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Is this Golden Boy/Showtime Tripleheader entertaining matchmaking or mismatches on premium cable?

This Saturday night from the fan friendly StubHub Center in Carson California, yet another Golden Boy Promotions Tripleheader will broadcasted by Showtime Sports.

The card has recognizable names in what some boxing fans, many media members, and all the betting websites, have labeled as showcase type action fights that will surely be a boom or bust on social media Saturday night.

As a team in 2013, Richard Schafer, Stephan Espinoza, and who else Al Haymon, saw increased ratings, huge PPV numbers, and quality fights that produced a banner year. Showtime has put all their chips in fueling the sport of boxing and creating real competition with HBO. Continue reading

Omar Figueroa Vs. Jerry Belmontes: Two Fighters With A History

This Saturday, April 26, Jerry Belmontes will challenge fellow Texan Omar Figueroa for Figueroa’s WBC Lightweight Belt. Although this is their first professional bout against one another, the two fighters have fought several times as amateurs.

ABOUT THE FIGHTERS

Omar Figueroa became the WBC Lightweight Champion on July 27, 2013 after winning a unanimous decision against Japanese champion Nihito Arakawa in Figueroa’s home state of Texas. The bout was a 12-round, brutal but fan-friendly fight that resulted in both fighters taking the rest of 2013 off.

A hand injury suffered in his bout against Arakawa forced Figueroa to withdraw from his scheduled March title defense against Canelo Alvarez’s older brother, Ricardo Alvarez. This led to Figueroa scheduling an April 26, 2014 bout against former amateur boxing rival Jerry Belmontes. Continue reading

Carl Froch and George Groves will come face-to-face again on May 1 on Sky Sports

Carl Froch and George Groves will come face-to-face again as the bitter rivals meet on Ringside on May 1 on Sky Sports.

The Super Middleweight stars clash once more for Froch’s IBF and WBA belts on May 31 at Wembley Stadium connected by EE live on Sky Sports Box Office in association with Betway, and they renew hostilities in the Sky Sports studios next Thursday ahead of their hotly anticipated rematch.

The Brit rivals stoked the fires for their first fight in Manchester with a tense meeting on the Ringside set before the November classic in Manchester, and the atmosphere when they sit side-by-side is certain to be electric as Johnny Nelson and Adam Smith take them through the first fight and look forward to the showdown at the national stadium that has already broken post-war British boxing attendance records. Continue reading

Mayweather Is Protecting The Throne

Floyd Mayweather Jr. has been in the sport of boxing going on 18 years now but has been boxing all his life. He has fought in multiple weight classes against many fighters who will one day be inducted into the hall of fame. He is widely considered to be the pound for pound king of boxing. Floyd was asked about what he thought about Bernard Hopkins calling him out to face off in the ring, and he believes that everyone is trying to hit the jackpot and fight him. He is highest paid athlete in the sport and make no mistake everyone in the sport wants the opportunity to dethrone the king.

Mayweather is very conscious of this which is why he trains the way he does. He makes it known that he never overlooks an opponent. Every person he faces in that squared circle has the potential to destroy his plans of becoming the best to ever lace up the gloves. People who have seen Mayweather train say that he trains like a man who hasn’t made a dime yet, even though his career has earned him hundreds of millions. He acknowledges that all the young stars want to be in his current position so they are coming full force to knock his head off. Continue reading

Why Floyd Mayweather isn’t fighting the boxers we want him to fight

He’s at ease dodging competition for the basic reason that, whoever he handpicks as an opponent, there are those who pay to watch his fights enough to make him richer every time, by several millions of U.S. dollars.

