Boxing Update 17/09 by Paul Ready #Mayhem #SaundersEubankJr #ReturnOfTheSaint

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Plenty of news/reviews to get through today so let’s dive straight in…

Mayweather v Maidana 2

Floyd “Money” Mayweather (47-0) beat Marcos “Chino” Maidana (35-5) via a unanimous decision on Saturday evening. It was a comprehensive victory for Money; I gave Maidana 2 rounds (4th & 9th) but we did see two sides to Floyd in this fight.

My first observation was his footwork was the most fluid I have seen from him for years. The introduction of Yoga in to his training regime is clearly reaping its rewards. However I recall him throwing one possibly two meaningful combinations all night, the trademark lower ab jab and right hook were his bread & butter all evening.

Mayweather vs. Maidana 2 Results: Highlights, Future Outlook for Both Fighters

What was most startling to me was the ease at which Maidana’s straight jab was getting through. Chino isn’t renowned for having a crisp jab but on Saturday he had frequent success with it. Many top welterweights would have watched that fight and seen signs that age is steadily catching up with Floyd. But make no mistake, even a Floyd in decline is still significantly better than the rest of the division.

The challenge for Mayweather’s camp is matching him in his remaining two bouts; do they look to conserve the unbeaten record and pit him against perceived easier opposition?

Or do they put him in with Amir Khan, Keith Thurman or shock the boxing world and finally make the Manny Pacquiao fight?

My belief is Pacquiao is unlikely to happen, Khan is a possibility but the hand speed he possesses will trouble Floyd. Keith Thurman would be my personal choice in May 2015 but he is the most dangerous opponent out there currently.

Love or loath Floyd, you have to admire the man inside the ring and what he has achieved in the sport. He’s one of the best fighters I’ve ever seen. The TBE (The Best Ever) motto is up for debate; I would back Sugar Ray Leonard to have beaten him in a fantasy fight.

The next two fights choices will be fascinating and I expect we will be made to wait until early 2015 to find out who is chosen.

 

29th November – Two big shows, one night

Matchroom and Frank Warren appear to be heading towards a blockbuster clash of boxing on 29th November with cards in Liverpool and London respectively.

Frank Warren has announced “Bad Blood” which is headlined by the rescheduled Dereck Chisora v Tyson Fury 2 fight, with Billy Joe Saunders and Chris Eubank Jr as chief support.

Matchroom are rumoured to be considering this same date to stage Tony Bellew v Nathan Cleverly 2 bout.

Two huge cards; 3 domestic grudge matches between 6 men who can not stand the sight of their opponent – and I’m in New York on holiday!

It’s an evening that will require the need for modern technology; one card on the TV, the other streamed on your tablet.

The Saunders v Eubank Jr fight for me is the most intriguing one. Reading tweets & various articles, opinion is well and truly divided on who will prevail. Some believe Saunders walks through Eubank Jr and it’s the evening he finally gets his comeuppance. Others, myself included feel that Eubank Jr shocks people and beats Saunders in a thrilling fight that has everyone on the edge of their seat.

One thing is for certain that the build-up for those 3 fights is going to explosive; the press-conferences will contain more trash than your local landfill site. The animosity between them will make Froch v Groves look like bum chums. I’m looking forward to the build-up on those fights dare I say more than some of the actual contests themselves.

 

George Groves v Christopher Rebrasse

On the subject of “Saint” George Groves, he makes his return to the ring this Saturday after his brutal knockout by Carl Froch in May. Now promoted by Sauerland Promotions, Saint GG is thrust straight in to a WBC Final Eliminator against durable Frenchman Rebrasse.

Rebrasse (22-2: 6 KO’s) shouldn’t pose a major threat to Groves and I back the Hammersmith man to stop the Frenchman late.

 

@PaulReady

@EliteBoxingNet

http://www.eliteboxing.net

 

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Mayweather v Maidana by Paul Ready #TheMoment

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The Moment is almost upon us.

Will the fight bomb in PPV sales Stateside?

