• Mosley-Mayorga: The fight that shouldn't have happened didn't turn out all that bad

    Andreas Hale at Boxing 3 days ago

    Inglewood, CA – With everything it had going against it, Saturday night’s showdown between over-40 club veterans “Sugar” Shane Mosley and Ricardo Mayorga at The Forum was expected to be a train wreck. But when you strip away the bizarre promotion – one that included a manufactured social media feud that culminated in an embarrassing incident where Mayorga slapped Mosley’s girlfriend on the behind at the final press conference – as well as the fact that it was a $50 pay-per-view that took place on the same night as a highly anticipated battle between Leo Santa Cruz and Abner Marez at nearby Staples Center, it was actually an entertaining fight for what it was.

    And what the few thousand at the Forum and the miniscule amount who purchased the pay-per-view witnessed was a fun battle between two aging fighters that culminated in Mosley stopping Mayorga with a left hook to the body at the 2:59 mark in the sixth round.

    Don’t get it misconstrued, this fight had absolutely no business being on pay-per-view or competing with the PBC on ESPN card. Honestly, Mosley and Mayorga had no business headlining anyone’s event considering that neither has won a meaningful fight in over five years.


  • This fight encapsulates everything that is wrong with pro boxing

    Kevin Iole at Boxing 5 days ago

    You want to know what is wrong with boxing? Well, nothing paints the picture more clearly than this: Adrien Broner will fight for a world title yet again.

    It's enough to make one physically ill. Yet, Broner will challenge Khabib Allakhverdiev (19-1, 9 KOs) for the WBA super lightweight championship on Oct 3 on Showtime.

    Broner is coming off a clear defeat to Shawn Porter in the main event of a Premier Boxing Champions card on June 20 in Las Vegas. There were many complaints by fans that week about the way Broner treated them, both before and after the fight.

    It would have been a lot easier to overlook his arrogance and his crude antics had he actually done his job in the ring. But he was a clear failure. 

    He was outworked by Porter and didn't seem to much care. Only in the 12th round, when his corner told him he was way behind, did he step it up and fight up to his capabilities. He knocked Porter down and showed glimpses of the fighter he could be. It's not acceptable, though, for a fighter to try in only one of 12 rounds, but Broner has routinely gotten away with it.

    Broner is nowhere near the dedicated, complete boxer that Mayweather is.

  • Mosley-Mayorga promotion is everything that's wrong with boxing

    Andreas Hale at Boxing 5 days ago

    The promotion leading up to 43-year-old “Sugar” Shane Mosley’s return to the ring after a two-year hiatus in a rematch against Ricardo Mayorga has been comical at best and disgraceful at its absolute worst.

    When the two finally meet at The Forum in Inglewood, Calif., on Aug. 29, it will be the end of one of the most bizarre lead-ups to a fight in recent memory.

    What started with a seemingly out-of-nowhere feud on Twitter that sparked an unwanted rematch of their 2008 bout (which Mosley won by 12th-round knockout) has continued to dissolve into one peculiar occurrence after another.

    Everything is working against this fight. There’s the absurd pay-per-view price of $49.95 to watch Mosley (47-9-1, 39 KOs) face an opponent who hasn’t fought credible competition since 2011. There’s the fact that a highly anticipated showdown between Leo Santa Cruz and Abner Mares is taking place a few miles away at the Staples Center (on free television, mind you) at the same time. And then there’s the looming possibility of a cancellation due to a contract dispute between Don King and Mayorga.

    Porter said he was caught completely off-guard by Mayorga’s actions but wasn’t surprised at all by his antics.

  • Special sparring session shows how Floyd Mayweather always has a plan

    Andreas Hale at Boxing 6 days ago

    LAS VEGAS – Floyd Mayweather’s media workout Wednesday heading into his much-maligned Sept. 12 showdown against Andre Berto was much different from his previous media events.

    What had been known as one of the few times members of the press would have the opportunity to speak to the fighter who nicknamed himself “The Best Ever” took a different spin when, for the first time, cameras were allowed to film Mayweather’s sparring session.

    While it is not unusual for someone at the Mayweather Boxing Club to see him spar in preparation for an upcoming fight, the media being allowed to film the session was certainly an eyebrow-raiser.

    After a brief Q&A with a smaller group of attendees than Mayweather’s previous media days, the expectation was for the pound-for-pound king to begin one of his extensive workout sessions for photo opportunities. However, when the champ emerged with full sparring attire, the significance of the media day shifted.


  • Boxing gets into streaming content game

    Andreas Hale at Boxing 16 days ago

    Streaming services have become all the rage in an era in which viewers have the ability to watch their favorite programs away the television.

    Boxing fans have been neglected in this department … until now.

    The Ring Magazine announced Friday that it has taken a significant step toward the future with its twice-a-month plan to stream live events while also offering some of boxing’s biggest fights on demand.

    In a partnership with Golden Boy Promotions, The Ring’s digital platform (The Ring TV) will stream a pair of GBP boxing events. One of the events will be the popular LA Fight Club series from the Belasco Theater in downtown Los Angeles that focuses on the sport’s up-and-comers.

    For the nostalgic boxing fan, The Ring TV’s V.O.D. will offer plenty of intriguing selections, such as Oscar De La Hoya vs. Julio Cesar Chavez (who fought in 1996 and ’98) and Manny Pacquiao’s thunderous knockout of Ricky Hatton in 2009.

