31.07.06 - By Per Ake Persson: WBA heavy champ Nikolai Valuev vs Monte Barrett have October 7 as working date and the fight appears to be headed for Madison Square Garden in New York City. Both WBC lightheavy champ Tomasz Adamek and Australian challenger Paul Briggs have signed contracts for a fight but according to Bobby Goodman of Don King Productions there are still problems to be worked out. continue
31.07.06 - By James Slater: Roy Jones, Jnr certainly did not look like a shot fighter last night. And while he never rolled back the years sufficiently so as to dazzle the fans with a performance that was akin to one from the glorious days of his prime either, Roy proved he very definitely still has something. He boxed well, was never hurt, and looked comfortable at the final bell. And this was after twelve lively rounds. Ajamu tried, that much is without doubt. He put Jones under pressure from the first bell with his constant forward aggression. Yet Roy was able to handle everything that came at him - in the end pitching a shut-out, with three identical scores of 119-106. Roy’s performance was one that will have surprised quite a few experts. The question is, what’s next?
In the interview Roy gave post-fight, he gave himself a C rating for his display - before reaching the subject of who he will fight next. Sounding as cocky as he ever has, Roy said he’d fight anyone. Names mentioned included, Glen Johnson, Bernard Hopkins, and “the boy from England” - I assume Jones was referring to Joe Calzaghe, or was it Clinton Woods? Whatever. And, as crazy as it may sound, Roy would probably have a shot against any one of these three fighters. Certainly judging by the capable way handled Badi Ajamu, anyway. The future for Roy Jones, Jnr will prove to be very interesting indeed. continue
31.07.06 - By Jim Amato: Live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California on September 2nd, James Toney will meet Sam Peter in a pivotal heavyweight bout. Added to the under card will be an IBF featherweight title fight between the defending champion Erik Aiken of Marysville, Ohio and challenger Robert "The Ghost" Guerrero. continue
30.07.06 - By Ted Sares: Who Roy Jones should fight next is different from whom we would like him to fight next. Off his fine showing against the limited Prince Badi Ajamu, I submit he should carefully pick one more opponent (some might want to add the word "cherry" before pick) before stepping up in class.................and to me, stepping up in class means fighting the likes of Joe Calzaghe, Glen Johnson, Jeff "Left Hook" Lacy, or Bernard Hopkins. continue
30.07.06 - By Geoffrey Ciani: At the onset of his bout against Roy Jones Jr., Prince Badi Ajuma attacked Jones and unleashed a furious attack. He backed Jones against the ropes and began punching away, connecting several nice shots in the process; Jones did not seem to like it. Prince Badi Ajuma had the right game plan: Pressure. Unfortunately, he did not have the necessary tools to execute the game plan. That’s why this fight happened in the first place. Ajuma was a carefully picked opponent. continue
"Yeah, about ten or eleven" I answered, "But he has that guy next door look anyway." As the fight unfolded, my excuse did not hold water. Maybe the extra weight combined with what turned out to be a full distance match was just too much for Sultan to complete yet another stunning victory.
The First Round was typical Ibragimov. As Austin began to clinch right from the get-go, Sultan pounded fiercely at his head to try to make the huggie-bear ploy less attractive. It didn't work. Austin held throughout the match.
Sultan's extreme efforts plus (possibly) the extra weight, seemed to cause him to tire early as is evident in the following two pics in which he looks winded and discouraged, and it was only after one or two rounds: continue
29.07.06 - Santa Ynez, CA - Lil But Bad Stevie Johnston, former two-time WBC lightweight champion of the world, got a bit of a taste of what David encountered when he faced off against Goliath in the biblical days. At 5'5" Johnston gave away six inches in height to former WBA light welterweight champion Vicious Vivian Harris as well as three full inches in reach. continue
By Per Ake Persson: WBO lightheavy champ Zsolt Erdei retained the title tonight in Oberhausen with a unanimous decision over German challenger Thomas Ulrich. It was scored 120-108, 118-110 and 116-112 . There were no knockdowns in a clean fight fought at long distance with the sharper Erdei scoring with a precise, hard jab that Ulrich couldn´t avoid. Thomas finished with a bad swelling around the left eye and was also cut in the same region. continue
29.07.06 - Forty years have passed since Nigerian boxer Dick Tiger pulled off one of the greatest feats in African sporting history. The 37-year-old veteran shocked the boxing world when he became the first-ever world middleweight boxing champion to rise in weight and win the world light heavyweight title. The year was 1966. For many Nigerians, he was more than just a fighter, but for nearly two decades Dick Tiger was largely forgotten. continue
LAS VEGAS (July 29, 2006) – Photos by Tom Casino / Showtime - It is on to the semifinals for Jean Paul Mendy and Henry “Sugar Poo’’ Buchanan, who were victorious in opening-round bouts in the “ShoBox’’ Super Middleweight Tournament Friday on “ShoBox: The New Generation” on SHOWTIME. Mendy (22-0, 12 KOs), of Paris, France, registered a first-round TKO over Dallas “Deaf Pride’’ Vargas (21-3, 15 KOs) of Toledo, Ohio. In a battle of unbeatens, Buchanan (14-0, 11 KOs), of Capital Heights, Maryland, injured his right hand in the first round but still did enough to box and slug his way to a unanimous 10-round decision over Lucas Green-Arias (11-1, 8 KOs) of Costa Rica.
A tournament that offers two boxers in the original international field of eight the rare opportunity to appear on national television three times in only seven months resumes next Friday, Aug. 4, when Anthony Hanshaw (19-0, 13 KOs) of Warren, Ohio, takes on Esteban Camou (18-1, 15 KOs) of Navojoa, Mexico, and Sakio Bika (20-1-2, 14 KOs) of Douala, Cameroon, faces Jose Luis Herrera (14-1, 14 KOs) of San Onofre, Colombia. Like Friday’s show, the fights will be televised on SHOWTIME at 11 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the west coast) from the PFTC at The Sports Center of Las Vegas. continue
LOS ANGELES, July 28 – In recent weeks, there has been a hearty dose of bluster from the camp of WBO welterweight champion Antonio Margarito, claiming that he is the ‘most feared fighter in boxing’, and that no one is willing to fight him. Golden Boy Promotions has the solution to Mr. Margarito’s problem in securing an opponent for a fight this year – in fact, it has three solutions in pound for pound superstar Winky Wright, former junior middleweight champion Kassim Ouma, and rising star Ishe Smith, all of whom are willing to battle Margarito at a moment’s notice. continue
28.07.06 - Hold Nothing Back!" -- presented by Xyience, Inc. in association with Sports and Entertainment Media, Inc. (SEMI) and Knockout Promotions -- will be broadcast live in North America on cable and satellite PPV beginning at 9 PM ET/6 PM PT. The event is being produced and distributed for North American Pay Per View by Integrated Sports and will be available in more than 50-million homes in the United States and Canada via InDemand, TVN, DirecTV & Dish Network in the US and Viewer’s Choice & Bell ExpressVu in Canada. The suggested retail price for the PPV telecast is only $24.95. continue
28.07.06 - By Izyaslav “Slava” Koza: Perhaps it wasn’t the best fight of the year, but for a couple of heavyweights and a crappy decision this bout presented some decent back and forth action. Big punches landed, and a battle of big hearts definitely took place as both men rose up off the canvas from huge knockdowns to get back big into the fight. For my part I had Ibragimov by a slight edge since he definitely hurt Austin on many more occasions, however, some rounds were difficult to score and so a draw seems more then fair.
Sultan Ibragimov started well and with his signature opening bell aggression as he landed hard, staggering shots cleanly on Austin’s head. Austin utilized his height to smother Ibragimov and clinch, ala Wlad Klitschko, and survive the early onslaught. The 2nd and 3rd rounds were close, and I disagreed with Teddy Atlas and gave Ibragimov the 3rd and Austin the 2nd, whereas he thought Ibragimov took the first two and Austin the 3rd. The fourth round seemed pretty boring, until a counter left over the top of the slow as molasses Austin right, landed full power on Austin’s cheek and sent him down for a hard knockdown. Sensing blood Ibragimov moved in as Austin grabbed Ibragimov’s left arm and held on for dear life. continue
28.07.06 - By Jon Beloff: Earlier this week, the news came out that following Floyd Mayweather’s reported refusal to face Antonio Margarito in a November 4 pay-per-view matchup, Bob Arum’s $8 million offer was now off the table. According to Mayweather, "He's not a household name. To get to where I'm at, I had to beat a lot of good fighters. I've proven myself over and over again. It's about business decisions and being smart. We need guys who are going to generate good numbers on pay-per-view, and Antonio Margarito is not known enough to bring in the non-boxing fans. We're trying to go to the next level." continue
New York, July 28— The ring action will be as hot as the temperature in New York these days – sizzling – when DiBella Entertainment’s undefeated Dmitriy “Star of David” Salita headlines against Shad Howard on the latest (July 20th) edition of Broadway Boxing from the Grand Ballroom at Manhattan Center in New York City. The first broadcast will air on SportsNet New York this Sunday, July 30 at 8:00 PM. Here is the full schedule of air dates: continue
Tucson, Arizona --- August just got hotter. The summer may be winding down but boxing is in full force, with Desert Diamond Casino and Golden Boy Promotions offering another night of quality live entertainment. On Friday, August 25th, Southern Arizona will be treated to a line-up of some of the best fighters in the world, including a main event pitting Ishe Smith against Gilbert Venegas, plus a special non-televised main event which features Nogales’s own David “The Destroyer” Lopez. continue
Can’t explain it, but this person exuded a presence which was one of the most peaceful and innocent I have ever experienced. I concluded that here was a gentle soul who seemed somewhat out of place in the midst of all these hyper-testosterone cliques as they entered the hotel and went to register. As ESB was summoned to the Elder interview, I got up and stepped away not knowing what a great surprise I was to get the following evening. continue
28.07.06 - By Per Ake Persson: Veteran lightheavy Silvio Branco won the WBA interim title last night in Milano with a unanimous decision over Manny Siaca. It was scored 119-109 on all cards. Branco may now face the "real" WBA champ Fabrice Tiozzo November 18 but ... "We are more than willing to take the fight" says Cristian Cherchi of OPI 2000 who promoted the show, "but I can´t see how Tiozzo will be able to make lightheavy anymore. I think this fight will be recognized as for the full title in the near future.. continue
BOSTON (July 28, 2006) – The Clancy brothers, unbeaten heavyweight James Clancy (8-0, 1 KO) and undefeated cruiserweight Mark Clancy (5-0-1, 1 KO), are coming off their most impressive performances and preparing with renewed vigor for their next fights. The Clancys moved to Boston from their native Clare, Ireland in 2001, but since turning professional, their boxing careers had been more frustrating than productive, at least until July 7 in historic Plymouth, when they both turned in career defining efforts after a series of mishaps and misfortunates. continue
28.07.06 - When chief coach Ulli Wegner was phoned to give an interview he was enjoying the sun in his wicker beach chair, listening to the sound of the waves of the Baltic Sea. This seems to be an idyllic scene but the coach of the Sauerland team is not on summer vacation but in training camp. Since Monday he and Arthur Abraham, Markus Beyer and Marco Huck have been working hard in Zinnowitz, the place where they have prepared for competitions for years. Hotel “Baltic” where they are staying suits them fine.
“In Max Schmeling Gym at Berlin Olympic Stadium construction work is going on which is why the windows cannot be opened” the coach says. "At a temperature of 92°Fahrenheit it just can’t be done; consequently we went to the Baltic Sea to escape the heat."
This decision will pay off; Ulli Wegner is already satisfied with the training. On Usedom he is preparing the sportsmen individually: Because of the serious competitions he divided the group, thus being able to concentrate on the two champions and on Marco Huck who is holding his first title fight in September.
“Arthur and Markus have reached different stages of preparation”, Wegner explains. WBC super middleweight champion Markus Beyer is competing with WBA titleholder Mikkel Kessler (Denmark) in Copenhagen on 14th October, whereas IBF middleweight world champion Abraham will already have to climb into the ring against challenger Edison Miranda (Columbia) in Oldenburg on 26th August. continue
BOISE, Idaho (July 28, 2006) – Some boxing insiders believe Prince Badi “The Boxing Prince” Ajamu will dethrone the contemporary king of boxing, five-time world champion Roy Jones, Jr., tomorrow night (Saturday) in Boise, Idaho. Prince Badi (25-2-1, 14 KOs), promoted by Silverhawk Boxing (silverhawkboxing.com), defends his North American Boxing Organization light heavyweight title in the 12-round main event against living legend Jones (25-2-1, 14 KOs), headlining the “Hold Nothing Back!” pay-per-view event. continue
28.07.06 - Photo: TOM CASINO / SHOWTIME - In a pair of 10-round bouts, Jean Paul Mendy will face Dallas Vargas and Henry Buchanan will meet Lucas Green-Arias in opening-round matches in the ShoBox Super Middleweight Tournament Friday, July 28, on SHOWTIME (11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast) from PFTC at The Sports Center of Las Vegas. Buchanan-Green Arias will open the telecast, followed by Mendy-Vargas.Boxers (left to right) Dallas Vargas, Jean Paul Mendy, Lucas Green-Arias and Henry Buchanan pose at Thursday's weigh-in at Las Vegas. Vargas weighed 168 pounds, Mendy tipped scales at 166, Aries weighed 168 and Buchanan 167. continue
27.07.06 - By Mark Law: Here in 2006, it’s no easy task to decipher who is a genuine champion in the chaotic, almost unfathomable world of alphabet belts. If anyone is lucky enough to pick up a back issue of “The Ring” from, say, 1954 and flick through to the ratings page, it’s a delight to see only eight weight divisions with one champion in each. It’s nearly too perfect to comprehend! Was it really like that back then? Now it’s like we have eight champions per weight class, never mind only eight divisions! continue
27.07.06 - By Ryan Songalia: I caught up with David Tua after his fourth round knockout victory over David Gutierrez in Manhattan Saturday night. He was very candid and open with his thoughts about the bout, growing as a fighter, and his future plans for his career.
Ryan Songalia: This is your first knockout you've scored in some time. How did it feel to register a big KO on national TV?
David Tua: "It feels good, I'm happy to be back on board again and getting the show back on the road. I'm just happy because this is pretty much what we've been working on in the gym. Thank God we were able to pull it out tonight."
RS: Do you feel you finally shook the cobwebs from your long layoff?
Tuaman: "Yeah, but I believe its going to take more than just a couple of fights to obviously get that feeling back. continue
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA--- Four-time World Heavyweight Champion, Evander Holyfield will be a special guest on Fox Sports Net's "Best Damn Sports Show, Period," this Friday night (July 28th). The telecast will air beginning at 10:30 p.m. local time. Holyfield's appearance is part of BDSSP's week long "Best Damn Las Vegas Road Show," originating the entire week from the Hooter's Casino Hotel, in Las Vegas. continue
27.07.06 - A press conference was held today in Idaho for Saturday night’s “Hold Nothing Back!” Pay-Per-View event, headlined by living legend Roy Jones, Jr. (49-4, 38 KOs) challenging NABO light heavyweight champion Prince Badi “The Boxing Prince” Ajamu in the 12-round main event, at Qwest Arena in Boise. “Hold Nothing Back!” will be broadcast live in North America on cable and satellite Pay Per View at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT (blacked out in S. Idaho). continue
27.07.06 - By Jim Dorney: I know what you're thinking - David Haye fights at cruiserweight. That's true, but at 6'3 and only 25 years of age, he's admitted that he's already struggling to make the 200lb limit. I reckon he could probably carry an extra 20 or 30 pounds of muscle around without jeopardising what makes him such an exciting prospect - His inhuman punching power, his dazzling handspeed & his deadly combinations. continue
27.07.06 - By James Slater There was a time when it was simple. Everyone knew who the heavyweight champion of the world was. From the man on the street, to the avid fight fan - such a question would have been answered in a flash. But not any more. Nowadays, thanks to multiple titles - a product of the alphabet soup gangs - many fight fans, let alone the casual observer, cannot tell you who the heavyweight king is. Once upon a time, such a notion would have been considered ludicrous. With the linear title traceable, from the current champ back to the previous holder of what was once called the richest prize in sports, it was a simple case of the man who beat the man.
There were no arguments. A fighter was either dethroned as a result of losing in the ring, retiring, or passing away. But today confusion abounds. There is no reason why it should be this way. As one boxing writer once wrote - how can there be more than one world champion, when there is only one world? Why indeed? continue
Boise, ID (July 27) - All good things must come to an end so the saying goes. It’s time for one good thing to end and another good thing to begin. Saturday night at the Qwest Arena in Boise, ID it’s time for Prince Badi Ajamu to overthrow former pound for pound boxing king Roy Jones, Jr. who challenges for the Prince’s NABO light heavyweight championship in a 12-round fight shown nationally on Pay-Per-View. continue
STAMFORD, CT (June 26, 2006) – Premiering tonight and airing every Thursday night at 9, OLN introduces Fight Night, a new series of Live and Classic Bouts. Tonight’s premiere fight features Kelly Pavlick vs, Bronco McKart in an NABF Middleweight Championship. OLN, home to the NHL, the Tour de France and the Professional Bull Riders, announced a partnership with leading boxing promoters Top Rank to bring professional boxing to the network’s sports lineup. Fight Night will consist of a series of live fights promoted by Bob Arum’s Top Rank group, as well as classic fights from their vast library, and will air Thursday nights at 9 p.m. ET beginning July 27. continue
27.07.06 - Promoter Art Pelullo/Banner Promotions will present a sensational championship fight card on Friday, August 25, 2006, in the Rollins Center Ballroom at Dover Downs Hotel & Casino, located at 1131 North DuPont Highway in Dover, Delaware. The main event and co-featured fight will be televised on Comcast’s CN8 Network on a delayed basis. continue
27.07.06 - By Michael Montero: Many of you may laugh when I state the following, but I feel that 168 is shaping up to soon be one of the most entertaining divisions in professional boxing. Much like the Cruiserweight division, Super Middleweight has always been seen as a “gateway” or “pathway” division for fighters in search of bigger and better things. Many boxing experts have viewed the division as a waste; this has largely been due to it’s lack of marquee names and big fights in recent years.
Try to name a 168-pound fight since Roy Jones beat James Toney back in 1994 that got you (and the media) really excited – it’s not easy. The only bout that comes to mind is the beat down Joe Calzaghe handed Jeff Lacy back in March of this year. That’s a twelve year gap, void of any significant action, which has made it very easy for the casual boxing fan to forget about the Super Middleweights. continue
27.07.06 -CHICAGO - Dominic Pesoli, President of 8 Count Productions, has announced details of the next installment of world class professional boxing set for Friday night, August 25th at the Aragon Ballroom presented with Miller Lite and TCF Bank. Said Pesoli, “Last Friday night was a terrific evening that the packed house at the Aragon enjoyed. We’re putting together another outstanding event for Chicagoland fight fans on August 25th.” continue
27.07.06 - Philadelphia—Featherweights Rogers Mtagwa, of Philadelphia, and Alvin Brown, of Kansas City, will go through their final workouts this weekend in preparation for their scheduled 12-round USBA title fight next Wednesday, Aug. 2, at the New Alhambra in South Philadelphia. ESPN 2 will televise beginning 9 pm est. While beating Brown is Mtagwa’s main concern, there already have been preliminary discussions for a fall fight with unbeaten (19-0, 17 K0s) prospect Jason Litzau, of St. Paul, MN. continue
WEST COAST, U.S.A (July 27, 2006) -- WEST COAST, U.S.A (July 27, 2006) -- Gary Shaw Productions kicks off the first of two consecutive weekends of back-to-back nationally televised boxing events Tomorrow! Friday, July 28. GSP begins its TV road tour with the opening round of the super middleweight tournament, televised live on Showtime's "ShoBox: The Next Generation," beginning at 11 P.M. ET/PT from the PFTC Sports Center of Las Vegas. continue
27.07.06 - By Ryan Songalia: The Hammerstein Ballroom was buzzing as ESPN Friday Night Fights broadcast live from Downtown Manhattan. In the main event, Eliseo Castillo was upset by undefeated Jonathon Banks with a fourth round knockout. Also featured was former heavyweight title challenger challenger David “Tuaman” Tua continuing his comeback story, finishing off Edward Gutierrez in the fourth. The show was promoted by Cedric Kushner’s Gotham Boxing.
