01.11.04 - Undefeated WBC CAC Cruiserweight title holder Chad Van Sickle (18-0-2, 10KO’s) will face Ogden, Utah’s Gary Gomez (12-4-0, 5KO’s) in the 34th installment of the Battle at the Boat, December 4, 2004 at the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, WA. continue
10.31.04 – By Tim Foley: Please Joe, don’t risk your life…it’s not worth it. Nobody wants to see you get hurt or possibly killed. A subdural hematoma is not something to mess with considering you’re a young man with a beautiful life ahead of you. continue
10.31.04 - Interview by Ron DiMichele: Maybe Sharmba Mitchell should get surgery more often. Since going under the knife for the knee injury which led to his Feb. of 2001 seventh round TKO loss to Kostya Tszyu and a thirteen month layoff, the slickster from D.C. has reeled off eight straight victories and captured the IBF Light Welterweight Interim Title. On Nov. 6th at the Glendale Arena in Phoenix, AZ, Mitchell and Tszyu will lock up again with the real IBF title at stake.
“What I had to do is stay busy,” says Sharmba Mitchell from his training site in Los Angeles. “I don’t like layoffs. Layoffs don’t do me any good. Each opponent that I had in front of me, I had to worry about them because each opponent is put in front of me to get in the way of what I want to do. And that’s become undisputed champion of the world.” continue
10.31.04 - Aldo "Pato" Valtierra, 21-6 (11KO's) of Mexico City, Mexico returns to Chicagoland to face undefeated, world ranked featherweight Steven Luevano, 25-0, (12KO's) of La Puente, CA in the ten round main event on Friday, November 5th as TELEFUTURA'S SOLO BOXEO is broadcast live from the Hawthorne Race Course for an unprecedented third straight month in a row. continue
10.31.04 - By Chris Ireland: John Ruiz and Andrew Golota may soon find themselves in a club that has Bruce Seldon greeting you at the door, Bonecrusher Smith mixing drinks at the bar, and Trevor Berbick working on his golf swing out back. The Club doesn't have much prestige, and you don't get a green jacket if you win a tournament there. continue
10.31.04 - By Wray Edwards: In my last article “WHERE’S THE BEEF?” reference was made to three recent examples of popular culture. They were, in order: 1. a paraphrase from the Opra Winfrey Show in which women were discussing their preferences, 2. a common question asked by fast food servers and, 3. a famous scene in which Meg Ryan demonstrates for Billy Crystal how women fool men under certain circumstances.
By the way some reacted to the references, you would think that the examples were blatant pornography rather than a bit of tongue-in-cheek innuendo. Let’s do a reality check – shall we? The primary subject matter for entertainment on this planet is sex and violence, and Boxing is
twenty-five percent sex and seventy-five percent violence. continue
10.31.04: When they met the first time, it was ebb and flow battle for five rounds until Ahmed Mustafa got the stoppage victory in round five this past June, but the rematch last night (October 31) at the Youth Center Motoba in Giza, Egypt was totally opposite. Mohamed Haspalaa didn’t make it out of the first round this time! continue
10.30.04 - The first show of the ESPN / Main Events new promotional agreement will take place this Thursday, Nov. 4 (10 p.m. - midnight ET on ESPN2) in San Antonio, Texas where WBA lightweight champion Juan Diaz (25-0, 12 KOs) will defend his title against Julien “Bobo” Lorcy (56-3-2, 41 KOs). continue
10.29.04 - By Frank Lotierzo - GlovedFist@Juno.com - Thirty years ago on the morning of October 30th 1974, Muhammad Ali 44-2 (32) was just hours away from entering the ring to challenge undisputed heavyweight champion George Foreman 40-0 (37). The fight with Foreman represented more than just a chance for him to become the second former heavyweight champ to regain the title. A victory over Foreman meant validation and redemption for Ali.
By October 1974, seven years had passed since Ali was stripped of his heavyweight title for refusing Induction into the U.S. Army on April 28th 1967. After the then Cassius Clay defeated Sonny Liston in February of 1964 to capture the heavyweight title, he announced that he was a member of the Nation of Islam, and was adopting the name Cassius X. continue
10.29.04 - Midwest fight promoter Bobby Hitz returns to the scene where it all started over 25 years ago. On Wednesday November 3rd Hitz will deliver another night of professional prizefighting to Chicago area fight fans as they showcase the second installment of their “Bar Room Brawl” series. continue
10.29.04 - By Andrew Mullinder: In a mismatch that was inexcusable by any standard, but appalling considering it was a WBO mandatory title defense, Scott Harrison destroyed Swedish-Ethiopian Samuel Kebede inside a round to retain his WBO Featherweight title in Glasgow tonight
Harrison floored Kebede with the first meaningful punch of the fight – a chopping right that clipped the challenger on the back of the head. While Harrison is rated as one of the strongest Featherweights in the world, the punch did not land cleanly on either chin or temple and it was painfully clear that Kebede had no punch resistance. continue
10.29.04 - Undefeated, hard-hitting Puerto Rican sensation Miguel Cotto will be featured as the top undercard of the Vitali Klitschko-Danny Williams world heavyweight championship fight on Saturday, Dec. 11, live on HBO Pay Per View from The Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. Cotto will make the first defense of his World Boxing Organization (WBO) junior welterweight title against former world champion Randall Bailey. continue
10.29.04 - By Bernie McCoy: An editor once told me, "Listen closely to what people say, but listen even closer to what they don't say." I thought of that when reading a recent dispatch in the Detroit Free Press about local boxer Mary Jo Sanders.
The piece, a prelude to Sanders' impending bout with Rita Turrisi, of Italy, stated: "Before a possible bout with Ali, Mallo is planning fights for Sanders with perhaps Mia St. John and Chirsty Martin, two of the most dangerous fighters in the world." The article then quoted Jimmy Mallo, identified as Sanders' manager and trainer, as saying, "I think Mary Jo would knock them out. "The good thing is, she hasn't reached her best."
Not to be a contrarian, but Mia St. John is not on any of the "dangerous fighter" lists that I've seen, recently and while Christy Martin certainly has had her "dangerous" phase in the ring, she hasn't had a fight in over a year, and has fought only three times in the last three years. continue
10.29.04: Undefeated Egyptian light middleweight Ahmed “The Riot” Mustafa (6-0, 4 KOs) will return to the ring already this coming Sunday, October 31, at the Youth Center Motoba in Giza, Egypt, only ten days after his last fight, a second round stoppage of the undefeated Mohamed Haspalaa on the 21st. continue
10.29.04 - By Wray Edwards: With those words Clara Peller became an instant celebrity and an icon of fast-food advertising. When there is dominant talent in the Heavyweight Division, the beefers rule. Like him, or not, many of us, even to this day, get chills just watching Iron Mike enter the ring with his dangerous, animal magnetism and tragic potentials. Like them or not, whenever McCline, Golota, Vitali, or any other beast of the boxing savannah steps into the ring, we know there is always the possibility of a clash of titans.. continue
10.28.04 - Sharmba Mitchell held an open media workout at Joe Goossen’s Gym in Van Nuys: “I am healthy. I am ready to fight. I am anxious. I have been waiting three years for this fight. I learned in the last fight that Tszyu cannot beat me. I am motivated. When I want something, I go get it. This is what I want.” continue
10.28.04 - From WBC President Jose Sulaiman: "The World Boxing Council hereby informs that No. 1 ranked middleweight contender Howard Eastman has been confirmed as the mandatory challenger for world champion Bernard Hopkins. "During the World Boxing Council annual convention in Phuket, Thailand, a purse offer was held for a final elimination bout between Eastman and Jermain Taylor. Taylor has since informed the WBC, however, that he will not face Eastman. Consequently, a vote was taken by the WBC Board of Governors which resulted in a unanimous ratification of Eastman as mandatory challenger."
10.28.04 - By Frank Gonzalez Jr: Flash back to February of 2001. WBA Light Welterweight Champion Sharmba Mitchell taking on WBC Champion Kostya Tszyu at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, the Mecca of Big-time Boxing showdowns.
Tszyu hadn't lost since May of 1997 when "Cool" Vince Philips TKO'd him in 10 in a fight considered the "upset of the year." Mitchell hadn't lost a fight since 1994; a TKO 9 loss to Stevie Johnston and prior to that was KO'd by Leavander Johnson in eight rounds at Lightweight. Since then, Mitchell has carefully stayed away from fighters with the last name Johnson. continue
10.28.04 - After his 7th round destruction of Rudiger May in September WBO Cruiserweight Champion Johnny Nelson has been ordered to defend against former WBC Champion Vincenzo Cantatore. "This is a genuine World Title fight" enthused Nelson, continue
10.28.04 - WBC super lightweight champion Arturo Gatti, returns to the ring on January 29 to defend his crown against former world champion Jesse James Leija, it was announced today by Main Events CEO Kathy Duva. continue
10.28.04 - Kostya Tszyu: It is great to be here. It is great to be back in the States. Everything has gone well and this is the beginning of winter. The weather is so beautiful. I am pleased, after a long time, to be coming back and I will try to put on the best show I can. I want to thank SHOWTIME again for supporting me for many years.
Question: How much of a concern is it to come back and defend your title without having fought for so long? Was there ever any consideration to taking a tune-up fight?
Not at all. I am satisfied and I do not want to have any tune-up fights. I am always able to outperform myself mentally and physically. I have been in the gym all the time and I can say I have had good preparation and good fighting preparation with great sparring. I am sharp. I am living a very healthy life and I do not think I need any tune-up fights. continue
10.28.04 – One of boxing’s most popular fighters of all-time -- “Irish” Micky Ward -- has been selected as the official goodwill ambassador for the U.S. Marines Boxing Team “Great Northeast Tour,” commencing November 9 at The Roxy in Boston and continuing that week at Foxwoods Resort Casino and Philadelphia. continue
10.28.04 – The final press conference for Friday night’s “The Dream Continues,” headlined by IBU middleweight champion Scott “The Sandman” Pemberton (28-3-1, 23 KOs) against challenger James Crawford (40-7-2, 2NC, 17 KOs), was held today where the show will be held, Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut. continue
10.28.04 - By Coach Tim Walker - firstname.lastname@example.org - On November 13th Don King Productions is sponsoring a pay per view card that is latent with heavyweight champions and challengers and no one seems to care. The fight includes bouts between John Ruiz and Andrew Golota, Chris Byrd and Jameel McCline, Hasim Rahman and Kali Meehan, and finally Evander Holyfield and Larry Donald.
