Boxing

  • New heavyweight champ Anthony Joshua inks deal with Showtime

    Kevin Iole at Boxing 23 hrs ago

    Showtime landed a big fish on Wednesday, though it wasn't the boxer many speculated it might be. Floyd Mayweather Jr., for the time being, anyway, remains retired.

    But Showtime on Wednesday announced an exclusive multi-fight deal with new IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua, one of the sport's most promising stars. The 2012 Olympic gold medalist will make the first defense of the title he won via second-round knockout on April 9 from Charles Martin on Showtime when he faces American Dominic Breazeale on June 25 at The O2 in London.

    The deal is big for Showtime, because a star heavyweight boxer is always a big draw and Joshua oozes talent. He's 16-0 with 16 knockouts, including 13 in either the first or second round. He's also a charismatic personality who figures to resonate with the fan base when he begins to fight top-level competition.

    That fight is headed to pay-per-view

     

  • Former world champion Shane Mosley rescues baby from car crash

    Andreas Hale at Boxing 2 days ago

    For all that he’s accomplished inside of the ring, “Sugar” Shane Mosley separated himself from his boxing peers with what he did outside of the squared circle over the weekend.

    The former three-division world titleholder went from champion to hero when he rescued a baby from a four-car pile up on the 405 freeway in Los Angeles on Sunday night.

    The 44-year-old happened to be right behind the freeway incident when his instincts kicked in. The former champion raced to one of the vehicles when he noticed an unconscious man in the front seat and a baby in the backseat trapped in a car seat.

    4car pile up on the 405 right in front of me. My quick reaction time saved my family. Hope the baby &the father we stopped to help are ok😢

    “You don’t know if the car is going to catch fire, what’s going to happen, then seeing there’s a baby in there …” Mosley told a reporter from KCAL9. “The baby was crying and bleeding, his neck was bruised.”

    My girl got blood all over her jacket from the baby. We are at the hospital to meet the mom to give her the baby bag. Hope they all ok. Damn

    The boxer also gave the family a pair of tickets to his May 28 fight against David Avanesyan in Arizona.

  • Floyd Mayweather strongly hints at comeback, says 'crazy numbers' offered

    Kevin Iole at Boxing 4 days ago

    Only eight months since he announced his retirement, Floyd Mayweather opened the door to a comeback on Saturday during an interview with Showtime's Jim Gray.

    Mayweather, who promoted Badou Jack's majority draw with Lucian Bute on Saturday in Washington, D.C., in a match for the WBC super middleweight title, said he's been in talks with CBS and Showtime, whom he worked with for the final six fights of his legendary career.

    Asked by Gray if he would come back for the money or the opportunity to raise his record to 50-0, Mayweather laughed and said, "Both."

    He said several times he was happy in retirement, but he didn't slam the door on a return to the ring.

    "Yes, I'm happy to be where I'm at," Mayweather said to Gray. "Everyone is asking, asking me, 'Is Floyd Mayweather coming back?' Right now, I'm happy on this side [of the ropes], but I've been talking with CBS and Showtime and you just never know. But for now, I'm happy on this side.

    "How can Floyd Mayweather fight at 160 and I could never make 154?" he said, conveniently ignoring the fact that he won the super welterweight title twice.

  • Amir Khan pokes fun at reluctant rivals in upcoming mobile video game

    Andreas Hale at Boxing 5 days ago

    Amir Khan faces the biggest fight of his career on May 7 when he meets Canelo Alvarez for the WBC middleweight belt in a bout on HBO Pay-Per-View at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

    Khan, though, apparently hasn’t forgotten those he believe did him wrong in the past.

    The British boxer is about to release a mobile game titled “Khanage,” which allows the user to take control of Khan and compete against other fighters in an arcade-style boxing game.

    Inspired by Khan’s real-life quest to become the best boxer in the world, the game does its best to take a shot at a pair of fighters who Khan believes ducked him.

    Although Khan is the only professional boxer in the game, the game depicts a pair of characters who share some not-so-flattering similarities with their real-life counterparts.

    In its first video trailer, Khan steps into the ring with “Barry Mackyowl,” who bears a striking resemblance to Manny Pacquiao. Khan failed to secure a fight with Pacquiao this year and uses the app to take a dig at the recently retired Filipino star.

    Khanage will be available on May 2 on iOS and Android.

  • Why Donald Trump was invited to watch a Muslim and a Mexican fight

    Andreas Hale at Boxing 6 days ago

    Boxing is taking its swings at Donald Trump.

    First, it was Top Rank’s Bob Arum who crafted the #NoTrump undercard for Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley’s third fight earlier this month as a response to the GOP candidate's disparaging comments towards Mexicans.

    Now, Golden Boy CEO Oscar De La Hoya has anted up by offering the businessman-turned-polarizing-politician a pair of ringside seats to see a Muslim and a Mexican throw down in what could be the biggest pay-per-view fight this year.

    “I want to take this opportunity to invite Mr. Trump to the Canelo vs. Khan fight on May 7 in Las Vegas,” Oscar De La Hoya said while appearing on Fox Business News’ “Cavuto Coast To Coast.” “I have Amir Khan, a Muslim fighter from the UK, fighting against the most popular boxer in Mexico, Canelo Alvarez, opening up the new T-Mobile Arena. We have an opportunity to show Mr. Trump just what Mexicans and Muslims can achieve — and in a city that screams America: Las Vegas. Trump, let me invite you so that you can see what a Mexican and a Muslim can generate.”

