Queens, NY (September 23, 2012) – Captain Boyd “Rainmaker” Melson of New York City won for the tenth time in eleven fights Saturday evening by earning a clear-cut six round decision over upset-minded Yolexcy Leiva. Continue reading
Noah Zuhdi (16-1), Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA defeats German Jurado (12-3), Changuinola, Panama for the World Boxing Union (WBU) World Lightweight Championship. Displaying a stunning combination of stamina, strategy and a powerful sense of purpose, Oklahoma City native Noah Zuhdi, by unanimous decision after 12 rounds, defeated Panamanian boxer German Jurado to win the World Boxing Union’s championship in front of a hometown crowd who, as one, responded with fervor their new world champion.
“As the crowd awaited the judges’ decisions after the 12th round,you could have heard a pin drop,” said Don “Moose” Lewis, President of the World Boxing Union. “I’ve been in some area of boxing my whole life and have never heard such a roar as when Zuhdi was announced the new WBU World Lightweight Champion.”
Held on September 20, 2012 at the Cox Convention Center, and produced by catBOX Entertainment, the battle, known as “A Fight For Glory” made Oklahoma history – it was the first title fight ever of its kind to be held in the Sooner State. Continue reading
By Frank Walsh: Entering Saturday night’s contest, undefeated commonwealth super bantamweight champion Carl Frampton was taking a large step up in class, and his first step inside the grounds of world class. Steve Molitor in the twilight of his career, but still a dangerous proposition, was the gatekeeper upon whom Frampton would have to pass to enter these grounds. Continue reading
NBC Sports Network will re-air the September 21st “Fight Night” broadcast on Monday, September 24th at 9PM ET. The show was promoted by Main Events and Peltz Boxing. To find the location of the NBC Sports Network on your local cable, satellite or IPTV provider, go to: http://www.nbcsports.msnbc.com/id/30092015/ns/sports/ Continue reading
Blog Talk Radio’s, “The Pugilist KOrner” is humbled to present a special “Corrie Sanders Tribute” tonight at 9:00 PM EST.
Pugilist KOrner listener line: 718-506-1506
On tonight’s broadcast, we will be dissecting the upcoming Manny Pacquiao vs. Juan Manuel Marquez IV special event; set to take place at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada, on December 8th. We will also discuss Junior Middleweight contender Gabriel Rosado’s big victory, as well as Ricky Burns’ impressive KO performance this weekend. Continue reading
By Marcus Richardson: Mikkel Kessler (45-2, 34 KO’s) will be taking on WBA interim super middleweight champion Brian Magee (36-4-1, 25 KO’s) in a very winnable fight for Kessler on December 8th at the Boxen, in Herning, Denmark. It doesn’t get any easier than this for the 33-year-old Kessler. Magee, 37, is an okay fighter, but he was recently stopped by former IBF super middleweight champion Lucian Bute by a 10th round TKO last year in March in a one-sided fight and that fight showed pretty clearly where Magee is in terms of talent. Continue reading
By JOHN WIGHT: After his most recent devastating performance against London’s Kevin Mitchell in front of 10,000 fans at the SECC in Glasgow, it would be a great disservice to Ricky Burns to continue to describe or refer to him as a great ‘Scottish’ fighter. He has now proved beyond doubt that he is a great fighter, period, deserving of being considered elite level and more than a match for any lightweight anywhere.
His fourth round stoppage of the hard punching Mitchell, who in the run up to the fight had appeared confident of taking Burns’ WBO title, would have come as a godsend to the bookmakers, what with the bulk of the smart money opting for a points win for the Coatbridge fighter, with perhaps a sneaky wager on Mitchell by KO. This writer asserts the right to boast of betting on the stoppage by Burns. However, this does not so much reflect any great talent to pick bets on my part as it does the fact that Burns is one of the few champions in the sport who improves year on year and relishes fighting the best that’s out there, rather than remain content to stay in any kind of comfort zone in order to hang on to his belt as long as possible. Continue reading
By Joseph Herron: “Insanity is doing the same thing, over and over again, but expecting different results.” – Albert Einstein (1879-1955)
On December 8th, at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada, eight division world champion Manny Pacquiao will take on Mexican legend Juan Manuel Marquez for a fourth time in what could prove to be another great war of wills.
Although neither fighter has ever dominated their respective nemesis, both men have publicly stated that they feel a sense of urgency to end the ongoing rivalry with a sensational and resounding knock-out.
But will the fourth installment materialize into another strategic but action filled tug-of-war, or will the boxing universe finally witness a decisive victory for the eventual winner?
