30.06.05 - NORMAN HORTON: Good afternoon, this is Norman Horton and on behalf of Team Taylor and DiBella Entertainment , we would like to thank all members of the media for their participation in this call today. On the line we have Lou DiBella, President of DiBella Entertainment; Pat Burns, trainer for Jermaine Taylor; and Jermaine Taylor. First we’ll open it up with opening statements from Lou DiBella and Pat Burns and then we’ll be open for questions.
LOU DIBELLA, PRESIDENT, DIBELLA ENTERTAINMENT: Everybody thank you for joining us and things in Team Taylor are proceeding exactly as we would have hoped. Jermaine’s in great shape, he’ll tell you about that. His training camp could not have gone any better so far and Pat will tell you a little bit about that in a minute. What’s going to happen on July 16th is a little bit of what you’ve seen in the recent past and what’s going to happen on July 16th is that youth is going to be served. continue
30.06.05 - By Michael Montero - The highly anticipated match between Arturo “Thunder” Gatti and “Pretty Boy” Floyd Mayweather last Saturday (June 25th) in Atlantic City, NJ was a success. The bout generated 340,000 buys (in the states) and $15.3 million in gross revenue, HBO announced Wednesday. Of the 340,000 buys - 225,000 were from cable systems and 115,000 were from satellite homes (according to HBO, who will replay the fight on Thursday at 10 p.m. ET/PT). continue
30.06.05 - DiBella Entertainment's Ike "Bazooka" Quartey, fresh off his convincing victory over Verno Phillips in Memphis on June 11 on HBO, says he is ready to take aim at former champ Oscar De La Hoya. "I beat Oscar when I fought him the first time even though he got the decision," says Quartey, the gunner from Ghana. "I know I can handle him again. I am ready!" continue
30.06.05 - Fightcard, weights and photo gallery from Hamburg now on boxing.de - WBO light heavyweight champion Zsolt Erdei and IBF heavyweight youth champion Alexander Dimitrenko will headline a big event of Universum Box-Promotion at the huge Color Line Arena of Hamburg, Germany, this Saturday, July 2. Erdei will make the forth defense of his crown against Frenchman and former WBA champion Mehdi Sahnoune, 31-1 (27). continue
30.06.05 - By Matthew Hurley: Earlier this week legendary boxer Thomas Hearns announced that he will mount yet another comeback and hopefully step back into the ring before the end of the summer. Hearns, 46, was last seen being helped out of the ring in April 2000 after being forced to retire against Uriah Grant after the second round because of a twisted ankle and a severe knee injury. This latest return by a former great fighter has many people shaking their heads in sadness, including Tommy's former trainer Emanuel Steward who will not be a part of this latest attempt at resurrecting past fistic glories.
"Manny told me, 'I don't want you to fight," Hearns said. "But I'm not going to let him dictate my career. I didn't let him do that when I started and I'm not going to let him do that now." Steward acknowledged that he wishes Hearns would hang up the gloves and take up residence in the Boxing Hall Of Fame but lamented that his most famous charge is as stubborn as he was when he was an up and coming welterweight over 25 years ago. continue
30.06.05 - Boxing sensation Amir Khan will show that his big-hitting skills are not just inside the ring! Khan will display his batting skills as he warm up with Lancashire tomorrow night (Friday 1 July) for their big clash against rivals Yorkshire at Old Trafford in the Twenty20 Cup. continue
30.06.05 - By Andy Meacock: ‘Quitting’ is considered to be a taboo word and a forbidden word in the sport of boxing. Boxing is a sport that prides itself on its toughness, machismo and heart. With this in mind it’s easy to understand why ‘quitting’ is not recognised in the same sentence as boxing.
Probably the most famous example of a boxer deciding to give in during a bout was the legendary Roberto Duran during the 8th round of his second fight against fellow legend Ray Leonard on the 25th November 1980. ‘Sugar’ Ray out-boxed, frustrated and eventually succeeded in breaking Duran’s will and forcing the tough Panamanian to utter those famous words, “No mas, no mas”. Leonard, after taking Duran’s Welterweight Championship was quoted saying, “to make a man quit, to make a Roberto Duran quit, was better than knocking him out." continue
30.06.05 - By Tony Nobbs: World rated Shannan Taylor and Lovemore Ndou feature at Friday nights Tony Caradonna promotion at the Penrith Panthers Leagues Club in West Sydney. IBF # 3 jnr middleweight Taylor is rematched with well travelled Argentine Sergio Acuna who he stopped in eights rounds in September last year at this same venue. Ndou, rated # 3 by the IBF at jnr welterweight faces Joey Ricardo of Indonesia. continue
30.06.05 - By Curtis McCormick: IBF Light Welterweight Champion Ricky Hatton's trip to America this past weekend was an unqualified success. The British hero was in Atlantic City to watch Arturo Gatti put his WBC title on the line against Floyd Mayweather and also to witness Vivian Harris' WBA title clash against Carlos Maussa. Other highlights saw the twenty six year old from Manchester, England filling the studio guest host chair on ESPN2's Friday Night Fights program and Frank Warren's promotional firm Sports Network, in the form of Frank Maloney and Richard Maynard, sponsored a closed door interview session with the top American boxing reporters including Steve Farhood, Dan Rafael, Tim Smith, Greg Leon and George Willis , which served well to introduce the talkative and humorous Hatton to the US Press.
Informally, Hatton bumped into Oasis frontman and fellow Mancunian Liam Gallagher as well as actor Samuel L. Jackson while in New York. In Atlantic City, "The Hitman" was joined on the beach by retired warrior Micky Ward, IBF Light Middle kingpin Kassim Ouma, Irish Middleweight titlist Matthew Macklin along with HBO's Larry Merchant, Ring Magazine's Nigel Collins and Sky TV's Ian Darke and Ed Robinson. continue
30.06.05 - By Michael Amakor: On July 2nd at the Reno Events Center in Reno Nevada NABF and USBA Heavyweight Champion Samuel “The Nigerian Nightmare” Peters puts his titles on the line against Taurus “The Bull” Sykes in a unification bout on Showtime TV. Not much is known about Sykes, the thirty year old underdog, especially since he will tell you that some of the heavy hitters in the division have been ducking him. continue
PROVIDENCE (June 30, 2005) - The next "CES' Prime Time Fights" show presented by Classic Sports & Entertainment & Sports, Inc (CES), originally scheduled for August 12, has been changed to Aug. 26 in Down City Providence at the Rhode Island Convention Center, CES president Jimmy Burchfield announced today. continue
29.06.05 - SHOWTIME will set off fireworks July Fourth weekend with a spectacular heavyweight showdown. Featuring the hottest fighter in the division, explosive Samuel "The Nigerian Nightmare" Peter will attempt to 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 continue
29.06.05 - By Per-Åke Persson: Newjersey.com writes that it will be Omar Sheika that gets the chance against WBC supermiddle champ Markus Beyer September 3 in Berlin. Sheika has been in the running all the way and Beyer´s trainer Uli Wegner made it clear when interviewed for a Canadian paper some time ago that he preferred Sheika as opponent for Markus rather than Eric Lucas. continue
29.06.05 - By Gennadi "Komar" Komarnitzsky and Izyaslav “Slava” Koza: While perusing through the archives of Russian history, it is relatively often that one can read about kings, rulers, and emperors. However Soviet history lacks such distinguishable traits for obvious reasons. The last Czar, or better still emperor, “disappeared” (in other words was murdered) at the beginning of the 20th century. Still, it is in that precise century that two people with the great royal name “Korolev” (approx. meaning King) lifted the country up to unimaginable heights.
The first, Korolev Sergei Pavlovich, made our country “Cosmic (Father of Soviet Space program),” while the Second, Nikolai Fedorovich, made our country undefeated, knocking out opponents in the ring and on the front lines of World War 2. Truthfully, our hero should have had a different last name in Fadeev (great Soviet writer), however life unfolded in such a way, that he chose Korolev. It is the name that he carried, entering into the history of Soviet, and hopefully world boxing, and the name which will be written about for years to come, because that was the name attached to the legendary, Nikolai Federovich Korolev. continue
29.06.05 - By Jim Amato: I like Taylor. He beat Ohio's talented Anthony Hanshaw to win a trip to the Olympics. Hanshaw's pro career has stalled for a variety of reasons but he was a great amateur. As a pro he is undefeated and holds a win over highly regarded Kingsly Ikele. continue
29.06.05 - By Mike Dunn: It shouldn't have ended the way it did. Not at that juncture of their careers.
In July of 1927, aspiring heavyweight contender Jack Sharkey should have had his way with former champ Jack Dempsey. He should have either knocked out the aging former champ or at least beat him by decision. He didn't do either. And because of Sharkey's failure, the rematch between Dempsey and Gene Tunney took place that September at Chicago's Solder Field stadium. The bout between Dempsey and Tunney produced what was to be for many, many years the greatest live gate ever to witness a boxing match, and produced one of the sport's signature moments, the famed Long Count.
29.06.05 - Brixton puncher Danny Williams is even more confident of regaining his British Heavyweight crown after watching a video of Matt Skelton getting KO'd in a K1 fight. Dynamite Dan, the former WBC World title challenger, takes on the Bedford brawler at the Bolton Arena on Saturday 16 July in an explosive main event titled 'Who's the Daddy?' to find out who is the best heavyweight in Britain. continue
28.06.05 - By Michael Montero: Call it “junior welterweight” or “super lightweight” or just plain old “140”. Call it whatever you want – but there’s no denying that it’s the most loaded (and most exciting) division in the game today. There are vets on their out (and to the hall of fame), young lions taking over, and up and comers making a name for themselves. The best part is – these guys are actually willing to friggin’ fight one another! This June, with four fights (including two mega-fights) at 140, has given us a “changing of the guard”. Let’s review shall we?
First the Kostya Tszyu–Ricky Hatton scrap on Showtime. I have to admit that I wasn’t quite sold on Mr. Hatton before the fight – but I was well informed that he is for real as I watched him beat Tszyu. Call me crazy, but I would LOVE to see a rematch in Australia. Part of me still wonders if the late fight time, that intentional low blow and the Manchester crowd took Kostya out of his game plan and aided Ricky to victory. continue
28.06.05 - Fans arriving early to the ‘Trailblazers’ event at the Nottingham Arena on July 9th co-headlined by Carl Froch and Junior Witter will get to see an extra – guaranteed to be exciting - fight. With doors opening at 5.30pm and boxing not scheduled to start until 6.30pm, promoters Hennessy Sports have decided to fill the opening hour with coverage of local fighter Froch’s recent win in America on their trademark jumbo video screens. continue
28.06.05 - By Fiona Manning: She’s been called The First Lady Of Boxing. Those who know her confirm she’s Kitten With A Whip. But if you ask Jackie Kallen, just call her Still In The Game. She’s still A Contender.
Kallen, fresh off a victorious spin as “den mother” on NBC’s The Contender is hunting fresh fields. There’s a new TV sitcom in the works and others in the planning stages.
Despite the fact NBC has declined to produce a second season of the boxing reality series The Contender, it completed a well-rated run.
Its competitor, the hastily produced The Next Great Boxing Champion, hosted by Oscar de la Hoya was yanked from the Fox schedule after only a handful of episodes and consigned to obscurity in the small hours on a cable relative station. continue
WOBURN, Mass. (June 28, 2005) - Friday night's "Plymouth Rocks" pro boxing show, presented by NER Promotions, will be the focus of Thursday and Friday night's New England Ringside Radio Shows. NER Promotions, a division of New England Ringside, promotes its first ESPN2 Friday Nights Fight show - Plymouth Rocks - Friday evening (July 1) in historic Plymouth (MA), headlined by a USBA light heavyweight title fight between George Khalid Jones (22-2-2, 13 KOs) and "Fabulous" Freddy Moore (30-3, 27 KOs. continue
27.06.05 - Undisputed world welterweight champion Zab “Super” Judah extended his congratulations to “Pretty Boy” Floyd Mayweather today after his dominating performance against Arturo “Thunder” Gatti on Saturday to become a three-division world champion. Judah also extended an invitation to Mayweather to fight at 147 pounds if he wants to try to become a four-division champion.
“Floyd’s performance speaks for itself,” Judah said. “He’s now won world titles at 130, 135 and 140 pounds. This is a tremendous accomplishment for any boxer, and I congratulate him on that.” Looking to the future, the three-time world champion Judah (34-2, 25 KOs) also extended an offer to the undefeated Mayweather (34-0, 23 KOs) if he would like to move up to welterweight and contend for his world crowns. continue
MIAMI, June 27, 2005 –In less than three weeks undisputed middleweight champion Bernard Hopkins and undefeated middleweight rising star Jermain Taylor will meet in the ring Saturday, July 16 from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. The championship card—“NeXt in Line”—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. continue
27.06.05 - By Kevin Kincade: Over the weekend I watched the piece of boxing perfection, known as Floyd Mayweather, dismantle one of the toughest fighting machines of the last ten years like it was nothing. Viewing that bout I smiled as I realized that Mayweather’s performance is what the game is all about and also understood why so many fans prefer any weight class other than heavyweight. Of course, I also had that same understanding a few weeks ago when Diego Corrales and Jose Luis Castillo showed all of us how two men can wage war inside a 20 foot square.
So, why do so many of us refuse to abandon the big boys, especially when all too often they leave us all too disappointed? It’s simple really. I’ve said it and many other authors have said it: the man who owns the world heavyweight championship can beat any other fighter in the world, no matter what their pound-4-pound status is. If you’re the World Heavyweight Champ, you are The Best, pure and simple. continue
27.06.05 - Bantamweight Nonito Donaire, originally from the Philippines and now living in San Leandro, Calif., and world-ranked women’s super bantamweight Elena Reid of Las Vegas highlight the undercard of the Samuel Peter-Taurus Sykes triple heavyweight championship card promoted by Duva Boxing Saturday, July 2, in Reno, Nev. continue
27.06.05 - Kinder, LA—The thrill of professional boxing returns to Coushatta Casino Resort in Kinder, Louisiana on July 16 with “Knockouts at Coushatta VIII.” Fighter weigh-in is scheduled for Friday, July 15 at 3:00 p.m. in Gumbeaux’s Oyster & Sports Bar located inside the casino. continue
27.06.05 - By Izyaslav “Slava” Koza: Well Arturo Gatti was not a 3-1 underdog for nothing, and the question is was it because he was that overrated by many or was it because Floyd Mayweather was so damned good? In my opinion, the result of this fight shows that the answer is really a little of both. The bad part is, of course, that Floyd Mayweather knew this. When he called Gatti a “C+ Paper Champ,” I didn’t quite agree that Gatti was C+, but I understood exactly what he meant, and, that is, Gatti is overrated as a boxer.
Yes, Micky Ward vs. Arturo Gatti 1 was the best fight I have ever seen live to date, and, yes, the trilogy wasn’t too shabby either, but lets face it, neither Ward nor Gatti were at the elite class, and the combined 15 odd losses they had going into that war are a testament to that. I love both guys, don’t get me wrong; They have heart, they were both blood and guts warriors but, hey, fact is fact, they were simply not on the Mayweather, Hatton, Tszyu level as fighters. continue
TEWKSBURY, Mass. (June 27, 2005) - "The Magic Man" - Paulie Malignaggi - plans on returning to the ring in late August with a repaired right hand and new manager, Sal LoNano, who guided "Irish" Micky Ward the final four years of his memorable career. Malignaggi, 24, has been inactive since December 4, when he improved his pro record to 19-0 (5 KOs) and captured the WBC International light welterweight title. But he broke his right hand in that fight and has undergone surgery twice. continue
27.06.05 - Dominic Pesoli's 8 Count Productions along with Bob Arum's Top Rank Incorporated and Miller Lite presents another installment of the Best in Chicago Boxing series as Solo Boxeo de Miller/Night of Thunder takes place at the Aragon Ballroom on Friday, July 15, 2005. Tickets, starting at $25 are on sale now by calling 312-226-5800 or by visiting Ticketmaster online at www.ticketmaster.com. continue
27.06.05 - By Matthew Hurley: It all became academic after the first round. The disparity in speed and god given natural ability made you wince whenever Arturo Gatti seemingly walked straight into a punch. Even those of us who knew Floyd Mayweather would win never truly anticipated such a one sided blow-out. Perhaps, in our so-called “expert” boxing minds we did, but our hearts tempered those prognostications with the believable assumption that Gatti would at least make it interesting for a while. He didn’t. He couldn’t. Floyd was too good. He was that good. He was scary good.