Wake Up!!! continue
10.28.04 - By Eddy Manning: As the October/November drought hits full swing I thought there was no better time for a preview and analysis of the upcoming Light Welterweight Title fight between Kostya Tszyu and Sharmba Mitchell. Enjoy. continue
10.28.04 - Two of boxing’s most talented pound-for-pound fighters will square off in a highly anticipated rematch when IBF “Super” 140-Pound Champion Kostya Tszyu defends his title against Interim IBF Junior Welterweight Champion Sharmba Mitchell Saturday, Nov. 6, 2004, on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING. In the co-feature, WBO Junior Featherweight Champion Joan Guzman will defend his title for the second time when he takes on WBO No. 13 contender Marcos Licona. continue
10.28.04 - By Bert Randolph Sugar, Sr. Boxing Analyst at-large for CMXsports.com - To understand boxing one must understand its roots. From its beginnings the sport has resonated with urban ethnicity, drawing its recruits from the tenements, the ghettos, the projects, the barrios, the places that offered little presence and even less of a future. continue
10.27.04 - When Jesse Feliciano, 12-2, stepped into the ring at the Chumash Casino in Santa Ynez, California last Friday night, he had no idea that "Mighty" Mike Arnaoutis held a card up his sleeve that would spell an early end to the hotly anticipated NABO championship contest. continue
10.27.04 - By Wray Edwards: When I was a little kid, my Mom and I were about to walk out on the Golden Gate Bridge to see the view. There was a turnstile which charged ten cents. I said: "Look Mom, I can slip under the bars here so we won't have to pay for me." She said: "No, that wouldn't be right. Besides, if your Father found out, it would really hurt his feelings, and he is as honest as the day is long."
I have never forgotten that, and my life-long respect for him sprung from that very moment. My Father's ethics were deep, emotional necessities which had shocking consequences should anything threaten their smooth application.every day. He was a Professional. continue
10.26.04 - Promoter Art Pelullo/Banner Promotions will present a sensational championship fight card on Thursday, December 2, 2004, in the Pend O'reille Pavillion at Northern Quest Casino, located at North 100 Hayford Road, Airway Heights, Washington, 99001 continue
10.26.04 - Now into its fourth full month of production, “CMX Boxeo de Campeones” – presented by CMXsports and promoted by Guilty Boxing, celebrates a milestone 20th show when it returns October 29, from The Orleans Hotel & Casino, in Las Vegas, NV. continue
10.26.04 - By Ron DiMichele: WBC Youth Middleweight Champion Bad Chad Dawson(15-0, 10 KOs) of Hartford, CT will roll the dice Friday night, Oct. 29th in a battle of unbeatens whenhe faces Darnell Wilson (8-0-1, 6 KOs) of Lafayette,IN at the Foxwoods Resort and Casino in Mashantucket,CT. Dawson sat down with Eastside at his training site in Windsor, CT and shared his thoughts about himself, his boxing career, and the upcoming bout.
RD: How long do you see yourself continuing to fight as a middleweight?
Chad Dawson: I cant really answer that question. Im still young and my bodys still growing. Im going to try to make 160 as long as I can. But if I cant, Ill have to give it up. continue
10.26.04 - Undefeated Ukrainian bantamweight contender Wladimir Sidorenko beat former world champion Leo Gamez with a unanimous decision over 12 rounds in a WBA bantamweight eliminator on Tuesday Germany. Sidorenko who was headlining the Spotlight Boxing event at Scandlines Arena displayed impressive speed, power and combination punching. continue
10.26.04 - The message from the camp of Sam “King” Soliman is loud and clear
Bernard Hopkins: True champion who will be long remembered for his hold over the Middleweight division. We have called you out on numerous occasions over the past 18 months – begging to be considered as a non mandatory defense of your IBF Title. We’ve eventually worked our way into the number one spot in the vain hope that we can get you into the ring before you retire. continue
10.26.04 - By Coach Tim Walker – email@example.com - When Max Kellerman, the somewhat brazen and flamboyant personality known to many of us by his television shows “I Max” and “ESPN’s Friday Night Fights”, befriended boxer James Buttler he never thought that one day the man he would grow to call friend would be accused of murdering his brother Sam Kellerman but that seems to be what may have happened.
I am not a baseball fan but Sam’s baseball articles always caught my eye. His writing style and ability to add suspense to mostly anything he wrote drew me in and actually caused me to watch a game or two. continue
10.26.04 - Beginning January 29th in Las Vegas, Rock & Sock Productions will be promoting a monthly all-womens' boxing show called "A Ring Of Their Own." The show will be televised on a delayed basis and will move around the country after debuting in Las Vegas. continue
10.26.04 - Dominic Pesoli's 8 Count Productions and Bob Arum's Top Rank Incorporated along with Miller Beer returns to Hawthorne Race Course for an unprecedented third straight month as Telefutura's SOLO BOXEO will be broadcast internationally from Chicago on Friday, November 5th. continue
10.26.04 - Vitali Klitschko: I am really happy to fight again. I have had a long break, more than six months. This is my first fight in Las Vegas, my first title defense, and it is against a strong guy from Great Britain, Danny Williams, who beat Mike Tyson and destroyed my dream to fight Iron Mike. I watched the fight on German TV and was very impressed. I know that Danny Williams wants to prove me what a great fighter he is. This is going to be a very interesting fight. I am starting right now the preparation. I have seven weeks before the fight and I hope I will be in great form and put forth a great performance on Dec. 11. continue
10.25.04 - Six fighters with a combined 185 professional boxing victories and 148 knockouts will fight for three title belts on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING Saturday, Dec. 4, at 9 p.m. ET/PT* from Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. In the main event, former WBA Super Featherweight Champion Joel Casamayor will attempt to win his second world title when he steps up in weight to challenge two-time WBC Lightweight Champion Jose Luis Castillo. In the evening's second televised bout, IBF Super Middleweight Champion Jeff Lacy will make his initial title defense against IBF No. 14 contender Omar Sheika. continue
10.25.04 - By Chris Acosta: "Pick on someone your own size." - My grandma, in the summer of 1977, to a bigger kid who kicked my as$ and took my Big Wheel."
I will never understand why fighters can't just stay at or near the same weight for their entire careers. While the monetary and historical rewards are more attainable now due to the profuse number of titlists, there is an inherent risk involved that goes beyond just losing a boxing match.
Adding more pounds to an already fit body means that said weight becomes almost parasitic in its attachment. The body becomes accustomed to the extra poundage and involuntarily learns to make the necessary adjustments needed to retain its efficiency. continue
10.25.04 – WBC Heavyweight Champion Vitali Klitschko will make his first title defense against the man who most recently knocked out Mike Tyson, Danny Williams, on Saturday, December 11, 2004, at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, Nev. The fight is being produced and distributed by HBO Pay-Per-View. The 12-round heavyweight championship fight will highlight a spectacular evening of boxing presented by K2 Promotions, Inc., in association with Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino. continue
10.25.04 - By Frank Lotierzo - GlovedFist@Juno.com - One of Boxings longest living stories is the one where one big name fighter got the better of another name fighter in the gym sparring. Or, a lesser name fighter bettering a name fighter while sparring. There are many stories involving past greats being bettered in the gym by a lesser known fighter, but few if any, beat as many great fighters in the gym as did Middleweight Curtis Parker.
Sparring in the gym and fighting with small gloves under the lights in front of a big crowd are a lifetime apart. Because fighter-A got the better of fighter-B sparring a few times, doesn't mean Fighter-A wins if they fought. Too many variables factor in on fight night, that don't exist in the gym. On top of that, fighters approach sparring differently. It's not the same every time out for a multitude of reasons. continue
10.25.04 - Ricky Hatton will make the 15th defence of his WBU light-welterweight title at the ExCeL Arena, London, on December 11 against Ray Oliveira. Hatton, who was in London today to announce the fight, welcomed the challenge against a man who is 47-9-2 and has never been stopped. Promoter Frank Warren is hoping it will be a final tune up before Hatton tackles the winner of Kostya Tszyu and Sharmba Mitchell. continue: FrankWarren.tv
10.25.04 - By Scoop Malinowski: One of the great fighters of this modern era took the time out to discuss many topics, such as his greatest performance, his advice for Mike Tyson, how he was able to intimidate Zab Judah, and much much more:
Scoop: How has your hunger changed now that you are in your mid 30's?
Kostya Tszyu: "It is different. I can't say it's the same hunger that it used to be. I look at it this way: I put a motivation for myself...why I'm doing this...of course, hunger is coming from success. When you always (have) success, I mean, I have achieved everything in (the) sport already. But you can not retire this way, like this. To stop now...I can't stop it. I have a few things to achieve more. And this is the hunger, it's a big hunger." continue
10.25.04 - After spending the last two years crossing the globe, appearing in Britsh, German, Dutch, Puerto Rican and American rings, WBF ‘world’ superwelterweight champion Mihaly Kotai, 30-1 (15 KO’s), seems to have discovered the comfort of fighting at home. continue
10.25.04 - By Tony Nobbs: In what promises to be an intensely fought battle, local product Peter 'Baby' Mitrevski faces unbeaten New Zealand based puncher Kalie Jacobus for the vacant WBO Asia Pacific Super Middleweight title at Marrickville RSL in Sydney on Tuesday night. Speaking on Sunday afternoon a relaxed Mitrevski said he was confident of victory while adding he is not taking the Vanuatu born Jacobus (7-0, 5 KO) lightly by any means. continue
10.25.04 - By Matthew Hurley: PBS’s excellent documentary, “The Fight”, about the 1938 heavyweight title bout between Joe Louis and Max Schmeling is a must see for boxing fans and for those not partial to the sport but who have a keen interest in American history. The bout encapsulated a pivotal moment in the culture of race in the United States and it’s significance reached across the globe into Europe where Nazi Germany was slowly expanding it’s dark cloud across the landscape.
The impact of Louis’ first round knockout over Schmeling was so heartfelt amongst Americans that it unified, if for just a short time, the racial divide in a country facing the inevitability of war against another country, or entity, dominated by racism which was slowly decimating its bordering countries and ultimately beginning the horrific goal of the genocide of Jews and achieving world domination. For today’s school children, who are inundated with violent images in movies, music and everyday life, the history lessons of World War II must seem almost mundane. continue
10.24.04 - By Jim Amato: There are some pretty interesting fights coming up to close out the wild and wacky year of 2004. This year has seen legends Mike Tyson, Roy Jones, Oscar DeLaHoya and Marco Antonio Barrera fall from the ranks of Gods. Will they regain their former status or just fade into boxing history ? Barrera will have a chance to re-enter the pound for pound sweepstakes when he meets arch rival Erik Morales on November 27th. I look for another classic in this their third encounter. Erik is on a roll and I predict him to win by a late round stoppage. continue
10.24.04 - By Izyaslav “Slava” Koza - Novirasputin@hotmail.com - No, I don’t mean in terms of money or in terms of comebacks, threats or 100,000 bets placed on the side in regards to which fighter will KO which. This is the fight that, were it a perfect world, every boxing fan would be salivating for with a glazed over look in their eye. Why?
Well, look at it logically: The Champion of the best (in terms of quality fighters) division in boxing, is taking on his number # 1 challenger, who if you can believe it, actually deserves that chance. continue
10.24.04 - Orange, Ca - A new generation of fighters will commence its "Path to Glory" as Thompson Boxing Promotions features one of its most exciting boxing cards of the year. Young and talented boxers who are hungry for notoriety must prove themselves at the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario this Friday, October 29. continue
10.23.04 - By Wray Edwards: Finally, after we have waited patiently for some Friday night action, Showtime’s “ShowBox The New Generation” had its debut last night. With ESPN’s “Friday Night Fights” on hiatus, and things slow over at HBO, there has been precious little for us Boxing fans to enjoy. With Nick Charles at the helm and his sidekick Steve Farhood lending color, things are getting back on track for the year-end festivities. Gary Shaw productions & the Chumash Casino Resort, in Santa Ynez, California provided the boxers and the canvass for two very different matches.
