31.05.04 – By Curtis McCormick - FrankMaloney.com: Frank Maloney is in a unique position to assess the world's heavyweight scene. For over a decade the London based fight manager guided Lennox Lewis from pro debut to becoming the undisputed champion of the world. Currently Maloney manages a host of superb young fighters with WBO Super Featherweight champion Scott Harrison being the star of the stable. continue
31.05.04 – Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment & Sports, Inc. (CES), in association with ENB, announced today that it will promote a professional boxing show, “Bash For Cash: Under The Stars,” Friday night, August 6, outdoors at the new Fraser Field in Lynn (MA). continue
31.05.04 - By Elliot Worsell: The message is clear. David D. Haye, Mark Hobson, September, British and commonwealth titles. Arrange it how you will. The Bermondsey hotshot, who has become the talk of most British boxing circles since his scintillating demolition job on Arthur Williams 4 weeks ago, has set his sights firmly on a mouth watering domestic dual with Lonsdale titleholder Mark Hobson. continue
31.05.04 - By Sabian Goldberg - SG: Syd, congratulations on your impressive win over Tito Mendoza to take the IBF # 1 position.
Syd: Thanks Sabian, I feel I have always been the best super-middle weight in the world and now I'm ready to display my ring dominance to the world on Showtime, HBO, and PPV. I want to fight only the best fighters because I am ready to rule and dominate these great pretenders who call themselves champions.
SG: On your website (www.sydthejewel.com) you have openly challenged Joe Calzaghe, Danny Green and Jeff Lacy by posting their picture on your “Hit-List”. With so many top fighters trying to avoid the high-risk match-ups, as Calzaghe has been reportedly avoiding you, it is surprising to see that you are willing to step up and face the best in the division. continue
31.05.04 - Cappiello Promotions has anounced that The Roxy in Boston will be the site for the 10 round WBC Intercontinental Middleweight Title fight between Ian "The Cobra" Gardner 15-1, 7 ko's, and Patrick "La Sasa" Perez 25-4, 14 ko's. continue
31.05.04 - Athletic Center as Dominic Pesoli's 8 Count Productions presents "Latin Explosion," a wall to wall action packed night of professional and amateur boxing. Tickets can be purchased in advance by calling 312-226-5800. continue
31.05.04 - Middleweight "Macho" Miguel Hernandez, (10-1, 7KO's) and his oldest son, 8 year old amateur standout Joshuah "Little Macho" Hernandez will appear on Dominic Pesoli's 8 Count Productions' Latin Explosion boxing card on Friday June 4th at the DePaul Athletic Center. continue
30.05.04 - By Jason Peck: What is Felix Sturm to Oscar De La Hoya? He's a number on his win-loss record and a means to an end for him to break Tommy Hearns' record of most championships in the most weight classes (De La Hoya will have 6 in 6 weight classes). He is merely the fight he has to fight before he can formally challenge Hopkins for his undisputed throne. But what is Oscar De la Hoya to Felix Sturm? Now that's a different story.
Felix Sturm is a young, unproven boxer with nothing to lose. If he loses this fight against De La Hoya, his undefeated record will be history and his promising career will be sidetracked, perhaps never to return. He will go down in history as the man who lost to De La Hoya. And if he wins? continue
30.05.04 - One week after the world premiere, the first live weekly internet broadcast boxing series, presented by CMXsports and promoted by Guilty Boxing – “CMX Boxeo de Campeones” – returns Next Friday! May 28, from The Orleans Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, NV. continue
30.05.04 - Highly-regarded welterweight contender Chris Smith will appear in the main event when DiBella Entertainment in association with North East Promotions brings the second installment of Broadway Boxing Presented by Mohegan Sun to the Mid Hudson Civic Center on June 4. continue
30.05.04 - Inside the ring this “Ghost” is anything but friendly. He does not disappear in the blink of an eye. Simply put, this Ghost figures to be a prominent fixture in the featherweight division for a long time. Unbeaten Robert “The Ghost’’ Guerrero (12-0-1, 5 KOs) seemingly has it all... continue
29.05.04 - By Joe Rein - DaVarryl Williamson must have been one of those chased by high school coaches as soon as they saw him: “Son, d’you ever think about basketball, football, track…?” He has athlete written all over him -- legs to the ceiling, no waist, shoulders that blot out most of the room, and he covers ground with each step like a giraffe.
A fighter wouldn’t come to mind first; there’s a gentleness about his face and his manner. But, one look at the size of his hands and you know you’d hate to have them clenched and hit you.
I was introduced to DaVarryl and his wife, Shalifa – who’s hand he never stopped holding -- at the recent Pacquiao-Marquez fight at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. continue
29.05.04 - By Luke Dodemaide: In 1985 after the recent loss of heavyweight great Larry Holmes, the world was looking for a new power to reign supreme over the heavyweight division. Looking for a young destructive machine ready to step up, and lead his dictatorship over the heavyweight division. In Catskill, New York a young nineteen year old was training and knocking out all before him. Never had such a destructive tank been unveiled on the heavyweight division in the history of the sport. ‘Iron’ Mike Tyson was nineteen then, he was world champion at twenty, and was defending his heavyweight championship by knocking out the best fighters in the world before he could legally even knock down a cold beer. continue
28.05.04 - Roy Foreman and Nephew Joe Dumas Productions will be in town this Saturday May 29th to promote a fight card at the Stafford Performing Centre off of FM Road 1092. There will be six scheduled bouts with a double Main Event featuring Monica McGowan 9-3 (5 KO’s) and “Big” Lisa McFarland 2-5 (1 KO) in an eight rounder for the Texas Women's Heavyweight Title. continue
28.05.04 - By Don Deane: ESPN2’s Friday Night Fights was once again shown from the Mohegan Sun Arena in Connecticut. The show was promoted by Star Boxing. The main event featured two top level light heavyweights squaring off. The semi-main was the television showcase for local fighter Tarvis Simms.
Derrick Harmon vs David Telesco—175lb Main Event: This turned out to be a great fight and a worthy, even matched main event. Telesco came out after the cautious Harmon and was able to land a few wide left hands in exchanges. Harmon took the first round to feel out Telesco but still landed some counters to finish the round. In round 2 Harmon began to move away behind his jab and eluded Telesco for a lot of the round. continue
28.05.04 - By Edgar Guevara: Alexis Arguello (born April 19, 1952) was one of the first few fighters to win a titles in three weight divisions, and the first Nicaraguan to be inducted into the Hall of Fame, Alexis Arguello came from a background of deep poverty as well as political problems in his home country. At 5-10, he was extremely tall for a featherweight. His height and reach provided him the kind of leverage that resulted in his awesome punching power. Besides his three championships, Arguello was a skillful boxer with a repertoire of powerhouse punches, although he wasn’t a typical knockout artist. He would wait patiently for an opening and then strike with destructive accuracy. Of his 88 fights, an amazing 64 of them ended in knockout victories. continue
28.05.04 - RAI Sat viewers just watched a very exciting Championship. Brave fighter and one of the best prospects in Italy, EBA Super Welterweight Champion SIMONE ROTOLO has just retained a few minutes ago (11:00 pm CET, Friday 28th) his EBA Crown by unanimous points decision to South African WILLIAM GARE in Piacenza, Italy. continue
28.05.04 - Mohegan Sun and DiBella Entertainment will bring "Broadway Boxing Presented by Mohegan Sun," a monthly series featuring New York fighters, to the Mohegan Sun Arena on Friday, July 30th. Nate Campbell will battle Edelmiro "Tiger" Martinez for the number two ranking in the IBF Junior Lightweight division. continue
28.05.04 - Promoter Art Pelullo/Banner Promotions will present a sensational world championship fight card on Saturday, August 7, 2004, featuring WBO lightweight world champion Acelino "Popo" Freitas of Salvador, Brazil, making his first title defense against WBO jr. lightweight world champion Diego "Chico" Corrales of Sacramento, California. continue
28.05.04 - By Ben Carey: Huddersfield’s Mark Hobson promised a total domination beforehand, and the British and Commonwealth cruiserweight champion was as good as his word as he emphatically halted Lee Swaby in six one-sided rounds at the Huddersfield Sports Centre last night. continue
28.05.04 - The world premiere of the first live weekly internet boxing series, presented by CMXsports and promoted by Guilty Boxing – “CMX Boxeo de Campeones” – debuts TONITE May 28, from The Orleans Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, NV. continue
28.05.04 - Carl Froch will now defend his commonwealth super middleweight title against Canada's Mark Woolnough at the Nottingham Arena on Wednesday 2nd June following the unfortunate withdrawal of original opponent Tony Dodson. continue
27.05.04 - By Jim Amato: He was possibly the greatest light heavyweight of all time, The wily "Old Mongoose" Archie Moore. The man who scored 140 knockouts in a career that spanned from 1936 to 1963 never lost his crown in the ring. Although he unsuccessfully challenged twice for the heavyweight title, he did campaign successfully among the "Big Boys" throughout his tenure as a professional boxer. His record reads lie "Who's Who" of boxing history. In 228 recorded bouts, Archie was only stopped seven times, a testimony to his courage and uncanny defensive ability.
