Dmitry Bivol Offers to Drop Down in Weight for Canelo Clash
By: Hans Themistode
With Canelo Alvarez presumably in need of a new opponent for his first ring appearance of the year, WBA Light Heavyweight champion Dmitry Bivol, has attempted to throw his name into the mix.
Before COVID-19, placed a stranglehold on the entire sports world, WBO Super Middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders scored the golden ticket. For Saunders however, it wasn’t COVID-19 that got in his way for his dream contest, but it was actually himself.
During this worldwide pandemic, Saunders thought it would be funny to post a video telling men how to physically abuse their spouse.
Saunders found it hilarious, but no one else did as his boxing license was immediately suspended. Now that he might have taken himself out of the mix, Bivol wants to replace him.
“I’ve said now for over a year that I’m ready, willing and able to move down to super middleweight and fight Canelo,” said Bivol. “I have been training throughout the COVID-19 crisis and have watched on social media that Canelo has as well.”
“I know that my team and Golden Boy Promotions have discussed this option. We are willing to make the fight on very reasonable financial terms. My team understands that unlike many other opponents, my goal is not the payday, but to face the best in boxing today. I know I can beat him and the real rewards will come after this fight.”
Even before Saunders was penciled in as an opponent, many of the top names in the sport turned Alvarez down. Opportunities such as facing a pound for pound great fighter in his prime don’t come often. But for fighters such as WBA Super Middleweight champ Callum Smith, the money just wasn’t enough. Bivol though, is willing to take a discount.
Don’t misunderstand Bivol’s point of view. Sure he wants to get paid, we all do, don’t we? But if he can lock down a fight with Alvarez and actually pull off the win, he’ll find himself swimming in cash in no time.
Bivol has a slight eye on the gold at the end of the Canelo rainbow. But more importantly, if he does land the mega showdown, he’ll finally have a career defining fight.
“We are willing to work out a much more reasonable deal than what was paid to Canelo’s recent opponents to make this fight. For Dmitry it’s more about the opportunity to dethrone one of the very best fighters in the world.”
“I have heard that DAZN and all other parties involved are supportive of this fight. But whenever the name is brought up to Canelo, he says he would never do it. However I don’t know how much truth there is to this. It would be great to know if he is ready to fight other top champions in his division. One’s that are on the same network and are ready to make a simple and appropriate deal. I strongly believe that Dmitry Bivol at Super Middleweight is the toughest test for Canelo.”
“Dmitry wants to fight the best and Canelo is all the way at the top of that list right now. This fight will have to happen sooner or later. The fans want to see a fight where Canelo will really be tested.”
Mike Tyson Once Offered $10,000 to a Zookeeper Face a Gorilla One on One
By: Hans Themistode
In the 1980s, there were plenty of ways to earn some money. Metal forging, coal mining and knitting mills were amongst the popular options. But fighting Mike Tyson was the last option.
There was a reason why Tyson was once considered the “baddest man on the planet,” it’s because he was. Whenever a Mike Tyson fight came across your television screen, it made no sense to get up for a bathroom run, or go grab a snack from the fridge. Even blinking didn’t make sense. No, when Tyson came on, you stayed in your seat and stared at the ring. If you decided to do anything else, then chances are you missed his entire fight.
From the moment he walked into the ring in 1985, Tyson was a one man show. On his way to the ring, he usually never wore socks or a robe. It simply took too long.
Just hand him a pair of shoes, black trunks, put his gloves on and get out of the way.
There was absolutely no one who could beat Tyson at that time. The fans knew it, the media knew it and most importantly, Tyson knew it. Usually when a fighter carries that aura of invincibility, they search for someone who can give them a fight.
George Foreman found Muhammad Ali, Lennox Lewis found Hasim Rahman and most recently, Deontay Wilder found Tyson Fury.
Before Tyson found James “Buster” Douglas, there was no one who could give him a good fight. So he went looking in an entirely different direction.
“I paid a worker at New York’s zoo to re-open it just for me and [ex wife] Robin [Givens],” Tyson once told The Sun about a story that presumably took place before 1988. “When we got to the gorilla cage there was one big silverback gorilla there just bullying all the other gorillas. They were so powerful but their eyes were like an innocent infant. I offered the attendant $10,000 to open the cage and let smash that silverback’s snot box! He declined.”
News of Tyson wanting to fight a gorilla are both surprising and not typical. For years, Tyson was known as an animal lover. His pet tiger for 15 years lends credence to that statement.
It’s crazy enough as it is to own an actual tiger for so long, but it’s something else entirely to be willing to face a gorilla. For anyone else, the chances of beating a gorilla in a one on one fight would be considered infinitesimal. But for Tyson, he most likely would have walked into that cage as the overwhelming favorite.
