Freddie Roach would pick Rigondeaux to beat Lomachenko

WBO junior lightweight champion Vasyl Lomachenko (9-1, 7 KOs) is on the top of a lot of pound for pound lists. Many believe he could be the next big thing in the sport of boxing.

Lomachenko, 29, is coming off of an impressive stoppage of Miguel Marriaga earlier this month.

What’s next for Lomachenko?

One guy who would like to fight him is WBA super bantamweight champion Guillermo Rigondeaux (17-0, 11 KOs, 1 NC). Rigondeaux, 36, has been calling Lomachenko out on social media.  It’s a fight that many would like to see, and a match that would tell us a lot about Lomachenko.

Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach believes if the fight were to happen that Rigondeaux would win.

Here is what he told Fight Hub TV on Wednesday:

“Rigondeaux is one of the best defensive fighters I ever seen, and maybe his future opponent is one of the best offensive fighters I ever seen,” Roach said. “He can’t play with guys like that though; there would be no room for good.

“I would pick Rigondeaux to win that fight.”

Would Rigondeaux move up two weight classes to battle Lomachenko?

According to Bob Arum, Lomachenko is returning in December against Orlando Salido, who beat Lomachenko, or Rigondeaux.

Let’s hope we get Lomachenko-Rigondeaux in December!

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Photos from Miguel Cotto’s media workout

LOS ANGELES (Aug. 16, 2017) Former four-division world champion Miguel Cotto (40-5, 33 KOs) hosted a media workout today at the Wild Card Boxing Gym ahead of his 12-round fight against Yoshihiro “El Maestrito” Kamegai (27-3-2, 24 KOs) for the WBO World Junior Middleweight title that will take place on Saturday, Aug. 26 at the StubHub Center in Carson, Calif. and televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing® beginning at 9:45 p.m. ET/PT

Here are photos from Cotto’s media workout:

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Miguel Cotto: ‘In my time off, I feel like I’ve become a more mature, more focused, complete fighter’

August 26 is a busy day for the sport of boxing. Of course, you have Mayweather-McGregor, and another fight involving a legend of the sport.

Miguel Cotto makes his return to the ring for the vacant WBO junior-middleweight title against Yoshihiro Kamegai in a 12-round fight at the StubHub Center in Carson, California (HBO).

The last time we saw Cotto was almost two years ago when he lost to Canelo Alvarez. During his time away, the 36-year-old Cotto believes he has become a better fighter:

 “In my time off, I feel like I’ve become a more mature, more focused, complete fighter,” said Cotto Our partnership with Golden Boy Promotions is part of that — Oscar De La Hoya and his company have always been there to support me and my team, and I am glad I get to share the last leg of my career with them in the best way possible. We have already seen the positives of working with them, and we are excited for the partnership we have developed that goes beyond this fight.”

Cotto explained why he chose Kamegai for his comeback fight:

“Kamegai is the best opponent for me right now in my career — he is a warrior in the ring. When we were looking through our options, he was one of the first names that popped up,” said Cotto.  

Cotto expects to be completely ready come fight night.  “I will be prepared for Kamegai on August 26 mentally and physically. It will be a great fight,” said Cotto.

Cotto is expected to fight one more time in 2017, and then retire from the sport.

 

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Ex-boxer Kevin Kelley: ‘Conor McGregor picked the right opponent’

The thought out there is that Floyd Mayweather’s decision to fight Conor McGregor on August 26 in Las Vegas was a “business decision,” and who can argue?  Mayweather, 40, could reportedly make over $300 million in this fight.  Quite frankly, Mayweather does not make that type of money against any other opponent currently in boxing.

McGregor, 29, is going to make a lot of money as well. The UFC star could reportedly make over $100 million. There is no way McGregor could make that kind of money in the UFC.

While many believe Mayweather picked the right opponent, former WBC featherweight champion Kevin Kelley believes McGregor picked the right opponent too.

Here is what Kelley told Fight Hub TV on Saturday:

“Remember, Floyd is not a puncher. Conor McGregor picked the right opponent, he didn’t pick Triple-G (Gennady Golovkin), he picked Mayweather because if he was doing a boxing match with puncher like Triple-G, the fight would be over. Now, he is doing it with Mayweather, not knocking him he’s a great boxer, but he’s not a phenomenal puncher,” Kelley said.

“The Flushing Flash” does believe Mayweather will win by decision.

