29.02.04 - "Team Spadafora has agreed to fight Floyd Mayweather," said Michael Acri, promoter of the undefeated "Pittsburgh Kid" PAUL SPADAFORA. Acri and Spadafora, the former IBF lightweight champion, met with Arum earlier today in Las Vegas to negotiate the terms for the long-awaited rumble between two of boxing's most exciting stars. continue
28.02.04 - By Stephanie Regusa: Over 8,000 were in attendance at MGM’s Grand Garden Arena to see a stunning night of professional boxing promoted by Top Rank Inc.
Puerto Rico ushered in its newest boxing hero as 23-year-old Miguel Cotto demolished the Dominican Republic’s Victoriano Sosa in 2:51 of the 4th round.
From the onset of the match, Cotto dominated with his right hand tattooing Sosa’s head and body. Poised and tactful, Cotto crippled Sosa knocking him down three times during the fourth round. Obviously weakened and bleeding from the mouth, referee Kenny Bayless wisely called a halt to the bout. continue
28.02.04 - By Marc Abrams: The MGM Grand, Las Vegas was the setting for an evening of world class, world championship boxing. The two featured bouts featured a future superstar in Puerto Rico’s Miguel Cotto, and Mexico’s Erik Morales Attempting to capture a world championship in his 3rd weight division. continue
28.02.04 - by Stephanie Ragusa: HBO Boxing After Dark will present an exciting night of professional boxing as two-time world champion, Erik “El Terrible” Morales will challenge Jesus “El Matador” Chavez for the WBC world super featherweight championship in MGM’s Grand Garden Arena. continue
28.02.04 - Leading super lightweight world title contender Lovemore Ndou today re-signed with Goossen Tutor Promotions in a long-term deal that will see their relationship span at least for the next two years. The multi fight deal will see Lovemore compete with some of the best in 140lb division in the USA. “Dan has put an enormous amount of faith in me and I intend to repay him with a world title,” said Ndou, from his Sydney home today. continue
26.02.04 - Undefeated Stephen Foster Jr. captured the vacant British featherweight title by scoring an sixth-round technical knockout over Central Area Super Bantamweight Champion Sean Hughes Thursday on SHOWTIME. In the co-feature, WBU International Light Middleweight Champion Thomas McDonagh successfully defended his crown and remained unbeaten with a second-round knockout over Bobby Banghar. continue
27.02.04 - World Champion Johnny Tapia says he is honored to grant a fan's dying request to meet the boxer in person. 78-year-old Albuquerque resident John Tapia (no relation) has been treated at The University of New Mexico Hospital for terminal lung disease. While hospitalized, he told his family of his wish to meet the boxer. Through their efforts, the two will meet this Saturday at the fighters camp. continue
26.02.04 – Two-time World Boxing Association heavyweight champion John “The Quietman” Ruiz (39-5-1, 27 KOs) feels the second time around as world champion is even sweeter than the first. “The first time was a dream come true,” Ruiz said from his Las Vegas training camp, “but I didn’t realize how much the title belt really meant to me until I lost it. Winning it a second time added validity to my title. You don’t win the world heavyweight championship twice by accident. It takes hard work, sacrifices, and a great team in your corner.” continue
26.02.04 - By Matthew Hurley: With the release of “Against The Ropes”, a film loosely based on the life of boxing manager Jackie Kallen, it occurred to me just how well boxing lends itself to the big screen. With the exception of baseball no other sport can create such dramatic tension, heartbreak and excitement as boxing. Here then, in no particular order, are ten boxing or boxing related films that this corner deems required viewing. continue
26.02.04 - By Ben Carey: Wanted. Two warriors to top the bill to replace postponed main event. Applicants must be willing to entertain crowd from start to finish. Blood, guts and all-out action essential.
Step forward Hereford’s Darren “Dazzo” Williams and Birkenhead’s Jamie McKeever, two fearless sluggers whereby the phrase “backward step” is not in their vocabularies. The pair’s clash for the British featherweight title takes centre stage at Bridgend Recreation Centre, Wales on Saturday night following local hero Jason Cook’s decision to withdraw from his scheduled IBO lightweight title defence against Kevin Bennett after being sidelined with the flu.
Williams and McKeever, originally slated to duke it out in the chief support, will conveniently fill the void in what ironically looks a more finely balanced championship showdown. continue
26.02.04 - WBC #1 ranked contender Vitali Klitschko will be facing the #2 ranked heavyweight Corrie Sanders on April 24 for the vacant WBC heavyweight title in an announcement made by Universum, Vitali Klitschko’s promoting company. The site for the match has yet to be determined, although both fighters have agreed to terms of the fight after weeks of negotiations. continue
26.02.04 - By Jim Amato: In December of 1969 Charles “Sonny” Liston the former heavyweight champion of the world was in the midst of a remarkable comeback. Following his disastrous kayo losses to Cassius Clay (Muhammad Ali), Sonny was written off by the experts. While Ali dominated the heavyweight scene Sonny took some time off. continue
26.02.04 - By Keith Terceira: Few fans can imagine themselves in the ring with Bernard Hopkins; fewer can picture climbing into the squared circle with the executioner twice. Envision for a moment training and fighting in such a grueling sport with an unknown undiagnosed case of asthma, cutting the normal circulation of oxygen to your blood nearly in half as you apply pressure to your opponent. Now you understand the career to date of Antwun Echols the NABA Super Middleweight title holder. Antwun's future is much rosier now that his illness has been discovered and treated. With a new promoter at the helm in Murad Muhammad and for the first time in his life full health, Echols is thirsting for redemption again Hopkins.
"I am going to down to 160 as soon as the opportunity presents itself, I am healthy and I'm well now, and ready to rock & roll" continue
26.02.04 - Less than a month after filing a personal injury lawsuit for an alleged assault on James Ware, a tow truck operator, attorneys for Chaikin & Sherman, P.C. announced this week they will file a second lawsuit against former World Middleweight Boxing Champion William Joppy for an alleged assault against a sparring partner following a training session at the Round 1 Fitness Center in Capitol Heights, MD. continue
26.02.04 - By Fiona Manning: Now the truth is out. Despite all talk of former WBA 130 pound champion and WBO No. 1 contender Joel Casamayor abruptly leaving longtime trainer Joe Goossen to train in “a beautiful mountain camp in Paso Robles, CA” the truth is Casamayor never left the LA area.
Eastside Boxing learned today that Casamayor has been holed up in Phil Paolina’s New York City Boxing Club, a stone’s throw from his former base camp in the San Fernando Valley.
So who’s zooming who?
While this talk has reached the Corrales/Goossen camp in their final days of preparation for the rematch of Casamayor vs Corrales on March 6 at the Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut, they invited select members of the media today to talk to Corrales. continue
26.02.04 - By Jim Amato: Well now it's official, John Ruiz is again the heavyweight champion of the world according to the W.B.A. How many boxing fans will take this seriously ? How many took John's claim to the title seriously during his first reign as King ? Did anyone really feel that he could have defeated Lennox Lewis? continue
26.02.04 - By Frank Lotierzo: This Wednesday marks the 40th anniversary that a 7-1 underdog named Cassius Clay upset World Heavyweight Champion Sonny Liston in Miami Beach Florida. *You're 40 years old if a day, and don't belong in the ring with Cassius Clay* The title changed hands when Liston refused to get up off his stool for the seventh round, claiming and injured left shoulder. This was no doubt the introduction and coming out party for the man who changed Boxing and Sports forever. Who knew at the time of Clay's upset over Liston that he would go onto become one of the most recognized people in the history of the world?
On Tuesday night February 25th 1964, Clay was viewed as nothing more than a colorful glib kid who won a Gold Medal in the 1960 Rome Olympics as a light heavyweight. Clay was known for his fast hands and feet, and his unorthodox way of pulling back and away from punches. continue
26.02.04 - German super middleweight contender Mario Veit will fight on very short terms next Tuesday on an event at the Universum-Gym in Hamburg. Promoter is Spotlight Boxing. Former world title challenger Veit, 41-1 (22), will face Russian Sergey Karanevich, 18-9 (8), in a ten-round non-title fight. Eurosport will broadcast the contest and two other fights live from 21:00 to 23:00 German time. continue
26.02.04 - Carl Froch - who claimed the English super middleweight title with a devastating seventh round stoppage of Manchester’s Alan Page last November - comes ‘home’ to Nottingham a champion on Friday March 12th. The city can be guaranteed to get behind their man, even though he will now face a new challenge following the withdrawal of British champion Tony Dodson with a facial sparring injury from the event. continue
25.02.04 - By John Garfield: This item in Larry Stewart’s column in the L.A Times this morning should warm the hearts of many of you out there: “Cal Whorton, who covered boxing for The Times in the 1940’s and 50’s and …had never donned gloves, sparred with welterweight champion Henry Armstrong at the original Main Street Gym on Feb. 15, 1940. continue
25.02.04 - By Matthew Hurley: It begins at around four o’clock in the afternoon. It’s usually on a Saturday so I sleep late that morning and then, after a quick shower and couple of bottles of water I head out. My first stop is the local book store. I make my way to the magazine rack and grab every new issue of every boxing magazine they have. I toss a few glances at the girlie magazines, I have to admit, and if no one is around me I might even flip through some of the pages. continue
25.02.04 - Question: Joel, how is training going with your new trainer and what are your thoughts going into the rematch with Diego Corrales?
Casamayor: Everything has gone great. I feel great with my new trainer and I am training great. I feel real happy about everything and the way that everything is going.
Question: Diego, how is training going and how are you adapting to your new trainer? What are your thoughts going into the rematch with Joel Casamayor?
