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Juan Carlos Gomez calls out Marco Huck!

 Juan Carlos Gomez calls out Marco Huck!Gomez: “I want to fight the best – and Huck is the best cruiserweight at the moment!”

“The Black Panther” back in action this Saturday in Hamburg

Only three weeks after his successful return to cruiserweight, former WBC world champion Juan Carlos Gomez will be back in action this Saturday (Nov. 23) in Hamburg, Germany, against Czech journeyman Jindrich Velecky. Velecky should surely be no serious test for Gomez but “The Black Panther” feels that he needs a high level of activity to get rid of the ring rust from his 14-months-lay-off.  Continue reading

Pacquiao to Roach: “Are Those The Guys That Made Fun Of You? That’s All I Need To Know”

 Pacquiao to Roach: “Are Those The Guys That Made Fun Of You? Thats All I Need To Know”When Freddie Roach and Alex Ariza got into a scuffle, it was evident that this fight, at least the competitive angle of it, is going to change its course. Verbal back and forth is always a part of boxing, its marketing and hype. Nevertheless when Alex Ariza kicked Freddie Roach and made fun of his Parkinson’s, he signed his respect away, and boxing fans are unlikely to give it back anytime soon.

Roach was also out of line, and is now being dubbed a racist for saying a few things that are certainly worthy of such a title. But knowing Roach and Wild Card, it seems very unlikely that it was anything but the heat of the moment that made him say what he did, as his gym is probably the most international one of them all. Continue reading

Roy Jones Junior will not face Bobby Gunn on Dec. 4th as planned, will box in Russia on Dec. 21st instead

Living legend and future Hall of Famer Roy Jones Junior was originally set to attempt to keep his fading career alive by facing ‘bare knuckle champ’ Bobby Gunn in Philadelphia on December 4th. Gunn – who lost to former Jones rival James Toney in his most recent sanctioned boxing match, being stopped with a broken hand after 5-rounds last April – will be disappointed, yet Jones has had a change of mind and will instead be fighting in Moscow on December 21st.

(statement from Team Toney: For the record, the reason why Bobby Gunn didn’t answer the bell was cause he didn’t want to fight James Toney anymore. Gunn did not sustain a broken hand as you reported during the fight, the following morning he was even in the lobby shaking hands and laughing with boxing fans. Also for the record, there are no medical documents whatsoever supporting that he indeed had a broken hand. We are tired of hearing the same old false reports of Bobby having a broken hand. – TEAM LIGHTS OUT) Continue reading

Mayweather/Pacquiao fight could finally happen says Arum ahead of Pacquiao/Rios clash

 Mayweather/Pacquiao fight could finally happen says Arum ahead of Pacquiao/Rios clashBoxNation to donate £2 from every new subscription this week to help Philippines disaster victims

Boxing’s biggest-ever money fight between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao could finally take place according to a key player behind the negotiations.

Top Rank CEO Bob Arum, who promotes the Filipino superstar, admitted to BoxNation that there is genuine will on his part to make the fight happen should Pacquiao overcome the relentless Brandon Rios in Macau, China this weekend.

The matchup between boxing’s two superstar names has long been mooted, ever since both men became household pay-per-view draws. Continue reading

Broner-Maidana Undercard Media Conference Call Transcript

 Broner Maidana Undercard Media Conference Call TranscriptKelly Swanson – – Thanks, everybody, for calling in. We really appreciate it. This call is to talk about this fantastic undercard, the undercard for the Adrien Broner and Marcos Maidana fight, which is December 14 from the Alamodome in San Antonio.

We’re going to start off today with Cesar Seda and Leo Santa Cruz, and then immediately following their comments and your questions for them, we will turn it over to Keith Thurman and Jesus Soto Karass. To get this call going, I’m going to introduce Richard Schaefer, Chief Executive Officer of Golden Boy Promotions.

