02.28.06 – By Tim Foley: In the aftermath of what was a pretty entertaining scrap between ‘Sugar’ Shane Mosley and ‘Ferocious’ Fernando Vargas, I am left pondering where both fighters go from here. This is especially evident with the victor, Shane Mosley. His reflexes are still in tact, blazing handspeed, good foot and head movement, but I question if he still has any pop left in those formerly thunderous mitts.
In the first two or three rounds of the bout, Mosley landed quick combinations that left Vargas off-guard and defenseless. However, despite throwing hard right hands, he was never able to make Vargas flinch or move him back. After Fernando’s eye was swollen shut, Shane was able to punish him with right hands that Vargas could not see, nor defend. Despite not seeing them, he was able to take all of those punches without even moving. This is the same Fernando Vargas who was practically beheaded by Tito Trinidad back in 2000. Shane’s punches seemed like the type of power punches thrown by Wayne McCullough, not the same Shane who was still knocking out guys at welterweight such as Wilfredo Rivera and Antonio Diaz. continue
28.02.06 - Stuttgart – The Spotlight Boxing gala on Tuesday (28.02.) at Alte Reithalle of Stuttgart will be highlighted by an international top fight at super middleweight. During a Eurosport live broadcast Denis Inkin, 26-0 (21), undefeated Russian off the Universum boxing stable, will take on South African Peter Mashamaite, 14-4-1 (7), at about 22:00 CET. Trainer Magomed Schaburow who is working with Inkin for eight months is convinced his charge will score another quick victory. continue
28.02.06 - By Kirk Lang: The Floyd Mayweather, Jr. – Zab Judah fight (no longer a mega-fight) should not take place any time soon. Allowing Judah to still face Mayweather, boxing’s pound-for-pound best, in April following a disappointing January 7 loss to unheralded Carlos Baldomir, will set a bad precedent that world champion fighters can give sub-par efforts in tune-up fights and still get a shot at the big prize in their next outing.
Why the rush to make Mayweather-Judah happen? Judah just lost his last fight. It’s not like he’s only a winning streak. Judah was on a hot streak after defeating Cory Spinks for the undisputed welterweight title last year. That hot streak, that career upswing, is over for now. Sure Judah underestimated Baldomir and perhaps under-trained, but the general rule in boxing is, if you lose a tune-up fight, your pre-planned mega-fight against so-and-so a few months later goes up in smoke. While promoters seem to be looking for the immediate buck, a Mayweather-Judah fight will be bigger if Judah gets a couple of good wins under his belt and the bout takes place farther down the road. continue
28.02.06 - By Michael Amakor: I was trying to do a ranking of the champions in the heavyweight division and one thing became quite clear to me, the United States is losing the war of the heavyweights to fighters from the former republics of the Soviet Union. This realization has made me begin a scholarly exercise to obtain any mythical and secret files about Soviet Era boxing training programs. continue
28.02.06 - By Craig Parrish: 33-year-old Oscar De La Hoya will make his return to the ring following a year and a half layoff when he squares off against WBC Super Welterweight Champion Ricardo Mayorga on May 6th. The fight will beheld at the MGM Grand. De La Hoya’s last fight was a ninth round TKO loss to Bernard Hopkins on September 18th, 2004. Since then, De La Hoya has been focusing on his Golden Boys Promotions, leaving many to speculate if the 6-time World Champion would ever fight again. His record is 37-4 with 29 knockouts. He is ranked as the #1 challenger by the WBC for Mayorga’s title.
De La Hoya hopes to fight twice more before calling it a career, and that perhaps a victory over Mayorga will lead to a “superfight” between him and Floyd Mayweather, Jr. De La Hoya noted that if he is victorious, the fight with Mayweather Jr. would have to be held at 154. continue
27.02.06 - Forty-eight hours after they went on sale, all 14,000 seats for the eagerly awaited Chris Byrd-Wladimir Klitschko IBF/IBO heavyweight title fight on Saturday, April 22, at the SAP Arena in Mannheim, Germany, are gone. It is believed to be the fastest sellout in the history of German boxing and one of the fastest sellouts for a boxing event anywhere. continue
27.02.06 - By Geoffrey Ciani: As I suspected, Saturday night’s PPV match-up between Sugar Shane Mosley and Fernando El Feroz Vargas (photo: CJ Cansler / ESB) was better than most people had anticipated. Each fighter came prepared to fight and both gave it all that they had, showing flashes of their former glory in the process. Indeed, it was a pleasure to watch these two former elites battling it out despite the fact their best days are behind them.
Early in the bout, Mosley took control of the action using his jab, which helped secure the first three rounds for him on my scorecard. In fact, Mosley was working his jab as well as I’ve ever seen whilst frequently snapping it out with commanding authority. This created other openings that helped Mosley utilize his speed advantage. Much to my surprise, Mosley was actually throwing four and five punch combinations more often than I recall since he suffered his first loss against Vernon Forrest. This was by far the most aggressive Mosley has looked in sometime; he wasn’t gun shy and timid the way he’s been in recent bouts – Mosley was ready to fight and almost resembled the Mosley of old. continue
27.02.06 - By Mike Indri - Retired Boxers Foundation - Even though the Turning Stone Casino proved to be a picture perfect venue and the Fisticuff Promotional team of Dave Escalet and Oscar Diaz had put together a truly exciting seven bout fight card showcasing several local fighters, all eyes undoubtedly were on Duva Boxing promoted young heavyweight prospect Mike Marrone. continue
27.02.06 - Dynamite-punching Welshman Enzo Maccarinelli plans to take it out on Mark Hobson when the Yorkshireman steps in to replace Johnny Nelson on the big M.E.N card at the weekend. Maccarinelli will now defend his WBU World Cruiserweight title against Hobson on Saturday night following the withdrawal of WBO king Nelson due to a knee injury suffered in training. continue
27.02.06 - By Kevin Kincade: In the Old Testament in the Christian Bible, there is a story of a great leader named Moses who lead his people, the Hebrews, out of bondage in Egypt to the promised land of Canaan, only to be told by the Almighty, at the very borders of the land they had sought together for forty years, that he could not enter in with them; but he was given a glimpse. Likewise, Martin Luther King Jr. gave a speech not so many years ago, entitled, “I Have a Dream”, in which he outlines the promised land of racial harmony for the masses gathered in Washington D.C.; but said, “I may not get there with you…” Of course, he didn’t; and we’re not quite there yet.
Of course, this is a rather grandiose analogy. Don’t misunderstand me; I’m not comparing “El Feroz’s” pugilistic plight with the trek of these two great leaders from history; but merely the notion of getting so close to where you want to be, to what you’ve been striving for your whole life, only to fall short when you reach the cusp. To be able to feel the adoration and respect of the fans and experts of your chosen profession, only to have it vanish into the mist as you awaken from the dream into the reality that you will forever be remembered as second best. Welcome to the world of Fernando Vargas. continue
(Sydney, Australia: 27th February 2006) – Rumours on the Internet over the weekend suggest that Undisputed super lightweight world boxing champion Ricky “Hitman” Hatton may make his next defence in the USA on May 13 with Vivian Harris as the leading possible opponent. Team Fenech’s “Black Panther” Lovemore Ndou says if HBO Sports and the fans want to see a truly great fight, Hatton’s promoters should go no further than giving him a contract to sign to face the “Hitman”. continue
27.02.06 - By Joseph Carlo Russo: Paulie "The Magic Man" Malignaggi's latest verbal lashing of Miguel Cotto has sparked controversy amidst boxing website readers in the global boxing community. With good reason, fight fans hit the message boards immediately after news of Paulie's words was released. The common debates that encompass the junior welterweight division have begun to fly. Names like Hatton, Cotto, Malignaggi etc. have begun circulating. continue
27.02.06 - By Vanessa McConnell, Photos by CJ Cansler-- large photo gallery-- The five-year anticipated fight between “Sugar” Shane Mosley (42-4-0, 36 KOs) from Pomona, California and Fernando “The Aztec Warrior” Vargas (26-3-0, 22 KOs) from Oxnard, California came to fruition on Saturday night at the Mandalay Bay Resort, televised live on HBO Pay Per View. The world saw Vargas selling wolf tickets and writing checks he could not cash. The day before the fight, Vargas kept taunting Mosley with a $100,000 side bet on the fight. The day of the fight, Vargas was still writing checks but not as big, and he wasn’t as forceful about the issue, perhaps he was getting cold feet?
Vargas was confident that this was his last fight as a junior middleweight. “I’ve been at this weight for ten years; I’m tired. I’m going to top this year off by beating Mosley,” stated Vargas with nothing but vengeance on his mind. Vargas has a track record that deserves no bragging rights. He was beat in 2000 by Felix Trinidad who took his International Boxing Federation junior middleweight title from him and then retired. continue
Tacoma, WA – After a sold-out 44th installment of Battle at the Boat, David “El Torito” Torres moved to 14-0-0 with a victory against steely competitor, Roberto Ventura (now 12-4-0). Torres was shaken during the first round, as he came to realize just how talented his competition was. Torres barraged Ventura with a series of well-landed shots, sending Ventura to the canvas twice in the second round, the final blow, added one more knockout to Torres’ record. continue
27.02.06 - WORCESTER, Mass. — Local boxer Jose Antonio Rivera will have a chance to regain a world title when he challenges World Boxing Association super welterweight champion Alejandro “Terra” Garcia at the DCU Center on May 6 in a match promoted by Don King Productions. continue
27.02.06 - By JE Grant: There are some changes in the middle and bottom of the division but this month and April will see some activity at the top as Rahman - Toney, Byrd - Klitschko and Brewster – Lyakhovich all meet in alphabet title bouts. Something must give. The titleholders are at risk as each of them faces real competition.
In the top 10 Calvin Brock turned what appeared to be a lackluster performance into a crunching knockout of Zuri Lawrence. Still, I think he was not at his best. Danny Williams continued his winning ways on the British Isles beating previously undefeated Matt Skelton in defense of his Commonwealth title. Williams has many detractors in Britain but he has taken down Audley Harrison, Skelton, and of course Mike Tyson --- someone might look at that and suggest that he may have some actual talent. I think he does. Anyone in the top 10 will have trouble with him. I would pick him now against Valuev. continue
26.02.06- By Karl E. H. Seigfried: Fight night in Chicagoland started out with a street race. I was challenged by a beautiful black-haired girl on the way to see Vargas-Mosley on the big screen at Chaser’s out in Niles, and we raced between stoplights on Dempster Street, weaving in and out of traffic like an arcade game. She eventually peeled off to the left and I went off to the right to get to the bar at exactly 8:00pm for the beginning of the pay-per-view broadcast. Back when I was looking for a place to see Hopkins-Taylor I, Chaser’s was the only place around I could find that still showed the big fights in the old-fashioned, pay-at-the-door, closed-circuit kind of way, so I head out there whenever there’s a fight on and I’m off the road for a minute. Donovan “Da Bomb” George carded me at the door. continue
26.02.06 - By Ike Enwereuzor: It looks like WBO heavyweight champion Lamon "Relentless" Brewster (33-2 with 29 Knockouts) will make his fourth title defence on April 1, 2006 against Russian and former NABA heavyweight champion Sergey "White Wolf" Lyakhovic (22-1 14 KO's). The event will be promoted by Don King productions on Showtime Championship Boxing. continue
26.02.06 - By MICHAEL KLIMES: Albert Einstein once proclaimed, ‘The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious – the fundamental which stands at the cradle of true art and true science.’
After watching Matt Skelton battle Danny Williams and Amir Khan obliterate Jackson Williams I am feeling slightly romantic. Why so? I am seeing, with some pride, that Britain has produced a boxer in Khan, who, in only his sixth bout is looking like a consummate professional. Williams and Skelton, meanwhile, put a on a spectacle (even by standards of American heavyweights that have traditionally been the gatekeepers of the division), which has reignited the heavyweight scene in our little island of Britain. Williams correctly redeemed himself and the concept of the British heavyweight clash after the farce with Audley Harrison.
At the beginning of the evening at the ExceL Arena in London, former featherweight champion Barry McGuigan said Jackson Williams was ‘a step up in class’ for Khan. Like all his previous opponents, Khan comfortably outclassed him in three rounds. The silver medallist demonstrated an abundance of gifts that only come to naturals: Footwork, combination punching, defence, reflexes, power and balance. It is true Khan is still very young, only nineteen years old but what a nineteen year old he is! He mastered an adversary five years older than him with a snake like jab that he doubled and trebled. continue
26.02.06 - By Per Ake Persson: The Monte Carlo Boxing Masters II go ahead at the Salle de Etoile in Monte Carlo March 18. It´s a joint venture between World Sporting Promotions and Fight Academy. Headlining is Israeli heavyweight Roman Greenberg taking on Russian Alex Vassilyev in a IBO I/C titlefight. Jr middle Matthew Hatton square off against Belorussian Alexander Abramenko in the chief support. continue
26.02.06 - "Sometimes a win is a loss and sometimes going through trials and tribulations makes you a better man and a more competent professional" are the words of Taurus Sykes the heavyweight contender from Brooklyn referring to his disappointing loss to Samuel Peter and in anticipation of his upcoming bout with Dominic Jenkins March 3 in San Antonio, TX. continue
26.02.06 - by Jarrett Blakeley: When I arrived at the Hard Rock in Hollywood, Florida, I was still a bit hung over from my company outing the night before. Don’t ever let someone tell you that finance geniuses can’t drink, because we can and will. I must have thrown down about twenty shots of Patron Thursday night and I was like the eighth drunkest person in my crew. I still made it in at 8:50 Friday morning, because as you know, I’m a legend. On account of my hangover I decided that I was going to start drinking. I was going to start early and I was going to drink hard. This night had Gonzo written all over it.
I got my press pass and made haste to the first bar I saw. The ‘bartender’ was a cute 23 year-old blonde named Ashley, “One Chivas and Coke, please.” I chatted her up a little bit and I knew then that this would be my base of operations for the next several hours. I grabbed another drink before I went inside and gave her a nice tip because I felt bad that such a pretty girl was working at a concession stand in an arena.
Las Vegas,Nevada --- Photos: Chris Farina - Top Rank - "POUND FOR POUND,THE WORLD'S BEST"--- Three-time world champion "Pretty Boy" FLOYD MAYWEATHER,JR.(R) speaks to the media during media day at the Top Rank gym in Las Vegas for his upcoming welterweight title fight against ZAB "Super" JUDAH on Top Rank's big "Sworn Enemies" championship card presented by Top Rank and Don King Promotions, in association with Caesars Palace and Wynn Las Vegas at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Saturday,April 8, live on HBO Pay Per View. continue
26.02.06 - By Jeff Bastasini: Highly regarded heavyweight contender Calvin Brock stopped journeyman Zuri Lawrence with a semi-decent left hook in the 6th round on Saturday night at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino. The punch knocked Lawrence unconscious, sending him to the canvas where his head bounced off the back of the floor. Immediately after, Lawrence was given oxygen, although he remained out for more than a minute. As for the fighting, Brock (28-0, 22 KOs) was essentially fought to a standstill by Lawrence (20-11-4), up until the moment of the knockout. continue
26.02.06 - By Danny Serratelli: Despite the consensus among most boxing "experts" that both of these fighters were well past their prime and the loser should retire, the people who showed up or tuned in were in for something special tonight. It was a shame that the fight was eventually stopped because Fernando Vargas's left eye swelled tightly shut. Although it was great to see Las Vegas commissioner Mark Ratner, the doctor and referee Joe Cortez monitoring the situation closely, it broke my heart as much as Fernando's when referee Joe Cortez jumped in and stopped it at1:22 or round number 10.
