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By Jose Espinoza March 13th, 2014 All Boxing Articles
In a perfect world, I would be writing this article about Floyd Mayweather Jr. taking on Manny Pacquiao in the next big pay-per-view showcase this spring.
Instead, I am here trying to convince myself and you, the adoring boxing public, that you should care about this match-up that Mayweather Promotions has set up.
Now, some of you might be feeling elated that Amir Khan wasn’t selected as the Floyd’s next opponent. Some of you might have seen Marcos Maidana’s masterful effort against Adrien Broner and you’re thinking he is a worthy opponent to face the best in the business right now.
Actually, the Broner win only proves that he is worthy of a match with a better opponent but it certainly doesn’t mean that he deserves a shot at the best fighter in the business.
Don’t get me wrong, this match-up is compelling for us boxing fans who are struggling with the state of the sport at the moment; there are not enough compelling fights out there.
We are living in a time when fighters who are up-and-coming stars like Gennady Golovkin and Danny Garcia are not getting the constant exposure that big names of the past, such as Sugar Ray Leonard or Oscar De La Hoya, use to have.
The problem is that fighters like Mayweather or Pacquiao are fighting maybe once or twice a year and that sets a precedent for other fighters, who take a cue from the future hall-of-fame fighters.
Promoters have opted for the formula where boxers fight once or twice a year and because of the big pay-per-view amounts generated by those bouts and the fighters go along with the promoters and chose to fight less often.
There are not enough compelling bouts in the boxing calendar and the rematch gimmick is over used in boxing [can anyone say Pacquiao vs. Marquez IV?] More...
By Iain Langmaid March 8th, 2014 All Boxing Articles
Tonight at the MGM Grand, one of the great Basilicas of World boxing, a pugilistic civil war shall take place between two Mexican warriors aiming for redemption, and maybe even greatness.
In one corner stands Saul Alvarez, whose last visit to a boxing ring saw him dethroned and mastered by the best pound for pound fighter of the last decade, Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Alvarez, the red-headed matinee idol with dynamite in each hand and one of the most popular fighters within Mexico, faces the powerful and relentless Alfredo Angulo.
While Angulo is the older man at 31 years of age, it is the younger Alvarez who has had the busier career as he steps into the ring for the 45th time since turning professional at the tender age of just 15 back in 2005.
Since then, his career has experienced an continuous upward trajectory due to his matinee idol looks, the red hair and his ability in the squared circle, which has seen him defeat the likes of Shane Mosley, Austin Trout, Kermit Cintron, Carlos Baldomir and interestingly, Miguel Vazquez, who is now holds the International Boxing Federation’s portion of the Lightweight crown.
Angulo, like his younger opponent, is also coming off a loss. That came in a ten round thriller against the highly skilled and much avoided Cuban Erislandy Lara in which he sent the highly talented Cuban Light-Middleweight star to the canvas twice before swelling around his left eye forced the stoppage in one of the best fights of 2013.
Due to immigration issues, Angulo has not been as active as Alvarez. More...
By Jane Warburton March 8th, 2014 All Boxing Articles
Coldwell Boxing is hosting a fight-night tonight billed as ‘Call of Duty’, at Bowlers Exhibition Centre, Manchester.
The headlining bout sees ‘Ruthless’ Ryan Doyle of Gorton face South African born Michael Ramabeletsa of Bristol for the vacant International Masters Featherweight Title.
Undefeated Doyle – with eight wins, five by KO, looked in relaxed mood this week when SaddoBoxing called at Champs Camp in Moss Side. Weighing in yesterday - Doyle said he is ‘feeling in the best shape of his life’.
‘Troublemaker’ Ramabeletsa has 11 wins and 10 losses to his name. His last bout was in December, a win against Paul Economides, who was stopped by a swelling to the eye in the seventh.
This will be Doyle’s first title shot and his first contest above six rounds. More...
By Jose Espinoza February 22nd, 2014 All Boxing Articles
The rematch between Timothy Bradley and Manny Pacquiao is a bout most observers believe will have the same result as the first encounter. By that, I mean that Pacquiao will win the fight.
In fact, had it not been for a controversial decision by the judges that gave Bradley the victory the first time around, this second encounter would never take place.
In any event, the rematch is the only forgiving aspect of boxing where a fighter’s past sins are forgiven. Pacquiao, (55 wins, 5 losses with 38 Knockouts), must demonstrate that he is still a dominant fighter and leave any decision out of the judge’s hand’s; as for Bradley, (31 wins, 0 losses with 12 knockouts), he must prove that his victory was not a fluke and that he is a legitimate world champion fighter.
As the fighters are trying to have their past forgiven, the undercard put forth by Top Rank promotions to showcase the main event is unforgivable.
