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title TYSON FURY – not ready yet for Wladimir

fury544By John Stevens: All I keep reading lately is how Tyson Fury has his sights on Klitschko to the exclusion of all other fighters, including new champ Deontay Wilder. If this is really the case then it seems like he’ll have a long wait, 2016 at the earliest, as Wladimir has a tricky bout against Bryant Jennings in April, as well as mentioning he is interested in fighting Shannon Briggs thereafter – thus – it seems like Fury is not really a priority in his plans at this time.

Tyson has hinted that he intends to ‘stay busy’ until he gets his shot. This is a rather worrying thing to say as ‘stay busy’ implies that he will be taking bouts that shouldn’t really trouble him too much (much like the upcoming Christian hammer fight) – if he should take this path for the next 2 or 3 fights before he gets his chance then I feel he is making a big mistake, and here’s why; Read the rest of this entry »



title HBO issues statement on Mayweather-Pacquiao negotiations

floyd7By Dan Ambrose: Cable giant HBO issued a statement today on the Floyd Mayweather Jr – Manny Pacquiao negotiations by saying that they’re not blocking he fight from taking place, and that they’re for all practical purposes ready to go for the fight.

Instead of seeing it a situation where they’re the ones blocking the fight from happening by them reportedly insisting on being the one that shows the replay of the fight rather than Showtime, the comment from HBO suggests that it’s the fighters – and they’re management – who need to agree. Read the rest of this entry »



title Mayweather a 3:1 favorite over Pacquiao

floyd5By Chris Williams: WBA/WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr is favored to defeat Manny Pacquiao if their fight negotiations get completed in time for them to face each other on May 2nd. According to Boada.lv, Mayweather is a 3:1 favorite to beat the 36-year-old Pacquiao.

This isn’t surprising because a lot of boxing writers and fans see Mayweather as too skilled and too light on his feet for Pacquiao to do much with him. Read the rest of this entry »



title Roach wants Canelo vs. Pacquiao at 152lb catch-weight

canelo94By Dan Ambrose: Manny Pacquiao’s trainer Freddie Roach says he’d like to match his fighter Manny Pacquiao up against Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (44-1-1, 31 KOs) at a catch-weight of 152 pounds if the Pacquiao vs. Floyd Mayweather Jr fight doesn’t take place on May 2nd.

Canelo is already signed to fight James Kirkland (32-1, 28 KOs) in a fight that is scheduled for 5/2 at the Alamodome, in San Antonio, Texas, USA. The only way the Canelo-Pacquiao fight could take place instead is if they could cancel the fight with Kirkland somehow. Read the rest of this entry »



title Zou Shiming vs. Amnat Ruenroeng on 3/7 for IBF flyweight title

shimingBy Chris Williams: Top Rank fighter Zou Shiming (6-0, 1 KOs) will be putting his unbeaten record on the line next month in facing 35-year-old IBF flyweight champion Amnat Ruenroeng (14-0, 5 KOs) on March 7th on HBO2 at the Cotai Arena, Venetian Resort, Macao, Macao S.A.R., China.

Shiming, #1 WBO, #3 WBC, #4 IBF, #4 WBA, hasn’t done a lot to deserve a world title shot after six fights, but he’ll be getting the fight none the less. Being a two-time Olympic gold medalist from China can’t hurt, even though both of Shiming’s OIympic gold medal victories were controversial in the eyes of some boxing fans. Read the rest of this entry »



title Nonito Donaire to fight on March 28th in Philippines

donaire7788By Chris Williams: Nonito Donaire (33-3, 21 KOs) will be attempting to resurrect his career next month when he faces an opponent yet to be determined on March 28th at the Mall of Asia Arena in the Philippines. Donaire’s opponent is expected to be a Mexican fighter in the 122 pound division.

Donaire, 32, will be moving down in weight from the featherweight division after having been knocked out in his last bout by WBA featherweight title holder Nicholas Walters in the 6th round last October. Read the rest of this entry »



title Groves: I’d rather fight Dirrell than face DeGale again

groves111By Scott Gilfoid: With his #1 WBC ranking, super middleweight contender George Groves (21-2, 16 KOs) says he has little interest in fighting a rematch against his fellow countryman James DeGale for a second bout between them.

Groves says he’d be open to an offer from DeGale’s promoter Eddie Hearn, but he’s still mostly interested in facing WBC super middleweight champion Anthony Dirrell for his title. Read the rest of this entry »



title HBO-Showtime impasse could kill Mayweather-Pacquiao fight

floyd0012By Chris Williams: HBO and Showtime are still locked into negotiations and they reportedly have reached an impasse over the delayed telecast rights for the Floyd Mayweather Jr vs. Manny Pacquiao mega-fight, according to Mlive.com.

The replay of the fight is very important because that’s where the big viewing numbers come in as boxing fans get a chance to watch the fight for free on regular HBO or Showtime rather than having to pay to see it.

According to Mlive.com, HBO is “balking at the negotiation table, is acting on behalf of everyone on it’s side of the table, including Pacquiao.” Read the rest of this entry »



title Jessie Vargas: Mayweather-Pacquiao fight won’t take place until September

floyd6By Chris Williams: WBA light welterweight champion Jessie Vargas, one of Bob Arum’s Top Rank stable fighters, doubts that the Floyd Mayweather Jr vs. Manny Pacquiao fight will take place on May 2nd like the boxing fans want it to. At this point Vargas (26-0, 9 KO) thinks it’s too close to May for the fight to come off.

Instead, he thinks the fight will take place in September. Presumably all the issues that are slowing the fight negotiations down right now will have been taken care of by September so that the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight can happen without any hiccups like the ones that it’s experiencing now. Read the rest of this entry »



title Many fans picking Pacquiao to beat Mayweather

pac454By Jaime Ortega: After five years of failed negotiations it is unknown if Floyd Mayweather Jr. will ever take on arch-nemesis Manny Pacquiao. Floyd is not only giving a bad reputation to boxing, but even more sadly, he is playing his fan base by giving them false hopes while living it up on some island.

As I wrote in my past articles when the mega-fight hype was at the peak of its making, Floyd did not announce the fight in the Super-bowl, the rumors if anything were nothing but a prefabricated story that came out the imagination of some fans. Can’t blame the fans for dreaming, I mean they deserve the fight, just as much as Floyd claims he deserves the money the fans have invested on him to make him the rich man he is today. Read the rest of this entry »



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