Trainer Freddie Roach thinks Manny Pacquiao (55-5-2, 38 KO’s) has found the fountain of youth following his incredibly easy win over one of Bob Arum’s Top Rank fighters former WBA lightweight champion Brandon Rios (31-2-1, 23 KO’s) last Saturday night in Macao, China. The win, a one-sided 12 round unanimous decision by Pacquiao, was enough to convince Roach that Pacquiao is as good as he’s ever been and able to fight for three more years before he should hang up the gloves.
Roach said to Boxing Channel “He’s got three good years left.”
There’s a problem when a trainer starts to get ahead of himself for a fighter that is getting up there in age like the 34-year-old Pacquiao. You can’t speculate that he or anyone will be able to fight for the next 3 years because things can change rapidly in the ring from injuries and the negative affects of the ring wear and natural aging. Continue reading
Tonight at 9PM EST/6PM PST, “JK III Productions” presents a special “Pac is Back” edition of “The Pugilist KOrner’s: Weekend Wrap”!!
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In the opening segment of the program, James and Joseph will review Manny Pacquiao’s impressive shut-out performance over two division world champion Brandon Rios. The Pugilist KOrner team will also discuss the possibility of a “Manny vs. Floyd” match-up in 2014, as well as the premature stoppage of George Groves at the hands of Carl Froch in Manchester, England. Continue reading
George Groves (19-1, 15 KO’s) thinks he was done a huge injustice last Saturday night when the referee stopped the fight in the 9th round and took away his opportunity to try and beat IBF/WBA super middleweight champion Carl Froch (32-2, 23 KO’s) in Manchester, UK. Froch and the referee were both both booed loudly by the crowd after the fight.
When Froch was interviewed by Sky, he told his promoter Eddie Hearn that they should set up a rematch with Groves to set things right. But Groves doesn’t think Froch was on the level when he said that. He feels that Froch just said it to get the crowd to stop booing him and to start giving him some applause.
Groves said to Sky “I think he said it because he was hoping for some cheers from the crowd, and he probably doesn’t believe that he wants a rematch. This is the biggest fight out there for him. There’s no reason for him not to have it. The last thing he wants is to get in the ring with me again.” Continue reading
Former WBC cruiserweight champion Juan Carlos Gomez continues his successful comeback at his old weight. “The Black Panther” scored a lopsided unanimous decision win against overmatched journeyman Jindrich Velecky in front of 2,000 fans at the CU Arena in Hamburg, Germany, on Saturday night. Gomez dominated the fight from the opening to the final bell and connected at will with single shots as well as nice combinations. However, the 40-year-old Cuban defector couldn’t finish the tough Czech who managed to survive eight rounds.
Local hero Ismail Özen outworked late substitute Vladimir Fecko over eight rounds using only his left arm. Because of an injury in his right elbow, super middleweight contender Özen barely ever threw shots with his right but managed to take care of Fecko, sending him to the canvas twice only with his jab and a couple of left hooks. Fecko fired back but couldn’t hurt Özen who donates his purse to his social project “Kampf Deines Lebens” (“Fight of your life”) which helps criminal teenager to get back on track. Continue reading
Carl Froch climbed off the canvas to stop the brilliant George Groves to retain his WBA and IBF World Super Middleweight titles in the ninth round of their epic battle at the sold-out Phones 4u Arena in Manchester.
Groves stunned the Froch in the opening round of the contest, delivering on his pre-fight vow land right hands and take the fight to the champion, by dumping the champion on his back with one of those brutal right hands. The Cobra managed to get to his feet and survive the round, and the tone was set.
The Londoner continued to pepper Froch with the right hand throughout the fight while Froch’s moments of success were fleeting. ‘Saint’ George was able to take those attacks and counter at as he retained the upper hand in the first half of the fight, before one of the greatest rounds seen in a British ring in a sixth when Groves landed some huge shots and Froch responded in kind. Continue reading
After having watched a childish Groves in the build up to the fight, he truly showed his class on the night, out jabbing and landing numerous vicious right hands on Froch’s granite titanium chin.
The commentator Jim Watt, a Murray Walker type was clearly loving Groves’ work and lamenting Froch’s poor jab, which only in his last fight against the viking Dane, had been praised so much. One thing is sure enough though, on Saturday, the Cobra was looking more like a grass snake..
Getting to the point of this mini-article, perhaps the stoppage was the best thing possible for Groves and the contrary for Froch. The fans have been quick to blast the referee. Groves has indeed the lost the fight in the literal sense, but in way he is the winner. Continue reading
Eleven months removed from his last fight, a crushing knockout, there was some doubt surrounding Manny Pacquiao’s career moving forward. Tonight in Macau, China Manny Pacquiao got the job done and won a near shutout after twelve rounds of welterweight action. Brandon Rios was facing a real tall order in Pacquiao as he went up in weight yet again to meet his best opponent to date. Despite being taller and heavier and seemingly carrying the weight well Rios just could not stylistically impose himself. The fight from round four on turned more and more into an exhibition of Pacquiao’s hand speed and his ability to create angles. A puzzled Rios was greatly limited offensively as he just could not get the geography he needed to become effective.
