Boxing


4 Kids, a Bully, and a Whole Lot of Candy

30.04.04 – by Vincent van der Steen: In February 2004 our longstanding heavyweight champion deservedly hung up his gloves. After 18 world championship fights and 15 years of professional prize fighting, it is good to see a fighter that is sensible enough to call it a day before the detrimental effects of prize fighting kick in. However, the day Lennox Lewis decided to hang up his gloves, an era ended and he took the heavyweight lineage with him. As of now, Lewis is the last man to beat the man who beat the man, and so on. The King has died, but who is the new King? continue


Popov out: Heavyweight Audley Harrison to face Julius Francis on May 8

30.04.04 – Citing illness, Russian heavyweight Nicolay Popov (12-0, 6KOs) has pulled out of the May 8 fight against Olympic heavyweight gold medallist Audley Harrison (15-0, 11KOs) at the Whitchurch Sports Centre in Bristol. Instead, Harrison will now face countryman and former British Heavyweight Champion Julius Francis (23-16-1, 12KOs) for the scheduled bout which will air live at 10:30pm on BBC2. continue


Salita,Thompson headline huge undercard for Mayweather-Corley

30.04.04 – Undefeated Dmitriy Salita of Brooklyn, N.Y. and hard-hitting Anthony ‘The Messenger’ Thompson of Philadelphia will headline a huge undercard of bouts on the Floyd Mayweather, Jr. vs. DeMarcus Corley championship fight card May 22 at Boardwalk Hall. Top Rank, in association with Caesars Atlantic City and Bally’s Atlantic City, also announced today that the undercard will include New Jersey boxers Scott DePompe, Dennis Sharpe and popular New York light-heavyweight Victor Paz. continue


"No Baloney" : Book Review by Curtis McCormick

30.04.04 - Most autobiographies emanating from the sport of boxing have been written by fighters. A new book on the marketplace, however, comes from a refreshingly different viewpoint. Frank Maloney, one of the top boxing managers in the world over the last two decades, has penned his life story, entitled " No Baloney". This intriguing book, published by Mainstream, (hardbound, 336 pages) offers a unique behind the scenes perspective at the sport of boxing, from the grass roots level of Maloney's humble beginnings all the way to handling the career of the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world. continue


IBHOF names Tony Orlando 2004 Parade of Champions Grand Marshall

30.04.04 - The International Boxing Hall of Fame announced that legendary entertainer Tony Orlando has been named grand marshal of the 15th Annual Boxing Hall of Fame Parade of Champions scheduled for Sunday, June 13th at 1 p.m. "The Hall of Fame is extremely excited about welcoming Tony Orlando to Canastota,'" said Hall of Fame Executive Director Edward Brophy. continue


Erik Morales: The best Pound For Pound Fighter in the World Today

30.04.04 - By Izyaslav “Slava” Koza - Novirasputin@hotmail.com - Whenever I see anyone’s P4P list these days, the same tired old names are always at the top of it. Roy Jones Jr., Bernard Hopkins, who both have been at the top for so long, they already seem like they’re in the Boxer’s hall of Fame already. Next comes fighters like Floyd Mayweather & Kostya Tsyzu.. Don’t get me wrong, all of these guys are accomplished fighters, but since most of the time they’re hesitant to fight each other, it’s difficult to really judge how good they really are. continue


Takaloo On The Attack

30.04.04 - TAKALOO has vowed to do a demolition job on OSSIE DURAN to finally set up his clash with archrival WAYNE ALEXANDER. The Margate puncher bids to regain his crown when he challenges Duran for the Vacant WBU World Light-Middleweight title at the York Hall, Bethnal Green on Thursday 13 May. Tak almost got his showdown with Alexander which was originally scheduled for this date but the Croydon man withdrew from the fight with a knee injury. continue


April Heavyweight Title Wrap Up

30.04.04 - By Frank Lotierzo - GlovedFist@Juno.com - In the last fight of this mini Heavyweight tournament in the month of April, Vitali Klitschko stopped Corrie Sanders to capture the vacant WBC title. As it stands right now, there are four fighters who can go around claiming to be the Heavyweight Champ. The WBC is represented by Klitschko, the IBF by Chris Byrd, the WBA by John Ruiz, and the lightly regarded WBO by Lamon Brewster. Yes, we have four title holders but not a fighter who can claim to be The World Heavyweight Champion.

Being the Heavyweight Champ used to be the most prestigious honor in all of sports. Sadly, that isn't the case today. This topic has been beat to death over the last 6 or 7 months that some are bothered hearing it. That's just too bad. If you don't want to hear the truth, than cover your ears and stop watching Heavyweight boxing. The truth is that this division is awful. Downright awful! I watched all four fights with much hope and guarded enthusiasm. I was hoping to see one fighter stand out as the fighter who can really be something special or great. I didn't see him. There is not one Heavyweight in the World right now who can have the word great attached to his name when speaking of him. Vitali may be today's signature Heavyweight, but he hasn't approached greatness yet. Maybe in time, but not as of now. continue


KLITSCHKO-SANDERS FIGHT CARD AT STAPLES DEEMED HUGE SUCCESS

29.04.04 - From top to bottom, last Saturday’s fight card at STAPLES Center headlined by Vitali Klitschko against Corrie Sanders for the WBC heavyweight championship was a knockout of classic proportions. Klitschko proved he is the world’s No. 1 heavyweight by stopping Sanders in the eighth round before 17,320 excited fans at the card presented by K2 Promotions. continue


Showtime Final Press Conference Quotes: Davis vs Sellers

29.04.04 - USBA Cruiserweight Champion and IBF No. 1 contender, Kelvin “Concrete” Davis, will take on IBF No. 4 contender Ezra Sellers for the vacant IBF cruiserweight title Saturday, May 1 (9 p.m. ET/PT) on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING. In the co-feature, PABA Middleweight Champion and WBA No. 4 contender, Maselino Masoe, will battle WBA International Middleweight Champion and WBA No. 5 contender, Evans Ashira, for the vacant WBA middleweight crown. Don King Productions will promote the doubleheader from the Miami Jai-Alai Fronton. continue


Noteworthy May and June Domestic Duals Shaping Up Well

29.04.04 - By Elliot Worsell: The hugely anticipated British and commonwealth title dust up between Liverpool’s Tony Dodson and Nottingham’s Carl Froch meandered through another twist this week, when proud Lonsdale champion Dodson, was refused the right for a warm up bout on May 1 (in Cardiff, over six rounds). The 23 year old Dodson, upon hearing that a June 2 rendezvous had been mustered for his battle with Froch, had set his sights firmly on Saturday’s bill in Cardiff, in the hope of getting some much needed rounds before entering his biggest fight to date. continue


Froch predicts sixth round stoppage of Dodson

28.04.04 - Commonwealth super middleweight champion Carl Froch had plenty to say yesterday in regards to his June 2nd showdown against British champion Tony Dodson whilst filming exclusive video footage that can only be seen on HennessySports.com . The 26-year-old – who will again fight in front of an adoring home crowd at the prestigious Nottingham Arena – was as always super confident, even predicting the round in which he would finish the contest. continue


BEYOND THE GLORY PROFILES THE LIFE OF GEORGE FOREMAN

28.04.04 - Fox Sports Net’s Emmy-nominated documentary series, BEYOND THE GLORY, continues with a new episode featuring boxing legend George Foreman. In this episode, BTG tells the story of how this poor kid from the wrong side of the tracks grew up to become one of boxing’s most legendary fighters, and twice earned the highest honor of the sport, the heavyweight championship. BTG: George Foreman airs on Sun, May 2 at 8:00 PM local. continue


Heavyweight Histories Longest Reigning King

28.04.04 - By Frank Lotierzo: GlovedFist@Juno.com - He's had a Championship tenure longer than the combined title reign's of Joe Louis, Muhammad Ali, Larry Holmes, and Mike Tyson. On top of that he's never been stopped and he is a definite Heavyweight. Oh, he's been down a few times, but never out. He is the true King of all the Heavyweight's, he is Don King.

It will be 30 years ago this coming October since King convinced an African dictator to put up 10 million dollars of his country's money for a Heavyweight Championship fight between Champion George Foreman and Challenger Muhammad Ali. More commonly known as the "Rumble In The Jungle" continue


Carl Thompson banned for 6 months!

28.04.04 - By Ben Carey

Carl Thompson: “The only thing I'm guilty of is protecting a friend"

Carl Thompson’s stunning one-punch knockout over Sebastian Rothmann to capture the IBO cruiserweight title in February will be remembered within British boxing circles for years to come. Few gave the 39-year-old Bolton bomber a chance beforehand, but one booming right hand in round 9 dramatically turned the fight on its head just as Thompson was on the very brink of defeat.

It brought the sold out crowd at the Ponds Forge Arena in Sheffield to their feet to salute this proud warrior’s magnificent comeback against all odds. Thompson was on top of the world, but was brought back down to earth earlier this week with a sickening thud that threatens to overshadow his memorable accomplishments in the ring that night. continue


MITCHELL MOVES QUICK FOR NEXT FIGHT

28.04.04 - Fresh from his first round victory on Saturday night in Reading, featherweight ace KEVIN MITCHELL moves to quick to have his next fight on Thursday 13 May at London’s York Hall. ‘Mighty’ Mitchell took his record to 6-0 with four first round stoppages against Frenchman Eric Patrac who could not cope with the youngster's fast hands and power-punching. continue


A Veit for the WBO 168 lb interims world title

28.04.04 - The event on May 8 at Westfalenhalle in Dortmund now includes three title contests. 30-year-old German Mario Veit, a pro since 1995, will fight against experienced Kabary Salem for the WBO interims world title at 168 pound. It will be the first step to appoint a heir to long reigning WBO supermiddleweight king Joe Calzaghe who attempts to win a world title at 175 pound on June 5 in Manchester, England, challenging IBF champ Glen Johnson. continue


Brock/Dokiwari Headline at DePaul on May 15th

28.04.04 - Kathy Duva's Main Events and Dominic Pesoli's 8 Count Productions team up on Saturday May 15th to bring a huge afternoon of boxing to the DePaul Athletic Center in Chicago as part of the Budweiser NBC/Telemundo Boxing Series. Tickets starting at $25 can be obtained in advance by calling 312-226-5800. continue


Francis Barrett out to Down Gavin

28.04.04 - Former Amateur star Francis Barrett will meet Chesterfield’s Gavin Down for the EU light welterweight title on the undercard of the Hennessy Sports ‘home II’ promotion - headlined by Carl Froch’s British and Commonwealth Championship showdown with Tony Dodson - at the Nottingham Arena on Wednesday June 2nd. Expect fireworks.... continue


Audley Harrison to Fight Nicolay Popov on May 8

27.04.04 – Undefeated Olympic heavyweight gold medallist Audley Harrison (15-0, 11KOs) is now beginning to understand what the “hard road to the championship” actually means in boxing. As his stature grows and his career advances, Harrison’s European and US-based matchmakers experienced a more difficult time finding an opponent for his May 8 fight until undefeated 6’5”, 240-pound Russian heavyweight Nicolay Popov (12-0, 6KOs) agreed to face Harrison at the Whitchurch Sports Centre in Bristol. The fight will air live on BBC2 at 10:30pm. continue


The Time Tunnel: Hagler vs. Hearns

27.04.04 - By Matthew Hurley: It’s hard to believe that it’s been almost 20 years since Marvelous Marvin Hagler and Thomas “Hit Man” Hearns stepped into the ring and waged war on one another. Their epic battle for the middleweight championship of the world, on Monday, April 15, 1985 set a criteria for every super-fight that followed. A super-fight, and by that boxing fans and writers mean a mega match-up between two of the best in their division, has to live up to its hype. There have been quite a few terrific super-fights since then but none have really seemed to capture the imagination of everyone, mainstream media included, in such a positive and glorious light. Some might argue that Hagler’s bout with Sugar Ray Leonard surpassed Hagler – Hearns in terms of hype, but the outcome, a Leonard decision victory, left a bitter taste in many a mouth. With Hagler and Hearns there was nothing but astonishment at their will, their desire, and despite the brutality of his loss, even Hearns’ fans came away from the fight thumping their chests with pride for the gallant effort the “Hit Man” put forth. continue


Golden Boy Promotions signs Kingsley Ikeke

27.04.04 – Golden Boy Promotions is proud to announce the signing of NABF middleweight champion Kingsley Ikeke to a promotional deal. Ikeke will make his Golden Boy debut this Thursday, April 29, in Laredo, Texas when he defends his title against Kirino Garcia. “Without a doubt, Kingsley Ikeke represents the type of fighter we want to promote,” said Golden Boy Promotions President Oscar De La Hoya. “He’s a hungry fighter with great skills and great character, and I’m excited about taking his career to the next level.” Ikeke, 31, is a native of Nigeria who now makes his home in Van Nuys, California. 18-1 with 10 knockouts, his only defeat was a highly controversial decision loss to Anthony Hanshaw in 2001, a bout most ringside observers believed ‘The King’ won. continue


Omar Sheika to battle E.T. Whitaker in Light Heavyweight bout

27.04.04 - CN8, The Comcast Network returns to the ring airing an exclusive boxing competition from South Philadelphia's recently renovated New Alhambra, SATURDAY, May 15 at 7:30 PM/ET. This CN8 boxing broadcast features an action-packed night of fights, with the main event showcasing Omar Sheika battling E.T. Whitaker in a 10-round light heavyweight bout. continue


Showtime: Kelvin Davis-Ezra Sellers/Masoe-Ashira on May 1st

27.04.04 - USBA Cruiserweight Champion and IBF No. 1 contender, Kelvin “Concrete” Davis, will attempt to capture his first world championship when he takes on IBF No. 4 contender Ezra Sellers for the vacant IBF cruiserweight title Saturday, May 1, at 9 p.m. ET/PT* on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING. In the co-feature, Pan PABA Middleweight Champion and WBA No. 4 contender, Maselino Masoe, will battle WBA International Middleweight Champion and WBA No. 5 contender, Evans Ashira, for the vacant WBA middleweight crown. continue


Mundine Vs Siaca now in doubt

27.04.04 - By Luke Dodemaide: WBA super middleweight world champion Anthony Mundine (20-1 ) yesterday slipped on a patch of water inside the ropes while sparring and is believed to have twisted his ankle. This has placed Mundine’s May 5th mandatory title defence against Puerto Rican Manny Siaca ( 17-4 ) at the Sydney Entertainment Centre in serious doubt. continue


C'mon HBO

27.04.04 - By Bernie McCoy: HBO Network has provided its cable subscribers with some very entertaining and innovative programming choices: "The Sopranos", "Curb Your Enthusiasm", "Six Feet Under", to mention only several. In the area of sports programming, the network's Emmy Award winner, "Real Sports", is a far and away leader in investigative reporting; and here's a potential story for Bryant Gumbel and company: Why is HBO's boxing coverage stuck in the Eisenhower administration? continue


The Heavyweights: Boxing’s Most Underrated Division?

