01.06.05 - In a turn-around from the original announcement, Polish promoter Krzysztof Zbarski today informed that the championship clash between WBF superwelterweight champion Mihaly Kotai and Raul Bejarano this coming Saturday (June 4) in Aschersleben, Germany will after all be a true unification clash. continue
NEW YORK (May 31, 2005) - SHOWTIME will set off fireworks July Fourth weekend with a spectacular heavyweight showdown. Featuring the hottest fighter in the division, Samuel "the Nigerian Nightmare" Peter will continue his ascension toward the top of the heavyweight ranks when he returns to the network on Saturday, July 2, at 9 p.m. ET/PT (tape delayed on the west coast). continue
31.05.05 - The formidable Duva Boxing stable of fighters continued its steamroll through the ranks of professional boxing on Friday, as two of its promising young contenders scored impressive victories. At Club Cinema in Pompano Beach, Florida, electrifying junior welterweight sharpshooter Kendall "Rated R" Holt, 19-1 (12), took the WBO Intercontinental Championship with 12-round decision victory over former world title challenger Jaime Rangel, 30-8-1(26). continue
31.05.05 - Lee Meager will meet Liverpool’s David Burke in a sensational eliminator for the British lightweight title in the chief support contest on the Hennessy Sports ‘Trailblazers’ bill on Saturday July 9th at the Nottingham Arena. It will be the Salford man’s first outing since, according to most ringsiders, he comprehensively beat Danny Hunt for the English Title last November, but did not get the referee’s decision. continue
31.05.05 - By James Moore, Hatton training photos by Paul Speak - Last Friday, May 27th, Ricky "The Hitman" Hatton had once again completed his infamously grueling, and classically "old school", 15 round body belt session. It was the concluding piece of his training jigsaw, and the customary preparation for his upcoming super-fight with the legendary 140lb king, Kostya Tszyu.
Superlatives have been flowing from Billy Graham's Manchester gym, where Hatton works out of and known as the "Phoenix Camp", for weeks. Many seasoned observers have remarked that the Englishman has never looked so fit, so strong, so quick or so confident. The mutual feeling from within Team Hatton is that this, by far and away, is the best Ricky Hatton that they have ever seen.
They truly believe that the Hitman's date with destiny will be an encounter of the endearing variety, as they have the ultimate faith in his ability, and can only see one winner come June 5th. continue
CANASTOTA, NY – MAY 31, 2005 - The International Boxing Hall of Fame announced today “The Raging Bull” Jake LaMotta will attend festivities planned for the 16th Annual Hall of Fame Induction Weekend set for June 9-12th. “Jake LaMotta is a legend in the sport of boxing,” said Hall of Fame director Edward Brophy. “It will be a thrill to welcome him back to Canastota.” continue
BOSTON (May 31, 2005) – Veteran boxer Rodney Toney (26-4-4, 16 KOs), inactive for the past 2½ years, starts his comeback bid by headlining "Expressway Jam" Friday night (June 3) against Jameel "Black Gold" Wilson (13-9-2, 8 KOs) at Freeport Hall (IBEW) in Dorchester (MA). Boston-native Toney, cousin of multiple world champion James Toney, is in a crossroads fight. continue
31.05.05 - By Bradford Scott: This Saturday, we are all lucky enough to see the best Jr. Welterweight in the world fight again as Kostya Tszyu takes on the undefeated Ricky Hatton at the M.E.N Arena in Manchester, England. Only mere 5 months after he dispatched Sharmba Mitchell, Kostya is back and ready to defend once again, taking on yet another career defining challenge. continue
30.05.05 - By Eddy Manning: England, the country that the royal family hails from is preparing to welcome royalty of a different kind this weekend. In the early hours of this Sunday morning 'King' Kostya Tszyu will step into the ring for the 34th time in his illustrious career, defending his 'Undisputed' Junior Welterweight crown against undefeated but untested Ricky Hatton from England. continue
30.05.05 - By Robin York: The long awaited clash between Scotland's' WBO Featherweight king Scott Harrison and Manchester's Michael Brodie is almost upon us. Billed as 'The Battle Of Britain', this fight has been eagerly awaited for over a year now and in that time both fighters have changed dramatically. Brodie put up a tremendous fight in his first battle with Injin Chi for the WBC championship last October but had to settle for a controversial draw. The Manchester man was stopped in 7 during the rematch last April, ceding the WBC crown to the Korean brawler.
Harrison looked sensational when pummeling the US based Armenian William Abelyan inside 3 rounds last June, and stopping Samuel Kebede in the first in October. But the Glasgow slugger was subsequently out-boxed and in danger of being stopped in the 11th round of his defense against the rangy Colombian Victor Polo. A big drive in the final round from the champion earned him a controversial draw to retain his crown. continue
30.05.05 - By John Scully: Got to Vegas on Monday and went right over to Caesars for the PC. Manfredo got the biggest hand from the fans....A lot of girls there, treating the fighters like they were the Backstreet Boys. "Joey! JOEY!!!" On the day of the fight I was walking through and I see a guy from behind signing autographs so I know right away its a fighter.. it is, it's MIKE MCCALLUM. I sparred with Mike once back in 89' in Vegas and I was talking to him about that day when another fighter approaches... they used to spar each other, too, back at the KRONK. So U KNOW I had to get a pic with the both of them..... McCallum and HITMAN TOMMY HEARNS. continue
29.05.05 - By Wray Edwards: When I was ten years old my Father took me to Ptomaine Tommy's for lunch. The restaurant/bar was on North Broadway in East L.A. There was sawdust on the floors, wooden chairs, and pictures on the walls. Pointing to one I asked, "Who's that Dad?" "Why, that's James J. Braddock, he was the Heavyweight Champion of the world." I'll never forget the look in his eyes when he said the name. It would be many years before the cause of that look would be revealed. The revelation came this evening while sitting with hundreds of people in a dark room watching a movie. continue
29.05.05 - Amateur sensation Aaron Williams has signed a management deal with Warehouse Boxing Club, LLC. Additionally, Hall of Fame trainer Jesse Reid signed-on as William's trainer. Williams, 1-0 with 1 KO as a pro has an amateur background that belies his 19 years. Williams began boxing as a grade-schooler in Cleveland, Ohio spending 3-years under the tutelage of Emanuel Steward. continue
29.05.05 - From WBC President Jose Sulaiman: The World Boxing Council is requesting today the voting of its Board of Governors to strip world champion Francisco Javier Castillejo of the title for refusing to comply with his mandatory defense against WBC official challenger Ricardo Mayorga, and signing instead to fight Fernando Vargas, despite the fact that he had already been officially advised and he had accepted such defense in writing. continue
29.05.05 - It's just a week or so away to the fight now and I thought a short message about me preparation would go down well. Every time I have gone into training for each fight, I feel that I have improved and been getting better and better and none more so than this one. I'm stronger, fitter, faster, and smarter and I have made the weight easier than ever. I feel more powerful, I have lifted considerably more weights than normal and I think I feel the way I do simply because my diet has been better. I've been able to eat like a pig and what a difference its made.
Sparring has been perfect, with no injuries, and I think this fight has come at the right moment. I'm the underdog and rightly so. Believe me, if Kostya beats me, I will be the first to shake his hand, as you all probably know. continue
29.05.05 - By Andy Meacock: On June 4th Ricky Hatton and Kostya Tszyu will meet in the Manchester to slug it out for the IBF Light Welterweight crown in a jam packed MEN Arena. It is the type of match up that has the fans drooling in anticipation as both men are known for taking care of business in brutal fashion. In Kostya Tszyu, we have a truly great fighter and champion. Tszyu is the type of champion who takes on all comers and with the exception of Vince Phillips, has beaten them all. continue
29.05.05 - By Tyrus Linston: One Saturday afternoon about a month or so ago, a very good friend of mine and I headed out to our favorite restaurant (Hooters) to grab some lunch. As we approached the front door the face of one of the patrons exiting the restaurant grabbed my attention. It was none other than Ray Leonard, Jr., aka "Little Ray." I introduced myself and started a conversation. We only talked for ten minutes or so, but it was a ten minute conversation that I will never forget. I assure you of that. Being that I've never met "Sugar" Ray Leonard, in my view, this was the next best thing: A conversation with his namesake.
Considering the fact, ten minutes isn't a very long time. There were only a couple of topics that we could have actually talked about. Truth be told, we only discussed one: Leonard vs. Hagler. As our conversation approached it's crescendo, I simply told Ray that I didn't know how some people actually thought that Hagler won that fight. continue
29.05.05 - In anticipation of their HBO televised championship bouts on August 20th at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Illinois two time junior middleweight champion "Ferocious" Fernando Vargas and #1 ranked featherweight Rocky Juarez will hold a press conference at Lalo's Mexican Restaurant this Wednesday, June 1, 2005 at 1pm. continue
28.05.05 - By Jeff Bastasini: Julio Cesar Chavez, in what could be final bout of his long career, won an easy, one-sided unanimous decsion over Ivan Robinson on Saturday night at the Staples Center. Chavez, 42, showed brief moments of his old brilliance, as he landed essentially at will against an equally over-the-hill, Robinson, who appeared to be nothing more than a high priced sparring partner. continue
28.05.05 – By F.Weber - Boxing.de - Luan Krasniqi passed his most important test and scored the biggest win of his professional boxing career. In front of 5,000 enthusiastic fans at Hanns-Martin-Schleyer-Halle of Stuttgart the 34-year-old heavyweight top-contender knocked out American Lance Whitaker in round six with a left cross to the head.
As the contest was declared as an official WBO eliminator, Krasniqi has now earned a world title shot at champion Lamon Brewster, a contest that will take place this year. Universum Box-Promotion already has an eye on the huge Color Line Arena of Hamburg and on September 28 as possible a date and site. September 28 was the birthday of German boxing hero Max Schmeling who passed away this year at age 99. continue
28.05.05 - By Michael Amakor: On May 28th Germany's, Luan "The Lion" Krasniqi knocked out NABA Heavyweight and WBO NABO Heavyweight Champion Lance Whitaker in the sixth round to become the mandatory challenger for the WBO Heavyweight Belt currently held by Lamon Brewster at the Hanns-Martin-Schleyer-Halle, Stuttgart in far away Germany. continue
28.05.05 - By Jim Amato : On the August 20th card in Chicago featuring Rocky Juarez challenging Injin Chi for the W.B.C. featherweight title, the co feature has been set. "Ferocious" Fernando Vargas will take on Spain's Javier Castillejo in what may or may not be for the W.B.C. junior middleweight title. The title was vacated when champion Winky Wright moved up to middleweight to fight Felix Trinidad. continue
28.05.05 - Hennessy Sports Carl Froch and Junior Witter – who co-headline at the Nottingham Arena on Saturday July 9th – have come in for glowing praise from six-weight world champion Oscar de la Hoya for flying the flag for Britain on the world stage. De la Hoya – who’s Golden Boy Promotions have formed a strategic partnership with Hennessy Sports – witnessed Froch stop the highly ranked Henry Porras and Witter dominate the world class Lovemore N’Dou from ringside in America recently.
"I respect what Junior and Carl are doing because they want to truly be genuine “world” champions,” said de la Hoya. “That means going outside of your home country if that's what it takes to fight the best competition and improve your game. “Their commitment to being the best is obvious, and US fans love fighters who are willing to put it on the line each and every time out. continue
28.05.05 - By Jim Amato: It was a forgotten name from the glorious late 60's and early 70's. The name has been rumored to be a guest attendee at this June's International Boxing Hall Of Fame Induction weekend. His name is Hedgemon Lewis. continue
27.05.05 - By Wray Edwards: Speaking of the show being cancelled...that would be a surprise. Many people I know have really enjoyed it, and they have never had any interest in the sport before. Suspect this is true all over the country. That's a lot of potential fans. Even though it needs a lot of work and changes, it should be given one or two more seasons to test it in or out. The B, C and D fighters who participated got a place to shine in the public eye. continue
27.05.05 - By Gennadi “Komar” Komarnitzky: (translation: Izyaslav Koza) - Tickets for the bout between 140 pound-unified champ, Kostya Tszyu, and undefeated challenger Ricky Hatton, that will happen on June 5th in Manchester England, sold out within a few hours after the booths opened. None of the fans even seemed to care that the fight will take place at 2 in the morning local time.
Tszyu, living and fighting out of Australia, has trained long and hard for this fight, and that is saying something considering the fact that he has some, if not the most brutal training methods in boxing today. The native Russian will not have it easy considering his challenge is to win over the sympathy of an audience, born in the same place as the sweet science. England has always been proud, and boasted, of its boxer. It might take too long to name all of them but only in the last few years, we the fans have received, Prince Hamed, Lennox Lewis, Joe Calzaghe, and Howard Eastman. However an altogether different prospect awaits the Russian boxer in Manchester, in the form of local favorite, Ricky “The Hitman” Hatton. continue
HOLLYWOOD, FL, May 27 – Tensions ran high today in Stuttgart, Germany as Heavyweight contenders Lance Whitaker and Luan Krasniqi weighed in for Saturday’s WBO title elimination bout. “I’m gonna knock him out today, I’m not gonna wait ‘til tomorrow,” said Whitaker following a heated exchange between the two heavyweights, which was touched off when the no-nonsense Whitaker declined a handshake from Krasniqi after the ritual ‘Stare Down’ for photographers. continue
HOLLYWOOD, FL, May 27 – Together they have over 30 years of experience in professional boxing and have fought some of the best fighters in the world. But on Thursday, June 16, at the Seminole Coconut Creek Casino in Coconut Creek, Florida, Number 2 and Number 5 ranked Lightweight contenders Ricky Quiles and Javier Jauregui will have the spotlight all to themselves when they square off in a 12 round IBF elimination bout to determine the mandatory challenger for the vacant IBF Lightweight Title. continue
27.05.05 - By Jim Amato: Author's note: This article was first published in the Spring of 2003. In light of Bowe's return to ring wars and his sub par showing against Billy Zumbrun, I've released it again. I hope Riddick changes his mind before he gets hurt. If he does not, I wish him the best of luck. He will need it. Hopefully, the one time heavyweight champion of the world Riddick Bowe will never fight again. His post career problems have been well documented.
The question now is, where does Bowe rank among the great heavyweights of all time? How would he have fared against Louis, Marciano, Frazier or even dream fights in his own time against Lewis or Tyson? Here is a boxer who may have never realized his full potential. When he was near it his career declined due to his own self-indulgence. continue
27.05.05 - By Tony Nobbs: On June 24 at the Royal Pines Resort on the Gold Coast, Queensland, NSW Central Coast heavyweight Bob Mirovic (26-14-2, 16 KO) clashes with entertaining American Rob Calloway (53-5-1, 41 KO). On the line is the WBF world heavyweight championship that became vacant when the Australian based organisation stripped Britain's Olympic gold medallist Audley Harrison in early April. continue
27.5.2005: Billed as “The Showdown At Shark Palace”, former African heavyweight champion Joseph Akhasamba promoted a five-bout card at the Shark Palace Hotel in Nairobi, Kenya on the afternoon of Saturday May 28. The show, which had Akhasamba himself in the main event, was made in conjunction with Risum Boxing, Fight Production, Pro Team Ashira Oure and the Professional Boxing Federation Of Kenya. continue
27.05.05 - Open letter by Hasim Rahman: Dear Mr Klitschko (& fans), I am writing you because it seems that you forgot about me, your mandatory challenger. I must be the most invisible 6 foot 2, 240 pound black man on the planet. You have ducked out on me since April 30, June 18, and July 30 with varying excuses and injuries which I never quite believed existed. You have the nerve to call out another fighter when you have clear and present danger staring you in the face. But that is appropriate, because you better go down the yellow-brick road and get a heart before you step in the ring with me. I am an extremely credible opponent, so I assume that your constant avoidance of anything regarding the name Rahman is a very smart tactic. I understand that you are a doctor and an extremely intelligent man. However, you are undermining your credibility as a boxing Champion by these constant duck tactics that you are employing by not fighting me. You are decreasing your fan base and causing doubt to appear in the hearts of your most ardent supporters. How can you use words like 'courage', 'heart', and 'champion' when referring to yourself when you have been ducking me like a yellow-bellied coward for almost a year? Boxing and its fans need an active Champion who is willing to fight credible opponents. I think that it is hilarious that some consider you a Champion and the man to beat when you are scared to face me. Stop misrepresenting the heavyweight division, let alone the WBC championship. continue
27.05.05 - World Boxing Organization heavyweight champion “Relentless” Lamon Brewster has been tapped to be the Honorary Starter for the final practice session at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway tomorrow at 11 a.m. Brewster made quick work in defending his title last Saturday against Andrew “Powerful Pole” Golota at the United Center in Chicago after landing three left hooks—all of which resulted in knockdowns—before the referee waved off the action just 53 seconds into round one. continue
PROVIDENCE (May 26, 2005) – Providence's newest professional sports franchise -- Jimmy Burchfield's Classic Entertainment & Sports, Inc (CES) – brings the fights June 17 to The All-New Theatre at the Dunkin' Donuts Center in downtown Providence with the debut of "Providence's Prime Time Fights." continue
26.05.05 - Two-time world jr. middleweight champion Fernando Vargas will battle WBC Jr. Middleweight Champion Javier Castillejo on August 20 at the AllState Arena in Chicago, IL, it was announced today by Main Events CEO Kathy Duva. In the 12 round co-feature bout, undefeated WBC/IBF #1 ranked Featherweight contender Rocky Juarez vies for his first world title when he challenges WBC Featherweight Champion In Jin Chi in a potential “Fight of the Year” candidate. Both bouts will be broadcast live on HBO. “The contract is completed and we are happy to announce this great fight,” said Duva.