Born on December 13, 1913, ( or 1916 to Archie) Moore boxed for years without due recognition. He fought all over the country. He even traveled to Australia and Argentina in search of fame and fortune. After six years on the circuit, Archie began to make his move toward the big time. In 1942, he knocked out Shorty Hogue in two rounds. continue
27.05.04 - Detroit will memorialize and celebrate the legends of the Kronk Gym this Memorial Day weekend with "KRONK'S RETURN TO GLORY," featuring Kronk Gym legends and up-and-comers at the Joe Louis Arena 8 PM Saturday, May 29. The event is the part of a monthly series of boxing bouts presented by Kronk's legendary trainer and HBO boxing commentator Emanuelle Steward and First Round Productions. continue
27.05.04 – Every fight is now the most important fight of Scott “The Sandman” Pemberton’s 10-year pro career. Rated No. 8 by the World Boxing Council, Pemberton needs to move up in the rankings for a mandatory title fight or title elimination bout in order for him to get his first six-figure payday. continue
27.05.04 - By Izyaslav “Slava” Koza - [email protected] - Mike Tyson might forever be the best thing to ever happen to the sport of boxing. He may not have been the greatest boxer to step into the ring, but his presence and intensity always was a major attraction for boxing fans and he helped the sport immensely. People who had absolutely no interest in boxing, or any sport for that matter, are aware of who Mike Tyson is and know about his troubles outside the ring. During my early years, my friends had no idea what an uppercut was, but that didn’t stop them from drawing “Iron” Mike Tyson on their notebooks all the same. Mike Tyson is the single greatest commodity that any fight fan could ask for. In his prime, he had quick hands, a quick head, and one scary goddamn look to go with it. He‘s also one of the most prolific punchers of the 80‘s and 90‘s, the short and muscular Tyson had uncanny power that has rendered 44 of his 56 opponents unconscious. continue
27.05.04 - Bally’s Atlantic City announced it will offer the much anticipated fight card featuring Oscar DeLaHoya’s giant step to the Middleweight division, and Bernard Hopkins’ defense of his World Middleweight Title live via closed circuit on Saturday, June 5. continue
27.05.04 - Chicagoan Al "Speedy" Gonzales, (14-0-1, 7KO's) takes another step on the road to becoming a world champion as he takes on Demetrius Hopkins (14-0-1, KO's) of Philadelphia on Friday, June 18th as Dominic Pesoli's 8 Count Productions' in association with Duva Boxing presents "UNDEFEATED", a huge night of wall to wall action packed boxing broadcast on ESPN 2 live from the DePaul Athletic Center in Chicago. continue
27.05.04 - A new boxing series hits the Pacific Northwest in June. “Rumble at the Reef I” kicks off at the Silver Reef Casino in Ferndale, Washington Saturday, June 12, 2004 at 8:00 PM. The series is being promoted by Brian Halquist Productions who also promotes “The Battle at the Boat” boxing series at the Emerald Queen Casino. continue
26.05.04 - By Nat Kerr - [email protected] - Its scary how things can change literally overnight. Little more than a week ago Roy Jones Junior was being compared to the likes of Muhammad Ali and Sugar Ray Robinson. Words like, “one of the best ever”, “best pound for pound ” and “legend” were attached to every periodical associated with the self-proclaimed great. That all changed with one counter left from Antonio Tarver. continue
26.05.04 - The fight that is being recognized as the biggest upset in Women's Boxing in 2004 will begin airing tomorrow night on cable networks across the nation. Newly crowned IBA Light Heavy Weight World Champion Ann Wolfe (17-1-12) knocked out IBA Heavy Weight World Champion Vonda Ward (18-1-15) at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum in Biloxi, Mississippi on May 8th. continue
26.05.04 - “BALLROOM BOXING," the greatest boxing club show in the U.S., finishes its 10th season in grand style with an action-packed card headlined by former world heavyweight champion and Baltimore native HASIM "THE ROCK" RAHMAN, the WBA's top-rated contender, against WBF Intercontinental heavyweight champion Rob Calloway, "The All-American Fighter," Thursday, June 17, at Michael's Eighth Avenue, in Glen Burnie, MD. continue
26.05.04 - It has been confirmed that Junior Witter will co-feature on the June 2nd Hennessy Sports ‘home II’ event at the Nottingham Arena alongside Commonwealth champion Carl Froch, who will now face a different challenge following the unfortunate withdrawal of original opponent Tony Dodson. The British champion suffered damaged vertebrae in a car crash on Tuesday night near his family home in Garston. continue
Handy Wins Close Victory Over Hill!
26.05.04 - By Carlos Kalinchuk: In the main event, Carl "Kojak" Handy 18-4-2 (13 KO's) won a split decision victory over Sebastion "The Thrill" Hill 10-6 (6 KO's) in their eight round title fight. The final scores were 77-74 twice for Handy and 76-75 for Hill. In the end, the fight may have been determined by Hill’s mouthpiece as he continued to fight with his mouth open from the opening bell. Finally after having to stop the fight several times and handing out several warnings to Hill and his corner, referee Kenneth Gordon, deducted a point from Hill in round eight. After the fight trainer Fountain Creed said, “I always talk to him about that. He even does that shit in the gym but I thought he did enough to win and I think we got jobbed but it’s boxing and this stuff happens.” continue
26.05.04 - Heavyweight destroyer MATT SKELTON will make the first defence of his Commonwealth title against ‘Big’ Bob Mirovic on June 5 at the York Hall. The Bedford banger has blazed his way through domestic division since turning professional just over a year and a half ago -- with no amateur boxing experience – and has stopped 12 of his 13 opponents. continue
25.05.04 - The world premiere of the first live weekly internet boxing series, presented by CMXsports and promoted by Guilty Boxing “ 'CMX Boxeo de Campeones' “ debuts This Friday! May 28, from The Orleans Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, NV. Top-rated featherweight contender HUMBERTO "ZORRITA" SOTO goes mano-a-mano with Colombian fireball WILSON ALCORRO in the 10-round main event rumble, which will headline the seven-bout all-action card. continue
25.05.04 - By Derek Tang: Roy “Superman” Jones Jr. (49-2) is one of the most talented and gifted boxers to ever step into the boxing ring. Despite his surprising upset in his rematch against Antonio “Magic Man” Tarver (22-2), Roy has commanded much well-earned respect and glory from his peers as well as boxing enthusiasts from around the world, including myself. A lot of people have already forgotten Roy’s legacy as a boxer. continue
25.05.04 - By Luke Dodemaide: For fifteen years Roy Jones Jr. has stood above the boxing world, his aura of invincibility only rivalled by that of the 87’ to 89’ model Mike Tyson. For Roy’s opponents, losing was nothing but a formality. Doesn’t matter if your name’s James Toney or Bernard Hopkins, you don’t beat Roy Jones Jr., simple as that. You can even outweigh the man by thirty pounds, it doesn’t make a difference, he’s still going to beat you. continue
24.05.04 - By Paul Ruby - [email protected] - Make no mistake about it: Floyd Mayweather, Jr. looked good in beating DeMarcus Corley in Atlantic City last Saturday evening. Mayweather received credit for a pair of knockdowns and won by at least 10 points on every judge’s scorecard. In the wake of Roy Jones’ recent defeat, this fight presented Mayweather with an opportunity to stake his claim as the mythical pound-for-pound champion of boxing. Personally, I do not believe he did this. He has the skills and talent inside the ring to reach that point eventually, but he just cannot compete with Bernard Hopkins’ decade-long unbeaten streak and reign atop the middleweight division. continue
24.05.04 - By Frank Lotierzo - [email protected] - In following Boxing for the last 38 years, I've developed a few core beliefs that I stand by and usually never deviate from. Such as a Heavyweight must have a great chin in order to become a legitimate all-time great. It's not how many you beat, but it's who you beat. Another one is who did a fighter knockout is more telling than his KO percentage. The one I may actually feel the strongest about is the belief that you can't accurately rank a fighter until his career is complete. This is something I feel very strongly about and usually hold firm on.
Over the years I've resisted the temptation to get caught up in the euphoria of the moment after a fighter scores a spectacular victory in a big fight. It's impossible to rank a fighter historically until his career has heard it's final bell. Had Sonny Liston been in a serious car accident after the second Patterson fight and never fought again, he may have been held in a higher regard than Joe Louis as an all-time great. Liston was actually that highly thought of after knocking out Floyd Patterson twice. Had Liston never fought after Patterson, we would've never seen him lose to Cassius Clay/Muhammad Ali. Against Ali we found out that Liston was somewhat of a front runner and couldn't handle a good boxer with speed and toughness like Ali. continue
24.05.04 - By Andrew Mullinder: How long will Frank Warren be able to justify the use of boxers who have little or no chance of victory, as credible opposition for Ricky Hatton? After Hatton had completed the inevitable battering of career Super-Featherweight, Dennis Holbaek Pederson, in April, Warren had intimated that Hatton’s next fight would be against a top line opponent; possibly Sharmba Mitchell, possibly Paul Spadafora. continue
24.05.04 - Dominic Pesoli's 8 Count Productions continues their hot streak of terrific boxing events as they present "Latin Explosion" on Friday, June 4th at the DePaul Athletic Center in Chicago. Tickets starting at $25 can be purchased in advance by calling 312-226-5800. The DePaul Athletic Center is located at 2323 N. Sheffield in the Lincoln Park section of Chicago. Doors open at 7pm, first bell is 8pm. continue
24.05.04 - By Matthew Hurley: When Antonio Tarver separated Roy Jones Jr. from his light heavyweight belts and his senses the naysayers, the members of the “Roycott Brigade”, gleefully came out of the woodwork pointing fingers and saying “I told you so.” Even Oscar De La Hoya doesn’t divide boxing and sports fans into so many diametrically opposed camps as does Jones. Roy has never endeared himself to old school fight fans who simply can’t stand his unorthodox style and posturing. continue
24.05.04 - The Founder and President of the Retired Boxers Foundation, Alex “The Bronx Bomber” Ramos, has been selected as one of the US Torchbearers for the ATHENS 2004 Olympic Torch Relay in Los Angeles, California. The Olympic flame visits the United States, June 16-19, in the first-ever global Olympic torch relay. continue
Jose Diaz Wins Second Pro Fight By TKO!