There were two absolute positives that came out of this fight. The first being that Floyd Mayweather is the best fighter in boxing. I’ve always been a champion of Bernard Hopkins because of his consistency and his longevity, but Mayweather is so gifted, so focused in the ring and so fiercely technical that I can’t deny him any longer. Argue if you will that Gatti is not a true measure of just how great Floyd is but who would you pick to even be competitive with Floyd at this point in his career? There are good fighters out there like Ricky Hatton and an up and coming but still green Miguel Cotto and they are interesting puzzles but not Rubik’s Cubes in Mayweather’s hands. He is that good. continue
27.06.05 - Swedish National amateur boxing champion Asa Sandell has signed an exclusive promotional agreement with “A Ring of Their Own” promoters, Rock & Sock Productions. Sandell, 3-0-1, 168 pounds, joined Rock & Sock immediately after her knockout victory over Donna Logue in Edmonton. continue
27.06.05 - By Coach Tim Walker: – email@example.com - I sometimes wonder how it must feel to be famous or infamous. Money, notoriety, women throwing themselves in your path and not just for the autographs. Must be great? But then there is the pressure to succeed, the constant badgering and ridicule, and of course the added problem of everyone gunning for the man on top of the mountain. It was the life of Ali, of Tyson, of Jones Jr. and now it may be the life of Floyd Mayweather. continue
27.06.05 - By Neil Goodman: Take away a gap in excess of 30 years between start of their respective professional careers and the world could have witnessed classic encounter; Dempsey versus Marciano. The match up of Jack Dempsey versus Rocky Marciano would have been a sight to behold. The pairing of these two heavyweight legends would have been a maxed out version of Hagler versus Hearns; but when the imaginary dust has settled which fighter is left standing?
Whilst the mind can not help wonder how particular bouts would have been decided, most assessments of the relative strengths and weaknesses of each fighter will only ever result in best guess scenarios. Who in reality would have won each hypothetical match up we will never know, nonetheless, lets for a moment indulge our selves in land of dreams! Previous attempts to stimulate fights need to be treated with a degree cynism and sceptism; in equal measure. As Ali once said, having learned of his own defeat to Marciano, byway of computer simulation; 'The computer must have been on the plane to Alabama.' continue
27.06.05 - Veteran heavyweight Cliff Couser of Las Vegas faces Andrew Greeley of Monroe, La., in the 10-round main event July 8 in Bay St. Louis, Miss., on the inaugural professional boxing card promoted by World Wide Boxing, dubbed “Battle at the Bay.” Couser, 34, has a record of 25-10-2 with 13 knockouts while Greeley, 10 years younger at 24, has a mark of 9-8-1 with six knockouts. continue
27.06.05 - By James Allan: While most of the general fans attention is drawn to the prospect of a tournament to finally crown a unified heavyweight champion, it might not be a bad idea to also organise a tournament to crown a unified light – heavyweight champion at the same time. Now most people will argue that at this exact moment in time Antonio Tarver, courtesy of his win over Glencoffe Johnson is the man at 175. Not only has he avenged his loss over this opponent, he also holds a second round knockout victory over Roy Jones Jnr. But the fact also remains that Tarver has 3 losses on his record, one each to the aforementioned opponents and one to Eric Harding. This loss he also avenged, knocking out Harding in the fifth round of their return match. His losses to Jones and Johnson were close affairs, a split decision against Johnson and a majority decision against Jones. But there are more to these stats than meets the eye.
Against Harding, Tarver was thoroughly outboxed, losing by scores of 111 – 116 on all three cards, and also being put on the canvas in the 11th. He may have done a lot of complaining after his loss to Jones, but the simple truth is that Jones deserved to win that match. continue
TAMPA, FL (June 26, 2005) – Three-time world title contender and the pride of St. Petersburg, FL, “Diamond” David Santos, has announced that his fight on the Jeff Lacy – Robin Reid IBF/IBO super middleweight championship card will be his last. Lacy, the first member of the 2000 U.S. Olympic team to win a world title, will make his professional home debut in a mandatory title defense against former WBC super middleweight champion and reigning IBO super middleweight champion Reid, from Runcorn, England, the IBF’s top-rated contender. continue
26.06.05 - By Frank Gonzalez Jr.: It was hard watching Arturo Gatti lose his thunder (and his WBC Title) to the mastery that is Floyd Mayweather Jr. I was shocked at the short sightedness of Vivian Harris' performance against Carlos Maussa. June has been a big month for the Jr. Welter division. A couple of weeks ago, Ricky Hatton dethroned the mighty Kostya Tszyu and Miguel Cotto quietly but efficiently defended his WBO Title for a third time just two weeks ago.
Floyd needs attention and is all about being flashy to get it. He was carried into the ring on a palled chariot, wearing a fur laced hood and a smug look on his face. It was reminiscent of "Prince" Naseem Hamed's infamous ring entrance prior to being outclassed by Marco Antonio Barrera. Bad karma? Yeah, Floyd brought plenty.
Gatti stood in front of some fiery special effects accompanied by thunderous sounds. The packed house exploded with cheers as the working class hero made his way to the ring. continue
26.06.05 - by Kent Appel @ Ringside: The Spotlight Casino in Coachella, California was the scene of an excellent five bout professional card that was broadcast live on Hombre.tv, the cable television network for Hispanic men. Information about Hombre TV can be found at www.HombreTV.com. The card took place on June 24, 2005. There were also two fine amateur bouts that opened the show. continue
26.06.05 - By Frank Gonzalez Jr.: Vivian Harris (25-2-1-17 KO's) got out-spirited, then knocked out by Carlos Maussa of Columbia, who improved his record to 19-2-0-17 KO's, while taking the WBA Jr. Welterweight Title in the process. Maussa clocked Harris with a sharp left hook to his jaw that sent him down for the count. Harris got up after 10 and then complained that he beat the count.
Harris started the fight at a furious pace, trying to knock Maussa out in the first round. It proved an expensive strategy. By the midway point of the first round, Harris was winded and getting tagged regularly by the awkward, unorthodox and lanky Maussa, whom Harris must've taken for granted. How you lose your stamina after a minute and 30 seconds is a red flag if ever I saw one.
Harris traded in his boxing skills to be a slugger and try to give a memorable performance in front of the big crowd. continue
26.06.05 - Undefeated Omar Salado of Tijuana, Mexico, meets hard hitting Jose Morales of Los Mochis, Mexico, in the 10-round flyweight main event of nationally and internationally televised “Guilty Fight Night” card presented by Guilty Boxing Friday, July 8, at El Foro in Tijuana, B.C., Mexico. continue
25.06.05 - With unbeaten Jermain Taylor - a rising star with credentials - taking on Bernard Hopkins - the long-reigning middleweight champion who is considered by most to still be at his prime - on July 16 at the MGM GRAND in Las Vegas, it’s interesting to take a look at some of the other bouts from the modern era (1960 - present) that mirror this type of matchup.
Let’s start with the Heavyweights: * In 1964, the young, brash, and undefeated Cassius Clay, a Gold Medal winner in the 1960 Rome Olympics at 178 lbs., takes on the fearsome Charles “Sonny” Liston, who was coming off two straight first round knockout wins over Floyd Patterson. Result: A monster upset, as Clay makes Liston retire on his stool after six rounds.
* In 1971, it was “Smokin” Joe Frazier vs Muhammad Ali, the former Cassius Clay. Though Ali may not be all the way back from his forced three-year exile, both men are unbeaten – a first in a heavyweight world title fight. Each claim to be the real heavyweight champion and both combatants have captured Olympic Gold (Frazier in 1964 at HW). continue
26.06.05 - By Jim Amato: Matt Vanda of Minnesota revived his sagging career with hard fought but well deserved decision over former world title holder Yuri Boy Campas. The victory gave Vanda the International Boxing Association's Junior Middleweight title. Vanda was the quicker of two and used that to build up an early lead. The stronger and harder hitting Campas began making up for last time while getting the advantage in the middle rounds. continue
25.06.05 - By Jim Amato: It was no contest. It was utterly brutal! The blood and guts of the game Arturo Gatti hopefully have been spilled for the last time. In a totally one sided affair. Floyd Mayweather Jr. IS a great fighter. This kid has so much potential it is down right scary. Gatti was the perfect foe for Floyd to showcase those talents. Arturo had the name and the popularity but was not and probably never was in Floyd's class. continue
25.06.05 - By Tony Nobbs: Rob Calloway, from St Joseph Missouri, captured the vacant WBF heavyweight title by out pointing Australian Bob Mirovic over twelve action packed rounds at the Royal Pines Resort on the Gold Coast in Queensland last night. In front of a near packed house Calloway, 6 ft 3 / 209 pounds, built up an early lead and then held his own with the 6 ft 5 / 264 pound Mirovic, winning the belt unanimously by scores of 116-112, 116-112 and 115-113. Eastside had it 116- 112 for the 35 year old ‘All American Prize Fighter’. continue
WOBURN, Mass. (June 25, 2005) - Award-winning boxing writer George Kimball has joined the New England Ringside staff as a regular contributor to its magazine and radio show. Kimball, who recently retired from the Boston Herald after 25 years of service, has covered 343 world title fights since 1972. continue
25.06.05 - By Per-Åke Persson: German Thomas Ulrich has relinquished the EBU 175 lb title to conctrate on his world title ambitions. Stablemate Stipe Drews, who´s been mandatory challenger for a very long time now, will take on Italian veteran Silvio Branco for the vacant title with date and site yet to be determined. continue
24.06.05 – With a world title unification showdown against WBO 168-pound titleholder Joe Calzaghe all but set for later this year, IBF Super Middleweight Champion Jeff Lacy will first have to defend his crown against former world champion and current IBO super middleweight kingpin, Robin Reid, on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING Saturday, Aug. 6, 2005, at 9 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the west coast).
Lacy, who has battled opponents in nine different states, as well as England and Wales, will fight in front of his hometown fans for the first time as a pro when he makes his third and toughest title defense to date against Reid at the St. Pete Times Forum in Tampa, Fla. Gary Shaw Productions, LLC, will promote the world championship bout. continue
24.06.05 - By Jim Amato: Sorry...I just could not get over this one. I tried but but I could not come to terms with it. When it was first announced that Barry McGuigan was being inducted into the International Boxing Hall Of Fame in Canastota, New York in 2005 I was a bit surprised. Obviously to me there were more deserving potential inductees. Then it hit me. Hit me like a ton of bricks. How could McGuigan be inducted while Danny "Little Red" Lopez is still on the outside looking in? continue
24.06.05 - Photos by Tom Casino
Weigh In results: Arturo Gatti 140 vs Floyd Mayweather 139
Vivian Harris 139 vs Carlos Maussa 139
JC Chavez Jr. 142 vs Ruben Galvan 142
Ivan Calderon 104 vs Gerardo Verde 103 continue
24.06.05 - By Malik Lee: ESPN 2's friday night fights will air heavyweight's Oleg "The Big O" Maskaev 30-5 (24 KO's) scrapping against Livin Castillo 10-2 (7 KO's) at the Taj Mahal in Atlanitic City, New Jersey on June 24, 2005. The Maskaev v Castillo will be the main event of the boxing promtion that start being televised at 9 p.m Eastern Standard Time. continue
24.06.05 - By Chris Ireland: "So I say to you, gentlemen, let the next era begin." With those words, Lennox Lewis didn't begin a new heavyweight era. He kicked off a pugilistic Ice Age. What typically defines an era in the sport of boxing is a dominant champion. The 30's and 40's were Louis' day. The 60's and 70's were Ali's time. continue
24.06.05 - European light welterweight champion Junior Witter believes he will be in for a relatively long night when he meets mandatory contender Andreas Kotelnik on Saturday July 9th at the Nottingham Arena on the Hennessy Sports ‘Trailblazers’ promotion being shown live on ITV. continue
23.06.05 - By Curtis McCormick: Fresh off battering the great Kostya Tszyu in Manchester, England, Ricky "The Hitman" Hatton is in America to sit ringside as two of his biggest rivals, WBC Light Welterweight titlist Arturo Gatti and unbeaten top contender/former two weight world champion Floyd Mayweather, square off on Saturday night at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City. The "Whirlwind of Bad Intent" will also be the studio guest analyst on the popular ESPN 2 Friday Night Fights program and will participate in both HBO and Sky TV's broadcast of the greatly anticipated, epic pay per view Gatti - Mayweather fight.
Few outside of Hatton's camp and his huge following of loyal fans in Britain felt that "The Hitman" was on anything but a suicide mission when he climbed through the ropes against the greatly feared light welterweight divisional kingpin and IBF Champion Kostya Tszyu three weeks ago. continue
23.06.05 - By Barry Thompson: Boxing is a truly physical sport, taking the boxer to high levels of physical stress and strain, massive weight loss in some cases, and the buildup of eight weeks of preparation, however, biggest part of boxing is the preparation of the mind. A boxer can be distracted by the jeers of the fans, problems with the management team, too much focus on the promotion, future bouts, or an overwhelming feeling of intimidation. continue
23.06.05 - By Tony Nobbs: Heavy underdog ‘Big’ Bob Mirovic will have a massive weight advantage over Rob Calloway in tonight’s WBF heavyweight title showdown after hitting the scales at 120.05 kg (264 lb) at the fight venue, the Royal Pines Resort on Queensland’s Gold Coast. continue
23.06.05 - By Per-Åke Persson: Middleweight Khoren Gevor will now take on dangerous but fragile (handinjuries) Frenchman Frank Mezaache June 28 in Cuxhaven. Spotlight Boxing promotes with Dimitri Sartison vs Alexander Awidjan for the vacant Int´l German 168 lb title as headliner. continue
23.06.05 - By Danny Serratelli: Since Arturo Gatti won his WBC light welterweight title he has fought Leonard Dorin and Jesse James Leija. Many critics felt both would test Gatti, considering Leija’s victory over Francisco Bojado in his prior fight and Dorin’s undefeated record, impressive wins, and a draw that many observers felt he won with lightweight champ Paul Spadafora. continue
LOS ANGELES, June 23 – Just two days before the best middleweight in the world, Bernard Hopkins, puts his title on the line against top contender Jermain Taylor, the best super welterweight in the world, Kassim Ouma, will do the same when he squares off against number one challenger Roman Karmazin on Thursday, July 14, at the Orleans Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. continue
22.06.05 - by MIKE DUNN: The first signs of age were becoming evident, but they were easy to ignore. Surely, Sugar Ray Robinson's stunning upset defeat at the hands of Randy Turpin on July 10, 1951 at Earls Court in London was a fluke and there was nothing more to read into it.
Not that anyone contested the 15-round decision. The powerfully built Turpin, who came into the ring with an excellent 42-2 record and an unorthodox style that seemed perfectly suited to frustrate Robinson, won without any hint of controversy or hometown favoritism. It's just that Turpin, from England's Leamington Spa, frankly didn't seem to be in Robinson's class. For that matter, who did?
The 30-year-old Robinson, the dandy of the prize ring, had been beaten just once in 131 fights prior to Turpin. And that one loss had been to a world-class fighter, Jake LaMotta, a loss which Robinson later reversed several times over. continue
22.06.05 - British and Commonwealth super middleweight champion Carl Froch has vowed to give the people of Nottingham something to cheer about when he defends against Southampton’s Matthew Barney on Saturday July 9th on the Hennessy Sports ‘Trailblazers’ event being broadcast live by ITV. continue
22.06.05 - By Wray Edwards: This is an article about how Floyd Mayweather desperately needs to be soundly thrashed by Arturo Gatti. He doesn’t know it now, but he will owe Arturo a huge debt of gratitude if he can somehow manage to come unhinged and get totally and ignominiously humbled. Everything depends on this. continue
BOSTON (June 22, 2005) - The thrice-weekly New England Ringside Radio Show goes from pillar to post this week, starting with the woman of boxing and ending with a look at the Arturo Gatti-Floyd Mayweather mega-fight. Thursday night's two-hour New England Ringside Boxing Radio Show - hosted by Ted Bodenrader, Anthony Pepe, Rick Brutti and Joe Bills - airs between 6-8 PM/ET on Boston's Boxing Station, The Zone (1510 AM). continue
22.06.05 - Lightweight Rustam Nugaev of Los Angeles meets Martin Sanchez of Mexico City in the 10-round main event on the nationally and internationally televised “Guilty Fight Night Boxeo de Campeones” card promoted by Guilty Boxing Friday, July 1, at the Orleans Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nev. The 22-year-old Nugaev, originally from Russia, has a record of 13-4 with five knockouts. continue
22.06.05 - By Izyaslav “Slava” Koza: While the fight between Oleg Maskaev and Vitali Klitschko is yet to happen but seems like it is definite possibility, I feel fans are rushing to crucify Vitali as the sole fighter responsible for this debacle. This is perhaps even more ridiculous because he really hasn’t done anything bad, at least not yet. continue
21.06.05 - By Mike Dunn: It was the summer of 1935 and the stage was set for boxing's next million-dollar gate. Joe Louis, the promising young knockout puncher from Detroit, had made a name for himself with 23 straight victories and 18 knockouts in just a year's campaigning in the ring since winning the Golden Gloves championship. Max Baer, the impressively proportioned heavyweight titleholder from California, had made his 18th win in a row his most convincing, an 11th-round demolition of Italian behemoth Primo Carnera in June of 1934 to lay claim to sport's richest crown.
