31.08.05 - By Barry Green: When you’ve had the sort of week I’ve had: work getting me down, one-year-old son trying to eat all my pens and my soccer team being eliminated from the European Cup by a referee who looks like he’s auditioning for a part in the remake of The Hills Have Eyes; I was asking myself, how does one cheer oneself up after such annoyance and misfortune? My answer: by slipping his very own DVD compilation of favourite knockouts complete with chips and barbecue chicken wings and a few tins of Heineken. On completion of a most successful night’s entertainment and 10 hour sleep-off, I feel obliged to share my evening with the knowledgeable and erudite readers of Eastside Boxing and talk of the art of the knockout, by way of featuring my all-time favourite KO’s.
The knockout is, of course, the most spectacular occurrence in the whole of boxing- and perhaps all sports. It is the unpredictable nature of not knowing when a fight is going to end that is arguably its most appealing aspect. continue
WOBURN, Mass. (August 31, 2005) - Former Boston College defensive lineman Derric Rossy (8-0, 5 KOs) returns to familiar grounds, close to where he starred on the gridiron, in order to advance his professional boxing career. continue
31.08.05 - By Craig Parrish: Every once in a while, you catch a young prospect fighting on an under card on television and it makes you sit up straight in your chair and say “Wow”! I have seen John Duddy fight 3 times now. I have sat up in my chair and said “Wow” 3 times in a row. This young Irish prospect has seemingly all the tools you need to become a Champion. High work output. Fast hands. Good chin. continue
31.08.05 - Roy Jones Jr’s advisor, Brad Jacobs, has dismissed a release by the WBC regarding the health and well being of Jones as grandstanding. “Almost a year has passed since Roy’s last fight (September 25, 2004 vs. Glen Johnson in Memphis), and Jose Sulaiman never once thought to pick up the phone and call Roy, Linda or myself to see how Roy was doing. continue
31.08.05 - By James Sadler: The very name 'Joe Louis' used to bring me a feel of curiousity and excitement, for I was interested in boxing and had heard this man's name many a time. The first time I heard it was on a computer game, and one of the fighters was Joe Louis. It said "he was arguably the greatest heavyweight champion of all time." Surely he couldn't be... In those young and naive days, there was only one great heavyweight - Muhammad Ali. Since seeing that simple sentence, I was instilled with this feeling of curiousity and needed to find out more. I began my research at just eleven years of age, and here are my findings.
It was 1914, and so entered a new era of boxing and America. Joseph Louis Barrow was born, parented by mother Lily Barrow and father, Munroe Barrow. Nobody just yet knew how special this young boy was, and if it wasn't for Joe's friend Thurston McKinney persuading him to throw away his violin, the boxing world might have never been what it is today. continue
31.08.05 - Promoter Frank Warren has lined up another cracking headline fight to top the DebRA-Sports Network event on Friday 23 September at the Hilton Hotel Park Lane. Following Matthew Hatton's withdrawal yesterday from the charity fund-raising event, in which his fight against Ross Minter was for the Vacant English Welterweight title, Warren moved quickly to draft in Belfast puncher Neil Sinclair to challenge Commonwealth Light-Middleweight Champion Ossie Duran to ensure an explosive main event fight. continue
WOBURN, Mass. (August 31, 2005) - A trio from The Contender reality television show - champion Sergio Mora (16-0, 3 KOs), Alfonso Gomez (13-3-1, 4 KOs) and Jesse Brinkley (13-3-1, 4 KOs) -- are Thursday night's special guests on the two-hour New England Ringside Boxing Radio Show, airing 6-8 PM/ET on Boston's Boxing Station, The Zone (1510 AM). continue
31.08.05 - World-ranked and former World Boxing Council Fecarbox lightweight champion Francisco Javier Olvera of Mexico City faces Carlos Ramirez of Monterrey, Mexico, in the 10-round main event on the nationally and internationally televised “Guilty Fight Night” card presented by Guilty Boxing Friday, Sept. 9, at El Foro in Tijuana. continue
31.08.05 - By James Sadler: Rocky Marciano was undoubtedly one of the squared circle's greatest champions. He first came to my attention when I was sitting next to my grandfather watching the famous film "Rocky." I remember seeing the photo of Rocky Marciano on the character "Rocky Balboa's" wall, and so I naturally asked my grandfather about him. He told me the stories of how Marciano was undefeated, a human steamroller with a granite chin, who would never stop coming forward. He often told me how he won a fight with his nose split in two, and how no man was ever the same afterwards. Since then, I became vaguely intrigued, and when I reached the more 'mature' age of eleven, I recalled my grandfather's stories and started to delve deeply into the old books to find out more. I was not disappointed.
Rocky Marciano was an unstoppable force, a true ironman of the ring. An undefeated professional fighter, Rocky is one of the greatest champions of all time. continue
August 31, 2005 - Last Friday at the Thunderbird Wild West Casino in Norman, Oklahoma, 23-year-old Duva Boxing prospect Oscar “El Torito” Diaz, 22-1 (11 KOs), took his game to a higher level, physically and mentally. Not only was Diaz’s ten-round unanimous decision over Thomas Davis the most complete performance of his career, it was also his first at his new weight class. continue
30.08.05 - World-ranked lightweight Eldo Elder, born and raised in Atlanta and now living in Newnan, Ga., faces former two-time world champion Lakva Sim of Los Angeles in a 12-round World Boxing Association title-elimination bout on a card promoted by Guilty Boxing in association with Sampson Lewkowicz and sponsored by Nafta Moskva Sept. 16, in The Arena at Gwinnett Center in Duluth, Ga. continue
30.08.05 - KO Chicago Radio returns to the airwaves tonight at 6:20pm on WJJG AM-1530. Back on the air every Wednesday night KO Chicago Radio features the finest in weekly discussion about the local and national professional boxing scene. The listener call-in number is 708-493-1530. continue
30.08.05 - By Fadi Khawaja: Boxing is commonly viewed as a brutal sport dependant on brawn and not brains. This is a complete misconception and as the novelist WC Heinz once said, "boxing is too intricate an art for the average person, fight fan or not, to comprehend." To become successful in boxing and truly understand the game it takes more than being a bodybuilder or a street fighter to succeed. It is a hard art that takes years of honing. The classic scenario is that a heavily muscled man walks into the gym sure that he can box successfully because he has muscles, however once put in to spar he is given a lesson in ‘the sweet science’.
The same applies to a street fighter; fighters like Bernard Hopkins and Mike Tyson were from the street but this is not where their success was developed, it was due to their tutoring and hard hours in the gym that saw them blossom into finely tuned machines. continue
30.08.05 - By Tony Nobbs: On June 24 at the Royal Pines Resort on the Gold Coast, Rob Calloway lived up to his pre fight reputation as a hardened world class campaigner by capturing the vacant WBF heavyweight championship with a unanimous decision over Australian contender Bob Mirovic. After twelve tremendous rounds ‘The All-American Prizefighter’ was crowned new champion via scores of 116-112, 116-112 and 115-113. continue
30.08.05 - By Tony Nobbs: Shannan Taylor’s IBO middleweight title shot has been re-sceduled to early November. Taylor, 33, will challenge Raymond Joval which will be the Bulli Blaster’s biggest test since 2001 with the fight “99.99 percent certain to be in Newcastle”. Originally pencilled in for September 19 (the day after Peden-Barrera) then October 10 (the day after Corrales-Castillo ll), it was later put back further due to other PPV cards around the globe. continue
30.08.05 - By Izyaslav “Slava” Koza: I just read that interview where Samuel Peter and his promoter Ivaylo Goytzev are basically pouring dirt all over Emanuel Steward, and I just had to write my opinion of the whole affair. To me, that is something rather odd to hear trainers getting attacked like this, because usually fighters take their time in tearing down their opponent instead of his corner. continue
30.08.05 - Interview by Geoff McKay: On September 24, at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City New Jersey, Samuel “The Nigerian Nightmare” will square off against Wladimir “Dr. Steelhammer” Klitschko in the most highly anticipated heavyweight fight of the year. I caught up with Samuel in between training sessions, and he was gracious enough to take the time to answer questions about himself, his faith, and his sport.
GM: Hello Mr. Peter, thank you for taking the time to speak with us.
SP: Hey, how you doing? No Problem.
GM: It is obvious that you are a deeply spiritual man. Why do you think boxers on the whole seem to be more overtly spiritual than other professional athletes?
SP: In Football and Basketball they just run and pass the ball, boxing is a dangerous game you know, you can go anytime, you can get damaged. Football you play you run you jump and throw the ball, you clap hands, you’re happy, you can’t tell any basketballer to come and be a boxer. Boxing is just like a war, your face to face with somebody for 45 minutes, you always have to thank god that you don’t have an injury. continue
ANAHEIM, CA (August 30, 2005)- Pac Man Fever will be running rampant This Thursday! September 1 at Angels Stadium of Anaheim when three-time world champion and the pride of The Philippines, MANNY PACQUIAO, throws out the ceremonial first pitch (6:49 P.M. PT) before game three of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim - Oakland A's series. The A's currently have a one-game lead over the second place Angels in the exciting American League West Division title race. continue
30.08.05 - Blistering ticket sales have been the norm since the box office windows opened for Tarver vs. Jones 3 just over a week ago. The St. Pete Times Forum box office has seen breathtaking action and the forecast shows no decline, leading the St. Pete Times Forum to expand capacity. What was once labeled as the “Fastest selling boxing event in Tampa history” has turned into a giant event and is sure to become one of the biggest boxing events in FLORIDA history. continue
30.08.05 - Following 10 years of promoting at Britain's premier indoor arena, the Manchester Evening News Arena, Sports Network are delighted to announce that it has reached agreement with SMG (Europe) Ltd who manage the arena. The agreement continues until 31st December 2006 with a mutual option to extend to 31st December 2007 and provides for Sports Network to be the exclusive boxing promoter at the arena. continue
30.08.05 - By Kevin Purcell: Much has already been said about the fortunes of Polish slugger Andrew Golota, but for one reason or another, until the other day I had never really given him much thought. This changed the other day when I finally saw his bout against ‘Iron' Mike Tyson. It then occurred to me that he has no place in the sport.
As I'm sure everybody can recall, Tyson pole-axed (excuse the pun) Golota with an overhand right in the first round but ‘The Foul Pole' made it to the end of the round. However, as his corner frantically went to work on him, he can clearly be heard saying “stop the fight”. The commentators didn't pick up on this but after a relatively uneventful second round, Golota inexplicably quit. continue
LA, August 30 – With a hectic 8 world class boxing events in just 23 days, it will undoubtedly be a period of time to remember for Goossen Tutor Promotions and their fighters, as it brings major events and match-ups to fight fans around the world. “Fall has always been a good season for boxing, but it seems that 6 months worth of boxing is being squeezed into 23 crazy fight days for our company,” said Dan Goossen of Goossen Tutor Promotions. continue
30.08.05 - Tickets are moving fast for the September 24, 2005, Samuel Peter vs. Wladimir Klitschko/Miguel Cotto vs Gianluca Branco “Boardwalk Brawl” event at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City. As of Friday, August 26, over 6000 of the 12,000 available seats had already been sold. continue
30.08.05 - By Chris Acosta: There's no reason to become overly optimistic about Shannon Briggs' knockout over a 44 year-old Ray Mercer on Friday night. Too much is made over a single good performance in the heavyweight division nowadays, a blind hope conceived at the hands of a media in desperate need for the next big thing. A guy has one solid performance, case in point Dominick Guinn in his win over Duncan Dokiwari, and we're quick to label him, package him into a can't miss commodity and then ship him of to Canastota. continue
29.08.05 - By Dino Alvarado: On August 26, the boxer to keep an eye on wasn't a heavyweight; he was a southpaw Colombian who knocked down his opponent Andre Eason three times en route to a 7th-round TKO victory, and at age 24, he still has plenty of potential.
Junior-welterweight prospect Juan "El Mello" Urango has a 16-0-1 pro record (13 KO's) and has been compared to Mike Tyson. He admits not putting much thought into his opponent, similar to the idea that Tyson had of simply trying to knock the other guy out. With such a rare blend of speed and power, he can't be blamed. Also like Tyson, he can certainly put on a show for the crowd. He's constantly putting pressure and throwing plenty of punches. For instance, his star-making performance came on "ShoBox" in August 2004 when his fight against fellow unbeaten fighter Mike Arnaoutis was scored a draw. Despite not getting the win, he received a much larger fanbase. continue
29.08.05 - By Per Ake Persson: WBO lightheavy champ Zsolt Erdei is now confirmed for a defence October 22 in Halle against Frenchman Medhi Sahnoune. The two were scheduled to fight in July but Erdei fell sick on the day of the fight and had to pull out. continue
29.08.05 - “Mighty” Mike Arnaoutis of Atlantic City, N.J., ranked No. 4 by the World Boxing Organization and the WBO’s North American Boxing Organization super lightweight champion, faces Marteze “Too Sweet” Logan of Covington, Tenn., in the main event on the nationally and internationally televised “Guilty Fight Night” card promoted by Guilty Boxing Friday, Sept. 2, at the Gold Coast Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nev. continue
29.08.05 - From WBC President Jose Sulaiman: “The World Boxing Council is deeply concerned about the fight between Roy Jones Jr. and Antonio Tarver, scheduled for October 1 in Tampa, Florida, if Roy refuses to undergo a thorough neurological examination after the knockouts he suffered in his two last bouts. continue
29.08.05 - By Peter Cameron: Fierce debate is raging within boxing circles about the significance of the emergence of Nikolay Valuev. As the giant Russian closes in on a title shot, opinion is divided on the level of impact he will have on boxing's blue ribband division. Some argue his incredible size will make him unbeatable and he will represent the dawning of a new era for the heavyweights; an age where goliaths will rule the landscape. Others write him off as nothing more than a freakish sideshow, a mere circus act like the lady with the beard and the pushme-pullyou. The next six months should help to answer all the questions about the man they call the Beast from the East.
Valuev is the biggest man ever to set foot inside a ring. Standing seven feet tall and crushing the scales at 325 pounds, Valuev dwarfs all the other heavyweights out there. He is 4 and ½ inches taller and 75 pounds heavier than WBC champion Vitali Klitschko, who, at 6 feet 7 and ½, is the tallest belt-holder in boxing history. continue
29.08.05 - By Izyaslav “Slava” Koza: I know that in the real sense I am nothing but a fraction of the 50 bucks that "Pretty Boy" Floyd Mayweather gets as part of the PPV’s that I buy with him in the main event. I know that my opinion is about as worthless as men’s underwear to Demarcus Corley, but I know that I am not alone in shaking my head in disapproval at Floyd’s latest actions. continue
29.08.05 - Per Ake Persson: Czech jr middle Lukas Konecny fights Brazilian Anderson Clayton in the headliner of Spotlight Boxing´s show September 20 at the T-mobile Arena in Prague. At stake is the vacant WBO I/C title. SES stablemate, welterweight Jan Zaveck takes on Russian Mikhail Boyarskikh. Spotlight brings in the likes of Sebastian Zbik, Willy Blain, Karoly Balzsay and Rudolf Kraj with EuroSport televising. continue
28.08.05 - By Jim Amato: In recent weeks it has come to light that Ohio's Craig Weber will meet the legendary Julio Cesar Chavez on September 17th in Phoenix, Arizona. Craig has earned this fight with a decision win over Angel Manfredy and a knockout over former champion Frankie Randall. Will he defeat Chavez and end J.C.'s "Adios Tour"? That remains to be seen. I honestly feel that Craig is a formidable opponent for the once great Chavez. continue
27.08.05 - By John Way: It's a testament to Morales' ability that he is considered to be one of the three best fighters in the world, despite the fact that he lacks an alphabet title. He doesn't need one, because "El Terrible" isn't about the political side of the sport. Now, with the boxing world at his feet after his twelve round clinic over superstar Manny Pacquiao, he is the total package, becoming a byword for courage by facing the best in the business, managing to beat every man placed before him. Simply put, when a fighter only loses to men named Marco Antonio Barrera, (as is the case here) you can be sure he's great.
