Boxing


“THE ROAD BACK” Casamayor returns to the ring

30.06.04 - Interview by Wray Edwards: Arriving in Vero Beach, we came to a small industrial area and found Elite Boxing’s training facility. It is a modest, two room affair with one ring, one heavy bag, and one speed bag. In this humble place, the trainer Buddy McGirt holds forth with his students of the Sweet Science. Here were the jump-rope boards, the “shadow” boxing mirror, and the ring where the likes of Antonio Tarver, Arturo Gatti, Leila Ali, Joel Casamayor and Buddy McGirt’s son, James, train for their future bouts.

Approaching the open bay doors of the building, we could hear the roar of the speed bag, and whistling slap of a jump-rope. There were, perhaps, ten people there working out, and tending to the fighters. As we stepped around the edge of a wall to view the sparring ring, there we saw, dancing on the canvass, the almost perfect prototype of a 130 lb. boxer. It was Joel Casamayor. He had just finished sparring, and was doing a little freestyle to cool down a bit. continue


Cory Spinks and Lamon Brewster Headline September 4 Showtime Card

30.06.04 - Undisputed Welterweight Champion Cory “The Next Generation” Spinks will defend his titles against former world champion and WBC No. 1 contender Miguel Angel Gonzalez on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING from Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas on Saturday, Sept. 4. In the co-featured bout WBO Heavyweight Champion “Relentless” Lamon Brewster will take on Asian Pacific and Pan Pacific Heavyweight Champion Kali “Checkmate” Meehan of Australia. continue


Mike Tyson Vs Danny Williams Press Conference Quotes

30.06.04 - Tyson (50-4 2 NC, 44 KOs), of Catskill, N.Y., the former undisputed heavyweight champion and current WBC No. 8/WBA No. 10 contender will take his initial step toward reclaiming a world title when he takes on WBU International Champion Williams (31-3, 26 KOs), of London, England, live on pay per view, Friday, July 30. The TYSON-WILLIAMS pay-per-view telecast from Freedom Hall in Louisville, Ky., will begin at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT. Straight Out Promotions will present the event, which will be distributed by SHOWTIME Pay Per View.

MIKE TYSON : “I am delighted to be fighting in Louisville, the home of champions. I look forward to fighting Danny Williams. I am not here today to be a tough guy. I will be a tough guy on July 30.” (Regarding his 38th birthday on June 30): “It is just a birthday. Now, the birthdays get ugly. Being in this room is really rejuvenating me. I am happy to be here”. continue


DiBella Entertainment Signs Michael Warrick

30.06.04 - DiBella Entertainment has signed Michael Warrick, fresh off his unanimous decision victory over Jeffrey Resto, to an exclusive promotional agreement; it was announced today by DBE president Lou DiBella. All three judges gave the edge to Warrick after the junior welterweights valiantly traded power shots, with Resto being floored twice during the action. continue


Tyson/Williams: No-Hopers Attempt To Cash In On Mike Tyson... Or Is It The Other Way Around?

29.06.04 - By Matthew Hurley: So Danny Williams won the Mike Tyson sweepstakes and will face the former champion on July 30 in Kentucky. For a while Tyson's potential opponent for his millionth comeback was rumored to be Kevin McBride of Massachusetts. McBride, a poor mans Peter McNeely (and that's saying something), lost out on the Tyson lottery because he apparently wouldn't back down in price. He valued his safety too much and felt he deserved at least as much as McNeely got. But McBride, certainly a nice fellow, is no McNeely. So he's out. And the winner is Danny Williams of Brixton, England. continue


Casamayor-Seda Conference Call Quotes

29.06.04 - In a 10-round battle of former pro champions, Casamayor will square off against Seda on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING Saturday, July 3, at 9 p.m. ET/PT. The co-feature from the American Airlines Arena in Miami, Fla., will pit former two-time heavyweight champion Michael Moorer against Cuban Eliseo Castillo in a 10-round heavyweight battle. Team Freedom Promotions with Northeast Promotions, in association with Cedric Kushner Promotions, LTD, will promote the SHOWTIME doubleheader. continue


Time Tunnel: James J. Jeffries – The Forgotten Grizzly Bear

29.06.04 - By Janne Romppainen: The name of James, or Jim as he was called, Jeffries doesn’t ring many bells in today’s boxing fans’ minds. From the old-time heavyweights he is not among the best remembered. Anybody who has read a bit of boxing historic knows who was Jack Dempsey or Jack Johnson, many recognize the names of John L. Sullivan or Gene Tunney, but few remember The Grizzly Bear. Movies have been made about plenty of past champions, James J. Braddock being the last who has gotten his own autobiography filmed, but nobody has made a movie about Jeffries. But why is it that Jeffries has been virtually forgotten? After all, there was a time when he was considered to be the toughest and greatest fighter who had ever lived and who reigned in the division for six years and never lost his crown in the ring.

James Jackson Jeffries was born in 15th of April in 1875 in Carrol, Ohio. When he grew up he moved to the west coast and earned his living as a boilermaker. He stood at 6’2 and weighed about 210 lbs being at that day’s standards a very big man who had huge natural strength. To earn some extra cash he started boxing in 1896. In those days there were no four- or six-rounders to start with but even the novices fought for twenty rounds. In the next year Jeffries studied his profession the hard way: he was hired as a sparring partner for the reigning heavyweight champion James J. Corbett. In that role he was not allowed to do much else than to take punishment, but already then it became evident that he did just that exceptionally well. Usually the sparring partners had had enough quickly and changed their professions, but Jeffries took everything the champion could offer day after day. In the same year the inexperienced young fighter fought two notable contenders, Gus Ruhlin and Joe Choynski and held both to draws. It was apparent that he had future in the game. continue


Tyson-Williams Headlines "Return For Revenge" July 30

29.06.04 - Promoter Chris Webb/Straight Out Promotions will present "Return For Revenge," a sensational fight card on Friday, July 30, 2004, headlined by former undisputed heavyweight world champion Mike Tyson, 50-4, with 44 knockouts, of Catskill, New York, in a 10-round fight against former British Commonwealth heavyweight champion Danny Williams, 31-3, with 26 knockouts, of London, England. continue


Time Tunnel: Ken Norton

28.06.04 - By Jeff Bastasini: Ken Norton’s name is forever linked to that of Muhammed Ali. Norton fought Ali three times and handed him his second defeat of his career, the result of a broken jaw-fracturing punch in the first round. Asked in a 1992 interview what he thought he would be remembered for, “Norton replied “Fighting Ali.” Nevertheless, Norton was a key player in the heavyweight wars of the 1960s and 70s. He was an aggressive fighter who could move with confusing fluidity and who commanded a dangerous repertoire of punches. He was a great puncher on the inside who could offer many different looks to opponents with his crab defense and switching stances. continue


Cauthen Decisions Ortega!

27.06.04 - By Patrick Corcoran: In a junior middleweight bout featuring a former Olympian, 1996 bronze medallist Terrance Cauthen danced and circled his way to a unanimous 10-round decision over late replacement Roberto Ortega. This was a rematch between the two men, who originally fought in 2003 when Cauthen earned a decision victory. continue


Cruelty of the Sweet Science: A Series

26.06.04 - By: Ja Lang G. Greene - jalanggreene@aol.com - Boxing is cruel. It is a sport that shows no mercy towards the fighters, fans, and media that populate the sport. There isn't any need for a 16, 82, or 162 game season to crown a champion. One night. Twelve rounds. The sweet science has no sympathy for past champions who failed to walk away at the height of their success. The images are clearly etched in the minds of fight fans. continue


Tonya Harding Gets Stopped By Amy Johnson!

26.06.04 - Tonya Harding was knocked out by Amy Johnson in three rounds on Friday night in Edmonton, Alberta. Johnson, 22, was simply too strong for Harding, as she cornered her against the ropes in the 3rd round and unleashed an avalanche of punches against the battered and bruised Harding. The fight was stopped at 1:04 of the third round. continue


Summer 1969: Frazier-Quarry I & Foreman

25.06.04 - By Frank Lotierzo - GlovedFist@Juno.com - It was the summer of 1969. Apollo 11 landed on the Moon in July and August ended with some big concert in upstate New York better known as Woodstock. That is mostly what the summer of 1969 is known for. However, too me the biggest event of the summer of 1969 happened on June 23rd. That was the night that Heavyweight Champ "Smokin" Joe Frazier defended his title against top ranked contender Jerry Quarry at Madison Square Garden in a fight that would later be referred to as Frazier-Quarry I.

Frazier-Quarry I was the very first fight I saw live on Closed Circuit TV. It was a hot Tuesday night and I was 9 years old and went with my father and cousin to see it at the Cherry Hill Arena. My father was a huge Joe Frazier fan, opposed to me who hated Frazier at the time and rooted against him every time he fought during the mid sixties and early seventies. It wasn't so much that I hated Frazier because of anything he said or did, it's just that he was the fighter who was the most likely to succeed the exiled Muhammad Ali as Champ. continue


The Untouchable Don –An American Dream

25.06.04 - By Phenyo Molefephenyom@yahoo.co.uk - The prolific opportunist who rose above the harsh realities of life was a product of the unsympathetic Cleveland ghetto life. The enigma of this self-made boxing magnate still leaves most of us pondering unanswerable questions. continue


Conditioning: We expect it, but it's an intangible nonetheless

25.06.04 - By Chris Acosta: When there's a big fight upcoming, we as boxing fans can only muse about how one athletes' speed will match up against another's power, or defense or similar speed. We measure out all the checks and balances until coming out with something resembling an educated guess. But there's one aspect of the game that we often overlook, sometimes to the point of naivete: conditioning.

There's a mass assumption that since boxers know the risk of what they are getting themselves into, that there's a corresponding loyalty to their training. Yeah, we've seen heavyweights who could probably fall through 20 floors of an office building if they jumped up and down hard enough, but on the average, most professional fighters appear to be in good shape. continue


Don King Pledges Completion of 101st Airborne Monument

24.06.04 - Don King the world-renowned boxing promoter has once again shown his philanthropic side during a morale-boosting visit to Ft. Campbell, KY last week. King came through with a completely unexpected pledge of $150,000 that will be used to complete a monument honoring the mightiest division on the planet the “Screaming Eagles” of the 101st Airborne Division. continue


Browning Boxing Full Fight Card Results

Shields Decisions Jenkins In Lopsided Six Rounder! - In what has become a familiar scene, Jr. Middleweight Chase “White Tiger” Shields 15-0 (10 KO’s) beat an overmatched foe in Donald Jenkins 4-17-2 of Beaumont. Jenkins went on to be Shield’s fifteenth victim and punching bag for all six rounds and he added little (if any) resistance along the way. Hence, Shields improves his undefeated record to 15-0.