I very much doubt it. There seems to be a major buzz around this fight and the undercard, I can see it doing well.

It certainly won’t be as low as the Mayweather v Guerrero figures from Cinco De Mayo weekend in 2013.

So let’s analyse in detail what each man is bringing to the table:

 

Fitness & Conditioning – Mayweather

Unquestionably the fittest boxer in the world today.

I saw an interview this week with his father and trainer Floyd Snr who divulged that Floyd Jnr spars 6-8 minute rounds with no rest in between.

He regularly spars for 25 mins without a rest, truly remarkable.

What I admire most about Money May is he trains with the intensity of an unproven amateur, even at 37 yrs old.

When he is out of shape he is still more in shape than the rest of the boxing world.

A known perfectionist, Floyd is an exercise bunny, displaying a stalker level obsession with the gym which he attributes to why he has remained at the top of the game for 17 yrs.

Tee-total, he epitomes the word athlete and is an example to every aspiring sportman & sportswoman.

Mayweather takes care of his hands post training by place them in ice buckets for an extended period of time.

Everyone has seen him “jump-rope” but it is something that even to this day I never tire of watching.

“I tell the guys in my gym to not watch TV but to watch me”

“When you watch TV, you better be watching me”

“When you watch me, you’ve got to pay”

 

Fitness & Conditioning – Maidana

With the addition to Alex Ariza in the Maidana camp, a noticeable difference has occurred, Chino clearly is fitter and hitting harder than ever before.

The transition from 140 to 147 has been seamless for the 30 yr old.

The improvement in conditioning hasn’t gone unnoticed in the Mayweather camp, with Floyd pointing out that Khan & Pacquiao were better fighters when Ariza was in the corner alongside Freddie Roach.

He feels Ariza’s absence has been a key factor in the drop of power & fitness of both men since.

With the introduction to track work and morning sprints up the famous Santa Monica steps, Maidana has ensured he is going in to the fight of his life in the best possible condition.

I’ve watched countless videos of Maidana adopting all manner of modern and old school training techniques, from plyometrics to pulverizing a punch-bag with a baseball bat.

 

Tactics & Game Plan – Mayweather

Despite his public declarations of being willingness to stand and trade with Maidana, I fully expect him to box in the manner he has done for his past 4-5 fights.

Sharp, stinging single shots, and stepping out, frustrating Maidana, encouraging him to bomb forward and swing wildly. Thus “banking” more rounds in favour of the undefeated champion.

Mayweather no longer throws quick combinations, he has made adjustments perhaps due to his damaged fists not being able to withstand 12 rounds of 4-5 punch combos anymore.

Floyd has faced all types of fighters, their tactics will be if it’s not broke don’t fix it.

Canelo a better boxer and bigger man than Maidana couldn’t get near Floyd, can Maidana get close enough?

The Mayweather camp are well aware of Maidana’s knockout prowess, Leonard Ellerbe has described Maidana as the biggest puncher he has ever faced:

“In my opinion, Maidana’s the biggest puncher that Floyd’s faced. Maidana’s the biggest puncher that Floyd has faced until this point,” said Ellerbe.

“He has the highest knockout percentage that’s out there. Like I said, he’s never ever not in an entertaining fight.”

 

Tactics & Game Plan – Maidana

Chino is for me one of the most awkward fighters Floyd has faced for sometime.

Yes he is a pressure and power puncher, we have seen these fighters disposed of with unassuming ease before, how can Maidana box differently?

Despite Oscar De La Hoya’s claim, there is no blueprint to beat Floyd, but he is just a man, he bleeds and can be hurt.

We have seen that before against Shane Mosely, Mosely caught him flush with a huge right hook, Floyd’s legs buckled, he latched on in to the clinch and survived.

Now whilst Maidana isn’t as quick as Mosely, he does possess an unconventional style that can cause problems should he be able to get on the inside.

