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Mayweather-Maidana at MGM Grand on 5/3

Floyd Mayweather Jr. (45-0, 26 KO’s) finally made up his mind today about where to stage his May 3rd fight against WBA welterweight champion Marcos Maidana (35-3, 31 KO’s). The fight will be staged at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. The venue was a real no-brainer due to the absence of a state tax in Nevada. That’s why makes Nevada and other states like Texas and Washington ideal for boxing, because the fighters don’t take a second hit on their taxes after having a huge chunk taken out on the federal taxes.

Having the fight staged in New York instead of Las Vegas would have taken a huge chunk out of Mayweather’s winning, and that obviously is something that he wasn’t too keen on taking place. The only way it would have been worth it for Mayweather to fight at the Barclays Center would be if they sweetened the pot by giving Mayweather extra cash to cover what he’d be losing from the state tax money taken from his purse. Continue reading

Kell Brook faces Alvaro Robles on 3/15

#1 IBF Kell Brook (31-0, 21 KO’s) will be stepping inside the ring this month to face Mexican welterweight champion Alvaro Robles (17-2, 15 KO’s) on March 15th in a stay busy fight for Brook at the Echo Arena in Liverpool, England. Brook needs a fight to stay sharp while he’s waiting for a Summer clash against IBF welterweight champion Shawn Porter, and Robles is the perfect opponent for Brook to fight.

Brook can’t take the risk of fighting anyone good enough to potentially beat him because he’d miss out on his title shot against Porter, As it is Brook already lost out on a title shot last year against former IBF welterweight champion Devon Alexander after Brook suffered two separate injuries that messed things up for him. Continue reading

Boxing 411: “Canelo vs. Angulo” video preview and analysis

On Saturday, March 8th, from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada, former WBC/WBA Junior Middleweight Champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (42-1-1, 30 KOs) will take on former WBO interim title holder “El Perro” Alfredo Angulo (22-3, 18 KOs) in the main event of a superb Showtime PPV fight card.

Boxing journalist and radio commentator Joseph Herron joins talented fight trainer Rick Morones Jr. in this comprehensive video analysis of “Toe to Toe: Canelo vs. Angulo”, as they preview the upcoming Golden Boy Promotions event. Continue reading

Alvarez-Angulo: Will Canelo bounce back from his loss to Mayweather?

(Photo credit: Esther Lin/Showtime) This Saturday on March 8th Canelo Alvarez will be taking on the hard hitting Alfredo Angulo. It will be Canelo’s first fight back since he suffered his first defeat at the hands of Floyd Mayweather Jr. If there is any doubt in Canelo that he can’t make a successful comeback I’d suggest he erase those thoughts now. Angulo is slow but does pack a good punch and if he senses that Canelo is on the defense he will attack.

Canelo possesses power as well and I believe him to be the far more superior boxer than Angulo. Although I must admit that under the wing of Virgil Hunter Angulo seems to be improving. If Angulo has the right game plan going into Saturday’s fight we can see a very competitive fight between the two heavy hitters. Continue reading

The Pugilist KOrner: Robert Garcia, Sugar Hill, Thomas Dulorme, Sam Garcia, and Bruno Escalante

 The Pugilist KOrner: Robert Garcia, Sugar Hill, Thomas Dulorme, Sam Garcia, and Bruno EscalanteTonight at 9PM EST/6PM PST, “JEK III Productions” presents another packed edition of “The Pugilist KOrner”!!

The two hour program will feature two time “Trainer of the Year” Robert Garcia, Kronk Gym trainer Javan “Sugar“ Hill, Junior Welterweight prospect Thomas Dulorme, talented young trainer Sam Garcia, and Super Flyweight prospect Bruno Escalante.

Pugilist KOrner link: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/wcsteelerfan/2014/03/05/tha-pugilist-korner

Pugilist KOrner listener line: 718-506-1506

Kicking off tonight’s program will be Oxnard, California based trainer Robert Garcia. The two time trainer of the year will discuss the upcoming Marcos Maidana/Floyd Mayweather Jr. special event, which will go down on May 3rd in Las Vegas, Nevada. Robert will also discuss the future of Mikey Garcia, Brandon Rios, Nonito Donaire, IBF Featherweight title holder Evgeny Gradovich, and many other talented fighters in his stable. Continue reading

“Trainer discussion with Ronnie Shields and James Gogue ” edition of “The Pugilist KOrner’s: Weekend Wrap”

 “Trainer discussion with Ronnie Shields and James Gogue ” edition of “The Pugilist KOrner’s: Weekend Wrap”“JEK III Productions” presents a special “Boxing Roundtable” edition of “The Pugilist KOrner’s: Weekend Wrap”!!

