Since Mayweather fought Oscar De La Hoya boxing has largely focused on who Floyd will pick in his biannual sweepstakes (Mayweather-Pacquiao seems destined never to happen). His last choice was young lion Canelo Alvarez a bigger come forward boxer puncher. This time round it seems to be largely between the UK’s own Amir Khan and Argentinian puncher Marco Maidana, Khan hasn’t fought since his shaky win over perennial contender and former champion Julio Diaz. Maidana is coming off his biggest victory since Ortiz in outpointing Adrian Broner. On recent activity (and discounting Khans win over Maidana) all things should point to a Mayweather-Maidana showdown later this year. Read more »
When Carl “The Cobra” Froch defended his World .Super Middleweight titles against “Saint” George Groves it turned out to be one of the most talked about and controversial fights for a number of reasons. When the fight was signed, many screamed miss match, and to a certain extent they were right, but not in the way they thought? This was supposed to be an easy nights work in the eyes of many for the warrior like world champion who has faced a whose who in the 168lb division but they were in for a rude awakening as the much younger, quicker man gave the champion at times a boxing lesson. In what was an enthralling encounter, the bad news for the fight fans that the officiating of the fight from three of the four involved was nothing short of disgraceful, but the good news is.. WE ARE GEARING UP FOR FROCH V GROVES II but what contributing factors can decide this fight? Read more »
In the words of the great Frank Sinatra, 2013 was “a very good year” one of, if not, the best in recent memory in the boxing world. Spoiled by two stellar performances from Floyd Mayweather, it was the first time in a long time he fought twice in a calender year. Always the underdog, Danny Garcia proved us all wrong again, derailing feared Argentinian Lucas Matthysse’s juggernaut of a hype train with a measured, boxing masterclass only a few were convinced he had in his locker. The Super Middleweight picture welcomed a new player as “Saint” George Groves gave the performance of his life in his highly controversial 9th round stoppage loss to Carl Froch, and Marcos Maidana humbled brash young pretender to the throne Adrien Broner with a dominant points win.
So, what does 2014 have in store for us? Lets have a look….
May 3rd : Mayweather – Khan/Maidana
For months now speculation has been rife that Amir Khan had signed an agreement to fight Floyd Mayweather at the MGM grand garden arena on May 3rd, Khan has been campaigning for this fight for two or three years now and with no other realistic option available with the ability to pull in the numbers Khan would, it seemed fairly set in stone. Enter Marcos Maidana. The Argentinian “banger” wasn’t even close to being in contention for a shot at the pound for pound king and a career defining payday until he upset the apple cart in defeating Broner. As we know in boxing you are only as good as your last fight and despite having a loss on his record to both Khan and Devon Alexander, Marcos Maidana is a genuine front-runner, so much so over the last few days Mayweather has had a poll up on his website asking fans to decide who got next, early signs suggest Khan’s far superior fan-base should secure him the vote.
12th April : Pacquiao – Bradley II
Despite Manny Pacquiao getting knocked out cold by Juan Manuel Marquez over a year ago he is still the second biggest draw in Boxing, if only there wasn’t a Berlin wall sized divide between Golden Boy/Showtime and Toprank/HBO we would definitely be in for a stand out year. Unfortunately there is one, so any talk of Mayweather – Pacquiao or any TopRank/Goldenboy match-ups are pointless.
Following his thoroughly one sided points win in Macau, China over blown up lightweight Brandon Rios, Pacquiao had three opponents to chose from. A fifth fight with Marquez, a rematch with Bradley or a fight that nobody particularly wants with Siberian wrecking ball Ruslan Providnikov. With Marquez rather content at the ending of their last bout he didn’t particularly want a fifth fight and tried to play hardball with TopRank and Arum. In turn Arum quickly tied up the services of Bradley on a renewed contract with the lure of a rematch with Pacquiao guaranteed, tied in a nice little package with the promise of full VADA testing across the board. This leaves Marquez with the option of a bout with Providnikov or a smaller fight for nowhere near the same money, that’ll teach him.
June : Kell Brook – Shawn Porter
Assuming Kell Brook breezes by his tune up on March 15th he will finally get his shot at the World title he has craved for so long. Two injury postponed dates with Devon Alexander scuppered the Sheffield natives big plans for 2013, and following Shawn Porters energy filled upset of the negative Alexander, “Special K” has his eyes locked on to a different target.