The proposed bout between the fearsome-punching Louis as challenger and the seemingly indestructible Baer as champion was already drawing the interest of the boxing public. Louis vs. Baer was a natural. It was sure to bring 80,000-plus curious onlookers to Yankee Stadium in the fall of '35 and establish the biggest gate in boxing since the 1927 Dempsey vs. Tunney rematch in Chicago. All that was needed to make it happen was for Louis and Baer to take care of the business at hand. continue
21.06.05 - By Matthew Hurley: One of my fondest boxing memories will always be meeting Tony DeMarco at the International Boxing Hall Of Fame. I had just pressed the flesh with Carmen Basilio and Gene Fullmer, my father dutifully snapping photographs, when I walked off unknowingly into the warm embrace of Tony D. So infectious was this tough gladiator from my hometown of Boston that I made a mental note to myself to write about him one day. I've mentioned him before in previous articles but he plays on my mind and my affection for him only increases with the passage of time. continue
21.06.05 - By Goran Dragosavac: If I would be absolutely certain that Floyd Mayweather will win the fight against Arthuro Gatti on Saturday night, I wouldn’t think about the fight, I wouldn’t write about it, and certainly wouldn’t bother to watch it. Make no mistake, Mayweather is technically one of the best boxers, not only in his generation, but one of the best that ever entered the ring. continue
21.06.05 - Dominic Pesoli's 8 Count Productions, home of THE BEST IN CHICAGO BOXING presents KO CHICAGO RADIO every Wednesday night at 5:30pm on WJJG AM-1530. KO CHICAGO RADIO is Chicagoland's only boxing radio show and features the finest discussion about national and local boxing news each week. Previous guests have included Fernando Vargas, Lamon Brewster, John Ruiz, Bob Arum, Angelo Dundee, Carl Moretti, Christy Martin, Rocky Juarez, Joe Tessitore, David Diaz and Freddy Cuevas. Listeners are encouraged to call in at 708-493-1530. continue
21.06.05 - By Tony Nobbs: Bob Mirovic arrives in the Gold Coast ahead of Friday nights WBF heavyweight title clash with skilled American Rob Calloway at the Royal Pines Resort. When Eastside last spoke to Bob seven weeks ago he indicated he wanted to scale 115 kg for this fight. Back from sparring Mike Tyson, Mirovic is on target with the scales, knocking of around 8 kg in the U.S and believes he is in the best shape of his life. continue
21.06.05 - By Malik Lee: IBF Intercontinental Lightweight Championship belt holder for a few months in 2004 Damian Fuller 24-4 (11 KO's) will square off against "The Eastern Beast" John Brown 23-12-1 (11 KO's) at A La Carte Event Pavillion in Tampa Flordia. This bout will be the main event of ESPN's 2 Tuesday night fights tonight June 21, 2005 with the show beginning at 8 PM Eastern Standard time. ESPN has prevented program over lap that cut into the last two previous broadcast boxing by showing two 30 minute broadcast of Mike Tyson in his prime. Great stuff to get you ready for the pending bout broadcast live. continue
21.06.05 - By Patrick Corcoran: What was already one of the most intriguing 140-pound match-ups in a long time (well, at least since Tszyu-Hatton, which was all of two and a half weeks ago) now has the additional flavor brought on by a mutual antipathy from the fighters. Floyd Mayweather, who has seen himself in lights since he was old enough to tie his own shoes, has given none of standard assessment of an opponent going into Saturday’s showdown with Arturo Gatti. Rather than saying, “He’s a great warrior, I’m just proud to be in the ring with him,” or some clichéd words to that effect, Floyd has taken to the airwaves calling Gatti a bum, a c-plus fighter, and man who has never beaten anyone of note.
Gatti, who has in fact beaten some credible opponents (more in the past year than the Pretty Boy has, to boot), understandably disagrees with Mayweather’s impression. Gatti, and his legion of fans, say that Mayweather has never been in a fight with a guy like Gatti: a man who’ll fight with one eye if not one leg and will throw rocks from start to finish. continue
21.06.05 - By Per-Åke Persson: French paper Le Monde writes today that police is investigating a number of the first rate pros for use of illegal substances. There are no charges brought but according to the paper police is looking into deliveries of pharmacy products to a company named Starvision, which is managed by the wife of Louis Acaries, whose brother Michel is the most successful promoter in France. continue
SANTA YNEZ, CA (June 21, 2005) – It’s back to reality for jr. middleweight AHMED “HOLLYWOOD” KADDOUR. Kaddour will be the first contestant from NBC’s reality series “The Contender” to return to the real world of boxing where he will be fighting in the eight-round jr. middleweight co-feature of the July 22 edition of SHOBox: The New Generation at the Chumash Casino Resort in beautiful Santa Ynez, CA. continue
21.06.05 - By Curtis McCormick -- Watch the British Fight of the Year on www.frankmaloney.com -- In the sweltering heat of London's York Hall on Sunday night, Graham Earl put on a tremendous performance to not only defend his British title but to take the Commonwealth crown as well, climbing off the canvas to dramatically stop Kevin Bennett and win the "Lightweight Bragging Rights" of Britain. The venue's capacity crowd had been pushed to the breaking point by a full undercard of the type of competitive matchups Maloney Promotions are known for. A savage give and take English Light Heavyweight title struggle between Peter Haymer and Tony Oakey immediately preceded the main event and if you missed Setanta Sports' live coverage of both fights, you can still see the epic Earl - Bennett tear-up as well as the brutal Haymer - Oakey war for just £3 ($5.50 US dollar equivalent) on Maloney Promotion's website www.frankmaloney.com. continue
New York, June 21-The Yory Boy Campas vs. Matt Vanda main event and the Celebration of the 25th Anniversary of Roberto Duran's epic victory over Sugar Ray Leonard are the main courses on the Battle for Pride! pay-per-view card presented by Team Freedom Promotions on Friday night, June 24, from the Target Center, in Minneapolis, MN, but three additional televised fights will serve as the appetizers on the program which retails at $19.95. continue
21.06.05 - By Wray Edwards: My bedtime is usually between one and two AM. It is at that time that we occasionally tune to the Fox News channel to watch "Your World With Neil Cavuto". Mr. Cavuto is one of the self-appointed gurus who populate the cable networks presenting news of the Stock Markets and world-wide financial goings-on. "Your World" is a general interest show on which Neil discusses events of the day which includes in-studio guests from time-to-time. We privately refer to Mr. Cavuto as the "Sandman" because as he drones on his often inane patter puts us neatly to sleep. continue
20.06.05 - By Fadi Khawaja - The Problem: Floyd Mayweather Junior has been a student of pugilism since the early age of seven. He possesses versatility, speed, reflexes and footwork that is reminiscent of Roy Jones Junior and ‘Sugar’ Ray Leonard. Like Jones, he feels his skills are under appreciated and he is not making the kind of money that the best pound for pound boxer should be. Unlike Leonard, he has yet to break through the shell of hardcore boxing fans and into the mainstream. Appealing to a wide audience will make the difference on what digits show up on Mayweathers pay cheque. In 2001, the under valued Jones was offered $10 million by HBO to split with Bernard Hopkins but the popular Leonard earned eleven million dollars plus a percentage of the gate to fight Marvin Hagler in 1987. So despite Mayweathers Olympic bronze medal at 125 pounds, an outstanding 84-6 amateur record and a proven record in the pro ranks Floyd Mayweathers superstar skills are not providing him with a superstar income, not yet at least.
The Solution -- The solution is simple – entertain, be accessible and seek the top fights. Entertaining is not simply fistic warfare, it is a number of things that Oscar De La Hoya epitomised. De La Hoya’s looks appealed to the ladies, his style appealed to the fans and his constant smiling appealed to the masses. continue
20.06.05 - Alex Arthur's historic attempt at the European Super-Featherweight title has been rescheduled for Saturday 23 July at Edinburgh's Meadowbank Stadium. Arthur was due to face the champion Boris Sinitsin on Saturday 9 July but show promoters Sports Network felt that due to the G8 Summit taking place in Perthshire and the expected knock-on effect from this in the Capital that it was best to post-pone the show for two weeks in order to maximise the profile of the fight. continue
*Photo by Tom Casino: Better Be Careful, Floyd! Arturo Gatti shows bad intentions as he rips a right hand while training at World Boxing & Fitness Center in Jersey City, NJ. for his fight with Floyd Mayweather, Saturday,June 25th at Boadwalk Hall in Atlantic City live on HBO Pay Per View.
20.06.05 - By Aaron B. Dye: "Thunder meets Lightning" live, On Saturday, June 25th from the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey, when Arturo Gatti squares off against Floyd Mayweather, Jr. in a highly anticipated junior welterweight title bout. Both fighters are looking to further establish their legacy with a big win in the biggest fight of their respective careers. Mayweather (33-0-0, 22 KO's) has participated in the majority of the trash talking leading up this bout, showing more disrespect for an opponent than he has for any of his previous victims. "Thunder" Gatti (39-6-0, 30 KO's) has remained a consummate gentleman throughout the promotion, more often than not refusing to take part in anything to degrade the reputation of the sport he loves. continue
20.06.05 - Emanuel: Training camp has been going very good. We could have been fighting this past weekend. He is in great condition and he is ready to go. It is like his first fight in to the foray of the top of the division. Being on this card is not about the money, it is about being on the big card. It’s a very important fight for him. continue
20.06.05 - Interview by Fiona Manning: Aussie born IBF 130 champion Robbie “The Bomber” Peden is ecstatic that a long-planned unification with battle with his good mate, WBC champion Marco Antonio Barrera is finally scheduled for September 17.
“This is a fight, a real fight,” said Peden by phone from his home in Illinois. Planning to relocate for training camp at the Fourth Street Gym in St Petersburg, Florida on July 8, Peden is upbeat and positive following his first week back in the gym since stopping Nate Campbell in the eighth round of their February 23 rematch in Australia.
Peden, whose record stands at 25-2, 14 KOs, only recently returned from an extended stay in Australia after demolishing Campbell in front of thousands of supportive fans.
The champ took his girlfriend Shelley Pogue all over his home country, even introducing her to Crocodile Hunter, Steve Irwin. continue
20.06.05 - Undefeated heavyweight contender Calvin "The Boxing Banker" Brock (25-0, 20 KOs) returns to the ring this Saturday, June 25th, on the undercard of the Gatti vs. Mayweather HBO PPV event from Atlantic City. Brock will fight veteran Kenny Craven (26-15, 22 KOs). continue
20.06.05 - By Izyaslav “Slava” Koza: You cannot imagine how angry it makes me to read that Vitali Klitschko might possibly fight Oleg Maskaev. Klitschko had the chance to become the best heavyweight on the planet after his dominating performance against Danny Williams. He had that same chance after beating Corrie Sanders, and he definitely had a great chance after beating Kirk Johnson. However like any other belt holder, he has apparently decided to throw that chance out the window.
First of all, he had those nagging injuries, which you know as a fan I can understand, because injuries and boxing are almost synonymous, so, okay. However, the problem is, he's had injuries while holding a belt which is something I am seriously opposed to. See, when a fighter holds a belt, by default, they are preventing other fighters from holding that belt, and their job is to prove they deserve to hang on to it. So far, Vitali has not done so, or has not done this enough. Yes, Danny Williams was an acceptable defense, seeing as he was coming off a great win for him, and was not a King fighter. No problem, Vitali pulverizes him and agrees to fight Rahman, which is the right decision, by the way. continue
BOSTON (June 20, 2005) - The George Khalid Jones-"Fabulous" Freddy Moore main event, as well as the Courage "No Limit" Tshabalala-Robert Wiggins co-feature, are true crossroads fights on Plymouth Rocks, presented by NER promotions, July 1 on ESPN2 Friday Night Fights from Memorial Hall in historic Plymouth, Massachusetts. continue
20.06.05 - By Wray Edwards: What have we learned? It is now safe to say "Defeat Antonio Tarver at your own Peril." Not many boxers can claim to have avenged every single defeat in their career the very next time they fought him. Some boxers show great adaptability during their fights. They adjust quickly and either meet fire with fire, or they adopt an effective defense on the spot. Other boxers go home, sit down and make a plan. Yours truly coined a phrase - perhaps - and it is that "One rarely learns anything from victory other than arrogance, for it is mostly through defeat that we come to know our limitations and study a way around them."
The reason this writer was not impressed by all the hoopla regarding Glen Johnson's Fighter of the Year accolades in '04 was that he showed no improvement to speak of. It seemed, rather that his competition, including Tarver, lost its potential to deal with his style. continue
20.06.05 - European Super-Featherweight Champion Boris Sinitsin will use Alex Arthur to sharpen up for a world title challenge later this year. Boris the Blade defends his crown against the Edinburgh star on Saturday 9 July at the Meadowbank Stadium and has promised to beat the hometown favourite and go on to face WBC Champ Marco Antonio Barrera. continue
19.06.05 - By Mark Workman: When Mike Tyson stepped confidently into the ring at the Tokyo Dome in Tokyo, Japan on February 11, 1990 the Japanese public witnessed the most awesome destroyer boxing had seen in years, decades. Sure, Muhammad Ali was a better boxer and more loved by the world, but Ali never brought into the ring that monstrous fear-factor that shrouded Iron Mike, that dangerous destructive force that exploded when he entered the ring. Mike Tyson was indestructible in the eyes and minds and hearts of the Japanese people. To them he was as fierce and gigantic as their native son Godzilla himself.
As the new decade began, most of the world refused to even consider the mere suggestion that Mike Tyson could lose to a fighter with the lackluster record that James Buster Douglas possessed. Coming into the fight a 42-to-1 underdog, Douglas could've made every boxing fan on the planet a pretty penny had anyone the foresight or the nerves to even bet on him. continue
19.06.05 - NER promotions has appointed veteran Mark Vaz as Vice President of Boxing Operations, NER president Rick Brutti announced today. Vaz has extensive experience in boxing, starting as an amateur boxer and including trainer, manager, site coordinator and cutman. In addition to serving as Glen Johnson's cutman and Carl Daniels' co-manager, Vaz was Jermain Taylor's manager for the middleweight contender's first three years as a pro. continue
19.06.05 - By Frank Gonzalez Jr.: Light Heavyweight, Antonio "The Magic Man" Tarver outclassed and outscored the gallant, Glen "The Road Warrior" Johnson, winning a 12 round Unanimous Decision in a Championship fight. Tarver is 3-0 in rematches now. The little known, IBO Title was the prize. IBO stands for International Boxing Organization, which should be the ONLY Sanctioning Body, since Boxing is an International sport and too many chefs spoil the soup.
Early in the fight, Johnson was busier and more aggressive with his work to the body and occasional combination punching. Tarver boxed outside and after a while, got into a rhythm that consisted of jabbing and following up with combinations that were not particularly powerful but effective enough to win most of the rounds.
There were no knockdowns. No slips. Neither man hurt the other. Johnson did a lot of good bodywork and always kept coming forward. Tarver showed he could take a good shot and still control the tempo and for the most part, his opponent. continue
19.06.05 - Veteran Kenny Ellis (34-6-2, 22KO’s) ventures back into the ring at the Emerald Queen Casino’s Battle at the Boat boxing series this Saturday, June 25th at the I-5 showroom. The first bout is scheduled for 7:30 pm. Ellis will face the steely and unorthodox competitor, James Lubwama (16-2, 9 KO’s) from Florida. Ellis, still fueled from his 6th round TKO win over Aaron Norwood (21-6-2), is ready for action. continue
19.06.05 - That great old tradition of the ‘Friday Night Fights’ returns June 24th at Trump’s Taj Mahal. In a nationally televised bout presented by Dennis Rappaport Productions, Oleg (the Cinderella story) Maskaev, the highly ranked heavyweight is pitted against the always dangerous Terrence ‘the Terror’ Lewis, who holds victories over Levi Billups, Al Cole and knockouts over Robert Davis and Darroll Wilson. The co-feature will showcase Johnny ‘Boy’ Vargas, considered among the best prospects in the super-middleweight division. This charismatic fighter with matinee good looks will be in a most competitive 8 rounder.
Maskaev has knocked out the WBC #1 contender, former heavyweight champion, Hasim Rahman as will as stopping the current WBC champion, Vitali Klitchko, in the 1st round when they were both amateur stars in Russia.
Maskaev is truly boxing’s Cinderella story of the 21st century. After knocking out many well-known heavyweights, he suffered setbacks and disappointments and looked like he was quickly traveling the road to Palookavile. continue
18.06.05 - (MEMPHIS, TENN.) - Olympic gold medalist Andre Ward (Oakland, Calif.) moved to a perfect 4-0 (2 KOs) with a dominating third round TKO victory over Ben Aragon (Billings, Mont.) on Saturday night at the FedEx Forum in Memphis, Tenn. Ward dominated the first round of action, landing at will with a sharp and pinpoint accurate jab. The 21-year-old peppered Aragon with shots to the head and body throughout the short contest, controlling the pace and befuddling Aragon with his quickness and incomparable movement. continue
18.06.05 - F.Weber, Boxing.de - At the huge and ancient Amphitheater of Pula, Croatia – built between 100 and 400 A.D. by the Roman Empire – principals Felix Sturm and Stipe Drews fulfilled the expectations set on them as being the favorites on this event promoted by Germany’s Universum Box-Promotion.
