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Chris Keane’s Co-Trainer Backs His Man

Chris Keane’s co-trainer, Dean Edwards, believes the Walsall boxer is more than ready for his shot at the English Cruiserweight Title following a week of sparring with WBO Light Heavyweight Champion, Nathan Cleverly. The Midlands Area Cruiserweight Champion spent five days in Wales last week as Cleverly prepares for his title showdown with Robin Krasniqi at Wembley Arena on Saturday (20th April). Continue reading

New Jersey’s Golden Gloves Open Class Finals at Newark’s Prudential Center Saturday April 20th

Nearly every big name elite boxing champion starts his career at a young age in the amateur competition of the Golden Gloves. Name any elite champion of the past 40 years-Muhammad Ali, Sugar Ray Leonard, or even New Jersey’s “The Real Rocky” Chuck Wepner started competing for the glory of trophies. New Jersey Golden Gloves is a nonprofit organization that promotes amateur boxing, runs local tournaments and sends the state’s best boxers to the Golden Gloves of America’s national tournament each year. It is headed by Mr. Dan Doyle who selflessly devotes many hours per week organizing and managing this Tournament. Continue reading

Lartei Lartey fights Batista in New Jersey this Friday

 Lartei Lartey fights Batista in New Jersey this FridayUS based Ghanaian boxer, Emmanuel Lartey faces another test of his world championship credentials against Jonathan Batista of the Dominican Republic in a 6-round contest at the Tropicana Hotel & Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey this Friday April 19, 2013.

Welterweight Lartey (14-0-1, 7 KOs) alias ‘Ice Cold’ who now lives in The Co-Op City section of the Bronx, New York under the tutelage of his manager, Attorney Eric Okyere Darko has sworn to become a world champion and has already impressed US boxing bigwigs of his massive potential following January’s convincing victory over Newark’s Michael “Slick”Anderson in front of Anderson’s hometown fans.

Now he faces the sternest of tests from the also unbeaten Batista 13-0, 6 KOs on the undercard of Fortuna vrs Zamudio WBA featherweight title fight, a ESPN 2 show due to be telecast live all over America on the worldwide leader in Sports, ESPN.

But the hard hitting Ghanaian pugilist is eager to take his chance as envisioned by his manager. “Lartey is on a mission and that mission is to become the welterweight champion of the world. He’s worked long and hard to get to the top and his perseverance is starting to pay off. There is no looking back now,” Atorney Okyere Darko has said.

Video: Amir Khan arrives in the UK ahead of Julio Diaz fight on BoxNation

BoxNation caught Amir Khan as he arrived in the UK ahead of his fight LIVE on BoxNation against Julio Diaz on April 27th..

Khan v Diaz is just one a number of fantastic fights coming up on BoxNation in April and May. Later that same night we’ve got Martin Murray’s WBC World Middleweight title challenge against Sergio Martinez in Buenos Aires, while on May 4th, it’s pound-for-pound king Floyd Mayweather Jr. v Robert Guerrero. Continue reading

Donaire vs. Rigondeaux: The Agony and the Ugh

 Donaire vs. Rigondeaux: The Agony and the Ugh Move aside and let the fighter enjoy and partake in the spoils which resulted from the biggest night of his professional career. Recognition is slowly seeping in simply because the shock may be finally headed towards the door. Prior to last Saturday evening, Nonito “Filipino Flash” Donaire was among the top pound for pound fighters on the planet.

News flash: he still is. Concurrently, Guillermo “El Chacal” Rigondeaux was indeed the jackal of sorts for the vast and overwhelming majority of twelve rounds in the ring set upon a stage at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. He put on a master class, yet the fact that he thoroughly and soundly beat Donaire isn’t a chorus line which has happily resonated in the eyes of much of the boxing public. What more must he do.

He was in the right venue, so maybe Rigondeaux needs to stick around to become a top pick in the upcoming NFL Draft. Continue reading

Martinez vs. Murray: Definitely Maybe?

Almost 104 years ago three young men took shelter in the foyer of a dilapidated urban railway station in the Argentine province of Buenos Aires. An unexpected downpour condemned their game of football to a premature conclusion. As they stood gazing at the heavy raindrops dancing on the cast iron window sill they romanced at the notion of constructing a sports stadium nearby. Continue reading

Action packed ”Fight Night at the Park” Results from North Bergen, N.J.

This past Saturday night April 13, KEA Boxing Promotions and Global Boxing presented” Fight Night at the Park” at Schuetzen Park in North Bergen New Jersey .The evening consisted of six bouts. The venue was sold out to a very vocally enthusiastic audience. With ticket prices beginning at $55 it was an evening of great entertainment for local boxing fans. Among the boxing celebrities in attendance were former light heavyweight and cruiserweight champion Bobby Czyz, famed promoter Don Elbaum, former junior welterweight and welterweight champion now trainer James “Buddy” McGirt. Continue reading

Ik Yang and the Chinese Invasion of America

“I want more Chinese to pay attention to boxing and like boxing because of me”—Ik Yang

 Ik Yang and the Chinese Invasion of AmericaSlowly but surely, China is beginning to have an impact on the global scene of professional boxing. Two recent examples over the last five months help clearly illustrate this point. The first happened November 24 of last year when Xiong Zhao Zhong made history as he defeated Javier Martinez Resendiz by unanimous decision to claim the vacant WBC Minimumweight Championship, giving him the unique distinction of becoming the first Chinese boxer to ever win a major world title. The other occurred just over a week ago when two-time Olympic Gold Medal winner Zou Shiming reportedly earned an astounding $300,000 for his professional debut, a victorious four round contest that was broadcast virtually everywhere in China. The fact that these two success stories unfolded at a time when boxing was already experiencing growing popularity in China is surely no coincidence. Quite the contrary, when considering the noticeable momentum Chinese boxing has gathered since competing in its first Olympic Games in 1992, it is reasonable to believe that this trend will continue and we will inevitably see more and more Chinese talent (and champions) surface in the foreseeable future.