In the main event, Jonathon Banks of Detroit, MI upset former Cuban amateur standout Eliseo Castillo by fourth round knockout. The first round seemed like it would be the last one, as Castillo dropped Banks twice and almost stopped him in what was a nightmare round for the KRONK fighter. Banks recovered well in the second, regaining his confidence and becoming more competitive. By the third round, Banks had fully recovered and was in control of the action. In the fourth round, Banks landed a vicious combination on Castillo and dropped him for the ten count. continue
26.07.06 - By Per Ake Persson: Lightheavy Adrian Diaconu, the reigning WBC Int´l champ, is still to headline a show on either August 11 or 18 in Romania against an opponent to be announced. The show was first set for August 5 but had to be moved. Elite Box Promotion of Berlin will next promote October 28 at the EWE Arena in Fuerstenwalde. It will be the fifth Elite promotion and first outside of the Blue Box in Potsdam. Possible headliner is Latvian heavy Edgar Kalnars. continue
26.07.06 - Dear Antonio & Bob, How can you be the most feared fighter in the world? I've made it well known several times that I'll fight you for my WBA super welterweight title. Just name the time and place, as long as the deal is right. Hey, amigo, I must be the most feared super welterweight in the world because none of the top 154-pounders like De La Hoya, Cory Spinks and Mosley want a piece of me. continue
26.07.06 - By Jim Amato: It was a forgotten name from the glorious late 60's and early 70's. Now he is going to be inducted into the California Boxing Hall Of Fame on August 19th. His name is Hedgemon Lewis. Congratulations Hedgemon, a very deserving inductee. Hedge is now just a footnote in welterweight championship history. He was once recognized as world champion by New York State Athletic Commission after he whipped favorite son Billy Backus a few times. continue
26.07.06 - By MIKE DUNN: It is impossible to separate Primo Carnera the boxer from Primo as a pawn for the mob. That makes it difficult to determine just how much Primo accomplished on his own merits in the ring and how much was accomplished through mob enforcement. It also makes it hard to say how far Primo would have gone up the heavyweight ladder without any outside help.
This much is clear. Primo took terrible beatings in legitimate ring battles with the fearsome punching Max Baer and with the young KO sensation from Detroit, Joe Louis. In fairness, though, Primo wasn’t the only one to suffer at the hands of those two power punchers. And it’s important to note that Primo did win some important fights with apparently no mob interference. En route to his title shot, he defeated decent contenders such as Art Lasky, Hans Birkie, Kingfish Levinsky and Ernie Schaaf, all apparently legitimate victories. (The 13-round KO over the ill-fated Schaaf on Feb. 10, 1933 will always be tainted by Schaaf’s unfortunate death four days later from an inter-cranial hemorrhage suffered during the bout.) continue
26.07.06 - It has been a busy first half of the summer for Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing and the action continues in July and August. Star Boxing promoted three nationally televised shows in the span of four days between June 7 and June 10 that culminated in one of the biggest ppv events of the year, “Fight to the Finish”, Antonio Tarver meeting Bernard Hopkins in a historic match for the light heavyweight championship of the world.. continue
26.07.06 - Roy Jones Jr: I am boxing because I love what I do. There is no other reason. I’ve got nothing to prove – nothing to prove to anybody. They know who I am and where I have been. It has to do with where I came from. You can ask all of the other fighters in this industry…Who was number one in the middleweight, super middleweight, light heavyweight and the heavyweight division? Who made more money in all of those divisions except for Mike Tyson – who was only big in the heavyweight division. Outside of that, there is only Roy Jones Jr, and you know this. I bring fashion to the sport like no one else. continue
26.07.06 - Photos by Chris Farina - Top Rank: WBC World Heavyweight Champion Hasim Rahman(L),Baltimore,Md. ,with the American flag draped over him shows a huge media turnout his fist at the Pound-4-Pound Gym as he prepares for his upcoming World Heavyweight Championship rematch against #1 ranked contender Oleg Maskaev, of Kazakhstan on Top Rank's "America's Last Line of Defense" championship card at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas ,Saturday,August 12 ,live on HBO Pay-Per-View . Rahman wants to avenge his 1999 loss to Maskaev that sent him through the ropes in a riveting eighth round stoppage by Maskaev. continue
26.07.06 - By Ted Sares: He wasn't the greatest prospect but he sure as heck wasn't on the lower tier either. He started garnering more serious attention after his leg twitching first round KO of "The Irish Express," Sean Fitzgerald, 29-2-2, for the New England Middleweight Title on December 16, 1993. The fight was at the Foxwoods Resort and Casino in Mashantucket, CT. He would attempt to punctuate this win when he met Chad Parker in 1995 at Caesars Palace, in Las Vegas for the WBC Continental Americas Middleweight Title. In between, he beat guys like Sean Fitzgerald, 29-2-2, Ron Amundsen, 22-13-1, rugged Brett Lally, 32-12, Tyrone Moore, 32-19-3 and Frank Savannah, 15-1-1, (whom he defeated by TKO for the WBC Continental Americas Middleweight Title). Both Rosenblatt and Parker were undefeated, but one seemed to be the real deal, the other, well let's break it down.
Chad Parker was a relative unknown who won his first 15 all by stoppage, but his first 19 opponents had losing records. Included among them were Jake Torrance, 22-79-2, and Anthony Travis, 5-50. He drew with Tim Rabon, 14-12-2, then fought Keheven Johnson, 24-70-5, Anthony Ivory, 33-77-5, and David McCluskey, 20-72-6. A year before the Las Vegas fight, he fought Tim Dendy, 17-44-2, and won by DQ in 9 which indicated that Parker might be more hype than fight. All told, his opponents had an eye-popping combined won-lost record of 252-753! continue
26.07.06 - Photos Courtesy of Joel Zwink / Sycuan Ringside Promotions - World Boxing Council welterweight champion Carlos Baldomir (second from left) joins Glenn Quiroga, president of Sycuan Ringside Promotions (left); Sycuan Tribal Chairman Daniel Tucker (second from right); and Willie Tucker, executive vice president of Sycuan Ringside Promotions (right), Tuesday at the Sycuan Resort and Casino in El Cajon, Calif., for a check presentation following his stunning ninth-round technical knockout of Arturo Gatti Saturday in Atlantic City, N.J. continue
26.07.06 - The Marquez brothers – Juan Manuel and Rafael -- will be featured when the 20th anniversary celebration of SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING continues Saturday, Aug. 5, on SHOWTIME (9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast). In the main event, former champion and No. 2 WBO contender Juan will face WBO No. 1 contender Terdsak Jandaeng for the WBO Interim 126-pound belt. In a rematch, Rafael will put his IBF/IBO titles on the line against No. 1-ranked Silence Mabuza. Gary Shaw Productions, LLC, will promote the world championship doubleheader from MontBleu Resort Casino and Spa at Stateline, Nev. continue
PROVIDENCE (July 25, 2006) – Three regional titles will be on the line September 15 when world cruiserweight prospects Matt “Too Smooth” Godfrey (12-0, 7 KOs), NABA & WBC Continental USNBC champion, and WBC Continental Americas title-holder “Danny Boy” Batchelder (24-2-1, 11 KOs) headline a Classic Sports & Entertainment, Inc. (CES) promoted card in Hartford, Connecticut. continue
25.07.06 - By Flavio Alvarez: The history of boxing is filled with the tales of legendary fighters who retired too late. Joe Louis, Muhamad Ali, Roberto Durán, all once greats that became little more than sad spectacles by the end of their careers. Roy Jones Jr. is not yet at that point, but we all have to wonder: what is the point Roy? It's hard to imagine you, even at your worst, losing to Prince Badi Ajamu, a notoriously gun shy fighter who just a couple of fights ago almost bit more than he could chew against Orlando Rivera, a 42 year old personal trainer that, although very brave and well conditioned, does not have the proper resume to even hope to tie your boxing shoes.
But then… if even you admit you could not get motivated for Antonio Tarver … why does Roy Jones Jr., voted the finest boxer in the Olympic games, former Middleweight, Super Middleweight, Light Heavyweight, and Heavyweight champ; probably the only guy to ever truly beat Bernard Hopkins; the first guy who beat James Toney; the guy who once played a basketball game and fought a championship fight THE SAME DAY; the guy who surprised us if he lost a ROUND in a fight, a living legend, feels the need to fight Ajamu? Redemption? continue
25.06.07 - The eyes of the boxing and business worlds will be on Silverhawk Entertainment Group, formerly Silverhawk Boxing Promotions (silverhawkboxing.com), as it celebrates its restructuring, reorganization and coming-out party as a publicly traded corporation in grand fashion by having two of its fighters headlining major nationally and internationally televised fights in two cities on Saturday night. This is a one-two combination that few, if any, boxing promotion companies have achieved. continue
BOISE, Idaho (July 25, 2006) – Styles make fights and well matched opponents equal great entertainment. Saturday night’s “Hold Nothing Back!” pay-per-view event in Boise has it all in a strong, exciting top-to-bottom card featuring three former world champions. Five-time world champion Roy Jones, Jr. (49-4, 38 KOs) challenges North American Boxing Organization light heavyweight champion Prince Badi Ajamu (25-2-1, 14 KOs), rated No. 6 by the World Boxing Council and No. 7 by the World Boxing Organization, in the 12-round main event on “Hold Nothing Back!” continue
25.07.06 -Brockton, MA, - "Marvelous" Marvin Hagler, the former undisputed middleweight champion, and arguably one of the greatest fighters of all time, will return to his hometown of Brockton, Massachusetts this coming Saturday, July 29, for an amateur boxing tournament charity event. The Marvelous One comes home to the "City of Champions" for a one-of-a-kind fundraising event, featuring the best amateur boxing in New England. The event will kick-off at 2:00pm Saturday, July 29th at the historic Brockton Fairgrounds with the Family Fun Festival, to include an incredible array of food, entertainment, and activities for all ages. continue
25.07.06 - By Geoffrey Ciani: On August 12, WBC heavyweight champion, Hasim Rahman, will take on number one contender, Oleg Maskaev. This will be the second time these two pugilists square off. The first time was back in November of 1999, when Oleg landed a perfect right hand that literally sent Rahman through the ropes and out of the ring. Adding insult to injury, as Rahman crashed to the floor, he somehow managed to knock over a monitor on a nearby table that promptly landed on his balls. In the aftermath of their first bout, it appeared as if Maskaev’s career was on the rise and that Rahman was in decline. It wasn’t long, however, before that all changed.
Following subsequent victories over Sedreck Fields and Derrick Jefferson, Maskaev was widely regarded as the number three heavyweight on the planet. Only Lennox Lewis and Evander Holyfield were viewed as being his superior, but that changed very quickly in his very next fight when Maskaev was stopped by a sensational left hook from Kirk Johnson. continue
Clearwater, FL July 25, 2006: On the heels of his IBA World Title bout, power-punching Cruiserweight Bobby Gunn received much deserved worldwide recognition by the WBO. Much like the heavy-fisted Gunn “cracks” his opponents in the ring, he has now “cracked” the World Boxing Organization’s July 2006 rankings at number 15 in the world in what the WBO calls the “Jr. Heavyweights”. continue
25.07.06 - Promoter Art Pelullo/Banner Promotions, in association with Foxwoods Resort Casino, will present a sensational championship fight card on August 9, 2006, in the Fox Theatre at Foxwoods Resort Casino, located at 39 Norwich Westerly Road in Mashantucket, Connecticut. The main event and co-featured fight will be televised live on ESPN2’s “Wednesday Night Fights.” continue
25.07.06 - While his promoter Dan Goossen continues to try and secure his well-deserved shot at a world middleweight title against Jermain Taylor, Sam “King” Soliman is not one to simply sit back and wait. He is willing to put such an opportunity at risk to remain active and stay in front of his U.S. based fans – even against a talented and hungry fighter. Soliman (32-8, 13 KOs) will be doing just that on Friday night, August 18 when he takes on the determined and hungry Enrique Ornelas (24-2, 14 KOs) in the 10-round headliner of ESPN2’s “Friday Night Fights.” continue
25.07.06 - By Favio Alvarez - When Floyd Mayweather decided to fight Zab Judah even after Carlos Baldomir beat Judah to take away his Welterweight belts, it seemed to Arturo Gatti old lady fate was smiling down upon him. Here was a chance to redeem himself and regain a hold of the top again after being dismantled by Mayweather a year before, and close down his illustrious career by becoming a welterweight and three division champ. And all this against an opponent who seemed to slow and lacked the big fight experience to give him any kind of serious trouble.
In the third round of their championship fight on Saturday night, Gatti landed the kind of thunderous left hook that has sent fighters home early for twenty years, and someone was smiling at him again. But this time it was Carlos Baldomir. The barrel chested, chiseled bearded champ not only proved he had enough hand speed to keep peppering Arturo Gatti all night long with right hands, enough craft to evade most of Gatti’s attempt at damage, he showed he’s is strong as a bull and has a chin like a bank vault. continue
25.07.06 - By Per Ake Persson: 42-year former IBF lightheavy champ Henry Maske signed the contract with TV network RTL yesterday and the comeback after ten years out of the ring is now officially on, writes express.de. According to express.de, Maske´s comeback was inspired by Virgil Hill´s win over Valery Brudov early 2006 and his target is a rematch with Hill, who beat Maske back in 96 and Henry retired. continue
NEW YORK (July 25, 2006) – Opening-round match-ups have been set for the upcoming “ShoBox: The Next Generation” super middleweight tournament – two dates (Friday, July 28 and Friday, August 4), four great fights on SHOWTIME. Both “ShoBox” telecasts will air live at 11 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the west coast) from the PFTC at The Sports Center of Las Vegas. The winners of the opening-round bouts will then advance to the semi-finals on the Friday, Oct. 6, edition of “ShoBox”. SHOWTIME will televise the tournament finals on January 5, 2007. continue
New York, July 25—A pair of title fights, as well as David Tua’s New York return, will head the bill when Cedric Kushner’s Gotham Boxing presents a star-studded fight card on Wednesday night, July 26, at the Grand Ballroom at Manhattan Center in the Big Apple. The boxers kicked off fight week with an autograph session at Modell's at 42nd Street courtesy of Everlast, and then enjoyed a halibut seafood lunch at the historic Grand Central Oyster Bar in Grand Central Station. continue
25.07.06 - By Karen Belford: Recently, I had the great pleasure to speak with Shannon Briggs (47-4-1, 41 KO's), who will likely be facing Wladimir Klitschko (46-3, 41 KO's), the IBF heavyweight champion, on November 11th, at Madison Square Garden, in New York. Of all the heavyweights that Wladimir has during his career, I think that Shannon Briggs is the most talented by far. At 6'4" 270 lbs, Briggs is a towering fighter, almost as large as Wladimir, but with faster hands and a power punch that is equally as hard. Beyond that, Brigg's has the tougher chin, I think, along with the more courageous fighting spirit.
During the interview, besides his nice voice, which is very calm and soothing to listen to, I was very impressed with Shannon's self confidence, for I can't ever remember speaking to someone had such a firm belief in himself. He's very certain that he'll beat Wladimir Klitschko, which almost made me feel sorry for Wladimir, for he appears to have a very tough task ahead of him. More than that, it's almost a no-win situation for Wladimir, since if he beats Briggs, people will likely dismiss the win, pointing out that Briggs has not faced top level opposition in recent fights, and making the assertion that Briggs didn't deserve the fight in the first place. continue
25.07.06 - Roy Englebrecht, founder of Fight Promoter University announced today that Eric Gomez, Vice President and Head Matchmaker for Oscar De La Hoya's Golden Boy Promotions, has been added to the list of Guest Speakers at Fight Promoter University II, August 23 to 25 in Irvine, California. continue
25.07.06 - The best known face and voice in boxing “The Lady of the Ring” Amy Hayes today signed a deal with Australian based sports marketing and entertainment group Cross Country Entertainment that will see CCE represent her interests throughout Australia, New Zealand and Asia for the next two years. continue
25.07.06 - By Ted Sares: Hey, everybody seems to think James "Lights Out" Toney will have his lights dimmed on September 2, when he and Samuel “The Nigerian Nightmare" Peter meet in a 12-round World Boxing Council (WBC) elimination bout at the Staples Center in LA, but I beg to differ. And no, I have not been smoking something whacky. Let me explain why I think Toney takes the young and slow Nigerian to school. continue
25.07.06 - COPENHAGEN--Undefeated WBA super middleweight boxing champion Mikkel Kessler is tanned, rested and ready to begin serious preparations for his October 14 title unification bout here against WBC champion Markus Beyer. Kessler, 27, and his veteran promoter Mogens Palle returned this weekend from a week-long "working vacation" to America which included business meetings along with a social visit to the private home of boxing legend Sugar Ray Leonard.
"It was a smashing trip," Kessler said after arriving back home. "I spent so much time with Ray Leonard. He is a great fighter, a smart businessman and a great host. He gave me some great advice about how a champion must always be disciplined. He also advised me on how to meet and greet the public and the media. He told me to be sure to focus on Beyer because Beyer will be fighting for personal and national pride on October 14." continue
HOLLYWOOD, FL, July 24 – Former world champion Mike Tyson isn’t just one of the greatest heavyweights of all-time, he’s one of the most astute fight historians around, able to separate contenders from pretenders and future greats from also-rans. So it goes without saying that when he gives his endorsement to a fighter, it’s legit. continue
24.07.06 - Octavius James/One In A Million Inc., the Midwest's premiere pro boxing team in association with the City Of Hammond, Indiana announced tickets are on sale today for "Civic Center Rumble" September 23rd, 2006 at the Hammond Civic Center, 5825 Sohl Ave., Hammond, Indiana. ickets for the "Civic Center Rumble," are starting at $25. Doors open at 7 p.m., and the first bout will be at 8 p.m. continue
24.07.06 - By James Slater: As proven yet again - this time by the terrific fight on Saturday between Carlos Baldomir and the ever courageous Arturo Gatti - all boxing fans love a slugfest. This type of fight is guaranteed to get the pulses racing. Sure, we fans respect and appreciate the fine art of boxing - the superb defensive skills of hitting and not being hit - but deep down every fan hopes to see a violent slugfest in the ring. The excitement of such a spectacle, where both fighters take turns in landing the dominant blows, which often results in a knockdown or two, really lets out the passion and fire that every fight fan has inside his chest - in the form of deafening screams and roars of approval. continue
24.07.06 - Travis Marks @ ringside: After he defeated Zabdiel “Super” Judah for the “disputed” undisputed welterweight championship, reigning WBC welterweight champion Carlos Baldomir (photo by Tom Casino) out of Santa Fe, Argentina did not receive the credit he deserved for winning the fight. Instead all the post-fight talk centered on how immature Judah still was and how unfocused he was in the ring. The most popular question was how could Zab lose to this bum knowing that he had a fight with pound for pound king “Pretty Boy” Floyd Mayweather in the near horizon?
By defeating blood and guts warrior Arturo “Thunder” Gatti in front of a packed house at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City last night, Carlos Baldomir cemented himself as a legitimate champion in the welterweight division and is now a forced to be reckoned with.
In the opening round of the bout Carlos Baldomir came out attacking Arturo Gatti. The first flush punch that Baldomir landed was a straight right over the left guard of Gatti. It sounded and looked like a hard shot but Gatti took it well. However that right hand found a home on the left side on Gatti face and head all night long. continue
24.07.06 - By James Slater: Pat Barrett is one of Britain’s most talented boxers never to have won a world title. He was fast, skilful and had a hurtful punch. He turned pro in 1987 and, after only two years in the professional ranks, won the British light welterweight title. The following year he went one better and annexed the European title. This win was achieved, very impressively, by way of a fourth round KO over Efrem Calamati, in the defending champion’s home country of Italy. continue
23.07.06 - By Wray Edwards: Like a force of nature, Arturo Gatti came over the boxing horizon in earnest as he captured the IBF Super Featherweight Title from Tracy Patterson on December 15th 1995. The young Canadian had traveled across the river from his New Jersey second home to the crown jewel of Boxing - Madison Square Garden. There, he brought his stormy style onto the national scene. continue
23.07.06 By Karl E. H. Seigfried – It was all about the knockouts tonight at Chicago’s Aragon Ballroom as five local fighters took on out-of-town competition. A giant discoball hung motionless above the ring set up on the wooden dancefloor as waitresses worked the aisles and served up seven-dollar Dixie cups of Miller Lite (“Seven dollars each?”). As usual at promoter Dominic Pesoli’s shows, the crowd was completely behind the local fighters, booing the guests as they were introduced and giving standing ovations to the local boxers. Chicagoan Rudy Cisneros, one of the sixteen fighters on the new ESPN version of “The Contender,” was briefly introduced in the ring to an appreciative crowd. continue
By Frank Gonzalez Jr. - July 23rd, 2006 - Saturday night in Atlantic City, Arturo “Thunder” Gatti (40-7, 31 KO’s), took a beating in front of his hometown fans at the hands of WBC Welterweight Champion, Carlos Baldomir (42-9-6, 12 KO’s) of Argentina.
