By Chris Marckesano: Knockout artist Marcos Maidana (31-3) is being given a good chance in the eyes of a lot of boxing fans to knockout rising star Adrien Broner (27-0). Their styles and recent successes make this fight hard to predict but I think that the safe bet is on a unanimous decision in favor of Broner for the following 4 reasons.
1). Boxing skill: Maidana has made improvements with his overall boxing skills since training under Robert Garcia but still relies on his power. However, watching his fight against Devon Alexander again makes it hard to believe that Maidana can win this fight. Alexander beat Maidana in a unanimous decision in a fight that was plagued with grappling on Alexander’s part. Alexander would hit once or twice, move, hit once and hold. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Former WBC welterweight champion Victor Ortiz (29-4-2, 22 KO’s) is in need of a new opponent for his December 14th fight on the undercard of the Adrien Broner vs. Marcos Maidana card at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. Ortiz’s previously scheduled opponent Alfonso Gomez suffered a hand injury after tripping and falling down while carrying his daughter, according to ESPN. Ortiz will remain on the card, but Golden Boy Promotions will have to find a replacement in the next couple of weeks.
Eric Gomez is Golden Promotions told ESPN “He broke his hand in a freak accident. Carrying his baby daughter, he tripped and fell. Protecting her, he fell on his arm and broke his hand.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: A very nervous looking IBF/WBA super middleweight champion Carl Froch (31-2, 22 KO’s) failed to make eye contact with his much younger 25-year-old challenger George Groves (19-0, 15 KO’s) today in their face-to-face meeting on Sky Ringside to hype their fight for November 23rd in Manchester, England.
The idea was that Froch and Groves would make eye contact with each other and have a little bit of back and forth banter. But unfortunately Froch didn’t seem to want to go along with the program, because he never met the younger Groves’ stare and would look off into space or would stare at the Ringside analysts Johnny Nelson and Adam Smith. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Brandon Rios (31-1-1, 23 KO’s) isn’t coming just to lay down for Manny Pacquiao (54-5-2, 38 KO’s) on November 23rd and let him pound on him. Rios, 27, says he’s going to take the fight to the aging 34-year-old Pacquiao and test his chin constantly to see if it can hold up under his big power shots when they face each other in Macao, China.
Rios said “I come for the win, the kill…I am in the prime of my career, not like Pacquiao.”
Rios really wants to go after Pacquiao and give him a beating that will send him into a permanent retirement. Rios isn’t going to let him on Pacquiao for a second in this fight, and he’s trained hard to make sure that he cuts off the ring on him if and when Pacquiao starts using movement to escape Rios’ pressure. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Undefeated George Groves (19-0, 15 KO’s) doesn’t think IBF/WBA super middleweight champion Carl Froch (31-2, 22 KO’s) will be able to absorb the punishment that he’s going to be dishing out to him on November 23rd without succumbing to it at the Phones 4u Arena in Manchester, United Kingdom. The 25-year-old Groves figures to be too fast, too powerful and way too young for the aging 36-year-old Froch to win the fight.
Groves feels that his speed and his constant work rate will eventually be too much for Froch to take and he’ll hit the canvas and won’t get back up.
Groves told Sky Sports “I know I’ll be the first person to stop Carl Froch. Read the rest of this entry »
By Eric Thomas: Unbeaten #4 WBC heavyweight contender Magomed Abdusalmov (18-0. 18 KO’s) will be looking for his 19th straight knockout this Saturday night in a scheduled 10 round bout against 28-year-old former Cuban amateur Mike Perez (19-0, 12 KO’s) on HBO on the undercard of the Gennady Golovkin vs. Curtis Stevens card Madison Square Garden in New York, New York. Read the rest of this entry »
By Lavon Shepard: With much surprise the welterweight division has seen a mix up at the top of the ranks over the last year and a half. Prior to 2013 most fans and experts had Floyd Myaweather, Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manual Marquez at the top of the division but a lot has changed in the last year. One constant has been Mayweather. His reign at the top of boxing has been nothing short of historic. Hate him or love him at 45-0, there’s no argument whose been the best boxer of this generation.
However, the change over the last couple years is due to the performances of the other two fighters in the top 3. Manny Pacquiao is trying dig his way out of a losing streak after two defeats, one from Tim Bradley and the knockout he received from Juan Marquez. Should he lose in his upcoming bout with Brandon Rios in November, you can pretty much close the book on the Filipino’s storied career. On the other hand Marquez moved up to #2 after his knockout of Pacquiao last year and was soaring high. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photos Courtesy: Will Hart/HBO) By Scott Gilfoid: IBF/WBA super middleweight champion Carl Froch (31-2, 22 KO’s) could be the next victim for WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (27-0, 24 KO’s) to destroy after he makes easy work of the 5’7″ Curtis Stevens (25-3, 18 KO’s) this Saturday night at the Madison Square Garden Theater, in New York, New York, USA.
Froch wants the fight, his promoter Eddie Hearn wants the fight, and Golovkin is very interested in the fight as well. The only thing that could potentially get in the way of a Golovkin-Froch fight is if George Groves whips Froch next month in their fight on November 23rd at the Manchester Arena. That’s truly a toss-up fight, so I’m not counting on Froch winning anything until I see it happen. Right now, I see the younger Groves beating Froch and ruining any chances of him ever facing Golovkin. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Top Rank promoter Bob Arum plans on bringing back his number 1 fighter Manny Pacquiao (54-5-2, 38 KO’s) for a quick turn around next April against either WBO welterweight champion Tim Bradley or Russian Ruslan Provodnikov, according to Sports Tempo. This of course all depends on how the 34-year-old Pacquiao does in his next fight against Brandon Rios (31-1-1, 23 KO’s) on November 23rd in Macao, China.
If Pacquiao does well and easily wins the fight, then he’ll be back in the ring quickly to try and make up for lost time next April. But if Rios starches Pacquiao by knocking him clean out then Arum will likely have to cancel the idea of rushing Pacquiao back into the ring for an April date. It would seem likely that Pacquiao would need another long time off from boxing before he would be scheduled again. Read the rest of this entry »