Richard Schaefer – Thank you, Kelly. Before I get started to talk to about this sensational card, I just want to make another quick comment. There were some great fights this weekend. We had pound-for-pound great Andre Ward looking quite spectacular in defending his world title, but there was another fight which really stole the weekend. We had Kelly Swanson look more than spectacular in her first victory. Continue reading

Ringside With Raymundo: Ward No. 2 Until He Shows Desire For No. 1

 Ringside With Raymundo: Ward No. 2 Until He Shows Desire For No. 1 On a chilly Saturday night in Ontario, California, the No. 2 boxer in the world made his return and cemented his status near the top of the fight game with an oftentimes roughhouse outing against a willing yet limited challenger in Edwin ‘La Bomba’ Rodriguez.

A decently filled Citizens Business Bank Arena was treated to more than decent action in the lead up as Jonathan Arellano traded leather with Charles Huerta in an entertaining back and forth that saw the hometown Arellano take home a decision nod and Sergio ‘The Latin Snake’ continued to extend his relevance in the sport with a knockdown and a stoppage win over Milton Nunez.

Yet all eyes were on the main event as Ward was making his return after a ring absence of over one year. Continue reading

Bob Arum: “It’s Going To Be Like Hagler-Hearns”

 Bob Arum: “It’s Going To Be Like Hagler Hearns”This is OK in an event in the United States. But we’re going to throw huge security around this, because this is not something that is appreciated by the Chinese. I think, that with all this undercurrent that’s going on, it’s going to be like Hagler-Hearns,” Arum recently stated in response to the scuffle between Freddie Roach and camp Rios.

The animosity between the camps has been there since the day the fight was signed. Freddie Roach and Alex Ariza working against each other is an ingredient that is bound to create heat. Not only that, but Brandon Rios himself has been on the defense/offense, showing his strong dislike of the fact that many boxing fans as well as media members have already written him off as nothing more but a sleep chosen for slaughter. Continue reading

Has Freddie Roach’s plan backfired?

Manny Pacquiao’s hall of fame trainer Freddie Roach would have liked nothing better than to see dissension in the ranks at Camp Rios. Freddie hoped the likelihood of that happening would increase dramatically with the addition of Alex Ariza to the team. Freddie made headlines when he fired Ariza from the Pacman team. Freddie explained Ariza was a disruption to training activities, a troublemaker who couldn’t get along with anyone.

An interesting point about this whole mess seemed to be that Manny expressed no dissatisfaction with Ariza; although, he did feel he had to honor Freddie’s wish and agree to Ariza’s dismissal. Therefore, Ariza got the heave ho. Soon after, Ariza latched on to the job of training Brandon Rios for his big fight against Pacquiao. When Freddie got the news, he apparently thought (and hoped) Ariza would have a disruptive influence with the Rios Team. Continue reading

Anthony Dirrell Ready For Bika on Dec. 7 on SHOWTIME

 Anthony Dirrell Ready For Bika on Dec. 7 on SHOWTIMENEW YORK (Nov. 20, 2013) – Unbeaten Anthony “The Dog” Dirrell, who is no stranger to overcoming adversity, finally gets his crack at a world title when he challenges defending champion Sakio Bika for the WBC Super Middleweight Championship on Saturday, Dec. 7, live on SHOWTIME (8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT) from Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.

The quadrupleheader, headlined by an all-Brooklyn bout between former world champions Zab “Super’’ Judah and Paulie “The Magic Man” Malignaggi, is the first of back-to-back blockbuster events promoted by Golden Boy Promotions live on SHOWTIME. On Saturday, Dec. 14, in another four-fight telecast on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING®, rising superstar Adrien Broner will defend his WBA Welterweight Championship against dangerous, hard-hitting Marcos Maidana in the main event. Continue reading

Roach and Alex Ariza Make Pacquiao vs. Rios a Personal Affair, Adding Fuel To The Fight

By now, most boxing fans have already heard of, or seen the video where Freddie Roach gets kicked by Alex Ariza in the midst of Roach arguing with multiple members of camp Rios over gym time.

The scuffle was aggressive in nature, with not only name calling, but race as well as Roach’s Parkinson’s disease used as verbal weapons. Alex Ariza went farther than most would, not only kicking Freddie Roach but also mimicking his speech stutter.

Roach and Ariza never worked together in harmony, and their professional relationship also ended in a bad fashion. Words were said, and there was an abundance of finger-pointing coming from both sides. Continue reading

Tyson vents his Fury: announces his retirement from boxing!

