CMXsports Sugar 'N Spice: The Legend of Roy Jones

01.10.04 - By Bert Randolph Sugar, Sr. Boxing Analyst at-large for The business of building a boxing legacy is one filled with monstrous quicksand, its particles shifting rapidly. Within the course of one week boxing fans have witnessed one of boxing’s unsung warriors, Bernard Hopkins, become a gold leaf-fringed legend by practicing his unique form of acupuncture on Oscar De La Hoya and the gilt of greatness of another, Roy Jones Jr., tarnished by being knocked out for the second consecutive time. continue

Showtime Press Conf. Quotes: Klitschko-Williamson, Vanderpool-Lacy

30.09.04 - Showtime's spectacular tripleheader on Saturday, October 2, will be the first boxing event to take place in the new outdoor Amphitheatre at Caesars Palace, recalling an era of legendary nights of boxing including Sugar Ray Leonard against Thomas Hearns, Larry Holmes against Gerry Cooney, Muhammad Ali against Larry Holmes and Leonard against Marvelous Marvin Hagler at the famed Las Vegas resort. It was also the scene of the Hagler against John Mugabi, Showtime's first boxing event on March 10, 1986. The telecast will begin at 9 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast). continue

Will Felix Trinidad Regret or Rejoice His Return to Ring?

30.09.04 - Boxing Comebacks a Mixed Bag; 82% of Media Say Trinidad-Mayorga Will End in KO - Whether it’s money, the roar of the crowd or just to improve one’s place in history, there are more boxers who later regret the decision to return to the ring rather than those who stay home. Puerto Rican superstar and three-time world champion Felix “Tito” Trindad will find out whether he made the right decision to come back on Saturday night in Madison Square Garden and on HBO Pay-Per-View. continue

Broadway Boxing features Michael Warrick versus Emmanuel Clottey

30.09.04 - Mohegan Sun and DiBella Entertainment will bring "Broadway Boxing Presented by Mohegan Sun," a monthly series featuring New York fighters, back to the Mohegan Sun Arena on Thursday, October 21st. In the main event, former IBA Continental Americas Champion Emmanuel Clottey (21-6, 14 KOs) from the Bronx, New York will battle Michael Warrick (18-1, 11 KOs) from Landover, Maryland. continue

Viva “Tito”, Viva Trinidad – The Return Of ‘The Prince Of Puerto Rico’

30.09.04 - By Lee Hayes: This coming weekend boxing is about to get a good indication as to the direction the sport is going to follow for the next few years. Former welterweight king, and middleweight title belt holder, Felix Trinidad will be making a return to the ring after a nearly 30 month lay off from the sport of boxing. His return will be no tune up against a hopeless club fighter (as was our last memory of Trinidad, when he faced off against Hassine Cherifi. No, his first fight back will be no easy, “gimme” fed to him by a greed motivated Don King. Don’t misunderstand, King would gladly oblige if that was the way Papa and Tito wanted it. It’s the Trinidad’s that wanted the fight with Ricardo Mayorga. Originally, they wanted Tito’s first fight back to be against Sugar Shane Mosely, or possibly Winky Wright. Mayorga is no push over, still, one can’t help but think the conflicting schedules of both Mosely and Wright has benefited Trinidad the most. continue

Roy Jones Jr. Ringside For Trinidad-Mayorga

30.09.04 - Roy Jones Jr., considered the best fighter of the current generation, returned to his home in Pensacola late on Sunday from Memphis, Tennessee, where he lost his bid to become the IBF Light Heavyweight Champion. continue

Danny Green gets off the deck to win!

30.09.04 -By Tony Nobbs: WBC Interim Super Middleweight champion Danny Green got of the deck in the second round to score a cut eye stoppage of Argentina's Omar Gonzales at 2.03 of the fifth in a non title affair at the Panthers in Penrith, West Sydney on Wednesday night.

The only knockdown in the fight was from a right hand as Gonzales fired back following a Green mini barrage. Green was up quickly and soon back on top. As always, Green attacked constantly throughout the entire contest. continue

Agapito Sanchez to face Rogers Mtagwa on Oct. 14

29.09.04 - Live boxing returns to The Hanover Marriott on Route 10 East in Whippany, New Jersey, on Thursday, October 14th. This will be the second in a planned series of shows presented by promoter Andre Kut (KEA Boxing) here at the hotel. continue

Vladimir Klitschko and DaVarryl Williamson Ready For Showdown

29.09.04 - Wladimir, how are you doing for this fight and are you looking forward to it?

Klitschko: I am doing well. So far, everything is going smoothly and the whole preparation has been going good, so I feel good and ready to fight on Saturday night.

Question: Wladimir, how difficult has it been for you to put that last fight behind you and for you to able to focus on DaVarryl Williamson?

Klitschko: I think enough time has gone, almost six months. It was not easy for me to handle getting upset in April. There were a lot of circumstances that were there, but I have had enough time to put it out of my mind. It is in the past. I think this fight with DaVarryl Williamson is going be very, very interesting for the audience because everyone is wondering which one of us will survive. I am focused and looking forward to the future. continue

Trinidad, Mayorga Ready to Slug it Out at the Garden

29.09.04 - Puerto Rican superstar and three-time world champion Felix “Tito” Trinidad returns to the ring after a 29-month layoff Saturday in Madison Square Garden to face the notoriously tough Nicaraguan bomber and former World Boxing Association and World Boxing Council welterweight champion Ricardo “El Matador” Mayorga for the WBA North American and North American Boxing Council middleweight titles... continue

Oscar Larios Returns On Morales-Barrera Undercard

29.09.04 - With Marco Antonio Barrera and Erik Morales looking to enthrall fight fans once more on November 27, the undercard of such a mega fight has to be good. So Golden Boy Promotions is pleased to present a WBC super bantamweight championship bout between champion Oscar Larios and challenger Nedal Hussein that will aim to match the fireworks expected from Barrera and Morales. continue

Wayne 'Big Truck' Braithwaite ready to roll - Jean-Marc Mormeck withdraws

29.09.04 - By Wray Edwards: Twenty-nine year-old WBC Cruiserweight World Champion Wayne “Big Truck” Braithwaite, 21-0-0 (17) and thirty-two year-old WBA Cruiserweight World Champion Jean-Marc Mormeck, 30-2-0 (21) were scheduled to fight this Saturday night at Madison Square Garden. They were to appear on the Trinidad/Mayorga undercard in what was to be part of a unification tournament promoted by Don King.

In an exclusive interview this morning with Eastside Boxing, Braithwaite’s public relations agent Joel Rivera disclosed that they were in negotiations with IBF Cruiserweight World Champion Kelvin Davis to replace Mormeck and take the fight on short notice.

Eastside Boxing spoke first with Joel Rivera about the situation. We opened the questioning as if everything was still on.

ESB: How are things going for Wayne approaching this Saturday night’s fight with Mormeck?

Joel Rivera: Do you want the good news or the bad news first? continue

James Toney Has Surgery

29.09.04 - Three-division world champion James Toney just underwent a 1 1/2 hour operation to mend what Dr. Tony Daly described as a ruptured biceps tendon in the elbow suffered in the first round of his bout last Thursday against Rydell Booker at the Pechanga Resort and Casino. continue

Mike Arnaoutis Returns To ShoBox on Oct. 22

29.09.04 - Cestus Management’s junior welterweight sensation Mighty Mike Arnaoutis is set to make his return to the ShowTime network on Friday, October 22, to face Jesse Feliciano in the evening’s main event. The NABO 140 pound title will be on the line as these two highly regarded prospects duel for the acclaim and status that both young men are chasing. continue

Trinidad–Mayorga: Tito Crusades For The Class Of 1990s

29.09.04 - By Janne Romppainen: The decade of 1990 is now officially coming to its end also in professional boxing. Out of the last decade’s ture superstars only James Toney is still battling the time tables. During the last twelve months Marco Antonio Barrera, Evander Holyfield, Lennox Lewis and Shane Mosley as well as Mike Tyson all have either finished their careers or suffered a loss. The last seven days have seen another three past heroes falling out from the front line, as Oscar De La Hoya, Roy Jones and Mark Johnson all suffered heavy knockout losses. Disengaging from the past is always hard for the fans, but the law of the ring is merciless and it applies everybody. Time waits for nobody.

The next man who steps up to fight for the flow of years is Felix Tito Trinidad. The once-scary Puerto Rican, knockout artist of the 90s and early this decade, comes back from his two-year layoff to defend the reputation of the stars of the last generation. On Saturday 2nd of October in the Madison Square Garden of New York there will be a bout that has all the makings of a classic in it. But is there a way to return to the past or will we see another glorious memory being trashed to the dust of the canvas? That is what we will find out as Trinidad meets a former welterweight champion, the colourful Ricardo Mayorga in an electrified 12-rounder. continue

Ben Television to carry CMX Champions of Boxing

29.09.04 - Now into its fourth full month of production, "CMX Champions of Boxing”-- presented by CMXsports and promoted by Guilty Boxing -- announced its first international television distribution deal today. continue

Interconti Champ Hinteregger risks it all vs. Matolcsi

29.09.04 - Sure, it was not the world-stage, but a staggering achievement of one of boxing’s unsung heros nonetheless when so-called clubfighter Gotthard Hinteregger, supposely closing in fast on the final curtain of his rather undistinguished career, wiped the floor with undefeated Italian Emanuele Grilli in May. continue

Trinidad vs Mayorga: What Tito Will Show Up?

29.09.04 - By Paul Ruby: Felix Trinidad belongs on the short list of this generation’s great fighters with the likes of Lennox Lewis, Oscar de la Hoya, Bernard Hopkins, and Roy Jones, Jr. Like de la Hoya, Tito fought against the best of the welterweight division between 1994 and 1999. He moved successfully to junior middleweight and eventually middleweight before suffering the first loss of his career in his 41st fight; over half his fights have been for legitimate world titles. Tito, for better or worse, will always be linked with Oscar de la Hoya. They were rivals and fought in the highest-selling pay-per-view of all-time below heavyweight. This is not the forum to compare their historical greatness; it is a forum to discuss Trinidad’s upcoming fight with Ricardo Mayorga. continue

Who will be Boxing's Next Big Superstar?

29.09.04 - By Rev. Marc Axelrod: In 1963, a boastful, proud young man named Cassius Clay declared, "I'm the Savior of the Boxing world, if it wasn't for me, the game would be dead." This may have been the most accurate prophecy the young Clay ever made. He truly was the savior of the boxing world. continue

Mayorga vs Trinidad: Felix Trinidad Conference Call Transcript

28.09.04 - Why are you coming back? Felix Trinidad: I want to be here and I want to be back in boxing for my people because everybody kept asking me when I was coming back

Are you ready for whatever Mayorga is going to throw at you?

Felix Trinidad: I’m ready for everything that Mayorga brings to the table, for boxing, I’m ready for everything he brings to the table for boxing.

If Tito wins this fight will he be looking for a rematch with Bernard Hopkins?

Felix Trinidad: At this moment I will not be able to answer that because I am so focused on this fight, we’re going to wait for the result of this fight first then after this fight then we will speak about my future and everything. continue

Time for Roy Jones Jr. to retire

28.09.04 - By Patrick Corcoran: For some reason, Roy Jones’s ninth round knockout loss to Glen Johnson this past Saturday was even more shocking than that to Antonio Tarver last May. It seemed impossible that someone who one year ago was the consensus pound-for-pound champ would lose to fighter stepping into the ring with nine defeats. continue

HBO Sports To Rebroadcast Two Memorable Fights

28.09.04 - As a special preview for HBO Boxing fans, HBO Sports will present the exclusive re-broadcast of two memorable prizefights when FELIX TRINIDAD VS. WILLIAM JOPPY and RICARDO MAYORGA VS. VERNON FORREST I airs Friday, October 1 (10:00 p.m. ET/PT) and Saturday, October 2 (5:00 p.m. ET/PT) exclusively on HBO2. continue

Ravelo vs Said Headlines Friday's "CMX Boxeo de Campeones"

28.09.04 - Now into its fourth full month of production, “CMX Boxeo de Campeones”-- presented by CMXsports and promoted by Guilty Boxing -- returns this Friday, October 1, LIVE from the Gold Coast Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, NV. continue

Sharon Anyo primed for title fight!

28.09.04 - By Tony Nobbs: Australian boxing Golden Girl Sharon Anyos says she is physically and mentally in the best shape of her life in the lead up to Friday nights WBF Featherweight title fight with Texan Linda Tenberg at the Southport Sharks AFL Club on the Gold Coast. The thirty three year old local lass is making a welcome return to the Coast for the first time since 2001 and promises her home crowd supporters and viewers on Foxsport an “awesome performance” in what is the first ever female world title fight in Australia. continue

Farewell To The King, Roy Jones Jr.

28.09.04 - By Coach Tim Walker: Fifteen years ago Roy Jones Jr. stepped into the professional ranks of boxing on the heels of one of the biggest robberies in Olympic pugilistic history and began a career that would astound fans. Collectively we were in awe of his speed, power, quickness, self drive, and cockiness. The latter made some of us love him and others treat him with contempt.

