31.01.04 - Sugar Ray Leonard Boxing will be bringing the ever-exciting "Hawaiian Punch," Brian Viloria (13-0-0, 8 K.O.'s) to The Mohegan Sun Resort and Casino in Uncasville, Connecticut on February 13th in an NABF title defense against world-class contender Juan Alfonso Keb Baas (30-9-2, 20 K.O.'s). The 12-round title fight will headline ESPN2's February 13th Friday Night Fights telecast. continue
31.01.04 - By Elliot Worsell: Nottingham’s top super middleweight prospect Carl Froch 11-0 (8 KO’s) tuned up in explosive style for his upcoming British title stab in March, by overwhelming Russian import Dmitry Adamovich 8-7 (2 KO’s) in 2 rounds.
26-year-old Froch, who challenges Liverpool’s Tony Dodson in March for the Lonsdale crown, looked focussed and full of intent, as he set about disposing Adamovich quicker than former WBC champion Robin Reid did last October. Reid dispatched Adamovich in 4 rounds with some crippling body work, Froch did much of the same but in double quick time.
As is usually the case with Froch’s performances, for the first minute or so of the contest the Nottingham born prospect stalked, feinted, and teased his way into the fight against the stocky southpaw. Adamovich tried to be aggressive early on in the bout, but was soon deterred by some spiteful looking left hooks and right crosses through the middle. Froch didn’t waste much time in planting his feet and digging the meaty shots in against this normally durable opponent, whose face reddened very early under the onslaught. continue
31.01.04 - Carlos “Stiff-jab” Kalinchuk: On the eve of Super Bowl XXXVII, Heavyweight Prospect Dominick Guinn, Lightweight Juan Diaz, and Featherweight Rocky Juarez will be holding a public boxing exhibition and autograph session at The Bud Bowl 2004 Event at Minute Maid Park in Downtown Houston today. The exhibition times are as follows; Juarez will be Noon, Guinn will be at 2pm and Diaz at 4pm. This is a free and open to the public event. They will also be signing autographs as well so come early!
31.01.04 - By Elliot Worsell: British and European Middleweight champion Howard Eastman remained on the fast track to undisputed world middleweight champion Bernard Hopkins last night following a competitive points victory over the tricky, world-class southpaw Sergey Tatevosyan in Dagenham. Coming off a 6 month layoff, and having to face a stand in opponent more recognised and established than the original, Eastman did what he had to do to grind out the hard fought win, and stay within touching distance of the coveted WBC title he has craved for so long.
Tatevosyan, a 31-year-old southpaw who was rated in the world top 5 according to respected US publication ‘Ring Magazine’, had noteworthy triumphs against respected operators Armand Kranjc, Yuri Tsarenko and James Obede Toney, and represented the 33 year old Eastman’s hardest test since he dropped a tetchy 12 round decision to William Joppy in Vegas 2 years ago. continue
31.01.04 - Former World Middleweight champion Michael Nunn was sentenced to 24 years in prison for purchasing one kilogram of cocaine with a net worth of $24,000 from a undercover agent. Nunn, now forty years old (58-4), had at one time been the holder of the IBF & WBA Middleweight and Super-Middleweight titles in the 1980s. He beat Frank Tate in 1988 to win the IBF middleweight title. continue
31.01.04 - From WBC President Jose Sulaiman: "I am very proud of the results of the vacant WBC super lightweight world championship fight where a boxing hero, Arturo Gatti from Canada, conquered the title in a highly competitive and classy fight by defeating the courageous and very good opponent Gianluca Branco from Italy, whose performance shut many mouths. continue
30.01.04 - Carlos “Stiff-jab” Kalinchuk: On February 7, 2004, Texas State Super Bantamweight Champion Armando Guerrero will meet former IBF Flyweight Champion Francisco “The Spider” Tejedor in the main event at “Knockouts at Coushatta II.” The undercard features an array of professional fighters, including NABA & IFBA Super Middleweight Champion Ann Wolfe; Lightweight Bobby “The Bayou Bomber” Aucoin; the undisputed Welterweight Champion of the world Sunshine Fettkether; Mia St. John “The Knockout of Female Boxing,” and more.
First undercard at 7:30 p.m.; doors open at 6:00 p.m. This event will be held in The Pavilion at Coushatta, adjacent to Grand Casino Coushatta, and is open to boxing fans of all ages. A limited number of ringside seats are available. Tickets on sale in hotel gift shop. Ticket prices: $50 ringside; $15 general admission. Boxers’ weigh-in will take place in Mikko Center on Friday, February 6, at 4:00 p.m. For additional information, phone 1-800-584-7263, ext. 7702. continue
30.01.04 - By Keith Terceira: Tom Moran, longtime manager and friend of Tim Witherspoon phoned me shortly after my piece with Walter Kane today. He was very instrumental in clearing up some issues for the Boxing Organizing Committee and clouding the waters even more for J.A.B. Moran came right out and said that the International Brotherhood of Teamsters had hijacked the union after Tim Witherspoon, who was the first To sign a union card refused to sell boxers out and have the B.O.C’s independence taken over by the Teamsters. continue
30.01.04 - By Keith Terceira: As the Murad Muhammad-Freddie Roach confrontation evolved and JAB stepped to the forefront making an attempt to get to the bottom of the Manny Pacquiao purse problem, I got interested in how the Joint Association of Boxers got started and what their plans and structure were. continue
30.01.04 – Promoter Jimmy Burchfield, on behalf of world super middleweight contender Scott “The Sandman” Pemberton (27-3-1, 22 KOs), is calling out IBF and WBA champion Sven Ottke. Pemberton, rated No. 10 by the WBC, is coming off exciting back-to-back victories against Omar Sheika at Foxwoods Resort Casino. Pemberton won a 12-round decision last July in ESPN2’s 2003 Fight of the Year. continue
30.01.04 - IBF jr. middleweight champion WINKY WRIGHT will leave his home training base in St. Petersburg, FL today for Houston, TX, where he will begin phase two of his intense preparations for the biggest fight ever in the 154-Pound division, against WBC/WBA super welterweight champion SUGAR SHANE MOSLEY. The historic world title fight, which will determine the division's first-ever three-belt undisputed world champion, is scheduled for Saturday, March 13, 2004, at Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, in Las Vegas, NV, and will be televised live nationally on HBO, beginning at 9:30 P.M. ET / 6:30 P.M. PT. continue
30.01.04 - By Luke Dodemaide: Evander Holyfield was arguably the boxer of the 90's, the former undisputed cruiserweight and four time heavyweight champion fought everybody; Evander delivered time and time again. Eighteen years ago, a twenty four year old Evander Holyfield strapped the WBA cruiserweight title around his young and emerging waist, after a 15 round split decision victory over Dwight Qawi. continue
30.01.04 - By Carlos Kalinchuk: In the co-main event of the evening, Lightweight Julio "El Hijo De Culiacan" Chavez Jr. 4-0 won a four round Unanimous Decision over Juarez Mexico's Jose Luis Burgos 0-3. All three judges had Chavez Jr. pitching a shut out with scores of 40-36.
What happened…Although Chavez Sr. was sitting nearly 40 feet away, he was clearly not happy with his sons’ performance. During the rounds and especially between them he could be heard shouting out instructions to Julio and his trainers. At one point Chavez Jr. looked over in what looked to be a combination of frustration and desperation. After the fight both exchanged hugs on his way back to the dressing room but when Chavez Sr. was asked about Julio he said, "He has made absolutely no improvements. He didn't do what he practiced and I have to look at him and be honest with him and myself and I'm not happy with the way he fought." continue
30.01.04 - By Willie Saayman: Former SA jnr Middleweigh champion, William Gare did his homework well and stood in front of Virgil Kalakoda in a toe to toe battle, outpointing a battered and bloodied Kalakoda over 10 rounds in their contest at The Dockside Restaurant & Nightclub in Cape Town, Tuesday evening, the 27th of January. continue
30.01.04 - By Luke Dodemaide: Winky Wright ( 46 –3) has been craving a big fight for years, craving to fight the cream of boxing. On March 13th his wish becomes a reality, Winky Wright will fight Sugar Shane Mosley ( 39-2 ) for the undisputed jnr middleweight championship of the world. Winky Wright finally has the chance to prove himself, but can he take another step, and beat WBC/WBA jnr middleweight champion Shane Mosley to become the first undisputed jnr middleweight champion since Koichi Wajima over 29 years ago? continue
30.01.04 - By Tony Nobbs: IBF number nine Lt. Welterweight Lovemore ‘Black Panther’ Ndou kept switched on in training over the last few days of out of the ring goings on surrounding his on-off and back on clash with number one rated Sharmba Mitchell at Bally's in Atlantic City next Saturday. After being replaced by number four Omar Weis when the bout was sanctioned for the IBF interim 140 pound title and switched from Las Vegas due to the injury to James Toney, Ndou and his team knew there was a “slight chance” that he will be called back in. continue
29.01.04 - Buffalo’s undefeated heavyweight boxing contender “Baby Joe” Mesi has targeted 2004 as the year he intends to make his move toward reaching his goal of winning the world heavyweight championship.
Mesi, 30, has set his sights on fighting Mike Tyson this summer. He recently announced his desire to also take on WBC heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis for the title before the year is out. Meanwhile, Mesi has agreed to fight rugged southpaw Vassiliy “The Tiger” Jirov, Saturday, March 13, on HBO. The fight will take place at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. Jirov, the former IBF world cruiserweight champion, is now competing in the heavyweight division. continue
29.01.04 – Two classy, former 130-pound world champions with a combined record of 67-3 with 50 knockouts collide when Joel “El Cepillo” Casamayor faces Diego “Chico” Corrales in an eagerly awaited rematch for the WBO 130-pound title abandoned recently by Acelino Freitas on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING Saturday, March 6 (9 p.m. ET/PT*). In the co-feature from Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Conn., unbeaten Jeff “Left Hook” Lacy defends his WBC/CA, NABA/USBA super middleweight crowns against WBC Latin Americas 168-pound champion Tito “El Misil’’ Mendoza. continue
29.01.04 - By Elliot Worsell: British, Commonwealth and European middleweight champion Howard Eastman is on European duty Friday night (January 30) in Dagenham, as he defends his title against world class Russian Sergey Tatevosyan in a potential banana skin affair for the respected champion. continue
29.01.04 – Thompson Boxing Promotion’s Path to Glory Series will make its awaited return on February 16th, which once again will take place at the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, California. This venue has witnessed sold out events since Thompson Boxing brought boxing back to the Inland Empire in May of 2000. Six bouts are on tap for the opening night of a nine-event series that will end in the month of November. continue
29.01.04 – When doors close, others open. Olympic Heavyweight Champion Audley Harrison announced today at a press conference at Home House in London he has just stepped through an open door that will give him the opportunity to challenge for a world title in his first fight of 2004 on Saturday, March 20th. “I came back home with the intent to fight Danny Williams for the British title,” said Harrison.
