(Florida, USA: 29th June 2006) The "Black Panther" Lovemore Ndou has arrived in the USA and is ready to issue his world title challenge on Friday night. Australian based Tunisian Naoufel Ben Rabah faces Colombian Juan Urango at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida with the vacant IBF super lightweight world title on the line. Rated No.4 by the IBF, Lovemore Ndou is the next highest rated boxer behind IBF No.1 Rabah and IBF No.3 Urango and is ready for his shot at the world title. continue
Darien, Connecticut – June 30, 2006 – The American Association of Professional Ringside Physicians (AAPRP) announced today the 2006 AAPRP Award Recipients. These awards will be presented on Friday, September 15, 2006 at the AAPRP’s Annual Medical Seminar at the Luxor Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. They are as follows: continue
30.06.06 - By Per Ake Persson: WBA 175 lb champ Fabrice Tiozzo takes on Australian Paul Murdoch July 15 in Le Cannet in a non-title ten-rounder. Both men are to come in just a little over the weight limit for lightheavy. Cruisers Pawel Kolodziej and Adrian Rakaj from Slovakia clash for the vacant WBC Youth title July 1 in Kodzno, Poland. Hammer Knockout´s "other" cruiser, Krzysztof Wlodarczyk marks time with an eight-round contest vs Romanian Mircea Telecam. Lightheavy Dawid Kostecki face German Andreas Guenther. continue
30.06.06 - With a nickname like “Made In Hell,” one might expect Roman Karmazin to be a foul-mouthed, motorcycle-driving, heavily tattooed, long-haired ex-con with a rap sheet from here to Alcatraz. Conversely, Karmazin, who will risk his International Boxing Federation (IBF) junior middleweight title against former undisputed 147-pound boss Cory Spinks in a special edition of SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING Saturday, July 8 (10 p.m. ET/PT), says he is anything but confrontational.
“I will fight you and never back down,” Karmazin said through an interpreter. “But, I have never started a fight in my life. It is not my nature.”
Karmazin has an unusual background for a prizefighter, especially one known for a tough and rugged, no-nonsense style. “I started with gymnastics when I was eight and I enjoyed it a lot,” he said. “At 14, I decided to try boxing just to be able to protect myself better. I quickly realized I liked it, too.” continue
Clearwater, FL June 30, 2006: Rock Solid Boxing Promotions, Inc. in association with the LCO Casino in Hayward, WI is pleased to present “Night of Champions” an evening of World Championship Professional Boxing. This electrifying night of Championship Boxing will feature the return of exciting prizefighter Bobby Gunn. On a professional boxing card that features 3 Championship fights and 3 Undercard match-ups, Bobby Gunn (15-2 w/12 KO’s) faces Shannon “Sandman” Landberg (58-11 w/26 KOs) for the IBA Cruiserweight World Championship in the Main Event of this exciting and thrilling night of boxing. continue
(COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.) – Quarterfinal competition rolled into evening competition on Thursday at the 2006 Junior Olympic National Championships in Marquette, Mich. The semifinalists in eight weight classes were determined in the Northern Michigan University Superior Dome. The pinweight division once again opened competition with three quarterfinal contests. Louis Byrd (Denver, Colo.) grabbed the first victory of the evening in his bout with Mitchell Foley (Alpharetta, Ga.). continue
30.06.06 - An unsolicited Book Review by Ted Sares: "From the Streets to the Ring: A Son's Struggle to Become a Man," Harper Collins, 2006, By Teddy Atlas, Peter Alson. The best way to start this review is to recite those lyrics from a famous Sinatra tune, ".........I'll do it my way.........," and that's what this book is really about. Teddy Atlas doing it his way, even when it meant emotionally draining confrontations and walking away from big paydays. continue
DALLAS, TEXAS---Four-time World Heavyweight Champion, Evander Holyfield (38-8-2, Atlanta), will begin his quest for a history making - fifth heavyweight title when he returns to the ring to face veteran, Jeremy Bates (21-11-1, Ashland, KY), at Dallas’ American Airlines Center on Friday, August 18th.
The Holyfield vs Bates, ten-round non-title bout will headline a seven-bout fight card which begins locally at 8:00 pm (Central time). The event will be televised nationally on Fox Sports Net’s “Best Damn Sports Show” with air-time at 10:30 p.m. Eastern/9:30 p.m. Central time. The event was originally to be scheduled for Saturday, August 19, but was moved to August 18 to accommodate the FSN television broadcast.
Local Dallas/Fort Worth favorites scheduled for the card include Fort Worth fighters Sergio Reyes (14-4, Jr. Lightweight for action are Dallas’ Jesse Lara (10-0-1, Super Lightweight) a t, former U.S. Olympian) and Vanessa Juarez (1-0, Woman’s Bantamweight, 7-Time National Amateur champion). continue
30.06.06 - By Joseph Mathew: It was three years ago that Lennox Lewis made his final appearance as a professional boxer. That particular fight has caused strong debate over the last three years. Lennox defended his WBC title against Vitali Klitschko, a giant Ukrainian who grabbed the attention of boxing fans everywhere that evening. Klitschko quickly brought the fight to Lewis and was on his way to pulling off a huge upset. continue
29.06.06 - Jack Mosley: When Shane came up, he had speed. I called it speed boxing. Speed and power. That’s what it is. We don’t go in looking for a knockout. If it comes, it comes. If it doesn’t, it doesn’t. We will out-box him, out-point him and out-power him…in every category. It will be a different fight altogether. continue
NEW YORK (June 29, 2006) – Some of the best 168-pound prospects in the world are set to compete in a single-elimination tournament on “ShoBox: The New Generation” to determine the top super middleweight contender. In the first professional boxing tournament televised on the “ShoBox” series, eight young prizefighters will attempt to win three consecutive 10-round bouts in order to put themselves on the doorstep of a world title. continue
29.06.06 - By Ron Lipton: Photo - NJ Golden Gloves Feb 5, 1965, Elizabeth Elks Auditorium, Ron Lipton in black tights V Billy Beam of Elizabeth NJ. Lipton won the fight
The Arena gym known as Mooksie’s was a famous Newark boxing landmark which used to be located at 230 Market Street. I heard about it one day while training at the East Orange YMCA in New Jersey in the early 1960’s.
While training at the East Orange “Y” for hours on end hitting the speed bag and the one heavy bag they had in the weight room, I ran into the famous bodybuilder Bill Grant who later held the IFBB title “Mr. World.”
We became friends and he and I had some gut busting workouts together having contests to see who could do the most free dips on the dipping bars without weight and the most wide grip chin ups to the upper pecs.
While sipping the small cans of apple juice from the vending machine, I would glean whatever knowledge I could from him about sets, reps, diet and technique. It later helped me in boxing tremendously and when I became a physical culturist and trainer at Figuretone in West Orange working for Mr. North America, Robert Sorge. continue
29.06.06 - By James Slater: Well, it looks like the third meeting between Clinton Woods and Glen Johnson will be staged in the Sheffield man's own country once again. With September the 2nd currently being touted as the date for the bout, it seems Woods will once again have the benefit of not having to travel to America to fight. Not that this helped him in the two fights with "The Road Warrior" that have already taken place. Fight one ended in a highly disputed draw - which left Johnson feeling somewhat bitter, to say the least. While Glen dominated the return fight to win a clear-cut points verdict. Both encounters were staged in Sheffield, but as I've said, this didn't help the younger man in Woods. The question is, can the current IBF light heavyweight ruler finally get the result he so craves? continue
29.06.06 - By Jim Amato: Bob Foster won the light heavyweight championship of the world on May 24th, 1968. He would dominate the division until 1974. Only once during that time did Bob lose possession of his title. Well in reality it was taken from him. The World Boxing Association in their divine wisdom stripped Bob of his title recognition. In their eyes the winner of a bout between long time contender Jimmy Dupree and Venezuela's Vincente Rondon would be declared the new WBA champion. Needless to say Mr. Foster was not happy about this situation and it was not wise to make Bob angry. continue
29.06.06 - Legendary promoter Don King will arrive in St. Louis on Friday with a full schedule of appearances to tout his Gateway to Glory boxing spectacular featuring hometown star and former undisputed world welterweight champion Cory “The Next Generation” Spinks attempting to dethrone current International Boxing Federation junior middleweight champion Roman “Made in Hell” Karmazin at Savvis Center on July 8. King will be in St. Louis for 10 days. continue
29.06.06 - By Jeff Bastasni: Heavyweight Dominick Guinn (26-4-1, 18 KO's) lost a lopsided 12-round decision last night to Tony Thompson (28-1, 17 KO's) at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California. After getting off to a good start in the first round, Guinn quickly became reluctant to mix it up with the 6'5" Thompson, who used his jab, and, surprisingly, superior inside fighting ability to punish and outwork Guinn over the course of the bout. Guinn, although the harder puncher, as usual, wouldn't let his hands go, letting himself sustain vicious punishment from the 34-year-old Thompson.
In the early rounds, Guinn was aggressive, landing good body shots and straight rights to the head of Thompson. Unfazed by Guinn's bull-like attacks, Thompson calmly used his long reach to safely jab Guinn from the outside and redden his face. By the 6th round, Guinn looked tired and ragged, and got caught by a big right hook thrown by Thompson that hurt Guinn. Thompson then followed up with a flurry of punches, all head shots that had Guinn reeling around the ring like a drunk. Following this round, Thompson was in the driver's seat, and controlled the right for the remainder of the bout, basically giving a boxing clinic. continue
BOISE, Idaho (June 29, 2006) - Unbeaten Crow Creek Sioux cruiserweight Shawn Hawk (11-0, 8 KOs) rated No. 19 by the North American Boxing Association, fights Doug "The Kid" Kaluza (17-5-1, 10 KOs) in an eight-round bout on the "Hold Nothing Back!" pay-per-view show, headlined by the return of five-time world champion Roy Jones, Jr. challenging North American Boxing Organization light heavyweight champion Prince Badi "The Boxing Prince" Ajamu, July 29 at the Qwest Arena in Boise, Idaho. continue
PROVIDENCE (June 29, 2006) – Two-time Brazilian Olympian Agnaldo Nunes, reigning International Boxing Association featherweight champion, has been matched against Brooklyn brawler Sharmir “Isa” Reyes in the eight-round co-feature on an explosive July 7 “Let Freedom Ring” championship pro boxing show at the Cape Cod Melody Tent in Hyannis, Massachusetts. continue
LONGMONT, Colorado (June 29, 2006) – By Moncayo Blackbull: The boxing fans in Longmont and surrounding Greater Denver area were treated to night of boxing at its best. Local Longmont fighters Jesus Noriega, Victor Villereal, Jamie Wirshborn fought their hearts out against opponents who came into town to win. Only one of the Longmont locals stepped out of the ring victorious. continue
28.06.06 - By Rizwaan Zahid: Mayweather - A famous name in the boxing world. Floyd Mayweather currently ranked number one pound for pound fighter in the world, along with his father Floyd Mayweather Sr., trainer of Oscar De La Hoya, and even Roger Mayweather, trainer of Floyd Jr, have all received some recognition and praise for their achievements.
Nevertheless, there is a lost Mayweather. Jeff, or “Jazzie” Mayweather, has been a prizefighter, and now a trainer as well. Now, Jeff looks to get that same recognition, when Shannon Briggs, who he trains, rises to the top of the Heavyweight division once again.
Jeff Mayweather was kind enough to take out some time, to give me his insight on Shannon Briggs chance for a title shot, and what his goals are for himself as a trainer. continue
VERO BEACH, Florida (June 28, 2006) – Former International Boxing Federation light heavyweight champion William “KO King” Guthrie (33-3-1, 26 KOs) takes a major step up in his comeback bid July 29 against Luke Munsen (19-5, 13 KOs), in a 12-round title fight for the vacant IBF International Cruiserweight Title, on the “Hold Nothing Back!” pay-per-view show at Qwest Arena in Boise, Idaho. continue
ATLANTIC CITY, NJ (June 28, 2006) – If you are interested in attending Arturo Gatti’s July 22 showdown against WBC world-recognized linear Welterweight champion Carlos "Tata" Baldomir, then you’d better contact TicketMaster soon. Main Events CEO Kathy Duva announced today that only 300 tickets remain to the highly-anticipated welterweight battle that will take place at Boardwalk Hall Arena in Atlantic City, NJ. (Boardwalk Hall Arena is scaled for a capacity of 12,000 seats). continue
28.06.06 - By Ted Sares: Buddy McGirt once said, "I remember my fight with him like it was yesterday, He came up to me before the fight and asked for my autograph. He was wearing a cowboy hat, cowboy boots, had a chew of tobacco in his mouth and a cup in his hand. He definitely could have been someone to look out for. He had an awkward style, but he could sure fight."
Buddy could have added that he shared something with the likes of Danny "Little Red" Lopez, Bobby Chacon, Saad Mohammed, Jaime Garza, Tito Trinidad and Arturo Gatti. He had that knack......that special flair for the dramatic.....of coming back from the brink of defeat to take his opponent out in breathtaking fashion. Only a fool would ever count him out. With a no-defense, full-offense brawling style, he would take take several blows to land one of his heavy handed straight rights. Hanging tough, he would suddenly and dramatically turn the tables at the end. Once he had his opponent hurt, he would close things out decisively. continue
28.06.06 - Twenty years ago this July, Tim Witherspoon had the defining fight of his career in keeping his world heavyweight championship with a dramatic knockout of Frank Bruno before a hostile and packed Wembley Stadium in London, England. And now, when the heavyweight division screams out for another American star, Terrible Tim’s cousin Chazz Witherspoon makes his national television debut on Showtime this Saturday, July 1st.
From the time that Chazz gave up on a college basketball career and put on a pair of boxing gloves, he knew the questions and comparisons would come with the former two-time world heavyweight champion Tim.
"We’re both big guys from Philly and in some ways our styles are similar. I admired Tim for what he did, what he accomplished. He was definitely an influence on me taking up boxing He gave me solid advice about how hard I would have to work," Chazz said. "But everyone knows I have to make my own way. I’m not an elite fighter yet. I’m a work in progress, but with hard work and determination I know I will get there. I’m only 24, I’ve only been boxing a couple of years so I’m still a baby in the sport." continue
28.06.06 - By Mike Casile: Back in 2003, I gave Roy Jones Jr. a bunch of credit for fighting Antonio Tarver. I had believed for years, that he had not had a real challenge since he fought Bernard Hopkins in 1993. Yes, he had a few formable opponents, James Toney etc…, but nobody to really challenge him, which HE reminded us of every free chance he could get. continue
Humberto Soto, conqueror of Rocky Juarez, of Los Mochis, Mexico will take on Bobby Pacquiao of the Philippines in a WBC eliminator at 130 pounds on the Hasim Rahman vs. Oleg Maskaev PPV championship card at the Thomas and Mack, Las Vegas, on Saturday, August 12. Bob Arum made the announcement today. continue
HBO Sports is presenting a thirty- minute special analyzing the upcoming HBO pay-per-view rematch between Shane Mosley and Fernando Vargas. The highly anticipated rematch is set for Saturday, July 15 in Las Vegas at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. In their first encounter last February, Mosley, 34, scored a 10-round TKO win over the 28-year-old Vargas in a compelling battle in which the bout was called to an end due to the swelling of Vargas’ left eye. continue
28.06.06 - By Stuart Cornwell: They billed it, “Once And For All," and it was the heavyweight showdown the world had been waiting for, the most lucrative fight in history to date. Eighteen years ago to this day, Mike Tyson took on Michael Spinks in Atlantic City, New Jersey, in a bout that was to decide, once and for all, who was the true champion of the world. Both men were undefeated as professionals, both had for some time been compared to the greats of the past, and both had legitimate claims to the heavyweight championship of the world. At a time when boxing’s most recent box-office blockbusters had been showdowns at welterweight and middleweight (Thomas Hearns, Marvin Hagler and Sugar Ray Leonard), the Tyson-Spinks match promised to bring back the glamour and the glory (and millions upon millions of dollars) to the HEAVYWEIGHT division.
There can be no denying that Mike Tyson was the draw. He had been a professional fighter for just over 3 years, and was not quite 22 years of age, yet he had captured the public’s imagination and attention, and impressed virtually every knowledgeable voice in the boxing community. By the way, he had exploded onto the heavyweight boxing scene, scoring knockouts with his venomous punches and blistering attack (often ending his contest in the opening round), knocking over seasoned professionals with frightening displays of speed and power. He entered the ring bare-chested like the gladiators of old, intent of doing damage and always going for the knockout from the first bell. continue
LAS VEGAS, NV (June 28, 2006) -- WBC heavyweight champion HASIM RAHMAN, the last remaining American to hold a world heavyweight title, will kickoff Las Vegas’ Independence Day celebration with a FREE personal appearance for his fans, downtown, at the Freemont Street Experience, at the corner of Freemont & Main (near The Plaza Hotel), Tomorrow! Thursday, June 29, beginning at 8:30 P.M. Rahman will be signing autographs, posing for photos and discussing “America’s Last Line of Defense” – his world title rematch against No. 1 contender and arch nemesis Oleg Maskaev of Kazakhstan.. continue
28.06.06 - By Dino Alvarado: This past Saturday, one of the most highly-touted prospects in the world, Joel Julio, suffered an embarrassing defeat at the hands of Carlos Quintana. After such a poor performance from Julio, it makes people wonder how such a boxer could receive so much buzz. There are plenty of reasons for the misled buildup, starting from the first day he started boxing. continue
27.06.06 - Frank Warren is delighted to have won the rights in association with Warrior Boxing to stage Clinton Woods mandatory IBF World Light-Heavyweight title defence against Glen Johnson. Purse bids for the contest were held today at the IBF headquarters in New Jersey and the Warren/Warrior Boxing axis won with a $505,000USD bid outgunning Woods' promoter Dennis Hobson second place bid of $457,000USD. continue
27.06.06 - By Ryan Songalia: On Saturday night, Manny "Pacman" Pacquiao and Oscar "Chololo" Larios will meet in a highly anticipated twelve round contest in the junior lightweight division. Former three division champion and pound for pound elite Manny Pacquiao of General Santos City, Philippines is looking to prepare himself for his third encounter with Erik Morales, while Larios is looking to spring a huge upset and gain some much needed momentum following his heartbreaking loss to archrival Israel Vasquez last December. While many in the public consider this to be a tuneup fight for Pacquiao, Larios of Guadalajara, Mexico is a very dangerous opponent perfectly capable of ruining the homecoming party for the Filipino icon. Make no mistake about it, this is a serious fight and an audacious move by the Pacquiao camp.
Manny Pacquiao, 41-3-2 (33 KO), is ranked by most boxing pundits as one of the top three pound for pound fighters in the world. Fighting for the first time in the United States, Pacquiao made a huge splash in 2002 when he upset IBF Super Bantamweight champion Lehlohonolo Ledwaba, demolishing the well respected titlist in six rounds. Following a handful of impressive title defenses, Pacquiao still did not receive the praise and esteem that he felt he deserved. All of that changed one night in November of 2003, when he squared off with Mexican legend Marco Antonio Barrera. A 3-1 underdog in that fight, Pacquiao swarmed and humiliated his foe for eleven one-sided rounds, forcing his opponent's corner to rescue their fallen charge. Following that bout, Pacquiao and then promoter Murad Muhammad announced a brave and daring fight schedule, declaring that Pacquiao was seeking to defeat the top three featherweights of the last decade, Erik Morales, Marco Antonio Barrera, and Juan Manuel Marquez. continue
New York, June 27—Cedric Kushner’s Gotham Boxing brings big name heavyweight prizefighters to center stage when it presents “Heavyweight Extravaganza” featuring no. 2 ranked Shannon Briggs in the main event, and the come backing David Tua in the co-feature on Wednesday night, July 26, at the Grand Ballroom at Manhattan Center in New York City, it was announced today. continue
27.06.06 - By Ronnie McCluskey: In March of this year former middleweight, super-middleweight, cruiserweight and pound-for-pound king James ‘Lights Out’ Toney had a chance to claim the legitimate, linear World Heavyweight championship. In a twelve round battle with a surprisingly trim, fit, focused and busy Hasim Rahman, Toney ultimately paid for his weight. He was lucky to get away with a majority draw, after a pulsating contest, in which the Trojan Rahman seemed to outwork the smaller, chunkier man. continue
27.06.06 - By Per Ake Persson: Heavyweight Ruslan Chagaev takes on Brit Michel Sprott on Universum´s big show in Hamburg July 15, which is topped by WBA 160 lb champ Felix Sturm´s defence against Javier Castillejo. The event takes place at the huge Color Line Arena but ticket sales are reportedly slow - which is put down to the German success in the World Cup in football. continue
27.06.06 - By Izyaslav “Slava” Koza: Although it could easily be argued that Yuri Foreman has a million things going for him, in the end, in the interest of you the readers (this is a long interview and well worth it at that), I have decided to narrow the list down significantly to just three things.