Beginning his career in March of 1993, Erik started his career with twenty-six straight wins before picking up his first world title, at junior featherweight. While this feat isn't necessarily amazing at first glance, consider that those first twenty-six men had a combined total of 377 wins. Try to find another fighter these days that can boast such a thing.don't hold your breath! His eleven round title winning effort came against all time great Daniel "The Mouse" Zaragoza in a forgotten classic of masterful boxing, featuring genius ring generalship, with plenty of bruising blows. continue
27.08.05 - By Ron Widelec: The 140 pound division has long been ranked among the most talent-rich in the boxing world. At any given time, the top-10 rankings are loaded with fighters capable of being serious and respected champions. One thing, however, has been lacking in this division. The junior welterweights need a super-fight. Now is the time to make this fight happen. continue
27.08.05 - By Ike Enwereuzor: Former Olympian and former IBF Intercontinental junior middleweight champion, Evans Oure Ashira with a professional record of (24-1, 13 KO's), was born in Lumumba, Nairobi Kenya and lived there until he was three. He then he moved to Mombasa. As an amateur, "The African Warrior" Evans won the African games in Zimbabwe, 1995. That same year, he was the Kenyan team captain to the Kings Cup in Thailand. continue
26.08.05 - By Justin Hackman: I had the honor of having a great discussion with Jay Nady. He gave me a unique view on boxing from an angle that often is unseen or unnoticed. In this interview, Jay speaks on his life as a referee, the Hopkins/Taylor fight, the “incident” with Zab Judah, and more.
JH: “Hey Jay, how’s it goin?”
Nady: “Hey Justin. I’m in Oklahoma City right now; I’m doing the ESPN fight tomorrow night.”
JH: “When typically do you find out when you are doing a fight?” continue
26.08.05 - By Craig Parrish: “Throwback Fighter”. This is a term you see tossed around a lot in boxing columns. But what does it really mean? Is it a particular style? A personality? Or is it something more? You see this term attached a lot to current fighters like Arturo Gatti or Ricardo Mayorga, who for all intents and purposes are two of the most exciting fighters around. continue
26.08.05 - O`Neil Bell overcame two point deductions and close scorecards to make a successful defense of the IBF cruiser-weight title against Sebastian Rothmann. Bell unleashed a mean right hand to knock Rothmann out in the 11th round. Rothmann lay motionless on the canvas for a few minutes, but made it to his feet shortly after. continue
26.08.05 - By Craig Parrish: With the recent success of “Million Dollar Baby”, I started thinking about all of the great boxing films that have been made over the years, and the ones that have had the greatest effect on me. Many of the films had boxing as the central themes, where some great films had boxers as central characters in other situations like “On the Waterfront”.
To narrow the list, I decided to just stick with films that basically captured the Boxer’s journey through his chosen profession, whether it be one fight or an entire biography. I did not include documentaries.
I am sure there are some great ones out there that I’ve forgotten or never seen, but here’s my top ten with an honorable mentions list following: NOTE: I have not seen “Cinderella Man” as of this writing. continue
26.08.05 - Denver, Colo – Popular Jr. Welterweights Adrian & Anthony Mora will headline the inaugural Tuesday Night Fights, LLC card on Tuesday, September 20th at the Sherman Street Event Center in Denver, CO billed as "Brawlroom Boxing." The Mora Brothers are widely considered to be up and coming prospects certainly worth keeping an eye on. continue
New York, August 26--The middleweight fight between Yuri Foreman and Ismail Arvin scheduled for September 2 at the Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City has been cancelled due to an injury sustained by Arvin in training. continue
26.08.05 - It has recently come to the attention of Sports Network Limited that a number of third parties claim to be in discussions or negotiations with Punch Promotions (Actions) in order to acquire the boxing services of Ricky Hatton (Parties). In fact, Sports Network, through letters written by its solicitors, have already placed a number of parties on formal notice of impending legal action. continue
26.08.05 - By Nick Porter: In the clearing stands a boxer, and a fighter by his trade And he carries the reminders Of ev’ry glove that laid him down. And cut him till he cried out In his anger and his shame,“I am leaving, I am leaving” But the fighter still remains…
This quote comes from what has long been one of my favorite songs. Most people either pay it little notice or merely interpret this stanza as a metaphor for the hardships faced by the narrator of the song. However, sometimes literal interpretations work best. There are some things in this world that ultimately cannot be expressed in words, but there are also things that, while they can be expressed verbally, cannot truly be understood or appreciated until they have been experienced. This verse, and by proxy the sport of boxing, are prime examples. continue
New York, August 26--Tropical Storm Katrina is bearing down on South Florida, but the storm might not be anything like the havoc created in the ring at Hard Rock Live arena tonight. Briggs promises disrespect. “I’m gonna show you on Friday night what you do to a disrespectful old man, and I’m ready to do this right now! I felt disrespected when I heard Ray Mercer even showed up to fight. I’m mad now! I’m bringing Hell!” continue
26.08.05 - “Oscar Diaz has paid his dues,” says his promoter, Dino Duva of Duva Boxing. “He has become one of the most exciting TV fighters in the world, and if he gets by Tom Davis on Friday, he deserves a world title fight.” The always action-packed Diaz is scheduled to face Thomas Davis in the ten-round super lightweight main event of this week’s Friday Night Fights telecast from the Thunderbird Wild West Casino in Norman, Oklahoma. continue
26.08.05 - Dominic Pesoli's 8 Count Productions, HOME OF THE BEST IN CHICAGO BOXING, and Bob Arum's Top Rank Incorporated in association with Miller Lite and TCF Bank are proud to announce further details of VIVA MEXICO, a Chicagoland celebration of Mexico's Independence Day on September 16th at the Aragon Ballroom. continue
26.08.05 - Highly respected trainer, Jesse Reid, has been hired to train exciting Junior Welterweight prospect Jessie Feliciano, according to Feliciano’s new advisors Albert Falcon and Patrick Doljanin. “I’ve been looking for a trainer for a while”, said Feliciano (12-4-2). “I think Jesse Reid is going to help me improve and get to the next level.”
Reid shared the excitement and optimism of his new charge. “We started working with one of my other fighters (NABF 135 lb. Champ Eleazar Contreras)” this week, added Reid. “Jessie is a tough kid and a good student. I’m working on getting him to shorten-up his punches, not load-up and pace himself a little better.”
The 22 year old Feliciano has proven himself to be an “any place, any time” throw-back fighter. He holds wins over The Contender star, Alfonso Gomez, as well as a brutal knock-out of hot prospect Freddie Cadena. He also has two disputed draws against Al “Speedy” Gonzales and Arturo Morales. continue
26.08.05 - "CES' Prime Time Fights" features three title fights tonight (Friday, August 26), headlined by World Boxing Council USNBC super middleweight champion Joey "KO Kid" Spina's (16-0, 11 KOs) first title defense against dangerous challenger Anwar Oshana (23-4, 13 KOs), at the Rhode Island Convention Center in Providence. continue
26.08.05 - ESPN2 Friday night fights closes out an exceptional season of boxing on ESPN in Little Rock, AR as Prize Fight Boxing in association with Blake Murchison Productions and the Little Rock CVB host “Rumble At The Rock” on September 2, 2005 at the Statehouse Convention Center in downtown Little Rock. continue
26.08.05 - By Gavin Stone: Does Anthony Mundine have a jaw of steel, or is it fine china? This is a topic that is hotly discussed in boxing forums, clubs and other sections of both the media and public. Most people’s initial thought are that YES, Anthony Mundine does have a glass jaw, which is a term that is referred to when boxers don’t take a punch very well. continue
26.08.05 - Andy "Pops" Anderson, trainer of Samuel Peter: "I hope this guy Klitschko is at his best because when Sam knocks him out, I don’t want to hear excuses about ‘somebody put salve on his legs,’ and things like that. I hope Klitschko comes ready, no excuses.”
Emmanuel Steward, trainer of Wladimir Klitschko: "Peter’s going to find out that this is not the place for him. Wladimir is not another class-C guy. He (Peter) was fighting the B-level boys, the Charles Shuffords and Jovo Pudars and he struggled with them. So then, they brought back the class-C level guys again for him to walk through. The perception of this fight is that it’s a rough, tough, hard-punching guy going against the most fragile, no-chin, and no-confidence fighter in the heavyweight division. In the public’s mind, it’s the meanest and the toughest guy against the most timid and fragile guy and Peter wins by KO. But don’t forget, Klitschko can punch also. To be hit by a 250-lb man who knows what he’s doing will be a new experience for Peter.” continue
26.08.05 - British Welterweight Champion Michael Jennings is used to hunting down opponents in the ring and lives up to his nickname of the 'Lurcher' for his love of hare coursing. Surprisingly, Jennings now finds himself the hunted after Welsh dangerman Bradley Pryce has promised to stalk the unbeaten Chorley star and take his title on Tuesday 25 October at the Preston Guild Hall. continue
25.08.05 - By Craig Parrish: Well, another month has come and so has another meaningless evening of Heavyweight fights on PPV. An evening chock full of faded fighters either trying to score a last payday or mount a “comeback”. The card is pretty weak and the one fighter it seems that people were most interested in seeing, David Tua, has dropped out due to his teeth. continue
25.08.05 - By John Gaulrapp: He’s out there somewhere. Somewhere in a dank, dark basement gym he’s been spending countless hours working the speed bag and jumping rope. The very type of place Apollo brought Rocky to help him regain the eye of the tiger (that’s Rocky III, folks - remember the one with Mr. T?). He has to be out there. Boxing needs him now more then ever. continue
<25.08.04 - By Scoop Malinowski: Everything is on the line for Heavyweight contender Shannon Briggs this Friday night against Ray Mercer. The Miami-based Brooklynite will be fighting for career survival.
Briggs, 33, and Mercer, 44, will be the main event of Cedric Kushner and Warrior's Boxing August 26th PPV from Hollywood, Florida. Also on the bill will be Jameel "Big Time" McCline and IBF Cruiserweight champ O'Neil Bell vs. Sebastien Rothmann of South Africa. Here's the latest from Briggs (42-4-1 with 36 KO's):
Q: Ray Mercer is a tough cookie. What's it going to take for you to beat him?
Shannon Briggs: "It's going to take everything. It's gonna take my skills, my talent, my youth, my energy, it's gonna take it all. It's gonna take what it took to beat the other 42 guys I beat." continue
25.08.05 – In a lot of ways, IBF Cruiserweight Champion O’Neil Bell is old-fashioned. He lets his fists do the talking in the ring, he believes in class and sportsmanship, and unlike many today, he thinks that a World Champion should be just that – a champion of the world. “You see so many fighters today who are just content to fight comfortable fighters from familiar settings,” said Bell. “As a World Champion, I want to fight the best fighters in the WORLD, not just the best fighters from the United States.” continue
25.08.05 - By Per Ake Persson: Universum announced yesterday (Aug 24) that Tomasz Adamek´s defence of the WBC 175 title against Thomas Ulrich goes ahead October 15 in Duesseldorf. German supermiddle Danilo Haussler, the former EBU and current WBA I/C champ, will take on Mohamed Said in an eight-rounder on the Klitschko vs Peter bill September 24 in Atlantic City. continue
25.08.05 - Tacoma, Washington - Seattle’s light middleweight prospect Walter Wright (8-1, 4 KO’s) will face the tenacious Billy Lyell (7-2, 2 KO’s) from Warren, Ohio Saturday night in Tacoma’s Emerald Queen Casino, I-5 showroom. “This fight will be sure to have you sitting on the edge of your seat.” said promoter, Brian Halquist, “Right now these fighters are neck-and-neck, and the winner of this fight will be one step closer to being a true contender.” continue
25.08.05 - By Andy Meacock: Nicknames in all sports are common, especially in boxing. Many of these nicknames are meaninglessly given purely to create interest and association for the fighter but there are certain nicknames that have been passed down from previous generations as an honour. The nickname, ‘Sugar’ is one such nickname. Two of the greatest fighters the Twentieth Century would were Ray Robinson and Ray Leonard. They were both known as, ‘Sugar’ due to their sweet skills in the boxing ring.
The most recent fighter to be awarded this nickname is Shane Mosley. His professional career began in 1993 in the Lightweight division and he was quick to make an impression. Mosley was a monster at 130lps and won the IBF title in his 24th bout against Phillip Holiday. At the same time there was another young superstar from Mosley’s hometown of LA getting everyone’s attention, that superstar being Oscar De La Hoya. continue
25.08.05 - Tickets are now on sale for Sports Network's blockbuster show Global Warning to be headlined by WBO World Featherweight Champion Scott Harrison and special attraction on the undercard is wonderboy Amir Khan. Glasgow hardman Harrison makes a record sixth defence of his crown - with his challenger to be confirmed shortly - in his second reign as champion and aims to send out a warning to rivals Injin Chi the WBC king and WBA champ Juan Manuel Marquez who he is gunning for. continue
25.08.05 - Sports Network is delighted to announce that it has captured the signature of one of the hottest young talents in British boxing: "Kid" Kell Brook. The 18-year-old Sheffield prospect joins boxing's premier promotional organisation and will spearhead the future of the sport alongside the likes of the sensational Olympic Silver Medallist Amir Khan and the 2003 ABA Champion Kevin Mitchell. continue
LOS ANGELES, August 24 – Due to a torn tricep muscle suffered in training, former world champion Mark ‘Too Sharp’ Johnson has been forced to withdraw from his September 1st bout with top bantamweight contender Jhonny Gonzalez. Stepping in for Johnson in the main event of HBO Latino’s ‘Boxeo De Oro’, will be hard-hitting Nicaraguan contender William Gonzalez, who brings a 20-1 (15 KOs) record into the ring against Mexico’s Jhonny Gonzalez (29-4, 25 KOs), who is currently riding a 15 fight winning streak. continue
24.08.05 - By Geoffrey Ciani: Recently, there’s not much to be excited about in the heavyweight division. Since the retirement of Lennox Lewis, nobody seems capable of taking control and proving himself the best in this lackluster group. With the lineage broken and the titles splintered, boxing fans have longed for someone to step up and proclaim himself king, and causal fans are completely uninterested.
Even worse, it seems unlikely that anyone will emerge as the top dog anytime soon. The best the division has to offer is a collection of perennial contenders who were never able to achieve true greatness in the sport. Indeed, today’s top ten is a sorry bunch. continue
WOBURN, Mass. (August 24, 2005) - A new and improved Juan "Golo" Gomez-Trinidad (23-4, 16 KOs) returns to the ring Saturday, September 17 at the Dana Barros Sports Complex in Mansfield, Massachusetts. "Mayhem in Mansfield" is promoted by New England Ringside Promotions in association with Irish Ropes and Cedric Kushner Productions. continue
24.08.05 - By Michael Amakor: On August 26, former WBO Heavyweight champion Ray Mercer and former IBU Heavyweight Champion Shannon Briggs, will fight each other in a battle for survival in the heavyweight division at the Hard Rock Live Arena, in Hollywood, Florida in a bout featured on Showtime. continue
24.08.05 - Düsseldorf – On October 15 German Thomas Ulrich will challenge for a world title for the first time in his career. The 30-year-old man from Berlin is ranked WBC number and will officially challenge reining champion Tomasz Adamek from Poland for the World Boxing Council title. continue
24.08.05 - By Tony Nobbs: IBF/IBO flyweight champion Vic Darchinyan battered Jair Jiminez until referee Johnny Wright rescued the game but out gunned challenger at 2 minutes 23 seconds of round five at the Sydney Entertainment Centre in NSW, Australia tonight. Team Fenech’s ‘Raging Bull’ took the opening stanza 10-9 before taking complete charge in the second hurting Jiminez with a straight southpaw left hand to the stomach and then out muscling the Columbian.
In round four Jiminez was given a count in the opening seconds and for the rest of the round was on the receiving end of some vicious shots, a noticeable hook downstairs almost doubling him over. In round five Darchinyan upped the pressure and Jiminez was in great trouble when the fight was stopped. continue
24.08.05 - ORANGE, CA - Two hard-hitting punchers collide this Friday night in what should turn out to be a real barnburner. Former world title challenger Carlos Bojorquez will step back inside the ring to face "Dangerous" Ryan Davis at Omega Products International in Corona in a 10 round junior middleweight bout. continue
HOLLYWOOD, FL, August 23 – After 16 years in the professional boxing game, it takes more than a little trash talk from his upcoming opponent, Shannon Briggs, to get ‘Merciless’ Ray Mercer riled up. “I’m too old for that type of stuff,” said Mercer (34-5-1, 25 KOs). “I do my talking in the ring with my fists, and I’ve got a lot to say to Shannon Briggs on Friday night.” continue
NEW YORK (Aug. 23, 2005) - In a World Boxing Council (WBC)/International Boxing Federation (IBF) 12 round eliminator, former WBC cruiserweight champion Wayne “Big Truck” Braithwaite will take on Guillermo Jones in the main event on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING, Saturday, Sept. 3, 2005, at 9 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the west coast). continue
23.08.05 - By Chris Acosta: It’s the most basic punch in the book, the first punch taught to novice boxers the day they walk in the gym but still of paramount importance to fighters competing at the elite level. It doesn’t have quite the same visceral impact of a hook or cross delivered off the back foot but those punches wouldn’t have anywhere near the same effect without it paving the way. The jab is at home creating openings as it is keeping an onrushing opponent at bay. And before we assume what the jab is let’s remember that it comes in more than just one form.
