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Saturday, May 10, 2014

Boxing News: Bermane Stiverne vs. Chris Arreola

 Heated Words at Stiverne-Arreola Presser

Things got a little heated at the press conference, and Stiverne even told Goosen he'd give him his purse if he lost. He seemed very determined to do the same thing to Arreola that he did last time. Stiverne beat the hell out of Arreola in their first fight. If he's able to destroy Arreola convincingly as he did before, then perhaps Arreola should hang it up. The first fight was very one sided, and there's no reason to think the second one will be any different.

Prediction - I believe that Siverne will beat Arreola again. However, this time I think he's going to stop him. Chris Arreola rarely comes into a fight in good shape. In the first fight Arreola hit Stiverne with some hard solid shots, but only one time did they seem to hurt him. I don't think he has what it takes to change the end result. Stiverne by TKO in round 8.

 Is Jennings the Future of US Heavyweight Boxing?

Bryant Jennings is one of the top heavyweight prospects right now. Later this month he'll be fighting unbeaten Mike Perez on HBO. I still believe that Deonte Wilder is the most exciting prospect, but the winner of the fight later this month closes the ground drastically.

The division is still ruled by Wladimir Klitschko. Make no mistake about that. There is some very interesting up and coming talent and a group of guys like Tyson Fury already making the division interesting. If boxing is really better when the heavyweight division is doing good then it's on the way back. Personally I don't think there's been anything wrong with it. People just don't like the way the Klitschko brothers have dominated the division. Wladimir has been every bit as dominate as Floyd Mayweather, but for some reason it's boring when Klitschko does it.

Mayweather Sr.: Maidana Doesn't Deserve Rematch

If I was Floyd's dad I wouldn't want him to fight Maidana again either. The only thing Maidana did was beat the hell out of him in a way that had not been previously done. Daddy is afraid that Maidana would wreck his son's undefeated record. It's my opinion that Maidana should be the one giving the rematch, but either way they both seemed to want to do it again after the fight last Saturday night, so why not stick to it and do it again?

There are a lot of fans out there who want to see Mayweather fight Amir Khan next. They believe that Khan has the hand speed to give Mayweather a true fight. I thought that Maidana gave him a great fight and just couldn't beat the score cards. I've heard people say Cotto beat him up a little. He busted Floyd's nose, and then took a beating for 10 rounds. Maidana beat him up periodically throughout the fight. I think Maidana deserves another fight, and despite Mayweather saying it'll be easier next time, I don't believe it will be.

Money Would Dominate Maidana in a Rematch

Mayweather didn't look ready before the fight. I'd said to those watching it with me that he looked worried and afraid. I'd also said before the fight that he did this to avenge the beating that Broner took. He wanted to step up and show baby brother how it suppose to be done. All he really did is prove that Maidana is as good as everyone thought he was, that the fight with Broner was no fluke, and that Maidana deserves a rematch. 

Mayweather Should Give Khan a Fight

I didn't think a fight with Khan would really be necessary, but after watching Amir fight on the under card  of the Mayweather-Maidana fight I think it could be interesting. Khan has the hand speed to test Floyd, but after that there is nothing he does that is better than Mayweather. I know Khan wants to fight Floyd, but who doesn't? Every fighter wants the exposure of fighting a legend. I want to see Amir Khan fight Danny Garcia again, I want Floyd to rematch Maidana, and then the winners of those two fights get it on.

Perfect Opponents for Mayweather to Finish 50-0

 Maidana Rematch, 47-0

 Amir Khan, 48-0

 Winner of Shawn Porter/Keith Thurman, 49-0

 Manny Pacquiao, 50-0

If Mayweather could finish his career taking this route he very well be the best fighter of all time. I don't think he could take this string of fights and remain unbeaten. Floyd has beat some of the best fighters in his era, but he hasn't always taken them on while they were still relevant. Still he's been able to add impressive names to his resume. If he took on the winner of Thurman and Porter he'd be taking on a great fighter on the way up. It's fights like that one that look better in the end.

Broner Banned for Insensitive Remarks

I really don't like Adrian Broner. He's a wannabe Floyd Mayweather, but in reality he's a loud mouth punk who's not as talented as the media makes him out to be. After his loss to Maidana he said he rededicated himself to his craft. I seriously doubt he did and don't think he ever will. There might have been a time when he was trying to get to the top that he put the work in, but now he thinks he's made it and that he can just cruise on by anyone without putting in the work. He's not Mayweather, he never will be, and soon everyone will see that he's not really even that good. I've heard he wants to fight Manny Pacquiao, and if that fight happens he'll be completely dominated.

 Andre Berto to Return to Ring This Summer

The last time we saw Andre Berto it looked like the end was near. He's just 1-3 in his last four fights and that includes a beating from Jesus Soto Karass. At the age of thirty he should still have something left in the tank, however it takes more out of some guys to get where Berto has been. His career reminds me of Jeff Lacy. They're similar fighters in style, but their careers seemed to end during their primes.

I'm not sure that Berto has what it takes to resume a career that once named him among the elite fighters in the welterweight division. I'm not sure who Berto intends on resuming his career with but a rematch with Soto Karass seems logical to me. If he can't beat that middle of the road fighter then it's probably over for a pretty good fighter. If he can win such a fight then he'll be ready to step up to a couple more like it, and then he could be ready for the elite welterweight fighters in the division.

Lara: After I Beat Canelo, I Want Mayweather

Both of these fighters have been wanting this fight in my opinion. The two of them had both fought Austin Trout, and both of them beat Trout. Most fans feel like Lara handled Trout more easily than Canelo did, despite the fact that Canelo dropped him in their fight. As I see it the two of them are very comparable talent wise. It could come down to who really wants it more. This thing has fight of the year written all over it.

Canelo: Insults and Callouts Prompted Lara Fight

“It’s a 50-50 fight,” Schaefer said to RingTV. “The two best junior middleweights not named Mayweather, fighting each other.”

They both beat Austin Trout, but it's their common fight with Alfredo Angulo that has the public's interest. Lara beat him up badly and claims that Angulo was not the same fighter by the time he faced Canelo. He didn't look like a damaged fighter to me, but after Canelo beat him decisively he looked like a beaten fighter. I can easily see why this is a 50/50 fight. That's also why I'm predicting this one to produce fight of the year. When two guys with similar skills and bad intentions enter a fight it leads one to believe it's going to be one helluva battle. They've made this one personal.

“It’s a 50-50 fight,” Schaefer said to RingTV. “The two best junior middleweights not named Mayweather, fighting each other.”
“It’s a 50-50 fight,” Schaefer said to RingTV. “The two best junior middleweights not named Mayweather, fighting each other.”
“It’s a 50-50 fight,” Schaefer said to RingTV. “The two best junior middleweights not named Mayweather, fighting each other.”
“It’s a 50-50 fight,” Schaefer said to RingTV. “The two best junior middleweights not named Mayweather, fighting each other.”

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