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Final Press Conference: MAYDAY – Mayweather vs. Guerrero

 Final Press Conference: MAYDAY – Mayweather vs. GuerreroThe final press conference for MAYDAY’s headline fight took place this Wednesday 05/01/2013. Promoters, managers, trainers and fighter’s took the opportunity to address the media as Saturday looms. Up until this point in the promotion of this event, both Mayweather and Guerrero have strayed away from press conference antics, scuffles and any other rough tactics to promote interest in the event.

It wasn’t until the final press conference that we saw some verbal bashing and attacks from either camp. The verbal bashing, however, did not come from either Mayweather or Guerrero. It actually came from Ruben Guerrero, the trainer and father of Robert Guerrero. Continue reading

Floyd Mayweather, Jr. – Exclusive Media Roundtable Interview

 Floyd Mayweather, Jr. – Exclusive Media Roundtable Interview(Photo credit: Esther Lin/Showtime) After the final press conference for MAYDAY concluded, both Floyd Mayweather, Jr. and Robert Guerrero took the time to address members of the media for brief one-on-one interviews and media roundtable interviews.

Many questions were answered, ranging from topics inside and outside of the ring. I took the privilege, along with other media members, to partake in an exclusive media roundtable interview with Floyd “Money” Mayweather. Here’s an exclusive transcript of a few of the many questions that were answered were Mayweather answers questions dealing with his motivation, his line-up of rising stars under the Mayweather Boxing Club, Guerrero’s rough house tactics and his appreciation to the fans all over the world. Continue reading

Floyd Mayweather Bids to Become Cinco De Mayo King

 Floyd Mayweather Bids to Become Cinco De Mayo King(Photo credit: Esther Lin/Showtime) By Adam J Webb: The Cinco De Mayo weekend has become synonymous with boxing superfights and this weekend proves no exception as Floyd Mayweather Jnr takes on Roberto Guerrero at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

The modern day Las Vegas tradition began in 2003 when Oscar De La Hoya stopped Luis Raman Campas in seven rounds. De La Hoya with his large Hispanic fanbase was the original anchor to this boxing mega fixture. Bringing an army of fans to Las Vegas De La Hoya fought four times on this date in total, but in 2007 the balance of power shifted. Continue reading

MAYDAY Fight Week: Fighter Grand Arrivals -The countdown has started

 MAYDAY Fight Week: Fighter Grand Arrivals  The countdown has started(Photo credit: Esther Line/Showtime) Las Vegas, NV once again captures the boxing spotlight this early May 2013 as Floyd “Money” Mayweather and Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero will square off in one of the year’s most anticipated Welterweight boxing events. The fighters from the planned televised fights made their grand arrival to the MGM Grand this Tuesday 04/30/2013.

To say that the audience turnout for the fighters’ grand arrival was a “pretty good one” would be a great understatement. In actuality, the MGM Grand main lobby was flooded with devoted boxing fans as well as members of the media. Appearances included Alexander Munoz, tough Light Middleweight Gabriel Rosado, rising star J’Leon Love, hard hitting Mexican Leo Santa Cruz, newly Featherweight Abner Mares, Daniel Ponce De Leon…and of course the two fighters that everyone came to see: Robert Guerrero and Floyd Mayweather, Jr. Continue reading

Guerrero has had a great camp for Mayweather bout

 Guerrero has had a great camp for Mayweather bout(Photo credit: Esther Lin/Showtime) Robert “The Ghost’ Guerrero has reportedly had his best ever camp in getting ready for his fight this Saturday night against Floyd Mayweather Jr. in Las Vegas, Nevada, say his manager/trainer Bob Santos. He’s never seen the 29-year-old look so good and feels he’s peaking at the perfect time in his career in this important bout.

For Guerrero’s sake, you’ve got to hope he’s peaking because if he loses the fight and looks bad, he’s going to have to get in the back of a long, long line. He’ll obviously never get another chance against Mayweather if he loses the fight and the other big fight that Golden Boy Promotions can offer him is a fight against their huge-weighing junior middleweight Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, who reportedly rehydrated to 172 pounds for his recent win over WBA junior middleweight champion Austin Trout at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. Continue reading

Robert Uzzell and Chip Mitchell Interview Trainer Floyd Mayweather, Sr.

