- Kevin Iole at Boxing1 day ago
Super middleweight champion Andre Ward, who previously lost two arbitration cases against promoter Dan Goossen with the California State Athletic Commission, lost another bid to break free of his promoter on Tuesday.
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Holly E. Kendig ruled against Ward's contention that his contract with Goossen violated Section 2855 of the California Labor Code. Kendig also noted that the athletic commission had twice ruled against Ward on the contention. She has not issued a written ruling.
The clause is one that former boxer Oscar De La Hoya used in 2000 to break free of his contract from then promoter Top Rank.
- Kevin Iole at Boxing1 day ago
Gennady Golovkin, who is quickly establishing a reputation as boxing's most exciting fighter, will make his West Coast debut on Oct. 18 when he defends his WBA middleweight title at the StubHub Center in Carson, Calif., against veteran Marco Antonio Rubio, promoter Tom Loeffler told Yahoo Sports.
Golovkin, who is 30-0 with 27 knockouts, has fought five times in the U.S., all of them in New York state and four of them in New York city. The Oct. 18 bout versus Rubio is an attempt by K2 to expose Golovkin to a new audience.
It clearly makes sense. Whenever Golovkin has appeared as a spectator at a West Coast fight, he's mobbed by fans. He could barely move when he attended the Juan Manuel Marquez-Mike Alvarado fight at The Forum in Inglewood, Calif., on May 17. He was swarmed by autograph seekers everywhere he went that night.
"This is a strategic step in developing him into the sport's next superstar," Loeffler said of bringing Golovkin West. "We've had a lot of success on the East Coast and some great reaction. But there has been a big demand from the fans in California, particularly in Los Angeles, and this is a perfect match against Rubio."
- Elias Cepeda at Boxing2 days ago
Marcos Maidana exceeded most pundits' expectations last May when he lost a majority decision to Floyd Mayweather Jr. Heading into his Sep. 13 welterweight title rematch against "Money," Maidana is letting the world know that Mayweather didn't live up to billing.
"He's not as good as people think," the Argentine said during a recent Showtime media round table.
"I was able to pin him to the ropes and land punches, so he's not as difficult or as invincible as people think. He's hittable. You can land on him. I made mistakes. I was a little too anxious. He never hurt me, but he's got a respectable punch. You've got to respect him."
Maidana insists that he hasn't tried to overhaul himself in this current camp for Mayweather. "[I'm] just working on my distance control and a couple other minor changes," he said.
- Elias Cepeda at Boxing6 days ago
Deontay Wilder may be the United States' best heavyweight boxing prospect but the 2008 Olympic bronze medalist has yet to face stiff competition. That trend will continue on Saturday in Carson, Calif. when Wilder fights former police officer Jason Gavern on Showtime.
Gavern may have beaten former pound-for-pound champ James Toney in his last fight, but the tough journeyman has lost sixteen times, hasn't fought since 2013 and has made a recent habit of fighting just three-round bouts. Suffice to say, promoters hope to showcase Wilder on Saturday night against Gavern.
That said, Wilder insists that he isn't taking a win for granted. " I know this is a risk fight," he said at this week's press conference.
"Jason [Gavern] comes to fight every time. And you've got to respect that. I've definitely not looking past Jason, but I'm looking through him."
- Elias Cepeda at Boxing8 days ago
Showtime Sports will once again produce an All Access documentary mini-series in advance of the pay per view title rematch between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Marcos Maidana on Sep. 13 in Las Vegas. All Access: Mayweather vs. Maidana 2 will premier Saturday, Aug. 30, on Showtime at 9:30 p.m. EST/PST and will be immediately followed by a special Saturday installment of ShoBox: The New Generation .
All Access gives viewers intimate and exclusive coverage as Floyd Mayweather and Marcos Maidana prepare for a rematch of their surprisingly close and hard-fought first bout in May. Episode 1 will reveal the aftermath of their first fight and takes viewers inside the minds of both fighters for what will be only the second rematch Mayweather, the undefeated 11-Time world champion, has ever granted.
- Elias Cepeda at Boxing9 days ago
Super middleweight champion Sakio Bika rematches Anthony Dirrell this Saturday on Showtime in a rematch of their controversial 2013 fight. In that bout, Bika managed to retain his title despite having a point deducted from his score and being knocked down.
That's why many observers are picking Dirrell to dethrone Bika this weekend in Carson, Calif. Bika, however, says that he hasn't changed much in his training to more convincingly beat Dirrell.
“I’m not going to change too much. I’m coming out to fight," he said in a recent Fight News interview.
"I don’t want to run around and chase him. I’m going to show Anthony that I’m ready to do exactly what I’ve always done: to make people happy to see me fight. If he wants to take my belt off of me he better come prepared.”
- Elias Cepeda at Boxing10 days ago
Lamont Peterson wants to fight Danny Garcia next in order to unify the 140 pound world title, but he admitted that making the junior welterweight limit this past weekend was tougher than normal for him. After stopping Edgar Santana Saturday in Brooklyn, Peterson revealed his difficulties making weight this time out.
"Sometimes it's easy, sometimes it's a little tough," he said.
"This time was a little tougher than normal."
Peterson went on to say that he would be fine fighting Garcia at a higher weight than 140 pounds, but that he is confident he can still hit the mark again if need be. The boxer said that random drug testing during his camp would often disrupt his weight and water-shedding program.
- Elias Cepeda at Boxing10 days ago
During a media work out last week, former featherweight and super featherweight world champion Jorge Linares seemed pretty care-free at first. The Venezuelan fighter joked about cutting weight in the Nevada desert and seemed undaunted by his opponent, Ira Terry.
“Whoever can’t make weight with the extreme heat here in Las Vegas, has a serious issue [laughs]. Thankfully, I feel very good," he said.
Linares would seem to have relatively good reason for his cheer and confidence. After all, his opponent Terry hasn't won a fight since 2012, and just a little bit before that, he had lost eight straight.
Linares is supposed to win on Saturday against Terry on the undercard of the Shawn Porter vs. Kell Brook welterweight title Showtime event in Carson, California. If Linares has good reason to look past his opponent this week, he certainly seemed focused on and serious about a larger goal.
“It’s obligatory," he said.
"I have to win next week, without a doubt. There’s no thinking about losing,"
- Elias Cepeda at Boxing12 days ago
Tonight, Daniel Jacobs takes on Jarrod Fletcher for the vacant WBA middleweight title in Brooklyn on Showtime. In the interview above, Jacobs recounts his early life in a rough neighborhood and how he fell in love with boxing.
Jacobs also discusses his many ups and downs over the past four years, which included the loss of his beloved grand mother, a title fight defeat and hisbattle with cancer. Watch and listen to Jacobs and then get ready for tonight's Showtime card, headlined by Danny Garcia vs. Rod Salka.
- Elias Cepeda at Boxing13 days ago
If Danny Garcia can get past Rod Salka and Lamont Peterson can beat Edgar Santana, Garcia and Peterson could very well meet next to unify their light welterweight titles. First, of course, they'll have to do what everyone expects them to do and impress against their underdog opponents.
Santana and Salka insist that they are showing up in Brooklyn tomorrow night to win, and not be mere foils, however. At this very moment, all of the Showtime card fighters are cutting water pounds in order to make weight at 2pm est today.
Watch Garcia, Peterson, Salka, Santana, Daniel Jacobs and all the rest weigh in and square up live (in the video above) this afternoon at 2pm est, and then let us know who looks more fit and ready to win in the comments section!