Boxing


Q & A with Jeff Lacy: Lacy Talks About Calzaghe

30.11.05 - By Travis Marks: Eastsideboxing.com recently sat down with undefeated IBF and IBO super middleweight champion Jeff “Left Hook” Lacy at a press conference held in Gallagher’s Steakhouse for his unification bout with WBO super middleweight champion Joe Calzaghe. Lacy, coming off of a two round demolition of fifth ranked contender Scott Pemberton, is eager to get in the ring March 4, 2006 to prove who the best super middleweight is. Lacy let us in on his thoughts about this upcoming career defining fight.

Eastsideboxing.com: Jeff, How excited are you about this fight?

Jeff Lacy: Very excited, I’m amped for this fight. I’m eager that the fight is finally going down. The fight was originally scheduled for November 5th but it was postponed because of Joe’s hand injury. I wasn’t real sure that he really wanted the fight at the time but it means a lot for him to come to America to do the press conference. It sets things off and now it’s a downhill battle for this upcoming fight. continue


Froch: "I will be the first to stop Groenewald"

30.11.05 - Commonwealth super middleweight champion Carl Froch has promised his hometown fans that he will hit the knockout trail once again this Friday at the Nottingham Arena by inflicting the first ever stoppage defeat on South African challenger Ruben Groenewald. Despite impressing, the 28-year-old local favourite was taken the distance last time out in July at the same venue by the ultra elusive Matthew Barney, the then mandatory contender for the British title he also holds. continue


Teddy Atlas continues benevolent works of his late, great father

30.11.05 - Boxing trainer and ESPN/2 Friday Night Fights commentator Teddy Atlas continues to fight to assist the needy. The official opening of the Dr. Theodore Atlas Food Pantry will take place on Saturday, December 3, at 12:00 Noon at the Food Pantry located at the Parish of St. Clement and Saint Michael Church on 206 Harbor Road on Staten Island. continue


Mikkel Kessler: The Viking Warrior Remains Underexposed and Underrated

30.11.05 - By Gabriel DeCrease: One of the most exalted figures in Norse mythology is Thor, the warrior god of thunder. Thor is depicted as tall and formidable—his frame wound in coils of sinuous muscle. His weapon of choice is a sacred stone-hammer called Mjolnir that returns by its own volition to its master’s hand when he is to do battle. Thor is able to increase his strength twofold by fastening a magic belt around his waist.

WBA super-middleweight champion Mikkel Kessler is so like the mythic hero of his homeland that it is hard not to make symbolic comparisons. The twenty-six-year-old Kessler has certainly maintained a godlike physique throughout his career in the ring , and he is extensively tattooed like so many of his Viking forefathers. His mighty warhammer seems to be broken in two and a half slipped into each glove before he fights and hard as he might throw wild punches they seem to return to his guard without delay. And while the fighting Dane’s magic belt happens to be one bestowed upon him by the WBA, it has seemed to harvest a notable increase in his fistic prowess and power. continue


Experts Contemplate: Taylor-Hopkins II

29.11.05 - By Scoop Malinowski / Boxinginsider.com: Various boxing insiders were asked who they think will win the return engagement of future Hall of Fame all-time Middleweight great Bernard Hopkins and the young up & coming heir apparent Jermain Taylor. continue


Australian Boxing Historian Ray Mitchell Passes Away

29.11.05 - By Craig Waller: Ray Mitchell passed away peacefully at Sutherland Hospital in Sydney on Tuesday 29th November 2005 age 86 years. Ray was a Referee at the Sydney Stadium for many years and continued his career with the Club promotions. He also dabbled in the fields of matchmaking, Journalism and histories. On behalf of all the Australian Boxing Fraternity I would like to forward sincere condolence to his Family in this time of grieving. continue


Jes One Mo Time... Bernard Hopkins’ Quest to Regain the Crown

29.11.05 - By Kevin Kincade: Much has been made of Bernard Hopkins’s behavior since he lost his title to Jermain Taylor. He has gone to court to try to get the decision overturned based on Duane Ford’s scoring of the final round; has repeatedly badmouthed the new champion, and, in general, has behaved as the quintessential sore loser. Big Deal. Did you really expect anything else?

Bernard Hopkins has had to fight for every ounce of respect he’s garnered over the last 17 plus years. After being released from prison, he decided to stay straight and become a fighter…then he lost his pro debut. As any former convict can tell you, reintegrating back into society is anything but easy…Battle # 1 for Mr. Hopkins. He lost his first fight and had that much further to climb to establish himself….Battle # 2. Can you imagine the amount of determination it must have taken to become not only a successful prize fighter; but a championship contender from those beginnings? The school of hard knocks and the world of hard socks molded hard man in Bernard Hopkins. To rise from his origins to the pinnacle of his success, it could have been no other way. continue


Euro Roundup: Ali vs Sandell on Ruiz/Valuev Undercard, more

29.11.05 - By Per Ake Persson: Middleweights Khoren Gevor and Gustavo Magallanes clash for the WBO I/C title on the Halmich vs Reid show in Magdeburg December 3. Touted debutant Vitali Tajbert get a soft touch in Slovakian Robert Zsemberi. WBF 168 lb king Stjepan Bozic´s defence against Argentinian veteran Julio Caesar Vazquez should have taken place November 19 but was postponed and will now go ahead December 2 with site remaining Zadar (Croatia). continue


Ward - Hernandez Bout Cancelled

29.11.05 - 2004 Gold Medalist Andre Ward's promoter Goosen/Tutor has passed on a prior agreement to fight Chicago middleweight "Macho" Miguel Hernandez, it was announced this evening by Dominic Pesoli, President of 8 Count Productions. Said Pesoli, "This fight was supposed to happen on November 19th on the undercard of the Mayweather/Mitchell fight, then Goosen/Tutor told us Ward would fight Miguel in December. continue


Harder When It's Over: The Rise and Fall of Wilfredo Gomez

29.11.05 - By Gabriel Decrease: After the great reception all you nostalgic diehards gave my piece on Salvador Sanchez, I think it is only appropriate to follow up by taking a similar look at his arch-rival Wilfredo “Bazooka” Gomez.

Wilfredo Gomez is one of those rare individuals who climbed into the ring by following the natural path of his life. Most men must step up to the challenge of living by the warrior’s code. Born into an impoverished district in San Juan, Puerto Rico that was overrun by the horrors of crime and poverty, Gomez was put in the position at a young age of having to fight to preserve his very life. At every turn, he was bullied, beaten up, and tormented by local thugs. That was the way of life in Los Monjas. Only the strong survived. Gomez was neither tall, nor physically imposing, but he was proud, and as he defended himself against acts of violence he quickly developed a punch so fearsome and powerful that it transcended the natural limits of how much uneasiness a man of such slight stature could foster in his enemies.

Ironically, it was by proving himself deadly in alley brawls that Gomez afforded himself the rare luxury in Los Monjas of maintaining an upright youth. Throughout his young life, he pedaled from place to place on an old-fashioned bicycle and made a paltry living selling chocolates and hard candy, and all the while he carried with him the iron fists whose wrath would become a legend in the pugilistic canon. continue


Gilbert Venegas vs. Sergio De La Torre in Co-Main This Saturday

29.11.05 - Gilbert "Gordo" Venegas, 9-1-1 (6KO's), now fighting out of Chicago, IL heads back to the ring this Saturday night at the Aragon Ballroom to battle Sergio De La Torre, 10-7-1 (1KO) of Escondido, California in a scheduled eight round junior welterweight bout. continue


Paez Jr Headlines Dec 23 Sycuan Card

29.11.05 - Undefeated teenage sensation Jorge Paez Jr., son of the former world champion, fights in San Diego for the first time when he highlights the professional boxing card presented by Sycuan Ringside Promotions Friday, Dec. 23, at the Sycuan Resort & Casino in El Cajon, Calif. continue


Joe Calzaghe, Jeff Lacy Conference Call Transcript

November 29, 2005 - Photo: Tom Casino /Showtime - Question: Do you have any opening statements?

Calzaghe: I have been champion for eight years. Finally, I get a fighter who shows ambition and wants to fight for the titles. So, this fight was not hard to make. This is my destiny. I have been waiting for this moment. I have always said good things come to those who wait. A lot of people think I am going to get beat in this fight, but I have waited so long for this and I cannot wait for the time to come. I am excited, and I think it will be the fight of the year.

Lacy: It is going to be a great fight. I am excited and eager. I am at a loss for words. I am just ready to fight. Too bad we still have to wait months for everybody to see this great fight. I am coming over to his hometown to take what is mine. Look out. continue


Froch makes big impression

29.11.05 - Carl Froch – who defends his Commonwealth super middleweight title against Ruben Groenewald this Friday - has always been an ambassador for Nottingham. Last week he demonstrated that he is also a positive role model for the children of area when he conducted a Physical Education lesson at Bigwood Comprehensive School. continue


Why Hopkins Will NOT Win in The Rematch

29.11.05 - By Goran Dragosavac: It is not because of the absence of Hopkins' trainer Bouie Fisher, it is not because of Hopkins age (now, 40-years-old) - it is for the simple reason that Bernard Hopkins does not have mental advantage over his opponent, any more. Few fighters in history of boxing have exploited the mental dimension of the fighting as much as Bernard Hopkins did. And that simple fact really compensated for a lack of punching venom in his boxing arsenal. continue


Lacy vs. Calzaghe NY press conference photos

29.11.05 - All photos: TOM CASINO / SHOWTIME - Talented, unbeaten, hard-hitting, exciting world super middleweight champions Jeff "Left Hook" Lacy (left) and Joe Calzaghe show off their belts after a press conference Tuesday in New York. America’s No. 1 Boxing Network, SHOWTIME will celebrate its 20th anniversary on March 4, 2006, when Lacy (International Boxing Federation/International Boxing Organization champion) and Calzaghe (World Boxing Organization champion) collide in the main event on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING.

The most significant unification world title bout in years will air live on SHOWTIME at 9 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the west coast) from the MEN Arena in Manchester, England. The highly anticipated, long-awaited match up is promoted by Gary Shaw Productions, LLC, in association with Frank Warren’s Sport Network. continue


Ikeke - Abraham Battle For the IBF Middleweight Title On Dec 10

LOS ANGELES, November 29 – He’s waited patiently for his time to shine, all the while beating whoever was put in front of him as contender and contender avoided him. But on Saturday, December 10th, the waiting is over for Kingsley Ikeke, as he finally gets his shot at the world middleweight title when he faces unbeaten Arthur Abraham for the vacant IBF championship at the Arena Leipzig in Leipzig, Germany. continue


Euro Boxing: Wlad Klitschko, Stipe Drews, more

28.11.05 - By Per Ake Persson: Stipe Drews and Antonio Brancalion clash for the vacant EBU title January 6 in Munich. Universum promotes with Ukrainian heavy Aleksander Dimitrenko in the mainevent against Rob Calloway. Klitschko.com writes that there is a possibilty that Wladimir Klitschko fights in Germany March 25 - and that it is likely that it will be a titlefight. Klitschko has his sight set on either IBF ruler Chris Byrd or WBO counterpart Lamont Brewster. continue


Hopkins at disadvantage without Fisher

28.11.05 - By Izyaslav “Slava” Koza: With the Taylor Hopkins 2 bout looming on the horizon the absence of Hopkin’s longtime trainer Bouie Fisher really disheartens me as a fan of the “Executioner.” I know that Bernard has said that anybody who can handle a spit bucket can be his trainer but to me that is simple self-promotion.

Make no mistake about it, along with James Toney and possibly a few other fighters who’s names don’t quite jump to mind, Bernard Hopkins knows more about boxing then George Bush doesn’t know about English grammar. Were it a situation where fighters could not receive instructions in between rounds for a fight then Fisher’s absence would not matter as Hopkins could prepare for a bout by himself just as easily as with Fisher and be better during the bout then his trainer less opponent. The issue is not that Hopkins doesn’t know all there is to know about the sport its that with the amount of knowledge he has something can possibly slip his mind at a crucial point during the bout. continue


SHOWTIME: Judah vs Baldomir, Mormeck vs O Neill Bell on Jan.7

28.11.05 - The first Saturday of every month belongs to SHOWTIME, and 2006 promises to be no different for America's No. 1 boxing network, now in its 20th year on the air. Following a spectacular 2005, the network that consistently offers fans the best match-ups in boxing begins the New Year with an exciting world championship doubleheader Saturday, Jan. 7, at 9 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the west coast). The SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING twinbill will be promoted by Don King and take place at a site to be determined. continue


Martin 'El Gallo' Castillo Added To Pacquiao/Morales Card

28.11.05 - World super flyweight champion Martin 'El Gallo' Castillo of Hacienda Hts., California, will defend his world title against former champion Alexander 'El Explosivo' Munoz of Venezuela on Top Rank's big Erik Morales vs. Manny Pacquiao "The Battle" championship card hosted by Wynn Las Vegas at the Thomas and Mack Center, Las Vegas, on Jan. 21. continue


Audley Harrison v Danny Williams Live on ITV1

28.11.05 - ITV can today confirm that the British heavyweight fight of the decade between Audley Harrison and Danny Williams will be broadcast live on ITV1, on a peak time programme – from 8.55 to 10.10pm. The fight, to be held at the ExCeL London, on Saturday December 10, will see Olympic gold-medallist Harrison return from a self-imposed exile in the United States to face fellow Londoner and conqueror of Mike Tyson, Danny Williams.

Four-and-a-half years after his professional debut, December 10 is Audley Harrison’s opportunity to prove that he can finally let his fists do the talking and be seriously considered as a future world champion. At 34 years-of-age it is now or never for Harrison.

The live action on ITV1’s Big Fight Live, presented by Jim Rosenthal, will include both the main event clash between Audley Harrison and Danny Williams for the Commonwealth heavyweight title as well as British boxing sensation Amir Khan’s fourth professional fight. The show also includes an exclusive interview with Mike Tyson – who reveals his thoughts on the heavyweight contenders. continue


HBO To Rebroadcast Taylor-Hopkins I Friday Night

28.11.05 - As a special preview for HBO Boxing fans leading up to the highly anticipated world middleweight championship rematch – TAYLOR vs. HOPKINS 2 - which is set for Saturday, Dec. 3 in Las Vegas and will be carried on HBO Pay-Per-View, HBO Sports will present the exclusive re-broadcast of their first encounter: continue


Mike Nevitt vs. Rocky Smith on Saturday

28.11.05 - Chicago fan favorite Mike "Tension" Nevitt, 10-0, (5KO's) drops down one weight class this Saturday night as he takes on Rocky "The Hawaiian Nightmare" Smith, 13-4 (11KO's) in a special attraction Illinois State Light Heavyweight Championship bout at the Aragon Ballroom. The eight round battle is part of another installment of "The Best in Chicago Boxing" continue


Has Boxing Lost It's Social Relevance?

27.11.05 - By Troy Ondrizek: Since boxing became mainstream during the first Roosevelt presidency. Boxing and its champions have influenced American culture. The primary division that helped America mature over the past one hundred years is the glamour division of boxing, or better known as the heavyweight division. However, several fighters from every division have helped mold us as a society. For every major advancement in our train of thought and heroics in sports and life started with boxing and spread to baseball, football, and our collective culture as a whole. Before there was Jackie Robinson and his breaking of the "Color Barrier," there was Jack Johnson who did it first. Before George W. Bush battled terrorism, Joe Louis conquered pure evil.

Before Michael Moore struggled against the war in Iraq, Muhammad Ali said he had no quarrel. Before Jose Conseco and Raphael Palmeiro got in trouble for steroids, there was Vitali Klitschko. Before there was Terri Schiavo there was Emiliano Valdez. Boxers have fought many physical battles inside the ring, and fought our figurative social battles out it. continue


Danny Williams: The Ex-Pat's Back

27.11.05 - Audley Harrison sneaked back into Britain this morning ahead of his Commonwealth title showdown with Danny Williams on December 10 at the ExCeL London and the Brixton puncher promptly promised to send the Ex-Patriot back home to Las Vegas after their fight. Dynamite Dan is fired up for this fight like no other and wants to prove to the British public that Harrison is really just all hype and no fight. continue


Vargas - Mosley Finally Meet On February 25

27.11.05 - They are two of the premier boxers of this generation, superstars who transcended the sport and competed in some of the most memorable bouts in recent years. But the timing was never right for these two multiple world titleholders to meet. UNTIL NOW! continue


Hatton Stops Maussa

27.11.05 - By Fontain Richardson: In a battle that looked like a fight from the 50’s, 27-year-old Ricky Hatton stormed to victory over the tough but awkward Columbian Carlos Maussa, stopping him in the 9th round to unify the IBF and WBA light welterweight titles along the way. However, Hatton (40-0, 30 KO’s) suffered two bad cuts over both eyes early on, which seemed to only make him fight even harder, as he pressured Maussa (20-3, 18 KO’s), smothering him with non-stop punches from start to finish, landing at will with a wide assortment of hooks, uppercuts and straight rights.

In the first round, Hatton clashed heads with Maussa, opening up the first of two nasty cuts over his left eye at the 30 second mark. Perhaps worrying about a potential stoppage, the cut seemed to inflame Hatton, causing him to throw caution to the wind, as he showed very little respect for Maussa, while throwing punch after punch on the inside. continue


Joval Stops Taylor!

26.11.05 - By Tony Nobbs: IBO middleweight champion Raymond Joval retained his title by stopping Shannan Taylor in round ten at Vodafone Arena in Melbourne on Sunday afternoon. Joval was just to busy and a step ahead of Taylor through out the fight. A classy, if not action packed bout. The 33 year old Aussie did well in some of the exchanges but lacked the punch out put to seriously pressure the 37 year old Dutchman and he was taking punishment on the ropes when referee Pat Russell intervened. Taylor has done an admirable job getting his career back on track in recent years and can hold his head high. He plans to fight again. Joval was humble in victory. continue


Shannon Briggs Barely Breaks a Sweat in Victory

26.11.05 - By Troy Ondrizek: Bam bam, is exactly what Shannon Briggs did to Brian "Bam Bam" Scott in a first round KO of the journeyman tonight in Arkansas. Jameel McCline needed the same amount of time to dispose of his lowly fighter Andy Sample. The "Sandman" Sample continues to be put to sleep by fighters trying to pad their records. Cisse Salif who recently lost to David Tua needed twenty-nine seconds to gain victory in his bout. Young prospect J.D. Chapman, took even longer then our previous combatants to dominate John Carlo in two rounds. Most of the fights tonight were one-sided affairs, seemingly put together to boost the records of the more notable names on the card. continue


Do You Believe In Ghosts? Robert Guerrero Talks To East Side Boxing

26.11.05 - Interview by Steve, “The Brown Bomber”: No this isn’t a cheesy Halloween flashback. If you haven’t heard of Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero then you just haven’t been looking into the featherweight division. At only 22 years old the current NABF featherweight title holder seems to have what it takes to be a unifying champion. What’s so special about him you ask? Well for starters he’s a southpaw, happens to be a whopping 5’10 with a 72inch reach, and has KO’ed 8 of his last 9 opponents. One of those KO’s was Enrique Sanchez whose only knock down before that was by Marco Antonio Barrera!

The Brown Bomber caught up with Robert Guerrero to find out what the featherweight Ghost is all about as he prepares to face Gamaliel Diaz on December 2nd in Lemoore CA on Showbox.

BB- How did you get started in professional boxing?

RG- I grew up watching my Grandfather, Father, and two older brothers’ box. I started boxing at 9 years old. I worked my way up to the junior Olympics receiving accolades. In 2000 I was in the Olympic trials, I lost in the third round of the trials to Clarence Vinson. I was only 16 and he was 21! But I learned alot at a very young age! continue


Results From Germany: Brähmer, Sidorenko & Kotelnik Win

26.11.05 - Undefeated German super middleweight contender Jürgen Brähmer scored an impressive seventh round knockout over Puerto Rican Henry Porras on a Universum boxing show at Wilhelm-Dopatka-Halle of Leverkusen, Germany, where he replaced the injured Felix Sturm as TV live event on ZDF. Only two fights after coming back from an involuntary three-year boxing interruption Jürgen Brähmer catches up with the international upper league of the 168 lb. class and in Germany is already topic number among boxing fans. continue


Ed Mahone Returns to Ring with TKO of China Smith

LOS ANGELES, CA (November 26th, 2005) – Former Heavyweight contender Ed Mahone returned to the sport of boxing with a stunning 10th round TKO of current Heavyweight contender China Smith in Tampa, Florida. Smith was 29-2 with 24 KOs before he met up with Mahone, a knockout puncher his entire career. Mahone known as “The Hammer,” shook off over three years of ring rust to take down his opponent and earn his 23rd victory on his 23rd knockout. Mahone’s record now stands at 23-4-2. continue


Who Is The Best Middleweight In The World?

25.11.05 - By Joseph Carlo Russo: As Bernard Hopkins and Jermain Taylor's December 3rd bout draws nearer, fight fans remain divided among the question concerning the best middleweight in boxing. With regard to this dispute, there are usually two answers that tend to circulate the debating spectrum, Bernard Hopkins and Jermain Taylor. Seldom is Winky Wright mentioned, and rarely is Felix Sturm even considered. However, with the lackluster, unimpressive performances on the behalves of Hopkins and Taylor in their July 16th bout, it seems fairly justifiable that Wright and Sturm should be allotted their respective places in the argument.

Technically speaking, Winky Wright has only had one fight at middleweight with most of his endeavors having been pursued at junior middleweight. But, over the course of one middleweight bout, Wright has already equaled Hopkins' most prized accomplishment. Wright's immaculately thorough decimation of Puerto Rican star Felix "Tito" Trinidad was as resounding, if not more than, that of Hopkins. As Winky proved himself once again to be a true upper echelon fighter, his victory over Trinidad catapulted him to the top of the middleweight division with no questions asked. Winky Wright is currently the number two pound for pound fighter in the world and deservedly so. continue


Tyson Whips Every Lightheavyweight On The Planet?

25.11.05 - By Jim Amato: I am picking up a strange vibe. It's almost a Deja Vu thing. I remember years ago Mike Tyson boasting that he could beat any man on the planet. Now, although it has not been said in so many words. Tyson has been calling out fighters in the light heavyweight division. Tyson was possibly going to fight Roy Jones Jr. but Roy got sideswiped by Antonio Tarver. continue


Joval & Taylor Make Weight: Eastside Chats To Stan Hoffman

25.11.05 - By Tony Nobbs: Shannan Taylor (42-3-2, 28 KO's) is a slight underdog with Australian punters twenty four hours prior to his IBO middleweight title challenge against Dutchman Raymond Joval (34-4, 15 KO's) at the Vodafone Arena in Melbourne, Victoria, tomorrow (Sunday) afternoon. continue


Hopkins - Taylor II: Who is the True Champion?