First, Yuri is a great, undefeated prospect, with a truly unique boxing style by today’s pro standards, who has already received exposure on Showtime’s Shobox: The New Generation, as well as ESPN’s “FNF,” plus a few local channels along the way. Second, he is one of only a handful of Jewish boxers fighting, and representing the proud traditions of the sweet science, initiated by Daniel Mendoza, and continued by the likes of Barney Ross, Benny Leonard, and Al “Bummy” Davis. Third, and probably most important is………..well……let’s put it this way: If someone was foolish enough to insult, or worst of all, attack Yuri for no apparent reason, Yuri’s left jab, straight right combo would be the least of the victim’s problems. More than likely, Yuri’s wife, Leyla Leidecker, would be first on the scene, beating up and knocking out anybody trying to give her husband a hard time, because surprisingly, she is a fighter, too. continue
New York, June 27--Talented boxing blow by blow man and WFAN Radio's (660 AM) Giants play by play voice Bob Papa will “swim with the fishes,” at least for one night, when Sopranos star Joe Gannascoli (Vito Spatafore) is the mob boss of roasters at Ram Roast II to benefit Fordham University athletics on Thursday night, June 29, at Tavern on the Green. continue
MANILA, THE PHILIPPINES (June 27, 2006) -- Superstar MANNY "PAC MAN" PACQUIAO is ready to serve former world champion and current No. 1 contender OSCAR “CHOLOLO” LARIOS a most powerful tropical punch when they meet This Saturday! in their 12-round super featherweight Pay-Per-View championship fight -- "The Filipino KOlada!" continue
June 27, 2006 - On Saturday, July 15, there will be another chapter written in the Mosley and Vargas saga as they meet again at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Their first meeting, on February 25, 2006, was an unforgettable night for fight fans. Headlining the undercard will be another rematch of a spectacular fight that took place on October 29, 2005 between two young warriors, WBO Super Bantamweight Champion Daniel Ponce-De Leon and challenger Sod Looknongyangtoy. continue
27.06.06 - By Travis Marks: It is now the mid point part of the year and it’s time to make up my pound for pound list. Most of the top fighters have fought at least once and whereas as some have performed brilliantly some have been sub par. Everyone one has their own criteria and there is no right or wrong on how to make up a list such as this because this is purely based of subjectivity.
In creating my list I consider a few things. The most important ingredient to me is the level of performance. I am in more impressed by boxers who impose their will on others and dominate most of the fight. Long term success is very important. Knee jerk reactions are all too commonplace nowadays. Fighting on a high level for a sustained period of time is more impressive to me than that one big performance out of nowhere. continue
27.06.06 - By Mike Casile: I will never forget the first time I met Arturo “Thunder” Gatti. It was 1991 and an unusually humid night in Philadelphia’s legendary Blue Horizon. My seat had at least three good legs, and my beer was cold enough to keep some of the early June heat off me. The USA NETWORK was covering the fight, for its weekly boxing show “Tuesday Night Fights," and I had heard some rumblings about a kid from Canada that was tearing through the amateur circuit up there, and that he fought in a style that resembled Jake La Motta and Carmine Basillio. continue
BOISE, Idaho (June 27, 2006) – Much more than his 52nd victory may be on the line for Idaho icon Kenny “The Emmett Eliminator” Keene when he fights ex-International Boxing Federation champion “King” Arthur Williams (42-14-1, 29 KOs) on July 29 in a 10-round Special Cruiserweight Attraction bout at the Qwest Arena in Boise, Idaho. continue
26.06.06 - SHOWTIME will make television history when four sons of former world champions and a cousin of another are featured in a special edition of "ShoBox: The New Generation" Saturday, July 1, 2006, (9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast) from the Little River Casino Resort in Manistee, Michigan. The SHOWTIME fistic series, which normally airs on Fridays at 11 p.m. ET/PT, will move to Saturday night for one time only and revert to its usual time slot for the following edition on Friday, July 28. continue
Los Angeles, CA (June 22) . . . On Saturday, July 15 “Sugar Shane” Mosley and ‘Ferocious’ Fernando Vargas will continue what they started on February 25 when fight fans were treated to an unforgettable night of boxing at its best. Mosley and Vargas II, presented by Golden Boy Promotions and Main Events, takes place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, NV. Mosley vs. Vargas II and will be broadcast live on HBO Pay-Per-View.
Both fighters, gearing up for their epic rematch, have been training hard in their respective camps. Big news out of Big Bear, where Shane Mosley is situated, is the return of his father, a familiar face in Mosley’s corner for most of his career. Vargas, who has selected Simi Valley, CA for the first time of his career, is reflective in the solitude of the new location, and feels confident that a win is but less than a month away. continue
(Denver, Co. June 27th, 2006) David Medina will now be bumped to the co-main event on ESPN Wednesday Night Fights and will be fighting for WBC United States Jr Middleweight Belt against Charles Blake of Escondido, CA. Also, replacement Jesus Soto-Karass has been pulled off the card with an injury as well. In for Soto-Karass will undefeated Welterweight Antonio Mesquita of Guaruja, Brazil. continue
26.06.06 - By Ronnie McCluskey: Alex Arthur, the solid and indeed huge super-featherweight from Edinburgh, Scotland is gunning for a shot at those residing in the business end of the division, perhaps later in the year. Arthur, now with a very respectable record of 23 wins, with only 1 blemish, is someone who craves international recognition. Now is the time, he seems to be saying, with his steady, sometimes brilliant rebuilding project he launched immediately following his crushing 2003 loss to Michael Gomez, in a fight which was instantly dubbed a mini-classic in Britain. continue
26.06.06 - By Derek Cowan: With some potentially meaningful fights having taken place during 2006, not much has really been determined in several of boxing's divisions. While many of the match-ups have been topnotch, several of the fights have been either dull, controversial, or meaningless in a sport that needs clarity in order to attract the casual fan. The diehard followers will always be tuning in and keeping up, but boxing is drowning in an attempt to recapture it's place among the most popular sports in America and the world, simply because there seems to be no consistency. continue
26.06.06 - By James Slater: Evander Holyfield was moving quickly. Only eleven fights - all wins - into his pro career, he challenged the vastly experienced Dwight Muhammad Qawi for his WBA cruiserweight title. To more than a few experts, Evander was moving too quickly. Qawi, formerly known as Dwight Braxton, had been in with some very fine fighters indeed. Men like Matthew Saad Muhammad, Eddie Davis and James Scott ( in a fight held inside Rahway State prison ) had been defeated by Dwight at light heavyweight. In fact, aside from an early career defeat over six rounds which was later avenged, the only loss on Dwight's record was a fifteen round decision defeat to Michael Spinks in "The Camden Buzz Saw's" final fight at 175 pounds. Immediately after this setback Dwight made the move up to cruiserweight and, with a eleventh round TKO over Piet Crous, captured his second world title. A successful defence came against former heavyweight champ Leon Spinks, before the audacious challenge of the young Holyfield. Qawi was in no mood to give up his new title to such an upstart! continue
26.06.06 - By Mike Casile: Oscar De La Hoya has never backed down from any challenged thrust his way. Entering the ring with his gold medal, his golden smile and titles in five weight classes, he will be forever remembered as one of the greatest and most tenacious champions ever to grace the ring. He also has his hands in promoting fights, as well as recording music. continue
PROVIDENCE (June 26, 2006) – Former International Boxing Federation cruiserweight champion Kelvin “Lil’ Tyson” Davis has been added to an already explosive July 7 “Let Freedom Ring” championship pro boxing show at the Cape Cod Melody Tent in Hyannis, Massachusetts. continue
26.06.06 - The Heavyweight division is in deep trouble with the return of Oliver McCall. “The Atomic Bull”, a former world Heavyweight Champion and one of only two people to defeat future Hall of Famer Lennox Lewis, is back, and with a new team and a new attitude, he’s ready to make a run at the four heavyweight titlists. continue
25.06.06 - By Vanessa McConnell, photos by CJ Cansler - Caesars Palace, Main Events, All-Star Boxing, Warriors Boxing and Northeast Promotions know how to book a fight. They hosted a double-header undefeated fight card under the hot smoldering sun at the Caesars Palace Open-Air Roman Amphitheatre where sweat was the determining factor of how hard a hit was. Four undefeated boxers went head-to-head in an HBO Boxing After Dark series broadcast on HBO. As the sun went down and the alcohol settled in, the fans threw everything from Mike Tyson to bootie in the air to get the fighters motivated to “fight.”
The WBC FECAR Box and IBA Continental Americas Heavyweight Elimination bout between heavyweights Calvin Brock (29-0, 22 KOs) and Timur Ibragimov (21-1-1, 13 KOs) went the full twelve rounds, landing in the judge’s hand. Brock won the fight by a unanimous decision. From the start, it was obvious that Brock was the crowd’s favorite; even Mike Tyson coached and cheered him on from his ringside seat. As Timur was announced, the crowd booed and began to chant “U.S.A.” For the record, one of the controversies surrounding this fight was the fact that U.S.A. was up against the former Soviet Union, and everybody wanted to see who was the stronger and better boxer and what country they were from mattered the most to the fans. However, Brock showed Timur that not all American boxers are lazy and come just as prepared to fight as Russian boxers. continue
VERO BEACH, Florida (June 25, 2006) - North American Boxing Organization cruiserweight champion Prince Badi "The Boxing Prince" Ajamu has dedicated his July 29 title fight, against five-time world champion Roy Jones, Jr., to his cousin, the late two-time world heavyweight champion Floyd Patterson (1956-59, 1960-61). continue
25.06.06 - By Ryan Songalia: An old adage suggests that as the heavyweight division goes, so goes the sport of boxing. The heavyweight champion is generally perceived as being the toughest man alive. Former heavyweight champion James L. Sullivan once remarked "I can lick anyone in the house", a testament to the heavyweight championship being the greatest prize in sports. Similarly, Mike Tyson declared himself "The Baddest Man on the Planet", which is what the heavyweight champion has been interpreted as. continue
25.06.06 - DRL Promotions announced today that former 5-time former World champion Roberto Duran, the legendary 'Hands of Stone' will throw out a ceremonial first pitch on June 28th for the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase field. Duran is in Phoenix to help promote the July 7th professional boxing card "Celebrity Wars," a legendary night of professional boxing at the Celebrity Theatre. continue
By Frank Gonzalez Jr. June 25th, 2006 - The appetizer turned out to be the main course at Caesar’s Palace Saturday night, as unbeaten Welterweights, Joel Julio of Columbia (27-1, 24 KO’s) and Carlos Quintana (23-0, 18 KO’s) of Puerto Rico battled it out in a 12 round, WBA eliminator bout.
There was never a dull moment in this one as the favorite, Julio, landed a big right hand in the first round that staggered Quintana backwards, his hand touching the canvas. It was ruled a knockdown. Quintana was not to be discouraged though and from round two on, Quintana showed his quality, as he out boxed and out classed Julio with superior overall boxing skills, winning a Unanimous Decision by scores of 115-112, 117-111 and 118-110. I scored it 116-112 for Quintana. With this victory, Quintana earned the right to face the winner of Ricky Hatton vs. Oktay Urkal. Hatton didn’t look so good against legitimate, 147-pounder, Luis Collazo, who I thought won the fight but didn’t get the Decision for his display of superior boxing skills that night. Hatton is probably better suited to fight at 140 instead of 147. Quintana, who looks mighty comfortable at 147, is an excellent boxer-puncher and will be a very tough proposition for either Urkal or Hatton. continue
25.06.06 - Cross Country Entertainment’s boxing management division (CCE Management) continue with their policy of signing the best young boxers from around the world by adding two of Ghana’s most exciting young prospects – Bantamweight Emmanuel Addo and Middleweight Ahmed Saraku to their management stable. continue
25.06.2006: By Geoffrey Mpenda - Another chapter of the Pal Pal Punchers series at the Pal Pal Gymnasium in Nairobi, Kenya had everything the fans could desire. Nice boxing, furious exchanges, a dramatic knockout, finesse, experience, bombast and new talent entering the paid ranks of the world’s hardest sport. Risum Boxing of Denmark promoted, in association with our very own former African heavyweight champion Joseph Akhasamba. continue
25.06.06 - 8 Count Productions, HOME OF THE BEST IN CHICAGO BOXING, presents the “ARAGON SHOWDOWN” on Friday, July 21st it was announced today by Dominic Pesoli, President of 8 Count Productions. Joining 8 Count Productions in presenting this outstanding evening of professional boxing is Miller Lite and TCF Bank. continue
24.06.06 - By Jeff Bastasini: Joe Mesi (31-0, 25 KO's) in his second fight since returning from injury suspension, earned a 6-round unanimous decision over Canadian, Stephane Tessier (3-8, 1 KO) on Friday night at the Uniprix Stadium, in Montreal, Canada. However, Mesi, 32, looked far from impressive, appearing to be at least 10 lbs overweight and much slower than he was before his suspension began two years earlier.
His once impressive handspeed seems to have vanished, including most his power, since his punches looked weak and had no effect on Tessier. Nevertheless, it hardly mattered against a fighter as limited as Tessier, 33, who was clearly out of his league against Mesi. The fight was one-sided from the beginning with Mesi landing continously and using ring movement to set up shots. However, Tessier had his moments, tagging Mesi with left hooks and straight rights that snapped Mesi's head back. I personally didn't like Mesi's reaction to the blows, as he seemed bothered by the punches, even though Tessier isn't noted for having a lot of power. continue
24.06.06 - By Izyaslav “Slava” Koza: Carlos Quintana put an exclamation point on his own pedigree is he completely shutdown the one HBO was trying to hype for his opponent Joel Julio. Quintana’s performance could best be classified as an all around clinic seeing as he beat Julio in every aspect of the fight. The reason as to why I mention the undercard bout first is because the main bout of the evening was quite simply pathetic, with Timur Ibragimov displaying some horribly weird combination style of Audley Harrison and John Ruiz to last long enough to go down by decision. More on that later, however, as the real hero of the hour was Carlos Quintana from Puerto Rico. continue
24.06.06 - By Jim Amato: One of the best pure punchers of my generation was Alexis Arguello. He was aptly nicknamed "The Explosive Thin Man," because he was tall and rail thin, yet his punch could stop an opponent dead in his tracks. It's hard to believe that Arguello was stopped in the very first round of his pro debut in his native Managua, Nicaragua. He would rally to win three straight then lose again. Hardly the makings of a legend. continue
24.06.06 - By James Slater: I am a huge George Foreman fan and I have written quite a few pieces on this great and legendary fighter in the past. His amazing comeback, in which he regained his world title an astonishing twenty years after losing it to the one and only Muhammad Ali, is more than likely the greatest comeback in ALL of sports - not only in boxing. However, there does seem to be one continuing slur on Big George’s comeback resume. According to quite a few internet surfers, George purposely lost his 1993 fight with Tommy Morrison. continue
24.06.06 - Photos by: Tom Casino / SHOWTIME: Robert "The Ghost" Guerrero (left) lands a right to the head of Gamaliel Diaz (right) Friday on "ShoBox." On a night that featured nine knockdowns, three knockouts and 10 rounds of thrilling action, Guerrero (18-1-1, 11 KOs), the World Boxing Council (WBC) No. 7 featherweight contender, avenged his only loss with an impressive sixth-round knockout over WBC No. 3 contender Diaz (20-6-2, nine KOs) at the Oakland/Alameda County Arena in Oakland, Calif. By winning the first rematch in the five-year history of “ShoBox,” Guerrero becomes the mandatory challenger to WBC No. 1 contender Nicky Cook.
In the co-features from the Oakland/Alameda County Arena in Oakland, Calif., the unbeaten Dirrell brothers kept their undefeated records intact by each recording three knockdowns. Older brother, Andre, scored a third-round TKO over Marcus Don Hall, while his younger sibling, Anthony, registered a first-round TKO over James Morrow. continue
24.06.06 - By Craig Parrish: In a sad tale, Clifford Etienne, nicknamed “The Black Rhino”, has been sentenced to 150 years in prison due to his involvement in a crime spree in Baton Rouge. Etienne, who in his career fought the likes of Mike Tyson and Nikolay Valuev, learned to box in prison and now returns to those roots from where he sprang into the boxing world. He was convicted in March for a robbery of a check cashing business, then, in a desperate move he hijacked a car with two children inside before being apprehended when he wrecked the stolen vehicle. continue
23.06.06 - By Izyaslav “Slava” Koza: Usually, whenever fighters are stunned by a loss for the first time in their career, they are rushed into an unnecessary rematch to prove something they are not usually capable of proving. It happened, I think, when Mosley fought Forrest, it happened when Forrest fought Mayorga, and according to some, even when Hopkins fought Taylor. In Robert Guerrero’s case, his first loss to Gamaliel Diaz, forced him to reach deep down and awaken the beast within. If it sounds like partisan praise, that is only because it is seeing as Guerrero, a guy I had seen and was not really enthused about, came out swinging, looking to send his conqueror home early. continue
23.06.06 - By Mike Casile: Calvin Vance Brock (29-0, 22 K.O.’s), “the boxing banker”, got a little face time on HBO’s, boxing after dark this weekend. He showed some flashes of his punching power, while slowly pummeling Timor Ibragimov (21-1, 13 K.O’s, 1 D) to a 12th round unanimous decision. If watching a flat footed fighter, with no real jab to speak of, follow another lackadaisical fighter for 12 boring rounds of clinching is the future of the heavyweight division, then I am going to actually start watching the World Cup Finals. continue
23.06.06 - By Steve "The Brown Bomber" Brown: Twenty-three year old featherweight sensation Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero finds himself in an unusual position. With his back against the wall, he is taking a rematch fight against Gamaliel Diaz to regain his NABF featherweight title. Diaz, the featherweight that many projected as an easy victory for Guerrero back on December 2nd 2005, upset the division by out-scoring Guerrero for a split decision. Managed by Shelly Finkel and trained by John Bray, The Ghost has more than just a hard-hitting left hand in his arsenal.
On May 18th 2006, Guerrero made short work of Sandro Marcos with a TKO in the 3rd round. The Bomber caught up with The Ghost as he prepares for Diaz for the second time. continue
23.06.06 - By Jim Amato: June 23, 1969 at New York's Madison Square Garden, Joe Frazier met the popular Irish fighter, Jerry Quarry, for the New York State recognized heavyweight title. Back in the day, the New York State Boxing Commission wielded quite a bit of power. Commissioner Edwin Dooley wasted little time stripping Muhammad Ali of his heavyweight title when Ali refused induction into the Armed Forces. The World Boxing Association did the same and they set up a tournament to determine a new champion. Eight top contenders were selected, with unbeaten Joe Frazier being one of them. Frazier's management declined the invitation, however. The eventual winner of the tourney was Jimmy Ellis, who defeated Jerry Quarry in the finals. continue
23.06.06 - By Per Ake Persson: Adrian Diaconu could be defending the WBC Int´l lightheavyweight title at home in Romania August 5 against German Kai Kurzawa. Despite the ongoing World Cup in football there´s been some activity in Europe during the past weekend. On June 23 Jean Louise Mandengue won the vacant EU 175 lb title against Majid Zaim on a ninth round stoppage in Mazures in France. continue
23.06.06 - Duck or be doomed because on Friday, June 30th, the punches will be flying as the current WBO Light Flyweight titleholder will risk his belt in a world championship match at Desert Diamond Casino’s Diamond Center. As part of a continued partnership between Desert Diamond Casino and Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions, a true fight night returns to Southern Arizona with a seven-bout fight card. continue
23.06.06 - By Geoffrey Ciani: To continue where I left off, I shall now do a quick breakdown of the five greatest legacies established in the heavyweight division over the past twenty years.
5. Andrew Golota: It’s kind of ironic that one of the greatest legacies established during the past twenty years is that of a pugilist who never technically won a championship. However, the case of Golota is very interesting. Here we have a man who physically had all of the tools necessary to dominate the heavyweight division. But this would never happen due to Golota’s inability to mentally cope with pressure situations. It is often said that Golota would thrive when sparring inside the gym in the absence of fans, media, and the cameras. On the flipside, all of his physical talent couldn’t save him in the face of adversity; this caused him to mentally crumble, allowing sure-victories to escape from his grasp. continue
23.06.06 - By Ted Sares: The other night I was playing in a Texas Hold ' em tournament and was taking a pretty good beating. I had lost most of the early rounds because my opponents were throwing wild shots and making (and winning) wild bets. It took some time to make the necessary adjustments. It was like fighting off the ropes landing an occasional counter or short inside uppercut but nothing big. I was taking two blows for every one I landed. Then, out off desperation, I started a rope-a dope strategy, dropping out early if my pocket cards were weak and playing only strong cards. Finally I started landing (and winning) more than I was receiving (and losing), gradually working myself to the center of the ring where I went from short to medium stack with my chips. I was coming back and making a solid fight of it. By then a few others had been blown away, and only five of us remained. All tough; all seasoned; all mean. continue
23.06.06 - Calvin Brock, the hottest contender in the heavyweight division, headlines a June 24 undefeated doubleheader from Caesars Palace’s Open-Air Roman Amphitheater when he defends his IBA Continental Americas Heavyweight Championship against Timur Ibragimov in a 12 round main event showdown. Undefeated welterweight sensation, Joel Julio, will challenge fellow undefeated welterweight contender Carlos Quintana in the co-feature contest—a 12 round WBA Welterweight Eliminator bout. continue
HOLLYWOOD, FL, June 23 – There has never been a nickname so fitting for a fighter than Dale Brown’s ‘Cowboy’ moniker. Like the legendary cowboys of the past, this Cruiserweight contender isn’t one for a lot of meaningless talk or outlandish statements. He goes in, does his job, gives a tip of his hat, and he’s off to do it again. That’s been the story of Brown’s career, which spans over 11 years and that has seen him battle the elite Cruiserweights in the world. More importantly, his out of the ring demeanor has gained him a legion of fans who will follow him wherever he goes. continue
22.06.06 - By Dan Horgan: The press conference held by Roy Jones last week in Memphis has certainly brought his name back into the news. During the conference, Jones said his loss to Antonio Tarver may have been influenced by the presence of his father in his corner. Jones stated that he did not want his dad, who supposedly interfered with Alton Merkerson, Jones’ other trainer, to receive any credit if he won. With this in the back of his mind, he may have held back. This statement has sparked debates of large proportions throughout the boxing world. Some now think that Jones is still the fighter he once was, while some think the statement is total fiction, and that a once great legend is now down to a desperate excuse for an embarrassing loss.