Corrales: Training has been going great. I am having a great time with my new trainer, Joe Goossen, and I am very pleased with him. He has been awesome. And I want to thank Casamayor and his team for accepting this rematch because I really did not believe this would happen again. continue
25.02.04 - By Chris Acosta: Whenever the words "boxing" and "blackeye" are used in close proximity, you can bet that a "punch" is nowhere in the same sentence. It has become the standard line used by the mainstream media to describe yet another incident in which boxing has slit its wrists via the boxer himself, promoter or bad judging. Unlike other sports such as basketball and football, scandalous behavior in boxing usually takes a much longer route to finding forgiveness. continue
25.02.04 - Today John “The Quietman” Ruiz (39-5-1, 27 KOs) officially was informed that once again he is World Boxing Association heavyweight champion. Renjo Bagnariol, WBA Championships Committee Chairman, sent a fax today to Ruiz’ attorney, Anthony Cardinale, stating that as of February 20, 2003, Roy Jones, Jr. confirmed relinquishing his WBA heavyweight championship belt and John Ruiz’ title has been changed from Interim to WBA heavyweight champion. continue
25.02.04 - With over 4,000 seats already gone out of a possible 5,000, it’s safe to say the March 5 Fresquez Productions card featuring Johnny Tapia and Frankie Archuleta is the hottest ticket in the history of the city of Las Vegas, New Mexico! This ten round main event with Johnny Tapia & Frankie Archuleta will be televised on Telefutura on Friday night March 5 with the first TV bout going off at 9:00 PM ET. continue
25.02.04 - NABO featherweight champion and WBO mandatory challenger William "The Conqueror" Abelyan suffered an undisclosed injury during training today, postponing his March 6 world title challenge against WBO featherweight champion Scott Harrison in Glasgow, Scotland. "He's hurt," confirmed his promoter Gary Shaw, on Tuesday night. "We are very dissapointed. I thought we had a helluva shot against Scott Harrison and we will look to reschedule." continue
25.02.04 - While much of the United States is still dealing with one of the worst winter seasons in history, DiBella Entertainment's stalwart crew of champions, contenders, and prospects are aiming to heat up arenas and living rooms of boxing fans in February and March with their own brand of fistic energy. continue
25.02.04 - “ShoBox: The New Generation,” which debuted on SHOWTIME in July 2001, continues its third season on Thursday, Feb. 26, 2004, when undefeated Stephen Foster Jr. takes on Central Area Super Bantamweight Champion Sean Hughes in a 10-round bout for the vacant British featherweight title. In the 12-round co-feature, Thomas “Storm Boy’’ McDonagh defends his World Boxing Union (WBU) International light middleweight belt against Bobby “Ratesh” Banghar. continue
25.02.04 - Classic Entertainment & Sports, Inc. (CES) and CN8, The Comcast Network have announced an agreement to broadcast five live professional boxing shows in primetime during the next 12 months, commencing with “History in the Making,” featuring former five-time world champion Vinny Paz’ attempt for his 50th career victory, Saturday, March 27 at 8:00 – 10:00 PM/ET from Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut. continue
24.02.04 - By Dennis Principe: Bring them All! FILIPINO boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao has formalized a multi-million dollar deal with Cable TV giant HBO that will begin with a May 22 bout. In an email, American promoter Murad Muhammad of M and M Sports revealed that Pacquiao impressed HBO officials led by Kerry Davis, the president of programming at HBO sports and Vice-President Xavier James, after stating his eagerness to fight anyone atop the ring. continue
24.02.04 - Hitz Boxing and Budweiser present another great evening of world class boxing from The Ramada Plaza O'Hare on Friday, March 5th with a seven bout card headlined by former Soviet Champ and 1996 Ukranian Olympian Vitaliy "The Doctor" Kopytko (22-5, 9KOs). Kopytko returns to the ring following last month's convincing win over veteran Pat Coleman in a ten round Super Middleweight bout against the slick Manu Ntoh (14-6-1, 9 KOs) of Cameroon. continue
24.02.04 - By Janne Romppainen: When we look at the top of the game, things haven’t turned out exactly the best way during the first month and a half in the boxing year 2004. The supposed big events between Jameel McCline – James Toney and Kostya Tszyu – Shramba Mitchell were both cancelled and behind them the year has started out quietly. Some huge year-savers such as Oscar De La Hoya – Bernard Hopkins and Felix Trinidad – Sugar Shane Mosley have been talked about, but there are many things to be solved before either of them will be seen.
However, on 28th of the ongoing month we will see a bout that has the potential to both make up for the tame early year and also to be one of the more memorable wars of the recent years. continue
24.02.04 - By Andrew Mullinder: When Bob Arum called boxing the "garbage can of professional sports", he may have done better to direct his baleful tongue towards the issue of when fighters should retire, who is fit to fight, and who should decide on either question because this, rather than bad judging is the most injurious element of boxing.
Of course, the public revulsion when a boxer is robbed by the judges in an important fight is rightly vociferous; however, even this feeling of indignation can not compare to the uneasy queasiness, the almost abhorrent emotions generated when a fighter is badly hurt or killed in the ring. The fact that the most recognizable image associated with boxing for casual or non fans is that of Muhammed Ali and his condition – which is obviously related to his chosen profession – merely proves the point that it does far more damage to boxing when it is seen as a cruel and dangerous pursuit where the combatants are left irreparably damaged than to hear some fat-cat cry fix when his golden goose loses a close fight. continue
24.02.04 - By Daniel Baguley: Isn’t it great that big fights are coming together these days? If you look up and down the divisions, there are attractive match ups occurring in most at the moment. It seems as if the alphabet champions are looking for genuine respect and if you look at divisions from feather to light middle there are plenty of contenders gunning for those same guys. This is obviously great for the sport and has certainly re-ignited my enthusiasm for the sport in a big way.
So it comes as a surprise that the super fight to out shine them all this year will occur in a division that seemed as if the lifeblood had been drained from it. Middleweight. For many years it was the banner division but over the last few years has become a barren place where one man has ruled with an iron fist dishing out severe punishment to all that have dared face him. continue
24.02.04 - Five-time former world champion Vinny “The Pazmanian Devil” Paz’ (49-10, 30 KOs) final fight – History in the Making -- is scheduled March 27 versus Tocker “TNT” Pudwill (39-5, 14 KOS) at Foxwoods Resort Casino, it was announced today by Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment & Sports, Inc. (CES).Paz-Pudwill is slated for 10 rounds in the super middleweight division. “This is it, one fight, and then I’m done,” Paz said. continue
24.02.04 - Bernie McCoy: Here's an easy one. What's the problem with the sport of Women's boxing? Certainly, the fact that there is a significant decline in female bouts being telecast, nationally, on ESPN and Fox Sports Network (to say nothing of the fact that HBO has never, in thirty years, telecast a women's bout) is a major problem. Add the fact that the "major players" in the sport seem reluctant to climb in the ring with each other and, also, the approaching end of the career of the pioneer "face" of the sport, Christy Martin. continue
In a battle of 2000 Olympians, Michael ‘Rocky’ Katsidis captured his second Australian title on Friday night with a unanimous ten round decision over Fred Kinuthia at the Brisbane Broncos RLFC.In a ripper of a fight Katsidis (9-0, 7 KO) won by scores of 100-91, 100-92 and 99-91. While there was no doubt Katsidis was a clear winner the awkward Kinuthia (8-6, 5 KO) himself a two time Australian titlist, was competitive in many rounds landing several sneaky right hands and hard jabs to the face. continue
24.02.04 - By Keith Terceira: It is all systems go, at Camp Pacquiao as the sky rocketing featherweight seeks new uncharted frontiers. Stories of split-ups, new promoters, and upset trainers have been replaced with multi-million dollar deals and some fairly happy campers. Murad Muhammad seems to have found the formula for success and getting the goods for his fighters. In a released statement the Muhammad organization filled us in on some details. continue
23.02.04 - By Matthew Hurley: It all started after a few pints of Guinness and corn beef sandwiches. The conversation revolved around the everyday piss offs, wives and girlfriends, the Alex Rodriguez trade to the Yankees and why the Red Sox will never win a World Series and on and on and on… And then, who was the greatest heavyweight champion of all time. continue
23.02.04 - By JOHN GARFIELD: I interviewed Freddie Roach on Saturday afternoon February 21 at the Wild Card Gym. Question: Freddie what is the status of Jeff Lacy?
FR: Right now he’s back at home in Florida seeing some specialists. He got hit by one of the Russian cruiserweights last week. He got hit behind the ear. His vision has been a bit blurred from that. We don’t know exactly what’s wrong yet. I’ll let you know as soon as I find out.
Q: When did he realize it wasn’t just the normal result of having his bell rung?
FR: He told me afterwards when he was shadow boxing that he felt like…dizziness, and when he went home later, he felt sick… and it escalated from that point on. continue
23.02.04 - Agapito Sanchez would love to shut the flapping mouth of WBO junior featherweight champ Joan Guzman. But first the veteran fighter says he will break his (Dominican Republic) countryman's jaw when they collide Thursday night February 26 in a scheduled 12-round title bout at the San Diego Sports Arena. continue
23.02.04 - 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 World Boxing Organization (WBO) 130-pound title abandoned recently by Acelino Freitas on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING Saturday, March 6 (9 p.m. ET/ PT*). continue
23.02.04 - By Marc Abrams: After a 3 week hiatus that seems closer to 3 months, the boxing world gets back in to full swing with one of the 1st big names in the game making his initial appearance of 2004, that being former Featherweight champ Erik Morales. Morales will be trying to wrestle the WBC Super Featherweight championship from tough as nails Jesus Chavez. continue
23.02.04 - By Ben Carey: Carl Thompson’s stunning one-punch knockout over Sebastian Rothmann earlier this month will be remembered within British boxing circles for years to come. British Eastside recently caught up with “The Cat” and asked him to re-live a battle that is already a candidate for fight of the year. Read on for what one of Boxing’s most exciting fighters had to say about the Rothmann fight and his plans for the future.
Despite a wealth of top-level experience against the likes of Chris Eubank, Nicky Piper, Ralf Rocchigiani, Johnny Nelson and Terry Dunstan, 39-year-old Carl Thompson (sceptics believe he is older!) was a firm underdog going into his fight with Sebastian Rothmann for the IBO cruiserweight title on the undercard of Glencoffe Johnson’s IBF light-heavyweight title winning triumph against Clinton Woods. continue
23.02.04 - By Elliot Worsell: Much has been said in recent weeks, on the futures of two of the big names in British boxing at present. Former British heavyweight champion Danny Williams, and English cruiserweight titleholder David Haye, both of whom are expected to have an interesting, and possibly success littered 2004.
