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Does Any Middleweight Stand A Chance Against Gennady Golovkin?

By Hermann Helmut April 27th, 2016 All Boxing Articles

In light of this past weekend's devastating display of shock and awe by middleweight world champion Gennady Golvkin, the question remains; is there any boxer in the world today, at or less than 160 pounds, that could derail the Kazakh destroyer?

Dominc Wade came into his challenge of Golovkin's two world titles, the WBA "Super" and IBF, along with the WBC's Interim belt, as an undefeated prospect who was the mandatory challenger for the IBF strap of "GGG".

The 28 year old American left the ring at the Forum in Inglewood, California with the first loss on his record after receiving a two round thrashing at the hands of Golovkin, who barely appeared to break a sweat while battering Wade, 18-1 (12), to the floor three times.

At 34 years of age, Golovkin, 35-0 (32), has now made 15 title defenses over seven years and has crushed his opposition within the distance during 22 consecutive appearance. He clearly is in the prime of his career and no middleweight in the world wants to meet him in the ring, or rather their backers aren't interested.

Placing Boxing politics/business aside, could anyone out there seriously challenge the king of the hill?

The top name on everyone's list of prospective Golovkin opponents, WBC middleweight champion Saul "Canelo" Alvarez, 46-1-1 (32), has reportedly insisted that Golovkin must make 155 pounds before he will agree to the fight.

As Golovkin's team have stated a reluctance to go below 160 pounds, don't count on this one occurring in 2016. Which is probably a good thing, at any weight, for Alvarez, who is defending his title against a welterweight, Amir Khan, on May 7 in Las Vegas.

Alvarez, who has defeated such top names as Miguel Cotto, Erislandy Lara and Austin Trout, but was beaten in a competitive contest by Floyd Mayweather Jr, would probably be the best offensive fighter to square off with Golovkin if they ever do tangle. More...


What’s Wrong With Andre Ward?

By Jose Espinoza January 19th, 2016 All Boxing Articles

In the super middleweight division, the name Andre Ward is synonymous with defensive genius and an undefeated professional fighter with lots of heart and ability.

Sadly, these past few years that name has been more predominant in social media than in the headlines of boxing news magazines.

Let’s look back at what has happened.

Ward has been woefully inactive over the past four years since winning Showtime’s Super Six Tournament due to constant injuries and management disputes.

There are many in the sport of boxing that believe that even though he beat four world champions on the way to capturing the Super Six title as a super middleweight, this inactivity is killing his career.

In 2015, Ward was forced to pull out of his debut fight as a light heavyweight in Las Vegas on November 21 because of injury. This is a troubling turn of events for Ward, who has been trying to come back as the dominant fighter he once was before he became more popular for his social media antics than his accomplishments in the ring.

An extended contractual dispute with his late promoter Dan Goossen has limited Oakland’s Ward to just three fights since 2011.

The WBA's "super" 168 pound champion was set to make his debut at 175 pounds in the co-feature at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas alongside Miguel Cotto's WBC middleweight title bout with Saul Alvarez, but that appearance was ruled out because of inflammation and pain in his right knee. More...


Manny Pacquiao Chooses Timothy Bradley As Final Opponent

By Jose Espinoza January 7th, 2016 All Boxing Articles

Promoter Bob Arum made it official; Manny Pacquiao’s final opponent will be Timothy Bradley on April 9, 2016 in Las Vegas.

Bradley and Pacquiao will be meeting for the third time in their careers, setting up a trilogy after their previous fights in 2012 and 2014.

Bradley won the first meeting with a controversial split decision while Pacquiao took the second meeting with a majority decision.

There has been speculation amongst boxing pundits that Pacquiao would end his career against either Terence Crawford, Amir Khan or maybe even as a longshot, Adrien Broner.

Sadly, Manny has already stated publicly that this will be his last bout as a professional fighter. Which then leads us to this head scratching decision as to why he chose Bradley?

Timothy Bradley is a quality fighter but he did not deserve this fight. Not by a long shot. The pair have fought twice already and neither contest was a particularly compelling match.

