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Pacquiao vs. Marquez IV: is it just for the Money?

 Pacquiao vs. Marquez IV: is it just for the Money?By Robert Jackson: Since 2004 up until the present, fight fans around the world have been treated to 3 fights between antagonists Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez; and since 2004 neither man has separated himself from the other. All 3 fights followed the same script, and with the exception of 3 knockdowns – they were close give and take fights with Pacquiao doing the fighting and Marquez doing the boxing.

In many fight fans and critics eyes this 4th fight is unnecessary and not needed; what will they prove? Both men are claiming that they will KO the other but at this point it seems as if a silent agreement has been made between these two. Fight #4 could turn out to be another sparring session where one fighter defends while the other fighter tries to get his punches in and then they’ll switch roles.

The tempo and pace will be the same like it’s always been: high speed chess (they’ll try), and at fight’s end half of the observers will claim Pacquiao as the victor the other ½ will claim Marquez. And don’t forget the judging that many would say has been awful, where valid arguments could be made that any of the 3 fights could’ve been scored another way. Continue reading

Robert Garcia: “Maybe Freddie Roach should have been more assertive, but Chavez Jr. is to blame for losing to Martinez”

 Robert Garcia: “Maybe Freddie Roach should have been more assertive, but Chavez Jr. is to blame for losing to Martinez”By Joseph Herron – After elite level trainer Robert Garcia’s Welterweight contender, Marcos “El Chino” Maidana, took care of business in spectacular fashion on September 15th at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, the coveted boxing coach took a short trip to the famed Thomas & Mack Center to take in Top Rank’s main event of the evening between Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. and Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez.

“Right after Maidana’s fight, I had tickets to the Chavez/Maravilla fight,” admits Robert Garcia. “So I took a cab to go see Chavez and Martinez, because I just knew it was going to be a great fight.”

Although the expert trainer initially predicted a big Chavez victory on Saturday night, Robert could see that the rumors out of Vegas were true concerning Junior’s lack of time spent in the gym.

“I did predict Chavez to win the fight; and if he would have listened to Freddie Roach and did what he supposed to do in the gym, I have no doubt that he would have won the fight. But he waited too long let his hands go and showed Martinez too much respect throughout the entire fight.”

“He gave Maravilla too much space and basically gave the fight away. When Junior finally listened to his corner and started executing the game plan, he almost knocked him out.” Continue reading

Terrell Williams Interview

By Chris Straight – Like many other fighters… welterweight Terrell Williams (6-0-5 KO’s) followed his brother into the gym. Dwain “Tyger” Williams was a California State Middleweight Champion in the last decade, and the first in his family to box. However, the elder Williams was done as a boxer before he turned 24. His brother was just turning pro around the same age. The younger Williams may have come to boxing early, but like many, left and came back to it later. Although he is the youngest of 6 children, he has been forging his own path ever since. Chris Strait of www.convictedartist.com talked with the young prospect, prior to his fight September 20, 2012 at Florentine Gardens in Hollywood, CA. Continue reading

Miguel Diaz Q & A

This Friday Allentown, Pennsylvania’s Miguel Diaz (9-0, 4 KO’s) will enter the ring and take on tough Texan Joseph Rios (11-7-2, 4 KOs). As the main event of the evening on Thompson Boxing Promotions’ “PATH to GLORY”, the flyweights will engage in an 8-round battle to reign supreme.

Tickets for “PATH TO GLORY” are priced at $75, $45, and $30. They are available now and may be purchased by calling 714-935-0900. Continue reading

Manny Pacquiao vs. JM Marquez IV: Will cuatro “sinko” at the bank?

 Manny Pacquiao vs. JM Marquez IV: Will cuatro “sinko” at the bank? By Joseph Herron / On December 8th, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, eight division world champion Manny Pacquiao (54-4-2, 38 KOs) will attempt to defeat Mexican legend Juan Manuel Marquez (54-6-1, 39 KOs) for a third consecutive time.

