- Elias Cepeda at Boxing12 hrs ago
Heavyweight Dereck Chisora has pulled out of his scheduled main event bout against Tyson Fury Saturday in Manchester after suffering a fractured hand. Billy Joe Saunders and Emanuele Blandamura's matchup for a vacant European middleweight title now moves up as the card's main event.
In a statement released Monday, Chisora expressed disappointment at having to pull out and promised to fight Fury once he is healed and cleared to compete again. “I can’t tell you how disappointed I am to have to pull out of the fight against Fury, but it is on the advice of my specialist that I have to do this," he said.
- Jeff Eisenberg at Boxing19 hrs ago
VENTURA, Calif. — Moments after going five rounds with a sparring partner who outweighed him by nearly 25 pounds last month, David Rodela climbed out of the ring, walked directly to the closest mirror and assessed the damage.
"You got me good," he told Abraham Lopez, pointing to a welt near his Adam's apple. "I don't know if that was a jab or a hook, but I'm going to feel that one later."
Bruises like that hardly faze Rodela anymore because he has endured far worse pursuing a line of work in which he gets beaten up for a living. The 31-year-old boxer is a professional sparring partner, one of the least glamorous and most punishing jobs in sports.
- Kevin Iole at Boxing2 days ago
In any list of the greatest pure boxers in the world, Guillermo Rigondeaux's name should be at or near the top. An Olympic gold medalist in 2000 and 2004 for Cuba, Rigondeaux won nearly 500 amateur bouts while losing only about 12.
His success has continued into the professional ranks. On Saturday at the Cotai Arena in Macau, China, Rigondeaux knocked out a completely overmatched Sod Looknongyantoy in the first round of their bout, as Rigondeaux retained the WBO/WBA super bantamweight title.
It was Rigondeaux's last fight under his contract with Top Rank, and he's now a free agent, available to sign with any promoter.
The problem for Rigondeaux is that aside from a very small but very vocal cadre of hard-core fans, he has no fan base. It was an insult of epic proportions that executives of HBO2, a service that isn't even monitored in the Nielsen ratings, didn't want him on their air Saturday, choosing charismatic super middleweight contender Gilberto Ramirez instead.
- Kevin Iole at Boxing5 days ago
Manny Pacquiao, boxing's second-biggest attraction, will take his act on the road again on Nov. 22, when he defends his WBO welterweight title against Chris Algieri at the Cotai Arena in the Venetian in Macau, China.
Pacquiao defeated Brandon Rios in Macau on Nov. 23, 2013, in the first HBO Pay-Per-View bout from outside of the U.S. The Filipino star is coming off an April victory in a rematch over Timothy Bradley.
Algieri earned the bout by scoring an upset of Ruslan Provodnikov in a WBO super lightweight bout on June 14 at the Barclays Center in New York. Landing a fight with Pacquiao is a startling rise for Algieri, who began 2014 as a virtual unknown while fighting on ESPN2 Friday Night FIghts shows.
A former kickboxing champion, Algieri is 20-0 with eight knockouts.
The fight likely won't do a massive number on pay-per-view, but promoter Bob Arum has repeatedly said he's not worried about that. The fee the Venetian pays to land Pacquiao will more than cover the shortfall in pay-per-view revenue.
- Kevin Iole at Boxing11 days ago
LAS VEGAS – Floyd Mayweather, the world's top pound-for-pound boxer, waited until about the last possible moment to announce via a smart phone app on Thursday that he will rematch Marcos Maidana on Sept. 13 at the MGM Grand Garden in a bout that will be televised on Showtime pay-per-view.
Mayweather made the announcement of the rematch of his May 3 majority decision win over Maidana on the Shots smart phone app, but didn't announce either the venue or the promoter. Leonard Ellerbe, the CEO of Mayweather Promotions, confirmed to Yahoo Sports via telephone that the bout will be co-promoted by Golden Boy Promotions and Mayeather Promotions.
- Kevin Iole at Boxing15 days ago
LAS VEGAS – Canelo Alvarez is 23 years old, but already a veteran of 45 professional fights. He'll fight the 46th of his brilliant career on Saturday at the MGM Grand Garden when he takes on Erislandy Lara in the main event of a pay-per-view card distributed by Showtime.
Alvarez remains one of the sport's biggest draws and most popular fighters, and he has the kind of earnings potential that would even make Floyd Mayweather Jr. pay attention.
