Boxing

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

    Andreas Hale at Boxing 6 hrs 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 10 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 13 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.

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  • Timothy Bradley still big-game hunting

    Andreas Hale at Boxing 17 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 23 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 23 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.

     

  • Gennady Golovkin set for Oct. 17 PPV bout against David Lemieux

    Kevin Iole at Boxing 1 mth ago

    The biggest fight of Gennady Golovkin's memorable career is set, a middleweight championship unification bout with David Lemieux on Oct. 17 at Madison Square Garden in New York.

    Golovkin, who is 33-0 with 30 knockouts, is facing his most formidable challenger in Lemieux, a slugger who won the vacant IBF title in June when he knocked Hassan N'Dam down four times en route to a unanimous decision.

    The bout will mark Golovkin's debut as a headliner on HBO Pay-Per-View. The IBF, WBA and interim WBC belts will be at stake. The WBC gave its champion, Miguel Cotto, an exception to face Canelo Alvarez instead of Golovkin, with the proviso that the winner defend against Golovkin. That bout is expected to be held in November.

    Promoter Oscar De La Hoya of Golden Boy said the Cotto-Alvarez fight is just about at the finish line, with it looking like it will be in November in Las Vegas.

    That, along with the Golovkin-Lemieux fight, sets the stage for a pair of major shows in the middleweight division in the fall.

    He's coming off wins over N'Dam and Gabriel Rosado in his last two outings.

  • Here are five opponents that make sense for Andre Ward

    Andreas Hale at Boxing 1 mth ago

    Andre “Son Of God” Ward is easily the best fighter on the planet that nobody talks about anymore. Despite his gold medal in the 2004 Summer Olympics, an impressive run through the sport’s top super middleweights in Showtime’s Super Six World Boxing Classic and a breakout performance in 2012 against Chad Dawson, Ward has been unable to capitalize on any momentum that he once had.

    Ward, who was a consensus No. 2 pound-for-pound fighter according to a number of reputable outlets, should have taken his proper place as the man who would supplant Floyd Mayweather as the best boxer in the world once “Money” cashed out and retired.

    However, between a seemingly endless stream of injuries and a bitter contract dispute with the late Dan Goossen, Ward faded into the background right in the midst of boxing having a resurgence of sorts with a crop of rising stars, a return to network television and the highest-grossing fight in the history of the sport taking place.

    From 2012-2014, Ward only stepped into the ring on two occasions: His TKO stoppage of Dawson on Sept. 8, 2012, and a middling bout with unheralded Edwin Rodriguez on Nov. 16, 2013.

     

  • Meet the Argentine boxer who's compiled a 46-0 record with two KOs

    Kevin Iole at Boxing 1 mth ago

    After 13 years as a professional boxer, Cesar Cuenca says he has only one concern as he prepares to fight I.K. Yang on Saturday in Macau for the IBF junior welterweight title in what is the first title fight of his career: He's worried about home cooking from the judges.

    It's a very apt concern, and not just because Yang is from Hong Kong, only a brief ferry ride from Macau.

    Cuenca, who has never fought outside of his native Argentina, is a dramatically different style of fighter than his more well-known countrymen, Lucas Matthysse, Marcos Maidana and the recently retired Sergio Martinez.

    Matthysse and Maidana are among the hardest punchers in boxing. Martinez wasn't known as a puncher, but he's best remembered for his vicious, one-punch knockout of Paul Williams in a middleweight title fight.

    Cuenca, though, is different.

    Vastly different.

    He's 46-0, but only has two knockouts. 

    In his 19th pro fight, on June 4, 2005, Cuenca stopped Andres Villafane in the fourth round of a scheduled four-rounder. It was nearly eight full years later, on March 9, 2013, that he scored knockout No. 2, when Diego Ponce couldn't beat the 10 count on March 9, 2013.