The only reason they had a rematch in 2014 was because a majority of the world believed the judges got it terribly wrong in 2012 when they scored the first bout for Bradley over Pacquiao. More...


The GGG Enigma: Will A Career-Defining Fight Ever Happen?

By Jose Espinoza October 30th, 2015 All Boxing Articles

There is a big temptation to look at the pay-per-view numbers of World middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin's recent stoppage of challenger David Lemieux and conclude that he is now a superstar fighter in the same category as Manny Pacquiao or Saul "Canelo" Alvarez.

With 150,000 pay-per-view sales from his recent fight with David Lemieux, and the still to be finalized numbers from the sold-out venue Madison Square Garden, there are strong indications that Golovkin is slowly climbing his way up the echelon to become a household name in America.

It has even been reported in the media that Golovkin has signed to be in some new commercials for the Apple Watch.

There is one thing still missing, however, to put him in the same category as the big name fighters in the pugilist sport.

He needs a big name opponent.

There are talks at the moment that the winner of the Miguel Cotto vs. Alvarez WBC middleweight tiel bout will be the next opponent for Golovkin.

That would be a great fight for "GGG", but at this stage there are no guarantees that either Canelo or Cotto will want to fight Golovkin if the contest is fought at the middleweight divisional limit of 160 pounds.

The most recent comments reported in the media from the Canelo camp is that a 155 pound catch-weight is necessary to make any fight with Golovkin happen. More...


Would “The Best Ever” Really Face Andre Berto In A Last Bout?

By Danny Wilson August 7th, 2015 All Boxing Articles

Floyd Mayweather Jr Selfie Would The Best Ever Really Face Andre Berto In A Last Bout?

The best ever? Really? Does a boxer that wishes to be known by that title really pick a former champion, who has been handily defeated by Robert Guerrero and Victor Ortiz as well as stopped by Jesus Soto Karass, to face in his "final" fight?

First of all, does anyone actually believe that Floyd Mayweather Jr will hang up the gloves after he, predictably, easily outboxes Andre Berto on September 12 to see his record to 49-0 and equalling Rocky Marciano's career undefeated mark?

Mayweather is almost certainly saying his 49th contest will be his last fight as a bargaining chip to be financially coerced out of retirement by whichever TV company puts up the largest sum.

And, he'll almost certainly face, for his attempt at breaking Marciano's record, someone that he's already defeated, such as Manny Pacquiao or Miguel Cotto, and is confident that he could do so again. More...


Are Negotiations For Cotto vs. Alvarez Almost Finished?

By Jose Espinoza July 11th, 2015 All Boxing Articles

The much anticipated bout between Miguel Cotto and Saul "Canelo" Alvarez occuring this fall should be confirmed sometime this month or early August.

According to sources, Roc Nation Sports, who represents Cotto and Golden Boy Promotions, who represents Alvarez, are reportedly still working out the details on a specific date and venue.

Cotto's adviser, Gabriel Peñagaricano, has reportedly mentioned a November date for the fight but he also cautioned that the date will be linked to the venue itself.

In the matter of set weight for the bout, it seems like that's already settled. According to media sources, the contract weight for the fight will be 155 pounds. It will be sold as a weight where neither fighter will have any sort of advantage.

Cotto, who fights as a middleweight has only really fought at that weight against Sergio Martinez; against every other opponent he has come in under 155. Alvarez is considered a super welterweight fighter and has come in at 155 in two occasions, which were both victories, against Erislandy Lara and Alfredo Angulo.

Another matter that is resolved, according to media sources, is that the fight will be broadcast on HBO pay-per-view. The cable company should be excited about this contest as it will most likely generate enormous pay-per-view sales among the Latin community in the United States and boxing aficionados.

Another advantage for HBO is that the winner is most likely going to take on Gennady Golovkin, which will guarantee another huge pay-per-view event for the television company in 2016. More...


Gennady Golovkin vs. Floyd Mayweather Jr. At 154?

