30.09.05 - Orange, CA – After successfully obtaining world titles, Josesito Lopez and Timothy Ray Bradley Jr., will make the trip to Linea de Concepcion, Cadiz, Spain, to participate in the activities and events at the 43rd Annual World Boxing Council Convention. continue
30.09.05 - James Toney defends his IBA heavyweight title against Dominick Guinn in the co-feature Saturday on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING (9:15 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast). In a second 12-rounder, IBF heavyweight champion Chris Byrd risks his belt against No. 3 contender DaVarryl Williamson.
JAMES "LIGHTS OUT" TONEY (68-4-2, 43 KOs)
"I am ready to get down and roll and glad to be able to fight again after getting suspended from all the B.S. It makes me happy that Guinn thinks I am perfect for him because it will make it easier for me.
"I hope Guinn doesn't run and will stand and fight like he says he wilI. This is going to be a real fight. I want to win impressively to show I am the world's best heavyweight. I plan to make a statement." continue
30.09.05 - By Per Ake Persson: German veteran Oktay Urkal has relinquished the EBU welter title after being been named official challenger for WBA ruler Luis Collazo. There were supposed to have been purse bids today (Sep 30) in Rome for Oktay´s mandatory defence against Frenchman Frederic Klose, who now will take on the next available challenger - and this is Italian Toni "the Ruler" Lauri. continue
30.09.05 - By Aaron King: After being knocked out in each of his past two fights by Antonio Tarver and Glen Johnson, Roy Jones Jr.’s future in boxing was in limbo. However, this weekend Jones will have the opportunity to exact some revenge when he meets Tarver in the rubber match of their trilogy. continue
30.09.05 - Interview by Geoff McKay - Hello Mr. Klitschko
WK: Hi Geoff
ESB: The first question I should ask given recent developments concerns Lamon Brewster. Now that he has beaten Krasniqi, will you look for a fight with him?
WK: Now he has won and I think the fight is going to be pretty hard to get it done. It’s not an easy fight because of the promoter, but I think that this fight is something very very hard.
ESB: It’s been a couple of days now since you beat Samuel Peter. How does if feel to sit back, relax and watch everything unfold?
WK: You exactly said what I feel right now, I just sit back and waiting for fights, you know, who’s going to win and so on, because you know, my positions are safe, I’m number one contender in both versions, so we’ll wait for the fight on Saturday between Williamson and Byrd, so hopefully I’ll get the world championship as soon as that goes. continue
30.09.05 - By James Allan: Less than a year ago Don King was busy telling everybody that he was quite happy to let his fighters take part in a unification tournament, along with Vitali Klitschko, to crown an undisputed heavyweight champion. "I'm willing to gamble all three of my champions," King said. "Let's throw Klitschko in there with them and see who comes out on top. continue
LAS VEGAS, NV (September 30, 2005) -- World lightweight champion DIEGO CORRALES and former two-time WBC lightweight champion JOSE LUIS CASTILLO, the stars of the best fight of our generation, are wrapping up their training camps where they have been preparing for their eagerly awaited rematch -- "UNO MAS!" ... "ONE MORE TIME!" Castillo and Corrales are scheduled to arrive in Las Vegas tomorrow and Tuesday, respectively. continue
WASHINGTON, PA (September 30, 2005) “ Michael Acri Boxing Promotions and Team Freedom announced today two additions to its exciting card -- "Boxing at The Meadows" -- undefeated Puerto Rican up-and-comers, HECTOR SANCHEZ and YUKENZE ANDINO, who will be fighting in four-round lightweight and jr. middleweight bouts, respectively. The promoters also announced that The Meadows Race Track will be hosting a pre fight silent auction, from 5 to 7:30 PM, to raise funds for the victims of Hurricane Katrina. continue
29.09.05 - By Shon Macklin: On October 1, 2005 the third match between Roy Jones, Jr. and Antonio Tarver will commence at the St. Pete Times Forum, Tampa, FL USA. This is sure to be a high-tension duel between these two because their history is quite deep. You see, there’s something more than just their two previous match-ups. These two are childhood rivals.
On the same amateur team, these two were highly competitive; neck and neck in achievements and sharing the same goals. However, Tarver would eventually stray from boxing and try other sports. It wasn’t until his newfound ventures came to an abrupt end, seeing Jones in the Olympic spotlight; did he figure that he should have been there, in the Olympics because he was just as good, if not better than Roy. He got back into the sport on a rampage, tearing and ripping through his opponents in awe-inspiring fashion. continue
New York, September 29 - Dash-DiBella Promotions' Andre Berto (6-0, 4 KO's), the 22 year old Winter Haven, Florida native, will put his perfect record on the line when he battles southpaw William Johnson (6-4-1, 3 KO's) in a four round junior middleweight contest on the non televised portion undercard of Antonio Tarver vs. Roy Jones 3 at the St. Pete Times Forum in Tampa, FL on Saturday Night, October 1st. continue
NEW YORK, New York, September 29th, 2005 -- Everlast Worldwide Inc. (Nasdaq: EVST), manufacturer, marketer and licensor of sporting goods and apparel under the Everlast brand name, today announced that it will continue its strategic merchandise, licensing and equity alliance and agreement with Contender Partners LLC, formed by leading entertainment companies Mark Burnett Productions and DreamWorks Television, involving the "The Contender," the boxing-based reality television show which will air on ESPN in April of 2006. continue
TAMPA, September 29 - Days before the biggest fight of his career, a rematch of a sensational fight in which he lost, Italian heavyweight slugger Vinny Maddalone is just happy for the opportunity. “Am I nervous about my first Pay-Per-View? No, definitely not. I was a co-feature when Wladimir Klitschko and Ray Mercer fought. continue
29.09.05 - By Scoop Malinowski / Boxinginsider.com - "No two men can be half an hour together but one shall acquire an evident superiority over the other." -- Samuel Johnson
It's a classic confrontation, one for the ages. The outspoken, articulate ambassador though vastly underrated and underappreciated hero vs. the once-mighty superstar me-first primadonna who has fallen heavily from his pound-for-pound pinnacle.
Tarver and Jones collide again in one of the most fascinating showdowns of the modern era. continue
29.09.05 - Terms have been agreed for Britain's two best heavyweights Matt Skelton and Danny Williams to finally slug it out on Saturday 3 December in London. Despite the British Boxing Board of Control imposing a six-month ban on Williams fighting for the British title for his late withdrawal against Skelton in July - a decision that Williams has appealed - an application has been made for the fight to be for the Vacant Commonwealth crown. continue
29.09.05 - By Aaron King: When Chris Byrd and DaVarryl Williamson meet this weekend in Reno, Nev. for Byrd’s IBF championship belt, they will present two drastically different styles. There are virtually no similarities between the two: Byrd is a southpaw and one of the slickest boxers to hold a heavyweight title, using his legs and quick fists to stick and move; Williamson is a heavy fisted slugger who has recorded knockouts in all but five of his victories. continue
29.09.05 - Photo: TOM CASINO/SHOWTIME: Dominick Guinn jumps rope during an open media workout Wednesday in Reno. In the most important fight of his career, Guinn challenges IBA heavyweight champion James Toney Saturday on SHOWTIME (9:15 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast). continue
29.09.05 - Photo: TOM CASINO/SHOWTIME: IBF heavyweight champion Chris Byrd works the heavy bag during a workout Wednesday in Reno. Byrd defends his crown against DaVarryl Williamson Saturday on SHOWTIME (9:15 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast). In the co-feature on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING, James Toney risks his IBA heavyweight belt against Dominick Guinn.
Said Byrd: "I have always been willing to fight anybody, from No, 15 on up, and that is still the case. I just want to fight.
"It is frustrating I have been off for so long because I have wanted to fight. I was willing to go to Germany if that would have been the deal.
"This is going to be a very good fight. DaVarryl has a big punch and I know he will come in determined. continue
New England Ringside Radio Network expansion continues, effective October 3 with the addition of WCAP 980 broadcasting shows five nights a week in the Boston market, New England Ringside president Rick Brutti announced today. The addition of WCAP allows the boxing show to reach new areas in the Merrimack Valley and southern New Hampshire. continue
29.09.05 - By Craig Parrish: This past weekend, Wladimir Klitschko redeemed himself in the eyes of many boxing fans by out-boxing and out-lasting the feared Samuel Peter, despite 3 knockdowns. Of the three, many feel that only one was a legal hit, but Klitschko did get up off the canvas 3 times. By doing so, he showed an intestinal fortitude that is encouraging to his many fans as in the past when Klitschko got in trouble, it was over. continue
29.09.05 - By Scoop Malinowski / Boxinginsider.com: Wladimir Klitschko cutman Jacob "Stitch" Duran elaborates on his man's big win over Samuel Peter... Scoop: Tell me about how you feel about Wladimir's performance tonight?
Duran: "Well, I gotta give both guys credit. Sam Peter I thought - and I know Sammy, I'm from Las Vegas - I've seen him work, seen him spar, I've wrapped his hands, I've padded him out - and Samuel Peter showed he's an A plus fighter. continue
29.09.05 - Antonio Tarver: For all you fans that don’t have tickets, you’re running out of time. I don’t know if any are available or not, but, check ticketmaster. This fight means everything for Florida, you know. With Roy, we have history, ever since thirteen years old we’ve been competing, and, you, know we’ve soared above the rest, you know but we need to find out—who era is this? We need to find out who’s the best fighter ever to come from Florida. So, you know, the winner on October 1st will have those bragging rights, regardless of how you want to manufacture the guy and make him, you know, supreme to all. I mean, I made a quote the other day and I really belie—mean this with all my heart. If it was Sugar Ray Leonard, if it was Marvin Hagler, the great Thomas Hearn that was the light heavy weight champion when I came up, the same thing would be true. The guy just happened to be Roy Jones Jr. It’s not my fault. But I gotta take care of my business. And uh, that’s all I want the world to understand, that when I was a child, I had aspirations and goals, and they didn’t stop at Roy Jones Jr. They went far beyond. continue
28.09.05- By Andy Meacock: When it was first announced that Wladimir Klitschko had agreed to fight Samuel Peter I was very pleased. On paper it was a fight that had many questions. Such questions like the following…Can Klitschko’s chin hold up to the power punching Nigerian Peter? Can Peter’s chin hold up to the power punching Klitschko? continue
HOLLYWOOD, FL, September 28 – The hunger! It’s something you can’t really describe, but you can see it. Look close, and you can see that hunger in the eyes of Heavyweight Title contenders David Tua and Jameel McCline, unbeaten Edison Miranda and rising star Yuri Foreman. It’s that determination to be the best, to become a World Champion that will be the focal point on October 21st. continue
28.09.05 - By Jim Amato: I recently had someone comment on an article I did a few years back on why I thought Ken Norton should not be in the Boxing Hall Of Fame. On this occasion the person who contacted me agreed with me. Over the years I have had a fair share of negative responses. So I thought that I would take a moment to reconsider my position. continue
28.09.05 - Luan Krasniqi entered the ring to deafening applause from the over 10,000 German partisans on hand at the Color Line Arena in Hamburg on Wednesday night on the anniversary of Max Schmeling's 100th birthday. They were assembled to see him challenge World Boxing Organization heavyweight champion "Relentless" Lamon Brewster, from Los Angeles, who was making his third title defense.
Brewster started were he left off after evaporating Andrew Golota in just 53 seconds in Chicago on May 21: he threw heavy punches with bad intentions. Krasniqi withstood the challenge and took command of the fight by establishing a penetrating jab.
At the end of the opening stanza, Krasniqi motioned that he had been struck by a low blow, and referee Jose Rivera, from Puerto Rico, admonished Brewster for the beltline punch and gave Krasniqi time to recover. continue
September 28, 2005 – 8-time World Champion Ann Wolfe will be a special guest along with Professional Auto Racer Danica Patrick on ESPN 2’s new talk show “Quite Frankly”. The show is scheduled to air Friday night, September 30, 2005 at 5:30 pm central time. continue
Darien, Connecticut – September 28, 2005 - The American Association of Professional Ringside Physician’s (AAPRP) Medical Conference was held September 22-25, 2005 at the Tropicana Casino Resort in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Over 150 doctors, commissioners, members and guests attended this year’s conference on boxing safety. continue
CHICAGO, September 28, 2005 - 8 Count Productions has added three new team members to its growing stable of the finest boxers in Chicago, it was announced today by Dominic Pesoli, President of 8 Count Productions. continue
28.09.05 - Exciting Junior Welterweight Jesse Feliciano, returns to action this Saturday, October 1st at the Lucky Eagle Casino in Rochester, Washington. Feliciano (12-4-2) will be challenging tough Rafael Ortiz (11-7, 11 KO’s) for the NWBA (Northwest Boxing Association) title in what promises to be 10 rounds of non-stop action.
“I’ve got the best trainer out there, “said Feliciano, referring to his new trainer Jesse Reid. “I’m confident everything will go well and that I’ll get back in the scene, back on the map.”
Regarding his progress under the tutelage of Reid, “I’ve been shortening my punches and putting my punches together, better,” added Feliciano. According to advisor Patrick Doljanin, “This is a good test for Jesse. We want to see him apply in the ring, what he’s been learning in the gym. I am very impressed with the changes Jesse Reid has made with him.”
As far as the future, Team Feliciano is not looking past Ortiz. “Ortiz is a rough and tough guy and you can’t look past him,” said co-advisor, Albert Falcon. “There’s no hurry with Jesse. He’s young, an exciting fighter and fight fans love him.” continue
28.09.05 - At 7-0 Kilburn’s Ashley ‘Treasure’ Theophane looked like one of the countries leading prospects in the squared circle, he’d appeared on the under card of the Graham Earl/Bobby Vanzie British title fight and also at Alexandra Palace when Audley Harrison made his last appearance on BBC TV and possible his last appearance in a British ring. continue
28.09.05 - By Per Ake Persson: WBF supermiddle champ Stepjan Bozic is set to to defend the title November 19 in Zadar. Opponent is to be announced. Negotiations for a possible Jorge Barrios vs Janos Nagy WBO 130 lb titlefight will begin in early October according to a press release from Felix-Promotion. Nagy is the official challenger for Barrios. continue
28.09.05 - Unbeaten super-featherweight star Kevin Mitchell has been nominated the Boxing Writers' Young Boxer of the Year. The 20-year-old fight sensation from Dagenham will be presented with the prestigious award at a glittering ceremony at London's Savoy Hotel on Monday 17 October. continue
28.09.05 - By Kevin Kincade: On October 1st the Boxing Fraternity will be celebrating a pretty significant birthday: The Thirtieth Anniversary of “The Thrilla in Manila”, the climactic third and final clash between Muhammad Ali and “Smokin'” Joe Frazier. There will be more men fighting than you can shake a stick at, so hook up both VCR's or DVR's or you're bound to miss something. Kudos to both Showtime and HBO's TVKO for throwing parties for the greatest Heavyweight Rubber match of All Time……or taking advantage of an opportunity, whichever way you wish to look at it. Sho opted for the heavyweights while HBO opted for a rubber match. continue
LAS VEGAS, NV (September 28, 2005) – Their first meeting in May was not only a “Fight of the Year” candidate, but a “Fight of the Century” nominee as well. Can two-time WBC lightweight champion JOSÉ LUIS CASTILLO avenge the loss and claim the WBC, WBO and The Ring magazine lightweight titles held by his conqueror, three-time world champion DIEGO CORRALES, who stopped Castillo cold in the 10th round after Castillo sent him to the canvas twice and to the brink of defeat in the same round? continue
WOBURN, Mass. (September 28, 2005) - The New England Ringside Radio Network features WBC & WBO lightweight champion Diego Corrales (40-2, 33 KOs) Thursday night and light heavyweight contender Eric Harding (22-3-1, 7 KOs) Saturday evening on WWZN, Boston's Boxing Station, The Zone (1510). Ted Bodenrader, George Kimball, Rick Brutti and Joe Bills host Thursday night's two-hour (6-8 PM/ET) New England Ringside Boxing Radio Show. continue
28.09.05 - By Jim Jamesson: As a boxing fan, this is what I hate! Two cards that I really want to see on the same night. Nobody reading this article needs a refresher on HBO's upcoming Tarver / Jones rubber match. Seems many boxing fans have love/hate relationship when it comes to either of these two guys. The first fight was filled with drama and complaints from both camps. Roy bitched about his weight and Tarver bitched about the judges. continue
27.09.05 - Photo: TOM CASINO/SHOWTIME - DaVarryl Williamson hits the mitts during an open media workout Tuesday in Reno. Williamson, the IBF No. 3 heavyweight contender and mandatory challenger to IBF champion Chris Byrd, faces Byrd in the co-feature Saturday on SHOWTIME (9:15 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast). In a second 12-round bout on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING on Oct. 1, James Toney defends his IBA heavyweight crown against Dominick Guinn.
"Is this a dream come true? You better believe it! This is it, baby! I have waited my whole life for this opportunity.