The fight was stopped late in the ninth round after Baldomir caught Gatti against the ropes and landed a barrage of punches, capped off by a left hook that put Gatti down. When Gatti got up, Baldomir pounced on him for the finish, landing another left hook that put Arturo down, forcing the stoppage.
It was clear from the opening moments of the fight that Gatti’s power couldn’t hurt Baldomir. Baldomir recognized that and forced Gatti into brawls that Gatti couldn’t win. continue
22.07.06 - By Izyaslav “Slava” Koza: At one time Arturo “Thunder” Gatti was the trump card, and the highlight reel that proved the pedigree of HBO championship boxing. Time and time again he overcame impossible odds to land a devastating pure prizefighter punch to make a Rocky like comeback. Tonight, against the Argentine fortress, named Carlos Baldomir, even though those hail mary shots landed, they had no effect on a fighter who was much more hungrier then the signature HBO legend. continue
22.07.06 - By Sean Ocampo: It was the amazing fight that we all expected but the most amazing warrior we have seen in recent years in boxing lost and possibly considering retirement. Carlos "Tata" Baldomir (43-9-6, 13 KOs) retained his WBC Welterweight Championship against two-time world champion Arturo "Thunder" Gatti (40-8, 31 KOs) via 9th round TKO. It was Baldomir's first defense of his World Title since winning it from former Undisputed Welterweight Champion Zab Judah. While for Gatti it was his 2nd defeat in his last 3 fights. continue
22.07.06 - By Travis Marks: Last night during the Lou Dibiella and Damon Dash promoted Broadway Boxing series at the Manhattan Center in New York City a shocking development occurred. Curtis Stevens who when teamed with super middleweight Jaidon Codrington form the duo known as the “chin checkers”, was stopped by grizzled veteran Marcos Primera. The end of the bout came at 1:24 of the eighth and very last round. Stevens was comfortably ahead on the scorecards at the time of the stoppage. continue
21.07.06- By James Slater: I was at the ringside tonight, to see London-based cruiserweight sensation David Haye defend his European title, in Manchester, England. Here is my report of the action.
Inside a sweltering Altrincham Leisure centre, WBC number one ranked Cruiserweight contender David Haye successfully defended his European Title with a unanimous twelve rounds points decision over Belgium’s Ismail Abdoul. The fight was extremely dull and disappointing though, it has to be said. David, never once living up to his explosive nickname of “Hayemaker”, boxed well within himself as he won every single round. While the durable Abdoul failed to offer much in the way of aggression, content instead to be picked off with left jabs on the way to a lopsided decision loss. The crowd wanted action, and when it refused to materialise some fans got up and left, mid-fight. The boos steadily cascaded down on the ring from the fourth round on. And , purely on value for money terms, the match was a huge letdown. There was simply nowhere near enough drama. continue
21.07.06- If being the tallest and heaviest heavyweight champion in history at 7 feet and 320 pounds, respectively, were not enough to bring attention to undefeated Nikolai Valuev, one need only imagine the looks of disbelief from boxing experts and novices alike when the Russian giant enters the ring not by the customary process of stepping through the ropes; he steps over them. These and many other anomalies are par for the course for this native of St. Petersburg, who has charted an unlikely course to become World Boxing Association champion. continue
LOS ANGELES, July 21 – It goes without saying that whenever boxing superstar Marco Antonio Barrera steps into the ring, it’s a big event for fight fans. But add a hungry challenger looking for redemption in a rematch to the mix, along with two more highly anticipated championship bouts, and you’ve got a night that will go down in history as one of the greatest fight cards in recent memory. continue
21.07.06 - Montreal junior-middleweight Ian MacKillop made the 30 hour trip toAustralia a memorable one as he knocked out local favourite Shannan Taylor who in his last fight extended undefeated world middleweight champion Arthur Abraham the full 12 rounds in a IBF Championship fight this past March in Germany. A left hook to the chin of Taylor in the 5th round did the damage as the Aussie was knocked down to the canvas for the first time in over five years. continue
21.07.06 - By Travis Marks: Sure there was the unanimous decision win against then WBC and WBA super welterweight champion and sure fire hall of famer Oscar De La Hoya on September 13, 2003. And yes there was the win against the precocious welterweight David Estrada followed up by another victory at welterweight against strong and sturdy Jose De La Cruz.
Even a TKO win against Fernando Vargas a shade over a minute into the tenth round in their first fight in February of this year didn’t show us what we saw last Saturday night. By knocking out Vargas at the 2:38 mark of the sixth round last night we saw the real “Sugar” Shane Mosley; a fighter who was last seen knocking out former welterweight contender Adrian Stone in three impressive rounds some five years ago. continue
21.07.06 - By Chris Morris: Tony Holden Promotions will look to bring some respectability back to the ESPN Friday Night Fights. Following the JewBoy Promotions debacle from Colorado Springs and then Lion Heart’s lack of a doctor which lead to yet another Cintron-Estrada replay being broadcast, the fight series and ESPN staple looked to be ‘taking a knee’. Holden and matchmaker Bobby Dobbs have put together a great line up of fights that should provide some very ‘fan friendly’ fights to buoy ESPN up before the end of the 10 count. The fights will be broadcast live from the Million Dollar Elm Casino in Tulsa, Oklahoma. continue
LAS VEGAS – Two warriors, one ring. Four fists, one great fight. Just 12 rounds, too close to call. So why not do it again. On Saturday, Sept. 16, live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nev., Marco Antonio Barrera and Rocky Juarez will pick up where they left off in May as they determine once and for all the best 130-pound fighter in the world. “BARRERA-JUAREZ II – TOO CLOSE TO CALL” headlines a hard-hitting night of boxing presented by Golden Boy Promotions in association with Main Events. HBO Pay-Per-View will televise the card beginning at 9 p.m. EST/6 p.m. PST. continue
21.07.06 - By Troy Ondrizek: First things first, I want to thank Zab Judah for this fight, for it was his vision, or lack thereof that created this opportunity. As most of you know Judah back in January was preparing for a mega-fight with Floyd Mayweather. All Judah needed to do was beat his handpicked opponent Carlos Baldomir, and an enormous payday was inevitable. Problem was, Judah underestimated the toughness of Baldomir and couldn’t adjust to the slightly awkward come at you style of the Argentinean journeymen. continue
21.07.06 - By MIKE DUNN: There is one thing that everyone would agree upon on the subject of former heavyweight champion Primo Carnera. That is, the powerfully built son of a stonecutter from Sequals, Italy, was not made for the prize ring.
Carnera was simply not built for the ring, physically or temperamentally. His great strength and huge, magnificently structured body were perfectly crafted for the sport of wrestling; in the boxing ring, those physical attributes actually worked against him. He was awkward in his movements and he had difficulty getting leverage on his punches. He was not difficult to hit.
His disposition was not right either. He wouldn’t look over a fallen opponent, as Sonny Liston did decades later, and say that the fallen foe “looked good.” Primo did not want to hurt anyone. He did not enjoy the savageness of the ring. Nor did he possess the killer instinct necessary to be a great champion. continue
21.07.06 - Many know Frank Maloney for his work in producing world champions of boxing, such as Lennox Lewis, or for his serious bids to become elected Mayor of London but the colorful British bon vivant has also attracted the attention of celebrities in his South London gym. In the past few years, Maloney has trained comedian/actor Ricky "The Office" Gervais, actor Sid "Eastenders" Owen and now rocker Ozzy Osbourne's son Jack Osbourne, all for their celebrity boxing appearances on the BBC to benefit charity. continue
HOLLYWOOD, FL, July 21 – A host of up and coming prospects and a former world junior welterweight champion will heat up the Seminole Hard Rock Live Arena in Hollywood, Florida on Friday, July 28, as they compete on the undercard of the highly anticipated IBF heavyweight championship elimination bout between Sultan Ibragimov and Ray Austin. continue
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. - (July 21, 2006) – Sycuan Ringside Promotions has expressed disappointment and concern that the New Jersey Athletic Control Board (NJACB) has selected an inexperienced referee to work the Carlos Baldomir-Arturo Gatti World Boxing Council (WBC) welterweight championship bout Saturday in Atlantic City, N.J. The NJACB has announced that Wayne Hedgepeth, who has worked only two 12- and four 10-round fights during the past eight-plus years, will be the referee. continue
20.07.06 - By Ted Sares: The middleweight showdown between Sugar Shane Mosley vs. Fernando Vargas II on July 22 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas affirmed that, like a perfect storm, everything is coming together......just the right things in the mix and with just the right timing. Team Mosley is now running on all cylinders. It will be hard for anyone to slow it down......and that perhaps includes Floyd Mayweather and Antonio Margarito. Let's break it down:
One, Sugar Shane dominated Fernando Vargas from the start and finished him off with one big and deadly left hook in the sixth preceded by a dazzling display of jabs and hand speed throughout the bout. Referee Kenny Bayless stepped in and stopped it 2:38 of the round. This outstanding piece of work was reminiscent of a prime Mosley. Arguably, some might pose the question: was Mosley that good or was Vargas that bad? The thinking here is that Mosley was that good. continue
20.07.06 - By Troy Ondrizek: There is no greater influence on a fighter’s career than a trainer. Sure there are some high-profile promoters that can get their fighters undeserved title shots and can leave a poorly managed fighter out in the cold, but not even these uber-magnates of business have the same impact as the grizzled boxing mind of someone like Kenny Weldon. It is these trainers that instill the technique and fundamentals that will transform an everyday athlete into a trained pugilistic warrior. Now there are some intangibles that trainers can’t teach like size and natural speed and power, but they can help mask your deficiencies if you aren’t as naturally gifted as some others. continue
LAS VEGAS (July 20, 2006) – Veteran trainer Henry Hill will work the corner of Stevie “Little But Bad” Johnston (38-3-1, 17 KOs) on July 29 against “Vicious” Vivian Harris in the 10-round main event on HBO’s Boxing After Dark at the Chumash Casino Resort in Santa Ynez, California. Hill replaced Buddy McGirt four months ago as Johnston’s head trainer. continue
20.07.06 - HBO Pay-Per-View announced today that the July 15 rematch between junior middleweights Shane Mosley and Fernando Vargas generated 350,000 buys and $17.5 million in revenue. The announcement was made by Mark Taffet, senior vice president, HBO Sports. The 350,000 buys consisted of 180,000 from cable homes and 170,000 from satellite homes. continue
20.07.06 - 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…
Fernando Vargas – what have we learned?
With his second loss to Shane Mosley this past Saturday in Las Vegas, many boxing experts are claiming that Fernando Vargas is a “shot” fighter and needs to retire. While I do indeed agree that Vargas needs to hang up his gloves, I argue that he isn’t quite as “shot” as people think. The fact of the matter is that “El Ferroz” looked bad against Mosley for a reason – because he was a good fighter, facing an elite fighter.
Although his professional career has been short (only 30 pro fights), there is a clear pattern throughout – Vargas has never faired well against elite competition. He has faced five world-class fighters: Winky Wright, Ike Quartey, Felix Trinidad, Oscar De La Hoya and Mosley (twice). continue
20.07.06 - On July 27, Salvatore Cherchi's OPI 2000 will promote one world championship and two European titles on the same night. The venue will be famed Velodromo Vigorelli in Milan. The event is labeled the "Night of 3 Crowns". In the main event, Silvio Branco (54-8-2) will fight Manny Siaca for the interim WBA light heavyweight crown. For the locals, the most fascinating battle will be between European light middleweight champion and former IBF welterweight champion Michele Piccirillo (45-3 and 1 NC) and young Luca Messi (30-6-1). continue
BOISE, Idaho (July 20, 2006) – Nashville heavyweight Frank Wood is now scheduled to face New Yorker Derrick "D-Train" Brown on July 29 th in "Hold Nothing Back!" -- 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 -- at the Qwest Arena in Boise, Idaho. continue
(July 20, 2006) – Spokane (WA) cruiserweight prospect Luke Munsen (19-5, 13 KOs) steps up in class July 29th when he fights former IBF light heavyweight champion William "KO King" Guthrie (33-3-2, 26 KOs) in a 12-round bout for the vacant IBF International cruiserweight title on the "Hold Nothing Back!" pay-per-view show at Qwest Arena in Boise, Idaho. continue
20.07.06 - By Ryan Songalia: Boxing is a sport with a system unlike any other. In boxing, one can win and still lose, and lose but still win. Arturo Gatti personifies this law. Over the last decade, Gatti has thrilled the fans with his heart and fists, and usually his blood as well. Victorious or not, he has retained his fans not by wins or losses, but by the way he fought. As a result, his marketability has afforded him certain priveleges that are reserved for those who can generate the big dollars. In the welterweight division, no one brings in the green like Arturo Gatti.
Gatti has outhustled more deserving challengers Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Antonio Margarito to a shot at the newly crowned World Welterweight champion Carlos Baldomir. They will square off in front of Gatti's partisan home crowd of Atlantic City, NJ. With a style matchup almost guaranteed to cause explosions, this fight promises to make for one of the most exciting encounters of the year.
Carlos Manuel Baldomir, 42-9-6 (12 KO), won the welterweight championship when he upset heavy favorite Zab Judah at the beginning of this year. The Argentina native has become a Cinderella story with his improbable success. After making Judah wobble like a weeble and outhustling the champ, Baldomir was awarded the unanimous decision victory and a lofty perch in the welterweight division. continue
HOLLYWOOD, FL, July 20 – For many European fighters, boxing is simply a sport, a competitive contest between two athletes, and nothing more. Unbeaten heavyweight contender Sultan Ibragimov doesn’t subscribe to that school of thought. For him, boxing is his life – it’s what has allowed him to rise from the streets of Russia and be one victory away from fighting for the sport’s most prestigious prize, the world heavyweight championship. continue
BOISE, Idaho (July 20, 2006) – Idaho icon Kenny "The Emmett Eliminator" Keene is on the verge of fighting in the most significant boxing event in Idaho history if he can defeat former 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
20th July 2006 - Undefeated, Manchester super featherweight sensation John Murray is relishing his impending British title aspirations against Ricky Burns and new champion, Carl Johanneson.After a six-month break, Murray recently re-acquainted himself to winning ways with a clinical win against Billy Smith. The win sets Murray up nicely for his British title final eliminator against Ricky Burns in October. continue
20.07.06 - Carlos Baldomir – I’m really happy to be back in the NY area because I won the belt here. I’ll never forget that . . . Everyone knows me and everyone knows Gatti, so I’ll leave all the conclusions to you guys . .. (Baldomir’s trainer is Amilcar Brusa, who was Carlos Monzon’s trainer)
McGirt (Gatti’s trainer) – Baldomir’s shirt says WBC welterweight champion, but as far as I’m concerned he’s the undisputed welterweight champion. He should never have been stripped . . . Gattti camp to camp early because he knows he’s in for a tough fight . . . We will win that title. It’s all up to Arturo . . .
Gatti – I’m prepared for this fight. I am taking Baldomir very seriously. He beat Zab Judah. Zab Judah is a much better fighter than I am, but he doesn’t have the heart that I have. Baldomir won the title in NY, but he’s going to lose it in NJ. A victory is guaranteed. Bet the house . . . I don’t watch opponents on tape because they can fight differently depending on the opponent. The only time I ever watched a tape was before I fought King Solomon—and I lost that fight. So I said I’m not doing that anymore . . . I have grown into a welterweight . continue
20.07.06 - By Per Ake Persson: Union Box Team of Donetsk, Ukraine, appears to have overcome the troubles they were hit by after the recent political changes in Ukraine and will stage a big show tomorrow (July 21) topped by three titlefights. Supermiddle prospect Stas Kashtanov takes on Majid Ben Driss for the vacant WBC Youth title, welter Vyacheslav Senchenko defends the IBF Int´l title against Frenchman Stephane Benito and IBF I/C lightweight champ Andrey Kudriavtsev square off against Ismael El Massoudi. continue
20.07.06 - Dominic Pesoli, President of 8 Count Productions, HOME OF THE BEST IN CHICAGO BOXING, has announced final details for the ARAGON SHOWDOWN this Friday night, July 21st headlined by the return of undefeated light heavyweight prospect Tavoris Cloud of Tallahassee, Florida. The ARAGON SHOWDOWN is another monthly installment of the finest in Chicago boxing presented by 8 Count Productions, Miller Lite and TCF bank. continue
20.07.06 - "A Ring of Their Own" brings a night of hot fight action to Lake Tahoe on August 31st. The main event will feature a title fight for the vacant WIBA Flyweight title between Elena "Baby Doll" Reid (17-3-5) from Las Vegas, and Mary " The Heat" Ortega, (28-2-1) of Kansas City, Missouri; in the co-main event, a rematch between tough super middleweights Erin Toughill, (7-2-1) from Huntington Beach, California and Laura "Lady Ram" Ramsey, (5-2) of Winterhaven, Florida. continue
20.07.06 - European Cruiserweight Champion David Haye is the most exciting fighter in Britain today and is on a mission to bring the glory days on the early to mid 1990's back to British boxing. Over the last three and a half years, Haye, 16-1 (16), has been slowly building his career after blazing a trail of glory through the amateur ranks amid great fanfare.
On this coming Friday, July 21, the London based slugger will look to pull off an explosive performance when he puts his European crown at risk against iron chinned Belgian Ismail Abdoul in the British capital of boxing, Manchester.
Haye's colorful promoter, Frank Maloney, is fully confident of his European Champion's abilities and looks forward to the larger opportunities which lie ahead. "As the new WBC #1 ranked cruiserweight to champion O'Neil Bell, David knows the boxing world will be watching the outcome of this crucial bout with great interest," said Maloney. continue
LAS VEGAS (July 19, 2006) – Two-time world heavyweight champion John “The Quietman” Ruiz (41-6-1, 28 KOs), currently rated No. 1 by the World Boxing Association, is upset that his former manager/trainer Norman “Stoney” Stone hasn’t returned valuable and sentimental memorabilia held in storage. Ruiz sent Stone a list requesting the return of his memorabilia that Stone has stored in Wilmington, Massachusetts. Items listed include robes, trunks, shoes, gloves, photographs, trophies and belts. continue
19.07.06 - By Tony Nobbs: Australian Shannan Taylor returns to action in his home city of Wollongong on Friday night when he faces Canada's Ian McKillop for the vacant IBO Intercontinental light middleweight title over twelve rounds at the WIN Enterainment Centre. Taylor, 34, last fought in the Steel City in 2000 when he stopped another Canadian, Nick Rupa in eight. continue
LAS VEGAS (July 19, 2006) - Two-time World Boxing Council lightweight champion and current International Boxing Organization World light welterweight champion, Stevie "Little But Bad" Johnston (38-3-1, 17 KOs), is set to take on "Vicious" Vivian Harris in the 10-round main event on HBO's Boxing After Dark, July 29 at the Chumash Casino Resort in Santa Ynez, California. continue
19.07.06 - by Stuart Cornwell: It has long been a tradition among boxing fans and afficionados to argue endlessly over the likely result of imaginary matches in which great fighters from different eras are pitted against each other. In years past, when boxing was at the height of its popularity, such debates would have taken place every week among working men leaned up against the bar at their local or seated in the barbershops of yore. Nowadays the great boxing debates have shifted to the internet where an international hard core of boxing buffs can argue and re-argue their cases on boxing forums, safe in the comfort of their homes. Of course, the same old unresolvable arguments remain unresolved.
Another popular debate, apart from but closely linked to those of the fantasy match-up variety (eg. Joe Louis v. Muhammad Ali, Sugar Ray Robinson v. Sugar Ray Leonard), is the question as to whether the fighters a past era as a group were superior or inferior to the fighters of today. In other words, did the environment of, say, the 1920s or the 1950s produce better fighters than those we have now or is the reverse true ?
