Exclusive interview by Dan Emicus
What was it like to work with Eddie Mustafa Muhammad?
Working with Eddie was great. We had such great team chemistry and I learned so much from him. For me, he is one the top five best boxing trainers of today. I wish him nothing but the best.
You took some time out, but that has somehow turned into 2 years! What’s the reason for this? Continue reading
By Rob Smith: Floyd Mayweather Jr’s uncle/trainer Roger Mayweather thinks boxing fans still want to see a mega fight between Floyd Jr. and Manny Pacquiao despite Pacquiao’s recent bad knockout loss to Juan Manuel Marquez. Roger thinks fans will still want to see the fight regardless. Continue reading
By Joe Harrison: Junior middleweight contender Carlos Molina (21-5-2, 6 KOs) defeated former two-division champion Cory Spinks (39-8, 11 KOs) by a unanimous decision in front of 5,354 screaming fans at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago, IL. The contest was the main event on ESPN’s Friday Night Fights.
Spinks showed very little fight as Molina frustrated him with his accurate punches and stellar defensive skills throughout the 12-round IBF eliminator. Spinks simply could not find an answer as Molina pressed forward and bullied him around the ring. Although Spinks was able to land an effective punch here and there, he mostly resorted to clinching to avoid further punishment.
Spinks was deducted a point in round four for excessive holding. Spinks was also dropped by a left hook in round eleven. In round twelve, Spinks received a standing eight count when it was ruled that the ropes held him up from going down again. In the end, the scores were 119-106 twice and 120-105, all for Molina. Continue reading
LINCOLN, R.I. (Feb. 1, 2013) – Providence, R.I., native Mike “The Beast” Campbell took home the hardware Friday night as he defeated Brazilian Abner Lloveras (15-7-1) by unanimous to win the vacant Classic Entertainment & Sports’ Mixed Martial Arts lightweight title at Twin River Casino. Continue reading
Photos: Russell Pritchard — As life changing opportunities go, they don’t come much bigger then the one on offer to Anthony Fitzgerald next Saturday night at the Odyssey Arena in Belfast when the “Pride” of Dublin takes on Limericks Andy Lee.
Lee is the established world level pugilist, fresh off an unsuccessful Texas tussle against Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. Fitzgerald is the little know no nonsense tough nut from Dublin’s North Inner City. “No contest” is what the experts shout. It requires more then potluck to secure yourself a shot at the big-time and Fitzgerald just doesn’t hear the doubters, he is focused, he is determined and believes that on the 9th of February the city under-dog becomes Irelands top-dog.
“This is a massive opportunity for me; it’s the stuff you dream of as a kid when you start boxing, your chance to topple the big guy. I know a lot of people don’t fancy me against Lee but that’s ok, I know what I am capable of and that’s all that matters” Continue reading
Lausanne, Switzerland, 02 February 2013 – Mexico Guerreros defeated their continental rivals Argentina Condors at fortress Foro Polanco in their Group A clash to take one giant step towards qualification for the World Series of Boxing (WSB) quarter-finals with three matches of the regular season left. The home boxers produced a string of scintillating displays with Elias Emigdio, Fernando Alvarez Diaz, Marvin Cabrera and Isaac Munoz Gutierrez setting the standard to deliver maximum points for the Guerreros. Continue reading
By Jeff Sorby: Former WBA Super World middleweight champion Felix Sturm (37-4-2, 16 KO’s) tasted defeat on Friday night in losing a surprising 12 round unanimous decision to 39-year-old Sam Soliman (43-11, 17 KO’s) in an IBF middleweight eliminator bout at the ISS Dome, in Düsseldorf, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany.
The final judges’ scores were 116-111, 114-113 and 114-113. Sturm knocked Soliman down with a hard right hand in the 2nd round, and him in trouble late after almost knocking him down again. However, Sturm stopped throwing as many punches after the 2nd round and that caused the fight to get away from him.
