Julio Cesar Chavez Jr… When Will The Excuses For Him Stop?

Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. is going to be overweight, even in a fight in which the weight limit is constantly rising to accommodate his lack of interest in both training and meeting contractual obligations.

Chavez will fight Bryan Vera on Saturday in an HBO-televised match at the StubHub Center in Carson, Calif.

When the fight was first agreed upon, the contracted weight was 163. Then, Chavez was cut and the bout was postponed. When it was rescheduled, it was set for 168, because Chavez didn’t keep working while his cut healed and he knew that making 163 was a pipe dream.

But then Chavez waltzed his way through training and informed everyone this week that he couldn’t make 168, either.

So, the weight limit will be whatever he weighs at Friday’s weigh-in. He paid Vera an undisclosed sum for the right to not have to make weight, a travesty of epic proportions.

Chavez is arguably the most unprofessional athlete in boxing, which is saying a lot. But the son of the Hall of Famer is not solely to blame in this fiasco.

Blame co-promoters Bob Arum and Fernando Beltran for much of this mess.  Because Chavez is a cash cow, they allow him to dictate the rules. Continue reading

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The Pound for Pound Picasso Exposes Oscar’s Blueprint… Again! by Chip Mitchell

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Floyd “Money” Mayweather Jr put to rest any belief in Oscar De la Hoya’s so called blueprint designed to beat him.  The 36 year old Mayweather appears to be like a fine wine, getting better with age as he dominated Saul “Canelo” Alvarez on Saturday night. 

In typical fashion, Floyd appeared to take his time in the early rounds to gauge his opponent’s game plan.  From then on, the fight was a technical mismatch as the teacher (Mayweather) took the pupil (Alvarez) to school round after round. 

In the end, Mayweather was awarded a majority decision.  Scores were 117-111 (Craig Metcalfe), 116-112 (Dave Moretti), and the atrocious 114-114 card turned in by the infamous C.J. Ross (seen here http://boxrec.com/media/index.php/C.J._Ross).  I had the fight scored 118-110. 

One has to wonder who, outside of Father Time, will be able to beat Mayweather at this point.  I don’t think the answer is Danny Garcia, Devon Alexander, or Amir Khan.  The person that may be able to pull it off is probably in the 5th grade right now, and doesn’t even know he’s going to be a boxer. 

Most people would like to see a move up to fight Sergio Martinez.  Martinez is an HBO fighter and some strings would have to be pulled for that one.  These final fights could simply be a victory lap for Floyd unless the reflexes start to slip.  Even then, it’s going to take a hell of a man to dethrone him.  Continue reading

Does Floyd Mayweather’s win over Canelo Prove he is TBE?

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At the end of the final bell I couldn’t help but smile, “he’s done it again” I thought to myself.  Floyd Mayweather Jr. made Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, who is arguably the second best pound for pound fighter in the world look extremely average.  Make no mistake Canelo is an exceptional fighter but Mayweather is a league of his own

At times it was nothing more than a glorified sparring season, a very well paid sparring session for the man they call money.  The fight went exactly how I anticipated, Mayweather was too fast, too slick, too cute and too quick which Canelo simply did not have any answer to.  Right from the first bell Mayweather showed how sharp he is and that the age factor was not going to play a part.  In fact you would think that Floyd was the younger man based on the way he fought. Continue reading

Mayweather 150.5, Alvarez 152

Floyd Mayweather Jr. weighed in today at 150.5 pounds and Canelo Alvarez weighed the limit of 152 for the junior middleweight championshiop fight on Saturday at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

LAS VEGAS — Floyd Mayweather Jr. weighed in today at 150.5 pounds for his fight against Canelo Alvarez on Saturday at the MGM Grand. Alvarez weighed 152.

The fight is for Alvarez’s RING junior middleweight championship and will unify two sanctioning-body titles. The fighters agreed upon a catch weight of 152 pounds, two below the 154-pound standard.

Also, Lucas Matthysse and Danny Garcia both weighed 140 for their junior welterweight title fight. Garcia is the RING champion. Garcia was a half pound over and had to weigh in a second time. Was weight an issue for Danny?