Does Kelley have a point? Mayweather has not had a knockout since 2011, which was in controversial fashion against Victor Ortiz. That’s a long time!

Should be interesting to see if Mayweather can stop McGregor on August 26.

 

 

 

Shane Mosley on McGregor: ‘I can see from his technique that he is not on the same level as Mayweather’

After watching Conor McGregor’s media workout on Friday night, you wonder if he has a chance against Floyd Mayweather on August 26 in Las Vegas. However, after watching some footage of his sparring session with Paulie Malignaggi on Friday night, some might be giving McGregor a chance.

The last fighter to seriously have Mayweather in trouble was Shane Mosley back in 2010. Mosley hit Mayweather with two hard right hands in the 2nd round of their fight. While the shots hurt Mayweather, it was not enough to drop him. Ultimately, Mayweather would dominate the rest of the way and beat Mosley by a unanimous decision. 

Mosely was asked on Saturday night at the Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame ceremony if McGregor could do what he did to Mayweather. 

Here is what Mosley told the assembled media:

“Anybody has a chance to be hit on the chin or whatever, but I have been fighting for 36, 37, 38 years, and McGregor has been boxing for two years. That’s a little disrespectful for him to think he could accomplish what I accomplished in that ring,” said Mosley.  Plus, I’m a little older than Floyd (Mayweather), so at the time, I had more experience than Floyd.  Anybody has a chance. Anybody can close their eyes and throw a shot, but I just don’t think he has the power. I don’t think he has the technique, or anything to be able do anything with Floyd in a boxing ring. Maybe MMA, but Boxing? I can’t see it.”

In the end, Mosley feels McGregor just does not have enough to beat Mayweather: 

“I also seen him spar with Chris van Heerden and other people,” said Mosley. “I can see from his technique that he is not on the same level as Mayweather.”

 

Dana White releases McGregor-Malignaggi sparring footage; is it a knockdown?

UFC’ head Dana White released footage from the controversial sparring session between Conor McGregor and Paulie Malignaggi from last week via Instagram on Friday night.

Malignaggi left McGregor’s camp after photos were leaked from his sparring session with McGregor.

In the footage, which is 25 seconds in length, McGregor is seen getting the better of Malignaggi. Also, we see footage of the knockdown that Malignaggi claims was a push. 

After viewing the footage, it does look like a slip, but I’ll let you be the judge!

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Leonard Ellerbe believes you don’t know the real Floyd Mayweather in the ring

Floyd Mayweather has been accused by some of being a boring fighter. Some fight fans and writers would like to see him engage more with other fighters in the ring. The CEO of Mayweather Promotions Leonard Ellerbe disagrees.

Ellerbe believes that many fight fans and writers have Mayweather all wrong:

“You guys don’t know nothing about Floyd. All these descriptions I see of him running around the ring scared. Y’all need to come down here and watch him box. I think the fights kind of dictate the way things go. The opponents,” Ellerbe said before Mayweather’s media workout on Thursday.

Over the years, we have heard about Mayweather’s hand problems, but Ellerbe said if Mayweather did not have those problems, he would be stopping guys:

“Floyd is a dog! If he needs to go in his bag of tricks, he can do all of that, and then some. Unfortunately, in a lot of cases over the years, he has naturally small hands, so that’s been a problem. I’ll tell you what,  if that man would not of had hand problems, I’m telling you all these guys around here from any of these weight classes 60(middleweight), all that. He stops all them guys with his skill set.”

Mayweather will battle Conor McGregor on August 26 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Will he stop McGregor in what he says is his last fight?

Mayweather’s last stoppage victory was against Victor Ortiz in 2011.

Listen below at 9:18 mark:

Photos from Floyd Mayweather’s media workout in Las Vegas

Floyd Mayweather had his media workout at the Mayweather Boxing Club today in Las Vegas. Mayweather will battle UFC champion Conor McGregor on Saturday, August 26 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

Joining Mayweather at the media workout were Gervonta Davis, who will make the second defense of his world title against unbeaten challenger Francisco Fonseca, and Badou Jack, who will challenge 175-pound titleholder Nathan Cleverly in his debut at light heavyweight.

