31.01.05 - By Eddy Manning: Many mainstream boxing followers may not have seen Kasim Ouma before yesterday, but they certainly may be seeing more of him after his in ring display against Ghanas Kofi Jantuah last night. Ouma, the 26 year old native of Uganda showed great talent and guts en route to a unanimous decision over the dangerous Jantuah. With the win, it marked Oumas first defense of his IBF Junior Middleweight Title. Ouma showed courage early yesterday by standing in front of Jantuah and absorbing whatever shots the hard hitter threw, firing back at will with a wide variety of punches. continue
31.01.05 - By Frank Gonzalez Jr.: If you were a Mad Boxing Scientist, who took the chin of Arturo Gatti, the athleticism of Cory Spinks, the tenacity of Erik Morales and the ring generalship of Bernard Hopkins, shook it all up, cast it in a mold and baked it-you might end up with a Kassim Ouma.
Kassim Ouma (21-1-1-13 KO's) has been winning all of his fights since November of 1999, when he faced Agustin Silva (10-16-1). Silva put Ouma on the canvas three times, forcing a loss by TKO 4 in adherence to the Three Knock Down Rule. Since then, Kassim has not fought anyone with a losing record and he has done nothing but win, win, win. Every time I see him fight, he looks better than the last time.
Saturday night in Atlantic City, the 26 year old, Uganda native and IBF Jr. Middleweight Champion, Kassim Ouma won ten of twelve rounds to earn a Unanimous Decision over rising Ghanaian Star, Kofi Jantuah (28-2-0-18 KO's) as the under card feature of the Arturo Gatti vs. Jesse James Leija fight. continue
30.01.05 – The World Boxing Association has notified Team Ruiz that James “Lights Out” Toney (68-4-2, 43 KOs) is the mandatory contender for WBA heavyweight champion John “The Quietman” Ruiz (41-5-1, 28 KOs). Realizing that Ruiz owed a mandatory defense, Team Ruiz had inquired about the WBA’s mandatory contender, and its official ruling for Toney was dated January 20, 2005. continue
30.01.05 - Boxing's premier prospect, Cestus Management's undefeated junior welterweight sensation "Mighty" Mike Arnaoutis, has signed to face Michael Warrick on February 18, 2005, at the Chumash hotel and Casino in Santa Ynez, California. The match is set to headline the evening's live broadcast of the Showtime Network's ShoBox: The New Generation series. continue
30.01.05 - By Mike Indri - Retired Boxers Foundation: Arturo "Thunder" Gatti, boxing's "pound-for-pound most exciting fighter", sent the sold-out Atlantic City Boardwalk Hall crowd home deliriously happy with another knockout victory; he also, more than likely, sent veteran ring warrior Jessie James Leija home to a well earned retirement. While the thirty eight year old Leija did all he could against the bigger and stronger Gatti, the San Antonio, Texas native couldn't compete with the "New Jersey franchise".
Getting out-boxed and stung by a couple of Gatti uppercuts over the first four rounds Leija then began to pressure the WBC Super Lightweight Champion and paid dearly-with a crushing right hand which sent the dazzed and hurt Leija to the canvas early in round five. continue
29.01.05 - By Aidan Monaghan: In what had been essentially a boxing clinic (yes, a boxing clinic) for 4 rounds, put on by Arturo Gatti (yes, that Arturo Gatti) in his Saturday night match-up against the crafty and resilient 38 year old veteran Jesse James Leija in Atlantic City, ended in the usual spectacular fashion that most of Arturo Gatti's knockout wins produce. But make no mistake about it - this KO was the direct result of a very disciplined effort on the part of Gatti, to adhere to the boxing strategies that have been brought to the table by Gatti trainer Buddy McGirt. continue
29.01.05 - By Jim Amato: Mark May 14th on your calender as The Boxing Ministry has their annual awards banquet. This year the Ministry will honor the great former W.B.C. lightheavyweight champion, Hall Of Famer Matthew Saad Muhammad. Also tenetively slated to be on hand is W.B.A. welterweight champion Jose Rivera. This talented champion sports an impressive 37-3-1 record with 24 big KO's. continue
29.01.05 - By Paul Ruby - firstname.lastname@example.org - In past articles, I have questioned whether Arturo Gatti’s skills and accomplishments warrant a spot for him in the Hall-of-Fame. I have always answered in the negative, but qualified it by saying he is one of the most exciting active fighters and is one of few superstars in boxing who I consider underpaid. Arturo Gatti always makes for an exciting fight whether it’s trading with Micky Ward for 90 minutes or sensationally stopping Leo Dorin with a body-shot. Gatti has proven himself one of the true pure warriors left in boxing today. continue
29.01.05 - By Syd "the Jewel" Vanderpool: It's understandable that Eric Lucas does not want to risk his imminent shot at the WBC title by fighting a dangerous southpaw like myself. But it is ridiculous and an insult to boxing fans for an ex-champion like Anthony Mundine to face an opponent like Darmel Castillo (9-7-1). Even Joe Calzaghe has not scraped that barrel. continue
29.01.05 - Scott Harrison retained his WBO featherweight title Friday night with a controversial draw against Victor Polo at Braehead Arena. British judge John Coyle scored it 116-113 for Polo, Manuel Oliver of Spain had the fight 115-113 for Harrison and American official Melvina Lathan made it a 114-114. The result left Harrison 23-2-2. Polo is to 37-4-3.
28.01.05 - By Vaughn "Bigboscoe" Featherstone: In the course of a lifetime, we eventually must sacrifice things in order to open doors to better opportunities. Some of us make sacrifices for others voluntarily while others do it reluctantly. But there are those who make sacrifices unwillingly as well as unknowingly. This is the case of former Lightweight Duk Koo Kim.
Having won 17 of 18 fights, Kim was assigned the number one ranking by the WBA against World Champion Ray "Boom Boom" Mancini although the caliber of competition he (Kim) had faced was nowhere near the Championship level that most challengers would have had to have in order to receice such an opportunity. Mancini was a rising star who had just come off two spectacular victories over World class fighters. His six-round dominating TKO victory over Ernesto Espana and the 2:54 war against Arturo Frias (for the WBA crown) proved to the Boxing world that Mancini was a force in the Lightweight division. continue
28.01.05 - By Chris Ireland - ThunderGatti88@aol.com - Arturo Gatti attracts fans from every sport. Baseball fans get to see a slugger NOT on steroids, golf fans witness a man who swings more than Tiger Woods, and football fans get the rare opportunity to see more cuts than in a Barry Sanders run. Indeed, "Thunder" has become the supremely talented jr. welterweight division's golden goose despite six losses, advancing age, and nagging injuries. continue
BOSTON (January 28, 2005) – NABA light heavyweight champion George Khalid Jones headlines NER Promotions’ inaugural professional boxing show – “Championship Boxing Returns to Lowell” – Friday night, February 25 at Lowell Memorial Auditorium in Lowell, Massachusetts. continue
28.01.05 - Former heavyweight champion Corrie Sanders is getting ready for his next title fight in Germany. Sanders will arrive to Germany this weekend and will train at the Universum gym in Hamburg as well as in different training camps. In spring of this year he will have his next tune-up contest in Germany on an event of Universum Box-Promotion.
The 39-year-old South African is still respected as being among the hardest punchers in the heavyweight division. Most feared is Sanders’ quality as a quick knockouter as he stopped 18 opponents in the opening round. continue
BOSTON (January 28, 2005) – An all-star cast of true boxing characters including former world heavyweight champions Hasim “The Rock” Rahman and Tony “TNT” Tubbs, as well as Hall of Fame trainer Lou Duva, are scheduled to be special guests Thursday night (Feb. 3) on the New England Ringside Boxing Radio Show live on WWZN 1510 The Zone in Boston. continue
28.01.05 - Nationally ranked lightweight Jairo Ramirez of San Diego takes on Rustam Nugaev of Los Angeles in the 10-round main event on the nationally and internationally televised “Guilty Fight Night” professional card presented by Guilty Boxing in association with Tecate Friday, Feb. 4, at the Orleans Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nev. continue
27.01.05 - LAS VEGAS — Promoter Don King has put together another blockbuster deal for Puerto Rican superstar and three-time world champion Felix “Tito” Trinidad—this time to face World Boxing Council and World Boxing Association light middleweight champion Ronald “Winky” Wright at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas and on HBO Pay-Per-View on May 14. This match will be fought at 160 pounds.
