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Video: Chris Arreola, Seth Mitchell Heats Up

Tensions were high at Wednesday’s final press conference for Saturday’s heavyweight showdown between contenders Chris Arreola and Seth Mitchell. After Mitchell stated that Arreola lost every time he has stepped up, Arreola said he is taking a step way down in facing Mitchell and told Seth you “f—– up by trying to fight me.” Continue reading

Mayweather Jr. to get career high payday of $41.5 million for Canelo fight

may5552Floyd Mayweather Jr. is fixing to get the biggest payday of his career against the red-haired Mexican fighter Saul “Canelo Alvarez on September 14th. Mayweather will be collecting $41.5 million bucks in the fight, according to Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer. There’s also a chance that Mayweather could make even more than that figure if the Mayweather-Canelo fight breaks the all-time PPV mark. I don’t think it will, but there’s a chance.

Canelo is said to be making over $10 million for the fight, according to Dan Rafael. That’s pretty good money for a fighter that has never really fought anyone good during his career other than Austin Trout. Canelo is more famous for being famous than for having accomplished anything special during his career. Continue reading

It’s not What You Think, It’s What You Feel That’s Important!

It goes like this….. You think a particular fighter will win a fight, because he is superior in several categories. He moves well, is quick on his feet with good balance. He’s technically sound. He blocks, parries, slips and ducks, countering effectively off his opponent’s misses. He’s got a solid punch, and throws combinations, both to the head and body with precision and accuracy. He’s always in shape. Continue reading

Mayweather vs. Canelo: Pre-Production

can44444It’s 10 days out from the September 14th fight known as ‘The One’ and what have we learned that we didn’t already know?

First of all we found out that Canelo is on course to make the 152lb contracted weight, this is the usual for him. We also know that Canelo has beaten a few of his sparring partners to a pulp forcing them to leave his training camp with injuries caused during sparring sessions. As seen during Canelo’s media day, Canelo punches a 300lb bag as preparation for a Money Mayweather KO. Floyd punches a 300lb man (Nate Jones)! Continue reading

Remembering Tommy “The Duke” Morrison

morrison4234546CANASTOTA, NY – SEPTEMBER 3, 2013 – The International Boxing Hall of Fame joins the worldwide boxing community in mourning the loss of former WBO heavyweight champion Tommy “The Duke” Morrison, who passed away Sunday (Sept. 1st) in Omaha, Nebraska at age 44.

Tommy “The Duke” Morrison

“Tommy Morrison brought so much excitement and energy to the heavyweight division in the 1990s,” said Hall director Ed Brophy. “We were saddened to learn the news of his passing and we offer our condolences to the entire Morrison family.” Continue reading

Oscar De La Hoya making a lot of pre-fight predictions ahead of “The One!”

dela hoya12It’s always both very interesting and a great honour being a call in participant whenever a big fight is preceded by a teleconference; especially an international one ahead of a massive, massive fight such as the fast approaching Floyd Mayweather-Saul Canelo Alvarez clash. Yesterday, with big name scribes such as Dan Rafael and Lem Satterfield asking Canelo and Oscar De La Hoya questions regarding “The One,” it was hugely exciting being on the line.

I listened to the ESPN.com scribe ask his questions, along with writers for USA Today, Ring Magazine and other instantly recognisable publications, and the thing that struck me most, well actually there were two things – they were: Canelo’s amazing maturity and quiet self confidence, and Oscar De La Hoya’s bold pre-fight predictions. Continue reading

Mayweather Jr. vs. Alvarez is 10 Days Away… The anticipation Grows

canelo99Today we are 10 days away from one of the best boxing cards we have seen in a long time. Floyd Mayweather Jr. will of course be the main attraction, squaring off against a young unbeaten Mexican hope, Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez.

As we get closer to that moment when both fighters cross the ropes at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, boxing fans produce more and more predictions and explanations to their thoughts on the probable result of the fight. Continue reading

Up Close And Personal With Returning Champ Mark Prince

MarkPrince2780 Photo by Gianluca (Rio) Di Caro – A few weeks ago it was announced that former WBO and IBF Inter-Continental Light Heavyweight Champion, and World title challenger, Mark Prince is set to make his return to competitive action, on the Dave Murphy Acourtier Events promoted ‘NIGHT OF CHAMPIONS’ at York Hall, in London, on Friday 4th October.

Earlier this week I was lucky enough to catch up with the man known simply as ‘The Prince’, but before we get the interview I think a bit of scene setting would be in order, for those that have not had the pleasure of seeing Mark in action the first time around, with an abridged version of Mark’s excellent career.

On the 4th April 1993, Mark made short work of his first pro opponent, Birmingham’s Bobby Mack, by stopping him in the second round, early baths followed for both his next pair of opponents, John Kaighin and Art Stacey, Kaighin only made it to the third and Mark knocked out Stacey in the second. Continue reading

Chris Arreola, Seth Mitchell Confident, Ready To Go At It Saturday On SHOWTIME

arreola56445NEW YORK (Sept. 3, 2013) – Chris “The Nightmare” Arreola calls it a “must-win” and may retire if he loses. Seth “Mayhem” Mitchell calls it “do-or-die” and a “crossroads fight for both of us.”

This Saturday, Sept. 7, former world title challenger Arreola (35-3, 30 KO’s), of Riverside, Calif., meets former college football star Mitchell (26-1-1, 19 KO’s), of Brandywine, Md., in a 12-rounder for the WBC Silver Championship in a battle of world-ranked heavyweights on SHOWTIME BOXING: Special Edition live on SHOWTIME® immediately following ALL ACCESS: Mayweather vs. Canelo Episode 3 Premiere which begins at 10 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast Continue reading

Is Canelo a Real Threat to Floyd?

canelo931205The build up for this fight is typical of most recent Mayweather fights. Floyd is his normal boastful self, and on the other side is an opponent claiming to be hungry and set to take away Floyd’s “0”. We have heard this exact same script before, most recently prior to Mayweather dominating Robert Guerrero earlier this year. And the fan reactions are as typical as the script itself. Mayweather’s fans/supporters brag that there is no blueprint to beat Floyd, and that he can easily adapt to any style. Mayweather’s detractors/haters (along with Canelo’s fans/supporters) are hopeful for Floyd’s demise, and some still accuse him of ducking Pacquiao in the past. Most others who find themselves in between those two extremes rightly favor the P4P king for the win. Money May has proven himself time and time again against all kinds of boxers with all sorts of styles. Why should this be different? The common expectation is the same as always, that Mayweather outclasses Alvarez and cruises to an easy or fairly easy victory on the cards. Maybe Mayweather could even stop him. Continue reading