Lee Selby would welcome a world title fight with Abner Mares after being left 'devastated' by the late cancellation of his IBF title defence last weekend.

The Welshman was informed at the weigh-in that mandatory challenger Jonathan Victor Barros had failed to meet licensing conditions for the fight, denying the

Strength and conditioning trainer Alex Ariza doesn’t trust Manny Pacquiao’s promoter Bob Arum of Top Rank, and he feels that the 83-year-old is going to pull a fast one by not having the mega-fight between his money man Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr take place.

Arum will then turn around and blame Mayweather for the fight not taking place. Ariza doesn’t say why he thinks Arum won’t let the 36-year-old Pacquiao fight Mayweather, but you can guess that it might have something to do with the hit that Pacquiao will take in the pay-per-view numbers if he gets schooled by Mayweather.

 

“I think it’s all an illusion. Even though Floyd’s the only one who’s ever made an offer, at the end of the day, they’re still going to blame Floyd if the fight doesn’t happen,” Ariza said via Fighthype.com. “I think Bob is going to make everybody believe that the fight is going to happen and then he’s going to Charlie Brown us; he’s going to pull the football away and then blame it on Floyd,” Ariza said.

I wouldn’t be surprised if that happened. I still remember how Mayweather ended up the scapegoat for the first negotiations between him and Pacquiao not working out. Instead of Pacquiao getting the blame for not agreeing to the full testing that Mayweather wanted for performance enhancing drugs, Mayweather got blamed for it. Then when they attempted to negotiate a second time three years later, Arum was talking about a stadium needing to be built and how Pacquiao still had a cut that wasn’t healed.

All these years some boxing fans have been under the illusion that Pacquiao is the best fighter in the welterweight division, even better than Mayweather. This likely has led to a lot of fans eagerly purchasing Pacquiao’s many mismatches against hapless opposition like Brandon Rios, Antonio Margarito, Shane Mosley, and Chris Algieri to name a small handful. But if Mayweather schools Pacquiao, then the fans will see that Pacquiao was never in Mayweather’s class, and this could lead to Pacquiao’s PPV numbers dropping off dramatically.

In other words, if Pacquiao loses to badly to Mayweather, we could see the gravy train come to screeching halt to where Pacquiao’s pay-per-view numbers drop below even 300,000 buys. Once he’s in the 100,000 to 200,000 range, then I believe he’ll bring them back up again to where they were previously. Even if he fought every one of Arum’s Top Rank stable fighters multiple times and won, I don’t see Pacquiao being able to live down his loss to Mayweather.

Unbeaten WBO junior middleweight champion Demetrius Andrade (21-0, 14 KOs) will be back in action on December 6th or 13th in a fight on Showtime rather than HBO, according to Dan Rafael of ESPN.

Andrade, 26, will be moving over to Showtime to get dates, fights and money against possibly one of the Charlo brothers. Andrade has been fighting on HBO lately, but after a fight against Matt Korobov fell apart over money, Andrade decided to go in another direction with his career.

Jermell or Jermall Charlo would be excellent opponents, whichever one Andrade picked for the fight. It would be a significant bump up from the last guy Andrade faced in Brian Rose last June. That was a really bad mismatch with Andrade having his way with Rose for six rounds until finally knocking him out in the 7th.

In his fight before that, Andrade defeated Vanes Martirosyan by a 12 round split decision to win the vacant WBO junior middleweight title last year in November. While the judges scored the fight a split decision, it was pretty clear that Andrade had done more than enough to deserve the win in that fight.

With Andrade going to Showtime, it’ll open up the possibility of him fighting a lot of different guys. He obviously won’t be able to get a fight against the likes of Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, Gennady Golovkin or Miguel Cotto, but then again those fights were really available to him at this stage in his career.

Andrade is too dangerous for his own good right now, so he’s not going to be able to get the bigger names to step in the ring and fight him. It’s going to take him a little while before he gets to that stage. Beating the Charlo brothers one after another would be a good start for Andrade. He could then target someone like Erislandy Lara, James Kirkland and Carlos Molina.

Former undisputed middleweight champion Jermain Taylor (33-4-1, 20 KOs) pulled off a big upset win on Wednesday night in beating 40-year-old IBF middleweight champion Sam Soliman (44-12, 18 KOs) by a 12 round unanimous decision to capture his International Boxing Federation title at the Beau Rivage Resort & Casino, in Biloxi, Mississippi, USA.

The final judges’ scores were 116-111, 115-109, and 116-109. It’s interesting that the judges had it scored that close given all the knockdowns.

Taylor, 36, knocked Soliman down 4 times in the fight. The knockdowns were largely the result of Soliman injuring his left leg in the 7th round after he appeared to slip on the wet canvas while backing up from one of Taylor’s shots. Soliman’s corner had spilled a great deal of water in the corner area which is what Soliman ended up slipping on in the 7th. Soliman was knocked down once in the 7th, 8th, 9th and 11th rounds.

Overall, Soliman didn’t really do a whole lot other than pose on the outside and rush forward for clinches. He was doing a lot of wrestling and attempting to punch on the break. Soliman was most dangerous when throwing sneaky shots on the break, but other than that he was totally useless.