In front of 6.000 excited open air spectators in one of the most popular holiday resorts at the Adriatic Sea former WBO middleweight champion Felix Sturm defeated Spanish champion Jorge Sendra whereas former European light heavyweight champion and local hero Stipe Drews gained the upper hand over Omar Eduardo Gonzalez from Argentina. Both fights were billed as WBO intercontinental championships and they both went the full distance of twelve rounds. continue
18.06.05 - By Jim Amato: Former world champion Jorge Castro of Argentina was seriously injured in a car crash near Buenos Aires. He suffered injuries to his knee and ribs. Castro is a veteran of 142 professional fights. He sports an unbelievable record of 129-10-3 with 89 KO's! continue
18.06.05 - By Malik Lee: WBC Light Welterweight Championship belt holder Arturo “Thunder” Gatti, 39-6 29 KO’s, will welcome “Pretty Boy” Floyd Mayweather Jr. 33-0 22 KO’s, into his backyard of Atlantic City, New Jersey in front of 15,000 seats which will mostly be filled by Gatti fans. Titled “Thunder & Lighting” this championship brawl will be the main event of HBO’s pay per view scheduled for Saturday June 25, 2005 with the show going live at 9 PM Eastern standard time.
The tale of the tape for Gatti-Mayweather Jr. fight scheduled for 12 rounds reads as follows: Canadian boxer, Arturo Gatti, hailing from Jersey City, NJ. Gattti's age 33, standing 5’7 ½” with a reach of 70”, fighting from a Orthodox stance. American boxer Mayweather Jr. calls Las Vegas, Nevada home age 28 standing 5’8” with a reach of 72” fighting from a Orthodox stance. continue
18.06.05 - By Matt Hurley: It all began with Roy Jones for Antonio Tarver and Glen Johnson. Both men ascended boxing heights they’d only dreamed of before by knocking out the former claimant to the mythical pound for pound boxing throne. Then, as they scanned the wasteland that is the light heavyweight division they realized all that was left was to face each other. So they did and on that night the unheralded and underappreciated Johnson edged the loquacious braggart Tarver for the undisputed crown. continue
18.06.05 - By Per-Åke Persson: Aarhus, Denmark: Jr middle Reda Zam Zam moved to 17-0 and won the WBA I/C title with an impressive, hardfought decision over Armenian, based in France, Hamlet Petrosian. The scores were 118-108, 118-111 and 114-112. Petrosian looked very sharp in the first - so sharp one thought it would only be a matter of time before he found the range for his right.. continue
17.06.05 – 2004 Olympic Gold Medalist Andre Ward (Oakland, Calif.) will step in the ring for the fourth time as a professional on Saturday, June 18 at the FedEx Forum in Memphis, Tenn. Ward will look to extend his record to 4-0 when he takes on Ben Aragon of Billings, Mont. (4-2-1) in a six-round contest on Saturday night. continue
17.06.05 - The legendary Roberto Duran, who celebrated his 54th birthday on Thursday, was on a national conference call to promote the June 24th Team Freedom pay-per-view fight headlined by Yory Boy Campas vs. Matt Vanda. The fight will emanate from the Target Center in Minneapolis, and will also feature a celebration of the 25th anniversary of Duran's memorable victory over Sugar Ray Leonard, the first loss in Leonard's tremendous career, to win the WBC welterweight title.
On why he is now promoting fights for Team Freedom: "I want to be remembered as a great fighter and great person; I want to keep the Roberto Duran name out there so people don't forget." On how it felt to defeat Leonard: "I was elated after that win. He was the Golden Boy, the idol of the U.S. But I was ready mentally and physically. I felt I had won over the Montreal fans, I was very happy." continue
17.06.05 - By Tony Nobbs: NABC and WBF Intercontinental heavyweight champion Rob Calloway has been enjoying his stay on the Gold Coast this week in the lead up to next Friday nights WBF title bout with Australian Bob Mirovic at the Royal Pines Golf Resort. So much so that he has expressed an interest in returning. Calloway, 35, touched down at Brisbane Airport on Tuesday morning following a twenty three hour trip from Kansas. He was accompanied by trainer/brother-in-law Jason Redmond and sparring partner, Native American Darwin Doney. The trio were picked up by promoter Jamie Myer and have settled in to their Surfers Paradise unit. continue
17.06.05 - By Billy Borst: The fight of the summer finally has a set date, and tickets are going to fly off the shelves. Don King Productions has announced that tickets will go on sale this Tuesday to a fight which will rock The United Center in Chicago, Illinois. The fight is scheduled for August 13th, and will include some of the hottest fighters around today. Hasim “The Rock” Rahman (40-5-1, 33 KOs) will be the highlight of the night as he takes on Monte “Two Gunz” Barrett (31-3-0, 17 KOs). continue
17.06.05 - By Tomasz Blanco: In a heavyweight division that most people think is not dominated outright by any one fighter, one fighter does, nonetheless stand taller than his counterparts. Vitali Klitschko should be considered the man at the Heavyweight division right now. A few reasons: Chris Byrd (fight took place 4/01/00) is considered by many to be the best pure boxer in the heavyweight division. continue
17.06.05 - By Derek Tang: The only two light-heavyweights to have ever knocked out the aging, but legendary Roy Jones Jr. meet this Saturday, June 18 for the second time! In one corner, we have Antonio Tarver (22-3, 18KOs); he rose to public fame when he was the first to knock out Roy Jones in their rematch in the second round of May 2004. In the other corner, we have Glencoffe Johnson (42-9, 28KOs) and he recently knocked out Roy Jones in September 2004. Tarver relinquished his title belts to face Johnson, instead of defending against his dangerous mandatory, Paul Briggs.
Antonio “Magic Man” Tarver is 6’2” and 35 years old. He has had a distinguished amateur record; he topped both the World Amateur and Pan American Games in 1995, and was a 5-time National Amateur Champion. One year later in 1996, he won the Olympic Bronze medal in the 178-pound division. He turned pro when he was 28 years old and under the wing of popular trainer, Buddy McGirt, Tarver went on to have a generally successful professional career. continue
17.06.05 - By Izyaslav “Slava” Koza and Gennadi “Komar” Komarnitsky: “Victory Day” in the “Great Patriotic War (WW2),” is one of the most revered holidays in Russia. It wasn’t that we just saved the world from the Nazi plague, but that we also showed that we are ready to make those heroic sacrifices, which will be remembered forever. The war impacted practically every Soviet family forcing the country from June 22, 1941, to fight as a whole, single, united organism. continue
LOS ANGELES, June 17th – Just one day before his highly-anticipated rematch against Glen Johnson, light heavyweight superstar Antonio Tarver will return to ESPN’s “Jim Rome is Burning” to serve as a special correspondent for the hit series. Tarver’s appearance on “The Correspondents” segment of the show will air today at 4:30pm ET / 1:30pm PT. “The Correspondents” gives viewers an in-depth look into a day in the life of an athlete. This will be Tarver’s second appearance as a correspondent on the show. continue
17.06.05 - By Curtis McCormick: Watch "Lightweight Bragging Rights" live along with a replay of Kevin McBride's historic dismantling of Mike Tyson on Setanta Sports this Sunday, starting at 7:45pm in the UK and Ireland. Commonwealth Lightweight king Kevin "Bulldog" Bennett has embarked on a mission to tear the British Championship from Graham Earl's grip and won't be satisfied until accomplishes his goal when the two meet this Sunday at London's hallowed York Hall. continue
17.06.05 - photo by Wray Edwards - SHOWTIME will set off fireworks during the July Fourth weekend with a spectacular heavyweight showdown. Explosive Samuel "The Nigerian Nightmare" Peter, who possesses perhaps the most devastating knockout power in his weight class, will attempt to continue his ascension to 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).
Touted by many as the hottest fighter in the division, Peter, the United States Boxing Association/North American Boxing Federation (USBA/NABF) champion, will try to tame "The Bull" when he battles North American Boxing Association (NABA) Heavyweight Champion Taurus Sykes on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING.
All three titles will be on the line in the 12-round bout, presented by Duva Boxing from the Reno Events Center in Reno, Nevada. continue
PROVIDENCE (June 16, 2005) – Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment & Sports, Inc (CES) tonight conducted the final press conference and official weigh in at the Hi Hat Lounge for tomorrow night’s (Friday, June 17) “Providence’s Prime Time Fights” in The All-New Theatre at the Dunkin’ Donuts Theatre in Down City Providence. continue
16.06.05 - Promoter Don King has scheduled another blockbuster card that will feature three world title fights—and two additional heavyweight matches with world title implications—on Aug. 13 at the United Center and on pay per view. 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 crown; WBC interim super welterweight champion Alejandro “Terra” Garcia will take on Luca “Bergamo Bomber” Messi. continue
16.06.05 - By Barry Thompson: “It’s not how many times you fall down; it’s how many times you get back up.” Another tough one to pick folks… these gentlemen both know how to get back up when knocked down. Both also carry the reputation of being the only two men to ever knock out the legendary Roy Jones Jr. continue
16.06.05 - By Lee Hayes: The saying in boxing is that things go as the heavyweight division goes. This is not to mean that good fights will not take place at lower weight classes. In fact, usually the lower weights are where a lot of the real action takes place. The saying is in reference to the meaning of being “heavyweight champion of the world”, which in essence means the man who can literally beat any other man in the ring.
Since the heavyweights are the largest of boxing specimens, it infers that the heavyweight champion if the most physically superior man on earth. If that’s the case, then boxing is in a whole world of trouble right now. With Vitali Klitschko the generally accepted top of the divisions multiple title belt holders, and his reluctance to fight any of the other champions or top contenders –let alone his mandatory defenses- it does not appear to be a situation that will sort itself out any time soon. Who is the greatest heavyweight currently fighting in the division? Is it truly Klitschko? It’s hard to give him that claim, because he still holds a loss to Chris Byrd, and Lennox Lewis. They being the only two champions that Klitschko has ever faced in the ring. Is it Chris Byrd? Again it’s hard to give Byrd that distinction, since he has lost soundly to Wladimir Klitschko, although it was many years ago. continue
MEMPHIS, TENN. (June 16, 2005) – 2004 Olympic Gold Medalist Andre Ward (Oakland, Calif.) will step in the ring for the fourth time as a professional on Saturday, June 18 at the FedEx Forum in Memphis, Tenn. Ward will look to extend his record to 4-0 when he takes on Ben Aragon of Billings, Mont. (4-2-1) in a six-round contest on Saturday night. The bout will take place on the undercard of the Glen Johnson vs. Antonio Tarver rematch. Ward made his professional debut on the first bout between the two boxers on December 18 in Los Angeles, Calif. continue
WORCESTER, Mass. (June 16, 2005) - Former World Boxing Association welterweight champion Jose Antonio Rivera (37-4-1, 24 KOs has announced that he has decided to move up from the 147-pound welterweight division to 154-pound junior middleweight. Rivera, of Worcester (MA), recently signed a three-year promotional agreement with Don King Productions and he reportedly will fight on the Rahman-Barrett August 13 card in Chicago as a junior middleweight. continue
16.06.05 - By Michael Amakor: On Saturday, June 11, "Iron" Mike Tyson received another humiliating shocker to his well publicized comeback, in a bout were he was supposed to win, he got repeatedly cloned by punches that felt like the whole of Ireland hitting him on the chin by underdog Kevin McBride, who pressured him into quitting on his stool at the end of the sixth round, convinced that there was no way to get past the colossal force in front of him. continue
16.05.05 - MAYWEATHER: Thanks to the media for having me on and if you’re not there June 25th, you should buy the fight because it is a big fight. If you are paying to see me lose, pay. If you are paying to see me win, pay. It’s going to be an exciting fight. We have Thunder Gatti and we have Pretty Boy Floyd. They are calling it Thynder and Lightning but we all know Thunder makes noise and lightning strikes. So on June 25th tune in because it is going to be a mega big fight.
Gatti says he walks around about 170, is that a factor.
MAYWEATHER: That means it is no discipline. I fight at 140 – I come into camp at 145. No more than 147 and sometimes 142. I feel that he has no discipline. continue
GLEN BURNIE, MD (June 16, 2005) – “The Mensa Mauler,” CHAZZ WITHERSPOON, 5-0 (4 KOs), fomerly known as professional boxing’s only heavyweight on a full academic scholarship, is now officially a gentleman AND a scholar, having graduated from St. Joseph's University last month with a Bachelors degree in Pharmaceutical Marketing. continue
16.06.05 - By Per-Åke Persson: Danish media reports that Int´l Entertainment, the company behind Team Palle, suffered a huge financial loss for 2004. Palle also had a rough year in 2003 and it´s a fact that professional boxing in Scandinavia struggles despite several big names and good prospects around. continue
16.06.05 - David Burke has withdrawn from his eliminator for the British lightweight title against Lee Meager on the July 9th Hennessy Sports ‘Trailblazers’ event at the Nottingham Arena. “Unfortunately David has injured his back so has had to stop training,” explained show promoter Mick Hennessy. “This means he will now be unable to box in July. As a result Lee Meager will face another opponent, hopefully in a Championship fight. continue
15.06.05 - By Geoffrey Ciani: Two nights after former undisputed heavyweight champion of the world, “Iron” Mike Tyson called it ‘quits’ from the world of boxing, I had the privilege of chatting with the up-and-coming young heavyweight contender from Nigeria, Samuel Peter. While speaking with the polite young gentlemen, I somehow felt as if I were metaphorically witnessing a transitional step in the realm of boxing history. It was as if my mind’s eye was figuratively seeing a passing of the torch, being handed from Tyson to Peter.
In fact, many would say that not since Mike Tyson has a young heavyweight generated as much excitement in the ring as has the young Nigerian. With an impressive professional record that stands at an unblemished 23-0 with 20 wins coming by way of knockout, Peter has exhibited an awesome display of raw power not much unlike that of a young Tyson. But enough about Tyson whose time in the sport has just expired; Peter’s time is just now beginning, and he appears to have a very bright future. continue
15.06.05 - By Barry Green: The dispute and debate that followed last week‘s Joel Casamayor-Kid Diamond fight reminded me of a quote by the great Angelo Dundee when talking of the Ali-Liston rematch. He spoke maybe for most of us when he said: “Controversy? Dynamite. We love it,” and let’s face it, part of our love for the noble art is the fact that its history is riddled with the somewhat polemic (Tunney-Dempsey, Ali-Liston, Chavez-Taylor, ....the list is endless.) continue
15.06.05 - Ciao DiBella - DiBella Entertainment's tough 135-pounder Leavander Johnson (33-4-2, 25 KO's) and Stefano Zoff (43-9-2, 17 KO's), will battle for the Vacant IBF Lightweight Title on Friday night June 17th at the Palalido Dello Sport in Milano, Italy. Zoff hails from Monfalcone, Italia, so he will be fighting on his home turf, while Leavander travels to Italia from Atlantic City. The two fight veterans have combined for 76 victories and 42 knockouts during their careers. continue
15.06.05 - Arturo Gatti: It’s going to pay off for me again this time. My boxing skills. That’s what everyone forgets that I can do. It was very important for me to win that title. And it was very hard also. Not knowing my opponent and not knowing how he was going to come out. I hurt my hands in that fight and it didn’t go as I planned. But I was happy the way it turned out and I was happy to win the title and be a two-time world champion. continue
15.06.05 - By Malik Lee: The contractual Light heavyweight rematch of Glengoffe “Road Warrior” Johnson, 42-9-2 28 KO’s, and Antonio “Magic Man” Tarver 22-3-0 18 KO’s will take place at FedEx Forum in Memphis Tennessee this Saturday June 18. The scrap will be broadcast live on HBO at 10PM EST titled “The rematch for Light Heavyweight supremacy”. This will be the first fight for both fighters since Johnson earned a split decision last December in a 12 round bout in Los Angeles capturing the IBO light heavyweight championship belt. The first fight a close one, was determined by Judge Marty Denkins who had the bout 116-112 Johnson with the other two judges calling it a draw 115-113 one for each fighter.
The tone of the first fight was set with both fighters relinquishing belts after coming off of knockout wins of Roy Jones Jr. This fight will be about Johnson showing he is more than just the best Jamaican fighter but he is a true champion in his first title defense. continue
15.06.05 - There will be a press conference for Amateur stand-out and Cleveland native Aaron Williams in Highland Park, IL. Williams will be signing an exclusive management deal with Warehouse Boxing Club, LLC and an agreement with Hall of Famer, Jesse Reid to work as his trainer. continue
15.06.05 - Washington, DC – In a historic agreement today, the world’s four major professional boxing sanctioning organizations have agreed that they will not sanction world title fights in states that do not meet minimum health and safety standards. continue
15.06.05 - Two undefeated and world-ranked heavyweight champions from eastern Europe–Sultan Ibragimov and Timur Ibragimov–appear in separate title bouts on the nationally and internationally televised “Guilty Fight Night” card presented by Guilty Boxing in association with Nafta Moskva and Coors Light Friday, June 24, at the Orleans Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nev. continue
15.06.05- British Heavyweight Champion Matt Skelton has promised to punch challenger Danny Williams into retirement when they meet at the Bolton Arena on Saturday 16 July. The Bedford brawler has KO'd all but one of his 16 opponents with his brutal relentless style and is now even more confident of stopping former champion Williams after the Brixton puncher revealed that he is prepared to stand and trade with him.
