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Left-Hook Lounge Mailbag: Mayweather/Canelo “All Access” Ep.2, Garcia/Matthysse, & Canelo Weight: Penalty or Remedy?

 Left Hook Lounge Mailbag: Mayweather/Canelo All Access Ep.2, Garcia/Matthysse, & Canelo Weight: Penalty or Remedy?Kerri I. (Cincinnati, OH): Last week, you pointed out a few things from the first episode of Mayweather/Canelo “ALL ACCESS” that you felt gave insight on how the bout may end. What did you take from this weeks Episode 2?

Vivek W. (ESB): I’ve watched the initial two installments of “All Access” probably 6 or 7 times now. There were certain things that stood out in the first episode. But in this second episode there was one piece that continued to resonate with me well after it finished each time…..almost as a prelude of what’s surely destined to come. In a funny irony, leading into the Mayweather vs Ortiz showdown, I remember stating that of all the things I heard Mayweather say, the words “If you make a mistake, you have to pay” rang loud and clear, more so than any others. On fight night, it was those very words that embodied the final storyline and all subsequent headlines that went to press the next morning all over the globe! Continue reading

Pacquiao should be careful against Rios, says Del Rosario

 Pacquiao should be careful against Rios, says Del RosarioTambong, del Rosario, the former trainer of Rustico Torrecampo, thinks Manny Pacquiao (54-5-2, 38 KO’s) needs to be extra careful in his fight on November 23rd against Brandon Rios (31-1-1, 23 KO’s). Del Rosario’s concerns are that Pacquiao could hurt against Rios in the same way that he was in his 6th round knockout loss to Juan Manuel Marquez last December.

In that fight Pacquiao disregarded Marquez’s power, and walked into one of his hard right hands in the 6th round that resulted in Pacquiao getting knocked clean out.

Del Rosario said Philboxing “Manny should watch out and not make the mistake he committed against Marquez last December. Maybe Rios is younger and lacks experience, but he definitely possesses the strength and endurance that can connect when his rival gets careless.” Continue reading

Pascal, Alvarez and Lemieux on Sept. 28 Stevenson-Cloud card in Montreal

 Pascal, Alvarez and Lemieux on Sept. 28 Stevenson Cloud card in MontrealMONTREAL (September 1, 2013) — Last week, GYM confirmed that World Boxing Council (WBC), The Ring Magazine and linear world light heavyweight champion, Adonis “Superman” Stevenson ( 21-1-0 , 18 KOs), will defend his crown for the first time against former International Boxing Federation (IBF) light heavyweight champion Tavoris “Thunder” Cloud (24-1-0, 19 KOs). The titanic collision will take place at the Bell Centre in Montreal on Saturday, September 28 and will be broadcast live worldwide by HBO Sports USA.

GYM recently confirmed the Sept. 28th participation of the former WBC light heavyweight, The Ring Magazine and linear world light heavyweight champion, Jean Pascal (22-2-1, 16 KOs), against George “Honey Boy” Blades (23-4-2, 16 KOs). WBC #2-rated Pascal will be fighting for the first time since defeating Aleksy Kuziemski in December, 2012. Continue reading

Sept 14 – Mayweather/Canelo preview – Part I” Edition of The Pugilist KOrner’s: Weekend Wrap

The “Sports Krib” is proud to present a special “September 14th Preview…Part I” edition of “The Pugilist KOrner’s: Weekend Wrap” tonight at 9:00 PM EST.
Pugilist KOrner listener line: 718-506-1506

During tonight’s broadcast, James and Joseph will discuss the big fight card on September 14th, which will take place at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. We will go over every fight scheduled to take place on the televised portion of the bout sheet, and talk about how each competing fighter matches up. Continue reading

Mayweather calls Canelo “Chucky” and “Carrot top”

 Mayweather calls Canelo “Chucky” and “Carrot top”Floyd Mayweather Jr. (44-0, 26 KO’s) seemed to get confused about the name of his opponent Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (42-0-1, 30 KO’s) during ALL ACCESS Mayweather vs. Canelo episode 2, saying “I’m fighting Dennis the Menace, I mean, Carrot top, I mean, Chucky.”

Mayweather also spoke on the weak opposition that Canelo has been matched up against by his promoters at Golden Boy in saying “I’ve faced real opponents. It’s not his [Canelo] fault. His job was to beat anyone that they put in front of him. When I think of my career and Canelo’s career, tell me 10 you have beat out of 42 fights; just 10. I have more than 20.”

