Provodnikov vs. Matthysse: 12 round war or stoppage?

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By B.G.B: 2015 is shaping up to be one of the most exciting years for boxing since the turn of the millennium. Floyd Mayweather Jr. – Manny Pacquiao will steal all the headlines but do we really know what to expect? It may be an action packed slug fest that will live in the memory of fight fans for generations. It may be a game of chess where one wrong move ends it all. Or (let’s hope not!) it could be a 12 round snooze fest.

The simple answer is we don’t know but thankfully we will find out and we can’t wait. Danny Garcia – Lamont Peterson may not have been as spectacular as we’d hoped but it was still a fight the fans were hoping to see. Saul “Canelo” – James Kirkland is not Canelo vs. Miguel Cotto or Canelo vs. Gennady Golovkin, but it’s a fight that will likely be fan friendly.

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Brook V Gavin May 30th: Hearn and Brook let Khan off the hook

SHEFFIELD-BROOK-DANN14By B.G.B: Kell Brook will be making a quick return to the ring to defend his IBF welterweight strap against the world famous Frankie Gavin. Not the announcement boxing purists were hoping for I’m sure. What makes this announcement so underwhelming is the heavy criticism rival Amir Khan has received after his own underwhelming announcement that he’ll be fighting Chris Algieri.

Kell Brook was left scratching his head at Khan’s decision and understandable so. Khan turned down a career high pay day in front of what would have likely been a record British crowd for a word title in the best division in boxing. In what world could that possibly be the right decision?

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Kell Brook; don’t pull an ‘Amir Khan’!

brook6By B.G.B: Boxing fans have just about finished rubbing their eyes after Amir Khan’s Thursday night announcement. Yes, it has been confirmed that Khan will face former light-welter weight world champion Chris Algieri on May 30th. Algieri was badly beaten by Manny Pacquiao in November.

Although a former light welter weight champion, Algieri can’t really be labelled as the opponent Khan promised to fight fans after his impressive display defeating Devon Alexander. Unfortunately for them (us), broken promises are becoming all too familiar when it comes to Amir Khan.

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End of the road for Mayweather

floyd103By B.G.B: The Welterweight division is without a doubt the most engaging division in all of boxing and has been since the glory days of the heavyweights diminished into the one man show it is today (alright, I admit it is growing but still). The Royal fight that will define this generation of boxing has finally been signed, sealed and delivered and fans can breathe an almighty sigh of relief.

6 years of frustration are over. The childish, unbearable squabbling is over. The back and forth debate will finally be over. But perhaps even more significant to all of this… the road to Floyd Mayweather Jr is over.

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Anything but Hopkins-Froch

hopkinsBy B.G.B: We all love (or at the very least respect) Bernhard Hopkins. He’s gone beyond what any trainer, fighter, manager, promoter or fan could have ever imagined. At 50 years old he still remains at world level having lost his IBF and WBA light-heavy weight world titles just a few weeks ago to the best fighter in the division Sergey Kovalev.

Managing to survive 12 rounds with Kovalev is a feat in itself more so considering the amount of punishment Hopkins took. He has more than cemented his place in the BHOF and will never be forgotten. The sad thing is that Hopkins’ actually fights are easily forgotten.

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Cotto cannot escape Golovkin much longer

cotto900By B.G.B: With the super-mega-fight between Floyd Mayweather Jr and Manny Pacquiao nearing closer and closer to confirmation and the news that Saul “Canelo” Alvarez will face James Kirkland, it would seem that WBC middleweight champion Miguel Cotto has been handed the short stick. It would be a total failure for boxing if he was to face Mayweather on May 2nd to prevent the mega-fight from happening but the good news is that scenario now seems increasingly less likely.

Team Cotto will or should be kicking themselves that they didn’t snatch at the opportunity to face Canelo rather than sit and wait for a Pacquiao-Mayweather fight to again falter at the last stage.

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Murray V Golovkin: Martin needs a Miracle

murray82By B.G.B: Martin Murray is perhaps the most overlooked and underestimated contender in the middleweight division. He has an outstanding professional record of 29 wins, 1 draw and just 1 defeat. A hard fought battle against former IBF/WBA middleweight champion Felix Sturm ended in a draw back in 2011. Murray proved that he was a worthy contender that night and may have been awarded a victory on points had the bout not taken place in Germany.

Murray’s only loss was even more questionable losing to former WBC champion Sergio Martinez in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 2013. Murray knocked Martinez down twice although only one of the knockdowns was made official by the referee for some strange ruling. Personally I felt Martin had done more than enough to dethrone the pound for pound star in his own back yard but not surprisingly the judges saw differently.

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Mayweather vs. Pacquiao: Which fighter has fought better opposition? Part 2: Manny

pac7847By B.G.B: Manny Pacquiao – Like his rival, Pacquiao has won 10 world titles in an astonishing 8 weight division. He is the first and only boxer in history to have won world titles in 8 weight classes. He turned professional in 1995 when he was just 16 years old, 4ft 11 and weighed in at 98 pounds (light flyweight).

Throughout his very early career Manny fought in the Philippines in small venues. After an 11 fight winning streak he suffered his first loss, knockdown and knockout of his career losing in the 3rd round to Rustico Torrecampo.

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