By Jim Dower: Former IBF/WBC welterweight champion Andre Berto (30-3, 23 KOs) isn’t just planning on showing up on September 12th to just collect a payday in his fight against WBA/WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. (48, 26 KOs) at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Berto, 31, will be coming to win, and he expects to surprise a lot of boxing fans by taking Mayweather’s titles away from him as well as his unbeaten record. The serious career-threatening shoulder injury Berto suffered two years ago in his 12th round knockout loss to Jesus Soto Karass is thing of the past. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Well, it looks like Amir Khan (31-3, 19 KOs) still hasn’t fully come to terms with the fact that he’s been passed over by Floyd Mayweather Jr. (48-0 26 KOs) for all time. I thought for a second there that Khan had officially moved on after getting the word that Mayweather was going to be fighting American Andre Berto (30-3, 23 KOs) in his final fight of his long 19-year pro career on September 12th in Las Vegas, Nevada.
But in looking at Khan’s latest comments, I don’t think he’s fully let go of the Mayweather fight. Obviously, Khan wanted that payday that he would have received had Mayweather agreed to fight him. Yeah, the cash would have been good for Khan, but it’s not the end of the world for Khan. He can now gear up and start badgering Manny Pacquiao and Top Rank for a fight in 2016. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo credit: Sumio Yamada) By Scott Gilfoid: Negotiations are reportedly underway or a fight between WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder (34-0, 33 KOs) and #12 WBC Johann Duhaupas (32-2, 20 KOs) for a fight on Premier Boxing Champions on NBC in Birmingham, Alabama. The deal is expected to be finalized and the fight to be announced within the next few days.
The 6’5” Duhaupas, 34, is a talented heavyweight who comes from France, and who has excellent boxing skills. Duhaupas has a good jab, and is very good at moving around the ring. Duhaupas will give Wilder some good rounds to get him ready for his title defense in early 2016 against his No.1 WBC challenger Alexander Povetkin. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Australian 36-year-old WBA #3 heavyweight contender Lucas “Big Daddy” Browne (23-0, 20 KOs) had to labor hard on Friday night to defeated 38-year-old journeyman Julius Long (16-19, 14 KOs) by a disappointing 9th round stoppage on Friday night at The Melbourne Pavilion, Flemington, Victoria, Australia.
Browne knocked Long down twice in the fight in putting him down in the 8th and 9th rounds. Browne finished Long off with a left to the head in the 9th. The referee Tony Maretta didn’t bother to count and halted the fight at 2:59 of the 9th. Read the rest of this entry »
By Yannis Mihanos: WBA/WBC 147lb champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. (48-0, 26 KOs) has succeeded in staying unbeaten for all his professional career from 1996 and on. On September 12, Mayweather will be fighting 31-year-old former IBF/WBC welterweight champion Andre Berto (30-3, 23 KOs) on Showtime pay-per-view at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Mayweather’s new choice has come again under the microscope of critics from all over the boxing world. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: Today’s announcement of the Saul “Canelo” Alvarez vs. Miguel Cotto fight made a big splash with a lot of boxing fans getting excited about the clash between these two fighters on November 21st at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.
What was lost during the announcement of the fight today was the fact that the winner of the Cotto-Canelo fight is supposed to be fighting the winner of the October 17th fight between IBF middleweight champion David Lemieux and IBO/WBA 160lb champion Gennady Golovkin. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Top Rank promoter Bob Arum says he still thinks his fighter Manny Pacquiao would be too good for Amir Khan (31-3, 19 KOs) if the two of them were to fight right now. Arum believes that Pacquiao’s punching power would be the undoing for Khan. However, Arum says you never know what could happen in a fight between Pacquiao and Khan, because Pacquiao is getting up there in age at 36 and about to turn 37 in December.
Arum interested in putting the Pacquiao-Khan fight together in 2016 if Pacquiao is able to come back from his torn shoulder injury he suffered recently. Arum thinks it would be a good fight between those two fighters. Read the rest of this entry »
By Christopher Jason Young: Just like most of the boxing world I’m not too thrilled about the Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Andre Berto match up. I figured if this is going to Mayweather “Last Hurrah” he would go out with a bang by facing one of the young hungry up and coming fighters who happened to be undefeated or another champion in his weight class.
Now personally I like Berto and I’m a fan of his, but to fight Berto now at this stage of his career I figured Mayweather sees another fighter who is not at his top peak and is trying to cash out on an easy payday. No matter what numbers Mayweather does he is still guaranteed a minimum of 32 million dollars. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: With the Miguel Cotto vs. Saul “Canelo” Alvarez fight announced earlier today for November 21st at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, Cotto’s trainer Freddie Roach has already taken the lead role as the trash talker for this fight.
Roach has ego on the line for this fight as does Cotto, because Roach feels that he’s rebuilt the 34-year-old Puerto Rican fighter with his training techniques. Roach believes that he’s turned Cotto’s career around, as does Cotto and a number of boxing fans. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: Roc Nation Sports promoter Michael Yormack says WBA super middleweight champion Andre Ward (28-0, 15 KOs) is one of the possibilities for the undercard of the November 21st fight card headlined by WBC middleweight champion Miguel Cotto (40-4, 33 KOs) vs. Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (45-1-1, 32 KOs) on HBO pay-per-view from the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Having Ward on the card obviously puts him in the equation for getting a shot at one of these fighters. It’s no secret that Ward wants a fight against IBO/WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin, and he’s hoping that fight can take place in the near future like in 2016. Read the rest of this entry »