24.05.04 - By Carlos Kalinchuk: - huge photo gallery - Younger brother of Lightweight rising star Jose Diaz improved to 2-0 when referee Bobby Gonzales called a halt to the action 45 seconds into the second round of there four round scheduled fight. Diaz came out aggressive with ripping hooks and combinations. This seemed to take all the fight out of Raphael Torres 1-5 when his blistering body attack sent Torres down in agony from a shot to the body in round one. Torres beat the count and came back but looked weary for the rest of the round (and fight). In round two Diaz through a left hook to the body followed by and right cross that finished Torres for good. If Diaz stays in the Featherweight Division, with his strong defense and extremely fast hands he could spell trouble for any Champion down the road. But it’s early and there are many more tests to pass. continue
24.05.04 - By Matthew Howorth: Kingsway Sports Centre, Widnes, UK. A recently rejuvenated Michael Gomez, (31-5-21 KO'S), continued his fistic rehabilitation with a second round stoppage over a rapidly fading Justin Juuko (39-8-1-27 KO'S). A solid left jab floored Juuko within ten seconds of the opening bell and he spent the rest of the round floundering on unsteady legs as Gomez sought a quick finish. continue
24.05.04 - By Jose Sanchez: It has taken 15 yrs, but finally boxing fans will get to see ‘the stuff’ that Roy Jones Jr. is truly made of. At age 35, Jones has suffered the most disastrous loss in his career. He was not only beaten soundly, but also knocked out by his bald nemesis, Antonio Tarver. continue
24.05.04 - London featherweight ace KEVIN 'MIGHTY' MITCHELL will fight TWICE in one week as he rockets through his first year as a professional. The Dagenham hot-shot features first on Saturday 5 June at the York Hall on the undercard of British and Commonwealth Heavyweight Champion MATT SKELTON. continue
24.05.04 - Jermain Taylor and Raul Marquez have both represented the United States in the Olympic games, and they’ve both experienced great success in the pro game. But Marquez has achieved something only a select few have – winning a world championship. And if Taylor wants to get to the middleweight title, he has to go through ‘El Diamante’. continue
24.05.04 - By Fiona Manning: In a corner of the Wild Card Gym in Hollywood, USBA 122 pound champion, #5 IBF world ranked contender Art Simonyan pauses in front of a poster for the World Boxing Hall of Fame “Path To Glory” series. A fighter, fists up, eyes determined, reminds Simonyan why he’s in the gym every day, why he has sacrificed more than most. In four years, Simonyan has not allowed himself to see his wife and daughter and will not allow himself that particular luxury until he has reached the #1 position. continue
24.05.04 - By Elliot Worsell: Proud as punch British super middleweight champion Tony Dodson is a man out to prove the doubters wrong when he locks horns with the much-hyped former world amateur starlet Carl Froch on June 2nd in front of a prospective sell out Nottingham crowd. The 23-year-old former England amateur representative, has been straining at the leash in recent years to unearth the ‘real’ Tony Dodson, a figure only seen at it’s full potential on sporadic occasions. Against respected US contender Brian Barbosa, the hard-hitting Scouser dazzled from the first round to the finale. One fight later he struggled to a narrow points victory over the awkward and knowledgeable Belgian Mike Algoet. Chuck in some disappointing and unfortunate reversals to eastern European tough man Andrey Davtyan, Polish unbeaten Albert Rybacki and a cuts loss to Frenchman Pierre Moreno, and you have a real boxing enigma in pursuit of some answers. continue
24.05.04 - Inside the ring this "Ghost" is anything but friendly. He does not disappear in the blink of an eye. Simply put, this Ghost figures to be a prominent fixture in the featherweight division for a long time. Unbeaten Robert "The Ghost" Guerrero (12-0-1, 5 KOs) seemingly has it all. However, on Thursday, June 3, he will face the stiffest challenge of his career when he takes on former world champion Enrique Sanchez in a key 10-round bout on the SHOWTIME boxing series, "ShoBox: The New Generation," at 11 p.m. ET/PT*. continue
24.05.04 - Luton’s GRAHAM EARL will have to face Bradford’s Bobby Vanzie again on June 5 at the York Hall to regain his British Lightweight title. Earl was stripped of his crown by the British Boxing Board of Control after previous withdrawals from his contest with Vanzie due to injury. Following a very productive meeting between the Board and the managers of Earl and Vanzie, a deal was agreed which will see them challenge for the vacant title. continue
24.05.04 - By Ben Carey: Fresh off the first defence of his European super-bantamweight title in Reading a fortnight ago, Newark’s Esham Pickering is seeking a big-money showdown with former WBC bantamweight champion Wayne McCullough sometime in the Autumn. Speaking to BBC Radio Sheffield’s Seth Bennett last Thursday night, a self-critical Pickering admitted he was disappointed with his 8th round stoppage win over overmatched Spaniard Juan Garcia Martin. continue
24.05.04 - By Ben Carey: Lee Swaby will be aiming to complete a remarkable career metamorphosis from luckless journeyman to unlikely double champion when he challenges Mark Hobson for the British and Commonwealth cruiserweight titles at the Huddersfield Sports Centre this Thursday. continue
24.05.04 - By Spud Woollatt: British Eastside spoke exclusively to Hennessy Sports Supremo, Mick Hennessy with regards to a number of comments made in connection with the forthcoming British & Commonwealth Super Middleweight Title fight between Tony Dodson and Carl Froch. The fight is being staged at The Nottingham Arena on Wednesday 2nd June and is also being shown on the BBC. continue
24.05.04 - By Andrew Mullinder: Some time ago, I wrote an article for this website expressing the shock and revulsion I experienced after learning of Marco Antonio Barrera’s brain operation six years ago. How, I wondered, could the authorities who govern boxing be so inept that they could allow Barrera to fight two incandescent wars with Eric Morales and one with the power punching, Naseem Hamed, without knowing that the part of his anatomy they were all targeting had undergone major surgery? However, upon further assessment, far from shocking, the disparate nature of the various power structures – promoters, the alphabet sanctioning bodies and State Athletic Commissions – that hold the power in boxing, made such an incident inevitable. continue
24.05.04 - By Ben Dunn: Shocked. We were all shocked. Roy Jones Junior lost in unimaginable fashion. Comprehensively stopped in two rounds by the supremely confident Antoine Tarver, the new holder of all those belts Roy had held so dear for one uneventful mandatory defence after another.
Tarver leaving the ring as the new champ may not be as great an upset as Buster Douglas’ similar dismantling of Tyson’s aura of invincibility, or Ali’s smashing of Foreman’s immortality, after all, their first highly competitive contest had resulted in a heavily contested decision in favour of Jones. But the manner of the end, a counter left thrown with power and accuracy, leaving Jones in no fit state to continue, was beyond even Tarver’s wildest dream. continue
24.05.04 - By Jason Peck: The thoughts of the boxing community immediately turn to a rematch; they need to definitive proof that Tarver defeated Roy Jones Jr. But if such a rematch happens, it should not be guaranteed Jones. A rematch is something he must earn. It is, after all, only poetic justice. Prior to his loss, Jones made a point of avoiding difficult fights and another point of dominating mismatched opponents. continue
20.05.04 - One night before Americans celebrate Independence Day, a Cuban defector-turned world boxing champion, who celebrates his independence every day, will be featured in the main event on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING. “I want all the people in Cuba to have what I have, so I fight for their freedom,” said Joel Casamayor (30-2, 19 KOs), a former World Boxing Association (WBA) junior lightweight champion and current WBA No. 3/International Boxing Federation (IBF) No. 5 and World Boxing Council (WBC) No. 6 contender. continue
19.05.04 - A possible world title shot will be at stake Saturday night, June 12 when one of pro boxing’s most exciting performers, IBU and NABF super middleweight Scott “The Sandman” Pemberton (27-3-1, 22 KOs), headlines “Enter The Sandman,” airing live at 8 – 10 PM/ET on CN8, The Comcast Network from Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut. continue
18.05.04 - Championship boxing returns to South Florida with an exciting lineup of bouts. The card features the NABF heavyweight championship as current champion, DaVarryl “Touch of Sleep” Williamson, defends his title and World Boxing Council No. 10 rating against former World Boxing Organization heavyweight champion Ray “Merciless” Mercer. The card, to be held at The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Florida, takes place Tuesday, June 8, and will consist of seven bouts including two championship fights. The card is being televised by ESPN 2. continue
18.05.04 - In a rematch of an electrifying slugfest which had the fans on the edge of their seats from the opening bell, International Boxing Federation (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 (delayed on the West Coast). Ouma and Phillips will be fighting in a scheduled 12-round bout for the title previously owned by Winky Wright, who was stripped of the belt. continue
18.05.04 - Erik ‘El Terrible’ Morales and Carlos ‘Famoso’ Hernandez will put their world titles on the line and fight for “Unification” at MGM Grand Garden Arena on Saturday, July 31 live on pay-per-view. Morales, from Tijuana, is the World Boxing Council (WBC) super featherweight world champion. Hernandez, from El Salvador, is the IBF champion in the same weight division. “Two champions who give it their all,” said Bob Arum, President of Top Rank. “This is what compelling boxing is all about.” continue
17.05.04 - By Frank Lotierzo - [email protected] - "It ain't braggin if you do it." That phrase was coined by former Heavyweight Champ Muhammad Ali back in the 1960's. It basically means you can pop off at the mouth as long as your actions back up your words. Heading into their first fight, Light Heavyweight Champ Antonio Tarver shot his mouth off about what he was going to do to Roy Jones. In their first fight I felt Tarver fought tentative and somewhat glove shy. Tarver had Jones on the brink of defeat and didn't finish the fight like the Champion be proclaimed himself to be. Too me Tarver's lack of grit and determination cost him the fight enabling Jones to pull it out.
Heading into their rematch Tarver picked up the same verbal redderick as the first fight. Basically, Tarver was disrespecting and putting Jones down again. I found much fault with that based on how he fought down the stretch of their previous fight. Well that's history now because in the rematch Tarver did what he said he was going to do. Tarver actually backed up his words with action and devastated Roy Jones in two rounds recapturing the Light Heavyweight title. All I can say is my hat goes off to Mr. Tarver. In my opinion Antonio Tarver has earned the right to brag and pop off at the mouth because he did exactly what he said he was going to do, he kicked Roy Jones' ass. Something that he didn't do back in November of 2003. continue
17.05.04 - By Matthew Hurley: It had to happen at some point. Roy Jones is not “Superman” as Don King dubbed him and, let’s be honest, that’s how Roy viewed himself. His arrogance knew no bounds. So now it’s the opportune time for all the Roy Jones haters to laugh and point and snicker in the wake of “Sir” Roy’s comeuppance at the hands of Antonio Tarver. He finally fell face first into mortality. He’s just like every other fighter who has ever laced up the gloves – he’s beatable.
