- Kevin Iole at Boxing2 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 Boxing5 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 Boxing9 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 Boxing12 days ago
After a slow start in his WBO lightweight title fight on Saturday against Yuriorkis Gamboa, Terence Crawford was brilliant from the fifth round forward. He controlled the distance, he made adjustments that opened punching angles for him and he looked for all the world like one of the game's best fighters.
He knocked Gamboa down four times in the fight and stopped him in the ninth round in the HBO-televised bout from the CenturyLink Center in Omaha, Neb. He outclassed the 2004 Olympic flyweight gold medalist and appears headed for big things, though he's likely to leave lightweight and move up to the loaded 140-pound division.
Crawford looked every inch the budding star, but his greatest accomplishment came when the stands were filled with 10,943 passionate fans who cheered his every move.
- Kevin Iole at Boxing18 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 Boxing19 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.
- Kevin Iole at Boxing2 mths ago
(Editor's note: Story updated at 10:55 a.m. ET to add Top Rank president Todd duBoef's comments)
Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. has been offered a contract by Top Rank for a pay-per-view bout against Gennady Golovkin that is for 70 percent less money than he'd been offered if he signed a two-fight contract extension with the promoter, Chavez's manager told Yahoo Sports late Wednesday.
In addition, manager Billy Keane said under terms of the new deal offered, Chavez would not get a share of pay-per-view revenues until after Top Rank had made "millions upon millions of dollars."
The former WBC middleweight champion, who now fights as a super middleweight, remains interested in meeting Golovkin in the HBO Pay-Per-View match on July 19 at the Forum in Inglewood, Calif. Keane said Chavez is not interested in signing an extension with Top Rank "at this point."
Chavez accepted Top Rank's financial terms for the Golovkin fight, but he would not agree to sign the extension. When Top Rank removed the extension requirement, it dropped the base pay significantly.
- Kevin Iole at Boxing2 mths ago
LAS VEGAS -- It was a cool, spring night on May 7, 2007. Two days earlier, Floyd Mayweather had defeated Oscar De La Hoya in a match that would become the best-selling pay-per-view bout of all-time.
The telephone rang in the early evening and a familiar, but halting, voice on the other end asked a strange question.
"Have you heard anything about Diego?" the man, who asked his name not be revealed, said.
I was perplexed. I knew he was referring to Diego Corrales, the former world champion who had been extraordinarily popular in his adopted hometown of Las Vegas. Many in the Las Vegas boxing community treated Corrales as a part of their family.
His friend was obviously worried about bad news.
Two years to the day earlier, on May 7, 2005, Corrales had defeated Jose Luis Castillo in arguably the greatest boxing match ever held. It was an epic slugfest, back and forth, with neither man willing to back down. Castillo decked Corrales twice in the 10th and seemed on the verge of victory when Corrales rallied.
- Kevin Iole at Boxing2 mths ago
Jimmy Ellis was a terrific heavyweight in an era filled with all-time great heavyweights. Best known perhaps as a longtime friend of the legendary heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali, Ellis took a secondary role throughout his career to bigger-name fighters despite being a world-class fighter in his own right.
Ellis, who lost to both Ali and Joe Frazier during a 14-year professional career in which he went 40-12-1 with 24 knockouts, died Tuesday at 74 in Louisville, Ky. He had been suffering from Alzheimer's disease.
He saw Ali, then known as Cassius Clay, fighting as an amateur on television in the 1950s. He then contacted Clay, and they began to spar together and became friends. Ellis turned pro in 1961 and fought as a middleweight, meeting notable 160-pounders such as Georgie Benton and Rubin "Hurricane" Carter.