Irregardless of how we feel about Roy Jones outside the ring we had grown accustom to seeing him out-speed, out-quick, and usually out-think his opponents in the ring. We watched him dominate his competition 49 times with such mastery that critics tagged many of his opponents as B or C level fighters. In reality Roy is the gauge by which many boxers’ careers and status are measured. He was the last man to beat the legendary Bernard Hopkins and the first to beat the infamous James Toney. Even world light heavyweight champion Antonio Tarver’s entire legacy consists of the 14 rounds in which he met Jones in the ring. Clinton Woods, Eric Harding and Julio Gonzalez were all contenders but were given little chance against Jones. John Ruiz outweighed Jones by 30 pounds and was expected to lay heavyweight wood in their WBA heavyweight bout. Instead Jones forced his will on Ruiz similarly to when he faced Derrick Harmon, David Telesco, Reggie Johnson and others. We expected the unbelievable from Roy and were seldom disappointed. continue

Latin Showdown Comes to Chicago's South Side

28.09.04 - Dominic Pesoli's 8 Count Productions along with Bob Arum's Top Rank Incorporated and Miller Lite presents LATIN SHOWDOWN, Chicagoland's biggest live professional boxing card of 2004 at Hawthorne Race Course on Friday, October 15th as part of Telefutura's SOLO BOXEO Friday Night Boxing Series. continue

SHOWTIME to Present Long-Awaited World Title Fight Rematch

28.09.04 - Two of boxing's most talented pound-for-pound fighters will square off in a highly anticipated rematch when International Boxing Federation (IBF)/World Boxing Council (WBC) "Super" 140-Pound Champion Kostya Tszyu defends his titles against Interim IBF Junior Welterweight Champion Sharmba Mitchell Saturday, Nov. 6, 2004, on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING. continue

Bidenko vs. Francis To Be Rebroadcast

28.09.04 - Hamburg - The heavyweight clash between Ukrainian prospect Taras Bidenko and former British champion Julius Francis is now available as rebroadcast on 24h/day for free. Bidenko beat Francis over ten rounds at the Universum gym in Hamburg last Tuesday. continue

Arturo Gatti reception planned at Boxing Hall of Fame on October 16th

CANASTOTA, NY – SEPTEMBER 27, 2004 – Arturo "Thunder" Gatti, the reigning WBC junior welterweight champion of the world, will be the special guest of honor at a cocktail reception at the Boxing Hall of Fame Event Pavilion on Saturday, October 16th. Gatti, who is one of the most popular fighters on HBO’s World Championship Boxing, will be making his first visit to "Boxing’s Hometown." continue

Mayorga-Trinidad: Conference Call Transcript: Ricardo Mayorga

27.09.04 - RICARDO MAYORGA, thru translator Tony Gonzalez: “With the money I win from my bet ($100,000), I’m going to go back to Nicaragua, buy a new limo or maybe two, and call them Tito.”

Have the hurricanes in Florida disrupted your training?

Ricardo Mayorga: No, no interruptions at all because of the hurricanes.

What do you plan on doing to stay away from Felix’s left hook?

Ricardo Mayorga: I prepare myself to either block it or take the punch, I’ve prepared for both of those, but most importantly I’m preparing to knock him out.

How do you think Trinidad’s layoff is going to affect the fight? continue

A Changing Of The Guard

27.09.04 - By Matthew Hurley: One week, seven lonely days, separated what could turn out to be the end of an era in boxing. Two of the sports biggest attractions, and best practitioners – Oscar De La Hoya and Roy Jones Jr. – both succumbed to ninth round knockouts. In a way it signifies a changing of the guard; although Oscar’s conqueror, middleweight champion Bernard Hopkins, boxing’s wizened old general, remains comfortably surveying all he sees from his creaking rocking chair. continue

Hot prospect Matt Godfrey making statement

27.09.04 - One of the most promising prospects in boxing, unbeaten cruiserweight Matt Godfrey (4-0, 2 KOs), plans on making a loud statement October 1 in “Bayside Brawl” at the Bayside Expo Center in South Boston. Former world title contender “Sucra” Ray Oliveira (46-9-2, 22 KOs) and Hicklet Lau (19-11-2, 9 KOs), fighting in the 12-round main event for the vacant International Boxing Union World welterweight title, headline “Bayside Brawl,” continue

Now We Know Why Roy Jones Jr Didn't Want Antonio Tarver Again

27.09.04 - By Frank Lotierzo - - Is there any doubt why we never heard Roy Jones mention once that he wanted to fight Antonio Tarver in a rubber match. Fighter's know, and Jones knew. You'd think Jones would be consumed with Tarver just for the fact that he proved not only could he stay with Jones, but he could beat him and knock him out. Isn't that what would bring out the best in Jones, another fighter to rival and challenge him. Wasn't Tarver the Joe Frazier that Jones needed to make money and stamp his legacy?

No, Tarver took Roy's confidence and destroyed his feeling of invincibility. Finally, after 50 fights and capturing titles in four different weight divisions, Jones met a fighter he couldn't master. In the first fight with Tarver, Jones pulled out a very close decision in my opinion. However, many who saw the fight thought Tarver deserved the decision. This set up the rematch perfectly. continue

Oliveira-Lau headlines Friday night’s pro show in South Boston

PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island (September 27, 2004) – Boxing stars from the past and present will be out Friday night (October 1, 2004) for “Bayside Brawl,” promoted by Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment & Sports, Inc. (CES), in association with Mohegan Sun and New England Ringside, at the Bayside Expo Center in South Boston. continue

Hitz Boxing: The Bourbon Street Brawls

27.09.04 - One of the Midwest's big fight promoters Hitz Boxing has announced an ambitious fall schedule of professional boxing events beginning with "The Bourbon Street Brawls" on Wednesday, September 29th from Bourbon Street, the largest entertainment complex on Chicago's southside. Bourbon Street is located at 3359 West 115th Street in Merrionette Park. continue

Which Jones did Tarver beat?

27.09.04 - By Richard McManus: Let me start out by saying that I picked Roy Jones to win against Glen Johnson. And I picked him to win both fights against Antonio Tarver. All week fans and pundits have wondered which Roy Jones would show up. Would it be the Jones that terrorized Montell Griffin in their rematch? Would it be the Jones that coasted on his speed and skills to so many consecutive Light Heavy title defenses? Would another Roy Jones show up? continue

Super Man Is Dead: Johnson KO’s Jones in 9!

27.09.04 – By Lee Hayes: Tonight, Roy Jones Jr. may have stepped in to the ring for the last time, the end of a stellar career. Being KO’d by rugged journeyman Glencoffe Johnson will most likely be the end of the line for Jones, who by his own admission has lost interest in the sport in the growing years.

Several factors probably played a part in the loss. Certainly, had this been even 3 years ago, Jones would have destroyed the likes of Johnson. Who is a very likable chap, but whom nobody would place in their top 10 pound for pound ratings. Yet Johnson, wisely, rushed right at Roy and pinned him on the ropes, very similarly to the strategy that Antonio Tarver applied to Jones Jr. on November 8th, 2003. continue

Message to Bernard Hopkins from Sam Soliman

27.09.04 - The message was loud and clear from the camp of IBF number one rated Middle Sam “King” Soliman. “I’ll help you keep your promise to your mother and fight you anywhere you want – anytime you want before your 40th birthday. Going one step further than that, we will not price ourself out of it – then we will give you 50% of our purse straight back to you to donate to a children’s charity of your choice”. continue

Why Cory Spinks is the next Generation

27.09.04 - By Izyaslav “Slava” Koza - -Let’s be honest, who doesn’t like a knockout? Tyson, Mayorga, or Tua catching a stunned opponent straight on the jaw, and whirling their head back to oblivion, and then coming in for that final devastating shot that will surely knock the opponent off their feet, and onto the canvas. If we take that a step further, we can even conclude that it’s the reason why most fans watch boxing. continue

Glen Johnson Post Fight Quotes/Roy Jones Jr. Taken to Hospital

26.09.04 - Glen Johnson: "I beat him at his own game…a lot of of guys who try and fight Roy form the outside but I wanted to stay in on him. I just wanted to send a message ….no, Roy never hurt me, nobody knows I have a knock out punch because nobody sees me fight, I fight overseas a lot…I looked for him with the left hook then I waited and got no response so I hit him again…my speed offset his speed so no his speed was not a factor…. continue

Sharkie's Machine: Jones Jr. vs Johnson - "Big Ego vs Hard Work"

26.09.04 - By Frank Gonzalez Jr.: Roy Jones Jr. lost every round against Glenn Johnson Saturday night in the jam-packed, Fed Ex Forum in Memphis, Tennessee.

Glenn Johnson worked hard, threw lots of punches and always brought the fight to Jones, who stood there posing and fought in spurts of about 20 seconds per round.

In the opening round, after a feel out process of about fifteen seconds, Johnson jumped all over Roy, trying to knock him out. Johnson threw a hurricane of punches, pressed Roy into the ropes and looked to employ a kamikaze fight plan. Jones did very little in retaliation. Johnson was landing clean shots that didn't have much on them and he was doing all the fighting. Jones had his guard up high, covering up and backing up more then anything else.

In the early rounds, I thought Jones must have had a plan to let Johnson wear himself out and then pounce on him in the later rounds and win by devastating knock out. continue

No Need To Be Coy Roy... It's time to Retire!

26.09.04 - By Jim Amato: Well the initial shock is now over. It took a while. I mean no disrespect to Glencoffe Johnson but I did not think he had a real chance to win. I didn't really give him a "puncher's chance" because he did not carry the rep of a big hitter. No I thought Jones had made a wise career move. Fight and beat Johnson who was a respectable opponent who also held a piece of the title. continue

Sugar 'N Spice: Feeling the same way about Investigators and experts as a fire hydrant does a dog

26.09.04 - By Bert Randolph Sugar, Sr. Boxing Analyst at-large for CMXsports - If you but watched the U.S. Open tennis quarterfinal match between Serena Williams and Jennifer Capriati you saw three blown calls by the umpire which decided the match. Or the Olympic all-around gymnastic event in which American Paul Hamm won the gold medal after a scoring error cost the Korean his chance for gold. continue

Steve Forbes vs Steve Quinonez / FOX Sports Net / Friday, Oct 1

26.09.04 – World class boxing returns to the Trump 29 Casino in Coachella, California on Friday, October 1, when Goossen Tutor Promotions in assoication with Sycuan Ringside Promotions presents an intriguing mix of former world champions, rising stars, and solid contenders battling it out for the right to move to the next level of the always-changing fight game. continue

Glencoffe Johnson: A Gentleman Keeping Up with the Joneses

25.09.04 – By Vincent van der Steen: For much of his career, Glencoffe ‘the Gentleman’ Johnson – 40-9-2 (27) – has been trying to keep up with the Joneses. He cascaded from a promising thirty-two fight unbeaten record, and prospect-status, to being a well-respected ‘journeyman’ after ‘the Executioner’ denied him the IBF middleweight title during his first title bid in the summer of 1997. Glencoffe’s since been on the wrong end of the beating stick on more then one occasion.

Whether that meant being part of controversial decisions, losing his second title bid for the IBF super middleweight against Sven ‘Das Phantom’ Ottke – 34-0 (6) – or controversially drawing in his third title bid for the IBF light heavyweight title against Clinton Woods; this is a man that has seen ‘all’ that pugilism has to offer. By the time of his fourth title bid, a rematch for the IBF light heavyweight title against Clinton Woods – 35-3-1 (21), most fight fans were more than appalled by the tough hand Glencoffe’s dealt in his career. continue

Bowe destroys Rhode in 2!

25.09.04 - By Jeff Bastasini: Riddick Bowe came out full thottle and destroyed an over classed Marcus Rhode in 2 rounds Saturday night at Raymond Peltier Park, south of FireLake Casino in Shawnee, Oklahoma. Bowe looked to be 30 to 40 pounds over his previous optimal weight of 235, and his punches no longer had the speed that they once possessed. However, Bowe’s power was very much still there, as he was able to hurt Rhode with huge uppercuts and overhand rights from the very begining. continue

Eastman wins tough decision over Elliot!

25.09.04 - European Middlweight champion Howard Eastman labored hard to defeat substitute Jerry Elliot (37-4-1) in a non title fight in Nottingham on Friday. Eastman out pointed Elliot over 10 rounds and was always in control, although he had some minor problems in round 5 when Elliot pressed the fight to Eastman and briefly hurt him. The victory keeps Eastman on course for a eliminator bout against Jermaine Taylor, in which the winner would land a showdown with Bernard Hopkins. Eastman out pointed Elliot 99-91 on the scorecards.

Laila Ali and Leticia Robinson win

24.09.04 - By Coach Tim Walker: As anticipated Laila Ali knocked out Gwendolyn O’Neil in the third round to become the new IWBF light heavyweight champion at the Phillips Arena in Atlanta. O’Neil was obviously outgunned but made it a better fight than Ali’s last two opponents by taking the fight to Ali. Unfortunately for O’Neil she had only enough steam to pump her engines for about 60 seconds.

