By Scott Gilfoid: Amir Khan is recommending that Floyd Mayweather Jr. (48-0, 26 KOs) not overlook the danger and risk that is involved with his fight this Saturday against Andre Berto (30-3, 23 KOs). Khan thinks this is a fight that could lead to Mayweather getting badly hurt by the 31-year-old Berto if he doesn’t see that Berto still has a lot of power and could hurt him if he lands something big.
In looking at some of Berto’s recent fights there’s no question that he’s still punching with the same kind of power that he was 10 years ago when he was in his prime. Read the rest of this entry »
By Matt Plumridge: George Groves (21-2) faces a genuine make or break contest on Saturday’s Mayweather- Berto undercard, fighting his third world title shot against the Money man’s own fighter in WBC belt wearer Badou Jack (19-1-1).
Groves, who was twice KO’d by Carl Froch in his previous attempts to capture the world crown, can specifically not afford to be knocked out by Jack as 3 KO’s in just over 20 fights will rank his chin as more suspect than I suspect, and you can see all future opponents looking to land the knock out with inevitably successful consequences. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: It’s being reported that Floyd Mayweather Jr. allegedly used an IV drip the day before his May 2nd fight against the Philippines’ Manny Pacquiao to help rehydrate before the big “Fight of the Century” at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The USADA made a statement saying that Mayweather informed them about the IV drip infusion before he started, and they in turn passed this information along to both the Nevada State Athletic Commission and Manny Pacquiao.
Here’s Floyd Mayweather Jr’s statement on the IV drip mess:
“As already confirmed by the USADA Statement, I did not commit any violations of the Nevada or USADA drug testing guidelines. I follow and have always followed the rules of Nevada and USADA, the gold standard of drug testing. Let’s not forget that I was the one six years ago who insisted on elevating the level of drug testing for all my fights. As a result, there is more drug testing and awareness of its importance in the sport of boxing today than ever before. I am very proud to be a clean athlete and will continue to champion the cause.”
The fight broke pay-per-view records in bringing in over 4.4 million buys. Pacquiao was beaten by a 12 round unanimous decision. The Mayweather needed the IV drip to rehydrate, according to SB Nation. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Trainer Peter Fury says his fighter Tyson Fury (24-0, 18 KOs) will absolutely be ready for whatever IBF/IBO/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (64-3, 53 KOs) brings to the ring on October 24th in their fight at the ESPRIT Arena in Dusseldorf, Germany.
Fury has obviously been training with guys of similar height as the 6’6” Klitschko, and working at trying to defeat his distinct fighting style. However, it has to have been extremely difficult for Peter to find someone that can properly mimic the way that Klitschko fights, because there aren’t too many big heavyweights in the division that has his jab, left hook and right hand combination. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: WBO super featherweight champion Roman “Rocky” Martinez (29-2-2, 17 KOs) plans on taking the fight to #3 WBO challenger Orlando “Siri” Salido (42-13-2, 29 KOs) this Saturday night in their rematch at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Martinez, 32, had a great deal of success in slugging with the 34-year-old Salido in their fight last April in beating him by a 12 round unanimous decision by the scores of 114-111, 115-110 and 116-109. Read the rest of this entry »
By Tim Fletcher: Manny Pacquiao will be having an MRI performed on his shoulder to check the status of the healing from his surgery four months ago on September 7th. According to the New Standard/Boxing Mirror.com.
The results of the MRI will be evaluated by Pacquiao’s surgeon Dr. Neal ElAttrache for him to determine whether it’s feasible for the 36-year-old Pacquiao to return to the ring in February or March of 2016. That’s when Pacquiao’s promoter Bob Arum is looking to have him back inside the ring fighting against an opponent still to be determined. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Anthony Joshua (13-0, 13 KOs) says he’s not looking past his opponent Gary Cornish (21-0, 12 KOs) this Saturday towards a more dangerous fight against Dillian Whyte (15-0, 12 KOs) on December 12th.
Joshua says his concentration is completely on the task at hand in trying to defeat the 28-year-old Cornish to capture the vacant Commonwealth heavyweight title at the O2 Arena in London, UK. Whyte is fighting on the undercard against Brian Minto (41-9, 26 KOs). Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: If you’re wondering why Floyd Mayweather Jr. passed over Kell Brook and Amir Khan for his upcoming fight on Saturday night, it was a simple matter of neither of them being suitable for the fight.
According to Showtime vice president of sports Stephen Espinoza, Andre Berto was the best choice for Mayweather’s fight rather than the likes of Khan and Brook. Khan had Ramadan that kept him fasting until July. Khan would have had to get in training camp immediately after fasting, and be ready to fight by September 12th. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: With ticket sales not going well, the media attacking him from all sides, and the pay-per-view outlook dim, Floyd Mayweather Jr. (48-0, 26 KOs) made one last ditch effort on Wednesday to try and build up his opponent Andre Berto (30-3, 23 KOs) as a worthy opponent for him to fight.
At the final press conference, Mayweather worked hard to try and justify his selection of Berto for his fight on Saturday, comparing him to Amir Khan and saying he’s not a pushover. Mayweather appeared to be trying to remake Berto’s image singlehandedly the way that a public relations professional would. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Matchroom Sport promoter Eddie Hearn thinks that his fighter heavyweight Anthony Joshua (13-0, 13 KOs) is just one year away from fighting for a world title against either Wladimir Klitschko or Tyson Fury, depending on which one emerges victorious in their clash on October 24th in Dusseldorf, Germany.
Hearn seems to be assuming that the 25-year-old Joshua will get past Gary Cornish (21-0, 12 KOs) this Saturday night in their fight at the O2 Arena in London, UK, and then defeat unbeaten Dillian Whyte (15-0, 12 KOs) on December 12th in their battle in London. Read the rest of this entry »