Despite getting the decision in two of his three epic battles with JMM, the Filipino Congressman is coming off a disappointing loss to Timothy Bradley and is convinced he has much to prove to his fans as well as his critics. Continue reading
By Ted Spoon: Rating fighters before they’ve retired is a good crack. When boxers add another chapter to their legacy the fanatics usually pipe up, involuntarily summoned to criticize or praise. And with these two extremes accounting for 90% of support it can make you feel obligated to say something that could be interpreted as objective.
Sergio Martinez is, at the time of writing, at that tender junction having just turned back another challenge. With the bout not yet adequately arranged in time we can’t be sure of its worth. The defeated could go onto do nothing of note, consequently reducing its significance, or, conversely, he could go onto achieve great things, polishing the victory with each successive win.
A good way to get our bearings would be to say from the offset that Sergio is certainly not in the same company as a Marvin Hagler or Marcel Cerdan. Of course, that’s hardly a ‘diss’. The Argentinean is closer to a Tony Zale with the opportunity to nudge himself into a higher consensus. Continue reading
(Picture: Winfried Mausolf) September 29 is filled with top class title fights. Not only will heavyweight boxers Alexander Povetkin (World Boxing Association Championship against Hasim Rahman) and Kubrat Pulev (European and IBF International Championship against Alexander Ustinov) put their titles on the line. Also fighting to keep his belt is light middleweight Jack Culcay (12-8, 8 KOs). The young German takes on Mark Thompson (24-1, 14 KOs) from Manchester for the WBA Intercontinental Championship. The 26-year-old took some time out of his busy schedule to talk about the upcoming fight.
Jack Culcay, your last fight took place in Berlin on August 25. You won that bout by technical knock-out in round three and therefore the WBA Intercontinental Championship. What did you learn from that night?
Jack Culcay: The fight and the way it ended once again proved that everything is possible when it comes to sport but especially boxing. The cut suffered by Frederic Serre meant, that his night was over just a few rounds into the fight. That could have also happened to me.
In 2009 you won the amateur world championships. In Berlin you were able to celebrate your first professional title. How did it feel? Continue reading
Lausanne, Switzerland, 23 September 2012 – Just a few hours after the 12 World Series of Boxing Franchises discovered in which Group they will compete in the Regular Season, all General Managers and Coaches present at the 2012/2013 Franchise Conference had the opportunity to strengthen their squads with the International Boxers Draft. Continue reading
By Joseph Herron – It’s been confirmed that former WBO Heavyweight Champion Corrie “The Sniper” Sanders has died this morning after being shot in the stomach at the “Thatch Haven Restaurant” just outside of Pretoria, South Africa.
The 47 year old southpaw was attending his nephew’s 21 st Birthday party when three unknown assailants entered the restaurant and robbed several customers before opening fire in and outside of the establishment.
The proprietor of the establishment, Johan de Jager, described what transpired yesterday evening at 8PM SAST (South Africa Standard Time), which is six hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time.
“Three guys came inside and just started shooting. Unfortunately during the shooting, they shot Corrie.”
The hard punching Heavyweight was rushed to Kalafong Hospital for emergency surgery but died at 4AM SAST this morning due to complications associated with the injury.
Former trainer Harold Volbrecht was understandably emotional when news of his fighter’s passing had been publicized
“This is very sad. My heart is broken. It’s just terrible. I can’t believe this has happened.” Continue reading
Two exciting World Boxing Federation World title fights took place on Saturday September 22 in Cortázar, Guanajuato, Mexico, as Juan Jose Montes became a two-time world champion by winning the vacant World Super Flyweight title, and Women’s World Flyweight Champion Irma Sanchez successfully defended her crown for the fourth time.
By James Slater: Tonight, before a sold-out and very passionate Glasgow crowd, reigning WBO lightweight king Ricky Burns turned in what was arguably the finest performance thus far in his ever improving career. Halting a game Kevin Mitchell in the 4th-round, Burns made surprisingly easy-looking work of what was widely expected to be a tough battle.
Dropping Mitchell with a sweet left hook that landed flush on the Dagenham man’s jaw in the 4th, 29-year-old Burns proved that he can bang. Dropping a badly stunned but full of heart Mitchell for a second time when a series of rights clubbed the 27-year-old headfirst to the mat, Burns then poured it on as Mitchell, trying to fight back, was stuck on the ropes and in bad shape. The referee, Terry O’Connor, really was left with no choice but to dive in, halting the exciting rumble at the 2-minutes and 59-seconds mark of the 4th.
