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Boxing Hall of Fame Flags at Half-Staff For Emile Griffith

 Boxing Hall of Fame Flags at Half Staff For Emile GriffithThe International Boxing Hall of Fame announced its flags will fly at half-staff in memory of welterweight and middleweight champion Emile Griffith. He passed away early this morning at the Nassau County Extended Care Facility in Hempstead, New York. He was 75.

“Emile Griffith was a gifted athlete and a truly great boxer,” said Hall of Fame Executive Director Edward Brophy. “Outside of the ring, he was as great a gentleman as he was a fighter. The Hall of Fame joins the boxing world in mourning his passing.”

A native of the Virgin Islands, Griffith moved to New York at nineteen and won the Golden Gloves title in 1957. He turned pro in 1958 at age 20. Under the tutelage of Hall of Famer Gil Clancy and Howard Albert, he captured the welterweight title three times (1961, 1962-63, 1963-66) and the middleweight title twice (1966-67, 1967-68). In 1963, he was named “Fighter of the Year.” In a 19-year career, he scored wins over Gaspar Ortega, Ralph Dupas, Florentino Fernandez, Denny Moyer, Holly Mims, Ernie Lopez, Joey Archer and Hall of Famers Luis Rodriguez, Nino Benvenuti and Dick Tiger. During his career he posted an 85-24-2, 1 NC (23 KOs) record. Continue reading

How Much “Boxing” Is Still Remaining In Miguel Cotto

 How Much “Boxing” Is Still Remaining In Miguel CottoMiguel Cotto never lacked the ability to bring entertaining to anyone watching his fights, and he did it all inside the ring. While he was a calm and professional gentleman outside of the ring, quiet and respectful during press conferences and weigh-ins, he was a relentless warrior once the ring bell rang.

What’s even more interesting is that every one of his opponents seemed to carry a tremendous amount of respect for him, praising and labeling him a true champion. I don’t remember the last time I have heard anything negative or aggressive being said about Cotto. He is a rare breed.

While there is a common belief that Cotto is no long the fighter he was, making that case is no walk in the park. Aside from losing to Austin Trout (which surprised me), his other three losses come by way of Antonio Margarito (I think that most would agree that this should not count), Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. Continue reading

Carl Froch-George Groves WBA/IBF title fight confirmed for later this year; date and venue to be announced soon

 Carl Froch George Groves WBA/IBF title fight confirmed for later this year; date and venue to be announced soonIt’s official: Carl Froch will defend his WBA and IBF super-middleweight titles against unbeaten countryman George Groves later this year at a venue in the UK to be determined soon. The exact date is also TBA but both men appeared live on Sky Sports News at 12 noon UK time today, to talk about the fight.

Froch, unable he said to get rematches with Mikkel Kessler and Andre Ward right now, is excited about giving the UK fans a domestic fight that will contest two major world titles.

“I think this fight is a real treat for the fans,” Froch said. “Some people have said George Groves is not in the same class as me, but there is no danger of me underestimating him. I will take this fight very, very seriously and will bring my A-game as I always do. Groves has done everything asked of him and Eddie Hearn has done a great job getting him the mandatory position. I will prepare like I’m fighting one of the best fighters in the world. Continue reading

Nathan Celverly: “I can outbox Sergey Kovalev, I’m going toe-to-with him and will knock him-out”

 Nathan Celverly: I can outbox Sergey Kovalev, I’m going toe to with him and will knock him outAs the world awaits the name of the William and Kate’s son and heir to the throne, the WBO World Light-Heavyweight Champion Nathan Cleverly has suggested that the Royal baby be named after him!

Cleverly is delighted for the Royal couple’s new arrival and would be honoured if they chose outside of the historical names that have been passed down through the generations like George, William or Henry to instead pick Nathan for the future king.

The undefeated Welshman continues his own reign of the light-heavyweight division when he defends his title against the dynamite-punching Russian Sergey Kovalev on Saturday 17th August at Cardiff’s Motorpoint Arena, live and exclusive on BoxNation (Sky Ch. 437/Virgin Ch. 546). Continue reading

Mendez vs Usmanee in NY on August 23 for IBF Super Featherweight title

 Mendez vs Usmanee in NY on August 23 for IBF Super Featherweight titlePhoto by Reynaldo Sánchez / Iron Mike Productions — Everything is ready for the first defense of the current IBF superfeatherweight world champion, Argenis “The Thunderstorm” Mendez 21-2-0 (11 KO’s). The Champ finished the last stage of their training camp in the UK, for his fight against Afghan-born Canadian Arash Usmanee 20-1-0 (10 KO’s), at the Turning Stone Resort & Casino in Verona, New York on August 23.

