By Robert Elmore: In boxing, there are no guarantees. One has to make sure they get the best possible deal for themselves and their family that will secure their future. Decisions will not always be popular among boxing fans and Tim Bradley’s resigning to Top Rank was received with mix emotions.
Bradley was a free agent by the end of 2014 the boxing world was his oyster. He was the WBO champ having beaten Manny Pacquiao (controversial or not), made 1.05 million against Joel Casamayor and 5 million against Pacquiao. Many boxing fans (including myself) thought he would test the free agent market or join Al Haymon’s army. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: WBC middleweight champion Miguel Cotto (40-4, 33 KOs) and 25-year-old former IBF/WBC junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (45-1-1, 32 KOs) are both going to make a ton of money for their November 21st fight on HBO pay-per-view from the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The 34-year-old Cotto, who promotes himself, will be making $30 million, according to elnuevodiario. For his part, Canelo will be getting $10 million plus for the fight, which will easily be the biggest payday of his career. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Manny Pacquiao’s promoter Bob Arum says he’ll be meeting with Amir Khan (31-3, 19 KOs) in the UK to discuss a fight between him and Pacquiao (57-6-2, 38 KOs) in 2016. The fight would likely be Pacquiao’s first after coming off a defeat to superstar Floyd Mayweather Jr. and a bad shoulder injury in that loss.
Pacquiao says he used salt water to heal his shoulder without rehab following surgery to repair his torn right rotator cuff last May, but we don’t know if Pacquiao’s miracle cure will hold up in a real fight or, if it will enable him to even make it through a training camp to get to the fight. What we don’t want to see/hear is Pacqiuao blaming a loss to Khan on his shoulder not being 100%. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: WBO middleweight champion Andy Lee (34-2-1, 24 KOs) isn’t too worried about the change of date and venue for his title defense against No.1 WBO Billy Joe Saunders (22-0, 12 KOs). Lee expects to be able to get the better of Saunders regardless of where the fight is staged. The fight will be taking place on October 10th at the Manchester Arena in Manchester, UK.
The fight was originally scheduled for September 19th in Limerick, Ireland. However, Lee came down with a virus, which made it necessary for the fight to be postponed until October. It’s unclear why the fight was moved from Ireland to Manchester, but I think it’ll work out favorably for Lee because with the fight being staged in England, it means that the crowd will be pro-Saunders all the way. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: WBO 135lb champion Terry Flanagan (28-0, 11 KOs) will be making his first defense of his WBO lightweight strap on October 10th against #1 WBO Diego Magdaleno (28-1, 12 KOs) on the undercard of the Andy Lee vs. Billy Joe Saunders card at the Manchester Arena in Manchester, UK. The fight card will be televised on BoxNation in the UK.
The hulking 5’9 ½” southpaw Flanagan is coming off of a 2nd round injury stoppage of knockout artist Jose Zepeda last July. Rather than give the injured Zepeda a badly needed rematch, Flanagan is moving on and will be facing American Magdaleno in his next fight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Paco Gurrola According to Mediotiempo.com, 37-year-old former IBF/WBA/WBO welterweight champion Antonio Margarito (38-8, 27 KOs) is planning on coming back to the ring in November or December of this year. Not only that; Margarito is contemplating a world title fight in 2016 if successful.
With his family’s consent, Margarito has already begun his training in San Diego California and will soon be under Robert Garcia’s hands to improve and polish his pugilistic abilities prior to his combat. Read the rest of this entry »
By John Kelvin: One of the most consistent accusations which is thrown at Floyd Mayweather Jr. by some media and fans is that he is scared or ducking certain fighters. For years Mayweather was called a coward because it was perceived by members of the media (the writers who only cover big fights and ignore everything else) that he was avoiding a fight with Manny Pacquiao.
When Mayweather clearly defeated Pacquiao last May in Las Vegas, Nevada, there was a mass outcry and anger about what happened. Anyone who knows or follows boxing knew that Mayweather was going to win decisively. The majority of pro boxers and analysts picked Mayweather to win a decision. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo credit: Idris Elba) By Chris Williams: Mayweather Promotions CEO Leonard Ellerbe took a shot at Manny Pacquiao this past week by saying that he doesn’t expect Floyd Mayweather Jr’s opponent Andre Berto (30-3, 23 KOs) to start complaining about a shoulder problem during or after their fight on September 12th on Showtime PPV from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Ellerbe says Berto has fought with a shoulder injury before in the past in his bout with Jesus Soto Karass, and he fought with the pain and didn’t complain about the injury afterwards when he was knocked out in the 12th round by Soto-Karass. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jim Dower: 46-year-old former four division world champion Roy Jones Jr. (62-8, 45 KOs) defeated an over-matched replacement opponent Eric Watkins (12-10-2, 5 KOs) in stopping him in the 6th round on Sunday night at the Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut. Jones Jr. lined Watkins up for a short left to the head that put him down on his back for the knockout. It was a decent shot but not a really hard looking punch. Watkins just didn’t have the chin to take it. Read the rest of this entry »
By Double Standard: Last night in Montreal, former IBF super middleweight champion and Montreal based fighter Lucian Bute (32-2 25 KOs) stopped the European champion, Italian Andrea Di Luisa (17-3 13 KOs), by TKO in the 4th round of a bout scheduled for 10. The fight was set at 171lbs catch-weight, although both men weighed in at 170lbs. or less.
It took place at the Bell Centre, but looked like the 21.000 seats arena had been converted into a 3.000 seats casino type venue. The small but loud crowd was surely pleased by the outcome, but also by the way Bute passed the test. Read the rest of this entry »