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Kell Brook-Hector Saldivia: Brook’s final step to World title

By Peter Wells: It’s taken 8 years for the Sheffield prospect to get to the edge of a world title fight. Tommorow night Kell Brook fights in a final eliminator for the IBF Welterweight title. Brook has gone as far as stating that he will retire if he loses to Hector Saldivia at the Motorpoint arena in his hometown of Sheffield. This is likely a comment to build up his fight and over dramatise how important this bout is for his career. For some fighters chances at a world title don’t come terribly often so Brook wants to make sure he doesn’t miss his chance to book a shot at the IBF title.

Brook may have waited a while for his shot at a world title, but Saldivia has had just as long to wait. Final eliminators also haven’t gone well for the Argentinian in the past. On the 1st May 2010 he faced off against Said Ouali in an eliminator for the WBA Welterweight title. Saldivia came out strong scoring an early knockdown, but got too caught up in the moment and went down twice before the referee stepped in to end the fight. Said never got his WBA title shot, instead looking at the IBF route, before losing in 7 rounds last year to Carson Jones. Continue reading

Garcia vs. Morales + Undercard: Something for everyone

By Peter Wells: With just over two months left of the year, boxing fans are suddenly being handed early christmas presents as week after week world title fights are swarming out TV’s. On saturday night Golden Boy have delivered boxing fans with 4 world title fights on one single card. And there’s something for everyone. Danny Garica headlines defending his WBC and WBA titles in a rematch with Erik Morales. Paulie Malignaggi defends his WBA Welterweight title in front of his home fans against Pablo Cesar Cano. Hot prospect, Peter ‘Kid Chocolate’ Quillin takes on unbeaten WBO Middleweight champion Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam and what could be the fight of the night, Devon Alexander challenges hard hitting IBF Welterweight champion Randall Bailey. So, what isn’t to like about this weekends super show live on Showtime. Continue reading

Nonito Donaire: “I want Rigondeaux to be at his best when I fight him”

 Nonito Donaire: “I want Rigondeaux to be at his best when I fight him”(Photo credit: Adrian Hernandez) By Joseph Herron: In less than a full calendar year’s time, four division world champion and pound for pound talent Nonito Donaire (30-1, 19 KOs) has garnered two world titles in the Super Bantamweight division, as well as the WBC Diamond belt and Ring Magazine’s distinction as the man to beat at 122 pounds.

So where does the “Filipino Flash” go from here?

After the 29 year old fighter’s brilliant performance against former WBC Champ Toshiaki Nishioka on October 13th, HBO’s Max Kellerman asked Donaire about a potential meeting with Cuban exile and two-time Olympic Gold medal winner Guillermo Rigondeaux.

While most fight fans were somewhat puzzled with Nonito’s on-air response, the southern California based fighter clarified his reply on Tuesday night’s edition of “The Pugilist KOrner”. Continue reading

Zeferino Entertainment signs 2008 Olympian Luis Yanez

 Zeferino Entertainment signs 2008 Olympian Luis Yanez Photo: Stacey Verbeek, By Joseph Herron – Many people claim that one man’s disposables are another man’s treasure. One hard working promotional group based in Texas believes they’ve just struck gold with a fighter that most promoters and management groups have deemed unruly.

Earlier this week, Zeferino Entertainment reported the singing of former 2008 American Olympian Luis “Latin Legend” Yanez to a long term, exclusive promotional contract.

Guy Taylor, matchmaker and operations manager of Z Entertainment, is genuinely excited about their diamond in the rough.

“We’re thrilled to be working with a special talent like Luis Yanez,” explains the veteran matchmaker. “This kid has the makings of a long reigning world champion and the potential to bring excitement back to the Flyweight division.”

The 23 year old southpaw has an extensive amateur pedigree that not only boasts a spot on the 2008 US Olympic squad, but a stellar record of 302-16, with 87 knock-out victories as well. And not only was Yanez a captain on the US Olympic squad in Beijing, he became the only American amateur to win a Gold Medal in the Pan American Games at 106 pounds in 2007. Continue reading

Erislandy Lara: “After I beat Vanes Martirosyan on Nov 10th, I will fight Canelo Alvarez and become WBC Champion”

 Erislandy Lara: “After I beat Vanes Martirosyan on Nov 10th, I will fight Canelo Alvarez and become WBC Champion”By Joseph Herron – With just four weeks before his big title eliminator contest with undefeated Junior Middleweight contender Vanes Martirosyan (32-0, 20 KOs), WBC number one ranked 154 pound contender Erislandy Lara (17-1-1, 11 KOs) is very excited to be a part of this highly anticipated event on HBO Boxing After Dark from the Wynn Las Vegas on November 10th.