Chris Eubank Jr Doesn’t Give Callum Smith or Billy Joe Saunders a Chance to Beat Canelo
By: Hans Themistode
When it was first announced that Canelo Alvarez would be taking on Billy Joe Saunders on May 2nd, for Saunders WBO Super Middleweight title, the news was met with ambivalence.
Sure Saunders has always flashed greatness in the ring. But he’s also shown to have the capability to completely stink up the joint.
After back to back impressive wins over Willie Monroe Jr and. David Lemieux, Saunders had never seen his stock look any higher. But in a pattern that has defined his career, Saunders followed up those huge wins with lackluster performances against Shefat Isufi and Marcelo Esteban. Saunders managed to pull out the win in both contests, but he hardly looked impressive.
Regardless of his recent performances however, Saunders has now found himself in the biggest fight of his career.
With Saunders making the poor choice of releasing a video depicting how to physically abuse your wife, his boxing license has been immediately taken away. He isn’t completely out of the running to land a fight with Canelo as a meeting to discuss his future has been set, but there is one fighter who would rather them not face off at all.
“It would be a more exciting fight with me [against Canelo] rather than Saunders or Smith,” said Eubank Jr.”
“The entire world knows that Saunders would run for 12 rounds in a boring fight. Then would be caught and knocked out. That is not a fight I’m interested in seeing. I don’t get the interest. Saunders has a belt which is the only reason he has this opportunity but, who knows, maybe that belt won’t be with him for much longer if he’s banned after what he’s done.”
Eubank Jr has been called a lot of things. Not very skilled, a front runner and even a non contender but never a boring fighter. But a fight between himself and Canelo seems far from likely. Another fighter who also found himself on the short list of opponents for Canelo’s next ring appearance was WBA Super Middleweight champion Callum Smith.
While many believe that the tall, lanky but also hard hitting Smith would cause Canelo a ton of trouble, Eubank Jr see’s that matchup playing out in yet another easy victory for Canelo.
“Smith’s performance against John Ryder? We saw a lot of weaknesses in his game. Canelo is a far superior version of Ryder in terms of his style – come-forward, inside-fighting. Smith couldn’t deal with that against Ryder so what are they thinking? He barely got past Ryder. I think Ryder won that fight.”
Daniel Jacobs Admits Gabe Rosado: “Been Annoying The Hell Out of Me”
By: Hans Themistode
The options are seemingly endless for former Middleweight champion Daniel Jacobs.
After a competitive loss to Canelo Alvarez in September of 2019, Jacobs ditched the 160 pound division and opted for comfortability at 168. The results so far have been exactly what he was hoping for as he stopped Julio Cesar Chavez Jr in the fifth round of their contest in December of 2019.
Now that Jacobs has gotten his feet wet, he’s looking to jump into the deep end. But before he does, he is contemplating taking on a lesser name in the division.
“As far as right now, it’s this little, little weasel that is in my little spine and that I can’t get out,” Jacobs told Hearn during an Instagram Live interview. “And his name is Gabe Rosado. He’s been annoying the hell out of me. Lord have mercy, this guy, man. So, I don’t know.”
For Rosado, he’s had himself a tough road over the past few years. You can easily make the argument that he’s fought the stiffest competition of just about anyone. Bouts with Alfredo Angulo, Gennadiy Golovkin, Peter Quillin, Jermell Charlo and Willie Monroe Jr proves that point.
With no big name fighters looking in the direction of Rosado, mostly because of his 12 losses, he’s resorted to trash talk. During the past year, Rosado has called out Jacobs at every turn. It isn’t exactly surprising considering Rosado doesn’t seem to like anyone in or around his weight class. But his war of words has gotten the attention of Jacobs.
Call it just business. That’s usually all it is. But Jacobs has other ideas.
“I just think it’s a little envy and it’s a little jealousy,” Jacobs said. “You know, I remember him saying something as far as when I was commentating, trying to say I’m trying to be a fake Andre Ward. But I’m a versatile man. I can do many things. You know, and I think that because he’s a gatekeeper. I think, you know, it doesn’t sit well with him because we all came up together. And for me to surpass him the way that I am and the way that his career has gone, he has to go other routes to get a fight.”
“And what fans don’t understand, you know, we all wanna do it for the fans, as far as picking the best fights. But sometimes there’s the personal fights that you wanna be able to get out. And it’s gonna make a good fight as well. So for me, I’m just looking at this fight, you know, like lamb chops right now, cuz he’s food.”
Keith Thurman: “I Wanna Become a Complete Monster Again”
By: Hans Themistode
Certain fighters are synonymous with the division they currently fight in.
When the name Tyson Fury is mentioned, the overwhelming thought is that he is the best Heavyweight in the world. Canelo Alvarez brings about the same feeling when mentioning the Middleweight division. Vasiliy Lomachenko is the first name that comes to mind whenever the Lightweight division is brung up in conversations.
