Toney-Peter-Aiken-Guerrero: Final Press Conference Quotes

31.08.06 - Photo: TOM CASINO / SHOWTIME - (Left-to-right) Sam Peter, Eric Aiken, promoter Dan Goossen, Robert Guerrero and James Toney pose after Wednesday's press conference in Los Angeles. James Toney (69-4-3, 1 ND, 43 KOs) faces Sam Peter (26-1, 22 KOs) in a WBC heavyweight elimination bout and IBF featherweight champion Eric Aiken (16-4, 12 KOs) defends against and Robert Guerrero (18-1-1, 11 KOs) Saturday at STAPLES Center on SHOWTIME (10 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast). Tickets, priced at $300, $150, $75 and $50, are available at TicketMaster locations and at STAPLES Center's Box Office. continue

Nikolai Valuev In New York: Champ Under Constant Stress!

31.08.06 - The “Giant” arrives in NYC: On Monday Nikolai Valuev (photo by David Martin Warr / DKP) arrived in New York in order to have a one-week promotion tour through the USA. From the airport Berlin-Tegel he flew directly to the “Big Apple” – an easy going flight was behind the heavyweight champion who travelled together with his manager Wilfried Sauerland and his wife Jochi Sauerland. 9 hours flying time crossing the pond went by very quickly because Valuev visibly enjoyed the business class´ comforts.

After arrival, things went on: Alan Hopper, promoter Don King´s PR boss, was already waiting for the Russian guest at JFK airport with a huge black stretch limousine. But Valuev was busy because of the autograph hunters waiting for him at the airport.

Team Sauerland moved into the famous five-star hotel “Michelangelo” situated between the 6th and the 7th street. Afterwards they visited the Rockefeller center and went on an extensive shopping spree. Finally Valuev also found something to buy at “Rochester Big and Tall”. “It´s not easy to find clothes in my size that fit”, said the 2,13 meter tall giant from St. Petersburg who has been invited by Don King to eat at his favourite Italian restaurant. Calm before the storm. continue

Ricky Hatton Heading Back to 140

31.08.06 - Aaron King -- After some speculation, it was announced Thursday that Ricky Hatton will relinquish his WBA welterweight title to fight for the IBF light-welterweight title the Associated Press reports. Hatton (41-0, 30 KOs) originally won the IBF belt back in 2005 after defeating Kostya Tszyu before giving it up to make the move to 147. After winning a controversial decision over Luis Collazo, it was rumored that this move was imminent. Hatton will fight Columbian IBF champ Juan Urango on Dec. 9, while a date with Jose Luis Castillo is in his sights, according to his promoter Dennis Hobson.

Attention Boxing Fans - MSG Network Tonight 8PM

31.08.2006 - In case you missed it, or if you just want to re-live the action one more time, a replay of Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing’s annual night of fistic action from the City Center in Saratoga, New York, will air tonight on the MSG Network! Originally broadcast live on August 18, the Saratoga event features action-packed warrior Vinny Maddalone in a tough test against proven veteran Jermell Barnes, as well as Star Boxing’s Malachy Farrell and his war with fellow heavyweight prospect Shannon Miller. Don’t miss the thrills! The leather flies again tonight at 8 pm and 11 pm. Other re-broadcast of the event are scheduled for 9/1 (1 am and 12 pm); and 9/2 (9 am).

Euro Boxing Roundup: Sinan Samil Sam vs Vladimir Virchis, More

31.08.06 - By Per Ake Persson: WBC Int´l heavy champ Sinan Samil has accepted a position as mandatory challenger for EBU titleholder Wladimir Virchis. Sam and Virchis are both promoted by Universum. Universum´s show in Halle/Saale October 21 will also feature Russian supermiddle Denis Inkin and newly crowned German welter champ Norman Schuster. Already on the bill are supermiddles Mario Veit and Jurgen Brahmer and WBO jr middle champ Sergey Dzindziruk. continue

Vinnie Maddalone - Today's Most "Fun To Watch" Heavyweight

31.08.06 - By James Slater: He'd be the first to admit he's far from the most naturally gifted Heavyweight fighting today, but New York's Vinnie Maddalone (photo © is certainly the most consistently exciting big guy boxing in today's heavyweight division. Boxing News, the trade paper for the sport in England, recently called Vinnie, "The closest real life similarity to Rocky Balboa." That about sums up the tough and gutsy New Yorker. As does his most compelling fight to date. In an August, 2005 match with Shannon Miller, who was undefeated at the time, though also far from active, having spread out his eleven wins over thirteen years, the fans got to see the quintessential Vinnie Maddalone. His defensive shortcomings were exposed once again, but his punching power, determination and sheer grit allowed him to win in five amazing rounds. The comparison to Stallone's creation is indeed an apt one. Along with the silver screen's infamous brawler, Vinnie certainly has his limitations as far as skills go. But he has absolutely no shortage of heart and bravery. As such, he is one of today's genuine crowd pleasers. A world title may never be his, but it sure would be fun seeing him get the chance to fight for one. Without a doubt, Maddalone would go all out in an attempt to shock the odds. There was talk, some time back, of a fight with Shannon Briggs. But Vinnie, wanting instead to try and avenge his loss to Brian Minto, opted for a return bout with him instead. continue

Kevin Kelley-Carlos Hernandez Face Off on Sept 28

31.08.06 - SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS---It's been more than ten years since former World Featherweight Champion, KEVIN "The Flushing Flash" KELLEY, fought what many called - Boxing's "Fight of the Year" in 1995 at San Antonio's, Freeman Coliseum. And just this past July 14th, former IBF World Super Featherweight Champion, CARLOS "Famoso" HERNANDEZ, brought down the house when he brawled in the Alamo City. continue

Reidy Ready to Step Up

31.08.06 - Gary Reid returned to Impact Boxing’s gym in Stoke-on-Trent on Monday after taking a two-week holiday in Egypt and declared himself ready and waiting to take on Nigel Wright for his English Light-Welterweight belt. Reid, dubbed ‘The Body-Snatcher’ on account of his fearsome punching power, said: “The break has done me a power of good, I am feeling ready for anything now and I cant wait to get into the ring again. I had been suffering with a niggling shoulder injury since I fought Leo O’Reilly but the rest seems to have done it good and I feel better than ever now.” continue

Juan Manuel Marquez Signs With Golden Boy

31.08.06 - Long regarded as one of boxing’s best, pound for pound, Interim WBO featherweight champion Juan Manuel Marquez has now joined the star-studded roster of Golden Boy Promotions and will once again be able to display his explosive talent worldwide. “We are incredibly excited to work with a great fighter like Juan Manuel Marquez,” said Oscar De La Hoya, President of Golden Boy Promotions. continue

Klitschko-Brock: A subtle challenge

31.08.06 – By Cesar R.: When November arrives, the premier Heavyweight Wladimir Klitschko will apparently make the first defence of his IBF belt against Calvin Brock. The Steel hammer will try to take away, for the 5th time, the undefeated record of a fighter and also will continue giving arguments of why we should forget about his embarrasing losses from the past. Brock is currently the most promising undefeated American boxer, deservedly so.

Brock is a real Top10 fighter – not like Shannon Briggs, a boxer that was on talks to fight Klitschko and had almost a done deal – after his wins against Clifford Ettienne, Timor Ibragimov and, more importantly, Jameel McCline. He also looked very strong when he fought and kayoed Zuri Lawrence. Being ranked #3 in the IBF and #7 in The Ring Magazine also helps to prove he is a fighter of high caliber. It is a wiser choice than Briggs, who is a former Linear Champion but has never defeated a contender in all his life (unless you count the polemical decision in his showdown against George Foreman, in 1997) and actually lost against Jameel McCline. continue

Is Calzaghe Set To Clean Up The Super Middleweight Division?

31.08.06 - By Jim Amato: An interesting bout is scheduled to take place October 14th in Copenhagen, Denmark. It has kind of slipped through the press radar but it is really a significant bout. Highly touted Mikkel Kessler will take on long time title holder Markus Beyer to unify the WBA and WBC super middleweight titles. This is a great test for Kessler and also a chance for Beyer to gain some long overdue respect. The fact that Joe Calzaghe wiil defend his WBO super middleweight title on the same night in Manchester, England against Sakio Bika to unify the WBO and IBF titles is significant. It appears obvious that the winners of these October 14th card will meet to unify the title. continue

Golden Boy Promotions Re-Inks Daniel Ponce De Leon

31.08.06 – WBO Junior Featherweight Champion and current Golden Boy Promotions fighter Daniel Ponce De Leon has re-signed a multi-fight deal/multi-year deal with Golden Boy Promotions. “Golden Boy Promotions is committed to the success of Daniel Ponce De Leon and we are very pleased that he has decided to remain in the Golden Boy family. At Golden Boy Promotions we believe in transparency and I believe that Daniel re-signing is a indication that we are doing things the right way.” said Golden Boy Promotions, President, Oscar de la Hoya. continue

"No Risk, No Reward" Participants All Business In Final Presser

31.08.06 - Unlike previous media gatherings in advance of the September 2nd “NO RISK, NO REWARD” boxing event, today’s final press conference at LA’s Staples Center featured little in the way of the usual banter and personal insults. Instead, main event heavyweights James “Lights Out” Toney and Samuel “The Nigerian Nightmare” Peter, and co-featured IBF Featherweight champion Eric “Mighty Mouse” Aiken and his challenger, NABF champion Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero and their trainers brought to today’s media session a “The fun is over, let’s get down to business” approach just three days before their respective showdowns at Staples to be televised on “Showtime Championship Boxing” – with a few comparatively mild exceptions. continue

Laila Ali is fed up with rumors and lies surrounding the delay of Ali Vs Wolfe Bout

August 31, 2006 – Los Angeles -With speculation surrounding the much anticipated Laila Ali/Ann Wolfe fight that is long overdue; Laila Ali wants to set the record straight. She wants her fans to know she has been trying to get Wolfe in the ring for over three years now. Wolfe’s management can never reach an agreement within their own team.

According to Damon Bingham, Ali’s Agent, a meeting had been set for August 12 in Las Vegas, to meet with Wolfe’s promoter, Brian Young of Prize Fight Promotions, to discuss details of a possible Ali/Wolfe matchup. Once they (Wolfe, and her management) became aware of the meeting, Wolfe’s managers Brian Pardo and Dana Venard contacted Bingham to inform him that Ann will, under no circumstances, fight Laila Ali while she is under contract with Prize Fights. They also added that Ann wants to delay the fight until her contract with her promoter is up on January 17 of 2007. continue

Peter, Marrone provide Duva with one-two heavyweight punch on Saturday

New York, August 30—Highly-regarded Samuel “The Nigerian Nightmare” Peter is by no means the only top-flight heavyweight in the stable of Duva Boxing and promoter Dino Duva. Here comes undefeated Mike “The Italian Stallion” Marrone, who will show his considerable talent on the under card of the big Peter vs. Toney show at Staples Center on Saturday night, September 2, in Los Angeles. continue

M´Baye/Anelka: Bolton´s French Connection

30.08.06 - French striker Nicholas Anelka today met the press as a Bolton Wanderers player for the first time today - and was supported by a second dangerous hitman, fellow countryman and WBA light-welterweight title challenger Souleymane "The Sensation" M'baye. M'baye joined his fellow Parisian at the Reebok Stadium as he took time off from preparations for his clash against Raul Balbi at the Bolton Arena on Saturday night. continue

Klitschko Speaks of Rhetorical Rematch with Lewis

30.08.06 - Aaron King - UKRAINE -- Former WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko said he would make a return to boxing if Lennox Lewis agreed to do the same. The Associated Press reported that Klitschko said to a crowd of fans on Tuesday in the Ukrainian city of Kharkiv, “If Lewis comes back, I will fight by all means.” continue

The Greatest Slugfest You’ve (Probably) Never Seen

30.08.06 - By W. Gregory Guedel: Displays of raw power and aggression in the ring help make boxing one of the most compelling and dramatic of sports, particularly in the Heavyweight division. While purists can appreciate the technical expertise of slick boxers like Jimmy Young or Chris Byrd, the casual fan is drawn to Heavyweight boxing by the lure of elemental brute force, usually personified in the type of fighter commonly referred to as a “slugger”. These pugilists eschew the finesse of defensive boxing, relying instead on overwhelming strength to batter their opponents into submission. Often they are blessed with a physical stature that intimidates even before a single a punch is thrown, thus enhancing the anticipation of potential destruction to come.

Occasionally, two such fighters will be paired against each other in a match. If both are on their game, the results can be explosive. Thrilling match-ups of this ilk are readily recalled, such as Foreman-Frazier and Ibeabuchi-Tua, and are among the fights perennially listed as “most entertaining” for spectators. Although most of these bouts are well-known and have been televised any number of times, there are other spectacular matches that for reasons unknown have received far less publicity and acclaim. continue

OLN to air the rarely-seen Ali-Frazier II Fight

LAS VEGAS, NV (August 30, 2006) -- Next Thursday! September 7, at 9 p.m. ET, OLN will televise the third installment of "Fight Night: Top Rank's Legends of the Ring," hosted by Michael Buffer. Next week's classic features the rarely seen second bout between Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier. Two great fighters with distinctly different personalities meet up again at Madison Square Garden in the sequel to the “Fight of the Century.” continue

Barrios vs. Guzman - Continuing A Grand Tradition

30.08.06 - Over the course of the 86 years that the junior lightweight division has existed, some of boxing’s best have chosen to ply their wares at 130 pounds – Alexis Arguello, Kid Chocolate, Sandy Saddler, Flash Elorde, Azumah Nelson, Wilfredo Gomez, Julio Cesar Chavez, Floyd Mayweather Jr., Marco Antonio Barrera and Oscar De La Hoya, just to name a few. continue

James Toney training photos

30.08.06 - Photos: TOM CASINO / SHOWTIME - A serious-minded James "Lights Out'' Toney was all business during a private workout Tuesday night, 8/30/06 at Billy Blank's Gym in Sherman Oaks,CA.. A former world champion at middleweight, super middleweight and cruiserweight, Toney faces powerful-punching Samuel Peter in the main event Saturday at STAPLES Center on SHOWTIME (10 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast). continue

Baldomir-Mayweather: Baldomir Looking to Reel in Mayweather

SANTA FE, ARGENTINA—What do you do when you sign to fight in the biggest bout of your life, for the largest purse of your life and against the man widely regarded as the top boxer in the world? If you’re Carlos Baldomir (photo by Tom Casino) , you go fishing with a few friends near your hometown.

After defeating Zab Judah Jan. 7, 2006, with a 12-round decision to become the World Boxing Council and lineal welterweight champion and then defending successfully by a spectacular ninth-round stoppage of Arturo Gatti July 22, Baldomir, who’s promoted by Sycuan Ringside Promotions, is set to fight Floyd Mayweather Jr. Nov. 4 at the Mandalay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas and live on HBO Pay-Per-View.

But, before training camp began, Baldomir, an avid fisherman, visited the Parana River in Argentina, mere minutes from his home in Santa Fe. While fishing, the Argentine native reeled in the largest Bogas he has ever caught. continue

Tickets on sale for Godfrey-Batchelder

HARTFORD (August 29, 2006) – Tickets are now on sale for the September 23rd “Night of the Rising Stars” Pro-Am boxing show, headlined by the cruiserweight unification bout between Matt “Too Smooth” Godfrey and Danny “Boy” Batchelder, at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford. Tickets for “Night of the Rising Stars,” promoted by Classic Entertainment & Sports, Inc., are now on sale at the Connecticut Convention Center (860.249.6000) or by going on line at continue

Ricky Hatton to Visit Int'l Boxing Hall of Fame

CANASTOTA, NY - AUGUST 29, 2006 - Two-division world champion Ricky "The Hitman" Hatton will make his first visit to "Boxing's Hometown" on Wednesday, September 13th where he will be the guest of honor at a special VIP reception at the Boxing Hall of Fame's Event Pavilion. "Ricky Hatton is one of the most exciting young boxers in the world today and the Hall is thrilled about welcoming him to Canastota from his home in England," said Hall of Fame director Ed Brophy. "It's a great opportunity for fans to meet one of boxing's superstars." continue

Joan Guzman National Conference Call Quotes

29.08.06 - Promoted by Sycuan Ringside Promotions, undefeated former world champion Joan Guzman (25-0, 17 KOs), of the Dominican Republic, challenges current WBO 130-pound champion Jorge Barrios Sept. 16 at the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas and live on HBO Pay-Per-View. The following are quotes from Guzman from Tuesday’s national conference call: continue

‘Manos de Piedra’ - An Eternal Flame (1972-1980) Part 1

29.08.06 - By Michael Klimes: ‘There is only one legend and that is me’ Roberto Duran.


In the famous film The Matrix, one of the protagonists and by far one of the coolest characters in recent film history is Morpheus. Morpheus is instructing his new student Neo on the gravity of the new world he has discovered. He makes the memorable observation, ‘Some rules can be bent and others can be broken.’ Most of the time I feel Hollywood manufactures completely commercial movies, which surprise critics more and more by how debased, shallow and pointless they are. However, sometimes one can absorb a snippet of wisdom from a motion picture and, on the occasional sunrise, a film from Hollywood does manage to cast a rainbow over its rainy clouds.

Morpheus’s message on ‘rules’ that can be ‘bent’ and ‘broken’ applies to life, sport and general physics. You have your ‘normal’ entities and then the ‘exceptions’ or the exception to the rule. Roberto Duran, a small man from Panama proved to be one of those fighters who did not follow conventional tradition. continue

Euro Boxing Roundup: Veit, Kessler, Asikainen vs Sipos, More

29.08.06 - By Per Ake Persson: Universum have announced two big October events: On October 21 in Halle/Salle WBC Int´l supermiddle champ Mario Veit headlines along with WBO jr middle ruler Sergei Dzindziruk with the former "biggest prospect in German boxing ever" Jurgen Brahmer on the comeback trail after the upset loss to Mario Veit. On October 28 in Stuttgart Universum have cruiser Firat Arslan and heavyweight Ruslan Chagaev on top. continue

Pacquiao-Morales III: Today's Quotable

29.08.06 - "On November 18, Manny Pacquiao will have Erik Morales eating his heart out. And by the looks of Erik at the recent press conference, that seems to be the ONLY thing Erik HASN'T eaten!" - Freddie Roach, Trainer for Manny Pacquiao. continue

Peter vs Toney: Samuel Peter, Robert Guerrero Showtime Quotes

29.08.06 - Photos by Joe Miranda - Samuel “The Nigerian Nightmare” Peter (26-1, 22 KOs) and Robert “The Ghost’’ Guerrero (18-1-1, 11 KOs) participated in an open media workout Monday at the Los Angeles Boxing Academy as they continued to prepare for their big fights Saturday at STAPLES Center on SHOWTIME. Peter faces James “Lights Out’’ Toney (69-4-3, 1 ND, 43 KOs), in a 12-round WBC heavyweight elimination bout while Guerrero challenges IBF featherweight champion Eric “Mighty Mouse” Aiken (16-4, 12 KOs). Tickets, priced at $300, $150, $75 and $50, are available at all TicketMaster locations and at STAPLES Center's Box Office. continue

Toney vs. Peter: Look For Samuel To Put Toney Out Of His Misery!

karen belford29.08.06 - By Karen Belford: This Saturday at the Staples center in Los Angeles, we will possibly be seeing the end of a once great star, James Toney, 38, when he takes on the young Nigerian knockout artist Samuel Peter (26-1, 22 KO's)in a fight that will decide the future opponent for Oleg Maskaev, the WBC heavyweight champion.

Toney (69-4-3, 43 KO's) clearly has the better boxing skills, even at this advanced stage in his career, no matter what shapes he's in. He's just a flat out much better boxer than Peter can hope to be. However, the problem for Toney is that since moving to the heavyweight division, he's relied on winning his fights while fighting off the ropes, partly to conserve strength now that's older, but also to take advantage of his superior counter punching and defensive skills. Up to this point, Toney has been wildly successful using this style, beating fighters, such as, John Ruiz, Dominick Guinn and fighting to a draw against Hasim Rahman. continue

Boxing and MMA in Louisiana

28.08.06 - At a press conference held at Prejean’s Restaurant in Lafayette, Louisiana Dana Pitcher Productions in association with Miller Lite and Courtesy GMC announced September to Remember – “The Best of Both Worlds” an action packed evening of world class professional Boxing and Mixed Martial Arts, showcasing an unprecedented 12 fight card with 4 main events, featuring Acadian’s own Jason Papillion 36-12 (24ko's) in a 10 round Jr. Middleweight slug fest against Venezuela’s Marcus “The Terminator” Primera 20-13 (13ko’s). continue

Interview With Norwegian light heavy Kim Jenssen

28,08,06 - Norwegian light heavyweight Kim Jenssen likes to knock people out! In the ring, of course. After winning the Norwegian national amateur championships in 2004, he turned professional later that year in Finland with a fourth-round stoppage over Czech Thomas Vican. Since then he has compiled a record of seven unbeaten fights, with five wins coming inside the distance. continue

The Contender Season 2 - And Then There Were Eight..

28.08.06 - By Alden "The Kid" Chodash: Riding on the fact that 'The Contender' season one unexpectedly boosted the opinion of boxing to many non-boxing fans (winning a 2005 Ring Magazine event of the year award in the progress), it was seemingly impossible for the sequel to reach the standards season one set let alone emulate them. continue

Klitschko vs Brock in November

Klitschko vs Brock28.08.06 - By Mike Casile-Philadelphia boxing Report: Just when you thought you were going to be lulled to sleep by the Heavyweight division, they went ahead and threw a fight together that actually may be something to watch. Wladimir Klitschko  46 – 3 (41 KO’s) is said to be putting a deal together that would have him meet Calvin Brock 29 – 0 (22 KO’s) in November. Calvin called out Klitschko during his interview with the Philadelphia Boxing Report back in June. If Klitschko stalks Brock in the ring, this could be a very good fight.