The WBC has announced that unless Javier Castillejo accepts a deal from Don King Productions, Inc. to fight Ricardo Mayorga, he will be stripped of his title. Castillejo and Fernando Vargas have asserted that Mayorga is not a proper mandatory opponent. Both have also stated that although they would prefer to receive the WBC sanction, in the interest of moving forward with the event’s promotion the sanction will be required for the bout to take place. Vargas has filed for arbitration on the matter before the Association of Boxing Commissions. continue
26.05.05 - DiBella Entertainment has signed heavyweight contender Fres Oquendo to an exclusive promotional agreement, it was announced today by DBE president Lou DiBella. Oquendo is rated #9 in The Ring Magazine heavyweight rankings. A Chicago native of Puerto Rican heritage, he boasts a 24-3 career mark, including 15 victories by way of knockout. continue
26.05.05 - By Curtis McCormick: In every endeavor one labors towards, be it sports or business or just the game of life, success is the great equalizer. When the New York Yankees are winning one World Series after another, no one gets too worked up about issues behind the scenes. When a large corporation steadily increases shareholder value year after year, no one hires auditors to delve deep into the company finances. continue
LOS ANGELES, Calif. (May 26, 2005) – World Boxing Council (WBC) Heavyweight Champion Vitali Klitschko has heard the call from World Boxing Organization (WBO) Champion Lamon Brewster after his first-round knockout of Andrew Golota last weekend. And the champion has responded.
“I have heard and read where Brewster has challenged me, and there is no problem,” said Klitschko. “Let’s get it on. It should make for a very interesting and good fight. He looked good against Golota and I would love to fight him. He fought against my brother, so there is added incentive for me. If he is as interested as he said he is, have his promoter call my manager. I am ready for a September fight." Klitschko (35-2, 34 KOs) is back in training after undergoing minor back surgery. He is coming off of an impressive performance in which he retained his WBC title by stopping challenger Danny Williams at 1:26 of the eighth round on Dec. 11, 2004. continue
26.05.05 - Two undefeated and world-ranked heavyweight champions from eastern Europe–Sultan Ibragimov and Timor Ibragimov–appear in separate title bouts on the nationally and internationally televised “Guilty Fight Night” card promoted by Guilty Boxing Friday, June 24, at the Orleans Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nev. continue
LAS VEGAS (May 26, 2005) – Hot heavyweight prospect Roman Greenberg (18-0, 13 KOs) headlines a June 11th pro boxing show at the Plaza Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, promoted by Guilty Boxing in association with Fight Academy, Infox Promotions and World Promotions. Unbeaten powerhouse Greenberg, fighting out of England via Israel, is a gifted, 6-3 sharpshooter. continue
26.05.05 - By Jim Amato: Author's note; This article was first published after Roy's wins over Lou Del Valle and Virgil Hill. This is what I thought about Roy then and my opinion has not changed in light of his recent losses to Antonio Tarver and Glencoffe Johnson. Rumor has it that Roy wants to meet the winner of Tarver-Johnson II. I hope he changes his mind. If not, I wish him well.
Roy Jones Jr., by far the class of the 175 pound weight division at this time. His decisive knockout of Virgil Hill and his lopsided decision victory over Lou Del Valle solidified that distinction. How would Jones have fared in an era where there was some real competition? Where would he have fit in during the talent rich 70's and early 80's? I have picked who, in my opinion, were the ten best light heavyweights of that time period. Eight were champions and two were long time contenders. I then matched each against Roy in scheduled fifteen round bouts as they were back then. Based on my recollections of these boxers talents, I have formed the following scenarios. continue
26.05.05 – German boxing star Felix Sturm, 23-1 (11), is fighting on June 18 at the Amphitheater of Pula, Croatia, against Spanish middleweight champion Jorge Sendra. The 25-year-old only once beaten Sturm will defend his WBO international title in what is another move for him in direction to a world title shot. continue
25.05.05 - One of the greatest boxers to emerge from the nation's capital, former Lightweight and Junior Welterweight Champion SHARMBA "LITTLE BIG MAN" MITCHELL (55-4, 31 KOs) will step up to welterweight when he challenges former NABA Welterweight Champion CHRIS "THE MECHANIC" SMITH (19-1-1, 12 KOs) on June 11 at the MCI Center. continue
25.05.05 - Photos: Sol Tucker/Pointed Magazine - As ERIN “IRISH” TOUGHILL trains in Florida for her 10-round title bout against WIBA Light Heavyweight Champion LAILA “SHE BEE STINGIN” ALI as part of the June 11 Mike Tyson-Kevin McBride Card from Washington, DC’s MCI Center, she certainly doesn’t lack confidence against the undefeated champion. Nor is it unclear to this dangerous martial artist expert on what the outcome of the Showtime Pay Per View fight will be:
“I’m in the best physical condition I have ever been in. I’m just ready to fight. Will Laila keep on fighting after she receives her first loss?” - Erin “Irish” Toughill
Erin is currently ranked #1 in the world for women's Mixed Martial Arts, #1 WIBA Super middleweight, #2 IFBA Super middleweight, GBU Super middleweight Intercontinental Title Holder. continue
25.05.05 - By Robin York: As the big fight draws closer, opinions could not be more divided on the outcome of this summer's epic showdown between Manchester's undefeated star Ricky "The Hitman" Hatton and the number one light welterweight in the world, Kostya Tszyu. It will be a lion's den that Tszyu will enter on June the 4th, performing in front of 22,000 Hatton fans at the MEN Arena in Manchester. continue
LOS ANGELES, May 25 – Don’t just look to the sky for fireworks this summer, as due to popular demand, Contender Partners will keep the Independence Day holiday going on Tuesday, July 5, with a spectacular night of boxing featuring the stars of the reality series “The Contender”. “There is an overwhelming demand for this show and these fighters all over the world,” said Mark Burnett. “We are incredibly excited to be able to bring you more championship boxing from “The Contender” so quickly.” continue
25.05.05 - By Fabian Weber, Boxing.de - On May 28 European heavyweight champion Luan Krasniqi will face US giant Lance Whitaker in a WBO world title eliminator. The winner of this explosive heavyweight clash at Hanns-Martin-Schleyer-Halle of Stuttgart will get a shot at WBO champion Lamon Brewster.
Boxing.de: Luan, your big fight against Lance Whitaker is only few days away. Do you feel nervous or rather anticipated?
Luan Krasniqi: Quite surprisingly I don’t feel nervous. This is perhaps just because I know exactly how important this fight is to me. On the one hand I’m somebody who improves with challenges. On the other hand I know exactly what is in store for me. I met Whitaker on the press conferece and of course I start to get more excited. But I’m still relatively calm and relaxed. continue
LOS ANGELES, May 25 – 2004 US Olympic Gold Medalist Andre Ward, unbeaten as a pro at 3-0, will put his gold medal reputation on the line in a featured undercard bout on the June 18 mega-card at the FedEx Forum in Memphis, Tennessee, which is headlined by the light heavyweight showdown between Glen Johnson and Antonio Tarver. continue
25.05.05- Former International Boxing Federation lightweight champion Julio Diaz of Coachella, Calif., fights for the first time since his attempt at the World Boxing Council 135-pound title when he meets Marco Angel Perez of Las Vegas on a nationally televised card presented by Sycuan Ringside Promotions in association with Northeast Promotions June 7 at the Sycuan Resort & Casino in El Cajon, Caif. continue
25.05.05 - In a match-up that has the makings of a classic, IBF Junior Welterweight Champion Kostya Tszyu (31-1, 25 KOs, 1 ND) will defend against enormously popular, undefeated hometown favorite Ricky Hatton (38-0, 28 KOs) in the most hostile of environments – the challenger’s backyard before 18,000 fans at MEN Arena in Manchester, England – on Saturday, June 4, on SHOWTIME at 9 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast). The highly anticipated event, yet another SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING Fight of the Year candidate, begins LIVE at 2 a.m. in England.
Tszyu: It is great to be here in England. As expected, it has been raining four or five times a day, but I feel so great because I have not competed in Europe for so many years. I am so excited to be here and cannot wait to step in the ring and show all my skills to the great fans in England. continue
25.05.05 - By Chris Acosta: If Winky Wright feels inclined to call himself the sports best fighter, I would understand wholeheartedly. After all, he hit the great Felix Trinidad with so many jabs that I’ll bet the Puerto Rican is probably flinching in his sleep throughout the night at the recollection of that right hand. He twice contained Shane Mosley like a kid who’d just bottled up a bee and laughed as it tried in vain to sting him through the glass. continue
25.05.05 - By Frank Gonzalez Jr.: Tuesday night at Caesar’s Palace, in Las Vegas Nevada, it was show time for the finalists of the new reality/boxing television program, “The Contender,” which aired Sunday nights, with the finale last Tuesday night on NBC. Sylvester Stallone and former Middleweight Champion, Sugar Ray Leonard created an entertaining program that has a little something for everyone who likes competition and the drama of (scripted or spontaneous) human relations in a closed environment. continue
24.05.05 - By Chris Acosta: That seemed like a reasonable title to this piece until I remembered that John Ruiz was reinstated as WBA champion thanks to the failed drug test of James "Way To Go " Toney. What made me hold firm however, is that the very real possibility looms of great action ahead in boxing's most visible division. While Vitali Klitschko heals from his back surgery, Hasim Rahman and Monte Barrett will engage in a fight that may just turn out to be a barnburner, for the "interim" WBC title. Barrett, as blood and guts as a summer at Camp Crystal Lake, has gone through his own hell to get this opportunity and will fight like it. Rahman is a classic underachiever but luckily, has a history of only fighting hard when seriously threatened or provoked, two things Monte certainly plans to do.
What's more irritating than a guy who doesn't punch enough? A guy who punches really hard- and doesn't punch enough. Thankfully, Lamon Brewster decided to see what happened if he did against Andrew Golota and now he's the talk of the division. continue
24.05.05 - Vlad Warton, the promoter of Kostya Tszyu, has commissioned Boxing Hall of Fame Artist Richard T. Slone to paint the upcoming super fight between Kostya Tszyu and Ricky Hatton. Warton paid an undisclosed amount for Slone’s original art, which will be hung on the wall of his Las Vegas home. “I have seen Richard’s work before and was very impressed” said Warton “ Kostya is a hard man to paint and he captured both the fighters perfectly….He has brought them to life” continue
LOS ANGELES, May 24 – As home to more of boxing’s ‘pound for pound’ greats than any other promotional company today, Golden Boy Promotions is proud to join Hall of Famer J Russell Peltz as a partner in promoting IBF junior middleweight world champion Kassim “The Dream” Ouma. “This is an exciting day for Golden Boy Promotions,” said company President Oscar De La Hoya. continue
24.05.05 - By Curtis McCormick: Kostya Tszyu has landed in Britain and yesterday attended a Sports Network press conference at Manchester's premier hotel, The Midland. Team Hatton photographer Paul Speak was in attendance as the great IBF champion held forth along with his promoter Vlad Warton, trainer Johnny Lewis, manager Matthew Watt and Sports Network's superb press officer Richard Maynard.
Tszyu and entourage spoke with the British press for approximately forty minutes before moving on. The pound for pound great handled all questions with great confidence and ease, stating among other things that he had studied all of Ricky Hatton's fights for the last five years in great detail and was well acquainted with the style of "The Hitman" and it's inherent strengths and weaknesses.
Team Hatton proudly welcomes Kostya Tszyu to Britain and hopes his stay up until fight time is to his satisfaction. We're confident that Frank Warren and his organization Sports Network provide excellent support to visiting fighters and their entourages as befitting the premier promoter in the sport of boxing today. continue
24.05.05 - Boston-native Rodney Toney has returned to his roots for a proverbial crossroads fight June 3 against Jameel "Black Gold" Wilson, headlining "Expressway Jam," presented by NER Promotions, at Freeport Hall (IBEW) in Dorchester (MA). Former California State light heavyweight champion Toney (26-4-4, 16 KOs), cousin of the much more famous James Toney, has been idle for the past 21/2 years. continue
NEW YORK (May 24, 2005) – In the first of back-to-back world title fight nights on SHOWTIME, Scott “The Real McCoy” Harrison will put his WBO featherweight title on the line against three-time world title challenger Michael Brodie Friday, June 3, 2005, on “ShoBox: The New Generation.” In the co-feature from M.E.N. Arena in Manchester, England, undefeated super middleweight Yusaf Mack will take on an opponent to be announced. SHOWTIME will televise the Frank Warren’s Sports Network doubleheader at 11 p.m. ET/PT (tape delayed on the west coast). continue
24.05.05 - In a match-up that has the makings of a classic, International Boxing Federation (IBF) Junior Welterweight Champion Kostya Tszyu (31-1, 25 KOs, 1 ND) will defend against enormously popular, undefeated hometown favorite Ricky Hatton (38-0, 28 KOs) in the most hostile of environments, the challenger's backyard before 18,000 fans at MEN Arena in Manchester, England -- on Saturday, June 4, on SHOWTIME at 9 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast). The highly anticipated event, yet another SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING Fight of the Year candidate, begins LIVE at 2 a.m. in England.
Hatton: I have been waiting a long time. I think it is long overdue. I have had several big fights fall through over the last 12 months, but obviously, after securing the biggest fight that is out there in the end, it turned out better than I could have imagined. So I am hugely looking forward to it. continue
24.05.05 - (Tacoma, WA) Brian Halquist Productions has signed light middleweight prospect Walter “2 Guns” Wright to a promotional contract, Halquist Productions president Brian Halquist announced today. Wright (6-1-0, 3 kos), from Seattle, has won five straight fights after losing his pro-debut to Matt O’Brien. “I’m really excited to have a promoter”, Wright said. continue
24.05.05 - IBF junior featherweight champion Israel Vazquez defends his 122-pound title in the 12-round main event against Armando Guerrero on a nationally televised card presented by the Ho-Chunk Nation and Northeast Promotions in association with Sycuan Ringside Promotions and One In A Million May 31 in Lynwood, Ill. continue
24.05.05 - By Neil Goodman: Tszyu vs. Hatton - I will attempt to keep this short and sweet, because as the fight gets closer the build up to this fight will become huge, whilst every aspect of the fight and the combatants will be dissected time and again. The respective strengths of both fighters are apparent; on the one hand you have Tszyu, the long term world champion. Tszyu is a great box-fighter with a right hand which can and has reaped havoc on the 10 stoners for a number of years.
But hang on second lets take a moment to examine the facts; 5 fights in 4 years, of which 2 went the distance. This is world class level though so the stoppage ratio still looks good. If we drill down another level the stoppage victims have been, Judah, Leija and Mitchell. continue
24.05.05 - FrankWarren.tv are delighted to annouce we are teaming up with statistics providers GFX to make sure you don't miss a punch during the massive Manchester weekender. The GFX team currently provide Sky Sports with all their punch-by-punch statistics, and are the UK equivalent of Compubox.And they will bring you round-by-round coverage of all the big fights at the MEN Arena on June 3 and June 4. continue
23.05.05 - By Jim Amato: 1967...Cassius Clay / Muhammad Ali is stripped of his heavyweight title for refusing to be drafted into the U.S. Armed Forces. In the blink of an eye the WBA designated the top eight contenders to fight off to determine a "new" champion. Former titleholders Floyd Patterson and Ernie Terrell were joined by Thad Spencer, Karl Mildenberger, Oscar Bonavena, Jerry Quarry and Jimmy Ellis. continue
23.05.05 - By Matthew Hurley: In the wake of Andrew Golota's quick and decisive defeat against Lamon Brewster I sat back and nodded because I just knew, as most did, that the worst possible thing to happen to the psychologically fragile Golota was to have this fight take place in front of a huge crowd of his hometown fans. The pressure, as if he could handle any more of it, would be unbearable for him. He even said as much before the bout. Quite frankly I didn't even want to watch this fight because I was annoyed that Golota, a proverbial loser, was getting yet another shot at a title and another big paycheck. Sometimes my cynicism gets the better of me.
When Golota fell for the first time in mere seconds and that weird look on his face glazed over I felt bad for him. It was that look, that look of absolute bewildered desperation. Sports writers can be an unforgiving lot and I'm certainly guilty of that so it struck me as odd that I felt kind of sad for Andrew Golota when I'd only recently written a withering dismissal of him in one of my columns. continue
BOSTON (May 23, 2005) – The two best light heavyweights in the world, Glencoffe Johnson and Antonio Tarver, are special guests on Thursday night’s show, while Saturday turns into The Contender night on the New England Ringside radio shows this week. Johnson and Tarver will discuss their June 18 rematch, as well as their first fight and victories against Roy Jones. continue
WORCESTER, Mass. (May 23, 2005) - The World Boxing Association No. 1 rated welterweight contender Jose Antonio Rivera (37-4-1, 24 KOs) has been selected by the Worcester Rotary Club as its 2005 Citizen of the Year. Rivera will be honored June 16 at the Holiday Inn in Worcester. He will be presented the Key to Worcester by Mayor Timothy Murray. continue
23.05.05 - By Vaughn M. Featherstone: Big men in big fights usually produces big expectations. However, the big men on Boxing are producing no namke fighters with lesser skill attempting to regain the identity that the division is known for having. What division am I talking about? The Heavyweights. These giants of the fight game have been going unseen and unheard of because of lck of identity, legal issues, and over-rated fighters finding themselves in championship caliber matchups.