"I feel great. It's a little tough keeping all this energy bottled because I am so ready to break loose. But Saturday is coming. It just can't get here soon enough. continue
27.09.05 - Photos: TOM CASINO / SHOWTIME: James Toney: "I am a little nervous. I feel sort of like I did a few days before my pro debut or when my kids were born. Mostly, though, I am anxious and excited to be back in Reno. I have fought here twice before so I know what it is to fight in this kind of altitude. Guinn has been talking a lot. I can't wait to shut him up." continue
27.09.05 - By Jim Jamesson: What a great night for boxing! The heavyweight clash between Klitschko and Peter has to be one of the closest landslides in quite some time. Nobody predicted this fight going the distance! I'm not sure about you, but for me, I couldn't sit still for one second of this fight. continue
27.09.05 - Frank Warren today began injunctive proceedings against Ricky Hatton in a bid to prevent him fighting WBA light-welterweight champion Carlos Maussa on November 26. Warren and Sports Network insist IBF light-welterweight champion Hatton is under contract for a further three fights. But the Hitman has signed to fight Colombian Maussa at the Sheffield Arena on a non Sports Network show - a showdown Warren will attempt to stop at the High Court on Monday. continue
27.09.05 - By Craig Parrish: Roy Jones Jr. dominated many “pound for pound” lists for a long time. While he had his detractors, many believed that Roy was one of the all time greats. Many still do. Many complain that he never fought enough hard competition, that he was too selective in his opponents and never showed the willingness to “go for broke” and put it all on the line. That being said, Jones has had some big wins during his career, including victories over recently deposed Middleweight King Bernard Hopkins and James Toney. He also made the record books by being the only former Middleweight to win a Heavyweight Crown in over 100 years when he easily dispatched John Ruiz.
There was talk of a big money fight with Tyson, or possibly the ultimate “David and Goliath” battle with Vitali Klitschko. All told, it looked like Jones was going to wind down his career in spectacular fashion, with either a monumental Heavyweight win, or at least a massive payday to secure his nest egg for all time. continue
NEW YORK (Sept. 27, 2005) – The IBF bantamweight title fight between champion Rafael Marquez and IBF No. 1 contender Silence Mabuza, originally scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 1, was postponed Monday when promoter Gary Shaw informed Showtime that Marquez was suffering from the flu. This world title fight has been rescheduled for SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING’s Nov. 5 event at Caesars Tahoe, which will be headlined by Jeff Lacy defending his IBF/IBO super middleweight titles against Scott Pemberton. continue
27.09.05 - Aussie KO king Nedal Hussein has told Scott Harrison to expect fireworks on Bonfire night when he challenges for the Scotsman's WBO World Featherweight Title. Hussein meets the fiery Cambuslang slugger on Saturday 5 November at the Braehead Arena and has promised to spark-out Harrison when he lands with his dynamite-packed fists. continue
LOS ANGELES, September 27 – The island of Puerto Rico is rich in boxing history, with the names Trinidad, Gomez, Benitez, Ortiz, and Torres instantly recognizable to any fight fan. With such a storied legacy in mind, on Friday, October 21st, Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions proudly presents its first show at the Coliseo de Puerto Rico in Hato Rey, Puerto Rico, eager to do its part to add to the island’s boxing history. continue
27.09.05 - Photo: TOM CASINO / SHOWTIME: James Toney takes a playful swipe at the heavy bag after arriving in Reno Monday for his important IBA heavyweight title defense against Dominick Guinn Saturday on SHOWTIME. In the co-feature on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING (9:15 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast), IBF heavyweight champion Chris Byrd defends against DaVarryl Williamson.
Said Toney: "I am a little nervous. I feel sort of like I did a few days before my pro debut or when my kids were born. Mostly, though, I am anxious and excited to be back in Reno. I have fought here twice before so I know what it is to fight in this kind of altitude.
"Guinn has been talking a lot. I can't wait to shut him up. I have had a great camp and am ready. In my last fight, I beat (John) Ruiz with one hand and barely trained at all. There is nothing Guinn can do or show me that I have never seen before. I am really looking forward to Saturday. I am ready to give my all. This is going to be a great fight.''
27.09.05 - SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS---Former world champion, Jesse James Leija, of San Antonio, is joining Hidalgo, Texas, Mayor John David Franz, in calling on Winky Wright and his camp to bring his December 10th, HBO televised bout to the Dodge Arena in Texas' Rio Grande Valley. continue
27.09.05 - By Michael Amakor: On September 28th 2005, Luan Krasniqi challenges Lamon Brewster for the WBO Heavyweight title across the pond at the Color Line Arena, Hamburg in far away Germany. Brewster is a former WBO, NABO and WBC Continental Americas Heavyweight Champion, who exploded into boxings center stage after he defeated china chinned former champion Wladimir Klitchko for the vacant WBO belt. continue
IRVINE, CA -- Romie Adanza sent Canadian fighter Kim Morris back north beaten and bloodied in under two minutes. Adanza knocked down Morris twice and scored a technical knockout at the 1:54 mark of the first round when the referee stopped the fight in what turned out to be a one-sided main event in front of 450 fans at the Adrenaline III Muay Thai kickboxing event on Saturday night at UC Irvine’s Bren Center. continue
26.09.05 - By Christine Maynard: The venue was Southern California University’s first boxing event. Well matched opponents resulted in fights that one attendee, Jack Tiernan, Shane Mosley’s agent, said “You might wait all year to see on HBO.”
Javier Jauregui, 135 pound former IBF Champion, 49-12-2 with 34 KO’s whipped Randy Suico at what was to be Suico’s coming out party. Suico, 23-1, with 20 KO’s, the favorite, from the Philippines, was flanked by Joe Koizumi, manager, matchmaker, and president of Ring Japan. Suico’s quick hands and excellent technical skills were not enough to impact Javier “Chatito” Jauregui, whose signature heavy handed, well directed blows took their toll. In the eighth round of intense fighting, the seasoned, confident Jauregui appeared to be just warming up.
Two years ago, this champion from Guadalajara, Mexico KO’d Leavander Johnson, taking the vacant IBF Lightweight Title. He was defeated by Jesus Chavez in ‘96. On this evening, against Suico, he was awarded his fiftieth victory in a MD, 99-91, 99-91 and 95-95. continue
26.09.05 - By Scoop Malinowski / Boxinginsider.com: Newly-appointed WBO and IBF mandatory heavyweight challenger made these statements at the post-fight press conference following his victory over the Nigerian Nightmare Samuel Peter: continue
26.09.05 - By Craig Parrish: This Saturday, IBF Heavyweight Champ Chris Byrd will defend his title against DaVarryl “Touch of Sleep” Williamson in Reno, Nevada. This will be the fourth title defense for Byrd who won the crown in 2002 with a decision over Evander Holyfield. Byrd is currently 38-2-1(20), 6’1 and ½”, at 214 pounds. He is a Southpaw, and a very slick fighter who likes to stick and move. However, his lack of activity in the last few years and his age, 35, raise concerns that he will continue to be able to fight like this in the Heavyweight Division. continue
26.09.05 - By Bernie McCoy: William Shakespeare, a celebrated playwright of note once penned, "Our doubts are traitors and make us lose the good we oft might win by fearing to attempt." Jackie Kallen, a boxing figure of note, has had a career that goes far to prove the validity of those words. You've probably heard of Jackie Kallen; maybe it was when she was managing the burgeoning career of James Toney; possibly, it was as a result of the movie, "Against the Ropes", based on that part of Kallen's life; or maybe you've seen her co-hosting the NBC-TV boxing reality show, "The Contender." continue
26.09.05 - By Justin Hackman: Prior to the night of September 24th, the buzz circulating around Miguel Cotto’s opponent was that he could be in for a tough night. He could have a challenge ahead. Ricardo Torres could be tougher competition than Cotto’s original opponent, Gianluca Branco, even though Torres took the fight on only three weeks notice. But the operative word in each of those predeterminations is “could.” Just when boxing fans, in anticipation for the fight, would argue to themselves whether or not Cotto was in for a rough night, they would have to come back to their senses, and realize, THIS IS MIGUEL COTTO. Puerto Rico hails him as the second coming to Tito Trinidad, and as for the United States, well we have seen nothing yet to disagree with any conviction.
If the light welterweight and welterweight divisions did not boast the most talented boxers in the sport, Miguel Cotto arguably may have been king of the division at this point already in his career. However, throughout Cotto’s career, he always had names like Floyd Mayweather jr., Ricky Hatton, Zab Judah, Arturro Gatti, and Kostya Tszyu ahead of him: not an easy mountain to climb. With each subsequent fight for Cotto, fans become more and more impressed, yet somehow not quite convinced on the talented 140 pound Puerto Rican. That all changed on the night of his fight with Ricardo Torres. continue
26.09.05 - By Danny Serratelli @ Ringside - The combination of Duva Boxing, K-2 Promotions and Top Rank put on a top notch boxing show on Saturday night. The talent of each of the four featured fighters was evident, but it was their flaws that created the suspense and ultimately exciting results. The Main Event featured Wladimir Klitschko, (45-3, 40 KO's) surviving the "Nigerian Nightmare" Samuel Peter, (24-1, 21 KO's) for 12 rounds in an IBF/WBO title eliminator. In the co-feature Miguel Cotto, (25-0, 21KO's) again showed some vulnerability, but increased his marketability with an action packed knockout victory over Ricardo Torres (29-1, 25 KO's) in their 140 pound WBO title fight. continue
26.09.05 - Two world-ranked boxers, super bantamweight Fernando Beltran Jr. and flyweight Francisco Arce, headline the card promoted by Sycuan Ringside Promotions and Zanfer Promotions on the nationally televised “Julio Cesar Chavez presents…” series Oct. 15 in El Paso, Texas. continue
26.09.05 - By Per Ake Persson: Norwegian heavy Rune Lillebuen, 11-0, has replaced compatriot Leif Dolonen Larsen on Team Palle´s show in Slagelse on Friday (Sep 30). Dolonen Larsen is said to have suffered a handinjury in his final day of training. Lillebuen takes on Toto Mubenga from Congo in a six-rounder. continue
26.09.05 - By Lee Hayes: Sometimes you’re right, sometimes you just are not. This past Saturday, September 24th, 2005 I was proven wrong by Ukrainian heavyweight boxer, Wladimir Klitschko. Since I have probably been the greatest detractor of the 6’6 fighter, and his fragile psyche, I will be the first to admit that I was proven incorrect.
It will probably shock many of my regular readers to know that I am quite happy the fight went the way it did. First, I knew it would be a good match-up from the get go –although I had predicted Wlad’s doom early- and neither fighter let me down. The action was excellent, and right up until the final seconds, it appeared that either man could be stopped with a punch, if it landed right on the sweet spot. I’d like to personally thank both contestants for the show they put on, and HBO for allowing so many of us to view it without inflated PPV costs. Second, let me be the first to say, I would really like to see a rematch somewhere down the line, although I have doubts that it will ever happen. continue
26.09.05 - MACON, GA – The Georgia Sports Hall of Fame’s Honors Court selected 10 individuals for its Class of 2006 on Monday morning. The class includes: Taz Anderson (football), Bobby Cox (coach/manager), Ray Donaldson (football), Bobby Gaston (contributor), Lea Henry (basketball), Dr. Jack Hughston (contributor), Bettye McClendon (contributor), Al Mead (track and field), Marian Morgan (coach/manager), and “Sugar” Ray Robinson (boxing). continue
26.09.05 - Following his interview on BBC Radio Five Live late last week, promoter Mick Hennessy reiterated his belief in the future glory that will shroud undefeated British and Commonwealth champion, Carl Froch. "I stand by everything I said, and more." Hennessy started. "Carl is an untapped revelation for British sport. He has the ability to transcend boxing and become one of the biggest sporting talents this country has ever produced." continue
26.09.05 - By Kostya Tszyu: Dear Tszyu Crew, It has been a busy September and last week I returned home to Sydney after a three week trip to Russia. I had a beautiful time there and went to Moscow and so many other places. I was very welcome wherever I went and the people in Russia gave me great support. The hospitality I receive is unbelievable. They treat me so well. continue
26.09.05 - By Geoff McKay: It would be an understatement to say that the outcome of the Klitschko Peter fight this Saturday surprised a few people. Before the bout I read very few predictions that called for the fight to go the distance. I myself thought Wlad would wear Peter down, and connect with a big punch sometime around the seventh round, scoring a TKO.
As it turned out, I severely underestimated Samuel Peter’s ability to absorb big punishment. I thought I had seen him stung a couple of times by lesser opponents, so I assumed hard punching Wlad would tag him and expose a china chin. Was I ever wrong about Peter. Wlad also surprised me with his stamina, and truthfully, although he was knocked down three times, he really wasn’t deeply hurt by any of them. I liked seeing him smile on his way to his corner at the end of the eleventh round. He was enjoying himself, and said as much after the fight. I was also very surprised to see him up on his toes and dancing around in the final round. He was moving well, and still had power in his shots as evidenced by the huge hook he wobbled Peter with. continue
26.09.05 - By Michael Montero: I know, I know – yet another article on this fight. Hey, let’s face it – we haven’t had much to talk about in the heavyweight division lately – and this was an important, and entertaining, heavyweight bout. Several questions were answered, and yet still a few remain. Upon watching the fight three times, and dissecting it, here’s my break down: continue
26.09.05 - By Scoop Malinowski / Boxinginsider.com: You have to admire a man who can come all the way back from the lowest of lows, don't you? You have to respect any person that had everything he worked for in his life taken away - yet still somehow managed to rise up again from ground zero, don't you? continue
25.09.05 - By Jim Amato: Wladimir Klitschko's gutsy decision victory over the feared Sam Peter proved three things. One, that Wlad could survive against a proven puncher. Two, that Sam Peter is not a fluke. He's just a little rough around the edges. Three, this fight was just the beginning of a series of upcoming heavyweight match ups that are sure to shake up and shape the heavyweight division going into 2006. Next up, Lamon Brewster defends his WBO version of the heavyweight title against Luan Krasniqi. continue
25.09.05 - By Frank Gonzalez Jr.: Saturday night in Atlantic City, WBO Jr. Welterweight Champion Miguel Cotto of Puerto Rico scored a TKO 7 Win over unbeaten Ricardo Torres of Colombia. Torres replaced Gianluca Branco (36-1-1-19 KO's), who was the originally scheduled opponent.
Cotto aggressively pressed the action in the first round bypassing the feel-out session. He landed some combinations and a left hook that put Torres down. Torres got up and gave a strong account of his self, using his jab followed by chopping right hands over the top that rattled Cotto more than once. Though Cotto scored a knockdown, arguments could be made that it was a 10-9 round for Cotto since Torres clearly won the second half of the round after the knockdown. I scored it 10-8 for Cotto.
Torres knew Cotto was hurt from the first and followed up by banging Cotto with authority. A Torres left hook and partial push caught Cotto and dropped him. The ref counted. Though Cotto was wobbly, he rallied late and landed a few good shots to the body before the bell rang. 10-8 Torres. continue
25.09.05 - By Geoffrey Ciani: Frankly, I’m shocked that last night’s heavyweight bout between top contenders Wladimir Klitschko and Samuel Peter went the distance. Even more shocking was the way this fight unfolded: if you would have told me before the fight that Wladimir Klitschko would survive three knockdowns and escape with a unanimous decision victory, I would have thought you were crazy – but that’s exactly what transpired in one of the more interesting heavyweight bouts I’ve seen in some time. continue
25.09.05 - By Ronan Keenan: When he was in the early stages of his career, Mike Tyson went by the nickname of 'Kid Dynamite'. Now David Walker has adopted that moniker, but he needed the power of a young Tyson if he was to make a dent in Jamie Moore's defence on friday. Moore, the defending British light-middleweight champion, produced a flawless performance of controlled, precise boxing on his way to a fourth round stoppage victory at the Carnall Leisure Centre in Manchester. continue
25.09.05 - Legendary boxing promoter Don King will bring the World Boxing Organization (WBO) Heavyweight Champion “Relentless” Lamon Brewster to “meet and greet” service members stationed at Ramstein Air Base on USO tour. Brewster’s manager Sam Simon, a veteran television director and co-creator of “The Simpsons,” also will be on hand for autographs and pictures. continue
25.09.05 - By Frank Gonzalez Jr.: Vladimir Klitschko (45-3-0-40 KO's) demonstrated that its better to have good boxing skills than just a big punch, as he used movement, his jab and the old one, two combination to frustrate and win a decision victory over dangerous, up and coming, Samuel Peter (24-1-0-21 KO's). With this win, Vlad becomes the new owner of the NABF Heavyweight Belt. While the NABF may be a notch below the WBO, for Vladimir Klitschko, this is a step in the right direction.
Vladimir was beating Peter to the punch and easily winning the first four rounds until the fifth round, when Peter finally connected with a looping overhand right to the top of Vladimir's head, sending him to the canvas. Vlad beat the count. A moment later, Peter landed a pushing right that saw Klitschko go down a second time in the round. Again, Klitschko got up in time and the bell saved him from the momentum Peter was building.