Since Jones’ name has been in the news so much lately, other debates have formed about the former three time Light Heavyweight champ: Does he have anything left? Was he on steroids during his prime? Does Roy really believe his latest excuse? In this article, I will not attempt to answer these questions as Roy may be the most puzzling figure in the sport. However, I will provide analysis for both sides of each argument (to the up most extremes) and pipe in my opinion after full examination. continue
22.06.06 - Photo by: Tom Casino of SHOWTIME - From LEFT to RIGHT: Anthony Dirrell, Robert Guerrero, Andre Dirrell, Marcus Don Hall, Gamaliel Diaz, James Morrow (behind Diaz) - The winner of the World Boxing Council (WBC) featherweight elimination bout - and first rematch in the five-year history of “ShoBox” - will become the mandatory challenger to WBC No. 1 contender Nicky Cook. continue
22.06.06 - A different day of the month – the second Saturday of the month – and the telecast will begin an hour later, but otherwise it will be business as usual as the 20th anniversary celebration of SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING continues on July 8 (10 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast). In an excellent main event, Roman “Made in Hell’’ Karmazin defends his International Boxing Federation (IBF) junior middleweight title against former undisputed world welterweight champion Cory “The Next Generation” Spinks. The 154-pound world title fight is promoted by Don King Productions and will take place at Savvis Center in St. Louis, Missouri. In a terrific rematch of streaking, talented cruiserweights in the July 8 co-feature, Steve Cunningham will face Guillermo Jones for the title vacated earlier this year when O'Neil Bell was stripped by the IBF. continue
NEW YORK (June 22, 2006) - The special edition of SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING airing July 8 at 10 p.m. ET/PT has turned into a world championship doubleheader on SHOWTIME with the addition of a rematch between undefeated Steve "USS" Cunningham and Guillermo "El Felino" Jones for the vacant International Boxing Federation (IBF) cruiserweight title. The previously announced main event on the Don King Productions fight card from Savvis Center in St. Louis remains IBF 154-pound World Champion Roman Karmazin defending his title against former undisputed world welterweight champion Cory Spinks. continue
22.06.06 - By Geoffrey Ciani: Over the past twenty years, the heavyweight division has seen an abundance of talent. To be sure, this period probably did not represent the best twenty year span in the division’s history, but on the flip-side, neither did it represent the worst. Overall, I think there were some pretty talented fighters during this duration.
We can look back upon certain eras in the history of the sport and discover that certain names have lasted the test of time. Names such as: Jack Johnson, Jack Demsey, Joe Louis, Rocky Marciano, Muhammad Ali, and Larry Holmes, just to name a few. These are names that have survived the test of time. As long as there are fans of heavyweight boxing, it is unlikely that these pugilists will ever be forgotten. These fighters have established a legacy. continue
22.06.06 - By James Slater: In my very first article for Eastside Boxing, I recounted the incredible slugfest that was the George Foreman vs. Ron Lyle fight from 1976. Such a great, two way fight was simply begging to have an article written in its tribute. The ferocious action that unfolded in five of the most sensational rounds in heavyweight history were truly mesmerising. So much so that it was thought its like would probably never be seen again. However, there was a heavyweight rumble - in 1992 - that gave the epic bout held two decades earlier a run for its money, action wise. continue
22.06.06 - Outstanding super featherweight prospect John Murray has signed a long-term promotional agreement with leading UK promoter Hennessy Sports. The 21-year-old from Manchester will now box exclusively for the promotional outfit, with his next outing scheduled for the undercard of Billy Corcoran’s clash against Carl Johanneson for the British super featherweight title at the York Hall in Bethnal Green on July 12th. Sky Sports televise. continue
22.06.06 - June 23 A Ring of Their Own presents "Women of Mass Destruction" Two career defining fights are on tap- the "rematch with a vengeance" between Lisa "Bad News" Brown and reigning WIBA super Bantam champ Jeannine Garside; and a "crossroads" fight between Mia St. John (photo by Carlos Kalinchuk / ESB) , the veteran striving to end her career triumphantly and her challenger, Jelena Mrdjenovich, seeking to capture another title by defeating one of women’s boxing’s biggest names. Below are predictions, comments and opinions from those "in the know" from the world of women’s boxing on what they believe the outcome will be on June 23 in Edmonton. continue
22.06.06 - Commonwealth Heavyweight Champion Danny Williams has been living in a tent for the last two months preparing for his rematch against Matt Skelton on July 8 at the Millennium Stadium. The Brixton puncher is spending 12 hours a day in an oxygen depravation tent that re-creates atmospheric conditions of 12,000 feet above sea level. The specialised chamber will help Williams to increase red blood cell production allowing more oxygen to reach the muscles and will increase his strength and stamina. continue
BROOKLYN (June 21, 2006) – Paulie “The Magic Man” Malignaggi (21-1, 5 KOs) had successful surgery last Saturday to repair his fractured right cheekbone, suffered June 10 against World Boxing Organization light welterweight champion Miguel Cotto (27-0, 22 KOs), at the Lahey Clinic & Medical Center in Burlington, Massachusetts. Malignaggi, who gained valuable experience and respect going 12 rounds with Cotto, vows that he will be world champion in 2007. continue
LOS ANGELES, June 21 – With pay-per-view deadlines for a September bout approaching, ten-time world champion Oscar De La Hoya has decided to postpone a decision regarding his future as an active fighter until a later date. 'After endless hours of reflecting on my decision, I started to realize more and more that I put myself on tremendous time pressure in order to make the pay-per-view deadline for a September 16th fight. But it’s too soon to make that decision, so I will continue to reflect on this, and I think I deserve to make this decision without any outside pressure.' continue
21.06.06 - By Troy Ondrizek: Lennox Lewis last fought in the ring three years ago today. Lewis’ battle with Vitali Klitschko was a great fight that saw both men control the action, and both made bold statements with their fist that the whole boxing world heard. Vitali brought the fight to the champ early and never relented, Lewis seemed to be unprepared for the awkward and strong Ukrainian. Lewis soon got into a rhythm and started to time Klitschko’s advances. However, as most of us all know Lennox opened up Vitali’s eye in such a grotesque manner, that for many viewers it was the first time anyone has ever seen a traumatic injury.
At the time of the stoppage, Klitschko was ahead 4 rounds to 2 on every judge’s scorecard, but Lewis was starting to come on strong. The results of Vitali’s heart and how he was ahead has been the center of great debate for the past three years. Lewis promised Klitschko a rematch, but never delivered. Vitali fans have been adamant that Vitali would’ve won the fight had it continued, and Lewis fans said Vitali was lucky that his eye was falling out of the orbit, or Vitali would’ve been kayoed in just a couple of rounds. Regardless of where your opinion lies on the outcome of the bout, one thing for sure is that, Lennox Lewis and not Vitali Klitschko was robbed of his rightful glory following that match. continue
21.06.06 - By Geoffrey Ciani That Saturday night’s middleweight championship bout between Jermain Taylor and “Winky” Wright ended in a draw was somewhat disappointing. Regardless, I thought it was the right decision; in fact, I scored the bout a draw, myself. So too did one of the four individuals I watched the bout with, while the other three scored the bout for “Winky” by the slimmest of margins. Indeed, this was a close bout which could have been scored other way. continue
21.06.06 - By Ted Sares: On Saturday, November 13, 1984, highly touted Jaime Garza was scheduled to meet cagey Juan “Kid” Meza in the main event at the Mid Town Neighborhood Center in Kingston, NY. Meza was a distinct 5-1 underdog to the 40-0 heavy puncher from Southern Californian who was being compared to Danny "Little Red" Lopez for his full throttle offense, porous defense, and ability to come off the canvas and put his opponent out. In fact, Garza won his title some 17 months before by coming off the floor in typical "Little Red" fashion to knock out Bobby Berna in two and take the belt vacated by the legendary Wilfredo Gomez. continue
21.06.06 - By Neil Thompson: What a difference a couple of months make. My last P4P list was at the end of April and since then there have been some big changes. In April my list was 1.Floyd Mayweather 2.Winky Wright 3.Manny Pacquiao 4.Marco Antonio Barrera 5.Ricky Hatton 6.Joe Calzaghe 7.Jose Luis Castillo 8. Antonio Tarver 9. Jermain Taylor 10. Bernard Hopkins. Since the end of April De La Hoya has re-entered; Hopkins easily beat Tarver; Taylor drew with Wright; Hatton was unimpressive against Collazo and Barrera seriously struggled with Juarez. continue
21.06.06 - By Neil Thompson: The under rated Super Middleweight division is going to get another unification fight. Later this year undefeated WBA champion Mikkel Kessler and 3 time and current WBC champion Markus Beyer have signed to fight each other. The fight will be in October and in Denmark.
Early in the year WBO champion Joe Calzaghe squared off against his IBF counterpart Jeff Lacy. We all know what happened - Joe added Lacy’s IBF belt to his own. Now the other two major champions are ready to square off. By October we’ll have gone from 4 champions to 2, The winner of this fight would hopefully face Calzaghe and then we will have one official undisputed champion of the world.
Originally Markus Beyer’s promoter (Wilfred Sauerland) wanted a Calzaghe fight for Beyer but due to the cuts Markus suffered last time out, he cannot spar until the middle of August. As Calzaghe is fighting again in mid-September, Markus could not be ready in time. Therefore Beyer will travel to Kessler home territory of Denmark for another champion vs champion contest in the 168 lb division. continue
21.06.06 - Undefeated middleweight Giovanni Lorenzo (20-0, 12 KO’s), who is fighting in a 10 round bout against Santiago Samaniego on the July 22 Gatti-Baldomir undercard, took time out from his busy training schedule to congratulate undisputed world middleweight champion Jermain Taylor for his successful title defense on Saturday evening against “Winky” Wright. continue
21.06.06 - By Per Ake Persson: French fly Brahim Asloum takes on Nicaraguan Miguel Tellez for the vacant WBA I/C 112 lb title July 15 in Le Cannet. WBA lightheavy champ Fabrize Tiozzo will appear in a non-title ten-rounder. Should all go well Tiozzo will make a defence of the title September 30 in Lyon. Promoter Michel Acaries will present all details at a press conference in Lyon (Tiozzo´s hometown) June 28. continue
21.06.06 - WBC super welterweight champion Oscar De La Hoya (38-4, 30 KO's) will be making an announcement tomorrow afternoon in a conference call, outlining his future plans in boxing. Despite Oscar’s fine showing in his last bout, the word is that De La Hoya, 33, may be ending his career in boxing rather than continuing on and fighting through his numerous injuries. continue
21.06.06 - BY RON LIPTON: It was about 11:30 AM Saturday morning and I kept looking out of my kitchen window for a green Lexus to be turning onto my block. Emile Griffith and his adopted son Luis had called me about 10:AM and told me that they were leaving Hempstead, NY and were on their way to my house.
We had stayed friends since he was champion and although the years have dealt us some telling blows we always manage to get together for a reunion.
They had a friend who was driving them and they figured they would arrive around 11:30 AM, as per the Map Quest directions.
We had mutually agreed on the itinerary the night before as follows, we would go directly to a State Park nearby to take a 2 mile hike, up and down hills winding through a dense forest right near the Hudson River, and come back to my house for lunch. continue
21.6.2006: Risum Boxing, headed by manager/promoter/matchmaker Henrik Risum, announced yesterday the signing of 19-year-old Danish amateur-hope Kim “Golden Boy” Poulsen to a professional contract. Poulsen went 60-17 in the unpaid ranks, is a five-time Danish national champion (from youth to junior). continue
20.06.06 - Fighters will begin arriving in Edmonton on Wednesday for Friday's "Women of Mass Destruction" card produced by "A Ring of Their Own." As they departed for the event, all four ladies had a few final words for their opponents and fans. continue
20.06.06 - By James Slater: The following article looks back on an epic fight, from the 126 pound division, that took place almost exactly twenty years ago to this very day. This astonishing bout, fought at the legendary Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, was both thrilling and excruciating. continue
20.06.06 - (Chicago, IL)- Five-time world champion Johnny Tapia will make media appearances and meet with fans in Chicago this Wednesday, June 21 to promote his newly released autobiography “Mi Vida Loca: The Crazy Life of Johnny Tapia”. At 7:30 am, Tapia will be the in-studio guest on Que Buena105.1 FM’s “ El Pistolero y Memin,” Chicago’s #1 morning radio show for adults 18-49.
At 9 am, Tapia will be the in-studio guest on the nationally syndicated radio program“ Mancow’s Morning Madhouse” heard locally on 101.1 FM. Tapia will hold a private reception for media from noon until 2 pm. From 2-3pm, fans are invited to meet Johnny as he signs copies of his book at Neuvo Leon Restaurant located at 1515 W. 18th Street in the heart of Chicago’s Pilsen neigborhood. At 4pm, Tapia will be the in-studio guest of top-rated afternoon drive personality Roe Conn on WLS 890 AM. At 5:30 pm, Tapia will appear on Comcast Sports “Chicago Tribune Live” television show which will be rebroadcast that evening at 10:30 pm.
Tapia’s autobiography was co-written by Bettina Gilios, writer of the hit movie “Glory Road.” Gilois in the re-write stages of Tapia’s movie for famed producer Jerry Bruckheimer. Details regarding Tapia’s Wednesday, June 28th appearances in New York City will be announced shortly.
20.06.06 - Sycuan Ringside Promotions’ undefeated teenage sensation Jorge Paez Jr. makes his six-round debut when he faces Armand Horn in a lightweight bout July 1 on a “ShoBox” card televised by SHOWTIME from Manistee, Mich. The 18-year-old Paez, who has a record of 9-0 with seven knockouts, is coming off two four-round, unanimous decision wins. On May 6 in Las Vegas he beat Lowell Brownfield and on June 10 in Atlantic City, N.J., he bested Travis Hartman. continue
NEW YORK (June 20, 2006) – After Gamaliel Diaz shocked the boxing establishment by winning a thrilling, hard-fought, 12-round split decision over then-World Boxing Council (WBC) No. 2 contender Robert “The Ghost’’ Guerrero (Dec. 5, 2005 also on “ShoBox”), he thought he was headed for a showdown with the WBC’s top 126-pound contender, Nicky Cook. continue
20.06.06 - Newport isn't big enough for this battle! Move over Goldie Lookin Chain your about to get KO'd from the music charts by sc-rapper Bradley Pryce - the reigning Commonwealth Light-Middleweight Champion. Known on the rap scene as Pay da Pryce, the 25-year-old has transferred his aggressive, all-action, boxing style - that has made him one of Britain's most exciting boxers - to equally hard-hitting, in-your-face, lyrics that he believes will make him a hit in the charts. continue
The adage that the challenger has to "take it away" in convincing fashion, seems to be even more important in "home town" situations. The good thing about a draw - and there aren't many - is that stats take on a more important meaning when one considers the subjectivity of the judges. Personally, I think Wright won the fight...and here's why. continue
20.06.06 - This coming Friday (23rd June) Sussex’s Copthorne resort and hotel, Effingham park plays host to an astonishing gathering of boxing legends. Promoter Lee Greenwood has with the help of Mercedes Benz Gatwick has assembled no less the seven currant and former world champions to the amateur boxing dinner show. Headlining will be a reuniting of two old adversaries and true boxing greats: "The Dark Destroyer" Nigel Benn and Steve Collins ,both were famed for there extraordinary battles with Brighton braggart Chris Eubank in the late eighties and early nineties. continue
20.06.06 - MEMPHIS, TN On June 16th in front of an overflowing capacity crowd at W.C. Handy Park, Anthony Peterson captured the NABO Lightweight title with a commanding 12 round unanimous decision over Adan Hernandez. With the title victory, Anthony improves his record to 18-0 (14 KO’s) and joins his brother Lamont Peterson as the only two fighters from the amateur class of 2004 to capture significant titles. continue
20.06.06 - Orange, CA – “Desert Storm” Timothy Ray Bradley Jr. will lead off an explosive night of boxing live from the Doubletree Hotel, Ontario, this coming Friday, June 23. Bradley (13-0, 7 KOs) will now face rugged Arturo Urena, from Mazatlan, Mexico. Pavel Miranda, Bradley’s original opponent was not able to complete his visa process to have his first ever-American fight. continue
19.06.06 - By Frank Gonzalez Jr.: Saturday night in Memphis Tennessee, down South, right next door to Arkansas, Ronald "Winky" Wright took on the WBA, WBC and WBO Middleweight Champion, Jermain "Bad Intentions" Taylor in what had to be one of the most exciting Middleweight fights I've seen in a long time.
Taylor's willfully wild aggression, strength and power punching vs. Winky's slick defense, effective counter punching and masterful ring generalship was all you could ask for as a boxing fan. Intelligence vs. emotion, math vs. gym, Sith vs. Jedi, call it what you will, just thank God it wasn't on Pay-Per-View because this was the kind of fight that truly promotes the sport of boxing.
Jermain Taylor (25-0-1 Draw, 17 KO's) proved that while he may lack elite caliber boxing skills, he has a lot of heart and determination to fight-and win. A few years ago, when he was still fighting soft comp, I didn't figure his unpolished skills would ever propel him past great fighters like Bernard Hopkins and Winky Wright. Some may argue that they still haven't, but Jermain has shown his quality. continue
Los Angeles, CA – June 19, 2006 – Sports icon and international celebrity Mike Tyson announced today that he has hired sports marketing and entertainment company, Sports Placement Service, Inc. (SPS), to handle all of his marketing and licensing opportunities. continue
SANDWICH, Mass. (June 19, 2006) – Veteran super middleweight “Irish” Mike Culbert closes out his 18-year pro boxing career June 30 against experienced Khalif “Panther” Shabazz in the 8-round main event on “Battle Zone at The Rock III,” promoted by Alpha Omega Entertainment Group in association with Mark Vaz, at Memorial Hall in Plymouth (MA). continue
PROVIDENCE (June 19, 2006) – Classic Entertainment & Sports, Inc. (CES) has signed Swedish super lightweight prospect Benjamin Kalinovic and Philadelphia amateur star “Hammering” Hank Lundy, CES president Jimmy Burchfield announced today. Swedish native Kalinovic (3-0, 2 KOs), 24, is now based out of Vero Beach, Florida, where famed Buddy McGirt trains him. continue
19.06.06 - By Phillip Przybylo: The FedEx Forum in Memphis, TN, USA, held the action-packed battle for the undisputed world middleweight championship as the fighters held nothing back during the majority of the 12-round split draw. Champion Jermain Taylor held onto his belt Saturday night after his spirited performance Saturday night. Challenger Winky Wright held onto his respect after outlanding the champ for the first nine rounds. But ultimately, Wright had little else to hold onto but his own bitterness as he was denied his chance at glory on the scorecards in favor of a rising star whose glow is ever increasing by the polish waxed onto him by trainer Emmanuel Steward.
Unlike the majority of high stakes bouts of recent years, both Taylor and Wright clashed as if they had nothing to lose from the opening bell. Taylor impressed his heavily biased fan base in the arena with free-flowing combinations that dazzled with quickness (but not with crispness). Despite being in the ring with the quintessential pro in Wright, a former undisputed junior middleweight champion, Taylor made his Bad Intentions clear when he showed now fear with his energy activity level that won him the first round and about half of his awarded rounds. continue
19.06.06 - DRL Promotions and the Celebrity Theater in Phoenix, Arizona announced today that the main event for Friday, July 7th card is set and world-class Super-Featherweight Joel Casamayor will go to battle against Lamont "Bay" Pearson in a classic 10 round bout on live ESPN2 Friday Night Fights national television. continue
19.06.06 - By Michael Montero: It’s that time again everybody. Whether you agree with me or disagree, love me or hate me, you gotta respect me because I tell it like it is…
Winky Wright, the new Middleweight Champion: Another close fight left up to the judges – I hate draws! Although this was a close fight, and could have gone either way, I think that Winky clearly (but barely) won the fight. continue
19.06.06 - By Don Dougan There’s an old saying – “You can’t please everyone." This holds true in boxing as much or more than any other sport. Take Jermain Taylor, for example. With the exception of Oscar De La Hoya, boxing hasn’t had a superstar that’s transcended the sport since Ray Leonard caught America’s attention as an Olympian in 1976. Leonard took boxing to another level after turning professional, most notably in his fights with Roberto Duran in 1980, Thomas Hearns in 1981 and Marvin Hagler in 1987. continue
19.06.06 - By Ryan Songalia, photo by Wray Edwards / ESB - In a very entertaining fight for the middleweight championship of the world, Jermain “Bad Intentions” Taylor and Ronald “Winky” Wright fought to a split decision draw in Memphis, Tennessee. Taylor, Little Rock, Arkansas, retains the middleweight championship that he won from Bernard Hopkins last year, but sustains the first blemish on his previously unmarked record. Wright, St. Petersburg, Florida, fought very well and will undoubtedly receive another title shot in the near future. Taylor’s record moves to 25-0-1 (17 KO), while Wright goes to 50-3-1 (25 KO). The referee for this bout was Frank Garza.