Ali showed again that not only is she talented but she is also smart. She endured O’Neil’s onslaught of punches by going into defensive mode as she was pressed against the ropes. Once she sensed that O’Neil had punched herself out she started tattooing her with clean down the middle punches. continue

Roy Jones, Jr. quotes from today's press conference

24.09.04 - "People don't know about Glen Johnson because he was a late bloomer. But then again, people didn't think Tarver had much of a chance either. Johnson's older, which means he has more experience. He's also smart and he's got good power. I don't know what kind of punch he can take - but it better be a good one." continue

Riddick Bowe begins comeback on Saturday

24.09.04 - By Jeff Bastasini: Former heavyweight champion Riddick Bowe will make his return to the ring against journeyman Marcus Rhode (29-25-1, 23 KOs), on Saturday in Shawnee, Oklahoma. The once great champion will begin what he hopes is a successful comeback that will direct him to another heavyweight title. Bowe, 37, has been out of the ring for almost 8 years, when he last fought against Andrew Golota. Bowe retired at 29. continue

Toney's Boxing Lesson Headlines Seven Bout Card

24.09.04 - By Kent Appel @ringside: When push came to shove, who would end up being the man to come out on top once the fight itself took place? The drama had started after the pre-fight near melee at the weigh in Wednesday afternoon between number one ranked WBC heavyweight contender James "Lights out" Toney of Ann Arbor, Michigan and his opponent, number seven ranked WBC heavyweight contender Rydell Booker of Detroit, Michigan. Would the fight live up to the expectations placed on it by the bad feelings of the fighters?

Well, in front of a live sold out audience at the Pechanga Resort and Casino in Temecula, California and in front of a live nationwide television audience on the Best Damn Sports Show Period on the Fox Sports Network, the fight, a Goossen Tutor Productions promotion, did not turn out to be worth the pre-fight tensions or hype leading up to this September 23, 2004 event. continue

Glengoffe you’re a Good Guy, but Jones must K.O.

24.09.04 - By Coach Tim Walker: Make no mistake about it all Roy Jones Jr. has to do to put himself into the light heavyweight mix is win against Glengoffe Johnson. But for the first time in his life a win might not be enough to mend the hearts of his broken devotees. Sure simply winning will get him the belt that he needs for extra bargaining power in the highly anticipated third edition of Jones vs. Tarver. continue

Eastman to meet Elliott

23.09.04 - European middleweight champion and WBC #1 number Howard Eastman will now meet Jerry Elliott over eight rounds on tonight's Hennessy Sports 'Heirs Apparent' promotion at the Nottingham Arena. The German based Nigerian was brought in after Eastman's original opponent and mandatory contender Jorge Sendra was ruled out for failing to provide suitable medical evidence that he was fit to box. continue

After Glengoffe Johnson: Roy Jones Jr. Must Yell For Tarver

23.09.04 - By Frank Lotierzo - - This Saturday night former undisputed Light Heavyweight Champ Roy Jones 49-2 (38) will fight IBF Light Heavyweight Champ Glengoffe Johnson 40-9-2 (27). In his last fight four and a half months ago, Jones lost his title when he was knocked out in the second round by Antonio Tarver. Jones needs to fight Tarver, and if his legacy is to be even partially restored, he has to beat him in a way that leaves no skeptics.

He's been a World Champion at Middleweight, Super-Middleweight, and Light Heavyweight. On top of that Roy Jones is the first former Middleweight Champ since Bob Fitzsimmons to capture a piece of the Heavyweight title. continue

Psychology of a "Super" talent

23.09.04 - By Joseph Buro: In this sport, more than any other, the mental make-up of an athlete can defy the bounds of physical prowess. We’ve seen many great fighters will themselves off the canvas to pull out stunning, come-from-behind victories. We’ve also seen fighters crumble when faced with similar controversy. Floyd Patterson, for example, was a unique fighter in history in that he unashamedly admitted fears about stepping into the ring. David Remnick, author of King of the World, who spent some time with Patterson, described the phenomenon as follows: continue

The Cyclone v The Bull October 14 in Whippany

23.09.04 - Everything has been set former world champion Agapito “El Ciclón” Sánchez to co-headline KEA Boxing’s October 14 event at the Hanover Marriott in Whippany, NJ, it was announced today by promoter Andre Kut. Sánchez (34-8-2, 19 KOs), who will look to score his second victory in as many bouts, will face a difficult challenge when he takes on the always tough and durable Philadelphian (Tanzania native) Roger “The Bull” Mtagwa (17-9-2, 13 KOs) in what promises to be an entertaining and highly competitive fight. continue

Showtime Conf. Call Quotes: Vanderpool-Lacy-Phillips

23.09.04 - Verno Phillips: I am really looking forward to this fight and proving myself. Ouma beat me the first time, but I only had 10 days' notice for that fight. I plan to shock the world and beat him this time around. A lot has changed since our first fight. I have been around a long time, and this may be my biggest fight ever. I am really looking forward to Oct. 2 and showing the world, and Ouma, what the Verno Phillips of today is all about. I have never had the luxury of having the backing of promoters that a lot of boxers have but here I am, a world champion again, and now that I have the belt again I am going to keep it for a while. Ouma is a good fighter and this is going to be a great fight, just like our last one was, but whether I have to box or slug, I am going to avenge my loss to him and retain my world championship belt. I know that Ouma is confident and thinks he is going to win again, but I am even more confident, am in great shape, and ready to, like I said, shock the world. continue

Toney Dominates Booker!

23.09.04 - Heavyweight James Toney savagely beat Rydell Booker in a lopsided 12 round decision in their heavyweight fight on Thursday night at the Pechanga Resort in Temecula, California. Toney (68-4-2, with 43 knockouts) dominated from the very start, landing right uppercuts and stiff left jabs at will against an inexperienced Rydell Booker. continue

Rydell Booker: Padded and Smack-less, once is definitely enough

23.09.04 - By Coach Tim Walker: When I look at heavyweight boxer Rydell Booker I notice a couple of things sticking out. He is good looking guy who possesses a good grasp of the English language. At face value his 22 win zero loss record looks impressive and he seems to have the goods necessary to make the heavyweight division bow to his dreams thereby sending promoters and networks into a signing frenzy. Why hasn’t that happened? continue

Conference Call Transcript: Zab Judah

23.09.04 - Why is Martell in this line up to fight you?

Zab Judah: It’s a tune-up fight for the upcoming fight between Zab Judah and Cory Spinks. We are right now talking about a rematch, but one thing at a time. Martell first, then a rematch with Spinks.

What went wrong for you at the Pineda fight? Was it too close to fight two fights in a month or so?

Zab Judah: Well I tried to do the impossible, I tried to go in there and show the world that I already wasn’t pleased with just being called a fighter, so I had to come back in the next month and get some kind of win so I didn’t want to sit around the entire summer not ending on a win so. Its not much but it’s something to make me feel good at the end of the day. continue

Winky From Lacy's Las Vegas Training Camp - "Lacy will Win!"

23.09.04 - Undisputed super welterweight world champion WINKY WRIGHT knows a few things about being a world champion. Not only is he in the third year of his second tour as world champion, he has successfully defended his title against numerous mandatory challengers and world champions alike. continue

Tszyu vs Mitchell at the Glendale Arena, Tapia on undercard

23.09.04 - Senior Vice President and General Manager of Glendale Arena Ron Woodbridge announced today that on Saturday, November 6, two of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the boxing world will meet at Glendale Arena in another likely candidate for fight of the year when IBF Junior Welterweight and the WBC "Super" Champion Kostya "The Thunder Down Under" Tszyu defends his title against Sharmba "Little Big Man" Mitchell. continue

Showtime Conf. Call Quotes: Kassim Ouma

23.09.04 - Question: Kassim, you were supposed to fight Verno Philips for the then-vacant title in June (2004) in a rematch of a terrific fight you won two-and-one-half years earlier. What happened before that last fight? Why did you have to pull out, and what has happened since?

Ouma: The night of the fight I was ready to fight. But I pulled a muscle three days before and that kept me from fighting. I had to go get an x-ray. I do not know how I pulled the muscle. I just know I was ready to fight the night of and I am ready now. continue

Toney and Booker Close to Brawl at Weigh-In

23.09.04 - By Kent Appel: The self proclaimed best damn heavyweight in the world, James Toney of Ann Arbor, Michigan and his opponent in Thursday night's September 23, 2004 live broadcast on Fox Sports Network's Best Damn Sports Show Period, Rydell Booker of Detroit, Michigan, almost started the fight a day early at the weigh in at the Pechanga Resort and Casino in Temecula, California. continue

James Toney-Rydell Booker Tonight

23.09.04 - By Derek Tang: Bad blood seems to be building between heavyweight contender, James Toney (67-4), and undefeated prospect, Rydell Booker (22-0). At yesterday’s press conference on The Best Damn Sports Show, Toney and Booker met for the first time face-to-face; after Booker mumbled something about how he knows Toney’s style and that friend, Leo Nolan, got “[Toney’s] ass in the gym,” Toney began mouthing off trash talk. continue

Erik Morales vs Marco Antonio Barrera III at the MGM Grand on Nov 27

23.09.04 - One of the fiercest rivalries of our time, Erik ’El Terrible’ Morales vs. Marco Antonio Barrera, will be decided at “Once And For All” when the two superstars collide at the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino on Saturday, November 27. Top Rank and Golden Boy, Inc. will present Morales vs. Barrera III “Once And For All” which will be available on HBO Pay Per View. Morales and Barrera split their two previous fiery mega fights, with Morales winning the first and Barrera the second.

“Anytime you can present two future Hall of Famers in a trilogy, it’s part of boxing history,” said Mark Taffett, HBO Senior Vice President of Sports Operations and Pay-Per-View. “The fans appreciate the extraordinary rivalry between Erik Morales and Marco Antonio Barrera. We can’t wait for the third chapter of this memorable matchup.” continue

Diaz-Sanchez: Feathers fly South of the border!

23.09.04 - Now approaching its fourth full month of production, "CMX Boxeo de Campeones"-- presented by CMXsports and promoted by Guilty Boxing -- returns This Friday! September 24, LIVE from the Las Pulgas Club in Tijuana, Mexico. WBC FECARBOX featherweight champion GAMALIEL "PLATANO" DIAZ goes mano-a-mano against Mexican buzzsaw, SERGIO "CERO" SANCHEZ in the 10-round featherweight main event battle of Top-10 Mexican contenders. continue

Booker-Toney: Time for Toney to Show What he's Got as a Heavyweight

22.09.04 - By Patrick Corcoran: Heavyweight contender and former middle and cruiserweight champ James Toney (67-4-2) is ready to step into the ring for the first time in nearly a year, with the big day coming September 23 versus Rydell Booker (22-0) in Temecula, California. continue

Toney and Johnson Both Put It All On The Line In High Profile Bouts

22.09.04 – Though the coming of fall signifies a change in the seasons, there is no change in the philosophy of Goossen Tutor Promotions as the leaves turn color and the temperature drops a few degrees. In fact, the heat gets turned up this week as two of Goossen Tutor’s finest, James “Lights Out” Toney and “Gentleman” Glen Johnson, look to set the boxing world on fire in two high-stakes battles. continue

TSN to debut the new boxing program IN THIS CORNER

22.09.04 – Fresh off the heels of the 2004 Summer Olympic Games, outspoken Canadian boxing broadcaster Russ Anber gets in the ring with TSN to debut the new boxing program IN THIS CORNER With Russ Anber, premiering Monday, Sept. 20 at 7 p.m. ET. The premiere episode, shot at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas – site of this Saturday’s Oscar De la Hoya vs. Bernard Hopkins middleweight title fight – features Anber’s reaction to the weekend’s big bout, as well as comprehensive analysis. continue

De La Hoya vs Trinidad II: Only Super-Fight Left For Them

22.09.04 - By Frank Lotierzo - - In his last fight he was stopped by Undisputed Middleweight Champion Bernard Hopkins. No shame in that since Hopkins will retire as one of histories most accomplished Middleweight Champions. He's won a piece of the title in six weight divisions. On top of that, he's met the best fighters of his era and only lost once in a convincing fashion. And that was to a great fighter who has been a Champion for nine years. There is only one fight left for Oscar De La Hoya if he chooses to fight again.

