If Canelo Alvarez isn’t going to face Gennady Golovkin in his next fight the new lineal middleweight champ should level with the fans.
Holly Holm had her “Buster Douglas moment” upsetting Ronda Rousey to win the UFC bantamweight title but the former boxer’s victory belongs to her, not boxing.
The majority of people who witnessed Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s cunning application of the sweet science to clearly outpoint Manny Pacquiao on Saturday are upset the mega-event failed to live up to their expectations. But if you bought the PPV expecting to see fireworks, you were a casualty of hype, writes RingTV.com contributor Andreas Hale, and shame on you for being sucked into it.
Danny Garcia is a marketable undefeated slugger from Philly with a Puerto Rican background, a father with a mouth that won’t stop and what appears to be all of the tools to be a major draw. However, there’s something missing from THE RING 140-pound champ’s game that will likely prevent him from becoming an elite boxer or even a player in the welterweight division.
Boxing historian Lee Groves believes things are finally looking up for the sport: A potential Mayweather-Pacquiao fight in May, a consistent presence on free network TV, and the emergence of Deontay Wilder, a charismatic, hard-punching American heavyweight titleholder.
Nonito Donaire admitted that he can’t compete with featherweights like Nichols Walters, who stopped him in six rounds on Saturdays, but the 31-year-old Filipino star also says he won’t consider retirement yet. If he continues boxing he’s got some hard choices to make.
RingTV.com editor Doug Fischer shares his thoughts on compiling a list of the 20 greatest boxers since World War II for a story that appears in the October 2014 issue of THE RING and explains why Floyd Mayweather Jr., among other modern-era stars, did not make the cut.
Former contender Jimmy Dupree, who passed away last month, fought some of the best light heavyweights of the 1960s and ’70s, but the New Jersey-based trainers’ gym and youth program made a bigger and better impact within his community than his boxing career did.
Commentary: Floyd Mayweather Jr. may never reach his desired status of being considered the greatest fighter ever to grace the ring, but it’s hard to argue that the five-division champion isn’t already the greatest boxer outside of it.
The recent death of Francisco Leal and life-threatening head injury suffered by Magomed Abdusalamov prompted RingTV.com’s resident historian Lee Groves to recall how the 2008 fight between Delvin Rodriguez and Oscar Diaz, for which he was at ringside, caused him to question, then reconfirm, his love for boxing.
Orlando Cruz, an openly gay boxer who fights on the Tim Bradley-Juan Manuel Marquez undercard, has received as much media coverage as the two pound-for-pound-rated main event fighters. He deserves the attention for challenging and exposing boxing’s homophobic underbelly.
Last weekend’s event featuring Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Canelo Alvarez had all the appearance of a blockbuster Hollywood summer movie, which is why boxing should be worried, according to THE RING contributing editor Brian Harty.