• Floyd Mayweather the politician? Boxing champ attends inauguration, writes about inner city issues

    Kevin Iole at Boxing 2 days ago

    Floyd Mayweather has long been known to flaunt his wealth, wear outrageously expensive jewelry, drive exotic cars and, of course, for his other-wordly boxing skills.

    Mayweather attended Friday’s presidential inauguration ceremony in Washington, D.C., when Donald J. Trump was sworn in as the 45th president, Mayweather Promotions CEO Leonard Ellerbe confirmed to Yahoo Sports.

    Floyd Mayweather was sitting four rows behind me at inauguration. Left right after President Trump's speech ended. Wouldn't talk to press.

    — Laura Barron-Lopez (@lbarronlopez) January 20, 2017

    Mayweather didn’t leave the nation’s capital after Trump was sworn in. Instead, he went to speak at the kickoff event for the Moblze Foundation. The Moblze Foundation is looking to address inner city blight by constructing what it calls “Urban Empowerment Centers,” which are designed to train the next generation of entrepreneurs and skilled workers.

    At many of his fights, Mayweather has spoken of his difficult upbringing in Grand Rapids, so it’s an issue near to his heart. He wrote:

  • Majority draw in James DeGale-Badou Jack fight irritates promoter Floyd Mayweather

    Kevin Iole at Boxing 8 days ago

    The first major boxing card of 2017 was a smash hit from top to bottom, with a series of entertaining matches throughout.

    But they saved the best for last. The main event, a super middleweight unification bout between WBC champion Badou Jack and IBF champion James DeGale, was a thrilling back-and-forth battle at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn between two technically sound and determined fighters.

    DeGale knocked Jack, a notoriously slow starter, down with a straight left in the opening round. Jack landed a punishing left hook-right hand combination midway through the 12th that send DeGale thudding to the canvas.

    But when the scores were tallied, it was all for naught. Julie Lederman and Steve Weisfeld scored it 113-113 each, and Glenn Feldman had it 114-112 for DeGale, making it a majority draw. Yahoo Sports scored it 114-112 for Jack.

    That didn’t sit well with Floyd Mayweather, who loudly complained about the scoring after the Showtime-televised fight had ended.

    DeGale and promoter Eddie Hearn were lobbying for a rematch. Jack said he is having trouble making the super middleweight limit of 168, but pressed on it said, “I’ll fight anybody.”

    Predictably, both fighters felt they’d won.

  • Canelo Alvarez to meet Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. in massive Cinco de Mayo showdown

    Kevin Iole at Boxing 9 days ago

    Growing up as a young boxer in Mexico, Canelo Alvarez counted Julio Cesar Chavez Sr. as his idol, as did many of his countrymen. The elder Chavez is one of the top fighters in boxing history and remains the greatest sports hero ever in Mexico.

    That could make things awkward for Alvarez, who announced on Friday that he will fight Chavez’s son, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., on May 6 in what should a massive bout on HBO Pay-Per-View. The site has yet to be determined, though T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas and AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, appear to be the front-runners.

    The fight will be contested at a catchweight of 164.5. Chavez has fought recently at light heavyweight while Alvarez  still holds the WBO super welterweight title.

    Golden Boy Promotions president Eric Gomez said, not without good reason, he thinks ticket sales could reach 100,000 if the match were held at the home of the Dallas Cowboys.

    Alvarez, though, said he won’t allow his view of Chavez Sr. to impact him against Chavez Jr.

    Alvarez is arguably the biggest star in boxing today, but Chavez Jr. still has a large following among Mexican and Mexican-American fans.



  • Having overcome a rough early life, Gervonta Davis has eyes squarely on Jose Pedraza's belt

    Kevin Iole at Boxing 9 days ago

    Gervonta Davis isn’t unlike many boxers. He grew up poor, in a rough section of Baltimore, amid plenty of violence and drug usage. His parents were drug users. Friends were murdered or wound up in jail.