From the sixth round to the ninth, Klitschko was back in the driver's seat, popping Peter with his jab, landing an occasional straight right and winning rounds. Peter was having a hard time landing anything. He kept trying to cut off the ring and land an over hand right but Klitschko was able to avoid his power in most of the rounds. Most times, Peter's punches were grazing Vlad on the backside of his head. continue
25.09.05 - By Izyaslav “Slava” Koza: Suffice it to say that both Klitschko and Peter earned their respect when they agreed to fight each other. Thankfully, the same respect can be paid to both men based on what happened tonight in Atlantic City. Both fighters did what they did best, and the clashing styles melded to create a masterpiece that would make even the best painters jealous. continue
24.09.05 - Unbeaten Russian heavyweight Nicolay Valuev and Larry Donald will square off on October 1st in a WBA eliminator to determine the mandatory challenger for WBA titlist John Ruiz. The WBA #2 rated Valuev is 41-0 with 31 KOs. Donald (42-3-3, 24 KOs) is rated WBA #8. Valuev is currently training in Berlin, the fight will tale place at the Weser-Ems-Halle in Oldenburg, Germany. continue
24.09.05 - By Malik Lee: The 100th birthday of Max Schmeling will be celebrated by Germany on Wednesday, Sept 28 as WBO Heavyweight Champion Lamon “Relentless” Brewster takes on Luan “Lion” Krasniqi at the Color line Arena in Hamburg. Brewster (32-2-0, 28 KO’s) will be fighting for the first time outside of the United States since he started fighting professionally in 1996. continue
24.09.05 - By Aidan Monaghan: Despite being deposited on the canvas twice in the fifth round and once in the tenth, Wladimir Klitschko - looking much like his brother Vitali in his ability to box and move and much like the former student of his current trainer, Lennox Lewis, through his ability to hit and tie up his opponent when it mattered - Wladimir Klitschko pulled out a close unanimous twelve round decision victory over Samuel Peter, Saturday night in Atlantic City.
It was the type of result that was least expected by anyone - a twelve round decision.
Unlike previous losses for Klitschko when fatigue and knockdowns took their toll, Klitschko overcame these difficulties to return to his game plan that revolved around the most movement ever displayed by Klitschko, combined with timely lefts, rights and hooks. continue
24.09.05 - By Danny Serratelli: One thing can be said about the Main Event on Saturday night, it will be interesting. While both men unquestionably pack legitimate heavyweight power, the question mark surrounding both men is what makes this match one of the most highly anticipated heavyweight matchups of the year. The younger Klitschko, who was once presumed to be the division’s savior, has had some unexplainable breakdowns in the ring. continue
24.09.05 - By Ali Mohammed: The moment of the truth is about here for Wladimir Klitschko and Samuel Peter. The place is Atlantic City, the date is September 24th, the men are Wladimir Klitschko, from Ukraine and Samuel Peter from Nigeria. The winner gets a double title shots, and loser gets shame. This is a brief of what is going to happen in September 24. continue
24.09.05 - In what New Jersey State Athletic Commissioner Larry Hazzard described as a "new level of dumb," in boxing, Team Wladimir Klitschko demanded that the boxing gloves to be used tomorrow night, when the former WBO champion faces Samuel Peter at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, be weighed to ensure they are the regulation 10 ounces. continue
24.09.05 - Lamon or Luan? Who will be world champion? The Klitschko killer or Krasniqi, the ‘Rottweiler’? Daredevil or stylist? Who will dictate, who will win? Few heavyweight world title fights in recent past have been as stimulating in the run up as the WBO championship in Hamburg on September 28, the 100th birthday of German sport idol Max Schmeling. Champion Lamon Brewster, 32-2 (28), is facing his number one mandatory challenger Luan Krasniqi, 28-1-1 (14), in a meaningful clash with a lot of background.
„I’m glad both fighters arrived to Hamburg safely“, promoter Klaus-Peter Kohl said. “It’s always important that the boxers get through the sparring period free of injuries. We can now look forward to a great evening of boxing on Wednesday at Color Line Arena. Max Schmeling was a great personality. With our event we want to thank him for everything he did for the sport. We started to think about running a boxing event on his 100th birthday on year ago. At that time we didn’t know what the main event would be. As it happened to be a heavyweight world championship with Krasniqi as a possible Schmeling successor this gave even more meaning to this night.” continue
23.09.05 - By Jim Amato: If a fighter did not have heart and courage he would never step into a ring. The boxer's mind is a fragile item. Case in point, Roberto Duran. He was and still is my favorite boxer. Therefore you can understand how I felt when he uttered the now infamous "No Mas"! My God, not Roberto. Not Duran. continue
23.09.05 - The IBF super middleweight title fight between undefeated defending champion Jeff Lacy (20-0, 16 KOs) and hard-hitting No. 7 contender Scott Pemberton (29-3-1, 24 KOs) on Saturday, Nov. 5 on SHOWTIME (9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on west coast) will take place at Caesars Tahoe.
LONDON, England (Sept. 23, 2005) - Ossie Duran retained his British Commonwealth junior middleweight title with an easy 12-round decision over Colin McNeil Friday on “ShoBox: The New Generation.” In the co-feature from the London Hilton on Park Lane in London, England, Andy Morris registered a fourth-round TKO over Mickey Coveney in a featherweight fight. continue
23.09.05 - By Samm Etuk - Atlantic City, NJ - The Akwa Ibom State Commissioner for youth and Sports, Chris Ekong arrived Atlantic City, New Jersey on Monday night from Nigeria to give the Nigerian nightmare, Samuel Peter, home support ahead of the September 24 IBF and WBO eliminators. He was also present on Thursday at the boxer's weigh in ceremony Thursday with a word from the Nigerian government that they want Peter to get a shot at the World title.
Ekong, held a brief meeting with Peter after the weigh in assured him of his country's utmost support for Saturday's IBF and WBO eliminator fight adding that his country men are all eagerly waiting for the fight.
"Everybody will be glued to their TV set watching the fight on cable. The fight is more important to Sam Peter's fans in Nigeria. They know him as a young boxer, who came from no where to take over the country's boxing scene by storm. The press in Nigeria is awash with news of the fight and every sports fan is praying for Peter”, explains Ekong, "I'm happy that after talking with him, I'm sure he's more confidence of wining than me and that's good for him before he enters the ring on Saturday." continue
LITTLE ROCK, AR, September 23 - "With the unfortunate passing of Leavander Johnson, boxing has lost not only a world champion, but it lost a world-class man," said undisputed middleweight champion Jermain Taylor. "After I won my title in July, I came to New York to meet the media and I also had a parade back home in Arkansas. But there was just one thing missing, and it was my IBF championship belt, which was not going to be delivered in time for these events. continue
23.09.05 - By Patsys Jones: First of all let me say that whatever the outcome of this fight, it is surely good for boxing, and the HW division in particular. This is the type of fight that interest boxing fans, so kudos to the IBF for playing a factor in convincing both parties to make this fight, more kudos for Wlad and Peter for making this fight. continue
23.09.05 - Dominic Pesoli's 8 Count Productions, Home of the Best in Chicago Boxing, and Bob Arum's Top Rank Incorporated along with Miller Lite and TCF Bank present Latin Fire on Friday, October 14th at the Cicero Stadium, 1901 S. Laramie in Cicero, IL. Tickets starting at $30 are on sale by calling 312-226-5800. continue
23.09.05 - It is with great sadness that we announce that Leavander Johnson passed away at University Medical Center in Las Vegas at 4:23 PM/PT. Leavander fought this injury with the same courage and grace that he displayed in his sixteen years as a professional prize fighter. He died in the presence of his family and those he loved.
"We at DiBella Entertainment are devastated by the loss of our great friend and champion,” said DBE president Lou DiBella. “Our prayers are with his parents, children, siblings and loved ones. His passing is a terrible reminder of the dangers inherent in our sport of boxing. Despite the high level of medical care and regulation in Nevada, it is also a reminder that the health and safety of fighters must be protected to the greatest extent possible and that national, uniform health and safety regulations must be instituted and enforced. If there is any comfort to be taken at this time of great sorrow, it is that Leavander lived his dream and died a champion doing what he loved most." continue
23.09.05 - BROCKTON, MA. - Promoter Richie Cappiello, in association with the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame of New England, is proud to announce that the new main event for the October 7 professional boxing card at the Shaw's Convention Center in Brockton will be a match between Mike Culbert and Tommy Attardo for the vacant Massachusetts super middleweight title. continue
MANSFIELD, MA. - "Inside the Ring" with host Mike Nosky is moving to a new time slot and a new expanded version. Beginning on Sunday, October 2 the new jewel of the 95.9 WATD-FM program schedule is being moved to 4:00 p.m., giving boxing fans a full hour of the latest boxing news from around the globe and some of the best interviews of the biggest stars in the sport. continue
LOS ANGELES, September 22 – It is with great sadness that Jesus Chavez and the Golden Boy Promotions family speaks on the passing of a courageous colleague and friend, former world lightweight champion Leavander Johnson. “All of my prayers are with Leavander Johnson and his family in this difficult time,” said Chavez, who shared the ring with Johnson on September 17. “He was a true warrior with a tremendous heart, and every day I will think of him and say a prayer for him. He will never be forgotten.” continue
22.09.05 - By Craig Parrish: Boxing has always had the reputation of golden opportunities. It is a sport that gives chances of dazzling success to Men who otherwise may have had very limited options. We have seen time and time again how these fighters achieve the greatest of all prizes in sports, a world Championship belt. Fame and fortune inevitably follow. Then, there comes a choice. Now that you’ve reached the top of the heap, what do you do with the rest of your life? How do you deal with the pressures of sustaining success, and also trying to give something back? Are you a role model? What are your responsibilities? What is next? These must be tough decisions to have thrust on a person who has spent their entire life focused on fighting.
Some Boxers have responded with incredible achievements outside the ring, which has added an extra luster to the sport, an air of respectability that goes beyond what they can do with their fists. continue
22.09.05 - By Jeff Bastasini: Former IBF lightweight champion Leavander Johnson (34-5-2, 26 KO's) died earlier today at the University Medical Center, 5 days after suffering a ferocious beating in a lightweight title fight with Jesus Chavez. Immediately after the fight, it was reported that Johnson complained of headaches in the dressing room. He was then put into a medically induced coma, following brain surgery to relieve pressure from a subdural hematoma on his brain. continue
22.09.05 - By Shon Macklin: Saturday, September 24th, at 10 pm E.T. on HBO. Boxing fans can look forward to some of the best fistic action Seen in some time now; witnessing highly competitive, hard-hitting action. Miguel Cotto will face off against Ricardo Torres, and Wladimir Klitschko will square off against Samuel Peter at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey. continue
22.09.05 - In what is being called the most highly anticipated fight of the year, the rematch between undisputed middleweight champion Jermain ‘Bad Intentions’ Taylor and former undisputed middleweight champion Bernard ‘The Executioner’ Hopkins – Taylor vs. Hopkins II, “No Respect” – will take place Saturday, Dec. 3 at Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. continue
22.09.05 - In a terrific tripleheader on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING on Saturday, Oct. 1, at 9:15 ET/PT (delayed on the west coast), James “Lights Out’’ Toney (68-4-2, 43 KOs) defends his IBA crown against Dominick “The Southern Disaster’’ Guinn (25-2-1, 18 KOs), IBF Heavyweight Champion Chris Byrd (38-2-1, 20 KOs) will make the fourth defense of his title against mandatory challenger DaVarryl Williamson (22-3, 18 KOs) and talented, hard-hitting IBF bantamweight champion Rafael Marquez (34-3, 30 KOs) risks his belt for the sixth time when he takes on International Boxing Organization (IBO) 118-pound champion/IBF No. 1 contender Silence “African Spice” Mabuza (18-0, 15 KOs).
Marquez: I am prepared to give a great fight because, as everyone knows, Mabuza is a great fighter too. I have been training and am very close to being 100 percent ready. It is all about waiting now, but I am very excited.
Mabuza: What I can say is my training is going very well so far. We are adjusted and acclimatized and it is only two weeks to go and when fight night comes, we will be ready. continue
22.09.05 - David Walker comfortably made the weight for his challenge to British light middleweight champion Jamie Moore on Friday night at the GH Carnall Leisure Centre in Manchester. ‘Kid Dynamite’ registered 10 stone 13lb 5 oz at the venue earlier this afternoon, whilst the champion came in bang on the 11 stone limit. continue
22.09.05 - Per-Åke Persson: Lightheavies Pietro Aurino and Stipe Drews clash for the vacant EBU title November 11 in Naples, Italy, with OPI 2000 promoting. Viking Boxing Promotion from Norway will join forces with Torrevieja Boxing Club, run by Norwegian Ulf Johansen, for a show in Torrevieja (Spain) November 19. continue
Columbia, SC (September 22, 2005) - It’s almost time for “Fight Night In The Midlands,” an evening of action-packed professional boxing live from the Jamil Shrine Temple Saturday, September 24, 2005 starting at 8 p.m. continue
21.09.05 - By Scoop Malinowski: Round one began yesterday between Wladimir Klitschko and Samuel Peter of this Saturday's fascinating high-stakes heavyweight world title Elimination bout. To the uneducated eye, both appeared very relaxed and very confident. And of course both said all the right things.
However there were some highly respected veteran boxing observers in attendance, who are experienced enough to see through the carefully constructed postures and facades of the top fighters in these situations. Klitschko arrived to the press conference at Planet Hollywood in midtown Manhattan exactly on time. He looked comfortable and relaxed, wearing a red sweatsuit. He looked very good and in excellent physical condition. continue
September 21, 2005, Pensacola, FL: It really doesn’t matter who is in charge. Both of us are preparing Roy for the fight. You would have to ask Roy who is the number one guy. From my standpoint it doesn’t really matter who it is as long as I am part of making him effective for the fight. It is not a problem at all with me working with Big Roy. He has things that he does and I have things that I do. Roy has the privilege of us two. continue
21.09.05 - JABB Boxing Gym, Chicagoland's biggest and best boxing gym is featured in the December 2005 issue of Ring Magazine. JABB Boxing Gym was opened in December 2003 by Dominic Pesoli and Tina Park of 8 Count Productions, Home of the Best in Chicago Boxing, along with Mike Garcia, former world ranked and undefeated featherweight. continue
21.09.05 - A lack of sufficient promotional time and competition from professional sports teams in St. Louis has resulted in the postponement of a Sept. 30 boxing event in St. Louis that had been announced on Sept. 7 by Don King Productions and the Savvis Center. continue
21.09.05 - By Steve McKenna: RICKY Hatton's magnificent win over Kostya Tszyu should have been the catalyst for his career – and herald a bright new chapter in British boxing.The new IBF light-welterweight king found himself splashed all over the media, receiving plaudits left, right and centre – and deservedly so after forcing a proud champion like Tszyu to quit. A Boxing Monthly poll even ranked his victory as the best-ever by a British fighter, there was talk of a money-spinning clash with Floyd Mayweather and he was poised to become an even bigger celebrity after his promoter, Frank Warren, signed a deal with terrestrial TV. The world was his oyster. But this is boxing, after all.
Things are never simple in this sport and Hatton's recent actions have left many question marks on where he goes from here. The Hitman fully expects to return to the ring on November 26 against WBA champion Carlos Maussa. continue
WOBURN, Mass. (September 21, 2005) - One of the hottest heavyweights in the world, unbeaten contender Samuel Peter (24-0, 21 KOs), is Thursday night's special guest on the two-hour New England Ringside Boxing Radio Show, airing 6-8 PM/ET on Boston's Boxing Station, The Zone (1510 AM). The show is part of the New England Ringside Radio Network, which broadcasts boxing radio shows six nights a week throughout New England. continue
21.09.05 - By Justin Lloyd: The heir apparent, the heavyweight savior, the next Tyson. All of these phrases have been used to define the rising "star" which is Samuel Peter. He is marketable and respectful (at least outside of the ring), and one of the biggest punchers in the division. I agree with most writers that he is an exciting anomaly and a breath of fresh air. However, I disagree with what most writers are saying, being that he will destroy Wladimir and end his career by a brutal KO. continue
21.09.05 - HIDALGO, TEXAS---World Champion Winky Wright has been called out by fighters, but this time, he’s being called out by the Mayor of Hidalgo, Texas, and the entire community of the Rio Grande Valley in South Texas. Since building the new Dodge Arena in Hidalgo two years ago, boxing fans here have been hoping their beautiful 6,500 seat venue would attract the area’s first HBO World Championship Boxing event. continue
21.09.05 - By Kevin Purcell: This Saturday night Wladimir Klitschko (44-3, 40 KO’s) takes on the Nigerian Samuel Peter (24-0, KO’s) in a bout that promises to answer a lot of questions. One of these questions pertains to Klitschko’s ability to deal with his opponents power. Well, I can answer that for you now. Quite simply, he can’t! But a factor that I believe will have the most influence on the fight is Klitschko’s state of mind and whether he really believes he can win.
