By Allan Fox: If Floyd Mayweather Jr. wants to keep his WBA and WBC titles until next year, he’s probably going to need to give the WBA and WBC a heads up about what he plans on doing with his career. If Mayweather doesn’t tell them that he’s still trying to decide whether to come back or not in 2016, they could strip him of his titles.
Mayweather already lost his pound-for-pound title with Ring Magazine after he said he was retiring. They took Mayweather on his word and stripped him quickly of his P4P title, and that obviously was a huge blow for Mayweather. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: #1 WBC Lucas Matthysse (37-3, 34 KOs) says he’s going to take the action to the inside when he faces #2 WBC Viktor Postol (27-0, 11 KOs) on October 3rd in their fight on HBO from the StubHub Center, in Carson, California.
Matthysse, 5’7”, knows that he’s got to get on the inside against the 5’11” Postol for him to have a chance of beating the taller fighter. Matthysse won’t be able to stay on the outside against Postol because he’ll be picked off all night by his jabs and long right hands. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: IBF middleweight champion David Lemieux (34-2, 31 KOs) says he saw everything he needed to see when he stood and faced off with IBO/WBA middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (33-0, 30 KOs) when the two of them met at a recent press conference to publicize their October 17th fight on HBO pay-per-view from Madison Square Garden in New York.
The 26-year-Lemieux says he saw weakness in Golovkin’s eyes during their stare down, and he says going to attack that weakness when he gets inside the ring with the Kazakhstan fighter. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo credit: Tom Hogan – Hoganphotos/Roc Nation Sports) By Dan Ambrose: WBA super middleweight champion Andre Ward (28-0, 15 KOs) is still a possibility for the November 21st Miguel Cotto vs. Saul “Canelo” Alvarez undercard on HBO pay-per-view from the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Ward’s promoters at Roc Nation Sports are working on setting up a fight for Ward at light heavyweight for the card. Roc Nation is working on a three-fight deal with HBO for Ward. HBO is usually pretty selective in the fights that they agree to for their fighters on their network. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Former WBA/WBC junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (45-1-1, 32 KOs) is guaranteeing that his November 21st match-up against WBC middleweight champion Miguel Cotto (40-4, 33 KOs) will be an exciting fight and totally unlike the Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Manny Pacquiao fight on May 2nd this year.
Canelo seems to think that his fight will be better fight, but Canelo didn’t look good in his fights against Erislandy Lara, Austin Trout and Mayweather. Those weren’t boring fights because of Canelo’s opponents. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: IBO/WBA middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (33-0, 30 KOs) not only has been passed up by WBA super middleweight champion Andre Ward in Ring Magazine’s official pound-for-pound ratings, but he’s also been beaten out by Roman Gonzalez (43-0, 37 KOs) in a poll conducted by the website. Golovkin is at No.2 in the poll with 25.70 percent of the votes compared to Gonzalez’s 56.44 percent.
Golovkin’s rating at No.2 is obviously a product of his lack of quality opposition he’s been facing. The boxing fans want to see Golovkin step up and face quality opposition. The fans are partly getting their wish with Golovkin’s fight against IBF middleweight champion David Lemieux next month on 10/17. Read the rest of this entry »
By Gerardo Granados: If the reader enjoys a high tempo bloody fights then I strongly recommend you to search for this one and enjoy, you will not be disappointed to see any running or hugging but just slugging and I can guarantee to you that it was a great display of heart and determination by both hungry lions. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: #3 WBO, #8 IBF, #10 WBA, #13 WBC Tony Bellew (25-2-1, 16 KOs) appears to be on the verge of fighting for the IBF cruiserweight title in December after the International Boxing Federation has reportedly stripped IBF champion Yoan Pablo Hernandez of his title for failing to defend the title for over a year.
The last time that Hernandez defended his IBF strap was in August of 2014, when he defeated Firat Arslan by a boring 12 round decision. Hernandez rescheduled a fight against Victor Emilio Ramirez for October 2nd, but then recently, Hernandez attempted to reschedule again. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: After getting a controversial draw last July in his failed attempt to capture the WBA “regular” lightweight title against champion Darleys Perez (32-1-1, 20 KOs), #11 WBA Anthony Crolla (29-4-3, 11 KOs) will be getting another chance to win the WBA title against Perez on November 21st at the Manchester Arena in Manchester, UK. This time Crolla expects to leave no doubt in the minds of the judges by looking to dominate Perez. Crolla took a lot of punishment in that fight from Perez, and I wouldn’t be surprised if Crolla comes into the rematch at 75% of what he was the first time around.
The World Boxing Association has ordered the rematch between Crolla and Perez to clear up the controversy from their last fight.
Crolla was quite fortunate to get a draw last time against Perez, because Crolla would have lost the fight if the referee hadn’t taken points off in the 11th and 12th rounds for Perez landing low blows. The referee literally saved Crolla from losing by taking those points away. The point deduction in the 12th came when Crolla pulled Perez’s head forward to the point where he was in a bent over position while he was in the process of throwing a punch. Read the rest of this entry »
By Tim Fletcher: Golden Boy Promotions CEO Oscar De La Hoya likes to trumpet his fighter Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (45-1-1, 32 KOs) as the fighter who will take the baton from superstar Floyd Mayweather Jr. (49-0, 26 KOs) and carry the sport on his shoulders for the next 10 years as the No.1 pay-per-view attraction, but that might be the case.
The boxing world is looking for a new No.1 guy to take over for the 38-year-old Mayweather, who announced his retirement after his win over Andre Berto on September 12th. Read the rest of this entry »