Thus, Floyd Mayweather Jr. may retire without fighting Manny Pacquiao or any prime boxer in Floyd’s level who has a potential to beat him. Thus, he doesn’t feel obliged to compete in boxing considering boxing is a sport, not a vaudeville show. Thus, King Floyd continues to sit atop his throne to rule the sport and everyone involved in it.
Kudos, who shares the blame? Continue reading

Gabriel Duluc Headlines Boxing Event at the Dorchester Armory tonight

Light welterweight, Gabriel Duluc (8-1, 1KO) will look to get 2014 off to a good start as he headlines the main event at the Dorchester Armory in Dorchester, Massachusetts this Saturday, April 26th in a six round bout against experienced veteran, Josh “Steamin” Beeman (5-15, 2KOs).

Duluc suffered an extremely controversial loss in his last outing against Jonathan Perez. He was knockdown at the end of the first round but was up well before the ten count ended and ready to fight, yet referee, Leo Gerstel stopped the bout, giving Perez the technical knockout victory and handed Duluc his first professional loss. Continue reading

Alex Leapai-Wladimir Klitschko preview

As much as I’d like to see Alex Leapai become the first Australian in history to win the Heavyweight title, he has some task to overcome in Wladimir Klitschko.

Klitschko has been undefeated since 2004 and his resume lists a host of former World Champions including Samuel Peter, Chris Byrd, Lamon Brewster, Hasim Rahman, Ruslan Chagaev, Jean Marc Mormeck, Alexander Povetkin and David Haye.

Boxing experts are give Leapai a “punchers chance” of victory , meaning that given his destructive power, if the Australian lands flush, there’s a good chance that he’ll knock Klitschko out.

The big problem is landing that punch. Continue reading

Maidana: “I don’t care about titles, all I want to do is beat Mayweather”

Knockout artist Marcos Maidana is gunning for pound-for-pound king Floyd Mayweather so bad he doesn’t care about any world titles up for grabs.

The Argentine kingpin knows gaining victory over Mayweather will be the biggest scalp of all despite the fact that both Maidana’s WBA welterweight title and the undefeated Michigan magician’s WBC belt are on the line.

The explosive 30-year-old, with 31 knockouts in his 35 wins, is adamant he will shock the world, causing the biggest upset since James ‘Buster’ Douglas’ overcame Mike Tyson nearly 25 years ago, when the duo clash at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on May 3rd.

“I am a champion and I am ready to fight for my title. Most importantly, I am preparing to beat Mayweather. The last thing that I’m worried about is my title. I want to just train and beat Mayweather,” said Maidana, whose fight is live on BoxNation. Continue reading

Thurman vs. Diaz Weigh-In Live Stream

SHOWTIME Sports will offer a live stream of Friday’s official weigh-in for the showdown between interim WBA Welterweight World Champion Keith “One Time” Thurman and former world champion Julio “The Kidd” Diaz taking place this Saturday, April 26, live on SHOWTIME® (9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT) from StubHub Center in Carson, Calif.

In the co-features, Lucas Matthysse returns to face faces hard-hitting John Molina Jr., in a 10-round junior welterweight matchup and undefeated WBC Lightweight World Champion Omar Figueroa Jr., defends his belt against Jerry Belmontes. The telecast will immediately follow the premiere of Episode 2 of ALL ACCESS: Mayweather vs. Maidana. Continue reading

Video: Klitschko vs. Leapai Weigh-In

IBF, WBA, WBO, IBO and “The Ring Magazine” World Heavyweight Champion Wladimir Klitschko and his Australian contender Alex Leapai stepped on the scales today.

Wladimir Klitschko: 112,2 kilograms / 247.4 lbs
Alex Leapai: 112,5 kilograms / 248.0 lbs

The fight will be shown live on RTL in Germany. ESPN will show the fight in the US.

Wladimir Klitschko and Alex Leapai held their open workout at the Centro shopping centre in Oberhausen (Germany). About 3000 fans showed up to watch both fighters showing off their boxing skills in preparation for their heavyweight championship fight this Saturday, April 26. IBF, WBA, WBO, IBO and “Ring Magazine” Champion Klitschko and his contender Alex Leapai will face off at the König-Pilsener-Arena Oberhausen, Germany.

Remaining tickets for the fight night are available on www.eventim.de and via phone under +49-18190-121314. Continue reading