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MAYWEATHER VS PACQUIAO IS ON!

SUPER FIGHT BECOMES REALITY!

Floyd Mayweather vs Manny Pacquiao is on for May 2nd at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas. Mayweather opens a near 3-1 favorite. PPV reportedly will be around 100 dollars for the HD broadcast. The debate now begins on who will win this mega-matchup that is considered the biggest fight in boxing history!

Mayweather-Pacquiao

Mayweather-Pacquiao

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NO VALENTINES LOVE FOR FLOYD OR MANNY

LEGENDARY FIGHTERS NEED TO PUT UP OR SHUT UP!

Las Vegas, NV- Neither Floyd Mayweather or Manny Pacquiao deserve any love from sports fans at this point of their careers. Negotiations for the one fight that basically every person who has the slightest interest in boxing wants to see has appeared to hit a brick wall. Currently the vacationing Mayweather claims that he is fighting on May 2nd at MGM Grand in Las Vegas regardless of the opponent. Bob Arum, Manny Pacquiao’s promoter, has been giving increasingly contradictory comments to the press. The fighters claim they want to fight one another, but so far “No Cigar.”

The networks Showtime and HBO, who are to supposed to be partners in this deal have also given conflicting information. The public, while losing faith that this fight will come to fruition is also losing patience. Both sides just need to sit down and iron out a deal. One has to wonder if ego’s from both sides is what is preventing this deal from being worked out.

 

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BRANDON RIOS WIN TOPS WEEKEND BOXING RESULTS

RIOS STOPS SHOT AND UNFOCUSED ALVARADO

Las Vegas, NV- It was clear from the opening bell that Mike “Mile High” Alvarado (33-4, 23 KOs) was either unprepared Saturday night or is just a plain shell of the fighter who won the rematch with Brandon Rios (33-2-1, 24 KOs) on HBO in 2013.

Rios (left) & Alvarado (right) going to Hell

Rios (left) & Alvarado (right) going to Hell

The native of Denver had the hometown advantage. Ironically fighting and training there is to his detriment. A week before the fight he was arrested for having a gun in his possession, a no no for a former felon.

ALVARADO LOST TWO IN A ROW PREVIOUSLY

While “Mile High” edged Rios by decision in the second go around, he took a beating in a 2013 stoppage loss to Ruslan Provodnikov and then was dominated in his next bout against Juan Manuel Marquez. Those two fights appeared to have erased any desire he had left to be a prizefighter. It showed up Saturday night as he was listless for the three round pasting he endured against Rios who was able to land 120 punches in just three stanzas. Unable to differentiate two fingers from four, the doctor advised the bout to be stopped.

TOP RANK PROSPECT NOT READY FOR THE ELITE

Super Middleweight prospect Gilberto Ramirez Sanchez (31-0, 24 KOs) failed to impress in his 10 round unanimous decision victory over Maxim Vlasov (32-2, 15 KOs). Read more

AMIR KHAN WIN TOPS BOXING RESULTS

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Amir Khan

Amir Khan


ALEXANDER NOT AT KHAN’S LEVEL

Amir Khan (30-3, 19 KOs) UD 12 Devon Alexander (26-3, 14 KOs). Although nobody went down or was seriously hurt, Amir boxed circles around Alexander in what was an easily predictable outcome. Khan now readies for an all UK battle with IBF welterweight (147 lb.) guy Kell Brook (32-0, 22 KOs) in mid 2015 in the biggest fights possibly in British history. Scores: 119-109 twice & 120-108.

THURMAN DOES NOT APPEAR TO HAVE GOODS

Keith Thurman (24-0, 21 KOs) UD 12 Leonard Bundu (31-1-2, 11 KOs). It looked like it might end early as Thurman dropped the 40-year-old 30 seconds in with a left hook. After that he ran a lot. Scores were 120-107 three times. (WBA 147 lb. title) Expert says, running like shoplifter chased by security guard makes Stock drop with win. It was the most boring shutout in recent memory

ORTIZ SNAGS FIRST WIN IN AGES

Victor Ortiz (30-5-1, 22 KOs) TKO 3 Manuel Perez (22-1-1, 4KOs) (147) Rout of game but vastly overmatched foe puts Ortiz in winner’s circle for first time in three years.