    Boxing saved him.

    Davis, though, managed to overcome it all. He’s 16-0 with 15 knockouts, and though he has yet to fight elite opposition, he’ll get it on Saturday on Showtime’s outstanding card at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. He meets unbeaten champion Jose Pedraza for the IBF super featherweight world title.

    But he won’t forget the people back in Baltimore who fought the same struggle he did. It’s his job and a world title brings prestige and a lot more zeroes on the paycheck, but that’s not so much his motivation.

    “Where I came from, there’s not a reason to have a lot of hope,” he said. “So much trouble, everywhere. But every now and then, someone makes it out and makes it big, and that person has an impact on a lot of other people. ‘Hey, if he can do it, so can I.’ So I hope that by me winning this title over a great fighter like Pedraza, it will be an inspiration to others.”

    And money isn’t the be all and end all.

  • Floyd Mayweather: 'We tried to make the Conor McGregor fight'

    Andreas Hale at Boxing 11 days ago

    If you ask Floyd Mayweather, the only fight that would bring him out of retirement is one against UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor. As a matter of fact, Mayweather said that the fight was offered to McGregor during an appearance on ESPN’s “First Take.”

    “Conor McGregor keeps telling everybody that he wants the fight, let’s make it happen,” the 49-0 boxer said while drawing the proverbial line in the sand. He then laid out the terms that were offered for the potential megafight.

    “We tried to make the Conor McGregor fight,” Mayweather said. “They knew what my number was. My number is a guaranteed $100 million. And we’re the ‘A’ side. I don’t know how much money he has made but I’m pretty sure that he hasn’t made $10 million in an MMA bout but we are willing to give him $15 million and we can talk about splitting the percentage on pay per view.”

    The potential boxing match has many, many hurdles to clear before it were to ever come to fruition, but Mayweather said that he has done his part to make the fight happen. But McGregor’s financial demands are causing an impasse.

  • Manny Pacquiao headed toward April 22 showdown with little known Jeff Horn

    Kevin Iole at Boxing 12 days ago

    It is not done and there are several variables to sort out, not the least of which is Manny Pacquiao’s approval himself, but all indications are that the Filipino senator is headed toward an April 22 showdown with little known Australian Jeff Horn.

    It all also means that Pacquiao yet again will be skipping on a fight with the best possible opponent, the highly regarded super lightweight champion Terence Crawford.

    Pacquiao promoter Bob Arum told RingTV on Tuesday that he’d come to terms with Dean Lonergan of Duco Events for Horn to fight Pacquiao. There is still no site nor has Pacquiao agreed to face Horn. Arum plans to fly to the Philippines to speak with Pacquiao.

    “We have an agreement with Horn but it’s all subject to Manny’s approval,” Arum told RingTV. “And it’s all subject to getting a site. So it’s still up in the air but it looks like it’s headed (to a bout with Horn).”

    Arum said he is considering venues in Australia, Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

  • Abel Sanchez is the Yahoo Sports Trainer of the Year, and not solely for his work with Gennady Golovkin

    Kevin Iole at Boxing 24 days ago

    Picking a Trainer of the Year in boxing is a difficult task, and not only because there are so many elite men and women doing the job out of the spotlight around the world.

    Training a fighter is part teaching technique, but it’s also part psychologist, part conditioning coach, part friend, part father (or mother) figure, part motivator and part communicator. And those skills are only part of the job.

    A trainer could do all of those jobs well, and if his fighter doesn’t feel well or is having an emotional issue in his life, like the illness or death of a loved one, he may not perform. That shouldn’t reflect on his trainer, but it does.

    There are so many things a trainer must overcome to have his fighters win, and win consistently, and in 2016, few have done that as well as Abel Sanchez.

    And he had several other successful fighters, including 31-0 welterweight Konstantin Ponomarev.