I’ve never been a fan of Roy Jones. I’ve never liked his style and I’ve never particularly liked him. Frankly I get annoyed with any athlete that talks about themselves in the third person. Jones, in spite of all his accomplishments, has always annoyed me. All sports fans have athletes that get under their skin and for me it’s been Bill Lambier, Claude Lemieux, Mariano Rivera (yeah, I’m a Red Sox fan), Lennox Lewis and Roy Jones. I hate his unorthodox style, I can’t stand his gimmicky ring entrances… hell, it annoys me that he lives on an estate with a million chickens. I don’t know why, it just does, and… and, I’ve never bet against him. Not once, until Saturday night against Antonio Tarver. continue
17.05.04 - Antonio Mesquita will NOT be Ricky Hatton’s WBU World Light-Welterweight title challenger on June 12 at the M.E.N Arena, it will be the Argentinian Carlos Wilfredo Vilches. The 27-year-old from Santa Rosa comes in with a top record of 48 fights, with 41 wins and 25 KO’s. Vilches has held the South American and Argentine Light-Welterweight titles and has challenged for the WBO Latino Welterweight title. continue
17.05.04 - Two Las Vegans, undefeated slugger Samuel Peter and stylish boxer Charles Shufford, clash in the 10-round heavyweight main event on Cedric Kushner Promotions nationally and internationally televised "Heavyweight Heroes" card Monday, May 17, at Bally's in Las Vegas, Nev. World-ranked heavyweight Ray Austin of Cleveland faces Gilbert Martinez in one semi-main event. continue
17.05.04 – Exciting action is coming up live on the internet. On Tuesday Armenian Koren Gevor, 17-2 (10), will face Russian Sergey Tatevosyan, 21-4 (13), at Hansehalle of Lübeck, Germany, in an 8-round non-title fight. The battle of the two strong European middleweight top contenders will be broadcast live on the internet on www.boxing.de ... continue
17.05.04 - Hennessy Sports team trainer Robert McCracken has backed commonwealth super middleweight champion Carl Froch to come through his June 2nd old school showdown at the Nottingham Arena against British king Tony Dodson in style. “Carl is going to impress in this fight,” insisted McCracken. continue
17.05.04 - Following Roy Jones Jnr’s shock second round KO defeat to Antonio Tarver last Saturday night, Britain’s JOE CALZAGHE has a big incentive to beat IBF World Light-Heavyweight Champion Glen Johnson on June 12 in Manchester. The unbeaten Welshman takes his first step into the 175lb division against Johnson at the M.E.N Arena in the joint main event with RICKY HATTON and knows a victory could lead to a unification fight with the new WBC champion. continue
Knocking-Out “Super Man” Jones Jr.
15.05.04 – By Christopher Dawson: Tonight at Mandalay Bay Center, against all odds and expert opinion, Antonio Tarver finally reached the pinnacle of his profession. The bout did not start in Antonio’s favor as Roy Jones Jr. landed almost all of the blows in the first round. Jones hit Tarver with some serious shots to the body and a few hard right hands to his head. Still, it seemed that Antonio was much too strong physically to show even the slightest effect from Jones’ best shots. continue
15.05.04 - Antonio Tarver stopped Roy Jones with a devastating left hand bomb at 1:41 of the second round on Saturday night at Mandalay bay to win the WBC Light heavyweight title. Tarver (22-2, 18 KOs) dropped Jones with a left hand out of nowhere, which knocked Jones down under the ropes in Tarver's corner. Jones was badly hurt, but was still able to make it up at the count of 7, but then he stumbled across the ring and at that point referee Jay Nady called a halt to the bout at 1:41 of the 2nd round. continue
15.05.04 - By Stephanie Ragusa: In the first bout of the evening, Cincinnati’s Robert Dula (15-0-1, 8 KOs) defeated Eric Howard (10-7-1, 6 KOs) 80-72, 79-73, and 79-73 in an eight round middleweight attraction. Heavyweights Larry Donald (40-3-2, 23 KOs) faced Sedrick Fields (21-23-1, 15 KOs) in a ten round matchup. Judges’ tallies were 99-90, 99-91, and 100-90 all for Donald by unanimous decision. continue
15.05.04 - By Ron DiMichele: Fighting before a partisan crowd at a packed Rhode Island Convention Center, North American Boxing Organization Junior Middleweight Champion Peter Manfredo Jr. defeated NABO #1 contender Anthony Bonsante by unanimous decision to retain his title and keep his perfect record intact. Also on the card, 2004 national amateur heavyweight champion and U.S. Olympic Boxing Team alternate Matt Godfrey made a successful professional debut. continue
15.05.04 – By Vincent van der Steen: On the 8th of November 2003 Antonio ‘the Magic Man’ Tarver – 21- 2 (17) – finally got his long awaited shot to challenge Roy Jones Jr. – 49 - 1 (3 – for the world light heavyweight title. Jones Jr. had just performed a monumental feat by becoming the first ex-middleweight champion in a hundred years to capture ‘a portion of’ the heavyweight crown by winning an unanimous decision over the reigning WBA heavyweight champion John ‘the Quiet Man’ Ruiz – 40 - 5 - 1. continue
14.05.04 - By Stephanie Ragusa: Since his controversial November 8th loss to Roy Jones Jr., Antonio Tarver has been overwhelmingly focused on an immediate rematch with his long-time foe. Less than five months after the arduous twelve-round bout, the self-appointed “People’s Champion” reconvened his top-notch corner and returned camp determined to emerge victorious in Jones-Tarver II. continue
14.05.04 - By Dennis Principe: THE Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) yesterday junked the formal protest filed by Filipino boxing kingpin Manny Pacquiao regarding his controversial 12-round split draw verdict versus world Featheweight champion Juan Manuel Marquez. NSAC Attorney General Brian Sandoval immediately responded to the protest by informing the Pacquiao camp that a review of Nevada law states that “there is no protest procedure to challenge or overturn a decision rendered in a boxing match based on the allegations made in your letter.” continue
14.05.04 - By Frank Lotierzo - [email protected] - Joe Louis mastered them, Marvin Hagler was also sensational in them. They are rematches against fighters that either beat or gave a supposed great a tough time the last time they met. Unlike many past greats over the years, Antonio Tarver represents only the second rematch of Roy Jones career. Roy has only been in this situation once before. That was back in 1997 when he was DQ'd in a fight versus the undefeated Montell Griffin. In the fight with Griffin, Jones was a little thrown by Griffin's crouching style early on. Finally after figuring Griffin out, Jones dropped him and hit him while he was down out of frustration, thus losing by disqualification. When they met five months later, Jones scored what may have been the most impressive victory of his career when he devastated Griffin in the first round.
On May 15th 2004, Jones faces the only man who some feel actually bettered him in a fist fight, Antonio Tarver. I personally scored the fight for Jones 7-5 in rounds. On my card it was dead even after ten rounds, but I believe Jones clearly won the last two rounds. continue
14.05.04 - By Phenyo Molefe: It appears that grudge fights have resurfaced yet again; Jones vs. Tarver is more than a mere fight it has become a personal issue. Antonio Tarver will walking into this ring an infuriated man who believes he is fit to be the champion but was cheated out of the title through judges’ ill decision trying. Jones is walking into the ring in an seeking yet again to re-establish himself as the unquestionable light heavyweight champion. The question we all want to know is who of these two fighters is fit to be king. continue
14.05.04 - By Matthew Hurley: Evander Holyfield was recently a guest on Tim McCarver’s talk show and talked about his career and his assistance with aspiring Olympic 400 meter hopeful Milton Campbell. The former heavyweight and cruiserweight champion looked to be in good health and humor as he reminisced about his fights with Mike Tyson and Buster Douglas and finding solace and guidance in the Atlanta Boys Club.
“All you need is opportunity,” he said. “With opportunity you can achieve if you push yourself.”
Unfortunately the episode ended with Evander’s assertion that he will fight for a title by years end. He seemed so relaxed, so content that one would have thought he was a retired fighter waxing reflective about his career. Sadly he was just another in a long line of boxers unwilling or simply unable to walk away from the most unforgiving of sports. But Evander Holyfield isn’t just another fighter. He’s a future hall of famer. continue
14.05.04 - By Jose Sanchez - Overview: Seen by many experts as the best pound for pound fighter since perhaps ‘Sugar’ Ray Robinson, it would seem Roy Jones Jr. has very little left to prove in the sport. A single ‘controversial’ loss (later avenged) is the only blemish on his record; he has even defeated a heavyweight title holder (although not the consensus champ). Why then would Roy Jones take a rematch with Antonio Tarver, a fighter whom he already defeated in his last outing? To put it simply, in order to silence his numerous critics on what was seen as a less then ‘spectacular performance’ vs. Tarver the first time around. continue
14.05.04 - By Christopher Dawson: I personally believe that Antonio Tarver will beat Roy Jones Jr., this Saturday night at the Mandalay Bay Center and I have compiled my top 10 reasons why I believe so. I realized while writing this piece that there would be many critics. I still stand by my words. Here is the list:
1. Antonio Tarver is just way too big for Roy at Light Heavyweight. Antonio is near 6’3, Roy is listed as being 5’11, but from what I understand from people that have seen him face to face, he has no problem seeing men that are between 5’9 and 5’10 eye to eye. (if you know what I mean) Now dimensions do not always tell the tale. Looking at the two fighters during their first bout, it was obvious that Antonio was much larger and physically stronger. He was able to push Roy around and force him to the ropes at will. continue
New Sabine River Championship To Be Decided May 22
14.05.04 - By Carlos Kalinchuk: On May 22, 2004, Texas Light Heavyweight Champion Sabastion “The Thrill” Hill of Houston, Texas, will face Louisiana Light Heavyweight Champion Carl “Kojack” Handy of New Orleans, Louisiana to decide the first champion of the newly formed Sabine River Championship in the main event at “Knockouts at Coushatta III.” continue
13.05.04 - By Frank Lotierzo - [email protected] - In a recent boxing publication, top ranked Light Heavyweight Antonio Tarver was quoted as saying the following, "Roy bring your ass - and bring my belt." Please Antonio, don't subject boxing fans to anymore of your hollow threats and insults. Maybe if you keep popping off at the mouth you just might convince one or two that you actually had claim to the majority decision you lost to Light Heavyweight Champ Roy Jones last November. Even though you didn't deserve it. Yes Antonio, Roy beat you last time out. No, he didn't dominate you or take you apart, but he definitely deserved the majority decision he was awarded.