Argenis Mendez snatched the world title from Mexican Juan Carlos Salgado on March 9th in Costa Mesa, California giving him a spectacular KO in the 4th round. Achieving the first world title for the former promoter Acquinity Sports, which now premieres as “Iron Mike Productions” after top executive Gary Jonas reach an agreement with the legendary “Iron” Mike Tyson to become the newest member of the new promotional company. Continue reading

Tony Grygelko & Seconds Out Promotions bringing boxing back in Minnesota market

Excluding Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao the only thing you hear from the mainstream sports media is that boxing is dead. The boxing media tends to focus its coverage on the west coast where the best sparring along with some of the biggest names and events taking place in Nevada and California. The east coast has made a bit of a comeback and Texas has a very strong fan base but you rarely hear or see a major event or much news coming from the Midwest. That’s something Tony Grygelko, who is the President/C.E.O. of the premier upper midwest boxing promotional company Seconds Out Promotions aims to change. Continue reading

Berto faces Soto Karass; Thurman battles Chaves this Saturday on Showtime

 Berto faces Soto Karass; Thurman battles Chaves this Saturday on ShowtimeThis Saturday night on Showtime, undefeated welterweight Keith “One Time” Thurman (20-0, 18 KO’s) faces off against unbeaten Argentinian Diego Chaves (22-0, 18 KO’s) and former IBF/WBC welterweight champion Andre Berto 28-2, 22 KO’s) takes on Jesus Soto Karass (27-8-3, 17 KO’s) at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas.

Both fights are scheduled for 12 rounds and both have titles on line. Thurman-Chaves will be fighting for the interim WBA 147 lb. title, and Berto-Soto Karass will be fighting for the vacant NABF welterweight strap. Continue reading

Kubrat Pulev vs. Tony Thompson fight being negotiated

 Kubrat Pulev vs. Tony Thompson fight being negotiatedA fight between heavyweight contenders Kubrat Pulev (17-0, 9 KO’s) and Tony Thompson (38-3, 26 KO’s) is being negotiated for a fight that would take place in late August on the 24th or September 14th, according to Fightnews.com. The fight will take place in Germany, and both fighters have agreed on it.

Pulev, 32, is ranked #1 by the International Boxing Federation, whereas Thompson is ranked #8. What’s not known yet is whether the Thompson-Pulev fight will be an IBF heavyweight eliminator bout to lock in a mandatory challenger for IBF/IBO/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko or not. Continue reading

Dereck Chisora declared the mandatory challenger for Kubrat Pulev

 Dereck Chisora declared the mandatory challenger for Kubrat PulevDereck Chisora has been declared the mandatory challenger to European Heavyweight Champion Kubrat Pulev.

The Finchley star is back on hot form following his sixth round knockout of unbeaten American Malik Scott on Saturday night at Wembley Arena to claim the WBO International title.

Chisora’s promoter Frank Warren has added the 29-year-old to the big Copper Box Arena show on Saturday 21st September that features Billy Joe Saunders’ British Middleweight title showdown against rival John Ryder. Continue reading

Left-Hook Lounge: Mayweather’s legacy, Pacquiao’s future, and a Trinidad vs GGG fantasy!!!

 Left Hook Lounge: Mayweathers legacy, Pacquiaos future, and a Trinidad vs GGG fantasy!!!Jeremy H. (Orlando, FL): How do you compare the legacy of Floyd Mayweather to other athletes in history? In other words, what are your thoughts about him as a man, an athlete, and overall as a person, when he look at his legacy compared to great athletes of the past?

Vivek W. (ESB): This is a very broad question to tackle in just a few paragraphs. I think to best answer it, we have to look at things from day one. When we look at the entire history of Mayweather, we see a man who has had a very storied career that has seen him dominate from a very early stage. Even prior to the professional ranks, you have to consider that there was an Olympic Bronze that would have been a Gold had it not been for a poor decision. From day one, this has been a fighter who has proven himself at every level. Continue reading