NEW YORK (Oct. 31, 2005) – Executive Producer Jay Larkin announced today that SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING, America’s No. 1 boxing network, has launched a new online feature entitled “Ask Al” where online participants at SHO.com will be able to pose boxing-related questions to be answered on-air by broadcasting legend Al Bernstein. This feature is the first in a series of online and interactive features that the network will roll out in 2006. continue
31.10.05 - By Michael Montero: November 12th – Las Vegas, Nevada – Hassim Rahman challenges Vitali Klitschko for the WBC strap. On paper this seems like a one-sided contest, something reminiscent of Doctor Ironfist’s last bout with Danny Williams – but I believe that this fight is actually much closer than people think. Now I know what you’re thinking - “Montero how can you possibly feel this way? We’ve seen Rahman look good against B and C level competition before – only to blow it against the top guys time and time again.” I know, I know – Rahman in the quintessential underachiever in big fights – he carries losses on his record to David Tua (’98), Oleg Maskaev (’99), Lennox Lewis (’01), Evander Holyfield (’02) and most recently the full-time lawyer, part-time boxer/wrestler John Ruiz (’03). I know that the guy’s only notable victories are a 5th round KO of Lennox Lewis (via a perfect right against an under-estimating opponent), a 7th round TKO of Corrie Sanders (after having been on the canvas early in the fight) and an uninspired UD over buddy Monte Barrett a few months ago (a guy who has no power).… continue
LAS VEGAS, Nevada (October 31, 2005) - WBC Continental Americas Super Lightweight champion Donald Camarena has positioned himself to make a run for a world title. Camarena has his radar set on NABF and newly crowned WBC International champion Herman Ngoudjo. continue
31.10.05 - Joan "The Sycuan Warrior" Guzman just got lucky in Las Vegas. It was decided during the final day's session at the World Boxing Organization's annual convention that the undefeated Guzman, a former WBO world champ at 122 pounds, is the mandatory challenger to next fight current WBO featherweight (126 pounds) champion Scott Harrison. continue
31.10.05 - In two match-ups that typify the essence of the SHOWTIME boxing series, “ShoBox: The New Generation,” four outstanding prospects will face their toughest tests on Friday, Nov. 4, 2005, to see if they are ready for major title contention. The first explosive pairing features “ShoBox” veteran, Sechew “Iron Horse” Powell in a 10-round junior middleweight war against IBF No. 12 contender Archak “Shark Attack” Ter-Meliksetian. continue
31.10.05 - By Michael Klimes: When it was recently announced that Danny Williams will fight Audley Harrison on December 10th, I allowed myself a pleasant smile, as the British Heavyweights finally seem to have a definitive clash of some meaning. For a long time, the domestic heavyweight scene in Britain has caused obscurity and confusion but that finally seems to about to clear up, finally.
In 2000, Audley Harrison won the Gold medal in the Super Heavyweight division at the Olympics in Sidney and proclaimed himself "the prodigal son, I am giving something back." While, at the same time, British Champion and Commonwealth Champion Danny Williams looked set for the international scene, as he went to Berlin and fought the then rugged European Champion Sinan Samil Sam. However, Williams performed miserably, and made people question his boxing ability. Instead of choosing to box the heavy hitting Sinan Samil, Williams brawled with him and was extinguished by the Turkish man's heavier punches. continue
NEW YORK (Sept. 31, 2005) – The long and winding path to superstardom is quickly approaching its zenith for talented, undefeated Jeff “Left Hook” Lacy, who will defend his International Boxing Federation (IBF) and International Boxing Organization (IBO) super middleweight titles against IBF No. 5 contender Scott “The Sandman” Pemberton on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING Saturday, Nov. 5, 2005, at 9 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the west coast). continue
31.10.05 - Super-featherweight hot-shot Kevin Mitchell has signed a new contract with his promoter Frank Warren that could lead to a future super-fight against Amir Khan. The Dagenham youngster, who turned 21 last Saturday, will continue to be promoted by Warren for a further two and half years and top of his agenda is a showdown with the Olympic Silver Medallist. continue
31.10.05 - Due to the carnage caused by Hurricane Wilma, comebacking former linear heavyweight champion Shannon “Brooklyn” Briggs, 43-4-1 (37 KOs), has been forced to pull out of his fight with Saul Montana scheduled for November 4 at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City. continue
31.10.05 - By John Way: Following his impressive win over Marco Angel Perez this summer, Juan "The Hispanic Causing Panic" Lazcano is set to battle fringe contender Courtney Burton two weeks from now. Juan is known throughout the boxing community for both his murderous punching power and innate killer instinct; twin aspects that have managed to make him one of the most feared lightweights in the world.
Turning pro in his native Mexico, Lazcano reeled off the obligatory series of easy knockouts against low quality opposition to start off his career. When he finally stepped up in class, it was against former world champion, Jesse James Leija, who had fought everyone from Oscar De La Hoya, to Shane Mosely during his lengthy career. Known for being a brilliant ring general, Leija was frequently able to make his larger opponent miss, while stepping inside with counter punches of his own. Struggling every step of the way, Lazcano barely ground out a split decision in a fight that many ringsiders thought Leija should have won. His dubious win over "The Texas Tornado" was followed by more inconsequential victories, before Lazcano faced another former champion, this time in the form of rock hard Puerto Rican brawler, John John Molina. Known for his ability to absorb punishment to the extreme, Molina was run over with relative ease by Lazcano, who never gave his opponent a chance to get going, ending the fight in eleven bloody rounds. After the win over Molina, Lazcano knocked out Julio Alvarez in four sensational rounds on Showtime for the entire world to see, further adding to his blossoming following. continue
30.10.05 - By Joseph Carlo Russo: The October 29th Boxeo De Oro card presented by Oscar DeLaHoya's Golden Boy Promotions featured some of the finest lighter weight fighters in the world including top batamweights Ratanachai Sor Vorapin and Jhonny Gonzalez, top junior bantamweight Fernando Montiel, and top junior flyweight Hugo Cazares. This bill created for an excellent night of boxing as one of the greatest boxing nations in the world flexed its muscles once again. continue
30.10.05 - Three Hennessy Sports talents featured in exhilarating contests on away soil this weekend. Lenny Daws and John Murray registered impressive stoppage victories, whilst Esham Pickering featured in one of the contests of 2005. Londoner Daws travelled to the Borough Hall in Hartlepool to take on Oscar Hall from nearby Darlington on Friday night (October 28th) in a final eliminator for the English light welterweight title. He proved beyond doubt that he is ready for Championship class. continue
WOBURN, Mass. (October 30, 2005) - It's been eight and one-half years since Roy "House of" Payne (19-12-4, 6 KOs) won a four-round decision against John "House of Rain" Rainwater (10-11-3, 3 KOs). The Worcester cruiserweights disagree about why they haven't had a rematch, each accusing the other of ducking out of their cross-town rivalry, throwing many more barbs than punches over the years. continue
29.10.05 - By Justin Hackman: As the snow begins to melt and Spring is in the air, baseball fans on the North Side of Chicago have annually believed that "This is our year!" Nevermind our sub .500 season last year. And nevermind the fact that our two aces are having reconstructive surgery in their throwing elbows. Cub fans find a way to convince themselves that they will win a championship. This false pretense is not grounded in anything substantial—they latch on to an element of the team and claim it as the second coming: "Well this offseason we picked up that shortstop who almost went to the playoffs with that one team." Though exaggerated, my imitation of these delusional fans happens to be just as strong (or weak) as their well thought out arguments that hold no validity.
Enter Hasim Rahman: a boxer who had his glory days with one strong right hand which landed the former champ right on his behind. continue
29.10.05 - By Per Ake Persson: Oranienburg, Germany: Local favourite Marco Schulze won the IBF I/C jr middle title by stopping Austrian Gotthard Hinteregger at 1.00 of the eleventh when Italian referee Angelo Musone stepped in to save Hinteregger from further punishment. The Austrian protested the call but was wobbly, not firing back and had throughout an "old" look about him as the young and fresh Schulze pressured him around the ropes. continue
29.10.05 - By Per Ake Persson: Universum and Spotlight Boxing announced yesterday the main program for most of the remaining shows for 2005. November 15 in Goeppingen WBO I/C cruiser king Firat Arsklan headlines with the Spotlight Boxing "eliminator" between heavies Valery Chechenev and Alex Mazikin in the chief support. continue
October 28, 2005 - Mexico City. From WBC President Jose Sulaiman: The World Boxing Council unanimously approved the reduction from 17 to 13 weight categories in female boxing, after a thorough review of this matter by the Medical Committee. Female boxers have been found to compete in many different divisions, sacrificing or giving advantage to their opponents in many fights. The following are the definite 13 weight divisions approved during the 43rd Annual World Convention of the WBC in Spain: continue
28.10.05 - By Tim Nielson: On November 12th, Vitali Klitschko will be defending his WBC heavyweight title against the heavy punching Hasim Rahman at the Thomas and Mack Center, in Las Vegas, For Rahman, he will be trying to regain the WBC belt, which he lost by vicious knockout to Lennox Lewis on November 17, 2001. Rahman, if anything, has a lot of power in his right hand, which, in my opinion, is his only hope in this fight. Rashman’s boxing ability is average, with him being able to outbox slower or smaller fighters. However, in facing Vitali Klitschko, a 6’8,” 250 pound giant, with exceptional power and boxing ability, Rahman will be facing a stern test. Strange things can happen, and perhaps Rahman can reach back four years and find another big right hand bomb to stop Klitschko in his tracks, yet based on Rahman’s recent history, and his dreadful performance against Monte Barrett, who Rahman defeated in boring, 12-round decision on August 13, 2005, it doesn’t seem too likely.
To Rahman’s credit, he has won his last six fights, defeating a string of B-level fighters, most of whom he completely dominated. His recent come back has not been without a scare, when he barely squeaked by the journeyman, Al Cole, winning a close decision on March 11, 2004, that many people thought should have been ruled a draw. However, going from a fighter, such as Monte Barrett or Al Cole, to then take on one of the very top heavyweights, if not the best, in Vitali Klitschko, is a huge step to take for anyone, and with potentially disastrous results. continue
28.10.05 - By Kevin Dinkins: Tye Fields (35-1, 32 KO’s) wasted little time in knocking out former WBA heavyweight champion Bruce Seldon (35-6, 31 KO's) in the 2nd round on Friday night at the Orleans Hotel & Casino, in Las Vegas. The fight itself seemed to be fought in slow motion, with the big, slow moving Fields plodding forward against the 38-year-old Seldon, who’s physique looked nothing like his former well muscled self. continue
28.10.05 - VITALI KLITSCHKO: Good afternoon everybody, Vitali Klitschko talking from Los Angeles. And I am really happy to talk with everyone and explain, to give an answer for many questions and to, yeah I want to say hello everybody and I am ready to explain how doing with preparation, how I see the fight and yeah to give you answer for a lot of questions. continue
28.10.05 - By Jim Amato: All I can say is, "Holy Smokes!" If this is a preview of things to come, then the upcoming year in boxing should be a good one. Three tentatively scheduled bouts could create a lot of fan interest and some serious fireworks. For starters, former champions, Shane Mosley and Fernando Vargas are rumored to be on a collision course on February 25th. I find this to be a very intriguing match up that, I wish, would have taken place a few years ago, when both were on top of their game. continue
28.10.05 - By Marcus Wood: In one corner a man about to attempt to rescue his legacy against the younger man who took his titles and about to take his place in history away from him. In the other the undefeated champion of the world about to cement his place as the new number one middleweight in the world and truly prove he deserves it in the only way possible.
Yes, Jermain Taylor- Bernard Hopkins II could have been written in Hollywood. The young, undefeated champion goes up against the wily former champion. One about to begin a legacy the other trying to rescue his. To top the story Taylor took the title away from Hopkins, ending a run of 20 consecutive defences. In their first match it was Taylor who had more to fight for. Winning meant becoming the Undisputed Middleweight Champion of the World at the expense of a very worthy champion, had he lost although it would have hurt losing against one of the best pound for pound fighters today at that point in his career wouldn't have been too humiliating. continue
28.10.05 - Aussie puncher Nedal Hussein will hit WBO World Featherweight king Scott Harrison for six when they meet at the Breahead Arena on November 5. With Australia's losing the Ashes to England and Ricky Hatton dethroning former IBF World Light-Welterweight king Kostya Tszyu, it has been a washout year so far the sportsmen down under but dynamite-hitter Hussein aims to reverse that. continue
28.10.05 - Classic Entertainment & Sports, Inc. (CES) announced today at the Hi Hat in Davol Square that it will close out its 2005 boxing season with a major event on Wednesday, November 23rd at the Rhode Island Convention Center in Downtown Providence, Rhode Island. continue
28.10.05 - PRIDE AND GLORY, promoted by Dominic Pesoli's 8 Count Productions, HOME OF THE BEST IN CHICAGO BOXING and Oscar De La Hoya's Golden Boy Promotions along with with Miller Lite and TCF Bank, is headlined by a ten round lightweight battle between Juan "The Hispanic Causing Panic" Lazcano, 34-3-1 (26KO's) of El Paso, TX and Courtney Burton, 21-4 (11KO's) of Grand Rapids, MI. continue
28.10.05 - By Wray Edwards , photos (c) Wray Edwards: Actually this is a great opportunity to include some pics of the fight which was just great. Sometimes when one gets one’s head really far up there, it’s hard to get things straight. Witness below, text which now properly reflects the outcome of the fight. The report was written below the Ibragimov-Ahunanya piece, and should have read as follows:
The other Russian there that night, was even more successful. Lightweight Rustam Nugaev, 15-4-0 (7KO) now living in Hollywood, Florida took on Mexican Luis Arceo, 19-3-2 (13) from Aguascalientes, AG. Luis “El Vampiro” lives in Tijuana the minor Mecca of Mexican boxing. It was Arceo who experienced “hot water” once again. continue
MASHANTUCKET, Conn. (October 28, 20054) - Iraqi War veteran Sgt. Eric Manzebo leads the U.S. Marines Boxing Team from Camp Lejeune (NC) on the second annual Great Northeast Tour, promoted by S & L Boxing, and headlined by the November 11th Veterans' Day Spectacular at Foxwoods Resort Casino. continue
27.10.05 – We are disappointed that the International Olympic Committee did not accept the International Amateur Boxing Association's (AIBA's) proposal to add the sport of women's boxing to the Olympic program for the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China. continue
NEW YORK (Oct. 27, 2005) – Mario Santiago surprised a lot of people, but not himself, with his impressive fifth-round TKO over International Boxing Federation (IBF) No. 15 featherweight Cornelius Lock Friday on the SHOWTIME boxing series, “ShoBox: The New Generation.” continue
27.10.05 - Danny Williams reckons beating up Audley Harrison will be sweeter than knocking-out Mike Tyson. The Brixton puncher takes on Harrison at the ExCeL London on Saturday 10 December in the biggest all-British heavyweight clash since Lennox Lewis-Frank Bruno 12 years ago. Dynamite Dan shocked the world when he flattened former undisputed king Tyson last July in Louisville to earn a shot a WBC king Vitali Klitschko which he lost despite a brave performance.
Williams maintains that his victory over Tyson ranks as the highlight of his career but that will be topped by sparking out his mouthy rival.
"I'm feeling mean and moody about this fight which is exactly the same way as I did in the build up to the fight against Tyson," said Williams. continue
27.10.05 - By Per Ake Persson: Sauerland Event have now officially announced WBA heavy champ John Ruiz's defence against Russian Nikolai Valuev December 17 at the 10 000-seat Max Schmeling Hall in Berlin. The Greatest, Muhammad Ali, will be ringside and daughter Laila will defend her title against Russian Angelika Torskaja. Ex-champ Evander Holyfield is on the show - if he pass the medicals. According to Fight Fax Holyfield is still under a suspension from the state of New York for "poor performance" and "detoriating skills" but it is an administrative suspension and not a medical one and Evander is thus free to fight elsewhere even in the US. continue
27.10.05 - On December 17 the city of Berlin will become the capital of the world of Boxing. Nikolai "The Russian Giant" Valuev will fight World Champion John Ruiz for the WBA Heavyweight Crown and the biggest names in boxing will be ringside at the Max-Schmeling-Arena. Next to promoters Don King and Wilfried Sauerland will be Muahmmed Ali at ringside. continue
27.10.05 - Current Irish middleweight champion Matthew Macklin is back in the U.S. to continue his campaign for a fight with unbeaten puncher, John Duddy. Macklin made his U.S. debut in August stopping former Duddy victim Leo Laudat in three rounds in Atlantic City. Macklin is back in action Stateside tomorrow night (Friday, October 28th) when he takes on Anthony Little in Philadelphia. continue
27.10.05 - Compiled by Aaron King
1. Floyd Mayweather Jr. (140)
What else can be said? He’s the best thing going and has another chance to shine coming up on Nov. 19 against Sharmba Mitchell.
2. Winky Wright (160)
His domination of Felix Trinidad once and for all uncovered Wright’s true tactical genius (if his wins over Shane Mosley weren’t already enough). He’s set to meet Sam Soliman on Dec. 10. continue
27.10.05 - By Jim Amato: I recently attended the Trumbull County ( Ohio ) Legends Of Leather Awards Banquet in Niles, Ohio. This year it was in honor of the outstanding ex-welterweight and middleweight contender Tony Janiro of Youngstown. It was a nice turn out and guests of honor Tracy Janiro Zingaro who is Tony's grand daughter and her husband Michael were presented with a beautiful portrait of Tony painted by Legends Of Leather member John Lees. continue
26.10.05 - By John Ruiz: Toney, You should have kept your big mouth shut. If you were going to respond to my request for a stricter steroid policy in boxing -- random testing -- you should have at least told the world the real "TRUTH".....You are a liar AND a cheat! continue
26.10.05 - Former amateur stand-out Aaron Williams goes for win #5 at the Guilty Fight Night this Friday, October 28th at the Orleans Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, NV. This is the second fight in as many weeks for Williams (4-0-1, 3 KO’s), a former 9-time National Amateur Champion. On October 17th, Williams stopped Mike Waters in the 1st round in Ontario, CA. The busy Las Vegas Cruiserweight is looking to fight three more times before year’s end. continue
26.10.05 - By Kevin Kincade: When Mike Tyson knocked out Berbick to win the WBC Belt, the division was in a mess, much as it is today. Tim Witherspoon was the owner of the WBA Title, and Michael Spinks, the IBF title holder, was widely regarded as the real champ, based on his defeat of Larry Holmes. Not long after Tyson vanquished Trevor, “Terrible” Tim Witherspoon found himself on the canvas three times in the opening round at the unlikely hands of “Bonecrusher” Smith and Spinks found himself strapless as well, due to his refusal to face the IBF’s #1 contender, Tony “TNT” Tucker. So, Tyson, wanting to unify the title, signed to fight Smith in what many believed was going to be Foreman-Lyle all over again; but Mike Tyson has a strange effect on many of his opponents whether he knocks them out or not. For 12 of the dullest rounds anybody has ever witnessed, Tyson performed an interesting magic trick turning the Bonecrusher into the Bonehugger before our very eyes. Two down, one to go…..or was it two?