Pugilist KOrner link: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/wcsteelerfan/2014/03/03/tha-weekend-wrap

This past Sunday on “The Pugilist KOrner’s: Weekend Wrap”, expert trainers Ronnie Shields and James Gogue conducted a special discussion about this past weekend’s events, including the big rematch with Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. and Bryan “The Warrior” Vera in San Antonio, Texas, as well as the WBO Featherweight title fight between Orlando Salido and Vasyl Lomachenko.

The two boxing teachers also enlightened their listening audience with a history lesson that included some of the monumental fights in which coach Shields has been involved.

David Tua vs. Ike Ibeabuchi, Evander Holyfield vs. Riddick Bowe, Mike Tyson vs. Lennox Lewis, and many more of boxing’s biggest and most historic events!! Continue reading

Broner: I’m ready to beat the f*** out of Amir Khan!

Adrien Broner says he’s ready to thrash Amir Khan if the two of them wind up facing each other on May 3rd on Floyd Mayweather Jr’s undercard. It’s still unclear whether the Khan-Broner fight will take place, because Showtime vice president Stephen Espinoza doesn’t see it as a fight that can take place due to Khan and Broner moving in different directions in terms of their weight classes. Broner is moving down to 140, and Khan up to 147.

For the fight to take place, it may require that the two face each other at a catch-weight. It might also require Mayweather to do some convincing to Khan to take fight. Mayweather already offered Khan the opportunity to fight him if he takes the fight with Broner and beats him, but Khan is no longer taking Mayweather for his word after getting left high and dry after winning the poll on his website. Continue reading

FULL UNDERCARD ANNOUNCED FOR “TOE TO TOE: CANELO VS. ANGULO”

LAS VEGAS (March 4, 2014) – In addition to the recently announced lightweight battle between Ricardo “Dinamita” Alvarez (23-2-3, 13 KOs), older brother of Canelo and hard-hitting Sergio “Yeyo” Thompson (28-3, 26 KOs), of Cancun, Mexico, the March 8 undercard for “TOE TO TOE: Canelo vs. Angulo” will feature five more can’t-miss bouts for those in attendance at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

In a junior lightweight fight scheduled for 10 rounds, unbeaten Australian star “Wild” Will Tomlinson makes his United States debut against Texas’ Jerry “The Corpus Christi Kid” Belmontes. Plus, two more rising stars from the 130-pound weight class face off when Mexico City’s Francisco “El Bandido” Vargas battles Puerto Rico’s Abner Cotto. 2012 U.S. Olympian Joseph “Jo-Jo” Diaz Jr. takes on Jovany “El Cepillo” Fuentes in an eight-round super bantamweight bout preceded by a six-round junior welterweight bout starring unbeaten Keandre Gibson against Antonio “Tony” Wong. In the opening match on March 8, Australian prospect Steve Lovett faces an opponent to be announced in a six-round light heavyweight contest. Continue reading

Khan backs ‘intense’ Angulo to shock Canelo in thrilling all-Mexican affair live this weekend on Boxnation

LONDON (March 4) – Amir Khan has backed stablemate Alfredo Angulo to upset the odds when he clashes with fellow Mexican star Canelo Alvarez this weekend.

The pair will meet at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, in front of what is expected to be a sold out arena, with Canelo being tipped as the favourite in the fight which will be broadcast live and exclusive on BoxNation. Continue reading

Left-Hook Lounge Mailbag: Lomachenko/Salido, Chavez vs GGG, and Angulo/Canelo

Craig B. (Tampa, FL): I was very surprised to see Lomachenko lose to Salido the way he did. I noticed that you predicted Salido to win. What did you see to make you predict that way? And what are your thoughts on Lomachenko’s future?

