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Now Who’s The Best American Heavyweight?

 Now Who’s The Best American Heavyweight?Which fighter has the best chance of bringing at least a slice of the heavyweight title back to America, the country that once all but owned the belts for decade after decade?

Last night, in utterly destroying the rusty yet experienced Serhei Liakhovich in one chilling round with one chilling right hand (if the former WBO champ’s face didn’t tell the story, his quivering limbs sure did!), unbeaten 27-year-old Deontay Wilder made some people believe in him and his title hopes a little more.

Wilder, 29-0(29) isn’t the finished article yet but his punching ability certainly is noteworthy. But is Wilder the best American heavyweight out there today?

Here are the best US big men on the scene right now: Continue reading

Rustam Nugaev and Jose Pedraza victorious on ESPN Friday Night Fights

 Rustam Nugaev and Jose Pedraza victorious on ESPN Friday Night Fights In the 10-round main event, Russian sluger Rustam Nugaev continued to impress the boxing world with a spectacular performance against a game Jose Hernandez. Both fighters had their moments in the early rounds. Hernandez would land combinations in spurts as did Nugaev, but it was the Russian who did the most damage in the exchanges. In the fifth round, Rustam landed a solid temple shot, followed by a vicious body blow that put Hernandez down and out. Nugaev never backed up during the fight and the pressure was too much for Hernandez who gave a valiant effort in defeat. With the KO victory, Nugaev moves to (27-4, 15 KOs) as Hernandez drops to (14-7-1, 6 KOs). The bout was stopped the 1:38 mark of round 5. Continue reading

Photos: Deontay Wilder Improves To 29-0 With 29 KO’s

 Photos: Deontay Wilder Improves To 29 0 With 29 KOsUndefeated Deontay Wilder says two prayers in his dressing room before a fight. One is a team prayer. The other, he says, is for his opponent.

“I know I’m blessed with God-given power,’’ he said after annihilating former world heavyweight champion Sergei Liakhovich in Friday’s main event on ShoBox: The New Generation from Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, Calif. “After our team prayer, I always pray that I don’t hurt the guy I’m fighting, that if he has a family he will be OK enough afterward to continue to provide for them.’’

Living up to his reputation as America’s next great heavyweight, the 6-foot-7, 27-year-old Wilder, of Tuscaloosa, Ala., destroyed Liakhovich, stopping him with two overpowering right hands at 1:43 of the first round.

It was Wilder’s 29th knockout victory in as many starts. Liakhovich, of Scottsdale, Ariz., by way of Vitebsk, Belarus, fell to 25-6 with 16 KO’s. Continue reading

Emmanuel Tagoe stops Robles in round 9 to win IBF International title

 Emmanuel Tagoe stops Robles in round 9 to win IBF International titleGhanaian, Emmanuel Tagoe silenced his critics with a round 9 technical knockout win over Gerardo Robles on Friday night to claim the IBF International Junior Lightweight belt and edge closer to a bid for world championship glory.

Tagoe, now 22-1, 9 KOs, was at his crafty best despite the resistance of the American at the Morongo Casino Resort & Spa, Cabazon, California in his first fight in the United States before Robles threw in the towel in the 9th of the scheduled 12-rounder.

The impressive display by the Ghanaian showmaster in a foreign land amid fighting for the first time outside the shores of Ghana in a now 23-fight career which began with what also remains his only career loss in June 2004, has now catapulted Tagoe’s world title aspirations unto a higher pedestal. Continue reading

Wilder Blasts Liakhovich but remains untested; Vargas Thrills and Charlo Hammers Away

 Wilder Blasts Liakhovich but remains untested; Vargas Thrills and Charlo Hammers Away Deontay Wilder the 2008 Olympian and most recent US male boxing medalist headlined Showtime’s SHOBOX card from Indio, California and won in style. A sudden and brutal conclusion capped off a quiet first round as a hard right hand sent Siarhei Liakhovich down to the canvas. His body began to convulse, reminiscent of the Nonito Donaire and Fernando Montiel knockout and gave referee Tom Taylor no choice but to call a halt to the contest.

