Tom Loeffler of K2 Promotions shot down the idea of WBA interim middleweight champion Martin Murray (25-1-1, 11 KO’s) fighting WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (28-0, 25 KO’s) on February 1st at the Salle des etoiles, Monte Carlo, Monaco. It’s not going to happen. Loeffler already offered the Golovkin fight to Murray in the past but he turned it down.
Loeffler says they want guys like Sergio Martinez or Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. for Golovkin, although neither of those guys are going to be available to fight Golovkin for his next fight in February.
Loeffler said to RingTV “Murray had turned down a previous shot for him to fight Gennady in Canada…We would like a unification fight with Martinez, or a fight with Julio Cesar Chavez…until we can get one of them in the ring with him, we’re going to keep Gennady active.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: The World Boxing Organization ordered WBO lightweight champion Ricky Burns (36-2-1, 11 KO’s) and his promoter Eddie Hearn from Matchroom Sport to begin negotiations with #1 WBO Terrence Crawford (22-0, 16 KO’s) and his promoter Top Rank for a fight. However, Hearn is going to try and get permission from the WBO to let Burns steer around Crawford and instead either face #3 WBO Raymundo Beltran in a rematch or fight a unification bout against either Miguel Vazquez or Richard Abril.
Hearn said via Sky Sports “I have asked the WBO for a voluntary defense against Beltran in February. I am also in talks with Miguel Vazquez and Richard Abril regarding a unification bout that would supercede a mandatory defense…The fight everyone wants to see is Beltran and it is the right fight for boxing.” Read the rest of this entry »