Monthly Archives: January 2019

Three French Willie Mullins Horses to Watch Out For At Cheltenham

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As anticipation for the Cheltenham Festival continues to build up, the trainers are readying their horses as they bid to become the most successful trainer at the event. The likes of Gordon Elliott, Nicky Henderson and Willie Mullins are just a few of the most successful trainers in the event’s history.

Willie Mullins in particular will be looking to his horses to secure victory in their respective races, as the trainer, who has won the award for Cheltenham Festival Leading Trainer on five occasions, hasn’t won since 2016.

PHOTOS: Keith Thurman (146.5) vs. Josesito Lopez (146.5) Official Weigh-In Ahead of Saturday Night Fight

Keith Thurman faces off with tough contender Josesito Lopez on Saturday (Photo: Stephane Trapp)

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By Chris Robinson

On Friday afternoon, WBA welterweight champion Keith “One Time” Thurman (28-0, 22 KO’s) and contender Josesito “Riverside Rocky” Lopez (36-7, 19 KO’s) weighed in ahead of their fight. Thurman will face Lopez inside of the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York and the match will air live on FOX.

This fight marks the end of what will be nearly a two-year layoff for Thurman, who last saw action in March of 2017 when he won a unanimous decision over former champion Danny Garcia. Lopez isn’t to be taken lightly, as he has been in the ring with the likes of Canelo Alvarez, Marcos Maidana, Andre Berto, and Jessie Vargas, while holding victories over Victor Ortiz and Mike Dallas Jr.

What Are the Odds We See Floyd Mayweather Return to Face Manny Pacquiao in 2019?

Manny Pacquiao dominated Adrien Broner but will we see him face Floyd Mayweather this year? (Photo: Esther Lin – SHOWTIME)

Manny Pacquiao vs Adrien Broner

By Chris Robinson

This past weekend, inside of the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, NV, eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao successfully defended his version of the WBA welterweight title with a dominating 12-round unanimous decision over former champion Adrien Broner.

Pacquiao (61-7-2, 39 KO’s) was simply too accurate, too busy, and too determined for the talented Broner (33-4-1, 24 KO’s), who was held to throwing under 300 total punches the entire duration of the bout. This win comes on the heels of Pacquiao’s impressive drubbing of Argentina’s Lucas Matthysse, who he dropped three times and stopped in the seventh round this past July.

Problem Solved: Pacquiao’s Legacy Continues After Dominant Performance Over Broner

Manny Pacquiao defeated Adrien Broner on Saturday night (Photo: Esther Lin – SHOWTIME)

Manny Pacquiao vs Adrien Broner

by: Dennis Guillermo

Boxing’s only eight-division world champion, Manny Pacquiao (61-7-2, 39 KOs) successfully defended his WBA welterweight crown against Adrien Broner (33-4-1, 24 KOs) Saturday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in front of a sold out pro-Pacquiao crowd in his return to Las Vegas after more than a two-year absence.

The 40-year-old fighting senator from the Philippines turned back the clock as he overwhelmed the much-younger 29-year-old Broner with his signature relentless style right from the opening up to the final bell en route to a unanimous decision win. The three judges scored it ringside 117-111 and 116-112 twice. On my most generous night, I’d give Broner one round, two at the most as he simply didn’t do enough to convincingly win any round as evidenced by Compubox numbers.

Recipe for Adrien Broner’s Sautéed German Shepherd

Adrien Broner speaking at the final press conference ahead of his showdown with Manny Pacquiao (Photo: Chris Farina – Mayweather Promotions)

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by: Dennis Guillermo

Adrien “The Problem” Broner definitely had some problems with some people heading into Wednesday’s final press conference for his much-anticipated bout with Manny Pacquiao at the MGM Grand Arena this weekend.

“I’m pissed off, for real. Coming here doing this press conference in this little ass room,” Broner announced to the media gathered at the David Copperfield Theater. “They didn’t spend money on our shit like our fight ain’t nothin. I see what they’re trying to say, but they won’t do this shit anymore after I win this fight,” Broner added.

PHOTOS: Manny Pacquaio Hosts Media Day in Los Angeles Ahead of Adrien Broner Fight

Manny Pacquiao and Freddie Roach getting to work in Los Angeles (Photo: Esther Lin – SHOWTIME)

Manny Pacquiao Workout

By Chris Robinson

Eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao and former four-division world champion Adrien Broner both hosted separate media workouts on Wednesday in Los Angeles, CA. Pacquiao (60-7-2, 39 KO’s) will meet Broner (33-3-1, 24 KO’s) on Jan. 19 from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on SHOWTIME pay per view.

For Pacquiao, now 40 years old and the holder of one of the WBA welterweight titles, a fight with Broner is something he doesn’t take lightly.

Pacquiao: In Case You Forgot

Manny Pacquiao During His Media Day Ahead of Adrien Broner Fight (Photo: Chris Farina)

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by: “dSource” – Dennis Guillermo / Twitter @dRealSource

Like a blur, a flurry of five, six, eight-punch combinations. Most have been given fair warning, and blokes like Ricky Hatton even swore he had studied and knew what was coming. “Right hook, roll under,” The Hitman waxed philosophical. Fighters like him should be scaring the shit out of you. Most meteors like the one tattooed on his left forearm will when it connects. But then he flashes his smile and swindles you with his humility. Just enough to make you think he can’t be that vicious in the ring.

Until boom!

Millions of pupils dilate with fatal anticipation. Another legendary boxer’s ass kisses the canvas. Barrera, Morales, Mosley, Bradley, Cotto, and yes Hatton too. Not sure what happened to what he studied regarding that right hook and roll under, but he ate a left cross and graduated in round 2. Last names of first ballot Hall of Famers and some of the greatest pugilists in history. Victims. Or as Shaq likes to call em, “barbecue chicken.”

Bob Arum, Oscar Valdez, and Teofimo Lopez Set to Invade Frisco, TX on Wednesday 1/9

WBO featherweight champion Oscar Valdez with Top Rank CEO Bob Arum (Photo: Mikey Williams)

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By Chris Robinson

This Wednesday, from the Tostitos Championship Plaza at Ford Center at The Star in Frisco, TX, Top Rank CEO Bob Arum will be joined by two of his company’s best fighters in WBO featherweight champion Oscar Valdez and undefeated lightweight prospect-turned-contender Teofimo Lopez. Valdez and Lopez will be participating in an open media workout ahead of their Feb. 2 fights at the Ford Center at The Star.

Valdez (24-0, 19 KOs) is coming off of his brutal brawl this past March with former champion Scott Quigg, in which he emerged victorious, and he will be looking to make the fifth defense of his title against fellow unbeaten Carmine “Mr. Wolf” Tomassone (19-0, 5 KOs). Lopez (11-0, 9 KOs), named 2018 Prospect of the Year by ESPN.com, ESPN Deportes, Sports Illustrated, and Yahoo Sports, will take on former world title challenger Diego Magdaleno (31-2, 13 KOs) in a 10-round showdown.