Boxing

  • Canelo Alvarez, Amir Khan both hit 155 on nose, middleweight title fight is on

    Kevin Iole at Boxing 2 hrs ago

    LAS VEGAS – The WBC's middleweight title will be contested at five pounds under the division's historic 160-pound limit, after champion Canelo Alvarez and challenger Amir Khan each hit the contract weight of 155 pounds on the nose in the plaza at T-Mobile Arena.

    Khan, who has only fought four times above 140 pounds, looked massive and not at all fat. Alvarez was his usual in-shape self. Khan said he was pushed in training by Andre Ward and Andre Berto.

    "It's a big challenge ... but I'm focused and 100 percent confident I can win this fight," he said.

    For Alvarez, the challenge is to keep his mind on the task at hand and not let his attention drift to a potential title unification bout with Gennady Golovkin. Golovkin holds the WBA, IBF and interim WBC middleweight belts and has been chasing a bout with Alvarez for more than a year.

    WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman has mandated that the winner must fight Golovkin or be stripped of the title. Golovkin will be ringside for the fight.

    Alvarez insisted he's prepared for the best version of Khan.

     

  • Floyd Mayweather returning to box Conor McGregor? Dana White says no

    Kevin Iole at Boxing 10 hrs ago

    With Conor McGregor seemingly at odds with the UFC and with Floyd Mayweather hinting about ending his retirement, a report that emerged from The Sun, a U.K. tabloid, that Mayweather and McGregor were on the verge of a deal for a fight, was given an ever so slight bit of credibility.

    The Sun reported Mayweather would make $144 million while McGregor would get $10.1 million in U.S. dollars.

    But UFC president Dana White laughed when asked if the report was true. He said it is completely false.

    "It's not true; it's just a tabloid story," White said. "And as far as I knew, Floyd is retired and he's been on a world-wide vacation and hasn't even been thinking of fighting."

    Mayweather retired in September as the welterweight champion, at a weight limit of 147 pounds. McGregor holds the featherweight, or 145-pound, title in the UFC.

     

  • Oscar De La Hoya called out Donald Trump for cheating at golf, but does it sell PPVs?

    Kevin Iole at Boxing 23 hrs ago

    LAS VEGAS – Oscar De La Hoya called Donald Trump a golf cheat, but said the presumptive Republican presidential nominee would attend the fight he’s promoting on Saturday at the new T-Mobile Arena.

    Trump not only denied De La Hoya’s allegations, but he said he never played golf with him and isn’t planning to attend the Canelo Alvarez-Amir Khan pay-per-view bout.

    After Trump’s denials, De La Hoya appeared on TMZ and insisted his story was 100-percent true, even though it seems like some aspects of his story don’t check out (more to come on that).

    But it’s safe to say that we’ve just witnessed the first public schoolyard feud between a leading presidential candidate and a renowned Hall of Fame boxer.

    No matter who’s telling the truth, it doesn’t seem to do the one thing that De La Hoya most should be focusing on this week: Selling as many pay-per-views as possible at 70 bucks a pop.

    And Trump has angered many by calling for a temporary ban on Muslim immigrants.

    So who’s right here, Trump or De La Hoya?

  • Why Adrien Broner is voting for Donald Trump in November

    Andreas Hale at Boxing 1 day ago

    Broner didn’t offer any in-depth reasoning to throw his support behind the man who is the presumptive nominee for the Republican Party, aside from protecting his own assets and financial interests.

    “He’s going to lower my taxes,” the 26-year-old said. “That’s what I’m with for real, because taxes been kicking my ass.”

    Broner stated that he agrees with a lot of what Trump says, despite the fact that it may sound a little over the top. He was also challenged about endorsing Trump’s divisive rhetoric that has alienated many across the country.

    “I don’t care,” Broner said. “At the end of the day, the rich gonna get richer and the poor gonna stay poor. Oh well.”

    Considering Trump’s views on immigration and how he has ruffled the feathers of the Latino community, Broner was warned that his announcement would make him one of the most hated boxers.

    “They already [hate me],” Broner shot back. He later would state that he doesn’t share the same hatred that he believes the Mexican fans have for him. “I swear to God, I love Mexicans, man.”

    The rest of the 45-minute interview found Broner discussing his run-ins with the law, family and, of course, Floyd Mayweather.

  • New heavyweight champ Anthony Joshua inks deal with Showtime

    Kevin Iole at Boxing 2 days 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 4 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 5 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 6 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 8 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 9 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.