Boxing: Canelo Álvarez vs Callum Smith Fight Preview/Prediction

Canelo Alvarez

Tonight at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas, two of the best pound for pound boxers in the world will square off in a bout that will surely draw the eyes of every boxing fan. The two will fight for the WBA Super Middleweight title, The Ring Supermiddleweight titles, and the WBC belt.

Callum Smith enters the fight as the underdog at 27-0 with 19 knockouts. He is coming off a controversial fight with John Ryder in Liverpool over a year ago. Smith won the bout by unanimous decision, but fans still claim it was a draw at best for Smith. Smith is being counted out, not because he is a bad boxer, but because of his opponent. His opponent is at 30 years old, already in the conversation with some of the all-time greats.

Canelo Alvarez is currently 53-1-2 in his career with 36 knockouts. His last bout was also over a year ago against Sergey Kovalev in Vegas. Canelo is favored to win the bout, but here is how he can win and move onto bigger and better things and how Smith could shock the world with an upset.

How Canelo Can Win: Maintain Composure

Canelo is the favorite in this fight for a reason. He is a better all-around boxer, and he has been able to win the big fights in the past. The biggest fight Smith had was against Ryder, and he nearly dropped that one. The thing is, Smith is going to fight tactically and strategically. He will use his length to capitalize on Canelo and keep him from coming inside. Where Canelo can win is if he maintains his composure and doesn’t take wasted punches. If he can capitalize on the chances he has inside, then he can win this fight with ease.

How Smith Can Win: Control The Fight With Reach

Callum Smith is 6’3, Canelo is 5’8. That is a massive height difference. Canelo will need to fight inside against one of the best fighters in the world in terms of creating separation. Callum Smith ranks second in all of boxing and first in the super middleweight division with an average of 39.6 jabs thrown per round. Not only that, but he averages 7.8 jabs landed per round, which ranks first at super middleweight and fourth in all of boxing. Smith knows how to create separation and use his height to his advantage. Where he can win this fight is by doing just that. Canelo will want to hit him with his traditional explosive body shots, and if Smith can keep him at bay and send the bout to the cards, or even get a shot at knockout, he may just shock the world.

Prediction: Canelo knocks out Callum in the 9th Rd

In the end, Canelo will find opportunities and maintain composure throughout the bout because that’s who he is. I think this goes 9 and ends on behalf of Canelo’s fierce body shots. My final thought is that this is Canelo’s bout to lose, but there is significant upset potential.

Dana White bashes boxing match between Floyd Mayweather and Logan Paul

UFC, Dana White

The world of boxing got some interesting news over the weekend. It was announced that one of the greatest of all time, Floyd Mayweather Jr, would be returning to the squared circle. He’d be doing so in an exhibition against Logan Paul. 

Yes, you read that right. Floyd Mayweather Jr is going to be boxing YouTube celebrity Logan Paul on PPV. A little bit of a head scratcher, however, you already know that the exhibition match is going to do extremely well on PPV.

First and foremost, Mayweather is the cash king when it comes to boxing. Floyd Mayweather owns every single PPV record there is to hold in the world of boxing. He’s built a fortune on his perfect record.

Logan Paul has become a massive star through YouTube and other social media outlets. Paul has gained a massive following and he’s stepped into the boxing ring a couple of times against fellow YouTuber, KSI.

Worth noting that the lone professional matchup against KSI, Paul lost a split decision. However, he had lost two points in that matchup. Now, he’s going to be boxing one of the best to ever do it who is a much smaller man.

UFC President Dana White is a big boxing guy. In fact, there’s been talk between White and Mayweather about doing something together ever since Mayweather boxed UFC champion, Conor McGregor. Let’s just say that Dana White isn’t a fan of the matchup.

Boxing freak show or legit exhibition?

While laughing, White told The Nelkboys this yesterday regarding the exhibition, “When people ask me ‘What’s the state of boxing right now?’ That’s where it’s at. Didn’t that kid (Paul) get beat up by the video game kid from England (KSI)? Now he’s going fight Floyd Mayweather.”

I mean I’m pretty sure we all thought the same thing when the boxing match was announced. One of the greatest to ever do it is actually going to step into a boxing ring with a YouTube celebrity.

This seems more WWE than legit boxing. However, on that note, Mayweather did take on The Big Show in WWE over a decade ago and netted himself a nice paycheck. My guess is that Floyd is going to make some serious money for this boxing exhibition.

At the end of the day, this is not a serious match. This is strictly a money-maker for Floyd Mayweather. Mayweather has made a career out of taking smart fights that net him a giant return. A match with Logan Paul is going to get him a very nice return.