Leading up to this fight, both men felt like they had something to prove. Jermain Taylor won the undisputed middleweight championship last summer via a controversial split decision against long-time middleweight champion Bernard Hopkins. Despite repeating the effort later that year by more convincing margins, many fans still remained skeptical given the age differences of the two fighters as well what many perceived to be questionable judging. In Winky Wright’s last assignment, he faced journeyman Sam Soliman in a WBC title eliminator. Despite having dominated future Hall of Famer’s Shane Mosley and Felix Trinidad in the last two years, Wright struggled to win a flat unanimous decision that had Wright for the first time in awhile appearing vulnerable. continue
19.06.06 - Scotland didn't qualify for the World Cup but Colin Bain reckons he will lift his nations spirit by becoming the first man to defeat boxing superstar Amir Khan at the Millennium Stadium on July 8 live on ITV1. The Glaswegian hardman is confident he can beat the Olympic Silver Medallist and give his fellow Scots something to cheer about - even if England have made it to the following day's World Cup Final. continue
19.06.06 - By Nick Porter: I would like to first begin by properly thanking the readers of East Side Boxing for the warm response I received for my first (and subsequently only) article written for this website and published about this time last year. I have many excuses for why I’ve been unable to write more, and while some are more legitimate than others, they are ultimately just that—excuses—and I’ll not bore you with them. However, I hope to be getting more involved with the ESB team from here on out, so hopefully you’ll be hearing from me a bit more. continue
By Gavin Stone, 19th June 2006- After disposing of Danny Green is stylish fashion over a month ago, Anthony ‘The Man’ Mundine is currently weighing up his options as he prepares to take on his next challenge in a proposed upcoming bout this August. The Mundine-Green bout- which Mundine won by unanimous decision: 116-113, 118-111 and 118-112- was sanctioned as a WBA World Title eliminator; gaining Mundine the position of mandatory challenger to Denmark’s Mikkel Kessler for the WBA World Title at 168lb. continue
18.06.06 -By Sean Ocampo: On Saturday night, the highly anticipated showdown between Middleweight Champion Jermain "Bad Intentions" Taylor and former Junior Middleweight Champion Ronald "Winky" Wright ended with a disputed draw. Unfortunately, questions will now pile up about decision, causing to endlessly speculate about who actually won the fight. The fight was not the snoozefest that we all expected and was a battle right from the get go. The early part of the fight looked like Jermain Taylor was just too strong for the challenger Winky Wright, with Taylor's long jab and occassionally his straight right hand making it past Winky's stone wall defense. continue
18.06.06 - www.frankwarren.tv is delighted to announce that its fantastic audio content will now be available as a podcast through iTunes. As well as listening to interviews with Sports Networks boxers, press and public alike can now download them as well. To see what's available, simply visit www.frankwarren.tv/interviews.php and pick out what you'd like to listen to. continue
18.06.06 - By Zachary Q. Daniels: Rating fighters historically can be a tricky business, filled as it is with determinations that inherently are subjective; that is, based upon the value assigned to various factors by individual observers. Because of this, controversy often results, as what one person considers critically important may be minimized or disregarded by another. One of the most notable cases of this phenomenon in recent years is the debate over the historical status of the last unified heavyweight champion, Lennox Lewis.
That Lewis belongs among the upper tier of heavyweight champions is not at all controversial. Virtually every one agrees that he belongs among the top 15-20 heavyweight fighters since the initiation of the gloved era in the late 19th century. The debate arises over where. Some contend that he is clearly in the top ten, and even among the top five of all time. They emphasize the longevity of his reign, the number of his defenses, the dominance he showed over some of the fighters he faced, and the fact that he beat every man he ever faced at least once. Some also point to his retiring as champion as an argument for the high status they assign him. Others dispute this, suggesting that Lewis belongs somewhere between numbers 11-15, or even in the 16-20 range. continue
18.06.06 - Fight Promoter University founder Roy Englebrecht announced today that welterweight Paul Delgado has enrolled in Fight Promoter University II and will attend the three day session August 23-25 in Irvine, California. Delgado joins top jr bantamweight Kahren Harutyunyan, who also has enrolled, and who has taken advantage of the FPU II Pro Fighter Discount of $500 off the $1,995 tuition cost. continue
18.06.06 - Cappiello Promotions presented another exciting night of boxing from the 10,000 seat state-of-the-art Mohegan Sun Arena, in Uncasville, CT. The action that took place in the very same ring that hosted the first bout of the epic Micky Ward - Arturo Gatti trilogy, will be aired on Fox Sports New England on Saturday July 1from 8-10 PM EST. In the evening's main event Elvin Ayala (15-0, 6 KO's) looked as good as he has ever looked in his professional career, earning a decision victory over former world title challenger, Larry Marks. continue
17.06.06 - By Jim Dorney: The fact that Bob Fitzsimmons died in 1917 and very little film of him exists means that quite a lot of casual boxing fans will never have heard of him. That's a real shame. Fitzsimmons was, without a shadow of a doubt, one of the most memorable characters in boxing. He completely defied everything -How you're meant to look, how you're meant to fight, what weight you're meant to fight at, how old you're meant to fight on for & many others.
The catchphrase 'The bigger they are, the harder they fall' was attributed to Fitzsimmons which he apparently remarked as he entered the ring against Ed Dunkhorst, allegedly one of the heaviest boxers ever. It's said that Dunkhorst sometimes entered the ring at over 400lbs, making his moniker 'The human freight car' somewhat appropriate! continue
17.06.06 - By Izyaslav “Slava” Koza: Though many fans and experts were adamant about a one sided whooping going to either fighter, the result was a stalemate in the middle of those extremes. There may well be some controversy coming from both sides of the coin, however, I believe the final result was more then fair in that neither fighter really imposed themselves enough on the other. continue
17.06.06 - By Colin Shields: The middleweight showdown last night lived up to it's expectations as one of the most anticipated and most important fights of the year. We thought, and hoped, that we would see the emergence of another clear, undisputed middleweight champion. That didn't happen. Instead, we were treated to a tactical showdown between a veteran Winky Wright and an up and coming technition Jermain Taylor. continue
BROOKLYN--Vicious Vivian Harris wants you to hold on to those cards, the cake and whatever other birthday gifts you had in mind. The former world junior welterweight champ actually turned 28 today (June 17), a birthday he shares with ring legend Roberto Duran.There was no cake to be seen but punch was definitely served on Harris' birthday as he went through a grueling, three-hour workout at famous Gleason's Gym today as trainer Lennox Blackmoore and manager Jose Nunez watched closely.
But there were no champagne corks popping and Harris, who is usually loquacious, was not popping off.
"I have matured," the ex-champ originally from Guyana said. "I could run my mouth about Ricky Hatton, about Miguel Cotto and all the rest. But I have a job to do on July 29 at the Chumash Casino when I fight Arnaoutis. I never watched tapes of opponents before but I have watched 10 tapes of this guy. He's a great fighter, undefeated, and coming up the ranks. I take nothing from him. But he is moving up into the championship league now. continue
17.06.06 - By Jim Amato: Champion Ingemar Johansson vs Sonny Liston was a fight that very well could have happened. After Ingo shocked Floyd Patterson to win the title in 1959, he was the "man." At this time, Sonny was just beginning to establish himself as a heavyweight to be reckoned with. By the time Floyd and Ingo met again in June of 1960, Sonny had defeated Nino Valdez and Cleveland Williams, twice. One month after Patterson - Johansson II, Sonny stopped the clever Zora Folley. Then two months later, he outscored the classy Eddie Machen. There was little doubt that Sonny Liston would have to be dealt with. continue
17.06.06 - By James Slater: As a young man, Herol “Bomber” Graham was able to go into any pub or club in and around his hometown and, with his hands behind his back, challenge anyone to hit him. His reflexes were so incredibly sharp that, again and again, the fist of whoever accepted the challenge would go sailing past Herol’s head, hitting only fresh air. He really was utterly blessed in the practice of self defence. Nobody could lay a hand on him! It was only natural then, that a fine career as a professional boxer awaited him. continue
June 16, 2006 - Mayor John F. Street and the City of Philadelphia recognized Philadelphia native and new light heavyweight champion of the world Bernard Hopkins yesterday during a City Hall ceremony marked by pomp and circumstance fitting of a world champion. "Bernard Hopkins is much more than a superb fighter," stated Mayor Street. "He is a man who overcame a troubled youth, who believed in himself and who reached the pinnacle of his profession. His story is a testament to the human spirit and to the power of redemption." continue
16.06.06 - Manager Jose Nunez doesn't really know where the rumor started. What he wants to do is squash the story that his undefeated junior lightweight star Joan Guzman is challenging WBO champion Jorge Barrios in November. "I've seen it, I've heard it and it's floating around on the Internet," the Brooklyn-based business mogul said. "But I have not received any contract of any kind from our co-promoters, Golden Boy and Sycuan. continue
(Denver, Colorado, June 16, 2006, Gladiator Sports Management & Marketing) Juan Carlos Candelo is coming back to Colorado to train with Trevor Wittman and to join the Gladiator Sports family. Candelo’s last bout was a loss to his old stablemate Verno Phillips, a grudge match with plenty of ‘real beef’ before the bout. continue
16.06.06 - By Izyaslav “Slava” Koza: Recently Yuri Foreman, a Brooklyn based, undefeated, and sizzling Jr. Middleweight prospect took the time to grant an exclusive ESB interview for our reading pleasure. Circumstance again does not allow me to post the entire conversation quite yet(I want you guys to enjoy it), but as a teaser here is Yuri’s prediction for the winner of Saturday’s Middleweight showdown between Winky Wright and Jermain Taylor: continue
16.06.06 - By John Howard: I was saddened last week to read the obituary of former light heavyweight boxer Mike Quarry. Actually, it ruined my day, and it will likely ruin the rest of my week. Mike, like his heavyweight brother Jerry, was tough. For you pre-baby boomers, he was Arturo Gatti/ Mickey Ward tough. Rocky’s 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and soon to be 6 rolled into one toughness. Too tough for his own good, unfortunately. continue
16.06.06 - By Per Ake Persson: Dutch middle Raymond Joval, reigning IBO champ, is back in training after his bad neck injury. Joval was all set to challenge IBF ruler Arthur Abraham in May but was forced to pull out. Joval is still not fully recovered and there´s no date for his comeback. Loreni Boxe promotes in Brescia June 18 with Simone Rotolo on top making his debut at middleweight after previously campaigning at 154. Rotolo takes on Romanian journeyman Mugurel Sebe. continue
16.06.06 - By Karen Belford: Hello East Side People. On Saturday, ESPN is going to be having a six-hour telecast devoted to Rocky Marciano, who in case you didn’t know, is the only heavyweight champion to retire undefeated. His record, an unbelievable 49-0, is hard for me to even imagine, seeing that it looks and sounds so good. That is, until I take a peek at who he actually fought during his career. Anyway, I thought I would chime in with some thoughts for this wonderful occasion, for it’s not every day that we get to see footage of a great hero like Marciano, at least not on free television.
Normally, I don't really enjoy reading about fighters from the distant past, probably because, I feel, that boxing was more unskilled back then, the fighters looked so weak, and the heavyweight division, in particular, so watered down due to many of the young American men being forced to serve in the Korean War. Marciano, though, seems to mean a lot to people, almost seeming like a symbol for some of them, and brings out some strong assumptions about his place in history. If you for one second question Marciano's record, it's as if you comitted some cardinal sin or something. Give me a break, will you? He was a good fighter, but not that good. continue
16.06.06 - Billy Corcoran is confident that he will beat Carl Johanneson on Wednesday 12th July at the York Hall in Bethnal Green to become the fourth member of the Hennessy Sports team to currently hold a British Title. The pair had been due to face off for the vacant super featherweight belt in Leeds, but problems with securing a suitable venue have resulted in a switch to the atmospheric home of domestic Boxing. continue
Whippany, NJ, KEA Boxing will be making their return at a new venue that they can call home for 2006 and beyond..... the Birchwood Manor in Whippany, New Jersey on August 4th. The elegant Birchwood is as good as it gets for world-class professional boxing in an intimate setting. KEA has a minimum 3-fight commitment set to close out 2006 with shows in October and December to follow the August 4th show. continue
16.06.06 - WBU World Cruiserweight Champion Enzo Maccarinelli has backed Wales to give Argentina a kicking tomorrow in the second Test and has promised to follow it up by knocking out Marcelo Dominguez at the Millennium Stadium on July 8. The power-puncher from Swansea will be rooting for his pal and team captain Duncan Jones to lead the squad to victory in Buenos Aires and reverse the 27-25 loss to the Pumas last Sunday - when the Argies were up to their dirty tricks. continue
15.06.06 - By Vanessa McConnell: June 24, 2006 Combatants Calvin Brock, Timur Ibragimov, Joel Julio and Carlos Quintana will go head to head at the Open-Air Roman Amphitheatre at Caesars Palace in the double header fight card “Undefeated…But Not For Long” promoted by Main Events, Warriors Boxing, Northeast Promotions and Caesars Palace. Calvin Brock (28-0, 22 KOs) will battle Timur Ibragimov (21-0-1, 13 KOs) in a 12-round “main event showdown” and undefeated WBA #3 welterweight Joel Julio (27-0, 24 KOs) will challenge the WBA #2 welterweight contender Carlos Quintana (22-0, 18 KOs) who is also undefeated in a 12-round double-header.
Brock, Timur, Joel got together on a teleconference call to promote the June 24th “Undefeated…But Not For Long” fight card. The doubleheader will be aired on HBO’s Boxing After Dark series at 10pm ET/PT and tickets are priced from $50 to $250 through the Caesars Palace Box Office or Ticketmaster. Brock has been in training camp for five or so weeks now and he is more than ready to face Ibragimov in the ring June 24. continue
NEW YORK (June 15, 2006) – In a rematch of a thrilling, action-packed slugfest that wound up as one of 2005’s most shocking upsets, “The Ghostbuster,” Gamaliel "Platano" Diaz (20-5-2, nine KOs), will face Robert "The Ghost" Guerrero (17-1-1, 10 KOs) in the “ShoBox: The New Generation” main event Friday, June 23, on SHOWTIME (11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast). continue
15.06.06 - By Yousef Faroniya: Thank you to all who read and responded to “As the World Turns…The On-Going Story-lines of 2006.” In the ongoing tradition of interactivity at eastsideboxing.com, I’ve reviewed some of the best comments made to the article on the site and to my e-mail, and here is your mailbag ESB. continue
HOLLYWOOD, FL, June 15 – They come from vastly different pasts and have taken diverse journeys to their current spots in the boxing world, but former world heavyweight champion Oliver McCall and top Cruiserweight contender Dale Brown have the same goals – to be the best and to be called ‘Champion.’ On Friday, June 30th, both veterans will be back in action and looking to move closer to those goals when they compete in separate bouts on the highly anticipated “Ring Warriors” card at the Seminole Hard Rock Live Arena in Hollywood, Florida. McCall will face hard-hitting Gary “Bring Da Pain” Bell in a ten round contest, and Brown will battle Colorado’s Shane Swartz, also in a ten rounder. continue
15.06.06 - WBO lightweight world champion Acelino Freitas was invited to a meeting on Monday with Brazilian president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva in Brasilia, the capitol of Brazil, where the president congratulated Acelino on becoming the first Brazilian to win four boxing world championships.
The former WBO and WBA jr. lightweight world champion, Acelino won the WBO lightweight world title for the second time in April.
During the meeting, Acelino presented his world championship belt as a gift to President Lula, who tried it on but found that it was too small for him to buckle. The president commented, "It's because I'm a heavyweight." Freitas said, "I'll vote him in again." continue
15.06.06 - SHOWTIME will make television history when four sons of former world champions and a cousin of another are featured in a special edition of "ShoBox: The New Generation" Saturday, July 1, 2006, (9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast) from the Little River Casino Resort in Manistee, Michigan. The SHOWTIME fistic series, which normally airs on Fridays at 11 p.m. continue
15.06.06 - NABA Heavyweight Champion Shannon Briggs, 47-4-1 (41 KO's), has been named the NABA's Fighter of the Month for June 2006. The extremely active Briggs receives the honor for the second time in three months for his impressive title defense against Ohio's Chris Koval on May 24 at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City. continue
15.06.06 - The sixteen welterweight boxers vying for this year’s title of “The Contender” include: NICK ACEVEDO – Age 30 – New York, NY – Pro Record (15-1), 9 KO’sA former International Boxing Association (IBA) Intercontinental titleholder, Acevedo retired succumbing to the pressure of his rising status. Now back after three years, he sees The Contender as his shot to redeem himself. continue
15.06.06 - Although simultaneously displaying to the world his boxing talent, versatility and strength, Brooklyn-based ex-champion Luis Collazo (photo by Tom Casino) lost his World Boxing Association welterweight title to Englands Ricky The Hitman Hatton by a disputed, but unanimous 12-round decision on Saturday, May 13 in Boston. Collazo looks to rematch the 27-year-old Englishman.
He said I gave him his toughest fight ever. He admitted that I hurt him on several occasions. He said he knew the fight was close. He also said he would give me a re-match, said Collazo. Now he needs to make good on that promise.Collazo willingly accepts the fairness of a heavily possible fight location of Hattons homegrounds, England. continue
15.06.06 - Former undisputed Middleweight Champion of the World and new IBO Light Heavyweight Title holder Bernard Hopkins will be honored by the Mayor and City of Philadelphia for his legendary career and stirring victory Saturday night in Atlantic City over Antonio Tarver. Hopkins will receive a proclamation from the Mayor and be named a Community Engagement Ambassador for Peace. Governor Rendell, who made a congratulatory phone call to Hopkins on Sunday, and U.S. Congressman Chaka Fattah have been invited to attend.
15.06.06 - Undefeated Chicago super middleweight prospect, Donovan “DA BOMB” Georgemakes his return to the 8 Count Productions’ ring this Friday night, June 16that Cicero Stadium on the huge “DESTINY” professional boxing card. continue
COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO. – The 2006 Junior Olympic National Championships will celebrate its 35th anniversary, June 28-July 2 in Marquette, Mich., as over 200 of the nation’s elite junior Olympic boxers face off for a national championship. The United States’ top 15 and 16-year-old boxers will convene in Marquette for the event, which consistently showcases the future stars of boxing. continue
14.06.06 - By Ryan Songalia, photo by Wray Edwards: On June 17, Jermain Taylor and Ronald "Winky" Wright will meet in one of this year's most highly anticipated bouts. Fighting for supremacy in the middleweight division, this fight will decide who is the dominant force in one of the sport's most glamourous divisions. The fight will take place in Memphis, TN, a city known for being the the end of the road for Tyson and Jones' careers in recent years. Taylor-Wright, while not expected to be a candidate for Fight of the Year honors, is perhaps the year's most important bout.
Jermain "Bad Intentions" Taylor, 25-0 (17 KO), is the universally recognized champion of the middleweight division. Fighting out of Little Rock, Arkansas, Taylor took home the bronze medal at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia. Upon turning pro, he quickly compiled a 23-0 record and was widely considered the heir apparent to longtime middleweight king Bernard "The Executioner" Hopkins. continue
PROVIDENCE (June 14, 2006) – USNBC super middleweight champion Joey “KO Kid” Spina (18-0-1, 13 KOs) puts his title on the line against local favorite Jay Pina (16-1, 12 KOs) in the 12-round main event on “Let Freedom Ring,” July 7 at the Cape Cod Melody Tent in Hyannis, Massachusetts. continue
14.06.06 - Calvin Brock: I’ve had a great training camp. I’ve been here for five weeks. I have one week left and I’m ready to go. I feel like I have a lot to prove to be the heavyweight champion of the world. If I have to gain the attention, the respect of all the boxing fans to gain the heavyweight throne, then that’s what I plan on doing. I will have to prove that by going in there and making a statement each time out. continue
14.06.06 - He was born in the Dominican Republic, turned professional in Curacao and now wants to conquer Europe. The talk is about unbeaten lightwelterweight Cristian Frias. The 29-year-old fighter, now handled by German manager Olaf Schroeder, is called ‘La Cobra’ and has compiled a record of 20-0-2 with 16 knockouts. In this interview, Frias talks about his plans and dreams as well as his family and a very un-warrior like hobby: Sewing his own ringwear! continue
14.06.06 - By Darryl Waterhouse: This Saturday night sees one of the most eagerly anticipated fights of the year between Jermain Taylor and Winky Wright. After the catastrophic disappointment of the cancelled rubber match between Corrales and Castillo, I think we deserve this. The young, fast, heavy-handed, and undisputed king of the 160 lb division, Jermain Taylor (25-0, 17 KO's), with the meteoric rise almost from obscurity, against the older, steely willed, canny, boxing totalitarian, Winky Wright (50-3, 25 KO's).
Potentially, and I don’t need to say this to anyone who knows an inkling about boxing, the mix of the characters and their abilities isn’t going to make for anything explosive. No, instead, I believe we will be watching two men in their prime, both looking to make their marks in the echelons of boxing history for the beautiful purity by which both men ply their trade. Ticket sales don’t lie. And should you want to watch to assist yourself describing the art to pugilism to your off-spring, then start with this. Living in the UK, I’m more than happy to sit up for almost the entirety of Saturday night to watch what I believe will be a spectacle of fast, accurate punching, fleet footwork, defensive mastery, and generally superb ringman-ship. continue
14.06.06 - Dominic Pesoli, President of 8 Count Productions has announced final details of the seven fight, June 16th “DESTINY” event at Cicero Stadium. The main event will feature an outstanding matchup between Chicagoland’s most popular boxer, 1996 US Olympian David Diaz and Cristian Favela of Los Mochis, Mexico in a twelve round bout for the IBA Lightweight World Championship. continue
14.06.06 - By Craig Parrish: For years now, we have heard promoters rattling on and on about a mythical “unification tournament” that will once and for all decide who is the man in the heavyweight division. It seems like we hear of it at the end of every fight and at many press conferences and interviews. Yet, nothing has been done. I would venture to say that there has been no effort actually made to turn this idea into reality. The promoters dangle this in front of the fans like a carrot and expect us to keep believing, year after year, that this is going to happen. It won’t. continue
14.06.06 - By Beau Bassett: After Bernard Hopkins' successful venture to light heavyweight, I would be surprised if the betting odds didn't swing into Jermain Taylor's (25-0, 17 KO's) favor for his upcoming fight against Winky Wright (50-3, 25 KO's). If Jermain beat (or at least drew) Hopkins, and Hopkins easily defeated a skilled and legitimate light heavyweight like Tarver, he should be favored to beat the smaller Winky. I don't mean to take any credit from Winky, but he has yet to prove himself against a considerably larger and more powerful opponent like Jermaine. To me, I think Wright's reputation is built mostly upon his domination of Trinidad and his clear victories over Shane Mosley. continue
14.06.06 - By Jeff Meyers: Hand wringing and wailing over the so-called sorry state of the heavyweight division has become de rigueur over the past few years. It's time to dispel the myths and explain why we don't need Mike Tyson chewing on someone's ear to prove the heavyweight division is entertaining.