Upon discussion in the corner about a potential stoppage after round number 9, visions of Arturo Gatti vs. Wilson Rodriguez, and Kevin Kelly-Derrick Gainer came to mind, specifically, times when it may usually be the right time to stop the fight because a fighter's eye is swollen shut. Despite what a true warrior like Vargas, Gatti or Kelly is usually saying the eye is swollen shut and in all reality, there isn't much they can see out of it at that point. However, despite protocol, referee's take the character, heart and will of the fighter into consideration and give him a little more time, and rightfully so. Both Gatti and Kelly, with eyes swollen shut ended up knocking their opponents out in those fights after close calls with the doctor and referee. While Vargas probably wouldn't have stopped Mosely (who has never been stopped), 1.) In boxing you never know and 2.) He was fighting well and not taking a lot of punishment at the time of the stoppage. continue
New York, February 25-Fresh of his most impressive performance as a professional during which he displayed lightning-like quickness, ice dancer dexterity and a lethal combination of punches, DiBella Entertainment's Paulie "The Magic Man" Malignaggi has thrown down the gauntlet at WBO World Junior Welterweight Champion Miguel Cotto. continue
NEW YORK (February 25 2006) – It is official! Diego “Chico’’ Corrales and Jose Luis Castillo are signed, sealed and ready to deliver once again LIVE on SHOWTIME Saturday, June 3, 2006 (9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast). The world’s most talented and courageous lightweights will collide in their eagerly awaited rubber match for Corrales’ World Boxing Council (WBC) title at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. continue
25.02.06 - By James Slater: In the penultimate month of 1994, James Toney's world was about to come crashing down around him. James was struggling with his weight, more so now that his body was older and had thickened out with maturity, and making 168 was an almost impossible ordeal. Stepping up to light heavyweight would have been a far more practical move at this point. But a huge money fight with Roy Jones Jnr was simply irresistible and James almost killed himself dragging his weight down one more time.
Entering training camp approximately six weeks before the scheduled fight date of November 18th, Toney weighed a staggering 214 pounds! He somehow shed the excess pounds but was incredibly weak as he climbed onto the scales to weigh in at 167 pounds. Immediately afterwards he was hooked up to an IV to replace his body fluids and he remained on it all night until the next day when battle was due to commence. continue
25.02.06 - By James Slater: The U.K’s Dennis Andries won the WBC light heavyweight title with a points win over J.B Williamson in April 1986, and in March of the following year he made his second defence. He was not given an easy second defence, nor was he given the advantage of fighting at home. The Cobo Arena in Detroit was the venue and, with the exception of Dennis’ corner-men, everyone in attendance expected him to lose his belt to the challenger - the legendary Thomas Hearns. continue
25.02.06 - VERONA, NY -- Aaron King at Ringside: The pressure of Oscar Diaz proved to be too much for Russell Jordan as Lou Duva’s prized prospect scored a fifth-round TKO at the Turning Stone Casino in Verona, N.Y. as a part of ESPN 2’s Friday Night Fights. San Antonio’s “El Torrito” (24-1, 12 KOs) put Jordan (12-3, 8 KOs) down with a double left hook combination, reminiscent of Julio Cesar Chavez. As Jordan back away with his chin raised, Diaz threw a hook to the body, pulling Jordan’s hands down, before following up with a firm left to Jordan’s chin. continue
Johnson took only one breather. For most of the seventh round he made only symbolic punches…sort of going through the motions. During the rest of the fight he let it all hang out. Hall, on the other hand, went full throttle most of the way and paid a terrible price for his non-stop assaults. Glen hammered Hall with lefts. The word “hammered” seems most appropriate as Johnson worked a punch which was not quite a jab and not quite drop-shot. The strike was like when one makes a fist and pounds down like Khrushchev did at the United Nations. continue
NEW YORK- March 2, 2006- BOX NYC delivers a second knock-out combination of exciting fights, fine drinking and dining, high stakes poker and lingerie show titillation, in an atmosphere that would make Las Vegas and Havana proud. And to add substance to high style, a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Lance Armstrong Foundation (LAF). continue
25.02.06 - Former world light-heavyweight champion Glen Johnson won a unanimous decision over Richard Hall on Friday night at the Seminole Hard Rock Arena in Hollywood, Florida. The three judges scored the fight 119-107, 119-108 and 118-109 in favor of the Miami-based Johnson (44-10-2). Also Friday, former WBA super featherweight champion Joel Casamayor knocked out Antonio Ramirez in the fifth round. continue
25.02.06 - BY MIKE CASEY: For a man who had lived so hard and fought so violently, the last words of Stanley ‘Steve’ Ketchell were strangely gentle and poignant. As he lay dying at the Dickerson ranch in Conway, Missouri, his assailant’s bullet lodged in his back, Ketchell looked up at his friend Pete Dickerson and said, “Take me home to mom, Pete.”
Ketchell was just twenty-four years old and had seemed destined from day one to live fast and die young in what would come to be known as the classic rock ‘n’ roll tradition.
Shooting Stanley in the back was probably the only sure way of bringing him down, for he had cultivated a reputation as one of the most feared men on earth in a straight fight. He was a natural, vicious, two-fisted fighter with a colossal punch in either hand, who had terrorised the middleweight division and even challenged the great Jack Johnson during a sensational professional career that spanned just seven years between 1903 and 1910. continue
24.02.06 - LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Former WBA heavyweight champion Greg Page, who sustained brain damage during a 2001 fight, was hospitalized and in critical condition. The 47-year-old Page was transferred Friday to the intensive care unit at Jewish Hospital a day after being admitted, hospital officials said. He has acute respiratory failure, sepsis, hypothermia and seizures. "We are hopeful he will recover from this as well," said Page's wife, Patricia. continue
24.02.06 - Oscar De La Hoya talks about the Vargas-Mosley SHOWDOWN presented by Main Events and Golden Boy Promotions from Mandalay Bay, Saturday, February 25, Live on Pay-Per-View. De La Hoya: "The first few rounds Vargas will come out strong and try to bully him. Mosley will stand his ground and fight harder. I think Mosley will stop him in the late rounds. People don’t realize how strong Mosley is. I had a harder time pushing Mosley around than Vargas. I do believe that Vargas is ready and in great shape. continue
23.02.06 - Photo by F.Weber / Boxing.de - Hamburg – On April 8, 2006, Universum Box-Promotion returns to the city of Kiel in the very north of Germany at the Baltic Sea with an event at the huge Ostseehalle - two years after the German promoter last hosted an event at that location.
Headlining will be four fighters of the Universum and Spotlight stables: Thomas Ulrich, Ina Menzer, Sinan Samil Sam and Alexander Dimitrenko.
Former two-time European light heavyweight champion Thomas Ulrich, 28-2 (19), will step into the ring for the first time since his dramatic WBC world title fight against Tomasz Adamek on October 15. In a highly spectacular battle Ulrich lost to the reigning title holder by sixth round knockout but gave an impressive display of guts and skills. continue
23.02.06 - By Per Ake Persson: Heavyweight Sinan Samil Sam takes on Brazilian George Arias April 8 in Kiel in what will be first fight since losing to Oleg Maskaev in a WBC eliminator. Sam has since returned to Universum. Another Universum fighter back in action is lightheavyweight Thomas Ulrich, who takes on Nicaraguan Henry Saenz, in his first fight since losing to WBC titleholder Tomasz Adamek. Ukrainian heavy Alexander Dimitrenko and WIBF feather queen Ina Menzer are also on the bill. continue
22.02.06 - By Jim Amato: Hank Kaplan is a wonderful man. I had the great pleasure of meeting Hank at the IBHOF in June of 1998. Since that time we have stayed in periodic contact. I was introduced to Hank through a mutual friend, Jim Borgen of Warren, Ohio. Through Jim I learned just how much Hank Kaplan has done for the sport of boxing. continue
22.02.06 - Photos: By Joe Miranda / For Showtime - One night before SHOWTIME offers the Jeff Lacy-Joe Calzaghe showdown, America’s No. 1 Boxing Network will continue to commemorate its 20th anniversary of televising world-class match-ups with an excellent world title fight Friday, March 3, on “ShoBox: The New Generation’’ (11 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME, delayed on the west coast). In a battle of hard-hitting, exciting flyweights, unbeaten IBF champion Vic Darchinyan (24-0, 19 KOs) will defend against IBF No. 4 contender Diosdado Gabi (26-2-1, 19 KOs) from Chumash Casino Resort in Santa Ynez, Calif. Darchinyan has won six consecutive bouts by knockout. Gabi, who has never been stopped, has won 12 in a row (eight inside of the distance). Here is what the challenger had to say Wednesday.
DIOSDADO GABI: “I have waited five years for this opportunity and I am ready to fight. I am very eager and excited. I am confident and in great shape. I feel I have the style to win the title. continue
22.02.06 - Great fights are made with action and could there ever be a more action packed fight than a potential middleweight showdown between Kassim Ouma and Sam Soliman? If the two boxers have their way, the bout will get made shortly and boxing fans can sit back and enjoy a non-stop Puncharama. "I take pride in those punch stat numbers and I know Soliman threw a crazy amount against Winky Wright," Ouma said. continue
22.02.06 - By Jim Amato: He was grace and artistry in the ring. He was one of the best pure boxers of his era. He won one world title and failed twice to win titles in two other weight classes. He had class and was a gentleman. He proudly represented the great fight city of Youngstown, Ohio. His name was Greg Richardson and they called him "The Flea." continue
22.02.06 - America’s No. 1 Boxing Network, SHOWTIME continues its 20th anniversary celebration of putting on world-class, great fights on Saturday, March 4, when talented, undefeated, hard-hitting super middleweight world champions Jeff “Left Hook’’ Lacy (International Boxing Federation) and Joe Calzaghe (World Boxing Organization) 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.
Lacy: My training is going great. We are expecting a great fight on March 4. I am 110 percent ready for this battle between me and Joe. This is the beginning of my stardom as a professional fighter and I am taking Joe very seriously. I have not looked past him and I am doing everything I can in the gym, making sure I am staying healthy and everything else. So it is going to be a fight. From where I see it, it is going to be a really good fight. continue
22.02.06 - By Stuart Cornwell: When “Sugar” Shane Mosley and “Ferocious” Fernando Vargas step into the ring to do battle at the Mandalay Bay Hotel-Casino in Las Vegas on Saturday night both fighters will be all too aware that a decisive defeat would effectively signal the end of their career. Despite no title being at stake, and in spite of the fact that both fighters no longer carry the status that would make the winner of this match an “uncrowned champion” or a member of the world’s “pound-for-pound” elite, the importance of winning is perhaps greater than either fighter has ever encountered before. continue
LAS VEGAS (Feb. 21, 2006) — A compelling match between two of the strongest competitors in boxing’s lower weight divisions, World Boxing Council interim flyweight champion Jorge “Travieso” Arce and Rosendo “El Bufalo” Alvarez, has been added to the card headlined by “Pretty Boy” Floyd Mayweather vs. Zab “Super” Judah at the Thomas & Mack Center on April 8. The bout will be broadcast domestically on HBO Pay-Per-View and is being co-promoted by Top Rank and Don King Productions in association with Caesars Palace and Wynn Las Vegas.. continue
21.06.05 - By Greg Ghilarducci: On April 22, 2006, Chris Byrd will be fending his IBF heavyweight title against Wladimir Klitschkko (45-3, 40 KOs) in Mannheim, Germany, a bout that is highly anticipated by many in the boxing world. Perhaps, more than any other reason, the fight fans are looking forward to this so much simply because the loser of the bout will likely be at a career dead end with few options. The two last met October 10, 2000, in a bout that was totally dominated by Wladimir, who knocked Byrd down twice, en route to winning an astonishingly easy 12 round decision. If this fight is anything close to the previous one, expect more of the same with, perhaps, Byrd being stopped late in the fight.
However, if anything, it’s Wladimir who is more in danger of being stopped than the tricky, iron-chinned Byrd, who has only been stopped once in his career against the power punching Ike Ibeabuchi in 1999. Since his bout with Byrd, it’s been mostly down hill for Wladimir, who hasn’t looked the same since being totally destroyed by the South African Corrie Sanders. It’s just confidence, Wladimir appears to wilt any time he gets hit squarely on the chin. continue
London, UK (21th February, 2006) – Olympic Gold Medallist Audley “A-Force” Harrison (19-1, 14KOs) returns to the ring on April 14 when he takes on fellow heavyweight contender Dominic Guinn (25-3-1, 18KOs) at Rancho Mirage, CA. The fight, promoted by Goossen Tutor Promotions, will be the headline event and will air live on ESPN2’s Friday Night Fight Series. continue
21.02.06 - By James Allan: The last time that I wrote a piece that featured Danny Williams, I was predicting that Audley Harrison would beat him and set himself up for a World Title shot. Taking that into consideration, I am wary of predicting a winner for this Saturday’s match for the British and Commonwealth Heavyweight title between Danny and Matt Skelton. continue
21.02.06 - By James Slater: Shortly after defeating Mexican icon Julio Cesar Chavez, Oscar De La Hoya moved up in weight and challenged a boxer who many felt was number one "pound for pound" in the world. In an attempt to take the welterweight title, Oscar faced the supremely gifted Pernell "Sweet Pea" Whitaker. Oscar was seemingly going out of his way to find the most difficult opponents to tackle. Whitaker was a boxer who could frustrate and out slick anyone. He was a southpaw too and almost any orthodox fighter will tell you that a lefthander can be the biggest headache to be up against. Although officially he had suffered one loss and fought a draw these two results were widely disputed. The "loss" was to then WBC lightweight champion Jose Luis Ramirez, who Whitaker had been challenging for his first world title back in 1988. It was a horrible twelve round decision and "Sweet Pea" was clearly robbed. He subsequently gained revenge in a rematch the following year, when the judges had been awake. The "draw" was in a fight with Chavez and again practically everyone, except the three scoring officials, had Pernell winning. So, going into the fight with Oscar he was generally considered undefeated and he planned to stay that way in his fight with "The Golden Boy". continue
NEW YORK (February 21) – Fresh off of his first 10-round fight, “Ireland’s” John Duddy (15-0, 13 KOs) battles for his first pro title belt March 16 headlining “The Shamrock Express,” promoted by Irish Ropes, against veteran “Showtime” Shelby Pudwill (21-2-1, 9 KOs) in a 10-round bout for the vacant WBC Intercontinental Americas middleweight championship at The Theater in Madison Square Garden. continue
(COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.) – For the second straight year, the top male and female boxers in the country will compete in the U.S. Championships, the premier Olympic-style boxing event in the United States. Over 300 athletes are scheduled to travel to Colorado Springs and the Olympic Training Center for the annual event. For the first time since 2001, men’s championship round action will move off the Olympic Training Center complex to the Sheraton Colorado Springs Grand Ballroom. continue
21.02.06 - BY JUSTIN HACKMAN - photo by Wray Edwards: June 17th will mark the day of another future gift the boxing world has in store for us. We will be blessed with a very intriguing match-up. There have been rumors circulating around this potential fight since before November of last year. The fight in question of course is Jermain Taylor versus Winky Wright. On one hand we have a fighter coming off two consecutive wins over the seemingly indestructible former pound-for-pound king, Bernard Hopkins, in Jermain Taylor. On the other hand, there is Winky Wright: a fighter widely recognized as having secured the second spot atop the current pound-for-pound list, behind only the great Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Taylor's last two wins, both coming against Hopkins, consisted of 24 rounds of tentativeness and lack of effective aggression. The first 12 rounds Taylor fired and missed numerous unnecessary right hands which in turned wasted priceless energy. This lackluster performance led many to believe he was gifted the decision. In the rematch, Taylor learned in large part from his rookie mistakes the first time around, and won a more convincing, yet still very close unanimous decision. continue
HIGHLAND, IN.- The owner of LANGEL'S Pizza, 2833 Highway Ave., one of Northwest Indiana's most popular restaurants, said he expects another capacity crowd as his team hosts the official weigh-ins at 7 p.m. on Feb. 23rd for Octavius James/One In A Million Inc. “Slugfest 2006.” “We're known around the region as a sports fan destination, and hosting One In A Million's Weigh-ins has drawn some amazing crowds, said Rodney Langel of his restaurant and lounge. continue
21.02.06 - Hamburg – Don't worry if the ground will be moving on March 11. It will be no earthquake. It will be two elemental forces who clash on the undercard of the WBA middleweight championship between Felix Sturm and Maselino Masoe. In a thrilling heavyweight matchup “White Tyson” Ruslan Chagaev of Universum Box-Promotion takes on Vladimir Virchis “The Hunter” off the Spotlight team. continue
21.02.05 - Boxing ace Amir Khan is hoping to follow the lead of close pal Andy Murray and shoot up the ratings when he fights at the Braehead Arena in Glasgow on March 25. Khan first faces Jackson Williams this Saturday at the ExCeL London and is then lined up to return to Scotland and has once again invited Murray - who became the youngest Brit to win an ATP tour event this week - to be his ringside guest when he has his seventh professional.