Chino throws shots from all angles, his trademark shot is the overhand right that appears from a blind-spot. With the increase of strength work, most notably focused on power punches, I feel the tactics Robert Garcia will adopt will be to get up close, work the body.

They want to hurt him.

“You’re going to hurt his ribs. Definitely,” said Garcia to Maidana.

“The fighters that give Floyd trouble are those that are aggressive, that keep coming forward, that don’t respect him. If Chino lands, and Chino hurts Mayweather, then it’s over.”

 

Verdict

My conclusion is it is very hard, almost nigh on impossible to look beyond a comprehensive Floyd win.

Maidana I hope will hurt him, drop him drag in to a war, but in reality there is more chance of me facing Mayweather next.

Floyd via a unanimous decision.

@PaulReady
@EliteBoxingNet

#TheMoment Undercard by Paul Ready

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Some good fights supporting the big one this Saturday at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, let’s have a look at them and a few Brits who are competing…

Anthony Ogogo

Ogogo (5-0: 2KOs) makes his Las Vegas bow in his 2nd fight across the pond against Jonel Tapia (8-4: 5KOs) .

The 2012 Bronze Medalists fight unfortunately won’t be televised on BoxNation in the UK, but will be shown at a later stage.

The 25yr old from Lowestoft last fought on the Burns v Crawford card in March and will be looking to continue to grow his profile Stateside.

Tapia, was knocked out in 1 round by Badou Jack of The Money Team (TMT) last year.

 

Ashley Theophane

“Treasure” Theophane (34-6: 10KOs) faces American Angino Perez (15-4: 13KOs).

Perez, 30 has fought Carlos Molina in 2012 and lost on a unanimous decision.

Theophane, 33 has had a fairy-tale journey to the Mayweather Gym in Chinatown Las Vegas. He has been described by many as a journeyman boxer, having fought the majority of his career in small arenas in the UK, York Hall being the “plat principal”.

The rags-to-riches tale sounds like fictious football player making the grade at a star team, Theophane quickly earned a credible reputation as a solid sparring partner in New York and subsequently went to Las Vegas for a change of scenery.

It was there that he came to Floyd Mayweather Jnr’s attention and under his watchful gaze he received plaudits Stateside for his hunger to learn and train with the intensity usually displayed in a young pro.

The one wrong he wishes to right is against Danny Garcia who he lost to on a split points decision some years ago.

Theophane is 2 wins away from the opportunity of sharing the ring with Garcia or Lamont Peterson and the first semi-final is on Saturday night.

J’Leon Love v Marco Antonio Periban

Firstly I rate Love, he is the most talented fighter in the TMT stable bar Money May.

Learnt to fight at the Jerusalem of boxing; the Kronk Gym in Detroit before turning pro and joining Mayweather Promotions.

Having steamrolled through the majority of his first fights with stoppages galore, the acid test finally arrived against menacing Gabriel Rosado.

Watching the fight back, Love was fortunate to get the win, when many myself included felt Rosado had done enough to get the victory.

Coupled with him failing a post-fight drugs test and a 6 month suspension he then had a Soprano-style “sit-down” with Floyd and CEO Leonard Ellerbe who spelt out what the expectations of him were.

He was labelled by many as the next big thing and a change in behaviour & more focus in training has encouraged Floyd & Ellerbe that they were right to stick by their man.

Love (17-0: 13KOs) is now operating at Super-Middleweight has to really deliver in emphatic fashion on Saturday evening.

In front of the 26 yr old stands Marco Antonio Periban a former WBC challenger, having lost to current champion Sakio Bika for the title vacated by Andre Ward in 2013.

Periban, (20-1-1: 13KO’s) is regarded by some as a gate-keeper, but I feel he warrants better labeling than that. Having drawn against fellow TMT stable-mate Badou Jack, make no mistake that Periban is not in Vegas for the Lobster Buffet this weekend.

He is a tall ask for any 168lb fighter and I take my hat off to Mayweather Promotions for making this fight as it is a dangerous one for a prospect on the verge of world honours.

