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Left-Hook Lounge: Is Ward the New P4P King?, Is This Pacquiao’s Last Fight?, Who Next for Andre Ward?

 Left Hook Lounge: Is Ward the New P4P King?, Is This Pacquiaos Last Fight?, Who Next for Andre Ward?Dexter R. (Tampa, FL): I think it’s time Andre Ward gets serious consideration in the P4P discussion. Is it far-fetched (in your opinion) to label him as the best P4P fighter in the sport?

Vivek W. (ESB): I’ve been a huge Andre Ward fan from day one, and back in 2009 when people were laughing at me and questioning him, I said with confidence, (feel free to check the archives), that he would not only win the Super Six Tournament, but in my estimation, was already viewed as the #2 P4P fighter in the sport, trailing only behind Floyd Mayweather. That being said, perspective should always be measured down the center, with few emotions attached. Bottom line, Ward’s performance was as brilliant as you can ask, coming off such a major injury and lengthy layoff. He performed to perfection with poise and brilliance. I have nothing but praise for him, but when we speak along the lines of perspective, it’s important to note that this victory came over Edwin Rodriguez. Think about that! Continue reading

Fury Vs. Haye is off. Again! Haye has shoulder surgery, career may be over

 Fury Vs. Haye is off. Again! Haye has shoulder surgery, career may be overIt looks like those fight fans who remained interested in seeing Tyson Fury get it on with David Haye will be disappointed on a permanent basis. The heavily hyped British heavyweight showdown, that was postponed from September due to a cut suffered by Haye in some late sparring, has been called off for a second time – this time due to shoulder surgery Haye underwent in Germany this past Thursday.

And now, with some experts telling Haye he must retire from the ring, Team-Fury are searching for a replacement foe for the February 8th date the Haye fight was rescheduled for at The Phones 4U Arena in Manchester (the fight set to go out live on Sky Box Office). Continue reading

Carl Froch or GGG: Who Would Make More Sense For Ward To Face Next?

 Carl Froch or GGG: Who Would Make More Sense For Ward To Face Next?When it comes to leaving no doubt in the eyes of the boxing press and the fans, ‘Son Of God’ is a virtuoso. Being a second best pound-for-pound fighter in the world, Andre Ward has to not only sweat bullets when it comes to training, but perform in a way that suggests his absolute dominance from bell to bell.

Yesterday, after the longest layoff in his career paired with a shoulder surgery, Andre Ward left his ring rust at home, dominating the previously unbeaten Edwin Rodriguez in a fashion that proves his ownership of being a true pound-for-pound champion, dictating that Ward is a force that just might plow through the rest of the top rated competition in a similar fashion. Continue reading

Photos: Patrick Nielsen TKOs Pinzon

 Photos: Patrick Nielsen TKOs PinzonPatrick Nielsen´s homecoming to Albertslund was a successful one as he stopped Jose Pinzon in the fifth round to defend his WBA & WBO Intercontinental Middleweight Titles in style. The 22-year-old Dane (21-0, 10 KOs) knocked down his Mexican opponent (24-6, 15 KOs) with a huge left, and the referee waved the bout off after Pinzon had scrambled back to his feet. “What a great win for Patrick,” promoter Nisse Sauerland said. “Pinzon came to win and the first four rounds were tough. But Patrick did really well and caught him with a great left. He has great potential and this sets the stage nicely for a world title fight in 2014.”

Nielsen was happy with his performance. “Pinzon was a tough opponent, he had a very long reach and he really came to fight. But my coach Joey Gamache had prepared me very well. He told me what to do. I am happy I could give my fans a great KO win.” Continue reading

Ward – Rodriguez Post Fight Quotes and Photos

 Ward   Rodriguez Post Fight Quotes and PhotosTwo days ago defending WBA and Ring Magazine Champion Andre “S.O.G”. Ward (27-0, 14 KOs) declared that he would come back better than ever after a 14-month layoff, and he lived up to his claim on Saturday night by dominating challenger Edwin “La Bomba” Rodriguez (24-1, 16 KOs) in earning a lopsided unanimous decision victory at the Citizen’s Business Bank Arena in Ontario, Calif.

Scores were 118-106, 117-107, 116-108.

