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Burns’ trainer: Ricky can beat Adrien Broner at 135lbs or 140

9 May
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Tommy Barber – London

Billy Nelson, the long-time trainer of Scotland’s two-weight world champion pug Ricky Burns, has claimed that his charge can beat motor-mouthed publicity machine Adrien Broner at lightweight, or even super lightweight. The two have been in talks to box before, at the super featherweight division limit, but Burns headed north, to the 135 pound pool.

Both men have since made great splashes with Burns’ hat-trick of lightweight triumphs over Michael Katsidis, Kevin Mitchell and Paulus Moses, and Broner’s teekayo torturing of tough Mexican hombre Antonio DeMarco and gritty Welshman Gavin Rees. Burns is in action this weekend, defending his WBO strap against Jose Gonzalez at Glasgow’s Emirates Arena. Meanwhile, a June 22 clash at New York City’s Barclays Center with welterweight titlist and fellow smack talker Paulie Malignaggi awaits Broner.

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Defensive wizards Floyd Mayweather and Wladimir Klitschko continue to rule their respective weight classes

7 May
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Sam Janes – Leicester

Last weekend we saw OnTheBeak’s top two Pound for Pound fighters enter the ring for the first time in 2013, with Floyd Mayweather Jr outclassing Robert Guerrero over 12 after Wladimir Klitschko overpowered and eventually knocked Francesco Pianeta out in the sixth. Both men retained their Ring Magazine titles and further more cemented their status as untouchable in their own weight class.

Credit: Tom Casino/Showtime

Credit: Tom Casino/Showtime

There are plenty of similarities between Mayweather and Klitschko, despite the huge gulf in weight. Firstly, they are both masters of defence. Mayweather’s head movement, speed and shoulder roll have resulted in him only being knocked down once (versus Carlos Hernandez at super featherweight) in 2001. Since then no man has knocked Floyd to the canvas or defeated him. Shane Mosley, Oscar de la Hoya and Miguel Cotto have had limited success, but as Max Kellerman noted on ESPN.com after Mayweather’s controversial first fight with Jose Luis Castillo in 2004: “Mayweather is so seldom hit cleanly in his face”, which shows how hard it is to score against ‘Pretty Boy Floyd’.

Wladimir has tightened up his defence since his surprise defeat to Lamon Brewster by TKO in 2004; Emmanuel Steward turned him into a clinical, safe fighter who has won 18 on the bounce since that loss. ‘Dr Steelhammer’ keeps his distance as a fighter, sticking to his rock hard jab which no fighter has been able to get around, as David Haye found out in 2011.

Both fighters are now unquestionably the number one fighter in their division, despite both facing accusations of being boring fighters. Mayweather was booed frequently on Saturday night for failing to knock Guerrero out or share exchanges, and Klitschko has been accused of widely outpointing opponents or picking them off late, but failing to provide any genuine excitement.

Getting involved in wars is not a part of Mayweather or Klitschko’s DNA and this is one of the main reasons the two of them have amassed so many victories and belts. Both have also been accused of picking safe fights over recent years, preferring to protect their records rather than truly challenge themselves. Critics point to Pianeta’s lack of contender credentials and Guerrero’s win over ex welterweight belt-holder Andre Berto being the sole reason for getting a chance at Mayweather as being poor mismatches for fights, and these critics are right.

But this is not the fault of either fighter.

Floyd and Wladimir have beaten the majority of quality fighters available to them. Klitschko has beaten (and is planning to beat Povetkin in September) every genuine heavyweight challenge who doesn’t share his surname. David Haye, the last genuinely deserving challenger, was outmatched by the dominant Ukrainian in comfortab fashion. Floyd has beaten legend after legend in De La Hoya, Gatti and Mosely but people argue his inability to fight Manny Pacquiao or move up to face Alverez or Martinez signals Mayweather’s reluctance to risk his record.

If Klitschko beats Povetkin in September, there is very little out there for him to fight in an even contest. Deontey Wilder and Tyson Fury are developing well but by the time the two of them have truly peaked in ability, Wladimir should be well retired. Until retirement, Klitschko has very little option but to keep beating undeserving challengers.

