• Roy Jones Jr. denies retirement report, but why would he keep fighting?

    Andreas Hale at Boxing 22 hrs ago

    Once upon a time, Roy Jones Jr. was known as the best pound-for-pound fighter on the planet. He demonstrated otherworldly athleticism that led him to capturing world titles in four weight classes (middleweight, super middleweight, light heavyweight and heavyweight) and many wondered if he would end up on the list as one of the greatest boxers who ever lived.

    But that was a long, long time ago.

    After starting his career with a 49-1 record from 1989 to 2003 – his only loss coming by disqualification against Montell Griffin in 1997 – Jones’ stock has plummeted considerably as he has gone 13-8 from 2003 to the present day. But it isn’t his record that draws concern, it is how he has lost that is most troubling.

    Of his eight losses, he has been brutally knocked out five times and the worst of those knockout losses came against Enzo Maccarinelli in December. For a 47-year-old with a career as an HBO analyst who is a shell of his former self and clearly cannot compete at an elite level anymore, retirement should have definitely been on the table.

    John Wirt, CEO of Jones’ Square Ring Promotions, echoed the former champion’s sentiments and said that there is a possibility for a return.


  • Gennady Golovkin to fight in April as he waits for 'Canelo'

    Andreas Hale at Boxing 2 days ago

    In the wake of Saul “Canelo” Alvarez announcing his May 7 showdown with Amir Khan, Gennady Golovkin has his next opponent lined up as both fighters are still angling toward a September fight.

    Golovkin (34-0, 31 KOs) will defend his WBA (Super), IBF, IBO and WBC interim middleweight world titles against Dominic Wade at The Forum in Inglewood, Calif., on April 23. The fight will be televised on HBO.

    After scoring his 21st consecutive knockout against David Lemieux last October, Golovkin sought a unification bout against either Alvarez (who defeated Miguel Cotto for the WBC title last November) or Billy Joe Saunders (who defeated Andy Lee for the WBO title in December). Neither fight materialized, which led to GGG and Alvarez agreeing to take interim bouts before a proposed megafight in September. While Alvarez selected the more recognizable name in Khan, despite a weight disparity between the two, Golovkin ended up with the lesser-known Wade.

    “We did reach out to other champions,” said Tom Loeffler of K2 Promotions. “Canelo wanted one fight in between and Billy Joe Saunders wanted to have one or two defenses in the UK before he would consider fighting Golovkin.”

  • Amir Khan: Canelo Alvarez fight 'getting more attention' than Mayweather-Pacquiao

    Andreas Hale at Boxing 3 days ago

    No matter what you may think about the recent announcement that Amir Khan will face Saul “Canelo” Alvarez at a catchweight of 155 pounds for Canelo’s WBC middleweight title on May 7, it sure has had the boxing world buzzing. So much, in fact, that Khan rode his own hyperbole hype train in an interview with Ring Magazine and suggested that his fight is garnering more attention than the record breaking showdown last May between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao.

    “I believe this fight between Canelo and I is getting more a

    ttention than a Mayweather-Pacquiao fight,” Khan said. “The hype for this fight has just been unexpected. No one knew of this fight taking place or of any negotiations taking place… It’s nice to catch fans by surprise with a fight of this magnitude.”

    “My fight with Canelo Alvarez will be the biggest fight of the year, including the biggest upset of the year,” Khan said.

    Obviously, Khan does not share those same sentiments.

    “My boxing skills will win this fight,” Khan said. “Weight will not win this fight…My speed and athleticism will be the key factors to winning this fight.”

    “I think that Amir Khan should have fought Kell Brook,” Mayweather said.


  • Shooting at weigh-in in Ireland leaves one dead, two injured

    Andreas Hale at Boxing 6 days ago

    A BoxNation show in Dublin Ireland scheduled for Saturday headlined by Gary Corcoran against Danny Butler has been canceled after gunfire erupted at a weigh-in that left one dead and two hospitalized with injuries.

    Video was captured of the chilling scene as gunshots can be heard off camera. The gunmen were not seen in the footage.

    According to the Twitter account belonging to Mick McCaffrey of UTV Ireland, the shooting is alleged to be gang related and the target was predetermined.

    Jamie Kavanagh was one of the boxers at Regency weigh-in. His father Gerard 'Hatchet' was murdered by his own gang in Spain last April

    A 32-year-old man, David Byrne, who is said to be “in charge of logistics for Kinihan cartel's drugs shipments,” was killed.

    McCaffrey tweeted that three gunmen were involved.

    No arrests have been made.



  • Heavyweight champion Tyson Fury teases retirement

    Andreas Hale at Boxing 7 days ago

    Tyson Fury is at the pinnacle of his boxing career after dethroning Wladimir Klitschko last November to become the WBA, IBF and WBO world heavyweight champion. You would think that being on top of the world would light a fire under the Brit as he prepares for a rematch with Klitschko later this year.

    But this is the eccentric and unpredictable Tyson Fury we are talking about.

    Fury recently appeared on BBC Radio 5 and revealed that he’s “struggling to get motivated” for the rematch. He even went so far as to suggest that he is considering hanging up his gloves.

    "I could walk away,” Fury said. “I could just sail into the sunset unbeaten with all the belts and live a normal life."

    Fury handed Klitschko his first loss since 2004 and derailed a streak of 19 straight title defenses. His victory appeared to be the dawning of a new era in the heavyweight division, but it seems that Fury may not be interested in leading the sport into a new frontier.