Shortly after the IBF stripped Spinks of his belt, Tucker signed to fight the #2, a fellow by the name of James “Buster” Douglas, for the right to be called “champion”, according to the International Boxing Federation. continue
26.10.05 - Photos: TOM CASINO / SHOWTIME: In two match-ups that typify the essence of the SHOWTIME boxing series, “ShoBox: The New Generation,’’ four outstanding prospects will face their toughest tests to date on FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 2005 (11 p.m. ET/PT). The first explosive pairing features “ShoBox” veteran, Sechew “Iron Horse” Powell (17-0, 11 KOs) in a 10-round junior middleweight war against International Boxing Federation (IBF) No. 12 contender Archak “Shark Attack” Ter-Meliksetian (15-1, 12 KOs). continue
26.10.05 - By Joseph Carlo Russo: There was a time when boxing was ranked as the number two sport in The United States preceding baseball. A champion would fight and entire neighborhoods, counties, and cities would stop. The sport was made accessible and therefore it was made enjoyable. Bouts would be showcased all over the country, and all over the world causing for an augmented fanbase, an increased familiarity, and an amassed interest in the sport. continue
Columbia, SC -(October 26, 2005) - An evening of action-packed professional boxing will be held live at the Jamil Shrine Temple during “Fight Night In The Midlands” Saturday, November 5, 2005 at 8 p.m. Presented by Dream Fight Boxing Promotions, this event will introduce and offer residents of the Columbia Riverbanks Region a venue for professional live boxing. This event was rescheduled due to Hurricane Rita. continue
26.10.05 - By Gabriel DeCrease: Jeff Lacy’s meteoric rise to stardom has brought more attention to the super-middleweight division than anything else in recent memory. The young champion has succeeded where a host of others including Markus Beyer and Joe Calzaghe have failed. He has made 168-poud fighters look like part of a legitimate weight class that is more than a pit stop between the middleweight and light heavyweight divisions. The division has not seen this much exposure since a prime Roy Jones Jr. was wrangling with fan-favorites James Toney and Vinny Pazienza. Lacy is undefeated in 20 fights, with 16 wins inside the distance, going into his rumble with the rugged veteran Scott Pemberton who owns a record of 29-3 with 24 knockouts to his credit.
Though the tendency is to want to make a case for his chances of pulling off an upset in the twilight of his career, Pemberton looks to have bitten off a great deal more than he will be able to chew, despite his granite jaw. continue
26.10.05 - By Joe Harrison: On Saturday, Oct. 29th, Desert Diamond Casino and Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions will have four WBO world championship bouts on their fight card. Ratanachai Sor Vorapin (65-8, 42 KOs) will defend his bantamweight title against number one ranked Jhonny Gonzalez (30-4, 26 KOs). Last time Gonzalez fought, he destroyed William Gonzalez with a third round knockout. continue
26.10.05 - Arturo Gatti and Micky Ward, two fighters who will forever be linked thanks to their epic trilogy in 2002 -2003, will join forces on October 27 to combat pediatric cancer, it was announced today by Main Events CEO Kathy Duva. The two will appear at the 4th Annual “Chicago Labor's Fight Night” event, which will take place on October 27 continue
26.10.05 - By Per Ake Persson: Former EBU welter champ Christian Bladt, who´s lost four out of five the last two years fighting on the road, has come to terms with Team Palle and makes his debut November 4 in Silkeborg. Bladt takes on Belrussian Marat Khuzeev. Khuzeev was originally to have fought Reda Zam Zam, who now will square off against Italian Alessio Furlan. continue
26.10.05 - Undefeated Jeff “Left Hook” Lacy will defend his IBF and IBO super middleweight titles against IBF No. 5 contender Scott “The Sandman” Pemberton on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING Saturday, Nov. 5, 2005, at 9 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the west coast). In a second world title fight, IBF Bantamweight Champion Rafael Marquez will defend against IBO/IBF No. 1 contender, Silence Mabuza.
Question: Rafael, what are your thoughts going into the fight and how is training going?
Marquez: Right now, I feel very, very good. I am well over the flu. My training has been proceeding at 100 percent I am physically and mentally in excellent condition and I want to be able to go into Lake Tahoe and give a great show for all the fight fans. continue
26.10.05 - Commonwealth and European super bantamweight champion Esham Pickering is unfazed at the prospect of facing British king Michael Hunter in his hometown on Friday night, (October 28th). Whilst the Hennessy Sports promoted 29-year-old faces a partisan crowd at the Borough Hall in Hartlepool, he has proved in the past that surrendering home advantage does not affect his performance. He sees no reason for anything to be different this time around. continue
26.10.05 - It takes a big man to step into the shoes of Herbie Hide. Step forward John Murray. The super featherweight sensation will showcase his talents to an International audience after leaping at an offer from his promoter Mick Hennessy to provide the British interest on this Saturday's promotion at the Lac Leamy Casino in Quebec, following Hide's decision to withdraw. continue
Question: Jeff, everyone seemed to think that your next fight would be against Joe Calzaghe, but it is going to be against Scott Pemberton. Was that a letdown at all?
Lacy: No. By him (Calzaghe) taking a fight two months out for a bigger fight, I knew (our fight) was not going to happen. So we just moved on. It is a disappointment that the fans will not get to see who the best 168-pound world champ is, but I have to carry on with my career.
Question: Scott, what is going through your head now as your near your first world title fight?
Pemberton: I just have to prepare the best that I can. I feel great and I am ready to rock and roll.
Question: Scott, what is the key to winning this fight?
Pemberton: Not making any mistakes. I am in with a great fighter. I am just going to go out and try to utilize my jab and give angles and do what you are supposed to do in boxing. continue
26.10.05 - The spotlight shifts back to the heavyweights this week on the New England Ringside Radio Network as Shannon Briggs (43-4-1, 37 KOs) and former IBF & WBA champion Michael Moorer join NER's corner Thursday night. 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
26.10.05 - By Mike Indri, Retired Boxers Foundation: While establishing themselves as one of the biggest and most respected forces within the business of big-time boxing, the New Jersey based promotional company Main Events has never lost sight of the foundation which has led to it’s ultimate prominence. continue
26.10.05 - Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing proudly announces they will be working with rejuvenated lightweight contender Nate “The Galaxxy Warrior” Campbell, in association with One Punch Productions. “I will be promoting Nate Campbell’s upcoming bouts,” confirms Star Boxing President Joe DeGuardia. “He’s proven himself one of the world’s best 135-lb fighters and we’re looking for a big fight for him.” continue
25.10.05 - By Gabriel DeCrease: When Diego Corrales went to war with Acelino Freitas he gave everything and never quit. Chico took heavy fire and gave the same in a seesaw battle that found both men in frantic-control of the fight throughout the early rounds. Then the brutal ebb-and-flow broke and the tide began to roll in Diego’s favor. At some point in the fight Freitas realized that—for the first time in his career—he was facing an opponent who was simultaneously as courageous and as heavy handed as himself. This realization quickly turned the self-satisfied grin that Popo had worn for the length of his professional career into a look of stern worry. Corrales saw the change in his opponent as the bell started the eighth round, and so the comebacking Chico took it straight to Freitas who failed the gut-check and found the floor three times before waving off the referee and surrendering in the tenth round of his greatest test. This was the second time “No Mas” fired from a vanquished champion’s mouth like cannon fire signaling the shocking and sudden end to a war. continue
25.10.05 - From WBC President Jose Sulaiman: “I spoke today on the phone with the Governor of the State of Quintana Roo, Felix Arturo Gonzalez Canto, to convey my own and the WBC’s feelings of solidarity, as well as the organization’s full support, as modest as it may be. continue
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - Undefeated NABF Champion Robert "The Ghost" Guerrero has been named honorary captain for Team USA when Team Mexico comes to San Francisco for the biggest amateur boxing event of the year. continue
25.10.05 - By James Toney: "I've kept my mouth shut as it relates to responding to the continual and annoying accusations, grandstanding and somewhat disingenuous comments made by either John Ruiz or one of his mouthpieces.
However, enough is enough. Most real fighters do their talking with their fists and not their mouths...remember I said real fighters. Ruiz has done nothing but cry since being handed his WBA belt back. If he was a real man, a real fighter, he would have tried to get me back into the ring to show everyone that James Toney could not have kicked his ass if my test didn't show up positive. But he knows what I stated as the cause of my positive test was the TRUTH....prescribed medication used to reduce inflammation in my recent bicep/triceps surgery. If this wasn't the case, and he actually believed that I was using performance enhancing drugs to beat him, I can only think he would want this overblown middleweight, with the world watching his next drug test, to get back into the ring with him immediately so he could manhandle me as he said he could have done without the positive test. continue
25.10.05 - Whilst Kevin Mitchell has been busy claiming that he wants to win three world titles and retire a legend, his domestic super featherweight rival Billy Corcoran has got on with the business of proving himself the best in the country. That is a status Mitchell will have to challenge before attempting to fulfil his ambitions. Corcoran, who won the English super featherweight title in sensational fashion on Friday night at the York Hall in Bethnal Green - is more than happy to give him his opportunity. continue
25.10.05 - By Ike Enwereuzor : In a 12 round main event, November 4, 2005 at Silkeborg Hallerne in Denmark, the current WBO Intercontinental Super Middleweight Champion, Lolenga "The Leopard" Mock (24-9) 8KO'S from Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo now based in Denmark will make his first title defense against former WBO intercontinental Champ, Russian, Yuri Tsarenko (24-13-1) with 16KO's. continue
25.10.06 - On Wednesday, October 26, Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing returns with a seven-fight black-tie dinner-show benefit at the Hilton Hotel in New York City in support of, and in conjunction with, the Fighters’ Initiative for Support and Training (F.I.S.T.) organization. continue
25.10.05 - By M.C. (Mike) Southorn: As the turn of the century approached, The Championship was again vacant. Gentleman John Jackson had taken The Title from Daniel Mendoza in perhaps the biggest fight in boxing history to date, and then he had cast it aside in favour of boxing administration. No-one knew it at the time, but the immediate future of The Championship lay in the hands of three teenaged friends from Bristol, Jem Belcher, Henry Pearce and John Gully.
Jem Belcher was the first to box: Born 15 April 1781, Belcher was the grandson of the notorious Jack Slack, and the great, great grandson of James Figg, the Father of British boxing. Belcher felt that it was his destiny to be Champion. He was right. He began his career at 17 at Lansdown Fair near Bath, and by 1799 he was fighting in London. continue
25.10.05 - COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO. - A young, talented corps of athletes will represent the United States at the 2005 World Amateur Boxing Championships, November 12-21 in Mianyang City, China. The 11-athlete delegation is composed of eight reigning national champions, a World Military champion and a National PAL champ. continue
25.10.05 - Two United States’ boxers took home gold from the 2005 Tammer Tournament, October 10-13 in Tampere, Finalnd. Lightweight Danny Garcia (Philadelphia, Pa.) and light welterweight Willie Nelson (Cleveland, Ohio) both won their first international titles at the event which featured nine of the 2005 Under 19 National Champions. continue
25.10.05 - Boxing history is replete with trilogies. The one that usually springs to the fight fan's mind first is the classic series of bouts between heavyweights Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier. Now Israel Vazquez, a world champion promoted exclusively by Sycuan Ringside Promotions, is getting ready to complete his ring trilogy with another world champ, Oscar "Chololo" Larios. continue
24.10.05 - By Gabriel DeCrease: Vitali Klitschko occupies the seat at the head of the heavyweight table, but it is a dubious divisional gridlock that holds his place. After his spirited performance against Lennox Lewis, in the twilight of the Briton’s career, Vitaly moved into the position of heir-apparent to the heavyweight throne, a role once thought reserved for his younger and more stylistically pleasing brother Wladmir. Vitaly quickly nabbed WBC strap and seemed off to a decent start by defending easily against Tyson-conqueror-of-the-week Danny Williams.
Dr. Ironfist was cruising toward a June collision with a rejuvenated Hasim Rahman, and the boxing public was finally ready for a real heavyweight title fight, or something as close to one as can be made with the current field. Then Vitaly fell apart. A torn thigh muscle delayed his date with destiny, and then refused to heal…again the Rahman fight was pushed back. Finally, with the champ’s legs back underneath him, it seemed like a prime time showdown was soon to follow. continue
LAS VEGAS (October 24, 2005) - The World Boxing Association's 84th annual convention is next week (October 31-November 5) in South Korea and WBA heavyweight champion John "The Quietman" Ruiz is petitioning the organization to mandate random testing for performance enhancing drugs and to maintain the current two-year bam from WBA ratings for any boxer who violates the drug rules. continue
24.10.05 - By Per Ake Persson: EBU bantam champ Simone Maludrottu´s oft-postponed defence of the title against Belgian Carmelo Ballone will now go ahead November 12 in Oristano (Italy). French flies Franck Gorjux and Alain Bonnel clash for the vacant EU 112 lb title December 9 in Henin Beaumont. continue
NEW YORK (October 24, 2005) - On Friday, Nov. 4, 2005, “ShoBox: The New Generation” presents what many consider its greatest fight card since the popular series debuted in July 2001. The first explosive pairing features “ShoBox” veteran, undefeated Sechew Powell, in a 10-round junior middleweight scrap against once-beaten IBF No. 12 contender Archak Ter-Meliksetian. continue
24.10.05 - By Wray Edwards, Photo (copyright) Wray Edwards -- The last time we saw Jeff Lacy was in Tampa at the Jones-Tarver posing contest which was strangely held in a boxing ring. He was out front signing autographs and hanging with his homies. He had a ready smile and plenty of time to spend with his friends and fans. The talk then was of hunting down Joe Calzaghe and his fans in England. Since then Jeff’s management has been working to keep their champion busy and tuned up. The current target of opportunity is Scotty Pemberton. The following quotes from the two fighters are courtesy of Shannon Johnson of Caesars Tahoe:
STATELINE, NV. — The long and winding path to superstardom is quickly approaching its zenith for talented, undefeated Jeff “Left Hook” Lacy, who will defend his IBF and 1B0 super middleweight titles against IBF No. 5 contender Scott “The Sandman” Pemberton on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING Saturday, Nov. 5, 2005, at 9 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the west coast). Gary Shaw Productions, LLC will promote the event from Caesars Tahoe in Lake Tahoe, Nev.
“I go into every fight with the same mindset and that is to put on a good show and, most importantly, to win,” Lacy (20-0, 16 KOs), of St. Petersburg, Fla., said. “For me, it is all about winning.” continue
24.10.05 - Former World Boxing Association heavyweight champion Bruce Seldon of Camden, N.J., faces Tye Fields of Las Vegas in the 10-round main event on the nationally and internationally televised “Guilty Fight Night” card promoted by Guilty Boxing Oct. 28, at the Orleans Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nev. continue
24.10.05 - ZAGREB, Croatia—After World Boxing Council light heavyweight champion Tomasz Adamek successfully defended his title for the first time against mandatory challenger Thomas Ulrich by sixth-round knockout on Saturday in Düsseldorf, Germany, his promoter Don King departed on Sunday for a state visit to Croatia. continue
23.10.05 - By Gabriel Decrease: Arturo Gatti is one of modern pugilism’s most beloved and electrifying warriors. Whether you worship him as a courageous blood-and-guts hero, or you write him off as a flat-footed slugger that lacks the technical flare to challenge the top guys in any division, Gatti has left an indelible mark on the face of boxing over the last fifteen years as deep and prominent as the scars left on his own mug. He can sell any fight. The masses will watch him blow out a mediocre opponent like Gianluca Branco. And they will watch him walk the line toward certain doom as he did against the slick and speedy Floyd Mayweather. Arturo Gatti is one of those rare competitors that we will tune in—or even pay steep pay-per-view prices—to see fight. He knows this, and so he’s climbing the slippery slope back from crushing defeat, again, to chase another title shot.) continue
22.10.05 - Friday at the Turning Stone Casino, Amherst, New York's 18-year-old power punching sensation, Vincent Arroyo, brought his record to a perfect 2-0 (2 KOs) by stopping Ohio's Shane Gierke at 1:44 of round two. The pulverizing super lightweight has vowed to level anyone who tries to stop him from becoming the next Puerto Rican/American superstar in boxing. continue
22.10.05 - By Tony Nobbs: In a cracker of a ten rounder Sharon Anyos captured the WBC's inaugral world featherweight crown at the Gold Coast Convention Center in Queensland on Saturday night. Anyos, 35, prevailed by scores of 97-93 (Gus Mercurio) and 96-94 (Ken Murita and Noppharat Sricharoen) over Marcela Eliana Acuna, 29, from Argentina but was made to work extremely hard through out to keep her gritty and very willing opponent at bay. continue
22.10.05 - By Andy Meacock: Around about 5 months ago, I wrote an article for ESB titled, ‘Come June 4th, Hatton Commits Tszyu-icide!’. Now without bringing it all back up I predicted that Kostya Tszyu would stop Ricky Hatton in or around the sixth round. Clearly I got that one wrong as the younger and hungrier warrior Hatton would stop the aging champion at the end of a gruelling battle for both men.
Now since then Hatton has signed to fight WBA champion Carlos Maussa on November 26th in Sheffield, England. Tszyu however has been less decisive with his plans. Since June 4th, Tszyu has been taking time out to contemplate whether on not he should further his boxing career. It’s quite understandable that he takes a lot of time out to make the right decision, especially when you consider the mental, physical and emotional devastation he went through against Hatton. continue
22.10.05 - By Per Ake Persson: Pablo "Huracan" Navascues won the vacant TWBA I/C jr middle title with an unanimous points win over former EBU welter champ Christian Bladt yesterday (Oct 21) in Madrid on a Tundra vs Barcelo show. In the co-headliner Franklin Theran won the WBO I/C 122 lb crown with a sixth round stoppage of Yersin Jailauov. continue
22.10.05 - by Aaron King: Top-ranked welterweight Joshua Clottey scored a unanimous decision victory over Detroit’s Marlon Thomas Friday night at the Turning Stone Resort and Casino in Verona, N.Y. The card was apart of DiBella Entertainment’s “Broadway Boxing” series. Clottey (28-1, 20 KOs), who came into the bout ranked number two by the WBC, had trouble getting inside the longer Thomas (35-6-1, 21 KOs) throughout the evening. continue
22.10.05 - By Kent Appel @ Ringside - The Pechanga Resort and Casino in Temecula, California was the scene of a world class professional boxing card on Friday October 21, 2005. The live card, portions of which were broadcast on Fox Sports Network's the Best Damn Sports Show Period, featured six bouts and it was promoted by Goossen Tutor Promotions.
The card was headlined by former world welterweight champion Vernon Forrest of Atlanta, Georgia who continued his comeback after losing his welterweight title in 2003 by a second round knockout to Ricardo Mayorga and again losing a rematch against Mayorga by a twelve round decision later that same year. Forrest scored his second win this year, after a two year layoff, by defeating Elco Garcia of Durango Colorado by a tenth round knockout.
