By Dan Ambrose: This Friday night, Showtime All Access will give an glimpse into the July 12th pay-per-view fight between WBA junior middleweight champion Erislandy Lara (19-1-2, 12 KO’s) and Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (43-1-1, 31 KO’s) in a premiere that begins at 9 p.m. ET/PT. The episode will highlight the 31-year-old Lara’s journey from being a star on the Cuban national team to his defection to the United States to turn pro. This will be episode 1 of the All Access: Canelo vs. Lara. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Promoter Eddie Hearn isn’t saying that his fighter former two division world champion Ricky Burns (36-3-1, 11 KO’s) isn’t ready for the scrap heap as he heads into fight this Friday night against the hand-picked #13 WBC Dejan Zlaticanin (18-0, 13 KO’s), but at the same time if he loses to this little known guy, his career would be pretty much over.
With Hearn digging up a guy ranked near the bottom of the WBC’s rankings in Zlaticanin, it puts a tremendous amount of pressure on the narrow shoulders of the 31-year-old Burns, because if he loses to this guy where in the heck can Hearn move Burns? He’s a chess piece without anywhere to go if he gets whipped by Zlaticanin like he did in his last two fights by Terence Crawford and Raymundo Beltran. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Eddie Hearn, the British promoter for #1 IBF Kell Brook (32-0, 22 KO’s), is all bent out of shape about IBF welterweight champion Shawn Porter (24-0-1, 15 KO’s) opting not to sign his part of the agreement for a title defense against Brook. Hearn already had Brook sign his part of the agreement for the IBF ordered fight between them, but Porter still hasn’t signed his part of the agreement and this has Hearn’s feathers ruffled.
Hearn isn’t sure why Porter hasn’t signed, but he thinks that there’s no way that he’ll get a unification match against WBA/WBC 147 pound champ Floyd Mayweather Jr. But if he does get the fight with the star, Hearn says Porter won’t have his IBF title because it’ll be stripped by the IBF for his failure to defend the belt against Brook. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Former IBF/WBA light welterweight champion Amir Khan (29-3, 19 KO’s) says a fight between him and WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao (56-5-2, 38 KO’s) would be a toss-up due to his size, height, and reach advantage over the 35-year-old Filipino fighter. Khan says he’s sparred with Pacquiao, and that he knows firsthand that he struggles against boxers.
Khan was obviously being modest about what happened during their sparring sessions together, but we saw one of them on Youtube, and you could see that Khan was whipping Pacquiao worse than I’ve ever seen before. Even Juan Manuel Marquez never did to Pacquiao what Khan did to him during that sparring session. Read the rest of this entry »
Pacquiao, Cotto and Mayweather are going to need to start facing better opposition to keep their PPV numbers high
By Allan Fox: As we’ve seen recently the top fighters Floyd Mayweather Jr, Miguel Cotto, and Manny Pacquiao have all seen their pay-per-view numbers drop off with their recent fights. The thought here is that boxing fans are overwhelmed by the monthly PPV fights that are popping up and expanding their normal cable bills by another $60 to $75.
When you’re already paying $100 a month for overpriced cable, having your cable bill almost doubled each month, it doesn’t make a lot of people happy. For this reason the top promotional companies are either going to need to start having less PPV events, which is highly doubtful given the money these cards are making for the companies, or start putting better shows. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: In what surely will make promoter Eddie Hearn and his fighter former division world champion Ricky Burns happy, WBO lightweight champion Terence Crawford (23-0, 16 KO’s) says that he’ll be fighting his last fight in the 135 pound division this Saturday night when he defends his title against Yuriorkis Gamboa (23-0, 16 KO’s) at the CenturyLink Center, in Omaha, Nebraska, USA.
This is a big deal potentially for Burns and Hearn, because if Burns has to fight an eliminator bout at WBC to get a shot at champion Omar Figueroa (23-0-1, 17 KO’s), Burns could well lose. I mean, if he has to fight a talent like #2 WBC Jorge Linares, I really can’t see Burns winning that fight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Gavin”Neds” O’Connor: Is it time to evaluate (I think so) the sport of boxing as the leading lights the marquee fighters edge closer to well earned retirement and future hall of fame statues. Who will be the next-generation Floyd Mayweather Jr or Manny Pacquiao. So many young fighters in boxing history have promised so much and delivered so little it makes it hard to throw your hat in the ring and pick one.
There are some who standout more Than others and the welterweights have more than there fair share a present truly the new heavyweights. The current front runners are the 26 year old hard hitting IBF welterweight champion Shawn Porter (24-0-1), with the combination of speed and KO power Keith Thurman (23-0), both one big fight away from stardom or exposure time will tell. Read the rest of this entry »
By Ramon Matthews Jr: Former WBA/IBF Featherweight Champion Yuriorkis Gamboa (23-0 16KO) is set to make his return to the ring after a year long absence at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha, Nebraska. Unfortunately, waiting in the opposite corner will be Omaha’s own Terrence Crawford (23-0 16KO) with the record and skills to match. Crawford will be making the first defense of his WBO Lightweight title in his first main event fight to be broadcast on HBO.
In Gamboa’s last two fight’s he has had what some boxing fans would consider to be sub par performances. In his first return from a 15 month layoff, he faced Michael Farenas in a bout where he was knocked down by a counter left in the 9th round and also suffered a cut but he rallied back to win. 6 months later he took on then unbeaten Darleys Perez for the WBA Interim Lightweight championship who he later knocked down and defeated by way of a unanimous decision. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: A special presentation from HBO boxing called “Road to Golovkin/Geale,” will air on 7/12 to review the fight next month between the two fighters on 7/26 at Madison Square Garden in New York. The segment will air at 12:05 a.m. ET/PT on Saturday, 7/12. The premiere lasts 15 minutes rather than 30 minutes like many of the HBO 24/7 episodes. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Former WBA/WBC junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (43-1-1, 31 KO’s) is going to compete with boxing’s biggest star Floyd Mayweather Jr for his May and September dates in 2015. Canelo hasn’t even proven that he can bring in half of the pay-per-view numbers that Mayweather typically pulls in for his fights.
Canelo plans on fighting on Cinco de Mayo in May, and then on the Mexican Independence Holiday in September of next year. Those Mayweather’s dates, and if Canelo tries to get on them too, there’s going to be a problem unless 23-year-old Canelo is willing to give ground to his elders to show his respect. Read the rest of this entry »