26.04.04 - By Matthew Hurley: Ever since Lennox Lewis stepped down from his heavyweight perch the division has become both muddled and ridiculed. Without a dominant heavyweight champ boxing suffers in terms of mainstream popularity and, in recent years, becomes a whipping post for sports writers who either don’t like boxing or simply refuse to educate themselves on the sport. But inside the boxing community, knowledgeable fans watch and wait for the next big man to clean out the division with anticipation and, sometimes, marked frustration. What is so odd about the current state of affairs is that despite all the criticism the heavyweight division has provided boxing fans with several terrifically entertaining fights. continue


Vitali Klitschko: The Wolf is on the Prowl

26.04.04 - By Izyaslav Koza - Novirasputin@hotmail.com - Vitali Klitschko proved on Saturday night his legitimacy as the best heavyweight in the world by taking out an overweight, although very dangerous Corrie Sanders. With a dominating performance that Sanders reduced to a bleeding hulk, Vitali establishes himself as the best current Heavyweight in the world, and hopefully continues the humorously dubbed “Klitschko plan for world Domination.” continue


If Not This, Then What?

26.04.04 - by Chris Acosta: The list of complaints about the heavyweight division ranges from the lack of depth to absence of marquee names to John Ruiz. Now I can understand that last one. Ruiz, while effective, makes those noontime Department Of Motor Vehicles lines not seem so bad. Chris Byrd has mastered the art of making fighters miss but has forgot the second half of the "counterpunchers credo", making them pay. This doesn't make for compelling fights. Lamon Brewsters victory over Wladimir Klitschko leaves just as many questions about the new WBO belt holder as it did the vanquished. continue


Why Vitali Klitschko's Size Does Matter

25.04.04 - By Frank Lotierzo - GlovedFist@Juno.com - Over the last few years I have been very adamant about the size of today's top Heavyweight fighters. I believe that this so called era of Super-heavyweights is way overblown. I believe that the top ten from other era's could've fought with and beat the top ten of today. Don't take this wrong, size is definitely a factor, but it's only huge if a fighter can't fight.

As far as I'm concerned, Lennox Lewis was the only outstanding/great Heavyweight who was bigger than Ali, Foreman, and Holmes. Riddick Bowe had the potential to be something special regarding Heavyweights's over 6'4" 230. It just so happens that his body of work wasn't complete enough in my opinion to be included. He was every bit as skilled as Lewis, and maybe even more so, but he just didn't put together the overall resume that Lewis did. continue


Last Man Standing: Vitali Klitschko beats Corrie Sanders - So What?

25.04.04 - By Lee Hayes: Last night, April 24th, Vitali Klitschko faced off against Corrie Sanders.The fight was suppose to clear up all of the questions regarding the current heavyweight division. After watching the bout, I can only say that perhaps it has opened up more than ever.

The favorite in the bout was Klitschko. After all, he had only two losses on his record and a legion of fans backing him from around the world. Sanders, for his part, was a semi-retired boxer that prefers - by his own admission - shooting golf balls on the fairway to shooting out a straight jab. Before last nights fight, he'd fought just seven fights, totaling 16 rounds since June of 1998, when he ko'd Bobby Czyz in two rounds.The only reason that Sanders was even considered a suitable challenge for this match, was because of the way he dispatched Wladimir, Vitali's younger brother over a year ago. His most noteworthy fight was probably his shoot out with Hasim Rahman in May 2000. A fight Sanders lost by TKO. After the Rahman loss, Sanders must have worked on his golf game, he sure didn't spend much time in the gym. continue


Vitali Klitschko: Don’t Confuse Unorthodoxy With Weakness!

25.04.04 - By Janne Romppainen: You knocked him out with a wrong punch”, as goes the old boxing joke about a victorious fighter and his trainer talking to each other after the fight. In these days, it seems that the anecdote has become very true in the minds of many boxing journalists. Despite thinking about who wins fights they too often concentrate on how they won their fights. In boxing a more suitable advice than the above-mentioned would be one that a boss gives to his employer: “Don’t care how you do it, just get the damn job done”

I am referring to the huge criticism that the newly-crowned WBC heavyweight champion of the world Vitaly Klitschko has faced because of his personal style of fighting. According to some he seems to do just about everything wrong. The boxing traditionalists say that he holds his left hand too low and pulls straight back from punches. You can’t do that if you want to be successful, they say, you will get caught and knocked out. Klitschko also throws his punches often with only his arms. That is not the way to do it, say the traditionalists again, you have to deliver your punches with full body leverage behind them. Klitschko doesn’t move too well either. With that kind of footwork you can’t be a good champion, the aficionados cry. continue


Klitschko Dodges The Sniper

25.04.04 - Aidan Monaghan: Corrie "The Sniper" Sanders, the humble, aging, unremarkable looking but crafty and resolute heavyweight contender and aspiring golfer, nearly pulled off the seemingly impossible again Saturday night against Vitali Klitschko in Los Angles, California, for the WBC fraction in the heavyweight crown, as he did a little over a year ago against kid brother Wladimir Klitschko, the presumed heir apparent of the division, with a remarkably uncanny, quick, accurate and very hard straight left hand fired early and often against Vitali, the same one that had previously toppled the other half of the Klitschko Express.

With Vitali applying early pressure, Sanders took advantage of several opportunities to throw and land big straight left counter punches - one perfect counter punch in particular that followed slipping a Klitschko right - that rocked Klitschko in round one, in a scene eerily similar to the demolition of the younger Klitschko 13 months ago. continue


Maselino Masoe: "This is my last chance"

25.04.04 - By Tony Nobbs - West Samoan born banger Maselino Masoe flies out to Miami this morning for his vacant WBA middleweight title shot against Kenyan born Dane Evans Ashira on May 1. Masoe, 38 in June, is now under Australian trainer Noel Thornberry and has been staying in the Queensland town of Gatton since Easter. With a record of 25-2, 24 KO Masoe will enter the fight as an underdog but the three time Olympian –twice quarter finalist- from Auckland, New Zealand said last week that “this is my last chance!”

Masoe has fought in the US on eight occasions-being based there in 1999-2000 and scored knockouts over winning fighters Sam Hill, Lionel Ortiz, David Lopez and Tim Shocks. He also suffered his two defeats -to Santiago Samaniego (injury) and Tito Mendoza (TKO3). continue


Lubos Suda retains his interim Crown !!!

24.04.04 - WBA International - E.B.A. Interim Cruiserweight Champion LUBOS SUDA retained yesterday night (Saturday 24th) his Crown by KO on 5th round against Dutchman RADMILLO SODA. The event promoted by OK-KO Promotions was held at the Municipal Auditorium of Kradec Kralove, Czech Republic (100 kms. north from Prague) with a sold out audience of nearly 2.000 people. Unbeaten Interim Champion Suda (8-0-0) fought on December 13th at the "Hilton Prague Hotel" against German Champion Firat Arslan winning by unanimous point decision. continue


Jamie Guy wins Australian 175 Lb Title

25.05.04 - By Tony Nobbs - Locally trained Jamie ‘Tough’ Guy scored a sensational first round knockout of the durable Kevin Murray to capture the vacant Australian Lt Heavyweight title at the Southport RSL on the Gold Coast, Queensland on Friday night. After an explosive start by both, Guy got off with a sweet left hook that dropped the Victorian about a minute in to the round. Murray tried to fight back but was being over powered when a beautiful left rip put Murray on his knees. Beating the count, Murray was saved by his father and trainer Mick who threw the towel in upon the referee Phil Austin calling box on. Time 1.41. continue


Rocky Wins Unanimous Decision After Going Down In Round 2!

24.04.04 - By Carlos Kalinchuk: For all the Houston faithful who came out in droves to watch Rocky Juarez fight San Antonio tough guy Joe Morales, there was a major scare in round two as Rocky was rocked to the canvass by a very hard Morales left hook. After the fight Trainer Ray Olivares said “Oh shit!” is what he thought when undefeated Silver Medallist took his first spill in his pro career. “I didn’t see the punch coming and he just caught me,” added Juarez. “It was the first time I’ve been down in 10 years and I wanted to get up at 6 so the referee wouldn’t stop the fight just in case I stumbled when I got up.” This was definitely a very smart veteran move by Rocky and one that served him well this afternoon. Rocky won by Unanimous Decision on all three judges score cards in a very grueling fight by scores of 97-92 all around. The fight looked a little closer than that but not by much as the taller Morales faded in the last four rounds. His bravado and machismo put him where he shouldn’t have been (on the ropes) and that is where he lost the fight. Perhaps he was tired but he put on a hell of a fight as Rocky was seriously tested. After the fight Rocky’s lip was swelling badly as it appeared split in 2-3 places. Nonetheless, Rocky came out and picked his spots and in the end his precision left hooks were just too much for Morales. Juarez improves to 20-0 while Morales drops to 19-8. continue


Skelton batters Sprott into submission

24.04.04 - By Ben Carey: Matt Skelton’s meteoric rise continued when he battered home-town hero Michael Sprott into submission in the 12th and final round to become an unlikely British and Commonwealth champion at an electric Rivermead Leisure Centre in Reading tonight. Having looked desperately tired in the 11th, the 37-year-old Skelton dug deep to launch a furious two-fisted barrage at a shell shocked Sprott that had him all at sea up against the ropes. Though most of Skelton’s punches were missing, a left hook finally did get home which paved the way for a clubbing right which dumped the champion on the canvas. continue


Dawning On A New Era

24.04.04 - By Luke Dodemaide: When the Heavyweight division packed it’s bags and headed into the 21st century, it was lead by two giants. One from present and one for the future. While the ageing Lennox Lewis commanded the division, Wladimir Klitschko was knocking out fighter after fighter waiting in the wings. Looking at Wladimir it was obvious he was the man, he had the speed, the skills, the size, the power and the hunger to become worthy heir to throne. These two forces were never on course to collide, more to respectfully hand over the power, from one great champion to the next. continue


Interview with Ahmed “Baby Face” Kaddour; Kaddour Fighting On Tonights Klitchko-Sanders Under Card

24.04.04 - By Carlos Kalinchuk: Tonight as part of the “Let The Next Era Begin” mega showdown between Corrie Sanders and Vitaly Klitchko, Super Middleweight Ahmed “Baby Face” Kaddour will be lacing them up in an 8 rounder on the under card. Although this should be an easy victory for Kaddour, the pressure to impress those at ringside will be great. Even though Kaddour has not fought top-flight competition as a pro, he has looked impressive and has racked up an undefeated record of 17-0.

Given his resume as an Amateur though, a lot of pressure is being put on him to become the next great future Champion. His Amateur record was an impressive one as he won 43 Gold Medals and put together a record of 70 wins with only 3 defeats. continue


Promoter Bill Mordey passes away!

24.04.04 - By Tony Nobbs - Australia’s greatest ever promoter Bill Mordey passed away at 9.45 pm last night in Newcastle Mater Hospital, NSW after a long but unpublicised battle with cancer, age 67. Mordey steered Hall of Famer Jeff Fenech to three world titles in the 1980’s and also guided Jeff Harding to the WBC 175 lb title and Kostya Tszyu to the IBF 140 lb crown. Fondly known as ‘Break Even’ Bill was a former sports journalist who turned to promoting in 1985 and Fenech won his first belt- the IBF Bantamweight- on April 26 of that year by stopping Satoshi Shingaki in Sydney. Mordey staged his biggest promotion on March 1st 1992- the rematch between Fenech and Azumah Nelson which drew a crowd of over 40,000 to Princes Park Melbourne. Also on the card was Virgil Hill and the pro debut of Tszyu. continue


Vitali Klitschko vs. Corrie Sanders: "Revenge of the Brother"

24.04.04 - By Marc Abrams - The post-Lewis era of heavyweights were supposed to be dominated by Klitscko, Wladimer that is. But after his 2nd devastating knockout loss in 13 months, big brother Vitaly has become the favorite to capture both the WBC and recognized champ with a victory over Corrie Sanders in Los Angeles. For Vitali, this fight will mean more than just a title fight. continue


Klitschko vs. Sanders: The Old Era Ends Here

24.04.04 - By Traolach Kaye - This month’s decider between Vitali Klitscko and Corrie Sanders has been heralded as signaling the beginning of a new era for the heavyweight division. It is in fact, nothing of the sort. It may well have been, but the decision of Sanders to retire within 2 fights should be win, coupled with the verbal re-emergence of Lennox Lewis, means a Sanders victory will signal nothing more than the serving of a moratorium on any heralded “new departure” – in fact a win for Sanders solves nothing, and should be looked at as an extension to the Lewis inspired procrastination of the last 2 years. Lewis, who lost interest in defending the title as his career drew to a close, left the division in a state of flux and has now added to the problem by claiming his “knowledge” of Klitschko [as imparted by Lewis to Sanders, all two 10-9 rounds worth of it one assumes] will be the all-determining factor in their upcoming title bout. If this bout is to represent a new dawn in the heavyweight division, then Klitschko must retire Sanders. Nothing less will suffice. continue


Interview with Patrick Nwanu

24.04.04 - By Ike Enwereuzor - www.Jacboxing.com - The Broadway Boxing event at Hammerstein Ballroom, New York City promoted by Lou DeBella Entertainment Thursday night 4/23 produced several exciting bouts including heavyweight propects such as Patrick "Punchin Pat" Nwanu, who improved his boxing career record to (8-1) 3KO's by defeating former unbeaten Alexis Mejias (7-1). continue


Dazzling Docherty wins in six!!!!

24.04.04 - By Gavin Macleod - Glasgow’s Craig Docherty retained his Commonwealth Super-featherweight title last night (Thursday 22nd) with a scintillating display of controlled aggression that proved to be too much for his rugged African opponent Kpakpo Allotey of Ghana. In front of a very vocal crowd at the Kelvin Hall, Docherty produced the finest performance of his career and one which has now left him in a fantastic position to move onto bigger and better things. continue


Taras Bidenko: Klitschko successor on Klitschko undercard?

24.04.04 - This Saturday Vitali Klitschko will try to reestablish the honor and credibility of the Klitschko family in a WBC heavyweight title fight against South African Corrie Sanders. On the same card one man is fighting who may follow in the Klitschko footsteps one day. Ukrainian heavyweight Taras Bidenko, 9-1 (6), so far unknown to most, will be fighting for the first time in the US when he takes on solid Mexican journeyman Agustin Corpus, 10-13-3 (8), at the Staples Center of Los Angeles. continue


The Least Deserving Challenger?