Although every meeting between the two future Hall of Famers have been riddled with controversy, the all time great trilogy has given fight fans around the world many memorable flashes of elite level action.

Despite the popularity of both fighters, most fight fans are divided regarding their support of the scheduled event. But realistically, what choices were Pacquiao and Top Rank left with?

Whereas most casual and die-hard fight fans are in agreement concerning whom they would prefer to see Pacquiao face in the ring on December 8th, that distinction has never been solely on the shoulders of Manny or the Top Rank brass; contrary to popular belief.

And while Palm Springs resident Tim Bradley won the Pac-Man’s WBO Welterweight title this past June, most fight fans are in congruence regarding the validity of the controversial “Split Decision” victory. Even after two consecutive losses to Pacquiao, a fourth bout with JMM still holds more credibility with the boxing faithful than a rematch with the current Welterweight title holder. Continue reading

Does Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. really want a rematch with Maravilla?

 Does Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. really want a rematch with Maravilla?By Joseph Herron: Be careful what you ask for in boxing, because you just might get it. After the drama filled conclusion of Top Rank’s main event at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, on September 15th, many questions remain concerning the heated rivalry between former WBC Middleweight Champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. and universally recognized 160 pound king Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez.

While the Argentine sharpshooter dominated JCC Jr. for eleven rounds of their twelve round battle, the epic final stanza opened the door for a lucrative rematch in the minds of many devoted fight fans.

Followers of the 26 year old fighter claim that an immediate rematch is a boxing imperative for true Middleweight supremacy. Junior’s supporters allege that Martinez was saved by the final bell of their epic showdown, and a rematch in “Chavez Country” would result in a decisive and resounding KO. Continue reading

Q&A Patrick Nielsen: There will be a new fighter in the ring on Saturday

In his first fight after the summer break, WBA Intercontinental Middleweight Champion Patrick Nielsen (15-0, 8 KOs) takes on Jose Yebes (11-2, 5 KOs) at the Nordic Fight Night in Frederikshavn on Saturday night. The 21-year-old has just wrapped up sparring in Berlin and will travel out to Denmark on Wednesday for a press conference in Copenhagen in the morning and a press training in Hjørring in the afternoon. Continue reading

What’s next for Sergio Martinez?

 Whats next for Sergio Martinez?By Frank Walsh: Last Saturday night’s encounter between Julio Chavez Jr and Sergio Martinez contained all the elements that combined made for a classic encounter. With the precision of a surgeon, Martinez performed a near perfect operation on Chavez Jr. For 11 rounds Chavez Jr had no answer for Martinez. Proving near impossible to hold down, Martinez presented a boxing masterpiece before a sold out crowd at the Thomas and Mack center.

Just as Martinez was adding the final touches to his masterpiece, Chavez Jr almost demolished it to down to its foundation. In a dramatic 12th round, Martinez had to climb off the canvas after a devastating hook from Chavez Jr sent him crashing to the canvas. Rising to his feet, Martinez not content to run and hold on for the round, placed his feet firmly in the trenches and held his ground in a memorable last round.

In the days following this fight, talk has already begun of a rematch which would no doubt do mega business. The final round turned in by Chavez Jr, the fact that Martinez fought with a broken left hand from the fourth round onwards, and the question if Chavez Jr turned up the heat earlier would he have gotten to Martinez all present an interesting rematch regardless of the fight seemingly a mismatch for the first 11 rounds. Continue reading

Chavez Jr. wins the fight in one round

 Chavez Jr. wins the fight in one roundBy Emilio Camacho, Esq. First, let me say that, of course, I know that Chavez did not win the fight. In fact, Martinez gave him the worst beating of his career. However, in the 12th round, Chavez Jr. took us back in history and most boxing experts were thinking about Chavez v. Taylor. Also, other fans, mostly Mexicans, started longing for the days when 15 round fights were norm.