25.11.05 - By Justin Hackman: Though the 12 round middleweight boxing match between Jermain Taylor and Bernard Hopkins will take place on the night of December 3rd in Las Vegas, the fight for true champion has been going on since the post-fight presser for their first match on the night of July 16, 2005. Taylor has handled victory with grace, dignity, and humility. Hopkins lost for the first time since obtaining his titles which he defended an unprecedented 20 times. Uncharacteristic of how he handled himself while king of the division, he has handled his loss like a child, blaming everyone for the defeat except himself. Hopkins will carry these losing ways with him as he climbs into the ring this Saturday. Here's why.

Since their first meeting this past July, Hopkins has not had the actions of a true champion. continue


Euro Boxing Roundup: Lucas-Kessler, Vitali Klitschko, more...

25.11.05 - By Per Ake Persson: EX-WBC supermiddle champ Eric Lucas is heading to Denmark this weekend to finalize the deal for a fight against WBA ruler Mikkel Kessler in January. With Lucas is trainer Bernard Baige, fitness and conditional coach Alain Delorme and Interbox representative David Messier. Lucas will also check out training facilities and the fight venue; the Brondby Hall. continue


Is James Toney deserving of the WBC’s no1 heavyweight contender ranking?

25.11.05 - By Andy Meacock: It was announced a couple of weeks ago that James Toney has been made the no1 contender to Hasim Rahman for the newly crowned champion’s WBC heavyweight title. I like James Toney. I think that’s he’s a great fighter and he always has something funny to say during press conferences. However, I disagree with the ruling the WBC made making Toney mandatory challenger to Rahman. continue


The Ten Greatest Cruiserweights: Does Anyone Really Care?

25.11.05 - By Jim Amato: The cruiserweight division was born on March 31, 1980. In its twenty five year existence it has failed to really capture the boxing fans imagination. The heavyweights of today are monsters and if the cruiserweight division was not really needed at it's inception. It's needed now. Marvin Camel became a footnote in history when he outpointed Mate Parlov over fifteen ( Yes, fifteen, the true championship limit ) rounds on that March day in 1980. Since that time, only a handful of fighters have stirred public interst in this mostly ignored weight class.

Picking the top three boxers at cruiserweight over the last twenty five years was pretty easy. Number # 1 is, without a doubt, Evander Holyfield. He first won a piece of the crown during his classic encounter with Dwight Qawi. This was truly a great fight. Evander would later stop Qawi in a rematch while proceeding to clean out the division. He beat Rickey Parkey and Carlos DeLeon to unify the titles. He also found time to halt the respected former titleholder Ossie Ocasio. continue


Rock & Sock Named WIBA Promoter of the Year

25.11.05 - At the end of every calendar year, the Women’s International Boxing Association announces their annual awards to honor the best in the sport of women’s boxing. The “2005 WIBA Promoter of the Year Award” has been presented to Rock & Sock Productions, who promote the only all-women’s boxing series, “A Ring of Their Own.” continue


Euro Boxing Roundup: Rosati Passes Away

25.11.05 - By Per Ake Persson: WBA lightheavy champ Fabrice Tiozzo is now confirmed off the December 5 show in Paris where he was to have defended the title against Paul Murdoch. The annual show in Izegem, Belgium, December 25 is headlined by cruisers Dutchman Don Diego Poeder and Belgian Ismael Abdoul, writes Ringside Belgium. continue


The Cobra Returns: Carl Froch speaks to East Side Boxing

25.11.05 - Interview by Cris Neill: It’s unusual to find a boxer immersed in study just weeks before a title bout – but then, Carl Froch (photo: Chris Royle) is no ordinary fighter. The Commonwealth super middleweight champion, deep in preparation for his fight with Ruben Gronewald on December 2, was learning Spanish when he took time out to speak to EastsideBoxing. It would be equally unusual to find a boxer willing to take on a competitive opponent following a hand injury – but again, Froch confounds preconceptions. The fight is his first following surgery for a ruptured extensor hood to his right hand this summer. His opponent, Ruben Gronewald, looks lively enough – so why hasn’t Froch opted for a walkover? He admits that the Ramsgate-based South African isn’t going to run away: “He will do what he usually does; stand in front of me and try to have a tear-up. I won’t have to go looking for him, that’s for sure.” It’s a testament to Froch’s gameness that he’s opted for a competitive fight, and an encouraging hint that the Nottingham-based fighter may be the man to breathe life back into the impoverished super middleweight division.

Speaking from his London training camp, Froch sounds relaxed and confident. His sledgehammer right hand, the clenched thunder that has steered him to 12 knockouts, has been restored to full working order: “It was giving me a bit of trouble when I first had the operation done because I was trying to rush it a little bit, because I was eager to start punching with it, but I gave it the full 12 weeks recovery. I’ve been punching with it for the last two or three weeks and it feels fine.” continue


Sidorenko, Brähmer, Abdulaev make weight in Germany

25.11.05 - All championship fighters and the two combatants of the TV main event successfully made weight today at VW-Zentrum Leverkusen for their contests on the Universum event on Saturday at Wilhelm-Dopatka-Halle of Leverkusen, Germany. continue


Collision Course For Nelson And Maccarinelli

25.11.05 - Wins for WBO World Cruiserweight Champion Johnny Nelson and dynamite punching Welshman Enzo Maccarinelli tomorrow night (Saturday 26 November) in Italy will finally see them meet in a long-awaited unification showdown early next year in Britain. continue


Cheers and Jeers Around The World of Boxing

24.11.05 - By Gabriel DeCrease: Cheers to…Muhammad Ali upon the opening of the eighty-million-dollar civic-center that bears his famous name in his hometown of Louisville, Kentucky. In addition to functioning as an event/cultural enrichment center, the structure will display a large collection of memorabilia from Ali’s long and storied career as a boxer and civil rights activist.

Jeers to…Jeff Lacy for agreeing to dress up, alongside Joe Calzaghe, in the traditional garb of the British High Court Judges. A flowing red robe might have gone under the radar, but the long, powdered wig made him look simply ridiculous. At least the fight dodging Welshman lives under British rule. I suppose that makes his part in the charade seem slightly more credible. I know the fight is taking place in Manchester, and thus the stunt is topical, but come on, I thought this grudge match was supposed to be akin to all-out-war? continue


JD Chapman’s Power Getting People’s Attention

24.11.05 - “I was very impressed with John Chapman. He has a shotgun jab and the power to get anybody out of there. He's the most impressive I've seen of these young heavyweights.” - Promoter Cedric Kushner -- Every time heavyweight prospect JD (John) “The Natural” Chapman, 17-0 (16 KOs), drops in his straight right hand, something good happens…for him, not his opponents. His opponents are in for a world of hurt. continue


Minto, Meza-Clay & Kimbrough Steamroll..Trainer Yankello 4-0

24.11.05 - Knockouts were in the air at the Mountaineer Racetrack and Gaming Resort in Chester, West Virginia Wednesday night. Heavyweight Brian "The Beast" Minto, who was last seen on HBO Pay Per View last month taking out tough Vinnie Maddalone in impressive fashion, picked up where he left off by punishing southpaw Forrest Neal that ended in a liver shot that kept Neal down for the full ten count in the 2nd round. With the KO victory Minto moves to 22W-1L-13KO. continue


The Time Tunnel: The Tragedy of Salvador Sanchez

23.11.05 - By Gabriel DeCrease: Death comes to all. But great achievements build a monument which shall endure until the sun grows cold.

-George Fabricius

At the moment of his sudden death in 1982, Salvador Sanchez was at the dizzying peak of his considerable powers. Three weeks earlier he had battled a young, deadly, and unhearalded Azumah Nelson for fourteen brutal rounds before stopping him in the last of the championship rounds. The win was Salvador’s ninth defense of his WBC featherweight title, and it propelled him into serious pound-for-pound consideration. Sanchez was 23-years-old.

Salvador “Chava” Sanchez must have possessed some visible magic the first time he laced up a pair of mitts because, after only a handful of sparring sessions in a gym in his native Mexico, veteran manager and trainer Augustin Palacios took charge of his fistic fate without hesitation. continue


Hopkins vs Taylor 2: Bernard Hopkins Conference Call Transcript

23.11.05 - On the line we have Bernard Hopkins. And I would like to turn the floor over to Ms. Kelly Swanson. KELLY SWANSON: Hello, everybody. Welcome back. Thank you for being patient. And as the operator, mentioned, we are on the call today with Bernard Hopkins as well as Oscar De La Hoya, President of Golden Boy Promotions, who is co-promoting the event with DiBella Entertainment. continue


Atlas Foundation To Help Less Fortunate

Staten Island, NY -- Just 48 hours after the Dr. Theodore Atlas Dinner raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for the less fortunate, big hearted Teddy Atlas was at it again. The boxing trainer and ESPN/2 Friday Night Fights commentator was up early Saturday morning at PS 35 in Staten Island, getting ready to make Thanksgiving a happy time for those in need. continue


Alan Minter vs Marvin Hagler: A Blast From The Past

23.11.05 - By Richard Hulse: The late summer of 1980. While walking through a London railway station, I noticed a billboard for a range of fashionable men's clothes. The picture was of a young man, dressed in a sharp suit. He smiled confidently out at the onlooker. The punning logo was 'The Cool Taste of Minter.' A few weeks later, it was autumn, and that young boxer had lost his world middleweight title to a rampaging Marvin Hagler.

I've always been intrigued by Alan Minter's brief championship reign. Not because I believe he was an exceptional talent, although I do think he had underrated ability. Maybe because it illustrates once again how quickly a good fighter can plummet out of the sunlight, down into the shadows that losers know so well. Hard to recall now, but for six months after winning the title in Las Vegas, Minter was the toast of English sport. continue


Team Aucoin: Jr. & Sr., a winning combination!

23.11.05 - By Mike Indri - Retired Boxers Foundation: This Saturday night at the exquisite Paragon Casino & Resort in Marksville, La. Bobby Aucoin Jr. will climb into the ring, putting his unbeaten record on the line against the ready and formidable Travis Hartman (5-2-1, with 4 knockouts). Bobby Aucoin Sr. will be right behind him. Aucoin Sr., head trainer for his son, came into the sport of boxing the same way the talented and highly regarded Aucoin Jr. had; he was born into it. continue


Mundine to fight Rico Chong Nee on Dec 11

23.11.05 - By Gavin Stone: Anthony Mundine has announced that he will take on Samoan-born warrior Rico Chong Nee on the December 11 promotion at Perth's Challenger Staduim. The 30 year old Chong Nee- record of 10 wins 6 loses 2 draws- is best remembered for the thrilling fight in which he and Solak promoted Gurkan Ozkan participated in on the Anthony Mundine-Antwun Echols World Title fight undercard in September 2003 at the Sydney Entertainment Centre. continue


Call to Mayweather - You've still Got Unfinished Business at 140

24.11.05 - By Goran Dragosavac: I fully agree with some of the writers, who are starting to question reasoning of Mayweather's decision to move up in the weight division yet again. It is hard to disagree with the fact that junior welter weight division has never been stronger than is right now. Mayweather, Hatton and Cotto are all unbeaten, and Kostya Tszyu is still a major draw, who could give Mayweather a tough bout. So, if Mayweather moves up the weight division before he cleans up junior welterweights, in my opinion, this will most definitely harm his future legacy of being one of the best of all times.

Surely, money cannot be the issue. Apart with a potential fight with De la Hoya, a fight with Cotto, Hatton or Tszyu, could have generated as much interest and money (if not more) as the fight with Judah, Margarito and Winky Wright. continue


Rob Calloway vs Alex Dimitrenko on Jan 7

23.11.05 - The heavyweight division is currently going through a radical change. In need of a new generation people want to see hot prospects – like the 23-year-old undefeated Hamburg based Ukrainian Alexander Dimitrenko, 20-0 (12). After the retirement of Vitali Klitschko it’s his countryman Dimitrenko who wants to fill the gap in the heavyweight division. The highly skilful 6-foot-7 law student is already holding three international titles and has set his eye on another step up of his opposition. continue


ShoBox: Guerrero vs Diaz, Williams vs Sanchez on Dec 2

23.11.05 - Two hot featherweights on a collision course will finally meet on "ShoBox: The New Generation" Friday, Dec. 2, 2005, when NABF Featherweight Champion/WBC No. 2 contender, Robert "The Ghost" Guerrero, defends his title in a 12-round slugfest against WBC No. 7 contender, Gamaliel Diaz. In the 10-round co-feature, WBA No. 13/IBF No. 15 welterweight contender, Paul Williams, will square off against former Mexican champion, Alfonso Sanchez. continue


Taylor vs Hopkins 2: Jermain Taylor Conference Call Transcript

23.11.05 - NORMAN HORTON: Good afternoon. This is Norman Horton. First I would like to wish everyone a happy Thanksgiving. On the call we have the undisputed middleweight champion of the world Jermain Taylor. We have his promoter, President of DiBella Entertainment, Lou DiBella. At this time Lou will give an opening statement and we will be ready for questions for Jermain.

LOU DEBELLA, PRESIDENT, DEBELLA ENTERTAINMENT: Hi guys and again happy Thanksgiving. Ozell Nelson is also on the line with us, Jermain’s long-time coach. Jermain is the undisputed middleweight champion and the best young American fighter fighting today and on December 3rd he is going to (INAUDIBLE) and prove that he is the indisputable middleweight champion.

NORMAN HORTON: We will take the first question Sandra.

OPERATOR: Thank you, once again ladies and gentlemen that is star one on your touch-tone phone to ask a question. Your first question is coming from Chuck Johnson of USA Today.

CHUCK JOHNSON, USA TODAY: How are you doing today Jermain? continue


ESPN The Magazine Features Jermain Taylor

MEMPHIS, November 23 – Undisputed world middleweight champion Jermain Taylor, just weeks away from the first defense of his crown against Bernard Hopkins on December 3rd, will be featured in this week’s edition of ESPN The Magazine, which hits newsstands today, Wednesday, November 23rd. The in-depth feature, entitled ‘Unbreakable’ was penned by ESPN The Magazine’s senior writer, Tim Keown. Three excerpts from the story appear below. continue


Euro Boxing Roundup: Dimitrenko To Fight Calloway on Jan 7

23.11.05 - By Per Ake Persson:Newly crowned EBU 168 lb champ Jackson Chanet, who also won an EBU eliminator when beating Vitaly Tsypko, is according to teampalle.dk not interested in fighting WBA ruler Mikkel Kessler in a year. Chanet's promoter Michel Acaries have now a somewhat different though: "After Kessler vs Lucas January 14 we'll see what the situation is." continue


Turkey Day Rants and Raves

23.11.05 - By Michael Montero: “Pretty Boy” Floyd: Last Saturday Floyd Mayweather blew out a shot Sharmba Mitchell (as expected). The boys at HBO were calling this a “virtuoso” performance by the Michigan native – they must have a short memory. Almost a year ago Kostya Tszyu absolutely destroyed Mitchell – knocking him down four times in three rounds. Mayweather’s output was half that of Tszyu’s (two knock downs) over twice the time span (six rounds) against a Sharmba Mitchell who was a year older. continue


Mike Rossman: A Forgotten Champion

23.11.05 - By Jim Amato: The date is August 1, 1975. At the Tropicana Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada. Two of the top middleweight prospects are meeting in a rematch of a May 19th bout in Binghampton, N.Y. On that occasion Mike Nixon, the brother-in-law of Jerry and Mike Quarry beat Mike Rossman. The loss that night to Nixon was the first of Rossman's budding career. He vowed to avenge that. The return saw nip and tuck action all the way with Rossman boxing well behind an educated left jab but Nixon came on some in the middle rounds. Although Rossman was probably in front, Nixon was closing the gap quickly.

Then in the seventh round, out of nowhere a full swing Rossman right caught Nixon and just like that the show was over. It was to this day one of the most decisive one punch knockouts I have ever seen. I'll always remember Mike Rossman for two things. That memorable KO clout against Nixon and how he upset Victor Galindez in their first encounter to become the W.B.A. Light Heavyweight champion. continue


2006 Boxing Blueprint

23.11.05 - By Dan Mocci: The year 2005 has had its share of superfights and moments: Manny Pacquiao versus Erik Morales, Winky Wright’s drubbing of Felix Trinidad and ascent to the top of the Pound-for-Pound ranks, Ricky Hatton’s emergence as a star, Jermaine Taylor’s controversial victory over Bernard Hopkins, the “Chico” Corrales wars with Jose Luis Castillo, Ricky Hatton ending the reign of Kostya Tszyu, and the end of Mike Tyson. continue


The Fantasy Amateur Heavyweight Olympic Championships

22.11.05 - By Gennadi “Komar” Komarnitzky and Izyaslav “Slava” Koza: Often the debate over a fantasy bout between Mike Tyson and Muhammed Ali leads more then casual boxing fans to ask “who was the greatest of all time?” Just as often, the debate is always defaulted to a discussion of professional boxing legends, even though the world of amateur boxing has its share of exclusive legends as well. continue


Americo Santos-Martez Logan: "Are You Ready For Some Boxing?"

22.11.05 - By Wray Edwards: One of the great things about being a Boxing fan is it enables one to witness the almost infinite number of combinations the sport brings about. Whereas football and baseball have twenty or thirty possible pairings, Boxing has thousands. And even though the present alphabet chaos of sanctions, commissions and promoters makes the sport messy, it still contains enough talent and grit to regularly entertain its fans. To the fans, there are but a few really big fights. For the boxer's, however, every fight is BIG. continue


Lacy vs Calzaghe on Showtime - March 4 in Manchester

NEW YORK (Nov. 22, 2005) – March 10, 1986… SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING was born when “Marvelous” Marvin Hagler defeated John “The Beast” Mugabi in a spectacular and unforgettable 11th-round knockout in Las Vegas. On March 4, 2006, SHOWTIME will deliver a special 20th anniversary gift to fans and continue its legacy as “America’s No. 1 Boxing Network” with the most meaningful world title unification fight of the decade. Undefeated, hard-hitting super middleweight world champions Jeff “Left Hook’’ Lacy (International Boxing Federation) and Joe Calzaghe (World Boxing Organization) will finally meet in a 12-round showdown to determine once and for all the best in the division.

The much anticipated match up, being promoted by Gary Shaw Productions, LLC, in association with Frank Warren’s Sport Network, will air LIVE on SHOWTIME at 9 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the west coast) from the MEN Arena in Manchester, England.

One of today’s best and most feared pound-for-pound fighters, the exciting Lacy (21-0, 17 KOs), of St. Petersburg, Fla., will make the fifth defense of the belt he won with an impressive eighth-round TKO over Syd Vanderpool Oct. 2, 2004, on SHOWTIME. The first 2000 U.S. Olympian to capture a world title, Lacy, 28, is coming off of a devastating second-round TKO over top-5 contender Scott Pemberton (Nov. 5 on SHOWTIME). continue


Paragon Casino’s co-feature shapes up to be a real battle

22.11.05 - By Mike Indri - Retired Boxers Foundation, Even though Saturday night’s main event features "Bad" Chad Broussard, (52-4, 38 KO’s), defending his IBU Intercontinental welterweight title; and a win could propel the thirty-five year old Lafayette native to a future, first ever, world championship fight; all eyes seem to be fixated on the fight card’s co-feature bout which pits hometown hero Bobby "The Bayou Bomber" Aucoin against the determined and dangerous Travis Hartman. continue


Duking It Out In Dorchester

22.11.05 - On Saturday night, the gang from New England Ringside Promotions rallied with yet another triumph in professional prizefighting, this timescoring a knockout evening with its “Expressway Jam 2” event. The night kicked off with a bang – literally – as Lowell’s Sean Eklund notched an electric decision victory over Carlos Reyes and didn’t end until Roy “House of” Payne departed Dorchester’s IBEW Hall with the Massachusetts cruiserweight title belt in his grasp. continue


Estrada vs Shaheed Wed. in Providence

PROVIDENCE, RI (November 21, 2005) – U.S. Olympian Jason “Big Six” Estrada (4-0, 1 KO) steps up in class Wednesday night, Thanksgiving Eve (November 23) against his new opponent, veteran heavyweight Najee Shaheed (21-10-2, 11 KOs) in a six-round bout at the Rhode Island Convention Center in Providence. continue


Unbeaten Jewish Star Dmitriy Salita Returns on Dec 15

New York, November 22-- DiBella Entertainment's New York stalwarts will cap off the year in the season's finale of Broadway Boxing Presented by Turning Stone Resort & Casino when they hit the ring on "Season's Beatings" Thursday night, December 15, at the Grand Ballroom at the Manhattan Center.

The announcement was made today by promoter Lou DiBella at Prime Grill restaurant in Manhattan. Unbeaten Dmitriy "Star of David" Salita will headline the card. The Brooklyn hero Salita (23-0, 14 KO's) will be looking to extend his professional unbeaten streak to 24 straight wins in the main event. The New York Golden Gloves champion has rattled off 23 consecutive wins in the pro ranks, including five in a row here in the Big Apple. In his latest score on August 25, Salita captured the NABA light welterweight championship by downing Shawn Gallegos with a ninth round TKO. continue


Brock vs. Bostice Round-By-Round Ringside Report

21.11.05 - by Chris Ireland: Calvin Brock looked to keep his title hopes alive Saturday when he took on David Bostice in his hometown in Charlotte, North Carolina at the Cricket Arena. Eastside was there, ringside for all of the action and has a Round-by-Round report so you can get the scoop on what went down. Read on to see how much trouble "The Boxing Banker" had with the well-traveled Bostice in their heavyweight match-up. continue


Camp Notes: "The Ghost" Geared Up And Ready For Battle

21.11.05 - Undefeated NABF Featherweight champion Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero (16-0-1 9KO’s ranked #2 WBC) heads into the last week of sparring as he prepares for his battle against Gamaliel Diaz (19-5-2 9KO’s ranked #7 WBC) on Showtime Dec 2nd. “It’s been a grueling and intense training camp to say the least. continue


The Biofile Get 2 Know Shelly Finkel

21.11.05 - By Scoop Malinowski: Status: Boxing manager for Manny Pacquiao, Robert Guererro, Juan Diaz, Ricardo Juarez, Fernando Vargas, Chazz Witherspoon, Malik Scott, etc. Also is an advisor for the Klitschko brothers and Mike Tyson. DOB: June 27, 1944 In: Brooklyn, NY.
Childhood Heroes: "Brooklyn Dodgers, Jackie Robinson, Duke Snider, Sugar Ray Robinson." continue


Naseem Hamed: Houdini and The Prince

21.11.05 - By Michael Klimes: In the Oxford Dictionary the word Houdini is defined as ‘a person skilled at escaping,’ after the notorious magician. Naseem Hamed was famous for his ability to punish opponents but also his ability to escape their punches. The Prince’s antics made anticipation surge in the ring and although this particular fighter has been written about extensively on Eastsideboxing, I cannot help but make my contribution to a boxer who I believe was one of the best in the 1990s.