Unfortunately, Shields has yet to fight any legitimate opposition along the way. In fact since Shield’s turned pro, his opposition has had a combined record of 25-89! Not exactly top flight competition! continue


Terrance Cauthen vs Roberto Ortega on June 25

24.06.04 - In Friday's co-featured fight, NABF super lightweight champion Terrance "Heat" Cauthen, 25-1, with 7 knockouts, of Trenton, New Jersey, will face Roberto Ortega, 17-9-2, with 13 knockouts, of Miami, Florida, in a nontitle bout scheduled for 10 rounds. Cauthen, ranked No. 8 in the world by the WBC and WBA, and No. 10 by the IBF, has won 10 fights in a row. continue


Second Back Blow For Joe Calzaghe

24.06.04 - JOE CALZAGHE has been ruled out of his IBF World Light-Heavyweight title challenge against Glen Johnson on July 24 at the Cardiff International Arena because of a re-occurrence of his back injury. Calzaghe, the reigning WBO World Super Middleweight Champion, had to postpone the original fight date of June 12 in Manchester after injuring his back in a training. continue


CMXsports Debuts Exclusive Weekly Bert Sugar Column

24.06.04 - BERT RANDOLPH SUGAR'S weekly column --"Sugar 'N Spice" -- makes its world premiere Tomorrow! EXCLUSIVELY at www.cmxsports.com. Sugar, the world-famous boxing historian and sports bon vivant, is the Senior Boxing Analyst at-large for CMXsports, where he is also part of the new weekly Latin boxing broadcast series, "CMX Boxeo de Campeones," which made its debut, May 28. continue


Official Weights for Tonight's "CMX Boxeo de Campeones" Card

25.06.04 - Four weeks after the world premiere, the first weekly internet broadcast boxing series, presented by CMXsports and promoted by Guilty Boxing – “CMX Boxeo de Campeones” – returns TONITE! Friday, June 25, LIVE from The Orleans Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, NV. continue


Corrales/Freitas: Press Conference Quotes

24.06.04 - Photo: Tom Casino/Showtime - SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING will turn up the heat in August when it features two of boxing’s finest pound-for-pound champions battling it out for the World Boxing Organization (WBO) 135-pound title. In one of the most eagerly anticipated match-ups of 2004, Acelino “Popo” Freitas (35-0, 31 KOs) will put his undefeated record and WBO lightweight crown on the line against WBO Junior Lightweight Champion Diego Corrales (38-2, 31 KOs) Saturday, Aug. 7, 2004, at 9 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on West Coast) on SHOWTIME. Banner Promotions will present the event from Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Conn. continue


FNF: Michael Simms vs. Felix Cora for the USBA Cruiserweight Title

23.06.04 - Expelled 2000 Olympian Michael Simms (13-1-1, 11 KOs) faces Felix Cora (13-0-2, 7 KOs) for the USBA Cruiserweight title on ESPN2's Friday Night Fights from The Ramada Hotel in Rosemont, Illinois this Friday, June 25th. In addition, the six-bout card includes Chicago fan favorites Heavyweights Carl Davis and Chris Riley in separate bouts along with Junior Welterweight Jemaine Marks and Super Middleweight Oscar Bravo. continue


Crucce Says KO Is Only Way!

23.06.04 - By Tony Nobbs: Argentine light middleweight Walter Crucce arrived on he Gold Coast on Sunday and wasted very little time, heading to the gym at 7.30 pm to work off jet lag five days before he goes toe to toe with IBF # 4 Shannan Taylor at the Royal Pines Golf Course on the Gold Coast on Friday night. Before an impressive hit out with trainer - father Marcelo, the stocky 29 year old from Las Flores said he was in the best shape in a long time and suggested he may need an inside the route win to ensure his hand is raised. continue


Eurofighters score victories in Austria

23.06.04 - Telfs – On an entertaining boxing event located at Sportzentrum of Telfs in the Austrian Alps six Eurofighters and boxers of the Universum stable as well as several local heroes scored victories in mostly very competitive contests which in the majority went the full distance. The event was attended by a lively crowd of 2,000 and was the first fightcard that Spotlight Boxing promoted in Austria. continue


Shields, Barnica, and Jose Diaz Fight on Browning Card In Houston This Thursday Night

23.06.04 - Browning Boxing comes out blazing this Thursday night at the Park Plaza Hotel Astrodome (Formerly the Radisson Hotel Astrodome) in Houston Texas. In the Main Event, Middleweight Chase “White Tiger” Shields 14-0 (10 KO’s) will make his return to the ring after a five-month lay off to defend his Texas junior middleweight title. continue


Shobox to Feature Lightweight and Middleweight Showdowns

23.06.04 - Although Adrian Mora is unbeaten and untested, the crowd-pleasing, promising lightweight prospect also is one victory away from gaining instant notoriety. "All fights are important, but my next one on SHOWTIME definitely is the biggest of my career," said Mora (11-0, 7 KOs). The Denver native will take on former NABF and FECARBOX lightweight champion Steve Quinonez (28-7-1, 9 KOs) in the 10-round main event Thursday, July 1, on "ShoBox: The New Generation" at 11 p.m. ET/PT.* continue


Suleyman-Estrada Headline SHOBox's Return to Chumash Casino July 15

23.06.04 - It will be a battle between the young of the welterweight division at the Chumash Casino Resort in beautiful Santa Ynez, CA., when Gary Shaw Productions, LLC (GSP) presents undefeated welterweight contender, NURHAN SULEYMAN and the battle-tested DAVID ESTRADA in the main event on SHOWTIME’S SHOBox: The New Generation, Thursday, July 15. continue


The Time Tunnel: Barry McGuigan vs. Steve Cruz

22.06.04 - By Matthew Hurley: Right from the outset Barry McGuigan exuded charisma. A handsome little Irishman with a sunny disposition and a wicked left hook, the young fighter united Ireland like no political figure could. Something as simple as a nice young man with no political agenda winging punches in a fury brought a country together. Catholics and Protestants alike rallied around the “Clones Cyclone” and hoisted pints of Guinness when his father Pat sang “Danny Boy” before each of his ring battles. He was a unifying force and his fights attracted huge crowds. So enormous was his popularity that Kings Hall in Belfast was reopened for boxing just to host the huge throng ready to cheer on their hero. continue


Arostegui v. Said Headlines June 25 Edition of "CMX Boxeo de Campeones"

22.06.04 - Four weeks after the world premiere, the first weekly internet broadcast boxing series, presented by CMXsports and promoted by Guilty Boxing – “CMX Boxeo de Campeones” – returns This Friday! June 25, LIVE from The Orleans Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, NV. continue


Sheffield show snippets

22.06.04 - By Ben Carey: Some of British Boxing’s finest talents were present at Dennis Hobson’s show at the Octagon Centre on Thursday night. British Eastside did its best to speak to the movers and the shakers.

Maxwell happy to be back: A jubilant Patrick Maxwell was delighted with his first round destruction over veteran Howard Clarke after being out of the ring since last November with an injured right hand. continue


KRISTIANSEN READY FOR ANYBODY!

22.06.04 - Danish cruiserweight Jesper Kristiansen is, unlike many of his countrymen, eager and willing to go into anybody's backyard to fight. To hell with hometown judges, hostile crowds and all the usual "trickerations" that goes on to hype the promoters boy. If the conditions are right,
this Viking is afraid of no man! continue


Paul Spadafora Returns To Ring On July 17

21.06.04 - WDVE-FM welcomes and Michael Acri Boxing Promotions, in association with Pittsburgh Brewing, present "Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting!" starring "The Pittsburgh Kid," undefeated former IBF lightweight champion PAUL SPADAFORA! Spadafora, 37-0-1 (14 KOs), returns to the ring fresh from his successful jr. welterweight debut “ a 10-round unanimous decision victory over Ruben Galvan, April 29. continue


Barrera, Taylor Dominate With Purely Bad Intentions

21.06.04 - By Fiona Manning: Before a crowd of 5, 732 fight fans at the Home Depot outdoor arena in Carson, former four-time world champion Marco Antonio Barrera and rising middleweight superstar Jermain “Bad Intentions” Taylor demolished their foes inside the distance, providing two of the best fights seen on California soil for some time. Barrera, coming off a tough late KO loss to Manny Pacquiao last year, picked apart hapless Paulie Ayala, dropping to the canvas three times before stopping him in the 10th, proving once again he is very much a big part of big-time boxing.

In the main support fight of this HBO “After Dark”Top Rank-Golden Boy Promotions show, Taylor stopped former world champion and Olympic silver medallist Raul Marquez in a complete shut-out before Marquez’ trainer waved the fight over at the end of the ninth. This was a highly entertaining card for all the fans – including big boxing names like Sugar Shane Mosley, Michael Carbajal, Rosendo Alvarez, Monte Barrett (who said he is fighting Vitaly Klitshcko at the end of the year), Jose Navarro, Nate Campbell and many celebrities including rock singer Sammy Hagar. continue


Barrera: Just as I expected!

21.06.04 - By Izyaslav “Slava” Koza - Novirasputin@hotmail.com - Its not so much that Barrera left since his fight with Manny “the destroyer” Pacquiao, its that analysts and boxing fans just wrote him off. After all, when a fighter takes on an extremely talented opponent like Pacquiao and gets his “head” handed to him by a young hungry fighter with fast hands, that must mean his career has ended, right? continue


Audley Harrison - A Force in the Heavyweight Division?

19.06.04 – By Vincent van der Steen: Tonight Audley ‘A Force’ Harrison – 18-0 (12) – took another step in his quest for the world heavyweight championship by beating an unbeaten and unknown quantity in the Polish heavyweight champion Tomasz ‘the Bull’ Bonin – 26-1 (16) by a ninth round technical knockout. Harrison caught Bonin’s attention in the ninth after he threw a right jab-right cross combination. A visibly disgruntled Bonin was reeling and tried to cover up, while Harrison fired another right-left combination. As Bonin turned his back while he was moving away, the referee ended the fight. continue


Marco Antonio Barrera: "I Am Better Than Ever!"

By Fiona Manning: Marco Antonio Barrera, better known as the Baby-Faced Assassin, has no problems putting respect and friendship on the line tomorrow night against another former world champion, Paulie Ayala at the Home Dept center in Carson, CA. He spoke to Eastsideboxing.com at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel shortly after his weigh-in where he came in at a ready 125.5, Ayala at 126. There were no taunts or smack talking, no throat-cutting gestures. Both fighters look genuinely happy to be back in the mix against a guy each respects.

EB: Marco, thank you for your time.

MAB: No problem. You picked me to beat Prince Hamed I never forget that. continue


Harrison vs Abelyan: Cometh the hour cometh the man?

18.06.04 - Gavin Macleod: The true greats in every sport are the select few, who in the face of their toughest challenge, can rise to the occasion and produce their finest performance. Michael Jordan could always find something special when playing in NBA Finals, Zinedine Zidane finds his best form when playing in soccer’s biggest games and Muhammad Ali dug deep into his bag of tricks to outfox George Foreman in Kinshasa Zaire all that time ago. . continue


Drive-by Shooting at Fenech’s House

18.06.04 - An unknown gunman drove by retired world champion boxer Jeff Fenech’s house and fired seven shots into the house on Friday. Neither Fenech nor any of his family were home at the time of the shooting and no one else was hurt. ``I've no idea who did it,'' Fenech said Friday morning. ``I just hope they can wake up to themselves. It's a crazy thing to do, they'll end up in jail doing this and they should just learn to appreciate their family and their life outside.''Fenech is considered by many to be a national sports hero in Australia. Fenech, (27-3) a former three time world champion, was attacked and stabbed by four men in Sydney on January 5, 2004, receiving facial cuts that required plastic surgery.