Trinidad (41-1, 34 KOs) is the hottest boxer in the sport, who has earned his stature by never dodging a difficult match and always coming to fight. He will be tested yet again by the tough southpaw Wright (48-3, 25 KOs), who has looked very convincing in back-to-back wins against the enormously talented former world champion “Sugar” Shane Mosley. Promoter Don King said it wasn’t easy to get this deal done, but he is happy to make the announcement official. continue
27.01.05 - By Steve Mckenna: JUNIOR Witter finally has a chance to back up his boasts on the biggest stage when he takes on Gianluca Branco in Los Angeles next month. The Bradford light-welterweight, ranked number three by the WBC, takes on Branco, ranked second by the same organisation, on the Hopkins-Eastman undercard. It's a huge opportunity for 'The Hitter' to stake a claim that he, and not Ricky Hatton, is Britain's top ten-stoner, as well as showing that he can be the dark horse of a division that contains Kostya Tszyu, Floyd Mayweather, Miguel Cotto, Vivian Harris and Arturo Gatti. But it won't be easy. continue
27.01.05 -"Hip hop hits" takes on a new meaning today. Fashion and hip hop entrepreneur Damon Dash, the CEO of Roc-A-Wear, Dash Music Group and Dash Films, and Lou DiBella, boxing promoter and president of DiBella Entertainment, have joined forces to announce the formation of DASH/DIBELLA PROMOTIONS, a full service promotional company with an emphasis on promoting and marketing minority athletes. continue
27.01.05 - Matthew Hurley: In the wake of his razor thin decision loss to Marco Antonio Barrera many boxing fans and writers were wondering how Erik Morales would deal with the bitter after taste of losing to his most heated rival. After all, it was Morales who stormed out of the ring after losing a close, disputed decision in their rematch and his emotions got the better of him again in the rubber match when he threw water in Barrera's face after his nemesis approached him at fights end in a conciliatory manor. Would this tough fighter succumb to his emotions and implode or would he move on? We quickly got our answer. Morales immediately signed on to fight perhaps the most dangerous opponent out there in Manny Pacquiao. How a fighter deals with defeat often separates the good from the potentially great fighters. From Joe Louis to Muhammad Ali, from Sugar Ray Leonard to Evander Holyfield, how a fighter reacts to a loss reveals everything we need to know about him. continue
WORCESTER, Mass. (January 27, 2005) – Boxing’s best-kept secret is World Boxing Association “regular” welterweight champion Jose Antonio Rivera (37-3-1, 24 KOs), who hasn’t fought in more than 1 ½ years since he captured the WBA title by defeating previously unbeaten (36-0, 18 KOs) Michel Trabant in Berlin. continue
LAS VEGAS (January 27, 2005) – Guilty Productions has become a major player among the heavyweights of professional boxing broadcast programming, expanding the reach of its “Guilty Fight Night” weekly series to more than 33-million households across the United States and worldwide. continue
27.01.05 - In what is sure to be the most explosive fight of the year and the biggest fight staged in Britain in the last decade, Kostya Tszyu and Ricky Hatton - the top two light-welterweights in the world - will battle it out to decide who is THE BEST when they collide at the M.E.N Arena in Manchester on Saturday 4 June. Sports Network chief Frank Warren today (27 January) confirmed that Hatton will fight for Tszyu's IBF World Light-Welterweight title in what will be the defining fight of his career.
Warren, who has worked tirelessly to secure the fight for Hatton, enthused, "It's the fight that the public and media wanted and I'm delighted to confirm that it's on. It certainly one of the biggest, if not the biggest fight, that I have been involved in staging. The demand for tickets is incredible and we are expecting a sell out crowd at the M.E.N Arena that will create an incredible atmosphere on the night. I see it as a very competitive and compelling fight. Ricky is close to approaching his peak and he's facing one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the world. Tszyu will start off favourite but I believe Ricky has an excellent chance of causing an upset." continue
27.01.05 - New German boxing star Felix Sturm, 22-1 (10), faces his countryman and stable mate Bert Schenk, 36-1 (23), in the main event of a Universum boxing show at Wilhelm-Dopatka-Halle. The winner may be in line to challenge unified middleweight champion Bernard Hopkins later this year. Hopkins is defending his titles first against Howard Eastman on February 19 in Los Angeles. continue
27.01.05 - ‘Fight of the Year’: Barrera-Morales III, 27 votes. A sensational fight written with golden letters in the pages of boxing history. A fight full of drama where two great warriors put their hearts to the limit. November 27, 2004, Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas, Nevada -- Runner up: Gatti-Branco 3 votes / Wright-Mosley no votes continue
26.01.05 - By Richard Fletcher: HOWARD Eastman's impending challenge to Bernard Hopkins has got me reminiscing about the last British middleweight to make waves in America. Like Eastman, Nigel Benn was known but doubted in the U.S. until a couple of big wins in the spring and summer of 1990 propelled him to prominence and almost into a superfight.
Flashy and exciting, Benn blasted his way to 22 straight KOs in the UK before collapsing, utterly punched out, in the sixth round of his fight with compatriot Michael Watson in a supertent in north London. Exposed, Benn could have given up but instead went to the States to prove himself. Three wins, including two over the ten-round distance (Benn had never previously gone beyond the seventh), earned him a WBO title fight against the rugged Canadian Doug DeWitt in Atlantic City. continue
26.01.05 - FSN's BEST DAMN SPORTS SHOW PERIOD and Goossen Tutor Promotions team up for the third time to bring viewers another prolific night of boxing from the Palace Indian Gaming Center in Lemoore, California. The main event of the special two-hour show features WBC Champion Oscar "Chololo" Larios (54-3-1, 35 KOs) defending his title against former WBC Champion Wayne "The Pocket-Rocket" McCullough (27-4, 18 KOs) in a 12-round WBC Super Bantamweight Championship bout. continue
26.01.05 - Three of Britain's most exciting fighter who all hail from the boxing capital of Britain - Manchester - headline a fantastic triple-title card at the M.E.N Arena on Friday 11 February. The all-action Michael Gomez, who has never been in a dull fight, defends his WBU World Super-Featherweight title against the teak-tough Argentinian Javier Alvarez and a victory will keep him on track for a unification fight with the WBO Champion Mike Anchondo. continue
26.01.05 - Pulling no punches, SHOWTIME will come out with both fists blazing on Feb. 5, 2005, when its first telecast of the year will feature a grudge rematch between WBA/WBC/IBF Welterweight Champion Cory “The Next Generation” Spinks and former IBF and WBO junior welterweight champion Zab “Super” Judah. In a sensational co-feature, two boxers ranked in the top 10 in each of boxing’s four major governing bodies will square off when undefeated Owen “What The Heck” Beck faces Monte “Two Gunz” Barrett in a 12-round heavyweight elimination bout on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING. SHOWTIME will televise the doubleheader at 9 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast). The event will be promoted by Don King Productions. continue
26.01.05 - Undefeated Owen “What the Heck” Beck will face the toughest challenge of his career when he faces Monte “Two Gunz” Barrett in a 12-round IBF/WBC heavyweight title elimination bout presented by Don King Productions as part of the Spinks vs. Judah II: Arch Rivals…Meet Me in St. Louis card at Savvis Centre on Feb. 5. Beck vs. Barrett will also be featured on the SHOWTIME telecast of the event at 9 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast). continue
26.01.05 - He's been an Olympian, World Champion and battled such greats as Oscar De La Hoya and Felix Trinidad. Now boxing superstar "Ferocious" Fernando Vargas is bringing his hard punching act to Corpus Christi, Texas. The 27 year old Vargas (25-2, 23 KO's) will headline Corpus Christi's biggest boxing event ever on Saturday, March 26 at the new American Bank Center when Miller Lite and Main Events presents... FERNANDO, A FEROCIOUS FIGHT NIGHT. continue
26.01.05 - By Matthew Hurley: As 2004 came to a close the boxing world succumbed to hibernation. The year ended on a brilliant high note with the ferocious rubber match between Erik Morales and Marco Antonio Barerra. The fight was so great it left the void of big time boxing in the ensuing months in a hazy shade of reflective excitement and anticipation. There were potential matchups on the horizon but nothing to really get the fans salivating. There was the continuation of Felix Trinidad's comeback, which ultimately resulted in a May date with Winky Wright. There was a talked about fight between Arturo Gatti and Floyd Mayweather; but Floyd's outside legal activities could derail that bout. And there was the winding down of Bernard Hopkins' brilliant reign as middleweight champion. All good, but nothing too spectacular. Then, out of the blue, Erik Morales and Manny Pacquiao signed on the dotted line to go to war against one another and the boxing world gasped, and then collectively roared it's approval. Only a few months in and what could be the fight of the year is fast approaching.. continue
PROVIDENCE (January 25, 2005) – Classic Entertainment & Sports, Inc. has signed decorated United States amateur boxer Matt “Sharp Shooter” Remillard to a promotional contract. The 18-year-old featherweight is scheduled to make his pro debut March 11 at Mohegan Sun, not far from his home in Manchester, Connecticut. continue
Mexico City - January 24, 2005: WBC President Jose Sulaiman sent today the following letter to super flyweight contender Jose Navarro: Dear Jose, The WBC cast a voting and the result has been finalized regarding your rematch vs. WBC super flyweight champion Katsushige Kawashima. The WBC unanimously voted to mandate the winner of Kawashima vs. Masamori Tokuyama to fight against you for the WBC super flyweight championship. continue
24.01.05 - By Frank Lotierzo - GlovedFist@Juno.com - When breaking down a fight and trying to handicap who will win, there are many things that can be taken into the equation to justify why you pick Fighter-A over Fighter-B. The one that is the most tried and tested is the style match up between the fighters. Hence leading to the most often quoted moniker in boxing, "Styles Make Fights." And more often than not, fighting style usually dictates the outcome in most bouts between two equally matched and skilled fighters.
Something else can also be factored in to help evaluate the fight. And not only is it rudimentary, but it's often overlooked. The fact is that most fighters are vulnerable to a certain style, or cannot fight effectively when forced to fight a specific way. Sometimes when you can determine what fighter is going to move to or move away from their opponent, you can better play out the fight in your head. continue
24.01.05 - By Jim Amato: There is a world class light heavyweight among us who is hardly talked about. The 175 pound world has revolved around Roy Jones Jr. and now the men who defeated him, Glencoffe Johnson and Antonio Tarver. What about a fine fighting machine named Julio Gonzalez ? This former W.B.O titleholder is ready to make some noise in 2005! continue
24.01.05 – IBA flyweight champion Melinda Cooper (14-0, 9 KOs) was so popular with the public today (Tuesday, Jan. 24), as Guilty Productions’ special guest at the 2005 NATPE Conference & Exhibition (January 25-27) in Las Vegas, she’ll join former NFL kicker and “Guilty Fight Night” series color analyst Benny Ricardo tomorrow afternoon (Wed., Jan. 26) at Guilty Productions’ exhibit (Booth #1515 on floor) in Mandalay Bay Resort and Convention Center. continue
New York, January 24 - The sky is certainly the limit for young heavyweight sensation Samuel Peter. Promoted by Duva Boxing, the Nigerian-born Peter scored his second straight knockout victory on the worldwide television stage when he convincingly disposed of crafty Cuban Yanqui Diaz in Saturday night's co-feature on HBO World Championship Boxing. Peter lifted his record to 22-0, 19 KO's. Peter clearly illustrated that he is a forced to be reckoned with in the heavyweight ranks.