I have become very excited, perhaps naively so, at The Prince’s announcement of his return. I wonder, if the followers of Naseem Hamed, like the disciples of Jesus Christ are going to witness a return of their Prodigal Son long after he has died. More than once, Hamed has disappointed us but now I am hoping that the opposite is true. continue


CES Closes '05 WITH A BANG!

PROVIDENCE, RI -- CES plans to end the 2005 season on a high note Wednesday night at the R.I. Convention Center in Providence's Downcity. Seven big bouts are planned, along with one world championship fight, and three very special presentations to some of the area's best boxers through the years. The festivities get under way tomorrow (Tues., Nov. 22) at 4 PM when CES and the R.I. Convention Center host the official public pre-fight weigh-in and press conference. continue


Pereira vs Fahproakob on Jan 20 at Foxwoods

21.11.05 - Promoter Art Pelullo/Banner Promotions, in association with Foxwoods Resort Casino, will present a sensational world championship fight card on January 20, 2006, in the Fox Theatre at Foxwoods Resort Casino, located at 39 Norwich Westerly Road in Mashantucket, Connecticut. The main event and co-featured fight, which is to be announced, will be televised live on the first telecast of the new year of ESPN2’s “Friday Night Fights.” continue


Tyson - Tarver: Does Mike Have Enough Left To Destroy Antonio?

21.11.05 - By Dan Mocci: Ring Magazine Light Heavyweight Champion Antonio Tarver’s foray into the heavyweight division may go beyond his headlining performance in Rocky VI. Tarver, cast as Rocky Balboa opponent “Mason Dixon”, is reportedly entertaining a real heavyweight clash with former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson. Tyson himself has reportedly alerted the British media that he has contacted Tarver regarding the potential match-up. The bout could take place at the end of 2006—provided the former heavyweight champion turned public speaker/ vodka pitchman wraps up his world tour that has taken him to the former USSR, the UK, and a Brazilian police station.

As of now, the bout is pure speculation. However, considering Tyson’s debt to Uncle Sam and Tarver’s age (36) the need for both fighters to cash in makes this story worth keeping an eye on. continue


Euro Boxing Roundup: Dzinziruk Vacates His 154 EBU Title

21.11.05 - By Per Ake Persson: Ukrainian jr middle Sergej Dzinziruk, signed to Universum, has vacated the EBU 154 lb title. Universum announced November 19 that Michel Trabant is out of the IBF eliminator that was set for November 26 in Leverkusen due to a cut suffered in sparring. Official headliner for the show is WBA bantam champ Wladimir Sidorenk's defence against Jose Jesus Lopez but for Universum's network partner ZDF it's supermiddle Jurgen Brahmer who's shown live taking on Costa Rican Henry Porras. continue


David "El Torrito" Torres headlines "Battle at the Boat" Dec. 3

21.11.05 - The Battle at the Boat boxing series is winding up an exciting year of fights for 2005. This year, several fighters have made names for themselves within the walls of the Emerald Queen Casino. Fighters like Roger Cantrell, Tariq Jooya and Walter Wright have all gained fans and experience inside the hottest boxing club in the Pacific Northwest. continue


Ricky Hatton Answers His Fan's Questions

21.11.05 - By James Moore: IBF Light Welter Champion Ricky "The Hitman" Hatton (photo by Mark Robinson) headlines a hotly anticipated Fight Academy promotion at the Hallam FM Arena in Sheffield, England this Saturday when he faces dangerous WBA Champion Carlos Maussa. Hatton is, quite literally, boxing's equivalent of Dr Jekyll and Mr. Hyde; a mild mannered, happy go lucky, down to earth gentleman outside of the ring who transforms into a cold-blooded, calculating, ruthless assassin inside it. Ricky "The Hitman" Hatton is a very rare breed indeed. It's not often sport produces such a dramatic contradiction of alter-ego, but in Hatton, the world of boxing has a unique exponent, a classically equipped fighting machine who incorporates respected "old school" values and morals into a persona rarely encountered in today's game. continue


Toney deserves respect for canceling Calloway fight

21.11.05 - By Izyaslav “Slava” Koza: Just like its always fun to predict the winner of a given fight, it’s also fun, as a fan, to get what you want. A little while back, I wrote an article attacking James “lights out” Toney for electing to fight the punching bag to the heavyweight stars in Rob Calloway. As a boxing fan, it is great to see that James Toney and his promoters see the value of not looking for a Calloway fight and rather trying to fight a more worthy opponent. continue


HW: The Worst Division in Boxing

21.11.05 - By Jason Peck: I'll be blunt. The heavyweight division is boxing's worst. And here's why. Consider this: Two-time world champion Manny Pacquiao has not held a world title belt since he relinquished his super bantamweight belt to fight Marco Antonio Barrera three years ago. Against Erik Morales, he didn't even seek a title. continue


Ali Center Grand Opening This Weekend

20.11.05 - Louisville, KY – By Ron Brashear (Photos: Tom Grason / InsideBoxing): Today marked the media’s sneak preview of the historic Muhammad Ali Center in the champ’s hometown of Louisville, Kentucky.

While the center’s construction wasn’t 100% completed as of today, I was absolutely mesmerized by what I observed that was completely finished. This 93,000 square foot center in honor of Ali is definitely a museum that will capture the imagination of those who visit and it is sure to have folks leaving with a sense of inspiration that “Greatness” is within all of us.

Muhammad Ali, who was on-hand in person, along with his lovely wife Lonnie, and accompanied by actor Kris Kristofferson, toured the center and provided us media folks a wonderful photo opportunity. continue


Shannan Taylor: "I'm ready to make a statement"

21.11.05 - By Matt Clark: The rags-to-riches story is one that is all too familiar in the sport of boxing. The legend of a fighter rising above the odds and on to a better way of life, is as old as the sport itself. Just as frequently, the same pugilist gets caught up in the pizzazz of living, spending and partying big, and the fall is as hard to take as a left hook to the jaw. But when Australian Middleweight Shannan Taylor (42-3-2, 28 KO’s) faces off against IBO champion Ray Joval on November 27th in Melbourne, a new chapter may well be added. continue


Keystone Boxing comes to The Showplace Arena

21.11.05 - Keystone Boxing brings professional boxing back to The Showplace Arena on November 26th, 2005. An exciting card featuring the return home of current USBA Super Featherweight Champion, Lamont "Bay" Pearson (22-3-1, 12 KO's) will also feature up and coming DC area fighters, Henry "Sugar Poo" Buchanan (11-0, 10 KO's), Purcell "Hard Rock" Miller (21-3, 17 KO's), and Reggie Holly (5-0, 2 KO's). continue


Sharkies Machine: Unfinished Business For Floyd Mayweather

By Frank Gonzalez Jr. November 20th, 2005 - Saturday night in Portland, Floyd Mayweather Jr. made his debut at 147-pounds as he took on the old, but still respectable, Sharmba Mitchell, who at this point in his career, had little chance of beating the man who many consider the best “pound-for-pound” fighter in the sport.

To his credit, Mitchell gave a game effort and even scored a few good combinations that excited the crowd, and at times, surprised Mayweather. Mayweather was the more dramatic puncher and the better defender. In the third round, Floyd landed a right to Mitchell’s face that put him down. Mitchell got up and continued to give his best effort to keep things competitive. Though Floyd was clearly the superior fighter, he often resorted to questionable tactics, like using his forearms and elbows to push Mitchell away from him. continue


Brock Decisions Bostice: Tua Next In Line

19.11.05 - By Troy Ondrizek: The bout between David “The Tuaman” Tua and Calvin “The Boxing Banker” Brock is now set for January 28th in Atlantic City. Tua completed his portion of the task by squeaking by Cisse Salif with a Split Decision on October 21st. Calvin Brock needed to defeat David Bostice tonight, and he did by cruising to a ten round unanimous decision over the journeyman. Brock was never in trouble, but he failed to flash the power or overwhelming skill one might expect by a supposed future champion. Bostice has been laid out twice in the first round, once by an ancient forty-three year old Tim Witherspoon. continue


Early Stoppage: Typical Mayweather

19.11.05 - By Izyaslav “slava” Koza: Tonight the best fighter p4p in the sport of boxing, Floyd Mayweather, fought exactly the way most great fighters are expected to fight against a less than great opponent in Sharmba Mitchell. In that sense, of course, good job, Floyd, and congratulations on stopping the “Little big man,” but I hope you don’t mind the criticism because as the best p4p boxer in the world, you deserve it. continue


Mayweather: "I want to thank God, Michael Jordan, and Nike"

19.11.05 - By Geoffrey Ciani: “I want to thank God, Michael Jordan and Nike.” These were the words spoken by pound-for-pound king, Floyd Mayweather, Jr, after he disposed of Sharmba Mitchell in round six of their scheduled twelve rounder on Saturday night. Or maybe he didn’t say that, but he did say something like that; I don’t remember exactly what he said. But what I do know is that when Mayweather thanked “God”, “Nike”, and “Michael Jordan” after his victory, it brought a big smile to my face. After all, Floyd Mayweather is the best in boxing.

This was Mayweather’s debut fight in the welterweight division, and he looked damned good. Mitchell was basically outclassed from the opening bell. Mayweather clearly won the first round, dominating with his tremendous speed, defensive prowess, and precision punching. The second round was a little closer, but Mayweather still proved the better man. continue


Bonsante vs Vanda?

19.11.05 - By Jim Amato: As of late October according to my sources in the great state of Minnesota, there is a good possibility of a bout between Anthony Bonsante and Matt Vanda. This is a bout that I hope will come off. It would be great for the fans of the Twin Cities. The two fighters are very popular and carry their own legion of fans. continue


Froch: Murray is mint

19.11.05 - Nottingham’s Carl Froch has tipped Hennessy Sports teammate John Murray to make history in the chief support contest to his Commonwealth super middleweight title defence against Ruben Groenewald at the Nottingham Arena on December 2nd by becoming the first ever British fighter to win a WBC World Youth Title. continue


Dawson Decks Gardner in 10th, Logan Upsets Santos on SHOBOX

19.11.05 - Super middleweight contender Chad Dawson (photo: Tom Casino / Showtime) treated his hometown to a brilliant victory on this night, promoted by Gary Shaw Productions, LLC from Greater New Haven Athletic Center. Dawson improved his record to 19-0, 14 KOs in an impressive knock out performance over Ian Gardner (19-2, 7 KOs) of New Brunswick, Canada. Dawson stuck to his game plan effectively and took it to Gardner by cutting off the ring and not giving him the opportunity to run. In round 10, Dawson knocked down Gardner twice before adding another KO to his record when he landed an over hand right, sending Gardner through the ropes.

"My jab controlled the fight," said Dawson, who is trained by Dan Birmingham. "I give a lot of credit to Dan who convinced me to stick with the jab and it worked. I know my jab hurt him and it was the right hook that finished him off."

Daniel Jimenez, who was scheduled to meet Benjamin Flores in the eight-round junior lightweight co-feature, failed to meet the State of Connecticut's medical requirements resulting in the cancellation of the bout. continue


Gotti vs Mato II - The Rubber Match Is On

19.11.05 - It’s official! Long-standing rivals Jozsef Matolcsi and Austria hero Gotthard Hinteregger will meet in a rubber match, which takes place as soon as December 9 in Scotland – and the biggest dream of ‘The Cougar’, as Hinteregger is nicknamed, is about to finally come true at the ripe old age of 38, because the price for the winner is going to be the WBF ‘world’ superwelterweight title! continue


Injured Trabant cancels IBF eliminator

19.11.05 - Leverkusen – Bad luck for Michel Trabant. The German welterweight contender off the Universum boxing stable can’t fight the IBF eliminator scheduled for November 26 in Leverkusen, Germany. The 26-year-old man from Berlin suffered a deep cut on his eye during a sparring session on Thursday. continue


Fight Preview: Floyd Mayweather vs Sharmba Mitchell

19.11.05 - By Gabriel DeCrease: Floyd Mayweather has done little to silence his detractors by signing to fight Sharmba Mitchell in what will be his third and final fight of the year. This bout has been plagued by a lack of public interest and media attention since before the ink dried on the contracts. But it is not hard to hazard a guess as to why an internationally televised fight showcasing the ultra-talented Pretty Boy Floyd has been hobbling on its way: Mayweather is widely-thought to be the best fighter in boxing, but many holdouts maintain that he still has a lot to prove, and this fight, even if he obliterates Sharmba, does not seem to offer much in the way of definitive proof of pugilistic pre-eminence.

Sharmba, The Little Big Man, as he is known, is in the twilight of a long and punishing career that began in 1988. He has rumbled long and hard with an impressive roster of tough fighters that includes Ben Tackie, Vince Philips, puncher-destroyer Kostya Tszyu (twice), Lovemore N’Dou, Leavander Johnson, and the hard-as-nails Stevie Johnston. continue


Maloney Sets The Record Straight On His Split With Skelton

19.11.05 - By Curtis McCormick: While reports that Matt Skelton has split with longtime manager Eugene Maloney are true, rumors that the British Heavyweight Champion has let Maloney ago are totally false. The respected fixture of the London boxing scene chose to drop his commitment to Skelton on a matter of principle. continue


Baden Oui Outpoints Eric "Butterbean" Esch!

18.11.05 - By Tony Nobbs: Late substitute Baden Oui (238 lb / record 5-3, 2 KO's) scored a majority decision over an uninspiring Eric "Butterbean" Esch (386 lb / record 71-7-4, 54 KO's) at Carrara Indoor Stadium last night. In a four rounder that was like watching paint dry, Oui (rated # 11 in Australia) got off to a tentative start, gradually gaining in confidence, poking away, doing just enough to get home on two of the judges cards (39-37 / 39-38) with the third having it even (38-38). Esch looked like likely when he tried but those occasions were too few and far. continue


The Unknown Future of the Heavyweight Division

18.11.05 - By Troy Ondrizek: With the malcontent towards today’s top heavyweights, everyone ask, who is going to drag the glamour division out of this funk? We as fans are constantly looking for the next big fighter coming along. We all put our hopes into Samuel Peter and came out disappointed in his loss to Wladimir Klitschko. Yes he showed heart, power, and a granite chin. However, he showed he needed all of those qualities just to survive the fight. He showed no apparent boxing skills needed to lift him into the Heavyweight lure that he seeks. Instead seemingly Samuel Peter’s destiny is to be this generation’s David Tua.

So with Lamon Brewster and Wladimir Klitschko being the only two absolute legitimate great Heavyweights today, and only a handful of prospects like Calvin Brock and Nicolay Valuev, putting pressure on our “out-stayed their welcome” champions. continue


WBC News: James Toney Voted as WBC Mandatory

18.11.05 - From WBC President Jose Sulaiman: “The Board of Governors of the WBC has voted to elect James Toney and Oleg Maskaev as the two official challengers to contend against the former interim WBC World Heavyweight Champion Hasim Rahman, who was appointed as the WBC undisputed world champion after the retirement from boxing of the former champion Vitali Klitschko, due to injuries. continue


Countdown To Taylor vs. Hopkins 2 Premieres Nov 19 On HBO

NOVEMBER, 18- HBO Sports is presenting a thirty-minute special analyzing the upcoming HBO PAY-PER-VIEW rematch featuring reigning undisputed Middleweight Champion Jermain Taylor and Bernard Hopkins, the man looking to reclaim his title. The highly anticipated rematch "Taylor vs. Hopkins 2", is set for Saturday, December 3 in Las Vegas at Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino. Taylor scored a split decision victory over Hopkins last July, igniting a fierce rivalry. continue


Taylor/Hopkins 2: Does One Fighter Deserve It More?

18.11.05 - By Justin Hackman: There have been a lot of articles written which discuss the two fighters' styles, their backgrounds, and their first meeting. They go on to beat into the ground a rehashing of their first meeting which was more than worthy of the written word considering the fight's magnitude, along with the fact that it resembled a chess match more so than a boxing match, and controversy was just the icing on the cake. However, I'm not going to rehash all the controversies of fight number one. I'm not going to go into the fact that Hopkins had stolen from him the twelfth round which would have led to victory. I'm not going to go into the fact that Jermain Taylor kept Hopkins off his game plan because of his sheer athleticism, power, and skill, which caused Bernard to start late. I'm not going to go into the fact that people argue "If only Hopkins started sooner." I'm not going to go into the fact that he simply could not have started sooner because Taylor posed too much of a risk. continue


WBC: Sulaiman, Mexican Boxing Legends To Be Honored

18.11.05 - The Government of the State of Puebla, led by Governor Mario Marin Torres, in association with the World Boxing Council, will celebrate a homage to several immortals of Mexican boxing including Erik Morales, Ruben Olivares, Daniel Zaragoza, Raul "Raton" Macias, Guadalupe Pintor, Miguel Angel Gonzalez, Rafael Herrera, Humberto "Chiquita" Gonzalez, Rodolfo Martinez , Chucho Castillo, and Pedro Flores on November 25 in the city of Puebla, the state capital. continue


Two U.S. Boxers Advance to the Medal Round

MIANYANG CITY, CHINA (November 18, 2005) – Youth and talent were on full display at the 2005 World Championships in Mianyang City, China on Friday afternoon. Two tremendous teenagers, 18-year-old Rau’shee Warren and 17-year-old Gary Russell, Jr. (Capitol Heights, Md.) put forth impressive performances in their quarterfinal bouts to move on to the semifinal round and guarantee the United States two medals. continue


The Great Henry Armstrong

18.11.05 - By Craig Parrish: Featherweight Champion of the World. Welterweight Champion of the World. Lightweight Champion of the World. All at the same time? Impossible, you might think. But this indeed was accomplished by the great Henry Armstrong, one of the most fascinating fighters of all time.

He was born as Henry Jackson in 1912 on a plantation in Mississippi. He was the eleventh child of a family of fifteen. The Jacksons were farmers and struggled to survive in the years following World War I. Henry’s Father, finally fed up with the struggle, relocated the family to St. Louis, where young Henry dreamed of someday being a Doctor. He worked low paying jobs to help his family, and to someday make his dream a reality. Henry realized eventually though, that he would never make it this way. One day, he found a newspaper that featured an article about the great Cuban boxer, Kid Chocolate. As Henry read the article, he realized that the Kid was a small man, like himself. He read of the money and cars that the Kid had. The die was cast. From that day forward, Henry was a fighter. continue


Euro Boxing Roundup: Maccarinelli To Fight Heinichen On Nov 26

18.11.05 - By Per Ake Persson: Italian lightheavy Pietro Aurino has, due to injuries, pulled out of the fight for the vacant EBU title against Stipe Drews. Aurino vs Drews was to have taken place December 16 in Milano. Drews will now fight the next available challenger in the EBU ratings most likely on a Universum show in the near future. The winner will then fight Aurino. OPI 2000 will still stage a show December 16 but headliner and site is to be determined. continue


Dawson - Gardner: Weigh In Pics & Final ShoBox Quotes

17.11.05 - photos: Tom Casino / Showtime: Boxers (left-to-right) Chad Dawson and Ian Gardner pose after Thursday's weigh-in from New Haven Athletic Center in New Haven, Conn., 11/17/05. In an excellent doubleheader tomorrow/Friday, November, 18th, 2005, on "ShoBox: The New Generation" on SHOWTIME (11 p.m., ET/PT, delayed on west coast) continue


Hatton vs. Maussa: Is Ricky Totally Focused For This Bout?

17.11.05 - By Dan Mocci: IBF Champion Ricky Hatton (39-0, 29 KO) and WBA Champion Carlos Maussa 20-2, 18) square off November 26th in an unlikely battle to unify half of the richly talented 140-lb. decision. The bout is somewhat unlikely when considering that 2005 began with future Hall-of-Famer Kostya Tszyu holding the title Hatton know owns. The bout becomes more unlikely when one considers that the virtually unknown Maussa snatched his version of the title from one Vivian Harris, the man who began ’05 as the WBA 140-lb. titlist. Factor in the names Floyd Mayweather (WBC) and Miguel Cotto (WBO) and even the average fan would be utterly shocked that Maussa a player.

Heading into the Tszyu fight the then 26-year old Hatton had racked up 38 consecutive victories fighting exclusively on his home turf in England. Joe Hutchinson, a shopworn Ben Tackie, and Tszyu-conqueror Vince Phillips represented the biggest names amongst the victims on Hatton’s resume prior to the Tszyu fight. continue


Winky Wright-Sam Soliman Conference Call Transcript

FRED STERNBURG, GARY SHAW PRODUCTIONS: On behalf of Gary Shaw Productions, the Mohegan Sun and Goossen Tutor Promotions, I want to welcome you to today’s conference call. We have a very exciting fight coming up on December 10 at the Mohegan Sun Arena. We’re calling it “All For One” because that’s what they’re doing. They are fighting for the undisputed position of being the number one contender and mandatory challenger in the middleweight division in the WBC, WBA and IBF ratings. continue


Lance Whitaker: "I’m going to make Ibragimov pay on Dec 15"

HOLLYWOOD, FL, November 17 – Despite rumors to the contrary, Heavyweight contender Lance ‘Mount’ Whitaker is not only ready to go for his December 15th showdown with unbeaten Sultan Ibragimov on the highly-anticipated “Global Warfare” card, he’s ready to go NOW! “I can’t wait for this fight,” said Whitaker, who was rumored to have injured his hand during a press conference scuffle with Ibragimov in New York City on Wednesday. continue


WBC News: Klitschko will be #1 if he returns

17.11.05 - WBC President Jose Sulaiman: "On December 20 in paradisiacal Cancun, the World Boxing Council will present Hasim Rahman with the championship belt as the undisputed world heavyweight champion of the WBC, after Vitali Klitschko's retirement due to an injury he suffered a week before their title bout. "At the same time, the WBC has designated Vitali Klitschko as WBC World Champion Emeritus in recognition of his unquestionable loyalty and his extraordinary boxing career.

"He brought great prestige and honor to the heavyweight division, and possessed a record of 35-2-0 with an incredible percentage of 97.1 in victories by KO.

"The WBC World Champion Emeritus automatically becomes the Ambassador for Peace and Good Will in the World through sports. continue


Injured Hand KO's Clampitt-Salandy!