In the case of the Welterweight division, there are two names that are usually brought up before anyone else. Those would be WBO titlist Terence Crawford and unified champion Errol Spence Jr. Although you would be hard pressed to find a unanimous decision in terms of who is the better fighter, the consensus is that they are the best Welterweights in the world.
Non undying fans of Manny Pacquaio just collectively tossed their computer screens across the room. The now 41 year Pacquiao may garner a few votes, but Spence and Crawford are still in the driver’s seat.
Yet, just a few short years ago, Keith Thurman was the unquestioned best man in the division.
In 2017, then unified champ Keith Thurman had it all. He was fast, strong, smart and with wins over Robert Guerrero, Shawn Porter and Danny Garcia, Thurman was looked at as a star as he held two titles. Fast forward three years later and he looks much different.
The undefeated record is gone. And so are both of his belts. With constant injuries derailing him, Thurman is determined to replace both Spence and Crawford as the best in the division.
“I wanna become a complete monster again, because that’s what I’m capable of,” said Thurman. “I’ve dominated the welterweight division before, and I believe that I can do it again if I come back 100 percent.”
For now, Thurman sits on his familiar chair on the sidelines as he recovers from recent hand surgery. But thanks to the Coronavirus pressing pause indefinitely on the normality of sports around the world, Thurman is using his time away from the sport to his advantage.
“It feels pretty strong, as far it’s all in one piece,” Thurman said. “The flexibility is almost back to 100 percent, so we’re real happy with that. We just know that it hasn’t punched in a while and we still have to build up a little bit more strength in some of the small ligaments around it, to get ready for heavy contact.”
“It’s really just by feel right now. With nothing really on the calendar or anything, I’m not trying to go all out. We’re just building up into heavier contact. But I am getting into light contact as of now. So, it’s really just off of feel. But, you know, being a heavy puncher, I’ve hurt myself many times. So, at the end of the day, we’re just gonna see how it holds up and take it in stages.”
Vergil Ortiz: “I think I’ll Be Ready For Errol Spence in Less Than Two Years”
By: Hans Themistode
For years unified Welterweight champion Errol Spence Jr couldn’t buy a fight. Hell, at one point he could barely get any of the top name fighters to even say his name. Now however, things have changed.
With huge wins over Kell Brook, Lamont Peterson, Mikey Garcia and most recently Shawn Porter, Spence has no shortage of huge fights right at his fingertips.
Still, even with most believing that Spence is the best that the Welterweight division has to offer, he still has to make a bit of noise before some of the more notable names decide to fight him. One fighter however, is anxious to get in the ring with him right now.
“I think I’ll be ready for Errol Spence in less than two years, honestly,” said Welterweight contender Vergil Ortiz. “I don’t want to wait too long to where he’s already on his way out. I want to say that I beat Errol in his prime. Hopefully, we get it on in the Cowboys Stadium.”
Ortiz has grown his popularity over the years thanks to his knockout power. He hasn’t exactly faced the best competition, but through 15 career fights, he has yet to see the final bell. Calling Ortiz a contender would be a bit of a stretch, but he’s seemed to done enough to gain the attention of Spence who was in attendance to catch one of his most recent performance in 2019.
“I’m actually pretty happy that he showed up [for the fight]. It means a lot to me. He used to be my teammate, and he’s a great fighter,” said Ortiz after his win over Orozco last August. “I want to be a four-division world champion. I just want to be remembered.”
Both Spence and Ortiz do share a bit of history with one another as they grew up in the same area in Texas. They also trained in the same gym together.
With Spence being eight years older than Ortiz, the thought of a contest never actually crossed his mind. But with Ortiz making a bit of noise in his weight class, the unlikely pairing between the two could become a reality.
Boxing is Still Fighting Back Against The Coronavirus
By: Hans Themistode
Reality has slowly set in.
This isn’t a movie. Nor is it a new television series on the Sci Fi channel. No, the Coronavirus pandemic has turned the lives of everyone around the world into something that they can hardly recognize.
Bars have been shut down, clubs have boarded up their doors, clothing stores have turned their customers away and boxing gyms have seen their steely doors closed shut.
Although every sport and the lives of everyone has been affected in a major way, boxing and fitness companies have seemingly taken the biggest hit.
From the moment the Coronavirus made its unwanted presence known, the sport of boxing was sent reeling. Boxing events that were scheduled to take place months in advance were forced to cancel and fighters were forced to switch from their daily fitness routines to one that now resembles the life of a potato couch. Even names that seem invincible inside of the ring such as Canelo Alvarez, Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury were forced to take a standing eight count.
Fighters who spent their entire lives ducking punches, are now being taught a new way to fight, as social distancing has been deemed the best way to end the spread of the virus.