The end of the bout came in a bizarre fashion because after controlling the action for nine rounds using a variety of effective punches with both hands, in the tenth and final round Forrest threw a hard left hook at Garcia and in doing so he found himself on the canvas from the momentum of the punch. continue
22.10.05 - By Jeff Bastasini: WBO light heavyweight champion Zsolt Erdei (23-0, 14 KO’s), born in Hungary, stopped the knockout artist Mehdi Sahnoune (31-2, 27 KO’s) in the 12th round on Saturday night at the Brandberge Arena in Halle, Germany. After absorbing a great deal of punishment from the hard punching Sahnoune during the middle rounds from 5 to 9, and trailing in the fight, Erdai came back to control the action in rounds 10, 11 and 12. continue
22.10.05 - It was four out of four for Hennessy Sports promoted fighters at the York Hall in Bethnal Green on Friday night, (October 21st), with Junior Witter, Billy Corcoran, John O’Donnell and Dave Stewart all registering victories. For Witter – who defended his British, Commonwealth and European light welterweight titles against the extremely well supported Colin Lynes - it was a case of getting the job done. continue
22.10.05 - By Kevin Kincade: Is Mike Tyson an All-Time Great? That is, without a doubt, the $64,000 dollar question. There are those who worship the ground he stalks on and those who claim he is the most overrated fighter to ever don gloves. In truth, I have fallen into the second category for the last few years; but recently I had a bit of a revelation. I was re-reading a seething ascertainment I had written concerning Tyson's place in history and was in the process of lauding over how well I had articulated my case when I realized, despite all of the flawless punctuation, and fitting diatribes, I had broken one of my cardinal rules concerning this man and my conclusion concerning his career. I had unabashedly harped on how Mike failed to live up to his potential. The cardinal rule that I broke is a simple one: Judge a fighter on his deeds, not the expectations placed upon him. A fighter must never be placed or misplaced on what they could have done; but solely on what they did do. continue
22.10.05 - Former heavyweight contender David Tua won a split decision over Cisse Salif on Friday night at the Seminole Hard Rock Live Arena. Tua won the fight on two judges' scorecards (98-92 and 96-94). The third judge scored the bout for Salif (96-94). There were no knockdowns. In an earlier bout, Zuri Lawrence won a unanimous decision over two-time heavyweight title challenger Jameel McCline. continue
21.10.05 - By Jim Amato: What if...Two of the greatest bantamweights from Mexico would have clashed in their prime? Let's start with Olivares fresh off his second victory over the ever rugged Chu Chu Castillo. That victory avenged his only career defeat up to that time in his illustrious career. He also reclaimed the bantamweight title that he had originally won by stopping the game and talented Australian Lionel Rose. continue
21.10.05 - By Joseph Carlo Russo: The year 2005 has shown itself to be one of the most appetizingly eventful years that boxing has had in a while. Over the course of the last 12 months kings were dethroned, legends were ended, stakes were claimed, and heirs were crowned. It was a year where some of the most anticipated fights, the most crowd-pleasing fights, and the most necessary fights happened. In the process, heroes had fallen, upsets were staged, and wars were waged.
The year kicked off on a good note as the first significant bout coming on February 5 featured one of the unfortunate scarcities in boxing, an undisputed champion. As a mere 20,000 fans filled St. Louis to demonstrate that boxing is far from gone the undisputed welterweight champion Cory Spinks was set to defend his crown before his hometown in a much necessary rematch against Brooklyn, NY's Zab Judah. continue
21.10.05 - By Ike Enwereuzor: Tonight you will see an exciting matchup main event between hard hitting heavyweight prospect, Cissie "Cool C" Salif now (17-4) 16 KO's, from Mali in West Africa and now fighting out of Las Vegas, NV, and former world title challenger David "Tuaman" Tua at the Hard Rock, Hollywood, Florida. This fight was originally due to happen on August 26, but Tua pulled out due to health problems. Also, this card billed "the Rumble in the Rock," features former world title challenger Jameel McCline, who is taking on Zuri Lawrence. continue
21.10.05 - By Geoffrey Ciani: Once upon a time, David Tua was a promising young prospect with amazing potential. Sadly, however, his career has now descended into one of mediocrity and unfulfilled promise. When I think about the career of David Tua, one word comes to mind – “Disappointment”! – and that doesn’t even begin to tell the whole story.
In March of 1996, David Tua officially busted onto the heavyweight scene with his one round destruction of John Ruiz, on “HBO’s Night of the Young Heavyweights”. What he showed that night was an awesome display of raw power, having dispatched of Ruiz in a mere 19 seconds – that’s right, 19 seconds! Tua had already showed tremendous power prior to this fight, having stopped 19 of his first 22 opponents inside the distance, but beating Ruiz (his toughest test up until that point) in the manner he did was simply awesome. continue
HOLLYWOOD, FL, October 21, The stage has been set. The fighters are in town, they're primed for battle, and the show WILL go on at the Seminole Hard Rock Live Arena in Hollywood, Florida tonight, October 21st. And in spite of Hurricane Wilma, these Warriors are ready to "Rumble at The Rock." continue
21.10.05 - Almost six years after their epic 1999 battle, boxing icons Oscar De La Hoya and Felix Trinidad will finally meet again on Friday, October 21 – this time not as combatants, but as friends.“A boxing event in Puerto Rico just wouldn’t be the same without Felix Trinidad in attendance,” said Golden Boy Promotions President Oscar De La Hoya, the promoter of Friday’s “BATALLA EN EL COLISEO” show. continue
21.10.05 - When former heavyweight champion Michael Moorer hung up the gloves to become a trainer, he decided the best way to establish himself was to start with a talented young prospect and develop him into a champion. "I've had such excellent trainers to learn from in my career," he explains, "I wanted to display my skills by working with a green guy and developing him into a prospect." continue
21.10.05 - Tryouts for the upcoming season of “The Contender” in Miami have been postponed due to Hurricane Wilma. We will be rescheduling for a later date. Please check www.contendercasting.com for casting updates or call 1-800-480-7300 if you have any questions. Chicago and New York try out dates remain the same: continue
21.10.05 - Olympic gold medallist Andre Ward (Oakland, Calif.) will serve as the keynote speaker for the annual Amateur Athletic Union Convention on October 22 at the Detroit Marriott at Renaissance Center in Detroit, Mich. It is the first keynote address for Ward who is coming off a first round knockout victory over Glenn LaPlante on October 1 at the St. Pete Times Times Forum in Tampa, Fla. continue
20.10.05 - By Joe Harrison: As we head into the holiday season of 2005, boxing fans will be provided with a full schedule of mega fights and title defenses. While the popular names such as Klitschko, Hatton, and Hopkins await their big fights, we should also keep our eyes on some of the other talented fighters in the world of professional boxing. continue
20.10.05 - Junior Witter, who looked in fantastic shape as he made the weight at the first time of asking this afternoon for his triple title defence against Colin Lynes at the York Hall in Bethnal Green tomorrow night, (October 21st) intends to win a genuine world title within his next three fights.
"This is going to be a massive 12 months for me," said the British, Commonwealth and European light welterweight champion, after registering 9 stone 13lb 11oz at the first time of asking at Leyton Orient FC. "Everything I have ever aimed for throughout my career, everything I feel I am capable of achieving, is now within touching distance. I plan to be a world champion within three fights. continue
20.10.05 - Highly acclaimed amateur John O'Donnell, who has recently moved up to welterweight - will fight at the home of British Boxing for the first time as a professional this Friday, (October 21st). The 19-year-old junior Olympic gold medallist appears in a six rounder on the undercard of Junior's Witter triple title defence against Colin Lynes at the York Hall in Bethnal Green. continue
20.10.05 - 2000 Olympic Champion Audley Harrison will fight former British Champion Danny Williams on December 10 in the biggest all-British heavyweight title fight since Lennox Lewis beat Frank Bruno over a decade ago. There's plenty of pride at stake as they slug it out to decide who really is the best in Britain. Premier promoters Sports Network have put together a superb fight card that also sees Bedford brawler Matt Skelton's challenge recent Mike Tyson conquerer Kevin McBride for the Vacant WBU World Heavyweight title.
Special on the show features the London professional debut of fight sensation Amir Khan the 2004 Olympic Silver Medallist.
Further title fights include: Eamonn Magee v Takaloo for the WBU World Welterweight title, Ross Minter v Brett James for the Vacant English Welterweight title, Kevin 'Mighty' Mitchell challenges for the Vacant IBF Intercontinental Super-Featherweight title, Lee Beavis v Rob Jeffries for the Southern Area Lightweight title and 'Big Bad' John McDermott v Scott Gammer in a Final Eliminator for the British Heavyweight title. continue
Sydney (20th October 2005): Nedal "Skinny" Hussein will challenge WBO featherweight boxing world champion Scott Harrison on November 5 at the Braehead Arena in Glasgow, Scotland. 28 year-old Harrison (24 wins, 2 losses, 2 draws, 14 knockouts) is considered to be one of the best featherweights in the world today, but Hussein feels that he can upset the popular and powerful Scottish world champion. 27 year-old Hussein (30 wins, 2 losses, 25 knockouts) from Bankstown in Sydney, has a great knockout record with a phenomenal 14 first round stoppages. Nedal Hussein and his team depart for Scotland via Sydney Airport on Wednesday 26th October 2005.
20.10.05 - By Per Ake Persson: EBU heavy champ Paolo Vidoz takes on German Cengiz Koc in a voluntary defence at the Tempodrome in Berlin January 28. Sauerland Event promotes. Koc is now finally withdrawn from his position as co-challenger for the EU title (with Dane Steffen Nielsen) with Dutchman Richel Hersisia taking over Koc's spot. Nielsen vs Hersisia have November 15 as final date for agreement or purse bids. continue
20.10.05 - By Tony Nobbs: With the sanctioning of the Adam Vella-Matt Shaw bout for the vacant Australian middleweight title this week, all contests on the Gold Coast Convention Centre bill on Saturday night will have titles on the line. Headlined by Sharon Anyos-Marcela Eliana Acuna for the WBC women's featherweight belt, the under card will feature a few of Australia's most touted prospects. continue
20.10.05 - Tony Sims trained lightweight Dave Stewart is not looking past his fight against Judex Meemea on the Junior Witter vs Colin Lynes undercard this Friday, (October 21st), at the York Hall in Bethnal Green, despite the fact he is set to meet Danny Hunt in a British title eliminator early next year.
"I am approaching this with 100% dedication," said the 30-year-old. "I never approach any fight lightly, particularly a potential banana skin like this. continue
20.10.05 - Undefeated sensation Martin Power will make the first defence of his British Bantamweight Title on November 4th at London's York Hall against skilled operator Ian Napa. This fight is about more than the British title, as Power, of Camden Town, will be competing for the bantamweight bragging rights of London against Hackney's favorite son, Ian Napa. continue
LOS ANGELES, October 20 - After two fights and two knockouts, Oscar Larios and Israel Vazquez, the two premier super bantamweights in the world, still stand at a stalemate, with neither fighter able to fully claim superiority over the other. So what are two Mexican warriors to do? They fight for a third time - for a unified title, for local bragging rights, and most importantly, for pride. continue
19.10.05 - By Scoop Malinowski / Boxinginsider.com - Just four short years ago Hasim Rahman was sitting on top of the world. He had just won the WBC & IBF Heavyweight titles courtesy of a pinpoint perfect right hand landed on the chin of Lennox Lewis in South Africa.
According to his former promoter Cedric Kushner, HBO offered free agent Rahman $17,000,000 to televise the rematch with Lewis, which was mandated by a rematch clause in the original contract.
But Rahman rejected that hefty offer and ended up leaving Kushner. He accepted Don King as his new promoter. King reportedly lured Rahman with a suitcase filled with approximately $200,000 cash along with promises of easy money fights with David Izon and Brian Nielsen - one to be held in China - for $20,000,000. continue
19.10.05 - Denver, Colo. -- DaVarryl Williamson underwent successful surgery on October 17, 2005 on his right elbow. Surgeons at the world famous Steadman-Hawkins Clinic spent two hours removing a mass of scar tissue, 15 "foreign bodies," two bone spurs and fluid from the joint. continue
WOBURN, Mass. (October 20, 2005) - The long-awaited rematch between Worcester cruiserweights Roy "House of" Payne (19-12-4, 6 KOs) and John "House of Rain" Rainwater (10-11-3, 3 KOs) headlines Expressway Jam 2, presented by NER Promotions, November 19 at Freeport Hall (IBEW) in Dorchester (MA). continue
19.10.05 - By Craig Parrish: It has been reported that at age 59, Sylvester Stallone will be going one more round as Rocky Balboa in the new film of the same name. Shooting is set to begin in Philadelphia later this year. In the film, Rocky is now widowed and aging. A video game company has created a new game in which you can pit the current Heavyweight Champion, the fictional “Mason ‘The Line’ Dixon”, against classic fighters from the past. Players find that they can beat the Champ if they use Rocky as their fighter. Apparently, this sets up a “charity match” between the Rock and Dixon, who is insulted by the fact that he can be beaten by Rocky. What happens next is anyone’s guess!
Stallone will star with the only other confirmed casting, Burt Young as his Brother in Law, Paulie. It has been reported that Talia Shire’s character Adrian has passed away, but maybe in the film in flashback scenes. continue
19.10.05 - By Tony Nobbs: Hometown golden girl Sharon Anyos (10-3, 2 KO's) is counting down the hours to her inaugural WBC women's featherweight world championship fight at the Gold Coast Convention Centre in Broadbeach, Queensland on Saturday night. Anyos, who turned 35 last week, faces Argentina's well credentialed Marcela Eliana Acuna (age:29/record:19-4,12 KO's) over ten by two minute rounds on top of a title filled card put together by RDG Promotions. Referee will be respected Queenslander Brad Vocale with judges Ken Morita (Japan), Noppharat Sricharoen (Thailand) and Gus Mercurio (Victoria, Australia). WBC supervisor: Frank Quill (Victoria, Australia). Recent work with trainer and partner Steve Boyce and world rated jnr welterweight Lovemore Ndou has Anyos believing she is in the best shape of her life and ready to create a mark in history by overcoming her fancied opponent in what is setting up to be an intriguing main attraction. Eastside spoke to the personable Sharon on Tuesday night and here is what she had to say. continue
19.10.05 - By M.C. (Mike) Southorn: Born in 1704 in Cirencester and already 30 years old at James Figg’s passing, Jack (John) Broughton had trained at Figg’s Academy after coming to London to become a waterman. A large man for his time, Broughton stood 5’11” and weighed around 180 lbs. His exact record is unknown, but in a career that spanned nearly 20 undefeated years as Champion of England, his bouts must have been numerous. In his “Treatise Upon the Useful Science of Defence”, published in 1747, Captain John Godfrey wrote of Broughton:
“He fights the stick as well as most men, and understands a good deal of the small-sword. This practice has given him the distinction of time and measure beyond the rest. He stops as regularly as the swords-man, and carries his blows truly in the line; he steps not back, distrusting of himself to stop a blow, and piddle in the return, with an arm unaided by his body, producing but a kind of flyflap blows; such as the Pastry-Cooks use to beat those insects from their tarts and cheesecakes - No! – Broughton steps bold and firmly in, bids a welcome to the coming blow; receives it with his guardian arm; then with a general summons of his swelling muscles, and his firm body, seconding his arm, and supplying it with all its weight, pours the pile-driving force upon his man.” continue
19.10.05 - By Travis Marks: In the wake of his second victory over archrival and all-time great Roy Jones Jr., Antonio Tarver finds himself at somewhat of a crossroads. Over the past three years Tarver has fought a virtual who’s who in the light-heavyweight division. He’s taken on the likes of former top contender Eric Harding, former champion Montell Griffin, Glen Johnson twice, and Roy Jones Jr. in a trilogy. He’s has more than accounted for himself against all of those fighters, so what else is left for him?
At the age of thirty six Antonio does not have many years left, so the time for him to move is now. He could try to unify the light-heavyweight titles by fighting unheralded champions, Tomasz Adamek, Fabrice Tiozzo, Clinton Woods, and Zsolt Erdei. After five fights with Jones and Johnson the boxing public would demand more from Tarver than fights with those gentlemen. Tarver needs to seek out challenges from elite fighters with recognizable names. The perfect fight for Tarver to take would be one with James Toney. continue
19.10.05 - The junior lightweight division offers some of the sport's finest fighters in the world and truly demonstrates boxing at its best. As the three top dogs Marco Antonio Barrerra, Erik Morales, and Manny Pacquiao go so does the junior lightweight division. However, there is another boxer on the horizon, who has the potential to reach the upper echelon of the division. Former IBF bantamweight champion "The Cincinnati Kid" Tim Austin (26-1-1, 23 KOs), who defended the bantamweight title nine times from 1997-2003, is back after a 2-year layoff. Tim, idle since losing his title via eighth-round TKO to Rafael Marquez in February 2003, returned on Don King Productions undercard on Sept. 3 at the Gund Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. He defeated Reynaldo Hurtado (36-8-1, 27 KOs) dropping him three times—in the third round and twice in the fifth, before it was stopped. continue
19.10.05 - Saturday’s highly anticipated rematch between The Contender season one champion Sergio “The Latin Snake” Mora and runner-up Peter “The Pride of Providence” Manfredo, Jr. on ESPN was seen in more than 1.2 million homes making it the most-viewed boxing telecast on ESPN or ESPN2 since 1997 and the highest rated (1.4) since 1998. The main event including its three undercard bouts televised live from the STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, helped attract the most Men 18-34 (2.2 rating) in more than a decade. continue
WOBURN, Mass. (October 19, 2005) - The New England Ringside Radio Network looks to the past, present and future this week with former WBA lightweight champion Joey Gamache (55-4, 38 KOs), Jameel "Big Time" McCline (32-5-3, 20 KOs) and Yuri Foreman (18-0, 7 KOs) as Thursday evening's special guests. continue
18.10.05 - By Barry Green: December 10th sees a British boxing bill featuring two major heavyweight fights, which may or may not tell us if any of the participants are worthy of climbing up to the next level. Matt Skelton takes on Mike Tyson conqueror Kevin McBride at London's Excel Arena, while Danny Williams, another fighter that feasted on the faded lion that was Iron Mike, battles Olympic Gold medallist Audley Harrison in what looks an intriguing match-up.
These fights are billed as apparent "eliminators" for a crack at one of the alphabet trinkets, but could easily elimate all four fighters from the ratings if they fail to impress. The Skelton-McBride bout should provide a good few clues about how far Skelton might advance in the world championship territories. What we do know is that he is raw, powerful and only one fighter has managed to last the distance with him. On the downside, is that after six rounds, the Bedford fighter looks all of his 38 years. continue
18.10.05 - By Neil Goodman: This fight makes so much sense, too much sense, but nonetheless it is on: Brixton Bomber against the A Force. Initially when I saw the names together the penny did not drop; you could call it a moment of disbelief. Then as the reality dawned on me, so did the anticipation that this could be a great fight! Note, I do say ‘could be’ a great fight; at the time of writing the fight is agreed only in principle.
Both British heavies are desperate for a big fight and more importantly exposure, leading to a route into the world title picture. Of course for Williams he has already put himself into contention, blasting Mike Tyson to defeat, only for his world title aspirations to be put firmly into perspective by Vitali Klitschko. continue
18.10.05 - By Kevin Kincade: On November 12th, 2005 it will have been two years, four months, and twenty-two days since Vitali Klitschko climbed into the ring with the last true Heavyweight Champion of the World. He wasn’t supposed to be fighting for the title that night; but sometimes Fate has a way of intervening with the affairs of mortal men. Only those who would dare to be Great answer Destiny’s call. Most of us let the moment pass us by, only to lament over our choice in our Winter Years. People can say what they will about Vitali; but when his moment came, he stepped up, stared Destiny straight in the eye, and took his shot.