PROVIDENCE, RI -- Jaime "The Hurricane" Clampitt was looking forward to finishing off 2005 in a big way, with a win over undefeated Gisselle "Magic" Salandy on Wednesday, November 23rd. Her desire to defend her IWBF world lightweight title, however, was overshadowed by a hand injury suffered last Thursday evening in sparring. continue


Matchmaker Lewkowicz Fine After Whitaker-Ibragimov Press Brawl

HOLLYWOOD, FL, November 17 – After trying to stop an impromptu brawl between Heavyweight contenders Lance ‘Mount’ Whitaker and Sultan Ibragimov on Wednesday in New York City that left him unconscious for some tense moments, respected boxing figure Sampson Lewkowicz is thankfully doing fine. “I am fine,” said Lewkowicz, the matchmaker and agent for Ibragimov. “I thank everyone for their kind thoughts and I hold no one responsible for the emotions of these two great boxers getting ready for a real fight.” continue


Does Rahman Deserve the WBC Title?

17.11.05 - By Joe Harrison: As most of us know by now, Vitali Klitschko retired from boxing last week. He hadn’t fought in almost a year due to injuries, and it was after his most recent injury that he chose to retire while still being on top. Therefore, Hasim Rahman was given the WBC heavyweight championship and will most likely make his first defense of the title during the early part of 2006.

It was understood why the WBC board voted for Rahman (41-5-1, 33 KO’s) to become the new WBC champion. After all, he did earn the WBC interim title by getting a unanimous decision over Monte Barrett in their fight last August. Being the interim champion, Rahman was guaranteed that he would get the WBC title if Klitschko dropped out of their fight. So it made sense for the WBC to make Rahman the undisputed WBC heavyweight champion. continue


Chaos Erupts Across The Fighting World

17.11.05 - By Gabriel DeCrease: The ever-unpredictable world of boxing has once again proven that its gladiatorial spirit can never fully be confined to the prize ring. In the last week, three separate incidents, on three different continents, came to pass in which famous boxing personalities were in some way linked to eruptions of violence that, in one way or another, involved unsuspecting citizens who live outside the fight game. continue


Esch & Oui Come Face To Face!

17.11.05 - By Tony Nobbs: Eric "Butterbean" Esch and local hope Baden Oui came face to face for the first time at yesterday's press conference for tonight's four round heavyweight feature at he Gold Coast's Carrara Indoor Stadium. In front of a well attended media contingent at Jupiters Casino the pair spoke about a controversy filled week. Just a few days ago the unheralded Oui could have walked down the main street of Surfers Paradise unnoticed but that will have changed by the time he steps into the ring with his heavily favoured and more notorious American opponent. continue


Floyd Mayweather: His Own Worst Enemy

17.11.05 - By Gabriel DeCrease: There is little doubt that Floyd Mayweather sits alone on the pound-for-pound throne. He is fast as a sprinting jaguar and pounces on his prey with the same precise deadliness. He has all the energy of a zealous first-year pro and the ring savvy of a well-worn veteran.

Mayweather is blessed with more raw athletic ability than any other fighter in the game, and his continuously superb conditioning only amplifies his natural edge. His style, though structured and technical, is action-oriented. A list of fighters who could make similar boasts would be a short and very exclusive one populated by legends like Muhammad Ali, Ray Robinson, Willie Pep, Carlos Monzon, and Ray Leonard. continue


Vincente Saldivar: A Mexican Legend

17.11.05 - Jim Amato: The 1960's spawned many great fighters. Dick Tiger, Jose Torres, Emile Griffith, Luis Rodriguiz and Carlos Ortiz just to name a few. One of the best of this era was a 5' 3" southpaw from Mexico City named Vincente Saldivar. He ruled the featherweight division for three years and then retired. He decided to come back and two and a half years after he gave up his crown, he re-claimed it. continue


War In The Cayman Islands

Hollywood, FL – November 17, 2005 -- Charles “THE KILLA” Whittaker is proud to announce his new production company, Knock-Out Productions, Ltd. Charles, who holds the titles of both WBC Caribbean Federation Junior Middle Weight Champion, and IBO Intercontinental Junior Middleweight Champion created Knock-Out Productions, Ltd. and is working to bring World Championship Boxing events to the Cayman Islands. continue


Hatton - Maussa: Unification at 140

16.11.05 - By Michael Montero: Next Saturday in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England – inside the Hallam FM Arena – the current IBF and WBA Light Welterweight titlists will square off in what promises to be an entertaining bout. Here’s a quick preview of the fight:

Carlos Maussa – WBA 140 titlist, Columbian, 34 years in age, 5’10 ½” in height, 73” reach

Maussa carries a professional record of 20-2-0 (18 KOs). He was competitive in his two losses (one to current WBO titlist Miguel Cotto) and is coming off an impressive upset of former WBA champ Vivian Harris – having defeated him via 7th round KO on the under card of the June 25th Gatti-Mayweather PPV bout. His style is ugly but very difficult for opponent to figure out, and he always brings it when he’s in the ring. continue


Team Calloway: Open Letter to James Toney

16.11.05 - James Toney: As you know I signed a contract to fight you for your IBA World Heavyweight Title, December 1st on Fox Sports’ Best Damn Sports Show, Period. (Later moved to December 15th ) This was a fight that you claimed to be a “Stay Busy” fight. Now I have learned that our fight has been canceled in hopes that you will fight WBC Champ Hasim Rahman in February or March of 2006. If our 12 round IBA Championship bout was indeed considered a “Stay Busy” fight by you, then why cancel our bout in hopes for a Rahman fight which would be at least 2-3 months later? continue


What happened to ‘Sugar’ Shane Mosley?

16.11.05 - By Geoffrey Ciani: Once upon a time, Shane Mosley was widely regarded as one of the best boxers in all of boxing. In fact, some people even viewed him as the best boxer in the world, including this author. With his decisive victory over De La Hoya in June of 2000, Mosley became an instant star. In that bout, Mosley put on a masterful performance with an impeccable display of speed, agility, and cat-like reflexes. continue


An Exclusive Interview: ESB Speaks With Lamon Brewster

16.11.05 - Interview by Geoff McKay

ESB: Hello Mr. Brewster, Geoff McKay here from eastsideboxing.com.

LB: Oh yeah.

ESB: You’re familiar with the site?

LB: Oh yeah!

ESB: Was there anything you wanted to say to begin with?

LB: Well, I guess to open up I just want to clear the record for something that I feel that I was almost misquoted. I did an interview, and I believe it was with you guys, I’m not really sure, but the comments were that, some guys were saying that, “Oh well, Brewster, this and that” about making a lot of money but, you know, just to set the record straight I have not made a lot of money, because, you know, when you take into consideration the taxes you have to pay, and your cut men, and your managers and everything, it doesn’t really leave a lot for a fighter once he gets his purse. continue


CKP To Present "Boxeo Caliente" on Dec 9

All star boxing and musical entertainment will provide the knockout combination when Cedric Kushner Promotions presents Boxeo Caliente on Friday night, December 9, at the historic Paradise Theater in the Bronx, it was announced today by Cedric Kushner. Legendary Boxing champion Roberto Duran, one of the great Latino fighters of all-time will also be involved with the promotion, and will be at today's press conference. continue


Four U.S. Boxers Advance to Quarterfinal Action

Day five of the 2005 World Amateur Boxing Championships opened with a bang in Mianyang City, China as 2004 Olympian Rau'shee Warren (Cincinnati, Ohio) took the ring for the second time at the event. Warren was one of six U.S. boxers to compete on the day and he got the team off to the start they were looking for in his flyweight bout with David Oltvanyi of Hungary. continue


Global Warfare: Press Conference Brawl

NEW YORK, November 16 - It was supposed to be your typical boxing press conference, an opportunity for the media to meet with the participants of Warrior’s Boxing Promotions’ December 15th card at the Hard Rock Live Arena, and discuss the highly anticipated “Global Warfare” show. But once heavyweights Sultan Ibragimov and Lance ‘Mount’ Whitaker got close to each other at Gallagher’s Steak House in Midtown Manhattan on Wednesday, the tension was obvious. And when Ibragimov put his clenched fist to the chin of Whitaker for the third time, the 6-8 contender had enough and the two started swinging at each other a month before they’re scheduled to do it in the ring.

Unfortunately in the commotion, Ibragimov’s agent and matchmaker Sampson Lewkowicz – who was trying to keep the two giants apart from each other – got hit by both men simultaneously and was knocked unconscious for a number of minutes. continue


Ricardo Castillo Headlines Huge Show On Dec. 3

16.11.05 - Dominic Pesoli's 8 Count Productions, HOME OF THE BEST IN CHICAGO BOXING and JULIO CESAR CHAVEZ along with Miller Lite and TCF Bank present AMERICA AZTECA, a terrific evening of professional boxing on Saturday, December 3, 2005 at Chicago's Aragon Ballroom. Doors for this special Saturday night show will open at 7pm with the first bout scheduled for 8pm. Tickets starting at $25 are on sale now by calling 312-226-5800. continue


Carl Froch to visit School in Nottingham

16.11.05 - British super middleweight champion Carl Froch - who defends the Commonwealth title he also holds against South Africa's Ruben Groenewald at the Nottingham Arena on December 2nd - will conduct a Physical Education class at Bigwood Comprehensive School in Nottingham on Tuesday November 22nd. continue


Photos: Morales, Pacquiao meet the press

16.11.05 - Beverly Hills, Ca. - Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank --- EYES ON THE BATTLE --- Two-time World Champion Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines (R) keeps his eyes on Three-time World Champion Erik 'El Terrible' Morales, Tijuana, Mx. at a press conference today hosted by Wynn Las Vegas as they get ready to battle in their highly anticipated epic rematch , a twelve round Super Featherweight Championship on Top Rank's big "The Battle" championship card at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas on Saturday, January 21,2006, live on HBO PPV.. continue


James McCloskey added to "The Shark Tank" Thursday Nov 17

16.11.05 - Heavyweight rivals James Coneen McCloskey and James Harling Will face each other for the second time this year. The first time they fought was On March 31, 2005 Harling won a unanimous decision, This time around McCloskey wants the victory and has made improvements since the first fight. James now trains at the world famous "Wild Card Gym" located inHollywood Trained by Freddie Roach and Marcus Harvey. continue


Hatton Ready To Spring Trap On Maussa

16.11.05 - By Curtis McCormick: IBF Light Welter Champion Ricky Hatton (photo: Mark Robinson © Punch Promotions) is counting down the hours until he meets WBA Champion Carlos Maussa in the ring and "The Hitman" won't have to wait long wait for the chance to add the Colombian's title to his trophy cabinet. continue


Russell & Wilson Grab Their First Wins but U.S. Team Suffers Three Losses

(MIANYANG CITY, CHINA (November 16, 2005) – Team USA suffered three tough losses on Wednesday afternoon at the Mianyang Sports Gymansium in Mianyang City, China, but 17-year-old Gary Russell, Jr. (Capitol Heights, Md.) and super heavyweight Mike Wilson (Central Point, Ore.) both recorded their first World Championships wins. continue


Harrison v Williams: A must win with style for Audley

16.11.05 - By James Allan: When Audley Harrison and Danny Williams meet at the ExCel Arena in London on the 10th of December, it shouldn’t be looked upon as a chance for either boxer to catapult themselves into a World title shot, it should be looked upon as a test of whether or not Audley has any real future in the upper echelons of the Heavyweight division.

Danny Williams is, to be fair, a limited fighter, who has risen to prominence on the back of his win over Mike Tyson, a Tyson who was nothing more than a mere shadow of the fighter he used to be. Before this victory Danny had lost to Julius Francis, had been hammered around the ring by Sinan Samil Sam and had lost his British and Commonwealth titles to Michael Sprott. It was on the back of his loss to Sprott that Williams was presented with the match-up with Tyson. continue


Diaz vs Palyani on Dec 10

16.11.05 - Dominic Pesoli's 8 Count Productions, HOME OF THE BEST IN CHICAGO BOXING, Octavius James' ONE IN A MILLION INC., and THE GRAND VICTORIA RISING SUN CASINO in Rising Sun, Indiana present a fantastic evening of World Championship Boxing on Saturday, December 10, 2005. The star studded evening will include legendary Hall of Fame trainer and HBO analyst Emanuel Steward, Hall of Fame boxing legend Aaron "The Hawk Pryor and special guest emcee for the evening, Showtime's voice of professional boxing, the classy Jimmy Lennon Jr. continue


Eric "Butterbean" Esch To Face Baden Oui This Friday

15.11.05 - By Tony Nobbs: Eric "Butterbean" Esch will face Gold Coast based Baden Oui in a four round heavyweight bout at Carrara Stadium this Friday night, it was announced yesterday. At a lunch time press conference in Surfers Paradise, Esch, who arrived here last Thursday, stated that he and his scheduled opponent for Friday, Bob Mirovic, had negotiated to fight on the Coast in February. continue


Euro Boxing: Timo Hoffman returns, more...

15.11.05 - By Per Ake Persson: Frenchman Salim Bouaita defends the EU superbantam title against Spanish prospect Kiko Martinez January 20 in Madrid. Martinez headlines a small show in Torrevieja November 25 as well. Also on that bill is jr welter Emiliano Casal and Norwegian lightheavy Kim Jensen. continue


Why Hopkins Will Win The Rematch

15.11.05 - By Geoffrey Ciani: I must admit, I was rather shocked when Jermain Taylor defeated Bernard Hopkins for the undisputed middleweight championship earlier this year. I didn’t think the younger fighter had what it took to beat the seasoned veteran, but I was wrong. Taylor exhibited a fine display of skills and toughness, highlighted by one of the best jabs boxing has seen since Larry Holmes.

Taylor was awarded a split decision victory over Hopkins, and rightfully so. I scored the bout the same way that two of the three judges did: 115-113 in favor of Taylor. The third judge inexplicably scored this one for Hopkins, with the ridiculous score of 116-112 – I wonder what fight he was watching? In any case, it was clear to me that Taylor had done just enough to win the boxing match. However, despite winning the boxing match, Taylor clearly lost the “fight”. Allow me to explain: Taylor certainly did enough to win the bout, fair and square. I had him winning the first four rounds, as well as the sixth, seventh, and eighth rounds. continue


Chris John Injured

15.11.05 - Current WBA Featherweight champion Chris John has a suffered a foot injury as a result of a morning run. John persisted with the training session thinking it was merely a sprain. Prior to his scheduled afternoon training session, he knew it was far more serious as he was struggling to put any weight on the injured foot. continue


Ike Quartey Comeback No Laughing Matter

New York, Nov. 15 - DiBella Entertainment's Ike "Bazooka" Quartey (36-2-1, 30 KO's) will continue on his comeback road toward a world title opportunity when he squares off against Carlos Bojorquez (25-7-6, 21 KO's) on Saturday night, December 3, live on HBO Pay Per View from Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. continue


Mayweather On The Road to Glory

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Check out our guide to getting tickets for this fight here!



15.11.05 - By Goran Dragosavac: There has been lot said and written about Floyd Mayweather as the boxer whose skills are on different level from anyone else currently in sport of boxing. To be honest, his talent is out of this world. Watching him switching between offence and defense, between inside and outside, watching his quickness and power is as much art as it is sport. continue


Duilio Loi, History's forgotten great

15.11.05 - By Khalid Mohamed - 115-3-8 26 KO's - Like most people the name Duilio Loi doesn't ring any bells I was one of them, I accedently bumped into his name looking at the recent Hall of Fame inductees after checking out guys like Barry McGuigan and Bobby Chacon I looked and Duilio Loi, when I saw his record I was suprised thinking to myself ''why haven't I heard of him before?'' he fought 126 fights and had a record of 115-3-8 26 KO's, four titles under his reign he is certainly underrated. He fought from 1948 to 1962. He was a nearly unbeatable as the Italian and European lightweight champion from 1952-1960 and European Welterweight and World Light Welterweight champion from 1959-1962, a ginuinly talented boxer with an unstoppable will to win, most fighters avoided him like the plague.

Though most of his competition was not championship level Loi did fight Jorgen Johansen twice, Fortunato Manca, Eddie Perkins three times and the highly talent Hall of Famer Carlos Ortiz three times. continue


ShoBox: Dawson and Gardner ready to rumble

NEW YORK (Nov. 15, 2005) – “Bad” Chad Dawson and Ian “The Cobra” Gardner are both highly regarded prospects, but their styles are as different as preppies and hippies. One is conventional; the other is as unorthodox as you can get. Both, however, are confident of victory when they square off in the 12-round super middleweight main event on “ShoBox: The New Generation” this Friday, Nov. 18, at 11 p.m. ET/PT (tape delayed on west coast) on SHOWTIME. continue


Tarver talks about role in Rocky VI

15.11.05 - The doors are locked and the windows are shuttered. No one is allowed to look in as boxing superstar Antonio Tarver prepared for the fight of his life. His opponent? Rocky Balboa. But even though Tarver’s acting debut as Mason “The Line” Dixon in the sixth Rocky film - entitled “Rocky Balboa” - sees him portraying a fictional heavyweight champion, “The Magic Man” believes that in this case, art may soon be imitating life. continue


Joan Guzman Pays Tribute To Fallen Warrior Agapito Sanchez

15.11.05 - Joan "Sycuan Warrior" Guzman is pausing to pay tribute to a fallen warrior. The former WBO junior featherweight champ was stunned to hear of the shooting and death of his former ring rival and fellow Dominican, Agapito Sanchez. News reports say that Sanchez was gunned down by an off-duty policeman in Santo Domingo and other details are sketchy. continue


Tarver - Tyson: Does Tarver Have Enough Magic To Trick Iron Mike?

15.11.05 - By Coach Tim Walker - tpwalker@hotmail.com - Okay he we go. I am sure that most of you are aware of the friction between Mike Tyson and Antonio Tarver. I have been paying some attention to this since Roy Jones Jr. and Mike Tyson appeared on that awards show together to present an award to um…I forget who the award went to…but the appearance was more to announce the possibility of their fight rather than give the award. Tyson in the days leading up to the fight he felt Jones Tarver fight openly stated that Jones would make easy work of Tarver and then the two of them could (ding, ding) get it on! Wrong! In my opinion that is where the tension began between Tyson and Tarver.

To recap the history: Jones Tarver 1 (Decision to Jones but most thought Tarver won), Jones Tarver 2 (Tarver delivers the left hand from hell and knocks out the speed demon), Jones Tarver 3 (Dance, dance, dance, punch, punch, dance then Tarver wins by decision). During that same time Tyson lost to Danny Williams and Kevin McBride. continue


Olympian Estrada fights again Nov. 23

PROVIDENCE, RI (November 15, 2005) - U.S. Olympian Jason "Big Six" Estrada (4-0, 1 KO) returns to action in his hometown Thanksgiving Eve, November 23 against Jeremy "Superstar" Brooks (4-2, 2 KOs) in a six-round bout at the Rhode Island Convention Center in Providence. Estrada, who turns 25 later this month (Nov. 30), is on a mission to prove that he is going to be an even better professional than amateur. continue


Harrison Fires Back At Williams

November 15, 2005 – In light of recent statements released by Danny Williams (33-4, 28KOs), unbeaten heavyweight contender and Olympic Gold Medallist Audley “A-Force” Harrison (19-0, 14KOs) had the following to say: “I am only responding this one time to the various comments made by Danny Williams over the past week. I certainly hope he is training as hard as he is talking and shows up on December 10 and does not pull his notorious Matt Skelton disappearing act—quitting before he even got to the ring that night. continue


Results From "The Showdown at the Riverdome"

(Bossier City, LA)— On Friday November 11, 2005, Dana Pitcher Productions, Inc. and Horseshoe Casino & Hotel proudly presented an epic 44 plus round professional fight card aptly entitled Showdown at the Riverdome, at the Horseshoe Riverdome in Bossier City, Louisiana. Louisiana State Boxing Commissioner Buddy Embanato said that “this was the best fight card held in Louisiana in years.” continue


Cuban Great: Kid Chocolate

15.11.05 - By Jim Amato: He was born Eligio Sardinias Montalbo on January 6, 1910 in Cerro, Havana, Cuba. He launched his professional boxing career in 1927 and would participate in over 150 bouts in a career that ended in 1938.

He was nicknamed the "Cuban Bon Bon" and during the 1930's he was one of the best drawing cards in New York. His flashy personality and even flashier style in the ring made him a real crowd pleaser.

After racking up a series of victories in his native Cuba, " The Kid " invaded the US in 1928 knocking out Eddie Enos in three rounds in Mineola, N.Y.He would fight at all the popular New York spots like Ridgewood Grove and the St. Nicolas Arena. continue


Team USA Enjoys an Undefeated Day Three

(MIANYANG CITY, CHINA) – Day three of the 2005 World Amateur Boxing Championships commenced in Mianyang City, China on Tuesday afternoon with three U.S. boxers scheduled to compete. The United States team opened with a bang as 2004 Olympic Rau’shee Warren (Cincinnati, Ohio) took the ring for the first time at the World Championships. Warren took on Ukraine’s Georgiy Chygaev in the flyweight contest and Warren’s domination began at the opening bell. continue


Calvin Brock Goes To Hollywood

November 15, 2005- Undefeated heavyweight contender Calvin Brock is featured on two of ESPN2’s most popular shows, ESPN Hollywood and Cold Pizza this week. This Wednesday morning, November 16th, Brock is featured on ESPN2’s Cold Pizza. The morning's first live, national look at the sports news of the day, Cold Pizza airs every weekday from 8 a.m.-10 a.m EST with a daily encore from 10 a.m.-12 Noon EST. continue


Late former IBF World Champion inducted into NJBHOF: Leavander Johnson….a champion forever!

15.11.05 - By Mike Indri, Retired Boxers Foundation: The New Jersey Boxing Hall of Fame held it’s 36th annual induction dinner this past Thursday night at the beautiful Venetian banquet hall in Garfield. The fifteen new and deserved inductees, or their families (five inducted posthumously), from all fields within the sweet science lamented during their speech’s about what it took to achieve their respective greatness. continue


Now or Never for Roman Karmazin

15.11.05 - Gabriel Decrease: Roman Karmazin needs to make a move, and a big one at that. With the upset glory he garnered by beating Kassim Ouma from post-to-post fading from the short-memory of the sweet science, Karmazin is now faced with the daunting task of selecting another opponent against which he can attempt to solidify his claim to the 154-pound throne. Before jawing over possible fights, here is a quick flashback to the fateful upset that hurled Karmazin headlong into the world championship mix:

Roman was an unknown, underdog—grossly underestimated and underpaid—when he went into his fight with the highly touted much-beloved Kassim “The Dream” Ouma on July 14th, 2005. “The Dream” was young, fresh, and had coolly cruised past a stiff lineup of opposition that included Kofi Jantuah, crafty veteran Verno Philips, Carlos Bojorquez, and a rough-and-rugged Angel Hernandez. continue


Cordova out of Saturday's "Expressway Jam 2" in Boston

WOBURN, Mass. (November 15, 2005) - Former World Junior Olympic champion Marvin "Too Much" Cordova, Jr. (5-0, 4 KOs), due to a severely sprained ankle, has been forced to pull out of Saturday night's scheduled co-feature against junior welterweight Shakha Moore (9-10-3, 1 KO) in Expressway Jam 2, presented by NER Promotions, at Freeport Hall (IBEW) in Dorchester (MA. continue


Why Hopkins Will Pull It Out Of His Hat

15.11.05 - By Jim Amato: Jermain Taylor won his first fight with Bernard Hopkins fair and square. Bernard made an error in judgment in starting too slow. He spotted a young and talented Taylor a head start that try as he might, Bernard was unable to make up. It cost the ever proud Hopkins his World's middleweight title. Hopkins is out for revenge and to regain his former glory. Taylor wants to prove that his first win was no fluke and that he is "The Man" at 160 pounds. continue


Lacy - Calzaghe Set for early 2006 on Showtime!