Fortunately for Wladimir, his fights are so popular on German TV he is paid exceptionally well whoever he fights, so he has very little incentive to go looking for riskier fights with Fury and Wilder.

Credit: Tom Casino/Showtime

Credit: Tom Casino/Showtime

Mayweather, however, has a host of potential opponents from Pacquiao, Martinez and Alverez to up-and-comers like Danny Garcia and Amir Khan. All these fighters are desperate for a chance to take on  “Money” and the PPV revenue he brings.

Again, Floyd offers such a dedicated fan-base that means whoever he fights he can expect well over $10,000,000 in PPV revenue*, so Floyd can decide to take the lower risk fights as it is equally as lucrative.

Despite both essentially clearing out their divisions based on solid fundamentals and defence, the pair will continue to be criticised for taking an easy road. This is unlikely to change unless one gets beaten, but this looks very unlikely over the next couple of years. Mayweather and Klitschko are so big in the sport that they can fight anyone they like and make millions in revenue. They have achieved everything that has been asked of them and so, if they do take a few more comfortable fights and ride off into retirement with their money, I’d argue they’ve earned every right.

*The six-fight Showtime deal Mayweather signed earlier in the year was reported to fetch the athlete a guaranteed $200m over 30 months, with potentially an extra $10m per fight in PPV revenue.

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Videos: TKO series documents Peter Quillins training camp and life outside boxing

7 May
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Take a look at the life of Peter Quillin during training camp. In part one of this two part docu-series, Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin provides fans with a look into his life outside of boxing. Whether it’s taking salsa lessons or teaching boxing classes, Quillin provides a glimpse into his world leading up to his fight at Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn, NY on April 27, 2013 against Fernando Guerrero.
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Peter Quillin

In part two, Kid Chocolate exclusively shows his training camp and all that it entails. Training for a championship fight is difficult, but Quillin shows fans what keeps him motivated as he prepared for his fight at the Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn, NY on April 27 2013 against Fernando Guerrero.

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Jean Pascal wants to fight on May 25 despite Lucian Bute withdrawal

7 May
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Tommy Barber – London

The highly-anticipated duel between Canadian prizefighters Lucian Bute and Jean Pascal, dubbed the greatest fight in Canada’s storied history, has been postponed. Following on from the official announcement by InterBox earlier, co-promoter Yvon Michel accepted the decision, claiming it is an unfortunate part of the sport of boxing.

Pascal v Bute

“Obviously, when we first heard the news a few hours ago, we were all in shock,” said Michel. “This is part of boxing and we are aware that we have to live and deal with these contingencies. Our perception is that this only a postponement. We ask Quebec to show understanding and patience. We wish a speedy recovery to Lucian.”

Jean Pascal added: “I was so excited when I met with the media last week. I thought that I was in the best shape of my life and very optimistic about my fight with Bute. We now need to start over but I am a professional. I know that these things happen and I think that sooner or later, we will both be in the ring to settle our differences.  And I would like to add that I would still fight on May 25; I am ready to face anyone.”

GYM and InterBox are currently in a research and analysis solution mode. Full details will be announced as soon as there are new developments.

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Floyd Mayweather toys with out of depth Robert Guerrero, wins on points

5 May

Alan Dawson- London

Floyd Mayweather‘s 23rd world title fight followed a familiar pattern as, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Saturday, May 4, the highest-earning athlete on the planet earned yet another comfortable victory. Robert Guerrero provided a game challenge but never troubled Mayweather whose defensive nous and accuracy in attack (66% of his power punches landed) highlighted a clear gulf in class…

Dawson’s scorecard

Round 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Mayweather
10 10 10 10 10 10 9 10 10 10
10 10
Guerrero
9 9 9
9 9 9 10 9 10 9 9 9

Official verdict: Mayweather by UD (117-111 x3).

Welterweight contender Robert Guerrero, despite his legitimacy, was a 6-1 to 10-1 underdog depending on your bookie. However, as the undercard got underway an increasing (yet still minor) buzz began in press row that suggested that undefeated Floyd Mayweather Jr was perhaps advancing in age just enough to give the determined Mexican-American a big chance in upsetting the odds and inflicting a career first defeat onto the pay-per-view attraction.