First of all, Roy will definitely bring it this time, and the belts he's bringing are his not yours. Ya know why they're not yours? Because you weren't quite good enough last time to do anything about it. In case you forgot Antonio, you had Roy Jones on what very well may have been the worst night of his life in the ring. On the other hand, it was possibly the best you ever were on any night of your career, and you still couldn't finish it. Ya know why? Because you swallowed the apple in the big spot, that's why. continue
14.05.04 - In an excellent matchup, once-beaten sluggers Darnell "Ding-A-Ling-Man" Wilson and Laudelino "Lino" Barros collide for the vacant IBA cruiserweight title in the 12-round main event Thursday, May 20, on "ShoBox: The New Generation" on SHOWTIME. Two promising prospects from Philadelphia will mix in the co-feature when Yusef Mack faces Randy Griffin in a 10-round super middleweight bout. continue
13.05.04 - WBU World Super-Featherweight Champion MICHAEL GOMEZ will now make the first defence of his title against the former Commonwealth Champion JUSTIN JUUKO on Saturday 22nd May at the Kingsway Sports Centre in Widnes. Gomez was scheduled to face Bouziane Oudji but the Frenchman withdrew from the fight due to injury and he now has a much tougher assignment against Juuko. continue
13.05.04 -By Elliot Worsell: Ever improving European super bantamweight titleholder Esham Pickering 26-3 (10 KO’s) continued his impressive recent winning streak with a comprehensive eight round injury stoppage of unknown Spaniard Juan Garcia Martin 11-1 (6 KO’s) last night in Reading. Pickering, a cute switch-hitter who fights out of the famed Wincobank stable in Sheffield, claimed the prestigious European title last time out against the rugged Italian Vincenzo Gigliotti whom he bludgeoned to defeat in ten rounds. continue
13.05.04 - By Elliot Worsell: When a finely tuned professional athlete perfectly executes a gameplan the results can often be decisive. In Reading last night, cruiserweight hot-shot David D. Haye 10-0 (10 KO's), a man tipped for the stars as soon as he laced on a pair of gloves, progressed to the next level of his glittering professional career as he bludgeoned a shell-shocked former world champion Arthur Williams 38-11-1 to defeat in three rounds of a scheduled eight. continue
12.05.04 - By Paul Ruby - [email protected] - Plenty of reasons exist to dislike Roy Jones, Jr. - he fights cautiously and avoids spirited wars in the ring, he mouths off after beating pedestrian opponents, and his talent far exceeds what he’s accomplished in the ring. Still, Roy Jones is the best athlete in boxing today and quite possibly the most naturally gifted fighter in the sport. This Saturday evening, he will take on Antonio Tarver in a rematch of their November thriller on HBO Pay-Per-View.
In their first fight, Jones won a majority decision by scores of 117-111, 116-112, and 114-114. Of those, only the 114-all score was indicative of the tight ebb-and-flow of this battle. Personally, I scored the bout for Jones by a count of 7 rounds to 5 with the decision up for grabs going into the 12th. Antonio Tarver, on the other hand, vociferously disagreed with the judges and employed the age-old ‘look at my face and look at his face’ defense. continue
12.05.04 - By Lee Hayes: Next Saturday night, we will be seeing a revenge bout between Roy Jones jr. and Antonio Tarver. Most of us witnessed their first fight, and I for one was shocked by what I saw. Tarver obviously had skills going in to the first bout, but nobody in the fight game had come close to the display of superiority that Jones jr. had bestowed on us since Muhammad Ali graced the ring. continue
12.05.04 - By Andrew Mullinder: For a man with such generous boxing ability and proven business acumen, Audley Harrison perhaps makes life unnecessarily difficult for himself. Watching Harrison cruise to yet another predictable and tedious points victory, this time against the hopelessly outclassed Julius Francis, it was impossible not to see the Olympic Super-Heavyweight Champion’s latest offering as little more than a pointed allegory of his career so far.
As an opponent, Francis was definitely a step in the right direction. While Harrison’s first 15 fights have been against a cynical, ‘no-risk’ combination of part-timers, incompetents and blown up Cruiserweights, who had somehow managed, for the most part, to compile winning records, Francis provided a welcome mirror image. continue
12.05.04 - By Fiona Manning: The news that Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero bolted from trainer Joe Goossen last week came as a shock to most boxing insiders. That Guerrero, an unheralded featherweight southpaw became a highly-regarded KO artist under Goossen’s hand is undisputed. What is in dispute is why Team Guerrero chose to leave when things were just beginning to really pop for the fighter. Guerrero’s people say it was a personality clash. For the record, though unexpected, it was not a tremendous shock to Goossen. You might say, “That’s boxing.” continue
12.05.04- In a rematch of an electrifying slugfest which had the fans on the edge of their seats from the opening bell, 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*. Ouma and Phillips will be fighting in a scheduled 12-round bout for the title previously owned by Winky Wright, who was stripped of the belt. continue
12.05.04 - By Bernie McCoy: Ralph Waldo Emerson, to my knowledge, was not a big boxing fan. Likewise, I'm fairly sure he never heard of Christy Martin. However, one of Mr. Emerson's better lines fits Martin's career arc quite well: "Do not go where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path, and leave a trail." Before Christy Martin embarked on her boxing career, there was no clear path for women in the ring. continue
11.05.04 - Julio “The Kidd” Diaz may never be mistaken for Roger Clemens or Pedro Martinez, but if he can’t throw a baseball as well as a Major Leaguer, he certainly can throw a punch with the best of them. continue
11.05.04 - Ringside Promotions By Sycuan have signed two more prominent boxers to exclusive promotional agreements–welterweight Antonio Diaz and former World Boxing Association cruiserweight champion Orlin “Night Train” Norris. The announcement was made by Glenn Quiroga, who heads Ringside Promotions By Sycuan. continue
11.05.04 - Rock Newman, manager of former undisputed heavyweight champion Riddick Bowe, has received official notification from Bowe and his attorneys that Bowe has withdrawn his multi-million dollar lawsuit against Newman, Spencer Promotions and all related entities. Additionally Bowe further absolved Newman from any accusations of wrongdoing by issuing Newman an explicit and unequivocal apology (see attached original letter.) continue
11.05.04 – Classic Entertainment & Sports, Inc.(CES) sends out seven unbeaten fights Friday night (May 14) in “Young Gunz 2004,” live on ESPN2 Friday Night Fights from the Rhode Island Convention Center in downtown Providence. “The Pride of Providence” Peter Manfredo, Jr. (20-0, 10 KOs) defends his NABO junior middleweight title for the first time against Anthony “The Bullet” Bonsante (24-3-3, 13 KOs), IBA middleweight title-holder, in the 12-round main event. continue
11.05.04 - By Matthew Hurley - Two minutes into the featherweight championship bout between Juan Manuel Marquez and Manny “PacMan” Pacquiao it looked to be all over for the IBF and WBA champion Marquez. The buzz saw from the Philippines looked to overwhelm his more tactical opponent and was doing just that. After a first surprise knockdown the ferocious Pacquiao swarmed all over Marquez knocking him down twice more and breaking his nose with a snapping straight left hand. continue
11.05.04 - By Frank Lotierzo - [email protected] - Somebody please save the scoring system in boxing. I've never been a big fan of the 10-point must system, and the Paquiao-Marquez fight just further strengthens my belief. The 10-point must certainly has it's drawbacks. It's too many points to allow for a round. In the Paquiao-Marquez fight, Paquiao scored three knockdowns in the first round. Two judges scored the round 10-6 and one scored it 10-7. The judge who scored it 10-7 says he made a mistake, but I think he really meant to score it 10-7, and is only admitting a mistake because he was overruled by the other two judges. I actually have no problem with a 10-7 score for round one. Even though I thought it was 10-6, the fact is the first knock down was a flash and Marquez wasn't hurt at all from the straight left that dropped him. The second two knockdowns were from much harder shots that clearly had Marquez hurt. continue
11.05.04 - The newly crowned WBC Heavyweight Champion, Vitali Klitschko, and his brother, Wladimir, are beginning the second week of their world-wind tour and family visit in Europe. Klitschko, fresh off becoming the No. 1 heavyweight in the land after impressively knocking out Corrie Sanders on April 24 at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, will showcase his WBC world championship belt at numerous media and civic events during the brothers’ visits to Germany, Romania, Russia, and the Ukraine. continue
11.05.04 - By Izyaslav “Slava” Koza - [email protected] - Bad Decisions seem to follow boxing around like toddlers with an Ice Cream truck. In finding fault with wretched results such as Oquendo-Byrd, Oscar De La Hoya-Felix Trinidad, and Oscar de la Hoya-Shane Moseley, it is common practice to blame the judges. The obvious question is, Why not? continue
11.05.04 - LAS VEGAS, NV. “ Roy Jones Jr., the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world, has "Come Out Swinging" with forehands and backhands, on behalf of the United States Tennis Association (USTA) and Tennis Industry Association (TIA), to support the launch of Tennis Welcome Centers -- the largest grass roots campaign in the history of the sport in the U.S. -- and TennisWelcomeCenter.com, the destination for new players to "Learn To Play Tennis....Fast." continue