Some jabs are fast, some heavy and hurtful and some a combination of the two. Some fighters prefer to come forward with it while others use it in a defensive posture. continue
WOBURN, Mass. (August 23, 2005) - Thursday night's guests for the two-hour New England Ringside Boxing Radio Show, airing 6-8 PM/ET on Boston's Boxing Station, The Zone (1510 AM), will be popular junior middleweight contender "Ferocious" Fernando Vargas, Hall of Fame trainer Lou Duva and HBO analyst Larry Merchant. continue
AUGUST 23, 2005, LOS ANGELES, CA- World recognized female boxing champion, author, motivational speaker, and Adidas spokesmodel star Laila Ali announced today that she has hired Harlan J. Werner and Damon Bingham of the sports marketing and entertainment company, Sports Placement Service, Inc., to represent her for all of her marketing endeavors both in and out of the boxing ring as well as her boxing career. continue
23.08.05 - Australian Junior Welterweight Champion Mick 'Pony' Shaw is putting the finishing touches on his preparation for the toughest fight of his career as he sets to face World Title Contender Nedal 'Skinny' Hussein in Sydney on Friday night. Shaw is a throw back fighter from the ilk of Barry Michaels, Les Darcy and the likes. continue
23.08.05 - By Scoop Malinowski: Two consecutive brutal KO defeats, one after the other. One via the left fist of Antonio Tarver, the other from the right hand of Glen Johnson. The end result was Roy Jones laying flat on his back, as if his great career had just been put to rest in some kind of an invisible coffin.
Now Roy Jones has made up his mind. After about a year-long hiatus from the ring, he has set his sights on redemption. Jones wants to erase those final images of defeat with a victory. Without any warm-up fights, Jones has decided to challenge Tarver on October 1. This is surprising. Jones is a very intelligent and wealthy man. He would not put his long-term health at risk. He would not comeback for more money. There must be some reason why he believes he can defeat Tarver. And if he were to defy the odds, I believe a successful Jones return to the ring might well be possibly the greatest comeback in the sports' history. continue
23.08.05 - By Bernie McCoy: Trace the present day history of the sport of Women's boxing to its beginning and Christy Martin is the prominent name in the conversation. It was Martin who provided the nascent sport with it's first national recognition, culminating on the front cover of Sports Illustrated. It is not an overstatement that every fighter currently participating in the sport watched and learned from Christy Martin. Let's hope they still do. continue
23.08.05 - Light-welterweight prospect Nathan Cleverley aims to make the A grade in the boxing ring but he has already hit double A's in his Maths and Physics A-levels. Also landing a B in French, Cleverley has won a place at Cardiff University to study for a BSc in Mathematics whilst he continues to learn the sweet science at Enzo Calzaghe's gym. continue
23.08.05 - By Per Ake Persson: Russian giant Nikolai Valuev and American Larry Donald square off October 1st at the Ewe Arena in Oldenburg in an WBA eliminator. The winner will face champ John Ruiz. Valuev is currently training at high altitude in Armenia. continue
23.08.05 - By Jim Amato: Finally a world class light heavyweight among us who has hardly been talked about will get another shot at becoming a champion again. The 175 pound world had revolved around Roy Jones Jr. and now the men who defeated him, Glencoffe Johnson and Antonio Tarver. What about a fine fighting machine named Julio Gonzalez? This former WBO titleholder is ready to fight Clinton Woods for the IBF light heavyweight title September 9th in Sheffield, England.
Julio sports an impressive 38-2 record and he has met the cream of the division. Julio turned pro in the late 90's but emerged as a contender in 2001 when he outscored the brutal punching Julian Letterlough over twelve rounds at the Ohio State Fairgrounds in Columbus, Ohio. Five months later Julio was in the ring facing the legendary Roy Jones Jr. for the UNDISPUTED light heavyweight title. continue
WAYNE, NJ (August 22, 2005) - “ GARY SHAW, CEO of Gary Shaw Productions, LLC, announced today he has signed an exclusive promotional agreement with three-time world champion MANNY PACQUIAO. "As a promoter, you always hope to sign a 'blue chip' athlete who will win a world title. Today, I have signed a 'platinum chip' world class champion whose persona transcends sports and approaches folk lore in The Philippines. I feel privileged that Manny has chosen me as his promoter," said Shaw. continue
22.08.05 - On Monday, August 22, Luan Krasniqi moved his training camp to Rottweil, his hometown in the south of Germany in the Bundesland of Baden-Württemberg. Here the 34-year-old WBO number one ranked Krasniqi will complete his preparation for his heavyweight title fight against the two years younger and reigning World Boxing Organization champion Lamon Brewster, 32-2 (28). continue
New York, August 22-Heavyweight David Tua, scheduled to make his first United States appearance in more than two years, will not be able to participate on the Heavyweight Heat pay-per-view card on Friday night, August 26, due to dental surgery. Tua had a wisdom tooth extracted, and has been advised by doctors to postpone his ring appearance against Cisse Salif. continue
22.08.05 - By Peter Cameron: Time is running out for Audley Harrison. The Sydney 2000 Olympic champion, now 33, spent most of last week declaring he was ready to beat the best, calling out the likes of Samuel Peter and Calvin Brock. Yet nothing in his performance against Robert Wiggins on Thursday night, nor his 18 other victories, suggests he is anything like ready to fulfil his proclamations. Harrison's talent is hard to quantify. Physically, he has the tools required, and has looked great in short spurts. Yet the boxing world is still unconvinced, citing a lack of desire and questionable fitness as stumbling blocks to his hopes of world domination.
Harrison made his professional debut on 19th May 2001, and has 19 victories to his name in the four years and three months since that day. Although hampered by serious injuries, his progress his still been staggeringly slow since leaving the amateur ranks. His record does not compare well with other Olympic champions of the past. continue
August 22, 2005 - From WBC President Jose Sulaiman: The medical and referees seminar, organized by the WBC in coordination with the Indonesian sports government, opened today in Jakarta, Indonesia. "There were more than 100 people in attendance from all the different stratus of the boxing community in that country, as well as 60 boxing doctors who founded a National Medical Safety Board that will, in the future, be the only authority to approve boxing matches in Indonesia and for boxers travelling out of the country. continue
22.08.05 - WBO World Featherweight Champion Scott Harrison aims to send out a 'Global Warning' with the next defence of his title on Saturday 1 October at the Braehead Arena. The menacing Glasgwegian returns home for a record sixth defence of his title, against a challenger to be named, after travelling to Manchester in his last fight to destroy Michael Brodie inside four rounds in June. continue
22.08.05 - Former World Boxing Organization United States Boxing Organization super middleweight champion Willie Stewart of Las Vegas meets John Roman William of Chicago in the 10-round main event on the nationally and internationally televised “Guilty Fight Night” card promoted by Guilty Boxing and Bobby D Presents Friday, Aug. 26, at the Golden Acorn Casino in Campo, Calif. continue
NEW YORK, Monday, August 22 – It’s been almost 25 years since Antonio Tarver and Roy Jones Jr. crossed paths for the first time, and from their first fight as 13-year-old amateurs, they have been indelibly linked in the minds of boxing fans and each other. But on Saturday, October 1st, at the St. Pete Times Forum in Tampa, Florida, this journey comes to an end, as the two premier light heavyweights of this era meet for the third time to determine who the superior fighter truly is. “I have to commend Roy Jones for coming back and saying "I want Antonio Tarver, I want the best,” said light heavyweight champion Antonio Tarver. “He could have had the opportunity to come up and fight someone to pad his record or just to get fans excited, but he wants to come to the mountaintop to try to knock the king off.”
In their first battle, on November 8, 2003, Jones won a hard fought decision over Tarver in a stirring 12 rounder; continue
22.08.05 - Dominic Pesoli's 8 Count Productions, home of THE BEST IN CHICAGO BOXING and Bob Arum's Top Rank Incorporated are proud to announce the Chicagoland debut of legendary boxing warrior Johnny Tapia on Mexican Independence weekend as he headlines an action packed, internationally televised, Solo Boxeo de Miller event at the Aragon Ballroom on Friday, September 16th. Tickets, starting at $27, are available now by calling 312-226-5800 or through Ticketmaster. continue
21.08.05 - By Jim Amato: The sport of boxing needs a National Boxing Commission but that is easier said then done. Baseball, football, basketball and even hockey have universal rules. In my opinion, to give boxing its best chance for success the boxers would be better off forming a union. It would also be better to keep the government out of the picture completely. continue
21.08.05 - By Frank Gonzalez Jr. Saturday night in Chicago, Featherweight Rocky Juarez faced a replacement fighter named Humberto “El Debate” Soto, who turned in a dazzling performance and won the WBC Interim Title that was up for grabs. The referee, Tim Adams was helpful to Juarez’ cause—but Soto proved too determined and too smart to let them take away his big moment. Soto won the first four rounds easily on my scorecard by dictating the tempo, working his jab and following up with combinations that were scoring with authority. Juarez is a quality boxer and packs a good punch but he could do nothing to deter the crafty and determined Soto. Even when Juarez scored with flush power shots, Soto absorbed it well and kept coming forward, delivering his own brand of effective offense. continue
21.08.05 - By Dino Alvarado: He's the British, Commonwealth, and European junior-welterweight champion. With a 32-1-2 record (19 knockouts; only loss is to Zab Judah), he has an impressive resume and has won his last 17 fights. His list of wins includes victories against Lovemore N'Dou and Andreas Kotelnik this year. So why doesn't anyone know who Junior "The Hitter" Witter is?
He's the youngest of four brothers and a sister. Boxing has steered him away from the many troubles that beset the youth in his hometown in Bradford, England. Witter, whose parents came over to England from Jamaica in the 60's, followed a different path from his peers after a family friend introduced him to the Bradford Police Boys Boxing Club at a young age.
He's been a world-class fighter ever since. continue
20.08.05 - By Malik Lee: In what a prizefight should embody Rocky Ricardo Juarez suffered the first lost of his career to Humberto Armando Soto in a unanimous decision in 12 rounds by judges Tom Kaczmarek who scored the fight 112-114, John McCarthy 113-114, Ken Morita 113-114. With no championship belt on the line Juarez (23-1, 16 knockouts) came on late but Soto (36-5-2, 21 knockouts) looking the bigger man continued to match Juarez punch for punch responding to every hard left hook fired off by Juarez. Soto penalized two points during the fight by referee Timothy Adams for repeated punches to the back of the head continued to bring the fight to Juarez though out the contest. continue
20.08.05 - Guilty Boxing featherweight Humberto “El Zorrita” Soto of Mexico stunned previously undefeated and favorite Ricardo “Rocky” Juarez, taking a 12-round unanimous decision in their nationally televised bout for the World Boxing Council’s interim 126-pound championship Saturday night in Rosemont, Ill. continue
20.08.05 - Ebo Elder of Newnan, Ga., generally regarded as the most promising lightweight in the sport, has signed an exclusive promotional agreement with Guilty Boxing it was announced today. Elder’s first fight with Guilty Boxing is a 12-round, World Boxing Association lightweight title-elimination bout on a nationally and internationally televised card promoted by Guilty Boxing Sept. 16 in Duluth, Ga. continue
20.08.05 - By Kevin Kincade: My friend and East Side writer, Lee Hayes, or “Raven” as many posters know him, wrote a great little piece earlier this week about nurturing two new boxing fans. It was basically his account of showing these two “newbies” several different fights and gauging their reactions to them. The whole concept of introducing new fans to the sport we love is something the sport needs as much as we, the hardliners do. Nothing feels quite as good as sharing an experience of a great fight with someone who’s closest relevant point would be the NBA finals or the Super Bowl or the World Series or The Daytona 500…..you get the idea. In truth, nothing really compares to a great fight. There are many great moments in sports for a variety of fans; but only boxing can have multiple moments in the same year. So, what defines a great fight? continue
20.08.05 - Mixed martial arts legend Sean Sherk highlights a history-making, nationally and internationally televised card promoted by Guilty Boxing in association with Sampson Lewkowicz and sponsored by Nafta Moskva Sept, 16 in The Arena at Gwinnett Center in Duluth, Ga. continue
20.08.05 - By Frank Gonzalez Jr. Friday night at Saratoga Springs in New York, Heavyweight, Vinnie Maddalone of Queens NY, improved his record to 25-2 after scoring a TKO 5 victory over Troy NY native, Shannon Miller. It was an exciting contest ultimately decided by a Maddalone left hook that ended it in the opening moments of the fifth round. Both fighters showed enough heart to compensate for the lack of any notable boxing skills on either side. continue
20.08.05 - By Jim Amato: Youngstown, Ohio's unbeaten middleweight sensation Kelly Pavlik has been added to an August 26th fight card in Houston, Texas. The card which is being held at the D+I Colonial Ballroom is to be shown on Telefutura. I have yet to learn who Kelly's opponent will be or if his bout is slated to be televised. Pavlik is 25-0 with 22 KO's. The Ashland (Ohio) Times-Gazette reported recently that favorite son Craig Weber of nearby Perrysville, Ohio was going to meet former great Julio Cesar Chavez in Phoenix, Arizona on September 17th as part of the Chavez "Adios Tour." continue
20.08.05 - By Jim Amato: Fernando Vargas is again a force to be reckoned with. Fernando pounded out a hard fought but unanimous decision over former champion Javier Castillejo. The bout started slowly but began to heat up in the third round as the hand speed and power of Vargas took control. Give Castillejo credit as he rode out some tough moments and the managed to come on late in the fight. It was to little too late as Fernando had built up a substantial lead. the final tally was 97-92 twice and 98-91 all for Vargas.
This opens the door to several possible intriguing match ups. How about Vargas and Ricardo Mayorga for the WBC 154 pound title? I've always been interested in a Vargas-Sugar Shane Mosley pairing. What about Fernando and the come backing former welterweight champion Vernon Forrest? Vargas has stated that he would like a return match with Oscar De La Hoya. The "Big O" has shown some interest in facing Fernando again. Oscar stopped Vargas in their first meeting.
19.08.05 - By Tony Nobbs: Lightweight contender Michael ‘Rocky’ Katsidis (WBO #2, IBF #13) stopped determined Filipino Ranee Ganoy in five exciting rounds at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre in Queensland last night. Katsidis (now 18-0, 16 KO’s) started slowly, not taking any risks against the dangerous Ganoy (now 17-15-2, 14 KO’s), before taking control late in the fourth and then swarming all over his opponent in the fifth. With Ranee pinned against the ropes the 25 year old Australian world title hope blazed away at wherever he saw skin until referee Chris Daley called a halt at 2.03 of the round after Ganoy’s mouthguard came flying out. continue
19.08.05 - Ray Austin got a call today that most boxers only dream of when his promoter, Don King, notified him that another boxer had suffered a training injury, paving the way for him to step into the co-featured main event for the USNBC heavyweight championship on Sept. 3 at Gund Arena against WBC No.7-ranked heavyweight contender Owen Beck, which will be televised domestically on SHOWTIME at 9 pm. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast). continue
NEW YORK , August 19 -- Antonio Tarver, Roy Jones Jr, their names will forever be linked to one another in boxing lore. They first met in the ring as thirteen-year-olds at the Sunshine State Games in Gainesville, FL., and each went on to become Olympic Medallists. As professionals, Jones became one of the most decorated champions in boxing history while Tarver fought his way to the top to become world light heavyweight champion. continue
19.08.05 - WBO World Super-Middleweight Champion Joe Calzaghe faces a tricky defence of his title against Evans Ashira on Saturday 10 September at the Cardiff International Arena. The unbeaten Welshman will make a record 17th title defence against the Danish based Kenyan knowing that victory is crucial if he is to face rival IBF Champ Jeff Lacy on November 5. Ashira, who now fights out of Miami, has caused upsets in the past and could wreck Calzaghe's plans of unification.
In his last fight he defeated the previously unbeaten Quentin Smith and two years ago stopped Jerry Elliot - who neither Brian Magee or Howard Eastman, both big punchers, could KO - in nine rounds to underline his danger. continue
19.08.05 - Weigh-in results from Chicago: Fernando Vargas 154 Javier Castillejo 154
Castillejo lost one pound and weighed in at 154 on the second try.