In two weeks he fights a very rough and tough opponent who can really punch, after not fighting in over two years. He has won titles at Welterweight, Jr. Middleweight, and Middleweight. He also has fought the best of his era. And has only been beaten or stopped once, by Middleweight Champ Bernard Hopkins. There is nothing left for Felix Trinidad to really accomplish fighting as a Jr. Middleweight or Middleweight. And like his contemporary Oscar De La Hoya, he'll never be the Middleweight Champion as long as Hopkins holds the title. If Felix Trinidad beats Riardo Mayorga on October 2nd, the only fight for him that really is compelling is a rematch with Oscar De La Hoya. continue

Roy Jones Jr.: Love him or hate him, you gotta respect him

22.09.04 - By Coach Tim Walker: Roy Jones Jr. is one of those rare fighters who you either absolutely love or utterly hate. There is no middle ground. Boxing fans and laypersons alike have drawn a proverbial line in the sand and argue forth and back in an effort to sway dejecting viewpoints. The Roy faithful believe that he is the most talented boxer to ever lace up a pair of gloves. The enemies of Roy feel that he never sought big enough challenges and for that they loathe his boxing existence. Like all truths it probably lies somewhere in between. continue

The Executioner cements his legacy

22.09.04 - By Nat Kerr - - Bernard Hopkins proved Saturday night that flash, good looks and mass appeal, at least in the squared circle, isn’t always the blueprint for success. He may have a shaved head, and, up until the De La Hoya fight, he entered the ring with an executioner’s hood, but he is “The Executioner” because he does just that – he executes his game plan to a tee. continue

A Candid Look At The Featherweight Division

22.09.04 - By James MacDonald: Whatever website you visit pertaining to boxing, you will invariably find one thing that they all have in common: a tendency to demonstrate less than impartial views. And in my experience, this trend has been most prevalent with regard to the Featherweight division. With this in mind, a candid look at arguably the most exciting division in boxing is long overdue.

Picture the scene: Manny Pacquiao, showcasing a seemingly infinite fusillade of power punches, thrashes Marco Antonio Barrera, physically and mentally, within an inch of retirement. A bemused crowd look on, almost gasping in unison at what they have just witnessed; the commentators double-check their scripts, because that sure as hell wasn’t in it. continue

Klitschko's On “The Best Damn Sports Show Period” Tonight

RESEDA, Calif. (Sept. 22, 2004) - WBC Heavyweight Champion Vitali Klitschko and his younger brother, Wladimir, a former WBO heavyweight champion, will be guests tonight on “The Best Damn Sports Show Period” on FSN. The show will air at 8 p.m. and 11 p.m. PT. continue

Latin Showdown in Chicago

22.09.04 - Dominic Pesoli's 8 Count Productions and Bob Arum's Top Rank team up again on October 15th for Chicagoland's best professional boxing show of the year as Telefutura's SOLO BOXEO Friday night professional boxing series returns for the second straight month to the Hawthorne Race Course. continue

Taras Bidenko beats Julius Francis

22.09.04 - Ukrainian heavyweight prospect Taras Bidenko scored a unanimous decision over ten rounds against seasoned former British champion Julius Francis. The score totals of this entertaining bout were 99:91 twice and 100:90. Bidenko improved his record to 12-1 with 7 knockouts, Francis dropped to 23-19-1 with 12 knockouts. continue

Tszyu vs. Mitchell II in Phoenix

21.09.04 - Kostya Tszyu: "It has been a long wait, but today I write to tell you that the date and venue for my return to the ring against Sharmba Mitchell have been set. The fight will be held on Saturday, November 6 at the state of the art 17,000-seat capacity Glendale Arena, in Phoenix, Arizona in the USA. Those of you in the USA will be able to watch on SHOWTIME Championship Boxing. It will also be screened live into Australia from 1:00pm on Sunday, November 7 AEST.

I’m back in full training. My mental belief is strong and I’m here to do my job. My shoulder is feeling great and there will be no excuses for me when it is time to fight. I have been very pleased with my training and over the next few weeks my sparring will see my timing perfect. Some people are calling this a rematch, but to me, it is unfinished business. Sharmba and I, we have to finish it this time. continue

DiBella Entertainment signs Koba "Cobra" Gogoladze

21.09.04 - Undefeated lightweight sensation Koba "Cobra" Gogoladze (15-0, 7 KO’s), has signed an exclusive promotional agreement with DiBella Entertainment, it was announced today by DBE president Lou DiBella. continue

Another Look at Jimmy Young's fight with Muhammad Ali

21.09.04 - By Rev. Marc Axelrod: This was supposed to be the first of several tune up fights for Ali before taking on Ken Norton five months later in the fall of 1976. But Ali came into the ring weighing 230 pounds and looking as if he had trained on jelly doughnuts. Jimmy Young came in at a fit 209 pounds. continue

"Fighting" Nordin Ben Salah shot dead in Amsterdam

21.09.04 - Amsterdam - By Mike Holland: Dutch former boxing world champion (WBU & WBA middle-weight) and boxing promotor "Fighting Nordin" Ben-Salah died in an Amsterdam hospital of several bullet wounds. He was shot on an Amsterdam street. Witnesses saw two men on a motor bike hurrying away from the crime scene. Police think it might have been a professional hit. The Dutch boxing world is devastated by this horrible news. continue

Kofi Jantuah Ready For Junior Middleweight Title Shot?

20.09.04 - DiBella Entertainment's junior middleweight star Kofi Jantuah scored a sensational first round knockout over Marco Antonio Rubio on the De La Hoya-Hopkins undercard on Saturday night at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, and has positioned himself as a bona fide contender to champions Winky Wright, Verno Phillips and Daniel Santos. The spectacular KO was scored at 0:33 of the opening stanza - if you blinked you missed it - in the WBC Eliminator, vaulting Jantuah to the coveted position of #1 contender. continue

Bernard Hopkins Not Just Bigger Than Oscar De La Hoya

20.09.04 - By Frank Lotierzo - - The record book will forever say Hopkins KO-9 De La Hoya. For Bernard Hopkins that's great, because his fight with Oscar De La Hoya is the fight he will most likely be remembered for. What the record book won't indicate is how strategically and methodically Hopkins took De La Hoya apart.

I know the HBO announcers and De La Hoya himself don't even realize what transpired during the fight. Like De La Hoya, most think it was just a case of Hopkins being the bigger man. In other words De La Hoya was boxing well and was in the fight until getting caught by the bigger Hopkins. At first glance that may be how it appeared, but there is much more to it than that. The fact is Bernard Hopkins was the smarter and better boxer than Oscar De La Hoya. Yes, size played a role, but justifying Hopkins victory strictly to size is an injustice to him. He earned and deserves much more praise than that. continue

I’ll be watching Roy Jones Jr, Will you?

20.09.04 - By Coach Tim Walker: Is there any enormous reason to care about the upcoming bout between Roy Jones Jr. and Glengoffe Johnson other than seeing one of the world’s best in action? I mean it’s pretty apparent that Roy has an overwhelming shot at winning this fight. It’s also no secret that Glengoffe is a decent aggressive B level fighter who gives it his all but suffers more defeats at the hands of upper level boxers than victories. Against Roy, arguably the best light heavyweight in the world over the last decade plus, do we really expect anything different? continue

Hopkins Appears On Tonight Show With Jay Leno Monday Night

20.09.04 - After years of being denied the "celebrity" that comes with being the most successful boxer of the modern era, undisputed middleweight king Bernard "The Executioner" Hopkins has been invited to make a guest appearance on The Tonight with Jay Leno Show Monday night. "Does this make me a star," said the unassuming Hopkins. "I certainly hope so." continue

It’s Greatness, Bernard, Plain And Simple

20.09.04 - By Matthew Hurley: The biggest fight of the year turned out to be a tactical yawner. As the rounds progressed the only question was whether or not Oscar De La Hoya was going to make it to the final bell. It turned out a left hook to the liver was enough to end the “Golden Boy’s” quest for the middleweight championship. He was facing a fighter so perfectly honed by years of ring experience and constant training, the definition of a throwback fighter, that writers who picked his nemesis to win, this one included, must now simply doff their cap to the best middleweight of the last twenty years. continue

Taras Bidenko to fight Julius Francis in Hamburg on Sept.21

20.09.04 - Rising heavyweight contender Taras Bidenko, 11-1 (7), is heading the next Spotlight Boxing event on Tuesday, Sept. 21, against Englishman Julius Francis. The ten rounder against the former British champion willl be the toughest test in the career of the 24 year old Ukrainian. continue

Toney vs Booker Presser on Fox Sports Net

20.09.04 - The wait is almost over. After an eleven-month layoff due to injury, three division world champion and "The Best Damn Heavyweight Period" James “Lights Out” Toney will make his triumphant return to the ring on Thursday, September 23, when he squares off against unbeaten contender Rydell Booker in a bout to be televised live on Fox Sports Net’s “Best Damn Sports Show Period.” continue

Sharkie's Machine - Hopkins vs De La Hoya: Oscar Shows Up But Goes Down

19.09.04 - By Frank Gonzalez Jr: Preconceived notions dominated many a mindset leading up to the Hopkins vs. De La Hoya fight for the Middleweight Crown.

After winning a questionable Unanimous Decision over Felix Sturm last June in his debut performance at 160-pounds, who expected Oscar to have a chance at beating Bernard Hopkins, the best fighter in the Middleweight division? Moving up to 160 after having mixed results at 154 makes it reasonable to assume that this would be more then Oscar could handle. I remember what happened when Tito Trinidad tried that. The result wasn't pretty.

Oscar De La Hoya surprised many fans Saturday night at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Bernard "The Executioner" Hopkins was on the menu and Oscar almost made Hopkins look old while winning three of the first four rounds on my card. But by the fifth round, Hopkins got comfortable and used his advantages in height and power to take over the momentum of the fight. In the eighth round, Hopkins landed a left hook to the liver that put Oscar down. He was out for the count. It was the first time Oscar was knocked out. continue

Ali-Frazier II- Was the Decision Fair and Accurate?

19.09.04 - By Rev. Marc Axelrod: To this very day, Joe Frazier maintains that he was robbed in his second fight with Ali. He insists that he was the aggressor all the way through, that he landed the harder punches, that Ali made most of the clinches and did most of the holding. He said it was a good thing he didn’t have any money on him, because Ali probably would have taken it. In fact, Eddie Futch pointed out that Ali broke off the exchanges 128 times over the course of the twelve round bout.

Many who were at ringside that night echoed the sentiments of the Frazier corner. Don Dunphy and his closed circuit broadcast team seemed to feel that Frazier had taken over the fight after a rough start. Red Smith of the New York Times made it known that he didn’t agree with the decision of the judges, noting that he had Frazier slightly ahead. continue

De La Hoya-Hopkins: The Surreal Deal

19.09.04 - By Lee Hayes: Is it possible for two marquee fighters to instantly look their respective ages in the same ring on the same night? I think we may have seen it tonight when Oscar DeLaHoya took on the monumental task of challenging Bernard “The Executioner” Hopkins, for all of the middleweight belts and glory. continue

OFFICIAL: Wright-Mosley II on Nov. 20th

19.09.04 - WINKY WRIGHT, the first undisputed super welterweight champion in 29 years, will defend his title in a rematch against SUGAR SHANE MOSLEY, one of boxing’s most exciting stars, as they respectively try to repeat or rewrite their history together, fighting once again for the world super welterweight title, Saturday, November 20, at Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. continue

Felix Sturm defeats Frazier, Dimitrenko beats Sample

18.09.04 – Former WBO middleweight champion Felix Sturm maintained his reputation as one of the top-3 fighters in his weightclass with a unanimous decision victory over American Robert Frazier. It was an important night for the 25 year old German because beside winning the WBO intercontinental title he maintained his position as most credible challenger to the winner of the Bernard Hopkins-Oscar de la Hoya megafight which will take place in a few hours in Las Vegas. continue

Alexander Dimitrenko: 'If I can defeat Puritty, I can move up'

18.09.04 - By Nat Kerr - - Less than 24 hrs before his fight with American Andy Sample, up and coming undefeated heavyweight hopeful Alexander Dimitrenko, currently in Leverkusen, was gracious enough to take the time out to answer questions about his upcoming bouts and his career aspirations.

Kerr: How are things with Alexander Dimitrenko?

Dimitrenko: Everything is great. Thanks for asking (chuckle) continue

Hopkins Stops De La Hoya!

18.09.04 – Middleweight champion Bernard Hopkins scored a ninth round knockout over Oscar De La Hoya Saturday night in Las Vegas. De La Hoya fought well up to the point where Bernard Hopkins connected with a left hook to the body that dropped De La Hoya to the canvas. De La Hoya lay cringing in agony, banging the canvas again and again, as if punctuating the end of a once great career. He attempted to get up, but only could moan helplessly instead. continue

De La Hoya vs. Hopkins: Either way, a Fairytale Waiting to Unfold

17.09.04 – By Vincent van der Steen: Tomorrow the stage will be set for one of the most anticipated matches this decade, as ‘the Golden Boy’ Oscar de la Hoya – 37-3 (29) – will challenge Bernard ‘the Executioner’ Hopkins – 44-2-1 (31) – for the undisputed middleweight championship of the world at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas Nevada. This fight will be a fight of contrasts. continue

Wladimir Klitschko Las Vegas Media Roundtable Quotes

17.09.04 – WLADIMIR KLITSCHKO: I´m really excited to be fighting at Caesars Palace. There is a rich history of boxing (here), and there were many great fighters who performed in the Coliseum. When you talk about Muhammad Ali, Sugar Ray Leonard, Thomas Hearns, Marvin Hagler and others, and being attached to that is something special. This is the first time I will have fought outdoors... continue

Hopkins-De La Hoya: Going With My First Instinct

17.09.04 - By Frank Lotierzo - - What's that saying, "Never go against your first thought and Instinct, despite the ground swell of those going the other way". It's been said that your first thoughts and feelings are usually right. A year ago it was thought by many that a Hopkins-De La Hoya fight would probably never happen. The underlying thought being De La Hoya wanted no part of Hopkins.

