By Prince Dornu-Leiku: It is official, BabyJet Promotions and Management have reached a 3-year partnership deal with WBA International Junior Lightweight champion, Emmanuel Tagoe that will see the promotional syndicate owned by Ghana national soccer team captain, Asamoah Gyan manage and promote the promising boxer.
24 year old Tagoe, famously nicknamed Game Boy won the hearts of Asamoah Gyan and the BabyJet Promotions team by defeating his great local rival, George Ashie by a unanimous points decision back on November 10 last year at the Accra Sports Stadium in what was BabyJet Promotions’ maiden event, a win that won him the 3-year contract with an option for BabyJet Promotions to renew.
Financial details of the deal were not revealed at Wednesday’s press conference in Accra to officially announce the agreement, but according to BabyJet Promotions CEO, Sammy Anim-Addo, they have paid up Tagoe’s past managers, promoters and everyone who had previously helped the boxer in his career. BabyJet Promotions have also reiterated their belief in the potential of the 24 year old boxer to become a world champion and have outlined a comprehensive roadmap of fights leading to world championship glory by the first quarter of next year. Continue reading
World ranked and undefeated heavyweight Joe “The Future” Hanks suffered a hand injury in training yesterday causing the cancellation of his FEBRUARY 2 main event showdown with Richard Carmack, which had been set for the Times Union Center in Albany, NY, it was announced today by Star Boxing.
NEW YORK (January 16, 2013) — Workouts took place today, Wednesday, at Kingsway Boxing Gym in New York for Saturday’s World Championship Triple Header at the Theater at Madison Square Garden.
Bob Arum: We have three really good fights on this card Saturday night. New York City has a very intelligent boxing fan base. You have to understand that when you put on a fight in New York City, you have to put a good card together for it to sell.
JUAN CARLOS BURGOS: This is my second opportunity for a world title and I don’t know if this chance will ever come again. I am dedicating this fight to my uncle (Victor Burgos). Ten years ago my uncle won his world championship. He won the title against a Puerto Rican and on Saturday night I can win a world title against a Puerto Rican also. Continue reading
Sergio Thompson vs. Moises Castro & Deontay Wilder vs. Matt Greer on Saturday, January 19th in Mexico
LOS ANGELES, January 16 – Mexico’s hottest contender Sergio “Yeyo” Thompson, hopes to get 2013 off to a spectacular start against Nicaragua’s veteran Moises Castro in a 12-round fight for Thompson’s WBC Silver International Super Featherweight Title which will be televised on FOX Deportes in the United States and on Televisa in Mexico on Saturday, January 19 from La Nave Del Parque in Villa Hermosa, Mexico. Continue reading
ESPN Deportes and ESPN2 will present an encore telecast of Manny Pacquiao-Juan Manuel Marquez 4, the HBO Pay-Per-View fight which took place December 8 and ended in a Marquez sixth-round KO of Pacquiao. ESPN Deportes will televise the fight on January 18, at 9 p.m. ET and January 26, at 10 p.m. ESPN2 will reair the fight February 8, at 8 p.m. On ESPN Deportes, Juan Manuel Marquez and Jorge Eduardo Sanchez will discuss each round between rounds throughout the fight. The bout was recently nominated by the Boxing Writers Association of America (BWAA) for its 2012 “Fight of the Year,” honors.
The first three fights between the two were all close and controversial. Pacquiao won a majority decision in their third fight in 2011, and a split-decision in their second fight in 2008. They fought to a controversial draw in their first fight in 2004.
The schedule: Continue reading
Little Creek Casino Resort in association with Roy Englebrecht Promotions is proud to present “Fight Club at Little Creek Casino Resort” – 26 scheduled rounds of live, boxing excitement! The first bout will begin at 7pm on February 23, 2013 in the Skookum Creek Event Center at Little Creek Casino Resort. Following his stirring career-defining win over Yohan Banks in December, undefeated Washington state heavyweight talent Vincent Thompson will be back in the ring looking for his 13 straight victory facing Harvey Jolly in the Main Event on the inaugural Fight Club show announced by Little -Creek Casino Resort. Continue reading
Three-Time Middleweight Champion Felix Sturm invited the media to his private gym in Cologne, Germany, today to showcase his training regime and give the journalists an insight into the preparation for his Feb. 1st IBF World Middleweight Title Eliminator against Australian Sam Soliman, which will take place at the ISS Dome in Dusseldorf.