Brock’s last outing with Timor Imbrigamov was so boring, Calvin told me that even he was bored! This could be the shot in the arm this division needs, considering the Hideous PPV number for Maskaev / Rahman. Shelly Finkel, Klitschko’s manager, wanted Maskaev, but is now sold firmly on Brock. The deal is not done yet, but it will happen. continue

Nolan, & Mitchell twins take Titles

28.08.06 - By Jeff "Big Bazooka" Linenfelser at ringside: Silverhawk Boxing pyt on another perfect show Saturday eve at the Pompano Cinema Club in Pompano Beach Florida, showing why they are truely leading the pack in boxing excitement! Leo "Paco" Nolen won a hard fought DQ victory over the very game and rugged Ed Phipps in the 8th round after Phipps lost his mouthpiece several times forcing Referee Garry to end the fight giving Nolen the win for the USBO Heavyweight Title. continue

Bloody Night in Chicago

28.08.06 - By Ted Sares: The night before my fight with "Tough Tommy" Liske at outdoor Rock-Ola stadium on Chicago's Northwest side, I had a sit down with my old man about strategy. Liske was a red headed, green eyed Polish kid from the Wilson Park area. An ex-street fighter who was mean through and through.Though somewhat short in stature, he was a hard body with a chin to match and was often willing to absorb heavy punishment in order to mete it out. He combined a straight-ahead style with a wind mill attack to overwhelm most of his light heavyweight opponents. He was a banger rather than a stylist....and I didn't want to engage in his type of brawl. continue

UFC 62: Liddell Destoys Sobral In 1st Round!

28.08.06 - By David Lahr: Chuck "The Iceman" Liddell (19-3), the UFC Light heavyweight champion, once again defended his title, this time stopping the hapless Brazilian Renato (Babalu) Sobral (27-6) at 1:35 of the first round at the UFC 62 competition, at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. The match started out somewhat slowly with Sobral seeming very cautious of Liddell's power, perhaps remembering last time he fought Liddell in 2002, a match Sobrato was stopped in the 1st round after absorbing a kick to the head. However, after a brief feeling out period in the first few minutes of the round, Sobral suddenly launched a suicidal attack, charging Liddell and throwing wild hammakers, none of which did any damage to Liddell. continue

Valuev arrives in NYC - Valuev vs Barrett

28.08.06 - Legendary promoter Don King will welcome undefeated WBA heavyweight champion Nikolai Valuev to the United States with a giant-sized media blitz to announce his upcoming "Big Red October" heavweight fight against Monte "Two-Gunz" Barrett at the the kick-off press conference on Wednesday, Aug. 30. Valuev's day begins with breakfast at the Regency Hotel with Russian ambassador Vitali Churkin; followed by King introducing the giant to longtime friend Donald J Trump at Trump Tower; and a trip to the top of the famed Empire State Building.

Already the tallest and heaviest world heavyweight champion in history, weighing in at an astonishing 325 pounds and standing at an incredicle 7 feet tall, Americans will get their first chance to see new champion Valuev as he steps over the ropes entering the ring to face Barrett on October 7th at Allstate Arena in Chicago or live on HBO. The media tour will also make stops in Chicago and LA.

A Ring Of Their Own: Lamare vs Laracuente tonight

28.08.06 - Undefeated Myriam LaMare (12-0) will again play host to Belinda "Brown Sugar" Laracuente (22-14-3) as the two fighters face off for the WBA light welterweight title. This fight airs beginning the week of August 28. To catch all of the hard hitting action of "A Ring of Their Own", the only all women’s boxing series, visit the website, for viewing information, schedules and stations. continue

Librado Andrade Headlines "Independence Brawl" on Sept. 15

27.08.06 - Dominic Pesoli’s 8 Count Productions, HOME OF THE BEST IN CHICAGO BOXING teams up with Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions and Miller Lite along with TCF Bank to present INDEPENDENCE BRAWL on Friday, September 15th at Chicago’s Aragon Ballroom. The fully air conditioned Aragon Ballroom is located at 1106 W. Lawrence Avenue on the north side of Chicago. Doors for this event will open at 5:30pm, with the first bell scheduled for 6:30pm. Tickets starting at $25 are available in advance by calling 312-226-5800. continue

David Diaz to Appear on Univision's 'Fuerza Extra' Tonight

27.08.06 - Newly crowned WBC Interim Lightweight World Champion David Diaz will appear on Univision's weekend sports show, FUERZA EXTRA this Sunday night, August 27th at 10pm. FUERZA EXTRA is broadcast on Channel 60 in the Chicagoland area. Diaz will discuss his title win over Jose Armando Santa Cruz two week ago in Las Vegas. He was presented with his new title belt Friday night at the Aragon Ballroom during the 8 Count Productions' CHICAGO SUPERSTARS professional boxing event.

Slater: The Top-Ten Fighters In The World Today - Pound-For-Pound

27.08.06 - By James Slater: As they are from the honest opinion of a freelance writer with no axe to grind, my top ten choices for the finest boxers in the world today, pound-for-pound, are thoroughly and utterly unbiased. I have absolutely nothing to gain or lose from the following ratings. They are simply my genuine picks for the ten finest practitioners of the sweet science that are active today. As such, I believe the rankings you are about to read carry the same relevance as anyone else's.So, for now, forget Ring magazine, forget KO magazine, forget Boxing Digest magazine and forget Boxing Monthly magazine! These are the rankings according to one of Eastside Boxing's loyal contributors.

For period ending August 27th, 2006, my top ten is as follows. continue

Brisson-Jones Fight New Windup

26.08.06 - Philadelphia—Junior welterweight prospect Chad Brisson, of Winnipeg, Ontario, Canada, makes his first start in 12 months when he boxes veteran Russell Stoner Jones, of Denver, CO, in the scheduled 10-round main event Friday, Sept. 29, at the New Alhambra, Swanson & Ritner Streets, next to Forman Mills, in South Philadelphia. First of seven fights at 7.30 p.m. continue

Bobby Chacon: Why He Was "Bad To The Bone"

25.08.06 - By Jim Amato: Arturo Gatti was probably the warrior of this era. Some of his battles, win or lose are becoming legendary. Rewind now back to early 1970's to the mid 80's. There was a boxer, a champion who was Gatti before there was a Gatti. If anyone recalls Bobby "Schoolboy" Chacon they have to remember his blood and guts wars with Rafael " Bazooka " Limon and Cornelius Boza Edwards. He was a fine boxer but in many cases his heart over ruled his head and he decided to slug instead of box. It may have cost Chacon some fights but the fans sure got their money's worth. The got a lot highlight clip memories too. continue

Arthur Abraham Interview: “I don’t wish Miranda’s childhood on anybody!”

25.08.06 - By Izyaslav “Slava” Koza: Last Saturday, I spoke with the IBF Middleweight champion Armenian, Arthur Abraham, effectively a week before what was to be the second defense of his title against Colombian, Edison Miranda. As it turns out, this Saturday we will not have the chance to see the bout due to the champion coming down with the flu (Author’s note: the interview took place before the fight was cancelled). continue

Virgil Hill in the Hall

25.08.06 - By Ted Sares: Next year Roberto Duran becomes eligible for induction into the International Boxing Hall Of Fame and that should be a slam dunk. A few years later, Virgil "Quicksilver" Hill also will become eligible and I submit a reasonable, if not compelling case can be made for his induction as well. Let's look at the facts.

Virgil won his first fight in 1984 against Arthur Wright in Madison Square Garden. He defeated Clarence Osby in 1986 at the Felt Forum in New York City to win the WBC Continental Americas Light Heavyweight Title.

And in 1987 he beat Leslie Stewart in Atlantic City to win his first world championship belt (the WBA Light Heavyweight Title). Almost twenty years later on Jan 27, 2006 and also in Atlantic City, Virgil beat Russian, Valery Brudov, 31-1, in impressive fashion to win the Vacant WBA Cruiserweight Title. The WBA cruiserweight title was vacant because Jean-Marc Mormeck had been elevated to super champion status after winning a unification bout. Brudov was the top-ranked challenger and Hill was No. 2. continue

Abraham: "I'll put Miranda in his place"

25.08.06 - Only four days after the postponement of the IBF middleweight world championship bout between Arthur Abraham and challenger Edison Miranda the fight has been rescheduled today. Abraham is going to defend his belt on September 23 in Wetzlar, Germany. Wilfried Sauerland: “We tried hard to re-organize the fight quickly, the date on September 23rd has already been coordinated with our TV partner ARD. Therefore this is the easiest and best solution.” continue

Team Miranda hopes that Arthur Abraham doesn’t catch cold feet again on Sept 23

HOLLYWOOD, FL, August 25 – A new date has been set for the IBF Middleweight World Title fight between Edison Miranda and Arthur Abraham for September 23, 2006 at the Rittal Arena in Wetzlar, Germany. The fight, which was originally scheduled for this Saturday, August 26th at the EWE-Arena in Oldenburg, Germany, was postponed when Abraham suddenly developed the Flu. continue

Hall of Fame artist Slone puts UFC Champ Chuck Liddell on canvas

25.08.06 - Multi-award winning artist Richard T. Slone has unveiled his latest painting titled “Iceman”, a portrait of UFC light-heavyweight champion Chuck “The Iceman” Liddell. The unveiling comes just days before Liddell is scheduled to defend his title against Renato Sobral in UFC62 which takes place on Saturday, August 26th at the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. read full story

Takaloo v Jennings Fight Postponed

25.08.06 - By James Slater: The intriguing Takaloo v Michael Jennings bout, for the vacant WBU welterweight title is off. For the time being, at least. Apparently, Takaloo has pulled out of the fight - scheduled to have taken place on the under-card of Clinton Woods v Glen Johnson III, on September 2nd, in Bolton, Lancs. This is depressing news. Not only is this fight off for now, but the heavyweight match-up, between heavyweight enigma, Danny Williams and Scott Gammer has also just been scrapped. That's two of British boxing's most appealing contests from the coming weeks ruined.

Most of all though, my heart goes out to Michael Jennings. Having paid a recent personal visit to The Moston and Collyhurst Lads Club gymnasium, in Manchester, where Jennings has been preparing for the fight with the hard punching Takaloo - and seen first hand just how enthusiastically he has been throwing himself into training, it's a crying shame that his big bout has been put off. One can only hope that a replacement opponent will be found for Michael. That way, though it will undoubtedly be a small consolation, at least he will still have the chance to perform on September the 2nd. After the intense training he has put in, it would be an outrage for his efforts to have been completely wasted. continue

Tim Witherspoon presents "Redemption" on Oct 14

Philadelphia (August 25, 2006) – Former Heavyweight Champion “Terrible” Tim Witherspoon, in association with Fingerspoon Promotions, presents REDEMPTION. In a night that is sure to be, one of the best nights in Philadelphia Boxing, Undefeated Chazz Witherspoon 13 – 0 (7KO’s) will attempt to keep his streak going under the lights of the National Guard Armory in NE Philadelphia. “The Gentleman” is coming off a brilliant defeat of Mike Alexander on Showtime Television. continue

Amir: Barrett, You Khan´t Beat Me!

25.08.06 - Amir Khan has welcomed Ryan Barrett's threats of causing an upset at the Bolton Arena on September 2 but has warned the Thamesmead toughnut: "There's only going to be one winner - me!" Boxing wonderboy Khan has his first fight in his hometown in over a year since making his professional debut with a blistering one-round blow-out of David Bailey and Barrett is intent on spoiling proceedings. continue

Euro Boxing Roundup: Miranda vs Abraham on again for Sept 23

25.08.06 - Per Ake Persson: IBF middle champ Arthur Abraham postponed title defence against Edison Miranda has now been rescheduled for September 23 in Wetzlar, a town located just north of Frankfurt/Main. This means that the already scheduled Sauerland event for this date in Muhlheim is cancelled. That show was to have featured Marco Huck vs Pietro Aurino for the vacant EU cruiser title and a number of other interesting fights. There is also a number of interesting matchups for the undercard of the cancelled August 26 show in Oldenburg. continue

Toney-Peter Showtime Conference Call Quotes

Toney vs Peter25.08.06 - Photos: Joe Miranda - Toney (shown hitting the mitts) faces Samuel "The Nigerian Nightmare" Peter in a WBC heavyweight elimination bout in the main event on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING on Saturday, Sept. 2 on SHOWTIME (10 p.m., ET/PT, delayed on the west coast), at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles.

Peter: We are here. I am ready to go on Sept. 2. I am telling everybody inside the media. We are ready to do what it takes to win.

Toney: I will not be shy. I am looking forward to Sept. 2. It is going to be a good fight. I hope Sam Peter keeps his promise because I have got something for him. Nobody is going to put my [expletive] down. It is not going to happen. He isn’t going to do it because he is in the amateurs. I am ready to fight. It is time to end all this talking. Let us get it on. Everybody talking, his promoters are talking. I am not anybody to play with. I will take Peter’s [expletive] out.

Question: Sam, what is your reaction to this kind of talk and how is it going to affect the fight?

Toney: That is him doing all the talking. I do not talk. I talk with my hands. I only retaliate (to) what they say to me. continue

Aiken-Guerrero: Showtime Conference Call Quotes

25.08.06 - 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 in a 12-round WBC heavyweight elimination bout on SHOWTIME (10 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast) at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles. In the co-feature, Eric “Mighty Mouse” Aiken defends his IBF featherweight title against Robert “The Ghost’’ Guerrero. continue

Dmitriy Salita & 50 Cent Help Tikva Children’s Home

25.08.06 - Photo © UdoR - Unbeaten welterweight contender Dmitriy “Star of David” Salita (25-0-1, 15KO’s) is joined recently by rapper 50 Cent at Chelsea Piers in Manhattan to benefit Tikva Children’s Home, a non-profit charitable organization whose core mission is to care for the homeless, abandoned and abused Jewish children of Odessa, Ukraine. Salita, who was born in Odessa, will square off with Franciso Campos (20-7-1, 11KO’s) on DiBella. Entertainment’s Broadway Boxing Presented by StubHub at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York on 20 September. continue

Rocky Rukundo Fights Former Belarussian Champ

25.8.2006: When exiting Ugandan lightweight crowd-pleaser Sam “Rocky” Rukundo (7-0, 3 KOs) enters the ring for one of the featured bouts on Risum Boxing’s show at Idraettens Hus in Vejle, Denmark on September 8, he will be facing the biggest challenge of his professional career. Rukundo is slated to fight former Belarussian light welterweight champion Valery Kharyanov (13-10, 6 KOs) over eight rounds, in what looks like another entertaining scrap involving the 2004 Olympic quarterfinalist. continue

Evander Holyfield: Respect His Right To Fight

Holyfield24.08.06 - By Stuart Cornwell: Evander Holyfield continues to fight on amidst the hysterical calls for him to hang up his gloves. A week ago he beat a man of decidedly limited boxing ability inside of two rounds. Some reports suggest his next opponent will be Sinan Samil Sam, a tough fighter on the fringes of world-class. He has no intention of retiring yet and everyone is aware of that. His declared goal is to be the world=s undisputed heavyweight champion once more. In my last article I asked, Awhat has the old man got left ?@, because frankly, if we are going to talk about him in the context of his boxing today then it is perhaps the most relevant question.

I have noticed a lot of people are concerned with the idea of Holyfield continuing to fight. People do not want to see him get hurt again, or rushed into a fight with a top fighter and maimed. No one wants to see him getting beaten up again, or punched into a coma. Or killed. continue

Joan Guzman - Weight Not an Issue

LAS VEGAS, Nev. - (Aug. 24, 2006) – With a chest and arms so chiseled he looks as though he could go 12 rounds without breaking a sweat, undefeated former world champion Joan Guzman’s sculpted body, along with his tremendous stamina and lightning-quick speed, just might ensure his title bout with Jorge Barrios for the World Boxing Organization (WBO) junior lightweight title doesn’t go the distance. continue

Arce & Chavez Jr Coming To Rio Grande Valley, Sept. 23

24.08.06 - HIDALGO, TEXAS---The Rio Grande Valley, along the border of South Texas, has proven to be one of the most vibrant boxing markets in the United States since the opening of the new Dodge Arena in Hidalgo, Texas, over three years ago. The 6,500 seat arena has hosted several nationally televised boxing events since it opening, but none bigger than the one that Top Rank, Inc. will be presenting on Saturday, September 23th. continue

Vazquez/Gonzalez Ready to Rumble on Barrera-Juarez undercard

LOS ANGELES, August 24, 2006 - WBC world super bantamweight champion Israel Vazquez (40-3, 29 KOs) and his challenger, WBO bantamweight king Jhonny Gonzalez (33-4, 28 KOs) participated in an international conference call Wednesday and started the crossfire for their world championship bout as part of the undercard of the championship rematch between Marco Antonio Barrera and Rocky Juarez on Saturday, September 16 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada and broadcast live on HBO Pay-Per-View. continue

Tyson vs. Dempsey: The Ultimate Heavyweight Dream Fight

24.08.06 - By James Slater: The idea of dream fights appeals to many fight fans. Close your eyes and picture what you think would have happened between one legendary fighter and another, and your imagination can come up with all kinds of scenarios. Your opinion may change from time to time, too. While in the minds of some avid fans, the outcome between one of their idols against a current champion will constantly remain unchanged. They cannot even contemplate the notion that some guy who reigns today would have been able to have lived with their hero, and if anyone else were to suggest that the fighter they so admire just might have been beaten by another boxer, their anger would be quite passionate.

The fictitious fight that is the subject of this article may very well be one that inspires such disagreement and fury. But before anyone gets mad, let me just say that my opinion - of what the likely outcome would have been had a peak Mike Tyson met a peak Jack Dempsey - is just that, an opinion. No-one is setting out to offend anyone. continue

David Estrada Tops Broadway Boxing Undercard Sept 20

New York, August 24 - A star studded undercard highlighted by the Broadway Boxing debut of David Estrada will thrill fight fans on the Dmitriy Salita (25-0-1, 15 KO’s) vs. Francisco Campos (20-7-1, 12 KO’s) and Edgar Santana (18-2, 12 KO’s) vs. Vladimir Khodokovsky (14-9-2, 3 KO’s) main event doubleheader on Wednesday, September 20 at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City when DiBella Entertainment teams with StubHub for another action packed fight night. continue

“Fight Night Fights” return to Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS (August 24, 2006) – “Friday Night Fights,” promoted by Guilty Boxing in association with Silverhawk Championship Boxing, returns September 1 to Las Vegas, headlined by the NABF & NABA super featherweight title fight between Fernando “The Thief” Trejo and Agnaldo Nunes, at the Orleans Hotel-Casino. continue

Mike Marrone On Toney/Peter Undercard

New York, August 24—Highly-regarded Samuel “The Nigerian Nightmare” Peter is by no means the only top-flight heavyweight in the stable of Duva Boxing and promoter Dino Duva. Here comes undefeated Mike “The Italian Stallion” Marrone, who will show his considerable talent on the under card of the big Peter vs. Toney show at Staples Center on Saturday night, September 2, in Los Angeles. continue

James Toney celebrates 38th birthday

Toney James24.08.06 - Photos by Joe Miranda- Los Angeles– “All of us at Goossen Tutor Promotions and the boxing world would like to wish our very special world champion, James “Lights Out” Toney a “Very Happy 38th Birthday,” said Dan Goossen, President of Goossen Tutor Promotions.

Toney plans to rip apart his nicely wrapped birthday package belatedly by disposing of highly-regarded and hard-hitting heavyweight contender Samuel “The Nigerian Nightmare” Peter in the scheduled 12-round main event at LA’s Staples Center a week from Saturday night.

Toney says he feels better than ever and can’t weight to shock the world when he steps into the ring for his winner take-all battle with Peter, which is being billed as “No Risk, No Reward.” continue

Lennox Lewis V.S. Vitali Klitschko: The Final Cut

24.08.06 - By Dave Domenico: There has been endless speculation and endless debate over who would have won that fight. The fact remains that Lennox Lewis won by a technical knockout because Vitali Klitschko suffered a severe cut that caused the ring doctor to end the bout. Lewis was technically the winner, but it did little to resolve the actual winner of the fight since Klitschko was ahead on points at the time of the stoppage. I am not wishing to bring up a discussion that’s been talked to death, I’m simply offering my final conclusion that will hopefully sum up the epic battle between these two great heavyweights. As usual, I came up with a list of seven points to finalize this bout. Here we go. continue

Euro Boxing Roundup; Maske vs Hill, More

24.08.06 - By Per Ake Persson: Virgil Hill vs Henry Maske was announced yestersday (Aug 23) at a press conference in Munich. It will be a non-title fight fought at a weight somewhere between the lightheavy and cruiser limit. As for the date German news agency dpa writes that it will be at the end of February or the beginning of March next year at the Olympia Halle in Munich where Hill beat Maske back in 96. continue

The Return of Predictamundo: A Preview of Woods-Johnson

24.08.06 - By John Way: Next month, old nemesis’ Glencoffe Johnson and Clinton Woods do battle for the third, and likely final time for the IBF light heavyweight title. In a rivalry that began late in 2003 with a controversial draw in Woods’ hometown of Sheffield England, the race is too close to call going into its final lap. Johnson’s supporters point to his previous mastery of his British opponent, and subsequent wins over Roy Jones and Antonio Tarver as proof of his superiority. Team Woods is unimpressed, claiming that the Miami-based Jamaican has shot his bolt. continue

Corrales-Casamayor III Quotes and Notes

Casamayor vs Corrales24.08.06 - Photo: Mary Ann Owen / For SHOWTIME - Joel Casamayor (left) and Diego Corrales pose after Wednesday's press conference at Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas to formally announce their grudge rubber match on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING Saturday, Oct. 7, on SHOWTIME (9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast). Corrales-Casamayor III will be shown during a FREE PREVIEW WEEKEND on SHOWTIME (Friday, Oct. 6-Monday, Oct. 9).

