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Malignaggi Calls Geale A ‘Tune Up’ For Cotto / Not Pumped By The Fight

From his twitter war with Vivian Harris this week, through his verbal attacks on Manny Pacquiao – which have allegedly led to him being banned from the Wild Card Gym for good – Paulie Malignaggi has now taken aim at Daniel Geale by insisting he is nothing but a tune-up for Miguel Cotto ahead of the mooted superfight with Canelo Alvarez, further insisting that this weekend’s fight does ‘nothing for him.’

While opinion is split over the trouble Geale will be able to cause Cotto, The New Yorker has no problem sharing his thoughts on the fight, telling BeRealtv;

“I think this is pretty much a tune up for Miguel ahead of getting in the ring with Canelo later in the year. Geale’s not bad but he’s not at that level.” Continue reading

Gary Shaw Takes A Swipe At Catch Weights

Veteran promoter Gary Shaw has taken a pop at the controversial and seemingly ever popular catch weight trend, ahead of Daniel Geale’s fight with Miguel Cotto this Saturday, saying at yesterday’s presser that he has ‘a personal problem’ with them.

Shaw, who has been involved in boxing in one way or another for 40 years, echoed the sentiments of many bemused fans when he said;

“I have a personal problem with catch weights. We accepted the catchweight of 157 and I’m not here to complain about it. We’re going to make the weight. It’s going to be tough but I believe that if any fighter wants to fight at what weight he wants to fight at, he has that opportunity – but he shouldn’t prevent his opponent from fighting at the sanctioned weight – which in this case is 160.” Continue reading

Cotto and Geale press conference quotes

Roc Nation Sports and Miguel Cotto Promotions hosted the final press conference for the June 6 showdown between WBC and Ring Magazine Middleweight World Champion Miguel Cotto and former Two-Time World Champion Daniel Geale on Tuesday, June 2 at B.B. King Blues Club & Grill in New York City. Along with the main event participants, undercard fighters Junior Younan and Zhang Zhilei were also in attendance.

Other speakers included Michael Yormark (President & Chief of Branding and Strategy of Roc Nation), Hector Soto (Miguel Cotto Promotions), Freddie Roach (Cotto’s Trainer), Gary Shaw (Gary Shaw Productions), Graham Shaw (Geale’s Trainer), Brett Yormark (CEO of Barclays Center and the Brooklyn Nets), Peter Nelson (VP HBO Sports Programming), David Berlin (Executive Director of the New York State Athletic Commission) and Ululy Martinez (Vice Chairman of the National Puerto Rican Day Parade Board of Directors). The press conference was emceed by Brooklyn Nets Public Address Announcer David Diamante. Continue reading

Khan Says Brook Needs Him & Having An ‘Easy Run’

It hasn’t taken long for Amir Khan to find his way home following Friday night’s laboured victory over Chris Algieri – and after initially appearing to concede his performance may have dented his chances of a Floyd Mayweather fight – a series of interviews with various UK media outlets appear to show the Bolton man has changed his mind.

Last night on regional news in the North-West and now in an interview with TalkSport radio, the former Athens Olympian addressed both the issues of Floyd Mayweather and more pertinently, domestic rival Kell Brook – a man he is ostensibly avoiding, all the while insisting the IBF 147lb champion is yet to prove himself.

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Deontay Wilder’s Gimme Fight – Wilder v Molina

I’ve said it countless times before. Deontay Wilder is a fighter I really WANT to like and after winning his WBC title in January against Bermane Stiverne, I’d taken baby steps toward that in terms of the Bronze Bomber answering some of the questions that fans had about him – most notably his 12 round engine and ability to take a shot.

So I joined everybody else groaning in despair at his ‘gimme’ defence against Eric Molina that has been picked up Sky Sports in the UK as opposed to Boxnation – and found myself laughing out loud at the title of the Showsports press release this morning – encaptioned ‘Deontay Wilder Hopes Eric Molina Fights Back on June 13.’ Continue reading

Mikey Garcia – Eyeing Return At 140lb Later This Year

As the Top Rank contractual saga surrounding his inactivity rumbles on, a seemingly optimistic Mikey Garcia has spoken to fighthype.com to further clarify the situation regarding his in ring return – a fight he intends to make at 140lb before reassessing his options.

The talented former WBO 126 and 130lb champion always seems extremely cheerful in his interviews, this latest being no exception. Something that must be very difficult given how long it has been since he was last in a ring – January 2014 vs Juan Carlos Burgos.

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GGG Intends To Be Ringside For Cotto v Geale

It could well be more bad news for Miguel Cotto ahead of this weekend’s WBC middleweight clash with Australia’s Daniel Geale, as his mandatory challenger, Kazakh wrecking machine Gennady Golovkin plans on making an appearance at the fight – ostensibly to force the Puerto Rican into facing up to his mandatory responsibilities.

Golovkin, who last month beat Willie Monroe Jr into submission with his power punching has told fighthype.com

“I want to watch this fight in person and look forward to fighting the winner to show who the real WBC middleweight champion is.” Continue reading

The Excuses Start From Amir Khan

We all witnessed it on Friday night. Britain’s Amir Khan receiving every bit of scorecard and referee assistance possible in a ludicrously scored contest (2 cards of 117-111 were extreme) against game American Chris Algieri, who not being a noted puncher – was a man he was supposed to blow away. Continue reading

Leo Santa Cruz : Would Like To See Floyd v Thurman / Hoping For Big Names Himself

In his latest chat with fighthype.com, WBC super bantamweight champion Leo Santa Cruz has offered up his opinion on the next move for Floyd Mayweather, as well as questioning the levels of excitement the Pacquiao fight brought the fans – also offering up his own promises as to what we can expect to see from him in the near future.

Santa Cruz, involved in his own forgettable mismatch fight on the undercard on May 2nd, said without a hint of irony;

“It (May-Pac) wasn’t what was expected. It wasn’t what all the fans expected. I thought it was a little bit exciting too but (also) not what I expected. I think I would have liked to see more action and stuff like the other fans – but those fights happen.” Continue reading

Jeff Horn Interview: The Hornet plots his next move

On June 13th at Manawatu Arena, Palmerston North, world ranked heavyweight Joseph Parker takes on Yakup Saglam in a fight that looks to have knockout written all over it. However, an equally exciting battles looms on the undercard in a match-up that is worthy of co-main event status.

Up-and-coming Australian welterweight Jeff Horn, 9 (7)-0-1 takes on the WBA 11th ranked Ghanaian Richmond Djarbeng, 19(15)-2-1 in a fight that you sense both fighters are not just coming to win, but win in impressive fashion.

For those in the know Jeff Horn has been tabbed as the most talented Australian fighter to emerge in the last decade and with a year that has so far been slowed with hand surgery the likeable yet destructive fighter is keen to make up for lost time. We caught up with Jeff to talk about his upcoming fight with Djarbeng and to also hear his thoughts on where the welterweight division is heading over the next 12 months and his role in it. Continue reading