Myth No. 1: The Heavyweight Division Is In A Dismal State. Everyone loves to talk about the 70s being the golden age of heavyweight boxing, and wax nostalgic for the 80s when Tyson dominated the division. Today's heavies, as a group, are just as good. We've got Wladimir Klitschko, James Toney, Lamon Brewster, Serguei Lyakhovich, Samuel Peter, and a host of other ex-Soviet heavies with polysyllabic and consonant-rich surnames and undefeated records to boot knocking on the door.
Let's start with the '70s. First, we can stop comparing everyone to Muhammad Ali. Ali was not only one of the greatest fighters to ever lace up the gloves, he transcended the sport to become a world icon. continue
14.06.06 - By Per Ake Persson: Former WBA cruiser champ Jean Marc Mormeck returns to action on Don King Production´s big show in St Louis, MO, July 8. Also announced on the bill is an IBF lightweight eliminator between Pole Matt Zegan and Nate Campbell. However, Zegan is still in Poland and no contracts have been signed. The African Warrior, Evans Ashira, could also get a spot on the show. continue
14.06.06 - By Jim Amato: He was always Jerry's little brother but he deserved more then that. He always walked in the shadow of his famous brother but in his own right he was a top notch professional fighter. Mike Quarry is dead at the age of 55. Pugilistic Dementia may have been the cause. He was one of the best light heavyweights of the Bob Foster era. Mike had 82 fights. That is quite a lot in this day and age. continue
14.06.06 - By Ted Sares: I suppose a good title for this piece might be, "The Greatest Fighter Nobody Ever Heard About," but that's not the angle I am going to persue. I'd rather concentrate on a fight and a fighter in an attempt to extract some measure of excitement from what I witnessed on television from the Aladdin Theatre in Las Vegas on December 11, 1976. They almost pulled a Heidi at the end, but thankfully I was able to see this bout to its amazing conclusion. Now I just got through watching the video again, but I can't really believe what I saw...................and I thought I had seen just about everything. But I'm getting ahead of myself. continue
14.06.06 - By Yousef Faroniya: For several years we’ve heard that boxing is going down the drain. Then during the early 2000s, things went from bad to worse. Lennox Lewis’ retirement left the heavyweights in shambles. Boxing’s biggest attractions in Roy Jones Jr. and Oscar de la Hoya were found lying on their backs after kayo losses. Felix Trinidad retired. And if that wasn’t enough, Wladimir Klitschko went from heir-apparent to has-been.
Then something miraculously happened. What happened was 2006. What an incredible year for boxing it has been so far. This year has had more ongoing dramas than ABC’s Sunday-night line up (with less attractive people, of course).
Here are some of the most notable storylines as we look forward to the second half of 2006: continue
14.06.06 - By Goran Dragosavac: On Saturday night, Jermain Taylor (25-0, 17 KO's) will take on Winky Wright (50-3, 25 KO's) at the FedEx Forum, in Memphis. With these two exciting fighters going at each other, the big question is, can Taylor adopt same "no respect" strategy in fight against Winky Wright and dominate his slower opponent? For me, there's no question that Taylor will win against Winky Wright and he will likely win big. continue
14.06.06 - By Sean Ocampo: After years of waiting, Bobby Pacquiao (27-11, 12 KO's) finally stepped out of his brother Manny's shadow on Saturday night when he stopped the 38-year-old Kevin Kelly. For the most part, unfortunately, Pacquiao, 25, has been overlooked and underestimated by people, but finally after all these years, he proved them wrong, and is no longer just the other Pacquiao or the younger brother of Manny. Prior to his recent victory against former WBC Featherweight Champion Kevin Kelley, Pacquiao has been a subject of criticisms because of his controversial win over Carlos "Famoso" Hernandez, which many people believed that Famoso won. continue
14.06.06 - By Luis Cortes III: Going into this past Saturdays fight between Miguel Cotto and Paulie Malignaggi, I continued to talk about how this fight, from a stylistic standpoint, was reminding me of another 140 pound championship fight. One that took place in the fall of 1992, a fight between then WBC champion Julio Cesar Chavez and top contender and former lightweight Champion Hector "Macho" Camacho. continue
14.06.06 - MICHAEL KLIMES: The Similarities: A month a go (in my last piece for ESB) I wrote that Joe Calzaghe’s career was somewhat of a disappointment, due to a plethora of factors like his late birth relative to the other boxers in the talent rich era of middleweight and super middleweight divisions of the 1990s, his fragile hands and inability to find the big fights against his two great contemporaries: Roy Jones Junior and Bernard Hopkins.
Calzaghe has stated he wants his last three fights to be against the best opposition possible, with all the lucrative rewards that this entails and frankly he deserves it. After Bernard Hopkins’s highly considerable victory against Antonio Tarver I cannot help but raise my eyebrows. In my previous article I said a match between Calzaghe and Hopkins would not make sense from either side because, ‘it is hard to see a clash between Calzaghe and Hopkins (at this point in time) creating the vast sums of cash wanted by both men.’ continue
PROVIDENCE (June 13, 2006) – With one short, powerful right hand, USNBC cruiserweight champion Matt “Too Smooth” Godfrey (12-0, 7 KOs) went from promising prospect to legitimate contender, stopping previously unbeaten NABA title-holder Shauna George (11-0-2, 5 KOs) in the first round of their recent unification bout on ESPN2 Wednesday Night Fights at Foxwoods Resort Casino. continue
HOLLYWOOD, FL, June 13 – With a bid of $810,000 today in East Orange, New Jersey, Warriors Boxing Promotions and Sampson Lewkowicz have secured the right to promote the IBF Number One Elimination Bout between unbeaten 2000 Olympic Silver Medalist, Sultan Ibragimov and rugged contender Ray Austin later this summer. Warrior’s bid far exceeded that of the second place bidder, Don King Promotions, which bid $100,000. continue
14.06.06 - By Laz Izada: Boxing fans checkout tonight's exciting welterweight main event showdown on ESPN 2. Starting at 9:00 PM (EST), Oscar “El Torito” Diaz (24-1,12 KO’s) and Chris “The Mechanic” Smith (20-2-1,13 KO’s) will be fighting in the main event for the Vacant NABF Welterweight Title. The card is being promoted by Duva Boxing. Diaz “El Torito,” from San Antonio, Texas, is managed by Lou Duva. Diaz, 23, has the height advantage (5’10) over Smith, who is 5'8 1/2." Diaz's only loss was a unanimous decision to Ebo Elder in March 2004. continue
13.06.06 - By James Slater: The magnificent performance by Bernard Hopkins this past Saturday must also stand as a very fine boxing comeback. More than a few had written off "The Executioner" due to his back-to-back losses to Jermain Taylor. But 'Nard came back, some six months later, to win a new world title - in a new weight division. A hell of a good return to form if ever there was one. But what are the greatest ever comebacks in boxing's (modern era) history? And who were the fighters who managed to achieve them? In this article I list my ten choices for the fighters who deserve the distinction as the producers of the finest returns to the very top in the sport.
In reverse order, my ten are as follows.
10. Oscar De La Hoya.
"The Golden Boy" made the mistake of moving up too far in weight and in a quite audacious attempt at winning Bernard Hopkins' middleweight title he was KO'd in nine rounds. This defeat marked the first and only inside the distance loss on Oscar's resume and it was almost two years before he fought again. continue
14.06.06 - The Ring magazine is delighted to recognize Bernard Hopkins as the new light heavyweight champion of the world by virtue of his 12-round unanimous decision over Antonio Tarver on June 10, 2006, in Atlantic City, New Jersey. "Hopkins now joins Bob Fitzsimmons and Dick Tiger as one of only three boxers to win both the undisputed middleweight and undisputed light heavyweight championship," said Nigel Collins, Editor-in-Chief of The Ring. continue
13.06.06 - From WBC President Jose Sulaiman: In preparation for their fight on Saturday, Jermain Taylor and Winky Wright both successfully passed the WBC’s mandatory seven-day weigh-in. Both middleweight world champion Taylor and No. 1 ranked mandatory challenger Wright complied satisfactorily with the mandatory weight established by the WBC Rules at their seven-day weigh-in previous to their upcoming fight on Saturday 17. This weigh-in ceremony was held on June 9 in Memphis, Tennessee. continue
13.06.06 - DiBella Entertainment's undefeated Brooklyn fighter Dmitry "Star of David" Salita recently participated in the Israeli Day Parade earlier this month in New York City. The float was provided by United Jewish Association and One Stop Entertainment. Salita has a ring record of 24-0-1 with 14 KO's, and is expected to be back in action on a DBE card next month. continue
13.06.06 - By Troy Ondrizek: Now I know that the reviews of Saturday night’s fights have been done to death. Several competent writers have more than adequately portrayed every round that transpired. However, I stated in a previous article that both Paul “Magic Man” Malignaggi and Antonio “Magic Man” Tarver were going to be victorious in their perspective bouts. Well, I was off by a tad. I feel that the duty of a boxing writer is to help guide fans by accurately and objectively cover the fights, fighters, business side, the perspective future and to reflect on the past of our great sport. So with that being said, I would like to admit my faults; at least my last faulty endeavor in predicting the outcomes of bouts.
I said that Paul Malignaggi would run from Miguel Cotto and pot shot Miguel to a victory. I felt that if Paulie would have just boxed and held, then he could’ve pulled off the upset and gone home a trinket champion. I not only felt that this was Malignaggi’s only way of achieving victory, but I also felt that Malignaggi knew this as well, and would not try to stand and trade with Cotto, because Malignaggi doesn’t stand and trade with anybody. continue
New York, NY – June 13 – U.S. Boxing fans will have their first chance to see WBA heavyweight boxing champion “The Beast from the East” Nikolai Valuev. Fans will have the ability to watch Valuev’s early European fights before he won the WBA belt from John Ruiz and successfully defended it earlier this month against Owen Beck, it was announced today by iN DEMAND Networks. continue
BROOKLYN (June 12, 2006) - Paulie "The Magic Man" Malignaggi (21-1, 5 KOs) suffered a fractured right cheekbone during last Saturday's title fight against World Boxing Organization light welterweight champion Miguel Cotto (27-0, 22 KOs) at Madison Square Garden. Cotto won a 12-round decision. The light welterweight from Brooklyn does not have a broken nose or broken jaw, as reported in some places, but he did suffer a cut under his left eyebrow from a head butt in the opening round. continue
MERRILLVILLE, IN.- Jimmy “The Fighting Schoolteacher” Holmes will put his IN.B.A. State Middleweight Title on the line as Octavius James/One In A Million Inc. returns to the Radisson Hotel at Star Plaza in Merrillville, IN for “Independence,” the next action-packed card, on July 14, 2006. continue
12.06.06 - By David Douse: Like the song says, some days are diamonds and some days are stones. Ask Antonio Tarver today about a hard time not leaving you alone and you will be talking to a man well qualified to speak on the subject. From the opening bell of this entirely one-sided and almost flawless performance delivered with diamond hard brilliance by a seemingly ageless Bernard Hopkins, Antonio Tarver was treated to the hardest time of his boxing life to date.
Although physically larger than Hopkins, and with a substantial reach advantage which should theoretically have allowed his usually excellent jab to come into play, Tarver was outgunned, outmuscled, and plain and simple outfought from the get go and never at any stage looked capable of making Hopkins struggle for dominance in the least, never mind gaining any kind of ascendancy even for a few rounds. Despite jumping up two weight divisions B-Hop looked cut and powerful with no sign of excess baggage and seemed, even at first glance, the more imposing man in the ring, thus confirming my long held view that he could have been campaigning at a higher weight for some years now had he not been so focused on record breaking dominance of the middleweight division. continue
12.06.06 - The International Boxing Corporation & President Jacek Galara invite you at 8 pm on June 23 in Odeum Villa Park in Chicago for a big night of boxing with the best Polish fighters. Heavyweight Mariusz "The Gladiator" Wach 10-0 with 3 KO's) will face Canadian Aurthur Cook (12-1-1, 3 KO's) in a ten round match for the Polish heavyweight title. Wach is Polish people's hope, that he can follow in Andrew Golota's footsteps. continue
12.06.06 - By Kent Appel: Mike Quarry lost his final fight, one for his life, Sunday June 11, 2006, he was 55 years old. Quarry, a contender for the light heavyweight title in the 1970's, had been battling the effects of Pugilistica Dementia, the same affliction that took the life of his brother, former heavyweight contender Jerry Quarry in 1999. continue
12.06.06 - By Jim Amato: Bernard Hopkins put on a boxing clinic the other night. He totally outclassed Antonio Tarver to become the best light heavyweight in the world. I picked Tarver. I had no doubt Antonio was going to win. I'll take a little ketchup with my crow, please. Thank you. Man, was I ever wrong! Props to Bernard. He proved to me and many others that he is an all time great. That was just a performance for the ages.
Bernard said that was his last fight. If it is please hand him his admission slip to the Boxing Hall Of Fame. First ballot, you bet! BUT, if Bernard wants to have one more fight, there is only one logical opponent. His name is Roy Jones Jr. Why? It's called "unfinished business." Bernard has been calling Roy out for years. Now he is "The Man" at Roy's weight of 175. If Roy wins his upcoming fight, why not have Jones - Hopkins II? continue
12.06.06 - By Jeff Bastasini: Notre Dame football player, Tommy Zbikowski, taking part in his first professional fight, made short work of his opponent, Robert Bell, 32, stopping him in 49 seconds of the first round on Saturday night at Madison Square Garden in New York. Tommy Zbikowski, a 21-year-old 3rd team All-American Safety with the Notre Dame football team, was permitted to fight due to NCCAA rules, which state that a player can receive money (in Zbikowski's case, $ 25,000) but not receive endorsements. continue
12.06.06 - By Michael Montero: It’s that time again everybody. Whether you agree with me or disagree, love me or hate me, you gotta respect me because I tell it like it is… Finally a PPV card worth the money! I am totally opposed to battling PPVs on the same night, and I pretty much hate PPVs altogether – so why did I order Top Rank’s card this weekend? Because it was at a discounted price, $40, and it featured SIX bouts with young, rising talent – that’s why. continue
12.06.06 - By Geoffrey Ciani: Saturday night, Bernard Hopkins added another chapter to his illustrious storybook career when he defeated Antonio Tarver in a lopsided mismatch. Who could have imagined that Hopkins would dismantle Tarver with such ease? After all, isn’t it ill-advised for a 41 year old fighter to jump two weight classes to face the division’s top dog? Indeed, under ordinary circumstances such a move would seem destined for failure. However, there’s nothing ‘ordinary’ about Bernard Hopkins and ‘failure’ is not a part of his vocabulary. continue
12.06.06 - By Joseph Carlo Russo: Leading up to the June 10th showdown at the Mecca between Miguel Cotto and Paul Malignaggi (photo Chris Farina / Top Rank) much the talk revolved around which round Cotto was going to take Malignaggi out in. Unbeknownst to most fight fans and skeptics was the courage, heart, devotion, and determination that burns within Bensonhurst, Brooklyn's Paulie Malignaggi.
But, on June 10th in the wake of Paulie's courageous effort his true colors were unveiled. As the arrogant, motor-mouthing, skirt wearing speedster that many fight fans have come to dislike Paulie as, Malignaggi showed on June 10th that it is all just a mask for the courageous and passionate fighter that he actually is.
Having never fought on such a stage against such a high caliber of opponent Malignaggi appeared to have his hands full Saturday night. And he couldn't have handled it any better. Suffering his first cut and knockdown of his career in rounds one and two Malignaggi appeared a little spooked by the predicament. continue
Denver, Co. June 12th, 2006) The undercard for the ESPN July 5th telecast is shaping up even with the pullout of main event co-star, Jesse Feliciano. There are two likely opponents right now for Sinclair, veteran Golden Johnson and up and coming prospect, Francisco Rincon. David Medina will take on Charles Blake of Detroit, MI in a six round, Middleweight bout. Blake is 8-5-1 with 3ko's and the bout will be for Medina's GBU Middleweight Title. continue
12.06.06 - By Sean Ocampo: After all the pre fight hype and animosity between the two camps, Miguel Angel Cotto and Paulie Malignaggi finally squared off at the Mecca of Sports Madison Square Garden on the eve of the Puerto Rican Day Parade. It was supposed to be a battle between the boxer and the puncher, but it turned out to be a war of attrition. No one expected the slick Paulie Malignaggi to put up a fight with the heavier puncher Miguel Cotto. continue
12.06.06 - When "A Ring of Their Own" bring their "Women of Mass Destruction" to Edmonton to the Shaw Conference Center on June 23, the faces will be familiar. Mia St. John is returning to Edmonton for the third time. Her two previous appearances were ringside beside the former world champion "Flushing Flash" Kevin Kelley as color commentator. But June 23 Mia will be in the center of the ring as she battles Jelena Mrdjenovich for the vacant WIBF lightweight title. continue
12.06.06 - By Chris Acosta: I always wanted to be the one handing out the report cards rather than having to figure out a way to hide them from my parents. There’s something about passing judgment on others that makes one feel a lot better about their own plethora of character flaws, though that doesn’t apply to me. But aside from my own need to be in control of something, anything, in my life, I found that this assignment told me something about the heavyweight division I never realized before. It’s an even field in many respects with no one setting a towering bell curve. Actually, when I added up all the numbers in determining a grade point average, I also concluded that some fighters were better from a categorical stance than others I would have ranked higher.
The good news is that this year will tell us much more about where this division is heading and that is good for the entire sport. Now I expect these report cards to be signed by the fighters’ trainers and handed back to me by next Monday. continue
June 12, 2006 - Orange, CA – Thompson Boxing Promotions proudly announces its 2006 summer schedule that features some of the best young prospects of the sport. The first three events of the season will take place on June 23rd, July 14th and July 20th. On Friday, June 23, “Desert Storm” Timothy Ray Bradley Jr. will headline another installment of the popular “Path to Glory” series, live from the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, CA. continue
12.06.06 - It's a special edition of WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING when HBO Sports presents the exclusive delay of the light heavyweight showdown ANTONIO TARVER VS. BERNARD HOPKINS this SATURDAY, JUNE 17 at 9:30 p.m. (ET)/ 6:30 p.m. (PT) on HBO. The HBO Sports team, which was ringside for the live event at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, will call all the action. continue
12.06.06 - By Eddie Velez: Those familiar with the 1961 Classic West Side Story know that after the smoke settle the “Sharks” had lost one guy and the Jets had lost 2. Now those who want to argue and try to count Tony's nailing of Maria as a victory have a legit argument. But at the end of the day the Sharks Won. continue
12.06.06 - By Thomas Choong: I became a boxing fan in 1996. It was the night of the first Holyfield-Tyson fight. Holyfield came in as a 25-1 underdog, which later narrowed down to 8-1 by fight time. The numbers didn’t matter. Holyfield’s heart and determination broke down Iron Mike at a time when Mr. Tyson once again seemed invincible. It was a night for cheering for the underdog, as most nights are. That night, at 15 years of age, I wrote what could be seen as my first boxing article. I haven’t written one since.
That was until witnessing last night’s mesmerizing encounter.
In all honesty, I didn’t understand what all the fuss was about with there being two pay per view events competing against one another on the same night. Debates raged online over which fight was the one that was worth ordering. For the true boxing fan, there was only one fight that mattered; Tarver vs. Hopkins for the Light Heavyweight Championship of the World. continue
12.06.06 - By Mike Casile: Bernard Hopkins entered the ring Saturday night in Atlantic City unmasked, unfazed, and left it 36 minutes later virtually unmarked, carrying with him the defeat of the best light heavy weight fighter in the world, a belt, and most importantly, history. Less than 65 miles away from that brilliant moment in history, Bernard Hopkins began his adult life in prison. continue
DARIEN, CONNECTICUT - June 12, 2006 - The American Association of Professional Ringside Physicians (AAPRP) announced today that this year's boxing medical conference will take place on September 13 -17 at the Luxor Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. continue
NEW YORK (June 11, 2006) – Universally recognized as two of the best pound for pound fighters in the world and one of only four sets of Mexican brothers in history to win a world title, Juan Manuel and Rafael Marquez of Mexico City will be featured when the 20th anniversary of SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING continues Saturday, Aug. 5, on SHOWTIME (9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast). continue
11.06.06 - By Frank Gonzalez Jr.: There were some exciting fights on the menu at Madison Square Garden Saturday night in New York City.
Super Featherweight Kevin Kelley was KO'd by Bobby Pacquaio in four. Pacquaio proved too much for Kelley, who hit the deck twice, the second time from a sneaky body shot that left Kevin unable to continue. It was an impressive display for Pacquaio and an obvious signpost for the aging Kevin Kelley.
