From Showtime Boxing Analyst Steve Farhood
One is a contender from Inkster, Mich., and one of the few remaining links to the legendary Kronk Gym.
One is a native Swede who fought for the African nation of Gambia in the 2008 Olympics.
One is an unbeaten prospect from the foothills of the Carpathian Mountains in Romania.
And one is a former national amateur champion and a Cuban-American from Milwaukee.
The question of how all of these fighters ended up in the neon-drenched boxing capital of Las Vegas is answered only by four multi-layered stories. But what J’Leon Love, Badou Jack, Ronald Gavril and Luis Arias have in common is simple and clear: They are gymmates and stablemates, and they all fight at 168 pounds. Continue reading
The four-fight SHOWTIME PPV® event, “THE MOMENT: Mayweather vs. Maidana,” is now complete with the addition of two stellar 10-round bouts. Opening the pay-per-view event will be a super middleweight matchup between unbeaten J’Leon Love and former title challenger and Mexican Olympian Marco Antonio Periban of Mexico City followed by a junior welterweight bout featuring exciting former three-division world champion Adrien “The Problem” Broner against the hard-hitting Californian Carlos Molina. The scintillating fight card, headlined by Floyd Mayweather vs. Marcos Maidana and Amir Khan vs. Luis Collazo, will take place on Saturday, May 3 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas in what many are calling the best top-to-bottom pay-per-view boxing event in many years.
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Undefeated super middleweight J’Leon Love dominated en route to a 10th-round TKO over Vladine Biosse on Friday’s ShoBox: The New Generation. In the co-featured bouts, Derek Edwards upset previously undefeated Badou Jack and rising Mayweather Promotions star Christopher Pearson defeated Lanardo Tyner in an 8-round middleweight bout.
From the opening bell, Love (17-0, 10 KOs) was the aggressor, punishing Biosse (15-3-2, 7 KOs) through all 10 rounds. In the third, Love opened up a cut over Biosse’s right eye and continued to batter the area throughout the night. In the 10th, with Love scoring heavily near the ropes, the ref stepped in to halt the contest at 2:15 of the final round. Continue reading
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Last week, the SHOSTATS® historical comparison report for the lightweight bout between Angelo Santana and Hank Lundy provided a clear forecast. Santana, the younger fighter with far less ability to connect, was effectively outboxed by Lundy.
On Friday,February 28, Vladine Biosse faces a similar threat from the undefeated J’Leon Love.
Here are the numbers from both fighters’ last 3 fights.
Biosse throws more punches, but Love is far more accurate. Love lands nearly half of his power shots, and when it comes to jabs, he’s nearly five-times more accurate.
When both fighters face off on February 28, don’t miss a punch!
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The Breakdown from SHOWTIME Boxing Analyst Steve Farhood
On Graduation Day, ShoBox executives are the proud headmasters at a prestigious prep school, handing out diplomas. The students are boxing prospects who have completed the required courses, or in this case, fights.
They’re ready to move on. Continue reading
From SHOWTIME Boxing Analyst Steve FarhoodOn Feburary 28, ShoBox: The New Generation will showcase Badou Jack and J’Leon Love, two prospects from the top of my list of up-and-coming super middleweights currently based in the United States.
- Badou Jack 16-0-1
- J’Leon Love 16-0
- Jesse Hart 12-0
- Brandon Gonzalez 18-0-1
- Luis Arias 8-0
An international lineup of 168-pounders awaits these five fighters. Here’s my top 10 list of championship-level super middleweights.
- Andre Ward* 27-0 USA
- Carl Froch* 32-2 England
- Mikkel Kessler 46-3 Denmark
- Robert Stieglitz* 46-3 Russia
- George Groves 19-1 England
- Sakio Bika* 32-5-3 Cameroon
- Arthur Abraham 38-4 Armenia
- Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. 47-1-1 Mexico
- Anthony Dirrell 26-0-1 USA
- Thomas Oosthuizen 22-0-2 South Africa
* World Titlist