Felix Sturm: “I’m on the right track to February 1st. I’m already in great shape and I keep getting better and better. Sam Soliman should be in the best possible shape, because I don’t intend to lose again for the rest of my career. And I want to get to the 50 fight landmark before retiring. To archive that, I have to be more than ready every time I step into the ring – and I’ll make sure that is the case.”
Fritz Sdunek, Coach Felix Sturm: “Felix is doing great. We are having a great camp with great sparring. I thoroughly believe that he will clearly beat Soliman on Feb. 1st.” Continue reading
Palm Bay, FL: The popular series of “Boxeo TELEMUNDO Ford” will make its 2013 debut at Florida’s Space Coast with an exciting show, Friday, February 22nd at the Palm Bay Community Center in Palm Bay, FL. Continue reading
by Seamus Hanratty: “The Celtic warrior” Steve Collins has announced a comeback fight at the age of 48, against former Boxing great Roy Jones Junior. In a comeback that amounts to a cross between a Walt Disney fairytale and a drug induced nightmare, the legendary Irish scrapper who in his hay day managed to win world titles against both Chris Eubank and Nigel Benn, and later defended his belts some eight times, announced to the world that he intends to fight American Jones in the near future.
Collins, who also enjoyed some titanic struggles with middleweight champions Mike McCallum and Sumbu Kalambay in the early part of his career, stated that “It’s a fight Roy Jones needs. He claims to be one of the greatest pound-for-pound fighters around but he refused to fight me.” Quite what planet Collins was on when he made the quote above remains to be seen, but it does seem far removed from the one we currently inhabit. It’s clear that both fighters need this fight as much as the average man needs to impregnate his boss’s daughter with triplets. Continue reading
PHILADELPHIA (JANUARY 15, 2013)— Northeast Philadelphia native, Cruiserweight Tony “Boom Boom” Ferrante is heading up I-95 to face undefeated cruiserweight prospect Isa Akberbayev 10- 0 (7KO’s) on Saturday January 19th inside the MECCA of boxing, Madison Square Garden. Ferrante recently moved up in weight from light heavyweight to cruiserweight. Ferrante had struggled in recent years trying to cut nearly thirty pounds at a time trying to make weight at 175lbs. Continue reading
NEW YORK CITY (January 15, 2013) – Veteran promoter/matchmaker Don Elbaum and financial backer Greg Sorrentino, today during a press conference held at historic Gleason’s Gym in Brooklyn, officially announced the creation of The $500,000 Great America Heavyweight Box-Off (TGAHBO). The tournament, planned as an annual event, is scheduled to launch in April at a site to soon be determined.
Introduced as participants were 2004 U.S. Olympians Jason “Big Six” Estrada (20-4, 6 KOs), of Providence (RI), and Devan Vargas (18-2, 7 KOs), of Toledo (OH), Tennessee (Chattanooga) knockout-artist Alonzo “Big Zo” Butler (28-2-1, 21 KOs), Minnesota (Coon Rapids) heavy-hitter Joey “Minnesota Ice” Abell (28-6, 27 KOs), former USBA cruiserweight champion Emmanuel Nwodo (24-5, 20 KOs), fighting out of Baltimore (Maryland), and a 22-year-old sleeper from West Virginia (Clarksburg), “The Mountain” Daniel Martz (7-0, 6 KOs). Talks are ongoing to finalize the remaining two challengers, plus one reserve, in case of injuries. Continue reading
Promoter Sampson Lewkowicz proudly announces the signing of undefeated Colombian super bantamweight Oscar Escandon (21-0, 14 KOs) to a promotional agreement. 28-year-old Escandon began boxing at the age of 10 under the guidance of his father, Luis Alfonso Escandon. He had over 200 amateur bouts and proudly represented his homeland in the 2004 Summer Olympics in Beijing. Continue reading
Tonight on “The Pugilist KOrner”: Bryan Vera, Keith Thurman, Daniel Jacobs, Don Chargin, Tony Luis, and Michelle Rosado
Blog Talk Radio’s “The Pugilist KOrner” is proud to present perennial Middleweight contender Bryan Vera, Welterweight prospect Keith “One Time” Thurman, Middleweight prospect Daniel “The Golden Child” Jacobs, Hall of Fame matchmaker and promoter Don “War a Week” Chargin, Junior Welterweight prospect Tony “Lightning” Luis, and fight promoter Michelle Rosado.