There will be no love lost from Periban as he focuses on his own path of contesting for world honours (sorry had to get a pun in!)

Intriguing one to watch unfold and I would favour the 29yr old 60-40 from the outset but I envisage Love to win by late stoppage.

 

Adrien Broner v Carlos Molina

Adrien “The Problem” Broner has picked up where he left off  with his narcissism after his first defeat to Marco Maidana.

I admire the man as a boxer, he has unquestionable ability that has made him a 3 weight-world champion at the tender 24 yrs of age, but outside the ring he has plenty to improve on.

Broner (27-1: 22KO’s) faces Carlos Molina a man he yesterday described as a “punching-bag”.
“People want to know if the loss [against has humbled me and of course it has,’ he said.
‘If I would have won that Maidana fight people would be calling me an asshole”
“People still call me that, but now I thank God that he slowed me down in my tracks even though it is still a heavy and fast train. Right now, Denzel Washington couldn’t stop this train”

“This fight is huge for me. Everyone wants to see what Adrien Broner is going to do next after this devastating loss I took in the early part of my career. I know why everyone has their eyes glued to me.
“Carlos Molina is a hell of a fighter and he is going to come to fight. He’s going to come to kick my ass because I’m sure as hell going to come to kick his.”
“I’m trying to have some fun. I will be pretty, fresh, fly and still flashy”
“I do agree with Broner that Molina should be “easy-work” and I fully expect him to win via a KO within 5 rounds.”
“In the 140lb Jnr Welterweight division, there lays some big money fights for him; most notably Danny Garcia and Lucas Matthysse as he looks to gradually climb back to Welterweight.”

Whilst he would never admit it publicly, I do believe Broner slightly regrets the jump from Lightweight to Welter, in hindsight he should have allowed his body to naturally adapt to the increase in weight.

Amir Khan v Luis Collazo

Amir “King” Khan (28-3: 19KO’s) makes his bow at 147lbs as the chief support for Mayweather Maidana.

Khan 27, appears to have finally got over missing out on the “Mayweather Lotto Sweepstakes” and now gracefully admits that the time wasn’t right for him to jump straight in to that fight.

Collazo (35-5: 18KO’s) is coming off the back of a brutal KO to Victor Ortiz in January.

I for one am delighted that Khan is finally getting back in the ring, mainly as the talking will stop about him and Mayweather – for now and he can focus fully on boxing.

This for me will be fight of the evening, I fully expect both men to go toe-to-toe, King Khan has spoken repeatedly about boxing differently, being patient and not getting sucked in to a war.

But despite the change in trainer and a prolonged 13mth absence from the ring, I feel it is very difficult to make adjustments to your style after 10yrs as a pro.

I fancy Khan to get a late stoppage, around round 9, but Collazo will put him under intense pressure and almost certainly put the Brit on the canvas early on.

“You’re going to see an improved Amir Khan, the best Amir Khan, there’s no doubt in my mind about that,” he said.

“Over the last 12 months I’ve been in camps with Virgil and we’ve been working on certain aspects of my game that I never really got the chance to work on because I just didn’t get the time as I was fighting so often.

“Through the last few months I’ve been focusing on improving myself and adding certain things to my game. Because I didn’t have an opponent lined up and I wasn’t fighting I had the time to look at myself and work on things I wanted to work on.

“On May 3rd I’m going to put that all into practice on the biggest stage and not only beat Collazo but look to beat him in real style.”

 

Tune in tomorrow for my surgeon esq dissection of the main event, Mayweather v Maidana.

@PaulReady

@EliteBoxingNet

 

Mayweather, Ward, Froch & Groves

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Bonjour,

I hope everyone had a delightful festive period. Mine descended in to a sea of wine & cheese spent with those who matter most…

My next post will be the fights I wish, no wait.. Demand.. That we have grace our screens in 2014.

I wanted to discuss the latest news/rumours that have come to light the past few days, hence the impromptu post.