With the recent loss of Williams to Michael Sprott and a possible fourth fight now looming between them, the British Boxing Board of Control have informed A-Force if a rematch is not ordered, Michael will not have to make a mandatory defence for six months. continue
29.01.04 – By Dennis Principe: Another world title hopeful takes center stage tonight to try to solidify his bid of becoming the country’s next boxing sensation. Undefeated Oriental Pacific Boxing Federation (OPBF) superfeatherweight champion Randy Suico of the Philippines will put everything on the line when he battles 9th ranked Seung-Won Baek of Korea in a 12-round OPBF mainer at the posh Waterfront Hotel in this city. continue
29.01.04 - Two weeks prior to his second run on the European heavyweight championship, this time against his stable mate and reigning title holder Sinan Samil Sam, Luan Krasniqi (Photo: Fabian Weber) showed up in excellent shape. “For the first time in my career I did an obligatory test of running ten times 800 m. Afterwards I still had enough breath left to run it twice more if I wanted”, said Krasniqi yesterday during a public workout in his hometown.
Krasniqi, 25-1 (13), became European heavyweight champion in 2002 but lost the title the same year on July 20 to Polish Przemyslaw Saleta. Now he wants to regain what he believes belongs to him on February 14 in Stuttgart from Turkish Sinan Samil Sam who dethroned Saleta three months after the Pole defeated Krasniqi.
For the preparation for his third European title fight Krasniqi seeked the seclusion of his small hometown in the Black Forrest and added Universum coach Torsten Schmitz to his team. continue
29.01.04 - Howard Eastman is only two fights away from Bernard Hopkins. This Friday (January 30th) at the Goresbrook Leisure Centre in Dagenham he defends his European middleweight title against talented Russian Sergey Tatevosyan. Next will be a clash against Italy’s Cristian Sanavia that will trigger a deadline. Bernard: the clock is ticking... continue
29.01.04 – WBA Interim heavyweight champion John “The Quietman” Ruiz (39-5-1, 27 KOs) is in Houston to attend Sunday night’s Super Bowl. “I’m here to support my favorite football team, the New England Patriots,” Ruiz said. “I was there two years ago when the Pats beat the St. Louis Rams in the Super Bowl. Robert Kraft (owner of the Patriots) has been good to me and I’ve met some of the players, too. I just want to show my support for them.” continue
29.01.04 - By Carlos Kalinchuk - Large Photo Gallery - In the Main Event of the evening, Jr. Middleweight Chase "White Tiger" Shields 13-0 (9 KO’s) took out a very game Marcus Woods 6-4-1 (3 KO's) in 5 rounds to win the Miller Lite Texas Title Belt. The fight was officially stopped at 2:07 seconds.
What happened? Although, Shields clearly lost round one, he seemed to warm up in round two. Even though it was a close round to score, I gave it to Woods for his earlier work in the round. His headshots were more impressive early on and he seemed to keep Shields at bay with his erratic movement. Perhaps it was the cold temperatures outside or Woods’ head movement but Shields clearly struggled early on. But, as Shields has proven time and time again that wouldn’t last long. continue
28.01.04 - From WBC President Jose Sulaiman: In following its Rules and Regulations, the World Boxing Council has ruled that heavyweight world champion Lennox Lewis, of England, must make a mandatory defense against the No. 1-ranked official challenger Vitali Klitschko, of Ukraine-Germany, with the 30-day period for free negotiations to start on February 1. If they do not agree on the terms, a purse offer will be held on March 15. continue
28.01.04 - By Frank Lotierzo: The first one lit up the Globe. Not only was it the most anticipated fight in history, it was the most talked about and comprehensively covered sporting event of all time. This fight was so big that New York City was shut down, you couldn't get in or out of the city on the night of March 8, 1971. Oh, and this was one of those rare super fights where the realization exceeded the expectation. Of course I'm talking about Frazier-Ali I. And yes, it was billed Frazier vs. Ali, that's because Frazier was the recognized champ, he just wasn't undisputed.
Four years later they faced each other again for the third and final time. Only this time Ali was the undisputed champ and the fight wasn't in the United States. This one was called the "Thrilla In Manila", although the fight didn't take place in Manila. It was actually at the Arenetta County Coliseum in the Quezon City in the Philippines. But it wouldn't have sounded right, Ali going around saying I'm gonna get the Gorilla in the Quezon City. So the city of Manila was adopted for promotional reasons. continue
28.01.04 - Former WBA super lightweight champion SHARMBA MITCHELL returns for his fourth consecutive appearance on SHOWTIME Championship Boxing, when he faces "The Black Panther," Australian fireball LOVEMORE N'DOU, Saturday, February 7, at Bally's Atlantic City in Atlantic City, NJ. Promoted by Gary Shaw Productions, LLC, in association with Goossen-Tutor Promotions and Budweiser, the SHOWTIME telecast will begin at 9 P.M. EST / 9 P.M. PST with a replay of the Joel Casamayor-Diego Corrales bout followed by Mitchell-N'Dou. continue
28.01.04 - Hennessy Sports team trainer Robert McCracken has tipped Howard Eastman to deal with Sergey Tatevosyan’s challenge for his European middleweight title this Friday (January 30th) at the Goresbrook Leisure Centre in Dagenham in emphatic style. “Howard is in good shape at the moment,” said former British and Commonwealth champion McCracken, who remarkably shared a ring with his charge in a 2001 triple title fight..." continue
28.01.04 - By Carlos Kalinchuk: There are times in boxing when fighters fight and there are times in boxing when fighters say they want “the fight” but they do everything that it takes not to fight. Are you lost? There are just times when fighters avoid or attempt to avoid (for whatever reason) what fight fans want to see. Take for example Willie Jorin, Naseem Hamed, Hector Camacho Jr. and Riddick Bowe to name a few. They said wanted the “Big” fight but their actions seemed to indicate otherwise.
When Jorin was supposed to fight the big fight, injuries and the like would occur on a consistent basis. It seemed to many, that whenever he seemed to have to prove himself against stiffer competition, up came a serious injury to further delay his path to the next level of competition. He was even nearly stripped of his Alphabet title, until the sanctioning body forced him to fight tough Mexican Israel Vasquez. Israel Vasquez quickly disposed of Jorin in one round in front of a national audience on ESPN, and he has since summarily disappeared into sunset by all accounts. continue
28.01.04 - By Carlos “Stiff-jab” Kalinchuk: Mexican ring legend Julio Cesar Chavez Sr. 103-6-2 is returning to Houston this Thursday to promote his second American boxing installment just days before the big game in between the Panthers and Patriots. As anyone that attended his previous card here in December will tell you, it was an absolute success. continue
28.01.04 - Dominic Pesoli's 8 Count Productions, Chicago's premier boxing promoter, presents the Super Brawl Showdown this Friday night at the DePaul Athletic Center headlined by a huge junior welterweight bout featuring world ranked David Diaz facing his toughest test, Emanuel Augustus of Harlingen, Texas. continue
27.01.04 - Top-rated prospect TOKUNBO OLAJIDE and former world title challenger LARRY MARKS will duke it out for the vacant USBA jr. middleweight title, Friday, February 20, at Bally’s Atlantic City, as the main event on ESPN2’s “Friday Night Fights.” The show is promoted by Gary Shaw Productions, LLC, in association with Thomas Gallagher Productions. continue
27.01.04 - By Marc Abrams: With the recent “upset” of 147-pound king Ricardo Mayorga by the fists of Cory Spinks getting most of the attention, Antonio Margarito has been training quietly with the hopes of jumping into the picture to be recognized to the “man” of the welterweight division. Margarito will defend his WBO Welterweight title, Saturday night in Phoenix Arizona against the undefeated Hercules Kyvelos. Also on the card is the Powerful IBF Featherweight champ Rafeal Marquez takes on mandatory Challenger Pete Frissina. continue
27.01.04 - Nottingham’s Carl Froch will challenge British Super Middleweight champion Tony Dodson on Saturday March 13th at the Nottingham Arena. The BBC covered Hennessy Sports event will also feature former two-times WBO heavyweight champion Herbie Hide, the rematch between Damon Hague and Roddy Doran for the WBF middleweight title, David Walker, Lee Meager, Matthew Thirlwall, Lenny Daws, Ryan Rhodes and Wayne Pinder. continue
27.01.04 - One of the biggest, strongest, toughest and best conditioned athletes in Houston this weekend will not be playing in Super Bowl XXXVIII. In fact, he is not even a football player. “But I have a lot in common with both the Patriots and the Panthers,” said 'People’s Heavyweight Champion' Vitali Klitschko said. “We are all very hard hitters.” Klitschko, of course, is hopeful of a super showdown himself in the near future. continue
27.01.04 - James "Lights Out" Toney, three division world champion and current heavyweight contender, underwent surgery on his ruptured left Achilles tendon last Friday, and the operation was a complete success. "It was a clean tear, so the tendon was easier to repair," said Dr. Tony Daly, Toney's physician, as well as the Team Orthopedist for the NBA's Los Angeles Clippers. continue
27.01.04 - By Mike Bearenhof: When most people think of Arturo Gatti they think of a tough, gritty slugger who never gives up and always fights to the bitter end. People also probably think of Gatti's brutal fights against Micky Ward, the first one being 2002 fight of the year. People probably also think of his three other fights of the year in 1996, 1997 and 1998. continue
26.01.04 - Former world welterweight champion Ricardo “The Matador” Mayorga has rejected an opportunity to fight on March 20 for the World Boxing Association title against reigning title-holder “El Gallo” Jose Antonio Rivera. The 30-year-old Rivera (37-3-1, 24 KOs) captured the WBA title winning a 12-round decision from previously unbeaten (38-0) Michel Trabant in Berlin. continue
26.01.04 - HBO Sports confirmed to promoter Gary Shaw today that undefeated heavyweight BABY JOE MESI has been added as the co-feature to “UNDISPUTED: THE WAR AT 154!” the historic world championship fight between WBC/WBA super welterweight champion SUGAR SHANE MOSLEY and IBF jr. middleweight champion WINKY WRIGHT, to determine the first-ever undisputed champion in the 154-pound division. continue
26.01.04 - By Bob Furusho: Heavyweights Vitali and Vladimir Klitschko are attempting to get out of their contract with their boxing promoter Hans-Peter Kohl, Universum Box Promotions. A lawsuit was filed by the Klitschkos in a Hamburg court in hopes of terminating their contract this year, which ends on April 30th, 2004. Universum has a clause in the Klitschko’s contractor that allows the contract to be extended by the months if they are sidelined by injury. continue
26.01.04 - Former world junior welterweight title contender “Sucra” Ray Oliveira (45-9-2, 21 KOs) and Elias Cruz (11-10, 7 KOs) are the main event fighters in Friday night’s (Jan. 30) professional boxing show -- “Return of Friday Night Fights: The Showdown Part 2” -- at the Worcester National Guard Armory. continue
26.01.04 - By Ike Enwereuzor: Jacboxing.com - Former New York Golden Gloves champion Gary "Bring the Pain" Bell of Brooklyn, NY, who has a professional record of (24-2 -18 Ko’s) started his pro Boxing career in 1995 after winning several amateur titles, including the New York Golden Gloves, Metro Games, NYS Silver Gloves and Platinum Gloves. continue
26.01.04 - By Carlos Kalinchuk: The venue for the Pre-Game Boxing Bash, on Wednesday, Jan. 28, has been moved to Hooters, 99 Woodlake (Westheimer and Gessner) from the Hooters NASA location. The change of venue was due to a problem Hooters had with the City of Webster in securing a permit for a circus tent. All boxing start times will remain the same. continue
26.01.04 - By Ron Widelec: After watching Arturo Gatti for the umpteenth time this weekend, I am wrestling once again with an old question: How good is this guy? Every fight he is in seems to be an exciting brawl, whether it is against a top contender or a journeyman. Many people have been quick to rank Gatti in the top two of three in the division after his slugfests with Mickey Ward, but are these ranking justified? continue
26.01.04 - By Frank Gonzalez Jr.: Sharkie’s Machine: Boxing is not like other sports where you have this thing called parity. In boxing, one guys always going to be better than his opponent, who might be considered a better fighter. Boxing has many divisions where only few have more than four really dominant fighters. Boxing is full of stacked decks and unfair decisions but through it all, sometimes we just get a great fight. This week, we had a couple of notables play out. This was the best week in Boxing so far this year. There was Sheika vs. Pemberton, Bojado vs. Clottey and Gatti vs. Branco. All competitive match ups. Here’s a look at them in that order.
