The long awaited and long overdue showdown between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao finally took place this May. It shattered all boxing PPV records and was the biggest fight of all time, even though the fight itself fell short of expectations. Apparently boxing is trying to capitalize and build on the success of that blockbuster event. In fact, the later part of 2015 will feature 4 more PPV cards, including three high profile matches.
American pound for pound great Andre Ward made his long anticipated return to the squared circle last Saturday when he defeated Paul Smith by 9th round stoppage. The bout, which took place in Ward’s hometown of Oakland, was Ward’s first in 19 months. Ward dominated Smith from start to finish, and his victory proves that he should still be considered one of the absolute elite talents in the boxing world, even following his lengthy layoff. Ward hasn’t seemed to have lost a step.
The match between Ward and Smith took place at an agreed upon catch weight of 172 pounds (although Smith missed the mark by almost 4 and a half pounds). Does this catch weight signify a crossroads moment in Ward’s impressive career?
American heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder made the first defense of his WBC title when he scored a 9th round KO victory against the lightly regarded Eric Molina. The fight, which took place in Wilder’s home state of Alabama, saw the champion drop the challenger 3 times before viciously stopping him with a fourth knockdown in the 9th round which prompted referee Jack Reiss to immediately call a halt to the bout. With the victory, Wilder improved to 34-0, with 33 of his victories coming inside the distance.
Lineal middleweight champion Miguel Cotto made the first defense of his middleweight crown against former unified middleweight champion Daniel Geale in front of a packed crowd at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. The bout took place at a contractually agreed upon catch weight of 157 pounds, which caused displeasure among many boxing fans who are sick and tired of the recent catch weight trend. Cotto dominated the action in the fight where his left hook to the body and face led the charge in his attack. Cotto looked fresh, fast, and strong, whereas Geale seemed lethargic, timid, and uncertain. Cotto ultimately finished matters in round 4, when Geale decided not to continue after suffering two vicious knock downs during that stanza.
Amir Khan improved to 31-3 when he was awarded a unanimous decision victory against Chris Algieri this past Friday at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY. Two of the judges (Benoit Roussel and Joseph Pasquale) scored the bout 117-111 for Khan, in a bout that seemed far more competitive than those tallies suggest. Don Ackerman’s score of 115-113 for Khan seemed much closer to the mark. With the loss Algieri’s record drops to 20-2, having now lost 2 in a row since making a name for himself with his upset victory against Ruslan Provodnikov one year ago.
Middleweight sensation Gennady Golovkin improved to 33-0 when he scored his 20th consecutive KO victory against game challenger Willie Monroe Jr on Saturday night in Inglewood, California. Golovkin dropped Monroe twice in the 2nd round before ultimately stopping him in round 6. The big question is, what is next for the powerhouse middleweight from Kazakhstan?
In the post fight interview with HBO’s Max Kellerman, Golovkin expressed his desire to face a big name fighter, specifically mentioning Miguel Cotto and Canelo Alvarez by name. When Kellerman directly asked Golovkin if he would be interested in facing 168 pound champion Andre Ward, however, Triple G expressed some reluctance, again stating his preference to first try and make fights against Cotto and Canelo.
After waiting more than five long years, the richest fight in boxing history became a reality this past weekend when Floyd Mayweather Jr improved to 48-0 with a unanimous decision victory against long time rival (at least outside the ring) Manny Pacquiao, whose record dropped to 57-6-2.
It is only just over a week away before the long anticipated showdown between Floyd Mayweather Jr and Manny Pacquiao finally takes place. The fight is long overdue and has been six long years in the making. Now that the time has arrived at last, what will happen? How will the fight unfold? What type of momentum shifts might occur? What can we expect to see? And ultimately, and most importantly, who will win this legacy defining fight between boxing’s two biggest stars? The answers to all of these questions and more will be addressed and considered in this official prediction video.
Professional boxing returned to network television Saturday afternoon when WBC light heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson successfully defended his title with a unanimous decision victory over Sakio Bika. But the most eye-raising performance on the card, which was televised by CBS, came from up-and-coming brutal powerhouse Artur Beterbiev, who destroyed Gabriel Campillo in the fourth round of their contest. It was an explosive display of power from Beterbiev, who is quickly making a name for himself as a devastating force to be reckoned with.
With the impressive win, Beterbiev’s stock has risen, and it brings the potential prospects of a bout between him and former amateur foe Sergey Kovalev one step closer to possibly becoming a reality in the distant, but not too distant future.
In a recent interview discussing his future, missing in action world class boxer Andre Ward told Sky Sports that he is interested in a rematch with Carl Froch. The two first met in the Super Six Final back in December 2011 when Ward defeated Froch by unanimous decision in a fight that was much less competitive than the scorecards suggested.
“The UK is one thing, Nottingham is something different” said Ward. “I’m not willing to come to Nottingham, I don’t think I should have to, but Wembley stadium, the UK as a whole – I would love to come”.