Like the rest of us, boxers have been enjoying the holiday period and have taken to twitter to fuel the flames of potential fights next year.

You can picture it now, Andre Ward sat there after going to midnight mass, his nan has passed out infront of the TV with Santa Claus featuring Dudley Moore playing.

What is a guy to do?

Take to twitter of course and throw his two pence worth in on Froch/Groves!

@andreward: #UK fans still not happy with Carl “The Cobra” Froch huh?? That’s why I respect #UK fans, they ride for the home team, but tell the truth!!

He then went on to say that Froch has only two options.

Not just Groves rematch or retire, but a Ward or Groves rematch. In addition, that he would be willing to face Groves in the future.

What a match that would be.

I was salivating reading that, and I had the meat sweats at that point.

Ward fancies fighting Froch again, and who can blame him! Peak Froch couldn’t beat him, Froch on the slide gets stopped in my opinion.

For Ward to call Groves out shows how high his stock really has risen.

Everyone wants a piece of him, including American promoters.

‘There’s an awful lot of promoters interested in me,’ Groves told Sportsmail. ‘Because obviously I’m an exciting fighter in a good division, and I’ve got a successful future. I’m doing my job right and they’re interested. Plenty from Stateside – four from Stateside, all the big players are interested. I’m in a good position, I’m happy.’

In the aftermath of the Froch fight, I spoke about the merits of Groves taking himself Stateside for a brief period. It appears that this is something he is doing himself, for that I commend him.

Promoter wise, it would make sense for him to sign with DiBella Promotions.

Brooklyn based DiBella has great links with Goldenboy, Top Rank, K2 Promotions.
This would mean Groves could fight on Showtime and HBO, thus not restricting himself, as it would if he chose one of the GoldenBoy or Top Rank.

DiBella is a massive character, a man who tells it how it is, takes no shit and would be great for Groves

DiBella currently promotes Sergio Martinez and having an exciting fighter such as Groves, would prove to be a great asset for his stable.

We also had in typical Floyd style, headline stealing tweets regarding Pacquiao and other potential opponents for him next.

Firstly, he tweeted a picture of a guy in Tokyo who appeared to be a cross between Roach and Pacquiao with the caption “Manny Roach”.

Then preceded by digitally made posters of him versus Khan, Maidana and Pacquiao. Mayweather mocked them all, calling Khan a con artist, Maidana a biscuit boy (no idea) and the proposition of facing Pacquiao would be eating Marquez’ leftovers.

What I feel are intelligent about these tweets and the very nature of them, is that this has been done to gauge the fans perception of each potential opponent.

It’s an open secret that the Khan fight is close to be agreed, but it has been received by lukewarm response over here in the UK and in the States.

Mayweather, a renowned PPV fighter wouldn’t of ignored this and I feel the tweets are a reflection of that.

Mayweather v Khan was never going to topple “The One” PPV buys, but for a guy who has agreed a blockbuster deal with Showtime Sports, Mayweather needs to whip up a frenzy on the opposition.

Fans buy to see him win and lose.

Without having that realistic chance of the underdog winning, it doesn’t become a credible main event.

Hundreds of thousands in the States will shell out $60-70 a pop to see a ridiculously one sided main event.

Mayweather needs to be hitting the 750-900 units to ensure he is getting that “Money” and don’t assume the Khan fight is signed and sealed just yet.

In other news we had confirmation of the very brief Price & Booth partnership.

Rumours surfaced earlier this week that Price’s new promoter Sauerland brothers had an issue with Booth being his trainer and manager.

Only for Booth to take to Twitter to pour cold water on those rumours:

@boxingbooth: Contrary to very inaccurate reporting, my decision to stop working with David Price had nothing to do with @SauerlandBros

So with this one, I have no clue what happened and one can only speculate on a vast number of theories, which I’m sure will be revealed in due course.

Right.

That’s my cheese ridden thought process.

Enjoy the rest of your time off and tune in next week for my 2014 fight wish list.

Paul

@EliteBoxingBlog

@PaulReady