Of course everybody knows what happened that night in June of ’03, Vitali erased the memories of quitting on his stool against Chris Byrd with a heroic display of courage and determination against the best fighter the Ring has seen in many years, pushing the Lion of Britain to his limits and beyond, only to have the Golden Fleece snatched away due to a severe facial laceration. continue
18.10.05 - By Gabriel DeCrease: The public has always adored heavyweights. That is a fact. The big guys have always drawn the biggest crowds, attracted the most media attention, and taken home the fattest purses. The principle at the heart of this unfortunate trend is that heavyweights are viewed as the toughest, most dangerous fighters on the planet. These stalking giants are very literally larger than life. They tower over common men, and it is thought that they are thus able to stage more brutal and glorious wars in the ring. This erroneous belief has been the bane of boxing for as long as fighters have been lacing up gloves. As long as a handful of good heavyweights were active this fallacy survived because people, in general, would rather watch a good heavyweight fight than a great middleweight clash or a legendary flyweight war. continue
19.10.05 - Dominic Pesoli's 8 Count Productions, HOME OF THE BEST IN CHICAGO BOXING and Oscar De La Hoya's Golden Boy Promotions, along with Miller Lite and TCF Bank team up on Friday, November 11th to present "Pride and Glory", a huge evening of professional boxing at the Aragon Ballroom, 1106 W. Lawrence, 1/2 block east of Broadway on the North Side of the Windy City. Tickets, starting at $25, can be purchased in advance by calling 312-226-5800. Doors will open at 6pm with the first bell at 7pm for this event. continue
18.10.05 - By Aaron King: A Jesuit magazine closely associated with the Vatican will publish an article called “The Immorality of Professional Boxing” in an upcoming edition. They call the sport a “legalized form of attempted murder.” They compared boxing to the gladiator battles of ancient Rome, and called individual fighters “machine(s) to make money.” The magazine, Civilta Cattolica (or Catholic Civilization), often echoes the views of the Vatican.
And it’s 100 percent hogwash.
Riccardo De Girolami, the secretary-general of the Italian Boxing Federation, said, “They don’t really know the sport.” That much is easily inferred from what is said in the article. Comparing boxing to attempted murder and gladiatorial contests? Gladiators were forced into these battles. They fought for their lives. Every boxer that steps into the ring knowingly puts his health on the line, and never will you hear a fighter say that he wants to literally take the life of his opponent. This much is obvious. The Vatican needs to lighten up, if this is actually their view. A boxer is a boxer because it is his calling. It is his passion - it’s in his blood. It’s what drives he, or she, for that matter, out of bed and into the gym, onto the road. A boxer fights for a championship, not for the chance to kill another person. How can the Catholic Civilization make such a misguided proclamation? continue
18.10.05 - By Wray Edwards: A few weeks back, while in Atlanta for the Sim-Elder fight, we had the pleasure of speaking with the camp of heavyweight Sultanahmed Ibragimov, 18-0-0 (15 KO's) from Rostov-na-Donu, Russia. The big guy (6'2, 233) was there to scrap with Nigerian Friday Chinedu Ahunanya (6', 221) from Las Vegas, NV, USA. If those two names won't break your keyboard, nothing will. Their bout was to determine the WBO Asia-Pacific title. They were, as it turned out, the main event.
Sultan, who looks remarkably like the actor John Goodman in the eyes, has very fast hands for a heavyweight. Neither fighter was possessed of dazzling foot-work, and are both from the "comin' right atcha" school of boxing. As Sultan is a southie, there was a lot of toe-mashing during the bout. Friday, 20-4-2 (11KO) with whom we sat briefly at breakfast, trains under the watchful eye of Luis Tapia at Johnny Taco's in Las Vegas. There was a gentleman in his entourage by the name of Andy Scrivani. We had a long talk which will be the subject of another piece in a day or two. He was a hoot. continue
18.10.05 - By Anthony D. Perillo: It couldn’t have been too long a meeting when the advertising execs got together to come up with a moniker for the December 3 rematch between Jermain “Bad Intentions” Taylor and Bernard “The Executioner” Hopkins. “No Respect” is exactly what the current and former middleweight champions have been giving each other since Taylor’s disputed split decision win over Hopkins in July. Neither man seems willing to offer an ounce of praise to the other, creating a sense of distaste and hostility that will, undoubtedly, only get worse as we get closer to the rematch.
But is this “no respect” justified?
How did Hopkins cross the line from being angry over a fight he felt he won to ranting “F*** the American Cancer Society!” and asking Ring Magazine to disregard the decision and keep him as champion? How is it now to the point that Taylor acts offended by the mere mention of Hopkins, a future Hall of Famer who, in the twilight of his career, volunteered to give the anointed “future of the division” a shot in the present? continue
18.10.05 - By Geoffrey Ciani: When I first witnessed the encounter between Wladimir Klitschko and Lamon Brewster back in April of 2004, I was under the impression that both fighters would ultimately become non-factors in the heavyweight landscape. To quote Mike Tyson, I thought Klitschko and Brewster would inevitably “fade into Bolivian”. Reflecting back on this, I think it’s safe to say I was wrong in my original assessment. In fact, I would now say that Klitschko and Brewster are probably both elite fighters in boxing’s most prestigious division.
It may very well be the case that Klitschko and Brewster were the two best heavyweights on the planet when they met. However, back then, there were too many questions surrounding each fighter for any reasonable fan to arrive at such a conclusion. continue
18.10.05 - Junior Witter believes that he is in for a harder nights work than is being anticipated when he defends his British, Commonwealth and European light welterweight titles against Colin Lynes at the York Hall this Friday, (October 21st). Whilst many fight fans believe that the Bradford switch hitter could be in for a walkover, the fighter himself has seen enough in his opponent's recent performances to suggest that he wont have things all his own way. continue
19.10.05 - LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – Heavyweight (189 lbs) Isiah Thomas (Detroit, Mich.) won his first world title at the 2005 Cadet World Championships on Tuesday in Liverpool, England. The two-time junior Olympic national champion was the lone gold medal winner for the United States after three impressive victories over boxers from amateur boxing powerhouses Ukraine, Russia and Azerbaijan.
Thomas won a strong 16-4 victory over I. Asim of Azerbaijan to win the heavyweight gold medal. In addition to Thomas’ gold medal, Team USA won two silver medals on Tuesday. Light flyweight Luis Yanez (Duncanville, Texas) dropped a 26-19 decision to K. Saeed of England and middleweight Dominic Wade (Clinton, Md.) lost a 24-10 decision to A. Sablirov of Russia. continue
18.10.05 - By Jim Amato: It is hard enough to get excited about today's heavyweight division. With that in mind it seems almost unimaginable to get stirred by a match between two British battlers. Hey guess what? There is a match coming up on December 10th in London for British bragging rights that may also have a bearing on the overall heavyweight picture. Undefeated Audley Harrison takes on "Tyson Tamer" Danny Williams. Although the yet to be tested Harrison has had only nineteen fights to thirty seven for Williams, at 33 he is older then the 32 year old Williams.
Danny is the more proven commodity having been in with Mike Tyson and Vitali Klitschko. Nevertheless he is considered somewhat erratic. Williams will come in with a 33-4 record. He has 28 knockouts and he himself has been halted on three occasions. He is a big, strong fellow who packs a wallop. In the past his condition and his chin have been questioned. continue
18.10.05 - By Troy Ondrizek: Calvin Brock is becoming a champion the hard way, by fighting the best in the heavyweight division. Word has it, Brock is planning on fighting the notoriously hardheaded David Tua. However, first of all, Brock has a bout against David Bostice on the 12 of November. If he beats Bostice and Tua defeats Cisse Salif, then they will meet each other on the 28th of January to in sense propel one of them into the World Championship picture. Brock's opponent, Bostice, has fought some very hardy opponents in Wladimir Klitschko, Francois Botha, Tim Witherspoon, and Tua's next opponent, Cisse Salif, who Bostice easily cruised to a unanimous decision over. Tua is fighting a hopeful in Cisse Salif, who has fought limited opposition up to this point in his career, highlighted by losses to Robert Wiggins, Ray Austin, and David Bostice. continue
18.10.05 - A new addition to team Guerrero has been implemented. Veteran corner man Joe Chavez has been hired to be Robert "The Ghost" Guerrero's cutman. Chavez has worked with some big names in boxing, James Toney, Oscar De La Hoya to name a few, and now "The Ghost" is added to his list. Having been good friends with Guerrero's trainer John Bray for many years, Joe says, " I'm delighted to be part of the team. I've been watching Robert for some time now and I thing he has the talent and discipline to be a champion. John is a great guy and I think we will make a good team". continue
17.10.05 - By Michael Klimes: A photogenic jab, a charming smile, good looks, crunching power, being articulate and intelligence are some of the fine qualities ‘The Welsh Dragon’ has exhibited over the years. It is a tremendous shame that a boxer of Joe Calzaghe’s character and calibre hasn’t received the applause he deserves. Calzaghe, like Bernard Hopkins is truly one of the ‘Elder Statesmen’ of the roped square but unfortunately does not receive the same adulation. I have always been impressed by Joe’s hard workmanlike attitude to his sport, his composure at interviews and his calmness at the limp way his career has gone.
You would never have seen this fighter hanging out in Club 662 in Las Vegas like Mike Tyson with other notorious celebrities such as Suge Knight and Tupac Shakur. continue
17.10.05 - By Joseph Carlo Russo: There are many divisions in boxing that include fighters who have skill, speed, power, promise, youth, or marketing potential. These attributes are fantastic when manifested in great fighters. But, there is only one division in boxing that exhibits a balanced formula of these variables, which creates for competition unparalleled by any other weight class in the sport making it any fan or promoter's ideal division.
The junior lightweight division offers some of the sport's finest fighters in the world and truly demonstrates boxing at its best. As the three top dogs Marco Antonio Barrerra, Erik Morales, and Manny Pacquiao have become regulars in The Ring's pound for pound ratings, and have shown that they are not shy of an exciting fight the junior lightweight division stakes quite the claim at being the best weight class around. continue
17.10.05 - By Peter Cameron: Jack Johnson would have beamed his giant grin as Wladimir Klitschko overpowered Samuel Peter the other week. He may have frowned at Klitschko's three trips to the canvas - Johnson would never have been so sloppy -but he would have relished the anguish felt by Klitschko's detractors after the fight. Come November 12th, Johnson would no doubt be rooting for Wlad's brother Vitali, defending his WBC title against Hasim Rahman. Johnson fought all his life against the cruel and unjust prejudices of his fellow Americans. Almost 100 years on and whilst the race being targeted may have changed, those same old, inbuilt American prejudices still remain.
In boxing, if not in everything else, it seems as if Americans hate Europeans, in my opinion. The Klitschko brothers are ridiculed and abused, the giant Russian Nikolay Valuev is written off as a mere freak show, and even Lennox Lewis still struggles to be granted his rightful place among the all-time greats. No matter how strong a set of boxing skills you possess, if your passport originates from the EU then America will never accept you. continue
17.10.05 - By Gavin Stone: Darchinyan will make the third defense of his IBF Flyweight world title against Northern Irelands Damaen Kelly on November 25 at the State Sports Centre in Homebush, Sydney. Although this will be the third defense of his title, the Australian citizen is yet to fully gain the recognition from the Australian public that he deserves as he is unquestionably Australia's number one boxer on a pound for pound scale along with fellow eastern European born fighter Kostya Tszyu. continue
17.10.05 - By Per Ake Persson: The Dawid Kostecki vs Ismail Abdoul WBF cruiser fight October 15 in Rzeszow drew 5500 fans to the venue who witnessed a close contest won by Kostecki, who suffered a bad injury below the left eye, on points.
It seems like EBU cruiser champ Aleksander Gourov´s mandatory defence against Brit David Haye will go ahead December 16. Haye stopped Italian Vincenzo Rossitto in two this past weekend.
Team Palle fighters Spend Abazi and Frida Wallberg are both at the moment sidelined with injuries. continue
16.10.05 - "I want people to enjoy my fights. I want to be in epic battles that people can look upon and say "that was great." There are fights for me out there that could be like that: a rematch with Jameel McCline; the Klitschkos; James Toney. David Tua. Sam Peter. These are all intriguing fights people would love to see." Shannon Briggs
It sounds strange to describe a former linear heavyweight champion as "ready to reach his full potential," but charismatic and multi-talented Brooklyn native Shannon Briggs has never been an "ordinary" fighter.
And with new management, new-found maturity and a reinvigorated drive to succeed, the phenomenally naturally talented movie star, recording artist and bruising knockout specialist says he's back and determined to assert himself as the dominant heavyweight of this generation. continue
17.10.05 - Riddick Bowe, former heavyweight champion, reportedly filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy during last week, and has a reported total of $4.1 million in claims against him. Bowe (42-1, 33 KO's), perhaps attempting to beat a new federal Bankruptcy law that was recently enacted by the Republican-controlled American Congress, which took effect Monday. The new bankruptcy law makes it more difficult for individuals to escape repayment of debts.
On November 13, 1992, Bowe won the world Heavyweight championship, defeating Evander Holyfield by 12 round decision. However, a year later, on November 6, 1993, Bowe lost his title to Holyfield by 12 round decision. Bowe would later win the WBO heavyweight title after stopping Herbie Hide in the 6th round on March 11, 1995. In 1996, Bowe fought Andre Golota twice, with both fights being stopped due to fouls by Golota. After 8 years away from the ring, Bowe returned to boxing last year on September 25, 2004, stopping Marcus Rhode in the 2nd round. He last fought on April 7, 2005, winning a split decision over Billy Zumbrun.
16.10.05 - By Wray Edwards: There was a famous TV commercial for the vintners Paul Masson in which Orsen Wells rolls out, in dulcet tones, the statement, “We will sell no wine before its time.” There are few who would disagree with the statement that Corrales-Castillo One, left everyone who witnessed it intoxicated by the exciting and dramatic spectacle of their fight. Here were two seasoned boxers who had toiled in the vineyards of the sport perfecting their heady craft. Both fighters had passed many tests to rightly qualify for the patiently crafted meeting.
“As the god of wine, Vinumus has a dual nature: he represents joy, pleasure, and camaraderie; but also savage, mindless, bloodthirsty violence”* In their first encounter Jose and Chico created for Boxing what would have been one of only a few legendary benchmarks for the sport. The giddy responses of the TV personalities and fans were well-deserved accolades for both fighters and their camps. Within days after the fight everybody began to experience serious withdrawal symptoms as the dizzy pleasures of the event began to fade. continue
16.10.05 - By ALEX ILES: Antonio Tarver has established himself as top dog at light heavyweight. After sensationally knocking out Roy Jones in their second meeting and giving him a run for his money first time around, he went one up in the series by beating Jones in a rubber match.
What is next for Tarver? There has been talk of him moving up to heavyweight. He said he wants Klitshko. Despite not being a fully paid up member of the Tarver fan club, I hope he never steps foot in the ring with the WBC champion. Tarver would be on the end of a merciless, if not career ending beating. Tarver’s status has been elevated since his victories over Jones and Johnson, but let us not get too carried away. Whilst he is the best in the division, he caught Jones at the right time and had too much savvy and general boxing ability for a game Johnson. Other fighters have made the transition to heavyweight and succeeded to an extent. continue
15.10.05 - By Christine Maynard: Over ten thousand people turned out for The Contender Re-match, staged in Staples Center, Los Angeles, on Saturday night, October 15th. The bright, Fall L.A. day segued into an even brighter evening, with luminaries such as Sly, Vinny Paz, the CEO of Everlast, stars from Entourage, and Joe Francis of Girls Gone Wild. Mark Taffett with HBO PPV was also on hand for this event, which aired on ESPN. Sugar Ray was not in attendance, as he is in Europe.
Mark Burnett spoke passionately about the show at weigh-in, stating that “These guys you see seated here were the first astronauts. None of us knew exactly what was going to happen. We allowed you, the viewers, to see their families, to get to know them.” When asked what concepts he wanted to keep from the previous season, Burnett responded,“ We will focus less on the challengers, retain the “Adrianne” element, the key to caring, and feature more boxing. Contender II will be based in L.A., and, yes, Rocky VI and Contender will cross promote.” continue
13.10.05 -By Christine Maynard: I met Kassim Ouma, and his friend and training partner, Musa Bukenya, also from Uganda, on the flight from Houston to Philly. I’d only read the facts about Kassim’s life six hours earlier, an online excerpt of an Esquire article about what happened to Kassim as a child, and what, unfortunately, is still occurring to thousands. Children are kidnapped by rebel armies, forced to be mercenaries, witnessing and partaking in atrocities. In Uganda, the Night Commuters are hordes of children who travel en masse in the evening to “safe” areas, in order to avoid being stolen from their families by rebels.
Envisioning a second grader whose job is to carry and use an AK-47 is an impossible koan; most of us have no reference point. In an interview with Bryant Gumbel, Ouma was repeatedly asked if there was anything he would do differently, upon reflection. It didn’t compute with Gumbel that Ouma was only 5 ½ years old when he was whisked away, along with his class mates, in a garbage truck, and taken into the bush, where he was transformed into a soldier. continue
16.10.05 - By John Way: Vince Phillips, one of the most amazing fighters of recent years, has yet again forced himself back onto the fringes of the world championship scene with a career saving technical decision win over Brazilian powerhouse, Kelson Pinto this Friday. For the former junior welterweight champion, times are looking up, setting the stage for potentially lucrative fights against fellow fringe contenders like Cesar Bazan, Damian Fuller, or Jose Antonio Rivera. Even though he's well into his forties, Phillips finds himself in the same position as heavyweight contender Oliver McCall did last spring. Both blessed with hearty beards, they are living proof to the old adage that "The chin is the last thing to desert a fighter". Though Pinto was primarily known for his much-vaunted power punching, it was "Cool Vince" who scored a second round knockdown (the only of the fight).
Considering that Pinto has lost twice in his last four fights, it may be time for the former title challenger to hang up the gloves since he seems to have fizzled out. continue
October 16th, 2005 - By Frank Gonzalez Jr. The boxing 'reality TV show,' “The Contender,” which became a hit last season, inspiring a funny episode on Comedy Central's "South Park" and some new fans towards the sport of boxing, even after being dropped by NBC and later finding themselves picked up for another season by ESPN, committed suicide at the Staples Center in Los Angeles Saturday night. The show had mixed reviews from hard core boxing fans. Some who didn’t like it complained that it was more about crying losers and their girlfriends, conflicting personalities and sit com quality drama than about boxing. What I think they disliked most was that the fights were built up during the first half of the show and only shown in snippets at the end, denying fans the option of deciding for themselves who actually won a given bout.
Those who liked the show enjoyed the dynamic of the relationships forged by the contestants. Personalities like Jesse Brinkley made you laugh, while sneaky guys like Anthony Bonsante made you squirm. There was the manipulative Joey Gilbert, Sergio Mora’s cock sure self-esteem and the humble sincerity of Alfonso Gomez and Peter Manfredo Jr. After writing a piece about the last fight last season, I got more email from women than men about the show, asking where the show was going and how much they loved or hated it. continue
16.10.05 - The undercard is set for the Saturday, October 22 debut of the Midwest Professional Boxing Series¡Ý at Wings Stadium in Kalamazoo Michigan. In addition to the main event featuring world-rated lightweight Damian Fuller taking on durable veteran Jerry Cooper (8rds), the BE/Side Productions (in association with 1 World Productions) event will also feature Cleveland's undefeated Ron Johnson doing battle against Toledo's Kevin Butts in a six-round super middleweight scrap; flamboyant and undefeated Detroiter Harvey "Candy Man" Jolly will continue his quest to get fellow prospect Johnathon Banks into a ring by taking on Grand Rapids native Charles Judge in a six-round heavyweight bout; continue
15.10.05 - By Ali Mohammed: Former WBC cruiserweight champion Juan Carlos Gomez (40-1, 33 KO's) scored a ten round unanimous decision over former WBC heavyweight champion Oliver McCall on Saturday night in Dusseldorf, Germany. The bout was highly anticipated in Germany, since it is an eliminator for the WBC heavyweight title, which is currently held by Vitali Klitschko.