Since the early days of Boxing, the division has always had fighters that had identity. You could walk to any bar, barbershop, street corner or any household and mention fighters in the Heavyweight division and you wouild get a heated discussion. You may not find anyone agreeing with another but you would know that the division had identity. These fighters were flamboyant (Ali), punishing (Marciano), charming (Jack Johnson), controversial (Tyson) and heroes (Louis). Some fighters, such as Max Schmeling, were thrown into positions that they were reluctant to represent. continue
NEW YORK, NY (May 23, 2005) -- East coast, West Coast, Southeast and Midwest -- you name it, Winky Wright has been on it. National, regional and local TV and radio shows are changing their call letters to WINK -- "all Winky, all the time!" Jim Rome, James Brown, JT The Brick, Brian Kenny, Dave Smith, Dave Cokin, Joe McDonnell & Doug Krikorian . . . Winky has been interviewed by them all, and the media requests are only growing!!! continue
23.05.05 - By James Allan: All right, I know I’m going to get a hard time for this article, but I couldn’t stop myself from writing it. It’s Saturday night; I am sitting in the house, lounging around on my favourite chair. I have a beer in one hand, my wife is reading a magazine and the kids are arguing with one another, again. I am about to enjoy the most addictive television show in the world, the Eurovision Song Contest hosted by the Ukraine. continue
CAGUAS, PUERTO RICO (May 23, 2005) -- The three major 140-pound world champions will be defending their titles this summer, beginning June 4, when IBF champion Kostya Tszyu takes on Ricky Hatton. The following week, Saturday, June 11, undefeated WBO jr. welterweight champion MIGUEL COTTO, 23-0 (19 KOs), from Caguas, Puerto Rico, makes his Madison Square Garden debut, defending his title in a rematch against nemesis and 2000 Olympic gold medalist Muhammad Abdullaev, 15-1 (12 KOs), a native of Uzbekistan, now living in Germany, the last man to defeat him -- at the 2000 Olympics.
Promoted by Top Rank, Cotto vs. Abdullaev will be televised live nationally on HBO's "Boxing After Dark," beginning at 10 P.M. ET / 10 P.M. PT (Delayed on the West Coast.) This marks the first time in its nine year history that "Boxing After Dark" has ever played the big arena at Madison Square Garden, a true testament to the popularity and drawing power of Cotto. continue
23.05.05 - Seattle, Washington Light - Middleweight prospect Walter Wright (5-1, 3 ko's) will face undefeated Darnell Boone (4-0-1, 2 ko's) on ESPN 2's Tuesday Night Fights this week from the Northern Quest Casino near Spokane. Wright who normally fights at light-middleweight will come up to middleweight for this fight. continue
23.05.05 – It’s ten years ago since a German fought for the heavyweight world championship for the last time. Axel Schulz (Frankfurt/Oder) challenged boxing grandpa George Foreman in Las Vegas on April 22, 1995, dropped a twelve-round decision but got the chance to fight for the title once more in the same year at Stuttgart’s Hanns-Martin-Schleyer-Halle. continue
23.05.50 - Interview by Ike Enwereuzor: WBA International Light heavyweight champion Lolenga Mock (24-9-1 - 8 KOs) speaks out about his past, present and future plans to fight the best out there including Tomasz Adamek, Fabrice Tiozzo, Clinton Woods, Joe Calzaghe, Zsolt Erdei, Jeff Lacy, Mikkel Kessler and more.
Mock of Kinshasa, Congo now fighting out of Denmark started his professional boxing career May 1991. He captured the WBA International Light Heavyweight title November 2004 by knocking out Giovanni Alvarez in round 3. In April 2005, Mock took on a two days notice fight and added another belt to his collections by upsetting former world champion Charles Brewer in round 10 to win the WBO Intercontinental super middleweight belt.
Here is what WBO Intercontinental super middle and WBA International Light heavyweight champion had to say about past, present and future.. continue
23.05.05 - Former world championship contender William Abelyan of Henderson, Nev., faces veteran Roberto Lopez of San Diego in the 10-round super bantamweight main event on the nationally and internationally televised “Guilty Fight Night” card promoted by Guilty Boxing Friday, May 27, at the Gold Coast Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nev. continue
23.05.05 - Daniel Jacobs of New York City defeated Williams Boggs of Pennsylvania to capture the 165-pound division of the National Golden Gloves Tournament of Champions on Saturday night at State House Convention Center in Little Rock, Arkansas. Jacobs was one of 11 champions crowned, with two fighters from nearby Knoxville continue
23.05.05 - By Jim Amato: Lamon Brewster's one round blitz over Andrew Golota to retain his W.B.O. heavyweight title did a lot to hopefully spark a dull period in heavyweight history. Since Lennox Lewis stepped down the division has been in a state of turmoil and confusion. Sure the title was still split up when Lennox was around but most sane boxing fans knew who the real champ was.
Now the fans are left to wonder who the new "baddest man on the planet" is. A lot of people seem to favor Vitali Klitschko, the W.B.C. titleholder. Elusive Chris Byrd is the I.B.F. claimant. John Ruiz is again the W.B.A.'s top dog even though he was whipped handily by James Toney. When Toney did not pass his drug test the W.B.A. did what they had to do, re-instate Ruiz as champion. Golota drew with Byrd and lost a very controversial verdict to John Ruiz. Then Brewster bombs out the Golota in :58 seconds and guess what ? There's a new sheriff in town. continue
23.05.05 - By Michael Amakor: In a performance reminiscent of a young Mike Tyson or Jack Dempsey, Lamon "Relentless" Brewster unleashed fifteen punches to knockdown the “Foul Pole” Andrew Golota three times en-route to securing a technical knockout victory in the 0.53 second of the very first round in front of a packed arena dominated by patriotic Polish fans at the United Center in Chicago. continue
LOS ANGELES - May 23, 2005 - HombreTV, the cable television network for Hispanic men, announced today that it will broadcast its first LIVE boxing card-"Explosion de Boxeo"--on June 24th at the Spotlight 29 Casino in Coachella, CA. The event is promoted by Gloria Garcia of "One Tough Cookie" Promotions, marking the first time ever that a female has promoted a 4-title fight. continue
22.05.05 - By Curtis McCormick, photos by Paul Speak - Ricky Hatton knows that Kostya Tszyu is the single most feared fighter on the planet. He's well aware that the native Russian was unstoppable in the amateurs and went on to clean out the most competitive division in boxing earlier this decade, unifying the three major titles at light welter. Hatton also hasn't lost sight of the fact that Tszyu did not lose his WBC and WBA title belts in the ring and that the naturalized Australian returned from a near two year layoff to effortlessly shatter Sharmba Mitchell, who had been favored by many to defeat Tszyu.
Many believe that the twenty six year old Hatton must quite reasonably be quaking in his boots, as IBF Champion and his missile-like right hand are set to meet the Englishman in the ring on June 4th. After all, the prevailing logic goes, the Manchester native has never faced anyone who even approaches the skill, power or experience of the thirty five year old Tszyu. continue
22.05.05 - By Tony Nobbs: Poland’s Tomasz Adamek captured the vacant WBC light heavyweight title with a majority decision over Australia’s Paul Briggs on the Brewster-Golota card in Chicago. Officially, the judges scored it 117-113, 115-113 and 114-114. This was a disappointing result for Briggs and his supporters after waiting so long for his shot but the underdog generally out worked and out manovered the man former WBA middleweight champion Jorge Castro labelled “The Ghost" two years ago. continue
22.5.2005: Former Kenyan and African (ABU) heavyweight champion Joseph Akhasamba will headline a show promoted by himself in cooperation with Risum Boxing, Fight Production and Pro Team Ashira Oure at the Shark Palace Hotel in Nairobi on Saturday (May 28). Akhasamba will clash with local rival Ahmed Salim for the vacant UBO Intercontinental title at cruiserweight. continue
22.05.05 - Andrew Golota: “I understand why they had to stop the fight, but I wanted to continue. I cannot believe this happens to me every decade (Referring to Lennox Lewis stopping Golota during the 1990’s), maybe its time for me to think about leaving boxing. I prepared for this fight since the beginning of the year and I cannot believe it is so quickly over.”
Lamon Brewster: “They can’t see me. When God is with you they can’t take it away. If we can’t work and make it we can still take it.
“Andrew Golota was the only thing keeping me from the land of milk and honey. I’ve got more than just heart – I’ve got skills. I was an F-16 and he was a B-52 bomber and I shot him down. continue
22.05.05 - By Izyaslav “Slava” Koza - My respect and the respect of any boxing fans that has mocked and ridiculed him, for the past couple of months. He gets even more respect because in the post fight interview, he admitted that the disrespect he was receiving from fans, was justly deserved, and as I understand, made him want to prove everybody wrong. continue
22.05.05 - By Mike Indri - Retired Boxers Foundation - If a boxer's talents and skills were judged commensurately with his heart, character and human soul then heavyweight champion Lamon Brewster would be a fixture atop everyone's "pound-for-pound" best list. A "champion" of a man long before he earned the WBO's vacant heavyweight title with his dramatic fifth round technical knockout victory over the once-considered indestructible Wladimir Klitschko (04/10/04), Brewster has long been considered the weakest link in promoter Don King's heavyweight championship chain. continue
22.05.05 - By Frank Gonzalez Jr.: Strange things are always on the menu in boxing. I expected Andrew Golota (38-6-1-31 KO's) to put on a solid performance and win by decision over a fighter who recently proved the WBO Heavyweight Title to be the meaningless property of the undeserving. Kali Meehan is the rightful owner of that Title.
WBO Champion, Lamon Brewster (32-2-0-28 KO's) of Indianapolis Indiana was a great example of how boxing is truly the theater of the unexpected, as he destroyed Andrew Golota with left hooks Saturday night at the United Center in Chicago.
Lamon Brewster got his comeuppance when he shocked everyone with a TKO 5 victory over Vladimir Klitschko in April of 2004 in a fight intended to return the WBO Title to Vladimir without him having to earn it back from the man who took it away from him, Corrie Sanders—a Journeyman from South Africa who came out of retirement to fight him. Brewster was the number one contender in the WBO at a time when the WBO found reasons to strip Sanders and enable Vladimir redemption the easy way—via Lamon Brewster. continue
21.05.05 - By Aidan Monaghan: In a fashion reminiscent of a vintage Mike Tyson, Lamon Brewster dispatched Andrew Golota in less than 1 minute in Chicago on Saturday night to retain his WBO portion of the heavyweight title with an offensive outburst that ensued from the very start of the first round. continue
21.05.05 -By Jim Amato: What an upset... This was to be the coronation of Andrew Golota as the new W.B.O heavyweight champion. In his fourth try Andrew was projected by many to capture this, the least respected version of the fragmented title. From here he would either get a rematch with W.B.A. titleholder John Ruiz or I.B.F. champion Chris Byrd. Maybe even a mega buck match with Vitali. NOT !!! continue
21.05.05 - By Christopher Dawson: It would be comical if it weren't so sleazy. Boxing has had it=s presence since the beginning or it's existence. Anytime you allow the fate of the outcome of a bout to lie in the hands of a person or people, you take the risk of encountering incompetence, or worse, outright criminal activity. When the decision for was read for last nights IBF Cruiserweight title belt fight, between Alberta, Canada's "Cowboy" Dale Brown and American boxer O'Neil Bell, I felt a deep wrench in the pit of my stomach. continue
21.05.05 - By Lee Hayes: Andrew Golota will be facing Lamon Brewster for the WBO Heavyweight Championship this evening. Many favor Golota to unseat Brewster, because of Golota's superior skill, and frankly...Brewster's obvious lack of it. It is my conclusion that Golota cannot win tonight... even if he gets a victory. Let me explain:
Golota is not mentally strong enough to be a champion of any significance. He has quit (in his bout with Michael Grant), been knocked out by Lennox Lewis in the first round. It's hard to determine whether he was KO'D or quit against Mike Tyson, because it appeared to be somewhere in between. I will give you that Golota has looked sharp since he has launched his comeback, and appears to have more mental focus than ever. But after watching Golota have a panic attack before he entered the ring against Lewis, and watching him basically quit and disqualify himself against Riddick Bowe in successive matches, I have given up on Andrew Golota, as ever being anything more than a talented head case. He has disappointed his fans too many times. continue
21.05.05 - By Geoff McKay: Do you remember the movie “Kingpin” starring Woody Harrelson? If you haven’t seen it, the film is about a promising young bowler who has limitless talent, and a bright future, but through a series of mishaps, misguidance, and misjudgments, ends up a middle aged drunk with a hook for a hand, who has to service his unattractive, elderly landlady to pay the rent. continue
21.05.05 - By Don Caputo: His trainer, Al Certo, pleaded with him, “You’re going to disgrace yourself.” It fell on deaf ears, he’d had enough. Two turbulent rounds of being viciously torn into by an un-caged animal were so traumatic that a flee response was triggered in the fighter which saw him make a hare-footed departure from the ring and, it appeared, out of boxing. continue
21.05.05 - "If Antonio Margarito can't get the big fights at 147 - De La Hoya, Judah, Mosley and if Fernando Vargas doesn't have an opponent at 154, Tony can definitely take that fight vs ''El Feroz''. If Vargas is up to that challenge that is... Margarito has shown that at Welterweight he is the REAL champion, because he is willing to fight them all, while all these other guys just talk and never follow it up. Mayorga said he would fight him and nothing happened, same with Forrest, and now De La Hoya and Mosley are the latest ones not wanting fight Antonio." continue
21.05.05 - By Wray Edwards: Let me see if I have this straight. You go into a boxing ring and clock this guy around the ring for at least eight out of twelve rounds and you lose the fight.Your punch stats are superior to his, your skills are superior to his, and all but three guys in the room think that you have won the fight. Trouble is those three guys are called “judges”, and there’s the rub.
Not since Felix Sturm made steak tar-tar out of De La Hoya’s face while assisting Oscar to practice his bobble-head routine, has a fight decision been so completely blown by the “judges”. ESPN’s Friday Night Fights featured 30 year-old O’Neil “Give ‘em Hell” Bell (now 24-1-1, 22 ko’s) and 33 year-old Dale “The Cowboy” Brown (now 33-4-1, 21 ko’s) in an IBF Cruiserweight Championship tussle. The similarity of Bell’s performance to Oscar’s effort versus Sturm also included flashy thumpy-thumpy body-shot flurries which were largely ineffective. continue
21.05.05 - By Tony Nobbs: An exciting few weeks for Australian boxing kicks off on Sunday when Californian based Queenslander Paul “Hurricane” Briggs (23-1, 17 KO) takes on unbeaten Pole Tomasz Adamek (28-0, 20 KO)at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois for the vacant WBC light heavyweight belt twice held by hard as nails Sydneysider Jeff Harding. Briggs-Adamek, will be the first bout shown on the DKP card in Australia headlined by the Lamon Brewster-Andrew Golota WBO heavyweight title scrap and fans are advised to be in front of their TV sets by 11 am AEST. continue
MIAMI, Okla. (May 21, 2005), In exactly the type of exciting, non-stop-action brawl that typifies what 'ShoBox: The New Generation' is all about, unbeaten lightweight Americo Santos did just enough to record a disputed 10-round split decision over previously undefeated Isaac Mendoza Friday on SHOWTIME. In the co-feature, undefeated super middleweight Allan Green scored a seventh-round technical decision over Rocky Smith. continue
20.05.05 - By Jim Amato: All I can say is unbelievable. O'Neil Bell is the new I.B.F. cruiserweight champion by virtue of a gift decision over Dale Brown. Check out this scoring...115-113, 116-112 and an almost ridiculous score of 117-111 all for O'Neil Bell. I was in agreement with guest color commentator and former world champion Kevin Kelly who scored it 116-112 for Dale Brown. I had favored Bell going in but I expected Brown to put up a good fight. Dale exceeded my expectations. He started fast and he almost got Bell out of there in third round but Bell is no chump. He is a tough and game fighter and he gutted it out. continue
20.05.05 - By Andy Meacock: Boxing has been given many nicknames over the years, some call it the ‘sweet science’ but most still refer to it as the ‘noble art’. There was a time when boxing was considered to be one of the most prominent mainstream sports in America. It’s had an influence of a number of serious social issues in society at that time such as the development of civil rights and it was also significant in major struggles like the Second World War. As regards the Second World War, I of course refer to a fight between Joe Louis and Max Schmeling which proved to the world that there is no such thing as the superior race. continue
20.05.05 - All photos: TOM CASINO/SHOWTIME: Boxers (left-to-right) Allan Green, Isaac Mendoza, Americo Santos and Rocky Smithpose at Thursday's press conference/weigh-in at The Buffalo Run Casino Miami, Oklahoma. In a battle of unbeaten lightweights Friday on "ShoBox" The New Generation" on SHOWTIME (11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on West Coast), Santos (20-0, 17 KOs), who weighed 137 1/2 pounds, faces Mendoza (13-0, 5 KOs), who also weighed 137 1/2, in the 10-round main event. continue
20.05.05 - By James Allan: “If I was a fighter and needed a promoter, who would I take? Don King. The man is the best. Don King delivers.” If you were to read the rest of Rich Giachetti’s quote you wouldn’t come away with such a positive view of Don. However what the above snippet suggests is 100% correct, as far as boxing promotion in the last thirty years is concerned, Don King is the undisputed master, and right now, the heavyweight division needs Don King to use all of his magic powers to revive it from the almost lifeless state that it currently resides in.