Although it has been proven to be our best line of defense, the unexpected closure of boxing gyms comes with a heavy price. Unlike clothing stores and other businesses that serve one particular need, boxing gyms provided individuals with more than just a place to throw punches.
“That gym is an outlet for so many people,” said former amateur boxing standout and current owner of SouthBox gym Eric Kelly. “They work on their craft and achieve their goals. Some people want to be champions while others want to just shed a few pounds. Everybody has different training purposes. For others that gym is therapy. It’s a way out from whatever struggles they might be going through. Whether it struggles at home, at work or with spouses. The gym is just a way out for them.”
Eric Kelly has long had a love affair with the boxing gym. It’s where he not only made his name, but it’s also how he supports himself and his five kids. Over the years, Kelly evolved from a promising New York City fighter, to a street fighter, to now, one of the most recognizable names in the sport of boxing.
That isn’t hyperbole either. No matter if it’s a boxing arena with some of the biggest stars in the world present or simply a small gym with just your average joe’s trying to get a work out in, Kelly becomes the center of attention from the moment that he walks in. So to say that Kelly is feeling the effects of this abrupt work stoppage, would be putting it mildly.
“I’m a parent. I have five children. I’ve got a lot of bills and a lot of responsibilities. That gym is where I make my money. But also traveling to various gyms throughout the city to make my money. But all the gyms are closed, so what do I do?”
Unlike other companies that have no alternatives, Kelly has a few other options in terms of work. But they are hardly ideal.
“I’ve tried a few workouts through FaceTime and Skype but the transition isn’t smooth at all. It’s just not a convenient way of doing things.”
The inconvenience that Kelly describes is replaced with anxiety and fear when speaking to former world champion Heather Hardy.
The life of an athlete is different. Almost gloried to a certain degree. This current work stoppage affects the working class and those that live paycheck to paycheck. Not those who make constant television appearances such as Heather Hardy.
It’s true. Hardy has become a star over the years. Attracting major fights and gracing TV sets with her fan friendly style. But unlike her male counterparts who can afford a work stoppage for an extended amount of time, Hardy cannot.
“I am panicked,” said Hardy. “I’ll be honest, I am panicked, but I’m still functional. When Bruce told me this morning that Gleason’s is closing, I fell on the floor and cried because I don’t know how I’m going to take care of my family.”
“A lot of times, my fights will help me pay some late bills, allow me to treat my daughter to things we normally wouldn’t be able to afford. But my day-to-day job is what keeps the lights on,” she continued. “I train for fights and still teach my clients because I rely on them so heavily. It’s going to be a hard transition not fighting and not having that good paycheck.”
The tears that ran down the face of Hardy during her interview, highlighted the pain and struggle of a female fighter. For years, Hardy has pointed the finger in the direction of women’s pay in the boxing world. But oftentimes, she’s been overlooked.
Still, regardless of her circumstances, Hardy is trying to take the little that she does have and give back to those who need it most.
“We have to be really kind to each other and understand that for as little as we feel we have, there are people who have less than us. How can we help people with less than us? We start from the top, so that we can all make it to the other side … and rebuild together.”
The rebuild for Hardy and the entire boxing community won’t come easy. It also won’t come from taking a lackadaisical approach. No, creativity is the key to get out of this current mess.
“This whole situation forces you to think. You have to think outside of the box. You have to get creative. If you want to be special then you have to mastermind a plan that’s going to serve you good during this downtime. You have to use this time right now to figure things out. Your back is against the wall so what you gonna do? You can’t go to work, you can’t go chill at your boys house. You can’t even just go out for a walk so what you gonna do? Use this time to think. If you are an elite mind, then you can use this time to your advantage and that’s what I’m going to do. I can’t sit here and cry. You’re still alive so you have to figure things out.”
Too many times has sports been used in comparison to life.
A basketball court is just that, a basketball court. The football field is simply a green piece of grass. The correlation between those sports and life are infinitesimal. But boxing on the other hand, provides more life lessons than them all.
For professional fighters, they are taught how to fight during the most adverse situations. They’ve also been given the ability to adapt no matter what.
Those life lessons that Kelly learned in the ring, is exactly what he is leaning on today to get him through this situation.
“The fight is 12 rounds. You might lose the first round, you might lose the second round. You might get knocked down in the ninth round or you might get knocked down in the tenth round, but guess what? It ain’t over til it’s over. You got 12 rounds. I done seen dudes get knocked out in the 12th round. So you never give up. I’m not going to break down, I’m going to break through.”