11.05.04 - Former British and Commonwealth Heavyweight Champion DANNY WILLIAMS has launched a stinging attack on Audley Harrison’s performance against Julius Francis last Saturday. The Brixton puncher takes on man-mountain AUGUSTINE N’GOU this Thursday night (13th May) at the York Hall, Bethnal Green for the Vacant WBU International Heavyweight title but he has launched an early salvo at Harrison first. “Like I’ve said all along Harrison can’t punch – he’s a powder-puff,” started Williams. continue
11.05.04 - By Ben Carey: Esham Pickering’s quest to be taken seriously as a credible future world title challenger takes him to the Rivermead Leisure Centre in Reading tomorrow night in the first defence of his European super-bantamweight title against Spain’s unbeaten but lightly regarded Juan Garcia Martin. The Spaniard may be bringing to England an unbeaten record, but after 11 wins over obscure opposition few are expecting the 31-year-old mystery challenger to upset the form book. continue
10.05.04 - By Don Deane: It seems that poor judging is common place and bad decisions are the norm in this age of boxing. Think about it. How often do you sit on the edge of your seat after watching your favorite boxer fight a hard ten rounds and say to yourself “Well he SHOULD win.” Or do you remember sitting home watching Glen Johnson beat up Matt Vanda for 10 rounds in Vanda’s hometown and say to yourself “It doesn’t matter, there is no way Johnson will win in Minnesota.” Or more recently, did you say to yourself “How the hell did Burt Clements get out of elementary school when he thinks that 9 minus 3 equals 7?” continue
10.05.04 - Ron DiMichele: ‘If you don’t know where you’re going, any road will do.’ This old adage is certainly not the case with Providence, RI junior middleweight Peter Manfredo Jr. After 20 professional fights and 20 victories, the fighter known as ‘The Pride of Providence’ has drawn a bead on the target. A victory Friday night over sturdy Anthony Bonsante of Shakopee, Minnesota will vault Manfredo Jr., currently ranked fifth, several rungs up the WBO junior middleweight ladder and put him in line for a shot at WBO title holder, Daniel Santos. But first, Manfredo Jr must get by Bonsante. continue
10.05.04 - By Keith Terceira - I have confirmed through several sources that the mystery as to the odds dropping in Vegas the morning of the fight may be no mystery at all. It may be just a matter of connections and supportive friends. Lamon Brewster may be promoted by Don King but it may be his manager Sam Simon who inadvertently caused the plunging odds. Rather than be something sinister it may well be the power of television and the ties and friendships created along the way. continue
10.05.04 - By Luke Dodemaide: Next week marks the two year anniversary since the pride of Puerto Rico, Felix ‘Tito’ Trinidad last stepped into the ring. Coming off his first and only loss, Felix Trinidad burst back into the ring with a 4th round knockout of French man, Hassine Cherifi. Trinidad showed why, despite his loss, he was still one of the premier fighters in the game. After the fight he looked towards Hopkins and De La Hoya for a meeting that would return him to the big time, where fighters of Trinidad’s calibre belong. continue
10.05.04 - By Elliot Worsell: Stellar cruiserweight talent David D. Haye 9-0 (9 KO’s) takes one small step for cruiserweight domination and one giant leap for young prospects throughout the land on Wednesday night in Reading, as he takes a significant jump up in class to lock horns with tried and tested US veteran ‘King’ Arthur Williams 38-10-1 (27 KO’s) over eight rounds. continue
10.05.04 - By Spud Woollatt: British Eastside had the pleasure of catching up with one of this countries leading trainers, Brian Hughes of Manchester. In recent times Hughes has trained to a variety of championship levels, fighters like Robin Reid, Gary Lockett, Thomas McDonagh, David Barnes, Michael Jennings, Tony Doherty, Matthew Hall to name a few. Readers will also recall Hughes had previously trained popular Manchester fighters Anthony Farnell and Michael Gomez. continue
Where they are today vs 4 yrs earlier
10.05.04 - By Jose Sanchez - Miguel Cotto takes the leap from ‘Prospect’ to ‘Contender’ - A few years ago, ardent followers of the sweet science will remember the rich introduction of talent that was injected into the 140lb jr. welterweight division. Among the notables were the offensively flashy Francisco Bojado, the defensive wiz Ricardo Williams, the come forward body puncher Juan Diaz, the destroyer Mohamed Abduleav, and finally the shy and reserved Miguel Cotto. continue
10.05.04 - By Tony Nobbs: IBF number five jnr. middleweight Shannan Taylor (38-3-2, 25 KO) has announced he will be defending his IBF Pan Pacific title against Argentine Walter Crucce (45-7, 34 KO) at the Royal Pines Golf Course on the Gold Coast in Queensland on June 25. The schedule twelve rounder will headline a Jamie Myer promotion televised live on Foxsport in Australia. Speaking on Thursday night the former WBC 147 lb mandatory challenger who turns 32 on Wednesday said he was very confident of securing another title shot by years end and originally booked Crucce, 29, to help prepare him for the recently stripped Winky Wright. continue
09.05.04 -- Never one to sit around and wait, DaVarryl ‘Touch of Sleep’ Williamson (20-2, 17) has agreed to a June 8, 2004 bout against ‘Merciless’ Ray Mercer (33-5-1, 28). The bout will be televised by ESPN2 and will open their annual ‘Tuesday Night Fights’ series. Scheduled for 12 rounds, this will mark the first defense of the North American Boxing Federation (N.A.B.F.) Heavyweight Title that Williamson picked up with a win over Elicier Castillo on April 17, 2004. continue
09.05.04 - By Bernie McCoy: - Melissa "Honey Girl" Del Valle may be the ultimate "road game" fighter, being the only woman boxer who's gone into two of the more intimidating "road" venues. Melissa went eight rounds with Isra Girgrah in Washington, DC in a bout promoted by....Isra Girgrah; in other words Del Valle was fighting the woman who was paying the judges. Melissa also fought ten rounds with Jenifer Alcorn in Lemoore, CA, a venue from which Alcorn rarely strayed and which was probably the ultimate "home court" in Women's boxing. continue
09.05.04 - By Marc Axelrod: The guy had a snapping left jab. A killer left hook. Good power in his right. And he dominated a weak light heavyweight division for the better part of 6 years. And who can forget how his machine gun jab ripped Muhammad Ali's face open.
But other than the spectacular knockout of a much smaller and older Dick Tiger, who did Foster beat that would warrant the high placement that boxing experts give him? Were his wins against Vincente Rondon and Chris Finegan and Roger Rouse and Tommy Hicks and Mike Quarry enough to make him the greatest light heavyweight since Archie Moore? continue
09.05.04 - By Fred De La Riva - [email protected] - Pacman has definitely improved under the tutelage of Freddy Roach. His stamina is incredible, as he does not seem to tire. His chin is among the division’s best. He still fights somewhat wildly, but his haymakers are his bread and butter.
Marquez on the other hand, is the best ring technician since Ricardo Lopez. There is not an inch of the ring he does not know. He also now knows now that he can take a beating and comeback. The pain of fighting with a broken nose must have been excruciating. He has the heart equal to that of Holyfield. continue
09.05.04 - By Jim Amato: Juan Manuel Marquez gamely rose from the canvas three times in the first round and was able to retain his IBF featherweight title. Manny Pacquiao, the man who destroyed Marco Antonio Barrera almost ended matters in the initial session. Give Marquez his due. After the one sided first round in which two judges scored it 10-6 for Pacquiao, Marquez became a counter punching machine. There were some rounds in which Marquez took Manny to school. continue
09.05.04 - Jim Amato: Vonda Ward a 6'6" former college basketball star wanted to become the best female boxer in the world. Although undefeated Vonda had yet to reap the cash cow. It seemed to be coming closer this year though. A few more wins and a fight with the female side of the sport's money machine, Laila Ali would be awaiting her. continue
08.05.04 - It will be a war between Top-10 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, to rumble against former WBA interim champion RICHARD “THE DESTROYER” HALL in a 12-round IBF-sanctioned title elimination bout. The winner will become the IBF’s No. 1 light heavyweight contender. continue
08.05.04 - By Elliot Worsell: Much fancied WBF heavyweight champion Audley ‘A-Force’ Harrison retained his spurious title strap this evening in Bristol with a dominant twelve round points victory over former British champion Julius Francis. 39-year-old Francis, brought in as a late replacement for the injured Nicolay Popov, showed his renowned courage and bravery throughout the contest, but Harrison’s superior boxing ability, ring generalship, and crisp final round knockdown decisively secured a successful first defence of his newly acquired title. continue
08.05.04 - By Carlos Kalinchuk: Jr. Middleweight Guadalupe Martinez improved his record to 13-0 (9 KO's) when he TKO'd Maurice Brantley 23-9 (8 KO's) of Kansas City Missouri in round 7. Official Ronnie Ralston called a halt to the action midway through round 7 when Brantley was unresponsive to Martinez's blows. The stoppage really should have occurred in round six as Brantley was in real trouble the entire round. Unfortunately Ralston and Brantley's corner still allowed Brantley to take a vicious beating in rounds 6 and 7.
