Klitschko vs Leapai: Wladimir looking to fight for ten more years

By Scott Christ

Wladimir Klitschko says he wants to make history and fight on another ten years.

Wladimir Klitschko is 38, but the reigning world heavyweight champion has no intention to retire any time soon, telling Die Welt that he’s looking to fight on long enough to break Joe Louis’ record. Louis held the title for 12 years, between 1937 and 1949. Klitschko has held a heavyweight title since 2006, when he beat Chris Byrd for the IBF belt.

“Ten more years. My mission is not yet finished. … I feel the combination of experience, athleticism, technique, and strategy makes me the complete professional.”

Klitschko (61-3, 51 KO) faces Alex Leapai this Saturday on ESPN in the U.S., RTL in Germany, and Eurosport in the United Kingdom. It’s yet another fight where it’s expected that Wladimir will roll over his opponent, as there seems to be no legitimate competition out there for him, unless one of the division’s young guns like Tyson Fury or Deontay Wilder turns out to be a formidable challenge soon. That’s possible, but given the bust rate of heavyweights stepping up in recent years, who knows?

Do you expect Klitschko to actually fight on another decade?

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Hopkins vs Mayweather? Bernard would call it ’50-50′

By Scott Christ

Bernard Hopkins would still like to make some sort of catchweight fight with Floyd Mayweather.

Bernard Hopkins has floated the idea of facing pound-for-pound king Floyd Mayweather in the recent past, but now the 49-year-old light heavyweight titleholder even has a name for the potential event: “50-50.”

“After I become the undisputed light-heavyweight champion of the world, if there was one big fight out there, I know what I would call it — 50-50. He wants to pass Marciano. He wants to get to 50 and I am 50. That would be huge. I would love to do that. But let me get past Stevenson first.”

Hopkins (55-6-2, 32 KO) outclassed Beibut Shumenov on Saturday to unify the IBF and WBA titles at 175 pounds, and next up he has his sights set on Adonis Stevenson, holder of the WBC and Ring Magazine championships. Were Bernard successful in that likely fight, only Sergey Kovalev and the WBO title would not be within his grasp, and while that fight would be hard to make due to network commitments and boxing’s ongoing “Cold War,” one has to hope there’s some way that everyone could agree, even if for one fight, that history should at least be attempted.

As for a Mayweather fight, I still think it’s silly. Hopkins says he can make the super middleweight limit of 168, or get down even to 165, but Mayweather has never weighed 165 pounds in his life, probably, and even when he fights with a limit of 154 pounds (he’s done that three times), he never weighs in at the full limit. Floyd’s simply not as big of a man as Bernard Hopkins is, and asking Mayweather to fight Bernard is unreasonable. I’m not saying it’s not a fun fantasy, or something worth thinking about for kicks, but if Floyd has the very logical response to not fight Bernard Hopkins, I hope that nobody considers this to be Floyd “ducking” the fight.

Mayweather, of course, faces Marcos Maidana in a welterweight title unification on May 3.

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Gary Russell Jr. vs. Vasyl Lomachenko is Al Haymon vs. Top Rank

By Lem Satterfield

Featherweight Gary Russell Jr. said he wants to make a statement as a representative of Al Haymon-advised fighters against Top Rank-promoted rival Vasyl Lomachenko in a planned June 21 bout for the WBO’s vacant title, in accordance with a purse bid that was won by Golden Boy Promotions over Top Rank Promotions this past Friday.

Golden Boy promotes Russell, of Capitol Heights, Md., and Top Rank is behind Lomachenko, of Ukraine. The promotional companies have become bitter rivals and Top Rank’s Bob Arum and Haymon are also adversaries.

“I’m glad that we did win the purse bid. I also feel good that there hasn’t been a Top Rank fighter to fight against an Al Haymon fighter for I don’t know how long,” said Russell, who will turn 26 on June 5. “Now that it’s coming about and I’ll be one of the first to do that in a while, we’re definitely pleased and looking forward to that situation.”

A 2008 U.S. Olympian, Russell (he qualified for the team but never competed due to missing the weigh-in) was declared by WBO President Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel in October to be the WBO’s mandatory challenger to face then-beltholder Orlando Salido.

The ruling did not preclude Salido from making a voluntary defense against Lomachenko, which he did on March 1. Lomachenko fell by split decision but Salido lost his belt at the scales after failing to make the 126-pound weight limit.

As a result, the title became vacant. Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer reportedly considered Russell-Lomachenko for the StubHub Center in Carson, Calif., on the undercard of a main event to be determined on Showtime.

“Winning the purse bid, that’s very favorable to us. You don’t want to be caught behind the eight-ball whereas though we have to go out there and look for a knockout,” said Russell.

“If the fight is a little closer than what it is or what people think that it might be, you know, sometimes, it can be tricky. There are a couple of decisions that have been made that I feel were completely ridiculous. We don’t want to put ourselves in that same situation.”

Russell pointed to Manny Pacquiao’s being dethroned as WBO welterweight titleholder by Tim Bradley in June 2012 following a disputed split decision loss, one Pacquiao avenged on April 12 by unanimous decision.

“I personally believe that Pacquiao beat Tim Bradley the first time they fought but there were a lot of politics involved,” said Russell. “That was a really iffy decision. But now that we’re in control of the purse bid and where the fight’s going to be held, etc., let’s make it happen.”