And he says Murray's victory over Lleyton Hewitt in the San Jose tournament at the weekend, and his subsequent rise to 47 in the world, has been an inspiration. "I was training for my next fight this weekend so I couldn't stay up and watch Andy's match in the final." said Khan.
"But I read all about it in the papers and it is fantastic to see a fellow young sportsman doing so well. It would be great if Andy is ringside in Glasgow to see me follow his lead and improve my world ranking." continue
DANNY SMITH: We are definitely training to win. I think that Mosley will get caught and he will be stopped. Vargas will win the fight. He is right about accurate. Right now Fernando weighs about 156, about two pounds over. Who knows, it could play a factor. I don’t know how he feels. He’s a warrior and if there is a problem, he’s not going to tell me. If he has a problem and he’s weak, he won’t tell me because he doesn’t want me to be alarmed or be worried. I don’t know how he feels, but he is performing well. continue
21.02.06 - By Jim Amato: You want to read a good book? Then I highly recommend picking up a copy of "Cinderella Man" by Michael C. DeLisa. I've seen the movie with Russell Crowe as James J. Braddock. I liked it so much that I went out and bought the DVD. Guess what? I liked this book even better. Mr. DeLisa did an outstanding job of following the life and career of a true American hero. What I liked the most about this book was it was not just about Jim Braddock. continue
21.02.05 - By Eliezer Mansilla: On Saturday night in Las Vegas, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. narrowly defeated Carlos Molina over six rounds, winning by majority decision to gain a small amount of revenge for having fought to a previous draw on December 16, 2005. Yet, as far as I could see, he clearly lost the fight by at least two rounds and looked horrible throughout, catching monstrous shots to the head.
Clearly, he needs to work a lot on his defense, since he was seeminly wide open for every punch Molina threw. No matter what Molina thew, they would find their way to Chavez's head. Strangely enough, I don’t know what fight the judges were watching, because the one I saw had Chavez being dominated in rounds # 1, 2, 3, & 6. The crowd obviously agreed with me, judging from their loud boos when Chavez Jr. was announced as the winner. Calling the fight a draw would still be a huge stretch, as far as I’m concerned due to the utter domination by Molina, who put on a boxing clinic on how to fight on the inside. continue
21.02.06 - Stuttgart – On Tuesday Alesia Graf is facing the second great test of her professional career. On the Spotlight Boxing gala at Alte Reithalle of Maritim Hotel in Stuttgart the German based Belarussian is reaching out for a woman boxing world title again. continue
21.02.06 - Fresh off another terrific evening of professional boxing this past Friday night, Dominic Pesoli, President of 8 Count Productions, HOME OF THE BEST IN CHICAGO BOXING, has announce details of their next action packed evening on St. Patrick’s Day, Friday, March 17th at the Aragon Ballroom. MARCH MADNESS, presented by 8 Count Productions and Bob Arum’s Top Rank Incorporated along with Miller Lite and TCF Bank will feature the return of Chicago’s most popular fighter, 1996 Olympian David Diaz, who will be appearing in the ten round main event. continue
20.02.06 - By Troy Ondrizek: Three months ago I started following some of today’s young prospects in the heavyweight division. I believe this service is always warranted in knowing the future of the sport. However, in regards to heavyweight prospects, it is the only reason why we should still follow the division; for the division lacks any excitement or promise with the majority of it’s big players out today. Lamon Brewster and Wladimir Klitschko are the rare bright spots, they won’t be around forever and we need for these young guys to step up and take over. I put seven fighters up on the last list and another six this time. Out of these thirteen fighters, maybe only five will ever contend for a title, and out of those five, two might be champions. Though two might only be champions, all have the possibility of giving us exciting fights and are able to resurrect the heavyweight division. That is what makes following them at a young age integral for us fans to get to know them on a personal level, and for the exposure they need to develop through bigger fights. So just like a high-school graduation, I introduce you to the future of leaders of the World…. I mean the heavyweight division. continue
20.02.06 - "Star of David" Dmitriy Salita, 24-0-0, of Brooklyn, N.Y. will be featured on Top Rank's big Hasim Rahman vs. James Toney World Heavyweight Championship fight card hosted by Caesars Atlantic City at the Boardwalk Hall on March 18. Salita, rated WBA #8 at super lightweight, last fought in Atlantic City when he defeated Rocky Martinez on May 22, 2004. Since, Salita has fought for promoter DiBella Entertainment in New York City. Salita is trained by Oscar Suarez and Jimmy O'Pharrow. continue
20.02.06 - Team Calzaghe Press Release: Joe Calzaghe, Distinguished Professor and Chair of the Department of Boxing at Champion University, invites all to attend his upcoming fistic lecture on the noble art of self-defense to be held at the Manchester Evening News Arena on Saturday, March 4th. Professor Calzaghe will be joined by second year student Jeff Lacy, upon whom the professor will apply his patented lightning fast southpaw technique. continue
Vanessa McConnell, Photos by CJ Cansler-- large photo gallery -- Last weekend the Aladdin was crowded with “Real Warriors” and boxing fans of all ages. Top Rank presented a great host of fighters live on PPV last weekend at the Aladdin Resort & Casino, future home of Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. The synchronized sounds of cheers, chants, screams and whistles could be heard through out the Desert Passage as boxing fans watched 8 fights with pound for pound action.
“This is a very important fight for Antonio Margarito,” Promoter Bob Arum said. “It’s an entertaining fight card with three world title fights and Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. is in a gout, compelling rematch.”
It was a twelve round battle between WBO Welterweight Champions Manuel “Shot Gun” Gomez (28-11-2, 20 KOs) from Nuevo Laredo, Texas and Antonio Margarito (33-4, 25 KOs) from Tijuana, Mexico that lasted less than half of a round. Another one of those fights was the crowd never got a chance to sit down. The punches were so quick and powerful; Gomez was on the ropes in one minute and hit the mat in 1:14 of the first round. Richard Steele, the referee for the fight, called the fights after reaching six as Gomez was dropped by a flurry of right power punches from Margarito. continue
19.02.06 - Duva Boxing’s undefeated, 20-year-old heavyweight prodigy Michael Marrone, 12-0 (10 KOs), has been moved into the opening televised slot of the Friday, February 24 broadcast of ESPN2’s Friday Night Fights now that stablemate Kendall Holt has been forced to withdraw due to injury. Marrone will make his first nationally televised appearance in an eight round battle against Zack Page, 10-4 (4 KOs), as the chief support of the Fisticuffs Promotions, in conjunction with Duva Boxing’s, Oscar “El Torito” Diaz vs. Russell Jordan welterweight main event at the Turning Stone Casino and Resort in Verona, New York. continue
19.02.06 - By Joe LaFlamme: I remember years ago watching the one man shows of Roy Jones Jr. on HBO where he would defeat weaker and under skilled fighters to the point where you would feel embarrassed for his opponents. The arrogance he displayed during the fights by showboating and after the fights, when doing commentary, would annoy me so much that I would pray for the day when a fighter would take him out. Well, my prayers were answered and then some when he was starched by Tarver and Johnson in consecutive fights. Now, Roy Jones, the man who by many was once considered potentially to be the greatest fighter of all time, is gone and forgotten. In fact, I even feel sorry for him a little because there is practically no interest in him anymore and his legacy is a mere portion of what it was once thought to be.
Now, another Roy Jones has shown up by the name of Floyd Mayweather Jr. No doubt, he's as talented and great a fighter as Roy Jones Jr. was, but he also appears to be overrated, arrogant, and extremely annoying, in my opinion. continue
19.02.06 - By KIRK LANG: Mike Oliver, of Hartford, gave the crowd at Mohegan Sun Casino their money’s worth Saturday night in registering an exciting ninth round stoppage of Castulo Gonzalez, of Wilimington, MA. Oliver, now 12-0 (6 KOs), picked up the USBO super bantamweight title with his effort. continue
19.02.06 - By James Slater: It’s always fun to compile a top ten list. Of anything. But when it comes to boxing, I’d say our sport holds the monopoly on interest when it comes to debating the best from differing eras. Neither football, tennis or any other sport generates as much passion from its followers when speculating as to who would have been superior to who as boxing fans. Us guys, when on the subject of “dream match-ups”, can argue all day in defence of one fighter’s superiority over another.
I remember reading, years ago, in the excellent Boxing Illustrated, a feature that surmised as to what would have happened to Mike Tyson, who was then at his peak and seemed unbeatable, if he’d fought legendary heavyweights from bygone years in “dream fights”. He was fictionally let loose against greats such as; Ali, Dempsey, Louis, Marciano, Frazier and Liston. Although some of the picks angered me - for example; Bert Sugar’s magazine had Tyson KO’ing Frazier in five rounds and had “Iron Mike” TKO’ing “The Rock”, Rocky Marciano in ten - it was still enjoyable reading. And after all, it’s only someone’s opinion isn’t it? continue
HOLLYWOOD, FL, February 19 – When O’Neil Bell’s vaunted right hand crashed into Jean-Marc Mormeck and sent him to the canvas for the ten count on January 7, 2006, it not only brought ‘The Supernova’ recognition as the Undisputed Cruiserweight Champion of the World, it also symbolized the rise of Warriors Boxing Promotions as not only a quality contender in the business of boxing promotion, but as an undisputed force in the sport. continue
19.02.06 - By Per Ake Persson: Danish newsagency Ritzau writes that WBA supermiddle champ Mikkel Kessler could be defending the title in April or May with Yussef Mack and William Joppy mentioned as opponents. As for where it appears that it could take place in either Denmark or the USA. SES have been forced to postpone its planned February 25 show in Oranienburg due to an injury to local ticketseller Marco Schulze, the IBF I/C 154 lb champ. The show will now go ahead March 25 at the same venue. continue
18.02.06 - By Izyaslav “Slava” Koza: To be honest, although a boxing fan through and through, it has been difficult to remain as captivated by the sport, when the career of my favorite fighter, Vasili Jirov has been so stagnant. I know that objectivity is the drug pushed on those of us who write about boxing, but I can’t stand the idea of being objective when part of the passion comes from pure unadulterated bias for certain fighters. To those fans who love Gatti because of so many highlight reel moments, to those who like Corrales because of his never say die even after 4 knockdowns attitude, I think the Mesi, Toney and even Moorer fights (unfortunately loses), demonstrate why I am such a huge Jirov fan. Even before that watching the 96 semi-final against Antonio Tarver, and knowing that the Tiger’s hand was messed up, I saw a boxer that deserved respect and loyal fans win, lose or draw.
After those fights to see the Tiger, struggling, unmotivated, and most of all not the lean mean punching cruiserweight machine of times past, against Orlin Norris, it was to say the least sad and painful.
Throughout his heavyweight campaign, many fans had said going back down to Cruiserweight would be the wise thing to do, and even though I did not agree with them at first, the uninspiring performance against Norris made me rethink that position in retrospect. continue
18.02.06 - By Per Ake Persson: Belgian welter Jackson Osei Bonsu, 21-1, is looking to make 2006 the year he gets his big breakthrough. Osei Bonsu have had some problems in getting the "right" fights due to his fearsome power and a lack of promotional backing but that has changed as of lately. He kindly took time out for an interview. continue
18.02.06 - By Jim Amato: Although Memphis Pal Moore was once a title claimant and the possessor of a fine record, he should not be confused with Pal Moore out of Philadelphia. In fact, the Pal from the City of Brotherly Love may have been the overall better fighter. Philadelphia Pal Moore was a member of the famous "Fighting Moore Family" which included brothers Willie, Reddy, and Frank. He was born Paul Von Franzke October 1891, in Germany. continue
17.02.06 - By Marlon Bernardino: FILIPINO-AMERICAN BRIAN Viloria said he is ready to go 12 hard rounds. He means, expect his fight against Mexican Jose Antonio Aguirre to be quick. His first defense of the World Boxing Council (WBC) light flyweight title is set Saturday night (Sunday morning in Manila) at the Aladdin Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. “It’s always important to look good in a fight. It’s not just good enough to win the fight anymore,” Viloria said. “I have to look devastating. I know I have to go into every fight looking close to perfect.” continue
17.02.06 - By James Slater: It has been just over seven years since the passing of the man many experts believe was the finest light heavyweight champion in boxing history. This boxer is Archie Moore, and to give you an idea of just how good he was, consider this; it wasn’t until he was almost forty that he had his first crack at a world title. The very fact that he is even considered one of the greats after getting his chance to make his mark at such an advanced age, an age when a boxer’s best years are pretty much long gone, should make it obvious that Archie Moore was indeed something special.
