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Mayweather: Pacquiao has to avenge his losses to Marquez and Bradley before I’ll fight him

 Mayweather: Pacquiao has to avenge his losses to Marquez and Bradley before I’ll fight himBy Rob Smith: If Bob Arum of Top Rank and Manny Pacquiao want a huge money mega fight against Floyd Mayweather Jr. to take place in 2014 then Pacquiao is going to have to avenge his defeats to Juan Manuel Marquez and Tim Bradley, Mayweather says. He says Pacquiao has unfinished business with those two fighters before he’ll even consider a bout against him.

Speaking with ESPN, Mayweather said “First Manny Pacquiao has to get past Marquez, a fighter I beat with ease. I mean, that was one of my easiest fights. Manny Pacquiao still has Tim Bradley problems, he still has Marquez problems. First Manny Pacquiao has to get those guys, then he can step inside the lion’s den with Floyd Mayweather.” Continue reading

Tom Tsatas Continues Klitschko Hunt For “Fast” Fres!

by James Slater — How much does manager Tom Tsatas believe in his fighter, veteran heavyweight Fres Oquendo? Enough to go on video record and call out the Klitschko brothers, that’s how much!

The video attached to this article has already been seen by approx 12,000 fans, and Tsatas – the owner of the legendary 5th Street Gym in Miami – hopes to keep the pressure on and secure a shot for “Fast Fres.”

Who will Wladimir face next? The word (according to ESPN.com’s Dan Rafael) is “Dr. Steel Hammer” will likely fight either Francesco Pianeta or Bryant Jennings next, possibly in May.

Tstas, however, truly believes his fighter is both more deserving and more credible. Will Klitschko bite and accept the challenge?

Time will tell. In the meantime, enjoy the video that has attracted so much attention!

Thompson defeats Price

 Thompson defeats PriceBy Michael Collins: American heavyweight Tony Thompson (37-3, 25 KO’s) ended the David Price (15-1, 13 KO’s) hype machine by taking him out in a 2nd round TKO on Saturday night at the Echo Arena, in Liverpool, United Kingdom. The win for Thompson affirmed in the minds of some fans that the 29-year-old Price simply doesn’t have the chin to succeed at the highest levels in the pro game.

Up until this fight, Price had been carefully matched by his promoter Frank Maloney against weak opposition without a punch. Even Thompson isn’t what you would call a puncher, but he definitely was a step up from the guys that Price had been fighting, and Price failed the test miserably. Continue reading

Peterson vs. Matthysse a possibility for Alexander-Brook undercard on May 18th

 Peterson vs. Matthysse a possibility for Alexander Brook undercard on May 18thBy Jeff Sorby: Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer is planning on getting IBF light welterweight champion Lamont Peterson (31-1-1, 16 KO’s) back in the ring on May 18th to face WBC interim light welterweight champion Lucas Matthysse (33-2, 31 KO’s) on the undercard of the fight between IBF welterweight champion Devon Alexander and Kell Brook on Showtime, according to Dan Rafael.

Schaefer wants the Peterson-Matthysse fight to take place in Peterson’s home city of Washington, DC.

Peterson stopped Kendall Holt in the 8th round last night in Washington, DC. After the fight, Peterson said he’s interested in facing Matthysse, Amir Khan or Danny Garcia next. Golden Boy likely won’t let Peterson face Khan next because they want to keep Khan winning long enough to put him in with Danny Garcia for a rematch. Continue reading

Mayweather doesn’t see the point in facing Pacquiao now

  Mayweather doesn’t see the point in facing Pacquiao nowBy Rob Smith: Floyd Mayweather Jr. doesn’t see a mega fight between him and Manny Pacquiao as being worth it now after Pacquiao’s recent losses to Tim Bradley and Juan Manuel Marquez. Those losses have taken a lot of the air out of a Pacquiao-Mayweather mega fight according to Mayweather.

He’s not ruling out a fight with the Filipino fighter, but he says for that to happen Pacquiao is going to have to get back in the ring with Marquez and Bradley and beat them to avenge his defeats.

Mayweather told ESPN: “I don’t think the fight holds very much weight anymore. At one possible time, I wanted the fight to happen. I wanted to fight Manny Pacquiao…I don’t know if it will ever happen, but if my legacy was defined off of one fight, then I feel I didn’t have to fight 43 fights. If that’s the case, I could have came into the sport of boxing, fought one fight and gone down as the best fighter that ever lived.” Continue reading

Peterson stops Holt in 8th – Video Interviews with Peterson/Holt

 Peterson stops Holt in 8th   Video Interviews with Peterson/HoltBy Bill Phanco: In an impressive performance, IBF light welterweight champion Lamont Peterson (31-1-1, 18 KO’s) retained his IBF title on Friday night in stopping Kendall Holt (28-6, 16 KO’s) in the 8th round at the DC Armory, Washington, District of Columbia, USA.

