30.11.03 - By Elliot Worsell: Nottingham’s talented super middleweight Carl Froch 10-0 (8 KO’s) clasped his first professional title on Friday night in Derby, as he impressively handed a career first defeat to fellow prospect Alan Page 8-1 (4 KO’s) in 7 rounds for the inaugural English title.
26 year old Froch, a former World Amateur Championships Bronze medallist, and a terrific boxer in the unpaid ranks, had to face 8 fight novice and former England team-mate Page for not only the newly formed English title, but also for a shot at new British champion Tony Dodson. continue
30.11.03 - By Colin Clive: Scott Harrison regained his WBO Featherweight title on Saturday night by knocking out champion Manuel Medina in the 11th round at Glasgow’s Braehead Arena. Harrison, who had previously lost his title to Medina in his last bout, gained sweet revenge by knocking him down 4 times en route to victory.
Harrison attacked from the first bell, firing in a variety of head and body shots, which kept Medina on the defensive. Near the end of the 1st round, Harrison ripped Medina (62-14) with a clean right hand to the head that drove him back a few steps. Harrison followed, moments later, with a furry that knocked Medina down. Medina, a five time world champion, barely was able to get up and survive the round. continue
30.11.03 - By Elliot Worsell: Israel’s Finchley based heavyweight prospect Roman Greenberg had to dust himself up off the canvas last night (November 26) at the Hilton Hotel, London as he overcame a tricky assignment against cagey Latvian, Mendauga Kulikauskas in 5 rounds, to mark his 14th straight professional win.
21-year-old Greenberg, sporting the star of David on his long blue shorts, is being touted as ‘the best heavyweight prospect in the world today’ by promoter Robert Waterman, but on tonight’s evidence, Greenberg, who is only a baby in the heavyweight division, has a lot to work on with his trusty team. continue
30.11.03 - By Olaf Schroeder at Ringside: Middleweight starlet Dirk Dzemski last night retained his unbeaten record when he finally sorted out 37-year-old former IBF lightwelterweight title challenger Virgil McClendon, blasting him to the canvas in round nine in Cottbus, near the Polish border. It was an ambitous challenge by the semi-retired American from the start, but nobody can accuse him of not trying to capitalize on every trick he ever learned. continue
29.11.03 - World cruiserweight contender “Cowboy” Dale Brown is banking on his third shot against a world cruiserweight champion being the charm in 2004. Brown (30-3-1, 20 KOs), present NABF and Canadian cruiserweight champion, has lost only three of 34 pro fights, all to present or former world cruiserweight champions – present WBA and WBC title holders, Jean-Marc Mormeck (LTKO8, Aug. 2002) and cruiserweight Wayne Braithwaite (LTKO8, Feb. 2000), respectively, as well as former IBF cruiserweight title-holder Vasilly Jirov (LKO10, Sept. 1999). continue
28.11.03 - By Jerry Orikov: Former World Heavyweight contender Oleg Maskaev (27-5, 22 KOs) knocked out Britain's Julius Francis (23-15, 12 KOs) in 2 rounds on Thursday night in Moscow, Russia. Maskaev totally dominated Fransis, using his jab effectively during the 1st round, before opening up with vicious head shots in the 2nd round.
Midway through the 2nd round, Maskaev knocked Francis down with a crushing right to the head. Francis, who was badly hurt, was able to make it up before the count of ten, but then Maskaev immediately rushed in and landed several devastating body and head shots which knocked Francis down for good.
28.11.03 - By Keith Terceira: We reported to you on November 14th that Markus Beyers supposed eye infection was worse than originally thought. Consequently the possibility that an interim title bout may take place between Eric Lucas (36-5-3) and Danny Green (17-1) . Saturday during an Interbox news conference, promoter Yvon Michel and Eric Lucas announced that the fight with Danny Green was on for December 20 at the Bell Centre in Montreal.. continue
28.11.03 - Kenny Ellis makes his return to the ring Saturday December 6, 2003 at 7:30 p.m. Ellis will face journeyman fighter Willard Lewis from Edmonton Canada in a 10 round super middle weight main event. The former NABO middleweight champ Ellis is coming off of a disappointing loss to Kingsley Ikeke. continue
28.11.03 - A stable mate of Dariusz Michalczewski wants to take revenge for the only blemish inside the otherwise outstanding professional record of “The Tiger”. On January 17 undefeated Hungarian light heavyweight contender Zsolt Erdei, 18-0 (13), will challenge WBO champion Julio Cesar Gonzalez, 35-1 (22), at dm-Arena of Karlsruhe. continue
28.11.03 - “Promoter Jess Harding last evening confirmed that all lights are ‘Go’ and that the fight between Ralf Packheiser and Danny Williams can finally go ahead on December 13,” said a delighted manager Olaf Schröder, whose company Fight Production recently signed the Berlin heavyweight. continue
27.11.03 - Dennis Principe: MANILA, PHILIPPINES – Now that newly-crowned Featherweight King Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines have been feted to several accolades and financial pledges for his recent feat in San Antonio,Texas, will these get into his head and think about managing himself?
That likelihood came to fore after a reliable source revealed that Pacquiao has hired an American lawyer to negotiate on his behalf a reported deal with Cable TV Giant HBO.
Pacquiao’s hiring of the said American lawyer, whom the source declined to identify, was done without the consent of registered manager Martin Luis Elorde and business manager Rodolfo Nazario. continue
27.11.03 - By Keith Terceira: Sitting here on Thanksgiving morning, I began to contemplate all the things I had to be thankful for in my life and just how to phase it for my prayer before dinner. As I counted all my blessings my thoughts wandered to my semi professional life as a writer. There are so many people who have assisted me in both my writing and in the sport of boxing that to call them all would consume the day. So, feeble as it may seem, let me thank all those who have made this year special in the sport of boxing. continue
26.11.03 - By Frank Lotierzo: The phrase "What if" probably applies to the late Salvador Sanchez more than any other fighter in boxing history. Forget, "What if he fought Alexis Arguello?" How about, "What if he hadn't died in a tragic car accident at age 23?" Salvador Sanchez died on August 12, 1982 when he was returning to his training camp somewhere between the hours of 4 & 5 am when his Porsche rammed the back of a poultry transit truck killing him instantly. It's been more than rumored that Sanchez was racing back to camp from one of his infamous flings.
At the time of his death, Sanchez was considered one of the top pound-for-pound fighters in the world. A good case could have been made that he was the best. He was the reigning WBC featherweight champion who had just stopped Azumah Nelson in his last fight on July 21, 1982 at Madison Square Garden, making his ninth successful title defense. continue
26.11.03 - Brooke Wellby, fresh off his upset victory over Rico Tan, the new Canadian Welterweight Champion says reports that he is out of his bout with former world contender Harold Brazier are premature. "I've had the three stitches out and the doctor said the cut was shallow and not a problem," said Wellby. "I'm looking forward to the fight with Brazier." continue
26.11.03 - By Janne Romppainen: The universally recognized heavyweight champion of the world Lennox Lewis has all but retired from boxing. It might well be that the long-reigning champion never fights again. That leaves his title open to compete for the other top heavyweights. Unfortunately the situation of the division in the last couple of years could be described as Lennox Lewis and seven dwarfs. Behind the champion there is a large muddle of solid-but-not-great type of fighters who all, it seems, have beaten one top-heavyweight contender and lost to another one, which is why nobody of them is clearly above the rest.
On Saturday the 6th of December this puzzle will get solved at least a bit. Whoever wins the anticipated clash between Vitaly Klitschko and Kirk Johnson will be seen by many as the natural successor for Lewis. In the eyes of some spectators Klitschko already achieved a moral victory over Lewis last June in their clash where Klitschko was unluckily stopped because of a horrendous cut over his eye. If he is able to follow that up by defeating a legitimate top-ten contender, it will solidify his status as the next leader of the pack. On the other hand, if Kirk Johnson is able to beat the giant Ukrainian more decisively than Lewis did, it will raise his stocks a lot. continue
26.11.03 - While the main event of Duva Boxing's "Heavyweight Collision" at Madison Square Garden - Vitali Klitschko vs. Kirk Johnson has a distinct international flavor, the rest of the action-packed card is virtually all NEW YORK. The co-featured heavyweight attraction pits Buffalo's Baby Joe Mesi (27-0-0, 25 KOs) against Monte Barrett (29-2-0, 16 KOs) of Queens, and promoter Dino Duva announced today that fighters from Brooklyn, Queens, Riverdale, and New Jersey will see action on the card. continue
26.11.03 - Unbeaten junior middleweight prospect Peter Manfredo, Jr. (19-0, 9 KOs) has signed a promotional contract with Classic Entertainment & Sports, Inc. (CES), promoter Jimmy Burchfield announced yesterday at an official signing ceremony in Camille’s restaurant in historic Federal Hill. continue
26.11.03 – From devastating knockout victories to dominating performances over the championship distance, members of the DiBella Entertainment team were in fine form over the weekend of November 21-23. “I traveled from coast to coast to watch my fighters in action last weekend, and it was worth the trip to not only see the Clottey Brothers win impressively Friday night, but to be on hand as Javier Jauregui won his first world title and Jose Navarro moved closer to his own title shot,” said DiBella Entertainment President Lou DiBella. continue
26.11.03 - ATLANTA, Georgia – Welterweight prospect Paul “The Truth” Delgado is sending a warning to Paul “Magic Man” Malignaggi as they prepare for their December 6 rematch on the Vitali Klitschko-Kirk Johnson undercard at historic Madison Square Garden. “The Magic Show is over for Paulie,” Delgado promised. “It’s time for The Truth.” continue
26.11.03 - While most in the boxing world are winding down for the upcoming holiday season, Golden Boy Promotions is keeping the momentum from its record-setting 2003 going by signing yet another young prospect, unbeaten Daniel Ponce-DeLeon of Mexico. “Daniel Ponce-DeLeon typifies what a Mexican warrior is all about,” said Golden Boy Promotions President Oscar De La Hoya. continue
26.11.03 - By Olaf Schroeder: National Boxing Association middleweight champion Dirk Dzemski aims to retain his title for the fourth time when he meets American Virgil McClendon on November 29 in Cottbus, Germany over 12 rounds. The fight, promoted by SES Boxing, will go out live nationwide on DSF television. continue
26.11.03 - By Ike Enwereuzor: jacboxing.com - The new WBA International Light Heavyweight, Peter Oboh now (13-5,11 KO’s) won his WBA International laurel on November 14, 2003 by 11th round technical knockout over previously unbeaten Elvis Michailenko. Oboh began his professional career May 1993 in Cassino, Italy by successfully stopping Italian Antonio Russo in fifth round to win his first Pro bout. The WBA International champion had losses to highly rated boxers like Scott Welch, current WBO cruiserweight champ Johnny Nelson, Terry Dunstan but has impressive wins over highly regarded fighters such as Ole Klemetsen (first round knockout) and handled Thomas Hansvoll his first loss by second TKO on June 18, 1999. continue
25.11.03 - By Don Deane: Saturday night on Showtime, boxing fans were once again treated to Houston’s 3 favorite sons. Two of them native, one of them adopted. Although all three looked good in their bouts against tougher competition, there was one standout performance.
