By Marc Livitz reporting from San Antonio, TX. – Historic Market Square in downtown San Antonio is always a popular destination for tourists and locals alike. Fresh off yesterday’s public press conference in Los Angeles to promote their upcoming July 12 bout, Mexican boxing superstar Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and Cuban cum Houstonian Erislandy “American Dream” Lara visited the Alamo City this afternoon. Today’s presser was the second stop of the promotional tour which will move on to New York City and finally Puerto Rico.
Very few in the boxing world have in any way slighted Alvarez for the way he handled his first professional loss last September when he was taken to pugilistic school by the great Floyd Mayweather, Jr. Two months ago, Canelo (43-1-1, 31 KO’s) returned to the ring with a resounding cracker of a performance as he pummeled feared compatriot Alfredo “El Perro” Angulo en route to a tenth round TKO victory in Las Vegas. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Former three division world champion Nonito Donaire (32-2, 21 KO’s) will be going after his fourth division world title this month when he faces WBA Super World featherweight champion Simpiwe Vetyeka (26-2, 16 KO’s) at the end of the month on May 31st at the Cotai Arena, Venetian Resort, Macao, Macao S.A.R., China.
Vetyeka, 33, is seen by some boxing fans as the most vulnerable of the current featherweight champions, and the most beatable guy for Donaire to pick up his fourth division world title. Donaire says he wants to go after more world title belts after this fight. Read the rest of this entry »
By B.G.B: Floyd Mayweather Jr (46-0, 26 KO’s) is an excellent fighter. His boxing skills and ring craft are second to none and he is a multiple time world champion that has never lost a fight. These factors have indeed culminated to title Mayweather as the P4P number 1 fighter in the world and rightfully so. His recent fight of the year candidate against Marcos Maidana has shined a new light on Floyd, however a light significantly different to what he is used to.
Unlike his more recent fights, Mayweather was pressured by a durable, determined and underestimated (by boxing fans at least) brawler which has inevitably led to cries for a rematch. The significance of this fight implied that Mayweather is still very, very good, but he is not invincible. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Trainer Floyd Mayweather Sr. wasn’t happy with all the fouling that Marcos Maidana (35-4, 31 KO’s) got away with last Saturday night against his son Floyd Mayweather Jr (46-0, 26 KO’s) in their fight in Las Vegas, Nevada. Floyd Sr. thinks that Maidana came into the fight with an MMA type game, and used that approach to try and beat Mayweather Jr. For that reason, Floyd Sr. doesn’t think Maidana deserves a rematch with Mayweather Jr.
Floyd Sr thinks Maidana used various rough-house tactics such as kneeing, rabbit punches, low blows, head-butts and holding and hitting to gain an edge against Mayweather Jr. in their fight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: It’s quite possible that George Groves (19-1, 15 KO’s) could find himself facing James DeGale (18-1, 12 KO’s) in a rematch for his first title defense of his IBF/WBA super middleweight titles if Groves gets past IBF/WBA champion Carl Froch (32-3, 23 KO’s) in their rematch this month on May 31st at the Wembley Stadium in London, UK. Groves beat DeGale by a narrow 12 round majority decision three years ago in May of 2011 by the scores of 115-115, 115-114, and 115-114.
It was far from a conclusive victory, but there was never a rematch for some reason, even though DeGale badly wanted one. Groves moved on and fought a series of lesser fighters before getting the fight against Froch last November for his two titles, which Groves subsequently lost by a controversial 9th round stoppage. Read the rest of this entry »
By Michael Byrne: Amir Khan is once more running his mouth, chasing a shot at Mayweather. However, it has long been determined that Mayweather’s next fight will be in September, and Khan has admitted he can’t make this date as he wants three months to prepare for the fight, and Ramadan would get in the way of this. Khan is trying to pressure Mayweather to push the date back to November, but whilst Khan’s pressure in the ring is world-class, his influence over Mayweather outside the ring is non-existent: Mayweather fights who he wants, when he wants.
Also, after Mayweather’s very close fight with Maidana last Saturday, one which seen him behind on the scorecards at the mid-point of the bout, there is significant demand for a rematch. So if Mayweather fights Maidana again in September and comes through that bout, his fight date of May 2015 could well be against Khan. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Former Floyd Mayweather Jr. victim, Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, doesn’t seem to be agreeing with Mayweather’s excuse that he fought Marcos Maidana in the trenches on purpose last Saturday night in order to make it a fun fight for the boxing fans to witness at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. Mayweather says he did it for the fans, but Canelo is under the belief that Mayweather simply couldn’t figure out Maidana’s fighting style until the second half of the fight.
Canelo thought that Maidana was ahead on the scorecards early on in the fight, but when Mayweather solved his style, he ended up falling behind and losing the fight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: This Saturday night we’re going to be seeing the next opponent for unbeaten heavyweight talent #3 WBC Deontay Wilder (31-0, 31 KO’s) in the rematch between #2 WBC Chris Arreola (36-3, 31 KO’s) and #1 WBC Bermane Stiverne (23-1-1, 20 KO’s) at the Galen Center, in Los Angeles, California, USA. In a indication of what Showtime and HBO thought of the Arreola-Stiverne rematch, they passed on the idea of televising the fight. Instead of the fight being televised on one of those cable giants, ESPN will be televising the fight on Saturday.
That’s kind of an indication that the World Boxing Council made a mistake of picking Arreola and Stiverne to fight for the vacant WBC title rather than someone like Deontay. It was only last year when Stiverne gave Arreola a pounding in winning an easy 12 round decision. Read the rest of this entry »
By Yannis Mihanos: Humility is not a virtue that Floyd Mayweather Jr will be remembered of having in boxing long after he’s gone from the sport. If Mayweather ever goes down as one of the greats in boxing, it will certainly be for other reasons and mainly statistic as far as his unbeaten record goes. Read the rest of this entry »
By Gerardo Granados: Next May 17 at the Forum Inglewood, California, U.S.A; the former multiple division champion veteran Juan Manuel Marquez (W55-L7-D1) returns to the ring against top contender Mike Alvarado (W34-L2-D0). In his last two fights “Mile high” Alvarado got to be considered for the fight of the year award, first against Brandon Rios wining a thrilling rematch and then lost a competitive battle against the current WBO light welterweight champion Ruslan Provodnikov. On the other corner “Dinamita” Marquez lost a close boxing match against Tim Bradley.
Both Rios and Provodnikov are pressure fighters and Alvarado is more of a boxer puncher and counter puncher than be considered as a brawler. Marquez is a great counter puncher also a boxer puncher but he can’t be considered to be as pressure fighter, so will this mix allow us to see a war? I believe it will. Read the rest of this entry »