Boxing: Floyd Mayweather returning to face Logan Paul

Floyd Mayweather Jr.

One of the greatest boxers of all time is returning to the ring. Well, he’s sort of returning to the boxing ring. Today, Floyd Mayweather Jr announced on his official Instagram page that he would be returning to the ring.

He will be returning for a boxing exhibition against YouTube celebrity Logan Paul. The two men will have their exhibition boxing match on February 20th. The fight has a PPV tiered system based on when you buy the PPV.

For the first one million buyers, the PPV will be $24.99. After that threshold, the PPV will cost fans $39.99 up until December 29th. After the 29th, the boxing PPV will cost fans $59.99 until February 11th. During the final ten days the PPV price goes up to $69.99.

It’s a very interesting model for a PPV and I’ll be curious to see how well this does. Given the way our society and culture is, I would expect a boxing exhibition between Mayweather and Paul to do extremely well on PPV.

This will be the first time that Floyd Mayweather Jr has stepped into the boxing ring since his match with Conor McGregor back in 2017. That night, Mayweather moved to 50-0 with a 10th round TKO over the two-division UFC champion.

Boxing Exhibition: Mayweather Jr – Paul

The Paul brothers have been making people pay attention to boxing all of a sudden. They are definitely bringing new eyes to the sport. Jake Paul, Logan’s younger brother, made headlines when he knocked out Nate Robinson last week.

After the fight was over, Jake Paul said he wanted to knockout Conor McGregor in a boxing ring. Jake Paul is 2-0 currently in his boxing career. Logan Paul on the other hand has one professional boxing match against fellow YouTuber, KSI.

Those two had a match last November that KSI won by split decision. It should be worth noting that Logan Paul will be about twice the size of Floyd Mayweather Jr when the two have their boxing exhibition on February 20th.

This whole thing seems like a little bit of a freak show. However, I guarantee you there will be a lot of eyeballs on this one.

Boxing: Will we see Mike Tyson – Evander Holyfield 3?

Mike Tyson, UFC

Last weekend, boxing fans across the globe were treated to something truly special. Mike Tyson and Roy Jones Jr both came out of retirement to face off in an eight round exhibition match. The match was incredibly entertaining.

In the end, the judges called the fight a draw. However, anyone who knows boxing knows that Mike Tyson clearly won that match. I was incredibly impressed with how Tyson looked in his return to action after 15 years off.

Tyson took the match incredibly serious and it showed in the match. Jones Jr appeared to be tiring early on while Tyson looked like he could go a full 12 rounds. He looked sensational on Saturday night.

After the boxing match concluded, Tyson expressed his interest in doing this again. “I say I’ll be better the next one. I could have done everything better. Everything I was doing, I could have done it better. God willing, I’ll be better the next exhibition. This is where I belong,” Tyson said.

Tyson is putting together a league of legends where he hopes to box a few more times before hanging it up for good. There is one matchup in particular that has peaked the interest of the former heavyweight champion. That is a trilogy match with Evander Holyfield.

The boxing trilogy we thought we’d never see

Evander Holyfield has been very active on Social Media showing off that he’s ready to return to boxing. On his Instagram account you can find numerous posts of him in boxing gear training for a potential comeback.

You have to imagine that seeing the match on Saturday motivated Holyfield. Tyson is going to be looking for another legend to box and I don’t think it could get much bigger than a trilogy match with Evander Holyfield.

Holyfield has gotten the better of Tyson both times they fought. In the first match, Holyfield out-boxed Mike Tyson and finished him in the 11th round. In the second fight, Mike Tyson bit the ear of Evander Holyfield which caused him to be disqualified.

The bad blood between the two men appears to have faded over the years. However, boxing fans would feel like they’re right back in the 90’s if these two met once again in the squared circle. No talks of this match have occurred yet, but it’ll be interesting to follow.

PFL signs boxing’s P4P best, Claressa Shields

PFL made headlines yesterday when it was announced that the promotion had reached a deal with Claressa Shields. MMA Junkie first reported the news. Shields is an two-time Olympic Gold medalist in boxing and is widely considered the pound for pound best in the sport.

The 25 year old phenom is the fastest to get to 10-0 as a professional boxer and she hold multiple belts in multiple weight classes. In boxing, she’s clearly in a league of her own, but she’s ready to challenge herself in the world of MMA.

PFL is no stranger to signing Olympians as arguably their biggest star is two-time gold medalist, Kayla Harrison. Harrison was a gold medalist in Judo and PFL has invested a ton into her.

The transition for Harris was easier than the transition for Shields will be. We’ve seen over and over that the transition from grappling is so much easier than the transition for pure strikers. And that’s what Shields is, a pure striker. Specifically, a pure boxer.