The son of Boxing royalty was on display as Welterweight Prospect, Julio Caesar Chavez Jr. improved his record to 26-0, with 19 KO's after scoring a TKO-2 win over unknown, Aaron Drake (10-3, 8 KO's), who was game, but outclassed by the long armed, cool tempered Chavez Jr. Standing at six feet and still morphing from a boy into a man, Chavez Jr. is a bit too tall to stay at Welter very long. Jr. has very good boxing skills and papa's must be real proud. continue
ATLANTIC CITY, NJ (June 11, 2006) The American Association for the Improvement of Boxing (AAIB), which raises awareness for the medical safety of boxers, will posthumously honor former European Middle and Light-Heavyweight champion boxer Eric Seelig, with the Rocky Marciano-AAIB Champions Award on June 22nd. The award will be presented at the AAIB Celebrity Golf Invitational to be held at the prestigious Atlantic City Country Club, with dinner to follow at Bally’s Atlantic City. continue
11.06.06 - By Per Ake Persson: Polish welter Rafael Jackiewicz won the vacant IBC title last night in Kedzierzyn Kozle with a unanimous decision over Joel Mayo, who put up a brave performance. "Jackie fought a perfect fight," says Hammer Knockout´s Andrew Wasilewski, "but Mayo kept coming until the end. It was a tough, bloody fight." continue
11.06.06 - Fresh off DiBella Entertainment’s Paulie Malignaggi taking on Miguel Cotto for the WBO junior welterweight title at Madison Square Garden on Saturday night, DBE will bring another promotion to the World’s Most Famous Arena, this time in the Theater at the Garden, when it presents “Now or Never” featuring Ike Quartey against Vernon “The Viper” Forrest in the main event on Saturday night, August 5th. continue
6/10/06 - By James Slater: Bernard “The Executioner” Hopkins, 41 years young, put the finishing touches to an outstanding career last night as he trounced reigning light heavyweight king Antonio Tarver over twelve one sided rounds. B-Hop didn’t put a foot wrong as he dominated his man completely over thirty six minutes of boxing. Beforehand, many experts had predicted that the age of ‘Nard, as he is affectionately known in the business, would prove to be his undoing and he would be beaten by the man known as “The Magic Man”.
This proved to be a completely unfounded opinion, however, as Hopkins reeled off round after round of exquisite boxing. In many ways he has never looked better. And although the age gap between he and Tarver isn’t much, after his disappointing performance in his last fight - against Jermain Taylor - more than a few were urging ’Nard to get his rocking chair ready for permanent use. continue
11.06.06 - By Alden "The Kid"Chodash: In the Cinderella fairy tale, when the clock strikes twelve the magic is over, Cinderella must return to her original form. For Bernard Hopkins, the clock hasn't any hands. Hopkins made history Saturday June 10th when he captured what even the legendary Ray Robinson couldn't capture, the Light Heavyweight crown. continue
11.06.06 - By Chris Steel: As an active member of the boxing community I often come across fantasy match-ups with people comparing past and present wondering what if for example Hagler Vs Hopkins or Sonny Liston Vs Tyson. It has always bugged me that fighters from past generations are put on such a high pedestal, this is due to several differentiating factors. continue
10.06.06 - By Izyaslav “Slava” Koza: Tonight in front of a largely pro Puerto Rican crowd, Miguel Cotto its native son, gave his fellow latinos something else to celebrate besides the upcoming parade. His foe Pauli Malignaggi received a sound thrashing for all the garbage he talked before the bout, and all the posing he did for the cameras. continue
10.06.06 - By Steve Skinner: This Saturday Night at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, we’re all going to be treated to what could be the most historically significant boxing event of 2006. Antonio “Magic Man” Tarver, reigning Ring Magazine Light Heavyweight Champion, will be defending his crown against a man who some call one of the 5 greatest Middleweights of all time, Bernard “the Executioner” Hopkins. Hopkins will be looking to cement his legacy into the boxing annals by taking Tarver’s Ring Belt and adding it to his already over-flowing trophy case. It was not long ago that Hopkins snagged the Sugar Ray Robinson Trophy by knocking out Felix Trinidad in the middleweight tournament back in 2001. Hopkins also broke Carlos Monzon’s long standing record for consecutive Middleweight title defenses. If Bernard beats Tarver on Saturday night, he could become one of the few Middleweight champs (former in this case), to jump straight up to the 175lb division to beat the recognized and undisputed champion. He has the opportunity to join a legendary group of boxers like Sugar Ray Leonard, Tommy Hearns, and Roy Jones Jr. At the same time, he has a chance to one up them by doing it without tooling around in the Super Middleweight division first. Bernard, at age 41, will be coming off of back to back losses to Jermain Taylor and jumping up fifteen pounds to tangle with the man who ended Roy’s reign with a single punch. Its been a long time since Bernard was an underdog in a fight, but the odds sure are stacked against him in this match-up. continue
6/10/06,New York,NY --- All Photos: Chris Farina - Top Rank -(L-R) WBO World Jr. Welterweight Champion Miguel Cotto, Caguas, Puerto Rico and unbeaten challenger Paulie Malignaggi, of Brooklyn, N.Y pose at the weighin for their upcoming WBO World Jr. Welterweight Championship fight on Top Rank's big Pay Per View championship event at Madison Square Garden in New York on Saturday, June 10. continue
10.06.06 - By Travis Marks: When it was first announced that Paulie “The Magic Man” Malignaggi was challenging undefeated Miguel Angel Cotto (26-0 22 KO’s) for the WBO version of the light welterweight championship on June 10th at the world famous Madison Square Garden, there was widespread speculation that Paulie was being “cashed out.” Many in the boxing public felt that because of the chronic problems with Malignaggi’s right hand, his promoter Lou DiBella was rushing him into a fight with a monster before he was ready. There was fear he might retire prematurely so why not give him the opportunity to fight for a world title. continue
10.06.06 - By: Troy Ondrizek: Paul Malignaggi and Antonio Tarver both feel that “Magic Man” is the moniker that best suits their skills. Well both men are going to need a little magic in order to be victorious come Saturday night. Malignaggi is getting his first shot at a world title against the devastating puncher and WBO Light Welterweight champion Miguel Cotto. In the other over-priced PPV, stands Antonio Tarver the current Ring Magazine Light Heavyweight champion is putting his title on the line against “The Executioner” that is trying to cheat father time, Bernard Hopkins. continue
10.06.06 - By Ryan "Asian Sensation" Songalia - Team Pinoy - On June 10, Puerto Rico's Miguel Cotto, 26-0 (22 KO) will face off with the slick and confident Paulie Malignaggi, 21-0 (5 KO). At stake is the designation as the most promising of the young junior welterweights, a deep and promising division that will garner much attention from the public over the next few years. Aside from that obvious distinction is an even more critical entity, that of significantly greater importance. At stake in this fight is both fighter's futures. continue
10.06.06 - By Javier N. Perez: Much has been said and written about the size and strength advantage that Antonio Tarver will have over Bernard Hopkins in their much anticipated bout on Saturday, June 10th. At first glance, it appears that Hopkins, the future hall of famer's decision to move up 15 pounds at the age of 41, has been ill-advised and once he faces his physically imposing opponent, he will be outmatched, outgunned and outclassed by a bigger, younger, stronger fighter. continue
10.06.06 - 2000 Olympic Gold chmapion, Audley Harrison (20-2, 15 KO's) got back on the winning track last night in stopping Andrew Greeley (11-14) in the 3rd round at the Tropicana Casino, in Atlantic City. Greeley, 25, was never able to establish much of an offensive attack due to Harrison's long reach and steady jab. Greeley went down under a barrage of punches in the 3rd round, at which point the referee stepped in and halted the bout at the 2:32 mark.
10.06.06 - By James Slater: The fight between Julio Cesar Chavez and Meldrick Taylor, held on Saint Patrick's day 1990, was simply astonishing. For two reasons. On one hand the bout was unforgettable simply because of the intensely high quality of the blistering action we were privileged to have witnessed in the ring. And on the other hand the fight stands supreme as THE fight of the '90's due to the shocking and massively controversial ending it had. As we all know, Referee Richard Steele called a halt to the action, after the knockdown Chavez scored over Taylor - with only two seconds left on the clock! Many people went crazy, while a few did support Steele's decision.
Meldrick had certainly suffered a lot of punishment at the hands of Chavez, even before the twelfth round knockdown. He had a bad cut inside his mouth that led to his swallowing a significant amount of blood. continue
10.06.06 - Heavyweight prospect Brian Minto won a 10-round unanimous decision over Danny Batchelder Friday night. Minto improved his record to 25-1, Batchelder (24-2-1), from Saratoga Springs, N.Y., normally fights at cruiserweight, but couldn't pass up the opportunity to fight on national TV. continue
10.06.06 - Scott Lawton last night erased any remaining doubts about his pedigree and silenced the South Yorkshire crowd, as he turned in a stunning performance to seize the vacant English Lightweight Title by stopping local hero Stefy Bull in the eighth round at Doncaster Dome. In front of the entire Impact Boxing stable and over one hundred travelling fans Scott lived up to his vow to bring major boxing honours to North Staffordshire. continue
By Per Ake Persson: June 9, Aarhus, Denmark: WBA I/C jr middle champ Reda Zam Zam retained the title in style stopping brave, but outgunned American Joe Wyatt in seven. It was over at 1:35 of the round as Wyatt went down for the second time. He was also on the floor in the sixth. The only bright moment for the American came in the second when he floored an off balance Zam Zam with a left hook. After that Zam Zam took over picking off his agressive opponent with sharp counters and was by the fifth scoring almost at will. Wyatt was tough but appeared to have no answer to Zam Zam´s speed and slick boxing. The Dane is now 20-0. continue
09.06.06 - By Karen Belford: Audley Harrison (19-2, 14 KO's), the former 2000 Olympic Gold Medalist, will make his return to the ring tonight against American, Andrew Greeley (11-12-2, 7 KO's), at the Tropicana, in Atlantic City. Greeley, despite his poor record, he has good power and skills, making him a good test for Audley who will be using this fight to sharpen his talents under his new trainer, James McGirt. However, no matter how you look at it, Audley will have the usual critics attacking him for his choice of opponent, not understanding that he's using the bout for his development as a fighter.
While it may seem like a backwards step to many people, however, they fail to understand that Audley is coming off of two consecutive losses against Danny Williams and Dominick Guinn and, granted, they were both close losses, Audley still needs to work on fine tuning his offensive output, something that has been a thorn in his side for his last two fights. continue
09.06.06 - By Laz Izada: Take note, boxing fans: Jameel “Big Time” McCline (37-6-3, 23 KO's) is back working his way to contention again. So far, he’s had five victories, with three by 1st round knockout in a row this past year. Clearly, he’s done his work well, particularly with the impressive knockouts and looks to be in great shape. continue
09.06.06 - By Harry Summers Jr.: Fleet-footed junior welterweight “Chocolata” Naoufel Ben Rabah is seeking to make history when he challenges Juan Urango for the vacant IBF 140lb title in Florida later this month. A victory will see the 24-1 (13) West Australian-based fighter become the first Tunisian to win a professional boxing world title. continue
09.06.06 - British and Commonwealth super middleweight champion Carl Froch has undergone successful surgery on the severe damage he suffered to his right hand in the second round of his impressive win over Brian Magee at the York Hall last month. The 28-year-old went under the knife of orthopaedic specialist Nick Downing, who also oversaw his recovery from the injuries he suffered against Dale Westerman in February earlier this year, (haematoma), and Henry Porras in April 2005, (ruptured extensor hood). continue
09.06.06 - By Greg Smith: Like artists and writers, boxers aren’t often remembered for their best performances. It is the hidden, almost obscure works of art that possess the highest intrinsic value. For instance, Julio Cesar Chavez is best remembered for his epic bout with Meldrick Taylor in 1990. In reality, I think JC Superstar peaked as a fighter on November 21, 1987 with his perfect execution in dismantling and destroying Edwin Rosario.
When former WBA light heavyweight champion Eddie Mustafa Muhammad is dead and gone decades from now, his headstone will probably read the same as the tattoo on his arm: Loved By Few, Hated By Many, Respected By All. It is indeed the signature of a true believing activist who gives no quarter, and doesn’t ask for sympathy or forgiveness in return. Intelligent, articulate, unyielding, brutally honest, and tough, Brooklyn-born Eddie Mustafa Muhammad, the leader of J.A.B. (www.boxersunion.org) will probably be remembered more for being a leading activist in boxing reform instead of by his performances in the ring. continue
SANDWICH, Mass. (June 9, 2006) – Professional boxing returns to Plymouth on Friday night, June 30 as “Irish” Mike Culbert’s retirement fight headlines “Battle Zone at The Rock III,” promoted by Alpha Omega Entertainment Group in association with Mark Vaz. continue
6/9/06,New York,NY - Photos by Chris Farina - Top Rank: Notre Dame football star and team captain Tommy Zbikowski will make his professional heavyweight debut against Robert Bell, Akron,OH on Top Rank's big Pay Per View championship event featuring world champion Miguel Cotto vs. Paulie Malignaggi on Saturday,June 10 at the 'Mecca of Boxing' -- Madison Square Garden in New York. Both fighters posed during their weighin today, where they each weighed in at : Zbikowsk 214 lb and Bell 237.5 lb. continue
09.06.06 - Hoboken, NJ — When future Hall of Fame boxer Roy Jones, Jr. challenges North American Boxing Organization light heavyweight champion Prince Badi “The Boxing Prince” Ajamu on July 29 at the Qwest Arena in Boise, Idaho, Integrated Sports will be on hand to produce the broadcast and deliver it live to viewers across North America on Pay-Per-View. continue
08.06.06 - Over the past week, two Hennessy Sports fighters have been rewarded for their Championship performances. Junior Witter has been named as Europe’s best champion, whilst Carl Froch has been installed as the WBC #3. Witter was named as the European Boxing Union’s title-holder of the Year at the Governing Body’s recent General Assembly in Serbia and Montenegro. He has now successfully defended his light welterweight belt against Krzysztof Bienias, Andreas Kotelnik and Colin Lynes.
The 32-year-old from Bradford saw off fellow Brits Alex Arthur, (super featherweight), Michael Hunter, (super bantamweight), and David Haye, (Cruiserweight), to land the award. continue
09.06.06 - “He’s in for a big surprise on Saturday night” said Chicago middleweight “Classy” Freddie Cuevas as he read the report on Boxingtalk.com about John Duddy’s plan to face Giovanni Lorenzo on August 5th on HBO. “I’ve had a great camp, been at 160 for a week now and am more than ready to crack this kid, especially when I hear that him and his people are looking past me. It’s interesting to read this but it just goes to show how little they think of me” said a visibly upset Cuevas. continue
(COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.) – Three United States boxers will return home with gold medals around their necks after recording championship performances on Wednesday at the 2006 Pan American Championships in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Flyweight Cheryl Houlihan (Norton, Mass.); bantamweight Emily Klinefelter (Iowa City, Iowa) and middleweight Franchon Crews (Baltimore, Md.) all won 2006 Pan American Championships titles with victories in their final round contests. continue
Atlantic City, NJ, June 8--It is not unusual for professional boxers to have a second job as they jump start their careers. It's a way to put bread on the table. But it is quite unusual for a school teacher to moonlight as a prize fighter. This is the case for Chuck "The Professor" Mussachio (6-0, 3 KO's), a grade school teacher from Wildwood, New Jersey. continue
08.06.06 - By W. Gregory Guedel: Boxing is a unique endeavor. Few other activities can match its intensity, raw aggression, and uncompromising demands. It is primal in nature, with competitors stripped down to only the essential elements necessary for combat, harkening back to an era that is both primeval and timeless. Without teammates or supporting equipment, the fighter stands alone in the face of destiny. The tolling of a bell signals the commencement of struggle, the onset of pain, the anguish of dreams denied, and the exhilaration of triumph. Those who truly comprehend and love the sport see the ring as a crucible of human experience, and the exertions of the fighters as a poetic representation of life’s capacity to be cruel and magnificent in the same moment.
The magnetism of the sport has long commanded attention from luminaries in many other fields. At every championship match, ringside seats are filled with athletes, entertainers, and politicians. Nothing brings more high-rollers and deep pockets into a casino than a marquee Heavyweight fight. Authors such as Ernest Hemmingway and Norman Mailer have produced tomes in tribute to the savage beauty of pugilism. continue
08.06.06 - By Laz Izada: If you haven’t noticed lately, the Cold War has reappeared, this time in the boxing heavyweight division. At the present time, the ex-Soviet Republics have almost completely taken over the heavyweight division, with fighter, such as, Nicolay Valuev, the current WBA champ from Mother Russia, Wladimir Klitschko, the IBF champ from Ukraine, and Sergie Lyakhovich, the WBO champ from Belarus, and Maskaev, who is taking on Hasim Rahman, in August. continue
08.06.06 - With a knockout punch, steel chin, newfound determination and a rock-solid promotional team, Oliver ‘The Atomic Bull’ McCall, who is currently being promoted by Warriors Boxing and Chris Webb Promotions, is ready, willing, and able to make a run at regaining his Heavyweight Championship and giving the division a much needed injection of life and personality. continue
08.06.06 - By Per Ake Persson: Don King Productions claims a valid contract with Joe Wyatt, who is in Aarhus, Denmark, and has weighed in (at 153 lbs / 69,4 kg) for tomorrow´s fight against WBA I/C 154 lb champ Reda Zam Zam (153,5 / 69,6). According to teampalle.dk, DKP wants to stop Wyatt from fighting. Wyatt´s management claims DKP is in a breach of contract and says that Zam Zam vs Wyatt goes ahead as planned. continue
NEW YORK, NY (June 8, 2006) -- Photo by Teddy Blackburn - Ripped and Ready: Paulie Malignaggi shows off his ripped abs yesterday as he poses with champ Miguel Cotto, clearly indicating that the "Magic Man" is in mint condition for his challenge this Saturday night at the Garden.
NOW PITCHING FOR THE NEW YORK YANKEES, MIGUEL COTTO! Undefeated WBO jr. welterweight champion Miguel Cotto will join the Yankees' pitching rotation, throwing out the ceremonial First Pitch at Tonight's Yankees - Red Sox game. What kind of pitch will Miguel throw tonight? "I'm going with the Knuckle Ball, the same pitch I'll be throwing at Paulie Malignaggi's face all night at Madison Square Garden!"
...THE WEIGHT IS OVER! University of Notre Dame football defensive star and team captain, and Chicago Golden Gloves finalist Tommy Zbikowski, who will be making his pro boxing debut Saturday night, will have his official weigh-in Today! at 1 P.M. at the Madison Square Garden Mall. Tommy Z's opponent, Robert "The Disciple" Bell, (2-2, 2 KOs), from Akron Ohio, will also be weighing in. continue
08.06.06 - by Jim Amato: I see big things for Miguel Cotto therefore I feel he will defeat Paulie Malignaggi in their upcoming fight. Cotto is one of the best body punchers in the business. Paul is fast and Cotto will be troubled by his speed. Nevertheless I see Cotto's devastating body attack slowing Paul and eventually breaking him down. Cotto by decision or late round KO. continue
08.06.06 - Summer Bonanza. In the midst of World cup fever and mania life in other sports must still go on so Maloney Promotions are pleased to announce a summer hat-trick of shows. Starting with ‘Repeat or Redemption’ at the York Hall on the 29^th June when Martin Power goes out to win the Lonsdale belt for keeps just thirty days after his sensational stoppage of Darlington’s Isaac Ward at the same venue. continue
08.06.06 - By Garry Hunter: Bernard Hopkins will, on Saturday June 10th, attempt to add one last scalp to an already glittering resume. However this name is one Antonio Tarver and although the grizzled Hopkins is in his twelfth year as a world championship fighter this may very well be his toughest fight to date. continue
07.06.06 - By Ted Sares: His name was Javier Ayala and he was from Los Angeles by way of Tijuana. He had once gone ten rounds with the great Roberto Duran in 1973 in Los Angeles and also went the distance with Leroy Haley. But on this night at the Silver Slipper in Las Vegas, his main event opponent was Bruce Finch whose claim to fame would be that after his 3rd round TKO loss to Sugar Ray Leonard in1982 in Reno, Leonard would have surgery to repair a detached retina.
Coming into the Finch fight, Javier had lost six straight including ones to the very capable Jerry "Schoolboy" Cheatham and Dujuan Johnson as well as to rugged Lou Bizzarro. Arguably, he had become a gate through which prospects must get through before going to the next level. continue
June 7, 2006. World Boxing Council, Jose Sulaiman, President. Having heard some statements in an interview on Showtime, as well as some media articles and direct questions with the WBC in regards to the failure of Jose Luis Castillo to make the weight in his title fight against champion Diego Corrales, the WBC feels compelled to issue the present statement. continue
07.06.06 - Dominic Pesoli’s 8 Count Productions has finalized an outstanding seven bout card for “DESTINY”, another installment of world class professional boxing on Friday June 16th at Cicero Stadium. “DESTINY” is presented by 8 Count Productions, HOME OF THE BEST IN CHICAGO BOXING and Bob Arum’s Top Rank Incorporated, along with Miller Lite and TCF Bank. SOLO BOXEO DE MILLER, the highly regarded Friday night series will broadcast the event internationally. continue
07.06.06 - By Dan Scog: Maybe it was because I was always picked last for kickball in grade school. Or maybe it’s because I’m slowly becoming a masochist. Maybe…aw, hell. Whatever the reason, there’s got to be an article written about Kevin “The Pride” McBride (photo by Tom Casino / Showtime) and somebody’s got to write it. Yes, I am THAT guy.