Many people will point out that the Heavyweight division, apart from the early 1970’s, has never been very strong. What it has had is one great champion in a decade to lift it out of the gloom, Dempsey in the Twenties, Louis in the Thirties and Forties, Marciano in the Fifties, Ali in the Sixties, Tyson in the Eighties and Holyfield and Lewis in the Nineties. continue
20.05.05 - Two-time jr. middleweight world champion Fernando Vargas returns to the 154 lb. division on August 20, 2005, when he battles in a main event bout at the All-State Arena in Chicago, IL, it was announced today by Main Events CEO Kathy Duva. In the 12 round co-feature bout, undefeated WBC/IBF #1 ranked featherweight contender Rocky Juarez vies for his first world title when he challenges WBC featherweight champion In Jin Chi in a potential “Fight of the Year” candidate. continue
20.05.05 - Showtime, the pay per view distributor of Capital Explosion, will give away a trip for two to the event on Saturday, June 11 at MCI Center in Washington, DC, as the grand prize in their "Tyson-McBride KO Sweepstakes." One grand prize winner will receive roundtrip airfare to the nation's capital for two, two nights of hotel accommodations, and a pair of great seats at the MCI Center for the Tyson-McBride bout. continue
19.05.05 - By Chris "Irish Coffee" Ireland - ThunderGatti88@aol.com - Come one, come all! Chris' debut mailbag is hot off the presses. See what I had to say about Tito's retirement, Kassim Ouma vs. Ricardo Mayorga, Zab Judah vs. The World, Nicolai Valuev, Pretty Boy Floyd, and the one and only "Iron" Mike Tyson.....continue
19.05.05 - Dear Tszyu Crew, The time has finally arrived and this weekend I travel to Manchester in the UK for my fight with the IBF No.1 contender Ricky Hatton at the MEN Arena in the early hours of June 5 local time. I am looking forward to this fight with Ricky and I am excited! My training has been very good. I have had four or five different sparring partners and the boys have been very helpful. They did some great work to the best of their abilities and helped me a lot. continue
19.05.05 - Former middleweight world champion Felix Sturm, 23-1 (11), will headline an action packed fightcard in Pula, Croatia, on June 18. The German boxing star will defend his WBO intercontinental title at 160 lb that he won with a second round knockout over Bert Schenk on March 5. Sturm’s opponent will be announced later. continue
19.05.05 - By Eddy Manning: The hurricane is about to hit Chicago and it has bad intentions. Paul 'The Hurricane' Briggs, the number one light heavyweight contender in the WBC arrived in Chicago this week primed, confident and ready for the most important and valuable fight of his life. Briggs (23-1-0) who has a hard as nails attitude and a steely resolve doesn't let himself get caught up in his emotions but in speaking to the press this week has promised a brutal fight for his opponent, Polands Tomasz Ademak (28-0-0) the number three WBC fighter. The fight will take place on the undercard to Saturday nights WBO heavyweight title fight between Lamon Brewster and Andrew Golota on PPV.
Saturday's fight will bring the largest crowd Briggs has ever fought in front of, with the fight being beamed on pay per view to millions of homes around the world. continue
19.05.05 - By Jim Amato: On August 20th in Chicago there will be a doubleheader of major importance. Former junior middleweight champion Fernando Vargas returns to the 154 pound division where he hopes to battle his way back into title contention. With an outstanding record of 26-2 and at the age of 27, Vargas still has a lot of time to make an impact. Losing to Trinidad and De La Hoya, two of the best fighters in recent memory is nothing to be ashamed of. Vargas is a warrior in the true sense of the word. I believe he will again become a major player. continue
BOSTON (May 19, 2005) - A press conference was held today at The Kells in Boston for Irish heavyweight champion Kevin "The Clones Colossus"McBride (32-4-1, 27 KOs) for his June 11th fight against former two-time champion "Iron" Mike Tyson (50-5, 44 KOs), in "Capital Explosion" at the MCI Center in Washington D.C. continue
19.05.05 - By Robin York: After an impressive 6th stoppage of old foe Mario Veit on away turf, Joe Calzaghe has moved one step closer to a unification showdown with IBF champion Jeff ‘Left Hook’ Lacy. All that remains now is for Lacy to defeat Britain’s Robin Reid in St Petersburg Florida on August 6th and the fight with the Welshman will be a done deal. But that defense against Reid could prove to be a lot harder than Lacy imagines. continue
19.05.05 - By Frank Maloney: Las Vegas never ceases to amaze me. I spent so much time there during Lennox Lewis' career but I hadn't been since the David Tua fight in 2000, except when I popped out last November to watch the third Barrera - Morales bout with my WBO Featherweight champion Scott Harrison. While my breath was taken away by the changes that had gone on during my four year absence it was nothing compared to how Las Vegas struck me two weeks ago. continue
PROVIDENCE (May 19, 2005) - Promoter Jimmy Burchfield has announced that his company, Classic Entertainment & Sports, Inc (CES) has entered into an agreement with the Rhode Island Convention Center and Dunkin' Donuts Center to promote boxing shows in downtown Providence, commencing June 17 with "Providence's Prime Time Fights" in The All-New Theatre at the Dunkin' Donuts Center. continue
19.05.05 - By Matthew Hurley: Diego Corrales (photo: Tom Casino/Showtime) sat back in his chair, his body still aching from the assault it had suffered a week before and shook his head. “This is the first time I’ve watched it with no pain meds,” he said quietly as the video of his epic bout with Jose Luis Castillo began playing on the big screen television. “With pain meds, you don’t really remember it all.” After a bout like the one he was involved in how could he possibly remember anything at all – medication running through his system or not. It was that brutal a fight. But Corrales wants to remember it and he wants to relive it because he’s a fighter who prides himself on his warrior’s mentality. It’s what makes him a special fighter and it’s what led him, almost inexplicably, to victory against a fighter who was his equal in every way.
Corrales and Castillo reminded jaded boxing fans why this sport can be so exhaustingly compelling. Despite battering each other with fist and will for 10 unbelievable rounds the clash between these two proud warriors flew low under the radar screen. It’s a fight many people now wish they saw after reading all the hosannas from sports writers around the world. It was that good. In fact it was so good it was great and ten years from now people who never set foot in Las Vegas will swear they were there on May 7, 2005. continue
19.05.05 - By Curtis McCormick: On Friday at the famed London and Castle Centre in South London, unbeaten prospect Martin Power faces former Commonwealth Super Flyweight champion Dale Robinson for the vacant British Bantamweight title and sterling amateur Craig Watson makes his professional debut against seasoned Irish journeyman Willie Valentine. continue
19.05.05 - By Mike Indri, Retired Boxers Foundation: Former WBC Featherweight World Champion Kevin "The Flushing Flash" Kelley brought his wealth of boxing skills and experience to Philadelphia’s legendary Blue Horizon last night to face untested prospect Jose Reyes in what was to be the Vineland, NJ resident’s "step up" fight. To the dismay of Reyes and his handlers the still dangerous Kelley, now fighting out of Las Vegas, was too much of a step up. continue
19.05.05 - By Chris Ireland: The heavyweight division added another shiner to its long list of black-eyes recently, when James Toney tested positive for steroids following his impressive win over John Ruiz for the WBA heavyweight title. The win figured to add interest to a maddeningly unclear division, but instead turned out to be another chapter in the sad title tales of Lamon, Moe, and Curly. continue
LOS ANGELES, May 19 – It will be a big weekend for Goossen Tutor Promotions and their star featherweight contender Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero on May 21-22, when Guerrero receives the NABF ‘Fighter of The Year’ award for 2004 at the annual NABF convention in Reno, Nevada. continue
19.05.05 - ANDREW “Powerful Pole” GOLOTA: “On Saturday May 21, there will be a new WBO heavyweight champion. There is no question if I don’t win, because if I don’t win it will be over for me. I’d like to fight Ruiz again, I know I won that fight and I would like to finish the job. But look at Ruiz, he’s got nine lives, no one can’t get rid of him, no one can take his title away. I hope all the Polish fans will come and support me because I’ll make them proud. continue
18.05.05 - By Jim Amato: On June 4th in Manchester, England I.B.F. junior welterweight champion Kostya Tszyu will defend his title against the popular Ricky Hatton. This one has WAR written all over it. When this fight was first talked about I was leaning toward Hatton. Kostya had a very long layoff due to injuries and Ricky was moving up steadily in the rankings. To me it looked like a case of the young giving way to the old. Kostya had his run, now it would be Ricky's turn. Then Kostya looked great against Sharmba Mitchell. All of the sudden Tszyu did not look old and ready to be taken. It was time to think this fight through again.
Hatton is very strong and he throws a lot of punches. He will force Kostya to use those old legs probably more then he would like. Hatton is not a defensive genius and I see Kostya landing some hurtful counter punches. Tszyu is a smarter boxer then he is given credit for. He has a very useful jab and if he establishs that punch early it could be the key to victory. continue
19.05.05 - By Patrick Corcoran: Try is it might, the heavyweight division can’t seem to right itself. As other divisions (the lightweights, junior welterweights, welterweights, and middleweights, just to name a few) operate in the midst of a golden age, the big boys are still suffering from the post-Lennox malaise. continue
18.05.05 - Newly crowned IBF/WBO Intercontinental champion Gotthard ‘The Cougar’ Hinteregger received his national federation’s highest honour at a ceremony last week in Voesendorf (south Vienna), Austria, when the FVA presented him the Golden Honory Membership Award. continue
May 18, 2005 - Harsh words were exchanged at a conference held to discuss the July 2 SHOWTIME-televised 12-round heavyweight battle in Reno, Nevada, between undefeated USBA and NABF Champion Samuel “The Nigerian Nightmare” Peter, 23-0 (20), and NABA Champion Taurus “The Bull” Sykes, 23-1-1 (6). continue
18.05.05 - Lamon Brewster: “I’m coming here to take care of business and give Chicago a great show. There hasn’t been a heavyweight title fight here in 24 years. I’m a Midwest guy. People from the Midwest are the best. If we see you stranded on the side of the road, we’ll probably pull over to help. Fighting in the Midwest in a city like Chicago is something that I always dreamed of. continue
18.05.05 - By Gennadi Komarnitzky (translated by Izyaslav Koza) - Aslanbek Kodzoev might be one of the most underrated prospects in the middleweight division today. Kodzoev was born on December 15th, 1980 in Ingushetia, then a part of the former USSR. His father, a noted amateur in the Kazakhstan school of boxing, took his son to the boxing gym at the age of 9. As an amateur Kodzoev, fighting as a junior welterweight, had his first success in the sport by winning a medal in the Moscow Championships. continue
LAS VEGAS (May 17, 2005) - Team Ruiz was notified yesterday by the World Boxing Association that it has reinstated John "The Quietman" Ruiz as WBA heavyweight champion, effectively immediately. WBA letter: "Based on the actions of the New York State Athletic Commission and the test results on which the Commission relied, the WBA must vacate your championship ranking and reinstate John Ruiz as the champion." continue
17.05.05 - By Paul Ruby: Recently, two major boxing networks - Showtime and ESPN - have taken a bold step and elected to show elite-level main events from the Cruiserweight division. This Friday evening, O’Neill Bell takes on Dale Brown for the vacant IBF Cruiserweight title on ESPN. continue
17.05.05 - ATLANTIC CITY, NJ - WBA jr. welterweight champion Vivian Harris will headline the June 25 “Thunder & Lightning” undercard when he defends his crown against Carlos Maussa in a 12 round co-feature bout, it was announced today by Main Events CEO Kathy Duva. HBO Pay-Per-View will broadcast the bout live, beginning at 9pm ET/6pm PT. continue
BOSTON (May 17, 2005) - 2000 Ecuadorian Olympian Luis Hernandez (12-2, 6 KOs) headlines "Expressway Jam," presented by NER Promotions, Friday night, June 3 at Freeport Hall (IBEW) in Dorchester (MA). Hernandez is matched against Bahamian welterweight Jerome Ellis (3-2-1, 3 KOs) in the eight-round main event. continue
17.05.05 - Photo: TOM CASINO/SHOWTIME: Senior Vice President and General Manager SHOWTIME Sports & Event Programming Ken Hershman presents WBC/WBO Lightweight Champion Diego "Chico" Corrales with a plaque during Tuesday's SHOWTIME Championship Boxing-sponsored Media Reception in New York. Corrales rallied from the brink of defeat to dramatically TKO defending WBC 135-pound champion Jose Luis Castillo in a memorable, epic slugfest May 7 on SHOWTIME. continue
17.05.05 - Heavyweight prospect Taurus "the Bull" Sykes is excited about the opportunity to face Samuel Peter on Showtime on July 2nd. "This is my time to shine and I will not be denied. My movements are stealth and I attack my opponents in an inspirational way. My skills inspire the children of the world to stand-up and say; one day I shall be a warrior such as the one named Taurus and my message to the kids is yes you too can rise to the top if you follow my example." Sykes said. continue
17.05.05 - Interview by Shane Cullum: On Monday afternoon, I had the pleasure of interviewing WBO Champion Lamon Brewster, who will be defending his title on May 21 against Andrew Golota in Chicago. I'd like to thank Lamon for taking the time to talk with me, and special thanks to Monica Langley for arranging the interview.
First of all, how's your training going? Are you feeling good and ready for the fight?
Yeah, I'm feeling great. I got a great camp and I'm definitely looking forward to the fight.
You're with a new trainer, Jesse Reid. What kind of new stuff has he brought to the table? What kind of strategies are you working on for Golota?
You know, he's just got me using the full potential of my abilities as a fighter. You know, letting my hands go more, not waiting so much, so I'm definitely looking forward to Saturday. continue
NEW YORK (May 17, 2005) – SHOWTIME continues its tradition of sensational match-ups when unbeaten junior welterweights Americo Santos and Isaac Mendoza square off on “ShoBox: The New Generation” Friday, May, 20, 2005. In the co-feature from Buffalo Run Casino in Miami, Okla., undefeated Allan Green will take on tough Hawaiian Rocky Smith in a light heavyweight clash. continue
BOSTON (May 17, 2005) - Irish heavyweight champion Kevin "The Clones Colossus"McBride (32-4-1, 27 KOs) has drawn inspiration from his adopted hometown's professional baseball team - 2004 World Champion Boston Red Sox - for his monumental fight against former two-time champion "Iron" Mike Tyson (50-5, 44 KOs), June 11th in "Capital Explosion" at the MCI Center in Washington D.C. continue
17.05.05 - By Christine Maynard: The venue for six fights Saturday, May 14th, was Coushatta Grand Casino, located on Louisiana’s Mason-Dixon line dividing Bible belt, Baptist, north Louisiana piney woods, from the laissez les bon temps roules Catholic, south Louisiana swamps. Owned by the Coushatta Indian tribe, this once sylvan hunting ground now proffers “bread and circuses,” for the masses. And the boxing entertainment was not a disappointment. continue
17.05.05 - DiBella Entertainment has signed unbeaten junior welterweight sensation Dmitriy "Star of David" Salita (21-0, 12 KO's) to an exclusive promotional agreement, it was announced today by Salita and DBE president Lou DiBella. Salita.at will make his fourth appearance on the Big Apple stage when he headlines Broadway Boxing Presented by Mohegan Sun on Thursday night, June 9, at the Grand Ballroom at the Manhattan Center. continue
17.05.05 - By Barry Thompson: Ok here we go….Lamon Brewster - He seems like Arturo Gatti minus charisma, fans, action, and…. Ok, scratch that thought. (My bad, Arturo!) Lamon Brewster won the title by getting damn near beat to death before the other guy (Wladimir Klitschko) ran out of gas and he hit him back. continue
NEW YORK CITY (May 17, 2005) - Unbeaten Irish middleweight John Duddy (9-0, 9 KOs), one of the hottest prospects in boxing, feels genuinely honored to be fighting June 11th at historic Madison Square Garden. Duddy, now fighting out of Queens, faces Texas middleweight champion Victor Lares (10-1, 3 KOs) on the Cotto-Abdullaev undercard. continue
LOS ANGELES, May 17 – Baseball Hall of Famer Ernie Banks said it best when he said, "Let’s Play Two". Luckily, when you have two elite warriors like Antonio Tarver and Glen Johnson willing to put it all on the line in boxing’s equivalent of a doubleheader, boxing fans are the true winners. continue
17.05.05 -On May 28 Luan Krasniqi, 27-1-1 (13), can settle things for his first world title shot by beating American giant Lance Whitaker, 29-2-1 (24), at Hanns-Martin-Schleyer-Halle of Suttgart, Germany. Should Krasniqi be victorious he’ll be the official challenger for the title of the World Boxing Organization. The WBO crown is currently held by Lamon Brewster who makes a defense this Saturday, May 21, against Polish longtime contender Andrew Golota.. continue
17.05.05 - The outcome of this WBO Heavyweight title fight will be determined by it's champion, Lamon Brewster. Brewster is the better skilled, more athletic boxer and, at this point, the better fighter than the past-his-prime (yet still very dangerous) Andrew Golota. Brewster's greatest attributes; his heart and character, can never be questioned. Unfortunately, the same can't be said about his conditioning. continue
17.05.05 - Michael Brodie has come out fighting ahead of his WBO World Featherweight title challenge against champion Scott Harrison in support of his beloved football team Manchester United. Red's supporter Brodie is livid that American Malcolm Glazer has taken control of the club he has followed since he was a small boy and now, like thousands of other loyal and passionate fans, is concerned over the future of Old Trafford. continue
17.05.05: What would you like to say to all of your fans in Chicago who are planning to attend your fight this weekend at the United Center against World Boxing Organization heavyweight champion Lamon Brewster?