With the Hopkins-De La Hoya fight slightly more than a day away, there's been an unbelievable momentum shift. It's impossible not to notice the overwhelming De La Hoya sentiment that's exploded in the last 10 days. continue

Hopkins-De La Hoya: Cometh the Hour, Cometh the Man

17.09.04 - By Neil Goodman: The boxing world is now braced for the eagerly await clash between De La Hoya and Hopkins, with the fight just over one day away. This fight has been dissected and analysed in everyway possible and from every angle. There is one common factor, every boxing analyst, fan and journalist has an opinion on this fight, the combatants and the potential outcomes. continue

De La Hoya vs Hopkins: A Handful of Predictions from the Eastside Staff

17.09.04 - Think you've heard it all on the superfight this weekend? Check out what several selected contributors to ESB had to say.

Phillip Przybylo:: Then there were two. The last two survivors of the welterweight and middleweight wars of this generation also happen to be two of the classier acts in boxing. This is probably the zenith of an era, and I think it's fitting that Bernard Hopkins and Oscar De la Hoya are a part of it. continue

Felix Sturm fighting for intern. title tonight – and for his reputation

17.09.04 - Three months ago Felix Sturm suffered a controversial loss to boxing legend Oscar de la Hoya. Tonight the 25 year old German is fighting top ranked American Robert Frazier to capture the vacant WBO international middleweight title and to maintain his reputation that he build up with his highly impressive performance against “The Golden Boy” on June 5. continue

An open letter to Bernard Hopkins

17.09.04 - By Carlos Campos: Dear Bernard, Leading up to this Saturday’s bout with Oscar De La Hoya, you have been splashed across newspapers, television and radio in an effort to promote what is undoubtedly the biggest fight of your career. In the beginning, I was of the opinion that this was due in large part to the fact that you stand to make a windfall off of the pay-per-view buys. continue

Float like a BEE, Sting Like a BUTTERFLY…Huh!

16.09.04 - By Coach Tim Walker: Muhammed Ali is probably the greatest living example of what a boxer can be and what a boxer can be. From 1960 until about the end of the 70’s Ali was the dominant force in heavyweight boxing. He was charismatic, flamboyant and extremely gifted. He coined phrases that are still widely used today by media and laypersons alike. “Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee” and “I’m young, I’m beautiful and can’t possibly be beat” are just a couple of his more infamous quotes. He has enjoyed success both inside the ring and outside the ring and his recognition can only be rivaled by the likes of Wayne Gretzky, Michael Jordan, David Beckam, and of course, love him or hate him, Iron Mike Tyson. But as recognizable, and gifted, and loved as Ali is he suffers from the same thing that many aging athletes suffer from…the inability to know when to stop. continue

Hopkins/De La Hoya: 20 Years From Graterford

16.09.04 - By Matt Hurley: During a lengthy press conference at the MGM Grand Arena middleweight champion Bernard Hopkins held up a picture of two inmates from Graterford Prison in Pennsylvania from some twenty years ago. The picture was of a nineteen year-old Hopkins and a lifer named Smoky Wilson. “This is me and my first trainer in Graterford, one of the roughest spots you can be,” he said in a measured tone. continue

Hoye Takes Controversial 12-Round Split Decision Over Griffin

16.09.04 - Photos: Tom Casino/Showtime - Rico Hoye was fortunate to escape with a split decision over Montell Griffin by the scores of 116-112 (twice) for Hoye and 115-113 for Griffin, Thursday on SHOWTIME. In the "ShoBox: The New Generation" co-feature, Al Seeger scored a unanimous decision over Eric Aiken by the scores of 76-72 (twice) and 75-73. The doubleheader, which took place at Kewadin Casino, was promoted by Gary Shaw Productions and aired at 11 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast). continue

Oliveira-Lau headlines in Boston on Oct 1st

16.09.04 - World championship pro boxing comes to Boston October 1 when former world title contender “Sucra” Ray Oliveira (46-9-2, 22 KOs) fights Hicklet Lau (19-11-2, 9 KOs) in the 12-round main event for the vacant International Boxing Union World welterweight title in “Bayside Brawl” at the Bayside Expo Center in South Boston. continue

Oscar De La Hoya - I Overrate Him Before, And Underrate Him After

16.09.04 - By Frank Lotierzo - - Today, the word "Great" is thrown around too easily in my opinion. I think once an athlete or team is considered "Great", it can't be taken from them. So I tend to wait longer than most before I declare any Team/Fighter/Athlete an all-time great.

Oscar De La Hoya is a fighter who I haven't yet referred to as an all-time great. However, I don't take issue with those who do. He's had a Hall-Of-Fame career and beat some Outstanding/Great fighters. When evaluating Oscar's career body of work, it is easy to see why he is so popular and considered one of the best fighters of his era. There are only two things regarding De La Hoya the fighter I have an issue with. continue

Logic Says Hopkins, But The Pick Here Is De La Hoya

16.09.04 - By Matthew Hurley: When it was announced the Oscar De La Hoya would move up to the middleweight division and challenge undisputed champion Bernard Hopkins boxing fans began rubbing their collective hands together in anticipation of this years one true super fight. The only problem was the vast majority of those very fans gave the “Golden Boy” little chance of unseating the long reigning title holder. continue

CMX Boxeo de Campeones Features Soto v. Solis This Friday

16.09.04 - Now into its third full month of production, “CMX Boxeo de Campeones”-- presented by CMXsports and promoted by Guilty Boxing -- returns This Friday! September 17, LIVE from the The Orleans Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, NV. HUMBERTO "ZORITA" SOTO goes mano-a-mano against undefeated Mexican buzzsaw, JORGE "COLORADITO" SOLIS in the 10-round featherweight main event battle of Top-10 contenders. continue

Vladimir Klitschko - A World Class Heart

16.09.04 - By Izyaslav “Slava” Koza: You know, I read a lot of BS on how Vladimir Klitschko conducts himself outside the ring, and how he makes the sport of boxing look bad by creating mythical theories on par, if not greater, than the convoluted one about the mysterious bullet that shot Kennedy. continue

The Time Tunnel: Was Ken Norton robbed against Ali in Los Angeles?

16.09.04 - By Rev. Marc Axelrod: One of the charges about Muhammad Ali’s career is that he received a number of gift decisions as he got older. We are told that Norton really won all three of his fights with “The Greatest.” Jimmy Young deserved the nod in his tedious battle with Ali in Landover, Maryland. Joe Frazier was robbed in his second encounter with Muhammad in New York. Even Earnie Shavers was robbed of a hard earned win over Ali in Madison Square Garden. And a case can be made that Neon Leon Spinks deserved the decision in their rematch, despite the wide scoring in favor of Ali. I want to look at these fights and see if there is any credence to the theory that Muhammad Ali was the recipient of decisions that should have gone the other way. continue

Rico Hoye-Montell Griffin: Respecting Our Elders

16.09.04 - By Joseph Buro: This Thursday night on SHOBOX: The New Generation, prospect Rico Hoye attempts to position himself as the IBF’s #1 contender in the light heavyweight division when he takes on Montell Griffin. Hoye, a Michigan native (be alarmed that the fight takes place in Michigan), has an impressive 17-0 (14) record and seems to be peaking now at the age of 29. continue

Howard Eastman bites back!

15.09.04 - European middleweight champion Howard Eastman has vowed to make mandatory contender Jorge Sendra pay for his recent comments when they meet on Friday 24th September at the Nottingham Arena. The Spaniard – also known as ‘The Savage’ –claimed that Eastman ‘deserves a beating’ and was ‘too ugly’ to win. He picked on the wrong guy... continue

Scott Harrison Defends Against Samuel Kebede on Oct. 29

15.09.04 - Two-Time WBO World Featherweight Champion SCOTT HARRISON will put his title on the line against undefeated Samuel Kebede on Friday 29 October at the Braehead Arena in Glasgow. The Cambuslang warrior makes the third defence of his crown in his second reign as champion and is aiming to become the most successful Scottish fighter ever if he wins his sixth world championship fight. continue

Mike Stewart Promises Ricky Hatton Hell

15.09.04 - American Mike Stewart has promised to give WBU World Light-Welterweight Champion Ricky Hatton 'hell' when he challenges the Manchester terror for his title on Friday 1 October at the M.E.N Arena. The hardman from Newcastle in Delaware said, "I can't wait to fight Ricky, my training is going fantastic and I'm shaping up great. I'm raring to go and will give him hell on the night," continue

Is the Criticism of Sugar Ray Leonard Valid?

15.09.04 – By Rev. Marc Axelrod: There can be no question that Sugar Ray Leonard is a pound for pound all time great fighter. He won titles in 5 divisions from Welterweight to Light-Heavyweight. He has victories over some of the brightests stars of the past 30 years: Wilfred Benitez, Roberto Duran (twice), Thomas Hearns, and Marvelous Marvin Hagler. His speed was on display in the second Duran fight and in the Hagler match. He showed raw power in his blistering knockouts of Andy Price and Davey ‘Boy’ Green. He showed heart in his toe to toe scrap with Roberto Duran in Montreal. And he displayed his guts and determination in roaring from behind to stop Hearns in the 14th round.

Yet there are critics who after all these years still refer to Leonard as a sissy, a protected fighter who benefited from mass adulation and his boyish good looks, an overrated athlete who was only as popular as he was because of his Olympic Gold Medal and because of his potential to match the box office appeal of Muhammad Ali. continue

The Defining Moment of Thomas Hearns’ Career

15.09.04 - By the Rev. Marc Axelrod: It is pretty well accepted in Boxing circles that Thomas Hearns was a great fighter. Like his counterpart Sugar Ray Leonard, he won multiple world titles in multiple weight divisions all the way up to cruiserweight. And if Heanrs caught you flush with his long right cross, forget about it. You were in for a long winter nap. I submit the knockouts of Roberto Duran and James Shuler as evidence. continue

Higher Education - Williamson ready to put Klitschko to sleep

14.09.04 - Brains versus Brawn. Surely a cliché, but come October 2, 2004, nothing will be further from the truth when DaVarryl “Touch of Sleep” Williamson (20-2, 17) meets Dr. Wladimir “Steelhammer” Klitschko (42-3, 39) live from Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, NV in the main event of a SHOWTIMEâ triple-header. continue

Felix Sturm wants to face winner of De La Hoya/Hopkins

14.09.04 - Former WBO middleweight champion Felix Sturm, 20-1 (9), has a clear agenda in front of him. On Saturday he wants to get rid of American Robert Frazier, 30-5-3 (15), then he demands to face the winner of the Oscar de la Hoya vs. Bernard Hopkins clash. The 25 year-old Sturm will be back between the ropes on September 18 in Leverkusen, Germany, the very same day of De la Hoya's challenge versus Hopkins for the undisputed 160lb crown in Las Vegas. continue

Scoop's Analysis: Wladimir Klitschko vs DaVarryl Williamson

14.09.04 - By Scoop Malinowski: This is the most important fight of Wladimir Klitschko's life. He was and still is the most talented heavyweight on the planet. However, major adversity has unexpectedly arrived on the the career of Wladimir. Could it be some sort of a test from the boxing gods when everything seemed to be going so right? If he can overcome the setbacks to Sanders and Brewster, and regain his previous form, he will be the champion. His determination and perseverance will have proved to the world that he is worthy of becoming the world's champion of the people. continue

Cesar Bazan Returns To Chicago In Solo Boxeo Headliner on Oct 15

14.09.04 - Dominic Pesoli's 8 Count Productions and Bob Arum's Top Rank Incorporated along with Miller Lite team up again on October 15th to bring Telefutura's SOLO BOXEO Friday night professional boxing series to Chicagoland for the second straight month at the Hawthorne Race Course. continue

SHOWTIME to Feat. Wladimir Klitschko/Williamson & Two World Title Fights

14.09.04 - SHOWTIME's spectacular tripleheader on Saturday, October 2, will be the first boxing event to take place in the new outdoor Amphitheatre at Caesars Palace. The telecast will begin at 9 p.m. ET/PT. In the main event Wladimir Klitschko will make his SHOWTIME debut and first start since losing to Lamon Brewster, when he takes on NABF Heavyweight Champion DaVarryl Williamson in a 10-round heavyweight battle. continue

Beware...The Hurricane Lays In Wait!

14.09.04 – By Eddy Manning - - Hurricane Paul Briggs that is. Sitting on the verge of what could be the biggest world title fight for an Australian since Kostya Tszyu; Paul Briggs is one step away from fighting P4P Champion Antonio Tarver for the WBC Light heavyweight title. Briggs most recently outpointed undefeated Croatian giant Stipes Dews to earn the spot as the number one contender for Tarvers belt. Now as a lot of the world already knows and the rest is about to find out- The Hurricane has arrived.