Here is what it looked like:

 

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Porter-Dulorme to battle on Mayweather-McGregor Preliminary Bouts on FOX & FOX Deportes

LAS VEGAS (August, 10, 2017) – Former world champion and top welterweight contender “Showtime” Shawn Porter (27-2-1, 17 KOs) will take on former title challenger Thomas Dulorme (24-2, 18 KOs) in a 10-round showdown that headlines Mayweather vs. McGregor preliminary bouts presented by Mayweather Promotions live on FOX and FOX Deportes Saturday, Aug. 26 from T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

“As always I’m just excited to get in the ring and perform,” said Porter. “I think fighting on network television again will be awesome and a huge opportunity for me. And to do it before one of the most anticipated sporting events ever is even more exciting. I feel like I’ve earned this spot and I’m ready to give the people the appetizer they deserve! ‘Showtime’ Shawn Porter never disappoints and I will prove that again on August 26.”

“I’m thankful for this opportunity on August 26,” said Dulorme. “I have been blessed with great fans and my last fight helped me to gain a little more recognition, but I am just getting started. I had a great performance back in January with a TKO victory, and this fight I plan to bring that same mindset into the ring. I am ready to win and to fight on Floyd Mayweather’s card is a blessing. I have a great team behind me and I am confident. I know my opponent is tough, but he’s just the opponent I need to really show everyone that I am even tougher.”

Saturday’s coverage begins on FOX and FOX Deportes with a one-hour Prefight Show at 6 p.m. ET/3 p.m. PT. Prelims on FOX and FOX Deportes begin at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT and leads directly into the Mayweather vs. McGregor event that will be produced and distributed by SHOWTIME PPV beginning at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT.

Action on FOX and FOX Deportes will include a 10-round super lightweight bout between unbeaten prospects Juan Heraldez (12-0, 8 KOs) and Jose Miguel Borrego (13-0, 12 KOs).

“After my last fight, I gained a lot of inspiration to show more to my fans,” said Heraldez. “I’m bringing the best Juan Heraldez to this fight. My last few performances have been great, and I’ve shown that I can have the power to knock my opponents out. I’m familiar with my opponent, but truthfully he’s not a factor and on fight night my 0 will not go.”

“This is a great chance for me to continue to show that I have the skills to be a future world champion,” said Borrego. “I’m going to leave everything in the ring and put on a great show for the fans like I always do. I respect my opponent and I think this will be a great fight, but I will end the night victorious.”

“The fans are in for a show,” said Leonard Ellerbe, CEO of Mayweather Promotions. “Not only do we have an amazing lineup of fights on our PPV telecast, we have a stacked undercard and plan to give the fans more. More fights, more access. We plan to get the fans excitement brewing with matchups like Dulorme vs. Porter and Heraldez vs. Borrego all on network TV. These are some even matchups and we are happy to have FOX and FOX Deportes on board to showcase this talent ahead of the grand finale that is, Mayweather vs. McGregor.”

A physically gifted fighter who had a strong amateur career, Porter became the WBC’s number one contender with a stoppage of Andre Berto in April after a close loss to unified champion Keith Thurman in June 2016 that garnered unanimous Fight of the Year consideration. The 29-year-old won a welterweight world title when he defeated Devon Alexander in 2013 in Brooklyn before defending the title with a dominant stoppage of Paulie Malignaggi. The Akron, Ohio-native now lives and trains in Las Vegas and he bounced back from a previous defeat to Kell Brook to knockout Erick Bone and earn a unanimous over four-division world champion Adrien Broner in 2015.

Representing Puerto Rico, by way of French Guiana, Dulorme last fought in January when he stopped Brian Jones in the sixth-round to pick up his second straight win after the 27-year-old had previously challenged Terrence Crawford for a vacant world title in 2015. Prior to his title opportunity, Dulorme picked up impressive victories over Hank Lundy, Karim Mayfield and DeMarcus Corley. He will look to make a big statement on his way to another world title opportunity with a win against Porter.

Unbeaten and fighting out of Las Vegas under the Mayweather Promotions banner, Heraldez is unbeaten since turning pro in 2009, including a successful 2017 debut that saw him go eight rounds for the first time as he dropped Alfonso Olvera on his way to a unanimous decision. The 27-year-old earned five victories from 2015 through 2016 and will have an opportunity to make a statement against his toughest opponent to date on August 26.

At just 19-years-old, Borrego has burst onto the scene displaying big knockout power as he made his U.S. debut in February with a first round stoppage and followed it by stopping John Delperdang in the seventh-round of a televised contest this April. Fighting out of Aguascalientes, Mexico, Borrego most recently scored a fourth-round stoppage of once-beaten Kevin Watts in June and enters this contest on an 11-fight knockout streak.