A man who knows them better than most is trainer/manager Adam Booth, the young up n’ coming fight figure who has orchestrated the professional career path’s of both men in the last 12 months. Handling both the inner and outer ring affairs for BBC shining light Haye, and stints doing both also for heavyweight behemoth Williams, has been mixed with corner assignments alongside fighters such as Gary ‘Old Bones’ Logan, Stephen Smith and Spencer Fearon, all of whom have hung up the gloves following accomplished ring ventures. continue
22.04.02 - Clifford “Black Rhino” Etienne knocked out Mike Sheppard (8-4-1, 5 Ko‘s) in the second round Saturday night in Akron, Ohio. Etienne (26-2-1 with 19 Ko’s) dropped Sheppard with a crushing right in the 2nd round. Sheppard was able to get up, but was immediately knocked down again when Etienne connected with a right to the body and right uppercut. continue
22.02.04 - Michael Grant knocked out Charles “Buddy” Hatcher (15-6, 11 Ko’s) with a huge right at 2:04 of the sixth round on Saturday night. Grant outweighed Hatcher by 38 pounds (263 to 215), and he stood 4 inches taller. Despite the huge size advantage for Grant, the fight was essentially even through 5 ½ rounds of the scheduled eight rounder at the City Center Pavilion in Reno, Nevada. continue
21.02.04 - By Dick Landis: Boxing is civilization's oldest action sport, although it is the youngest sport to accept modern day training concepts. Boxing, however, remains the only major sport without a central governing organization at the helm of decision-making and uniform practices. In short, boxing is a helter-skelter sport prompting the comment: "If they ever organize it, they'll destroy it!" continue
21.02.04 - By Elliot Worsell: Welsh power puncher Enzo Maccarinelli advanced past the four round barrier for the first time in his career tonight as he impressively stopped the brave and gutsy Garry Delaney in 8 rounds in defence of his WBU Cruiserweight title. In a performance described by Sky TV commentator Ian Darke, as ‘one of the bravest ring performances seen in Britain in modern times’, West Ham man Delaney endured 7 sickening knockdowns en route to being stopped on his feet at the raging fists of the man 10 years his junior. continue
21.02.04 - By Spud Woollatt: In the atmospheric Cardiff Ice Arena, Joe Calzaghe retained his WBO Super Middleweight Title with a seventh round stoppage against the tough and durable Armenian Mger Mrktchian. After having beaten Chris Eubank in 1997, Calzaghe was making his 14th defence of his title, and after this fight, Calzaghe, his promoter Frank Warren and many boxing pundits felt it best him stepping up to Light Heavyweight to seek the big fights in the USA, against the likes of Roy Jones Jnr, Antonio Tarver, and many people predicting his next fight being possibly against the newly crown IBF World Light Heavyweight Champion, Glencoffe Johnsen. continue
21.02.04 - By Frank Lotierzo: In the last 25 years, there have been exactly two non heavyweight fighters who were heavyweights at the box office, Sugar Ray Leonard and Oscar De La Hoya. The career's of Leonard and De La Hoya have many similarities. They were both Olympic Gold Medalist and media darlings. They both had crossover appeal, which enabled them to become a huge draw. And both Ray and Oscar have won title's in multiple weight classes. Another thing they share is that their career paths were mapped out, and ran like a fortune 500 company. In most of their big fights, they usually had the leverage. And it was assumed that they always got the benefit of the doubt from the fight judges.
Much has been said recently that the upcoming Hopkins-De La Hoya Middleweight Championship bout has many parallels to the Hagler-Leonard title fight back in April of 1987. That is definitely a fair comparison. In the Hagler-Leonard fight, Leonard was coming off a 35 month layoff. Hagler was the defending Middleweight Champ, who had just made his 12th successful title defense in the last six and a half years. Leonard fought as a Welterweight in his last fight, and was moving up to Middleweight. continue
21.02.04 - By Angel Rodriguez: You have guys who three years after they won a championship, don't have any money. Then you got guys like me who are making money 25 years after they won the championship. I just sold a Latin salsa club I owned, I am selling 58,000 square feet of my 82,000 square-foot building in Easton..." - Larry Holmes
The only thing that keeps boxers from breaking the vicious cycle of retiring broke is a foolproof plan and a phone call to a real estate investment analyst. Left-hooking landlords Fernando Vargas, Mike McCallum, and Larry Holmes are all financially set for life because most of their retirement is fueled by real estate. continue
Even So, Eleazar Contreras Wins By Split Decision!
21.02.04 - Carlos Kalinchuk @ ringside: In what was supposed to be a fairly easy fight to score, 2 judges couldn’t seem to get it right when their scores were read to nearly 2,000 fans in attendance at the Ford Park in Beaumont Texas in the Main Event between Eleazar Contreras20-4-2 and Ernesto “Baby” Zepeda 33-7-3 of Mexico. When Emcee Lupe Contreras (No Relation To Eleazar) announced that it was a split decision, no one could believe what they were hearing. Amazingly one Judge (Phillips) rightfully had it a dominant victory for Contreras with a score of 98-92 while the other two judges totally blew it! Lee McCowan had it a much closer fight at 97-93 and Gayle VanHoy inexplicably had Zepeda winning with a score of 97-93! No one could believe what they were hearing! Everyone did a double take and figured this had to be a misprint that Lupe Contreras had just read aloud, but unfortunately it wasn’t! continue
21.02.04 - Question: Joe, how did you become Corrales’ trainer and what is the story behind it?
Goossen: I am pleased to be able to say a few words to those on the call and I thank SHOWTIME and everyone involved. But, specifically, my job and my responsibilities are to the fighter I am training, and right now it happens to be Diego Corrales. Of course, I did have a long, and I should say loving relationship, with Joel Casamayor. continue
21.02.04 - By Elliot Worsell: Welsh power punching sensation Enzo Macarinelli is a young man making a name for himself in British boxing circles. With dynamite pop in either fist, undoubted heart and the roguish Italian looks that have made countryman Joe Calzaghe such a huge star, the 23 year old Swansea talent is looking to make inroads this year after a promising and TNT filled 2003. continue
20.02.04 - By Fiona Manning: Aussie 130 pound superstar, USBA champion Robbie Peden sees his first title defense against Nate Campbell on March 14 as more than the IBF eliminator. “This is my world championship title fight,” he said today. “I have to win this fight. I am not thinking beyond this fight. I am training like this is a world title fight because I have to beat Campbell to get to the other fights I want. Then I can think about Chavez, Morales and Hernandez. Until I beat Nate Campbell, I cannot think about anything else.” Actually, Peden who is training on Treasure Island in the middle of Miami’s cool winter waters, is thinking about nothing but fighting a lot these days. While his sparring partners ogle girls on TV’s “The Man Show” Peden is thinking about battles of all kinds. continue
20.02.04 - From sensational offer to fight date: The WBO middleweight championship of the world between titleholder Felix Sturm, 25, and superstar Oscar de la Hoya, 31, is set for June 5. No venue has been named yet. HBO will broadcast live, as well as ZDF TV as Universum’s partner in Germany.
Sturm, who had been in the training camp for his March 6 title fight against Kingsley Ikeke, immediately stopped his preparation and refocuses on de la Hoya. Said Sturm: “Oscar de la Hoya is my idol. I have seen so many of his fights on tape, but I will definitely show no respect in the ring. That’s what I promise. Let’s see if my best is good enough to fight the best.“ continue
20.02.04 - By John Garfield: Watch for two Wild Card trainers, Macka Foley and Sammy Stewart, in an up-coming Nike commercial, starring Lance Armstrong, the four-time Tour de France bike winner, that begins playing on the 25th of February. This is what they call a class "A" commercial, and ranks up there with Coke, Pepsi, and the beer and car ads. It's gilt edge, and you should be seeing a lot of it in high-profile network shows. continue
20.02.04 -The federal appeals court upheld the 22-month prison sentence for International Boxing Federation founder Robert W. Lee on Friday. Lee was convicted in 2000 on criminal charges after prosecutors accused him of using the IBF's ranking system to help fighters after their promoters paid him bribe money. continue
20.02.04 - Hollywood actor Sylvestor Stallone is in the process of joining up with reality TV ranks in his search for a new boxer. The show is being pitched to US TV networks this week and will focus on an American search for a new boxing superstar who could revive the troubled sport. Stallone, who played a boxer in the smash hit "Rocky" movies, has joined up with Hollywood executives Mark Burnett and Jeffrey Katzenberg for the project, possibly to be titled "The Contender." continue
20.02.04 - Michael Acri Boxing Promotions and Pittsburgh Brewing return with another installment of its popular “Friday Night at the Fights,” Friday, March 19 at the Hilton Garden Inn at Southpointe (1000 Corporate Dr.) in Canonsburg, PA. The pride of Pennsylvania will be headlining this exciting card continue
19.02.04 - Often troubled Heavyweight Andrew Golota has signed a contract with promoter Don King and will be making his debut in April of 2004. At age 36, Golota, nicknamed the “Foul Pole” due to his history of throwing low blows, signed a contract with promoter Don King and hopes to make a boxing championship comeback. continue
19.02.04 - By Keith Terceira: Butler, Pa. native Brian “The Butler Beast” Minto is slowly but surely climbing the ranks of the heavyweight division. Wednesday evening at the Mountaineer in Chester, West Virginia Minto takes on veteran Lenzie Morgan. On the thirteenth of this month Willis Lockett fell victim to the “Beast” losing a six rounder that had looked more like a track meet than a boxing match, with Lockett doing the run and grab instead of the punch and move. continue
19.02.04 - By Tony Nobbs: Adelaide’s loyal African King Jackson Asiku and trainer Austin Taylor head out to Bangkok, Thailand on Sunday for the former Ugandan Olympians IBF Pan Pacific Featherweight title fight with Fahprakorb Rakkiatgym on Thursaday the 26th of February. The 25 year old Asiku, with an 11-2 slate, 7 KO’s goes in to the fight full of confidence after a solid reparation and a strong performance in his last bout, an eight rounder with Gairy St Claire on December 12. continue
19.02.04 - By Matthew Hurley: After destroying Guty Espadas in the third round of their rematch, Super Featherweight Erik “El Terrible” Morales still found himself lurking in the shadows of his bitter rival Marco Antonio Barrera. Despite two closely contested matches with his nemesis, a win and a loss for both, Morales was never accorded the same respect that was bestowed upon Barrera. continue
19.02.04 - By Carlos Kalinchuk: In keeping the tradition of bringing exciting fights to the fans, Telefutura will invade Beaumont Texas this Friday to bring you what should be a great fight card at the Ford Park Arena Theatre. Lightweight Ernesto “Baby” Zepeda 33-7-3 (28 KO’s) will be taking on Current WBC Continental Lightweight Champion Eleazar Contreras 21-4-2 (9 KO’s) for his belt in a 10 rounder. continue
19.02.04 - Interview by Carlos Kalinchuk: With less than a month away, Florida’s Ronald “Winky” Wright 46-3 is getting ready for the biggest test of his career against Sugar Shane Mosley 39-2 on March 13 at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas Nevada. After having some matches fall through, Mosley will be putting it all out on the line against the13-year veteran Ronald “Winky” Wright for the Undisputed Jr. Middleweight Championship of the World. Many expect a fairly evenly matched fight but any dominant performance by either fighter will further shake up boxings hottest division. After all, the Jr. Middleweight Division includes the likes of Vargas, Trinidad, DelaHoya, and for the right price (if he could just stop managing himself!) Bernard Hopkins. While this fight will open many doors for Wright if he walks away victorious, it could also shut just as many if he loses. Will we see more of a brawling style from Wright as we saw in his last fight against Hernandez? Will Mosley’s last victory over DelaHoya be the antidote he needed to get back to his winning ways? continue
19.02.04 - Wroclaw-based Polish outfit; Polski Boks Zawodowy S. S. A., made its promotional debut this past Saturday (February 14), with a successful show in Swiebodzice near Wroclaw. The card was a mixed boxing/kickboxing event, headlined by a featherweight low-kick professional European title (WAKO PRO) fight, that saw hometown-man's, Mariusz Cieslinski, win by sixth-round TKO, courtesy of a traditional boxing left hook to the liver, over durable Italian champion Gianluca Carta. continue
18.02.04 - By Frank Lotierzo: Can it be, can the proposed match up between undisputed middleweight champ Bernard Hopkins and five division champ Oscar De La Hoya actually be close to being finalized. If this fight does happen, I will be one of the most surprised. In the past I have praised De La Hoya for being one of the few active fighters who has been willing to consistently fight the best fighters in his division. Regardless weather or not you like Oscar, trying to deny him the credit for fighting everybody who was supposed to be somebody, is either short sighted, or you're naive about the fight game. All that being said, I never thought he'd take a fight with Hopkins. At least not until there were more clear signs that at age 39, he has severely eroded. Which if you go off of his last fight with William Joppy, it doesn't appear that's the case.
