31.12.03 - By Mike Bearenhof: If only the Heavyweight division possessed half the talent as the fighters at 140lbs, we could have one of the greatest era's in heavyweight history. Sadly though, the public has probably never heard of a single top rated fighter in the 140lbs division, and the division could never generate as much interest as the Heavyweight Division. To die hard boxing fans though, 140lbs is truely a throw-back to a better age in boxing, when there was no PPV and the divisions were racially diverse, and not just dominated by black or hispanic fighters. continue
31.12.03 - Coconut Creek, F.L. -- In what promises to be an explosive night of boxing, DaVarryl ‘Touch of Sleep’ Williamson (18-2, 16) returns to the ring on Saturday, Jan. 17 and will square off against Elicier Castillo (25-3-2, 13) in a twelve-round bout at the Seminole Coconut Creek Casino in Coconut Creek, Florida. At stake is the North American Boxing Federation (N.A.B.F.) heavyweight title. continue
31.12.03 - By Keith Terceira: "Cyclone" Hart during the 60's and 70's ranked as high as third in the middleweight division. He began his career in 1969 at the Blue Horizon in Philly and in only his third pro fight he knocked out Allen Thomas who had a record of 25-7-2. Sporting a vicious left hook, Hart climbed the middleweight charts remaining undefeated until he faced Nate Collins in 1972.
In 72 his record stood at 22-0 1 NC and 21 ko's. He suffered his first defeat against Collins, followed by a KO loss to Jose Gonzalez. Gene continued to give all out performances in two battles with Bennie Briscoe, Vito Antuofermo, Eddie Mustafa Mohammad, Chucho Garcia and a points win over Sugar Ray Seales. Following parts of three decades in the ring Cyclone retired 30-9-1-1 with 28Ko's. He has turned his attention since retiring to working with amateur boxers at the Martin Luther King Recreation Center in Philadelphia. continue
31.12.03 - Photo: Tom Casino/Showtime - SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING will commence an exciting year of boxing on Saturday, Jan. 3, at 11 p.m. ET/PT as WBO/WBA 130-Pound Champion Acelino Freitas (34-0, 31 KOs) steps up in weight to challenge WBO Lightweight Champion “King” Artur Grigorian (36-0, 22 KOs). The co-feature from Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Conn., will pit Kassim Ouma (18-1-1, 12 KOs) against Juan Carlos Candelo (26-5-3, 18 KOs) in a 12-round IBF 154-pound elimination bout. Banner Promotions will promote the doubleheader.
Question: Artur, how are you doing and what are your thoughts about this fight and defending against Acelino Freitas? Grigorian: I have a good opponent, but I am lightweight champion of the world and I have to show that I am the real lightweight champion and I want to stay it. continue
30.12.03 - This year Artur Grigorian won’t celebrate Christmas and New Year’s Eve the same relaxed way he’s used to. It’s because on January 3 “King Artur” will face the young, hungry and highly dangerous Brazilian knockout artist Acelino Freitas for a showdown between two reigning world champions. continue
30.12.03 - Promoter Art Pelullo/Banner Promotions will present a sensational world championship fight card on January 3, 2004, in the Fox Theatre at Foxwoods Resort Casino, located on Route 2 in Mashantucket, Connecticut. The main event and co-featured bout will be televised on Showtime. continue
30.12.03 – ***Writers note: On December 30th I submitted a story to Eastside Boxing about a fighter from Denmark named Ahmed “Baby Face” Kaddour. When I interviewed him, I did not have or was not aware of the resources available to me to verify some of what he had said. As a result, it is with sincere regret that I have to retract some of what I had written because it has been brought to my attention that even today, Ahmed “Baby Face” Kaddour is largely an unknown boxer even within the boxing community in his homeland (Denmark). continue
29.12.03 - By Mike Bearenhof: 2003 was a pretty confusing year for the for the Heavyweight Division. The 3 champion that we started the year with were either beaten, won controversial decision, or had controversial stoppages in their favor. The state of the Division in 2003 was best shown when the former Middleweights Roy Jones Jr. and James Toney made successful debuts against top rated Heavyweights. You have to work with what you got though, there certianly wont be any mega-matchups like in the 90's when Mike Tyson vs. Evander Holyfield, but it could potentially be a good year for the wounded division. So, lets get straight into it, here are some possible match-ups that could help stablize the division: continue
29.12.03 - By Keith Terceira: Freddie Roach (photo: Tom Casino/Showtime) was fuming today when we caught up with him at Wild Card Gym. I contacted him regarding reports that he has threatened to quit training Manny Pacquiao over finances from the Barrera bout. Freddie has just returned from Germany, where he worked Vladimir Klitschko’s victory over Nicholson. We asked him about his problems with Murad Muhammad.
Ronnie Nathanielsz of the Manila Standard Online is reporting you have threatened to quit Pac-man over money not paid to you. Is that accurate Freddie? "Yeh if I don’t get my full amount of money I was supposed to be getting there, my full percentage" Roach continued "According to the paperwork Manny was supposed to get $700,000, and he only got 350,000." continue
29.12.03 - By Wes Moore: It is the time of the year when fighters are scaled based upon whom they have fought in the past year, their possible path for the new year, and where they rate against their peers. The heavyweight division is difficult to score but definitely worth a shot. So I am going to play teacher again this year and hand out report cards for some of the divisions top champions and contenders. In the undertaking of this project, I have decided to list whom I consider the top 10 heavyweights in the world. Opinions are rampant on this topic so feel free to bash or praise this list however you see fit. continue
29.12.03 - By Keith Terceira: This is the marketing I am talking about when I wrote Ringing in the New. A lot of comments are coming in about bias in my article. And a couple about where’s the new. I can only imagine what the new year can bring with the full spectrum of boxing not even registering in peoples minds yet. Can you even fathom a Night of Championship Boxing From Around the World. continue
16. Dominick Guinn
Of the rising stars in the Heavyweight division it would appear Dominick Guinn might be the most complete fighter out of the batch. He has a good left hook, a potent straight right hand and has performed in a focused and determined manner against bigger men. Additionally he also seems to have a good chin as witnessed in his triumph over Duncan Dokiwari. What gets him here is the latter win as well as his victory over former contender Michael Grant. Despite seemingly having the complete package Guinn lags behind his co-riser Joe Mesi due to an inferior resume. continue
25. Lawrence Clay-Bey: Lawrence Clay-Bey easily enters the category of underachiever a la Kirk Johnson. The athleticism and technical skills are all there to behold and yet years get wasted and opportunities blown so that in the end all that talent goes to waste. A few years ago after wasting much time without stepping up in competition, he took on rising prospect Clifford Etienne. continue
29.12.03 - By Steve Trellert: It has been a long time coming for an update and since it is once again the end of the year it seems the best thing to do is to start from scratch and reassess who exactly is in the Top 30 and why. As with last year’s rankings a fighter deserves to be on this list not based on their estimation of talent or potential, but on their results. Now of course in some cases one can dispute certain results that are highly controversial and this shall be taken into account where an apparent robbery is obvious and overwhelmingly recognized. continue
29.12.03 - The International Boxing Hall of Fame announced today a news conference will be held at the Hall of Fame Events Pavilion on Thursday, January 8, 2004 at 1:00 p.m. to announce the newest Hall of Fame Inductees. Inductees will be named in five categories: Modern, Old-Timer, Pioneer, Non- Participant and Observer. Members of the Boxing Writers Association of America and an international panel of boxing historians cast votes. Voters from Japan, England, Canada, Mexico, South Africa, Puerto Rico and the United States are among those who participate in the election process. continue
27.12.03 - By Jim Amato: On February 7th of our coming New Year a fight that will have a major impact on the ever changing heavyweight scene will take place. The streaking and rejuvinated James Toney will give up considerable size and weight to a fading Jameel "Big Time" McCline. In plain reality this is a definite crossroads encounter for both. The winner puts himself right back in the thick of division. The loser will face trial horse status or even a possible retirement. continue
27.12.03 - By Jim Amato: Who was the greatest fighter to come out of Argentina? Well pound for pound you would probably say Monzon or possibly Pascual Perez. You could make a case for Nicolino Locke too. Who was the biggest and baddest of all Argentine fighters? Many would say Luis "Angel" Firpo. I'll go with Oscar "Ringo" Bonavena. continue
26.12.03 - By Vaughn M. Featherstone: With a fight with Mike Tyson over the horizon for Roy Jones jr., will this be the crowning moment for Roy Jones as the greatest fighter pound for pound or will it be the crowning of Jones by Tyson? After Jones eaked out a very close majority decision; one that many feel was a "gift", Jones is considering a mega-fight with one of the most devastating punchers of our day. continue
24.12.03 - By Frank Lotierzo: Top ranked heavyweight contenders Vitali and Wladimir Klitschko are definitely lightning rods, just like Mike Tyson and Roy Jones. When speaking about Tyson and Jones with most fans, you get one of two views. Either Tyson at his best was the greatest heavyweight ever, and Jones at his best was the greatest pound-for-pound fighter of all time. Or, Tyson was an overrated front runner who was stopped by the best fighters he faced. And Jones was a big fish in a small pond, who fought during a very weak middleweight and light heavyweight era.