Scott Pemberton vs. Omar Sheika
The rematch between Scott “The Sandman” Pemberton and Omar Sheika scored a point for the argument that good boxing skills can win over power-punching brawlers. The rematch was shaping up to be a carbon copy of the first fight, which Pemberton won by decision. continue
26.01.04 - By Elliot Worsell at Ringside: Last night at the Wembley Conference Centre Reading’s Michael Sprott 25-6 (13 KO’s) realised his lifelong ambition of becoming British heavyweight champion by out pointing an unlucky and out of sorts champion Danny Williams 29-3 (24 KO’s). It was 3rd time lucky for new champion Sprott, after being stopped twice previously by Williams, albeit the last one seemingly via foul means. continue
26.01.04 - Heavyweight contender Monte Barrett has signed a promotional agreement with DiBella Entertainment, and will make his debut under the DBE banner against undefeated Dominick Guinn on Saturday night, March 27, 2004 on HBO Boxing After Dark, it was announced today by DBE president Lou DiBella. continue
26.01.04 - Junior middleweight contender Kassim "The Dream" Ouma has a solution to the problems confronting the WBC and the IBF as to who should fight the winner of the March 13 junior middleweight unification fight between Shane Mosley and Winky Wright. The WBC insists it will not sanction the Mosley-Wright fight unless both fighters agree that the winner will fight Javier Castillejo, the WBC Interim Champion. continue
25.01.04 - Arturo Gatti defeated Gianluca Branco on points to win a 12 round unanimous decision and the vacant WBC super lightweight title on Saturday night at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City. Despite losing, Branco was able to hit Gatti with clean shots throughout much of the fight. Gatti looking slow and old, relied almost exclusively on his jab, and only on rare occasions using his right hand. continue
24.01.04 - By Paul Ruby: Oh, baby! There were some fireworks at Foxwoods last night. In a highly anticipated rematch of their July, 2003 fight, Scotty ‘The Sandman’ Pemberton faced off against Omar Sheika. In their first fight, Sheika dropped Pemberton twice, but it was Pemberton who primarily controlled the action otherwise on his way to a split-decision victory. ESPN named it their 2003 ‘Fight of the Year,’ although that really does not do the fight justice considering the caliber of the fights ESPN has allowed to grace its airwaves of late. Nonetheless, the first fight was a good ebb-and-flow battle, and the last nights fight was even more of the same. It was like an exaggerated version of the first fight, and again Pemberton prevailed. continue
24.01.04 - By Jim “Boxadamus” De Pierro: Well gang its been a while since I have written anything and to some of you that is probably good thing. I must say this year is off to a slow start in terms of quality boxing matches. January tends to be a slow month for boxing so that is nothing unusual. What is somewhat disappointing is the cancellation of the Feb. 7th card of Kostya Tszyu against Sharmba Mitchell and James Toney against Jameel McCline. Mitchell is still on the card against the always upset minded Omar Weiss while McCline is searching for an opponent. continue
24.01.04 - By Ike Enwereuzor: Jacboxing.com Former Light Heavyweight Champion Jose "Chequi" Torres was born May 3, 1936. He began his Boxing career in the Army 1954 in Puerto Rico. After 24 fights in 2 years, Torres qualified for 1956 Olympics. As a Light Heavyweight, Torres won a silver medal in the 1956 Olympics. On July 14, 1969. He made his professional debut by knocking out Gene Hamilton in New York in the first round. Torres stopped Willie Pastrano at Madison Square Garden on March 30, 1965 to become the Light Heavyweight champion of the world. continue
24.01.04 - by John Gaulrapp: While it's been fashionable to deride the talent, or lack thereof, in the heavyweight division the last few years - one thing is for certain; in 2004, there are potential match-ups that would make any fight historians mouth water. There are also match-ups that would make most fight historians groan. But I say - these fights need to be made anyway. continue
24.01.04 - By Janne Romppainen: Making all-time top-10 lists of the best fighters of certain divisions is a subject of an eternal dispute as any boxing fan can testify. It is great fun that is for sure, but the person who makes the list concerned always has his or her own taste and that is what eventually decides the outcome. That is also why we can never reach a consensus. Although no final results can be given, there are nevertheless some facts that we can take on account when making such lists. Some fighters are undeniably “greats” and they belong to everybody’s lists.
What seems funny is that almost no fighter has gotten his deserved recognition when he has actually fought, but his reputation has risen years, sometimes even decades later. For example the consensus opinion of Joe Louis’ era was that The Brown Bomber would have lost to Jack Dempsey, the legend of the 1920s. continue
24.01.04 - By Adam "Dr." Zee: I believe the all of the original eight weight classes were institutionalized into the game in the early 1900's. They are: Heavyweight, Light-heavyweight, Middleweight, Welterweight, Lightweight, Featherweight, Bantamweigh, Flyweight. Ah, now that felt good to write. I thought for a moment, how were these weight classes decided? Logically, it must have been divided up to suit the population of the times. Upon further review, it appears the initial median weight is between Welter ( 147 ) and Lightweight ( 130 ), which is 138.5 pounds. continue
23.01.04 - By Stephanie Ragusa: There are special moments in every parent’s life when their hopes for their child’s future come to fruition before their very eyes. In that moment, a nurturing parent realizes just how much they shaped their child’s development and how their own passions have influenced their offspring. In the case of legendary welterweight, James “Buddy” McGirt, you need only look to his son, James, to witness this generation’s rendition of a classic boxer who will undoubtedly follow in the footsteps of his heroic father.
James McGirt was born in 1982 and grew up with his Aunt and Grandmother in Brentwood, NY. “I didn’t get to see my father too much,” James remarked, “only when he came home from training camp.” Despite living in a rather limited boxing environment during his adolescences, especially for the son of a world champion prize fighter, the younger McGirt can still recall his first memory of his father fighting in the gym at the tender age of six years old. continue
23.01.04 - Former middleweight and super middleweight champion and current heavyweight contender James "Lights Out" Toney, scheduled to face Jameel McCline on February 7 at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, has been forced to withdraw from that bout after suffering a ruptured left Achilles tendon during sparring Wednesday. Toney met with Dr. Tony Daly on Thursday, Team Orthopedist for the NBA's Los Angeles Clippers, who confirmed the injury, which will need surgery. continue
23.01.04 - Question: How did you hurt your shoulder and what has happened since?Tszyu: First of all, I want to thank SHOWTIME for continuing to support me. They have been a great help to me because I have been a very, very proud champion for many years. To suffer this injury at this time was very disappointing because I had not be active for some time and was looking forward to a fight against Sharmba Mitchell (Feb. 7, SHOWTIME). It is the second big injury I have had in my career and both happened within one year. But unfortunately, it happened, and we just had no option other than to postpone the fight. This was most disappointing when you are in great shape like I was, and now I have to start from scratch again. But I am very strong mentally and physically and I am sure I am going to be better than ever. continue
23.01.04 - By Shawn Darling: Dwight Braxton went away to Rahway State Prison at the age of 19 for armed robbery. He did 5 1/2 years serving from 1972 to 1977. He then turned pro at the age of 25, one month after being released. With no amateur experience, Braxton went on to become a two time world champ, winning the WBC lightheavy weight and WBA cruiser weight belts. After winning his first belt he converted to Islam and took the name Qawi. continue
23.01.04 -WBC # 8 & IBF # 7 Sam 'King' Soliman, Melbourne Aust (72.30 kg) win KO at 1 minute 29 of the first round over Juan Carlos Letteri, Argentina (72.05 kg). Josh Clenshaw, Sydney, Aust (76.45) win KO at 54 seconds of round 4 over Arama ‘Warrior’ Tabuai, Cairns, Aust (75.40). continue
23.01.04 - By Tony Nobbs: After getting off the deck to defeat a fired up Yoshinori Nishizawa on Monday night, WBA Super Middleweight champion and ANBF and 'Fist' magazine Australian fighter of 2003, Anthony Mundine must now turn his attention to mandatory challenger, Puerto Rico’s three time title challenger Manny Siaca. The 6 ft 1 puncher, now rated number two is expected be elevated to number one in the next WBA listings replacing ‘vacant’. continue
23.01.04 – By Frank Lotierzo: Exhibition: ex-hi-bi-tion. 1. The act of exhibiting; display. 2. Anything exhibited. 3. A public showing, as of works of art, etc. That is the Webster's Dictionary definition of the word "Exhibition." It's that date again, January 22nd. It is on this date that I can't help but remember the most devastating exhibition of punching power that I have ever seen in my years of watching and following amateur and professional boxing.
