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Mayweather Jr. vs. Pacquiao on May 2nd?

While BoxRec.com may not be the all knowing boxing entity, in general they are on the dot when it comes to announcing bouts before they are made public to the fans and the media. It is not unusual to see a fight announced on boxrec days, and even sometimes weeks before it get officially confirmed.

Last night, for a very shot while before it was taken off the website, BoxRec.com had Floyd Mayweather Jr. scheduled to face Manny Pacquiao on May 2, 2015, at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. Continue reading

Amir Khan wants Pacquiao fight

After his recent, and fourth in a row victory over Devon Alexander (26-3-0), Amir Khan (30-3-0) seems to be back on the paved track to a mega-fight.

After a loss to Lamont Peterson in 2011, and a brutal TKO loss to Danny Garcia in 2012, Khan’s future seemed to be escaping his grasp. In boxing, a couple losses in a row can nosedive a career, weakening a possibility for a huge payday. Continue reading

Vitali Klitschko: “Sdunek was like a father to me”

Of the entire elite roster of professional boxers, Fritz Sdunek had one favorite, one boxer that he loved and cherished as their mutual career took off to unbelievable heights. Like Freddie Roach is a father model to Pacquiao, so was Sdunek to Vitali Klitschko. They not only appreciated each other in a professional setting, but were a true family outside of it.

“I was shocked to find out about Fritz’s death. I cannot believe it. Fritz has gone through many trials in the recent past. He beat cancer, and has gone through a heart surgery. It’s hard to believe that his heart no longer beats. I know many people, but have never met anyone with such a soul, and with such a truly big and kind heart. A heart that warmed everyone around him. Continue reading

Dedicated Boxing Coach Fritz Sdunek Passes

Losing anyone, fighter or trainer in the sport of boxing, is a tremendous crush. The sport has a very tight community, held together by those who have dedicated their lives to its progress.

Today in Hamburg, Germany, a well known and most certainly respected long time boxing trainer Fritz Sdunek has passed away due to a heart attack. At 67 years of age, Sdunek has achieved a tremendous amount of success in boxing, having trained an impressive stable of champions. Some of the notable fighters that have successfully worked with him include: Denis Boytsov, Alexander Dimitrenko, Dariusz Michalczewski, Dariusz Michalczewski, Zsolt Erdei, Felix Sturm, and of course Vitali Klitschko. Continue reading

Mayweather Jr. vs. Pacquiao on May 2: Bob Arum says that’s Canelo’s date

In a recent interview with Showtime’s Steve Farhood, Floyd Mayweather Jr. made it absolutely clear that he is ready to cross the ropes and face Manny Pacquiao on May 2 of next year:

“I’d love to fight Manny Pacquiao”;”Bob Arum is stopping the fight. We have been trying to make this fight happen behind the scenes for years now, but the fans and the people have been fooled because they have been listening to people on just one side. Now it’s time for us to talk. We want to fight. We’re ready. Let’s make it happen May 2nd, Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao. Let’s do it!”, “Let’s make this fight happen for the people and for the fans, Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao, May 2nd, ‘Cinco de Mayweather,” were some of the things that Money May stated during the interview. Continue reading

Pacquiao: “A fight with Amir would be an exciting fight”

The road to Manny Pacquiao versus Floyd Mayweather Jr. has been long and treacherous. With fans waiting and hoping, both champions seem to have varying stories about why the other one is the cause for the fight not being made. While Mayweather Jr. is feeling alright without having the name Manny Pacquiao on his resume, the Filipino champion seems to want this fight sooner rather than later.

“I’ll never be frustrated if the Floyd fight doesn’t happen. Modesty aside, I’m happy and content with the legacy I have in boxing, even if I don’t fight Floyd. Though I’m ready to fight him anytime, anywhere – it’s him who refuses. I’ve made it clear that I want to fight him,” stated Pacquiao to The Telegraph.co.uk right before his bout against Chris Algieri in Macau, China. Continue reading

Alexander Povetkin is in Wladimir Klitschko’s Future Plans

Maybe it’s his dominance in the heavyweight division, his skill-set and physical abilities above those who challenge him, and perhaps his opposition doesn’t have that explosive marketability, but it seems as though Wladimir Klitschko doesn’t have to push himself too hard in his title defenses, making his fights seem effortless and even static to a degree. It’s a rare occurrence for the boxing community to get excited about any of his bouts.

The last fight that I can think of, where there was genuine interest and enthusiasm from the boxing fans as well as the media, was when Wladimir faced Alexander Povetkin in Moscow, Russia, last October. That fight was not only a popularity success, but also one of the biggest financial accomplishments for team Klitschko. Continue reading

Tomasz Adamek Hangs Em’ Up

In his last fight on November 8 in Krakow, Poland, Tomasz Adamek (49-4-0) suffered a 10 round UD loss to a much younger Artur Szpilka (16-1-0).

At 38 years of age, after endless rounds of tremendous memorable boxing, Adamek has declared retirement.

“I would like to thank all the fans for their support. I have arrived to the end of the road, when it’s necessary to say goodbye. Of course I could have continued fighting, wait for a big payday, but to be honest I am not interested in that anymore. I will do something else. In the fight against Szpilk there was very little of the real Adamek. My body is tired of many years of endless effort. Continue reading

Ruslan Provodnikov back in USA on March 28

This past Saturday night, Ruslan Provodnikov (24-3-0) had successfully defeated Jose Luis Castillo (66-12-1) via a 5 round TKO in Moscow, Russia.

Provodnikov has a very timid personality outside of the ring, paired with an exceptionally crown pleasing style inside the ring. There are always people willing to pay to come see his action packed fights live. That is why his promoter Art Pelullo is having Provodnikov fight in the USA as soon as possible.

“Now Ruslan is coming back to fight on HBO. This will be in the USA in March, possibly March 28th. We are looking at Marcos Maidana, Danny Garcia, and Lucas Matthysse,” stated Pelullo. Continue reading

Kubrat Pulev to Wladimir Klitschko: “Earn my respect!”

As with any loss, comes not only a period of denial, but also hope. Rarely does a fighter admit to losing because their opponent was simply better, throwing verbal jabs and suggestions at something other than their boxing ability that may have caused their loss.

Losing to Wladimir Klitschko has become a standard in the heavyweight division, as the towering Ukrainian champion has developed a style that has been working for him without a flaw. For Klitschko’s latest victim Kubrat Pulev, accepting his 5th round knockout loss is not something that he is willing to give in to. Continue reading