Obviously, both are over statements. Regardless of whether or not you like Tyson or Jones, or their fighting style, they must be given their due props. Tyson was a great heavyweight. Not one of the top ten of all time in my opinion, but none the less, he was a great heavyweight fighter. As far as Jones, he is not the greatest pound-for-pound fighter ever, but he is among them. continue
24.12.03 - Gary Shaw announced today that SUGAR SHANE MOSLEY, boxing’s most exciting world champion, and WINKY WRIGHT, the sport’s most feared world champion, have agreed to lay it all on the line in “The War at 154,” to determine the undisputed world champion in the 154-pound division for the first time in 29 years. Unlike their predecessors who have held world titles in the 154-pound division, Mosley, the WBC/WBA/Ring Magazine super welterweight champion and Wright, the IBF jr. middleweight champion, will rumble for the historic opportunity of becoming the division’s undisputed world champion, Saturday, March 13, at Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino. The fight, promoted by Gary Shaw Productions, LLC and Pound-for-Pound Promotions, in association with Square Ring, will be televised nationally on HBO World Championship Boxing. continue
24.12.03 - By P.Mendoza: John Ruiz might not be the most skilled boxer in the Heavyweight division. He is far from being the most entertaining. If skills and popularity were money Ruiz would probably be in a homeless shelter somewhere. If determination had a monetary value Ruiz would be a multi-millionaire. continue
23.12.03 - MY TWO CENTS WORTH - by Kent Appel: First of all, I would like to wish the readers of Eastside Boxing.Com a Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and a Happy Year! May they and all those special in their lives have a healthy and prosperous year in 2004.
If someone would have told me two years ago that former middleweight and super middleweight champion James 'Lights-Out' Toney would have a chance at winning the heavyweight championship of the world, I would have laughed at him and told him, yes, but only in the movies! After all, Toney had played Joe Frazier, who was heavyweight champion in real life, in the movie Ali, starring Will Smith. continue
23.12.03 - Promoter Chris A. Webb/Straight Out Promotions will present a sensational world championship fight card on February 27, 2004, in Louisville, Kentucky. In the 12-round main event, WBO jr. Middleweight world champion Daniel Santos, 27-2-1, 1 No Contest, with 20 knockouts, of Bayamon, Puerto Rico, will defend the title against an opponent to be announced. Daniel has held the title since March, 2002, and made two successful title defenses. He is undefeated in his last seven fights - 6-0, 1 NC - dating back 3 ½ years. continue
23.12.03 - The Co-Feature Of Showtime Championship Boxing’s Historic Doubleheader Will Follow Tszyu-Mitchell 140-Pound World Title Fight In Moscow, Russia - The second-half of the first-ever SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING dual-continent doubleheader will take place at Mandalay Bay Convention Center, Jay Larkin, Senior Vice President, Executive Producer Sports & Events Programming, announced Tuesday. The bout – billed as “Does Size Matter?’’ – will pit three-time world champion and current WBO No. 3 contender, James “Lights Out” Toney, against WBO No. 4 contender Jameel “Big Time” McCline in a 12-rounder for the NABO heavyweight title. continue
23.12.03 - By Keith Terceira: There are times when we need to count our blessings here in America. The blessings we have concerning the opportunities in this great sport of boxing. To get started in this sport all you need is heart, practice, and commitment. What if you had all three of these things and you were one of the best in the Amateurs but suddenly had no where else to go? continue
23.12.03 - After you open the presents and take the family pictures, turn to Fox Sports Net for the best sports entertainment on Christmas. FSN and Don King Productions present three world championship fights back-to-back followed by a Fox Sports Net special -- “Best of James Toney” show, looking back at all of the fights Toney has had on FSN. The telecast begins at 12:00 PM local, and continues with more boxing at 1:00 PM and 2:00 PM. continue
22.12.03 - By Wes Moore: The holiday season is upon us and the year is closing out within the heavyweight division. It is time to start thinking about the great fights of the past year and the fighters who have emerged or faded. This is also the time of the year when I wish for what might occur in the next calendar year. In reality, we rarely get exactly what we want, but sometimes we do. continue
22.12.03 - ShoBox: The New Generation, which debuted on SHOWTIME in July 2001, will open its third season on Thursday, Jan. 15, 2004, when undefeated ‘Sugar Shay’ Ishe Smith takes on former two-time world champion Randall Bailey for the vacant USBA and WBC Continental Americas welterweight titles. The second half of the ShoBox doubleheader will be announced in the near future. SHOWTIME will televise the Gary Shaw Productions, LLC, promoted bout live at 11 p.m. ET/PT* from Chumash Casino Resort in Santa Ynez, Calif. continue
22.12.03 - Undefeated Ohio cruiserweight prospect Chad Van Sickle signed with boxing promoter Brian Halquist today. Van Sickle, who is 13-0-2, will immediately be moving from Ohio to the Pacific Northwest. “We are very excited to have Chad as part of our promotional team,” said Halquist Productions President Brian Halquist, “Chad is undefeated and an incredible crowd pleaser. continue
21.12.03 - By Dennis Principe: SUBIC BAY, PHILIPPINES – Despite looming tax woes in the United States, contractual debate with promoter Murad Muhammad and an imminent tug-of-war owing to a salacious HBO television offer, it will be a Merry Christmas after all for Filipino world champion Manny Pacquiao.
This as the universally recognized Featherweight king Pacquiao revealed that his handlers have already finalized a deal that will earn for him a cool 1-million dollar purse by challenging reigning WBA/IBF champion Juan Manuel Marquez of Mexico in a 12-round title encounter tentatively set sometime in March. The 25-year old Pacquiao gave this disclosure the other night in an informal conversation while the General Santos City-native champion was attending the successful Philippine junior lightweight title defense of his younger brother Bobby Pacquiao versus Renato Inal at the Subic Sports Complex in Subic Bay Freeport Zone. continue
21.12.03 - By Dennis Principe: SUBIC BAY Freeport Zone – Philippine featherweight champion Bobby Pacquiao kept his title the other night by scoring a sensational but hard-fought 6th round knockout win over challenger Renato Inal at the Subic Sports Complex. The 23 year-old Pacquiao encountered rough sailing from a determined Inal who ate leather at every step but connected his own solid combos to the champion’s head and body. continue
21.12.03 - Mike McCaffrey: Danny Green of Australia stopped Eric Lucas in the 6th round of their Super Middleweight fight on Saturday night. The bout was stopped with 12 seconds left in the sixth round as Green delivered a storm of punches on Lucas (36-5-3). Lucas's trainer threw in the towel after his fighter was dropped by two huge right uppercuts in the corner. Green appeared to be too strong for Lucas, as he dominated the Canadian from the opening bell with power punches.
With this victory, Green (17-1) is now expected to meet WBC champion Markus Beyer of Germany in February. Green previously lost to Beyer earlier this year on a disqualification for a head butt.
20.12.03 - Two weeks after older brother and “People’s Heavyweight Champion,” Vitali Klitschko, blew out Kirk Johnson in two rounds, Wladimir “Dr. Steelhammer” Klitschko needed only slightly longer to dispatch of Dannell Nicholson Saturday night in Kiel, Germany.
Klitschko, who was making his second start since losing his World Boxing Organization (WBO) heavyweight title to Corrie Sanders in March, needed a while to get his distance, but once he did he dominated en route to registering an impressive fourth-round TKO.