The first bout featured an eight round, Junior Lightweight contest between 28 year-old Brazilian Agnaldo Nunez 9-1-5, and 20 year-old Isidro Granados 12-1-8 from Bellflower, California. continue
10.23.04 - WBA welterweight champion Vivian Harris knocked out Oktay Urkal of Germany in the 11th round on Saturday night in Berlin, Germany. Harris (25-1-1) retained his WBA title for the 3rd time since winning it in October 2003. The fight was close up to the point where Harris hit Urkal with a monstrous uppercut that sent him down in the 11th round.
Urkal was able to get to his feet, but his staggering caused the referee to stop the fight. Afterwards, Urkal hinted that he would retire rather then wait another 3 to 4 years for another title shot.
10.22.04 - By Andrew Mullinder: Joe Calzaghe extended his 100% record to 38 fights by beating Kabary Salem through unanimous decision in Edinburgh tonight. Calzaghe visited the floor during the foul filled, disjointed encounter but managed to dominate nearly every other round.
Early in the fight, despite bossing the early exchanges by virtue of his sizzling hand speed and physical strength, Calzaghe’s timing and technique seemed to suffer from his 8 month ring absence. However, it appeared Salem simply didn’t have the ability to exploit the Welshman’s ring rust and technical deficiencies, as he stood frozen in the headlights of Calzaghe’s exuberant attacks. continue
10.22.04 - By Kostya Tszyu: Finally, the time has come and this weekend I leave my home in Sydney, Australia and travel to Phoenix, Arizona in the USA for the final preparations for my return to the ring against Sharmba Mitchell. It seems such a long time since my last fight, but everything happens for a reason. When you have to struggle for anything it makes victory much more enjoyable. The challenge this time is not only the fight itself, but overcoming the Achilles and shoulder injuries that I have suffered over the last two years. continue
10.22.04 - By J. Matt "Bam Bam" Barber: It’ a riddle of sorts – Some will ask; what on God’s Earth compels two otherwise civilized human beings to climb into a ring in front of hundreds; thousands; millions of people and attempt to bludgeon one another into unconsciousness? What kind of bloodthirsty spectator achieves some twisted gratification from watching such a display?
To some who are outside boxing’s tightly knit and exclusive fraternity, ours is a brutal sport with no redeeming qualities. From boxing’s inception to present day, there have been those who have feverishly endeavored to ban the sport (so-far, to no avail). These so-called “progressives” from Yuppieville, USA purport to be of the laissez-faire mindset, but worship at the alter of political correctness. Their life’s mission is to better the world by protecting you from yourself. continue
10.22.04 - Undefeated Mike Arnaoutis floored Jesse Feliciano three times in the initial three minutes to capture the vacant North American Boxing Organization (NABO) junior welterweight title with an opening-round knockout Friday on "ShoBox: The New Generation." In the junior lightweight co-feature from the Chumash Casino Resort in Santa Ynez, Calif., Agnaldo Nunes and Isidro Granados fought to an action-packed, eight-round majority draw. continue
10.22.04 - By Vaughn M. Featherstone: I can remember when the Heavyweights were a division where you couldn't wait for a fight to happen. There was Ali/Frazier, Foreman/Lyle, Tyson/Holyfield, Lewis/Holyfield. The list could go on and on. Now, we are regulated to watch fights like Chris Byrd vs Jameel McCline. How the heavyweights have fallen.
Don't get me wrong, its not Byrd or McCline's fault. Well, lets forget abotu that and talk about the fight. continue
10.22.04 - He was the first member of the 2000 U.S. Olympic team to win a world title and now undefeated IBF super middleweight champion JEFF "LEFT HOOK" LACY will become the first member of that same Olympic team to defend a world title -all within an eight- week span! continue
10.21.04 - Dominic Pesoli's 8 Count Productions and Bob Arum's Top Rank Incorporated along with Miller Beer team up for an unprecedented third month as Telefutura's SOLO BOXEO broadcasts internationally from Chicago on Friday, November 5th from the famed Riviera Theater located at Broadway and Lawrence in the Uptown section of Chicago. Tickets are on sale now by calling 312-226-5800. Doors open at 6pm, first bell is 7pm. continue
10.21.04 - By Chris Acosta: On November 13th, Don King will hold another of his blockbuster heavyweight fight cards, another epic event featuring two title bouts and a $54.95 price tag that will disturbingly empty out the wallets of fight fans who have apparently come to accept the very real possibility of being swindled. The goal it seems, is to find the "true" heavyweight champion so that the next time you ask Joe Sportsfan who that very man is, he won't look at you like you're an algebra equation.
The two obvious problems are that the guy whom most of us consider the champ isn't even part of the card because he has this thing about putting a price on his soul. continue
10.21.04 - Bradford’s Junior Witter has all but given up hope of getting domestic rival Ricky Hatton into the ring. “I will still call his name, but deep down I know the chances are that Hatton won’t fight me,” said the current British, Commonwealth and European champion and WBC number 3. “I have thrown my hat into the ring enough times, but Ricky keeps booting it back out again. Whilst there is a glimmer I wont give up, but I need to do my own thing and continue moving past him.” continue
NEW YORK, NY (October 21, 2004) – It was announced today by ESPN Senior Vice President of Interactive Sales Matt Murphy and ESPN Senior Vice President of Programming John Wildhack, that Main Events CEO Kathy Duva has joined forces with ESPN to add a premier monthly boxing series within ESPN2 Friday Night Fights in 2005 and feature two pay-per-view events. continue
10.21.04 - By Joseph Buro: One thing I’ll remember about graduate school is the job search. In our program, regional employers would come daily and interview dozens of applicants from the graduating class. The school solicited hundreds of employers to participate, so if you applied to enough of them, you would end up with several interviews each week for about a month and a half.
I tried to set up an interview schedule to give myself the best chance of succeeding, remembering from past experience that on the days which I had nothing to do other than interview for a job, I tended to come off badly. On days like that, I would spend most of the time thinking about the interview, about the points I wanted to make, the questions they might ask, and so on. I would practically dehydrate myself in anticipation. continue
10.21.04 - By Andrew Mullinder: There had better be a plan behind the antagonistic trash talking that has flowed with unwise haste from the Salem camp before their appointment to fight undefeated WBO Super Middleweight Champion, Joe Calzaghe. Because their constant sniping, which had clearly infuriated both Calzaghe and his farther, Enzo, reached a crescendo during today’s weigh in, and will surely mean that the Egyptian has lost all hope of the Welshman taking his unheralded challenger too lightly. continue
10.21.04 - By Sumya 'The Island Girl' Anani: 4X World Champion-WIBA Light-welter Champ, Ranked # 1 by Boxrec & IFBA @ 140, IBA Welter Champ, & Christy Martin's Conqueror. Lucia Rijker……. If you don't believe me check out her record in Boxrec! I've called her out TWICE. In April, I addressed her specifically & accused her of suffering from `yellow fever'. No response. Maybe not quite... she got `injured', & left the country!
I stepped in for her on 5 days notice (undercard of V.Klitschko- Sanders at Staples) & beat her opponent. In June, I issued a Unification @ 140 Challenge, with her as the main target. I offered to fight her for expenses only. AGAIN no response. continue
10.21.04 - “Klitschko Shrek” Ross Puritty is currently making his way to Germany. On November 6 the experienced and powerful American contender will fight 22-year-old Universum prospect Alexander Dimitrenko at erdgas arena of Riesa. Ross Puritty, now 37 years old and with a record of 30-17-3 (27), was the first man to defeat Wladimir Klitschko, in 1998 a young and promising up and comer. continue
10.21.04 - By Andrew Mullinder: It is hardly surprising that American opinions of fighters from across the pond tend to be delivered dripping with cynicism. There is a list longer than the ‘Declaration of Independence’ of British hopefuls with big reputations who have crossed the Atlantic only to have their conquering aspirations ended at the call of “10!” Amid this endemic inferiority, quite a few alphabet world champions have emerged, but only a tiny few, like Lloyd Honeyghan and Naseem Hamed, could argue they operated at the peak of their weight divisions for even the shortest of periods. In fact, Canadian-raised Lennox Lewis aside, the British fight fan must take a painful 35 year trip back to the time of Ken Buchanan’s outstanding peak to find one of their own who could be legitimately called World Champion and get the job done on a consistent basis against world class opposition in the US. continue
01.21.04 - The International Boxing Federation (IBF) officially ordered a mandatory rematch for their Intercontinental superwelterweight crown between dethroned Austrian Gotthard Hinteregger and his conqueror and new champion Jozsef Matolcsi of Hungary. continue
10.20.04 - 1. Archie Moore - You can make an argument that some of histories best light heavies would have beaten Moore, because he was susceptible to losses against fighters that could really move, like Ezzard Charles, and my guess Roy Jones (had they fought in the same era's). Even Billy Conn might have given Moore troubles. Still, he's the best ever because he would have KO'd just about everybody else, and nobody is perfect against every style. Moore was phenomenal to watch, and he goes against the stereo typical mold of a puncher, because punchers aren't suppose to have longevity.