Archibald Lee Wright was born (according to most records) on December the 13th 1913 and in 1936, after changing his name to Archie Moore, began one of the greatest careers in boxing history. Archie was one of the best fighters ever to lace on gloves, but because of an age of racial discrimination he was made to wait until he was thirty nine before getting a title shot. This finally came in 1952, against Joey Maxim. Moore won handily over fifteen rounds for the world light heavyweight championship. Now everyone knew how good he was and why plenty of fighters had used the color issue to their advantage by ducking him. Archie was to hold on to his title right throughout the rest of the 1950’s and well into the ’60’s. Some truly
brilliant displays of boxing genius were to follow. continue
17.02.06 - By Michael Gomez: I’m delighted that that the investigation is completed and that I have been cleared. There’s no way I’d ever be involved in anything like a fixed fight. If anyone thinks I’d be involved in something like that then why don’t they come and spar a few rounds with me. I’ll show them just how tough boxing is because I think sometimes people think it’s easy to get in that ring. After a few rounds with me they might understand what a boxer has to go through in there. continue
February 17th, 2006 - By Frank Gonzalez Jr. Friday night in Memphis Tennessee, hot Welterweight prospect, Delvin Rodriguez (18-1-1-10 KO’s) was the winner by default against long armed, low-blowing, fellow Dominicano, Alexis Divison (16-3, 12KO’s), who wore thin on the patience of referee Bill Clancy, by constantly throwing low punches and hitting behind the head. Clancy could have taken points earlier but only issued warnings. After repeated warnings and another low blow immediately following his last warning, Clancy disqualified Divison on the spot. It was a bit of an over reaction. continue
17.02.06 - Statement from promoter Brian Peters: The Boxing Union of Ireland has today released the outcome of an in-depth investigation in to the result of last month’s Irish lightweight title fight between Peter McDonagh and Michael Gomez. Both boxers have been cleared of any wrongdoing in relation to the fight and both purses will now be paid in full. As the promoter of the bout I welcome the Boxing Union of Ireland’s findings following such a comprehensive investigation. continue
17.02.06 - BY MIKE CASEY: If three brave and pioneering astronauts believed that they had a lock on thrills and spills for the year of 1969, they reckoned without the unpredictable world of sports. While Neil Armstrong, Edwin ‘Buzz’ Aldrin and Michael Collins were taking one giant leap for mankind on the moon, some distinctly unworldly events were beginning to unfurl back home on the blue planet.
One wondered where the madness came from and how long it would last. It began in May, when basketball’s New York Knicks, a charter member of the NBA and still in search of their first league championship, had the temerity to knock off the stately LA Lakers by four games to three in the NBA finals.
Normal life was further dismantled by baseball’s lowly and long suffering New York Mets, who came along in the fall to win the World Series over Baltimore. For those of you who don’t have an interest in such pursuits, these things are not supposed to happen. Even New Yorkers will reassure you on that point. continue
17.02.06 - Veteran super middleweights Willie Stewart of Las Vegas and Vitali Kopitko of Miami, Fla., are featured in the 10-round main event on the nationally and internationally televised “Guilty Fight Night” card promoted by Guilty Boxing and 2 Feathers Promotions and sponsored by Xyience Friday, Feb. 24, at the Morongo Casino, Resort and Spa in Cabazon, Calif. The bout is a rematch; Stewart took a 10-round unanimous decision over Kopitko Dec. 1, 2001, in Las Vegas, Nev. continue
16.02.06 - Florida-based businessman Scott Hirsch and his World Class Boxing Management, Inc., proudly announces the signing of Cuban heavyweight/cruiserweight contender Eliseo Castillo, 18-1-1 (14 KOs) to a management contract. “After a year of inactivity, Eliseo will be jumping right back into the sport, but now he’ll be campaigning exclusively at cruiserweight,” explains Hirsch. continue
HAMMOND, IN - From the return of hard-hitting Light Heavyweight Nick Cook to boxing warrior Light Heavyweight Guy Solis final fight and hungry up-and-comers, Octavius James/ One In A Million Inc. “Slugfest 2006” promise to make history Feb. 24th At the legendary Hammond Civic Center. Defending his Indiana State Lightweight Title in the Main Event, Hammond's own Johnny “Kid One In A Million” Novak 14-1 (6 KO's) leads Cook 13-1 (7 KO's), Solis 11-6 (6 KO's) and a slate of hot prospects in the action-packed card. continue
16.02.06 - By Paul Ruby - firstname.lastname@example.org - In a song called “Simple Man,” Charlie Daniels sang “I’m madder than hell, and I ain’t gonna take it no more.” That line epitomizes the way I feel about the April 8th bout between Zab Judah and Floyd Mayweather. I’m disgusted that Judah could let himself get beaten by Carlos Baldomir in his own hometown. I’m disgusted that Mayweather defended the bout by contending that Judah is entitled to fight him because Judah/Baldomir was a split decision.
I’m disgusted that the fight is for a tainted IBF belt for which Carlos Baldomir could not afford to pay the sanctioning fee. I’m disgusted that HBO is selling this as a pay-per-view event and as a title fight. I’m disgusted by the arguments of promoters and pundits that Judah was not focused against Baldomir, but guarantee that he will be on April 8th. I’m disgusted by what sham title fights like these do for the public image of boxing (and how they underscore the need for a national commission, but that’s for another day altogether). continue
16.02.06 - By Jim Amato: He may have been the second best middleweight in the world in the late 1970's through the mid 80's, during the "Hagler Era." Hamsho was twice defeated by the Marvelous one in title fights, but no one other than Hagler could seem handle him. Mustafa Hamsho was born in Syria in 1953. He turned professional in 1975 sometimes fighting under the moniker of Rocky Estafire. continue
NEW YORK (Feb. 16, 2006) - One night before SHOWTIME will offer the eagerly anticipated Jeff Lacy-Joe Calzaghe showdown for the undisputed super middleweight championship, America's No. 1 Boxing Network will continue to commemorate its 20th anniversary of televising world-class match-ups with an excellent world title fight Friday, March 3, on "ShoBox: The New Generation.'' continue
NEW YORK (Feb. 16, 2006) - SHOWTIME On Demand is replaying two exciting SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING telecasts featuring unbeaten IBF super middleweight champion Jeff Lacy (21-0, 17 KOs) and his WBO counterpart, undefeated Joe Calzaghe (40-0, 31 KOs). In perhaps the most highly anticipated unification showdown in years, the talented, outstanding 168-pound world champions will collide for the undisputed super middleweight crown on Saturday, March 4, LIVE on SHOWTIME at 9 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the west coast). continue
16.02.06 - By Longjab: Not that she is the only tough woman boxer that couldn’t beg, borrow, or steal a fight, but Sumya Anani is the most avoided, as far as champions are concerned. For the last two years running, Anani has been officially elected ‘The Most Avoided Woman Boxer’, of which, in some ways, is respectful, but it is more a shameful, discriminatory, and unfair stigma that surrounds her, since other so-called ‘champions’ are solely responsible for it, from their constant refusal to accept Anani’s offers or challenges to fight them.
For example, Mary Jo Sanders, the WBC Woman’s Welterweight Champion, has refused to accept challenges from Anani on more than five occasions. Rather than fight someone, like Anani, with roughly the same skills or more, Sanders has chosen to take on easier or less risky opponents. continue
HOLLYWOOD, FL, February 15 – The stakes will be high on February 24th when Glen Johnson battles knockout artist Richard Hall in a fight that will shake up the Light Heavyweight title picture, but two days before ‘The Destroyer’ tries to disrupt “The Return of the Road Warrior”, both 175-pound stalwarts will meet with the media to discuss their upcoming IBA World Title bout. continue
LAS VEGAS (February 16, 2006) – Two-time World Boxing Council lightweight champion Stevie “Lil’ But Bad” Johnston (38-3-1, 17 KOs) wants to go back to the future, so to speak, and rule the lightweights like he did between 1997 and 2000, or, better yet, be the recognized class of the super lightweight division. Johnson, 33, captured the WBC lightweight championship twice between 1997 and 2000, and had seven successful title defenses. continue
16.02.06 - By Frank Maloney: It's been four weeks since I stepped out into the big, bad world of boxing promotion on my own in order to join my brother Eugene in the family firm, Maloney Promotions. In that time, I've regained my enthusiasm and love for the sport. I've been to a number of shows that I wouldn't have bothered going to before, including a couple of amateur events. I've spent a lot of time in the gym, watching young fighters train and I've also spent a lot of time talking with them. My phone is ringing twenty fours a day and I'm constantly out and about meeting people, talking to sponsors and speaking with the press. continue
16.02.06 - Calvin Brock: I am Training in California, Pennsylvania and this is the best training camp I have ever had and I have never looked this good before. I am in great shape and looking forward to the fight on February 25 and putting on a very impressive show and making my record 28-0 in Las Vegas at the Mandalay Bay.
Which of the fights, between McCline and Bostice, would you say was the tougher fight?
Calvin Brock: Jameel McCline. It was the biggest show, he was stronger and I had to be on my toes, he was a bigger puncher. I had to work harder and throw more punches. I had to move a lot more and it was just a tougher boxing match.
How do you look at the Lawrence fight?
Calvin Brock: He did beat Jameel McCline and he beat the guy that I lost to in the Olympics – he gave him his first loss. continue
16.02.06 - Jhonny Gonzalez: I am Mexico City right now and I am doing all of my preparations in my gym. My gym is open air in the middle of the street and that is where I have trained since I was a little kid. Reporters, friends and sponsors stop by to watch me train in the middle of the street. continue
16.02.06 - Two-time Junior Middleweight Champion, "Ferocious" Fernando Vargas will be interviewed on ESPN's ROME IS BURNING show on Thursday, February 16th live from the Events Center at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, NV. On Saturday, February 25, "Ferocious" Fernando Vargas and "Sugar" Shane Mosley will finally clash in a highly anticipated 12-round junior middleweight showdown at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. continue
15.02.06 - By Geoffrey Ciani: Saturday, February 25, ‘Sugar’ Shane Mosley will square off against Fernando Vargas at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Vegas. This is a rather intriguing match-up, despite the fact both fighters are clearly passed their primes. In fact, this fight will likely act as a crossroads for both boxers; whoever wins will likely get at least one more nice payday before all is said and done, whereas the loser may not be afforded that opportunity.
Conventional knowledge suggests that Mosley should probably win this bout. After all, in recent years, Mosley has looked better against superior competition. However, this does have the potential to be a very competitive match-up. Perhaps this fight won’t be as interesting as it may have been back in 2000/2001, but still, there’s an interesting style match-up at play here. And beyond that, it should be a good indicator of exactly how much each pugilist has left in the tank.
It wasn’t too long ago when Shane Mosley was considered to be an elite amongst the elite. Indeed, Shane was once dubbed by many as the top dog in the fight game, and the prestigious pound-for-pound label was often attached to his name. continue
15.02.06 - By Per Ake Persson: Sauerland Event announced Feb 14 that WBA heavy Nikolai Valuev planned April 1st defence was postponed due to an injury to the champion. The April 1 date will stick though with EBU middleweight champ Sebastian Sylvester defending the title against fellow German Dirk Dzemski in the headliner. Site is not set but Rostock appears to be in the running. continue
15.02.06 - Hennessy Sports promoted Carl Froch has vowed to be at the top of his game on Friday night, (February 17th), at the York Hall in Bethnal Green to overcome Commonwealth title challenger Dale Westerman and line up a massive 2006. The 28-year-old from Nottingham has been watching videos of his tough Australian opponent, so fully appreciates the threat he poses to the major title aspirations that he believes he is close to fulfilling. continue
15.02.06 - By James Slater: Some people may hold other corner-men in higher esteem than Angelo Dundee, but to me he is the best ever. Some also claim his legendary status is down to him being simply lucky. Lucky enough to have had naturally gifted boxers such as Muhammad Ali and Ray Leonard to work with. Men who would have been just as great without him. I disagree, and believe that without Angelo things would’ve been vastly different for both, especially Ali. Both men owe him a huge debt for the manner in which he provided career changing assistance while doing his stuff in the corner. And indeed, both readily acknowledge this.
Who would dispute the contention that Leonard may well have lost the first fight with Tommy Hearns without the impassioned words from Angelo of- “You’re blowing it now son, you’re blowing it”? The power of such a motivational speech cannot be underestimated. And as for Ali, Angelo came invaluably to his aid on a number of occasions. In fact, the legend of The Greatest wouldn’t, in all likelihood, have even been born if it weren’t for Dundee. Surely every boxing fan knows of the story regarding the first Liston fight? The young Cassius Clay, as he was then known, was all set to pull out of the fight at the end of the fourth round due to problems with his vision. continue
15.02.06 - Mexican warrior Humberto Chavez returns to Chicagoland this Friday night, February 17th, as he faces Carlos Cisneros in a special attraction six round welterweight bout, it was announced today by Dominic Pesoli, President of 8 Count Productions, HOME OF THE BEST IN CHICAGO BOXING. The Chavez/Cisneros bout is part of “Heart and Soul”, a terrific evening of professional boxing at Cicero Stadium presented by 8 Count Productions and Bob Arum’s Top Rank Incorporated along with Miller Lite and TCF Bank. continue
15.02.06 - By Elias Navarro: The fight between Hasim Rahman and James Toney (69-4-2, 43 KOs) is fast approaching, set for March 18, yet the outcome for this bout seems almost academic at this point, if you’ve been following the latest news around. Strange as it may seem, it’s as if Hasim Rahman, who is the younger, stronger and larger man, is going to be schooled by the 37-year-old Toney, if you were to believe all the hype being strewn about. continue
15.02.06 - By James Allan: With the definite news that Floyd Mayweather is going to fight Zab Judah next, there is a question mark over who, Ricky Hatton’s next opponent is likely to be. Mayweather would have been the preferred choice as far as team Hatton were concerned but for whatever reasons Floyd doesn’t want it at the moment and so it will have to wait. The Hitman is riding high at the moment with two of the four major titles to his credit and the name of Kostya Tszyu on his list of victories. He is an established name in the Light Welterweight division and not the perennial contender he was in danger of becoming just over a year ago. He, along with Amir Khan, is the major boxing attraction in Britain at the moment, but unlike Amir, who is still in the early stages of his career, he is an established world-class fighter. What all of this means is that in Britain, he can sell out just about any venue he chooses to fight in. He is a pay-per-view attraction and as such his name has the financial clout to entice the top foreign fighters to come over and face him in Britain. Ricky would probably like to fight in Las Vegas and Atlantic City in order to raise his profile in the United States and also to place his name alongside boxing legends like Sugar Ray Leonard and Roberto Duran, and in the future he probably will, but it is an undeniable fact that financially he doesn’t have to. He is already a very wealthy young man and he is now a big enough name in his own right to be able to fight in Britain for the rest of his career if he wanted to. Promoters would be happy enough to push his fights and with the coverage of big fights in Britain being pushed back to two or three am in the morning in order to accommodate American TV audiences he would still draw in big viewing figures. continue
15.02.06 - By Per Ake Persson: It will be veteran Antoine Palatis that takes on Brit Michael Sprott February 18 in Edinburgh for the vacant EU heavyweight title. Palatis is not rated but the EBU have made an exception as none of the rated challengers were available or wanted this fight. continue
Sydney, 15th February 2006: Reigning IBF/IBO flyweight world boxing champion Vic "Raging Bull" Darchinyan has signed a promotional agreement with high profile American Gary Shaw, one of the world's most influential boxing promoters. "I am very pleased to be working with Gary Shaw," said Darchinyan, Australia's only current professional mens boxing world champion. "He promotes some of the best boxers in the world today and I know that he can help me get the big fights in the USA that I have wanted." continue
There is always an awkward moment when that happens as the commentators usually try to put a good face on the moment by backing and filling about how it could have gone either way. That’s why it is so much better when a fight ends (not too quickly) with a KO. Last night in a snowstorm delayed event Peter Manfredo probably pushed Scotty Pemberton into the pit. continue
15.02.06 - Chicago middleweight prospect Jorge Gonzalez, 3-0 will take on Derrick Findley, 2-0 of (2KO’s) of Gary, Indiana in a six round bout This Friday night at Cicero Stadium, it was announced today by Dominic Pesoli, President of 8 Count Productions, HOME OF THE BEST IN CHICAGO BOXING. continue
New York, February 14- Fres Oquendo, KO artist Curtis 'Showtime' Stevens to be there -- Broadcast Brothers John and Derek Tabacco started covering local sports on Staten Island over a decade ago with one goal: develop a sports show for die hard sport aficionados that want to know everything there is to know about sports. continue
ST. PETERSBURG, FL (Valentine's Day, 2006) -- Glove is a many splendored thing. Especially when it is wrapped around the fist of undefeated IBF/IBO super middleweight champion JEFF "Left Hook" Lacy! Lacy is in his final weeks of training before he meets undefeated WBO super middleweight titlist Joe Calzaghe in their March 4 title unification showdown at the MEN Arena in Manchester, England. Promoted by Gary Shaw Productions, LLC and Frank Warren’s Sports Network, the Lacy-Calzaghe world super middleweight championship fight will be televised live on SHOWTIME at 9 PM ET/PT (delayed on the west coast.)