EXPLOSION! Angel Garcia Being… Well… Angel Garcia

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Angel Garcia, the father of WBA/WBC light welterweight champion Danny Garcia (26-0, 16 KO’s), is really upset that a lot of boxing writers and fans are picking his opponent Lucas Matthysse (34-2, 32 KO’s) to beat Garcia on Saturday in their fight at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Fans and writers are not only picking the hard hitting Matthysse to beat Danny Garcia, but many of them are picking Matthysse to knock Garcia out early in the fight unless Danny runs from him.

An angry Angel Garcia told esnewsreporting “He [Matthysse] ain’t no killer!  The champion [Danny Garcia] is the killer.  He trying to tell he didn’t lose [to Devon Alexander and Zab Judah].  No, you lost.  In black and white, you lost.  He’s got 32 nobodies.  I’m worried about that bum [Matthysse] up there.  That fucking bum.”

Angel seems to be pretty upset and worried for Danny. Maybe he should be. Matthysse isn’t an over-the-hill Judah or Erik Morales, two fighters that Garcia has beaten recently. Matthysse doesn’t have a weak chin. Garcia stopped Amir Khan in the 4th round last year in July. Continue reading

Mayweather & Alvarez Arrive at MGM

 

Photos:  Esther Lin/Showtime

Photos: Esther Lin/Showtime

  

 

Photos:  Esther Lin/Showtime

Photos: Esther Lin/Showtime

Photos: Esther Lin/Showtime

   

 

Eight-time, five-division World Champion Floyd “Money” Mayweather and Super Welterweight World Champion and Mexican Superstar Canelo Alvarez kicked off fight week for “THE ONE: MAYWEATHER vs. CANELO” as the two superstars arrived in grand fashion in front of approximately 2,000 screaming fans on Tuesday at the MGM Grand Hotel Lobby.Canelo’s WBC, WBA and Ring Magazine Super Welterweight World Championships and Mayweather’s WBA Super Welterweight Super World Championship will be at stake this Saturday on SHOWTIME PPV in the most significant boxing showdown in recent memory.

Mayweather and Canelo briefly met with the media following Tuesday’s formal arrival, where the subject quickly turned to the controversy surrounding the 152-pound catchweight and statements from The Money Team that Team Canelo made a mistake in agreeing to fight at 152 pounds.

“I’m the bigger guy, why would I give up weight?”  Canelo asked the media. “You want to know what happened?  They wanted to fight at welterweight. I told them, ‘No way, those days are over for me.’  Then they said let’s do the fight at 150. I said I couldn’t do that. Then 151. Then we finally agreed on 152.

“I would come down two pounds to make the important fight.  They told us not to disclose anything and we were fine with that.  The reason why we are talking about the weight today is because they called us idiots and they are lying.”

Leonard Ellerbe, CEO of Mayweather Promotions, had a firm response to Canelo’s comments.

“We took advantage of a situation,” Ellerbe said.  “The kid suggested it himself a long time ago.  He put himself out there like that and we’re going to hold his feet to the fire.”

Mayweather, who didn’t acknowledge questions surrounding the catch-weight, insisted he’ll still be boxing’s No. 1 draw after Saturday’s showdown.

“He’s not the future,” Mayweather said.  “But he’s still going to be a star after he loses on Saturday.  When I’m in a fight like this I’m not losing.

“You don’t think I could go to the Alamodome and sell it out?  I give Canelo credit for showing up on Sept. 14 and that’s it.”

“I take my hat off to Richard Schaefer; he works very, very hard, him and Leonard [Ellerbe],” said Mayweather when asked about the massive size of the Sept. 14 promotion. “This is not just a fight, this is what we call an event.  These people play a major key to my success. This is the Mayweather Promotions and Golden Boy Promotions show, and we now run boxing.”

Tommy David Morrison (January 2, 1969 – September 1, 2013)

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Tommy Morrison, the former heavyweight champion who stood toe-to-toe with Lennox Lewis and George Foreman and later tested positive for HIV, died Monday. He was 44.

Morrison died Sunday night at a Nebraska hospital, said Tony Holden, his longtime promoter and close friend. The family would not disclose the cause of death.

In 1993, Morrison beat Foreman to win the WBO heavyweight title, only to lose it to unheralded Michael Bentt in a defeat that scuttled a showdown with Lewis. Morrison would fight Lewis a couple of years later, getting knocked out in the sixth round in Atlantic City, N.J.

Morrison, nicknamed “The Duke,” never reached the status of such contemporaries as Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield, but it was surely a full career. Continue reading