Macau, China – Tonight one of the most talented boxers on the planet will be in action, although not on the stage he deserves. Super bantamweight king Guillermo Rigondeaux (13-0 8 KOs) will take on Sod Looknongyantoy (63-2-1 27 KOs) on the co-feature of the Zou Shiming “fight”. Luckily for Rigondeaux and fans alike this is Rigo’s last fight under horrendous promoter Bob Arum. Unluckily for Rigo, Arum has made sure to bury this fight as much as possible. He has stuck in on a terrible card from China and will not be airing the fight on the HBO telecast. So fans looking to watch this fight will either have to catch it on tape delay on Unimas or find an internet stream.
Don’t let Looknongyantoy’s record fool you. By no means does he deserve this type of fight and that will be evident when they get into the ring. Look for Rigo to start off boxing and to pick apart the terrible defense of Looknongyantoy. After a few rounds Rigo will realize the level of opponent he is in the ring with and will step on the gas. Rigo by stoppage in the middle rounds.
Bob Arum has done his best to ruin the career of one of the finest talents in boxing ever since Rigo’s destruction of Arum’s prized Filipino Nonito Donaire. It is baffling that a “promoter” who is considered by many to be a future hall-of-famer could be so incompetent. However, when you really look at Arum’s body of work moves like this should be no surprise. This is the man who could not (or would not) find a way to promote Floyd Mayweather jr. Arum has proven unable to promote any fighter without a built in ethnic fan base. He has also shown no desire to properly promote any pure boxers throughout his career. Once again Arum’s ignorance, incompetence and down right racism have cost him one of the most talented fighters in the sport. It could not happen to a more deserving person.
Floyd Mayeather casually announced the fight most boxing insiders expected all along at a BET awards show. He will rematch the hard punching Argentine Marcos Maidana on September 13th live on Showtime PPV. But, is this the smartest choice? Is this the fight the fans want to see?
The official PPV numbers for Mayweather vs Maidana were never released. Which leads you to believe that they were very disappointing. There are many reasons for this, the under-card certainly did no favors to the event. There was not one competitive fight on the card. They banked too hard on cashing in on the name value of Amir Khan and Adrien Broner. It didn’t work. Also, Maidana for however entertaining he is, is just not a big draw. He was also not viewed as being a real threat to the long time pound for pound king. Will this be different now following their back and forth affair in May?
Most fans expected to see Mayweather move up to 155lbs and take on Miguel Cotto for the lineal middleweight title. It doesn’t appear to be even a consideration for Mayweather at this point. There were also rumblings of a fight between Mayweather and Shawn Porter. These proved to be just that.
Are there anymore huge fights left for Mayweather? Fight fans seem to be losing interest in him. He will likely fight three more times and then retire for good. With Maidana being one of those three, will there be any chance for the next two to bring back the excitement and money that surrounded his history making bouts with Oscar de la Hoya and Saul Alvarez? Only time will tell.
Bermane Stiverne is the WBC heavyweight champion of the world. One of 14 children, Stiverne made history tonight by becoming the first Haitian born heavyweight champion.
Stiverne started the fight off strong. He spent the majority of the first round with his back on the ropes looking to counter. Late in round number one Stiverne landed a hard two punch combination the wobbled Arreola. Stiverne was unable to follow up the first round. In rounds two and three Stiverne looked to be loading up hoping only to land one big punch. Arreola made him pay it.
Round four saw Stiverne begin to be more active. He began to fire his jab and start to be more busy. However, Arreola landed the far better shots and clearly took the round. Round five was the most competitive of the fight. Both men threw hard combinations and finished the round strong.