Billed as “THE RETURN”, the HBO® World Championship Boxing televised main event was the headliner of a nine-bout card presented by Goossen Tutor Promotions and sponsored by Toyota, Morongo Casino Resort & Spa, and the City of Ontario. The Ward-Rodriguez bout was presented in association with S.O.G. Promotions and DiBella Entertainment. Continue reading

14 mo’s off, no problem – Andre Ward dominates Edwin Rodriquez

   14 mos off, no problem   Andre Ward dominates Edwin RodriquezWhen the last time you saw an 8/7 round? That’s what happened at the Citizens Business Bank Arena, Ontario, CA when referee Jack Reiss got very angry at both Edwin “La Bomba” Rodriquez and Andre S.O.G. Ward. A lot of punches were flying in the fourth round. The problem was quite a few of then came after Reiss called “break”. One of those shots caught him, and Reiss was pissed! He halted the action and angrily signaled both men to neutral corners. Then he advised each of the three judges to deduct two points from each man. He also explained he was hit and wanted both men fined, emphasizing he would leave it up to the commission as to the amount. When he finally waved both men back to center ring, he cautioned them he wasn’t going to put up with the dirty tactics, and if it continued he would DQ one or both and they wouldn’t get paid! Continue reading

Tua v Ustinov round by round – Ustinov Beats Tua

 Tua v Ustinov round by round   Ustinov Beats TuaHamilton City, Claudelands Showgrounds: Ringside: Chants of Tua! Tua go up! The ring announcer gets an A plus for animation. Never quite seen or heard a ring announcer throw himself around the ring with so much vigour and enthusiasm in introducing fighters. Fair to say he is an excitable type of chap.

Alexander Ustinov ring walk: All you can really say about the man is he is one very big piece of humanity. His ring walk music of the Russian variety is music not often heard in this part of the world. He leaps the top rope of the ring with ease and that impressed the hell out of the crowd. At 6ft 8 and 139 kilograms (according to ring announcer) his immensity makes him a proposition for the sheer fact of his immensity – he carries no excess weight and appears in exceptional condition. Continue reading

Ward schools Rodriguez

 Ward schools RodriguezAs was expected, WBA super middleweight champion Andre Ward (27-0, 14 KO’s) took the bigger, slower Edwin Rodriguez (24-1, 16 KO’s) to school tonight in pounding out a dominating 12 round unanimous decision at the Citizens Business Bank Arena, in Ontario, California, USA. The judges scored it 118-106, 117-107 and 116-108.

The fight was ugly at times due to the back and forth roughhouse tactics that both fighters used. Ward turned the fight to the inside in the first two rounds with him smothering the bigger Rodriguez’s shots. But after the 2nd round, Ward began to use more separation to take advantage of his superior hand speed to dominate the action.

In the 4th round, Rodriguez wrapped Ward into a headlock and pushed him to the ropes. Ward then nailed Rodriguez with a big left hand thrown while still being held in the headlock. Referee Jack Reiss then called for a break, but both fighters ignored him and continued to throw punches. Continue reading

DeGale defeats Davis by one-sided decision

WBC Silver super middleweight champion James DeGale (17-1, 11 KO’s) easily beat American Dyah Davis (22-4-1, 10 KO’s) by a 12 round unanimous tonight in a one-sided fashion at the the Glow, Bluewater, Greenhithe, Kent, United Kingdom. DeGale made the fight much tougher than it should have by wasting lots of energy clowning around and trying to show off for the crowd.

If DeGale had instead channeled his showboating energy into throwing flurries, he probably would have stopped Davis within six rounds instead of having to go the distance. The judges scores were 118-110, 118-110 and 118-110. The scores were more than fair, because Davis didn’t do enough with his offense to make the fight a competitive one. Continue reading

The Pugilist KOrner: “Andre Ward vs. Edwin Rodriguez”

Tonight at 10PM EST/7PM PST, “JK Productions” presents a special blow by blow presentation of “Andre Ward vs. Edwin Rodriguez”!!

Join us as we give the fight fans an alternative to the HBO commentary in Ontario, California, 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 supplies insightful color commentary.