She has no kickboxing or Muay Thai experience and she has no grappling experience. Nevertheless, the 25 year old is willing to challenge herself which is why she signed the deal with PFL. Last year, she voiced her interest in potentially making the jump.

PFL’s next star?

It’s such an interesting move for Shields. It’s a no-brainer if you’re PFL, but Shields is the absolute best in her sport currently. This is not the same thing as Conor McGregor crossing over to boxing for a match with Floyd Mayweather.

It’s so much tougher making the MMA jump. Just ask James Toney how his matchup against Randy Couture went. However, I will say that Shields does have a few things going for her. One, she’s a world class athlete. Two, she’s still very young.

PFL is going to give her the slow build in MMA. My guess is that they will give her very favorable matchups to start things out. Do not expect her to get thrown in with a world class grappler like Kayla Harrison.

Although a matchup between the two might be the long-term play for PFL. At the end of the day, this is a big signing for PFL. Shields can become a superstar and I’m very curious to watch this play out. At the moment, she’s planning on continuing her boxing career while having one-off lightweight MMA matches.

Boxing: Mike Tyson and Roy Jones Jr fight to a draw

Tonight was the boxing match that the world has been talking about for months. Two legends of the sport came out of retirement to box in an eight round exhibition match.

Former world champions, Mike Tyson and Roy Jones Jr, went head to head tonight. This is a boxing match that we didn’t get to see when both were fighting, but many have questioned what would have happened if they fought.

Of course both men boxed in different weight classes during their primes, but were close enough for the discussions to take place. Months ago it was announced that the two would have a PPV exhibition.

Jones last fought back in 2018 when he won the World Boxing Union Cruiserweight title. It has been a much lengthier layoff for Tyson. Tonight marked the first time since 2005 that the former heavyweight champion of the world stepped foot in the squared circle.

Boxing: Tyson – Jones Jr Recap

Round 1

As the boxing main event got underway, both men touched gloves. Jones Jr looked to dance on the outside while Tyson looked to get on the inside. Tyson looked for some big body hooks early on in the first round.

Jones Jr looked to work the jab, but Tyson was doing a good job of getting on the inside. Tyson popped Jones Jr with three consecutive jabs as Jones Jr looked to clinch. Jones Jr then popped Tyson with a couple of jabs as the first round came to an end. Good first round for Tyson.

Round 2

As the second round got underway, both boxing legends were breathing a little heavy. Tyson immediately exploded with two big shots to start the second round. Both men clinched, but Tyson was doing better at landing shots in the clinch.

Jones Jr continued to look to stay on the outside, but Tyson clocked him with a solid left hook. Tyson looked incredibly patient in the second round looking for his opportunities. Jones Jr had some moments, but Tyson closed the second round strong with more big hooks.

Round 3

Going into the third round, I had Tyson up 2-0 in this boxing fantasy matchup. Tyson was doing a fantastic job of landing left hooks as Jones Jr continued to look for shots from the outside. That left hand from Tyson was landing clean in this one.

There was a lot of clinching in the third round. Every time Tyson would get close, Jones Jr would force the clinch. Late in the third, both men exchanged shots, but Tyson landed with more authority with a massive body hook. After three rounds, I had Tyson up 3-0.

Round 4

Halfway through this boxing fantasy match and Mike Tyson looked fresher than Jones Jr entering the fourth round. Jones Jr continued to land on the outside and clinch Tyson every time the fight got close.

Tyson appeared to look frustrated in the fourth round. However, Tyson landed some massive body shots in the final minute of the fourth round. Jones Jr clinched Tyson immediately after those shots landed. Four rounds through this one and Tyson’s won every round.

Round 5

Before the fifth round started, Jones Jr’s corner instructed him to pop shot and grab. It was a clear look into the boxing strategy of Jones Jr. Jones Jr opened the fifth with a solid 1-2 which he followed with a clinch.

Tyson looked to remain patient and land big hooks. However, Jones Jr was doing better in the fifth round. Jones Jr seemed to be getting off, but then Tyson landed a couple of clean counter hooks. Closer round and I’ll lean towards Jones Jr in this one.

Round 6

In the sixth round, Jones Jr looked very tired to me. Tyson was just stalking Jones Jr looking for a massive shot to close the show. Again, every time Jones Jr got within range, he would look to clinch with Tyson.

A minute into the round and Tyson landed a couple of really good shots. Jones Jr continued to look for the clinch and shots from the outside. Tyson landed a massive uppercut, but it didn’t appear to phase Jones Jr. Jones Jr landed a massive shot of his own to end the round.