ST. PETERSBURG, FL (November 14, 2005) -- Promoter Gary Shaw announced today that the long-awaited world super middleweight title unification fight between IBF/IBO champion JEFF "LEFT HOOK" LACY and WBO champion JOE CALZAGHE has been signed and will be broadcast live on SHOWTIME Championship Boxing. Promoter Frank Warren, who represents Calzaghe, stated that the fight would take place in February or March 2006 in Cardiff, Wales. continue


Willie Pep: The Will-o’-the-Wisp

14.11.05 - By Craig Parrish: 241 total fights, 229 Victories (65 KO’s), 11 defeats, 1 draw. In today’s Boxing world, these numbers are hard to comprehend. But this is the career record of Willie Pep, “The Will-o’-the-Wisp”. Pep is considered by many to be the greatest Featherweight to ever step in the ring, as well as one of the greatest pound for pound fighters of all time. He was a 2-time World Champion, reigning from 1942-1948, and then again from 1949 to 1950.

He was born Gugliemo Papeleo in 1922 in Hartford, Connecticut. He fought for 2 ½ years in the Amateurs, amassing a record of 62-3. He turned Professional in 1940, and kicked off his career with an amazing 62 fight win streak. He won a decision over Chalky Wright in 1942 to capture the Featherweight crown at the tender age of 20, in his 56th professional fight.

He lost his 63rd Professional fight to Sammy Angott, but it was a non-title fight so Pep retained his belt. continue


Estrada & Fiorentino Opponents Named

14.11.05 - PROVIDENCE, RI -- Former world title challenger, and world rated featherweight contender, Missy "The Fury" Fiorentino (12-1, 7 KO's) will battle WIBF world junior featherweight champion Esther "The Blonde Dutch Girl" Schouten for the vacant IWBF world featherweight title on Wednesday, November 23rd at the Rhode Island Convention Center in Providence's Down City. continue


Acuna, Mexico -Fight Night

14.11.05 - By Christine Maynard: A fifteen year old boy braved a 23 year old undefeated champion, and a forty-one year old opponent was KO’d in 20 seconds by a 32-2 superstar, 16 years his junior. Marco Antonio Rubio’s powerful uppercut opened an arroya a fist wide on his victim’s cheek. Anthony Ivory, 31-77, a housing contractor from Chicago, was championed by his disgruntled manager, Aalim Mohammad, who claimed irregularities contractually, weigh in anomalies, and the promotion of incorrect fight records for the event. continue


Chechenev outweighed Mazikin 265 lb to 245 lb before internet fight

14.11.05 - Goeppingen – Undefeated Russian heavyweight Valerie Chechenev (265 lb.) outweighed his opponent Alex Mazikin (245 lb.), an undefeated heavyweight from the Ukraine by 21 pounds at the official weigh-in prior to their fight on Tuesday at Hohenstaufenhalle in Göppingen, Gemany. continue


Joe Calzaghe vs Jeff Lacy Is On!

14.11.05 - Promoter Frank Warren is delighted to announce that WBO World Super-Middleweight Champion Joe Calzaghe will face IBF holder Jeff Lacy in a sensational unification showdown set for early 2006. Warren was in New York last week locked in negotiations with Lacy's promoter Gary Shaw and US TV Network Showtime and has confirmed that the super-fight is signed and will take place in Cardiff in February or March.

"This is the fight that Joe, the media and the fans wanted and I am absolutely delighted that following some hard work over the last few days the fight is on," Said Warren who will promote the show in association with Shaw.

"It will be the biggest fight of the year in Britain and certainly one of the most highly anticipated fights on the world scene in recent years and it will take place in the UK," continue


Boxing Hall of Famer Chuck Bodak Honored This Weekend

14.11.05 - Boxing Hall of Famer Chuck Bodak, now 89 years young will be an honored guest at Jerry Hoffman's RIOT pro boxing event on Saturday Nov. 19th at the Monterey Conference Center. Mr. Bodak has been involved in boxing as a teacher and cutman for the past 70 years, and will work one more corner for some special fighter at THE RIOT. Bodak has been involved with the careers of Rocky Marciano, Muhammad Ali, Oscar De La Hoya and many other World Champions as a teacher and cutman. continue


The Memphis Grizzlies Salute Jermain Taylor

MEMPHIS, November 14 – World middleweight champion Jermain Taylor will take time out from the intense training schedule for his December 3rd rematch with Bernard Hopkins when he meets with fans tonight at the FedEx Forum in Memphis, Tennessee. “The city of Memphis has welcomed me and the people of this city have allowed me to have one of my best training camps ever,” said the unbeaten Taylor, who moved his camp from Miami to Memphis due to the storms that devastated South Florida. continue


Sharon Gaines Headed to Germany For Title Shot

14.11.05 - Interview by-Danny Serratelli : Sharon Gaines is heading to Germany to take on WIBF Inter-Continental Bantamweight Champion Alesia Graf on Tuesday November 15th. The German champion, Graf is 11-2 with 5 KO’s. Her lone loss came to the talented Alecia Ashley by split decision, two months after Ashley stopped Elena Reid. Prior to her fight with Ashley, Reid had never been stopped in her career. It was only her second career loss, and her 1st loss in her last 20 fights in a time span of almost 5 years. continue


How Good Was Vitali Klitschko?

14.11.05 - By Jim Amato: He has walked away from the most prestigious prize in all of sports. I was shocked but Vitali Klitschko is his own man and for whatever reasons he had, the decision has been made. How good was Vitali Klitschko? Where will he fall when rating him against the other great heavyweights of all time? It will be quite difficult to judge with the abrupt end to his career. Vitali had only 37 fights. He won 35 with 34 stoppage wins. Overall, the numbers are impressive. However, let's look at the actual quality of his opposition. Vitali began his career in 1996. He reeled off 27 straight wins, all by knockout, yet there were no big names but his resume has several fair heavyweights. Names like Cleveland Woods, Will Hinton, Anthony Willis, Levi Billips, Jose Ribalta, Herbie Hide, Ed Mahone and Obed Sullivan.

In 2000, ahead on points, a shoulder injury forced Vitali to withdraw between rounds nine and ten against Chris Byrd. The IBF currently recognizes Byrd as champion. Vitali came back to win five fights Orlin Norris, Vaughn Bean and Larry Donald were among his victims. That led Vitali to a 2003 title shot against WBC champion Lennox Lewis. continue


Is Audley Harrison destined to be another Lennox Lewis?

14.11.05 - By Troy Ondrizek: As we come onto Audley Harrison’s twentieth career fight and marvel at the fact that Danny Williams is his first opponent of any real boxing pedigree. It has taken Harrison fives years of sporadic feasting on tomato cans to arrive at this point. Harrison won the 2000 Gold medal in the Super heavyweight division. Since then we have been left with more hype and speculation outside the ring surrounding Harrison then any real results from him inside the ring. continue


Williams: Audley's A Celebrity Get Him In There!

14.11.05 - Danny Williams reckons Audley Harrison will need to go on the new series of I'm A Celebrity...Get Me Out Of Here! to rebuild his career after their fight on December 10 at the ExCeL London. The Brixton puncher, who in the build up to their grudge clash has accused Harrison of being a celebrity boxer, intends to not only smash up his rival but also reduce his celebrity status to rubble. continue


The Cincinnati Kid takes another step in comeback

14.11.05 - Former I.B.F. Bantamweight Champion "The Cincinnati Kid" Tim Austin (27-1-1, 24 KOs), Tim Austin was declared the winner Friday night when opponent Julio Coronell quit after round three on a Dana Pitcher Productions fight card, at the Horseshoe Riverdome in Bossier City, Louisiana. continue


Part II: Judging the judges- Controversial Scorecards Revisited

14.11.05 - by Barry Green : Why do we get so many awful scorecards? Are judges merely incompetent or do they lack real objectivity? Is the lure of judging future fights influencing their viewpoint so they get re-hired by boxing organisations and promoters alike? What follows is the second part of my list of the worst 'scorecards' that have been handed in over the previous 30 years, even though in some cases the other two judges rightfully disagreed or the fight ended by KO or stoppage; although more often than not these scorecards have lead to an outrageous decision. Numbers 25-13 featured last week, here is the Top 12 countdown.

12. Leon Spinks vs. Muhammad Ali I

Judge: Art Lurie. The Ali magic lived on- in the eyes of Lurie that is who rewarded a badly beaten champion with a decision win, despite being hit repeatedly for 15 rounds (that's Ali not Lurie by the way). Fortunately he was overruled by the other two judges and Spinks was the new king. How Lurie thought Ali won is anybody's guess. Maybe he was star-struck? continue


Undefeated heavyweights battle live on the internet on Nov. 15

14.11.05 – German boxing rings are currently the place for the most competitive and explosive heavyweight showdowns: Brewster vs. Krasniqi, Gomez vs. McCall and Samil Sam vs. Maskaev – this is just a small selection of those highly entertaining fights in the heavyweight division that took place in Germany in the past two months. continue


Why I Consider John Ruiz To Be The Worst Of The Heavyweight Champions

13.11.05 - By Jim Jamesson: Ok, so I'd like to offer my insights on the recent comments and drama surrounding the so-called Quiet Man. Before I get down to the nitty-gritty though, I'd like to make a quick point that I do not dislike John Ruiz as a person by any means. He's easily one of the nicer folks in the boxing game today. In today's scrambled-eggs heavyweight division, I don't argue the he could be considered by many as one of the top 10 guys in the division. continue


Kessler vs Lucas Jan 14!

13.11.05 - By Per Ake Persson: Team Palle announced yesterday (Nov 12) that WBA 168 lb champ Mikkel Kessler will defend his title January 14 against Canadian Eric Lucas at the Brondby Hall on the outskirts of Copenhagen. It´s a voluntary defence by the champion. The ex-WBC titlist was in line for an eliminator against Otis Grant, WBC # 1, and another possible shot at current WBC champ Markus Beyer but views a fight against Kessler as his best chance to become champ again. continue


What’s really the reason Vitali Klitschko has fallen apart?

13.11.05 - By Andy Meacock: Isn’t it amazing just how quickly things can happen in the sport of boxing? Just one week ago I was talking to a friend of mine about the ‘then’ upcoming heavyweight bout between Vitali Klitschko and Hasim Rahman. My friend and I were pretty confident in our views that Klitschko would handle Rahman fairly comfortably. My prediction a week ago was that the champion would knock out the challenger within seven or eight rounds. Sadly we are not going to find out if I was right or wrong.

The fight had been on and off for a long time this year, four times in fact. The reason for the delays were down to persistent injuries suffered by Klitschko in training. After this fight was cancelled for the fourth time earlier this week the WBC leniently (wrongly in my view) planned to allow Klitschko a further three months to recover and then fight Rahman. continue


Euro Boxing Roundup

13.11.05 - By Per Ake Persson: It will be Belgian Hassan Naji that replaces Frenchman Bernard Inom as opponent for EBU fly champ Ivan Pozo December 9 in Madrid. Jr middleweight Ruben Varon makes his debut for Tundra vs Barcelo on the undercard. Rudy Encarnacion takes on Manuel Calvo for the Spanish 126 lb title and junior lights Sergio Palomo and Alejandro Monzon clash in another all-Spanish matchup. continue


Special $48 bus ride to the Guerrero fight

13.11.05 - This is the best deal in town, a special $48 bus ride to the Guerrero fight. Nodriving, no parking, no worries. Ghost fans from the Bay Area can come witness the nationally televised NABF title fight on Showtime between Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero (16-0-1 9 KO’s ranked # 2 WBC) and Gamaliel Diaz (19-5-2 9 KO’s ranked # 8 WBC), at The Tachi Palace Hotel and Casino in Lemoore Ca Dec 2nd, by purchasing a package deal through www.sanjosecharters.com. continue


Two U.S. Boxers Record Opening Day Victories

13.11.05 - Team USA enjoyed a successful opening day at the 2005 World Amateur Boxing Championships in Mianyang City, China, winning two of their three opening day bouts. Featherweight Mark Davis (Cleveland, Ohio) and welterweight (152 lbs) Boyd Melson (Fort Carson, Colo.) both grabbed their first wins of the tournament. continue


Maskaev Decisions Sam

November 12, Hamburg, Germany: By Per Ake Persson: US-based Russian heavy Oleg Maskaev clearly outscored Sinan Samil Sam over twelve and won the WBC Intl title. This was also a WBC eliminator (exact status will be determined next week it seems). There were no knockdowns but Maskaev looked unsteady at the end of the fourth and shaken in the sixth. But after that he began moving a little more and got in position to fire his fine right hand as Sam plodded forward. Sam seemed to run out of ideas on what to do and attempted to headbutt Maskaev in the 11th. Referee Frank Garza deducted a point from Sam for this. Sam showed what a good chin he has in holding up all the way. It was scored 116-112, 118-110 and 118-111.

Sebastian Sylvester retained the EBU 160 lb title on scores of 116-111, 115-112 and 116-111 over Italian Lorenzo Di Giacomo. No knockdowns and a messy fight that saw Di Giacomo getting a point deducted for deliberately spitting out his mouthpiece. continue


Results From Nairobi, Kenya

13.11.05: Professional boxing in Kenya is currently enjoying a massive up-swing with lots of activity, and more active promoters and boxers than have been the case in many years. On Saturday afternoon (November 12) at the Pal Pal Gymnasium in Nairobi, six fights was staged on a small show promoted by still active former African heavyweight champion Joseph Akhasamba, in cooperation with Risum Boxing, Fight Production and Pro Team Ashira Oure. continue


Oleg Maskaev Looks Impressive against Sam

13.11.05 - By Troy Ondrizek: This fight between Sinan Samil Sam and Oleg Maskaev was mocked and scorned by fight fans wanting to see the match between Rahman and Klitschko instead. Well for those who saw the fight, it can easily be said that this fight was far more interesting than anything a fight fan would've seen involving Rahman. Now I predicted Maskaev by a mid to late round KO, but Sam proved that he has some good whiskers and acted like a solid punching bag for the Old warrior Maskaev. continue


Gatti - Damgaard Tickets To Go On Sale Tomorrow

ATLANTIC CITY, NJ – Two-time world champion and fan-favorite Arturo Gatti returns to Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, NJ on Jan 28, 2006, in a 12 round showdown against undefeated welterweight contender Thomas Damgaard for the vacant IBA welterweight championship, it was announced today by Main Events CEO Kathy Duva. continue


Up from the ashes: Wladimir Klitschko

13.11.05 - By Michael Youssef: Before Corrie Sanders slapped Wladimir Klitschko around the ring like an abusive father, most of us who remember the hype surrounding the younger and now only fighting Klitschko can remember just how great the expectations of him were. Wladimir had just iced Ray Mercer and Jameel McCline in successive fights on HBO, and in the process made both accomplishments look effortless as both opponents appeared hopelessly outclassed and utterly helpless against the European. Trained by Fritz Sdunek at the time, and with the pedigree that most fighters fighting since their youth could never even hope to achieve, it certainly seemed logical that Wladimir Klitschko would never become a Michael Grant type of failed heavyweight hopeful.

Now over two years later, and with the premier heavyweight people had hoped to see Wladimir face off against long gone (Lennox Lewis), Klitschko is still ranked among the very best fighters of the division. continue


Bell - Mormeck: Undisputed Cruiser Championship Bout Signed

11.11.05 - DEERFIELD BEACH, Fla.—Unified Cruiserweight world Champion Jean-Marc Mormeck and International Boxing Federation cruiserweight champion O’Neil “Super Nova” Bell have signed to fight each other for the undisputed cruiserweight world championship in January. Bell visited Don King Productions’ office on Wednesday to ink the deal and had a strong message for his French opponent. continue


Bob Arum Conference Call Transcript on Klitschko-Rahman

LEE SAMUELS TOP RANK: Greetings, everyone. Bob and I are in Las Vegas at the Top Rank headquarters. And this call is about the Vitali Klitschko/Hasim Rahman fight which was scheduled for November 12th here in Las Vegas on HBO pay-per-view. Obviously there’s been some developments and they’ll be outlined by my boss and the CEO of Top Rank, Bob Arum. continue


Morales, Pacquiao To Hold Press Conference

11.11.05 - Three-time world champion Erik 'El Terrible' Morales and two-time world champion Manny Pacquiao will be in Las Vegas on Saturday and in Los Angeles on Tuesday to discuss their upcoming fiery rematch at 'The Battle!' scheduled for the Thomas and Mack Center, Las Vegas, on Saturday, Jan. 21. "This is a fight we're very excited about," said Bob Arum. "Both Morales and Pacquiao give it their all, each and every second while in the ring." continue


Danny Williams: I'll Make Audley Quit

11.11.05 - Danny Williams reckons Audley Harrison will quit when the heat is on in their grudge fight on December 10 at the ExCeL London when he has flashbacks to their sparring sessions five years ago. Harrison went four rounds with the then British and Commonwealth Champion to toughen up before he went to the Sydney Olympics but Williams left him 'huffing and puffing' and wanting to get out of the ring.

Dynamite Dan said, "The Audley I see now is no different to the one I sparred with years ago,"

"I remember when he came to the gym and agreed with my trainer Jim McDonnell to go four rounds with me," continue


Tonight Oleg Maskaev will give it one more shot!

11.11.05 - By Izyaslav “Slava” Koza: Tomorrow night in Germany, Oleg the big “O” Maskaev, will face Turkish Sinan Samil Sam in a WBC title eliminator to face newly crowned Hasim Rahman. Naturally, cheering for the big “O” to score the big win, as based on our somewhat common cultural heritage, the first thought that sprang to mind after Rahman was awarded the title, was can we see Maskaev-Rahman 2? continue


Goossen Tutor Promotions To Stage 5 Cards in 30 Days

11.11.05- Perhaps they should be dubbed as the “World’s Best and Busiest Promoter,” as there is no slowing down for Goossen Tutor Promotions. Goossen Tutor will keep up its hectic pace promoting and co-promoting five major boxing events over the next 30 days coast to coast. continue


Sam - Maskaev Weigh-In Results

11.11.05 - By Per Ake Persson: WBC Intl champ Sinan Samil Sam weighed in at 246 lbs / 111,6 kg for tomorrow's showdown against Oleg Maskaev, who came in at 235,5 lbs / 106,8 kg. The fight is also a WBC eliminator but there is now some confusion regarding the status of it after Vitali Klitschko's sudden retirement and the crowning of Hasim Rahman. continue


John Ruiz Training Camp Notes From Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS (November 10, 2005) - World Boxing Association heavyweight champion John "The Quietman" Ruiz (41-5-1, 28 KOs) is at training camp in Las Vegas preparing for his December 17th title defense against Nicolay Valuev (42-0, 31 KOs) in Berlin. Ruiz offered his opinion on a wide variety of subjects including Vitali Klitschko's retirement, the WBC, HBO and The Ring magazine heavyweight champion, James Toney's steroid case, Don King's proposed heavyweight championship tournament, and his Dec. 17th title defense against Valuev.

Vitali Klitschko: "The first words I'm going to say in Germany are, 'I'm not Klitschko; I'm no chicken.' Klitschko has always been a quitter. He's quitting again because he couldn't handpick his opponent to defend his title against. He always quits when the going gets tough." continue


How Boxing's Referees Play a Crucial Role in the Sport

10.11.05 - By Joseph Carlo Russo: In a most technologically advanced era for sports entertainment one would assume the extinction of false calls and misleading claims on behalf of boxing referees. But, unfortunately, much to the disservice of the fans and the losing fighters, the November 5th Saturday night fight and other previous instances made clear that such an assumption is far from accurate. continue


Notes & Quotes: Mayweather vs Mitchell

10.11.05 - With just a little over one week to go before they square-off at The Rose Garden in Portland, Oregon on Saturday, November 19, “Pretty Boy” Floyd Mayweather, Jr. and Sharmba Mitchell both appear to be confident and prepared as they put the finishing touches on their respective training camps. Neither seems anxious to provide locker room bulletin board reading material for the other, opting instead to do their talking inside the ring. continue


Vincent Arroyo Fighting in Vegas Saturday

10.11.05 - Hot up-and-coming junior welterweight prospect Vincent Arroyo, 2-0 (2 KOs), has been selected to fight this Saturday, November 12, at the Wynn Las Vegas Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada as part of an invitation-only boxing event. 18-year-old Arroyo, from Amherst, New York, will face Mexico’s Juan Perez, 1-3-1 (1 KO), of Guadalajara in a four-rounder. continue


Bush Honors Muhammad Ali of the Presidential Medal of Freedom

10.11.05 - President Bush: Only a few athletes are ever known as the greatest in their sport, or in their time. But when you say, "The Greatest of All Time" is in the room, everyone knows who you mean. It's quite a claim to make -- but as Muhammad Ali once said, "It's not bragging if you can back it up." (Laughter.) And this man backed it up.

From the day he won the Gold Medal at the 1960 Olympic Games, we all knew there was something special about this young fighter from Louisville, Kentucky. And his record of 56 and 5, including 37 knockouts and 19 successful title defenses, hardly begins to get the story. Far into the future, fans and students of boxing will study the films, and some will even try to copy his style. But certain things defy imitation: the Ali shuffle, the lightning jabs, the total command of the ring and, above all, the sheer guts and determination he brought to every fight.