    According to The Ring TV, it will also offer content that will include “behind-the-scenes segments, dynamic highlights, powerful interviews as well as mini-fight episodes.”


  • How boxing's upcoming PPV bouts stack up

    Kevin Iole at Boxing 19 days ago

    Boxing’s upcoming schedule is filled with pay-per-views, which is a downer for those who understand that pay-per-view has made a select few fighters insanely rich, but overall has been a detriment to sustained, long-term growth for the sport. 

    Boxing will be far better if pay-per-view simply fades away, because the sport can’t grow if the best fights and brightest stars always fight in front of the smallest possible audience. 

    There are four notable (or at least somewhat notable) pay-per-view fights scheduled between now and the end of the year.

    Shane Mosley and Ricardo Mayorga will kick it off on Aug. 28 when they meet at The Forum in Inglewood, Calif. Floyd Mayweather will fight for what he says is the final time on Sept. 12, when he meets Andre Berto at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. WBA/interim and WBC middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin will face IBF middleweight champion David Lemieux on Oct. 17 in New York. And on Nov. 21 at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, Miguel Cotto and Canelo Alvarez will meet to determine the world's greatest 155-pounder, the ridiculously unnecessary catch weight for their WBC middleweight title bout.



  • Timothy Bradley still big-game hunting

    Andreas Hale at Boxing 23 days ago

    Ever since his controversial victory over Manny Pacquiao in 2012, Timothy Bradley’s career has had a much different trajectory than what even he could have anticipated.

    Despite significant victories over Ruslan Provodnikov and Juan Manuel Marquez, the boxing gods appeared to even things out when Bradley dropped a unanimous decision in a rematch with Pacquiao in 2014. What followed was an inexplicable split draw against Diego Chaves in December that reeked of judging incompetence (perhaps the boxing gods weren’t finished with Bradley yet?). Next was a unanimous decision over previously unbeaten Jessie Vargas to claim the WBO “interim” title in a fight in which Bradley’s light-hitting opponent nearly stopped him in a final round that concluded with a controversial sequence of events.


  • It's Floyd Mayweather's show and he's going to do what he wants

    Kevin Iole at Boxing 29 days ago

    LAS VEGAS – Andre Berto has done nothing to earn a championship fight, let alone a crack at the man who is boxing's biggest star in what will purportedly be his final fight.

    None of that matters much to Floyd Mayweather, though, who on Tuesday confirmed via social media one of the worst-kept secrets in sports: He'll meet Berto on Sept. 12 at the MGM Grand Garden in a pay-per-view bout distributed by Showtime.

    Mayweather's six-fight contract with Showtime expires after the Berto fight, and he insists that he's planning to retire upon its conclusion. If he wins, as expected, Mayweather would be 49-0. With a swank new arena opening on the Las Vegas Strip in April, speculation has been rampant that Mayweather would love to be the opening act in the new building.

    But Mayweather says the Berto fight will be it, new arena or not, 50-0 or not. So he'll spend the next seven weeks pushing the pay-per-view on a bout that no one has asked for. And then later, if he changes his mind, he can fight once more in the new arena.

    It's going to be offensive to the hardcore boxing fans, but Berto's qualifications, or lack thereof, don't really matter.

  • Sides still haggling to finalize long-awaited Cotto-Canelo title fight

    Kevin Iole at Boxing 29 days ago

    For nearly a year, boxing fans have salivated at the possibility of a middleweight championship match between WBC title-holder Miguel Cotto and Canelo Alvarez. It's now closer to becoming reality than ever, but, as is typical in boxing, there is a dispute between the sides as to how close it is.

    Alvarez promoter Oscar De La Hoya of Golden Boy said all details are completed except terms for a rematch clause. He said the bout is set for Nov. 21 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas and will be shown on HBO Pay-Per-View.

    But Cotto attorney Gaby Penagaricano disputes De La Hoya's contention and says there are other outstanding issues. However, Penagaricano said he didn't think there were any insurmountable obstacles.

    De La Hoya, who had hoped to make Cotto-Alvarez for May 2 before finallly giving up when he couldn't reach a deal with Cotto, pointed the finger squarely at Penagaricano as the obstacle. De La Hoya said he's in agreement with Roc Nation Sports, Cotto's promoter, on all issues.

  • Why Golovkin, Kovalev could be boxing's future

    Andreas Hale at Boxing 1 mth ago

    As boxing prepares for the post-Floyd Mayweather/Manny Pacquiao era, the sport is on the prowl for its next wave of superstars. Although the future looked dim a few years back, the current wave of fighters jockeying for position have injected some much-needed energy into the sport.

    Leading the charge is a pair of foreign fighters who have burst onto the scene in a major way. Russian Sergey Kovalev (28-0-1, 25 KOs) and Kazakhstan’s Gennady Golovkin (33-0, 30 KOs) have made significant impressions and could be in line to occupy the throne as boxing’s top pound-for-pound fighter once Floyd Mayweather hangs up the gloves.

    To the untrained eye, Golovkin and Kovalev are a pair of “Rocky IV” Ivan Drago-types who decimate foes with debilitating punching power. But unlike the steely character Dolph Lundgren portrayed in the Sylvester Stallone-anchored series, both GGG and Kovalev are personalities who do not need Brigitte Nielsen to speak for them.

    Nevertheless, the similarities that have forced the comparisons are difficult to ignore.

    But as much as the casual fan may want to compare the two, there are some significant differences that set them apart from one another.