Most of his career endurance was due to his dedication and supreme conditioning, but some of it has to be attributed to the fact that Archie Moore just seemed born to fight, and more so, born to separate other men from their collective consciousness, like no other man in history. continue
10.20.04 - By Coach Tim Walker – firstname.lastname@example.org - I have got to admit that I watched Oscar Dela Hoya’s reality show “The Next Great Champ” a couple of times. It wasn’t a case where I grabbed a cold one, sat on the couch, loosened my belt and tuned into the show. I just sort of came across it as I channel surfed. My biggest weakness is pugilism and I am known to scour the television in search of it. continue
10.20.04 - Philadelphia, PA - Professional Boxing returns to the Legendary Blue Horizon on Friday November 19, 2004 in Philadelphia, PA, as former world title challenger Billy "the kid" Irwin, 42-5 (33 KO's), will square off against Marco "Angel" Perez, 20-6 (14 KO's) in a 10 Round Lightweight battle. continue
Current Top Light Heavyweight & Cruiserweight Rankings By Lee Hayes - October 20th, 2004
1. Antonio Tarver - Tarver has the great balance of a natural puncher. He puts all of his weight behind every shot he throws, and the results are devastating. His short left cross is the best punch currently in the two divisions. It is also noteworthy that the boost of confidence that Antonio has derived - from his close, somewhat controversial - points loss to Roy Jones Jr., and brutal 2nd round KO of Jones in their rematch, has risen Tarver's game to a point it probably would not have reached on it's own. He's a star in every way. He's articulate, insightful, loves being in front of the camera's and he's not afraid to call out the big names. As long as he stays in the light heavyweight division, his star will only rise. continue
10.20.04 – Now into its fourth full month of production, “CMX Boxeo de Campeones”-- presented by CMXsports and promoted by Guilty Boxing -- returns This Friday October 22, LIVE from Las Pulgas Club in Tijuana, Mexico. Mexico's top-two-rated middleweight contenders GUSTAVO "CUBANITO" MAGALLANES and RICARDO OLMEDA make their "CMX Boxeo de Campeones" main event debut when they goes mano-a-mano for the vacant Mexican middleweight championship. continue
10.20.04 - By Jeff Day: The super-fight that Welshman Joe Calzaghe craves and surely deserves appears no nearer to coming to fruition and this Friday (October 22) in Edinburgh, Scotland, the WBO super-middleweight king of 7 years makes defence number 15 against rough house fighter Kabary Salem. continue
10.20.04 - By Vaughn M. Featherstone: Ahhh, the Heavyweight division. Once upon a time it was a glamorous division that became the Main Event of many major fight cards. These days, it's trying to find its identity similar to John Ruiz and Andrew Golota. When they fight on November 13th, expect some fireworks of some sort. Although both fighters are veterans of the game, neither has receive the acclaim that most Boxers yearn for. However, this doesn't mean that neither fighter has made a name for themselves. Both fighters are well known throughout the Boxing world but not the way they want to be known. continue
10.20.04 - It was a night of entertaining boxing at the Zamalek Club in Giza, Egypt last night, as enthusiastic fans saw local hero Ahmed “The Riot” Mustafa score another win, and move his unbeaten record to 6-0 (4). Mustafa out-punched countryman Ramadan Mahmoud (1-0 going in) from the start, and floored him in the first round of this super welterweight encounter. continue
PROVIDENCE, RI (October 20, 2004) – Two world championship matches headline “The Dream Continues,” promoted by Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment & Sports, Inc. (CES), in association with Foxwoods Resort Casino and CN8, The Comcast Network, Friday night, October 29 at Foxwoods in Mashantucket, Connecticut. continue
10.20.04 – By Chris Acosta: Like fellow undisputed titleholder Bernard Hopkins, Kostya Tszyu is a fighter with no glaring flaw. Like Hopkins, he possesses a work ethic perfectly suited to his demanding trade. Like Hopkins, Tszyu is a fearless competitor with a fierce desire to win and the physical means to apply those characteristics. And like Hopkins, he lives an honest, life disciplined life that leaves no room for excuse.
Unlike Hopkins however, the Australian based Russian does not reside atop a division of moderate talent. In fact, the Jr. Welterweight division is perhaps the deepest division currently going (though there are an equal amount of supporters for Jr. Middleweight and Featherweight, respectively). continue
10.20.04 - By Bert Randolph Sugar, Sr. Boxing Analyst at-large for CMXsports - Every time there's a "bad" decision in which the judges suffer from a decided lack of mathematical skills and their scorecards contradict what was as readily apparent as the egg on the chin of a hungry boarding-house roomer, calls for the reform of scoring, like Mary's little lamb, are sure to follow. continue
10.20.04 - Up and coming heavyweight prospect Taras Bidenko will top a fightcard on October 26 in Rostock, Germany, that will be broadcast live and without charge on www.boxing.de. The entire event in Rostock includes nine fights from which the first six contests will be shown on www.boxing.de, four of them heavyweight fights.. continue
10.19.04 – By Coach Tim Walker - email@example.com - I recently had the opportunity to sit down with Daniel “The Haitian Sensation” Edouard as he visited our PAL center located in Royal Palm Beach, FL. Daniel grew in our PAL gym and I know him to be a great guy. This interview is fresh on the heals of him winning the USBA Middle Weight Title over Willie Gibbs.
Walker: Danny how is everything going for you these days?
Edouard: Everything is lovely. I am sort of still getting adjusted to being the USBA champ. Trying to get acclimated to just everything but with the hurricane and school and everything I really haven’t had a chance to think about the championship. I’m more worried about school and hurricane Francis and Ivan. continue
10.19.04 – By Ben Cohen: With Roy Jones deposed, the boxing world will search within itself to find a new super star. They must possess the potent mixture of speed, power, talent, and in pop culture terminology, the ‘X factor’. Asides from mind- boggling speed, knockout power, extraordinary talent, the all-important star quality remains the main factor in determining superstar status. In recent years, Ali had it, Tyson had it, and so did Leonard. What exactly is it that allows an individual to be considered the sports main attraction? And who will fill the present void? Let us first look at some of the former greats. continue
10.19.04 – By Chris Acosta: It never fails that whenever I mention my interest in the sport of boxing does some ignorant soul try to enlighten me on the sweet sciences moral shortcomings. I've heard it all (as many of you have, I'm sure): "The fights are fixed. The judges are paid off. Don King is connected to the mob."
As much as I try and defend the honor of boxing, I have found that my stance is often ignored and with good reason I suppose: For every super fight that lives up to expectations, there are multiple fiascos to clog up the tunnel of hope. continue
(October 19, 2004) - VICTORIANO SOSA successfully defended his Dominican Republic lightweight title last night at the Santiago Sports Palace, via a first round KO of Marcos Hernandez. Sosa, who improved to 39-4-2 (28 KOs), ended the fight with a left hook to the body and a right cross to the chin of Hernandez, 10-4, who was counted out at 2:32 of the round. continue
10.18.04 - By J. Matt Barber: As you climb the murky stairwell and enter Chicago’s Windy City Gym, you’re greeted by a symphony of sights and sounds, perhaps only properly appreciated by an enthusiast of the Sweet Science.
The percussive swat of leather jump ropes against the old hardwood floor combines with rapid-fire speed-bag and rhythmic, muffled blows against a heavy-bag. The musty air betrays the ghosts of fighters past, who spilled both sweat and blood in preparation for bouts fought long ago; but, remembered still today on walls adorned with classic fight posters and other memorabilia. The oldest active boxing gym in the U.S., Windy City is as much a museum as it is a place to train. continue
10.18.04 - By Coach Tim Walker: Unscrupulous promoters, greedy managers, unprincipled matchmakers and unknowledgeable trainers are all playing a role in the demise of the sport of boxing. Once one of the greatest athletic spectacles in the world, boxing is now relegated as a side sport to car racing, football, and basketball in the states. Elsewhere sports like soccer and cycling dominate boxing in attendance and public interest. Even arena football and slam ball rival boxing’s public interest on occasion. Unlike many major sports, boxing has felt the effects directly of its scandals and its scandalous. continue
10.18.04 - By Coach Tim Walker - firstname.lastname@example.org - Have you ever asked why you just can’t tryout for the Dallas Cowboys or the New York Nicks or the Atlanta Braves or the Tampa Bay Lightening? Honestly, do you think there is a great possibility that any professional sport is going to waste it’s time sitting through meaningless tryouts? Survey says “No!” continue
10.18.04 - By Matthew Hurley: Well, things are a bit slow right now in the boxing world so I thought I would itemize my personal “wish list” for the fight game and it’s many participants. I’m sure I’ll miss some of your personal wishes and feel free to either call me on it or add your own. continue
10.18.04 - By Frank Lotierzo - GlovedFist@Juno.com - Lets say you're Joe nobody. All your life you've been a huge boxing fan. Throughout your whole life you have ate, drank, and slept amateur and professional boxing. You've studied its history, you have great insight, and are very well versed and read on its day to day goings on. Lets go one step further and assume that you even boxed in your younger years and were even pretty good. However, you realized that you were not quite good enough to ever become world champ or fight for a title, thus ending your career.
After you accept that your dream most likely won't be realized, you stop fighting and follow boxing religiously. continue
NEW YORK CITY (October 18, 2004) – The bar in professional boxing will be raised Thursday night, November 11 when Phoenix Sports Management, Inc. launches its innovate series, “The Battle Royale Classics,” introducing “The New Kids On The Block” in the inaugural show at the world famous Apollo Theater in Harlem. continue
10.18.04 - Former WBO middleweight world champion Felix Sturm, 21-1 (9), will be back in the ring on December 4 in Berlin. On the undercard of the European heavyweight championship between Luan Krasniqi and Timo Hoffmann at Estrel Convention Center the 25-year-old German will fight for the second time since losing a controversial decision to Oscar de la Hoya on June 5. continue
10.17.04 - By John Caulfield: The Super Middleweight division is perceived as not being the strongest of divisions right now (which is harsh, but reflective of the fact that the divisions strongest fighters are almost all from outwith the United States), but the 168lb weight is entirely indicative of the problems confronting the sweet science in its bid to re-establish itself as a form of main stream entertainment. Indeed, in every professional sport in the world it is the role of that sports governing body to ensure that if things go a bit awry - either on or off the field of play - to step in and resolve the situation. Every professional sport it seems, except for Boxing. continue
10.17.04 - Andrew Golota - Big Pole Has Lucky Charm: Colonna trained Golota for his first 22 fights and for his last three fights. Golota has never lost a fight when Colonna has been his trainer.
“Andrew and I have a certain understanding,” Colonna said. “A fighter and a trainer have to know what is expected of each other. In our case, we have that because you have to understand Andrew Golota. He’s different than any other fighter I have ever trained. I think I get more out of him than anyone else. When I see him going the wrong way, I’m the one guy that can get him to snap out of it. continue
10.17.04 - Hasim Rahman - ‘Old School’ Attitude: Known for his impatience with fighters who lack commitment after being schooled by the legendary Eddie Futch, Torrence likes what he sees in Rahman after working with the former heavyweight champion for just three weeks. “I agreed to work with him because he was willing to work within my program. From the very beginning he has been honest with me telling me where he’s been, where he is now and where he wants to go.” continue
10.17.04 - Chris Byrd - Byrd rises at 5:30 a.m. daily to run (current Las Vegas morning temperature: 60º); weight training at 9 a.m. (gym in basement of home); 1 p.m. sparring and boxing sessions (gym in carriage house behind home). Byrd’s sparring partners stay in four-bedroom guesthouse attached to backyard gym (it’s not Extended Stay, they call it, “Extend-A-Camp”). continue
10.17.04 - Evander Holyfield - Holyfield took a break from training after his loss to James “Lights Out” Toney and will not have been in a fight for over a year when he enters the ring on Nov. 13 and will be 42 years old. Don King said about Holyfield, "He's an old man just rolling like a river." continue
10.17.04 - By Wray Edwards: On December 4th Joel Casamayor is scheduled to box Jose Louis Castillo, 30, for the WBC Lightweight Championship. Last July third Joel “El Cepillo” Casamayor, now 33, took on Daniel Seda as a first step back up in his career after his split decision loss to Diego Corrales in March of this year. The match with Seda, which went the distance, turned out to be a rust preventer and warm-up to what might lie ahead. Joel trained in Vero Beach with by Buddy McGirt for that event.