24.04.04 - By Frank Lotierzo - GlovedFist@Juno.com - Boxing writers and fans can be very tough on the fighters we love and cheer. In fact in many instances we are too tough on them, including myself. We've all been caught up in the moment and yelled he's a bum, or he has no heart about one fighter or another. But I'm willing to bet that after our emotions have quelled we've backed off of those type remarks. We all know that who ever has the guts to step into a Boxing Ring most certainly doesn't lack courage. No way they could go through with it if they did. I don't know who coined the phrase "you don't play Boxing", but I do know truer words may have never been spoken.

I'm willing to cut fighters some slack after an indiscretion. I was too tough on Vitali Klitschko after his fight with Chris Byrd, but I've backed off. Even with the way Wladimir Klitschko lost to Lamon Brewster this past weekend, questioning his heart may be a little to drastic. Remember, taking a punch and having a good chin isn't all about Heart, it's about genes most of the time. continue


A Night at the Fights

24.04.04 - Izyaslav “Slava” Koza - Novirasputin@hotmail.com - Well I gotta say these fights were simply and amazingly entertaining. All four contests had something to them, and even though Don King is in kind words a negative personality, we cannot expect to get a better PPV fight card from anyone. Now to the action. continue


Diaz knockout of O'Malley headlines Pechanga six bout card

24.04.04 - By Kent Appel @ Ringside: The Pechanga Resort and Casino in Temecula, California was the scene Saturday April 17, 2004 of a fight card that featured undefeated lightweight contender Juan Diaz of Houston, Texas verses Martin O'Malley of Edmunds, Washington. The card was presented by Main Events, Telemundo, Budweiser, and Ringside Ticket, in association with Pechanga and portions of it were broadcast live on NBC television and Telemundo. continue


Buddy McGirt to Attend Hall of Fame Weekend

24.04.04 - Former junior welterweight and welterweight champion and current boxing trainer James "Buddy" McGirt will return to "Boxing’s Hometown" for the 15th Annual Hall of Fame Induction Weekend set for June 10-13th. "Buddy McGirt was a popular champion and is now considered one of the top trainers in the boxing business," said Hall of Fame Executive Director Edward Brophy. continue


Juarez, Morales Full Press Conference Coverage for This Saturdays NBC Fight

23.04.04 - By Carlos Kalinchuk: This afternoon at the Reliant Stadium in Houston Texas, Main Events in conjunction with Budweiser, Browning Boxing, Telemundo and NBC had the last press conference leading up to Saturday’s big fights here in Houston. Main Events’ Carl Moretti emceed the event and the fighters took the podium and gave some final words before the big nationally televised show.

Moretti first introduced veteran Stephen Garcia. Moretti next introduced Jr. Lightweight contender Juan Diaz’s brother Jose Diaz and his trainer Willie Savanah. Savanah stepped to the mic first and had this to say… continue


Corrie Sanders: Is He Really All That?

22.04.04 - By Frank Lotierzo - GlovedFist@Juno.com - This coming Saturday night former WBO Heavyweight Champion Corrie Sanders fights top ranked contender Vitali Klitschko. This fight is for the WBC title recently left vacant by the retirement of former champ Lennox Lewis. This fight was made basically because of the two strong showings both fighters had in their last outing.

In March of 2003 Sanders, a southpaw stopped Wladimir Klitschko in two rounds to win his WBO Heavyweight title, which is currently held by Lamon Brewster. Klitschko also has been impressive in his last couple fights. In June he gave former champ Lennox Lewis nine kinds of hell before the fight was halted in between the sixth and seventh rounds due to a severely cut left eye. At the time of the stoppage, Vitali was up slightly in the scoring. Six month's later Klitschko stopped top contender Kirk Johnson in two rounds cementing his top contender status. continue


Klitschko-Sanders final press conference quotes

22.04.04 - VITALI KLITSCHKO: - “I want to thank everyone involved for making this fight happen, including HBO, STAPLES Center, the WBC, Universum and K2 Promotions. I am very happy to be fighting at STAPLES again and fighting for the most prestigious title in boxing, the WBC heavyweight championship. All my preparation is done and I am in great shape. I am ready for a great performance. Corrie Sanders is a very good, aggressive, fast fighter with a good punch. I know this is not an easy fight, but I will give my best. I have seen many tapes of him, and I am prepared for anything he will do. My focus is entirely on Sanders. I cannot think now about what happened to my brother, Wladimir, in his fight. What is important for me now is to do what I have to and become world champion. That has always been my goal. I have the chance and I hope to make the best of it on Saturday. I hope it is a clean fight. I am ready. I hope all my fans come out to support me.’’

CORRIE SANDERS: “I took care of his brother; now I am ready to take care of Vitali. I know my fight with Wladimir was not a great moment for either of him. But it was not Wladimir’s time. It was my time. If Vitali gets past me, it will be his time. I have trained hard since January. I am ready to take advantage of this opportunity. I am38, but I feel 32. I want to get in and out of the ring as fast as I can and be world champion. I am really looking forward to the fight. Wladimir has more skills, but Vitali is stronger. This is a very big fight back home. It is on the television everywhere. A lot of people are rooting for me. I do not plan to disappoint them.” continue


Is journalism in heavyweight boxing about to change?

22.04.04 - By Dr Adam Zee - Broadcasting sports and sports writing used to an art from in the first quarter of the 20th century. In those days a person really had to understand the sport to cover it. What went down in black and white print described the actions to the masses. Few events were broadcast nationally on radio. There was no TV. Transportation to the events was limited. Ethics and respect in sports were paramount. Journalism was held to the highest standards. The big three sports at the turn of the century were Baseball, Horse Racing and Boxing. I'm not going to talk about baseball because only white males played in the major leagues. continue


Jameel McCline Named Mandatory Contender For Chris Byrd

22.04.04 - The International Boxing Federation has named Jameel McCline, who is promoted by Cedric Kushner Promotions, as the "leading available" mandatory contender for heavyweight champion Chris Byrd. The IBF notified McCline on Monday (April 19) through his promoter Kushner that the mandatory defense must take place on or before June 20. Negotiations are to begin with Byrd's promoter, Don King, immediately. continue


Rocky Juarez returns to Houston to Headline “Budweiser Boxing Series” At Reliant This Saturday!

22.04.04: Undefeated 2000 U.S. Olympic Silver Medallist Rocky Juarez headlines this Saturdays “Budweiser Boxing Series” fight card where he’ll do battle against featherweight contender Joe Morales in a 10 round bout from the Reliant Stadium in Houston, TX. Based on all the other fights NBC has featured, the matchmaking has been good and nearly every fight has been a nip and tuck battle so everyone should be in for a great show. continue


Three Title Fights: What Have We Learned

22.04.04 – By Frank Lotierzo - GlovedFist@Juno.com - We are now three quarters of the way through this month of Heavyweight title bouts. We've had one shocking upset, Brewster coming back to stop Wladimir Klitschko. One fight that went pretty much as expected, the Ruiz-Oquendo push, punch, miss, grab-fest. And one outstanding fight, Byrd-Golota.

The Byrd-Golota bout was really outstanding. It never fails to happen in boxing. When expectations are high, the fight never lives up to them. However, sometimes when the expectations are low, the realization exceeds the expectation which was the case in Byrd vs. Golota. I for one was very critical of this fight. continue


James Hare Looks To Rebuild On May 1st

22.04.04 - By Elliot Worsell: With so much emphasis nowadays on top young boxers remaining active and busy, it is somewhat surprising to hear the utterances of a former titleholder who has one finger placed firmly over the slow-mo button. Former WBF Welterweight champion James Hare is embarking on a crucial stage in his eight year professional career that has seen him rally to 28 victories before crashing down to earth with a thud against Mexican dangerman Cosme Rivera last December. continue


Kassim 'The Dream' Ouma vs Verno Phillips on June 5th

22.04.04 - In a rematch of a sensational slugfest, IBF No. 1 contender Kassim "The Dream" Ouma will take on IBF No. 2 contender Verno Phillips for the vacant IBF junior middleweight championship Saturday, June 5, on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING at 9 p.m. ET/PT*. The co-feature and location will be announced in the near future. Gary Shaw Productions, LLC, will promote the event. continue


CES sends out seven unbeaten fighters in “Young Gunz 2004”

22.04.04 – The torch symbolizing superiority in Rhode Island professional boxing officially was passed, literally and figuratively, today for the first time in two decades from recently retired Vinny “The Pazmanian Devil” Paz, former five-time world champion, to the May 14 headliner in “Young Gunz 2004, “The Pride of Providence” Peter Manfredo, Jr.” continue


Martin "El Tapatio" Martin Fights On HBO Latino Undercard On April 29th!

22.04.04 - Carlos "Stiff-jab" Kalinchuk: Until January, Miguel "El Tapatio" Martin 17-1 was an undefeated Super-middleweight on his way toward big things. He was primed to potentially make some contractual moves with Golden Boy Promotions and he was looking at penetrating Ring Magazines middleweight ranks in the near future when the wheels came off the cart against Grady Brewer in an 8 rounder in Hidalgo Texas. Although Martin didn't take a beating from all accounts, he was out-worked and appeared listless in the ring. Going into the fight, Martin did not follow his trainer Juan Lopezs' instruction in preparing for the fight and he came in underweight and dehydrated. Not by Lopez, but drained and dehydrated because of his own doing the week before the fight.

"Because of my commitments at work, Miguel arrived earlier than I had for the fight. I told him we had done all the training and he just needed to watch his weight and the kid didn't listen. continue


Public invited to join Tom Arnold for "The best damn weigh-in period" featuring Klitschko-Sanders

22.04.04 - Television funnyman and "Best Damn Sports Show Period" co-host, Tom Arnold, will preside over Thursday's free public weigh-in featuring former world champions Vitali Klitschko and Corrie Sanders at 7th St. and Figueroa in Los Angeles. Klitschko and Sanders will square off Saturday night at STAPLES Center for the vacant World Boxing Council (WBC) heavyweight title. continue


Two-time WIBA champion Sumya Anani added to April 24 Staples center fight card

22.04.04 - LOS ANGELES - “ Two-time Women's International Boxing Association (WIBA) champion and Christy Martin conqueror, Sumya Anani, will take on Lisa Holewyne on Saturday's Vitali Klitschko-Corrie Sanders fight card at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles. Holewyn's original opponent, Lucia Rijker, was forced to withdraw due to a rib cartilage injury. continue


Kostya Tszyu: The Road Back

22.04.04 – By Kostya Tszyu: Dear Tszyu Crew, After the operation on my left shoulder in January, my recovery is going very well. Faster than I thought it would be, but I’m still taking my time. I don’t want to make any excuses when I start heavy training. Right now, I‘m doing some light training and keeping myself busy. I’m helping with some of the young boxers at the Tszyu Boxing Academy. I have to be active. My doctor is very happy with my progress. He tells me that I am not normal. Already, I can start lifting my Kettlebells with my left hand. I did that for the first time a couple of days ago. The 16 kilogram Kettlebell I pressed ten times with my left arm and shoulder, which is not bad for me. continue


Klitschko vs Sanders: 24th April 2004

22.04.04 – Phenyo Molefe - On 24th April 2004 Los Angeles will host what could be the most exciting heavy heavyweight match up in months for the now vacant WBC title: Vitali Klitschko vs. Corrie Saunders. All of us, fans and critics alike eagerly await ‘judgement day’; Will Vitali prove his worth or will Saunders exonerate any dreams of heavyweight glory once held by Vitali.

It’s imperative for Vitali to win this fight to restore some pride to the family name and build his reputation. Many have already written off Wladmir as a top-heavy weight prospect, the question is if Vitali will soon follow the same course of action-something I very well doubt. Although in the past one may have been predisposed to believe Wladmir was the better prospect that has promptly changed. Latterly Vitali has proved to be of higher calibre. Vitali walks into this fight with an impressive 33 Wins, 2 Losses, 32 Knockouts-although still in the grooming stages (of becoming a decent heavyweight champion) he has proved to be a great prospect. continue


Rahman Roars By Crawley

17.04.04 – By Jim Amato - Former heavyweight champion Hasim Rahman kept his name in the heavyweight mix with a decisive second round knockout of Mario Crawley. Crawley was unranked and had lost eleven of his last twelve bouts. Still Rahman took care of business with brutal swiftness. He floored Crawley in the first and then hurt him badly in the second propting thr referee to intervene. This coupled with Hasim's recent win over Al Cole has thrust Rahman back into the ever changing heavyweight landscape. How about Brewster-vs-Rahman ?


Weber Outworks Manfredy

17.04.04 – By Jim Amato - CLEVELAND, OHIO- Craig Weber of Perrysville, Ohio upset the apple cart as he outpointed veteran contender Angel Manfredy. The bout was held at the Gund Arena. This was a huge victory for Weber who may now be looking at a world rating and a lucrative payday. Manfredy may be looking at retirement. Also victorious on the card were comebacking Tony Hanshaw and upcoming prospect Dallas Vargas.


Why Byrd Has To Beat Golota Convincingly

16.04.04 – By Frank Lotierzo - GlovedFist@Juno.com - As this anticipated Championship weekend draws nearer, I'm getting a bad feeling in which I hope I am totally wrong about. It is in regards to the Chris Byrd - Andrew Golota IBF Heavyweight title fight Saturday the 17th. Before I get into that, I must state two things up front as a disclaimer. First of all, I'm not a big Golota fan as I'm sure some have gathered from past articles. I personally don't have time for fighters who have quit in a big spot on multiple occasions while being paid millions, something Golota has made a career out of. The powers that be who Govern us throughout the World can make us do a lot of things, but fighting is not one of them. Nobody has ever forced Andrew Golota to fight!

To draw a comparison, I felt that Vitali Klitschko quit in his fight versus Chris Byrd which led me to question his character. However, he has more than redeemed himself since then. As I said, it only happened once and he has proven that it was not a true indication of his character and heart. On the other hand Golota has had many chances to erase the stench of his misfortunes, but hasn't come close to making amends for them in the least. Every time I see a four round fighter get up time after time for a few hundred dollars, I think of that mutt Golota quitting for millions. On top of that I have always believed his skill, chin, and power were slightly overrated. He couldn't finish an already finished Bowe, Lewis killed him, Tyson took his heart with one right hand, and Grant caused him to fold like a 99 dollar suit in a Hurricane. continue


McCline stops Llewellyn in first round

NEW YORK (April 16, 2004) – In a fight he needed to win to re-establish himself in the heavyweight division, former World Boxing Council (WBC) Continental Americas champion Jeremy “Half-Man, Half-Amazing’’ Williams scored an impressive eighth-round TKO over World Boxing Organization (WBO) No. 9 contender Attila “The Hun’’ Levin Thursday on SHOWTIME. In the “ShoBox: The New Generation’’ co-feature, International Boxing Federation (IBF) and WBO No. 4/WBC No. 9 and World Boxing Association (WBA) No. 15 contender Jameel McCline recorded a first-round TKO over Wayne Llewellyn. The doubleheader at Hammerstein Ballroom was promoted by Cedric Kushner Promotions and aired at 11 p.m. ET/PT. The telecast represented the 41st in the popular “ShoBox” series, which debuted on SHOWTIME in July 2001.