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“The Pugilist KOrner” is honored to welcome back the always formidable Middleweight contender Bryan Vera (21-6, 12 KOs). The rugged fight veteran from Austin, Texas, will discuss his big headlining bout on ESPN’s Friday Night Fights with former World Boxing Organization (WBO) Junior Middleweight champ Sergei Dzinziruk on January 25th. Continue reading
LONDON (January 16, 2013) – Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer hosted a press conference today at The Mayfair Hotel in London, England to officially announce the signing of 2012 British Olympic Bronze Medalist Anthony Ogogo to an exclusive promotional agreement. Media packed the room where Schaefer, Ogogo and Ogogo’s manager/agent Dean Baker (Head of Boxing at Wasserman Media Group) spoke about Anthony turning professional and his immediate and long-term future in the sport. Continue reading
By Bill Phanco: It’s not official. 41-year-old Shane Mosley (46-8-1, 39 KO’s) will be challenging WBA World welterweight champion Paulie Malignaggi (32-4, 7 KO’s) on April 27th in a Showtime headliner fight at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. There a couple of questions that you have to ask about this fight.
First off, how is that that the International Boxing Federation are going to allow Mosley, who isn’t ranked in the top 15 by any of the sanctioning bodies, to fight for a world title? For that matter, Mosley hasn’t won a fight in FOUR YEARS, and he’s being given a world title shot.
The second question is why is Showtime agreeing to televise this fight as a main event to American boxing fans? I don’t think it’s a good product for fans, especially if you signed up for Showtime in the past just to see boxing. Having Malignaggi-Mosley televised is pretty much a waste of time because Mosley isn’t the same fighter he once was and he’s lost three out of his last four fights going into the Malignaggi fight. Continue reading
Lausanne, Switzerland, 16 January 2013 – After suffering a heavy loss in their last match at home and as a result finding themselves out of the play-off qualification places, German Eagles know that they must get a result when Dolce & Gabbana Italia Thunder come to the EWS Arena Goppingen this Friday 18 January (20:00 local time). For this World Series of Boxing (WSB) Group B encounter, the German outfit have included in their line-up Veaceslav Gojan, Stefan Härtel and powerhouse Erik Pfeifer in order to counter the threat posed by the top class opposition. Continue reading
BERNARD HOPKINS, Three-Time And Two-Division World Champion & Oldest Fighter In History To Win A World Championship
“Age is not an enemy to me. The clock is not something to try to stop. The man upstairs can’t even do that. You can get the daylight to be earlier or the darkness to be later, but the clock has to move forward.
“People will always tell me, ‘You can’t do this. You can’t do that.’ When I hear that, it gives me motivation. I know there are some things in life that are out of reach. Some people are not capable of doing certain things. I have been doing this half of my life. I know what I am capable of. Continue reading
The last match of this World Series of Boxing (WSB) weekend will see Argentina Condors face Azerbaijan Baku Fires at the Club Social Y Deportivo in Santa Clara del Mar on Saturday 19 January (23:15 local time). The home team will be relying on the Argentine duo of London Olympian Alberto Melian and up-and-coming 20-year-old Heavyweight (91+kg) Luis Bravo to lead the troops to victory against a team containing some real quality boxers. Continue reading
(OAKLAND, CALIF.) – WBA, WBC and Ring Magazine Super Middleweight champion Andre Ward (Oakland, Calif.) began the physical therapy portion of his recovery from shoulder surgery on Monday at Activecare Physical Therapy in San Francisco.
Both Ward and his physical therapist, Lisa Giannone, were pleased with his first session and look forward to the work ahead as he prepares to return to the ring. “I had a good first day of physical therapy on Monday. It was short and sweet, and I have a good range of motion one week out of surgery. During our first session, my physical therapist wanted to make sure that everything is healing properly and it is,” Ward said.