This bout will, however, be a very different ball of wax. Joel and his management team have decided to make the move to 135. Casamayor will be trained by John David Jackson at a California Camp in the mountains near the Pacific Coast. continue
10.16.04 - By Frank Lotierzo - GlovedFist@Juno.com: He is one of the least appreciated all-time great fighters in fistic history, at any weight. This all time great champion's career accomplishments measure up favorably to any other fighter who ever held the same title. In fact Michael Spinks never lost once in the division he ruled as undisputed champion, and this was during a time when the division may have never been more loaded with top fighter's in it's history.
Michael Spinks is the only undefeated light heavyweight champion in boxing history. Something that can't be said about Tommy Loughran, John Henry Lewis, Billy Conn, Archie Moore, Bob Foster, or Roy Jones. In 101 years of crowning light heavyweight champion's, only one of them never tasted defeat while weighing 175 pounds, Michael Spinks. Spinks was also the first reigning light heavyweight champion to challenge and defeat the reigning heavyweight champion. Something past greats Billy Conn, Archie Moore, and Bob Foster also attempted as light heavyweight champ, but failed to do. continue
10.16.04 - By Allan Cerf: On November 20, 2004, Winky Wright (47-3, 25 Ko's) will defend his Super Welterweight title in a rematch against Sugar Shane Mosley (39-3, 35 Ko's) at Mandalay Bay. In what should be an excellent fight, events and Father time have conspired to steal some of the glitter from what would have been one of the most anticipated bouts of the year.
Shane Mosely’s still astonishing talent cannot be overlooked: Hands so fast, one boxing site’s camera’s literally couldn’t follow them, Motown approved creamy footwork, topped with a a body attack so fierce, an argument could be made for police like armor for his opponents. The talent is there, but it has declined, measurably, with age and especially, as Shane has jumped weight classes. continue
10.16.04 - By Wray Edwards: Most big people end up as targets. The average Joe or Jane who looks at someone with a bigger bank account, house, car, intellect, talent, philosophy or body, often feels inferior. I used to be embarrassed when peers played musical instruments because I wanted to have some ability which made me the center of attention. Finally, when I was able to make the world a better place each day, my envy of others fell away and I was free to fully enjoy what they had to offer. Once able to do that, one must be careful not to go overboard in the other direction and become a hapless groupie.
Boxing fans adopt their favorites and often make of them, sacred cows. Conversely, the fans also tend to settle on those they will ridicule and dislike. When I first saw the Klitschkos my mind quickly went to Baby Huey, and Primo Carnera/Plodder clichés. When one has limited information, fair and accurate judgments are all but impossible. continue
10.16.04 - Earlier this year, Chicago’s own Chris Thomas came knocking on the door of the cruiserweight division with a stunning second round knockout of highly regarded Rich LaMontagne. On Friday, October 22, “Cold Steel” looks to break down the door into the top ten when he fights for the vacant NABA cruiserweight crown in the featured attraction on Hitz Boxing’s ‘Ramada Rumble’ at the Ramada Plaza Hotel in Rosemont. continue
10.16.04 - Mike Michael, advisor to Cestus Management's junior welterweight sensation Mighty Mike Arnaoutis, had plenty to say when questioned about Arnaoutis' ShoBox date with Jesse Feliciano, set to air live on Friday, October 22 on Showtime. "This Feliciano, where did they find him? This kid is fit, he's strong, he comes to fight, but he has no business standing across the ring from Mighty Mike... continue
10.16.04 - By Daniel Baguley: I think these days it’s easy to look at things too deeply and look for a larger meaning or more elusive answer to things that don’t require such thought. I accept deep thought has it’s place but when it comes to the reasons why I dislike the world’s premiere heavyweight and the man who once was the “heir apparent” I don’t feel the need to use such mindfulness. continue
10.16.04 - A carpenter by trade, Jason is used to working with wood everyday back in Australia - yet with an ironic twist of fate he now faces the namesake of his trade in Clinton Woods. Jason laughs when he says that he can’t remember when at trade school as an apprentice, studying any Wood like he has for the type he’s working with on October 24. continue
10.16.04 – Ukrainian jr. welterweight contender Andreas Kotelnik of the Universum boxing stable will fight Frenchman Souleymane M’baye on Thursday, Oct. 21, in the Palais de Sports in Levallois, France. The fight is billed as a WBA world title eliminator. The winner will get a title shot at the 140 lb. champion of the World Boxing Association. continue
10.16.04 - By Guy Hearn: Friday (Oct. 22 nd ), Red Corner Promotions presents a night of boxing at the Kedron Wavell Services Club, Chermside QLD, the undoubted highlight of which will be the fight for the Australian Heavyweight Championship between defending champ Colin “Kid” Wilson and challenger Auckland Auimatagi. continue
10.16.04 - DiBella Entertainment will promote the sixth edition of Broadway Boxing Presented by Mohegan Sun on Thursday night, Oct. 21, at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, CT. The widely popular series has captured the fancy of fight fans by regularly showcasing New York area fighters on the rise. The card features Emmanuel "Sleek" Clottey vs. Michael Warrick in the main event. continue
10.15.04 - By Eddy Manning: Anthony Mundine booked himself a world title rematch last night after convincingly defeating Juarne Dowling in 3 rounds. On a warm Gold Coast night the crowd was treated to some precise punching and a slick boxing demonstration as Mundine landed a vast array of punches over the 3 round fight.
‘’I came to fight tonight, that was the only thing on my mind’’ The Man explained after the fight. And fight is exactly what Mundine did. Right from the opening bell Dowling came at Mundine, applying the pressure and forcing Mundine onto his toes early. continue
10.15.04 - By Lee Hayes: On December 11th, 2004, Vitali Klitschko will be putting his WBC and Ring Magazine heavyweight belts on the line against recent Mike Tyson Conqueror, Danny Williams. By almost all expert accounts, Vitali will be a big favorite to walk through Williams, most likely in the early rounds. This could be a case of David vs. Goliath, because although Danny is not a small man, he is facing a giant of a man that knows how to use his size properly. continue
PROVIDENCE, RI (October 15, 2004) – World Boxing Council Youth middleweight champion ”Bad” Chad Dawson (14-0, 10 KOs) returns to the ring October 29 in the 10-round co-feature on “The Dream Continues,” headlined by the 12-round IBU World super middleweight title fight between champion “Scott “The Sandman” Pemberton (28-3-1, 23 KOs) and challenger Jim “The Smooth One” Crawford (40-7-2, 2NC, 17 KOs), at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut. continue
10.15.04 - Professional boxing in Egypt is currently on its way out of the anonymity it has found itself in for many years. Shows are being promoted regularly, and while US-based super middleweight Kabary Salem challenges Joe Calzaghe for the WBO world title on October 22, the country got another champion when undefeated (5-0) prospect Ahmed Mustafa won the vacant WBB “world” title this past August with an impressive stoppage victory over long-time fringe contender Rashid Matumla. continue
10.14.04 - By Tony Nobbs: Anthony Mundine looks toward reclaiming his WBA Super Middleweight title after stopping Australian champion Juarne Dowling in the third round at the Carrara Indoor Stadium on the Gold Coast on Wednesday night. During the opening two heats pumped up Dowling did a good job of pressuring Mundine who remained composed biding his time. In round three Mundine’s hand speed and angle work began to frustrate Juarne and a body shot set up a pearl of a right hand that put the 25 year old local on his back. continue
10.14.04 - By Andrew Mullinder: It seems a shame that the riotous crowd appreciation and glowing media assessments of Ricky Hatton’s latest performance will be probably tinged with an undercurrent of criticism. Hatton’s dismantling of the competent and frighteningly brave Mike Stewart was awesome, and more importantly, it hinted at a step back up to the world-class levels he reached when pounding out a 12 round beating to the granite chinned contender, Ben Tackie. Unfortunately, no amount of cruel body blows, thrilling pressure fighting, or spectacular demolitions can hide from his critics that only two out of Hatton’s last seven opponents were seriously expected to give him any sort of threatening argument. And while such a statistic would be acceptable for a novice, most would argue that for a fighter of Hatton’s talent and experience it is at the least worrying.
Perhaps it is harsh to criticise Hatton at this juncture of his career. He has, after all, been guided to a record of 37-0 and the brink of a world title shot. continue
10.14.04 - "CMX Boxeo de Campeones" returns This Friday October 15, LIVE from a new venue, Casino Del Sol in Tucson, AZ. Former IBF jr. middleweight champion LUIS RAMON "YORI BOY" CAMPAS makes his "CMX Boxeo de Campeones" debut when he goes mano-a-mano against tough Texan, GABRIEL "HURRICANE" HOLGUIN for the vacant WBC "Mundo Espanol" super middleweight championship. continue
10.14.04 - Old habits are hard to change, so Dutch heavyweight Richel Hersisia, 21-1 (16), who comes back from his first career loss as well as from elbow surgery this coming Saturday (Oct. 16) in Halle/Saale, Germany, says what sounds familiar: “I am just happy that I can start kicking ass again. That’s all that counts now and the rest I don’t care. The Audley loss was a setback, sure, but I still have lots of potential." continue
10.14.04 - Undefeated rising junior middleweight star Yuri Foreman (15-0) will be fighting on the DKP heavyweight extravaganza November 13th in Madison Square Garden in New York City, Cedric Kushner, his promoter, said today. Foreman, who had been training for an eight-round fight on the October 14th F.I.S.T. event, withdrew from the card when there was insufficient monies allocated for that bout. continue
10.14.04 - By Ron DiMichele: The battle a fighter endures in the boxing ring is often preceded by a more private struggle outside the ropes -the battle of the scales. A boxer, seeking to optimize punching power, will fight in the lowest weight division possible without sacrificing strength or stamina. This principle is only superseded when a fighter, chasing greater glory or heftier paychecks, moves up to campaign at a higher weight. The effort to make weight - shed enough pounds to fall within the strict limits of a weight class; is a constant training struggle for many fighters. Only the heavyweights, with no upper weight limit to their division, are spared the rigors of 'sucking weight.'
Former light-heavyweight contender John Scully, known to his fans as ‘Iceman,’ is a veteran of 49 professional bouts and an extensive amateur career. Scully turned pro in 1988 at the 160 lb middleweight limit. His last fight was in June of 2001 at the 175lb light-heavyweight limit. He knows the ordeal of making weight and emphasizes that ‘sucking weight’ is different from ‘losing weight.’