Round 7

Through six rounds of this boxing fantasy match, I had Tyson up five rounds to one. Tyson looked for a powerful 1-2 to open the seventh round, but Jones Jr was able to clinch him. Jones Jr started to go off with a few shots, but found himself in the corner.

Once there, Tyson landed some big shots of his own. Jones Jr appeared to be trying to empty the tank in the final rounds of this one. Jones Jr looked extremely gassed in the final 30 seconds. Tyson pushed forward and landed good body shots as the round ended.

Round 8

In the final round of this fantasy boxing matchup, I think Jones Jr would have needed a finish to get the win. However, there was no official scoring in this one. Jones Jr looked to keep Tyson at range as Tyson looked to use his hooks to get inside.

Both men started really exchanging in the final round. Jones Jr through several really good combinations, but Tyson was able to back him into the corner. Once there, Tyson brutalized Jones Jr’s body with hooks. The final bell closed with another massive Tyson body shot.

My final scorecard: Tyson def Jones Jr (79-73)

Unofficially: Mike Tyson and Roy Jones Jr ends in a draw

Manny Pacquiao confirms boxing match against UFC’s Conor McGregor

Yesterday, the world received some interesting news. Former UFC champion Conor McGregor made the claim that he would be boxing Manny Pacquiao for his next combat sport venture. It took a lot of people by surprise.

McGregor posted that tweet along with a few others including screenshots with UFC President Dana White. McGregor showed the fans that he was desperately trying to stay active when it comes to the UFC in 2020.

However, fights never materialized, and a frustrated McGregor said that he was walking away from the sport. However, recently, Dana White said that the UFC was working on something fun for McGregor. Although, he didn’t say what that something fun was.

It became increasingly clear that this potential boxing match with Pacquiao could be that something fun. This morning, Manny Pacquiao’s team confirmed the news with ESPN Ringside. His team said he would be taking on the former UFC champion next year.

Boxing’s Pacquiao vs UFC’s McGregor

The fight will mark the second time that Conor McGregor has made his way over from the UFC to the world of professional boxing. The first time was McGregor’s money fight against Floyd Mayweather back in 2018.

McGregor showed that he wasn’t just a UFC fighter that night, and even won some rounds against the great Floyd Mayweather. In the end, McGregor succumbed to a 10th round TKO, but he netted a massive payday for the fight.

McGregor returned to the UFC earlier in 2020 finishing Donald Cerrone in the first round at UFC 246. However, it was the last time the promotion could book McGregor. Now, as McGregor has been waiting, a new opportunity has risen.

Pacquiao hasn’t boxed in over a year, but he’s the reigning WBA Super Welterweight Champion. He’s won three straight fights since dropping a controversial decision to Jeff Horn back in 2017. Pacquiao has long been known as one of the best in boxing.

This will be another massive event that will pair the UFC against Boxing. This fight will not be nearly as big as Mayweather/McGregor, but it will definitely be a big event that should generate a ton of money.

Boxing: Tyson Fury – Deontay Wilder III targeted for December 19th

One of the best rivalries in the last 30 years in boxing‘s heavyweight division will see it’s third chapter at the end of 2020. Tyson Fury (30-0-1) and Deontay Wilder (42-1-1) are getting ready to prepare for their third fight. Yesterday, Top Rank executive Brad Jacobs told Sky Sports that the fight would happen at the end of this year with many possiblities when it comes to location.

“We are focusing on December 19 and are hoping that, by then, we are back to a nearly normal situation…We are looking all over the world, at this point, for the best location for this event. That will be narrowed down and we’ll see where it takes us.” Top Rank’s Jacobs told Sky Sports.

Recently, it was announced that Fury had reached a deal to fight fellow heavyweight champion, Anthony Joshua. That fight is considered to be the biggest fight that boxing can make in it’s heavyweight division. It would be a fight that would unify all of the heavyweight titles in boxing. However, there are a couple of challenges that are standing in the way.

Who is boxing’s baddest man on the planet?

The boxing world hasn’t seen a knockout artist like Deontay Wilder since Mike Tyson. What the Bronze Bomber lacks in technique, he makes up for in sheer power. In his 42 professional wins, only one fight has gone the distance. In the first fight with Fury, Wilder’s power was on full display as he dropped Fury twice in the fight. The fight would end in a draw after 12 rounds.

The second fight between Fury and Wilder was completely one sided. The Gypsy King completely dismantled the former champion Wilder. The beating was so bad that Wilder’s corner threw in the towel which gave Fury the TKO victory and the WBC heavyweight title. Their third fight is going to be highly anticipated, but it should be one where Fury is the significant favorite. There is no question that Fury is the better boxer, but with Wilder, he’s only one punch away from winning any fight.