The 6-2, 245-pound Peter is a knockout artist, having scored 19 of his 22 triumphs by way of KO (86 percent). The 24-year-old Peter has appeared in back-to-back televised fights on major boxing networks.Promoter Dino Duva believes that the Las Vegas-based Peter will bring glory back to the heavyweight division. continue
24.01.05 - SCORE! Media, the bleeding edge sports and entertainment media firm, has agreed in principle to a representation deal with veteran boxing announcer James “Smitty” Smith. Smith is presently the lead commentator for CSI Sports’ boxing coverage and has also worked with Showtime, Fox Sports and TV3 New Zealand over the past decade. continue
24.01.05 - In the 12-round main event, Teddy “Two Gun” Reid, 22-6-1, with 16 knockouts, of Adelphi, Maryland, will fight for the interim NABF super welterweight title against Eddie Sanchez, 12-3-2, with 8 knockouts, of New Orleans, Louisiana. NABF super welterweight champion Rodney Jones, who was originally scheduled to defend the title, was injured in training and withdrew from the fight. continue
24.01.05 - By Richard Fletcher: After watching Mike Tyson being easily dismantled by Danny Williams on July 30, 2004, it was painfully obvious that the Tyson of old is gone forever. However, if reports are true, the fighter who once looked like becoming one of the greatest heavyweight champs ever could be on the brink of another comeback.
The 38-year-old, who was stopped in four rounds by Britain's Danny Williams last July, is back training in Florida under the tutelage of the old welter champ Buddy McGirt, now recognised as one of the brightest young trainers in the U.S. Tyson, by all accounts, has got the hunger back. The extravagant lifestyle is gone and, McGirt insists, Tyson can still beat anyone in the division when he's at his best. If you ignore Vitali Klitschko, that might be true. The trouble is, Tyson's best was a long time ago and there will be those who feel he risks further humiliation by prolonging a career that peaked with the 91-second win over Mike Spinks in 1988. continue
BOSTON (January 24, 2005) – World welterweight title challenger “Super“ Zab Judah and NABA light heavyweight champion George “Khalid” Jones are Thursday night’s (Jan. 27) special guests on the New England Ringside Boxing Radio Show live on WWZN 1510 The Zone in Boston. continue
24.01.05 - Just weeks ago, three-time title challenger Robert Allen withdrew from a scheduled February 4th bout with Syd Vanderpool, 35-3, leaving the IBF #6th ranked super middleweight without a fight. "Preparation for my next fight has been put on hold," said the 32-year old Vanderpool, "until a new date in March is finalized." continue
24.01.05 - Kofi Jantuah, Las Vegas, NV: My plan is to take the fight to him. I train for 12-rounds, but if you go in there and see an opportunity to take him out, you go for it. My prediction is that the fight is not going 12-rounds and I will be the champion. Every fighter can have a weakness. It depends how the punch lands. Every fighter can be knocked out. The past is the past. I look at what I do right now. I learned my boxing from Azumah. I trained with him for thee years before I came here. We haven’t been able to get a title, so the people are looking up to me and it is a big challenge.
There have been wars in Uganda for some time. Africa is Africa. Growing up in Africa is tough. As a kid, I grew up in the streets and fighting is nothing new to me. There is no advantage for him. War is war and boxing is boxing. We know each other, we met just once and we spoke on the phone. I saw him before Winky and Shane in Vegas. We spoke about this fight. It’s all about business – that’s what we do. If we fight we fight. continue
23.01.05 - By Wray Edwards: WBA World Champion Lightweight Juan Carlos Diaz, 21 (27-0, 13 KO's) defeated Canada's Billy Irwin, 36 (43-6, 30 KO's, WBA #10) at the Reliant Center in Houston Texas. ROUND ONE consisted mostly of Juan wailing away on Irwin's head and shoulders as it appeared that Billy was trying to rope-a-dope Diaz into exhaustion at which point he would come off the ropes to assume command. That was plan "A." continue
23.01.05 - By Frank Gonzalez Jr.: Floyd Mayweather Jr. showed off his boxing skills Saturday night at the American Airlines Arena in Miami in front of a less then capacity crowd. His opponent, Henry Bruseles of Puerto Rico, is a member of the Miguel Cotto camp and works as a sparring partner for Cotto and vice versa. Outside of that, there isn't much to say about Bruseles since he has not fought any top-level contenders in his 25 pro fights.
But Bruseles showed plenty of heart and even went eight rounds with the man who is touted as one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in all of Boxing.
Though Bruseles showed heart, he was incapable of winning a single round. Mayweather was just too fast and too elusive for him. Bruseles did land a few shots but never anything that deterred Mayweather from having his way with him. continue
LAS VEGAS (January 23, 2005) – Guilty Productions today announced a multi-year agreement granting America One telecast rights to Guilty Boxing’s weekly boxing series, “Guilty Fight Night.“ America One provides independent quality sports programming to more than 22-million households across the United States. continue
23.01.05 - By Matthew Hurley: Back in 2003 I attended the induction ceremonies at the International Boxing Hall Of Fame in Canastota, New York. The highlight of this weekend event is meeting the fighters, particularly the old timers, and making your way into a photo opportunity or coming away with an autograph. All the fighters in attendance that year were favorites of mine, but looking back I think meeting welterweight and middleweight king Carmen Basilio was of the most personal significance. Basilio has always intrigued me and meeting him presented me with a touchstone for an era of boxing I'd never been privileged to witness. Other than grainy films, some certainly better than others, and transcripts of legendary bouts by legendary writers such as A.J. Leibing, Damon Runyon, Dan Parker or Jimmy Cannon, it's a time – much like it's political and cultural history – lost in the ether. Shaking Basilio's hand brought it all into a clearer sense of reality for me. continue
23.01.05 - By Jim Amato: Although was behind on points against Vitali when they fought, I thought Lennox was coming on. Despite the cut, I think Lennox was enforcing his will and would have eventually stopped Vitali around the tenth. Up to this point Vitali has emerged as the #1 man since Lewis retired. Let's say Lewis does come back and beats Vitali again. continue
23.01.05 - By Tom Donelson: Al Bernstein told me a few months back that Floyd Mayweather was a special fighter. Last Saturday night, Mayweather marched to a future title bout with Arturo Gatti. He moved and jabbed the first three rounds and Henry Bruseles was mostly swinging at air while seemly wearing Mayweather punches on his face.
In the fourth, Mayweather stood in front of Bruseles but it didn’t do the Puerto Rican fighter any good. For the next five rounds, he got nailed by hooks, right hand crosses and uppercuts. In the seventh round, Mayweather told Jim Lampley that the Patriots will beat the Steelers while nailing his opponent with a sharp three punch combination. And before stopping Bruseles in the eight, he tells Lampley that Vicks will lead the Falcons over the Eagles. This while landing punches upon his hapless opponent. So Mayweather not only won the fight in easy fashion but found time in between punches to chat with the HBO crew. continue
22.01.05 - On the road to the Light Heavyweight World Title, Eric Harding (21-3-1, 7 KO's) from West Hartford, Connecticut stops at Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Connecticut to battle David Telesco (29-5-1, 24 KO's) from Port Chester, New York for the USBA Light Heavyweight Title. In the co-feature, Randy Griffin (20-1-1, 11 KO's) from Louisville, Kentucky will compete against Ross Thompson (26-10-2, 17 KO's) from Buffalo in a 10-round middleweight fight. continue
22.01.05 - By Frank Gonzalez Jr - Photo Gallery - Friday night in Houston Texas, WBA Lightweight Champion, Juan "The Baby Bull" Diaz (27-0-13 KO's) lost his Title Belt-but not in the ring. According to him, he left the Belt in his car, which was broken into by thieves who stole it along with his car stereo. But Diaz enjoyed defending his missing Belt anyway. On the menu was aged Canadian veteran, Billy Irwin (42-6-30 KO's), who offered himself up like a sacrificial lamb at a slaughterhouse.
36-year-old Billy Irwin's passive, defensive style enabled the furious punching Diaz to have his way with him. Irwin started each round boxing in the center of the ring, then worked his way to the ropes and just stood in one spot, trying to block and duck shots the entire round. He blocked a lot of Diaz' shots but he also ate lots of leather in the process. continue
NEW YORK (Jan. 22, 2005) – Typifying the quality match-ups that viewers of “ShoBox: The New Generation” have come to expect during the past three-and-one-half years, four talented prizefighters with a combined 77-3-1 record will square off on SHOWTIME Feb. 4 from Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Conn.. continue
22.01.05 - By Frank Gonzalez Jr.: Friday night in Houston Texas, Clifford Etienne, "The Black Rhino" (29-3-2-20 KO's) went down in the second round and twice again in the third at the hands of the new kid on the Heavyweight block, Calvin Brock (photo: Carlos Kalinchuk), who upped his record to 24-0, with 19 KO's. Referee Lawrence Cole, who could teach a course on Premature Stoppages, was quick to halt the contest after the third knock down-even though Etienne appeared quite capable of continuing. Cole "insured" that no one got hurt.
It's no surprise that with 24 professional fights on his resume, this was the first time Brock fought a credible or at least recognizable opponent in the division. Brock's last opponent, Wesley Martin, had a 16-45 record. So, Etienne was definitely a step in the right direction for the 29-year-old from Charlotte, North Carolina. continue
22.01.05 - David Estrada, 18-1 (8KO's) of Chicago, IL, now fighting out of Miami, FL, thoroughly dominated Chris "The Mechanic" Smith, 19-1-1 (12KO's) of Queens, New York last night on a DiBella Entertainment promoted SHOBOX, "The Next Generation" main event from the Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, Connecticut. Check the Showtime website at www.sho.com for information on replays of this terrific bout to be broadcast this week. continue
22.01.05 - Photos: Tom Casino / Showtime: David Estrada landed left and right hooks at will to notch an 11th round TKO over Chris "The Mechanic" Smith in an International Boxing Federation (IBF) welterweight elimination bout for the No. 2 ranking Friday on "ShoBox: The New Generation." In the junior middleweight co-feature from the Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, Conn. Sechew "Iron Horse" Powell thoroughly controlled Patrick "One-Punch" Thompson over eight rounds to take a unanimous decision 80-71, 80-72 and 79-73.