"I'm going to be giving Joe a bunch of Forget Me Knots on March 4," said Lacy. "He's going to have Forget Me Knots all over his head, his ribs, and both jaws. If he thinks I'm crossing the pond to whisper sweet nothings to him, he is sorely -- and I mean SOREly -- mistaken. You can engrave this Valentine message on Joe's WBO belt -- 'Be Mine!'"
Lacy's promoter, Gary Shaw, added, "They will be renaming the MEN Arena the 'Heartbreak Hotel' after Lacy serves up Joe his first loss. Jeff Lacy will also be leaving that fight with a new name -- undisputed champ!" continue
14.02.06 - By Aaron King: Imagine that. “Thanks for a great career.” That’s what Joe Tessitore had to say to Scott Pemberton while he sat solemnly in his dressing room after being knocked out by Peter Manfredo Jr. Monday night.
How does a fighter work that through his thoughts? Clearly, he was talking about how he might improve, how he is a slow starter, and how he needs to improve that. He was looking to a future. Then … “Thanks for a great career.” continue
13.02.06 - By Jim Amato: I was very impressed with Peter Manfredo Jr.'s third round stoppage of the formidable Scott Pemberton. Now that Peter is with Freddie Roach, he looks terrific. There is talk of a third match with "Contender" champion Sergio Mora in Peter's back yard of Providence, Rhode Island. I hope it comes off. I feel that Sergio won their first fight but Peter was robbed in the rematch. These two need to settle their differences. I believe this bout will draw well. Roach has really done wonders with Manfredo Jr. Freddie is really one of the top five trainers around today. If Manfredo Jr.- Mora III is made, my pick is Peter. continue
13.02.06 - Johnny Nelson has been ruled out of his WBO World Cruiserweight title defence against Enzo Maccarinelli on March 4 after injuring his knee in training. The British rivals were poised to fight it out at the M.E.N Arena as chief support to Joe Calzaghe's WBO/IBF World Super-Middleweight unification match up against Jeff Lacy. But Nelson spent the weekend in hospital after damaging knee ligaments during his preparations for the fight, and after taking medical advice, decided he had no option but to pull out.
"I am absolutely gutted. I was really up for this fight and had trained exceptionally hard for it until this injury occurred." said Nelson from his hospital bed. No one is more disappointed than me and I can assure Enzo that he will be my next fight and also my incentive to get back to full fitness," Promoter Frank Warren added: "This is very disappointing news for everyone concerned. It was a fight boxing fans up and down the country were looking forward to, me included." continue
13.02.06 - Pressure was the key to victory as Miguel Espino (11-2-1, 4 KOs) worked his way to a 6 round unanimous decision over Dorian Beaupierre (12-5-2, 6 KOs) in Providence RI, on ESPN’s “The Contender.” The judge’s scorecards read 59-55, 58-56, 58-56. Espino wore his opponent down with hard body blows and nice combos to the head that landed in the later rounds. Look for Miguel to make some noise in the middleweight division as he marches toward the top ten. “I on a scale of 1-10 I give myself a 6. continue
13.02.06 - By Marlon Bernardino: QUEZON CITY, PHILIPPINES---Manny Pacquiao has no doubt Brian Viloria will stop Jose Antonio Aguirre of Mexico in their World Boxing Council (WBC) light flyweight title fight on Saturday(Sunday in Manila) at the Aladdin Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. “Brian is stronger and faster. All he has to do is find the right time and opportunity to land his knockout punch,” Pacquiao said in Filipino. continue
13.02.06 - By James Slater: The day of the James Toney v Evander Holyfield fight, back in 2003, I arrived at The Mandalay Bay early (much earlier than I had done at the De La Hoya v Mosley II fight, this time not having the rigours of a hangover to contend with). The place was already buzzing and a mock boxing ring had been set up along with two huge sized boxing gloves. One had Holyfield across it while the other was emblazoned with Toney's name. Programs and other merchandise were on sale and I further lightened my wallet. Two T-shirts, a cap and a program were now mine.
After a light lunch and a couple of beers I was strolling around the casino section. I was again enjoying the atmosphere and the anticipation that only a big fight can bring. I hadn't yet noticed any boxers or celebrities but put this down to my early arrival. Also, Holyfield v Toney didn't figure to be as huge an event as the De La Hoya fight. But then I had to double check my vision. None other than Evander Holyfield and a small entourage walked right past me! My pulse quickened, something I had grown accustomed to in the past few weeks, and I fumbled for my pen. I composed myself as best I could and approached Evander from the side as he was still walking. continue
DEERFIELD BEACH, Fla.—It’s not unusual for boxers to call out opponents, but World Boxing Association welterweight champion Luis Collazo has taken this tradition one step further by officially signing contracts to face “Pretty Boy” Floyd Mayweather, Carlos “Tata” Baldomir, “Sugar” Shane Mosley, Miguel Cotto, Arturo “Thunder” Gatti and Antonio Margarito. Collazo made a special trip on Friday to visit his promoter, Don King, to affix his signature on the bottom line of six contracts. continue
13.02.06 - On Saturday night, Feb. 18 at 12:30 a.m. (ET/PT) and replaying Friday, Feb. 24 at 10:45 p.m. (ET/PT) and Saturday, Feb. 25 at 3:15 p.m. (ET/PT), HBO2 will replay VARGAS vs. QUARTEY 2000 and DE LA HOYA vs. MOSLEY I, 2000. The Vargas-Quartey fight was waged on April 15, 2000 in Las Vegas and was a thrilling slugfest between Fernando Vargas and Ike Quartey in which Vargas was the welterweight victor. continue
13.02.06 - By Geoffrey Ciani: The other day, I had a conversation with Mushroom Mag colleague, Christian Twiste, wherein we discussed an article written by another colleague, Mr. ‘No Relation’ Ebert. The topic of the conversation revolved around Ebert’s declaration that Raging Bull was the best film of the 1980’s. Was this true? Was Raging Bull truly the best film released that decade? Well, on its face, it was a difficult assertion to challenge; indeed, this movie is on a very short list of best film from the 80’s, if not at the very top.
In an ironic twist of fate, another colleague of mine, Mark O’Grady (who stars in the new hit reality series, Seeking Madam Mushroom), was recently given a copy of this movie as a gift. Much to my delight, this afforded me the opportunity to once again view this masterpiece, allowing me to reconsider the merits of Ebert’s claim. continue
(Pueblo, Colorado, February 13, 2006, Gladiator Sports Management) Zeferino Ramirez and JewBoy Promotions promised a “Night of Knock Outs” and they certainly delivered!! In front of an estimated crowd of 750 rowdy and raucous boxing fans. The fans spent most of the night on their feet and went home with horse voices from the non stop cheering. continue
February 12, 2006 - Fisticuffs Promotions, in conjunction with Duva Boxing, proudly announces a blockbuster February 24, ESPN2-televised night of professional boxing at the Turning Stone Casino and Resort in Verona, New York, headlined by two of their world-class super lightweights and supported by one the world’s top up-and-coming young heavyweights. continue
12.02.06 - By Mike Casey: It is virtually certain that Joe ‘Sandy’ Saddler was too worldly and intelligent a man to expect the boxing world to come and pay him homage when he concluded his wonderful career. Saddler had long been aware of the general perception of him. He was the ugly duckling of the game, the powerful and sometimes ungainly brute who gatecrashed the party and kicked sand in everyone’s face. His formidable ring achievements were too graphically emphatic to ever be denied, but they were greeted with that strangely muted reaction that comes from grudging admiration. His face didn’t fit, his style didn’t obligingly slot into any one category.
Saddler, the tall and almost skeletal man from Boston, had won in all parts of the world and defeated the champions of seven different countries. As well as campaigning in his homeland, his tireless pursuit of the featherweight championship took him to Cuba, Panama, the Philippines, Paraguay, Uruguay, Chile, Venezuela and Argentina. continue
12.02.06 - Ricky Burns will throw a spanner into the works when he takes on Alex Arthur for his British, Commonwealth and European Super-Featherweight titles this Saturday (18 February). Burns, who backs up his ring career as a car mechanic, aims to stall Arthur's dreams of a world title fight by beating the flash Edinburgh star at the Meadowbank Stadium. continue
12.02.06 - Chicago brawler Luciano “El Mohicano”Perez, 12-3-1 (11KO’s) will face St. Louis native Steve Vincent, 8-4 (7KO’s) in an eight round welterweight bout in the co-main event of this Friday night’s SOLO BOXEO event at Cicero Stadium, it was announced today by Dominic Pesoli, President of 8 Count Productions, HOME OF THE BEST IN CHICAGO BOXING. continue
12.02.06 - By Eric Duran: After the ‘downer’, for Colorado fight fans, of the disappointing showing by Denver's Donald Camarena on ESPN's Friday Night Fights, another of Colorado's prospects was on display Saturday night in Pueblo, Colorado and had much better results. Zeferino Ramirez and JewBoy Promotions presented "Night of The Knockouts". A crowd of about 350-400 people showed up to show their support for the local prospect Marvin Cordova. continue
12.02.06 - By Aaron King: With an upcoming schedule positively bursting with quality fights, why not make a few conjectures on them? It’s never too early to start making your predictions, and so I will make mine.
We’ll look at the fights by category: No-Brainers, Pick-‘Em and the Big Ones (not to be confused with Aerosmith’s 1994 greatest hits collection). I’m feeling hot after correctly picking every single playoff game this year in the NFL, which is a first for me. My apologies to “Rico Suabe,” whom was trying to avoid Super Bowl results when he read my last article. On to the predictions: continue
12.02.06 - Regarding the loss to Paul Malignaggi: “First and foremost, I am fine and doing well. I have had, and continue to receive calls of well wishes. Thank you all. I would like to apologize to everyone for losing my title, it’s a hard pill to swallow, I wanted so badly to knock this guy out (Paul Malignaggi) that it influenced my style of fighting. I guess I let his bad mouthing get to me and I only thought of knocking him out, it was the wrong approach.” - Donald Camarena continue
12.02.06 - From WBC President Jose Sulaiman: “I am very happy to announce the return home of Nellie Catalina Esper Sulaiman after she had been kidnapped for one year, eight months, and 12 days. Nellie, the only daughter of my only sister, has returned safe and well. “I would like to extend my most profound gratitude to so many friends in boxing that called and extended so many prayers to The Almighty for her safe return during such tragedy and sadness. continue
PROVIDENCE, RI – The highly anticipated match-up between Peter Manfredo, Jr. and Scott Pemberton, scheduled for this evening at the Dunkin Donuts Center in Providence, Rhode Island has been postponed due to the blizzard conditions currently hammering the North East. The event will go on tomorrow evening with doors opening at 6 PM and the first bout happening at 7 PM. continue
11.02.06 - By Izyaslav “Slava” Koza: Last we heard the new WBA champ Nikolai Valuev is rumored to grapple with Owen “who the heck?” Beck on April 1st in Germany. What can be said about this but that it is really a huge disappointment for most boxing fans. To me, it is really disappointing in a different sense, in that I had expected big Valuev to exceed our expectations and not fight the mandatory fighter, as it seemed obvious he was going to do based on the fact that he now owes him something like half of his purse for the next few fights.
I love it when fighters surprise us by not taking that voluntary defense against guys we don’t care about, but Valuev’s management has opted to follow old boxing traditions. It's hard for me to attack the decision in a sense because if they feel they are not ready for a big fight this soon after the last big one, in which most agreed that at the very least the big Russian did not look good, then they will not jeopardize the hold on the belt. It's common logic but again as a common fan it’s a shame, because Owen Beck, while possessing some skills, has been beaten both times he stepped up, and his wins are against a “who is who?” of fighters. continue
11.02.06 - By Robin York: Despite no opponent being confirmed for Ricky Hatton's American invasion, part of the plan was revealed at a packed press conference on Thursday aboard the WW2 era warship HMS Belfast. The thrust of the event was that Ricky Hatton had signed a three fight deal with Philadelphia based Banner Promotions and British outfit Fight Academy, confirming rumours that had been sweeping the UK press for the last week. continue
TK Stewart, February 12, 2006 - Freddie Roach, Massachusetts native and trainer of numerous boxing world champions, was close to home in Connecticut last night. Roach was at Foxwoods Resort and Casino to assist one of his latest proteges, Peter Manfredo of "The Contender" fame, who will be facing Scott Pemberton on Sunday night in Rhode Island. Roach sat ringside with broadcasters Teddy Atlas and Joe Tessitore during the ESPN2 Friday Night Fights boxing telecast. continue
11.02.06 - By Per Ake Persson: WBF supermiddle champ Stepjan Bozic from Croatia fights on the undercard to Abraham vs Taylor March 4 in Oldenburg against Russian David Gogia. In case of a win Bozic is likely to be signed up by Sauerland Event. Also on the bill is IBF I/C heavyweight champ Henry Akinwande, who takes on Cisse Salife. Off the show is Marischa Sjauw, who was to have fought WIBF jr middle titleholder Heidi Hartmann. continue
10.02.06 - By James Slater: Is it finally time to add a super heavyweight division to boxing? As much as this would annoy the purists, who still cherish the tradition of eight weight divisions, such as there were years ago; in terms of safety alone I think a division with a higher poundage limit has to arrive. A boxer is classed as a heavyweight if he weighs in as much as one pound over two hundred pounds.
Should he be expected then, to fight a man weighing anything up to three hundred pounds or more ( which is the case with new WBA champ Nikolai Valuev)? Surely this would be grossly unfair, and dangerous. Would a featherweight be expected to box a cruiserweight? Of course not. There would be absolute outrage if ever such a proposition were even mentioned. And rightly so. The question is, why do the heavyweights get neglected in terms of ring safety? What makes them any different? continue
10.02.06 - By Kevin Kincade: Over the last two days I’ve read of a couple of well-intentioned articles concerned with improving the sport in some way. What this tells me is, obviously, there is an undercurrent among the boxing fans that something’s wrong. Let’s have a super-heavyweight division, let’s have a super-fighter tournament, etc., etc., etc. Well, since I consider these two suggestions kind of radical and going in the wrong direction, allow me to submit a simple suggestion. continue
SANTA YNEZ, CA (February 10, 2006 ) -- Promoter Gary Shaw announced today the signing of undefeated IBF/IBO flyweight champion VICTOR DARCHINYAN to an exclusive promotional agreement with Gary Shaw Productions, LLC. Darchinyan will be making his next title defense, Friday, March 3, against Diosdado Gabi, world-rated No.2 by the WBC and No. 4 by the IBF, at the Chumash Casino Resort in Santa Ynez, CA. Showtime will televise it live as the main event of "SHOBOX: The New Generation" at 11 P.M. ET/PT (delayed on the west coast.) continue
PROVIDENCE (February 10, 2006) - USNBC cruiserweight champion Matt "Too Smooth" Godfrey (10-0, 4 KOS) is locked and loaded for his Sunday night (Feb. 12) showdown against veteran Ernest "M-16" Mateen (28-11-3, 10 KOs) in their six-round bout on "The Contender Special - East Coast Pride" at the Dunkin' Donuts Center in Providence. continue
10.02.06 - FERNANDO VARGAS: I have been training like never before. I have been going 14 rounds. In between rounds, before the minute is up and am up and ready to go. I am going to do 14 today. I am going to take it to another level. I want to thank my strength and fitness coach Robert Ferguson for keeping me strong and being able to help me with effective weight loss and he’s the man when it comes to that. And I want to thank Danny Smith – with all of the offense I am working on I am very excited. I am excited about this fight and I have been working very hard. I am going to be putting on constant pressure from round one.