Trainer Ronnie Shields on Jermaine Taylor Versus Raul Marquez

"The best man is going to win and right now I think Raul is a little bit better than Jermaine" Also Shields Concerned About Judging For Diaz fight!

18.06.04 - Interview by Carlos Kalinchuk: Some say that Donald Trump is the busiest real estate developer in the country. He starts his days early and he finishes very late into the evening. In boxing, I can't think of another trainer who's currently as busy as veteran trainer Ronnie Shields out of Houston. In the midst of preparing Raul Marquez for his fight with Jermaine Taylor this weekend, he's also training Dominick Guinn, James Leija, and Juan Diaz for big fights in the next 5 weeks. Although some would shudder at the thought of 12-hour training days and evenings filled with hours upon hours of videotape, by Shields' disposition and attitude, you'd know he's loving every minute of it. "…And that's what this boxing is all about and that's challenges and I look forward to challenges all the time!" Knowing what's in front of him and his fighters, that's exactly what he has on his hands. continue


Lawton scoops Midlands Area title

18.06.04 - By Ben Carey: Scott Lawton survived a 6th round crisis to deservedly outpoint a plucky Carl Allen over 10, brisk rounds to capture the vacant Midlands Area lightweight title at Sheffield’s Octagon Centre last night. The Staffordshire box-puncher is a new and exciting addition to Dennis Hobson’s stable and showed glimpses of promise but made hard work of what could have been a more straightforward outing. continue


Undefeated Malignaggi Earns Impressive 10-Round Decision Over Cano

18.06.04 - In the toughest fight of his young career, promising unbeaten junior welterweight contender Paulie "The Magic Man" Malignaggi (photo: Tom Casino/Showtime) overcame a badly injured right hand and the determined effort of Ramiro Cano to register an impressive 10-round unanimous decision victory Thursday on SHOWTIME. In the "ShoBox: The New Generation" co-feature, junior middleweight Sechew "Iron Horse" Powell remained undefeated by eking out an unpopular eight-round split decision over hard-luck Grady "BB" Brewer. The doubleheader, which took place at an outdoor arena at Harrah's Casino, was promoted by DiBella Entertainment and aired at 11:43 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast). continue


What Are The Biggest Fights That Can Be Made?

18.06.04 - By Frank Lotierzo - GlovedFist@Juno.com - The Big-Fight, is there anything like it in Boxing. If you're anything like me, your step has an extra bounce to it during that week leading up to the Saturday night of the Big-Fight. I remember in the 70's through the early 80's, all the Super Fights (Frazier-Ali, Foreman-Ali, Leonard-Hearns, Hagler-Leonard) were usually scheduled for a Monday or Tuesday night. When using the term Big-Fight, it shouldn't be confused with the best fight. The best fight is one where the two combatants would provide the most explosive toe-to-toe action, for example Tyson-Tua, or the upcoming Trinidad-Mayorga clash. continue


Rahman Stops Calloway In Second Round!

17.06.04 - Former heavyweight champion Hasim Rahman stopped Rob Calloway in the second on Thursday night at Michael's Eighth Avenue in Glen Burnie, Maryland. After chasing his overmatched and undersized opponent around the ring in round one, Rahman finally caught up with him in the second and dropped Calloway (44-5-1) with an overhand right at the two minute mark. Rahman retained his position as the mandatory challenger to WBA champion John Ruiz. However, the win doesn’t guarantee a rematch with Ruiz, who is reportedly favoring a unification fight with any of the other three heavyweight champions rather then facing Rahman again, who he easily defeated in December 2003.


Harrison vs Bonin - Quotes From Final Press Conference

17.06.04 - WBF Heavyweight Champion Audley Harrison (16-0, 11KOs) will face undefeated Tomasz Bonin (26-0, 16 KOs) from Poland on June 19 at the Alexandra Palace in Wood Green, London. The fight will air live on BBC1 at 10:50pm. The two were in attendance at the final press conference today held at the David Lloyd Centre in London. Harrison and Bonin know each other from various amateur tournaments and has kept track of each other’s professional progress to date. continue


Official Weights for June 18 Edition of "CMX Boxeo de Campeones"

17.06.04 - Three weeks after the world premiere, the first weekly internet broadcast boxing series, presented by CMXsports and promoted by Guilty Boxing “CMX Boxeo de Campeones“ returns Tomorrow! Friday, June 18, from Las Pulgas in Tijuana, Mexico. Former FECARBOX lightweight and super lightweight champion LUIS "VAMPIRO" ARCEO, from Tijuana, Mexico, goes mano-a-mano against ERICK "BALU" PEREZ, from Mexico City, Mexico, in the 10-round main event lightweight rumble. The bout will headline an all-action seven-bout card. continue


Guinn on Mesi: "I'm praying for him and I don't want him to go out like that"

17.06.04 - Interview by Carlos Kalinchuk: Until March 27th of this year, Guinn was considered by many to be one of the Heavyweight Divisions hottest prospects. He had been riding a string a victories against Michael Grant, Duncan Dokiwari and little known Derrick Banks. Unfortunately for Guinn, his undefeated string ran out when he floundered badly against Monte Barrett and suffered his first pro defeat.

Although, Guinn admittedly accepts that it was just not his night, he also points to the notion that he had too many distractions leading up to the fight. Considering it was his first pro fight in his at home state, (Arkansas) it seemed the adoration of the fans went straight to his head. “Man, once I got there, I didn't expect it to be like it was…I felt like I was the World Champion and that I had all three or four belts.” He has also summarized his defeat by saying, “I have no excuses. I just had a bad night. Nothing else. I didn't show up that night to fight and if I let some people in the press and my fans down then I'm sorry- but I'll be back!” said Guinn. continue


Kostya Tszyu Speaks Out Against The WBA

16.06.04 - Tszyu: On Wednesday 16th June 2004, I was informed by the World Boxing Association (WBA) that they have stripped me of my WBA world title. I am very disappointed with this, having been a very proud WBA champion over the last three years.

I know that most boxing fans will agree that the only place for world titles to change hands is in the ring, not outside of it. This current situation has happened because of a political campaign from another boxer’s promoter to give their fighter a clearer path. I am quite happy to fight the WBA mandatory, but have other commitments to meet first. continue


Sparks Fly At Trinidad vs Mayorga Press Conference

16.06.04 - Tito Trinidad (41-1, 34 KOs), former Welterweight, Jr. Middleweight and Middleweight Champion from Cupey Alto, Puerto Rico was at Madison Square Garden for the press conference, however, Ricardo Mayorga (27-4-1, 23 KOs) is currently on restricted travel and was unable to travel to New York. He was connected to the press conference via telephone from his home in Managua Nicaragua, where “El Matador” was hosting the Nicaraguan media.

With Don King at the podium in the Mecca of Boxing, flanked by “Tito” Trinidad, along with his father and trainer, Felix Trinidad, Sr., the verbal jabs began to fly:

DON KING: We would like now for Ricardo Mayorga, who can’t be with us here at Madison Square Garden today, to tell us how he feels about this fight coming up on October 2... continue


Tszyu Stripped of Title By WBA

16.06.04 - Kostya Tszyu has been stripped of his WBA light welterweight title for failing to make a mandatory defence within the stipulated time. The Russian-born boxer, who lives in Australia, refused to face WBA champion Vivian Harris from the United States because he had been scheduled to fight IBF interim champion Sharmba Mitchell next. Tszyu, who also holds the IBF and WBC "champion emeritas" titles, has been idled by injuries since January 2003. continue


Mayorga-Trinidad: Felix “Tito” Trinidad is “Back with a Vengeance”

16.06.04 - Legendary champion Felix “Tito” Trinidad is “Back with a Vengeance” when he returns to meet the exciting former WBA/WBC welterweight champion Ricardo “El Matador” Mayorga in New York’s Madison Square Garden, The World’s Most Famous Arena on Saturday, October 2, 2004. The twelve-round bout for the WBA International middleweight championship, presented by Don King Productions in association with Madison Square Garden, will be telecast live domestically by HBO Pay-Per-View and via KingVision both internationally and via closed-circuit in the United States. continue


Scott Harrison: "Make no mistake there’s only ONE Harrison in British boxing and that’s me"

16.06.04 - WBO World Featherweight Champion SCOTT HARRISON has promised boxing fans that they will know who the ‘Real Harrison’ is on Saturday 19 June. The tough Scotsman makes the second defence of his title, in his second reign as World champion, against the dangerous mandatory challenger from Armenia, WILLIAM ABELYAN, and will be roared on by 5,000 passionate fans at the Braehead Arena in Glasgow in what is a real fight. continue


Etienne vs Griffis on June 19

16.06.04 - Highly regarded heavyweight Clifford Etienne, victor over a current world champion, and Talmadge Griffis meet in the 10-round main event on Cedric Kushner Promotions nationally and internationally televised "Heavyweight Heroes" card Saturday, June 19, in Reno, Nev. The semi-main event features heavyweight Tony Thompson, winner of 18 straight, 13 by knockout against Agustin Corpus of Mexico. continue


Hall Of Fame Trainer Thell Torrence discusses Audley Harrison

16.06.04 - By Elliot Worsell: Legendary American fight tutor Thell Torrence is the man thrust to the forefront of WBF heavyweight champion Audley’s Harrison’s self titled ‘A-Force’ express train. An accomplished trainer, who has dealt with numerous world champions in the past, including former undisputed heavyweight champion Riddick Bowe and long running WBA light heavyweight kingpin Virgil Hill, Torrence is looking to replicate those past successes with the new wave of world heavyweights. Namely, the aforementioned 2000 Sydney Olympian, Harrison.