Ward had successful surgery to repair a small tear in his right shoulder capsule on Friday, January 4, and has been recovering at home with his wife Tiffiney and their four children since that time. Continue reading
With the visit of Mexico Guerreros for this Group A clash, Hussars Poland will be banking on their boxers coming good and ensuring maximum points in front of their expectant fans this Friday 18 January (20:00 local time). With the Mexican line-up a formidable one, Poland are turning to Dawid Pawel Michelus, Adil Aslanov, Sergei Kuzmin and pro boxer Mateusz Malujda to deliver at the Hala Znicz in Pruszkow. Continue reading
By Chip Mitchell: Boxing history is packed full of bizarre characters, and the heavyweights are no exception. History shows us that fans have a love affair with off-the-wall fighters who reside in the Big Man’s division. The stranger the fighter, the more we seem to gravitate towards him. Whether it was Mike Tyson, Riddick Bowe, Sonny Liston, or Jack ‘I can’t… I can’t… but I can…’ Dempsey, our lust for more drama has helped generate an abundance of cable subscriptions and sell numerous PPVs.
Well, how about those heavyweights with little or no drama in their lives? How come nobody gravitates toward the good guys? On February 16, two of boxing’s good guys step into the ring for a rematch as Johnathon “Mr.” Banks and Seth “Mayhem” Mitchell dance once again.
Some readers of this piece may or may not know who Seth Mitchell and Johnathon Banks are and if you consider yourselves boxing fans, shame on you. I’ll try to educate you about two of boxing’s good guys. In these days and times, we need stories of a few good men in the world of sports. Continue reading
Lausanne, Switzerland, 15 January 2013 - Group B pace-setters Astana Arlans Kazakhstan, unbeaten in their five matches this season, will look to further cement their status of early season favourites when Ukraine Otamans come to town this Friday 18 January (20.30 local time). Kazak team captain Ruslan Myrsatayev, named Asian WSB Boxer of 2012, along with Miras Zhakupov, Samat Bashenov, Konstantin Snigur and Iran’s Ehsan Rouzbahani will all be in action for the home team on the night.
BROOKLYN (January 15, 2013) – Future Hall of Famer Bernard “The Executioner” Hopkins was born 48 years ago today, and in celebration he will continue his record-setting career on Saturday, March 9 by facing undefeated IBF Light Heavyweight World Champion Tavoris “Thunder” Cloud at Barclays Center in Brooklyn in a bout which will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing.
“Today is my 48th birthday and I feel half my age, so Cloud had better be ready” said Hopkins, who will be participating in his 29th world championship fight and if he is victorious will break his own record as the oldest fighter in history to win a world title. “People can say what they want. I have broken records, quieted doubters and solidified my legacy. Now, I am going to do all of that again, but this time at the new Barclays Center in Brooklyn in front of a large crowd of people that understand and appreciate the sport.”
”This will be the last supper for Bernard Hopkins,” said Cloud, the 30-year old pugilist who will be making the fifth defense of his IBF Light Heavyweight Title which he has held since in 2009. “I will retain my IBF Light Heavyweight World Title.” Continue reading
Nevin, Selby and Ward to feature as the British Lionhearts looks to extend its unbeaten home record against USA Knockouts at York Hall
Olympic silver medallist, John Joe Nevin and reigning European champions, Andrew Selby and Joe Ward will box for the British Lionhearts against the USA Knockouts at York Hall on Thursday (17 January 2013) as the team looks to extend its unbeaten home record in the World Series of Boxing. Continue reading
By Michael Collins: Well, it looks like Eddie Hearn from Matchroom Sport has worked his magic and got a badly desired rematch for his fighter IBF super middleweight champion Carl Froch (30-2, 22 KO’s) against WBA 168 pound champion Mikkel Kessler (46-2, 35 KO’s) at the O2 Arena (Millenium Dome), Greenwich, London, United Kingdom.
The only thing that awaits now is the approval from the IBF for Froch to bypass his mandatory defense against Adonis Stevenson, but it looks like the IBF will grant Hearn and Froch permission to maneuver around that dangerous fight.
Froch believes that he should have won their previous fight back in April 2010 in Denmark.
Froch ended up losing by a 12 round unanimous decision largely because Kessler seemed to get the better of him during virtually every exchange they had. Kessler’s superior hand speed and better combinations enabled him to land the cleaner shots against the long-armed Froch. I don’t think much will change other than the fight now taking place in the UK, and perhaps Froch getting the benefit of the doubt if the rounds are close. We might see a controversial decision in this fight, and frankly I’d be surprised if we didn’t. Continue reading