Mayweather Jr. does have a point in commenting on Canelo’s weak resume. The red-haired Mexican fighter has had essentially the same amount of fights as Mayweather, yet Canelo’s opposition has been much weaker. Canelo’s has faced the likes of Carlos Baldomir, Lovemore N’Dou, Kermit Cintron, Ryan Rhodes, Shane Mosley, Alfonso Gomez, Austin Trout, Matthew Hatton, and a lot of fighters that fans have never even heard of. Continue reading

Canelo brags about how his sparring partners can’t keep up

 Canelo brags about how his sparring partners can’t keep upIt was kind of sad to see WBA/WBC junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (42-0-1, 30 KO’s) reduced to bragging about dominating unknown sparring partners on SHOWTIME’S ALL ACCESS Mayweather vs. Canelo. Instead of realizing that he’s sparring guys that are not even remotely as good as Maywether, Canelo chose to pat himself on the back by pointing out that some of his sparring partners are unable to handle the punishment they’re taking in training camp with him.

Canelo said “It’s the word. It’s the work. It’s the way that we train. They can’t keep up. They can’t keep up with the work. They get hurt, and that’s why they leave.” Continue reading

Unbeaten heavyweight Erkan Teper stops Michael Sprott in 1st-round – Teper may be one to watch

It was a slow, slow weekend for boxing as fans know, yet over in the somewhat unlikely setting of Switzerland, an unbeaten heavyweight scored a win that just might suggest he is worth keeping an eye on. In a fight that flew very much under the radar outside of Switzerland, unbeaten German heavyweight Erkan Teper scored the biggest win of his three-year pro career last night in Basel, as he scored a 1st-round TKO over the seasoned and well travelled Michael Sprott.

31-year-old, 6’5” Teper scored with a right hand and Sprott was unable to recover. Improving to 11-0(7), Teper might have moved himself into position for some bigger fights. 38-year-old Sprott is now 37-21(17) and loser of six of his last seven outings. This could well be the end for the former British and Commonwealth champion. Continue reading

Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez: “I would love to fight Miguel Cotto”

Video by Carlos Sacriste – This Labor Day weekend, universally recognized Middleweight Champion Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez was in San Antonio, Texas, participating in the annual “People Magazine en Espanol” festival, representing HBO Latino.
While the Argentine ambassador was visiting with the thousands in attendance, the slick southpaw spoke about how he plans to fulfill his remaining two fight obligation with Home Box Office.

Co-promoter DiBella Entertainment stated publicly that Martinez will not return to the ring until spring of 2014, due to injuries suffered to his hand, shoulder, and knee. After his previous outing in Argentina, in front of almost 50,000 of his adoring fans, the 38 year old fighter stated that he wasn’t happy with the way his body responded throughout the grueling 12 round battle with previously undefeated Briton Martin Murray, and wanted to give his body adequate time to heal.

“I don’t want to fight until my body is 100%,” stated the talented boxer/puncher. “I haven’t trained since my last fight, and won’t fight until I’m all healed.” Continue reading

De La Hoya: Canelo won’t be flat-footed against Mayweather

 De La Hoya: Canelo won’t be flat footed against Mayweather(Hogan Photos) Oscar De La Hoya of Golden Boy Promotions doesn’t think WBA/WBC junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (42-0-1, 30 KO’s) will have problems with his conditioning for his fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr. (44-0, 26 KO’s) on September 14th.

De La Hoya says that Canelo has a nutritionist and that he’s worked on his conditioning to avoid running out of gas like he did in his fights against Shane Mosley, Matthew Hatton and most recently against Austin Trout.

De La Hoya also says that Canelo won’t be the flat-footed fighter that we’ve seen throughout his career, and that he’ll be lighter on his feet. Continue reading

Donaire-Darchinyan on November 9th in triple-header on HBO

  Donaire Darchinyan on November 9th in triple header on HBOGuillermo Rigondeaux may not be back on HBO, but the guys that he easily beat Nonito Donaire (31-2, 20 KO’s) is in what will likely be a mismatch against 37-year-old past his prime Vic Darchinyan (39-5-1, 28 KO’s0 on November 9th in a triple-header in Texas. Top Rank, the promoters for the show, will also have Mikey Garcia moving up in weight to face WBO super featherweight champion Roman “Rocky” Martinez, and junior middleweights Vanes Martirosyan vs. Demetrius Andrade.