They say that professional sport at the highest level is 90% mental and 10% physical. This old adage especially rings true for the Ukranian fighter. Confidence is a precious, delicate thing, an intangible asset that can take a long time to build and a split-second to destroy. In a boxing career that promised so much, confidence was a natural asset to Wlad until that fateful night in March 2003 when it was cut to shreds at the hands of free-swinging South African, Corrie Sanders. continue
21.09.05 - The war drums will be sounding as around 200 Londoners make the long trip up the M6 to the GH Carnall Leisure Centre in Manchester on Friday night to rally behind David Walker in his challenge to British light middleweight champion Jamie Moore. For big underdog ‘Kid Dynamite,’ their attendance is vital. “My supporters inspire me, they have done all throughout my career,” said the 29-year-old, who boxes out of Sidcup and Bermondsey. continue
21.09.05 - No trash talk from me said Soliman from Europe re Winy this week. Lets just get it on, it’s a natural match up. WBC & WBA # 1 against IBF # 1 with the winner fighting the winner of Hopkins – Taylor. No fuss, lets just do it ! continue
20.09.05 - By Alex Iles: Danny Williams has been described in some quarters as a boxing enigma, a talented boxer with abundant heart, grit, and determination who is surely destined for greatness. In other quarters, a prolific underachiever whose mental fragility has denied him to fulfil what he is physically capable of. While racking up some useful wins early on his career, Danny always had his sights set firmly on taking over the mantle from Lennox Lewis as not only the best heavyweight in Britain, but also one of the world’s finest heavyweight boxers. continue
20.09.05 - By Barry Green: Author’s note: Upon completing this article I discovered Leavander Johnson is fighting for his life. My prayers, as well as those of all boxing fans, are with Leavander at this time.
Twenty five years ago today I had just turned nine years old. What I remember most about that time was that I was petrified of David Bowie’s Ashes To Ashes video, my mother looked a lot like Chris Evert, and Welsh fighter Johnny Owen fought for the world bantamweight championship against Lupe Pintor of Mexico. I’m not sure why I was scared of a silly pop video but it probably has something to do with the clown suit that Bowie wore, and despite resembling the tennis star, the only backhand mum ever threw was when I wouldn’t eat my sprouts. But I recall Johnny Owen’s face like it were yesterday, because he seemed just like I was back then- a skinny little boy. continue
NARRAGANSETT, RI -- Reigning IWBF world lightweight champion Jaime Clampitt was able to raise $1,320 for victims of Hurricane Katrina, both human and animal. Clampitt sold the trunks she wore in her first world title winning fight, October 31st, 2003 against Eliza Olson, on eBay for $660. The proceeds of that auction went directly to the American Red Cross. continue
20.09.05 - By Malik Lee: On October 1, Showtime will be showing the boxing fan some love while creating some competition for the Pay Per View of Jones/Tarver III with its card, “The Triple Header,” not aired on PPV. The three fights will all have championship belts as the reward for the victor. continue
Tampa, FL (September 19, 2005) -- The televised portion of the Tarver vs. Jones 3 undercard is now set. Undefeated Olympic Gold Medalist Andre Ward will battle Glenn LaPlante in a middleweight match-up, top ranked Almazbek “Kid Diamond” Raiymkulov takes on Nate Campbell in a ten-round lightweight match and in a clash of “Heavyweights Trading Bombs,” Vinny Maddalone and Brian Minto meet in a rematch nominated as fight-of-the-year. continue
19.09.05 - WBO Super lightweight champion Miguel Cotto enjoyed a spirited workout with his trainer Evangelista Cotto today at Crunch Fitness in Manhattan in preparation for his world title defense against unbeaten Ricardo Torres set for this Saturday night, September 24, at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City.
The Puerto Rican star will put his unblemished record (42-0, 20 KO's) on the line in the co-featured attraction on Boardwalk Brawls headlined by heavyweights Wladimir Klitschko vs. Samuel Peter.
Here's what Cotto had to say at the workout: continue
19.09.05 - By Per Ake Persson: WBA 175 lb champ Fabrice Tiozzo defends his title on December 5 in Bercy. On the same show stablemate Brahim Asloum goes for the WBA 112 lb belt against Luis Parra. Universum / Spotlight Boxing´s series of "eliminators" begin today (Sep 20) in Prague with a very good matchup at lightheavy between Enad Licina and Aleksyi Kuzmemsky. continue
19.09.05 - "We have been in contact with University Medical Center in Las Vegas this morning. While Leavander Johnson remains in critical condition and in a barbiturate-induced coma, he continues to show signs of improvement and reason for optimism. He is with his family, and the response from the boxing community has been extraordinary and appreciated. continue
19.09.05 - By Vernon McNicholas: On Saturday night, on the Barrera-Peden undercard, was, for me, one of the most interesting fights of the year. It was supposed to be Sugar Shane Mosley’s great return, and all the words from his training camp had been good, and that he was back. In other words, Mosley's blindingly fast combinations, foot speed and his power were all back, and we were finally going to see Mosley back at his best. Unfortunately for us, the boxing fans, this is not what we got. continue
LAS VEGAS, NV “ There can only be one king and on Saturday, November 12, at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, NV, world heavyweight champion Vitali "Dr. Iron Fist" Klitschko and interim heavyweight champion Hasim "The Rock" Rahman will go mano-a-mano in the biggest event of the year for the biggest prize in sports. Top Rank, in association with K2 Promotions, Caesars Palace and Wynn Las Vegas, presents "Seek and Destroy!" -- The Heavyweight Championship of the World. Only one man will emerge from the ring that night wearing the linear crown dating back to the great John L. Sullivan himself.
"This is the most significant heavyweight championship bout in many years," said Bob Arum, CEO of Top Rank. "There's nothing like a highly-anticipated heavyweight title fight," said Mark Taffet of HBO PPV. "Boxing fans have been waiting a long time for the Klitschko-Rahman showdown and on Nov. 12 they're finally going to get it." continue
19.09.05 - By M.C. Southorn: Unarmed combat was most likely practiced by humans since before we were humans. In Western culture it is the Greeks who are first credited with taming the practice for sport. Known as “Pygmahia” or “fistfighting”, the ancient Greeks asserted that the sport was invented by Apollo, the sun god. In this tradition, the first mortal Champion Of The World was a prince named Forvanta. He represented mankind in the first recorded Championship; a match between man and god. Forvanta challenged Apollo and for this outrage Apollo killed the human Champion during their match. continue
NEW YORK, Monday, September 19-Promoter Joe DeGuardia of Star Boxing has made it a “Night of Return Fights” and in the process added another guaranteed thriller to the bill by securing a rematch between heavyweights Vinny Maddalone and Brian Minto for the undercard of the Antonio Tarver vs. Roy Jones Jr. 3 event at the St. Pete Times Forum Arena on Saturday, October 1. continue
19.09.05 - Undefeated Czech welterweight contender Jan Zavek, 17-0 (19), will battle Russian Mikhail Boyarskikh, 20-3-2 (11), in an WBO intercontinental championship broadcast live on the internet on www.boxing.de. The contest is part of a big event promoted by Spotlight Boxing at the huge T-Online Arnea in Prague, the Czech Republic’s capital town. continue
18.09.05 - By Wray Edwards: For some reason the author goofed around before leaving for Atlanta just long enough to miss the weigh-in. Scolding self half-way there didn’t help. Guilt and self-recrimination continued. Not until the personal fantasy of the weigh-in party was dropped, did peace return and a new and better Plan (B) prophecy began to emerge. Wouldn’t it be great if, arriving late, the ESB Rep. might just luck into an exclusive opportunity which would be far better than the superficial chaos and posturing around the scales? Wouldn’t it be even more amazing if at one point in the fight, ESB would be there to save Ebo from possible serious injury right during the fight? The hits just keep coming folks.
The goofing around, the drive up mixed with fruitless efforts to get a flight…driving 80 and getting passed (par for the course in “Peachtown”), fighting traffic, checking in at the Marriott, taking a futile peek into the mostly empty (last few stragglers leaving) weigh-in room on the way to the elevator, the ride up, finding the room…messing with that blasted mag-strip key-card until the little green light lets you in…changing clothes, grabbing the camera and heading out in search of Plan B. What happened next was classic. continue
18.09.05 - Per Ake Persson: NBA 160 lb champ Dirk Dzemski dominated American challenger George Klinesmith scoring three knockdowns in the third for a stoppage win. Klinesmith said afterwards he was a notorious slow starter and had problems with his opponent´s southpaw style. Dzemski will probably get a spot on Universum´s big show in his hometown Halle October 22 and is looking for revenge against the only man to beat him, current EBU champ Sebastian Sylvester. continue
18.09.05 - By Christine Maynard:, photos by BY JORGE A NAJERA - I asked Jesus Chavez, on his final day of sparring at Lord’s gym in Austin, for words I could include in my commentary, post-fight. General comments, who he wanted to thank. That sort of thing. He wouldn’t do it. I pushed; the request was simple, I reasoned, a pat answer, whatever he always said, after winning. His eyes darkened, and he became deadly serious. “I can’t. There’s something different about this fight” he said.
Prescience or a savvy analysis, his intimation was Sybil-like. Leavander Johnson was pummeled in the eleventh round. The fight was halted and he was left with a brain bleed. The situation was life threatening, but the good news is, that the day after surgery, the intracranial pressure numbers are beginning to come down. His family is with him. He is in an induced coma.
At the post-fight conference Jesus was filled with consternation, and he expressed sorrow and deep concern for Leavander, saying “My thoughts and prayers as well as those of all on my team go out to Leavander Johnson and his family.” He was anything but jubilant, even though he had won his second world championship. continue
18.09.05 - Cestus Management is proud to announce the signing of undefeated super middleweight Donovan George. Don "The Bomb," as he is known in his hometown of Chicago, Illinois, is 5-0-1 with 4 knockouts as a professional, as is only 20 years of age. George turned professional in September of 2004 after compiling an amateur record of 18-4. continue
18.09.05 - By Christine Maynard: A stellar cast of famous boxers lined up at weigh in, before the fighters slated for this event appeared. Bernard Hopkins removed his rhinestone studded Cassius Clay shirt and posed for the cameras after someone in the audience shouted “show us your abs.” He joked around with Oscar de la Hoya, who MC’d the event, while promoting Golden Boy in his confident, smooth style. Floyd Mayweather, Sr. also took the stage.
Oscar mentioned that the odds had changed significantly for some of the fights that morning, noting Jesus Chavez had gone from –500 to -575 for his bout with Leavander Johnson. continue
Denver, Colo. – On Tuesday, September 20, 2005, the 1770 Sherman Street Event Center will be rockin’ and rolling when Denver’s finest prize fighters take the ring. Promoted by Tuesday Night Fights, LLC in conjunction with Tortillas Mexico, “Brawlroom Boxing” is looking to establish itself as the “must-see” boxing event of 2005. continue
17.09.05 - Recently crowned two-time Heavyweight Champion Hasim “The Rock” Rahman (WBC Interim) will host a charity dinner for the Robert S. Pascal Youth and Family Services Foundation—a Baltimore children’s charity—set for Thursday, September 22nd from 7pm-11pm at Michael’s Eighth Avenue in Glen Burnie, Maryland. continue
TAMPA, FL (September 17, 2005) -- Star Boxing, Square Ring, Inc., Antonio Tarver and Roy Jones, Jr. have decided to forego selling advertising space on the ring mat and corner pads for their October 1st World Light Heavyweight Championship match and give it to the Red Cross where they will place their Disaster Relief number, 800-HELP-NOW. continue
Childhood Heroes: "In boxing? Oh, the great guys, because I watched Jack Johnson, I watched Joe Louis, I watched Mike Tyson, I watch Evander Holyfield, I watched Muhammad Ali, all those guys are great guys. To be frank, I loved Buster Douglas [laughs]. I love James 'Buster' Douglas. He's a guy who achieved." continue
17.09.05 - By Jim Amato: Back in the late 60's a heavyweight from Fresno, CA., named Mac Foster had reeled off something like 25 straight KO's. It was even rumored that he had flattened Sonny Liston in a sparring session. He rose to the #1 spot in the heavyweight rankings behind champion Joe Frazier. They matched Mac with the popular long time contender Jerry Quarry. What happened? Jerry took Mac to school. continue
17.09.05 - Lakva Sim stopped Ebo Elder in the 12th round of their WBA lightweight title elimination bout Friday night. Sim knocked down Elder three times and left no doubt about a deserved win in the 12th, knocking down Elder three more times before the bout was stopped with 44 seconds gone in the round. Sim also knocked down Elder once in the third, the sixth and 11th rounds. continue
17.09.05 - With three knock downs in the first round, Robert "The Ghost" Guerrero ( 16-0-1 9 KOs) pummels Sammy Ventura (22-15) in rout to his 2nd consecutive NABF featherweight title defense. The first knock down was a straight left to the neck that sent the veteran to the canvas with force. continue
16.09.05 - Interview by Izyaslav “Slava” Koza: Approximately 14 years ago the Soviet Union collapsed and many of its former citizens found themselves without jobs, prospects, or the ability to predict their future. Some turned to immigration as a way out, others turned to crime, and yet others like Nicolai Valuev turned to sport, or more precisely to boxing.
A lot of the fans that first heard of Nikolai Valuev, wrote him off as the Primo Carnera of this generation. The Russian Joe Calzaghe if you will. The problem is what these fans thought of the big man, was exactly what every promoter, critic, commentator, and trainer thought of him. In one of his more recent interviews he even said as much in that most everybody laughed him at when starting out, and he didn’t blame them because at that time, he was not much of a fighter. He entered boxing as a means of supporting himself and his family, but the problem was nobody was supporting him and his potential. continue
16.09.05 – By Tim Foley: Well, now that the rumors of Mikkel Kessler replacing Joe Calzaghe are starting to swirl, it seems like a good time to say that this fight would be more of a war than Lacy-Calzaghe. It’s time for a long overdue unification and since Calzaghe wants to keep wearing his Pampers by defending against blown up middleweights (and coincidentally injuring himself), Kessler is the man who is stepping up to request the challenge. continue
15.09.05 - Add big-hearted Lou DiBella and his promotional company DiBella Entertainment, who will join CompuBox president Bob Canobbio in the effort to assist the victims of Hurricane Katrina through the sport of boxing. continue
15.09.05 - HOLLYWOOD, FL, – The “Heavyweight Heat” show on August 26, 2005 shook the walls of the brand new Hard Rock Live Arena with a hi-octane brand of world-class boxing action. But next month, one man will step into that very same ring with one intention – to tear the roof off. continue
15.09.05 - By Lee Hayes: This Saturday, September 24th, 2005 is going to bring, in my opinion, the most anticipated heavyweight fight of 2005. When Wladimir Klitschko steps in to the ring to face undefeated Nigerian puncher/sensation, Samuel Peter, one thing the fans are assured of, this one is not going the distance. What round will it end in? It’s hard to say. The general consensus is early, regardless of who the pick to win is. Who will win? This may be even harder to tell because no other heavyweight fight has brought this many intangibles to the table. Is Wladimir Klitschko shot? Does he have a chin? Can Peter keep his punches short and straight enough to over compensate his lack of experience at this level? Does Peter have a chin?
I have attempted to take an unbiased look at only the statistical break down going in to the fight, and have left my personal views aside. continue
15.09.05 - Former junior middleweight champion Kassim “The Dream” Ouma (22-2-1) will return to the ring for the first time since losing his IBF belt to Roman Karmazin in July to face Alfredo Cuevas (25-7-1) as Golden Boy Promotions East, in association with Peltz Boxing, returns to Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa in Atlantic City on Thursday, October 13 as their multi-fight relationship continues. continue
London (September 15, 2005) – Following victory over Robert Wiggins on 18th August 2005 in San Jose, CA, unbeaten heavyweight contender Audley Harrison (19-0, 14KOs) has risen to position 14 in the latest WBC world heavyweight rankings. This is the highest position that Harrison has occupied with the WBC and is a clear indication of his progress. Harrison is also the highest ranked British fighter in the WBC rankings. continue
15.09.05 - FSN’s one-hour documentary series BEYOND THE GLORY continues with a new episode profiling heavyweight boxing sensation Joe Frazier. In this episode, BTG explores the inspiring life of a young farm boy from South Carolina who overcame his greatest challenges to become one of the world’s legendary boxers. BTG: JOE FRAZIER airs Sept. 25 at 6:00 PM local. continue
15.09.05 - By John Way: With the three-quarter mark of this year rushing at us faster than a Thomas Hearns straight right, yet another series of top-notch fights are imminent. In the coming months, pugilism promises to turn into a full blown battle field, when high profile professional punchers like Marco Antonio Barrera, Samuel Peter, Shane Mosely, James Toney, Roy Jones jr, and Jorge Arce put in some fistic overtime. With Mike Tyson retired forever (?), Diego Corrales and Jose Luis Castillo going at each other like Foghorn and Leghorn, and Henry Akinwande on the fritz, 2005 is turning into a recent high water mark for boxing. Not far down the road, heavyweight pretenders John Ruiz and Chris Byrd will hopefully be forced to put-up, or shut-up, and if we're lucky, they'll do both. The same goes for Vitali Klitschko and Hasim Rahman whose meeting promises to be as anti-climatic and stale as Vivian Harris' infamous "rise to boxing prominence".