The undercard bouts in the arena will kick-off with 2016 Great Britain Olympian Savannah Marshall making her pro debut in a four-round super middleweight attraction. The 26-year-old from Hartlepool, England was an Amateur World Champion, a Commonwealth Games gold medalist and the only boxer to have ever defeated two-time Olympic gold medalist Claressa Shields.

 

CLEVERLY-JACK, DAVIS-FONSECA ANNOUNCED FOR MAYWEATHER-MCGREGOR UNDERCARD

LAS VEGAS (August 10, 2017) – Two world championship fights including a title defense by America’s youngest world champion are part of the trio of high stakes matchups on the Mayweather vs. McGregor SHOWTIME PPV undercard on Saturday, Aug. 26 from T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas and presented by Mayweather Promotions.

The four-fight SHOWTIME PPV event, beginning live at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT, is headlined by the unprecedented super welterweight matchup between boxing’s undefeated all-time great Floyd Mayweather and UFC superstar Conor McGregor.  In the co-featured bout, undefeated rising star Gervonta “Tank” Davis will make the second defense of his IBF Junior Lightweight World Championship against undefeated challenger Francisco Fonseca as the 22-year-old looks to continue his reign as the youngest current champion from the U.S.

WBA Light Heavyweight Titlist Nathan Cleverly will defend his title against former 168-pound world champion Badou Jack “The Ripper”, who is stepping up in weight and into this world title tilt.

The pay-per-view telecast will open with undefeated rising cruiserweight contender Andrew “The Beast” Tabiti taking on two-time world champion Steve “U.S.S.” Cunningham in a 10-round bout for the USBA cruiserweight title.

“What a night this will be for fight fans,” said Leonard Ellerbe, CEO of Mayweather Promotions. “Not only will they witness a first of its kind main event, but they will also see two incredible world title fights, as Mayweather Promotions’ very own current and former world champions go head-to-head in separate bouts. Gervonta Davis is nothing short of pure boxing talent with dynamite power.  Former super middleweight world champion Badou Jack is making his light heavyweight debut, and looking to take the title away from a tough and experienced Nathan Cleverly.  But first, Andrew “The Beast” Tabiti will open the pay-per-view telecast with what I expect to be a magnificent performance.  This diverse card is an epic, international affair stacked with talent.  Make sure you don’t miss the biggest event the sport has ever seen.”

“This undercard includes three meaningful matches featuring fighters we’ve seen develop over the years on SHOWTIME,” said Stephen Espinoza, Executive Vice President and General Manager, SHOWTIME Sports.  “Gervonta Davis has fast-tracked himself to stardom on this network, we’ve seen Badou Jack develop from prospect to champion, and we’re now witnessing similar growth with Andrew Tabiti.  We’re excited to watch them compete in tough, competitive matchups on this global stage.”

Gervonta Davis vs. Francisco Fonseca – IBF Junior Lightweight World Championship

One of the fastest-rising young stars in the sport, Davis (18-0, 17 KOs) became the youngest reigning champion from the U.S. when he knocked out Jose Pedraza in January to capture the IBF 130-pound crown. The 22-year-old made his first title defense in style when he went to London and stopped Liam Walsh in May. Both bouts aired live on SHOWTIME.  Representing Baltimore, Davis won the 2012 National Golden Gloves championship and scored knockouts in his first eight fights after turning pro in 2013. He enters this matchup on a streak of nine-straight fights that have ended with a knockout victory.

“I’m really excited to fight as the co-main event on the biggest card in combat sports history,” said Davis. “I plan to put on a great show for everyone in attendance in Las Vegas and for those who purchase the PPV. I want to thank my team for this incredible opportunity. I’m ready for Floyd Mayweather to pass his torch to me. To my fans, I appreciate all of you. Support me and I’ll fight for you!”

Fighting out of San Ramon, Costa Rica, Fonseca (19-0-1, 13 KOs) has won 19 straight fights after turning pro with a majority draw in 2013. Fonseca quickly established himself as one of the top fighters from his country with victory after victory, including a fourth-round knockout of Luis Gonzlaez to capture a regional 130-pound belt last August. The 23-year-old will make his U.S. debut when he faces Davis and he enters this contest having won his last five bouts inside of the distance. Fonseca began his 2017 with a third round knockout of Eliecer Lanzas in March and is trained by two-time world champion Ivan Calderon.