What Happened: Brantley lost the first round by two points because not only did he lose the round, but he was also deducted a point for rabbit punching by referee Ronnie Ralston. Even though Ralston warned Brantley early on, he connected on another rabbit punch when it appeared Martinez came in with his head low. continue
08.05.04 - By Tony Nobbs: Lovemore Ndou gets the opportunity to shock the boxing world on Saturday night when he battles unbeaten Puerto Rican star Miguel Cotto in the chief support to Pacquaio – Marquez at the MGM Grand in Las vegas. Ndou (38-6-124 KO) and Cotto (19-0, 16 KO) go at it for the IBF number one position in the jnr welterweight division. Cotto’s WBA Fedebox and WBC International belts are also on the line and the 32 year old South African born fighter from Sydney, Australia vows he won’t be intimidated by his 23 year old opponents reputation. continue
08.05.04 - By Jose Sanchez: When Manny Pacquiao steps into the ring Saturday night May 8 against Juan Manuel Marquez, the victor will emerge as the one true recognized Featherweight Champion of the World. This fight is very intriguing to followers of the sweet science not only for it’s entertainment value, not only because on paper it is a virtual pick’em, but also because it pits 2 distinct and colorful cultures against each other. continue
08.05.04 - By Marc Abrams: At this time last year, how many people would have thought that the glamour fight in the featherweight division would be a battle between Mexico’s Juan Manuel Marquez and Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines and not the rubber match between Mexican rivals, Erik Morales and Marco Antonio Barrera. continue
07.05.04 – Committed to revitalizing boxing as a weekly broadcast event, CMXsports and Guilty Boxing announced today a new Latin Boxing Show. The agreement calls for 48 two-hour shows a year over a three-year period. The Friday night show, called “CMX Boxeo de Campeones” (CMX Champions of Boxing) is scheduled to begin May 28th, 2004 at one of its principal venues, The Orleans Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, NV. continue
07.05.04 - After being a no show at yesterday’s press conference, Julius Francis (23-16-1, 12KOs) showed up in Bristol and met undefeated Olympic gold medallist Audley Harrison (15-0, 11KOs) for the official weigh-in for their WBF Heavyweight Championship fight in the Battle at Bristol on Saturday night at Whitchurch Sports Centre in Bristol, England. The official weights were: Audley Harrison: 17stone 7.25lbs (245 lbs), Julius Francis: 18stones 4lbs (256.5 lbs) continue
07.05.04 - Keith Terceira: One of the best fights of the weekend will take place May 8th at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum when undefeated Vonda Ward (18-0, 15KO’s) battles Ann “Brown Sugar” Wolfe (16-1, 11KO’s) in the Main event. Ward is currently the IBA Heavyweight Champion and Wolfe is the NABA Super-Middleweight Champ. continue
07.05.04 - By Matthew Hurley: In the wake of Manny Pacquaio’s demolition of Marco Antonio Barrera many in the boxing media, and many wizened boxing fans, anointed the “Pacman” as the best featherweight on the planet. Potential mega matchups with the likes of Erik Morales or Diego Corrales loomed on the horizon and Pacquaio had apparently become boxing’s new king of the little big men. Somehow a terrific young fighter, a champion, got lost in the mix. continue
07.05.04 - Popular junior welterweight "Irish" Micky Ward will be among the boxing stars in Canastota for the 15th Annual Hall of Fame Induction Weekend, June 10-13th. "Boxing fans will never forget the heart and determination Micky Ward brought to the ring," said Hall of Fame director Edward Brophy. "We're eager to welcome him back to 'Boxing's Hometown.'" continue
07.05.04 - On Saturday three Universum boxers will be fighting for recognition and respect on an event featuring two world championship fights and one European title contest. The six principals of tomorrow’s fightcard at Westfalenhalle in Dortmund all past today’s weigh-in ceremony successfully. continue
07.05.04 - By Ike Enwereuzor - www.Jacboxing.com - The newly crowned WBO heavyweight champion the relentless "Black Rocky" Lamon Brewster with a profeesional record of (30-2) 27KO's carries a rare combination of power plus great boxing skills.
Brewster started his professional boxing career in 1996 defeating his first opponent Moses Harris with a first round knockout. He suffered his first loss June 2000 to Clifford Etienne in Pittsburgh, PA. In his last fight April 10, Brewster scored a 5th round TKO over highly rated Wladmir Klitschko at mandalay Bay Casino, Las Vegas, NV to capture the vacant WBO heavyweight title.
This is what the WBO champ had to say.... continue
07.05.04 - An arm injury caused in training has forced WBO World Featherweight Champion SCOTT HARRISON to postpone his title defence, scheduled for May 29, until Saturday 19 June at the Braehead Arena. Harrison, from Cambuslang in Glasgow, was scheduled to make the second defence of his title in his second reign as World champion against the American based Armenian William Abelyan. continue
07.05.04 - By Ben Carey: Supported by brother Ricky in his corner, a fired up Matthew Hatton produced an energetic and mature display of boxing to relieve local favourite Rob Burton of his Central Area welterweight title last night after ten brisk rounds of action at the sold out Barnsley Metrodome. In doing so the delighted 22-year-old collected the first of what he hopes will be many championships. continue
07.05.04 - By Ben Carey: Manchester “Storm Boy” Thomas McDonagh successfully made the second defence of his WBU International light-middleweight bauble but was pushed all the way by a spirited Bradley Pryce in an absorbing 12-rounder at the Barnsley Metrodome on this Sports Network / Koncrete Promotions Fight Skool bill. continue
07.05.04 - By Ben Carey: In what looked like an ambitious piece of matchmaking beforehand, featherweight prospect Kevin O’Hara slipped to his first professional defeat after nine straight wins with a 78-75 points reverse to Mongolian/Oldham based dark-horse Choi Tsvenpureev. John Breen and Dean Powell, who worked Kevin’s corner, were aghast at Howard Foster’s decision but the referee rightly rewarded Choi’s superior workrate over O’Hara’s sporadic bursts. continue
07.05.04 - Last month, Oscar De La Hoya and FOX put out the call for "The Next Great Champ", and America has responded, filling up gyms from coast to coast with hopefuls vying for the opportunity to participate in the new reality show that will search for boxing's next superstar. "We are very pleased with the turnouts that we've had so far," said Casting Director Billy Kemp of the open casting calls held in Los Angeles, Miami, Philadelphia, and New York last week. continue
07.05.04 - By Stephanie Ragusa: Tucson, Arizona- The Casino Del Sol will present yet another installment of NBC’s Budweiser Boxing Series May 8th when junior welterweights Francisco Bojado (15-1, 11 KOs) and Andre Eason (14-2, 6 KOs) headline in the main event. Bojado, current WBC Continental Americas Light Welterweight Champion and IBA Continental Light Welterweight Champion, will no doubt be the toughest test of Eason’s career thus far. A familiar face on the network’s boxing series, Bojado’s last fight on NBC was May 10th, 2003 in Temecula, CA against William Adamyan (9-0). continue
07.05.04 - By Tony Nobbs - Puerto Rico’s Manny Siaca won the WBA Super Middleweight title with a split decision over defending holder Anthony Mundine at the Sydney Entertainment Centre last night. Though the bout never rose to any great heights as far as consistent action it was an evenly contested contest and after a strong Mundine round in the eleventh the result was still up for grabs going into the final three minutes. In the end, after the two embraced at the start of the twelveth it was Siaca – in his fourth bid at the title- outworking his fellow 28 year old Mundine who shut up shop until the decision that he and his team felt he had earned. If he had finished with more urgency Anthony might still be wearing the belt today. continue
07.05.04 - In a spirited, fast-paced fight, undefeated Thomas McDonagh successfully defended his WBU International light middleweight title with a close, hard-fought 12-round unanimous decision over former IBF International 140-pound champion Bradley Pryce Thursday on SHOWTIME. In the "ShoBox: The New Generation" co-feature, former Masters British champion Choi Tseveenpurev dealt Kevin O'Hara his first loss on an eight-round decision. continue
07.05.04 - It’s boxing’s version of a Wild West shootout – the grizzled veteran, who has specialized in devouring less experienced foes en route to a world championship, against the young gunslinger with dreams of glory. On Thursday, May 13, International Boxing Federation lightweight champion Javier Jauregui defends the title he went through fire to win against rising star Julio Diaz in a 12-round battle that will prove who is the fastest (and toughest) gun in the 135-pound weight division. continue
07.05.04 - Former 3-division world champion and Hall of Famer Jeff Fenech will travel from his native Australia to Canastota to witness the Hall of Fame Induction of two former ring foes, super featherweight champion Azumah Nelson and super bantamweight champion Daniel Zaragoza on Sunday, June 13th. continue
07.05.04 - By Carlos Kalinchuk: This Friday, May 7, 2004 OSF Sports & Entertainment, Inc. is pleased to bring you an evening of championship boxing. The night will consist of 7 exciting bouts featuring up and coming contenders. All fights will take place at the International Ballroom – Houston, Texas. continue
07.05.04 - Dominic Pesoli's 8 Count Productions teams up with Kathy Duva's Main Events on Saturday, May 15th for a huge Saturday afternoon of professional boxing at the DePaul Athletic Center in Chicago. Tickets, starting at $25, can be purchased by calling 312-226-5800. Fight fans are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance to ensure entry on the afternoon of the show. continue
07.05.04 - Today, Wladimir Klitschko, requested that the United States Attorney for the District of Nevada launch an investigation into the circumstances surrounding his April 10, 2004 loss to Lamon Brewster in Las Vegas. As explained in a letter to United States Attorney Daniel G. Bogden from Judd Burstein, an attorney retained by Mr. Klitschko, there are extremely troubling questions about April 10 that need answers:
As evidenced by this week’s guilty plea in your District by Robert Mittelman to charges that he fixed fights and then unsuccessfully sought to bribe both a federal judge in your District and an Assistant United States Attorney in your Office, it is regrettably all too possible that someone sought to illegally influence the outcome of the Klitschko/Brewster bout. It is our firm’s belief that there was some foul play involved here, and we believe that the facts of record to date more than justify a full investigation by your Office. continue
