- Kevin Iole at Boxing1 hr ago
When promoter Tom Loeffler announced last week that middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin would make his debut on the West Coast by fighting Marco Antonio Rubio at the StubHub Center in Carson, Calif., on Oct. 18, he promised a solid co-feature would open the HBO broadcast.
On Wednesday, he delivered.
Loeffler told Yahoo Sports Wednesday that the show will open with a dandy featherweight bout between WBA champion Nonito Donaire in a tough defense against hard-hitting Nicholas Walters.
Walters is 24-0 with 20 knockouts and is coming off a dominant victory over Vic Darchinyan on May 31, in Macau, China. Walters knocked Darchinyan down twice before knocking him out in the fifth round of that bout.
That bout preceded Donaire's technical decision victory over Simpiwe Vetyeka.
"We were committed to making this a strong show and this is a solid fight to get things started [on TV]," Loeffler said. "HBO really liked this fight and we agreed."
- Kevin Iole at Boxing5 hrs ago
Adonis Stevenson becomes harder to figure out with each passing day.
The WBC light heavyweight champion, who has essentially dodged fights with WBO champion Sergey Kovalev and IBF/WBA champion Bernard Hopkins, also isn't showing much interest in making what would be a significant fight with former champion Jean Pascal.
Greg Leon, the CEO of Pascal Promotions, told Yahoo Sports he's offered Stevenson's camp a 50-50 split in a fight at the Bell Centre in Montreal between the two Montreal-based fighters. Pascal, who is ranked No. 1 at light heavyweight by both the IBF and the WBC, is coming off a dominant win over Lucian Bute.
Bute is the other Montreal-based light heavyweight, but he was the biggest star of the three, attracting massive crowds throughout Quebec. He gave Pascal a 50-50 split for their bout, with each man making $2 million for a bout which drew 20,479.
Pascal, who has faced a series of big-name opponents, including Hopkins twice, Chad Dawson and Carl Froch, is considered a bigger draw in Quebec than Stevenson.
- Kevin Iole at Boxing2 days ago
Wladimir Klitschko, the IBF/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion, announced Monday he has to pull out of his planned Sept. 6 title defense against Kubrat Pulev because of a torn left biceps.
Klitschko will have to miss approximately four weeks of training.
“I am very disappointed the fight will not go ahead," Klitschko, 38, said. “So far I have been in top shape and had a great training camp. I am sorry for my fans as well as my opponent, Kubrat Pulev, who has surely prepared just as intensely.”
The fight will likely be rescheduled before the end of the year and will be held in Hamburg, Germany.
- Elias Cepeda at Boxing2 days ago
Former junior middleweight champ Austin Trout had two big scares Friday night in his ESPN main event against Daniel Dawson before winning a unanimous decision. Post-fight, Trout gave Dawson credit for his strength but blamed the knock-downs on his own over-anxiousness.
"They were two, quick flash knock-downs, but he was strong. But, at the same time, I just didn't see them coming," he told a media scrum after the fight (video below).
"He had to wake me up and I got woken up and the beast came out."
Trout said the one adjustment ended up making all the difference, after the knock-downs. "[I] stopped being too anxious," he explained.
"I was trying to get after him too much and I got caught on the way in, so that's something that we're going to watch on tape and work on and get better at for the next one."
- Kevin Iole at Boxing5 days ago
One of the perks Floyd Mayweather Jr. received in the six-fight contract he signed last year with Showtime was the ability to serve as executive producer of the preview shows about his fights.
The next installment of Showtime's All Access series will build toward Mayweather's Sept. 13 rematch at the MGM Grand Garden in Las Vegas against Marcos Maidana. It will debut on Showtime on Aug. 30 at 9:30 p.m. ET and the new round will be familiar for long-time Mayweather observers.
Throughout the piece, Mayweather boasts of his skills, his wealth, his cars and the lifestyle the money provides him. Such over-the-top gimmickry in the debut of HBO's 24/7 series before his fight in 2007 with Oscar De La Hoya is what vaulted him into superstardom.
He's never abandoned that theme and turns to it again in his fourth All Access series for Showtime.
In one segment of the debut episode, Mayweather speaks of his boxing career. "They kind of believe," he says in a voice over while clips are shown of him dressed like James Bond gambling in a casino. "I really believe. They think they're good. I know I'm great."