When the 20th anniversary celebration of SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING continues on SHOWTIME on Saturday, Oct. 7, at 9 p.m., ET/PT (delayed on the west coast), Diego “Chico” Corrales will face nemesis and former 130-pound world champion, southpaw Joel “El Cepillo” Casamayor.

The rubber match of an outstanding, hard-fought series will be promoted by Gary Shaw Productions, LLC, and take place at Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. Corrales (40-3, 33 KOs), of Las Vegas, by way of Sacramento, is 8-1 in world title fights. Casamayor (33-3-1, 21 KOs), of Miramar, Fla., by way of Guantanamo, Cuba, is 7-3. continue

Calzaghe-Bika: Tickets On Sale Now!

24.08.06 - Britain's No.1 fighter is back! WBO /IBF World Super-Middleweight Champion Joe Calzaghe headlines the magnificent M.E.N Arena on Saturday 14 October and takes on the Australian dangerman Sakio Bika. The show will also feature: continue

Ryan Barrett Homes In On Amir Khan

24.08.06 - Tough talking Ryan Barrett is promising to upstage Amir Khan's homecoming party at the Bolton Arena on Saturday 2 September. The lanky Thamesmead southpaw reckons he will give boxings golden boy the hardest fight of his career and insist that it is the glory, and not money, that is motivating him to pull off a stunning victory. "This is the opportunity that I have been waiting for all of my career and now I've got the chance to step up and show just what I can do," Said the 23-year-old. continue

Rita Figueroa Battles At The Aragon This Friday Night

24.08.06 - Chicagoland’s most popular female fighter, Rita Figueroa, battles this Friday night, August 25th as Dominic Pesoli’s 8 Count Productions, HOME OF THE BEST IN CHICAGO BOXING, presents CHICAGO SUPERSTARS at the fully air conditioned Aragon Ballroom. CHICAGO SUPERSTARS is presented by 8 Count Productions along with Miller Lite and TCF Bank. continue

Evander Holyfield a Done Deal

24.08.06 - By Aaron King: Those listening to local sports radio in Pittsburgh last evening may have heard an unusual and scarcely uttered phrase trickle from their speakers – “In boxing news…”

Indeed there was boxing news this past weekend. Evander Holyfield needed only two rounds to dispatch Jeremy Bates en route to a TKO victory last Friday night. After reviewing some fight notes, the radio host asked, “So, what will be next for Evander Holyfield?”

Let’s review before attempting to answer this question. Holyfield’s victory over Bates was his first since June of 2002 when he beat Hasim Rahman via head butt. “The Beast” now has, after his loss to Holyfield, a dazzling record of 21-12-2. Bates was actually able to stun “Commander Vander” early in the second round. Holyfield is 43 years old. continue

Tickets Go On Sale THIS FRIDAY for Corrales-Casamayor III

LAS VEGAS – World lightweight champion Diego Corrales and former world champion and top-rated contender Joel Casamayor, with a combined record of 73-6-1 (53 KOs) and a winning percentage exceeding 91 percent, will step into the ring and go mano-a-mano for the third and final time to settle their fantastic trilogy. Promoted by Gary Shaw Productions, LLC., in association with DRL Promotions, “MANIFiST DESTINY!” – Corrales vs. Casamayor III – not only will determine the division’s true world champion, but the winner will leave the ring knowing he expanded his legacy in boxing history. continue

Israel Vazquez National Conference Call Quotes

23.08.06 - Promoted by Sycuan Ringside Promotions, World Boxing Council super bantamweight champion Israel Vazquez (40-3, 29 KOs) and World Boxing Organization bantamweight champion Jhonny Gonzalez (33-4, 28 KOs) square off on Mexican Independence Day on Saturday, Sept. 16 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Vazquez, who became the 100th Mexican champion with his first world title on March 25, 2004, is the Ring Magazine champion and also hailed by his countrymen as the heir apparent to the popularity throne of Marco Antonio Barrera. continue

Crossroad fights for Nolan and Mitchell twins Saturday night in Pompano Beach

POMPANO BEACH, Florida (August 23, 2006) - Unbeaten heavyweight Leo "Paco" Nolan, as well as the Mitchell twins, Aaron and Eric, is in a crossroads fight Saturday night on "Fight Night," promoted by Silverhawk Championship Boxing, at Club Cinema in Pompano Beach, Florida. Nolan (26-0, 10 KOs), 33, needs to make a statement in his 10-round bout against Jed Phipps (17-4, 10 KOs) for the vacant USBO title in order to be considered America's top heavyweight and get a world title shot in 2007. continue

Baldomir/Mayweather: Modern Day Cinderella Stories - Carlos Baldomir & Sycuan Ringside Promotions

23.08.06 - SAN DIEGO, Calif.-- Not too long ago, not even the most diehard boxing fan could tell you who Carlos Baldomir (photo by Marty Rosengarten) or Sycuan Ringside Promotions was.

That was then.

Now, as Sycuan Ringside Promotions prepares to present its seventh world title bout of 2006, the stage is set for Baldomir to defend his World Boxing Council welterweight championship against fight Floyd Mayweather Jr. Nov. 4 from Mandalay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas and live on HBO Pay-Per-View.

“It’s really incredible how far Carlos has come in such a short time,” said Glenn Quiroga, President of Sycuan Ringside Promotions. “And there’s an interesting parallel between his ascent to the top of the sport and ours as a promotional entity. This is an exciting time for all of us.”. continue

Euro Boxing Roundup: Stieglitz, Valuev, More

23.08.06 - By Per Ake Persson: Number one IBF supermiddle challenger Robert Stieglitz is kept waiting despite winning an eliminator in December of last year. There will be purse bids for Calzaghe vs Stieglitz early November. Robert could have recieved the October 14 date with Calzaghe but no TV deal could be worked out with a German network as that date was already reserved for Markus Beyer vs Mikkel Kessler WBC/WBA unification bout. continue

Nikolai Valuev on promotion tour in America

23.08.06 - "Russian Giant" Nikolai Valuev is going to finish his high-altitude training camp tomorrow in Armenia. On Friday he is going to travel to Berlin to accept the Russian ambassador´s invitation to be the guest at the Russian-German ball of politics, economy and culture (Russisch-Deutscher Ball der Politik, Wirtschaft und Kultur). On Monday, the WBA heavyweight world champion is going to fly to the USA to start a six-day promotion tour together with his manager Wilfried Sauerland and co-promoter Don King.. continue

Godfrey-Batchelder Press Conference Quotes

HARTFORD (August 23, 2006) – Classic Entertainment & Sports, Inc. (CES) will promote the first boxing show ever held at the Connecticut Convention Center, the appropriately named “Night of the Rising Stars” Pro-Am card, headlined by a cruiserweight unification bout between Matt “Too Smooth” Godfrey and Danny “Boy” Batchelder, on September 23. continue

Danny Williams - Does He Really Want To Fight Anymore?

23.08.06 - By James Slater: British heavyweight hope, Danny Williams has pulled out of his fight with Scott Gammer. The bout, to decide the British heavyweight championship, was to have been fought on October the thirteenth. But Williams, claiming he would not be in sufficiently good condition, has withdrawn from the contest. This is not the first time Danny has done such a thing. His first meeting with arch-rival, Matt Skelton also had to wait until the Brixton man felt he was a hundred percent ready.

The benefit of the doubt was given to him on this occasion. Danny, after-all, did claim to have flu. Still, he waited an inordinate amount of time before informing a dismayed Frank Warren that he wouldn’t be fighting. Now he has withdrawn his services from a bout again. And although this time he at least announced his intentions in sufficient time so as a replacement could be found for Gammer - who will now face Michael Steeds - this in itself is something of a puzzler. How does Danny know, some seven weeks before fight time, that he will not be ready? Seven weeks should be ample time - for a fit and determined athlete, anyway. One who is anxious to get his career back on track after a disappointing performance last time out. continue

Low Ratings for Maskaev/Rahman, a Direct Reflection of the Ike Quartey Fiasco

23.08.06 - By Mike Casile:(PBR)- The writing was on the wall for the Maskaev / Rahman fight, before they ever threw a punch. There can not be anyone, with a rational brain in their head, that would fork out $49.95, to see two unpopular Heavyweights duke it out, when the week before they watched a man get lose by a questionable decision on HBO, with little or no consequence. Why more journalists were not calling HBO, the judges, and the New York State boxing commission on the carpet. It was a disgrace. There is absolutely NO way Vernon Forrest beat Ike Quartey, in my opinion. There is NO company in the “pocket” of the Philadelphia Boxing Report. We tell you the way it is. continue

Shannon Landberg Talks About Bobby Gunn

August 23, 2006 West Lafayette, IN Having grown-up in and around boxing his entire life, Cruiserweight Shannon Landberg (58-11 w/26 KO’s) has seen and done most everything in the squared circle except win a Professional World Championship. On September 16, 2006 “Sandman” gets his second crack at a World Title when he meets Bobby Gunn (15-2 w/12 KO’s) for the IBA World Cruiserweight Title. continue

Blain beats Mosquera, Bidenko decisions Mazikin

By Per Ake Persson: August 23, Hamburg, Germany: French jr welter Willy Blain retained the WBO I/C title with a close, a lot closer than the judges scored, but deserved win over tough Panamanian Juan Mosquera. Blain was down in the tenth but got up and survived the round. It was scored 117-111, 116-111 and 115-112. Willy Blain, southpaw, is now 14-0 and is a brilliant boxer but lacks punch. continue

James Toney/Sam Peter: "Lights Out" Looks To Put "Nigerian Nightmare" To Sleep

23.08.06 - Tired of beating up on sparring partners while preparing for his September 2 fight against Samuel “The Nigerian Nightmare” Peter, James “Lights Out” Toney handed out some power shots of his own at a media gathering following a recent training session at Freddie Roach’s Wild Card Gym in Hollywood.

“Why does that (bleeping) Peter talk (bleep) about his power and think that he can ignore mine?” an indignant Toney shouted out. “I got 43 mutha (bleeping) knockouts in 69 wins, and that big (bleeping bleep) will be number 44. What the (bleep) will he say then lying flat on his back?

“Every (bleeping) guy I fight is bigger and stronger than me – supposedly. Peter is no different. Look at Rahman and what I did to his face. He didn’t knock me down. He didn’t faze me. Nobody knocks James ‘Lights Out’ Toney down. If Peter thinks he is going to knock me (bleeping) out, he has another (bleeping) thing coming. I’ll punish him more than he can ever believe could ever happen to him. I’ll beat my respect out of him.” continue

Another Successful Year of Star Boxing in Saratoga

23.08.06 - Promoter Joe DeGuardia of Star Boxing congratulates Vinny Maddalone, Malachy Farrell and all the other boxers in what turned out to be a fantastic night of televised boxing, last Friday, August 18, at the City Center in Saratoga Springs, NY. In front of an energetic and vocal live audience, as well as nationwide viewers of the MSG Network, Maddalone (27-3, 19 KOs) won a thrilling 10-round majority decision over tough-as-nails Jermell Barnes (17-13-1, 4 KOs) in the evening’s main event. continue

ESPN Names New Alhambra Boxing Venue Of The Year

Philadelphia—In a recent column on the website, blow-by-blow announcer Joe Tessitore named the New Alhambra in South Philadelphia as the best place to watch a fight over the recent Wednesday Night Fight series on ESPN 2. In Tessitore’s weekly column, this one dated Aug. 8, Tessitore gave awards for the five-month WNF series, including Fight of the Year, Knockout of the Year, etc. continue

Miranda: "Abraham has cold feet"

HOLLYWOOD, FL, August 22 – Team Pantera, ready to celebrate the crowning of a new middleweight king, Edison Miranda, Saturday at the EWE-Arena in Oldenburg, Germany, will have to wait just a little while longer, as it was announced that IBF Middleweight Champion Arthur Abraham has withdrawn from this weekend’s bout, citing illness. continue

Duddy vs Campas Headlines Sept 29 MSG Card

Duddy vs CampasNew York, August 22— photo by Wray Edwards / ESB - Ireland’s John Duddy (17-0, 15 KO's) will be back in the Big Apple spotlight when he faces the sternest test of his young career against former world champion, Mexico’s Yory Boy Campas (88-8, 72 KO’s), on Friday night, September 29, at the Theater at Madison Square Garden.

A press conference was held today at Jack Demsey’s on West 33rd Street in the shadow of the Garden for the formal announcement by Irish Ropes and DRL Promotions. Irish Ropes was represented by Eddie McLoughlin and Jim Borzell, while the trio of Dan Wise, Luis De Cubas and the legendary Roberto Duran were the DRL triumvirate.

Duddy, the favorite son of Derry, Ireland, and now an explosive New York fan favorite, looks to uncork his powerful punch again at the Mecca of Boxing before his ever-growing legion of fans from far and wide.

Duddy has fought at MSG in his last two ring appearances, downing the veteran Alfredo Cuevas in the seventh round in the arena on the Cotto-Malignaggi undercard on June 10, while scoring an opening round KO over Shelby Pudwill at a packed to the rafters Theater on March 16 in a pre-St. Patrick’s Day celebration. Duddy is on a collision course for a world title and Campas is the next hurdle. continue

Ouma Would Love To Fight Taylor

22.08.06 - When Kassim Ouma heard last Friday (Aug. 18) ESPN 2 boxing analyst Teddy Atlas mention a potential Ouma-Jermain Taylor fight for the world middleweight title in December, “it was one of the happiest days of my life,” he said. “I have nothing but the utmost respect for Jermain Taylor as a person and a champion and it certainly would be an honor for me to fight him, even if it has to be in his town (Little Rock, AR),” said Ouma. “Big fights like that get me pumped up.”. continue

Rayco "War" Saunders Signs With Sin City Boxing Management

Las Vegas, Nevada(August 22, 2006)– "Slick" Nick Sampson & Macke Roberts of Sin City Boxing Management proudly announce the signing of light heavyweight contender Rayco "War" Saunders 15-7-2(7 KO's) to an exclusive management contract. After months of inactivity, Saunders will be moving down from the cruiserweight division to campaign in the light heavyweight division, explains Nick Sampson & Macke Roberts. continue

SMV to produce Tommy Morrison documentary

Santa Monica, CA (SMV) August 22, 2006 – Score! Media Ventures announced today that it has entered into an agreement with Integrity Entertainment to produce a documentary on the professional boxer Tommy Morrison. Morrison, the former WBO heavyweight world champion, has fought the likes of Lennox Lewis and George Foreman and is attempting a comeback at the age of 38. The film will document his struggle to return to former glory. continue

Evander Holyfield: What Has The Old Man Got Left?

evander holyfield22.08.06 - By Stuart Cornwell: On October 19th, less than two months from now, living legend Evander Holyfield will turn forty-four. His latest victory, last Friday night against Jeremy Bates of West Virginia, marked the beginning of yet another attempt to re-establish himself as the world’s undisputed heavyweight champion, a title he first won sixteen years ago. Reports suggest his next fight will take place in November, possibly against the very capable Sinan Samil Sam.

The manner in which Holyfield took care of Bates was as impressive as anyone could have expected from a man of 43 who is considered completely finished as a world-class fighter. Coming into this fight having lost his last three, and coming straight off a 19-month layoff, it would have come as no real surprise to see him struggle against even a mediocre fighter such as Bates. The two-round beating Evander Holyfield dished out on Jeremy Bates has at least shown that a gulf in class still exists between the aged former champion and the lower-rung journeymen of the division. continue

Steve Smoger Named IBA Title Fight Referee

August 22, 2006 Clearwater, FL Rock Solid Boxing in association with the LCO Casino and in accordance with the LCO Tribal Boxing Commission officially announce veteran World Class referee Steve Smoger will be the referee in charge for the upcoming IBA World Cruiserweight Championship between Bobby Gunn and Shannon Landberg on September 16 “Night of Champions” in Hayward, Wisconsin. continue

Hernandez vs. DeVictoria Headlines Friday At The Aragon Ballroom

22.08.06 - Dominic Pesoli’s 8 Count Productions, HOME OF THE BEST IN CHICAGO BOXING has finalized plans for CHICAGO SUPERSTARS, another evening of world class professional boxing set for this Friday night, August 25th at the fully air conditioned Aragon Ballroom. CHICAGO SUPERSTARS is presented by 8 Count Productions along with Miller Lite and TCF Bank. continue

Malignaggi ready to roar again

BROOKLYN (August 22, 2006) - Super lightweight contender Paulie "The Magic Man" Malignaggi (21-1, 5 KOs) has received medical clearance to return to the ring. Malignaggi underwent surgery in mid-June to repair his fractured right cheekbone. Today, he returned to the Lahey Clinic & Medical Center in Burlington, Massachusetts, where senior plastic surgeon Dr. David J. Bryan evaluated Malignaggi and gave him a green light to start training. continue

"The Punisher" Williams Destroys Mitchell in Four

paul williams22.08.06 - By Frank Gonzalez Jr.: Standing at six foot-one inch tall, southpaw Welterweight Prospect, Paul "The Punisher" Williams (31-0, 23 KO's) lived up to his nick name Saturday night in Reno Nevada, when he punished little five foot-seven inch, Sharmba "Little Big Man" Mitchell (57-6, 31 KO's) for four rounds in a scheduled twelve round mismatch.

The fight was a tale of two prizefighters going in opposite directions, in a battle between a shop worn Mitchell, a former Champion and current stepping-stone fighter, descending into the twilight of his career-against the young and relentless, Paul Williams, a potential star on the way up.

From the opening moments, Williams' long range and aggressiveness enabled him to bang Mitchell from all angles. To his credit, Mitchell was able to land a few clean punches, but never enough to hurt, nor slow down the relentless Williams. continue

Mark Hobson Collects

22.08.06 - Debt collector Mark Hobson, the reigning British and Commonwealth Cruiserweight Champion, reckons he will have to get heavy with Pavol Polakovic on the DebRA charity show on September 8 at the Grosvenor House Hotel for the WBU world title. The hard-hitting Yorkshireman works for Leeds City Council in between fights and collects unpaid Council Tax and Business Rates. continue

Don Broadhurst Aims High

22.08.06 - It's not easy being a British flyweight - but new professional Don Broadhurst says the lack of domestic talent means he'll become a world beater that bit quicker. The 22-year-old Brummie, who snatched flyweight gold at the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne earlier this year, makes his debut on Frank Warren's September 2 show at the Bolton Arena. continue

Boxing After Dark: My How the Mighty Have Fallen

21.08.06 - By Anthony Coleman: People have a tendency to romanticize the past. If you let an old veteran tell you the story of history, they’re bound to tell you the story about the “good ole days”. You know the story I’m talking about. Everybody under the age of forty has heard this story at least three times: “Everything was better in the good ole days. Music, food, movies were better than today and there was no such thing as heart disease. These modern times are just terrible and nothing can compare to yesterday.” continue

Heavyweight Boxing’s Ten Greatest Ever Chins

21.08.06 - By James Slater: Quite often, a boxer’s chin is his final saviour. If his defensive abilities or attempts at blocking a well aimed punch to the head have failed, his chin is the only thing left that can save him. If his jaw is solid he will take the shot and possibly go on to victory. But if his jaw is weak - it’s lights out. In this article, I list my ten choices for greatest ever chins amongst heavyweights. The following men all had amazing ability at taking blows to the jaw. I say had, but some fighters from my list are still active. And even if these members of the list go on to be KO’d a number of times in the coming months, or years, their reputations - for being able to hold a hard head shot - will never be diminished due to what they proved in their primes. Quite simply, their legendary status - as fighters with chins able to withstand all manner of mighty punches - is set in solid stone. A substance that, on more than a few occasions, their jaws seemed to have been fashioned from.

And one final point before the rundown. Simply because a boxer has a great chin does not make him a great fighter. In fact, sometimes it’s just the opposite. continue

Kelvin Davis Gets Back Into the Mix with 5th Round TKO

21.08.06 - By John Way: Shuffled deep into the undercard of the Paul Williams-Sharmba Mitchell fight last Saturday, cruiserweight Kelvin "Koncrete" Davis managed his first win since his May 2004 defeat of Ezra Sellers. Since then, Davis has reneged on a rematch with previous conqueror O’Neil Bell, been stopped by Guillermo Jones in four rounds, lost by unanimous decision to Stevie Cunningham, and been held to a draw by Charles Shufford. Despite being a hair shorter than Marco Antonio Barrera (who turned professional as low as flyweight), Kelvin is rock solid at 200lbs., with a crowd-pleasing style build around a good chin, and a crunching, two-fisted attack. continue

Aiken & Guerrero To Meet Sept. 2 on SHOWTIME

NEW YORK (Aug. 21, 2006) – Since its inception in July 2001, the critically-acclaimed SHOWTIME boxing series, “ShoBox: The New Generation,” has been about making exciting, crowd-pleasing and competitive matches while providing a proving ground for willing up-and-comers determined to fight for and win a world title. When former “ShoBox” fighters Eric Aiken and Robert Guerrero meet for Aiken’s IBF featherweight world title, Saturday, Sept. 2, on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING, it will mark the first time that “ShoBox” graduates have advanced to the network’s championship series to face each other for a world title. continue

Calzaghe vs Bika, Abraham-Miranda Postponed

21.08.06 - Joe Calzaghe returns to the ring on October 14th against Sakio Bika (Cameroon) at Manchester's MEN Arena. Bika has lost one of his 23 pro fights. Biko put up a good fight against WBC champion Markus Beyer in May: the fight was declared a technical draw after four rounds when Beyer suffered a bad cut.