The 32 year old southpaw has progressed through 16 bouts comfortably thus far as a professional, since ditching the vest and headgear in May 2001, and has been quickly thrust into the heavyweight title picture in the form of his lightly regarded WBF bauble. That very trinket is put on the line this coming Saturday night at the Alexandra Palace, London, when the articulate Londoner locks horns with the unbeaten and unheralded Tomasz Bonin of Poland. continue


Tyson Ready For Comeback Against McBride on July 30

16.06.04 - Former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson is expected to face Kevin McBride (31-4-1, 26 KOs), on July 30. The fight will probably be held in Louisville, Kentucky. McBride, 31, 6-6, 260 pounds, is even larger than Lennox Lewis, although he doesn’t have the chin, power or speed to be much of a threat to Tyson. Two of McBride’s losses came to 2nd tier contenders DaVarryl Williamson and Axel Shulz, both by knockout. As one-sided as this fight is likely to be, Tyson’s advisor Shelly Finkel is working on having the fight televised on Showtime PPV rather than regular cable. continue


Tyson Should Go Byrd Hunting

16.06.04 - By Jason Peck: In 1999 Chris Byrd went after heavyweight contender Ike “The President” Ibeabuchi. Ibeabuchi was a Nigerian knockout artist who had already dealt David Tua his first defeat, and Byrd was yet another pretender to the heavyweight throne. But things were different in this fight, for Byrd's hit and run style finally met a man willing to slug it out. continue


UNDEFEATED on June 18th: Gonzales & Hopkins in Main Event

16.06.04 - Dominic Pesoli's 8 Count Productions' in association with Lou Duva's Duva Boxing are proud to announce full details of UNDEFEATED, a spectacular lineup of professional boxing at the DePaul Athletic Center on Friday, June 18th broadcast live on ESPN2's Friday Night Fights. Fight fans are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance by calling 312-226-5800 in order to assure entry. continue


Time Tunnel: Hearns-Duran

15.06.04 - By Frank Lotierzo - GlovedFist@Juno.com - One fought undisputed Middleweight Champion Marvin Hagler. In fact Roberto Duran was at the time the only fighter to go the distance with Hagler as Champion, something only Sugar Ray Leonard would accomplish four years after Duran. The other fighter was trying to get into position to challenge Hagler for the Middleweight Championship. Thomas Hearns was a two division Champ at the time. He won the Welterweight title with a stunning knockout over Pipino Cuevas, and won the Junior Middleweight title with a 15 round majority decision over Wilfred Benitez.

Entering his bout with Hearns, Duran had won titles at Lightweight, Welterweight, and Junior Middleweight and had a gaudy 77-5 record. In his last fight before facing Hearns, Duran lost a close unanimous decision to undisputed Middleweight Champ Marvin Hagler over 15 rounds. In fact Duran was so competitive with Hagler that he only lost by one point on two cards and two points on another. He was actually ahead on two of the three cards after the 13th round. After fighting Hagler, Duran received much high praise for the fight he put up, because most Boxing experts had predicted a Hagler blowout going into the fight. continue


Jermain Taylor - Standing At The Crossroads

NEW YORK, June 15 - After 20 fights as a professional (all victories, with 15 of those wins coming by knockout), Little Rock, Arkansas' Jermain Taylor is ready for the next phase of his career - a phase that includes world championships and high-profile bouts against some of the sport's superstars. But to get to that point, Taylor has to beat a man who has already been to those heights and who has a burning desire to get back there - former world champion Raul Marquez. continue


Three European championships on July 17 Universum event

15.06.04 - Universum Box-Promotion’s first summer event 2004 will host three European championship contests and is located in Zwickau in the east of Germany. In the main event Thomas Ulrich, 26-1 (18), is fighting against Italian Silvio Branco in a contest for the European light heavyweight title vacated by Ulrich’s stable mate Stipe Drews. continue


Raul Marquez on Jermaine Taylor, "To me he doesn't even know how to put his punches together!"

15.06.04 - Interview by Carlos Kalinchuk: The clock is ticking on Raul Marquez's (35-2) fight with rising Middleweight superstar and former Olympian Jermaine Taylor (20-0). This Saturday they'll be fighting for Taylor's WBC Continental Americas Title in the co-main event of the Paulie Ayala (35-2) and Marco Antonio Barrera's (57-4) Featherweight showdown at the Home Depot Center in Los Angeles California.

Although Taylor and Marquez both share former Olympic glory, Marquez's is much farther removed from his than the younger Taylor. Even though many are calling Marquez a long shot to defeat the younger bull, make no mistake about it, Raul wants to beat Taylor badly. However, considering his age and his penchant for cutting, this could be Raul's last stand at greatness. Barring a cut though, he definitely has the advantage in experience and he has a tremendous heart. Will that make a difference? We'll know soon enough. continue


OPEN CHALLENGE to Lucia RIJKER issued by Sumya Anani

14.06.04 - by Sumya Anani: OPEN CHALLENGE to Lucia RIJKER, WHO DIDN'T RESPOND TO MY EARLIER CHALLENGE, Jane COUCH, Aga RYLIK, & even Christy "THE GOLD DIGGER'S DAUGHTER" Martin should she want a rematch. Let's UNIFY the jnr. welter division & determine who is the best @ 140!

LUCIA, if you have any professional pride you will not retire without fighting a legitimate contender for a legitimate title. You won your “belt” from Marcela Acuna, who was 0-1 at the time. She is now competing as a super bantam. You have always avoided the best “on your street.” I WILL FIGHT YOU FOR EXPENSES ONLY, AND DONATE MY PURSE TO CHARITY!!!! continue


Marco Antonio Barrera Attempts To Climb To The Top Again

14.06.04 - By Matthew Hurley: When Marco Antonio Barrera steps back into the ring against the slippery Paulie Ayala he won’t just be gazing across the ring at a very serious challenger, he’ll be looking inward, perhaps wondering how he fell from the elite of boxing so quickly and so dramatically. Barrera’s dismantling at the hands of Manny Pacquiao in 2003 was so complete and so violently overwhelming that many were calling for his retirement. Even members of his own entourage, perhaps still in shock at seeing their charge bloody, battered and bewildered, expressed hope that he would walk away. Marco however, a warrior who had gone through this already years before at the hands of Junior Jones, decided he was having none of it and began the physical and mental preparation for what will surely be his final comeback. continue


Martin/Rijker: The Only One

14.06.04 - By Bernie McCoy: There is only one fight that will truly energize the sport of Women's boxing. The surprise, and maybe it's not a surprise at all, is that the bout is the same one, the only one, that would have energized the sport of Women's boxing five years ago. Christy Martin and Lucia Rijker need to step into the ring with each other. They may not be at the height of their skills as both were five years ago and it can be validly debated that there may be more talented female fighters on the Women's boxing scene today than Martin and Rijker but, these two names, these two fighters, remain the matchup that will attract interest like no other in the sport. continue


James Toney: Is He A One Fight Heavyweight Wonder ?

14.06.04 - By Frank Lotierzo - GlovedFist@Juno.com - He's back, and he's calling out everybody who is somebody! He is James "Light Out" Toney. Toney appears to be recovered from his ruptured Achilles Tendon, maybe not quite 100% physically, but most definitely mentally and emotionally. A few months back Toney was scheduled to fight Heavyweight contender Jameel "Big Time" McCline. The fight versus McCline was thought to be the continuation of Toney's ascend to the top of the Heavyweight division.

In his last fight prior to the scheduled fight with McCline, Toney stopped former four time Heavyweight Champ Evander Holyfield. The McCline fight had to be cancelled when Toney ruptured his Achilles Tendon in training. The fight with Holyfield was following up another outstanding performance by Toney. In his last fight before Holyfield, Toney decisioned Cruiserweight title holder Vassily Jirov. Toney was in great shape for Jirov and fought an outstanding fight. The Jirov fight marked a somewhat resurgence of James Toney because he was in tremendous shape, and seemed extremely purposeful. That is something Toney hadn't shown for a few years. continue


Darren Barker joins team Hennessy

14.06.04 - Commonwealth games gold medallist Darren Barker has become the third outstanding young talent to join Hennessy Sports in 2004. The 21-year-old follows junior Olympic gold medallist John O’Donnell and former junior ABA finalist John Murray into boxing’s most dynamic squad. Like his teammates, the Barnet boxer – who will campaign at light middle - is set for big things. continue


Heavyweight “Big Biko” to fight one last time: For God

14.06.04 - Wrestler, boxer, preacher: He is probably one of the most unusual and most refreshing figures that the professional sport of boxing ever produced: The full name of the Zaire born heavyweight who is carrying the Austrian nationality is Biko Ikomonya Botowamungo. Friends just call the the hard punching fighter “Big Biko”. continue


Anthony Farnell Loses

13.6.04 - By Martin Dobbing: Anthony Farnell's boxing world came crashing down upon him last night as he was stopped in 10 rounds by the slippery Eugenio Montero. Farnell, who accepted the job just 5 days before the fight following the withdrawal of Joe Calzaghe, will wish he had stayed at home. Instead he was comprehensively defeated by the well conditioned challenger. continue


Ricky Hatton labours through 13th title defence

13.06.04 - By Elliot Worsell: WBU light welterweight champion Ricky ‘The Hitman’ Hatton 36-0 (26 KO’s) cut a frustrated and despondent figure last night in Manchester as he laboured to a 12 round points win over the rugged and teak tough Argentinean challenger Carlos Wilfredo Vilches in defence of his fringe ‘world’ title.

The 25-year-old champion who has flittered around the periphery of true world class for the last couple of years now since quashing the spirited challenge of Irish rival Eamonn Magee in 2002, was fully aware that in Carlos Wilfredo Vilches, he had a South American hardman intent on dispelling the world title ambitions that we are led to believe reside within the down to earth masquerade of Hatton. continue


Roy Jones: Can One Night Erase Fifteen Years?

13.06.04 - By Janne Romppainen: The earthly glory is perishable in sports, but probably in no other sport the meaning of one loss can affect athlete’s status as dramatically as in professional boxing. An old saying which goes that a fighter is only as good as his last fight holds literally among many boxing fans. No other species of animal has naturally as poor a memory as does the boxing fan. Tens of splendid performances by a fighter can be erased from people’s minds with one setback, and even the worst of scandals can be soon forgotten after one good victory. continue


Mayweather Convicted Of Misdemeanor Battery!

13.06.04 - Lightweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. was convicted of misdemeanor battery stemming from a fight with two women inside a Las Vegas nightclub. Meayweather's received a 1 year suspended sentence and was ordered to undergo counseling and either pay a $1,000 fine or serve 100 hours of community service.

Justice of the Peace Deborah Lippis on Thursday convicted him on two counts of misdemeanor battery stemming from an August altercation inside the RA nightclub.If Mayweather gets in any more legal troubles during the year, he could potentially be spending a year in prison. Mayweather denied ever seeing the women.


Keep An Eye Out For Undefeated Jr. Welterweight Raymond Charles

He Just Made The Semi-Finals Of Oscar DelaHoya’s “The Contender” and He Could Be Boxings Next Diamond In The Rough!

