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Miguel Cotto gifts boxing fans a thrilling future

Sometimes boxing hands its fans surprises, outcomes that open doors to more exhilarating fights, and this is something that every boxing fan can appreciate and treasure. There are too many people out there, claiming that boxing is a lost sport, bringing less entertainment and claiming a miniscule number of new fans. While sometimes even I start believing such rumors, its fights like Miguel Cotto vs. Sergio Martinez that change my mind, bringing my thought back to where they belong: appreciating the sport and seeing it flourish.

Weeks leading up to the fight, it was clear that the majority of boxing community expected Sergio Martinez to win the fight. Why? Some claimed that he was simply a fresher fighter, with better footwork and ring generalship. Truth be told, I was one of those people. Rummaging through various forums, I found that loads of boxing fans wholeheartedly believed that Cotto was simply too old and had been through too many wars. Some suggested that he was now devoting too much time to the business aspect of his career, and that maybe it would be wise for Miguel to hang up the gloves and dive into his promotional endeavors. Continue reading

Cotto vs. Martinez: Will Martinez float like a butterfly and sting like a bee?

When a fight like Miguel Cotto vs. Sergio Martinez is right around the corner, boxing fans brace themselves for not only a tremendous fight, but a bloody war as well.

Both fighters are thrilling, both have a burning desire for victory, and both are willing to fight each other’s fight. Having said that, there are some clear stylistic and strategic differences in both men, and I believe that it will be the style of boxing that will win this fight for Sergio Martinez.

While we all know Cotto to be an extraordinary warrior with a heart unmatched my most, he is still the type of boxer that requires there to be a brawl, or at least a few power exchanges now and then. Don’t get me wrong, he is as experienced and smart as any, but his hunger and aggression often belittles everything else. Continue reading

Freddie Roach would watch Pacquiao vs. Provodnikov on TV from home

It is no secret that most, if not all boxing trainers would prefer not have their fighters face each other. Aside from having the difficulty of choosing which one to train, it is a mental burden knowing that you could have potentially ended one of your own client’s careers.

The idea of Ruslan Provodnikov vs. Manny Pacquiao has been slowly gaining ground, although no official talks ever taken place. Still, the two explosive styles would most certainly make a crowd friendly event. It would most likely turn out to be a non-stop action from bell to bell, with one of the fighters probably leaving the arena with a KO loss on their record. Continue reading

IBF agrees to give Wladimir Klitschko a profit percentage of 80/20 instead of 75/25 in his next bout

“Wladimir sends his gratitude to IBF, the president Daryl Peoples, as well as everyone else on the board, for their support in changing the division of profits to 80/20. Wladimir will defend his IBF title for the seventeenth time in his next fight, whether it will be against Pulev or Stiverne. For us, it doesn’t matter,” stated Boente, Wladimir’s manager. Continue reading

Bernd Boente suggests Klitschko vs. Stiverne for the sake of history

For the heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko, finding a formidable foe which not only fits contractual parameters but pleases the fans as well is no easy task.

While Wladimir steps inside the ring on a regular basis, his opposition is not always as exciting and competitive as we would like.

Lately, boxing fans have been asking for Klitschko vs. Kubrat Pulev, and while there have been some rumors surrounding the possibility of this fight happening, it seems as though team Klitschko would rather face Bermane Stiverne.

“The only reason that Wladimir wants to face Stiverne instead of Pulev, is because he wants to make history. Continue reading

Arums labels Provodnikov as a potential opponent for Pacquiao

If Juan Manuel Marquez declines to fight Manny Pacquiao for the fifth time, Bob Arum already has an exciting replacement: Ruslan Provodnikov.

“Ruslan is fighting on June 14 on HBO, it will be shown in the Philippines. He is also a potential opponent,” declared Arum via abs-cbnnews.com.

While I was thinking that Maidana vs. Provodnikov would make for a phenomenal bout, Arum suggesting Ruslan facing Manny took the excitement to a whole new higher level. Continue reading

Top Rank’s Bob Arum Boasts Mayweather Jr. vs. Pacquiao Confidence

Bob Arum may be the only one in the entire world to be so confident that Mayweather Jr. will soon face his pride and glory Manny Pacquaio, but who is Arum trying to convince? Himself or the boxing community?

“I think that fight will eventually happen. We are certainly open to the fight happening and we are prepared to sit down with the Mayweather team at any time and work out terms,” stated Arum. Continue reading

Wladimir Klitschko’s Business and Opponent Approach Compared to Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s

When it comes to making money, it seems like there is simply no parallel to Floyd Mayweather Jr. Whether it’s a guaranteed paycheck, record PPV numbers, or his ability to run Mayweather Promotions, Floyd is a genius when it comes to raking up dozens of millions of dollars thanks to his self promotion and boxing talent.

There have been countless debates about who else compares to Mayweather Jr. in that department. Some have suggested that Manny Pacquiao is a good rival when it comes to cashing in, but after looking at the numbers, this is simply not true. If not Pacquaio, than who?

According to James Ali Bashir, Wladimir Klitschko’s co-trainer, Wladimir and Floyd are very similar in their approach to the financial process of their fights. Continue reading

The road back to Kliltschko: Povetkin vs. Charr on May 30, 2014 in Moscow, Russia

In September of 2012, Manuel Charr (26-1-0) suffered his first career loss to Vitali Klitschko via a fourth round TKO. Since then, Charr added five victories to his resume, but has not forgotten his loss. Ever since his loss, Manuel always mentioned his goal of facing Vitali in a rematch, but alas this is no longer a plausible plan, as Vitali Klitschko has retired from boxing and submerged himself in Ukrainian politics. Still, his brother Wladimir is holding the throne, and Charr has been bringing his name up every chance he gets.

For Povetkin (26-1-0), October of 2013 was also a first career loss to a Klitschko. While his loss did not result from a knockout, it was still a dominating performance by Povetkin’s opponent Wladimir Klitschko, leaving the Russian champion with respect as well as hunger for revenge. He has vowed to climb back to the top and force a rematch against Wladimir, promising a victory this time around. Continue reading

Mayweather Jr. vs. Maidana: Did Floyd really gift Maidana and the fans the toe-to-toe action?

It’s no secret that Floyd Mayweather Jr. is a virtuoso when it comes to moving, defending, and making his opponent look inadequate. Sure he fights word class champions, and many of them are truly deserving of that opportunity, but aside from Castillo way back in the day, there has not been a challenger that made Floyd work harder than a routine sparring session.

Yesterday, Marcos Maidana did just that. Forget the fact that he came out swinging and did not run of ouf gas until the last second of the last round, and forget his stunning ability to walk through and keep pressing no matter what he himself gets hit with, in his fight against Mayweather Jr. what surprised me, was just how indifferent he looked and performed when facing someone as elusive as Mayweather Jr.

Talking before the fight is one thing, and even trying to persuade the people watching the fight by showing off, sticking out one’s tongue, or even in some cases humping their opponent in the ring, but when it comes to making Mayweather look vulnerable, everyone failed without any glimpse of hope. Continue reading