In my eyes Porter will be a far easier fight purely because he comes forward and takes chances. His high energy style of cutting the ring off smothering Devon and never giving him a second to think was the perfect game plan for that fight, if he constantly charges towards Kell Brook he will put himself in danger and if they don’t respect Kell brook as a fighter which a lot of the American boxing media don’t, a big right hand will land sooner rather than later and a lot of doors suddenly open for Kell, including the fall out of the Maywether/Khan/Maidana scenario.
Potentially we could have two of the biggest British bouts in history to come this year if the chips fall in the right way.
Check back for part II when we talk about Froch – Groves, Frampton, Haye-Fury, Cotto – Martinez and much more…
It has been an up-and-down year on the world scene for British boxing. From the highs of Carl Froch avenging an earlier loss to Mikkel Kessler, to Jamie McDonnell winning bantamweight gold and to a memorable night in Atlantic City when Darren Barker defeated Daniel Geale to achieve world glory at the second time of asking.
But in amongst the euphoria, low points were also experienced. Nathan Cleverly lost inside four to Sergey Kovalev, and Darren Barker would lose his title in his first defence against Felix Sturm. Jamie McDonnell would be stripped of his belt and Tony Bellew lost in 6 to light-heavyweight king-pin Adonis Stevenson.
Yet British boxing would end the year with one more fairy tale victory. Stuart Hall, a bantamweight who had failed in his previous two fights against higher opposition, would provide Britain with a feel-good factor to end the year. Read more »
When Adrien Broner and Marcos Maidana signed on the dotted line to fight one another, we knew that, one way or another, we were going to learn something about Broner. It was up to Maidana to provide the teachings to us viewers, and teach them he did.
Through 12 rounds at the Alamodome in Texas, Maidana mauled, bullied, out-boxed, out-threw and, quite frankly, just delivered a hellacious beating upon Broner. Maidana taught us that, while Broner has talent, that talent may not be as great as some expected and some had hoped. Read more »
Felix Sturm has been written off before as a top middleweight to be reckoned with. He’s lost a version of the world title on three separate outings; a dubious decision loss to Oscar De La Hoya, a stoppage defeat to Javier Castillejo and a split-decision setback against Daniel Geale.
But almost as quickly as he lost his coveted money-making title, he regained them. Two years after defeat to De La Hoya, he captured the WBA trinket, then subsequently lost it to Castillejo before winning the rematch five months later. What followed was twelve title fights and eleven wins, against, for the most part, fringe operators. The only blemish of those twelve bouts being a draw to Martin Murray. Read more »
Well, where to begin? Do we look at the bad first or do we look at the good? Unlike the main event on Saturday night in Manchester between Carl Froch and George Groves, I’d like to end this article on a positive note, so we’ll start with all the stuff that has irked many.
What was a good fight was ruined by poor officiating. The only dissenting voices against that point are Froch’s core fan-group and, of course, Froch himself. Read more »
When building a fighter, not only by way of development of their skills and ability to dig deep when the going gets tough, but also in a sense of building them into an attraction that can re-coup the promoter’s investment, matchmaking is key.
Over the years Top Rank have found this balance and delivered it. From Oscar De La Hoya, to Floyd Mayweather, to Manny Pacquiao, and now, perhaps, to Mikey Garcia.
Garcia, a cautious and cagey operator, may not possess the fan friendly and all-out aggression of a Brandon Rios or Manny Pacquiao, but he does have considerable power; the ability to end a fight whenever he so chooses. Whether it be by straight right hands, left hooks upstairs or left hooks downstairs, Garcia can deliver the highlight reel knockouts that fans and TV networks desire. Read more »
Twenty-thirteen has been a year in which Golovkin, primarily, aimed to boost his profile on American shores. Not for the lack of trying, his list of victims isn’t the most inspiring, but he’s disposed of them all in chilling fashion; a fashion which was expected by some but awe-inspiring to others.
Fans, especially the casual viewer, networks and the boxing fans that fall into the hardcore category, love knockouts; love to see a fighter put it all on the line in search of a decisive victory. In Golovkin we get our wish. But it would be foolish to think of Golovkin as a one-trick pony, even though his record of 25 stoppage wins from 28 fights would suggest he is. Read more »