This is a man who once fought more than 10 rounds with a fractured jaw. And he fought to complete exhaustion -- and victory -- in that legendary clash of greats in Manila. continue


Nikolai Korolev Monument unveiled in Checkov near Moscow

10.11.05 - By Gennadi “Komar” Komarnitzsky and Izyaslav “Slava” Koza: On November 6th 2005, in the town of Checkov near Moscow, Legendary Soviet Boxer Nikolai Federovich Korolev was immortalized forever by an unveiling of a Monument bearing his familiar likeness. continue


Butterbean Arrives Down Under

10.11.05 - By Matt Clark: Eric "Butterbean" Esch arrived at Brisbane International Airport yesterday, creating a huge media frenzy in the process. The self proclaimed "King of 4 Rounders" faces Australia's "Big" Bob Mirovic on November 18, at Carrara Stadium on the beautiful Gold Coast. continue


Boxing In Tanzania on Nov 20

01.11.05 - Ike Enwereuzor: Promoter Dynamite Promotions inc. presents an important bout featuring Rashid Matumla against Fred George in a 10 round super middleweight contest at New Vijana Social Hall, Dar-es-Salaam in Tanzania on November 20, 2005 . continue


Tony Zale: The Man of Steel

10.11.05 - By Craig Parrish: It seems like there are certain names that come up again and again when people discuss the “Golden Age” of Boxing. Louis. Marciano. Johnson. Dempsey. Graziano. But there were so many great fighters during that era, it seems many of them are forgotten, perhaps because they weren’t as charismatic as other fighters, or maybe just didn’t get the breaks. Fighters that had stellar careers, but just never seemed to become household names like the aforementioned greats.

Tony Zale is one of those fighters. Fans seem to recall his greatest rival, Rocky Graziano, more readily than Tony, even though Zale won 2 of their 3 fights. He was a 2-time World Middleweight Champ and had an impressive career record of 67-18-2 with 45 Ko’s (they FOUGHT in those days) and was inducted into the Boxing Hall of Fame in 1991. continue


Expressway Jam 2 Nov. 19 in Boston

WOBURN, Mass. (November 10, 2005) - "Expressway Jam 2," presented by New England Ringside Promotions, will be headlined by an eight-round main event between rival Worcester fighters, Roy "House of" Payne (19-12-4, 6 KOs) and John "House of Rain" Rainwater (10-11-3, 3 KOs), for the vacant Massachusetts State Cruiserweight Championship, November 19 at Freeport Hall (IBEW) in Dorchester, Massachusetts. continue


Laila Ali Sets The Record Straight

LOS ANGELES (Nov. 10, 2005) -- World recognized female boxing champion and spokesmodel Laila Ali wants to set the record straight regarding her divorce and the rumors that she is a Lesbian. Despite being married for the last five years, reports in the news have stated that Laila got a divorce and began dating a high profile actress. continue


Objectivity and The End of Vitali Klitschko

10.11.05 - By Gabriel DeCrease: Vitali Klitschko’s retirement can hardly be called sudden, or shocking. The writing was already on the wall when Dr. Ironfist announced on November 5th that he had again suffered a serious training injury, and would have to postpone his WBC title fight with Hasim Rahman for the fourth time. continue


The Retirement of Vitali Klitschko and its impact on the Heavyweight Division

10.11.05 - By Paul Ruby: Like so many things in life, boxing’s heavyweight division is cyclical. Periods of intense excitement come and go and ebb and flow into doldrums of boredom and back. The days of Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier flowed into the Larry Holmes era, which was characterized by a lack of competition for a dominant champion. As Holmes passed his prime, heavyweight fans were left wishing for a dominant fighter to emerge. Boxing fans were left with a few years of abysmal fights while they waited for a young Mike Tyson to emerge; years where the heavyweight division’s marquee names were Tony Tucker, Trevor Berbick, and a series of others who have been all but forgotten just two decades later.

Similarly, boxing fans have sought a dominant heavyweight since the retirement of the sport’s last true champion, Lennox Lewis. Vitali Klitschko could not and did not ever truly establish himself as one of boxing’s great champions, but he established himself of the top heavyweight on the planet for over two years, and that is quite an accomplishment. continue


Up For Grabs: the Jump Ball that is the Heavyweight Division

10.11.05 - By Michael Youssef: The end of the Vitali Klitschko reign as WBC champion has significantly shaken up the division, even in spite of the fact that Klitschko held a mere quarter of the heavyweight crown. As of now, Don King sits in control of all four belt holders, and thus in control of the division, or so it would seem. In spite of the ramblings from King that he will now be able to construct a heavyweight unification tournament, there are significant odds stacked against him. continue


WBC: Rahman declared undisputed WBC champion

10.11.05 - From WBC President Jose Sulaiman: “The WBC has received a majority voting of the Board of Governors to declare Hasim Rahman the undisputed WBC heavyweight champion of the world. The WBC will make it effective when all the votes are received. “Hasim Rahman has already been a WBC champion of the world in the past, when he won the WBC heavyweight title by knocking out Lennox Lewis in five rounds on April 22, 2001, in Johannesburg. continue


ShoBox to Feature Super Middleweight Bout and Jr Lightweight War

10.11.05 - The once mostly ignored super middleweight division is experiencing a rebirth on SHOWTIME. Earlier this month on Nov. 5, Jeff Lacy scored a booming knockout over Scott Pemberton on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING. Now, super middleweight southpaws "Bad" Chad Dawson and Ian "The Cobra" Gardner will put their contender status on the line in a 12-round battle Friday, Nov. 18, on "ShoBox: The New Generation." continue


No Return: Why Naseem Hamed Isn’t Coming Back

Painful as it may be, ability don’t last – Pulp Fiction

10.11.05 - By Cris Neill: It’s official: Prince Naseem is making a comeback. OK, he said he might be making a comeback. Perhaps. Amid all the excitement about his mooted return to the ring, let’s remind ourselves that as usual, Hamed’s assurances that he will box again are wilfully vague. There are assurances of a six-fight contract with an unnamed American TV network, nothing more substantial. I’m an admirer of Hamed, and I’d like nothing better than to see him stage a sensational comeback, but I’m going to stick my neck out here: it’s ain’t gonna happen. Not now, not ever. He will never be world champion again. Who knows why he makes repeated claims that he will fight again? Perhaps the rise of Amir Khan has goaded Hamed’s sense of what-might-have-been. continue


Daws has the Wright stuff

10.11.05 - Lenny Daws is still happy to take up his right to make a mandatory challenge for the English light welterweight title, despite current champion Nigel Wright’s first round stoppage of Kevin McIntyre in Glasgow on Saturday night. continue


The Boxing World vs Shannon Briggs

10.11.05 - Court is now in session. Shannon Briggs says he's going to reclaim the linear champinionship and become the dominant heavyweight of this generation.The case against Briggs: Shannon Briggs is too old. continue


Larios vs. Vazquez on Undercard of Hopkins/Taylor

10.11.05 - Art Pelullo/Banner Promotions, with Sycuan Ringside Promotions and Golden Boy Promotions, will present a sensational world title unification fight featuring IBF jr. featherweight champion Israel "Magnifico" Vazquez vs. WBC super bantamweight champion Oscar "Chololo" Larios on December 3 at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, Nevada. continue


The Time Tunnel: Tom Spring

10.11.05 - By M.C. Southorn: In the spring of 1815, a local promoter invited Tom Cribb to the village of Mordiford in Herefordshire, England to conduct an exhibition of sparring. Also attending this exhibition was the local sensation Tom Winter, who had been beating all comers in the area under the patronage of the Duke of Norfolk. The Duke had also imported fighters from as far away as Wales to be matched against the young man from Fownshope. Winter, born in 1795 and trained by his father in both butchery and boxing, impressed The Champion and he received a standing invitation to visit Cribb at The Union Arms once he had decided to take his boxing career to the next level. Winter was grateful for the invitation, but did not immediately accept it, preferring to fight locals for three pounds a fight and chop meat at the Fownhope butcher’s. continue


Lamon Brewster speaks on Klitschko and the future of the heavyweight division

10.11.05 - Interview by Ike Enwereuzor: Who is the best heavyweight today? Don King calls him "The Black Rocky". In his last fight in Germany he successfully retained his WBO heavyweight title for the third time against his mandatory Luan Krasniqi by 9th round TKO. Brewster (33-2 with 29KO's) captured the vacant WBO belt April 2004 after dismantling heavily favored former WBO champ Wladimir Klitschko. continue


ShoBox: Chad Dawson Workout Photos & Quotes

09.11.05 - Photos: TOM CASINO / SHOWTIME: Undefeated super middleweight "Bad" Chad Dawson participated in an open media workout Wednesday in New Haven, Conn. In the "ShoBox: The New Generation" 12-round main event Friday, Nov. 18, on SHOWTIME (11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on west coast), Dawson (18-0, 13 KOs) faces fellow southpaw Ian “The Cobra” Gardner (19-2, 7 KOs). In an entertaining co-feature, Benjamin Flores (11-0, 4 KOs) opposes Daniel “Azuquita” Jimenez (13-1-1, 8 KOs) in an eight-round junior lightweight scrum. continue


Vitali Klitschko's Retirement Shocks The Boxing World

09.11.05 - By William Peden: I think I speak for most people when I say that Vitali Klischko's retirement completely threw me. Like most, I saw him as the successor to previous legends, like Lewis and Holyfield, almost by default. Who wasn't astonished when Vitali Klitschko, then best known for quitting while ahead on the cards against Chris Byrd, managed to turn his eleventh-hour match with Lennox Lewis into one of the closest heavyweight title fights for years? continue


Vitali Klitschko: The Doctor Takes Down His Shingle

09.11.05 - By Geoff McKay: We’ve all heard it by now, and most of us were likely surprised by Vitali Klitschko’s announcement that he has decided to retire after suffering another injury during training. Another thing that has surprised me, although it shouldn’t have, is the negative reaction toward Vitali, from fans and media alike, after the announcement had been made.

I say it shouldn’t have surprised me because Vitali is probably the most criticized man in boxing. There is hatred, yes; I said it, hatred among certain groups of boxing fans, for both the brothers Klitschko. This dislike goes deeper than general unpopularity with the fans, such as is the case with John Ruiz. It is, in fact, so great that even to admit to being a fan of Vitali carries the risk of being branded with a particularly vulgar term reserved just for Klitschko supporters. continue


Regarding Klitschko’s retirement

09.11.05 - By Geoffrey Ciani: "Lately, I have been spending more time with my injuries than with my opponents inside the ring.” These were the words spoken by Vitali Klitschko after his shocking announcement that he was retiring from professional boxing. This Saturday night, Vitali Klitschko was supposed to defend his WBC championship against former champion, Hasim Rahman. continue


Winky Wright vs Sam Soliman at Mohegan Sun Dec.10

UNCASVILLE, CT (November 9, 2005) - Mohegan Sun, in association with Gary Shaw Productions, will host a sensational night of boxing action on Saturday, December 10th as the WBC/WBA No. 1 middleweight contender Ronald "Winky" Wright (49-3, 25 KOs) from St. Petersburg, Florida battles #8 contender Sam "The King" Soliman (31-7, 12 KOs) from Melbourne, Australia in a 12-round IBF Middleweight Title Eliminator bout. continue


Sam vs Maskaev This Saturday

09.11.05 - By Troy Ondrizek: Now that we finally got what we expected and have Klitschko bail again on a mandatory fight, the WBC is preparing for Rahman's first mandatory challenger. Coming up this Saturday, the 12th of November, does that date sound familiar? Is the WBC International Heavyweight Championship bout between current title holder Sinan Samil Sam and the ever Rahman-like Oleg Maskaev. continue


Hasim Rahman set to accept world title

09.11.05 - LAS VEGAS—Former World Boxing Council heavyweight champion and current WBC interim champion Hasim “The Rock” Rahman is expected to be named undisputed WBC heavyweight champion after the surprise announcement today that Vitali Klitschko intends to retire from boxing.

“After Vitali postponed his fight with me four times, I am thrilled that WBC President Jose Sulaiman is keeping his promise to me by convening his Board of Governors to automatically upgrade me from interim champion to again become the undisputed WBC heavyweight champion,” Rahman said.

Rahman’s promoter Don King is looking forward to his fighter being named outright WBC champion, which would mean he would then represent all four heavyweight world champions.

“Hasim Rahman is a courageous fighter, and I applaud him for his bravery and congratulate him on the news that the WBC will announce that he has become their undisputed heavyweight champion shortly,” King said. continue


Euro Boxing Roundup: Krasniqi/Vidoz, more...

09.11.05 - By Per Ake Persson: Luan Krasniqi has accepted the position as official challenger for EBU heavy champ Paolo Vidoz. Vidoz makes a voluntary defence of the title January 28 in Berlin against Cengiz Koc. Krasniqi relinquished the EBU title earlier this year to concentrate on his upcoming WBO titlefight against Lamont Brewster. continue


The Countdown to the Opening Bell Begins

09.11.05 – After over 24 hours of traveling, Team USA has settled into their temporary home in Mianyang City, China. With only five days until competition begins at the 2005 World Amateur Boxing Championships, the 11 boxers representing the United States are finishing up their final preparations for what will be the first World Championships for every team member. continue


WBC: Klitschko Retirement

09.11.05 - From WBC President Jose Sulaiman: The WBC feels sadness for the retirement of the heavyweight champion of the world, Vitali Klitschko, who created a good name for boxing in his career, but we consider that there is nothing more important in life than the physical and mental health of boxers as the human beings that they are. continue


Naz: The Return of a Legend?

By Peter Cameron, Tuesday 9th November: A fascinating momentum is starting to build around the imminent return of a fighter of near mythical status. Website chatrooms and boxing noticeboards are stirring with talk of a comeback, and debate is gathering pace about whether the stories could actually be true. After nearly four years in the wilderness, having almost completely disappeared off the radar, is Prince Naseem Hamed really on the verge of a truly sensational return?

On Tuesday of this week, Hamed, so rarely heard from these days, emerged from his reclusive lifestyle to announce he would be returning to the ring in 2006. He told BBC Radio Sheffield he had been offered a six-fight contract by an American television network and said that "if everything goes right in training, we're making plans for early-mid next year. There are no opponents as yet, we're just talking to TV. Then hopefully next year there'll be a nice, big fight." continue


Camp Notes: Robert "The Ghost" Guerrero

09.11.05 - Reports from camp Robert Guerrero (ranked # 2 WBC) say that “The Ghost” (16-0-19KO’s) is looking real sharp and will be in tremendous shape come Dec 2nd when he faces Gamaliel Diaz (19-5-2 9 KO’s) on SHOWTIME.. continue


Jameel McCline’s Trying Again

09.11.05 - By Joe Harrison: Things haven’t been going so well lately for Jameel “Big Time” McCline (32-6-3, 20 KO’s). He’s lost each of his last 3 fights, the most recent one being against Zuri Lawrence (20-10-4, 0 KO’s) in Hollywood, FL. However, McCline doesn’t intend on backing off. On November 26th, only a month after his previous fight, McCline will step back into the ring. This time, he will face Andy Sample (32-11-2, 21 KO’s) at the Convention Center in Ft. Smith, AR. continue


Farewell Vitali Klitschko, Boxing will miss you

09.11.05 - By Michael Youssef: Vitali Klitschko was the undisputed champion of class. Though he was not the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world, and left most fans in this sport bickering over whether or not he was even the best heavyweight with an alphabet belt, Vitali was without question, the most gentlemanly and well composed man above 200 pounds who carried any belt regardless of the letters on the strap itself. continue


The next great “What If” question retires

09.11.05 - By Tony Fondacaro: Vitali Klitschko recently announced his retirement from the sport of boxing after yet another injury set his fight with #1 Contender Hasim Rahman back; which leaves us with a vacant WBC title, and yet another rung lower in the vast nothingness that is the Heavyweight division in professional boxing.

In a statement following the announcement, Klitschko stated:

The decision to retire from professional sports was a very difficult one, one of the hardest I have ever had to make. I love boxing and am proud to be the WBC and Ring [magazine] heavyweight champion. But I would like to end my career at its peak so I am retiring now as the champion to clear the way for my successors. [source: ESPN Boxing website] continue


After Undergoing Surgery, Vitali Klitschko Decides To Retire

09.11.05 - Vitali Klitschko was scheduled to defend his WBC title against Hasim Rahman on Nov. 12 in Las Vegas. Unfortunately, the fight was cancelled because Klitschko suffered a knee injury during a recent sparring session. Because of his injury, Klitschko underwent surgery Tuesday in Southern California. continue


Does Ray Mancini Belong?

08.11.05 - By Jim Amato: I like Ray Mancini who was recently inducted in to the World Boxing Hall Of Fame. It's always nice to see an Ohio kid make good so I'm happy for his induction. As you can see on that note I may be a little bias. Ray was good copy while he was boxing. He was exciting and he had charisma. Does he belong in the Hall ? Well... If he was not from Ohio, I would say no. continue


Spina & Clampitt Taking On Top Rated Foes Nov 23

08.11.05 - PROVIDENCE, RI -- The press conference to announce the exciting November 23rd event at the Rhode Island Convention Center was void of opposition for the local talent as CES worked hard to produce the best possible matchups for the fans. Today, CES announced the opposition in the two main bouts, both of which should prove to be great matchups of world class talent. continue


Vitali Klitschko Hangs Up The Gloves

08.11.05 - By Patsys Jones: Just like anybody else, Vitali’s retirement, came in as a shock to me. I can not understand why he had to. He could have just relinquished the belt and rest for half a year then come back to challenge for it. Whilst I know the big 6’8”, 250 lbs European guy will not be as durable as say an Evander Holyfield, I never thought he will retire this soon. First of all, he hasn’t accomplished anything special in the HW division, at least not at the best of his potentials. 2nd, bar the Lewis fight, Vitali’s fights were one sided beatings on his opponents, as evidenced by his record, 34 KOs in 35 wins. He lost to Byrd, but we all know who was beating up who in that fight.

I think Vitali’s training regimen is way too tough for his kind. For a 6’8” guy to come in at a fighting weight of 250 lbs says something about it. To put into perspective, George Foreman looked like a butterball in his comeback in the 90s and he weighed 256 lbs! continue


New Jersey Boxing Hall of Fame Dinner

08.11.05 - Inductees that night include Harold Lederman, Leavander Johnson, Former NY Commissioner Randy Gordon, noted boxing photographer Ray Bailey, Dr William Lathan, Glenwood The Real Beast Brown, Trenton Gym owner Barry Goss, Jack Obermayer, Former WBC Featherweight Champion Juan Laporte, former middleweight title contender William Bo James, Bobby Joe Young, and Posthumously Harold Valan, George Albert, Jack Delaney and Chris Shamrock Express Reid. continue


WBC News: Klitschko/Rahman

08.11.05 - By WBC President Jose Sulaiman: "The WBC is very sorry for the postponement of the heavyweight world championship fight between champion Vitaly Klitschko and interim champion Hasim Rahman due to a knee injury sustained during training by Klitschko. I'm sure that Vitaly and Hasim share the same feeling of frustration. continue


Nov 26 event in Germany will take place without Felix Sturm

08.11.05 - The Universum Box-Promotion event on November 26 in Leverkusen, Germany, will have to take place without world title challenger Felix Sturm. The German middleweight star suffered an injury to his left elbow in training. Dr. Albert Güßbacher (Nürnberg) told Universum Box-Promotion that Sturm is unable to fight and that his urgent elbow injury requires surgery. continue


Tuesday Night Fight Talk: Judging the judges- Controversial Scorecards Revisited (Part I)

08.11.05 - By Barry Green: After viewing television's latest offering from the Contender series, of which I obtained just the other day, I again contemplated having nothing to do with being a boxing fan. As usual my exile lasted all of about two minutes before I decided to watch a re-run of Salvador Sanchez-Wilfredo Gomez. But this latest crime against all those with 20/20 vision got me thinking- what are the worst scorecard in title bouts and, especially, who are the culprits that have committed these crimes? The often nameless, always faceless, judges that carry on working big championship bouts despite drowning in their own incompetence.

For example, When a team wins the Super Bowl or a tennis player wins Wimbledon it is very much written in stone. Even if there were one or two bad calls on the way, we generally accept the result and go about our business. Boxing, however, is different. It is the one sport where word-of mouth and honest opinion is often as highly regarded as general facts. continue


DKP: Klitschko-Chronology Of Events

08.11.05 - DEERFIELD BEACH, Fla.—To make an informed conclusion on whether Vitali Klitschko should be stripped of the World Boxing Council heavyweight championship for failing, on four separate occasions this year, to face his mandatory challenger Hasim “The Rock” Rahman, the following chronology of events should be considered: continue


Nate Campbell Readies Hallback For World Title Wave

08.11.05 - When Chevelle Hallback squares off against Belinda Laracruente on November 18 in "A Ring of Their Own" World Title Wave, the hard rounds she’s logged with sparring partner Nate Campbell will be put in effect. Although Campbell is unable to be in Hallback’s corner that night, her staunchest supporter will be there in spirit and had this to say of his talented sparring partner. continue


Klitschko - Rahman: So What Happens Now?

08.11.05 - By Michael Youssef: After reading contrasting reports on different websites about what is happening to both Vitali Klitschko and Hasim Rahman in the wake of last Saturday’s postponement of their bout, I was disturbed but not surprised by the media’s reactions. ‘Typical,’ I thought. With that thought, I’ve decided to accurately explain why the fight will not be taking place this upcoming Saturday November 12, what will happen to each fighter now as a result of the fight not taking place, and finally, to provide an objective view about the disappointing situation. continue


Johnny Tapia: The Long Road Out of Hell

08.11.05 - By Gabriel DeCrease : It’s kind of difficult for somebody to call me an all time great. Being a legend is one thing but an all time great, well those are some pretty big words but I just want to be a normal person about that. -Johnny Tapia

Johnny Tapia may see his name inscribed on the great ledger in Canastota next to those of all the legends of the game. But boxing pundits do not mention him in the same breath as Carlos Zarate, Miguel Canto, Wilfredo Gomez, or Salvador Sanchez, or any of the other legends of the lower weight classes. Tapia never possessed that intangible black magic that separates the all-time greats from, well, everyone else. In fact, when compared, in terms of raw talent and athletic ability, to peers like Erik Morales and Marco Antonio Barrera, Tapia comes up short on both counts. But Johnny Tapia has never been too worried about his getting a share of the alphabet soup that the sanctioning bodies serve up to those they mark for champion-status. continue


Is Vitali Klitschko Done?

08.11.05 -By Chris Ireland: On April 1st, 2000, Vitali Klitschko raised a lot of questions about his heart. After dominating American challenger Chris Byrd for nine rounds, Klitschko quit on his stool, clutching his shoulder in front of a stunned crowd in Berlin, Germany. For Vitali, the prospect of future lucrative fights was more important than the outcome of the fight at hand. continue


British Boxing: Pickering targets Hunter return

08.11.05 - Newark’s Esham Pickering has vowed to re-establish himself on the world scene and in the process avenge the contentious majority decision defeat that saw him lose his Commonwealth and European titles to British champion Michael Hunter in Hartlepool earlier this month. continue


Lacy Ready To Move Up And Meet Tarver

ST. PETERSBURG, FL (November 8, 2005) -- Undefeated IBF/IBO super middleweight champion JEFF "LEFT HOOK" LACY, 21-0 (17 KOs), sucessfully defended his title for the fourth time this year (his fifth world title fight since October 2004) on Saturday, proving that he is not only the most active world champion in boxing, but one of the sport's most exciting. continue


Marvin "Marvelous" Hagler

08.11.05 - By James Sadler: In my opinion, Marvelous Marvin Hagler, as his official full name goes, is the best (not greatest) fighter ever to grace the ring. On film, I see nobody who could rival his all-round ability, toughness and determination. Marvin Hagler was the greatest middleweight of all time. He made twelve successful defenses of his title, and reigned supreme for seven years.