Will being in the movie Alpha Dog have a negative impact on you in preparation?
FERNANDO VARGAS: I am not even thinking about losing. I am preparing for this on and when I win on February 25, we will talk about Alpha Dog after that. Obviously I have been offered a lot of movie roles that I am excited about. That will continue after my boxing career, but right now against Shane Mosley you will definitely see a very hungry and ready for action Fernando Vargas. continue
10.02.06 - Three Hennessy Sports fighters have landed British Title shots. Lenny Daws has been formally rewarded for his outstanding win over Colin Lynes in January with a showdown against Nigel Wright at light welterweight, whilst Lee Meager and Dave Stewart will meet for the lightweight version of the Championship. continue
WAYNE, NJ (February 10, 2006) -- Promoter Gary Shaw announced last night that he has been empowered by Winky Wright to consummate the previously negotiated contract between Wright, world middleweight champion Jermain Taylor, and HBO. "Jim Wilkes, Winky's attorney and representative, contacted me last night and authorized me to conclude the negotiations for Winky's title challenge, under the terms and conditions already agreed upon by Team Wright, Team Taylor and HBO," said Shaw. continue
10.02.06 - Hall of Fame Promoter and Top Rank Chairman Bob Arum is embarking on a two-day four-city South Texas tour to promote “Real Warriors”, the World Welterweight Championship fight between Antonio Margarito, considered one of the most feared boxers in the sport, and Laredo Texas’ very own Manual “Shotgun” Gomez. Arum will arrive in San Antonio on Monday February 13 and will wrap up the mini-tour Tuesday February 14 in McAllen. continue
10.02.06 - Oscar de la Hoya: Hello everyone and it is very nice to be able to talk to everyone. Thanks to the media for being on. I am extremely proud to be promoting this great show between Sugar Shane Mosley against Fernando Vargas. These are two fighters that I know very well and I can tell you one thing – this is going to be a very exciting fight. Being a fighter, I can tell you that both Vargas and Mosley are going to come out really strong and they are going to be in the best shape ever because they both know that this is an opportunity to really shine and take their game to the next level. People have speculated in the past that Shane hasn’t looked the same and this and that. Well, many fighters know that when you have an opponent that is not a big name and it is not a big championship fight it is sometimes difficult to get motivated – and I’m sure Sugar Shane is motivated for every fight, but it’s not the same training for a Fernando Vargas. The way he trains for this fight is just different than the way he trained for his last fight. So this is going to bring out the best in Shane Mosley - the Shane Mosley that beat me twice – the Shane Mosley that is going to come out fast and that’s why it is going to be such a great, great fight. continue
10.02.06 - Future superstar Josesito Lopez will now face Gerardo “El Torito” Zayas. They will be battling for the vacant WBC Continental Americas lightweight title on Friday, February 17 from the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, California. Lopez’ original opponent, Roberto Ventura, was scratched off the card due to the lack of a verifiable record and his legitimate position as a title contender. continue
09.02.06 - By MARLON BERNARDINO: QUEZON CITY, PHILIPPINES---NEVER dare to change the channel when you watch Brian Viloria and Jose Antonio Aguirre square off on Feb. 18 (Feb. 19 in Manila) for the World Boxing Council (WBC) light-flyweight crown. It may be over before you push the back button of your remote. Viloria, the reigning champion, wants to finish off his Mexican challenger in the early goings of their scheduled 12-rounder at the Aladdin Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. continue
New York-Fan favorite Ireland's John Duddy (15-0, 13 KO's) will be back in the Big Apple spotlight and looking to roll off his 16th consecutive win when the middleweight battles Shelby Pudwill (21-2-1, 9KO's) for the WBC Intercontinental Americas Middleweight Championship in the main event at "Shamrock Express." continue
09.02.06 - Photo by Wray Edwards - While there are plenty of businessmen and opportunists, only a select few of the fighters in today’s heavyweight division have truly demonstrated a willingness to face anyone put in front of them. "IBF champion Chris Byrd, 39-2-1 (20 KOs), has admirably never shied away from any challenger. And by facing each other last September, former WBO champion Wladimir Klitschko, 45-3 (40 KOs), and future king Samuel “The Nigerian Nightmare” Peter, 25-1 (21 KOs), proved they belong in that brave group as well."
With Byrd and Klitschko scheduled to rematch on April 22 in Mannheim, Germany and live on HBO, Peter’s promoter Dino Duva says he’d like to see the show transformed into a night for True Heavyweight Warriors by having Peter appear in the opening bout.
“You’ve got Chris Byrd, true to form, being brave enough to go back to Germany and face a man who has already beaten him and you’ve got Wladimir Klitschko, who continues to fight through all kinds of adversity and has shown the willingness to take on the tough opposition,” explains Duva. continue
9.02.06 - By Mike Indri - Retired Boxers Foundation - For the longest time the talk within boxing has been revolved around the sad state of the heavyweight division; and it's inability or unwillingness of the division's four champions (IBF: Chris Byrd, WBA: Nicolay Valuev, WBC: Hasim Rahman, and WBO: Lamon Brewster) to step up and unify the title. In a sense, restore the pride, luster and respect to what was once the most revered and cherished title in all of sports, being know as the world heavyweight champion! continue
BLOOMFIELD, NJ – Today boxing superstar Arturo Gatti underwent minor elective surgery to repair the torn ligament in his right hand that has caused him problems in his past few bouts, it was announced today by Main Events CEO Kathy Duva. Gatti chose February for the elective surgery so that he would be ready in plenty of time for his June/July return to the ring on HBO. continue
February 9, 2006 - Mexico City - From WBC President Jose Sulaiman: The purse offer for the middleweight world title fight between champion Jermain Taylor and No. 1 ranked official challenger Ronald 'Winky' Wright will be held this Friday, February 10, 2006, at 12:00 noon, at the WBC Executive Offices in Mexico City.
09.02.06 - By Grant Jeans: Tomorrow’s press conference scheduled for 10.30am at HMS Belfast in London is likely to see the announcement of WBA and IBF light-welterweight champion Ricky Hatton’s next opponent. There has been much speculation on both sides of the Atlantic as to whom ‘The Hitman’ will face in his 41st professional bout but unfortunately I am none the wiser having weighed up all the rumours flying around.
However it is safe to say that it will not be Floyd Mayweather Jnr, who holds the WBC 140lbs crown as it was confirmed yesterday that he will face Zab Judah at The Thomas and Mack Center on 8th April for the latter’s IBF welterweight title.
Unbeaten Puerto Rican Miguel Cotto, who holds the other main light-welterweight strap, will put his WBO title on the line against Gianluca Branco in his home country on 4th March. continue
PROVIDENCE, RI (February 9, 2006) – U.S. Olympian Jason “Big Six” Estrada (5-0, 1 KO) plans on making a big splash in the heavyweight pool, starting Sunday night (Feb. 12) against Yanqui Diaz (13-3, 8 KOs) in a six-round bout, on “The Contender Special – East Coast Pride” card, at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center in Providence. continue
February 8, 2006 - By TK Stewart: Bangor Daily News - There is a growing grass roots campaign among Internet boxing bloggers and message board lurks to sabotage the February 25th pay-per view boxing match between Shane Mosley and Fernando Vargas. Boxing fans, fed up with the increasing frequency of pay-per view events and the apparent greed of boxing promoters seem to be collectively gasping, “Enough is enough!” continue
08.02.06 - By Michael Klimes - The Scene: The super middleweight division has been clamouring for a definitive fight and a definitive champion for some time now. Some time now may in fact be an understatement. When was the last time the super middleweight division saw a truly meaningful contest between two equally matched combatants? I think of Roy Jones Junior vs. James Toney that was twelve years ago. I think of Nigel Benn vs. Gerald McClellan, which was eleven years ago and Joe Calzaghe vs. Chris Eubank was nine years ago. The Welshman floored the self- styled ‘Lord of Brighton.’
Calzaghe in 2006 (like Eubank was in 1997) is the aristocracy of the division.
Calzaghe’s sad tale has become all too stale in sport. Natural talent fused with an impressive amateur career (which could have blossomed into something much more) vanished like unplugged water into the sink. Jeff Lacy at 28 is at a place where his opponent was not at his age: A career-defining bout. continue
08.02.06 - By Jim Amato: This was a young man that had world champion written all over him. He had all the potential in the world to have become a boxing superstar. Hedid achieve the status of world title holder due to the fragmented title system of the day but I thought he would have accomplished so much more. Only Tony Ayala Jr. in that era disappointed me more. What a great fighter Matthew Hilton could have been. continue
NEW YORK, NY (February 8, 2006) – Can anyone stop “Pretty Boy” Floyd Mayweather? Long considered boxing’s pound-for-pound champion, the undefeated Mayweather faces his greatest challenge when he attempts to capture his fourth world title in as many weight divisions when he takes on three-time world champion Zab “Super” Judah in a blockbuster showdown for Judah’s IBF welterweight title, Saturday, April 8, at the Thomas & Mack Center, Las Vegas, NV. The fight was announced today at a news conference at The New York Palace Hotel. continue
08.02.06 - By Jason Peck: Antonio Tarver’s possible next opponents include Roy Jones Jr., Mike Tyson and Rocky Balboa. The first two are spent figureheads removed from title contention; the last one is a fictional character that held the world heavyweight championship somewhere from the late Muhammad Ali Era to the early Mike Tyson Period. Tarver faces him in Rocky 6, when he assumes the ridiculous name “Mason Dixon” and plays the heavyweight champion of the world. But I still give Balboa even money against the other two.
Antonio Tarver cracked the P4P rankings and secured the light-heavyweight throne two years ago when he knocked out long-time champ Roy Jones Jr. in the second round. continue
08.02.06 - By Marlon Bernardino: MANDALUYONG CITY, PHILIPPINES---FILIPINO-American Brian "Hawaiian Punch" Viloria stakes his World Boxing Council (WBC) light flyweight title against Jose Antonio Aguirre on Feb. 18 (Feb. 19 in Manila) at the Aladdin Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. It will serve as an appetizer for the World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight title clash between reigning champ Antonio Margarito and Manuel Gomez. continue
08.02.06 - By Per Ake Persson: There are negotiations for an unification fight between WBA lightheavy champ Fabrice Tiozzo and WBO counterpart Zsolt Erdei. "In my eyes it´s the best possible fight for both men" states promoter Michel Acaries. It´s a complicated deal though as it involves an interim title (or for the "standard" WBA title) fight between Tiozzo´s mandatory contender, Italian veteran Silvio Branco, and Puerto Rican Manny Siaca as well. continue
08.02.06 – On March 21 – 25, more than 200 amateur athletes from Northern California will compete in the 75th Annual San Francisco Golden Gloves at the historic Bill Graham Civic Auditorium. Established in 1931, the San Francisco Golden Gloves is the city’s oldest sports franchise, predating both the 49ers and the Giants. continue
08.02.06 - Hammond, IN - Mayor Thomas McDermott, Jr., and the City of Hammond, today officially welcomed Octavius James/One In A Million Inc. Long awaited Feb. 24th “Slugfest 2006,” calling the show “the beginning of a new era of professional boxing for the City Of Hammond.” continue
07.02.06 - By Geoffrey Ciani: On April 22, IBF heavyweight champion Chris Byrd will defend the title against #1 contender, Wladimir Klitschko. This will be the second time these two square off. The first time they met was back in October of 2000, when Wladimir Klitschko pitched a virtual shutout against Byrd, winning very round while dropping him twice en route to a lop-sided unanimous decision. And frankly, I can’t envision anything differently happening this time around (barring a KO win for Klitschko).
To be sure, this is professional boxing where anything and everything can happen – particular in the heavyweight division, where one punch can change the entire course of a fight. That said, I’m hard-pressed to think of anything Byrd can do differently to reverse the outcome of their first encounter. In fact, I’m hard-pressed to think of anything Byrd can do differently to even make things slightly more competitive. Judges scorecards in their first bout read 120-106, 119-107, & 118-108, all in favor of Wladimir; and these scorecards were actually generous to Byrd (how anyone could have scored the bout anything other than 120-106 means someone was just looking for a way to give Byrd a “close” round here or there). continue
LAS VEGAS (February 8, 2006) – The battling Mitchell twins out of Philadelphia, Eric (“Murder”) and Aaron (“Homicide”), are looking for a few good fights in 2006 after recently receiving their promotional freedom. Eric (18-4-1, 9 KOs) is coming off of a sensational first-round knockout of previously unbeaten Rob Dula (15-0-1) a year ago in St. Louis, while Aaron’s (23-1-1, 18 KOs) last fight was a fifth-round stoppage of Carlton Holland 26 months ago in New York City. continue
07.02.06 - By James Slater: The MGM Grand, Las Vegas - 2003: “You Know Jim, I ain’t even got a ticket for this here fight, I ain’t makin’ no money Jim.” Although I felt flattered being spoken to on a first name basis by one of my all-time favourite boxing heroes, what he was saying was clearly not good news. He seemed down, not at all like all the other boxers I’d met, who seemed to positively shine when recognised. He then, only half jokingly, asked me to buy him lunch and I was at a loss. I blurted out something like, “Let’s go get a drink, I’ll buy you a drink.” But an already turning away Iran Barkley muttered, “I don’t drink Jim” and then he was gone.
The above paragraph relates to the latter part of a conversation I had with the great Iran Barkley. I was fortunate enough to have met him while in Vegas for the De La Hoya v Mosley rematch. And although it was still a thrill to meet him, it was also saddening to a degree due to some of the things he said. He clearly wasn’t reaping the rewards his incredible career should have guaranteed him and I sensed he wished he could turn the clock back. continue
07.02.06 - By Per Aker Persson: Polish BoxingEurope, headed by Andrei Gmitruk, will bring three of their fighters, Mariusz Wach, Roman Shkarupa and Mariusz Cendrowski to the US and have them appear on Main Events´ show in North Bergen, NJ, March 10. Gmitruk, who trains and co-manages WBC 175 lb champ Tomasz Adamek, also reports that Adamek might defend the title May 6. continue
07.02.06 - This Sunday, Feb 12th at the Dunkin' Donuts Center in Providence RI, Miguel Espino (10-2-1 4 KO’s) get’s his shot to shine on ESPN, as The Contender air’s it’s next edition of professional fights labeled “East Coast Pride”. In the Co-main event to the Peter Manfredo Jr. vs Scott Pemperton headliner, Espino takes on the rough and always game Dorian Beaupierre (12-4-2 6 KO’s) in an 8 round slugfest. continue
06.02.06 - Two of boxing's premiere heavyweights will collide in Mannheim, Germany when IBF Heavyweight Champion Chris Byrd (39-2-1, 20KO's) steps into the ring against former heavyweight champion and top contender Wladimir Klitschko (45-3, 40KO's) on Saturday night April 22nd in Mannheim, Germany. This is the second meeting between these two warriors. The first meeting took place over five years ago in October of 2000 when Klitschko defended his WBO Heavyweight Title with a 12-round unanimous decision victory in a fight that also took place in Germany.