It was on January 22nd 1973 that I went to the closed circuit broadcast of the world heavyweight championship fight between undefeated champ Joe Frazier 29-0 (25) and undefeated second ranked contender George Foreman 37-0 (34). The fight was in Kingston Jamaica and was titled "The Sunshine Showdown." For it was on this night that I witnessed a display of punching power that I never saw before, or have seen since in the last 31 years. Remember, I didn't say the most impressive or devastating knockout. I said exhibition of punching power. continue
23.01.04 - By Jim Amato: The “Explosive Thin Man” Arguello, a champion in three weight classes versus the highly underrated “other” lightweight champion from Panama, Ismael Laguna. For all intents and purposes Alexis was at his best boxing at 130 pounds. When he was champion of that division he defeated Bobby Chacon, Boza Edwards, Rolando Navarette, and Bazooka Limon. All of who won the title AFTER Alexis moved to 135 pounds. continue
23.01.04 - The WBC Executive Office in Mexico City has requested the 38 votes of WBC Board of Governors to select the World Boxing Council awards for the best in boxing in 2003. For BOXER OF THE YEAR, the candidates are: Roy Jones Jr. USA (49-1), for regaining the WBC light heavyweight world title with a victory over Antonio Tarver in a very close fight on November 8. He also defeated John Ruiz to win the WBA world heavyweight belt. continue
22.01.04 - By John Garfield: Most everybody on a board like this thinks fighters are a tough, tough breed; they don't have the same concerns we do. They live in the land of Macho. Maybe this story shows we're more alike than you'd imagine.
I used to train at Stillman's with a really rugged pro middleweight who was undefeated in over 20 fights, and people were starting to talk about him as a possible contender. He had a walk-in, crowd-pleasing style, and he idolized Carmen Basilio, who was also handled by his manager, Al Braverman. Every opportunity he got, he asked Braverman to introduce him to Basilio. continue
22.01.04 - Peter Manfredo-Sherwin Davis is the 12-round co-feature on “The Battle II,” headlined by the anxiously awaited rematch of ESPN’s 2003 Fight of the Year, IBU World and NABF super middleweight champion Scott “The Sandman” Pemberton (26-3-1, 21 KOs) against three-time world title challenger Omar Sheika (23-5, 16 KOs), live on ESPN2 Friday Night Fights at Foxwoods Resort Casino. continue
22.01.04 - By Gavin Macleod: For Newark Super-bantamweight Esham Pickering, the last twelve months have seen him go through somewhat of a renaissance period. A period of resurgence which was capped off in brilliant fashion last Friday night when he won the vacant European Super-bantamweight title via a tenth round stoppage of tough Italian Vincenzo Gigliotti. continue
“After this fight in March, I am going to start calling Joe Mesi’s name everyday. C’mon Joe, Come fight me, wherever you are, come on out.”
21.01.04 - By Micah Yonkoski: If you’re like most, a casual boxing fan, then you might be led to believe the hype or lack thereof about the future of the heavyweight division. The so-called sports media repeatedly litters the airwaves with cracks on the decline of boxings glamour division, all the while not having a clue about what they speak.
Certainly the division has it’s questions and flaws; Heavyweight king Lennox Lewis isn’t getting any younger and his return is nothing more than rumor at this point, Evander Holyfield was just throttled again, but his return unfortunately isn’t in question and Tyson’s return to sanity and whatever form of combat he chooses is also nothing more than speculation, thank God. continue
20.01.04 – World Boxing Association welterweight champion “El Gallo” Jose Antonio Rivera has been selected as the Telegram & Gazette’s 2003 Visions Young Leader Award recipient for his youth leadership in Worcester (MA). Rivera, 30, is one of five Visions Award winners in different categories being honored for their achievements January 29 in Mechanics Hall. continue
20.01.04 - By John Garfield, courtesy of Fightworld.us: Finally, the magic of how Freddie Roach gets the results he does was explained today. Flush from his success with James Toney and Manny Pacquiao, Roach was being turned in every direction at a media conference at the La Brea Gym for the Klitschko brothers by boxing insiders, press and fans, congratulating him on his brilliant work. continue
20.01.04 - By Elliot Worsell: IBF world light heavyweight title challenger Clinton Woods represents the ideal template of a British boxer. The 31-year-old Sheffield fighter has progressed down the traditional route, through British, commonwealth and European roads, neglecting the throw away titles flashed before his eyes in ‘Happy Meals’ and gaining respect and recognition by pursuing genuine world titles. The Marquess of Queensbury would fill up with pride on viewing the stand up box-puncher’s ring credentials, and others would be well advised to follow suit.
His endeavour and determination that has seen him go 35-2-1 (21 KO’s) as a pro, has been rewarded by loyal promoter Dennis Hobson, and on February 6 in Sheffield, the amicable Woods will compete in his 3rd world title stab against rugged Jamaican Glencoffe Johnson. A man he knows only too well having traded blood and guts with the Miami based veteran last November in an intense battle for the same IBF crown. continue
20.01.04 - British and Commonwealth Heavyweight Champion DANNY WILLIAMS insists his body punching against challenger MICHAEL SPROTT will be perfect this Saturday (24 January) at the Wembley Conference Centre thanks to a specialised training regime. Williams believes that Sprott was faking the ‘low blows’ in their controversial second fight last September when the Reading man complained that Williams landed three punches below the belt before being stopped in the fifth round. continue
20.01.04 - By Gav Macleod & Spud Woollatt: Due to Spanish Middleweight Jorge Sendra dropping out, World Class Middleweight Howard Eastman (38-1), will now fight Russian Middleweight Sergey Tatevosyan (20-3) on Friday 30th Jan. The location of the fight is The Goresbrook Leisure Centre, Dagenham in the heart of the East End of London. To give readers a chance to know a little bit about Tatevosyan, British Eastside's reporter Gav Macleod has written the following... continue
20.01.04 - Junior middleweight, Freddie Cuevas, 22-6-1 (16) had just finished his workout at JABB Boxing Gym in Chicago on Monday afternoon when the talk quickly turned to WBO Champion Daniel Santos, 27-2-1 (20). "He's on the internet talking about fighting Bernard Hopkins, he should forget that pipe dream. He's got a fight scheduled for February 27th in Louisville, tell him I'll fly down and fight him." continue
19.01.04 - In what can only be described as a huge emotional win, DaVarryl ‘Touch of Sleep’ Williamson (19-2, 17) stopped the durable and surprisingly talented Kendrick Releford (8-4-1) in the ninth round of their Jan. 17th bout. Williamson came into the fight looking to prove a point after the hiccup against Joe Mesi. continue
19.01.04 - Battersea’s Howard Eastman will now defend his European middleweight title against Sergey Tatevosyan on the Friday January 30th Hennessy Sports event at the Goresbrook Leisure Centre in Dagenham. The Russian, 20-3 (13), is certainly well equipped to fill the gloves of original mandatory contender Jorge Sendra, who withdrew at the weekend citing a hand injury. continue
19.01.04 - By Jim Amato: Who was the best white heavyweight of the 80’s? Gerry Cooney? Maybe, but doubtful. Gerry had the big punch but his chin was suspect. Also Cooney never benefited by being tested on his way up. He may well have been the best packaged and most protected heavyweight title challenger in boxing history. continue
19.01.04 - By Ike Enwereuzor: Jacboxing.com - Three-time world champion James "Lights Out" Toney (67-4-2) with 43KO's was born August 24, 1968 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He started his amateur Boxing career in 1982. After having 35 amateur fights and winning several amateur Titles, Toney decided it was time to turn professional on October 26, 1990.
Toney Ko'ed Phil Morefield in round one to make his successful pro debut. During his impressive professional career, Toney fought many reputable opponents, such as Evander Holyfield, Vassiliy Jirov, Mike McCallum, Montell Griffin, Roy Jones, Iran Barkley, Michael Nunn and more. He won his first world title June 1991 against previously unbeaten Michael Nunn by stopping him in the 11th Round to capture the IBF Middleweight crown. continue
19.01.04 - While domestic middleweights like WBA # 2 Bert Schenk or WBO champion Felix Sturm have received bigger exposure on a bigger scale, they were – almost without notice – left behind in the German Ratings (see www.german-boxing.de) by a guy from East Germany who holds nothing more than the NBA belt. continue
19.01.04 - Dominic Pesoli and 8 Count Productions, the Midwest’s premier boxing promoter, is proud to announce further details of two huge action packed cards taking place at the DePaul Athletic Center as they kick off another monster year for Chicagoland’s fight fans. continue
19.01.04 - By Marc Abrams: On Saturday January 24th HBO World Championship Boxing will be live from Atlantic City, New Jersey as one of the garden states favorite son’s Arturo Gatti tries to capture a “world title” at 140 pounds as he will take on undefeated but very untested Gianluca Branco from Italy. There also is an exciting undercard highlighted by another Super-Lightweight encounter featuring hot prospect Fransisco”Ponchito”Bojado and the upset minded Emanuel Clottey. continue
19.01.04 - By Jim Amato: I recently tuned in to ESPN to see Matt Vanda be AWARDED a decision over a very capable ex-contender, Sam Garr. SORRY...Matt Vanda did not win this fight. No way, no how! Matt has talent and he could have won this fight without doubt but he needs to take that next step. The one that will take him to the next level. Matt could have won...he should have won, but he was TOO afraid to make a mistake. continue
18.01.04 - By John Garfield, courtesy of Fightworld.us: Growing up, when the few blocks around the Brooklyn Navy Yard was the entire universe and sports heroes rose above the sky scrappers, and our only contact with them were the bubble gum trading cards we carried for currency, Sugar Ray Robinson was the supernova that fired my imagination and life-long love for boxing. Even with all Roy Jones Jr's phenomenal gifts and ringmanship, Robinson has meant so much in my life, Jones could never take his place.
