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Joe Louis made first big splash with KO of Primo

After Jim Braddock demystified the frightening power of Max Baer on June 13, 1935, it drove the heavyweight division into an unexpected state of flux. Braddock’s inspired 15-round upset decision over the long-armed 6-foot-4 Baer lifted the crown and also created a sense of anticipation that hadn’t existed before.

Prior to the upset by Braddock, the general thought was that the destructive Baer would reign as champ for many years to come. Baer was seen as head and shoulders above the rest of the contenders and pretenders.

Braddock’s shocking victory changed people’s perspectives. Continue reading

Andy Lee Wants Quillin & Chavez Jr Rematches After Saunders

On September the 19th, WBO middleweight champion, “Irish” Andy Lee, will make the 2nd defence of the strap he won against Russian Matty Korobov in December of last year when he squares off against mandatory challenger Billy Joe Saunders at Thomond Park Stadium, Limerick, Ireland.

The history making fight will be the first time two men of traveller origins have contested a version of a world championship, and in a chat with Boxing News magazine, Lee not only asserts he will end the Hatfield fighter within 5 rounds when they do meet, after hand he wishes to correct a 2012 KO loss to Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. Continue reading

Leo Santa Cruz: ‘Mares Fight Ends By Knockout’

It’s been a long time coming but WBC super bantamweight champion Leo Santa Cruz may finally get the test the fans have been craving for him if he steps up to face California based Mexican rival Abner Mares, as is being mooted.

A provisional date of August 29th at the Staples Center in LA is being touted for the Premier Boxing Champion’s event, and Santa Cruz – who would move to 126 lb for the fight, is confident of dethroning his rival, saying via fighthubtv, that if the fight happens as expected, he can’t see it going the distance. Continue reading

Roach Wants Pacquiao Matched ‘Tough’ On Return / Matthysse, Brook, Crawford All Possibles ?

When he returns to the US in the next fortnight to meet with surgeon Dr ElAttrache and to begin rehab on “that” rotator cuff injury, Manny Pacquiao will no doubt be meeting with trainer and Wild Card gym boss Freddie Roach to discuss exactly “what’s next?”

In what can perhaps be perceived as a thinly veiled dig at Floyd Mayweather’s recent “Berto talk” regarding his September 12 opponent, Roach has spoken out to USA Today in a recent interview, to insist that when the Filipino star does indeed return to the ring, he wants him matched “tough.” Continue reading

Froch Under Fire / Fast Food Jibe For Rafael

If you happen to follow the twitter of ESPN writer Dan Rafael, then you may have seen the rather humorous exchange that took place yesterday regarding Carl Froch and his Golovkin assertions, that began when he posted a selfie on social media alongside the caption, ‘Too big & too strong for GGG’ – this in the same week that respected publication Boxing News ran a Q & A feature on Froch, carrying the headline quote; “I’ll likely retire.”

It’s pretty well known that when Golovkin’s manager Tom Loeffler seemingly went looking for Froch, he was met with a wall of silence after having opened initial talks with Carl’s promoter Eddie Hearn. Continue reading

Jamie Conlan Prevails In Dublin Thriller

Dublin super-flyweight Jamie Conlan, nicknamed “The Mexican”, last night came up against a real and very tough one in Junior Granados (now 13-3-1) at The National Stadium in the City – the world’s only purpose built boxing arena – and survived numerous scares – including 2 hurtful knockdowns – to battle back from the brink and take the fight on scores of 96-92, 95-92 and 95-93. Continue reading

Robert Garcia Frustrated / Brook v Rios Off ?

After everything seemed to be on course for IBF welterweight champion Kell Brook to be defending his title against Brandon Rios in London later this year in London, Rios’ trainer Robert Garcia has spoken to fighthype.com to suggest that the fight could now be off.

As recently as a fortnight ago, Garcia told the channel he was confident the fight was a “go” and that earlier contractual obstacles over the type of gloves to be used and the money on the table had been ironed out, after Rios’ manager Cameron Dunkin had held talks with Brook’s team, including promoter Eddie Hearn. Continue reading

Klitschko v Fury Purse Bid Today In Panama

After the two sides failed to reach an agreement to stage their heavyweight title contest by last night’s deadline, the purse bid for Tyson Fury’s challenge to dominant lineal champion Wladimir Klitschko will today take place in Panama at 11 am, circa 5pm (BST).

Fury has this morning taken to twitter to express his dissatisfaction at the situation, insisting a deal HAD been reached, that Klitschko and his team K2 have now reneged on.

Tyson wrote firstly; Continue reading

Statement from Gennady Golovkin

Los Angeles, CA (July 4, 2015) On Friday, July 3, an interview was posted on the London, U.K. based website, City A.M. (www.cityam.com) with quotes attributed to boxing superstar Gennady “GGG” Golovkin.

Golovkin did not conduct this “interview” containing fabricated quotes from him. The quotes were also been picked up by numerous other media outlets.

“These are not my words in this interview, “ said Golovkin. Continue reading

Pacquiao slams Mayweather in response to Instagram taunt

Manny Pacquiao might not be able to beat Floyd Mayweather Jr. in the ring, but he sure seems to have gotten the best of him outside the ring in attacking him in response to an Instragram video that Mayweather put together earlier this week. Mayweather taunted Pacquiao in slapping around a dummy that he pretended was Pacquiao. Mayweather’s comments to the dummy Pacquiao were as follows:

“So, Manny, you out telling people that I didn’t win fair and square, that this little arm is messed up. Is that right? Huh? Talk to me! Stop lying!” Continue reading