Since capturing the once vacant IBF title against Evander Holyfield, Byrd has successfully defended his title four times; most recently winning a unanimous decision victory over DaVarryl Williamson on October 1st, 2005. In Klitschko's last fight, he cemented his place among the top heavyweights and put himself in position for a title shot with a unanimous decision victory over previously unbeaten Samuel Peter in Atlantic City on September 24th. The Byrd-Klitschko IBF/IBO Heavyweight Championship Bout will be aired on HBO World Championship Boxing on Saturday Night April 22nd.
(COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.) – The 2006 U.S. Championships will kick off on March 6 at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., as the nation’s top amateur boxers face off for the first national title of 2006. Final round competition will be contested on March 11 at the Sheraton Colorado Springs Hotel Grand Ballroom. Championship night is being co-hosted by USA Boxing and the Colorado Springs Sports Corporation. continue
06.02.06 - In what figures to be an exciting, hard-hitting battle, undefeated IBF flyweight champion Vic Darchinyan will make his United States debut and third title defense when he faces IBF No. 6 contender, southpaw Diosdado Gabi, in the Friday, March 3 main event on "ShoBox: The New Generation" on SHOWTIME (11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast). continue
02.06.06 - By Vanessa McConnell, photos by CJ Cansler-- huge photo gallery -- The UFC Ultimate Fighting Championships don’t get any better than it did with UFC 57 where Randy Cotoure and Chuck Liddell faced off in the Octagon cage for the third time. This sold out event was held at the Mandalay Bay and packed in 11,200 fans in the arena and over 1,300 fans in their closed caption room, all to watch the Live Pay Per View event.
There was a lot of trash talking before the bout by both Liddell and Cotoure. Cotoure said things like, “I hope Chuck catches me and try to knock me out,” and Liddell was confident in his threats to, “put him on his back.” It was a juicy but quick bout. So quick that the crowd didn’t have time to take a seat.
There was a ton of celebrities and ultimate fighters in the arena rooting for their favorite fighter and friends. Charles Barkley came with his game face on, we couldn’t tell if he was drunk or just naturally mumbles when he talks because we couldn’t understand one word out of his mouth when they asked him his take on the fight. When they showed a clip of Paris Hilton the entire arena screamed out boo’s, I was shocking to see their reaction to her face on the screen. continue
06.02.06 - By Aaron King: Last time I sat down to write a piece, I was entranced in an angst-driven furor. I’m usually not so depraved, but forgive me if you will, it happens to the best of us. However, the resentment is behind me now, thanks in large part to the Super Bowl victory of Pittsburgh (home to yours truly), and I’m ready to start anew. continue
05.02.06 - By Troy Ondrizek: What started out a few days ago as jubilation for Shannon Briggs with the potential fight with David Tua; has turned into an ugly affair with Dino Duva. An argument has sprung up between Duva, the promoter of Samuel Peter, and Shannon Briggs. Scott Hirsch is Shannon's manager and is in the middle of the ruckus himself. Duva claimed that he never offered Shannon a specific fight with Peter, or ever went around Shannon's management about offering him a fight. Scott Hirsch stands by Shannon and their statements that Duva is the one lying. Scott had this to say about the whole ordeal. continue
05.02.06 - By James Slater: Being at a big fight is a truly incredible experience, I have been lucky enough to attend quite a few big fights and there really is no comparison to watching on television, although this too is a great experience. Madison Square Garden is for many the greatest venue to attend a fight, the place is just soaked in tradition and atmosphere and it is a very special place for both the fighters and the fans.
Many legendary boxers have fought here and quite a few had their pro-debut in the Garden, men like George Foreman and Evander Holyfield to name just two. The greatest night for most at the Garden though was the first epic fight between Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier in 1971. This was the first time two undefeated heavyweight champions ever fought one another. It was indeed an historic event and fittingly it took place in such a venue. continue
05.02.06 - Former IBF Bantamweight Champion and 1992 Olympic Bronze Medalist Tim Austin (27-1 -1, 24 KOs), who is currently ranked #8 in the January WBC ratings, is chomping at the bits to fight superstar Manny Pacquiao in spring in the Philippines. "Friday Night Pacquiao's trainer, Freddie Roach was quoted as saying to me to wait in line; but I am waiting at the start of the queue mate", 'The Cincinnati Kid' said in a mock British accent in issuing a formidable challenge to Pacquiao." continue
05.02.06 - Promoter Duva harshly rebuts Briggs’ claims of a 600,000 offer to fight Samuel Peter. Incensed by the publicly made claims of heavyweight contender Shannon Briggs and his manager, Scott Hirsch, regarding a possible fight against Samuel Peter, promoter Dino Duva has issued the following response:
“I normally don’t like responding to con artists, or getting involved in a circus act, but Shannon Briggs and his manager Scott Hirsch’s statements last night were so full of lies that I must respond to them this one time. I’ve always liked Shannon and Scott personally, but I think Shannon’s dreadlocks may be turning his brains to mush. It’s also disappointing to me that Scott may be falling for his lies. continue
(Pueblo, Colorado, February 5, 2006, JewBoy Promotions) Zeferino Ramirez and JewBoy Promotions have put together a very solid 6 bout fight card set for the Pueblo Convention Center in Pueblo, Colorado on Saturday February 11th. The main and co-main event will feature 3 undefeated and 1 once defeated fighters squaring off to see who continues as a prospect and who falls to the back of the line. The show is scheduled for 5pm with doors opening at 4 pm. Tickets are very reasonably priced and are available at the Pueblo Convention Center box office. continue
04.02.06 - By Joseph Carlo Russo: After viewing Showtime’s February 4th Championship Sparring Edition between Jose Luis Castillo and Rolando Reyes, I was quite perturbed by something other than the lackluster performances displayed by both fighters. I was perturbed by something that potentially lead and created for the lackluster performances that were exhibited that night. continue
EL PASO, Tex. (Feb. 4, 2006) – Photo: Tom Casino / Showtime- Styles do indeed make fights and -- for 36 minutes -- Rolando Reyes’s counter-punching style totally frustrated Jose Luis Castillo. At the finish, however, it was the former two-time World Boxing Council (WBC) lightweight champion who came away with a lopsided 12-round decision Saturday on SHOWTIME.
In an exciting, extremely close SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING co-feature at the Don Haskins Center on the University of Texas El Paso (UTEP) campus, Jose Armando Santa Cruz successfully defended his North American Boxing Federation (NABF) 135-pound title with a hard-fought, unanimous 12-round decision over Edner Cherry. A doubleheader co-promoted by Bob Arum’s Top Rank, Inc. and Gary Shaw Productions, LLC, aired at 9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast). continue
04.02.06 - By Aaron King: I’ve been turning this question over in my head over and over again for a while now – How does a young person like myself gain acceptance in a world based on experience and longevity? Keep in mind the antipathy with which my generation is viewed.
Boxing is a game of respect, not only regarding its competitors but also those who cover it. You should see the looks I get when I want an interview or take a seat at ringside or in a press box. To be honest, it’s not only when I cover boxing. It happens when I cover basketball, football, elections … pretty much any time I show up. I get the “who the hell is this punk?” look. continue
04.02.06 - By Jim Amato: I'll be very honest with you. When this fight that will take place February 25th was made , I was pretty excited about it. Yes I know it is a fight that should have been made years ago but it wasn't so I'll take it now. With that said, I hope these two ancient warriors don't go into slow motion mode and bore the hell out of the paying viewers. For some reason, I don't think that is going to happen. Call it pride or whatever, I believe both boxers feel a part of their legacy is on line. I'm hoping that pride will kick in and the boxers will give all they have left. If that is the case, then it should be a very exciting affair. This is a real good style match up here.
There is also another motivating factor for Mosley and Vargas. The winner may get to meet Oscar De La Hoya later this year. That is provided that the "Big Oscar" wins the title in May against Ricardo Mayorga. Even if Mayorga upsets Oscar, the winner of Mosley-Vargas could get a piece of Mayorga. That's a nice chunk of change for Shane or Fernando. continue
04.02.06 - By Neil Goodman: From the title it would be easy to assume I talking about boxers, the fighters who risk everything between the ropes. But no, in this instance it is the promoters and match makers I am referring to.
How brave they are as they line up their charge to take on insurmountable odds. How daring and courageous they are, putting their arses in the firing line against the bigger and better man.
Of course this is not the case; managers and promoters, it would be fair to say, in general do not act on their altruistic instincts. Instead they look to fill the small hall events or the big arena nights with bums on seat and generate as much revenue as is wholly possible. continue
04.02.06 - Interview by Troy Ondrizek: Just last night the boxing community was abuzz with the news of Briggs and Tua squaring off against one another in April. Finally we have a fight between two proven and legitimate fighters; trying to get another title shot. Just as the euphoria began to wan a little; the whole dream came crashing down. David Tua backed out. Yes, when I heard that I was crushed. I had high hopes for this fight. So did many other fans. So Shannon wants everyone to know where he stands on this issue. So I got in touch with him to hear his side of the story.
Troy: Hey Shannon hows it going?
Shannon Briggs: "Not good Troy, nice to hear from you though."
Troy: I have heard conflicting reports regarding the Tua fight. Please can you share some light in the matter?
Shannon: "Troy I'm pissed off. Tua pulled out of the fight. We were going to make decent money, so that wasn't it. I got a call last night saying the fight might not happen, and then he pulled out. That pisses me off. David and I go way back. We have been trying to fight for a long time. That time was supposed to be now." continue
04.02.06 - Düsseldorf – Germany’s undefeated super middleweight boxing star Jürgen Brähmer beat South Africa’s Andre Thysse tonight at Burgwächter-Castello in Düsseldorf by unanimous decision over twelve rounds and remained on the route that should lead him to a world title shot within a year. The official scores were 117:111 twice and 117:112. continue
AIRWAY HEIGHTS, Wash. (Feb. 3, 2006) – Sechew “Iron Horse” Powell celebrated a family gathering on the fight card and continued his rise to prominence in the junior middleweight division with a convincing, 10-round unanimous decision over veteran Robert “Push Up” Frazier Friday on “ShoBox: The New Generation.” In the action-packed co-feature, Andre Berto kept his perfect record and his torrid knockout rate intact by stopping previously unbeaten Jonathan Tubbs with a third-round TKO in a welterweight clash. continue
04.12.06 - Samuel “The Nigerian Nightmare” Peter says now that David Tua has backed out of his scheduled fight against Shannon Briggs in April, he’d love it if Briggs would agree to face him instead. “Shannon, you talk big and call everybody out, but let’s see if you’re really a man.”
Peter, 25-1 (21 KOs), and Briggs, 45-4-1 (39 KOs), have waged a public war of words for the past year, both saying they are eager to face each other. Peter’s manager, Ivaylo Gotzev, says Team Peter is prepared to sign a contract immediately, and adds that promoter Dino Duva is ready to offer Briggs more money than he would have made for fighting Tua, but also claims he has his doubts about Briggs’ sincerity. “You always said you would fight Sam Peter, this is your chance, so don’t conveniently over-price yourself to get out of it. Just call Dino Duva immediately and we’ll get it on.” Gotzev also says if things go as he expects and Briggs over-prices himself or backs out, his man will be willing to face any heavyweight in the world in April. continue
04.12.06 - WBO Super Middleweight Champion Joe Calzaghe has signed and numbered twelve tickets to his much awaited showdown with Jeff Lacy on March 4th at Manchester's MEN Arena. These will be randomly sold to fans buying their tickets on www.joecalzaghe.com and the purchaser of the ticket bearing the number between one and twelve that corresponds to the round that Calzaghe wins the fight in, will be awarded Joe's autographed boxing trunks. Log onto www.joecalzaghe.com today to learn more but be aware that a limited number of tickets remain.
03.02.06 - By James Slater: As crazy as it sounds, Tommy Hearns’ latest comeback, at the age of forty seven, may actually lead to a world title fight. The reason I believe this is a possibility is due to the recent success of another fighting veteran, Virgil Hill. Hill annexed the WBA cruiserweight title just over a week ago with a great (for his age) points win over Valery Brudov. I’m certain that within hours of this result the thought at the forefront of Thomas Hearns’ mind was a rematch with Virgil. continue
03.02.06 - Photos: TOM CASINO / SHOWTIME: Jose Luis Castillo (left) and Rolando Reyes each tipped scales at 138 pounds Friday for their 12-round fight Saturday on SHOWTIME (9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast).
Edner Cherry (left) weighed 131 1/2 pounds while defending NABF champion Jose Armando Santa Cruz weighed 133 1/2 pounds for their NABF lightweight title bout in the SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING co-feature.
In a pair of excellent 12-rounders Saturday on SHOWTIME former two-time WBC lightweight champion Jose Luis Castillo faces Rolando Reyes in a 12-round lightweight bout and Jose Armando Santa Cruz defends his NABF 135-pound title against Edner Cherry. continue
NEW YORK, NY (February 3, 2006) -- Three-time world champions "PRETTY BOY" FLOYD MAYWEATHER and ZAB "SUPER" JUDAH will host a news conference luncheon announcing their welterweight title rumble, This Tuesday! February 7, at The New York Palace Hotel's L'Orangerie (455 Madison Ave. - between 50th & 51st Sts.), beginning at 11 A.M. Hall of Fame promoters Bob Arum and Don King will also be on hand, sharing the same dais for the first time since 1999's Oscar De la Hoya - Felix Trinidad promotion. continue
03.02.06 - Photo by Fabian Weber: Jürgen Brähmer, 26-0 (22), is one of the brightest stars and prospects of the Hamburg based Universum Box-Promotion. On the upcoming Universum event on Saturday he will defend his WBC international title belt against South African Andre Thysse. At today's official weigh-in at Ginos Restaurant in the KöGalerie of Düsseldorf Brähmer weighed 76,8 kg and Thysse weighed 76 kg. continue
03.02.06 - By Troy Ondrizek: In this decade we have seen boxing and its glamour division stuck in a mire of mediocrity. Lennox Lewis retired after an exciting and slightly controversial fight with Vitali Klitschko. Ever since that fight, the heavyweight division hasn’t given us fans much to cheer about. Sure there have been some entertaining bouts; mostly involving Lamon Brewster, but there still isn’t a defining moment or fighter for this current era. So a couple fighters from the 90’s came to the rescue and decided to give us something to talk about. Former linear heavyweight champion Shannon Briggs has been on a torrid pace of fighting, trying to climb the rankings and get himself a marquee fight to land a prospective title shot. He did just that, and has unofficially, but officially signed to fight former world title challenger David Tua.