13.06.04 - Interview by Carlos Kalinchuk: Jr. Welterweight Raymond Charles is currently 9-0 with 5 KO’s. Most boxing aficionados would point out that there are a lot of fighters with 9-0 records and they would invariably ask, “Why are you interviewing this kid?” The reason is simple. The kids’ got skills and he may yet again be another fighter in the next 2 years that will make the Jr. Welterweight more interesting (as if it were not already interesting enough). He’s aggressive in the ring, he’s twenty-four years old, and if you saw the punches he took to the chops (and handled out as well) in his last fight against the extremely tough Carlos DeLeon, you’d also know he’s also got a strong chin to boot. Oh by the way, he came back and won that fight albeit closely. Not impressed yet? That’s reasonable. But he also had an amateur record of approximately 85-10. Still not impressed? Charles also stopped the very Hot Demitrius Hopkins in three rounds when they fought as amateurs. Still skeptical? continue


Klitschko Brothers To Participate In Olympic Games Torch Relay

12.06.04 – World Boxing Council (WBC) Heavyweight Champion Vitali Klitschko and his younger brother, Wladimir, a former World Boxing Organization (WBO) heavyweight titleholder, will take part in the first worldwide Olympic Games torch relay. Vitali will serve as a torch carrier in Los Angeles on Wednesday, June 16, at Dodger Stadium, while Wladimir will run in Kiev, Ukraine, on July 5. continue


European Boxing Congress in Vitoria, Spain / July 8-11

12.06.04 - Only 26 days remaining and everything is getting ready at the "Palacio de Europa" conference palace for the EUROPEAN BOXING Congress to take place between July 8th and 11th 2004. Delegates from 27 countries of the Continent will come to this important meeting although the attendance of some people from overseas like Florida (USA), Mongolia . continue


WBC To File Chapter 7 Bankruptcy!

12.06.04 - From WBC President Jose Sulaiman: "It is with great sadness that the World Boxing Council announces that, on June 14, 2004, it will instruct its counsel to file Chapter 7 bankruptcy liquidation proceedings.

"The WBC was forced into Chapter 11 bankruptcy in 2003 after a New York jury awarded Graciano Rocchigiani $31 million dollars based on his allegation that the WBC stripped him of his world title. The WBC had hoped to persuade the Court and the jury that it was not liable and not responsible for the harm Mr. Rocchigiani alleged. Sadly, and despite a vigorous defense, the WBC did not prevail. continue


Luis Arceo v Erick Perez On June 18

TIJUANA, MEXICO (June 12, 2004) “ Three weeks after the world premiere, the first weekly internet broadcast boxing series, presented by CMXsports and promoted by Guilty Boxing "CMX Boxeo de Campeones" returns NEXT Friday! June 18, from Las Pulgas in Tijuana, Mexico. continue


DiBella Calls Smith vs. Hernandez Fight of the Year Candidate

11.06.04 - Promoter Lou DiBella was ecstatic over the performance of Chris Smith in the main event of Broadway Boxing presented by Mohegan Sun, calling Friday night's (June 4) action packed contest at the Mid Hudson Civic Center "the fight of the year." continue


Universum filed protest against Sturm vs. de la Hoya decision

11.06.04 - Hamburg – Universum Box-Promotion filed an official protest at the World Boxing Organization against the decision of the judges in the fight between Felix Sturm and Oscar de la Hoya. Middleweight champion Sturm was defending his title last Saturday against his challenger de la Hoya at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas. All three judges scored the contest 115:113 in favor of de la Hoya (7:5 rounds). continue


Trinidad-Mayorga: Can't Wait

11.06.04 – By Frank Lotierzo - GlovedFist@Juno.com - I just got the e-mail for the press conference to announce the up coming Felix Trinidad-Ricardo Mayorga Middleweight fight, "Back With A Vengeance." The press conference is Monday June 14th at Madison Square Garden. The fight itself will take place on October 2nd of this year, and will be shown on HBO-PPV. I don't know what the price will be for this one, but this is surely one time that the main event alone is worth the price.

I must admit that I can hardly wait for this fight to happen. Talk about style match ups, does it get any better than Trinidad vs. Mayorga? I'll answer that, no it doesn't! When it comes to forecasting what has the most influence over determining how good a fight will be, it usually if not always comes down to the style match up of the two fighters. Sure contrasting styles make for interesting fights, like Boxer vs. Slugger, or Swarmer vs. Counter puncher. However, nothing has the potential to be a great fight like Swarmer versus Swarmer or Slugger versus Slugger. continue


The Politics of Boxing

10.06.04 – By Keith Terceira: Boxing has long been a sport that pulls its participants from a pool of individuals that at best come from the blue collar working class and just as often from the underprivileged of the nation. If you look to the political map of how this nation votes for its officials you will see a direct correlation between what states over regulate boxing and what states allow more personal responsibility to take effect. continue


Michael Moorer Added to Casamayor-Seda Card

10.06.04 - 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, a former WBA junior lightweight champion and current WBA No. 3/IBF No. 5 and WBC No. 11 contender. continue


ShoBox Presents: Paul Malignaggi; Sechew Powell on June 17

10.06.04 - They've conquered the New York area with a diverse mix of speed, power and personality. On June 17, junior welterweight Paul Malignaggi and junior middleweight Sechew Powell travel to Harrah's Casino in Laughlin, Nevada to show the rest of the country what all the talk is about when they make their Showtime debuts on the hit series "ShoBox - The New Generation". continue


Frank Warren Leads New British Invasion

10.06.04 – Premier British fight promoter and Sports Network chief Frank Warren mounts a new charge to the shores of America and beyond behind the spearhead of FW Radio, the ground breaking live Internet broadcast arm of the innovative www.frankwarren.tv. continue


“Enter The Sandman” Presser

10.06.04 – Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment & Sports, Inc. held a press conference today at Foxwoods Resort Casino for Saturday night’s “Enter The Sandman” show airing live at 8 – 10 PM/ET on CN8, The Comcast Network from Foxwoods. continue


Official Weights for Tomorrow's "CMX Boxeo de Campeones"

10.06.04 - Two weeks after the world premiere, the first weekly internet broadcast boxing series, presented by CMXsports and promoted by Guilty Boxing – “CMX Boxeo de Campeones” – returns Tomorrow! Friday, June 11, from Las Pulgas in Tijuana, Mexico. continue


Resurrecting Lennox Lewis (and other random thoughts)

10.06.04 - By Lee Hayes: I just finished watching back to back, replays of Lennox Lewis vs. Shannon Briggs and I have some observations about boxing that I’d like to share:

1) Sometimes a fighter’s prime is incredibly short. I never much liked Briggs. He just irked me the wrong way. I had watched and HBO special on the seedier side of boxing. They showcased Briggs and his manager, I do not recall absolutely if it was Mike Marley, back then, but I think so. It was just so crooked. I couldn't stand it. Still, this fight I had just finished watching, with Briggs against Lennox Lewis, really impressed me. To look at the shape Shannon was in for that fight, it was very impressive. Never had he -or would he- look that good again. He threw great combinations, showing excellent hand speed. His arsenal contained an effective straight, short right hand to the body and his signature, lightning fast left hook to the head. He boxed well. continue


Nielsen, Vidoz, Valuev - WHO is the best of them?

09.06.04 - WBA International/EBA News: It is a hard question to answer. However this Friday June 11th we will have a first finalist after Steffen Nielsen meets Italian national Champion Paolo Vidoz in Copenhagen. Then the winner should face Nikolai Valuev within 90 days. But let's get some facts before we get to a conclusion.... continue


Burton bounces back+undercard report

09.06.04 - By Ben Carey: A crunching right cross from Barnsley’s Rob Burton dropped Leeds’ Lee Murtagh for the count at 2.30 of round 3 in the main event of this Koncrete Promotions show staged in the lush surroundings of Sheffield’s English Institute of Sport on Tuesday night. continue


Larry Holmes: 26 Years Ago Tonight He Made His Mark

09.06.04 - By Frank Lotierzo - GlovedFist@Juno.com - He supported himself by working in a car wash while learning his craft. He was mocked for having skinny legs. Many observers questioned his heart and punch. To top it off, he was stopped by Duane Bobick in the finals of 1972 Olympic Trials while Muhammad Ali provided color commentary with Howard Cosell for ABC's Wide World of Sports. Yet when his career was finally over, only Joe Louis and Muhammad Ali won more Heavyweight title fights than this all time great. In fact only Louis made more successful defenses of the Heavyweight title than the 20 that Larry Holmes compiled from 1978 through 1985.

It's 26 years ago tonight that Larry Holmes won the WBC Heavyweight title from Ken Norton. The date was June 9th 1978 when Holmes took a 15 round split decision over Norton at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. The Holmes-Norton title fight ranks up there with the greatest Heavyweight Championship bouts of all time. In fact the 15th round is one of the best rounds in Heavyweight history. continue


All Roads Lead to Canastota

09.06.04 - With the opening bell just days away, a huge gathering of boxing legends of yesterday and today has been assembled to participate in festivities planned for the 15th Annual Hall of Fame Induction Weekend in Canastota. Among the over 50 boxing stars slated to participate in the June 10-13th festivities include Hall of Famers Carmen Basilio, continue


The Heavyweights: Field Of Dreams

09.06.04 - By Vaughn M. Featherstone: For years the Heavyweight division has always been considered the glamour division of Professional Boxing. With the signature fighters of the sport ranging from John L. Sullivan to Lennox Lewis, one could always be able to name someone who has made a major impact in the sport. With most of the top pay per view audiences coming from the division, it is easily to distinguish what division is considered Boxing's most recognized one. continue


Oscar De La Hoya: The Gift Decision

08.06.04 - By Jose Sanchez: In a fight which most viewers expected to be a one-sided affair, Felix Sturm gave the performance of his life to defeat his idol, Oscar De la Hoya. In fact out of all his (DLH’s) recorded loses, none were as clear-cut as this one. Even the first Mosely fight, his most recognizable loss previous to June 5, was a tactical affair in which De la Hoya lost on the cards, but was not really ‘beat up’. continue


De La Hoya-Hopkins: Still On Course For Collision

08.06.04 - By Daniel Baguley: On Saturday night I think its fair to say we got one formality and one surprise. The formality being Bernard Hopkins easily, but unspectacularly, out pointing Robert Allen over twelve rounds to retain his World Middleweight crown. The surprise being Oscar struggling to outpoint a game and unfazed Felix Sturm over twelve fairly exciting rounds. The fight still appears to be on for September 18th but, one thing is for sure, Oscar has done nothing to convince me he will be able to beat the middleweight king Hopkins.

Bernard never really looked troubled for the duration of his fight but was definitely cautious and wary of what Robert Allen had to offer which, after all the big talk, wasn’t much. Robert clearly wanted to get in to Hopkins’ chest and brawl and maul on the inside, which is exactly what Hopkins wanted to avoid. The champion moved around and made sure he did enough to win the rounds. continue


Calzaghe: "Johnson's Going To Get Licked!"

08.06.04 - JOE CALZAGHE has promised to give IBF World Light-Heavyweight Champion GLEN JOHNSON a good licking when they meet on the re-scheduled date of Saturday 24 July at the Cardiff International Arena in Wales. The unbeaten Welshman is fuming at Johnson’s comments labelling him a ‘pussy ’ and a ‘punk’ for his withdrawal from the original date of the fight -- this Saturday (5 June) at the M.E.N Arena -- due to a serious back injury. continue


The Time Tunnel: When Jimmy Ellis Upset Leotis Martin

08.06.04 - by Mike Dunn: The date is August 5, 1967, and the site is the Houston Astrodome. The eight-man elimination tournament set up by the World Boxing Association begins today with a doubleheader featuring Jimmy Ellis vs. Leotis Martin and Thad Spencer vs. Ernie Terrell. Both fights are scheduled for 12 rounds and are being televised on Wide World of Sports.