Unbeaten Skelton said, "If Danny wants to go to war with me that's fine, I can't wait. Danny is a man living on the memories of beating a faded Mike Tyson and he won't be able to do what he did to him against me. Everyone seems to have forgotten the beating he took from Sinan Samil Sam and we all saw the real Danny when he fought Vitali Klitschko for the world title and he certainly was dynamite everytime Klitschko landed on his jaw - he exploded on the canvas. What will I do to him?" continue
15.06.05 - Carlos Navarro (26-3-1, 21 KOs) will defend his WBC Continental America’s 130-pound title against Philippine junior lightweight titleholder Bobby Pacquiao, the younger brother of superstar Manny Pacquiao, in the main event Friday on ESPN2 at the Table Mountain Casino in Friant, Calif. The casino is located approximately 15 minutes north of Fresno. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. PT. The first bell is 6:15. continue
15.06.05 - Nigerian heavyweight Samuel Peter would like to extend an invitation to recently retired Mike Tyson to accompany him on a humanitarian mission to Africa. "It would be an honor for me to bring one of the greatest champions in history to Africa where I know we could raise people's awareness of the many problems of the area." continue
BOSTON (June 15, 2005) – New England Ringside president Rick Brutti today announced that the twice-weekly New England Ringside Radio Show has expanded into Rhode Island and soon will be the most frequently aired broadcast in boxing. continue
14.06.05 - By Kevin Kincade: So, this is how it ends: that’s what I was thinking Saturday night when Mike Tyson’s long and winding road finally came to its ultimate conclusion. Oh sure, he might come back and fight again; but after losing to a fighter the quality of Kevin McBride, for all intents and purposes, it’s over. McBride was a second chance, of sorts. Mike had the knee-excuse to fall back upon for his loss to Williams; but against the Irishman, he had no such luxury. There it was, the end, staring Mike dead in the eye, scorching itself into his eye sockets; and you could almost hear him sigh in relief that it had finally arrived.
Now, here we are, awestruck observers, in the wake of a mighty storm that took our breath away and pierced the very depths of our souls; thrilled us, teased us, exhilarated us, exasperated us, enraged us, and, just as suddenly, it was gone. Those of us who love him wish him well and the inner peace he never seemed to have during his career, while those of us who hate him are laughing in cynical self-righteousness. continue
14.06.05 - Powers Championship Boxing presents “Road to the Title” at Nationwide Arena on Saturday, June 25 at 7 p.m. The night will feature seven bouts culminating with a pair of title fights marking the first time in Columbus boxing history that two national title fights are on the same card. continue
14.06.05 - By Curtis McCormick: After two false starts Portsmouth, England's Tony Oakey looks to be finally getting back in the ring where he can launch an all out assault on the English Light Heavyweight title currently held by London's Peter "The Daddy" Haymer. continue
14.06.05 - The land that produced Vivian Harris, Wayne Braithwaite, Andrew Lewis, Sean Garnett and Lennox Blackmore, just to name a few, is also making a name for itself in women’s boxing. On July 9, light heavyweight champion Gwendolyne O’Neil (10-4-1) from Georgetown, Guyana, will defend her title against Kathy Rivers (14-5) as part of the “A Ring Of Their Own” women’s boxing series. continue
14.06.05 - By Mike Indri, Retired Boxers Foundation: On the night when boxing’s once-most potentially gifted and feared fighter, Mike Tyson, hopefully fought the last fight (sixth round loss to Kevin McBride) of his much maligned and tumultuous career; the rapidly rising career of Miguel Cotto, one of boxing’s newest and brightest stars, appears boundless and destined for great things.
Cotto, Puerto Rico’s perennial amateur champion (1997-2000), scored the biggest victory of his young professional career in front of a frenzied, predominately-Cotto, Madison Square Garden crowd. Defending his World Boxing Organization jr. welterweight title against the rugged and very difficult Muhammad Abdullaev, Cotto was facing the same fighter that shattered his Olympic dream at the 2000 Sydney games.
Soundly defeating Cotto, 17-7, in the opening round of the tournament, Abdullaev proved to be the best amateur at the 139 pound level; winning the gold medal for Uzbekistan. continue
14.06.05 - Former British Heavyweight Champion Danny Williams is planning to go to war with current champion Matt Skelton when they collide on Saturday 16 July at the Bolton Arena. The explosive clash is a real Battle of Britain between the two best domestic heavyweights in the country with everything on the line for both men. Brixton puncher Williams is recognised as the more technically accomplished fighter but has elected a fight strategy to match that of the undefeated Bedford brawler. continue
14.06.05 - Tickets are now on sale for Alex Arthur's historic European Super-Featherweight title challenge against Russian champion Boris Sinitsin on Saturday 9 July at Edinburgh's Meadowbank Stadium. Arthur aims to capture the European crown to add to his British and Commonwealth belts and, if succesfull, will become the first Scot since the legendary World Flyweight Champion Jackie Patterson in 1946 to hold all three titles simultaneously. continue
14.06.05 - By Per-Åke Persson: The EBU held their annual General Assembly this past weekend in Vienna. Universum, headed by Klaus Peter Kohl, was named Promoter of the Year. The Fight of the Year award went to Luan Krasniqi vs Timo Hoffmann and Fighter of the year was bantam champ Simone Maludrottu. The EBU also made a decision on not to rate fighters who participate in EBA titlefights; the organisation have previously made a similar stand on officials. continue
13.06.05 - By Wray Edwards: One evening, not long ago, Mike requested the keys to my brother-in-law's Escalade and left camp to head for the big city. It seems that the Spartan surroundings of the training camp were not sufficiently entertaining for him that week. He probably missed the excitement and social adulation of the scene at the posh Marina Del Rey hotel he had left a day or two earlier. From there he went on an odyssey around the country (Miami, New York, Phoenix) like a moth looking for a flame. The end result of all of that was to be standing, once again, on a tightly stretched piece of cloth in front of a big, white guy. He fluttered into the ring, flew too close to his own limitations (once again) and got burned.
I have compared him before to the archetype of King Kong trying to hang on to the spire of the Empire State Building while most of the world tried to shoot him down in rejection of the fascinating, primal energies he represents. The epitaph "Has Beauty killed the beast" is still apt. Whether it was beautiful women, cars, clothes, houses, promoter promises or whatever, Mike was blinded by the light of those enticements. The touching three or four hour retrospective presented by ESPN before this weekend's fight, was a poignant reminder of the agony and ecstasy of this manôs life to date.. continue
13.06.05 - By Bernie McCoy: The past weekend was a busy one in the sport of Women's boxing. On Friday night, Kara Ro, continuing to stay close to home in Detroit, out-pointed Belinda Laracuente. On Saturday, Laila Ali TKO'd a very good fighter on PPV (another in the ever lengthening list of Mike Tyson's "last bouts"); unfortunately, Erin Toughill, Ali's opponent, is a very good Mixed Martial Arts fighter, but, as was obvious on Saturday, she still needs some work in the boxing ring. continue
13.06.05 - Undefeated heavyweight prospect Alexander Dimitrenko, 18-0 (11), takes on German champion Andreas Sidon, 26-5 (20), on July 2 at Color Line Arena of Hamburg. The vacant WBO intercontinental title will be on the line in this contest on the undercard of Zsolt Erdei’s WBO light heavyweight world title defense against Mehdi Sahnoune. continue
13.06.05 - SHOWTIME will replay Saturday's historical pay-per-view bout that saw Mike Tyson slide into possible retirement following a stunning turn of events in which the former two-time world heavyweight champion refused to answer the bell for the seventh round against Kevin McBride. Fight fans have the opportunity to witness perhaps the final chapter of boxing's most fascinating character when SHOWTIME rebroadcasts the fight that took place at the MCI Center in Washington, D.C., on Saturday, June 18, at 9 p.m. ET/PT. continue
13.06.05 - By Geoff Mckay: The first clues came as Mike Tyson made his way into the ring Saturday night. He didn’t want to be there. That much was obvious. He stared at the ground, looked around nervously, he seemed totally lost, unfamiliar, and uncomfortable in the environment that has seen both his rise, and his fall.
Still, this wasn’t a sure sign he was going to lose, and in fact, Tyson did hurt McBride badly a couple of times, especially to the body. However, it wasn’t as much the fight that I found interesting; it was the comments and actions of Mike Tyson after his defeat that shocked me. What I saw left me asking, “Do we really know who Mike Tyson is?”
One of the main reasons I love boxing is because of the subtleties in the sport. So much goes unnoticed to the casual observer before, during, and after a boxing match. As I have said before, these small cues, such as a momentary glance, a comment made once too often, or a fidgety nervous habit will betray more truth than any ten minute speech ever could. Seeing through all this smoke and mirrors, and understanding the reality of the boxing match in front of you, I think that is what the sport is all about. continue
13.06.05 - Title-holder Cornelius Lock of Detroit and Giovanni Urbina of Mexico have been added to the nationally and internationally televised “Guilty Fight Night” card presented by Guilty Boxing Friday, June 17, at El Foro in Tijuana, Mexico in a 10-round super bantamweight co-main event. The original 10-round bout features young counter-puncher Michael Lozada of Mexico against relentless countryman Gerardo Zayas in a super featherweight bout. continue
13.06.05 - Promoter Don King has announced that tickets will go on sale Tuesday at 1 p.m. for his next boxing extravaganza at the United Center on Aug. 13 featuring a showdown for the World Boxing Council interim heavyweight championship that pits former WBC and International Boxing Council heavyweight champion and current WBC No. 1-ranked contender Hasim “The Rock” Rahman and WBC No. 2-ranked contender Monte “Two Gunz” Barrett. continue
13.06.05 - By Craig Parrish: The careening sound heard emanating from Washington, DC, on Saturday night was the final derailment of the train wreck that has been the career of Mike Tyson. Tyson refused to come out for the 7th round of the fight, retiring on his stool. It was reported that he later said that if he came out, that he would “take a beating”. This statement could be used as a summation for the man’s life. continue
13.06.05 - By Tony Fondacaro: Forgive me if I seem a bit too attached to the idea of Mike Tyson (photo: Tom Casino/Showtime) being the heavyweight champion of the world; after all, it was his career that spanned a greater portion of my young life. When Tyson turned pro, I was six years old. When he beat Trevor Berbick and became champion, I was seven. When Tyson blew out Michael Spinks in probably one of the greatest known blowouts in boxing history, I was nine.
At that point, I was used to the idea of Tyson as being both undefeated and champion. His win over Spinks cemented the impression that he was untouchable, and rightfully so. To me, the sensitive young boxing fan I was, it was one of the best things of my world. I felt a sense of overwhelming contentedness with Tyson, most likely because if anything in the world seemed to be reliable and secure, it would be that Tyson would always be heavyweight champ. continue
Brockton,MA (June 13, 2005) - Ian "The Cobra" Gardner 18-2 7ko's will make his return to the ring on July 5th against battle tested veteran Marcos "The Terminator" Primera 19-10-2 12ko's. The card will be televised on ESPN2 and is promoted by Cappiello Promotions. Gardner is coming off of a 12 round close unanimous decision loss at the hands of the unbeaten Armenian star Arthur Abraham. continue
13.06.05 - Promoter Dino Duva of Duva Boxing says that not only was he very impressed with heavyweight Kirk Johnson's performance, last Friday against Yanqui Diaz, but also with his attitude. "I think Kirk looked really good for someone who has been off for a year," said Duva of Johnson's fifth-round technical decision over Diaz (scores of 49-42, 49-42 and 49-43) at the Pechanga Resort & Casino in Temecula, California. continue
13.06.05 - By Geoffrey Ciani: “I don’t have the guts to stay in this sport anymore. I do not want to disrespect the sport I love.” – Mike Tyson. These were the words spoken by the former "Baddest Man on the Planet" after suffering the sixth loss of his professional career. The end of an era has arrived. Mike Tyson is making his departure from boxing after quitting on his stool in between rounds against the unheralded journeyman, Kevin McBride. This ends the Tyson era...well, sort of. continue
13.06.05 - By Neil Goodman: The British boxing scene for too long sunk into doldrums. First the boxing careers of household names came to end i.e. Eubank, Benn and Bruno. Next it was the turn of the terrestrial television channels to a take more and more of a back seat, in terms of screening the noble art. More recently the crowd pullers and crowd pleasers, Naz and Lennox Lewis, retired from the sport (one officially, one not).
Both Prince Naseem and Lennox Lewis were easily identifiable figures, who were universally recognised as world class boxers. Each of these boxers travelled to America, beating their American counterparts and the interest levels were therefore extremely high.) continue
13.06.05 - Dominic Pesoli's 8 Count Productions, home of THE BEST IN CHICAGO BOXING and Miller Lite present another action packed evening of professional boxing with a special Saturday evening show at the Aragon Ballroom on Saturday, June 25, 2005. Tickets, starting at $25 are on sale now by calling 312-226-5800. continue
BOSTON (June 12, 2005) – A USBA light heavyweight title fight between George Khalid Jones (22-2-1, 13 KOs) and “Fabulous” Freddy Moore (30-3, 27 KOs) headlines “Plymouth Rocks,” presented by NER Promotions, July 1 on ESPN2 Friday Night Fights from Memorial Hall in historic Plymouth, Massachusetts. continue
12.06.05 - By Chris Ireland: I had never seen the end of a great heavyweight's career before Saturday night. I had watched Evander Holyfield lose to Larry Donald and Riddick Bowe slip past Billy Zumbrun, but I knew, as unfortunate as it was, that Holyfield and Bowe would fight on. And certainly I didn't expect to get my first taste of an icon's swan song when I'd watch Mike Tyson take on Kevin McBride. McBride, after all, wasn't the kind to end careers or even make an impressive mark on a record. He was to be opponent "X", KO number 45, victim number 51. continue
12.06.05 - By "Iceman" John Scully: The following is an unedited excerpt from my soon-to-be-finished autobiography. The book will cover many, many aspects of amateur and professional boxing that I have been lucky enough to either witness or be a part of since I first started as a twelve year old back in 1980. I cover fights I have been at, of boxers I have met, sparred with and fought. I have chapters on Roy Jones, James Toney and Muhammad Ali. There will also be plenty of very unique pictures that I am quite sure all boxing fans will have some interest in.
I plan to market this book as the realest boxing book out there, and I believe it will because one thing that will separate my book from most others is that I will tell people what it is really like to be a fighter and I will go into details of what a boxers goes through, whether it is in a fight with Michael Nunn or Henry Maske for the I.B.F. world title or in the gym with guys like Jones, Toney, Maske or Vinny Pazienza. Feel free to contact me to discuss the piece at IceJohnScully@aol.com. continue
12.06.05 - By Curtis McCormick: British Lightweight champion Graham Earl has something to prove and the Englishman plans on doing so this Sunday night when he meets Commonwealth titlist Kevin Bennett at London's historic York Hall. Earl will be in good company as an English Light Heavyweight title fight along with two British Masters championship clashes are also on the bill as well as bouts featuring two of the hottest prospects in the UK today. continue
12.06.05 - By Per Ake Persson: Cruiser Krzysztof Wlodarczyk stopped Brit John Keaton in four rounds in the headliner of Hammer Knockout´s promotion. Keaton made a fast start and had the Pole under some pressure with heavy hooks to the body and a right hand over the top. Referee Slodek Kromka was quick to intervene as Keaton´s right didn´t land cleanly using the same interpretation of punching with the inside of the glove as they do in the amateurs. continue
12.06.05 - By Andy Meacock: There’s an old adage that, ‘death comes in threes’.This theory is not proven by science, in fact it’s just a theory driven by scepticism or even Sinicism. There is no basis at all to this belief but yet many sceptics believe it that it’s true. Boxing is an unpredictable sport. It’s a sport that can spring surprises and it’s a sport where the underdog can always pull off the upset. continue
11.06.05 - By Izyaslav “Slava” Koza: Let me be real brutal here because I cannot understand how anyone could have had the Almazbek Raimkulov-Joel Casamayor fight a draw. That sort of scoring seems pretty ridiculous to me, and here is why: First of all, after the fight, Emanuel Steward said that “Kid Diamond” belongs with the elite of the division, and I do not agree with that statement, since he didn’t face an elite fighter at all. continue
11.06.05 - By Karen Belford: WBO super lightweight champion Miquel Cotto did what he had to do in winning a ninth round TKO over Mohammed Abdulaev on Saturday night at Madison Square Garden in New York. For the most part, the fight was anything but pretty for both fighters, with Cotto running around the ring, trying to avoid the fierce inside fighting from Abdullaev, who appeared to still have Cotto’s number early on in the bout. continue
11.06.05 - By Jeff Bastasini: Incredibly, Mike Tyson quit in the 6th round of his fight against the light-punching Kevin McBride (photo: Tom Casino/Showtime), shortly after being pushed to the canvas near the end of the round. After going down, it looked like Tyson didn't want to get up for some reason. When he finally did get up, he looked like he was a tired old man as he walked slowly to his corner. Tyson then retired on his stool at the end of the round, rather than going out for the next round. Tyson dominated early, yet he was clearly not the same fighter he used to be, as his work rate was poor from the very start of the bout. As the fight progressed, Tyson seemed to grow desparate for a knockout, perhaps knowing that his stamina wouldn't last much longer.