    “I believe I'll be frozen in 2015 for the next 40 years, or however long I live for,” Fury said. “Nothing's going to outdo that achievement."

  • Richie Giachetti, who trained Larry Holmes and Mike Tyson, dead at 76

    Kevin Iole at Boxing 8 days ago

    Trainer Richie Giachetti, who was known for leading Larry Holmes to the heavyweight title and a lengthy run atop the division, died Wednesday at 76.

    Giachetti, who also worked with Mike Tyson for several fights, including his notable 1997 rematch with Evander Holyfield in Las Vegas, also served as Holmes' manager.

    In a 1978 profile of Giachetti, the New York Times wrote, "Giachetti is a tough man. He's been shot and stabbed, he's been tailed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Nobody fools with the manager and trainer of the man who calls himself the baddest heavyweight in the world. Some people believe Larry Holmes wouldn't stand a chance against Richie Giachetti in a barroom brawl."

    Giachetti partnered with Hall of Fame promoter J. Russell Peltz and actor Sylvester Stallone on a series of shows in the 1980s that were televised on ABC and on various cable networks. Peltz promoted the fights, mostly at the Sands in Atlantic City, N.J., and Giachetti was in charge of procuring the talent.

  • Flint native Andre Dirrell committed to helping solve city water crisis

    Kevin Iole at Boxing 9 days ago

    Andre Dirrell no longer lives in Flint, Mich., where he was born and raised, but the one-time Olympic bronze medalist and former super middleweight world champion still has many ties to his city.

    And the water crisis that has given many children irreversible lead poisoning as a result of drinking tainted city water, hit close to home. Dirrell still has many family members who live in Flint and have been impacted by the crisis.

    It's driven Dirrell to action. An aunt has already raised $50,000 and worked to try to find a solution. Now, he's lending his time, money and connections to the effort. Not only has Dirrell already donated time and money, he's set up a Go Fund Me page to raise money to buy potable water for those in the city who need it.

    Flint is the second poorest city in the country, according to a U.S. Census Bureau report from last year, leading only Youngstown, Ohio. More than 40 percent of the city's population lived in poverty in 2014, the report said.

  • Canelo Alvarez will face Amir Khan on May 7 for WBC middleweight title

    Kevin Iole at Boxing 10 days ago

    Canelo Alvarez won't be fighting Gennady Golovkin next, the fight that is one of the best bouts that could be made in boxing, but fans got something of a consolation prize on Tuesday.

    Golden Boy Promotions announced that Alvarez, who won the WBC middleweight title in November when he defeated Miguel Cotto, will defend his belt against Amir Khan on May 7 on HBO Pay-Per-View in the new T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

    Khan, who has been fighting at welterweight, had been rebuffed in bids to land big fights against Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao. He agreed to move up in weight to face Alvarez in a bout which will have a contractual weight limit of 155 pounds.

    The middleweight limit is 160, but the fighters agreed by contract to fight at the lower weight.

    That meant that instead of the two popular middleweights fighting in May, they'd each take interim opponents, with the stated goal of fighting in September.


  • Sergey Kovalev dominates Jean Pascal in one-sided title fight rematch

    Kevin Iole at Boxing 12 days ago

    Sergey Kovalev continued his snail's pace march toward a fight with former super middleweight champion Andre Ward, dominating rival Jean Pascal on Saturday at the Bell Centre in Montreal and stopping him after seven one-sided rounds. Kovalev retained his IBF-WBA-WBO light heavyweight titles with his 26th knockout while improving to 29-0-1.

    Trainer Freddie Roach, in his first bout in Pascal's corner, told referee Michael Griffin that Pascal could not go on after the seventh round. He could have stopped it as soon as the fifth, and considered it after the sixth but Pascal talked him out of it.

    But the punch statistics showed the brutally one-sided nature of the bout. Kovalev outanded Pascal 31-1 in the fifth, 19-3 in the sixth and 30-4 in the seventh. Pascal landed in single digits in six the seven rounds. For the bout, Kovalev landed 165 of 412, while Pascal connected on 30 of 108.

    It was a brutal fight, made worse by Kovalev's decision to punish Pascal for calling him a racist prior to the fight.

    "I wanted to fight more and make him feel pain," Kovalev said."I wnated to punish him more."

  • Retired Floyd Mayweather still owning combat sports conversation

    Andreas Hale at Boxing 18 days ago

    Even though he is retired, Floyd Mayweather is still the most talked-about name in all of boxing. And that couldn’t have been outlined better as his name was brought up constantly over the weekend despite not having anything relevant to the combat sports world going on.

    It all started when Bob Arum appeared on ESPN’s "Highly Questionable" and discussed a situation that involved Mayweather and his former manager James Prince from back in 2003 where the Top Rank CEO had to cough up over half a million dollars to rescue the then-budding star from what could have been career-threatening injuries. The situation in question came about when Mayweather apparently asked Arum to avoid staging his next fight until his contract with Prince expired in December. Prince allegedly caught wind of this and Arum recounts how things quickly escalated.

    Arum refused to divulge any other details involving the incident but the relationship between the promoter and his former fighter is still toxic. Whether or not this had anything to do with it is anyone’s guess.

    A shouting match ensued between the two fighters but cooler heads prevailed.

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