The first round of the fight was a very interesting round as Pacquiao attempted to shake off the cobwebs that have developed after such a long layoff. Brandon Rios fought the first round very tactically and more measured than usual. He did not come barreling in and was really doing his best to establish his jab. Continue reading
“Irish” Joey McCreedy from Lowell, Massachusetts improved his record to 15-6-2, 6KOs with an a six round unanimous decision victory over Steven Tyner who dropped to 3-13-2, 2KOs. McCreedy received all three scorecards, 60-54, 60-54 and 59-55 in this light heavyweight matchup. He controlled the fight by outworking and out landing Tyner. He pressed the action and had Tyner backing up for most of the fight. Tyner had an effective jab but he couldn’t get any other sustainable offense going. McCreedy has won two in a row.
“Royale Rumble” at the Royale Nightclub in Boston, Massachusetts was presented by Big Six Entertainment.
Iraq War Veteran, Chris Traietti scored a third round technical knockout win over Randy “The Rattler” Campbell when Campbell`s corner ended the fight before the start of the fourth round, as Campbell appeared to have a broken nose and was taking a great deal of punishment. Continue reading
George Groves put in a performance against Carl Froch at the Manchester Phones4U Arena that will go down in boxing history as one of the most heroic, courageous, and audacious ever seen in the ring. All the way through the build up to the fight, Carl Froch had talked like a man who was going to roll over George Groves like a juggernaut, rattled by the younger man’s extraordinary confidence and belief.
Yet when they entered the ring it was Groves who appeared calm and focused, while the champion appeared agitated, nervous even. You sensed then that this was going to be special.
Groves told us he was going to come out and take the centre of the ring and he did exactly that, beating Froch to the jab again and again and countering with a right hand that soon began to find the mark. When sensationally he put the champion down with ten seconds left of the first round, it looked all but over. Continue reading
ORANGE, Calif. (Nov. 24, 2013) – Thompson Boxing Promotions concluded its year with seven sensational fights that thrilled and entertained the capacity crowd at the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, Calif.
Friday’s main event showcased welterweight prospect Artemio Reyes of Colton, Calif. against Francisco Reza of Torreon, Mex. Reyes continued his knockout spree, this time flattening Reza in the second with vicious hooks to the body. Reyes dropped him the first time with a pinpoint left hook to the body. Reza would rise, but seconds later Reyes crushed him with a right hook to the ribs that put him down for good. This marks the six straight victory for Reyes, five of which have come by stoppage. Only one of those knockout wins went further than the second round. Continue reading
Looking at the score cards wouldn’t tell you the whole story of Manny’s victory of Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios. If that was all you had to find out what happen Sunday (Saturday night here) at the Cotai Arena, Venetian Resort in Macau, China, then you would probably think Brandon Rios didn’t put up much of a fight. However, if you asked Manny Pacquiao, he would change your opinion, explaining that Rios was dangerous right up until the final bell.
In fact, Manny told HBO’s Max Kellerman in the post-fight interview that Bam Bam hurt him in the fifth round. Manny appeared very tired, and speaking softly gave an honest response when admitting Rios hurt him. He thought it might have been in the fifth round. Regardless, Manny added that Rios was very strong and tough. Manny said it was a hard fight for him; although, he knew he was winning, so in the twelfth round, he backed off, giving up any possible chance he might have had for a stoppage. He wasn’t about to make the mistake of getting careless again. Continue reading
NEW YORK (November 23, 2013) Last night at The Paramount in Huntington, New York, a standing-room only crowd of Long Island fight fans saw a sensational evening of professional boxing presented by Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing.
Headlining the 11th installment of Star Boxing’s acclaimed “Rockin Fights” series was a sensational eight round heavyweight clash between fan favorite Vinny Maddalone and hard-hitting Houston based veteran Maurenzo Smith.
Maddalone pressed the action hurting Smith throughout the early rounds although he suffered a bad cut causing his left eye to close during the sixth round. Continue reading
Newark, NJ (November 24, 2013) – Popular welterweight Michael “Slick” Anderson had all that he could handle from dynamite-fisted George Sosa in the eight round main event of All Out Promotions and Edmonds Promotions’ “Fighting For Attendance” at Weequahic High School in Newark.
Backed by a large group of supporters, Anderson was clearly the most popular fighter of the evening, but Sosa quickly made it evident that he wanted to silence the hometown favorite’s fans by knocking him out. Anderson, who accommodated Sosa, a late replacement, by agreeing to fight at 152 pounds, stepped on the scale Friday evening at 148 and was visibly smaller on fight night. Continue reading
To no no great surprise, Manny Pacquiao (56-5-2, 38 KO’s) won his tune-up fight against former WBA lightweight champion Brandon Rios (31-2-1, 23 KO’s) by a one-sided 12 round unanimous decision tonight in the Cotai Arena, Venetian Resort, Macao, Macao S.A.R., China. Pacquiao won the WBO International welterweight title belt. The judges scored it 120-108, 119-109, 118-110.
It really wasn’t much of a fight unless your idea of a fight is to stick a slow guy with a high guard in the ring with a much faster guy. It was kind of boring because it wasn’t competitive and it reminded me a lot of the mismatch that Bob Arum set up between Pacquiao and Joshua Clottey back in 2010 except that Clottey mostly stood in one place all night while covering up with a high guard to block incoming. In contrast, Rios, using his high guard, followed Pacquiao around like a moving punching back. Continue reading
Tonight at 11PM EST/8PM PST, “JKIII Productions” presents a special “Pugilist KOrner” broadcast of “Manny Pacquiao vs. Brandon Rios”!!
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Join us as we give the fight fans a special presentation of tonight’s main event from Macau, China, and call the action live as it happens in the ring. Boxing writer and ring announcer Joseph Herron will provide blow by blow commentary, while three decade fight trainer James Gogue will supply the insightful color commentary. Continue reading
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