Since trading the no holds barred game of kickboxing for the sweet science of boxing Briggs has been en route to the world title. A former multiple time world kickboxing champion he started his real boxing career in 1999, defeating most of Australia’s top light heavyweights and gaining the Australian and OPBF titles in the process. continue

Thumbs up for Jose Rivera after surgery

13.09.04 – Exactly one year to the day he captured the WBA welterweight title via a 12-round decision against previously unbeaten Michel Trabant in Berlin, “El Gallo” Jose Antonio Rivera today underwent successful surgery to repair the tendon in his right thumb, recently injured during a sparring session in preparation for his now cancelled October 2 title defense against Thomas Damgaard in New York City. continue

Hopkins vs De La Hoya: The Obvious Is The Answer

13.09.04 - By Frank Lotierzo - - Over the last week, much has been made about what will determine the outcome of the Hopkins-De La Hoya Middleweight Championship fight. I've read and heard all type of scenarios as to what will decide this fight. In fact, it's been over analyzed. It's not like either fighter has an option on how to fight the opponent, because they don't.

The closer I look at this fight, the more it resembles Hagler-Leonard. Forget all the parallels between Leonard and De La Hoya along with Hagler and Hopkins. What these two fights share most is, what fighter can force their opponent to fight their fight. Which is exactly what decided the Hagler-Leonard Super-Fight. continue

Sugar 'N Spice: Heavy Hopes For Middleweights When Bernard Hopkins Meets Oscar De La Hoya

13.09.04 - By Bert Randolph Sugar,Sr. Boxing Analyst at-large for Many’s the generic sports fan who will tell you, “Sure, I’m a boxing fan…I watch the heavyweights, especially heavyweight championship fights.” That’s akin to someone telling you they’re a horse racing fan ‘cause they watch the Kentucky Derby. These people can be considered boxing fans only in the same way raisins can be considered fruits--technically and only in a manner of speaking. continue

James Toney Breakdowns Hopkins/De La Hoya!

13.09.04 - Three-division world champion and current #1 WBC heavyweight contender James Toney, deep into preparations for his September 23 bout with Rydell Booker at the Pechanga Resort and Casino in Temecula, California, is a man who doesn’t mince words when it comes to his fellow fighters. So who better to go to than the straight-shooting Toney for the real scoop on the September 18 middleweight showdown between Bernard Hopkins and Oscar De La Hoya? continue

Sharkie's Machine: Santos and Cotto Win

12.09.04 - By Frank Gonzalez Jr.: Fighting for the vacant WBO Jr. Welterweight Title, Miguel Cotto faced the man who beat him twice in the amateurs, Kelson Pinto of Brazil. Pinto was downed three times and was TKO'd in the sixth. Cotto improved his record to 21-0-0-17 KO's.

Career-wise, Cotto has kept busy. This was his third fight this year. He fought five times last year. He's fought progressively better fighters and steadily earned the respect of this fight fan. He keeps his chin tucked in, hands up, elbows low enough to protect the body and knows how to manage his energy well. He uses his hips to turn into his power punches effectively. When he gets his opponent in trouble, he knows how to finish. Right now he is one of the most formidable fighters in his weight class. continue

Trinidad/Mayorga 'Hurricane' Camp Notes

12.09.04 - After training for several weeks in his hometown of Managua, Nicaragua, Ricardo Mayorga was headed for the Don King Productions training camp facility in Fort Pierce, Fla., but hurricane Frances had something to say about that: the shingles on the roof were torn off and the power was knocked out. WBA Cruiserweight champion Wayne “Big Truck” Braithwaite, who had been at the Fort Pierce camp for five weeks, was forced to move out. Both training camps have relocated to Fight Club in Miami. continue

Vocal Fighters vs. The Quiet Warriors

12.09.04 - By Ryan Gaffney: Over the years the people who are close to boxing have seen their share of fighters come and go. Each fighter who rose to prominence would exhibit his own personality in and out of the ring. Sometimes the fighter’s personality was a backdrop to their performance in the ring, but other times, it seemed, that their greatest or worse contribution to the sport happened when they weren’t fighting. continue

Pugilistic Hopes and Dreams: Laila Ali vs. Ann Wolfe

11.09.04 - By Coach Tim Walker: Meeting your nemesis in competition is the stuff that dreams are made of. In the boxing ring it happens less these days than boxing fans would like so when the fate monster rears its beautiful head it must be exploited. For Leonard it was Haggler. For Gatti it was Ward. For Holyfield it was Tyson but for all the wrong reasons. These are the match ups that immortalize fighters, seize our attention and win fans. continue

The CAT roars again...Carl Thompson stuns David Haye!

11.09.04 - IBO world cruiserweight champion Carl ‘The CAT’ Thompson used his wealth of experience to overcome the game challenge of explosive puncher David Haye in five frenetic rounds at Wembley Arena last night. Haye started quickly and rocked Thompson on several occasions during a frantic opening round, but the experienced title-holder rode out the rocky patches and showed amazing recuperative powers to gain a foothold in the contest.

The challenger threw some incredible shots that would have floored most cruiserweights in world boxing, but Thompson held firm and, as Haye tired dramatically, assumed control. A right hand caught the partly off-balance Haye in the fifth and sent him to the canvas before an unanswered volley of right hands prompted the challenger’s trainer and manager Adam Booth to throw in the towel to save his fighter for another day. continue

Is Zab Judah…Really…The Man?

11.09.04 – By Coach Tim Walker: I recall the first time I stepped into a boxing gym. I didn’t know much about boxing and admittedly I was there because my mommy took me. I never asked her why she chose boxing but I know that it had something to do with my neighborhood. I grew up in one of those places where you only need one willing participant to have a good street fight. For the misfortunate combatants whose roles were to bare the brunt of these street scraps walks home from school were long and filled with anxiety. continue

Vitali Klitschko vs Danny Williams to take place in December

10.09.04 - K2 and Sports Network are today delighted to announce that WBC World Heavyweight Champion Vitali Klitschko will make the first defence of his title against Danny Williams in a fight that will re-ignite the world heavyweight scene. A deal has been agreed between all parties for the fight to take place in December in the USA with the date and location to be announced shortly.

Klitschko (34-2, 33 KO's) is universally recognised as the best heavyweight in the division. In an eight-year career he has won WBO Intercontinental, European, WBA International and WBO World titles honours. The 33-year-old Ukrainian won the Vacant WBC World title in April this year - his second attempt following a controversial loss to Lennox Lewis - with an impressive eighth round TKO of Corrie Sanders. continue

Alexander Dimitrenko to face Sample first, then Puritty

10.09.04 - Undefeated Hamburg based heavyweight Alexander Dimitrenko, 15-0 (10), will be facing American Andy Sample, 32-7-2 (21), on Saturday in Leverkusen. It may be just a stopover for the 6 foot 7 giant who will face a more serious test on October 16 when he will fight experienced veteran Ross Puritty. continue

Erdei beats Lakatus in front of his home crowd

10.09.04 - Budapest – In front of 10.000 enthusiastic fans at the huge Kisstadion in Budapest WBO light heavyweight world champion and Hungarian national hero Zsolt Erdei defeated his challenger Alejandro Lakatus with a unanimous decision over twelve rounds. The three judges at ringsite scored the contest 118:109, 116:111 and 116:112 all in favor of Erdei. continue

Lamon Brewster: 'I’ll take on Vitali Klitschko on the street tomorrow'

09.09.04 - By Nat Kerr - - Eastsideboxing’s Nat Kerr was able to get a hold of a sombre Lamon Brewster Tuesday afternoon. His voice left no doubt that Saturday was a painful evening for the WBO champion.

Kerr: How are your spirits?

Brewster: Little sad. I didn’t give my best performance Saturday night. I wasn’t at my best. I had a tough camp.

Kerr: There are several reports claiming that you broke your jaw in the fight with Meehan. If so, what round did you break it? Explain your injuries and the role they played in the fight. continue

De La Hoya Cites The Difference

09.09.04 - By Frank Lotierzo - - I was recently on a media conference call with Oscar De La Hoya. In less than two weeks, he will fight the best and toughest fighter he's ever faced in his career, undisputed Middleweight Champ Bernard Hopkins. What stood out to me is how confident De La Hoya sounded in his tone and demeanor. I believe there isn't a doubt in his mind that he'll beat Hopkins on September 18th. He consistently harped on his great condition and edge in speed as being the keys to beating Hopkins. From what I gathered, De La Hoya is resigned to the fact that he probably can't stop Hopkins. But he believes he can and will out box him. continue

Monzon, Hagler And Hopkins Probably Knew Their Limitations

09.09.04 - By Frank Lotierzo - - In the last 50 plus years, the Middleweight division has witnessed some of it's greatest and longest reigning Champions. Since Sugar Ray Robinson won the Middleweight Championship from Jake LaMotta back in 1951, there have been three Middleweight Champs who set themselves apart from the others, Carlos Monzon, Marvin Hagler, and Bernard Hopkins. Since Robinson, it is these three who have been the standard bearers at 160. Not to mention the fact that they rank 1, 2, & 3 in most successful Middleweight title defenses, (Hopkins-1, Monzon-2, Hagler-3). continue

'HBO Boxing After Dark' Returns with Cotto/Pinto, Margarito/Santos

09.09.04 - By Paul Ruby: Before the hype for the Oscar de la Hoya-Bernard Hopkins showdown takes center stage, HBO is gracing boxing fans with a fine card on its ‘Boxing After Dark’ series this Saturday evening. In the main event, rising star Miguel Cotto takes on Brazilian slugger Kelson Pinto for the WBO Light Welterweight Title abandoned by Zab Judah while Antonio Margarito battles Daniel Santos-Pena in the co-feature. Every fighter on the card knows how to fight, and it should make for a great night of boxing. continue

Showtime Workout Quotes: Wladimir Klitschko

09.09.04 - Former WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko makes his SHOWTIME debut when he faces NABF Heavyweight Champion DaVarryl "Touch Of Sleep" Williamson in the main event of a SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING tripleheader on Oct. 2 at 9 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast) at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. In a pair of world championship fights Oct. 2 on SHOWTIME, IBF Junior Middleweight Champion Verno Phillips will make his initial title defense in a rematch against IBF No. 1 contender Kassim Ouma and IBF No. 1 contender Syd Vanderpool will take on IBF No. 4 contender Jeff Lacy for the vacant IBF super middleweight belt.

WLADIMIR KLITSCHKO - "I am still disappointed about losing my WBO title fight to Lamon Brewster, and the way I lost it, but the past is past and it makes no sense to look back. I just know that I was in excellent shape, maybe the best shape of my life, but it was not me in there and I do not know what happened. continue

"The Next Great Champ" Premiere's At 5.2 Million Viewers

09.11.04 - Finally there’s some good news for boxing - a sport that has suffered more downs than ups in recent years - as it has been announced that over 5.2 million viewers tuned in to the season premiere of the new FOX network reality show "The Next Great Champ" on Tuesday, September 7. Said Executive Producer Oscar De La Hoya, "This is the first time in many years that our sport is being showcased on network television during primetime, and the fact that “The Next Great Champ” attracted so many people clearly demonstrates that boxing is not dead. continue

Shelly Finkel files lawsuit against Ted Watley

09.09.04 - Shelly Finkel announced that he has filed a lawsuit today in United States District Court District of New Jersey against Thaddeus "Ted" Watley for defamation, breach of duty and contract, prima facie tort and money loaned. Finkel's complaint, which seeks compensatory damages against Watley in an amount "not less than $5,055,000, plus punitive damages in the amount not less than $5,000,000," is based upon various allegations Watley made to a boxing Internet website about Finkel, relative to Finkel's business relationship with Mike Tyson. The website posted those interviews this week. continue

Audley Harrison Pulls Out of November 13 Bout

09.09.04 – Having starting 2004 on a fast and furious pace, undefeated heavyweight contender Audley Harrison (17-0, 12KOs) has suffered an unfortunate blow to his rising career after learning that he will need hand surgery, which will curtail his career until the beginning of next year. Harrison suffered the injury to his left hand—which includes ligament damage shown by a tear in his knuckle last week while hitting the heavy bag during a training session for his scheduled November 13th fight in America. continue

Scott Harrison Heads For Torquay

09.09.04 - Two-time WBO World Featherweight Champion SCOTT HARRISON has set up his training camp in Torquay for his forthcoming title defence on Friday 29 October at the Braehead Arena. The Cambuslang warrior prepared for his last title defence in the spartan surroundings of Fort Williams in Scotland but has now opted for a torture camp in Torquay with father and trainer Peter.