“Nicholson is a veteran and was very difficult to fight because of his experience and because he seemed more interested in holding and clinching and grabbing me than fighting,” said Klitschko (42-2, 39 KOs), who dropped Nicholson in the fourth with a left hook. “It was frustrating at the beginning and I was not satisfied at all with the way things were going. continue
20.12.03 - By Micah Yonkoski: Not long ago, Wladimir Klitschko (240.5) was being hailed as the heir apparent to Lennox Lewis and the future of boxings glamour division. In fact, HBO had locked the former Ukrainian Gold medallist into a long-term deal and the Lewis-Klitschko collision course was full steam ahead.
However, a thought to be tune-up against perennial contender Corrie Sanders turned the heavyweight division upside down with a shocking second round destruction of Klitschko and boxing fans felt misled much the same way they were with fellow saviors such as Michael Grant. continue
20.12.03 - By Paul-John Ramos: 28-year-old O’Neil Bell kept his unified NABF and USBA cruiserweight titles with an eighth-round TKO of Derrick Harmon on Friday evening at the Ramada Inn in Rosemont, Illinois. The scheduled twelve-rounder was featured on ESPN2 Friday Night Fights’ concluding broadcast for 2003. Bell, 193, Atlanta, Georgia, overwhelmed the smaller Harmon, 189 ½, Las Vegas Nevada, who was making his cruiserweight debut after a March TKO loss to Dariusz Michalczewski for the WBO light heavyweight title. continue
20.12.03 – Classic Entertainment & Sports, Inc. (CES) announced today that Scott Pemberton-Omar Sheika has been selected as CES’ 2003 Fight of the Year by CES staff members, sponsors and fans. Pemberton (26-3-1, 21 KOs) captured the NABF championship and retained his IBU World super middleweight crown with a 12-round majority decision (114-113, 114-113, 111-116) against three-time world title challenger Sheika (23-5, 16 KOs) continue
19.12.03 - By Trey Kaye: Let us dispense with the usual bevy of “what-ifs”…..we must assume that Vladimir wins, and wins convincingly this Saturday. Anything less will see him permanently removed from the upper echelons of the heavyweight division.. If fact, let us assume that the fight is already over, and that Klitschko, jabbing and crossing as he sees fit for 9 rounds, has busted up, floored and ultimately stopped a competent but outgunned Nicholson. Now then, where does he go from there? continue
19.12.03 - By Walter Donovan: Why is fighting Bernard Hopkins such a hellish experience for many unfortunate middleweights. Look at Hopkins’ record and you’ll see that four, that’s right, four men have called it quits after facing “The Executioner.” Roy Ritchie (prior to winning the title), Joe Lipsey, Felix Trinidad, and now William Joppy have said “no mas” after facing the Hopkins machine. Heck, even Keith Holmes stopped fighting for two years after sustaining a twelve-round beating from Hopkins. What is it about Hopkins that dissuades many a pugilist from lacing up the gloves again?
For one, Hopkins is merciless. If he has you in trouble, he WILL finish you…brutally. Just ask southpaw Joe Lipsey, who suffered one of the most horrid knockouts by anyone in the last ten years. In March 1996, Lipsey, then the IBF’s #1 contender, entered the Hopkins bout with an unblemished 25-0 (20) record. Hopkins, realizing Lipsey posed a legitimate threat, worked hard on his right uppercut in training. In round four of their close bout, Hopkins unloaded that vaunted uppercut on Lipsey, then proceeded to finish off his challenger with a hellacious salvo that left a nationwide audience tuning into ABC Sports stunned. It was scary to watch. Understandably, Lipsey hasn’t fought since. continue
18.12.03 - By Frank Lotierzo: This past Saturday at the Back-to-Back-to-Back Don King card, I wrote of my conversation with Felix Trinidad 41-1 (34). During that conversation it was conveyed to me that the former three division champ was going to come out of retirement and fight again. Trinidad has not fought since he stopped Hassine Cherifi on May 11, 2002. Since that article was posted, I've been contacted by many Spanish and American writers. I've been told that the rumors are TRUE and have been confirmed by many of the Spanish newspapers.
Within the last few days, I was contacted by a Spanish Sports Writer. He told me that there were two articles in a National Spanish newspaper in response to my article, written by Luis Arce. Arce writes for El Nuevo Dia in Puerto Rico, www.endi.com. It was passed on to me that representatives of Trinidad were contacted and they confirmed the story. However, it has not been made official yet. It was said that Tito's mother did not want her son to return to the ring, but if he did chose to fight again she would support him 100%. continue
18.12.03 - By Spud Woollatt: British Eastside had the pleasure of speaking with one of the most extrovert but pleasant characters in British Boxing this evening, the person being World Class Michael Brodie's manager, Jack Trickett. Jack confirmed Michael Brodie would fight In Jin Chi for the second time in Manchester, at the now famous MEN Arena. read more...
18.12.03 - By Don Deane: This past Saturday, Zab Judah and Bernard Hopkins had rather easy title defenses on the Don King Pay Per View. Judah was able to score a first round KO, whereas Hopkins needed to hand a beating to William Joppy over the full twelve rounds.Zab Judah looked very aggressive during the whole minute or so this fight actually lasted. continue
18.12.03 - WBO World Super-Middleweight king JOE CALZAGHE has accused IBF and WBA Champion Sven Ottke of ‘running like a chicken’ from a showdown with him.
The undefeated Welshman makes the fourteenth defence of his crown against the mandatory and WBO #1 challenger Mger Mkrtchian on 21 February at the Wales National Ice Rink but it is the back-peddling German that Calzaghe has set his sights on.
Calzaghe, who has been chasing a unification fight for years, said, “Come on Ottke you are claiming to be the best in the division, stop running like a chicken and face a real challenge for once. You luckily beat Robin Reid, who I defeated nearly five years ago and Byron Mitchell, who I stopped inside two rounds, which took you twelve rounds. What are you scared of? Put your belts on the line against mine and lets see who’s the best and I will gladly go to Germany and beat you.” continue
17.12.03 - By Janne Romppainen: The boxing year 2003 is two weeks away from being over and while the field is quieting down for the Christmas holidays, it is a good moment to take a look back at what we have witnessed this year. It certainly has been a colourful and exciting twelve months again. One nice thing about boxing is that almost every year includes something good. If there is quiet in some division like it was in the heavyweights this year, there are other divisions to fill in what has lacked. Cruiserweight, which has usually been one of the least inspiring categories, went through a great season as did welterweight and super-welterweight, not forgetting the lightweights nor feathers either.
There has been tradition that at the end of the year the best nominees in certain categories have been elected, and I for my part want to continue that genre. I have ranked some fighters and fights in different categories which I think have been the best and most memorable of the year. Check them out and agree or disagree freely with my choices. continue
16.12.03 - Paul Ruby: Stage Two of Wladimir Klitschko’s rebuilding process is scheduled to take place when he fights American Danell Nicholson in Kiel, Germany this Saturday evening. I’m not going to sit here and predict a Nicholson victory or even say it will be a terribly competitive fight, but I am also not going to fault Wladimir and his management team for choosing him as an opponent. They showed in March that incomplete fighters need to choose opponents carefully and prepare thoroughly or they run the risk of watching a promising career get quickly derailed.
In some ways, Danell Nicholson is the polar opposite of Corrie Sanders. Corrie Sanders has always been a supremely talented fighter, but he was often criticized for lacking the desire to be great. He fought and usually beat fighters he was expected to beat, but TKO 2 loss to Nate Tubbs certainly does not look good on his ledger. He performed well against Rahman until he ran out of gas in the second half of the fight and, not surprisingly, he left the ring a loser that night in Atlantic City. continue
16.12.03 - Pro boxing’s not on ropes – Entertaining shows, creative sponsorship packages, and aggressive marketing campaigns are the keys to promoting professional boxing in 2004 and the immediate future, on and off television, according to Rhode Island promoter Jimmy Burchfield, president of Classic Entertainment & Sports, Inc. (CES). continue
16.12.03 - World middleweight champion Bernard Hopkins may have more in common with Oscar De La Hoya, Fernando Vargas, et al. than originally one would think. No, no, Hopkins is not fighting De La Hoya or Vargas, but instead he has become one of them. The latest in a long line of world champions who will NOT fight IBF jr. middleweight champion WINKY WRIGHT. continue
16.12.03 - Four days prior to his upcoming next fight former WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko is causing boxing euphoria in Kiel, a seaport city in the north of Germany. Klitschko, 42-2 (38), will take on veteran American Danell Nicholson, 42-4 (32), at the huge Ostseehalle, an arena with 12,000 seats. continue
16.12.03 - By Frank Lotierzo: He's one month shy of turning 39. He just made the 17th consecutive defense of his world middleweight championship. In his last fight he won a lopsided 12 round decision over former three time champ, William Joppy. In that fight, he for filled his last fight of a three fight deal he signed with promoter Don King when he defeated former three division champ, Felix Trinidad. He is Bernard Hopkins.