By Jose Espinoza May 9th, 2015 All Boxing Articles

Recently, Gennady Golovkin revealed to the media that his biggest dream is to fight Floyd Mayweather Jr. at 154 pounds before the best pound-for-pound fighter retires.

Golovkin took some time off from training and spoke with some members of the media a few days following the most anticipated fight in boxing history.

To the mass population, the recent fight between Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao seemed lackluster but not to Golovkin, who is clearly a fan of technical skills but more importantly, he is ready to face fighters which he considers the best.

This dream to fight Mayweather may seem like a long shot but once he takes care of his upcoming opponent, Willie Monroe Jr., Golovkin is free to face any fighter.

Whether or not Mayweather agrees to face Golovkin is another issue. It would be wondrous if Mayweather's camp would allow him to face such a dangerous opponent.

The fighter from Kazakhstan is regarded by most boxing fans as the reincarnation of Mike Tyson in the middleweight division because of his proficiency to knock out his opponents. More...


Can The Freddy Roach Effect Boost Manny Pacquiao?

By Jose Espinoza April 8th, 2015 All Boxing Articles

In his corner on May 2, Manny Pacquiao will have the hopes of the Filipino nation but also the council of a man who has faced Floyd Mayweather Jr. once before.

Freddy Roach, who has been Pacquiao’s trainer for over 15 years now, has also been in Oscar De La Hoya’s corner when he fought “Money” Mayweather Jr. on May 2, 2007.

According to Roach, his experience against the undefeated American welterweight will be a big help in constructing a successful strategy for Pacquiao to utilize in the super fight.

In 2007, Mayweather Jr. preserved his perfect record with a split decision victory over the “Golden Boy.” The final judge’s scorecards read: 116-112, 115-113, 113-115. The De La Hoya vs. Mayweather Jr. bout is considered by many as the last great boxing match in modern times.

Roach has mentioned to the media in the years following that he thought that fight should have been a draw. In more recent interviews, Roach mentioned that facing Mayweather Jr. before has enabled him to have some insight into the mechanics of the undefeated fighter.

Roach added that he is watching tapes from more recent Mayweather Jr. bouts to construct a "complete gameplan" against the fighter commonly called the "Pretty Boy."

The fight takes place on May 2, 2015 at the MGM Grand Resort in Las Vegas Nevada. he price for the pay-per-view showing has been announced at $89.95 with an expected $10 surcharge for high definition.

This fight is expected to generate the highest pay-per-view buys in boxing history.


Boxing Spotlight Terence “The Hunter” Crawford

By Jose Espinoza December 31st, 2014 All Boxing Articles

Terence Allan Crawford, a.k.a "the Hunter," secured the WBO lightweight championship in 2014 and with it, the prestigious ESPN Boxing Fighter of the Year award.

It was a tight race between Crawford and Sergey Kovalev, who had a phenomenal year as well. In the end, Crawford won out due to the spectacular performances he put on this year.

Let's take a look at this up-and-coming fighter from Omaha, Nebraska, USA.

The first fight in 2014 for Crawford was held across the pond in Glasgow, Scotland against champion Ricky Burns for the WBO title. Crawford simply outboxed Burns, who was trying to catch up all night to a much faster and efficient fighter.

Official reported statistics show that over the last five rounds of the fight, Crawford landed 116 punches while Burns only landed 30. It was a stunning world class debut for a fighter with much promise in his division.

Once he won the WBO title, Crawford did something unprecedented in the sport. He chose to have his next two fights in his hometown of Omaha. Questions arose whether Crawford could even generate enough tickets sales to justify having two title defenses in a mid-size city in America.

However, Crawford silenced critics and was able to sell out the Century Link Center in his hometown for fights against Yuriorkis Gamboa and Raymundo Beltran. Although Crawford did not make Las Vegas type money with these fights, he showed how much he values his upbringing and giving back to his hometown. More...


Lucien Bute: Training Injury Or Broken Fighter?