Whilst Harrison awaits confirmation of his next challenger, he is busily preparing himself for his third defence in his second reign as WBO world champion. Harrison said, "A change is as good as a rest and I felt that it would be beneficial for my training to go somewhere different. Fort William was great but Torquay is something different and the main thing was to get away and totally focus on the fight ahead without any distractions," continue

Battle at the Boat XXXI: Douglas vs. Zumbrun

09.09.04 - Northwest fight fans are in for exciting heavyweight action as Billy Zumbrun (14-5-1, 7KO’s) will face Billy Douglas (7-2-0, 6KO’s) for 10 rounds in the main event of the Emerald Queen Casino’s Battle at the Boat Boxing Series this Saturday night. “You can tell when you’ve matched a good fight,” promoter Brian Halquist said. continue

Micky Ward to undergo eye surgery

09.09.04 - Retired boxer “Irish” Micky Ward is scheduled to undergo surgery to both eyes, in order to repair blurred peripheral vision resulting from an injury suffered in his last pro fight, September 16 at Mass Eye & Ear Hospital in Boston. continue

SHOBOX: Rico Hoye vs Montell "Ice" Griffin on Sept 16

09.09.04 - The International Boxing Federation's (IBF) No. 1-ranked light heavyweight contender, Rico Hoye, will square off in a 12-round IBF elimination bout against No. 3 contender, Montell Griffin, Thursday, Sept. 16, on the SHOWTIME boxing series, "ShoBox: The New Generation." In the eight-round co-feature, Al Seeger will take on fellow once beaten super bantamweight contender, Eric Aiken. continue

Thompson and Haye weigh-in

09.09.04 - At today’s weigh-in at the Wembley Plaza Hotel, IBO world cruiserweight champion Carl Thompson scaled 14st 2lbs 10ozs while undefeated challenger David Haye came in at 14st 1lb 12ozs. Both boxers looked relaxed and shook hands ahead of the battle of big punchers, scheduled to take place no later than 9.20pm GMT on Friday night. continue

Cotto stops Pinto to win WBO Junior Welterweight title

09.09.04 - Unbeaten Miguel Cotto won the WBO Junior Welterweight title Saturday night with a sixth round knockout of overmatched Kelson Pinto. From the start of the fight, Cotto unloaded on Pinto with punishing left hooks to the head, which had Pinto retreating. Pinto was hurt in the second round and dropped to the canvas by a short left hook. In the third round, Pinto was stunned once again by Cotto’s left hook. In the fifth round, Pinto was dropped for the second time in the fight after absorbing a crushing shot by Cotto. continue

Warren & Williams ink new deal

09.09.04 - Sports Network is delighted to announce that Danny Williams has signed an agreement to be exclusively managed by Frank Warren in what promises to be the most exciting period of his career. In addition, Williams remains under the exclusive promotion of Sports Network. continue

Froch and Hague go head to head

09.09.04 - Nottingham’s Carl Froch and Derby’s Damon Hague will go head to head for the first time this Saturday (September 11th) since their British and Commonwealth super middleweight title showdown was announced. continue

Lakatus wants to knock Erdei out, then face Michalczewski again

09.09.04 – Alejandro Lakatus has ambitious plans for this weekend and will do everything to make them come true. The 30 year old Rumanian born Spaniard wants to beat undefeated WBO light heavyweight champion Zsolt Erdei on Saturday in front of the Hungarian’s home croud at the huge Kisstadion of Budapest. Then he hopes for a rematch against Dariusz Michalczewski who defeated him in May 2001 by knockout in round nine. continue

Weis/Morua Headline Solo Boxeo

09.09.04 - Dominic Pesoli's 8 Count Productions and Bob Arum's Top Rank Incorporated along with Miller Lite presents Mexican Independence Brawl this Friday night, September 10th at Chicago's Hawthorne Race Course televised internationally as part of Telefutura's SOLO BOXEO Friday night professional boxing series. continue

Evander Holyfield - He’s Not The “Real Deal” Anymore

08.09.04 - By Matthew Hurley: In the wake of Lamon Brewster’s unexpectedly close victory over unheralded sparring partner Kali Meehan two things became clear. One, Brewster is a pedestrian belt holder at best – a really good guy, but as underachieving as an average heavyweight could possibly be. And two, Don King is willing to sacrifice any fighter in order to make a buck. I simply could not have been the only person watching the post fight interview with King and Brewster who felt sick when King said that Evander Holyfield will be Brewster’s next opponent. It seemed implausible. But then, viewed from the perspective of a weary boxing scribe (and long suffering fan) it made perfect sense.

Forget for a moment that Evander should be retired. Forget that this proud champion is slurring his words. continue

Pemberton returns Oct. 29 at Foxwoods

08.09.04 - IBU super middleweight champion Scott “The Sandman” Pemberton (28-3-1, 23 KOs) will defend his title Oct. 29; live on CN8/The Comcast Network, against former IBF contender James Crawford (40-7-2, 15 KOs) at Foxwoods Resort Casino. Pemberton is rated No, 3 by the WBC and No. 14 by the IBF. continue

Thursday Night Boxing in September at Mohegan Sun

08.09.04 - Mohegan Sun, in association with Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing, presents an exciting night of boxing in the Mohegan Sun Arena on Thursday, September 30th. The undefeated Tarvis Simms from Norwalk, Connecticut will headline the main event, while heavyweight Robert Wiggins from Providence, Rhode Island will battle Kevin Johnson (4-0-1, 3 KOs) from Easton, Pennsylvania in the co-feature. continue

Interview with Gerald Gray

08.09.04 - By Ike Enwereuzor - - New York State Lightweight Champion Gerald "Don't Play" Gray of Brooklyn, New York, will take on Russian Sergey Sorokia (16-1-1, 11KO's) Friday September 10, 2004 on Jacqui Frazier-Mary Almagae card at Tropicana Casino Hotel, Atlantic City, NJ. continue

Hopkins-De La Hoya - The Way I See it

08.09.04 - By Rev. Marc Axelrod: This is the way I see the De La Hoya-Hopkins fight happening on September 18th: Round One: Both fighters are cautious as De La Hoya circles the ring. 90 seconds into the round, Oscar lands a long left to Bernard's forehead. Hopkins gets inside with a left hook as Oscar ties him up, but DLH's jab is the most noticeable aspect of this feeling out session. De La Hoya's Round. continue

Thompson/Haye: The calm before the storm!

07.09.04 - There was a tangible air of respect at today’s head-to-head press conference to promote Friday night’s IBO cruiserweight title clash between Carl Thompson and undefeated challenger David Haye at Wembley Arena. The battle between two of the cruiserweight division’s biggest punchers has got everyone talking and both combatants were under no illusions about the strength of their heavy-hitting adversary. continue

WBO orders Brewster to fight Lance Whitaker or James Toney

07.09.04 - Lamon Brewster has been ordered by the WBO to defend his title against either Lance Whitaker or James Toney. WBO President Francisco Valcarcel stated today that Brewster would not be allowed to defend against Evander Holyfield, as planned by Brewster’s promoter Don King.

At this point, the most likely opponent will be Lance Whitaker, who is currently ranked #5 by the WBO. However, if Toney decides not to face Vitali Klitschko for the WBC title, then Toney will be next in line for Brewster. As of now, Evander Holyfield isn’t ranked in the top #15 by the WBO and will not be considered for Brewster’s next fight. Brewster’s next defense may be delayed due to a fractured cheekbone and a busted eardrum that he received against Kali Meehan on Saturday night.

RP Superfly Gorres to train under Roach

07.09.04 - By Dennis Principe @ Ringside - MANDAUE CITY,Cebu, Philippines – Top Philippine superflyweight boxer Z Gorres hurdled one last obstacle the other night to finally get his much-delayed high profile training in the United States. The 22-year-old Gorres scored a tough 10-round decision over WBO #8 contender Sairung Suwanasil of Thailand in front of an appreciative crowd at the Mandaue Cultural and Sports Complex in this city. continue

De La Hoya/Hopkins: Why ‘Oscar' De La Hoya will remain ‘Top Dog’

07.09.04 - By Lee Hayes: I am picking Oscar DeLaHoya to defeat Bernard Hopkins come September 18th, 2004. Some of you may be surprised; some of you may just feel I need a reality check. Allow me to explain:

First of all, I do not think that either man is capable of knocking the other man out. Both DeLaHoya and Hopkins have proven that they possess granite chins, throughout their careers. That combined with the fact that neither man appears to possess much in the way of one punch KO power lead me to believe that we will be in for a long, entertaining evening. Sure, it’s conceivable that either man could be worn down and stopped, late in the fight. But intuition tells me not to bet on that predicament. If I had to pick a slight favorite in this area, I would probably give the edge ever so slightly to Hopkins, because of his natural size difference. continue

Spadafora's Downward Spiral

07.09.04 - By Matthew Hurley: It’s always difficult to admit you’ve got a problem. It means facing yourself and realizing that your behavior is ruining your life and crippling the lives of those around you. To reach that moment, slamming into the cold and lonely end of your downward spiral becomes your defining moment. You either pick up the pieces and fight back or you give up. It’s the toughest fight of all and, sadly, not everyone makes it back.. continue

Kali Meehan: Almost Cinderella

06.09.04 - By Tony Nobbs: Australian fight fans woke up on Monday morning with the heart breaking feeling of again suffering a dud call in a world title bout. This time, Kali Meehan’s split point’s defeat to Lamon Brewster on Sunday afternoon for a slice of the biggest prize in sports. After battering and almost stopping the favoured champion from Los Angeles in the eighth round at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, and generally out boxing Lamon, classy Kali deserved better.

While the critics and keyboard sluggers will disregard the WBO bauble, the simple truth is that Brewster became champ by stopping Wlad Klitchko last April and Meehan wasn’t given much hope, having fought only once in 24 months, when he stopped Damon Reid on the same card as Brewster’s title winning effort. Entering the ring as number 15 contender he may not have pulled off a major upset and left with the belt but he done more than enough to do so. continue

Don ''Da Bomb'' George Makes Pro Debut This Friday

06.09.04 - Three time Chicago Golden Glove Champion Don "Da Bomb" George makes his pro debut this Friday night Septmber 10th as Dominic Pesoli's 8 Count Productions and Bob Arum's Top Rank Incorporated along with Miller Beer presents another installment of Chicagoland's finest professional boxing. continue

Sharkie's Machine: The Business of Boxing

06.09.04 - By Frank Gonzalez Jr.: Saturday night at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, 26 year-old Welterweight Champion Cory Spinks (photo: TOM CASINO/Showtime) improved his record to 34-2, with 11 KO’s as he put on a boxing clinic against 33 year-old, former Lightweight Champion, Miguel Angel Gonzalez (49-4-1-39 KO’s). Cory is the current holder of the WBA, WBC and IBF Titles.

The first round went Gonzalez’ way as he was able to do some nice bodywork and press Spinks effectively. I thought they split round three and the rest of the rounds were all Spinks. The first few rounds were exciting. I was surprised at how well Gonzalez was doing against the slick boxing Spinks. continue

Exclusive Interview with Vitali Klitschko: 'I want to be the linear champion'

05.09.04 - By Nat Kerr - - The voice on the phone was pleasant. It was the WBC Heavyweight Champion, Dr.Vitali Klitschko, currently in Los Angeles, returning my call.

Klitschko’s buoyant manner aside, he wanted to set the record straight regarding rumours about who he’d be fighting in his first title defence.

With some serious sparring echoing through the halls in the background, Vitali discussed his future plans as champion and answered questions about the past and present. continue

Ricardo Mayorga Answers Allegations

05.09.04 - Former World Boxing Association and World Boxing Council unified welterweight champion Ricardo “El Matador” Mayorga, who was arrested in Managua, Nicaragua, on suspicion of rape and freed on Friday, attended a heavyweight championship fight at Mandalay Bay tonight with his promoter Don King. continue

Lamon Brewster retains WBO Title; Cory Spinks outpoints Gonzalez

05.09.04 - “Relentless" Lamon Brewster won the 12th and final round on two of the three judges' scorecards to eke out an extremely close 12-round split decision over Kali "Checkmate" Meehan and retain his WBO heavyweight title Saturday on SHOWTIME. If Brewster does not win the last round, Meehan gets the upset victory and becomes the first New Zealand-born boxer to capture the heavyweight crown in 107 years. There were no knockdowns. continue

Another Big Victory For Don King

05.09.04 - By Izyaslav “Slava” Koza - - That’s right, another night in which the biggest winner was the man who spent the least time in the ring, and the most time waving an American flag. I guess it doesn’t get any better than this for Mr. King. Stage a complete sham of a fight, make people think they are watching something that looks genuine, take their money and guarantee to do it all again. Either that or Lamon Brewster and Kali Meehan (photo: Tom Casino/Showtime) are just so bad, that we have only ourselves to blame for allowing the two of them to fight for a title. continue

ARTUR ABRAHAM new WBA International 160 lbs Champ

03.09.04 - Doubtless it was the fight of the evening for Sauerland Events promotion last night (Saturday 4th) in Essen, Germany, with the vacant WBA International Middleweight Crown at stake between ARTUR ABRAHAM (Germany) vs. NADER HAMDAN (Australia). The Official weights for both were Abraham 71,800 Kgrs. and Hamdan 72,110 Kgrs. continue

Ray Oliveira headlines Oct. 1 Boston show

PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island (September 3, 2004) –- Classic Entertainment & Sports, Inc. (CES) has signed an exclusive deal to promote boxing shows at the Bayside Expo Center in Boston. The inaugural event there will be Friday night, October 1, headlined by former world title contender “Sucra” Ray Oliveira in the International Boxing Union World welterweight championship match. continue

What IF De La Hoya Was Fighting Hagler Instead Of Hopkins?