By Per Ake Persson: IBF middleweight champ Arthur Abraham is sidelined with an infection and is not able to go through with his defence against Edison Miranda on Saturday (Aug 26) in Oldenburg. Sauerland Event have cancelled the entire card but hope to be able to reschedule it in September. continue

Who should Wladimir Klitschko face in November?

20.08.06 - By Dave Domenico: With the Proposed November bout between IBF heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko still lingering, we are all anxious to see who the next opponent will be. The question still remains: who should Klitschko face next? I came up with a short list of five fighters who should be considered. Here we go:

#1) Oleg Maskaev (U.S.):

Ol’ Oleg created some serious buzz by rallying late to stop WBC heavyweight champion Hasim Rahman last week. Oleg is now the new WBC champion at age 37. The appeal of this bout is the unification factor. The WBC and IBF belts would be on the line and this fight would be a serious step in the crowning of the true Heavyweight champion. Supposedly Maskaev needs time to recover and it was rumored that a November bout is too soon. Oleg may be a bit too old and limited for Wlad anyway. In my opinion, this fight probably will not happen anytime soon unless the money is too good to pass up. I like Oleg and I would hate to see him have Wlad’s right hand thundering off his head like Chris Byrd did. continue

Sinan Samil Sam Is No Jeremy Bates

20.08.06 - By Ted Sares: Evander Holyfield's fight with Jeremy Bates did not tell me how sharp Holyfield is as much as it told me how bad Bates was. Jeremy, in obvious awe of Evander, was unable to capitalize on the right that he momentarily stunned "The Real Deal" with in the second round and which caused Evander to flounder, albeit tellingly, for just a second. As predicted, Bates quickly fell apart. So much for whatever dreams he may have had. Now Holyfield is hyping "Holyfield V, The Final Chapter," which he fully expects to end with him becoming the heavyweight champion for the fifth time. He is already the only person to do it four times. continue

A Ring Of Their Own Brings Style To Lake Tahoe!

20.08.06 - "Styles make fights" and we’re ready to deliver," said Wanda Bruce, A Ring of Their Own matchmaker. "From "Baby Doll" to "Hurracan" August 31 at Harvey’s will show fight fans a variety of styles and great action. "There will be explosive action when all of these fighters meet," Wanda promised and commented on the evenings card. continue

Boxing Briefs

20.08.06 - By Vanessa McConnell: Top Ranks premier for the rest of the year: For many years Top Rank Boxing has provides boxing fans with the very best entertainment in the world, championship boxing. There is not a great boxer on the map that has not touched a fight card at some time or another promoted by Top Rank. This year was exciting and the ending is even more impressive. continue

Paul Williams destroys Mitchell after dark, and plans on Punishing Margarito

20.08.06 - By Michael Cassell - The 25-year-old Paul “The Punisher” Williams, hailing from Aiken, Georgia, is 31 - 0 (23 KOs) and is ranked #1 by the IBF, WBA, WBC and WBO. He took a national stage once again on HBO’s boxing after dark, or what I very respectfully call “The Max Kellerman Show”. The fighter Max calls “the unique freak”; thoroughly dismantled the battle tested former 140lb Champion Shamba Mitchell. Mitchell was on his back 4 times in 4 rounds, using his 82” reach to surgically destroy Mitchell, forcing ref Vic Draculich, to mercifully end the fight at 2:57 in round 4.

A better script could not have been written. Paul Williams is now Margaritio’s mandatory, and it is going to be interesting to see if the self proclaimed “baddest man around”, will fight Williams, or somehow get out of it. Williams has skills but, he is a little rough around the edges, and I think he takes some unnecessary shots. That being said, he has thrown himself into the mix, of a weight class, that is overflowing with talent, and ability. continue

Stacey Roberts Ready For A "Hurracan" In Pro Debut

20.08.06 - Stacey Roberts enters the ring in her pro debut against Melissa "Hurracan" Hernandez on the August 31 "A Ring of Their Own" card August 31 at Harveys, Lake Tahoe, Nevada. Roberts, 23, is 5-0 as a kickboxer and is eager to prove she has made a successful transition to conventional boxing. "The basics are the same, it’s just getting over the muscle memory part of it, using my hands and not kicking," Roberts said. continue

Euro Boxing Roundup

20.08.06 - By Per Ake Persson: WBA I/C jr middle champ Reda Zam Zam could be facing Italian Tobio Loriga October 14 in Copenhagen in a supporting bout to the Markus Beyer vs Mikkel Kessler WBC/WBA 168 lb unification bout. Comebacking Norwegian Thomas Hansvoll is likely to face Dane Johny Jensen in a fight made at cruiserweight on the same show. continue

Paul Williams Destroys Sharmba Mitchell in 4th round

19.08.06 - By Tim Nielson: In a fight that most people expected to a complete slaughter it, indeed, turned out to be just that, with the 6'1" welterweight Paul Williams (31-0, 23 KO's) steam rolling over the much smaller, seemingly helpless, 5'7" ring veteran Sharmba Mitchell, stopping him in the 4th round, in a fight that was one-sided from the beginning. Put simply, Sharmba never had a chance, for from the very start of the fight, Williams was like a buzzsaw, throwing punches from every angle, with almost all of them connecting to the 35-year-old Mitchell's head. continue

Samuel Peter: Boxing Nemesis?

samuel peter19.08.06 - By Coach Tim Walker - When I was a kid learning the science of boxing I had a gym nemesis. Everything about us suggested similarity. We were the same height, same weight, a year apart in age and only started in the gym a few days apart but we really didn’t seem that similar to me at all. I trained harder than he did. I ran farther and faster than he did.

I did more push ups, sit ups, and jumped rope longer than him as well but none of that seemed to matter. Ultimately the greatest difference between us didn’t become apparent until we got in the ring. With Vaseline shimmering on my head gear and a nicely fitted fifty cent mouthpiece braced between my teeth my nemesis and I mounted the apron in opposite corners. Soon after the buzzer sounded I immediately understood where I was…I was in his world! continue

Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. Stops Jermaine White in 4th Round!

19.08.06 - By Jeff Bastasini: Welterweight Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., 20, had little trouble stopping Jermaine White (14-2, 7 KO's) in the 4th round tonight at the Don Haskins Center in El Paso, Texas. However, despite winning the fight early, Chavez (27-0-1, 21 KO's) showed the usual poor defense, often taking needless headshots, as if they were a badge of courage. Nonetheless, Chavez's hooks to the body were too much for White, as he was beaten down and ultimately stopped in the 4th round. Both taller and heavier than his legendary father, Julio Cesar Chavez Sr., Julio Jr. would be best served if he were to seriously consider moving down in weight, since he'll have big problems in the future when he decides to move up in competition, based on what I've seen of him.

Has De La Hoya become the very thing he used to hate?

19.08.06 - By Mike Casile - Denying the greatness of Oscar De La Hoya, would be absolutely wrong. Nobody and I do mean nobody, in any weight class, has fought as many tough fighters back to back, with as much tenacity as De La Hoya has. It is was the one thing that separated him, from fighters like Roy Jones, and some would even say Floyd Mayweather Jr. He never ran, and he almost always accepted a challenge, while giving others the chance to prove their machismo against him. continue

Frank Bruno: C-Class Fighter?

19.08.06 - By Ellen Robertshaw: Over the years, most British heavyweights have come under attack from the press, both at home and abroad, because they were not considered any good. Only the truly great Lennox Lewis and Bob Fitzsimmons seemed to escape these scathing attacks. continue

Corrales vs Casamayor III: It´s About Time

Corrales/Casamayor19.08.06 - By Wray Edwards - Photos © Wray Edwards: Coming up on three years ago Joel Casamayor managed to filet the inside of Diego Corrales' boca to the point that ring officials would not let Chico contimue. Corrales complained bitterly but had to eat the TKO along with a lot of his own blood. Eager to avenge this loss, Corrales signed to rematch just five months later and was barely able to scrounge a split D victory which brought him the WBO and IBA Superfeather titles.

Interestingly, as background to this second contest between the two, Joe Goosen, who had been Joel's trainer for their first bout, wound up in Diego's corner for the second contest. Many people felt that it was bad form for Joe to go directly from Joel to Diego prior to their second meeting. No decent interval, and all of that. In Joe's defense, there are some very interesting details which tend to soften suspicions.

About the time Joel was ready to train for his next bout, he was in residence at a mountain-top training facility near the Hearst Castle on the California coast. Joe was invited to live in a beautiful Spanish villa while training Casamayor. It was not to be. Unfortunately, for El Cepillo, Joe Goosen was in Hollywood training the movie star Adam Sandler, and he felt that the training camp was too far away from his commitments in Hollywood. continue

Night Of Prospects In Denmark September 8!

19.8.2006: Risum Boxing announced today the addition of two more undefeated prospects for its show on September 8 in Vejle, Denmark. Already set for the bill was local debutant Kim “Golden Boy” Poulsen, lightweight crowd-pleaser Sam “Rocky” Rukundo (7-0) and middleweight Fawaz Nasir (9-0). Now, Norwegian power-punching light heavyweight Kim Jenssen (7-0) and Argentinean Emiliano Casal (6-0-1) will be featured on the undercard. continue

Walters, Kolle return on September 15th in Superior

Benna Ford, Roush, Saleen of Superior and Fond-du-Luth Casino of Duluth present "Superior Showdown II" Friday Night Fights; a professional boxing card featuring Co-Main event fights with Zach "Jungleboy" Walters and Andy "Kaos" Kolle on September 15th at the Wessman Arena in Superior, Wisconsin. Both bouts are scheduled for 8 rounds. continue

Holyfield scores second-round TKO in comeback

19.08.06 - Former heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield scored a second-round knockout over journeyman Jeremy Bates on Friday in Dallas. The 43-year-old Holyfield, who stepped into the ring for the first time since November 13, 2004 when he lost a 12-round unanimous decision to Larry Donald, picked up his first victory in more than four years. Holyfield improves his record to 39-8-2. Bates, an insurance salesman, fell to 21-12-1.

An Open Letter to Wladimir Klitschko

18.08.06 - From Sergei “The White Wolf” Liakhovich: I am a The White Wolf and I want some fresh meat! Stop looking for road kill! You challenged Lamon Brewster when he was lying in a hospital bed. Now you are challenging Oleg Maskaev, who just fought 12 hard rounds and needs time to heal. Does this make you brave?

My promoter Don King called your manager, Shelly Finkel, three weeks ago when I was in his office in Florida and offered to make the fight, but Shelly Finkel said "not now, maybe later." Why not on November 11? What will change later?

I believe our fight will show people who the best champion is right now. You were so eager to fight me last year, what happened now? Or maybe you are just glad you didn't, after you saw what I did to Brewster?

If it is true about your "Vaseline" or some other excuses, why don't you prove it? Fight the guy who beat the guy who beat you, or are you looking for an easy way to be a champion? continue

News Conference Announcing Corrales-Casamayor III

LAS VEGAS, NV (August 18, 2006) -- WBC/The Ring magazine lightweight champion DIEGO CORRALES, (40-3, 33 KOs), and JOEL CASAMAYOR, (33-3-1, 20 KOs), the former WBA super featherweight champion and current top-rated lightweight contender, will host a news conference luncheon Next Wednesday! August 23, at the Border Grill Las Vegas at Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino. Lunch will be served at Noon, with the news conference beginning promptly at 1 P.M. Both fighters will be announcing "MANIFiST DESTINY!" -- the world title rubber match of their fantastic trilogy. continue

Evander Holyfield, a warrior lost

18.08.06 - By Mike Casile (PBR) - As fans, we tend to develop amnesia when it comes to aging champions. When Ali was getting pummeled by Larry Holmes and Trevor Berbick in the early 80’s, it somehow, temporarily diminished his professional and personal accomplishments. It wasn’t until ALI’s personal courage was brought to light, due to his illness with Parkinson’s disease that we began to look back at the legend he truly was. It was difficult for anyone who admired him, to watch “The Greatest” get handled by lesser fighters. continue

Jeremy Bates - A Real Life Rocky?

18.08.06 - By Ted Sares: After being knocked out by contender Ray Austin in March in two rounds, Jeremy "The Beast" Bates, a Parkersburg, KY resident, had pretty much thrown in the towel on a boxing career. But little did he know that his name was going from a very long list to the short list, so when he finally got the call, he jumped at the opportunity to become the opponent that four-time heavyweight titlist Evander Holyfield wanted to in order to measure his rapidly declining skill level. The Beast is 21-11-1, but he does have 18 ko's and a reasonably decent right. The problem is that everytime he has stepped up, he has been beaten badly by the likes of Brian Minto, Sedreck Fields, Leo Nolan, Andre Purlette, and Kirk Johnson. His one bright spot seems to have been a second round blow out of Jeff Lally in 2004. continue

Jose Antonio Rivera: “I’ll challenge anybody at 154lbs, and I´ll take them out”

18.08.06 - Inteview by Mike Casile (PBR): Jose Antonio Rivera is the WBA light middleweight champion, who won his title in a convincing fashion, knocking his opponent down five times. He is a legitimate contender for a big pay day, but no one will touch him. He has made overtures to De La Hoya, and Margarito, and others, but all he hears is crickets. He gets very little respect for a man holding a world title, and he feels that there is only one reason he can not get a big fight, and that is Fear.

PBR: Why do you think you’re so far under the radar?

Rivera: There were a couple of big opportunities that I missed. I was supposed to fight Fernando Vagas, before he fought Campos in 1998, and I hurt my wrist. I think HBO has always held that against me for reason, because I haven’t been given the opportunity since. Then there was the Mayorga thing, he didn’t make weight, so they found him another opponent. What about me?

PBR: You were supposed to fight Daamgard, and it was postponed, because on injury. What happened there? continue

Williams-Mitchell: Overview & Prediction

18.08.06 - Dino Alvarado: On August 19th, rising contender Paul "The Punisher" Williams (30-0, 22 KO's) will do battle with crafty veteran Sharmba "Little Big Man" Mitchell (57-5, 30 KO's), and all eyes will be on the 6-1 undefeated welterweight who at the age of 25 has already drawn comparisons to Tommy Hearns. Williams, a Georgia native, turned pro at the age of 19 with only twenty or so fights as an amateur. continue

Rocky VI: Why I'm Looking Forward To Seeing This Movie

18.08.06 - By James Slater: There is no doubt about it, I will be going to see rocky VI as soon as it hits the cinema screens over here in the U.K. I won’t have any choice - to follow the ongoing story of cinema’s gutsiest ever boxer is simply an absolute must. What has Rocky been doing since the end of the previous instalment of his fascinating life story? Are the rumours surrounding the demise of his wife, Adrian true? Is “The Italian Stallion” still living in the old neighbourhood in philly? How has he got his license back to be boxing on the club circuit once again? Is long time sidekick Paulie still around? How is Balboa’s relationship with his son? Will he fight once again for the heavyweight championship? And finally, how are Rocky’s marbles? continue

Golden Boy Promotions to Co-Promote Ibragimov

18.08.06 - With the heavyweight class as wide-open as it’s ever been, Golden Boy Promotions has finally decided to step into the ring in boxing’s glamour division by signing a deal to co-promote the hottest contender in the sport – unbeaten Sultan Ibragimov. This deal, which was brokered by Golden Boy Promotions’ international matchmaker, Sampson Lewkowicz, will see GBP co-promote Ibragimov with Hollywood, Florida’s Seminole Warriors Boxing and Golden Grain Promotions and work closely with Sultan’s longtime sponsor Nafta Moskva. continue

Antonio Margarito Interview

18.08.06 - By Mark Pickering: I recently had the opportunity to catch up with WBO world Welterweight champion Antonio Margarito. The California native, universally recognised as the most feared man in the sweet science, openly discussed his future and ambitions for the remainder of 2006.

MP: Hey champ, how are you doing?

AM: Everything is great, I just got back from a nice vacation and looking forward to get back in the ring.

MP: How does it feel to be the most feared man in boxing?

AM: Great and not too great. I'm trying to get the big fights, but because of the fear that these fighters have, it's becoming difficult to get them in the ring with me.

MP: While being a humbling experience it must also be a great source of frustration.

AM: Not only am I the most feared, but you hit it on the dot, I am also the most frustrated. I'm having to wait and wait. It's very difficult to look forward when you don't if there's anything out there. continue

Amir Khan Backs Bolton

18.08.06 - Bolton barmy Amir Khan will give the Trotters a lift tomorrow in the opening clash of their 2006/2007 Premiership campaign against Tottenham at the Reebok Stadium. The Olympic Silver Medallist will feature in half-time activities to publicise his first fight of the new boxing season on Sports Network's mega-show at the Bolton Arena on Saturday 2nd September. continue

Jorge Paez Jr Back In Action On Aug. 19

18.08.06 - Sycuan Ringside Promotions’ undefeated teenage sensation Jorge Paez Jr. makes his six-round debut when he faces Armand Horn in a lightweight bout Aug. 19 in El Paso, Texas. The 18-year-old Paez, who has a record of 9-0 with seven knockouts, is coming off two four-round, unanimous decision wins on HBO pay-per-view cards. On May 6 in Las Vegas he beat Lowell Brownfield and on June 10 in Atlantic City, N.J., he bested Travis Hartman. continue

Valuev/Barrett, Adamek/Briggs Invade Chicago On Oct. 7

17.08.06 - CHICAGO—Americans will get their chance to see undefeated 7-foot, 325-pound Nikolai “Giant Russian” Valuev, who has vowed to “conquer America” when he makes the second defense of his World Boxing Association title against Monte “Two Gunz” Barrett at Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Ill., on Oct. 7. continue

Paul Williams vs Sharmba Mitchell: Is Sharmba About To Be Destroyed?

paul williams17.08.06 - Jacqui Snow: Paul "The Punisher" Williams (30-0, 22 KO's) is exceptionally tall and rangy for a welterweight, standing 6 ft 2 with a 79 inch reach. Only 24 years old, he is already one of the hottest young prospects in the talent-crowded welterweight division, with 30 victories to his name, including 22 knockouts. He faces arguably the toughest test of his career on Saturday night, battling rugged journeyman Sharmba Mitchell (57-5-0, 30 KO's) on HBO's Boxing After Dark.

Williams first grabbed the attention of television audiences in April 2005 on his ShoBox debut against a game but outmatched Terrance Cauthen (31-3-0, 8 KO's). Williams so dominated the fight that two of the three judges scored every round in his favor. His next performance, in September 2005, was an eight-round overpowering of Marteze Logan (22-25-2, 5 KO's) on points. All three judges scored the fight 80-71, awarding every round to Williams. continue

Travis Kauffman Headlines "Saturday Night at the Fights"

READING, PA – AUGUST 17, 2006 – After the success of their May 12th fight card, King’s Promotions returns to the Reading Eagle Theater at the Sovereign Center in Reading, PA on September 9, 2006 with a special installment of Saturday Night at the Fights. The nine bout fight card will feature local favorites and rising prospects Travis Kauffman, Keenan Collins, Jason Cintron and Jeremy Stauffer, as well as popular Scranton area fighters Anthony Cusamano and Chris Mills. continue

Salita & Santana Share Doubleheader On Sept 20

New York, August 17—Two of DiBella Entertainment’s brightest local heroes – Brooklyn’s undefeated Dmitriy “Star of David” Salita (25-0-1, 15 KO’s) and Manhattan’s red hot Edgar “El Chamaco” Santana (18-2, 12 KO’s) – will share top billing in doubleheader main events on Wednesday night, September 20th in the Hammerstein Ballroom at Manhattan Center in New York City on the next edition of Broadway Boxing Presented by StubHub. continue

Muhammad Ali vs. Ken Norton I On OLN Tonight

17.08.06 - Tonight at 9pm OLN will air the March 1973 Ali v. Norton “Broken Jaw Fight” as part of the Legends of the Ring in the Fight Night Series. OLN, in collaboration with Top Rank, today announced details of the classic fights to be featured on Fight Night: Top Rank’s Legends of the Ring. From Muhammad Ali to Joe Frazier and Sugar Ray Leonard to Thomas Hearns, these classic fight packages will not only include the action inside the ring, but tell the back-story of each match as it happened. continue

Holyfield-Bates: Is Evander Going To Take Another Beating?

evander holyfield17.08.06 - Jacqui Snow: Former heavyweight superstar Evander Holyfield (38-8-2, 25 KO's) returns to the ring tomorrow night after a 21 month layoff to face Jeremy Bates (21-11-1, 18 KO's). Holyfield was suspended for medical reasons by the New York Boxing Commision following his one-sided unanimous decision loss to Larry Donald in November 2004. The suspension precluded Holyfield from obtaining a license anywhere in the United States, but after he recently passed a series of medical tests, it was eased somewhat and he was licensed to fight in Texas.

