By Dan Ambrose: Due to former WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr’s small cut that he suffered last week in sparring, his fight with Brian Vera (23-6, 14 KO’s), originally scheduled for September 7th at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California, has been pushed back to September 28th and will be taking place at StubHub Center, in Carson, California, USA. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo by Michael Snyder / The Desert Sun) By Ivan Ivanov: According to a press release in “fightnews.com” and other sites, Liakhovich and his attorney will file an official protest with the California State Athletic Commission citing illegal rabbit punches that have caused his stoppage in the first round at the hands of D. Wilder. Photos of the fight show that they have a point, Wilder clearly landed on the back of Liakhovich’s head. Whether it was intentional or not, Deontay managed to get his very long arms around the guard of his opponent and behind the legal punching area.
Boxing battles should not be won in court and modern technology allows for instant replays. Even if a referee sees the foul, he may not be qualified or determined enough to make a call that could alter the outcome of a fight. Read the rest of this entry »
By James Le Blanc/@James_theGrad Back in March of this year I wrote an article explaining the inevitability of a matchup between Adrien Broner and Floyd Mayweather. This match-up immediately came to mind once Adrien Broner announced he would be entering the welterweight limit and challenging Paulie Malignaggi for his belt.
I recall seeing Max Kellerman earlier this year on the Dan Lebatard show saying that in the next 2 years Adrien “The Problem” Broner is going to be a problem match up for Floyd Mayweather although he doubts they would ever fight because they are close buds. After watching Broner’s poor performance against Malignaggi, in which he won via split decision, and then also seeing countless interviews from Broner and Mayweather, I still believe this fight will eventually happen and here are a few reasons why. Read the rest of this entry »
By Ken Woods: The fight between Danny Garcia and Lucas Matthysse is one of the most anticipated of the year. This bout will show which fighter is truly elite in the junior welterweight division on September 14.
After Matthysse’s destruction of Lamont Peterson, many in the boxing world began to believe the hype that he was just going to beat all of his future foes up in a similar fashion. His hype train will come to a screeching halt when he steps in the ring with Garcia. That’s right, I said it.
Matthysse is a great power puncher with power in both hands; however, that is the extent of his prowess in the ring. He is one dimensional with limited footwork and defense. He is not technically sound, doesn’t have good head movement, and often throws wide looping punches. In his last fight, he literally fell to the ground trying to swing at his opponent. He has been successful to this point with opponents that have little boxing ability. Read the rest of this entry »
By Ken Woods: The mega fight between Floyd “Money” Mayweather and Saul “Canelo” Alvarez is fast approaching.
Mayweather will face a formidable adversary, but he is used to the challenge. What will he have to do to be successful against Alvarez? Essentially, he has to continue to do what he always does. The following game plan will lead to another Mayweather victory.
Work the body
This was “Canelo’s” strong suit for the majority of his career; however, “Money” will have to swing the pendulum to his side in this bout. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: WBO welterweight champion Timothy Bradley is only giving Brandon Rios (31-1-1, 23 KO’s) a punchers chance against Manny Pacquiao (54-5-2, 38 KO’s) in their fight on November 23rd, because Bradley feels that Rios’ straight ahead fighting style is made to order for Pacquiao. And Bradley also thinks Rios is smaller than Pacquiao, which is kind of to understand because the 5’8” Rios close to a 2 inch height advantage over the 5’6 ½” Pacquiao.
Bradley said to Hustleboss.com “Manny does his best work on guys that come right at him. Brandon Rios is a smaller guy. They’re probably around the same size. I don’t know if that weight is suitable for him [Rios] to fight at 147. I think he [Pacquiao] still has a lot left in the tank. I think his speed, his movement, his power he carries. I think he’ll be able to display it against Brandon Rios…everyone knows that when Pacquiao throws combinations, he’s going to do damage.” Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo credit: Photo Credit: Mario Serrano – Gary Shaw Productions) By Scott Gilfoid: Tony Sims, the trainer for Britain’s Darren Barker (25-1, 16 KO’s), is already looking past Barker’s fight this Saturday night against IBF middleweight champion Daniel Geale (29-1, 15 KO’s) at the Revel Resort, in Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA.
Sims is looking towards fights for Barker against fellow Brits Martin Murray, Andy Lee, John Ryder and Billy Joe Saunders. It’s always interesting when the underdogs trainer is already assuming his fighter is going to win when in reality he stands almost no chance of winning. Read the rest of this entry »
By Gerardo Granados: As skilled as Floyd Mayweather Jr. can be, he has never been considered as a power puncher. In his last six fights (from 2007 to 2013) he has scored only two knockouts, and his last against Victor Ortiz was legal but can’t be given that much of merit.
Floyd has average power for the welterweight division but for the light middleweight division he might have below average power and that could be one reason why this fight has a catch weight of 152 pounds to try to weaken Alvarez who is a natural light middleweight with great punching power. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: David Haye (26-2, 24 KO’s) is still holding out hope that the 6’7” unbeaten heavyweight Deontay Wilder (29-0, 29 KO’s) will lend a hand in preparing him for Tyson Fury (21-0, 15 KO’s) by working as a sparring partner for Haye’s September 28th fight in Manchester, UK.
Maybe Haye didn’t get the word, but Deontay already said that he’s interested in staying in the U.S to sit at ringside for the September 6th fight between Chris Arreola and Seth Mitchell.
Deontay will be facing the winner of that one. Besides that, Deontay is heading towards super stardom and mega riches in the next 2 years. Deontay is going super rich in the near future, and he’s not going to need to be spending time in between fights helping out Haye every time he takes on a huge heavyweight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Both Floyd Mayweather Jr. (44-0, 26 KO’s) and WBA/WBC junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (42-0-1, 30 KO’s) successfully made weight on Wednesday as part of their 30-day weigh-in required by the World Boxing Council for their September 14th fight. The allowable weight was 169 lbs., and Mayweather Jr. easily made that weight at 150.3 lbs., according to Fightnews.com.
Canelo, 23, came in a lot closer at 166.8 lbs., and judging by the photo, I’m wondering whether Canelo had to dehydrate to make that weight limit, because he looked thin for him. So for the rumor that Canelo had come into camp weighing 165. If that was the case, Canelo would be losing weight, not gaining weight. Read the rest of this entry »