Deep in this confusing shuffle lurks budding Puerto Rican superstar, Miguel Cotto. Tipped for great things from the get-go, Cotto is already being expected to perform on the level of his countrymen, Wilfredo Gomez and Felix Trinidad. Heady stuff for a man with only two dozen professional fights under his belt! continue
Plantation, FL. -- September 15, 2005 – With less than 15 days remaining until the October 1st Briggs vs. Maddalone card bout in Tampa, Florida, Shannon Briggs’, 33, opponent, Vinny Maddalone pulled out of the fight with no specified reason. "I feel like I was jerked around. They just used my name to sell tickets. I want to fight Vinny, " exclaimed Briggs. continue
BEVERLY HILLS, CA (September 15, 2005) – WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko and WBC interim heavyweight champion Hasim Rahman will announce their world heavyweight championship fight – “Seek and Destroy!” -- at a news conference, Monday, September 19, at the Beverly Hills Hotel’s Crystal Ballroom (9641 Sunset Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90210), beginning at 11:30 A.M. PT. continue
VERO BEACH, Florida, September 15 – Light heavyweight champion Antonio Tarver, who battles longtime rival Roy Jones Jr. on October 1st in Tampa, Florida, is pleased to announce the launch of his official website at www.antonio-tarver.com. "I feel that I’m a state of the art boxer, so my website had to be state of the art as well,” said Tarver. “I think my team and I have achieved that goal, and antonio-tarver.com is your one stop to find out the latest on “The Magic Man”. continue
15.09.05 - By Stuart Cornwell: On September 24th in Atlantic City, Wladmir Klitschko takes on Samuel Peter in an intriguing 12 round heavyweight contest. In a division that seems (in the last few years at least) to produce an endless series of disappointing and uninspiring match-ups, this one seems to show genuine promise. Not only do the contrasting and explosive styles of both men suggest a very good chance of producing a genuinely entertaining battle but the fight itself might just signal a turn in the tide within the heavyweight era. The birth of an era. The end of the stagnation. Providing Samuel Peter wins, that is.
The heavyweight division is in a sorry state, let’s be honest. Chris Byrd and John Ruiz are “world champions” – a man that can’t punch and a man that wont punch. Vitali Klitschko, the world’s premier fighter, hasn’t fought for ten months and is next scheduled to face Hasim Rahman, fresh off an epic snooze-fest with Monte Barrett. continue
15.09.05 - By Jim Amto: Craig Weber of Perrysville, Ohio will not be meeting former great Julio Cesar Chavez as planned on September 17th. Due to a contractual dispute Chavez will be meeting Omaha, Nebraska's James Grover Wiley. The thirty year old Wiley sports a respectable 29-6-1 ledger with 13 knockouts. He has not fought and beat the caliber of opposition that Weber has faced. continue
15.09.05 - Hello Mr. Lacy: Although we have never met, we have much in common. For starters, you are an undefeated world super middleweight boxing champion (IBF) and so am I (WBA). Like me, you are not afraid to take your gloves on the road if it means facing the toughest competition you can find. For example, I recently went Down Under to defend my world title against Anthony Mundine and you are willing to go to the United Kingdom to fight WBO 168-pound champion Joe Calzaghe. continue
15.09.05 - By Harry Summers Jr.: Junior welterweight hopeful Naoufel Ben Rabah takes on the toughest and most important challenge of his 24-fight (23-1, 13 KOs) career when he faces hard-nosed Mexican Arturo Morua (22-6-1, 13 KOs) on Saturday in Las Vegas. continue
15.09.05 - Interview by Wray Edwards: This Friday night Atlanta’s Ebo “The Extreme Machine” Elder will take on the last guy to give Juan Diaz a decent challenge: Lavka Sim. Ebo, 22-1 (14KO’s) was to have faced lefty Prawet Singwangcha, 26-2-1 (16) from Thailand. Word has it on the grapevine that Prawet’s entourage contained too many dignitaries to suit the U.S. State Department. So the necessary visas were not forthcoming. Pretty ironic considering the current porosity of American borders.
Plan B for Guilty Productions (Ebo’s new promoters) was to sign Lavka Sim to replace Prawet. With its origins in MMA, Guilty is making a seamless transition to include Boxing. This pairing has a certain “Sim”metry as Lavka was the last boxer, who presented a serious challenge, to be defeated by Juan Diaz. This morning Jeff Zager called to arrange an exclusive interview for East Side Boxing with Ebo. As usual in the boxing world, there was much of interest to discuss. continue
WOBURN, Mass. (September 15, 2005) - "Ireland's" John Duddy (11-0, 10 KOs) headlines Saturday night's "Mayhem in Mansfield" pro boxing show 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
15.09.05 - By Per Ake Persson: German supermiddle Danilo Haussler has suffered an elbow injury and is off the Klitschko vs Peter bill September 24. Danilo was to have fought Johnny Vargas. Sauerland Event will now bring in young heavy Rene Dettweiler, 13-0 (6), who have the same trainer as Haussler in Manfred Wolke. continue
14.09.05 - Norman Horton: Good afternoon ....... on behalf of Joe Deguardia's Star Boxing and Antonio Tarver the people's champ we would like to welcome all members of the media for their participation in today's conference call. We will have opening statements from Joe DeGuardia and Antonio Tarver and then we will open for your questions. continue
09.14.05 – By Kevin Kincade: I don’t know how many times I started to write this piece only to rip it to shreds and start over again. It seems no matter what words I put to paper, nothing comes remotely close to adequately portraying one of, if not “The Greatest of All Time” and how he fits into social history, to say nothing of where he stands in the history of fisticuffs. None the less, he is the primary reason I fell in love with the sport and, in my humble opinion, 90% of the reason all athletes, not just boxers, are able to be paid millions of dollars where only a few short decades ago they were being paid only a fraction of that price. Of course, I am speaking of Muhammad Ali.
All I can say is that it is my firm belief that what made Ali “The Greatest” had as much to do with who he was outside the ropes as within. continue
WASHINGTON, PA (September 14, 2005) – Michael Acri Boxing Promotions and Team Freedom present “Boxing at The Meadows” – an action-packed professional boxing card honoring four-time world champion and living legend Roberto Duran. continue
14.09.05 - Dominic Pesoli's 8 Count Productions, HOME OF THE BEST IN CHICAGO BOXING and Bob Arum's Top Rank Incorporated along with Miller Lite and TCF Bank present VIVA MEXICO, a celebration of Mexican Independence Day, this Friday night September 16th at the Aragon Ballroom. Tickets are on sale in advance by calling 312-226-5800. Doors open at 6pm with the first bell at 7pm. continue
14.09.05 - By Per Ake Persson: German heavy Luan Krasniqi, 28-1-1, challenges WBO champ Lamont Brewster September 28 in Hamburg. He is currently in full training but still found time for an interview. Special thanks to Christoph Rybarczyk, head of Universum press department, for making this possible. continue
14.09.05 – By Michael Klimes: It is wonderful when a fight capture’s the imagination of the public and boxing receives the publicity it deserves. It seems to give our sport an extra dimension and it is even better when boxing is shared among more people as the saying goes,’ The more the merrier’ seems to hold sway in this writer’s mind. What fights can we see now and in the past that have really captivated not only boxing addicts but also the wider public interest? Oscar de la Hoya and Bernard Hopkins is probably the most recent fight that has broke through the obscurity barrier of even the highest walls of boxing novices. This is down to de la Hoya who always has been a fighter that even the most anti – boxing fanatics can name. ‘The Fight of the Century’ is another bout that not only caused excitement but apoplexy.
In Britain, where I live we are rarely given such an atmosphere for the reason that boxing does not receive the adulation compared to what it does in Mexico and Cuba. However, there have renaissances of this art and one is actually underway now with Joe Calzaghe, Ricky Hatton, David Haye, Amir Khan, Kevin Mitchell, Enzo Maccarinelli, Scott Harrison, Clinton Woods, Junior Witter and Carl Froch all involved in this resurrection in someway. Some are world champions, others contenders and others promising prospects. continue
14.09.05 - By Per Ake Persson: 20-year old German cruiser Marco Huck, 11-0 (10), is an interesting prospect on the European scene. He´s signed to Sauerland Event and matchmaker Hagen Doering explained how he discovered Huck: "We had him in our camp in a week for sparring and training. He simply went through the same things as our other guys. Marco showed us the desire to make it that we want to see. Other fighters may have much more amateur titles or whatever but it is the right attitude that counts." continue
14.09.05 – By Tim Foley: Zahir Raheem shocked the world on Saturday by defeating the Mexican icon, Erik Morales, over 12 beautifully boxed rounds. I am not going to take anything away from him as I have seen him fight ringside (unfortunately in the fight against Rocky Juarez where referee Robert Gonzalez took issue with everything except his breathing). The person who deserves some credit should be Don House. continue
COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO. - Twenty of the nation’s top amateur boxers traveled to the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs for the 2005 Men’s Continental Championships Training Camp, September 12-25. Eleven of the athletes will travel to Teresopolis, Brazil on September 25 for the event which will run through October 2. continue
14.09.05 – In one of three terrific fights on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING on Saturday, Oct, 1, International Boxing Federation (IBF) Heavyweight Champion Chris Byrd (38-2-1, 20 KOs) will make the fourth defense of his title against mandatory challenger DaVarryl Williamson (22-3, 18 KOs). In the heavyweight co-feature, James "Lights Out" Toney (68-4-2, 43 KOs) will make his eagerly awaited return to the ring when he defends his International Boxing Association (IBA) crown against Dominick "The Southern Disaster" Guinn (25-2-1, 18 KOs).
Rounding out an excellent SHOWTIME tripleheader that begins at 9:15 ET/PT (delayed on the west coast), talented, hard-hitting IBF bantamweight champion Rafael Marquez (34-3, 30 KOs) risks his belt for a sixth time when he takes on International Boxing Organization (IBO) 118-pound champion/IBF No. 1 contender Silence "African Spice" Mabuza (18-0, 15 KOs). continue
13.09.05 – The world’s number one rated super middleweight, Scott “The Sandman” Pemberton, along with his promoter Jimmy Burchfield, have announced that they would welcome a shot at IBF world champion Jeff “Left Hook” Lacy on Showtime, November 5th. continue
13.09.05 - Tacoma, Washington – Brian Halquist Productions is announcing the changes in its upcoming fight card for this Saturday, September 17, 2005. The main event will now feature Spokane’s Chauncy Welliver (27-4-3, 10KO’s) and Travis Fulton (12-12-0, 12KO’s) from Iowa in a ten round fight. continue
13.09.05 - By Per Ake Persson: Danish welter Thomas Damgaard takes on Zambian Bruno Sakabinda September 30 in Slagelse. The Team Palle promotion is topped by another local fighter, lightweight Martin Kristjansen who face South African Anthony Tshela for the vacant WBO title. continue
13.09.05 - By Aaron King: Two years ago this month, Dominick Guinn (photo: Carlos Kalinchuk/ESB) found himself in a place where very few fighters get to be - with the chance to clutch the heavyweight division in his grasp. This distinction has lost some of its luster on account of the shallow talent pool, but that’s what made Guinn seem all the more important. He was going to be the guy that began to pull us out of the mire.
While nobody was claiming that he was the second-coming of Ali, he caught the boxing public at the right time, just when we were searching for a shimmering young hero. We were so sick of having to soak in stories about Mike Tyson and how poor the division was. So sick that all it took was a knockout of a lifeless Michael Grant for Guinn to snatch our attention. Grant did little more than submit to the ropes and take his beating. Yet, Grant was an old name, and we were eager for a new one. His next fight was against the mammoth Duncan Dokiwari. This time he went the distance and won in convincing manner. He used his superior foot speed to skirt around the daunting Nigerian, landing crisper punches as the fight progressed. continue
13.09.05 - By Paul Cupitt: It’s the Ali-Frazier of Australian Boxing, a sporting rivalry that every Australian has their own opinion on boxing fan or not. On one hand you have the flashy skills of the self proclaimed ‘Black Superman’ and former NRL star Anthony ‘The Man’ Mundine, who has made as many headlines with his calls and taunts outside of the ring as he has in, while on the other hand you have the devastating puncher from Western Australia, Danny ‘The Green Machine’ Green, who does most of his talking in the ring. continue
13.09.05 - Carl Froch thought that the hobbits had landed in Cardiff on Saturday night when he tuned in to watch Joe Calzaghe and Amir Khan. "Their opponents looked so small to me, I begun to wonder if their matchmaker had been on the blower to someone in Middle Earth," said the British and Commonwealth super middleweight champion Froch. "I had to check to make sure there was no hair sprouting from Evans Ashira's boots." continue
13.09.05 - WBO World Super-Middleweight Champion Joe Calzaghe will be out of the ring until February following confirmation that he broke the meta-carpal bone in his left hand against Evans Ashira on Saturday night in Cardiff. The hard-hitting southpaw fought bravely from the fourth round onwards with only his right hand and relied on his superior boxing skill to outbox Ashira and make a record-breaking 17th defence of his crown.
Calzaghe went to hospital yesterday and the hand was X-rayed which revealed the full extent of the injury. Now, with his hand set in a plaster for a month, he will have to rest for at least six weeks. The unbeaten Welshman and his promoter Frank Warren are bitterly disappointed with the injury as it has postponed the unification showdown with rival IBF Champion Jeff Lacy that was set for 5 November in London. They are even more disappointed with Gary Shaw, the promoter of Lacy, following his comments after the fight stating that the Calzaghe's injury is a way of avoiding a fight with Lacy that is completely untrue. continue
13.09.05 - By Per Ake Persson: EBU supermiddle champ Vitaly Tsypko will defend the title November 18 in St Denis against French challenger Jackson Chanet.German middle Felix Sturm is on for a world title shot in November writes German dpa. Universum haven´t announced an opponent, but Sturm himself stated in an interview in "Bild am Sonntag" that he would take on WBA champ Maselino Masoe November 26 in Leverkusen. continue
13.09.05 - By Tonya Wincey - About late 2003 I got my first chance to watch professional boxing. The fight card featured a young Haitian fighter and a Hispanic fighter. Honestly I didn't know either of their names at the time but was for some reason intrigued with their match up. The fighters were Daniel Edouard and Miguel Espino. continue
13.09.05 - By Barry Green: After reading Evans Ashira’s letter I felt compelled to write my own to Joe Calzaghe. I hope to finish but may get typer’s cramp before the end and have to cancel it.
Just what the hell is your problem? How sad and pathetic that in the week when Ricky Hatton parts company with your boss, you decide to criticise and belittle his achievements and yet again blow your own trumpet- probably because no one else will. You say you’re better than Hatton, at what exactly? Punching like a girl? Yep, I’ll give you that. Most fighters feel like they’ve been in with their estranged wife after going 12 rounds with you, as you slap them that often. Someone must be slipping some acid into your leek soup as your delusions of grandeur know no bounds. continue
13.09.05 - Professor Moriarty? Colonel Mustard? Who dunnit?! Who killed the biggest super middleweight title fight in 11 years -- Jeff Lacy vs. Joe Calzaghe? "It sure as hell was not the butler," said promoter Gary Shaw. "SHOWTIME had November 5 reserved. Jeff was ready to fight in Cardiff, London, or any other homecourt venue Team Calzaghe desired. Calzaghe's promoter, Frank Warren (aka "Less Than" Frank Warren) has been sitting on the contract I sent him for nearly three weeks. continue
13.09.05 - By Justin Hackman: What makes boxing such an exciting sport is all the competition that goes on outside the ring as well as inside. Sure, the fighters enjoy trash talking, and I don’t blame them for it—they only get to prove themselves once every four or five months. But the kind of competition I am speaking of are the discussions and arguments that take place amongst fans and writers alike: who would win a fight between Hatton and Judah? continue
Sydney (13th September 2005): Team Fenech's flyweight boxer Hussein Hussein announced today that he will rematch WBC Interim flyweight world champion Jorge Arce on October 8, 2005 at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, USA. The two first met on March 19 this year in Las Vegas in a classic battle that has been considered one of boxing's best this year. Arce prevailed on that occasion by 10th round stoppage, but 29 year-old Hussein (28 wins, 2 losses, 21 knockouts) from Bankstown, Australia has vowed to extract revenge this time around. continue
Yoga Retreat with Sumya 'The Island Girl' Anani, 4x world champion fighter & RYT 500 yoga teacher -December 7-14, 2005 ~ Negril, Jamaica
12.09.05 - The myth of the warrior is a metaphor for all of us. The warrior's journey is a quest of discovery of Self. It is a quest for authenticity and fulfillment. Ultimately, it is a path of self-revelation. The spiritual warrior's quest is to KNOW THYSELF and to understand his or her place in the world. Each of us is a spiritual warrior, and the battle is within our own hearts and our own minds. "Better to conquer yourself than others." ~ The Dhammapada. Yoga focuses on transforming the individual. With the courage of a warrior, we choose consciously to engage ourselves boldly in the daily battle of becoming who we really are.beings of love, understanding, and compassion. continue
12.09.05 - Rock & Sock Productions, KO Promotions, and Independent Jewelers will promote their second “A Ring of Their Own” event in Edmonton, Alberta, billed as “World Title Wave.” This fight card is scheduled for Friday, November 18, at the Shaw Conference Center and is available live on pay-per-view in Canada and world-wide via broadband distribution. continue
12.09.05 - By Evans Ashira: I want to use this opportunity to thank my promoter, Don King and all the boxing fans who came out for my fight with WBO Super Middleweight Champion Joe Calzaghe in Wales. I made it back home safely. I think the fans got their worth of their money but I want you all to know that what I read in the media about Calzaghe hurting his hand is not true. He's trying to make excuses, so I want the public to know the truth. continue
12.09.05 - By Bernie McCoy: "Of course I'm going to fight again and that fight is going to happen." The speaker was Lucia Rijker and that was her emphatic answer to my question about her future in the ring, during a telephone interview late last week. The "that fight" she was talking about was, of course, the canceled July 30 bout at the Mandalay Bay Casino in Las Vegas between Rijker and Christy Martin. It was, quite simply, the most anticipated fight in the sport of Women's boxing, with a million dollar purse going to the winner. continue
12.09.05 - By Michael Klimes:It will be a killer, and a chiller and a thrilla when I get the gorilla In Manila - Muhammad Ali. One of the most electrifying boxing bouts in history took place under the auspices of perhaps one of the most corrupt dictators in 20th Century history- Philip E. Marcos. The stage of the fight was in Quazon City, a short drive outside the capital of the Philippines. The third instalment of the Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier fight trilogy is regarded by many as being superior to their two previous contests (including the much vaunted ‘Fight of the Century’).