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PACQUAIO DOMINATES ALGIERI

AMERICAN FAILED TO WIN A ROUND

LAS VEGAS, NV- Undefeated Chris Algieri’s (20-1, 8 KOs) strategy backfired from the first round on versus WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao (57-5-2, 38 KOs). Pacquaio, a multi-division champion, used feints and effective aggression to score six knockdowns, the most significant was a straight left in round 9. The Filipino star didn’t get the stoppage but won a one-sided 12 round decision.

UNSUCCESSFUL STRATEGY FROM THE YANKEE

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Pacquaio vs Mayweather 2015

Based on what Chris Algieri stated in the post fight interview, he was hoping to coast early and take it to Manny in the later rounds. Unfortunately with only 8 KOs on his ledger that outlook was ill-advised. The American appeared more intent on defense early in the fight, and as rounds went on he was in a hole on the scorecards. When he decided to open up after a clear deficit, thats when he began to get caught with punches. While some of the knockdowns weren’t severe, they scored. As the rounds pursued it was somewhat anti-climatic. Algieri possessed heart making to the final bell, but not much else.

BANGING THE DRUMS FOR FLOYD VS MANNY

So the real question here is will Floyd Mayweather (47-0, 26 KOS) and Manny Pacquaio finally engage in 2015? This bout is long overdue, but till this day there are obstacles to overcome. Read more

HOPKINS VS KOVALEV:TALE OF THE TAPE & POLL

HOPKINS FACES FIGHTER 18 YEARS HIS JUNIOR

BERNARD HOPKINS, WBA and IBF Light-heavyweight champion

Lets hope Hopkins doesn't go out like this.

Lets hope Hopkins doesn’t go out like this.

AGE-49
HEIGHT-6’1
REACH-75′
RECORD-55-6-2, 32 KOs

SERGEY KOVALEV, WBO Light-heavyweight champion 
AGE-31
HEIGHT-6’0
REACH-72 1/2′
RECORD-25-0-1, 23 KOs

ANALYSIS AND PREDICTION

The signifigant factor here in favor of Hopkins is his jab. He has an almost 3 inch reach advantage. If he can control Kovalev with his jab from the outside and smother the Russian on the inside he has a chance. Kovalev just needs to fight like the younger man to win. He has the skill,athleticism and power to beat the 49 year old. Got to go with the younger man here. Must side with logic. Even though Kovalev has never gone past 8 rounds, not sure if Bernard has the reflexes to take him into deep water with out taking too much punishment early in the fight. A stubborn Hopkins is in a fight he didn’t need to take. He won’t get too much credit for beating Kovalev if he wins. People will cry that he was overrated. Bernard has a great chin, but just don’t see him making the distance here.

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JOE CALZAGHE “RAREST” OF CHAMPS

Joe Calzaghe

Joe Calzaghe

LEARNED OF JOE CALZAGHE AT NEWMAN’S GYM

San Francisco, CA- It was 1996, “Irish Pat” Lawlor and I were in a downtown gym when the subject of his recent fight with Joe Calzaghe came up. “Joe hit me the hardest I’ve ever been hit in my life.” Outside of the weekly British Boxing News, the media had not yet realized the potential of the man who would become the longest reining WBO and 168 lb. champion in history, but Pat Lawlor did.

RAN ROUGHSHOD OVR AMATEUR COMPETITION

After a stellar amateur run of British titles and a 110-10 record, the left handed fighter who would become the athletic pride of his native Wales turned professional with little fanfare in October 1993 with Paul Hanlon becoming the first name affixed to a professional boxing resume that would go unblemished for 15+ years.

