• Big prize may await winners in Showtime's 154-pound title bouts

    Andreas Hale at Boxing 3 days ago

    LAS VEGAS -- Three super welterweight world titles will be at stake on Saturday on a Showtime-televised tripleheader at The Chelsea in The Cosmopolitan.

    There will be a rematch between a Cuban nicknamed “The American Dream” and an Armenian who calls himself “The Nightmare,” as well as separate bouts involving twin brothers who are looking to make history as the first set of twins to become world champions at the same time and in the same division.

    The true prize, though, may be a major fight down the line with either Canelo Alvarez or Gennady “Triple-G” Golovkin.

    Let’s take a look at the trio of fights:

     Erislandy Lara vs. Vanes Martirosyan

    (For Lara’s WBA light middleweight title)

     It’s been three-and-a-half years since a rather dull bout between Erislandy Lara and Vanes Martirosyan ended in a technical draw after the fight was stopped due to a cut Martirosyan suffered from an accidental head butt. Nobody was necessarily clamoring for a rematch between these two, but given the circumstances surrounding both fighters, it makes sense to pair them again.

    As long as he keeps eliminating competition, sooner or later everyone will have no choice but to fight Erislandy Lara.

  • Manny Pacquiao elected to Senate, ending his legendary boxing career

    Kevin Iole at Boxing 5 days ago

    Filipino authorities on Thursday certified their national election results, thereby making boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao one of the island nation's 24 senators. Filipinos elected 12 new senators on May 9, and Pacquiao finished seventh, with more than 16 million votes.

    It signals the end of his legendary boxing career, which began as a child when he left home to fight to earn money for his destitute family.

    He rose to unimaginable heights, winning world titles in a record eight weight classes and becoming one of the two most popular fighters in the world. He was involved in three of the 14 best-selling pay-per-views in boxing history and developed a loyal and passionate fan base.

    Pacquiao, who ends his career with a 58-6-2 mark and 38 knockouts, turned professional in 1995, just a month after his 16th birthday, as a 106-pounder. He went on to win world titles at flyweight, super bantamweight, featherweight, super featherweight, lightweight, super lightweight, welterweight and super welterweight.

    His statement in full:

    Unquestionably, he's bound for the International Boxing Hall of Fame and should be elected the first time he is eligible.



  • Canelo Alvarez vacates WBC title, putting Triple-G fight in jeopardy

    Kevin Iole at Boxing 5 days ago

    One of the most infamous scenes in boxing history played out in London on Dec. 14, 1992. Riddick Bowe, who on Nov. 13 of that year won the undisputed title by defeating Evander Holyfield in one of the great heavyweight bouts ever held, had been ordered by the WBC to make his first defense against Lennox Lewis.

    The proposed Bowe-Lewis bout made sense on so many levels. They had fought in the gold medal match in the 1988 Olympics in Seoul. They were both big and talented men and with Mike Tyson in prison, they were the biggest stars in the division.

    Bowe, who would go on to make the International Boxing Hall of Fame, didn’t want to fight Lewis for some unknown reason. And so on Dec. 14, 1992, he showed up in London, summoned reporters and summarily dumped his belt into the trash can.

    Rather than be forced to fight Lewis, he instead fought Michael Dokes and Jesse Ferguson in far lesser fights.

    Though Bowe wound up fighting Holyfield three times, he never did meet Lewis in one of the tragic losses for boxing fans of the era. A Bowe-Lewis fight that could have been the best matchup of talented big men in history never occurred.

    But perhaps this is more worrisome than it appears.



  • Alexander Povetkin tests positive for meldonium, putting title fight in question

    Kevin Iole at Boxing 10 days ago

    The status of the May 21 heavyweight title fight in Moscow between WBC champion Deontay Wilder and No. 1 contender Alexander Povetkin is up in the air after it was announced Friday that Povetkin had tested positive on April 27 for meldonium.

    It is the same drug that five time Grand Slam champion tennis player Maria Sharapova was caught with in her system in January at the Australian Open. Meldonium was added to the World Anti-Doping Agency's banned list on Jan. 1.

    In March, the New York Times reported that at least 99 athletes had tested positive for meldonium in the first 10 weeks of 2016. Its performance-enhancing benefit is as a booster in cardiovascular conditioning, as it increases red blood cell production which carries oxygen to tissue.

    Povetkin's promoter, Andriy Ryabinskiy, said on Twitter that Povetkin admitted to taking the drug in 2015 when it was not on WADA's banned list.




  • Manny Pacquiao on verge of senate seat in Philippines

    Andreas Hale at Boxing 13 days ago

    It appears that former eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao is set to take a senatorial seat in the Philippines.

    According to Rappler, Pacquiao is currently situated among the top 12 candidates who will be bound for a seat in the Philippines senate in July. Although not all the precincts have been tallied as of this writing, Pacquiao reportedly has a firm hold on the position.

    The Filipino fighter said that he would be retiring after his April 19 victory over Timothy Bradley, as he wanted to focus on a political career and made a promise to his wife and mother that his boxing career would be a thing of the past. However, Pacquiao has seemingly left the door open for a return bout. There have been rumblings of a return bout with Floyd Mayweather, which broke numerous pay-per-view records, but nothing substantial as of yet.