All of New York was a hotbed of boxing activity, and as long as I could remember, people spoke in awe of Robinson. His picture with gloves held low was on fight posters tacked up all over the neighborhood. Grainy shots of him in dinner clothes, flashing that signature smile, hob-knobbing with celebrities, graced the tabloids daily. continue
18.01.04 - By Bernie McCoy: Its been validly stated that drinking is the "black lung disease" of the newspaper business. It certainly was back in those long gone years when I was starting out on what can only generously be referred to as a "career". I learned the drinking part of "newspapering" long before I mastered the "five Ws and an H in the lead graph" part of the business. continue
17.01.04 - By John Garfield, courtesy of Fightworld.us: I was walking along Third Ave. one evening past PJ Clarke's, a bar-hangout for the sports' crowd and the media, and a booming voice hails me, "John! John! Over here!' I looked over in the direction of the voice and I saw "The Hulk" in a huge suit standing in Clarke's doorway. He was easily 6-6 and over 350 pounds, and his barrel chest and tree-trunk arms were straining against the seams of his jacket. continue
17.01.04 - By Frank Lotierzo: It was 62 years ago today he was born. He is now old enough to collect Social Security and retire. He is Muhammad Ali aka Cassuis Marcellous Clay. He was born on January 17th 1942, 12 years later he would enter a boxing gym for the first time. Twenty two years later he would score one of the biggest upsets in heavyweight history on his way to capturing the heavyweight championship of the world. Sixty two years later he is one of, if not the most recognized human being on the planet. Without question he is the most famous athlete in the history of civilization, sorry Babe Ruth, sorry Michael Jordan, but neither of you are Ali!
Muhammad Ali crossed so many paths, that in one way or another he touched all of us. Like former heavyweight champ and Ali foe George Foreman has often said, limiting Ali to a boxer is an insult. He's much bigger than that. Over the course of the last 40+ years, Ali has made us all think and debate many touchy topics. continue
17.01.04 - By Tony Nobbs: Anthony Mundine defends his WBA Super Middleweight title for the first time tomorrow night against unorthodox Japanese Yoshinori Nishizawa at the Wollongong Entertainment Centre. The combatants share three common opponents and the bout appears a mere warm up to more lucrative bouts for the champion. Nishizawa was widely outpointed by Guy Waters in 2000, Mundine knocked out Guy in two the following year. continue
17.01.04 - By Jeffrey Day: Tonight at the DM-Arena, Karlsruhe Germany, Mexico’s Julio Cesar Gonzalez defends his WBO light-heavyweight title for the first time against German based, but Hungarian born Zsolt Erdei. For Gonzalez, it will mean a return to the country where he won his championship against long reigning incumbent Dariusz Michalczewski in October last year. continue
17.01.04 - Twenty-year-old Robert "The Ghost" Guerrero, who was recently ranked by USA Today as one of the top prospects to watch in 2004, will make his triumphant return to the ring in March against an opponent to be determined. After an elbow injury prevented him from fighting on the undercard of the Oct. 4, 2003, Toney-Holyfield pay-per-view extravaganza, the undefeated Guerrero has been cleared by his doctor, and has begun training for his next fight. continue
16.01.04 - On March 5, 2004 history will be made, as the first major bout will take place in Las Vegas, New Mexico since July 4, 1912 when Heavyweight Champ of the World Jack Johnson defeated Jim Flynn in ten rounds. Five time world champion Johnny Tapia 53-3-2 28 Ko’s will face off in the squared circle against contender and former WBB and NABA Champion Frankie Archuleta 22-4-1 13 Ko’s in a ten round Featherweight attraction televised live worldwide by Telefutura’s “Solo Boxeo”. continue
16.01.04 - Kenny Ellis has been the most active middleweight contender in the world. In 2003, Ellis fought seven times going 6-1. His only loss was to Kingsley Ikeke for the NABO, NABF and NABA titles. Ellis lost the fight when an inexperienced fight doctor stopped the fight prematurely. Ellis was ahead on one judge’s card and was tied on two others. Ellis had a cut on the bridge of his nose that most fight doctors wouldn’t have even looked at. continue
16.01.04 - Often compared to Mike Tyson for his devastating power inside the ring, and unpredictability outside of it, the excitement surrounding James Toney as the next great heavyweight is evident as he prepares for his IBF/WBO heavyweight title elimination bout against WBO No. 4/IBF No. 6 contender Jameel McCline at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas on Saturday, Feb. 7, 2004. continue
16.01.04 - Francisco “Panchito” Bojado, the recently crowned WBC Continental Americas and IBA junior welterweight champion, battles Emmanuel Clottey in a 10-round bout, the co-feature on the Arturo Gatti/Gianluca Branco “Super Brawl” fight card, it was announced today by Main Events CEO Kathy Duva and Bally’s Atlantic City President Ken Condon. This incredible night of boxing will take place on Saturday, January 24 at Atlantic City Boardwalk Hall. continue
16.01.04 - Carlos Kalinchuk @ ringside - In the main event of the evening, Kazakhstan’s Nurhan Suleyman 13-0 (5KO's) beat out a Unanimous Decision against tough Welterweight Jesus "Mapachito" Soto-Karas 11-0-1 (1O KO's) in a 12 Round bout to win the WBA FED CENTRO Title. The former 2 time Olympian perhaps thought he would make easy work of Soto-Karas but too bad for Suleyman, no one gave Soto-Karas that script. In spite of looking much lankier and outgunned in the strength department, Soto-Karas showed himself to be a Man in the ring. He boxed well but the ripping hooks and fantastic combinations Suleyman threw were just too much for the steel chinned Soto-Karas. The tough Mexican just did not have enough power in his shots to sting the much stockier Suleyman. The official scores were Adams 116-110, Russel 117-109, and Eckels at 118-108. Eckels card seemed grossly inaccurate. continue
16.01.04 - Statement issued by Mr Matthew Watt of Sports Management Australia regarding the postponement of Kostya Tszyu vs. Sharmba Mitchell II: "It is with considerable regret that based on medical advice received yesterday I am today announcing the postponement of Kostya Tszyu’s rematch with Sharmba Mitchell, which was to have been held in Moscow on February 7. During a training session this week at the Tszyu Boxing Academy in Rockdale, Kostya sustained an injury to his shoulder... continue
16.01.04 - By John Garfield, courtesy of Fightworld.us: In the late 60's, I went to the old Madison Square Garden to see a main-go between two Latin fighters. One a Cuban, the other, Puerto Rican. So, the Garden is a tinderbox; any spark will set it off. The main event is very hotly contested, and could go either way. When the decision was announced, the losing side--already spoiling for a fight--started attacking the winner's fans. Then everybody started to rain beer bottles into the ring. Fighters, seconds, and TV people dove for cover under the ring. continue
16.01.04 - Unless their fight ends in a draw, either “The Pride of Providence” Peter Manfredo, Jr. (19-0, 9 KOs) or Sherwin Davis (17-0, 11 KOs) will be the new NABO junior middleweight champion and the other will have suffered his first loss as a professional boxer January 23rd in “The Battle II,” promoted by Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Sports and Entertainment, Inc. continue
16.01.04 - Interview by John Garfield, courtesy of Fightworld.us: Hidden away in a non-descript mini-mall in Hollywood, behind what looks like the dark tinted windows of a rapper's limo, is the La Brea Boxing Academy. It's right out of a James Bond movie. No name on the door...a thick padlock, but once inside, it's cavernous--(huge by L.A. standards) festooned with colorful flags of many nations hanging from heavy wooden beams suspended from the high ceiling. continue
16.01.04 - In the opening telecast of the year on “ShoBox: The New Generation,” undefeated Ishe “Sugar Shay” Smith captured the vacant USBA/WBC Continental Americas and NABO welterweight titles with a unanimous 12-round decision over former two-time world champion Randall Bailey Thursday on SHOWTIME. In the co-feature, Jose Antonio Ojeda registered a third-round knockout over Arturo Barraza. The Ojeda-Barraza match replaced a middleweight scrap between Ian Gardner and Julio Cesar De La Cruz. Their scheduled 10-round bout was scratched early Thursday when De La Cruz failed his medical examination. The doubleheader at Chumash Casino Resort was promoted by Gary Shaw Productions, LLC, and aired at 11 p.m. ET/PT. The telecast was the 37th in the popular “ShoBox” series. “ShoBox,” which began its third season Thursday, debuted on July 21, 2001. continue
16.01.04 - By John Garfield, courtesy of Fightworld.us: In the early 70's in New York, I watched a stocky, young welterweight in the Novice finals of the New York Golden Gloves in the Felt Forum at Madison Square Garden. His name was John Nittolo. With his thick spiky hair and a head that promised a much bigger body, he put me in mind of a lion cub that hadn't quite grown into his paws. All Nittolo wanted to do was crack the other kid with his overhand right that he threw from the floor. continue
16.01.04 - Polish Boxing Promotion boss Krzysztof Zbarski, promoter of WBF ‘world’ superwelterweight champion Mihaly Kotai, just announced that the Hungarian will put his title on the line against French challenger Monney ‘The Danger’ Seka on January 31 in London. Originating from the Ivory Coast, Seka has lived up to his nickname in compiling a record of 14-5-1 with 10 of his wins by knockout on the European circuit. continue