SHOWTIME televised the DiBella Entertainment doubleheader at 11 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast). The telecast represented the 55th in the popular "ShoBox" series, which debuted on SHOWTIME in July 2001. Estrada (18-1, 9 KOs), of Chicago, dictated the pace of the bout with volume punches and constant pressure. continue
22.01.05 - Erik 'El Terrible' Morales and Manny Pacquiao will collide in a scorching showdown at MGM Grand Saturday, March 19. Top Rank and M & M Sports, in association with MGM Grand, will present Morales vs. Pacquiao in a 12-round super featherweight championship which will be produced and distributed by HBO Pay-Per-View. continue
21.01.05 - By Carlos Kalinchuk -- Photo Gallery -- In the Main Event of the evening, WBA Champion Juan “El Torito” Diaz retained his title and gave the local fans what they wanted when he defeated a very resilient Billy Irwin in round 9 of their twelve round-scheduled fight. For much of the fight Irwin laid against the ropes only to be beaten from pillar to post. Although he tried to mount some form of comeback after a second round knockdown, it was obvious that he was overmatched. The referee finally ended the massacre in round nine after Irwin received 10 consecutive unanswered punches. Diaz improves to 27-0 (13 KO’s) while Billy Irwin drops to 42-6 (30 KO’s).
After the fight, Irwin seemed at a loss for words when discussing his future. Hopefully he’ll do the right thing and retire while he’s still in good mental and physical shape. Diaz added after the fight, “I have so much respect for him. He just wouldn’t quit and he is an honorable man and I tip my hat to him. He came to fight.” continue
20.01.05 - From WBC President Jose Sulaiman: The WBC office has received information that super welterweight world champion Winky Wright will fight as a middleweight against Tito Trinidad, and consequently not make his title unification bout with interim champion Francisco Castillejo. If this information is confirmed, Castillejo will be declared the undisputed WBC super welterweight champion of the world, and have to defend the title at the soonest possible time against a mandatory challenger to be designated by the WBC Board of Governors. continue
20.01.05 - By Carlos Kalinchuk: This afternoon ESPN in association with Miller Brewing Company and Main Events, filled in the last remaining square before the fighters step in the ring tomorrow night at the Reliant Arena in Houston Texas. In a room that was meant to accommodate 25 people comfortably, it looked as though over triple that amount showed up for what is expected to be this biggest fight card in Houston thus far. continue
20.01.05 - At only 21 years old, Houston’s own Juan Diaz is professional boxing’s youngest world champion. The undefeated Diaz will defend his WBA lightweight crown on Jan 21, 2005, in a highly anticipated, action-packed featured12 round bout against WBA #10 ranked contender Billy Irwin at Reliant Center in Houston, TX. In the co-feature bout undefeated 2000 U.S. Olympian Calvin Brock faces Clifford “The Black Rhino” Etienne in a 10 round heavyweight bout. continue
20.01.05 - Christopher "The Mechanic" Smith will attempt to dismantle David Estrada in an IBF elimination bout for the No. 2 ranking Friday, Jan. 21, on the SHOWTIME boxing series, "ShoBox: The New Generation." In the 10-round co-feature, unbeaten junior middleweight contender Sechew "Iron Horse" Powell will make his second SHOWTIME and "ShoBox" appearances as he takes on Patrick "One-Punch" Thompson. continue
LAS VEGAS, NV (January 20, 2005) – “Guilty Fight Night” series color analyst Benny Ricardo will represent Guilty Productions at the 2005 NATPE Conference & Exhibition, January 25-27, at Mandalay Bay Resort and Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. Ricardo will sign autographs and pose for pictures at Guilty Productions’ exhibit (Booth #1515 on floor) Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2-4 pm, and Thursday, Jan. 27, 11 am-12 noon. continue
BOSTON (January 20, 2005) – Veteran boxing manager Jose “Manny” Rivera has joined NER Promotions as its Director of Latin American Operations, it was announced today. “My intention is to help NER Promotions facilitate the best boxing possible by bringing the top fighters from Latin America to New England and the rest of the United States,” Rivera commented. continue
20.01.05 - By Steve Mckenna: CARL Froch clearly doesn't care about making enemies. The Nottingham super-middleweight, who last year had the audacity to claim he was the most talented sportsman in Britain, is losing friends every time he opens his mouth. Brian Magee is the latest compatriot to come under fire from 'The Cobra', whose venom appears to grow stronger by the month. Froch can now add Magee to the list of names he has baited – but failed – to lure into the ring. The Ulster fighter has rejected the chance to challenge for Froch's British and Commonwealth crowns, preferring instead to go down the European title route. According to Froch, this means he's running scared – just like Joe Calzaghe, Robin Reid and Tony Dodson. Boxers are notoriously confident people, on the outside at least. continue
20.01.05 - Undefeated super bantamweight Adalberto Borquez of Tijuana, B.C., meets Martin Flores of Mexico City in the 10-round main event on the nationally and internationally televised “Guilty Fight Night Boxeo de Campeones” professional card presented by Guilty Boxing in association with Tecate Friday, Jan. 28, at El Foro in Tijuana, Mexico. continue
January 19, 2005, New York – Today ESPN Deportes and Guilty Boxing, Inc., announced a multi-year agreement that grants ESPN Deportes the exclusive telecast rights in the U.S. and Puerto Rico to Boxeo de Campeones, a weekly boxing series that features up-and-coming Latin boxers. The agreement calls for ESPN Deportes to televise 48 two-hour shows a year, with most cards originating from Las Vegas. continue
19.01.05 - By Tom Donelson: The boxing season has begun. Friday night, you can sit yourself down in front of your television set and watch four straight hours of great boxing. You know, the way it was in the fifties when all of America sat down and watch Friday Night Fights. First from ESPN, Juan Diaz puts his version of the lightweight title on the line against Billy Irwin. continue
19.01.05 - Knockout artist David Haye, 11-1 (11), who has yet to go the distance in his exciting pro career, faces a severe examination of his punching power when he meets rock-hard veteran Garry Delaney in the Brentford area of west London, England, this weekend, with the bout broadcast delayed on boxing broadband channel www.SecondsOut.tv on January 22. continue
19.01.05 - Hennessy Sports would like to make it clear that only the WBC middleweight title will be on the line when Howard Eastman challenges undisputed middleweight king Bernard Hopkins on February 19th. There has been some confusion over this matter following an announcement last week by HBO – and subsequently Hennessy Sports – stating that the WBA, IBF and WBO titles were also up for grabs.
PHILADELPHIA, PA (January 18, 2005) – “The Mensa Mauler,” CHAZZ WITHERSPOON, 1-0 (1 KO), professional boxing’s only heavyweight on a full academic scholarship, returns to the ring fresh from his successful pro debut. Witherspoon will be featured on the 2005 season premiere of “Ballroom Boxing,” Thursday, January 27, at Michael’s Eighth Avenue (7220 Grayburn Drive) in Glen Burnie, MD. continue
17.01.05 - By Frank Lotierzo - GlovedFist@Juno.com - Today Muhammad Ali turns 63, ironically one of the fighter's Ali has most often been compared to Jack Johnson, it just so happens that a new documentary airs on him tonight. Why is it that Ali and Johnson usually are linked together? The most obvious reason is the United States Government felt threatened by both of them and conspired to rid them from boxing regardless of what it took.
In Johnson's case it was his black skin and the fact that he dated, married, slept with, and reportedly pimped young white women. Johnson was charged with violating the "Mann Act," a law brought about by Urban Legends of the era who believed there was an underground network of thousands of young white girls being enslaved into prostitution. Which of was course a complete myth. continue
17.01.05 - Ringside tickets are sold out and Shaq is coming to watch two-time world champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. take on Henry 'El Nitro' Bruseles on Saturday night at the American Airlines Arena in Miami. An arena spokesman said today that all $350 ringside seats are sold out for the 'Showdown on the Bay' which features Mayweather in a 12-round bout live on HBO. Miami Heat superstar Shaquille O'Neal said today he and several of his Heat teammates plan to be at ringside fight night. continue
17.01.05 - Juan Diaz on Spring 2005 college semester schedule: I will attend class from 5:00 - 8:15 pm on Wednesday. It is the first day of class for the semester so I don't want to miss it. It is when you get to meet the teacher and he gets to meet you. I am taking three classes this semester.. continue
17.01.05 - British and Commonwealth super middleweight champion Carl Froch has reacted to the Boxing Board of Control’s decision to install Brian Magee as his mandatory contender by vowing to knock the Belfast man out. Magee has fought once, a TKO victory over Neil Linford, since he lost his undefeated record to Robin Reid last June. continue
17.01.05 - By Mike Indri: While most people know that today is the 63rd birthday of world-renowned, all-time great heavyweight champion and hall-of-fame boxer Muhammad Ali; only the truly observant boxing fan knows that former middleweight contender Alex Ramos shares his birthday with "the greatest of all time". continue
17.01.05 - Cestus Management's junior welterweight sensation "Mighty" Mike Arnaoutis is scheduled to return to the ring on February 18, 2005, for a fourth consecutive appearance on the Showtime Network's ShoBox: The New Generation series, set to air live from the Chumash Casino in Santa Ynez, California. continue
BOSTON (January 17, 2005) – Consensus 2004 Fighter of the Year Glencoffe Johnson is this Thursday night’s (Jan. 20) special guest on the New England Ringside Boxing Radio Show live on WWZN 1510 The Zone in Boston. continue
17.01.05 - He has stalked the Welsh amateur boxing scene striking terror into all that have crossed him and now fearsome heavyweight Darren 'The Beast of Bonymaen' Morgan will be unleashed into the pro-ranks on Friday 21 January at the Bridgend Leisure Centre in Wales. continue
16.01.05 - By Jim Amato: I've always been at a loss on where to rank Bernard Hopkins among the past middleweight greats. Although no fault of his own, he was not challenged by the most talented lot of boxers in his era. With Bernard's dominant KO win over Felix Trinidad and then later his stoppage of Oscar DeLaHoya...Well it's hard to argue that Bernard deserves consideration to be ranked among the top middleweights of all time.