It was and still is a fascinating fact that Ali’s two biggest fights of his career took place almost exactly a year a part under two of the decades biggest dictators: Mobuto Sese Seko in Zaire (now back to the much better name of the Congo) and Philip E. Marcos ruling the Philippines. continue
12.09.05 - Cestus Management's unbeaten junior welterweight "Mighty" Mike Arnaoutis made a successful return to the ring on Friday, September 2nd with a wide 10-round decision over a game Marteze Logan. continue
St. Petersburg, FL. -- September 12, 2005 – HBO Pay Per View will broadcast an action-packed heavyweight duel this Fall – top heavyweight contender Shannon Briggs, 33, will battle it out with Vinny Maddalone on October 1, 2005 at The St. Petersburg Forum. The fight will be on the same card as the third installment of the Roy Jones and Antonio Tarver trilogy. continue
WOBURN, Mass. (September 12, 2005) - The spotlight focuses on Saturday night's "Mayhem in Mansfield" pro boxing show this week on the New England Ringside Radio Network. Thursday night's two-hour New England Ringside Boxing Radio Show, airing 6-8 PM/ET on Boston's Boxing Station, The Zone (1510 AM), will feature several fighters on "Mayhem in Mansfield." continue
12.09.05 - By Scoop Malinowski - Antonio Tarver solidified his status as an all-time legend of the ring with that unforgettable one-punch destruction of Roy Jones Jr. on May 14, 2004 in Las Vegas. Yes, sometimes just one night of genius does make a great fighter. Now Tarver, 36, will have to do it again. Roy Jones hungers for redemption. Roy Jones believes he can solve the mystery of The Magic Man. Roy Jones is willing to lay it all on the line one more time - at the risk of getting himself knocked into dreamland for all the world to see again. The always eloquent IBO Light Heavyweight champion spoke recently about this upcoming Superfight trilogy with Roy Jones which will take place in Tampa, FL on October 1 on HBO pay-per-view:
Are you a little surprised that Roy Jones is taking this fight? Almost everyone in boxing was surprised he did, they think he could possibly get seriously hurt.
Antonio Tarver: "Surprised? I think they should commend the guy. I mean, in his career, you look back, you say that he never stepped up to the plate, he's always avoided his toughest challengers. continue
12.09.05 - By Michael Montero: I recently got into an argument with a friend of mine about what the best sport in the world is. He screamed up and down that it’s baseball, and of course I pleaded my case for boxing. My friend shot down my claim with the usual phrases you hear from anti-boxing folks: “it’s fixed” – “it’s crooked” – “there’s no league or union” – and so on. continue
12.09.05 - Interview by Ike Enwereuzor: DaVarryl "Touch of Sleep" Williamson (22-3, 18KO's) is getting ready for his mandatory challenge against IBF heavyweight champion Chris Byrd (38-2-1 20KO's) on October 1, 2005 at the Reno Event Center, Reno, NV (SHOWTIME 9:15 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast ) for the IBF heavyweight championship.. continue
12.09.05 - Undefeated Middleweight Prospect Michael "The Midnight Stalker" Walker faces his toughest opponent yet when he meets Indianapolis tough guy Anthony "Showtime" Shuler in the CO-Main Event of the "Radisson Rumble," September. 30th at the Radisson Hotel at Star Plaza in Merrillville, IN. continue
11.09.05 - By Fadi Khawaja: The evening begins to kick in, the crowd fills out, the warm up bouts get the crowd pumped and as the heat begins to set in you find yourself becoming engulfed in that fight night atmosphere. This evening progressed as promised only to fall short at the last step. The warm up bouts featured prospects such as Kell Brook and Kerry Hope; it was their job to get the momentum for the evening going.
The prospects did their part but the evening really started when middleweight Tony Doherty, from Chadderton, made his entrance. Doherty, a twenty two year old with a 14-0 (7) professional record brought a strong following with him and they were to play an influential role in the outcome. This is the first time I was seeing Doherty but had read about him so was intrigued to what I would see. He was being matched up against Taz Jones (8-2-3) who one reporter assured me could spoil the evening for Doherty. Jones carried a respectable record having lost to prospects but having also ended the unbeaten streaks of four fighters. continue
11.09.05 - Bernard Dunne returns to action in his native Dublin on October 14th when he clashes with Noel Wilders for the vacant IBC super bantamweight title at the National Stadium . It will be the 25-year-olds first twelve round bout and his first outing in the super bantamweight division. continue
11.09.05 - By Andy Meacock: Erik Morales shockingly lost a 12 round points decision to Zahir Raheem in Los Angeles on Saturday night. This fight was the joint main event of a double bill that featured Manny Pacquiao and Hector Valazquez on the undercard. This was intended to be a promotional selling tool for the eagerly awaited Morales/Pacquaio rematch intended for early next year. Raheem had different ideas. continue
11.09.05 - Sycuan Ringside Promotion boxers Carlos Baldomir and Joan Guzman have advanced in the World Boxing Council ratings. Baldomir is now the WBC’s No.1 welterweight while Guzman is that sanctioning body’s No. 6 featherweight. “We’re delighted to we have two boxers ranked by the World Boxing Council,” said Glenn Quiroga, president of Sycuan Ringside Promotions of San Diego. continue
11.09.05 - By Wray Edwards: What was supposed to have been a run-up show-case for Morales-Pacquiao 2, turned into a coming out party for Zahir "King" Raheem, who schooled what appeared to be a fading Erik Morales. In an exciting contest at the Staples Center in Los Angeles last night, Zahir Raheem's superior speed, accuracy and balance brought the 1996 Olympian one giant step closer to the recognition he has sought for many years.
In the "main event", which followed the Hector Velazquez-Manny Pacquiao half of the HBO presentation, a largely Morales fan base was to witness the almost complete humiliation of their Mexican hero. As a stunned Julio Cesar Chavez and a blank-faced Pacquiao watched in what must have been utter disbelief and chagrin, Raheem took Morales apart like a stolen car in a chop-shop. They way things turned out, Zahir had less to fear from Morales than he did from the painted logo in the middle of the ring...more about that later.
ROUND ONE was your basic square dance which generally informed us that Raheem was faster and Morales was slower. Neither fighter was all that, so we found it a wash, 10/10. It still seems disingenuous of the sport to allow two Welter weights to fight for a lightweight title. Oh well, a rose by any other name, a fight's a fight. continue
11.09.05 - By Chet Mills: 33-year-old Super Middleweight champion Joe Calzaghe won an easy lop-sided unanimous decision over Kenyan Evans Ashira (24-2, 13 KO’s) last night, in earning his 17th consecutive title defense in Cardiff on Saturday night. However, the victory was marred by hand injury Calzaghe (40-0, 31 KO’s) experienced in the 4th round of the bout when he connected with a left uppercut to the head of Ashira. continue
11.09.05 - By Tony Nobbs: In an exciting contest unrated Sonni Michael Angelo scored a unanimous ten round decision over Australian number three contender Stephen Ng to claim the WBF Asia - Pacific middleweight title at the Southport RSL on the Gold Coast, Queensland on Friday night. The aggressive Angelo took the fight up all night and scored three knockdowns of the current Qld state champion before finally prevailing by tallies of 98-91, 96-92 and 96-93. continue
10.09.05 - Jeff Bastasini: A dominant Manny Pacquiao (40-3-2, 31 KOs) had it easy defeating an overmatched Hector Velazquez (42-11-2, 16 KOs), in a sixth round TKO. Velazquez offered very little resistance to Pacquiao, who simply walked right in on Velazquez, and landing every punch he threw. The end was never in doubt from the opening rounds, as Velazquez didn't have the firepower to keep Pacquiao off him, as Erik Morales had done in their bout in March 2005. The fight was stopped at the 2:59 mark of the sixth round, with Pacquiao landing a devastating flurry that had Velazquez virtually defenseless and out on his feet.
10.09.05 - By Frank Gonzalez Jr.: Styles make fights. Its cliché' but it was a reinforced fact Saturday night at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, where one of boxing's best fighters, Erik "El Terrible" Morales, 48-3-0-34 KO's, was just plain terrible against Philadelphia native, Zahir "Z Man" Raheem, who out boxed and beat Morales to the punch for most of their 12 round fight. Raheem advanced his record to 27-1-0-16 KO's and took home the WBC Intercontinental Jr. Lightweight Title.
Raheem should be 28-0, but in July of 2004, the combination of a biased referee, Robert Gonzalez (who unfairly penalized Raheem more than once) and the unreliable Judges at the Reliant Center in Houston Texas, deemed Raheem the loser of a fight he clearly won over hometown favorite, Rocky Juarez. Juarez, like Morales, proved susceptible to being out boxed all night by the quick fisted, defensively slick Raheem. continue
10.09.05: Undefeated IBF International cruiserweight champion Lasse Johansen upped his ledger to 12-0 (8) on Saturday night, when he stopped his second straight undefeated opponent in the Czech Republic. Denmark’s Johansen wore out former Olympian Pavol Polakovic (now 6-1) for a TKO victory at the Hilton Hotel, when Polakovic didn’t come out for round five. This was a non-title fight on a show promoted by OK-KO promotions. continue
10.09.05 - By Fabian Weber, www.boxing.de – On Saturday’s event, promoted by Universum, woman boxing phenomenon Regina Halmich scored another world title victory in what was her 50th professional fight. In front of 4.500 spectators at dm-arena of Karlsruhe, the world champion’s hometown, Halmich won a split decision over previously unbeaten Spaniard Maria Jesus Rosa in a heated and action-packed battle to successfully retain her WIBF flyweight title. continue
10.09.05 -New Jersey’s power-punching junior welterweight Kendall “Rated R” Holt, 19-1 (12 KOs), will headline the exciting undercard of September 24’s “Boardwalk Brawls” event at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City. In support of the evening’s main events, the 12-round IBF/WBO Heavyweight Eliminator between undefeated Nigerian powerhouse Samuel Peter and former WBO king Wladimir Klitschko and the all-action 12-round WBO Junior Welterweight Championship fight between Miguel Cotto and Ricardo Torres, Holt will continue his quest to get Cotto into a boxing ring by taking on Kiev, Ukraine’s Vladimir Khodokovski, 12-7-2 (4 KOs) in a ten-round showcase. continue
10.09.05 – During a ceremony, at the Golden Phoenix Casino, where Reno mayor Bob Cashell declared September 6 “Sam Peter Day,” NABF, USBA and NABA Heavyweight Champion Samuel Peter was treated to a “JFK style” serenade to celebrate his 25th birthday when Penthouse Pet Sunset Thomas performed a sultry version of "Happy Birthday" ala Marilyn Monroe for the undefeated slugger.
After the musical treat, which nearly brought the house down, Mayor Cashell presented Peter with a City of Reno sealed proclamation announcing September 6 as Sam Peter Day in the “Biggest Little City in the World.” Peter acknowledged Reno as his new home and went on to say that it is his desire to fight for the heavyweight title there. Peter, 24-0 (21 KOs), who takes on Wladimir Klitschko at the “Boardwalk Brawl” event at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey, on September 24, has set up camp in Reno at the 4th Street Gym. Reno was also the site of his last fight—a two-round demolition of highly regarded Taurus Sykes. continue
09.09.05 – By Jim Amato: Clinton Woods successfully defended his I.B.F. light heavyweight championship with a solid points win over former W.B.O. titleholder Julio Gonzalez. It was a fine performance that served notice that he is a major player and worthy opponent for the winner of the upcoming Antonio Tarver-Roy Jones Jr. bout. Gonzalez gave a workmanlike effort and the fight was fairly close through seven rounds. From that point on the Woods jab began to dictate the pace while piling up points. The final tally of the judges cards showed Woods winning by margins of 117-111, 118-112 and 116-112 all for Woods.
WOBURN, Mass. (September 9, 2005) - The stars will be out September 17 for "Mayhem in Mansfield," the pro boxing show headlined by undefeated Irish middleweight sensation "Ireland's" John Duddy (11-0, 10 KOs), at the Dana Barros Sports Complex in Mansfield, Massachusetts. continue
09.09.05 – 8-time World Champion Ann Wolfe says she has been assisting and visiting with victims of hurricane Katrina at the Austin Convention Center in Austin, Texas. Currently, more than 4,000 people are being housed there. Wolfe is particularly helping out the kids by feeding them, spending time with them, as well as opening her home and gym as a place to get away. continue
09.09.05 – By Curtis McCormick: Despite a proposed looming super fight with IBF boss Jeff Lacy, WBO Super Middleweight Champion Joe Calzaghe's attention remains fully fixed upon his defense tonight in Cardiff, Wales against determined challenger Evans Ashira. The 33 year old "Pride of Wales" headlines promoter Sports Network's card from the Cardiff International Arena and will be making his first appearance before the massive national audience on British terrestrial television entity ITV. Since winning the WBO belt from Chris Eubank in 1997, the lightning fisted southpaw has retained his title a remarkable sixteen consecutive times but cannot rest on his laurels as a slip up now against Ashira will cause his entire career to come crashing down in devastating fashion. continue
LOS ANGELES, CA (September 9, 2005) -- Team Pacquiao has beefed up its membership with two of professional wrestling's biggest grapplers. The Undertaker and Christian have tag teamed to support Manny Pacquiao in his 12-round rumble with Hector Velazquez for the WBC International super featherweight championship, Tomorrow night! at Staples Center. continue
CANASTOTA, NY – SEPTEMBER 9, 2005 – The International Boxing Hall of Fame announced its flags will fly at half-staff in memory of junior welterweight champion Nicolino Locche. He passed away Wednesday, September 7, at the age of 66. continue
09.09.05 - By James Allan: I was intrigued to hear last week that Esham Pickering, the current European and Commonwealth Super Bantamweight Champion, was on a shortlist of two names lined up to fight Scott Harrison for his WBO World Featherweight title (the other being Nedal Hussein) in his scheduled October the First defence at the Braehead Arena in Glasgow before it had to be postponed due to ligament damage in Scott’s left arm. continue
09.09.05 - British and Commonwealth super middleweight king Carl Froch has criticised the choice of little known 35-year-old Kenyan Evans Ashira as the challenger for Joe Calzaghe’s WBO super middleweight title this Saturday.
“I cannot understand why Joe is fighting an opponent of this calibre,” said the 28-year-old Froch, 16-0 (12), who will be returning to the ring in November. If you ask me Evans Ashira is nothing but an overrated middleweight.”
“The last I saw of him he was getting knocked out in two rounds by Maselino Masoe in the weight division below Calzaghe. How come he gets to fight for a world title at 12 stone? I notice that like me Ashira appeared in the latest WBO super middleweight rankings. He is 10th, whilst I am 11th.
“What on earth has Ashira done to earn that position? He’s not fought one single name at super middleweight. In my opinion this fight is an absolute mismatch and I don’t think it is worthy of prime time TV exposure.” continue
09.09.05 - Wednesday, Sept. 7, Sycuan gave $50,000 to the San Diego Chapter of the Red Cross to assist with local relief efforts. Sycuan Tribal Chairman Daniel Tucker and Treasurer Glenn Quiroga, also the president of Sycuan Ringside Promotions, showed up at Storm Aide, a fundraiser held at Qualcomm Stadium and hosted by AM Radio Station KOGO, Fox 6 News and several other Clear Channel radio stations to drop off the cash donation. continue
09.09.05 – Junior Middleweights Ossie Duran and Neil “Sinky” Sinclair will meet in a scheduled 12-rounder for the British Commonwealth title as “ShoBox: The New Generation” crosses the Atlantic for its next telecast on Friday, Sept. 23, 2005, from London, England. In the eight-round featherweight co-feature, undefeated English Featherweight Champion Andy “The Wythenshawe Warrior” Morris will take on Kevin “Sweet Pea” O’Hara. continue
09.09.05 - By Per Ake Persson: Fight Academy, headed by Dennis Hobson, have won purse bids for EBU cruiser champ Alexander Gourov´s defence against David Haye. Date and site is to be announced. Danish lightweight Martin Kristjansen gets South African Anthony Tshehla as opponent September 30 in Slagelse with the vacant WBO I/C title at stake. continue
08.09.05 - By John Way: Even now, a decade after his emphatic win over Genaro Hernandez, Oscar De La Hoya is talking about another run at a world title. And people are listening! It's a testament to "The Golden Boy's" longevity that he's still a marquee attraction after four loses and long gaps of inactivity. Even after contemporaries like Ike Quarty, Julio Cesar Chavez, and Felix Trinidad have retired, un-retired and retired some more, De La Hoya is pondering possible mega-fights against Winky Wright, Ricardo Mayorga, Zab Judah, or Fernando Vargas. In fact, he's darn near even money or better with any fighter south of 160lbs. Will any of these fights go further than the negotiating table? Not likely, but its still fun to imagine.