In the first round alone, though, Mayweather bragged the tools that have typified his altered style since returning to the ring from a self-inflicted hiatus following his KO victory over Ricky Hatton six years ago. His defensive maneuvering around the outside of the ring kept himself clean from Guerrero’s attempted rough-housing, while his hard right-hand leads and swift hand-speed ensured his attack was more efficient than his gallant counterparts.

The reintroduction of Floyd Sr to Mayweather’s corner was inspired by the fighter’s competitive and blood-strewn encounter with popular Puerto Rican pug Miguel Cotto. While the bout was fan-friendly, Floyd Sr appraised his son and claimed his defense was not as on point as it should be. In round two against Guerrero, his head movement continually confounded Guerrero’s gloves as Robert missed with two one-two combinations in quick succession. Floyd Sr’s influence in camp, therefore, was telling.

In rounds three and four, Mayweather’s imperious dominance continued. The straight right – the nemesis punch for a southpaw like Guerrero – was utilised exceptionally well and, when required, Floyd boxed off the ropes in as dazzling a fashion as his yellow snakeskin trunks. Mayweather was boss. And, in the fifth session, he rattled off a number of single-fire artillery shots that drew gasps from the pepped crowd.

Mayweather’s unrelenting accuracy, timing and countering ability took an obvious physical toll on Guerrero by the sixth stanza. In short, he was getting touched up so much his face was clearly reddening and, between rounds, he had the look of a man who had no clue how to end the maddening molestation.

There was a sheer contrast in activity-levels in round seven, with Guerrero going punch-happy and Mayweather content to take a breather but that break cost Floyd the round. Guerrero, though, could not capitalise on his momentum in the eighth as he still had no answer for his opponent’s straight right shot; a punch that depleted him of stamina every time it pierced his body armour and opened up a cut around the eye when it was head-bound. Mayweather’s form was unstoppable and a hellacious hooking punch tested Guerrero’s chin and watered the eyes of his crestfallen wife sat ringside.

In the championship rounds, Guerrero didn’t change his game plan. He kept pushing forward, he threw his punches, but he walked into shots and had his gloves to low as Mayweather looped in cuffing left mitts, jabbed him with his lead left and crushed him with the straight right. Mayweather was masterful, majestic and a defensive wizard who had successfully beguiled his 44th challenger with enough boxing artistry to pitch a near shut-out. Yes, he may be increasing in years, but performances such as these are ageless.

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Photos: Saul Canelo Alvarez drops and decisions Austin Trout: I want Floyd Mayweather next!

21 Apr
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Words: Alan Dawson – London

Photo Credit: Tom Casino/Showtime (unless otherwise stated)

Popular junior middleweight prizefighter Saul Alvarez enjoyed a convincing points victory over 154lb rival Austin Trout on Saturday, April 20 at the Alamodome in San Antonio Texas, however, the fight was far more competitive than the scores submitted by the judges at ringside. Trout capitalised on Alvarez’s slow start yet could not cope with the Mexican’s famed tenacity and power and was eventually felled in round seven. Having become the first to defeat Trout, Canelo Alvarez reaffirmed his desire to take on pound for pound king Floyd Mayweather Jr and take his zero also.

Credit: Stephanie Trapp/Showtime

Alvarez put 38,000 bums in seats. Credit: Stephanie Trapp/Showtime

“Canelo shocked us,” said Trout after succumbing to a career first defeat as a professional. “He boxed better than I thought. He moved a lot better than I thought. I did not underestimate him – we just prepared for a totally different fighter. He was the better man,” added the American with no excuses. “He was quicker. He was stronger. He was… better.”

Credit: Tom Casino

Saul clobbered Austin’s noggin’

Credit: Tom Casino

Punching the sweat off Trout’s neck

Credit: Tom Casino

Scoring the seventh round knockdown

Alvarez extended his ledger to 42-0-1, 30ko and added the WBA and The Ring Magazine title to his WBC belt. Having fortified his claim as the junior middleweight’s number one, Saul declared his eagerness to pit his pugilistic wits against Floyd: “Obviously I want Mayweather next.”