15.01.04 – At the official weigh-in prior to tomorrow’s world championship double header at dm-arena of Karlsruhe, Germany, all four main event fighters beat the scales. Mexican Julio Cesar Gonzalez, the WBO light heavyweight world champion, weighed in at 172,6 lb. His Hungarian challenger Zsolt Erdei weighed 172 lb. continue
15.01.04 - By Keith Terceira: Superstar Manny Pacquiao, fresh off the biggest victory of his career against the legendary Marco Antonio Barrera last November, has made it official that he is relinquishing his IBF Jr. Featherweight crown, effective immediately, as of this morning, Jan. 15, 2004. Promoter Murad Muhammad had verbally notified IBF President Marian Muhammad on Tuesday, but made it official just this morning by e-mail. continue
15.01.04 - WBC super middleweight champion Markus Beyer will defend his title on February 28 against South African Andre Thysse (14-2) in Dresden, Germany. Beyer was offered a shot at WBO champ Joe Calzaghe by Frank Warren - but turned it down. “I phoned up Beyer's agent and offered the fight to them sometime in April. But they said they had another fight lined up. It's no surprise, because these Germans don't want their fighters to face live opponents.” said Warren on his website www.frankwarren.tv
15.01.04 - By Keith Terceira: The IBF has sent to us an explanation as to the payment of $20,000 from the Pacquiao-Barrera purse. It gives us an understanding as to the sanctioning rules and the requirements under IBF rules. Slowly, answers are coming forth to show this entire thing is the result of trainers, fighters and media trying to become promoters, sanctioning officials, and accountants. continue
15.01.04 - By Keith Terceira: Immediately after reports started surfacing that Freddie Roach had threatened to leave the Pacquaio camp because of non-payment of the correct percentage of training fee’s and the supposed unfair treatment of Pacquiao by Muhammad , JAB (Joint Association of Boxers) contacted us and jumped in to take a stand on the controversy. continue
15.01.04 - Photo: TOM CASINO/SHOWTIME* - “ShoBox: The New Generation,” which debuted on SHOWTIME in July 2001, will open its third season tomorrow, Jan. 15, when undefeated Ishe “Sugar Shay” Smith takes on former two-time world champion Randall Bailey for the vacant United States Boxing Association (USBA)/World Boxing Council (WBC) Continental Americas and North American Boxing Organization (NABO) welterweight titles. In the co-feature, southpaw Ian Gardner will battle hard-punching Julio Cesar De La Cruz in a 10-round middleweight bout. SHOWTIME will televise the Gary Shaw Productions, LLC, promoted doubleheader live at 11 p.m. ET/PT* from Chumash Casino Resort in Santa Ynez, Calif. The telecast represents the 37th in the popular “ShoBox” series. continue
15.01.04 - By John Garfield, courtesy of Fightworld.us: There's nothing so direct as a smack in the mouth, and that's how Justin Fortune, the former Australian, Marciano-sized, heavyweight, and now conditioning coach for Freddie Roach, speaks. Right between the eyes! He knows that professional fighting is not about the glitzy package that's presented on pay-per-view or the media-comfortable toothpaste ads that put a lump in your throat talking about motherhood and the American flag. continue
14.01.04 - Based on a recent interview with Felix “Tito” Trinidad’s father, Don Felix Trinidad Sr., it was confirmed that Tito, in fact, has not yet decided to come out of retirement. That same interview also seems to imply that one of the issues being discussed is the amount of money available to Tito. continue
14.01.04 - By John Garfield: A fighter like Manny Pacquiao comes to just the right point in his training and physical perfection to do what he did to Marco Antonio Barrera. Pacquiao came from the small island of Mindanao in the Philippines with an intense fighting spirit, great hand speed and power.
But the sharp sword that he was had to be tempered just so for that night. Sharpened too finely, and the edge would be lost. Not enough was unthinkable. Nothing less than perfection would do against a great champion like Barrera.
Freddie Roach works on the master plan, the strategies; he's the battlefield general. It's up to Justin Fortune, his conditioning coach, to forge Pacquiao into the slashing blade that will cut tirelessly. But to hammer out such a weapon, steel must be worked beyond endurance. And, Fortune pushes fighters beyond where they thought they could go. continue
14.01.04 - Warrior's Boxing Promotions is proud to announce the signing of World Boxing Organization junior middleweight champion Daniel Santos to an exclusive promotional agreement. Santos, (27-2-1, 20 KOs) of Bayamon, Puerto Rico, is the first world champion in the Warrior’s Boxing stable. Santos, the 5’11” southpaw, won the WBO welterweight title in 2000 by way of a fifth round KO against Ahmed Kotiev, avenging a controversial split decision loss to Kotiev in 1999. continue
14.01.04 - By John Garfield, courtesy of Fightworld.us: You go to the gym, and after awhile, you get to know the fighters and the trainers. There was this one trainer, a former Eastern Bloc Olympian, who really impressed me. He knew his stuff. Showed fighters moves, could pick out an opponent's flaws and explain how to exploit them, demonstrate the little things that made the difference...and looked them in the eye and told them the plain, unvarnished truth. continue
14.01.04 - By John Garfield, courtesy of Fightworld.us: Reports of my death are grossly exaggerated," Mark Twain said... The same is true of boxing, if you'd seen the army straining to get into the Grand Olympic Auditorium in L.A. the other night for Oscar de La Hoya's "Boxeo de Oro." It was only 5 P.M. on a workday and ticket holders were in a ragged line stretching well around Grand Ave. It looked like the Oklahoma landrush just before the gun went off. continue
14.01.04 - Undefeated heavyweight boxing contender “Baby Joe” Mesi, (28-0, 25 KO’s), used a news conference today to issue a challenge at WBC heavyweight champ Lennox Lewis. “This is the first time I am publicly saying this. I want to fight Lennox Lewis in 2004. I’m knocking at his door.” Mesi, 30, confirmed that he seems to be heading toward a summer outdoor slugfest fight in Upstate New York with former heavyweight champ Mike Tyson. continue
14.01.04 - By Robert Bennett: There are four possible opponents who present themselves for Roy Jones next bout, which is likely to be somewhere in May or June. Mike Tyson would be Roy’s favoured choice, the event, and the money would be monstrous. This fight becomes less and less likely however with Iron Mike’s legal problems, and although the lead up to the event would be intense, the fight itself would likely be a fizzler.
John Ruiz is also a possibility. Faced with the prospect of losing his heavyweight title, Jones may elect to step back into the ring with a fighter he knows has virtually no chance of defeating him. Much as I would enjoy seeing Jones befuddle and dominate Ruiz again, this fight would be my last choice of the four. Boxing has nothing to gain from Jones demanding ludicrous payments to watch him outclass Ruiz again. continue
14.01.04 - By Elliot Worsell: The highly anticipated British cruiserweight title eliminator between Bermondsey prospect David Haye and Lincoln hard man Lee Swaby will take place either on February 20 or February 27 after both camps came to a mutual agreement this afternoon (Jan 14). Lion Promotions will promote the bout, which is scheduled to take place at a venue to be named. continue
13.01.04 - By John Garfield, Courtesy of Fightworld.us: The name: Stillman's Gym still is magical to old ring veterans--rapidly vanishing--but it's mostly just a revered icon like Jack Johnson or Boyle's Half-Acre that fight purists have read about in an old issue of Ring Magazine or on the internet in vintage columns of Dan Parker and Jimmy Cannon. For me, Stillman's isn't like talking about Benny Leonard or Harry Greb, and taking it on faith. continue
13.01.04 - By John Garfield, Courtesy of Fightworld.us: When great fighters are discussed, invariably, Charley Burley's name is always mentioned among the very best. Yet few fans have ever seen him. I did. It was only one fight, and it was on tape -- some where's between 44' and 46', at the tail end of Burley's career, so I don't know if it's the best indicator of how good he was... but it probably gives some sense of his style. continue
13.01.04 - Undefeated light heavyweight contender Zsolt Erdei is confident that he’ll regain the WBO 175 lb. world title from Mexican Julio Cesar Gonzalez on Saturday in Karlsruhe, Germany. He wants to regain it for his stable mate Dariusz Michalczewski who dropped a 12-round narrow split decision to the Mexican in October which put an end to the reign of the “Tiger” that was lasting for nine years. continue
13.01.04 - Originally, middleweights Evans “The African Warrior” Ashira (23-0, 13 KOs) and Maselino Masoe (25-2, 24 KOs) were supposed to meet up in an eliminator for the number-one position in the WBA world rankings. But their fight, which will go to purse-bids this coming Saturday in Miami, Florida, has now been elevated to being for the vacant WBA “world” title. continue
13.01.04 - By Robert Bennett: All and all, 2003 turned out to be a relatively good year for boxing compared to some in recent times. A history making effort by a former middleweight, and another who re-established himself as a force to be reckoned with. A superfight at 154lbs that caused a Golden Boy to turn red, and a clash of the titans that left boxing fans salivating for more.