Gomez used his hand speed to dominate the early rounds. McCall (45-9, 32 KO's) tried to trade combinations with the Cuban, but Gomez was just too quick for him. McCall did try to land some solid right hands, but up to that moment, Gomez was still moving pretty quickly, avoiding the occasional bombs from his American foe. That scenario continued through the middle portion of the bout, from rounds four all the way into seven, but even in that portion, Gomez didn’t outbox McCall the way he was expected to. continue
15.10.05 - By Per Ake Persson: Busy night in Europe yesterday (Oct 14) with shows all over the continent. In Kiev, Ukraine, with ex-heavy champ Lennox Lewis in attendance lightheavies Yuri Barashian and Vyacheslav Uzelkov both won. Barashian knocked out Hungarian Istvan Varga in the third while Uzelkov won on points over veteran Mukadi Manda. Jr welter Sergey Fedchenko stopped Swiss Vito Rana in the final round of their scheduled eight-rounder. Valery Brazhnik won the vacant national 147 lb title with a fifth round knockout over Georgyi Isakov. continue
15.10.05 - By Tony Nobbs: In his first fight under legendary trainer Johnny Lewis, Paul ‘Hurricane’ Briggs scored a fifth round stoppage (time 1 min 56) of American journeyman Ettiene Whittaker in Dusseldorf, Germany on October 15. In the main event on the programme, Thomas Adamek retained the WBC lt heavyweight title he won by out pointing Briggs in May, registering a six round knockout of Thomas Ulrich (time 1 min 57). Briggs has been guaranteed a return.
Also on the card, former cruiserweight champion Juan Carlos Gomez got back somewhat into heavyweight picture by taking a ten round decision over ex champ Oliver McCall. continue
14.10.05 - By Tim Neilson: Previous to Lamon Brewster’s bout with Wladimir Klitschko in April 2004, Lamon was a heavyweight languishing in relative obscurity. He had been beaten twice at that point, by marginal fighters, such as Clifford Etienne and Charles Shufford, neither of whom will likely ever become heavyweight champions. At that point in Lamon’s career, no one ever expected the sudden surge in his development and confidence that sprang from his incredible destruction of Wladimir Klitschko on April 10, 2004. In that fight, Wladimir landed countless power shots to the head of Brewster, who merely shrugged them off, like a warrior, and kept on coming. It was that exact warrior mentality that carried Brewster through to victory, when he connected with a big Tyson-like left hook in the 5th round that drained the fight from Wladimir.
Although some people buy into the excuse that Wladimir was supposedly exhausted in his fight with Brewster, which, they claim, is the real reason he lost. continue
LAS VEGAS, NV (October 14, 2005) -- Promoter extraordinaire and International Boxing Hall of Fame inductee, BOB ARUM, chairman of Top Rank, Inc., embarks on a three-week, 13-city whistle-stop media tour This Monday! to promote "Seek and Destroy!" -- the World Heavyweight Championship fight between WBC champion Vitali Klitschko and interim WBC champion Hasim Rahman. Promoted by Top Rank, in association with K2 Promotions, Caesars Palace and Wynn Resort, the Klitschko-Rahman world title rumble will be broadcast Live on HBO Pay-Per-View, Saturday, November 12, from the Thomas & Mack Center, Las Vegas, NV.
Klitschko-Rahman is the biggest world heavyweight title fight Arum has promoted since Big George Foreman knocked out Michael Moorer, November 5, 1994, to become the oldest heavyweight champion at age 45. continue
14.10.05 - By Jeff Bastasini: On Saturday night in Dusseldorf, Germany, the south paw, Juan Carlos Gomez (39-1, 33 KO’s), will take on former heavyweight champion, Oliver McCall (45-8, 32 KO’s), who incredibly is still fighting effectively at the ripe old age of 40. Still more incredible than that, the winner of the bout will be setting himself up for a shot at the WBC heavyweight title, which will either be Vitali Klitschko, the current WBC title holder, or Hasim Rahman.
On August 13, 2004, Gomez was stopped in the 1st round by Yanqui Diaz, who basically bum rushed Gomez, while he was clowning around in the 1st round. In fairness to Gomez, he didn’t appear to take Diaz seriously, and paid for it in a big way, when Diaz suddenly stunned Gomez with a huge right hand, and then went right hand crazy, landing at will on Gomez, who was helpless against the ropes, before the referee stepped in to stop the brutal barrage of punches. Since then, Gomez has been much more serious in the ring in his last two fights, both winning efforts, stopping the heavy punching David Defiagbon in the 3rd round on January 15, 2005, and George Arias in the 4th round on May 28, 2005. continue
Hamburg/Düsseldorf - Bull or Panther? An intriguing heavyweight duel between „Black Panther“ Juan Carlos Gomez (Hamburg/Cuba) and former world heavyweight champion Oliver McCall (USA; „The Atomic Bull“) is set for October 15 at Düsseldorfer Mehrzweckhalle (ZDF live). The two fighters will square off on the undercard of the WBC light heavyweight championship between champion Tomasz Adamek (Poland) and Thomas Ulrich (Berlin), his mandatory challenger. continue
HOLLYWOOD, FL, October 14 – Well-regarded Middleweight prospect Sherwin Davis has been added to the explosive October 21st “Rumble at the Rock” undercard to face unbeaten Middleweight contender Edison Miranda in a scheduled ten round bout to be aired live on pay-per-view from the Hard Rock Live Arena in Hollywood, Florida. continue
14.10.05 - By Joseph Carlo Russo: Amidst the recent Castillo/Corrales scandal, we have all come to question the state of boxing's weight classes. Some of the older, nostalgic fight fans might remember a time where weight classes were defined by ten pound intervals. During this time, making weight was not as much an issue or a task as retaining a consistent weight was. After all, these men would fight within their respective weight classes, not having to lose or gain much weight except that which was purely excess. A three-four pound weight difference among fighters was not considered an advantage or a handicap, and rightfully so. Unless, of course, the fighter weighing more had comprised a method for concentrating his three pound weight advantage in the core of his knuckles. But, that is highly unlikely, so this issue was never pertinent. continue
New York, October 13 - Brooklyn-born Shannon Briggs will be back in the Big Apple spotlight when the heavyweight contender headlines "The Homecoming" on Friday night, November 4, at the Hammerstein Ballroom on West 34th Street and Eighth Avenue, it was announced yesterday by Cedric Kushner.
The native of Brownsville and longtime West Orange, New Jersey, resident, returns to New York for some home cooking to the delight of his many local followers, trying to extend his unbeaten streak to seven straight in the 10-round heavyweight main event. Briggs is fresh off a sensational knockout score against longtime heavyweight contender Ray Mercer on August 26 at Seminole Hard Rock Casino in Florida. continue
14.10.05 - By Chet Mills: Last night, Kassim Ouma (22-2-1, 14 KO's) returned to the ring, stopping a hopelessly overmatched Freddie Cuevas (25-1-1 17 KO’s) in the fourth round at the Borgota Casino in Atlantic City. Ouma, perhaps still smarting from his lopsided loss to the Russian, Roman Karmazin, on July 14, 2005, in a bout that saw him lose his IBF Junior Middleweight title, had his way with Cuevas from start to the ugly finish. This time around, Ouma wisely chose a safer opponent in Cuevas, who had none of Karmazin’s speed, power or technical skill, in my opinion. Therefore, Ouma, once again, looked like a champion, landing straight left hands and right hooks that largely went unanswered by Cuevas. Ouma knocked Cuevas down at the end of the 1st round, when he connected with a big left hand to the chin of Cuevas. From the 2nd round until the 4th, Cuevas looked like a human punching bag, as Ouma used him for deadly target practice, connecting with a wide assortment of punches. Finally, after knocking Cuevas down once again in the beginning of the 4th round, his corner stepped in late in the round to stop the beating.
13.10.05 - By Joseph Carlo Russo: Boxing has long been a sport notoriously plagued by controversy, corruption, dispute, and greed. Abolition of the game has always lingered in the back of the minds of politicians who oppose. However, thankfully, boxing still possesses the power to lure tens of thousands of fans to fights and hundreds of thousands of fans to television sets. yet, what happens when fights are made inaccessible because of outrageous pay-per-view prices, which serve only to exacerbate the current state of the game, as it continues to be ravaged in superfluous weight classes and futile belts?
We all remember the tale of Barrerra vs. Fana, the forty-five dollar pay-per-view that didn't even offer a buildup because there was none. You know, the one where Barrerra hits the unknown contender with a clean shot and he falls to the mat only to have the referee deny him a count, even though he gets up anyway. The card also included one of the most unexciting little men in the sport in Fernando Montiel. Enough said there. continue
13.10.05 - By Jeff Bastasini: The still very hard punching 42-year-old Vince Phillips (48-9-1, 34 KOs) upset Kelson Pinto (22-2, 20 KOs), winning a majority technical decision at the Ontario Convention Center in Ontario, California. The fight was a stopped after the 5th round when Phillips developed a cut over his right eye from an apparent head butt. Pinto, who lost to Miguel Cotto on September 11, 2004, clearly was out punched in the first 3 rounds when he tried to mix it up with Phillips. Pinto was dropped in the 2nd round by a big right by Phillips, However, following the 3rd round, Pinto begin to box well and appeared to be gaining momentum, as he was able to land well during the 4th and 5th rounds. However, the end of the 5th round, the ring doctor stepped in a called an end to the bout due to the severe cut over Phillips right eye. The final judge’s scores were: 48-46, 49-45, and 47-47.
PROVIDENCE (October 14, 2005) - Pro boxer Gary "Tiger" Balletto plays a starring role in the documentary movie, Sweet Dreams, directed by Eric Scott Latek and premiering October 28 on a state-of-the art high definition DLP projector at the Columbus Theatre in Providence. Former IBU and EBA lightweight champion Balletto (29-2-2, 25 KOs), 30, has been idle from the ring for nearly two years, but he isn't retired. continue
13.10.05 - By M.C. Southorn: After an appropriate period of mourning following James Figg’s death in 1734, The Championship of England was up for grabs. The logical contenders for The Title would have been either Ned Sutton (who once defeated Figg) or George Taylor, the supposed heir of Figg’s Amphitheatre. Other names such as Tom Pipes and George Gretting are also in the mix, depending who’s lineage you read.
The 2 big tomes of this era are Pierce Egan’s “Boxiana” (1st edition 1812) and H.D. Miles’ “Pugilistica” (1905). Neither of these editions were written by men who were around in 1734 and they contradict one another frequently.
Articles written based on research (like this one) must be considered academic; statements written by eyewitnesses can be thought of as forensic, because they present direct evidence and they speak first-hand of the era. Going by the academic evidence, we may never know precisely what was happening in the British boxing scene in the post-Figg era, but history has given us one forensic account of this era in the form of one eyewitness who was kind enough to write down his observations for academic review. continue
13.10.05 - By Greg Smith: The heavyweight division is at one of the strangest inflection points in boxing history. Vitali Klitschko is considered by most observers to be the top heavyweight in the world right now, but truthfully, nobody is really in charge. The division is fragmented, chaotic, and uninspiring to the casual fan. Political machinations have compounded the issue, and have created unnecessary complexity. Hopefully, the powers that be will come together and create a unification tournament without smoke and mirrors, and the man on the street will once again be able to identify the heavyweight champion of the world.
One fighter trying to climb the ranks in the heavyweight division is Butler, Pennsylvania’s Brian Minto. The former college football player and quintessential western Pennsylvania blue collar worker got off to a late and unheralded start in his pro career. Brian’s first professional fight occurred in Pittsburgh just a few months before his twenty-eighth birthday in November 2002. continue
13.10.05 - By Andy Meacock: Every generation has a boxer that stands out above the rest. It may be a certain fighting style, uniqueness, a charisma but mostly it’s down to having a natural and special talent. This generation has a few contenders for this position but one man’s natural ring capabilities stand above the rest, this man’s name is Floyd Mayweather Jr.
‘Pretty Boy’ Floyd came on the scene as a super-featherweight in 1997 and less two years later he won the WBC 130lps title against the aging, yet respected Genaro Hernandez. It wasn’t the speed in which Floyd’s career progressed that impressed the masses; it was his brilliant, fast and slick fighting style. Floyd defended his title a total of nine times beating some good fighters like Emanuel Augustus, Jesus Chavez and fellow pound for pound high-flier Diego Corrales. It was the punishing way in which he beat Corrales that really made everyone aware of just how good Floyd was. After he beat Chavez he decided it was time to move up to lightweight. He declined the opportunity of a tune up at this new weight and went straight into a showdown with the aggressive Mexican fighter Jose Luis Castillo. continue
13.10.05 - By Allan Dalzell: Antonio Tarver, the recognised number one at light heavyweight, has recently made noises that he would be willing to fight WBO Super Middleweight champion, Joe Calzaghe, if Calzaghe’s proposed February unification bout between him and IBF champion Jeff Lacy fell through.
This would undoubtedly seem like welcome news to Frank Warren, Calzaghe’s fans and Calzaghe himself. But given Joe’s recent record of managing to pull himself out of the so called ‘super fights’ he says he craves, what are the chances of it actually happening. In recent times, Joe has lost the chance to face Jeff Lacy in November after injuring his hand in a meaningless fight against an obviously out of his depth opponent in Evans Ashira. continue
13.10.05 - WBC Heavyweight Champion Vitali Klitschko is featured in an ad being run by one of Europe's most prestigious newspapers, "Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung."
The ad, which has run in numerous magazines and other newspapers in Germany, was shot in Cairo, Egypt. Vitali, who spent several days in July in Cairo, is pictured seated next to the The Sphinx, which is one of the best known and famous monuments of ancient Egyptian architecture, and in front of the Great Pyramid of Gizeh.
The newspaper's slogan is "There Is Always A Smart Head Behind It" which, of course, fits Vitali perfectly. Klitschko, who speaks four languages, became the first world heavyweight champion with a Ph.D. when he won the WBO title with a second-round TKO over Herbie Hide on June 27, 1999. continue
13.10.05 - By Per Ake Persson: WBA lightheavy champ Fabrice Tiozzo defends the title December 5 in Paris against Australian Paul Murdoch promoter Michel Acaries announced today (Oct 13). WBA female jr welter queen Miriam Lamare face Jane Couch from the UK. Already on the bill is flyweight Brahim Asloum challenging WBA titleholder Luis Parra.
Talented Ukrainian lightheavy Alexei Trofimov is rumored to have retired due to reoccurrent injuries. Trofimov, 18-1, have been around since 97 without getting the big break. The sole loss came in Italy in 91 against Pietro Aurino and was quite disputed. continue
13.10.05 - By Scoop Malinowski / Boxinginsider.com - Boxing maven Bert Randolph Sugar was in Manhattan for the Hopkins-Taylor II press conference on Tuesday and took time out to share his thoughts on The Executioner, the current era, Floyd, the heavyweights, and of course his new book!
Read on for more with the one-and-only Bert Randolph Sugar...
Q: What's new with Bert Sugar? Any new boxing books coming out soon? continue
CORPUS CHRISTI, TEXAS---It's only fitting on a night when Corpus Christi's greatest fighters will be honored, that Texas' best young fighters will be headlining an exciting night of boxing at the American Bank Center. Former Corpus Christi greats, Lefty Barrera, Jesse Benavides, Roberto Elizondo, Lupe Suarez and Frankie Warren will be the first class to be inducted to the newly formed, Corpus Christi Boxing Hall of Fame on the NIGHT OF HONOR boxing event, slated for Friday, December 9th at the American Bank Center.
Headlining the six-bout professional fight card, presented by Main Events, will be two of Texas' best young fighters, Ricardo "Rocky" Juarez and Raul Martinez. Juarez, a 2000 Olympic Silver medalist from Houston, is a highly regarded featherweight contender. Juarez, 23-1, will be taking on an opponent to be determined in a 10-round Featherweight, main event. continue
October 13, 2005 - Dusseldorf, Germany. From WBC President Jose Sulaiman: "The WBC held its 43rd annual convention in Spain during the week of October 3, which ended on October 8. The WBC Board of Governors and I were traveling at the time the controversy was unfolding in Las Vegas related to the Diego Corrales - Jose Luis Castillo fight on October 8. However, the WBC has now had the opportunity to determine all of the relevant facts and review all of it relevant rules and regulations. continue
October 13, 2005 – Los Angeles, CA. The final fight card has been locked for The Contender boxing event at Staples Center in Los Angeles this Saturday, October 15th. On the undercard of the Sergio Mora vs. Peter Manfredo “Rematch”, Luciano Perez 12-2-1 (11) of Chicago, Illinois will replace the injured Jeff Fraza to fight Alfonso Gomez 13-3-1 (4) in the welterweight co-main event. Perez is responsible for beating the recent Julio Cesar Chavez conqueror, Grover Wiley, in Wiley’s last loss. In addition to a very similar record, Luciano Perez also brings a similar fight style to that of Gomez in which both fighters press forward and throw a barrage of punches, which should provide for an action-packed bout. continue
13.10.05 - By Ike Enwereuzor: An exciting Boxing show with full of celebrities in the "Big Apple" will be taking place on October 26, 2005, at Hilton Hotel on 54th Street and sixth Avenue, New York City. Star Boxing and Fighters' Initiative For Support & Training (F.I.S.T) presents a benefit Boxing event featuring in the main event, Light heavyweight prospect, Andre Tsurkan of Ukraine. He is now fighting out of Bronx, New York, with a professional record of (22-2,14 KO's). continue
CANASTOTA, NY – OCTOBER 13, 2005 – Legendary world champion Thomas “Hitman” Hearns will make his first visit to “Boxing’s Hometown” on October 15th & 16th where he will be the guest of honor at a special cocktail reception at the Hall of Fame’s Event Pavilion on Saturday, October 15th. continue
13.10.05 - DuBuof: I want to welcome everybody to the call and more importantly want to thank all the press for the wonderful turnout that we had this week. It was terrific and we appreciate it. Obviously, the performance that Diego and Jose put on in the first fight garnered the support that you gave them for their terrific second fight. It was a pleasure working with everybody and I think that our dreams of making the rematch that we did come true came true. It was a terrific fight and everyone -- the fans, hopefully everybody -- walked away with a good feeling. We look forward to you guys watching this once again on SHOWTIME this weekend. So it was terrific working with everybody and I will throw it to Gary, my partner on the show and let him make some comments.