Holyfield is one of the few fighters, like Ali, Tyson and De La Hoya, whose name is familiar even to those who don't follow the sport. The last time American television audiences saw him, though, he was getting booted off Dancing with the Stars. He'll be 44 soon and he's lost three in a row and five of his last seven. The significance of this bout is pretty close to absolute zero and fans are having a hard time understanding why he decided to try and make a comeback. continue

ESB Writer Adeyinka Makinde, author of Dick Tiger, interviewed on Global Talk Radio

17.08.06 - Ade's book, entitled "Dick Tiger: The Life and Times of a Boxing Immortal" was published last year to instant acclaim. The book has received excellent reviews from boxing trade magazines around the world. The review in 'The Ring' magazine, which is known as the 'Bible of Boxing,' commended Ade for his "exhaustive research." This was reiterated by the English weekly 'Boxing News' which described the level of his research as "impressive" and the book as been an "inspiring read." continue

Larry Marks On Lange-Wilt Card

17.08.06 - The biggest boxing card in Virginia's history just got bigger! Major League Boxing is proud to announce the Co-Main Event to the historic Jimmy Lange vs. Tommy Wilt battle on October 7th. Washington, D.C.'s own Purcell "Hard Rock" Miller, 22-4-1, 18 Knockouts will be taking on former world title challenger Larry "The Laser" Marks, 28-8, 16 Knockouts in an explosive 8 round Middleweight clash! continue

Foreman's Loss to Ali on the next "Top 5 Reasons You Can't Blame..."

17.08.06 - ESPN Classic’s original series, Top 5 Reasons You Can’t Blame..., takes a fresh look at sports personalities who are remembered largely for their mistakes, controversial moments or questionable decisions. The next episode to debut on ESPN Classic will be Top 5 Reasons You Can’t Blame George Foreman for Losing to Muhammad Ali on Tuesday, August 22 at 10 p.m. ET. continue

De La Hoya Comments On Barrera vs Juarez, Barrios vs Guzman, More

Juarez vs Barrera17.08.06 - "I am extremely excited about this card and I think it is one of the overall best cards we have seen in boxing in the last 20 years. Every single fight on the card, including the main event, is actually too close to call. That is how we came up with the name for the show as it is true—they are all "Too Close To Call."

"We have great television fights but there is also a bout which will air on international television, which is also extremely exciting. Undefeated Rey Bautista from the Philippines is going against a tough veteran Giovanni Andrade from Brazil. Bautista, who is being touted as the "next" Manny Pacquiao, is 19 years old, undefeated and is making a run for featherweight recognition. Andrade is a seasoned veteran and a fairly dangerous opponent for the younger, less experienced Bautista.

"In the co-feature of the undercard, this fight is going to be a very interesting fight, and definitely a candidate for fight of the year. Israel Vazquez will face Johnny Gonzalez in a 12-round super bantamweight fight for Vazquez's WBC title. Vazquez, is from West Covina, California, has already beaten Oscar Larios and proven in that fight alone that he is worthy of carrying the belt. continue

Israel Vazquez: Ready For Anything

LAS VEGAS, Nev.--(Aug. 17, 2006) Israel Vazquez, winner of eight in a row, can hardly wait to defend his World Boxing Council (WBC) super bantamweight title against WBC bantamweight champion Jhonny Gonzalez Sept. 16. “I wish the fight was today,” said Vazquez, who’s promoted by Sycuan Ringside Promotions. continue

Arthur Abraham: "Miranda has no strengths"

17.08.06 - IBF middleweight world champion Arthur Abraham talks about his boxing goals, the preparation on the world championship fight and his opponent Edison Miranda before his title defense appointed by the IBF on Saturday evening, 26th August, 2006, at 22.30, in Oldenburg, EWE arena. continue

Melissa Hernandez: The "Hurracan" is Ready to go to Tahoe!

17.08.06 - Feisty featherweight Melissa "Hurracan" Hernandez (4-0-1) will face pro debuting Stacey Rogers when "A Ring of Their Own" heats up Harveys Casino in Lake Tahoe on August 31. Melissa owns back to back Golden Gloves titles from Florida in 2004-2005 and well as a Florida PAL Championship. These skills took her to a ten round draw in only her fourth professional outing with ring veteran Kelsey Jeffries. continue

Sonny Liston: Say Goodnight to the Bad Guy

17.08.06 - By Stuart Cornwell: To me, he stands out as the epitome of a heavyweight boxer. Those two words - heavyweight, boxer - those two concepts, balanced equally in his fighting style, each aspect containing the other in equal measure. Nothing in his boxing belied the fact that he was a heavyweight. Nothing in him being heavyweight detracted from his boxing. This runs contrary to the case of great heavyweights in general, of whom many might be said to possess qualities uncommon to men of their weight class - eg. “the agility of a welterweight”, “the hand speed of a middleweight”, the stamina, pace and skills of the lighter men - while others make too obvious their severe lack of those same qualities while possessing in excess those which all heavyweights have over the lighter men ; brawn, brute strength, raw power.

Charles “Sonny” Liston, heavyweight boxer. No other label is more apt. No other label is necessary, save perhaps that simple epitaph upon his grave - “A Man”. Still, it has not stopped him being labelled all manner of things over the years. Thug. Outlaw. Jailbird. Ex-Con. Undesirable. Gangster. Criminal. Those are just a few of the labels, at first put on him out of contempt and fear of where he was from. continue

Glen Johnson Promises KO Win Over Clinton Woods

17.08.06 - Former IBF World Light-Heavyweight Champion Glen Johnson has once more promised to KO Clinton Woods when they meet on September 2. Johnson first made his knockout boast when a conference call was held to first get publicity going for the fight. And he doesn't appear to have changed his mind ahead of the Bolton Arena show. "I've heard that Clinton has commented that he is going to knock me out but I hope that when he is unsuccessful he has fully prepared himself to be knocked out," Johnson raged to continue

Two World Title Figths To Be Featured on Barrera/Juarez II Undercard

17.08.06 - LOS ANGELES, CA - Oscar De La Hoya, President of Golden Boy Promotions, took time today to officially announce, on a worldwide teleconference, the star-studded undercard that will support the highly anticipated championship rematch between Marco Antonio Barrera and Rocky Juarez on Saturday, September 16 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada and broadcast live on HBO Pay-Per-View. continue

Silverhawk's "Fight Night" Aug. 26 in Pompano Beach

POMPANO BEACH, Florida (August 17, 2006) – Silverhawk Championship Boxing makes its Pompano Beach promotional debut on August 26, featuring three main event-caliber title fights, at Club Cinema. Silverhawk has promoted several pro boxing shows this year in Las Vegas and Tampa. Unbeaten heavyweight Leo “Paco” Nolan puts his perfect pro record of 26-0 (10 KOs) on the line in a 10-round bout against Jed Phipps (17-4, 10 KOs) for the vacant USBO title. continue

Jameel McCline Calling out Champs/Top Contenders!

jameel mccline16.08.06 - With his ratings climbing steadily back to their previously lofty status (currently #10 WBO and top-15 in the WBC and IBF), WBO NABO Heavyweight Champion Jameel “Big Time” McCline wants to take the next step in his surging comeback by taking on one of the division’s champions or top-rated contenders.

“Last month, I showed everyone I’m back and better than ever. Now that I’ve got your attention again, I’m sending out a message to all the other heavyweights: Jameel McCline wants to fight you. I am challenging any of the champions or any top-rated heavyweight in the world. I'll fight anyone, anywhere. I want to be back on top and I don't fear any of these guys.” continue

David Diaz To Be Honored Aug. 25 At The Aragon Ballroom

16.08.06 - Newly crowned interim WBC Lightweight Champion David Diaz will be the guest of honor at CHICAGO SUPERSTARS next Friday night, August 25th at the Aragon Ballroom, it was announced today by Dominic Pesoli, President of 8 Count Productions, HOME OF THE BEST IN CHICAGO BOXING. Diaz, who won his title with a stunning 10th round TKO of Jose Armando Santa Cruz this past Saturday night in Las Vegas, NV as part of the HBO Pay Per View broadcast, will return to the scene of two of his biggest wins, over Jaime Rangel and Silverio Ortiz. continue

And the challenger…Floyd Mayweather Jr.

16.08.06 - By Dan Scog: Hot off the presses, the latest word is that Mayweather-Spinks is off. And Mayweather-Baldomir is on. Or is that Baldomir-Mayweather? Seeing as how sanctioning fees (and not opponents) have kept the title of “linear champ” from Carlos Baldomir, it seems reasonable. Not to mention that the Ring Magazine rightly recognizes him. Truth be told: Mayweather is the challenger here. continue

Evander Holyfield Begins Quest For Record Fifth Heavyweight Belt

16.08.06 - FSN and BEST DAMN SPORTS SHOW PERIOD are pleased to present another championship-caliber boxing match as former four-time heavyweight champion Evander “The Real Deal” Holyfield begins his quest for a record-breaking fifth heavyweight championship. FSN telecasts the live bout from the American Airlines Center in Dallas on Friday, August 18 at 10:30 PM EST/7:30 PM PST. continue

Jack Dempsey vs. Jess Willard - Dempsey Revolutionises Boxing

16.08.06 - By James Slater: To think, Jess Willard was actually the betting favourite going into his bout with Jack Dempsey. Never had the bookies got it more utterly wrong. The fight, staged on July 4th, 1919, turned into one of the most savagely one-sided and brutal beatings ever seen in a prize ring. What was witnessed under the blistering Toledo sun was a style of fighting that, quite simply, didn’t exist before. “The Manassa Mauler”, Dempsey, revolutionised the sport of boxing with his all-out aggressive fighting approach.

Tearing at his opponent like a man possessed, Jack was frighteningly bewildering. Savage was the only word on many observers lips, as it was clear the “Noble Art” had changed dramatically. No longer would the bolt upright fashion of boxing - as used by defending champion Willard - where pugilists would “Settle it like men” be the norm. Jack Dempsey had transformed everything. Boxing had truly entered the modern era. continue

Euro Boxing Roundup: Joval Back In Training After Injury Layoff

16.08.06 - By Per Ake Persson: IBO middle champ Raymond Joval is back in full training after a lengthy layoff due to a neck injury. Joval is now hoping to be back in the ring as soon as possible. There could be a title defence in the UK against Brit Gary Lockett in the early fall. Polish lightweight Matt Zegan takes on Nate Campbell in a IBF eliminator on the Valuev vs Barrett show in Chicago, IL, October 7. Ukrainian heavy Volodia Lazebnik is also on the bill. continue

Kostya Tszyu: Will History Be Kind To Him

16.08.06 - By Ellen Robertshaw: I think it is fair to say that it is very unlikely that we will ever see Kostya Tszyu in the ring again. But, how will we remember this great fighter? Will he be remembered as the great hard-hitting Junior Welterweight, who took on the best his division offered, or as the man who quit on his stool after taking a severe beating from Ricky Hatton? Personally, I see the latter as very unfair. Kostya was clearly behind in the fight. Had nothing left in the gas tank and his only chance of victory was by KO and if Hatton had smothered him for 11 rounds there was no way he would change his tactics in the 12th. continue

Chavez, Paez, and Cuevas jr. Collectively Take the Next Step

16.08.06 - By John Way: Next Saturday night at the Don Haskins Center in El Paso Texas, the sons of three Mexican ring legends-Julio Cesar Chavez, Jorge Paez, and Pipino Cuevas-will face their toughest challenges to date respectively. The elder Cuevas is already in the Hall of Fame, and Chavez, one of the greatest fighters of all time, is a certain bet to join him in five years. Paez, though erratically brilliant, has only an outside chance of being enshrined in Canastota one day. At this point it’s hard to discern which son is the closest to emulating his father, though it would seem that Chavez, at 26-0-1, has accomplished the most, while Paez is the most talented of the bunch. continue

Trinidad-Vargas Revisited

16.08.06 - By Anthony Coleman: At its very best, no other sport can provide the drama and excitement of a great boxing match. When you first watched Hagler-Hearns or Corrales-Castillo I, you can almost remember your adrenaline pumping in amazement while you stood up in your living room watching these fighters put it all on the line. However, there is also a sad truth about the “sweet science”-in one fight, maybe just one punch, a fighter can literally lose their prime. We’ve seen it happen on a number of occasions when a brave boxer gets into all out war with another fighter. Usually one fighter gets beaten up and the boxer never recovers. In each era there are always fighters who serve as unfortunate examples of this phenomenon (ex: Hector Camacho, Meldrick Taylor), and for this generation it is Fernando Vargas. Vargas’ deterioration can be traced to one fight-of course I’m speaking of his twelve round epic struggle with Felix Trinidad. Their fight was also one of the best world championship fights in the last 15 years.

Going into his fight with Trinidad, Fernando Vargas sported a record of 21-0 with 19 KO’s and had made five defenses of his IBF Junior Middleweight Title. He was also looked upon as one of the best young fighters in the sport. Vargas had turned pro in 1997, after an excellent amateur career which included being the youngest fighter to win the US Amateur Championships. continue

Catching Up with Robert 'The Ghost' Guerrero

LOS ANGELES - With a few weeks left till fight night, Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero’s camp is moving along very well. After talking to kids on Monday at the L.A.P.D. Jeopardy Program, a gang prevention/intervention program for boys and girls ages 8 through 17, Guerrero stated “It’s very important that we pay attention to our youth and guide them to the right path. I feel boxing gave me an alternative outlet to stay away from trouble and anything I can do to help out the youth, I’m for it. continue

Jimmy Lange Returns Saturday, October 7, 2006 at the Patriot Center

FAIRFAX, VA (August 16, 2006) – Leading Northern Virginia’s recent boxing revival, popular local junior middleweight JIMMY LANGE (26-3-1, 18 KOs) returns to action Saturday, October 7, 2006 at George Mason University’s Patriot Center in Fairfax, VA. Lange will battle Tommy Wilt (20-5), a veteran of over 300 amateur fights and a 5 time Pennsylvania state champion. continue

Toney/Peter Preview On SHOWTIME

NEW YORK (Aug. 15, 2006) – With the most intriguing heavyweight match-up of the year just three weeks away, one that pits James “Lights Out” Toney against Samuel “The Nigerian Nightmare” Peter in a WBC elimination bout, SHOWTIME is airing a 30-minute preview show highlighting the significance of the bout and showcasing the colorful personalities of the contestants. SHOWTIME will air the preview show, entitled: “Toney vs. Peter: Here They Come” more than 15 times including on September 2, the night of the live telecast from STAPLES Center in Los Angeles (10 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast). continue

Nikolai Valuev Remarks on Maskaev Victory Over Rahman

15.08.06 - Here's a short statement from Nikolai Valuev about the Maskaev-Rahman bout: "I’m practicing in my training camp in Armenia at the moment, which is 2000 meters high, for the preparation for my fight with Monte Barrett. That's why I didn’t have the chance to see Oleg’s fight on television. Still, I was certain that Oleg would win the title, which is something that I mentioned before.

I want to congratulate Oleg and wish him all the best. He is, so we say in Russian, "Molodets" (English translation: great guy or well done.) "Now, all the heavyweight champions come from the former Soviet Union., which shows that the East European fighters have a lot of power. The people in Russia are proud about that, and, of course, I will do my all to defend my title successfully in the United States, when I take on Monte Barrett."

Ali v Norton I on OLN - 9 P.M. ET this Thursday

LAS VEGAS, NV (August 15, 2006) -- This Thursday! August 17, at 9 p.m. ET, OLN will televise the second installment of "Fight Night: Top Rank's Legends of the Ring," hosted by Michael Buffer. This week's classic features the first bout between Muhammad Ali and Ken Norton. Ali had reeled off 10 straight victories since his loss to Joe Frazier in the “Fight of the Century” over the likes of Jimmy Ellis, Buster Mathis, Jerry Quarry, Bob Foster, Joe Bugner and Floyd Patterson when he met unheralded Ken Norton, who only started boxing when he joined the United States Marine Corps, in San Diego in 1973. continue

Rivera challenges Spinks to unify titles

WORCESTER, Mass. (August 15, 2006) - World Boxing Association super welterweight champion "El Gallo" Jose Antonio Rivera (38-4-1, 24 KOs) has once again challenged International Boxing Federation 154-pound title-holder Cory "Next Generation" Spinks to fight him in a unification bout. continue

Training Camp Notes: Joan Guzman

LAS VEGAS, Nev. - (Aug. 15, 2006) – Undefeated former world champion Joan Guzman has never looked so good a month away from a fight. “We started with a new strength and conditioning coach for this fight, and Guzman is eating five times a day, looking really cut and hitting with a lot of power,” said manager Jose Nunez. “He’s way ahead of schedule. We’d be ready to fight this weekend if we had to.” continue

Junior Witter to fight for WBC title in London

15.08.06 - Bradford’s Junior Witter has waited patiently for his opportunity to challenge for the most prestigious title in boxing. Finally, he has it, in what will be one of the biggest fights in London for years. On a Hennessy Sports event at the historic Alexandra Palace on September 15th 2006 Witter will meet American DeMarcus Corley, promoted by Don King, for the WBC super lightweight title. The action will be covered live by Britain’s premier boxing broadcaster Sky Sports. It will be the first time that the green belt has been contested in the Capital since Lennox Lewis met Francois Botha at the London Arena in July 2000.

That was also the last instance of a Brit successfully contesting a WBC title fight, be it in a defence or a challenge, on home soil. continue

David Diaz Hits Fox Wednesday Morning

15.08.06 - Newly crowned interim WBC Lightweight World Champion David Diaz will be interviewed live this Wednesday morning, August 16th on Chicagoland's top rated FOX News in the Morning show, broadcast locally on Channel 32. Diaz won the interim WBC World Championship with a stunning 10th round knockout of Jose Armando Santa Cruz this past Saturday night at the Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas, NV. The bout was broadcast on HBO-PPV. continue

Pacquiao/Morales II - Tickets Go On Sale

15.08.06 - 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. continue

Euro Boxing Roundup: Tiozzo Broke, Abraham/Miranda Undercard, More

15.08.06 - By Per Ake Persson: Former WBA supermiddle champ Christophe Tiozzo saw most of his ring earnings go up in smoke due to bad investments, writes Tiozzo then sued the attorney who handled his finances and won after a ruling in a French supreme court. However, he never got any money. The ex-champ, who won bronze in the 84 Olympics, is now looking to make a public protest and give all medals and belts to the French Government to get attention to his case. continue

The Essence of Boxing

15.08.06 - By Ted Sares: While there are innumerable ways to go after this subject, mine will take a more confluent, albeit less technical path that has different directions coming together in a way that hopefully exposes my visceral affection for this very wonderful pastime. Indeed, for me, boxing is far more than a bout between two combatants in a square circle that is entered with knowledge of deadly risk and anticipation of high reward. Boxing is an experience that includes many different things including the wherewithal for passionate arguments and the witnessing of two men going mano a mano with the hope, but no guarantee, that the third man in the ring knows when the right time comes to save one of them.....and sometimes, with tragic results, he doesn't. Boxing is a loser alone with his thoughts in the dressing room and a winner being hero worshiped by fans as fickle as the weather. It is defeat or victory, nothing more, nothing less, but the difference can break a spirit or generate confidence. In the words of former boxer "Iceman" John Scully, "The wait in the dressing room before a professional boxing match -that last hour- could be enough to strip a man that never boxed before of whatever pride, desire and heart he THOUGHT he had" (April 2002). continue

Thompson Boxing To Feature Bradley & Lopez In Another Sold Out Event

15.08.06 - Orange, CA - This coming Friday, August 18, Thompson Boxing Promotions will feature another sold out event from Omega Products International in Corona, CA. This will be Thompson's seventh standing-room-only event of the year and it will feature two of its best prospects in co-main events. continue

James Toney: Q & A

15.08.06 - As James “Lights Out” Toney continues to train for his upcoming September 2 main event heavyweight showdown with Samuel “The Nigerian Nightmare” Peter at LA’s Staples Center, he continues to snipe and sneer at his critics who continue to harp on his weight and spread rumors that he isn’t training. But he is not losing sleep over them or his nightmarish opponent. Rather he has visions of what the future holds with a victory. Toney, sweaty and surly, briefly entertained – and summarily dismissed -- a group of reporters today following a closed -- and apparently rigorous -- workout at trainer Freddie Roach’s Wild Card Gym in Hollywood. continue

Urango Camp Sets Record Straight

14.08.06 - Keith Terceira: Swirling rumors surrounding the next scheduled fight for IBF light welterweight champion Juan Urango has forced Coalition Boxing (Urango Management Team) to publicly answer some questions concerning whether the next opponent will be Hatton or a Golden Boy fighter. Luis Navarro, head of Coalition spent some time with me today and made the following statement. continue

Oleg Maskaev: Boxing’s new Cinderella Man

14.08.06 – By Geoffrey Ciani: Saturday night, Oleg Maskaev won the WBC heavyweight championship of the world when he knocked out reigning champ, Hasim Rahman, in dramatic fashion. For Maskaev, this was the perfect ending to a storybook career. In fact, this is the type of story that Hollywood scripts are based on.

The first time these two pugilists met was nearly seven years ago. At the time, both were younger, stronger, faster, and exhibited better skills in the ring. However, one thing remained constant over the course of those seven years – both Maskaev and Rahman are very evenly matched. Furthermore, both possess similar fighting styles which make for entertaining bouts.

The fight began much like the first one with both fighters feeling each other out using their jabs. The big difference this time: Neither fighter’s jab is quite as good as it once was. continue

Julio Cesar Garcia Headlines Holyfield/Bates Undercard

14.08.06 - DALLAS, TEXAS---One of Mexico's top prospects, welterweight sensation Julio Cesar Garcia (37-2, Piedras Negras, Mexico), will headline an exciting seven bout Undercard this Friday night at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas, when he takes on former Mexican National Champion and World Title challenger, Alfonso Sanchez (20-4-1, Tijuana, Mexico). continue

The Great White Hope – Fulfilled?