Bernard Hopkins is the undisputed middleweight champion of the world. Hopkins is also a self managed free agent who is getting on in age for a world champion fighter. Hopkins believes now that he is a free agent, he will have more control over his career, and it will be easier to make a big fight involving him? I hope so, but I'm not so sure. continue
16.12.03 - By Keith Terceira: He was born in the Lower East Side of New York, December 23 1909, Barnet David Rasofsky. Barnet would grow up in Chicago, dreaming of being a Talmudic Scholar and Hebrew teacher. Those dreams would come crashing down, when at age 14, two men shot and killed his father, while robbing the Rasofsky’s family store. That event would ultimately link Barnet with elements in the underworld that would haunt him throughout his life. As was the norm for many Jewish fighters at the time Barnet took another name, Barney Ross, so he could hide his boxing from family and to get more fights. He would also use the name Barney Rasof at times during his life. continue
15.12.03 - By Dennis Principe: BALANGA, Bataan, Philippines - Current Pan Asia Boxing Association (PABA) flyweight champion Rolly Lunas of the Philippines has guaranteed to leave no stones unturned in his quest to give the country another world boxing title sometime next year.
To be able to build up his quest for a shot at the world crown, Lunas will stake his prized title versus veteran Thai champion Phises Vor Surapol on December 19 at the People’s Gym in Balanga, Bataan. continue
15.12.03 - By Carl M. Rice, Jr.: Well, this certainly was an action packed weekend of boxing. On Thursday, there was Boxeo De Oro on HBO Latino, there was Friday Night Fights and Solo Boxeo on Friday, and on Saturday, Showtime Championship Boxing was on regular cable TV and, of course, there was the huge Don King Pay-Per-View card in Atlantic City. There were some lame fights, some action packed ones, and some upsets. I will get to all of this weekend’s action and my reaction in a moment, but I would first like to speak on the biggest upset of the weekend. I’m talking about the Audley Harrison fight...just kidding. I’m really talking about Mayorga v Spinks. I would first like to say congratulations to the new welterweight king. He was able to control the pace of the action for most of the bout, and for this he should be commended. But I have go to get this off my chest: Cory Spinks is the most boring fighter I have ever seen. He makes Chris Byrd look like Arturo Gatti. continue
15.12.03 - By Elliot Worsell: The saying goes ‘you can take the man out of the fight, but you can’t take the fight out of the man’. This applies with pinpoint accuracy to the recently retired former British Heavyweight title challenger Mark Potter, who has traded punches for pints, corner stools for bar stools, and title fights for bar room brawls, in running his own successful pub in Walthamstow. read more...
15.12.03 - By Keith Terceira: The Blaze Boxing Club in Columbia, Pa has been in operation since 1997. Former Golden Glove Champion Miguel DeJesus has been operating a karate School in the same building since 93. Miguel is the father of outstanding former amateur boxer Johnny DeJesus. Johnny is training with Nelson Torres who along with Miguel built the regulation ring rather than continue to visit other gyms for sparring. continue
15.12.03 - Jason Leavy: As the acclaim subsides after the most impressive performance of his career to date, light-welterweight star Ricky Hatton (photo: Tom Casino/Showtime) is no doubt asking himself the same question that the rest of us are: what happens next?
The Mancunian bodysnatcher answered any doubters in the most emphatic manner possible on Saturday evening, dominating Ghana's Ben Tackie with a masterclass combination of slick boxing skills and all-out aggression. What his victory proved beyond doubt is that Hatton is a world-class fighter, and there is now an acceptance that 2004 will witness his assault on the current crop of title holders in his division. continue
15.12.03 - Last Thursday at the York Hall, Bethnal Green, British Eastside caught up with WBO number 1 ranked Jr Welterweight Junior Witter, who two days previous had pulled out of his most important fight to date, a real 50:50 tear up with Brazilian banger Kelson Pinto, scheduled for December 13 and for the WBO interim title. read more...
14.12.03 - By Frank Lotierzo: We all knew that it was going to happen, and now it's confirmed. I spent all most the duration of the Hasim Rahman-John Ruiz fight last night talking with former welterweight, jr. middleweight, and middleweight champion Felix "Tito" Trinidad. The rumors were buzzing throughout Boardwalk Hall last night about him making a possible comeback.
I sat behind Trinidad for the entire Back-to-Back-to-Back card. I had a real good conversation with Felix, between him signing autographs. And he didn't turn anyone down regardless of the ring action and was a class act. Tito confirmed to me that the rumors are true and he does plan to fight again. He said he plans to fight as a middleweight, and "hopes to line up a fight with either Bernard Hopkins or Oscar De La Hoya down the road". Regarding his retirement, he said that he just needed a rest and had to clear some things up. So we now can look forward to the return of Felix Trinidad in 2004, and see him possibly in a big fight by the years end. continue
14.12.03 - By Frank Gonzalez Jr.: The Holidays are upon us and hard-core fans that paid fifty bucks to watch this weekends Don King Pay-Per-View event got their money’s worth. King showed boxing fans how to really throw a party Saturday night in Atlantic City (for a fee of course). Here’s a rundown of five of the fights featured on the card.
The Lightweights - Zab Judah vs. Jaime Rangel:
This great card of fights started with Super Lightweight Zab Judah knocking out ‘unheard of’ Jaime Rangel in the early moments of the first round. We didn’t get to see if Rangel had any skills since the fight ended as soon as Judah connected with a big straight left that put Jaime down and out. continue
13.12.03 - Photo (c) Tom Casino/Showtime: Undefeated WBU Junior Welterweight Champion and current WBC and WBA No. 3 contender Ricky "Hitman" Hatton successfully defended his title an 11th time with a lopsided 12-round unanimous decision over IBF No. 14 contender Ben Tackie Saturday on SHOWTIME. In the co-feature from MEN Arena, unbeaten Jeff "Left Hook" Lacy retained his WBC/CA, NABA/USBA super middleweight crowns with an eighth-round TKO over NABF Light Heavyweight Champion Donnell Wiggins. The SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING doubleheader was promoted by Frank Warren's Sports Network and aired live at 9 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on West Coast).
Hatton (34-0, 25 KOs), of Manchester, England, could not knock down the iron-chinned Tackie, but mostly dominated en route to winning by the scores of 120-109 twice and 118-110. continue
13.12.03 - Photo: Tom Casino/Showtime: Jeff "Left Hook" Lacy successfully defended his WBC Continental Americas super middleweight title today via an eight-round TKO over NABF/WBC Continental Americas light-heavyweight champion Donnell "Cadillac" Wiggins. The fight took place at the MEN Arena in Manchester, England.
"It was great to return to England and show the English fans and the English media who is the rightful heir to the world super middleweight throne," said Lacy. "I am willing to meet anyone in the Top-10 in my next fight, and then show the world who will be the next super middleweight king." continue
13.12.03 - By Matt Stein: Sven Ottke of Germany retained his WBA and IBF Super Middleweight titles in winning a unanimous decision over Britain’s Robin Reid (36-4-1) on Saturday night. Ottke, perhaps beginning to show his age (36), lost many of the early rounds to Reid. In the 6th round, Ottke appeared to be knocked down by Reid, but the referee ruled it a slip. The bout was littered with rule infractions by both fighters, although while Ottke (33-0, 6 KOs) was merely warned about his rule breaking, Reid was actually penalized. The judges scored the bout 117-112, 115-113 and 115-113. East Side Boxing had it 115-113 for Robin Reid.