This fight resembled a tight race where the leader is losing ground, an opponent is closing in, and everyone is wondering whether he or she can keep the lead until the finish line.

What is most amazing is how, in one round, Chavez was able to make us forget about the other 11. This is why I say that Chavez, metaphorically, won the fight. In the end, it was a great fight and
both boxers were winners. More significantly, all the fans won because fights like these do not happen very often. Continue reading

Will Chavez Jr. be the next fighter to dump Roach?

 Will Chavez Jr. be the next fighter to dump Roach?By Robert Jackson: Over this past weekend Amir Khan announced his exit from the Freddie Roach camp and entrance into the Virgil Hunter camp. Under Hunter – as it was under Roach, Khan won’t be the 1st option, Andre Ward WILL be. Mike Dallas Jr is also trained by Hunter, just winning his 2nd fight with Hunter in his corner.

I for one think that this move is a good one for the simple fact that Hunter isn’t loaded down with a large stable of fighters to cater too, like Roach and Emanuel Steward (but that could change with the success of Ward and Dallas). Khan will get a lot of Hunter’s time to develop his technique and tactics in pursuit of championship. If Khan chooses to listen and not talk so much, his improvement WILL be evident right away.

Another Freddie Roach pupil lost big time this past Saturday night but had a chance to pull it out in the last round but didn’t. Severely outfought and out-boxed for 10+ rounds of the fight, it looked like Chavez Jr wasn’t TOTALLY prepared for what he would be facing. All of the pre-fight talk coming out of Chavez Jr’s camp sounded like Chavez Jr would be ready, and when he easily made weight that gave most observers every reason to believe that Chavez Jr was indeed ready. Continue reading

Sergio Martinez fought with a broken left hand from the 4th round against Chavez Jr

 Sergio Martinez fought with a broken left hand from the 4th round against Chavez JrBy Marcus Richardson: Sergio Martinez (50-2-2, 28 KO’s) was forced to fight that last eight rounds of his bout with WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (46-1-1, 32 KO’s) with a broken left hand last Saturday night at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. Fighting with mostly just his right hand, Martinez was still able to pound out a relatively easy 12 round unanimous decision by the scores 117-110, 118-109, 118-109.

Martinez’s trainer Pablo Sarmiento said to ESPN “I’d offer credit for not showing that he [Martinez] was compromised [injured] during the tussle. He suffered a broken left hand in round four.”

For boxing fans who don’t know already, Martinez is left-handed and his left is his bread and butter punch that he uses to knockout most of his opponents. With his left hand badly broken, Martinez was unable to get maximum power on his left hand power shots the way he wanted to against Chavez Jr.

With how easy it was for Chavez Jr. to be hit last Saturday it’s scary to imagine what Martinez would have been able to do to him had he had two good hands instead of just his right. This is why Martinez was forced to jab Chavez Jr. so often in the fight because his left hand was out of commission in terms of power punching. Continue reading

Arum excited about a Chavez Jr-Martinez rematch, sees it doing big business

 Arum excited about a Chavez Jr Martinez rematch, sees it doing big businessBy Michael Collins: Top Rank promoter Bob Arum sees nothing but dollar signs in proposed rematch between former WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (46-1-1, 32 KO’s) and Sergio Martinez (50-2-2, 28 KO’s) for early next year at the Cowboys Stadium in Texas. The pay per view numbers haven’t yet been released for last Saturday’s Chavez Jr-Martinez PPV fight but the word is that the fight did better than what the promoters Arum and Lou Dibella had hoped for.

Arum said to Examiner.com “They want to do an immediate rematch. This fight did unbelievable business. The next fight will do even bigger business.”

I don’t see it quite like Arum. I think the rematch will do well because Chavez Jr. is a popular fighter, and he’ll no doubt he able to pack the Cowboys Stadium with his devoted boxing fans from around the Texas area. However, I don’t think the Chavez Jr-Martinez rematch will do huge business on PPV, because the asking price was steep last Saturday night with a price tag of $49.99 for a card that was pretty much empty of big names and competitive fights. Continue reading

Maravilla or Canelo?