14.08.06 - By W. Gregory Guedel: The title of "Heavyweight Champion of the World" is an honor that stands on a singularly lofty plateau in the world of boxing. Long considered the greatest title in sport, it still holds a mystique all its own even in today's crowded landscape of big-time professional athletics. Since Rocky Marciano's retirement on April 27, 1956, the Heavyweight boxing title has passed through the hands of many legendary fighters. The names Liston, Ali, Frazier, Foreman, Holmes, Tyson, Holyfield, Lewis read like a roll call of Hall of Fame boxers. Aside from talent, skill, and determination, another factor has been common to those who have reached the pinnacle of the sport since Rocky's retirement – almost all of the hands that have grasped the title belt have been black. continue

Ricky 'Hitman’ Hatton Is The Main Man (In Britain At Least)

14.08.06 – By Dan Horlock: While the heavy weight division has an unfamiliar look to it at present, with Russia and the former eastern block states dominating the traditionally American category, England’s present lack of boxing talent has pushed Ricky Hatton, 28 firmly into the limelight he may once of shared with the likes of Lennox Lewis, Chris Eubank and the now infamous Prince Naseem Hamed. continue

Junior Witter vs. DeMarcus Corley - Can Junior Win The Title?

14.08.06 - By James Slater: Britain's talented switch-hitter, Junior Witter (photo by Chris Royle) takes on American, DeMarcus "Chop Chop" Corley in September, in a bid to win the vacant WBC light welterweight title. Can the man who Ricky Hatton is rumoured to have ducked for some time become a world champion in his own right? September is shaping up to be one of the most interesting months for British boxing fans. Not only is Witter fighting for world honours, but Clinton Woods and Michael Jennings also fight in bouts that contest world titles. Woods, of course, boxes Glen Johnson for a third time - on this occasion as the defending champ, while Jennings faces the big punching Takaloo for a world title at welterweight. Indeed, September could be one fine year for British boxing, should all three men emerge victorious.

It could be argued that Witter has the best chance of winning out of the three men hailing from the shores of England. This is not to suggest that Corley is a bad fighter, far from it, he is an extremely skilful operator. It's just that Junior has been waiting so long for a second chance at winning a world title, it's very hard to imagine him blowing his opportunity having finally received it. Still, his critics will no doubt argue that he did just that in a big fight in the past. Boxing back in 2000, against the world champ Zab Judah, Witter fought extremely negatively and lost widely on points over twelve rounds on the under-card of the Tyson v Savarase fight in Glasgow, Scotland. Some felt as though the enormity of the big occasion got to Junior. The question is, could it do so again? continue

Maskaev Stops Rahman and Shocks The World!

14.08.06 – By Vanessa McConnell: Once again, it’s on. The first fight between Oleg Maskaev and Hasim Rahman was a shame, for Rahman, that is. The second fight wasn’t far behind the first one, with history nearly repeating itself, except the only difference is, Rahman lasted until the 12th before being blasted out. continue

Mayweather vs Baldomir On For Nov. 4

14.08.06 – “Pretty Boy” Floyd Mayweather and Carlos Manuel “Tata” Baldomir square off for the WBC World Welterweight Championship in an HBO Pay Per View blockbuster on Saturday, November 4, 2006 from the beautiful Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. This major announcement, sure to create a wave of anticipation and excitement for boxing fans worldwide, was made by Dan Goossen, President of California-based Goossen Tutor Promotions, which is promoting the event in association with Sycuan Ringside Promotions of San Diego. continue

Williams vs Gammer Set For October 13

14.08.06 - By Mark Pickering: The anticipated meeting between British Heavyweight Champion Scott Gammer and Danny Williams has been set for the Champion’s Welsh homeland. Gammer’s manager Paul Boyce won the purse bid and announced “The Hammer’s” maiden defence will take place on October 13th at the Afan Lido, Port Talbot. "This is easily the biggest fight of Scott's career," said Boyce, whose £63,000 bid secured the rights to stage the bout in South Wales. continue

Rahman vs. Maskaev, Part II

By Frank Gonzalez Jr. August 14th, 2006. Art imitates life and life imitates art. James Braddock did it. Russell Crowe re-did it in the movies and Oleg Maskaev did it Saturday night in Las Vegas. Had Rahman won, he would have done it too. It’s the classic story of rising, then falling from grace and then finding a way to rise again. How the story ends depends on your own imagination.

Oleg Maskaev (33-5, 26 KO’s) won his 11th fight in a row in route to winning the WBC Heavyweight Title by scoring a TKO 12 Win over well-trained and seasoned, Hasim Rahman (41-6-2, 33 KO’s), who once again proved unable to successfully defend his Title.

Maskaev was the underdog coming into the fight in spite of having a spectacular, ‘through the ropes’ KO Win over Hasim Rahman on his resume from their November 1999 battle in Atlantic City NJ. Since then, Rahman has fought the better opponents and won and lost a World Title. Maskaev lost a few key fights after his promising 1999 stature, then practically disappeared from the radar, though he kept on fighting. continue

Klitschko vs Maskaev in November?

14.08.06 - Shelly Finkel, an advisor to Wladimir Klitschko, told German news agency "sid" that he has offered Oleg Maskaev a Nov. 11 fight deal with Wladimir Klitschko at MSG immediatley afer Maskaev´s victory over Hasim Rahman on Saturday night in Las Vegas. Finkel: "I offered Maskaev a fight contract and now it's up to him, he and his Team must realize that there is no better deal they can get, and no better oppenent than Wladimir Klitschko. I have to have an answer quickly. We need to move forward." Klitschko was rumored to fight Shannon Briggs Nov.11.

Alexander Povetkin congratulates Oleg Maskaev on a terrific victory!

13.08.06 - By Izyaslav “Slava” Koza: A day after Oleg Maskaev’s sensational and dramatic 12th round stoppage victory over Hasim Rahman to claim the WBC Heavyweight belt the congratulations are already pouring in. Alexander Povetkin, one of the hottest heavyweight prospects in the division, weighed in with a brief statement of congratulations after the fight continue

Two Titles At Stake September 3 in Nairobi, Kenya

14.8.2006: Just five days before a show in Vejle, Denmark on September 8, Risum Boxing is co-promoting another card, thousands of miles away. On September 3 in Nairobi, Kenya, Risum Boxing and JabJab promotions will stage a six-bout event at the Nyayo National Stadium headlined by WBF Intercontinental super featherweight champion David Kiilu (24-7-2, 12 KOs) defending his title against Tanzanian Venance Mponji (12-9-2, 6 KOs). continue

Maskaev stuns and stops Rahman in the 12th! In Russian, it’s “Zolushka!”

maskaev-rahman13.08.06 - By Izyaslav “Slava” Koza: The fight between challenger, Oleg Maskaev, and champion, Hasim Rahman, had come down to the twelfth and final round. Oleg Maskaev seemed barely able to stand on his feet, and while also visibly tired Rahman seemed to have more left in the tank. In the corner of Maskaev, over the indiscernible instructions of his trainer Victor Valle, I could hear the distinct voice of a chief second, yelling in Russian to Oleg, “Do it for your parents,” Do it for your daughters,” “Do it for your family,” and, finally, “Do it for your homeland.” Its funny to think about now seeing as the whole debate about where Oleg is from and what country he represents dominated the pre fight hype.

Personally, as a fan, I am more proud of Oleg Maskaev’s victory over that of all the other champions in the heavyweight division. I am more proud because like my family, Oleg and his came to this country looking for a chance at a better life. I am more proud because I, like most fans, remember the vicious knock outs at the hands of Corey Sanders, Kirk Johnson, and Lance Whitaker, and the heartless conclusion from most writers claiming that Oleg should give it up. continue

A look at "America's Last Line of Offense"

13.08.06 - By Dan Mocci: Being that he delivered one of the greatest upsets in the history of the heavyweight championship, it seems a little strange to write that Hasim Rahman has once again under delivered in a big fight. Under deliver is what Rahman did in what was billed as “Americas Last Line of Defense”, and the result is a fourth reigning heavyweight champion born from the rubble of the old Soviet empire in Oleg Maskaev. Now, we wait for a definitive champion to emerge from the rubble of what has become the heavyweight division. We also search for America’s new “Last Line of Offense”. continue

David Diaz: Post Fight Quotes From The New Lightweight World Champ

13.08.06 - Chicagoan David Diaz, moved his record to 32-1-1 (17KO’s) with a stunning 10th round stoppage of Jose Armando Santa Cruz, 23-2 (13KO’s) at the Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas on Saturday night. With the win, Diaz becomes the World Boxing Council’s Interim Lightweight World Champion and the mandatory challenger to Diego “Chico” Corrales. continue

David Diaz Stops Santa Cruz in a Dramatic Fashion!

12.08.06 - By Sean Ocampo: Boxing is such an unpredictable sport. One punch can definitely change the outcome of the fight. That is what David Diaz (32-1-1 16KOs) proved tonight with his dramatic TKO victory over highly regarded WBC Interim Lightweight Champion Jose Armando Santa Cruz (23-2-0 13KOs). The fight is definitely another candidate for Fight of the Year or even Comeback of the Year. continue

Lucian Bute Back In Action on Sept 15

Montreal, Thursday August 12th, 2006 – World rated super middleweight sensation Lucian Bute (17-0-0, 15 KO) is set to climb back into the ring this upcoming September 15th 2006 at the Bell Centre in Montreal. Bute is scheduled to face off against hard punching James Obede Toney (18-1-1, 16 KO) who has scored impressive KO victories in 16 of his 20 professional bouts. The orthodox fighter from Ghana is promoted by Don King Promotions, and has been living in the USA since he turned pro.

Toney is considered a blue chip prospect on his way up the boxing ladder, having won the prestigious WBC International title in the Middleweight division. He is rated in the #12 position by the WBA, coming off a hard fought draw in his last bout against WBA #2 Middleweight contender Randy Griffin (24-1-2, 12 KO) to conserve his WBC International title. He is also rated #21 by the WBC in the Super Middleweight division.

“This is the third time in a row that we take a risk on a dangerous opponent for Lucian. James Obede Toney hits as hard as his KO percentage indicates, and Lucian has not faced such power since his victory over Christian Cruz. continue

Maskaev Destroys Rahman in 12th round KO

12.08.06 - By Matt Stein: In a fight that many people figured he'd lose, Oleg Maskaev (33-5, 26 KOs) stopped Hasim Rahman in the 12th round, shocking many people in the process, to snatch the WBC heavyweight title on Saturday night, at the Tomas & Mack center in Las Vegas, Nevada. The first half of the fight saw Rahman (41-6-2, 33 KOs) dominating, and controlling the fight with his long left jab and strong right hand. On several occasions, Rahman seemed to hurt Maskaev, most notably in the 4th round, when Maskaev seemed weak-legged after getting tagged, though Rahman wasn't able to follow up with anything meaningful with which to finish it. continue

Maskaev KOs Rahman

12.08.06 - By Jim Amato: I need to find a recipe book that has different ways to fix crow. It seems like I've been eating a lot of it lately. Oleg Maskaev is the new WBC heavyweight champion as he halted defending titleholder Hasim Rahman in the twelfth and final round. It was a well contested scrap, with a lot of holding, but a lot of power shots landed by both, especially by Maskaev in the final round. They both tried to establish their jabs, yet in the end, it just came down to I'll hit you, you hit me. Last man standing and a real shoot out. Give Oleg his props, his right hand should be bronzed. He's 2-0 over Rahman and he's in the thick of the heavyweight picture.

Nino Benvenuti vs. Vito Antuofermo: What If?

11.08.06 - By Jim Amato: What would have happened if two of the best Italian born middleweight champions would have squared of against each other? Nino Benvenuti, 5"11" from Trieste against Vito Antuofermo, 5'7 1/2" from Bari. The slick boxing Nino and the rugged, brawling Vito. The perfect boxer vs. slugger match up.

Benvenuti is considered one of the best amateur boxers of all time and he won the Gold Medal in the 1960 Olympics. He turned pro in 1961 and did not lose a fight until 1966. He ended up with a 82-7-1 record. Please remember six of those losses came in his last seventeen fights. continue

Maskaev/Rahman: Weigh-In For "America's Last Line Of Defense"

oleg maskaev11.08.06 - By Vanessa McConnell, Photos by Chris McGee / - The weigh-in for the Heavyweights Hasim "The Rock" Rahman and Oleg Maskaev for Saturday's upcoming revenge rematch, also known as, "America's Last Line of Defense," took place on Thursday, inside Caesars Palace Augusta Ballroom, in Las Vegas.

Both fighters were on time and ready to get it on in Saturday nights fight. Hasim Rahman and his entire family and team made their presence well known. Rahman walked in holding his daughter, as the other family members followed closely behind him. He even had a hype-man, with a gold crown on his head, screaming and shouting "Boxing Gangsta" and other things, as they walked in. While they headed for the seats, one guy said to the team, "come on, let's tear this front row up." continue

Nationally Televised WBC Title Fight Comes To Louisville

HOLLYWOOD, FL, August 11 – Back in the saddle and on the road back to the heavyweight title, it may be an omen of good things to come when former World Champion Oliver McCall makes his debut in the hometown of the legendary Muhammad Ali on Saturday, September 9, whens he fights for the WBC Fecarbox championship against veteran knockout artist Darroll Wilson. continue

Sherman Williams on six-fight win streak

TAMPA (August 11, 2006) - Bahamian heavyweight Sherman "The Caribbean Tank" Williams has been displaying newfound power in the last four months, which he attributes to a dedicated strength-and-conditioning program, as well as his increased comfort level thanks to a new team in his corner. Williams (31-10-2, 17 KOs), 33, suddenly finds himself owning two title belts - WBC CABOFE (Caribbean Boxing Federation) and NBA - and much more pop in his fists than he's ever demonstrated during his nine-year pro boxing career. continue

Euro Boxing Roundup

11.08.06 - By Per Ake Persson: Former EBU middle champ Sebastian Sylvester takes on Frenchman Frank Mezaache August 26 in Oldenburg in the chief support to Arthur Abraham´s defence of the IBF 160 lb title against Edison Miranda. Sylvester vs Mezaache is for the vacant WBA I/C crown. Added to the bill is Norwegian jr light Andreas Evensen, who joins stablemate Nikita Dubunin. TV 2 in Norway will televise the event. continue

Hasim Rahman vs. Oleg Maskaev: Will Hasim's Chin Betray Him Once Again?

11.08.06 - By Jacqui Snow: American fans are hoping that history won’t repeat itself on August 12th when Hasim Rahman (photo by Chris Farina - TopRank) takes on Oleg Maskaev for the second time. The fact that Rahman is the only American to hold a heavyweight title hasn’t been lost on Top Rank promoter Bob Arum, who’s billed the fight as America’s Last Line of Defense. Arum is either unaware or unconcerned that Oleg Maskaev is now actually an American citizen who calls New York home.

The first Rahman/Maskaev fight, which took place seven years ago in November 1999, was an action-packed bout. Both men traded power punches and jabs, but Rahman’s superior speed and accurate jab had him comfortably ahead on all three judges’ cards going into the eighth round. Less that a minute into that round, Maskaev landed two hard left hooks, followed by a series of rights to Rahman’s head. The final blow came with just over a minute to go, when Maskaev landed a right hand to Rahman’s chin, throwing him through the ropes and head-first onto the concrete floor in front of HBO commentator Jim Lampley. An ugly riot ensued as the fans threw chairs, one of which hit referee Steve Smoger, who’d been sitting ringside. continue

Peltz Blasts Boxing Business; Claims Ouma Is Shut Out

11.08.06 - Hall-of-Fame promoter J Russell Peltz says name recognition and relationships with rankings organizations and television networks is what makes the boxing business go. “Never in the history of boxing has a fighter’s ability meant less than it does today,” says Peltz, who began promoting in Philadelphia in 1969. “It does not seem to matter if fighter B is better than fighter A so long as Fighter A’s management has a better working relationship with the ratings organizations or with the television networks. continue

Michael Montero’s Boxing Notebook: Rahman-Maskaev II preview

11.08.06 - By Michael Montero: First of all, there is no way this match should be on PPV! Just when I thought HBO was starting to get it together, here we go again. Oleg Maskaev (32-5, 25 KO’s) hasn’t defeated a top heavyweight since he knocked Hasim Rahman out of the ring back in 1999; and Rahman (41-5-2, 33 KO’s) hasn’t since he KO’d Lennox Lewis in 2001. I’m confused here, just what has either fighter done to warrant PPV? This is a mandatory defense for The Rock, worthy of an “HBO Championship Boxing” telecast, not a PPV showcase. continue

Omar Nino Romero Upsets Brian Viloria

11.08.06 - By MARLON BERNARDINO: SOMEBDOY should have warned Filipino-American Brian Viloria before the fight, a hungry man doesn't drink a "Hawaiian Punch." Mexican Omar Niño Romero, fighting for title for the first time in his 11-year career, outworked Viloria to win by unanimous decision and capture the World Boxing Council (WBC) light flyweight belt Thursday night (yesterday morning in Manila) at the Orleans Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. continue

Step Back In Time

10.08.06 - By Mark Law: One of the most appealing aspects of boxing is its glorious history. I’m sure there are plenty of fans out there who, like me, love to read the record books and watch those old black-and-white films of Benny Leonard, Jimmy Wilde, Jack Dempsey and all the other legends. Wouldn’t it be fantastic to be able to travel back in time and get a ringside seat for Harry Greb against Mickey Walker, or pay a visit to Grossingers and watch Rocky Marciano in training. We can only imagine what it was like to have been there.

But what if we could take it one step further? What if we could not only go back in time to witness some of the greatest events in boxing’s past, but we could also actually change something? Or unravel a mystery? Consider this; what if we were able to travel back to Las Vegas, Nevada, in 1980, and beg Muhammad Ali to forget about his comeback against Larry Holmes? continue

8 Count Signs Tavoris 'The Assassin' Cloud

10.08.06 - Undefeated light heavyweight prospect Tavoris “The Assassin” Cloud has signed an exclusive promotional agreement with Chicago’s 8 Count Productions, it was announced today by Dominic Pesoli, President of 8 Count. Said Pesoli, “We’re very happy to be working with Tavoris. He’s had two devastating knockouts in recent months on our shows at the Aragon Ballroom and our fans we’re thrilled by his skills and power. We look forward to a long and successful relationship with him as we work together towards a world championship.” continue

Luan Krasniqi Pulls Out of Sep 16th Fight with Tony Thompson

Los Angeles, August 10th – Dan Goossen, promoter of world rated American heavyweight boxer Tony “The Tiger” Thompson, announced today that he plans on filing an immediate petition with WBO President Francisco “Paco” Valcarel, Esq. on his fighter’s behalf as the result of the organization’s top-ranked contender pulling out of his scheduled September 16th bout with Thompson in Germany. continue

Jimmy Garcia’s Family Trust At Risk

10.08.06 - WBC News: The World Boxing Council has received a plea for help from Maria Maza of Barranquilla, Colombia, the widow of former Colombian boxer Jimmy Garcia, who passed away in 1995 after challenging Gabriel Ruelas for the super featherweight world title at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. The WBC protects all boxers fighting for WBC titles with hospitalization and life insurance policies continue

Maskaev vs. Rahman: The great “American” debate!

10.08.06 - By Izyaslav “Slava” Koza: With only days to go before the Hasim Rahman Oleg Maskaev heavyweight title fight, an interesting subplot has emerged to compliment the actual contest. Apparently, the promotional team of the champion Rahman had unknowingly billed the PPV show as “America’s last line of Defense,”suggesting Rahman was the only American in the ring, unaware that Maskaev had received his U.S. citizenship almost two years ago. For their part, the Maskaev team has tried to milk the attention by making it clear that they feel insulted by this supposed ignorance about their fighter’s nationality.

Although there should really be no argument regarding whether Oleg Maskaev is an American citizen, since the government can confirm this, there is another tricky cultural element to the discussion. continue

Brian Viloria Set To Defend WBC Light Flyweight Title On OLN Tonight

10.08.06 - By Jacqui Snow: Bob Arum/Top Rank promised to use the OLN Fight Night (and the huge budget of $250,000 per episode) to introduce exciting young prospects who wouldn’t otherwise get a chance to showcase their skills. They certainly delivered on that promise with their debut show, featuring Kelly Pavlik in a TKO win over veteran Bronco McKart. This week they’ve done it again, as undefeated power-puncher Brian "Hawaiian Punch" Viloria (19-0, 12 KO's) defends his WBC Light Flyweight title against Omar Romero (23-2-1, 10 KO's). continue

Rubin “Hollywood” Williams shooting for stardom

TAMPA (August 10, 2006) – Super middleweight contender Rubin “Hollywood” Williams, coming off of a National Boxing Association title winning performance last Friday in Las Vegas, has his sights set on a major world title shot within 12 months. For now, though, the Detroit native is open to fighting any top 20 rated fighter. continue

Gary Reid Confirmed as English Title Challenger

10.08.06 - At a meeting today (10th August 2006) the British Boxing Board of Control announced that Stoke’s Gary Reid will challenge holder Nigel Wright for the English Light-Welterweight Title. No date for the bout has yet been set as purse bids have to be made before 12 noon on 13th September 2006.On hearing the news the likeable member of Team Impact said continue

Rahman/Maskaev II Analysis: Should We Expect Retribution For “Rock?”

