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Lamont Peterson: Price trumps cost

 Lamont Peterson: Price trumps costBy Marc Livitz: Washington, D.C. has experienced its fair sum of sporting heartbreak over the years. The hot air which surrounds the views of many concerning the home of United States politics can sometimes get in the way of a good night at the fights. Alas, heat rises and eventually settles. The same can be said for the state of a practitioner of the sweet science who is just a hanging chad away from eventual stardom in his own right and in his own light. Lamont Peterson recently made his case to get back on the road to a championship this past Friday in the little town on the Potomac. He had to wait over a year to get back into the ring after winning the light welterweight title from Amir Khan in late 2011.

Peterson, of course had his WBA title stripped away from him last year and saw his lucrative payday in the form of a May 2012 rematch with Khan go up in flames after he tested positive for synthetic testosterone. Continue reading

Khan vs. Diaz & Judah vs. Garcia in split-site doubleheader on April 27th on Showtime

 Khan vs. Diaz & Judah vs. Garcia in split site doubleheader on April 27th on ShowtimeBy Jeff Sorby: Former IBF/WBA light welterweight champion Amir Khan (27-3, 19 KO’s) will be facing Julio Diaz (40-7-1, 29 KO’s) on April 27th as the co-feature for the Zab Judah vs. Danny Garcia fight in a split-site card on Showtime, according to RingTV. Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer came up with the idea to increase the strength of the two fights put lumping them together.

The Khan-Diaz fight will be tape delayed from the Motorpoint Arena, Sheffield, Yorkshire, United Kingdom. That fight will take place earlier in the day U.S time, but be then televised later in the evening on Saturday night in the U.S on Showtime. The Judah-Garcia fight will take place at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. Continue reading

Can 48 year old Bernard Hopkins once again make history?

 Can 48 year old Bernard Hopkins once again make history?by Geoffrey Ciani – In the sport of boxing it is not uncommon to see a truly great boxer hang around for too long. This largely stems from the fact that it takes a very special athlete with an unrelenting mindset to excel and become a dominant world champion. Among other things, it takes courage, confidence, determination, and the ability to maintain one’s composure and overcome adversity in the heat of battle. It also requires a great deal of consistency, dedication, and sheer willpower. These are key ingredients in the mental makeup of any elite fighter. Unfortunately, these very same traits that enable standout boxers to regularly succeed at the highest level are also the exact same that can get them into trouble later in their careers when their physical tools have eroded. Remarkable champions throughout boxing history have often suffered this fate, and Roy Jones Junior represents a good recent example.

Bernard Hopkins just turned 48 in January. That is considered old in any professional sport, and by boxing standards it is absolutely ancient. Nevertheless, even at age 48, Bernard Hopkins still remains a formidable force. He is not some old gatekeeper just looking to cash out on his name. He is actually still competing at a championship level and always making strong accounts of himself. Sure, he has suffered some losses, and he has also begun to show his age a bit more with each passing year. But to this day, Bernard Hopkins has still never been dominated inside the squared circle, and for someone who has been campaigning at an elite level since early-on in the first term of former President Bill Clinton—well, that is an absolute marvel! It is simply mindboggling stuff. Continue reading

Canelo could pull out of May 4th PPV card if he doesn’t receive Mayweather fight guarantee

 Canelo could pull out of May 4th PPV card if he doesn’t receive Mayweather fight guaranteeBy Kevin Chittenden: Floyd Mayweather Jr’s May 4th card could take a big hit if WBC junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (41-0-1, 30 KO’s) chooses to pull out of the card and fight on another date. Canelo was supposed to be the co-main event in a fight against WBA junior middleweight champion Austin Trout, but Canelo reportedly wants a guarantee from Mayweather that he’ll fight him on September 14th.

Canelo won’t sign for the May 4th fight date unless he receives that guarantee, and it doesn’t look like Mayweather is going to go that. It was thought that Mayweather would fight Canelo in September, but maybe he has other ideas or possibly he doesn’t like the idea of Canelo trying to force the fight instead of letting Mayweather select him. Continue reading

Roach sees Bradley having problems with Provodnikov’s power on 3/16

By Bill Phanco: WBO welterweight champion Timothy Bradley (29-0, 12 KO’s) will finally get back in the ring to make his first defense of his title against ESPN fighter Ruslan Provodnikov (22-1, 15 KO’s) on March 16th at the Home Depot Center, in Carson, California. Continue reading

Wladimir Klitschko vs. Francesco Pianeta on May 4th in Mannheim, Germany

 Wladimir Klitschko vs. Francesco Pianeta on May 4th in Mannheim, GermanyBy Jeff Sorby: It looks like IBF/IBO/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (59-3, 50 KO’s) has decided to defend his title against the unbeaten sleepy-eyed Francesco Pianeta (28-0-1, 15 KO’s) on May 4th at the SAP-Arena in Mannheim, Germany.