Williams (41-4-1, 36 KOs), of Sherman Oaks, Calif., by way of Fort Dodge, Idaho, and Long Beach, Calif., used his experience and ring savvy to dictate the pace and dominate Levin, who was cut around both eyes and unable to see clearly when the ring physician stopped the fight at 2:48 of the eighth round. Williams, who was cut around the left eye, was ahead by the scores of 69-63 and 68-64 twice after seven completed rounds. continue


Chris Byrd Speaks On This an That

15.04.04 – By Frank Lotierzo - GlovedFist@Juno.com - Earlier this week I spoke with IBF Heavyweight Champ Chris Byrd 37-2 (20) while he was training in Las Vegas. Byrd defends his title this coming Saturday April 17th against former title challenger Andrew Golota 38-4 (31). Chris Byrd is a very under appreciated fighter in today's Heavyweight division. He fights in a unique style that is predicated on timing and defense. He is not a "Catch and Kill" style fighter who goes out looking to end the fight with every punch he throws. Basically, he takes away his opponents strengths, in essence he takes the bullets out of their gun, reducing them sometimes to wild swinging amateurs.

Chris Byrd has one of the best resumes of any fighter in the Heavyweight division, and he has fought the absolute best of the best. He holds a win over the fighter currently perceived to be the one to succeed Lennox Lewis, Vitali Klitschko. He took the best puncher in the division to school and gave him a Boxing lesson, David Tua, and also decisioned Evander Holyfield to win the IBF title. Byrd has lost twice. However, that is not the mortal sin that some make it out to be. His defeats were to the two fighters who most boxing observers/experts anointed as being the future stars of the division in the late 90's, Ike Ibeabuchi and Wladimir Klitschko. continue


The Heavyweights: Proving Bigger Isn’t Always Better

15.04.04 – By Matthew Hurley - A while back when Evander Holyfield was heavyweight champion of the world he made a prescient remark about the influx of oversized fighters who he would eventually have to face. “These guys can’t fight a full three rounds,” he remarked. “They’re too big and tire quickly.” There are always exceptions to the rule and Riddick Bowe looked like one until he burned out. Only Lennox Lewis was able to understand the limitations of his big body and devised a way to use his reach and a fearsome right hand to stave off swarming smaller fighters like Holyfield. Lewis entrusted his care to the studious Emmanuel Steward and though he was often criticized for being too tactical, even boring, he succeeded.

But the Lennox Lewis’s of the heavyweight boxing scene are few and far between. Time and again we’ve seen big men like Michael Grant, Lance Whitaker, Jameel McCline and now Wladimir Klitschko suffer embarrassing defeats that prove that in a boxing ring size doesn’t always matter. Klitschko, arguably the greatest example of this, is a particular cautionary tale for big men who think their size will simply carry them through to fistic success. continue


Why Tyson Is Coming Back to Boxing

15.04.04 – By Derek Tang - If boxing fans didn't know by now, former heavyweight champion "Iron Mike" Tyson is coming back to boxing; in fact, he's started training already this week. Though it's been seemingly difficult for Tyson these days with financial problems, the lack of heart to win a championship belt, and the fear of getting beat to a pulp (like at the hands of retired champ, Lennox Lewis), it's believed that Tyson is making a comeback at a great time in heavyweight boxing.

Let's see why. Lamon Brewster, who surprisingly knocked out the worn-down Wladimir Klitcscko in the 5th round last Saturday, holds the newly crowned the WBO title. Chris Byrd, who is fighting Andrew Golota this Saturday (4/17) and was never considered a true heavyweight because of his soft punches and frequent open-handed slaps, has the IBF heavyweight title. John Ruiz, who has absolutely no boxing skills except of that to hug and clinch, somehow has the WBA title around his waist. Meanwhile, the highly regarded WBC title is vacant. continue


One Jones We Don't Want To Keep Up With

15.04.04 – By Chris Acosta - When HBO announced that George Foreman would be leaving the network, the opinions on the move were split. Many folks, including your truly, were glad to see the big guy go. Sure, George is a great guy and a true inspiration, but how many times did he make comments that sent a wave of head- scratching across America? I will say it once and I will say it again: just because someone is a former boxer does not make them adept at articulating the games nuances to those of us watching at home. That is a fact that goes beyond the scope of boxing. Have you ever tried to write out the steps of how to tie your shoelaces? It's hard but I can do it and that's why I am a writer. So let me do my thing.

Larry Merchant, while often times annoying, is a master of scene setting. He's one of the few broadcasters capable of building drama through personal experience and historical anecdote. Jim Lampley is a walking dictionary, a real articulate who incredibly, never seems to come off as a snob. They mesh well together and whether you like them or not, HBO would seem a lot less classy without them. continue


MOSLEY WANTS REVENGE WRIGHT AWAY!

LA VERNE, CA (April 15, 2004) -- Sugar Shane Mosley announced today that he has made a final decision to invoke his contractual right to an immediate rematch with Winky Wright.

"Shane has authorized me to secure a date for the HBO telecast of the bout," said Mosley's lawyer, Judd Burstein. Burstein stated that he expected the bout to take place in the late Fall of 2004.

"I want to let the public know that I intend to avenge my defeat and show the world the true Sugar Shane Mosley next Fall," said Mosley. "I am tremendously excited about training with Joe Goossen, and have no doubt that the result of the next fight will be completely different."

Goossen concurred in Mosley's course of action: "I completely agree with Shane's decision and his reasons for making that decision." continue


FORMER WBO HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION CORRIE SANDERS MEDIA WORKOUT QUOTES

Corrie Sanders held a media workout in preparation for his upcoming fight against former world champion and current WBC No. 1 contender, Vitali Klitschko, for the vacant WBC heavyweight crown on Saturday, April 24, at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles. In his most recent start, Sanders registered one of 2003’s biggest upsets when he knocked out defending WBO champion Wladimir Klitschko in the second round on March 8 from Hannover, Germany. Sanders, who decked Klitschko four times, has since relinquished the title. continue


KLITSCHKO BROTHERS INTERVIEWED BY DAN RATHER FOR A SEGMENT ON "60 MINUTES II"

RESEDA, Calif. (April 15, 2004) “ Vitali Klitschko, who fights Corrie Sanders for the WBC heavyweight title April 24 at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, and his younger brother, Wladimir, are scheduled to be featured in a segment of "60 Minutes II" next Wednesday, April 21, on CBS-TV. Dan Rather visited the Ukrainian-born brothers in Southern California for a few days a couple of weeks ago and did the interview. Subjects discussed included the brothers' personal background, including the many years they spent living in the former USSR, their initial visit to the United States, their work as spokesmen for the UNESCO project "Education For Children In Need" and, of course, their boxing careers. Rather also played a game of chess with Vitali. continue


Press Conference FIGHTER Quotes

New York, NY – April 14 2004 – The fighters have rolled into New York City for Saturday’s pay-per-view championship bonanza. At today’s press conference, held at the Theater lobby of the Garden the participants were joined by the new WBO Heavyweight Champion Lamon Brewster and former undisputed heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield. From the comments made to those in attendance everybody seems to be a more that ready as the tension mount for April 17th live from this legendary arena. continue


Staying In Touch With Matthew Saad Muhammad

15.04.04 – By Shawn Darling: - What's the latest, champ? Muhammed: I'm just living my life. I worked at Gleason's Fantasy Boxing Camp last fall, which was great. I also did some modeling recently for Ringside. Of course I'm looking forward to Canastota this June for the Hall of Fame weekend. I like to stay close to the sport. I'm looking into refereeing professionally. continue


EVERY TIME I TALK TO LISTON - A book review

15.04.04 – Reflections on the life of boxing idol Sonny Liston help Amos form the backbone of his training strategy, and inspire a daring gambit to reclaim his reputation. Guided by Liston’s defiant spirit, Amos and TNT begin their thrilling ascent to the title fight that every boxer dreams about: the heavyweight championship of the world. EVERY TIME I TALK TO LISTON is a compelling and infectiously entertaining novel, with all the dramatic highs and lows of the Rocky movies. Boxer and sportswriter DeVido captures the world of boxing with indisputable authenticity. EVERYTIME I TALK TO LISTON is both a thrilling, suspenseful novel, and a personal, inside look at the hearts and souls of these modern warriors. continue


THOMPSON BOXING PROMOTIONS PATH GLORY TO FEATURE EXPLOSIVE TALENT ON APRIL 26TH

Orange Ca, April 15, 2004 - The fighters to be featured at the next Thompson Boxing Promotion's "Path to Glory" show have reported themselves ready for battle. A press conference to formally announce the card will take place for Thursday, April 22, at 11 am at the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, which is located on 222 N. Vineyard Ave. It will be Thompson's third show at this venue in 2004, which has successfully sold out in all past occasions thanks to the high-octane boxing action featured in the ring. continue


Like Mike

15.04.04 – By Luke Dodemaide - At twenty two Mike Tyson had the world at his feet, he was the youngest world heavyweight champion in history, he was destructing challengers in such a way that he became the biggest thing in boxing since the ‘Greatest’ himself, Muhammad Ali, and he was making millions doing it. continue


Jesper Kristiansen Makes Comeback After One Year Out!

15.04.04 – Denmark’s former European cruiserweight title-challenger; Jesper Kristiansen (24-4-1, 8 KOs), will have his first fight in almost a year, when he steps through the ropes on April 24 in Katowice, Poland. The Dane was originally scheduled to fight for the EU title against Rüdiger May of Germany on April 17, but when May was offered a crack at European champion Vincenzo Cantatore on June 5, he chose to not risk anything against Kristiansen. Risum Boxing (Henrik Risum) and Fight Production (Olaf Schröder) who recently signed Kristiansen, have now secured this 6-round comeback/tune-up fight instead. continue


“Pros On Pros” live at The Place

SANDWICH, Mass (April 15, 2004) -- The stars will be out Tuesday night, April 20 for “Pros On Pros” radio broadcast, 7-9 p.m. on WWZN 1510 The Zone, live from The Place in downtown Boston. “Pros On Pros,” hosted by former New England Patriots players Tim Fox and Peter Brock, is a unique sports radio show featuring only past or present professional athletes – no media members. “Pros On Pros,” owned and produced by Tuohy Sports & Entertainment (TSE), airs every Tuesday night on WWZN from a wide variety of remote venues. continue


The Triple Crown!

April 15, 2004 (Chicago, IL)- Hitz Boxing presents The Triple Crown from Rosemont (Wednesday April 28th),Elgin (Friday April 30th), and Rockford (Friday May 7th), Illinois- three nights of action packed prize fighting over 10 days. Chicagoland’s most active promoter, Hitz Boxing is first to bring world class boxing to the highly populated northwest area of Illinois with events in the cities of Elgin and Rockford. In addition, Hitz Boxing debuts their new “Boxeo Chicago” series in Elgin with Mexican stars and brothers Goyo and Adan Vargas headling. Closer to home, the final leg of The Triple Crown includes another standing room only installment of Budweiser Championship Boxing from the grand ballroom of Rosemont’s Ramada Hotel O’Hare. continue


Rafael Ortiz Arrives in Chicago Ready for Battle with Gonzales

15.04.04 – Junior welterweight Rafael Ortiz arrived in Chicago on Wednesday for his battle with Al "Speedy" Gonzales this Friday night, April 16th at the DePaul Athletic Center. The scheduled eight rounder headlines Dominic Pesoli's 8 Count Productions' "Chicago's Thunder" an all action packed card brought to you by Chicago's premier boxing promoter. Tickets, starting at $25 can be purchased in advance by calling 312-226-5800. continue


Rocky Martinez Heads to NYC for a Clown Kicking

15.04.04 – Junior welterweight Rocky Martinez heads to New York City next week as he takes on undefeated prospect Paul Malignaggi at the Grand Ballroom in the Manhattan Center on Thursday, April 22nd. The scheduled ten rounder headlines a huge "Broadway Boxing" show promoted by DiBella Entertainment. continue


Ruiz vs Oquendo: A Real Wrestle For A Title

14.04.04 – Janne Romppainen - Even though the heavyweight division has given us little to celebrate lately, one must say that the ongoing two-week period is great in terms of entertainment measured on any scale. We have a world title fight for everyone of the four major belts and at least some of the fights must be considered exciting, which can not be said about many of the bouts we have seen lately among the big boys. Last weekend there was a fight for the ‘fourth’ belt, the WBO, between Wladimir Klitschko and Lamon Brewster. Whether Klitschko’s career is over or not remains to be seen, but Brewster’s victory certainly did mix things up interestingly and brought some fresh air to the division. After one and a half weeks Vitaly Klitschko and Corrie Sanders will collide, and the one who will remain on his feet will be the WBC heavyweight champion and according to most viewers also the most legitimate titlist of the division. continue


The Demise of “Sugar” Shane Mosley

14.04.04 – By Lee Hayes - Shane Mosley had a phenomenal amateur boxing career, one of the most successful in American boxing history. He had the pedigree for greatness. He even appeared to deserve the almost impossible, nearly blasphemous, moniker of “Sugar”. His hands were a blur of speed. He worked the body with consistency. He obliterated his opposition in the spectacular fashion that a true champion is supposed to, with a contemptuousness that defies what all the rest of us regular mortals consider possible. He was near perfect and he managed to surpass a prime Felix Trinidad, Oscar De la Hoya, Roy Jones Jr. and Evander Holyfield on most experts top pound for pound lists.

How so many things have changed in a short period of time. How the mighty have fallen. Make no mistake, Mosley is valiant, and this writer has been a career fan of “Sugar” Shane. But it is no oversight that he is no longer referred to as “Sugar”. It is now just “Shane Mosley”. Perhaps it is better left that way, until he is able to climb back to the top of the boxing elite. Twice now Shane has found himself at the pinnacle of boxing elite, having defeated its favorite son, Oscar De la Hoya. Twice Mosely has blown the opportunity it represented to transcend the sport he has dedicated his life to. continue


The Heavyweight Division After Lewis

14.04.04 –By Luke Dodemaide - Eighteen Months ago, Wladimir Klitschko was the hottest heavyweight prospect in the world, now he is a lonely man contemplating retirement after a third shock knockout defeat, this time to the hands of LA native, Lamon Brewster.

