The Neutral Corner
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A pair of boxing films will anchor the eighth annual Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film Festival this year.
"Champs," directed by Bert Marcus, explores how some of the top boxers used boxing to pull themselves out of poverty and features Mike Tyson, Evander Holyfield and Bernard Hopkins. Additionally, the world premiere of "Maravilla" directed by Juan Pablo Cadaveira, chronicles the story of Argentine...Read more »
Gennady Golovkin may say he sole focus is on Matthew Macklin, but in the back of his mind he’s certainly thinking about a possible fight against Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., and Felix Sturm. It wouldn’t be a shock if Sergio Martinez was part of his long term plans. Golovkin (26-0, 23 KOs) will square off against Macklin (29-4, 20 KOs) at the MGM Grand in Foxwoods Casino in Mashantucket, Ct. on June...Read more »
1. Floyd Mayweather Jr., welterweight (44-0): Floyd is back in the top spot. Truth be told, it was an easy decision since Andre Ward has been inactive for so long. His win over Robert Guerrero on Cinco de Mayo proved he still has it. His September 14 bout against Canelo Alvarez is more proof that Mayweather is finally ready to put everything on the line. 2. Canelo Alvarez, junior middleweight (41-0-1):...Read more »
What’s next for Floyd Mayweather Jr.? The simple answer: whatever he wants. Truth be told, that is probably the only answer. Mayweather is in a unique position where he has his pick of who he wants to fight, where and when. That’s a rarity in boxing these days, as promoters are often times running the show. Need proof? Why didn’t Nonito Donaire fight Abner Mares? The two didn’t fight because Donaire...Read more »
So just how big is this weekend for Canelo Alvarez? A convincing win against Austin Trout at the Alamodome in San Antonio on Saturday night would put him in the driver’s seat for his next fight. No, it doesn’t mean Alvarez, the WBC 154-pound champion, is guaranteed a shot at Floyd Mayweather Jr. in the fall, but it will give him some leverage if Mayweather wants the fight. Since both fighters are...Read more »
It's going to be a super six-week run for boxing, particularly in New York. It starts on April 13, with Top Rank's super bantamweight title unification bout between WBO champion Nonito Donaire (31-1) and WBA champion Guillermo Rigondeaux (11-0). Donaire is the reigning Fighter of the Year and Rigondeaux is a two-time Olympic gold medalist who defected from Cuba in 2009. This card will be...Read more »
There has been a change at the top. Andre Ward takes over the top spot in the Neutral Corner Top 10 pound-for-pound list. Floyd Mayweather Jr. fans won’t like it, but Ward has been active and he’s beaten most of the top 168-pound fighters in the world and the best light heavyweight. Can’t deny Ward the top spot this time. 1. Andre Ward, super middleweight, (26-0): Ward has beaten Mikkel Kessler,...Read more »
We'll be switching back and forth from HBO PPV over to Showtime for tonight's boxing. The first major fight on the HBO card saw Cuban exile and former two-time gold medalist Guillermo Rigondeaux win a unanimous decision over Robert Marroquin to retain his WBA super bantamweight title. Rigondeaux dropped a bloodied Marroquin in the last round. We are no switching over to Showtime to watch welterweights...Read more »
Sergio Martinez meets Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. in a middleweight title fight showdown on Saturday night on pay per view. Here are some picks: Greg Logan, Newsday: "There was a time when promoter Lou DiBella said he wouldn't put Sergio Martinez in a ring with Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. because it would be unfair for Chavez. But in the absence of other credible opposition, the combination of Chavez's...Read more »