Although Oscar has always fought the best fighters, usually versus all of his previous opponent's it was easy to make a case to justify why he could win. Against Hopkins, that is definitely not the case. continue
18.02.04 - British Eastside : Ricky Hatton Gets Kelson Pinto Test: Manchester’s exciting light welterweight Ricky Hatton makes his next highly anticipated outing when he tackles Brazilian banger Kelson Pinto on April 3 at the MEN Arena, Manchester for the WBO Interim title. 24 year old Hatton, last seen dominating tough nut Ben Tackie from start to finish, is a man on a mission in 2004, as he looks to establish himself as the main challenger to the undisputed 140 lb titles held by Russian-Aussie Kostya Tszyu. continue
18.02.04 - By Matthew Hurley: At its highest level the sport of boxing achieves a quality of athleticism, courage and drama that is all at once cinematic, barbaric and beautiful. Unlike any other athlete the prize fighter reveals himself the moment he engages in battle. In the time it might take a baseball pitcher to deliver a fastball or a basketball player to complete a simple lay-up a boxer can achieve the ultimate glory or suffer a career altering defeat. continue
18.02.04 - Promoter Frank Warren has today (18 February) confirmed that RICKY HATTON will face KELSON PINTO on April 3 for the WBO 'Interim' World Light-Welterweight title at the M.E.N Arena. The Manchester Hitman and dynamite punching Brazilian put there unbeaten records on the line in a thrilling showdown that promises to be an explosive encounter. Hatton, unbeaten in 34 fights with 25 knockouts, entered the premier league of the 140lb division with his victory over tough Ghanaian Ben Tackie last December and is relishing the prospect of facing Pinto. continue
18.02.04 - By Tony Nobbs: With news of George Foreman returning to the ring, former title challenger Joe Bugner is hopeful a fight that he has been wondering about for almost three decades will eventuate against the two time Heavyweight champion of the world who he was close to squaring off with way back in 1977. Afternoon regulars at the Gold Coast PCYC can watch an enthused 53 year old Bugner go through his daily workouts with more vigour than usual as he trains himself into fighting shape. Not that this is a new habit or a novelty for the popular ‘Aussie Joe’ best described as ‘natures gentleman’.
He always trains whenever his busy schedule allows and is currently sitting on 120 kilo. For a man with 83 professional fights ( 69-13-1, 41 KOs) behind him, many against the best Heavyweights on offer in the past 35 years, Joe still has his wits. Bugner last fought in June 1999 beating Levi Billups, Foreman last fought in 1997 losing on points controversially to Shannan Briggs. continue
18.02.04 - “BALLROOM BOXING,” is going to be televised LIVE! for the first time in its 10-year history. This is not your grandfather’s style of televised fights brother. This live boxing telecast will be available as a standard definition broadcast AND in HIGH DEFINITION, featuring Ballroom Boxing’s trademark “life and death matchups,” and the famous “Ballroom Boxing Babes!” continue
17.02.04 - Recently retired heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis called Olympic Heavyweight Champion Audley Harrison a "bright star," "the future" of the heavyweight division and the next British heavyweight champion of the world. Obviously he believes it as his promotional company, Lion Promotions, has agreed to co-promote Harrison's March 20th WBF title fight against current WBF Heavyweight Champion Richel "The Dutch Sonny Liston" Hersisia (21-0, 16KOs) at Wembley Arena in London. continue
17.02.04 - From WBC President Jose Sulaiman: "Two purse offers were held today at 12:00 noon at the World Boxing Council's Executive Offices in Mexico City. Don King Productions won the purse offer for the Roy Jones Jr. vs Antonio Tarver fight for the light heavyweight championship of the world with a bid of $8,500,000. Star Boxing Promotions bid $6,675,999, Sports Network bid $6,500,000, and Square Ring Inc. bid $6,401,113. continue
17.02.04 - After a remarkable year that saw him defeat both cruiserweight champion Vassiliy Jirov and heavyweight legend Evander Holyfield, three-division world champion James Toney has been named 2003 Fighter of the Year by both The Ring magazine and the Boxing Writers Association of America. Toney will be presented with his BWAA award at the organization's 79th annual awards dinner in New York City on April. continue
17.02.04 - Cedric Kushner Promotions will launch "Heavyweight Heroes: The Search for the Next Great Heavyweight," a highly-competitive, monthly pay-per-view boxing series on In Demand, it was announced today by CKP president Cedric Kushner. Heavyweight Heroes will be presented by Perfect 10 Magazine, and will be available at a suggested retail price of $19.95 by contacting your local cable operators. continue
17.02.04 - According to the AP, former two-time Heavyweight champion George Foreman is coming out of retirement to fight one more fight. Foreman has a verbal agreement with boxing promoter Don King for $20 million to fight one more time. King said no opponent, date or location have been set, although 55-year-old Foreman said last week he'd like any fight to be in his hometown of Houston. continue
17.02.04 - By Matthew Hurley: The announcement that George Foreman will be leaving his post at HBO came as a shock to many in the boxing media and within the lunatic fringe of sports fans who only watch boxing when unlimited beer is supplied and Mike Tyson is scheduled to debase the sport yet again. But for those who care about the sport and prefer to have the volume on during an HBO telecast, this turn of events induces only smiles and collective sighs of relief. Finally the malapropism-prone, disingenuous, too-goofy-for-it’s-own-good age of George Foreman is over. It was a long time coming and finally HBO can right the terrible wrong it made when the network hired this agenda-driven media darling.
It’s uncomfortable tearing down an icon, especially one who is perceived by the general public as a big fat teddy bear who sells hamburger grills and laughs with a patriarchal reassurance at anything anyone says. continue
17.02.04 - Superstar Oscar de la Hoya, 31, is targeting WBO middleweight champion Felix Sturm, 25. Universum CEO Peter Kohl confirms: „We are in talks with the Oscar de la Hoya camp for a bout with Felix Sturm. It was a surprise offer for us, however Felix Sturm is skilled, hungry and willing to fight his idol. De la Hoya is the biggest name one could imagine in the middle weight classes. The fact that he has aproached us is an obvious proof of our recent achievements and a proof of our reputation in world boxing.” continue
17.02.04 - SUGAR SHANE MOSLEY vs FELIX “TITO” TRINIDAD in the fall of 2004? Shades of the Chicago Daily Tribune! Who could forget the famous photo of President Harry S. Truman holding up a premature edition of that newspaper on election night 1948, with the banner exclaiming “Dewey Defeats Truman,” when, in fact, it was Truman who was reelected over Thomas Dewey? continue
17.02.04 - By Kostya Tszyu: By now most of you will know that I ruptured a tendon in my left shoulder in training a few days before I was to travel to Moscow for my rematch with Sharmba Mitchell on February 7. Unfortunately injuries happen, but this is part of boxing. Only the strongest survive. I’m getting better every day. I have seen my doctor regularly and the advice from him was, ‘Don’t rush and be brave’. continue
17.02.04 - SHOWTIME photographer Tom Casino will be among those honored at a charity event to benefit Acorns Hospice this Thursday night in Birmingham, England. Besides the undisputed, undefeated Prince of Pugilistic Photogs, others honored at the HQ Nightclub on Hampton Street, Hockley, Birmingham, will include three-time world champion Mike “The Body Snatcher’’ McCallum and hard-hitting former heavyweight contender Earnie Shavers. continue
17.02.04 - Heavyweight sluggers will headline the Battle at the Boat XXVII Saturday, February 28, 2004 at the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, Washington. First bout to start at 7:30 PM. Billy Zumbrun (12-5-1) will face Dennis Weaver (9-4-0) in what should be an action packed heavyweight bout. Zumbrun is coming off a huge unanimous decision over former heavyweight contender Joe “The Boss” Hipp last December. continue
16.02.04 - By Warren Wilkins: Prior to the loud and leather fisted interjection of South African Corrie Sanders last year, many boxing pundits envisioned a rather orderly ascension to the heavyweight throne. Venerable champion Lennox Lewis would, either through defeat or abdication, relinquish his longtime crown to a worthy successor, presumably power-punching Ukrainian Wlad Klitschko. Klitschko, while not cut from the same championship caliber cloth as his predecessor, represented a more than palatable heir.
Unfortunately for Klitschko, however, Sanders neglected to cooperate in the coming coronation. The unheralded southpaw battered Klitschko en route to a resounding, albeit alarmingly efficient, second round knockout, and it is now he, and not the younger Klitschko, who stands poised to inherit Lewis’s mantle. Assuming, of course, he can defeat Wlad’s surrogate, elder brother Vitali Klitschko, in a modestly anticipated WBC title bout this spring. continue
16.02.04 - It will be a battle for the belts as two great contenders in the light-heavyweight division take center stage at the Chumash Casino Resort in beautiful Santa Ynez, CA. Gary Shaw Productions, LLC (GSP) presents undefeated NABO light-heavyweight champion, RICO HOYE, in a 12-round rumble against WBC Continental Americas / NABF light-heavyweight champion DONNELL WIGGINS in the main event on SHOWTIME’S SHOBox: The New Generation, Thursday, March 18. continue
15.02.04 - In front of 5.500 spectators at Hanns-Martin-Schleyer-Halle in Stuttgart Luan Krasniqi (photo: Fabian Weber) defeated his stable mate Sinan Samil Sam by majority decision over 12 rounds in a contest for the European heavyweight title. The official scores were 116:113, 115:113 and 114:114. The skilful Krasniqi who peppered the slower Sam with flashy combinations upped his record to 26-1 with 13 knockouts. Sam who suffered his second consecutive loss is now 18-2 with 11 knockouts.
The 32-year-old Krasniqi is now a two-time European heavyweight champion after he held the EBU crown already in 2002. Samil Sam was winning the title from Przemyslaw Saleta in October 2002 and made two successful defenses before losing the crown to Krasniqi.