Generally, those claiming superiority of the modern fighters cite developments in scientific training knowledge or draw inferences from the measured improvements in other sports. continue
SANTA YNEZ, CA (July 19, 2006) -- North American Boxing Federation super flyweight champion NONITO "THE FILIPINO FLASH" DONAIRE will make his first title defense, against Mexican fireball, WBC Fedecentro super flyweight champion Jovanny "Bambino" Soto, on the undercard of the Vivan Harris-Stevie Johnston/Joshua Clottey-Richard Gutierrez doubleheader. continue
19.07.06 - Matthew Macklin admits he's wondering if his British light middleweight title fight with Jamie Moore will ever happen. The Birmingham fighter is desperate to win a Lonsdale belt but fears that Moore may not give him his chance. The fight has been pencilled in for Manchester on September 29th but having already seen two dates fall through Macklin can only pray it will be third time lucky. continue
19.07.06 - The final details are almost complete between Edison 'Pantera' Miranda' and Arthur Abraham for their August 26th IBF middleweight title fight in Oldenburg, Germany. However, there is a bit of controversy over which gloves will be used. According to a source close with the Miranda camp, Abraham is refusing to use Reyes gloves for their scheduled showdown. Instead, Abraham is demanding that both fighters use Everlast gloves because he knows Reyes are puncher’s gloves and is afraid of Miranda’s power. continue
19.07.06 - By Adeyinka Makinde: It is supremely ironic that Lee Canegata, better known first to boxing audiences and later to movie and theatre connoisseurs as Canada Lee, strived all his life to become somebody only to become at the end of an extraordinary life little short of a nobody.This is the theme of Mona Z. Smith's biography 'Becoming Something,' the first comprehensive study of the life and the times of a neglected figure destroyed by the McCarthyite purges of the 1950s.
Lee was something of a renaissanceman, displaying talents first as a juvenile concert musician, and then as a horse racing jockey. Changing sport, he became a top contender for the national welterweight title, a quest which was put beyond him by way of a blinded eye. Finally, Lee reinvented himself as an actor, firstly as a thespian with the Federal Theatre Project's Negro Unit and then as a screen actor in Alfred Hitchcock's Lifeboat and later in the seminal boxing movie directed by Abraham Polonsky Body and Soul. But while his eventual vocation was obstensibly acting, it is his role as a left-wing activist suffused as it was with his uncompromising quest for racial justice, which Lee assumed as his life's calling.
Born in 1907, the son of an immigrant from the Virgin Islands, Lee grew up always on the verge of poverty but inured with a sense of wanting to achieve. continue
19.07.06 - By Per Ake Persson: Russian heavy prospect Dennis Boytsov headlines Spotlight Boxing´s show at the Sportschule Sachsenwald on the outskirts of Hamburg July 25. Boytsov takes on Brazilian Edson Cesar Antonio. Co-headlining is female fly Susianna Kentikian. The Pavel Melkomian vs Gregorz Drozd WBC Int´l titlefight at cruiser is cancelled due to an injury to Melkomian. continue
BOISE, Idaho (July 19, 2006) – Living legend Roy Jones, Jr. (49-4, 38 KOs) arrived by private jet last night in Boise where he’ll continue training for his July 29th title challenge against North American Boxing Organization light heavyweight champion Prince Badi “The Boxing Prince” Ajamu (25-2-1, 14 KOs), at the Qwest Arena in Boise, Idaho. continue
New York, July 19—The ring action will be as hot as the New York temperatures these days – sizzling – when DiBella Entertainment’s undefeated Dmitriy “Star of David” Salita returns to the ring in the main event against James Wayka on Thursday night, July 20th in the Grand Ballroom at Manhattan Center in New York City on the next edition of Broadway Boxing. continue
19.07.06 - By James Slater: Marvellous Marvin Hagler was making the twelfth defence of his middleweight championship of the world. With eleven successful Defences under his belt he was chasing Carlos Monzon’s world record. Monzon had notched up Fourteen defences and Hagler wanted to make history by going one better than the Argentinean legend. Going into his fight with the undefeated puncher John Mugabi - “The Beast” as he was known among the boxing crowd - Hagler was four title fight wins away from his goal. He would have his hands full with the murderous punching Mugabi though.
However, in the champion’s favour was the fact that Mugabi had won all twenty six of his fights as a light middleweight. It was not known how he would fare going up six pounds in weight. All his wins at 154 pounds had come by KO, so it was clear he had genuine punching power. The question was, would it travel up with him to the new division? continue
19.07.06 - By Rizwaan Zahid: Last Saturday, boxing fans witnessed an upset to most, when heavily favoured Felix Sturm, was knocked out in the 10th round by 38-year-old Spaniard, Javier Castillejo. Despite having a comfortable lead heading to the tenth of a scheduled twelve, Sturm came out a little more aggressive than expected, especially since he was knocked down in the second round. continue
19.07.06 - By Jeff Bastasini: Based on the latest reports from the BBC, Joe Calzaghe is reportedly being offered £1.5m to move up in weight and fight Clinton Woods, the IBF light heavyweight champion. Before the fight can come off, however, Woods would first have to defeat Glen Johnson, who he's fighting on September 2nd. At this point, considering that Woods has previously fought to a draw with Glen Johnson in November 2003, and then losing a 12-round decision to him in February 2004, the chances for a bout with Calzaghe would seem remote, at best. continue
19.07.06 - Junior middleweight Jose “El Macho” Medina, of Philadelphia, will box Clarence “Sonny Bono” Taylor, of Wilmington, DE, in the eight-round semifinal Wednesday evening, Aug. 2, at the New Alhambra, Swanson & Ritner Streets, next to Forman Mills, in South Philadelphia. ESPN 2 will televise the card, headlined by the USBA featherweight title fight featuring champion Rogers Mtagwa, of South Philadelphia, and challenger Alvin Brown, of Kansas City, MO. First fight at 7.30 pm; ESPN 2 goes live at 9 pm. continue
19.07.06 - By Karen Belford: Hello East Side People. In the aftermath of Fernando Vargas' 6th round knockout loss to Shane Mosley (43-4, 37 KOs, 1 NC) on Saturday night at the MGM Grand, in Las Vegas, there's been quite amount of bleating in the media about how old and slow Vargas looked, saying, in effect, that he needs to retire for "he just doesn't have it anymore." Thankfully, Vargas (26-4-22 KO's) isn't listening to this nonsense, because he's not even close to being finished as fighter, as I'm concerned. True, he lost the fight and didn't appear to be at his best, yet what people are ignoring is that Vargas had to take off over 20 lbs to make weight before the fight, which left him totally drained and weak by the time of the fight. Only loser's quit, and Vargas is far from being a loser.
Right of the bat, I noticed how emaciated Vargas looked as he entered the ring for the fight, it was so dramatic. Of the 20+ lbs that Vargas was forced to strip off to make the 154 lb weight limit, much of it was muscle weight, unfortunately, for him. continue
18.07.06 - Las Vegas, NV – The stakes couldn’t be higher when UFC® light heavyweight champion Chuck “The Iceman” Liddell takes to the Octagon™ to defend his crown against Brazil’s Renato “Babalu” Sobral as the main event for the Ultimate Fighting Championship® organization’s UFC 62: LIDDELL vs. SOBRAL live from the Mandalay Bay Events Center Saturday, August 26, 2006. read full story
18.07.06 - By Jim Amato: He lost fifteen of forty professional fights but his record reads like a 'Who's Who' of the middleweight and super middleweight divisions at that time. Make no mistake about it, Cleveland's Sanderline Williams was a world class boxer.
Williams turned pro in 1982 and won fourteen of his first fifteen fights. He then suffered consecutive losses to Dwight Walker, Lindell Holmes and Herol Graham. Sanderline got back on the winning track with eight straight victories including a big win over dangerous Dwight Davison. continue
18.07.06 - By Ted Sares: More often than not, a decent under card doesn't get its due but that may not be the case on July 29 in Boise, Idaho when King Arthur Williams, 42 (KO's)-14-1, fights "The Emmett Eliminator," Kenny Keene, 51 (KO's)-3. in a 10-round Special Cruiserweight Attraction. The "King," not to be confused with "The Prince" ( Badi of Camden, NJ who is in the main event), has fought top level opponents over the years with names like Imamu Mayfield, Vassiliy Jirov, O'Neil Bell, Steve Little, Dwight Muhammad Qawi and Orlin Norris on his resume, but his best could be behind him. continue
18.07.06 - By Nick Porter: It seems like glory always comes with a bullseye. Standing at about 5’10” and weighing well below the modern Cruiserweight limit, Rocky Marciano’s reign as champion would likely otherwise be forgotten if not for one detail: he is the only heavyweight champion in history to retire undefeated, with no losses and no draws on his 49-0 record. While this and several other factors have vaulted him into legendary status, they have also created a counter movement seeking to invalidate the accomplishments of this Italian from Brockton, some of which have even appeared on this very publication. Therefore, I will set out to nullify the arguments put forth by Marciano critics, and also try and pin down just what it is about the man that makes him so popular after all of these years.
The main knock against Marciano’s legend is that his opponents were all either vastly over the hill or otherwise vastly untalented, and as such his record is impressive only on paper. This is not necessarily untrue; many of Marciano’s opponents were in fact past their prime, and the others were taken out rather handily by the Brockton Blockbuster. However, the “Who did he fight?” criticism is far too subjective and as such invalid, as it is used to criticize any fighter. continue
Los Angeles, CA - Thompson Boxing Promotions proudly announces what will be its third show in only 28 days. This time the Los Angeles Athletic Club will host its annual “Fight Night” extravaganza with four stellar bouts. The main event will feature two heavy handed punchers in a welterweight clash. Antonio Soriano, from Mexico City, (12-5-1, 9 KOs) will face Juan Pablo Montes de Oca, from Las Vegas, (7-9-2, 4 KOs), in a six-round main event. continue
18.07.06 - It’s a special edition of WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING when HBO Sports presents the exclusive replay of the junior middleweight showdown SHANE MOSLEY VS. FERNANDO VARGAS II this SATURDAY, JULY 22 at 10:00 p.m. (ET)/ 7:00 p.m. (PT) on HBO. The HBO Sports team, which was ringside for the live event at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, will call all the action. continue
18.07.06 - Undefeated middleweight contender Giovanni Lorenzo returns to the ring in a 10 round bout against Canadian Bryon Mackie in a 10 round middleweight bout on the Carlos Baldomir-Arturo Gatti July 22 undercard, it was announced today by MAIN EVENTS CEO Kathy Duva. Lorenzo, who is ranked in the top-15 by the WBC and the IBF at jr. middleweight, will be boxing for the first time since dismantling Archak Ter-Meliksetian in seven rounds on March 10, 2006 (TKO 7). continue
18.07.06 - By Neil Goodman: Old father time keeps rollin’ on; but Bernard Hopkins seems to be impervious to the effects of the years passing by. I remember being a young and fresh faced boxing fan, as I read about the man who had turned his life around and was heading for a championship bout in the Middleweight division. The descriptions of the Executioners performances, both on the way to, and within the ring captured my imagination.
Of course Hopkins developed his style over the years; he steadily shifted from aggression to an altogether more cerebral means of beating his foes. His road to the top was a long one; it is hard to believe now that it was not until his third attempt at seizing a world title that he felt the belt around his waist. Once Hopkins disposed of Segundo Mercado at the second time of asking Hopkins was to hang onto to his IBF title belt like a drowning man hanging onto his last breath! continue
LAKE TAHOE, NV (July 18, 2006) -- North America Boxing Organization middleweight champion and international star JOEY GILBERT will fight in a feature bout on “Double Trouble in Tahoe!” – the August 5 world championship doubleheader promoted by Gary Shaw Productions (garyshawproductions.com) at the outdoor pavilion of MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa in Lake Tahoe, NV. Headlined by the IBF/IBO bantamweight title rematch between Rafael Marquez and Silence Mabuza and the Juan Manuel Marquez – Terdsak Jandarng WBO interim featherweight title rumble, SHOWTIME Championship Boxing will televise both world title fights live at 9 p.m. ET (9 p.m. PT, delayed on the west coast.) . continue
CHICAGO - Dominic Pesoli, President of 8 Count Productions announced today that undefeated Chicagoland fan favorite Donovan George, will battle Joe Varela in a special attraction six round super middleweight bout this Friday night, July 21st at the ARAGON SHOWDOWN. The 21 year old prospect George, 8-0-1 (6KO’s), returned to Chicagoland with a stunning second round knockout of Robert Smallwood on the 8 Count Productions’ DESTINY card on June 16th at Cicero Stadium. His previous two fights were wins over Julio Cesar Lanzas and Allen Medina at the Orleans Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. continue
17.07.06 - Los Angeles – Today Chris Lighty, CEO of Winky Promotions extended a formal offer to Top Rank Chairman Bob Arum for $1.5 million to provide the services of Antonio Margarito. Said Winky Wright: “I am ready, willing and able to give Antonio Margarito a chance for a mega fight where he can prove to the world what he is all about. My promotional company Winky Promotions together with Golden Boy Promotions are ready to put together a spectacular promotion”. continue
17.07.06 - By Fritz Drexel: On Saturday night, in his first title defense, WBA Middleweight champion Felix Sturm was shockingly stopped by Javier Castillejo, 38, in the 10th round at the Color Line Arena, Hamburg, Germany. Going into the fight, it would appear that Castillejo (61-6, 41 KO's) had little chance for an upset against Felix Sturm (25-2, 11 KO's), who at 27-years-old, was considered in the top three of the world's best middleweights by many people. However, other than a fight against Oscar De La Hoya, who appeared to be badly out of shape at the time of their fight, Sturm had not previously fought against a fighter as experienced and skilled as Castillejo.
Still, if I was pressed to give an excuse for Sturm's knockout loss, I'd point to the fact that he seemed to try too hard to look good, possibly hoping to erase his poor performance in his last fight against Maselino Masoe, when Sturm fought defensively much to the disappointment of the German crowd. This time, however, Sturm fought essentially the same fight, rarely engaging except for brief flurries. Even then, Sturm seemed very cautious of Castillejo, despite the Spaniard's average punching power. continue
NEW YORK (July 17, 2006) – There have been several successful and famous brother tandems in boxing over the years, including Leon and Michael Spinks, Vitali and Wladimir Klitschko, Gabriel and Rafael Ruelas, Jerry and Mike Quarry, Gaby and Orlando Canizales, and Terry and Orlin Norris. For all of their achievements, few had anything on Mexico City’s Juan Manuel and Rafael Marquez, the most successful brothers in boxing today. No other current brother duo is close. continue
17.07.06 - DALLAS, TEXAS--- Ticket sales are very brisk for the upcoming Evander Holyfield vs Jeremy Bates fight, scheduled for Friday, August 18 at Dallas' American Airlines Center, according to officials of Real Deal Events and the American Airlines Center. Lester Bedford, the spokesman for Real Deal Events, said over 3,000 tickets have been sold to the general public and an additional 2,400 are out to suite holders, for a total of over 5,400 tickets distributed. That is a number far beyond his expectations with over a month to go before the event. continue
SANTA YNEZ, CA (July 17, 2006) -- Former two-time WBC lightweight champion STEVIE JOHNSTON will go mano-a-mano with former WBA super lightweight champion VIVIAN HARRIS in the main event of a spectacular card which will also feature top-rated welterweight contender Joshua Clottey risking his world ranking in accepting the challenge by undefeated contender Richard Gutierrez in a 12-round welterweight battle Promoted by Gary Shaw Productions, LLC (garyshawproductions.com), both fights will be televised live Saturday, July 29, on HBO's "Boxing After Dark," from the Chumash Casino Resort in Santa Ynez, CA. continue
17.07.06 - Promoter Frank Warren is delighted to announce that the IBF World Light-Heavyweight title showdown between Clinton Woods and Glencoffe Johnson will take place on his next super-show at the Bolton Arena on Saturday 2nd September. Warren, together with Johnson’s promoter Warriors Boxing teamed up to win the right to stage the fight after submitting a purse bid last month to scupper the surprisingly low bid put in by Woods’ own Promoter, Dennis Hobson.
The show billed as, “FOR A FEW DOLLARS MORE!”, will see Woods-Johnson ‘3’ co-feature alongside classy Frenchman, Souleymane M’Baye’s challenge for the vacant WBA Light-Welterweight Championship against Argentine, Raul Balbi – just a few miles up the road from where Ricky Hatton, the former title holder who chose to vacate the WBA crown rather than face his mandatory challenger, resides. The third Championship on the show will see a potentially explosive clash between Takaloo and Michael Jennings for the WBU World Welterweight Championship.
In addition to three world titles, the evening’s special attraction sees Bolton favourite Amir Khan return to the scene of his professional Debut at the Bolton Arena over a year ago. continue
(Tucson, Arizona) --- Tucson’s boxing great Nito “El Gallito” Bravo is hitting the national stage on July 18th and taking his boxing career to a new level with his first appearance on ESPN’s The Contender 2 series. Fans and friends will gather with Bravo for the premier of the show to watch and support the local fighter as he begins his journey before a national prime time audience to become the next Contender champion. It all takes place at the Knights of Columbus Hall located at 601 S. Tucson Boulevard at 7:00 P.M. This is a public event but seating is limited. continue
17.07.06 - By James Slater: Although he is best known today as a fighter who was one of boxing’s most prominent trial horses/journeymen, there was a time when James Tillis was a highly tipped prospect. He was a mobile and fast heavyweight boxer who, with Angelo Dundee training him, was given an excellent chance of winning at least a portion of the heavyweight championship. His chance came against Mike Weaver - for the WBA version of the title. Going into the fight, Tillis was an unbeaten fighter with a 20-0 record. Weaver - nicknamed Hercules because of his fantastic physique - had a less impressive record. With nine losses to his name, Mike suffered in terms of respect from the general boxing public. His stats were misleading, however. continue
17.07.06 - By Ted Sares: It was July 29, 1997 at the Theater in Madison Square Gardens and my friends and I had great seats. It was time to see what this so called "contender" had......and because I had done my homework, I had serious doubts that he had anything. Right out of the professional gate, he had won 18 in a row, 11 coming by way of first round KO. Only one of his fights went the distance and that was a 4 rounder against the immortal Edgar Turpin (0-6). In all he had fought 29 rounds in 18 fights or 1.6 rounds per fight. "He" was Richie Melito and he was nicknamed "The Bull." He was from Flushing but unlike another fighter from that part of the city, I sensed he was more flash in the pan than flash. continue
17.07.06 - By Wray Edwards: About two years ago while visiting Joel Casamayor at Buddy McGirt's Elite training facility in Vero Beach, ESB changed the subject from El Cepillo's pending fight with Daniel Seda to a question about the future of Fernando Vargas. Buddy answered that he was spending time with his family and had no immediate boxing plans. Vargas was already known to have back problems and his future was in doubt.
Soon though, Vargas revived his career as he matched with Raymond Joval (03/26/05) and 38 year old Javier Castillejo (08/20/05). These contests seemed to indicate that Fernando was ready for bigger and better things, which brought him into the clutches of Shane Mosley for their first contest on 07/15/06. Vargas held his own through much of that fight until Mosley's relentless rights turned Fernando's left eye into a party balloon which convinced Joe Cortez to stop the fight in the tenth.
The fight was close and Vargas was catching Shane pretty good throughout. It was close enough for those involved to consider a rematch. continue
17.07.06 - Prize Fight Boxing is proud to announce that Lightweight Anthony Peterson 18-0 (14 KO’s) has just entered the World Boxing Organization’s (WBO) top ten rankings. At the present time, Anthony’s current rating is number 7 by the WBO. This achievement is remarkable as Anthony just turned 21 on March 16th of this year. During his 22 month professional career, Anthony has fought on ESPN twice as well being the co-feature to his older brother Lamont on SHOBOX this past April. continue
17.07.06 - By Per Ake Persson: Former WBA middle champ Felix Sturm didn´t suffer a broken jaw in his loss to Javier Castillejo but did suffer a broken nose, writes Universum in a press release. Trainer Michael Timm says the injury was caused by a headbutt already in the first round. Universum promotes in Magdeburg September 9 with what at least for now is an all ladies´ show topped by WIBF champs like Regina Halmich, flyweight, Ina Menzer, featherweight and Natascha Ragosina, supermiddle, and GBU jr bantam queen Alesia Graf. continue
17.07.06 - By Izyaslav “Slava” Koza: A few days ago, we learned that Mike Arnaoutis has pulled out of his July 29th bout with Vivian Harris, saying that he had sustained an eye injury. In the past, despite numerous protests by us the fans, both Showtime and HBO have rarely used other supporting bouts, no matter how good or bad, as substitutes for TV fights. Both channels have yet to learn, that no matter how bad the boxing, or how good the commentary, one is simply no generic replacement for the other. Enter, as always, Emanuel Augustus, and, as always, willing to step in on short notice to not only save the show, but give the fans an opportunity to get their money’s worth. continue
16.07.06 – By Karl E. H. Seigfried: Before the action in Las Vegas tonight, HBO commentator Jim Lampley called the rematch between Shane Mosley and Fernando Vargas a “crossroads fight,” just as he had called the original match-up back on February 25th of this year. This begged the question of just how many times a pair of fighters can collect prizefight money battering each other at the crossroads before they’re finally forced to move on down the road. Tonight, both fighters finally put foot to pavement, moving in very different directions.