Sturm was still landing the harder punches and tagging Soliman consistently with his jab, but he was letting Soliman out-work him from the 3rd round on. Sturm’ left eye began to swell up after the 5th, and he a lot of problems with Soliman’s unorthodox fighting style. Continue reading
LAS VEGAS, NEV. (February 1, 2013) – UniMás, Top Rank and Tecate announced today the launch of their exciting boxing series – “Sólo Boxeo.” The 90-minute broadcast will air 26 telecasts live on UniMás, a leading Spanish-language broadcast television network, on Saturdays. The series will debut Tomorrow! Saturday, February 2, beginning at Midnight ET / 11 p.m. PT, from the McCallen Convention Center in McCallen, Texas, with a show headlined by undefeated top-10 contender Jose Felix Jr., of México, risking record and rating in a 10-round lightweight bout against battle-tested Geraldo Robles of Kansas City. Continue reading
By Robert Jackson: The P4P King Floyd Mayweather Jr. (43-0, 26 KO’s) of boxing has penciled in on his schedule 2 dates for the 2013 boxing season: May 4, 2013 and September 14, 2013. But what has not been penciled in are his opponents for either date. On the short list of Mayweather foes are Robert Guerrero, Canelo Alvarez and Timothy Bradley (only a rumor). Other possible foes could be Austin Trout, a Miguel Cotto rematch, Manny Pacquiao and Sergio Martinez.
Mayweather the consummate businessman has always said “if it makes money it makes sense” and any of the fights on his short list will definitely make money only because of the chance that Mayweather could lose. A high number of Mayweather fight buys are made by buyers hoping to see Mayweather clearly defeated in the ring. What’s also interesting are the dates that Mayweather has chosen to fight on – both of which are traditional Mexican Holidays. So it can be speculated that Mayweather will want to fight Mexican fighters to maximize the profitability of these fights. So that bodes well for Canelo and Guerrero. Continue reading
Lausanne, Switzerland, 01 February 2013 – Ukraine Otamans were simply irresistible at the Acco International Exhibition Center in Kiev as they completely overwhelmed the visiting German Eagles in their World Series of Boxing (WSB) Group B encounter. Olympic silver medallist Denys Berinchyk wowed the crowds with his all-action display before World and Olympic Champion Oleksandr Usyk brought the show to a close with a stunning win as the hosts were completely dominant throughout. Continue reading
LAS VEGAS, NV – (February 1, 2013) – Zou Shiming, two-time Olympic gold medalist and three-time World Amateur Champion, will arrive in the United States on Monday, February 4, to begin training for his professional boxing debut.
Shiming will land in Los Angeles at LAX on Monday, February 4, at 5:00 p.m. PT aboard Air China. Shiming’s Grand Arrival at The Venetian Porte Cochere (3555 Las Vegas Blvd. South, Las Vegas, Nev. 89109), will take place the following day, Tuesday, Feb. 5, at Noon PT. Shiming will be greeted by his promoters, Bob Arum and Todd duBoef of Top Rank; his new trainers, Freddie Roach and Miguel Diaz; and John Caparella, president and COO of The Venetian and The Palazzo. Media opportunities will be available at LAX and at The Venetian. Continue reading
Lausanne, Switzerland, 01 February 2013 – It was another scintillating display by the Astana Arlans Kazakhstan team in Group A as they further extended their unbeaten run with a comprehensive victory over USA Knockouts. The visiting team had too much about them at the Yost Theater with Ismail-Akhunov, Bashenov, Snigur and Rouzbahani all claiming victory to make it an impressive score-line for the Arlans. Continue reading
“This show is indicative of the ever-increasing quality of Friday Night Fights broadcasts. It’s every bit as good as or better than the average Showtime or HBO boxing show. This is just a terrific event from top to bottom.” Teddy Singleton of Don King Productions. Continue reading
LINCOLN, R.I. (Jan. 31, 2013) – Listed below are final weights for all the participants in Friday night’s professional mixed martial arts event, “Undisputed II,” presented by Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment & Sports on Feb. 1, 2013. Continue reading
WASHINGTON, D.C. (Jan. 31, 2013) – Dusty Hernandez-Harrison, 18, who recently teamed up with Washington, D.C. based attorney and sports agent Jeff Fried, has been named the boxing prospect of the year by Stiffjab.com for his 2012 ring accomplishments. Continue reading