On Trout, he added: “Austin was a difficult fighter but I figured out how to fight him. I was connecting with my right and with my jab. My jab was perfect… the key.”

Credit: Stephanie Trapp/Showtime

Alvarez salutes his huge fanbase whilst sporting his loot

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Tyson Fury rises from canvas to deck Steve Cunningham, wins 7th Rd KO

20 Apr

  Tommy Barber- London

Manchester mauler Tyson Fury (21-0-0, 15ko) was knocked down and oft out-boxed by Philadelphian counterpart Steve Cunningham (25-6-0, 12ko) on April 20 inside the Theater at Madison Square Garden, New York City but, in what is fast becoming Tyson’s trademark, the British-Irish puncher rose from the floor, regained his composure and pounded out a thrilling seventh round knockout victory.

Barber’s scorecard

Round 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Cunningham
9 10 10 10 10 9 8

Fury
10 8 9
9 8 10 10

Official verdict: Fury by way of 7th Rd KO.

Earlier in the week, On The Beak‘s Alan Dawson spoke with renowned sportscaster Al Bernstein, who told OTB that he foresees a world title belt around the Brit’s waist in the near future: “[Fury] has improved a lot in the last few years. I think he will win a world title at some point… time is on his side.”

Tyson took one step closer to a shot at a championship belt this weekend as his entertaining stoppage win over Cunningham propelled him further up the IBF world rankings. Fury, who pushed a fast-paced fight in the opening session, boxed reckless in the second stanza and failed to defend himself against an overhand right. Having canvassed his opponent, Cunningham stormed to a neutral corner and snarled excitedly into a cameraman’s lens. Fury, meanwhile, lay on his back for four seconds, cleared his head and relied on his survival skills to see out the round.

In the third and fourth chapters, Fury was able to land one of his own right mitts, but the more accurate puncher was Cunningham who, with the two-point lead from round two, stormed into a health advantage heading into the fifth. That lead was bolstered further in round five as Fury felt the wrath of the referee who administered a sanction as the Briton engaged in too many holds.

The fight’s conclusion in the seventh was set-up by body work from Fury. Through a combination of shooting to the midsection, leaning on Cunningham and using mild yet noticeable rough-house tactics, Tyson was obviously tiring his opponent. So much so, that a lone left glove was able to prop up Cunningham’s mush while the right shot in from the inside and cannoned in to the American’s jawline to secure a knockdown and knockout for the traveling 24-year-old.

Following the official announcement of his victory, Fury roared: “Cunningham put up a good fight, but he lost to the better fighter on the night. A good big one always beats a good little one.”

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Photo: The height advantage Tyson Fury enjoys over Steve Cunningham

18 Apr
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Words: On The Beak staff reporter

Photo: Larry Levanti/Main Events

Fast-improving heavyweight contender Tyson Fury (20-0-0, 14ko) makes his American debut on Saturday, April 20 when he takes on former cruiserweight ruler Steve Cunningham (25-5-0, 12ko) inside Madison Square Garden’s Theater, New York City. Fury, a monstrously tall heavyweight, enjoys a six inch height advantage over his weekend adversary and this was highlighted during the iconic face-off at the final press conference prior to the weigh-in tomorrow, Friday.

Credit: Larry Levanti/Main Events

Fury played up to the crowds at the pre-fight presser

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Maidana v Lopez, Angulo v Lara and Bika v Periban confirmed for June 8

18 Apr
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The Home Depot Center in Carson, California will be the site of one of the most intriguing clashes of boxing’s summer season, as Argentinean knockout artist Marcos Maidana faces off against Josesito Lopez in a 12 round fight for Maidana’s WBA intercontinental welterweight belt in the main event of a Showtime tripleheader set for Saturday, June 8.

The card will also feature a 12-round junior middleweight showdown between all-action warrior Alfredo “El Perro” Angulo and number one rated WBC super welterweight contender Erislandy Lara. There is also a clash for the vacant WBC super middleweight world title between number one contender Sakio “The Scorpion” Bika and Mexico’s Marco Antonio Periban, the number four rated 168 pounder.

“If you’re a fan of action fights, there is no better card to see than this one on June 8th,” said President of Golden Boy Promotions, Oscar De La Hoya. “All three high-stakes bouts have the potential to be the main event and the winners who walk out of the Home Depot Center with their hands raised will know they’ve been in a fight.”