For everyone who is still reading, I can probably guess some of the free associations happening in your minds right now. “Journeyman”, “Brought in to do what Danny Williams didn’t – lay down”, and “Tyson conqueror”…It’s hard to read anything about Kevin McBride without hearing these sorts of things. Come to think of it, it’s hard to read anything about Kevin McBride period. Most net searches on his name will pull up interviews and articles focusing on pre-fight information for Tyson-McBride. And before I forget, yes, I’m sure many of you are just letting the word “bum” echo repeatedly in your heads. continue
PROVIDENCE (June 7, 2006) - Classic Entertainment & Sports, Inc. (CES) has signed heavyweight Charles Shufford (20-6, 9 KOs) to an exclusive promotional contract, CES president Jimmy Burchfield announced today. Shufford, 33, lives and fights out of Las Vegas. His most notable victory was a 10-round decision in 2000 against former WBO heavyweight champion Lamon Brewster, which was preceded by an eight-round TKO of ex-IBO heavyweight title-holder Jimmy Thunder. continue
LAS VEGAS (June 7, 2006) – Silverhawk Boxing has signed unbeaten welterweight prospect Adrian Mora (15-0-1, 8 KOs) to an exclusive promotional contract. Mora, 27, fights out of Thornton, Colorado. He already holds a win against former champion Steve “The Mongoose” Quinonez, 33-fight winner Roberto Valenzuela (DEC8) and veteran Shawn Simmons. continue
07.06.06 - By Dan Horgan: When Jose Luis Castillo failed to make the 135 pound lightweight limit last Friday, this year’s award to boxing’s biggest disgrace was given out. Here Castillo was, set to fight his arch rival in a main-event that was receiving national coverage (it was even Sports Illustrated’s “pick of the week” in the “What to Watch” section), and he doesn’t even have the decency to let the world know that he’s not going to make weight! What was he thinking? Did he really expect the fight to go on when he weighed in four and half pounds over the limit? Did he really think that Diego Corrales would bail him out again and let the fight go on? continue
07.06.06 - By James Slater: Charles “Sonny” Liston had a superb year in 1960. He went through everyone in his path to secure the ranking of number one contender for the heavyweight title. Men named Cleveland Williams (in a rematch), Roy Harris, Zora Folley and Eddie Machen were the fighters unlucky enough to have faced this version of the fighter who is best known nowadays for twice losing to Muhammad Ali. And although his exact birth date is something of a mystery -meaning it is possible that, physically, Sonny may even have been slightly past his very peak by this time - there is no doubting the fact that this was the best he ever looked as a fighter. This was the best anyone ever saw of Liston - this was the year of 1960. But it is the Williams fight in particular that the article you are reading focuses on.
In their first encounter, the year before, the crowd were treated to a quite magnificent and highly entertaining slugfest. There had been plenty of action in the three round fight. Williams hurt Sonny on a couple of occasions with his own shots before going down twice in the third round - the second knockdown bringing an end to the action. Now Cleveland had another chance against Liston. continue
07.06.06 - On Thursday June 8, Brian "The Beast" Mintro and Danny Batchelder will be at the Tropicana to weigh in for their heavyweight bout that headlines DUVA Boxing's Rumble at the Trop on Friday, June 9. The other fighters on the card will be on hand as well to weigh in. The media will have the opportunity to get the lowdown on all of the fighters the day before they square off in the ring. continue
07.06.06 - By Keith Chadwick: Whilst the nation prepares to cheer on England in this weekends opening World Cup fixture against Paraguay, Stoke lightweight Scott Lawton, himself a huge football fan, has his eyes set on another prize. He travels to South Yorkshire on Friday night to take on local favourite Stefy Bull for the vacant English title. continue
07.06.06 - The International Boxing Hall of Fame announced today reigning WBO heavyweight world champion Sergei “White Wolf” Liakhovich will attend festivities planned for the 17th Annual Hall of Fame Induction Weekend set for June 8-11th. While in Canastota, Liakhovich will conduct two public workout sessions for the fans. “Sergei Liakhovich is an exciting young star in the heavyweight division,” said Hall of Fame director Edward Brophy. “The fans will really enjoy seeing him work out as he prepares for his first title defense.” continue
07.06.06 - By DAVID DOUSE: Although there is no doubt that Paul Malignaggi is a sweet boxer who clearly has excellent technical skills, and a jab so educated you’d think it went to college, the thing about Miguel Cotto is that he is so focused and so relentless that it is hard to see just how Paulie can keep him at a safe distance for more than the first few rounds of the action on Saturday night. With Cotto so willing to march forward into the enemy camp, and firing his trademark left hook to the liver, it seems unlikely that Malignaggi can remain unscathed by the kind of brutal body battering that Cotto will be looking to subject him to for more than the first three or four rounds that it will take Miguel to figure out how to reach into his heart. Thereafter it should be only a matter of how much capacity Paulie has to absorb punishment before he is battered into submission in typical Cotto style.
What after all does the Brooklyn born fighter have in his arsenal other than pure technical skill with which to hold him at bay? Fleet footedness and a great jab alone seem unlikely to be enough to keep him out of danger for the entire duration; at some point he will have to close in on Cotto to some extent if he is to be able to score with his own combinations, despite the awkward angles he is so skilled at creating helping to keep him out of the firing line. continue
07.06.06 - Only three weeks remain for the anticipated undefeated doubleheader from Caesar’s Palace’s Open-Air Amphitheater in Las Vegas, NV. The June 24 doubleheader will be televised on HBO’s “Boxing After Dark” series, and will feature two 12 round bouts: a WBA Welterweight Eliminator between Joel Julio and Carlos Quintana, and a 12 round heavyweight main event between Calvin Brock and Timur Ibragimov. Brock and Ibragimov recently offered their thoughts on the bout and on training camp. continue
07.06.06 - By Richel Hersisia, Dutch & Benelux Heavyweight Champion: Hi Everybody! Do you remember the Dutch heavyweight Richel Hersisia? It’s been a long time since my last fight in Germany on January 14 this year. After my fight it has been a quiet time, because I had some problems with my right shoulder. On March 8 I have been operated on this injury in Cologne by Dr. Schaeferhoff. continue
07.06.06 - Super-featherweight star Kevin Mitchell is aiming to extend his unbeaten record to 20-0 on July 8 - and make the bookies pay the following day if England win the World Cup. Football nut Mitchell has placed a big bet on England to taste glory in Berlin on July 9, and says victory in Germany will be the perfect ending to a weekend in which he fights on the massive Millennium Stadium card in Cardiff. continue
NEW YORK (June 7, 2006) - Team Malignaggi is upset about Friday's weigh in being held at 1 PM, rather than the traditional 5 PM start, for Saturday night's WBO light welterweight title match at Madison Square Garden between defending champion Miguel Cotto (26-0, 22 KOs) and Paulie "The Magic Man" Malignaggi (21-0, 5 KOs). Malignaggi's manager, Sal LoNano, questioned the weigh in time being so early. "This is a disgrace," he fumed.
"Why is it at 1 o'clock? I've never heard of such a thing. It's usually at 5. I'm concerned about the safety of my fighter. By the time Paulie steps into the ring, he'll be fighting a super middleweight. I was even willing to do it at 3, but that's not an option. It (early weigh in) gives Cotto an edge; four extra hours to put weight back on, and four less hours of starving himself to make weight.
It's just not fair and I'm very upset about this decision. I think we should consider asking a few doctors for their opinion about the potential safety and health issues of an early weigh in."
07.06.06 - IBF/IBO flyweight world boxing champion Vic "Raging Bull" Darchinyan - Australia's only current male boxing world champion - will return home to Sydney from the USA this Thursday 8th June 2006 at 8am after one of his career best wins.Darchinyan was at his destructive best last weekend, defending his world titles against previously undefeated Mexican Luis Maldonado on Saturday night at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, USA in front of a huge worldwide television audience. continue
BOISE, Idaho (June 7, 2006) – Popular heavyweight Chauncy “Hillyard Hammer” Welliver and veteran Frank Wood have agreed in principle, pending the former’s scheduled match this weekend, to fight each other on the July 29th “Hold Nothing Back!” pay-per-view event for the vacant WBC Continental Americas title at the Qwest Arena in Boise, Idaho. continue
07.06.06 - Dominic Pesoli’s 8 Count Productions, HOME OF THE BEST IN CHICAGO BOXING, is proud to announce the launch of 8 Count TV, on www.8countproductions.com. 8 Count TV is an outstanding fan friendly installation of all 8 Count Productions’ news, past and present via the Internet. continue
06.06.06 - By Mike Casile: When you ask Antonio Tarver who the best light heavyweight in the world is, he will tell you hands down it is him. Roy Jones was seemingly invincible until he met Tarver. Roy was never the same fighter again, regardless of the decision. It is just like that sometimes. After Bowe met Holyfield, he was never the same fighter and Although Trinidad beat De La Hoya, after that fight, Trinidad seemed like Oscar had taken something from him, and was never really the same in the ring. From what I can see, some guys are not the same fighters after facing Tarver.
Tarver is one of those guys who feels betrayed, annoyed, even paranoid about how the media and the boxing world in general treats his talent and abilities, and how they seem to disrespect his accomplishments. An HBO golden boy he is not. I really do not want to give Tarver anymore paranoid delusions than he already has, but I agree about some of the disrespect he has received from the cable channels that carry his fights. continue
06.06.06 - When Jelena Mrdjenovich and Mia St. John meet on the June 23 "Women of Mass Destruction" card produced by "A Ring of Their Own," both bring different styles into the ring but each expect the same result- victory, and to claim the vacant WIBF lightweight title. continue
NEW YORK, NY (June 6, 2006) -- The following, and the attached, is the transcript from the recent conference call hosted by TOMMY ZBIKOWSKI and his promoter Bob Arum, as they discussed Tommy Z's upcoming pro boxing debut on the Miguel Cotto-Paulie Malignaggi world jr. welterweight championship card which will be televised live on Pay-Per-View from Madison Square Garden This Saturday night. continue
06.06.06 - By Jeff Bastasini: Ricky Hatton (41-0, 30 KO's) is most likely to defend his WBA welterweight title against mandatory challenger, Oktay Urkal, 36, a German based fighter, according to the BBC. Rather than relinguish his title, following his hard fought bout with Luis Collazo, Hatton has decided to hold on to the belt, at least for now, and take on Urkal. Back in 2001, Urkal (37-3, 11 KO's) fought Kostya Tszyu is an exciting bout, which saw a lot of action, before he tired at the end and lost by decision. continue
06.06.06 - By Jim Dorney: Much has been written (and rightly so, too) about the condition of Gerald McClellan after his fight with Nigel Benn. It was a tragic end to an unbelievable fight, a fight that was hyped yet more than lived up to its expectations. A fight that from the first round set such a bruising pace that there was seemingly no way that it could go the distance. A fight between two huge punchers, two great champions and two men who would never back down to the other.
You often hear about grudge matches in boxing, and in the case of Benn vs. McClellan, you could tell there was genuine dislike between the fighters. Many factors contributed to the terrible ending of that fight, for example, the French referee, Alfred Asaro, who, I feel, should have intervened numerous times to warn Benn about his rabbit-punching, and both fighter's intense stubbornness in refusing to give up, even at the detriment to their own health. Whilst Benn survived the ordeal, and came out of it without obvious permanent damage, he was never the same fighter again. The fight was undoubtedly his peak performance in terms of endurance and heart, and is probably the best argument that can be positioned for Benn going down in history as an elite fighter. continue
06.06.06 - By Per Ake Persson: According to TeamPalle.dk, Showtime executives Ken Hersmann and Matthew C Blank were in Copenhagen last week to discuss a possible showcasing of WBA Suppermiddle champ Mikkel Kessler. Showtime is looking for European talents that can be introduced in the US. continue
06.06.06 - By Matt Stein: For many people, a fight between James Toney (69-4-3, 43 KO's) and Wladimir Klitschko, the IBF heavyweight champion, would seem to be a match made in heaven. However, as the saying goes, ‘good things never come easy,’ which is the case for the making of a fight between Wladimir and Toney. Apparently, from all accounts, Toney isn't particularly interested in fighting Wladimir (46-3, 41 KO's) for a mere $1.5 mil, saying, in part, he's not interested in that "chump change," and is leaning more towards fighting the winner of Hasim Rahman and Oleg Maskaev for the WBC heavyweight title, which takes place on August 12th. continue
05.06.06 - Danny Williams says he isn't intimidated by Nikolay Valuev's crushing third-round win at the weekend - and reckons he'll beat the Beast from the East after he's dealt with Matt Skelton in July. Commonwealth heavyweight champ Williams fights Skelton at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff, on July 8 in a rematch of their crowd-pleasing scrap at the ExCel Centre in February. And he says once he repeats his win over Skelton, his sights will be firmly set on WBA king Valuev, who stopped Owen Beck in three rounds in Germany on Saturday night. continue
05.06.06 - by RON LIPTON: On May 11, 2006 I was standing in my kitchen with one foot being pulled out of the front door like I was water skiing on tile while my powerful but gentle black Pit Bull Terrier “Sweetie”was trying to get outside..
I was struggling with her to slow her down just a bit so the door would not go off it’s hinges. She resembles a beautiful mythical creature that is part panther and part wolf. and has the strength of both. Well, she was comically dragging me in tow out onto the porch with her still remarkable 9 year old exuberance, while I attempted with one hand to close the door behind me.
At that moment I heard my Fiance Gabrielle yell my name loudly with the sound of terrible stress in her voice as the door partially closed in her face.
My heartbeat reacted instantly and rose involuntarily at the sound of her voice which clearly communicated something bad had just happened. Sometimes people close to me react too emotionally about average things and I have asked many times for them to be cool under pressure and break things to me slowly, gently and succinctly. continue
05.06.06 - By James Slater: The disappointment caused by Saturday’s fight between Diego Corrales and Jose Luis Castillo being a no-show robbed us - for the time being at least - of a rubber match that would have proven once and for all who the superior fighter of the two is. Therefore the names of Corrales and Castillo will not be found in the following top ten list. I’m pretty sure, however, that if the fight had gone ahead an action packed bout would have been witnessed and we would now have closure by way of the decider, and as such the trilogy between the warriors from Californian and Mexico would have its place in the list you are about to read. continue
05.06.06 - By Ted Sares: This is about "Kid" Akeem Anifowoshe ( 23-W's, 1-L 18 ko's) and Robert "Pikin" Quiroga ((20 -W's 2- L's, 11 ko's ), two fighters who gave their all on June 15, 1991. They battled for 12 ferocious rounds for the IBF Super Flyweight Title in an ebb and flow savagery that not only was named the “Ring Magazine” Fight of the Year for 1991 but was one of the best fights ever in the super flyweight division. The 12 brutal rounds landed both fighters in the hospital, and was as close to the edge as two fighters can get. continue
05.06.06 - Malcolm Wall, Chief Executive Officer of TV conglomerate Flextech, owners of Bravo TV, Living TV,and UKTV network makes his White Collar Boxing debut at the world famous York Hall this Friday, helping to raise funds for Cancer Research UK. Malcolm will box 3 x 2 minute rounds against Brighton hardman Paul Portch, whose firm provides security to Hotels, Clubs and pubs in the Sussex area. continue
05.06.60 - By Vanessa McConnell - Photos by: CJ Cansler: What was supposed to be the fight of the year may turn out to be the upset of the year for SHOWTIME, Top Rank and Gary Shaw Productions LLC. Some how these men have master plans of bouncing back so lets wait and see what’s next. By now the world knows that the “Rubber Match” in the WBC Lightweight Championship division was cancelled. Jose “El Terrible” Castillo has been monitored for some time now and everyone in his camp has been watching his weight closely. But no matter how hard he tried, Castillo could not lose the weight, even after a second try at 5pm later the day of the main weigh in June 2, 2006.
Castillo weighed in 4 ½ lbs over the 135-weight limit and was only asked to lose 2 pounds to make the weight requirements for that division. What scale was he using in training camp and what did he eat the night before or the day of the weigh in? Or is it time for him to move on to the next division? Now it really doesn’t matter because Castillo is facing up to $250,000 in fines and the possibility of his license being revoked for a year. After fighting in the 135-weight division for five years, it may be time for Castillo to move on. continue
Brockton, MA) June 5, 2006 - Cappiello Promotions presents another exciting night of boxing on Saturday - June 17, from the Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, CT. The eight bout card is the second installment of Cappiello Promotions' Mohegan Sun Fight Night USA series, and features some terrific local talent, to include, highly regarded undefeated prospects Elvin Ayala and Mike "The Machine" Oliver! continue
05.06.06 - By Jeff "Big Bazooka" Linenfelser: Mary Jo Sanders star shines well in Detroit Saturday night as she captures the WIBA jr middleweight title from a previously unbeaten Tricia Turton, the Judges showed a three way total domination on the cards that read 100-90 on all three. In the co-main event, Philly based middleweight Tyrone Brunson takes out Charles Dalton in just 30 seconds of round 1. continue
COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.) – After a grueling two-week training camp and five days of competition at the 2006 Pan American Championships, Team USA has enjoyed two off days in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The United States delegation has lived and trained at two Olympic Training Centers over the past three weeks, beginning with a 10-day training camp at the United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. continue
04.06.06 - By Wray Edwards: Give me a break!! Ever since the Corrales Castillo Two "fight", the author has sought in vain to find a single person who believes that Jose had the slightest intention of making weight. Though they might not say so for the record, other writers as well as promoters, trainers, conditioners, fans, boxers and fighters have all come to that opinion. IMO and those of many others, Castillo's sole purpose in the second match was to exact macho revenge on Chico for his victory in their first meeting.
Many who considered the fist bout to be the FOTY in '05 pressed the two to go at it again asap with no interim fights and no decent interval considering the price paid by both fighters during their May meeting. Though there was mild controversy regarding the mouthpiece issues, not a single official or boxing cognoscenti tendered the slightest notion that Tony Weeks made other than the correct calls regarding that fight. continue
04.06.06 - Scott Lawton will travel to Doncaster on Friday night to face off against Stefy Bull in what had been scheduled to be a final eliminator for the English Lightweight Title. British Boxing Board of Control officials have announced today however that the ten round contest is no longer an eliminator but instead will be for the title itself. continue
04.06.06 - While the current generation of boxing superstars – Bernard Hopkins and Antonio Tarver - will do battle on June 10 th in Atlantic City, the next and younger generation of pugilists will fight three days earlier on Wednesday, June 7th, when Demetrius Hopkins and Ishe Smith—in separate bouts and fighting for Golden Boy Promotions East—appear as featured events in "Battle At Borgata" on ESPN2's Wednesday Night Fights at Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa in Atlantic City, New Jersey. continue
04.06.06 - By Jim Amato: Bob Foster could not carry the weight well over 175 yet he called out Frazier and Ali. He did it for the glory. Think of all the great fights that would NOT have happened if Tiger, Griffith, Rodriguez, Leonard, Hearns, Duran, Arguello, Olivares, Gomez, Chavez and so many others had decided not to move up. continue
04.06.06 - By W. Gregory Guedel: Many attributes go into the making of a champion boxer. Strength, speed, reflexes – and a high threshold for pain – are essential elements for any world-class fighter. Yet there is another aspect of the fight game that is just as crucial but is often overlooked by the casual spectator – strategy. To properly prepare for a bout, the hours spent training in the gym must be supplemented by a comprehensive study of one’s opponent. Identifying the adversary’s style of fighting, discerning patterns in punching and defensive tactics, and determining points of vulnerability are part of the fundamental research needed to create advantage in the ring. Applying this information in sparring sessions helps prepare a fighter to exploit specific opportunities and develop a roadmap to victory.
Strategies, both good and bad, have been a decisive factor in many championship fights. Some strategies have produced stunning upsets, while others have resulted in defeats that seem glaringly predictable in hindsight. To illustrate the impact of the fight plan on the outcome of title matches, a review of some historic “Best and Worst” fight strategies is enlightening. continue
04.06.06 - June 23rd the rematch between reigning WIBA super bantam champion Jeannine Garside and former title holder Lisa "Bad News" Brown will take place as A Ring of Their Own presents the "Women of Mass Destruction" card at the Shaw Conference Center, in Edmonton. Garside has been busy with trainers Josh and Margaret Canty as they work toward extending her perfect record to 6-0 and keeping the title when she faces Brown in just two weeks. The reigning champ is almost as tight lipped about her preparations as Brown was. continue
Westerville, Ohio – Wireless Events Network Inc. ( www.WENPPV.com ) will make boxing history on Saturday June 24, 2006 when it broadcasts Live Boxing on various Mobile handheld devices such as Smart Phones, Video Phones and Pocket PC'S as well as Internet Browsers throughout the world. This is a global EVENT! continue
04.06.06 - By Jeff "Big Bazooka" Linenfelser: Purnell "Knock you out" Gates, (12/1/0 10ko's) of Grandvill Michigan, after a devastating Ko victory over Veteran Terry Tock in Detroit Saturday night, has called out Julio Caezar Chavez jr, the son of ring legend Julio Caesar Chavez, to fight him after Chavez wins his fight this week on the Cotto / Malignaggi undercard in Madison Square Garden, New York. continue
Photos: Tom Casino / Showtime - LAS VEGAS (June 3, 2006) – At 5-foot-5 and 112 pounds, Vic Darchinyan is no bigger than a jockey. He would go largely unnoticed in a crowd. Inside the ring, however, he continues to stand tall. In yet another excellent, crowd-pleasing performance, the exciting, pint sized powerhouse who hits like a heavyweight retained his International Boxing Federation (IBF) flyweight title for a fifth time with an eighth-round TKO over IBF No. 8 contender Luis Maldonado Saturday on SHOWTIME.
The Darchinyan-Maldonado bout was elevated to the main event on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING after the Diego Corrales-Jose Luis Castillo fight was canceled a day earlier after Castillo failed to make the weight. The scheduled 12-round battle of unbeatens took place at the Thomas & Mack Center. It was co-promoted by Top Rank, Inc., and Gary Shaw Productions, LLC, in association with Caesars Palace and Wynn Las Vegas and aired at 9 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the west coast). continue
04.06.06 - They are complete opposites, one a giant, hulking 6’ 4” wall of heavyweight power and muscle, the other, a former lightweight known for his clever defense and feather fists. Trainer Jeff Mayweather is a college graduate from the Midwest and an overachiever. He was a small fighter, who threw a conservative amount of pinpoint punches while going the distance in nearly all of his fights. continue
04.06.06 - LAS VEGAS – Silverhawk Boxing has signed former world title challenger Corey “Primetime” Johnson (33-2-2, 11 KOs) to an exclusive promotional contract. Detroit-native Johnson, 35, fought Kosta Tszyu for the International Boxing Federation light welterweight title in 1996. The slick southpaw captured the IBC light welterweight championship in 1994 by fifth-round TKO of Louis Ramirez. continue
04.06.06 - By Per Ake Persson: The EBU held their General Assembly in Belgrade on Saturday June 3. Ruben Martinez, a powerful and controversial man in European boxing, was re-elected as President. The other candidates were Peter Stucki, vice-President of the EBU since many years, and Humbert Furgoni from France. It seems like Stucki could have made it with a majority of the votes but he also had some of the big Federations (which you want to read as some of the big promoters) against him. continue
04.06.06 - Photos: David Martin Warr - DKP - HANNOVER, Germany— Undefeated World Boxing Association heavyweight champion Nikolai “The Beast From the East” Valuev scored a third-round knockout to defeat Owen “What the Heck” Beck at the TUI Arena in Hannover tonight. Beck attempted to make up for the 78 pounds and 10 inches he gave away in respective weight and height advantages by taking the fight directly to the champion on the inside during round one. Valuev responded by throwing brief, effective combinations that quickly paid dividends in the form of space to throw more combinations.