07.05.04 - WBC President Jose Sulaiman was presented the National Sports Award at the Federal House of Representatives on April 29 in Mexico City. The award was given in recognition of President Sulaiman's lifetime achievements in sports in Mexico and throughout the world. The National Commission of Youth and Sports nominated him for the award. The ceremony was held in front of a capacity audience, and President Sulaiman was presented with a medal and a citation. continue
06.05.04 - In boxing, it is customary to congratulate a fighter after a fight, but Samuel “The Nigerian Nightmare” Peter, 18-0 (17), is not a normal fighter. The pulverizing young heavyweight says he wants to congratulate next opponent Charles Shufford before the festivities have even begun. “I congratulate Charles Shufford for being man enough to face me and I look forward to a spectacular performance,” said the Nigerian powerhouse during a break in training. continue
06.05.04 - Roy Jones, Jr. is generally regarded as the best fighter today in any weight class. He has reigned supreme at middleweight, super middleweight, light heavyweight and on March 1, 2003 he became the WBA Heavyweight Champion. However on November 8, 2003, Jones had arguably the toughest fight of his professional career when he dropped back to light heavyweight to settle a personal score against then champion Antonio Tarver. Jones won a majority decision -- a verdict that enraged Tarver -- and boxing fans around the world immediately joined the debate. With pressure from all quarters growing, now “It’s More Than Personal” and on May 15, 2004 all questions will be answered at the Mandalay Bay Events Center live on pay-per-view. continue
06.05.04 - The third installment of Cedric Kushner Promotions' Heavyweight Heroes: the Search for the Next Great Heavyweight will headline one of boxing's top young heavyweights, undefeated Samuel Peter, squaring off against Charles Shufford on May 17 from Bally's-Las Vegas Event Center, it was announced today by CKP president Cedric Kushner. continue
05.05.04 - Roy Jones, Jr., regarded as the best fighter today in any weight class will battle Antonio Tarver for the WBC & IBO light heavyweight titles in a rematch of their November 8, 2003 bout, which Jones won by majority decision. Two title bouts and a ten-round heavyweight attraction have been added to that main event. The blockbuster fight card, presented by Don King productions in association with Square Ring, Inc. and Mandalay Bay and sponsored by CMXchange, will take place at the Mandalay Bay Events Center. continue
05.05.04 - NABO junior middleweight champion “The Pride of Providence” Peter Manfredo, Jr. (20-0, 10 KOs) and WBC Youth middleweight title-holder “Bad” Chad Dawson (15-0, 10 KOs) are putting much more than their titles on the line May 14 in “Young Gunz 2004,” live on ESPN2 Friday Night Fights from the Rhode Island Convention Center in downtown Providence. continue
05.05.04 - By Elliot Worsell: Sheffield’s leading light heavyweight contender Clinton Woods 35-3 (21 KO’s) aims for world title glory once more on May 28, as he tackles Jamaican born puncher Richard Hall 27-4 (25 KO’s) in an official eliminator for the coveted IBF portion of the 175 lb title - it was confirmed this afternoon by leading promoters ‘Fight Academy’. continue
05.05.04 - Forget Independence Day. The real fireworks of the Summer of 2004 will go off on June 3 and 4, when Goossen Tutor Promotions presents two consecutive nights of boxing at the Chinook Winds Casino and Convention Center in Lincoln City, Oregon, featuring world class championship fights. continue
05.05.04 - By Luke Dodemaide: Only four years ago Anthony ‘The Man’ Mundine was lacing up a pair of boots getting ready to represent St George Illawarra Dragons in Australia’s National Rugby League. Anthony Mundine was 24 and at the peak of his powers, newly crowned as the highest paid player in the game. But then to the astonishment of the Rugby world, ‘The Man’ walked out on the sport. continue
04.05.04 - Canadian Super Middleweight champion Mark Woolnough (13-3-1, 4 ko’s) will face Jose Spearman (20-7-2, 8 ko’s) in the main event at the Emerald Queen Casino’s Battle at the Boat Boxing Series. Woolnough, the current Canadian Super Middleweight champion, has strung together six straight wins including his last three at the Battle at the Boat Series. It will be his first main event at the Emerald Queen. continue
04.05.04 - On Wednesday, April 28th, 2004, long time boxing manager, trainer and promoter and friend, Dave Gorman of Fort Worth, Texas passed away in a nursing home at the relatively young age of 61. Dave’s health had been failing for some time, but the final blow was a late diagnosis of cancer and within days, he was gone. Dave Gorman never left boxing, no matter how sick he was or how broke he was. He and his wife, Loretta, were a prominent couple in boxing and they worked as a team. continue
04.05.05 - By Elliot Worsell: Go getting Cruiserweight talent David Haye and manager Adam Booth have signalled their intent this afternoon, by confirming that accomplished former IBF cruiserweight champion Arthur Williams 38-10-1 (27 KO’s) will provide the 23 year old Londoner's next professional assignment in Reading on May 12. Announced at a 'Fight Academy' press conference today in Reading, Williams was plucked from a shortlist of well established cruiserweight names ranging from former IBF title contenders Derrick Harmon and Jason Robinson to battle hardened US veteran Ernest Mateen. continue
03.05.04 - By Frank Lotierzo - [email protected] - Let me just say that if Lennox Lewis comes out of his brief retirement to fight newly crowned WBC Champ Vitali Klitschko, nobody will have been more wrong than me! If Lewis fights Klitschko, I will have completely misjudged him. I for one felt that Lewis got out of boxing at the perfect time. He is one of the few Heavyweight's Champions who came out on top in every way possible. I really believed and thought he was different then the others and could resist the lies that his healed body and mind are whispering to him.
Lennox Lewis left Boxing as the World's top Heavyweight. In his last fight as Champ he beat the fighter that many thought was going to be the heir apparent in Vitali Klitschko. Lewis also has his money and achieved respect as a great fighter on top of never facing a fighter he couldn't beat. Coming back and beating Klitschko again would prove absolutely nothing. Winning the title again won't improve his standing as an all-time great. And if he lost to Klitschko, I'm not sure his legacy could take the hit historically. Again, he already beat Vitali in June of 2003. continue
02.05.04 - Chicago’s premier boxing promoter Bobby Hitz of Hitz Boxing brings a top notch evening of professional boxing to the Rockford Motor Speedway on Friday, May 7th. Headlining the five-bout “Rockford Rumble” event is local favorite Mike “Tension” Nevitt (6-0, 3 KOs) of Sycamore. In a highly anticipated rematch, Gary Gomez faces John Roman Williams for the Illinois State Cruiserweight Championship. The action begins at 8pm this coming Friday. continue
02.05.04 - By Daniel Baguley: After watching last weeks British and Commonwealth title bout between Michael Sprott and Matt Skelton I though it would be an opportune moment to discuss who the best heavyweight in Britain is.
The current world heavyweight scene is scarce of talent and the British scene is no different unfortunately. Twenty years ago if you held the British title it meant you were the best in Britain but after watching last weeks maul between the above mentioned it is clear this is no longer the case. Many thought Michael Sprott was lucky to have wrested the title from Danny Williams in January of this year but few could begrudge him the win after a strange performance by Williams who seemed more intent on mocking his opponent than actually getting down to business. continue
02.05.04 - In an excellent performance, IBF No. 1 contender Kelvin "Concrete" Davis knocked out IBF No. 4 contender Ezra Sellers in the eighth round to capture the vacant IBF cruiserweight title Saturday on SHOWTIME. In the co-feature at the Jai-Alai Fronton, WBA No. 4 contender Maselino Masoe (photo: TOM CASINO/SHOWTIME) impressively flattened WBA No. 5 contender Evans Ashira in the second round to earn the vacant WBA middleweight crown. The SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING world championship doubleheader aired at 9 p.m. ET/PT and was promoted by Don King Productions.
Davis (21-2-1, 15 KOs), of Natchez, Miss., dominated the lanky Sellers from the outset. The aggressor throughout, he knocked down Sellers three times. The crowd-pleasing Davis, who worked both hands to the head and body effectively, floored Sellers with a series of punches at the end of the fourth round, dropped him with a three-punch combination in the eighth and finished him with a right hand later in the round. After the last knockdown, the referee stopped a good-action match at 2:33 of the session. The 5-foot-7 Davis opened his career with 16 consecutive victories, but was just 4-2-1 in his previous seven starts. continue
02.05.04 - By Ike Enwereuzor - www.Jacboxing.com - IBF No.2 middleweight contender "Hallelujah" Raymond Joval of Netherlands, now (32-2) with 15 knockouts, who fought a Technical Draw with Angel Hernandez in Tucson, Arizona on ESPN2. Joval is expected to return to action in July against Sam Soliman in California. continue
01.05.04 - By Elliot Worsell: In a somewhat disappointing Bridgend main event, Maesteg’s livewire IBO lightweight champion retained his lightly regarded title with a twelve round unanimous points verdict over game challenger Kevin Bennett from Hartlepool. In what beforehand promised to be an exciting domestic rumble, Cook had to make do with doing what was necessary in front of his home fans to eek out a decision, rather than displaying the explosive, thrilling, power punching exploits of previous outings. This was by no means a vintage Jason Cook performance of the Casamonica, Zoff or Oliveira variety. continue
01.05.04 – By Joe Rein: Like a cat, Manny Pacquiao sprung straight up in the air at eye level with undefeated Art Simonyan and executed a perfect spinning back kick past his nose, just to remind him: “I have an answer for everything.”
“Oohs!” and “Ahhs!” went up all over Wild Card from Pac’s faithful for his Matrix-like response to Simonyan’s transgression. Simonyan, in frustration, had playfully kicked Pac in the behind as the two headed back to their corners after sparring. Pac had floored him at the end of round one – the first time in 229 fights – amateur and pro – and consistently put him at the end of a straight left for six rounds. Pacquiao and Simonyan both grinned, “Good work.”
John Bray, Simonyan’s head trainer for the last three years, said about the knockdown: “He got caught. No ifs ands or buts about it. All you got to be is not on for a moment against a guy like Manny Pacquiao and you’re gonna get dropped.” continue
01.05.04 - French WBA International-EBA Welterweight Champion Mustapha Bouzid retained his Crown by majority points decision after some excellent twelve rounds of boxing last night in Bergamo, Italy (Friday, April 30th). Challenger was local hero Luca Messi (now 25-4-1) and this was the Title rematch when four months ago Frenchman Bouzid (now 24-9-1) captured the EBA Crown from Messi by stoppage in three rounds. continue