Wilder is now undefeated through twenty nine professional contests with all of them by knockout while averaging under two rounds per bout. This would appear to be a phenomenal feat on paper but in reality it is not as exciting when observed more closely. What he has done so far is not an easy task but it is not helping him develop as a fighter. When this fight was made there was a general dissatisfaction with the choice of opponent for Wilder but there was a hope that Liakhovich could go a few rounds and test Wilder. Continue reading

Chris Arreola vs Seth Mitchell on September 6th in Indio, California

 Chris Arreola vs Seth Mitchell on September 6th in Indio, CaliforniaINDIO, CALIF. (Aug. 9, 2013) – It’s SHOWTIME® at the Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, Calif., on Friday, Sept. 6, as a SHOWTIME Boxing Special Edition will feature a mix of top contenders, rising stars and a legendary former champion on the comeback trail.

In the main event, scheduled for 12-rounds, top heavyweight contenders Seth “Mayhem” Mitchell and Chris “The Nightmare” Arreola will bang it out in an important fight for the WBC Silver Championship.

Plus, Mexican superstar Rafael Marquez continues his quest for yet another world title when he faces California prospect Efrain Esquivias in a 10-round featherweight bout.

Mitchell vs. Arreola, a 12-round fight for the WBC Silver Heavyweight, is promoted by Golden Boy Promotions in association with Goossen Tutor Promotions and sponsored by Corona. Continue reading

Wilder stops Liakhovich in 1st round

 Wilder stops Liakhovich in 1st roundShowing devastating power, unbeaten heavyweight contender Deontay Wilder (29-0, 29 KO’s) poleaxed Sergei Liakhovich (25-6, 16 KO’s) in an impressive 1st round knockout on Friday night at the Fantasy Springs Casino, in Indio, California, USA.

Deontay, 27, ended the fight with three straight right hands to the head that put Liakhovich down flat on his back on the canvas where he laid with his hands and legs going into a knockout spasm. It was scary to watch because Liakhovich looked badly hurt.

Liakhovich was okay until he got nailed by the 3rd right from Deontay, and at that point, Liakhovich hit the canvas like a sack of potatoes with his legs and arms pointing up in the arm in the way that fighters do after they’ve been concussed. Continue reading

Q & A: Jerry Odom – fighting 6th pro fight September 13 at Newark’s Robert Treat Hotel

 Q & A: Jerry Odom   fighting 6th pro fight September 13 at Newark’s  Robert Treat HotelFast rising prospect Jerry “The King’s Son “Odom took time to give an exclusive interview to Fightnews. The 20 year old from Bowie, Maryland has had five fights since his pro debut in October 2012. In a manner reminiscent of young Mike Tyson’s early rise all five have ended within the first round. Total ring time in five fights being 6 minutes 23 seconds. Odom has risen from a troubled youth in the Paradise projects of Washington D.C. to a Golden Gloves champion. At 14, he stood in a D.C. courtroom in front of a judge he knew was tired of seeing him. It was Jerry’s third time there. . The youngster was looking at serious time. His uncle proposed a last-ditch solution: He would take Jerry. Ken Williams, a home builder, asked the judge to let Jerry live with him and his parents in Bowie. It is in this environment that Jerry received the opportunity to turn his life around. He has fully grasped this opportunity. The super middleweight has drawn a lot of attention from community for his natural knockout punching power. He has recently signed with GH3 Promotions and is scheduled to fight September 13th at Newark’s Robert Treat Hotel in his first bout outside of the D.C. area. Continue reading

Keith “One Time” Thurman: Tale of the “Light-Skinned” Dark Horse

 Keith One Time Thurman: Tale of the Light Skinned Dark HorseOnly a few weeks ago, welterweight Keith Thurman stepped into the ring against a contender who few had heard of, and even fewer had actually seen. Those hardcore fight fans in the game knew that it could be an interesting night, as the scouting report on underdog Diego Gabriel Chaves was that he’s under the radar, but above the rim. Although Chaves entered the night as the relative unknown commodity, to some, Thurman wasn’t exactly popular, himself. Sitting in front of a flat screen TV in a house filled with fight fans ready for some action, I can recall hearing one young lady ask “who’s the light-skinned guy with the long hair”?

A few rounds, several power shots, and a bloody nose later, she made a conscious effort to remember his name, as Thurman gutted his way to an effort she would make a conscious effort to remember. Stepping in the shoes of that young lady for a moment, we ponder the question out loud: “WHO IS KEITH THURMAN”? In the world of Boxing you have pretenders and contenders. In many ways he has shown enough ability to escape the “pretender” tag. But has he truly established himself as a “contender” in one of the sports deeper divisions? What makes the Thurman project such an interesting one is that he appears to have all the tools to do so. 19KO’s in 21 fights is an indelible print left in the minds of both fans and future opponents. Trouble is, practically all of those KO’s came against unproven talents. Continue reading

Has HBO’s The Fight Game with Jim Lampley been more hype than fight?