Now some might say; why are these old fighters from a decade that seems so long ago now, why are they making big news fighting each other? Well, we need to remember that these fighter’s flames burned bright at a very young age. David Tua was twenty-seven when he fought the much anticipated and consequently disappointing title fight with Lennox Lewis. continue
03.02.06 - Revenge time for Hollie “Hot Stuff” Dunaway (14-4, 9 KOs) on February 16 as she faces Melissa “Haymaker” Shaffer (8-2, 5 KOs) at Harrah’s, Kansas City. Shaffer spoiled Dunaway’s pro debut by knockout the last time these two Arkansas natives fought, so Dunaway is coming to Kansas City for a victory and to defend her WIBA bantam title. continue
New Rochelle, NY, February 2, 2006 — On Friday February 10, for the first time ever, a professional boxing card comes to the Hynes Athletic Center at Iona College in New Rochelle. Promoter Bob Duffy of Ring Promotions, along with Tony Mazzarella have put together an exciting card, filled with local young talent featured in competitive bouts. continue
02.02.06 - Photo: TOM CASINO / SHOWTIME - Boxers (left-to-right) Jose Armando Santa Cruz, Jose Luis Castillo, Rolando Reyes and Edner Cherry pose after Thursday's press conference in El Paso, Tex. In the SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING doubleheader Saturday on SHOWTIME (9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast). Castillo faces Reyes in a 12-round lightweight belt and Santa Cruz risks his NABF lightweight title against Cherry.
In a pair of excellent 12-rounders Saturday on SHOWTIME (9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast), former two-time WBC lightweight champion Jose Luis Castillo faces Rolando Reyes in a 12-round lightweight bout and Jose Armando Santa Cruz defends his NABF 135-pound title against Edner Cherry.
02.02.06 - By Per Ake Persson: Finnish middle "Idi" Amin Asikainen, 16-0, is along with jr welter Juho Tolppola one of the headliners for P 3 Boxing, a promotional outfit which heads a recent resurrection of professional boxing in Finland with TV backing and sponsors in the back ground. I caught up Asikainen through his manager and trainer Pekka Maeki - if the name Maeki rings a bell, yes, this is the son of the ex-EBU jr welter champ. continue
02.02.06 - In a fabulous doubleheader on "ShoBox: The New Generation" Friday on SHOWTIME (11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast), up-and-coming Sechew "Iron Horse" Powell faces fellow New Yorker Robert "Push Up" Frazier in a 10-round junior middleweight clash, and Andre Berto will go head-to-head with Jonathan Tubbs in an eight-round welterweight battle of unbeatens. continue
02.02.06 - By Mike Southorn: Tom Sayers was born in Brighton, 25 May 1826 and was the son of a cobbler and a serving maid. Seemingly destined for illiteracy and a lifetime of labour, Sayers started young, working as a ‘Jack in the Water’ at age six. This job involved pushing pleasure boats in and out of the water, and cleaning them off between trips. At age 13, he got a better paying job working on the Brighton to Lewes railway. It was at this job that he first seemed destined to be a fighter.
While working at the beach young Tom had learned the mannerisms of the middle class and he seemed arrogant to his co-workers, who shunned him. Finally, after intervening with another worker who was coarsely wooing the foreman’s daughter, the resentment between Tom and his co-workers flared into violence. continue
02.02.06 - Carl Froch will return to the home of British Boxing a champion when he defends his Commonwealth super middleweight title against Australian tough guy Dale Westerman on the Hennessy Sports promoted ‘EAST TWO’ event at the York Hall in Bethnal Green on February 17th. The 28-year-old, regarded by some as the hottest property in the sport, took his fledgling steps as a professional at the historic and atmospheric venue as a founder member of Hennessy Sports’ ‘Real Class of 2002,’ but has not returned since stopping Varuzhan Davtyan in five rounds in March 2003. continue
02.02.06 - PUNXSUTAWNEY, PA (Groundhog Day) -- At sunrise this morning, Punxsutawney Phil, Seer of Seers, emerged from his burrow at Gobbler's Knob, wearing a Jeff 'Left Hook' Lacy t-shirt, and proclaimed that undefeated WBO super middleweight champion Joe Calzaghe's reign as world champion would last only four more weeks. (There was a brief debate on whether Phil was holding up four fingers to symbolize his prediction or merely waving, since he only has four digits on his little paw.) continue
02.02.06 - Moments after the defining victory of his boxing career, a tenth round knockout of seemingly invincible Jean-Marc Mormeck at Madison Square Garden’s Theater on January 7th, O’Neil Bell was rightfully ecstatic. He had added the WBC, WBA, and Ring magazine title belts to the IBF championship he already held. After years of struggle, he had finally made it to the top for the entire world to see. Add to the fact that he had done it as a huge underdog, and you would have excused the normally soft-spoken ‘Supernova’ if he had grabbed a microphone and shouted out to his critics, ‘I told you so.’
But he didn’t. It’s just not his style.
“It was tempting,” laughed Bell after the fight. “But actions speak louder than words. I guess it’s better for me to just keep my mouth shut and do the job. I don’t worry about anything else because I’m not gonna let my critics take me out of my game. I know where I came from, I know where I’m going and I know what I am, so I basically just ignore all the negativity and keep doing my thing. I’m seeking perfection. I’ve got a big picture in my mind that I’m trying to attain one day.” continue
DETROIT, MI (February 1, 2006) -- Undefeated IBF/IBO super middleweight champion JEFF 'LEFT HOOK' LACY will be one of the featured athletes in ESPN's upcoming Super Bowl XL commercial. "Sports Heaven" -- touting Mobile ESPN -- is scheduled to air during ABC's broadcast of Super Bowl X. Media can access the spot via this direct link . continue
02.02.06 - Bayamon, Puerto Rico native, Mike Gonzalez continued his knockout streak as he moved to 5-0 with five early stoppages with a 5th round knockout of Edgar Pedraza last Friday night as part of the 8 Count Productions and Golden Boy Promotions “Ring of Fire” SOLO BOXEO event at Cicero Stadium, just outside of Chicago. continue
02.02.06 - BY MIKE CASEY: Praise be to Kenny Weldon for telling some harsh truths about the state of boxing today. In a recent letter to Houston Boxing Scene, Kenny outlined some of his major concerns about lax boxing commissions and the alarming ease with which managers, trainers and boxers can now obtain licenses. He also took a well justified shot at the many odious creeps and so-called boxing fans who constantly cheapen this great sport of ours with their trash talk and foul-mouthed rants.
Hats off too to our mutual friend Jim Amato for immediately picking up on Kenny’s missive and syndicating it on Amato Boxing, a rare and welcome haven for genuine boxing people who don’t labour under the tiresome delusion that a fight fan has to prove his credentials by spouting the industrial language of a Tony Soprano or, for that matter, a James Toney. For the benefit of those of you who weren’t around at the time, Kenny Weldon was a good class featherweight of the seventies who notched 42 wins in his 50 pro fights in a ten-year career. He currently owns the Galena Park Boxing Academy in Houston and doesn’t care for much of what he sees in the greater boxing world beyond. continue
PHILADELPHIA, PA - Philadelphia’s beloved Bernard Hopkins returns to the city of brotherly love to make another professional debut—this time as President of promotional company Golden Boy Promotions East. Hopkins will host the March 3 fight card at the New Alhambra Sports and Entertainment Center in South Philadelphia that features his nephew—and one of the hottest prospects in boxing—unbeaten junior welterweight Demetrius Hopkins (22-0-1, 14KOs) in the main event. continue
LAS VEGAS – With two consecutive knockout wins at 140 pounds, former lightweight title challenger Juan Lazcano is proving to be an even more dangerous fighter at junior welterweight. On Friday, Feb. 24, ‘The Hispanic Causin’ Panic’ looks to make it three-in-a-row when he battles steel-chinned Ben ‘Wonder’ Tackie in the main event of Telefutura’s “Solo Boxeo” telecast. continue
01.02.06 Photos: Tom Casino / Showtime - Former two-time WBC lightweight champion Jose Luis Castillo will face Rolando Reyes in a 12-round lightweight bout in Saturday’s main event on SHOWTIME (9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast). In the SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING co-feature, Jose Armando Santa Cruz defends his NABF l135-pound title against Edwin Cherry.
JOSE LUIS CASTILLO
“I had prepared for a guy who came at me, but now I am expecting a totally different kind of fight. I hear Reyes is a mover with good handspeed. The first couple rounds could be difficult so I know I cannot take him lightly.
“But I know that once I find him, he is going to go. I figure by the fifth round or so. continue
01.02.06 - Düsseldorf - Jürgen Brähmer, the undefeated 27-year-old super middleweight contender from Germany is one of the brightest stars and prospects of the Hamburg based Universum Box-Promotion. On the upcoming Universum event on Saturday (ZDV live 23:00) the colorful and highly talented Brähmer will defend his WBC international title belt against South African Andre Thysse. continue
01.02.06 - By Per Ake Persson: EBU cruiser champ David Haye makes a voluntary defence of the title he won from Aleksander Gourov against Dane Lasse Johansen March 24 in London. IBO jr middle titleholder Mihaly Kotai will face Brit Steve Conway March 3 In Hartlepool. Kotai lost to Conway on points (by a wide margin) in December in a non-title fight, On the undercard Gregorz Proksa goes for the WBC Youth 160 lb title. continue
01.02.06 - By James Slater: This weekend Thomas Hearns will engage in the second bout of his latest comeback. He may well win, and he may well do so by KO. But surely, at his advanced age, the comeback is destined not to go very far. Tommy’s great days were back in the ‘80’s and ‘90’s and the fighting prowess he had in his possession then will remain a thing of the past, to be seen only when one slides a tape of “The Hitman’s” career highlights into the VCR. Which brings me to the subject of this piece - THE performance of Hearns’ great career.
Tommy’s finest win was achieved while fighting at his best weight and this produced his finest KO. He never lost as a light middleweight and those who saw his complete destruction of Roberto Duran were witness to a flawless fighting machine. On the day of this fight, in June 1984, A boxing legend reached his very peak. This KO victory was the quintessential Thomas Hearns! continue
WOBURN, Mass. (January 31, 2006) – A sellout crowd is expected at Saturday night’s “Super Brawl: The Battle of Boston,” featuring red-hot prospects “Ireland’s” John Duddy (14-0, 13 KOs) and Yuri Foreman (19-0, 7 KOs) in separate bouts, in The Castle at Park Plaza in downtown Boston. continue
NEW YORK (Jan. 31, 2006) – In the past 12 months, there have been several major upsets on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING, including most recently Carlos Baldomir over Zab Judah and O’Neil Bell over Jean-Marc Mormeck on Jan. 7. Among the favored boxers to come up short on America’s No. 1 Boxing Network in 2005 were Kostya Tszyu, who fell to Ricky Hatton in the consensus Upset of the Year, Wayne Braithwaite (Guillermo Jones and Mormeck), Owen Beck (Ray Austin) and Cory Spinks (Judah). continue
01.02.06 - By Chris Meyer, CEO Sauerland Event GmbH: It is great when you are involved in Heavyweight boxing at World level. Especially when you promote the Heavyweight Champion of the World. You do not have to open your mailbox, to see what other people want from you. All you have to do is to read the newspapers and check the internet, but as a matter of fact I do read my mails and I know exactly what is going on in our office.
Again, news reaches me that are without any real substance. Reports from the UK are saying that Nico Valuev will face the winner of Williams/Skelton next after his first defence on April 1. The real truth of the matter is that there have been absolutely no agreements on this; we not even have had any communication regarding such a match. Naturally, Nico Valuev is ready and willing to fight anybody out there, but he can only do so one at a time. Also, neither Williams nor Skelton are on our short list of possible contenders. How could they be? Neither is rated by the WBA.
Denver, Colorado, February 1, 2006, Gladiator Sports Management & Marketing) Hector “Chin Checka” Saez has improved his record to 8-3 with 5 big wins by knock-out including last night’s spectacular TKO6 over Juan Manual Matias who falls to 8-6, 3kos. Saez used his rough house-brawling style to frustrate and hurt Matias several times over the first five rounds, which left Matias looking to referee Ed Walsh for help. Walsh would not oblige as he dished out a warning to Matias for his constant holding and wrestling. Saez used his trademark left hook to the body to end matters at 1:33 of the sixth round. continue
HOLLYWOOD, FL, January 31 – As one of boxing’s best, pound for pound, former World Champion Joel Casamayor knows what it takes to compete at the highest levels of the sport on a consistent basis. On February 24th, ‘El Cepillo’ will show fight fans that he not only still has it, but that he’s ready to make another world title run in 2006 when he competes in the co-featured bout at the Seminole Hard Rock Live Arena in Hollywood, Florida, against an opponent to be announced shortly. continue
01.02.06 - With 32 days to go until Judgement Day at the M.E.N Arena, WBO World Super-Middleweight Champion Joe Calzaghe is smokin’ ahead of his shoot-out against IBF champ Jeff Lacy on March 4. In a recent interview on a boxing website, a confident Lacy stated: “I’m going over there to knock Calzaghe out!” which in return has fired-up the power-punching Welshman who is relishing a brawl with the unbeaten American.
“ A lot of American fighters challenging for my title have come over here before shooting their mouth off but they have come off second best and Lacy will be no different,” stormed Calzaghe. "Omar Sheika, Charles Brewer and Byron Mitchell, they have all said that they are going to knock me out but they all went back empty handed, Mitchell knocked me down but it just pissed me off and I got straight back up and fired back and stopped him later in the round anyway, Lacy’s talking big at the moment with Gary Shaw behind him but it will just be me and him on the night and lets see how brave he gets then,” continue
Fight Beat Entertainment is proud to present a full night of professional boxing at the Nashville Municipal Auditorium on Friday, March 31, 2006. Headlining FBE’s inaugural boxing show will be a battle for the vacant IBA World Cruiserweight Championship, between the pride of New Jersey, Bobby Gunn (15-2, 12KO) and “The Bonetown Brawler”, South Carolina’s Shelby Gross (16-3, 13KO). continue
NEW YORK (Jan. 31, 2006) – Andre Berto can look back now and chuckle. However, it was no laughing matter just a few years ago when the feisty fellow with the fast fists fought all the time. Berto was not a bully, bad kid or a street fighting young man. But if you gave him a dollar, he could be. Talk about getting a bang for your buck. continue
31.01.06 - By Robert Smith: The biggest Super middleweight fight since the whole world watched Gerald McClellan take on Nigel Benn on that tragic night in London, America and Britain will watch St.Petersburg's Jeff Lacy take on Wales' Joe Calzaghe at the MEN Arena in Manchester, England (the biggest indoor arena in Europe).The winner of this fight can call themself the best supermiddleweight since Roy Jones Jnr. and would surely deserve a place on the pound-for-pound lists.
The Italian Dragon, Calzaghe, is the longest-reigning world champion in boxing today. But he has only ever held the lightly-regarded WBO belt, a title that holds little respect over here in the States but seems to be accepted over there in Europe. Calzaghe has been searching for a career-defining fight for many years. Finally, the Welsh-Italian gets his wish in the shape of our very own Jeff Lacy.
Calzaghe has beaten five former world champions, but apart from that, and apart from notably beating Omar Sheika in more impressive fashion than Lacy, his title defences are littered with below-par journeymen who should never have been allowed to challenge for a world title. Also, Calzaghe is a Frank Warren fighter which means he has only left Britain twice and has never ventured outside of Europe. continue
31.01.06 - By Michael Montero: After handing Denmark’s Thomas Damgaard his first loss Saturday night in Atlantic City, suddenly things are looking up once again for Arturo “Thunder” Gatti. The first thing he did after winning a tough fight via 11th round TKO was call out the current linear champ at 147, Argentina’s Carlos Baldomir, and talk about a possible July showdown. While many hard-core Gatti fans are excited, many more boxing fans are pondering whether he even deserves a title shot at welterweight. continue