While preparing under the tutelage of world renowned trainer Ronnie Shields in Houston, Texas, the talented Cuban fighter visited with “The Pugilist KOrner” on Tuesday night and gave his thoughts on the upcoming match-up.

“I feel great and I’m training extremely hard for this fight on November 10th,” stated Erislandy Lara. “I am very happy to be back on HBO and very excited for the opportunity to face another world class fighter like Vanes Martirosyan.”

“Everything is going well in training camp and I have three weeks left to go, but I’m ready to fight right now. I just went ten rounds easy today and I will be very prepared for the best version of Vanes Martirosyan on November 10th.”

“In addition to working with trainer Ronnie Shields, I’m currently working with strength and conditioning expert Edward Jackson and everything is going perfectly. On November 10th, I’m going to bust Vanes right in the mouth and earn my title shot against Canelo Alvarez.”

With the confidence that comes with being an elite level talent, Erislandy is happy that the WBC title eliminator will be one of the best fighters in the packed 154 pound weight division. Continue reading

Karl ‘Dynamite’ Dargan: “I can’t compare myself to other Philadelphia fighters even though I am from Philly, my style’s versatile, I can do different things”

 Karl ‘Dynamite’ Dargan: “I can’t compare myself to other Philadelphia fighters even though I am from Philly, my style’s versatile, I can do different things”by Jenna Jay (Exclusive Interview by Jenna J) On my 179th edition of “On The Ropes” boxing radio, I had a chance to catch up rising lightweight prospect Karl ‘Dynamite’ Dargan. Karl Dargan (11-0 6KO’s) is currently trained by Naazim Richardson, and recently returned from a 13 month layoff, scoring a TKO4 victory over Jesse Carradine. Karl spoke about his career so far, his recent victory, working with Naazim Richardson, learning from Bernard Hopkins and Shane Mosley, where he sees himself in the lightweight division and much more! Here is what he had to say.

Jenna Jay: Hey Karl, for the fans hearing about you for the first time, tell them a little about yourself.

Karl Dargan: First of all, thanks for having me on your show. Yeah, I am a light weight prospect. 135 pounds. Philadelphia Pennsylvania. Mainly known winning the Pan Am games in 2007. You know fighting my way to the pros to the top actually. Coming along with a lot of experience, but I still have a lot to learn. People seen me fight before, but no one has seen really the best of me yet.

Jenna: You recently returned from a long layoff, how do you feel you preformed?
Dargan: My performance it was, it was satisfying. I had a lot about a 13 month layoff. I had a little ring rust a little bet. But I got the job done. So I was satisfied with my performance overall.

Jenna: Was there any reason why you were out of the ring so long? Continue reading

Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero vs. Andre Berto, Nov 24th on HBO

 Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero vs. Andre Berto, Nov 24th on HBOBy Joseph Herron: On Thanksgiving weekend at the Citizens Bank Arena in Ontario, California, four division world champion Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero (30-1-1, 18 KOs) will face his toughest test to date when he defends his interim WBC Welterweight title against former 147 pound world champion Andre Berto (28-1, 22 KOs) on the biggest stage of boxing, HBO.

Despite being an avoided fighter throughout the majority of his career in the Featherweight, Super Featherweight, and Lightweight divisions, the 11 year fight veteran has patiently waited for his big moment to face a marquee fighter and a legitimate champion on a big HBO event.

Now that he finally has his golden opportunity against a two-time Welterweight Champion, “The Ghost” is at long last ready to make his mark as an elite level fighter in the sport of boxing.

Manager Luis DeCubas Jr. spoke out on this week’s edition of “The Pugilist KOrner” concerning Guerrero’s long overdue opportunity on November 24th.

“Robert is very excited for this fight,” insists the lifelong boxing proponent. “For eleven years, Robert has been working towards this moment. While fighting in the lower weight divisions, none of the other title holders wanted to take on “The Ghost” because they felt he was too big and too skilled. That’s why we ultimately made the jump up to 147.” Continue reading

Haye thinks Vitali will want to fight him next year

By Michael Collins: Former WBA heavyweight champion David Haye gave an interview on Wednesday where said that an agreement has already been made with WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko in 2013. Whether Haye is on the level with this is still unknown because we’re only hearing Haye say it and not Vitali.