By Jose Espinoza November 21st, 2014 All Boxing Articles

Canadian fighter Lucien Bute has announced on November 18th, 2014, that he would opt out from a scheduled fight on December 6 in Montreal.

For almost two months now, Bute has been training in the Philippines because his new trainer, Freddie Roach, was on assignment there training Manny Pacquiao. Now comes the news that after suffering a back injury during a training session, Bute will no longer fight light heavyweight Roberto Bolonti on December 6 in Montreal.

Some analysts in the boxing world are speculating that it's not Bute's back that is broken but rather the fighter himself. Back in May 26, 2012, Bute fought Carl Froch in the United Kingdom and ever since that devastating defeat, the fighter from Canada has not been able to put his career back on track.

Since his encounter with Froch, Bute has only been able to win one bout against a stepping stone fighter, Denis Grachev. Earlier this year he lost an important bout to rival Jean Pascal, which exposed Bute's inability to handle a power puncher.

In an ironic turn of event, Interbox promoter Jean Bedard announced that while Bute vs. Bolonti is off, the December 6 gala will go on with Jean Pascal headlining the main event against light heavyweight Donovan George.

How the tide has turned for such a promising fighter. If Bute does recover and is able to fight sometime in 2015, will it be against a competitive opponent or will it be more of a showcase for a once great fighter on his way out?


Mexican Star Canelo Alvarez Leaves Showtime To Return To HBO

By Jose Espinoza September 27th, 2014 All Boxing Articles

Saul "Canelo" Alvarez announced this Tuesday that he is leaving Showtime and signed a long-term deal to return to HBO.

The details of the newly signed contract between the Golden Boy fighter and HBO sports broadcasting were not announced but Canelo made it clear that this was a long-term deal with an option for fights on the big Mexican holiday weekends, which are in May and in September.

Those dates at Showtime are reserved for Floyd Mayweather Jr., who has a monopoly on those specific dates due to his mega contract with Showtime pay-per-view.

According to Canelo, the main reason why he chose to leave Showtime was to give his Mexican fans an opportunity to see him fight on those specific days.

When asked about any conflicts with Showtime, the Mexican fighter said his goal was to fight on those dates regardless of whether or not Mayweather Jr. would be putting on a pay-per-view extravaganza at the same time.

Ken Hershman, president of HBO Sports, said that everyone at HBO is happy to have Canelo back. "We are delighted to partner with Oscar De La Hoya and Golden Boy Promotions in presenting Canelo's fight and events on our various platforms," commented Hershman on reuniting with Golden boy Promotions.

The first fight broadcast on HBO for Canelo will be on December 6 when he will face Joshua Clottey, who currently holds the WBA international light middleweight title. To be fair, a fight between Canelo and Clottey would be considered by many as a tune-up fight until HBO can showcase Canelo against Miguel Cotto.

This is an encouraging sign for HBO Sports but let's hope that this will bring forward an era of quality as opposed to quantity which is why HBO lost out fighter's in the first place.


Blood Games? Amateur Boxing Crosses A Very Big Line

By Jose Espinoza August 17th, 2014 All Boxing Articles

The Commonwealth Games held in Glasgow, Scotland this year marked the beginning of new regulation in the sport of boxing. For the first time, athletes competed without the use of headgear.

The implications of allowing amateur fighters into the ring without the proper protection is being felt by the International Boxing Association.

As the first boxing matches began in the Commonwealth Games, athlete Mathew Martin of Nauru and Ireland’s Michael Conlan both had sustained facial damage.

Last year, the International Boxing Association decided to stop the use of headgear for male boxers. Studies from medical experts have reportedly called to remove headgear to help reduce concussions.

The IBA have reportedly cited studies that caution potential brain damage for longer periods of time as the reason why they decided to remove the use of protective headgear for the games.

It is worth noting that female fighters and younger boxers were still required to use protective headgear in their bouts.

The scoring system has also been modified for the Commonwealth Games by the IBA. A pro-style 10 point scoring system is in place now for the Commonwealth Games, the World Championships and the 2016 Olympics that will be held in Rio de Janeiro.

