By Dan Ambrose: Oscar De La Hoya of Golden Boy Promotions wants to move his fighter Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (44-1-1, 31 KOs) for bigger and better things following his 12 round split decision win over Erislandy Lara (19-2-2, 12 KOs) in their middleweight fight last Saturday night, but there are still quite a few people who feel that Canelo was given a bogus win over the Cuban fighter.
Former two division world champion Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero is one of many people who believe that Lara did enough to deserve a win over Canelo last Saturday night.
“I watched @Laraboxing fight in Mexico yesterday and mostly everyone including me thought he beat Canelo. #Boxing #Rematch,” Guerrero said on his twitter. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Kell Brook (32-0, 22 KOs) still hasn’t even fought IBF welterweight champion Shawn Porter (24-0-1, 15 KOs) for his IBF title and yet Brook’s promoter Eddie Hearn can’t keep thinking about a much bigger fight between Brook and Amir Khan that he wants to put together later this year.
Brook faces Porter on August 16th at the StubHub Center in Carson, California. The favorite to win the fight is Porter, who will not only be fighting in front of his own fans, but he’ll also have the advantage in power, inside fighting skills and experience. The deck is heavily stacked in Porter’s favor for this fight, and it’s clearly not looking good for the 28-year-old Brook. Read the rest of this entry »
By Robert “Big Moe” Elmore: Saul “Canelo” Alvarez has said he wants to reclaim the Cinco de Mayo and the Mexican Independence holidays and wants to challenge current pound for pound king Floyd Mayweather for those dates. His star power is without a doubt rising and it will only get bigger with each fight. Many of Canelo’s fans have bragged that Canelo is accomplishing more at 23 than Floyd has at 23.
What is lost in this translation is how the fighters came up. Let’s deal with Canelo first. Golden Boy is doing the right thing by putting Canelo in environments where his own fan base (Mexicans) will come out to support in record numbers. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Dereck Chisora (20-4, 13 KO’s) and Tyson Fury (22-0, 16 KOs) met today in a London press conference to promote their rematch in 12 days on July 26th at the Phones 4u Arena in Manchester, UK. As you would expect, both fighters were in fine form talking trash back and forth. Fury offered to put his purse on the line for the Chisora fight. Obviously that’s not going to happen, but Fury did his best acting job to make it sound believable as he said it.
With less than two weeks to go before their rematch, Chisora and Fury badly need to somehow drum up interest in their fight because there’s very little buzz about the fight for some reason, whether that be because the two guys have already fought before or because some fans don’t see them as relevant heavyweights. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: The reported target date for Saul “Canelo” Alvarez’s next fight is November in San Antonio, Texas. There isn’t an opponent yet, but #5 IBF, #5 WBO, #11 WBC James Kirkland (32-1, 28 KOs) is high on the list for the possible opponent to face the 23-year-old Canelo.
A fight against WBC middleweight champion Miguel Cotto will need to wait until next year in May in order to take advantage of the huge Mexican holiday that month. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Matchroom Sport promoter Eddie Hearn has reportedly run into a sticking point in his negotiations with Top Rank for a fight between former WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr and IBF/WBA super middleweight champion Carl Froch.
Top Rank wants to make the Chavez Jr-Froch fight in October, whereas Hearn wants the fight to take place in November or December. If the two promotional companies are unable to work it out, then we’re likely to see Froch defend his IBF title against his IBF mandatory challenger James DeGale (19-1, 13 KO’s) for November or December, says Hearn. Read the rest of this entry »
By John Kelvin: The Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and Erislandy Lara fight this past Saturday has caused a lot of controversy among boxing fans. Some point to the fact that Lara landed more punches than Canelo as justification for believing that he won whereas others feel that Canelo won because he landed the harder punches, especially to the body.
When I watched the fight live i felt that it was extremely close and could have gone either way. Now with all the disputes concerning the scoring and styles i have decided to watch a replay and score the fight on a round by by round basis to see how my scorecard compares to the official judges and to see if a winner can be more clearly determined. Read the rest of this entry »
By Hector Gonzalez: I’m reading some comments regarding last nights fight between Erislandy Lara (19-2-2, 12 KOs) and Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (44-1-1, 31 KOs) as some fans feel that it was a controversial decision in Canelo’s favor. Some of these fans are even claiming that Lara put on a ‘boxing clinic’ and ‘schooled Canelo’, Some of these same fans are even using the ‘term hit and not be hit’ inaccurately, justifying as to why Lara was inactive through out a few of the rounds. Lara performance was not about the sweet science.
First of all I will start of by saying that it was a close fight, but I had Canelo winning by a round or two. It was close but I would like to clear the air more than anything about what some of these fans are saying. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: WBA junior middleweight champion Erislandy Lara (19-2-2, 12 KO’s) was getting some grief by a reporter last night following his spirited performance in losing a very controversial 12 round split decision to Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (44-1-1, 31 KO’s) at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. Lara compared the way he fought Canelo with the way that Floyd Mayweather Jr did, and feels he should have been given the nod by the judges.
An unnamed reporter though feels that Lara didn’t show enough to win the fight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Bob Smith: The fight yesterday between Erislandy Lara and Saul “Canelo” Alvarez was a good one, in fact, all that the pre-fight hype suggested it would be. It was an even fight, and this is no surprise, and each fighter clearly won four of the rounds in my opinion – Lara took rounds 1, 3, 10, and 11, while Alvarez took 4, 5, 8, and 9.
Both of the first two judges’ scorecards were reasonable, and actually, on first view, I had Canelo winning by two points, but then, looking more closely, I had either Lara by two points or a draw. The one scorecard that was completely unbelievable was the 117-111 card by Martinez, that was a complete joke. Read the rest of this entry »