(Photo credit: Esther Lin/Showtime) OXNARD, Calif. (Aug. 26, 2014) – Marcos “El Chino” Maidana, the former welterweight world champion who gets his eagerly awaited rematch with Floyd “Money” Mayweather in the main event of “MAYHEM: Mayweather vs. Maidana 2” on Saturday, Sept. 13 live on SHOWTIME PPV, world champions Leo “El Terremoto” Santa Cruz (WBC Super Bantamweight), Miguel “Títere” Vazquez (IBF Lightweight), junior welterweight contender John Molina, Maidana’s trainer Robert Garcia and Mayweather Promotions CEO Leonard Ellerbe participated in a Media Workout Tuesday at Robert Garcia Boxing Academy in Oxnard. Continue reading
In 1964 Walter Neale presented the Louis-Schmeling paradox. Named after two World War II-era heavyweight champions, the Louis-Schmeling paradox describes sports business as different from any other business when it comes to the potential benefit of a monopoly.
Generally speaking, monopoly is the ideal market position of any given business. Under a monopoly, competition is either comparatively weak or non-existent. This position allows the dominant business to absorb the lion’s share of potential customers. However, the same position is detrimental to a prize fighter. As the old adage “it takes two to tango” implies, Joe Louis could not sell out a big fight venue without formidable competition such as Max Schmeling.
Marcos Maidana (35-4, 31 KOs) met with the media earlier today to talk about his upcoming rematch against WBA/WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr (46-0, 26 KOs) next month on September 13th at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Maidana took credit for forcing Mayweather Jr to fight off the ropes last May instead of Mayweather electing to do so in order to make it interesting for the boxing fans. Maidana says he forced Mayweather to fight that way, yet in the same interview, Maidana says he wants Mayweather to stand and fight him this time like last time. Continue reading
Las Vegas has been paying close attention to undefeated Jesus “Chuy” Gutierrez for some time now. Roy Jones Jr. has given Chuy a chance to fight for the lightweight vacant WBC USNBC title Sept. 20 at Sunset Station in Las Vegas against Rashad Ganaway 14-4, 9KOs. His record stands at 12-0, 4KOs, and his not shy to and for any competition. Not only is he exciting to watch in the ring, he also is a great ticket drawer, packing seats with fans laced in his black and silver Pound 4 Pound and RHP gear. There’s been a lot of heat, mostly positive, surrounding this young prospect mainly because who he’s represented by. Right Hook Promotions is a local entertainment and PR company who happens to also represent Chuy. In each fight, Chuy gains so much attention it often over shadow some of the bigger headliners and promoters. But so far there is no controversy surrounding this upcoming fight but it is expected to be explosive. Both fighters are going in to the ring with impressive records and confidence, but only one can come out with the title.
IBF mandatory challenger Kubrat Pulev (20-0, 11 KOs) got some bad news on Monday about his opponent IBF/IBO/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (62-3, 52 KOs) suffering an injury to his left biceps while training.
There fight, originally scheduled for September 6th, has been moved back tentatively to November sometime at the O2 World Arena in Hamburg, Germany. The date of the fight depends on how quickly Wladimir’s bicep tear heals. We are talking about a 38-year-old man, so it’s possible that it could need more time than November if the healing is slow. Continue reading
In a move designed to enhance the viewing experience, SHOWTIME Sports®, Mayweather Promotions and Golden Boy Promotions have scheduled the “MAYHEM: Mayweather vs. Maidana 2” pay-per-view event, headlined by the rematch between Floyd Mayweather and Marcos Maidana, to start at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT instead of the traditional 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT. The earlier start time is another innovative step SHOWTIME Sports is taking to improve the television viewer’s experience for live boxing events. Viewers in the Eastern and Central time zones, which make up nearly 80 percent of the U.S. population, won’t have to stay up as late as usual in order to witness the conclusion of the event. Continue reading
Following Kell Brook capturing the IBF Title from Shawn Porter, the landscape in the Welterweight division has changed slightly. The Welterweight division is one of the original weight divisions in boxing and has always had a sense of prestige matched only by the Heavyweight division. Perhaps this is because the greatest boxers of all time, Sugar Ray Robinson was at his best at Welterweight, but no matter fights in this division carry an amount of glamour. The current Welterweight division has had the spotlight thrust upon it more so in recent years as the two biggest stars of this generation have campaigned almost exclusively at the weight in Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao, as well as some exciting talent coming through alongside the top talents from the deep Light-Welterweight division moving up or indicating they would be moving up soon. Continue reading
Trainer Freddie Roach recognizes that the bigger and taller Chris Algieri (20-0, 8 KOs) has an excellent jab that will give WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao (56-5-2, 38 KOs) problems when they face each other on November 22nd in Macao, China. However, Roach feels confident that Pacquiao will be able to get past Algieri’s jab in order for him to land his blistering fast combinations.
“Algieri has a good reach advantage and we’re going to have to get past that and his jab. That will be our biggest problem. We have ways to do that,” Roach said. Continue reading
Earlier today, it was announced that IBF/IBO/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (62-3, 52 KOs) suffered an injury to his left bicep injury while training for his previously scheduled September 6th title defense against Kubrat Pulev (20-0, 11 KOs).
In the press statement sent out by Klitschko’s management, it was only mentioned that Wladimir had injured his left biceps while training without going into details about how the injury occurred. According to BILD, Wladimir was injured during a sparring session with one of his 15 sparring partners that had traveled to Going, Austria to help the 38-year-old Wladimir get ready for the fight. Continue reading
Kalvin N. (Washington, DC): I’ve watched this whole Mayweather/50 beef and as an African American man who has sacrificed a great deal, I think it’s absolutely sad to witness. I’d like to know, what are your thoughts, culturally, and personally, on this topic?
Vivek W. (ESB): I think the term “sad” is a major, understatement. It’s a very troubling sight to watch unfold, and although some don’t want to hear this, I’m gonna be very pointed in my assessment that it’s not only distasteful, but it’s a kryptonite that’s only present in one cultural demographic, and it speaks for why that demographic continues to fall apart. This may not be a popular position to some, but I’d rather be hated for being honest than loved for lying. These words need to spoken, and today, I’ve volunteered to be the messenger. Continue reading