By Yannis Mihanos: In boxing and life in general there are some things that can bring the best of us out. t=There are also some things that can bring out the worst of us. Those things are called triggers. Those triggers can be anywhere.
On April 12 in Las Vegas, Nevada a boxing fight will take place. It’s the long awaited rematch between WBO welterweight titleholder Timothy Bradley (31-0, 12 KO) and Manny Pacquiao (55-5-2, 38 KO’s).
In brief, the last 2 fights of both fighters were as following: Tim Bradley had to go through hell in order to get a victory over Ruslan Provodnikov last year in March. Following that, Bradley defeated Juan Manuel Marquez by a relatively easy victory by avoiding his shots for most of the fight. I guess the punishment from Provodnikov was enough to make Bradley change plans and fight smart against Marquez. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dominic Sauboorah: It’s fair to say that the rematch between George Groves and Carl Froch is the biggest fight this year. Their first fight was an epic battle in which George Groves proved that he can mix it with the best in the division and Carl Froch proved again that he can battle back from likely defeat.
The animosity between the two, the controversy surrounding the stoppage and the venue for the fight will inevitably make May 31st one of the best nights in British boxing history. What has baffled me though is the amount of praise Groves has been given. In my opinion George Groves has contradicted himself throughout the build up to the last fight and already in the build up to the rematch and I’m going to show you how. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: #7 WBC Tony Bellew (20-2-1, 12 KO’s) may hang up his gloves if he gets beaten on Saturday night in his 12 round clash against 37-year-old Valery Brudov (41-4, 28 KO’s) at the Echo Arena in Liverpool, UK. Bellew’s goal in moving up to the cruiserweight division is to capture a world title, and a loss to an aging fighter like Brudov, who isn’t relevant in the cruiserweight division, would be a clear sign to Bellew that he doesn’t have the kind of talent needed for him to capture a world title.
I don’t believe Bellew will retire if he gets beaten by Brudov, at least I don’t see him permanently retiring. Bellew will probably go on vacation, and do some soul searching to think about his career before deciding to continue fighting, albeit back in the light heavyweight division instead of at cruiserweight. Read the rest of this entry »
By D.A: Since my last article on Manny Pacquiao vs. Tim Bradley 2 received positive comments, I intend to do the same with my analysis of Saul “Canelo” Alvarez vs. Erislandy Lara, which is a possibility for Canelo’s July 26th PPV bout. Earlier today I read an article on Canelo (43-1-1, 31 KOs) looking at Lara as a future opponent and Alvarez to be talking to his promoters at the Golden Boy headquarters in the coming weeks for his future opponent. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: The World Boxing Association finally wised up in elevating Erislandy Lara (19-1-2, 12 KO’s) to the WBA 154 lb champion after his back to back big wins over Alfredo Angulo and Austin Trout. The way that Lara defeated Trout, a fighter that Saul “Canelo” Alvarez failed to prove that he was better then, it showed pretty clearly that Lara is arguably the 2nd best fighter in the 154 lb division behind Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Even Floyd Sr. said that he thinks Lara would beat Canelo if that fight were ever to be made. With the WBA title in his possession, Lara now wants Gennady Golovkin, Canelo or Mayweather. Whichever of these fighters want to face him, Lara is ready to fight them. Read the rest of this entry »
By Nathan Laryea: They say all warfare is based on deception, and if that’s the case then George Groves is starting to look at home in boxing’s bear pit of lies. The Londoner is proving adept at managing the mind games and manipulations that come with the prize fighting business and, dare I suggest, demonstrating quite a flair for them. Having befuddled Froch in the verbal exchanges in the build to their first fight, he looks intent on doing so again and the champion will already be longing to hear the sound of the opening bell if only to drown out the taunts of his young opponent.
Boxing will always have a place for talkers, and Groves possesses a tongue as sharp and spiteful as his right hand. It is one he is happy to use for the benefit of the television cameras and, one would expect, in promotional offices, boardrooms and other such places in boxing’s corridors of influence. Read the rest of this entry »
By Bradley Dee: What significant event happened almost 10 years ago in Heavyweight Boxing? On April 10th, 2004, heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (61-3, 51 KO’s) lost in a defeat to Lamon Brewster. Since then, he has “forgotten” how to lose. His mastery of ring generalship, footwork, and the ability to always have his opponent in the perfect position, has negated any impacts to his “questionable” jaw for a very, very long time.
Notice the questionable is in quotes, because Klitschko has never, ever been knocked out cold, only TKO’d in the ring. As a matter of fact when he fought Corrie Sanders, he was still getting up when the referee waved it off. Read the rest of this entry »
— Robert Guerrero (@GHOSTBOXING) March 12, 2014
By Scott Gilfoid: Well, so much for a May 3rd fight between Amir Khan and Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero for the Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Marcos Maidana undercard. As you can see, Guerrero says he offered a fight against Khan and was flat out turned down. Boy, this is really sad, isn’t it? Guerrero vs. Khan would have been an excellent fight for the Mayweather-Maidana undercard on Showtime pay-per-view. Now why would Khan turn down a fight against Guerrero? Is he afraid of him or is more interested in taking a safer fight against Luis Collazo for May 3rd? Read the rest of this entry »
By Yannis Mihanos: On April 12 2014, WBO welterweight champion Tim Bradley (31-0, 12 KO’s) will meet for the second time with one of boxing’s biggest stars and currently number 2 in the world best pound for pound Manny Pacquiao (55-5-2, 38 KO’s) in a fight televised by HBO from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Since his election as a congressman in his native country, Pacquiao has become a busy man in and out of the ring. Some say that because he has become politically active he has somehow become passive in the ring, the ferocious Manny of the past has softened. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: High level journeyman heavyweight Michael Sprott (40-21, 17 KO’s) is very interested in facing the young and totally untested heavyweight prospect Anthony Joshua (5-0, 5 KO’s) if his promoter Eddie Hearn will let the 6’6″ Joshua fight him. Sprott, 39, already pulled off an upset Olympic super heavyweight gold medalist Audley Harrison in 2007 in halting him in 3 rounds, and he’d like to add Joshua’s scalp to his resume as well.
Joshua captured a gold medal in the super heavyweight class in the 2012 London Olympics, although Joshua’s gold medal win was high controversial due to many boxing fans feeling like he’d lost most if not all of his contests in the Olympics. Read the rest of this entry »