Make no mistake about it: Manny Pacquiao will defeat Australian challenger Jeff Horn at his own backyard in their WBO championship match on July 2. The former schoolteacher from down under has absolutely no advantage against the eight-division champion, save his height and youth, which do not pose any threat to the Pacman even at this late stage in his career.
There’s something painful about watching a boxer fight long past their prime, but it’s also many times inevitable. Money doesn’t grow on trees and fighters fight until they can’t anymore. Sometimes they go out on their shield figuratively, and sometimes, like Bernard Hopkins, they literally go out on their head.
Seeing a great fighter get worked over by someone he would have beat in his prime recalls Rose Louis’s comments about watching her husband Joe wrestling. “It was like seeing President Eisenhower washing dishes.”
Felix Verdejo has reportedly been released from the hospital according to Dan Rafael. Unbeaten lightweight contender Verdejo (22-0, 15 KOs) has been hospitalized since last Sunday after crashing his motorcycle. Fortunately for Verdejo, 23, has wasn’t seriously injured in the accident.
What did we learn after Carl Frampton added a featherweight world title to his super-bantamweight supremacy in New York, while Josh Warrington continued his impressive ascent in Leeds?
LAS VEGAS—Manny Pacquiao showed he still has plenty of energy by dominating Jessie Vargas in a WBO title fight on Saturday -- and his rival Floyd Mayweather was there to see it with a ringside seat.
Floyd Mayweather Jr. says he’ll be unveiling the “vintage Mayweather” for his fight against UFC star attraction Conor McGregor on August 26 in their fight at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. It’s unclear why Mayweather feels the “vintage” Floyd Jr. needs to be fighting a novice guy like McGregor.
Following protracted negotiations of over a year, Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor tonight both confirmed that they’ll be meeting in the squared circle on August the 26th, in a 12-round contest hosted by the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The fight will be the first of UFC superstar Conor McGregor’s Boxing career, and the 50th of his opponent Floyd Mayweather’s.
Floyd Mayweather Jr's last five opponents have experienced heroic highs or the depths of despair since they were beaten by the former pound-for-pound king.
Floyd Mayweather Sr. thinks his son Floyd Mayweather Jr. (49-0, 26 KOs) could return to the ring in search of his 50th win, and he’d like for him to pick former four division world champion Adrien “The Problem” Broner, who he used to be friends with but not anymore after the two had a reported falling out.
WBA featherweight champion Carl Frampton and his manager Barry McGuigan appear to be interested in facing the likes of IBF champion Lee Selby or WBC champion Gary Russell Jr. in a unification fight.
Newly crowned WBA featherweight champion Carl Frampton (23-0, 14 KOs) and Leo Santa Cruz (31-1-1, 18 KOs)
Carl Froch questions whether it will be a wise move on WBO junior middleweight champion Liam Smith’s part to get into the trenches with Saul “Canelo Alvarez (47-1-1, 33 KOs) and look to slug with him this Saturday night in their fight at the AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
Former heavyweight champion Tyson Fury and current IBF/WBA champ Anthony Joshua traded trash talk earlier today in going back and forth about how they fought Wladimir Klitschko in beating the Ukrainian fighter. Joshua said Fury’s 12 round unanimous decision win over Wladimir in 2015 was a boring one that lacked action.
Middleweight kingpin Gennady “GGG” Golovkin has been criticized by others in the past including this writer but it turns out he is one of the smartest man in boxing. He has great management and his boxing choices cannot be taken for granted after what has happened recently in the boxing world.
GGG once complained he would fight anyone and was then challenged by then challenged by former super middleweight champion Andre Ward. GGG avoided that fight and after what the boxing world saw what happened to Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev, I can’t blame him. The 34-year-old Kovalev is a bigger, stronger, faster and slightly younger version of the 35-year-old Golovkin.
Two undefeated world champions went face-to-face for the first time in New York. Watch the Gennady Golovkin v Kell Brook press conference.
It started sometime early this year. HBO announced Andre Ward had signed a 3 fight contract with stipulations that he would be moving up and facing Sergey Kovalev in late 2016. Jim Lampley said something that stuck out to me.
George Groves (26-3, 19 KOs) paid a heavy price in his recent 6th round knockout win over Fedor Chudinov (14-2, 10 KOs) in suffering a broken jaw in winning the WBA Super World super middleweight title last Saturday night on May 27 at Bramall Lane, in Sheffield, England. Groves and Chudinov were fighting on the undercard of the Kell Brook vs. Errol Spence Jr. fight card.
George Groves (26-3, 19 KOs) scored a 6th round knockout win over a very slow former world champion Fedor Chudinov (14-2, 10 KOs) to win the WBA Super World super middleweight title in front of a packed house full of 27,000 screaming fans at Bramall Lane in Sheffield, England.
As I had predicted earlier, IBF World super featherweight champion Gervonta Davis (18-0, 17 KOs) effortlessly knocked out a badly over-matched #1 IBF Liam Walsh (21-1, 14 KOs) in the 3rd round on Saturday night at the Copper Box Arena in London, England. Davis, 22, dropped Walsh with a powerful left hand to the head in the 3rd round.
The spindly-legged Walsh got back to his feet on hurt legs that wouldn’t respond to him. The referee Michael Alexander allowed the fight to continue despite Walsh looking very hurt on shaky legs.
IBF super featherweight champion Gervonta Davis (18-0, 17 KOs) is expected to defend his title next against former 130 lb. champion Roman “Rocky” Martinez (29-3-3, 17 KOs) in a showcase fight on the undercard of the Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Conor McGregor card on August 26. Martinez has been win-less since 2015.
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