By the 6th round, Tyson looked as if he were fighting in quicksand, as his punches lacked any power, and had no effect on McBride. At that point, Tyson was penalized for head butting McBride intentionally. Previous to that, Tyson had looked to be trying to break McBrides arm while in a clinch. Needless to say, it is another sad point in Tyson's once promising career. continue
10.06.05 - ITV will return to showing live professional boxing on July 9th when they cover the Hennessy Sports 'Trailblazers' promotion at the Nottingham Arena featuring Carl Froch and Junior Witter. "I am delighted that ITV are backing this show," said Hennessy Sports head Mick Hennessy. "It is refreshing that their Head of Sport Mark Sharman sees what I, and their US co-promoter Oscar de la Hoya, sees in both Froch and Witter. continue
10.06.05 - By Ted Luzzi: Like something out of a storybook, "invincible" Max Baer lost the heavyweight championship of the world to the once seemingly washed up Jimmy Braddock on June 13th 1935. It was one of the biggest upsets in boxing history. How did it all happen? What amazing series of events even got Jim Braddock a title shot? When Max Baer won the title on June 14th, 1934, most experts predicted he would hold the title for years. He was only 25, and possessed a magnifcent physique. continue
10.06.05 - All photos by Tom Casino / Showtime PPV: The 6-foot-5 Kevin McBride weighed in at 271 pounds Thursday, Mike Tyson weighed in at 233 pounds. Joining Tyson on this sure to be exciting card will be women's boxing champion LAILA "SHE BEE STINGIN" ALI. The daughter of Muhammad Ali will defend her WIBA Light Heavyweight Championship in the co-main event against mixed martial arts veteran ERIN "IRISH" TOUGHILL. continue
PROVIDENCE (June 10, 2005) – U.S. Olympian Jason “Big Six” Estrada (2-0, 1 KO) continues his pro career June 17 in a Special Heavyweight Attraction on “Providence’s Prime Time Fights,” promoted by Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment & Sports, Inc (CES) – The Franchise in Rhode Island -- in The All-New Theatre at the Dunkin’ Donuts Theatre in Down City Providence. continue
10.06.05 - By Per-Ake Persson: British superbantam Esham Pickering retained the EBU 122 lb title last night in Alcobendas, Spain, with a tenth round stoppage of Miguel Mallon. The Spaniard was in a close lead after six rounds but tired and was behind after nine and then floored in the tenth. On the undercard middleweight Pablo Navascues impressed with a first round knockout of Hungarian Szabolcs Rimovzsky. continue
10.06.05 - Main Events and 8 Count Productions are proud to announce that tickets for the World Championship Boxing HBO televised doubleheader at the Allstate Arena on Saturday, August 20th go on sale this Wednesday morning at 10am through Ticketmaster. Tickets starting at $27 can be purchased by calling 312-559-1212, online at www.ticketmaster.com and at the Allstate Arena box office. The Allstate Arena is located at 6920 Mannheim Road in Rosemont, IL, just off the Northwest Tollway at the Lee Street Exit. For further directions and a seating chart for the venue please visit their website listed below.
The huge night of professional boxing is headlined by a twelve round battle between two time junior middleweight champion "Ferocious" Fernando Vargas, 26-2 (23KO's) of Oxnard, California and Javier Castillejo, 58-5 (39KO's) of Madrid, Spain. continue
TAMPA, FL (June 10, 2005) -- Undefeated IBF super middleweight champion JEFF "Left Hook" Lacy scored a box office KO over local radio star PACO, "The WLLD Morning Show" stunt boy, today at the St. Pete Times Forum! Paco had challenged Lacy to a one-hour ticket selling duel at the Forum's McDonald's box office today to see who could sell the most tickets to Lacy's August 6 world title defense against IBO champion Robin Reid. continue
10.06.05 - Michael Jennings will challenge Jimmy Vincent for the Vacant British Welterweight title after David Barnes was stripped of the title. Jennings takes on Birmingham hardman Vincent at the Bolton Arena on Saturday 16 July featuring as chief support to Matt Skelton's British Heavyweight title defence against Danny Williams plus the professional debut of Amir Khan. continue
HOLLYWOOD, FL, June 10 – It’s just days away – the 12 round IBF Light Heavyweight Elimination bout between Ricky “Showtime” Quiles and Javier Jauregui live at the Coconut Creek Casino in Coconut Creek, Florida. Ricky “Showtime” Quiles (37-6-3, 8 KOs), a slick boxing southpaw out of Loraine, Ohio, is coming off the biggest victory of his almost 16-year career, an exciting 12 round decision win over highly regarded Edner Cherry on February 4. continue
10.06.05 - Howard Eastman is set to return from his challenge to undisputed middleweight champion Bernard Hopkins when he faces the world-class Berlin-based Arthur Abraham at the Nuremberg Arena on July 16th. “I can confirm that I have verbally agreed terms for this contest with Abraham’s representatives Sauerland Promotions,” explained Eastman’s promoter Mick Hennessy. continue
10.06.05 - By Kent Appel @ Ringside-Audley Harrison of Edmonton, England, the 2000 super-heavyweight Olympic gold medalist, came from almost out of nowhere to knock out Robert Davis of Akron, Ohio at 2:21 of the seventh round. The end came after six and a half somewhat uneventful rounds when Harrison, a southpaw, suddenly exploded with a fierce combination that was started by a hard straight left hand to the head of Davis. With the win Harrison, 254 pounds, improves his record to 18-0, 13 by KO while Davis, who weighed in at 229 pounds, steps back to 31-7, 19 by KO. continue
10.06.05 - By Tony Fondacaro: I’d like to know one good reason why I should pay to watch Kevin McBride get his head smashed in by Mike Tyson. I understand that Mike Tyson is still the Marilyn Manson of the boxing world, and that any fight of his is going to be made into some kind of circus by promoters seeking large paydays off of boxing’s most lucrative poster boy for Prozac. But a comeback fight against Kevin McBride? A post-Danny-Williams Mike Tyson? What’s the attraction?
Is Tyson going to snap again and bite one of McBride’s ears off? Is he going to punch the ref’s lights out again like he did against Savarese when he tried to stop the fight? Is Mike going to whip out a stool and suit and do a rendition of “That’s Life”? Let’s face facts; Mike Tyson is a long, long way from being accepted as a genuine force in boxing, and the general consensus is that he’s finished anyway. Sure he can still knock out bums like McBride in the blink of an eye, but have you watched McBride spar?” continue
10.06.05 - By Per-Ake Persson: Ricardo Mayorga vs Michele Piccirillo for the vacant WBC 154 lb is a distinct possibility for the near future. -It´s 90% certain, says Christian Cherchi of OPI 2000, who promotes Piccirillo, but when is not clear at this moment although August 13 have been mentioned. Piccirillo is also the official challenger for EBU champ Sergej Dzindziruk but that fight - originally scheduled for June 18 - is postponed as Dzindziruk is injured. continue
09.06.05 - By Tony Nobbs: Anthony Mundine fought the best fight of his career on Wednesday night at the Sydney Entertainment Centre but it was still not good enough for him to dethrone WBA super middleweight champion Mikkel Kessler. In a terrific twelve rounder that flowed freely, the former rugby league star and one time champion showed glimpses of brilliance but lacked the consistency to “take the belt” so to speak, from Kessler who was making his first defence of the title he captured by halting Manny Siaca in November. continue
Temecula, California (June 9, 2005) - After a year long lay off, unbeaten heavyweight contender, Audley "A-Force" Harrison scored a seventh round technical knock out over a tough Robert Davis (31-7 19 KOs) to remain undefeated and advance his professional record to 18 wins from 18 contests (13 KOs). The referee stopped the fight after 2 minutes and 21 seconds of the seventh round following a series of right and left hooks from Harrison. continue
New York, June 9-It will be the veteran warrior against the young turk fighting in his home town when Team Freedom Promotions, Inc. presents "Battle For Pride," a super welterweight showdown featuring Mexican great Yury Boy Campas, the former world champion, against Matt Vanda, the local hero, live on Pay-Per-View on Friday night, June 24, from the Target Center in Minneapolis. continue
09.06.05 - By Jarrett Blakeley: On Saturday night, ‘Iron’ Mike Tyson will step into the ring for the first time in almost a year. Since being knocked out by Danny Williams last year, Tyson has been through rehab, financial troubles and a rigorous training camp. Fortunately for the one they called ‘Kid Dynamite’, Kevin McBride is the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. continue
09.06.05 - Interview & photos by Wray Edwards: Eastside Boxing caught up with Joel in New York as he prepares to fill the co-main event slot with Cotto-Abdulaev at MSG. Joel was kind enough to take some time to speak with us prior to the fight. The joint was jumping.
"Wow, you look good. Like a serious fighter." Many boxers would be proud to hear those words, especially from the Great Roberto Durán. He spoke them as he entered the hotel room of Joel Casamayor. There is always a rush of greetings and excitement when "Manos de Piedra" enters a room. Durán is the trainer of record for Joel at this point in his career. This Saturday night, southpaw Joel will meet undefeated, Kyrgyzstani born fighter Almazbek Raiymkulov (Kid Diamond).
The right-handed Raiymkulov, who lives in Las Vegas, will fight at 135 from his Junior Welter rating for this contest. His last opponent was undefeated Koba Gogoladze whom he TKO'd in the sixth of ten. Joel's most recent bouts were two very close SD loses to Diego Corrales and Jose Luis Castillo with a win over Daniel Seda as the meat in the sandwich. Even Joel's loss to Freitas back in 2002 was a two pointer. So he's right there; More about that later. continue
09.06.05 - By Jim Amato: OUTSTANDING !!! That is really the best way that I can sum it up. Russell Crowe should be strongly considered for an Oscar for his portrayal of James J. Braddock. The screen play, the production and direction were all A-1 ! Even the fight scenes were superb. I heard Angelo Dundee himself had a lot to do with that. Angie even appeared in several scenes playing one of Braddock's corner men. continue
09.06.05 - By Frank Maloney: This past weekend saw one of the biggest boxing events to be staged in Britain since such high profile occasions such as the Lewis -Bruno, Lewis - Ruddock, Benn - McClellan or McGuigan - Pedroza fights. The Hatton - Tszyu card had been the fastest selling fight on record in Britain, with all 22,000 tickets going in just 2 hours. Last week I'd visited both the Hatton gymnasium and Tszyu's camp at the Arena in Bolton. The different approach of how these fighters prepare for fights and relate to the media was similar to the contrast of doing your shopping in the corner shop or driving to London's West End and browsing at Harrods. continue
HOLLYWOOD, CA (June 9, 2005) -- Undefeated female boxing superstar LUCIA RIJKER blasted Laila Ali today for avoiding a million dollar battle between them. Rijker, 17-0 (14 KOs), is training for her July 30 pay-per-view mega-bout at Mandalay Bay against the legendary CHRISTY MARTIN, 46-3-2 (32 KOs), in "Million Dollar Lady" the richest event in women's boxing history, with the winner receiving a cool $1 million. continue
09.06.05 - Tickets for Amir Khan's highly anticipated professional debut on Saturday 16 July at the Bolton Arena are on sale from today. Bolton hero Khan, the hot young star of British boxing, features on the undercard of a blockbuster show titled 'Who's the Daddy?' headlined by Matt Skelton's British Heavyweight Title defence against Danny Williams. continue
09.06.05 - On Saturday 11th June 2005 Setanta Pay Per View will be showing the battle between Ireland’s “Clones Clossus” Kevin McBride and “Iron Mike” Tyson exclusively live from the MCI Centre, Washington D.C. (9:00 PM USA) (2:00 AM UK & Ireland). Book via SKY BOX OFFICE or via Setanta PPV 1, Sky Channel 438 or call: UK: 08708 500 005, ROI 01 834 0032 continue
09.06.05 - By Lee Hayes: For the past two weeks, I have been reading a book I purchased titled "The World Heavyweight Boxing Championship - A History" by John D. McCallum. It was written just over 30 years ago, when George Foreman had just finished destroying Joe Fraizer in Kingston, Jamaica. The book is well written and contains a chapter on every heavyweight champion from John L. Sullivan until Big George. This evening I was re-reading the chapter on Jess Willard, and it got me to thinking about Jess's place in history. I've often thought about who I believed were the greatest heavyweight champions.
But never had I mulled over who the worlds worst heavyweight title holders were. I decided to give it some thought. My conclusion may not be well received by Vitali Klitschko fans, but I have decided that the big Ukrainian may be the worst man to ever claim the title of World Heavyweight Champion. Let me explain:. continue
09.06.05 - By Michael Amakor: On June 11, “Iron” Mike Tyson fights Kevin "The Clones Collossus" Mcbride at the MCI Center in Washington DC in a non title fight. Iron Mike Tyson is no stranger to even the most casual boxing fan, under the tutelage of the legendary boxing trainer Cus D’amato he rampaged through the Heavyweight Division fighting as many as fifteen times in 1985 alone. continue
09.06.05 - By Michael Amakor: I have read with growing frustration the comments against the The Quiet Man by some respected boxing analysts and boxing fans after his open letter to the WBA about Toney's steroids use. Because John Ruiz has a lot to be quiet about with a loss in the first round to David Tua almost a decade ago or because he is not the devastating knockout Champion we want does not mean he should not command our respect. continue
08.06.05 - By John Ruiz-- To President Gilberto Mendoza: I am proud to be the World Boxing Association Heavyweight Champion. As the first Latino to ever win the world heavyweight title, it is an honor that I have fought for or defended nine times since August of 2000. continue
08.06.05 - The powerhouse IBF Cruiserweight Champion of the World formerly known as ONeil “Give Em Hell” Bell, has announced to the world that he has changed his Professional name to, ONEIL“ THE SUPER NOVA “ BELL. As ONeil Bell prepares to defend his World Championship Belt in the upcoming months, he has made major changes in his personal and professional life. continue
08.06.05 - By Chris Ireland: Heading into Saturday night's Jr. Welterweight title fight between Kostya Tszyu and Ricky Hatton, the champion, Tszyu, was thought to be a nearly unbeatable powerhouse. But in front of 22,000 screaming Manchurians, the undefeated Hatton home-cooked "The Thunder From Down Under" and spoiled the champ's journey behind enemy lines, winning via TKO in the eleventh round. The challenger did was boxing tradition suggests, take the title from the champion. After eleven grueling, back and forth rounds, Tszyu had lost his heart, quitting on his stool. continue
08.06.05 - By Scoop Malinowski: WBO Junior Welterweight champ Miguel Angel Cotto spoke with Scoop after his afternoon workout at Trinity Boxing Club in the financial district of Manhattan. Cotto, who usually only speaks in Spanish to the media, surprisingly demonstrated excellent English yesterday, which was just about as sharp as his workout which consisted of about 25 minutes of jumping rope (not a single mistake was made) and six rounds of pad work in the ring.
Read on for Cotto's take on his challenger Saturday night Muhammad Abdullaev, Hatton's big win, the pressure of boxing in New York City, and much more:
Scoop: Why do you believe you shall prevail in this fight with Abdullaev?
Miguel Cotto: "To open the doors - to big fights."
Scoop: What do you feel is the most dangerous aspect about Abdullaev?
Miguel Cotto: "I don't know. I don't prepare for him...for Abdullaev. I think I prepare for myself." continue
08.06.05 - "Lightweight Bragging Rights", the long awaited British and Commonwealth Lightweight title clash between Graham Earl and Kevin Bennett has now become a four title fight British mega card and becomes the only such event that will have been viewable live as it happens on a true world wide basis. continue
LAS VEGAS (June 8, 2005) – Russian born, Israeli raised heavyweight prospect Roman Greenberg (18-0, 13 KOs) fights Saturday night in Las Vegas for the second time in his young career and he appreciates the significance of headlining in the modern-day Mecca of Boxing. “It’s great,” Greenberg remarked about fighting in Las Vegas. continue
08.06.05 - When undefeated Tomasz Adamek (29-0, 20 KOs) won a majority decision over Australian Paul “Hurricane” Briggs to win the vacant World Boxing Council light heavyweight title at the United Center in Chicago on May 21, he knew he had done something special. Still, the first Polish boxer to win a world title in the United States was not prepared for the thousands of people who lined the parade route from Balice Airport in Krakow to his hometown of Bielsko Biala on May 23. continue
08.06.05 - Young counter-puncher Michael Lozada faces relentless Gerardo Zayas in the 10-round super featherweight main event on the nationally and internationally televised “Guilty Fight Night” card presented by Guilty Boxing Friday, June 17, at El Foro in their hometown of Tijuana, B.C., Mexico. continue
08.06.05 - Dominic Pesoli's 8 Count Productions and Bob Arum's Top Rank Inc., along with Miller Lite presents "WAVE OF FURY" another installment of THE BEST IN CHICAGO BOXING this Friday night at the Aragon Ballroom broadcast internationally as past of Telefutura's SOLO BOXEO DE MILLER Friday Night Boxing Series. Tickets starting at $25 are on sale now by calling 312-226-5800 and at the door the night of the event. Doors open at 6pm with the first bell at 7pm. continue
08.06.05 - Former two-times WBO heavyweight champion Herbie Hide has a shock in store for the cruiserweights of the world. The 33-year-old from Norwich – who has recently recovered from a hand injury – is planning an excursion into the division.