 Robert Uzzell and Chip Mitchell Interview Trainer Floyd Mayweather, Sr.We recently had the opportunity to interview one of the best trainers in boxing, Mr. Floyd Joy Mayweather, Sr. As we know, the senior Mayweather will be back in his son’s corner for the May 4, 2013 fight with Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero. Floyd wanted to set the record straight for fans and media alike. Here’s what he had to say…

Chip Mitchell: Floyd let’s jump right into it. I was going through some old CDs the other day and I came across a song by Peaches and Herb titled “Reunited”. I started singing along and I (jokingly) dedicated the chorus to you while I was singing, which leads to my question. How does it feel to be reunited with your son as his trainer? Continue reading

Klitschko vs. Pianeta: Wladimir faces his former sparring partner this Saturday, May 4th

 Klitschko vs. Pianeta: Wladimir faces his former sparring partner this Saturday, May 4thWhen you ask you will receive. In this case, IBF/IBO/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (59-3, 50 KO’s) asked the World Boxing Association for permission to fight his former sparring partner Francesco Pianeta (28-0-1, 15 KO’s) and was given permission to take the fight instead of a fight with WBA champion Alexander Povetkin.

It’s unclear whether Wladimir is doing this as a favor to Pianeta or if he just what it was like to spar him and figured it would be a nice safe fight for him. Whatever the reason, Wladimir will be fighting Pianeta this Saturday night at the SAP-Arena, Mannheim, Baden-Württemberg, Germany. Continue reading

Vitali: The Stiverne fight will take place

 Vitali: The Stiverne fight will take placeWBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko (45-2, 41 KO’s) has acknowledged that he will indeed be facing his mandatory challenger 34-year-old Bermane Stiverne (23-1-1, 20 KO’s), who earned the title shot against the 41-year-old Vitali by defeating Chris Arreola by a 12 round unanimous decision last Saturday night at the Citizens Business Bank Arena, in Ontario, California, USA.

Vitali said to “There is an official challenger, Bermane Stiverne. The fight will take place. Now it’s necessary to determine the date.” Continue reading

Left-Hook Lounge: Garcia/Judah, Martinez, & Amir Khan

 Left Hook Lounge: Garcia/Judah, Martinez, & Amir Khan(Photo credit: Naoki Fakuda) By Vivek Wallace:

Jaron H. (Queens, NYC): Would you say that Garcia’s performance cleared him as the best 140lb’er in the world? I thought he weathered the storm nicely and proved so. Would you agree?

Vivek W. (ESB): I think Garcia did a very good job and earned the victory, but I would also say lets keep things in perspective. Judah is a solid veteran and one who knows the boxing game as well as most. Sadly for him, execution is another story. The biggest subplot coming into the night for Judah was whether or not he would stay on course after getting touched up a little. What we learned is he would try a bit harder, but in the end it wouldn’t be enough, as again, his effort fell short on the big stage. Continue reading

Questions and Answers with Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero

 Questions and Answers with Robert “The Ghost” Guerreroby Chip Mitchell:

Chip Mitchell: Okay, Robert, now you are a very spiritual person. How has your spirituality played a part in your boxing career?

Robert Guerrero: You know, it plays a big part. Not just in boxing, it plays a big part in my life. You know, outside of the ring, with my family, raising my kids in church, believing in Jesus Christ, it’s a big part of my life and that’s what guides my whole life. That goes through my training camp, boxing, being in the ring. It really is the number one thing in my life. Continue reading

Same Problems for Martinez and Judah but Sergio Overcame His

 Same Problems for Martinez and Judah but Sergio Overcame HisSergio Martinez came away with a UD win, and Zab Judah lost a UD, but they both had similar problems. Neither southpaw dealt properly with their orthodox opponents’ right hands, but for different reasons. The difference in victory versus defeat for Murray and Garcia was Murray got started too late. He had to do too much catching up.

Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez also had an excuse. He suffered a broken left hand early in the fight, which hampered him greatly in defending against Muray’s right. Zab had no such excuse. Zab allowed Garcia to throw wild, looping powerful right hands without consequences. Everyone watching knew the punch was coming, yet Zab did nothing to stop them. Zab could have and should have beat Garcia to the punch, as the shots to his body were telegraphed. Continue reading

Khan: I want the Danny Garcia fight

 Khan: I want the Danny Garcia fightIt’s no secret that Amir Khan (28-3, 19 KO’s) looked pretty bad last Saturday night in beating Julio Diaz (40-8-1, 29 KO’s) by a 12 round unanimous decision. Khan was knocked down in that fight in the 4th and hurt to the point where he needed to hold onto Diaz in the 11th.

Khan was also hurt in the 9th and 10th rounds from shots from Diaz. The judges gave him a close decision by the scores of 114-113, 115-113 and 115-113. Khan now will be off until December at which point he’ll be likely facing Lucas Matthysse, Danny Garcia or Lamont Peterson. Continue reading

David Haye to fight Manuel Charr on June 29th; press conference this Wednesday

 David Haye to fight Manuel Charr on June 29th; press conference this WednesdayHeavyweight contender Manuel Charr’s campaigning for a fight against former WBA heavyweight champion David Haye (26-2, 24 KO’s) has paid off, as the two fighters will be facing each other on June 29th in the Manchester Arena in Manchester, UK. There will be a press conference to announce the fight this Wednesday. The fight will be shown Sky Sports.

Charr (23-1, 13 KO’s) has only been beaten once in his career in losing to WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko last year by a 4th round TKO. However, Charr also has had it pretty easy in terms of opposition. There’s his one fight against Vitali, and the rest of Charr’s opponents have been mediocre at best. Is it an accident that Charr has been brought along so carefully by his promoters? No, I think it’s the norm in the heavyweight division nowadays. Continue reading

Audley Harrison unlucky with premature stoppage in fight he was winning

Deontay Wilder the heavy handed American slugger got lucky last night as he got a win on his record against Audley Harrison. Bizarrely, A-Force finds himself at the hands of another bad refereeing decision which may have ruined his career. It was Britain’s first look at Deontay in the flesh and many of us real men, such as myself, are far from impressed. In fact we are appalled at the cheating that was displayed by the American. Very unsporting behaviour, a bit like Norwich. You would never find Audley Harrison cheating and the stark contrasts between Deontay and Audley are there for the plain eye to see. Audley, a tall, elegant, handsome man who looks like he stepped out of a Hollywood film set against the gangly, large framed Wilder. Bald, ugly and looks like he had been chewing wasps for dinner. In the looks department, it was a total mismatch. Audley looked great in a non-gay way, physically and in boxing terms. Controlling the early exchanges landing 3 hard jabs that wobble Wilder and catch the judge’s eye, further evidence that Audley has the greatest jab in modern heavyweight boxing. A crisp left almost lands flush on the face of Deontay which would have surely been a fight ender. On the stroke of the 49th second of the fight though it all went a bit tits up. Continue reading

Lucas Browne Outpoints James Toney, Kevin Johnson Stops Solomon Haumono

Lucas ‘Big Daddy’ Browne (16-0, 14 KOs) outpointed American legend James ‘Lights Out’ Toney (74-8-3, 45 KOs) over 12 rounds to capture the World Boxing Foundation heavyweight title at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre this afternoon in Melbourne, Australia.

The first half of the fight saw an interesting contest with the shorter Toney starting positively looking to attack Browne with Browne using his range to set up power shot opportunities. Toney caught Browne with some good right hands in round five while Browne used his jab to great effect to keep Toney at bay for the most part of each round, to rack up points with the judges. Browne’s heavy hands always seemed to look threatening but the Australian respected Toney’s defensive nous and opted against being overly aggressive.

The second half of the fight saw Browne continue to use his size to control the smaller Toney whilst Toney reduced his offensive output which saw Browne take the later rounds to record a 117-111, 119-109 and 120-108 victory on the three judge’s scorecards. Continue reading

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