Modern Classics: Curry-McCrory
By: Sean Crose
Donald Curry was a rising star in the sport of boxing. Milton McCrory, too, was a fighter on the rise. Both men were welterweights. Both men held world titles. A unification match was in order for divisional supremacy, and to further the career of the winner. And so, on the 6th day of December 1985, Curry and McCrory met at the Las Vegas Hilton to decide who was the best man at welterweight. The 23-0 Curry was the favorite walking in, but the 27-0-1 McCrory, who fought out of Detroit’s famed Kronk Gym, had over 22 knockouts on his resume. “McCrory,” HBO’s Larry Merchant said before the bout: “is regarded as a good fighter. Curry is regarded as possibly a great fighter.”
The difference in skill and outlook between the two men was evident immediately. McCrory entered the ring looking completely relaxed, so relaxed that one might have wondered if he was focused enough on the task at hand (although the fighter looked to be in top physical condition). Curry, on the other hand, oozed intensity during his walk to the ring. Here as a man on a mission. He had wanted to face McCrory for a while. Now was his chance.
The first round was a story of strength. Although considerably taller than Curry, McCrory was unable to keep his man at bay. Curry, who was nicknamed “The Cobra” for a reason, was able strike from his high defense at will. What’s more, Curry’s shots were powerful, far more powerful than anything McCrory was able to land. By round’s end it was clear that McCrory was unable to keep the relentless Curry off of him. In between rounds, trainer Emanuel Steward told McCrory to employ his left more effectively. “I believe he’s going to burn himself out,” he said of Curry. “Keep the left hand out there.”
Curry, however, wouldn’t let the fight last long enough to have to worry about burning out. At 1:36 in the second round, he floored his man with a thunderous left hook.
McCrory was able to somehow beat the count, but what followed bordered on frightening. Curry raced forward and delivered a vicious right hand. McCrory crashed to the mat and lay there with his eyes open, barely conscious, if conscious at all. Referee Mills Lane counted to ten and the world had a new undisputed welterweight king. Curry had entered the ring with the WBA and IBF belts, now he had McCrory’s WBC belt, as well. The sky seemed to be the limit that night for the 24 year old Texan. Although he may not have gone on to attain the heights former welterweight powerhouses Ray Leonard, Tommy Hearns, and Roberto Duran did, there was little doubt in Las Vegas that evening as to who was the current top man in the division.
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Amir Khan Ponders Retirement: “Should I fight?”
By: Hans Themistode
While the rest of the boxing world is wondering when they’ll fight, former two division world champion Amir Khan is reflecting on whether or not he will ever enter the ring again.
It’s been a number of years since Khan has been considered a title contender. And it’s been even longer since he wore gold around his waist. The one time silver medalist may have a number of credible names that he’s defeated in the ring on his resume, but he hasn’t beaten a top name opponent since his points win over Devon Alexander in 2014.
Since then, Khan scraped by Chris Algieri but was brutally stopped by Canelo Alvarez shortly after. His win over Billy Dib in his last ring appearance was far from impressive as Dib moved up several weight classes to take the fight.
The win for Khan was more of a deodorant to cover up his disappointing loss against Terence Crawford. During the contest, Khan was beaten down and presumably quit in the sixth round. With the losses piling up over the years, Khan seems to be unnerved about his future.
“Am I going to fight again?” Said Khan. “I don’t know, I’m in two minds. Should I fight? Financially, I’ve done very well for myself. Do I need to do one more fight which could ruin my whole legacy? I don’t know the answer. I’m up against myself. I’m debating with myself should I carry on or call it a day?”
At the age of 33, it’s still a bit early in the career of Khan to hang up the gloves completely. But with the wars and brutal knockout losses he has suffered over the years, retirement could be just around the corner.
Regardless of his decision, the career that Khan has carved out is something that most fighters only dream of. But both he and his fans could grow to regret the decision.
For the better part of 15 years, Khan spent his career facing some of the best names in the sport of boxing. Along the way, he’s picked up some huge wins, but he’s also suffered some devastating losses. Still, regardless of the outcome, Khan never ducked a soul.
But in the case of his biggest rival Kell Brook, Khan has still chosen not to jump into the ring against him. Any chances of the two facing one another are bleak at best. Fans of his can still hold onto hope, seeing how Khan hasn’t officially retired yet. But, time is certainly running out.
“I’m just going to wait and see how I feel after a full training camp. Even if I feel I cannot do it anymore, I can walk away knowing I have done everything. My love for boxing is still there and I love boxing to bits. But until I see how I feel after a long, hard, grueling camp, then I won’t know for sure.”
Mikey Garcia Already Has a Plan if Chosen to Fight Manny Pacquiao
By: Hans Themistode
Time has changed the perception of Mikey Garcia. Both good and bad.
From roughly 2006-2014, Garcia was viewed as one of the best in all of boxing. He wasn’t spectacular in any area, but all he did was win, win, win and win some more. Simply put, you couldn’t name the best boxers in the world without mentioning Mikey Garcia.