Almost all of Hagler’s title defenses were against the number one contender. Not a single rightful challenger to the crown was avoided, and each one got their chance to prove themselves. When Hagler reigned, people really knew who was the middleweight champion of the world.

A breakdown of Hagler’s title opponents:

Vito Antuofermo – A tough, rough and grizzled veteran, Antuofermo possessed a granite chin and an impossible workrate. continue


John Ruiz and his Anti-Klitschko Rant

08.11.05 - By Michael Youssef: John Ruiz recently announced that Vitali Klitschko should have his heart checked, and that HBO and anybody else who believes Klitschko is the best heavyweight in the world should be ashamed of themselves. He later stated that Klitschko is the reason a heavyweight tournament has not taken place, and that if it ever did, he (Ruiz) would come out as the eventual winner, and real heavyweight champion. continue


Keystone Boxing Returns to Maryland

Temple Hill, MD November 7th, 2005: Keystone Boxing announces their return to The Show Place Arena in Prince George's County, MD on November 26th, 2005 in what will be an exciting card, highlighting the return home of current USBA Super Featherweight Champion Lamont "Bay" Pearson 22-3-1(12) and impressive up and coming DC area fighters, Henry "Sugar Poo" Buchanan 11-0(10), Purcell Miller 21-3(17) and Reggie Holly 5-0(2). continue


Ruiz: "What does Klitschko mean in Russian, chicken?"

LAS VEGAS (November 7, 2005) - In the wake of yet another announcement postponing the Klitschko-Rahman fight, World Boxing Association heavyweight champion John "The Quietman" Ruiz has come out of his corner firing at Vitali Klitschko, calling for the World Boxing Council to strip Klitschko of his title and appealing to the public and media for their reevaluation of the heavyweight division. continue


Jeff Lacy, The New Tyson? Can Mr. Shaw Handle The Task?

07.11.05 - By Wray Edwards: Fresh back from Lake Tahoe, and after a good night’s sleep, the mind begins to clear from the jet-lag, the roar of slot machines and the chaotic jostle of promoters, Showtime reps, writers, photographers and arena security. What first emerges is greater clarity about what one has just witnessed. The immediate tasks of editing photos and meeting a writing deadline, make it all but impossible to competently reflect on the subtle, but possibly more important impressions which were, at first, swamped by the swirling excitement after the fight.

Now is a good time to share those impressions as they bubble to the surface. First, this writer has been to countless post-fight news conferences, but never one like this. There was an expectant electricity in the room which surpassed almost every other. Of course everybody wants to be enfolded in the glow of immediate victory and the enthusiasm for more and more of all that triumph brings. continue


Vitali Klitschko Needs to Step Down

07.11.05 - By Craig Parrish: I have been so looking forward to this weekend’s now defunct Heavyweight Title fight between Vitali Klitschko and Hasim Rahman. In my mind, this was the true title fight that would set the stage for whoever was going to be “the Man” in the Heavyweight Division for the next few years. While I am not a huge fan of either of these fighters, I believe that Vitali Klitschko has the most legitimate claim to the top spot, although his best and most memorable fight was the loss to Lennox Lewis. continue


Khan Looks To London

07.11.05 - Following Amir Khan's three round demolition of Steve Gethin last Saturday in Glasgow, the Bolton teenager now heads South to make his London professional bow at the ExCeL London on December 10. The Olympic silver medallist took his record to 3-0 with a dazzling performance to completely shut out the experienced Walsall pro. continue


Euro Boxing Roundup: Sidorenko To Defend Title Against Lopez

07.11.05 - By Per-Ake Persson: WBA bantam champ Wladimir Sidorenko will finally get to defend his title on November 26, in Leverkusen, after two postponements for fights in Japan; first, he himself was injured and then his opponent. In Leverkusen, Sidorenko will face Venezuelan Jose de Jesus Lopez. Topping the bill is Maselino Masoe's defence of the WBA 160 lb title against Felix Sturm. continue


Never Tire! Inside Floyd Mayweather Jr Training Camp plus one on one interview

LAS VEGAS, Nevada (November 7, 2005) – by Aurelio Martinez - Hard work, hard sparring and strength of mind is what you will find inside the training camp of Floyd Mayweather Jr. “Never Tired” is the best way to describe Mayweather’s condition for his upcoming November 19 fight against Sharmba Mitchell. Mayweather is in the right frame of mind, outstanding condition and ready to fight as training camp enters its final stages.

Mayweather is always prepared to call in new sparring partners as boxers come and go during the duration of training camp. This has not been the case in this camp as Mayweather brought in boxing’s top thoroughbreds, Former champion DeMarcus Corley, Veteran Ray Collins and WBC Continental Americas champion Donald Camarena. There has been no need to call in replacement sparring partners as this high quality team of southpaws have been in camp from the start. continue


John vs Marquez confirmed for December 9

07.11.05 - By Harry Summers Jr.: Star matchmaker Sampson Lewkowicz was excited to confirm earlier this week that everything is on course for the December 9 showdown between WBA featherweight champion Chris John (36-0-1, 20 KO's), and uncrowned 126lb king Juan Manuel Marquez (44-2-1, 33 KO's). continue


Don King: "Klitschko did not want to fight Rahman"

07.11.05 - After World Boxing Council heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko suffered the latest in a series of training injuries this week that forced him to pull out of a mandatory defense of his title this Saturday in Las Vegas against WBC interim champion Hasim “The Rock” Rahman, Rahman’s promoter Don King has proclaimed Rahman the undisputed WBC heavyweight champion and says his longtime goal of creating a heavyweight tournament to determine a single, undisputed world heavyweight champion will now be achieved. continue


Amir Khan: Britain's Floyd Mayweather?

By Peter Cameron, Sunday 7th November 2005 - He may only be three fights into his professional career, but the hype surrounding Amir Khan is already fast-approaching mass hysteria. Don King recently described him as "supersensational" and "as good as Sugar Ray Robinson". Others in the boxing fraternity have heaped similarly grand praise on the 18 year old Olympic silver medalist, and British fans are already declaring Khan as their country's own Floyd Mayweather. continue


Sharkies Machine: Jeff Lacy Still Untested!

07.11.05 - By Frank Gonzalez Jr., photo by Wray Edwards - Saturday night in Lake Tahoe Nevada, 28-year-old, IBF Super Middleweight Champion, Jeff "Left Hook" Lacy (21-0-1 ND-17 KO's) put 38-year-old, Scott Pemberton (29-4-1-24 KO's) on the canvas twice en route to a TKO victory. Before the knockdowns, Pemberton was working his jab and out boxing Lacy for most of the first two rounds. Whenever Lacy started swinging, Pemberton clinched and forced him to reset. That strategy was working well until late in the second round, when Pemberton got careless with his footwork and got nailed by a wild, Lacy left hook to the topside of the head that put him down. Pemberton was a bit shaken up but rested on his knee and took a full eight count before getting up.

When action resumed, Lacy raced to finish Pemberton off with a barrage of sloppily punches. continue


Jesus Chavez To Be Honored In Chicago This Friday

07.11.05 - Lightweight World Champion Jesus Chavez will be the guest of honor this Friday as Dominic Pesoli's 8 Count Productions, HOME OF THE BEST IN CHICAGO BOXING and Oscar De Le Hoya's Golden Boy Promotions along with Miller Lite and TCF Bank present PRIDE AND GLORY, a terrific evening of professional boxing as part of the internationally televised Solo Boxeo de Miller Friday Night Series broadcast on Telefutura/Univision. continue


Hard Rock Miller Makes Return

07.11.05 - By Gary "Digital" Williams: During the mid-1990's, it was a great time to be a boxing fan in Washington, DC. The Nation's Capital boasted four world champions (WBA Middleweight champ William Joppy, WBC Middleweight champ Keith Holmes, IBF Flyweight titleholder Mark Johnson and WBA Junior Welterweight titlist Sharmba Mitchell) at the same time as well as a slew of contenders and prospects that alternately sparred with the champions and tried to put themselves in position to be champions themselves. continue


US Marines Boxing Team at Foxwoods

07.11.05 - Five amateur boxers from Connecticut have been added to the Veterans' Day Spectacular, part of the second annual Great Northeast Tour, featuring the U.S. Marines Boxing Team from Camp Lejeune (NC), November 11th at Foxwoods Resort Casino. The Great Northeast Tour, promoted by S & L Boxing, showcases an amateur boxing competition involving members of the U.S. Marines, National Native American, and Team Connecticut amateur boxing clubs. continue


Lacy - Pemberton Undercard Report & Photos

07.10.05 - Wray Edwards @ ringside - The under-card of the Lacy-Pemberton show was terrific. There was only one fight in which the refs had to break clinches. The rest were warrior bangers all the way, not the least of which was the contest between IBF Bantamweight Champ Rafael Marquez (34-3, 30 KOs) from Mexico and the IBO Champ Silence Mobuza (10-0, 15KO’s) from South Africa. This fight was touted by some as having more potential than Jeff and Scott’s affair.

By at least one measure they were right. Rafael and Silence kept their ball in the air for most of four rounds, as opposed to the abbreviated Lacy-Pemberton bout. Mabuza, who was recruited from S.A. by Gary Shaw, was just over-matched by Marquez’ size, strength and quick accuracy. continue


Ron Lipton - Local referee is still fighting

07.11.05 - By Jim Sheahan, Poughkeepsie Journal: Ron Lipton has the cold, dark eyes of a warrior. Even in his late fifties, Lipton is an intimidating presence. Twice a week, Lipton brings that intensity to the boxing class he teaches at Marist College. Meticulously organized, Lipton follows the syllabus he has created for the class carefully. He lectures students about boxing history, quizzes them on boxing's impact on civil rights in the 1900s and mesmerizes them with his boxing acumen when he hits the heavy bag, then shows them how it's done. The tattoos that line his arms ripple with each powerful punch, the pop of the heavy bag echoing throughout the gym. continue


Sturm vs Masoe Nov. 26 in Leverkusen

07.11.05 – Two world championships, one world title eliminator, one duel for an intercontinental title between two stable mates and several other top fights are lined up for the Universum Box-Promotion event on November 26 in Leverkusen. “This is a real sensational evening of boxing”, Jean-Marcel Nartz, member of the Universum management staff, said. continue


Jones vs. Tarver: The winner of rematches is the superior fighter…

06.11.05 - By Patsys Jones: A win is a win, we often hear this in boxing. However when fighters split wins in 2 fights, it is the fighter who wins the last fight usually prove to be the better fighter. Well at least that is what history has shown us. Robinsons – Lamotta; Charles - Moore: Ali – Cooper; Ali – Frazier; Holyfield – Tyson; Lewis – Holyfield; Holyfield – Moorer; Lewis – McCall; Lewis – Rahman. Should I go on? Some of these guys have 1-1 record against their opponents e.g. Lewis – Rahman, Holyfield – Moorer but there is no question as to who is the better fighter. continue


JEFF LACY RIPS SCOTT PEMBERTON

06.11.05 - By Wray Edwards @ringside, Pictures © Wray Edwards: A few months ago Jeff Lacy told ESB, during an interview, that “There’s too much talk in boxing. You just watch what I do in the ring, and you’ll know what you need to know.” Thusly admonished, this writer kept it short and sweet thereafter. That, in fact, describes tonight’s fight between Jeff and Scott Pemberton. It was short and sweet. Lacy’s raw power was beyond mere words.

During the press conference after the fight ESB asked Jeff if he fed off of getting tagged. During lunch before the fights, the scribes and photogs were discussing Jeff’s fighting style. Some opined that Lacy really doesn’t get going until the other guy manages to give him a pretty good whack, and that sets him off. Jeff allowed as how he does feed off of the other guy’s tempo and effort as inspiration to rise to the occasion. Common sense would dictate that it is very unwise to hit Jeff, but if you must just try to limit your strikes to what ever you think you can take, plus ten per cent. continue


Dr Klitschko To Seek Another Opinion On Injured Knee

06.11.05- A terribly disappointed Vital Klitschko plans to fly to Vail, Colo., in the next few days to have his right knee examined by renowned knee specialist and pioneer in cartilage regeneration, Dr. Richard Steadman. “I want to get another opinion on my knee and Dr. Steadman is known as the best in the world,” said the WBC heavyweight champion, who was forced to withdraw from his Nov. 12 title defense against Hasim Rahman because of a knee injury suffered Thursday during sparring in Los Angeles. continue


Yet Another Heavyweight Disaster As Klitschko Pulls Out

06.11.05 - By Peter Cameron: The news this morning of Klitschko's withdrawal from next Saturday's fight could not have been less welcome. It leaves any hopes of clarity in the division in tatters and raises serious doubts about the future of one of the world's best heavyweights. The cancellation of the biggest heavyweight fight of the year represents a complete disaster for boxing and the implications of the postponement are huge. continue


Shannan Taylor: "I will knock Joval out!"

06.11.05 - By Matt Clark: Australian Middleweight Shannan Taylor (42-3-2, 28 KO's) has declared he is fit and ready to go to war with IBO champion Ray Joval on November 27. Taylor, 33, has been sharpening his skills on the beautiful Gold Coast ahead of his make or break clash at the Vodafone Arena, Melbourne. continue


Lacy Overpowers Pemberton; Marquez Silences Mabuza

Undefeated IBF super middleweight champion Jeff Lacy called out his WBO counterpart, Joe Calzaghe, and world 175-pound champion Antonio Tarver, after retaining his title for a fourth time with an exciting second-round knockout over Scott Pemberton Saturday on SHOWTIME.

STATELINE, Nev. (Nov. 5, 2005) - Jeff "Left Hook" Lacy made what may have been his last fight at 168 pounds a memorable one. In yet another impressive, devastating performance, Lacy demolished Scott "The Sandman" Pemberton, flooring the No. 5 contender two times en route to retaining his International Boxing Federation (IBF) super middleweight crown with a second-round knockout Saturday on SHOWTIME. In a second title match on the world championship doubleheader, IBF bantamweight titleholder Rafael Marquez had a surprisingly easy time as he successfully defended his belt with a thrilling fourth-round TKO over previously unbeaten IBF No. 1 contender Silence Mabuza.) continue


Duddy Dominates in "The Homecoming"

06.10.05 - By Danny Serratelli @ringside: John Duddy fought last night on Cedric Kushner Promotions show at the Manhattan Center in NYC, and raised his record to 13-0, 12 KO's. Although titled, "The Homecoming" this was actually Duddy's 9th professional fight in New York. Personally, this was my first time at one of Duddy's fights, but I definitely walked away wanting to see more of the aggressive and talented Irishman. continue


Samuel Peter Set To Return on December 15

06.11.05 – What do you call a boxing event packed with hard-hitting contenders from around the globe putting their fistic careers on the line in a quest for that always-elusive moment of glory? You could call it an early Holiday gift for fight fans. We call it “Global Warfare”. continue


Lacy demolishes Pemberton

06.11.05 - By Jim Amato: Jeff Lacy defended his IBF Super Middleweight title with an impressive two round stoppage of the capable Scott Pemberton. This was a bout where Jeff Lacy needed to make a statement, and he did. It was loud and clear. He made it known through his actions and not his words that he is the "Man " at 168 lbs. Sorry Joe. continue


Final Quest For Gold: Oscar’s Chances In 2006

06.11.05 - By Andy Meacock: On May 6th 2006, Oscar de la Hoya will make his long awaited return to the ring against WBC light-middleweight champion Ricardo Mayorga. Oscar’s successful career is well documented. He is an Olympic gold medallist, a winner of world titles in 6 different weight divisions and in recent years has started his own promotional company that is promoting such great fighters Marco Antonio Barrera, Shane Mosley and Bernard Hopkins.

So why after such a long career and after so many accomplishments does Oscar continue to look for more championship gold?

The honest answer is his ego and his legacy. Oscar de la Hoya has been at the top level for a very long time now. His name is the biggest that exists in boxing today and many glorify Oscar as the saviour of boxing in the 1990’s when Mike Tyson was locked away in prison. continue


Rahman - Klitschko bout postponed again

06.11.05 - For the fourth (!) time this year, Vitali Klitschko has been forced to pull out of his fight with Hasim Rahman. This time, a knee injury to Klitschko has forced the postponement of his anticipated World Boxing Council heavyweight title showdown against Rahman on November 12, promoter Bob Arum said on Sunday. continue


The "Homecoming" at The Hammerstein

05.11.05 - By Joseph Carlo Russo: Amidst an era of a rather dissatisfying middleweight division containing many good fighters but few good fights there emerges a prospect who evidences hints of it's once glorious roots. With power, potential, and tremendous heart John Duddy has abruptly taken boxing's prospect scene by storm. Since embarking on the journey from Ireland to The United States, the heavy handed John Duddy has racked up 11 KO's on 12 wins, which have all been nothing short of impressive. And November 4th served to be no different. continue


Mock successfully defends his belt

05.11.05 - By Ike Enwereuzor: WBO Intercontinental Super Middleweight Champion Lolenga "The Leopard" Mock (now 25-9-1 8KO's) successfully defended his title against former two-time Russian champion Yuri Tsarenko, who fell to (24-14-1), by a 12 round unanimous decision. Both Judge Terry O'connor and Dave Parris scored the bout 120-108, while judge Torben Seeman Hanson scored it 117-111 all 3 in favor of Mock. continue


Green Flattens Codrington In 18 Secs, Powell Beats Ter-Meliksetian

05.11.05 – Photos: J.D. Crenshaw / For SHOWTIME - In a highly-anticipated match up of former Golden Gloves champions, Oklahoma native Allan Green knocked out Jaidon Codrington shortly after the opening bell, on “ShoBox: The New Generation.” The fight was waved off 18 seconds into the first round as Codrington, unconscious, fell through the ropes. Codrington remained out on the canvas for roughly three minutes before regaining consciousness. Codrington was taken to Integris Baptist Regional Health Center in Miami where initial reports indicated that he had suffered a fractured sixth vertebrae. Doctors have since retracted that diagnosis, according to promoter Lou Dibella, and Codrington was released after neurological tests and CAT scans of the vertebrae came back negative. A full recovery is expected.

In the night’s main event, Sechew Powell continued his progress as a light middleweight prospect, taking a unanimous decision, scored 100-90 and 97-93 twice, against hard-hitting Archak Ter-Meliksetian. SHOWTIME televised the DiBella Entertainment doubleheader from the Buffalo Run Casino in Miami, Okla., at 11 p.m. ET/PT. continue


Lacy -Pemberton Weigh-In Photos

05.11.05 - By Wray Edwards, Photos © Wray Edwards - Amid the serene beauty of the High Sierras and Lake Tahoe sits the resort town of South Lake Tahoe. This afternoon a group of highly trained warriors, with other than serenity on their minds, appeared to be weighed in for some high-impact excitement. They met on the scales at the Circus Maximus Showroom at Caesars Tahoe. continue


Is the “Klitschko Dream” bad for boxing?

05.11.05 - by Geoffrey Ciani: For the first time in boxing history, two brothers are both ranked in the top ten of the sport’s most prestigious division. WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko and his younger brother, Wladimir, have a dream – to simultaneously share all the portions of the heavyweight title. continue


Can WBO Champion Harrison Turn Back The Challenge of Hussein?

05.11.05 - By Robin York: Scott "The Real McCoy" Harrison makes the 6th defence in his second reign as WBO Featherweight champion against big punching Australian Nedal "Skinny" Hussein tonight at the Braehead Arena in Glasgow, Scotland. The fight will be going out live on ITV, a major boost for the Scottish star who has a chance to turn himself into a household name. But like so many of his fights, this one will not be easy. continue


Boxing 2006 Fight Preview: Part III—Light Middleweight-Strawweight Divisions

04.11.05 - By Gabriel DeCrease - Here is the last part of my matchmaking wish-list...

Floyd Mayweather v. Zab Judah: Zab could give Mayweather his sternest test to date. And fighting at 147 may prove less comfortable for the Pretty Boy than expected. He has, after all, moved up 12 fighting-pounds in only a few years. Taking Mayweather out of his division and putting him in a situation where he does not have a significant speed advantage could play this one right into the harder hitting Judah’s hands, or gloves that is. If there’s a fight where Mayweather has a reasonable chance of losing it’s this one. But is Floyd arrogant and money-grubbing enough to go after a risky payday against a longtime friend? Probably.

Roman Karmazin v. Ricardo Mayorga: El Matador may not be looking for such a risky fight before his big-money date with Oscar De La Hoya, but this unification rumble would give the decidedly old-school Karmazin a chance to return to the Hell from which he came with a maniac like Mayorga, and a chance to pick up another belt at the same time. This fight could provide the kind of back-and-forth blood-soaked thrills that the public hasn’t seen since Jorge Arce v. Hussein Hussein I. continue


IBF Middleweight Championship Arthur Abraham vs. Kingsley Ikeke

04.11.05 - Arthur Abraham (25) will fight for the vacant IBF Middleweight Title against Nigerian Kingsley Ikeke. After Jermain Taylor vacated the IBF Title, Abraham is getting his World Title Shot sooner than expected. "Arthur is a boxing gem and his win against Howard Eastman proves that we did not overestimate him." says Manager Wilfried Sauerland. continue


Boxing 2006 Fight Preview: Part II—Heavyweight-Middleweight Divisions

04.11.05 - By Gabriel DeCrease: Additionally, here is my matchmaking wish-list. These matchups, if made, could set the fight game ablaze in the coming year: O’Neil Bell v. Dale Brown II: Brown was the victim of perhaps the worst decision in recent memory. He consistently put pressure on a lethargic Bell, and did more than enough to state his case for a win. Bell never had the shockingly fresh-looking and tough Brown in real trouble, yet Brown lost by a margin of 111-117 on one scorecard. continue


My Excellent Double Title Fight Weekend

04.11.05 - By Frank Maloney: This is a weekend that I'm really looking forward to. My fighter Martin Power defends his British Bantamweight title at York Hall on a Maloney Promotions bill tonight and then tomorrow on Guy Fawkes Night, which if you're British you will know is the night in history that Guy Fawkes tried to blow up the British Parliament. continue


Boxing 2006 Fight Preview: Part I

04.11.05 - By Gabriel DeCreas: A previous article published on East Side Boxing titled, “Possible Fights in 2006” hinted at some of the matchups that might come to blows in 2006. The coming year may well have thrills in store for everyone—even hard to please detractors that claim the sport will never reach the exhilarating peaks it has in the past. Some great battles have already been set in stone and galaxies of others are waiting to be made. The following is a rapid-fire fistic forecast with little offered in the way of analysis. Let the message boards be the terra upon which the war of public opinion is waged over who will emerge victorious.