Early in round six, Arreola stuck out a lazy jab and left it out to long. This was the opening Stiverne was waiting for all night long. He landed a sweeping right hand on the temple and dropped Arreola hard. Arreola managed to beat the count, although he was on very shaky legs. Referee Jack Reiss bought Arreola a little bit of time by admonishing Stiverne and having him back up. It was not enough. Stiverne jumped right back on the badly hurt Arreola and floored him again. Once again Arreola managed to beat the count. Reiss allowed the fight to continue. It didn’t for long. Stiverne threw a wild combination and rocked Arreola again. This finally prompted Reiss to stop the fight.
Stiverne is now the WBC heavyweight champion of the world and has a boatload of big money options available to him. His mandatory challenger is the raw power puncher Deontay WIlder. There is also the winner of Tyson Fury vs Derek Chisora and heavyweight kingpin Wladimir Klitschko. Whichever direction Stiverne decides to go from here…. the world will be watching.
Tonight in Las Vegas, Floyd Mayweather looked human for the first time in years. The self proclaimed “Best Ever” looked far from that in his majority decision over former WBA welterweight champion Marcos Maidana.
Maidana came straight out of gate showing Mayweather zero respect. He pinned him on the ropes for the majority of the first round and wailed away with awkward power shots. At one point he noticeably rocked Mayweather cause the champ to go into a defensive shell. Round two was a better one for the pound for pound king. He dictated the pace and distance during the majority of the rounds, although Maidana has his moments. Rounds 3-5 were all Maidana. He was unrelenting keeping Mayweather firmly pinned against the ropes. Although, most of Maidana’s blows were blocked by Mayweather.
Mayweather began to take the fight over in round six making a concerted effort to stay off the ropes. In round seven Mayweather continued to box at distance and constantly dug to Maidana’s body. The fight stayed that way for the remainder as Mayweather did everything he could to stay off the ropes.
The scorecards did not represent how close this fight was. While one had it a draw, and another had it 116-112… somehow the third judge saw the fight 117-111.
From here look for Mayweather to rematch Marcos Maidana in September.
On the undercard, Amir Khan and Adrien Broner both bounced back with separate unanimous decision wins. Both men put themselves in the title hunt in their respective divisions.
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Saturday night, live from the MGM Grand pound for pound king Floyd Mayweather jr takes on WBA welterweight champion Marcos Maidana in one of the most anticipated fights of the year.
Everybody knows both fighters, so lets get right into it.
Maidana has improved greatly since joining up with Robert Garcia. He is coming off the most impressive win of his career, a decision win over the previously undefeated Adrien Broner. Mayweather is no Broner. Look for Mayweather to frustrate Maidana early with his speed and counter punching. Maidana will eventually get reckless and run into a big counter. Mayweather by a late KO.
In the only intriguing bout on the under-card. Amir Khan takes on Luis Collazo in welterweight contest. Khan is looking to earn a shot at Mayweather and is no doubt looking past the underrated Collazo. Look for Khan to box well early only to be caught and stopped in the middle rounds. Collazo by KO.
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Tonight on Showtime; three of the most exciting fighters in the world make their long awaited returns to the ring. The triple header takes place in Carson, California and promises to be exciting, if not competitive.
The night opens up with lightweight champion Omar Figueroa taking on the unranked Jerry Belmontes. Figueroa is getting handled carefully in this fight, so expect him to win. He has never been one to make any fight easy though, so expect a decent fight for as long as it lasts. Figueroa by stoppage.
In the co-feature the hard punching Lucas Matthysse begins his long comeback road against fringe contender John Molina. Matthysse is going to be out to make a statement tonight and Molina does not have the most steady chin. Matthysse by viscous early knockout.
In the main event, one of the most exciting and avoided welterweights in the world, Keith Thurman makes his long awaited return to the ring. Thurman takes on journeyman Julio Diaz. Diaz looked impressive against Khan, and is a very underrated fighter. It wont matter tonight however. Thurman will be way more than Diaz can handle. Thurman by a middle rounds stoppage.
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Camden, NSW – Former unified WBA and IBF middleweight champion Daniel “Real Deal” Geale kicked off his training camp on Thursday for his May 24th fight against English contender Matthew Macklin. The middleweight bout will be broadcast by HBO and is scheduled for 12 rounds. No venue has been selected yet.