“My promoter Mickey Hennessy is letting me loose on all the cruiserweights out there,” said Hide. All he needs to do is wind me up and let me go. As a heavyweight he sometimes had to guide me in the right direction, but as a cruiserweight he needn’t have any worries. I could beat all the cruiserweight champions in the world on the same night.
“My team tells me that Mark Hobson and David Haye are about to fight for the British and Commonwealth titles. Can you imagine me in with guys like that? I would swot them like flies. If they saw me staring across the ring at them their shorts would turn brown. continue
08.06.05 - By Marcus Wood: One thing surprised me about Hatton - Tzsyu and it wasn’t Hatton’s win. Well it did surprise me but what got me the most was how much mainstream coverage, in England anyway, went to the build up and aftermath. In the days leading up to it news programs followed Hatton’s training and newspapers reviewed his career making a point of how much of an underdog he was. Coverage went to a new level after the fight with the result being mentioned before any football news and Hatton appearing on the front of the sports pages. continue
08.06.05 - From WBC President Jose Sulaiman: “The WBC has organized a great event, the ‘Night of Champions,’ that will be held on Tuesday, December 6, 2005, in Mexico City. Many of the greatest champions in WBC history will be invited, and will receive awards for their accomplishments. The WBC has voted unanimously to bestow upon Muhammad Ali the award of ‘Champion of Champions’ of boxing, as well. continue
Darien, Connecticut – June 8, 2005 – The American Association of Professional Ringside Physicians (AAPRP) announced today that this year’s boxing medical conference will take place September 21-25 at the Tropicana Casino Resort in Atlantic City, New Jersey. continue
08.06.05 - All photos by Tom Casino/SHOWTIME PPV: Two-time world heavyweight champion Mike Tyson prepares with trainer Jeff Fenech for his upcoming June 11 bout against Kevin McBride on Showtime PPV in a public workout at Howard University in Washington, DC. continue
08.06.05 - By Jim Amato: Ricky Hatton's stoppage of Kostya Tszyu was a shocker to me. Although I respected Hatton as a fighter and a legitimate contender, I did not consider him a legitimate threat. Kostya grew old over night. It has happened to so many great ones who just find the night where they step into the ring and have nothing left. It happened to Carlos Ortiz when he faced Ken Buchanan. It happened to Vincente Saldivar when he was thrasher by Eder Jofre. continue
07.06.05 - By Kevin Kincade: The other day I was talking boxing with a friend of mine, and out of the blue he asks me one of those hypotheticals. You know the kind, “if you had the power”, etc, etc. He knows how much I love the heavyweight division and he was also aware that I’d just written an article for ESB concerning the disarray the division is in currently. So, he proposed the following scenario: “Hypothetically, if you had the power to make it happen for the betterment of boxing, would you trade the junior welterweight division in exchange for One, Dominant, Complete, Linear Heavyweight Champion?” You could have knocked me over with a feather.
For some reason, the 140 Lb division is always overloaded with talent and today is no different. It seems no matter what kind of draught other weight classes go through, the Jr. Welters are immune. It’s as if the division has been injected with fistic penicillin. No matter what dark times fall upon the rest of the sport, you can always count on the Jr. Welters to pick up the slack. continue
LYNN, Mass. (June 7, 2005) – Former World Boxing Council super flyweight champion Gerry “Geronimo” Penalosa (48-5-2, 33 KOs) headlines “Friday Night Fights,” promoted by Knockout Boxing in association with the Rivera Brothers, Friday evening (June 10) at the National Guard Armory in Lynn, Massachusetts. continue
07.06.05 - By James Allan: No one knows better than a fighter when he has nothing left to give. Boxers know their own bodies better than any body else and they will be well aware when they cannot fight on anymore and that to do so will only result in them receiving a severe beating. There is no shame in a fighter deciding in these instances that he has had enough and staying down when he could probably get up. As long as a fighter has given his best, then no one has the right to criticise them for making a perfectly sensible decision to get out of the fight while they are still in relatively good condition. continue
CANASTOTA, NY – JUNE 7, 2005 - The International Boxing Hall of Fame announced today WBC / WBO lightweight champion Diego “Chico” Corrales will attend festivities planned for the 16th Annual Hall of Fame Induction Weekend set for June 9-12th. On May 7th, Corrales unified the lightweight titles when he stopped WBC champion Jose Luis Castillo in 10 rounds in a bout of epic proportions. continue
07.06.05 - Kostya Tszyu, has not fired long-time trainer and mentor, Johnny Lewis, contrary to reports coming out of Russia. Team Tszyu were made aware of the unfounded accusation this evening during transit at Bangkok en route to Sydney. The press release falsely implied Tszyu’s manager, Matt Watt, had issued a statement confirming Tszyu had sacked Lewis, though there were no direct quotes from Watt to accompany this report. continue
06.06.05 - By Matthew Hurley: It's almost hard to believe that it has been nearly twenty years since Mike Tyson first won a heavyweight championship belt. And yet so ingrained in the public consciousness is Michael Gerard Tyson that it would be even harder to imagine him never being amongst us. Still, who could have anticipated the nightmarish reality circus Tyson's life would become that glorious night in 1986 when he kayoed Trevor Berbick in the second round and returned heavyweight prize fighting into must see TV. As the Grateful Dead would lament, "what a long strange trip it's been." continue
06.06.05 - He is a boxing pro and a believing muslim. And now Mohammad Abdullaev, 31, is facing his dream fight at the „Mecca of Boxing“, New York’s Madison Square Garden. Abdullaev (15 victories, 12 KOs, 1 loss) challenges the unbeaten superlightweight world champion (WBO) Miguel Cotto (23-0/19 KOs). The fight draws big attention from fans, experts and the media. HBO will televise live.
This fight has a history: In the 2000 Olympics at Sydney/Australia, Abdullaev beat Cotto en route to his gold medal for Uzbekistan. “I beat him then, I will do it again”, says Abdullaev. “I have his movements in my brain just like information or data on a computer harddisk. He can’t change it even after some years as a pro. I know I have to do twice he does in our fight to win the title in front of his crowd at the Madison Square Garden. I am honored to box the best in New York.” continue
06.06.05 - By Scoop Malinowski / Boxinginsider.com - Gary Stark Jr. will gun for win number 12 on Thursday's latest installment of Lou DiBella's Broadway Boxing series to be held at the Manhattan Center around the corner from Madison Square Garden. The unbeaten super bantam from Staten Island will take on Juan Carlos Santiago (8-5-1 out of Las Vegas) in what will be Stark's first eight-rounder. continue
CANASTOTA, NY – JUNE 6, 2005 - The International Boxing Hall of Fame announced today reigning WBA lightweight champion Juan “Baby Bull” Diaz will attend festivities planned for the 16th Annual Hall of Fame Induction Weekend set for June 9-12th. While in Canastota, Diaz will conduct two public workout sessions for the fans. continue
06.06.05 - By Neil Goodman: In the early hours of Sunday morning the Ozzie, of Russian decent, Kostya Tszyu stepped out of his corner to defend his IBF light-welterweight title belt. In the opposing corner was the local boy and undefeated challenger Ricky Hatton. Tszyu stepped off the plane from Australia two weeks ago with a fearsome reputation.
To date the then reigning IBF Champion had overcome all but one challenger, only Vince Phillips the experienced and hard hitting American had managed to halt the Russian pugilistic hit man. As an amateur Tszyu competed in over 200 contests, of which, in all but a few instances, he came out on top. continue
06.06.05 - By Scoop Malinowski / Boxinginsider.com - The final images of the great fighters in their last battles is rarely a beautiful spectacle. But somehow Kostya Tszyu managed to come away looking grand in what was not one of the better evenings of his monumental career. You will rarely see such a great champion shine in defeat the way Kostya Tszyu did on Saturday night. continue
06.06.05 - Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., on June 30, 1966, Michael Gerard Tyson has experienced more in his 36 years than most people experience in a lifetime. At an early age, Bobby Stewart, a local social worker and boxing fan, discovered Tyson’s raw boxing ability. Stewart's guidance paved a direct path to the late, beloved trainer of champions, Constantine “Cus” D'Amato. continue
06.06.05 - Former two-time heavyweight champion “IRON” MIKE TYSON (50-5, 44 KOs) will face Irish/American heavyweight KEVIN “THE CLONES COLOSSUS” McBRIDE (32-4, 27 KOs) on Saturday, June 11, 2005 at MCI Center in Washington, D.C. The fight – CAPITAL EXPLOSION – is promoted by Raging Promotions, Inc., The Stuckey Group LLC and PMG, Inc.
In talking about his highly-anticipated return to the ring, Tyson said, “DC is one of my favorite cities in the world. I am so excited about performing before these people who have embraced me like this is my hometown. I plan to give them a show that they will never forget.”
Joining Tyson on this sure to be exciting card will be women’s boxing champion LAILA “SHE BEE STINGIN” ALI (20-0, 17 KOs). The daughter of Muhammad Ali will defend her WIBA Light Heavyweight Championship in the co-main event against mixed martial arts veteran ERIN “IRISH” TOUGHILL (6-1-1; 1 NC). “I’m really excited to fight once again on a Marty Wynn, Raging Promotions show. In the co-main event, the heir to the greatest and now the latest, Laila Ali is making her second area appearance in less than one year. continue
06.06.05 - Irish heavyweight champion Kevin McBride hopes that the third time will be the lucky charm for him against Mike Tyson. Their June 11 fight in Washington D.C. is the third time they’ve been rumored to be matched. Failed negotiations concerning Kevin’s purse negated the first two opportunities McBride has against “Iron” Mike. continue
06.06.05 - By Michael Amakor: WBU Light Welterweight Champion Ricky “The Hitman”Hatton yesterday beat long time defending champion Kostya “Thunder from Down Under” Tszyu to become the new IBF Light Welterweight Champion on Saturday night in front of a sellout crowd of 22,000 frenzied patriotic fans at the M.E.N. Arena, Manchester across the pond in England. continue
06.06.06 - By Frank Gonzalez Jr.: WBU Jr. Welterweight Champion, Ricky Hatton suffocated IBF Champion Kostya Tszyu (photo: Tom Casino/Showtime) for every minute of every round forcing Tszyu to quit on his stool and surrender his Title after the eleventh round Saturday night in the MEN Arena in Manchester England, where Hatton draws much spirit from his hometown crowd.
This was one of the fastest fights I ever remember seeing. It was such a wild pace that each round seemed to fly by. It turned out to be the toughest fight of Kostya Tszyu's career.
Last November, after Kostya Tszyu (31-2-1-25 KO's) was away for two years, he came back and destroyed Sharmba Mitchell (55-4-0-30 KO's) in three rounds, proving he was still a great Champion and not to be underestimated.
Last December, Ricky "The Hitman" Hatton (39-0-0-29 KO's) beat a past his prime, Ray Oliveira (47-9-2-22 KO's) by KO 10. continue
BOSTON (June 6, 2005) – Arturo “Thunder” Gatti is a special guest on Thursday’s two-hour New England Ringside Boxing Radio Show – hosted by Ted Bodenrader, Anthony Pepe, Rick Brutti and Joe Bills – airing between 6-8 PM/ET on Boston’s Boxing Station, The Zone (1510 AM). Gatti will be joined by his manager, Pat Lynch, and New York Daily News boxing writer Tim Smith. continue
05.06.05 - Dutch and Benelux heavyweight champion Richel Hersisia finally climbs back into the ring this coming Thursday, June 9, in Madrid, Spain on the undercard of the European superbantamweight title challenge of local hero Miguel Mallon against reigning champion Esham Pickering. continue
05.06.05 - Hamburg – WBO light heavyweight champion Zsolt Erdei will make the next defense of his title on July 2nd against Frenchman Mehdi Sahnoune. With his fifth world title fight the 31-year-old Erdei will headline an event of Universum Box-Promotion at Color Line Arena of Hamburg. The contest will be televised live by ZDF and by RTL Hungary. continue
MANCHESTER, England (June 5, 2005) In front of 22,000 screaming, singing and chanting fans who waited for a 2 a.m. local start, Ricky Hatton took out boxing's universally recognized 140-pound fighter with an 11th round TKO to win the IBF junior welterweight tile. After 11 rounds of torrid-paced boxing, Tszyu's corner decided to retire before answering the bell for the final stanza. Saturday's world championship fight on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING was co-promoted by Frank Warren's Sports Network and Millenium Events.
Hatton (39-0, 29 KOs), of Manchester, England, did his best work on the inside, out-muscling Tszyu. After 11 frames, he lead on all three scorecards, 107-102, 106-103 and 105-104.
"To beat somebody like Kostya Tszyu is incredible," Hatton said afterwards. "I tried to stay close through the first four or five rounds, accepting shots and hitting him back. I did it with my boxing abilities and the brain between my head." continue
05.06.05 - Heriberto Ruiz of Los Mochis, Mexico, the International Boxing Federation’s No. 5-ranked bantamweight, faces slick boxing Eduardo Garcia of Mexico City in the 10-round super bantamweight main event on the nationally and internationally televised “Guilty Fight Night” card promoted by Guilty Boxing Friday, June 10, at the Gold Coast Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nev. continue
05.06.06 - By Goran Dragosavac: Kostya Tszyu's decision to throw in the towel on the end of 11th round against Ricky Hatton, was one of the strangest decisions made by the boxer during the fight, in my opinion, especially when the fight was so close. What could have happened to make him quit all of a sudden rather than fighting on for one final round, and perhaps winnning? continue
PROVIDENCE (June 5, 2005) – A classic match between promising prospect Matt Godfrey (7-0, 5 KOs) and proven warrior Jermall "The Truth" Barnes (17-8, 4 KOs) have signed to as the eight-round co-feature on "Providence's Prime Time Fights," promoted by Jimmy Burchfield's Classic Entertainment & Sports, Inc (CES) – Providence's newest professional sports franchise – Friday night, June 17 in The All-New Theatre at the Dunkin' Donuts Center in Down City Providence. continue
04.06.05 - By Izyaslav “Slava” Koza: Well, as with Jirov-Moorer, Tszyu v Hatton was, again, a huge disappointment for me. As most fans know, it is a horrible feeling to see one of your favorites lose, and if you’re a true fan, in some sense, you feel that you have been defeated as well. I sense that whatever explanation I am about to attempt and offer up, will be treated as a bonified excuse making session by the extreme Hatton fans, which is why I want to make clear that the following is an analysis of how I saw the fight, and not an attempt to belittle Hatton’s victory as any less meaningful and any less deserved.
The first thing I want to mention is, you cannot take conditioning as a factor going into this fight. Both guys were very primed and very well trained and that was obvious. The fact that Kostya Tszyu was 35, was not as big, was not as important as it was made out to be, except for one issue I want to discuss. Kostya Tszyu said he trains for his fights now the same way physically as when he first started professional boxing. continue
04.06.05 - By Wray Edwards: In what turned out to be a disappointing mismatch a WBO featherweight championship bout was held at the Manchester Evening News (MEN) Arena in Manchester, England last night. Scrappy featherweight contender Michael Brodie, 31, took on hulking, twenty-seven year-old champion Scott Harrison. The so-called 126 pound WBO title was contested between Brodie, at just barely junior lightweight (around 130 at fight time), and Harrison who weighed in close to junior welterweight (140. continue
04.06.05 - By Christopher Dawson: Tonight we will be watching Ricky Hatton take on Kostya Tszyu for his IBF Junior Welterweight championship belt. Tszyu will be a heavy favorite by the odd's makers and the boxing experts. Most are predicting Hatton to lose, and lose big by knock out or stoppage on cuts. I am going with the under dog on this one, I'm picking Hatton to win. continue
LOS ANGELES, June 4 – It’s rare when every bout on a major a pay-per-view broadcast brings interest and excitement on its own, but the undercard of the highly-anticipated undisputed middleweight championship clash between Bernard Hopkins and Jermain Taylor does just that. The July 16th telecast will feature two world championship matches and the return of a former undisputed welterweight champion. continue
< - (Scott Harrison (black trunks) connects with a brutal left hook to the face of Michael Brodie during their World Boxing Organization (WBO) featherweight title fight Friday on “ShoBox: The New Generation” on SHOWTIME. Harrison landed a similar left hook to Brodie’s kidney in the fourth round, sending the challenger to the canvas. The referee reached the count of 10 at the 46-second mark.)