Wladimir Klitschko is 6’ 7 feet of muscle, so stunning that he is probably comparable with the mythical Greek gods that commanded the earth thousands of years ago. And according to the script, Wladimir was the man who was going to command the Heavyweight division into the post Lennox Lewis era. continue


RICO HOYE vs. DANNY BATCHELDER: NABF LIGHT-HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP

SAULT STE. MARIE, MI (April 14, 2004) “ It will be a war between world-rated contenders when undefeated WBC Continental Americas / NABF / NABO / IBA Continental light-heavyweight champion RICO "SUAVE" HOYE returns fresh from his biggest professional victory in another title defense against WBA Latin American light-heavyweight champion DANNY "DANNY BOY" BATCHELDER rumble in the Main Event of the May 20 edition of SHOBox: The New Generation, which will be televised nationally on SHOWTIME, beginning at 11 P.M. EDT (Live) / 11 P.M. PDT (Tape Delay). The championship card, promoted by Gary Shaw Productions, LLC and Fight Night, Inc., will emanate from the Kewadin Casino in Sault Ste. Marie, MI. continue


Witter looks to the world

14.04.04 – Bradford’s Junior Witter is hoping to launch an assault on the world’s best once he has won the ‘Overdue’ title shot handed to him by Hennessy Sports this Friday.The 30-year-old takes on Italy’s Salvatore Battaglia for the vacant European light welterweight title at the Town and Country Club (formerly Penningtons) in his first ever fight in his hometown, to be covered by the BBC. continue


Evans Ashira: Maselino Masoe Will Go Down!

14.04.04 – WBA # 5 middleweight contender Evans “The African Warrior” Ashira (23-0, 13 KOs) is counting the days to his up-coming bout for the vacant WBA world middleweight title on May 1 at the Miami Arena in Miami, Florida, against Samoan puncher Maselino Masoe (25-2, 24 KOs). continue


FORMER WBO HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION CORRIE SANDERS NATIONAL CONFERENCE CALL TRANSCRIPT

13.04.04 – Sanders held a conference call to discuss his upcoming fight against former world champion and current WBC No. 1 contender, Vitali Klitschko, for the vacant WBC heavyweight crown on Saturday, April 24, at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles.

In his most recent start, Sanders registered one of 2003’s biggest upsets when he knocked out defending WBO champion Wladimir Klitschko in the second round on March 8 from Hannover, Germany. Sanders, who decked Klitschko four times, has since relinquished the title. For only the second time in 45 years, Los Angeles will host a world heavyweight championship fight when Vitali Klitschko and Sanders square off. continue


The Aftermath: Where do Lamon Brewster and Wladimir Klitschko go from here?

13.04.04 –By Paul Ruby - thepaulruby@hotmail.com - It is only fair to begin this article by reminding the reader that I picked Wladimir Klitschko to defeat Lamon Brewster by 3rd round knockout. Boy, was I wrong! Apparently I missed the weaknesses in Wladimir Klitsckho’s game that resulted in the heavy late betting for a Brewster win and pushed the odds from 8-1 all the way to 4-1 in a matter of hours, or perhaps I was too blinded by his perceived physical gifts and his opponent’s long lay-off.

This fight reminded me of exactly why I love the unpredictability of the heavyweight division. Still, there were a number of troubling aspects of Wladimir’s performance on Saturday night that we should discuss now that we have had some time to reflect upon them. Few foresaw Wladimir running out of steam so quickly and this shows one of the potential drawbacks to his physical size. Before the fight, his new co-trainer, Manny Steward, commented on Wladimir’s fluid movement for a man of his size. While his brother Vitali moves in a more classically European pattern, Wladimir utilizes lateral movement a tremendous amount for someone his size. While circling allowed Klitschko to land his shots Saturday, it also took its toll on him physically. Wladimir also started employing a clinching-style of tying up his opponent during his last few fights, but especially in this one. This was obviously taught to Wladimir to help him muffle an onslaught like the one he endured at the hands of Corrie Sanders a year ago. Unfortunately for Wladimir, he did not appear to fully grasp the appropriate times to employ this tactic and it seemed to tire him out more than it did Brewster. continue


Yesterday and Tomorrow: A Conversation with Lisa Holewyne

12.04.04 – By Bernie McCoy - One of the great things about sports is that's its a part of life where "you can do something about yesterday, tomorrow". This is especially true of boxing, the most redemptive of sports; boxing can change from bout to bout, round to round, punch to punch....a fighter is deemed to always have a "puncher's chance". The fact is, in boxing, you just have to keep punching. continue


SHARMBA MITCHELL REQUESTS MISSING PERSONS REPORT ON RICKY HATTON!!!

WASHINGTON, D.C. (April 13, 2004) -- IBF interim jr. welterweight champion SHARMBA MITCHELL has asked his promoter Gary Shaw to file a missing persons report on undefeated British jr. welterweight contender RICKY HATTON. Hatton and his promoter Frank Warren were scheduled to sign off on a formal contract last week for a June 5 title clash against Mitchell on terms that had already been agreed upon in Manchester, England. The fight was scheduled to take place at the MEN Arena in Manchester, and televised nationally on SHOWTIME. continue


Klitschko vs Sanders II: Another Payback

12.04.04 – By V. Featherstone - thirdman_boxing@yahoo.com - Having an older brother can be a valuable asset. If you have a fight with the neighborhood bully and he beats you, you can always get your big brother. In the case of Wladimir and Vitali Klitschko, it is all too familiar.

When Vitali Klitschko takes on South Africa's Corrie Sanders, he will be repaying an old debt while also getting revenge for his brother as well. You see, Vitali Klitschko lost a disappointing fight with current IBF Heavyweight Chris Byrd back in April of 2000 in a fight that he was winning on all cards. A shoulder injury forced him to retire and thus place an image on him (Vitali) as a "quitter". Wlad took on Byrd and won a lop-sided 12 round decision. How the tables turn so quickly! Wlad, in line for a title shot with then WBC champion Lennox Lewis, took on Corrie Sanders in march of 2003 in a fight that was labeled as a tuneup. Possibly over-confident and looking past his opponent, Vladimir (40-3) went down twice in the last minute of the first round, reeling around the ring as he tried to avoid Sanders' (39-2, 29 knockouts) blows, and then was dropped twice in the second. Sanders became the lightly regarded WBO Heavyweight title; a title that he relinquished later in the year. thus wiping out Wlad's title opportunity against Lewis. continue


"PUNCHIN" PAT NWAMU ADDED TO DIBELLA ENTERTAINMENT'S BROADWAY BOXING CARD

April 12, 2004- "Punchin" Pat Nwamu (7-1, 3 KOs) has been added to the April 22 Broadway Boxing Presented by Mohegan Sun card, it was announced today by DBE President Lou DiBella. Nwamu will face unbeaten Alex Mejias (7-0, 2 KOs) in a four-round heavyweight bout. The 31-year old southpaw has scored six straight wins in impressive fashion after losing a decision three years ago. He last beat David Chappell (4-2) in September at the famed Blue Horizon in Philadelphia. "It's great to be on the debut of Broadway Boxing," says Nwamu. "The time is right for some real boxing action in New York." continue


Will the next heavyweight hope please stand up?

12.04.04 – By Daniel Bagley - Wladimir Klitschko is done. I don’t want to hear excuses, thesis, psychobabble or anything else. He can’t compete at or near the top. Sorry, you’re a fine specimen of an athlete just not a top heavyweight. So now we turn our attention to the next big heavyweight showdown, Byrd vs Golota. Again, the alphabet involved isn’t important but the fight is. I know there’s been a lot of talk of how Andrew isn’t deserving of a title shot but this isn’t what this is. This is a twelve round heavyweight contest sanctioned by the IBF and an intriguing one at that. I think Golota’s achievements prior to his lay off more than qualify him for a shot at Chris Byrd.

Love him or hate him Chris Byrd is a fine boxer on his day. He’s handled some “big” men in his time and was unfortunate not to get a chance to go in with Lennox although I believe he would have lost. Chris is desperate to prove himself against the best and despite a fairly poor performance in his last fight he is still one of the front-runners in the division. When it comes to making big heavyweight fights I’m afraid there has to be an attraction otherwise people switch off. Which is why a Byrd Ruiz fight is a non-starter. Who wants to see that? continue


April 12th: Shared By Two Boxing Immortals

12.04.04 – By Frank Lotierzo - GlovedFist@Juno.com - They are two of the biggest and most important names in Boxing history, that is something that even the most casual Boxing observer couldn't deny. Along with that they are two of the greatest fighters who have yet lived in any weight class. They are loved and respected by all of those who have come after them. One of them in my opinion is the most faultless and fundamentally perfect fighter of all time. The other one in my opinion is the greatest fighter who has ever had a Boxing glove laced over his fist. And lastly, you cannot consider yourself any type of legitimate Boxing fan/historian if you don't know about them and their story. I'm talking about none other than Joseph Louis Barrow born 5/13/14 better known as Joe Louis "The Brown Bomber", and Walker Smith Jr. born 5/3/21 better known as "Sugar" Ray Robinson, the original Sugar Ray!

Joe Louis and Sugar Ray Robinson are two of the three most significant fighters who have ever Graced the Sport of Boxing. The other of course is Muhammad Ali. It's also no coincidence that Louis is the fighter Ali is most measured against, and Robinson is the fighter who Ali most emulated himself after. continue


Brave Brodie loses out to Chi!

11.04.04 – By Gavin Macleod at Ringside - WBC featerweight title goes to Seoul. Korea’s In-Jin Chi became the new WBC featherweight champion yesterday (April 10th) as he defeated Manchester’s Michael Brodie in an eagerly awaited rematch of their UK Fight of the year from October 2003. The fight, which was again staged at Brodie’s hometown Manchester Evening News Arena, was another fantastic match-up, but the outcome was to be very different to the horrendous draw that marred the first battle between the pair.

The Arena had been opened out more due to the increase in ticket sales this time around and another change was the hundred or so Korean fans in attendance making a very vocal show of support for their fighter. A fighter who last time seemed cool and clam before the fight but this time was absolutely brimming with confidence. A fact that was shown when, during an undercard bout, Chi went into the stands to meet his fans who were shocked to see a lone spectator stand up and reveal himself as the man from Seoul. He chatted for a few minutes and gave his hat to one lucky fan before departing to get ready for his fight. continue


DaVarryl Williamson squares off against Elicier Castillo for the N.A.B.F. Heavyweight Title

11.04.04 – Tampa, F.L. - In what promises to be an explosive night of boxing, DaVarryl ‘Touch of Sleep’ Williamson (19-2, 17) returns to the ring on Saturday, April 17 and will square off against Elicier Castillo (26-3-2, 14) in a twelve-round bout at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Tampa, Florida. At stake is the North American Boxing Federation (N.A.B.F.) heavyweight title.

Originally scheduled to face one another in October 2002, Williamson was forced to withdraw from the fight to handle a family illness. The two fighters were again scheduled to face one another on Jan. 17, 2004, but Castillo was forced from the bout with an ankle injury. Hopefully the third time will be the charm and fans should be treated to an explosive bout as this can be viewed as a crossroads bout for both fighters. Williamson appeared on the Jan. 17 card and stopped the rugged Kendrick Releford (8-4-1) in the ninth round. Castillo has been on a roll lately, a winner in nine of his last ten outings, including successive wins over Lawrence Clay-Bey and Corey ‘T-Rex’ Sanders. continue


Silence isn’t Golden

11.04.04 – It has been a week since we publicly declared Lovemore Ndou available to Ricky Hatton challenging him to prove he is the Hitman after all. Unfortunately as we suspected there has been no phone call, nor has there been a response. This can only mean one thing; the “S” is most definitely needed in hitman.(and no its not hitman’s) continue


SAM "KING" SOLIMAN DECLARES HIMSELF AVAILABLE

11.04.04 – IBF No.4 middleweight Sam “King” Soliman today issued this challenge via his manager Stuart Duncan and promoter Dan Goossen. “With Robert Allen now fighting Bernard Hopkins on June 5, the No.1 position will open up, and if Ray Joval or Jermain Taylor can’t come to terms – I am quite happy to take on both of you ‘literally,’” said Sam Soliman. “Sort it out yourselves, either one of you first, and then we’re quite happy to fight the other to maintain our No.1 position. Anytime Anywhere! A pretty simple message, were prepared to take this route if this is what it takes to prove our worth to fight Bernard Hopkins.” continue


Following The Signs

11.04.04 – By Chris Acosta - It's easy to just assume that an athlete's mind and body work as one harmonious unit. In truth though, there are fluctuations in each aspect and thus they rarely coincide perfectly. We saw that last night in Wladimir Klitschko's shocking loss to Lamon Brewster.

Wladimir, as always, appeared to be in great shape. He had arguably the sports best trainer in Emanuel Steward working his corner. He had supposedly learned from the knockout to Corrie Sanders. He spoke of a renewed determination to simultaneously hold a championship with his brother. Unfortunately, there were other details of his return to the big time that took away as much of the shine as my "perfect" ex-girlfriend confessing that she had slept with half the town: Wladimir wasn't looking himself in sparring. He looked even more cautious in his two comeback fights. His own trainer, Fritz Sudunek was quoted by reporters as saying that Wladimir should retire if he lost. Boy Fritz, if this trainer thing doesn't work out, you should definitely check into motivational speaking. continue


Sharkie’s Machine: “Deserves Got Nothing To Do With It”

11.04.04 – By Frank Gonzalez Jr. Saturday night, Cory Spinks defended his IBF, WBC and WBA Welterweight Titles. His challenger, Zab Judah, the colorful character from the 140-pound division was making his debut at 147-pounds.

The hardcore boxing fan has to wonder how Spinks gets matched with Judah instead of a more deserving contender working hard to get a shot at the title. But, that’s boxing.

Judah vs. Spinks turned out to be a better fight than expected, with Spinks, hot off his win over Ricardo Mayorga and Judah, the always dangerous puncher. Both southpaws, both primarily boxers and amazingly, both seemingly respectful of each other. A rarity these days. continue


Brewster Over Klitschko By 5th Round "Pass-out"?

11.04.04 – By Aidan Monaghan - I'm no doctor. But Dr Wladimir Klitschko was not KO'd by Lamon Brewster either, he passed out on him ... seemingly fell asleep. With all due respect to Lamon Brewster, he barely laid a glove on Klitschko during the entire bout, save for a strong left jab to the head and a decent body blow early on. Something is just not right physically with Dr. Klitschko. Even a good 30 seconds before Klitschko began to hopelessly stagger about the ring and before Lamon Brewster initiated his final finishing flurries, Klitschko's mouth can be seen hanging open and he even seemed to have trouble keeping his eyes open. He was going to sleep.