Francisco “Panchito” Bojado came in to the ring sporting a shaved head and two arm band tattoos. He looked like a meaner, tougher fighter. Much different than the fresh faced, bleached hair boy we all came to love a few years ago. But that was not the only thing different about Bojado. He came in prepared to fight a distance fight. He was prepared to take his time; use defensive skills and counter punch the much slower Rubio. He came into the fight in shape and not sapped of strength because of weight loss. To make a long story short, Bojado was just properly trained. continue
25.11.03 - By Rolando Matias: Looking back at the rich history of the most prestigious weight class in boxing, the heavyweight, it is easily notice that the pool of talent has fall short compare to other divisions. It’s been a while since we had a classic heavyweight match of the magnitude of an Ali-Frazier, or even a Cooney-Holmes fight. Yes we had Bowe-Holyfield, and Tyson-Lewis, but honestly we can compare the impact that an Ali or Foreman fight had in history to present days matches. continue
25.11.03 - Jin and Sugar Shane Mosley announce the addition of Mee-Yon Jinae Mosley to their stable. Mee-Yon, who was born November 12, at 8:34 A.M. PST, weighed in at 6 pounds 2 ounces and measured 18 inches from head-to-toe.
Sugar Shane worked Jin's corner as the chief second, helping to deliver Mee-Yon, including pulling her out and cutting the cord. Mee-Yon is home now with her brothers, reviewing fight tapes with her Daddy.
24.11.03 - By Paul Ruby: The month of December should breathe some much-needed life into the heavyweight division. The most newsworthy events of the year- Roy Jones moving up to take a title from John Ruiz, Corrie Sanders’ 5 minute demolition of Wladimir Klitschko, and Lennox Lewis’ struggles with Wladimir’s brother, Vitali- all happened in the first half of the year. Those three events illustrated to fans that the division is wide-open, and up for the taking. The presence of James Toney in the division coupled with Chris Byrd’s lackluster performance against Fres Oquendo only created more questions about the future of heavyweight boxing. While some questions will always remain unanswered, fights in the month of December should certainly shed light upon some of the questions that now exist at the same time as creating new and exciting ones.
On the first Saturday of the month, December 6, two big fights are taking place in the world’s most famous arena, Madison Square Garden. The main event that night features Ukranian giant Vitali Klitschko against Canadian Kirk Johnson. continue
24.11.03 - Four days prior to Xmas it will be KlitschKO Time in Northern Germany. On December 20 former WBO heavyweight champion Dr. Wladimir Klitschko, 41-2 (38), will take on American Danell „Doc“ Nicholson at the huge Ostseehalle in Kiel. It will be Wladimir Klitschko’s second fight since he lost his WBO world title to Corrie Sanders on March 8th in the heavyweight upset of the year. continue
24.11.03 - By Gav Macleod: The King’s Hall in Belfast was packed to capacity on Saturday night with a very vocal crowd all there to see fireworks from local boy Brian Magee. Magee was making his sixth defence of the IBO super-middleweight title against French toughman, and former WBC Middleweight World Champion, Hacine Cherifi. continue
24.11.03 - By Jim Amato: Well right now the big hoopla is the proposed Mike Tyson-Roy Jones Jr. meeting. If these two do hook up it will be a box office bonanza. I want it to happen. I still have my doubts that it will come off. Nevertheless it is the fight that the fans want to see. If it does take place, will it live up to our expectations ? continue
24.11.03 - Boxing returns to Northwest Indiana Friday, December 5 at the Omega Sports Complex here with super middleweight prospect Shay Mobley headlining the card in an eight round I.N.B.A. title bout. Mobley, who took the title from Indianapolis fireman Chris Lytle in a sensational brawl on promoter Octavious James' card October 17, will be facing Wayne Cooper of Evansville, Indiana. continue
23.11.03 - By Keith Terceira: Dominick Guinn, the much heralded heavyweight, found last night that everything is bigger in Texas, including Derrick Banks. Journeyman Banks came closer to handing the top ten ranked Guinn his first loss than any fighter to date.
Battling on the Juarez-Velasquez under card, Guinn came up with the unanimous decision against a fighter that many believed was pretty much retired. Banks had not fought for the last two years after suffering a first round knockout by Baby Joe Mesi at Foxwoods. continue
By Aladdin Freeman: As I sat at ringside on the night of February 2nd of 2002 getting ready to do a post-fight interview with Bernard Hopkins and Bouie Fischer for ESPN's "Friday Night Fights," I thought to myself that I was very lucky to be witnessing history in the making.
The history that had just occurred was Bernard Hopkins having broken the late, great Carlos Monzon's record of title defenses. I was also happy for Bouie Fischer, a man who had been in the fight game since Sugar Ray Robinson was a welterweight, and who was finally getting his due. About a month later I started to hear rumors that Hopkins and Fisher were parting ways. What was hard for me to understand was how two men who had a "handshake agreement" for their whole fighting relationship all of a sudden were headed to lawyers' offices and getting a lot of press but not the "positive boxing" kind that they were supposed to be getting. The other thing that was hard for me to understand was how Bernard Hopkins and James Fisher, who had been Hopkins' right hand man for as long as Hopkins had been a prizefighter were now at odds with each other. continue
23.11.03 - By Carlos Kalinchuk - Photo Gallery: Rocky Juarez 19-0 (14 KO’s) won his fight on the scorecards but that was about the only place he won Saturday nights fight with Hector Velasquez 36-9-1 (27 KO’s). Although he officially won the fight with scores of 118-110, 117-111, and 115-113 this was clearly not what happened in the ring. Perhaps 115-113 could possibly be accepted but he did not fight well. He would often throw punches one at a time and he gave the fight away on the inside to the taller Velasquez. Perhaps if he had done in round 12, what he didn’t do in rounds 1-11, the fight would not have been in question but I had the fight an even draw after 12 rounds. Velasquez landed more body shots and he was the busier fighter throughout. Although his style won’t sell out any stadiums in the US, it was effective, as Juarez could not seem to get uncorked to throw any punches in bunches. I caught up with Velasquez after the fight and he had this to say, “I don’t think they gave him the fight, I know they gave him the fight.” When asked about the scores, “I felt I won every round except the last one. I was fighting in his house and the judges scored it that way.” I couldn’t agree more. continue
23.11.03 - By Carlos Kalinchuk: In the opening bout of the evening, two empty pitchers of beer (literally) and hilariously started the action in the ring for the first two bouts of the evening Saturday night. Although this method is perhaps normal in some unknown college frat house in the US, in a prizefight, this had to be a first. Apparently no one alerted the person responsible for bringing the bell and the mallet (alerting the fighters of the 10 second warning) that the fights would start earlier than normal. To cheers but mostly jeers and a good laugh or two, fans were treated to the sound of two pitchers cracking together throughout the first two bouts of the evening. All kidding aside however, the fighters were only minimally confused by the very different sounds alerting them. Let’s cross our fingers that this doesn’t happen again, but I wouldn’t bet on it. continue
23.11.03 - By Hans-Martin Roehm: While everybody within the boxing business knows and appreciates the value of the journeymen – those guys that are the epitome of the have-gloves-will-travel philosophy – an article in the estimated ‘Süddeutsche Zeitung’ this week suggests that EBU vice president and former vice president of the German Federation Hans Hoegner obviously sees things drastically different.
It is common knowledge in boxing that those constant ‘losers’ are the ones that keep the game alive, always ready to give a decent test but ultimately loose to the prospects that need building up. One such fighter in Germany is 31-year-old Algerian Ramdane Kaouane, who, since turning professional in 1999, compiled a record of 5-21-1 (3 KO’s). His last outing was on Tuesday, Oct. 18, in Hamburg. In a fight televised live European-wide by Eurosport, Kaouane took on hot prospect Dimitri Sartison and did what promoter Spotlight Boxing paid him an embarrassing 700 Euro for: Lose in three rounds. continue
23.11.03 - Having gotten back to winning ways rather easily with an opening-round dismissal of overmatched Austrian Josef Brayer, after getting his unbeaten record snatched last September, WBF superwelterweight champion Mihaly Kotai went straight back into training and set camp in Los Angeles. continue
23.11.03 – By Don Cato: Oscar Larios of Mexico defended his WBC Super-Bantamweight crown by knocking out challenger Napapol Kiatlisakchicchoi in the 10th round of a 12-round bout on Saturday night at the Olympic Auditorium. Larios (50-3-1, 35 KOs) from the opening bell was on the attack. In the second round, Larios twice caught Napapol with strong rights to the head. The second punch would have decapitated most normal fighters, but Napapol was barely fazed. continue
23.11.03 – By Jeff Bastasini: Otis Grant (32-2-1) pounded out an eight round unaminous decision on Saturday night in Montreal. Grant fighting for the first time in five years, completely dominated the former three time champion Dingaan Thobela (40-11-2), pounding him with close shots to the body and right crosses to the head. The final scores were 80-70, 80-71 and 80-70.