CALZAGHE BUILT “BRICK BY BRICK”

It wasn’t a meteoric rise to stardom for the man who would not only become WBO king at 168 lbs., but the uncrowned King of Wales, as Team Calzaghe took the “old school” approach and slowly built a boxing dynasty that is unequaled in recent times.

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SHIMING TO SHINE ON HBO. RIGO RELEGATED TO UNIMAS

POLITICS IN FULL EFFECT SATURDAY ON HBO2

Las Vegas, NV- It’s official. Being a great fighter is not the criteria for getting an appearance on HBO. Should HBO just start showing club fighters on TV? Saturday they have made one step forward in that direction. Two time Olympic champion Zou Shiming (4-0, 1 KO), who in essence is still fighting at the club level as a pro, faces Luis De La Rosa (23-3-1, 13 KOs) in a flyweight (112lb) bout from Macau, China on Saturday afternoon (5pm ET/PT) on HBO. Rosa is your typical opponent with a decent record built up against the usual suspects.

Guillermo Rigondeaux

Guillermo Rigondeaux

In his last bout he stopped a foe that boasted a disgraceful 0-20 record. The bout before that the Columbian was kayoed in 2 rounds against Moises Fuentes(19-2, 10 KOs). The 33 year-old Shiming is a superstar in China and is expected to bring more attention and popularity to the sport in the Chinese market. Can he fight? Hard to tell with the level of foes he has faced thus far.

It is clear that the Freddie Roach trained Shiming has a long way to go in perfecting the professional style of boxing.  While HBO will be broadcasting this bout, WBA and WBO 122lb champion Guillermo Rigondeaux (13-0, 8 KOs) fights on the undercard against Sod Kokietgym (63-2-1, 28 KOs). However his fight will be shown later in the evening on Unimas (11pm ET/PT), a spanish language network.

RIGO IN HIS LAST FIGHT UNDER TOP RANK

HBO has shown no interest in broadcasting the Cuban born Rigondeaux’s future fights. Labeled by a percentage of the boxing contingent as “boring”, his promoter Top Rank has had difficulty securing serious opponents for the Cuban. It’s obvious that after embarrassing one of their start clients in Filipino star Nonito Donaire (33-2, 21 KOs) last year, the promoter wants to have nothing to do with him. He can be exciting against the right opponents, but his bout against Donaire was the definition of a chess match. Casual fans who watch boxing and view it purely as a blood sport, more than likely don’t appreciate the skills of the former two time Olympic Gold medalist.

UNKNOWNS MAKE HBO UNDERCARD

Instead of the pound for pound talent, the HBO undercard will feature  Mexico’s Gilberto Ramirez (28-0, 22 KOs) against New Zealands Junior Talipeau (20-2-1, 7 KOs) in a super middleweight(168lb) contest.  Ramirez stopped former middleweight contender Giovanni Lorenzo in 5 rounds in his last outing. With universally recognized super middleweight(168lb) champion Andre Ward (27-0, 14 KOs) on HBO’s payroll, its possible that Ramirez could become a potential opponent if he is successful on Saturday.

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COTTO LOOKS TO MAKE HISTORY VERSUS MARTINEZ

COTTO CHALLENGES FOR TITLE IN FOURTH WEIGHT CLASS

Las Vegas, NV-Puerto Rican boxing superstar Miguel Cotto (38-4, 31 KOs) has produced a remarkable run thus far as a prizefighter. Many were memorable nights at the office, and while not always on the winning end, memorable nonetheless. His epic first battle with Antonio Margarito,  was a TKO loss in 11 rounds. A year later in 2009 he was dominated by Manny Pacquiao in another stoppage loss.  His biggest victories were triumphs over Shane Mosely , and Margarito in their rematch in 2011. He also staged a valiant effort in a loss against Floyd Mayweather in 2012. Cotto has undoubtedly faced the best of his generation.

Will Cotto look like this after the fight against Martinez?

Does Cotto have any chance against Martinez?