Yes, Wladimir has had a history of apparent conditioning problems, but none like on Saturday night. And when contrasted with his brisk pace in a KO win over Ray Mercer over 6 rounds 2 years ago, one has to wonder "What suddenly went so wrong and why?" Does the good Doctor have some very serious underlying health condition? (He wasn't even gasping for breath just prior to the KO, he was just seemingly going to sleep on his feet) A fragile ticker unable to sustain his huge mesomorphic physique? Or was the seeming stamina problem due to the energy that was expended through the much higher rate of foot movement evident early on, a product of the new training regimen of Emanuel Steward? continue


Vladimir Klitschko stopped by Lamon Brewster!

10.04.04 – By Izyaslav “Slava” Koza - Novirasputin@hotmail.com - Well, in my previous article, I mentioned something along the lines of a “Rocky-like upset,” whilst doing a write up for this match, and that is exactly what I saw tonight on HBO. To be honest, I gave Brewster no chance, and I had never even seen him fight. My thinking was clear, if this guy lost to Shufford, who Vlad beat BAD, what can Lamon bring to the table? In a word, the guy brought something most fighters today seem to lack, and something I did not consider, and that is Heart.

First, lets give credit where credit is due. Lamon Brewster promised a victory at whatever the cost, and like UPS, he delivered. Sure, a lot of fighters like to say this to fire themselves and the crowd up, but how many times has it actually happened? I would bet not very many. continue


Brewster KO's Wladimir Klitschko

10.04.04 – By Frank Lotierzo - GlovedFist@Juno.com - Well it's official, Wladimir Klitschko has a glass jaw. The jury has spoke. It's a shame because Wladimir has all the offensive skills in the world. The problem is that he has no stamina and chin to back them up. I guess the Corrie Sanders fight was no fluke after all.

After having his way with Lamon Brewster who let's be honest didn't show much else other than a good chin, was devastated in the end by him. Brewster who was not ranked in anybodies top ten took a terrible beating before catching Wladimir with some powerful hooks and right hands stopping him at the end of the fifth round.

You could almost sense Brewster was willing to take Wladimir's best knowing inside that he could turn the fight with one punch, which he basically did. This stunning upset is most likely the end of Wladimir Klitschko, and ruins the hopes that he and his brother Vitali had of being co-Heavyweight Champions. The burden of proof was on Wladimir to prove that he was durable enough to become a force in the Heavyweight division. We now know the answer. After seeing Wladimir tonight, there can be no doubt in anyone's mind that he doesn't have it.


Vladimir Klitschko: Why all the hype?

10.04.04 – By Lee Hayes - Tonight, heavyweight hopeful, Wladimir Klitschko faces off against journeyman heavyweight Lamon Brewster. It is not a test of Wladimir's ascension to the throne, or an indicator of his greatness. It is merely a test of the durability of his chin and a gage of just how much psychological damage his brutal knock out loss at the hands of South African, semi-retired heavyweight, Corrie Sanders has had on Wlad. If Wlad looks impressive in a walk-over, it may not even give us the answers. Truly, what we, the boxing fans and public, need to see is how Wladimir reacts after being hit on the chin repetitively by a top heavyweight's best punches. We also need to see if Wlad can recover from a knockdown, as he was unable to in the Sanders bought.

A lot of articles have been written about the brothers and their dual heir apparent status in the heavyweight division. The die hard fans of the brothers will tell you that the people that now make derogatory comments are simply guilty of hopping the bandwagon. To some extent, they have a point. Outside of Emanuel Stewart, who now trains both brothers, the entire HBO broadcasting staff that once built up Wladimir now treat him with disdain and act as though their "told ya so" attitude was something obvious all along, ignoring the gloating accolades they once bestowed on Wlad, the younger of the brothers. But this writer has a different take. Many of these Klitschko fans are just as guilty of the same bandwagon jumping. It's easy to forget that not so long ago, Vitali was considered the much weaker of the two and because they too were shocked by the Sanders loss, and are unable to defend the obvious criticism of the knockout, they've decided to take the "okay, yeah, Wlad leaves some questions, but look at Vitali" attitude. They now act as though Vitali was the favorite from the get go. This is false. The new found support of Vitali is based on his fight with Lennox Lewis. A fight that he lost. Vitali is riding high on the fact that he beat Lennox four out of six rounds before his unreliable skin tissue gave in. Lennox did not look good in this fight, and an argument can be made that Vitali would have won, but it takes more than four rounds to win a heavyweight belt and Lennox began tagging the large Klitschko with huge uppercuts that slowed down his vigorous early showing. continue


THE BROTHERS KLITSCHKO: NEWS, NOTES & ANECDOTES

10.04.04 – CLOSING IN ON HISTORY: In a span of two weeks, Vitali and Wladimir Klitschko can realize a lifelong dream. If they win their next fights, Wladimir on April 10, Vitali 14 days later, they will become the first brothers to simultaneously hold a world heavyweight title. Wladimir fights Lamon Brewster (29-2, 26 KOs) for the World Boxing Organization (WBO) belt at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. Brewster, of Los Angeles, by way of Indianapolis, is ranked No. 2 by the WBO, one notch lower than Wladimir. The current North American Boxing Organization (NABO) titleholder, Brewster has won straight fights, all by knockout.

Vitali, the World Boxing Council (WBC) No. 1 contender, opposes No. 2 Corrie Sanders (39-2, 29 KOs) for the WBC crown April 24 at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles. Sanders, of Transvaal, South Africa, will attempt to become the first boxer to defeat both Klitschko brothers. The southpaw knocked out Wladimir, then-defending WBO champion, in the second round on March 8, 2003, in Germany. Sanders, who has since relinquished the title, has won three in a row and 16 out of his 17. Both bouts will be shown on HBO. continue


Dark Wood of Shadows

10.04.04 – By Vincent van der Steen - The Heavyweight division has long been the subject of scrutiny and ridicule amongst boxing purists and media. According to many, boxing’s premier division has lost a lot of its lustre and a lot of its mystique. More than in any other sport, the long arm of the past casts a deep and darkening shadow over the fighters of the modern era. Poor accessibility, inactivity and a spawn of sanctioning bodies have only added to that feeling of cynicism and nostalgia. continue


Klitschko vs Brewster: Who else is out there?

10.04.04 - By Izyaslav “Slava” Koza - Novirasputin@hotmail.com - Ever since this fight was first made, it seems the agenda of the boxing community is to make Lamon Brewster feel lower then dirt. Quotes like “Brewster is a bum” and “I told you, Klitschko is worthless” have become all too routine in boxing chat rooms.
In my opinion, sure Brewster isn’t the best opponent out there, but what exactly is wrong with him?

He is unquestionably below Vlad’s level, in that he lost to an opponent Vlad blew out (Shufford), but with the amount of skill the younger brother has shown in handling IBF champion Chris Byrd, and never before stopped or dropped Ray Mercer, who really is? I remember a time when people were getting on Roy Jones’s case for not fighting the best in the division, and then as soon as you asked them who they wanted him to fight, an eerie silence entered the room. Michelzewski? Wasn’t he the guy battered by a Julio Gonzalez, who had previously been a victim of Jones? continue


Crunch Time For Wladimir Klitschko

10.04.04 - By Daniel Baguley - Tonight is an important night for Wladimir Klitschko. Just over a year ago he was being billed as “heir apparent” to Lennox Lewis’ throne. His plans were completely derailed when he was utterly annihilated in two rounds by the hard hitting but semi retired Corrie Sanders. Well we all know what that did for Corrie’s career. He will now face Wlad’s big brother for a chance to become the world’s leading heavyweight, but what about Wladimir? His credibility took a serious knock to say the least but the man still, undeniably, has talent even if that does say more about the current state of the heavyweight division.

His opponents since the Sanders KO, Fabio Moli and Danell Nicholson, have served little more than confidence builders and give little indication as to whether Klitschko can compete at the very top. Tonight’s fight against Lamon Brewster should give us more of an indication, as he is another ambitious contender, with a good KO percentage, who will come to win. Forget the fact its being billed for some alphabet. This is a crossroads fight between two heavyweight contenders with the winner having a chance to make a name for himself. continue


Meet the Klitschko brothers: The saviors of Boxing

09.04.04 - By Derek Tang - “Klitschko” is increasingly becoming a household name in heavyweight boxing—being chanted all the way to the far reaches of the fan-packed arena during one of their boxing matches. The Klitschko brothers are both well-mannered, educated (both have PhDs), and of course, are the rising superheavyweight giants of our time. The next three weeks will determine the fate of each of the two brothers’ legacies and places in heavyweight contention.

The younger of the two brothers, Wladimir, is up first this weekend. Wladimir “Steelhammer” Klitschko, at 28 years old and standing at 6’ 5”, hails from Ukraine with a very unorthodox European boxing style. His record of 42-2 is outstanding, considering his defeats over Jameel McCline, Ray Mercer, Francois Botha, Chris Byrd, Monte Barrett, and several other heavyweight gatekeepers. The only two mars on his record are to Ross Purity, a 3rd tier boxer at best, and Corrie Sanders, a respectable South African heavyweight that will be fighting Vitali Klitschko next weekend and had shockingly knocked down Wladimir four times in two rounds. Wladimir is definitely the more gifted of the brothers, with a quicker, heavier hand combined with an overwhelming jab. He faces Lamon Brewster (29-2) this Saturday, April 10th. continue


Interview with Evans Ashira Oure

09.04.04 - By Ike Enwereuzor - www.Jacboxing.com - Undefeated WBA International Middleweight champion Evans Ashira Oure, now (23-0, 13KO's), is in Florida preparing for his next fight against New Zealand's KO artist Maselino Masoe (25-2, 24KO's). The bout is set for May 1, 2004, at Miami Arena, Florida, and will be for the vacant WBA 160 pounds belt. The event will be televised live on Showtime network.

This is the opportunity WBA International has been seeking for. It will be Evan’s first fight of the year. In his last outing, he fought against German based Nigerian, Jerry Elliott, who Evans stopped in round 9 to retain his WBA International title. He took of some time off from his busy schedule to answer these questions. This is what the WBA International champ had to say: continue


April's Identity Crisis

09.04.04 - By Frank Lotierzo - GlovedFist@Juno.com - During the month of April 2004 there will be three Heavyweight title fights, excluding the not to be taken seriously WBO title tiff between Wladimir Klitschko and Lamon Brewster. On April 17th IBF Champ Chris Byrd defends his title against the recently resurrected Andrew Golota, and WBA Champ John Ruiz defends his title against Fres Oquendo. It just so happens that Don King is the promoter of all four fighters participating in both title fights on the 17th. The following week top ranked Vitali Klitschko fights former WBO Champ Corrie Sanders for the WBC title that was vacated by Lennox Lewis when he retired this past February.

As George Foreman was recently quoted as saying "they can fill a big void but none of them can hold the sport up, none of them will be a famous Heavyweight Champion." Unfortunately Foreman may be right. Not only does this current Heavyweight division lack depth, it also has no identity. It seems with the retirement of Lennox Lewis, the division is in dire need for some fighter to take it over and make it respectable again. continue


Brodie Must Play Lazarus to Beat Korean Slugger

09.04.04 - By Andrew Mullinder - If the ultimate allure of boxing is that it produces a purity of competition and athletic expressiveness which is as basic as primal nature but irresistibly thrilling and unrivalled by any other sport, what Michael Brodie and In Jin Chi produced for us last October during their epic battle, was a sizzling reminder of what a wonderful sport the Hardest Game can be. For the 48 minutes their incandescent battle raged, the two indomitable combatants managed produce a performance to light up the dark world modern day boxing, where so called contenders like Ricky Hatton, well past their 30th fight, are still fighting blown up lightweight journeymen and world titles are devalued by the lecherous alphabet sanctioning bodies who affix their names to belts. Whatever ‘Ring Magazine’ says about Gatti-Ward III, Michael Brodie versus Injin Chi was the best fight of 2003.

While Brodie would be called the ‘boxer’ of the pair, he fights most effectively moving forward. With his tight, short punches he works best from the medium distance, using solid footwork and a good jab to move into range before attacking with pinpoint combinations and moving out again. He is capable of excellent lateral movement. Brodie’s one weakness may be defence, which, when coupled with the nagging suspicion that he left his optimum weight and some of his punch resistance behind him in the 122 pound division, means that no matter how in control of a fight Brodie is, his fans can never feel 100% confident when he boxes. Chi, on the other hand, is a real throw back. Way back to the days of Harry Greb and Homicide Hank. Chi moves inexorably forward, wind milling looping but heavy punches incessantly and using his immense strength to push his opponents backwards under a torrent of blows. Chi’s main defence is the whirlwind of punches he lets loose and his ghoulish ability to absorb head shots. continue


Judah hopes to get second chance at Tszyu

09.04.04 - By Marc Abrams - On Saturday April 10, two fights will be held at the Mandalay Bay Resort in Las Vegas. These fight couldn't be any further of a style match up as possible. The undisputed welterweight fight between the reigning and defending champ Cory Spinks and Zan Judah, looks to be a battle of a couple of slick lefty boxers. Where in the heavyweight fight between Wladimir Klitschko and Lamon Brewster, it looks to be a fight where all caution to wind should be thrown out.

Spinks, 26 years old from St.Louis, brings an outstanding record of 32-2(10), and is coming off a big upset win last December, when he won a majority decision over the incumbent champ Ricado Mayorga. In that fight, Spinks used his safety first, lightning fast defensive skills to frustrate Mayorga to the point where the hard punching Nicaraguan had two points deducted during the fight for holding and hitting after the bell. Spinks had previously won the IBF belt by winning a decision over Itallian Michele Piccirillo in March, 2003. That fight was a rematch and redemption fight of a bout that took place almost a year prior where Spinks dropped a very controversial decision against the very same Piccirillo. Ironically, his only other loss was another controversial decison that came in 1998 to Antonio Diaz. Spinks, the son of former heavyweight king and Olympic hero, Leon Spinks will be making his 1st defense of the undisputed crown and the 2nd defense of the IBF belt. He is on a 3 fight win streak and is 2-1 (0) in world title fights. continue


KATSIDIS STOPS SORKITTI

09.04.04 - By Tony Nobbs - In front of a packed hometown crowd at the Cathedral Centre in Toowoomba, Queensland on Thursday night Michael ‘Rocky’ Katsidis added the WBO Asia Pacific lightweight title to the two Australian crowns he had already captured by forcing Thailand’s Kongthawat Sorkitti to retire after nine torrid rounds. Sydney Olympian Katsidis (10-0, 8 KO) showed a marked improvement from previous fights and never gave the plucky visitor any let up much to the delight of his parochial fans. While 32 year old Sorkitti’s best days are long gone, Katsidis obviously went in with a plan to box his rival and try some new moves he’d picked up since beating Fred Kinuthia to claim the national 140 lb belt in February, rather than slug it out which has become the norm in past outings. continue


CMXCHANGE Buys $5 Mil Worth Of Tix For Charity

LAS VEGAS (April 8, 2004) “ CMXCHANGE, a full-service trading company that also serves the youth and community, has purchased more than $2 million worth of tickets for Saturday's Don King Productions-promoted fight card at Mandalay Bay. The Brown Brothers, Tycoon Tony, the CEO of CMXCHANGE, and Eric, who is President and co-CEO of CMX Sports And Entertainment, donated the tickets to several non-profit youth and community organizations in the Las Vegas area. continue


Starting to Answer the Questions We’ve All Been Asking - Heavyweight Fights in April

08.04.04 - By Paul Ruby - Over the course of the next three weeks, Corrie Sanders, Chris Byrd, both Klitschko brothers, John Ruiz, and many of the heavyweight division’s upper echelon of fighters will all enter the ring. No single month in recent memory has begun with as much potential for finding answers to questions about the division’s future as April, 2004. The pessimistic view is that the division is in a shambles and this is a historically feeble era. While I cannot argue against those claims, I’ll try to accentuate the positives about the coming weeks. I can list countless reasons that these scheduled fights are intriguing in their own ways. I’ll pose the questions I’m anxious to see answered and then briefly address each of the fights: ? 