Ellis (26-5) is known as Muhammad Ali's sparring partner and, perhaps because of that, he doesn't seem to get the respect he's due. Yancey Durham, the trainer of Leotis Martin, calls Ellis "a three-round fighter." Ellis has quick hands and an excellent 1-2 combination. His punches are crisp and hard. Coming into this encounter, Ellis has won eight straight and six of them have been one-round knockouts. continue


Interview with Harry Simon

08.06.04 - By Ike Enwereuzor - www.Jacboxing.com - "Undefeated two-time world champion "The Terminator" Harry Simon is back: "For those of you that don't know yet, I'm challenging Oscar De La Hoya, Bernard Hopkins, Winky Wright, Fernando Vargas and other Middleweights. I'm back to get my belt. Hopkins can't be the undisputed middleweight king unless he fought the true WBO Middleweight champion, Harry Simon." continue


He Fights Like a Man to Become a Woman

08.06.04 - By Joe Rein: If you had to create a storyline for a fight film, no one would buy this one. It’s just too unbelievable…but it’s true.

In the most macho of martial arts sports, Thai kickboxing, a transvestite fighter, who became a champion, and won 20 of 22 fights, with a reputation of being especially brutal, was only motivated to earn enough money to get a sex-change operation.

He got the money. Got the operation. And is now a model in Thailand. He can no longer fight because they only allow men. continue


Cora vs Simms Headlines FNF on June 25

08.06.04 – Promoters Art Pelullo/Banner Promotions and Bobby Hitz Boxing Promotions will present a sensational championship fight card on Friday, June 25, 2004, in the Grand Ballroom at the Ramada Plaza Hotel O'Hare, located at 6600 N. Mannheim Road in Rosemont, Illinois. The fights will be televised on ESPN2's "Friday Night Fights." continue


Here We Go Again: De La Hoya Doesn't Convince All

08.06.04 – By Frank Lotierzo - GlovedFist@Juno.com - Here we go again. What is it about Oscar De La Hoya and not being able to finish a fight. It seems almost every time De La Hoya is in a Big-Spot with the World watching, he doesn't close the deal. This past weekend De La Hoya decisioned Felix Sturm to capture the WBO Middleweight title. In what is becoming an all to familiar pattern involving De La Hoya is that just as many people think he lost the fight as there are who think he won it. Yet the decision was unanimous, which came as a shock to no one.

Now De La Hoya is slated to fight undisputed Middleweight Champ Bernard Hopkins in September. If Oscar De La Hoya was just another top ranked Middleweight, there would be no interest in this fight with Hopkins at all. However, since he is Boxing's most recognizable Superstar, the fight will go on as scheduled, as long as he still wants it too. Think about it, De La Hoya is now positioned to fight the best Middleweight in the World, yet there is still the question as to if he defeated Felix Sturm? continue


Honorio-Sanchez Headlines Friday's "CMX Boxeo de Campeones"

08.06.04 - Two weeks after the world premiere, the first weekly internet broadcast boxing series, presented by CMXsports and promoted by Guilty Boxing – “CMX Boxeo de Campeones” – returns This Friday! June 11, from Las Pulgas in Tijuana, Mexico. continue


Carl Froch ready for world stage

08.06.04 - Following the first successful defence of his commonwealth title against Mark Woolnough last week, Carl Froch feels that he is ready to tackle the best in the super middleweight division. continue


Calzaghe Out, Farnell In

08.06.04 - Two-time World Middleweight champion ANTHONY FARNELL has stepped in to replace JOE CALZAGHE this Saturday (12 June) at the M.E.N Arena. Calzaghe withdrew from his title challenge against IBF World Light-Heavyweight Champion Glen Johnson last Sunday citing a back injury, leaving RICKY HATTON to headline as the main-event with the thirteenth defence of his WBU World Light-Welterweight title against Carlos Vilches. continue


Pemberton-Camlin, Clampitt-Couch headliners Saturday night

07.06.04 - Four title belts will be on the line Saturday night (June 12) in “Enter The Sandman,” promoted by Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment & Sports, Inc. (CES) in association with CN8 and Foxwoods Resort Casino, airing live at 8 – 10 PM/ET on CN8, The Comcast Network from Foxwoods in Mashantucket, Connecticut. continue


Kenny Ellis takes on Troy Rowland

07.06.04 - Kenny Ellis talks as every fight is his last. In just over the past year, he has put together a very impressive record of 7-1 (7KO’s). His opponent’s win percentage is 75%. His only loss was to Kingsley Ikeke due to a cut on the bridge of his nose. When asked for a comment, Kenny replied, “No more comments! Let’s fight!” continue


Ike Ibeabuchi: What a Waste!

07.06.04 – By Lee Hayes: Last night, after watching a replay of Oscar DeLaHoya vs. Felix Strum, I decided I wanted to watch boxing the way it’s suppose to be. So I popped in Ike Ibeabuchi vs. David Tua. What a treat. Even after viewing it for about the 20th time, I still get chills from this fight that many fans have already forgotten. A shame.

About half way through the fight –which I had been watching with a progressively, chilled admiration- I said out-loud to myself, “I am furious with Ike Ibeabuchi!” And I sincerely felt a deep anger towards the man. “He cheated us!” I said to myself. He was “it”, the next in line. Our “President”, I thought. He could have dominated like a Tyson, Lewis or Holyfield, and he cheated us. The Nigerian heavyweight, with the punch of Sonny Liston. (Along with his scowl), ripped-off the boxing public, and our “President”, turned out as noble as Richard Nixon. The price has been stiff. continue


Borges vs. Katz – Boxing Scribe Smack Down

07.06.04 - By Matthew Hurley: The details were initially sketchy because Bob Arum was contemplating adding it to the pay per view telecast that Saturday night, and upping the price by ten dollars, but news of the slap and tickle fight between boxing scribes Ron Borges and Mike Katz quickly overshadowed the fight festivities. continue


Gonzales & Hopkins in Main Event Showdown on June 18th

07.06.04 - Dominic Pesoli's 8 Count Productions' in association with Lou Duva's Duva Boxing are proud to announce full details of UNDEFEATED, a spectacular lineup of professional boxing at the DePaul Athletic Center on Friday, June 18th broadcast live on ESPN2's Friday Night Fights. continue


The Troubled Life And Sad Legacy Of Sonny Liston

07.06.04 - By MIKE DUNN: For those interested in knowing more about the life and times of one of the most enigmatic and troubled heavyweight champs, the book "The Devil and Sonny Liston," by Nick Tosches (Copyright 2000, published by Little, Brown and Company), is a wealth of knowledge. Tosches, who hails from Newark, writes in an engaging style that is as beautifully stylish as a Liston left jab and as savagely straightforward.

The author begins appropriately at the beginning with his subject, providing more comprehensive information about Sonny's childhood than probably even Sonny himself knew. Liston's formative years were spent growing up as a physically and mentally abused child living in a forsaken patch of land known as Sand Slough, Ark. continue


Calzaghe Fight Called Off

07.06.04 - JOE CALZAGHE has been forced to withdraw from his IBF World Light-Heavyweight title challenge against GLEN JOHNSON next Saturday (12 June) at the M.E.N Arena due to a serious back injury. The undefeated Welshman, who was stepping up to 175lb for the first time after reigning as WBO World Super-Middleweight Champion for nearly seven years, sustained the injury in a sparring continue


Hopkins Decisions Allen

05.06.04 - Bernard Hopkins advanced to a September 18 middleweight boxing showdown by capturing a unanimous 12-round decision over Robert Allen on Saturday night in Las Vegas. Much of the fight was boring as fans booed and seemed uninterested by most of the action in the ring. Hopkins retained his IBF, WBA and WBC titles in a one sided fight against a very timid Allen. continue


Phillips Dominates Late Sub Bojorquez, Lacy-Tsypko Ends in No-Decision

05.06.04 - In a bout in which he had his way throughout, IBF No. 2 contender Verno Phillips registered a sixth-round TKO over late substitute and IBF No. 15 contender, Carlos Bojorquez, to capture the vacant IBF junior middleweight title Saturday on SHOWTIME. In the co-feature undefeated Jeff Lacy retained his WBC Continental Americas/NABA and USBA super middleweight crowns when his IBF elimination bout with Vitali Tsypko ended in a no-decision after the second round. continue


De La Hoya Wins Close Decision Over Sturm

05.06.04 – Oscar De La Hoya, looking fat and out of shape, was awarded a close decision by the judges tonight in Las Vegas. However, many at ringside seemed to disagree with final decision based on the amount of booing when the decision was announced. Sturm controlled most of the fight with his jab, and when De La Hoya was on the attack, he was often out punched by the younger Sturm. The fight probably would have been awarded to Sturm (20-1, KOs) if De La Hoya hadn’t fought so hard over the last 3 rounds to pull out the fight on the judges card, although he still appeared to lose all three rounds to Sturm.

"Everything went wrong tonight," De La Hoya (37-3, 29 KOs) said. "I tried as hard as I can."

"Everyone knows I won this fight," Sturm said. "I am the true champion. He got the win because he's a big name." It was the first fight as a middleweight for De La Hoya, who lost his 154-pound title to Shane Mosley in his last fight last September. All three judges scored it 115-113 in favor of De La Hoya. East Side Boxing had it 115-113 for Sturm. continue


Skelton matches Williams

05.06.04 - By Ben Elshaw: Matt Skelton (13-0-0) went into this fight knowing that Danny Williams has stopped his opponent Bob Mirovic (37-12-2) at the end of the fourth round. In the first round in a packed York Hall, Bethnall Green Skelton caught Mirovic with a powerful uppercut and Mirovic dropped to the floor. continue


The Beauty and the Beast: A Tale of Two Champions

05.06.04 – By Vincent van der Steen: Tonight, Oscar ‘the Golden Boy’ De la Hoya – 36-3 (29) – will make an attempt at capturing a piece of the world championship in his sixth weight class as a professional. On that night in Las Vegas he will challenge Felix ‘Adnan Catic’ Sturm – 20-0 (9) – for the lightly regarded WBO middleweight championship of the world. continue


Gatti-Dorin: A Last Hurrah or The Beginning of the End?

05.06.04 - By Paul Ruby - thepaulruby@hotmail.com - Arturo Gatti is perhaps the most exciting fighter of the last 15 years. Like Joe Frazier, Gatti has appeared in Ring Magazine’s ‘Fight of the Year’ on four occasions, trailing only Muhammad Ali’s six and Carmen Basilio’s five. Gatti’s face-first style has endeared him to fans since early in his career, and he also shown great heart and resiliency in bouncing back from adversity. In short, Arturo Gatti embodies what fans love about boxing and boxers.