I gave him only one round in the entire fight, because he was just not able to land enough of his own power shots to win any one round in a clean way. This wasn’t a tired Felix Sturm that Soliman was fighting tonight. Taylor’s stamina held out well, and he was able to get the better of Soliman frequently in landing powerful right hands while on the outside. Taylor didn’t throw a lot of jabs, but when he did he was effective with them.

#9 WBC 168 pound contender Andre Dirrell (23-1, 16 KOs) defeated a game but limited Nick Brinson (16-3-2, 6 KOs) by a 4th round knockout. Dirrell, 31, hurt Brinson with a big left hand in the 4th. Dirrell then flurried on a badly hurt Brinson in the corner until the referee halted the fight. Brinson was trying to weather the storm, but there was no way he was going to be able to survive the round with the way that Dirrell was laying into him with power shots. The fight was stopped at 2:12 of the round.

Dirrell took an unusual approach to the fight in loading up on mostly single shots in looking for a one-punch knockout instead of him jabbing, boxing and throwing combinations like he usually does. Dirrell wanted to get a single punch knockout, and he came close to accomplishing that goal. But in loading up single punches, Dirrell made the fight a lot harder than it should have been, because there were a couple of rounds, namely the 2nd and 3rd, where Dirrell didn’t look that great. Dirrell took some big shots from Brinson in those rounds due to him loading up too much instead of letting his hands go and using his jab.

Former IBF/WBA/WBC/WBO middleweight champion Jermain Taylor was arrested on Tuesday and charged with allegedly shooting his cousin in Pulaski County in Arkansas. Taylor’s cousin is said to be in serious condition.

The shooting occurred at Taylor’s home in Pulaski County. He’s being charged with first-degree battery, as well as aggravated assault. The shooting took place at approximately 6:00 p.m.

According to Arkansas online, Taylor got into an altercation with his cousin. The name of Taylor’s cousin is unknown at this point.

Taylor was taken to the Pulaski County Jail. He’s currently being held without bail. He’ll be attending court tomorrow morning on Wednesday.

 

Taylor is scheduled to challenge IBF middleweight champion Sam Soliman on October 8th at the Beau Rivage Resort & Casino, Biloxi, Mississippi, USA. This was a fight that is considered a 50-50 affair.

If Taylor wins, it could lead to bigger fights and bigger paydays. This was Taylor’s chance to reignite his stalled career. How today’s shooting will affect his fight against Soliman is unclear at this time. It’s still too early to know, as the police still are collecting facts from the case and finding out what actually took place.


Taylor defeated a prime Bernard Hopkins by a 12 round split decision in July 2005 to capture his IBF/WBA/WBC/WBO middleweight titles. Five months later, Taylor defeated Hopkins a second time in winning a 12 round unanimous decision in December 2005. Taylor defended his titles 3 times before losing them to Kelly Pavlik by a 7th round TKO in September 2007.

Taylor fought Pavlik in a rematch in February 2008, and lost by a 12 round unanimous decision. From there, Taylor’s once promising career came unraveled with him getting knocked out in consecutive bouts in 2009 to Carl Froch and Arthur Abraham. Taylor took two years off from boxing following the Abraham fight before coming back in 2011 in beating Jessie Nicklow by an 8th round knockout. Since that fight, Taylor has won three additional bouts. Taylor hasn’t fought since last December when he stopped Juan Carlos Candelo in the 7th.

Popular boxer Ayitey Powers could be set for another huge payday after promoters of the Braimah Kamoko-John Napari WBA International Cruiserweight Championship fight revealed that the blonde-haired pugilist was being considered on the undercard of their October 3 bill named “No Retreat, No Surrender”.

The 34-year-old Powers, who recorded his 24th career loss  to Kamoko, alias Bukom Banku, in their non-title cruiserweight clash last May, was reported to have pocketed a cool GH¢22,000 in that fight and could be on the verge of making another windfall.

Emefa Adeti, head of communications of McDon Promotions, told Graphic Sports that although the fights on the undercard had already been concluded and sanctioned by the Ghana Boxing Association (GBA), Powers was still being considered as a crowd-puller on the undercard provided they [fight promotors] could get him an opponent from the light heavyweight category.

“All the fights have been decided already but Powers’ management has made a late appeal, which is being considered.

“He will fight in the light-heavyweight category but provided we can get him a suitable opponent. However, we can’t disclose how much he stands to gain as prize-money if an agreement is eventually reached.”she said.

Mrs Adeti also revealed that Emmanuel “Game Boy” Tagoe (22 wins-1 loss-0 draw) will headline the other fights that will precede the showdown between Bukom Banku and Corporal John “Atintola the Beast” Napari at the Accra Sports Stadium.

Tagoe and Tanzanian, Obote Ameme, will contest for the WBA International lightweight title.

Isaac Selom will face-off with Ishmael Tetteh for the national super-welterweight title, Michael Pappoe will take on Michael Ansah for the national super featherweight title, while Prosper Ankrah and Michael Barnor will clash for the WBA Pan-Africa bantamweight title.

There is also the likelihood of a six-round bantamweight meeting between Isaac Sackey and Gally Cudjoe.