Andreas Hale at Boxing 13 days ago
Retired boxer Floyd Mayweather has always professed to be a proud American first above everything else. And with the growing number of black people dying at the hands of police, the undefeated former champion decided to give his two cents on the present state of affairs in at a recent Mayweather Promotions event.
Initially, the conversation started off about boxing and why boxers aren’t drawing the numbers like they used to. But Mayweather took it upon himself to address what is going on between blacks and the police.
“I’m here to say all lives matter,” Mayweather said. “You know, a lot of times, we get stuck, and we are followers. When you hear one person say, ‘black lives matter,’ or ‘blue lives matter,’ all lives matter.”
Mayweather refuses to place the blame on the police, despite a number of officer-involved incidents this year.
“It’s not right what is going on in this world on both sides,” Mayweather said. “What I learned from boxing and what everyone can take in real life is to follow directions, follow order. Don’t give nobody a hard time.”
“There are rules and regulations with everything,” Mayweather said.
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Andreas Hale at Boxing 20 days ago
The past couple of weeks in the life of heavyweight champion Tyson Fury has been nothing short of bizarre. From his curious postponement of his October 29 rematch with Wladimir Klitschko due to being declared “medically unfit” by his manager to failing a Voluntary Anti-Doping Association (VADA) conducted drug test after being flagged for cocaine that puts his WBO, IBF, and WBC titles he won after beating Klitschko in jeopardy, the 29-year-old’s career has been trapped in a downward spiral.
The unbeaten and bombastic British fighter anted up further on the mayhem Tuesday morning when he abruptly retired from the sport with an expletive-laced tweet.
“Boxing is the saddest thing I ever took part in,” Fury tweeted. “All a pile of [expletive], I’m the greatest, & I’m also retired, so go suck a [expletive], happy days.”
The sudden retirement in the wake of a tumultuous week amassed over 25,000 retweets and turned the boxing world upside down.
What the future holds for Fury is anyone’s guess. But rest assured that this is far from over.
Andreas Hale at Boxing 23 days ago
Things have gone from bad to worse for heavyweight champion Tyson Fury. One week after pulling out of his October 29 rematch with Wladimir Klitschko for unspecified reasons, the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association (VADA) has notified the Englishman that he tested positive for cocaine.
Fury ended Klitshcko’s decade-long reign as heavyweight champion last November when he defeated the Ukrainian by unanimous decision. However, a rematch with Klitschko was cancelled twice. The first time a Fury ankle injury forced him out of a scheduled July fight. The second time was on September 23 when Fury was curiously declared “medically unfit” and the fight was postponed yet again.
To complicate his controversial removal from the fight, it was revealed that Fury submitted a random urine test on September 22 in Lancaster, England. The test was flagged for benzoylecgonine, the primary metabolite of cocaine. Fury will have the right to have his “B” sample tested.
Kevin Iole at Boxing 1 mth ago
Andreas Hale at Boxing 1 mth ago
The No. 1 pound-for-pound fighter in the world had his hands full, but ultimately accomplished something his hero and fellow countryman Alexis Arguello couldn’t do by winning a world title in his fourth weight class as Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez (46-0, 38 KOs) defeated Carlos Cuadras (35-1-1, 27 KOs) by unanimous decision for the WBC super flyweight title.
It was a sensational fight, full of back-and-forth action that may have caught many fans at The Forum by surprise considering that Gonzalez is known for overwhelming his opponents with his high octane offense and thudding power shots. That was certainly not the case on Saturday as Cuadras made the fight more competitive than anticipated by being crafty and showing off his athleticism.
“It was a very difficult fight,” Gonzalez said, with swelling under both eyes. “This was the most difficult fight that I’ve had in my career.”
Although the Nicaraguan made history and cemented his place in boxing’s hall of fame, the story of the fight was Cuadras’ heart and ability to stay in the fight while Gonzalez was unable to detonate one of those thunderous punches to end the night early.
Andreas Hale at Boxing 1 mth ago
After Conor McGregor defeated Nate Diaz in their highly anticipated rematch at UFC 202, the UFC featherweight champion reignited a conversation about possibly competing outside of the MMA promotion.
“There’s a lot of options,” McGregor said. And with that, the idea of the Irishman possibly competing in a boxing match started again. But if Floyd Mayweather won’t face McGregor in a boxing match, there appears to be another fighter willing to show “Mystic Mac” the ropes.