MANCHESTER, England (June 3, 2005) – In the first of back-to-back world title fight nights on SHOWTIME, World Boxing Organization (WBO) featherweight champion Scott Harrison successfully defended his title for the fifth-straight time by knocking Michael Brodie out in the fourth round Friday. In the “ShoBox: The New Generation” co-feature, unbeaten Michael Jennings stopped Gavin Down in the ninth. The doubleheader, which took place at the M.E.N. Arena in Manchester, England, was promoted by Frank Warren’s Sports Network and aired at 11 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast). The telecast was the 63rd in the popular “ShoBox” series, which debuted on SHOWTIME in July 2001. continue
04.06.05 - Sycuan Ringside Promotions has signed the No. 2-ranked bantamweight in the world, Mauricio Martinez of Panama, to an exclusive, multi-year promotional agreement. The first fight for the 29-year-old southpaw under the Sycuan Ringside Promotions promotional banner will be on an ESPN2-televised card June 7 in at the Sycuan Resort & Casino in El Cajon, Calif. continue
04.06.05 - By Tony Nobbs: Persistent Australian Nader Hamden will face local hero Stjepen Bozic for the vacant WBF Super Middleweight title tonight (Saturday) at the Dom Sportova in Zagreb, Croatia. WBF president Mick Croucher said that there has been a lot of interest in the fight with the 10, 000 seat building expected to be near full. “The Croatian prime minister is coming along as well as a lot of other dignitaries” said Croucher who travelled to oversea proceedings. continue
03.06.05 - Sarasota, Florida - by M.Glass - Freda Foreman, once boxer, forever daughter of the great George Foreman, and now turned promoter staged a nice card of competitive fights for an enthusiastic crowd. Unfortunately one fight was more competitive than she may have hoped for. One time rising star China Smith (28-2), stumbled but recovered to secure a 2nd round stoppage of game but outclassed Travis Fulton (12-10) continue
03.06.05 - By Jim Amato: UNBELIEVEABLE...That is all I can say. Rumor is that Don King has not given up on Andrew Golota even in the wake of his dismal showing against Lamon Brewster. Somehow, after being blasted out in less then a round by Brewster in an attempt to win the lightly regarded WBO belt, Andrew has put himself in line for a shot at the WBA version of the heavyweight title. Say what?
Golota may be matched with 7'0" Nikolai Valuev, and the winner will likely secure a shot against newly re-instated WBA titleholder John Ruiz. Go figure. Today's heavyweight division is becoming a JOKE, plain and simple, in my opinion. Since Lennox Lewis retired the division has been in a total state of chaos and an end does not appear to be in sight.
Most people regard WBC champion Vitali Klitschko to be the best of the lot. The IBF recognizes Chris Byrd, who holds a win over Vitali but has lost to Vitali's little brother, Wladimir. Byrd drew with Golota and Wladimir got clocked by the present WBO champion Lamon Brewster. continue
NEW YORK, NY (June 3, 2005) –Undefeated WBO jr. welterweight champion MIGUEL COTTO’s Madison Square Garden debut on June 11 is one fit for a king. New York is already buzzing about Cotto’s appearance, with his face being seen on posters and flyers plastering city walls, and his upcoming title defense being advertised in print ads the region’s main dailies. His voice and image are being projected across New York’s airwaves on both the top mainstream and Latino stations. continue
03.06.05 - PHILADELPHIA, June 3 – Undisputed middleweight champion Bernard Hopkins, President of Golden Boy Promotions East, is pleased to announce the first official show of the east coast division and the start of a multi-event alliance between Hopkins, his partner Oscar de la Hoya and Golden Boy Promotions with the Borgata Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey. continue
New York, June 3-DiBella Entertainment's Ike "Bazooka" Quartey has arrived in the United States from his native Accra, Ghana, to complete his training camp and make final preparations for his fight against Verno Phillips which will be televised live on HBO on Saturday, June 18, from the FedEx Forum in Memphis, TN. continue
03.06.05 - By Enrique Nuñez: Legendary rock promoter and impresario Bill Graham once said, “Every city the Rolling Stones come to becomes the rock and roll capital of the world.” Because of the economics of the sport, Las Vegas has been the undisputed Boxing Capital of the World, a title that used to belong to Madison Square Garden when it was affectionately known as the Mecca of Boxing. This weekend, if for one night only, the collective eyes of boxing degenerates everywhere will be focused on the MEN arena in Manchester, England.
The Kostya Tszyu-Ricky Hatton fight has become a big event. The million dollar (or pound) fight has captured the imagination of fight fans everywhere. Tickets for the fight sold out in less than an hour. Although pound-for-pound candidate Tszyu is a solid favorite to retain his title, Hatton has an excellent chance to win this fight. With fans from both camps going back and forth on who will win, one thing is certain – their styles and the anticipation of this event make this a potentially great fight. continue
03.06.05 - By William Peden: Light-Welterweight is about as far from being a glamour division, by name at least, as you can find today. Ask a casualsportsfan to name as many boxing weight classes as they know, and they'll probably come out with Heavyweight, Middleweight, Lightweight, maybe even the memorably named Featherweight and Flyweight divisions. continue
03.06.05 - Photos: TOM CASINO/SHOWTIME: Tszyu weighed in initially three ounces over the 140-pound limit. An hour later, he tipped the scales at 139.9 pounds. Hatton weighed 139.8 pounds. In the makings of a classic, Tszyu defends his IBF junior welterweight title against the unbeaten local favorite and mandatory challenger, Hatton, Saturday on SHOWTIME (9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast) in Manchester. The highly anticipated Tszyu-Hatton scheduled 12-round bout starts at 2 a.m. England time. continue
03.06.05 - World ranked junior welterweight David Diaz, 27-1 (15KO's) got back to business on Thursday night as he stopped veteran Tyrone Wiggins at the Family Arena in St. Charles, Missouri. Wiggins who was dominated for the first three rounds by Diaz's crushing body shots and upper cuts retired after the third round leading to a technical knockout victory for the Chicago native. continue
03.06.05 - KOSTYA TSZYU : “I have had a very good training camp and I am here to show all my skills. Ricky is a great challenger. I have seen him fight. This is about respect, boxer to boxer.
“Fighting Ricky in his hometown does not matter at all to me because inside the ring, nobody else can help him. I am here for business. Ricky has seen me. He knows what I am capable of, but I have a few secrets you will see at the fight. When I go into the ring, I cannot see what is going on around me. I am in a tunnel, focused.
“Does it concern me that I have boxed only three rounds in the past two and a half years? Ask Sharmba Mitchell. I am fresh. I have been in the gym. When you live a healthy life, do not drink or smoke, it does not matter if you are 35 or 25. Someone told me that the 25-year-old Tszyu would beat the 35-year-old. No way. I would kill the 25-year-old Tszyu. I am such a better boxer now.” continue
03.06.05 - Joan Guzman, W.B.O. Super Bantamweight Champion, and his New York based Manager Jose Nuñez, were far from impressed with I.B.F. Junior Featherweight Champion Israel Vazquez’s performance on Tuesday night. After Vazquez won a closer than necessary decision victory over journey man Armando Guerrero, Guzman and Nuñez presented a bold challenge to the Mexican gladiator. continue
02.06.05 - By Tony Fondacaro: Listen to Kostya Tszyu (photo: Tom Casino/Showtime) talk lately, and you can tell he’s all business these days. That being said, you can lump me in with the soothsayers who believe this fight will be all Kostya, and very little Hatton. continue
02.06.05 - By Shane Rhinewald: If you watch Saturday’s bout between Aussie Kosta Tszyu and Britain’s Ricky Hatton with the expectation of witnessing a fight, you will be sorely disappointed. However, if you watch Saturday’s match expecting to see a blowout, you will be in for a treat. Tszyu, considered one of the best ever at 140 pounds, will knock Hatton out and likely in the early rounds. Hatton fans, remember to close your eyes. continue
02.06.05 - WBO featherweight champion Scott Harrison (left) and challenger Michael Brodie square off after Thursday's weigh-in in Manchester, England. Both boxers tipped the scales at the division-limit 126 pounds. Harrison defends his title against Brodie in Friday's main event on "ShoBox: The New Generation" on SHOWTIME (11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast). continue
02.06.05 - By Kostya Tszyu: It is now just over 48 hours to my fight with Ricky Hatton at the MEN Arena and all of the physical work has been done. My mental preparation will continue now until fight time as I ensure that I will be at my best.
I am here in Manchester to show all my skills and that I am the best in my weight class. Ricky is a great challenger. I remember meeting him after my win over Zab Judah and we had a little conversation. The great thing about this fight is that there is respect. Respect from one to another. It is a pure boxing match. As an athlete, it is what I always encourage people to do. We have enough violence in the world that we don’t need to bring this into the sport. When we are in the ring there is just the two of us and we have to show who is the best. No one can help us and this is the excitement. continue
02.06.05 – Long seen as boxing’s glamour division, the heavyweight class has always captured the imagination of fight fans from around the world. On Thursday, June 9, from the Pechanga Resort & Casino in Temecula, California, Goossen Tutor Promotions is proud to present “The Best Damn Heavyweight Show Period” an action-packed card which will feature the present and future of the game's most compelling division. continue
02.06.05 - By Steve Mckenna: IF you believe some of the doom-mongers, Ricky Hatton's going to get blown away when he steps into the ring with IBF world light-welterweight champion Kostya Tszyu. It maybe the biggest fight Britain has seen since the tragic, but epic, Nigel Benn-Gerald McCllelan clash in 1995 – but it's also very one-sided, say some experts. continue
FRESNO, June 2 – K2 Promotions is pleased to announce Navarro vs. Pacquiao on ESPN2 Friday, June 17 at the Table Mountain Casino in Friant, California, just 15 minutes north of Fresno. In the 12 round main event, the fists will be flying as Carlos Navarro and Bobby Pacquiao battle it out for the WBC Continental Americas super featherweight championship. Doors open at 5:30pm and the first bell rings at 6:15pm. The ESPN2 Friday Night Fights telecast begins live at 10pm ET / 7pm PT. continue
LAS VEGAS (June 2, 2005) – Heavyweight prospect Roman Greenberg (18-0, 13 KOs) is on a mission to establish himself in the United States to improve his position as a legitimate contender in order to have a shot at eventually becoming the first Jewish world champion in more than a quarter-century, since light heavyweight Mike Rossman. continue
TAMPA, FL (June 2, 2005) – Undefeated IBF super middleweight champion JEFF “Left Hook” LACY, from St. Petersburg, FL, the first member of the 2000 U.S. Olympic team to win a world title, is coming home. Lacy will make his professional home debut in a mandatory title defense against former WBC super middleweight champion ROBIN REID, from Runcorn, England, the IBF’s top-rated contender. This will be Reid’s first fight on U.S. soil. Promoted by Gary Shaw Productions, LLC, in association with One Punch Productions, Lacy-Reid will take place Saturday, August 6, at the St. Pete Times Forum in Tampa, FL. Showtime will televise it live beginning at 9 P.M. EDT / 9 P.M. PDT (Delayed on the West Coast.)
“England lost to the United States in 1776 and in the rematch of 1812, there is no way, as Commander-in-Chief of the super middleweight division, I’m letting England win the 2005 war on the Tampa/St. Pete shore,” declared Lacy. continue
02.06.05 - From WBC President Jose Sulaiman: “The World Boxing Council has decided to withdraw recognition of super welterweight world champion Francisco Javier Castillejo with more than two-thirds of the votes of the Board of Governors. Castillejo did not comply with his obligation to fight mandatory challenger Ricardo Mayorga and signed a contract to fight another boxer, violating the WBC commitment that he, as champion, had to comply with. continue
NEW YORK, NY (June 2, 2005) -- "Cotto's New York Adventure" begins This Saturday! June 4, with a public workout at an outdoor ring located at 152nd Street (between Jackson & Tinton Avenues) in the Bronx at 3 P.M. ET. Undefeated WBO jr. welterweight champion MIGUEL COTTO, 23-0 (19 KOs), from Puerto Rico, who is in his final week of training, makes his Madison Square Garden debut, Saturday June 11, defending his title against 2000 Olympic gold medalist MUHAMMAD ABDULLAEV, 15-1 (12 KOs), from Uzbekistan. continue
02.06.05 - Joe DeGuardia of Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing is proud to announce he has re-signed exciting Italian heavyweight prospect Vinny Maddalone to a long-term promotional deal. Under DeGuardia’s promotional auspice, Maddalone, 23-2 (16), has become one of New York’s most popular boxers, consistently selling out his appearances. continue
LYNN, Mass. (June 2, 2005) - WBF super flyweight champion Gerry "Geronimo" Penalosa (48-5-2, 33 KOs) headlines "Friday Night Fights," promoted by Knockout Boxing in association with the Rivera Brothers, June 10 at the National Guard Armory in Lynn, Massachusetts. continue
LAS VEGAS (June 2, 2005) – While Team Ruiz is pleased that the World Boxing Association has entered an order (dated May 16 2005) stripping James Toney and reinstating John Ruiz as the WBA heavyweight champion, based on Toney's violation of New York State Athletic Commission's illegal substance policy.
Team Ruiz believes the sanction banning Toney from competing for the WBA heavyweight title for two years isn't strict enough. The NYSAC meted out what, under its current guidelines, is the maximum punishment for a first offense: three-months suspension and $10,000 fine. Toney and his team have since scoffed at the WBA title, making the remarkable claim that he beat John "fair and square," despite testing positive for using an illegal performance-enhancing substance. continue
01.06.05 - Fourteen year NBA veteran Kendall Gill will announce his intentions to make his professional boxing debut this summer during a press conference and workout this Friday morning at 11AM at JABB Boxing Gym located at 410 N. Oakley, near the intersection of Grand and Western on Chicago's near northwest side. continue
01.06.05 - By Dan Frost: In only a matter of days now, what could be possibly the fight of the year is nearly upon us! in the early hours of Sunday June 5th, we will witness which will surely be one of the biggest fights that these shores have ever staged. The hugely popular Ricky 'The Hitman' Hatton will take on which is arguably the toughest fight of his life, when he takes on the world No.1 and pound for pound king 'The Thunder From Down Under' Kostya Tszyu. continue
HOLLYWOOD, FL, June 1 – Gaining supporters with each successive outing, Heavyweight ‘Comeback Kid’ Kendrick Releford has stunned boxing observers with his resurgence over the last year; unbeaten Colombian Middleweight Edison Miranda could be dubbed ‘The Knockout Kid’ for his tendency to end fights before the judges’ scorecards are read. continue
01.06.05 - BEST DAMN SPORTS SHOW PERIOD returns to the ring with the latest installment of its exciting live boxing coverage. Continuing on its promise to deliver the biggest names in the sport, BDSSP offers up two major heavyweight fights during its two-hour show. In the main event, British boxer Audley Harrison (17-0, 12KOs) battles Robert "Desert Storm" Davis (31-6, 19KOs) in a 10-round heavyweight bout. continue
01.06.05 - By Kevin Kincade: When I originally approached ESB about this article, I had a rough idea of what I wanted to say; but wasn’t really sure of the angle to take. I’ve always had a particular fondness for the heavyweight division because I grew up watching Muhammad Ali, Joe Frazier, George Foreman, and Larry Holmes. People can talk pound-for-pound all they want; but the fact of the matter is Rocky Marciano would have squashed Sugar Ray Robinson like a bug in less time that it would have taken to go through the pre-fight introductions. Painfully obvious? Of course it is.
The underlying truth is this, whether the big boys of boxing are too lethargic for you or not, the man who carries the title of the Heavyweight Champion of the World is “the baddest man on the planet”; nobody can whup him. Presently, no man can make that claim or is unwilling to prove it, which frustrates me to no end. So, I decided to offer a little heavyweight history 101 for your approval and hopefully your endorsement for the solution to the problem. continue
01.06.05 - Hamburg - Former WBO light heavyweight champion Dariusz Michalczewski just retired from professional boxing. The 37-year-old Michalczewski announced this significant step today on a press conference in Hamburg. "I will begin a new career in a new profession. My time as a professional boxer is over," Michalczewski said. continue
01.06.05 - By James Allan: There can be no argument that in boxing, the attention given to it focuses almost entirely on the top men in each division. The average fan is in the main, interested in who the best fighters will be facing next or who their potential opponents are likely to be further down the line. In fairness, this is the way that it should be. continue
01.06.05 - By Curtis McCormick: WBO Featherweight Champion Scott Harrison faces a true do or die situation against his most dangerous domestic rival, three time world title challenger Michael Brodie, this Friday at Manchester, England's enormous MEN Arena. The Frank Maloney managed Glasgow man is coming off a sub-par title defense against Colombia's Victor Polo and can ill afford a slip up on what promoters Sports Network are terming "The Battle of Britain." continue
01.06.05 - Last Saturday, May 28, former European heavyweight champion Luan Krasniqi, 28-1-1 (25), scored the most important win of his professional career. At Schleyerhalle of Stuttgart the 34-year-old German knocked out American giant Lance Whitaker with a right cross to the temple in round 6. continue
01.06.05 - By Paul Ruby: In a day when 5-foot-10 heavyweights amble into the ring weighing over 230 pounds, it is refreshing to see a pair of gladiators who prepare themselves for battle like true professionals. When Ricky Hatton challenges Kostya Tszyu on Saturday, June 4, on SHOWTIME for the latter’s IBF Light Welterweight Title, boxing fans should be treated to a war between two of boxing’s most mentally and physically prepared competitors. Tszyu is one of boxing’s most accurate punchers, and he will enter the ring as the favorite. Hatton’s energy and hard-charging style have endeared him to fans across the world. With 18,000+ on his side at the M.E.N. Arena, Hatton will be a live underdog with a home-field advantage. continue