Then, out of seemingly nowhere, Garcia hit the sidelines for over two years amidst contract issues. As the old saying goes, out of sight out of mind. Garcia had effectively become yesterday’s news. But once he re-emerged two and half years later, he reclaimed a spot amongst the best in the world with wins over Dejan Zlaticanin, Adrien Broner, Sergey Lipinets and Robert Easter Jr.
No matter where you looked, there just wasn’t a single pound for pound list that didn’t have the name Mikey Garcia. Even with all of his success, Garcia saw his lowest point after he moved up two weight classes and lost to Welterweight champ, Errol Spence Jr in 2019.
It wasn’t that he simply lost. In fact, many were expecting it. But it was the manner in which he was dominated. Garcia lost every single round against Spence and at no point was it competitive.
The sort of loss that Garcia suffered isn’t just difficult to bounce back from, but it also makes it difficult for him to attract big name fighters. Well, Fast forward one year later, and Garcia finds himself near the top once again.
The cause? A great performance against former multiple division champion Jessie Vargas.
Now that Garcia has regained most of his credibility, he finds himself in line for another big fight. This time, against Manny Pacquiao.
For years the two pound for pound stars have been rumored to face off with one another. Now however, things seem to be getting serious as Garcia, Spence, WBO Welterweight champion Terence Crawford and former two division champ Danny Garcia are all in the running to face him next.
Who Pacquiao chooses is anyone’s guess. But if Garcia gets the call, he already has an idea on how he would fight Pacquiao.
“He’s very aggressive, very experienced, very strong,” Garcia said of Pacquiao. “But I look at it as an opportunity for me to fight very smart and try to counter-punch, very similar to the way Marquez fought Manny. You know, Juan Manuel Marquez was very, very intelligent, a great counter-puncher. He did fight Manny, you know, four times. And even though he lost the middle two fights, I felt like he had won. So, I think it’ll be very similar in that way, where I can use my intelligence, my counter-punching abilities and timing to try and beat and overcome that aggressiveness and power that Manny possesses.”
At the moment, promoter Eddie Hearn is hoping to bring a contest between Garcia and Pacquiao to Saudi Arabia sometime later this year.
Tyson Fury Looking Forward to Another Fight With Wilder: “You Never Tire of Beating Deontay Wilder”
By: Hans Themistode
The entire boxing world stood with both their eyes and jaws wide open as Tyson Fury did exactly what he said he would against Deontay Wilder.
Fury not only warned everyone who listened that he was going to stop Wilder, but he also said he was going to make it look easy.
Check and check.
Fury dropped and stopped Wilder in the seventh round of their contest at the MGM Grand Arena, in Las Vegas Nevada.
There were a bevy of scenarios that many people believed would happen.
A Tyson Fury decision win, a Deontay Wilder stoppage victory or maybe another draw. Anything but what actually happened. But with the reality of what actually occurred finally settling in, fans buckled up and prepared for them to do it again.
July 18th, was the chosen date for the third and what many believe would be the last fight between them. But with this Coronavirus pandemic wiping out every sport for the time being, their contest has been pushed back to roughly October.
Technically on the scoreboard Tyson has one win and one draw against Wilder, but many believe he should have two wins against no losses. Regardless of the actual score, if it was up to Fury he could spend the rest of his career beating Wilder over and over and over again.
“I’ll be obliged to give him a bit more,” said Fury. “You never tire of beating Deontay Wilder, it’s one of those things you take great pride in doing. I really did what I said I was going to do. Not many people, in boxing especially, say something and then do exactly what they were going to do. So I was quite proud of the performance. I’m really looking forward to getting all this coronavirus out of the way and the world getting back on track and getting back to my job.”
Daniel Jacobs Rates David Benavidez The Best and Caleb Plant The Worst Amongst The 168 Pound Champions
By: Hans Themistode
Daniel Jacobs seemed to be enjoying his brief time at his new division. After years of struggling to make the 160 pound limit, Jacobs made the call to move up eight pounds. The results so far have been pretty good. A fifth round stoppage win against Julio Cesar Chavez Jr in his last ring appearance.
Although it’s long been proven that Chavez Jr won’t live up to his father’s name, he is still a solid opponent. Jacobs made it look easy when the two faced off on December 20th, at the Talking Stick Resort Arena, in Phoenix Arizona.
With Jacobs no longer having to worry about cutting any extra weight, he feels somewhat free in his new weight class. Still, that doesn’t mean things will be easy.
At the moment, the 168 pound division is known as one of the best in all of boxing. With champions such as IBF belt holder Caleb Plant, WBC champion David Benavidez, WBA titlist Callum Smith and WBO champ Billy Joe Saunders, the path to another title won’t be easy for Jacobs. Yet, during a recent FaceTime interview with promoter Eddie Hearn, he did give his opinion on who he believes is the weak link out of that championship bunch.
