By Dan Ambrose: WBC junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (41-0-1, 30 KO’s) told his promoters at Golden Boy Promotions that he absolutely wanted a big named fighter for his next bout on May 4th next year.
The list of fighters that Alvarez gave to Golden Boy weren’t just your run of the mill quality fighters. Alvarez wants Sergio Martinez, Miguel Cotto or Floyd Mayweather Jr. Alvarez even skipped a fight date this month so he could be ready to get one of the big names in May. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: #2 WBA welterweight contender Marcos Maidana (33-3, 30 KO’s) made short work of Angel Martinez (13-4-1, 9 KO’s) on Wednesday night, stopping him with a nice right hand to the body in the 3rd round to get a 3rd round knockout at the Estadio Luna Park in Buenos Aires, Distrito Federal, Argentina. In winning the fight, Maidana successfully defended his WBA International welterweight title. Read the rest of this entry »
By Miguel Antonio “Miggs” Barragan: When it comes to making predictions on a competition, be it a football game or basketball or whatever subject it may be, often times it’s between two entities. In this particular case, the subject is one boxer versus another. When a person is asked to make a prediction, whether or not that person has any knowledge on that subject is irrelevant, he/she essentially have a 50/50 chance of getting it right.
It’s only when that person is asked how their predicted winner will win, that we find out just how much that person truly knows about the subject.
I attended the Pacquiao/Marquez 4 weigh in at the MGM Grand Garden Arena last Friday, which was an exciting experience that I will not soon forget, if ever. When it was over, I lingered around the casino taking pictures of the scenery that encapsulated the excitement for me. At every corner, I ran into and sparked mini conversations with fellow Juan Manuel Marquez fans. Read the rest of this entry »
By Klaas Mabetlela: The dust is settling down following a brutal fight between erstwhile Manny Pacquiao and compatriot Manuel Marquez. Speculations, advises, guesses are flowing all over the place especially regarding Manny’s future. Most of us are ditching advises and wishes that suit us and we forget that the most important person in this equation is erstwhile Manny Pacquiao.
The advises and wishes range from Manny Pacquiao taking a long rest before fighting on; taking a tune-up fight before embarking on big fights; not taking a tune-up since it is unnecessary (His coach Freddie Roach); retiring- as we heard remarks from Philippines and his family among many; fighting Marquez for the 5th since he was ‘winning’ their recent fight before the knockout and so on. His promoter Bob Arum insists that the 5th fight with Marquez is bigger than the fight with Floyd Mayweather. Some people feel that Manny needs to redeem himself and protect his legacy by fighting on. Read the rest of this entry »
By Rasheed Catapang: Manny Pacquiao, the face of boxing for the longest time, hit the canvass and lost the fight. He lost all consciousness as well. Perhaps for the better. Because what he doesn’t know won’t hurt him.
At least for 2 minutes – that seemingly forever stretch of time he was face-down comatose. After which, upon waking up, grim reality presented itself. This time appearing harsher than it already was.
Battered and down, Pacquiao’s god was nowhere to be found. Meanwhile the Angel Heredia was seen celebrating by Marquez side. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: WBA World middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (24-0, 21 KO’s) will be facing the ideal opponent for him to knockout viciously and look good in the process in facing the slugger Gabriel Rosado (21-5, 13 KO’s) on January 19th on HBO at the Madison Square Garden, in New York, New York, USA. Rosado is the perfect opponent for Golovkin because he likes to come forward looking to slug it out. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Kell Brook (29-0, 19 KO’s) suffered an ankle injury in training recently, and he’s not going to be able to make the original January 19th date in his title challenge against IBF welterweight champion Devon Alexander (24-1, 13 KO’s). The Brook-Alexander fight will now be pushed back to March 2nd at the Nokia Theater, in Los Angeles, California, USA. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo credit: Esther Lin/Showtime) By William Mackay: Lightweight Carlos Molina (17-0, 7 KO’s) is a huge 7-1 underdog for his fight against former IBF/WBA light welterweight champion Amir Khan (26-3, 18 KO’s) for their fight on Saturday night on Showtime at the Sports Arena in Los Angeles, California.
Molina doesn’t see himself as just an easy fight for Khan, because he’s coming to beat him on Saturday, and make a big name out of himself in the process. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: In what’s sure to be the best fight on the card, WBA super bantamweight champion Guillermo Rigondeaux (11-0, 8 KO’s) battles #3 WBA Poonsawat Kratingdaenggym (48-2, 33 KO’s) on Saturday night in a fight on HBO on the undercard of the Nonito Donaire vs. Jorge Arce fight at the Toyota Center, in Houston, Texas, USA.
This is surely going to be a much better fight than the Donaire-Arce fight because that’s more like a mismatch between a top level fighter and an undersized fighter on the slide. The Rigondeaux- Poonsawat is the much better fight because Poonsawat isn’t undersized and he doesn’t’ have all the wear and tear on him that Arce has. Read the rest of this entry »
By Eric Thomas: Former WBA middleweight champion Felix Sturm (37-3-2, 16 KO’s) could find himself fighting for a world title very soon if he can get past 39-year-old Sam Soliman (42-11, 17 KO’s) in their IBF World middleweight title eliminator bout on February 2nd at the SS Dome, in Düsseldorf, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany.
Sturm, 33, lost his WBA title to IBF middleweight champion Daniel Geale in their unification bout last September in a 12 round split decision loss for Sturm, but all he has to do now is beat Soliman, who you can argue has an incredibly inflated ranking by the International Boxing Federation, and Sturm could then be fighting the winner of the January 30th bout between Geale and Anthony Mundine. Read the rest of this entry »