31 May 2013

Boxing News Round-Up

Mayweather defeated Robert Guerrero in his last outing
by Billy Ferguson

It's been a busy two days or so in the boxing world with some big news, some surprising and some not-so-significant announcements.

We'll start with the biggest: Floyd Mayweather Jr. will go up against Saul Alvarez on September 14th at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. It's the biggest fight that could have been made in boxing right now and, thankfully, it's happened. There has been no repeat of the Mayweather-Pacquiao shenanigans.

The fight will be contested at a catchweight of 152lbs, which, if you're being picky, is about the only criticism you can have of this bout. Alvarez competes in the 154lb division, so a drop of two pounds had to be agreed upon in order to pry Mayweather away from the comforts of welterweight.

Alvarez is giving up 2lbs in weight, which is the concession on his part, but there is no limit to what he can weigh on fight night, which is arguably a bigger concession on Mayweather's part given that Alvarez typically weighs around 170lbs on the night of the fight compared to Mayweather's 150.

There has been a desire from fans to see Mayweather test himself against the best, and as Juan Manuel Marquez put an end to a potential fight with Pacquiao, Alvarez presents the biggest test to Mayweather's undefeated record. Alvarez, too, is undefeated, but will enter the bout, rightly, as the underdog.

The fight is being compared to Mayweather vs. Oscar De La Hoya, a fight that broke pay-per-view records, so that's just a small indication of how big this fight is.

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Juan Manuel Marquez and Tim Bradley were set to duel on September 14th on PPV, but due to the Mayweather vs. Alvarez announcement that fight has been moved to October - likely the 12th.

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Super-middleweight James DeGale returns to the ring on June 8th against Stjepan Bozic where he will defend his WBC silver title. The bout will be shown live on Channel 5.

On the undercard super-bantamweight Kid Galahad will feature, along with Chris Eubank Jr. and heavyweight prospect Hughie Fury.

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Frank Warren announced his July 20th card today which will take place at the Wembley Arena in London.

Dereck Chisora will headline against American Malik Scott, while middleweight Billy Joe Saunders faces Gary O'Sullivan.

Super-bantamweight Carl Frampton, formerly of Eddie Hearn's Matchroom Sports, in what could be considered a surprise move, has now aligned himself with Frank Warren and will also feature on the card.

Super-flyweight Paul Butler will also be on the card along with other prospects such as Frank Buglioni, Bradley Skeete and Mitchell Smith.

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Martin Gethin faces Ameth Diaz on Friday night in an IBF lightweight title eliminator. The winner will earn the right to fight Miguel Vazquez later in the year.

The bout will be broadcast live on BoxNation and it could be a fun fight.

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Carl Froch's fight with Mikkel Kessler will be replayed on Sky Sports 4 at 8.30pm on Saturday night. Watch it, it's good.

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Paul McCloskey will fight Chris Van Heerden in September. If you have plans for that night, keep them.

1 comment:

  1. Bradley is a best fighter, he still has the chance of winning for the upcoming fight of Marquez vs Bradley .. check out their tickets availability or watch the fight in HBO ppv

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