March 11, 2013
Bernard Hopkins doesn’t seem to have a good relationship with Father Time as he has been no where to be found when it comes to Philly legend. Hopkins broke his own record this past Saturday in Brooklyn’s Barclays Center as he beat undefeated Tavoris Cloud to capture the IBF Light Heavyweight title. Hopkins controlled much of the pace and didn’t allow Cloud to plant himself to land any bombs as Hopkins moved methodically in the ring not giving Cloud much of a chance. After the fight, Hopkins was asked about a potential fight with Undefeated Super Middleweight Champion and P4P #2 fighter in the world Andre Ward and immediately dismissed the fight by saying, “I wouldn’t fight him for $15 Million; He’s my protege”. Obviously, some would call that a duck, but I think even Bernard realizes there’s only so many hills you can climb. Hopkins is now looking at a fight with Nathan Cleverly for his WBO title.
On the undercard, rising star Keith Thurman stepped up in competition and defeated veteran and former champion Jan Zaveck to a 12 round unanimous decision. Thurman had never been 12 rounds as he’s only had 1 decision on his record with the rest ending in knock outs. Zaveck proved to be a tough opponent, but Thurman’s punches seemed to be the more effective and consistent (though Thurman did get hit frequent with Zaveck’s overhand right). During the press conference, Keith Thurman took it on his own to call out current WBA Champion Paulie Malignaggi. What transpired next was a war of words that could inevitably land these two in the ring sometime in the near future.
March 7, 2013
Here begin the shenanigans of Good Ol’ Money May
February 20, 2013
This is a fight I’ve been waiting to see! Nonito Donaire, who was voted as 2012′s Fighter of the Year, is starting off 2013 with a bang as he faces off with the undefeated Cuban and titleholder Guillermo Rigondeaux. Though this match up is very intriguing, most fans have been waiting for another title unification bout between Nonito Donaire and Abner Mares (who’s signed to Golden Boy). There was news that surfaced about Golden Boy sending a contract apparently worth $3 Million that would’ve had Donaire vs Mares set, but both Top Rank and Golden Boy have had issues working with one another for various reasons and both camps have made claims as to why the fight isn’t happening, but I’ll take the grain of salt approach.
Rigondeaux is regarded by many experts as one of the greatest amateur boxers of all time with a record of somewhere in the area of 400 fights with only 12 losses. He defected from Cuba in 2009 and has a record of 11-0 with 8 KO’s. The fight will take place in NY and could possibly take place at Radio City Music Hall.
Rest of the story: ESPN
February 19, 2013
Can we say…an end of an era?? As Boxing fans grow inpatient as to whom Floyd Mayweather’s next opponent will be, it’s just been announced that after over 10 years with HBO, Floyd Mayweather has now signed on to fight on Showtime Pay Per View. The contract states Floyd “Could” fight up to 6 times withing 30 months (which I don’t see happening). This of course is leading right into an expected announcement of Floyd Mayweather vs Robert Guerrero as well as a fight that was announced late last week pitting WBA Jr Middleweight champion Austin Trout, who’s coming off a solid win over Miguel Cotto, and WBC Jr Middleweight champ Saul Alvarez. If Both Canelo and Floyd win these fights, the inevitable would be Mayweather vs Alvarez for the Fall which could mean HUGE dollar signs.
Read more: FightHype
UPDATE: Floyd Mayweather vs Robert Guerrero is now set for May 4th
February 1, 2013
In what for most has really come out of left field, rising star Omar Henry passed away after battling Cancer. He was 25 years old. This was written from his family on his Facebook page:
To all of Omar’s loyal fans and friends today Omar has made peace with our savior God and joined him in heaven. Thank you all for your prayers and support. And please let’s continue the name Omar Henry because that’s what he would want
Omar was signed to Don King Promotions after being with Top Rank for two years. He got a chance to spar Floyd Mayweather in preparation for Mayweather’s match with Miguel Cotto, who ironically was Henry’s idol.
January 30, 2013
Kimbo takes on Australia’s Shane Tilyard. Don’t go for a drink just yet…
January 28, 2013
Not that I’m overly heart broken, but the proposed fight in Brooklyn pitting Paulie Malignaggi and former champion Shane Mosley that was to take place sometime in April has been cancelled. Here’s what Paulie had to say.
January 24, 2013
With the Superbowl less than two weeks away, Boxing fans are waiting for an official confirmation as to who Floyd Mayweather’s next opponent will be this May. For the last 3 years the name sports fans in general wanted to see next to Floyd’s name in the big lights of Las Vegas was that of Manny Pacquiao’s. But after years of constant back and forth posturing and last December’s shocking knock out of Pacquiao at the hands of Juan Manuel Marquez in their 4th match up, the anticipation (if it hadn’t already) officially died for what could’ve been Boxing’s biggest prize fight of all time. But as the old saying goes, “The Show Must Go On”, and it will on May 4th…but against who?
ESPN has reported that there will be an official announcement any day now about a match up between Floyd Mayweather and interim WBC Welterweight Champion Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero who’s coming off an exciting win over former champion Andre Berto. This will be Floyd’s first fight back since his defeat of Miguel Cotto last May to capture his second title at 154lbs. This will also be Floyd’s first fight back since being incarcerated for a domestic dispute with former girlfriend and mother to his children Josie Harris.
What could be considered an added feature is the fact that 154lb Champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez will be on the undercard facing either Alfredo Angulo, James Kirkland, or Austin Trout who is coming off an upset victory over Miguel Cotto, who ironically was set to face Alvarez until his loss to Trout. Word around Boxing circles is Mayweather vs Guerrero has been inked and delivered without an official announcement due to Canelo’s insisting of getting the next shot at Mayweather if he were to appear on the undercard which would likely be in September-Novemeber. The one name out of most Boxing fans’ mouth as far as who’d they’d love to see Canelo fight is without question Austin Trout. But being Golden Boy seems to want to secure a Mayweather match in the fall, look for either Angulo or Kirkland to get the call up.
Stay tuned as more news will surely surface as the days lead into the Superbowl.
October 26, 2012
Boxing suffers a heavy blow with the loss of one the sport’s greatest trainers of all time, Emanuel Steward. Thursday seemed like a roller coaster of rumors and questions as to whether Steward had actually passed being there were conflicting reports from both his family and colleagues / friends. Around 3:30pm EST Thursday afternoon Emanuel’s sister finally confirmed by then what most of us thought to already be true that Steward had indeed passed away due to what is believed to have been stomach cancer. Steward got his notoriety by training the great Tommy Hearns along with fighters such as Lennox Lewis, Naseem Hamed, Wladimir Klitschko, Miguel Cotto and K-9 Bundrage. He’ll be missed both in the corner and at ringside where he was one of HBO Boxing’s commentators (while sometimes having corner duty as well).
September 10, 2012
In what is quite possibly his best performance to date, undefeated Super Middleweight Champion Andre Ward stopped Light Heavyweight Champion Chad Dawson in the 10th round of their fight this past Saturday. Dawson called out Ward after defeating Bernard Hopkins for the Light Heavyweight title, but Ward demanded the fight be at the Super Middleweight limit (168lbs) which Dawson (then) seemed to have no issues after trying for a 170lb catchweight. Ward’s speed, patience, and surprisingly aggressive style worked almost flawlessly against Dawson who never really put anything together to give ward problems throughout the fight. After Dawson was dropped for the third time in round 10, he told referee Steve Smoger that “He was done”. Andre Ward right now sits at the throne at 168lbs while Dawson is still the Light Heavyweight Champion, but mentally may need to sit and evaluate where his career goes on from here.