Rocky Juarez 126 Humberto Soto 126
Undercard weigh-in results to follow... continue
19.08.05 -Undefeated and former World Boxing Organization junior featherweight champion Joan Guzman of the Dominican Republic faces No. 1-ranked 126-pounder Terdsak Jandaeng of Thailand in a 12-round WBO featherweight title-elimination bout on a nationally televised card promoted by Northeast Promotions in association with Sycuan Ringside Promotions, Zanfer and Goossen Tutor Promotions Aug. 26 in White Plains, N.Y. continue
EAST ORANGE, NJ (August 19, 2005) -- Gary Shaw Productions, LLC, with a bid of $150,000, won the purse bid for the IBF bantamweight championship fight between defending champion Rafael Marquez, from Mexico, and IBO champion / IBF No. 1 contender and mandatory challenger, Silence Mabuza, from South Africa. Banner Promotions and Golden Boy Promotions bid $50,000 and $30,000, respectively. continue
19.08.05 - Undisputed world welterweight champion Zab "Super" Judah extended his congratulations to "Pretty Boy" Floyd Mayweather Jr. after he destroyed Arturo "Thunder" Gatti on June 25 to become a three-division world champion. Judah also serviced notice on Mayweather that if he wanted to attempt to become a four-division champion, Judah and his titles are waiting for him at 147 pounds.
Judah's disposition towards the undefeated Mayweather (34-0, 23 KOs) has changed after "Pretty Boy" has spent what Judah feels is an inordinate amount of time and effort focusing on attempting to move up two weight divisions to 154 pounds to face Winky Wright. Those protracted negotiations fell apart on Tuesday. continue
PHILADELPHIA, PA (August 19, 2005) - The WBC through its president Jose Sulaiman informed Bernard Hopkins today that they have granted Mr. Hopkins' request, pursuant to WBC Championship Elimination Rule 1.32, for an immediate rematch with Jermaine Taylor for its Middleweight Title. Under normal circumstances, the WBC does not allow direct rematches of Championship bouts. continue
19.08.05 - Former world champion Felix Trinidad will be the guest commentator for the nationally televised Guilty Boxing card featuring five-time former world champion Manuel Medina of Mexico, the most decorated fighter in Guilty Boxing’s stable, against undefeated Jose Miguel Coto of Puerto Rico in an International Boxing Federation junior lightweight title-elimination bout this Saturday, Aug. 20, in Ponce, P.R. continue
Los Angeles, CA, August 19, 2005 – Mark Burnett Productions, DreamWorks Television, and ESPN, Inc. have announced a date, venue and fight card for the first of their three boxing specials. On Saturday, October 15th 2005, live from STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, California, ESPN will televise a fight card packed with Season One Contender fighters as they once again battle in classic East vs. West fashion. continue
19.08.05 - By Izyaslav “Slava” Koza: Unfortunately, the Lamon Brewster fight has come and gone for Wladimir Klitschko. The day after the apocalyptic loss to Corrie Sanders via knockout, has come and it has gone, and Wladimir Klitschko failed with flying colors (at least until the FBI gets to the bottom of that one). However, is that necessarily a bad thing? What possible pressure can Wladimir feel for this upcoming fight? Yes, he should feel some hesitation and so forth, as he does for every fight, yet other than that, nothing should be bothering him.
What I mean is, he has already lost, so the pressure of maintaining himself in some aura of invincibility is no longer a hindrance. He doesn’t have to come out against Sam Peter trying to prove that he is the “SteelHammer” of old, and that is actually something beneficial to him as a fighter. Let's look at the extremes of the spectrum in regards to this fight and the results. continue
August 18, 2005 - Mexico City. From WBC President Jose Sulaiman: "The WBC has been informed of the derogatory remarks made about us by Fernando Vargas' team. The WBC, however, is not in boxing to participate in low blows. Those remarks are only hurting the image of their boxer. continue
18.08.05 - Five days before their highly anticipated showdown in Hollywood, Florida billed "the Heavyweight Heat", it seems that former world title challenger David Tua (43-3, 38 KO's) has pull out of his fight with hard hitting Heavyweight prospect Cissie Salif (17-4-2, 16KO's) due to injury sustained during training. Salif, who won all his three fights this year, still hopes for a replacement of opponent on August 26. Watchout for more news as it unfolds.
18.08.05 - 2004 Olympic Gold Medalist Andre Ward enjoyed a successful homecoming on Thursday night at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif. Ward demolished Christopher Holt (12-4, 8 KOs) in three rounds in front of a raucous Bay Area crowd. Ward began the bout showcasing his impenatrable defense and pin point accuracy in the first round. continue
18.08.05 - By Jeff Bastasini: Heavyweight Audley Harrison, 33, continued his slow climb to the top of the heavyweight division on Thursday with a fourth round technical knockout of Robert Wiggins at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California. It was the 19th consecutive win without a loss for the 2000 Olympic Gold medalist. Harrison, as usual, fought in a safety first style, mainly using his long right jab to keep the smaller Wiggins (20-5-1, 12 KO’s) on the outside in the early rounds. In the fourth round, Harrison knocked Wiggins down with a big straight left hand. The referee gave the 36-year-old Wiggins a standing eight count and then let the fight continue. Harrison immediately resumed his attack, landing flurry of combinations that had Wiggins looking out on his feet. However, he didn’t go down and somehow made it to the end of the round. The fight was stopped at the beginning of the fifth round by his trainer. continue
Hamburg/Prague – After successful events in Austria and on Mallorca German promoter Spotlight Boxing now lined up a big event in front of new horizons. On September 20 Europe’s most dynamic boxing stable is promoting a fightcard at the T-Mobile Arena of Prague, Czech Republic, televised live by Eurosport in millions of homes in 54 countries. continue
18.08.05 - By John Way: Last weekend, the boxing world saw a fruitful return of "The Atomic Bull" to the boxing ring. Winning his biggest fight in nearly five years, the forty-year-old McCall has-somewhat depressingly-placed himself back on the fringes of heavyweight contention. With a single punch, he disposed of his Polish foe late in the fourth round, blowing a competitive match-up wide open. With this latest career saving knockout, the critics are again forced to acknowledge that the once (?) drug ravaged Chicago native still has the talent to face, and even beat world class opponents. continue
18.08.05 - By Cris Neill: There's an old saying in gambling: never bet what you can't afford to lose. There's always an element of gambling in a boxing match - you can never be totally certain what your opponent will bring to the table, but you make sure that by training hard and getting mentally focused, that you stack the odds as much as humanly possible in your favour. Sometimes, as with any form of gambling, a boxer will think with their heart, not their head, and allow pride to write a cheque that their body can't cash in the ring. That seems to the consensus for why Roy Jones has decided to get back into the ring with the Antonio Tarver, the man who obliterated his reputation as the best pound-for-pound fighter on the planet. But is this correct?
Roy, whatever else may be said about him, isn't stupid. He has managed his career astutely - too astutely, some would argue, to be regarded as an all-time great. continue
18.08.05 - Incensed by seemingly endless reports of Vinny Maddalone claiming he is actively seeking a rematch, heavyweight contender Brian Minto is issuing a challenge of his own: "Vinny, since I knocked you out, I've heard a lot about you wanting me to knock you out again. I would love to. So why don't you stop hiding behind your promoter? Stop talking a good fight and give Dino Duva a call. Let's get this going for real. Put up or shut up." continue
PROVIDENCE (August 18, 2005) - In his first six-round match, 2004 U.S. Olympian Jason "Big Six" Estrada (3-0, 1 KO) faces his toughest opponent as a pro, Bahamian heavyweight Jerry "Big Daddy" Butler (3-1, 3 KOs), in the Special Attraction on "CES' Prime Time Fights," August 26 at the Rhode Island Convention Center in Providence. continue
18.08.05 - By Per Ake Persson: WBO cruiser champ Johnny Nelson´s defence against Italian Vincenzo Cantatore goes to purse bids - again - August 23. The WBO have set the minimum bid to 150 000 USD. The first purse bids were won by Cantatore´s then promoter OPI 2000. They were however forced to postpone the bout and then Cantatore´s contract expired. He´s now signed to Loreni Boxe. continue
18.08.05 - By Michael Montero: We are coming up on the forth quarter of 2005, and to say that the heavyweight scene has been less than spectacular so far this year is an understatement. I guess a more accurate description would be that it’s been mostly garbage! If I had to pick a “highlight” it would be Lamon Brewster’s destruction of Andrew Golota back on May 21st – right in front of thousands of screaming Poles in Golota’s adopted hometown of Chicago. After months of uncertainty, bickering and waiting - things are finally starting to clear up for an action packed year end with the heavies. Of course, there are a few fights coming up that nobody cares about, and a few guys still sitting around doing nothing. Let’s review:
Ray Mercer vs. Shannon Briggs (08/26 Hollywood, FL)
Yawn. Is anybody out there actually excited to see this fight? Predictions – let’s see - well Briggs is 11 years younger, 3 inches taller, and has a 3 inch reach advantage. So I favor him with a win via decision. The win will probably move him up into the top ten in one of the alphabet groups, which is scary. NOTE: Jameel McCline also fights on this card, against a guy you’ve never heard of, I’m not even going to break that one down. continue
18.08.05 - Chicago promoter Bobby Hitz has announced “The Stone Park Show Down!” August 27, 2005 at Casa Italia 3800 Division Street in Stone Park. Doors open for the outdoor, cigar friendly event at 5:00 p.m. First fight starts at 6:00 p.m. All tickets for this entertaining night at the fights are only $35.00! “I had this date and I wanted to put together a fun show at a very affordable price”, said promoter Bobby Hitz. The response from our sponsors has been overwhelming. Albert Falcon has been instrumental in helping secure a number of sponsors on short notice. continue
18.08.05 - By Tony Nobbs: Filipino knockout merchant Ranee Ganoy has been billed as the ‘Aussie Destroyer’ ahead of his "scheduled" twelve round Asia Pacific lightweight title fight with unbeaten WBO number two Michael 'Rocky' Katsidis in the Great Hall of the Brisbane Convention Centre tomorrow night (Friday). continue
18.08.05 - World-ranked featherweight Phillip Payne of St. Louis meets Cornelius Lock of Detroit in the 10-round main event on the nationally and internationally televised “Guilty Fight Night” card promoted by Guilty Boxing Friday, Aug. 19, at the Gold Coast Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nev. continue
18.08.05 - Conference call transcript: Vargas with co-managers Shelly Finkel and Rolando Arellano, Trainer Danny Smith, Nutritionist and Strength coach Robert Ferguson, Main Events Carl Moretti...
Will this fight be an eliminator?
Fernando Vargas: To be honest, the only person I think about is the person I am fighting right now. I never think about any fighter other than the one I have ahead of me. I will fight anybody, anytime, anywhere. Everybody knows that and my fans know that. The only person on my mind right now is Javier Castillejo and that’s who we got in front of us.
Rolando Arellano: Mayorga shouldn’t be making comments. He should be concentrating on his performances. Everyone has seen his performance and that’s all we have to say about that. As respect to the WBC, no we will not be accepting that as an elimination fight.
Vargas: I am ready for whatever Castillejo has to offer. I’ve worked hard along with my trainer Danny Smith and Robert Ferguson and I look forward to putting on a great show. continue
18.08.05 - A World Boxing Council and an International Boxing Federation cruiserweight elimination bout between former World Boxing Council cruiserweight champion Wayne “Big Truck” Braithwaite and Guillermo “El Filino” Jones has been tapped as the co-featured main event on the Sept. 3 Don King Productions-promoted and SHOWTIME-televised card at Gund Arena after the originally scheduled showdown between World Boxing Organization junior middleweight champion Daniel “El Pillin” Santos and former WBA welterweight champion Jose Antonio Rivera was scrapped after Rivera suffered a training injury late last week. continue
LOS ANGELES (Aug. 17, 2005) – Golden Boy Promotions announces the addition of an IBF lightweight title bout between champion Levander Johnson and Jesus “The Matador” Chavez. This fight has been added to the already-explosive card with WBC junior lightweight champion Marco Antonio Barrera fighting in a unification bout against IBF champion Robbie Peden, and former three division champion “Sugar” Shane Mosley in action in a welterweight bout against Jose Luis Cruz. continue
17.08.05 - By Jim Amato: Something needs to be done to protect the fighters. I could not agree more. I just did not feel that the NYSAC went about it in a proper manner. Even if the suspension is upheld, what is to stop Evander from boxing in a state that does not honor the ruling ? continue
17.08.05 - By Barry Green: Is it on or is it off? Is Joe Calzaghe running scared or playing mind games? Is it really the same pigeon that wakes me up every morning cooing or do they take turns to annoy me? Two of these questions are firmly on the minds of boxing fans this week following Joe Calzaghe's recent quote concerning the much anticipated fight with Jeff ’Left Hook’ Lacy. Writing in his column for the South Wales Argus, Calzaghe said: Lots of things can also happen between now and then to upset the applecart, not least among them injuries, and I am a little bit injury-prone nowadays." Hmm, this hardly something Marvin Hagler or Carmen Basilio would say before a big fight is it?
Critics have already pointed out that this sounds like a man stricken by fear after witnessing Lacy's superb demolition job on Robin Reid on August 6th. continue
LOS ANGELES, August 17, 2005 – Andre “The Matrix" Dirrell just like the movies from which his nickname derived, may be hard to understand in the ring sometimes because of his speed and complexity. But when the fight is over, just like the movies, you can’t help but sit back and say “Wow.” continue
WOBURN, Mass. (August 17, 2005) - Unbeaten Irish middleweight sensation John Duddy (11-0, 10 KOs) will headline "Mayhem in Mansfield," September 17 at the Dana Barros Sports Complex in Mansfield, Massachusetts. "Mayhem in Mansfield" is promoted by New England Ringside Promotions in association with Irish Ropes and Cedric Kushner Productions. continue
17.08.05 - Undefeated middleweight Yuri Foreman was about to bite into a foot high pastrami-corned beef-turkey sandwich at the Carnegie Deli when someone dutifully asked: “What’s your weight class?” “Heavyweight,” laughed the Israeli fighter, who now boxes out of Brooklyn. He would not eat the sandwich, not by a longshot. continue
17.08.05 - By Michael Amakor: Hasim Rahman scored a twelve round unanimous decision victory over Monte Barrett to become the Interim WBC Heavyweight Champion at the United Center in Chicago in a bout featured on pay per view on Showtime. For a fight of this magnitude it was very saddening to note that many articles about this fight received scant attention by most boxing fans who could not fathom what the hype was all about, I would like to hazard a guess that the pay per view numbers were indeed low as several fans declared their intention not to buy the fight, the numbers will soon tell the true story.
The low interest in the bout underscores the confusing situation faced by random observers and fans of boxing today. continue
17.08.05 - Olympic Silver Medallist Amir Khan has invited Ashes hero Andrew Flintoff to be his guest of honour at his fight on September 10 at the Cardiff International Arena. The Bolton wonderboy has his second professional fight against Baz Carey on the undercard of Joe Calzaghe's WBO World Super-Middleweight title defence but in the build up to his fight he has been glued to the TV watching Flintoff's exploits against the Aussies. continue
17.08.05 - Main Event and 8 Count Productions are proud to announce final details of the undercard of "Return to Battle", one of Chicagoland's biggest professional boxing events of 2005 at the Allstate Arena this Saturday, August 20th. Tickets, starting at $27 are available in advance by calling Ticketmaster at 312-559-1212 or by visiting www.ticketmaster.com continue
16.08.05 - One of the most talented 154-pounders in the world, Daniel Santos is scheduled to defend his WBO junior middleweight title in the 12-round main event on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING Saturday, Sept. 3, 2005, at 9 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the west coast). continue
16.08.05 - More than just a great match-up of styles, the significance of unbeaten heavyweight Samuel “The Nigerian Nightmare” Peter facing former WBO champion Wladimir Klitschko on September 24 at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City and televised live on HBO is considerable.