  • Terrorist group plotted to kidnap boxer Manny Pacquiao, President Aquino says

    Kevin Iole at Boxing 7 days ago

    Filipino president Benigno Aquino III said Abu Sayyaf, a militant Muslim group based in the Philippines, planned to assassinate him and was plotting to kidnap boxer Manny Pacquiao, according to a report from The Associated Press.

    Pacquiao, who announced his retirement as a boxer following an April 9 victory over Timothy Bradley in Las Vegas, is a congressman representing Sarangani province and the most popular figure in the island nation. He is in the midst of a campaign for a seat in the Filipino senate.

    Aquino said the government scuttled Abu Sayyaf's plans to detonate bombs in Manila.

    They allegedly even hatched plots to kidnap Manny Pacquiao or one of his children, as well as my sister Kris or one of her children, with the plan to use them in bargaining for the release of their cohorts. Threats against my own life have been investigated.

    Aquino gave no further details about Pacquiao.

  • Why Terence Crawford vs. Viktor Postol is on PPV instead of HBO

    Andreas Hale at Boxing 8 days ago

    Terence Crawford and Viktor Postol have agreed to terms on a junior welterweight unification bout scheduled for July 23 at the MGM Grand Garden in Las Vegas on HBO PPV, Top Rank CEO Bob Arum confirmed with Yahoo Sports.

    Crawford is perhaps one of the best young talents in all of boxing and currently holds the WBO light welterweight title. Sporting an unbeaten record of 28-0 (20 KOs), the 28-year-old product from Omaha, Neb., is coming off a scintillating fifth-round TKO of Hank Lundy in February. But his opponent is far from a pushover as the 5-foot-11 Postol is also unbeaten with an identical record of 28-0 (12 KOs) and is coming off an eyebrow-raising showcase in stopping the heavy-handed Lucas Matthysse in the 10th round back in October.

    There are many inquiries by fans as to why this fight ended up being on pay-per-view instead of HBO considering that Crawford is still relatively new to the mainstream and Postol, despite his credentials, is still an unknown outside of boxing fans. But Arum explained that the recent budget cuts at HBO have limited how many fights the premium network can broadcast and made PPV a necessity.

  • After another KO win, Gennady Golovkin focused on Canelo Alvarez

    Andreas Hale at Boxing 9 days ago

    After Gennady Golovkin's second-round decimation of Dominic Wade on Saturday, calls from fight fans for a showdown with Canelo Alvarez grew in intensity. And to add fuel to the fire, GGG plans on sitting ringside for Canelo’s upcoming fight with Amir Khan on May 7.

    “He will be in Las Vegas for that fight,” Golovkin’s promoter Tom Loeffler said. “He is not going to go in the ring to call [Canelo] out. He is going there to see who wins the fight.”

    Golovkin has been patiently waiting for a showdown with the sport’s next big pay-per-view attraction in Alvarez. It appeared that their paths were set to cross when Alvarez claimed the WBC middleweight title against Miguel Cotto in November as the unbeaten Golovkin – the current WBA (Super), IBF, IBO and WBC interim middleweight titleholder – has been adamant about unifying the titles. However, there have been roadblocks for this potential fight.

    While Oscar De La Hoya and Canelo have sidestepped the question of when Canelo will fight GGG, Golovkin has not minced words about his intentions.

    “I’m ready to fight everybody, but, of course, I want to fight Canelo,” he said during the post-fight news conference.

  • Boxer Terence Crawford turns himself in to authorities

    Andreas Hale at Boxing 12 days ago

    WBO super lightweight champion Terence Crawford turned himself in to authorities Friday morning in Omaha, Neb., and faces four misdemeanor charges stemming from an incident that took place at a local auto body shop last week.

    According to the Associated Press, Crawford is accused of causing $5,000 in damage to a hydraulic lift at Extreme Custom Fleet and Auto Spa after a dispute over a paint job. Shop owner Michael Nelson told police that the boxer owed him $1,350 for a paint job on a 1984 Chevrolet Monte Carlo. Nelson said that he told Crawford that his car would remain on the lift until the balance was paid in full. He alleges that Crawford and three associates took matters into their own hands and took the car down from the lift, tied a rope around it and hauled it out of the shop, damaging the lift in the process.

    What was originally a felony theft charge has been reduced to four misdemeanors: destruction of property, theft of service, misdemeanor assault and trespassing. Crawford’s attorney, Steve Lefler, said that this is more of a civil dispute and a lawsuit would be filed at a later date. Crawford refused to comment upon turning himself in.

     

  • Jailed Adrien Broner indicted on assault, robbery charges

    Andreas Hale at Boxing 19 days ago

    Former champion Adrien Broner has been indicted on assault and robbery charges stemming from a January incident that took place outside of a Cincinnati bowling alley. Broner is already in the midst of serving a 10-day jail sentence after violating his probation due to an unrelated reckless driving case.

    A grand jury decided to indict the troubled Broner on Thursday on charges of felonious assault, aggravated robbery and robbery. The charges stem from a lawsuit filed by Christopher Carson, who has accused Broner of robbing him of $10,000 in cash outside of a bowling alley back on January 21. Carson claims that Broner punched him twice while brandishing a firearm after Broner attempted to force Carson to give him back money that was lost in a bowling bet.

    The aggravated robbery charge is a first-degree felony that carries a maximum sentence of three to five years. The charges of second-degree felonious assault and robbery carry sentences of two to eight years.

    The 26-year-old Broner will next appear at a pre-trial hearing, which has yet to be scheduled.