22.11.03 - Heavyweight DaVarryl 'Touch of Sleep' Williamson (18-2, 16) announced today that he will continue his career following a loss to 'Baby' Joe Mesi on Sept. 27, 2003. "I cannot say for sure what happened, but that wasn't me in the ring that night, I froze, locked up and didn't do anything that I was trained to do" said Williamson. "I want to let my fans know that I have decided to continue my career, and that I have no intention of becoming a gatekeeper, journeyman or professional opponent. I want to be a champion, and I will be a champion." continue
22.11.03 - Professional boxing continues at the Seminole Tribe of Florida’s Coconut Creek Casino with an exciting lineup of bouts. The card features five-time world champion Hector “Macho” Camacho, former cruiserweight world champion Robert “The Preacher Man” Daniels, Friday “The 13th” Ahunanya, Ramon Garbey, Ricky “Showtime” Quiles, Celestino Caballero and Joe Johnson. continue
22.11.03 – By Frank Lotierzo: O-pin-ion: 1.unproven belief or assessment. 2.view held as probable. 3.what one thinks about something. 4a. professional advice b. Law formal statement of reasons for a judgement given. That is the definition given for the word "opinion" in the Oxford Dictionary. As most know, the common phrase regarding opinions goes something like this. Opinions: they are like rear-ends, everybody has one.
In my opinion, Sugar Ray Robinson at welterweight is the greatest fighter who has yet lived. What does that mean? Too me, it means I can make a better case supporting that he is the greatest fighter ever, than you can make one against it. In my opinion of course. The way I interpret or formulate an opinion is probably the way most do. That is gathering all facts and data, and then weighing them against common themes and probabilities in order to come up with a most likely and reasonable scenario. continue
21.11.03 – By Micah Yonkoski: It’s happened so many times that it’s almost laughable, that is unless you are Glencoffe Johnson. Glenn has been robbed more times than Seven-Eleven and it’s almost as if he’s cursed from getting over the hump. Being a lifelong Red Sox fan, I am all too familiar with this way of thinking and the foolishness that follows, but when things happen time and time again, it has to make a man wonder about a lot of things. continue
21.11.03 - By Carl M. Rice, Jr.: This has been a good year for boxing. There have been several fights that should be candidates for fight of the year, namely Toney v Jirov, Dorin v Spadafora, Gatti v Ward III, Freitas v Barrios, and Casamayor v Corrales. There have also been a number of upsets, such as Perez v Machado, Mayorga v Forrest, Marquez v Austin (which could also be a candidate for fight of the year), Sanders v Klitschko, Gonzales v Michalczewski, and just last Saturday, Pacquiao v Barrera. There are also new faces in boxing, including Ricardo Mayorga, Antonio Tarver, Juan Manuel and Rafael Marquez and Manny Pacquiao. However, on December 13, which is less than 23 days away (I’ve been counting them down), the year comes to a magnificent close as one of the biggest and best pay-per-view cards that I have ever seen will be presented to boxing fans around the world. The sheer thought of getting five world-class fights in one night makes me want to cry with joy. Don King has certainly outdone himself this time, as even his mountain-like hair and nonsensical words can’t overshadow this night of boxing. continue
21.11.03 – By Janne Romppainen: Sometimes it happens that even more memorable than the great fights are the great single rounds in those bouts. An action-packed three-minute stanza can portray the whole fight in miniature. After other details of the fights have already been forgotten, the best of rounds are still fresh on our minds, reminding us about everything that took place in the ring in that particular night. It has been said that nobody who watched the first round of Marvin Hagler – Tomas Hearns live breathed in three minutes. Even though the fight itself was a short one, it is remembered as one of the greatest wars ever, mostly because of that incredible three minutes of action. Or how about Larry Holmes and Ken Norton slugging it out in the 15th and final round? One of the best heavyweight bouts in history climaxed in a manner that left nobody cold. From the more recent examples, the fifth round of the amazing war between Erik Morales and Marco Antonio Barrera in 2000 told the whole story of the fight. Also the first fight between Arturo Gatti and Mickey Ward was one of the most brutal bouts of our recent memories, but the ninth round of it was the one that made it a classic.. continue
21.11.03 - Sven Ottke will defend his IBF Super Middleweight Title in Nuremburg, Germany against 32 year old Robin Reid. "Reid is a strong opponent. His 27 KO victories prove that. He is a psychically robust and extremely intelligent boxer", said Ottke.
21.11.03 – On the advice of promoter Gary Shaw and his security detail, undefeated super middleweight contender and 2000 U.S. Olympian, JEFF “LEFT HOOK” LACY, will be bringing his own royal footmen to Manchester, England, in light of the security breaches at Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle which have been detailed over the past few days by Ryan Parry of the Daily Mirror. continue
21.11.03 - By Jim Amato: For most of the 1960’s and part of the early 1970’s Canadian George Chuvalo was a mainstay in the talent rich heavyweight ratings. RING Magazine founder Nat Fleischer called George on of the most durable fighters he had ever seen. In his long distinguished career the rock jawed Chuvalo was NEVER off his feet. continue
21.11.03 - Carlos "Stiff-jab" Kalinchuk: "This town ain't big enough for the both of us!" Whether it was Clint Eastwood or John Wayne making this comment, this statement often held the premise to most TV westerns for the as long as I can remember. Tomorrow night in Houston Texas, it will be no different. As part of Showtime's Championship Boxing, and one of the most exciting fight cards to come to the Bayou city in some time, hometown products Juan "El Torito" Diaz will be squaring off against fellow Houstonian Joel Perez. Although some will say it's just an opponent for Diaz, make no mistake about it; it's for more than that. It's about proving yourself against a tough fighter, but most importantly, it's for local bragging rights. Who's the toughest Jr. Welterweight in the Bayou City? After Saturday, we'll all know. continue
20.11.03 – Three of boxing’s most highly regarded young stars – featherweight Rocky Juarez, junior welterweight Francisco “Panchito” Bojado and lightweight Juan Diaz – will appear in separate bouts on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING Saturday, Nov. 22, at 9 p.m. ET/PT. Juarez, 23, the 2000 Olympic Games silver medalist, will fight for his first title when he takes on WBO No. 4/WBC No. 10 featherweight contender, Hector Velazquez, in a 12-rounder for the WBC Continental Americas featherweight crown. continue
Promoter Art Pelullo/Banner Promotions has confirmed J.C. Candelo vs Kassim Ouma as the co-featured fight on the January 3, 2004, world championship boxing event televised on Showtime. Pelullo said today, "We're very pleased that J.C. Candelo will fight Kassim Ouma in the co-feature on January 3. It's a terrific match - two top jr. middleweight contenders in an IBF eliminator, scheduled for 12 rounds to determine the IBF's number-one ranking and mandatory challenger for world champion Winky Wright." continue
20.11.03 - Welterweight king, Ricardo “El Matador” Mayorga, has completed over a month of training and is deeply entrenched in his preparations at his training camp in Ft. Pierce, Florida for his December 13th undisputed welterweight battle against Cory Spinks. With temperatures soaring in the 80s outside and the gym temperature hovering around 90 degrees, Mayorga is steeled for combat. Some interesting news items from inside Camp Mayorga include: continue
LOS ANGELES, November 19 – Just days away from presenting its first pay-per-view show, Golden Boy Promotions is pleased to announce the signing of two fighters that are expected to be pay-per-view attractions in the coming years – two division world champion Fernando Montiel and unbeaten knockout artist Edwin Valero. continue
19.11.03 – By Keith Terceira: The Reliant Center in Houston will host a WBC Continental America Jr. Welterweight Championship featuring Francisco Bojado versus Juan Carlos Rubio (30-6-2). It is surely a revenge match for the loss Bojado suffered to Rubio in February in Uncasville! Juan Carlos hopefully is better prepared for Francisco then he was for, Jose Cruz, a 12-11-2 fighter that took him by surprise and who went the distance with Juan in his last outing. continue
18.11.03 – After broadcasting more than 500 bouts during an 18-year span, SHOWTIME will present separate fights from dual continents for the first time in its history on Saturday, Feb. 7, 2004, beginning at 9 p.m. ET/PT. In the SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING main event from Moscow, Russia, WBC/IBF 140-Pound Champion and WBA Super 140-pound Champion, Kostya Tszyu, will defend his titles in a highly anticipated rematch against former world champion and current IBF No. 1 140-pound contender, Sharmba Mitchell. continue
18.11.03 - “Return of Friday Night Fights: The Showdown Part 2,” promoted by Pendarvis Boxing Promotions, in association with the Dew Drop Boxing Club, has been rescheduled two weeks later to December 12 in Worcester (MA). The venue also has changed and the show will be held at the Worcester National Guard Armory (Lincoln Street). continue
18.11.03 - IBF # 4 middleweight contender Evans Ashira (23-0, 13 KOs) can’t wait to be the “neighbour” to the world middleweight champion. No matter if it is Bernard Hopkins or William Joppy after December 13. Ashira was scheduled to fight an official WBA eliminator continue
18.11.03 - By Walter Donovan: Manny Pacquiao’s brilliant performance in dethroning Marco Antonio Barrera of his linear featherweight title has fans clamoring to know what’s next for the exciting new star. But before that can be addressed, his strengths and weaknesses must be expounded.