Referee Tony Weeks stopped the fight after Peterson unloaded with a storm of shots while Holt stood helpless against the ropes futilely trying to block the nonstop rain of shots. The official stoppage was at 1:42 of the round. Peterson put Holt down in the 4th and 6th rounds, and had him hurt in every round from the 4th on. Continue reading

David Price vs Tony Thompson Weigh-in Video; Price Keen To Outdo The Klitschkos

By Phil Barnett, Press Association Sport (@barnettoPA) – David Price wants to send a message to the Klitschko brothers by hammering former world title challenger Tony Thompson in style tomorrow.

The 6ft 8in Liverpool heavyweight has his long-term sights set on a clash with either WBC champion Vitali or his brother Wladimir, who holds the WBA, IBF and WBO belts.

First however, the unbeaten Price faces a step up in class against American veteran Thompson, who has lost twice to Wladimir in the past.

The British champion knows he can make a statement to the world by beating Thompson even more impressively than Klitschko, who needed 11 rounds to stop the Washington man in 2008 and six in July last year. Continue reading

Weigh-In Video; Travis Walker Favorite To Win Prizefighter International Heavyweights III

LITTLE known boxer Travis Walker looks set to land the Betfair Prizefighter International Heavyweights III title on Saturday night, according to the betting on Betfair. Despite being knocked out in the fifth round of his last fight, Walker is the current 2-1 favourite to triumph at York Hall in Bethnal Green this weekend.

Punters are backing Walker to win the eight-man knockout tournament ahead of native Londoner Audley Harrison. The British veteran is the 7-2 second favourite to bag his second Prizefighter crown, while former world title challenger Albert Sosnowski is a 4-1 chance to triumph in east London.

Home support could be crucial for Brixton’s Ian Lewison, who is a 13-2 chance for victory in the East End. Belfast’s Marty Rogan, winner of the first ever Prizefighter event back in 2008, is a 7-1 shot to win this time out.

Odds of 17-1 suggest that success will be harder to come by for Derric Rossy, as it will be for Claus Bertino at 25-1. Timo Hoffman is the least fancied to win the competition at 29-1. Continue reading

Lamont Peterson vs. Kendall Holt Preview and Predictions and Weigh-In Video

by Chip Mitchell, Robert Uzzell, and Crystal Hamlin: Friday Night Fights returns to Washington, DC as World No. 6 ranked (No. 3 IBF) Kendall “Rated R” Holt, (28-5, 16 KOs) tries to dethrone IBF Light Welterweight champ Lamont “Havoc” Peterson (30-1, 15 KOs) in the main event. The card is billed as “Redemption: Lamont Peterson vs. Kendall Holt”.

Peterson
Lamont Peterson hasn’t fought in the past 14 months, but is coming off a huge, albeit controversial win against Amir Khan. He will enter the bout with Holt winning 3 of his last 4, with a draw against Victor Ortiz mixed in.

Holt
Kendall Holt is coming off of a 12 month layoff. Holt has also won 3 of his last 4, with a split decision loss to World No. 2 ranked (WBA/WBC champion) Danny Garcia.

Common Opponent
Both fighters entered the ring to face Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley in 2009. Holt fought Bradley earlier in the year and almost ended it early with a hook in the first round. He dropped Bradley again in the 12th, but didn’t do enough and lost a decision. Continue reading

UK Boxing: Adam Little; Stuart Hall; Katie Taylor

ADAM LITTLE is confident he’ll be able to make a major impact in the welterweight division when he returns to action this spring.

The Ricky Hatton-trained prospect, 22, is currently recovering after having surgery to rectify a persistent hand injury and he feels he’ll show a different side to his game when gets back into the ring.

Firstly he’s targeting a shot at the Central Area crown, but he believes the sky is the limit. Continue reading

Tyson Fury-Steve Cunningham: No Easy Assignment For Tyson’s U.S Debut

 Tyson Fury Steve Cunningham: No Easy Assignment For Tyson’s U.S DebutBy James Slater: Tyson Fury already enjoys at least something approaching a decent profile in America today, and now the 20-0(14) giant is bursting with anticipation over his American debut. U.S fight fans who have already formed an opinion of the 24-year-old (most of them through seeing his recent fights, against American imports Vinny Maddalone and Kevin Johnson, on Wealth T.V) will get to see Fury in the flesh on April 20th – at the legendary Madison Square Garden in New York, no less.