No good thing, though, lasts forever. Arturo Gatti’s body has absorbed a tremendous amount of abuse over the years, recurrent hand injuries have taken their toll, and his reflexes have shown signs of slipping. I consider myself a huge fan of Gatti’s and hurts to say those things, but unfortunately it’s the sad reality. Boxing is a brutal sport, and years of punishment eventually take their toll on even the grittiest fighter. All the heart in the world cannot stave off the hands of father time forever. If Gatti gets past Leo Dorin this July, I sincerely hope he takes one or two more fights, hopefully for the big money he deserves, and then considers calling it a career. continue


Johnny Tapia to Attend Hall of Fame Weekend

05.06.04 - The International Boxing Hall of Fame announced today popular 5-time world champion Johnny "Mi Vida Loca" Tapia will attend festivities planned for the 15th Annual Hall of Fame Induction Weekend set for June 10-13th. Fighting out of Albuquerque, NM, Tapia compiled an impressive 150-12 amateur record. continue


DiBella Entertainment Signs Ray Joval

05.06.04 - Middleweight contender Ray “Hallelujah” Joval, ranked #2 by the IBF, has signed an exclusive promotional agreement with DiBella Entertainment, president Lou DiBella announced today. The 36-year old was born in the Netherlands city of Den Haag and now fights out of Brooklyn. continue


Felix Sturm: Raise the white flag?

05.06.04 - By Nat Kerr - kerr@ureach.com - Tonight German middleweight Felix Sturm faces the daunting task of defending his WBO title against one of boxing’s best pound-for-pound fighters -- Oscar De La Hoya. For the heavy underdog, the fight is a chance to showcase his skills in front of an American audience for the first time.

A native of Hamburg, Sturm, known at the time as Adnan Catic, was the 2000 European amateur champion at 156, and the German national champion in 1999 and 1998, also at 156. He competed at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, losing in the quarterfinals 19-14 in a close fight to highly touted American Jermain Taylor. Catic ended up compiling an excellent amateur record of 113 victories and 9 losses. After turning professional, Catic -- the son of Bosnian immigrants, changed his name to the more German sounding Felix Sturm. continue


Sturm shows no respect for De La Hoya at the weigh-in

04.06.04 – One day prior to the biggest fight of his life WBO middleweight champion Felix Sturm, 20-0 (9), was showing no respect for his idol Oscar de la Hoya, 36-3 (29), during Friday’s weigh-in. The 25-year-old German was posing self-confident and cocky in front of a large number of journalists, photographers and television teams and several hundred fans inside the MGM Grand Garden Arena where the fightcard will take place tomorrow. While posing side-by-side with his opponent Sturm shook his index finger as if he wanted to make clear that de la Hoya’s hunt for fame in new weightclasses may end tomorrow night. continue


Oscar De La Hoya: Signature Fights Pro & Con

04.06.04 - By Frank Lotierzo - GlovedFist@Juno.com - Oscar De La Hoya is a fighter that most boxing fans have a strong opinion on. Either they love him or hate him, or say he's overrated or underrated. Some find him condescending, some say he's been spoon fed, and others insist he's a media creation. Regardless of what your opinion is of Oscar De La Hoya, you certainly can't ignore him or question his stature in boxing today.

The fighter he is most often compared too, just so happens to be the fighter that he also measures himself against, Sugar Ray Leonard. Leonard and De La Hoya share many similarities in and out of the ring. They both flashed Pepsodent smiles and both won Olympic Gold Medals. One dedicated his performance to the remembrance of his mother who passed away right before the games, and the other dedicated his performance to his future wife whose picture he had taped to his left boxing shoe. continue


Hopkins Agrees To Fight

04.06.04 - Middleweight champion Bernard Hopkins changed his mind about his previous demand for a referee change Friday, saving a high paying fight card with Oscar De La Hoya. Right before the scheduled weigh-in for Saturday's doubleheader, Hopkins decided after all to have referee Joe Cortez do his title defense with Robert Allen. continue


Why Bernard Hopkins Has More At Stake

04.06.04 - By Daniel Baguley: This Saturday two meteorites will begin their collision course and I for one believe that only one man’s legacy can be destroyed on impact. Foregoing any upsets Saturday night, Bernard Hopkins and Oscar De La Hoya will meet in September in one of the biggest boxing attractions ever. Bar none. continue


Guerrero Dominates Sanchez With An Electrifying Performance

04.06.04 – The people of Lincoln City will remember the night they saw their first Robert Guerrero fight. The 21-year old fighter lived up to his expectations when he thoroughly controlled former WBA Featherweight Champion Enrique Sanchez for eight rounds before the referee stopped the fight. continue


Williamson-Mercer Cancelled

04.06.04 - The proposed bout between DaVarryl 'Touch of Sleep' Williamson and 'Merciless' Ray Mercer has been cancelled. While Williamson is available and ready to fight on Tuesday night, no suitable opponent could be found on just four days notice and it was determined not to proceed with the card. With Mercer's recent announcement that he has retired from the sport of boxing, the card was comprimised. continue


Has Benn? Nigel Benn – All-Time Great or Forgotten Warrior?

04.06.04 - By Christopher Dawson: Writing about Nigel Benn’s place in middleweight history is one of the most difficult tasks I have taken in some time. I remember following the career of “The Dark Destroyer” during the mid to late 80’s with great appreciation. He was without a doubt one of the most exciting fighters to watch during this time period. One of the hardest punchers to ever grace the 160–168lb divisions. He always had courage to spare and the ability to end a fight at any moment with one punch. Benn also had well-rounded skills and could box if he needed to. However, like most devastating hitters, he more often than not depended on his power whenever confronted with adversity. He always came in to his fights with excellent conditioning.

To begin his career, Benn ran a string of 22 consecutive victories by knock out. Nigel suffered his first defeat when he faced Michael Watson, a smooth boxer with very effective defensive maneuvers that frustrated the Brit. continue


Cory Spinks Coming to Canastota

04.06.04 - The International Boxing Hall of Fame announced today reigning undisputed welterweight champion of the world Cory "The Next Generation" Spinks will be in Canastota for the 15th Annual Hall of Fame Induction Weekend, June 10-13th. continue


The Boxing Scene: Jimmy Thunder Returns

04.06.04 - By Keith Terceira: The latest upheaval in the heavyweight division may be the return of Jimmy Thunder (35-14-3) from New Zealand. Thunder is reportedly in tremendous shape both mentally and physically. Last nights report is that Jimmy is weighing in at 229 and knocking heads in the gym. continue


*Mac Gets Cruz Missile*

04.06.04 - Dynamite fisted Welshman ENZO MACCARINELLI has promised an explosive fight when he makes the fourth defence of his WBU World Cruiserweight title against Chilean hitter Carlos Cruzat. Big Mac, who has 13 KO’s in 18 fights, goes head on with the ‘Cruz’ missile on July 3 at the Newport Sports Centre in what is expected to be a short and brutal affair. continue


Time Ticks For Bernard Hopkins

03.06.04 - By Matthew Hurley: Undisputed middleweight champion Bernard Hopkins likes to think of himself as “old school.” A fighter who had to suffer as he rose to the top of his profession. Leaping over hurdles, dodging pick pocket promoters, talking back to the media, raising a child and keeping his marriage stable and… and then stepping into the ring and fending off would be challengers for his crown. The fighting was the easy part. It was everything else that drove this self-proclaimed “angry young man” to distraction. Yet somehow, with his indomitable fighting spirit Hopkins managed to unify the middleweight title, string together a very impressive run as champion and find himself at or near the top of most boxing scribe’s pound for pound ratings. continue


Hopkins threatens to pull out of Saturday's fight Over Referee

03.06.04 - middleweight champion Bernard Hopkins threatened to pull out of a deal with Oscar De La Hoya worth at least $15 million because he didn't like the choice of referee Joe Cortez for his fight Saturday night. Hopkins threatened to take a plane back home to Philadelphia on Thursday night if the referee isn't changed. continue


Lacy/Tsypko, Phillips/Bojorquez Press Conference Quotes

03.06.04 - IBF No. 2 contender Verno Phillips will face former Pernell Whitaker nemesis and current IBF No. 15 contender, Carlos Bojorquez, for the vacant IBF junior middleweight championship Saturday, June 5, on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING at 9 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on West Coast). continue


Ouma's Dream Doctored

03.06.04 - Kassim "the Dream" Ouma's well documented life has been filled with strange twists, gigantic ups and mind numbing downs, you just knew that Saturday's hard earned, top of the bill, "Showtime" world light middleweight title fight was not going to be straight forward. continue


OSF Presents Fight Card Benefiting Fallen Firefighter This Friday

03.06.04 - This Friday, June 4, 2004 OSF Sports & Entertainment, Inc. will be hosting a tremendous fight card benefiting the family of fallen Houston firefighter Kevin Wayne Kulow. Kulow recently past away doing what he does best, fighting fires. As a result, the fight card is dedicated to the entire Kulow family. continue


Shannan Taylor Knocks Back Title Shot - For Now

03.06.04 - By Tony Nobbs: IBF # 5 Jnr Middleweight (69.85 kg) Shannan Taylor was offered a shot at the vacant title this weekend when top contender Kasim Ouma withdrew from his scheduled title decider with # 2 rated Verno Phillips in Missouri. Taylor, 32 said he could easily have taken the fight- if he was only interested in the money. continue


Winky Wright Headed To Canastota For Hall Of Fame Weekend

03.06.04 - The International Boxing Hall of Fame announced today junior middleweight champion of the world Ronald "Winky "Wright will attend festivities planned for the 15th Annual Hall of Fame Induction Weekend set for June 10-13th. While in Canastota, Wright will conduct two public workout sessions for the fans. continue


Why Cant We Let Go Of Mike Tyson?

03.06.04 - By Daniel Baguley: Tyson, you could almost add the word to the dictionary but I defy any man to come up with a suitable definition for it. It seems these days there is no end of fighters calling out Mike Tyson. Joe Mesi, James Toney, Roy Jones and now Antonio Tarver. To me I find it puzzling as Mike Tyson hasn’t looked good for a very long time and I believe the only reason people want to get him in the ring these days are for financial reasons. Surely after the shellacking he took at the hands of Lennox Lewis he can no longer be considered a scalp can he? Well maybe he can because Tyson has only really lost three fights and with his power he still always has a chance although I believe the fact people still give him a chance speaks more about the current state of the heavyweight division than anything else. continue


Unbeatens Arena & Solopov Headline Wollongong Card

03.06.04 - By Tony Nobbs: Rising local jnr welterweight Jason Arena and Russia’s former world amateur champion Anton Solopov headline a six bout card at the Fraternity club in Wollongong, NSW tonight against Indonesian opponents. Arena (11-0-1, 7 KO) meets Dickas Rollies (18-6 1, 10 KO) over eight rounds with the 24 year old Pocket Rocket looking for a shot at the Australian title in the not to distant future. continue


Witter bombs brave Battaglia in two

03.06.04 - By Gavin Macleod: Bradford’s Light-welterweight star Junior “The Hitter” Witter added the vacant European title to his British and Commonwealth straps with a terrifying display of power punching in the Nottingham Ice Arena last night. Fighting against the toughest opponent of his career, Italian Salvatore Battaglia, Witter unleashed a furious attack which would see his opponent destroyed in spectacular fashion.