Barrera, now 30, stated the 24-year-old Pacquiao reminded him of his younger self, and the vanquished former champ couldn’t have been more correct. Manny displayed a frightening work-rate, much of which can be attributed to his youth and conditioning. Trainer Freddie Roach said “Pac Man” trained very hard, and it showed, as Pacquiao threw between 80 and 100 punches in most of the eleven rounds of action. continue
17.11.03 - By Carl Rice: The month of November has been incredible for the sport of boxing. In 3 consecutive weeks, boxing fans have been treated to a boxing feast, which included three of the very best boxing had to offer. The result of those 3 matches not only established who was the best fighter in their respected division, but they also created a major stir in the boxing community and created a shuffle in the mythical pound for pound stakes. continue
17.11.03 - By Elliott Worsell: When Hall of Fame trainer Angelo Dundee utters the words ‘this kid is the fastest heavyweight I’ve seen since Muhammad Ali’ you’d naturally expect big time American TV bosses to be tripping over each other in the race to find this potential US sport saving goldmine. But then, when you find out this ‘kid’ Dundee speaks of, is of Israeli descent and based in the humble surroundings of Maidenhead, England you somewhat have to double cross and pinch yourself upon hearing the comment, Dundee of course, was talking about a certain Roman Greenberg. continue
17.11.03 - By Keith Terceira: I began this article with the intentions of giving a cliquey on the boxing career of Canadian Champion Earl Walls, but became intrigued by the entire Walls family. One can only imagine the trials and tribulations endured by the Walls family founder Jon Freeman Walls. continue
17.11.03 - By Bernie McCoy: Who knew? All this time no one suspected that Mia St. John was an Abraham Lincoln admirer. I submit that conjecture given the manner in which Mia interacts with the media. She has followed a paraphrase of Lincoln's famous pronouncement, "You can fool some of the people all of the time, and that's who you should concentrate on". continue
17.11.03 - By Frank Lotierzo: Do most hard-core boxing fans miss the 15 round championship bouts, or is it just me? Most of the modern day boxing history was made during the era of the 15 round championship distance fights. In fact, a portion of Joe Louis' title defenses were scheduled for 20 rounds.
Not since the rematch between Larry Holmes and Michael Spinks in April of 1986 has a heavyweight title fight gone or been scheduled for 15 rounds. I don't care what anyone says, 15 rounds separates the champions and contenders. To this day, I don't think anyone knows for sure the real reason for the title fight distance being shortened to 12 rounds. continue
17.11.03 - One month after his first defeat as a professional boxer Dariusz Michalczewski made his decision for his future. The longtime light heavyweight world champion of Universum Box-Promotion will continue his career. The 35-year-old German-Pole who lost his WBO crown on October 18 to Mexican Julio Cesar Gonzalez announced his decision on today’s press conference at the Atlantic hotel in Hamburg. continue
17.11.03 - By Carlos Kalinchuk, ringside at the Alamodome, San Antonio: In the first bout of the evening, the fireworks began quickly when unbeaten San Antonio Super Flyweight Gabriel Elizondo 13-0 was nearly upset by Mexico’s Nelson Soto 9-5 in the first round. This occurred after a hard left sent him to the canvass flat on his back midway through the round. The punch seemed to land so unexpectedly that when Elizondo fell, it looked as if he were trying to see if the back of his neck could touch the backs of his ankles. continue
16.11.03 - By Carlos Kalinchuk: Oscar took the mic along with Jesse James Leija first and they had this to say: Oscar DelaHoya: “I want to thank Leija for a spectacular win."
James Leija: “You don’t have to say “Jess” James Leija (Smiles).”
Oscar DelaHoya: “James, James, James. We’re looking for good things for James. He looked excellent today. He was in great shape. He’s hungry. I saw that he has a desire to become World Champion again. As his promoter, I will go and try and get a World Title for him. Obviously that’s his number one goal now that he’s determined to become world Champion again. Here’s your world Champion ‘Jesse’ James Leija to say a few words.” Applause. continue
Just when you thought the boxing experts had it right, Manny Pacquiao 38-2-1 proved them and the world wrong with a scintillating performance over (former) “King of The Featherweights” Marco Antonio Barrera 57-4. The predictions were many and varied. Some predicted it would be a much closer fight, many others saw the more experienced Barrera schooling the younger lion, while still others saw a fast KO of Barrera early on with the probability of that shrinking as the fight went on. Tonight the answer to all those predictions was no, no, and no! Barrera did not just get beaten, but he was dominated unlike ever before in his career. Both Junior Jones fights were competitive but this fight had none of the give and take action we’ve come to expect from Barrera with him getting the better of his opponent. No, in nearly every exchange, he was outworked, out-hustled, and out punched. He was floored once in round 3, and then again in round 11. When Barrera did nothing in return and began to absorb more punishment along the ropes, trainer Rudy Perez put one leg through the ropes with a white towel letting Referee Lawrence Cole know he, like many fans on hand had felt their hero had taken enough. No one protested the stoppage, least of all Barrera. He had two cuts over his left eye and above his right eyebrow. His nose was bloody, and his left eye had been swelling shut. continue
16.11.03 - TV programming note: The popular Klitschko Brothers, Vitali and Wladimir, will square off with Jimmy Kimmel on Jimmy Kimmel Live Monday night on ABC-TV (12:05 a.m. ET/PT/11:05 p.m. CT). Other guests Monday night will include actor John Stamos and musical group, Mini Kiss...
16.11.03 - By Dennis Principe: SIMPLY dominating! These are two simple but definitive words that aptly describe the demolition job done by Filipino IBF world Superbantamweight champion Manny Pacquiao over Mexican Marco Antonio Barrera yesterday at the hostile Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. continue
16.11.03 - By Ben Yap: In a very exciting boxing match, Manny Pacquiao the reigning IBF Super Bantamweight Champion from Santos City, Philippines knocked out Marco Antonio Barrera, the Featherweight Champion with a terrific display of punching power. The fight took place in San Antonio, Texas. continue
16.11.03 - By Keith Terceira: Manny Pacquiao totally destroyed one of the top five pound for pound fighters in the world tonight. From round one to round eleven, the speed, power and stamina that Manny displayed was enormous. Right hand jabs followed by the straight left in rapid fire succession, over and over, again and again. It was as brutal as it was beautiful. continue
15.11.03 - By Jeff Bastasini: IBF Jr. Featherweight Champion Manny Pacquiao scored an impressive 11th round TKO over Featherweight champion Marco Antonio Barrera on Saturday night at the Alamo Dome in San Antonio, Texas. In a devastating display of raw punching power, Pacquiao attacked Barrera from start to finish before the referee stopped the one sided massacre in the 11th. continue
15.11.03 - By Frank Lotierzo: After watching the Roy Jones-Antonio Tarver fight a second time, it reconfirms what I thought after watching it live. Jones won. Although Tarver put up a good fight, and beat Jones up more than he was beaten up by Jones at certain points, there can be no case made for Tarver. As long as boxing is scored by the round, Jones was the winner.
What Antonio Tarver did was fight in spurts and won some rounds solidly over Jones. However, there were no 2-point rounds in favor of either fighter. The bottom line is, Tarver didn't let his hands go enough and just followed Jones around the ring. While Tarver was following Jones, Jones' was scoring and fighting more effectively. Tarver let too many crucial rounds slide by without taking charge. The rounds that Tarver wasn't assertive, Jones won. continue
15.11.03 - By Ike Enwereuzor - JacBoxing.com: Emmanuel "Sleek" Clottey, a two-time Ghanaian champion was at the Ghana Consulate Mission in Midtown, Mahattan, New York City to officially announce his next fight against Jesus Santiago for the IBA Continential junior welterweight championship. This event will take place on Friday Novemeber 21, at The Crowne Plaza Hotel, in New York City. This event billed "Broadway Boxing" will be promoted by DiBella Entertainment. Clottey was represented by David Itskowitch of DiBella Entertainment, Joshua Clottey, who is expected to feature on this card, also attended.
Co-main event will also showcase another Ghanaian Boxing Star, world rated contender "Sir" Kofi Jantuah (25-1) 15KO's now fighting out of Las Vegas, NV. Jantuah will square off against ILoyd Joseph (12-4-3) 5KO's from St Croix, Virgin Island on a 10 rounds jr middleweight bout. continue
15.11.03 - By Ike Enwereuzor: Former Gold medalist Mohamad Abdulaev made a successful come back Saturday Novemebr 15, in Bayreuth, Germany. He improved his professional record to 12-1 with 10 Knockouts by stopping Marian Leondraliu in round four. This is Abdulaev's first fight since his KO lost to Ghanaian Emmanuel Clottey last summer June at Mohegan Sun Casino, CT.