“It’s such an important fight for the impact it will have on the division and on boxing in general,” marvelled Peter’s promoter, Dino Duva. “The outcome of this fight could shape the heavyweight division for years to come.” HBO’s President of Programming, Kery Davis, agrees: “The Klitschko/Peter fight shapes up as one of the most compelling heavyweight fights in recent memory. The stakes are high for both men. The winner emerges as a significant player in a heavyweight division that is in need of an injection of fresh star power.” continue
16.08.05 - By Michael Amakor: On the under card of the Rahman versus Barrett WBC Heavyweight title Interim bout, former champion Oliver Mccall scored a fourth round technical knockout victory over ex European Champion Przemyslaw Saleta atmthe United Center in Chicago. Most boxing fans may remember Oliver because of the bizarre incident when he suffered an emotional breakdown in the ring against Lennox Lewis for the vacant WBC title back in 1997, but that was a long time ago. continue
16.08.05 - By Scoop Malinowski / Boxinginsider.com - "...the first chance they got to get him, they got him." -- Bouie Fisher, the long-time guide of all-time great Middleweight king Bernard Hopkins spoke with Boxinginsider.com about his man's controversial "loss" to Jermain Taylor. While always classy in victory or defeat, Fisher firmly believes his man did enough to score the hard-fought victory. continue
LOS ANGELES, August 16 - Unbeaten middleweight Andre Ward, the lone Gold medalist from the 2004 United States Olympic Boxing team, has seamlessly made the transition from the amateur game to the pro ranks, scoring four consecutive victories without a loss since making his debut on HBO in December of 2004. continue
16.08.05 - By Craig Parrish: The New York State Athletic Commission banned former Heavyweight Champion Evander Holyfield from boxing. The commission, however, lifted the medical suspension that had been placed earlier of Holyfield as he passed a battery of tests with a clean bill of health. The ban was put in place due to “Diminished skills." The last time Holyfield fought was a loss to Larry Donald on November 13th of last year. In his last nine fights, he is 2-5-2. In the fight against Donald, Holyfield looked sluggish and exhausted from nearly the opening bell, even though he had tremendous physique. He was unable to put together combinations. His punches lacked power. “Diminished skills” is an understatement based on this and several other recent performances. continue
16.08.05 - Undefeated and world-ranked Sultan Ibragimov of Russia, one of the most exciting and highly regarded heavyweight contenders in the world, and Ebo Elder of Atlanta, generally considered the most promising challenger in the lightweight division, headline a nationally televised card featuring two 12-round bouts promoted by Guilty Boxing in association with Sampson Lewkowicz and sponsored by Nafta Moskva Sept, 16 in Duluth, Ga. continue
16.08.05 - By Per Ake Persson: espabox.com reports that Spanish promoter Jose Luis Sousa is not able to go through with the planned September 9 show where EBU 154 lb champ Sergei Dzindziruk should have defended the title against Ruben Varon. continue
WOBURN, Mass. (August 16, 2005) - Knockout artists are the theme for Thursday night's two-hour New England Ringside Boxing Radio Show, featuring new WBC Interim heavyweight champion Hasim The Rock" Rahman (41-5-1, 33 KOs) and unbeaten Irish middleweight prospect John Duddy (11-0, 10 KOs), airing 6-8 PM/ET on Boston's Boxing Station, The Zone (1510 AM). continue
16.08.05 - Bradford’s Junior Witter moved a step closer to an authentic world title challenge last week when the WBC installed him as the number one contender to their current champion and pound for pound king ‘Pretty Boy’ Floyd Mayweather. The decision to elevate the British, Commonwealth and European title-holder follows the exclusion of Gianluca Branco – who is set to face WBO king Miguel Cotto - from the governing body’s latest light welterweight rankings.
“This is obviously great news for Junior, “ said his promoter Mick Hennessy. “It is indicative of the progress he has made since he began working with us.” Hennessy added: “Our priority now is to get him installed as the WBC mandatory challenger as soon as is possible. Given past events with Branco, I strongly believe Junior deserves this position. continue
16.08.05 - By Coach Tim Walker - [email protected] - There are different reasons why people become boxers. Some needed outlets as kids. Others like the excitement of hand-to-hand combat. Still others love the allure of making millions and having people cheer their names as they walk down the streets. No matter how you arrived at being a professional boxer you are now there. And now that you are there one of the most important questions you must ask yourself is, "Do I need a manager?" continue
16.08.05 - An open to the public weigh in will be held at 4pm on Friday August 19th at Bally Total Fitness Lakefront Club at North Avenue Beach. All participants of Return to Battle, Chicagoland's Biggest Professional Boxing Event of 2005 will be officially weighed in at this time. continue
15.08.05 - By Chris Acosta: There's nothing quite so humbling and distasteful as eating crow. I'm not even sure of the bird is edible in a literal sense but if it tastes anything like its figurative side, then I don't want to know. During this past weekends Hasim Rahman - Monte Barrett "fight", a contest meant to propel the winner into a fight with heavyweight champion, Vitali Klitschko, that damn bird went down my throat kicking and screaming. continue
15.08.05 - By Lee Hayes: Last night I went over to my friend Jason’s place to watch some fights. He’s just recently become interested in the sport of boxing, so I have been slowly introducing him to pugilism and its history. It’s been very interesting and revitalizing to observe somebody witness the awesome display of Jack Dempsey as he destroyed Jess Willard for the first time. I never get sick of the look on a new fans face. Watching their reaction to seeing Sugar Ray Robinson fighting in his prime for the first time also has to rank right up there. Apparently genius transcends the vehicle it is displayed in, and just as I can admire the Sistine Chapel without having to be an architect or an artist, my friend could see what was obvious in the pugilistic Michelangelo, Robinson.
This last evening however was not spent reviewing tapes from the 20’s or 50’s. I decided to bring over a collection of more modern fights. continue
15.08.05 - Audley, don’t waste your time planning victory parties,” says heavyweight Robert Wiggins’ promoter, Joe DeGuardia of Star Boxing, when asked to comment on the press release recently issued by 2000 Olympic Gold Medallist Audley Harrison. “After I knock out Robert Wiggins on August 18, let’s do this for the heavyweight division and more importantly, the fans…” Harrison (18-0, 13 KOs) is quoted as saying to other top contenders. continue
HOLLYWOOD, FL, August 15 – The press conference almost led to a fight before the fight, but even though cooler heads prevailed when Shannon Briggs and Ray Mercer squared off in New York City last Monday, this week the temperature will start to approach the boiling point as participants on the August 26 Heavyweight Heat show - which will be held at the new beautiful Hard Rock Live Arena in Hollywood, Florida – will let the media and fans catch a glimpse of them preparing for their toughest challenges yet. continue
15.08.05 - By Vernon Mcnicholas: If there’s a number one fighter out there right now for just about everybody it’s got to be Ronald “Winky” Wright but you have to feel very sorry for him now because of the apparently signed, sealed and delivered rematch between Taylor and Hopkins on December 3rd. Wright is in the impossible position that at 34, he has no where to go in the wake of this rematch being made. continue
15.08.05 - By Ike Enwereuzor: "It will be a repeat of Ike Ibeabuchi vs David Tua." An exciting matchup on August 26, at the Hard Rock Live Arena, Hollywood, Florida. The boxing card will be featuring former world champion Ray Mercer vs Shannon Briggs, Jamel McCline, plus hard hitting heavyweight contender Cisse "Cool C" Salif, now (17-4-2, 16 KO's) from Bamako, Mali, who started his amateur boxing career in France and is now fighting out of New York City. He will face the biggest test of his career when he takes on another hard puncher, former world title challenger, David Tua on this card.
Salif made his professional debut on May 26, 1998, stopping Donald Colbert in the 1st round in Baltimore, MD. Salif has won his last 3 fights this year, starting with Dennis McKinney in round 2, Jason Shackleford in round 1, and in his last bout when he dismantled Clarence Goin in the 1st round. Now, Salif will face a different class of fighter when he squares off with former world championship challenger David Tua on Showtime Championship Boxing.
Tua has been away on vacation since his rematch March 2003 with Hasim Rahman which ended in draw. However, after a 2 year lay off, Tua made a successful come back this year (March) in Auckland, New Zealand against Talmadge Griffis, stopping Griffis in round 10. continue
15.08.05 - HASIM “The Rock” RAHMAN: “It was a tough fight in a different way, he had a good game plan he tried to move around but I was in good shape. I got dinged and Monte is a good puncher... I don’t think Klitschko will move around as much as Monte did, but tonight I showed I can go twelve rounds.” continue
15.08.05 - Five-time former world champion Manuel Medina of Mexico, the most decorated fighter in Guilty Boxing’s stable, attempts to move one step closer to a sixth crown when he faces undefeated Jose Miguel Coto of Puerto Rico in the nationally televised International Boxing Federation junior lightweight title-eliminator this Saturday, Aug. 20, in Ponce, P.R. continue
15.08.05 - By Izyaslav “Slava” Koza: Yesterday I had the good fortune of renting the movie “Fighting Tommy Riley,” from my neighborhood Video Store. After watching it I must say it is probably the best boxing movie I have ever seen. I know I probably said that about a few other films after watching them for the first time, but in this instance its something that cannot be helped, the story, acting, directing, and action of this movie made me a huge fan. continue
15.08.05 - By Peter Cameron: On the 14th April 1992, an 18 year old British boxer somersaulted into the ring for the first time. His opponent for the night, Ricky Beard, would soon be dismantled and demolished in two dazzling rounds. The night marked the professional debut of "Prince" Naseem Hamed and for me it represented the beginning of an emotion-fuelled journey that would span more than a decade, experience ecstatic highs and ultimately end in disappointment.
For the next three years, Hamed tore through the divisions like a force of nature. He displayed a thrilling mix of frightening power combined with lightning speed and almost intolerable arrogance. His style was so unorthodox it was unique. continue
15.08.05 - By Coach Tim Walker - [email protected] - After weeks of bellyaching about how languid boxers are, I finally decided to put my two cents in on the financial state of boxing from a boxer's perspective. Unfortunately boxing does not have the lush surroundings of the NFL. It does not have the seasoned players union of the NBA. It does not have the support system of professional hockey or baseball. continue
15.08.05 - With all the hype surrounding Olympic Silver Medallist Amir Khan another hot young prospect is ready to punch his way back into the spotlight. Super-featherweight star Kevin Mitchell is back! continue
15.08.05 - By Jim Amato: Craig Weber, the Pride of Perrysville, Ohio has been slated for the fight of his life. If all goes well Weber will the great former champion Julio Cesar Chavez. The bout has been penciled in for September 17th in Phoenix, Arizona as part of the Chavez Farewell Tour. continue
15.08.05 - By Kevin Kincade: The pre-fight instructions before Tarver-Jones II will live in the memory of fight fans almost as vividly as the stunning one-punch knockout nearly five minutes later. I can still recall the reaction around the bar to Tarver’s impromptu reply to Jay Nady’s standard “Do you have any questions?” At first, all was silent. Then, the oh so brief lapse in bar chatter was replaced by a chorus of “Oh, Man! Roy’s gonna kick his ass, now!” A round and a half later, cell phones were being activated spreading the shocking news.
So, here we are, closing in on Round 3, October 1st, 2005 and the sixty-thousand dollar question is: Is Roy Jones Jr. shot…or have so many of us rushed to the wrong conclusion? “There are no questions”, you say? “Roy’s through?” How can you be so sure? Oh, that’s right; two stone cold knock outs in his last three fights. Well, let’s look a little closer at those last three fights and see what the signs say.
Going into the first Tarver fight, Jones was coming off the biggest win (literally) of his career, having embarrassed the woefully inept John Ruiz out of his WBA heavyweight title and, thus, becoming only the second man in HISTORY to own both a version of the middleweight and heavyweight championships; add to that being only the second reigning Light Heavyweight Champion in HISTORY to defeat a heavyweight title holder. continue
Columbia, SC -(August 15, 2005) The Columbia Regional Sports Council is proud to announce “Fight Night in the Midlands,” an evening of action-packed professional boxing. Presented by Dream Fight Boxing Promotions, this event will be held live at the Jamil Shrine Temple Saturday, September 24, 2005 at 8 p.m. continue
14.08.05 - by Gavin Stone: Anthony Mundine will take the first step in a plan that is set out to make him a 2 time world champion when he fights Tanzanias Rashid Matumla at Canberra’s AIS Arena on September 7. continue
New York, August 13-Call this a "hair raising" experience! Simply stated, rival boxing promoters Don King and Lou DiBella have "wigged out." DiBella, who is also the managing partner of the ownership group of the Norwich Navigators minor league baseball team, has invited the legendary King to appear as guest of honor at a celebration of America at Dodd Stadium in Norwich, Connecticut, and King has gladly accepted. continue
13.08.05 -By Chet Mills: Hasim "The Rock" Rahman (41-5, 33 KOs) won the WBC Interim heavyweight title with a dull unanimous twelve round points decision over his friend, Monte "Two Gunz" Barrett to win the interim WBC heavyweight title on Saturday night at the United Center in Chicago, USA. Rahman now will most likely meet (barring further injury) WBC champion Vitali Klitschko. Judge William Lerch scored the fight for Rahman 116-112, while judge Mauro DiFiore and judge Nobuaki Uratani both had 118-110.
The fight itself was awful to look at, with neither fighter appearing to want to mix it up in the early rounds. The fans were officially sick of the fight by midway through the 1st round due to the lack of action. They showered both fighters with a chorus of boos that essentially lasted the entire fight. However, their boos did little to cause either fighter to want to engage and make it a fight. continue
12.08.05 - By Vernon Mcnicholas: Boxing has had over the years some true great amongst its ranks, from the awesome Mike Tyson, in his prime, (was there/will there ever be the like of that man in the boxing ring again?) to Sugar Ray Leonard, Marvin Hagler, Roberto Duran, Tommy Hearns, Muhammed Ali, Larry Holmes, Oscar De La Hoya, Floyd Mayweather. The list, as everyone knows, would be almost without an end, yet one fighter continually causes friction when mentioned as a true great of the ring and that is, Roy Jones Jr. continue
12.08.05 - By Chris Acosta: If you listened to most of the sports media right now, they'd tell you that we are living in the most dreadful era the heavyweight division has ever seen. And that's saying something. Never mind that boxing in general gets less coverage than high school sports and even sports that are not in the midst of their regular seasons. continue
12.08.05 - DEAR MISS(ING) MIA: What does Mia stand for, anyway? M-I-A, does that mean M(issing) I(n) Action? You "deserted" your post. You did not flee from your foxhole. You just never bothered to show up to entertain the 8,000 fighting men and women at Camp Pendleton Tuesday night when the Sycuan Tribe of the Kumeyaay Nation spent about $250,000 to put on a first class program, free to all active duty marines and sailors and their invited guests. And you never bothered to even offer an excuse for your absence. continue
12.08.05 - By Barry Green: Last weekend I was at an all-to-rare British barbecue, the regularity of biting into a piece of uncooked chicken followed by the cry of “I think this needs a couple more minutes” was somewhat appealing after the week of rain we had. As many beers were quaffed and steak kebabs devoured, the conversation invariably ended up talking the usual subjects: sports and sex (men) or shopping and kids (women). As a member of the inferior sex I was naturally drawn to the former.
After getting to grips with the current English soccer scene, mainly discussing how last season’s Liverpool team is the football equivalent of Leon Spinks- meager talent but in the right place at the right time, the chat soon turned to boxing; and in particular heavyweight boxing. I agreed with the ensemble that the current scene might just be the worst in living memory, even worse than those mid-eighties doldrums. continue
LOS ANGELES, August 12 – In a crowded division, it will take a special fighter to emerge from the pack as THE heir apparent to the sport’s greatest prize – the Heavyweight Championship of the World. As part of the ‘Best Damn Night of Olympians Period’ event on Thursday, August 18, in a bout to be televised live on FSN’s “Best Damn Sports Show Period” from the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California, the 2000 Olympic Gold Medalist Audley Harrison is determined to make a major statement when he aims to become the first man to knock out the always tough contender Robert Wiggins. continue
TEWKSBURY, Mass. (August 12, 2005) - Training camp is coming to a close none too soon for unbeaten WBC International light welterweight champion Paulie "The Magic Man" Malignaggi who's been preparing for his ring return after an eight-month absence. Malignaggi (19-0, 5 KOs) faces Jeremy "Carolina Kid" Yelton (16-1, 8 KOs) in an eight-round match August 25 on a DiBella Entertainment show at the Manhattan Center in New York City. continue
12.08.05 - By Jeff Bastasini: One time heavyweight contender Clifford Etienne was arrested earlier today on suspicion of armed robbery of a business, car jacking a vehicle with women and her children inside, while attempting to escape from the scene and attempted murder of a police officer. According to latest reports, Etienne pulled a gun on the police while they were in pursuit of him, although he didn’t fire. continue
12.08.05 - By Chris Acosta: When I was about fifteen years old, my best friend and I got into a fistfight for reasons I can't even remember. It was an awkward situation because it was something so completely unbelievable and really tested the bonds of our friendship. Even now, I can't imagine how I could possibly have wanted to beat up such a cool person. The thought of getting violent with anyone close to me makes my stomach turn.
Unless someone was paying me a few million to do it.