“When you say ‘sucking weight’ you’re not just losing weight. You’re losing those last few [pounds]. In other words, if you fight 160 and you’re training and you come in at 163, and the fight’s two days away, then you’re sucking off three pounds. So that’s what it is, the last few. A guy in that situation will say, ‘Man, I can get down to 163 no problem. But the last 3, I really got to suck ‘em off.’ That’s what it means.” continue
10.14.04 - DiBella Entertainment's top-rated junior bantamweight star Jose Navarro (20-0, 8 KO's) puts his unbeaten pro record on the line against Miguel Delvalle (8-8, 2 KO's) in the main event this Friday night, October 15, at Kickapoo Lucky Eagle Casino in Eagle Pass, Texas. continue
10.14.04 - By Bert Randolph Sugar, Sr. Boxing Analyst at-large for CMXsports.com - What happens to boxers when they put their careers away in moth balls and find their existence no longer defined by the ring? When they have to deal with the world after boxing and discover that the world can be a quagmire of quicksand, its particles shifting rapidly, and that they are, perhaps, ill-prepared to handle this sometimes daunting task? continue
10.13.04– Much more than his International Boxing Union World super middleweight crown will be on the line October 29 for Scott “The Sandman” Pemberton (28-3-1, 23 KOs) against former world title challenger Jim “The Smooth One” Crawford (40-7-2, 2NC, 17 KOs) at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut. continue
10.13.04 - By Ben Cohen: For those of us fortunate enough to witness the blood bath between Trinidad and Mayorga on October 2nd also heard from Roy Jones Junior, HBO commentator for the night. On the replay a week later, Jim Lampley and Larry Merchant further pressed Jones in regards to his 9th round K.O by Glen Johnson two weeks earlier. In the interview, Jones implied that he may not retire. Does the former pound for pound champion have what it takes to return from such devastating losses? Let us examine the case. continue
10.13.04 - By Jim Amato: Mike "Motormouth" Morton, a mainstay in the Pacific Northwest boxing scene for over forty years passed away October 11th. He was 92 years old. Mike was best known for guiding lightweight Ray Lampkin and light heavyweight Andy Kendall into title shots. To their dismay their challenges were turned back by all time greats Roberto Duran and Bob Foster. continue
10.12.04 - USBA Middleweight contender Dorian Beaupierre's Oct. 14 opponent will be Philadelphia's Jacob Rodriguez while former welterweight prospect John Molnar, who is returning after a two-year hiatus, will face Philadelphian Michael Melvin, it was announced today by promoter Andre Kut. continue
LAS VEGAS, NV (October 12, 2004) – Winky Wright and Sugar Shane Mosley are not the only ones with a lot riding on the line when they meet Saturday, November 20, at Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, in their world super welterweight championship rematch, promoted by Gary Shaw Productions, LLC, and televised by HBO (9:45 P.M. ET / 9:45 P.M. PT.) Dan Birmingham and Joe Goossen, trainers for Wright and Mosley, respectively, are both vying for “Trainer of the Year” honors as they conclude a spectacular 2004. continue
10.12.04 - By Izyaslav “Slava” Koza - Novirasputiin@hotmail.com - Well, it wasn’t Hasim Rahman, Fres Oquendo, or Davaryll Williamson, but the Italian Paolo Vidoz, was Russian Nicolai Valuev’s sternest test to date. This past Saturday, October 9th, in Erfurt, Germany, the man known as the “Beast from the East” passed it with flying colors.
What makes this victory just a little more meaningful is the fact that both men came in it to win it. Vidoz, unlike a number of Valuev’s previous opponents, didn’t give up before he got in the ring. continue
10.12.04 - By Matthew Hurley: Well it seems my article on Marvin Hagler has upset and even offended many people. The main point of the article was to show how athletes remain human even when we as fans mythologize them. At some point we have all been let down by someone we looked up to. I did not have an “agenda” against Marvin, as someone wrote and, yes, I did witness everything I wrote about and more. No, I was not the little boy that I wrote of, that happened two years ago at the Hall Of Fame and I was witness to it. I was at the store opening in Hanover however, and, yes, I still resent the way he treated us. continue
10.11.04 - Don King states that prior to the electrifying comeback fight of Felix “Tito” Trinidad against Ricardo “El Matador” Mayorga on Oct. 2 at Madison Square Garden, he complained to executives at HBO Sports that the event was not receiving the marketing and promotional effort it deserved. King stated, “They gave Bob Arum six months to promote Oscar De La Hoya vs. Bernard Hopkins, and they gave me six days to promote Trinidad vs. Mayorga—the fight of the year.” continue
10.11.04 - By Frank Lotierzo - GlovedFist@Juno.com - Last night I watched the HBO replay of last weeks Trinidad-Mayorga middleweight clash. Trinidad looked just as precise and brilliant and Mayorga showed great toughness and heart. The bottom line is Trinidad is a league above Mayorga as a world class fighter. From a style match up, Mayorga doesn't have tool one to beat Trinidad with. Mayorga's only shot is to catch Tito with a bomb that he didn't see and possibly stop him. However, Tito showed a sturdy chin and a solid defense in making Mayorga repeatedly miss during the fight. continue
10.11.04 - “ShoBox: The New Generation” will now appear on a different night when the SHOWTIME boxing series moves to Fridays beginning Oct. 22, 2004. In the main event, unbeaten Mike Arnaoutis will help fight fans ease into the weekend when he squares off against Jesse Feliciano in a 12-round battle for the vacant NABO junior welterweight title. Opening the telecast will be WBC Latin Americas 130-pound Champion Guadalupe Rosales taking on an opponent to be named in an eight-round junior lightweight rumble. continue
10.10.04 - Current Heavyweight Rankings - October 10th, 2004
1. Vitali Klitschko - Currently the most dominant heavyweight on the horizon. Klitschko's indomitable size, strength and confidence make him the current leader in the division. His cult-like following amongst Ukranian's, world wide, plus a likable personality and action run style, make Vitali easy to like, and an acceptable "King of The Castle" if you will, while the division goes through a rebuilding process.
2. Chris Byrd - He's been called the heavyweight Pernell Whitaker (he's not), and he's been accused of having a softer punch than everyone else on this list, but the fact is, that Byrd is effective. For a guy that basically started out as a middleweight and earned his way to the top of the division, Byrd's accomplishments, in lieu of his lack of punching power, are notable. Based on his wins over Vitali Klitschko (TKO - 10), David Tua (Unanimous Decision), Evander Holyfield (also a Unanimous Decision), and Fres Oquendo (again, and not surprisingly, another unanimous decision), Byrd has garnered his number 2 ranking. continue
PHILADELPHIA, PA (October 11, 2004) - CN8, The Comcast Network gets in the ring, airing an exclusive two hour boxing card from Philadelphia's New Alhambra Sports and Entertainment Center on SUNDAY, October 17, 9:00-11:00 PM/ET. The main event features a 10-round junior middleweight battle between Philadelphia's Aslanbek Kodzoev and Hartford's Julio Cesar De La Cruz, followed by an 8-round semifinal between junior welterweights Chucky T, of Philadelphia and Jimmy LeBlanc, of Boston, MA. continue
10.10.04 - By Matthew Hurley: Marvin Hagler is annoyed. Sitting at a table in the bar, away from the festivities during the dinner reception for the annual induction ceremony at the International Boxing Hall Of Fame in Canastota, New York, he glowers. Throughout the three day celebration Hagler is either a no-show or an aloof figure, bordering on arrogant. Boxing’s former “angry man” has metamorphosed into a personae of elitism. He does not mingle with old timers such as Carmen Basilio or Gene Fullmer or Emille Griffith, and he ignores fans at a place where fans and fighters are supposed to enjoy one another’s company. continue
10.10.04 - By Mike Samuels: All we hear about is how negative of a sport is, how it doesn't get national recognition because judges are corrupt, fighters are corrupt, commisions are corrupt, blah, blah, blah. Then, quicker than you realize, a great few weeks of boxing come out of the shadows and we are left salivating at the mouth of the possibilities of numerous great fights that could be on the horizon in the future. continue
10.10.04 - By Lee Hayes: Over the years, I have discussed the sport of boxing countless times, with fans of all walks of life. One of the most common topics that comes up, is “who do you think is the best ____ of all time”, whether it be Heavyweight, Middleweight, Pound For Pound, or puncher...the question inevitably comes up. Thus, I have taken on the task of evaluating my personal top ten lists of all current boxers, in every weight class, and I will be posting my top ten list of a new weight division every Sunday, starting today, with ‘the Heavyweights’. continue
10.10.04 - By Mike Samuels: This weeks mailbag is juiced more than the average MLB All-Star roster, with questions ranging from Felix Trinidad's place in boxing history, Bernard Hopkins' 20th middlweight defense, Shane Mosely's fall from the pound-for-pound ranks, Floyd Mayweather's freeze on the jr. welterweight division, John Ruiz and the always controversial Iron Mike Tyson. Jamie from New York also wants my own personal top ten list. These, along with more mythical matchups are whats in store. Read on and enjoy! continue
10.10.04 - By Tony Nobbs: Both WBA number 2 Super Middleweight Anthony Mundine and Australian champion Juarne Dowling came in at 77.35 kg at tonight’s weigh in for their non title ten rounder at Carrara on the Gold Coast tomorrow night. Originally set for the Super Middle limit of 76.2 (168 lb) it was announced was announced at today’s press conference that Mundine had wanted the weight limit upped. Dowling’s camp finally agreed to 77.5 kg. continue
10.10.04 - Promoter Mick Hennessy intends to bring the final eliminator for the WBC middleweight Championship between Howard Eastman and Jermain Taylor to England after he won the right to promote the contest at the governing body’s recent convention in Thailand. “I am delighted that the contest between Howard Eastman and Jermain Taylor for the right to fight Bernard Hopkins will take place late this year or very early next,” the Hennessy Sports head said continue
NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (October 9, 2004) -- For many years “Sucra” Ray Oliveira (47-9-2, 22 KOs) was a 140-pounder that many of the world’s top junior welterweights avoided like the plague and now, as the self proclaimed gatekeeper of the welterweight division, the 37-year-old Oliveira has challenged unbeaten Kermit Cintron (24-0, 22 KOs). continue
LOS ANGELES, October 8 – There's a new middleweight contender in town, and nobody wants to fight him. But on Thursday, October 28, live from the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Florida, Kingsley Ikeke will finally get to show the entire nation what all the fuss is about when he battles hard nosed power puncher Rene Arostegui in the ten round main event of HBO Latino's hit series “Oscar De La Hoya Presents Boxeo De Oro.” continue
10.08.04 - Tempers flared at today’s “The Dream Continues” press conference between IBU middleweight champ Scott “The Sandman” Pemberton (28-3-1, 23 KOs) and challenger James Crawford (40-7-2, 2NC, 17 KOs) at Dave & Buster’s in Providence Place mall. “The Dream Continues,” promoted by Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment & Sports, Inc. (CES), will be held Friday night over, October 29 at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut. continue
10.07.04 - By Frank Lotierzo - GlovedFist@Juno.com - Felix Trinidad is without a doubt one of the greatest fighter's of his era. His willingness to fight the other top fighter's of his generation says something about his character. After being out of the ring for almost thirty months, he chose one of the roughest and toughest punchers in Boxing weighing between 154-160 to take on in his first fight back, Ricardo Mayorga. Not only could Mayorga punch, he's also very awkward. Most conventional fighters have to be forced to fight an unorthodox fighter who can hit. Not Felix Trinidad, he does it in his first fight coming off the longest inactive period of his career. Trinidad picked up right where he left off, fighting the best fighters available and emerging victorious. continue
10.07.04 - Jason “The Nailer” Delisle takes on Clinton Woods in England later this month in an official Eliminator for the Number2 IBF Light heavy spot. Speaking from his home in Sydney Australia, Jason seemed quite relaxed as he talked of the opportunity to secure the # 2 spot. continue
Riesa – German super middleweight contender Mario Veit will defend his WBO interim world title against former world champion Charles Brewer on November 6 at erdgas arena of Riesa, Germany. Veit, 44-1 (22), won the WBO title on May 8 in an action packed and close fight against US based Egypt Kabary Salem with a split decision over twelve rounds. continue
10.07.04 - By Vaughn M. Featherstone: When I decided to do the article on this fight, I asked myself, "How did Danny Williams get in position for a title shot?" True, he defeated Mike Tyson but is that enough to get a crack of at one of the big three of the "alphabet soup" of Boxing? But that's another story for another time. Lets talk about the fight.
