By Chris Williams: Manny Pacquiao’s promoter Bob Arum says he has some concerns about the test results for Floyd Mayweather Jr’s fight against Manny Pacquiao on May 2nd. Arum is specifically concerned and suspicious about the testosterone ratio levels for Mayweather. Arum says that Mayweather tested at a .6 and .8 for the testosterone levels, where it should have been 2 to 3 due to him being an athlete.
Arum says his own testosterone ratios are 1.5 to 2. He doesn’t understand how Mayweather’s could be as low as .6, when he’s only 38-years-old and not 83. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: 2000 Olympic super heavyweight gold medalist Audley Harrison believes that former two division world champion David Haye has what it takes to potentially beat undefeated #2 WBC and 2012 Olympic gold medalist Anthony Joshua (14-0, 14 KOs) to keep him from winning a world title.
Audley sees the 34-year-old Haye’s speed and punching power being a real problem for the 6’6” Joshua when/if they get around to fighting each other. Audley thinks that Haye needs several tune-up fights before he faces the 25-year-old Joshua, and he thinks next year would be an excellent time for the fight to take place. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: Former IBF/WBC welterweight champion Andre Berto (30-4, 23 KOs) is blaming the poor pay-per-view numbers for his fight against Floyd Mayweather Jr. (49-0, 23 KOs) last Saturday night squarely on the shoulders of Mayweather. The Mayweather-Berto fight brought in between 400,000 to 550,000 pay-per-view buys, according to sources from Yahoo Sports and ESPN.
Mayweather’s previous fight against Manny Pacquiao brought in 4.4 million PPV buys. However, the fight was a real dud as far as excitement goes, and a lot of boxing fans were turned off by the experience. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: #4 IBF Stephen Smith (22-1, 12 KOs) successfully made weight on Friday in coming in at 130 pounds for his IBF final eliminator bout against #6 IBF Devis Boschiero (37-3-1, 19 KOs) for their fight on Saturday night at the Olympia in Liverpool, England. Boschiero 34, weighed in at 129 pounds for their fight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Tim Fletcher: Promoter Bob Arum of Top Rank has a four fighter list of guys that he’s considering for Manny Pacquiao’s next fight in February or March of 2016. Arum says he’ll make his choice for Pacquiao from one of this list of fighters: Terence Crawford, Amir Khan, Lucas Matthysse or Juan Manuel Marquez.
Khan is hoping that he’ll be the one that gets picked out by Arum, because he believes that he would be getting Pacquiao at the best time with him coming off of a loss to Floyd Mayweather and a bad shoulder injury. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Once beaten WBA interim 168lb champion Vincent Feigenbutz (20-1, 19 KOs) will be defending his title next month against #11 IBF contender Giovanni De Carolis (23-5, 11 KOs) in a 12 round fight at the Karlsruhe, Baden-Württemberg, Germany.
It’s a decent but hardly great fight for the 20-year-old Feigenbutz. He was hoping to get a title shot against WBA “regular” super middleweight champion Fedor Chudinov, but he’s currently busy facing #4 WBA Frank Buglioni in a little over a week from now on September 26th at the Wembley Arena in London, England. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo credit: Tom Hogan – Hoganphotos/Roc Nation Sports) By Scott Gilfoid: Despite having been soundly beaten in his last three fights by Arthur Abraham and Andre Ward, former two time world title challenger Paul Smith (35-6, 20 KOs) stubbornly refuses to hang up the gloves yet and call it a day with his career.
Smith, 32, doesn’t want to retire and he doesn’t feel that he’s a shot fighter. Smith wasn’t competitive at all against Ward last June in losing by a 9th round knockout at the Oracle Arena in beautiful Oakland, California. But what’s more worrisome than how easily Smith was beaten and reduced to a bleeding pile punching bag was how heavy he struggled in trying to make the weight for the fight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Many fans aren’t giving the 6’9” British heavyweight Tyson Fury (24-0, 18 KOs) too much of a chance of pulling off an upset next month in his title challenge against IBF/IBO/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (64-3, 53 KOs on October 24th. Fury just doesn’t have the punching power, the chin, the conditioning for the experience to get the job done in the minds of the fans.
Matchroom Sport promoter Eddie Hearn, who has no dog in this hunt, thinks that Fury can win the fight if he’s technically sound on October 24th in their fight at the ESPRIT Arena in Dusseldorf, Germany. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: The big unification fight between IBO/WBA middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (33-0, 30 KOs) and IBF 160lb champion David Lemieux (34-2, 31 KOs) is only 29 days away for HBO pay-per-view from Madison Square Garden in New York. Boxing fans will finally get a chance to see if the 33-year-old Golovkin is for real or not.
There are more than a few fans of the sport who see Golovkin as little more than an over-hyped fighter who has taken advantage of the soft match-making by his promoter Tom Loeffler. Golovkin has been a pro for nine years now, and you can safely say that he’s not been tested in any way at all. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: With two months to go before the November 21st clash between WBC middleweight champion Miguel Cotto (40-4, 33 KOs) and Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (45-1-1, 32 KOs), there is a great deal of indecision about which of these two fighters will emerge as the winner in their bout on HBO pay-per-view from the Mandalay Bay Hotel & Casino, Events Center, in Las Vegas, Nevada.
While some boxing fans believe that Cotto’s experience and brute power will be enough for him to get the victory, other fans see the 25-year-old Canelo’s youth and size being too much for the 34-year-old Cotto. Read the rest of this entry »