I feel blessed that in MY time, that would be from 1965 to present. I have lived in the era of some great middleweights. Giardello, Tiger, Emile Griffith and "King" Carlos Monzon were truly magnificent fighters. Later there was the "Marvelous One", Marvin Hagler. How would Bernard fared against Hagler ? continue
16.01.05 - Oscar "EL TORITO" Diaz, 18-1 (11KO's) and Al "SPEEDY" Gonzales, 16-1-1 (7KO's) are preparing for battle on Friday, February 4th as the opening bout on Showtime's live professional boxing series, SHOBOX, "The New Generation" live from the Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut. continue
16.01.05 - Dominic Pesoli, President of 8 Count Productions was thrilled with the huge turnout this past Friday night at the Aragon Ballroom as "The Best in Chicago Boxing" boxing series kicked off 2005 in style. "Its was great to see the huge crowd, we started off the new year in style just the way we finished 2004. Its more than apparent that our growing audience expects great boxing and that's exactly what we're going to provide. continue
15.01.05 - On behalf of the members of the Joint Association of Boxers (JAB) and in recognition of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, JAB calls upon President George W. Bush to grant former heavyweight champion of the world, Jack Johnson, a full pardon. As the first African American heavyweight champion of the world, Johnson has earned the respect of fighters and fans alike for his courage and conviction both in and outside the ring. continue
15.01.05 - By Fabian Weber - Boxing.de: Boxing championesse Regina Halmich made a successful start into 2005 for promoter Universum. On the first boxing event of this year the 28-year-old German beat her world title challenger Maryling Hernandez by unanimous decision and successfully defended her WIBF flyweight title by scores of 100:91 and 100:92 twice.
A convincing 46th victory in her 48th professional contest was important to Halmich after she did only escape with her first career draw in her last fight on September 11 against American Elena Reid. The woman from Karlsruhe faced harsh critic afterwards even though she had celebrated an impressive victory in her previous contest over stable mate and former world champion Daisy Lang. continue
15.01.05 - Professional boxing’s youngest world champion, Juan Diaz, will defend his WBA lightweight crown on ESPN2 Friday Night Fights Main Events Special January 21 AT 9 p.m. ET when he meets WBA #10 ranked contender Billy Irwin at Reliant Center in Houston, Texas. WBO lightweight champ Diego Corrales will be studio host Brian Kenny’s guest analyst, commenting on the state of the lightweight division, including his upcoming title defense against Ring Magazine champ Jose Luis Castillo, as well as the Diaz-Irwin battle. continue
15.01.05 - On Tuesday January 19, Golden Boy Promtions will hold a press conference to officially announce the return of Bernard Hopkins in his Historic 20th title defense of the Middleweight World Championship against # 1 contender Howard Eastman. Eastman will challenge number one pound for pound operator and undisputed middleweight champion Bernard Hopkins in Los Angeles on February 19th. The fight will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing.
14.01.05 - By Bernie McCoy: As the year begins, there are two bouts on the immediate horizon in the sport of Women's boxing. One bout features a fighter who many consider the best pound/pound boxer in the sport in with another very good fighter. The other bout matches the current "face" of the sport against a fighter who is currently on a three fight losing streak. Now take you time, think it through and make a guess which of these bouts will be broadcast on "live" television. While you're deciding, I'll turn up the Shirelles long-ago hit, "Mama Said" (There'd be days like this). continue
14.01.05 - By Joseph Buro: The long-term success of boxing. I can sum it up in four words: Eliminate destructive network competition. As boxing fans, we are all familiar with the major networks that broadcast boxing events on a consistent basis: HBO, Showtime, and ESPN2. You also might add Fox Sports Net to that list because it has recently signed a contract with Goossen-Tutor Promotions to broadcast regular shows on the Best Damn Sports Show period; word is, however, that those shows will occur less frequently. continue
14.01.05 - By Tony Nobbs: WBU bantamweight champion Nathan Sting is back in Australia. The 31 year old southpaw returns to action on a d-Rush promotion at Homebush on March 5 when he faces Filipino Rolly Lunas over ten rounds. This will be Stings first outing since defending his title on points against British champion Nicky Booth in Nottingham on September 2003. continue
14.01.05 - Woman boxing world champion Regina Halmich is heading Universum Box-Promotion’s first show in 2005, tomorrow, January 15, in Magdeburg, Germany. The reigning WIBF flyweight championesse from Germany is defending her title against Marylin Herande from the Dominican Republic. continue
BOSTON (January 14, 2005) – New England Ringside (NER), on the verge of becoming the newest promoter in professional boxing, today announced the hiring of Julio Pena as its Director of Boxing Operations. “We’re delighted to have Julio Pena as a member of Team NER,” NER president Rick Brutti said. “He is well respected in boxing and has more than 30 years of valuable experience. continue
13.01.05 - New York, January 13-Unbeaten heavyweight Roman Greenberg (17-0, 12 KO's) captures the Broadway spotlight on Friday night, January 28, when he headlines 2005's second installment of DiBella Entertainment's Broadway Boxing Presented by Mohegan Sun at the Grand Ballroom at the Manhattan Center.
Greenberg, a native of Tel Aviv, Israel, will go toe-to-toe with Marcus McGee (12-5, 6 KO's), who hails from Tuscaloosa, Alabama, in an eight-round heavyweight showdown in the evening's main event. In the co-featured attraction knockout artist Jaidon Codrington (6-0, 6 KO's), fighting out of Queens, will square off against Glen Rayburn (13-3-1, 8 KO's), of Delaware, Ohio, in an eight-round super middleweight contest.
On the undercard, U.S. Olympian and Winter Haven, Florida native Andre Berto (1-0, 1 KO), fresh off a knockout victory in his pro debut, will appear in a four-round junior middleweight bout with Edgar Galvan (1-2-1, 1 KO), of Durango, Mexico. continue
LAS VEGAS (January 13, 2005) – Guilty Boxing, Inc. and Classic Entertainment & Sports, Inc. (CES) have joined forces, it was jointly announced today by Nick Rattenni, president of Guilty Boxing, and CES president Jimmy Burchfield. CES and Burchfield will run the East Coast operations of Guilty Boxing and coordinate all of the cards Guilty Boxing promotes in that area. Jimmy Montoya will continue to run the West Coast booking operations for Guilty Boxing. continue
LOS ANGELES, Jan.13th—On February 10th, live from The Palace Indian Gaming Center in Lemoore, California, WBC Champion, Oscar “Chololo” Larios will defend his title against former WBC Champion, Wayne “The Pocket-Rocket” McCullough in a highly anticipated 12-round WBC Super Bantamweight Championship bout and Andre Ward, the sole US 2004 Olympic Gold Medalist in a Special Attraction 6-round bout. continue
13.01.05 - WBU World Super-Featherweight Champion Michael Gomez will face Argentinian tough-guy Javier Osvaldo Alvarez on Friday 11 February at the M.E.N Arena. The Manchester favourite is relishing the prospect of headlining the show in his home city and is promising the public a vintage performance against Alvarez. "I'm raring to go and Alvarez is going to be knocked spark out," stormed Gomez continue
13.01.05 - Former No. 1 heavyweight contender David Tua begins his long-awaited and eagerly anticipated return March 31 in Auckland, New Zealand, it was announced today by Cedric Kushner. Tua faces American Talmadge Griffis in a 10-round bout, Kushner said at a news conference in Auckland. It will be first fight in two years and two days for the popular Tua, regarded as one of the most powerful, electrifying and entertaining heavyweights the division has seen in many years.
“David’s return puts much-needed punch and excitement in the heavyweight division,” said Kushner. “It’s a breath of fresh air at a time when it’s most needed. It promises to be a thrilling event because this is what fight fans around the world have been waiting for, the reemergence of David Tua.” continue
12.01.05 - By Coach Tim Walker: As a writer you make an effort to be tactful and unbiased with your viewpoints. Then there are other times to tell it like it is irregardless of the reprise and potential scorn that you will get from readers and the general public. The rule that you will never be able to satisfy everyone applies often and it is applicable here. continue
HOUSTON, TX (January 12, 2005) – Houston boxing fans are using the box office to show their support for hometown WBA world lightweight champion Juan Diaz. It was announced today by Main Events CEO Kathy Duva that although there is still more than a week to go before Juan Diaz defends his crown against Billy Irwin on Jan 21 at the Reliant Center in Houston, TX, over 1,300 tickets have already been purchased by enthusiastic Houstonians. continue
12.01.05 - Legendary boxing promoter Don King filed a $2.5 billion lawsuit against corporate giants Disney, ESPN, ABC Cable Networks and Advocate Communications Inc. today for airing a highly defamatory and reckless broadcast against King on Sports Century that also portrays King in a false light. continue
12.01.05 - By Matthew Hurley: The so called "intellectuals" that deem what is worthy of praise and what should be cast aside with the backwards wave of a hand have always gotten it wrong in my estimation. There is an arrogance there that disavows anything less than pristine or seemingly cultured. Therefore boxing or a fighter could never represent beauty, civility or class. Boxers are brutes with no redeeming values or virtues and certainly have no claim to cultural progression. The primitive disgusts these egotists because there is nothing primal about them, other than their lust for money, power and face lifts. The fight game is frowned upon by the mass media and those who simply deem its combative allure abhorent in the same way they frown upon nudity or profanity, when in open company. How could the simple act of two men hitting each other represent anything of historical significance? The literati would have you believe otherwise, but Jack Johnson would dissuade you of that notion with a gold toothed smile, a shot of booze and a flair for the dramatic. Jack Johnson was having none of it in the early 1900s and his mesmerizing audacity is still being felt today. continue
12.01.05 - Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment & Sports, Inc. today announced the signing of Irish middleweight prospect “Joe “Sugar” Rea, now fighting out of South Boston, to a promotional contract. The 21-year-old native of Ballymena had a 67-10 amateur record in Ireland. Rea, trained by Goody Petronelli, turned pro last April and is 2-0 (1 KO) with one “no contest.” continue
12.01.05 – Guilty Productions, a production company specializing in boxing television programming, will be a first time exhibitor at the 2005 NATPE Conference & Exhibition, January 25-27, at Mandalay Bay Resort and Convention Center in Las Vegas, NV. Founded in 2004, Guilty Productions, along with its parent company, Guilty Boxing, annually provides a minimum of 48 episodes of its weekly boxing series, “Guilty Fight Night.” continue
12.01.05 - Lightweights Arturo "The Conqueror" Morua, 20-6-1 (13KO's) of Guadalajara, Mexico and James "Too Sweet" Crayton, 33-19-2 (20KO's) of Las Vegas, Nevada are the new headliners in a scheduled ten round bout as Dominic Pesoli's 8 Count Productions and Bob Arum's Top Rank Incorporated presents the ARAGON RUMBLE continue
11.01.05 - By Coach Tim Walker – Big ups to HBO! Something good happened Tuesday evening when HBO leveraged camp Taylor into taking a chance. Jermaine Taylor who is being touted as the next middleweight king had been recently added to the Hopkins/Eastman card scheduled for February 19. His list of potential opponents were many but eventually narrowed to little known Troy Rowland of Michigan and Daniel "The Haitian Sensation" Edouard who had recently won the USBA Middleweight title by knocking out Willie Gibbs.