When Danny Williams (32-3 27KO) steps into the ring with Vitali Klitschko on December 11, 2004, he won't be facing a faded fighter looking for a paycheck. When he steps in with WBC Champion Vitali
Klitschko (34-2 33KO), he will be facing a fighter who has proven that he can take on the best that the division has to offer. continue
HOUSTON, TX (October 7, 2004) – WBA lightweight champion and University of Houston Downtown sophomore will appear at Sam Houston State University on October 9 to serve as a guest speaker at the college’s educational outreach program (Encuentro 2004), it was announced today by Main Events CEO Kathy Duva. continue
10.07.04 - Phuket, Thailand - The general assembly meeting on Thursday morning at the World Boxing Council's 42nd annual world convention was devoted to mandatory title defenses. Regarding the heavyweight division, WBC President Jose Sulaiman said, "We had No. 1 ranked James Toney as one of the fighters in a final elimination bout, but unfortunately, he was injured. continue
10.07.04 - Due to a heavy cold Thomas Ulrich is unable to defend his European light heavyweight title in Braunschweig on October 16. Ulrich told Universum Box-Promotion head coach Fritz Sdunek he won't be healthy and fit enough until next Saturday. Therefore, the entire fight night is cancelled. Box offices will refund tickets that have been purchased already. continue
10.07.04 - On the undercard of Erfurt's bill undefeated WBA International Super Middleweight Champion Vitaly Tsypko (Ukraine)(13-0-0/8KOs) will defend his Crown against American Lawrence Chapman (18-1-1/13KOs). Chapman only loss was against World challenger Antwun Echols in 2001 by DQ and has never been floored so this will be also an extrordinary contest to watch. Both Championships will be broadcasted live by ARD "das erste" in Germany and RAI in Italy. For more information, pictures and results stay tuned at European official site www.wbaeurope.com
10.07.04 - This weekend with take place in Erfurt, Germany, Saturday October 9th one of the most expected Heavyweight Championship in Europe. Nikolay Valuev (Russia)(37-0-0/28KOs) and Paolo Vidoz (Italy)(17-1-0/11KOs) will battle each other for the vacant WBA International Heavyweight Title left vacant by Vitaly Klitschko early this year. Valuev is rated no. 11 in the World Ratings and Vidoz has Official Challenger status within the European Ratings.
This WBA International Championship was originally scheduled last June '04 in Copenhagen between Paolo Vidoz vs. Steffen Nielsen with the winner to face Nikolay Valuev, but due to Nielsen's last minute illness it had to be postponed. continue
TIJUANA, MEXICO (October 7, 2004)- Now into its fourth full month of production, “CMX Boxeo de Campeones”-- presented by CMXsports and promoted by Guilty Boxing -- returns This Friday October 8, LIVE from the Las Pulgas Club in Tijuana, Mexico. Former WBA FEDEBOL super bantameight champion JUAN RUIZ, Jr., 18-2 (6 KOs), from Santa Clarita, CA, makes his Mexico debut when he goes mano-a-mano against Mexican buzzsaw, GIOVANNI URBINA, 18-7 (11 KOs), from Huixtla Chipas, Mexico, in the 10-round super bantamweight main event battle. continue
10.06.04 - By Bert Randolph Sugar, Sr. Boxing Analyst at-large for CMXsports. Some years ago television critic John Crosby of the old-old New York Herald-Tribune wrote about a television executive who decided to try an experiment while watching the fights on his network, deciding that every time the announcer directed him to go to the refrigerator for a frosty, ice-cold bottle of beer he would follow his directive. continue
10.06.04 - By Joseph Buro: The Spinks Jinx is an unexplainable phenomenon, a bolt of lightning that happens once a generation. We all know about Leon and we all know about Michael. Cory, the latest torch-bearer of the almighty Jinx, is unlike his uncle and his father stylistically. The excitement of his recent fights was more the product their nail-biting finishes than any fireworks provided by Cory himself. You find yourself sitting there trying to understand why someone can’t beat this guy. You tell yourself that he can’t possibly control the fight for another round without trading at some point…….Could he?? So you wait, figuring that something must change the dynamics of this fight. continue
10.06.04 - By Matthew Hurley: Jimmy Ellis is a former heavyweight title holder and a man whose name is mixed within the pantheon of the terrific era of heavyweight fighters from the late sixties through the mid-seventies. He will be inducted into the Los Angeles Boxing Hall Of Fame later this month, an honor many in the boxing world feel is long overdue. Yet, in spite of that accomplishment, it’s the affliction that has now befallen this man, who shared the ring with Muhammad Ali, Jerry Quarry, Floyd Patterson and Joe Frazier, that has fans sadly shaking their heads and, perhaps, re-evaluating their love for a sport that has damaged so many. continue
10.06.04 - By Eddy Manning: Whether you have seen him fight or not, there’s a good chance you have heard the name mentioned or brought up before. There is no denying that Anthony Mundine is a superstar and like any superstar he has his detractors, but that is what makes Anthony ‘The Man’ Mundine exactly that, ‘The Man.
Since making the jump from superstar Rugby League player to super middleweight prize fighter, publicity and controversy has followed Anthony Mundine around ready for the good, bad and ugly. Mundine, who has never been media shy and is always ready to stir up some controversy, has relished all the attention and seems to thrive on what most sporting stars would say, is nothing more than a distraction. continue
10.05.04 - According to a Nicaraguan newspaper, Ricardo Mayorga has stated that he will retire from boxing. "I will not continue fighting. I’m retiring. I thought about it and discussed it with my family, so this is serious. They knew it, but it is now that I make it public," Mayorga said. If Mayorga carries out his word, he will be walking away from countless future big money fights. continue
PROVIDENCE, RI (October 5, 2004) – Exciting super middleweight Scott “The Sandman” Pemberton (28-3-1, 23 KOs) puts his International Boxing Union championship and No. 3 world rating on the line against former world title challenger James Crawford (40-7-2, 2NC, 17 KOs) Friday night, October 29 at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut. continue
10.04.04 - By Nat Kerr - email@example.com - Last Saturday’s Klitschko vs. Williamson fight appeared to be the Broadway version of the life and times of Lennox Lewis by Emanuel Steward, with Wladimir Klitschko playing the heralded hero.
Klitschko, not earlier known for emulating Steward’s American style of fighting, looked nervous, tentative and out of place in his second stint under the tutelage of the famed trainer of champions. For all of Steward’s acclaim, the sudden switch to the style that worked wonders for both Lewis and fighting legend Thomas Hearns has muted many of the positives the younger Klitschko used to bring to the ring. continue
05.10.04 - Fox Sports Net, a longtime supporter of boxing on Sunday nights, gets a heavyweight shot in the arm beginning Sunday, Oct. 10, when FOX' power-packed unscripted series THE NEXT GREAT CHAMP moves to the national sports cable network. continue
05.10.04 - Alex Arthur believes that top trainer Jimmy McDonnell has whipped him into the best shape of his life for his IBF Intercontinental Super-Featherweight title defence on October 22 at the Royal Highland Centre in Edinburgh. The Edinburgh golden boy takes on the tough Ghanaian Eric Odumase but he reckons McDonnell's killer workouts at the Wanstead Rugby Club in Woodford are harder than any fight he has had in his career. continue
Phuket, Thailand - October 5, 2004 -The general assembly meeting on Tuesday morning at the World Boxing Council's 42nd annual world convention was devoted to the election of WBC officers. continue
05.10.04 - By Ben Cohen: Felix Trinidad is back. After pulverising Ricardo Mayorga in eight of the most dramatic rounds in recent boxing history, he is now looking to revenge the sole blemish on his spectacular career by fighting Middleweight champion Bernard Hopkins. Hopkins gave Trinidad a sound boxing lesson in September 2001, knocking him out in the 12th round of their middleweight clash. The fight was one sided by all accounts with Hopkins winning virtually every single round.