The live punch statistic on Boxing.de counted 506 punches for Samil Sam from which 161 landed. Krasniqi threw 485 punches but was more accurate with 174 landed punches. In the live voting tool on Boxing.de the fans gave 10 of the 12 rounds to Luan Krasniqi. continue
15.02.04 - By Tony Nobbs: The Gold Coasts Juarne Dowling is the new Australian Super Middleweight champion after a hard fought battle with Gosfords Marc Bargero on Friday nights Jamie Myer promotion at the Southport RSL on the Gold Coast. The 23 year old Dowling got off to a good start and never allowed Bargero to utilise his vast experience and spoiling tactics which he is renowned for. continue
15.02.04 - By Spud Woollatt: Rumours were criculating that negoitiations had broken down for the WBC World Featherweight Title fight between Britain's Michael Brodie and Korea's In Jin Chi for the fight to take place in Manchester on Saturday 10th April. There had been a number of arguments concerning the purse bids and which was the winning bid. The Koreans claiming although theirs was the lower bid it was the more attractive one due to the difference in tax laws in their country. continue
15.02.04 - By Frank Lotierzo: He's gone, boxing's favorite most loved and hated analyst. By now all know that ESPN Friday Nights Fights boxing analyst Max Kellerman couldn't come to terms in the renewal of his contract with ESPN. Mark my words, we'll see more of Max on T.V. down the road than we have over the last five years. The rumors are that Max will be joining Foxsports in the near future. What a perfect fit, Kellerman & Foxsports. Kellerman will attract the demo graph that Fox continually covets, 18-34. continue
14.02.04 - Glove is a many-splendored thing. SUGAR SHANE MOSLEY, 39-2 (35 KOs), and FELIX “TITO” TRINIDAD, 41-1 (34 KOs), are engaged in serious negotiations over a proposal to walk down the aisle and into the ring later this year. “Sugar Shane and Tito are ready to set a date,” said Mosley’s promoter Gary Shaw. continue
14.02.04 - By: Don Deane: Espn2 Friday Night Fights was the show, Mohegan Sun Arena was the place and Brian Viloria vs Juan Alfonso Keb-Baas was the main event in a fairly lackluster night of boxing.
Brian Viloria vs Juan Alfonso Keb-Baas-12 Round Flyweight Main Event
The fight was quite lopsided early on as Viloria came out charging using his superior speed and straighter punching against Keb-Baas. Viloria spent a lot of the first round landing solid 1-2 combos. In round 2 Viloria landed a nice counter left hook followed by a series of pitty-pat shots against the ropes. Rounds 3 and 4 saw more of Viloria chasing Keb-Baas around the ring and landing the better shots. Keb-Baas did come alive a bit in the 4th to land some punches. In round 5, Viloria began to sit on his counterpunches and struck Keb-Baas with a sharp uppercut. continue
14.02.04 - By Matt Hurley: In a recent interview Emanuel Steward mentioned that Thomas Hearns will possibly be challenging for a cruiserweight title in March. Reading that made my heart sink, and then I took out my DVDs containing many of the “Hit Mans” fights and lost myself in the career of arguably the most exciting fighter of the 1980s. continue
14.02.04 - Former heavyweight champion Joe Frazier was arrested on Friday and charged with assaulting a woman. Police responded to a 911 call. When they arrived, a woman who opened the door had injuries to her lip and face and said Frazier struck her, he added. Regulations require officers to make an arrest if there is a physical injury to someone making a domestic violence complaint. continue
14.02.04 - Corrie Sanders and Vitali Klitschko have begun talks for a bout for the vacant WBC title, which will be taking place on April 24 in either New York or Las Vegas. The title was vacated when Lewis retired from boxing rather than defend against number #1 ranked challenger Vitali Klitschko in a rematch. continue
13.02.04 - Luan Krasniqi, challenger for the European heavyweight title tomorrow night weighed-in seven kilogram lighter than defending champion Sinan Samil Sam. At today’s official weigh-in in Stuttgart the 32-year-old Krasniqi weighed 101 kg (222,6 lb). The 29-year-old Turk Samil Sam weighed 108 kg (238 lb). continue
Even So, Some Questions Still Linger On Late Pull Out!
13.02.04 - By Carlos Kalinchuk: In what was supposed to be a major homecoming for Louisiana Native Ann Wolfe turned into anything but that when according to Manager Dana Yarbrough, she was unable to perform because she was sick this past Saturday. This fight was to have occurred at the Coushatta Hotel and Casino in Louisiana on the Armando Guerrero and Tejedor under-card. Initially it was reported that she bowed out because of money problems but as time passed that evening, the story evolved into a bad case of stomach flue and finally herpes by last accounts according to Mike Semaza (Toughill’s Manager/Trainer). Although on the surface the explanation of a stomach flu is plausible and acceptable, what made this explanation hard to swallow was my first hand account of what actually transpired. continue
13.02.04 - Happy anniversary SUGAR SHANE MOSLEY! It was five months ago today – September 13, 2003 – that Mosley once again beat Oscar De La Hoya, this time for the WBC/WBA super welterweight titles, giving Mosley three world titles in as many different weight classes. Sugar Shane's unanimous decision victory, which was televised by HBO Pay-Per-View, was the second-highest non-heavyweight pay-per-view in history, with over 975,000 buys and $50.2 million in pay-per-view revenue. continue
13.02.04 - Highly regarded Swedish heavyweight Attila “The Hun” Levin goes for his 16th straight win, but against his toughest opponent to date, unorthodox Jeremy “Half-Man, Half-Amazing” Williams, in the 10-round main event on a nationally televised Cedric Kushner Promotions Showtime ShoBox series card in New York City April 15. While both fighters have plenty of power, Levin is more stylish than the unconventional Williams. continue
12.02.04 - By Elliot Worsell: Middleweight great Marvin Hagler once explained why he was so fearfully avoided during his reign of terror in the early 80’s by stating ‘I’m black, I’m a southpaw, and I can fight’.
Parallels could be drawn with consummate ease to the current state of IBF heavyweight kingpin Chris Byrd; the elusive American southpaw who has often had to take his show on the road in search of risky and meaningful fights.
Byrd, standing at 6 foot 1 and weighing barely north of 200 pounds come fight night, is the ‘David’ of the heavyweight division to everyone else’s ‘Goliath’. He is an unwanted commodity and adds depth to the old adage that a fighter hates being humiliated as much as being knocked out. Byrd is not a concussive puncher. He is not even a dangerous fighter in that sense. But he has more tricks up his sleeve than David Copperfield and Paul Daniels combined and thrives upon unleashing them on the fragile big guys of the heavyweight division. continue
12.02.04 - IBF jr. middleweight champion WINKY WRIGHT is ready to make history for himself, the 154-pound division and for two-time world heavyweight champion BIG GEORGE FOREMAN!
Wright, 46-3 (25 KOs), has been training in Houston, TX since February 1, in preparation for his historic March 13 mega-fight against WBC/WBA super welterweight champion Sugar Shane Mosley, 39-2 (35 KOs), to determine the first-ever three-belt 154-pound undisputed champion. continue
12.02.04 - By Frank Lotierzo: With the recent retirement of former heavyweight champ Lennox Lewis, it seems that Vitali Klitschko is being touted as the next champ. Klitschko may very well be the next champ. He may even be the best heavyweight in the world. But what does that really say about him or how good he really is? The word great is a word that I think is thrown around too much today. And don't tell me that I don't give today's fighters enough credit, because I do. I just don't term every fighter great who recently won a big fight. I have no problem paying homage to any fighter of this era who has truly earned the word great attached to his name.
Since Muhammad Ali retired in 1979, there have been exactly three great heavyweights. Larry Holmes, Evander Holyfield, and Lennox Lewis. Mike Tyson and Riddick Bowe were great talents, but Tyson lost the three signature fights of his career badly. Too me, you have to beat at least one of the best fighters you faced. Tyson can't say that. continue
12.02.04 - By Matthew Hurley: You knew it was coming. He had to say something. His anger, which often mirrors the opinions of even the most pedestrian boxing fan, never fails to either put a smile on our collective face or make us cringe in embarrassment. It always leaves us with something to argue about or to puzzle over. “This is an abortion,” sighed Larry Merchant during the mind-numbingly boring Derrick Gainer – Juan Manuel Marquez Featherweight unification bout. continue
12.02.04 - On Saturday Luan Krasniqi is facing the make or break fight of his career when he takes on European heavyweight champion Sinan Samil Sam at Hanns-Martin-Schleyer-Halle in Stuttgart. Krasniqi, a German of Albanian origin, has no illusions what the upcoming fight against Sam means to him. continue
12.02.04 - Undefeated super middleweight contender JEFF “LEFT HOOK” LACY, 16-0 (13 KOs), suffered a training injury forcing him to withdraw from his WBC Continental Americas / USBA / NABA title defense against top-10 contender Tito Mendoza. The championship bout was scheduled for March 6 at Foxwoods Resort Casino, and was to be televised nationally on SHOWTIME Championship Boxing as the co-main event to the WBO jr. lightweight title rematch between Diego Corrales and Joel Casamayor, which will proceed as planned. continue
12.02.04 - Two heavyweight prospects from New York with their eyes on a world ranking, Jovo Pudar and Taurus Sykes and two veterans with aspirations of revisiting the heights, Michael Grant and Charles Hatcher, are the heavyweight co-main events on Cedric Kushner Promotions "Heavyweight Explosion" card Saturday, Feb. 21, in Reno, Nev. Also on the Cedric Kushner Promotions card are Sacramento, Calif., heavyweights Gilbert Martinez and undefeated Michael Simms. continue
12.02.04 - On the 14th of February Universum Box-Promotion will present it’s very own interpretation of the Valentine’s Day 2004. At Hanns-Martin-Schleyer-Halle in Stuttgart reigning European heavyweight champion Sinan Samil Sam is facing the third and most definitely toughest defense of his crown. Samil Sam, the “Bull of Bosporus”, will fight against his own stable mate Luan Krasniqi who once held the European belt himself. continue
12.02.04 - By Jim Amato: Who is the greatest 122-pound fighter of all time? This one is a no brainer. The answer is the incomparable Wilfredo Gomez. His accomplishments at this weight are truly awesome. He was the complete package of speed, coordination, balance and power. The Puerto Rican had it all. Other than a tendency to swell around the eyes, he truly was an almost flawless fighter in his prime.
The crowning achievements of his career was probably his knockout of bantamweight champion, Lupe Pintor. Lupe had won the bantamweight crown from Zarate via a very controversial decision. Pintor would establish himself as a fine champion. In moving up to challenge Gomez, Lupe fought the fight of his life. Wilfredo would prevail, but those who saw the fight will never forget it. continue
11.02.04 - Three-division world champion James Toney, on the mend from a ruptured achilles tendon suffered while training last month, is on his way to a full recovery, and all systems are go for a summer return to the ring for "Lights Out." "My prognosis hasn't changed since the operation," said Toney's physician, Dr. Tony Daly. " James is right on schedule to be back into the ring no later than July." continue
11.02.04 - By Keith Terceira: The recently depressing news that it is possible that De La Hoya and Tyson will oppose each other on the same evening in a rival media fashion truly ticked me off. Rather than reschedule one or the other of these guys to the following week for the betterment of boxing, they would rather now place the fight starved fan with the dilemma of choosing between the two bouts or taping one and watching the other. Thank God, for replays! continue
11.02.04 - Professional boxing continues at the Seminole Tribe of Florida’s Coconut Creek Casino with an exciting lineup of bouts. The card features former WBO heavyweight champion Ray Mercer and Robert Allen as co-main events. The card, to be held at The Seminole Coconut Creek Casino will take place Saturday, February 28, and will consist of eight bouts including three North American Boxing Association championships and two female bouts. continue
11.02.04 – WBA welterweight champion “El Gallo” Jose Antonio Rivera’s first title defense April 17 will indeed be against former WBC & WBA welterweight title-holder Ricardo “The Matador” Mayorga at a site to be determined. The 30-year-old Rivera (37-3-1, 24 KOs) captured the WBA title last September by winning a 12-round decision from previously unbeaten (38-0) Michel Trabant in Berlin. Mayorga (26-4-1, 23 KOs) is coming off a majority decision loss to Cory Spinks this past December in their unification bout.
