|Boxing Notes & News: Kiko Martinez, Floyd Mayweather & Karim Mayfield
By Doghouse Boxing (July 8, 2015)
| Kiko Vows To 'Drag' Quigg 'Into A War'.
Kiko Martinez says that Scott Quigg’s technique is ‘close to perfection’ – but he’ll take his WBA Super Bantamweight title by dragging him into a war at the Manchester Arena on July 18.
Martinez travels to Manchester in an attempt to become a two-time World champion and he’ll have to end the reign of the unbeaten Bury star who defends the belt for the fifth time and has stopped three of his previous four challengers inside three rounds.
‘La Sensacion’ landed his IBF title in stunning fashion in August 2013 stopping the unbeaten Jhonatan Romero in America before stoppage wins in his first two defences against Jeffrey Mathebula and Hozumi Hasegawa.
The Spaniard believes that he is the toughest fighter Quigg has faced to date though, and says that while the champion’s mechanics might be superior, he’s questioned if he has the stomach for a brutal 12-round battle.
“Quigg is a very good fighter, technically he is very close to perfection,” said Martinez. “But I think that he is not a great slugger and he has not fought against high level opponents like I have.
“I think that he will try to make a long distance fight, he will look to go to the final round and not change blows with me.
“We have a fight plan for 12 rounds and I will follow it. If I win by knockout it will be better, but the goal is the belt.”
Quigg’s defence against Martinez is part of a huge night of World title action in Manchester as Quigg’s gym-mate Anthony Crolla challenges Darleys Perez for the Colombian’s WBA World Lightweight title.
There’s a pair of tasty tussles for vacant British titles as stylish duo Chris Jenkins and Tyrone Nurse lock horns for the Light Welterweight strap and big hitting pair Sam Eggington and Glenn Foot promise a war for the Welterweight crown.
St. Helens’ Martin Murray boxes at Super Middleweight for the second time in quick succession as he targets some huge domestic battles at 168lbs, and there’s a host of young talent on display in unbeaten Gallagher’s gym duo Hosea Burton and Marcus Morrison, while there are outings for Prizefighter Lightweight champion Jono Carroll, former Team GB starlet Charlie Edwards, Sedgefield’s Jeff Saunders, Middleton’s Liam Taylor and Chapel-en-le-Firth’s Jack Massey.
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Mayfield Ready To Hand Mayweather His First Loss
After pound for pound king Floyd "Money" Mayweather (48-0, 26 KOs) mentioned Karim "Hard Hitta" Mayfield (19-2-1, 11 KOs) as one of his possible opponents for his final contracted fight with Showtime, the San Francisco native says is ready to step up and give Mayweather his first loss.
"I’m always ready to fight anyone anywhere," said Karim Mayfield. "The fact that the great Floyd Mayweather has mentioned me as someone he wants to fight in September is music to my ears. It would be an honor to fight Floyd in Las Vegas. He’s done a lot for the sport and he’s arguably the best fighter to ever lace em up. My last few fights have been at 140 pounds and I know the extra weight would make me more powerful. I fought Francisco Santana at 152 pounds and gave him his only KO loss. I’m very powerful and comfortable at that weight. I know I would give Floyd all he can handle. My trainer Ben Bautista and I have a game plan we know will be successful against Mayweather. I’d give Floyd his first loss in a highly explosive fight."
Set for September 12, 2015, Mayweather will fight an opponent TBA at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas. Mayfield, along with Andre Berto (30-3, 23 KOs) are fighters Floyd Mayweather has mentioned as potential opponents. Karim feels he’s the better option.
"No disrespect to Andre Berto, he’s a good fighter and we have a mutual respect for one another, but he’s not as durable as I am. Berto has two losses against opponent’s Floyd has already defeated. I’ve never been dropped, battered or bruised in any of my fights. I bring a rough style to this fight, a style the fans want to see Floyd up against. In addition, the Bay Area is a big media market and I know all my fans here would rise up and support me. My brother La Ron and I, who are independent, sold out my last fight in San Francisco. I’m confident we can bring a big crowd to Las Vegas. It’s only an hour fight away."
Amir Khan (31-3, 19 KOs), who’s been begging to fight Mayweather since 2014, is another fighter campaigning to fight Mayweather. After sparring Khan on numerous occasions, Mayfield feels Amir is an easier fight.
"Every time I sparred Amir Khan atVirgil Hunter’s gym, I put hands on him," Mayfield declared. "So bad that Virgil had to stop the sparring sessions. Khan has also been brutally knocked out twice by Prescott and Garcia. The man has no chin and he wouldn’t last twelve rounds with Money Mayweather. He’s definitely the safer route."
Mayfield, who’s been in camp with Manny Pacquiao, Antonio Margarito and Danny Garcia to name a few, has all the experience needed to give the fans an entertaining fight. He’s beaten many undefeated fighters and has a unanimous decision win against Mauricio Herrera.
"No one can deny my heart and determination to fight the best," Mayfield continued. "I’ve been the ring with everyone. I soundly beat Herrera, I whooped Pacquiao and Khan in sparring. Shawn Porter refused to step in the ring when he had the choice to fight me or Erick Bone with only one day notice. A lot of fighters have ducked me because I’m a serious threat to anyone."
Mayfield feels the fans want to see Floyd Mayweather give an African-American fighter a chance to dethrone him. Mayweather’s last seven opponents have been either, Mexican, Argentinean, Filipino or Puerto Rican.
"I think it’s time for the fans to see Floyd give a brotha a shot." Mayfield concluded. "Shane Mosley and Zab Judah gave Floyd a run for his money. I feel I can do the same but come out victorious.
Mayweather Jr Stripped Of WBO Crown
Pound for pound boxing king Floyd Mayweather Jr has been stripped of the WBO welterweight title he won from Manny Pacquiao in Las Vegas back in May.
According to the ESPN website the World Boxing Organization stropped Mayweather Jr on Monday for reportedly not paying the $200,000 sanctioning fee by July 3.
"It’s a complete disgrace," Mayweather Promotions CEO Leonard Ellerbe told ESPN. "Floyd will decide what, or if any, actions he will take. But in the meantime he’s enjoying a couple of hundred million he made from his last outing and this has zero impact on anything he does.
Team Mayweather has two weeks to lodge an appeal.
You can view in a video what Mayweather said to Pacquiao, click here:
Floyd Mayweather Jr. clowns & disses Manny Pacquiao
To read Pacquiao's response to Mayweather, click here:
Manny Pacquiao rips hardcore into Mayweather! Ouch!
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