15.11.03 - Tuaman Inc. Management (Kevin Barry and Martin Pugh) were very happy with the ruling delivered by Justice Fisher in the Auckland High Court on Friday November 14. Tuaman Inc. initiated proceedings against David Tua and were granted each of the orders that they were seeking. continue
15.11.03 - By Spud Woollatt: In his best performance for sometime Johnny Nelson beat Alexander Pektovic to retain his WBO Cruiserweight Champion Title. The result however left British Eastside wondering how some judges score fights. Two judges from Spain and Puerto Rico had the fight 115-113 in Nelsons favour, where the German judge scored the fight a 114-114 draw. continue
15.11.03 - By Elliott Worsell: In a swelteringly hot York Hall, Bethnal Green, Bermondsey’s Cruiserweight prospect David Haye 8-0 (8 KO’s) was in the fire breathing mood we come to expect from the ex amateur starlet, as he demolished the overmatched Tony Dowling 10-6 (3 KO’s) in one round for the newly formed English Cruiserweight Title. continue
15.11.03 - By Don Cato: Former Heavyweight contender Andrew Golota, 242 (38-4 ) stopped an overweight, 256 Terrence Lewis (31-13) in the 6th round round of a scheduled 10 round bout. Golota opened the fight as he does every match by slowly moving out of his corner and throwing chopping right hands, most of which missed badly. continue
15.11.03 - By Carlos Kalinchuk: This afternoon at the Sunset Station in San Antonio Texas, as part of the “Clash of The Titans” fight card promoted by Oscar DelaHoya, all of Saturday’s combatants participated in an open to the public weigh in. Although there were many fans on hand, the afternoon didn’t really get started until emcee Steven Engelbrecht introduced HBO’s Michael Buffer to the stage. continue
14.11.03 - By Keith Terceira: November 14, 1998 may have been the toughest bout in Magic Grants pro-career when he lost to Roy Jones Jr. but his toughest fight in life was still to come. After a five year layoff Otis Grant (31-2-1) has returned to the ring. Well, he is waiting to return, hopefully his bout with Dingaan Thobela (40-10-2) will come off on November 22 at Bell Centre in Montreal. continue
14.11.03 - By Keith Terceira: Reports are circulating in Montreal that Markus Beyer and his camp is hiding the fact that he has a detached retina. The official take on the matter was that it is an eye infection. Media in both Germany and in Canada are beginning to report it is indeed worse. When contacted today Interbox who handles Eric Lucas confirmed that they to suspect this is true. continue
14.11.03 - By Janne Romppainen: The circuit of the best fighters of the world fighting one week apart from each other continues this weekend, as the modern-day great featherweight Marco Antonia Barrera faces Manny Pacquiao on Saturday, 15th of November. Even though Barrera doesn't at the moment hold any title belts, he is clearly the premier fighter of the 126lbs division and he is considered by many among the top-5 fighters pound-for-pound in the world. Whether he will make a great statement of his skills in the way Floyd Mayweather did two weeks ago, or face unexpected trouble like Roy Jones last weekend, that remains to be seen. The card which is promoted by the boxing superstar Oscar De La Hoya isn't among the biggest of the year, but the main event should turn out to be an interesting one nevertheless.
The reigning IBF super bantamweight champion Manny "Pacman" Pacquiao is a young, colourful and powerful fighter out of Philippines, Asia. He possesses a solid record of 37 wins, two losses and a draw with 29 knockouts despite being only 24 years of age. continue
14.11.03 - Brother acts are not a rarity in boxing. There have been the brothers Spinks - Michael and Leon - Buddy and Max Baer, and most recently the Klitschko brothers (Vitaly and Wladimir). But it is unusual for two brothers to be fighting on the same card, and that will happen on Friday night, November 21, when Emmanuel Clottey, making his first ring appearance since a sensational knockout victory over Olympic gold medalist Muhammed Abdullaev continue
14.11.03 - By Spud Woollatt: Latest News ... Johnny Nelson - British Eastside were fortunate enough to speak to Johnny Nelson who is staying in a hotel in Bayreuth, Germany prior to defending his WBO Cruiserweight Title against Germany's Alexander Pektovic. Firstly Johnny informed Eastsideboxing how the weigh in went today (Johnny Nelson 13st 7 3/4lbs, Alexander Pektovic 13st 6lbs), continue
14.11.03 - Interview By Carlos Kalinchuk: With the clock ticking to the big showdown between Marco Antonio Barrera and Manny Pacquiao, I caught up with Oscar in San Antonio on a variety of topics. From his thoughts on Evander Holyfield, to one of his funniest moments in boxing, this is a good read. Enjoy.
Eastside Boxing: You've been pretty business savvy in your career as opposed to other fighters who have left the sport and have had nothing really going for them years later. With your exploits in Boxing, singing and promoting, how do you view boxing today? Do you see it more as a business?
Oscar DelaHoya: At this point we do look at it like a business. At the same time it's a passion of course that I have and I love being in the ring but it's a business. continue
14.11.03 - By Paul Ruby: I tend to write boxing articles that revolve around boxers of the past, their fights, and the historical significance of those fights. Writing is a science of revision, and I prefer to give myself the time to look back over past events, evaluate them, and discuss their consequences. This allows a writer the opportunity to avoid rushing to quick decisions--to avoid making snap judgments. continue
14.11.03 - Juarez, Bojado and Diaz participated in a conference call to discuss their upcoming fights on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING Saturday, Nov. 22, at 9 p.m. ET/PT. Juarez, 23, the 2000 Olympic Games Silver Medalist, will fight for his first title when he takes on WBO No. 4/WBC No. 10 featherweight contender, Hector Velazquez, in a 12-rounder for the WBC Continental Americas featherweight crown. continue
14.11.03 - Interview by Carlos Kalinchuk: On the eve of his showdown with Manny Pacquiao 37-2-1, Featherweight King Marco Antonio Barrera 57-3 spoke with me at length about a variety of topics. From his broken relationships with the Maldonado's to Manny Pacquiao and what motivated him choose boxing. This is a good read and as always, Barrera was very relaxed throughout our conversation. Oftentimes when fighters near fight night they are often unapproachable. Marco on the other hand is a different breed altogether. Enjoy.
EastSide Boxing: When you came to Oscar and you were very upset with the Maldonado's (Oscar and Ricardo) and Mr. Johnson. Can you comment about that? Marco Antonio Barrera: It was difficult to realize that the people that I trusted were robbing me and stealing from me left and right. I'm just glad that we were able to come to an agreement with Oscar and everything balanced itself out and now we're fighting with the same desire to keep working. continue
14.11.03 - Julio "The Knock-out Artist" Aquino returns off of his August 21st win as the Main Event for Desert Storm II. 5 for Life Entertainment presents "Rumble on the Main Line VII - Desert Storm II" at the Adams Mark Hotel (4000 City Ave ; City Ave & Monument Rd; Philadelphia, PA) on Friday, November 21st at 8 pm. continue
14.11.03 -Carlos "Stiff-jab" Kalinchuk: As part of this weekends fight card and "Clash of the Titans" show in San Antonio, there will be a weigh in open to the public. The weigh in time is scheduled for 2pm at the Sunset Station and Saloon. The address is 1174 E. Commerce drive. If you are unfamiliar with San Antonio it is located on the Northern side of the Alamodome near the shuttle buses. continue
14.11.03 - Carlos “Stiff-jab” Kalinchuk: Today in San Antonio, Oscar DelaHoya of Golden Boy Promotions and Murad Muhammed kicked off this weekend’s Main Event between “The Baby Faced Assassin” Marco Antonio Barrera and Manny “The Destroyer” Pacquiao at the La Villita Assembly Hall with a Press Conference. The Press Conference was open to the public and the turnout was a good as well as loud. “Jesse” James Leija’s Manager, Lester Bedford emceed the event. The Mariachi’s were in full force as they played when Oscar and Marco were introduced and made their way to the podium. On hand were the main and co-main event fighters. They each took their opportunities on the mike and gave their insight on Saturdays fight. continue
13.11.03 - Daniel “The Rock” Dawson could soon be known as one of Australia’s ultimate fighting machines. Dawson turned his back on kickboxing to pursue his dream to become a world boxing champion, already the Australian Junior Middleweight Champion Dawson is amongst the most active pay for punch fighters in the country and is about to get even busier. continue
13.11.03 - On Wednesday, November 26th, Promoter Bobby Hitz of Hitz Boxing presents the 11th annual edition of the Thanksgiving Eve Ramada Rumble. A fight fans feast, the evening includes a tasty world-class middleweight main course, large portions of heavyweight whoop-ass and for dessert, a ladies bout. continue
13.11.03 - Interview by Carlos "Stiff-jab" Kalinchuk: This past Saturday, I had the opportunity to sit down with one of boxings greatest ambassadors, former Two-Time World Champion, "Jesse" James Leija 44-6-2 of San Antonio, Texas. He's scheduled to fight a very tough opponent in Fernando Mena 17-6-1 of Durango Mexico this Saturday night at the Alamodome as part of the "Clash Of The Titans" show promoted by (his) promoter Oscar DelaHoya. Because of the re-play of Roy Jones Jr.'s fight with Antonio Tarver his fight with Mena will not be televised. Although I have spoken and interviewed James on numerous occasions, this is the most inspired I have seen him in quite some time. With the addition of his former trainer Ronnie Shields he's got a lot to be excited about. continue
13.11.03 - Two highly regarded heavyweights with splendid records-Derek Bryant of Philadelphia and Jovo Pudar of Queens, N.Y.-clash in the 10-round main event on the nationally and internationally televised "Everlast Heavyweight Explosion" card presented by Cedric Kushner Promotions Saturday, Nov. 22, at Caesars Tahoe in Stateline, Nev. continue
13.11.03 – In boxing's storied history, many young fighters have wilted under the glare of television lights, never to be heard from again. But then there are fighters like DiBella Entertainment's Jose Navarro, an unbeaten junior bantamweight contender who not only perform under that same glare, but excel. continue
12.11.03 - By Elliot Worsell: ‘Ring Magazine’ 122 lb world champion, Fort Worth’s Paulie Ayala 34-2 (12 KO’s), returns to the ring a year after his gallant losing effort to WBC Featherweight champion Erik Morales 12 months ago, as he tackles tough Mexican Edel Ruiz 24-10-3 in his home town on Friday November 14. The 33-year-old Ayala is back down at his natural super bantamweight weight class, and is looking to secure some mouth-watering battles with the likes of the divisions belt holders Manny Pacquaio, Oscar Larios, Mahyar Monshipour and Joan Guzman.
But first the likeable and down to earth Ayala must lock horns with the durable and gutsy Mexican Ruiz, who has gone the 12 round distance with the aforementioned Guzman and a close 8 rounds with Texan Danny Flores, and is renowned for his sturdy chin and unquenchable spirit. The bout is scheduled for 10 hard rounds, and subsequently Paulie’s 122 lb title will not be on the line. continue
12.11.03 - By Ike Enwereuzor: www.Jacboxing.com - WBC top rated heavyweight contender Kirk "Bubba" Johnson of Nova Scotia, Canada now (34-1-1) with 25 Knockouts is expected to meet former WBO Heavyweight champion Vitali "Dr. Ironfist" Klitschko of (32-2) 31KO's on Saturday night December 6, at Madison Square Garden, New York City for the WBC eliminator winner emerging as the mandatory challenger to Heavyweight World Champion Lennox Lewis.