10.08.06 - By Nick Mathur: The rematch between Hasim Rahman and Oleg Maskaev will take place this Saturday at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. It has been nearly seven years since their first meeting, where Maskaev sent Rahman through the ropes and out of the ring with a crushing right hand, scoring a highlight reel knockout victory in the eighth round.

Maskaev, achieving the best victory of his professional career, was down on all three judges scorecards at the time of the stoppage, but managed to stun Rahman and then spectacularly put an end to the contest, erasing any attempts Rahman might have made to survive the round while on shaky legs. Rahman later went on to become the unified heavyweight champion of the world with an upset fifth round knockout victory over Lennox Lewis in Africa, only to lose his title five months later when Lewis exacted his revenge by scoring a savage fourth round stoppage. continue

Offense Could Be Brian Viloria`s Best Defense

10.08.06 - Marlon Bernardino: OFFENSE could be Brian Viloria's best defense when he takes on Mexican challenger Omar Nino Romero in their World Boxing Council (WBC) light flyweight title fight Thursday night (Friday morning in Manila) at the Orleans Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. Viloria's trainer Freddie Roach wants the champion to attack early and often. continue

Robert "Ghost" Guerrero Media Luncheon Quotes

09.08.06 - NABF Featherweight Champion Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero (18-1-1, 11 KOs) will challenge IBF 126-pound champion Eric “Mighty Mouse” Aiken (16-4, 12 KOs) Saturday, Sept. 2, 2006, at STAPLES Center. SHOWTIME will televise the world title bout at 10 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the west coast). The explosive match-up, featuring two of the busiest and hardest hitting featherweights in the business, will open the SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING telecast before headliners James “Lights Out” Toney and Samuel “The Nigerian Nightmare” Peter go toe-to-toe in what promises to be an electrifying World Boxing Council (WBC) heavyweight elimination bout. continue

Ruiz agrees to WBA elimination fight against Chagaev

09.08.06 - LAS VEGAS (August 9, 2006) – Two-time world heavyweight champion John “The Quietman” Ruiz (41-6-1, 28 KOs) has accepted the challenge offered by the World Boxing Association to fight No. 2 rated challenger Ruslan “White Tyson” Chagaev (21-0-1, 17 KOs) in an elimination bout to determine the organization’s official No. 1 heavyweight contender. continue

Floyd Mayweather To Fight Cory Spinks On November 4?

09.08.06 - by James Slater: Strong indications say pound-for-pound king, Floyd Mayweather will box Cory Spinks in his next outing. The fight, already approved, sanctioning wise by the IBF, is being talked about for "Pretty Boy's" November 4 pay-per-view commitment. Tentatively scheduled to take place at The MGM Grand in Las Vegas, the bout is a fascinating match-up. It seems Floyd is keen on moving up to light middleweight and challenging Spinks for his belt. The question is, is 154 too high for Floyd?

Spinks is coming off a very good, albeit controversial win, over the excellent Roman Karmazin. Now a two-time world champion, Cory will be no pushover for Mayweather. He has only been stopped once - by Zab Judah - and his fine and silky skills have seen him box his way to many fine victories. One of them over Judah, in their first meeting. continue

Hearns vs De La Hoya: The Breakdown and the Result

09.08.06 - By Ted Sares: The Tommy Hearns, 28-0, and Oscar De La Hoya, 23-0, fight for the WBA Welterweight Title is scheduled for January 3, 1981 at the Thomas & Mack Center, Las Vegas. The referee for the 15 round fight will be Davey Pearl and judges named for the bout are Octavio Meyran, Mike Jacobs and Guy Jutras. After defeating Pernell Whitaker for the WBC Welterweight Title, De La Hoya has his mind set on winning another big one. His target, Tommy "The Hit Man" Hearns, who destroyed Pepino Cuevas with his booming right hand power to win the WBA Welterweight Title title. continue

Instant Replay: Maskaev KOs Rahman - Video Clip

LAS VEGAS, NV (August 9, 2006) -- It's fight week baby! Two-time WBC heavyweight champion HASIM RAHMAN, (41-5-2, 33 KOs), from Baltimore, MD, and OLEG MASKAEV, (32-5, 25 KOs), the No. 1 contender and mandatory challenger from Kazakstan, rumble for the biggest prize in sports -- the heavyweight championship of the world! It's been nearly seven years since they first tangled on that November 6, 1999 night in Atlantic City, where Maskaev, behind on the judges' scorecards, slammed Rahman with an overhand right to the head, sending Rahman through the ropes head-first, crashing through the HBO announcing team's table and onto the concrete floor. It was a chilling, riveting finish with Maskaev getting the stoppage victory in the eighth round. continue

Saratoga Boxing Live on MSG Network!

09.08.06 -On August 18, fight fans nationwide will be able to take in the exciting action live, as Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing is pleased to announce that the MSG Network will be televising their annual boxing show at the Saratoga Springs City Center in Saratoga, New York. The spectacular Star Boxing, in association with Pugnacious Promotions, night of boxing will feature a pair of tough New York heavyweights in separate bouts. continue

What Klitschko/Briggs Means to the Heavyweight Division

09.08.06 - By: Troy Ondrizek: Hasim Rahman and Wladimir Klitschko is indeed the most meaningful heavyweight fight out there. In fact Wladimir is ranked number one in The Ring rankings, and Rahman holds down the number two spot. This means the winner of that fight can be called the true champion of the division and will restart the lineage that ended with Lennox Lewis’ retirement three years ago. Not only is the Ring title at stake, but so is the credibility of the division. I have argued against the naive notion that the heavyweight division is poor in talent. The talent is there, hell it’s all over the world in the division; the problem is that the top fighters don’t meet in the ring against one another. That is the fault of fighters, promoters and T.V. execs alike. So we all know that Rahman and Klitschko needs to happen, but truth is we could be nine months to a year away from that fight, so why try to deny the fans an exciting fight by torpedoing Shannon Briggs’ chance at a title against Wladimir Klitschko? continue

Euro Roundup: Juan Carlos Gomez, Nikolai Valuev, More

09.08.06 - By Per Ake Persson: The WBC will review the case with Juan Carlos Gomez´s positive (cocaine) doping test after he beat Oliver McCall October 15, 2005, in Duesseldorf on their convention in Croatia Oct 29-Nov 4. Gomez is under a one year suspension from the German Federation but the result remained unchanged as the BDB feel it´s up to the WBC to change it. According to FightFax, Gomez is not under suspension in the US - and according to Fight Fax CEO Anibal Miramontes, the WBC do not have the right nor the power to change any results. continue

10th Straight Sellout Greets Fight Promoter University II Students

09.08.06 - Irvine, CA: Not only will the nearly 40 future fight promoters who have already signed up to attend Fight Promoter University II get classroom instruction from 14 different guest speakers, but they will also get to see why the Irvine Marriott’s Battle In The Ballroom is used as the FPU laboratory to teach about successful show operations, as promoter Roy Englebrecht announced the 10th consecutive sellout for the Battle In The Ballroom show on Thursday, August 24th. continue

Rahman/Maskaev II: Overview & Prediction

09.08.06 - By Dino Alvarado: On August 12, Hasim "The Rock" Rahman (41-5-2, 33 KO's) and Oleg "The Big O" Maskaev (32-5, 25 KO's) will meet in a rematch of their 1999 encounter when Rahman was knocked out of the ring in dramatic fashion. The big question surrounding the fight is whether the last American heavyweight champion standing has learned anything since his embarrassing defeat 7 years ago. continue

James Toney-Samuel Peter Conference Call War

Peter vs Toney09.08.06 - 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 in a 12-round WBC heavy weight elimination bout on SHOWTIME (9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast) at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles. In the co-feature, Eric Aiken defends his IBF featherweight title against Robert “The Ghost’’ Guerrero. PLEASE NOTE: Portions of the transcript have been edited (more than usual) for content.

Peter: I am in Las Vegas training, waiting for James Toney. I thank everybody that put this fight together. I am so excited because it is going to be an exciting fight. I know nobody can tell what God's glory is, so I am ready to roll.

Toney: I am looking forward to Sept. 2. I am fighting a very credible challenger in Sam Peters, second in the world to date. I am looking forward to the opportunity to show everybody that I am the best heavyweight out there. It is going to be a great show. This is the kind of fight that the fans want to see. They want to see James fighting Sammy Peter. It should be a vacation match. continue

Evander Holyfield, What if?

09.08.06 - By Scott Kurtz: "He’s not a real heavyweight" my brother kept telling me after Evander knocked out Buster Douglas to become the undisputed heavyweight champion. "He’s a paper champion and a real heavyweight is going to punch right through him," he would say. My brother never thought much of Evander until November13th 1992 when he lost his title to Riddick Bowe. Like many others, my brother became a fan of the Real Deal that night. The 10th round was one of the greatest displays of heart and courage ever seen in boxing. Evander was out on his feet by an uppercut 30 seconds into the round surviving a hellacious onslaught by a much bigger fighter for the next two minutes. The last minute of the round Evander recovered and started pounding Bowe with power shots stunning him the last 20 seconds of the round. Although Evander would go on to lose his belts that night, he proved without a doubt that he was a true champion. continue

If Viloria Beats Romero; Next Is Japanese Koki Kameda

09.08.06 - By Marlon Bernardino: FOR SURE, Brian Viloria will mean business when he defends his World Boxing Council (WBC) light flyweight title against Mexican Omar Nino Romero on Thursday (Friday in Manila) at the Orleans Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. His manager, Gary Gittelsohn, means it quite literally. Gittelsohn is already exploring the possibility of a mega-buck fight with popular Japanese champion Koki Kameda once Viloria gets past his second challenger. continue

Green vs Delisle II

09.08.06 - Stuart Duncan today confirmed that negotiations had been successful which will see Jason Delisle rematch with Danny Green in September in Perth. Delisle who had a win over Green in the amateurs was beaten by Danny back in June 2003 when he struggled moving down to Super Middleweight. We see this as the perfect fight for Jason and a more level playing field at Light Heavyweight said Duncan. continue

De La Hoya vs. Mayweather: What Should Be?

floyd mayweather jr.09.08.06 - By Coach Tim Walker - Every few years a fight comes along that is so intriguing it would seem a disservice to the sport of boxing, boxing fans and mankind if it were not to happen. Immediately matches such as Ali vs. Frazier, Duran vs. Leonard, or Spinks vs. Holmes come to mind as some of the greatest ring battles to ever take place. Equally, when a fight that boxing fans want to see doesn’t come to fruition it has the potential to taint both boxers’ legacies. Jones vs. Micalczewski, Hopkins vs. Toney or even, maybe a bit of a stretch, Leonard vs. Whitaker are a few of the coulda-shoulda fights that would have tantalized the public. Such may be the case with Oscar and Floyd if the fight doesn’t happen.

To his credit Oscar De La Hoya has only come up short against some of the best the sport has to offer. A loss to Felix Trinidad, another to the bigger/stronger Bernard Hopkins, and two close decisions to Shane Mosely. On the other hand, Mayweather has never tasted professional defeat though many boxing fans believe that he lost at least one of the fights with Castillo. continue

Hill and Emery Ready For AROTO Welterweight Action

09.08.06 - Welterweight action will be fierce when "A Ring of Their Own" brings together Camden, New Jersey’s Daria Hill (3-3) and New York City’s Jill Emery (6-0) at Harveys, Lake Tahoe on August 31. Hill is coming off a disappointing loss in January to Suswella Roberts and makes no bones about getting a "W" in Lake Tahoe. Nor does she fear an undefeated opponent. "No," Hill said without a trace of doubt. continue

Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is Artie!

09.08.06 - By Jeff "Big Bazooka" Linenfelser (Letter forwarded from Team Harris)- After reading the comments mentioned by Artie Pelullo, Tyrone Harris, through his manager Gary "GB" Brandenburg had this to say: Artie, I know I may look young, and did not fight my fight against Koba Gogoladze (which I must deal with) BUT to refer to me as an intimidated or boyish fighter, well, if you believe those words, you will have no problem with the following. continue

Smoke Rising in Marksville!

08.08.06 - Former WBA Featherweight World Champion Derrick Smoke Gainer (39-7-1, 24 KOs) will be looking to begin his comeback and establish himself in the 130-135-lb divisions when he faces St. Louis veteran Phillip Bring The Payne for the IBA Americas Lightweight Championship, this Saturday, August 12 at the Paragon Casino Resort in Marksville, LA. Gainer, who fights for Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing, will be looking to return to the victory column after a two-fight skid against top-notch opposition. continue

The ‘Manos de Pierdas’ and Sugar Ray Trilogy: A Disappointment?

08.08.06 - By MICHAEL KLIMES -- The 1970 vs. 1980s - 1980 was an interesting year for the United States and the world. Jimmy Carter’s Presidency begun to enter the sludge over his weak handling of the Iranian Hostage Crisis, Ayatollah Khomeini and Saddam Hussein started offering their opposing visions for the Middle East, which capitulated them into the Iran-Iraq War that lasted for eight bloody years. Hussein saw himself as the champion of Pan Arabism in a secular format and his generation’s Nasser while Khomeini offered a religious theocracy for Iran with a very conservative interpretation of Islam. The economic wellbeing of the United States was slightly haphazard, like it was in Britain, as both countries were still experiencing some of the economic hardships of the 1970s.

Boxing was in an equal position as some of the stars from the 1970s like Wilfred Benitez, Roberto Duran and Alexis Arguello still had some of their finest moments to be played out in an era that ushered in some new traits and eccentricities that every decade does. Pop music, once again, went to conquer a global audience with Madonna, Prince, Kylie Minogue, George Michael and of course Michael Jackson. Led Zeppelin had expired their sell by date in 1980 and so had the Sex Pistols. continue

Second Live Fight Viloria v. Nino on OLN Thurs Night

STAMFORD, CT (August 8, 2006) – OLN, in collaboration with leading boxing promoters Top Rank, today announced updated details of the network’s second live boxing event. The title fight for Fight Night’s second live telecast will feature undefeated Brian Viloria as he takes on Omar Nino in the World Boxing Council (WBC) Light Flyweight Championship fight at The Orleans Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas Thursday, August 10 at 9 p.m. ET. The telecast will also feature International Boxing Council (IBC) Middleweight champion Jose Zertuche as he takes on Carlos Bojorquez. continue

Q & A With James Toney

08.08.06 – Determined to silence the critics who constantly harp on him about his weight and conditioning, the normally loquacious James “Lights Out” Toney was uncharacteristically near silence himself in responding tersely to questions addressed to him during preparation for his September 2nd “No Risk, No Reward” WBC 12-round Heavyweight title elimination bout against the hard-hitting Samuel “The Nigerian Nightmare” Peter at the Staples Center. continue

Green Machine returns to the ring

08.08.06 - By Gavin Stone: Australian light-heavyweight Danny ‘The Green Machine’ Green will make a return to the boxing ring on September 20 in a return match against Sydney boxer Jason DeLisle at Challenge Stadium, Perth. The bout will be sequel to the successful Western Warfare events that Green’s promotional company – Green Machine Promotions – has staged previously. continue

Floyd Mayweather Jr. - Is He More All-Time Fraud than All-Time Great?

08.08.06 - By Anthony Coleman: Greatness is a very popular word in boxing. Whenever we see a boxer with a ton of ability and a gaudy record, certain spectators will virtually go into delirium and quickly proclaim “this guy is one of the greatest fighters whoever lived.” However, which is often the case, the term is often tossed around too much. Often boxing fans will designate a fighter for greatness without putting a fighter’s ring accomplishments into its proper perspective. Greatness is rarely seen and we should be extremely cautious when we label a fighter as “great”.

This brings me to Floyd Mayweather. With his combination of excellent technique and rarely seen physical skills, Floyd Mayweather, is regarded by many fans and writers (such as Dan Rafael and Kevin Iole) as pound-for-pound the best fighter in the sport today. Some are actually questioning where Mayweather ranks historically. Personally, I think that placing Mayweather as the best fighter in the sport, let alone labeling him as an all-time great, is ridiculous. While I agree that Mayweather is the most gifted boxer today, he is also the most overrated boxer in the world as well. continue

A Ring Of Their Own Now Available On The Web

08.08.06 - A Ring Of Their Own, the only all women's boxing series, is now being web cast. The weekly shows are available free of charge on two web sites. Both and have begun to webcast the new weekly season. In the case of "Village", users can simply click on the "on demand" section and scroll to "AROTO". continue

Audley Harrison: Boasts he couldn’t make good on, why Audley became a TV Turn-off

08.08.06 - By Andy Olsen: I made no hiding of my being a Danny Williams fan in my previous article on him for ESB. I’ll be just as quick to declare any bias in this one about Audley Harrison, as I have no problem admitting to my dislike for the guy. Yet I, along with an entire nation, rooted for him in the Sydney Olympics in 2000. The celebrations at 5AM our time, as he became the first Britain to win an Olympic gold since Chris Finnegan back in ’68 lasted long into the… erm…morning. Nonetheless, we were thrilled. continue

The First One

07.08.06 - By Ted Sares: Maybe you can remember the first professional fight you saw and what impact it had on you. Though I had a pretty good idea about what my first one was and where I saw it, I nevertheless consulted with my older sisters and did some serious research. Here is the result. Marigold Gardens Outdoor Arena on the North side of Chicago was a smoke filled place on June 6, 1948.....boxing being a bastion of political incorrectness and all. Of course, none of that idiocy existed back then. continue

Hasim Rahman Vs. Oleg Maskaev-Coming full circle

rahman vs maskaev07.08.06 - By Javier N. Perez: On Saturday August 12th, Hasim Rahman, the man that has been dubbed America's last line of defense will face the man that handed him his most devastating knockout defeat, Oleg Maskaev.

In 1999 Hasim Rahman was a young, inexperienced fighter with a lot of potential who had been criticized for being too cautious in fights and in an attempt to be more crowd pleasing, stood toe to toe with the Kazakhstani born and devastating puncher,Oleg Maskaev, giving the slow Maskaev an opportunity to win that he may not have had if Rahman had stayed on the outside and boxed.

After 7 highly competitive rounds, in a fight in which Rahman was ahead on points, Maskaev caught Rahman with a devastating right to jaw that sent Rahman flying through the ropes, across the announcers' table and almost into the arms of HBO announcer, Jim Lampley.

That victory was the biggest and most notorious in Maskaev's career and should have given him the momentum to propel him to the top of the division, instead he began to gradually fly more and more under the radar due to back to back technical knockout loses to Kirk Johnson and Lance Whitaker and a a knockout loss to Corey Sanders in 2002. continue

Juan Manuel Marquez vs. In Jin Chi: Bring it on in November!

07.08.06 - By John Way: Now ranked as the number one contender for Scott Harrison’s WBO featherweight title, Juan Manuel Marquez seems to have his career back on track following his disappointing loss to Indonesian, Chris John earlier this year. As he showed last Saturday, he is still a force to be reckoned with, even at age 33. At this point in his career, the Mexican can’t afford anymore gaps of inactivity. He’ll be looking for at least one more fight before the year is over, and with the enormity of Harrison’s problems outside the ring, it looks like a title shot is temporarily on the back burner. continue

Gerry Cooney v Ken Norton - 54 Devastating Seconds In 1981!

07.08.06 - By James Slater: Kenny Norton still looked the part. His muscular physique was as impressive as ever and going into his fight with the green and untested Gerry Cooney, most experts thought he would give the latest "White Hope" a reasonably tough fight, while at the same time providing an answer to the question - could Cooney really fight? Ken was thirty-seven to Gerry's twenty-four, but still, no-one could have possibly predicted the utterly frightening destruction job "Gentleman Gerry" was to do on the former heavyweight champion.

Some say Norton looked afraid when making his ring entrance, and, as things transpired, he had a right to be somewhat tentative. Not only was he about to take some of the big punching Irish American's blows flush on his chin, he was also about to share the ring with a thoroughly inept third man - one who was to let Cooney swing away at him freely when he was defenceless. Tony Perez may have had some good nights as referee in the past, but his performance on May 11, 1981 was nothing short of disgusting. Ken Norton could very well have been permanently injured as a result. continue

Two Fighters in Search of a Punch: Cotto TKO 10 Hernandez

07.08.06 - By Karl E. H. Seigfried: It’s one thing to watch Winky Wright teach Felix Trinidad the power of the unstoppably accurate jab, but another thing entirely to watch one guy with a pretty good jab take on another guy who’s jab isn’t so good, with neither a power punch between them. At the Coliseo Pedrin Zorrilla in San Juan, Puerto Rico on Friday night, Jose Miguel Cotto won a tenth-round stoppage of Ivan Hernandez in a fight filled with enough exciting, back-and-forth action to fill an entire three-minute round from bell to bell. Unfortunately, the action was spread out over ten rounds, with just a little bit of action in each. In between, there was a whole lotta jabbin’. So, if you’re one of those boxing sages who always laments that the young lions don’t know the value of a good jab, this was your fight. For the rest of us, who sometimes like to see a power punch or two thrown in between the multiple jabs, it was kind of a snoozer. continue

The Viper and The Bazooka At The Garden - Quartey/Forrest

Forrest/Quartey07.08.06 - By Frank Gonzalez Jr.: Some questions were answered about the reincarnations of Vernon "The Viper" Forrest (38-2, 28 KO's) and Ike "Bazooka" Quartey (37-3-1,31 KO's) Saturday night at Madison Square Garden. Either guy would make fair opponents for the division's elites, represented by the current crop of WBA Champ, Jose Rivera, IBF Champ, Corey Spinks, WBC Champ, Oscar De La Hoya or relatively unknown WBO Champ, Sergeii Dzinziruk.

