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title Mayweather vs. Pacquiao fight negotiations making progress

floyd03By Chris Williams: The fight negotiations between WBA/WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr (47-0, 26 KOs) and WBO champ Manny Pacquiao (57-5-2, 38 KOs) are going well, says Lance Pugmire of the Los Angeles Times [latimes.com].

A boxing authority who is apparently privy to the negotiations believes that the negotiations will need another week or possibly a week and a half before the fight is ironed out. The location of the fight and the blood testing is already agreed on. The fight will take place at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. Read the rest of this entry »



title Andy Lee vs. Patrick Nielsen possible for March 14th in Dublin

lee5By Scott Gilfoid: A fight between newly crowned WBO middleweight champion Andy Lee (34-2, 24 KOs) and #6 WBA Danish fighter Patrick Nielsen (23-1, 11 KOs) is being talked about for March 14th in Dublin, Ireland.

The guy that Lee was supposed to fight, #1 WBO Billy Joe Saunders, will have to wait until the summer for a title shot against Lee if the Lee-Nielsen fight comes off, according to Irish-Boxing.com.

What’s interesting about the Lee vs. Nielsen fight is that the 23-year-old Nielsen was recently beaten by Dmitry Chudinov by a fairly wide 12 round unanimous decision last June. Read the rest of this entry »



title Lemieux splitting with Michel, wants Canelo, Cotto, and Golovkin bouts

lemieux1By Dan Ambrose: #2 WBC, #3 WBO, #5 IBF, #13 WBA middleweight contender David Lemieux (33-2, 31 KOs) is reportedly splitting with his promoter Yvon Michel. Lemieux doesn’t yet have a new promoter that he’s ready to sign with, but it’s likely whoever he chooses, they’ll be able to televise his fights on HBO.

Lemieux, 26, will need to be able to fight on HBO in the United States if he wants to be able to face the big names like Miguel Cotto, Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin. Those are the guys that Lemieux is currently targeting in the 160 pound division. Read the rest of this entry »



title De La Hoya signs Kamegai and Gesta to Golden Boy Promotions stable

guerrero44444By Dan Ambrose: Golden Boy Promotions president Oscar De La Hoya beefed up his Golden Boy stable this week in signing 12 decent fighters. Unfortunately, none of the names De La Hoys signed are guys that will likely become a future world champion.

The biggest names that De La Hoya signed was #14 WBC fringe welterweight contender Yoshihiro Kamegai (25-2-1, 22 KOs) and lightweight Mercito Gesta (28-1-1, 16 KOs). It’s difficult picturing either of those guys rising up higher than the No.10 spot in their respective divisions. Read the rest of this entry »



title Hearn wants Lee Selby vs. Evgeny Gradovich to take place in UK

selby544By Scott Gilfoid: If Matchroom Sport promoter Eddie Hearn gets his way his fighter #1 IBF Lee Selby (20-1, 8 KOs) won’t have to do any traveling at all like traditional challengers do when he faces IBF featherweight champion Evgeny Gradovich (19-0-1, 9 KOs) this year.

Hearn is pushing to have the Gradovich-Selby fight staged in the UK, which obviously would give Selby a huge advantage. Read the rest of this entry »



title Business decisions and fickle fans of boxing

murray5By Robert “Big Moe” Elmore: How many of made a career choice because of what somebody else said, but deep in your heart it’s not really what you wanted? How many of us have made financial decisions that concerned your family or just in general that did not sit well with those around you? Did you care? You made the decision based on what was best for you or your family and hopefully you stuck by it.

It probably made people upset, but they’ll be alright. How many people have worked a job, moved up the ladder, is now sitting in a high position, only to have the boss come and say, “We have to cut your salary by 15 percent”. Wouldn’t that set you off? In your mind, you’ve EARNED the right, paid your dues; to make the kind of money you make. How would you feel about doing junior executive work, but getting mail room pay? And that’s how some, not all fans, think when they say “just make the fight happen”. Read the rest of this entry »



title Roach sees Khan as backup option for Pacquiao if Mayweather fight doesn’t happen

khan5By Chris Williams: If Manny Pacquiao’s trainer Freddie Roach gets his way, Amir Khan will be the backup option for the 36-year-old Pacquiao for his next fight in April or May this year if the negotiations for the Floyd Mayweather Jr fight fall though.

Roach used to train Khan for a short while, and he says that Pacquiao got the better of the 5’10” fighter in 20 of their sparring sessions. Roach feels that it would be a fight that Pacquiao would most likely win. Read the rest of this entry »



title Deontay Wilder: I’m going to hurt Stiverne, he’s going to go!

By Scott Gilfoid: Deontay Wilder (32-0, 32 KOs) will be looking to unseat WBC heavyweight champion Bermane Stiverne (24-1-1, 21 KOs) in the next eight days on January 21st and show that he was nothing more than just another paper champion when they do it on Showtime at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. Read the rest of this entry »



title Andre Ward inks with Roc Nation

ward45By Scott Gilfoid: In some exciting news, WBA Super World middleweight champion Andre Ward (27-0, 14 KOs) is saying that he’s signed with the promotional company Roc Nation Sports. Ward has out of action with legal issues with his promoters at Goosen. Ward worked out an agreement to end his contract with Goosen Promotions last Friday, according to Dan Rafael of ESPN.

Ward ended up missing all of 2014 due to his legal issues, and it’s quite possible he’ll be looking to return to the ring in 2015 with Roc Nation. Whether Ward will be able to legally do this is unclear at this point. Read the rest of this entry »



title Froch-Golovkin is a possibility for the fall

froch83By Daven: With Carl Froch’s next fight, at last seemingly on the brink of completion, and Gennady Golovkin set to fight four times this year, it made sense to plot a potential bout between these two warriors. Assuming Froch emerges victorious against an over-matched Chavez Jr, and his desire to fight on remains, an encounter with GGG could be enticing. Abel Sanchez enthusiastically stated to the media that his fighter will be staying active yet again. This pleases intelligent boxing fans who’re delighted to see such a crowd-pleaser box regularly.

After viewing Froch’s recent interview with Paul Dempsey, I got the impression he is well aware of Chavez Jr’s flaws. And being the proud man he is, this will affect him. He’ll not want to retire after beating an ill-disciplined fighter such as Julio. Moreover, Carl will be once more persuaded into giving Britain as well as HBO the fight we want. Obviously that is one involving the Kazakh sensation GGG. Read the rest of this entry »



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