    The controversy hasn’t done any damage to his political aspirations, as it appears that Pacquiao will be officially taking his seat as a senator on July 1.

  • Canelo Alvarez, Amir Khan both hit 155 on nose, middleweight title fight is on

    Kevin Iole at Boxing 17 days ago

    LAS VEGAS – The WBC's middleweight title will be contested at five pounds under the division's historic 160-pound limit, after champion Canelo Alvarez and challenger Amir Khan each hit the contract weight of 155 pounds on the nose in the plaza at T-Mobile Arena.

    Khan, who has only fought four times above 140 pounds, looked massive and not at all fat. Alvarez was his usual in-shape self. Khan said he was pushed in training by Andre Ward and Andre Berto.

    "It's a big challenge ... but I'm focused and 100 percent confident I can win this fight," he said.

    For Alvarez, the challenge is to keep his mind on the task at hand and not let his attention drift to a potential title unification bout with Gennady Golovkin. Golovkin holds the WBA, IBF and interim WBC middleweight belts and has been chasing a bout with Alvarez for more than a year.

    WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman has mandated that the winner must fight Golovkin or be stripped of the title. Golovkin will be ringside for the fight.

    Alvarez insisted he's prepared for the best version of Khan.


  • Floyd Mayweather returning to box Conor McGregor? Dana White says no

    Kevin Iole at Boxing 18 days ago

    With Conor McGregor seemingly at odds with the UFC and with Floyd Mayweather hinting about ending his retirement, a report that emerged from The Sun, a U.K. tabloid, that Mayweather and McGregor were on the verge of a deal for a fight, was given an ever so slight bit of credibility.

    The Sun reported Mayweather would make $144 million while McGregor would get $10.1 million in U.S. dollars.

    But UFC president Dana White laughed when asked if the report was true. He said it is completely false.

    "It's not true; it's just a tabloid story," White said. "And as far as I knew, Floyd is retired and he's been on a world-wide vacation and hasn't even been thinking of fighting."

    Mayweather retired in September as the welterweight champion, at a weight limit of 147 pounds. McGregor holds the featherweight, or 145-pound, title in the UFC.


  • Oscar De La Hoya called out Donald Trump for cheating at golf, but does it sell PPVs?

    Kevin Iole at Boxing 18 days ago

    LAS VEGAS – Oscar De La Hoya called Donald Trump a golf cheat, but said the presumptive Republican presidential nominee would attend the fight he’s promoting on Saturday at the new T-Mobile Arena.

    Trump not only denied De La Hoya’s allegations, but he said he never played golf with him and isn’t planning to attend the Canelo Alvarez-Amir Khan pay-per-view bout.

    After Trump’s denials, De La Hoya appeared on TMZ and insisted his story was 100-percent true, even though it seems like some aspects of his story don’t check out (more to come on that).

    But it’s safe to say that we’ve just witnessed the first public schoolyard feud between a leading presidential candidate and a renowned Hall of Fame boxer.

    No matter who’s telling the truth, it doesn’t seem to do the one thing that De La Hoya most should be focusing on this week: Selling as many pay-per-views as possible at 70 bucks a pop.

    And Trump has angered many by calling for a temporary ban on Muslim immigrants.

    So who’s right here, Trump or De La Hoya?

  • Why Adrien Broner is voting for Donald Trump in November

    Andreas Hale at Boxing 18 days ago

    Broner didn’t offer any in-depth reasoning to throw his support behind the man who is the presumptive nominee for the Republican Party, aside from protecting his own assets and financial interests.

    “He’s going to lower my taxes,” the 26-year-old said. “That’s what I’m with for real, because taxes been kicking my ass.”

    Broner stated that he agrees with a lot of what Trump says, despite the fact that it may sound a little over the top. He was also challenged about endorsing Trump’s divisive rhetoric that has alienated many across the country.

    “I don’t care,” Broner said. “At the end of the day, the rich gonna get richer and the poor gonna stay poor. Oh well.”

    Considering Trump’s views on immigration and how he has ruffled the feathers of the Latino community, Broner was warned that his announcement would make him one of the most hated boxers.

    “They already [hate me],” Broner shot back. He later would state that he doesn’t share the same hatred that he believes the Mexican fans have for him. “I swear to God, I love Mexicans, man.”

    The rest of the 45-minute interview found Broner discussing his run-ins with the law, family and, of course, Floyd Mayweather.

  • New heavyweight champ Anthony Joshua inks deal with Showtime

    Kevin Iole at Boxing 20 days ago

    Showtime landed a big fish on Wednesday, though it wasn't the boxer many speculated it might be. Floyd Mayweather Jr., for the time being, anyway, remains retired.

    But Showtime on Wednesday announced an exclusive multi-fight deal with new IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua, one of the sport's most promising stars. The 2012 Olympic gold medalist will make the first defense of the title he won via second-round knockout on April 9 from Charles Martin on Showtime when he faces American Dominic Breazeale on June 25 at The O2 in London.

    The deal is big for Showtime, because a star heavyweight boxer is always a big draw and Joshua oozes talent. He's 16-0 with 16 knockouts, including 13 in either the first or second round. He's also a charismatic personality who figures to resonate with the fan base when he begins to fight top-level competition.

    That fight is headed to pay-per-view