Haye said to Sky Sports News “”The fight has already been agreed, the contract’s done – the money, the split, everything. We don’t need a new contract…In my opinion next year he will want to fight again at some stage and he will want a big fight. I’m the biggest fight out there and he knows that, he’s not stupid.”

Vitali is running for office in Ukraine and he could retire from boxing if elected. As for a fight against Haye, Vitali hasn’t been acting all that interested in fighting him despite having said in the past that he wanted to knock Haye out and improve upon the performance his younger brother IBF/IBO/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko made a year ago when he easily beat Haye by a 12 round unanimous decision in a one-sided fight. Continue reading

Kell Brook putting pressure on himself to beat Salidivia on Saturday

By Marcus Richardson: Undefeated welterweight contender Kell Brook (28-0, 18 KO’s) recently chose not to take an important fight against WBO welterweight champion Tim Bradley in order to fight Argentinian Hector Saldivia (41-2, 32 KO’s) in an IBF welterweight eliminator bout on October 20th at the Motorpoint Arena, Sheffield, Yorkshire, United Kingdom. Brook unbelievably chose not to fight Bradley for his WBO title just so that Brook could fight in risky IBF eliminator with the winner of that fight getting a shot against the winner of this Saturday’s fight between Randall Bailey and Devon Alexander.

Brook is talking about wanting to retire if he doesn’t win this fight on Saturday night against Saldivia. Of course, Brook obviously wouldn’t retire if he were to get beaten by Saldivia and even if he did retire, it would likely be one of those boxing retirements that mean absolutely nothing because the fighter or fighters often come back months later out of boredom or a need for money.

Brook said to “People keep saying I have talent, so if I can’t get rid of guys like Saldivia then I don’t deserve to be at this level.” Continue reading

Nonito Donaire…you have just entered the “Pacquiao Zone”

 Nonito Donaire…you have just entered the “Pacquiao Zone”By Joseph Herron – Since bursting onto the big stage of boxing with one crushing left hook to the chin of the most feared Flyweight in the world circa 2007, Nonito Donaire has been one of the most dominant fighters in boxing. With lightning fast reflexes and freakish power for a lower weight division fighter, “The Filipino Flash” has made twenty nine consecutive victories look like an easy month at the office.

But like many dominant fighters of years past, Nonito Donaire currently finds himself in somewhat of a boxing quandary.

It seems the 29 year old fighter’s reputation has preceded his presence in the ring since placing a dent in the face of Fernando Montiel on HBO last year; not only to his opposition, but to the fans of boxing as well.

Since destroying the three division world champion on February 19th, 2011, most of Nonito’s opponents have receded into a timid and unwilling shell while standing in the ring with the pound for pound fighter. Although it’s an amazing testament to the talents of the proud Filipino pugilist, it doesn’t make for a very eventful evening of boxing.

After Donaire’s third championship victory in the Super Bantamweight division on Saturday, October 13th, his opponent admitted that his reluctance in the ring was intentional.

“The difference in the fight was the speed and I had to be careful,” stated Toshiaki Nishioka. “I had never faced a fighter with the speed of Donaire.” Continue reading

East Side Boxing Adopts The Transnational Boxing Rankings

 East Side Boxing Adopts The Transnational Boxing Rankingsby Matt McGrain: The WBA currently recognises two heavyweight world champions. The WBA “Super” champion (you read that right) is Wladimir Klitschko. For most people, Wladimir is recognised as the best heavyweight on the planet currently. The second best is his brother, Vitlali Klitschko.

Vitali is not ranked amongst the WBA’s top contenders, because Vitali is the world champion for a rival organisation.

Meanwhile, the second champion the WBA recognises is Alexander Povetkin. He is the “World” champion (remember when that meant something?). Povetkin is Wladimir’s most notorious serial-ducker. His own people have not been shy about advertising the theory that Povetkin is not yet ready for Wladimir.

In other words, the WBA’s World champion and “Super” champion are unlikely to meet. The WBA gave Povetkin the shot at Chagaev knowing that this was likely to be the case, and when it indisputably became the case, instead of stripping Povetkin, they lined up Cedric Boswell, Marco Huck and Hasim Rahman for him as “title” defences and continued to merrily collect their sanctioning fees. Rahman, ranked as the #1 contender for Povetkin’s last defence, struggled badly with the arena steps due to shot knees and offered absolutely no resistance in an embarrassing capitulation once he had hauled his once impressive frame through the ropes. Rahman attained his #1 status by beating such luminaries as Galen Brown (2-2 in his last four), Marcus Magee (2-1-0-1 in his last four), Damon Reed (2-2 in his last four) and Shannon Miller (2-1-0-1 in his last four). He hadn’t been scheduled to box twelve rounds since his 2008 destruction at the hands of, you’ve guessed it, “Super” champion Wladimir Klitschko.

