Episode 2 - Inside Mayweather vs Pacquiao VIDEO
Episode 2 of "Inside Mayweather vs Pacquiao" :-
Froch prediction correct "Ward cannot make weight"
Andre Ward took a pop at Carl Froch this week at the Boxing Writer's dinner. Ward claimed that a rematch with Froch failed to materialise on account of the Nottingham man.
When asked about his upcoming fight, Ward declared that they "Couldn't find Carl Froch" before stating that "I think he's on an extended vacation - so we are fighting the next best guy, Paul Smith."
Earlier in March, during a public spat between the pair, Froch declared that he believed that Andre Ward had no intention of making the rematch at all. Froch stated that he believed that Ward could no longer even make the weight class for the super middleweight clash. The announcement of a catchweight bout certainly adds credibility.
"He's just dragging it out now and I don't think he's gonna come (to England). I think he's all smoke and mirrors." Said Froch a month ago.
"Infact I don't even know if he can do super middleweight anymore, he won his medal at the Olympics at light heavyweight, he always struggles to do super middle and I don't know if you've seen the size of him lately, but he's like walking around at 200lb, so I think it's all hot air (by Ward)."
Froch's plans to fight in Las Vegas took a backward step recently, after his proposed target Julio Cesar Chavez Jr was halted last Saturday by Andrzej Fonfara in 9 lop sided rounds. Froch's next move has yet to be determined, with many predicting that he will call time on his illustrious career.
Andre Ward vs Paul Smith is a 172lb catchweight fight
Andre Ward has revealed that his June 20th return fight against Liverpool's Paul Smith shall be at a catchweight of 172lb.
"We couldn't find Carl Froch, so we have taken on the next best guy - who is Paul Smith" said Ward. "Paul Smith might not have won a title, but he's the kind of guy who comes to fight, and if I'm not prepared there could be an upset."
Andre Ward still retains his WBA super middleweight title, despite not fighting since November 2013. His absence was not due to injury, but due to legal issues with his former promoter Goosen Tutor Promotions. Ward is now signed with Jay Z's Rocnation.
It will be 19 months since he last defended the title, and it would appear that the belt will not be on the line for Paul Smith to win in June, as Ward states the fight will be at a catchweight.
"This fight will be fought at 172lb, and I'm going to see how my body feels and if after (we decide to move up) then that will be my decision.
"Every decision I make from a boxing standpoint, has not only been my own and yes I have the final say, but (the decision) is down to me and Virgil.
"We sit and talk about it and I trust his insight, and you know, if he feels like that's a move I shouldn't make right now then thats it. I get my body fat measured and I'm doing all the things I need to do. We are going to make an educated decision and not just something I make on a whim.
"Because when I go to that weight class, I wan't to fight the best at that weight class - and there's no coming back down (in weight) from that.
The fight will be aired by Sky Sports in the UK, but "Black Entertainment Television" will be showing it Stateside, and not the usual marquee boxing channels HBO or Showtime.
VIDEO Kellie Maloney boxing press conference
iFilm London are proud to present today's London conference, where veteran promoter Kellie Maloney announces her return to the boxing business:-
Paul Smith lands Andre Ward fight
Liverpool's Paul Smith gets his third consecutive title shot abroad, with a trip to Oakland to meet unbeaten WBA champion Andre Ward.
Rumours had circulated that Marco Antonio Periban had secured the former Olympian's comeback fight, but two weeks ago that all changed and Paul Smith's name came into the picture.
32-year old Smith, has just recently came back from a points loss against WBO champion Arthur Abraham over in Germany. It was his second consecutive bout with Abraham, after their first fight ended with controversial scorecards in Abraham's favour. The decider saw Abraham retain his belt with better performance then their first duel.
Abraham himself was routed by Ward during the Super Six tournament in 2011, so on that basis, you'd struggle to give the 35-5 (20ko) much of a chance.
But the gutsy Merseyside man believes that Ward's three year long absence from the professional ring, gives him an opportunity to prove people wrong:-
"I proved that I belong at the top level with my performances against Arthur Abraham and this is a challenge that I am relishing. Andre is a top pound-for-pound fighter and someone I respect a lot, but he has only boxed once in almost three years and I will give it everything I have got.
