Anthony Joshua faces off with Carlos Takam on October 28 (Photo: Instagram)
This year’s WBA Heavyweight Super Champion will be decided with a fight between Anthony Joshua and Carlos Takam, which is due to take place in Cardiff on the 28th of October. The venue for this major event on the boxing calendar will be the Principality Stadium – the Welsh national stadium – and millions are set to watch either via pay-per-view or live at the venue. This match is only one of several on the card for the night, but it is clearly the main event, so who is likely to emerge victorious at the end of the fight?
This fight was originally supposed to have been between Joshua and Kubrat Pulev of Bulgaria, only for the latter to drop out of it due to an injury. Obviously this is a disappointment for fans, but the title fight will still be going ahead, with Carlos Takam taking the place of Pulev. Takam hails from Cameroon and has a decent career record of 35 wins from 39 fights – with 27 of those coming via KO. Despite this he is a rather unlikely choice to replace Pulev and face off against Joshua, who won the IBF title last year and added the WBA one to it by beating Wladimir Klitschko during the spring of this year. Continue reading →
Failing to prepare is preparing to fail. This is the mantra of many people including boxers. As a combat sport, boxing requires strenuous preparations before going to a fight. In world boxing championships, training and preparation stretch up to a year, but this may not be the case for amateur boxers. Still, ample preparations remain a crucial element in order to fight well and get a chance at victory. Boxers undergo various physical, mental and emotional preparations before a fight, apart from the usual boxing training. Baltimore boxing trainees similarly undergo extensive preparations to make sure they put up a good fight when their time comes to compete. Continue reading →
Chris Avalos, right, and Drian Francisco going to war in Las Vegas (Photo: Naoki Fukuda)
Ringside photos courtesy of Naoki Fukuda
On Friday night, July 12, junior featherweight prospect Chris Avalos picked up a crucial win for his career as he overcame a spirited effort from former interim title challenger Drian Francisco inside of the Texas Station Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.
After ten rounds of action, two 97-93 scorecards and a 96-94 tally favored the 23-year old Avalos, who sees his record improve to 22-2 with 16 knockouts. Francisco falls to 24-2-1 with 19 stoppages.
Avalos admitted after his victory that he started slower than he would have liked, but he built momentum from the third round on and appeared to edge several of the late rounds. The action was brisk, but Avalos appeared to do more damage and he had success going to Francisco’s body.
With his only two losses being split-decision verdicts to San Diego’s Chris Martin and current IBF champion Jonathan Romero, Avalos is again upbeat about his career and claims to be ready for a title shot of his own.
Chris Robinson goes behind the scenes with Luis ‘Cuba’ Arias during his 2nd professional bout, vs. Joshua Robertson, at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. Arias improved to 2-0 with 1 KO following a 2nd round TKO… Continue reading →
Chris Robinson goes behind the scenes with undefeated junior welterweight prospect Frankie Gomez (15-0, 10 KO’s), Freddie Roach, and Marvin Somodio prior to Gomez’s bout with Lanard Lane on Saturday, Feb. 2 inside of the Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas, Nevada..
Chris Robinson catches up with Five-time Trainer of the Year Freddie Roach, as he speaks on his recent time training Victor Ortiz as well as reflecting on his tough 2012 campaign that saw him suffer losses to Manny Pacquiao, Amir Khan, and Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.
DTMG brings you another behind the scenes exclusive from Mayweather Boxing Club! This time we shine the light on rising star Luis “Cuba” Arias as he prepares for his battle on February 2nd at The Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas, NV!
Chris Robinson was on hand inside of the Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas, Nevada as undefeated super middleweight prospect Lanell Bellows (3-0, 3 KO’s) weighed in ahead of his bout vs. Roberto Yong, set to take place on Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013…
During a recent swing through the Mayweather Boxing Club in Las Vegas, I again caught up with outspoken trainer and former two-division world champion Roger Mayweather.
And while the boxing world continues to wait for an official word on who Roger’s nephew and undefeated pound for pound star Floyd Mayweather will face next, the elder Mayweather seems to be taking the process in with a nonchalant attitude.
“There’s still fights out there for Floyd,” Roger would explain when asked of Floyd’s May 4th return to the MGM Grand.
“There’s still a lot of money to be made,” Roger added. “Hopefully the fights he’s going to have is going to be big, big fights. The next three fights should be big.” Continue reading →
Chris Robinson and other media members speak with trainer Freddie Roach during a round table-style discussion at the Wynn in Las Vegas, Nevada. Roach speaks on the possibility that his fighter Manny Pacquiao could be facing Juan Manuel Marquez for a fourth time.
In the 140-pound division, there is no fighter with as much momentum at the moment as interim WBC champion Lucas Matthysse.
Facing off with Mike Dallas Jr. inside of the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada on Saturday night, Matthysse came through with a crushing first round knockout that seemed to send shockwaves throughout the boxing community.
Catching up the Argentinean’s countryman and fellow prizefighter Marcos Maidana recently, I asked for his feelings on Matthysse’s destructive performance. Continue reading →
Chris Robinson catches up with junior middleweight contender Alfredo Angulo ringside for the Lucas Matthysse vs. Mike Dallas Jr. card in Las Vegas, Nevada as Angulo speaks on possible facing off with Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez on May 4th and his growing bond with his trainer Virgil Hunter
Chris Robinson catches up with junior middleweight prospect Errol Spence (3-0, 3 KO’s) inside of the Hard Rock in Las Vegas following his his 1st round TKO over Nathan Butcher. Spence speaks on his childhood, his amateur boxing days, and much more…
This weekend, former welterweight contender and trainer Ronnie Shields will find himself inside of the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas as he will be guiding twin brothers and junior middleweight prospects Jermall (10-0, 6 KO’s) and Jermell Charlo (19-0, 9 KO’s) into battle.
Also working with the likes of junior middleweight contender Erislandy Lara and super middleweight prospect Edwin Rodriguez, amongst others, Shields has a nice core group of fighters that keep him busy throughout the year. Continue reading →
At the moment, former friends Floyd Mayweather and 50 Cent are no longer down with one another, as they were even seen taking personal shots at one another on their personal Twitter accounts on Friday, November 2.
Adding to the confusion is the fact that former super middleweight title challenger Andre Dirrell has now hired the services of Floyd Mayweather Sr… Dirrell is promotionally aligned with 50 Cent, and it’s surprising to see Mayweather Jr.’s father now working with Dirrell.
Chris Robinson was on hand at the Long Life Fit Gym in Las Vegas, Nevada as battled-tested veteran Jesus Soto Karass put in work ahead of his January 26th clash with welterweight contender Selcuk Aydin, who he meets at the Hard Rock.
On Saturday night, Argentina’s Lucas Matthysse will set foot inside of the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas for his 36th professional boxing match.
Having clamored for a fight with WBA/WBC junior welterweight champion Danny Garcia for quite some time, Matthysse (32-2, 30 KO’s) instead sets his sights on the capable Mike Dallas Jr. (19-2-1, 8 KO’s) in a Showtime-televised attraction while holding on to the hope that bigger fights still await him.
Chris Robinson was on hand at the Mayweather Boxing Club in Las Vegas, Nevada in January 2013 as welterweight prospect Josephe Elegele (13-1, 10 KO’s) made his return to the gym. Elegele is eyeing a March 9 return against Javier Molina (12-1, 5 KO’s) in Costa Mesa, California…