This event will be promoted by Duva Boxing in conjunction with Universum Promotions. Kirk Johnson was at the Grand central Oyster Bar, New York City, on Wednesday, November 12, to promote this card billed "Heavyweight collision at the Mecca".The co-main event will feature two heavyweights from New York Monte Barrett and Joe "Baby" Mesi. Here's what the WBC No.9 heavyweight contender had to say about his training and upcoming battle with Dr. Ironfist...... continue
12.11.03 - Hamburg - Universum Box-Promotion added another former amateur star to it’s professional boxing stable in Hamburg. Heavyweight Ruslan Chagaev, a two time amateur world champion from Uzbekistan, will now be fighting for the German promoter. The 25-year-old Chagaev is already 6-0-1 with 5 knockouts as a professional. continue
12.11.03 - By Andrew Mullinder: After his Super-Heavyweight victory at the Sydney Olympics, Audley Harrison was a national hero, yet his fall from this peak of popularity in Britain has been more acute than any sportsman should experience. From day one, Harrison has been on a put on a pedestal to be knocked down; from day one, a combination of circumstances and his own relentless self promotion have made him a millionaire while exposing him to huge amounts of public scrutiny, setting impossible (both real and imagined) targets and created a public relations disaster. So, how has Harrison progressed? Is he the white elephant many in the UK would believe? Or is he a genuine – and genuinely under appreciated – future World Champion? continue
12.11.03 - By Dr Z: Boxing is in serious decline. Yes, it is. The heavyweight division is drained. The judging in main events stinks. The rankings are a joke. WBA, WBC, IBF, IBO, WBO.....one can go dyslexic merely thinking about them. Many fighters aren't motivated. Yes--there are a few good pound per pound fighters out there, but if you take a close at the age demographics, only Floyd Mayweather is young and he's hardly a fan favorite. continue
12.11.03 - By Ron Champ Miller: Hello fight fans!!!!!!!!! The tag team of Batman and Robin gives boxing 2 more black eyes? Why? Read on......I am talking about Derrick "Choke" Gainer and "Ole" Roy Jones Jr. Both were seen last embarrassing their sport. Gainer by not fighting, and then pretty much just quitting, and Jones by coming in "weight drained"(sounds like an excuse, if you ask me). continue
11.11.03 - Carlos “Stiff-jab” Kalinchuk: This past Saturday, hot Heavyweight Prospect Dominick Guinn 23-0 took an inadvertent glove to the eye while sparring. While it was first thought he might miss his date with Derrick Banks 20-10-1 on November 22nd here in Houston, yesterday he was cleared to fight and his eye is fine according to Legendary Trainer Ronnie Shields.
“It was just a minor thing after all” said Shields. That’s great news for fans everywhere because Dominick is definitely a rising star in the Heavyweight Division. He will be on the non-televised portion of the Showtime Championship Boxing card. So if you want to this Superstar in the making, you’ve got to come to the fight!
11.11.03 - WORCESTER, Mass. – Pro boxing returns November 28 to Worcester (MA) with “Return of Friday Night Fights: The Showdown Part 2,” promoted by Pendarvis Boxing Promotions, in association with the Dew Drop Boxing Club, at The Palladium. Former IBU World and 2-time NABF champion “Sucra” Ray Oliveria (45-9-2, 231 KOs) headlines the card against TBA in the 10-round main event. continue
11.11.03 - By Frank Gonzalez Jr.: Congratulations to WBA Heavyweight Champion, Roy Jones Jr. for winning the Light Heavyweight titles. I have to tip my hat to Roy Jones, who after 14 years, was finally in a tough, competitive and exciting fight. With most of Jones recent fights televised on PPV, this was the first time I got my money’s worth. Tarver proved to be a cut above Jones usual suspect opponents so I salute Jones for finally providing this fan with some value for the cost of watching him fight.
I realize that it’s politically incorrect to not think the world of Roy Jones Jr. Anyone who criticizes Roy is immediately dismissed as a ‘hater’ by his cadre of ever loyal fans. Considering the low quality of opponents Jones has built his record on, I think he is fair game for critical evaluation. Especially since he calls himself the best pound for pound fighter in the world. To his credit, he answered the question that lingered for a decade; how would Roy deal with adversity? He took his lumps and never went down. I respect him for that. continue
11.11.03 - Carl ‘The Cobra’ Froch commences his title charge as he takes on Alan Page in a scheduled 10 round bout for the English Super-Middleweight Title at the Derby Storm Arena on the 28th November. The clash will also be an eliminator for the British Super-Middleweight Title, being contested between Tony Dodson and Allan Foster in Belfast later this month. continue
11.11.03 – SHOWTIME, which began broadcasting the sweet science with SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING on March 15, 1986, will televise its 500th fight on Saturday, Nov. 22, when WBC No. 11 super lightweight contender, Francisco Bojado, takes on Juan Carlos Rubio in the second fight of a three-fight telecast from Reliant Park in Houston, Texas. continue
11.11.03 - Undefeated German cruiserweight contender Alexander Petkovic is facing the first world title shot of his career on November 15 in Southern Germany’s Bayreuth. The 23-year-old will challenge reigning WBO 190 pound champion Johnny Nelson at the Bavarian Oberfrankenhalle on Saturday. For the 36-year-old British it will be the eleventh defense of the title he won back in March of 1999. continue
09.11.03 - By Spud Woollatt: Howard Eastman Is NOT Stripped Of His Title
In an exclusive interview with British Eastside this evening, Mick Hennessy has spoke about the rumours circulating British Boxing concerning his exciting World Class Middleweight, Howard Eastman.. continue
09.11.03 - By Frank Lotierzo: Now that Roy Jones has regained his light heavyweight title belts, where does he go? In defeating Antonio Tarver, he beat the top light heavyweight in the world, after him. And yes, Jones did deserve the decision over Tarver. He didn't take Tarver apart, but he showed he's more of a champion than Tarver. When the fight was on the line, Jones did what all-time greats do. He sucked it up in the last two rounds, and clearly won them. By Jones winning the last two rounds, it made the fight 115-113 Jones, or 7-5 in rounds.
I thought Jones was a little weakened by the weight loss, but Tarver's style caused more problems than the weight loss did. When Tarver looks at the tape of the fight, he'll realize that he let the fight slip away. He had Jones on a night he could've been defeated, yet he was happy just showing he could fight him on equal terms. I'm sorry, Tarver didn't do enough in some of the crucial rounds to be awarded them. In my book, you must let your hands go, especially in a close fight. Jones did, Tarver didn't. End of story, although it wasn't spectacular, Jones won the fight. continue
09.11.03 - by Ben Yap: Jones the current WBA Heavyweight Champion vs Antonio Tarver WBC Light Heavyweight Champion. No title was on the line as Tarver had relinquished his belt. Jones wore Blue with White Stripe, Tarver, Purple with Red Trim. Here's how the action went:
Round 1: Tarver came out in the first round pumped and aggressive, this is the fight he had been wanting for a long time now. He had a point to prove and he was going to prove it. Jones probably knowing this, chose to fight the first round more defensively, waiting for Tarver to 'cool down'. Jones stayed out of range, used a lot of feints, but landed very few meaningful punches. He did land a good body shot though. Tarver spent most of the round finding his range with the jab. He trapped Jones in a corner to end the round and landed a nice right hand which didn't faze Jones who waved him in. At the end of the round, Jones complained of a low blow, which on a replay, turned out to be an accidental head butt. Jones’ cornerman advised him to keep the fight on the outside. continue
08.11.03 - MY TWO CENTS WORTH: By Kent Appel @ringside - A funny thing happened on the way from the Celebrity Theatre in Phoenix, Arizona this past Thursday night following Vissilily Jirov’s sixth round TKO victory over Joseph Kiwanuka, in a bout that headlined a Goossen Tutor promotion that will be broadcast on Fox Sports Network Sunday night fights, the dog ate my report!
Borrowing from that old schoolboy cliché where the student blames his dog for the boy himself not doing his homework, I suffered a very real setback that can happen when dealing with computers and the Internet. I went to a twenty-four hour office supply store that offers Internet service to do my report of the fight card and after two hours of typing and looking up records of fighters and going through my notes jotted down during the fight card, there was a system error and I lost my entire report, hence this later entry on the same subject. The moral of the story is, always save your work, no matter what! Luckily there was another report done by fellow Eastside Boxing writer Elias Navarro about the same card so my misfortune didn't cause a problem for Eastside Boxing. continue
08.11.03 - by Carlos “Stiff-jab” Kalinchuk: The Derrick Banks (20-10-1) versus Dominick Guinn fight (23-0) may now be in jeopardy after a sparring session this morning resulted in thumb to the eye of Heavyweight Dominick Guinn. The eye immediately began to swell badly and the sparring and workout was called to a halt.
Ironically Dominick was scheduled to have his eyes examined by the Texas Boxing Commission on Monday as is customary before a fighter is allowed to fight. He’s pupils will be dilated so the full extent of the damage could be assessed. Hopefully by then all will be well and he’ll be able to fight. He is scheduled to fight on the Main Events card featuring Juan Diaz, Rocky Juarez, and Panchito Bojado here (in Houston) on November 22. Dominick was going to be featured on the un-televised portion of the bout. We will update you as soon as we know more.