"I am fresh and confident going into this fight. It's a massive opportunity for me and one that I took with both hands when it was offered.I have spent a lot of time boxing in the United States and I look forward to returning for this fight." said Smith
Ward said: "I'm very excited to be coming back on June 20 at Oracle Arena in my hometown of Oakland, which has been a long time coming. I have an extremely tough fighter in front of me in Paul Smith, who's looking to pull the upset, but I can't let that happen.
"I have to be on my best game to turn Smith away and beat him the way I want to beat him."
The pair meet on the 20th of June at the Oracle Arena, Oakland, California.
Buy Mayweather Pacquiao tickets today 3pm ET
Finally the contract dispute between Bob Arum, Al Haymon and the MGM grand has been put to bed and the official tickets will go on sale later today.
The prices are $10,000, $7,500, $5,000, $3,500, $2,500 and $1,500.
Unfortunately, not of the $10,000 priced tickets will be available to the general public and have already been acquired and buyers are limited to a maximum of 4 tickets only.
They will be on sale via MGMgrand.com , Ticketmaster.com or by calling the box office on 800-745-300
The closed circuit tickets (CCTV), which will be shown only at MGM owned premises in Las Vegas, also go on sale. They will be priced at $150.00 plus booking fees and taxes. It is estimated that between 30,000 - 40,000 CCTV tickets will be available.
Nigel Benn impresses in pad session with Ricky Hatton
Nigel Benn gives us a glimspe of his old self, as he has a pad session with former world champ Ricky Hatton:-
Anthony Joshua gets Zumbano for Birmingham show
Anthony Joshua MBE will face Rafael Zumbano Love in his Midlands debut at the Barclaycard Arena in Birmingham on May 9, live on Sky Sports.
Joshua returned to action in Newcastle on April 4 with a third round stoppage win over American Jason Gavern, and the Olympic Heavyweight gold medal hero will be looking to sharpen his tools in explosive fashion in Birmingham before facing Kevin ‘Kingpin’ Johnson on May 30. Love will provide a stiff test for Joshua, with the durable 6ft 4in challenger going the distance with Shannon Briggs for the NABA heavyweight title in June 2014 and landed the WBC Latino belt and vacant South American title with a first round KO on Saturday.
Joshua’s clash with the former Brazilian Heavyweight champion joins a star-studded line-up with all-action Stourbridge youngster Sam Eggington’s first major title shot as he faces Joseph Lamptey for the vacant Commonwealth Welterweight title vacated by Frankie Gavin.
Birmingham’s Kal Yafai faces Rey Megrino for the WBC silver flyweight title, Blackpool favourite Brian Rose is looking to make quick progress as he moves up to Middleweight and there is a welcome return to action for Liverpool’s Super Middleweight star Callum Smith.
World-rated Middleweight Matthew Macklin boxes in Birmingham for the first time in almost five years as he targets a World title shot, with a shot fellow Irishman Andy Lee on the top of his wish-list and Kal’s unbeaten brother Gamal will continue his rise in the pro ranks.
It’s a huge night of boxing on Sky Sports with the coverage of our big fight night in the second city joined by two massive fights from Hidalgo, Texas as WBA Bantamweight champion Jamie McDonnell meets WBO king Tomoki Kameda and former two-weight World champion Ricky Burns tackles unbeaten former Lightweight World champion Omar Figueroa.
“I'm excited to bring Anthony to the Midlands in our first show there for over 13 years,” said Hearn. “It's a big night for a number of Midlanders as Kal Yafai takes a huge stride towards a World title shot, Matthew Macklin returns to the ring chasing a World title shot later this year and Sam Eggington looks to continue his March in the 147lbs division. There is the long awaited return of Callum Smith from injury and Brian Rose begins his campaign in the Middleweight division.”
Tickets are on sale for May 9 now priced £40, £60 and £100 from www.barclaycardarena.co.uk and VIP tickets priced at £150 exclusively available from www.matchroomboxing.com