By Yannis Mihanos: WBA/WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr has fought well against all the aggressors that has been up to during his boxing career: Jose Luis Castillo, Juan Manuel Marquez, Miguel Cotto, Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, Robert Guerrero, Marcos Maidana, Ricky Hatton and the list goes on (47 in total).
Styles make the fights as very well they say and Mayweather has followed this rule to the letter and so far he has very much succeeded. Read the rest of this entry »
By Matt Wood: Anyone following World Boxing Association interim welterweight champion Keith Thurman (23-0, 21 KOs) knows he’s being underutilized in the boxing game. He remains undefeated and has stopped ten of his last eleven opponents.
Despite his stellar record and a very fan-friendly style, he has yet to face a top-1o welterweight. Everyone knows his predicament: he’s a high-risk, low reward fighter who currently can’t bring an A-side fan base. Read the rest of this entry »
By Gerardo Granados: Only a few privileged boxing writers are allowed to decide who will be enshrined in to the IBHOF, but the fight fans could take a look at the list and decide for themselves who deserves to receive the honor to become a boxing immortal. This year there are some significant changes, such as now the modern era category fighters were moved up to 1988, there is a reduction to vote for five instead of ten but keeps only three elected. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: World Boxing Council (WBC) International featherweight champion Lee Selby (19-1, 7 KOs) successfully weighed in on Friday for his IBF featherweight title eliminator fight on Saturday night against #15 WBO fringe contender Joel Brunker (27-0, 15 KOs) at the O2 Arena in London, UK.
Selby, 27, weighed in at 126.6 pounds. Brunker weighed in at 125.4 pounds. Selby’s promoter Eddie Hearn is calling this a 50-50 fight, which I personally feel is totally laughable. This fight is about as much a 50-50 fight as the Anthony Joshua vs. Denis Bakhtov fight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Marco Antonio Rubio (59-6-1, 51 KOs) may have failed every time he stepped it up against high quality opposition during his boxing career, but WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (30-0, 27 KOs) still expects him to make it a difficult fight for him next week in their clash on October 18th on HBO at the StubHub Center, in Carson, California, USA.
Golovkin sees Rubio as a tough Mexican fighter with excellent power and a dangerous left hand that he’s going to need to be watchful for in this fight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: In what has to be seen as a bad indication of how they perceived the November 22nd fight between Manny Pacquiao and Chris Algieri, HBO will be televising just one Pacquiao/Algieri 24/7 episode instead of multiple ones like we’ve seen with many of Pacquiao’s other boxing fights.
The Pacquiao/Algieri 24/7 episode will be televised on November 8th at 1:00 a.m. (ET/PT on HBO after the Bernard Hopkins vs. Sergey Kovalev fight on Championship Boxing from the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The bad news is that if the Pacquiao-Algieri fight does poorly on PPV like some boxing writers think it will then Pacquiao will lose pretty much all the bargaining power that he ever had with Floyd Mayweather Jr. If Pacquiao-Algieri brings in only 400,000 PPV buys or less, Pacquiao would be lucky to get a 70/30 purse split for a Mayweather fight, and I doubt Pacquiao would ever accept that offer. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Top Rank promoter Bob Arum believes that highly ranked #2 WBC, #2 WBO, #3 WBA, #4 IBF super middleweight contender Gilberto Ramirez (29-0, 23 KOs) would beat former WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr (48-1-1, 32 KOs) if that fight were made right now.
Arum says that Chavez Jr has one more fight on his Top Rank contract, and he would likely have that final fight be against the 23-year-old Ramirez if possible. Arum seems to think it would be an easy fight for the 6’3” Ramirez.
If a fight did take place between Ramirez and Chavez Jr, it would be a huge step up in class for Ramirez because he’s been fighting weak opposition during his five-year pro career and not always looking good. Ramirez is all arms and legs, and he’s very easy to hit. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Jeff Mayweather sees the November 8th fight between 49-year-old IBF/WBA light heavyweight champion Bernard Hopkins (55-6-2, 32 KOs) and World Boxing Organization (WBO) 175 pound champion Sergey Kovalev (25-0-1, 23 KOs) one in which Kovalev could wind up losing the fight if he gets lulled into fighting at the slow pace that Hopkins like to fight at.
Jeff sees this as big test for Kovalev because he’s going to be taking a big step up in class, and he’s also someone who will be in against a very smart fighter. Read the rest of this entry »
By Michael Herron: In boxing May 5th or Cinco de Mayo has become synonymous with a big fight and big night of boxing! The date, which is often mistaken as Mexico’s Independence Day, commemorates the Mexican army’s unlikely victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. The event is a source of national pride as it re-imagines a Mexican David defeating a French Goliath. In boxing it is not uncommon that on this date the sports major attraction will face off with his greatest rival, the fervor is increased tenfold when one or both participants are of Mexican descent.
In recent years however boxing’s Cinco de Mayo weekend has not been the legendary night of Mexican fighters that many believe it should be but in fact has become a showcase for an African American fighter, boxing’s top pay-per-view attraction Floyd “Money” Mayweather. Is it necessary to note that Mayweather is an African American? Yes, because boxing is a very nationalistic/patriotic sport and nationalism is the reason some fights are bigger than others. Major boxing events taking place on Cinco de Mayo and the September 16th Mexican Independence Day are the very definition of nationalism in sports. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Trainer Freddie Roach has brought two sparring partners – Mike Jones and Stan Martiniouk – from the United States with him to the Philippines to start helping WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao (56-5-2, 38 KOs) with his sparring to get him ready for his title defense next month against unbeaten challenger Chris Algieri (20-0, 8 KOs) for their boxing match on November 22nd at the Cotai Arena, Venetian Resort, Macao, Macao S.A.R., China.
The Pacquiao-Algieri fight will take place at a catch-weight of 144 pounds.
#1 WBC Viktor Postol is expected to fly over and join the sparring partners for work with the 35-yuear-old Pacquiao. Read the rest of this entry »