When the news hit that Top Rank chairman Bob Arum revealed the undercard for the Manny Pacquiao vs. Timothy Bradley bout on April 12, 2014, the web was abuzz with disbelief at the lack of formidable fighters that would be showcased prior to the main event.
Most observers believed that Brandon Rios (31 wins,2 losses with 23 knockouts) or Ruslan Provodnikov (23 wins, 2 losses with 16 knockouts) would be on the undercard.
Instead, we have Khabib Allakhverdiev (19 wins, 0 losses with 9 knockouts) facing off against Jessie Vargas (23 wins, 0 losses and 9 knockouts) for the Junior Welterweight title and add to that Roman Martinez (27 wins, 2 losses with 16 knockouts) taking on Raymundo Beltran (28 wins, 6 losses with 2 knockouts) in a lightweight bout.
If you are asking yourselves who these fighters are, you’re not alone. Some might be aware of Jessie Vargas but really Top Rank isn’t helping promote the fighter with this opponent. Which leaves me to ask if this undercard reflect worse on Pacquiao or Top Rank? More...
By Iain Langmaid February 8th, 2014 All Boxing Articles
While his elder brother and retired former WBC title holder Vitali Klitschko campaigns for political change in their native Ukraine, younger Klitschko brother Wladimir, who holds the WBA, WBO, IBO and IBF Heavyweight belts, has announced that he will return to the ring on the 26th April in Oberhausen, Germany’s against the World Boxing Organisation number 1 contender for the title, Samoan born Australian Alex Leapai.
The 34 year old Leapai will be the younger Klitchsko’s 65th professional contest since turning professional back in 1996 after winning Gold Medal at Super-Heavyweight at the Atlanta Olympic Games.
It will also be Wladimir's 25th World title fight in what will be a Hall of Fame bound career and 16th World title defence in his current reign as the best Heavyweight prize-fighter active in the world today.
Wladimir's dominance started back in April, 2006 when he defeated American Chris Byrd for the second time in his career to clinch the IBF and IBO portions of his throne with a 7th round stoppage.
Since then, only four men: Alexander Povetkin, Mariusz Wach, David Haye and Sultan Ibrahimov, have heard the final bell against one of the most powerful and dominant heavyweight champions of all time.
The Samoan born Leapai earned his crack to topple Klitschko from his throne after defeating highly touted Russian prospect Denis Boytsov in a WBO eliminator back in November, 2013.
Leapai’s record of 37 fights contains 30 wins, 24 by knockout, four losses and three draws since turning professional back in 2004 in his adoptive home country of Australia. More...
By Bruce Dingo January 22nd, 2014 All Boxing Articles
There is the perception among some boxing fans that perhaps Floyd Mayweather Jr. has achieved his 45-0 record and world titles in five weight classes by avoiding many deserving opponents during his 18 year professional career.
It's an interesting theory and one that deserves a closer look.
After exhaustive research, taking into account many variables too numerous to list here, the following is a list of potential top level opponents, who were in the same weight class at the time, who Floyd Mayweather Jr. did not fight:
Super Featherweight 1998-2001
Acelino Freitas, Joel Casamayor, Robert Garcia, Steve Forbes, Jong Kwon Baek, Takanori Hatakeyama, Lavka Sim and Jorge Barrios.
Paul Spadafora, Leonard Dorin, Stevie Johnston, Artur Grigorian, Raul Balbi, Juan Lazcano and Javier Jauregui
Light Welterweight 2004-2005
Kostya Tszyu, Miguel Cotto, Ricky Hatton, Vivian Harris, Carlos Maussa, and Junior Witter
Miguel Cotto, Ricky Hatton, Antonio Margarito, Kermit Cintron and Luis Collazo More...
By Ricky Jones January 10th, 2014 All Boxing Articles
March 1 will be the most important day in the career of two-weight world champion Ricky Burns as the Scot meets the challenge of America's Terence Crawford at Glasgow's Scottish Exhibition Centre in defense of the WBO lightweight title.
Burns, 36-2-1 (11), did a genuine tightrope act in 2013, when the level of competition he faced went up a notch in the form of Jose Gonzalez and Raymundo Beltran.
Gonzalez came into his challenge to Burns last May as an 22-0 undefeated fighter and spent the first seven rounds taking "The Rickster" to school. Burns could do absolutely nothing with the Puerto Rican puncher and was badly hurt on several occasions.
But Burns did bite down hard and was miraculously saved when Gonzalez injured a wrist and promptly fell apart, retiring after the eighth round, otherwise it's very unlikely the Coatsbridge man would still be wearing the WBO crown.
In August, Burns had another difficult defense, this time against Mexico's Beltran, one of Manny Pacquiao's chief sparring partners.
Trouble came to the champ early as he suffered a broken jaw in just the second round. Amazingly, Burns made it through the remainder of the fight with the horrible injury, showing incredible toughness.