May 12, 2012 was the day HBO Sports debut The Fight Game with Jim Lampley. Many fans, including myself were excited for boxing to have a show with detail that would help exploit issues, and could also keep mainstream fans informed on the world of boxing, a sport that can confuse even the most hardcore follower. Has the fight game live up to its potential or was it just words made to sound good in a press release?

Let’s start with the HBO press release that made the show seem like the perfect medicine for a sport that is in bad health on many levels. Continue reading

Emmanuel Tagoe set to rumble against Robles Friday night

 Emmanuel Tagoe set to rumble against Robles Friday nightThe countdown is over and tonight at the Morongo Casino Resort & Spa, Cabazon, California, United States, Emmanuel Tagoe puts his world title credentials under the spotlight against American, Gerardo Robles in a fight for the IBF International Junior Lightweight belt.

For Tagoe who will be fighting in the United Stated for the first time, the clash against Robles entails more than the title at stake with victory setting him up for a potential crack at the IBF world title by the end of the year.

It’s also a stage for the Ghanaian showmaster to answer his critics and prove that he can take on the big boys of world boxing even in the US. Continue reading

The Story Of The Non-Boxing Fan

In San Antonio two weeks ago a fight that resonated across the boxing landscape took place. Undefeated Omar Figueroa and highly ranked Nihito Arakawa basically beat the tar out of each other for 12 rounds in a lightweight bout with the Japanese fighter taking the brunt of the damage. Now this has all been covered by the boxing media ad nauseum but, what has not been covered, because honestly it is almost impossible to cover, is the impact the fight had on your average sports fan and your standard UFC loving boxing hater. Continue reading

Pacquiao and Arum comment on Ricky Burns vs Ray Beltran

SAN DIEGO (August 8, 2013)—On Saturday Afternoon September 7th, Ricky Burns (36-2, 11 KO’s) will make the fourth defense of the WBO Lightweight title when he takes on Ray Beltran (28-6, 17 KO’s) in a bout that will be televised Live on Wealth TV and

The card is promoted by Matchroom Sport will take place at the Scottish Exhibition Centre in Glasgow, Scotland

Recently in New York City, Beltran’s promoter Bob Arum of Top Rank and Icon Manny Pacquiao gave their thoughts on the fight.

Pacquiao, who is training for his November 23rd showdown with Brandon Rios, has sparred extensively with Pacquiao at the Wild Card Gym. Continue reading

Ruslan Provodnikov arrives in LA to begin training camp to take on Mike Alvarado

Ruslan Provodnikov has landed in Los Angeles to begin training camp for his much anticipated showdown with WBO Jr. Welterweight champion Mike Alvarado that will take place on Saturday, October 19th at First Bank Arena in Denver, Colorado.

The bout will be live on HBO’s Championship boxing and is promoted by Top Rank and Banner Promotions.
Provodnikov will be training at the Wild Card Gym under the watchful eye of Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach.
Provodnikov of Beryozovo, Russia has a record of 22-2 with fifteen knockouts and has become 2013’s breakout star.  He won his first seventeen bouts with wins over Emanuel Augustus and former world champion Javier Juaragui.  Since suffering his first pro defeat, Provodnikov went on terrific run of five straight wins over the likes of undefeated Ivan Popoca, former world champion DeMarcus Corley, David Torres and Jose Reynoso before his memorable March 16, 2013 clash with undefeated WBO Welterweight champion Timothy Bradley. Continue reading

Danny Garcia & Angel Garcia Media Workout Quotes & Photos

 Danny Garcia & Angel Garcia Media Workout Quotes & PhotosUnified Super Lightweight World Champion Danny “Swift” Garcia and his father/trainer Angel Garcia opened their Philadelphia training camp for the media on Wednesday as they prepare for their upcoming showdown against power-punching Lucas “The Machine” Matthysse.

Garcia (26-0, 20 KO’s) will defend his WBC, WBA Super and Ring Magazine Super Lightweight World Titles against WBC Interim Super Lightweight World Champion Matthysse (34-2, 32 KO’s) in the 12-round co-featured bout of “THE ONE” MAYWEATHER VS. CANELO” on Saturday, Sept. 14 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nev. The fight will be produced and televised live on SHOWTIME PPV®. Continue reading