“Sugar” Shane Mosley, 42-4 (36) going into the fight, came out somewhat cautiously at the opening bell, as did Fernando “El Feroz” Vargas. Mosley quickly went to work, catching Vargas with a light left hand and then body-shots with both the right and left. After insistently complaining to referee Kenny Bayless for a very low blow by Vargas, Mosley landed a clean overhand right to Mosley’s left eye—the eye that had swollen to such grotesque proportions in the first fight, causing the TKO stoppage that Vargas still insists was caused by repeated head-butting, not by the repeated right hands that Mosley, commentators Emanuel Steward & Larry Merchant, referee Joe Cortez, and most of the world thinks caused it. continue
16.07.06 - By Vanessa McConnell -- photo gallery by CJ Cansler -- The last time “Sugar” Shane Mosley and the “Ferocious” Fernando Vargas met, it took 10 rounds for Mosley to stop Vargas. The shiner left over Vargas' left eye in the first bout was proof that Mosley was determined to put Vargas out of the game for good. On Saturday night, Mosley only needed 6 rounds to prove his point, only this time, Vargas landed on his back. Both fighters gave a slow fight, but the minute Mosley saw a chance to lay a left hook on Vargas, he took it. continue
16.07.06 – By Karl E. H. Seigfried: Colorful fighters and variety of victories were featured tonight at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on the undercard of Mosley-Vargas 2. In a match-up of southpaws, WBO Junior Featherweight World Champion Daniel Ponce De Leon, now 29-1 (27), made a successful defense of his title against challenger Sod Looknongyantoy with an impressive first-round knockout. De Leon, sporting a long, braided ponytail in honor of the tradition followed by the Mexican Indian tribe his family belongs to, immediately leapt into the fight with very heavy (but looping) punches as his Thai challenger tried to keep him off with straight, narrow blows. continue
16.07.06 - By Geoffrey Ciani: In the aftermath of their first encounter five months ago, some questions remained concerning who was the better fighter: Sugar Shane Mosley or Fernando Vargas. Last night’s rematch put an end to such questions. Sugar Shane proved beyond any shadow of a doubt that he is a cut above Fernando Vargas. Indeed, the boxing world has been put on notice: Sugar Shane Mosley is back! continue
15.07.06 - By Michael Klimes - The Issue: For better or for worse, Mike Tyson has been the most influential presence on his sport since the lofty days of Muhammad Ali and Sugar Ray Leonard. In fact, influence may be a weak word when we are discussing Tyson because his influence was such that we might say he impacted. He has been such a colossal figure that boxing has not been the same since he thankfully left it last year and finally retired. The area where Tyson had the most impact and some say did the most damage concerns the outer perception of the sport he forged, not only among the die-hard fans which have boxing as part of their everyday lives, but also among the more peripheral onlookers and finally the people who couldn’t care about it at all.
I would also bet that many people still think Mike Tyson is the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world. It is hard to think but I was born twenty years ago and when Tyson was at his formidable peak was twenty years ago as well. Memories of friends, places and events, which make up a vital part of our identities, make time seem deceptive. continue
BOISE, Idaho (July 15, 2006) - When living legend Roy Jones, Jr. steps into the ring July 29th after a 10-month absence, Idaho fight fans will have their first opportunity to watch a bonafide Hall of Fame candidate fighting live in Boise for the first time in more than 66 years, since former lightweight champion Jimmy Carter lost a 10-round decision to Jimmy Grow. continue
15.07.06 - From WBC President Jose Sulaiman: On behalf of the World Boxing Council, I give absolute support and commendment to the Nevada State Athletic Commission for the implementation of a rule to allow isotonic liquids for boxers during the resting periods. continue
07.15.06 – By Tim Foley: With an air of uncertainty surrounding the two fighters who engaged in an acceptable main event, one thing became clear this evening. Juan Diaz is the becoming the most consistent and exciting fighter in the sport.
I’ve long been a fan of Juan’s as I have had the privilege of watching his development here in Houston since his debut. His evolution as a fighter and a man has come full circle since his embarrassing razor thin decision against Eleazar Contreras three years ago. He was a boy who literally was crying from disappointment on national television. Now, he is a man who is on the verge of becoming the best lightweight in the world. continue
15.07.06 - By Ade Makinde: Frankie DePaula, New Jersey boxer, died thirty-five years ago from complications arising from the wounds inflicted on him four months after an assassination attempt in a Jersey City alley way. His death, in many ways, was arguably the inevitable culmination of his frequently wayward lifestyle; a lifestyle that accommodated an active association with known criminals. It is often said that the raison detre of boxing is to serve as a route out of the 'ghetto' and in a sense aid in removing oneself from the vices of the deprived environment from which they hail. In Frankie's case, boxing seemed only to further boost his leaning to criminality. When Frankie fought Dick Tiger in October 1968, he floored the former world's middle and light heavyweight champion with his vaunted right hand on two occasions. But Tiger dragged himself up and returned the favour; forcing Frankie to lift himself off the rosin covered canvas at Madison Square Garden twice. Frankie lost that bout and seemingly his chance of elevating himself to a title shot. Fate would intervene -for the better it seemed- because Harry Markson, the Garden's director of boxing and his matchmaker, Teddy Brenner appreciated his all out action style and not least the money which another visit from DePaula's supporters promised to bring. Yet the world light heavyweight championship bout delivered to Frankie would bring about not redemption but instead may have in fact sealed Frankie's fate. continue
By Per Ake Persson: July 15, Berlin, Germany: Spanish veteran Javier Castillejo scored a come from behind victory over WBA middle champ Felix Sturm and won the title with a tenth round stoppage. Sturm was badly hurt and floored in the second but survived and outboxed the slower Spaniard in rounds three to nine. Behind by six points on one card and four on two going into the tenth, Castillejo caught Sturm against the ropes and hurt him with a short left. Sturm moved away from the ropes but was soon trapped again and was stunned by a left hook to the head. continue
15.07.06 - The undefeated heavy-handed heavyweight sensation, David “Nino” Rodriguez 22-0 (21 KO’s) scored his twentieth first round knock out when he pummeled late sub Dan Whetzel 7-8-1 (4 KO’s) at the 2:00 minute mark of the first round last night at the Fifth Third Ball Park at Comstock Park in Grand Rapids, MI. continue
15.07.06 - The business of boxing has changed a lot. It has been banned from schools and there aren't many young people taking it up these days. And what's more concerning, the young people that are doing it, I believe, are not getting coached properly. Anyone can fight but young people have to learn the skill of boxing. Some people are naturally gifted but that talent has to be brought along as well; it can only happen if they are shown the correct fundamentals. continue
15.07.06 - By Tom Herns: In all of boxing history, the middleweight division has always been remarkably prosperous with talent. Legends such as Harry Greb, Mickey Walker, and Tiger Flowers have blessed it with their presence in the past, and that’s merely discussing the twenties alone! Decade after decade, the division has maintained a strong standing in the sport we love, a quick glance over each era will show you that. The forties, for example, were simply electric, phenomenal fighters like “Sugar” Ray Robinson, Archie Moore, and Marcel Cerdan were all but a few of the big names at the time. The fifties were hardly a feeble era for the 160 lb. division either, fighters such as Gene Fullmer, Carmen Basilio, and Joey Giardello assured us of that. And with greats like Emile Griffith, Nino Benvenuti, and Dick Tiger ruling over the sixties, it was another decade just teeming with brilliance.
But how about the seventies? Look at the fighters who composed the middleweight scene at the time and you’ll see that this was also an exceptionally gifted period, inhabited by outstanding boxers such as “King” Carlos Monzon and “Marvelous” Marvin Hagler. It was also, undoubtedly, the “Golden Era” for Philadelphian middleweights.
Bobby "Boogaloo" Watts, Eugene "Cyclone" Hart, Stanley "Kitten" Hayward, Willie "The Worm" Monroe, and perhaps the most intimidating of the lot, "Bad" Bennie Briscoe, made up the colorful gang of Philly toughs at the time. continue
15.07.06 - By Per Ake Persson: IBF middle champ Arthur Abraham, 21-0, takes on mandatory challenger Edison Miranda, 26-0, August 26 in Oldenburg, Germany, with Sauerland Event promoting.
Results from Potsdam, Germany: Heavyweight Edgar Kalnars stopped Slovakian Ladislav Slezak in two rounds of a scheduled six-rounder that headlined Elite Boxing´s fourth Friday Night Fights at the Blue Box. Kalnars floored Slezak twice in the second and needs to step up in class in order to progress. continue
15.07.06 - By Wray Edwards: The mentors of most sports on this planet have learned that Draws are bad for business and sometimes cause riots. One of the reasons that Soccer (European “football”) is so frustrating is that it goes against the grain of common sense and sporting excitement to watch twenty guys run around for hours pretending they have no arms (goalies and pass-ins excepted). And it’s no wonder that the fans riot after being exasperated by nil-nil matches. They’re just looking for a bit ‘o closure…a final outcome, a winner and a loser. Tennis has tie-breakers, football has overtime, baseball has extra innings and so on. continue
14.07.06: Former two-time world title challenger Evans “The African Warrior” Ashira (24-2m 13 KOs) is a free agent after recently getting released from his contract with Don King Productions. Ashira felt it was time to move on, try his luck elsewhere, since he was not happy with the activity he was offered at DKP. The following is a small interview with Ashira, speaking about his past, present and future: continue
14.07.06 - By Izyaslav “Slava” Koza and Gennadi “Komar” Komarnitzki: -Did you see that? Wow! I can’t believe what this American is doing! He was the guy they robbed in Seoul, remember?
-Yeah, I know. Everybody knows that!
-Unreal! He’s unbelievable!
The two young boxing fans were watching a live fight feed from the U.S. during the early hours of the morning. The object of their praise was of course one of the virtuoso masters of the ring in recent times- Roy Jones Jr.
Both guys were so captivated by the proceedings on TV, that it seemed as if, they were in a ring all by themselves. In point of fact they were so captivated that they hardly noticed a gray-haired patron sitting at a nearby table watching the same bout. It was obvious that he had also come to watch the fight, but even more evident was the stoic and apparent boredom on his face. continue
14.07.06 - By Jim Amato: On July 27th Youngstown, Ohio's undefeated middleweight contender Kelly Pavlik may be strongly tested. He's 27-0 with 24 knockouts but he has yet to meet a "world class" opponent. Enter Bronco McKart.
McKart is a 6' southpaw with 54 fights under his belt. Pavlik's trademark is power but McKart has never been knocked out in his pro career. Bronco has also won 31 contests by knockout. This should be no walk in the park for Kelly. continue
Australia , July 14 – Team Soliman Press Release - Apparently unlike boxing promoter Lou DiBella and his world middleweight champion, Jermain Taylor, Australian Sam “King” Soliman is not one for clowning around. Responding to a recent article on SI.com whereby DiBella announced that he is negotiating a fight between Taylor (25-0-1, 17 KOs) and the light-hitting recent winner of “The Contender” television boxing reality series, Sergio Mora (18-0, 4 KOs), Soliman is taking DiBella to task for trying to put his champion in with a prelim fighter. “DiBella’s going backwards with Taylor rather than forward. continue
14.07.06 - By TJ Swanagan: Felix Sturm, 27, the WBA Middleweight champion, will defend his title against Javier Castillejo (60-6, 40 KO's) on Saturday night at the Color Line Arena, in Hamburg, Germany. Sturm 25-1, 11 KO's) is coming off a poor performance against Maselino Masoe, where, despite Sturm getting the win by 12-round decision, he looked timid in the later rounds of the right, running from Masoe rather than engaging with his overmatched opponent. It wasn't pretty, seeing as how Sturm had boxed circles around Masoe all fight long, yet even with his total dominance, Sturm seemed reluctant to mix it up. continue
14.07.06 - By James Slater: Big Frank Bruno had the advantage of fighting his first ever world title fight at home. His bout with Philadelphia’s “Terrible” Tim Witherspoon was held at Wembley stadium in London, England. Britain desperately wanted a heavyweight champion and Bruno, who the public had very much taken to, what with his seemingly ego-free and down to earth personality, was given a great shot to do the honours in his fight with Witherspoon. Tim was a fine fighter, to be sure, but at the weigh-in for the fight he sported a physique that wasn’t what one could in any way call chiselled. More so than he had done in the past, Tim looked somewhat flabby. While in comparison, Frank’s body was absolutely rock solid - as usual. One thing for which he could always be relied upon was training hard in the gym. Bruno never failed to enter a fight in tip top shape. Could the muscle man defeat the more experienced, yet possibly out of shape WBA champion?
On July the 19th, 1986 a packed out crowd at Wembley sat with their fingers crossed and hoped so. Britain had not had a heavyweight ruler for almost a hundred years and as such, the pressure on Frank was massive. He simply had to win. The overwhelming feeling was, how could such an ill trained man beat Britain’s biggest sporting hero? continue
14.07.06 - by Sean Ocampo: Underneath the big pay-per-view fight between Shane Mosley and Fernando Vargas features an explosive fight between WBA Lightweight Champion Juan "Baby Bull" Diaz (29-0 14KOs) and Randy "Komong Bato" Suico. Both fighters have the tendency to make this fight another fight of the year candidate, considering their styles which are relentless and powerful. What are we expecting from both fighters leading up to this fight? I'll give you guys a preview. continue
13.07.06 - By Eddie Velez: On Saturday night, July 15, at the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, in Las Vegas, Nevada, Fernando Vargas (26-3, 22 KO's) will be seeking revenge when he takes on "Sugar" Shane Mosley (42-4, 36 KO's) in a fight that's likely to be action packed from start to finish. For all his early susccess, Vargas will be fighting for his boxing legacy, as he's suffered three knockout losses in the past six years that has detracted from the early portion of his career. continue
13.07.06 - By MIKE DUNN: The victory of the “savage” of Senegal, Battling Siki, over beloved Frenchman Georges Carpentier in September of 1922 was bizarre, controversial and significant all at the same time.
It was significant because the woolly-haired, dark-skinned Siki earned the light-heavyweight championship of the world with his convincing six-round KO before a packed crowd of 50,000 throaty onlookers at the recently constructed Velodrome Buffalo south of Paris. It was significant because Siki, whose birth name was Baye Phal, became the first native African to claim a boxing crown. And it was significant because it marked a downturn in the ring fortunes of the wildly popular Carpentier. continue
BOISE, Idaho (July 13, 2006) - Four-time world champion Virgil "Quicksilver" Hill will join veteran, award-winning broadcasters Barry Tompkins and Al Bernstein at ringside July 29th for the "Hold Nothing Back!" pay-per-view show, headlined by the return of Hall of Fame bound Roy Jones, Jr. challenging North American Boxing Organization light heavyweight champion Prince Badi "The Boxing Prince" Ajamu, at the Qwest Arena in Boise, Idaho. continue
13.07.06 - By Pat Lanier: British heavyweight Danny Williams, 32, will get an opportunity to fight British heavyweight champion, Scott Gammer (16-0, 9 KOP's), after the British Boxing Board of Control reportedly directed Gammer to defend against Williams (36-5, 29 KO's). Gammer, 29, recently defeated Mark Krence, stopping him in the 9th round on June 16th, to win the vacant heavyweight title. Gammer, a fighter from Wales, has good power and excellent boxing skills, with an active work rate. continue
New York, July 13 – Due to ongoing negotiations for a heavyweight title fight, Gotham Boxing has announced that Shannon Briggs will not compete on the July 26th card at the Manhattan Center. Instead, promoter Cedric Kushner has signed up a pair of title fights. In the first championship fight, Cuban star Eliseo Castillo (20-1-1, 15 KO’s) steps into the ring against Emanuel Steward’s unbeaten prospect Johnathon Banks (11-0, 8KO’s) of Detroit, Michigan in a bout for the NABO Cruiserweight Championship. In addition to the Castillo-Banks bout, amateur standout “Mean” Joe Greene (10-0, 7KO’s) of Brooklyn, NY will fight for the vacant WBC Youth Middleweight championship. continue
13.07.06 - Philadelphia—Popular boxing television analyst Teddy Atlas will be on hand to sign copies of his new book prior to the Wednesday, Aug. 2 fights at the New Alhambra in South Philadelphia.
Atlas and blow-by-blow announcer Joe Tessitore will be in Philadelphia with ESPN 2, which will televise the show, headlined by the USBA featherweight championship fight featuring champion Rogers Mtagwa, of South Philadelphia, and challenger, Alvin Brown, of Kansas City, MO.
13.07.06 - Al Franco and Willie Schunke of II Feathers Boxing return to the Morongo Casino on July 21st in the city of Cabazon, California after a successful May 19th show. Sponsored by Frontier Homes, “Battles in the WarZone IV” will be headlined by Mexican Warriors Luis Orlando “Latigo” Lora (10-0, 7 KO’s) of Culiacan, Sinaloa vs. Christian Solano (19-8, 14 KO’s) of Los Mochis, Sinaloa. continue
13.07.06 - By Colin Shields: Ok, everyone (including me) is excited about the upcoming showdown between Samuel ‘The Nigerian Nightmare’ Peter (26-1 22ko’s) and James ‘Lights Out’ Toney (69-4 43ko’s). What I want to know, though is whether this will shed any light on the current heavyweight fiasco? continue
MEMPHIS, TN – ESPN2 Friday Night Fights returns to Memphis, TN for an unprecedented night of boxing at FedExForum as Northeast Promotions and Prize Fight Boxing bring “Night of Champions” on August 4th. The seven bout card will feature two of the brightest prospects in boxing today - Delvin Rodriguez (19-1-1, 11 KO) and Anthony Peterson (18-0,13 KO). continue
13.07.06 - By Chris Ireland: Where is greatness found? Is it on the cover of magazines and newspapers? Is it becoming synonymous with "pay-per-view event" and "box office blockbuster"? Or, if you're Antonio Tarver, is it having your name on the correct side of the television screen? Or is greatness found not in the bright lights of the mainstream media and superstardom, but in the darkest moments of one's career? Is it when the fire that once lit up a fighter's career fade, and all he has left is one chance to rekindle the brightness? Indeed, that rekindled brightness, even if it's only a flash on a Saturday night, is where greatness is found. The best always find a way to come back.
There was a time when Shane Mosley and Fernando Vargas were two of boxing's brightest young stars. Shane was a remarkably quick pound-for-pound king who won over fans with his charming personality. Fernando was a destructive machine fueled by anger who forced instead of finessed his way to becoming the youngest junior middleweight champion in history. It's been too long to remember what side of the television screen they appeared on, but Mosley and Vargas had made the cover of several magazines and newspapers and were worthy of mega fight status. continue
13.07.06 - By Per Ake Persson: Sauerland Event confirms that Monte Barrett is on the list of opponents for WBA heavy champ Nikolay Valuev and that October 7 is a possible date. Comebacking welter Alpaslan Aguzum takes on tough Latvian Jurijs Boreiko on Universum´s big show in Hamburg on Saturday (July 15). Middleweight Mahir Oral fight Italian Francesco Pernice in the show opener. continue
LAS VEGAS, NV (July 12, 2006) – It’s official. Three-division world champions MANNY “PAC MAN” PACQUIAO and ERIK “EL TERRIBLE” MORALES will get it on for the third time to determine who really is the best man inside the ring. Pacquiao and Morales each own a victory over the other in their two previous fights – both considered “Fight of the Year” candidates -- which have attracted over 700,000 pay-per-view buys combined. The announcement was made today by Bob Arum, chairman of Top Rank and Shelly Finkel, Pacquiao’s manager. Promoted by Top Rank, Pacquiao-Morales III will be a 12-round super featherweight bout, taking place Saturday, November 18, and televised live on HBO Pay-Per-View from the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, NV. continue
Boise, Idaho (July 12, 2006) - North American Boxing Organization light heavyweight champion Prince Badi "The Boxing Prince" Ajamu, based in Vero Beach (FL), already is training in Boise for his July 29th fight against five-time world champion Roy Jones, Jr., headlining the July 29th "Hold Nothing Back!" pay-per-view show at Qwest Arena. continue
12.07.06 - Photo: Joe Miranda / For SHOWTIME - If the fight is even remotely as entertaining and exciting as the press conference, fans are in for The Fight of the Year Saturday, Sept. 2, when world-ranked heavyweights James “Lights Out” Toney (69-4-2, 43 KOs) and Samuel “The Nigerian Nightmare’’ Peter (26-1, 22 KOs) collide in a 12-round World Boxing Council (WBC) elimination bout at STAPLES Center on SHOWTIME (10 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast). Toney is ranked No. 2 in the WBC, one notch above Peter.