Our new year looks promising, read on for part one of my random thoughts and musings on the various fights and fighters that make our sport the greatest in the world. continue
13.01.04 - Interview by Ike Enwereuzor: www.Jacboxing.com - Heavyweight contender Mitch Rose, the man to handle Super Heavyweight King of the 4 rounders Eric "Butterbean" Esch in his first profesional loss, began his boxing career in December 1995 at Madison Square Garden, New York City by second round TKO. Mitch Rose had later fought fighters like Gerald Nobles and Monte Barrett. Rose began his Pro career June 1991 after winning the New York Golden Gloves. This is what Rose had to say.... continue
13.01.04 - Middleweight contender Kenny Ellis move to 31-5-2 (21 KO’S) after his KO win over last minute replacement Christopher Holt (8-2) at the Emerald Queen Casino’s “Battle at the Boat boxing series. Ellis put in a tremendous display of boxing and punching before stopping Holt at 2:44 of round two. Usually a slow starter, Ellis came out banging in round one hurting the rugged challenger from Detroit Lakes, Minnesota. continue
12.01.04 - British and Commonwealth Heavyweight Champion DANNY WILLIAMS has promised to knock out challenger MICHAEL SPROTT even quicker when the pair meet for the third time at the Wembley Conference Centre on January 24. The big rivals go into their rubber match with Williams winning the first two battles by knockout In the first fight almost two years ago continue
12.01.04 - By Chris Acosta: It is said that long after a boxer retires, his legend grows (the great ones anyway). The same goes for musicians who die prematurely. One minute the person is a living, breathing rock star, but after an overdose he becomes an icon. There's just something about "what could have been" that seems to knock things out of perspective and send us running for more superlatives to throw their way. continue
12.01.04 - Dominic Pesoli and 8 Count Productions are proud to announce two huge boxing cards to kick off 2004 in style for Chicago area fight fans. Tickets for both cards to be held at the DePaul Athletic Center start at $25 and can be ordered by calling 312-226-5800. The DePaul Athletic Center is located at 2323 N. Sheffield in the Lincoln Park section of Chicago, doors open at 7pm with the first bell for both nights at 8pm. continue
11.01.04 - By Keith Terceira: Lets not all of us go off on a tangent yet about this raid by the FBI. If I remember correctly in June of 1999 Don King's Deerfield Beach, Florida offices were raided and everyone figured his goose was cooked. Instead the fodder for the government turned out to be former IBF President Bob Lee. Don came out of that investigation to continue doing business as usual. continue
11.01.04 -By Janne Romppainen: Undoubtedly the most common and lasting debate among boxing fans is who has been the greatest fighter ever. Slightly behind it would be the dispute about who is the best heavyweight of the history. It is very probable that neither of these discussions will ever come to end. At least as big and continuous argumentation as the former two could be made also about which performances have been the best that we have ever seen in the ring.
It is obvious that great performances often make great fighters but it is not quite that simple. There have been all-time greats who have achieved a lot, won plenty of top-class opponents but who have never absolutely shone in the ring. On the contrary, we have witnessed bouts where an overlooked underdog raises to the occasion and makes a great performance, if only once in his career. In this article I have tried to rank the best showings ever seen in the ring. continue
10.01.04 - By Paul-John Ramos: It’s hard to call a weight class dynamic when words like „robbery“ and „chicken“ are more often used than „rivalry“ and „champion.“ Such is the current state of affairs at 168 pounds, where there are simply too many chiefs and not enough Indians: Robin Reid is claiming foul in his latest bout; Sven Ottke, the bout’s winner, is still flashing title belts; Joe Calzaghe is calling Ottke out while posing with a chicken; and in the meantime, contenders like Danny Green, Markus Beyer, Anthony Mundine, and Syd Vanderpool are groping for the top. Who exactly is the boss here? continue
10.01.04 - WBA Interim heavyweight champion John “The Quietman” Ruiz will hold off on his rumored showdown against fellow Puerto Rican “Fast” Fres Oquendo to fight a rematch against WBA heavyweight title-holder Roy Jones, Jr. Ruiz captured a unanimous 12-round decision December 13 from Hasim “The Rock” Rahman for the WBA Interim heavyweight crown. The WBA had mandated that Jones fight the Ruiz-Rahman winner within 120 days for his world title. According to WBA rules, Jones has until February 13th – 60 days prior to his 120-day deadline to fight Ruiz – to go into negotiations for a rematch against Ruiz or a purse bid will go into effect. continue
10.01.04 - Carlos “Stiff-jab” Kalinchuk: On Wednesday January 28, 2004, Houston Middleweight Chase “White Tiger” Shields will put 12-0 (8 KOs) Undefeated record on the line to vie for The Miller Lite Texas title Belt against Antonio Garcia 14-18 (4 KOs), of Mexico in an eight-round bout. The former Texas Southern University running back has generated a significant following in the Houston area for his brawling style. Whether he’ll be able to do that as he tries to ascend the middleweight ranks is anybodies guess, but he’s definitely worth the price of admission.
If that weren’t enough, Featherweight brawler Jose “Beto” Barnica 5-0 (4 KOs) will also be featured on the under-card with an opponent yet to be named. This warrior is the Featherweight version of Arturo Gatti. In fact, in the opinion of many ringsiders, this fighter participated in the greatest four rounder ever in boxing. After going down 3 times he was able to mount the type of comeback only seen in movies to knock out his opponent. Only those who have seen him fight know what I’m talking about! So if you haven’t seen him fight and you’re in the Houston area, now’s your chance! continue
10.01.04 - By Don Deane: Dibella Entertainment and Mohegan Sun Arena brought ESPN2’s Friday Night Fights to Uncasville, CT. The card proved to be knockout filled as five of the seven bouts ended early, including four first round knockouts. The card was headlined by Jermain Taylor keeping busy against for title challenger Alex Rios. The co-feature was Daniel Attah against Nate Campbell in an IBF eliminator for their #2 130lb ranking. continue
09.01.04 - Paul Ruby: James Toney has lost four fights in career, but only twice has he been in the ring with a superior fighter. James lost to Roy Jones, Jr. fair-and-square. James was getting beaten when he stopped Michael Nunn back in 1991. In his losses to Drake Thadzi and Montell Griffin, his controversial win of Dave Tiberi, and his rarely mentioned draw with the unheralded Sanderline Williams, James Toney brought with him a bad attitude into training camp and carried it into the ring. He believed he would win those fights based on talent alone, and it showed. Among active boxers, I believe James Toney’s natural talent for boxing is surpassed only by Roy Jones, Jr. He has tremendous natural talent and great mental make-up in the ring, but his career has been marked with occurrences of failing to make weight and under-training. Only time will tell if he can work past years of abusing his body to establish the great legacy in fighting of which he is quite clearly capable. continue
09.01.04 – By A.C. McCoy: I want to make it perfectly clear that I respect every ones opinion, knowing that I do not necessarily have to agree with it, just as they do not have to agree with mine. But there are a few things I refuse to stand for, one of those being the promotion of ignorance and hype. I recently read an article on the web where German boxing was being insulted by the author. I am dumbfounded with the actions of many in participating in what I would call "Germany bashing". continue
09.01.04 - By Jason Bell: Nate Campbell vs Daniel Attah - This fight started with Campbell coming in dominating the earlier rounds by flooring Attah twice, once in the first round and again in the second round. Attah immediately stepped up his game plan and started to take over after such a threatening onslaught. He swarmed Campbell an landed some nice flush shots. continue
09.01.04 - By Jason Bell: Nate Campbell a rising young lightweight contender wants to create a firm standing as one of the best in his division. Despite having two recent above average outings, he still remains winless in those bouts. He ended up having a draw against Edelmiro Martinez and lost a previous unanimous decision to Joel Cassamayor. continue
09.01.04 - Battersea’s Howard Eastman will make the third defence of his second reign as European champion on Friday January 30th at the Goresbrook Leisure Centre against the heavy hitting Spanish champion Jorge Sendra in what he hopes will be a final fight before a showdown against undisputed middleweight king Bernard Hopkins. continue
09.01.04 - Exclusive Report by Hans-Martin Roehm: Current EBU vice president Hans Hoegner of Germany is probably lucky that his playing ground is in boxing and not in German politics, because his recent public controversial remarks – which can easily be interpreted as racist and anti-Jewish – would surely have spelled the end of any involvement in political positions. Not so in boxing, where obviously anything goes and moral standards do not count for much… continue
09.01.04 - By Jeff Day: As we say farewell to 2003 and the usual mixture of great fights, upsets and controversies, we can look ahead to a cracking year of boxing in 2004. Some things I would like to think will happen in the coming 12 months in the sweet science: Please, please, please retire Evander Holyfield. You have been one of the truly great warriors in the history of the game and enough is enough! Yes, you proved us wrong when coming back to regain the world heavyweight championship against Riddick Bowe in 1993. continue
09.01.04 - The twice postponed “Return of Friday Night Fights: The Showdown Part 2,” has been re-scheduled for January 30 at the Worcester National Guard Armory, promoter Doug Pendarvis announced today. “We wanted to do this show the right way and decided to hold off until after the holidays,” Pendarvis said. “We’ve got firm commitments from the fighters and major sponsors on board like Budweiser and the Holiday Inn of Worcester.” continue
09.01.04 - British and Commonwealth Heavyweight Title challenger MICHAEL SPROTT believes that DANNY WILLIAMS will resort to being a ‘Desperate Dan’ when they meet for their third fight on January 24 at the Wembley Conference Centre. Sprott still feels bitter following their controversial second fight in September last year when Williams landed three low blows on the Reading man before stopping him in the fifth round and has vowed to get revenge. Up until the fifth, Sprott was ahead on points and giving Williams a real going over. continue
09.01.04 - The International Boxing Hall of Fame and Museum announced today the newest class of inductees to enter the Hall. Living inductees include super featherweight champion Azumah Nelson (Ghana), welterweight king Carlos Palomino (USA via Mexico), light heavyweight king Dwight Muhammad Qawi (USA), super bantamweight champion Daniel Zaragoza (Mexico), referee Stanley Christodoulou (South Africa), Philadelphia promoter J Russell Peltz (USA), and writer W.C. Heinz (USA). continue
09.01.04 - The Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation announced today the newest addition to their business enterprises--Sycuan Ringside Promotions, the first of its kind by any tribal nation or casino in the nation. Unlike entities which historically have paid "site fees" to outside boxing promoters, Sycuan already has signed an exclusive promotional agreement with continue
08.01.04 - By Keith Terceira: Murad Muhammad Continued: As far as motivating fighters and Bonus’s, I have done this thru my whole career. What comes to mind is Razor Ruddick, when the doctors thought that his arm was cracked and I made them put a plaster cast on it for 10 days. The doctor had told me that the arm was bruised but I didn’t want to make any assumptions and said Razor you don’t use your right arm anyway so we are going to train for the fight, so three days after taking the cast off, the night before the fight I gave him a Diamond Bezel Rolex. continue
08.01.04 - By Keith Terceira: As events began to evolve in the disagreement between Freddie Roach and Murad Muhammad it started to appear that it may involve more than a percentage being owed to Roach. Boxingscene staff writer Ronnie Nathanielsz broke a story regarding a company Ten Count Productions Inc. a Nevada based corporation offering Manny a contract listed in that contract are Nick Khan and none other than Freddie Roach as managers. continue
08.01.04 - By John Garfield: Years ago, a comic sitting next to Dean Martin and some other celebrities on the Johnny Carson Show said, "Ever feel like the world is all tuxedos and you're a pair of brown shoes?"