13.12.03 - Swedish heavyweight Attila “The Hun” Levin, who’s promoted by Cedric Kushner Promotions, won his 15th straight fight, knocking out former South American champion Pedro Daniel Branco of Argentina in the third round of a bout in Nuremberg, Germany. Levin, who knocked down Branco in the first round, ended it with a straight right to the head at 1:27 of the third. continue
13.12.03 - By Spud Woollatt: In the 11th defence of his WBU World Light Welterweight Title, Ricky Hatton showed the world he has truly arrived not only as a world class boxer but in addition as a viable threat to any Light Welterweight in the world. Ricky Hatton demolished Ben Tackie in 12 one sided rounds in a packed MEN Arena in Manchester, where 16,000 fans cheered their hero's every move. continue
13.12.03 - Dominic Pesoli and 8 Count Productions presented another fantastic evening of "wall to wall" excitement last night at the DePaul Athletic Center in Chicago. A huge crowd filled the arena on the coldest night of the year in the Windy CIty. Junior welterweight David Diaz, 22-0 (12) took a hard fought eight round unanimous decision win over tough Colorado native Frankie Sanchez continue
13.12.03 - By Elliot Worsell: WBO Cruiserweight champion Johnny Nelson, fresh off a comprehensive win over Alexander Petkovic in Germany, filled in on what his plans are for next year during a recent trip to Bethnal Green’s York Hall.
36-year-old Nelson, who has made 11 successful defences of the WBO title he won back in March 1999 when stopping fierce rival Carl Thompson in 5 rounds, is a real road warrior of British boxing, having fought in Germany, Denmark, South Africa, Belgium, Australia, Thailand, Brazil and the US. After a patchy start to his professional career (losing his first three fights) Nelson, who had to take many risky fights at short notice during his formative years as a pro, is reaping the rewards of being a respected champion and has been unbeaten since 1995. But what next for the eccentric Brendan Ingle trained stylist? read more...
13.12.03 - Paul-John Ramos: Laughlin, Nevada - British heavyweight prospect Audley Harrison continued his string of „look-good“ wins at the Edgewater Casino on Saturday evening, knocking journeyman Brian Nix to the canvas twice before referee Jay Nady called a stoppage at 1:41 of round three. Harrison, 255, England, was tucked into the main event of ESPN2’s Friday Night Fights broadcast after middleweight Tokunbo Olajide came down with influenza and withdrew from his bout with Larry Marks. continue
13.12.03 - By Elliot Worsell @ ringside: Alan Bosworth Pts Stephen Smith: Never underestimate the power of children. Newly crowned English Light Welterweight champion Alan Bosworth on what pulled him through 10 intense rounds against Camden’s Stephen Smith … ‘My son’s names got me through it. When it was hard, when it was really hard in those last few rounds, I just kept saying their names over and over again. Dylan and Kane, I was saying them constantly. They got me through this fight. I didn’t want them going to school disappointed.’ read more...
13.12.03 - By Frank Lotierzo: On Saturday night December 13th, undisputed middleweight champion Bernard Hopkins will fight three time middleweight champ William Joppy. On Thursday January 15th 2004, Hopkins will celebrate his 39th birthday. It's unbelievable that Hopkins has been able to maintain so much of his ability at such an advanced age. Thirty nine years is very old for a fighter, very old. continue
12.12.03 - By Frank Lotierzo: This Saturday night December 13th, I'm going to attend the Don King fight card in Atlantic city, "Back-to-Back-to-Back". The card features three main title fights. Although there are four or five other fights on the card with some kind of title on the line, the main fights being highlighted and promoted are Mayorga-Spinks, Hopkins-Joppy, and Rahman-Ruiz.
The thing about these three main bouts that strikes me is, two of them are significant in their respective divisions. While the other one will probably be the most competitive. The one that appears to be the most evenly matched, (Rahman-Ruiz) should not be for a title? continue
12.12.03 - By Wes Moore: The heavyweight division is a strange landscape. It can see over-hyped fighters rise to title shots and unnoticed competitors continually denied their just due. However, once a fighter breaks through anything can happen and opportunities are abound. Case in point is this weekend’s clash between former titleists Hasim Rahman and John Ruiz in which one of these guys will emerge and undoubtedly receive another shot at gold in 2004. continue
12.12.03 - ATLANTIC CITY, N.J.—Boxing media from around the world were asked to pick the winners of three of the eight world championship title fights featured on Don King Productions’ “Night of the Undisputed” at Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall on Saturday night. Five of the scheduled 12-round bouts will be available on pay per view at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT. continue
12.12.03 - By Jim “Boxadamus” De Pierro: I thought I was through with PPV boxing for this year after having purchased Delahoya-Mosley II and Holyfield-Toney I was sure their wouldn’t be another boxing bout this year I would want to see that wouldn’t be on HBO or Showtime this year. Well I was wrong. I have to give Don King credit the man is surely an evil genius because I am actually thinking of buying the Saturday night card which features some of the biggest trash talkers in the game with Zab Judah, Hasim Rahman, Bernard Hopkins and of course the always politically incorrect Richardo Mayorga all in one card. I know in the long run if I do buy this card I will probably regret it. At the very least even if I don’t buy this card I will be watching the Showtime card featuring in its main event Ricky Hatton against Ben Tackie. continue
11.12.03 – Undefeated World Boxing Union (WBU) Junior Welterweight Champion and current World Boxing Council (WBC) and World Boxing Association (WBA) No. 3 contender Ricky “Hitman” Hatton will make his 11th title defense when he takes on International Boxing Federation (IBF) No. 14 140-pound contender Ben Tackie Saturday, Dec. 13, on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING, at 10 p.m. ET/PT*. In the co-feature from MEN Arena in Manchester, England, rising unbeaten Jeff “Left Hook” Lacy will defend his WBC Continental Americas/North American Boxing Association/United States Boxing Association (WBC/CA, NABF/USBA) super middleweight crowns against NABF Light Heavyweight Champion Donnell Wiggins. Frank Warren’s Sports Network will promote the 12-round bouts live*. continue
11.12.03 - By Carl M. Rice, Jr. - Fight time has finally arrived. It has been hard for me to keep my head together waiting for this weekend to arrive. After seeing the heavyweight dust clear from last week’s fights, this weekend will help to determine the direction of next year’s fights. I was correct about Joe Mesi being taken the distance by Monty Barrett and was a little off in my pick of when Kirk Johnson would be KOed by Vitali Klitschko, but the KO came regardless. This has put me in the mood to pick winners for this weekend’s fights that will be shown on HBO Pay-Per-View. Now, I do not recommend using these picks to make any bets, but if you do win some cash, feel free to submit some of that loot to the Carl Rice foundation. Without further delay, let’s get to the fights... continue
11.12.03 - BERNARD HOPKINS (42-2-1, 31 KOs): “With all these great matchups, it is like a rapfest, and we will all be on stage Saturday night. I have $50,000 that says Joppy gets stopped. I am giving 2-1 odds, meaning he only has to put up $25,000 and if he lasts the distance, even if he loses, he wins. I am not making $1 million, but I know me, and what I can do. Joppy will not be in a position to be recycled again after I am done with him.’’ continue
11.12.03 - By Elliot Worsell: Everyone loves a heavyweight. The big guy with a punch, a punch that acts as a fast track to super stardom for some, and a one way ticket to ‘palookaville’ for others. The whereabouts of infamous world terrorists are easier to predict than the outcome of big heavyweight clashes. continue
11.12.03 - It took seven long years to finally have his day in court, but it was well worth the wait for former world champion Terry Norris. Norris, who filed suit in New York Supreme Court against his former promoter Don King for aiding and abetting a breach of fiduciary duty by Norris’ former manager Joe Sayatovich, agreed to accept a settlement of $7.5 million from King, following today’s closing arguments. continue
10.12.03 – By Frank Lotierzo: A few months back after heavyweight Joe Mesi stopped DaVarryl Williamson in the first round, I wrote a column titled "Don't Overreact To Mesi's Early Knockout." The purpose of the article was to try and quell some of the overreaction and analization of Mesi based off of a one round knockout.