This is an optional title defense for the 36-year-old Wladimir, so it was a given that he was going to face a weak opponent, but it seems like Wladimir’s last three title defenses have been optional because the opponents have been so weak. Pianeta, #9 WBO, #12 WBA, is technically undefeated, but his resume is incredibly poor and without one quality opponent among his 28 victories. Continue reading

Oliver McCall: “I’ll go to Poland and Knock Saleta Out Cold”

 Oliver McCall: “I’ll go to Poland and Knock Saleta Out Cold”Photos © Wray Edwards / ESB — On February 23, 2013, Polish heavyweight Przemyslaw Saleta (44-7, 22 KOs) returned to the ring after a six-year absence to knockout Chicago’s favorite Polish heavyweight Andrew Golota (41-9-1, 33 KOs) in the sixth round in front of more than 14,000 fans in Poland.

Immediately after the knockout, former Heavyweight Champion and fellow Chicagoan Oliver “The Atomic Bull” McCall (56-12, 37 KOs) called his management team and wanted the following statement circulated:

“I’d gladly knock Saleta out again. And this time, it won’t be by TKO in the fourth, and it won’t be in Chicago. This time, I’ll go to Poland and knock Saleta out cold before the fourth in his hometown. You don’t mess with Chicago fighters.” Continue reading

Commey takes on Bilal in Accra for IBF AMEPG title

 Commey takes on Bilal in Accra for IBF AMEPG titleBy Prince Dornu-Leiku – All is set for the Big Bash Boxing tourney next weekend in Ghana when two of the country’s finest boxers, the up and coming sensational Richard Commey taking on compatriot and hard hitting Bilal Mohammed for the IBF Africa, Middle East & Persian Gulf (IBF AMEPG) Lightweight crown.

The two meet at the Accra Sports Stadium on March 8 on the undercard of former IBF Bantamweight champion, Joseph Agbeko versus Luis Melendez bout for the IBO Bantamweight belt, an event that will also be the first ever promotion of the newly launched Fresh King Entertainment syndicate.

Highly rated Commey boasts a 100% record (14-0, 14 KOs) but faces the biggest test of his career in the vastly experienced Bilal Mohammed (24-5, 20 KOs) in what is billed to be one of the toughest undercard fights on the March 8 boxing extravaganza in Accra.

Richard Commey, managed and promoted by Michael Amoo-Bediako, the man who makes his living in Europe based in the UK, has eyed this and more titles for quite a while but in Bilal who lost a bid for the Commonwealth Lightweight belt only last year to countryman George Ashie, this is the moment he must show the whole world that he is not a finished article yet by beating the younger Commey to claim the IBF Intercontinental title. Continue reading

Mayweather V Guerrero: Time For An Upset, Or A Blatant Mismatch?

 Mayweather V Guerrero: Time For An Upset, Or A Blatant Mismatch?By Mark Klimaszewski – This May 4th, “Cinco De Mayo” weekend once again plays host to a boxing extravaganza featuring none other than undefeated pound for pound great, Floyd Mayweather Jr.

Hoping to take his crown is multi-weight ‘world’ champion Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero. In many people’s eyes this should be Floyd’s toughest test since Oscar De La Hoya lost to him by a split decision, which incidentally was also on Cinco De Mayo weekend in 2007.

The Ghost has certainly seen his stock rise recently with a decent win over then-undefeated, but unheralded, Selcyk Aydin of Turkey and a thrilling but messy win over previous Welterweight WBC Champ Andre Berto; the fact he had to jump up two weight classes from 135lb to 147lb before pulling off these wins makes them even more impressive.

But is it a step too far to suggest Guerrero poses more of a threat than Miguel Cotto did last May? Indeed, Cotto was certainly past his best. Yet he put on a superb, skilled and hugely spirited performance against Mayweather, giving him his most hard-fought victory since his controversial win against Jose Luis Castillo in 2002. Also, that was at 154lb, a weight Cotto was more comfortable at than Mayweather. Yet the man known as “Money” still managed to end the night with a wide points win. Continue reading

Is Floyd Mayweather Getting Exactly what he wants??

 Is Floyd Mayweather Getting Exactly what he wants??Robert Jackson: Floyd ‘Money ‘ Mayweather’s announced jump from HBO to Showtime has sent a shockwave throughout the fight world. Just like his previous announcement of Olympic style drug testing for every fight, which has now taken hold with other fighters namely Nonito Donaire – who requires testing for all of his bouts. Mayweather always the showman has eclipsed that announcement with a 6 fight Showtime deal, paying him a reported $250M.