Tito looked fantastic against Mayorga, despite a two-year lay off, showing signs that he actually may be an improved fighter. Does he have enough to pose a threat to the awesome Hopkins? continue
05.10.04 - The 42nd annual World Boxing Council convention opened this morning (October 4) at the Hilton Arcadia Hotel in Phuket, a spectacular tropical beach resort on the southwestern coast of Thailand on the Andaman Sea. continue
05.10.04 - It was confirmed minutes ago that the long-awaited comeback of former WBF heavyweight champion Richel Hersisia will finally take place on October 16 in Halle/Saale, Germany on a promotion staged by Ulf Steinforth’s SES Boxing outfit. continue
OCTOBER 5, 2004 – The International Boxing Hall of Fame announced its flags will fly at half-staff in memory of boxing record keeper and cutman Ralph Citro. He passed away Saturday at the age of 78. From 1984 to 1993, Citro was the sole editor and publisher of Computer Boxing Update, an annual record book that tracked results of fights the world over and served as a central database of up-to-date records of boxers. continue
04.10.04 - By Joseph Buro: Some say the question is as easy as preferring a jab or a hook, a textbook one-two boxer or a looping power-puncher. The question really goes much deeper. Before Saturday night, Jermain Taylor was touted as the class of the 2000 Olympians and the heir-apparent in a paper-thin middleweight division. His bronze medal and HBO backing were hard to overlook. Against Alex Bunema (a blown-up junior middleweight), where Taylor displayed a shotgun jab and an overpowering right hand, most concluded that the hype surrounding Taylor was being fulfilled. continue
04.10.04 - By Frank Lotierzo - GlovedFist@Juno.com - This past weekend the boxing world saw two high profile fighters return to the ring. The first one I reported exclusively on Eastsideboxing this past December 14th. It was first reported on Eastsideboxing that three time champ Felix Trinidad was returning to the ring before any other web-site or newspaper. It was at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City New Jersey where I was seated next to Tito for the Bernard Hopkins-William Joppy title triple header promoted by Don King. While watching the fights Tito and I discussed Boxing and how he wanted to fight again. During the conversation he told me that he was definitely going to fight again. Here it is the first weekend in October almost 10 months later, and Tito finally made his ring return at Madison Square Garden in New York City. continue
04.10.04 - Two world heavyweight titles and two former world heavyweight champions will be featured in four heavyweight bouts during an HBO Pay-Per-View extravaganza live from Madison Square Garden on Nov. 13 that is being promoted by Don King Productions. Polish strongman Andrew Golota figures to give reigning World Boxing Association heavyweight champion John “The Quietman” Ruiz one of his toughest challenges ever and Chris Byrd will risk his International Boxing Federation crown opposing mandatory challenger Jameel “Big Time” McCline. continue
04.10.04 - By Rev. Marc Axelrod: Up until a year ago, Roy Jones Junior seemed to be one of those guys who could make it through his career without ever having his chin tested. Oh sure, he was tagged by Lou Del Valle few years back. But that seemed to be more of a flash knockdown. The bottom libe is that in 14 years as a professional fighter, Jones had never really been hit by a solid shot. James Toney tried to hit him. Bernard Hopkins tried to hit him. Even Vinny Pazienza came tearing out his corner and tried to hit him. But Roy seemed to be the exception to the rule, the only fighter to make it through a long career unscathed by the more hostile aspects of life in the squared circle. continue
04.10.04 - Ricardo Mayorga: “I felt good about my performance, but my eye swelled up, and I couldn’t see some shots.” When asked if he felt that he had hurt Trinidad when he knocked him down in the third round, Mayorga replied, “No,” and left the ring and immediately left Madison Square Garden in an ambulance for Bellevue Hospital. At the hospital, translator Tony Gonzalez asked Mayorga if he was okay. El Matador replied: “I’m fine except for a bruised heart.” continue
10.04.04 - Now that a date has been secured and the stage is all set, Super Lightweight Oscar “El Torito” Diaz, his manager Lou Duva and promoter Dino Duva want trash-talking New Yorker Paulie “Magic Man” Malignaggi and his promoter Lou DiBella, to keep their word about getting together for a showdown on Sho-Box. continue
03.10.04 - By Kent Appel: If you folks didn't get a chance to read my last article about the Forbes verses Quinonez card that was held at the Trump 29 casino in Coachella, California, then you missed my brief comments about the interesting, to say the least, conversation I had with heavyweight contender James Toney. The comments that Toney said to me were tacked on at the end of the Forbes verses Quinonez article but I will repeat them here and then respond to them. Toney made some good points questioning what qualifies us, "so called sportswriters," in his words, to write about the great sport of boxing. continue
03.10.04 - Brains versus Brawns is what many were billing this fight, but in the end it was blood that won out. The 10-round main event fight from Caesars Palace which was featured on SHOWTIME pitted DaVarryl ‘Touch of Sleep’ Williamson (20-3, 17) versus Dr. Wladimir ‘Steelhammer’ Klitschko (43-3, 39). Many expected this to be an action-packed affair that would answer numerous questions surrounding both fighters. Instead, both participants had strategic plans coming into this fight, and neither fight plan was to just come out swinging. continue
03.10.04 - Frank Maloney would like to clarify statements that he made at a press conference in Glasgow last Wednesday (29 September) to promote the Scott Harrison-Samuel Kebede WBO World Featherweight title fight on October 29 at the Braehead Arena. continue
03.10.04 – By Wray Edwards: As the flurry of pre-fight articles peppered the internet, the newspapers and boxing publications, speculation, as usual, was the order of the day. The hard living, two-fisted, street-fighting brawler Ricardo Mayorga was contrasted with the classical boxing, “clean-living”, family oriented, back from vacation Felix Trinidad. Comments were rife with accusations that Tito had a “glass jaw”, probably from people who may have seen Felix bested by Hopkins. Others, who clearly remembered Trinidad’s meeting with Joppy, wherein he took many hits which were authentic, chin-testing cracks, scoffed…and rightly so.
On the other hand, many who remembered Ricardo’s wars with Vernon Forrest wherein he dropped his hands and invited the other guy’s best shots, naively believed these demonstrations proved his chin. continue
03.10.04 - By Frank Gonzalez Jr: Saturday night at Madison Square Garden in New York City, Felix Trinidad returned to the ring after a two and a half year layoff and knocked out Ricardo Mayorga after eight rounds in the most exciting slugfest of the year.
Mayorga (his hair dyed red this time), started fast and tried to knock Tito out early with big haymakers that at times caught him. Trinidad proved he could take Mayorga's best shots. Mayorga even offered Trinidad the customary three free shots to his chin, which he does to demoralize opponents by showing that they can't hurt him. In the case of Tito Trinidad, that was a big, big mistake.
Trinidad's lean frame cloaks his power. Mayorga's bravado proved to be expensive. After allowing Trinidad to land three solid shots to his chin, he wasn't as strong as he might have been going into the next round. In fact, it was the bell that saved him from being floored in that round. continue
02.10.04 – By Phillip Przybylo: On an eerie night in Las Vegas, former WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (photo: Tom Casino/Showtime) endured a flash knockdown and a cut-inducing headbutt to earn a technical split decision over DaVarryl Williamson. The once highly touted phenom may have not put the exclamation mark on his comeback, but he managed to make a vital first step in reclaiming his standing in the division, his pride, and confidence.
The scheduled ten round bout began tentatively for the fighters, who mirrored each other in more ways than one. Both are well educated, heavy punchers with questionable chins, and on pivotal stops on comeback trails. Moreover, both were dead set on not making the first mistake. Williamson may have landed a better shot or two, but Wladimir appeared to have edged the first round out based on his aggressive posture and generalship. continue
02.10.04 - By Kent Appel @ringside: Former Junior Lightweight champion Steve Forbes of Las Vegas, Nevada pounded out a tough ten round split decision win over Steve Quinonez of Palm Springs, California to headline an excellent seven bout card Friday, October 1, 2004 at the Trump 29 Casino in Coachella, California. What was unique about the card, a Goossen Tutor promotion, is that it featured a former world champion in almost every fight.
Forbes, 143 pounds, simply landed the stronger punches in slightly higher numbers over the ten round junior welterweight contest to defeat Quinonez, 142 pounds by the judges' scores of 96 to 94, 96 to 94, both for Forbes while the third judge voted for Quinonez by the score of 96 to 95. I saw the fight by the score of 97 to 93 for the winner Forbes and although I thought Forbes won by a larger margin than the judges' scores indicated, he didn't totally dominate any round in this very competitive fight. continue
02.10.04 – By Izyaslav “Slava” Koza - Novirasputin@hotmail.com - For those of us not willing to pay the necessary “per view” dollars, it was a pretty worthy night of boxing. Jeff Lacy showed he was not all hype by taking out the dangerous and skilled Syd “The Jewel” Vanderpool. While Kassim “the dream” pretty much affirmed what I already believed after his previous fight with Candelo, or more specifically, that he is a legend in the making. continue
02.10.04 - Former WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko survived a fourth-round knockdown and a nasty cut to escape with a fifth-round technical split decision over former NABF heavyweight titleholder DaVarryl Williamson Saturday on SHOWTIME. The fight went to the scorecards after Klitschko was unable to continue after the fifth round due to a deep gash over his right eye that was caused by an accidental head butt. continue
02.10.04 - By Nat Kerr: - firstname.lastname@example.org - Don King doesn’t have a vested interest in this fight, there aren’t going to be any strange creatures lurking in his dressing room, no misuse of Vaseline and Wladimir Klitschko can’t say he wasn’t prepared to fight a southpaw – his opponent is right-handed. continue
02.10.04 – By Vincent van der Steen: Eighteen months ago, the younger of the two Klitchko brothers, Wladimir ‘Dr. Steelhammer’ Klitchko – 42-3 (39) – was considered the future of the heavyweight division. At 26 with only one loss – due to inexperience – to his resume, the younger of the two brothers was widely regarded to be the most likely successor to Lennox ‘the Lion’ Lewis’ throne – 41-2-1 (32). Lewis was to have Vitaly ‘Dr. Ironfist’ Klitchko – 34-2 (33) – for breakfast, ‘Iron’ Mike Tyson – 50-5 (44) – for lunch with Wladimir Klitchko being the main course at Lewis’ last supper. continue
01.10.04 - By Derek Tang: DaVarryl “Touch of Sleep” Williamson and Wladimir “Steelhammer” Klitschko have both suffered devastating knockouts in the past two years. Williamson was literally pounded to sleep by “Baby” Joe Mesi (29-0) in the first round on September 27 of last year before being laid out like a supine Stature of Liberty on the canvas; after getting up from the 1000 count, his boxing career was never the same. No one had ever done that to Williamson before. continue
01.10.04 - By Patrick Corcoran: He was supposed to be the future of the heavyweight division, but after being knocked out twice in the last 18 months, Wladimir Klitschko hopes to prove all his numerous critics wrong about his questionable chin and ragged stamina. Wladimir Klitschko is a quick fisted mountain of a fighter. continue
01.10.04 - Berlin – European heavyweight champion Luan Krasniqi will defend his crown on December 4th in Berlin against German fellow Timo Hoffmann. The fight will headline an event at Estrel Convention Center promoted by Universum Box-Promotion and Sauerland Events. ZDF will broadcast the contest live in Germany.
This German-only championship is one of the most explosive recent matchups in Germany. For the Sauerland-promoted Hoffmann it will be the second attempt to capture the European heavyweight crown. In his first attempt he dropped a unanimous decision to Vitali Klitschko on November 25th, 2000, in Hanover. The 30-year-old Hoffmann, nicknamed “German Oak”, is now 31-3 with 18 knockouts. continue
01.10.04 - By Coach Tim Walker: This past Sunday marked the beginning of debates over whether Roy Jones Jr. got old over night, finally got exposed, or a dozen other reasons for his loss to Glengoffe Johnson. Relax readers this isn’t another article stating the particulars of what happened in that fight or the previous fights with Antonio Tarver. continue
01.10.04 - WBU light welterweight champion Ricky Hatton (37-0, 22 KOs) had little trouble dispatching American Mike Stewart in the 5th round to retain his WBU title on Friday in Manchester, England. Hatton dropped Stewart twice in the first round. Hatton kept the pressure on Stewart (36-3, 20 KOs), hurting him again in the 2nd and 4th with hard punches to the body and head. In the 5th round, Hatton connected with a huge left hand that put an end to the fight. continue
01.10.04 - Neil Goodman: Mayorga Vs Trinidad; the final count down is underway for the eagerly anticipated clash between two of the rings most exciting practitioners, in recent times.
This fight should offer the fans of boxing a stark contrast to the chess match which was Hopkins Vs De La Hoya. These two guys love to fight and are not backwards in coming forwards to get their shots on. Mayorga and Trinidad have both taken their licks along the way, but, this said more often than not each man comes out the winner. continue
01.10.04 - By Tony Nobbs: Perth based Guyanan Gairy St Clair retained his WBO Intercontinental Featherweight belt and local girl Sharon Anyos captured the vacant WBF Featherweight women's world title at the Southport Sharks on the Gold Coast, Queensland on Friday night. In the main event, St Clair showcased his remarkable skills in dominating Ghana's Theophilus Quaye. continue
01.10.04 - By Matthew Hurley: A few years ago Shane Mosley rested comfortably at or near the top of most pound for pound lists. Now he finds himself in boxing purgatory – a fighter whose worth is now questioned instead of evaluated. Two losses to Vernon Forrest at welterweight and one decisive loss to Winky Wright at junior middleweight has left many in the boxing world scratching their heads and asking, “Is Sugar Shane all done?” continue