 Tyson vents his Fury: announces his retirement from boxing!Remember when, after his awesome KO win over Michael Spinks, an upset Mike Tyson told the media at the post-fight press conference that he may well have fought his last fight and was retiring due to his general disgust at the way the media types had treated him? Of course Tyson never meant it, even if he was angry at the time.

Well, another fellow named Tyson who has not been altogether happy lately, namely Tyson Fury, has also announced his “retirement” from boxing. The word retirement has the speech marks surrounding it because no-one really believes or takes seriously the announcement Fury has made via Twitter, yet who knows for absolutely sure?

Fury, no doubt disgusted at his big money fight with rival British heavyweight David Haye having been cancelled twice, wrote: Continue reading

Felix Sturm: “Barker has no idea what is coming for him!”

 Felix Sturm: “Barker has no idea what is coming for him!” 3-Time World Middleweight Champion Felix Sturm invited selected media members to his training camp in Cologne, Germany, today for an exclusive press workout. Sturm, who is preparing to face IBF Middleweight king Darren Barker on December 7 at the Porsche Arena in Stuttgart, gave an insight into his vicious strength and conditioning routine.

Accompanied by light middleweight prospect and long-time friend Maurice Weber, he impressed the media with a hard-as-nails training session. “I’m in great shape”, Sturm said. “I don’t have to make weight anymore, I’m already at 160. I changed lots of things before my last fight against Predrag Radosevic and it paid off. Now, I’m even better. I will make history and become Germany’s first 4-time world champion on December 7.” Continue reading

Video: Freddie Roach kicked by Alex Ariza in Brandon Rios’ training camp

 Video: Freddie Roach kicked by Alex Ariza in Brandon Rios training campPhoto: Chris Farina – Top Rank – 24/7 Pacquiao/Rios series finale Thursday Night on HBO – Episode #3 (series finale) – Debut: THURSDAY, NOV. 21 (10:00-10:30 p.m. ET/PT) – Other HBO playdates: Nov. 21 (2:05 a.m.), 22 (8:30 p.m.), 23 (10:30 a.m.), 24 (9:00 a.m.), 25 (1:30 p.m., midnight), 26 (5:30 p.m., 2:25 a.m.), 27 (9:30 p.m.) and 28 (11:50 p.m.)- HBO2 playdates: Nov. 22 (12:15 a.m.), 23 (2:40 p.m.), 24 (12:25 a.m.) and 29 (8:30 p.m.) Series available on HBO ON DEMAND and HBO GO.

Camps break as Manny Pacquiao (54-5-2, 38 KOs) and Brandon Rios (31-1-1, 22 KOs) head to Macau for their high-stakes welterweight fight, one of the year’s most anticipated showdowns.

Video: Freddie Roach is KICKED by Alex Riza when Freddie Roach confronted Robert Garcia about taking over gym time for Manny Pacquiao. Freddie Roach, Robert Garcia and Alex Ariza all interviewed by Radio Rahim for reaction after fight included in this video. Continue reading

Chisora vs Pala on Nov 30 at London’s Copper Box Arena

 Chisora vs Pala on Nov 30 at Londons Copper Box ArenaDereck Chisora will now face the hard-hitting Ondrej Pala on Saturday 30th November at London’s Copper Box Arena.

The Finchley puncher headlines the multi-title show alongside Nathan Cleverly challenging for the Commonwealth Cruiserweight title, plus London stars Frank Buglioni and Bradley Skeete both in title action, live and exclusive on BoxNation (Sky Ch. 437/Virgin Ch. 546).

Chisora’s original opponent, Italian Matteo Modugno, was forced to withdraw from the fight over the weekend because he broke two ribs in sparring.

The 29-year-old European Champion believes that the heavy-handed Pala, who hails from Prague in the Czech Republic, will provide a much harder test than Modugno. Continue reading

Left-Hook Lounge Radio – Live at 9ET/6PT!!!

Left-Hook Lounge Radio returns to the air tonight, live at 9ET/6PT, as EastSideBoxing scribe Vivek “Vito” Wallace, Andre Gant, and Francisco Guzman preview the Paquiao/Rios fight, look back at the Ward/Rodriguez showdown, and look ahead at the Goldenboy Cards that will close the 2013 calendar year out!

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