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The Best Boxers of Today

We’ve seen many great boxers come and go, but who are the top one’s today? Let’s take a look at some of the boxers at the top of their games today.

Carl Froch – 33-2 (24 KOs) – Current IBF & WBA World Super Middleweight Champion

Froch is a 38 year old super middleweight from Great Britain standing at 6’1″ and 168 pounds. Known as “The Cobra,” Froch won his first 26 decisions. After winning his first 26 decisions, Froch is now 8-2 over his last 10 but has won his last 6. He may be nearing the end of his career at age 38.wladimir klitschko

Wladimir Klitschko – 64-3 (53 KOs) – Current WBA (Super), IBF & WBO Heavyweight World Champion

Klitschko, known as Dr. Steelhammer, has been in the ring quite a bit. Now at age 39, he doesn’t appear to be slowing down having not lost a match since 2004 to Lamon Brewster. Klitschko would go onto defeat Brewster in a rematch in 2007. That loss still drives Klitschko to this day.

For more on the best fighters, check out this article here.

Oscar De La Hoya: The Golden Boy

Oscar De La Hoya is one of the most famous names in the sport of boxing. In his career, Oscar has defeated over 17 world champions, claiming over ten titles in six different weight classes. His record of wins and losses had the boxing community buzzing when he hinted at a return to the ring, but that rumor has since been knocked out.

The 42 year-old boxer, after seven years out of the ring, made his announcement over Facebook. In his statement, the answer came to him after consulting his family and some hefty introspection. The aging athlete, though a champion in his day, could face serious injury in the ring should he step in unprepared. While still missing the limelight he spent most of his life in, Oscar’s boxing days are behind him.

His last appearance in the ring was against Manny Pacquiao in 2008. The bout, while viciously tough for both athletes, saw Oscar knocked out in the eighth-round. The athlete retired after the match with a record of 39-6, 30 knockouts. Though his final match was a loss, his record speaks for itself as belonging to one of the greatest boxers of all time. And his time in the ring may be over, but Oscar still finds time aid the sport in other ways.

De La Hoya, after his loss in 2008, formed Golden Boy Promotions. A company named for his namesake earned at the Barcelona Olympic Games shortly after graduating High School. Golden Boy Promotions is responsible for putting on various boxing matches, and boasts Deontay Wilder, the current WBC heavyweight champion, as a member of their stable.

With such a storied past in the boxing world, Oscar De La Hoya has brought so much to the sport as both an ambassador and athlete. While some may view his change of heart as a letdown, most can appreciate a champion backing away with his head held high. Dedicating more of his time to furthering the sport and nurturing future talent, this isn’t the last we’ve heard from the Golden Boy.

Big Time Boxing to Brooklyn?

Peter Bouchard - BarclaysBarclays Center, located in Brooklyn, New York was finished in September of 2012. Initially meant as the new home of the Brooklyn Nets, Barclays Center wanted to attract all sorts of sporting events and entertainment acts. The center cost $1 billion to make so there was a need to pack this place on a consistent basis in order to make the investment worth their while. For the 2015 NHL season, the New York Islanders will call Barclays Center home. In addition to the Nets and Islanders, college basketball tournaments have taken place here as well. The center was also home for the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards as well as a concert venue for artists like Coldplay and Jay-Z. The newest attraction that Barclays Center CEO Brett Yormark is targeting is boxing.

Boxing is a sport on the rise and with the recent fight between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather recently garnering a lot of attention. The process of putting boxing has already begun with the Amir Khan-Chris Algieri welterweight fight hosted at Barclays at the end of May. In the coming weeks, the center will host 2 major fights in the span of eight days in order to bring more boxing to Barclays. Since opening it’s doors to boxing, Barclays Center has hosted 90 bouts and 19 world title fights. Yormark’s vision is on the right track but he ultimately wants to bring big-time boxing to the arena.

Ultimately, Barclays has done a great job in hosting boxing events and has the proper facilities and venue to host larger fights. It’ll be interesting to see if they can take fights that are normally hosted in Las Vegas and bring them to the east coast and have them held at Barclays Center. It’s certainly a tough task, but CEO Brett Yormark is the one guy that I think could do it.  For more on this topic, check it out at espn.com.