“I am super grateful for this great opportunity,” said Fonseca. “The dream of every young boxer is to fight for the world title and this opportunity comes at the best moment of my career and in the biggest in the history of this sport. I will beat Gervonta Davis and I will shock the world that night.” 

Nathan Cleverly vs. Badou Jack – WBA Light Heavyweight World Championship

A two-time world champion at light heavyweight, Cleverly (30-3, 16 KOs) bounced back from a defeat to Andrzej Fonfara in a 2015 Fight of the Year contender to defeat hometown champ Juergen Braehmer last October to pick up his WBA title. Cleverly’s previous title reign saw him take down the likes of Tony Bellew, Nadjib Mohammedi, Shawn Hawk and Tommy Karpency before dropping a contest to Sergey Kovalev. The Wales resident will make his fourth start in the U.S., having won two of his first three contests stateside.

“This is a fight I have wanted ever since Badou Jack moved to light heavyweight and I’m delighted to fight in Vegas on an event like this,” said Cleverly. “I’ve trained long and hard for this fight and I’m ready to be let off the leash. This is the biggest fight of my career so far and I’m going to do a number on Badou Jack on August 26.”

Now fighting in the 175-pound division, Jack’s final fight at 168 pounds came in a title unification on SHOWTIME in January against James DeGale.  Jack (21-1-2, 12 KOs) shook off an early knockdown to floor DeGale in the final round in a close majority draw in which both fighters retained their belts. The 2008 Olympian from Gambia won his world title in 2015 by defeating then unbeaten Anthony Dirrell and defended the belt against current champion George Groves and former champion Lucian Bute. The 33-year-old is unbeaten in his last six bouts as he seeks a world title in a second weight class.

“I’m thankful for this opportunity and I’m excited about getting another shot at a world title,” said Jack. “To be a part of this event and fighting on this card is historic. Nothing beats it. I’m excited to get back in the ring. I’m getting ready to take that belt, and win a title in my second weight class. The biggest difference between past training camps and preparing for this fight is the fact that I was training to get the weight down, now I’m training to build muscle and perfect my boxing strategy. This will be a tough fight, but I don’t see any issues getting through it. I feel confident and fans can expect a win by knockout or decision. He’s not leaving with that belt. It’s staying right here in Las Vegas.” 

Andrew Tabiti vs. Steve Cunningham – 10 Round Cruiserweight Bout

Originally from Chicago but fighting out of Las Vegas, Tabiti (14-0, 12 KOs) recorded victories against previously unbeaten fighters Keith Tapia and Quantis Graves in his last two outings – both on ShoBox: The New Generation – as he works to solidify himself as a contender in the red hot cruiserweight division. The 27-year-old turned pro in 2013 after amassing a solid 32-6 amateur record and scored knockout victories in his first 10 fights. He’ll battle his most experienced opponent to date when he faces the multiple-time champion Cunningham.

“I’ve always been dedicated when it comes to training and this camp has been no different,” said Tabiti. “I know I am fighting a veteran who has a lot of experience, so I can’t slack on my conditioning and training. He’s tough and he’s only been stopped once and that was when he moved up in weight to heavyweight, so it would be a big statement for me to stop him. This fight is a test for me. Anytime you get in the ring you never really know how things will pan out, but I have a great team. To the fans, expect a victory and a great fight on August 26th because I am going to make sure I come out on top.”

Representing the great fight city of Philadelphia, Cunningham (29-8-1, 13 KOs)returned to action in March with a victory over Felipe Romero after an exciting challenge of cruiserweight champion Krzysztof Glowacki in April 2016. Twice a world champion as a cruiserweight, he defeated Krzysztof Wlodarczyk in 2006 to capture his belt before successfully defending his title against Marco Huck via a twelfth-round TKO. He became a world champion again in 2010 when he stopped Troy Ross in the fifth round. The experienced veteran also owns victories over previously unbeaten fighters Amir Mansour and Natu Visinia and scored a knockdown of Tyson Fury in a losing effort during their 2013 bout.

“This is one of the biggest cards of the decade and its mind blowing to be a part of it,” said Cunningham. “I have to top it off with a victory. Taking on a good, undefeated young prospect is a challenge in itself, but a victory will prove age is just a number. Hard work is a part of my everyday life.”