Andrew Golota: “Come and support me on Saturday night. I will make you proud.”
How do you feel about fighting in your adopted hometown of Chicago? [Golota has lived in Chicago since 1991 after emigrating from Warsaw, Poland]
“There is extra pressure. I have a lot of pressure on me fighting in front of my people in Chicago. The pressure is not comfortable but it is exciting. This is a great thing for Chicago. We haven’t had a big fight like this in ages.”
What would it mean for you to win your first heavyweight world title?
“This is my last chance to win a world title. I want this very bad my whole life. Right now, I think this is the right fight and the right fighter.” continue
17.05.05 - Letter from Manny Pacquiao to Murad Muhammad: Dear Mr. Muhammad, I am writing to ask you to stop claiming to other people that M&M Sports is still my promoter. I have fired you and M&M Sports from that position because of, among other things, your participation in a fraud against me. As I sit here today with so much of my money being missing and having to pay a huge tax bill because you violated the law in not withholding my taxes. I still cannot believe how dishonest you were and how you violated my trust in you. continue
17.05.05 - Photos by Tom Casino/SHOWTIME PPV: Kevin “The Clones Colossus” McBride spard in spirited fashion with Terrance Lewis at Petronelli’s Gym, where he’s preparing for his June 11 bout against Mike Tyson, 9PM ET/6PM PT distributed by Showtime PPV. Quotes from Kevin McBride (5/16/05, Petronelli’s Gym, Boston, MA): “Once I beat Mike Tyson I’m going to shock the world. I’m going to be a contender instead of a pretender.” continue
17.05.05 - By Jim Amato: There is a real strong possibility that Andrew Golota will soon be named heavyweight champion of the world. I wonder what Lennox Lewis, who destroyed Golota a few years back thinks about that. Did I hear somebody say "comeback"? Lamon Brewster is a game fighter. He is strong and he has a pretty good chin. He's got some power, too, but other then that, he is rather ordinary. Remember Wladimir Klitschko was slapping Brewster around nicely until a Brewster bomb caught Wlad's china chin. continue
17.05.05 - By Bernie McCoy: When memories exceed expectations, it's fairly certain you're on the wrong path. "Million Dollar Baby" was a nice movie. It wasn't the best boxing movie ever made, although it was voted the best movie of 2004, a year not distinguished by great movies. "Million Dollar Baby" was certainly not the most realistic boxing movie ever made (for that one, you go out and rent "Fat City"), but it was a nice movie. continue
17.05.05 - By Jim Amato: I just learned that there is a very good possibility that Perrysville, Ohio favorite Craig Weber will meet former world champion Frankie Randall sometime in July. The bout will be held at Cleveland, Ohio's Gund Arena. The projected date is either July 8th or July 15th. continue
17.05.05 - By Joseph Romanos: "I can never win that," says Kevin Barry. "I spent years building up David Tua to icon status." I felt for Kevin Barry after he and Martin Pugh won their High Court battle against boxer David Tua. Justice Hugh Williams ruled that the $7.5 million property at Pakiri, north of Auckland, was bought by Tuaman Inc for all the company's principals, not just for Tua. He agreed with Barry and Pugh that Tua owns half the property and the managers a quarter each. continue
17.05.05 - The third installment of Rock and Sock Productions' "A Ring Of Their Own" all-women's boxing series will take place on Saturday, June 18, at the The Shaw Center in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Co-promoting with Rock and Sock will be KO Boxing and Independent Jewelers, both of Edmonton. The card will feature both Canadian and U.S. fighters. continue
16.05.05 - By Matthew Hurley: When she crossed her tanned legs my mind snapped back into coherency and I started writing again. I write all my articles longhand, usually in bars but sometimes on the subway and this morning, making my daily trek into Boston on the Red Line, I found myself at a loss as to what to write about the upcoming bout between Andrew Golota and Lamon Brewster. continue
16.05.05 - By B. Benjamin Diamond: Winky Wright has become a star based on his last three fights. But how good is the Winkster? His latest conquest came Saturday when he beat an overmatched Trinidad. Well, Tito is a good fighter but even Emmanuel Stewart said after the fight Saturday night that "Tito has always been a little overrated". continue
16.05.05 - Felix Trinidad has reportedly retired again after suffering a humiliating loss to Winky Wright on Saturday night in Las Vegas. On Sunday, Trinidad (42-2, 35 KO's) announced that he was retiring after his plane flight landed in San Juan, Puerto Rico. This came after his father had told him that he was retiring as his trainer because he felt that he had not done a good job in his corner during the fight. continue
16.05.05 - Maloney Promotions officially announce the new date for the much-anticipated British and Commonwealth Lightweight title showdown between Graham Earl and Kevin Bennett as Sunday, June 19th. Historic York Hall in London's East End will host the fight card, which will now include popular British Southern Area Lightweight titlist Rob Jefferies. continue
16.05.05 - Cestus Management's junior welterweight sensation "Mighty" Mike Arnaoutis has sustained an injury in training, and has been forced to withdraw from his bout with Marco Angel Perez, scheduled for this coming Friday's edition of the Showtime Network's ShoBox: The New Generation series. continue
16.05.05 - By Frank Gonzalez Jr.: Winky looked relaxed and Tito was sporting a new hairstyle. Both looked supremely confident as they made their way into the ring at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas Saturday night. In the battle between power and finesse, southpaw vs. conventional, boxer vs. puncher, Winky's finesse found a way of turn Tito's power into ineptitude.
Trinidad stepped between the ropes thinking he would knock Winky out. From the opening moments of the fight, Trinidad was using the wrong strategy, always moving to Wright's right instead of his left, which is the preferable direction against a southpaw. With effective use of his right jab, Wright took away Tito's powerful left hook and made him look like an amateur for a twelve round shutout.
Styles make fights, and after what we saw Saturday, I don't know if Trinidad could ever beat the silky smooth, Winky Wright, who is truly a thinking man's fighter. Wright's angular stance enabled him to shoot the jab between the guard of Trinidad's wider, squarer stance. Trinidad also seemed incapable of changing directions or making any adjustments throughout the fight. continue
BOSTON (May 16, 2005) – Unbeaten middleweight prospect Jason LeHoullier puts his perfect 15-0 record on the line Friday night (May 20) in the eight-round main event on “Friday Night Fights,” Knockout Boxing’s inaugural professional show, at the National Guard Armory in Dorchester (MA). continue
16.05.05 - Lightweight Jairo Ramirez of San Diego, ranked No. 11 by the North American Boxing Federation, takes on Ismael Gonzalez of Mexico City in the 10-round main event on a special Thursday night edition of the nationally and internationally televised “Guilty Fight Night” card series promoted by Guilty Boxing in association with Bobby D Presents June 2 at the 4th & B in San Diego. continue
16.05.05 - By Scoop Malinowski: "They left Andrew (Golota) on the curb, they put us on the curb for garbage to pick up," says manager Ziggy Rozalski of how Main Events reacted after the disastrous Tyson fight in 2000. "Andrew actually wanted to fight again, about 5-6 months later. But nobody would help us," revealed Rozalski. "I think what actually got him depressed was a week after the (Tyson) fight, Main Events released him. I looked at his face, he was like shocked, depressed. continue
16.05.05 - By Kevin Purcell: In a highly entertaining 10-round bout last Saturday in Dublin, Irish featherweight prospect Bernard Dunne improved his record to 16-0-0. His opponent, Ukranian Yuri Voronin (23-4-1), was ranked No.7 in Europe so a tough fight was expected for Dunne. Despite establishing his authority early in the fight, Voronin soon warmed to the task and put constant pressue on the Irishman. continue
16.05.05 - By James Allan: Sometimes boxing can anger and frustrate me in a way that no other sport on earth can. Dodgy judging decisions, meaningless title fights, pay per view and great match-up’s that never come off, are all reasons as to why I occasionally feel like giving up on the damn thing. But then I sit down and see a fight that suddenly lifts me out of my gloom and I can’t stop talking about how great boxing is. continue
16.05.05 - The International Boxing Hall of Fame announced today former ring rivals Alexis Arguello and Aaron “The Hawk” Pryor will reunite in Canastota for festivities planned for the 16th Annual Hall of Fame Induction Weekend set for June 9-12th. In 1982 and 1983, the Hall of Famers met in two exciting battles for Pryor’s junior welterweight championship, with Pryor registering kayo wins in the 14th and 10th round respectively. continue
16.05.05 - Following Amir Khan's sensational victory over Cuban legend Mario Kindelan last Saturday night at the Reebok Stadium in Bolton, promoter Frank Warren is delighted to announce that Khan will make his professional debut on July 16 at the ExCeL London. The Bolton star finally got revenge over the double Olympian and three-time World amateur champion with a brilliant performance to win 19-13 on the scorecards in rematch of their final in Athen's last year. continue
15.05.05 - WBO Heavyweight Champ arrived in Chicago, Sunday. He will spend the upcoming week making final preparations for his title defense Saturday, May 21st against Andrew Golota at the United Center here in Chicago. Brewster will be training privately at the Warehouse Gym and Boxing Club 1546 Old Deerfield Road in Highland Park. continue
15.05.05 - Female boxing stars CHRISTY MARTIN, 46-3-2 (32 KOs), undefeated LUCIA RIJKER, 17-0 (14 KOs), who co-starred in the Academy Award-winning motion picture, "Million Dollar Baby," and promoter Bob Arum, will host a news conference This Monday May 16, to discuss the July 30 superbout- "Million Dollar Lady." continue
15.05.05 - By Scoop Malinowski: Status: Heavyweight contender will challenge for the WBO title vs. champ Lamon Brewster on May 21 in Chicago. Also 1988 Olympic bronze medalist in Seoul, Korea. continue
15.05.05 - By Chris Ireland: East Side Boxing is proud to announce a new feature to its website, a weekly mailbag! Every Tuesday and Friday, I will be answering the tough questions on boxing, and telling it like it is. Please send questions about any subject, as long as it has to do with the pugilistic sport. Send your questions to ThunderGatti88@aol.com - and I'll answer every question through Email, and put the best ones in the Tuesday and Friday article. The first mailbag will be out this Friday!
15.05.05 - By Patrick Corcoran: Unfortunately, after a career full of stunning knockouts against top-notch opposition, the enduring image I will have of Tito Trinidad years from now will likely be of his head snapping back sharply after eating one of the 150 jabs that Winky Wright bounced off of his face in Las Vegas. It was the story of the fight, as simple and straightforward as a spaghetti western, with one man simply being better and badder than the other. Winky initiated this pattern in the opening round—\popping his right hand at Trinidad, and then covering up like the batmobile when Tito tried to respond—and didn’t relent for 36 minutes of combat.
Such was the domination in Saturday’s middleweight eliminator that many afterward were talking about retirement for Trinidad. After all, never before, not even against Bernard Hopkins, had his attack been as completely neutered as it had versus Wright. It was perhaps the most lopsided big-fight decision in history. continue
15.05.05 - FELIX “TITO” TRINIDAD: “The fighter who beats me in the ring has to be one of the best in the world and Wright is one of the best. He has an uncomfortable style and a stiff jab. I came in at the best condition ever and I couldn’t land any power punches because I was being cautious in not losing any points. continue
15.05.05 - By Jim Amato: Heroes, they come and they go and legends eventually fail. Just ask Roy Jones Jr... Felix "Tito" Trinidad was a hero to some and a legend to many others. The myth of Trinidad has been exposed compliments of a piston like right jab that painted an ugly picture for Tito and his fans. It is now obvious that not just Big Bad Bernard could whip Tito. Winky Wright did it and he did it convincingly. No disputed decision here. continue
15.05.05 - Berlin heavyweight Ralf Packheiser is finally set for the biggest payday of his professional career, after his manager Olaf Schroeder of Fight Production confirmed reports that the muscular 34-year-old will indeed fight former ‘world’ title challenger Danny Williams on the Sports Network megacard on June 4 in Manchester, headlined by the superfight between world champion Kostya Tsyzu and his challenger Ricky Hatton. continue
BOSTON (May 15, 2005) – An eclectic group of guests are scheduled for this week’s editions of the New England Ringside radio show, Thursday and Saturday evening, live from Boston. Norman “Stoney” Stone, John Ruiz’ fiery manager/head trainer, undefeated welterweight prospect “Nasty” Nick Morganelli and matchmaker John Beninati are guests on Thursday’s two-hour New England Ringside Boxing Radio Show continue
14.05.05 - By Jeff Bastasini: Ronald 'Winky' Wright won an embarassingly easy 12 round unanimous decision over Felix Trinidad on Saturday night at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. From the very start of the fight, Wright (49-3, 25 KO's) dominated with a stinging right jab that had Trinidad looking like a helpless school boy as his face absorbed blow after blow. continue
14.05.05 - By Bob Furusho: Zab Judah looked very impressive on Saturday night in defending his welterweight title for the first time by easily knocking out challenger Cosme Rivera. The bout provided very little suspense, as Rivera (28-8-2), presented almost no offensive to speak of, and was lucky to have made it out of the first round when Judah knocked him down with a big left hand. Somehow, Rivera made it up and survived the round, but it looked like he was never really there after that punch. continue
14.05.05 - By Fritz Drexel: Russian heavyweight Nicolai Valuev (41-0, 31 KO's) wasted little time in stopping American Clifford Etienne in the 3rd round of their WBA intercontinental title bout in Bayreauth, Germany on Saturday night. The giant Valuev, who stands 7 ft, was like a bull, as he punished Etienne (29-4-2, 20 KO's) with wicked right hands, and steered him around the ring as if he were a rag doll. continue
14.05.05 - Rob Calloway cleared the way for his June 24 WBF Heavyweight title fight with Bob Mirovic on the Gold Coast, Queensland by knocking out Jim Strohl at the Delta Center in Salt Lake City, Utah on May 14. Strohl was knocked down in round two before being finished in the sixth. With the win, Calloway captured the North American Boxing Council title. “I hurt him a few times but man, he was tough and determined. It was a big opportunity for him and he gave it 100%” said Calloway, now 54-5-1, 42 KO. continue
14.05.05 - By Lee Hayes: Tonight Felix Trinidad will be fighting for only the second time in three years. His choice of opponent this early in his comeback trail is a curious one in Ronald 'Winky' Wright. Wright was held a major title belt in the Junior Middleweight division for nearly 10 years. He's a fundamentally sound, slick southpaw, with a good chin, and the capability to adapt to his opponents style in the ring. continue
HOLLYWOOD, FL, May 13 – It’s just days away – the 12 round IBF championship showdown that will crown a new king in the cruiserweight division on Friday, May 20 at the Seminole Hard Rock Casino in Hollywood, Florida. Both O’Neil Bell and Dale Brown, are ready for the fight of their lives. “I’ve had a great camp and I’m just itching to get into the ring on May 20th and show the world what a true cruiserweight champion looks like,” said Bell (23-1, 22 KOs). continue
13.05.05 - By Bradford Scott: We all have demons. Some of us face our demons, and become stronger people over time, while others choose to ignore their demons, hoping that the very thing they fear the most doesn’t come true. Wladimir Klitschko and Chris Byrd have faced demons in their respective careers, yet neither one has come back and proven that those demons were simply accidents, or flukes. continue
12.05.05 - All Photos: TOM CASINO / SHOWTIME PPV : Former undisputed heavyweight champion Mike Tyson worked the slip bag, sparred and shadow boxed before cooling down after a spirited 90-minute training session Thursday at The Central Gym in Phoenix. "I'm feeling good and the hard work is paying off. I can feel it," said Tyson, who makes his eagerly awaited return to the ring against Kevin McBride June 11 on SHOWTIME Pay Per View. "I have been training for almost two months and feel excited about where I am at. It's funny, but I am doing all the little things now in training that I should have done when I was younger. I am working much harder. I am planning to fight a lot in the next 12 months. Now is the time to make my move.''
