LOS ANGELES (May 12) – After an electrifying night at Minute Maid Park in Houston where more than 31,000 fans gathered to watch live on May 9, Canelo vs. Kirkland brought in a stunning number of viewers on HBO World Championship Boxing (WCB) with an average viewership of 2,146,000 for the live, first-time airing on HBO and peaked at 2,296,000 viewers. Canelo vs. Kirkland is the top-performing bout on HBO’s flagship boxing platform since the Antonio Tarver-Bernard Hopkins light heavyweight title battle delivered 2,460,000 viewers in 2006. This also marked the Mexican superstar’s first appearance as a headliner on the HBO WCB platform. Continue reading
For anybody wondering exactly where top British 122lb fighter Kid Galahad (18-0, 9ko) has been, then the answer has become ominously clearer thanks to a piece of breaking news from The Daily Star in the UK.
Galahad, who last boxed in September 2014 – winning a decision against Brazilian Adeilson Dos Santos gave a positive urine sample following the fight according to the paper and has been handed a 2 year ban by the UK’s NADA – (National Anti-Doping Agency) Continue reading
I like Deontay Wilder (33-0, 32ko), lets just say that before I go any further with this article – but I am firmly in an underwhelmed majority, who are quietly sniggering at his choice of opponent for the maiden defence of his WBC heavyweight title – the unheralded and decidedly NOT world-class Eric Molina (23-2, 17ko)
I think it’s fair to say this isn’t the most fantastic use of Wilder’s voluntary defence, but honestly – for a world champ who only knocked over part-timers and mis-matched pros before fighting Stiverne and winning his title, what did we really expect?
Promoter Eddie Hearn made an interesting point today, regarding the situation and his fighter – up & coming Olympic Gold medal winning prospect Anthony Joshua (12-0, 12ko) Continue reading
The boxing blockbuster event, Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao, shattered the previous record for total pay-per-view buys and now ranks as the highest-grossing pay-per-view of all time. Initial reports from distributors indicate that the event generated more than 4.4 million U.S. buys and more than $400 million in domestic pay-per-view revenue alone. With additional revenue from the live gate at MGM Grand in Las Vegas, international television distribution, sponsorships, closed circuit and merchandise sales, the event is expected to generate in excess of $500 million in gross worldwide receipts. The news was announced jointly by Showtime Networks Inc., a subsidiary of CBS Corporation, and HBO in conjunction with event promoters Mayweather Promotions and Top Rank, Inc. Continue reading
Since he beat Manny Pacquiao 10 days ago, the calls for Floyd Mayweather to face all manner of opponents next have ignited social media – suggestions from the likely to the frankly ridiculous and everything in between.
Wladimir Klitschko at a catch-weight anyone??
All joking aside, on my “highly unlikely” list is the shout for a 154lb contest with big-hitting Kazakh Gennady Golovkin. Continue reading
Promotional disputes in boxing can sadly deprive a talented young fighter of crucial peak years in their careers. Most recently we have seen the likes of Andre Ward out of the ring for extended periods due to wrangling over contractual issues – yet at least he is now set to return on June 20th.
Another fighter losing massive chunks of his career is 2-weight world champion, undefeated Mexican-American, Mikey Garcia – brother of Oxnard based trainer Robert Garcia.
Garcia has been in contractual dispute with Bob Arum for some time now and last boxed in January of 2014 when he beat Juan Carlos Burgos. Continue reading
WBA (reg) 122lb champion Scott Quigg (30-0-2, 22ko) has once again dodged the Guillermo Rigondeaux bullet with the announcement that he will defend his title on July 18th in Manchester against Spain’s Kiko Martinez. (32-5, 24ko)
After negotiations for a massive unification clash with Belfast’s IBF champion Carl Frampton falling through recently, it would seem Eddie Hearn has turned to Martinez for comparative purposes.
The former world and European champion has been twice beaten by Frampton in the past – in February 2013 when he was stopped (for the only time in his career) and again last September when he surrendered his belt via 12 round decision. Continue reading
In a refreshing move, Matchroom Sport’s Eddie Hearn has admitted that should his fighter choose to go on and bow out in a big stadium fight in America in the Summer – murderous punching middleweight Gennady Golovkin would be one to swerve.
However, in speaking to the Daily Mail, “Fast Car” has conceded it is unlikely that Nottingham’s Froch will look to extend his 13 years as a professional with another contest – choosing instead to go out on the famous KO of George Groves in their Wembley rematch a year ago. Continue reading
“Robert Mitchum was a father figure to me.” “[Marlon] Brando was great.” “Christopher Reeve was a jerk and I was just about to kick the s**t out of him!” “Cleveland Williams hit me harder than any other human being.” “Muhammad Ali asked me to get his brother out of boxing.”
Most famous for his role as mute villain, ‘Non’ in the blockbuster ‘Superman’ films, 73-year-old Jack O’Halloran was also an accomplished pro boxer who met a number of big names in the 1960s and ’70s. In compiling a 34-21-2(17) ledger, the strapping 6’6” Philadelphia-born giant – who fought out of Boston – rumbled with, amongst others, George Foreman, Cleveland Williams, Joe Bugner and Ron Lyle. Continue reading
Dan Birmingham trained welterweight star Keith Thurman(25-0, 21ko) has spoken to fighthype.com about the future of the welterweight division in the wake of the Mayweather/Pacquiao saga to say that while Floyd is undoubtedly P4P #1 in the world, Manny Pacquiao has certainly dropped in his estimations.
The undefeated Florida star, who is never short of confidence said of the Filipino legend;
“Floyd is definitely the top dog. But Manny Pacquiao….what was that loss for Manny? Number 6? Number 7 in his career?” (6) Continue reading