Posts Tagged ‘injury’


Roc Nation Sports announced moments ago that James Kirkland has been forced to withdraw from his scheduled February 25 pay-per-view matchup against Miguel Cotto due to injury.

Kirkland reportedly suffered a fractured nose in training. The entire card, which also featured junior featherweight titleholder Guillermo Rigondeaux against Moses Flores in the co-main event, has been called off. How much consideration was given to finding a replacement opponent was not disclosed.

The cancellation prolongs the ring inactivity of both main eventers. Cotto last fought in November 2015, losing a competitive 12-round decision to Canelo Alvarez. Kirkland’s last bout was a one-sided, third-round knockout to Alvarez in May 2015.

Roc Nation has promised to refund all tickets purchased for the event.

I hate to speculate, but did anyone else immediately think of Ann Wolfe’s medieval training methods? Sure, we’ve seen fights get canceled from freak injuries like cuts in sparring, but it’s hard not to think Wolfe’s brutal sparring sessions on a shopworn fighter like Kirkland didn’t heighten the possibility of injury. See below from several years ago:

Yes, Kirkland battered him but that kind of sadistic “training” likely had him taking his fair share of lumps this time around, especially coming off a year-plus layoff. Hell, who says Wolfe didn’t do it herself?

We’ll see if Kirkland’s camp decides to elaborate on exactly how the injury occurred.





Saul “Canelo” Alvarez will not fight for the remainder of 2016 after doctors diagnosed a right thumb fracture, Golden Boy announced today.

The injury occurred last Saturday during Alvarez’s ninth round stoppage victory over Liam Smith. An X-Ray and CT scan from Dr. Pedro Jaime Lomeli revealed an avulsion fracture to the right thumb that does not require surgery.

Canelo’s right hand will be immobilized for the next six weeks, effectively nixing rumored plans to fight in New York in December.

Canelo still plans to move up to 160 pounds next year and “take on the best in the middleweight division.”

This presents an interesting dilemma for Canelo and Golden Boy next year. The time frame to “grow” into the middleweight division is now sped up. Although the doctor stated the  prognosis is excellent, there is a chance Canelo will get just one middleweight tune-up in May before facing Gennady Golovkin next September.

Should he go with David Lemieux? The fight is in-house, and Lemieux’s punching power and seek n’ destroy style would be a good litmus test for how Canelo deals with the strength of an attacking middleweight. Or, does Canelo try to one-up Golovkin’s performance a few weeks back by facing Kell Brook on Cinco de Mayo?

If I’m Canelo’s team, I hope for the quick recovery and aim for an early 2017 bout before the one in May. And while a Brook fight is intriguing and lucrative, his focus needs to be on getting adjusted to middleweight size and power. Therefore, I’d look in-house to the aforementioned Lemieux and Curtis Stevens, who both fought (and won) on the undercard for Canelo-Khan.

Since Canelo targeted a December fight in New York, he can look to face Stevens, a Brooklyn native, on an early 2017 date, and move on to Lemieux in May. That gives Canelo two fights against dangerous and strong middleweights that also happen to be Golovkin victims (furthering the hype and comparisons headed into the superfight).

In boxing, the best laid plans of mice and men often go awry. In other words, a lot needs to right for the above scenario to happen. For now, all we can hope for is a speedy Canelo recovery.


Keith Thurman and Shawn Porter

Fans awaiting Keith Thurman vs. Shawn Porter on March 12 will have to wait longer for the oft-delayed bout as  has been Thurman was forced to postpone due to injuries suffered in a car accident.

Per Thurman’s doctors, the undisclosed injuries are not considered “serious,” and Thurman is tentatively planning to resume training “in the coming weeks.” The accident is reported to have occurred sometime last week.

Thurman-Porter, set to air in primetime on CBS, was viewed as the biggest fight of the first quarter for the Premier Boxing Champions brand. Promoter Lou Dibella is considering salvaging the remainder of the card and moving it to Showime.

“While it’s unfortunate that we must temporarily postpone this marquee matchup, a main event of the magnitude of Thurman vs. Porter requires both fighters be healthy and at their best.” said DiBella. “Keith is anxious to resume training as soon he is able and both he and Shawn are looking forward to a new fight date.”
At press time, Porter nor Thurman could be reached for comment


WBA super middleweight champion Andre Ward has confirmed his withdrawal from the November 21 Miguel Cotto vs. Canelo Alvarez pay-per-view due to inflammation in his right knee.

Ward has reportedly been unable to train for several weeks due to constant pain and restricted mobility. His decision came on the recommendation of a physician that he immediately begin rehab.

“I’m extremely disappointed that I’m missing this opportunity on November 21, but at the same time, I’m encouraged,” said Ward in a statement.  “I’m looking forward to a big 2016. Thank you to all my fans for your support and patience.”

Ward signed with Roc Nation Sports in January. His only fight of 2015 came in June against Paul Smith, where he scored a ninth round TKO. The November 21 opponent, Alexander Brand (24-1, 19 KOs), was the first of a newly inked three-fight deal with HBO. The final contest of the agreement is a pay-per-view superfight between Ward and Sergey Kovalev.

“Andre’s injury is a huge disappointment not only to him, but all of us involved with this promotion,” said David Itskowitch, COO Boxing of Roc Nation Sports. “We have no doubt that Andre will come back stronger than ever once his knee heals and that he will be a force in the light heavyweight division. We are working diligently to make an intriguing fight that will deliver a level of excitement commensurate with this great event.”

At press time, a replacement bout has not been announced for the Cotto-Canelo card.

Ward can’t catch a break. Since the specifics of this injury and the rehab required haven’t been disclosed, we have no idea how long it’ll be before Ward gets back in the ring. Worst-case scenario, the proposed Kovalev fight could get end up getting pushed to early 2017.