Beck briefly landed a few body shots at the beginning of round two before being caught with a one-two combination that consisted of a left jab followed by a picture-perfect right hand that landed flush on Beck’s jaw and sent him crumpling to the canvas. It turned out to be the beginning of the end for Beck. With less than a minute to go in the round, it was all Beck could do to survive it, which he did—barely. continue
03.06.06 - By Laz Izada: Boxing returned to the Miccosukee Resort and Gaming in Southwest Miami, near the Everglades last night. Tuto Zabala Jr’s All-Star Boxing and Boxeo Telemundo showcased another trilling night of fights. In the Main-Event, Cosme “Chino” Rivera (30-9-2, 22 KO’s), WBA FEDECENTRO Champion from Culiacan, Mexico outscored WBO LATIN CHAMPION Felix “El Colorado” Flores 22-5(18 KO’s) of Juana Diaz, Puerto Rico. Scores of the unanimous decision for Rivera were 117-111,117-111, and 119-109. continue
03.06.06 - Super middleweight ASA SANDELL (3-2-1) returns to the ring June 15 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina for an 8 round bout against Nigerian Ijeoma Egbunine (11-1) of Atlanta. Sandell’s last fight was against Laila Ali in Berlin on December 17. Since fighting Ali, Asa has hardly been idle. She moved to New York in January and has trained daily at Gleason’s Gym with trainer Lennox Blackmore. continue
Per Ake Persson @ ringside - June 3, Hannover, Germany: WBA heavy champ Nikolai Valuev retained the title with an easy third round stoppage of American challenger Owen Beck, Beck fought a brave fight - but not a very smart one. He walked into the giant Russian showing no respect and paid the price. Beck first got stopped by Valuev´s enourmous reach and was then stunned by a right that made his knees dip. continue
03.06.06 - By Izyaslav “Slava” Koza: Let me start out by saying, yes, Owen Beck was not well known, or that accomplished as a fighter, but he was resilient and against Monte Barrett, and Ray Austin, he was not nearly as demolished as he was against the WBA champ, Nikolay Valuev, who made easy work of him. This was quite simply one of the best showcase fights of Valuev’s career, that I have seen. From the start, tt was completely one-sided, with Valuev’s right hand landing viciously and rapidly against Beck’s jaw. When later on following the right, Valuev casually mentioned that he had sseen a hole in Beck’s defense before the fight, I guess nobody on the Beck team found a way to plug that whole up.
All three rounds went to Valuev, as he not only demonstrated deadly and calculating punching, but also ring savvy by leaning with his full frame on the smaller Beck. In the second round, what looked like a counter (yes, a counter) right, landed on Beck before he could finish throwing his punch. continue
03.06.06 - By DAVID DOUSE: Despite history usually dictating that a good big guy will beat a good smaller guy, there is a lurking menace within the formidable persona of Bernard Hopkins that somehow still suggests the former middleweight king actually has a realistic possibility of taking Antonio Tarver’s crown away and adding another amazing chapter to his already outstanding record. continue
By Per Ake Persson: June 2, Potsdam, Germany: Latvian heavy Edgar Kalnars scored his third straight win at Elite Box Promotion´s Friday Night Fights at the Blue Box in Potsdam. Kalnars had no problems with big German Mario Schmidt and hurt him the first of their scheduled eight-rounder and floored him. Schmidt got up and was allowed to continue but was under pressure against the ropes and referee Manfred Kuechler stopped the fight at 2.57 of the first. continue
SANTA YNEZ, Calif. (June 2, 2006) – Thirty seconds into the biggest fight of his life, undefeated Chad Dawson sat on the canvas and saw a title shot flash before his eyes. Undeterred, the World Boxing Council (WBC) No. 7 light heavyweight contender got up and dominated champion Eric Harding en route to capturing the North American Boxing Federation (NABF) 175-pound crown with a 12-round unanimous decision Friday on “ShoBox.” continue
02.06.06 - By Matt Stein: According to a recent interview at Seconds Out, James Toney is entertaining fight offers from three different heavyweight champions, from Wladimir Klitschko (46-3, 41 KO's), Sergei Liakhovich to Hasim Rahman. However, Toney's promoter, Dan Goosen, prefers for Toney (69-4-3, 43 KO's) to fight the winner of the Hasim Rahman vs. Oleg Maskaev fight for the WBC heavyweight title, which will be taking place on July 29, 2006. Goosen further states that they'll make their decision on who'll they'll be facing following the weekend. That being said, I think I smell fear coming from Toney's direction and I'm starting to expect that Toney will opt out of fighting Wladimir, and choose the easier option of fighting the winner of Rahman - Maskaev, even though he would likely make more money by fighting Wladimir Klitschko, the current IBF heavyweight champion.
If the 37-year-old Toney is so confident in his ability, why not risk all and take the bigger fight against Wladimir? Heck, if Wladimir is willing to take the shot, why not Toney? continue
02.06.06 - Chuck Bodak was born in the year 1916. He turns 90 years young this Saturday June 3. We wish Chuck the best of all birthdays and the best of all luck. And another 90 years so we could keep learning from him. After almost 75 years of being around the sport of boxing. Chuck Bodak remains one of the most recognizable figures in in the sport. continue
02.06.06 - By Jim Amato: The middleweight division is second only to the heavyweights in glamour and prestige. "The Nonpareil" Jack Dempsey, Ketchel, Greb, Walker, Zale, Robinson, and Basilio have all graced this legendary division. Two boxers who have been elevated to the mantle of greatness in this class were Carlos Monzon and Marvin Hagler yet each boxer had failed to do the one thing that may have cemented their ultimate link with the Gods of boxing. It also denied the fans of the two potentially exciting battles. continue
LAS VEGAS (June 2, 2006) – Saturday’s fight between Diego Corrales and Jose Luis Castillo has been cancelled after Castillo failed to make the weight. Castillo weighed in four-and-one half pounds over the 135-pound limit on his first attempt. In his next try on the scales, at a little before 5 p.m. PT, Castillo also weighed 139 1/2 pounds. The SHOWTIME telecast will now consist of one fight, an IBF flyweight world title bout between defending champion Vic Darchinyan and Luis Maldonado. The battle of undefeated 112-pounders will start at 9 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the west coast). continue
02.06.06 - By Jeff Bastasini: Tomorrow night, the giant 7 ft, 320 lb, WBA heavyweight champion, Nikolay Valuev will defend his title against Owen Beck, 30, in Hanover, Germany. Valuev, 32, won the fight in controversial fashion, edging John Ruiz in a tough bout, which, as usual for a Ruiz bout, was marked by constant holding and wrestling on the inside. However, Valuev, 43-0, 31 KO's) did just enough to get the decision in the eyes of the judges, who were probably none too thrilled by the technique shown by either fighter. In Valuev's case, however, it's nothing new, since he's a fighter not known for having a pleasing fight style, despite his huge 7 ft frame.
Instead of knockout power, Valuev is noted for being a finesse fighter, mostly preferring to jab his opponents and throw in an occasional right hand. Beck (25-2, 18 KO's), while a dangerous puncher, is still unproven against quality opposition, having lost a decision to Ray Austin and by knockout to Monte Barrett, in 2005, both of which are the best fighters by far on his record. continue
02.06.06 - Jose Luis Castillo could not make the limit of 135 lbs. Castillo was 5 pounds over the limit weighing in at 140 on his first try and 139 1/2 a few minutes later. It was the second straight time he had failed to make weight for a fight with Corrales. Diego Corrales weighed in at an even 135 lbs. The Showtime televised show goes ahead with the undercard, Vic Darchinyan vs Luis Maldonado as the main event.
(COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.) – Flyweight Cheryl Houlihan (Norton, Mass.) and light welterweight Elizabeth Quevedo (Southgate, Calif.) both recorded victories in their bouts on Friday at the 2006 Pan American Championships in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Houlihan enjoyed success at the 2005 Continental Championships in Argentina and she continued her winning streak on Friday in her contest with Brazil’s Paula D. Santos. continue
CANASTOTA, NY – JUNE 2, 2006 - The International Boxing Hall of Fame announced today Alfonso Gomez, one of the stars of the boxing reality show “The Contender” will attend festivities planned for the 17th Annual Hall of Fame Induction Weekend set for June 8-11th. Born in Guadalajara, Mexico, Gomez turned pro in 2001 after registering an impressive amateur record of 80-10. In 2005 he was among 16 boxers to appear on the Sugar Ray Leonard and Sylvester Stallone boxing reality series “The Contender.” continue
BOISE, Idaho (June 2, 2006) – Roy Jones, Jr. (via telephone from Pensacola, Florida): “I’m looking forward to the opportunity to return to the ring and delighted to get back. I’d like to thank Prince Badi for accepting my challenge. I look forward to fighting in Boise. It’s a very good place for me to start my comeback and start Roy Jones’ climb to the top. I can’t wait to get there and I’ll be there a week-and-a-half to two weeks to train.
“Prince Badi is a very tough person who a lot of guys don’t want to fight. A lot of guys have avoided getting in the ring with him, he’s sparred with top fighters, but no one wanted to get in the ring for real with him. He’s very intelligent and a delightful guy (who’s getting a chance) to fight a legend. He’s going to come to win, I respect that and I’m coming to win, so may the best man win. I’m still the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world, when I’m motivated, and I’m motivated now because a lot of people don’t think that I am the best. If I lose it, I doubt it; I will call it a day. I’m not concerned about what I’m going to do (after boxing). If I win, but not in good fashion, I could call it a day. I’m extraordinary. People are going to get the old Roy Jones, Jr.” continue
02.06.06 - By Flavio Alvarez: While a lot of analysts and fans are touting Vic Darchinyan as a rising superstar in the flyweight division, I’m not ready to jump on the bandwagon just yet. Half of the punches thrown at him he blocks with his face, the other half with his ribs, and the ones he throws back are often too wide. And being already 30 years old, it’s unlikely we will ever see vast improvement in any of these two flaws. continue
DENVER, CO (June 2, 2006)– Aurelio Martinez, InsideBoxing.com in conjunction with Raul Utajara and Ghost Town Gladiators are proud to present world-class professional boxing in Longmont, Colorado. The event is scheduled for June 24 at the Saint Vrain Memorial Building at Roosevelt Park, 700 Longs Peak Avenue. continue
02.06.06 - By Xaviar Steven: As the match between Bernard Hopkins and Antonio Tarver quickly approaches, my anticipation grows like yeast in an oven. Being a Hopkins fan I always become filled with excitement whenever I know he is fighting. Given the caliber of the opponent he is facing this time around, I have never been more eager to see one of his fights. While most of the people I’ve spoken to about the match are picking Tarver to be victorious, I feel it is best to do an evaluation of both fighters and articulate what each must do to steal the win. continue
02.06.06 - By Goran Dragosavac: For me, Diego Corrales is an exciting boxer who always gives it all, which is why boxing fans love him. However, Diego Corrales is not an elite boxer, and that is part of his appeal. The thing of it is, with “Chico” Corrales, he brings drama to the sport and you never know when he is going to send his opponent on the floor, or be floored himself. Without a doubt, his biggest boxing asset is his two-fisted power, delivered with surprisingly short punches. However, his biggest weakness is his lack of mobility.
He mostly moves in straight line going forward, and his lack of lateral movements make his attacking options limited and somewhat predictable. And that is, in my opinion, the main reason why he will always have problems against sharp-shooting and lateral-moving boxers, who can step aside and dodge his attacks, while returning fire and making him look bad. continue
SCOTT FOSTER: Well, you know, much has been made about Tarver's southpaw style, and how that should benefit Antonio. But that sort of dismisses how well you've done versus south paws in your career. Describe what you do to adjust to the south pay style?
BERNARD HOPKINS: I don't do anything to adjust to the south paw style. I just punch them before they punch me. continue
02.06.06 - KELLY SWANSON, SWANSON PUBLIC RELATIONS: Hello, everyone and welcome to today's conference call with one of the greatest middle weight fighters ever, Mr. Bernard Hopkins. Before I turn the call over to Richard Schafer who will introduce Bernard, I just wanted to do a little homework here, as we always do. continue
02.06.06 - UNDEFEATED . . . BUT NOT FOR LONG: Caesar’s Palace’s Open-Air Amphitheater will serve as host for one of the year’s most anticipated fight cards. On June 24 four undefeated boxers will square off in an electrifying doubleheader of 12 round bouts. In the main event Calvin Brock (28-0, 22 KOs), heavyweight boxing’s hottest contender, will risk his undefeated record when he battles fellow undefeated contender Timur Ibragimov (21-0-1, 13 KO’s) in a 12 round bout. continue
02.06.06 - Photos: TOM CASINO / SHOWTIME - Three of the four talented boxers who will appear Saturday on SHOWTIME (left to right) -- Vic Darchinyan, Diego Corrales and Luis Maldonado pose after Thursday's final press conference at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, In the main event Saturday on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING (9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast), Corrales will defend his WBC lightweight title against former two-time WBC 135-pound champion Jose Luis Castillo in the rubber match of their classic fight series. In Saturday's co-feature, Darchinyan defends his IBF belt against Luis Maldonado in a battle of unbeaten flyweights.
Castillo, who did not pose after the press conference, is pictured with the same trophy presented to Corrales on behalf of the Boxing Writers Association of America for the "2005 Fight of the Year. continue
02.06.06 - LEE SAMUELS, TOP RANK INCORPORATED: Thank you, Crystal. This is one of the most exciting times for Top Rank in a long, long time. Miguel Cotto, Madison Square Garden on the eve of the Puerto Rican Parade in New York City against a tough-talking, (inaudible); we can’t wait. Miguel will be in town, in New York City, on Friday night and my boss and the Hall of Fame promoter, Bob Arum, will outline the fight card; he’ll talk about Miguel and Bob, take it away. continue
02.06.06 - By Ryan "The Asian Sensation" Songalia - Team Pinoy - On June 3, 2006, we will be treated to the final chapter of one of the legendary trilogies of all time. Jose Luis Castillo, 54-7-1 (47 KO), and Diego "Chico" Corrales, 40-3 (33 KO), square off on Showtime, they will be fighting for the right to say they truly were the better fighter. Not to mention the WBC and Ring Magazine Lightweight Championship. continue
02.06.06 - Standout 2002 Commonwealth Games Gold Medallist Darren Barker hopes to get the opportunity to silence the believers in fellow domestic light middleweight Gary Woolcombe once he wins the British title. The undefeated 24-year-old is set to contest a final eliminator for the Championship against the winner of the July contest between Andrew Facey and Matthew Hall, so has his immediate future clearly set out. continue
01.06.06 - By James Slater: There are two anniversaries from the boxing calendar in this month of June. On the thirtieth, “Iron” Mike will celebrate his fortieth birthday, and a few days before that will mark the eighteenth anniversary of what was arguably his greatest win ever - the night he destroyed Michael Spinks in a single round. Time really does fly. It is hard to believe that almost two decades have passed since the electrifying 91 seconds we were witness to that day in the ring at Atlantic City. Equally hard to comprehend is the fact that Mike is now approaching something like middle age! Mention his name and almost everyone will have an image conjured up in their mind of the youthful, all-conquering “Kid Dynamite” that Tyson used to be.
In fact, as recently as three or four years ago, this image of Mike was still the dominating one in the case of many fans. As a result they believed he could still run over top heavyweights like Lennox lewis the same way as he was once able to do. Only now, after humbling defeats at the hands of Danny Williams and then Kevin McBride, is everyone convinced that he is a spent force as a prize fighter. But what a fighter he was - in his prime. continue
01.06.06 - COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.) – Three United States women put on an impressive show on the first day of 2006 Pan American Championships Competition in Buenos Aires, Argentina on Thursday. All three United States competitors put early halts to their first round bouts. continue
01.06.06 - One night before the most anticipated rubber match in recent history between World Boxing Council (WBC) Lightweight Champion Diego Corrales and former two-time WBC titleholder Jose Luis Castillo, Eric Harding will defend his North American Boxing Federation (NABF) light heavyweight belt against undefeated Chad Dawson in a battle of world-ranked southpaws on SHOWTIME. continue
01.06.06 - By Andrew Teece: I have read several articles lately regarding fighters of days gone by who have pushed themselves to the limit and past it. Two very recent articles, one by Ted Sares about Bobby Chacon, and another by Craig Parrish, about when is the time for a boxer to call it a day, produced both heated and thought-provoking debate as to who should make the decision of when a pugilist should retire. Many ideas and opinions were put forward. The thing I took particularly from the articles I mentioned was that there is a glaring need for a world-wide boxing commission to look out for the welfare of the men who bring so much joy and excitement to our lives. continue
01.06.06 - A hand injury has ruled out Joe Calzaghe from his triumphant Homecoming at the Millennium Stadium on July 8. The WBO & IBF World Super-Middleweight Champion damaged his left hand, the same hand in which he broke a bone in against Evans Ashira last September, in a training session this week. Calzaghe is absolutely devastated that the injury has once again held up his career and his dream of headlining at the Welsh landmark.
Despite Calzaghe's withdrawal, Frank Warren's super show at the Millennium Stadium will still go ahead with a superb six-title fight card including the highly anticipated Heavyweight rematch between Danny Williams and Matt Skelton, Swansea's KO King Enzo Maccarinelli leads the Welsh charge along with the explosive shoot-out between Gary Lockett and Ryan Rhodes for the WBU Middleweight title. Newport's Bradley Pryce defends his Commonwealth crown and Tony Doherty and Taz Jones once again square off for the Celtic championship, which ended in such controversial circumstances last time. The Millennium Stadium will also see the return to Welsh soil of boxings hottest young prospect Amir Khan. continue
01.06.06 - By Barry McQueirns: The first fight between these two fighters was possibly the most brutal and dramatic fight in History. Corrales got off the floor twice in the 10th to batter Castillo along the ropes and force the referee’s intervention, whereas the second fight was fairly one sided and ended in Castillo knocking Corrales out with a monster left hook in the 4th. continue
01.06.06 By Per Ake Persson: It will be American Joe Wyatt, WBA # 13, that takes on WBA I/C 154 lb champ Reda Zam Zam, WBA # 10, June 9 in Aarhus. Wyatt was as late as of yesterday - June 1 - mentioned as opponent for Frenchman Christophe Canclaux on Saturday on the Valuev vs Beck undercard in Hannover. Canclaux will now face Sylvain Touzlet instead. On the Zam Zam vs Wyatt undercard comebacking former EBU 130 lb champ Dennis Holbaek take on Brahim Bariz. continue
01.06.06 - By Craig Parrish: It has been reported that Joe Calzaghe’s title defense in July has been called off when Calzaghe re-injured his left hand during training. Although no opponent had been named, Calzaghe was scheduled to defend his title for the 19th time in Cardiff this Summer. Calzaghe originally broke the hand last September in a bout against Evan Ashira. Promoter Frank Warren has stated that Calzaghe has been advised to rest and they are looking to re-schedule the fight sometime in the Fall.
01.06.06 - By Neil Thompson 1.JOE CALZAGHE (WBO / IBF) – Although he doesn’t hold all the various ‘alphabet titles’ Joe can still be considered the undisputed, true World Champion in the 168lb division. With 8 years as champion and 18 title defences under his belt, he is the longest reigning champion in boxing today. Despite there being a few ‘no-names’ on his record as champ, he has still fought and beaten more ‘names’ than any other active super middleweight. On his impressive list of victims are former world champions such as Byron Mitchell, Chris Eubank, Charles Brewer, Jeff Lacy, Robin Reid and Richie Woodhall. He’s also taken out tough contenders like Omar Shieka and Mger Mkrtchian. Keeping himself in shape between fights has probably helped Calzaghe’s longevity and at the age of 33 has yet to show any signs of deterioration. His speed, work rate and boxing ability look as good as ever. continue
01.06.06 – Calvin Brock, the hottest contender in the heavyweight division, headlines a June 24 undefeated doubleheader from Caesars Palace’s Open-Air Roman Amphitheater when he battles Timur Ibragimov in a 12 round main event showdown, it was announced today by Main Events CEO Kathy Duva. Undefeated welterweight sensation, Joel Julio, will challenge fellow undefeated welterweight contender Carlos Quintana in the co-feature contest—a 12 round WBA Welterweight Eliminator bout. continue
CANASTOTA, NY – MAY 31, 2006 - The International Boxing Hall of Fame announced members of the 1976 U.S. Olympic Boxing Team will reunite in Canastota for the 30th anniversary of the Montreal Olympic Games during the 17th Annual Hall of Fame Induction Weekend set for June 8-11th. continue
31.05.06 -Photos: TOM CASINO / SHOWTIME - Diego "Chico" Corrales and Vic Darchinyan participated in an open media workout Wednesday at the IBA Gym in Las Vegas. Saturday on SHOWTIME, Corrales will defend his WBC title against former two-time WBC 135-pound champion Jose Luis Castillo in the third and final installment of their memorable, exciting, epic fight series. In Saturday's co-feature on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING (9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast) from Thomas & Mack Center, Darchinyan defends his IBF flyweight crown against fellow unbeaten Luis Maldonado. continue