1. Is Vitali Klitschko truly the next dominant force in the heavyweight division?
2. Is the Corrie Sanders who demolished Wladimir Klitschko going to show against Vitali?
3. How will Andrew Golota react mentally and physically to an opponent whose bread-and-butter is frustrating his opponents into submission?
4. Is Fres Oquendo as talented as he appeared against Chris Byrd, or was his performance largely a result of Byrd’s tactical errors?
5. Does Lamon Brewster bring anything to the table that Fabio Moli or Dannell Nicholson did not?? continue


Dawson-Gardner WBC youth middleweight title fight

PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island (April 8, 2004) – WBC Youth middleweight champion “Bad” Chad Dawson (15-0, 10 KOs) will make his first title defense May 14 against Ian “The Truth” Gardner (15-1, 7 KOs) in the 10-round co-feature, on ESPN2 Friday Night Fights, at the Rhode Island Convention Center in Providence. “The Pride of Providence” Peter Manfredo, Jr. (20-0, 10 KOs), rated No. 6 by the WBO, headlines “Young Gunz,” promoted by Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment & Sports, Inc. Manfredo puts his NABO junior middleweight crown on the line for the first time against Anthony “The Bullet” Bonsante (24-3-3, 13 KOs), rated No. 2 by the NABO, in the 12-round main event. continue


When They Were Kings: When being the Heavyweight Champion Meant Something

08.04.04 - By Lee Hayes - Their names: Chris Byrd, Vitali Klitchko, John Ruiz. None of these men invoke the royal mysticism a heavyweight champion is meant to. Sure Byrd can box; his defensive moves are probably somewhere near the top of all time heavyweights and his slick skill cannot be denied credit. But there is nothing regal about him. Vitali Klitchko can punch. That’s for sure. But there is something about him that seems very vulnerable. There is no aura of invincibility. Possibly, it is because of the images of him quitting on his stool against Byrd in a fight he was handily winning, the same damaging image that ruined Sonny Liston when he fought Clay decades ago. Maybe it is because he seems very susceptible to deep cuts around his eyes. Or perhaps it is because he seems unable to control his emotions in a game where that can be damning. He does not instill confidence that he is a man that can reign for years to come in the division. John Ruiz is an effective fighter, but he is barely a household name in his own household, let alone the millions of people worldwide.

There was a time, not so long ago, when the heavyweight champion really meant something. Everybody knew who the champ was and knew he was somebody to envy. It signified that he was by far the most physically superior man in the world. In many ways he was a king amongst mere mortals. John L. Sullivan was a “mans man” and by all first hand accounts was a larger than life character. continue


BRIGGS LINKS WITH MOSLEY

08.04.04 - WBC number two Lt Heavyweight Paul ‘Hurricane’ Briggs (22-1, 17 KO) will leave for California next Wednesday (April 17) where he will begin training with Jack Mosley. The twenty eight year old Australian is expected to next face German promoted Croatian Stipe Drews (25-0, 12 KO) in a WBC eliminator. Briggs is coming of an off the floor twelve round decision over Mexican Jesus Ruiz on March 7. continue


DON'T MISS Brodie-Chi II

07.04.04 - By Gavin Macleod - The sound of the final bell had rung out across the Manchester Evening News Arena and the whole audience rose to their feet to applaud one of the greatest fights seen in a British ring for many years. It was the 18th of October 2003 and Michael Brodie had just battled it out with Korean In-Jin Chi for the vacant WBC featherweight title during twelve of the most brutal rounds you are ever likely to witness.

It was a fantastic night for all concerned and one that was only marred by the scorecard fiasco that took place at the end of the fight, when Chi, after a long delay, was announced the winner of a majority decision. This was then to be overturned at a meeting backstage when a calculation error on Judge Hubert Minn’s card was rectified and the bout was announced as a draw. It was a black spot on what was an absolutely sensational fight but the good news for the boxing fans is that this coming Saturday (10th April) the two nine stone warriors are set to do it all again and both are hoping to set the record straight.

Brodie’s promoter, Barry Hearn, has done his man a huge favour in not only securing a rematch for his fighter, but also in once again bringing the fight to the MEN Arena. Indeed the main concern for the Brodie camp was that if a rematch went to purse bids, then the Chi camp would possibly bid an extravagant amount, hence ensuring that they got to decide where the fight took place, with the most likely destination being Seoul, Korea. This proved not to be the case as Barry Hearn’s Matchroom Sports managed to outbid the Koreans and bring the fight back to Brodie’s hometown of Manchester again. continue


In Memory Of Bobby Tomasello

07.04.04 - By Matthew Hurley - Just before noon on October 25, 2000, Bobby Tomasello, a young fighter from Saugus Massachusetts with a record of 14-0-1 died at New England Medical Center from injuries he suffered in the ring. The bout was broadcast on ESPN’s Friday Night Fights and, fortunately for viewers, Bobby didn’t collapse in the boxing ring. He walked back to his dressing room, proud, grinning and certain of his future as a prize fighter. Moments later, after complaining of a headache to his manager Norman Stone, he slipped into a coma from which he would never return. He was 24 years-old. continue


INTRODUCING THE KLITSCHKO BROTHERS

07.04.04 - Their last name begins with 'K' and ends with 'O' but that only partially describes the incredibly popular, hard-hitting Klitschko Brothers, Vitali and Wladimir. Inside the ring they are a combined 75-4 with 71 KOs and already the winningest sibling's act in heavyweight boxing history. In a division where the biggest competitors reside, they stand tallest. One is 6-foot-7, the other 6-foot-5.

They are doctors. Both have charming personalities and are polite, disciplined, well mannered and well spoken. They speak four languages “ English, German, Ukrainian and Russian." One is married, yet they remain the best of buddies, blood brothers to the end. Simply, they are forever in each other's corner, even for fights. They also possess a healthy rivalry not uncommon for brothers, which serves to encourage the other's performance. No, they are not twins. continue


Time for Hatton to step up

07.04.04 - By Don Deane - With Zab Judah moving up to Welterweight and Kostya Tszyu on the disabled list, it seems that Sharmba Mitchell rivals Arturo Gatti for the top of the pile at 140 pounds. You can’t rank Floyd Mayweather up there yet since he has not fought at this weight.

The question is, where do we rank Ricky Hatton? Hatton is in the same boat as Mayweather in the sense that Hatton has fought at 140, but he hasn’t fought any meaningful fights. Decent wins over a washed up Freddie Pendleton, post prime Vince Phillips and trial horse Ben Tackie prove Hatton worthy of a spot in the lower end of the top 10, maybe 6th tops. And for all the Dennis Pederson bashers, a win over Kelson Pinto wouldn’t have proved anything either. Pinto is 20-0, but 5 of those wins came against guys making their pro debuts. His only accomplishment is being one a select few (try 21) fighters to defeat Emmanuel Augustus. The win over Pederson was good to keep conditioning and stay active. Hatton certainly doesn’t want a guy pulling out to force him into a layoff. And the row Junior Witter was making rightfully was ignored as well. Witter, Hatton and most importantly Frank Warren all know that a Hatton-Witter fight is much more lucrative than the money raked in for the Hatton-Pinto promotion and is much more useful at a later date. And let’s be honest here, Witter and Pederson were both 0-1 against top level competition when Warren made his choice of substitutes. So why risk the future money by throwing Hatton in there with the awkward Witter when Hatton has trained all along to fight Pinto, who is a noted slugger. continue


Naseem "Prince" Hamed: A Royal Return

07.04.04 - By L. Dodemaide - Three years ago Naseem ‘ Prince’ Hamed was on the verge of becoming the undisputed king of British boxing. His unorthodox style, his power and his personality had captured the mind and heart of Britain. The sky was the limit, that was until the Prince stepped into the ring with a man by the name of Marco Antonio Barrera in mid 2001.

Over twelve rounds the Prince slowly loosened his grip on the WBO featherweight title and the legacy he was on his way to obtaining. Then when the decision was announced it was clear, and just like that Naseem Hamed disappeared out of boxing’s royal family. Naseem Hamed has not fought since May of 2002, when he won a dominating decision over Manuel Calvo, but failed to set the boxing world alight. continue


JOSE NAVARRO ADDED TO SATURDAY, APRIL 24 CARD AT STAPLES CENTER

NEW YORK, April 7 - DiBella Entertainment is pleased to announce that unbeaten junior bantamweight contender Jose "El Angellino" Navarro has been added to the highly anticipated fight card to be held at the STAPLES Center in Los Angeles on Saturday, April 24, giving hometown fans a chance to see their future champion in action. Navarro (19-0, 7 KOs) will square off against tough Martin Armenta (10-5-3, 6 KOs) of Los Mochis, Mexico in an eight round non-title bout. Headlining the HBO World Championship Boxing show will be the WBC heavyweight championship bout between Vitali Klitschko and Corrie Sanders and a junior middleweight matchup between Vernon Forrest and Teddy Reid. Navarro's bout will not be televised. continue


PAUL SPADAFORA MAKES HIS RING RETURN ON APRIL 29

CANONSBURG, PA (April 7, 2004) “ WDVE-FM welcomes and MICHAEL ACRI BOXING PROMOTIONS, in association with IC Light and BETS.Com, present "The Return of The Kid," “ the homecoming ring return of "The Pittsburgh Kid," undefeated former IBF lightweight champion PAUL SPADAFORA! Spadafora's return “ his first fight since his May 17, 2003 mega-fight Draw at the University of Pittsburgh against former WBA lightweight champion Leonard Dorin “ will take place Thursday, April 29, at the Hilton Garden Inn at Southpointe (1000 Corporate Dr.) in Canonsburg, PA. The first bout will begin at 8 P.M. continue


"EL DIABLO" RETURNS AGAINST SANCHEZ

Orange Ca, April 6, 2004 - Thompson Boxing Promotions is once again setting up a highly entertaining "Path to Glory" event to take place on April 26 at the Doubletree Hotel in the city of Ontario. It will be Thompson's third show at this venue in the present year, which was successfully sold out in all past occasions thanks to the high-octane boxing action featured in the ring. The upcoming middleweight main event will have the same volatile formula as Ishwar "El Diablo" Amador (9-4, 6 KOs) puts everything on the line against Eddie Sanchez (9-3-2, 7 KOs) in a bout that promises fireworks from the initial bell. continue


Witter gets 'Overdue' opportunity

07.04.04 - Junior Witter's first fight in his hometown of Bradford is 'Overdue'. Despite promises, in eight years as a professional he has campaigned everywhere but. Junior Witter's first marquee title fight with notice is 'Overdue'. Despite proving himself as Europe's best light welterweight, aside from the British and Commonwealth title tilts that he could not be denied he has so far had to settle for an IBF title shot on just seven days notice. Hennessy Sports have delivered him both. The 30-year-old switch hitter challenges Italy's Salvatore Battaglia for the vacant European light welterweight title on Friday April 16th at Town and Country Club (formerly Penningtons) in Bradford after Britain's most dynamic promotional company secured the rights to promote the contest. continue


KOTAI REBELS WITH A CAUSE!

07.04.04 - WBF superwelterweight champion Mihaly Kotai, 27-1 (13), returns to the Manchester Evening News Arena – the venue at which he won his fringe ‘world’ crown last year – to defend the same on April 10. It will be the Hungarian’s second title defence and, of course, a supporting bout to the anticipated Michael Brodie vs Injin Chi featherweight rematch. Opposing the 27-year-old titleholder will be former British welterweight champion Derek Roche, 29-4 (15).

Coming off three straight wins, Roche will hope for a case of third time lucky, seeing that he already failed in ‘world’ title challenges to Adrian Stone (IBO superwelter) and Jan Piet Bergman (WBU welter). However, Kotai showed real cleverness in January, when he clearly outpointed France’ Monney Seka in his inaugral WBF defence. Gone was the go-for-broke brawler of old and instead the champion moved in and out quickly, setting the tone with eye-catching bursts of punches. “After going through a number of trainers, I hope that Mihaly will finally settle with Laszlo Veres, because his improvement was evident and I’m sure there’s more potential to bring out,” said German manager Olaf Schroeder.


Two Book Reviews: The Gloves by Robert Anasi, and Boxing Confidential by Jim Brady

06.04.04 - Review by Andrew Mullinder - The Gloves: A Boxing Chronicle (Robert Anasi) Mainstream Publishing - At 25, Robert Anasi was old in boxing terms when he first set foot in a boxing ring in a decrepit and rapidly failing boxing gym in San Francisco’s Tenderloin with some pretty uninspiring results. Yet here he is, in his early thirties, and after many years of boxing inactivity, attempting to fulfil his dream of entering New York’s Golden Gloves. Despite the fact that the Gloves walks along a pretty well trodden road (Anasi is not by a long way the first writer to cross over to the other side of the ropes) he manages to assemble a near masterpiece from his experiences. continue


Wladimir Klitschko: Surveying The Heavyweight Landscape

06.04.04 - By Frank Lotierzo - GlovedFist@Juno.com - This upcoming Saturday April 10th, Heavyweight contender Wladimir Klitschko 42-2 will take on Lamon Brewster 29-2 at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. This will be Wladimir's first fight back in the United States since stopping Jameel McCline on December 7th of 2002, which was also at the Mandalay Bay Hotel.