Tempers flared toward the end of Tuesday’s presser at The Palm Restaurant in downtown Los Angeles after Toney took exception to comments made by Peter’s promoter (Dino Duva) and manager (Ivaylo Gotzev).
A former three-time world champion, Toney was peeved at Duva for calling him “dumb” for accepting the match when Toney currently is next in line to fight for the WBC title. Gotzev angered Toney by standing up and shouting that he had enough of the “(Toney promoter) Dan Goossen and Toney show and that it was Samuel Peter’s time.’’ continue
LAKE TAHOE, NV (July 12, 2006) -- NABO/NABA flyweight champion and top-rated contender GLENN “THE FILIPINO BOMBER” DONAIRE will highlight the undercard of “Double Trouble in Tahoe!” – the August 5 world championship doubleheader promoted by Gary Shaw Productions (garyshawproductions.com) at the outdoor pavilion of MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa in Lake Tahoe, NV. continue
PROVIDENCE (July 12, 2006) - NABA and USNBC cruiserweight champion Matt "Too Smooth" Godfrey (12-0, 7 KOS) has angrily responded to an erroneous report on the Internet that claimed, due to a hand injury, he turned down an International Boxing Federation title fight offer last week against Steve Cunningham in St. Louis. "Completely false," Godfrey said about the aforementioned report. "His name (Cunningham) was never mentioned to me. If that fight is offered to me in the future, I'll take it in a minute." continue
12.07.06 - Promoter Art Pelullo/Banner Promotions, in association with Foxwoods Resort Casino, will present a sensational championship fight card on August 9, 2006, in the Fox Theatre at Foxwoods Resort Casino, located at 39 Norwich Westerly Road in Mashantucket, Connecticut. The main event and co-featured fight will be televised live on ESPN2’s “Wednesday Night Fights.” continue
12.07.06 - By ADEYINKA MAKINDE: The written word is a most powerful tool. It has the capacity to mould, shape, build and destroy the reputations of both the living and the dead. But if there is any grain of truth to the cynical adage that historians are granted a power denied even to the gods; that is, to alter what has happened, then it is perhaps also true to aver the inverse proposition that historians are invested with the power to re-mould the distortions and alterations of the past. Such was the task faced by Peter Benson, an American academic, in his work on the first African to win a world title, Battling Siki.
Born Amadou M’Barick Fall of the Wolof people in the French West African colony of Senegal, Siki made history when he mauled the world light heavyweight champion George Carpentier to defeat in 1922. He would continue to make headlines in the three years that remained of his life, many of which were not for the right reasons and many of which were manipulations of the facts. The story of Siki, transmitted through the pens of contemporary journalists and echoed through the decades by essayists, may in fact be one of the most troubling misrepresentations in the history of the sport. continue
12.07.06 - Yesterday in London boxing golden boy Amir Khan claimed the British fighter he most wants is Manchester's Craig Watson. Frank Warren, Amir Khan's promoter, contacted Craig Watson's promoter Frank Maloney and offered him the fight sometime last week. Frank Warren was informed that Craig Watson has had some personal problems and has been out of the gym since his last fight in November 2005, where he had built up a five fight winning record, or else he would he would have been on the Haye undercard in Manchester on the 21st July. continue
12.07.06 - Photos: Joe Miranda / For SHOWTIME: James Toney took exception with comments made by Sam Peter's camp during Tuesday's press conference in Los Angeles to formally announce the Toney-Peter 12-round WBC heavyweight elimination bout Saturday, Sept. 2, at STAPLES on SHOWTIME (10 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast). Before order was restored, an irate Toney had threatened to take off his jacket and go after Team Peter (promoter Dino Duva and manager Ivaylo Gotzev). Toney wound up throwing a glass of water at Gotzev. continue
11.07.06 - By Geoffrey Ciani: Ten years ago today, Riddick ‘Big Daddy’ Bowe was widely considered the best heavyweight on the planet. It is true, Bowe did not hold a major portion of the heavyweight championship at this time; those belonged to Mike Tyson (WBC), Michael Moorer (IBF), and Bruce Seldon (WBA). However, few questioned the fact that Bowe was better than the likes of Moorer and Seldon—this was common knowledge. continue
11.07.06 - Christine Maynard @ ringside -- photo gallery by J & P Photos -- The first fight of the night at Coushatta Casino Resort in Kinder, Louisiana was a real crowd pleaser. The Bayou Boxing Promotion event began with Lorissa Rivas from Las Vegas (1-0) fighting Geboria Mayfield, from Mississippi, for Geboria's pro debut. Lorissa entered the ring confidently, her face glistening from Vaseline, sporting a red bandana. She struck her gloves together intimidatingly and looked frighteningly fit. Geboria's only bravado as she approached the ring was Nascar-like; the sound of racing engines. Her slight arms and legs appeared to tremble more, the louder the soundtrack which marked her entrance became. She looked like she'd be scared if Lorissa asked her to play hop scotch. Her apparent vulnerability and femininity made most people cringe, as if Geboria were about to be drawn and quartered instead of knocked out.
Yet, at 1:05 into the first round, Geboria flattened Lorissa. She fell backwards, dazed and shocked. Her eyes were like pin wheels, and the referee sliced the air with his hands, indicating "no mas." Geboria was ebullient, elated beyond measure. Some thought her initial shyness was a ploy to make Lorissa over confident, but I don't buy that. Entering the ring, she looked as if she wanted to take it back, as if she thought she'd made a really bad decision, turning pro. She gave it her best, which was more than enough for this Summertime showdown. The audience was jumpin', and the drama was high. continue
LOS ANGELES (July 11, 2006) – Getting a crack at the best tickets and one-of-a-kind VIP hospitality packages and fan experiences at a historic fight at STAPLES Center just got easier. Both boxing and marketing precedents will be set when a limited number of the best, front row, ringside seats for STAPLES Center’s upcoming September 2nd heavyweight title elimination bout featuring James “Lights Out” Toney taking on Sam “The Nigerian Nightmare” Peter are auctioned online to the public through the “Ringside VIP Auction” operated by Ticketmaster. continue
ORANGE, CA – Continuing with its success, Thompson Boxing Promotions will feature yet again another sold-out event this coming Friday, July 14, from Omega Products International in the City of Corona, CA. If there is a theme that will light up the night, it will be the desire to find a way to get back into the limelight, as three fighters will return to the ring to redeem their selves and jump-start their careers. continue
Clearwater, FL July 11, 2006: The IBA Cruiserweight World Title Fight “Night of Champions” between Bobby Gunn (15-2 w/12 KOs) and Shannon Landberg (58-11 w/26 KOs) originally scheduled for August 19, 2006 will now be pushed back four weeks due to the War in Iraq. How, you ask, did the War in Iraq cause the fight to be rescheduled? Well, Shannon Landberg is an Army Reservist and has been called to local duty in Indiana for the weekend of August 19-20. Unfortunately, this postponement was unavoidable and necessary due to Landberg’s previous commitment to the U.S. Military. continue
11.07.06 - by Barry Green: There are many mysteries and myths that surround the great sport of boxing: Would Gene Tunney have beaten a regular count in the Demspey fight? Why did Roberto Duran say 'no mas' that night in New Orleans? And who could score a fight best- Duane Ford or Stevie Wonder?
One of these so-called mysteries of modern boxing is why there was no second fight between Muhammad Ali and George Foreman. A fight as monumental as The Rumble in the Jungle surely deserved an encore? My investigations and research reveals that perhaps Ali did avoid a second confrontation with Big George. Following the huge upset that was Zaire 1974, Muhammad Ali shattered the mystique of the then 'invincible' behemoth that was Foreman. This led to a brief exile for Foreman who did not return to the ring for a whole year, preferring to lick his wounds and then return beating up five men in one night in a self-promotion gimmick that fell as flat as most of his opponents. continue
MERRILLVILLE, IN.-The thrills and excitement of Live Pro boxing in Northwest Indiana start at Langel's Pizza 2833 Highway Ave, in Highland, IN one of the area's hottest businesses will host fighters on July 13th for the official weigh-ins for Octavius James/One In A Million Inc. "Independence" card, just one day later on July 14th at the Radisson Hotel at Star Plaza in Merrillville, IN. continue
11.07.06 - By John Way: Carlos Hernandez, one of boxing’s most durable and determined practitioners is set to return to action this upcoming Friday in a bout with Sean Plessis on Telefura. Known throughout the hardcore boxing community for his granite jaw and indefatigable attack, the El Salvadorian has gone balls to the wall with pound for pound entrants Floyd Mayweather jr. and Erik Morales, along with top flight champions like Steve Forbes, Genaro Hernandez, Jesus Chavez, and David Santos. continue
By Per Ake Persson: July 11, Copenhagen, Denmark: WBC supermiddle champ Markus Beyer, 34-2-1, and the WBA counterpart Mikkel Kessler, 37-0, signed contracts today for a unification bout October 14 at the Parken Stadion in Copenhagen. Both Sauerland Event´s CEO Chris Meyer and Team Palle´s matchmaker Mogens Palle acknowledged that negotiations to make the fight had been long and hard. continue
11.07.06 - By Ryan Songalia: It is general knowledge that fighter's can get old overnight, and for Erik Morales, that night was January 20, 2006. On that night, Filipino flash Manny Pacquiao annhilated and demolished the great Morales, dropping him twice en route to a tenth round stoppage. As the fallen warrior lay prone on the canvas, many in the sport had come to the conclusion that the sand had simply run out of "El Terrible's" hour glass. However, after contemplating his options, Morales elected to fight Pacquiao once again. While Morales has a history of disproving detractors, many question the wisdom of this move. Did Morales just run into a roadblock against a great fighter, or has he finally hit the wall?
Erik Morales, 48-4 (34 KO), is no stranger to being written off as a dominant fighter. More than once in his career, Morales had been labeled as a shot fighter, a guy who had bitten off more than he can cumulatively chew. Each time he had been discredited by the boxing public, he came back to prove himself once again as a living legend to be remembered by boxing fans. continue
11.07.06 - By James Slater: After Saturday's dismal effort by Danny Williams in his awful fight with Matt Skelton, I found myself with the urge to watch a heavyweight rumble - a real fight between two big guys who weren't afraid to let the punches go. In other words, an action-packed slugfest! In order to satisfy my craving I looked through my fight collection, in search of a great heavyweight rumble - one that had loads of bombs thrown by both guys. It wasn't long before I came across the very fight I was looking for. continue
11.07.06 - By Chris Santos: If you are reading this on EASTSIDE BOXING's website, chances are you are a knowledgeable boxing fan, probably even "hard-core"--which means you love the sport unconditionally, and thus, are willing to 'look the other way' at some of the sports more frustrating aspects. In this writing I'll focus on three areas (in 3 parts) that I would love to see change in ways that would I think, improve the overall health of the sport. continue
10.07.06 - By Izyaslav “Slava” Koza: The quintessential symbol of courage in boxing is the fighter that takes on all comers in all locations at any available time. The reason that is so is because we rarely see it happen, even though the phrase “anyone, anywhere, anytime,” is kicked around often by today’s elites in post fight interviews. However, as much as we respect Winky Wright, Glen Johnson, and all the guys who are willing to go anywhere for a decent check, compared to what female fighters have to put up with, in order to get the same respect as men did when they were starting out, their sacrifices seem just a little less meaningful. Especially considering most of us don’t know about the women fighters who make the same hard journeys into their opponent’s backyards all because of their love for the sport.
One such warrior is “slick” Alicia Ashley, and even though there might have been many fighters willing to take her place, historically, she alone will hold the distinction of being the first to fight in what I like to think of as “the last place on earth.” continue
11.07.06 - This Saturday July 15th, “MACHO” Miguel Hernandez, 19-4 (9KO’s) will battle former world champion Yory Boy Campas, 87-8 (71KO’s) in a ten round middleweight bout at the Fifth Third Ballpark in Comstock Park, Michigan, just outside Grand Rapids. The card is promoted by Blue Cap Promotions and tickets are available in advance by calling 616-784-4131. Hernandez is promoted by Dominic Pesoli’s 8 Count Productions, HOME OF THE BEST IN CHICAGO BOXING. continue
11.07.06 - Texas based heavyweight hopeful David “Nino” Rodriguez 21-0 (20 KO’s) will go toe to toe against the 6’9” Oklahoman “Big” Rick Dyer 10-0 (10 KO’s) this Saturday night July 15th at the Fifth Third Ball Park at Comstock Park in Grand Rapids, MI in what is the biggest fight of both combatants careers when the two undefeated heavy hitting heavyweights collide in a scheduled ten round all out battle to keep their untarnished records in tact. continue
11.07.06 - By Karen Belford: After a long 13-years of fighting as a heavyweight, Chris Byrd (39-3-1, 20 KO's) at long last is reportedly moving down to the Cruiserweight division, where he is expected to fight, O'Neil Bell (26-1-1, 24 KO's), the current WBA & WBC Cruiserweight champion, most likely as early as September. By challenging Bell, it would appear that Byrd hasn't lost one bit of courage from his recent 7th round TKO loss to IBF heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko on April 22, a fight where Byrd deployed a bad fight strategy in losing his IBF heavyweight title. Now, though, it would seem that Byrd, now 35-years-old, may mistakenly believe that he is just too small to contend against the large giants in the heavyweight division.
In fact, I think Byrd is making a huge mistake by moving down to the cruiserweight, if he actually is going to be making this a permanent move, for he is badly underestimated his huge talent as a heavyweight. continue
09.07.06 - By Laz Izada: It was announced Friday that Shannon Briggs will by bypass his July 26th bout, a fight that was supposed to take place for Cedric Kushner’s “Gotham Boxing” in New York City. Instead, according to Emanuel Steward, Wladimir Klitschko’s trainer, the fight between Briggs and Klitschko is on, and will take place on November 11, at Madison Square Garden, in New York City. continue
09.07.06 - By Ted Sares: Sometimes in a boxer's career there comes a pivotal fight, one that turns his fortunes for the good and sends him to bigger and better things, as was the case when Irish Micky Ward suddenly and unexpectedly knocked out heavily favored Alfonso Sanchez with a deadly left hook to the body in 1997on HBO. And more recently, Edison Miranda's stunning TKO of Howard Eastman which catapulted him from prospect to world title contender. continue
09.07.06 - Cory “The Next Generation” Spinks (photo by Tom Casino / Showtime) - “I felt great tonight. Karmazin was very tough but I trained to fight 12 rounds and I did. I prayed every night for this. My trainer Kevin Cunningham always gives me extra ‘umph’. I painted a masterpiece with my natural talents. I knew I just needed to execute because I was ready. That’s just what I did.” continue
08.07.06 - By Wray Edwards: Cory defiantly made yet another ego-slathered rap dance entrance embellished this time with a synchronized line-dance. Karmazin entered to ACDC’s “Highway To Hell” and it was prophetic for him. In the early rounds Spinks’ hand speed and constant movement to his left caused real problems for Roman. Additionally, every time Roman scored while boring in, Spinks would hold.
The tide of the fight shifted significantly in round seven. Karmazin was able to pull the trigger better and Cory began to slow. Spinks also began to retreat and counter with less effectiveness rather than taking shots from his earlier left-hand merry-go-round. My scoring for a Karmazin victory went as follows:
NOTE: Spinks’ score to left for rounds and (bout) continue
08.07.06 - By Ronan Keenan: In a bout that failed to live up to the expectations from their first meeting, Matt Skelton became the number one heavyweight in Britain by winning a unanimous points decision over a lethargic Danny Williams on Saturday.
The sizeable crowd at Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium didn’t get the frantic action that featured in the original Skelton-Williams battle. Nonetheless, Skelton, 20-1 (18), won’t mind, as he is now in line for a shot at Nicolai Valuev’s alphabet title. Conversely, Williams, 36-5 (29), showed little urgency and seemed sluggish throughout the twelve rounds, possibly because he weighted in at a whopping 288lbs, which was over twenty pounds above his usual fighting weight. continue
ST. LOUIS, Mo. (July 8, 2006) – Cory Spinks used lateral speed and quick hands to narrowly outpoint game, hard-working Roman Karmazin Saturday on SHOWTIME. A slick and savvy Spinks won the International Boxing Federation (IBF) junior middleweight title with a majority 12-round decision by the scores of 115-113 twice and 114-114 on a special edition of SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING. The thrilling, action-packed fight, promoted by Don King Productions, was witnessed by more than 12,000 decidedly pro-Spinks fans at the Savvis Center. continue
08.07.06 - By Izyaslav “Slava” Koza: I would be hard pressed to find one hardcore boxing fan who couldn’t have predicted this exact outcome in tonight’s fight between Cory Spinks and Roman Karmazin. In fact Roman made basically the exact same prediction during our interview. All the St. Louis native had to do was make it close enough and the rest would fall into place. I won’t scream robbery, as I believe there were mistakes the fighter I was cheering for, Karmazin, made as well, but really they were more indirect rather then tactical. continue
08.07.06 - By James Slater: Well, so much for the oxygen tent. In a quite disappointing fight, Matt Skelton got his revenge over Danny Williams as he won a unanimous points verdict tonight at Cardiff’s Millennium stadium. Danny, coming in at a career high 288 pounds, looked to be tired as early as the third round and was reduced to loading up on one big punch at a time in the hopes of getting rid of the much fitter Skelton. The scores, read out only minutes ago as I write this, gave the deserved win to the 39 year old by 117-112 twice and 115-114. In the end, the much better prepared man won the fight. The quick KO predicted by Williams never once looked like materialising, as Matt, incredibly, turned boxer and let his hands go in a continual fashion to frustrate his man.
The fight started out slowly, with both men appearing respectful of one another. It was Matt’s round though, as were the next two. It really was amazing to see the bear-like Skelton on his toes and dancing around the ring. These tactics worked for him a treat, however, as he scored points with punches thrown in sharp clusters. continue
08.07.06 - By Mike Nixon: In a bout that's likely to spur controversy, Cory Spinks (34-3, 11 KOs) won a narrow 12-round majority decision tonight beating Roman Karmazin (34-2-1, 21 KOs) in a close match, that saw Spinks outpunched and running in the 2nd half of the fight, at the Savvis Center in St. Louis, Missouri. Fighting in front of a hometown crowd, Spinks was cheered for every punch he threw, even the ones that missed their mark, making it seem as if he was dominating Karmazin, when from my view of the fight, Spinks was landing weak arm punches and soft jabs. At the same time, Karmazin fought bravely, ripping hard hooks to the body and the head of Spinks, sending him in full flight during much of the exhanges. continue
07.07.06 - By Javier N. Perez: Oscar de la Hoya and Felix Trinidad are two of today's boxing legends. Both fighters have had equally impressive careers, both are multi-division champions, both are entertaining, both will undoubtedly be inducted into the hall of fame as soon as they become eligible and both will forever be linked to each other in the boxing world. continue
07.07.06 - By Wray Edwards: First there was the ESPN Friday Night Fight between Joel and Lamont, then there was the verbal tag team match between Joel, Chico, Teddy, Joe and Louie DeCubas. The boxing match between Joel and Lamont was only slightly more entertaining than the post-fight verbal war. The main problem was that Lamont could not decide whether he wanted to box, or practice for the new Olympic sport of “Peek-a-boo backward running.” continue
07.07.06 - By Troy Ondrizek: Finally, the IBF heavyweight title fight between Wladimir Klitschko and Shannon Briggs became official today. So now with that news in stow, we can speculate, debate, and anticipate all we want. Thus, I decided to be nosy and call a manager friend of mine to find out what he thought of this fight, and he was on the phone trying to work one of his fighters into the undercard. Therefore, I said that I would catch him later, and he told me to wait, and that he had someone he would like me to talk to. I said okay, and to my surprise, it was Emmanuel Steward. I was caught a little off guard, but was able to throw some questions at him regarding the fight and how he thought things would transpire.
Troy: Emanuel, First off, congratulations on getting Wladimir an exciting title defense. Now for the more pertinent questions, what stylistic problems does Shannon pose for Wladimir?