Don't fool yourselves; despite anything that trainer Floyd Mayweather Sr. might say in regards to Ponce De Leon's fountain of youth, Oscar is long past peak form. In fact, the best fight of his career is ten years in his rear-view mirror, as of September 9, the night he kayoed Hernandez. continue
08.09.05 - Jon Thaxton and his team today read with interest that Michael Gomez was willing to step into the ring with him, even in his beloved Norwich answering a challenge set down by Thaxton, Gomez said he wanted a warm up fight first, but then would fight Thaxton, anytime, anyplace before Christmas at lightweight. continue
08.09.05 - By Jim Amato: It is with great sadness to report that former world junior welterweight champion Nicolino Locche of Argentina has passed on. He was 66 years old. Reports from his homeland say that heart failure was the cause of death. Loche was a defensive genius who won the crown from Paul Fuji. continue
Los Angeles, September 8 – In just two short years the Oscar De La Hoya Animo Charter High School has produced superior test results according to the 2004-05 Academic Performance Index (API). Is it that the “Golden Boy” has the midas touch in the Charter school, which bears his name, has out performed all of the neighboring schools in the local and surrounding communities? continue
08.09.05 - With less than a month go before his epic third bout with Roy Jones Jr. on October 1st at the St. Pete Times Arena in Tampa, Florida, light heavyweight champion Antonio Tarver is gearing up for the stretch run of what has been the most intense camp of his career.
“It’s not business as usual, we’re taking it far more seriously than that,” said Tarver of his mindset in this training camp. “This has been one of the most solid camps. The last camp we had was real, real solid and this one is also as solid. We’ve perfected the camp thing now. One time I tried having two, three people around me that really didn’t have the knowledge of what it really took to really be focused. They didn’t understand what I had to go through, and the first Glen Johnson fight proved that it didn’t work. So we went back to the basics and I think this is where we’re at now and this is the way it will be for the rest of my career.” continue
08.09.05 - Dan Goossen spans the globe in a mind boggling 23 days, starting off today with a 6,ooo mile, 11 hour flight to jolly ole’ England, where he will be perched ringside as Huntington Beach’s Julio Gonzales faces Clinton Woods for the Englishman’s IBF light heavyweight championship, Friday, September 9. After a pip, pip, cheerio Goossen will fly to Atlanta for his charge Lakva Sim’s IBF title elimination bout against Ebo Elder on September 16. continue
08.09.05 - By Alexey Sukachev: This Saturday will be marked as one of the most important dates so far in Russian professional boxing. With two intercontinental titles on the line (Ukrainian Vyacheslav Senchenko will defend his IBF Intercontinental welterweight title, while his compatriot Andrei Kudriavtsev will try to add the same one to his own WBA International belt in lightweight division) Moscow fans of boxing will watch perhaps the most exciting rumble this year in their respectful city. continue
LOS ANGELES - September 8, 2005 - HombreTV, the cable television network for Hispanic men, announced today that it will broadcast “Noche de Boxeo Caliente"--on October 13th at the Stardust Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. The event is promoted by Dangerous Curves Promotions and is sponsored by Crown, Inc. continue
08.09.05 - By Neil Goodman: Prior to his comeback in October, two former Roy Jones Jnr victims square off against one another on Friday night for the IBF light-heavyweight title. In one corner will be Julio Gonzalez, a loser on points to Jones, but still fiercely competitive and worthy challenger. Defending the title will be Clinton Woods; whilst he was a loser inside six rounds to Jones, Clinton is experiencing somewhat of a renaissance late on his career.
Both fighters justifiably hold positions in the upper echelons of the light-heavyweight division and the boxing world can expect a high class contest. Gonzalez and Woods each bring to the table their own very distinct attributes; to pick a winner is a tough task to be sure! Essentially for the hardcore boxing fraternity this fight stands out as one not requiring the usual phoney hype or trash talking. continue
MASHANTUCKET, Conn, (September 8, 2004) - The second annual Great Northeast Tour, promoted by S & L Boxing and featuring the U.S. Marines Boxing Team from Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, once again will celebrate Veteran's Day (November 11) at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut. continue
08.09.05 - By Geoffrey Ciani: After an amazing twenty years in professional football, Jerry Rice has finally decided to call it a career. Having passed the point where he’s capable of performing at a top level, this decision couldn’t have come at a better time. Evander Holyfield should take note. continue
08.09.05 - Legendary boxing promoter Don King returns to the Gateway City and its Savvis Center on Sept. 30 with a fight card that includes three world championship matches. Record-setting light heavyweight Virgil “Quicksilver” Hill will meet undefeated World Boxing Association No. 1-ranked contender Valery Brudov for the vacant WBA cruiserweight championship; World Boxing Organization junior middleweight champion Daniel Santos will defend his title against undefeated North American Boxing Organization 154-pound champion Joe Wyatt; continue
07.09.05 - By Lee Hayes: A couple of weeks ago, I decided to try a new experiment, by bringing over some of my favorite fights to a friend of mines place. I observed and documented their responses to each fight, and asked their opinions throughout the evening. I rarely gave my personal opinion, unless I was asked. I posted the results in an article titled "Boxing In A Nutshell" (a link to the original article can be found here ) and I was overwhelmed by the positive response it received. It turns out that nearly every boxing fan is very interested in the concept of attracting new viewers to our sport.
Plenty of regulars to East Side boxing provided me with suggestions of their personal favorite fights to show newcomers and also just recommendations as to what they thought might attract somebody new. Names such as Corrales, Chavez, Holyfield, Tyson, Benn, came rolling in. continue
07.09.05 - By Per Ake Persson: German cruiser Firat Arslan has pulled out of the EU titlefight scheduled for September 24 in Poland against defending champion Krzysztof Wlodarczyk. All other available challengers have turned down the offer to take on Wlodarczyka and according to Hammer Knockout Promotion´s head Andrew Wasilewski most didn´t even ask about money. continue
07.09.05 - By Robin York: In what is largely considered a warm up fight for a showdown with IBF champion Jeff Lacy, Joe Calzaghe makes the 17th defence of his WBO Super-Middleweight crown against the relatively unknown Kenyan Evans Ashira this Saturday night at the Cardiff International Arena. A big crowd is expected as Calzaghe makes a welcome return to home soil after having his last two contests on the road, in Germany and Scotland. continue
New York, September 7 - Madison Square Garden Network (MSG), Fox Sports Net New England (FSNNE) and HDNet have announced six air dates for DiBella Entertainment’s latest installments of Broadway Boxing Presented by Turning Stone Resort & Casino both of which were taped at the Hammerstein Ballroom at Manhattan Center on August 25th. continue
07.09.05 - By Kevin Purcell: I have to admit that writing this article makes me a bit of a hypocrite. I’ve said before that because of the wretched state of the heavyweight division, people should just turn their attention to other weight classes with far more quality instead of bemoaning the ‘heavies’. So for that I apologise, but I feel it’s important to try and clear the fog that still lingers in the aftermath of Lewis-Klitschko.
Despite the fight doctor deeming Klitschko unable to continue due to a hideous gash over his left eye, he was judged to have won 4 of the 6 rounds. Because of this, many people - including Klitschko himself – use this to argue that he would’ve gone on to win the fight. But due to the exhaustive nature of the fight (both were constantly trying to push each other round and considering they both weighed about 250lbs, that’d make anyone tire), Lewis’ poor conditioning and Klitschko’s alleged stamina problem, and mainly because of the punishment being dished out to each other, there’s no way the fight would’ve gone to the scorecards. continue
September 7, 2005 - Atlantic City, N.J. - Superstar Miguel Cotto of Puerto Rico will make a defense of his world title when he faces the #1 rated challenger, undefeated Ricardo Torres of Colombia, on the 'Boardwalk Brawls' championship event at the Boardwalk Hall on Saturday, Sept. 24 Cotto, from Caguas, Puerto Rico, has a record of 24-0 with 20 knockouts. Torres is 28-0 with 26 knockouts. Cotto, 24, is the World Boxing Organization (WBO) junior welterweight champion. continue
07.09.05 - By Gavin Stone: Anthony Mundine moved to 24-3 last night after a dominate display against Tanzanian Rashid Matumla(30-8) scoring a sixth round TKO as predicted at Canberra’s AIS Arena. Mundine finished the fight with a left hook-right hand combination that put Matumla to the canvas. Matumla rose to his feet to beat the count but referee Charlie Lucas had seen enough and stopped the fight to save Matumla from further damage. continue
07.09.05 - British, Commonwealth and European light welterweight champion Junior Witter is set to make two appearances on TV over the coming weeks. First up, the Bradford switch hitter goes in to the BBC studios this Thursday to participate in an episode of Question of Sport that will be shown over the coming month. He will feature on Rugby World Cup winner Matt Dawson’s team alongside Everton striker James Beattie. continue
07.09.05 – A very interesting heavyweight fight has been added to the undercard of the event on September 28 which features the WBO heavyweight championship between Lamon Brewster and Luan Krasniqi in the main event. Alexander Dimitrenko, 19-0 (12), a 23-year-old heavyweight prospect of the Universum stable, will face two-time world title challenger Vaughn Bean, 45-5 (34), in his 20th professional contest.
Bean failed to lift portions of the world title against Michael Moorer in 1997 and against Evander Holyfield in 1998. Each time he lost a close or competitive decision. The only man to defeat Bean inside the distance became Vitali Klitschko four years later when he stopped the short and durable man from Chicago in round eleven. continue
NEW YORK (Sept. 7, 2005) – The terrific Oct. 1 SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING fight card just got better. International Boxing Federation (IBF) Heavyweight Champion Chris Byrd (38-2-1, 20 KOs) will make the fourth defense of his title against mandatory challenger DaVarryl Williamson (22-3, 18 KOs), it was formally announced today. The attractive tripleheader on SHOWTIME begins at 9:15 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the west coast). continue
FAIRFAX, VA (September 7, 2005) – Capitol Heights, MD, native Lamont “Bay” Pearson (21-3-1, 11 KOs) will face Shamir Isa Reyes (18-3-2, 7 KOs) for the United States Boxing Association (USBA) 130-lb. Championship in the 12-round Co-Main Event on Saturday, September 17 at the Patriot Center. continue
07.09.05 - Raul "The Cobra" Martinez calls in tonight on KO Chicago Radio at 6:20pm on WJJG AM-1530. Every Wednesday night KO Chicago Radio features the finest in weekly discussion about the local and national professional boxing scene as well as the latest in breaking news in the world of boxing. continue
07.09.05 - By Tim Nielson: On September 24, the boxing world will likely see the final destruction of Wladimir Klitschko when he meets up with the knockout sensation Samuel Peter in Atlantic city. There’s been a huge list of seemingly never ending excuses for why Wladimir was brutally knocked out by Corrie Sander, Lamon Brewster and Ross Puritty, that I’ve somehow lost track of them all. However, none of that matters now, with Wladimir seemingly riding on the brink of retirement if he loses to Samuel Peter. Sure, Wladimir can continue fighting if he losses to Peter, but against who? No, at the age 29, I think this fight is make it or break it point in his career. It’s either now, or it’s time to move on to another career, perhaps using his PHD that he acquired in Physical Education. Whatever Wladimir’s problems were in the past with his knockout losses, he will have to try and solve them all in one night against the hardest puncher in the heavyweight division or else face the end of his career. I have to admit, I don’t like Wladimir’s chances in this one. Samuel Peter comes into this fight with offensive weapons that make Wladimir’s former conquerors (Lamon Brewster, Ross Puritty, and Corrie Sanders), look pale in comparison. continue
07.09.05 - By Per Ake Persson: Sauerland Event won purse bids yesterday (Sep 6) for the fight for the vacant EU title at heavyweight, Cengiz Koc and Steffen Nielsen. When and where is to be announced. Koc is already lined up to fight the winner between EBU champ Paolo Vidoz and Michael Sprott October 1 in Oldenburg so it remains to be seen if the Nielsen fight comes off. continue
06.09.05 - Undefeated and world-ranked Sultan Ibragimov, one of the most exciting and highly regarded heavyweight contenders in the world, and a WBA lightweight title-elimination bout between Ebo Elder, generally regarded as the most promising 135-pound prospect in the world, and former two-time world champion Lakva Sim headline a nationally and internationally televised card featuring three 12-round bouts promoted by Guilty Boxing and sponsored by Nafta Moskva Sept. 16 in Duluth, Ga. continue
06.09.05 - Undefeated middleweight and 2004 Olympic Gold Medalist Andre Ward will be featured on the televised portion of the Tarver vs. Jones 3 undercard. Tarver vs. Jones 3 takes place on Saturday, October 1 at the St. Pete Times Forum live on pay-per-view. “It is an honor and a privilege to fight under two great champions,” said Ward. “At the time I signed with Square Ring I hadn’t even had my pro debut, but it was always a dream to fight on the same card as Roy Jones, Jr. Now it’s a dream come true. I hope on October 1st I can set the tone and then Roy can come back and vindicate himself.” continue
LOS ANGELES, September 6, 2005 – He is perhaps the most exciting fighter in the light heavyweight division, he won the championship against the man Roy Jones Jr. wouldn’t fight, and he rebounded from losing his title to beat two of the top 175-pound contenders. Now Julio Gonzalez is a little over 2 days away from his title shot at regaining a championship. “It’s been a hard road back, but with all the movement in the light heavyweight division, I know that my fans believe that I can rule the division for the next few years,” said Gonzalez, who defeated former world champion Montell Griffin in May to earn the IBF’s number one contender and mandatory spot. “There is no more exciting light heavyweight in the world, and my fans know I bring knockouts with me like a true Mexican warrior.” continue
06.09.05 - By Craig Parrish: Boxing probably has more detractors than any other sports. “Brutal”. “Barbaric”. “It should be outlawed”. As a fight fan, I hear these statements all the time, including members of my own family. I try to explain the beauty and precision, the science of the sport to them, but it falls on deaf ears. I explain to them that Boxers don’t fight for free and are aware of the risks. That it is a sport that can truly bring out the greatness in the athlete. continue
06.09.05 - Rock & Sock Productions, promoters of A Ring of Their Own, announce famed boxing personality Jackie Kallen will be joining the team. Known as the First Lady of Boxing, Kallen was the inspiration for the Meg Ryan movie Against The Ropes,is the author of Hit Me With Your Best Shot, and a cast member of The Contender. continue
06.09.05 - Prize Fight Promotions in association with Fitzgeralds Tunica, Miller Lite, Bill Heard Chevrolet and the DeSoto Atheletic Club is proud to present “Fight Night At The Fitz” on Saturday September 10th at Fitzgeralds Tunica. continue
06.09.05 - By Fiona Manning: Plenty of fighters in the 126-pound division are afraid of ghosts – one in particular, the hard punching, take no prisoners, undefeated southpaw featherweight Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero.
With the latest soft shoe shuffles affecting the division - Rocky Juarez toppled in a major upset by Humberto Soto and the reigning superstar Juan Manuel Marquez stripped of the IBF title because no promoter was willing to spend the minimum $50,000 on a purse bid for his overdue mandatory title defense - those in the know are eyeing The Ghost as the heir apparent to the championship.
Guerrero, 22, who hails from Gilroy, the Garlic capital of the universe (he ain’t afraid of no coast!) has quietly been proving himself constistently to ratchet up a respectable 15-0-1, 8 KOs ledger and is now casting his line for a world title shot in the new year. continue
06.09.05 - The No. 4-ranked bantamweight in the world, Heriberto Ruiz of Los Mochis, Mexico, faces World Boxing Association Fedelatin champion Samuel Lopez of San Fernando, Calif., in the main event on the nationally and internationally televised “Guilty Fight Night” card promoted by Guilty Boxing Sept. 23, at the Orleans Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nev. continue
06.09.05 - Guilty Boxing of Las Vegas disagrees with allegations made by representatives of Prawet Singwancha of Thailand, the World Boxing Association’s No. 1-ranked lightweight, Jay Hassman, vice president of Guilty Boxing, said Sunday. “Guilty Boxing most vehemently disagrees with these unfortunate and unfounded allegations,” said Hassman. continue
WOBURN, Mass. (September 6, 2005) - The action remains hot and heavy this week on the New England Ringside Radio Network. 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), include IBF super featherweight champion Robbie "Bomber" Peden (25-2, 14 KOs), NABF featherweight title-holder Robert "The Ghost" Guerrero (15-0-1) and Irish super middleweight Paschal "Packie" Collins (13-2-1, 4 KOs). continue
06.09.05 - By Gavin Stone: Anthony Mundine and Rashid Matumla saw each other for the first time at this morning’s unofficial weigh in and press conference. Matumla (30-7) who is of Tanzinian decent but based in South Africa says he is here to knock out Mundine (23-3) and predicts doing so before the 6th round is over.
