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Matty Askin: Delayed but not distracted

When Matty Askin, 17-2 (10KO’s), was told his eagerly anticipated tilt at Ovill McKenzie’s, 23-12 (12KO’s), British and Commonwealth cruiserweight titles was to be rescheduled, he could be forgiven for thinking it was some sort of joke.

Unfortunately for the 26-year old, his friend and trainer Michael Jennings was deadly serious when – three days before fight night – he informed him that the fight was to be rescheduled for the third time with a revised date and venue yet to be confirmed.

Thankfully the bout was saved and will now take place within the iconic York Hall, Bethnal Green on Friday 27th March at the fourth time of asking. Continue reading

Ariza may work out for Floyd Mayweather

The reports coming out of the Mayweather Boxing Club, have Floyd showing more punching power while sparring than he’s had in the recent past. Jeff Mayweather, uncle of the P4P king has spoken about a recent 3 round sparring session between Mayweather and Zab Judah, that his nephew dominated and “beat Judah up”. Reports from a couple of weeks back had Mayweather stopping a sparring partner with a body shot. Uncle Jeff said he initially believed that his nephew brought former Pacquiao strength and conditioning coach Alex Ariza in as psychological ploy against the Pacquiao camp.

What’s funny here is that Ariza is now doing strength and conditioning training for Floyd Mayweather. What’s also funny is how suspicious many of the Mayweather naysayers (haters) have become regarding that relationship. I say funny because the inference is that Ariza could be up to no good, even though it was great when Ariza worked for Pacquiao. Continue reading

Mayweather-Pacquiao “Fight of The Century” looks set to be televised live in U.K on SKY

(Photo credit: Ester Lin/Showtime) Dubbed by many as “The Fight of The Century,” the fast approaching Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao super-fight looks set to go out on Sky Sports in the U.K. British fans have been wondering where they will be able to view the richest fight in boxing and, according to Jeff Powell of The Mail, Sky Sports will exclusively show the fight in the early hours of May 3rd U.K time.

According to The Mail’s article, Frank Warren, head of boxing channel BoxNation, put in a higher upfront fee to the promoters of Pacquiao-Mayweather, but Sky has offered the promoters a substantial fee AND a share of the pay-per-view cash they will rake in from the fans. It remains to bee seen how much Sky will charge fight fans to be able to tune into the most heavily hyped boxing match of all-time, but most fans seem to be expecting the fee to be substantially more than Sky’s usual £17.99. Continue reading

Braehmer defeats Krasniqi; Feigenbutz stops Kelemen

Rostock, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany

Juergen Braehmer TKO 10 Robin Krasniqi
Vincent Feigenbutz TKO 9 Balazs Kelemen
Agron Dzila UD 12 Bernard Adie
Anthony Yigit UD 10 Timo Schwarzkopf
Ohara Davies UD 6 Jacek Wylezol
Stefan Haertel UD 6 Volodymyr Borovskyy
Denis Boytsov TKO 2 Irineu Beato Costa Junior

The “Pound-For-Pound” Puzzle

What exactly do we mean by the best fighters in the world, “pound-for-pound”? And how do we decide who gets to be on the list?

Back in the earliest days of pugilism, weight divisions as we know them today simply didn’t exist. By the early 20th century, boxing’s traditional eight weight classes began to crystalize, and later in the century these grew to the now seventeen recognized divisions we see today. For a fighter operating within the lower weight divisions though, no matter how far he excels himself beyond his peers, it is the heavyweight champion who nevertheless retains the title of ‘Baddest Man on the Planet’. He is the guy on the street who stands aside for no one; he is the bouncer where the buck stops; he is the true ‘King of the Jungle’. He is, after all, the only boxer who can claim the beating of “any man in the world” – in the literal rather than figurative sense. Continue reading

John Culver’s Boxing Top-ten Pound-For-Pound List

Here is my current, top-ten pound-for-pound list in the sport of boxing…

#1. Floyd Mayweather Junior – 47-0-0 (26 knockouts). He’s currently the lineal welterweight champion, he holds 2 of the ‘big four’ world title belts at welterweight – the WBA ‘Super’ world title and WBC title, and he is undefeated and has recently held the championship and WBA/WBC world titles at 154 pounds (superwelterweight/junior-middleweight), simultaneously with the welterweight titles and lineal championship. Continue reading

24/7 Alvarez/Kirkland Premieres Tues., May 5 on HBO

In anticipation of one of the spring boxing season’s most intriguing events – the super welterweight battle between Canelo Alvarez and James Kirkland on May 9th – HBO Sports will air “24/7 Alvarez/Kirkland,” an exhilarating one episode, 30-minute special examining the upcoming showdown. In the highly-anticipated fight set for Minute Maid Park in Houston, Tex., Alvarez and Kirkland will collide in one of the year’s most important encounters. HBO will televise it live on the flagship World Championship Boxing series. Continue reading

Pacquiao responds with humor to Mayweather Jr. chopping wood

On March 15th Mayweather Jr. posted a video on his Instagram account of himself chopping wood in preparation for his upcoming bout against Manny Pacquiao on May 2, in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Back in the day, and even in some cases today, wood chopping is used as preparation for a physical challenge. There are clearly benefits to this exercise, but knowing Mayweather Jr. and his approach to training, it is clear that this video was made for entertainment purposes only. Is Mayweather Jr. trying to say that he and Rocky Balboa are alike? Probably not, since their fighting style couldn’t be more unlike. Continue reading

Åland Islands Court dismisses Sauerlands claim, Helenius will fight

Robert Helenius’ agent Kari Uoti informed the organizators of GIGA Estonian Boxing Night, that the Åland Islands Court decided to dismiss Sauerlands claims and the therefore the fighter has no obstacles stepping into the ring in Tallinn on Saturday.

Sauerland issued a claim to prevent Helenius from fighting in Tallinn, but the Åland Islands Court did not see a reason to institute the proceedings.

Finland heavyweight boxer Robert Helenius will make his comeback this Saturday, on the 21st of March in Tallinn. Helenius arrived in Tallinn already on Monday and will appear in the ring today, during press-training. Continue reading

Roach Preparing Black & Blue Plate Special for Mayweather

So what’s cooking at FLOYD “Money” MAYWEATHER’S training camp?

“Whatever it is it sure sounds expensive,” said Hall of Fame trainer World-Famous FREDDIE ROACH.

Roach is training Fighter of the Decade and boxing superhero MANNY “Pacman” PACQUIAO (57-5-2, 38 KOs) for his welterweight world championship unification battle against the undefeated Mayweather (47-0, 26 KOs) which will take place Saturday May 2, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Continue reading