As I've said before, first round knockouts are the worst scenario in which to accurately judge and evaluate any fighter. Most of the time it amounts to one fighter being psyched up and ready who comes out and jumps on his opponent. The fighter who is stopped is usually not warmed up and ready for the onslaught. Remember, fighters who can punch are always going to blow through second tier opposition. continue
10.12.03 – By Ike Enwereuzor: www.Jacboxing.com - Undefeated WBC Cruiserweight Champion, Wayne "Big Truck" Braitwaite from Georgetown, Guyana now fighting out of Brooklyn, NY carries a professional record of (19-0) 16 knockouts will be making his second title defense on Saturday December 13, against Panamanian, Luis Pinedal (17-3)15 KO's. Braithwaite's last outing was February 21, this year when he dismantled Ravea Springs in round four to retain his belt. IBF Cruiserweight Champion James "Lightsout" Toney, who was one of the commentator for the fight expressed his feelings that he doesn’t like young Braithwaite, while at the same time, Braithwaite hates Toney. continue
10.12.03 – The much-anticipated rematch between IBU World and NABF super middleweight champion Scott “The Sandman” Pemberton (26-3-1, 21 KOs) and three-time world title challenger Omar Sheika (23-5-, 16 KOs) will headline “The Battle II,” promoted by Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment and Sports, Inc., January 23 live on ESPN2 Friday Night Fights at Foxwoods Resort Casino. continue
10.12.03 - By Keith Terceira: Earlier today I was talking to a promoter who asked me to do him a favor and try to get a contact number for someone in my area. While attempting to do that I also thought I would combine the contact with gathering a little info on some promising local fighters that are being managed by a true believer in the sport. continue
09.12.03 - On Saturday, Dec. 13, there will be a blockbuster pay-per-view event featuring five world title fights. Billed “Night Of The Undisputed …. Back-To-Back-To-Back,” this unprecedented night of champions will be highlighted by IBF/WBC Middleweight Champion and WBA Super Champion Bernard “The Executioner” Hopkins taking on three-time and current WBA Middleweight Champion William Joppy. continue
09.12.03 - By Spud Woollatt: Regardless of how confident the connections and fans of Ricky Hatton are, surely they must acknowledge in his 11th defence of his WBU World Light Welterweight Title he faces his sternest test yet. Hatton faces the hard hitting, durable, and some would still say World rated Ben Tackie of Ghana.
Is Hatton facing Tackie at the right time? I suppose there are 2 ways of looking at this question, on one hand you could say yes, as many would argue that the Ghananian's career is on the slide with 2 defeats in his last 3 fights, but then you would not have to look too closley to see those defeats were against the 2 best Light Welterweights in the world, Tszyu and Mitchell respectively. continue
09.12.03 - Highly regarded Swedish heavyweight Attila "The Hun" Levin, who's promoted by Cedric Kushner Promotions and co-trained by the legendary Angelo Dundee, returns to the ring Saturday, Dec. 13, when he faces former South American champion Pedro Daniel Branco of Argentina in a bout in Nuremberg, Germany. continue
NEW YORK, Dec. 8, 2003—Don King’s decision to televise five of the eight world championship bouts on his Dec. 13 “Night of the Undisputed” fight card from Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall on his own KingVision Pay-Per-View Ltd., has led to the formation of a never-before-seen all-star broadcast team led by Emmy Award-winning Executive Producer Jim Spence. continue
08.12.03 - By Frank Lotierzo: Who's the best fighter in the heavyweight division? I would say that mostly everyone throughout the boxing community would agree that it's Lennox Lewis. Other than a major slip against Hasim Rahman in April of 2001, Lewis has clearly been the best heavyweight since March of 1999 when he clearly beat Evander Holyfield and was shafted out of the decision. Some may argue that Lewis has been the top heavyweight even before 1999, but in my opinion it wasn't cemented until he beat Holyfield for the title, twice.
Enter Vitali Klitschko. Klitschko, fresh off of his second round knockout of Kirk Johnson must be considered the most worthy challenger to champ Lennox Lewis. Based off of Klitschko's strong showing against Lewis last June, and his destruction of Johnson, I don't see another heavyweight more deserving a shot at Lewis. continue
08.12 - Heavyweight Anthony “Tony the Tiger” Thompson of Silver Spring, Md., who’s promoted by Cedric Kushner Promotions, goes for his 16th straight win when he faces Onebo Mazime Ghahou of Atlanta Tuesday (Oct. 9) in Pikesville, Md. Thompson, a quick and slick 6-foot-6-inch southpaw, has a record of 19-1 with 11 knockouts and has stopped six of his past eight opponents. continue
08.12.03 - Kenny Ellis is back in the title hunt. Fighting for the first time in the super middleweight division, Ellis scored a convincingly six-round TKO over tough Canadian journeyman Willard Lewis. “It felt good to get back in the ring” Ellis said. “It has been a little over 3 months.” continue
08.12.03 - By Carl M. Rice, Jr.: ESPN used to be one of my favorite channels on television. They show just about every sport that a fan can ask for. Of course they show the usual suspects like football, basketball, baseball, and hockey. But they also show horse racing, tennis, golf, drag racing, and soccer. continue
08.12.03 - It will be a battle between once and future kings at the Chumash Casino Resort, in beautiful Santa Ynez, CA., when Gary Shaw Productions, LLC (GSP) presents undefeated welterweight contender, "SUGAR SHAY" ISHE SMITH and former two-time world champion Randall Bailey in the main event on SHOWTIME'S SHOBox: The New Generation, Thursday, January 15. continue
08.12.03 - An Eastsideboxing Exclusive by Hans-Martin Roehm: Eastsideboxing.com was the first and only internet website to report internationally about the recent racial outbursts of EBU vice president Hans Hoegner. Commenting on the plight of German-based Algerian journeyman Ramdane Kaouane, Hoegner, in his capacity as supervisor of the German Federation, was quoted continue
08.12.03 - World class boxing returns to Chicagoland when Promoter Bobby Hitz of Hitz Boxing hosts ESPN2’s last Friday Night Fights broadcast of the year on December 19th from the Ramada Hotel O’Hare. Headlining the action is WBC #1 rated and mandatory Cruiserweight challenger O’Neil Bell vs. Derrick Harmon. continue
07.12.03 - By Janne Romppainen: Even though I picked Vitaly Klitschko to beat Kirk Johnson in their scheduled twelve-round WBC title eliminator on Saturday, the result of the bout surprised me. I had expected Klitschko to control the fight on a slow, measured pace, to break down Jonson’s resistance and to win in the late rounds or by decision after a hard-fought contest. I did not expect Klitschko to score an early-round wipe-out. However, that was just what we were allowed to witness. The Ukrainan giant walked all over his foe so effortlessly that I for one was very impressed and had to start to think about what me and most other predictors had counted wrong.
Granted, Kirk Johnson fought tactically an unwise fight by standing and trading against Klitschko instead of sticking and moving as most had expected him to do. Also Johnson’s flabby physique – he weighed in at 260lbs, 16 lbs more than ever before – raised a question about his preparing for the bout. continue
07.12.03 - By Tony Nobbs: World rated Australians Shannan Taylor, Lovemore Ndou and Sam Soliman all scored decisive victories in IBF Pan Pacific title fights at the Panthers Leagues Club in Sydney on Friday night. Promoters were Tony Caradonna and Glenn Wheatley. In the main event of a six fight card, Shannan Taylor (36-3-3) captured the jnr middleweight belt from Team Fenech's Ian Mcleod (20-11-1) who accepted the fight on Wednesday night. continue
07.12.03 - By Tony Nobbs: Australia's WBA number eight Cruiserweight Daniel 'Cowboy' Rowsell (26-2-1, 15 KO) meets Russian Valery Brudov (25-0, 18 KO)- the number seven contender-at Levallois, France on December 16 with the winner guaranted the number one rating and a shot at the winner of next months Jean Marc Mormeck-Virgil Hill title fight. continue
07.12.03 - By Keith Terceira: Nay Sayers are out this morning after Monte Barrett teaches the Mesi camp the value of humility. It’s time to drop the Marciano comparisons and head for the gym for a little back to basics training. What was supposed to be a coming out party to celebrate and justify his ranking in the top ten, turned out to be a revival meeting for Monte Barrett. Barrett revealed for fight fans just what Mesi needs to do to compete in the top tier of the division. Unfortunately, the critics of Mesi were given new fodder for their campaign to discredit Joe. The fodder was proved in large part by Mesi himself, as he walked wide open into a big left hook in the seventh round. continue
06.12.03 - By Frank Gonzalez Jr.: Watching Vitali Klitschko, standing across from his opponent Kirk Johnson with that serious menacing glare, answers the question of the Heavyweight issue. There IS a dominating fighter in the Heavyweight division.
As fight fans, some of us like boxer-types, with their flashy moves and counter punching, finesse, the slipping and sliding and landing that big shot out of nowhere. Me, I like FIGHTERS, who come to rip you to pieces—guys like Ricardo Mayorga, Manny Pacquaio and Vitali Klitschko. They ain’t pretty. Neither have particularly graceful styles to marvel at. But they can punch!