Battaglia brought an impressive 21-3(10) slate into the ring with him and had mixed in world class before, when losing a split decision to German based Turk, Oktay Urkal. Now it is often said that when fighting in Germany against the hometown man you need to knock him out just to get a draw, so for one judge to score in favour of Battaglia, and against Urkal who had previously lost narrow decisions to world champions Kostya Tszyu and Vivian Harris, speaks volumes for the level of performance the man from Siracusa is capable of. continue


Meager Dominates/Walker Struggles

03.06.04 - By Elliot Worsell & Gavin Macleod: Well-schooled Lightweight, Lee ‘Macho Man’ Meager 16-0 (6 KO's) equalled the margin of victory conjured up by domestic rival ‘Dynamite’ Dean Phillips, as he dominated teak tough Kenyan Michael Muya 9-6 (2 KO's) over 8 rounds, running out a 78-75 victor.

It was a workmanlike, ultra professional performance from Meager, as he effortlessly shifted through the gears, and proved to have far too much variation and natural ability for the rugged and lanky Kenyan. Muya’s last fight was merely two weeks ago, and there were worries from numerous sections that a cut he suffered in that contest may resurface in the heat of battle against Meager. The cut required numerous stitches, but thankfully didn’t rear its ugly head against Meager. continue


Carl Froch Banishes Gutsy Challenge Of Mark Woolnough

03.06.04 - By Elliot Worsell: Nottingham’s prodigal son Carl ‘The Cobra’ Froch delighted his hometown fans tonight, as he successfully negotiated a gruelling first defence of his recently acquired commonwealth title in 11 rounds. Late notice opponent Mark Woolnough of Canada, brought in to fill the void left by British champion Tony Dodson’s withdrawal, emphatically played his part in the action filled bout, wearing his heart on his sleeve and posing many problems to the young champion throughout.

Ultimately though, it was Froch who deserved the spoils at the Ice Arena. Naturally disappointed and deflated due to the absence of archrival Dodson, the 26 year old showed a champion’s mentality in raising his game and coming to terms with the elusive, ambitious and undeniably tough US based challenger, who was intent on capitalising on any lack of focus Froch may have carried into this bout. continue


All-action Williams outlasts Rutherford / Culshaw beaten

03.06.04 - By Ben Carey: Dazzo Williams retained his British featherweight title amid a crescendo of noise at an atmospheric Hereford Leisure Centre with a hard-fought, often breathtaking points victory over former champion Roy Rutherford last night. Stung by howls of derision following his controversial 115-114 championship victory over Rutherford in Belfast 6 months ago, Williams was determined to erase the doubts in critics’ minds that have maintained he was fortunate to be champion. continue


Calzaghe Arrested!

03.06.04 - According to the BBC, WBO Super-middleweight champion Joe Calzaghe (36-0) was arrested after an incident at his home. He was taken to a police station and released on bail following an allegation of threatening behaviour. The reported incident took place on 27 May at Calzaghe's home in Cwmbran, south Wales. Calzaghe is set to fight IBF light heavyweight champion Glen Johnson for the IBF light heavyweight title on June 12.


Bojorquez To Replace Ouma

02.06.04 - Following a day of anxiously awaiting word of his fate, IBF No. 2 contender Verno Phillips indeed will receive a world title shot when he battles former Pernell Whitaker nemesis and current IBF No. 15 contender, Carlos Bojorquez, for the vacant IBF junior middleweight championship Saturday, June 5, on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING at 9 p.m. ET/PT*. continue


Hall of Fame Induction Day Nears

02.06.04 - For 2004 Hall of Fame boxers Azumah Nelson, Carlos Palomino, Dwight Muhammad Qawi, and Daniel Zaragoza, their day in the sun is rapidly approaching. On Sunday, June 13th they will join boxing's immortals when they are officially inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in Canastota, New York. continue


ShoBox to Feature Junior Welterweight & Junior Middleweight Bouts

02.06.04 - The SHOWTIME boxing series, "ShoBox: The New Generation," will celebrate its third birthday in July. Since the opening bell in 2001, the premise of the popular SHOWTIME boxing series has been to offer up-and-coming prospects an opportunity to make a name for themselves in front of a national television audience, and eventually fight for a chance at a world title. continue


Ann Wolfe Camp Responds

02.06.04 - Responding to those who have been critical over her actions after Ann Wolfe KO’ed Vonda Ward, Ann Wolfe said she is sorry if anybody was offended. Further, Ann said she did not immediately realize the extent of Ward’s injuries from the single overhand right that sent Ward to the canvas and to the hospital. continue


Emulating Sugar Ray Leonard

02.06.04 – By Ben Dunn: The eighties belong to Sugar Ray Leonard. For while Mike Tyson was spawning a whole generation of black-trunked, black-booted imitators, who ate up his self-propelled urban legend, Leonard was transcending fashion and attitude by changing the blueprint of boxing.

After Leonard, dominating a single division was no longer the principle path to greatness; weight-division jumping, in an attempt to accumulate as many titles as possible, became the new route to the hall of fame.

So now, as the last of Tyson’s men-in-black are turning grey and fading from the scene, Leonard’s disciples are in full flow, paying homage to their hero by emulating his deeds. continue


What If The Inmates Really Did Run The Asylum?

02.06.04 - By Lee Hayes: What you are about to read may not sit well with traditional boxing fans. It may not even sit well with new purveyors of the sweet science. The whole concept may be just a little bit too much “American Idol” in nature, but it is not meant to be. It’s more or less an attempt to try fix a few of the things I wish were different about the sport.

The other night, I was grumbling about the usual beefs I have about boxing to a good friend of mine, when he finally stopped me in my tracks with the following question, “Okay, so that’s what you don’t like, how can it be fixed?” I responded as if it was common knowledge, “it can’t, this is the way it’s always been”. continue


Fewer Than 5,000 Tickets Remaining For July 24 Gatti-Dorin Bout

02.06.04 – Arturo Gatti’s staggering popularity with sports fans continues to prove itself daily. Today, at 2:00 pm ET, tickets for his July 24 world title defense against Leonard Dorin went on sale to the general public. continue


Audley Harrison To Face Undefeated Tomasz Bonin on June 19th

02.06.04 - Olympic heavyweight gold medallist and WBF Heavyweight Champion Audley Harrison (16-0, 11KOs) will face undefeated Tomasz Bonin (26-0, 16 KOs) from Poland on June 19 at the Alexandra Palace in Wood Green, London. The fight will air live on BBC1 at 10:55pm. continue


Today’s Full Coverage of HBO And Main Events Press Conference For Diaz, Cintron, and Juarez Showdown In Houston!

02.06.04 - By Carlos Kalinchuk: It’s official. Today Main Events in association with HBO and Miller Lite hosted a press conference in Houston Texas at the Reliant Arena to kick off their televised fight card on July 17th, which will feature Lightweight Juan Diaz 24-0 (12 KO’s) against Lavka Sim 19-3-1 (16 KO’s) for the WBA title in the main event. In the co-featured bout of the evening Kermit “The Killer” Cintron will be facing Teddy Reid in a twelve rounder for the NABF Welterweight Championship. And if that weren’t enough, Ricardo “Rocky” Juarez 20-0 (14 KO’s) will be opening the televised portion of the night facing Zaheer Raheem 25-0 (15 KO’s) for the number one IBF Featherweight ranking. The winner of this fight will be in line to face the current Champion Juan Manuel Marquez. continue


Ouma Out Of June 5 Title Fight

02.06.04 - Kassim Ouma was forced to withdraw from his world title fight against Verno Phillips scheduled for Saturday, June 5, at 9 p.m. ET/PT* on Showtime Championship Boxing, it has been announced by Gary Shaw, the show’s promoter. continue


Hopkins Makes 'Grand Arrival' at MGM

02.06.04 - Bernard Hopkins, stepping out of a gold limo, walked into the MGM Grand Hotel-Casino on Monday and he is "fired up and ready to fight on Saturday night." TV crews, press and fight fans were in the MGM when Hopkins walked in. continue


Corrie Sanders to Return To Ring!

01.06.04 - Jeff Bastasini: According to a major South African news source, heavyweight Corrie Sanders has announced that he will be coming back to fight at least two more fights before retiring for good. Sanders had previously called it quits after suffering a severe beating at the hands of Vitali Klitschko on April 24, 2004. continue


SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING to Feature Freitas/Corrales

01.06.04 - SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING will turn up the heat in August when it features two of boxing's finest pound-for-pound champions battling it out for the WBO 135-pound title. In one of the most eagerly anticipated match-ups of 2004, Acelino "Popo" Freitas will put his undefeated record and WBO lightweight crown on the line against WBO Junior Lightweight Champion Diego Corrales Saturday, Aug. 7, 2004, at 9 p.m. ET/PT* on SHOWTIME. continue


Tyson-Tarver: Only Right For One!

01.06.04 – By Frank Lotierzo - GlovedFist@Juno.com - It's recently been reported that former Heavyweight Champion Mike Tyson wants to fight current Light Heavyweight Champ Antonio Tarver. In fact, it's also been written that Tarver is more than willing to oblige Tyson. I say great move for Tyson, and horrible move for Tarver. The only way this fight makes any sense for Tarver is if he gets a pile of money so high that he'll injure himself jumping off of it. Which quite possibly may be the case. If that's the case, than Tarver has to take it, but only under that scenario.

Tyson has said that he'll show Jones how it should've been done, "in one round". This would be a tremendous opportunity for Tyson to get back in the main after being a non factor since being stopped by Lennox Lewis in June of 2002. Just listening to Tyson's tone tells me all I need to know about how this fight will Turn out? It will be a sensational knockout win for him, and in all likelihood it will be a quick one too. continue


Ann Wolfe: Act Like You've Been There Before

01.06.04 - By Bernie McCoy: Paul Brown, the legendary football coach, out of Massillon, OH, began his career in the 1930s and finished in the ' 70s. He watched the game change from leather helmets and two-way football players to an era when players saw fit to perform end zone celebrations after scoring a touchdown. continue


Witter And Froch Make Weight Comfortably

01.06.04 - By Elliot Worsell: Ahead of tomorrow evening’s ‘Home 2’ promotion in Nottingham, European title challengers Junior Witter and Salvatore comfortably made the prescribed 10 stone light welterweight limit for their vacant title clash. continue


Canada's Mark Woolnough Intent On Spoiling The Party

01.06.04 - By Elliot Worsell: On Wednesday night in Nottingham, commonwealth titleholder Carl ‘The Cobra’ Froch 12-0 (9 KO’s) must banish the disappointment of a void clash with British champion Tony Dodson, and focus fully on a potential banana skin affair with an unknown southpaw jetting in all the way from Canada. continue


Froch vows to lead Nottingham revival

01.06.04 - Carl Froch has vowed to continue leading the revival of boxing in Nottingham from the front. The 26-year-old from Gedling makes his fourth appearance in the City that has played home to the likes of Wally Swift and David Needham on Wednesday 2nd June in a defence of his commonwealth super middleweight title against Canada’s ‘Machine Gun’ Mark Woolnough. continue




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