“To say who’s the best is kinda hard to say. But I would say, I mean, all those guys are top,” Jacobs said. “I would probably put Plant at the bottom of those names that you just named. I think Plant is good, but I think, you know, I think he can be beat. He’s beatable. I see a lot of flaws in his game.”
With just 20 fights under his record, Plant would seem to have the least experience. But many peg him as the best boxer at 168.
With boxers, along with most of the world, having absolutely nothing to do thanks to the Coronavirus pandemic, it shouldn’t take long for Plant to hear what Jacobs feels about him.
The former Middleweight champ doesn’t just have an eye on Plant though, but every single one of the champions. Including the one name he believes is better than the rest.
“As far as Benavidez, he’s probably the strongest that I’ve seen amongst those guys that you just mentioned. But now that I’m coming up to the super middleweight division, it’s interesting. And now these guys have my attention. I’m gonna be studying, looking forward to what’s next, what’s best for me and my career.”
If Saunders is Out, Who Should Canelo Face Next?
By: Hans Themistode
Billy Joe Saunders scored the golden ticket. Then, in true Billy Joe Saunders like fashion, he lost it. Or at least that’s what it seems like.
Getting a contest against pound for pound star Canelo Alvarez isn’t easy. When you campaign at three different weight classes, the options are endless. Yet, Saunders did enough both in the ring, and with his words, to land the biggest fight of his career.
On May 2nd, in Las Vegas Nevada, Saunders was set to take on Alvarez with his WBO Super Middleweight title on the line. Even with the Coronavirus pandemic pressing pause on all sporting events around the world, Saunders had nothing to worry about. Alvarez already agreed to fight him. So when boxing officially opened its doors, Saunders was the first man in line to take on boxing’s biggest star.
The WBO Super Middleweight champion didn’t need to do anything. Just find a way to stay in shape and prepare for the fight of his life.
Hell, if Saunders simply locked himself inside of his room and chose not to re-emerge until the date of the fight, he would be a happy man. But, with boredom getting the best of him, Saunders thought it would be funny to release a video of himself punching a heavy bag.
Seems innocent right?
That would be true until you realize Saunders made said heavy bag play the role of wives all over the world. With everyone quarantining at home to prevent the spread of the virus, Saunders thought it would be funny to record a video of what all husbands should do to their wives should they get on their nerves too much.
Not only did several people find it not funny, but now, Saunders had his boxing license taken away.
It’s too early to tell, but his chances of facing Alvarez now looks a bit bleak.
So what should Alvarez do? If Saunders is officially out, then who should replace him? Keep reading to find out some viable options.
Before the Coronavirus sent boxing to the sidelines, not only was Alvarez set to take on Saunders, but he was also ready to fight fellow Middleweight champion Gennadiy Golovkin for a third time. But with boxing on an indefinite hiatus, and with Saunders seemingly out as an opponent, then why not just jump straight into a contest against Golovkin?
If we’re lucky, boxing will return during the second half of the year, sometime in the fall. Although Alvarez usually gets two fights in per year, he could be forced to settle for one. If that’s the case, then allow these two to put an end to their rivalry once and for all.
23 year old Jaime Munguia has some pretty big aspirations. Not only does he want to win a world title in his second weight class, but he also wants to be known as one of the greatest Mexican fighters ever. He can accomplish the first part of his goals with some careful matchmaking. But in order to achieve the second part, he’ll need to take on some big names. In the case of Canelo Alvarez, it doesn’t get any bigger.
If Alvarez is steadfast on fighting twice this year and doesn’t simply want a soft touch, then a fight against Munguia makes sense.
Billy Joe Saunders Gets License Suspended and is Ripped by Heather Hardy and Claressa Shields
By: Hans Themistode
For the better part of four years, WBO Super Middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders spent the vast majority of his time calling out Canelo Alvarez. After years of employing the same tactics, Saunders finally got his wish. A date with Alvarez on May 2nd with Saunders WBO title on the line.
Now, ironically enough, Saunders used his words to land the biggest fight of his career. But now, his words are about to cost him.
With the entire world seemingly on quarantine thanks to the Coronavirus pandemic, Saunders thought it would be funny to share a video of what men should do to their female spouses should they get on their nerves too much during isolation.
Saunders quickly found out that he was the only one in the room laughing.
Domestic violence has always been a hot button topic. Too many athletes have found themselves in trouble for simply failing to keep their hands to themselves. Saunders may not have actually put his hands on a female, but everyone, including his promoter Eddie Hearn is shaking their head at him.
“I was appalled really,” said Hearn. “It was so idiotic, it was so frustrating because I know Billy well. He’s a really good kid, with a really good heart … but every now and again he does the most stupid things.”