The bout was a action-filled contest that saw Burns hitting the canvas in the eighth and he appeared to lose the fight in the eyes of many observers but kept the title on a split draw after 12 rounds. More...
By Jane Warburton January 3rd, 2014 All Boxing Articles
Former Undisputed boxing World Cruiserweight and Heavyweight Champion - Evander ‘Real Deal’ Holyfield, entered the Celebrity Big Brother house tonight shackled to Luisa Zissman who came second in ‘The Apprentice, UK, 2013.’
Holyfield said he was confident of winning the UK Reality show – despite not really knowing what the programme was about, but didn’t seem too upset (although slightly bewildered) at being (last minute) handcuffed to the self-confessed ‘Duracell Bunny with the sex appeal of Jessica Rabbit and a brain like Einstein’ aka Zissman.
All twelve housemates were sent in to the house ‘two-by-two’ and will endure the wrath of Big Brother for the next three weeks.
Watch this space for further updates!
By Ricky Jones December 29th, 2013 All Boxing Articles
The middleweight division could be the best weight class in the sport today, featuring a talented cast of characters from nearly every continent on the globe but will the titles ever be unified?
Just who is top man at 160 pounds? That's impossible to determine until the major players face each other, as the super middleweights did in the "Super Six" tourney of 2009-2011 that proved Andre Ward to be the king at 168.
If a similar scenario were to occur at middleweight, which six fighters would make the grade for a tournament?
The first two entrants are easy - Sergio Martinez and Gennady Golovkin; after that, it gets hard to fill the remaining four slots as the competition is fierce.
After some deliberation, Peter Quillin, Dmitry Pirog and Felix Sturm gain spots three, four and five and that leaves the hardest decision of all, number six.
Martin Murray, Sam Soliman, Daniel Geale, Marco Antonio Rubio, Darren Barker and Matthew Macklin all deserve consideration but given his strong performances against Martinez and Sturm, Murray gets the nod.
Soliman, Geale and Rubio are on the stand-by list
If we go with the hypothetical pairings Martinez vs. Sturm, Golovkin vs. Murray, Quillin vs. Pirog, the first round of the tournament should be interesting. More...
By Gonzo Glenn Gasket December 20th, 2013 All Boxing Articles
Now that 2013 is on it's way out the door, let's take a look at what 2014 may hold for the star-studded welterweight division.
Floyd Mayweather, 46-0 (26): the top man at both 147 and 154 pounds, "Money May" is, at age 36, winding down a career that has seen him win an amazing 22 world title bouts in five weight classes and will probably retire if he indeed breaks the mythical 50-0 barrier.
Who will he face in 2014? Probably the opponent who will make Mayweather the most amount of money and right now, that could be a fight against Amir Khan, 28-3 (19), in the UK.
The pairing could fill 75,000 seat Old Trafford stadium in Manchester and not in the least threaten Mayweather's unbeaten record as he would toy with Khan.
After that, we could see a clash with Timothy Bradley before the long-anticipated battle with Manny Pacquiao. Both those fights are intriguing and represent at least some level of danger for Floyd but, let's face it, he'd win both.
Timothy Bradley, 31-0 (12): having already defeated Pacquaio and Juan Manuel Marquez, a fight with Mayweather seems to be a natural fit for Bradley but if that big time opportunity comes, it won't be until later in the year.
Bradley will need a good, competitive scrap that he will likely win to help stoke interest in a Mayweather showdown and that could come against Robert Guerrero, 31-2-1 (18).
Guerrero seems to be a natural fit for Bradley, who would seek to top Mayweather's points defeat of the hard-nosed southpaw earlier this year. For Guerrero, it would be a chance to jump right back into top level but he'd likely get outworked by the faster Bradley. More...
By Jose Espinoza December 11th, 2013 All Boxing Articles
On the 1st of February, Gennady Golovkin, (28-0 with 25 KO’s), will be taking on Osumanu Adama (22-0 with 16 KO’s) in Monte Carlo, Monaco.
Not to discredit the fighter Adama, but “GGG,” as Golovkin is know, should have secured a premium opponent in a bout held at Las Vegas.
Instead, the fighter originating from Kazakhstan but who resides in Germany is getting an obscure opponent in a fight being held away from the mass media market that is America. So what went wrong?
Let’s take a look at the factors that lead to what I call "The Golovkin Snub".
According to Abel Sanchez, Golovkin’s trainer, his fighter is driven by the pursuit of excellence. In his last 15 fights, Golovkin scored 15 consecutive knockouts. He has an impressive 89% knockout rate that is well documented thanks to statistics released by compubox.
Ever since he started his professional career as a fighter in 2006, Golovkin has earned a reputation as a brawler who is technically sound and has that hard punch that can floor a fighter at any time.
Because of his reputation, there are not too many fighter that are willing to exchange blow for blow with the reigning WBA world middleweight champion, says Sanchez.
