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Cameron Hammond will engage in an eagerly anticipated homecoming next month

The 2012 Olympian will face Joel Galea over six rounds on a Danny Cheetham promotion at the Memorial Hall in Moree, New South Wales on July 13.

Despite having a population of less than 10,000, Moree has strong history of producing top class sports people, with former international cricketer Peter Taylor and two-time world triathlon champion Emma Moffatt hailing from the town. Continue reading

Hopkins vs. Murat Showtime fight on July 13 is cancelled over visa issues?

 Hopkins vs. Murat Showtime fight on July 13 is cancelled over visa issues?Veteran Scribe Steve Kim of Maxboxing.com has reported via Twitter that the scheduled fight between the Legend of Longevity Bernard Hopkins and Karo Murat has been cancelled due to Murat having visa issues.
Not long ago Kim, who can be followed on twitter @stevemaxboxing tweeted this “It looks like the Hopkins-Murat card on July 13th is off, from what I’m told. Murat has Visa issues”. Minutes later he added this, “Btw, SHO is now going ‘dark” on July 13.”

Visa issues have been a thorn in the side of many events throughout the history of boxing. With that said you can’t help but to speculate that there may be another reason for the possible cancellation of this fight. Murat’s Visa issue if he has one could be legit. It could also be perfect timing for Bernard Hopkins to move in another direction. The fight was made quickly and for a man who has limited fights left before he hits the age of 50, there could be other factors that are dictating the fight being called off. Continue reading

Will Canelo weigh 170+ for Mayweather fight or come in lower?

WBA/WBC junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (42-0-1, 30 KO’s) came into his last fight at junior middleweight weighing 172 lbs. for his fight with WBA junior middleweight champion Austin Trout last April.

That’s pretty heavy for a fighter that spends a lot of time fighting welterweights instead of junior middleweights. Canelo will now be fighting a welterweight in Floyd Mayweather Jr. (44-0, 26 KO’s) on September 14th, and one of the questions about the fight is whether Canelo will come into the fight over 170 like he was for Trout or will Canelo try to come in lower in the 160s? Continue reading

Pacman to Host Manny Pacquiao National Boxing Championships

 Pacman to Host Manny Pacquiao National Boxing ChampionshipsNo, Manny Pacquiao National Boxing Championships is not a title of a video game or some upcoming book or movie about Manny Pacquiao, it’s an actuality event that Manny himself plans on promoting and even hosting himself in Manila in order to scout out top grade boxing talent.

According to a recent report, the event will feature eight boxing teams from all over the country, to pit eight boxers in eight weight categories, and fight from six to eight rounds in rotation matches among winners. The winner will be awarded with a Manny Pacquiao Trophy and a cash grant of P100,000 each.

This will most certainly be a very successful boxing event or show in the Philippines, but will it gain any international attention? Continue reading

Roach says he’ll tell Pacquiao to retire if he loses to Rios

 Roach says hell tell Pacquiao to retire if he loses to RiosAs far as trainer Freddie Roach is concerned, 34-year-old Manny Pacquiao (54-5-2, 38 KO’s) is a do or die situation in his next fight against former WBA lightweight champion Brandon Rios (31-1-1, 23 KO’s) on November 23rd at the Cotai Arena, Venetian Resort, Macao, Macao S.A.R., China.

Roach says he’s going to tell Pacquiao to retire from boxing if he loses that fight because it’ll have been Pacquiao’s third straight loss and obviously a clear sign that he’s over-the-hill as a fighter.

Roach said in an interview with ESPN “Yeah, if he loses I will tell him to retire. If you lose three in a row it’s your time. He’s up there in age, I’ve got to keep a close eye on him. I will do the right thing. I don’t want him to be a stepping stone.” Continue reading

Broner expects to rule the boxing world within two years

 Broner expects to rule the boxing world within two yearsAdrien Broner (26-0, 22 KO’s) believes he’s poised to be #1 fighter in boxing within the next two years, as his role model Floyd Mayweather Jr. is on the verge of wrapping up his own career after he completes the remaining 5 fights on his Showtime/CBS contract.

With Mayweather gone in the next year and a half, and Manny Pacquiao appearing to be near the end of his own career, there’s a possibility that a fighter like Broner can take over.

Broner said this as quoted by Golden Boy Promotions “I will be the ruler of boxing in a year or 2.”

If that’s the case then Broner is going to have to make sure he doesn’t have any slipups, starting with his fight on June 22nd against WBA welterweight champion Paulie Malignaggi (32-4, 7 KO’s) at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. Continue reading

Golovkin respects Macklin, thinks fight will be competitive

 Golovkin respects Macklin, thinks fight will be competitiveWBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (26-0, 23 KO’s) has a ton of respect for his June 29th opponent Matthew Macklin (29-4, 20 KO’s), and he believes he is pretty evenly matched with him in terms of power, speed, and skills for their fight at the MGM Grand at Foxwoods Resort, Mashantucket, Connecticut, USA.

Golovkin said to esnewsreporting.com, “I respect him, he’s a good man. It’s a very difficult fight for us because he is the same size, same speed, same power; different style. It’s a great fight.”

Macklin is about the same size as Golovkin, but there’s a difference in power and skill. Golovkin is just a much better fighter on the surface. Macklin has the same kind of speed, but the difference in skills and power will likely be enough for Golovkin to have a huge advantage in this fight. Continue reading

Atlantic City’s Light Heavy weight Lavarn “Baby Bowe”Harvell on ESPN’s Friday Night Fights from West Orange, N.J. on June 14th

This past week I was given the opportunity to interview via telephone Atlantic City’s rising light heavyweight prospect Lavarn Harvell as he prepares for his June 14th bout against Paul Vasquez from Martinez, California. Continue reading

Dean Byrne reckons if there was any justice he would be fighting Kell Brook this month

Brook meets Carson Jones in a rematch on Saturday, June 29 – and Byrne is back in the ring six days later looking to build on a career-best performance.

He came in at just three days’ notice to box world rated Jones last December – and came desperately close to upsetting the hard-as-nails American. Continue reading

Does Marcos Maidana vs. Amir Khan II Make Sense For Both?

 Does Marcos Maidana vs. Amir Khan II Make Sense For Both?After Amir Khan had won his bout against Marcos Maidana via a 12 round unanimous decision in 2010, many boxing fans demanded a rematch. Towards the end of the fight Maidana seemed to have hurt Khan, and was certainly comfortable coming forward. There was an entire community of boxing fans convinced that in a proposed rematch, Maidana would have sent Khan to the canvas.

Back then, it would have been impressive and shocking to most boxing fans, but today, after Danny Garcia had shown that Khan’s chin is not made of granite, it would simply pave the way for the critics to claim that they had known that Khan was an average fighter all along. Continue reading

Gary O’Sullivan ready to shock Billy Joe Saunders

Billy Joe Saunders will be KO’d early says WBO International Middleweight Champion Gary O’Sullivan in the battle of the undefeated fighters at Wembley Arena on Saturday 20th July.

Dubliner O’Sullivan clashes with rival Saunders on a huge night of boxing alongside stars Dereck Chisora, Carl Frampton and Paul Butler, live and exclusive on BoxNation (Sky Ch. 437/Virgin Ch. 546). Continue reading