Peter Bouchard – Anatomy of a Boxing Glove

Boxing stars Floyd Mayweather, Manny Pacquiao chat briefly at NBA game

Manny Pacquiao had a free day in Miami on Tuesday and went to a Heat-Bucks game. Pacquiao, who works as a player and coach in the Philippine Basketball League, is friendly with Heat coach Erik Spoelstra.

But Pacquiao wasn’t the only boxer at the game. Floyd Mayweather Jr attended as well.

Pacquiao says Mayweather gave him his cell number and told him it’s time for them to work this fight out themselves. Pac says he got told 1 minute before halftime that Floyd was coming over for a chat. Pacquiao said he never spoke to Floyd in person before tonight. Thank Winter Storm Juno if this fight ever happens. Pac wasn’t supposed to be here tonight — but his flight was canceled.

Pacquiao had planned to fly to the Philippines on Tuesday via New York, but had difficulty getting a flight out due to the weather, so went to the game.

The boxers had a brief conversation with each other and are trying to work out a mega fight on May 2nd in Las Vegas.

Pacquiao has said he’s agreed to all of Mayweather’s terms and conditions, including a 60-40 purse split favoring Mayweather and agreement on drug testing. But no contract has been drawn up and Pacquiao’s team has begun talks with Amir Khan in case a fight with Mayweather is unable to be made.

Pacquiao has put a Saturday deadline on Mayweather to come to an agreement or he’ll turn attention to Khan.

Muhammad Ali Hospitalized With Pneumonia

Boxing legend Muhammad Ali was recently hospitalized with a slight case of pneumonia that Doctors caught early on and suspect will only result in a brief hospital stay.

This three-time world heavyweight champion is receiving treated for Parkinson’s disease by his team of doctors and is listed as in stable condition.

Mr. Ali’s recent public appearances have been limited in recent years because of his battles of Parkinson’s disease.

Mr. Ali retired from his boxing career in 1981 and has devoted himself to social causes. He has traveled the world on humanitarian missions, meeting with the masses and also with world leaders.

Might Manny Pacquiao – Floyd Mayweather Truly Be In The Works?

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By Sean Crose “We are closer to the fight happening than at any time in the last four years.” So said super promoter Bob Arum last week to The Guardian. If that’s not enough to get fans salivating, check this …

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Debate Over Schools and Styles of Boxing

In light of the recent match between Saul Alvarez, the former light middleweight champion, and Erislandy Lara, the current WBA Regular light middleweight belt holder, Boxing News was prompted to complete an article to debate the merits of different boxing styles and schools of thought.  According to the author of the article, the fight between Alvarez and Lara has drawn attention to the differences between Cuban and Mexican boxing schools or styles.

Both styles have their assets and their fallbacks.  The Cuban boxing style is notorious for creating some of the best amateur boxers of all time.  They have produced some of the greatest athletes to take the ring at the Olympic Games as well as the Amateur Championships.  Among those who have studied this school of boxing, thirty-one gold, fifteen silver and twelve bronze medals have been earned from participation in the Olympics.  In terms of success at the Amateur Championships, sixty-seven gold, thirty silver and twenty-four bronze medals have been achieved.  Alternatively, those hailing from the Mexican school of thought in boxing have earned only one bronze at the Amateur Championships; three gold, one silver and four bronze medals have been won from the Olympics.

However, where those who have studied the Cuban boxing style thrive in an amateur setting, the Mexican fighting style thrives in professional arenas.  These fighters are excellent at giving the crowd just what they want; the boxing skills of a Cuban style fighter can be superb, but they often fail to give the crowd the show that they desire.  This often affects sales of pay per view events.  A particular example of this can be seen in the example of Guillermo Rigondeaux, a highly skilled Cuban style fighter who, despite not always living up to crowd and pay per view sale expectations, has no issue defeating top fighters.

These are just two methods of fighting; there are plenty of other schools of thought in the worldwide industry of boxing.  For the author, the best to beat is the United States school of thought.  The program for the U.S. produces the best pound for pound price fighters, capable of both a professional level of skill and a dramatic flair to please the audience; in essence, these fighters are successful in both the professional and amateur aspects of a fight.