- Kevin Iole at Boxing Experts Blog2 days ago
It takes a lot to impress the regulars at the Wild Card Gym, located on Vine Street in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles. Celebrities from all walks of life wander in and out of Freddie Roach's tiny gym all the time.
But the regulars were impressed on Thursday.
Legendary musician Bob Dylan, who used to train as a boxer under Bruce "Mouse" Strauss, wandered into the gym to watch Manny Pacquiao train for his April 12 pay-per-view bout at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas against WBO welterweight champion Timothy Bradley.
Bradley had the edge on Pacquiao on the celebrity meter during this camp. Bradley attended a charity tennis tournament hosted by comedian Will Ferrell in Palm Springs, Calif., and posed for a photo with actor Kevin Spacey and Ferrell.
But getting an unsolicited vision from Dylan, the Rock 'N Roll Hall of Fame musician, pushed the Pacman ahead of his rival from that standpoint.
- Kevin Iole at Boxing Experts Blog8 days ago
LAS VEGAS -- IBF junior middleweight champion Carlos Amado Molina remains in the Clark County, Nev., Detention Center, facing possible deportation, and Friday afternoon his IBF title bout with Jermall Charlo at the MGM Grand was canceled.
Molina, 30, was to have defended the title he won from Ishe Smith in September on the pay-per-view portion of the Canelo Alvarez-Alfredo Angulo bout at the MGM Grand on Saturday. But Molina was arrested Tuesday on outstanding warrants from Wisconsin and then placed on an immigration hold.
Golden Boy's Richard Schaefer said that a lightweight fight between Alvarez's older brother, Ricardo, and Sergio "Yeyo" Thompson would be moved to the pay-per-view card to replace the canceled Molina-Charlo bout.
"Fortunately this is a very deep card and strictly from an entertainment standpoint, the Ricardo Alvarez-Yeyo Thompson fight is on paper a more entertaining fight [than Molina-Charlo]," Schaefer told Yahoo Sports.
- Kevin Iole at Boxing Experts Blog9 days ago
LAS VEGAS -- Carlos Amado Molina, the IBF junior middleweight world champion, was arrested here Tuesday by Las Vegas Metropolitan Police and as of 9:30 a.m. Pacific time on Thursday remained in the Clark County Detention Center.
Molina is supposed to make the first defense of the belt he won in September from Ishe Smith on Saturday at the MGM Grand against Jermall Charlo. Golden Boy's Richard Schaefer, who is promoting the fight card but is not Molina's promoter, said as of 9:45 a.m. Pacific time Thursday that Molina was still on the card.
According to Abigail Gomez, a spokeswoman for the Clark County, Nev., Detention Center, Molina is wanted in Wisconsin for obstruction and failing to register as a sex offender. She said he has been placed on an immigration hold. Molina was born in Mexico but lives in the U.S.
Sgt. Dave Lund of the Appleton, Wis., police said Molina is wanted by both the Outagamie, Wis., County Sheriff and the Appleton Police Department. He is wanted by the Outagamie sheriff on the sex offense charge, charges that have been pending since January 2007, Lund said. Appleton police have a misdemeanor disorderly conduct warrant out for Molina from 2005.
- Kevin Iole at Boxing Experts Blog10 days ago
LAS VEGAS -- It took a week or so later than expected, but the result is hardly a shock: Floyd Mayweather's fight with Marcos Maidana on May 3 at the MGM Grand Garden.
Mayweather has fought his last fought his last eight bouts at the MGM and has appeared at the Garden 11 times overall since he turned professional in 1996.
Mayweather's decision makes a huge winner of the MGM Grand, which now has four massive pay-per-views over the next three months. It is hosting Canelo Alvarez-Alfredo Angulo on Saturday. It has Manny Pacquiao-Timothy Bradley II on April 12, Mayweather-Maidana on May 3 and UFC 173 featuring a middleweight title bout between Chris Weidman and Lyoto Machida on May 24.
- Kevin Iole at Boxing13 days ago
SAN ANTONIO -- Vasyl Lomachenko was a huge disappointment in one regard on Saturday. It wasn't so much that the two-time Olympic gold medalist lost a split-decision to Orlando Salido at the Alamodome in a bid for the WBO featherweight title in just his second fight that was so disappointing.
Rather, it was the way that Lomachenko, one of boxing's most touted amateurs to enter the pros in years, lost the fight. He was not the dynamic, aggressive and confident fighter he was when he opened his pro career in October with a four-round stoppage of veteran Jose Ramirez.