03.09.04 - By Frank Lotierzo - - With slightly over two weeks before the much anticipated Hopkins-De La Hoya Middleweight title bout, it seems as if it's already been analyzed from every angle. Another thing that's been a constant surrounding Hopkins-De La Hoya, is the similarities it shares with the Hagler-Leonard Middleweight title fight in April of 1987. I've even heard Hopkins-De La Hoya referred to as Hagler-Leonard lite, the inference being that Hagler and Leonard were better fighters and outrank Hopkins and De La Hoya.

In my opinion, Hagler and Leonard do outrank Hopkins and De La Hoya. It seems that when making comparisons between these two fights, the question or debate that arises most is between Hagler and Hopkins. It seems an overwhelming majority are in agreement that Leonard significantly outranks De La Hoya, and would've beat him had they fought at their peak. It seems Hagler-Hopkins is a little more disputed. Although Hagler is viewed by a majority as outranking and being a better fighter than Hopkins, it isn't as one sided as Leonard over De La Hoya. continue

Gardner Bests Toygonbayev With 10-Round Split Decision

03.09.04 - SHOWTIME, America's favorite boxing network, celebrated the 100th fight of its highly successful series, "ShoBox: The New Generation," with Ian Gardner putting together a split- decision victory over Kuvanych Toygonbayev, 99-91 and 96-94 for Gardner and 94-96 against, Thursday on SHOWTIME. In the co-feature, Francisco Diaz easily handed Guadalupe Martinez the first loss of his career with a unanimous decision, scored 80-71, 79-73, and 78-73. continue

Wladimir Klitschko Headlines Showtime Tripleheader At Caesars Palace

03.09.04 - Showtime’s spectacular tripleheader on Saturday, October 2, will be the first boxing event to take place in the new outdoor Amphitheatre at Caesars Palace, recalling an era of legendary nights including Sugar Ray Leonard vs. Thomas Hearns, Larry Holmes vs. Gerry Cooney, and Muhammad Ali vs. Larry Holmes at the famed Las Vegas resort. The first of the three headliner events is slated to begin 6 p.m. PT, preceded by undercard action at 4 p.m. The telecast will begin at 9PM ET/PT. Tickets for reserved seats priced from $50 to $325 will be on sale beginning Saturday, Sept. 4, at 10 a.m. PT, online at, at all Ticketmaster outlets and at the Caesars Palace Box Office. Phone 702.474.4000. Price excludes tax and handling fee. continue

Ricardo Mayorga accused of rape

03.09.04 - Ricardo Mayorga has an arrest warrant out on him for rape of a 22-year old woman in a hotel room in Nicaragua on Wednesday. According to the police, the victim stated that Mayorga had asked her to dinner, and after coming back from dinner to the hotel room, Mayorga had raped her. continue

Honorio v Andrade Headlines Tomorrow's "CMX Boxeo de Campeones"

02.09.04 - Now into its third full month of production, "CMX Boxeo de Campeones"-- presented by CMXsports and promoted by Guilty Boxing -- returns this Friday September 3, LIVE from the The Gold Coast Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, NV.. continue

The Next Generation or Bust? Harrison, Guinn, Rahman and Peter

02.09.04 - By Coach Tim Walker: Let’s face reality. The current crop of heavyweights sucks! We are exhausted with Tyson, in fear that Holyfield is going to end up a vegetable, and any many ways feel relieved that Lennox retired. Byrd and Ruiz never put on good shows, Mesi is out and for that matter Vassiliy Jirov should follow him, and we have no confidence in McCline, Golota, Whitaker, or Kirk Johnson. Most don’t think Danny Williams or Lamon Brewster will be remembered beyond tomorrow and by the way, who the hell is Nicolay Valuev?

Personally I don’t think the next great heavyweight has even turned pro yet and won’t until after the 2008 Olympics but that is my personal stance on things. If those guys are in the past then who is in the future? Let’s take a look at some of the REAL contenders by the numbers: Audley Harrison, Hasim Rahman, Dominick Guinn, and Samuel Peter. Let’s start with youth. continue

Dmitriy Salita to Headline "Home Cooking"

02.09.04 - Unbeaten Jewish junior welterweight star Dmitriy Salita will fight on his Brighton Beach home turf when DiBella Entertainment and Final Forum Boxing present “Home Cooking” on Tuesday night, September 14, at Atlantic Oceana in Brooklyn, it was announced today. Salita, born in Odessa, Ukraine, has compiled an imposing professional ring record of 18-0, with 11 victories coming by way of knockout. continue

Johnson-Henandez Added To Jones /Johnson Card

02.09.04 - Promoters Square Ring, Inc. and Goossen Tutor Promotions, in association with Prize Fight Boxing and Grand Casinos Tunica, have added a second world championship bout to the fight card on September 25, 2004, at FedExForum, located at 191 Beale Street in downtown Memphis, Tennessee. The main event will be televised on HBO. continue

Championship Boxing Returns Outdoors at Caesars Palace!

02.09.04 - World Championship Boxing finally returns to the great outdoors of Caesars Palace for the first time since David Reid and Felix Trinidad rumbled, March 3, 2000. The new outdoor Amphitheatre at Caesars Palace makes its world debut, recalling an era of legendary nights including, Sugar Ray Leonard vs. Thomas Hearns; Larry Holmes vs. Gerry Cooney; and Muhammad Ali vs. Larry Holmes at the famed Las Vegas resort. continue

Bernard Hopkins “Ducks” Hurricane Frances...

01.09.04 - Breaks Miami Training Camp and Heads To Las Vegas Early To Finish Preparation For September 18 Mega Fight Against Oscar De La Hoya. Middleweight champion Bernard Hopkins, who has been training in South Beach, Miami, Florida for the past month in preparation for his September 18 mega-fight against Oscar De La Hoya, will break camp a week early to “duck” Hurricane Frances, the Category 4 Storm heading towards the Southeast United States. continue

Showtime: Spinks-Gonzalez Weigh-In

01.09.04 - Cory "The Next Generation" Spinks (left, photo: Tom Casino) weighed 147 pounds and Miguel Angel Gonzalez tipped scales at 146 1/2 Friday at Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. Spinks defends his undisputed world welterweight title(s) against Gonzalez, the former world champion and current No. 1 World Boxing Council contender, Saturday on SHOWTIME at 10 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast).

In Saturday's co-feature on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING from Mandalay Bay, Lamon Brewster defends his WBO heavyweight title against Kali Meehan.

Sugar 'N Spice: "The Olympics. The Big O."

01.09.04 - By Bert Randolph Sugar,Sr. Boxing Analyst at-large for To those unanswerable questions like “How did those ‘Keep Off the Grass’ signs get there in the first place?,” “Why does Hawaii have interstate highways?” and “Why did Kamikaze pilots wear helmets?” can be added yet another: “What’s the matter with the American Olympic boxing program?” continue

Showtime Weigh-In Pic & Weights: Brewster-Meehan

01.09.04 - Lamon Brewster (left, photo: Tom Casino) weighed 227 pounds and Kali Meehan tipped scales at 236 at Thursday's weigh-in at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. Brewster defends his WBO heavyweight title against Meehan Saturday on SHOWTIME at 10 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast). In the co-feature on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING from Mandalay Bay, Undisputed World Welterweight Champion Cory "The Next Generation" Spinks defends against former world champion and current No. 1 World Boxing Council contender Miguel Angel Gonzalez.

Other weights Thursday: Owen Beck (235) vs. Troy Weida (230)
Mario Preskar (214) vs. John Turlington (TBA -- weighs in Friday)

You’ve Got To Be Kidding Me!

01.09.04 - By Wray Edwards: Recent discussions regarding the plight of Boxing have been based on sub-categories of what is essentially wrong with the sport. The overarching issue is regulation. The age, health or proficiency of a boxer, may affect his relative reliability in the sport, and are certainly a consideration, but none of that matters if he practices his trade in a fatally flawed organization. All systems which are dedicated to any given task require efficient controls. One main reason the Networks have abandoned Boxing is the unsavory and undependable supply of product; and “commercial” television’s life blood is product. Network TV is rather straight-laced and mundane, despite its tendency to flirt with ribald subjects. When it comes to sports, the Networks like to see their heroes squeaky-clean, well-managed, appearing regularly and an example of the “American Dream”. Sugar Ray Leonard and Oscar De La Hoya are prime examples of this fantasy. continue

Thirty Fifth Anniversary Of The Death Of Rocky Marciano

01.09.04 - By B. R. Bearden: Thirty-five years ago on August 31st, 1969, at 9 PM, a light plane tried to land in bad weather at a small airport outside Newton, Iowa. The pilot, Glenn Belz, had only 231 total hours of flying time, with only 35 hours at night. A weather briefing had warned of stormy skies over Iowa, with a low ceiling. Belz was not instrument rated. Inexperienced, probably confused and frightened by the bad visibility, he tried to drop below the low hanging clouds to find the runway. He came out of the clouds two miles short of the runway and much too close to the ground. A witness said it appeared the pilot tried to gain altitude at the last moment but it was too late. Belz was less than one hundred feet off the ground when his plane struck a lone oak tree in the center of a cornfield, hit the ground, and slid for 235 feet before coming to a stop as a tangled wreck near a drainage ditch.

The passenger in the rear seat was 22 year old Frankie Farrell, son of Italian mobster Louis Fratto. In the front passenger seat was the former heavyweight champion of the world, Rocky Marciano, who would have been 46 years old the next day. All three were killed instantly. continue

Heirs Apparent: Dodson out, Hague in

01.09.04 - Late last week British champion Tony Dodson pulled out of the long-awaited, dual-title showdown against the Commonwealth king, Carl Froch. And earlier today, Matchroom announced that Tony Dodson had relinquished his British Super Middleweight title. Dodson’s latest injury, a twisted back, is surely the final nail in a bitter rivalry that promised to be resolved in a championship ring. continue

Wladimir Klitschko, Number One?

01.09.04 - By Coach Tim Walker: One could argue that the only person who understands how Wladimir Klitschko feels these days is Wladimir Klitschko. He has been to the mountain top. He has looked over the crest and seen the heavyweight trees and watched those who would attack his throne work their way up the mountain. But I don’t agree. If Wladimir wants to talk to someone who knows how it feels to be looked at as almost being good enough then he only needs to look across from his gym locker.

Like tennis superstar Serena of the Williams family, Wladimir is the younger sibling in a superstar family that includes his older brother Vitali. Like Serena, Wladimir got the benefit of watching his older sibling make mistakes and make corrections. And like Serena, all Wladimir had to do was learn the end result of those mistakes and apply them to his craft. For a while it seemed as though Wladimir had learned those lessons and learned them well. continue

James Toney and his Big Mouth

01.09.04 - By Izyaslav “Slava” Koza - - Is it just me or is James Toney’s mouth bigger then that football size welt on Rahman’s head after the Holyfield fight? It seems that lately Toney has had some sort of Oedipal fixation in terms of his insults of the Klitschko brothers, and anybody else in the heavyweight division that has, unlike poor Toney,(Again beating Holyfield only counts if you did it out of a wheelchair, or some such other device), accomplished something. continue

Final Press Conference Quotes: Brewster-Meehan, Spinks-Gonzalez

01.09.04 - Photo: Tom Casino - 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, at 10 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coats). In the co-featured bout, WBO Heavyweight Champion "Relentless" Lamon Brewster will take on Australian Heavyweight Champion Kali "Checkmate" Meehan. Tickets for this exciting evening of boxing are priced at $500, $300, $200, $100 and $40 and are on sale now at the Mandalay Bay Box Office and all TicketMaster outlets. To order tickets by phone, call (702) 632-7580.


"I appreciate SHOWTIME giving me a chance to display my talents. No way I take this guy lightly. They are already talking about who I am going to fight next, but my entire focus is on Kali Meehan. He is tall enough and I cannot see over him. I just want to take care of business. This is going to be a great fight. Do not blink.. continue

Lamon Brewster-Kali Meehan: How Low Can It Go?

01.09.04 - By Janne Romppainen: We all know that the title ‘heavyweight championship of the world’ holds none of the meaning that once made it the most noble status in all sports anymore. These days anybody can put up a new sanctioning body and declare anybody they want as their champion. In all we have almost twenty so-called world champions in every weight class, most of them guys you have never even heard of. continue

Ulrich, Dimitrenko following in the footsteps of Michalczewski, Klitschko

01.09.04 – Thomas Ulrich and Alexander Dimitrenko will be following in the footsteps of their famous stable mates when they step into the ring on October 16 on an event of Universum Box-Promotion at Volkswagenhalle in Braunschweig. Two years ago two other fighters, one at heavyweight and one at light heavyweight, attracted huge crouds to that same huge sports arena, located 1,5 hours southern from Hamburg.

In September 2002 Dariusz Michalczewski fought his second battle against American Richard Hall at Volkswagenhalle, whereas seven months earlier Dr. Vitali Klitschko knocked out Vaughn Bean in round eleven at the same place. continue

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