 Maravilla or Canelo?by Robert Jackson,y photo: Alma Montiel: 2 champions were on full display this past Saturday night and neither one disappointed. Except for a glitch in the 12th round, Sergio ‘Maravilla’ Martinez was dominant, except for a stubborn Josesito Lopez, Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez was dominant. A case can be made for either man to be the next opponent for one Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather.

With Canelo we have a 22 year old WBC 154lb champion whose skillset improves each fight. Facing Jose Lopez in the place of an injured Victor Ortiz, Canelo was supposed to win. Lopez who’d previously campaigned at 140lbs moved up to 154lbs to try and take Canelo’s WBC strap. If Lopez thought that lightning would strike twice as it had struck when he faced Ortiz, he was in for a rude awakening. Extremely focused, conditioned and strong Canelo took nothing for granted and made an early night of it for himself by taking Lopez out in 5. The moments that the always game Lopez had were few and Canelo always had an answer for them. After 4 knockdowns referee Joe Cortez had seen enough and stepped in to protect the overmatched Lopez from himself.

While Canelo was making easy work for himself; a few blocks down the Vegas strip Maravilla stayed true to his pre-fight admonitions to punish Julio Cesar Chavez Jr and that he did, winning rounds 1 – 10 in a workmanlike fashion taking a few from his opponent while giving many more to his foe. In the late rounds of the fight Maravilla with victory all but his began to slow down while also using less movement then he had during the fight. Maravilla was also taunting the youngster – sticking his chin out with his hands down daring his opponent to hit him. In the 12th round Chavez Jr finally caught up to the 37 year old and unleashed the fury he was unable to throughout the fight and down went Maravilla seriously hurt. If only Chavez Jr had more time, maybe he could’ve taken Maravilla out and pulled the upset ,but the master boxer Maravilla used all of his tricks to stay upright, finishing the fight and getting his hand raised. Continue reading

20 Years Ago Next Month, UK’s ‘Dark Destroyer’ Nigel Benn Wins WBC Crown

 20 Years Ago Next Month, UKs Dark Destroyer Nigel Benn Wins WBC CrownBy Rick Murray – Doesn’t time fly. It was early October 1992, and Nigel Benn -long-time labelled on both sides of the Atlantic as boxing’s most exciting fighter- is preparing to face awkward, cagey Italian spoiler and WBC 168lb. ruler Mauro ‘Rocky’ Galvano. Known for his smothering, ring movement, clinching and countering, as well as being a former light-heavyweight (Benn was a former middleweight), Galvano started as the betting favourite and pre-fight tip by all pundits.

Benn, known for his aggressive power-punching and bob-and-weave style, ripped up the odds sheets and tore into the Champ relentlessly for four rounds, cutting off the ring and landing body shots and right hands. Tough man Mauro was breathing heavily and bleeding profusely and the fight was halted. New WBC King, Nigel Benn -who would hold the crown for a further 10 (often-exhilarating) defenses.

Benn switched over in January 1987 after beating every man he faced in the amateur ranks as an Army boxer and ABA competitor. This included future pro prospect Rod Douglas -ranked in the top-five in the World amateurs- and other very good amateur stand-outs in Mark Edwards, Roy Andre and Johnny Melfah. He had 24 knockouts in 28 fights for the West Ham ABC in 1985 and 1986, and in the early eighties won every tournament he entered in the Army ranks. Continue reading

Khan likely to be trained by Virgil Hunter

By Rob Smith: Amir Khan’s next trainer could be Virgil Hunter. It’s still not official yet, but according to reports Hunter is the one that Khan has selected to replace trainer Freddie Roach. Hunter is a well respected trainer and is better known as the trainer for WBA/WBC super middleweight champion Andre Ward. Continue reading

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