By Chris Williams: Manny Pacquiao (55-5-2, 38 KO’s) will be helped out with his training by strength and conditioning coach Justin Fortune when Pacquiao arrives back in the United States to start working out at the Wild Card Gym in Los Angeles, California. Pacquiao recently let go his valuable S & C coach Alex Ariza, the guy who arguably was responsible for making Pacquiao a success at welterweight.
Ariza lasted 4 years with Pacquiao from 2008 to 2012 before falling out with trainer Freddie Roach led to his dismissal. Now that Ariza is gone, Pacquiao is in need of a new S & C coach, and that’s where Fortune comes in. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin’s promoter Tom Loeffler of K2 Promotions will be making an announcement this week about who Golovkin will be fighting next on April 26th, according to Steve Kim. It’s expected to be fringe contender #11 WBA Andy Lee (31-2, 22 KO’s), because Loeffler ruled out a fight between Golovkin and the dangerous Erislandy Lara. Lee is far easier fight for Golovkin than Lara, and it’ll help avoid any slip ups on Golovkin’s part.
Lee isn’t an upgrade from the last opponent that Golovkin fought in beating Osumanu Adama on February 1st of this month. Lee is probably a downgrade from Adama, because he doesn’t have the chin or the stamina that Adama has, and he’s not nearly as clever. Adama was like a punching bag for Golovkin until the referee finally halted the fight in the 7th after watching Adama get dropped and then staggered. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: WBA welterweight champion Marcos Maidana’s manager Sebastian Contursi will be meeting with Floyd Mayweather Jr’s adviser Al Haymon today to discuss a possible May 3rd fight between Maidana and Mayweather, according to RingTV. Contursi expects Mayweather to make a decision about who his next opponent will be in the next few days. Mayweather will need to make a decision soon so that Showtime/CBS and Golden Boy Promotions can start marketing his fight. The longer he waits the less time they’ll have to try and sell the fight.
With Mayweather fighting Khan or Maidana next, it’s going to take more effort to get fans interested in the fight than it was for his previous bout against Saul “Canelo” Alvarez. That fight was always going to be an easy fight to sell due to Canelo’s popularity with his huge Mexican fan base. Read the rest of this entry »
By Bradley Dee: Shannon Briggs (54-6-1, 45 KOs) is appearing on Sunday the 23rd on a card in Atlanta Georgia called “Pain and Pleasure” in his first fight since losing in a brutal beating at the hands of Vitali Klitschko. He’ll be up against Rafael Pedro (21-10-1, 15 KOs) from Cuba who he already beat in April of 2010 by first round knockout. Read the rest of this entry »
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By Dan Ambrose: For boxing fans expecting to see former WBA/WBC junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (42-1-1, 30 KO’s) go to war with Alfredo Angulo (22-3, 18 KO’s) in their fight on March 8th, you might be a little bit disappointed to learn that the 23-year-old Canelo is talkig about using movement against Angulo to try and nullify his attacks. Read the rest of this entry »
By Bradley Dee: This past Saturday in a fight the U.S. fans probably watched via streaming, undefeated heavyweight contender Tyson Fury defeated Joey Abell by TKO via fourth round stoppage. Tyson dropped Abell multiple times en route to the stoppage, and even took a few heavy shots himself, making for a decent scrap. Tyson displayed his very quick jab and heavy follow-up shots, and one thing that impressed me was the speed to which he was delivering those jabs. He made a point to get that jab in Abell’s face constantly.
Tyson, also known for his out of ring antics, once again put on a show both in and out of the ring. During the fight, he made a point to showboat, talk, retaliate on cheap shots, almost anything he could do to entertain the crowd. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Trainer Freddie Roach expects his fighter Miguel Cotto (38-4, 31 KO’s) to come in around 155 lbs for his June 7th catch-weight clash against WBC middleweight champion Sergio Martinez (51-2-2, 28 KO’s) in New York. The fight negotiations are still underway at this time, but they’re reportedly close to having it completed.
Cotto and Martinez will be fighting at a catch-weight of 159 lbs rather than the full limit of 160 lbs for the division. One pound shouldn’t make that much of a difference for this fight, but it’s likely that Cotto’s camp felt that it would give them an edge because Sergio might come in a little drained from trying to make weight. There’s no word yet whether there will be a weight penalty for this fight, but I wouldn’t be surprised if there is. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Foster: In response to Amir Khan’s recent comment about the hardcore fans being the ones that voted him in via twitter and Facebook poll at the Floyd Maywweather Jr. Promotions website, I guess I know what I have to do to become a hard core boxing fan – sign up for Twitter or Facebook.
As far as Khan and Marcos Maidana’s chances against Floyd Mayweather Jr., I give Maidana a punchers chance. Read the rest of this entry »
By Bradley Dee: Every once in a while in boxing comes a special figure, a brighter burning light, a talent with unique abilities, and one of those was Kostya Tszyu. Known aptly as “The Thunder from Down Under”, Kostya possessed incredible boxing ability, as well as vaunted power in both hands. For a sample of the talent of this man, check out his fight against Vernon Forrest in the amateurs from 1991. Tszyu defeated Forrest in the finals to win the light welterweight Gold.
Tearing through opponents became the norm until 1997 when Superman met his Kryptonite labeled as Vince Phillips. Phillips, very much in the fight and winning on one scorecard, TKOd Tszyu in round 10. Phillips hit Tszyu with a couple of huge right hands, hurting him over and over, then finishing him off with 3 or 4 unanswered right hands. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: The 274 lb heavyweight Tyson Fury (22-0, 16 KO’s) looked in dreadful shape last Saturday night in struggling to defeat 3rd tier fighter Joey Abell (29-8, 28 KO’s) by a 4th round TKO in London, UK. Fury, who looked like he had climbed off a couch to take the fight, was hit frequently with clean left hands by Abell in the 4 rounds of action.
On at least two occasions, Abell appeared to shake Fury up and have him reeling. To his credit, Fury was able to knock Abell down 4 times en route to stopping him in the 4th, but not before fouling him several times. It was a good thing that Fury had a lenient referee working the fight because a lot of referees would have disqualified him after he hit Abell twice while he was on the canvas in the final knockdown in the 4th round. Read the rest of this entry »