In other words, we’re looking at two mismatches – Donaire-Darchinyan and Garcia-Martinez – and one competitive fight on paper between Andrade and Martirosyan. I’m not sure if this is a really great card to be honest. I like Garcia, but I don’t like him fighting a paper champion. I’d rather see Garcia fight Jhonny Gonzalez or Abner Mares. Continue reading

Mayweather vs. Canelo ALL ACCESS episode 2 tonight on SHOWTIME

 Mayweather vs. Canelo ALL ACCESS episode 2 tonight on SHOWTIME(Photo credit: Stephanie Trapp/Showtime) Episode 2 of Mayweathr vs. Canelo ALL ACCESS will be aired on SHOWTIME tonight at 10 pm ET/7 pm PT for boxing fans to tune in check out the two fighters as they go about their paces to get ready for what they hope will be a record-breaking pay-per-view card on September 14th on SHOWTIME from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. Episode 1 of Mayweather-Canelo was a disappointment as far as viewing numbers go with it drawing only 225,000 viewers, and those are pretty dreadful numbers.

Tonight’s viewing will need to do better for the Mayweather-Canelo fight to have any chance at all to break the PPV record of 2.4 million buys set by Mayweather vs. Oscar De La Hoya in 2007. Continue reading

Reynoso thinks Canelo’s hand speed will give Mayweather problems

 Reynoso thinks Canelo’s hand speed will give Mayweather problems(Hogan Photos) WBA/WBC junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (42-0-1, 30 KO’s) isn’t really known for having super-fast hands. Instead of having quick hands, Canelo is more known for being big for the junior middleweight division, his good power, and for his counter punching.

For this season it seems a little peculiar that Canelo’s trainer Chepo Reynoso is pointing towards Canelo’s hand speed as being a huge factor for him beating Floyd Mayweather Jr. (44-0, 26 KO’s) next month on September 14th at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Reynoso said to RingTV “Mayweather is expecting the bull, but he’s not going to see him…when Mayweather gets in against Canelo it’s going to show that he’s also got speed, Canelo is going to be a ghost to him.” Continue reading

Dereck Chisora: I’ll smash up Edmund Gerber

 Dereck Chisora: I’ll smash up Edmund Gerber Dereck Chisora says he’ll smash up Edmund Gerber to win the European Heavyweight title and then wants one of the all-reigning Klitschko brothers.

The Finchley ace faces Gerber for the vacant title and will also put his WBO International title on the line at the Copper Box Arena on Saturday 21st September on a multi-title extravaganza featuring alongside British stars Billy Joe Saunders, John Ryder, Frankie Gavin and Paul Butler.

‘Del Boy’ is back on the road to challenge for the world heavyweight crown with back-to-back KO wins over Hector Alfredo Avila in April and unbeaten American Malik Scott in July. Continue reading

Canelo’s chance to win is why Floyd ducks Pacquiao

 Canelo’s chance to win is why Floyd ducks Pacquiao                       Aside from his brilliance to handpick toys, Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s ability to score points and beat his opponents lies in the “invincibility” of his defense. This is ax and stealth for him. And this is why he looks unstoppable in boxing.

Unlike Manny Pacquiao, Mayweather can’t be caught with a “lucky” punch because Mayweather is into “politics.” Floyd is focused and knows what he’s doing. He belongs to the sport as a Money man “Ninja Turtle.” He is master at protecting his head in ring fights and has the natural talent to elude being hit such that no other boxers both past and present can equal his prowess in that aspect, so it seems.

Though, Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and his strategists need not complicate the matter for themselves in preparation for “The One” bout. Bombard Mayweather with unrelenting torpedo combinations and Mayweather will be captured open to succumb and fall. Continue reading

Andre Ward Greets Passionate Throng of Fans at Los Angeles Appearance

(OAKLAND, CALIF.) – Super Middleweight World Champion Andre Ward (Oakland, Calif.) recently hosted a meet and greet opportunity in conjunction with Everlast and Sports Chalet in the Los Angeles area, taking the opportunity to connect with his southern California fan base. The number ranked two pound-for-pound boxer in the world was touched by the lengths that his fans went to for the chance to meet him.

As he boarded his flight in Oakland, fans were already beginning to line up, more than four hours ahead of his scheduled appearance time. After arriving at the location, he saw the long line of people waiting to meet him, many of whom had traveled a great distance to get their own autograph and photo with the Olympic champion. Continue reading