Author: Mike Samuels

Intelligent Mailbag – Week 9

In this week's mailbag, fans question my credentials in the sport, discuss Jermell Charlo's future after his brilliant knockout over the weekend, and much more! Q: I have never been a big fan of Charlo, but he impressed me on Saturday. He has a lot of momentum going in to the 2018 boxing year. What do you see him doing with it? -...

An All-Too-Early Look At Now-Ordered Alvarez/Golovkin Rematch

The World Boxing Council has ordered a rematch to take place between Gennady “GGG” Golovkin and Saul “Canelo” Alvarez.  The bout is expected to take place over Cinco De Mayo weekend in 2018. This is not surprising, especially when fight fans take into consideration the result of their fight last month—a dubious draw that added to the belief that Canelo has...

Intelligent Mailbag – Week 8

Fight fans tackle the drama around Deontay Wilder and Luis Ortiz, and pay tribute to “The Raging Bull,” Jake LaMotta, in this week’s mailbag! Q: Deontay Wilder fears Luis Ortiz. He’s running from every top fighter out there, and has been for his whole career. Everyone needs to stop making excuses for this guy. He has power, but that is it! –...

Boxing Needs To Open Its Eyes, And Scoring, To Change in Championship Fights

It’s been a few weeks since Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and Gennady “GGG” Golovkin fought to an inspiring but controversial draw in the great boxing state of Nevada (surprised, right?). The fight itself was compelling and by all accounts, close in competitive nature. And as fans are starting to learn, close is at least even--if not better, when one of the fighters occupying a corner is named...

Intelligent Mailbag – Week 6

Fight fans chime in on the new pound-for-pound speculation, Andre Ward’s shocking retirement, the return of Conor McGregor, and more this week at Intelligent Boxing! Q: Has Triple G lost his mystique with his performance against Canelo? – Vic A:  Not in my opinion, Vic.  It’s hard to lose anything when you have two fighters giving the public what they’ve wanted for...

Adrien Broner’s Actions Are Inexcusable, But Should We Be Asking Different Questions?

Since turning professional in 2008, Adrien Broner has marketed himself as “The Problem” for the world of boxing. The flashy, brash, and downright crude champion took the boxing world by storm, with some insiders early on comparing his skill set to Floyd Mayweather Jr., a fighter Broner has looked up to as a “big brother.” Broner took the sport by storm by...

Intelligent Mailbag Week 5

Week 5 's Intelligent Mailbag is all about the controversy over Triple G's and Canelo Alvarez's "Supremacy."   Q: I’m done with boxing.  There’s no way in hell that Canelo won that fight, and I’m MEXICAN!!!! I’m done with the sport.   This is why UFC is better. – Perez A: I’ve uttered those same words more than I can remember, Perez.   Saturday’s...

Golovkin And Alvarez May Pay Steep Price For “Supremacy”

When a fighter decides to hang up the gloves after a long career inside the squared circle, there is usually one hard truth that reveals itself amongst the shadows of retirement. Fighters know how to fight, and sometimes that’s all they know how to do. A fighter can be successful in every sense of the word: a world champion, first-ballot hall-of-fame shoe-in,...

Fighting And Broadcasting: Former Fighters Offer The Best Of Both Worlds

Watching a prizefight on television, it looks so easy. No, not the actual combat taking place.  Everyone figured out long ago that boxing is a sport talked about by many, but that very few dare to lace up the gloves and enter the squared circle. But talking about it isn’t so easy. Just ask Stephen A. Smith. Smith comes with an abundance of background...

Intelligent Mailbag – Week 4

The final weekend before “Supremacy” – Canelo vs. Golovkin – had fight fans heavily invested in the Showtime and HBO cards, with thoughts coming in on Chocolatito’s stunning knockout loss, the long-awaited US debut of Japanaese rising star Naoya “The Monster” Inoue, and much more! Q: I have been waiting for the rematch between “Chocolatito” and Srisaket since their first fight,...

Intelligent Mailbag – Week 3

Labor Day weekend brings a lull in boxing action this week, but the mailbag doesn't disappoint in week 3! Fight fans chime in on Canelo vs Triple G, Antonio Margarito's latest fight, and more! Q: I don't know if this will make a difference in the fight, but I still think Daniel Jacobs and Kell Brook exposed GGG. I don't see...

Intelligent Mailbag – Week 2

This week fans chime in on the aftermath of “MayMac,” the future of Miguel Cotto and much more! Q: I didn’t feel ripped off for paying the asking price to witness McGregor give it his best shot against Mayweather. I’m actually surprised McGregor did so well in the fight. Is it possible he has a future in boxing? - Shaun A: I watched the fight...

Cotto Defeats Kamegai, Claims WBO Title, And Confirms “One More” Fight In December

Miguel Cotto, to the delight of a nearly sold-out crowd in attendance at the StubHub Center in Carson, California, brought his lunchbox and hard hat into the ring against hard charging Japanese warrior Yoshihiro Kamegai, winning a unanimous decision by scores of 120-108, 119-109 and 118-110. With the victory, Cotto snagged the WBO’s version of the 154-pound title. Cotto landed more...

Miguel Cotto’s Farewell Tour Begins Saturday Against Yoshihiro Kamegai

Miguel Cotto (40-5, 33KOs) is set to square off with Yoshiro Kamegai this Saturday, live on HBO from the Stub Hub Center in Carson, California for the WBO super welterweight championship. Cotto embarks on the first of two final fights as a professional on Saturday, and while a fighter as polished as the future hall-of-famer’s resume stands, Cotto could choose to...

The Intelligent Mailbag – Week One

To increase fan engagement (and have a little fun), I’ve been reaching out through social media to put together a question and answered themed “mailbag” for Intelligent Boxing.  This first edition is themed around this week’s mega fight between Floyd “Money” Mayweather and UFC star Conor McGregor.   You can expect a mailbag every Monday (depending on the response) where Intelligent...