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Hall will fight Butler in June to defend title

By Dan Rafael Bantamweight titlist Stuart Hall of England will make his second defense when he faces countryman Paul Butler on June 7 at the Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle, England, promoters Dennis Hobson and Frank Warren announced on Monday.

Source: ESPN

    

Danny Garcia: Adrien Broner ‘might be the next king at 140′

By Lem Satterfield

RING/WBA/WBC junior welterweight champion Danny Garcia plans to make one more defense of his belt before rising into the welterweight division, leaving open the chance for Adrien Broner to win a fourth title in as many divisions, Garcia said during a Saturday interview with Showtime’s Brian Kenny.

A Philadelphia resident who turned 26 last month, Garcia (28-0, 16 knockouts) was sitting adjacent to the 24-year-old Broner (27-1, 22 KOs) when he declared his next 140-pound bout could be his last.

“My next fight, that’s probably going to be my last fight at 140,” said Garcia, during the broadcast of IBF and WBA light heavyweight titleholder Bernard Hopkins’ unanimous decision over former counterpart Beibut Shumenov.

“I’ll go up to 147, so [Broner] might be the next king at 140. I’ve got one more and then, 147, here I come. So you guys had better watch out. I’ve got my eyes open.”

Garcia is coming off last month’s majority decision over Mauricio Herrera on Showtime that followed his unanimous decision over Lucas Matthysse in the co-featured bout to Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s majority decision over Saul Alvarez last September.

Garcia and Broner were on hand at the D.C. Armory in Washington, D.C., for Bernard Hopkins-Beibut Shumenov, where Broner declared his desire to win a fourth belt at 140 pounds.

Broner is scheduled for the May 3 undercard of the Mayweather-Maidana fight at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on Showtime Pay-Per-View, where he will face Carlos Molina in the former’s junior welterweight debut.

Before losing to Maidana, Broner had earned title belts over three weight classes, taking the WBO’s junior lightweight belt by third-round knockout over Vicente Martin Rodriguez in November 2011 and the WBC’s lightweight title following an eighth-round stoppage of Antonio DeMarco in November 2012.

In his previous bout last June, Broner jumped two weight divisions for his 147-pound debut with a split decision victory that dethroned Paulie “The Magic Man” Malignaggi for the division’s WBA’s belt.

“I will be going into history when I’m done with boxing. I wasn’t going to say this but since I am being ambushed and crowded by so many great-looking reporters, I’m going to let you know that I will be trying to make history,” said Broner.

“I don’t know if it’s been done before but I’m going to have to tell you. I’m going to be a four-time world champion in four different weight classes at the age of 24. I’m trying to do that.”

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Floyd Mayweather Jr.: ‘When I leave, I will be known as the best ever’

By Lem Satterfield

Floyd Mayweather Jr. is shown taking Adrien Broner to task for his out-of-the ring activities and rewarding two young boys with $100 each for a sparring session. Named the highest-paid athlete for nearly the past three years, the pound-for-pound king purchases a Bentley and a Ferrari, his 89th and 90th cars in a fleet that covers Las Vegas, Miami and Los Angeles.

These actions, among others, were on display by Mayweather in Saturday’s episode of All Access: Mayweather vs. Maidana in advance of the May 3 defense of his RING and WBC welterweight championships against WBA counterpart Marcos Maidana on Showtime Pay-Per-View from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

“Is it about the money? Absolutely. Is it about the fame? Absolutely. It’s everything wrapped into one,” said Mayweather, 37, in the opening scene of the first of four 30-minute episodes. “I want to be the best. Not just the best fighter but I want to be the best athlete, period. When I leave, I will be known as ‘TBE’ and that’s the best ever.”

Mayweather (45-0, 26 knockouts) was last in the ring netting an $80 million payday from his majority decision victory in September over Saul Alvarez, which added Alvarez’s RING and WBA 154-pound championships to the WBC junior middleweight belt he already owned.

“My best friend. Y’all ever met him?” said Mayweather, at one point, holding up a pair of bills. “I’ve slept with the baddest b–ches. I’ve drove the fliest cars. I’ve got some of the fliest properties.”

An employee at the Las Vegas-based Towbin Motorcars claims Mayweather has 88 vehicles, 14 of which have been Rolls Royces, with the Bentley and the Ferrari rounding that number to 90. Some of them, Mayweather keeps. Others, he returns within a week.

Maidana (35-3, 31 KOs) is coming off December’s unanimous decision over previously unbeaten Adrien Broner, scoring knockdowns in the second and eigthth rounds to earn the WBA belt from a man considered to be a Mayweather protege.

“I’m just mad at what he did to Adrien Broner. I’m upset but I’ve gotta stay focused,” said Mayweather, who also took Broner to task for his out-of-the-ring behaviors. “Adrien Broner got out-hustled by Marcos Maidana. You can’t take nothing for granted.”

Maidana, meanwhile, witnesses the birth of his daughter, Emilia, on March 11 to his fiancée at a Santa Fe clinic.

“I’m not intimidated by anything. Not the crowd, not the lights, not my opponent,” said Maidana. “I don’t really care about fame. I think if the fights were not televised or if we had to fight without an audience, it would be better. I only want to fight.”

Two young boys spar at Mayweather’s gym, after which he awards them each a $100 bill.

“Being able to help up-and-coming fighters, that’s what it’s about,” said Mayweather. “It’s all about just giving back. There’s a lot of young, strong champions out there. Hopefully someday, I can find the next Floyd Mayweather.”

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