08.11.03 - Carlos “Stiff-jab” Kalinchuk: This morning at the Savanah Boxing Club in Houston, I was able to speak at length with World-renowned Boxing trainer and former Champion Ronnie Shields. Currently he’s training hot Heavyweight prospect Dominick Guinn, Juan “El Torito” Diaz, and “Jesse” James Leija for their upcoming bouts. We discussed his fighters, whom HE thought won the Mosley-De La Hoya 2 fight, and his funniest press conference moment. With a vast history in the sport as both a boxer and trainer he’s seen a lot. It’s a good read and the interview will be posted in its entirety tomorrow; but this is what he had to say about tonights Tarver vs. Jones fight.
Eastside: So speaking of tonight’s Tarver vs. Jones fight. Who do you think is going to win the fight? Ronnie Shields: I think Roy will win. There’s no doubt about it. I think Tarver is talking a lot of noise but he’s never been in a fight like this. This is his biggest fight and I believe that he’s just trying to sell the fight. Trust me. I’ve seen it a thousand times. continue
08.11.03 - By Jim “Boxadamus” De Pierro: Roy Jones jr. 48-1 (38 Kos) vs. Antonio Tarver: If anyone should heed the saying ‘be careful what you wish for you just might get it’ is Antonio Tarver. For years Tarver has sowed the wind by calling out Roy Jones and now he is about to reap the storm. The Light-Heavyweight division is truly in a state of flummox. continue
08.11.03 - By Elliot Worrsell (Photo by "Mr Will") - ‘We’ve gotta do the fight again! And get it back in England, and possibly at a bigger arena!’ Those were the words uttered by Tom Brown who is the matchmaker for top US promoter Dan Goosen following the see saw slugfest between Sheffield’s Clinton Woods 35-2-1 (21 KO’s) and Jamaica’s rugged Glencoffe Johnson 39-9-2 (27 KO’s) for the IBF Light Heavyweight title at the Hillsborough Leisure Centre, Sheffield that ended in a needle thin draw.
It was a hugely disappointing outcome for both participants who were eagerly looking to take advantage of former IBF king Antonio Tarver’s decision to vacate the title, and become a recognised world champion in their own right. continue
08.11.03 - By Paul-John Ramos: Tucson, Arizona - Junior lightweight Ivan Valle, best known for his stoppage of prospect Orlando Salido in 2000, dealt a crushing blow to Angel Vazquez’s already-sagging career at the Desert Diamond Casino on Friday evening. 22-year-old Valle, 129, Mexico, landed a wicked body shot that dropped Vazquez to one knee and brought a ten-count by referee Bobby Ferrara at 1:26 of the third round. continue
08.11.03 - Jim Amato: When you think of Mexican fighters it is usually a tough little hombre like a Ruben Olivares, Vincente Saldivar or Julio Cesar Chavez. More often then not the better battles from Mexico scaled under 160lbs. In an exception to the rule during the mid 60’s to the early 70’s this country produced a pretty fair heavyweight. continue
08.11.03 - Promoter Chris A. Webb/Straight Out Promotions has signed super middleweight "Slick" Willie Stewart to a promotional contract. Arnie Rosenthal, who is Stewart's manager, said today, "We're happy to be working with Chris, who is one of boxing's up-and-coming promoters. We think Willie is ready for a world title opportunity and we're looking to make that happen as soon as possible." continue
08.11.03 - The 25th installment of the Northwest’s most popular boxing series “Battle at the Boat” continues on Saturday, December 6, 2003. First Bout starts at 7.30 p.m. The main event will feature the northwest’s most popular fighter, Seattle’s Kenny Ellis (30-5-2) also known as the Emerald Assassin. continue
08.11.03 - Newly crowned WBA welterweight champion “El Gallo” Jose Antonio Rivera (37-3-1, 24 KOs) -- boxing’s best-kept secret -- is getting bored working out without knowing when his next fight date or opponent will be. continue
08.11.03 - By Mike McCaffrey: Sheffield, England - In an action packed bout, Clinton Woods (35-2-1) and Glencoffe Johnson (39-9-2) fought to a 12 round draw. Johnson and Woods were fighting for the vacant IBF Light Heavyweight title. Woods was the aggressor for much of the fight, as he continuously backed up Woods throughout the bout with a two fisted attack. Johnson, however, landed the harder punches, which caught the eye of the judges. The judges scores were 116-112 for Johnson, 115-113 for Woods and the third had it 114-114.
07.11.03 - By Bernie McCoy: Remember Bud Collins? He was the somewhat effete Boston sportswriter who rode the bandwagon of tennis interest in the seventies and early eighties to become the television "face" of the sport. Collins coined the term "Breakfast at Wimbeldom" as the marquee title for the national telecast of that event's final match. Collins also exhibited a rather annoying and somewhat presumptuous penchant for equating the sport of tennis to that of boxing. continue
07.11.03 - By Vaughn Featherstone: When Roy Jones Jr. (48-1 38KO) and Antonio "Magic Man" Tarver (21-1 17KO) get it on a Saturday, November 9 (Las Vegas Mandalay Bay. 9PM EST), all of the talk and bad blood will be swirling inside the ring. These two have went at it verbally for over two years and now it will come down to who is ready to put up and who will shut up. No more excuses, no more opponents. It's Jones and Tarver, in the ring with only one man between them. He won't be doing the fighting, he'll be doing the refereeing. Jones stated that he will knock Tarver out, so, in his (Jones) mind, the judges won't have a say in the fight. continue
07.11.03 - LOS ANGELES, November 6 - With a clean bill of health from doctors, and a Texas boxing license in his hand, Marco Antonio Barrera is eager to put the focus on his November 15 bout with Manny Pacquiao back where it belongs on the fight. I’m happy that this whole situation is over with, and now people can get back to talking about what is going to be one of the great fights of the year, said Barrera from his San Antonio training camp. My family and my team has kept me focused, and on November 15, I’m ready to go to war. continue
07.11.03 - By Elias Navarro: Vassily Jirov (33-1, 29 KOs) badly beat Joseph Kiwanuka (27-6-2) over 7 punishing rounds on Thursday night to pick up the North American Boxing Organization cruiserweight belt. Jirov methodically took Kiwanua apart with a devastating body attack that had the South African wincing with pain from the force of the blows. The bout was stopped at the beginning of the 7th round by ringside physician Robin McDougal, who after noting the damage to Kiwanuka‘s face, informed the referee that the fight should be stopped.
In winning the fight fight, Jirov kept alive his chances of a rematch with James Toney. Meanwhile, Toney has a bout coming up with Heavyweight Jameel McCline in February. If Toney is able to get by McCline, then he hopes to fight either Mike Tyson, Roy Jones Jr. or one of the Klitschko brothers. All of those fights are long shots of ever happening, so there’s a good possibility Jirov may get a second shot at Toney in 2004.
Jirov boxed from the outside in the first several rounds, but thereafter, he begin landing a ferocious body attack against Kiwanuka. Late in the 6th round, Jirov unleashed a storm of body shots, which had Kiwanuka reeling against ropes. The referee mercifully stopped the fight at the beginning for the 7th round
07.11.03 - By Frank Lotierzo: What is it about boxing that we love reading about it and talking about it so much? When reading and talking about boxing, the choice of topics to go back and forth on are unlimited. When reading a boxing article, what is it exactly that the reader is looking for? Is it to learn something that they may not have already known? If it's an article about a fight or a fighter, is the reader hoping to read something that conforms with his opinion? And if it doesn't, does he dismiss the entire article?
I've said it many times over that boxing fans are unlike any other sports fans. Most hard core boxing fans are very well versed in its history and happenings. As boxing fans we also long to meet people who share the same passion for it as we do. For any who have that such friend, you know exactly what I'm talking about. It's like Wow, I thought I was the only one who thought that, or watched that fight 100 times too. continue
06.11.03 - By Paul Ruby: World-class boxers inevitably fall into one of two categories—good guys and bad guys. There are the guys you love to pull for, and the guys you love to hate. Recently ranked as the number 8 contender by the WBC, Joe Mesi certainly is one of young fighters about whom fight fans get excited—he’s one of the good guys. Joe is a good athlete and talented boxer who obviously takes a great deal of pride in his craft. He is confident in his skills, but he is not cocky and does not flaunt his success.
Joe Mesi is unique in boxing today because fans are able to relate to him. He hails from a family and region that have undying support for him and he will always do his best to exceed their lofty expectations. The fact that Joe Mesi is such a talented fighter inside the ring and such a gentleman outside of it says something important about him—he’s a very intelligent guy. continue
06.11.03 - By Dennis Principe: MANILA, Philippines – Reigning Pan Asia Boxing Association (PABA) Flyweight champion Rolly Lunas is slated to defend his crown against Thai Flyweight king Phises Vor Surapol on December 19 at the People’s Gym in Balanga, Bataan, Philippines. This will be Lunas’ second title defense since capturing the belt via a close but well-received majority decision over Thai Khunsuk Lukprabat on May 29, 2003 in Samutsakorn, Thailand. continue
05.11.03 - By Janne Romppainen: As the WBC and IBF light-heavyweight champion of the world Antonio Tarver defends his titles against Roy Jones on next Saturday, 8th of November, the situation will be perhaps only of a kind. It is not very usual that the champion enters the ring being the underdog on betting. When this bout was first announced, the betting offices made Jones, the challenger, the 9-1 favourite. This is not yet the record though. continue
05.11.03 - By Vaughn Featherstone: Not since Max Schmeling has the East had a Internationally recognized heavyweight champion. Many have come through and have perhaps made an impression but none have managed to gain the recognition nor respect from the Boxing World. Fighters like Axel Shultz and Andrew Golota made big impacts in the division but faded rapidly after knocking on the door. In Wladimir and Vitaly Klitchko the Heavyweight division looked like there would be two fighters who would basically become the cream of the crop. Also, while this situation seems to be stalled, the WBO seems like it is becoming a sort of "bad luck" charm. As I go through this article, I will explain further..... continue
05.11.03 - By Carlos Kalinchuk: Who would have thunk it? That’s exactly what most Texas boxing fans are saying since Golden Boy Promotions announced that “King of the Featherweights” Marco Antonio Barrera 57-3 was coming to the Alamodome in San Antonio to fight up and coming knock out artist Manny Pacquiao 37-2-1. No one doubted Barrera or Pacmans mettle to sign on the dotted line, but for a fight of this magnitude to venture into Texas is unheard of. Not since Julio Cesar Chavez fought Pernell “Sweet-pea” Whitaker to a draw (yeah right) has Texas seen a fight of this caliber. The fight is being appropriately billed as “Clash of The Titans.” There are many questions that will be answered at the conclusion of this showdown. Can the heavy-handed Pacquiao topple the battle tested and proven stylist in Marco Antonio Barrera? Will Barrera put on a teachers cap as he takes the younger Pacquiao to school? These answers and more will be answered on November 15 when both warriors lace up the leather to see who will come out victorious. continue
05.11.03 - Howard Eastman has withdrawn from the mandatory defence of his European Middleweight Title. Eastman damaged his knee whilst preparing for the contest. “It was disappointing to hear about Howard, but we will be looking to re-schedule Howard’s mandatory defence against Jorge Sendra early next year.” said promoter Mick Hennessy. continue
05.11.03 - By Frank Lotierzo: "I was born for this: All of my struggles have prepared me for this. It's time for a new superstar in boxing. Fighting Roy Jones is not going to be easy, but I'm up for the task. I don't talk about it...I work at it." That is what Antonio Tarver said after it was announced that he was going to defend his WBC and IBF light heavyweight title belts versus former champ Roy Jones.