Now 35-2(10), Burns seemingly has the world at his feet. His right hand looking strong, accurate and powerful, the always immaculately conditioned Coatbridge warrior sure looked like one of the best 135-pounders in all of boxing tonight. Mitchell came to fight, and he won the opening session as the defending champ looked a little tense. There was also some thrilling trading in the 2nd and 3rd-rounds, temporarily letting fans believe they would get the classic war they had both anticipated and hoped for. In the end though, we were treated instead to a classic performance; possibly one that will allow Burns to win 2012’s FOTY award. Continue reading
By Marcus Richardson: WBC cruiserweight champion Krzysztof Wlodarczyk (47-2-1, 33 KO’s) took care of challenger Francisco Palacios (21-2, 13 KO’s) for the second time in their rematch on Saturday in winning a 12 round unanimous decision by the scores of 116-112, 117-112, 116-112 at the Hala Stulecia in Wroclaw, Poland. Wlodarczyk’s jab and power shots were enough for him to keep Palacios at bay for most of the fight. Continue reading
By Rob Smith: Commonwealth super bantamweight champion Carl Frampton (15-0, 10 KO’s) may not have proved that he’s good enough to beat the likes of Nonito Donaire or Guillermo Rigondeaux tonight but he did prove that he’s good enough to defeat former IBF super bantamweight champion Steve Molitor (34-3, 12 KO’s) in a three-knockdown 6th round stoppage performance from Frampton at the Odyssey Arena, in Belfast, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom. Continue reading
WBA, WBC & WBO Female Welterweight Champion Cecilia Braekhus (21-0, 5 KOs) lived up to her billing as boxing´s “First Lady” with a spectacular points victory over French star Anne Sophie Mathis (26-3, 22 KOs). After ten exciting rounds, she was ahead 97-93 on all three cards. “This is the happiest day of my life,” she said afterwards. “Mathis was very strong, the toughest opponent of my career, but I found a way to beat her. This is my biggest win ever.”
With 2,345 fans in attendance – at least 550 of them from Norway – at Arena Nord in Frederikshavn, Braekhus used her superior boxing skills to stay out of harm´s way, although Mathis had her moments. But Braekhus cleverly blocked her attacks and landed punches on her own – single shots as well as combinations. In the seventh, she even wobbled Mathis, but she bounced back, and it remained an exciting encounter until the very end. “Cecilia fought a great fight,” Mathis said. “She is very fast and a very good boxer.” Asked about a potential meeting with Holly Holm, whom Mathis had knocked out cold last December, she answered: “Braekhus is better than Holm. She is faster, has better movement and better boxing skills.”
Promoter Nisse Sauerland praised Cecilia after “the fight of her life.” He said: “Cecilia left no doubts that she is the best female boxer out there. Mathis was very strong, very dangerous, but Cecilia proved her class in impressive fashion. This was a fantastic fight.” Continue reading
By Joseph Herron – On Friday, September 21st, at the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, California, rugged fight veteran Joseph Rios (12-7, 4 KOs) upset previously undefeated Flyweight prospect Miguel Diaz (9-1, 4 KOs) in the main event of an entertaining five bout fight card, presented by Thompson Boxing Promotions.
Both fighters were coming into the eight round featured bout with two big respective wins on their resumes.
Diaz originally won the vacant WBC minor Flyweight title by beating formerly undefeated Mexican prospect Austreberto Juarez (10-1, 2 KOs) in March of this year, and Joseph Rios bested previously unbeaten Joel Garcia (5-1, 1 KO) on June 23rd in a gritty, six round slugfest. Continue reading
By Joseph Herron - Last night at the Sands Resort & Casino in Bethlehem, PA, Junior Middleweight contender “King” Gabriel Rosado (21-5, 13 KOs) knocked out crafty, 19 year fight veteran Charles Whittaker (38-13-2, 23 KOs) in ten entertaining rounds.
After having some stylistic problems early with Whittaker’s lateral movement and hard left hook, Rosado was forced to display his ability to adapt and overcome. Gabriel’s initial strategy of fighting from the outside wasn’t terribly effective against the wily old hand, so the Junior Middleweight prospect was forced to tighten up his defense and fight Whittaker on the inside.
Rosado showed his technical skills in getting the better of the more experienced fighter; setting up short, compact hooks underneath Whittaker’s defense and continuously landing the right hook over the top. Continue reading
By Marc Livitz - Change is good…Complacency kills.
Neither of these well known socially accepted proverbs holds any weight if each of them is universally governed by the words of the great P.T. Barnum.