COTTO FIGHTS AT THE GARDEN

Live from Madison Square Garden in New York City on HBO PPV Saturday night, he faces WBC middleweight(160lb) champion Sergio Martinez (51-2-2, 28 KOs) a bigger, faster, more powerful and mobile fighter than the Puerto Rican.

To add to the difficulty of a potential Cotto victory is Martinez is a southpaw. Cotto has a history of struggling against not only southpaws, but fighters with quicker hands. At 140lbs he was rocked and almost stopped against lefty De Marcus Corley, not known as a big puncher, as well as murderous puncher Ricardo Torres. 

At a 154lbs against a much taller and rangier southpaw Austin Trout, Cotto was not just outboxed, but outfought. It is difficult to imagine even at 38 years of age and coming off a string of injuries Martinez succumbing to Cotto, a much smaller man with little to no advantages in this bout besides big fight experience. He looks to make history as the first Puerto Rican to win titles in 4 different weight divisions. It’s a challenge that most don’t expect him to be successful at.

 

WILL FREDDIE ROACH BE COTTOS SECRET TO SUCCESS?

Much has been made of Cotto’s switch to offensive minded trainer Freddie Roach. Some experts believe that Cotto, a notorious body puncher, has abandoned that part of his attack in recent years and that has partially led to his decline. Read more

STEVENSON: A MARKSMAN AND A MARKED MAN

WBC LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION ADONIS STEVENSON MAKES SHOWTIME DEBUT SUNDAY

Las Vegas, NV- Much controversy has arisen over 175lb champion Adonis Stevenson’s sudden move from HBO to Showtime.  Stevenson (23-1, 20 KOs), Haitain born, but now based in Montreal, had fought his last three fights on HBO, the first being his title winning effort over first round knockout victim and former WBC champ Chad Dawson (31-3, 17 KOs).

Stevenson KO's Dawson

Stevenson KO’s Dawson

Coinciding with that rise to stardom, was another light heavyweight making his own mark. Russian born WBO light heavyweight titleholder Sergey Kovalev (22-0-1, 20 KOs) has appeared to just bludgeon his way through recent competition, stopping his last 8 opponents. Adonis has done so to his last 10. It appeared inevitable that the two would meet in a super fight considering both appeared in their last fight on an HBO doubleheader. Proceeding the bout however Stevenson decided to hook up with influential boxing adviser/promoter/manager, Al Haymon.

It’s extremely difficult to figure out at this point specifically what role Haymon plays in a fighters career as it appears he wears many hats. Either way his ability to get fighters the easiest fights for the most money from the networks has led to the Haitians title defense Saturday on Showtime against the capable but perceived as limited Andres Fonfara (25-2, 15 KOs). Haymon’s alleged interference in a potential title unification between Stevenson and Kovalev has led the Russians promoter Main Events, headed by outspoken CEO Kathy Duva, to file a lawsuit against Haymon, Richard Schaefer, the CEO of Goldenboy Promotions among others filed in the suit. Haymon’s allegiance with Showtime has led to Stevenson basically turning his back on HBO to run to the other side of the street.

STEVENSON UNDER A LOT OF HEAT FROM FANS AND MEDIA

Fonfara is a heavy underdog on Saturday, and the perception from many fans and media is that he used Haymon as a means to avoid challenging the dangerous Russian. However there are two sides to the coin here. While criticism of the Hatian born fighter may be warranted, he merely went with the more lucrative offer. There are reports that the money he would be receiving to fight Fonfara was actually more than what was offered to fight a much more dangerous opponent in Kovalev. Read more

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LARRY MERCHANT HAPPY ‘BOUT RECENT BOXING

Larry Merchant Drawing by Gabe McIntosh (2003)

Larry Merchant Drawing by Gabe McIntosh (2003)

San Francisco, CA- The longest running fight show in history, 29+ years, “Ring Talk Worldwide with host Pedro Fernandez spends time with former HBO Godfather Larry Merchant. Larry goes down the list from heavyweights Stiverne-Wilder-Klitschko and is “Unplugged” as we went from subject to subject. Interesting listening…always.

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