Andreas Hale at Boxing 5 hrs ago
It's been a year since the city of Ferguson, Missouri, was in the spotlight after the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown by a police officer that turned the country upside down and generated a vigorous debate about the relationship between African Americans and law enforcement.
Although it is not in the spotlight as prominently as it once was, the trials and tribulations of a community that rests eight miles from St. Louis remain troubling. For Devon Alexander, one of the city's brightest stars, it certainly had an effect on his professional boxing career.
Although he won't use it as an excuse, the events that transpired near his hometown of St. Louis impacted the former world champion's preparation for his bout against Amir Khan last December.
"It affected me a little bit," Alexander (26-3, 14 KOs) told Yahoo Sports.
Alexander says that the people of Ferguson are still busy fighting against police brutality and says that he won't let Brown's death be in vain. If there was any good to come out of the riots, it's that the city has received nationwide attention to its problem areas.
Andreas Hale at Boxing 3 days ago
When Gennady Golovkin selected Abel Sanchez as his trainer, the veteran took Golovkin to Big Bear, Calif., and immediately knew what he had.
It was evident Golovkin had the skills, winning a silver medal at the 2004 Olympic games, but Sanchez was keenly aware that there was something raw that GGG possessed that could potentially make him a star.
With the unique combination of debilitating power and world-class precision, Sanchez and Golovkin have coined GGG’s in-ring methodology as “Mexican style.”
And with a record of 33-0 with 30 KOs, Golovkin has become one of the most entertaining fighters in the sport, which is why he will headline his first pay-per-view when he faces David Lemieux on Oct. 17 at Madison Square Garden.
But what exactly is “Mexican style?” Sanchez explained.
Sanchez said Golovkin’s style is the reason why he’s become one of boxing’s biggest attractions. It was a plan hatched early on to help him become a top name in the sport. A victory against Lemieux will likely net him a big money showdown with the winner of the Nov. 21 showdown between Miguel Cotto and Saul “Canelo” Alvarez.
Kevin Iole at Boxing 4 days ago
Sports fans around the world held their breath in anticipation last winter as it became obvious that Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao were nearing the finish line for a welterweight title bout between the two superstars.
Mayweather won that bout on May 2 in Las Vegas and has subsequently announced his retirement following a Sept. 12 victory over Andre Berto.
But that hasn't stopped rumors of a Mayweather-Pacquiao rematch. The source of the latest rumor, though, is a bit unusual.
Pacquiao himself told Agence France Presse during a trip to Doha that he was in talks for either a rematch with Mayweather or a bout with Amir Khan. He also said there is a chance the fight could be held in the Middle East.
Andreas Hale at Boxing 7 days ago
Bernard Hopkins may have his eyes set on the finish line after a storied 27-year career that saw him become the oldest boxer to ever win a world championship at the age of 49.
It appears that B-Hop is looking to end his career just after his 51st birthday on Jan. 15 and has his eyes already set on a potential opponent and a location.
“I’m looking to go somewhere in January, I guess before the Super Bowl at the Barclays Center, which has set aside a date for me and do my last one,” Hopkins said to Boxingscene.com. After insisting that this will be his last fight “win, lose or draw,” Hopkins revealed who his opponent may be for the target date of Jan. 30.
“My thing is I want to fight someone who is credible, someone you have to take honest,” Hopkins said. “Arthur Abraham has a gritty-type of style and I want it to be promoted as the last one.”
Abraham (43-4, 29 KOs) is the current WBO super middleweight champion who recently defended his title for the fifth consecutive time with a TKO stoppage of Robert Stieglitz in July. He has never competed at light heavyweight, where Hopkins has resided since 2006.
We’ve all heard Hopkins’ plans for retirement before. But could this finally be it?
Andreas Hale at Boxing 17 days ago
The highly anticipated heavyweight showdown between world heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko and Tyson Fury has been postponed after Klitschko suffered a tendon tear in his left calf during training.
The bout, which was scheduled to take place on Oct. 24 in Düsseldorf, Germany in front of an expected sold-out crowd in the vicinity of 55,000, will be rescheduled once Klitschko’s injury heals and he's cleared to train.
The postponement of the fight comes when the build was at its hottest. A bizarre press conference in London, where Fury arrived dressed as Batman, made waves and set the tone for what would have easily been the most anticipated fights in recent heavyweight memory.
Klitschko's injury was diagnosed on Thursday as a partial musculotendinous tear of the left calf and will seek medical treatment from Dr. Hans-Wilhelm Müller-Wohlfahrt, who is also the physician for the German national soccer team. Klitschko's promotional company, K2 Promotions, announced that the tickets that were already purchased will remain valid and a new date for the fight would be announced next week.
Klitschko made the announcement via his Instagram account.
Andreas Hale at Boxing 18 days ago
For an individual that picked up boxing at the age of 19, perhaps the urge to rush Deontay Wilder into a fight with Wladimir Klitschko should be tempered a bit.