Oceans worth of fans still feel jilted from the fallout which resulted from the past three fights between a certain Emmanuel D. Pacquiao and a noteworthy Juan Manuel Marquez Mendez. To their credit, there is enough evidence however much it may be clouded by opinion and anger on each side to support their respective arguments.
Throughout the thirty six rounds contested between the two, we have been constantly reminded afterwards just how microscopic the differences have been in terms of how the scoring has played itself out. The knockdowns have made the difference, at least they have (or did) in the first and second contests, which took place in May 2005 and March 2008, respectively.
A show of hands, please. Who really wants to see a fourth meeting between the two?
Take into consideration for just a moment how age is certainly going to factor into the bout once the bell rings to commence round thirty seven on December 8 of this year. Manny Pacquiao will be closing in on his 34th birthday, while Marquez has already settled into the final year of his thirties.
Win?…pissed off at the result. Lose?…pissed off at the result. Draw?… pissed off at the result. Continue reading
By James Slater – Whether your opinion will be, “how the mighty have fallen,” or a more in-the-spirit of the event, “this will be a fun night,” chances are you WILL have an opinion when you read how faded legend and all-time great/future Hall of Famer Roy Jones Junior will face former street fighter/You Tube phenomenon-turned pro boxer Kevin Ferguson, AKA Kimbo Slice in December.
The bout, actually an exhibition, will go down in Montego Bay in beautiful Jamiaca in December, as confirmed by website Jamaica Observer, who reported on the bout being announced as official this past Thursday. The fight has been dubbed “The Beauty And The Beast.”
By Peter Wells: It was meant to be all about local fighter Martin Gethin last night (Friday 21 September), but after his sponsors pulled out on Tuesday, Frank Warren came in to save the fight.
Unbeaten world-ranked super bantamweight Jonathan Romero (22-0, 12 KOs), of Cali, Colombia, dominated Efrain Esquivias Jr. (16-2, 9 KOs), of Gardena, Calif., en route to a near-shutout 12-round decision in the main event Friday on ShoBox: The New Generation live on SHOWTIME®.
Romero, in command from the outset, was victorious in an elimination fight for the No. 2 ranking in the IBF by the scores of 120-107 and 119-108 twice. There were no knockdowns. Romero entered the ring ranked fifth in the IBF and WBO and ninth in the WBA.
In a collision of undefeated super bantamweights in the co-feature at Chumash Casino Resort, Roman Morales (13-0, 6 KOs), of San Ardo, Calif., registered a hard-fought eight-round unanimous decision over previously undefeated Jonathan Arellano (13-1-1, 3 KOs), of Ontario, Calif. Continue reading
LOS ANGELES, September 21 – FOX Deportes Boxing Classics is back on Sunday, September 23, with two fights featuring four of this era’s premier superstars. In the main event, fight fans will see 2000′s epic 12 round battle for the World Boxing Council (WBC) Welterweight World Title between “The Golden Boy” Oscar De La Hoya and Sugar Shane Mosley and in the co-feature, we travel back to 2007 when Floyd “Money” Mayweather defended his WBC and Ring Magazine World Championships against Ricky “The Hitman” Hatton in another spectacular welterweight championship fight. The doubleheader will air on FOX Deportes beginning at 6:00 p.m. ET/3:00 p.m. PT. Continue reading
By John G. Thompson: Filipino Congressman, eight division champion, and pound-for-pound great Manny “Pac Man” Pacquiao (54-4-2, 38 KO’s) appeared on ESPN2’s “First Take” this past Thursday and announced something which could help make the long anticipated fight between him and fellow pound-for-pound great and five division champion Floyd “Money” Mayweather Jr. (43-0, 26 KO’s) actually materialize.
Pacquiao publicly announced that he is willing to cede the majority of revenue the fight would generate to Mayweather, who has been unwilling to fight under the normal 50-50 split. Though an even split is customary for two champions, Mayweather argued that his fights generate more revenue, and based on the numbers he is correct. Pacquiao stated that he would be willing to take a 55-45 split, possibly easing the barriers preventing a showdown between boxing’s two top stars.
Another point of contention from Mayweather has been Pacquiao’s refusal to accept random drug tests. Just to put this issue to rest as well, Pacquiao reiterated in the interview that he would be willing to submit himself for random drug testing. It seems that many fans are not up to date with this issue, so just for a little background: Mayweather and Pacquiao have attempted negotiations for this fight numerous times over the past few years. Mayweather accused Pacquiao of taking performance enhancing substances and demanded random drug testing from the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA). Continue reading