Vivek W. (ESB): My decision to chose Salido over Lomachenko in my FaceBook prediction had a lot to do with precisely what we saw play out. Continue reading

Froch-Groves II: Wembley Stadium to serve as Battleground

After weeks of speculation the battleground for the eagerly anticipated rematch between Carl Froch and George Groves on May 31st has finally been announced as the Wembley Stadium. Although Wembley had always been the favorite venue, other stadiums including Emirates and The Millennium Stadium were slated to play host on account of the logistical issues posed by Wembley’s accommodating the England and Peru friendly match on the prior evening.

However the fight’s promoter Eddie Hearn was said to be blown away after first walking through Wembley’s tunnels and has worked tirelessly with the stadium and the FA to see that the biggest fight since the Eubank and Benn rematch was staged there. Hearn heavily believes that the fight is the biggest that Britain will have yet seen and strongly felt that the new Wembley Stadium would do it the most justice, especially as it will be the first boxing match to be held at the new stadium since its reopening in 2007. Continue reading

Hearn says Froch-Groves II is “Biggest fight in British boxing history” – but who wins?

As fight fans may have read by now, it has been confirmed how the eagerly anticipated rematch between bitter super-middleweight rivals Carl Froch and George Groves will go ahead at the colossal Wembley Stadium in London. The fight, a return meeting of last November’s controversial thriller won by Froch via 9th-round TKO, is expected to sell over 60,000 tickets on May 31st.

Promoter Eddie Hearn told BBC Sport today that he thinks the fight will surpass all other British fights as far as ticket sales go, and Hearn has called the return “the biggest fight in British boxing history.” Currently, there have been a few fights held in Britain that saw over 50,000 fans attend – the Joe Calzaghe-Mikkel Kessler fight that took place at The Millennium Stadium in Cardiff in 2007 and Ricky Hatton-Juan Lazcano clash that went down at The City of Manchester Stadium in 2008, this fight the current record holder at around 54,000 tickets sold – but Hearn is convinced Froch-Groves II will break all records. Continue reading

Gennady Golovkin April 26th fight cancelled

Venice, CA (March 3, 2014) WBA and IBO Middleweight World Champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin has cancelled a much discussed title defense against Andy Lee scheduled for April 26th in his return to Madison Square Garden and HBO due to the sudden passing of his father.

This news was first announced on Saturday, March 1, when Tom Loeffler of K2 Promotions was contacted by Golovkin’s manager Oleg Hermann while he and trainer Abel Sanchez were in San Antonio to attend the Julio Cesar Chavez Jr./Bryan Vera rematch. Continue reading

Boxing 411: “Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. vs. Gennady Golovkin” on tap for 2014?

After Julio Cesar Chavez Jr’s convincing unanimous decision victory over Bryan Vera this past Saturday night at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas, shockwaves were felt throughout the offices of HBO, Top Rank, Inc, and K2 Promotions, regarding a potentially explosive super-fight between WBA Middleweight Champion Gennady Golovkin and the former WBC Middleweight title holder.

When “Boxing 411” caught up with Triple G’s trainer, Abel Sanchez, in the Alamo City, the veteran fight mentor couldn’t confirm anything concerning his fighter’s next appearance on HBO, except that it more than likely wouldn’t be taking place on April 26th as originally planned.

“At this point there’s some breaking news about Triple G’s future that you’ll have to talk about with managing director of K2 Promotions Tom Loeffler. Continue reading

Gary Russell Jr. in line for the WBO Title

Gary Russell Jr. will finally get a chance to showcase his talent against some decent opposition. The WBO has named Russell the number one contender for the vacant title. This is all due to the fight that happened over the weekend between Orlando Salido vs. Vasyl Lomanchenko. Since Salido was victorious in the bout his next opponent might be none other than Mr. Russell Jr. Gary is quick and explosive but hasn’t fought anybody worth mentioning. He has been a mile ahead of his competitors in all of his recent fights.

His followers are losing interest because he has yet to develop from a prospect into a contender. I’m a DMV native who actually had the pleasure of seeing Gary train and I can definitely say that hard work runs in his family. Gary comes from a fighting family of seven boys who are all trained by Gary Russell Sr. They train late at night but they push their bodies to the limit and focus intently on their craft. Continue reading