Emanuel Steward: “Well, Shannon is big and fast and works off the jab and does a good job of throwing combinations. Shannon’s power is also right up there with Wladimir’s.” continue
07.07.06 - By Per Ake Persson: Georgian heavyweight George Kandelaki was one of the biggest names on the amateur scene in the early 90´s and there were big things expected of him when he turned professional in 1998. After some problems adjusting to the pros he appeared to be heading for stardom but by 2002 there was a long layoff. He had one fight in 2003 and then he disappeared only to pop up as the President of the newly founded National Boxing Federation of Georgia. continue
07.07.06 - 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…
Floyd Mayweather – pound for pound king or HBO farce? I can almost see the hateful emails piling up now – the “Pretty Boys” (Floyd’s loyal fans who think he could probably beat Jesus Christ in a boxing match) are going to let me have it - but oh well, here goes nothing. continue
07.07.06 - By Darryl Waterhouse: Anyone I know, speak to, or write to knows I love my boxing; more so, I enjoy the purity of the sport. Hit, and don’t get hit. Joe Calzaghe carries this innate ability in such abundance his craft (when the mood takes him) is simply beautiful. When he decides he fancies a tear up, he then widens his stance, stands square on, and unleashes with devastating speed and accuracy. continue
07.07.06 - FERNANDO VARGAS: God has blessed me and my family. I have had a great camp, thanks to Danny Smith and thanks to Robert Ferguson for keeping me strong while losing weight. This will be my last fight at ’54 but I feel strong. But [after this] I will let my body grow. I am ready to go. We had a great camp and now we’re ready to close out the last two weeks in Vegas. We are here to acclimate and be here for a while.
The weather is nice . . . and HOT. But it’s great. We’re at a gym where it’s a gym. It’s dirty and it’s hot, just like a gym should be.
Were you worried at the end of the fight?
FERNANDO VARGAS: I wasn’t worried. That’s the thing. If I were to see Shane on the other side of the ring with an eye like that, I would have gone for broke. He respected what I carry in my left and right hand. He was respecting me with one eye, AND I was still winning the fight. He can’t say he had me on the ropes and he was punishing me and they stopped it. When they stopped it, I was putting pressure on him. I thought the ref was breaking us up. Obviously he respected me and he respected my power with one eye and being blind from one eye. continue
07.07.06 - By James Slater: In Quite shocking fashion, Danny Williams weighed-in at an absolutely massive 288 pounds for Tomorrow nights rematch fight with Matt Skelton. This is a staggering increase of 21 pounds for Danny. While in comparison, Matt hit the scale at the exact same weight - of 255 pounds - that he fought their first fight at, held in February. Is this a good sign for the older man? continue
07.07.06 - Photo: TOM CASINO / SHOWTIME (left to right) Cory Spinks, promoter Don King and Roman Karmazin pose after Friday's weigh-in at Kiener Square in downtown St. Louis in the shadow of the Old Courthouse and the Gateway Arch. continue
HOLLYWOOD, FL, July 7 – It’s the goal of all professional prizefighters – to be called ‘Champion’. And to get to that level, it takes years of blood, sweat, and tears, and a commitment to excellence that few can even fathom. Sultan Ibragimov and Ray Austin have paid these dues, and when a winner is declared in their IBF Heavyweight Title Elimination Bout at the Seminole Hard Rock Live Arena in Hollywood, Florida on Friday, July 28, that victor will be just one win away from the title of World Champion. continue
07.07.06 - SHANE MOSLEY: I have been training in Big Bear. The training has been going very well and the sparring has been going very well. My father has been very good in camp. I am excited and ready to go to battle.
Fernando said you really did not want this fight…
SHANE MOSLEY: I really did want this fight because to me it was a great fight. The first time I figured you out and the second time is going to be a breeze. I think it is easy money for me.
RICHARD SCHAEFER: Shane could have gone and fought Hatton or Mayweather or Gatti before the Gatti-Baldomir fight was made so there was no reason for Shane to take the fight. He did it really to give Fernando the opportunity for a rematch because he was crying out to the whole world that Oscar and Trinidad did not give him a rematch and that he would have been able to do all of these kinds of things to them in a rematch. So Shane said basically, let’s see what he can do. continue
ST. LOUIS—Block Entertainment/Bad Boy South recording artist Yung Joc will sing his #1 smash single, “It’s Goin’ Down,” during the main event ring walk at Don King’s Gateway to Glory tomorrow night, July 8th in St. Louis. The event features St. Louis' own former undisputed world welterweight champion Cory "The Next Generation" Spinks attempting to dethrone International Boxing Federation junior middleweight champion Roman "Made In Hell" Karmazin. continue
LCO CASINO Hayward, WI July 7, 2006: The upcoming IBA Cruiserweight World Title fight “Night of Champions” between Bobby Gunn and Shannon Landberg on Saturday August 19, 2006 is already starting to heat up! Shannon Landberg is still fuming over what he considers a premature stoppage in the 10th and final round against Tommy Hearns this past February in Detroit, MI and is looking for redemption in this bout. continue
07.07.06 - By Jeff Bastasini: Commonwealth heavyweight champion Danny Williams (36-4, 29 KO's) will put his title on the line against 39-year-old Matt Skelton on Saturday night at the Millenium Stadium, in Cardiff, Wales. Neither fighter, however, are ranked high in the heavyweight world scene, with Danny Williams ranked only number # 9 and Matt Skeleton # 12, both by the WBO. Nevertheless, this fight means a lot in the UK, as it gives the winner a claim to the bragging rights as the best heavyweight in the UK, something that means a lot in terms of pride and respect. continue
07.07.06 - By Mike Dunn: After Jim Braddock demystified the frightening power of Max Baer on June 13, 1935, it drove the heavyweight division into an unexpected state of flux. Braddock’s inspired 15-round decision over Bear lifted the crown and also created a sense of anticipation that hadn’t existed before.
Prior to the upset by Braddock, the general thought was that the destructive Baer would reign as champ for many years to come. Baer was seen as head and shoulders above the rest of the contenders and pretenders.
An article in the Chicago Tribune dated June 20, a week after Braddock’s triumph, states that “there are five boxers whose championship claims are given consideration.” The five include Braddock, Baer, Max Schmeling, Primo Carnera and Joe Louis. continue
MEMPHIS, TN, July 7 – He’s one of boxing’s best, pound for pound, a charismatic athlete with the talent to beat anyone in the world on any given night. And now, former welterweight and junior welterweight champion Zab Judah - with the co-promotional team of Prize Fight Boxing behind him - is ready to once again conquer the boxing world and show everyone how ‘Super’ Judah gets things done. continue
07.07.06 - By Phillip Przybylo: he Ultimate Fighting Championships 61st pay-per-view edition is appropriately dubbed Bitter Rivals, and there may not be a feud more bitter than Tito Ortiz and Ken Shamrock. There may also be no greater rivalry at this time than Tim Sylvia and Andrei Arlovski. read full story
07.07.06 - by John Howard: If you're not obsessed with the sport of boxing, you probably won't recognize the name Robert Ferguson. Robert is a weight loss and wellness "guru" and is recognized in the boxing world for his work with the sometimes "weighty" Fernando Vargas. In years past, Robert operated a local karate studio and taught rape prevention classes in the area. All in all, he's respected in the community as being a good guy, and after our brief conversation, I feel the same way about him. continue
07.07.06 - By Izyaslav “Slava” Koza, photos by David Martin-Warr / For SHOWTIME - As I walked my dog along the street parallel to my house, I contemplated the interview I had just conducted with current IBF light middleweight champion, Roman Karmazin, ahead of his scheduled bout against Cory Spinks this Saturday (SHOWTIME 10 p.m. ET/PT, delayed in the west coast) in St. Louis. This will be Roman Karmazin’s first big bout on an English language American channel and, to me, seems like his reward for the tough road he had to climb in order to reach the top.
Now that I think about it, really,if I was trying to focus in on the brief introduction, I would give before everyone got to reading what Roman actually said. My mind kept going back to the last thing he and I discussed before the customary goodbye and good luck. I kept going back to those fierce words regarding his deceased trainer Igor Lebedev, “I will tell you something, honestly, if I would still have him in my corner, I would never, come close to losing to anybody. EVER!” I kept going back to them because, I knew I had heard similar ones once before.
Most real boxing fans know the story of Mike Tyson and Cus Damato, but they are just now starting to learn the one of Roman Karmazin and his mentor Igor Lebedev. continue
07.07.06 - Photo: TOM CASINO / SHOWTIME (left to right) Cory Spinks, promoter Don King and Roman Karmazin pose after Thursday's press conference in St. Louis. Roman “Made in Hell’’ Karmazin (34-1-1, 1 ND, 21 KOs) will defend his IBF 154-pound title against former undisputed world welterweight champion Cory “The Next Generation” Spinks (34-3, 11 KOs) in Spinks’ hometown of St. Louis, Missouri, on Saturday, July 8, on SHOWTIME (10 p.m. ET/PT, delayed in the west coast). The 12-round bout is promoted by Don King Productions. continue
07.07.06 - Standout Manchester super featherweight John Murray is looking forward to shaking off the ring-rust when he makes his debut at the home of British Boxing next Wednesday, (12th July). The 21-year-old appears on the Hennessy Sports ‘Fifty-Fifty’ event at the York Hall in Bethnal Green in a six-rounder. It will be his first contest since he made history by becoming the first ever English fighter to win the WBC World Youth Title last December by defeating teak tough Colombian Nacho Mendoza. continue
ST. LOUIS, Mo. (July 7, 2006) – Guillermo Jones has withdrawn from his scheduled IBF cruiserweight world title fight with Steve Cunningham on Saturday night due to medical reasons, it was announced today by promoter Don King. The main event, an IBF junior middleweight championship bout between current 154-pound champion Roman Karmazin and former world welterweight titlist Cory Spinks, will be the only televised bout airing live on SHOWTIME at 10 p.m. ET/PT,. continue
06.07.06 - By James Slater: As a young man in high school, James Toney weighed a solid 205 pounds. Then, in the late 1980's, when beginning a boxing career that is still going strong almost twenty years on, he tipped the scales at 160 pounds. The scaling down of his poundage was done purely to be able to fight in the middleweight division, which is what James' management team wanted then. The way James tells it now, however, he never wanted to fight at such a low weight - ever. But he sacrificed, and as we know, became a world champion at middleweight. It wasn't long though, before he started having serious problems. He made the move up to super middleweight two years after winning his first championship, and was successful in challenging for world honours at the new weight also.
The move up had been one that was absolutely necessary. For in a middleweight title defence - against Francesco Dell'Aquila - Toney had failed, miserably, to make 160. He couldn't get any lower than 167 and chose to accept a fine instead of trying, agonisingly, to shed any more pounds. To some, he should have been stripped of his title. Or, as in the recent case with the Coralles v Castillo fight, the match should have been called off. Whatever the case, James, who had looked unimpressive against the limited Dave Tiberi not long after the Dell'Aquila affair, knew he had to move up so as to continue with his boxing career. continue
06.07.06 - By Ike Enwereuzor: I recently had the previledge to interview with the newly crowned USBA cruiserweight Champion, Emmanuel Nwodo (20-3, 16 KO's). This past week, he captured the vacant United States Boxing Association (USBA) title on July 1, 2006, with a 3rd round brilliant annihilation of Chris "Cold Steel" Thomas, in a bout that where he was knocked down 4 times by Nwodo. Nwodo is from the Enugu State in Nigeria and is now fighting out of Baltimore, Maryland. This win will certainly add Nwodo's name in the top ten cruiserweight world rankings. continue
06.07.06 - Top-rated contender JOSHUA CLOTTEY will risk his world ranking and accept the challenge by undefeated contender RICHARD GUTIERREZ for a 12-round welterweight battle in the co-main event of a spectacular card headlined by the Vivian Harris-Mike Arnaoutis NABO jr. welterweight championship. Promoted by Gary Shaw Productions, LLC (www.garyshawproductions.com), both fights will be televised live Saturday, July 29, on HBO's "Boxing After Dark," from the Chumash Casino Resort in Santa Ynez, CA. The live telecast will begin at 10:30 P.M. ET (delayed west coast broadcast will begin at 10:30 P.M. PT). continue
WORCESTER, Mass. (July 6, 2006) - World Boxing Association super welterweight champion "El Gallo" Jose Antonio Rivera is dangling his new title belt in front of all the best 154-pounders in the world and challenging any of them to a high profile fight in 2006. Rivera (38-4-1, 24 KOs) captured the WBA super welterweight title May 6 from Alejandro Garcia (25-1) by unanimous12-round decision (116-106, 116-106, 114-107). continue
New York, July 6— Jim Houlihan, curator of the Irish Arts Center holding the mummified arm of 19th century bare knuckle champion Dan Donnelly at Gallagher's Steakhouse in Midtown. The arm is part of the Irish Arts Center's "Fighting Irishmen: A Celebration of the Celtic Warrior," exhibit opening in Manhattan next month.
Jim Houlihan, curator of “Fighting Irishmen: A Celebration of the Celtic Warrior” set for the Irish Arts Center beginning on August 28, has collected many interesting artifacts for the exhibition from John L. Sullivan’s fur coat to Jack Demsey's blazer to Gerry Cooney’s robe to John Duddy’s trunks to the punching bag from Sullivan's final bare knuckle training camp.
But none more unique that the late, great Irish fighter Dan Donnelly’s mummified right arm, yes, that’s correct, arm, which has been flown in from Ireland today. Josephine Byrne, former owner of the Hideout Pub in Kilcullen, Ireland, and rightful owner of the arm, will accompany it to America. continue
06.07.06 - Leading up to the highly anticipated junior middleweight rematch between Shane Mosley and Fernando Vargas -- set for Saturday, July 15 in Las Vegas, and carried live on HBO Pay-Per-View -- HBO Sports will present the exclusive replay of their intense first encounter that showcased their considerable talents. continue
06.07.06 - This Saturday July 8th at the Monterey Conference Center at #1 Portola Plaza in downtown Monterey Ca. Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero will make an appearance at "The Riot” show promoted by Jerry Hoffman. “The Ghost” will be sitting at ringside and be introduced to THE RIOT fans at showtime. Afterwards, Robert will meet and greet fans at Peter B's for the post fight party celebration where he will sign autographs and take pictures with everyone in attendance. continue
06.07.06 - Carl Johanneson’s trainer Rick Manners believes that fight fans are in for a treat when his charge meets Billy Corcoran for the vacant British Super Featherweight Title next Wednesday on the Hennessy Sports ‘Fifty-Fifty’ event at the York Hall in Bethnal Green being shown live by Sky Sports. continue
06.07.06 - Photo: TOM CASINO / SHOWTIME - Roman “Made in Hell’’ Karmazin (34-1-1, 1 ND, 21 KOs) will defend his IBF 154-pound title against former undisputed world welterweight champion Cory “The Next Generation” Spinks (34-3, 11 KOs) in Spinks’ hometown of St. Louis, Missouri, on Saturday, July 8, on SHOWTIME (10 p.m. ET/PT, delayed in the west coast). The 12-round bout is promoted by Don King Productions.
“All I have done in camp is train, sleep and eat. I apologize to my fans for the last fight, but I guarantee you a victory. I am ready for anything Karmazin will bring. I am going to win this fight. I can predict that.
“I know Karmazin is a good fighter and a hard worker. I do not underestimate him. He is a world champion and I can’t take that away from him. As far as him not fearing me, he should because he has never fought anyone like me. continue
06.07.06 - Philadelphia—Rogers Mtagwa, of South Philadelphia, will make the second defense of his United States Boxing Association (USBA) featherweight title when he faces challenger Alvin Brown, of Kansas City, MO, in a scheduled 12-round contest Wednesday evening, Aug. 2, at the New Alhambra, Swanson & Ritner Streets next to Forman Mills, in South Philadelphia. continue
05.07.06 - By Ryan Songalia: April 22 was a cold night in Germany for Byrd, and an even colder night for the American heavyweight tradition. On that night, Wladimir Klitschko beat the championship out of IBF titlist Chris Byrd, leaving the Michigan-based fighter a bloody, defeated mess. Not only did Wladimir Klitschko acquire a title belt, but for the first time, the European fighters suggested a prolonged stake in the heavyweight division. Is the heavyweight landscape simply going through a phase, or is this an omen of things to come? continue
06.07.06 - By Jim Amato: It is scheduled for August 5th at New York's Madison Square Garden. A match between two former welterweight champions trying to regain their past glory at 154 pounds. Ike Quartey will meet Vernon Forrest in a pivotal bout. The winner could put himself in line for a title shot. The loser may want to consider retirement. continue
05.07.06 - By Rizwaan Zahid: Raised on the mean streets of Warsaw, Poland, Andrew Golota had the potential and skills to rise to the top of the boxing world. A 1988 Bronze Medalist in the Olympics which took place in Korea, Golota possessed outstanding power that surprised the boxing world.
Golota like most boxers, had a rough upbringing in life, and was known in Warsaw, as a “street guy.” Andrew Golota fled Poland in 1990, to avoid prosecution over assault charges. He found Chicago, which had an extremely large Polish population. Simply, he wanted a new life, where he could find a job and friends. Originally, his intention was not too continue his boxing career, but instead to become a truck driver. He told most that he won’t box anymore. However, fighting was his passion, and his love for the sport brought him back to the gym, where he once again began training. continue
06.07.06 - CHICAGO - Dominic Pesoli, President of 8 Count Productions, has announced today that Chicago heavyweight KO artist, Carl “Iron Fist” Davis will be featured on the ARAGON SHOWDOWN card on July 21st in a six round battle against Cerrone Fox of Benton Harbor, MI. The monstrous Davis, 8-2 (7KO’s), who has thrilled Chicagoland crowds since turning pro in April 2003 with his knockout power returns to Aragon Ballroom after his first round destruction of Joe Johnson last July. continue
05.07.06 - By Eddie Velez: During the 80’s and 90’s Roger “Black Mamba” Mayweather was also known as “The Mexican Assassin”. Of Mayweather’s 59 wins, 26 wins were against Mexican fighters. Mayweather’s ticket was punched by a few Aztec warriors like Chavez (twice), Juan Soberanes and Ray Lovato but needless to say he was a thorn in the side to his neighbors south of the border. continue
05.07.06 - “He’s getting knocked out!” That’s what undefeated Super Middleweight Joey “The KO Kid” Spina, (18-0-1, 13 KO’s) had to say about his 12 round fight with Jay Pina (16-1, 14 KO’s), this Friday, July 7th at the beautiful Cape Cod Melody Tent in Hyannis, MA. At stake in the 12 round main event will be Spina’s WBC/USNBC Super Middleweight title and the Vacant IBF International Super Middleweight title this Friday, July 7th at the Cape Cod Melody Tent in Hyannis, MA. continue
05.07.06 - By Justin Hackman: As the second half of 2006 has begun, we take a look back at the gifts we as boxing fans have received in the year’s first half. We witnessed, first and foremost, a couple steps toward heavyweight clarity: something 2005 sorely missed. While we do not have a Mike Tyson or Lennox Lewis, and while the puzzle has not been solved completely, no one can be dissatisfied with the performances of Sergei Lyakhovich against Lamon Brewster: a spirited battle by two hungry big men. Wladimir Klitschko’s pummeling of Chris Byrd also gave the Ukrainian another big helping of credibility, as coming off another impressive victory against Sam Peter last September, Klitschko is beginning to fulfill his potential, no longer making the mistakes he did against Corrie Sanders and Brewster: he is becoming the dominant fighter, under Emanuel Steward, everyone knew he could become.