Before it is all done, Alvarez could leave the sport as the richest fighter in history. He may never overtake Mayweather in career earnings, though that can't be discounted as a possibility because of his potential longevity. Mayweather has three fights remaining. It's likely Alvarez has at least 30, and potentially over 40, assuming he fights until he's 38, as many boxers do these days.
He's in a position to join Mayweather, Mike Tyson, Evander Holyfield and Manny Pacquiao as the highest career earners in boxing history.
And he is in that position not only because of his many talents inside the ring and a charisma that attracts fans by the droves, but also because of his savvy business sense.
- Kevin Iole at Boxing19 days ago
Canelo Alvarez has a difficult challenge ahead of him when he meets Erislandy Lara in a pay-per-view bout in Las Vegas on July 12, but there is no question that his mentor/idol/promoter, Oscar De La Hoya, faces the most pressure to perform.
De La Hoya is tasked with hawking Alvarez's pay-per-view during a period in boxing when pay-per-view sales have dipped noticeably.
Three of boxing's greatest stars have already fought on pay-per-view this year, and in their own way, the numbers for all three were disappointing.
Manny Pacquiao defeated Timothy Bradley on April 12 in Las Vegas in a bout in which promoters were insisting Pacquiao had a shot to sell 1 million pay-per-views. The final number turned out to be about 775,000.
Pay-per-view's greatest star, Floyd Mayweather, faced Marcos Maidana on May 3 in Las Vegas. Coming off of a 2 million-plus pay-per-view against Alvarez, the Mayweather-Maidana fight sold roughly 900,000.
- Kevin Iole at Boxing27 days ago
Top Rank will stage an intriguing lightweight title fight in Omaha, Neb., on Saturday when Terence "Bud" Crawford makes the first defense of his WBO belt against talented chronic underachiever Yuriorkis Gamboa.
But June 28 will always be known best as the anniversary of the most infamous fight in boxing history, when Mike Tyson twice bit Evander Holyfield on the ears in the third round of their heavyweight championship match in 1997 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
Saturday is the 17th anniversary of "The Bite Fight," and the action in the ring has been analyzed repeatedly in the years since then. The fighters have long since come to grips with what happened and have become fast friends.
But what is overlooked is the sad aftermath of that fight. Neither fighter was ever the same after that night, and many of the key figures in the event have either passed away, gotten ill or left the sport.
Tyson was just two days away from his 31st birthday on fight night, and despite being stopped by Holyfield eight months earlier in their first fight, he was still a fearsome figure. He was 45-2, with his only losses coming against Holyfield and Buster Douglas.
- Kevin Iole at Boxing29 days ago
There were plenty of boxing fans who questioned Showtime's decision to put the welterweight fight between Robert Guerrero and the little known Yosihiro Kamegai as the main event of its show on Saturday at the StubHub Center in Carson, Calif., rather than going with the featherweight title fight between Vasyl Lomachenko and Gary Russell Jr.
As often happens with fights at the StubHub Center, the Guerrero-Kamegai bout turned into a memorable slugfest that fully vindicated Showtime's choice to highlght it as the main event.
Lomachenko, perhaps shockingly, easily outclassed Russell and won an easy decision to claim the vacant WBO championship.
But Kamegai put up a far stiffer than expected test, nearly closing Guerrero's left eye, and the bout turned out to be one of 2014's finest.
But as good as the Guerrero-Kamegai fight was, it struggled to make my Top 10 of the best fights ever held at the StubHub Center. Formerly known as the Home Depot Center, the venue has developed a reputation as Los Angeles' Olympic Auditorium had years earlier for regularly putting on some of boxing's best fights.
- Kevin Iole at Boxing2 mths ago
Several hours after Top Rank CEO Bob Arum released financial details of his company's contract offer to Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., Chavez manager Billy Keane reached out to Yahoo Sports and delivered a blistering attack on Arum and Top Rank president Todd duBoef.
Keane saidduBoef misrepsented several important facts during an interview with Yahoo and that Chavez was clearly not being treated fairly.
Keane had been talking with Top Rank about a deal for a July 19 pay-per-view bout against WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin. Chavez, Keane said, was willing to accept a below-market offer, but wasn't interested in discussing a contract extension with Top Rank at this point.
DuBoef told Yahoo Sports that Top Rank needed the contract extension to cover its risk. Promoters rarely make boxers big-money offers as they are headed into the last fight of their contacts.