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Keith Thurman: ‘Brook Deserves Mayweather Over Amir Khan’

He enjoys a considerable base of support here in the UK – and top American welterweight Keith Thurman, who boxes Luis Collazo next month on Premier Boxing Champions on ESPN – has spoken out regarding the “Mayweather September Sweepstakes” to suggest that if it is not he who gets the call to face his countryman and P4P star for “Money’s” 49th fight, then British IBF champion Kell Brook is more than deserving of the opportunity.

Speaking to BehindTheGloves.com Thurman also went as far as to suggest that Brook’s domestic rival Amir Khan – who has been publicly chasing a Floyd fight for over 2 years – has yet to show he truly belongs at 147 and thus is not as deserving a challenger. Continue reading

The Forgotten Fight: Lemieux v N’Dam Preview

(Photo credit: Photo Credit: Eye of The Tiger Management) We are spoilt for choice as boxing fans this weekend as no fewer than three big clashes hit our screens. We of course have the PBC Broner v Porter card, as well as the “Son of God’s” return in Oakland when Andre Ward takes on Britain’s Paul Smith – who incidentally came in a whopping 4 lbs over the agreed 172 catch-weight.

However the one fight that has seemingly gone under the radar is the IBF 160 lb title fight between big -punching French-Canadian David Lemieux and France’s teak tough Hassan N’Dam. It is on Fox Sports 2 in the US and has thankfully been picked up by Boxnation in the UK. Continue reading

Broner-Porter & Ward-Smith: For Every Action

(Photo credit: Tom Hogan – Hoganphotos/Roc Nation Sports) Call it a cliché, Newton’s third law of motion or Karma or whatever you like; it’s a fact of daily life, in all forms, that for every action there is a reaction.

This is especially true of professional sports in which human beings have forever sought to gain an unfair advantage in a perceived fair world.

There are few sports to which this statement can be most aptly applied down the years than boxing. That’s not to say other sports don’t have their problems, corruption is of course prevalent in almost all walks of life and all forms of business in modern society. Continue reading

Andre Ward – Paul Smith weigh-in

By Waldon White: Earlier today, WBC super middleweight champion Andre S.O.G. Ward (27-0 14 KO’s) and challenger Paul “Real Gone Kid” Smith (35-5, 20 KO’s) came together to weigh in for Saturday nights main event at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California. Fellow Roc Nation fighter Miguel Cotto also stopped by for a photo op. Ward weighed in at 171.8lbs, looking lean and ready to fight. Paul Smith weighed in at 176.4 lbs, which was 4.4 lbs. over the agreed upon 172 catch-weight.

Smith’s camp decided to accept the fine rather than lose the additional weight required of all professional fighters. Smith may somehow think that the extra weight may give him an advantage over Ward, who has not fought since 2013. Continue reading

Adrien Broner vs. Shawn Porter: To Catch A Predator

Adrien “The Problem” Broner faces “Showtime” Shawn Porter for Ohio bragging rights not to mention a large step forward on the ladder to stardom. The fight takes place at the MGM Grand Garden in Las Vegas and will be broadcasted live on NBC. A catchweight has been implored by Broner in efforts to reduce Porter’s strength and stamina. Can Broner effectively play matador to Porter’s bull rush in a game of catch the predator? Continue reading

Shawn Porter Wants To Make Broner Pay / No Catch-Weight Concerns

(Photo credit: Idris Erba/Mayweather Promotions) If there were any worries over his mental and physical state ahead of Saturday’s 144 lb catch-weight fight against Adrien Broner – then Shawn Porter isn’t allowing them to show – assuring everybody at the heated final presser that he is more than ready to make his Ohioan rival pay and that he intends on coming out of that ring the clear winner.

Talking to fighthype.com about Broner’s antics, Porter was adamant that he won’t let “The Problem” get under his skin. Asked if he felt that was Broner’s intention with the verbal barbs he directed towards the former IBF champion and father Kenny, “Showtime” said; Continue reading

Is Deontay Wilder the heavyweight champion American fans have been waiting for? (VIDEO)

American heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder made the first defense of his WBC title when he scored a 9th round KO victory against the lightly regarded Eric Molina. The fight, which took place in Wilder’s home state of Alabama, saw the champion drop the challenger 3 times before viciously stopping him with a fourth knockdown in the 9th round which prompted referee Jack Reiss to immediately call a halt to the bout. With the victory, Wilder improved to 34-0, with 33 of his victories coming inside the distance. Continue reading

Ward : I’m Telling The World I’m Back / Smith Realistic

(Photo credit: Tom Hogan – Hoganphotos) Former P4P boss Andre Ward – removed from most lists through his 19 months of inactivity – is keen to make a statement on Saturday night when he fights Britain’s Paul Smith in his Oakland backyard, insisting to Sky Sports – who are screening the bout – that he is out to tell the world he is back.

It’s a monumental task that the Liverpool fighter is facing – irrespective of Ward’s inactivity – and the former 168 lb world title challenger will further be hindered by the 172 lb catch-weight insisted on by the American. Continue reading

Tim Bradley Breaks Down Porter v Broner / Backs “The Problem”

(Photo credit: Idris Erba/Mayweather Promotions) He fights on June 27th against Jessie Vargas in Carson, California in a fight that may or may not be for the WBO 147 lb title dependent on what Floyd Mayweather chooses to do with it, yet ahead of this weekend’s Porter v Broner clash from The MGM Grand, Las Vegas, “Desert Storm” Tim Bradley has spoke to fighthype.com to break down the clash, offering that he thinks “The Problem” is going to be the man with the edge on the night.

He said of the 144 lb catch-weight contest; Continue reading

Adrien Broner: ‘I Wanna Fight Everybody!’

(Photo credit: Idris Erba/Mayweather Promotions) There is a good deal of anticipation surrounding Saturday’s clash from the MGM Grand Garden Arena that sees Adrien Broner and Shawn Porter headline the latest of Al Haymon’s Premier Boxing Champions cards, with top American welterweight prospect Errol Spence Jr providing chief support against late replacement Phil Lo Greco.

Speaking at this week’s media scrum via fighthub Broner appeared to be talking the talk, seemingly suggesting that Porter sees the fight – and “The Problem” – as his big shot. Continue reading