Looking on in the last picture is assistant trainer Tom Patti (left) and head trainer Jeff Fenech. Said Fenech: "I am proud of the effort Mike's putting into the preparation for this fight. On June 11, the world is not going to see a new Mike Tyson, but the old one." Said Tom Patti: "I'm pleased to see Mike working as hard as he is, with such determination and enthusiasm." continue
12.05.05 - Fresh off his attention-getting nationally televised eighth-round stoppage of highly regarded David Diaz, hard-punching super lightweight sharpshooter Kendall “Rated R” Holt, 18-1 (12), will return to action on May 27 for a 12-round ESPN2-televised showdown at Club Cinema in Pompano Beach, Florida. continue
New York, May 12-The premier amateur fighters in America will hit the television airwaves prime-time in innovative two-day sports programming when ESPN Classic televises the Golden Gloves National Semi Finals and Finals live on Friday, May 20, and Saturday, May 21, from 8:OO PM to 12 midnight from the Statehouse Convention Center in Little Rock, Arkansas, it was announced today by Golden Gloves of America president Steven Abel. continue
12.05.05 - By Izyaslav “Slava” Koza: The build up to heavyweight Nicolai Valuev’s big break seems to be drawing nearer and nearer. On Saturday, May 14th, the little known giant will step into the ring against a black Rhinoceros from the bayou, in Clifford Etienne. Amidst the build up to this fight, several sources including famed trainer Emanuel Steward, have hinted that should Valuev be successful against Ettiene, and there is a good possibility of a future fight that will be televised on HBO. continue
12.05.05 - International Boxing Federation junior featherweight champion Israel Vazquez of West Covina, Calif., defends his 122-pound title in the 12-round main event against Armando Guerrero of Austin, Texas, on a nationally televised card presented by the Ho-Chunk Nation and Northeast Promotions in association with Sycuan Ringside Promotions and One In A Million May 31 in Lynwood, Ill. continue
12.05.05 - By Jim Amato: IBF heavyweight champion Chris Byrd will put his portion of the title on the line against once beaten Serguei Lyakhovich. The bout will be on the July 23rd Madison Square Garden card also featuring a W.B.C heavyweight eliminator between former champion Hassim Rahman and the talented Monte Barrett. continue
12.05.05 - By Barry Thompson: This is one of those fights that will elicit the bias of favorites, Winky Wright fans will root for him with concern that he does fight the perfect fight and doesn’t get his head knocked off by being too cocky. Felix Trinidad fans will watch, hoping he does what he normally does, dominate, and that this is not a copy of what Hopkins did to Tito. This is a tough one to call folks. continue
LOS ANGELES, May 12 – Undefeated middleweight contender Jermain "Bad Intentions" Taylor will be an interested observer on Saturday, May 14, when Felix Trinidad takes on Winky Wright in a 160-pound superfight at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. “Bad Intentions” broke from intense training camp preparations in Florida to give his take on this weekend’s bout. continue
12.05.05 - FELIX “TITO” TRINIDAD: “It is going to be a great fight. But like I have always said, I am here to win. I am prepared for whatever Winky brings to the table. But Saturday night you will see another great victory for Tito Trinidad. I am telling you face to face and I am telling you seriously, you still have time to walk away from this fight. Because I am ready to punish you. continue
12.05.05 - By Matthew Hurley: It happened all of a sudden, without warning. My father and I were sitting ringside at a small club outside of Boston watching some talented young amateurs compete in a tournament that could eventually lead some of these young prospects to an Olympic trial. The two of us were there in support of a recent revival in amateur boxing on the outskirts of the New England area and with fist pumping enthusiasm for the newly formed South Boston Boxing Club (which had several participants competing). continue
12.05.05 - By Wray Edwards: When you look at Felix “Tito” Trinidad you see the friendly passion of his native Puerto Rico. There is a glimmer of mischief in those crafty eyes. When you look at Ronald “Winky” Wright there is sometimes a dark and “means business” seriousness. Tito, like Arnie, says let’s party and then all hell breaks loose. continue
12.05.05 - Photo: Tom Casino / Showtime: World Boxing Organization/World Boxing Council Lightweight Champion Diego Corrales and former WBC lightweight champion Jose Luis Castillo fought one of the great fights of all time last Saturday on SHOWTIME. Here is what the boxers, and members of their team had to say four days later.
DuBuof: I want to thank everyone that helped make this wonderful match. It has been an unbelievable and I think the whole sports world knows that this fight was something legendary and Castillo and Corrales put on a performance that great athletes do and people that go into legendary status in their careers do. They put on a beautiful performance for the viewer, made people think how great boxing is, and the general sports fan is now going to have the pleasure of seeing it again on Friday (SHOWTIME, 11 p.m. ET/PT). continue
12.05.05 - Light heavyweight superstar Antonio "Magic Man" Tarver returns to the ring on Saturday, June 18 to battle Glen Johnson for 175-pound supremacy in an HBO-televised bout at the FedEx Forum in Memphis, Tennessee. And luckily for boxing fans, there’s another superfight coming up - a middleweight showdown between Felix Trinidad and Winky Wright which will be held at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas this Saturday, May 14. continue
12.05.05 - By Gail Carelli: I just heard a little while ago that James Toney was stripped of his heavyweight belt by the NY State Athletic Commission. Apparently, Toney failed a drug test, and Commission rules mandate that the challenger who wins a title fight and subsequently fails a drug test is immediately stripped of his title. Which means, the belt goes back to John Ruiz. But before everybody goes nuts about this, let's slow down a minute and really take a close look at what happened. That means you too, Norman Stone. continue
LAS VEGAS, NV (May 12, 2005 ) -- Upon reading today's press release from the World Boxing Council (WBC) that it was naming a committee to review the [Diego Corrales-Jose Luis Castillo] fight," Gary Shaw, president and CEO of Gary Shaw Productions, LLC., Corrales' promoter, issued the following statement. continue
Mexico City - May 12, 2005. From WBC President Jose Sulaiman: "The World Boxing Council recognizes heavyweight world champion Vitali Klitschko as our pride, and someone who carries the prestige of our sport on his shoulders. "The WBC regrets the injury he suffered, but Klitschko fortunately has already been granted a medical certificate that will enable him to fight again in September. continue
12.05.05 - The Delta Center in Salt Lake City, Utah hosts it's first professional fight card Saturday May 14, 2005 headlined by twin NABC title fights. The card starts at 7pm. WBF world title contender Rob Calloway (53-5-1) takes on former IBC challenger Jim Strohl (27-3) for the NABC Heavyweight Championship in the 12 round main event. continue
12.05.05 — Undisputed world welterweight champion Zab “Super” Judah will meet his International Boxing Federation mandatory challenger Cosme “Chino” Rivera in a world championship co-feature as part of the Felix “Tito” Trinidad vs. Winky Wright card Saturday at the MGM Grand Garden Arena and on HBO Pay-Per-View. continue
12.05.05 – Kenny Ellis (33-6-2, 22kos) will return to the ring for the first time in ten months this Saturday night at the Emerald Queen Casino’s Battle at the Boat boxing series. First fight is scheduled for 7:30 PM. Ellis will face Aaron Norwood (22-5-2, 10kos) in a super middleweight fight. Ellis is coming off a disappointing loss to Troy Rowland that was broadcast on ESPN2 last June. continue
12.05.05 - Undefeated Leopoldo Gonzalez of Tijuana, Mexico, and Samuel Lopez of Phoenix, meet for the vacant World Boxing Association Fedelatin bantamweight championship in the 12-round main event on the nationally and internationally televised “Guilty Fight Night Boxeo de Campeones” card promoted by Guilty Boxing Friday, May 13, at the Orleans Coast Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nev. continue
11.05.05 - Joe Hutchinson (33-4-2) surprisingly backed-out of his fight with prospect Al “Speedy” Gonzales today. The fight was to have taken place Friday night at the Orleans Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. According to Gonzales’ trainer, Jesse Reid, “this guy wanted no part of Speedy!” Guilty Boxing expressed their frustration with Hutchinson’s reluctance, which was based in part on a desire to fight someone of a lesser caliber. continue
11.05.05 - Hard hitting Jesus Rios of Mexico faces slick boxing countryman Arturo Bracamontes in the 10-round bantamweight main event on the nationally and internationally televised “Guilty Fight Night” card presented by Guilty Boxing Friday, May 20, at El Foro in Tijuana, Mexico. continue
11.05.05 - Team Ruiz waits for WBA to reinstate "The Quietman" as heavyweight champion - Team Ruiz was formally notified today by the New York State Athletic Commission that the April 30th World Boxing Association heavyweight championship fight between defending champion John "The Quietman" Ruiz and challenger James "Lights Out" Toney has been officially declared a "No Decision" because Toney violated the illegal substance rule. continue
11.05.05 - Official statement from Toney and Goossen Tutor promotions: James Toney has fought many fights in his career, but the one apparently facing him now is one that disturbs and revolts him like no other opponent could ever do. "Being accused of taking performance enhancing substances is an insult to me. I don't do drugs period," Toney stated. "I've never used any illegal substances to prepare myself for a fight."
Toney's body doesn't reflect a fighter taking mass muscle substances, nor would anyone in their right mind be taking any banned substances, while knowingly and willingly giving urine samples. Toney's weight loss was substantial from the day the fight was announced to the event, totally inconsistent with the signs of an athlete using substances to add muscle mass. continue
11.05.05 - By Izyaslav “Slava” Koza: Not two days ago, I sat down in front of my computer to write about wanting to see Toney vs. Byrd on the July 23rd, and now that seems like a distant memory. It has been reported that James Toney has tested positive for an Anabolic steroid, and will possibly be stripped of his newly won title. This is probably the worst news that could have possibly happened. continue
11.05.05 - 2004 Olympic Champion Mario Kindelan landed at Gatwick Airport this afternoon ahead of his rematch with Amir Khan on Saturday at the Reebok Stadium in Bolton. The brilliant Cuban heads a four-man team that takes on England's best and he will be out to repeat his victory over the Bolton youngster in a replay of their Olympic final last year. "I am looking forward to facing Amir again this time in his hometown," said Kindelan. continue
11.05.05 - Hennessy Sports have secured the promotional rights for the first defence of Carl Froch’s cherished British title. Carl Froch, the widely acclaimed hottest prospect in World boxing, secured home advantage with the bout scheduled to take place on Saturday 9th July at the prestigious Nottingham Arena. Matthew Barney, fresh from a controversial loss against European light heavyweight champion Thomas Ulrich, is the mandatory challenger in a fight that has the potential to be one of the grudge matches of 2005. continue
11.05.05 - WBO World Featherweight Champion Scott Harrison will be aiming to put on a sensational performance against Michael Brodie on Friday 3 June with a potential unification fight against IBF-WBA king Juan Manuel Marquez in the making. American TV Network Showtime and Marquez's promoter Bob Arum have discussed making the fight with Frank Warren and if Harrison is victorious in his scrap against the tough Mancunian at the M.E.N Arena then a Marquez-Harrison showdown can later this year. continue
11.05.05 - Do you have any concerns about your opponent, Cosme Rivera? Judah: “No, he should be concerned for himself. He is the one with seven losses. He put himself in this position to become Hercules. Those guys that he has fought aren’t like me. He has to watch out for what he is asking for. He is going to be asking his guys after the fight Saturday night, why did you guys do this to me, why didn’t you protect me. continue
11.05.05 - FELIX “TITO” TRINIDAD: “I feel great leading up to this fight. My plan has always been to fight the best possible opponents. This has been our plan since I returned and Winky was the only one brave enough to challenge me and I give him credit for calling me out. A championship fight will come as a result of my victory Saturday night.” continue
10.05.05 By M.Glass: On a perfect spring night in Florida at a dirt track where elite greyhounds usually race one old dog drew a line in the dirt that eventually tells you how old you are. This night Oliver McCall maintained that line. McCall, 40 and biding precious time for one more shot a the heavyweight crown, delivered a thorough shutout versus Kelvin Hale, a wide swinging tough out of Brooklyn who greeted the last bell battered, bruised and baffled. continue
10.05.05 - Undefeated heavyweight Vladimir Virchis needed just two minutes and three seconds to dispose of his overmatched opponent Adnan Serin with a clean first round knockout. On an event in Palma de Mallorca promoted by Spotlight Boxing Virchis send his German-Turkish opponent to the canvas with a powerful left hook. continue
10.05.05 - Promoter Art Pelullo/Banner Promotions will present a sensational championship fight card on Tuesday, May 24, 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 "Tuesday Night Fights." continue
10.05.05 - The Retired Boxers Foundation is releasing this statement on California Senate Bill 247, sponsored by Liz Figueroa, (D. Sunol), which intends to dismantle the existing California State Athletic Commission and turn over the jurisdiction to the State Department of Consumer Affairs. continue
BOSTON (May 10, 2005) - Knockout Boxing promotes its inaugural professional show Friday night, May 20, headlined by undefeated middleweight Jason LeHoullier, (15-0, 7 KOs) at the National Guard Armory in Dorchester (MA). "We're excited to have some of New England's best amateur boxers from the past few years on our first pro card," promoter Martin Grealish said. continue
10.05.05 - By James Allan: Boxing is without doubt one of the most physically and mentally demanding sports in the world. Human being’s are not designed to be repeatedly punched around the head and body without it taking some sort of toll on them. It is no secret that many boxers don’t know, or won’t admit when the time is right to get out. They fight on too long, either ending up physically or mentally damaged in some way, or else tarnishing their reputations. There are numerous examples of great fighters who have become or became only shadows of the athletes they once were, in fact there are too many to mention. Bearing this in mind, I was saddened to hear about the return of Mike Tyson to the ring.
Tyson is now only a very, very pale shadow of the fighter who was once the most feared destroyer that the Heavyweight division had seen since George Foreman in the early 1970’s. There are numerous stories of opponent’s that were scared witless even before stepping into the ring with the young Tyson. continue
10.05.05 – By Tim Foley: Soon after watching the greatest fight of all-time, a furious rage began to build inside of me. I saw a commercial advertising Mike Tyson’s upcoming fight against Kevin McBride on Showtime. Watching this commercial made me want to lose it. Mike Tyson….that little S.O.B. continue
10.05.05 - By Jim Amato: After James Toney defeated John Ruiz the dethroned Ruiz announced his retirement from boxing. My feelings were that is was a good time for John. He was the classic overachiever and it's a good guess that he has a pretty size able bank account. Why continue? Well, evidently Ruiz had a change of heart and he has now un-retired. I can not say that I am surprised. His decision was hasty and it was made after losing his title. It was basically his frustration that led him to make a rash decision. continue
10.05.05 - KO Chicago Radio and Dominic Pesoli's 8 Count Productions, home of THE BEST IN CHICAGO BOXING is proud to present Hall of Fame Trainer Jesse Reid and Chicago's hottest female prospect Rita Figueroa at 6pm tonight on AM-1530. Reid, one of the most knowledgeable men in boxing, will speak about his charge, Lamon Brewster, as he finishes preparations for his heavyweight championship bout with Andrew Golota on May 21st at the United Center in Chicago. continue
10.05.05 - After a very successful 9-year career in boxing, which includes 18 titles and three spots on the USA Women's Amateur Boxing Team, New Mexico's own Stephanie "Golden Girl" Jaramillo announces her retirement. Although she may be hanging up her gloves and stepping out of the ring, she is not leaving the sport she still loves. continue
LAS VEGAS (May 9, 2005) – Former two-time World Boxing Association heavyweight champion John “The Quietman” Ruiz announced today that, after speaking with his family and management team, he has reconsidered his decision to retire and will continue fighting. Ruiz retired April 30 immediately after losing a 12-round decision to James “Lights Out” Toney at Madison Square Garden. “My emotional decision, coming right after losing a fight I felt I won, was premature,” Ruiz explained. continue
09.05.05 - By The Brown Bomber: At only 23 years old, the California southpaw has star-studded entourages that rival road worriers with twice his experience. But does the next generation welterweight have what it takes to apply his amateur pedigree to a primetime payday?
In an exclusive ESB telephone interview we had a chance to find out more about the fighter some call “the unknown arsenal in the welterweight division” as he prepares for a May 13th showdown against 17-0 James Webb in the San Jose Civic Arena, to be covered by ESPN2.
BB- Jose how are you feeling and what are your expectations going up against a heavy hitter like James Webb?
JC: I feel good, really good. I’ve been training hard and eating well, my team is behind me doing their job, and I’ll do my job in the ring against Webb. He’s a good solid fighter, but I know that I’m better and quicker and will come out on top. I have been studying him on tape, and I know what I need to do. continue
09.05.05 - He ascended to boxing’s elite world champion status by dismantling all of his opponents with thundering power, one by one, but Alejandro “Terra” Garcia forgot the first rule in boxing and inexplicably dropped his hands against “Tremendous” Travis Simms on Dec. 13, 2003. Simms knocked him out with a sweeping left hook and walked off with Garcia’s World Boxing Association super welterweight title. continue
09.05.05 - By Wray Edwards: There I was, minding my own business, preparing to do the mundane chores of camera work, round scoring and roughing out an article. The usual territorial jostling of the photographers at the apron was in full swing when, all of a sudden, people were calling on the cell, waving their arms and trying to get me to join the full-blown controversy over Mike Anchondo's having missed his assigned weight for his belt bout with Barrios. continue
09.05.05 - Las Vegas Junior Welterweight prospect Al "Speedy" Gonzales (16-2-1) will square off with Joe Hutchinson (33-4-2) this Friday night at the Orleans Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Guilty Boxing card will be headlined by Leopoldo Gonzalez and Samuel Lopez as they battle for the WBA Fedalatin Bantamweight Championship. continue
09.05.05– The new gold standard by which all fights will be judged was established last Saturday on SHOWTIME. Lightweight world champions Diego Corrales and Jose Luis Castillo produced not only what many regard as the greatest, most exciting fight in history, but also one of the most dramatic sporting events ever. The excellent news for fans is SHOWTIME will replay the memorable slugfest twice in the next four days. The first replay will air Tuesday, May 10, at 11 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME TOO. The second rebroadcast is Friday on SHOWTIME at 11 p.m. ET/PT. continue
May 9, 2005 - San Jose, California: Latin Sports Group, Clark Entertainment and Marquez Brothers Entertainment have announced a high-profile boxing match featuring local favorite Jose "El Cuate" Celaya vs James "Spider" Webb. The bout will headline ESPN2 Friday Night Fights, on May 13th at the San Jose Civic Auditorium. Despite his youth, Jose Celaya has already had an outstanding career. continue
09.05.05 - By Wayne Joseph Tulio: After a hard fought loss to Erik Morales, Manny Pacquiao stated that he is comfortable fighting at 130 pounds and intends to stay in the division. Considered the ‘people’s champion’ at featherweight and recognized by the Ring Magazine, the challenge now for Pacquiao is to prove that he can be force in the junior lightweight division and to erase any doubt that moving up in weight was a bad career decision. After the loss to Morales, we have only heard of news regarding Pacquiao’s legal battles with his management group and thus no names have been brought up as to who he will fight next.