Shaw: I agree with everything that Todd said other than I did not walk away with a good feeling. But I will reserve those comments for another time. I would like to turn it over at this time to Joe Goossen to say a few words. continue
13.10.05 - A huge weekend of professional boxing action covering both coasts as well as Chicagoland takes place this weekend as 8 Count Productions' fighters are seen internationally on HBO Latino, Telefutura/Univision and ESPN. Said Dominic Pesoli, President of 8 Count Productions, "it's a very busy time and an excellent opportunity for Freddie and Luciano as well as our new signees Gilbert and Mike Gonzalez. The boxing world will be watching these bouts and we're very excited for our guys." continue
13.10.05 - Junior Welterweight prospect Al “Speedy” Gonzales has split with Chicago based promoter 8 Count Productions, according to his co-managers Albert Falcon and Patrick Doljanin. Gonzales, (16-2-1) last fought in February of this year, dropping a close decision to Oscar Diaz. “Speedy took some time-off and he’ll be back in the gym next month. He’s a free agent and we’re looking forward to a fresh start,” said Doljanin. continue
14.10.05 - Rock & Sock Productions, in association with KO Promotions and Independent Jewelers, have finalized the bouts for their second "A Ring of Their Own" production entitled "World Title Wave" in Edmonton, Alberta. "World Title Wave" will take place at the Shaw Conference Center on Friday, November 18, and be available live on Pay Per View in Canada and world wide via broadband distribution. Bouts begin at 9:30 PM EST (7:30 PM MST) in Edmonton. continue
Columbia, SC (October 12, 2005) - The Columbia Regional Sports Council is proud to announce White Rock Boxing and Head Hunters Boxing Promotions will partner together to host an evening of action-packed professional boxing at the Stanick Roofing Warehouse located at 2150 Dutch Fork Road in White Rock on Saturday, October 15, 2005. continue
12.10.05 - By Per-Åke Persson: WBU cruiser champ Enzo Maccarinelli is on the undercard to WBO ruler Johnny Nelson´s defence against Italian Vincenzo Cantatore November 26 in Rome. Also on the bill is middleweight Gary Lockett and jr welter Brunet Zamora. OPI 2000 saw most of it planned telecast of the show in Varese last night (Oct 11) go up in smoke as a snooker game dragged out. In the only televised (EuroSport) bout jr welter Giuseppe Lauri outscored Frenchman Brahim Bariz but had tough night and was badly cut. Tony Lauri, at welter, won over Frenchman Louis Mimoune also over eight. Next OPI 2000 show is in Maracalagonis October 21 with IBF Int´l welter champ Luciano Abis taking on Miguel Angel Pena Lopez. continue
LOS ANGELES, October 4 – Golden Boy Promotions, home to the largest collection of established talent and rising stars in the boxing world today, is pleased to announce the signing of welterweight standout Larry Mosley to a promotional deal. “I’ve watched Larry Mosley from his amateur days, and I’ve always been impressed by not only his skill level, but his knowledge of the ring,” said Golden Boy Promotions President Oscar De La Hoya. “I’m glad Larry has joined the Golden Boy team, and together, we’re gearing up for a run at the welterweight championship in 2006.” continue
NEW YORK (October 12, 2005) – For months after the fact, boxing fans and the worldwide media had only one topic on their minds – the July 16 middleweight championship bout between Jermain Taylor and Bernard Hopkins. Who won? Who lost? Who deserved to win? Who deserved to lose? But whether you sided with the new champion - Taylor - believing that he ushered in a new era of middleweight boxing on that summer night, or stuck to your guns and insisted that the former champion – Hopkins - had done more than his share to earn the victory and keep his crown, both fighters have demanded a rematch to set the record straight.
In what is being called the most highly anticipated fight of the year, the rematch between undisputed world middleweight champion Jermain ‘Bad Intentions’ Taylor (24-0, 17 KOs) and former undisputed middleweight champion Bernard ‘The Executioner’ Hopkins (46-3-1, 32 KOs) is set, Saturday, Dec. 3 at Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. Taylor vs. Hopkins II, “No Respect” is being presented by DiBella Entertainment and Golden Boy Promotions and will be broadcast live on HBO Pay-Per-View beginning at 9 p.m. EST/6 p.m. PST. continue
12.10.05 - Billy Corcoran will challenge English super featherweight champion Roy Rutherford in a potential barnstormer on the undercard of Junior Witter’s defence of his British, Commonwealth and European light welterweight titles against Colin Lynes at the York Hall in Bethnal Green on October 21st.
It will be the 24-year-old’s first foray into Championship class following a 13-fight apprenticeship that begun just over three years ago under the Hennessy Sports banner. Despite the step up in opposition and distance this brings, he is predicting an eye-catching victory. continue
11.10.05 - By Steve Ninvalle: With four days left before he fights 'Deadly' Denny Dalton former world champion Andrew `Six Head' is already within the junior middleweight limit. Lewis touched 153 pounds at his last weigh-in on Sunday and is promising this Saturday to be on par with the `Six Head' who defeated James Page in 2001 to win the WBA welterweight title.
"The extra week did me good," the former world champion told Stabroek Sport yesterday. "I was able to push in some more work which will mean more trouble for Dalton."
Lewis meets Dalton for the vacant junior middleweight title of Guyana at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall on Saturday in the main event of a McNeal Enterprise/Roop Promotions card. continue
LOS ANGELES, CA---Mark Burnett Productions, DreamWorks, and ESPN are casting season two of the critically acclaimed series The Contender. The tryouts are open to professional male boxers in all weight classes. The second season will feature 16 new boxers and their dreams, desires, struggles, and sacrifices to become the next Contender. continue
11.10.05 - By Vincent Ringheden: Coming off of his recent come from behind knockout victory over Luan Krasniqi on September 28, the new heavyweight star of the division, WBO heavyweight champion, Lamon Brewster, has recently expressed interest in fighting Vitali Klitschko for a unification match for the WBO and WBC heavyweight titles. However, Wladimir Klitschko may have something to say about that, since he is the mandatory challenger for both the WBO and IBF heavyweight titles, after his 12 round decision over Samuel Peter on September 24. Whether or not Wladimir chooses to fight Brewster or Chris Byrd, the current IBF heavyweight champion, still remains to be seen. For one, the WBO is considered by many people to be the lesser of the two belts, however, I don’t particularly fall in line with that belief. To me, it doesn’t matter what belt it is, it’s who holds the belt, which gives it the true worth and I consider Lamon Brewster to be the better fighter between him and Chris Byrd. continue
WASHINGTON, PA (October 12, 2005) - Michael Acri Boxing Promotions and Team Freedom, promoters of the boxing card -- "Boxing at The Meadows" -- announced today that the event, originally scheduled for October 6, has been rescheduled for Wednesday, October 26, at The Meadows Race Track in Washington, PA, just 20 miles south of Pittsburgh. The first bout is scheduled to begin at 7:30 P.M. continue
11.10.05 - By Scoop Malinowski / Boxinginsider.com - With one of the most scintillating performances of 2005, Tomas Adamek made history by winning the WBC Light Heavyweight title, thus becoming the first Polish world champion. Unfortunately, most boxing fans did not get to see the brutal thriller this past May, as HBO mistakenly opted not to televise any of the Brewster-Golota undercard.
Adamek showed all the qualities of a TV boxing star against dangerous Aussie Paul Briggs - excellent technical skills, sharp accurate punching, the ability to suffer damage but come back fighting even stronger, and the heart of a lion. The 28-year-old suffered a broken nose in sparring five weeks before the fight yet even that setback could not deter him. Nor did the grotesque swelling in the fight against Briggs which was no doubt a consequence of the still ruptured nose area. continue
11.10.05 - By Jim Amato: Floyd Mayweather Jr. , the W.B.C. Jr. Lightweight champion is rumored to be set to defend his crown against veteran contender Sharmba Mitchell. The proposed location is Portland, Oregon and the tentative date is November 19th. Why? The 140 pound division is loaded with talent. There is Ricky Hatton and former champion Kostya Tszyu. There is the dangerous Miguel Cotto. What about Jose Luis Castillo possibly moving up? Mitchell has had a very respectable career. At this point though it is hard to give him a serious chance of dethroning Floyd Mayweather, since he is most people's pick as the # 1 Pound For Pound in the game right now. A fight and probable win over Mitchell will do little to boost his already high reputation. continue
11.10.05 - The highly anticipated rematch between The Contender season one champion Sergio “The Latin Snake” Mora and runner-up Peter “The Pride of Providence” Manfredo, Jr. will air live on ESPN Saturday, Oct. 15 at 11 p.m. ET from the STAPLES Center in Los Angeles. On a night that will include a fight card of former Contender contestants, Mora, the winner of the critically acclaimed series, will look to defend his title on his home turf. continue
WOBURN, Mass. (October11, 2005) - Heavyweights take control of the New England Ringside Radio Network this week with leading contenders David "Tuaman" Tua (43-3-1, 38 KOs) and Jameel "Big Time" McCline (32-5-3, 20 KOs) as Thursday evening's special guests. 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. Tua and McCline both fight October 21 on the latest PPV installment of Hard Knocks of the Hard Rock series, "Rumble at The Rock," at the Seminole Hard Rock Casino in Hollywood, Florida. continue
11.10.05 - By Per-Åke Persson: Former heavy champ Lennox Lewis will arrive in Kiev (Ukraine) on Thursday (Oct 13) on the invitation of Mykola Lisin, President of the Ukrainian Federation. Lewis will attend Infox Boxing Promotion and World Sport Promotion´s big show on Friday. Topping the bill are lightheavies Viacheslav Uzelkov and Yuri Bara´shian. Uzelkov face Congolese veteran Mukadi Manda while Bara´shian is in against Hungarian Istvan Varga. continue
10.10.05 - Interview By Ike Enwereuzor: Legendary trainer, Hector Roca has coached numerous actors, like Wesley Snipes, Jennifer Lopez, Michelle Rodriguez, John Leguizanio and also actress Hilary Swank for her role in the award winning film "Million Dollar Baby," directed by Clint Eastwood. Hector has also developed some real fighters, such as Iran Barkley, Buddy McGirt, Michael Olajide and many more. His current fighters include undefeated Dmitriy Salita, Edgar Santana. continue
10.10.05 - By Aaron King: About a week ago, readers were asked to e-mail their lists of top ten fighters of all-time. After sorting through around 80 lists, consisting of 68 different names, a popular list has finally been calculated.
To make the final poll, a point system was used to assess each fighter: 10 points for a 1st place vote, nine points for 2nd, 8 points for 3rd and so on. All in all, 18 boxers were given 1st place votes (1st place votes were used to break ties in the top ten). The entire poll, 1 to 64, is listed below, with the point totals in parentheses next to the top ten. Once again, the following is not the opinion of any one person, yet a cumulative survey. Without further ado… continue
10.10.05 - By Chris Ireland: Last night, Diego Corrales and Jose Luis Castillo fought for the second time this year in front of a large crowd at the Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas. Their first fight, held in May, is already part of boxing folklore. Many writers have compared the initial meeting, won by Corrales via 10th round TKO, to various classic fights of the past. Perhaps it's most fitting to not to compare it to anything, because frankly, it outdid everything.
If their first fight was by all means incomparable, their second fight is opening up the floodgates for many fans who were around in 1985 - the year Thomas Hearns and Mavin Hagler fought for the middleweight championship of the world. In three rounds, Hagler and Hearns managed to pack more violence in a fight than the normal human being could in 10, 12, or for that matter, 15. "Chico" and "El Temible" managed to not only pick up where they left off in May, but where Hagler and Hearns did 20 years ago. continue
10.10.05 - Bernard Dunne has been hit with a late change of opponent ahead of Friday night’s World title fight at the National Stadium in Dublin. The undefeated Dubliner was due to clash with former British and European champion Noel Wilders but the Yorkshire man has decided to withdraw from the bout. Wilders has been replaced by fellow southpaw and stable mate Sean Hughes. Wilders manager Michael Marsden gave the reasons for his charges late pull out. "Preparations just did not go well for Noel," admitted Marsden. continue
10.10.05 - By Per-Åke Persson: EBU 112 lb champ Ivan Pozo defends against Frenchman Bernard Inom December 15 in Madrid. Australian lightheavy Paul Briggs takes on American Etienne Whittaker on the undercard to Adamek vs Ulrich October 15 in Dusseldorf. Croatian heavy Mario Preskar is also on the bill. Alessio Furlan from Italy clash against Belgian Alexander Polizzi October 14 in Rivarolo Canavese for the vacant IBF Mediterranean 154 lb title. continue
09.10.05 - By Frank Gonzalez Jr. Congratulations to Jose Luis Castillo (53-7-1-47 KO’s), who’s left hook found Diego Corrales (40-3-33 KO’s) on the sweet spot and ended the fight in the fourth round. Corrales never let the mouthpiece fall out this time either. Both were scoring at will but Castillo was landing the harder shots. The left hook that knocked Corrales down in the fourth looked like it would’ve knocked out a Heavyweight. It was a perfectly timed shot that hit the mark and made short work in what had to be a lucrative purse for both. Too bad too many boxing fans didn’t get to see it.
Last May, after a vicious battle that many considered, “the fight of the year,” Corrales snatched up a dramatic TKO Win after being downed twice in the tenth round, losing his mouthpiece (intentionally or not) and getting lots of extra time to recover as his gear was replaced and he was penalized a point for removing his mouthpiece the second time. continue
09.10.05 - Promoter Dino Duva says he was as amazed as anyone by the ease with which his fighter, Brian Minto, won his first pay-per-view showcase. In a rematch of ESPN's 2004 Heavyweight Fight of the Year, in which he was knocked down and nearly out, Minto, 21-1 (12), easily dominated rival Vinny Maddalone on the undercard of the Tarver vs. Jones 3 event at the St. Pete Times Arena in Tampa, Florida, last weekend. The end came at 1:21 of round seven after Minto landed an incredible fourteen straight left hooks to the head. continue
09.10.05 - By Justin Hackman:
JH: “Hey Pat, have you and Jermain begun training yet?”
Burns: “No, not quite. We have him on a maintenance program, but as far as training goes, no not yet.”
JH: “It was reported after his fight with Hopkins back in July, Jermain suffered a concussion from the clash of heads-- continue
09.10.05 - Photo:Tom Casino/SHOWTIME - By Ronan Keenan: Jose Luis Castillo has finally finished the debate on the day before/same day weigh-in saga. His four round knockout of Diego Corrales will be remembered as the fight that ended the credibility for the day-before weigh-in. In a move that reeked of cheating, the Mexican abused the weigh-in protocol in an effort to gain an advantage over his former conqueror Corrales.
Over two years ago, after he was defeated by Floyd Mayweather in December 2002, Castillo stated that he would not fight at 135lbs again ,as the struggle to make the weight was overly weakening his body. However, the lure of big money fights and a world title opportunity persuaded Castillo to remain a lightweight- until yesterday.
The former champion obviously realized some time ago in his preparation for the Corrales rematch that he would be unable to squeeze his frame into the 135lb limit. Therefore the Castillo camp decided that they would abuse the weigh-in system, thus gaining a huge gain over their opponent. continue
09.10.05 - Photo:Tom Casino/SHOWTIME - By Wray Edwards: Jeff Lacy was not the only “Left Hook” in the Thomas and Mack Arena last night. Jose Castillo brought one with him also, and shared it in liberal fashion with Diego Corrales. In a highly touted re-match Jose and Chico went on to round eleven, picking up right where they left off last May. Good for Jose…bad for Chico. FATE WAS TEMPTED AND DID STRIKE. The match, which was drastically marred by Castillo’s highly unprofessional missing of weigh-in requirements, mutated from a championship clash into a “Twelve Round Special Event”. Showtime personalities scrambled to put a new face on the contest, alluding to the driving force of Chico’s pride, Jose’s quest for revenge, and the seething momentum of an emerging trilogy.
Gary Shaw vented - post-fight - on that subject as evidenced below. There were some very entertaining statements made by several on-stage after the fight. continue
09.10.05 - Photo:Tom Casino/SHOWTIME - By Goran Dragosavac: I am one of those who beleives that right strategy and in-fight tactics is a key in wining the fight. Some figters, for whatever reason, are unable to execute right strategy, either because of the lack of conditioning, or simply, lack of natural ability. Well, if strategy is wrong, then all natural talent and physical coditioning will be superceded. Top fighters have natural ability of changing their strategy as they see it fit, others very much depend of input they get in their corner. Last night's fight between Castillo and Diego Corrales is the showcase of the fight where Corrales' strategy cost him a fight. Before the rematch, I had read the quote from Corrales's trainer, Joe Goosen, saying that in their first fight, he wasn't happy with Diego's performance from the outside. In other words, according to Joe Goosen - Corraless was doing much better from inside than outside. I could not disagree more. continue
09.10.05 - With just two weeks until show time, tickets are selling well and preparations are fully under way for the Saturday, October 22, 2005, debut of the exciting Midwest Professional Boxing Series'® at Wings Stadium in Kalamazoo, Michigan. "This is a historic night for Kalamazoo, the city is a buzz and the response has been nothing less than fabulous," said event promoter Bill Snyder of BE/Side Productions (in association with Gerald Evans of 1 World Productions). continue
09.10.05 - By Tony Nobbs: In a match up of southpaws, Matthew Paulley captured the vacant IBO Asia Pacific welterweight title with a unanimous decision over credible Indonesian Aswin Cabuay at Campbelltown Catholic Club in Sydney, NSW on Friday night. A good win for the former Australian jnr welterweight champion who scored a knockdown in the closing stages of round four. Paulley, now trained by Phil Cropper looks to be improving each time out and after a difficult first round settled in and did enough to combat the crafty import the rest of the way. Pre fight many had tipped a surprise and after the match it was revealed Cabuay had a broken hand, claiming it came in the opening three minutes. Scores 100-89, 99-91, 98-92. continue
08.10.05 - By Izyaslav “Slava” Koza: When, in between two of the rounds, Carlos “Famous” Hernandez’s trainer told him that he would not win a decision tonight against Bobby Pacquio, I thought it was just part of a typical fiery speech. I was wrong. Even as the words “split decision” rang out from the amplified voice of Jimmy Lennon Jr. I was still positive there is no way they could rip Hernandez off. Again I was wrong.
Its not that I have never seen a robbery in the boxing ring before, considering I watched and scored Kawashima Navarro, but there is nothing more discouraging, for me much less the fighter, then seeing it yet again. Maybe the judges go by a different set of criteria then the ones that flash on the screen before the fight but this was utterly pathetic. continue
08.10.05 - Photo:Tom Casino/SHOWTIME - By Jim Amato: Jose Luis Castillo gained a measure of revenge as dominated and demolished Diego Corrales to reverse an earlier KO defeat. This time around it was basically no contest. Castillo got off quickly and never relinquished his advantage. He hurt Corrales on several occasions during the first three rounds. Rarely did Diego land a big punch but he was giving it his all against, on this night a superior fighter.
The end came in the fourth round as Castillo blasted Corrales to the canvas and it was over. Although their first fight was a true classic, this one was just one way traffic. A rubber match? It's doubtful, Castillo made quite a statement tonight.
LAS VEGAS (Oct. 8, 2005) “ SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING will replay the lightweight slugfest between WBC/WBO lightweight champion Diego Corrales and former WBC champion Jose Luis Castillo on Saturday, Oct. 15 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. The two fighters picked up Saturday where they left off on May 7 in Las Vegas.
Corrales, who withstood two knockdowns and staged a historic rally to knock out Castillo in round 10, was ready to do battle "One More Time" before a packed house at the Thomas & Mack Arena. SHOWTIME Pay-Per-View aired four bouts in the Gary Shaw Productions and Top Rank Inc. co-promotion in conjunction with Caesars Palace and Wynn Las Vegas. continue
09.10.05 - November 17 at HP Pavillion in San Jose is where rugged Aussie Light Heavy Jason “the Nailer” Delisle takes on the experienced Julio Gonzalez. In a fight where everything is on the line, Delisle is confident he can counter his opponents style and that the timing is right. Jason had this to say about his upcoming fight; I have fought and won 3 times since my loss in the 12th round last year to World Champ Clinton Woods. I make no excuses for my loss and feel that I have taken a lot of positives from that fight, understanding how I could have done it better. Julio is a great boxer who is also coming of a loss to Clinton himself earlier this year. He has taken on all challengers and is a true warrior. We know he’s strengths and more importantly his weaknesses. continue
08.10.05 - By Jim Amato: He just may be the most popular Japanese fighter of all time. In a career that lasted a little over a decade he squeezed in 63 pro contests. He was the winner of 55 of those. He won world championships in two weight divisions and he came very close to becoming a three weight class titleholder. Please remember this was back in the day when there were only eight weight classes and one champion per division. He is the only man to beat the legendary Eder Jofre and he turned the trick twice. His name was Masahiko but in boxing circles his nickname was " Fighting ". That should tell you something about his aggressive whirlwind style. He was "Fighting" Harada. continue
08.10.05 - Stuart Duncan today announced that negotiations had been successful with the Soliman – Wright fight slated for December 10 at the Mohegun Sun Casino in Connecticut . Sam is ecstatic to be finally getting a shot against a quality true champion like Winky. For 2 years we’ve called them all out – Hopkins – Taylor – Trinidad who have all had different plans. Then along comes Winky. continue
08.10.05 - At 3:00 PM on Saturday, Oct 8th, 2005,in Las Vegas at the Thomas & Mack Center, just hours before the much awaited rematch between Diego Corrales and Jose Luis Castillo, Castillo was made to weigh-in again due to him not making weight(135lbs.) at the official weigh-in on Friday. Under the new deal between Bob Arum and Gary Shaw,Castillo and Corrales' respective promoters Castillo was required to weigh not more than 147lbs.,which he did,however to add more drama to this compelling rematch,Castillo bet Gary Shaw,Corrales' promoter ($100,000.00)one hundred thousand dollars that he will knock out Corrales
07.10.05 - By Wray Edwards: There are several very good reasons why this re-match between Chico and Jose is not a good idea. In a previous article the author compared Corrales-Castillo One to a work of art which might be very hard to follow. “Leave well-enough alone” comes to mind every time thoughts of this re-match come to the surface. Rematch agreements aside, because of the brutal nature of the first meeting, it might have been the better part of valor for this encore to have been scheduled after each fighter had taken one or two interim bouts with other opponents.