The October 24 Wladimir Klitschko-Tyson Fury title match is now on hold due to a Klitschko calf injury.

The champion announced the injury this morning after his physician, Dr. Hans-Wilhelm Muller-Wohlfahrt, confirmed a “partial musculotendinous tear” of the left calf.

“Especially after the exciting press conference last Wednesday, In was looking forward to this fight very much,” said Klitschko in a statement. “I know a lot of fans have already organized their trips to support me in Dusseldorf. I am so sorry that I am not able to fight on October 24. I also apologize to my opponent, who has spent weeks preparing for the fight. I will do my very best to recover as fast as possible.”

Fury, who endured two fight cancellations from former Klitschcko rival David Haye in 2013, mocked Klitschko’s postponement on social media.


At press time, a rescheduled date is expected to be announced next week.


Manny Pacquiao underwent successful surgery Wednesday afternoon to repair a torn rotator cuff sustained during his April training camp preparation to face Floyd Mayweather.

Pacquiao’s surgeon ,Dr. Neal ElAttrache, completed the outpatient procedure in 90 minutes, ElAttrache previously stated that Pacquiao could resume training within six month, but is likely 9-12 months away from an in-ring return.

Pacquiao’s injury revelation has created a severe backlash. The Nevada State Athletic Commission has accused Pacquiao of perjury for not disclosing the injury on a pre-fight questionnairre and has threatened a fine and suspension. Several fans throughout the United States, who paid upwards of six-figures to attend the fight live, had filed lawsuits against Pacquiao citing deception and fraud in the fight’s promotion.

Pacquiao requested an anti-inflammatory shot on the shoulder several hours before the fight, which the Nevada Athletic Commission denied based on having no prior notification of the injury. Pacquiao’s camp has maintained their medication for the injury was disclosed beforehand to the USADA (United States Anti-Doping Agency) and the Nevada commission.

The Mayweather vs. Pacquiao bout is expected to set a pay-per-view record with a rumored buy count to exceed 4 million.


Manny Pacquiao right shoulder tear will require surgery and 9-12 months of rehabilitation, his surgeon confirmed last Monday night.

Pacquiao’s orthopedic surgeon Dr. Neal ElAttrache verified to ESPN that injury is a torn rotator cuff.

“We have an MRI scan that confirms he has a rotator cuff tear. He has a significant tear,” said ElAttrache.

Pacquiao suffered the injury three weeks ago in training camp. Earlier this evening, Pacquiao and promoter Top Rank released a statement on the circumstances of the injury and the Nevada Athletic Commission’s veto of Pacquiao’s request for a fight night anti-inflammatory shot:

During training, Manny Pacquiao suffered a right shoulder injury. Manny went to see world-class doctors, partners in the prestigious Kerlan Jobe Orthopedic Clinic, who performed tests and, in consultation with Manny, his promoter, and his advisors, concluded that with short rest, treatments, and close monitoring, Manny could train and, on May 2, step into the ring against Floyd Mayweather.

Manny’s advisors notified the United States Anti-Doping Agency (“USADA”) of the shoulder injury and the treatments being proposed by the doctors during training and on fight night. USADA spoke to Manny’s doctors twice, investigated, and confirmed in writing that the proposed treatments, if used, were completely allowed. The medication approved for fight night was a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory (Toradol).

Manny continued to train and his shoulder improved, though not 100%. This is boxing, injuries happen, and Manny is a warrior. Again, in consultation with his doctors, promoter and advisors, Manny decided to proceed with the fight anticipating that he could receive his pre-fight treatment. That specific treatment had been approved by USADA in writing at least 5 days before the fight.

On his pre-fight medical form filled out earlier in the week, Manny’s advisors listed the medications that Manny used in training and the medications that might be used on fight night. A few hours before he was expected to step in the ring, when Manny’s doctors began the process, the Nevada Commission stopped the treatment because it said it was unaware of Manny’s shoulder injury.

This was disappointing to Team Pacquiao since they had disclosed the injury and treatment to USADA, USADA approved the treatments, and Manny had listed the medication on his pre-fight medical form.

Also, USADA had provided a copy of its contract with the fighters to the Commission. An hour before the fight, Manny’s advisors asked the Commission to reconsider and the director of USADA advised the Commission that USADA had approved the fight-night treatment, but the Commission denied the request.

With the advice of his doctors, Manny still decided to proceed with the fight. His shoulder wasn’t perfect but it had improved in training camp.

However, as Manny has said multiple times, he makes no excuses. Manny gave it his best.

Pacquiao was only able to land a career-low 81 punches against Mayweather over 12 rounds. While most credit Mayweather’s defense, Dr. ElAttrache argued that Pacquiao’s low punch output was directly tied to constant pain.

“[Pacquiao] modulated his approach. He moderated what he did with his right hand,” ElAttrache told ESPN. “His punch count was less than it has been. He did alter the way he fought to get through the fight with the injury. He is in pain.”


Should Manny have postponed the fight? Yes, in theory. Past superfights like Ali-Foreman and Tyson-Holyfield II come to mind as fights that were postponed due to cuts sustained in sparring. The difference with Mayweather-Pacquiao is that there was too much money tied up in Las Vegas and between the cable networks for this bout to be delayed any further.

A healthy Manny would have given a better fight. But I still remain unconvinced that he could have won it. The main nemesis in that bout was Mayweather’s movement, not Pacquiao’s shoulder. The few times Mayweather did stay still, Pacquiao got off his combinations.

Here’s the ultimate rhetorical question. If this situation was reversed, would Mayweather get any sympathy?