Then incite fear in their opponents and dictate where others negotiate. continue
07.12.03 – Sergiy Ivanov: Joe Mesi (28-0) kept his perfect record intact by winning a 10 round majority decision against Monte Barrett. Mesi was cruizing along in the 7th, when Barrett knocked Mesi down with a big left hook. Mesi won the fight, but he looked pretty awful to look at afterwards with a swollen shut left eye, and his face puffy from the beating he received at the hands of Barrett. Mesi controlled the action early on with power punching that hurt Barrett on several occasions, but as the fight wore on, Mesi seemed to lose a lot of steam on his punches. After Barrett knocked down Mesi in the 7th, the tempo of the fight turned around and favored Barrett for the rest of the way. continue
06.12.03 – By Jeff Bastasini: Vitali Klitschko (33-2, 32 knockouts) put on a devastating display of punching power en route knocking out Kirk Johnson in the 2nd round of their bout at Madison Square Garden tonight. The Heavyweight divison looks to have a new star to take the place of Lennox Lewis. Klitschko knocked Johnson down twice in the 2nd round with clubbing rights and lefts before the referee stopped the fight at 2:54 of the 2nd round. continue
06.12.03 - Carlos Kalinchuk @ ringisde, Photo Gallery: In the Main Event of the evening, young Hugo "Rambo" Ramirez improved his record to 23-1 (20 KO's) after beating ring veteran Melchor Cob Castro 65-12 (40 KO's) in an 8 round non-title fight. The fight itself was a give and take battle that had the crowd give it's most animated response of the night. Although Ramirez had only fought 6 Amateur fights before he became a pro, and he was only fighting his 24th professional prize-fight, he put on an impressive performance against the aging but still worthy left handed Castro. When the cagey Castro was hurt he would hold and move laterally, while Ramirez continually rebounded well from all exchanges, as he never appeared hurt in the bout. I had the bout scored 77-76 in favor of Ramirez while the judges had it all for Ramirez with scores of 78-74 twice and 77-75. The latter score seemed more realistic while the 78-74 scores seemed a little off. continue
06.12.03 –By Pat Lanier: Kirk Johnson (34-1-1 with 25 Kos) will be a underdog when he faces the 6’8” Vitali Klitschko in a 12 round WBC eliminator bout at Madison Square Garden. The fight will be televised by HBO, beginning with a good undercard bout between unbeaten Heavyweight Joe Mesi and Monte Barrett at 9:45 P.M. EST. The winner will become the mandatory challenger to the belt now held by Lennix Lewis. This showdown could very well determine the division’s immediate future. continue
06.12.03 – Pendarvis Boxing Promotions announced today that due to a variety of reasons “Return of Friday Night Fights: The Showdown Part 2,” scheduled for December 12, has been postponed until January 30 at the Worcester National Guard Armory. continue
06.12.03 - By Frank Gonzalez Jr: Francisco Lorenzo vs. Courtney Burton: Friday night in St. Thomas, the Virgin Islands, fight fans got a look at Courtney Burton, whose claim to fame was a knock out win over the heavily tattooed Angel Manfredy last July. Coming into this fight against Francisco Lorenzo, Burton was ranked #6 by ‘The Ring Magazine.’ That’s pretty high praise for a guy who’s done so little so far. continue
05.12.03 - Gavin Macleod: Standing in the ring looking down at his opponent, who was now on bended knee, Scott Harrison felt as though his world had just collapsed. The man he was standing looking at was Manuel Medina, a tough and rugged Mexican who had just relieved Harrison of his much-loved WBO featherweight strap via a split decision. It was only split in the judge’s view however, as most at ringside felt that Medina had won convincingly.
The large crowd in attendance at the Braehead Arena that night had a shocked and stunned look on their faces as they headed for the exit doors, not because they disagreed with the decision, but because they couldn’t believe they had seen a performance from Harrison that was so far removed from the action packed and pressuring style he used to pound Julio Pablo Chacon and, in particular, Wayne McCullough in his two previous fights. continue
05.12.03 - By Carlos Kalinchuk: Beloved Mexican idol and ring legend Julio Cesar Chavez Sr. 103-6-2 will be in Houston tonight for a fight. No, it’s not him that’s fighting but his son, Jr. Lightweight Julio Jr. who’ll be lacing up the gloves for his pro debut. This will also be another debut of sorts, when Julio Cesar Chavez makes his American Debut as a Promoter. continue
05.12.03 - By Frank Lotierzo: On Saturday night December 6th, two heavyweight fights will take place in the boxing Mecca of the world, New York's Madison Square Garden. In the main event Vitali Klitschko will fight Kirk Johnson. This is a fight that features two of the top ranked heavyweights in the world who don't hold a title. Prior to the Klitschko-Johnson title elimination, undefeated Joe Mesi will take on fringe contender Monte Barrett. The winner of the Mesi-Barrett fight takes a step closer to a possible title shot. Below are my thoughts on both fights and the future of heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis. continue
05.12.03 - It might be cold outside on The Boardwalk, but the temperature is rising in Atlantic City in anticipation of Don King Productions’ “Night of the Undisputed” featuring a record eight world championships on Dec. 13 at Boardwalk Hall. Less than 500 tickets remain to see the event live, and boxing fans around the globe will be able to see five of the eight world championships live on pay per view.
They will include Undisputed Middleweight World Champion and World Boxing Association Super Champion Bernard “The Executioner” Hopkins against three-time and current WBA Middleweight Champion William Joppy; WBA Super Champion and World Boxing Council Welterweight Champion Ricardo “El Matador” Mayorga facing International Boxing Federation Welterweight Champion Cory Spinks—the winner becoming the undisputed world welterweight champion. continue
05.12.03 - By Thomas Jensen: "Underestimated, undeveloped and unfulfilled capability”! That is how he is described by the people now working with him. Danish based Congo Super middle / Light heavyweight Lolenga "Lumumba Boy" Mock (21-7-1, 5 KOs) has taken on the role as “the opponent” in his last five or six fights, and inactivity on top of that makes him win-less since 1999. But, according to co-manager Henrik Risum, that should soon be over... continue
05.12.03 - Chris Askov: Former heavyweight champion George Foreman is retiring from his role as a boxing analyst for HBO after a 12 year run. Big George explained his sudden retirement is due to a desire to spend more time with his wife and 10 children (many of whom are named George). According to a press release issued by Salton Inc., the company responsible for the wildly popular George Foremen Grills, the former champ has no plans to quit his job as a pitch man for the company. continue
04.12.03 - By Carl M. Rice, Jr.: Don’t believe the hype! This was the name of an old school song by rap group Public Enemy in the late 1980’s, but it can also be used in reference to the criticism of the current heavyweight division. There have been many articles written about how the current crop of heavies just don’t have much talent in terms of skill and entertainment value. While I cannot argue the fact that the heavyweights today may not be as good as some of heavies of the past, the situation is not as horrible as others have made it out to be, and believe it or not, it could be worse! continue
04.12.03 - By Paul Ruby: Two fighters with talents and records among the most impressive in the heavyweight division will meet this Saturday, December 6th in the world’s most famous arena with both fighters trying to truly establish and solidify themselves in the upper echelon of today elite heavyweight boxers. Vitali Klitschko and Kirk ‘Bubba’ Johnson will go to war in Madison Square Garden on Saturday evening; one man will be leave the ring recognized as the dominant force in the division while the other will be left with the difficult, but not insurmountable, task of picking up the pieces and re-establishing himself as a Top 5 heavyweight. Saturday’s fight is one of contrasting styles, and this makes it a very interesting one. Vitali Klitschko’s movement is typically more calculated and plodding while Johnson moves laterally quicker and with greater fluidity than nearly all heavyweights. Likewise, Vitali Klitschko has adequate, but certainly unremarkable handspeed, while Kirk Johnson’s handspeed is quite impressive and is often belied by his larger physique. continue
04.12.o3 - By Keith Terceira: Ironfist Vitali Klitschko watched his dreams get snatched away due to a cut against Lennox Lewis at the Staple Center last June. Lewis is doing the duck and leave regarding a rematch with the Doctor. Frankly, the only thing that may draw Lewis into the ring again is a Vitali surgical strike on Kirk Johnson. Seems bad luck follows both these fighters though. Johnson has a tendency to come in heavier than is prudent, and that extra weight may be responsible for his inability to get his body shots above the belt line. The good Doctors body seems to self implode at the most inopportune times. Here is the way I see it. continue
04.12.03 - By Ike Enwereuzor - JacBoxing.com: Former world championship challenger Monte "Two Gunz" Barrett of Queens, NY(29-2) 16KO's, is expected to trade gloves with unbeaten "Baby Joe" Mesi on Saturday December 6 at Madison Square Garden. Monte Barrett began his professional career August 1996 by dismantling Jamal Edwards at Yonkers, New York. Barrett has wins over Erik Kirkland, Robert Wiggins, Robert Davis, Jimmy Thunder, Tim Ray, Phil Jackson, Greg Page and more. Here's what he had to say about his upcoming fight against Joe Mesi..