The sport of Boxing is, sometimes, a monster which devours its children. Courageous, young men tempted by fortune, fame and hubris are quite vulnerable to the momentum of their “success” and the adulation of their “friends” and fans. continue
LAS VEGAS (October 7, 2005) “ Despite Jose Luis Castillo failing to make the required weight, the eagerly awaited rematch between WBC/WBO lightweight champion DIEGO CORRALES and Castillo IS DEFINITELY ON! Castillo, the former two-time WBC lightweight champion, failed to make the required weight of 135 lbs for the WBC/WBO lightweight championship today at Caesars Palace during the official weigh-in for Saturdayâ€™s Showtime Pay-Per-View Event at Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas. Castillo weighed in at least 3.5 lbs over the maximum weight of 135. Corrales weighed-in at 135 lbs on his first try.
Saturday's highly anticipated rematch between Corrales and Castillo is still scheduled for 12 rounds. continue
07.10.05 - By Jim Amato: Kelly Pavlik showed he has what it takes to be a champion. Kelly went down after being clipped by a left hook in the very first round by rugged Fulgencio Zuniga. However, Kelly arose and reached down inside
himself to find the champion within. Zuniga had come to fight and it was an interesting scrap. Nevertheless, Kelly opened a cut over Zuniga's eye, as the fight progressed and he began to take control. Finally, after the ninth round, Zuniga's corner stopped the fight, giving Kelly his 27th straight win and serving notice that he is a force to be reckoned with.
07.10.05 - Photos by: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME - Diego Corrales, owner of both WBC and WBO World Lightweight Championship belts, weighed in at 135 and Jose Luis Castillo weighed in at 138 1/2(over the limit) on Friday, Oct. 7, 2005, outside on the Roman Plaza at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas on Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2005, for his highly anticipated rematch with Jose Luis Castillo (Oct. 8, 2005 Showtime Pay-Per-View, 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT).)
It was only a short 5 five months ago that these two tough warriors went at it in a fierce slugfest that ended with Corrales winning by TKO in the 10th round. However, once again, Diego Corrales and Jose Luis Castillo will square off in a rematch at the Thomas & Mack Center Saturday night. Whether either of them have had enough time to recover from their brutal bout, remains to be seen. continue
La Linea de la Concepcion, Spain - October 7, 2005. The 43rd annual World Boxing Council convention closed today in La Linea. As he ended the general assembly meeting, WBC President Jose Sulaiman said, "At every convention of the WBC, we see so many friends that we love that just the fact of seeing each other is what makes the WBC an organization of unity. It is very, very difficult for me to try to mediate in many of the matters that we have. But if there is no need of mediation, there is no need of us. If we don't have problems, what do we need a president for? If we accept to be leaders, we have to take the reponsibilities of the leader and take them with courage, with respect, with humility, a profound sense of friendship and love, and service to others as the WBC proves every day. continue
07.10.05 - By Michael Montero: Boxing “experts” and fans alike all argue over various topics when it comes to the heavyweight division: who’s the best fighter? Who’s the next rising star? Who has the best chin? Who has the most power? Etc. But one thing is almost universally agreed upon – it’s almost as if there’s an unwritten rule that everybody understands subconsciously - Don King owns the heavies. Another opinion that will get little resistance, even from King Supporters, is that Don and his fighters haven’t brought us fans much to get excited about lately. Contrary to what many boxing writers will tell you, there are good fighters in the heavyweight division. The problem is that they almost never fight one another and it’s not all their fault – much of the blame goes to the promoters.
There are others at fault (sanctioning bodies, networks, etc), but I want to focus on the promoters right now - mainly the one who has the most control over the heavyweight division. In my opinion, King has given us a recycling act in recent years by putting his champs and contenders up against the same guys over and over on boring cards – without any unification. continue
Darien, Connecticut – October 7, 2005, – At the request of boxing commissions and in response to the recent ringside tragedies, The American Association of Professional Ringside Physicians (AAPRP) announced today recommendations to improve safety in professional boxing. At the recent AAPRP Medical Conference in Atlantic City, New Jersey, the AAPRP Board Members in cooperation with the AAPRP membership discussed immediate changes in boxing to decrease the likelihood of additional injuries or catastrophes in boxing. Dr. Michael Schwartz, AAPRP Chairman stated, “It is time that we urge all commissions across the world to develop uniformed standards to protect these athletes. In an inherently dangerous sport, it is imperative that these recommendations be adopted immediately in the hope of saving a life. Obviously, additional research is needed and we ask all of our ringside physician experts to continue to investigate and develop ringside protocols to improve the sport.” continue
06.10.05 - By Geoffrey Ciani: Two weeks ago, I was thrilled by “Big” George Foreman’s unexpected return to HBO’s commentating booth. It was like a breath of fresh air! Just hearing the clever words and witty remarks of the man who used to be the best part of HBO’s commentating team, bar none, made the entire evening of boxing that much more enjoyable. That’s the type of professional George Foreman is – he’s so good, that his presence alone can help elevate the entire overall boxing experience for fans across the globe. The night Wladimir Klitschko defeated Sam Peter was an example of such. “Big” George helped elevate the overall quality of the boxing broadcast with his magnificent commentary. Sadly, HBO missed the boat this past weekend, and didn’t invite Foreman back.
It’s no coincidence that the quality of HBO’s broadcasts has been in steady decline since the departure of Foreman. The official story is that Foreman retired in order spend more time with his wife and family. continue
06.10.05 - By: M.C. Southorn: James Figg was born to a poor farming family in Thames Village, Oxfordshire in 1695. He was the youngest of seven children. Figg took to the martial arts early, and he was already reknowned as a master of the short-sword and cudgel when he took up unarmed fighting. Based from The Greyhound Inn in Cornmarket, Thame, Figg travelled far and wide working the fighting booths of the popular fairs of the time. He was soon a regular at such festivals as the Southwark fair, where he challenged all comers at both armed and unarmed combat “from noon ‘till night”. It was here that he was first spied by the Earl of Peterborough, who became his patron and took him to London.
With the Earl’s patronage, Figg opened a fighting academy in the Tottenham Court Road district. He called it “Figg’s Amphitheatre” and became an instructor, and later, a promoter of some of his 1000 students. continue
06.10.05 - By Aaron King: By the time Henry Armstrong began his 1937 campaign, he was already a well-established fighter. At the end of ’36, his record read 52-10-6; by no means spectacular, but he had made a name for himself and his straightforward, relentless style.
This approach would eventually become synonymous with Armstrong, as it was his non-stop style that would be the source of all his nicknames - “Perpetual Motion,” “Hurricane Henry,” “Hammerin’ Hank,” and, perhaps most apt, “Homicidal Henry.” Tony Kelly told Ring Magazine in 1938 that Armstrong “sets the most killing pace I’ve ever seen.” And he was right. It was the sort of pace that didn’t seem possible for the average man to maintain, but Armstrong was no average man. After his death in 1988, it was revealed that his heart was one-third larger than average. continue
06.10.05 - By Curtis McCormick: Although British and Commonwealth Lightweight Champion Graham Earl was forced off of his hotly anticipated bout with the Belorussian hardman Yuri Romanov due to injury, Maloney Promotions are going ahead with the rest of a superb fight card on Friday at London's historic York Hall. Full details are available along with the best in british and world boxing news on www.frankmaloney.com. Exciting unbeaten light middle Gary Woolcombe goes for the vacant British Masters title against dangerous spoiler Delroy Mellis in the main event. Craig Watson, Junior McDonald, Ian Wilson and Sam Webb round out the remainder of the card.
06.10.05 - Photos by:Tom Casino/SHOWTIME - Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. training at Caesars Palace in LasVegas for his fight with Jeremy Stiers on the televisied undercard of the Corrales vs Castillo rematch at The Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas live on SHOWTIME Pay Per View,9 PM ET,6 PM PT.Oct.8th.,2005
06.10.05 - Bradford’s Junior Witter will meet Italy’s Gianluca Branco in a final eliminator for the WBC light welterweight title once he has successfully defended his British, Commonwealth and European crowns against Colin Lynes at the York Hall in Bethnal Green on October 21st.Whilst the Lynes fight – promoted by Matchroom Sports - has been scheduled for a while now, the WBC’s decision to mandate a contest for the right to fight their champion Floyd Mayweather was only made today, (October 6th), at their annual convention being held in Cadiz, Spain.
“This news means that Junior is rapidly closing in on a super fight against Mayweather, one of the world’s best pound for pound fighters,” said promoter Mick Hennessy, who is in Cadiz representing his boxers. continue
06.10.05 - Brockton, MA. - Boxing returns to the "City of Champions" this Friday night with a five bout card at the Shaw's Convention Center that is being promoted by Richie Cappiello, in association with the Italian American Sports Hall of Fame of Massachusetts. Although the show has undergone some overhauls, Cappiello is promising fans an all-action card. continue
05.10.05 - Diego Corrales, WBC/WBO lightweight champion (r): "This is round 11. We are picking up where we left of in the first fight five months ago. This is the final battle and I will win the war. If necessary, I will go to Hell's end to finish this fight and keep my belts."
Jose Luis Castillo, former two-time WBC lightweight champion (l): "I know I lost the battle but THIS is a war. And I know I will win the war. Saturday's fight will be much better than the first one ... because I will leave the ring as world champion ... again." continue
05.10.05 - Two-time world champion Jose Luis Castillo shook out at Caesars Palace today and said he is "1000 per cent ready" to take on Diego 'Chico' Corrales in 'One More Time - The Epic Rematch' at the Thomas and Mack on Saturday night. "Corrales won the first battle - but I am going to win the war and believe me, this second fight will be a war," said Castillo. continue
05.10.05 - Photos © Tom Casino / Showtime - WBC/WBO Lightweight Champion Diego Corrales of Sacramento, Calif., arrived Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2005, to throngs of media and fight fans outside Caesars Palace in Las Vegas for his highly anticipated rematch with Jose Luis Castillo, Oct. 8, 2005 Showtime Pay-Per-View, 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT .. continue
05.10.05 - There is plenty of good news for Hennessy Sports fighters from Cadiz in Spain, where the WBC is staging their annual convention. This afternoon, (October 5th), two members of the team, British and Commonwealth super middleweight champion Carl Froch and Commonwealth and European super bantamweight champion Esham Pickering, have been moved into the governing body’s top ten, whilst Junior Witter has consolidated his position as their number one contender at light welterweight. continue
05.10.05 - By Barry Green: In Woody Allen’s 1979 movie Manhattan, the mains characters are involved in a discussion of noted geniuses who are not worthy of the praise bestowed upon them. They refer to such artists as belonging to the Academy of the Overrated. Any walk of life, whether it be art or sport, has members of which, while fine exponents of their trade, are not quite as good as the media and fans make out. On the other hand, there’s always those practitioners who are thought of as less talented, regardless of their achievements, they never quite get their full due.
Take for example the band REM. In the 1980s they released a slew of excellent albums, then went all ‘radio friendly’, sold by the bucketful and became bland and uninteresting. The record that made them world famous: Out Of Time is rock music’s most overrated work, while pure gems like Murmur or Document often go largely unnoticed. Likewise, The Beatles Sgt.Pepper album is to often praised higher than its superior predecessor Revolver. The list is endless and is a feature in boxing history every bit as much as any other form of entertainment. continue
London (October 5, 2005) – Olympic Gold Medallist and current unbeaten heavyweight contender Audley “A-Force” Harrison (19-0, 14KOs) has today called on the European Boxing Union to consider him for a fight with Paolo Vidoz. Harrison, currently ranked seventh by the EBU feels that he deserves a chance to challenge Vidoz following the Italian’s successful defence of his title against Michael Sprott on October 1st. continue
05.10.05- Three top fights will headline a boxing event promoted by Universum on October 22 at Arena Brandberge in Halle/Saale (18 Uhr, ZDF live 23:00). Hamburg based Hungarian Zsolt Erdei will defend his WBO light heavyweight title, the crown that his former stable mate Dariusz Michalczewski held more for nine years, against Frenchman Mehdi Sahnoune, a former WBA champion with an impressive record of 31-1 (27). continue
05.10.05 - Per Ake Persson: WBA & WBC "superchamp" cruiser Jean Marc Mormeck has stated to French media that he will defend the titles January 7 most likely against Panamanian Guillermo Jones. Universum have now announced the November 26 show in Leverkusen topped by middleweight Felix Sturm in a world title shot - possibly against WBA ruler Maselino Masoe. The undercard features heavies Vladimir Virchis and Ruslan Chagaev. continue
05.10.05 - Compiled by Chris Ireland
1. Antonio Tarver - "The Magic Man" made it two out of three against Roy Jones last Saturday. Now that it's clear he has Jones' number, a rubber match with Glen Johnson is the next logical move for the champ. After that, a move up to heavyweight may not be too far behind.
2. Glen Johnson - Johnson is out to prove his breakout year in 2004 was no fluke. After losing to Antonio Tarver in June, Johnson bounced back with an easy decision victory over George Khalid Jones September 30th. Look for "The Road Warrior" to land another big fight in the near future.
3. Zsolt Erdei - Erdei made a terrific splash when he easily out pointed Julio Gonzalez last year. Since then, the undefeated Hungarian has struggled with Huga Gernan Geray. Erdei won a majority decision against Geray last year and won a split decision this year. Former WBA champion Mehdi Sahnoune is next (October 22nd). continue
05.10.05 - Every person who has ever claimed to be a fan of sports has found him or herself in the same impassioned discussion: Who was the greatest of all time? This is an especially heated debate in boxing. With so many options and so much history, it’s impossible to find any two boxing fans who completely agree on the subject. Boxing also affords us with the unique perspective of one on one competition, which also makes the discussion even more interesting. The match ups can be analyzed intently based on the strengths and weaknesses of a given fighter, yet it is purely speculative because we’re dealing with men of different sizes and different eras. continue
ST. PETERSBURG, FL (October 5, 2005) -- U.S. Olympian...IBF champion....IBO champion. Now undefeated world super middleweight champion JEFF "LEFT HOOK" LACY can add "The Ring" cover to his impressive and ever-growing resume. Lacy, 20-0 (16 KOs), from St. Petersburg, FL, makes his cover debut on the Fall 2005 issue of The Ring where "The Bible of Boxing" touts Lacy for bringing excitement back to the super middleweight division. The issue hits newsstands October 11. continue
04.10.05 - By Jim Amato: OK...You're Roy Jones Jr. and you just got your butt whipped by Antonio Tarver again. You managed to go the distance but in doing so you sacrificed any chance you had of winning. Tarver is just a tough nut for you to crack. He's a tall, rangy southpaw with good power but you already knew that. You remembered the shot he caught you with in the second fight. You were not going to get hit with that shot again. No way that was going to happen. So you decided to fight a safety first fight. This was a fight Roy Jones could have won...should have won. Tarver is a very, very good fighter but if Roy would have gambled a bit. If he would have jumped into the foray with both hands blazing. Who knows what would have happened. continue
04.10.05 - By Craig Parrish: This past Saturday night I had the great displeasure of watching another Chris Byrd “Title” defense. I have not been this bored or frustrated since the last outing of John “The Anaconda” Ruiz. The fight was soundly booed by the fans at ringside throughout. And as tentative as Byrd was, his opponent, DaVarryl Williamson was just as guilty. This fight was so tentative, so lackluster, that the Ref instructed the fighters to start mixing it up on several occasions. Now, I happen to agree with the ringside announcer who claimed that the Ref has no business telling fighters how they should fight. They are the guys out there who are risking their necks, although that was certainly not the case here. I did feel sympathy for the Ref, however, who probably felt that if he didn’t spur something he would soon be asleep, thereby forfeiting his paycheck. continue
04.10.05 - Compiled by Chris Ireland:
1. Jean Marc Mormeck - Mormeck became the best Cruiserweight in the world in April with his victory over Wayne Braithwaite. Mormeck was so impressive that he turned some heads to towards the division for the first time in years. He must be more active to capitalize, however. He has no bout scheduled at this time.
2. Steve Cunningham - It's been a solid year for the undefeated American. In April, he edged out fellow elite Cruiserweight Guillermo Jones by split decision. Cunningham followed that up with a easy decision victory over former WBA champ Kelvin Davis. A shot at Mormeck can't be too far away. continue
10.05 - A fighter gets paid to fight the person in front of them to the best of their ability for the time allowed. If a fighter performs well enough to win, the one thing that can never be taken away from them is the certainty of their victory. In the case of a title contest the same should be truefor the certainty of championship recognition. continue
WASHINGTON, PA (October 5, 2005) “ Michael Acri Boxing Promotions and Team Freedom, promoters of the boxing card -- "Boxing at The Meadows" -- scheduled for October 6 at The Meadows Race Track, announced today that the event has been postponed. "Team Sosa has encountered difficulties in obtaining its visas in time for the event," said Michael Acri. "Rather than find a substitute for the main event, we will reschedule the card. We will be announcing details in the near future." continue
LOS ANGELES, October 4 – After fighting his way to the top of the welterweight division and earning not only the prestigious 2002 Fighter of the Year award from numerous media and boxing outlets, and recognition as one of boxing’s best pound for pound, you just know that it would take more than a series of injuries to his rotator cuff and elbow to hold back Vernon Forrest. continue
04.10.05 - Having taken a week to evaluate the overall picture, promoter Dino Duva says he is encouraged by much of what he saw on September 24, while watching his fighter Samuel Peter suffer his first loss. Peter, now 24-1 (21 KOs), dropped a close unanimous decision (114-111 X 3) to former WBO Heavyweight Champion Wladimir Klitschko, but scored three knockdown and at times, seemed on the verge of a stoppage victory. continue
04.10.05 - By Aaron King: From the turn of the 20th century and for many years later, boxing was a staple of American entertainment. It was second only to baseball in the sporting world, and its champions were heroes of the highest order. Jack Dempsey was the biggest star of an era that housed names such as Babe Ruth, Red Grange, and Charles Lindbergh. In fact, he made more money than any of his contemporaries.