    Sanchez’s all-around work, though, was spectacular. He led Golovkin to title wins over Dominic Wade by second-round knockout, and Kell Brook by fifth-round TKO. But Gassiev’s emergence on the world scene helped to solidify Sanchez’s choice.

    Other awards:

  • Floyd Mayweather Sr. on Conor McGregor's boxing ability: 'I don’t think his fundamentals are bad'

    Andreas Hale at Boxing 1 mth ago

    As talk of a Conor McGregor vs. Floyd Mayweather boxing match continue to linger, the father of the pound-for-pound boxing king weighed in on a potential fight between the two in an interview with Fight Hub TV.

    Initially, Floyd Mayweather Sr. was quick to dismiss the Irishman as a potential opponent for his son.

    “I think Conor McGregor is a talker and not a doer,” Mayweather Sr. said. “Whatever he did in MMA, he’s not going to be able to get away with [in boxing].”

    But after interviewer Marcos Villegas showed him a video clip of McGregor’s dismantling of Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205, the father of the unbeaten boxer softened up a bit. He appeared to be slightly impressed with McGregor’s boxing ability and offered a compliment. Sort of.

    “I don’t think his fundamentals are bad,” he said.

    But to face his son, who has never lost a boxing match in his professional career? He doesn’t think McGregor is ready for that kind of elite competition.

    “You got to understand, his fundamentals ain’t up there with the man, either,” Mayweather Sr. said. “They got levels.”

  • Bernard Hopkins knocked out of ring in final fight of career

    Kevin Iole at Boxing 1 mth ago

    Bernard Hopkins’ legendary career ended bizarrely Saturday during a fight at The Forum in Inglewood, Calif., in which he looked every one of his 51-plus years.

    Hopkins was knocked out of the ring by a left-right-left combination from Joe Smith Jr. Hopkins fell backward to the floor with a thud, and couldn’t beat referee Jack Reiss’ 20-count to get back into the ring.

    When he failed to do so, his final fight ended ignominiously, with him on the losing end of an eighth-round technical knockout. He said the outside of his right ankle was throbbing.

    Hopkins, who is a month away from his 52nd birthday, said he was pushed out of the ring, but replays clearly showed that was not the case. It was clean punches from Smith that knocked Hopkins into and ultimately through the ropes.

    It was the first, and only, loss in his 67-fight career by knockout. Hopkins, who had a long stint as middleweight champion and was also the light heavyweight champion, ends his career at 55-8-2.

    But Smith showed little signs of fading. The ending was reminiscent to two prior Hopkins fight, against Robert Allen in Las Vegas in 1998 and against Chad Dawson in Los Angeles in 2011. Both of those were no contests.

  • Gennady Golovkin, Daniel Jacobs reach deal, will meet at MSG on March 18

    Kevin Iole at Boxing 1 mth ago

    One of boxing’s most anticipated fights was finalized on Saturday, when representatives of Gennady Golovkin and Daniel Jacobs came to terms for a March 18 middleweight title fight at Madison Square Garden in New York.

    The bout will be broadcast on HBO Pay-Per-View. The deal avoids a purse bid ordered by the WBA that had been set for Monday in Panama.

    Golovkin holds the WBC and IBF middleweight belts as well as the super WBA middleweight title. Jacobs is the regular WBA champion.

    Jacobs is 32-1 with 29 KOs and Golovkin is 36-0 with 33 KOs. Combined, they’re 68-1 with 62 KOs.

    “This is a good fight for us,” Golovkin trainer Abel Sanchez told Yahoo Sports. “I think [Jacobs] is the second-best middleweight in the world and he’s on a good run with [12] knockouts in a row. Gennady is extremely happy and he called me earlier and asked when we would get back in the gym. This is a fight we’ve wanted for a while.”

    Tom Loeffler of K2, Golovkin’s promoter, had hoped to have the bout with Jacobs finalized earlier this year so they could fight in December. But talks with Jacobs representative Al Haymon dragged on and the fight was pushed into 2017.