“I’ve been waiting for an opportunity like this all of my career,” Rivera said. “I feel my time has come. I’m going to train like I’ve never trained before in my life to make sure I take advantage of this opportunity.” Rivera’s manager, Steve “Tank” Tankanow, added, “We’re ecstatic Mayorga finally has agreed to fight Jose. Mayorga is one of the best fighters in the world and we welcome the opportunity to knock him out once and for all.” continue
11.02.04 - Austrian superwelterweight Gotthard Hinteregger, 23-6-1 (12 KO’s), this week received the boost he was waiting for when it was jointly announced by his management Fight Production and Italian female promoter Rosanna Conti Cavini that the 36-year-old will clash with undefeated Emanuel Grilli, 11-0 (5 KO’s), for the vacant IBF Intercontinental title. continue
11.02.04 - Albanian born boxer Elvir "the Kosovo Kid" Muriqi (28-1, 17 KOs) has signed-on to fight the main event at Battle in the Bronx on February 27th. Under the guidance of world-renowned trainer Teddy Atlas, Muriqi is considered by many in the boxing world to be on the fast track to a title bout. This time, he faces off for a second match against Thomas Reid (30-12-1, 12 KOs). continue
10.02.04 - By Fiona Manning: Van Nuys, CA: Sorry Joel Casamayor, you might have ruled the roost once at Joe Goossen’s hard-boiled Ten Goose Boxing Gym but there’s a new kid in town and he’s running all his sparring partners out of the gym.
Casamayor’s one-time protégé and Goossen’s “Child Prodigy,” hard-hitting 126 pound southpaw phenomenon, Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero is back after a seven month layoff showing the pros what’s what in the final weeks leading up to his much-anticipated ring return March 14 against Julian Rodriguez at Pechanga Casino on. The fight will be aired on Fox news. Guerrero, 11-0, 4 KOs is slated for a pretty full schedule this year if all goes according to plan.
Eastsideboxing visited Team Guerrero for the first time since Casamayor’s second defection since seeking political asylum in the US from his native Cuba. continue
10.02.04 - Jamie Myer fight promotions stage their first show for 2004 with a six bout card at the Southport RSL on Friday Feb 13. In the main event, Palm Beach's Juarne Dowling takes on seasoned Marc Bargero with the vacant Australian Super Middleweight title up for grabs. continue
10.02.04 - By Ike Enwereuzor: www.Jacboxing.com - undefeated IWBF/WIBA and IBA super Middleweight champion "She Bee Stingin” Laila Ali (16-0) with 13 knockouts, now trained by former world champion Roger Mayweather and managed by her Husband Johnny McClain, made her professional debut on October 8, 1999 at Turning Stone Casino, Verona, New York against April Fowler of Michigan,IN by first round knockout. continue
10.02.04 - The mother of Boxing writer and upcoming promoter Ike Enwereuzor passed away today at age 97 in Brooklyn, New York. Funeral arrangements are being prepared. Mr. Enwereuzor has conducted several exciting Boxing interviews with many Boxing stars around the world, now working on his promotion company "Jacboxing Promotion." For further information email: Jacoxingfans@hotmail.com or call: (718)469-9265
10.02.04 - By Matthew Hurley: There is a simple question to ask in regards to Mike Tyson’s potential comeback: do you care? If you’re a member of the boxing lunatic fringe who still think that this long-past-his-prime fighter even deserves the multi-million dollar paydays that will surely come his way, then the answer is yes. If you’ve long grown tired of this farce of a fighter and the negativity that his mere presence engulfs the sport of boxing in when he’s promoting one of his fights, then the answer is no.
Arguably there has never been a more divisive modern day sports figure than Mike Tyson. You love him or you hate him, or you love to hate him, or you hate to love him. And for most of his career Tyson has fueled these feelings with oftentimes aberrant behavior and then laughed all the way to the bank. Well, the bank is now empty and Mike wants us to help him fill it up again. continue
09.02.04 - Promoter Frank Warren has said today (9 February) that a proposed super-fight between JOE CALZAGHE and Bernard Hopkins is now a “dead issue’ following the American’s latest refusal of a $2.5million offer to face the unbeaten Welshman. Warren made the offer to Hopkins lawyer Joseph Arnold and they made it clear that Hopkins is not interested in tackling the hard-hitting WBO World Super-Middleweight king. continue
09.02.04 - By Keith Terceira: On Friday, Lennox Lewis passed his scepter to the next generation of boxers in a manner that personified the class in which he ruled the heavyweight division for a decade. Had Lennox been American born and bred instead of a proud British subject, no doubt exists in my mind that a day of mourning would have been called in Washington. continue
09.02.04 - By Matthew Hurley: The retirement of heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis has provoked a rather strange reaction among boxing fans. Rarely does a heavyweight champion, often described as the preeminent sports figure on the planet, leave the playing field so misunderstood. He never did anything spectacular but there he was, doing his job – bout after bout. Lennox Lewis represents every person who didn’t quite fit in but somehow succeeded and was then denigrated for being ordinary. And a heavyweight champion cannot be ordinary.
Lewis’ history, at least among boxing fans, is common knowledge. He came after the reigns of two of the most dynamic heavyweight champions in modern times – Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield. Both transcended the sport, and their shortcomings only added to their appeal. Tyson was a ferocious puncher with a violent back history and, depending on your opinion, a tragic figure or a product of his time. Holyfield represented all that seemed good about the sport. continue
09.02.04 - By Olaf Schroeder: He used to be one of Germany’s best long-shot hopes for future lightheavyweight glory, but no more, at least not for the moment. However, before you start thinking that Robert Stieglitz somehow lost a fight, hold a second, because the current IBF junior world champion at 175 lbs is still the proud owner of an undefeated record standing at 21-0 with 14 knockouts. continue
09.02.04 - Boxing legend and former world welterweight and middleweight champion Tommy "The Hitman" Hearns and Hall of Fame trainer Emmanuel Steward will bring one of the hottest young prospects in women’s boxing to Merrillville to fight on the Feb. 13th St. Valentine’s Day Brawl, sponsored by ONE IN A MILLION, INC. continue
09.02.04 - Thompson Boxing Promotions will formally announce their upcoming event at a press conference to take place on February 12, 2004, at 11:00 a.m., at the Doubletree Hotel - Ontario in the Lake Gregory Ballroom. The hotel is located on 222 N. Vineyard Ave. Path to Glory - February 16th will feature Jaime De La Torre (11-2-2, 8 KOs) against Errol "Taz" Banner (8-8-1, 4 KOs) in a 10 round super middleweight main event. continue
08.02.04 - Bernie McCoy: There is a popular proverb in Hollywood that there are five stages to an actor's career. These stages, from unknown performer through the varying degrees of success and beyond, are characterized by various obiters, or observations, reflecting the relative fame at each stage of the career. It is much the same with boxers, the most individual of all sports performers and so it is with Christy Martin, the original "face of Women's boxing", who seems to have traversed the five stages of her career. continue
Was It A Stomach Flu, Purse Issues or Herpes?” Asks Team Toughil
08.02.04 - By Carlos Kalinchuk: Super Middleweight Ann "Brown Sugar" Wolfe 16-1 (11 KO's) was supposed to fight Erin Toughill 4-1 in the Main Event but she pulled out of the fight only hours before she was supposed to enter the ring. Rumors abounded that it was as a result of a lower purse than she expected and reportedly signed for two weeks earlier. As the night progressed though, it changed from that to her having a stomachache and finally, that she had Herpes on her lips according to Toughhill's Manager Mike Semanza.
"Since the press conference I've heard 3 stories. I've heard it was a stomach flu. I heard it was the herpes virus on her lips and then I heard it was a money problem! I heard this tonight! It was her stomach, Herpe virus and a money problem. She looked 100% to me and I'll say it again, we came for nothing-from 2,500 miles away! continue
08.02.04 - By Carlos Kalinchuk: In the co-featured fight of the evening in front of a standing room only crowd of approximately 6,000 at the Pavilion Grand Casino in Coushatta, Junior Middleweight Sunshine Fettkether 10-2 (4 KO's) took on Eliza Olson 7-2-1 (2 KO's) for the IBA Championship in a 10 rounder. The fight was action packed an proved to steal the show as both women gave it there all in what was a very spirited fight all up until the final bell.
The fight ended on a sour note though when the decision was read as one judge ruled it in favor of Olson and the other two knuckleheads (judges Naquin and Cida) unbelievably ruled it a draw 95-95. In what was a real give and take battle, the much smaller Olson battled her way on the inside and hooked and upper-cut her way to what seemed like a 7 rounds to 3 victory. To everyone's shock and dismay, the bout was ruled a draw. The crowd and all press row booed the result vehemently and it looked like the judges were not going to make it out of there in one piece. In fact a very upset Olson looked like she was going to punch Fettkether after the result was read. continue
08.02.04 - By Frank Gonzalez Jr.: Every time the name Sharmba Mitchell (photo: Tom Casino/Showtime) comes up, we hear the same story about how he wants Kostya Tszyu and that KT keeps finding ways out of it. He lost to Tszyu in February of 2001 when he was unable to continue due to a torn ligament in his left knee. He looked like he was losing that fight from the way I remember it, slipping to the canvas several times out of clinches. Due to the nature of the loss, he does deserve a rematch. But after all the crap he’s talked since, deserve may have nothing to do with it.
He was finally re-re-scheduled to fight Tszyu when Kostya suffered another injury that (allegedly) disabled him from keeping his appointment with Mitchell…again. continue
08.02.04 - By Elliot Worsell: In an early contender for fight of the year, and a near on cert for comeback of the year, wily old Manchester veteran Carl Thompson 32-6 (24 KO’s) crushed the aspirations of IBO Cruiserweight Sebastiaan Rothmann with one mammoth right hand in the 9th round of a gruelling up n’ down contest in Sheffield on Friday night.