John Ruiz is a pair of brown shoes. And it was painfully obvious in the promotion and the fight in Vegas with Roy Jones, Jr. on March 1 to retain his WBA heavyweight title. continue
08.01.04 - The Battle at Boat Boxing Series starts its fourth year and Seattle’s own Middleweight contender Kenny Ellis (31-5-2, 20 KO’s) will headline the show Friday night, January 9th at the Emerald Queen Casino. Ellis will face up and comer Christopher Holt (8-1, 4 KO’s) in the 10 round main event. “This should be another good test for Kenny” said promoter Brian Halquist. continue
07.01.04 - By Kostya Tszyu: It is only one month now to my rematch with Sharmba Mitchell on February 7 in Moscow, Russia at the Loujniki Stadium. My training has been going very well and I am happy with my progress. I have been getting some great sparring from Demarcus Corley, Damian Fuller, Sam Soliman and Paul Miller, which has me in excellent condition. continue
07.01.04 - “ShoBox: The New Generation,” which debuted on SHOWTIME in July 2001, will open its third season on Thursday, Jan. 15, 2004, when undefeated Ishe “Sugar Shay” Smith takes on former two-time world champion Randall Bailey for the vacant USBA/WBC Continental Americas and NABO welterweight titles. In the co-feature, southpaw Ian Gardner will battle hard-punching Julio Cesar De La Cruz in a 10-round middleweight bout. continue
07.01.04 - By Frank Lotierzo: Throughout boxing history, the heavyweight division has always been the signature division. The saying, "as goes the heavyweight division, so goes boxing" has been beat to death. Unfortunately, it is true. Only the real boxing fans know who the top fighters are in the divisions below heavyweight, besides the obvious superstars like Roy Jones and Oscar De La Hoya. Another boxing cliche that has been worn out is the one where it's always being stated how bad the current heavyweight division is. A topic that definitely doesn't need to be addressed again.
The positive aspect about the heavyweight division dominating the other weight divisions, is that it takes the spotlight off of them when they are bad. Which has been the case over the last 10-12 years. The dearth of outstanding fighters in the middleweight and light heavyweight divisions has not been a focal point. But the fact is these two glamor divisions are very bad at this time. continue
07.01.04 - By Elliot Worsell: All good things come to those who wait, and for the newly crowned British super middleweight champion Tony Dodson 16-3-1 (10 KO’s); a truer word could not be spoken. 23-year-old Liverpudlian Dodson, who defeated Kilmarnock’s Alan Foster in 11 punishing rounds last November for his recently acquired title, has had to go through his fair share of ups and downs en route to claiming the most coveted prize in British boxing. continue
07.01.04 - Having successfully warmed-up in the truest sense of the word, WBF superwelterweight champion Mihaly Kotai now looks forward to make the first defence of his ‘world’ title on January 31 in England, the country in which the Hungarian won the crown last June. After training in Los Angeles, the 27-year-old Magyar ventured to sunny Puerto Rico to blast Elias Cruz in round six on December 6 and reports to be well prepared to face his first challenger. continue
07.01.04 - After broadcasting more than 500 bouts during an 18-year span, SHOWTIME will present separate fights from dual continents for the first time in it's history on Saturday, Feb. 7, 2004, beginning at 9 p.m. ET/PT. In the SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING main event from Moscow, Russia, World Boxing Council (WBC)/International Boxing Federation (IBF) 140-Pound Champion and World Boxing Association (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
07.01.04 – WBC Continental Americas junior welterweight champion and IBA junior welterweight champion Francisco “Panchito” Bojado will battle former world champion “Jesse” James Leija in a 10 round co-feature bout on the Arturo Gatti/Gianluca Branco “Super Brawl” fight card, it was announced today by Main Events CEO Kathy Duva and Bally’s Atlantic City President Ken Condon. This incredible night of boxing will take place on Saturday, January 24 at Atlantic City Boardwalk Hall. continue
06.01.04 – The much-anticipated rematch of ESPN’s 2003 Fight of the Year, IBU World and NABF super middleweight champion Scott “The Sandman” Pemberton (26-3-1, 21 KOs) against three-time world title challenger Omar Sheika (23-5-, 16 KOs), headlines “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
06.01.04 - Hall of Fame great and former three-time world champion boxer Jeff Fenech is resting at home comfortably after undergoing facial surgery on Monday in Australia. The 39-year-old was rushed to hospital after he was bashed and stabbed by a gang of four men at Brighton-Le Sands in Sydney's south around 10pm on Sunday night. "I saw a guy with a bottle that he just cracked me with on the side of my face," said Fenech. Messages of support can be sent to Jeff Fenech via e-mail at: Jeff_Fenech@teamfenech.com
05.01.04 - By Keith Terceira: Eddie Mustafa Muhammad and JAB attorney Walter Kane today confirmed that Pacquiao promoter Murad Muhammad will meet with Kane on Thursday. The recent dispute with Freddie Roach and Muhammad over trainers fees and accusations of wrong doing leveled at Muhammad seem to be close to at least a temporary resolution. Manny Pacquiao has stepped forward in recent days to declare that he was aware of the purse and was satisfied with what he received, he also told his camp to pay Roach because they had a good working relationship. continue
7. David Tua
By mid-1997 David Tua had placed himself as the most likely to succeed amongst a new generation seeking to usurp the great generation of Evander Holyfield, Lennox Lewis, Riddick Bowe and Mike Tyson. In vanquishing John Ruiz, Darroll Wilson, David Izon and Oleg Maskaev he had placed himself at the forefront of his peers, and the fact that he fought in a style reminiscent of “Smokin” Joe Frazier and Mike Tyson did not hurt either. Then suddenly in Ike Ibeabuchi, Tua met an unknown upstart in a brilliant fight that in retrospect turned out to be a watershed point in his career. continue
04.01.04 - By Frank Gonzalez Jr.: Saturday night at Foxwoods Casino in Connecticut, a Brazilian 130-lb. Champion faced the WBO’s 135-lb. Champion, from Uzbekistan by way of Germany in “King” Artur Grigorian (photo: Tom Casino/Showtime). Americans are usually quick to point out that in Germany, German fighters always get the nod from questionable Judging and help from partial referees. Referee Eddie Cotton proved that the US of A can have equally questionable judging. In some ways, Cotton was more of the story of this fight than the fighters were. Cotton may be remembered from his refereeing the Mike Tyson vs. Lennox Lewis fight, where Cotton took several opportunities to take points or impede Lewis ability to fight. At the end of that fight, Cotton cradled Tyson in his arms as he was knocked out by Lewis and there was nothing Cotton could do about it. continue
03.01.04 - By: Don Deane, Photo (c) Tom Casino/Showtime: Art Pelullo and Banner Promotions brought a wonderfully matched card to Foxwoods Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut . The card was headlined by Artur Grigorian’s defense of the WBO Lightweight belt against Acelino Freitas, who was moving up a class in weight. The chief support was an entertaining bout between Kassim Ouma and J.C. Candelo to decide Winky Wright’s next IBF challenger at 154.
Artur Grigorian vs Acelino Freitas—12 Round WBO Lightweight Title Fight
This was an interesting fight just because of Freitas moving up a division. Also, many people got their first look at Grigorian, who has been a champion for a long time. But if you live somewhere other than his backyard, you probably didn’t know that. Grigorian managed to do what most other undefeated European champions do when they face world class competition. He lost, lopsidedly. continue
MASHANTUCKET, Conn. (Jan. 4, 2004) In a battle of undefeated world champions, and the opener of what promises to be an exciting year on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING, World Boxing Organization (WBO)/World Boxing Association (WBA) 130-pound champion Acelino "Popo" Freitas dethroned longtime WBO lightweight champion King Artur Grigorian with a dominant, lopsided 12th-round decision Saturday on SHOWTIME. continue
03.01.04 - By Wes Moore: The year 2003 is over and with it goes another year in the heavyweight division. Many fighters have made statements for the future while some have proven that they don't have anything left to give. The time has come to make choices for the best and worst of this past year. I took votes for a month on the categories listed below and the readers who chose to vote have made their choices. Now without further circumstance here are your choices for the year 2003. continue
02.01.04 - By Marc Abrams: Showtime Championship Boxing kicks off the New Year on Saturday January 3 with an intriguing doubleheader from The Foxwoods casino in Connecticut. The main event features Brazilian sensation Acelino Freitas vs. WBO Lightweight Champ Artur Grigorian (Photo: Tom Casino/Showtime*) of Germany by way of Uzbekistan. Also on the bill is a 154 pound eliminator between Kassim Ouma and the tough JC Candelo.
The highly popular Freitas is moving up from the 130 pound division where he sported an undefeated record of 34-0 and 31 knockouts, takes on another undefeated fighther in, Grigorian who has a very impressive 36-0, 21 knockout record. continue
02.01.04 - Photo: TOM CASINO/SHOWTIME: There is no love lost between J.C. Candelo (left) and Kassim Ouma, who box in a 12-round IBF 154-pound elimination bout Saturday on SHOWTIME (11 p.m. ET/PT).
The boxers exchanged more than pleasantries at Friday's press conference at Foxwoods in Connecticult. Candelo gave Ouma a pillow that read "Sweet Dreams" while Ouma, keeping in the holiday spirit, presented Candelo with a bedtime story book entitled "Night Night Baby." Sounds like neither guy expects the grudge match to go the distance.
02.01.04 – Out of the Part Developments has officially released the long awaited Title Bout Championship Boxing, the definitive simulation of professional pugilism. The product is the culmination of literally thirty years of various efforts to portray the sport of boxing via board games and previous computer products. continue
01.01.04 -By Keith Terceira: While many were ringing in the New Year, the Joint Association of Boxers Union founder Eddie Mustafa Muhammad was ringing me in the late evening. Eddie is preparing for a two week swing thru the eastern seaboard to sign fighters who have contacted him for union membership. JAB currently has a membership of 300 boxers, including David Tua, Derrick "Smoke" Gainer, Wayne Braithwaite, Duncan Dokiwari, and Vivian Harris. With the support of Senator John McCain and the IBT, International Brotherhood of Teamsters with General President James Hoffa Jr., a Boxers Union is no longer fiction but fact. Eddie weighed in on Freddie Roach, Manny Pacquiao and several other issues surrounding boxers. continue