Wladimir was at the absolute pinnacle of his career after beating McCline. It was at this time that those in the supposed know were touting him as the man who just may have been capable of dethroning Champ Lennox Lewis. Or at the very least be the man to succeed him when he retires. He was coming off two of his best wins stopping the never been stopped before Ray Mercer, and the 263 pound McCline. Since beating McCline, Klitschko has fought three times going 2-1. continue


THE TRIPLE CROWN

April 5, 2004 (Chicago, IL)- Hitz Boxing presents The Triple Crown from Rosemont (April 28), Elgin (April 30) and Rockford (May 7), Illinois- three nights of action packed prize fighting over 10 days. In the first leg of The Triple Crown, Budweiser Championship Boxing returns to the grand ballroom of The Ramada Hotel O'Hare in Rosemont for another standing room only installment of non-stop boxing action. continue


NDOU WANTS TO FLATTEN HATTON

06.04.04 - That's the message loud and clear from the Ndou camp. Last week on 5 days notice we offered to take the place of Kelson Pinto, still to no avail. Instead you opt for a lightweight boxer in Holbaek / Pederson whose only bout since 2002 was against a dangerous opponent whose record read one win and 5 losses and who was coming off 3 consecutive losses.

And you call yourself "The Hitman" ! I say take me on and I will prove that a capital "S" will be needed in your fightname.

We've tried the nice approach with an "open letter to Hatton" last year asking you to prove your worth and take on Lovemore, but no - back into the protective cocoon you go. continue


SHARMBA MITCHELL READY TO DEFEND AGAIN AFTER BLITZING TOP-RATED MICHAEL STEWART!

WASHINGTON, D.C. (April 5, 2004) - SHARMBA "Little Big Man" MITCHELL, 54-3 (30 KOs), wasted little time in making his first defense of the IBF interim jr. welterweight title he won less than eight weeks ago, shellacking the IBF's top-rated jr. welterweight contender and USBA champion, Michael Stewart, 35-2-2 (19 KOs), via a lopsided 12-round unanimous decision at the MEN Arena in Manchester, England last Saturday. The fight, which was televised nationally on SHOWTIME, was Mitchell's 54th victory in 57 professional fights, extending his two-year winning streak to seven bouts¦the last five against top-10 world-rated contenders.

Stewart was dropped for the first time in his career . . . and the Second time . . . AND the THIRD time in rounds three, five and nine, respectively, losing on scores of 120-105, 120-106 and 117-109. continue


Senate Boxing Bill- Part 2

04.04.04 - By Keith Terceira - Here is just how ignorant your Federal Government is. They are passing a law to create a commission that is supposed to oversee the Boxing Industry. We have been bombarded in the press as to the why, how’s, and wherefores of this bill and to date the big selling point has been to protect the fighter. Fine, great, yahoo, fighters get a break for a change. Protected from defective human beings that prey on the boxer, which to date have been some rather slick promoters mainly, also some even slicker managers. But one thing is wrong with this Bill. They don’t know what the term promoter means. So now they want you to let the bill pass and create the USBC and sometime in the future a year or so from now they will have the findings of a study that the Commission that doesn’t exist will do. In the meantime they will commence collecting fees when passed. continue


Hatton records sixth-round TKO over Pederson; Mitchell wins

04.04.04 - By Marc Abrams - The basic old adage in boxing is that styles make fights, and with victories by both Sharmba Mitchell and Ricky Hatton, a very interesting style clash fight was potentially set up. Mitchell pounded out a very easy unanimous decision victory over Michael Stewart, while Ricky Hatton battered late replacement, Dennis Pedersen with a 6th round TKO.

In the opener, Mitchell began the fight by using a quick left hand and some jabs that landed right down the middle. Stewart tried to use his bread and butter body work, which set up a nice combination against the ropes at the end of round 1. Mitchell continued his dominance over the next 2 rounds by landing a series of 1-2 combinations. 31 seconds into round 4, Stewart was sent to the canvas following a vicious uppercut. Not only did Stewart survive the knockdown, but he was able to land a left hook that pushed Mitchell back. However, Stewart hit the canvas again with 34 seconds to go in round five, from having absorbed another hard left hand. continue


Federal Bill Another Waste of Taxpayers Funds Part I

04.04.04 - By Keith Terceira - I have spent the last several days pouring over S.275, the Senate Bill that recently passed and was moved along by individuals with little to no concept of reality outside some cushy office paid for by your tax dollars. What an utter waste of money and time. If you fans thought the sport of Boxing was in a downward spiral now, I suggest you move to the side before it crashes completely. What I once considered a worthwhile venture where the Boxer would have some protection under the law looks more like an opportunity for federal intrusion while providing nothing to the fighter except more vague fees.

The truth is that this Bill is so vague about the costs to the participants that of the sport that it truly only sets up another organization that gets in the pockets of the Sport. All the enforcement of the bill already exists. The power to investigate can be done through several law enforcement organizations as well as the Dept. of Commerce. The entire bill is an outline that could hold so many unfair unequal surprises to the small promoter, the club fighter, and managers. continue


THE UNFAIR EXPLOITATION OF NICOLAI VALUEV

04.04.04 - By Izyaslav “Slava” Koza - If we ask the casual boxing fan who Nikolai Valuev is, the most likely first response we will get is “Who?” If we ask the casual boxing fan who has read an article or two about him, or what he thinks about Nikolai Valuev, the number one response we will get is “He is nothing, but a freak with a blown up record, who will never be anything in boxing.” This article is written with these fans in mind. continue


Hunter is Now the Hunted

03.04.04 - By Sumya "The Island Girl" Anani - Someone once said that Lucia Rijker is "The most dangerous woman in the world." Now, this election year, it appears that this former ˜dangerous woman" is now running for the candidacy of ˜the most scared woman in the world." She has had her track shoes on for quite some time now running from me.

YOO HOO Lucia, why do you seem so set on beating girls that I've already beat? It used to be Lucia Rijker chasing after Martin to get her to fight. I beat up Martin FIVE years ago. (see photos on www.sumya.com under Win vs. Martin) In June 2003, on the undercard of Lewis/Klitschko, Lucia went the distance with Jane Couch, who I had TKO'd in the 4th round in 2002 on ESPN2. Now, she's lined up a fight with Lisa Holewyne on the undercard of Klitschko/Sanders, who I KO'd in the 5th round in November of 2002. continue


Mitchell retains interim IBF junior welterweight crown

03.04.04 - Sharmba Mitchell retained his interim IBF junior welterweight title by an impressive, one-sided decision over Mike Stewart on Saturday night in Manchester, England. Mitchell used his superior speed and boxing ability to knock down Stewart three times in a dominating performance.

The 33-year-old Mitchell punished Stewart (35-2-2) with quick jabs, and straight left hands that hurt Steward all night.

"I made easy work tonight," said Mitchell. "I just wanted to show my fans I have it all together again."

Mitchell had Stewart on the deck in rounds four, five and nine, yet Stewart was able to get up from the canvas and survive the rest of the way. A possible next opponent for Mitchell is with Ricky Hatton in Manchester on June 5.

The final scores were 117-109, 120-106, and 120-105 for Sharmba Mitchell.



Ruthless Hatton batters brave Pedersen

03.04.04 - By Ben Carey - Ricky “The Hitman” Hatton successfully made the 12th defence of his WBU light-welterweight title with a sixth round stoppage over a courageous Dennis Holbaek Pedersen at Manchester’s M.E.N Arena tonight.

The Danish challenger, a 72 hour replacement for unbeaten Brazilian banger Kelson Pinto, was on the receiving end of a painful beating from Hatton who took out his frustrations after his big-fight cancellation on his game substitute opponent.

Pedersen, the smaller man by some way having campaigned at super-featherweight and lightweight throughout his 46-fight career, predictably struggled to cope with Hatton’s physical advantages. The Dane survived the opener without too much difficulty and even launched a few left hook haymakers to give the marauding Hatton something to think about as he pressed forward. Hatton, by his own high standards, was a little flat in the opening minutes though this was perfectly understandable due to him having trained for arguably the most testing fight of his career against the tall and heavy-handed Pinto. Pedersen, though the total opposite of Pinto, was unable to present Hatton with a new set of challenges, however. continue


Halmich to face Lang: Corner choice live on www.boxing.de

Hamburg - On May 29 boxing queen Regina Halmich, 44-1 (14), is facing the possibly biggest challenge of her long career. At the huge Ostseehalle in Kiel, Germany, the 27-year-old record keeping boxing champion and Playboy model will fight for a new world tite in a higher weight class against 31-year-old former two division world champion Daisy Lang, 18-2-1 (6). continue


Manfredo defends NABO title against Bonsante on May 14

03.04.04 - PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island (April 2, 2004) – “The Pride of Providence” Peter Manfredo, Jr. returns home May 14 to defend his NABO junior middleweight title for the first time against Anthony Bonsante in ESPN2 Friday Night Fights’ 12-round main event at the Rhode Island Convention Center in Providence, CES president Jimmy Burchfield officially announced today. continue


"GOLDEN BOY PROMOTIONS RETURNS TO LAREDO

02.04.04 - Six-time world champion Oscar De La Hoya is quickly becoming one of Boxings top Promoters. Last July, De La Hoya presented his first boxing event in Laredo Texas. The event was undoubtedly a success as over 3,400 fans came to the Laredo Entertainment Center for a big night of action. On April 29th, Golden Boy Promotions will be back in Laredo to bring another action packed card. In association with Golden Boy Promotions, The Miller Lite Texas Title Belt will be showcasing some of De La Hoyas newest stars. continue


Judah – Spinks: Who Is Heading For A Via Dolorosa?

02.04.04 - By Janne Romppainen - It is Easter time after just one more week, but Cory Spinks, the undisputed welterweight champion of the world has no time for painting eggs. On Saturday 10th of April he will defend his three titles against a challenger that must be considered as one of the most dangerous opponents around his weight class as the reigning WBO light welterweight titlist Zab Judah steps up to a new division to take on him. The place will be Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas and suitably to Easter’s traditions, the big winner of the weekend, whoever it is, might have to get over a big whipping to achieve his goal.

Spinks’ choice of opponent has to be appreciated. Many fighters in his position, after a career-best victory that is, would have collected some easy money with their new reputation by fighting some lesser opponents but that is not what Spinks is doing. “Super” Zab Judah, even though he is the underdog, has the ability to make things difficult enough for him. continue


Perception Of The Puncher: Unbeatable

02.04.04 - By Frank Lotierzo - GlovedFist@Juno.com - Man can he hit. Nobody is gonna beat him. Those are some of the comments made after a fight in which a big puncher destroys his foe quickly and decisively. Nobody looks as destructive and unbeatable the morning after a fighter who can really hit has scored an impressive and scary knockout the night before.

In Boxing if a fighter is a true knockout artist, he gets props suggesting that he is unbeatable. How many times has a really good Boxer been mentioned as being unbeatable? In the last 50 years we've had Robinson and Ali. I know there have been others, but Boxers never get the praise and adulation that punchers get. And it's a fact that Ali is the only former Heavyweight Champ who is consistently ranked among the greatest of the greats who wasn't known as a knockout artist. Greats such as Holmes and Holyfield are often overlooked because they never had that aura of invincibility. continue


Witter still hopeful!

01.04.04 - Bradford's Junior Witter is still hopeful that he will get the oportunity to box Ricky Hatton at the MEN Arena on Saturday night. "I see Pinto has finally been officially ruled out now," said the switch hitter, trained by the Ingle family. "Well for some reason my phone still hasn't rung, even though Frank Warren will need a big name opponent to save the promotion. continue


Conference Call Transcript: Klitschko Brothers, Steward and Sdunek

01.04.04 - Vitali and Wladimir Klitschko, who can make boxing history by winning their next fights and becoming the first brothers to hold world heavyweight belts simultaneously participated o­n a national conference call o­n Wednesday, March 31, 2004. Also featured o­n the call were the Klitschko brothers’ trainers, Emanuel Steward and Fritz Sdunek, as well as Bernd Bonte of Sportfive. Wladimir will oppose Lamon Brewster for the WBO crown April 10 at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, while Vitali takes o­n Corrie Sanders for the WBC title April 24 at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles.

Tickets for the April 10 fight card are priced at $600, $400, $200, $100 and $50, and are o­n sale at the Mandalay Bay Box Office and all TicketMaster outlets. To order tickets by phone, call (702) 632-7580. Tickets, priced at $350, $250, $150, $100, $85 and $50, are available for the April 24 fight card at Ticketmaster’s Charge-By-Phone network (213) 480-3232, at TicketMaster retail ticket center locations, including Wherehouse Records, Robinson’s-May, Tower Records and Ritmo Latino locations and o­nline at www.ticketmaster.com . Tickets also are available at STAPLES Center’s box office and the box office at TEAM LA at Universal CityWalk. continue


Max Kellerman on Senate Legislation

01.04.04 - The Senate approved legislation that would create a federal agency to oversee professional boxing. The legislation would establish a United States Boxing Administration within the Labor Department. It would license professional boxers, promoters, managers and sanctioning organizations. Fox Sports Net host and boxing expert Max Kellerman responds:

"The most important thing government can do for boxing- be it local or federal, is to clean up corruption.

"You have to look at boxing as you would look other industries that used to thrive on selling the seedy underbelly -- Times Square and Las Vegas, for instance. They used to be money makers, but their corrupt element, though it appealed to some, alienated them from the mainstream. Once government- and I know these are geographical locations so I know it's not a perfect analogy but I think it works-- stepped in and cleaned up the corruption, then corporations felt comfortable investing money. continue


Carlos “Famoso” Hernandez: This Is Not A Fight Between A Hawk And A Pigeon

01.04.04 - By Fiona Manning - In a sport where fighters will do almost anything to get the big fight, the big payday, the biggest fish; Carlos “Famoso” Hernandez is in the unusual position of being boxing’s most wanted man. The IBF 130 pound champion is waiting patiently for the contracts to be exchanged on the biggest fight of his career and one boxing fans everywhere are drooling over: a unification with newly-crowned WBC champion Erik “El Terrible” Morales set for July in LA at the outdoor Home Depot arena. It’s a fight Top Rank’s Bob Arum, the promoter of both fighters will make happen. And it’s a fight which is “Not a fight between a hawk and a pigeon, but a fight between two real, true champions,” said Famoso’s trainer, esteemed boxing legend Amilcar Brusa.

Meanwhile, Hernandez keeps reading he’s allegedly fighting Marco Antonio Barrera. Then of course, there is his worthy, very entitled, mandatory challenger Robbie Peden waiting patiently in the wings. “I don’t care who I fight because it won’t be pretty for any of them,” Hernandez said. Three weeks ago, Peden successfully defeated Nate Campbell for the privilege of a shot at Hernandez’ crown, but said Hernandez, “A unification takes precedence over a mandatory challenger.” continue




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