According to the coach of the Mozambique four-man boxing team, Harry Hawkins said: “An unlucky cut to the head might mean the best boxers don’t win.” He was a voice amongst many who were against the IBA decision to eliminate headgear.


De La Hoya Promoting Rematch Between Mayweather Jr, Maidana

By Jose Espinoza July 17th, 2014 All Boxing Articles

Following the huge announcement that Floyd Mayweather Jr. finalized the contract for a rematch with Marcos “El Chino” Maidana, Golden Boy Promotions is confirmed to promote its 10th consecutive Mayweather bout.

There was speculation going into these contract negotiations that Mayweather Promotions would take over this bout and that the Barclays Center in Brooklyn would be used rather than the MGM Grand hotel in Las Vegas as the venue for this highly anticipated fight.

According to published reports, the main reason Golden Boy Promotions was selected is due to Mayweather Promotions possibly facing a tax investigation from the IRS.

In New York, the State Athletic Comimission requires a promotional company to submit tax documents. Instead, Mayweather opted to use Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions promotional licence in Las Vegas.

This is a stunning turnaround considering Mayweather Promotions CEO Leonard Ellerbe did interviews following Richard Schaefer’s resignation as Golden Boy CEO on June 2 and reportedly mentioned that Mayweather would no longer work with Golden Boy.

It is also worth noting that Mayweather Promotions is not licensed to promote in Nevada. It is filling an application with the Nevada Athletic Commission on July 23 in Las Vegas but, due to time constraints, has opted to use Golden Boy.


Crawford Rockets To Top Of Lightweights With Gamboa Win

By Danny Wilson July 1st, 2014 All Boxing Articles

With consecutive victories over Ricky Burns and Yuriorkis Gamboa, is America's Terence Crawford now the top man in the lightweight division?

Crawford, 24-0 (17), fresh off Saturday night's dismantling of Gamboa in a homecoming clash at CenturyLink Center in Omaha, Nebraska, burst onto the world stage this past March after six years of toiling on undercards during a long matriculation process.

The spotlight moment came at the Scottish Exhibition Center in Glasgow as the 26 year old Ohama man wrested the WBO title from Ricky Burns with an intriguing display of his stance switching style.

And it was only after turning southpaw after five rounds that Crawford was able to start hitting the target against the lightning-quick Gamboa, who was gunned down in the ninth round.

But what lies ahead for Crawford, who has hinted that he may no longer be able to make the division's 135 pound limit?

If he does stay at lightweight for one more contest, it would likely be a unification clash with longtime IBF king Miquel Vasquez of Mexico, who is even taller than Crawford at 5'10. More...


Low PPV Numbers For Miguel Cotto vs. Sergio Martinez?

By Jose Espinoza June 25th, 2014 All Boxing Articles

Bob Arum, who is in the process of rehabilitation after undergoing a knee replacement surgery in Los Angeles, was quoted in the press recently as remarking that the Pay-Per-View numbers for Miguel Cotto vs. Sergio Martinez were below expectations.

Arum also mentioned that despite the low pay-per-view numbers for the Cotto vs. Martinez bout, what saved them was the $4.7 million in ticket sales.

Lou DiBella, who manages Martinez, was quoted as saying the pay-per-view numbers were affected by other sporting events happening that day, such as the Belmont Stakes and Stanley Cup competitions.

In the end, there were only 350.000 purchases for the HBO PPV event, which brings up the question: can Sergio "Maravilla" Martinez or Miguel "Junito" Cotto carry a pay-per-view event?

Fact of the matter is that Martinez had to fight in Argentina to generate some money and his last profitable pay-per-view event in America was mostly successful because of his Mexican American opponent: Caesar Chavez Jr.

As for Cotto, his biggest pay-per-view numbers came at the hand of Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr; enough said.

The Cotto vs. Martinez fight was not what boxing fans expected from Martinez, which I believe made Cotto look even better than he actually is. More...


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