Why Khan and Mayweather needs to happen

Many in the boxing world felt slightly cheated when Floyd Mayweather announced that he would face Argentinian Marcos Maidana on May 3rd, rather than Amir Khan. The undisputed pound-for-pound king had stated that he would let the fans decide whom he would fight, but despite Khan coming out in the poll, “Money” opted to face Maidana.

Mayweather has since announced that he will fight Khan if the British boxer beats Adrian Broner on the May 3rd undercard. However, Khan has claimed that he has offered to fight Broner but has been rejected, but he is still thought to be willing to fight someone on the undercard, so hopefully we will still get to see a Khan Mayweather showdown as it has the promise to be one of the greatest boxing bouts ever witnessed.

Bookmakers such as Titan Bet have Mayweather as an overwhelming 1/16 favourite for success over Maidana. If he were to fight Khan, the odds would be a lot closer. Khan, who beat Maidana three years ago, is viewed by many as the only boxer who could pose a threat to the champion.

Mayweather’s biggest trait has always been his speed, something that most boxers he has faced have struggled to deal with. In Khan, though, you have a boxer who has the hand-speed to keep up with Mayweather, if not exceed him. If both were to square off in the ring it would be an explosive high-octane affair that should last the distance, and one that could see Mayweather lose his unbeaten 45-0 record. The Bolton boxer is the only person in the world that can cause Mayweather some serious problems and as such the fight must go ahead. People question the strength of Khan’s chin. He’s been knocked out twice and in his last match against Julia Diaz he was floored in the fourth. Now obviously Khan’s chin is a worry but against a fighter like Mayweather it isn’t a pressing concern. Mayweather is not a knock-out puncher; he’s a points winner, and of his 45 fights only 26 have been won via knockout. What’s more, in his last ten fights, he has only won twice via knockout. It’s this fact which gives Khan a real chance. Mayweather will not knock Khan out, meaning that the fight will be won on points. It will be a battle of speed, something that both these fighters excel at.

This fight needs to happen due to the heat surrounding it. We have been waiting for this fight to be announced since Mayweather’s last fight against Saul Alvarez in September. Due to the way Khan had this match ripped out of his clutches there is a certain animosity between the two. The only way to settle this is in the ring and if Mayweather doesn’t get in the ring then he can be accused of ducking Khan.
This fight has to go ahead and hopefully come May 4th there will be a contract signed between the two!

  

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Product Review: Roots of Fight Tyson ’88 Hoodie

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In the last 30 years, there hasn’t been a heavyweight boxer as good as Mike Tyson. Arguably the greatest heavyweight of all-time, the 5-10 Tyson, with just a 71-inch reach, routinely knocked out opponents that were five inches taller and a quarter of his own bodyweight heavier.

After his 38-second knockout win over Lou Savarese in 2000, Tyson uttered potentially the greatest quote in boxing history. “My style is impetuous, my defense is impregnable, and I’m just ferocious.”

And it wasn’t just about his success in the ring. The brand of Mike Tyson has experienced the crossover appeal that no other boxer, outside of Muhammad Ali, can lay claim to.

If you grew up in the ’80s or early ’90s, you spent hours engaging the likes of Soda Popinski and Mr. Sandman in the Nintendo tour de force “Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out.” At his peak, “Kid Dynamite” was one of the most popular athletes in the world and still is to this day, thanks to his one-man show, “The Undisputed Truth.”

Even eight years after his final bout, Tyson’s legacy as a fighter and as a brand are both as impregnable as ever.

Roots of Fight pays tribute to the rich history of martial arts, boxing and MMA, and connects the history with images of iconic fighters like Mike Tyson, Muhammad Ali, Helio Gracie and Bruce Lee in its clothing collection.

And we aren’t talking Affliction, Silver Star or any other weird fighting apparel that gives a nod to the strip mall jiu-jitsu black belt ethos that permeates the modern fight landscape.

Roots of Fight is all substance, no flash and dash. If Affliction is for the twenty-somethings who still haven’t learned humility is where it’s at, Roots of Fight is the quiet man whose presence alone controls the room.

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Down goes Frazier!!!

Today is the 40th anniversary of this epic call from Howard Cosell as George Forman knocked down and then knocked out Joe Frazier. It’s one of the greatest sports call of all time.

It’s amazing watching this now. In today’s world there’s no way the ref lets Frazier keep fight after that second knockdown.

  

How to KO the Bookmakers

Out of all of the sports that you can bet on, it would be fair to say that boxing grabs much less attention than others. This could be for a number of reasons – with the biggest probably being that fights between the elite are simply few and far between. Nevertheless, everyone knows that there is a huge amount of money involved in the sport and thus, it’s possible for you to make large sums if you can get your boxing betting offers strategy correct.

We’ll now take a look at some key tips that could help improve your profits from boxing drastically.

Tip #1 Analyze recent form

This is probably the most obvious tip when it comes to boxing betting. Whether you are betting on tennis, football, horse racing or rugby – you need to analyze the form. As boxers partake in few fights every year, you probably only have to look back two or three duals to get a good understanding of the position they’re in. Don’t just look at their win-loss record either – look how they won or lost, and who it was against. You must delve into the details to give you the best possible chance of extracting the most information ahead of the fight.

Tip #2 Look at the boxing style of both men

Some boxers are brutes, others rely on speed and technique. You should have a firm understanding about the styles of both boxers in the fight and then use the form analysis you have just conducted to see how they have fared against similar opponents. If you can see that a boxer such as Nikolay Valuev always struggles against fast opponents, such as David Haye, then make sure you look for some value bets involving a victory for the smaller fighter.

Tip #3 Take the venue into account

It could be argued that the venue in boxing is more significant than in any other sport. If you see that one of the boxers is fighting in their hometown, they have been gifted with a fantastic advantage. Not only will they have their home crowd right behind them, but there is a suggestion that they may receive favourable decisions by the hometown judges. Of course, the bookmakers are fully aware of this situation and this means that you may struggle to extract value whenever you back the “home” choice.

Tip #4 Review what the fight means for both men

This is really something open to your interpretation and again highlights why you must have a good understanding of boxing and its politics if you are serious about making a decent profit. Due to the staggering amounts of money that are involved in sports betting, some fighters will merely arrange encounters just to coin in as much money from PPV views as possible. Some of these may be aiming for one last payday and you may have to analyse a lot of information to see if any of the participants falls into such a category. Look at his age, his recent comments and conclude whether you think he really is interested in succeeding in this fight – or if he is merely looking to turn up and collect his bumper pay cheque.

  

He dances better than he can box

The lesson here is simple – don’t dance like a buffoon before entering into the boxing ring! Now, this is taken from two different fights, so keep that in mind, but we suspect his dancing moves are pretty typical for all his fights.

  

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