“It’s unacceptable for Joe Bloggs down the street to do it. It’s much more unacceptable for a world champion boxer to be doing it. People who are in abusive relationships are watching that video. You cannot do it, it’s unacceptable.”
Unfortunately, domestic violence is a common occurrence. Yet, you might be willing to bet that one woman has never had to deal with it. That would be arguably the best female boxer in the world, Claressa Shields. With two gold medals, world titles in three different weight classes and an undefeated record, you would have to be crazy to even think about putting your hands on Shields.
While she isn’t worried about herself. She did offer a bit of advice to all the ladies in abusive relationships.
Necessary? Also yes.
Another fighter who decided to jump all over Billy Joe Saunders is former WBO Featherweight champion Heather Hardy.
“This is not funny,” Hardy wrote in a Tweet that she has since deleted. “I can’t imagine the number of people quarantined in abusive and dangerous spaces right now, and this dumb piece of sh*t makes a joke about ‘how to hit your annoying wife.”
The words of Hardy, Shields and Hearn were sharp, but Saunders really felt it when his boxing license was suspended.
“Having considered comments made by Billy Joe Saunders on social media,” the BBBofC said in a statement, “we have suspended his boxer’s license pending a hearing under the board’s misconduct regulation, at a time and venue to be confirmed as soon as possible.”
Saunders has always been known as having thick skin and unapologetic. But this time around, he’s noticed that he made a huge mistake.
For what it’s worth, the boxing community has seemingly appreciated the apology. Even Hardy came around and apparently wants to sweep things under the rug.
While Hardy may not think that Saunders is “dick head” the rest of the world may still feel that way. He has always been perceived in an unfavorable light and this situation certainly doesn’t help.
If Saunders hopes to get into the good graces of everyone he’ll need to take even more action. That would include becoming a social advocate against domestic violence.
As for his contest with Canelo, unless he can somehow get his license back, he may have lost the biggest fight of his career before it even started.
Boxing Hall of Fame Postpones 2020 Class Until 2021 Due to Coronavirus
By: Hans Themistode
Reaching the Hall of Fame is the goal for every athlete.
It doesn’t quite matter what sport you’re discussing, the end goal is always the same. In the sport of boxing, getting to the Hall of Fame is beyond important. Winning world titles and claiming a spot on the pound for pound list is great. But they are all meaningless in comparison.
Landing a spot in the Hall, officially stamps a fighters status as an all-time great. And this year’s 2020 class had done just that over the course of their careers.
The loaded class which contains names such as former two division world champ Bernard Hopkins, three division titlist Shane Mosley, four division champion Juan Manuel Marquez, former women’s belt holder Christy Martin and promoters Lou DiBella and Kathy Duva were set to be inducted in June of 2020. Now however, they will have to wait a bit longer as the Coronavirus has officially moved back their induction date.
The 2020 class will now be inducted in 2021. As for the 2021 class, they will also be inducted as well in what is being described as a double ceremony.
“By combining the celebrations of the induction classes of 2020 and 2021, the Hall of Fame can honor inductees with all the bells and whistles that the Hall of Fame Weekend is known for,” Hall of Fame executive director Edward Brophy said.
“By honoring the two classes in a one-of-a-kind induction weekend, the Hall of Fame will be able to put all the winning combinations together for the inductees, fans and the entire sport of boxing.”
The newly minted Hall of Fame inductees are always memorable. But the 2020 class is one of the very best of all-time.
Throughout the 23 year career of Shane Mosley, he accomplished just about everything humanly possible. In 1998 and 2000 Mosely was voted the fighter of the year. He followed that up with back to back rankings in 2000 and 2001 as the best pound for pound fighter in the world by The Ring magazine. Mosley also won his fair share of big fights. His resume includes two wins over Oscar De La Hoya, Fernando Vargas, Luis Collazo and Antonio Margarito.
In any other year, Mosley would be viewed as the main prize. But with former undisputed Middleweight champ Bernard Hopkins also on the list, Mosley will gladly play second fiddle.
If there’s one fight that boxers can’t win, it’s against Father Time. But Hopkins may have handed it the first loss of its career.
Forget about the record setting 20 title defenses that Hopkins set in the Middleweight division. Also ignore his ridiculous resume that includes wins over Jean Pascal, Roy Jones Jr, Antonio Tarver, Oscar De La Hoya and Felix Trinidad.
Simply stare at his other achievement. Hopkins at 48, holds the record as the oldest fighter to win a world title. When he finally decided to call it a career at the age of 51, it wouldn’t have surprised anyone if he decided to change course and keep things going. The two division champion kept himself in shape all year round. Because of that, he was nearly impossible to beat in his prime.
The 2020 Hall of Fame class is one of the most memorable in recent memory. But at this point, they will have to wait one full year before they receive the biggest honor of their careers.