So far, the following fights are tentatively set for 2006:

January 21st—Manny Pacquaio v. Erik Morales II: The rematch is on despite Erik’s lackluster loss to Zahir Raheem in which he took being a slow-starter to a new level. Even so, Freddie Roach and Manny had better work up a better defensive strategy if he wants to put “Manilla Ice” to work against what will surely be an intensely motivated El Terrible in the return. continue


In defense of Ruiz, and a frontal assault on Toney

04.11.05 - By Izyaslav “Slava” Koza: Anybody who reads my stuff knows that I pour dirt and stomp on poor John Ruiz every chance I get. Logically speaking, his recent decision to take “Lights Out” Toney to court would make most think that it is a great source of fuel for me to ridicule the “quiet man.” continue


Hamed hails Hatton

04.11.05 - Featherweight great Naseem Hamed has heaped praise upon newly-crowned IBF light-welterweight champion Ricky Hatton ahead of 'The Hitman's pending unification battle with WBA titleholder Carlos Maussa on November 26th. The eagerly-anticipated IBF/WBA title dual takes place in Hamed's hometown of Sheffield, and the Steel City showman can't wait to see Manchester's Hatton add another prestigious world title to the IBF version he won in June when dethroning Kostya Tszyu. continue


Final Showtime Quotes: Lacy-Pemberton-Marquez-Mabuza

04.11.05 - Photo: Tom Casino / Showtime - JEFF “LEFT HOOK’’ LACY (20-0, 16 KOs): “Scott and I agreed that whoever won the title first would give the other a shot. Well, I won a world belt first so here it is. This is what boxing should be all about -- making really good fights for the fans. continue


Donald Curry, Michael Nunn, Terry Norris. Is Floyd Mayweather Next?

03.11.05 - By John Way: Ever since his flogging of Arturo Gatti, "Pretty Boy" Floyd Mayweather jr. has been haunted by the twin specters of Zab Judah and boxing writers nationwide. After a mere three fights at junior welterweight, the Grand Rapids native is already contemplating a precarious leap to welterweight, not against pound-for-pound rated Judah, or even dethroned king, Cory Spinks. Instead, the fastest man in boxing has opted to take a more reasonable fight against former junior welterweight champion, Sharmba Mitchell.

Even back at lightweight, where he beat the likes of Jose Luis Castillo, Phillip N'dou, and Victoriano Sosa, Mayweather seemed smallish when compared to fellow lightweights like Julio Diaz and Cesar Bazan. Naturally, a bevy of questions were set to be answered when the cocksure city boy announced plans to move up to 140lbs to pursue a third world title in the hottest division in boxing. Not wanting to waste any time, he handed fast fisted transvestite, Demarcus "Chop Chop" Corely the beat down of his career, hardly losing more than three whole minutes throughout the entire fight. continue


Oscar De La Hoya vs. Ricardo Mayorga? Will El Matador tarnish the Golden Boy’s return?

03.11.05 - By Gabriel DeCrease - The only problem with Oscar De La Hoya is that he is not as good-looking as me. -Ricardo Mayorga ---- Perennial fan-favorite and clean-cut megastar Oscar De La Hoya will make his return to the ring on May 6th of next year in a big-budget tangle with pugilism’s quintessential anti-hero Ricardo Mayorga. The Golden Boy is clearly looking to come back with a vengeance, and has chosen a dangerous bridge to cross on the way to what will likely be his last attempt at a title reign. continue


Duddy vs Mackie on Friday

New York, November 3-Ireland's sensational John Duddy (12-0, 11 KO's) will put his unblemished record on the line and returns to the Big Apple spotlight when the blossoming middleweight contender headlines "The Homecoming" this Friday night, November 4, at the Hammerstein Ballroom on West 34th Street and Eighth Avenue. continue


Q & A With Silence Mabusa

03.11.05 - Interview by Ike Enwereuzor: Ike: How long have you been preparing for this fight with Rafael Marquez? Mabusa: About 3 to 4 months. We have done all our work it's time now to display it in the ring, this Saturday. continue


Klitschko v Rahman: Why Vitali Has to Win

03.11.05 - By Peter Cameron: It's not exactly The Thrilla in Manilla but Vitali Klitschko's November 12 date with Hasim Rahman does represent the biggest heavyweight fight of 2005. Those from the generation who watched Smokin' Joe bob and weave as The Greatest floated and danced, look away now. For these great men have long since gone, replaced by boxers who probably wouldn't have made the top ten in Ali's era. Klitschko resembles a robotic monster with an awkward style which is uneasy on the eye. He hasn't been seen in a ring all year, his last outing being against the hopelessly out-of-his-depth Danny Williams in December 2004. Rahman unfortunately did appear this year in August and was booed repeatedly as he ground out the dullest of points victories against Monte Barrett. After numerous setbacks and delays, on November 12th the long-awaited "Whack at the Thomas and Mack," for want of a better name, will finally see Dr Ironfist taking on the challenge of The Rock. Crikes, even their nicknames can't compare anymore! continue


Euro Roundup: Beyer Injured, Castillejo vs Brito, more...

03.11.05 - By Per Ake Persson: WBC supermiddle champ Markus Beyer suffered a meniscus injury to his left knee and is thus forced to cancel his December 10 titledefence in Leipzig. The show will however go on - who will headline will be announced in a couple of days. Beyer is expected to be ready to fight a month later. continue


Cordova-Moore in “Expressway Jam 2” co-feature

WOBURN, Mass. (November 3, 2005) – Former World Junior Olympic champion Marvin “Too Much” Cordova, Jr. (5-0, 4 KOs) steps up in class November 19 when he fights junior welterweight Shakha Moore (9-10-3, 1 KO) in the six-round co-feature on Expressway Jam 2, presented by NER Promotions, November 19 at Freeport Hall (IBEW) in Dorchester (MA). continue


The Fantastic Flyweights

03.11.05 - By Joseph Carlo Russo: The flyweight division has always been somewhat of a hidden gem buried deep in the rubble that is boxing’s weight classes. Those who pursued it were often pleasantly surprised by their findings, and those who disregarded it perceived it as unnecessarily futile and never thought to explore it otherwise. But if the flyweight division were marketed and televised in the proper manner that it deserves such an uninviting mindset toward it would never emerge. Perhaps then the diamond in the ruff of a division that it is would be revealed. continue


Rafael Marquez Training Photo & Quotes

03.11.05 - Photo: TOM CASINO / SHOWTIME: Rafael Marquez, who defends his IBF bantamweight title against undefeated No. 1 contender Silence Mabuza in Saturday's excellent co-feature on SHOWTIME, shadow boxes during a workout Wednesday at Caesars Tahoe. In what figures to be an explosive main event Saturday on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING (9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on west coast), exciting Jeff Lacy puts his IBF super middleweight title and unbeaten record on the line against IBF No. 5 contender Scott Pemberton.

Marquez Quotes: "This is going to be a great fight and I am looking forward to it. I have fought guys with Mabuza's style before. He is a good boxer, but I know I will catch up with him eventually

"I have been training in the mountains in Mexico City at 15,000 feet so I am not concerned at all about the altitude here in Lake Tahoe.

"I feel 98 percent ready. By Saturday, I will be 100 percent. continue


Rahman Vows to End Klitschko Dynasty!

BEND, OR (November 3, 2005) -- Like the Romanov Dynasty that ended with the Russian Revolution in 1917, WBC interim heavyweight champion HASIM RAHMAN stated today, from his training camp in Bend, OR, that he would lead his own one-man revolt to end the Klitschko Dynasty, beginning with a victory over older brother and WBC Champion Vitali Klitschko on November 12. "I am going to tear down the House of Klitschko, brother-by brother," said Rahman. “I am going to personally overthrow them. Boxing needs a people’s world champion not a czar!” continue


Muthoni Takes Two!

03.11.05 - Kenyan female featherweight Damaris Muthoni, back home in Nairobi after her valiant fight in Germany with now-‘world’ champion Ina Menzer, aims to get back in a double pack before she plans another title assault in Germany in 2006. continue


Who is Corrales fighting next?

03.11.05 - Goran Dragosavac: There has been lot of talk of Acelino Freitas enforcing his mandatory fight with Corrales, and Diego's response was: "Guy has quit against me - why should i fight him again?". Problem is that we make too much fuss when fighter quits, and recent spate of deaths in a ring force us to review our negative attitude toward such boxers. Do they lack the "heart", or they are far more smarter than those who put themselves on a mercy of opponent, referee, or their own corner? continue


Vitali Klitschko vs Hasim Rahman, the Little Things

02.11.05 - By Geoff Mckay: You read it right, the little things, that's the title of this article. How many times have you watched a fight end in an upset, or turn in an unexpected result, only to have analysts in droves point out “the little things” afterward? Small factors, that when seen in hindsight came together and should have painted an obvious picture of what was about to happen. This time, we are going to try and look at the little things before the fight, and see what conclusion they lead us to.

First of all, there is no way that Rahman should stand a chance in this fight. He gives up height, and brute strength. The shot that Vitali soaked up in the first round of the Sanders fight would have sent Rahman into dreamland, (as Sanders nearly did when he fought Rahman) so you can bet Vitali is more durable. Rahman is the younger man, in fact, when he fights Vitali, he will be 5 days past his 33rd birthday, compared to Vitali’s 34. However, in a strange paradox, Rahman is also the older man. He has fewer years under his belt, but he is battle worn, and obviously past his prime, while Vitali seems at the height of his prowess, at least he was before the layoff.

There it is. I’ve convinced you right? No? I didn’t think so because I haven’t convinced myself either. There is just something about Rahman. He is impossible to write off. continue


Martin Power Vows to Bring Back the Glory

02.11.05 - British Bantamweight Champion Martin Power puts his unbeaten record and domestic crown on the line this Friday at London's historic York Hall against sharply skilled former title challenger Ian Napa. The Maloney Promotions bill will be televised live on Sky Sports and features some of Britain's most promising young fighters. continue


Hasim Rahman Conference Call Transcript

02.11.05 - OPERATOR: Good afternoon everyone and welcome to your Top Rank conference call with Hasim Rahman. At this time, all lines have been placed on a listen-only mode and the floor will be opened for questions following the presentation. I would like to turn the floor over to your host Lee Samuels with Top Rank. continue


John Ruiz comments on lawsuit

NEW YORK (November 2, 2005) - Attorneys for World Boxing Association heavyweight champion John Ruiz announced today that a lawsuit has been filed on Ruiz's behalf against James Toney based on Toney's use of illegal performance-enhancing steroids in advance of their April 30, 2005 title fight. continue


Jeff Lacy Training Photo & Quotes

02.11.05 - Photo: TOM CASINO / SHOWTIME: Undefeated IBF super middleweight champion Jeff "Left Hook'' Lacy hits the mitts during a workout Tuesday at Caesars Tahoe. In Saturday's excellent main event on SHOWTIME (9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on west coast), Lacy defends his 168-pound title against hard-hitting IBF No. 5 contender Scott Pemberton. IBF bantamweight titleholder Rafael Marquez risks his crown against IBF No. 1 contender Silence Mabuza in the co-feature on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING.

Lacy Quotes: "This is my fourth fight this year. I am ready to go. People ask how I can stay fresh and the answer is easy: I live right. I do not smoke or drink. I get the proper rest during training camp.

"But mostly it is all about me loving the sport. I put 100 percent into it. continue


Froch to face Groenewald

02.11.05 - In their first fight back from injury many fighters opt for a walkover. Not Carl Froch. He returns immediately to Championship action on December 2nd following successful surgery to repair a ruptured extensor hood on his right hand this summer. continue


Kostya Tszyu: "There is no decision on my boxing future yet"

01.11.05 - By K.Tszyu: October was a very busy month for me but I really enjoyed myself. My new fitness and exercise book/dvd package called “Fighting Fit” was published through Pan Macmillan Australia and I spent time around the country doing many signing's, stage shows and media appearances. I know that when I give quality time, it really makes a difference to people and this is very important for me. continue


Rage In The Cage Coming To Arizona

(Tucson, Arizona) --- On Friday, Nov. 11th (Veteran’s Day) the fiercest fighters in the country will face-off in a 16-foot octagon steel cage where only the bravest come out on top. Ultimate cage fighting, the sport that has taken the country by storm, is coming to Southern Arizona as Desert Diamond Casino is the exclusive host of Rage in the Cage. continue


Don "Da Bomb" Domintaes To Win In Sin City

NOVEMBER 1, 2005 - Photo: Raymond Spencer - Cestus Management’s newest prospect, undefeated Super-Middleweight sensation Don “Da Bomb” George, (7-0-1) wins a thrilling decision against tough Julio Lanzas (3-51) is his second appearance in Las Vegas, Nevada, under the thriving management company’s banner.

Held at the famous Orleans Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada on Friday Oct 28 and the event promoted by Guilty Boxing, Da Bomb and Julio Lanzas went to a six round unanimous decision that had the fans cheering.

Da Bomb fired up the crowd with his sharp jabs, slick footwork and blazing combinations; Lanzas from Calhan, CO worked hard and used his aggressive style to try and trap Da Bomb on the ropes but Da Bomb’s blows began to eventually wear him down. continue


Larry Donald & Scott Pemberton on NER Radio

01.11.05 - IBF super middleweight contender Scott “Sandman” Pemberton (29-3-1, 24 KOs) and world heavyweight contender Larry “The Legend” Donald (42-4-3, 24 KOs) are this Thursday night’s scheduled guests on the New England Ringside Radio. continue


Power - Napa British Title Fight Preview

01.11.05 - By Robin York: British Bantamweight Champion Martin "Too Much" Power makes the first defence of his crown against Hackney’s Ian Napa this Friday on a Maloney Promotions bill at the York Hall in the Bethnal Green area of London's East End. Power, born and based in London, will be looking to cement his place at the top of the British Bantamweight division with a convincing display against the former British, Commonwealth and WBU Flyweight challenger Napa. continue


Falkenberg named NER’s Director of Marketing

WOBURN, Mass. (November 1, 2005) – Martin Falkenberg, former Director of Marketing for the Boston Celtics, has been named Director of Marketing for New England Ringside (NER), President Rick Brutti announced today. continue


Iron - Clad: Mike Tyson's Place in History Pt. 3

01.11.05 - By Kevin Kincade: Alright, boys….Let's Get Ready to Ruuumbblleee!!!! By the time the showdown with Michael Spinks was signed, Mike's world had undergone some pretty significant changes. He was now married to Robin Givens…..and apparently her mother, Ruth Roper; and Mike's long-time friend and co-manager, Jim Jacobs, had finally succumbed to cancer. Somehow, Mike had to swallow his grief and find his focus for the fight that could determine his place in history as he took on the man many considered to be the real World Heavyweight Champion.

Just like Joe Frazier, who years ago, had beaten Buster Mathis Sr. and Jimmy Ellis for the New York State Athletic Commission, WBA, and WBC recognition as world champion still had to beat the man who beat the man to be the man, Mike, after gathering the WBC, WBA, and IBF belts had to face the man who beat the man; and that man was Michael Spinks. The boxing world held it's breath in anticipation of a clash historically similar to Ali-Frazier I. Both men were undefeated. Both men had legitimate claims to the throne. Who would dare to be great? continue


Dr. Theodore Atlas Foundation Dinner Set For Nov. 17

New York, November 1 - Boxing trainer and ESPN/2 Friday Night Fights analyst Teddy Atlas champions the cause of the less fortunate every day, and those works on behalf of the needy will culminate at the ninth annual Dr. Theodore Atlas Foundation Dinner on Thursday night, November 17, a the Hilton Gardens Inn in Staten Island, with a bevy of sports and entertainment giants on hand to help the cause. continue


Jorge Paez Jr Signs With Sycuan Ringside Promotions

01.11.05 - Jorge Paez Jr., the teenage son of former world champion Jorge Paez, has signed an exclusive, long-term promotional agreement with Sycuan Ringside Promotions it was announced today. The 17-year-old Paez, from Mexicali, Mexico, already has a record of 5-0 with five knockouts, all coming in the first or second round. continue


Nick Cook Lights Up 'Showdown II

01.11.05- Powerful Light Heavyweight Nick Cook (14-1, 7KOs) will bring his near perfect record and experience to One in a Million's "Pre-Thanksgiving Showdown II" card Friday, November 18th, 2005 at the Radisson Hotel @ Star Plaza in Merrillville, IN. Doors open at 7 p.m., and the first bout will be at 8 p.m. Tickets are on sale now, starting at $25. continue


John Ruiz files $10 million lawsuit against Toney

01.11.05 - By Chet Mills: According to the Boston Globe, the WBA heavyweight champion, John Ruiz, has reportedly filed a $10 million dollar lawsuit against James Toney. The lawsuit Ruiz filed alleges Toney's use of steroids was the reason for Ruiz suffering the loss, including "incurred significant financial damage and damages to his reputation". It also states ''Toney's energy, aggression and strength levels were unusually high in comparison to his apparent physical condition." (At the time of the fight, Toney weighed 233 pounds, although his physique looked soft and with noticeable fat around his midsection.)

Ruiz lost a unanimous decision (judges scores - 116-111, 116-111, and 115-112) to James Toney on April 30, 2005 at Madison Square Garden, New York. continue


Rahman Loss Can’t Stop the Meehan Express

01.11.05 - By Mark de Mori, markdemori.com - On November 25 in Sydney, Kali Meehan will be fighting what he hopes will be his last “tune-up”. With the heavyweight division wide open the big -punching contender is confident a title fight is only around the corner as long he can look impressive in his next bout against an international opponent still to be finalized. continue


Mexico Wins The Inaugural “Boxing World Cup”

LOS ANGELES, November 1st – It was a night to remember for fight fans, as boxers from Mexico and Thailand battled it out last Saturday at the Desert Diamond Casino in Tucson, Arizona for the right to earn the inaugural Boxing World Cup. In the end, two champions retained their titles, two new champions were crowned, and Mexico emerged as the series winner by a score of 5-1. continue


Jermain Taylor... Settles Into New Training Camp For His Rematch With Hopkins

MEMPHIS, November 1 - With a little over a month to go before the most highly anticipated rematch in years - between undisputed middleweight champion Jermain Taylor and the man he defeated for the title in July, Bernard Hopkins, the champ is working hard in his new training camp in Memphis, Tennessee, and chomping at the bit to step into the ring again with "The Executioner." continue


Silence Mabuza Training Photo & Quotes

01.11.05 - Photo: TOM CASINO / SHOWTIME: Undefeated IBF No. 1 contender and IBO champion Silence Mabuza skips rope during a brisk workout Tuesday at Caesars Tahoe. In what figures to be a sensational matchup in Saturday's co-feature on SHOWTIME (9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on west coast), Mabuza will face IBF bantamweight champion Rafael Marquez. Unbeaten IBF champion Jeff Lacy defends against No. 5 contender Scott Pemberton in a battle of hard-hitting super middleweights in the main event on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING.

Mabuza Quotes: "Silence is golden and I am confident I will show the world that Saturday night. It is about time that Africa has another fighter like Azumah Nelson and I am the second coming of Azumah.

"This is going to be a great fight. Rafael Marquez in the No. 1 bantamweight in the world. But I will be No. 1 after Saturday.

"Everything is perfect with me. Things couldn't be better. I am in great shape. continue


World Boxing Council News

01.11.05 - From WBC President Jose Sulaiman: The devastation caused in Cancun by Hurricane Wilma is the reason for the postponement of the NIGHT OF CHAMPIONS that the World Boxing Council had scheduled for December 6, 2005. The new date is January 31, 2006, along with an extraordinary world title boxing card on January 28. continue


Tickets for Guerrero vs. Diaz Now on Sale

01.11.05 - Tickets for Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero’s (16-0-1 9 KO’s) NABF title defense against Gamaliel Diaz (19-5-2 9 KO’s) Dec 2nd on Showtime at the Indian Gaming Center in Lemoore Ca. are on sale now and can be purchased at their gift shop,online at www.tickets.com or by calling 1-866-4-PALACE. continue


Euro Boxing Roundup

01.11.05 - By Per Ake Persson: AMI Production have added a fourth world title fight to the big show in Bercy December 5 as WBO fly champ Omar Narvaez will take on Frenchman Bernard Inom. Inom was to have challenged EBU fly champ Ivan Pozo December 9 in Madrid but that is apparently off. Previously AMI have Fabrize Tiozzo vs Paul Murdoch, WBA 175, Luis Parra vs Brahim Asloum, WBA 112, and Miriam Lamare vs Jane Couch, WBA 140, on the bill. continue


The Resurgence of Heavyweight Boxing in Britain

01.11.05 - By Frank Maloney: People have been talking for some time now about the decline of the heavyweight boxing division. I believe that boxing's premier weight class can be seen as an indicator of the sport's health as I've long maintained that boxing is only as good as the heavyweight division. Having said that, I'm also a believer that the boxing business is really divided into two parts. You have the heavyweight boxing business on one hand and the then you have the business concerning all of the other weight classes. It's true that the world heavyweight scene is not what it once was but the same cannot be said of the heavyweight boxing scene in England at the moment, thanks to promoter Frank Warren.

Recently people have been quick to attack Frank Warren. Quick to say that he can't deliver big shows and that he's not the promoter that he once was. But once again, when the chips are down, Frank has proven everyone wrong. continue


Scott Harrison Looking to Guzman

01.11.05 - The promotional parties have just started talking, but Frank Maloney, the colorful former bartender who manages World Boxing Organization featherweight champion Scott "The Real McCoy" Harrison, is not wasting any time. Upon hearing the WBO's official decree that Frank Warren, Harrison's promoter, and Sycuan Ringside Promotions, which represents No. 1 featherweight contender Joan "The Sycuan Warrior" Guzman, must negotiate this mandatory world title showdown and have it take place within 120 days from Nov. 5, Maloney went into high gear. continue


Jose Hernandez Vs. Armando Cordoba Next Friday Night In Chicago

01.11.05 - 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 present PRIDE AND GLORY, a terrific evening of professional boxing on Friday, November 11th at the Aragon Ballroom, 1106. W. Lawrence, one half block east of Broadway on the North Side of Chicago. Tickets, starting at $25 are on sale now by calling 312-226-5800, doors will open on fight night at 6pm with the first bell scheduled for 7pm. continue




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