A strong media presence turnout at the AIS (Australian Institute of Sport) Arena witnessed Matumla weigh in at 77.8kg and Mundine 77.5kg, both over the 76.2kg limit for this WBA Pan-African super middleweight title elimination bout. Both fighters have until 6pm to make the official weight. When asked about being over the limit Mundine said "must have been them pancakes I had last night". Mundine said he has not seen any footage of tomorrow night’s opponent and wasn’t sure what Matumla would bring to the ring. continue
06.09.05 - By Per Ake Persson: It will be American George Klinesmith that takes on NBA 160 lb champ Dirk Dzemski September 17 in Ilsenburg. Dzemski was originally to have fought Anthony Shuler but he was forced to pull out with a hand injury. continue
05.09.05 - Karlsruhe - Flyweight championesse from Germany Regina Halmich and several heavyweight contests dominate a Universum Box-Promotion fightcard in Karlsruhe on Saturday, September 10. The 28-year-old Halmich, 47-1-1 (15), will defend her WIBF flyweight title against the undefeated and three years older Spaniard Maria Jesus Rosa, 19-0 (4). continue
September 5, 2005 - Mexico City. From WBC President Jose Sulaiman: "All of the members of the 161 nations affiliated with the World Boxing Council join in extending their empathy to the people of the U.S.A. for the tragedy that hurricane Katrina has created in the historic and traditional city of New Orleans and on the Mississippi and Alabama coasts. continue
05.09.05 - By Jim Amato: Why is Byrd fighting Williamson ? This contender lost a technical decision to Wlad Klitschko and was flattened by Joe Mesi. This was the same Joe Mesi who was pushed to the limit by Monte Barrett and Vassily Jirov. I would imagine how Mesi must feel with his career on the verge of a medical knockout and then seeing someone he left prone on the canvas getting a title shot. It would be enough to make a grown man cry.
I'm not sure who John Ruiz is fighting next but out of pride he should fight David Tua. I'll bet Ruiz still has nightmares about that knockout loss. That was just plain brutal. How could John call himself a champion without reversing that loss? When Lennox Lewis was bombed out by Hasim Rahman, he wasted little time getting Rahman back into the ring. He "rocked" Rahman and regained his title and his pride. That is what a champion does. continue
HOLLYWOOD, CA (Labor Day, 2005) - * Manny Cannes Do it. Pacquiao, who has captured the WBC's flyweight title, the IBF's jr. featherweight title and The Ring magazine featherweight title so far in his storied career, is adding a new title to his résumé...Matinee Idol! Between his last fight against Erik Morales and winning his promotional freedom from Murad Muhammad in court, Manny found time to star in a motion picture. continue
04.09.05 - By Per-Åke Persson: Team Palle have announced that the former EBU champ at jr welter and welter, Thomas Damgaard will take on Arturo Gatti in a scheduled non-title ten-rounder January 28 in Atlantic City with Main Events promoting. Damgaard has already begun training in Copenhagen under Poul Duvill. continue
04.09.05 - By Per-Åke Persson: WBC supermiddle champ Markus Beyer outboxed American challenger Omar Sheika and won by unanimous decision on scores of 116-112, 116-112 and 118-112. Even the last score seemed generous to Sheika who was outboxed and outhustled all the way. There were no knockdowns but Sheika was cut on the right cheek in the first after a hard southpaw left from the champion. "I just couldn´t get off" said the swollen and bruised Sheika afterwards. continue
04.09.05 - By Frank Gonzalez Jr: Saturday night favored the underdogs at the Gund Arena in Cleveland Ohio, where Heavyweight, Owen Beck lost a fair and square Decision to Ray Austin on the under card before the Main Event, a Cruiserweight Eliminator bout for the IBF, WBA and WBC rankings featuring Wayne Braithwaite (21-1-17 KO’s) against Guillermo Jones (33-3-2-25 KO’s) turned out to be an exciting fight.
Jones chased Braithwaite (Photo: David Martin-Warr / Don King Productions for SHOWTIME) into the ropes and hammered him with right hands in a beat down of a first round that saw Braithwaite barely survive. Under pressure, Braithwaite reverted to the same tactics that got him beat the last time—hanging around the ropes and taking too many punches. Instead of using his legs and the ring to box his way out of trouble, Braithwaite made the same mistakes as when he suffered his first loss (back in April) to the WBA, WBC Champion, Jean Marc Mormeck. continue
04.09.05 - Chicago boxing promoter and former professional boxer, Bobby Hitz, will be hosting a four-hour time slot this Sunday on WSCR 670-AM radio, The Score. Hitz’ show can be heard this Sunday, September 4th, from 8:00 p.m. to Midnight. You can be part of Sunday night’s show by calling (312)644-6767. continue
03.09.05 – By Tim Foley: The comeback trail for Wayne Braithwaite hit another roadblock as the ‘Big Truck’ is derailed by a 4th round stoppage to Guillermo Jones in a cruiserweight eliminator. The stoppage was extremely controversial as referee Jim Villers stopped the bout perhaps prematurely. continue
NARRAGANSETT, RI -- Newly crowned IWBF world lightweight champion Jaime "The Hurricane" Clampitt is trying to do her part in helping with relief efforts for the victims of Hurricane Katrina. She has listed the boxing trunks she wore in her first world championship winning fight on eBay. 100% of the proceeds of the auction will be donated to the American Red Cross to help with Katrina relief. continue
CLEVELAND (Sept. 3, 2005) - Photos: David Martin-Warr / Don King Productions for SHOWTIME - In a pair of evenly matched, competitive, hard-fought fights, underdogs Guillermo Jones and Ray Austin staved off elimination in their respective weight classes and kept alive their chances for a world title shot by registering upset victories Saturday on SHOWTIME. In a cruiserweight elimination bout, Jones defeated Braithwaite on a controversial fourth-round TKO. Austin upended Beck on a 12-round decision in a heavyweight eliminator.
The bouts at Gund Arena were promoted by Don King Productions and aired at 9 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast). Jones (33-3-2, 26 KOs), of Colon, Panama, started quickly and totally controlled the first round. The 6-foot-4 natural welterweight seemed to outpunch Braithwaite 10-1 as he pummeled the former World Boxing Council (WBC) cruiserweight champion with right hands. He was not as dominant in the second and lost the third. Jones, who was coming off a seventh-round TKO over former International Boxing Federation (IBF) cruiser kingpin Kelvin Davis on May 21, withstood an early barrage by Braithwaite in the fourth before recapturing the momentum. continue
03.09.05 - By Kevin Dinkins: After two mostly down years, Wladimir Klitschko (44-3, 40 KO’s) will attempt to line himself up for a shot at either the IBF or the WBO heavyweight title, when he meets up with unbeaten knockout artist Samuel Peter on September 24, in a twelve round IBF elimination bout at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City. Whoever comes out on top, can pick between the winner of Chris Byrd vs. Davarryl Williamson or Lamon Brewster vs. Luan Krasniqi (WBO). continue
02.09.05 - By Victor Perea: We can all see it now: the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, packed yet again with ever faithful Erik Morales fans, and yet there is still enough room for the parade of Pacquiao followers to rock the house. A sold out fight of course, standing room only at this, a stepping stone to another great trilogy only boxing can create. That’s right folks, Morales vs. Pacquiao II is here... Well, almost. continue
02.09.05 - By Jim Amato: The World Boxing Hall Of Fame has announced their inductees for 2006. Among those to be enshrined is Youngstown, Ohio's Ray "Boom Boom" Mancini. Ray was a TV boxing icon in the 80's. After running up a nice win streak that included a decisive decision victory over the very respected Jose Luis Ramirez, Ray received a title shot against the legendary Alexis Arguello. continue
02.09.05 - By Travis Marks: Whenever a blue-chip fighter loses in a way that we don’t expect, the word oftentimes that comes up in conversation is “exposed.” The phrase usually goes fighter “A” exposed fighter “B”. Saying that someone was “exposed” means that they were sham not really that good. The fighter had pulled the wool over the eyes of the entire boxing collective, and finally someone had given sight to our blind eyes. Knee jerk reactions are now commonplace in this society. Instead of looking at an entire body of work, decisions are made on one or two fights.
When Roy Jones Jr. was shockingly knocked out by Antonio Tarver in the rematch of their ultra competitive first fight the word “exposed” popped its ugly head up. Boxing fans, writers and pundits alike began saying that Tarver exposed Roy’s glass chin. Somehow Roy Jones Jr. had gone 15 years as a professional hiding this incredible secret. Did people stop and think about the first fight between these two combatants? continue
02.09.05 - By Per-Åke Persson - Berlin, Germany: Everything went smooth at the weigh-in today for tomorrow´s show at the International Congress Center in Berlin. Both WBC 168 lb champ Markus Beyer and challenger Omar Sheika weighed in at 167,25 lbs and looked very fit. continue
02.09.05 - By Michael Amakor: On Saturday at the Gund Arena in Cleveland, Ohio, former WBC Cruiserweight Champion Wayne "Big Truck" Braithwaite (21-1, 17 KO's) battles dangerous slugger and former WBA Fedelatin and WBC Latino Cruiserweight Champion Guillermo Jones (21-3-2, 25 KO's) for the right to challenge Jean Marc Mormeck for the WBA title. continue
02.09.05 - Promoter Mick Hennessy believes that David Walker could become one of the nation’s favourite boxers if he beats British light middleweight champion Jamie Moore on September 23rd at the GH Carnall Leisure Centre in Manchester. continue
02.09.05 - By Andy Meacock: Rumours and speculation that had been circulating recently became public this week as it was announced by Ray Hatton that his son Ricky would not be promoted in the near future by Frank Warren. Hatton Snr claims that they are not legally contracted to Warren and have been dealing with the leading British promoter on a fight to fight basis for a long period of time. Hatton Snr said, "Over the last couple of years we have been offered deals by other promoters but we have always stayed with Frank because we like him."
Hatton Snr also announced that Ricky would be making the first defence of his IBF light-welterweight title against fellow titlist WBA champion, Carlos Maussa. The fight is set for November 26th in Sheffield, England at the Hallam FM Arena. Reports are suggesting that an arrangement has been made with Dennis Hobson's Fight Academy and Hatton’s own promotions company, Punch Promotions to stage the event. continue
02.09.05 - Don King returns to Cleveland with a boxing card on Saturday at Gund Arena that is loaded with world title implications in the heavyweight and cruiserweight divisions. Former World Boxing Council cruiserweight champion Wayne “Big Truck” Braithwaite and Guillermo “El Felino” Jones will meet one another in a WBC, World Boxing Association and International Boxing Federation cruiserweight elimination bout. continue
02.09.05 - Dominic Pesoli, President of 8 Count Productions is proud to announce that junior middleweight contender "Classy" Freddie Cuevas will take on former IBF champ Kassim "The Dream" Ouma on Thursday, October 13th at the Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa in Atlantic City, New Jersey presented by Oscar De La Hoya's Golden Boy Promotions. continue
02.09.05 - By Per Ake Persson: EBU bantam champ Simone Maludrottu will face his mandatory challenger, Belgian Carmelo Ballone, on October 8 or 15 in either Cagliari or Olbia (Italy) after purse bids were won by Italian promoter Antonio Puddu yesterday (Sep 1). On the undercard it´s announced that faded ex-heavy champ Evander Holyfield will appear. continue
02.09.05 - Photo: Michael Zito for SHOWTIME - Three-time world champion James "Lights Out'' Toney (left), promoter Dan Goossen and Dominick "The Southern Disaster'' Guinn pose after Thursday's press conference in Sherman Oaks, Calif., to formally announce their big fight on SHOWTIME Saturday, Oct. 1 (9:15 ET/PT, delayed on the west coast). Toney will defend his IBA heavyweight belt against Guinn in the main event on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING. In an excellent matchup, Rafael Marquez defends his IBF bantamweight crown against Silence Mabuza in the co-feature.
JAMES TONEY (68-4-2, 43 KOs): “I am still the IBF champion, period. If I were on steroids, I would be cut. Look at me, do I look like I am on steroids? I am not thinking about anything but Guinn, October 1 on SHOWTIME. I am still the champion. The belt does not make me, I make the belt. I beat Ruiz with one hand and they stripped me. So what. I will still unify the belts. If (Vitali) Klitschko wants to keep ducking me, I will get the other belts.” continue
02.09.05 - Veteran boxing manager Jose “Manny” Rivera has put together another great deal for Puerto Rican boxer champion of NABO Juan “Golo” Gomez-Trinidad cousin of Felix“Tito” Trinidad this time to face light weight Quandray Roberston at the Dana Barros Sports Complex in Mansfield, Massachusetts and on Sep 17. This match will be fought at 140 pounds. continue
01.09.05 - By Christine Maynard: In Mexico, a boxer, while he is winning, is a demi-God. Machismo manifests in its purest form in the boxing gyms, rings, and coliseums where peleadors perform. Marco Antonio Rubio, best known as “Veneno,” (venom,) 31-2 with 29 KO’s, embodies this machismo, and more. He is incredibly gifted and confident, with laser-like focus and an energy level that makes him larger than life. I joined him on a road trip from Austin, Texas, where he trains with other high ranked Mexican Nationals, (including Jesus Chavez,) to his home town of Torreon, Mexico, where he fought… and won. continue
01.09.05 - Photo: David Martin-Warr/Don King Productions for SHOWTIME (Left-to-right) Wayne Braithwaite, Owen Beck, promoter Don King, Ray Austin and Guillermo Jones pose after Thursday's press conference in Cleveland. In Saturday's main event on SHOWTIME former WBC cruiserweight champion Braithwaite (21-1, 17 KOs) faces Jones (32-3-2, 25 KOs) in a world cruiserweight elimination bout. continue
01.09.05 - Photo: David Martin-Warr / Don King Productions for SHOWTIME: (Left-to-right) Guillermo Jones, Ray Austin, promoter Don King, Owen Beck and Wayne Braithwaite pose after Friday's weigh-in at Cleveland. In Saturday's main event on SHOWTIME (9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast), former WBC cruiserweight champion Braithwaite (21-1, 17 KOs) faces Jones (32-3-2, 25 KOs) in a world cruiserweight elimination bout. In the SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING co-feature at Gund Arena, world-ranked contenders Beck (24-1, 18 KOs) and Austin (22-3-1, 15 KOs) square off in a make-or-break heavyweight bout.
Weights: Braithwaite tipped scales at 192 1/2 pounds and Jones 199, Beck 238 1/2 and Austin 244 1/2. continue
01.09.05 - WAYNE BRAITHWAITE (21-1, 17 KOs): "The last time I fought on SHOWTIME, I lost. So I appreciate the fact they are having me back and giving me another opportunity. Jones is on a roll, but he has never been in with a fighter like me. The Big Truck is ready to get back on track and rolling again. I cannot wait until Saturday. Anybody who watches is going to see something spectacular." continue
01.09.05 - A 12-round title bout matching world-ranked lightweight Luis Arceo of Tijuana, Mexico, against Rustam Nugaev of Los Angeles joins Atlanta’s world-rated lightweight Ebo Elder, undefeated heavyweight Sultan Ibragimov of Russia and welterweight Merhav Mohar of Israel in championship bouts on the 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
01.09.05 - By Jim Amato: Although was behind on points against Vitali when they fought, I thought Lennox was coming on. Despite the cut, I think Lennox was enforcing his will and would have eventually stopped Vitali around the tenth round. Up to this point Vitali has emerged as the #1 man since Lewis retired. Let's say Lewis does come back and beats Vitali again. continue
01.09.05 - By Geoff McKay: I have a confession to make. I love the sport of boxing. That is not my confession however. My confession is that I have struggled to come up with a plausible explanation as to why I love the sport. I have argued with those that believe boxing should be banned as violent and barbaric, and have found my words hollow and unconvincing, even to myself. If somebody simply asks, “Why do you like to see someone try and hurt someone else”, I find myself stumped. I try to explain about the exploits of Muhammad Ali, or the magic of Sugar Ray Robinson, but if I am not talking to a boxing fan, it usually falls on deaf ears. The accomplishments of the greatest boxers in history do little to impress those dead set against the sport.
Not too long ago a group of young boxers organized a tournament in a nearby town. Regulations stated that they needed to have a doctor in attendance, and they were able to find one originally, but he cancelled, forcing them to find an alternate. No other doctor in the town agreed to help the youngsters. When asked why, most of them stated that boxing was too violent, and they didn’t want to support the sport. The boxers eventually had to cancel there tournament. continue
01.09.05 - By John Way: When considering the rich history of Showtime boxing, September 3rd 2005 seems to hold no special promise of greatness. Two floundering heavyweights, supported by a non-title cruiserweight fight? Hardly on the level of the historic battles in years past on this network, featuring superstars like Kostya Tsyu, Evander Holyfield, Mike Tyson, Julio Cesar Chavez, and most recently, Ricky Hatton. continue
01.09.05 - Photo: David Martin-Warr / Don King Productions for SHOWTIME: In a WBC/IBF/WBA 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
01.09.05 - "A Ring of their Own," the all women’s boxing series promoted by Rock & Sock Productions returns to Harrah’s in Laughlin, Nevada on October 8. This is AROTO’S second visit to Harrah’s, following a very successful show in March of this year. continue