Fight fans were in the least waiting and anticipating who Floyd would fight next for his May 2013 return to the ring and Floyd pulled a fast one on us all by announcing that Devon Alexander was the leading candidate for the assignment, when all were expecting Robert Guerrero to get the nod. Floyd’s silence and then the Alexander proclamation was just the 1st shocker, and then again…silence. Was Floyd really going to fight Devon Alexander?? Of course he wasn’t, but the real shocker was yet to come! Continue reading

Sowah dares Lawson on Agbeko undercard in Accra March 8

 Sowah dares Lawson on Agbeko undercard in Accra March 8By Prince Dornu-Leiku - According to an expectant Onesmo Ngowi, the IBF President for Africa, the two Ghanaian pugilists ambling for the IBF Africa, Middle east & Persian Gulf Welterweight crown should be prepared to eat humble pie should they fail to live up to spectators’ expectations on March 8.

The duo, Frederick Lawson (19-0, 18 KOs) and Isaac Sowah (13-5, 9 KOs) are featured to meet for Africa’s highest Welterweight crown next weekend at the Accra Sports Stadium.

This will be one of the undercards of former world champion, Joseph King Kong Agbeko’s return clash against Colombian Luis Mendelez for the IBO Bantamweight belt under the maiden promotion of Agbeko’s newly formed Fresh King Entertainment, a boxing promotion and management company based in the capital of Ghana.
At stake for these two boxers, Lawson nicknamed Okumka and Sowah alias The Hammer who both boast spectacular rise and much promise in local boxing ratings is the vacant IBF AMEPG Welterweight title. Continue reading

UK Boxing: Erick Ochieng; Steve Pearce; Jordan McCorry

English Light Middleweight Champion Erick ‘The Eagle’ Ochieng makes the fourth defense of his crown, against the highly experienced Terry Carruthers from Birmingham, at the Matchroom Sport promoted ‘Betfair London’s Finest’ event, which takes place at Wembley Arena on Saturday, the 9th March.

Ochieng, who has proved beyond doubt that he is fast becoming the dominant force within the domestic Light Middle scene, having dispatched the likes of Andrew Lowe, Ryan Toms and Max Maxwell since beating Nick Quigley to lift the vacant title back in January last year, firmly believes that it’s time to move on, to either challenge for the British or Commonwealth crown. Continue reading

David Price – Typical British Heavyweight?

 David Price – Typical British Heavyweight?By Barry Freeman

So it’s happened.

David Price (15-1-0), arguably the most exciting British Heavyweight prospect since Audley Harrison, has suffered his first defeat. Like so many British Heavyweights before him Price was saved by the referee from punishment at the hands of an American.

Tony Thompson’s (36-3-0) crunching right hand put the first blemish on Price’s ledger as referee Steve Gray had no choice but to stop the fight after Price bravely managed to beat the count but couldn’t regain control of his legs to satisfy the referee that he wouldn’t suffer further punishment. So is he to join the long list of British Heavyweights who couldn’t quite make the step and at one point prevented us from having a Heavyweight Champion for nearly 100 years?

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Floyd Mayweather Jr – I think he’s got it!

 Floyd Mayweather Jr   I think hes got it! by Paul Strauss: Over the years, Floyd has been the brunt of a lot of criticism. Some have criticized him for the careful management of his career, which is a nice way of saying he’s avoided certain fighters, because they might prove damgerous. He also has been criticized for his style of boxing. Many consider it a less than fan friendly. A translation would be he’s not willing to take chances, which means less excitement for the fans. He is often methodical and calculating, setting his opponent up, willing to win by decision. He also has been criticized for engaging in double talk, having at times given the impression (leaked misinformation) he was planning to do this or that, only to later deny having said any such thing. And, of course he has been strongly criticized for allegedly being involved in soap opera like episodes outside of the ring ranging in everything from shootings to charges of abuse and assault. Apparently our legal system felt there was some truth to these allegations, because, he was incarcerated for a short time.

In recent months, those types of criticism have quieted, primarily because he has remained out of the limelight. There have been rumors about him possibly fighting this fighter, or that fighter especially come this May. However, until recently those rumors haven’t been much more than that, rumors. That has changed. Now contracts have been signed by him and Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero. Out of all this manuevering and intrigue, Mayweather has made something clear. He stated unequivacably that he will not fight Manny, unless Manny avenges his two most recent losses. Those of course were to Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley and Juan Manuel Marquez (JMM). The first one was a controversial decision loss to Bradley. Everyone knows Pacquiao won that fight, but the fact remains, on paper Bradley got the “W”. The second loss was the unbelievable kayo he suffered at the hands of JMM in their fourth fight. Continue reading

Khan to fight on April 27th in UK, Julio Diaz expected to be opponent

By Michael Collins: Amir Khan (27-3, 19 KO’s) will be staging his next fight in the UK on April 27th against possibly former IBF lightweight champion Julio Diaz (40-7-1, 29 KO’s). Khan’s team reportedly attempted to get catchweight fights against Vyacheslav Senchenko, Jessie Vargas, Juan Manuel Marquez, Humberto Soto and Tim Bradley, but none were interested. Continue reading

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