Fury deserves credit for the quality foe he and his team have accepted for his U.S debut, too. Former IBF cruiserweight champ Steve “U.S.S” Cunningham may be 36-years-old and he may have picked up just a single heavyweight win since moving up from 200-pounds; yet most fans who saw the Philadelphian’s recent, Dec. 2012 clash with another former cruiser champ, in Tomasz Adamek, feel Cunningham deserved the points victory. In a rematch of their 2008 thriller, Cunningham lost a debatable 12-round split decision. Cunningham, 25-5(12) was disgusted with the result. Continue reading

Mayweather vs Guerrero: May 4th and Why People Still Love Boxing

 Mayweather vs Guerrero: May 4th and Why People Still Love BoxingBy Julius Stecker: Boxing has always been the one sport that has separated itself from all others. There is a reason why you will have a boxing movie every 4 or 5 up for an Academy Award. Why do people still love Rocky? Why did people care about Micky Ward? Why do people still talk about Buster Douglas beating Mike Tyson? The reasons are not because of jabs, left hooks, hand speed, and or defense. The explanations for this are boxing provides us with the ultimate life metaphor.

It grants us with the underdog and the survival stories, it gives us the drama of one of one combat, and it provides for the individual who participates in it a legacy to remember and possible great financial reward. May 4th will give us all of this and more. We will have a prohibitive underdog in Robert the Ghost Guerrero. Guerrero’s personal family struggle with the scourge of cancer will not leave a dry eye in the building, once the world finds out what they had to go through to get this opportunity.

It will have perhaps the greatest prize fighter (Floyd Mayweather Jr.) of the last 25 years involved. He will be attempting to continue on his stellar legacy and once again send another challenger back to where he came, while keeping his undefeated record. The event could have the best undercard match-up of the last decade. Canelo Alvarez, perhaps boxing’s brightest young budding star, will possibly be taking on boxing’s most underrated champion Austin Trout in a Jr. Middleweight unification bout. Continue reading

Tony Bellew Update

 Tony Bellew UpdateBy Phil Barnett, Press Association Sport (@barnettoPA)

World title contender Tony Bellew hopes to capitalise on Chad Dawson’s recent disappointment by securing a shot at the WBC light-heavyweight champion sooner than he expected.

Liverpudlian Bellew recently became the WBC’s number one contender ahead of his final eliminator against fellow hopeful Isaac Chilemba next month.

Victory over Chilemba will rubber-stamp his position as mandatory challenger for Dawson’s prestigious green belt. He was then set to wait for the outcome of the American champion’s next fight, against Canadian Jean Pascal on May 25, before beginning negotiations.

However, Pascal is set to pull out of the title challenge in favour of a lucrative scrap with fellow Canadian favourite Lucian Bute. Continue reading

Lomachenko coming to London as the British Lionhearts names its team for fixtures with Germany and Ukraine

The British Lionhearts has named its teams for the final two fixtures of the season in the World Series of Boxing, away to the German Eagles and at home to the Ukraine Otamans.

The Lionhearts are guaranteed a place in the playoff stages of the tournament and are aiming to finish as high-up the table as possible to secure a favourable draw in the next phase of the competition. Continue reading

Andrew Golota returns to face Przemyslaw Saleta

by Geoffrey Ciani – Andrew Golota is a poster boy for unfulfilled potential in boxing. His unique adventures through the heavyweight rankings were interesting, unpredictable, and sometimes downright bizarre—and apparently his journey is not yet finished. This Saturday, 45 year old Golota (41-8-1, 33 KOs) will step inside the squared circle for the first time in more than three years when he is pitted against fellow Pole, Przemyslaw Saleta (43-7, 21 KOs). Saleta himself turns 45 this March and has not seen action in over seven years, effectively rendering this into a pick’em fight between two old war horses both absent from the battlefield for quite some time.

The boxing history books will show that Golota was unsuccessful in four bids for portions of the heavyweight crown, one against each of the four major sanctioning alphabet organizations. These were bookended by devastating first round knockout losses at the hands of Lennox Lewis (WBC) in October 1997 and Lamon Brewster (WBO) in May 2005. In between he had a solid showing in a twelve round draw against Christ Byrd (IBF) in April 2004, and followed that up with a good account of himself in a somewhat controversial loss against John Ruiz (WBA) that November. Even though he failed to secure a title belt in ‘04, many observers felt that Golota did well enough to deserve a victory in both contests. Continue reading