At their September 12th press conference, Jones repeatedly spoke of the "ass whipping" he was going to give Tarver. Tarver replied back, "I don't take ass whippings...I give them." With those kind of barbs being tossed, this promises to be HBO/PPV's biggest celebrity draw since the rematch between Oscar De La Hoya and Shane Mosley.
On November 8th, Antonio Tarver 21-1 (17) will defend his WBC & IBF light heavyweight titles against former undisputed champ Roy Jones. The ironic thing is that the titles that Tarver now holds were only available to him because Jones vacated them in order to fight John Ruiz for the WBA heavyweight title. I have said before that I am not very impressed with Tarver. He has a better chance of playing small-forward for the San Antonio Spurs, than he does of beating Jones. continue
04.10.03 - By Elliott Worsell & Spud Woollatt: It was officially announced this evening, that the IBF Light Heavyweight title eliminator between Clinton Woods and Glencoffe Johnson will be elevated to an IBF world title fight, following the decision of former champion Antonio Tarver to relinquish the title last week. Clinton Woods’ Sheffield based promoter Dennis Hobson and his NO2 Richard Poxon have been working tirelessly over the weekend to get Friday night’s fight altered to an official world title fight in light of Tarver’s decision. continue
04.11.03 - By Fritz Drexel: Former World heavyweight title challenger Andrew Golota, 37-4 with 30 knockouts will be continuing his comeback when he fights Terrence Lewis, 31-13 -21, on November 14th in Verona, N.Y. After having been retired for almost three years, Golota knocked out Brian Nix in the seventh round on August 14th.
Golota, now an ancient 35, has very little time left to make his comeback, as he cannot afford to waste time on fighting endless strings of journeymen due to his advancing age. How much talent that remains of Golota’s once considerable skills is the big question. In his fight with Brian Nix on August 14th, Golota appeared to have little left of his once snappy punches. Instead of sharp, stinging punches by Golota, he seemed to be pushing his punches in slow motion. Not a good sign for someone who wants to soon be taking on the best in the Heavyweight division. continue
04.11.03 - By Traolach Kaye: In reading numerous articles in the past several years about Vitali Klitschko, I’ve noticed that writers often mention Vitali’s vital stats in a way that is less than flattering. Paraphrasing Wilt Chamberlain, they’re always out to get the big guy. Tell that to Byrd, who fought Klitschko a full 13lbs heavier than anything Quarry ever weighed. continue
03.11.03 - By Jeff Day: In a heart-warming and wholly honest interview on British television’s ITV network this evening, one of Britain’s all time favorite sportsmen, Frank Bruno spoke of his recent illness. Bruno has been suffering from depression and was placed in a hospital under the UK’s mental health act and spent a number of weeks there and was discharged last week. continue
WBO and WBA jr. lightweight world champion Acelino Freitas of Salvador, Brazil, will move up in weight and challenge WBO lightweight world champion Artur Grigorian of Hamburg, Germany, for the title on January 3, 2004, televised on Showtime. The site is to be announced. continue
03.11.03 - By Keith Terceira: Saturday evening, November 1, 2003, I ate a large unappetizing plate of crow. Like many in the boxing world I was not convinced that "Pretty Boy" Floyd Mayweather Jr. had the strength to move up in weight class . Boy I was wrong in a pretty big way. The only saving grace was picking the seventh round. Not much of a save when you pick the wrong warrior. continue
02.11.03 - By Frank Lotierzo: This past Saturday night, I watched the Floyd Mayweather-Phillip N'dou lightweight title fight on HBO. After watching the Juan Manuel Marquez-Derrick Gainer fight, all Mayweather and N'dou had to do was engage in one exchange, and it would seem like "The Thrilla in Manila." And you know what, it almost turned out to be just that. What a terrific fight!
N'dou showed tremendous heart, will, punching power, and good skill. There is nothing he could have done or tried that would have carried him past Floyd Mayweather. The problem N'dou had in this bout was that he was the one who was sharing the ring with Mayweather. Mayweather was absolutely brilliant. He showed incredible boxing skill, speed, power, chin, desire, conditioning, strength, and heart.
No matter what N'dou did, Mayweather had an answer and them some. In this fight, Mayweather out boxed, out thought, and out punched a very good and determined fighter in Phillip N'dou. If there were any Mayweather doubters, this performance must silence them for the time being. What possible questions could there still be lingering about Mayweather? continue
02.11.03 - by Paul Ruby: Although fight fans are notorious for never being able to agree on anything, I feel confident in saying that nearly all fans are in agreement that today’s heavyweight division is neither as talented nor as deep as the division during its hey-day in the late-60’s and early-70’s. The character of that era will be difficult to ever replicate. It possessed three legitimate all-time Top-10 fighters in Muhammad Ali, Smokin’ Joe Frazier, and Big George Foreman (when he was known more for ferocious punching attack than his lean, mean grilling machine). Ron Lyle and, even more so, Ken Norton were relegated to 2nd class citizenship in the division despite the fact that they would have been dominant, title-winning fighters in nearly any other era. The heavyweight boxing was also full of memorable figures in heavy-hitters like Earnie Shavers and tough-guys like George Chuvalo. It was certainly a great era for boxing, for boxers, and for fans.
Heavyweight boxers today lack the talent and personality of many of the men mentioned above. Still, as fans, that’s something we must accept. I think we spend too much time pining over the greatness of the past and too often miss out on the fact that, although deficient in some areas, we live in a very competitive era of heavyweight boxing. In this article, I will trace the evolution of the business side of boxing because I believe that the business aspect of the sport has proven itself as the impetus behind many of the changes and shifts we see inside the ring. continue
02.11.03 - By Micah Yonkoski: On Saturday Night the long awaited unification battle between Juan Manuel Marquez and Derrick “Prefontaine” Gainer finally took place. When all was said and done, as expected Marquez was the proud owner of two featherweight crowns, but I had to wonder if this fight just really wasn’t meant to happen?
On several occasions in the past couple years this fight was made and for the most part eagerly anticipated. However, for one reason or another, the fight just continued to fall through only to be set up once again. Seriously, Marquez-Gainer has been on-again and off-again more times than Ben and J-Lo’s big day. continue
01.11.03 - By Pat Lanier: Lightweight champion Floyd Mayweather, in a awesome display of punching power combined with ring generalship, won by TKO in the 7th round over Phillip N’dou on Saturday night in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Mayweather stood toe to toe with N’dou, trading punches for much of the bout, which was a huge departure for Mayweather, who usually avoids getting hit at all costs.
Mayweathear ( 31-0, 21 KOs), overwhelmed N’Dou in the 7th round with a mixed assortment of combinations, and power punches which culminated with three straight rights that floored Ndou halfway through the seventh.
N’dou, generally considered a knockout artist, was unable to land with any frequency during the bout, due to Mayweather’s excellent defense.
01.11.03 - Ron DiMichele at ringside: A relaxed and confident Gregorio ‘Goyo’ Vargas flew into Gary Balletto’s backyard Friday night, opened up a bag of boxing wizardry, and haunted the Providence, RI fighter over 12-rounds en route to a Halloween night majority decision.
On the undercard of the Vargas-Balletto main event, Jaime Clampitt won the IWBF Light Welterweight title in a unanimous decision over Talia Smith, and Chad Dawson remained undefeated stopping Dumont Welliver with the referee calling a halt to the contest between the eighth and ninth rounds. continue
01.11.03 - By Frank Lotierzo: One of the biggest misconceptions in boxing, is the strength versus punching power correlation. Throughout the history of prize fighting, we've seen many examples of it in all weight divisions. Some fighters have possessed neck breaking power, but they were not super strong physically. An example of those type fighters or punchers would be Thomas Hearns and Roger Mayweather. Both Hearns and Mayweather carried one punch KO power, but they were sometimes controlled by their opponent from a physical standpoint.
This isn't always the rule. The point is, although a fighter can really punch, it doesn't always equate to him being exceptionally strong physically. However, sometimes it does apply, it's just not the rule. George Foreman and Jim Jeffries had the kind of power that could take a fighters head off. And they both were amazingly strong physically. They were never controlled or physically manhandled. Fighters like Foreman and Jeffries were always the physical force when they fought. continue