Ike: Please, tell us how long you have been training for your fight with Joe Mesi? Monte Barrett: I have been getting ready for this fight for about 6 weeks. Everything is going well and we're ready to go. I hope Joe Mesi is ready too. I'm very hungry ready to draw blood. continue
04.12.03 - By TIM SMITH - NEW YORK DAILY NEWS SPORTS WRITER: Joe Mesi stood next to the cardboard cutout of Rocky Marciano, the only great heavyweight champion with a zero in the second column of his record. Right now the zero in the right column of their records is the only thing that Marciano and Mesi (27-0, 25 KOs) share. But Mesi is hoping that one day boxing fans will speak of him with as much awe as they do Marciano.
"I've been an avid Marciano fan for my whole career," Mesi said at press luncheon at Vincent's in Little Italy yesterday. "I have a lot of videotapes and books about him. He was a good man inside and outside of the ring. I'm trying to emulate that." continue
04.12.03 - – With 22 wins and no losses in his three-year career, “Mighty” Mike Anchondo has pounded his way into the rankings at 130 pounds, leaving a trail of destruction in his wake. On Thursday, December 11, at the legendary Grand Olympic Auditorium in Los Angeles, Anchondo will step up to prove whether he truly belongs among the junior lightweight elite when he battles tough veteran Gregorio “Goyo” Vargas in the 2003 finale of HBO Latino’s “Oscar De La Hoya Presents Boxeo De Oro”. continue
04.12.03 - WBA/WBC Welterweight Champion Ricardo “El Matador” Mayorga, who is set to battle IBF Welterweight Champion Cory Spinks for the Undisputed Welterweight Championship at Atlantic City Boardwalk Hall on Saturday, Dec 13, arrived at Caesars Atlantic City this afternoon at 1:30pm. Mayorga is the first of 16 boxers appearring on the Dec 13, 8-championship Don King fight card to arrive in Atlantic City.
This unprecedented night of champions will also feature IBF/WBC Middleweight Champion and WBA Super Champion Bernard “The Executioner” Hopkins against 3-time and current WBA Middleweight Champion William Joppy for the Undisputed Middleweight Championship.
The title parade continues when Hasim Rahman and John Ruiz fight for the WBA Interim Heavyweight Championship and WBO Jr. Welterweight Champion Zab “Super” Judah and WBA Super Welterweight Champion Alejandro “Terra” Garcia defend their world titles “Back-to-Back-to Back.” continue
04.12.03 - By Jim Amato: It did not receive much press but a very fine heavyweight from the 60's recently passed away. Tony Alongi who amassed 46 fights from 1959 to 1967 died at the age of 64 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Tony won nine straight fights in his maiden year of 1959. He followed that by winning twelve more in 1960. In 1961 he stepped up the quality of his opposition. continue
04.12.03 - As the big Holiday Boxing Bash draws near, promoter Octavious James has announced that all-time great boxing cut-man and teacher Chuck Bodak will be honored in the ring before the main event Friday at the Omega Sports Complex here. "We are absolutely thrilled to have Chuck Bodak at our show. He has earned the right to be called a legend," said James. continue
04.12.03 - Chicago boxing promoter Bobby Hitz has stepped up to the plate regarding the issue of a promoter summit. “There has been plenty of talk over the past few weeks about holding a promoter summit to address the issues facing our sport. With the complexion of our business changing dramatically next year, now is the time to get this done.” continue
03.12.03 - By Bernie McCoy: At this point in time there are more talented professional female boxers than at any time since the nascent sport took its first tentative steps on the national stage nearly thirty years ago. Certain bloviators, masquerading as "experts" on all things sport, are more than willing to provide myriad reasons why the Women's boxing has not achieved the mainstream attention that these talented athletes deserve. continue
02.12.03 - Don King announced today that the Saturday, December 13 “Undisputed -- Back-to-Back-to Back” card at Atlantic City Boardwalk Hall is approaching a sell out. There are fewer than 500 tickets remaining for public sale. continue
02.12.03 - By Ron Widelec: At one time, Oleg Maskaev was one of the top ranked fighters in the heavyweight division. He had excellent power, good skills, and a vicious knockout win over fellow top contender, Hasim Rahman. continue
02.11.03 - By Keith Terceira: Roman Greenberg has drawn quite a bit of attention lately and the interest is in part from his expertise in the ring, partly because the Heavyweight ranks are beginning to swell with the next generation of fighters, and lastly because of his heritage. Not since the beginning of the century have fighters of the Jewish faith been subject of focus. Dmitry Salita and Roman Greenberg are just two of several Jews currently rising in popularity. continue
02.12.03 - Hamburg – It’s a week of high emotions at New York’s Madison Square Garden: Tuesday to Thursday the legendary duo Simon & Garfunkel will sing at the 34th street in the heart of the Big Apple. And on Saturday Dr. Vitali Klitschko and Kirk Johnson will make some painful music with their boxing gloves at the same place. It will be the first boxing show at the Madison Square Garden for two years. continue
03.11.03 - By Carl M. Rice, Jr.: Dear Bernard Hopkins (since that is the way you consistently refer to yourself),
First, let me start of by saying congratulations for rekindling your relationship with Bouie Fisher. It shows true class that you two sat down like men and discussed what seemed to be petty differences. Secondly, let me tell you that Bernard Hopkins is the man! Bernard Hopkins has been the one constant in the middleweight division, as you have been champion for over 8 years and 16 title defenses. You are certainly cut from the mold of past great middleweight champions like Harry Grib, Tony Zale, Carlos Monzon, and Marvelous Marvin Hagler. Your record of 42 wins against 2 losses and 1 draw is impressive when looking at some of the difficult fighters you have faced, such as Glencoffe Johnson, Antwun Echols (twice), Simon Brown, Robert Allen (twice), Keith Holmes, Felix Trinidad, and, of course, Roy Jones Jr. You have earned all the props, success and accolades that you now receive. But that is partially the problem: you have also earned a reputation of being difficult to deal with and that is the purpose of why I am writing this letter to you. continue
01.12.03 - By Vaughn "Bigboscoe" Featherstone: Ahhh, How refreshing. The classic matchup of a devastating knockout artist versus a smooth boxer. The ironic twist to these two fighters (Klitschko and Johnson) are that their careers have taken similar paths of triumph and disappointment. This is not to say that both fighters have not reached the expectations of fans of either fighter, but to say that with their fighting spirits, they have overcome certain odds to meet head to head on December 5th. continue
By Frank Lotierzo: Now that Joe Mesi has scored an impressive knockout in his HBO debut, look out! The HBO-Mesi relationship is about to begin. Muhammad Ali had a saying about Jerry Quarry and Duane Bobick in the early 1970's, who were the main white heavyweight contenders during that era. It went something like this when referring to Quarry and Bobick, "They Have The Complexion and The Connection To Get The Protection!" No doubt that HBO see's the market out there for a white heavyweight contender. Just for the record there hasn't been a white American Heavyweight Champion since Rocky Marciano in 1952-1955!
Obviously, all fighters should be judged strictly on their skills and accomplishments. That's how I see it and how I evaluate fighters. The funny thing is that some say I shouldn't have mentioned that HBO was going to look to capitalize on Mesi being white. Well if that's the case, how come every article or message board I've read compares Mesi to Cooney and Morrison. How come not Foreman or Tyson? All four of them made their mark as punchers, yet Mesi has only been mentioned with the likes of Cooney and Morrison. continue
01.12.03 - Mario Veit and Steven Küchler, two accomplished fighters of Hamburg’s Universum Box-Promotion, are looking forward to an exciting event in their career. The two Germans want to follow in the footsteps of their famous stable mates Vitali and Wladimir Klitschko and gain some attention overseas when they fight on the undercard of the heavyweight elimination contest between Vitali Klitschko and Kirk Johnson next Saturday at Madison Square Garden in New York. continue