It didn’t take long before the human nature of Taylor’s camp deemed that a BOUT with Rowland was far more appealing than a FIGHT with Edouard. This subsequently put Edouard out of the picture and Rowland in the opponent to be category. Edouard who had been meticulously calculating his next move silently resolved himself to facing Arthur Abraham one best kept secrets of the middleweight division and one of the hardest hitters in all of boxing. Not only would the Sensation face him but he would travel to Abraham’s hometown of Germany to do it. At least that was his mindset until he got the call. continue
[LOS ANGELES - JANUARY 11, 2005] – Hombre TV, the cable television network for Hispanic men, announced today that Alex Ramos, "The Bronx Bomber," has been appointed Director of its Special Committee for Boxing. Ramos, a retired professional boxer with more than thirty years in the boxing industry brings the perspective of both the young boxer and the Hispanic fans that closely follow the sport. continue
11.01.05 - Highly regarded Cornelius Lock of Detroit takes on veteran Alex Ali Baba of Miami, Fla., in A 12-round title bout for the vacant International Boxing Association Continental junior featherweight championship on the nationally and internationally televised “Guilty Fight Night Boxeo de Campeones” professional boxing card presented by Guilty Boxing in association with Tecate Friday, Jan. 21, at the Orleans Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nev. continue
11.01.05 - Undefeated and world-ranked welterweight Jose Luis Cruz of Santa Ana, Calif., meets slick-boxing Vincent Thompson of Washington, D.C., in the 10-round main event on the nationally and internationally televised “Guilty Fight Night Boxeo de Campeones” professional boxing card presented by Guilty Boxing in association with Tecate Friday, Jan. 14, at the Agua Caliente Casino in Rancho Mirage, Calif. continue
11.01.04 - Hector “Macho” Camacho, Sr., eight-time World Boxing Champion, today emphatically denied any involvement with drugs, as purported by the press in Mississippi. Camacho’s attorney, David Morrison, of Biloxi, released the following statement: “The room at the Imperial Palace, in Biloxi, where Camacho was arrested, was not under Mr. Camacho’s name. He was simply a guest, using the restroom, when he was arrested. The drugs were found in the room at the hotel, and did not belong to Mr. Camacho.”
“As to the burglary charge, Mr. Camacho had purchased a laptop computer from his business neighbor, ZDI Computer Center, of Gulfport, which is owned by Solomon and Samantha Wheeler. The computer was not operating properly and returned to ZDI for repair. In a drunken state, and by his own admitted foolishness, he attempted, late at night, to retrieve his computer, causing some damage to the Wheelers’ business.” continue
11.01.05 - What do you get when you have a former national Golden Gloves champion and world title contender, the prospect of the year from Puerto Rico, the American Bronze Medalist from the last Olympics, a heavyweight prospect who is graduating from college this year with a major in pharmaceutical marketing and three other undefeated rising young stars? You guessed it, Ballroom Boxing! continue
LOS ANGELES, January 11 – Golden Boy Promotions is wasting no time in getting ready for a stellar 2005 and beyond, as the company is pleased to announce the signing of Xavier D. James Sr. as a Special Advisor for Sports Programming and Strategy. James will perform various advisory functions in connection with the development and acquisition of sports programming for Golden Boy Promotions. continue
11.01.05 - Brian Halquist Productions signed undefeated welterweight prospect David Torres following his seventh consecutive victory Saturday night at the Emerald Queen Casino’s Battle at the Boat Boxing series. “It was a natural thing to sign David”, said promoter Brian Halquist. “David has fought his last six fights here at the Emerald Queen, he beat two undefeated fighters (Derrick Moon, 3-0-1, and David Hernandez, 3-0-1) back to back. continue
11.01.05 - By Steve Mckenna: SO, it's on – Erik Morales will clash with Manny Pacquiao at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Saturday, March 19. Have you caught your breath yet? No, me neither. The thought of Morales going head to head with Pacquiao should be enough to make the hairs on the back of any boxing fan's neck stand up. While rematches with Juan Manuel Marquez and Marco Antonio Barrera would have been eminently watchable, style-wise, Pacquiao taking on Morales beats them, hands-down. Some fights promise much, but are big let-downs (Hopkins vs de la Hoya anyone?). But Pacquiao v Morales guarantees fireworks. continue
11.01.05 - Superstars Manny Pacquiao, 39-2-2 (30 KOs), and Erik "El Terrible" Morales, 47-2 (34 KOs), promoted by Murad Muhammad's M & M Sports and Bob Arum's Top Rank, respectively, will host a news conference TOMORROW! Wednesday, January 12, in the Rodeo Room at the Beverly Hills Hotel (9641 Sunset Blvd., Beverly Hills CA), beginning at Noon. continue
11.01.05 - By Paul Ruby - email@example.com - Too often, boxing fans have no recourse against poor match-making and unjust decisions. Boxing has evolved from a game controlled by organized crime behind closed doors to a game that, today, is governed by feuding networks, crooked promoters, and the almighty dollar. Any fan can think of countless ways to improve the sport we love, but the sad reality is that we have little power to do so. I could write about implementing a system that empowers only qualified judges to score championship fights and I could write about a national sanctioning body that would attempt to discredit the bogus rankings systems in place today. Unfortunately, I know that either piece would fall mostly on deaf ears, so I’ve chosen to write the “If I were king for a day” article about my wish-list for the coming year in this fine sport. continue
11.01.05 - Emmett Linton beat a very tough and game Marcos Primera on Saturday night in the ten round main event at the Emerald Queen Casino’s Battle at the Boat boxing series in Tacoma, Washington. Linton pounded out a unanimous decision and improved his record to 33-3-2 while Primera fell to 17-9-2. continue
10.01.05 - By Kostya Tszyu: Dear Tszyu Crew, I am very pleased to be able to tell you today that I have decided to face Ricky Hatton in my next fight, which will be held in Manchester, England at 4am in the early hours of Sunday morning 5th June 2005. The fight will be shown live around the world in many countries including the USA on Showtime and in Australia and Russia.
I am looking forward to this match and I am very excited. If you look at my website now you will see the results of the poll where I asked you, who I should fight next. Your first choice was undisputed welterweight champion Cory Spinks, but we know that it is very hard to make this fight happen at this stage. Your second choice was Ricky Hatton. I looked at the demand for this fight from the Tszyu Crew and we made it happen. It is an exciting time for me again. I made the decision to not step aside and still continue to do what I do best. continue
10.01.05 - Touted heavyweight prospect Roman Greenberg has turned down the opportunity of facing the main man in the domestic division - British and Commonwealth king MATT SKELTON. A more than substantial offer was made to Greenberg's promoter Robert Waterman for the fight to take place in February in what would have been a thrilling clash between two unbeaten fighters. Sadly, Greenberg's has declined the fight for the following reasons: continue
10.01.05 - By Frank Lotierzo - GlovedFist@Juno.com - When thinking about some of heavyweight histories most remarkable accomplishments, a few immediately stand out and come to mind. Such as former heavyweight champion Rocky Marciano retiring undefeated at 49-0. It's been 50 years since Rocky retired and only two former champs have made it to forty wins without suffering a loss. George Foreman was 40-0 when he was upset by Muhammad Ali in 1974. And Larry Holmes, who is the only fighter to even challenge Marciano's record reaching 48-0, was upset by Michael Spinks in 1985 in his forty ninth bout.
Joe Louis' 25 consecutive title defenses, a record for any division which still stands 56 years later has to be in the conversation as well. Another mark only challenged by Holmes who made 20 consecutive title defenses. Maybe Spinks in becoming the first light heavyweight champ to defeat the reigning heavyweight champion preserved both historical marks set by Louis and Marciano. continue
BOSTON (January 10, 2005) – New England Ringside Boxing Radio Show goes to the movies Thursday night (Jan. 13) on WWZN 1510 The Zone in Boston. Special guests include former heavyweight contender Tommy “The Duke” Morrison, co-star of Rocky V,” and Boston film critic James Vernier, who’ll review “Million Dollar Baby,” directed by Clint Eastwood and starring Hillary Swank. continue
09.01.05 - By Greg Smith: Jack Johnson’s legacy is perhaps best described as one of far reaching ambivalence and polarization. Johnson was the first black athlete to break the color barrier in the United States. Realistically, however, although breaking the color barrier is something to be respected in many ways, Johnson wasn’t exactly the kind of guy to parlay his success into a career as a legislator with a goal of achieving solidified social justice. He flaunted his success, and laughed when cops wrote him speeding tickets, and then turned around and did it again. The Mann Act was originally designed for different purposes, but it was applied to put a lid on Johnson, and ultimately resulted in Johnson’s exile to Europe and other locales.