Yes, I am no different from most people by admitting that my loyalty to the almighty dollar will forever be locked in a perilous struggle with my morality. It's true you can't buy love but neither can you buy beautiful materialism with saintly ethics. continue
Denver, Colorado - Donald Camarena will defend his WBC Continental Americas championship against former Mexican Olympian Jorge Alberto Padilla at the Pepsi Center tonight at the Pepsi Center. The contest will be air on ESPN2 "Friday Night Fights". Camarena weighed in at an even 140 lbs. while Padilla tipped the scale at 138.4. continue
11.08.05 - By Jim Amato: The Sugar Ray Robinson- Jimmy Doyle fight took place in my hometown of Cleveland on June 24, 1947. They fought at the famous but now gone Cleveland Arena. Doyle was a good fighter who ended up with a very respectable 41-8-3 record. He had thirteen KO's to his credit. continue
11.08.05 - By Per Ake Persson: Norwegian Viking Boxing Promotions will have their next show September 17 in Ilsenburg, Germany, in collaboration with SES. VBP bring in superbantam Reidar Walstad and lightheavy Kim Jensen. The SES part is headlined by NBA 160 lb champ Dirk Dzemski. continue
11.08.05 - By John Way: Seriously folks, you really didn't expect Superman to hang up his gloves for good, did you? Evidently you didn't, because the boxing world drew a collective breath of astonishment when Jones suddenly announced that he intended to challenge Antonio Tarver for his IBO light heavyweight strap. This less than intriguing rubber match hasn't gotten much positive press for two reasons: 1.) This bout, scheduled for October 1st has the misfortune of falling only seven days before the feverishly anticipated rematch between Diego Corrales and Jose Luis Castillo.
Aside from the most ardent(or affluent) Roy Jones lovers, most fight fans will realize without much effort, that they would rather watch a sequel one of the greatest fight ever, in addition to an under card that's worth $50 alone. continue
11.08.05 - Having spent the last week training at JABB Boxing Gym, two-time junior middleweight champion "Ferocious" Fernando Vargas will take time this weekend to visit with the thousands of his Chicagoland fans. Said Fernando, "Since I landed here last Saturday night the people have shown nothing but love. continue
New York, August 11th - Madison Square Garden Network (MSG) and Fox Sports Net New England (FSNNE) have announced eight air dates for DiBella Entertainment's latest installment of Broadway Boxing from the Grand Ballroom at Manhattan Center. continue
11.08.05 - By Tomasz Blanco: All we’ve been hearing for the longest time, is how Samuel Peter, known as “The Nigerian Nightmare”, will be the savior of Heavyweight boxing. I’ve read articles on how Peter would beat both the Klitschko brothers in the same night! There was even an article here on eastside boxing, stating that the fight would never happen, because Wladimir is a coward. continue
11.08.05 - By Dino Alvarado: With a rematch between Jermain Taylor and Bernard Hopkins for middleweight supremacy set for December, perhaps the best 160-pound fighter of them all is left without a certain future. Ronald "Winky" Wright has improved an already impressive resume with dominating performances against Sugar Shane Mosley (twice) and Felix Trinidad. Due to the blockbuster rematch between Taylor and Hopkins later this year, the list of available quality opponents for Wright is incredibly thin.
Felix Sturm won't bring much money and would simply be a risk not worth taking. Kassim Ouma suffered one of the biggest upsets this year with his loss to Roman Karmazin, so he's out of the picture. continue
11.08.05 - ESPN, Inc., Mark Burnett Productions, and DreamWorks Television announced today that the second season of the critically acclaimed series The Contender is set to begin airing on ESPN April 2006. The Contender is an unscripted drama about the lives, fears and hopes of 16 professional boxers as they compete for the chance to change their lives and the lives of the people they love forever. continue
11.08.05 - The new undisputed middleweight champion of the world, Jermain Taylor, has stepped in to assist the American Cancer Society following a snub of the charity by former champ Bernard Hopkins. Hopkins recently asked that The Ring withhold recognition of Taylor as middleweight champion and continue to recognize Hopkins. continue
11.08.05 - Robert "The Ghost" Guerrero leaves to camp to get ready for a bout scheduled Sept. 16 2005, venue and opponent TBA in the near future. Undefeated (15-0,18 KOs) and ranked in the top ten of most boxing organizations, "The Ghost" is looking to stamp his legacy in the featherweight division. Stay tuned and get ready for one of boxing's most electrifying fighters as he makes his way back into the ring. continue
11.08.05 - By Chris Acosta: No matter what you think of Wladimir Klitschko, it's hard not to like the guy. With big Wlad, you're never going to get any trash talk or unsportsmanlike behavior. He and his brother, WBC champion Vitali, are involved with Unesco, a foundation that helps underprivileged children throughout the world. In post -fight interviews, the guy just seems to come across as honest and candid about his abilities and the things he needs to improve them. He's just one of those people you want to see win.
Winning was something he knew lots about a few years ago when many folks were labeling him with a compliment that seems more curse than anything else. And hype being what it is nowadays, there was still something about the king-sized Ukrainian that appeared genuine and it drew many of us in. continue
11.08.05 - FSN’s one-hour documentary series BEYOND THE GLORY returns with a new episode profiling boxing legend Larry “The Easton Assassin” Holmes. This episode of BTG tells the story of Holmes’ prolific career from his early days as a protégé of famed champion Muhammad Ali to becoming boxing’s longest reigning heavyweight champion. BTG: LARRY HOLMES airs Sun., August 28 at 6:00 PM local. continue
11.08.05 - By Per Ake Persson: EBU 147 lb champ Oktay Urkal will defend against tough Russian veteran Maxim Nesterenko September 3 in Berlin in the chief support to Beyer vs Sheika (WBC 168). Urkal was originally set to defend against Dane Thomas Damgaard who however pulled out. "I clearly beat Damgaard in the amateurs" says Urkal, "and apparently he has not forgotten it so I´m not that surprised he withdrew." continue
SOUTHAVEN, MS (August 9, 2005)-– Prize Fight Boxing is proud to announce “The Trilogy” Ann Wolfe vs. Valerie Mahfood III for the IBA Light Heavyweight Championship of the world on August 20, 2005 at The Isle of Capri in beautiful Biloxi, MS. Wolfe 21-1 (15 KO’s) lost her only professional match to Mahfood 19-9-1 (9 KO’s) on November 30, 2000 in Houston, TX by third round KO. continue
11.08.05 - Main event fighters for this Saturday’s Don King Productions’ Global Glory descended on the United Center today for a final workout and media Q&A in preparation for their eminent showdowns. Below please find highlight quotes from each fighter.
HASIM “The Rock” RAHMAN: “Monte has been my longtime friend, but he won’t be Saturday night when I knock him out. I have never fought my friends but I did fight my siblings when I was growing up. I want to be the undisputed champion but for that I have to beat Barrett and get to Klitschko, who has held me up all year by denying me the right to fight him. I don’t know if his injuries were legit and I’m not saying the man is a liar. But I do think he might be a great actor. I don’t know how an injury goes from your toes to your back. continue
11.08.05 - Ever since Jamie Moore first lifted the British light middleweight title by out pointing Michael Jones in April 2003, a mouth-watering challenge by two-weight Southern Area champion and former European title challenger David Walker has been mooted. Finally it’s on... continue
11.08.05 - Kenyan featherweight Damaris Muthoni, Fight Productions first and only female boxer, has decided to waste no time at all in her bid for fistic glory and goes straight into a 10-round championship bout in her first outing in Germany, scheduled for September 10 in Karlsruhe. continue
11.08.05 - Boxing wonderkid Amir Khan takes a step up the boxing ladder when he faces experienced Coventry man Baz Carey in his second professional fight on September 10 at the Cardiff International Arena. The Olympic Silver Medallist made a big impact in his pro debut last month with 109-demolition job over Londoner David Bailey but could be in for a tougher test against Carey who is not in awe of the hard-hitting teenager. continue
10.08.05 - by Chris Ireland: Before you purchase Don King's Pay Per View card this Saturday, reflect on Lacy-Reid, or even think about trying to figure out Floyd Mayweather's future, check out this week's edition of "Fighting Irish." But before I dive into this week's big news, including thoughts on Lacy's performance, one quick thought. Why has it taken Joe Calzaghe this long to take a major fight? Sure, the undefeated champ took on the likes of Robin Reid, Omar Sheika, and Charles Brewer, but the Lacy fight will be his biggest event to date. A sad thing when you consider who he could have fought at middleweight (Bernard Hopkins), light heavyweight (Roy Jones, Glenn Johnson), or even in his own weight class (Sven Ottke). If he gets by Evans Ashira, I think he's in big trouble come November. Read on as I get my Irish up and take a look at Joe's future opponent and much more. continue
LOS ANGELES, August 10 – One man is a boxing legend and a future hall of famer; the other is a knockout artist with his sights set on creating his own memorable legacy. On Thursday, September 1, in a bout to be televised live on HBO Latino’s “Oscar De La Hoya Presents Boxeo De Oro” from the beautiful Desert Diamond Casino in Tucson, Arizona, former world champion Mark “Too Sharp” Johnson and top bantamweight contender Jhonny Gonzalez will meet at boxing’s crossroads. continue
10.08.05 - By Malik Lee: The WBC's version of the contender presented by Don King will air on August 13 from the United Center in Chicago, Illinois. Monte "Two Gunz" Barrett will climb into the ropes to face off against Hasim "The Rock" Rahman with the winners next fight against WBC Heavyweight championship belt holder Vitali Kiltschko possibly September 24 somewhere in the United States. continue
10.08.05 - Boxing sensation Amir Khan is relishing his ring return next month following his explosive professional debut. The Olympic Silver Medallist blitzed Londoner David Bailey in only 109 seconds to mark his entrance into the paid ranks last month and now looks ahead to feature on Joe Calzaghe's WBO Super-Middleweight championship undercard on September 10 at the Cardiff International Arena to be screened live on ITV1. continue
10.08.05 - By James Allan: The boxing world is already littered with the remnants of fighters who won’t or who don’t know when to stop fighting. Evander Holyfield, Tommy Hearns, Muhammad Ali, Mike Tyson, Roberto Duran, Sugar Ray Leonard and Meldrick Taylor were all exceptional fighters who fought on after their best days were clearly gone. In the cases of Tyson, Duran and Leonard it meant losing to fighters who were clearly no match for them in their prime. For Holyfield, Hearns and Taylor it was more sinister, with a defined slurring of their speech and a perceptible slowing down of their reflexes. In the case of Muhammad Ali nothing needs to be said. He is a living warning of the dangers of boxing on for too long.
The above is only a short list. Looking further back, the names of Joe Louis, Floyd Patterson and Sugar Ray Robinson could also be used as a warning to fighters who insist on ignoring the signs that their own bodies and their opponents are sending out to them. So taking all of this into consideration, I hope that Kostya Tzsyu is only talking about coming back to fight again and not seriously contemplating it. continue
10.08.05 - By Scoop Malinowski / Boxinginsider.com: With the heavyweight division stalled by Don King's apparent reluctance to attempt to unify the fragmented heavyweight titles - he controls Ruiz and Byrd and Brewster but has made no attempt to match any of them with Vitali Klitschko - we now have a very compelling fight to look forward to...Wladimir Klitschko vs. Samuel Peter. continue
10.08.05 - By John Way: On August 13th, former lightweight spoiler Ubaldo Hernandez will engage in fisticuffs with Matt Zegan of Poland. In 2001 this fight would have been a scintillating match-up with two superbly fit, power punching fighters. Unfortunately, this is 2005, and Ubaldo is desperately in need of a reality check, as he is set to humiliate himself. There is little doubt that Team Zegan seeks to pad their charges record with Hernandez' once prestigious name, while knowing that he poses almost no threat at all. continue
10.08.05 - DANIEL SANTOS (29-2-1, 20 KOs): “I am not worried about Rivera. I am here to do my job. To me, it is like getting up everyday. I do not worry about it because I train correctly. I have been training for three months. I will not try to finish it beforehand, but if I see the opportunity, I will go after the knockout.’’ continue
09.08.05 - By Ben Gonzalez: On April 22nd, 2001, Hasim Rahman achieved the dream of all fighters by beating the man standing atop the most recognized division in boxing by Knocking out Lennox Lewis in the fifth round. At that moment in time, Rahman was on top of the world, yet his world would soon fall apart just a few months later when he met Lewis for the rematch. Lewis did what many had expected him to do in the first fight; That is, he totally dominated Rahman and knocked him out in the fourth round, ending Rahman’s reign as champion after just a few days under seven months. After losing in November of 2001, Rahman would not score another victory until meeting Alfred Cole in March of 2004. Between his Knockout loss to Lewis and his victory over Al Cole, Rahman lost to the old veteran, Evander Holyfield on points after the fight was stopped early due to a freakish subdermal hematoma high on Rahman’s forehead, which resembled something out of the movie “Elephant Man.” Following that loss, Rahman fought to a draw David Tua, and dropped a unanimous decision to John Ruiz. continue
09.08.05 - By Ted Luzzi: On Saturday, August 13, two of the worlds best heavyweights meet in a hard hitting exciting showdown in boxing’s glamour division! In one corner of the ring will be Hasim Rahman, a power punching heavy that once made it all the way to the top in boxing by knocking out former heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis to win the title. continue
NEW YORK (Aug. 9, 2005) – World Boxing Organization (WBO) Junior Middleweight Champion Daniel Santos will seek to extend his unbeaten streak in world title bouts to 10 (with one no-contest) when he defends against former World Boxing Association (WBA) welterweight champion Jose Antonio Rivera in the main event on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING, Saturday, Sept. 3, 2005, at 9 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the west coast). continue
09.08.05 - By Per Ake Persson: EBU 147 lb champ Oktay Urkal will now make a voluntary defence of the title September 3 in Berlin after mandatory challenger Thomas Damgaard pulled out. Who Urkal will fight isn´t clear yet but there´s a short list of four possible challengers. The show - topped by Markus Beyer vs Omar Sheika - has been moved from Deutschlandhalle to the nearby 6 000 seater ICC-Center due to construction work. continue
09.08.05 - By Jim Amato: The middleweight division is second only to the heavyweights in glamour and prestige. "The Nonpareil" Jack Dempsey, Ketchel, Greb, Walker, Zale, Robinson, and Basilio have all graced this legendary division. The last three boxers who have been elevated to the mantle of greatness in this class were Carlos Monzon, Marvin Hagler and Bernard Hopkins, yet each boxer failed to do the one thing that may have cemented their ultimate link with the Gods of boxing. It also denied the fans of the three potentially exciting battles.
Greb, Walker, Zale, Robinson, Basilio, Tiger and Griffith all stepped out of their natural weight classes to cross gloves with larger men for and glory. Greb had Tunney, Ketchel had Johnson, Walker had Sharkey and Schmeling, Zale had Conn, Robinson had Maxim, Basilio moved up to fight Robnson and Gene Fullmer and Griffith also moved up from welterweight to meet Tiger and Dick would eventually capture the light heavyweight crown from the great Jose Torres. continue
09.08.05 - By Harry Summers Jr.: He must be special this Indonesian Thin Man the one they call Chris John, the WBA Featherweight Champion of the World. He created history last Sunday and of all places at Penrith, a drive no one likes to take but take it they did. The best Australian boxing has to offer and a few international stars came to Penrith to see the thin man and he left them all in awe, surprised and amazed the talent they saw. continue
09.08.05 - By Peter Cameron: For the six action-packed rounds it lasted, it was the best heavyweight fight in years. Lewis and Klitschko went toe-to-toe, exchanging fierce combinations and throwing caution to the wind, and whilst neither man displayed any great grace or skill, the fight was a real thriller. continue
08.08.05 - By Andy Meacock: On June 4th of this year, we witnessed the first big fight of a busy month. It was Kostya Tszyu versus Ricky Hatton in a brawl held in the MEN Arena in Manchester, England for the IBF light-welterweight title. In a well contested battle, Hatton proved to be the fresher fighter of the two and began to punish the travelling champion Tszyu in the final third of the fight. Watching rounds ten and eleven it became obvious that Tszyu was struggled to survive the relentless onslaught that Hatton was bringing. After round eleven Tszyu’s head trainer Jonny Lewis showed his fighter some sensible compassion and suggested that they call it a night. The proud champion had done his best but was no match for his younger opponent and took his trainers advice. continue
08.08.05 - By Peter Cameron: Until the evening of the 7th March 2003, the night of the Sanders fight, Wladimir Klitschko was considered by many as the next great heavyweight champion, the man who would take over from Lennox Lewis when the mighty Brit finally retired. Klitschko had won Olympic gold in Atlanta in 1996, the perfect end to an awesome amateur record of 134 wins in 140 fights. Going into the Sanders fight he had built up an impressive professional record, with 40 wins, 36 by knockout, and one defeat. continue
08.08.05 - By Michael Amakor: In another abnormality now common place in boxing today, the WBA has sanctioned a heavyweight bout to install an Interim Champion. Reigning champion Vitali Klitchko has been out of commission since December 2004 as he recovers from back surgery, before then he had fought only once in April. continue
08.08.05 - By Steve McKenna: AFTER eight years as the WBO super-middleweight champion, Joe Calzaghe finally has a meaningful, and dangerous, opponent in his midst. Yes, Jeff 'Left Hook' Lacy is the man who will show us how good the Welsh dragon really is. Calzaghe's been a fine fighter over the years but, due to assortment of problems,he's never managed to morph into a truly great one. Calzaghe against Robin Reid, Omar Sheika, Richie Woodhall, David Starie, Charles Brewer and Byron Mitchell were all mildly appetising fights, rather than tasty ones. Juan Carlos Gimenez, Mario Veit, Kabary Salem, Miguel Angel Jimenez and Mger Mkrtchian were never going to upset the applecart, while Rick Thornberry, Tocker Pudwill, Will McIntyre and Branko Sobot didn't really deserve to be in the same ring as Joe. continue
08.08.05 - From WBC President Jose Sulaiman: The WBC was founded in 1963, and the following are some of the numerical statistics that show the importance of the institution in the history of boxing in the second half of the 20th Century. This has been a long 50-year historical period that has been strengthened by the service of the WBC to the sport of boxing in all fields of the sport. continue
08.08.05 - By Izyaslav “Slava” Koza: Hasim “the Rock” Rahman vs. Monte “Two Gunz” Barrett, will be the first of a series of fights that should conceivably determine a lot of things in the heavyweight division. The reason I say we should hope it happens is because, this plan to straighten out the heavyweight division has been unfolding for well over 2 to 3 years, and nothing has actually happened thanks to a whole bunch of different circumstances, Vitali Klitschko, and a few others. continue
08.08.05 - Two-time junior middleweight champion "Ferocious" Fernando Vargas arrived in Chicago on Saturday night at O'Hare airport and was greeted by a huge crowd of fans and well-wishers as he walked through the airport.