Lineal middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez threw his name into the growing pile of potential opponents for McGregor in an interview with FightHub TV. Alvarez was preparing for his upcoming showdown with Liam Smith on Sept. 17, but wanted to address McGregor’s boxing aspirations.
“If he wants to try out boxing, then anytime he wants,” Alvarez said. “If he wants to come over to this side of the world and try boxing, anytime he wants, to see that it’s not as easy as he thinks.”
Canelo responded by picking Diaz to win the rematch and suggesting that McGregor “gasses after two rounds.” However, the Mexican was wrong in picking Diaz as McGregor earned a majority decision last month.
Andreas Hale at Boxing 2 mths ago
Like many assumed, Manny Pacquiao’s retirement didn’t last very long.
The Filipino superstar who has won world titles in a record eight different weight classes will come out of his brief retirement to face Jessie Vargas on Nov. 5 at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas.
The announcement comes after weeks of speculation and confusion regarding whether Pacquiao (58-6-2, 38 KOs) would indeed come out of retirement after leaving the sport to focus on his political career. ESPN.com confirmed the announcement with both Pacquiao and Arum.
“Yes, the fight is on. I have agreed to a Nov. 5 fight with reigning WBO welterweight champion Jessie Vargas,” Pacquiao said. “Boxing is my passion. I miss what I’d been doing inside the gym and atop the ring.”
A plan is in place for Pacquiao to balance his senator duties with training and he will handle the bulk of his training in the Philippines before heading to the United States a few weeks before the fight to wrap up his camp.
“Boxing is my main source of income. I can’t rely on my salary as a public official,” Pacquiao said.
Andreas Hale at Boxing 2 mths ago
Knockout artist Jonathan Guzman scored a scintillating 11th-round KO against Shingo Wake to claim the vacant IBF World super bantamweight title along with $70,000 in cash for his purse back on July 20.
He returned to a hero’s welcome in his home country of the Dominican Republic on Monday and was greeted by a large crowd of fans and a convoy accompanied him to his home. But after hours of celebration, the boxer found that the luggage that he stored the cash in had been opened and all $70,000 of his purse had been stolen.
Guzman’s promoter, Sampson Lewkowicz, confirmed the news with Yahoo Sports. According to Lewkowicz, Guzman attempted to carry on his recently won world title and luggage, but he was informed by airline staff that he needed to check one of his bags. Guzman decided to check in the bag with the money in it for the flight from Miami to Santo Domingo and, when he arrived, he realized that the money was gone.
Lewkowicz says he’s lost sleep over the incident and has done his best to console his fighter. He has told the newly crowned champion that he will get him back in the ring sooner rather than later so he can continue to make money fighting.
Andreas Hale 3 mths ago
Adrien Broner was ordered to spend 30 days in jail after he failed to show up in court for a scheduled trial.
The 26-year-old was supposed to appear in court for a trial stemming from charges of felonious assault and aggravated robbery back in January for an incident outside of an Ohio bowling alley.
When he didn’t appear in court at the scheduled time Tuesday morning, Hamilton County Common Pleas Judge Robert Ruehlman found Broner in contempt of court and a warrant was issued for the boxer’s arrest. Broner did eventually arrive but Ruehlman didn’t relent on his position and the jail sentence was still intact.
People in the courtroom described Broner as looking sick and the former world champion told the judge that he believed someone had “put something” in his drink. His attorney also conveyed that Broner looked “very ill” but didn’t oppose the judge’s ruling.
On Monday, Broner took to Twitter to suggest that he would be changing his life.
Unfortunately, he hasn’t proven to distance himself from his turbulent past.
Andreas Hale at Boxing 3 mths ago
There were few who thought that Manny Pacquiao would walk away from the sport that made him a superstar despite announcing his retirement after defeating Timothy Bradley back in April. And now it is confirmed that the Filipino superstar’s brief hiatus will end later this year.
According to ESPN.com, Manny Pacquiao will return to boxing on either Oct. 29 or Nov. 5 in the main event of an HBO PPV in Las Vegas. This comes after Pacquiao retired to focus on his family and winning a seat as a senator in his home country of the Philippines. But those speeches that Pacquiao gave in April always felt half-hearted, especially after he put together a brilliant performance in toppling Bradley.
“Manny wants to come back. The problem is he can only come back if it doesn’t interfere with his senate duties,” Arum said. “We had penciled him in for Oct. 15 at Mandalay Bay but we were informed that is no longer possible because he has to spend that week leading up to Oct. 15 formulating the budget in the senate and doing the votes.”