Clear? As mud. Continue reading

Anthony Mundine puts his USA dream on hold to fight WBA and IBF Middleweight Champion Daniel Geale!

By Brendan George: Just announced Anthony “The Man” Mundine 44-4 (26 KO’S) will take on WBA and IBF Middleweight Champion Daniel “The Real Deal” Geale 28-1(15 ko’s)in Australia January 2013.

This will be the second time the pair have fought after the first fight ended in a split decision win to Mundine in May 2009. While the venue and date are not confirmed the fight will take place around late January in Australia 2013.

Speaking to Anthony Mundine’s American Agent Brendan Bourke he had the following to say; “We had a great 2 fight deal on the table for Anthony to fight in Los Angeles as the main event November this year and February next year against two great opponents however we have put all that on hold to fight the WBA and IBF Middleweight Champion Daniel Geale in Australia.” Mr Bourke continued; “Anthony wants to fight the best and we agreed fighting Geale who has won the WBA and IBF titles represents the best opportunity available at the moment.” Continue reading

Rios vs. Alvarado: Brandon takes a ton of punishment in winning; Pacquiao could be next

 Rios vs. Alvarado: Brandon takes a ton of punishment in winning; Pacquiao could be nextBy Reni M. Valenzuela: How can you not fall for boxing as a Sweet Science after having just watched the classic Rios-Alvarado yesterday?

The fight was truly classic in the sense that it lasted only seven rounds but there was more than enough action the fans needed to see to be awed and spellbound. Much unlike the hide-and-seek Halloween baccarat in the main card, Brandon Rios and Mike Alvarado pursued each other for a non-stop head-on collision in the ring, and with so much heart and boxing skill on display coming from both of them.

It was like a novel that keeps you hold your breath until the last paragraph of the last page wherein only you get to know for sure the story line’s ending. “The War” ended uplifting as the people in the open-field Home Depot Center were exuberant and cheered like a dog with two tails, and with wide grin. They simply have fallen for everything that happened within those 19 minutes of the fight. Continue reading

Brandon Rios vs. Mike Alvarado: One for the ages

 Brandon Rios vs. Mike Alvarado: One for the agesBy Joseph Herron: Too often in boxing, heavily publicized events fail to live up to expectation and fall short of the preceding media hype. In this era of safety first fighters and early stoppages, it’s hard to guarantee a sure fire winner.

But when the match-up of Brandon Rios versus Mike Alvarado was initially announced by Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum and company several months ago, most fight fans and media members knew that the pairing would surely strike gold at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California on October 13th.

Both fighters were undefeated going into this bout, and the two warriors desperately wanted to put forth a star making performance on the biggest stage of boxing, HBO. Continue reading

Rios’ KO of Alvarado – Awesome Display of Ferocity

   Rios KO of Alvarado   Awesome Display of FerocityBy Paul Strauss: It’s almost unfair. Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios not only is heavy handed, he’s also iron jawed. Mike “Mile HIgh” Alvarado hit him bunches of times with shots that would have put lesser fighters in la la land. Yet each time Rios got nailed, he would hardly take a step back, and instead would jump right back in Mike’s face. Alvarado tried to mimic him, and to many, including unofficial score keeper Harold Lederman, Mile High was being successful at the Home Depot Center, Carson, CA.

As the battle unfolded, it looked to be shaded in favor of Alvarado. He boxed well, making good use of his size advantage, his good mobility and his jab. He changed angles of his punches, managing to get around Rios’ tight guard, or split it up the middle. But, Mike’s swollen face told a different story. It revealed the power of Bam Bam’s short shots, which were not showy but devastating. Often times Rios’ unique style causes one to believe he’s back on his heels. His posture just doesn’t seem to be quite right, but the truth is he gets all of his body behind his pulverizing inside work, and he loves it. After a particularly brutal early round, he trekked back to his corner with a big smile on his face, telling trainer Robert Garcia, “I love this @#!%!”

It’s impossible to give a blow by blow description of the fight. It was more like a gang attack. On the one hand it was bam bam by Rios, and on the other it was rat ta tat tat by Alvarado. Both men had automatic weapons. There was no single shot firing by these two combat veterans. These guys were equipped with high caliber, rapid fire arsenals. Continue reading

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