Thompson can add this astonishing performance to his already awe-inspiring list of classic rumbles, which includes a 4 round shootout with US banger Ezra Sellers, the two fight rivalry with nemesis Chris Eubank, his title winning efforts against Ralf Rochigianni in Germany and the much anticipated showdown with Johnny Nelson. Nearing 40 years of age, many were wondering beforehand whether a title tussle with a fighter as ambitious and dangerous as Sebastiaan Rothmann would be a wise idea. Carl Thompson cast aside all those doubts with a solitary right hand and a bucket full of guts and courage. continue
08.02.04 - By Elliot Worsell: Down on his luck, Miami based veteran Glencoffe Johnson finally realised his lifelong dream last night in Sheffield, as he became the IBF Light heavyweight champion at the expense of hometown fighter Clinton Woods. 35-year-old Johnson 40-9-2 (27 KO’s), so often on the receiving end of perplexing decisions, boxed and brawled his way to a competitive points win after 12 hard fought rounds of action for the world title made vacant by former champion Antonio Tarver. continue
08.02.04 - Hamburg - After Lennox Lewis press conference in which he said his fight vs. Vitali Klitschko in June 2003 was his last, Vitali Klitschko was the most-wanted boxer in the world. He told boxing.de about his thoughts: "Lennox Lewis' retirement was a logical decision. As a boxer I can see his motives. He was champion for a long time, with interruption, though, and after his last fight against me he had doubts, you could feel it. continue
08.02.04 - By Marc Abrams: Sharmba Mitchell’s emotions of the last 2 weeks must have been like a roller coaster, many up’s and downs over the last 2 weeks. He originally was going to fight his nemesis Kostya Tszyu for a chance of history and greatness, in Moscow Russia. continue
07.02.04 - By Janne Romppainen: It probably didn’t come as a surprise to anybody when the heavyweight champion of the world Lennox Lewis decided to call off his long and successful career inside the boxing ring. The move was predictable, since for year and a half, ever since Lewis’ great victory over Mike Tyson in summer 2002, it has appeared that the Brit’s heart is not in the sport anymore. Although some might feel bad about Lewis not giving a rematch for Vitaly Klitschko who gave him a great fight in June 2003, everybody probably agrees that a clear announcement about retirement is better than hanging around in the division without fighting.
Now that Lewis’ career has come to its close (though because this is the boxing circles one has to add “so far”) we can take a look back and see what did it give for us. In conversations that I have followed recently the opinions about Lewis’ legacy have split dramatically. continue
07.02.04 - By Vincent van der Steen: As most of you have learned by now, the long-reigning Heavyweight Champion of the World, Lennox ‘the Lion’ Lewis, has decided to let the young cubs contest for pride dominance. Like a true lion, Lewis defended his pride with ‘integrity, discipline, and respect’ inside and outside the square ring. As a young cub he showed much promise, taking home both gold at the junior world amateur championship and a gold medal in the super heavyweight division at the Seoul Olympics for Canada. continue
06.02.04 - By Frank Lotierzo: A few month's past I wrote why I thought Lewis-Klitschko II would happen. With the decision of Lewis to announce his retirement, apparently I was wrong. Good for him and bad for me. At this time I would like to thank Heavyweight Champ Lennox Lewis for announcing his retirement. Yes, I did say heavyweight champion. That is because as of his retiring he is the best heavyweight in the world, regardless of what belt he holds. Lewis is without a doubt the King of the heavies, and that includes both Klitschko's, Byrd, Sanders, Tyson, Rahman, Ruiz, Mesi, Guinn and any other contender you want to name.
I'm glad to finally see a heavyweight champ go out on top. It has only happened three times in heavyweight history with Jeffries, Tunney, and Marciano. Only Jeffries came back, and he lost to Jack Johnson six years after retiring undefeated. I hope Lewis doesn't make the same mistake. Who cares what writers write or what fans say? Let them call him a coward for not fighting Vitali Klitschko again, it means nothing. Any knowledgeable person knows that's not the case. continue
06.02.04 - By Fiona Manning: Jackie, thanks so much for your time. I know you are in the middle of 'Hurricane Jackie' doing PR all over the country so I appreciate you taking the time to talk to me. Against The Ropes finally comes out on February 20. I know it's been in development for years. Be honest, did you think the day would come when you would wake up and see TV commercials every five minutes for YOUR movie?
Jackie Kallen: There was certainly a time when I wondered if it would ever actually happen. But I never lost faith. I think I always believed, in the back of my mind, that this movie would come out. continue
06.02.04 - By Lennox Lewis: I am announcing the end of an important chapter of my life and the beginning of a new one. June 21, 2003, was my last fight as a professional boxer. When I began boxing at the Kitchener-Waterloo Regional Boxing Association in Kitchener, Ontario, I set out on a mission. What started as a teenager's dream to become heavyweight champion quickly became my life's passion and career thus far, During the past twenty-three years, I have set a number of goals for myself and I'm proud to say that these goals have been achieved. Now I am ready to set new goals and start a new career for myself outside of the ring.
I've tried to be a good champion and believe that I've practiced my trade in a manner befitting a sport that I call "the sweet science." I experienced some wonderful victories. And I learned that defeat, properly handled, makes a person stronger. continue
06.02.04 - By Gavin Macleod: Just moments ago the world heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis announced that he is to retire from the sport. Lewis had this to say at today’s press conference:
“This is a special day of my life. I confirm that on June 21, 2003 I had my last fight as a professional boxer. It was a great honour to be world champion and the best boxer of the last decade. I want to thank the fans – thank you.
"It is not easy being champion. It is hard to achieve and even harder staying at the top. You have to give 110% and I’ve done that. I respect boxing and I respect it so much that I know it is time for the next generation to take over and become champion. The challenge is there for them to become.
"This (retiring as champ) puts me in the same line as Gene Tunney and Rocky Marciano who retired as champion and didn’t come back. continue
06.02.04 - Vitali Klitschko had mixed emotions upon hearing the announcement today in London that heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis was retiring.
“I am sad to hear that Lennox Lewis has decided to retire, but I respect him for his decision,” Klitschko, the WBC’s No. 1 ranked contender, said. “Lennox was one of the greatest heavyweight champions of all time and I am very proud and honored to say that I was able to fight him. I know I had him on the ropes and almost beat him, but my cuts stopped me. continue
“You old guys that think you’re going to get the World Title because Lennox is gone-you better watch out for these young guys that are coming up!”
06.02.04 - Interview by Carlos Kalinchuk: On March 27 Heavyweight prospect Dominick Guinn (24-0) will be featured on HBO’s Boxing After Dark as the co-featured fight of the evening in what should be an incredible card at Alltell Arena in Little Rock Arkansas (Arkansas native Jermain Taylor will be featured as the main event). Guinn will be stepping in the ring against tough guy Monte Barrett (29-3). Barrett is most notably remembered for his recent fight against “Baby” Joe Mesi. Not only did he give Mesi all he could handle but he even floored the much-hyped prospect towards the end of their fight. Although Mesi went on to win the fight, it raised some questions about Mesi’s abilities and Barrett’s skill. Is Barrett more skilled than most thought? Is Mesi just hype? Well, Guinn will also have to answer those questions when he steps in the ring against Barrett. To say that Guinn is in for an easy fight is a major understatement but based on my discussion with him, he’s up for the task. Read what Guinn had to say about Barrett and the state of the heavyweight division now that Lennox Lewis has retired. Enjoy. continue
06.02.04 - by Chris Acosta: The first time I saw Lennox Lewis as a professional, he was stumbling around the ring like a newborn giraffe against a clubfighter named Levi Billups. His punches were sloppy, someone appeared to have tied his shoestrings together because he couldn't set his feet set properly and his size almost seemed to work against him. HBO was broadcasting the fight to showcase Britain's newest heavyweight hope but the whole time I kept thinking, "How the hell did this guy win a gold medal?" continue
06.02.04 - This afternoon in front of a sizable crowd at the Coushatta Casino and Resort in Louisiana, all of tomorrow nights combatants weighed in at or under there contracted weights. The following are the weigh in results. In the Main Event Super Bantamweight Francisco Tejedor 48-18-2 (31 KO's) weighed in at 119 lbs while his opponent continue
05.02.04 - Question: James Toney, can you briefly recap how you hurt yourself, the extent of the injury and what you are going to be doing from here on out.
Toney: What happened the last week of training was that I was sparring with one of my sparring partners. I was going at him pretty good, getting ready to go for the finishing blow. I stuck in for a left hook and the ankle just snapped. I thought it was a sprain or something like that, but then we got to the doctor and he said it was a torn Achilles tendon. You know, things happen. Jameel McCline got a blessing; he got a break; but I will be back. There is going to be another one. continue
05.02.04 - According to a report on www.frankwarren.tv, Frank Warren and Audley Harrison were involved in the domestic dust-up of the year so far at a London press conference today. Warren had organised for a Comical Ali lookalike to be present in order to pile the pressure on Harrison, who has failed to back up claims he would fight for the British heavyweight title in his formative years as pro. continue
05.02.04 - By Keith Terceira: With Lennox Lewis about to announce his retirement according to reports from the British Press, and the scramble in England to crown a new heavyweight champion , the bout between Audley Harrison and Richel Hersisia has taken on a much greater significance than just a few days ago when the news was first released...
Richel, can you tell us what your childhood in Curacao was like and how you compare it to living in Europe now?
It’s totally different over there. I lived in Curacao until I was 13 years and after that I came to Holland with my mom – and was shocked by the cold weather! In Holland I had a very normal life, went to school, played football afterwards… continue
05.02.04 - JOHN GARFIELD, courtesy of FightWorld.us
“He knocked me out? That MUTHAFUCKER!” Freddie Roach all but shouted to me across the Wild Card Gym today, while I watched Brian Viloria spar. When I got closer to the front desk, Justin Fortune, Roach’s conditioning coach, and Macka Foley, a trainer, and some others nearby, were having a grand time giving Roach the needle when they learned that in a fantasy boxing match on the internet, Murad Muhammad knocked Roach out in four rounds. continue
05.02.04 - Lennox Lewis is expected to announce his retirement at a press conference on Friday. A press conference has been called for 10.30am GMT tomorrow in London. According to BBC Radio Five Live, 38 year old Lewis is expected to announce the end of his 15 year career rather then face the giant Ukrainian Vitali Klitschko in a rematch. Lewis had been given 30 days to agree to a rematch with #1 WBC challenger Vitali Klitschko or risk being stripped of his title.
Lewis has fought just twice in the past 2 years, knocking out Mike Tyson in eight rounds in Memphis in June 2002 and stopping Vitali Klitschko in Los Angeles on June 21, 2003. The Ukrainian was ahead on points and dominating the fight at the time, but the fight was stopped due to cuts after the 6th round. In that fight, Lewis appeared to have aged and grown old over night, as he was beaten to the punch by the younger challenger over and over again. Since then, Lewis has been facing growing pressure to defend his WBC title against Klitschko.
05.02.04 - By Elliot Worsell: The IBF light heavyweight title is once again put on the line this coming Friday in Sheffield (February 6), as top rated contenders Clinton Woods 35-2-1 (21 KO's) and Glencoffe Johnson 39-9-2 (27 KO's) duke it out one last time for the coveted prize. Sheffield born Woods, and Miami based Jamaican Johnson, fought to a hotly disputed draw last time the pair met (November 7 2003), and the prestigious world title that former champion Antonio Tarver relinquished, remained vacant, much to the displeasure of both combatants.