That reputation is part of the problem here. There is a lack of substantial fighters who actually want to step into the ring with “GGG” and risk getting knocked out.
In a recent interview in the Assosiated Press, Golovkin said of Sergio Martinez: “he is a very good boxer. Right now, he deserves to be called the middleweight champion of the world. I think I am better, but I do not know that for sure. I would like to fight him to find out.” More...
By Jane Warburton November 30th, 2013 All Boxing Articles
Tonight at the Colisee de Quebec, in Quebec City, Canada, Liverpool’s Tony ‘Bomber’ Bellew challenges Adonis Stevenson of Quebec for the WBC Light-Heavyweight Title.
This will be Stevenson’s second defence of the title he won in June this year, when he scored a first round KO over Chad Dawson. He then successfully defended it against American - Tavoris Cloud in September, when he forced a retirement in round seven.
Both Bellew and Stevenson have just one defeat to their records, with Bellew’s coming by way of a Majority Decision to Welshman Nathan Cleverly two years ago.
Bellew’s last two fights (defending his WBC Silver Light-Heavyweight Title) have been against Isaac Chilemba of South Africa. They drew in March of this year but Bellew got the Unanimous points decision when the pair met again in May.
Tony ‘Bomber’ Bellew v Adonis Stevenson – WBC Light-Heavyweight Title will be shown in the UK Live on SkySports2 - December 1st at 1.00am
By Jane Warburton November 28th, 2013 All Boxing Articles
The Carl Froch v George Groves fight on Saturday night is sure to be debated for a long time in terms of it’s ‘edge of the seat’ drama. 'The Cobra' was defending his WBA and IBF super-middleweight titles against undefeated 'Saint George'.
It was an enthralling contest which saw the Champion on the canvas in round one, but which ended eight thrilling rounds later in genuine controversy.
Referee Howard Foster ended the fight in the ninth when Froch offloaded a flurry of hard punches and Groves looked smothered, briefly. Yes, to all watching – it seemed unbelievably premature and the incredulous reaction to the stoppage by Groves, his corner and the watching crowd was understandable.
But, the Referee is closer to the action than anyone else. Gut instinct and a split-second judgement is all ‘part of the job’.
Groves was booed into the ring but then cheered like a hero – on his way out of the ring. That's little consolation when you’ve suffered your first defeat and were winning on all three judges scorecards 78-73, 76-75, 76-75, going into the ninth round.
But I think Groves will be proud now, not only of his performance during the fight – but also the enormous achievement in changing thousands of fight fans' opinions in less than an hour.
He left the Phones4U Arena in Manchester with far more respect than anyone could have expected.
The immediate reaction to the result was a universal call for a rematch – and no doubt Groves will be going into it next time with an equal share of support (at least).
By Nick Chamberlain November 22nd, 2013 All Boxing Articles
Credit to George Groves for managing to get himself into mandatory position for the IBF super middle title that Carl Froch has or we would not be seeing this fight between the two boxers, which takes place this Saturday night in Manchester, England.
Froch would have done exactly what Joe Calzaghe did to him years ago and essentially fobbed Groves off and ignored him.
So straight out of the gate…Froch doesn’t really want this fight, and why would he? Maximum risk, minimum reward.
Now however (thanks to Groves’s attitude) I think he does want this fight, so again, credit to Groves.
I am not sure it is the best thing for Groves to have done but fair play to him; clearly he is trying to wind Froch up and get under his skin.
But wouldn’t it have been better if he was polite, dignified, and respectful in the build-up, so Froch would think little of this young pretender and then on fight night release a monster with a game plan?
Either way it has been great to watch the hostilities, I just don’t think it will do Groves any favours. He is effectively throwing more coal into the locomotive that will be heading his way.
I think Groves is missing a lynchpin; his ex-trainer Adam Booth. And because of this, Groves is screaming to the world ‘I can do it on my own’. More...
By Iain Langmaid November 22nd, 2013 All Boxing Articles
Earlier this week it was announced that rising British Heavyweight star Anthony Joshua has been forced to pull out of his forthcoming contest against Argentine journeyman Hector Alfredo Avila with a torn bicep.
The match up, which would have been over six rounds on the bill of Carl Froch’s grudge match against fellow British Super Middleweight George Groves, would have been Joshua’s fourth professional contest this year, since turning over after striking gold at Super Heavyweight in last year’s London Olympics.
Avila is a former Argentinian Cruiserweight champion whose last visit to these shores saw him stopped in nine rounds by Dereck Chisora.
However, it is hoped that Joshua will appear on the Christmas Cracker bill on December 14 against Welsh Heavyweight Dorian Darch.
This writer, like many a British fight fan, wishes the likeable London Heavyweight a speedy recovery so we can continue to see him develop.
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