- Elias Cepeda at Boxing5 days ago
By December of 2012, Austin Trout seemed on the cusp of breaking through in big-time boxing. The light middleweight had just improved to a perfect 26-0 by soundly beating one of the sport’s biggest stars, Miguel Cotto, in the Puerto Rican’s adopted home turf of Madison Square Garden.
As Trout heads into a Friday Night Fights main event contest against Daniel Dawson in Temecula, CA tonight, however, the 28 year-old sits on a two-fight losing streak and will compete for the first time in nearly nine months. After the Cotto bout, Trout lost a close fight to Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, but then got blown out by Erislandy Lara last December in a fight he now admits he wasn’t ready formentally or physically, in part due to the death of his grand mother at his wedding.
- Kevin Iole at Boxing5 days ago
On Monday, Manny Pacquiao will appear at a news conference at The Venetian in Macau, the first stop on a promotional junket that ends Sept. 4 in New York. The tour is designed to promote his Nov. 22 bout on HBO Pay-Per-View for the WBO welterweight title against Chris Algieri at The Venetian's Cotai Arena.
The trip will cover 27,273 miles and will include stops in Macau and Shanghai, as well as San Francisco, Los Angeles and Las Vegas.
It will be, as these things often are, a celebration of Pacquiao.
Pacquiao will need to prove his continued relevance, particularly since Algieri is largely an unknown. Unknown fighters tend to result in low pay-per-view sales, and while the full measure of success for the Pacquiao-Algieri show won't be determined by pay-per-view sales, it is still a huge factor.
Pacquiao remains a God-like figure among his countrymen in the Philippine Islands, as well as among those of Filipino descent living in the U.S. and around the world.
What should scare promoters, however, is the fact that there hasn't been the kind of mania surrounding Pacquiao among non-Filipinos during his last few fights as there had been previously.
- Kevin Iole at Boxing7 days ago
Super middleweight champion Andre Ward, who previously lost two arbitration cases against promoter Dan Goossen with the California State Athletic Commission, lost another bid to break free of his promoter on Tuesday.
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Holly E. Kendig ruled against Ward's contention that his contract with Goossen violated Section 2855 of the California Labor Code. Kendig also noted that the athletic commission had twice ruled against Ward on the contention. She has not issued a written ruling.
The clause is one that former boxer Oscar De La Hoya used in 2000 to break free of his contract from then promoter Top Rank.
- Kevin Iole at Boxing8 days ago
Gennady Golovkin, who is quickly establishing a reputation as boxing's most exciting fighter, will make his West Coast debut on Oct. 18 when he defends his WBA middleweight title at the StubHub Center in Carson, Calif., against veteran Marco Antonio Rubio, promoter Tom Loeffler told Yahoo Sports.
Golovkin, who is 30-0 with 27 knockouts, has fought five times in the U.S., all of them in New York state and four of them in New York city. The Oct. 18 bout versus Rubio is an attempt by K2 to expose Golovkin to a new audience.
It clearly makes sense. Whenever Golovkin has appeared as a spectator at a West Coast fight, he's mobbed by fans. He could barely move when he attended the Juan Manuel Marquez-Mike Alvarado fight at The Forum in Inglewood, Calif., on May 17. He was swarmed by autograph seekers everywhere he went that night.
"This is a strategic step in developing him into the sport's next superstar," Loeffler said of bringing Golovkin West. "We've had a lot of success on the East Coast and some great reaction. But there has been a big demand from the fans in California, particularly in Los Angeles, and this is a perfect match against Rubio."
- Elias Cepeda at Boxing8 days ago
Marcos Maidana exceeded most pundits' expectations last May when he lost a majority decision to Floyd Mayweather Jr. Heading into his Sep. 13 welterweight title rematch against "Money," Maidana is letting the world know that Mayweather didn't live up to billing.
"He's not as good as people think," the Argentine said during a recent Showtime media round table.
"I was able to pin him to the ropes and land punches, so he's not as difficult or as invincible as people think. He's hittable. You can land on him. I made mistakes. I was a little too anxious. He never hurt me, but he's got a respectable punch. You've got to respect him."
Maidana insists that he hasn't tried to overhaul himself in this current camp for Mayweather. "[I'm] just working on my distance control and a couple other minor changes," he said.