He was tentative, conservative and either unwilling or unable to push the pace on Salido.
Salido's inside work was the difference in a rough, tough fight that was poorly officiated by referee Laurence Cole, who missed numerous fouls and seemed to let anything go.
Lomachenko didn't commit to his jab, flicking it feebly throughout the fight. It wasn't until the 12th round that he showed the fierce body work he became known for while racking up a 396-1 amateur record and winning gold medals at the 2008 and 2012 Olympic Games.
- Kevin Iole at Boxing14 days ago
SAN ANTONIO -- Gennady Golovkin is taking an extended break from boxing and will not fight Andy Lee on April 26 in New York. The middleweight champion and popular slugger is in mourning over the Feb. 18 death by heart attack of his father, Gennady Ivanovich Golovkin.
There is a traditional 40-day mourning period in Golovkin's native Kazakhstan. The WBA middleweight champion is now the patriarch of his family and is going to spend time with his family to help it through the grieving process. He previously lost two older brothers, Sergey and Vadim, who were killed in action while fighting for the Russian military.
Tom Loeffler, the managing director of K2, which promotes Golovkin, said he heard from Golovkin manager Oleg Hermann earlier on Saturday that Golovkin would definitely be unable to fight as planned on April 26.
- Kevin Iole at Boxing15 days ago
SAN ANTONIO -- A member of Julio Cesar Chavez's entourage proudly held aloft a sign that was a large replica of a $250,000 check from Chavez to Bryan Vera with the word "VOIDED" in big red letters across the middle.
Chavez had agreed to pay Vera $250,000 if he failed to make the 168-pound weight limit for their bout on Saturday at the Alamodome.
Chavez weighed 167 1/2 pounds and looked impressive. Vera was also 167 1/2.
The fight is a rematch of a September match in Carson, Calif., in which Chavez won, but had difficulty making weight and the limit kept getting raised.
After the weigh-in, Chavez shouted to the small crowd that had gathered outside the Alamodome, "I made weight and tomorrow I will win!"
- Kevin Iole at Boxing19 days ago
For months, Floyd Mayweather Jr. has toyed with the boxing world. Less than an hour after he defeated Canelo Alvarez on Sept. 14, he said at the post-fight news conference that he would next fight on May 3. He simply didn't identify his opponent.
From that moment until late Monday afternoon, Mayweather toyed with boxing media and fans like a marionette, with a crescendo building for an answer.
Finally on Monday, Mayweather's 37th birthday, he announced via Twitter that he would face Marcos Maidana (35-3, 31 KOs) in a welterweight title fight. The announcement ends months of feverish speculation, including numerous ridiculously erroneous reports that a deal was done.
Mayweather did not announce whether the fight will be in Las Vegas at the MGM Grand Garden, where he has fought his last eight matches, or in New York at the Barclay's Center in Brooklyn.
- Kevin Iole at Boxing23 days ago
One of the most intriguing matches of the year will be held on June 7 at Madison Square Garden in New York, when Miguel Cotto moves up to middleweight to challenge Sergio Martinez for the WBC 160-pound title in the main event of a card to be televised on HBO Pay-Per-View.
Cotto, who is coming off an impressive third-round knockout of Delvin Rodriguez on Oct. 5, will be bidding for a world title in a fourth weight class. The 2000 Olympian from Puerto Rico has held world championships at super lightweight, welterweight and junior middleweight.
Rodriguez is not nearly as highly regarded as Martinez, but Cotto (38-4, 31 KOs) worked with veteran trainer Freddie Roach for that bout and Roach appeared to get Cotto to revert to his old form. Cotto had lost back-to-back decisions, to Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Austin Trout, and then hired Roach.
- Kevin Iole at Boxing29 days ago
Top Rank continues to reel in 2012 Olympic boxing medalists at a staggering rate, with the latest signing being light heavyweight Alexander Gvozdik of Ukraine.
A bronze medalist, Gvozdik becomes the sixth medalist and the ninth 2012 Olympian to sign with Top Rank since the conclusion of the London Games. Top Rank signed gold medal winners Zou Shiming of China, Vasyl Lomachenko of Ukraine, Ryoto Murata of Japan and Egor Mekhontcev of Russia. They also inked silver medalist Esquiva Falco of Brazil and non-medalists Jose Ramirez of the U.S., Felix Verdejo of Puerto Rico and Oscar Valdez of Mexico.
It may be the best Olympic haul Top Rank has ever had. Top Rank CEO Bob Arum said boxing is bigger than ever in other parts of the world and that led to Top Rank's great haul.