Today I had the opportunity to go to the Grange Old School Boxing Gym to catch up with Geale. Upon my arrival, I found him working the mitts with longtime trainer Graham Shaw. They worked hard on combination punching and timing. I noticed immediately that he was really sitting on his punches and making every one count. Geale looked extremely sharp for a fighter only three days into camp. He appeared to be very close to weight as well, which is great to see so early on. After a round of shadow boxing, it was on to crunches and ab work.
Following training I sat down with Geale to talk about his upcoming fight, as well as some possible future opponents. Although completely focused on Macklin, he made it no secret that he is ready to face the best the middleweight division has to offer.
Geale will be looking to erase any doubts created by his close decision loss to England’s Darren Barker last August. He wants to make a statement against Macklin and this time return from America with a victory.
The wait is nearly over. Tonight, live on HBO PPV, Manny Pacquiao and Tim Bradley will get to prove once and for all who is the superior fighter. The controversy of the first fight has been talked about enough. Everyone knows the story. What the world is waiting to know now; who will win?
Manny Pacquiao has his career on the line tonight. He suffered two straight defeats to Tim Bradley and his arch rival Juan Manuel Marquez. He was lucky that it was only two losses. Had the judges been coherent during his third fight with Marquez then “The Pac Man” would have lost three straight. His decision win against Brandon Rios last year in Macau did little to prove that he is still the same fighter that blazed through weight classes. Instead, he looked like the same aging off balance fighter who has failed to score a knockout in over four years. If Manny Pacquiao loses tonight, his days of mega PPVs will be behind him. His steadily declining PPV numbers and less than impressive performances have vastly shrunken his legion of fans.
Tim Bradley has improved in every way since his first fight with Pacquiao. Although he fought a foolish fight against Ruslan Provodnikov, he proved that his heart and desire to win is on another level entirely. He then showed against Marquez that he has the ability to box intelligently for 12 rounds and make a future Hall-of-Famer look clueless. He has now fully grown into the weight class and is a strong welterweight, one who will likely outweigh Pacquiao by 10 pounds on fight night.
Both men are headed in completely opposite directions heading into this fight. It is a crossroads fight. One that Bradley should easily win.
Bradley has the superior speed, boxing ability, defense and intangibles. Pacquiao has the edge in power. Although, we haven’t seen any evidence of it in quite some time. The only way that I see Pacquiao winning is if the judges feel pressured and are scared to turn in a card that has him losing, which has a great chance of happening.
Bradley by a wide decision. Whether or not he gets it… we will have to wait and see.
Throughout the past few weeks boxing’s most powerful figure has, Al Haymon, has been on a signing spree. In just the past couple of months Haymon has signed Robert Guerrero, Luis Collazo, Lamont and Anthony Peterson, Paulie Malignaggi, Adonis Stevenson and the list goes on and on. Rumors are now circulating that Richard Schaefer and Al Haymon will be teaming up to start their own promotional company.
In a recent interview Bernard Hopkins refused to comment on the situation and looked to be very bothered by the question. With Oscar de la Hoya’s personal demons it would be hard to imagine that he could handle the company should Schaefer jump ship. Also, with the amount of talent that Haymon has on board, including the likes of Floyd Mayweather, Adonis Stevenson and Erislandy Lara, Goldenboy could find themselves in big trouble.
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Last night on an exciting card from Puerto Rico, nobody made a bigger statement than Deontay Wilder. Wilder drilled his friend Malik Scott in the first round and improved to 31-0 31KOs. On paper Scott promised to be Wilder’s stiffest test to date. That was not the case however. With a quick left hook followed by a thunderous straight right hand Wilder disposed of his long-time friend and put the division on notice.
Wilder will now target the winner of the WBC title fight between Cris Arreola and Bermane Stiverne this June.