It was a dirty, rough, and conflicted reign. It didn’t promote integration, and definitely drove race relations farther apart. Superb black fighters like Sam Langford and Harry Wills were negatively impacted right off the bat. Langford never got a rematch during Johnson’s reign, partially due to Johnson’s penchant for defending his title against white contenders only. continue
08.01.05 - By Chris Ireland - ThunderGatti88@aol.com - There's an old saying for boxing fans: There's good years, and then there's better years. 2004 was a good year, and it already appears that 2005 will be a better year. Let me rephrase that: 2004 was a bad year, and 2005 should be pretty darned good. Last year we watched aging legends decay in the ring and collectively gagged on pay-per-views being jammed down our throats, while all we could do was dream about what next year might be. continue
08.01.05 - By Andrew Mullinder: It has been reported by Australia's Sunday Telegraph, that World Junior Welterweight Champion and Pound for Pound superstar, Kostya Tszyu, will travel to England this Wednesday to finalise a contract to fight Ricky Hatton under the promotion of Frank Warren's Sports Network organisation.
According to the Australian power puncher's camp, Tszyu will receive the best contract of all time as far as the 140-pound [super lightweight] division is concerned." This implies a purse in excess of 5 million dollars.
For this record sum, Tszyu will travel to England and fight in the furnace of Hatton's hometown MEN Arena in Manchester, England on June 5 at 4am local time. These location and time arrangements will maximise the money making potential of the promotion by tapping into Hattonôs fanatical local support, while still being able to be broadcasted during US primetime. continue
08.01.05 - Talk about a roller-coaster start to 2005 for hard-luck Austrian superwelterweight Gotthard “The Cougar” Hinteregger – or does it actually seem that Ups and Downs are a constant feature in the life and career of the former IBF Intercontinental champion from Vienna? 2004 actually started with the biggest Up in Hintereggers life when he stunned the boxing world with a 4th-round knockout of previously undefeated Italian Emanuele Grill. continue
08.01.05 - By T.K. Stewart: When the news streamed across the information super highway earlier this week that former boxing champion Hector Camacho, Sr. was being sought by police and then was subsequently arrested for burglary and drug possession it meant that he had finally come full circle. Camacho grew up on the crime ridden streets of Spanish Harlem, had fathered a child by the age of 15 and bragged that he had once chased a man down Harlem’s Third Avenue with a sawed-off shotgun. In between those days and now he reached perhaps the penultimate of his sport by becoming a well-known prizefighter who often times earned several million dollars per fight, won titles in multiple weight divisions and defeated some of the best fighters that three decades had to offer. Camacho was an elite fighter and popular in the mainstream sports world for his flamboyant behavior and flashy ring attire. At one time in the not too distant past, the “Macho Man” was a millionaire, resided in multi-million dollar homes and fought big name fighters from Sugar Ray Leonard to Oscar De La Hoya. Camacho had gotten about as far away from his breeding ground as was possible. continue
08.01.05 - By Jim Amato: There are strong indications that Don King is going to match Vitali Klitschko against former champion Hasim "Rock" Rahman sometime in May. Rahman may be the best fighter Vitali has yet to face.When motivated Rahman can be a very dangerous adversary.This could be the hardest fight of Vitali's career. On the other hand, an impressive win by Vitali against one of the two men who defeated Lennox Lewis may draw Lewis out of retirement. continue
08.01.05 - By Jim Amato: Former multiple world champion Hector Camacho Sr. age 42 has been arrested in connection of the theft of computer equipment in Gulfport. When police went to Camacho's hotel room in Biloxi, Miss. they found an amount of the drug Ecstasy. Camacho was taken into custody. continue
08.01.05 - The newly crowned NABF Featherweight Champion, Robert "The Ghost" Guerrero (14-0-1, 7KOs), and Andre Ward (1-0, 1KO), the only US Olympic Gold Medalist from the 2004 Games in Athens, will be featured on, Youth Outlook TV every Sunday in January on the WB20 (check your local listings). continue
08.01.05 - Duva Boxing LLC, in association with CSI Sports,Corona Beer and Tropicana Hotel and Casino present Championship Boxing on Friday, January 28, 2005. The main event of the evening features undefeated cruiserweight prospect, Shaun George (9-0, 5 ko's) taking on former NABO Champion, Jermell Barnes (17-7, 4ko's) for the IBC America’s Cruiserweight Title. continue
NEW YORK (Jan. 7, 2005) – Blue-collar boxer Christopher “The Mechanic” Smith will attempt to dismantle David Estrada in an IBF elimination bout for the No. 2 ranking Friday, Jan. 21, on the SHOWTIME boxing series, “ShoBox: The New Generation.” In the eight-round co-feature, unbeaten junior middleweight contender Sechew “Iron Horse” Powell will make his second SHOWTIME and “ShoBox” appearances as he takes on Patrick “One-Punch” Thompson, a replacement for Aslanbek Kodzoev. continue
07.01.05 - Two-time world champion "Pretty Boy" Floyd Mayweather Jr. is looking super-sharp in training according to chief trainer Roger Mayweather. "Pretty Boy" has been continuing preparations at the Top Rank gym in Las Vegas ahead of his Jan 22 showdown with Henry 'El Nitro' Bruseles at the AmericanAirlines Arena, Miami. Mayweather Jr sparred three different partners (4 rounds each) and is looking in top condition. continue
07.01.05 - Highlights from the best and most memorable fights of the year will be shown when SHOWTIME presents “SHOWTIME BOXING: Best Of 2004” on Saturday, Jan. 8, 2005, at 10 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast). The informative, fast-paced, entertaining 30-minute telecast will be co-hosted by SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING’S Steve Albert and Nick Charles of “ShoBox: The New Generation.” continue
07.01.05 – In a matchup the fans, media – and fighters themselves -- have been demanding for many months, the two lightweight boxers recognized as the most talented in the world will square off when World Boxing Organization (WBO) Champion Diego “Chico’’ Corrales takes on two-time World Boxing Council (WBC) Champion Jose Luis Castillo in a world title unification bout on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING Saturday, March 5, 2005, at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast). continue
07.01.04 - By Tom Donelson: Last year Baby Joe Mesi was an "enigma wrapped in a riddle" as his opponents consisted mostly old fighters on their last legs or the barely breathing. Now, the big question- will Mesi ever fight again?
Some questions were answered and some were left unanswered. And those unanswered may never be answered. Going into the 2004 year, Mesi had dispatched DaVarrel Williamson in one round before engaging in a close bout with Monte Barrett. Mesi proved too strong for Barrett in the first five rounds and just dominated the tentative New York City native before Barrett made a second half comeback to tighten the fight on the scorecard. Barrett boxing skills nearly undid the Buffalo native, as Mesi appeared to run out of gas. continue
07.01.05 - Promoter Art Pelullo/Banner Promotions will present a sensational championship fight card on Friday, January 28, 2005, in the Pend O'reille Pavillion at Northern Quest Casino, located at North 100 Hayford Road in Airway Heights, Washington. The fights will be televised live on ESPN2's "Friday Night Fights" continue
Tacoma – Emmett Linton (32-3-2, 15KOs) and Marcos Primera (17-8-2, 11 KOs) will battle it out on Saturday night at the thirty-fourth installment of the Battle at the Boat series. Linton is attempting to make a re-appearance to the “top ten” list of middleweights and has had plenty of experience in the ring which may work to his advantage in the ten-round fight with Primera. “Emmett has always been a crowd favorite,” promoter Brian Halquist said, “this will be a great show of his skills”. continue
07.01.05 - "Watch out, this pretty boy can fight" is the warning WBU World Cruiserweight title challenger Rich LaMontagne has sent to champion Enzo Maccarinelli ahead of their fight at the Bridgend Leisure Centre on Friday 21 January. LaMontagne, who has modelled for major fashion labels Calvin Klein, Versace and Hugo Boss and had a bit-part in the Robert DeNiro movie Flawless, reckons that the dynamite-punching Welshman is taking victory for granted because the American is more concerned with his looks than getting hit. continue
06.01.04 - WHO NEEDS PBS? ESPN2 will redefine the term “educational television” on Jan 21 when “Friday Night Fights Main Events Special Edition” features four boxers on its broadcast who have attended at least two years of college: Juan Diaz, Billy Irwin, Calvin Brock, and Clifford Etienne. Below is some educational information about the four fighters, and their thoughts about boxing and college: continue
06.01.05 - The International Boxing Hall of Fame and Museum announced today the newest class of inductees to enter the Hall. Living inductees include featherweight and super featherweight champion Bobby Chacon, junior welterweight champion Duilio Loi, featherweight champion Barry McGuigan, junior middleweight champion Terry Norris, matchmaker Don Fraser, and writer Bert Randolph Sugar. continue
06.01.05 - Junior Welterweight prospect Al "Speedy" Gonzales (16-0-1) is preparing for his February 4th Shobox fight with Oscar Diaz, by training with Jr. Welterweight Champ Pretty Boy Floyd Mayweather. Mayweather is gearing-up for his January 22nd title defense against Henry Bruseles on HBO. continue
06.01.04 - By Steve Mckenna: THE retirement of Manchester boxer Anthony Farnell, at the age of 26, sparked only a couple of headlines in the British press. It's probably because, apart from boxing's keenest fans, few would have heard of the gutsy 'Warrior'. He was never a household name and, despite being a former WBU champion, even his biggest supporters would admit he had his limitations. continue
06.01.05 – It was announced today by Main Events CEO Kathy Duva that two of the world’s finest Welterweights, Kermit Cintron and Antonio Margarito, will headline the Feb 18 edition of ESPN2’s “Friday Night Fights Main Events Special” from Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, NJ. Welterweight bomber Kermit Cintron will defend his WBO-Interim welterweight crown against veteran Steve Martinez in the 12 round main event. continue
06.01.05 - By Steve Mckenna: SCOTT Harrison and Frank Maloney are doing all they can to talk up a battle with Marco Antonio Barrera. May 5 in Las Vegas is the date they have in mind. And who can blame them?
