(Picture credit: Hogan Photos) By Dan Ambrose: After being schooled badly by Floyd Mayweather Jr last September, you’d have thought that Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (43-1-, 31 KOs) would have learned his lesson by now that he can’t afford to try and box slick fighters like Erislandy Lara (19-1-2, 12 KO’s), but that’s what the 23-year-old is hinting that he’ll be doing on Saturday night in their middleweight pay-per-view match on Showtime from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Canelo said “How will I beat him? With speed, movement and combinations.”
Speed is the way last way that the slow-footed, 170+ pound Canelo is going to beat a fast Cuban fighter like Lara, and if that’s the only plan that he and his trainer Chepo Reynoso have come up with in the last two months of training for this fight then Canelo is probably heading for a serious clowning on Saturday night. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: The hard hitting Vladine Biosse (15-3-2, 7 KO’s) will be fighting the 6’3” highly hyped but still very flawed Callum Smith (11-0, 9 KO’s) this Saturday night in a 10 round bout at the Echo Arena in Liverpool, UK.
This is going to be the proving ground for the lanky 6’3” Smith, who can punch with a little of power from the outside, but who looks horrible when facing guys that come to the inside on him.
Biosse, 32, will likely be crowding Smith all night long to chip away at his midsection and to nail him with hooks to the head. Smith doesn’t do a very good job of moving to prevent being pressured, so you can bet this fight is going to be won or lost on the inside on Saturday. Biosse is the better fighter by far on the inside, and he could open some eyes in this fight by either scoring a stoppage or making Smith look really bad in winning. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: Floyd Mayweather Jr (46-0, 26 KOs) will be teaming up with Golden Boy Promotions for his rematch against Marcos Maidana (35-4, 31 KOs) on September 13th at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
For some fans it’s surprising that Mayweather decided to fight on a Golden Boy card again because after Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer stepped down from the company recently, it looked like Mayweather was no longer going to fight on their cards to him being close to Schaefer. The two had a great working relationship, and with him gone things were unclear. Read the rest of this entry »
By Mohamed I: So it’s finally official, the Mayweather-Maidana rematch has been confirmed for September 13th at the MGM Grand. Honestly though, absolutely nobody should be surprised. It’s been known since his “comeback” that Mayweather will only fight at the MGM Grand (christened by some to stand for Mayweather Gets Money) and will not budge from fighting near Cinco de Mayo or Mexican Independence weekend. But why another Maidana fight? The simple reason?
It’s more money than the other limited options. It’s no big secret that Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather cares more about his payday than having a boxing legacy. It’s why he picks his fight for his profit rather than reputation and exactly why he’s giving the rematch to Maidana.
If you remember back to late 2013, the only big name in contention for the fabled Mayweather showdown was Amir Khan. He had fought two tomato cans since his KO loss to Danny Garcia in late 2012 and pulled out of a Devon Alexander fight believing he was guaranteed to fight Mayweather. Read the rest of this entry »
By Yannis Mihanos: Wladimir Klitschko rules the heavyweight division today. He is indeed a high mountain to climb. Since his last loss out of the hands of Lamon Brewster in April of 2004, he has remained unbeaten and unfazed for the last 8.5 years.
So far he has been pretty consistent with 16 successful title defenses. His next title defense is against Kubrat Pulev of Bulgaria and is expected to be a comfortable one.
The problem with the heavyweight division is that no one respects the Klitschko brothers and their achievements although they have stood out for the last 10 years. It is evident that this division lacks of depth and quality. There is not enough talent, discipline and consistency of results. Read the rest of this entry »
By Gav Duthie: It is somewhat of a fairytale that Daniel Jacobs 27-1 (24) fights for the WBA world title on August 9th 2014. His last title challenge ended in disaster when in 2010 he was put flat on his back in the 5th round as the referee waved away the contest.
After two low-key winning comeback fights he was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma, an aggressive form of cancer.
His conqueror back in July 2010 on the undercard of Juan Manuel Marquez v Juan Diaz 2 at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas was Russian middleweight Dimitry Pirog 20-0 (16). Despite being behind on the cards Pirog delivered a perfectly timed right hand to the head of Jacobs handing him the WBO middleweight championship. Read the rest of this entry »
By Bob Smith: To this day, the Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (43-1-1, 31 KOs) vs. Erislandy Lara (19-1-2, 12 KOs) fight intrigues, challenges, perplexes, and excites me. While I do favor Canelo to sneak by in a majority decision or unanimous decision, I wouldn’t be surprised by a Canelo KO/TKO or a Lara decision.
The only outcome that would surprise me is a Lara KO, because although he is a powerful puncher and counter puncher with good speed and angles, I think Canelo will be able to withstand his hard blows and even come forward through them at times. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: It’s looking like we could have a catch-weight of 144 pounds for the November 22nd fight between WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao (56-5-2, 38 KO’s) and his lighter opponent Chris Algieri (20-0, 8 KO’s) in their fight at the Venetian Casino & Resort, in Macao, Macao S.A.R., China.
Steve Kim is reporting that a catch-weight could be in play for this fight. In this case, it wouldn’t be a handicap for Pacquiao, but instead for his lighter opponent Algieri, who holds down the WBO light welterweight title. Read the rest of this entry »
— Floyd Mayweather (@FloydMayweather) July 10, 2014
By Dan Ambrose: WBA/WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr (46-0, 26 KO’s) has just announced on his twitter that he’ll be fighting Marcos Maidana (35-4, 31 KO’s) on September 13th at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. We already knew that Mayweather planned on fighting Maidana a second time in September, but we didn’t know the venue until today with Mayweather Jr revealing that the fight will be at the MGM Grand.
Yahoo Sports writer Kevin Iole says that he had a conversation with Mayweather Promotions CEO Leonard Ellerbe, and he says that Golden Boy Promotions will be promoting the Mayweather-Maidana II fight along with Mayweather Promotions. This too is new, because there was speculation that Mayweather would promote the fight himself now that his company has a promoter’s license in New York. However, they still don’t have a promoters’ license in the state of Nevada. Read the rest of this entry »
By Bakary “Deus Ex” Sanou: Over the past few days you have probably read everywhere that people were picking Erislandy Lara (19-1-2, 12 KO’s) to upset Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (43-1-1, 31 KOs) or at least saying that it’s a 50-50 fight. Here are the 2 reasons why this is not true.
1. Canelo is the A-side fighter
The A-side fighter is the one who has the ability to pick his opponent. For example, Floyd Mayweather Jr has always been the A-side fighter – except against Oscar De La Hoya. I could talk about the fact that the A-side fighter can choose: the place, the size of the ring, the gloves, the referee and the judges. But I rather focus on a simpler thing: Read the rest of this entry »