"I feel great and I'm looking forward to putting on a great show for the Chicago fight fans on the 20th," declared the Oxnard, California native as he signed numerous autographs and posed for pictures.
Vargas will appear at 3pm today at Miller Lite's Machina Musical Festival to sign autographs and take pictures. The festival takes place at Plaza Garibaldi, 2600 S. California on the near southwest side of Chicago. Additionally, world ranked Chicago junior welterweight David Diaz and Next Great Champ finalist Dave Pareja will appear in sparring sessions at the festival as they prepare for their undercard matches at Return to Battle, Chicagoland's Biggest Professional Boxing Event of the Year. continue
08.08.05 - By Evan Korn: Jeff Lacy emerged as the second best super middleweight in the world following his sensational knockout of Robin Reid. The biggest story of that fight was not Lacy?s smothering attack or the fervor of the hometown crowd. Rather, it was the poor job by referee Jorge Alonso that ruined what could have been a good fight. continue
08.08.05 - Manchester’s rising star John Murray made an emphatic American debut with a devastating display in St. Petersburg, Florida on Saturday night. Murray blitzed his American foe Johnny Walker throughout six action packed rounds on the undercard of Robin Reid’s failed World title challenge against Jeff Lacy. continue
07.08.05 - By Wray Edwards, photo (c) W.Edwards: During the weigh-in it was noticed that Jeff Lacy was unusually low-key and almost reluctant. This subdued attitude seemed a bit out of character for Jeff and really unusual for a boxer just before a fight. The standard bravado, confidence and confrontational riffs were missing. Then again, Jeff Lacy is not a standard guy. The next day East Side Boxing sought out some of Jeff’s homies for a sit-down. The talk we had was over a plate of Granny Flossie’s Bar-B-Q ribs and sweet-potato pie. It doesn’t get any better than that.
“How come Jeff is acting that way” we asked. “Oh he’s just really tired of all the talk.” “He doesn’t like to waste energy going over-and-over what will happen, what won’t happen and what might happen.” One of his friends looked this writer in the eye and said “You have no idea how much is built up in this guy. He’s ready to explode, and just wants to save it for the ring. You’re going to see something special tonight bro.” Was he ever right! continue
07.08.05 - WBO World Super-Middleweight king Joe Calzaghe believes he has the beating of rival IBF Champ Jeff Lacy after watching him defeat Robin Reid last Saturday night. Welshman Calzaghe will get finally get his chance to unify the titles after his promoter Frank Warren has secured a showdown with Lacy on November 5 in Britain but he must first successfully defend his crown for a record 17th time on September 10 at the Cardiff International Arena. continue
07.08.05 - By Tony Nobbs: Indonesia’s WBA featherweight champion Chris John (36-0-1, 20 KO’s) defended his title for the fourth time by handing out a boxing lesson to number 15 contender Tommy Browne (18-4-1, 7 KO’s) at the Panthers Leagues Club, in Penrith, West Sydney on Sunday. continue
07.08.05 - By Geoff Mckay: A while back we were all treated to Hasim Rahman’s “Open Letter to Vitali Klitschko” in which he elaborated on his fighting prowess, his size, his power, and the inevitability of his victory over the current WBC Champion. This letter came on the heels of a Klitschko challenge to Lamon Brewster, which Rahman saw as a slap in the face seeing as he is the number one contender.
What I really found striking about his letter is that there was no mention of Monte Barrett anywhere, not even an acknowledgement that Rahman was going to fight him. This got me wondering about Rahman, and his clarity of mind. Is he starting to believe the things that the publicists are writing about him? If he is, he is wading out into shark infested waters, and may never return. Hasim Rahman really believes he can beat Vitali Klitschko, you can hear it in his interviews, and see it in the letters he has written for him. continue
07.08.05 - Main Events and 8 Count Productions are proud to announce that world rankedwelterweight Joel Julio, 23-0 (20KO's) of Monteria, Columbia has been added to the Return to Battle undercard on Saturday, August 20th at the Allstate Arena. Julio is ranked #12 by the World Boxing Organization and #14 by the World Boxing Council. continue
07.08.05 - Guilty Boxing featherweight contender Humberto “El Zorrita” Soto of Mexico faces Ricardo “Rocky” Juarez in a nationally televised 12-round bout for the World Boxing Council’s interim 126-pound championship Aug. 20 in Rosemont, Ill. Soto, ranked No. 2 by the WBC among featherweights, has a record of 36-5-2 with 21 knockouts while Juarez, rated No. 1 by the WBC, has a mark of 23-0 with 16 knockouts. continue
07.08.05 - By Tony Fondacaro: Vitali Klitschko, Mike Tyson, and John Ruiz. All these guys made headlines in the boxing world in first half of 2005 for not winning. Vitali Klitschko made headlines for having surgery and not fighting. Mike Tyson made news for losing to a guy who, in all honesty, is a boxing black hole. The loss to McBride seems to have been the final nail in the coffin for Tyson’s career, and now Tyson is making headlines for being the next guy in line to get after Jenna Jameson on camera. I guess you do what makes you happy? Then there’s Ruiz, who is the alternate universe on the other side of the boxing black hole. This guy won the belt back without doing a damn thing for it. No, I take it back, he retired. He retired, then he got the belt back. How does that work, you ask? Because sometimes, my life sucks. That’s how.
In all seriousness though, the fact that we had to talk about boxers who weren’t boxing gives you some clue as to the dark picture being cast in the early part of 2005. We made it through James Toney’s steroid scandal without much of a scandal, mostly because no one thinks Toney needed steroids to beat Ruiz. continue
07.08.05 - By Per Ake Persson: Danish welter Thomas Damgaard has pulled out of the EBU title fight against Oktay Urkal that was set for September 3 in Berlin and was to have been chief support to Beyer vs Sheika (WBC 168). Bjarne Nielsen, reporting for Danish paper Ekstra Bladet, broke the story that Damgaard was pulling out of the Urkal fight over a week ago but it hasn´t been confirmed until now by Team Palle, who promotes and manages the 34-year old former EBU 140 and 147 lb champ, who in the spring also pulled out of a WBA titlefight against Jose Antonio Rivera. continue
07.08.05 - By Jim Amato:Jeff Lacy sealed the deal when he halted a dead game Robin Reid. Reid was down four times and it will into the record books as a seventh round triumph for the undefeated Lacy who moves to 20-0. Now the stage has been set for Lacy, the IBF champ to meet long time WBO titleholder Joe Calzaghe in November. This is a fine match up and a long overdue chance for world wide recognition and respect for Calzaghe who will bring a 39-0 record to the table. continue
August 7th, 200- By Frank Gonzalez Jr. - Saturday night in Tampa Florida, IBO Super Middleweight Champion Robin Reid, lost his Title to IBF Champ Jeff Lacy, in Lacy’s backyard. Though Lacy (photo: Tom Casino / Showtime) fought a very sloppy fight and showed his usual defensive shortcomings, he had the hometown advantage working in his favor big-time in this contest. This fight was televised on Showtime, where the announcing and the officiating for this event was so biased that frankly, it was not just hard to listen, to but it was disgraceful. The referee, Jorge Alonso, a referee I like, that has given good accounts of himself in the past, was amazingly anti-Reid in this campaign to post another W on Lacy’s resume.
Early on, Reid was doing well, landing his jab and avoiding Lacy’s wide and wildly aggressive shots. Showtime’s announce team of Steve Alberts and Al Bernstein were drooling with praise every time Lacy threw a punch, hit or miss. I thought Reid won the first round with cleaner punches and better defense. continue
07.08.05 - Referee Victor Drakulich and Judge Jerry Roth will travel to the mile city of Denver to work the WBC Continental Americas Super Lightweight contest between current champion Donald Camarena (15-1) and former Mexican Olympian Jorge Padilla (6-1). continue
07.08.05 - By Jim Amato: I miss Lennox Lewis. I never really liked him so obviously I was not a fan. Still I find myself missing his presence among today's heavyweights. Why? Simple, with Lennox you knew who the real champion was. No ands, ifs or buts about it. When Lennox did briefly lend his title to Oliver McCall and Hasim Rahman, he stopped both in rematches to regain his crown. continue
07.08.05 - Photo: Tom Casino / Showtime - In a devastating performance in front of 15,106 hometown fans and millions more watching on SHOWTME, undefeated Jeff "Left Hook" Lacy successfully defended his International Boxing Federation (IBF) super middleweight title with an impressive TKO over IBF No. 3 contender Robin Reid Saturday on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING. Reid, who had never been floored, went down four times in the final three rounds. His corner stopped the one-sided bout after the seventh.
By winning, Lacy moved closer to facing Calzaghe, the World Boxing Organization (WBO) champion, in a world 168-pound title unification bout later this year. Saturday's bout, which took place at the St. Pete Times Forum, was promoted by Gary Shaw Productions, LLC, and aired at 9 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast). Lacy (20-0, 16 KOs), of St. Petersburg, Fla., dropped Reid twice in the fifth and once in the sixth and seventh rounds. In perhaps a career-best performance, Lacy was ahead, 70-57, on all the scorecards at the time of the stoppage. continue
DENVER, Colorado (August 6, 2005) - New Mexico’s Shawn Gallegos (15-1) has an appointment in New York City with Dmitry Salita (22-0) on Thursday, August 25. The two pugilists will meet inside the boxing ring to determine the NABA championship. continue
05.08.05 - By Colin Clive: Ricky Hatton's trainer, Billy Graham, showed faint interest about the prospects of Hatton fighting a rematch with Kostya Tszyu. In June, Ricky Hatton, the IBF light welterweight champion defeated Tszyu in a rough slugfest that left both fighters black and blue. Since then, Kostya Tszyu has made comments about possibly fighting Hatton in a rematch. However, Graham stated that chances of a rematch were slight, since Hatton's team would rather him fight in the future against Floyd Mayweather and Miguel Cotto.
As far as I am concerned, a rematch is pointless because Ricky has stopped Kostya and we would be going over old ground," Graham said. "I am looking at the bigger picture and now it is all about building Ricky's career and his name. "Mayweather is the biggest fight out there right now, it is the fight both Ricky and I want and that is the one we want to build up to." continue
05.08.05 — Top rated bantamweight contender Steve "The Canadian" Kid" Molitor will move up to the jr. featherweight division when he takes on the tough, durable and awkward Debind "The Nepal Tiger" Thapa on the 10-round main event of the upcoming August 19 show at the Hanover Marriott in Whippany, NJ. continue
DENVER, Colorado (August 5, 2005) - Catacombs fighter Russell Stoner Jones (19-10) will travel to Camp Pendleton Marine Corps Base to take on world contender Julio “The Kid” Diaz (31-3) on ESPN2 Tuesday night fights August 8. Jones from Ghana, Africa has completely turned his boxing career around and has resurrected his boxing career ever since he hooked up with trainer Aurelio Martinez. continue
05.08.05 - By Justin Hackman: There are still questions to be answered with Wladimir Klitschko. There are still heads that shake and shoulders that shrug in response to his name being brought up in conversation. But the question is, why? Is it because we know he has the tools to dominate the heavyweight division and has not gotten close? Is he guilty by association—that he shares a last name with a man atop boxing’s most glamorous division and seems to duck any possible threat to his belts? continue
05.08.05 - By Per-Åke Persson: The Namibian writes that former WBO 160 lb champ Harry Simon has been sentenced to two years in prison after being found guilty of culpable homicide in the Walvis Bay Regional Court. Charges were brought after a car accident that killed three Belgian tourists. The court found Simon solely responsible for the accident with the magistrate stating flat out that cases like this should be charged as murder. continue
New York, August 5-Boxing fans will be able to "Catch the Rising Stars on the Boardwalk" when unbeaten heavyweight standout Samuel Peter squares off against former world champion Wladimir Klitschko in the main event, and Puerto Rican sensation Miguel Cotto defends his WBO light welterweight championship against Italy's Gianluca Branco on Saturday night, September 24, at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
The spectacular twin bill will be presented by Duva Boxing, K-2 Promotions and Top Rank, Inc. in association with Caesars Atlantic City. The "Nigerian Nightmare" Peter and the knockout artist Cotto will put their unblemished records on the line against top class competition in the younger Klitschko brother and the veteran Branco, respectively. Will boxing's two rising continue on their road to superstardom? The question will be answered on September 24.
A powerful heavyweight fighting out of Las Vegas, Peter has emerged as a top class fighter under the Duva Boxing banner by reeling off 24 straight triumphs, including 21 by way of knockout. continue
05.08.05 - Photo: (TOM CASINO / SHOWTIME) One day after receiving a T-shirt at a press conference that, in essence, said that he was going to get knocked out by Jeff Lacy, Robin Reid (left) returned the favor by presenting Lacy with a plaque that read: "This Is The Only Belt You Are Taking Home Lacy" after yesterday's weigh-in in Tampa, Fla. continue
05.08.05 - By Danny Serratelli: The "Chin Checkers" Jaidon "The Don" Codrington and Curtis Stevens both came to fight and both handled their business in their own ways. In the main Event from Lou DiBella's Broadway Boxing series at the Manhattan Center in New York City,Codrington improved to 9-0, all by KO, and Stevens to 8-0, with 7 KO's. Codrington's opponent, veteran Levan Easley 17-12-2, came to fight and went right after Codrinton early. continue
05.08.05 - Main Events and 8 Count Productions are proud to announce the arrival of "Ferocious" Fernando Vargas as he lands in Chicago this Saturday night at O'Hare Airport at 8pm. His arrival at the baggage claim area in Terminal 3 will be met by a full Mariachi band. Fans of "Feroz" and all members of the media are cordially invited to join in the festive proceedings. continue
05.08.05 - JEFF “LEFT HOOK’’ LACY (19-0, 15 KOs): “I am just a fighter who is ready to fight. This has been a long time coming and I really appreciate the work of everyone on my team for making this fight happen in my hometown. The support I have received here has been amazing. I want to thank SHOWTIME for their support throughout my career. This is my 13th appearance on SHOWTIME. continue
04.08.05 - New York - On the heels of a Caribbean vacation with his family, DiBella Entertainment's undisputed Middleweight Champion of the world, Jermain Taylor, is on a whirlwind New York City media tour this week.