Now however, on Friday at the Ponds Forge Centre in Woods’ hometown of Sheffield, the pair get set to put it all on the line again, with both men knowing this could be their last crack at world title triumph. continue
05.02.04 - By Spud Woollatt: As well as the exciting World Light Heavyweight Title Fight between Clinton Woods and Glencoffe Johnson on Friday evening, another boxer will be appearing in his 20th fight, the fighter being Chesterfield's Heavyweight Mark Krence.
Mark Krence fights Eastern European Mendauga Kulikauskas over 8 rounds. Readers will remember Kulikauskas is the fighter who floored heavyweight sensation Roman Greenburg before succumbing to the Israeli's power in the fifth round of their fight. continue
05.02.04 - By Olaf Schroeder: You could be forgiven for thinking we are talking about some rap artist and a character from the Tarzan movies, what with nicknames like “Malik D” and “Lumumba Boy”. But when the two professional boxers that disguise themselves behind these monickers will face each other in an anticipated 10-round showdown on February 21 in Aschersleben, Germany, there won’t be no place in the ring for trash-talk or sweet dreams about Jane.
That is not to say that both Malik Dziarra and Lolenga Mock are not characters, because the opposite is true. First to Dziarra, a Belarussian with an African father who lives and boxes in Germany under the SES Boxing banner. And as if that multi-cultural background isn’t enough, the 29-year-old puncher is freakishly build too: Tall with long arms and broad shoulders, he looks like a bit like the original ‘Hit Man’, legendary Thomas Hearns. Less than nine months upon turning pro, Dziarra contested the IBF Intercontinental title in only his eighth fight and duly went 12 rounds to outscore Colombian Jairo Siris. By the end of 2002, however, Malik’s short-cut route to the top came to a stop, when he was halted in nine rounds by former WBO # 1 Mario Veit. continue
04.02.04 - By Matthew Hurley: Since it broke ground in 1989 the International Boxing Hall of Fame (IBHOF) in Canastota New York has become a safe haven for both fighters and boxing fans. Every June since its inception, during its induction ceremony weekend, Executive Director Ed Brophy and his team have created an atmosphere rich in history and entertainment that has promoted an uncommon camaraderie amongst all its participants. Fighters, unlike any other athletes often show remarkable hands-on affection toward their fans – be it embraces, handshakes or long, cost-free autograph sessions. And the fans themselves, particularly at the IBHOF, revel in the company of their heroes and kindred spirits. continue
04.02.04 -Question: Sharmba and, Lovemore, how are things going?
Mitchell: I am just glad to be able to do a fight Feb. 7. Being in shape, being in tip-top shape and then having somebody pull out because they are scared, or faking an injury for the third time or the second time or whatever you want to say (is not good). Lovemore, I guess, was training for a fight and he stepped in. (It is a) bad time to step in.
N’dou: For starters, Mitchell should be apologizing for being late (for the conference call). He just walked in here and acted like a spoiled little brat that he is. He talks about himself about he is the best. Yeah, he is the best at running late and not respecting time. By the same token, I have always thought he was a great man. I appreciate him taking the fight. He could have chosen to fight somebody else. Like I said, I respect him for that, but that does not mean I will not whoop him. I am going to give him the whooping of his life. continue
04.02.04 - “BALLROOM BOXING,” the greatest boxing club show in the U.S., presents the biggest event in its 10-year history, when former world heavyweight champion and Baltimore native HASIM “THE ROCK” RAHMAN headlines the next show, Thursday, March 11, at Michael’s Eighth Avenue, in Glen Burnie, MD. Rahman will be facing former world champion AL “ICE” COLE. continue
04.02.04 - By Marc Abrams: This Saturday was supposed to be one of the best Showtime Championship Boxing Nights in a long time, buy as it goes in the sport of boxing some of the best laid plans must wait. In a cross continent doubleheader, Kostya Tszyu was going to defend his undisputed 140 pound championship against Sharmba Mitchell in a rematch, the champs homeland of Moscow, Russia. continue
04.02.04 - Oscar De La Hoya, seven-time world champion in five different weight classes, confirmed today that he has decided to return to the ring on June 5, 2004. HBO Pay-Per-View (HBOPPV) will distribute the event. No opponent or venue has been determined. “I am excited to make this announcement and can’t wait to be back in the ring, “ said De La Hoya, 36-3 with 29 KOs. continue
04.02.04 - By Chris Askov: Annually, "The Ring" magazine complies a hopeful list of "10 fights we would like to see" in the coming new year. "The Ring's" list is intended to contribute positively to the next twelve months of boxing by suggesting the creation of meaningful and interesting bouts. This article is written as a companion piece to "the Ring's" article and the spirit of promise it encapsulates. As i see it, a terrific schedule of boxing is achieved not only by proposing the making of entertaining contests, but also by carefully omitting fights which are potential stinkers. continue
03.02.04 - By Fiona Manning: In these turbulent times for boxing it would be nice to tell you there is at least one positive new movie out there about the sweet science.
Sorry to disappoint you. The latest cinematic black eye for boxing comes via the much-delayed, long-anticipated bio-pic Against The Ropes, due to be released here in the US on February 20.
Jackie Kallen, the "First Lady Of Boxing" who is the alleged subject of Against The Ropes, gets some rough studio treatment here. Where is a good ringside physician when you need one? Somewhere between "Action!" and "Cut!" Kallen has been severely short-changed by screenwriter Cheryl Edwards, who appears to have learned nothing from her extensive time with Kallen. continue
03.02.04 - By Ron "Champ" Miller: Hello fight fans! Let's go back... way back... for this "oldie but goodie." Fourteen years ago, a strange thing happened to Mike Tyson on his way to stardom. Fate? Destiny? No. A long shot underdog beat the odds and Tyson has never been the same, since.
Some things just stick with you. For me it's Dec 7th 1941. 1865. OJ. The World Wars. Korea, Vietnam, Gulf War. My High School and College graduations. March Madness. Super Sunday. The World Series. continue
03.02.04 - Boxing wonderboy KEVIN MITCHELL aims to surpass Nigel Benn’s 12 unbeaten fights in his first year as a professional – all by knockout. The 19-year-old sensation recorded his fourth win by stunning KO over Jaz Virdee earlier this month and moves quickly to have his next fight this Saturday (7 February) at the York Hall, Bethnal Green. continue
03.02.04 - From WBC President Jose Sulaiman: "After so many days of waiting, the WBC has decided to give both light heavyweight world champion Roy Jones Jr. and No. 1 ranked official challenger Antonio Tarver until February 17 for free negotiations, and have that as the date, as well, to hold the purse offer if no agreement is reached. continue
03.02.04 - By Frank Lotierzo: First off, let me just say that I will be very blunt in my opinion and assessments in this column. It concerns former heavyweight champ George Foreman and his career prior to taking the title from undefeated champ "Smokin" Joe Frazier. I've grown tired over the recent years of so many revising history to make themselves come off smarter than they really were. I have noticed this a lot lately when the fight has been discussed. I was around at the time of the title fight between Frazier and Foreman. Although I was only 13, I followed it better and more closely than anybody.
I love how so many now say they knew Foreman was going to demolish Frazier before their 1973 title fight? And there are quite a few of you. No Way! I lived through that period, and I'm telling you nobody thought Foreman had prayer-one versus Frazier, nobody. Like him or not, there was only one person who thought Foreman was going to beat Frazier, Howard Cosell. That's right, not one fighter, retired great fighter, boxing writer, or broadcaster thought Foreman was going to win other than Cosell. And it's documented on tape. continue
03.02.04 - By Luke Dodemaide: When sitting around an Aussie barbeque these days, having a beer at the pub or even casually talking about sport with some mates, boxing has again made a comeback into the conversation’s of the Aussie male. It is also highly likely, almost certain, that throughout your conversation, you will be asked your opinion on one fight, that fight is Anthony Mundine versus Danny Green. continue
03.02.04 - Dominic Pesoli's 8 Count Productions, the premier boxing promoter in Chicago, in association with Bob Arum's Top Rank Incorporated presents Night of the Gladiators, another explosive evening of action packed professional boxing on Friday, February 27th at the DePaul Athletic Center, 2323 N. Sheffield Ave. continue
i>“I’ve had fights where my hair hurt. My HAIR hurt!” - ‘Iceman’ John Scully
03.02.04 - By Ron DiMichele: A great tidal shift of emotion transpires at the end of a prizefight. Two combatants, who moments before vied to knock each other unconscious, now embrace like old friends.
“I don’t know why I do it,” says John Scully. “If it was two guys in a burning building and they both made it out, they’d probably hug even though they don’t know each other.”
‘Iceman’ John Scully forged his boxing insight through 49 professional bouts and a stellar amateur boxing career. The former light-heavyweight contender offers a unique, brutally honest, and penetrating perspective into the inner workings of the sweet science. A perspective gained only by those who have dished it out, and eaten some as well. continue
03.02.04 - By Luke Dodemaide: Last November Floyd Mayweather (31-0) captured the eyes of the Boxing world with a magnificent display to stop highly regarded lightweight contender Phillip N’dou in the sixth round of their WBC lightweight championship match up. It was a fantastic display, that transformed the boxing public’s view on Floyd, 26, in one fight, from skilful cautious boxer to become possibly the most devastating boxer- puncher currently in the sport. continue
02.02.04 - By Tom Donelson: Shane Mosley and Winky Wright face each other to see who is the best at 154 pounds. This is an intriguing match up for various reasons. First of all, there are questions about Shane Mosley.
First thing that needs to be dealt with is that Mosley was given a gift in his last fight when the judges awarded him with the decision over De La Hoya. Throughout the first eight rounds, Mosley rarely put combinations together and at the end of the fight, he was out punched by a nearly a two to one margin. That was something that did not happen at Lightweight or Welterweight with the exception of the two Vernon Forrest fight, in which he lost. continue
02.02.04 - Alfonso Gomez, who trains in the Francisco Panchito Bojado (last fight on HBO 24 Jan 2004) camp will be attempting to extend his four fight win streak in Denver, Colorado against Bernardo Guereca of El Paso, TX. The hard hitting Los Angeles based Mexican welterweight is coming off three big KO wins with over 6 knockdowns collected in his previous four fights. continue
01.02.04 -By Ike Enwereuzor www.Jacboxing.com - Heavyweight contender Cisse "Cool C" Salif, now(12-3,10KOs) fighting out of New York City, began his professional Boxing career in June of 1998. During his career, he has worked with many world champions including former undisputed heavyweight king, "Iron" Mike Tyson, former heavyweight champ Hasim Rahman, three-time world champ James "Lightsout" Toney and many others. continue
31.01.04 - HBO’s Boxing After Dark was live from Phoenix, Arizona and featured a doubleheader promoted by Top Rank and showcased 2 of its top fighter in Welterweight belt holder Antonio Margarito, and Bantamweight champ Rafeal Marquez. In the opening bout, Marquez (30-3; 27) took on Pete Frissina (27-3-1; 15) of Florida. Marquez was under the 118 pound limit at 117 ¾ and Frissina was right at 118. The fight time weights showed that Frissina was the bigger man at 135 to Marquez 130. continue