The Wild Card boxing gym in Los Angeles, California, has brought many visitors over the years. Boxing enthusiasts, amateur and professional fighters, fans and media, Hollywood actors, all have visited the famous gym for a variety of reasons. The owner and head trainer Freddie Roach has trained numerous world class fighters in that facility, including Amir Khan, Bernard Hopkins, Miguel Cotto, and who can forget his star pupil Manny Pacquiao. There are countless champions that coach Roach has chiseled, too many to mention.
According to Kovalev’s promoter Kathy Duva, Sergey’s next fight would take place sometime this coming November. Despite the fact that … read more “Kovalev is Considering Moving to the Heavyweight Division; Virgil Hunter Offered Kovalev His Help”
August is just around the corner, with both McGregor and Mayweather Jr. getting ready to go to work once the bell rings.
For Mayweather Jr., this fight is nothing new, nothing different, and has no extraordinary challenges attached to it. It is a boxing match, inside a boxing ring. Being the same Mayweather Jr. he has always been, almost guarantees him a victory, at least according to the majority of boxing pugilists.
It has been a while now since the idea of Manny Pacquiao stepping into the ring has gotten boxing fans thrilled. It took Pacquiao over two decades to climb to the peak of his career, and only a fraction of that to lose nearly all of his popularity. There are as many reasons out there, as there are opinions, but for Pacquiao’s mentor Freddie Roach, religion is the deterrent to the old, aggressive Manny Pacquiao.
Not yet of course. The fight is yet to take place on August 26th in Las Vegas, Nevada. In real life Conor McGregor is trying to elevate his confidence and show the world that he is one hundred percent focused on his bout against arguably one of the best technical fighters in boxing history in Floyd Mayweather Jr., by having a huge mural painted in his gym depicting McGregor landing what seems to be a devastating left hook.
This fight is being dubbed as circus my many, as a serious fight by some, and simply as an entertainment event by most. I would lean to agree with the latter. Fights like these, despite providing a tremendous amusement value, lack the density to display either fighter’s abilities in the ring.
There are winners, and there are champions at heart. Sergey Kovalev, despite being a rather active trash talker, is generally a very honest and constructive person after his bouts. In today’s Instagram, Kovalev stated the following:
“I admit that Ward was better in rematch. I give him credit he did his homework with “A” and showed his professionalism and discipline. But he didn’t put an end to our clash. I fought with two people in the ring… I will be back!”
When the fight was stopped, the scorecards showed Andre Ward as a close winner. Based on the direction the fight was going, the scores were spot on.
I think it’s unnecessary to nitpick, and more candid to say that Andre Ward was simply better than Sergey Kovalev this past Saturday night in Las Vegas, NV. He was better in most ways, and it showed early in the fight. If we start disputing the fashion in which, or the reason as to why Tony Weeks stopped the fight, I am afraid the fantasy of the “what if” will skew and mottle what the fight was actually beginning to look like. Had Tony Weeks not stopped the fight, chances are, at least based on the direction the bout was going, Kovalev would have lost in a much more devastating fashion, possibly with knockdowns, or even being knocked out as a result.
Considered to be one of the best super lightweights in recent history, Kostya Tszyu (31-2-0) rarely makes himself available to comment on, or be interviewed for anything boxing related. But when he does pick up the microphone, it is not difficult to remember him as being one of the more outspoken, smart, and most importantly honest people in boxing.