Jermain Taylor proved his worth, as he battled the purest, most frustrating, southpaw-technician in the sport, in Winky Wright. Though the fight left us with no winner, it certainly did not leave us without thrill and recognition: these two clearly confirmed they are the two best middleweights in the world in a tough fight in which the fans were the ones awarded the victory. continue
LAS VEGAS (July 5, 2006) – Former IBC light welterweight champion Corey “Primetime” Johnson continues his climb to the top July 14 when he fights Jose Varela for the vacant WBC Continental Americas super welterweight championship at the South Coast Casino in Las Vegas. Johnson (33-2-2, 11 KOs) is coming off of a May 5th second-round TKO of Karl Willis. “Primetime” captured the IBC light welterweight title in 1994 with a fifth-round TKO of Louis Ramirez. continue
OXNARD, CA (July 5, 2006) – “Nawshis Clothing” and “Ice Link Watches” have joined forces with Univision radio in a national multi-market promotion to publicize the July 15 rematch between Shane Mosley and Fernando Vargas. The huge four-week promotion will reach over 21 million homes and will run adjacent to World Cup soccer reports and updates. Southwest Airlines will provide airfare and MGM Grand will provide hotel accommodations for the winner, while “Nawshis Clothing” and “Ice Link Watches” provide prize packages. continue
05.07.06 - By Per Ake Persson: EBU supermiddle champ Mger Mkrtchyan defends against Devi Gogiya September 28 in Moscow. Spaniard Gabriel Campillo was also been mentioned as opponent for Mkrtchyan but Russian TV insisted on making it an all Russian matchup - and a pretty hot one at that. Mkrtchyan can punch while Gogiya is a solid boxer. continue
05.07.06 - By Derek Cowan: I consider myself a fair and objective boxing fan. I have learned to appreciate different styles of fighters over the years. Pure boxers, aggressive brawlers, fighters with immense talent, and the blue-collar types with sheer grit and determination have all impressed me. I think it is the various characteristics of many fighters that makes boxing a special sport. Without such diversity in styles we would not be blessed with the awesome match-ups that we have been treated to over the years. Once in a while, however, a fighter will come along that possesses the ability to change styles and characteristics during single bouts and throughout their careers. This is rare, and in my opinion is a trait that is normally found in boxer's of an elite status.
Having said that, the first boxer that I can remember following was Sugar Ray Leonard. I was 7 years old when I began to watch Leonard. I had vaguely remembered him winning a gold medal at the Olympic Games in Montreal in 1976. Being young, an not really understanding the art of boxing, I was more drawn in by Leonard's personality, electrifying boxing skills, and of course... the flashy tassels on the boxing boots that he sometimes wore. continue
05.07.06 - Merrillville, IN.- Indiana State Middleweight Champion Jimmy “The Fighting Schoolteacher” Holmes and the warriors of “Independence,” the next boxing spectacular from Octavius James/One IN A Million Inc., will face their fans in an open workout at the Roselawn, In., IGA Store, 5916 East S.R. 10, in Demotte, IN on Sat., July. 8th at 3 p.m. continue
04.07.06 -Photo: David Martin-Warr / For SHOWTIME - Roman “Made in Hell’’ Karmazin (34-1-1, 1 ND, 21 KOs) will defend his IBF 154-pound title against former undisputed world welterweight champion Cory “The Next Generation” Spinks (34-3, 11 KOs) in Spinks’ hometown of St. Louis, Missouri, on Saturday, July 8, on SHOWTIME (10 p.m. ET/PT, delayed in the west coast). In the second half of an excellent SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING twin bill promoted by Don King Productions, Steve "USS" Cunningham (19-0, 10 KOs) and Guillermo "El Felino" Jones (33-3-2, 26 KOs) will square off for the vacant IBF cruiserweight belt. continue
PROVIDENCE (July 5, 2006) – Independence Day celebrations continue Friday night (July 7) as championship pro boxing returns to Cape Cod, headlined by the double championship match between Joey “KO Kid” Spina and local favorite Jay Pina, on “Let Freedom Ring” live at the Melody Tent in Hyannis (MA). continue
04.07.06 - By James Slater: At the very least, retirement has been beckoning for Evander Holyfield since the TKO he suffered at the hands of James "Lights Out" Toney back in October of 2003. Before this bout, boxing's warrior promised he'd quit for good if and when someone beat him up sufficiently so as to make the decision to fight no more unavoidable.
But despite the painful lesson he received from Toney, Evander failed to keep his word. And now, after yet one more embarrassing loss - this one on points to journeyman Larry Donald - Holyfied is giving it another go. He says the way one ends a career is far more important than how it was begun. And as such believes the final chapter of his storied career should see him capture the heavyweight title one more time. Only then will he retire feeling content. So, later this summer, in Dallas, Texas, "The Real Deal" faces one Jeremy Bates. A thirty two year old with a modest 21 - 11 - 1 record, who, in his last fight, was TKO'd in two rounds by Ray Austin. continue
04.07.06 - Rock and Sock Productions, the producers of "A Ring of Their Own" announced today that the new season of weekly all women's fight cards will begin the week of July 31st. Kicking off the new run will be Missy Fiorentino v. Jaime Clampitt for the 135 lb. world title, in what has been considered the "Gatti-Ward" of women's boxing. continue
04.07.06 - By Per Ake Persson: Hammer Knockout Promotions of Poland closed the season July 1 in Kosir with a sold out show (2000+ spectators) despite fierce competition from the quarterfinals in the World Cup in football on TV. On top cruiser Pawel Kolodziej scored an easy win over Slovakian Adrian Rajkaj and won the vacant WBC Youth title. Krzysztof Wlodarczyk floored Romanian Mircea Telecam twice for a first round stoppage and lightheavy Dawid Kostecki knocked out German Andreas Guenther in the second. continue
03.07.06 - By Ted Sares: I hate the word "closure." It's politically correct and I despise political correctness more than I hate spinach. But I guess I need some of 'it" (closure, that is) regarding a few fights I witnessed over the years in which, as James Brown would say, I need some "payback," some redemption, if you will. So call me jaded, even semi-sadistic or whatever, but the following are five rematch fights I'd pay to see. I am sure you could you could add some so have a go at it. continue
03.07.06 - By James Slater: Some fans will no doubt have a little laugh at the above headline. For James Toney's career long problem has been his hunger - for food, that is! This was certainly the case in his last fight, against Hasim Rahman. Though he had what I thought was a legitimate shot at winning a version of the heavyweight title, Toney came in way overweight and, in many minds, was fortunate to get draw. Surely, he cannot afford to come into the Peter fight in such sloppy condition. Samuel hits harder than "The Rock" and if James is not in proper shape there is a good chance he could be KO'd.
By taking this fight, however, I believe "Lights Out" has proven that he does indeed have enough of the right hunger left in him. This is a very dangerous match to take, for sure, and the fact that the ever fearless Toney put his name on the contract lays to rest any doubts people may have had with regards to his present day ambition. After the poor showing against Raman, many figured Toney was done. Now we know, he still wants it. Can he defeat the man who calls himself "The Nigerian Nightmare" though? continue
New York, July 3—Jim Houlihan, curator of “Fighting Irishmen: A Celebration of the Celtic Warrior” set for the Irish Arts Center later this summer, has collected some neat artifacts for the exhibition from John L. Sullivan’s fur coat to Jack Dempsey's blazer to Gerry Cooney’s robe to John Duddy’s trunks to the punching bag from Sullivan's final bareknuckle training camp. continue
03.07.06 - By Jim Amato: I just read that current WBA cruiser weight titleholder Virgil Hill may defend his title against come backing Thomas "Hitman" Hearns. On June 3rd, 1991 Hearns outpointed Hill to win the WBA light heavyweight title that he held at the time. It was one of only five losses Hill has suffered in his 55 pro fights. His other losses were to Dariusz Michalczewski, Roy Jones Jr. and twice to Jean Marc Mormeck. continue
03.07.06 - 8 Count Productions, HOME OF THE BEST IN CHICAGO BOXING, has huge plans in the coming weeks featuring Chicagoland’s most popular fighters in action across the country. Said Dominic Pesoli, President of 8 Count Productions, “It’s a very busy time for us with not only our monthly show at the Aragon but also David’s world title fight, Jorge’s fight in Atlantic City on the HBO undercard and Miguel and Gilbert on the baseball park show in Michigan.” continue
03.07.06 - By Karen Belford: Hello East Side People. I just want to thank the many people for their show of support for me. It's appreciated, believe me. As for my many detractors, I'm going to continue writing until you start showing me some admiration and a little love. Now, much has been said in the past two years about Roy Jones Jr. being old, over-the-hill and no longer a competitive boxer, much less a champion. However, for me, when I watch his last two fights against Glen Johnson and Antonio Tarver, I still see much of Jones' skills and speed present and largely intact. He doesn't look "old or finished," as a boxer; On the contrary, looks pretty good, although, he does seem a tad bit gun shy, possibly still thinking about his horrifying one-punch knockout loss to Antonio Tarver in 2004. The other thing that jumps out at me, though, is how tired and emaciated Jones looks while fighting as a Light heavyweight, almost like someone who was on a severe diet.
In fact, I think Jones is no longer right for the light heavyweight division because he's now more of a legitimate cruiserweight after having gained a lot of weight for his fight with John Ruiz back in 2003. However, there is a stubborn quality to Jones, which makes him repeat past mistakes, hoping for a miracle to happen and somehow, a different outcome. For most people, especially ones that had found past success, they would have moved back up the heavyweight division after the first fight with Tarver, a fight that Jones had to struggle to lose weight to make the fight happen. continue
[Simi Valley - July 3, 2006] The Retired Boxers Foundation is proud to add Beth Adams, M.Ed. LRC to the RBF Medical Advisory Board. In addition to the doctors already on the Medical Advisory Board, Beth brings an area of expertise that is vital to retired professional boxers who have suffered neurological damage as the result of their career in boxing: Cognitive rehabilitation. continue
(Press Release: Denver, Co, July 3rd, 2006) ESPN Wednesday Night Fights scheduled for July 5th will provide fight fans more fireworks following our nations Independence day. As of now, the card is set and barring any last minute setbacks, we should be in for an exciting night of action. In the main event, a main event that has saw three opponents come and go, Neil Sinclair of Belfast, North Ireland will return to the ring after a year layoff. continue
02.07.06 - by Sean Ocampo: Earlier today, Manny "Pacman" Pacquiao (42-3-2 32KOs) battled Oscar "Chololo" Larios (56-5-1 36KOs) for the WBC International Super Featherweight title here in Manila. As everybody expected Pacquiao won by a convincing manner. He wowed the crowd with his blitzing handspeed and earth shaking power shots. But the story of the night was Chololo Larios' heart and determination. continue
MANISTEE, Mich. (July 2, 2006) – Photos by Tom Casino / Showtime - The torch was passed Saturday from old generation to new when three sons of former world champions and a cousin of another fought on a historic special edition of “Shobox: The New Generation” on SHOWTIME. DiBella Entertainment promoted the notable event from the Little River Casino Resort in Manistee, Mich.. It aired at 10 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the west coast). “Shobox” will revert to its usual day and time slot when the popular boxing series returns Friday, July 28, at 11 p.m. ET/PT.
“The one thing you can say about all three of these boxers tonight -- Chazz Witherspoon, James McGirt Jr., and Ronald Hearns is that they showed flashes of excellent ability and those flashes let us know that you want to look at them for reasons other than their last names,” SHOWTIME announcer Al Bernstein said.
In the main event, Witherspoon (13-0, seven KO’s) recorded a hard-fought 10-round decision over Mike Alexander (11-1, eight KO’s). Alexander gave his best throughout and boxed well during the early rounds. Witherspoon picked up the pace in the sixth round and seemed to have his way in all the later sessions. At the finish, Witherspoon won by the scores of 100-90, 98-92 and 96-94. continue
02.07.06 - By Ted Sares: Without the journeymen, there likely would be no boxing. They provide the foundation and grounding for the sport we love so much. Being a journyman is not a bad thing. Unlike some fighters who are matched to lose with the certainty of the sun setting......fighters like Andre Crowder, Danny Wofford (who has lost over 100 fights), Frankie Hines (lost 120), and Marcus Rhode, the journeymen are solid and competent fighters capable of an occasional surprise though they rarely rise to the top. Some, like Ross Puritty, Quinn Navarre, or Everett Martin are the tough gate keepers through which others must pass to reach the next level. continue
02.07.06 - By Matt Stein: Super featherweight Manny Pacquiao (42-3-2, 32 KOs) had little trouble beating Oscar Larios (56-5-1, 36 KOs), winning by 12-round unanimous decision on Saturday night at the Araneta Coliseum in Manila, Philippines. The outcome was never in question, as Pacquiao power and speed was way too much for Larios, who was severly beaten in every exchange between the two fighters. Larios, although a courageous fighter with excellent power, he was unable to match Pacquiao punch for punch. continue
The 20-year anniversary celebration of SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING continues in spectacular fashion on Saturday, Sept. 2, when James “Lights Out” Toney faces Samuel “The Nigerian Nightmare’’ Peter on SHOWTIME (10 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast). The 12-round bout, a WBC elimination for the No. 1 spot, was officially announced during Saturday night's "ShoBox: The New Generation'' telecast on SHOWTIME. continue
02.07.06 - By Karen Belford: Recently, I sat down and watched a lot of George Foreman's fights, one after another, and I was completely shocked and impressed with how good he was, especially when he was younger. Honestly, he was an incredible fighter when he was young, even though he lost a couple of fights due to bad fight strategy. While it's a given that Foreman found success during his comeback, winning a heavyweight title against Michael Moorer in 1994, does that mean that he was a better fighter in his forties than he was in his twenties?
Surely, if a a 42-year-old Foreman could come close to defeating a prime Evander Holyfield then a young Foreman could have certainly accomplished that feat, wouldn't you think? I know, Foreman said many times that if he had been able to fight his younger self, using his older body, he would beat the younger Foreman every time. However, I don't believe it and I never will. For those of you who have seen video of Foreman after his comeback, the older Foreman had dreadful stamina, and was only capable of fighting in brief spurts, totally different from the way he was in his youth. When he was young, Foreman could pour it on non-stop for 10 rounds, if he had to, although few fighters could stand up to his power to last that long. continue
01.07.06 - By Izyaslav “Slava” Koza: There are two conventional wisdoms in the world of professional boxing that apply to any fighter thinking of making a living with his fists. One is that almost nothing is more convincing and least debatable then a knock out, and two is that a fighter always has an inherent advantage when he or she is represented by a top-flight promoter. Unfortunately for Dmitri Kirillov, the other person in the following conversation, he neither has the KO punch, nor the big punching push to fight with the same sort of confidence as either David Tua, or as some suggest Jermaine Taylor. Still, that did not stop him from completely outclassing the IBF super flyweight champ Luis Perez, in a fight, whose verdict that, as those of you who have read my write up know, I as a fan was reasonably pissed off about. continue
COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.) – Four days of outstanding boxing culminated in championship round action at the 2006 Junior Olympic National Championships on Saturday at the Northern Michigan University Superior Dome in Marquette, Mich. The best 15 and 16-year-old boxers in the country competed in 22 final round bouts with a national title on the line. Once again, the 95-pound weight division opened the action with Favian Ceravntez (Arleta, Calif.) taking on Darious Moton (Oxon Hill, Md.). continue
01.07.06 - ST. LOUIS—Don King has assembled a tremendous boxing undercard supporting his Gateway to Glory main event of International Boxing Federation junior middleweight champion Roman “Made in Hell” Karmazin defending his title against St. Louis’s own former undisputed world welterweight champion Cory “The Next Generation” Spinks on July 8 at Savvis Center. continue
01.07.06 - By: Troy Ondrizek: Last month I got a revolutionary device that would change my boxing viewing forever, it was TiVO. In my glee I was searching Boxrec to see what fights would be televised and which tantalizing bouts I could capture with this amazing contraption. Well as I kept reading I noticed a high amount of heavyweights scheduled to battle each other throughout the month. There are several big names stepping through the ropes as well as some top notch prospects trying to prove their worthiness of me capturing their careers on digital cable, to be held forever (at least a week) for me to watch over and over again. So I made a list and came up with at least twenty-one fights worth paying attention to if you’re an ardent fan of the division. Now that I have once again realized that I lack an extensive social life, I decided to help those of you who are better equipped to mingle with friends and family to still be able to pick and choose what quality bouts you would like to see and still have time to do what people like you do. continue
LAS VEGAS (July 1, 2006) – Unbeaten heavyweight contender Leo Nolan (25-0, 10 KOs), promoted by Silverhawk Boxing, returned to the ring last night (Thursday, June 29) after a 14-month absence and won a unanimous eight round decision against twice-floored Wallace McDaniel at The Plex in Charleston, South Carolina. Nolan’s next scheduled fight is August 25 against an opponent to be determined at Ebor City, Florida. continue
01.07.06 - Juan Urango unanimously outpointed Ben Rabah on Friday night to capture the vacant IBF light welterweight championship. Urango won the 12-round fight on all three cards - 116-112, 115-113 and 117-111. Urango 25, improved his record to 17 wins (13 KOs) one draw and no losses. Ben Rabah 28, whose record slipped to 24 wins (13 KOs) and two losses, suffered his first defeat in 18 bouts and over four years.
30.06.06 - By Hasim Rahman I hold this truth to be self-evident, that all heavyweights are NOT created equal. This is my Declaration of Fisticpendence. While you are enjoying the July 4 holiday, look at the evening's activities as a preview of the REAL fireworks that will be exploding when I defend my WBC heavyweight title against No. 1 contender Oleg Maskaev. continue
30.06.06 - By Karen Belford: Hello East Side People, it's good to be back. Today, I want to discuss the latest boxing news about a possible bout between IBF heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko and Shannon Briggs (47-4-1, 41 KO's). Now, for starters, both of these fighters were far from perfect earlier in their careers, having lost three fight to four fights each, respectively. continue
30.06.06 - SHOWTIME will make television history when three 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 outstanding lineup on a DiBella Entertainment-promoted fight card will feature: Chazz Witherspoon (12-0, seven KOs) against Mike Alexander (11-0, eight KOs) in a 10-round battle of unbeaten heavyweights; James McGirt Jr. (11-0, 1 NC, seven KOs) against Stephan Pryor (10-1, seven KOs) in an eight-round middleweight showdown and Ronald Hearns (8-0, six KOs) against Hector Hernandez (8-1-2, three KOs). continue
30.06.06 - Photo: TOM CASINO/SHOWTIME - SHOWTIME will make television history when the three sons of former world champions and a cousin of another are featured in a special edition of “ShoBox: The New Generation” Saturday, July 1, (9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast).
The lineup: Chazz Witherspoon (12-0, 7 KOs) vs. Mike Alexander (11-0, 8 KOs), 10 rounds, heavyweights; James McGirt Jr. (11-0, 1 NC, 7 KOs) vs. Stephan Pryor (10-1, 7 KOs), 8 rounds, middleweights; and Ronald Hearns (8-0, 6 KOs) vs. Hector Hernandez (8-1-2, 3 KOs), 8 rounds, middleweights.
Witherspoon is the second cousin of former two-time world heavyweight champion, Tim Witherspoon. McGirt, Pryor and Hearns are the sons of legendary former world titleholders Buddy McGirt, Aaron Pryor and Thomas Hearns, respectively.
Pictured (left-to-right): Buddy and James McGirt, Stephan Pryor, Ronald, (uncle) Billy and Thomas Hearns and Chazz and Tim Witherspoon pose after Friday's weigh-in.
SAN DIEGO (June 30, 2006) - Jorge Paez Jr. will not be able to fight July 1 in Manistee, Mich., because he has been denied entry into the United States by the U. S. Department of Homeland Security it was announced today. The 18-year-old Paez Jr. attempted several times to gain admittance into the U.S. Thursday and Friday, but access was not granted, and it doesn’t appear as though that access will be forthcoming in time for him to participate in the bout. continue
30.06.06 - DiBella Entertainment will present boxing fireworks this Fourth of July Weekend, with star power on both “Shobox: The New Generation” and The Best of Broadway Boxing, on consecutive nights. "ShoBox: The New Generation" will air LIVE on Saturday, July 1, 2006 (9 p.m. ET/ 6 p.m. PT) from the Little River Casino Resort in Manistee, Michigan. Featured on the card are the undefeated sons and relatives of former boxing legends Tim Witherspoon, Tommy Hearns, Buddy McGirt, Aaron Pryor and Jorge Paez. continue
COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.) – Junior Olympic National Championships competition moved into semifinal action on Friday morning at the Northern Michigan University Superior Dome. Thirty-nine semifinal bouts were contested in both the male and female divisions with all the winners moving on to final round action. continue
New York, June 30 — There are contenders and pretenders, but knockout artist Sam Peter, is ranked in the top five by all major organizations, and is also universally recognized as the top contender. Now, Peter is on a mission.
“Sam clearly illustrated that he belongs with the heavyweight elite in his match against Wladimir Klitschko last year,” said his promoter Dino Duva. “Considering the many lethargic, non-exciting televised matches recently featuring so-called champions and contenders, Sam is the best heavyweight out there to put on a great show because of his electrifying punching power.” But now, the hard-punching powerhouse has his sites set only on meaningful matches that will ultimately unify the world heavyweight championship. continue