The Pugilist KOrner team will also discuss the always controversial weigh cutting issue, as well as the overall effect it has on the entire sport. Joseph and James will talk about the future of both fighters and give the fight fans a strategic preview of what to expect in the ring!! Continue reading

Vyacheslav Glazkov beats Garrett Wilson

 Vyacheslav Glazkov beats Garrett WilsonVyacheslav Glazkov (16-0, 11 KO’s) defeated the shorter replacement opponent Garrett Wilson (13-7-1, 6 KO’s) by a 10 round unanimous decision that was a little more competitive than the scores suggested on Saturday at the Turning Stone Resort & Casino, in Verona, New York, USA. Wilson, a cruiserweight that was picked out to replace heavyweight Tomasz Adamek, seemed to energize the Verona crowd with huge heart in trying to win against a much bigger fighter than him in Glazkov. The judges scored the fight 97-93, 98-92, 99-91.

The 6’3″ Glazkov looked huge in the ring against the 5’9″ Wilson, and it seemed incredibly strange to have two fighters so different from each other fighting on national television in the U.S. Wilson gave it his all, but it’s too bad that Main Events couldn’t find an actual heavyweight for Glazkov to fight instead of a short cruiserweight. Continue reading

Fight Talk Live (Ward vs Rodriguez Post Fight Wrap-Up)

 Fight Talk Live (Ward vs Rodriguez Post Fight Wrap Up)Tonight will be the premiere live broadcast of “Fight Talk Live”. Similar to ESPN’s “AROUND THE HORN”, fight fans will be able to not only watch live, but also interact and post live questions for the fellas to chew on! The live broadcast will begin approximately 15min after the end of the fight! (Sidenote: “Left-Hook Lounge Radio” goes live Tuesday evening with a 2hr showcase of the pending Pacquiao vs Rios showdown).

(Fight Talk Live Information Below)

The Format: Similar To ESPN’s “Around The Horn”. Your hosts will be Vivek Wallace (EastSideBoxing Resident Scribe), Andre Gant (“Boxing Decoded Series” Producer), & Latino Boxing scribe, Francisco Guzman. Continue reading

Magomed “Mago” Abdusalamov improving slightly, expected to survive

 Magomed Mago Abdusalamov improving slightly, expected to surviveSampson Lewkowicz, wishes to thank the boxing world for their prayers and donations to badly injured Russian heavyweight Magomed “Mago” Abdusalamov and has some cautiously optimistic news to convey.

“Mago still in an induced coma but is beginning to respond positively. I expect him to live. On behalf of the family and myself, I now ask you switch your prayers to his recovery. He has a very long road ahead.”

Today marks 14 days Abdusalamov has been in an induced coma at Roosevelt Hospital in New York. The 32-year-old married father of three young daughters, had to undergo emergency surgery to remove a blood clot, and part of his skull had to be removed to reduce swelling, following his brutal 10-round war against Mike Perez at The Theater at Madison Square Garden, on Saturday, November 2. In hospital, Abdusalamov came down with a 104-degree fever, which led to him suffering a stroke. Continue reading

Solis pulls out of fight with the Kingpin

 Solis pulls out of fight with the Kingpinby Kevin “Kingpin” Johnson

I wanted to let Eastside Boxing and the rest of the world know that the I have just been advised that Odlanier Solis has pulled out of our fight scheduled for November 26, 2013, In Sunrise, FL. 

Apparently, his promoter and manager signed him up for a guaranteed ass whooping that he wasn’t willing to receive. I’m sorry for all those that were looking forward to seeing me end Solis’ career but what can I do, this is the worst part of boxing, specifically the heavyweight division.

Guys like Odlanier Solis are either too afraid or too fat to fight on a consistent basis.  I’ve asked my team to continue to find the toughest and best fights out there regardless of who, where and when, and I will continue to chase opportunities across the globe.

Ustinov wins wide 12-round decision over Tua, “The Tuaman” announces his retirement

 Ustinov wins wide 12 round decision over Tua, “The Tuaman” announces his retirementMoments ago in New Zealand, Russia’s Alexander Ustinov won a wide 12-round decision over Samoan slugger David Tua. The one-sided nature of the fight surprised many and after the 12 rounds were complete there was only one winner. Ustinov won by scores of 119-110, 119-109 and 119-108.

Tua, in good physical condition, tried his best but the bigger, taller man controlled the action with his superior reach and Ustinov was also way busier. Afterwards, Tua announced his retirement from boxing. Ustinov, who improved to 29-1(21) is now looking for a big fight, maybe even a title shot being a possibility.

So we say goodbye to the 40-year-old Tua, who walks away with a 52-5-2(43) record. A major force in the heavyweight division in the 1990s and 2000s, Tua burst onto the scene with a chilling KO over John Ruiz. Continue reading

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