If you take a look at the current ratings of the four major organisations and the current changes, some interesting match ups await Pac Man in the deep junior lightweight division here are 5 possible match ups for Pacquiao. continue
May 9, 2005 - Duva Boxing, in association with Gary Shaw Promotions and Tres Amigos, LLC, are proud to announce that on July 2, 2005, fast-rising heavyweight contender Samuel “The Nigerian Nightmare” Peter, 23-0 (20), will put his NABF and USBA championships on the line against NABA champion Taurus “The Bull” Sykes, 23-1-1 (6) at the newly constructed Reno Events Center and televised live on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING. continue
BOSTON (May 9, 2005) - New England Ringside Radio Show hits the road for Las Vegas. Thursday night's show, aired on WWZN 1510 The Zone in Boston, will be broadcasted live from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. "We'll be there for the big fight two nights later between Felix 'Tito' Trinidad and Ronald 'Winky' Wright," NER president Rick Brutti explained, "Our guests will be from a Who's Who of boxing." continue
09.05.05 - At today’s press conference in Aschersleben, Germany, it was officially announced that WBF superwelterweight champion Mihaly Kotai will challenge for his second ‘world’ title, the International Boxing Organization (IBO) crown, as the co-main event on the SES Boxing promotion in that same city on June 4. continue
08.05.05 - By Izyaslav “Slava” Koza- With James Toney’s amazingly sweet victory over John Ruiz, boxing fans have risen from the dead, and have been buzzing about the possibility of having a single heavyweight champion again. Last Week on the Best Dam Sports Show period, James Toney made a statement that probably increased his fan base by about as much as when he took Ruiz to school. Toney claimed that he will probably be fighting IBF title holder Chris Byrd on July 23rd, in Madison Square Garden. continue
LAS VEGAS, NV (May 8, 2005 ) -- WINKY WRIGHT, 48-3 (25 KOs) -- the only three-belt undisputed world champion in the history of the 154-pound division -- will make his "Grand Arrival" at the MGM Grand hotel five days prior to his May 14 mega PPV fight against Felix "Tito" Trinidad, 42-1, (35 KOs), a world champion in three different weight divisions. Wright's "Grand Arrival" -- which is open to the public -- will take place Tomorrow! Monday, May 9 at 2 P.M. PT at the MGM Grand's Main Lobby. continue
08.05.05 - By Wray Edwards: There were some interesting moments when Chico Corrales fought Acelino Freitas for the WBO Lightweight Championship back in August. Diego, working under the watchful eye of Joe Goosen, elected to go toe-to-toe with Acelino whenever Freitas wanted it that way. Gone were the long-range boxer-on-boxer set pieces he practiced with Casamayor and others. Instead, Corrales stepped in close, tightened his punch arcs and bested Freitas at his own game. Few suspected that Diego was prepared to demonstrate a quantum leap into a mugging brawl with an even more intimate menace in the person of Jose Louis Castillo.
As Joel Casamayor learned, by urinating blood for a week, if you dance cheek-to-cheek with "El Terrible" you are in for some serious punishment. Even though Corrales did fairly well at boxing range, with some effective connects, he decided to enter the torture chamber which lies inside arms length in front of Jose Castillo. Steeled by an unusually long and intense training camp meant to fortify Diego for the challenge, and to correct for any rusty drift which might have occurred since August, Chico appeared to have also picked up another "talent". continue
08.05.05 - By Frank Maloney: In England a couple of weekends ago we had two fight cards which I believe will serve to demonstrate why the sport of boxing will never go away despite any rough spots we are currently experiencing. On that weekend in London, there were two British Southern Area title fights on separate shows. The first was televised on Sky Sports and was full of promising young fighters. continue
08.05.05 - By Goran Dragosavac: Oh boy, oh boy! The match between Castillo and Corrales will be remembered as the one of the most exciting boxing matches in a recent boxing history. This match was one of the best I have ever seen. I have said that sentence few times in a last couple of years, and it seems clearly that we are witnessing boxing rebirth. It is true golden era of boxing. continue
LAS VEGAS (May 7, 2005) – Diego “Chico’’ Corrales’ incredible, dramatic 10th-round TKO over Jose Luis Castillo Saturday on SHOWTIME may end up as the 2005 Fight of the Year. The 10th could very well be the 2005 Round of the Year. The manner in which Corrales rallied after going down twice earlier in the 11th to finish off Castillo may earn him the 2005 Fighter of the Year award. continue
07.05.05 - By Mike Indri: - Retired Boxers Foundation: With last night's Northeast Promotions scheduled main event bout featuring Delvin Rodriguez getting scratched for unspecified reasons, local favorite Joey Rios stepped up to take over the fight card's top billing. Rios, fighting out of the Bronx, took on the tougher than expected Derrick Moon (now 10-8 with 2 KO's) and had to earn his "W" against the Fort Worth, TX. native. continue
07.05.05 - By Bob Furusho: WBA and IBF featherweight champion, Juan Manuel Marquez, easily retained his title with a unanimous decision over challenger Victor Polo (34-5-3) on Saturday night in Mandalay Bay. Marquez (44-2-1, 33 KOs) controlled much of the bout with strong combinations that had Polo outgunned, and unable to return fire with any real authority. continue
07.05.05 - By Frank Gonzalez Jr.: Richard Steele was there. Julio Caesar Chavez was there. And though Meldrick Taylor was nowhere in sight, his spirit had to be hovering around the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas Saturday night at the conclusion of the "Chico" Corrales vs. Jose Luis Castillo (photo: Tom Casino/Showtime) battle for the WBC and WBO Lightweight Titles.
Though Richard Steele refereed the overshadowed Featherweight Champion, JM Marquez' near shut out over Victor Polo on the under card, Tony Weeks, the uncontroversial, consummate professional, would referee this one. Weeks did his job well in this fight-though some may disagree with how it ended.
While Castillo vs. Corrales (1) appeared to some to end in controversy, it really didn't. It was a back and forth battle for nine action packed rounds, with both winning in parts and neither dominating the other for anything longer than a few seconds at a time. From the opening bell, this fight was a war that could have taken place in a phone booth. continue
BOSTON (May 7, 2005) - NER Promotions and Nelaqui Boxing Promotions are co-promoting a pro show Friday night (May 13), headlined by a Universal Boxing Council-Iberamerican super flyweight title match featuring defending champion Ilidio Manuel Julio (33-5-1, 29 KOs), at Los Caracoles Stadium in Cartagena, Columbia. continue
07.05.05 - By Tony Nobbs: It has been announced Mikkel Kessler will defend his WBA super middleweight championship against former belt holder Anthony Mundine at Sydney Entertainment Centre on June 8. The pair were originally scheduled to clash on Wednesday night (May 11) but the Danish champion withdrew late last month with a back injury. Mundine has received plenty of press in Australia of late with talk of his desire to return to the National Rugby League competition and play out the remainder of the season. continue
07.05.05 - Risum Boxing-managed cruiserweight Lasse Johansen (11-0, 7 KOs) upset the applecart, when he outclassed home-favourite Lubos Suda (now 9-1, 8 KOs) on Friday night (May 6) in Brno, Czech Republic to capture the vacant IBF International crown. Scores after twelve rounds were 118-110, 117-111, and a ridiculous 114-114 by an Austrian judge who must have dosed off for the 47 minutes the bout lasted. continue
07.05.05 - WBO super middleweight champion Joe Calzaghe (39-0, 31 KOs) made a successful defence of his title tonight with a sixth round TKO win over Mario Veit in Braunschweig, Germany. Calzaghe floored Veit in round five and six before referee Gino Rodriguez stopped the fight at 2:18 of the sixth round. Veit didn't win one round in his second try at Calzaghe, who already stopped him four years ago in the first round.
07.05.05 – 2004 Haitian Olympian Andre Berto (Winter Haven, Fla.) returned to the ring for the first time since February 24 to take on fellow 4-0 boxer Tim Himes (Erie, Pa.) at the Foxwoods Resort Casino. Although the two boxers shared the same professional record, it was clear early in the first round that Himes was overmatched. continue
07.05.05 - By Frank Gonzalez Jr.: Jr. Middleweight Prospect, Sechew Powell of Brooklyn N.Y., improved his record to 16-0-10 KO's scoring an unforgettable TKO victory in round one over Detroit native, Cornelius Bundrage (21-0-13 KO's) Friday night at Foxwoods Casino in Connecticut. It was a battle that featured two undefeated Fighters and three solid punches in 22 seconds of pure adrenaline.
Bad blood preceded this fight as Powell and Bundrage had to be restrained from swinging it out during their recent press conference. There was no shortage of testosterone in the ring as the stare down was like lighting the fuse for an explosion. continue
06.05.05 - WBC champion Jose Luis Castillo and his WBO counterpart, Diego Corrales, each weighed the division-limit 135 pounds Friday for their world lightweight title unification fight Saturday on SHOWTIME (9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast). IBF/WBA featherweight champion Juan Manuel Marquez tipped scales at 125 pounds and Victor Polo weighed 126 Friday. continue
06.05.05 - John, this is a letter from a boxing fan that has a few things he would like to say to you. Our local sports network just replayed your fight with James Toney, and I watched Toney walk into the ring, followed by yourself. continue
06.05.04 - Three-time world champion Felix "Tito" Trinidad will make his “Grand Arrival” in Las Vegas (for next Saturday's fight with former undisputed 154-pound champion Winky Wright) on Sunday. This will be his first fight in Sin City since he participated in a six-knockdown slugfest with then-undefeated “Ferocious” Fernando Vargas, which Trinidad ultimately won by technical knockout in the final round on Dec. 2, 2000. continue
MASHANTUCKET, Conn. (May 6, 2005) – Undefeated Sechew Powell knocked out Cornelius Bundrage 22 seconds into the first round Friday on “ShoBox: The New Generation.” In the action-packed co-feature from the Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Conn., Yuri Foreman shut out Kevin Cagle in an eight-round junior middleweight tussle. continue
06.05.05 - By Shane Cullum: On May 21, Andrew Golota will have his fourth shot at a heavyweight championship when he takes on Lamon Brewster for the WBO belt at the United Center in Chicago. Could this be the night where Golota finally becomes a “heavyweight champion”, a title that has eluded him for his professional career? On paper, it seems like an easy win for Golota. Lamon Brewster was considered a relative “nobody”, a journeyman, before his surprising upset over Wladimir Klitschko for the WBO belt last year. continue
06.05.05 - By Tony Fondacaro: Now that the bout is a done deal, with no controversy or doubt surrounding the unanimous decision, the question a lot of heavyweight fans have to ask now is; “Who does James Toney fight next?” Certainly for anyone paying attention to the heavyweight division, James Toney is a welcome change. Perhaps not a breath of fresh air or rejuvenation, but it’s definitely nice not to have John Ruiz hugging everything up, despite what crusaders for kinder, gentler fight fans would say.
The best part about this win is that we now have someone willing to fight the other champs, who doesn’t appear to be ducking someone, and who proved to some naysayers how enormously talented he is. Say what you will about his size, height, age, conditioning, what have you; James Toney brings a degree of boxing skill that you are hard pressed to find these days. continue
06.05.05 - By Jim Amato: Teddy Atlas one of boxing's top commentators and former trainer of ex-heavyweight titleholder Michael Moorer hinted that Michael was going to retire. That was a week or so ago, now Michael has made it official. He was slated to meet highly ranked Fres Oquendo but Fres will now have to look elsewhere for quality opposition. continue
CANASTOTA, NY – MAY 6, 2005 - The International Boxing Hall of Fame announced today legendary trainer of champions Angelo Dundee will attend festivities planned for the 16th Annual Hall of Fame Induction Weekend set for June 9-12th. “Angelo Dundee has trained some of boxing’s best fighters,” said Hall of Fame director Edward Brophy. continue
06.05.05 - LAS VEGAS—Don King announced that former unified heavyweight world champion and current World Boxing Council No. 1-ranked heavyweight contender Hasim “The Rock” Rahman will face No. 2-ranked Monte “Two Gunz” Barrett for the interim WBC heavyweight championship on July 23 at a venue and broadcast network to be determined. continue
05.05.05 - Junior Witter is to be presented with the Lonsdale belt for keeps this Sunday at the Town and Country Club in his hometown of Bradford during a promotion staged by the Ingles. Usually British champions are asked to defend their title three times before retaining outright, but the British Boxing Board of Control makes exceptions when suitable challengers cannot be found. continue
05.05.05 - In a highly anticipated match-up and Fight of the Year candidate, the two best 135-pound boxers in the world will square off when two-time WBC champion Jose Luis Castillo (52-6-1, 45 KOs) takes on WBO champion Diego "Chico" Corrales (39-2, 33 KOs) in a world lightweight title unification bout Saturday, May 7, 2005, on SHOWTIME at 9 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast). continue
05.05.05 - By Christopher Dawson: Chris Byrd probably knows this, but he came along in the wrong time era. At a time when the average heavyweight is 6 foot 3 inches and 240lbs, Byrd is an oddity, in that he started his career in the amateurs as a middleweight. Talented enough to win a gold medal in the 1992 Olympics, Byrd immediately set out for bigger game (weighing 200lbs in only his fourth professional fight). Keep in mind, that in the early to mid 90's, Evander Holyfield was heavyweight champion, and Byrd would only be at a 2 inch height disadvantage, equal weight (Holyfield weighed in between 210lbs and 215lbs during his prime), and only a 1 inch reach disadvantage.
Mike Tyson and Michael Moore were other smallish heavyweight champions during that time. You could see why Byrd felt more confident about facing off against men that would be very similar in size to him. continue
05.05.05 - West Palm Beach, FL – The anticipated HSP debut boxing show at the Palm Beach Convention Center has been officially postponed until further. Company spokesperson Tim Walker stated that the postponement of the May 7 show necessary. “We were a bit under the gun and the overall presentation was not on a level that we would have felt comfortable selling to the public” stated Walker. continue
May 5, 2005 -- Preparing for his Madison Square Garden debut, undefeated WBO jr. welterweight champion MIGUEL COTTO took a few minutes from his camp in Puerto Rico, where he is training for his June 11 title defense and rematch against nemesis Muhammad Abdullaev, the last man to defeat him -- at the 2000 Olympics -- and offered the following analysis on the middleweight showdown continue
05.05.05 - Former World Boxing Association cruiserweight champion Orlin Norris of Lubbock, Texas, continues his comeback when he meets highly regarded Albert Sosnowski of Poland May 28 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. The eight-round heavyweight bout is on the undercard of the pay-per-view event promoted by Top Rank, Inc. in association with Sycuan Ringside Promotions. continue
05.05.05 - Cristobal Cruz of Tijuana, Mexico, faces former World Boxing Council Fecarbox 126-pound and WBC Mundo Hispano lightweight champion Francisco Dianzo in a rematch in their 10-round main event on the nationally and internationally televised “Guilty Fight Night” card presented by Guilty Boxing Friday, May 6, at El Foro in Tijuana, Mexico. continue
05.05.05 – Living up to his vow to keep active in his quest to win the world heavyweight championship, Elieser Castillo (27-5-2, 15 KOs) returns to the ring on Friday, May 13 (just 21 days after his last bout) to face always tough southpaw Alex Gonzalez (18-3, 8 KOs) at the A La Carte Event Pavilion in Tampa, Florida. continue
05.05.05 - DIEGO CORRALES: “On paper, this has the potential to be as exciting a fight as you will see. I definitely feel that at some point, it will be bombs away. Look at our resumes. We both have fought the best guys and have a lot of knockouts. I really do not see how it can go the distance with each of us dropping bombs on each other in the middle of the ring. I love these kinds of fights. It has been a long camp, but I am so ready.
“Everything about Castillo impresses me. He is a consistent, true champion who always finds a way to win. I respect his power, but I am not concerned about getting knocked down. Because I know I will get up.
“This fight is so big for me. To be fighting in my new hometown is very exciting. These kinds of fights are what legacies are made of and I want to be remembered as one of the best ever in my weight class. Establishing the jab is very important. I have become dependent on it. But all the questions about who has the best chin, who has the best power, will be answered Saturday. There may even be some answers to things we have not thought of yet. This is going to be a classic and I am thankful to SHOWTIME and everybody involved for making it happen.” continue
LOS ANGELES, May 5 – He is one of boxing’s newest world champions and also one of its most exciting, and on Friday, May 6, Golden Boy Promotions will formally welcome the pride of Argentina, Jorge Rodrigo Barrios, to Los Angeles for a special presentation of his WBO world championship belt, as well as a roundtable discussion with the media. continue
05.05.05 - Las Vegas Junior Welterweight prospect Al "Speedy" Gonzales (16-2-1) went eight (8) tough rounds today with undisputed Welterweight Champ Zab Judah in Las Vegas, today. Judah is getting ready for his May 14th title defense. Gonzales is training for a June fight to be announced. continue
05.05.05 - By Jim Amato: Jose Luis Castillo has peaked. This should be his career defining fight. As he has matured as a fighter I see similararities between Jose and a young Julio Cesar Chavez. No he is not quite as powerful as Chavez was but he is almost as durable. continue
May 5, 2005 - British Lightweight Champion Graham Earl had to accept the postponement of his Title fight with Commonwealth Champion, Kevin Bennett on May 12th when a wrist injury forced him to suspend training for 2 weeks. Earl received treatment during a sparring session from his trainer, but lacked his usual zip after a few rounds. continue
04.05.05 - Two unbeaten former Golden Glove champions from Brooklyn -- Yuri Foreman and Sechew Powell -- will put their unblemished records on the line this Friday night (May 6) when DiBella Entertainment in association with Foxwoods Resort Casino will present a main event and co-feature of all undefeated fighters at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, CT. continue
04.05.05 - James “Lights Out” Toney fought what most considered a nearly flawless fight when he out quicked, out boxed, and ultimately outclassed defending champion John Ruiz en route to convincingly capturing the World Boxing Association heavyweight title last Saturday night in New York’s Madison Square Garden on HBO. Toney, however, feels he is capable of much better, even though he was victorious by scores of 116-111 twice and 115-112 and got credit for the bout’s lone knockdown.