This past Friday another Chinese boxer made headway in a groundbreaking performance when lightweight Ik Yang (12-0, 8 KOs) defeated Mexican pugilist Ivan Zavala by second round knockout. What made this victory noteworthy according to Yang’s trainer and co-manager, Chauncy Welliver, was that “he just became the first Chinese fighter to win on US soil in almost 85 years—as far as I know he is the first Chinaman to do this since Harry Soo won his last fight in 1928, and I looked pretty deep into this”. Continue reading

Sam Soliman: In trouble because of a caffeine drink

 Sam Soliman: In trouble because of a caffeine drinkAccording to an Australian press report, middleweight contender Sam Soliman has allegedley admitted that he took the stimulant “oxilofrine” before his recent bout with former world champion Felix Sturm in February.

Journalist Ron Reed wrote in an article, which was published on 3/28/2013 in the Australian newspaper “Harald Sun” and later tweeted by Sam Soliman on his official Twitter account (@samkingsoliman), that “he [Soliman] has landed in trouble because he used a drink he bought from a suburban health food shop after being assured by the supplier and the manufacturer it did not contain a banned substance” and further that “private testing has confirmed it was a caffeine formula drink, similar to coffee, that Soliman purchased to help counter the effects of broken sleep during training.“
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Is All Fair in Boxing and Policies? Andre Ward Stripped of WBC Title

 Is All Fair in Boxing and Policies? Andre Ward Stripped of WBC Title The WBA Super middleweight Champion Andre Ward has been stripped of his WBC title due to inactivity. Ward’s last fight was September 8th 2012 against Chad Dawson. On January 4th of this year he underwent surgery to a tear on his right shoulder and begun his rehabilitation process. The WBC has since named him ‘champion emeritus’ meaning that he can fight for the WBC belt when he returns.

The #2 pound-for-pound champ seems to be in good spirits about the stripped title tweeting, “Thankful for every belt that I’ve won in my career and I desire to win more, but the belts don’t make the fighter, the fighter makes the belts.” Continue reading

Left-Hook Lounge: Rigondeaux, Donaire, Garcia, & Roach!

 Left Hook Lounge: Rigondeaux, Donaire, Garcia, & Roach!Christopher N. (Atlanta, GA): How would you rate Donaire’s performance? And would you entertain the thought of placing Rigondeaux on the P4P list?

Vivek W. I think the best way to address your questions is to point to something I said a long time ago and have maintained ever since. The way I see the whole P4P topic is totally abstract from what the rest of the sport feels. I once touted Donaire’s talent as much as anyone else, but when the topic shifted to such accolades as “Fighter of the Year” and “P4P” worthy, I openly stated that I would take no part in such dialogue. The kid is better than average. His heart is bigger than average. He’s a good lookin’ kid, and a very likable guy outside the ring. All that being said, for those who understand the greatness behind pure fundamental skills, there’s no hesitance to address the fact that he simply isn’t on that level. Continue reading

Will Tyson Fury Become The Next Heavyweight Champion?

 Will Tyson Fury Become The Next Heavyweight Champion? Vitali Klitschko and Wladimir Klitschko have dominated the heavyweight division for the last several years and since this time there has been no viable contender that has been able to dethrone them. Samuel Peter, David Haye, Odlanier Solis, Thomasz Adamek, Chris Arreola, among others, tried, however, they were all unsuccessful in their attempts to become a new world champion. The trash talking, extremely confident, undefeated Irish Heavyweight Champion and World Boxing Organization (WBO) Intercontinental Heavyweight Title Holder, Tyson Fury (20-0, 14KOs) believes he`ll be the pugilist to end the Klitschko`s reign in the heavyweight division.

“The heavyweight division, especially the Klitschko brothers are no good. They are all bums. All pins, should would have beens and I`ll knockout all of them and clean up this division once and for all,” said the 6’9” 250 pound, Fury. “We need a change in the heavyweight division and I`m going to bring that change soon.” Continue reading

Rigo the Great!!

 Rigo the Great!!Not actually…Guillermo Rigodeaux 2-time Olympic gold medalist and now unified WBA/WBO Super Bantamweight champion has a lot more fish to fry to be considered great in the professional ranks. Having out-skilled and outclassed P4P fighter Nonito Donaire is just the beginning.

Prior to this fight Rigondeaux was considered by many just another decorated Cuban amateur fighter. Hosting an 11-0, 8-KO record, Rigondeaux had done nothing significant that would indicate he was any threat to the #3 or #4 P4P rated Donaire whose scalps on his boxing resume included names like Montiel, Arce and Darchinyan. Continue reading