Many fighters who started lacing up the gloves before they learned to ride a bike haven’t come close to accomplishing what the 29-year-old known as “The Bronze Bomber” has since he started boxing in 2005. In ten short years Wilder has won an Olympic bronze medal, amassed an immaculate record of 34-0 with 33 wins coming by way of knockout and is the reigning WBC heavyweight champion.
But since he won that title in a stellar performance against Bermane Stiverne in January, critics have started to lose their patience with Wilder. A fight against unheralded Eric Molina followed in June – where Wilder showed some vulnerability before scoring the 9th round KO in front of his hometown of Birmingham, Alabama – and his upcoming fight with another virtual unknown in Johann Duhaupas on September 26 have drawn the ire of fans who want Wilder to step into the ring with Klitschko sooner rather than later.
Andreas Hale at Boxing 19 days ago
Wladimir Klitschko has already gone on record suggesting that his opponent on Oct. 24 is both “psychologically unstable” and “bipolar.” Rather than be upset about the claims, Tyson Fury decided to play into Klitschko’s accusations during an absolutely bizarre news conference in London on Wednesday.
After the current IBF, WBO, WBA (Super) and The Ring heavyweight champion took his seat with his titles spread across a table in front of him, Fury made a grand entrance that would have made Adam West proud.
Dressed in full Batman attire, Fury’s 6-foot-9 frame entered the room to the theme song from the 1966 TV series much to the surprise of all in attendance. Once seated, and the press conference got started, things took another turn for the outlandish. After Klitschko was introduced, the Neal Hefti-composed theme began playing again when a man dressed like the Joker interrupted the proceedings and approached Fury.
The 27-year-old unbeaten contender got to his feet and motioned to Team Klitschko, who all seemed dumbfounded by what was taking place.
''You’re next!” Fury shouted, still in semi-character. “He is a fool, just like you are.”
Kevin Iole at Boxing 26 days ago
Floyd Mayweather's Sept. 12 bout with Andre Berto at the MGM Grand Garden sold roughly 400,000 pay-per-view units, a source told Yahoo Sports. That number, the source said, includes about 145,000 sales from DirecTV, which is almost always the first distributor to report a figure.
Another source close to the promotion of the fight said the figure was higher and estimated it between 500,000 and 550,000.
In any event, the result will be the lowest figure since Mayweather sold 325,000 while fighting Carlos Baldomir on HBO Pay-Per-View in 2006.
Showtime Sports executive vice president and general manager Stephen Espinoza said he did not plan to release the results. Espinoza said his default position is not to release the figures and only does when there are other parties involved who ask that it be released.
He would not speak in specifics but agreed to talk to Yahoo Sports about the difficulty in promoting the last fight of Mayweather's legendary career.
Cable systems tend to sell a bit more than 50 percent of the total sales of a show. The telephone companies generally account for eight percent or less. The satellite companies, DirecTV and Dish, make up the rest.
Andreas Hale at Boxing 26 days ago
Wladimir Klitschko believes that he’s become a magnet for fighters who will say and do anything to promote a fight.
With his Oct. 24 heavyweight title defense against Tyson Fury a little over a month away, Klitschko figures that he may have met his wackiest opponent yet.
“I am seriously stunned with my conditions that I face all the time,” Klitschko (64-3, 53 KOs) said while reflecting on the treatment he has received from the likes of David Haye and Shannon Briggs. “I don’t know why boxers completely lose their minds when promoting themselves.”
In a recent interview, Fury (24-0, 18 KOs) went so far as to say that he’d lay some leather on the referee should he interfere in the fight too much.
“I couldn’t give a [expletitve],” Fury said in an interview with Boxing News Online. “I’ll hit him and all."
Hitting a referee? That certainly outdoes Shannon Briggs’ global pursuit of the champ and David Haye’s T-shirt that pictured the decapitated heads of the Klitschko brothers.
Being the heavyweight champion with a degree in sports medicine, Klitschko thinks he has the remedy for Fury’s “mental issues.”
Kevin Iole at Boxing 29 days ago
Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Roy Jones Jr. have held a stranglehold on the mythical position as boxing's pound-for-pound champion for more than 20 years.
Jones elevated to that status by at least 1994, when he routed James Toney in one of that year's most anticipated fights. Jones, who was coming off a wide 1993 victory over Bernard Hopkins, won the super middleweight title on Nov. 18, 1994, by topping Toney at the MGM Grand Garden in Las Vegas.
That earned him widespread acclaim as the best fighter in the world, which he held until Mayweather ascended to that throne. Mayweather didn't widely become recognized as the best until 2007, when he defeated Oscar De La Hoya, but those who watched closely knew that he was No. 1 for at least six or seven years prior to that.
His reign ended a little after midnight Eastern time on Sunday, after he blew out Andre Berto and announced his retirement with a 49-0 professional record.
Mayweather sat atop the rankings for so long that after a while, it almost seemed his birthright to be called the pound-for-pound best.