The journey started on Tuesday with a private meeting with fellow Little Rock, Arkansas, native President William Jefferson Clinton at the former president's offices in Harlem. Both beloved in Arkansas, Taylor becomes the second most recognizable face in Little Rock history with his victory over longtime titleholder Bernard Hopkins a few weeks ago. Jermain was accompanied on the visit with his longtime coach and mentor, Ozell Nelson, and his promoter Lou DiBella. continue
August 04, 2005 - The team of 21-3-1 (13) Panamanian and WBA Fedecentro 140lb champ Juan Mosquera put out the following release today following "El Novelista's" impressive fourth round TKO of Colombian tough guy Jorge Noriega in Panama last Friday: continue
04.08.05 - By Chris Ireland: Welcome Eastside readers to the new weekly article, "Fighting Irish." In this weekly piece, I will look at the big issues dominating boxing's headlines over the past seven days, and deliver them to you in the heart of the week, Wednesday. This week I get my Irish up and make predictions on Peter vs. Klitschko, Jones vs. Tarver III, bash major media outlets trying to cover the sport, and ponder Zab Judah's next move. continue
04.08.05 - All Photos: TOM CASINO/SHOWTIME : Undefeated IBF super middleweight champion Jeff Lacy works the mitts with trainer Dan Birmingham during an open media workout Wednesday in Tampa, Fla. Lacy defends his title against former world champion Robin Reid Saturday on SHOWTIME at 9 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast). continue
03.08.05 - Former heavyweight world champion and Chicago native Oliver “The Atomic Bull” McCall has agreed to step in to fight Przemyslaw “Chemek” Saleta on Don King’s Global Glory card at the United Center on Aug. 13. Saleta’s original opponent, Andrew Golota, suffered a training injury, which will prevent him from participating in the match. continue
03.08.05 - Photo: Tom Casino / Showtime: Undefeated IBF super middleweight champion Jeff Lacy skips rope during an open media workout Wednesday in Tampa, Fla.
With a world title unification showdown looming against WBO 168-pound titleholder Joe Calzaghe 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. This is Lacy’s 13th appearance on SHOWTIME.
JEFF “LEFT HOOK’’ LACY (19-0, 15 KOs): “I am very excited about defending my title in my hometown and, for me, this is more than a dream come true because, really, I never believed something like this could happen. I would like to thank my promoter, Gary Shaw, and SHOWTIME for making this fight happen. Time-wise, it is taking forever for Saturday to get here. Two weeks ago, it seemed like a month out. Here we are, a few days away, and it still seems like two weeks away. So, I am ready to fight. continue
03.08.05 - By Chet Mills: Heavyweight Samuel Peter, out of Nigeria, is the next opponent of former heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko in a 12 round elimination bout for the IBF number one ranking. The battle between Peter and Klitschko is set to take place on September 24th in Atlantic City, New Jersey. continue
03.08.05 - WBC #1 ranked contender Rocky Juarez will challenge WBC #2 ranked contender Humberto Soto for the WBC-Interim Featherweight Championship on August 20 at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, IL, it was announced today by Main Events CEO Kathy Duva. Both the Juarez-Soto 12 round co-feature bout and the Fernando Vargas-Javier Castillejo 12 round main event bout will be broadcast live on HBO's "Boxing After Dark" series, beginning at 10:15 P.M. ET and 9:15 pm. CT. continue
03.08.05 - As soon as Featherweight Tiger Smalls took off his shirt and came to the center of the ring on the Tuesday Night Fights on ESPN, Commentator Joe Tessitore stopped mid sentence and remarked that advertising “tattoos are prohibited on ESPN and Tiger Smalls will be fined.” This, on a network where commentators speak freely and frequently about the need for reform in boxing—pensions for boxers—and fairness for the professional boxers who help pay their salaries. continue
03.08.05 - Two-time world champion Manny Pacquiao - the Philippines greatest sports hero - will be at a Top Rank press conference on Thursday, August 11 to discuss his upcoming bout at the STAPLES Center in Los Angeles. Shelly Finkel, who handles Pacquiao and chief trainer Freddie Roach will accompany the two-time world champion at Max's of Manila Restaurant, 313 West Broadway, Glendale, Calif., at 1:30 pm. continue
NEW YORK (Aug. 3, 2005) - Lights (Out), camera, action!! Heavyweight superstar James Toney is back and returning to the ring on SHOWTIME. The charismatic, talented Toney and Dominick “The Southern Disaster” Guinn lock horns in what is sure to be an action-packed main event on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING Saturday, Oct. 1, 2005, at 9 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the west coast). Gary Shaw Productions in association with Goossen Tutor Promotions and Don King Productions will co-promote the 12-round International Boxing Association (IBA) heavyweight title bout from a site to be announced.
Toney (68-4-2, 43 KOs), of Grand Rapids, Mich., will be making his first appearance since he fought for the World Boxing Association (WBA) heavyweight crown on April 30, 2005, in New York. Toney easily outpointed defending champion John Ruiz to take the title, but the bout was later ruled a no-decision when Toney tested positive for a banned substance. continue
PROVIDENCE (August 3, 2005) - World Boxing Council USNBC super middleweight champion Joey "KO Kid" Spina (16-0, 11 KOs) makes his first title defense August 26 against dangerous challenger Anwar Oshana (23-4, 13 KOs) in the 12-round main event at the Rhode Island Convention Center in providence. continue
03.08.05 - By John Way: On the first Saturday of every month, ShowTime gives the boxing world a special treat: fight night. This year it hasn’t let us down yet, giving its audience such quality fights as Mormeck-Braithwaite, Castillo-Diaz, Corrales-Castillo, and Hatton-Tszyu. Therefore, when August 6 finally arrives, there is very little reason to believe that the super middleweight clash between Jeff "Left Hook" Lacy and Robin "The Grim Reaper" Reid will be any different. continue
03.08.05 - Bradford’s Junior Witter has moved closer to a shot at a genuine world title having recently been installed into the top three of all the major governing bodies light welterweight rankings. This includes the IBF - of whom long-term domestic rival Ricky Hatton is champion – who place him at third. Significantly there is no other fighter ranked above him. continue
BLOOMFIELD, NJ (August 2, 2005) – Miller Lite, Southwest Airlines, Sportsbook.com, and Rock Star Energy Drink have signed on as sponsors of Fernando Vargas’ August 20 bout against former world champion Javier Castillejo from the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, IL, it was announced today by Main Events CEO Kathy Duva. continue
03.08.05 - By Geoffrey Ciani On October 1, Roy Jones Jr will attempt an ill-advised comeback into the world of boxing. This is a foolish decision on Roy’s part for a multitude of reasons. The main one being he cannot beat Antonio Tarver in their rubber match.
It wasn’t that long ago when Jones was on top of the boxing world. After having defeated WBA heavyweight champion John “The Quietman” Ruiz back in March 2003, Jones had accomplished a feat which had only been accomplished once before in boxing history – and that was back in 1897, when Bob Fitzsimmons became the first former middleweight champion to capture the heavyweight throne. On the surface, Jones appeared to have one of the most accomplished resumes in the history of the sport. He held major championships at middleweight, super-middle, light heavyweight, and even as a heavyweight. continue
02.08.05 - By Curtis McCormick: WBO Super Middleweight Champion Joe Calzaghe has a definite interest in this weekend's compelling matchup between IBF titlist Jeff Lacy and his seasoned veteran challenger Robin Reid, as the quick handed southpaw will likely face the winner later this year. continue
02.08.05 - Interview by Fiona Manning: “Diamond” David Santos, one of the true gentlemen of boxing will not be saying a permanent farewell when he faces Panamanian journeyman Armando Cordova at the St. Pete Times Forum, Tampa, FL on Saturday night. Santos, whose record stands at a mighty 45-6, 29 KOs, had previously said this would be his final bout, but now he’s finding that boxing insiders do not want him to retire. continue
02.08.05 - Harry Summers Jr.: WBA featherweight champion, Chris John (35-0-1, 19 KOs) has reportedly had a great preparation coming into his clash with hard-nosed Australian Tommy Browne (18-3-1, 7 KOs) this Sunday in Penrith, New South Wales, Australia. continue
02.08.05 - Two weight Southern Area champion and European title challenger David Walker has responded to Anthony Small’s latest comments on the Internet by re-iterating his offer to fight him and by seeking clarification on an apparent mistruth. “I have already said that once he has earned his shot by reaching Championship level, I will oblige him and put him out of his misery,” said Walker. “That offer still stands – it really is that simple.” continue
02.08.05 - By Jim Amato: That Roy spent a great portion of his first fight with Antonio Tarver with his back plastered against the ropes. He took quite a bit of punishment in that fight. More then in any other fight up to that point in his career. Even though he probably won the first round of the Tarver rematch, Roy looked worried and a bit confused. Before the second round ended Roy looked shell shocked.
Against Glen Johnson, Roy backed in to the ropes and pretty much stayed there. Except for very infrequent bursts of a flurry, Roy was almost totally ineffective.I guess " shot " is the best adjective I can come up with. Johnson overwhelmed a flat footed and stationary Jones until uncorking the KO blow. There comes a time in every great fighters career that he has to realize he just does not have it anymore. No one can fight forever, not Louis, Ali or even Roberto Duran. You hope and maybe even pray that the boxer will recognize his decline and call it a day. continue
02.08.05 - By Mike Casile “PBR”: Joe DeGuardia, promoter for Antonia Tarver, has confirmed that a third Jones/Tarver fight will take place Oct. 1st on PPV. Although Tarver is seriously unhappy with the 50/50 split of revenues with Jones, DeGuardia has stated that both men really want this fight. Jones wants to prove he can still be a factor, after being knocked out cold by Antonio Tarver and Glen Johnson. continue
02.08.05 - By Scoop Malinowski/Boxinginsider.com- STATUS: Former WBC & IBF World Heavyweight Champion will battle Monte Barrett for the WBC Interim title on August 13th in Chicago. HT: 6-2 1/2 WT: 230, BORN ON: Nov. 7, 1972 IN: Baltimore, MD. continue
02.08.05 - Two vaunted bantamweight bangers--Jesus Rios of Guasave, Mexico, and Francisco Paredes of Mexico City--meet for the second time when they clash in the 10-round main event on the nationally and internationally televised “Guilty Fight Night” card presented by Guilty Boxing Friday, Aug. 12, at El Foro in Tijuana. continue
CHICAGO (August 1, 2005)—Promoter Don King announced today his longtime friend “Big” George Foreman has accepted his invitation to be an analyst for his pay-per-view boxing telecast of Global Glory at the United Center on Aug. 13. The main event, for the interim World Boxing Council heavyweight championship, pits former unified heavyweight world champion and No. 1-ranked WBC contender Hasim “The Rock” Rahman against WBC No. 2-ranked contender Monte “Two Gunz” Barrett. continue
01.08.05 - By Barry Green: “If I cannot overwhelm with my quality, I will overwhelm with my quantity.” Emile Zola (1840-1902.
Every so often a heavyweight comes along that stirs the bloodthirsty juices in us all, leaving us panting to see more in the hope for a legitimate “Baddest Man on the Planet”. This wanton desire to see a monstrous behemoth destroy a whole division often has a flip-side: the murderous puncher who is more George Eliot than George Chuvalo when it comes taking a smack in the chops!!! For every Foreman and Tyson, there’s always a Frank Bruno and Tommy Morrison. Which begs the question: which type is Samuel Peter. continue
LOS ANGELES, August 1 – It's a boxing rarity, putting a group of Olympic fighters who reached the pinnacle of amateur boxing together in the same ring as they attempt to reach world championship status in the pro ranks. In fact, its only been done three times in recent history, as members of the 1984, 1992 and 2000 U.S. Olympic Teams made their professional debuts shortly after their amateur finales. continue
NEW YORK (Aug. 1, 2005) - Sensational news, fight fans: a replay of the Fight of the Year between Diego “Chico” Corrales and Jose Luis Castillo will be shown Saturday on SHOWTIME. The memorable, epic slugfest many regard as the greatest fight of all-time - Corrales rallied from the absolute brink of defeat to register a dramatic 10th-round TKO in the world lightweight title unification bout - will open the SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING telecast at 9 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast). continue
01.08.05 - By Harry Summers: One look at Chris John and you can see this is a World Class professional, he is in perfect physical condition in every aspect. He is ready to represent his beloved country Indonesia with every thing he has. You can catch Chris John defending his WBA World Title against Tommy Browne of Australia live on Sky Channel from 1pm Australia E.S.T. continue
01.08.05 - By Kevin Kincade: The other day I had this thought. I was reading an article here on Eastside where an author echoed a notion that was not unfamiliar to me concerning the heavyweight division and the lack of talent therein. I’m sure you’ve read it or heard some sage pundit repeat it: why would a bigger athlete become a boxer when he could play football or basketball for less risk and greater reward? There are too many better opportunities for would-be heavyweights that getting punched in the face for a living. continue
01.08.05 - By Mike Casile “The Philadelphia Boxing Report.” Seems like today, most commentators and boxing analyst, spend more time trying to convince us, or them selves, that the heavy weight division is alive and kicking. The fact of the matter is that if the Heavyweight division was a fight, it would have been counted out years ago. In the past, the heavyweight title was a coveted position of prominence, when I speak of the Heavyweight division I am speaking of the WBC, the IBF, and the WBA respectively. Now it seems like it’s used about as much toilet paper, and treated the same way. This did not start with Lennox Lewis retiring; it just became more accentuated by it. Remember Lewis is the guy who pulled his title belt from the trash, and Roy Jones left his belt to be claimed by lesser men, because the money was there to fight Antonio Tarver. Look at the current line up of champions, you have Vitali Klitschko WBC champion. He defeated powerhouse fighters like Danny Williams, and Corrie Sanders, to obtain his coveted title. continue
01.08.05 - By Steven Lowry: Stick around this game long enough and it is bound to bite you. No one escapes…not even legends. It happened to Muhammad Ali, Sugar Ray Robinson, and eventually to one of the greatest boxers in the 90’s, Roy Jones Jr. Now, Light heavyweight Roy Jones Jr. (49-3, 38 KO’s) will return to the ring yet again to fight top-ranked Antonio Tarver for a third time on October 1. The 36-year old Jones won the first fight by majority decision in November, 2003. continue
01.08.05 - By Wray Edwards: I can see it now: Fully-prepped Seal-Team commandos posted at every exit of the arena with their MP5's at the ready to make sure that the boxing matches, and decisions, meet with the new Boxing Czar’s approval before anybody leaves. This would be a "Big Brother" scenario reminiscent of James Caan's plight in "Roller Ball" or Arnold's character in "Running Man." continue
01.08.05 - By Per-Åke Persson: With Wladimir Klitschko vs Samuel Peter a done deal for September 24, WBC Int´l champ Sinan Samil Sam will now face Oleg Maskaev in a WBC eliminator. The fight goes to purse bids on August 8th. continue
01.08.05 - Huge, hard-hitting heavyweight Tye Fields of Las Vegas faces veteran Saul Montana of Los Cabos, Mexico, in the 10-round main event on the nationally and internationally televised “Guilty Fight Night” card promoted by Guilty Boxing Aug. 5, at the Orleans Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nev. continue
01.08.05 - By Jeff Bastasini: WBO heavyweight Lamon Brewster (32-2, 28 KO's), will defend his title against Luan Krasniqi on September 24 in Hamburg, Germany. Brewster recently easily destroyed Andrew Golota in the 1st round on May 21, 2005. For Brewster, this will be his third title defense since shocking the boxing world by knocking out Wladimir Klitschko in the 5th round on April 10, 2004 to win the WBO title. In that fight, Brewster was a punching bag for 5 rounds before finally coming alive and using his lethal left hook to end it. Since then, Brewster has become much more confident with his new swarming style offense, with many people drawing comparisons to a young Tyson.
Brewster's opponent, Krasniqi (29-1), an Albanian-born German, who recently surprized many when he knocked out the hard punching Lance Whitaker in the 6th round on May 28, 2005. Krasniqi will be taking a big leap up in opposition when he meets up with Brewster, as before fighting Whitaker, he had fought mostly in Europe against lesser talented fighters. The key to victory for Krasniqi will be for him to somehow keep distance between him and Brewster, and use movement, otherwise he will likely get taken apart like Andrew Golota.
01.08.05 - By Peter Cameron: Out there, somewhere in the dark reaches of the world, there stands a man as tall as a tree, legs like trunks, arms like cannons. Controlled fury in his eyes, a granite-chiselled face on concrete-thick neck, he can generate Herculean power through concussive fists, delivered at blistering speed and pinpoint accuracy. continue
01.08.05 - Sumya Anani stunned the female boxing world in 1998 with a decision win over the then prime Christy Martin. Harold Lederman, of HBO, said "It was absolutely one of the most amazing fights I ever saw!! Christy tried everything, but couldn't stop Sumya." continue
01.08.05 - Five-time former world champion Manuel Medina of Mexico, the most decorated fighter in Guilty Boxing’s stable, attempts to move one step closer to a sixth crown when he faces undefeated Jose Miguel Coto of Puerto Rico in an International Boxing Federation junior lightweight title-eliminator Aug. 20 in Ponce, P.R. continue