Stephen Espinoza, General Manager of SHOWTIME Sports added: “Like all of our recent fights, the fight between Marcos Maidana and Josesito Lopez is a matchup in which there is no clear-cut favorite. You can make a legitimate argument for either fighter. Maidana is one of the most exciting fighters in any division, and he’s facing an opponent, Josesito Lopez, who scored the biggest upset of 2012 and is now back in his most natural weight class.

“Top to bottom, this card is filled with fan-friendly, all-action fights. There is no question that Maidana versus Lopez will be one of the most entertaining, hard-fought matchups of the year, and the Angulo-Lara and Bika-Periban are sure to be hotly contested and action-packed as well.”

On his opponent, Maidana said: “Josesito Lopez is a tough challenge, but I’m ready for everything he will bring to the ring on June 8th. Beating him is the next step to getting a world title shot and I know I’ll get the victory.”

Lopez said: “I fight my best at home, and with the fans in my corner on June 8th, Maidana doesn’t have a chance. He’s going to push me hard from start to finish, but that’s when I truly shine. I promise this will be a great fight for the fans.”

On Lara, Angulo stated: “[He] is one of Cuba’s greatest talents, but I’ll have the California fans on my side and I’m determined to do whatever it takes to win. This is the most important fight of my career and I will perform like it when the bell rings.”

Lara added: “Angulo hits hard and is a tough fighter making this a classic boxer vs. puncher match up. I’m really excited for this fight. Come June 8th, I’m going to put on a boxing display and finally get the ‘W’ over a top fighter that has been taken from me in my past fights.”

Bika thanked Golden Boy: “I’m thankful to Golden Boy Promotions and the WBC for giving me this opportunity and I will make the most of it. Ever since I turned pro, my only goal was to win a world championship and on June 8th, Marco Antonio Periban won’t be able to stop me from getting that belt.”

“I’ve trained hard, I’ve made many sacrifices and I feel that my time is now to become Mexico’s next world champion. Sakio Bika will be my toughest challenge, but I have the skills, determination and heart to beat him. I’ll beat him and become the first Mexican super middleweight world champion and make history for all of Mexico.”

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Carson Jones: Devon Alexander ain’t tough, he’s acting like a coward

17 Apr
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Earlier today, Kevin Cunningham, trainer of IBF welterweight titlist Devon Alexander, took a shot at contender Carson Jones. Less than 24 hours ago, Jones, the IBF’s 7th rated contender and a former USBA champion, offered to face Alexander May 18 after his original opponent Kell Brook withdrew for a second time due to an injury. Jones, who has a deceptive record 34-9-3 with 24kos since he took many fights earlier in his career as an opponent, was abruptly rejected by Cunningham.

Jones, who said he respected Cunningham as a trainer before he hurled insults in his directions, believes that he only said that to keep his fighter away from a tough bout.

“These guys claim to be tough and from the streets of St. Louis, but how tough are they? The truth is that boxing wise, Devon’s anything but tough. Aside from quitting against Bradley, he’s been protected by his promoters and the premium cable networks. They want to talk about my 9 losses but forget what tough really is.

“I lost a few controversial fights and the only time Devon’s had any controversy, he received gift decisions in hometown. Cunningham and Alexander know deep down that records are overrated and there are plenty of 25-0 guys who can’t fight a lick. I earned my way up the rankings by knocking out quality fighters when my back was against the wall and that is something they can’t dispute no matter how hard they try.”

Jones also views his close loss to the aforementioned Kell Brook as a reason of why he’s more than worthy for the title shot.

“I went into Brook’s hometown, gave him hell and lost a very close decision. From what I’ve heard, Brook offered good money to face him in England but Team Alexander was too scared. I proved that I am a real fighter time and time again by facing whoever, wherever and whenever. Can Devon do the same or are you guys into playing the matchmaking game and pretending all the people in boxing are idiots and actually believe these undefeated stiffs can fight. They call him Devon “The Great” Alexander, but he’s acting like a coward. Man up and take the challenge. I’m ready to go!”

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