MONTREAL (January 31, 2013) – As previously announced, Fast & Dangerous Series 3.0 is back at the Bell Centre on February 8 as talented Quebec fighter Kevin Bizier (19-0-0, 13 KOs), rated No. 5 in the world by the WBA, defends his North American Boxing Association (NABA) welterweight championship in the biggest challenge of his career. Continue reading
NEW YORK (January 31, 2013) George “Comanche Boy” Tahdooahnippah has mined his craft as a world-class middleweight away from the spotlight, fighting almost exclusively in his home state of Oklahoma while amassing an undefeated record of 31-0-1 (23KO’s) over his nine-year career. Continue reading
World Boxing Organization (WBO) World Lightweight Champion Ricky Burns tackled his latest challenger with ease and then roared on for rival Miguel Vazquez on Saturday 16th March at Wembley Arena. The Scottish hero was at Glasgow’s top Mexican restaurant Pancho Villas today for his ‘Man vs Food’ challenge, testing his tolerance to the lip-searing Habanero chili pepper ahead of his huge unification showdown against Vazquez, the IBF World Champion. Continue reading
Lausanne, Switzerland, 31 January 2013 – Dolce & Gabbana Italia Thunder will face the British Lionhearts at the Palamaggiò in Caserta this Saturday 2 February (21:00 local time) in one of the stand-out matches of the seventh weekend of World Series Boxing (WSB) action. Local stars Domenico Valentino, Vincenzo Mangiacapre and Clemente Russo will be taking to the canvas backed by a fervent 4000 capacity crowd, all there to cheer their heroes to victory in this Group B clash. Continue reading
Lausanne, Switzerland, 31 January 2013 – With so much experience in their squad and home advantage this Saturday 2 February (19:00 local time), Azerbaijan Baku Fires go into their match at the Olympic Sports Center ‘Serhedchi’ versus Algeria Desert Hawks as overwhelming favourites. The visitors have brought some quality boxers, which should make it a fascinating World Series of Boxing (WSB) Group A encounter. With 2007 AIBA World Champion Albert Selimov, 2008 Youth World Champion Magomed Kurbanov and undefeated Moldovan Vladimir Cheles, Azerbaijan should still have too much for their opponents. Continue reading
STUTTGART, GERMANY (January 31, 2013) WBA/IBO Middleweight Champion Gennady “GGG’ Golovkin, wishes to congratulate International Boxing Federation (IBF) Champion Daniel Geale for his dominant performance over Anthony Mundine in their Australian showdown Wednesday in Sydney, Australia.
“I was impressed with Daniel Geale’s performance and wish to publicly congratulate him on his victory. I know this was personal for him as he had lost previously to Mundine and he certainly got his revenge” said Golovkin.
Geale chose to fight Mundine and give up the World Boxing Association (WBA) “Super” Middleweight Title rather than face Golovkin as was ordered by the WBA prior to Geale’s fight with Sturm. Continue reading
LAS VEGAS, NEV. (January 31, 2013) — To quote Hall of Fame baseball superstar Ernie Banks, “Let’s play two.” That’s exactly what undefeated former world champion BRANDON “Bam Bam” RIOS and top-rated contender “Mile High” MIKE ALVARADO will do when they face each other in a rematch of their 2012 Fight of the Year-nominated fight. Rios-Alvarado II will take place, Saturday, March 30 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nev. The 12-round World Boxing Organization (WBO) interim junior welterweight championship rumble will be televised live on HBO Boxing After Dark®, beginning at 10:15 p.m. ET/PT. Continue reading
By Daniel Mole: Chris Truman is hoping to put a nightmare 2012 behind him and become British Masters Champion next month.
The Erdington-born light welterweight (8-3-1) fought just twice last year, losing on both occasions to Lenny Daws and Dave Ryan respectively.
He was also due to fight Ashley Theopane on the undercard of Ricky Hatton’s ill-fated comeback in November but, after the Hitman’s surprise defeat, the rest of the show was cancelled leaving Truman and Theophane, who were warming up ready for their fight, with no other choice but to pack up their kit and go home. Continue reading
LOWELL, Mass. (January 31, 2013) — Chicago Fight Clubs Promotion is bringing professional boxing back to Lowell, Massachusetts – home of “Irish” Micky Ward and Dicky Eklund – on Saturday night, March 16 to kick-off St. Patrick’s Day weekend, at Tsongas Center at UMass Lowell. Continue reading
ALLENTOWN, PA (January 31, 2013)—On Saturday night, February 9th Kings Boxing Promotions presents a night of Professional & Amateur boxing that will be headlined by an eight round Jr. Middleweight bout between Keenan Collins and George Rivera.
This will be a rematch of a hotly contested draw that took place on April 27, 2012. Continue reading