A fight with the Mexican legend is the best out there for the Scottish featherweight. He's brings glamour and money to the table and, after his rubber match victory over compatriot Erik Morales, he's top of the pile again. But, as we've seen in the past on more than one occasion, he's not unbeatable. Could Harrison be in the right place, at the right time, and be the one to send him into retirement?
Whatever the case, the dour-faced Scott needs a big fight in 2005. He's recovered well since his career came off the rails when he under-performed, and lost his WBO title, to veteran Manuel Medina in the summer of 2003. continue
06.01.04 - By Jim Amato: Saoul Mamby at the age of 57 has embarked on a comeback. The former W.B.C. 140 pound titleholder recently won a decision over Thundluang Sitjanaat who reportedly had an 11-1 record. They fought as junior middleweights. It was Mamby's 85th fight in a career that began in 1969. He has now fought in five different decades. I know Roberto Duran has accomplished that feat. I'm not sure if anyone else has. continue
(HOUSTON)- Munisteri, Sports & Entertainment, Inc., a corporation which provides management services to professional boxers since the 1980’s announced today that it concluded 2004 with all of its new prospects, 2002 National Golden Gloves Winner Malcolm Tann, 2003 National Golden Gloves Winner Travis Walker, and 2004 National Golden Gloves Winner Raphael Butler going undefeated. continue
06.01.05 - Browning Boxing, Inc. will kick off its ninth year of staging monthly prizefights in Houston with a state title bout at Park Plaza Hotel at Reliant Center on Thursday, January 20. In the main event Chase “The White Tiger” Shields defends his Texas junior middleweight belt for the third time against Sergio Vela of El Paso. continue
06.01.05 - The undercard for the January 22 “La Batalla En La Frontera” professional boxing event at the Dodge Arena headlined by five-time World Champion Johnny Tapia was announced with a strong field of local fighters set for action. The semi-main event will feature one of the Rio Grande Valley’s top local boxing prospects in Raul “El Tigre” Cazares who currently boasts an undefeated 8-0 record. The Edinburg native will take on Michael Soberanis (4-11) from San Antonio in an eight round Junior Middleweight match. continue
06.01.05 – Fans who plan to attend Arturo Gatti’s WBC super lightweight world title defense against former world champion Jesse James Leija on Jan 29 at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, NJ had better purchase tickets soon or they will find themselves out of luck, it was announced today by Main Events CEO Kathy Duva. In a testament to the popularity of “the human highlight film”, there are fewer than 1,500 tickets remaining—1,100 of which are priced at $50. continue
06.01.04 - IBF jr. middleweight champion Kassim Ouma will defend his title against IBF #12 ranked world contender Kofi Jantuah on Jan 29, 2005, at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, NJ, it was announced today by Main Events CEO Kathy Duva. The 12 round title bout will serve as the co-feature to the WBC super lightweight championship showdown between champion Arturo Gatti and challenger Jesse James Leija. continue
BOSTON (January 5, 2005) – New England Ringside Boxing Radio Show celebrates its first anniversary tomorrow might (Jan. 6) with the broadcast of its 55th show on WWZN 1510 The Zone in Boston. The two-hour show airs every Thursday night between 6-8 pm (ET) on 1510 AM and may also be heard live on the Internet by going to www.newenglandringside.com. continue
05.01.04 - Hard-hitting Welshman Gary Lockett now has the British Middleweight title in his sights after his fight against Allan Gray on 21 January at the Bridgend Leisure Centre has been billed as an Official Eliminator. The 28-year-old from Cwmbran is delighted with the news and is expecting a tough fight against Gray who is the current Southern Area champion. continue
04.01.05 - Photo: Tom Casino/Showtime - Unanswered questions remained after undisputed world welterweight champion Cory “The Next Generation” Spinks and two-time 140-pound world champion Zab “Super” Judah sent each other to the canvas late in their first meeting, so the two fighters will meet for a second time on Feb. 5 at Savvis Center in a match promoted by Don King Productions.
Spinks (34-2, 11 KOs), a St. Louis native, frustrated Judah with his slick, stick-and-move style while making his first defense of his unified International Boxing Federation, World Boxing Association and World Boxing Council titles in Las Vegas on April 10. Spinks landed a short left in the eleventh round that sent Judah to the mat, punctuating what appeared would be a clear-cut victory. continue
04.01.05 - By Umar ben-Ivan Lee Tableside in St. Louis - Cory Spinks, the worlds undisputed welterweight champion, was greeted by more than 2,500 fans in the seats of the Savis Center in his hometown of St. Louis along with members of the local press. Zab Judah was greeted by boos and taunts from the crowd and Don King was greeted with amusement. continue
04.01.05 - The "Nigerian Nightmare," hard-hitting undefeated heavyweight Samuel Peter will take on Yanqui Diaz of Cuba in a featured 12-round undercard bout at the AmericanAirlines Arena on Saturday, Jan. 22. The Peter vs. Diaz bout joins the "Showdown on the Bay" card in which the main event features two-time world champion "Pretty Boy" Floyd Mayweather Jr. against Henry "El Nitro" Bruseles live on HBO. continue
04.01.04 - From WBC President Jose Sulaiman: Dr. Paul Wallace, the Chairman of the WBC Medical Advisory Board, has offered to go to Phuket, Thailand, and assist in the medical efforts there with no compensation. His travel arrangements and accommodations will be coordinated by myself at the WBC, and Pol. Gen. Kovid Bhaktibhumi of Thailand, who is a WBC Vice President, as well as President of our affiliated continental federation, the Asian Boxing Council. continue
04.01.05 - Rock & Sock Productions, promoters of “A Ring Of Their Own,” is announcing the lineup of bouts for their debut show on January 29 at Silverton Hotel Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. The main event will feature Elena “Baby Doll” Reid, 15-1-5, 4 KOs, of Phoenix, Arizona, against Lakeysha Williams, 8-6-3, 1 KO, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in an eight round bantamweight fight. continue
04.01.05 - Hot Welsh prospect JAMIE ARTHUR is out for revenge when he faces super-featherweight rival HAIDER ALI on 21 January at the Bridgend Leisure Centre in Wales. Both captured gold at the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester, Arthur as a lightweight and Ali in the featherweight category, but the Cwmbran man is looking to avenge his team-mate Peter Ashton who Ali beat in the second round of the tournament. continue
Los Angeles, January 3, 2005. Three years after its formation, Golden Boy Promotions announced today a restructuring with includes the formation of a separate entity, Roy Englebrecht Promotions. The new company will be majority controlled by Roy Englebrecht, while Golden Boy Promotions will retain a significant equity stake. continue
New York, Jan. 3-Don't talk to promoter Lou DiBella about a Happy New Year. It hasn't been a happy start for DiBella Entertainment and their prized super flyweight star Jose Navarro. Earlier today in Tokyo, Japan, Navarro squared off against Katsushige Kawashima for the WBC 115-pound title at Ariake Coliseum. Kawashima, the champion, was awarded a split decision over the previously unbeaten Navarro, and DiBella says it stinks. Navarro completely dominated the fight, and Kawashima was beaten and bloody. continue
03.01.05 - By Ron "Champ" Miller: Hello fight fans! The champ is back on the scene, whether you like it or not. The man who tells it like it is. Man of the hour, to sweet to be sour! Alot of people don't like me. That is fine. Like the professional athlete that is booed, I thrive on it. I'm quite sure they would not say anything to my face. We could probably even have a beer together, discussing the sweet science. But I'm not running for office. I'm writing a boxing column. People know what they will get here. I don't kiss asses or bend over backwards for anyone. Like my idol Howard Cosell, I am a legend on the internet. continue
03.01.04 - By Phillip Przybylo: In the first two installments of this series, fading stars and blank shooting stars of the future were looked over from the world of boxing. But what of the most blinding light of them all that of the spotlight of scrutiny illuminated by the media?
No, this is not self-important and self-indulgent dribble detailing the power wielded by the very press I am a part of. This is a sad story about a once great sport now relegated to two sentence blurbs and thirty-second soundbites (if we're lucky) by the media and the sport's willingness to let it happen. continue
03.01.05 - Pulling no punches, SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING will come out with both fists blazing on Feb. 5, 2005, when its first telecast of the year will feature a grudge rematch between WBA/WBC/IBF Welterweight Champion Cory Spinks and former two-time world champion Zab "Super" Judah. SHOWTIME will televise the undisputed welterweight world championship at 9 p.m. ET/PT.* Don King Productions will present the event, which will take place at the Savvis Center in St. Louis, Missouri. continue
03.01.05 - By Ben Dunn: ‘Coming to America’ may not be the highpoint of Eddie Murphy’s acting career, but it does, nevertheless, provide me with my favourite boxing scene on celluloid: the barbershop discussion about heavyweight greats.
Exaggerating to extremes, a group of comic old-timers bounce around misinformation and downright nonsense to support their nostalgic ignorance for their personal favourite heavyweight champions, and as Homer Simpson would say: “It’s funny because it’s true.” continue
01.01.05 - Dominic Pesoli's 8 Count Productions and Bob Arum's Top Rank Incorporated along with Miller Lite presents SOLO BOXEO DE MILLER, THE ARAGON RUMBLE, another installment of The Best in Chicago Boxing on Friday, January 14th, broadcast live internationally as part of Telefutura's Friday night professional boxing series. continue