A championship fight was the most anticipated sporting event, outside of the World Series, and even that at times was no match for a good title bout between two great champions of the day. The 1938 rematch between Joe Louis and Max Schmeling is still considered by many to be the most important sporting affair ever. continue
04.10.05 - Fight fans will be able to draw a direct comparison between outstanding British and Commonwealth super middleweight champion Carl Froch and WBC king Markus Beyer tonight, (October 4th), with British Eurosport showcasing both of their most recent fights. The network begins its boxing coverage at 7pm with Froch’s dominant points win over mandatory contender Matthew Barney at the Nottingham Arena on July 9th. continue
04.10.05 - British featherweight title challenger Andy Morris has offered his hard safety hat to Scottish rival John Simpson when they meet on Saturday 5th November at the Braehead Arena. The unbeaten Manchester star, who runs his own ground excavation business, reckons that Simpson will need to protect himself from the battering he is going to take in their British title clash. continue
03.10.05 - By James Allan: Boxing has without doubt thrown up some memorable characters and some classic quotes. The game can very often be a brutal business. Injuries, both minor and serious occur and death sometimes stalks the sport. Fighters get ripped off, fans get ripped off and promoters and managers too often are the ones who profit from it. But after saying all this, it has produced some of the funniest characters to ever get involved in organised sport.
Max Baer, Willie Pep, Bob Arum, Jack Johnson, Sam Langford the list of quotable figures is almost endless. However, there are to my mind, three men who stand above the rest when it comes to delivering classic one liners and put down’s. continue
03.10.05 - By Scoop Malinowski / Boxinginsider.com - It may seem hard to believe for some, but the truth has been confirmed. Antonio Tarver is the superior pugilist to Roy Jones.
Antonio Tarver finally proved, beyond a shadow of a doubt he is the best Light Heavyweight in the world, and the first man to ever conquer the great Roy Jones Jr.
"It was hard to go out like I would have - being knocked out twice the last couple of times," said future Hall of Famer Roy Jones. "I'm a true champion. I've been at the top. Being the champion that I am, it was good. I was satisfied with my performance, but I do realize that I lost the fight. I'm not the kind of fighter, like (Glen) Johnson that can brawl. And that's the way you have to fight to beat Tarver." continue
03.10.05 - World-ranked Cristobal Cruz of Tijuana, Mexico, takes on former World Boxing Association Fedecentro and World Boxing Council Fecarbox champion Aldo Valtierra of Cuidad Neza, Mexico, in the 10-round featherweight main event on the nationally and internationally televised “Guilty Fight Night” card promoted by Guilty Boxing Friday, Oct. 14, at the Gold Coast Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nev. continue
03.10.05 - By Geoffrey Ciani: “How many people do you know of, who are crazy enough to come back after two consecutive knockouts and fight one of the guys that knocked you out. When it comes down to it, this really shows the heart that I got."
These were the words spoken by Roy Jones Junior in the aftermath of his unanimous decision loss to Antonio Tarver on Saturday night. Sadly, the fact of the matter is, simply taking the fight does not in itself constitute heart; heart is exhibited in the boxing ring, and Jones didn’t show any. In fact, this fight might be representative of his entire career. After all, this fight illustrated one thing that was constant throughout his career – the fact that Roy Jones Junior never dared to be great. continue
03.10.05 - By Andy Meacock: The fights we often look most forward to in boxing are between the big names in the sport. This is natural of course, afterall we all want to see the best fights for our hard earned money but sometimes there’s nothing better than a good old domestic punch up. Such a fight is likely to take place on December 3rd between British heavyweight champion Matt Skelton and former world title challenger Danny Williams. continue
03.10.05 - Photos Courtesy of Fanoula Tavlarides - Exciting Junior Welterweight Jesse Feliciano returned with a vengeance Saturday night at the Lucky Star Casino in Rochester, WA, stopping Rafael Ortiz in the 10th round to capture the NWBA 140 pound title before an SRO crowd of over 1,300 cheering fans. In his first fight under the tutelage of Jesse Reid, Feliciano came out fast behind a stiff jab and thudding body shots, as he averaged over 1,000 punches per round during the course of the fight.
Ortiz, however, gave as good as he got, momentarily stopping Feliciano in his tracks with an overhand right in the second round that set the tone for a see-saw battle that had the appreciative crowd on their feet all night. Although Ortiz had his moments, it was Feliciano’s strength, brutal body attack and left hooks that began to wear down Ortiz by the middle rounds
Bleeding from his nose, mouth and looking through a left eye that was nearly closed, Ortiz battled-back gamely, only to wear down under the relentless pressure of Feliciano. continue
03.10.05 - By Per-Åke Persson: Sauerland Event will promote the WBC heavyweight eliminator between Sinan Samil Sam and Oleg Maskaev November 12 at the Sporthalle in Hamburg. Sam´s WBC Int´l title is also at stake. EBU 160 lb ruler Sebastian Sylvester takes on Lorenzo Di Giacomo in the co-headliner. Sauerland Event plans to have WBA champ John Ruiz defend the title against Nikolai Valuev December 17 in Berlin with EBU ruler Paolo Vidoz taking on Cengiz Koc in the chief support. continue
02.10.05 - By Travis Marks: As soon as I saw Roy Jones Jr. walking into St. Pete Times Forum last night to wave to his fans, I said to myself that he is saying goodbye. It was a strange feeling that came over me. Roy was saying thank you for all the support that you gave me over the years. This was a far different reaction that I had watching the weigh-in. Roy looked hungry; he looked like a man on a mission. He had me convinced that he was going to go at Tarver with everything that he had.
I dismissed the feeling that I had when I saw Roy walking into the arena as just Roy being happy to be back fighting. But the feeling returned after I saw his walk to the ring. Back in Roy’s heyday he walked to the ring angry. But here he was again, smiling to the crowd. This was not the Roy Jones that I thought could win a fight with Antonio Tarver. RJ, Roy’s alter ego that was last seen pummeling Montell Griffin some eight years ago was the man that was suppose to exact revenge on Tarver. continue
02.10.05 - World-ranked Luis Valdez of Los Mochis, Mexico, faces undefeated Omar Salado of Tijuana, Mexico, in a 12-round title bout for the vacant World Boxing Association Fedelatin super flyweight championship on the nationally and internationally televised “Guilty Fight Night” card presented by Guilty Boxing Thursday, Oct. 6, at El Foro in Tijuana. continue
02.10.05 - By Kevin Kincade: “The age 40 is not a death sentence”; apparently Big George knew what he was talking about. Who would have thought we'd still be watching James Toney fight in main events, much less at heavyweight? No, Toney's not 40, not yet; but he's closing in…..and not slowing down. However, realistically, does James Toney have a future in the heavyweight division or is he just going to end up being somebody's stepping stone?
James Toney is 37 years old and started his professional career at middleweight……MIDDLEWEIGHT; THAT'S 160 Lbs.! And he was a damn good middleweight beating the likes of Michael Nunn, Mike McCallum, Iran Barkley, Reggie Johnson, and “Prince” Charles Williams. As a Light-Heavyweight, he had mixed success beating Anthony Hembrick twice and losing twice to Montell Griffin and once to Drake Thadzi. continue
02.10.05 - The 43rd annual World Boxing Council convention opened this morning at the Iberostar City Hotel in La Linea de la Concepcion, a beautiful city on the southern coast of Spain with spectacular views of Africa across the Strait of Gibralter, and the Rock of Gibralter only blocks away. continue
02.10.05 - By Dino Alvarado: Seriously, how many people can play a game of semi-pro basketball in Alabama in the morning, fly to Florida, and successfully defend the IBF Light-Heavyweight championship at night? That's what Roy Jones Jr. (49-4, 38 KO's) did nine years ago to Eric Lucas, knocking him out in the 11th round. If that doesn't speak enough of his talent, think about his accomplishments. He never went the distance as a professional until his 17th fight. Up until two years ago, he was never in danger of losing a match. That includes dominating victories over Bernard Hopkins, James Toney (who, at the time, was considered by many as the pound-for-pound best), and Mike McCallum. He was at one point the WBC, WBA, IBF, IBO, WBF, NBA, and IBA light-heavyweight champion of the world. Voted Ring magazine's "Fighter of the Year" in 1994 and "Fighter of the Decade" in 1999 by the Boxing Writers Association of America, he was not only the best boxer of his generation; he was one of the best of all-time. continue
02.10.05 - Compiled by Chris Ireland
Pound For Pound - 1. Floyd Mayweather - He's young, he's undefeated, and he's now blowing his opponents out. The problem? He needs to fight better fighters. Henry Bruseles, DeMarcus Corley, and Arturo Gatti, though respectable, aren't the kind of fighters you'd expect the top pound-for-pound fighter in his sport to take on a regular bases. continue
02.10.05 - By Wray Edwards: A local scribe for The Tampa Tribune, Anwar S. Richardson, wrote an article for Saturday’s sports section which dwelled on the number three with such examples as “…mind, body and soul…Father, Son and Holy Spirit…Judaism observes three major feasts…three meals a day…” etc. as a lead-in to Jones-Tarver 3. After watching the beginning of this fight, it became obvious that Mr. Richardson had left out the most appropriate example: SOS (… - - - …). Right after the third (naturally) round, this writer left ringside and sought out the highest seats in the Forum (the seventh level press-box) to watch the rest of the fight.
In this case SOS stands for “Save Our Sport”. For the first Three Rounds, Jones danced to his right in endless counter-clockwise circles as Tarver just stayed in the middle of the ring and turned around and around to keep facing the circling challenger. Most in the press-box came to the conclusion that Roy was trying to get Tony dizzy by this tactic. continue
02.10.05 - By Jim Jamesson: I'd like to start off by commending Antonio Tarver for his impressive victory over Roy Jones Jr. Tarver talked the talk leading up to the fight and backed it up in the ring. He looked impressive in taking a unanimous decision, and even stung Roy a couple of times during the fight. Both men were obviously in amazing physical shape, but Tarver did appear to hit a wall toward the end rounds. Perhaps he punched himself out or just decided to cruise toward the decision. continue
Roy Jones: “I was hard to go out like I would have being knocked out twice the last couple of times. I’m a true champion. I’ve been at the top. Being the champion that I am, it was good. I was satisfied with my performance, but I do realize that I lost the fight. I’m not the kind of fighter, like Johnson that can brawl. And that’s the way you have to fight to beat Tarver. Tarver would have given me all I could handle in my best days as a light heavyweight.
I’ll be back. I got hurt once and I think that was the turning point of the fight. He hit me with a good shot. But I kept coming. Can’t nobody else beat me but Tarver.
Why? Because God blessed me with a true talent.
Tarver: The three fights we had made us a lot of money. You made more than me but I’m not mad. We can do it again.
I had to do my homework. I had to go to school and I passed with flying colors. If I would have made a mistake, he would have punished me. GIVE ME CREDIT. continue
01.10.05 - Steve Albert: Diego, do you think the rematch will be tougher than the first?
Diego Corrales: I do think the rematch will be tougher. I cannot see it happening any other way. Castillo is not going to be less tough than what he was last time. He is a great champion, and a great fighter. So, I cannot see why it would be any less hard than the first time. continue
01.10.05 - By Frank Gonzalez Jr., Photo: Tom Casino /Showtime: Saturday night in Nevada, Dominic “Southern Disaster” Guinn (25-3-1-18 KO’s) faced James “Lights Out” Toney (69-4-2-1-43 KO’s) in the Main Event that almost saved the show after the under card of Chris Byrd vs. DaVarryl “Touch of Sleep” Williamson had the crowd counting sheep. Early in the fight, Guinn started by showing some of the spirit that gave him his lift in boxing a few years ago as they both scored in turns but it ended with James Toney waltzing his way to a Unanimous Decision victory. No ‘lights out’ but definitely a ‘Southern Disaster.’
Toney pressed the action and Guinn looked to counter. They both scored in spots and the first round was fairly even. Toney landed the better punches in the second round, notably a sneaky uppercut in close but nothing with much conviction. In the third, Toney landed a nice, straight right to the face of Guinn, who came alive and scored with left, right, left combination. There was a lot of infighting, initiated by Toney, the ring general, who easily lured Guinn to the ropes to fight in close quarters, where his offense was less effective.
The announce team of Steve Alberts and Al Bernstein was so one sided in favor of Toney that they could’ve won an award for, ‘Most Biased Announcing.’ Whatever Toney did, they swooned in a sea praises for Toney’s complete and utter mastery of the sport of boxing. continue
01.10.05 - By Per-Åke Persson: Giant Russian heavy Nikolai Valuev won a majority decision over American Larry Donald and retained the WBA I/C title in the main event at the sold-out EWE Arena. This was also a WBA eliminator. The fight was close and difficult to score. At the end Ove Ovesen from Denmark had it 115-113 Valuev, Guy Jutras, Canada 114-114 while Japan´s Takeshi Shimakawa came in with an out of line 117-112 score for Valuev. continue
RENO, Nev. (Oct. 1, 2005) – Photo: Tom Casino / Showtime: In a pair of workmanlike performances, heavyweights James Toney and Chris Byrd retained their respective titles with 12-round unanimous decisions Saturday on SHOWTIME. Toney overpowered Dominick Guinn to defend his International Boxing Association (IBA) championship, while Byrd did just enough to defeat DaVarryl Williamson and retain his International Boxing Federation (IBF) crown for the fourth time.
Gary Shaw Productions, in association with Goossen Tutor Promotions and Don King Productions, promoted the event from the Reno Events Center in Reno, Nev. SHOWTIME aired both bouts at 9:15 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the west coast).
Toney (69-4-2, 43 KOs), of Grand Rapids, Mich., controlled the action from the outset and consistently landed punishing overhand rights to his opponent’s head. Despite not scoring a knockdown, “Lights Out” pitched a near shutout as two of the judges gave only one round to Guinn (119-109). continue
01.10.05 - By Stuart Duncan: As the circus continues with the 160 lb division, Kinglsey Ikeke has emerged as the clown act. Sam Soliman is the IBF # 1 middleweight in the world. He has been calling out Bernard Hopkins or Jermain Taylor for 2 years and has openly welcomed any opportunity to fight anyone who got in his road to get to this position. He fought number two for the number one position 12 months ago and has fought 4 times since with his most recent defeating rated Fernando Zuniga. continue
01.10.05 - By Izyaslav “Slava” Koza: The two fights shown on Showtime tonight were really mirror images of each other, in that one was a fan’s tactical delight, and one was a fan’s tactical nightmare. Both results of, UD wins for Byrd and Toney (Photo: Tom Casino /Showtime), were pretty much as expected, and that is a good in the end from the standpoint that we need heavyweights that are dependable, and Byrd and Toney are it. If Williamson and Guinn were somehow to win, that would really be detrimental to the heavyweight picture, because fans would be reluctant to drop Byrd and Toney as top guys but would have to give props to their conquerors and thus create even more contenders. Thankfully, that did not happen tonight, and hopefully these two will meet in the future.
Chris Byrd vs. Davaryl Williamson
Although the result was as expected and as I imagine desired by most fans, the actual fight was terribly boring and uneventful.) continue
01.10.05 - By M.C. Southorn: Among the greatest of the Ancient Olympic boxers – indeed one -of the greatest Olympic athletes –was Theagenes of Thasos. A boxer, pankratist (no-holds barred fighting) and runner, Theagenes captured the boxing title at the 75th Olympiad in 480 BC, and, four years later, he won the Pankration (no-holds-barred) title. Like all Olympic champions, Theagenes’ victories offered him immortality, and mythology was soon to follow. continue
01.10.05 - By Lee Hayes: Tonight Roy Jones Jr. Will be facing his career nemesis in Antonio Tarver. They will be fighting their "rubber match" -which is more about the way Roy wants to end his career, than about establishing supremacy at 175lbs, considering that Roy still has a KO loss to Glen Johnson, whom Tarver sits at 1-1 with as well.
After watching the way Roy was violently knocked senseless by a single blow in their second fight, it’s nearly impossible to imagine Jones winning this fight. The disaster with Johnson just seals the coffin. Roy seems to be finished. Tarver on the other hand appears to be at the absolute pinnacle of his career. He was awesome in his one punch KO of Jones. Behind after the first round, Tarver’s trainer, Buddy McGirt told Tarver "you’re giving him too much respect", to which Antonio replied vehemently, "don’t use that word...I ain’t got no respect for this man". Then, he simply one punch knocked out a man that many considered untouchable. continue
30.09.05 - Glen Johnson (43-10-2, 29 KOs) scored a tenth round TKO over George Khalid Jones (23-2-1, 13 KOs) on Friday night. The scheduled 12-round main event, before a capacity crowd at the Cache Creek Casino Resort, was billed as an IBF title-elimination fight to determine the leading contender for the championship belt Johnson wore after a ninth-round KO of Roy Jones 13 months ago. continue
30.09.05 - By Wray Edwards: Photos © Wray Edwards. Here we go again...back in Tampa for another Boxing party. This town knows how to rock when it comes to prize-fighting. The venue for the weigh-ins was the Tampa Aquarium. The event was open to the public with the media in a roped-off area. It was a very warm evening and the photogs, writers and celebs were all sweating a bit. Roy shows up first amid loud cheers and hoots from his fans. He runs a huge rap during the interviews and looks totally ripped on the scales. He ran a game face and did not smile much.
Tarver comes in after Jones departs, and runs his mouth to a fair-ye-well until he is called to the scales. He is nearly all smiles despite the huge chorus of “Boos” which greeted him as he came to the scales and was not miffed as several in the crowd yelled out “Lucky punch!” There was no “face-off” between Roy and Tony as there was between most of the other pairings. You could cut the tension with a knife. continue
By Per Ake Persson - September 30, Slagelse, Denmark: Danish ligtweight Martin Kristjansen won the vacant WBO I/C 135 lb title with an one-sided tenth round stoppage of South African Anthony Tshela. Tshela was trailing on points by 89-82, 90-81 and 90-81 when he retired and didn´t come out for the tenth. Kristjansen was well in control throughout boxing on the outside showing good skills but lacked the power to hurt his opponent. There were no knockdowns. continue
By Izyaslav “Slava” Koza: Today in Germany Russian boxer Nikolai Valuev because the #1 contender for the WBA’s, and John Ruiz’s version of the heavyweight belt by slightly outgunning Larry Donald. From most accounts of the fight, although it was close and could have possibly been a draw, Valuev’s reach advantage won him the day. continue
30.09.05 - By Ike Enwereuzor: Calvin Brock is expected to return to action on November 19, 2005 in his hometown at Charlotte, North Carolina against David Bostice. We caught up with Calvin Brock at the Klitschko-Rahman press conference in Atlantic City, NJ. Here's what the undefeated top heavyweight contender had to say about his upcoming fight with David Bostice for the IBA continental America heavyweight championship and more.... continue
30.09.05 - James Toney weighed 235 pounds and Dominick Guinn tipped scales at 221 Friday in Reno. Toney risks his IBA heavyweight title against Guinn tomorrow / 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. Chris Byrd weighed 213 pounds and DaVarryl Williamson tipped scales at 225 Friday in Reno. Byrd defends his IBF heavyweight title against Williamson tomorrow / 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. continue
30.09.05 - The funeral services for former IBF Lightweight Champion Leavander Johnson have been announced and will take place in Atlantic City, N.J., the boxer's hometown. The schedule is as follows: Friday, September 30. 6PM - 8PM - viewing, Shiloh Baptist Church, 701 Atlantic Avenue, Atlantic City, NJ 08401, 609-449-1100. continue
30.09.05 - World super flyweight champion Martin Castillo of Hacienda Hts., Calif. will defend against former champion Alexander 'Explosivo' Munoz of Venezuela on Top Rank's big 'Seek and Destroy' championship fight card which will feature world heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko vs. interim champion Hasim Rahman in Las Vegas on Nov. 12. continue