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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...
By Danny Wilson August 7th, 2015 All Boxing Articles
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...
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...
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...
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.
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...
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?
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.
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.
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.
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...
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...
By Iain Langmaid May 17th, 2014 All Boxing Articles
In the opening months of the current calendar year, it has been the talent rich Lightweight division which has been attracting the most amount of media attention here in the United Kingdom more than any other division here to date, whether it be domestically or on the world stage.
The year of the Lightweights started off at the Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff in February with former WBA Light-Welterweight Champion/British Lightweight Champion Gavin Rees serving up a thrilling back and forth contest with former British Super-Featherweight Champion and fellow Welshman Gary Buckland.
The contest was originally billed as a final eliminator for the British Lightweight title and was also seen as a great trade fight between two boxers looking to rebuild their careers for various reasons with the big prize being the British Lightweight title, which Rees has held prior to his world title shot, which came against the brash and then unbeaten American starlet Adrien Broner for the World Boxing Council’s portion of the 9stone 9lbs division.
In contrast, Buckland was looking to show he could be a domestic force after being flattened in the fifth round by Liverpool’s Stephen Smith down at Super-Featherweight by a right uppercut back in August at the same Arena. More...
By Jose Espinoza May 15th, 2014 All Boxing Articles
On Thursday May 8, 2014, the World Boxing Council announced that Adrien Broner received an indefinite suspension following his comments during a post-match television interview after defeating Carlos Molina on May 3.
The comments to which the WBC refers to are: "Anybody can get it. Afri-cans, I just beat the f--k out of a Mexi-can."
Here is the statement from the WBC:
Adrien Broner, former WBC lightweight champion, has offended many persons of the world with his words during the interview after the fight v Molina. The World Boxing Council holds human equality as its banner and will not accept a former WBC champion to make racially offensive statements.Since words have different meanings and can be interpreted in different ways, the WBC is issuing this open letter to Adrien Broner to either clarify what he meant with his words or to issue a public apology if those words were intended to be disrespectful and offensive... Boxing is a great sport, it is a world sport, and boxers are honourable and exemplary members of the community. Fair play and human equality must always be upheld.
The WBC as an organization is deciding to punish Broner for his words much like the NBA recently banned Donald Sterling for his racial charged comments.
How very cynical of the WBC to condemn this intolerance yet they are an organization that regulates one of the oldest bloodsports still around where the objective, mind you, is to knock the living daylights out of your opponent.
Also why is the WBC now taking exemptions to these comments when in 2010, Floyd Mayweather Jr. reportedly called Manny Paquiao "little yellow chump" ?
Now I am the last person to come to Adrien Broner's defence, but the fact that in this instance the WBC is targeting Broner is not right.
If the WBC really want to stand for fair play and human equality as they mentioned in their press release, they should target all fighters who cross the line or none at all.
By Jose Espinoza April 27th, 2014 All Boxing Articles
The most anticipated fight of the year between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and that Maidana fighter is just around the corner on May 3 and there is feeling that not many fans of the pugulist sport have a true appreciation for who "El Chico" Maidana really is.
Mayweather's opponent has some solid boxing skills and has a good track record to prove it. Let's take a look at who exactly Marcos Maidana really is.
His actual name is Marcos Rene Maidana and he was born in Argentina on July 17, 1983. The 30 year old fighter became famous last December when he upset Adrien Broner to win the WBA Welterweight title, but let's start from the beginning.
Before becoming a professional, Maidana was the 2002 and 2003 Argentine National Champion. He then went on to finish as a quarterfinalist at the at the World Championships in Bangkok, Thailand in 2003.
He then continued to shine at the America's Olympic Qualifier for the 2004 Olympics. He ultimately lost his opportunity to fight at the 2004 Athens Olympic games, though he did make a good impression during the qualifying rounds.
He began his professional career on June 12, 2004 in a small arena in Corrientes, Argentina. On December 22nd, 2006, Maidana would go on to win the WBA Fedelatin Super Lightweight Title in Buenos Aires when he defeated the slugger Miguel Callist from Panama.
His next chance to add another title to his young career would come on February, 2009 as he lost his chance to get the WBA Light Welterweight title when he suffered his first loss in controversial fashion at the hands of Andreas Kotelnik from Ukraine.
"El Chico" would eventually become the interim WBA Super Lightweight title holder from June 2009 to April 2011. More...
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