“I only had four-and-a-half weeks to train,” he said. “I usually train 11 weeks for a fight. But I told Dan (Goossen) to take the fight date and I’ll put myself through hell to get in the best shape within the time limits. You could see I was stronger and in total command down the stretch, but believe me, what you saw was not James Toney at his best. It feels great to reach my goal and become heavyweight champion, but I can and will fight at a much higher level in my next fight. Oh, I can’t wait. The best is yet to come from Lights Out.”
The new force in the division, the fast-talking, colorful and charismatic Toney (69-4-2, 43 KOs) wants to return to the ring and defend his WBA and International Boxing Association titles in July. continue
May 4, 2005 - Shortly before his fighter Oscar Diaz fought an ESPN2-televised showdown against rugged Jesse Feliciano, legendary manager/trainer Lou Duva said the fight would be a “does he or doesn’t he have what it takes” type crossroads fight for the 22-year-old. So now that Diaz has won a thrilling ten-round decision that delighted fans and stole the show, what is Duva’s prognosis for the young slugger? continue
04.05.05 - Mark your calendars for July 23, that’s when you will want to tune in to Showtime’s ShoBox. That’s when WBC Super Lightweight Continental Americas Champion Donald Camarena (15-1-9ko’s) takes on WBC and WBA #10 rated fighter Antonio Pitalua (39-3- 33 ko’s). Promoted by Guilty Boxing and to be held at the Green Valley Ranch Resort and Spa, Las Vegas, Nevada. continue
Waco, TX (Wednesday, May 4, 2005) - RPM Boxing said today that Ann Wolfe will be a guest on CNBC's The Big Idea with Donny Deustch, which will air tonight at 8pm Central Time. Also appearing on the show is Jackie Frasier. Ann Wolfe will talk a little about her frustrations in not being able to get a fight with Laila Ali as well as her thoughts on fighting a man. Check your local listing for scheduled times in your area.
04.05.05 - By Goran Drago: What makes this match so highly anticipated is not just the fact that the winner will be true champion of the 135 division. It is far more than that. In my books, neither of the boxers, will ever be on top of pound-for-pound rankings, but that doesn’t make this bout less intriguing. continue
04.05.05 - JUAN MANUEL MARQUEZ: “I want to fight the best. I would love to fight Marco Antonio Barrera or Eric Morales, and would be willing to move up to 130 pounds. I want a rematch with Manny Pacquiao, so we can find out who really won our fight. But I am not going to avoid anybody. I am not going to do what the other world champions did to me when I was ranked at the top and they refused to fight. continue
04.05.05 - Interview by Frank Gonzalez Jr.: Middleweight Contender, Kingsley Ikeke recently improved his record to 23-1-0-13 KO's after his bout with Antwun Echols (31-5-1-27 KO's) on Friday Night Fights a couple of weeks ago. Ikeke put on a textbook performance of solid technical boxing skills, using his jab impressively, which proved to be the decisive weapon in that fight, which he won by Unanimous Decision. Ikeke is six feet, four inches tall and uses his height to his advantage. He is a shinning light in his division. Against the always-dangerous Antwun Echols, he proved that he is a force to be reckoned with at Middleweight.
In the Middleweight kingdom of Bernard Hopkins, Kingsley Ikeke represents a serious challenge to any of the top contenders. Felix Trinidad, Felix Sturm, Howard Eastman and Jermain Taylor, take notice-there is a new kid on the block and he's big. He's 6' 4 and fights tall, utilizing his natural assets with special fluency in the fundamentals. I got the opportunity to speak with Kingsley and ask him some questions.
Frank Gonzalez Jr.: Thanks for taking the time to talk with me Kingsley and congratulations on your win over Antwun Echols, who I always considered a dangerous fighter. continue
04.05.05 - By Barry Thompson: This is the one we’ve been waiting for... “Out with the old and in with the … but wait… Hopkins may not be done yet! He was written off by the media at the age of 36 with Tito Trinidad rising, with Don King producing a Trophy with the name pre-printed. He’s been written off before by damn near an entire population, which only served to piss him off and force him to make predictions… continue
04.05.05 - By Curtis McCormick: Graham Earl is determined to add the Commonwealth belt to his trophy case and isn't about to let anyone stand in his way. The British Lightweight Champion defends his crown in a double title fight with Commonwealth ruler Kevin Bennett in London, England on Thursday May 12th. continue
VERONA, NY (May 4, 2005) -- Heavyweight contender and one-time world title challenger DAVID TUA returns to a U.S. ring for the first time in over two years, headlining the June 10 edition of ESPN2's "Friday Night Fights." Promoted by Michael Acri Boxing Promotions and Cedric Kushner Promotions, Tua headlines "Hall of Fame Boxing at Turning Stone" a night of world class boxing at the Event Center at Turning Stone Resort and Casino in Verona, NY. continue
04.05.05 - On Saturday, July 16, live from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Jermain "Bad Intentions" Taylor will face Bernard "The Executioner" Hopkins in a 12 round undisputed middleweight championship bout that will determine whether Hopkins adds to his record string of title defenses, or if Taylor launches a new era of dominance at 160 pounds. continue
04.05.05 - May 7 is without a question one of the most important days in the life of Mario Veit. It’s also a day that was unclear if it would ever happen: The day of the rematch against WBO super middleweight champion Joe Calzaghe, 38-0 (30), who beat him four years ago with a humiliating first round knockout. continue
03.05.05 - By Fadi Khawaja: Bernard Hopkins by name, Executioner by living. Hopkins is a complex character whose career has gone through many trials and tribulations. When the time comes, at the end of this year, to hang up his gloves how will history look at the man who dominated the middleweight division with an iron fist.
On 22 May 1993 the Executioner with a record of 22-1 (16) went to work on the undercard of Riddick Bowe versus Jesse Ferguson. The vacant IBF title was up for grabs and an exciting affair was expected between him and the undefeated Olympian Roy Jones Junior. The fight was highly anticipated and on paper looked certain to produce fireworks but in practice fell short as both chose not to fight as explosively as they had done in previous fights. Hopkins a.k.a. the Executioner is aptly named considering three of his last four fights had ended in the first round (overall twelve ended in the first round). Roy Jones alike was considered a dangerous fighter with Jorge Fernando Castro being the only man out of twenty one opponents to hear the final bell. Jones went on to be known as a cautious fighter who would coast to wide points victories but at Light Middleweight and Middleweight heading into the bout Jones had shown he could and would punch. continue
04.05.05 - By Fiona Manning: Once there was a kid in Chelsea, Massachusetts who thought he could be world heavyweight champion. And he did. Only he found himself universally disliked, picked on by the media, the fans and disrespected by many of his opponents. continue
04.05.05 - It takes two to tango, and Cestus Management's light welterweight sensation "Mighty" Mike Arnaoutis finally has a dance partner for his May 20th return to the Showtime Network's ShoBox: The New Generation series: 21-6 (14) Marco Angel Perez. Several names have been discussed over the past few weeks as possible opponents for the undefeated "Pride of Greece." continue
03.05.05 - By Curtis McCormick: In what may be the most dangerous chapter of his eleven year career, WBO Super Middleweight Champion Joe Calzaghe travels to Germany in order to defend his title this Saturday against mandatory challenger Mario Veit in Braunschweig. It's only the second time that Calzaghe has ever fought away from Britain and the "Pride of Wales" must contend with a tradition of dubious decisions as well as a motivated opponent bent on revenge. continue
03.05.05 - By Patrick Corcoran: For the past several years, as Larry Merchant pointed out in Saturday night’s broadcast of the James Toney-John Ruiz fight, the glamour division in boxing has not been the heavyweights. For the fistic fireworks, boxing fans need to drop down a couple of divisions to the junior welterweights. The division has more talent the Dream Team (the first version), and, until recently, it was anyone’s guess who’d emerge and take control of the division once and for all. continue
03.05.04 - Dino Duva, promoter of red-hot heavyweight Samuel "The Nigerian Nightmare" Peter, says he is outraged by the post-fight conduct and comments of new WBA Heavyweight boss James Toney and claims he has just the thing to finally shut the trash talking former middleweight champion's mouth. "Although he beat John Ruiz fair and square, James Toney is a classless punk for the way he disrespected my friend and class act Johnny Ruiz after the fight," said Duva. continue
May 3, 2005 - Pensacola, FL -- Roy Jones, Jr., former world champion in four weight classes and boxing’s pound-for-pound best for the better part of a decade, is very happy that Glen Johnson and Antonio Tarver have come to terms for a rematch. Jones will be watching closely as the two determine amongst themselves who will be his most worthy opponent if Jones decides to return to the ring.
“Their first fight was very close, so the two of them need to do it again,” said Jones of their December 2004 bout that Glen Johnson won by split decision. “If I decide to return to fight again - to right the wrongs - this box-off may decide who my first opponent will be. So I will be watching on June 18.”
Jones (49-3, 38 KOs) from Pensacola, FL is a former middleweight, super middleweight and undisputed light heavyweight world champion. He made history on March 1, 2003 when he became the first former middleweight champion in over 100 years to win the heavyweight crown, when he decisioned WBA Heavyweight Champion John Ruiz. continue
03.05.05 - The four heavyweight champions will unify their titles in salute to boxing's best from 2004. WBC champion VITALI KLITSCHKO, newly crowned WBA champion JAMES TONEY, IBF champion CHRIS BYRD and WBO champion LAMON BREWSTER have confirmed their attendance at Friday's 80th Annual Boxing Writers Association of America Awards Dinner at Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino. The four heavyweight champions join a star-studded gala honoring the best in boxing from the past year. continue
HOLLYWOOD, FL, May 3 – In addition to its commitment to bringing the best in world-class boxing to fight fans, Warriors Boxing Promotions is firmly vested in the community. With this in mind, on April 26, 2005, the Hollywood-based promotional company donated the purses and sanctioning fees for the IBF United States Atlantic Coast Regional Heavyweight Championship bout between Kendrick Releford and Najee Shaheed in an event to raise funds for tsunami relief, hosted by Richard Dobal Productions, Inc. continue
03.05.05 - KO Chicago Radio and Dominic Pesoli's 8 Count Productions, home of THE BEST IN CHICAGO BOXING is proud to present the Aztec Warrior, "Ferocious" Fernando Vargas on Wednesday night at 6pm as he discusses his march back to the top of the junior middleweight division. Other special guests will also be hitting the airwaves Wednesday night. continue
03.05.05 - By Jim Amato: Well James Toney has finally freed us of the clutches of John Ruiz. I see that John has decided to retire. We'll see. In a lot of these cases money talks and bullshit walks. If John does decide to stay retired here is a little retrospect on his career. No John was far from exciting. He gave a new meaning to the phrase "Winning Ugly". But...He won. continue
03.05.04 - LA—Championship professional boxing returns to Kinder May 14 in The Pavilion at Coushatta with “Knockouts at Coushatta VII.” Fighter weigh-in is scheduled for 3:00 p.m. Friday, May 13, in Gumbeaux’s Oyster & Sports Bar located inside the casino. Olympic gold medalist and former cruiserweight champion of the world Vassiliy Jirov 34W-3L (29 KO’s) headlines an action-packed fight card in a 10-round heavyweight bout on May 14, 2005 at Coushatta Casino Resort. continue
NEW YORK, MAY 3 – Undisputed middleweight champion Bernard Hopkins will face undefeated middleweight heir apparent Jermain Taylor in a fight being billed as “NeXt in Line” on Saturday, July 16 from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. The championship card will be presented by Golden Boy Promotions in association with DiBella Entertainment and televised and distributed live on HBO Pay-Per-View beginning at 9pmEST/6:00pmPST.
“Bernard Hopkins has always done things his own way, and this fight is no exception,” said Oscar De La Hoya, President of Golden Boy Promotions.
“At a time when most champions would waltz into retirement against easier opponents, Bernard is taking on the toughest available challengers, and making the final fights of his career the most meaningful.” continue
03.05.05 - Two-time junior middleweight boxing champion of the world, "Ferocious" Fernando Vargas heads to Chicago for Cinco De Mayo weekend festivities and to announce plans for his upcoming HBO televised championship bout in Chicago later this summer. Vargas, The Aztec Warrior, will hold a press conference on Saturday, May 7th at JABB Boxing Gym at 1pm. continue
02.05.04 - 'Prince' Naseem Hamed, a former IBF and WBO featherweight champion , was arrested after he was involved in a vehicle accident on Monday that left left one man badly injured. Hamed was arrested after his Mercedes was involved in a collision with two other cars in Sheffield, England. He is being questioned for allegedly leaving the scene of an accident involving an injury.
LAS VEGAS, NV (May 2, 2005) - Five months into 2005, and already another "Fight of the Year" candidate has emerged Ôáõ at least on paper. Can TITO TRINIDAD, a world champion in three different weight divisions, return to the winner's circle for the 43rd time in his 44-fight career or will he be schooled by WINKY WRIGHT, the ONLY three-belt undisputed champion in the history of the 154-pound division? continue
May 2, 2005 -- Preparing for his Madison Square Garden debut, undefeated WBO jr. welterweight champion MIGUEL COTTO took a few minutes from his camp in Puerto Rico, where he is training for his June 11 title defense and rematch against nemesis Muhammad Abdullaev, the last man to defeat him -- at the 2000 Olympics -- and offered the following analysis on the May 7 world lightweight title unification fight between WBC champion Jose Luis Castillo and WBO champion Diego Corrales. continue
02.05.04 - By Matthew Hurley: With James Toney's defeat of John Ruiz for the WBA heavyweight title belt I was left with two conflicting emotions. The first was how disappointing it was that a heavyweight championship fight passed so far under the radar that only hardened boxing fans even bothered to notice. continue
02.05.05 - By Frank Gonzalez Jr.: April 30th in New York City's Madison Square Garden, WBA Heavyweight Champion, John Ruiz (41-6-1-28 KO's) lost his Title in a close fight against WBA #1 ranked contender, James "Lights Out" Toney (69-4-2-43 KO's).
James Toney may have one of the biggest mouths in the boxing, but he sure did back it all up Saturday night. To his credit, "The Quiet Man" showed that he would not go away easily. This contest was surprisingly entertaining, competitive and unmarred by excessive holding.
Leading up to this fight, there has been a lot of talk of Toney dismissing Ruiz from the ranks of the elite HW fraternity. While Ruiz' methods may not be pleasing to watch, they have proven effective. Ruiz has won the WBA Title twice and defended it twice and that deserves recognition. But Ruiz' ugly, hit and hold style annoys many fight fans and makes him unattractive in terms of market value. continue
02.05.05 - The Punisher" Jose Perez Jr. steps back into the ring on May 13, 2005 at the world famous San Jose Civic Auditorium located in beautiful downtown San Jose, CA. Just six weeks earlier Jose scored a fantastic 49 second first round KO victory in this same building, Jose has already built up legions of fans and the size of his fan following continues to grow after every fight, Jose loves his fans and looks forward to putting on another great show for them! continue
02.05.04 - By Mike Indri: Retired Boxers Foundation (New Jersey State representative) Plagued by a bitter contractual dispute with former promoter Cedric Kushner, which was seriously hampering his professional career, Israel "King Kong" Garcia was wondering if he would ever box competitively again. continue
02.05.04 - JAMES TONEY: “Yes I knew I would see this day. I only had five weeks to prepare for this fight. If I had more, I would have knocked him out. I am the WBA champion and soon to be undisputed heavyweight champion of the world.. continue
02.05.05 - Fifty years ago today, Las Vegas hosted its very first big-name fight. Light heavyweight champion Archie Moore moved up to heavyweight to fight Cuba's Nino Valdes, May 2, 1955 at Cashman Field. It was promoted by Jack "Doc" Kearns. Moore won a disputed decision and earned the right to challenge Rocky Marciano for the heavyweight title. continue
02.05.05 - New York, NY. – Six minutes and forty seconds. That was all the work required of DaVarryl Williamson on Saturday night. On a night in which the WBA Heavyweight Title was won by the former Middleweight Champion, it was the under-card bout between Williamson and Derrick Jefferson that stole the show at Madison Square Garden. continue
01.05.05 - By Mike Indri: Retired Boxers Foundation (New Jersey State representative). First thing I need to do, now that I've eaten my own words, is congratulate the new World Boxing Association Heavyweight Champion James Toney! Although I never said that Toney wasn't a great fighter, I knew (or thought I knew!) that he wasn't in great shape and thought that his injuries, his time off, as well as his condition, would adversely affect his performance. How wrong I was!
Also, while I do sincerely like both John Ruiz and Norm Stone personally and respect these guys for facing adversity-fighting the battle-and ultimately achieving their dream, I would never let my personal feelings get in the way of my honest opinions or cloud my impressions. I truly believed that John Ruiz was going to beat James Toney. continue
01.05.05 - By Jeff Bastasini: Perhaps still smarting after losing his WBA title by unanimous decision in a fight that was closer than the scores indicated, John "The Quiet Man" Ruiz suddenly announced from the locker room after the fight that he was retiring from boxing. Ruiz failed to attend the Post Fight press conference. However, Toney had a lot to say after the fight. continue