I think Kassim Ouma (25-2-1, 15 KO's) would probably beat all of the above but has the smallest chance of getting the big names to fight him after again demonstrating his tenacious style in a convincing win over unbeaten Sechew Powell (now 20-1, 12 KO's). I wouldn't write off Powell though, he's still young and learning. His experience vs. Ouma should pay good dividends in the future. A rematch between Ouma and Roman Karmazin (34-2-1, 21 KO's) might be an interesting redemption match for both. continue

Euro Boxing Roundup

07.08.06 - By Per Ake Persson: Norwegian jr welter Geir Inge Jorgensen´s planned fight for this past weekend in Miami didn´t come off and Jorgensen, who is managed by Emanuel Steward, is now returning home and hopes to get a tuneup fight in Europe before returning to Detroit and a bout there September 23. Jorgensen last fought eleven months ago. continue

Poulsen Headlines In in Vejle, Denmark

7.8.2006: Risum Boxing have finalized details to stage a promotion on September 8 at Idraettens Hus in Vejle, Denmark, with local amateur hero Kim “Golden Boy” Poulsen as the main drawing-card in his professional debut. Sharing co-feature-billing will be undefeated Danish middleweight Fawaz Nasir (9-0) and 2004 Olympic quarterfinalist and undefeated lightweight pro Sam “Rocky” Rukundo (7-0). continue

Danny Williams, the last chance awaits him

07.08.06 - By Andy Olsen: We all have our favourites, whether we are avid followers, casual fans, or boxing writers. Yours truly is no exception. I had my dabble in the amateur ranks when Danny Williams turned pro. Hailing from the North East of England, being 5’9, fighting at 135, and from a stable middle-class background can explain Why Williams is one of said favourites. He was a 6’2, 240 lb colossus from the mean streets of Brixton, in South East London. The explanation is of course that opposites attract. continue

Evander Holyfield In "Top Condition" For Aug 18 Return, Trainers Say

Holyfield vs Bates07.08.06 - HOUSTON, TEXAS ---For those who believe 4-time world heavyweight champion, Evander Holyfield, has little left to fight with when he returns to the ring to face Jeremy Bates (American Airlines Center, Dallas, August 18), his trainers, Ronnie Shields and Tim Hallmark, have a message for them -- don't count Evander Holyfield out, just yet.

Holyfield himself has put out the message that he's determined to become boxing's first and only five-time world heavyweight champion. Now, after several months in the gym and Holyfield winding down training for his upcoming fight, his trainers are saying that the idea is not so farfetched. continue

The Big Guys are waking up

07.08.06 – By Cesar R.: The trio of best heavyweights today is composed, according to the Ring ratings, by Wladimir Klitschko, Hasim Rahman and, surprisingly, James Toney. While Klitschko and Rahman are also the consensus Top Heavyweights, many criticize the Ring’s rating of Toney at #3; they think that he lost against Rahman and that guys like Lyakhovich or even Valuev deserve that place. In my opinion, the Rock of Baltimore (to differ him from the one of Brockton) won that fight by 2 rounds. continue

Viloria vs Romero on Solar Sports

07.08.06 - Marlon Bernardino - THE 12 rounds of hard labor on his first title defense inspired Brian "{Hawaiian Pinoy Punch" Viloria to burn himself more in the gym before a fight. "It's important to build up my stamina. I always expect the fight to go the distance now," said Viloria, who will defend his World Boxing Council light flyweight belt against Omar Nino Romero of Mexico on Thursday (Friday in Manila) at the Orleans Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. continue

Ramsey and Toughill Ready for Rematch

07.08.06- Expect super middleweight sparks to fly when Laura "Lady Ram" Ramsey and Erin Toughill meet in a rematch August 31 when "A Ring of Their Own" travels to Harvey’s Lake Tahoe. Both fighters are gearing up for battle and promise an exciting match. Laura "Lady Ram" Ramsey is eagerly anticipating her next date with Erin Toughill after suffering a narrow defeat in Hollywood when "A Ring Of Their Own" fought at the Hollywood Palladium in January. continue

Marquez Brothers Impressive In Victory

Marquez Bros07.08.06 - By Nick Mathur: Fighting on the same card for the first time in five years, Rafael and Juan Manuel Marquez (photo by Tom Casino / Showtime) both earned stoppage victories at Montbleu Resort And Casino in Lake Tahoe. Rafael stopped Silence Mabuza after the corner threw in the towel at the end of round nine, while Juan Manuel halted game challenger Terdsak Jandaeng in round seven. It was arguably the biggest stage that both brothers have fought on together, as Rafael was making the seventh defense of his IBF bantamweight title, and Juan Manuel was fighting to become the WBO interim titlist at featherweight to set himself up as the mandatory challenger for Scott Harrison’s belt.

Last November, Rafael Marquez knocked Mabuza down in the first round on his way to a fourth round stoppage victory, due to a deep cut sustained around Mabuza’s eye that forced the doctor to stop the bout. It had been an exciting fight in which both fighters were impressive, even though each judge had scored every round for Marquez leading up to the stoppage. Mabuza then won an elimination fight with Ricardo Vargas in order to gain the opportunity for a rematch against Marquez. continue

Minto not looking past Sample!

07.08.06-This Friday night August 11th at the Mountaineer Race Track in Chester, WV heavyweight hopeful Brian Minto 25-1 (14 KO’s) will step in against all around journeyman Andy Sample 34-13-2 (22 KO’s) in a scheduled six round heavyweight bout. All though the ‘Sand Man’ has lost seven out of his last ten matches via knock out Minto isn’t over looking his opponent, “This is a big fight for me, if I can win this fight and look good doing it then my next fight will be one of my biggest, so yes I am trying to stay busy and am taking a risk but I am definitely going to take care of business this Friday night,” explains Minto. continue

Aaron Williams Added to OLN Fight Night

06.08.06 - Undefeated Cruiserweight prospect Aaron Williams (8-0-1, 6 KO’s) has been added to Thursday’s OLN Fight Night card, August 10th at the Orleans Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas Nevada. Williams will face Terrance Smith (4-3, 3 KO’s) in a six round bout. “We are very grateful to Brad Goodman and Top Rank for this opportunity,” said William’s co-manager, Patrick Doljanin. continue

Johnsen and Wolak Impressive as KEA Boxing Debuts at the Birchwood

06.08.06 - By Joe Kulyeshie, ringside - KEA Boxing's Friday Night Boxing Series lived up to its billing when it made its debut at the elegant Birchwood Manor for "Brawls at the Birchwood." A hot crowd and solid matchmaking combined to lay the groundwork for an entertaining night that sent supporters of local fighters Wayne Johnsen, Pawel Wolak, Wendy La Motta and Nicky DeMarco home happy. continue

Forrest tops Quartey by Disputed Decision

Forrest vs Quartey06.08.06 - By Ryan Songalia: New York City's Madison Square Garden was filled with mixed reactions to the verdict in the junior middleweight fight between Ike Quartey and Vernon Forrest. The arena was a chorus of discontent, reacting to the disputable unanimous decision victory that was awarded to Vernon Forrest on a night in which he did not appear the more effective fighter. The "Now or Never" event was promoted by Lou Dibella Entertainment.

As a pair of former welterweight champions on the comeback trail, both men gave respectable accounts of themselves, fully acknowledging that it may be too late to recover from a big setback. However, Ike Quartey of Accra, Ghana found himself on the downside of a decision he appeared to deserve the better fortune in. Quartey was the more accurate and effective puncher throughout, and used his physical strength and jab to back up Forrest. Vernon Forrest, Atlanta, GA, did not appear sharp from the opening bell, unable to sustain an effective offense for extended periods in the fight.

The early rounds were dominated by the crisp jabs and counter punching of Quartey. Forrest was not using his own jab effectively to set up his power punching, and found himself having to lunge while out of range to land his own blows. However, and this is important in the scoring discrepancies, Forrest was the busier fighter and threw more punches. continue

Anthony Mundine set to run for Parliament

By Gavin Stone, 6th August 2006- Former world boxing champion Anthony Mundine is set to run for Parliament as an independent at the state election in March, 2007. The Sydney Morning Herald reported that the former St George- Illawarra Dragons and Brisbane Broncos rugby league star will contest the inner-city seat of Marrickville, which is held by Education Minister Carmel Tebbutt, a move which seems to be inspired by fury within Redfern's Aboriginal community over the establishment of a cultural and training centre in memory of Pemulwuy, the legendary Aboriginal warrior of the early 19th century. continue

El Cubano Signs with Gary Shaw Productions

STATELINE, NV (August 5, 2006) – South of the border, down Mexico way, promoter Gary Shaw has found boxing’s next big Olé! Shaw announced today the signing of the much sought after ANTONIO “EL CUBANO” IZQUIERDO, 27, a former Cuban amateur sensation and current lightweight contender, to an exclusive promotional agreement with Gary Shaw Productions. continue

Williams and Williams Triumph

Las Vegas, NV August 5th— The crowd was at capacity last night when Guilty Promotions in association with Silverhawk Boxing promoted a night of Championship boxing in the new exhibit hall inside the South Coast Hotel & Casino in the fabulous city of Las Vegas, Nevada. The Main Event of the evening saw the newly crowned NBA World Champion Rubin "Mr Hollywood" Williams (29-2 16 KO's), of Detroit, MI face and defeat the super durable Max Heyman (21-9 13 KO's) of Albuquerque, NM. continue

Marquez Brothers Each Score Knockouts In An Explosive Night of Boxing

Marquez(Aug. 5, 2006) - Photos by TOM CASINO / SHOWTIME - The Marquez brothers of Mexico City took center stage in front of more than 3,000 cheering fans Saturday and millions more watching on SHOWTIME, and each were victorious in impressive and exciting fashion.

Making their 11th appearance on the same fight card, Juan Manuel Marquez captured the World Boxing Organization (WBO) interim featherweight belt and became the mandatory challenger to WBO champion Scott Harrison with a seventh-round TKO over game Terdsak Jandaeng of Thailand. Rafael Marquez made his seventh successful defense of his International Boxing Federation (IBF) bantamweight title with a ninth-round TKO over Silence Mabuza of South Africa.

The world championship twinbill at the MontBleu Resort Casino was promoted by Gary Shaw Productions, LLC, and aired at 9 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the west coast), on SHOWTIME.

Making his first start since losing a controversial decision to Chris John in March 2006, WBO No. 2 contender Juan Manuel (45-3-1, 33 KO’s) scored two knockdowns against the WBO No. 1 contender, Jandaeng (24-2, 15 KO’s). continue

10 reasons why Mayweather Jr. should fight Baldomir next

05.08.06 - By Dave Domenico: With all the endless speculation about who Mayweather will fight next, I believe I have the answer and wish to share it with you now. With Margarito, Mosley and Spinks being named as opponents, my vote goes to Carlos Baldomir. I came of with a list of 10 reasons why that’s the fight to be made. Here we go.

Reason#1: The Schedule. Mayweather is looking for a November date and Baldomir just successfully fought in July. November is plenty of time for both fighters to have more than adequate time to prepare for this fight. continue

Marquez Brothers, Mabuza, Jandaeng Weights and Quotes

04.08.06 - Photos by Tom Casino / Showtime - The Marquez brothers will be featured when the 20th anniversary celebration of SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING continues Saturday on SHOWTIME (9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast). In the main event, WBO No. 2-ranked Juan will face WBO No. 1 contender Terdsak Jandaeng for the WBO interim 126-pound belt. In a rematch, Rafael defends his IBF/IBO bantamweight belts against No. 1-ranked Silence Mabuza. continue

Twelve Under 19 National Champions are Crowned in Kansas City

(KANSAS CITY, MO.) – Four days of boxing culminated in championship round action on Saturday at the KCI Expo Center in Kansas City, Mo. Eleven championship bouts were contested with champions being crowned in nine men’s weight classes and two women’s weight classes. The women’s division is being contested for the first time in Under 19 history and two young women earned the first-ever women’s Under 19 titles. All of the male champions from Saturday’s action won the chance to compete in the Under 19 World Championships, September 6-18 in Agadir, Morocco. continue

Tony Hanshaw and Lafarrel Bunting Triumph on ShoBox

In a battle of unbeatens, Tony Hanshaw (19-0, 13 KOs) easily outpointed Esteban Camou (18-1, 15 KOs) across 10 rounds Friday on SHOWTIME to advance to the Oct. 6 semifinals in the "ShoBox: The New Generation" super middleweight tournamentLAS VEGAS (Aug. 4, 2006) – Photos: Mary Ann Owen / For SHOWTIME--The semi-finals of the “ShoBox” super middleweight tournament are set as Tony Hanshaw and LaFarrell Bunting advanced with victories in opening-round bouts Friday on SHOWTIME.

Despite injuring his left hand in the fourth round, Hanshaw (20-0, 13 KOs), of Warren, Ohio, cruised to a 10-round unanimous decision shutout over Esteban Camou (18-2, 15 KOs) of Navojoa, Mexico. In a battle of knockout specialists, late substitute Bunting (16-1-1, 16 KOs), of Memphis, Tenn., opened the telecast from The Sports Center of Las Vegas by scoring a fifth-round TKO over Jose Luis Herrera (14-2, 14 KOs), of San Onofre, Colombia.

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 will resume Friday, Oct. 6, on SHOWTIME at 11 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the west coast). In 10-round contests, Jean Paul Mendy will take on Henry Buchanan, while former sparring partners Hanshaw and Bunting will square off. continue

Mia St. John vs Jelena Mrdjenovich on August 7

04.08.06 - A title is on the line as veteran Mia St. John (43-7-2) and rising star Jelena Mrdjenovich (17-1) battle for the WIBF Lightweight title. This fight airs beginning the week of August 7. To catch all of the hard hitting action of "A Ring of Their Own", the only all women’s boxing series, visit the website, for viewing information, schedules and stations. If your cable provider doesn’t broadcast "A Ring of Their Own" have them contact us- "A Ring of Their Own" is produced by Rock & Sock Productions.

Rudolf Kraj Interview

04.08.06 - By Michael Klimes: Rudolf Kraj is a cruiserweight that I had the great pleasure of interviewing last Saturday at his home in Melnik, a beautiful town approximately thirty kilometres out of Prague. Kraj participated at the Sydney Olympics in 2000 where he won a Silver Medal in the light-heavyweight category. In the final, he lost to the Russian boxer Aleksandr Lebziak. Kraj also won a Bronze Medal at the World Championships at Bangkok in 2003. He turned professional last year and has amassed an eight fight winning streak with six KO’s. Kraj has small hands but they are deceptively powerful as he can launch powerful punches. He has a good left hook and straight right. He is not a bad body puncher either and can move well with the jab. He is, overall, a well rounded fighter. continue

Maskaev vs Rahman: Can Oleg Win?

04.08.06 - By Jim Amato: My opinion on this fight is that Oleg really didn't deserve this shot, simply because I personally feel that there are more deserving heavyweights out there. Maskaev has a 32-5 record with with 25 KO's. However, one of those wins were against Rahman, in 1999. In that fight, Oleg knocked Hasim clear out of the ring, after connecting with brutal right hand shot. Very impressive, no doubt. For his part, Oleg had previously suffered knockout losses to Oliver McCall and David Tua before he halted Rahman. continue

Baby Doll Reid and Ortega Prepare For WIBA Battle

04.08.06 - Elena "Baby Doll" Reid (17-3-5) and Mary "The Heat" Ortega (28-2-1) come together for a WIBA title clash when "A Ring of Their Own" travels to Harrahs Lake Tahoe August 31st. Both fighters are training hard and are ready to fight it out in the main event for the WIBA Flyweight title.

Reid is coming off a tough loss to Regina Halmich in Germany and this makes her third title bid. Does she feel third time is the charm? "Well, it’s my first time in the states to fight for a title, so I think that’s on my side!" Reid exclaimed. Not fighting since December hardly means "Baby Doll" has been inactive. "I’ve been training the whole time, and was supposed to have 3 different fights, but they fell through for whatever reason, but even though that happened I’ve been working doing my part to get better at what I do. I’ve had awesome training and sparring and I FEEL GOOD!"

Opponent Mary Ortega last saw ring action in August of 2005, and since has recovered from a hand injury, which has barely slowed her down and she is not worried about her time away from fighting. "No, I’m not worried. I broke my hand in September, dislocated my thumb. I was still hitting the bag and mitts and running, just working left handed," says the determined Ortega. continue

Warriors Boxing responsible for the highest rated ESPN fight in four years

HOLLYWOOD, FL – Through hard work, determination, consistent marketing and great fight cards, Seminole Warriors Boxing has propelled itself to upper echelon of the boxing promotions industry. The latest installment of Seminole Warriors Boxing events was held on Friday, July 28th and featured exactly what they have become known for, competitively matched bouts and fists full of action and excitement. continue

Larry Holmes V Randy "Tex" Cobb - The Most One-sided Heavyweight Title Fight In History

04.08.06 - By James Slater: Simply because a fight reaches the end of its scheduled rounds does not make it a competitive contest. This fact is proved no better than by the fight that is the subject of this article. The 1982 title fight between defending heavyweight ruler Larry Holmes and challenger Randall "Tex" Cobb was so one-sided, the very fact that the match was permitted to carry on for mismatched round after mismatched round brought about the retirement of commentator Howard Cosell. Never again would Howard sit behind a microphone and describe the action from a pro boxing match. continue

Pro Boxing at Plain Dealer Pavilion in Cleveland

04.08.06 - Cleveland, OH- On Saturday September 16, 2006, professional boxing returns to Cleveland with “Saturday Night Live Boxing”. Devore Whitt of Pound for Pound Promotions is promoting the event, which will be held outside at the beautiful Plain Dealer Pavilion on the west bank of The Flats. The card is quickly filling up with Cleveland’s most talented professional fighters. continue

Three of My Favorite Fight Films: A Review

04.08.06- By John Howard: Every fight fan knows that Raging Bull and the original Rocky were two of the greatest and most popular boxing movies of all time. I agree. Raging Bull won two Oscars and was nominated for eight Academy Awards, and the part of Jake La Motta couldn't have been played by anyone else other than Robert De Niro. The decision to film in black and white added a 40's and 50's touch of authenticity to the film and also gave it a gritty look. The scene of blood dripping from the ring rope wouldn't have the same effect done in color. The direction by Martin Scorsese was both inspired and flawless. Need I say more?

Rocky, of course, was the Academy Award winner for best picture in 1976. Based on the 1975 fight between Muhammad Ali and Chuck Wepner, Sylvester Stalone gave a brilliant performance as a million-to-one shot in his heavyweight title fight against Apollo Creed. I saw this movie at the Majestic Ventura Theater. When Creed was dropped by Rocky in round one, people (adult people) actually stood up and cheered. I hadn't seen that happen since I was a kid back in the old Western film days when the good guys in the white hats ran the bad guys in the black hats out of Dodge. continue

Euro Roundup: Tickets On Sale For Kessler/Beyer, More

04.08.06 - By Per Ake Persson: Ticket sales for the Markus Beyer vs Mikkel Kessler WBC/WBA 168 lb unification fight October 14 at the Parken Arena have begun today. Check out for more info. Kessler, never out of shape, officially began training for the fight today as well and will stay at the CIK gym in Copenhagen while Beyer is already in training camp with his stablemates at Sauerland Event in Zinnowitz by the Baltic Sea. continue

Enzo Maccarinelli Up For Kilvey Hill Test

04.08.06 - WBO Interim World Cruiserweight Champion Enzo Maccarinelli will challenge for another title this Sunday (6 August) - The Kilvey Cement Run title. Fresh off a stunning KO win over Marcelo Dominguez at the Millennium Stadium last month, Maccarinelli will now get stuck into the grueling endurance test which involves running up the steep Kilvey Hill in Boneymaen with a 50-kilo bag of cement strapped to his back. continue

Hasim Rahman: Conference Call Transcript

04.08.06 - BOB ARUM: This is – as we get ready for the fight, August 12, Maskaev was on a conference call yesterday and today is The Rock’s turn. We’re very, very excited about this fight, should be a great fight. The response has been terrific and all signals are go. On the call we have – in addition to Hasim Rahman, the heavy weight champion of the world, there’s call managers, Steve Nelson and Ya Ya Caso. So let me introduce to you now, the heavy weight champion, Hasim Rahman. continue

A Hike Through Light Heavyweight History

03.08.06 - By Mark Law: The light heavyweights, eh? The small big men. It’s that division that’s often been overlooked, mainly because it’s sandwiched between the more glamorous middleweight and heavyweight divisions. And a lot of the men who have held the world light heavyweight title have not really been interested in it, preferring to mix it with the bigger guys for bigger purses. But it’s also a division that has been graced by some real legends.

Why doesn’t it grab our attention? With the possible exception of bantamweight, it’s the most unobserved of the original eight weight classes. Even the flyweights gain more fascination. If we hear the words “For the world heavyweight championship” we’re usually instantly hooked. But insert the word “light” between “world” and “heavyweight” and some fans nod off immediately. Here’s a brief, semi-serious history, and for the sake of our own sanity, we’re only dealing with the linear light heavyweight title here, and not the countless claimants who actually just hold an alphabet belt. continue

Marquez Brothers, Mabuza And Jandaeng Presser Quotes

03.08.06 - Photo by Tom Casino / Showtime - One of only four sets of Mexican brothers in history to win a world title, the Marquez brothers 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, Juan will face World Boxing Organization (WBO) No. 1 contender Terdsak Jandaeng (24-1, 15 KOs) for the WBO Interim 126-pound belt. In a rematch, Rafael will put his International Boxing Federation (IBF)/International Boxing Organization (IBO) bantamweight belts on the line against No. 1-ranked Silence Mabuza (19-1, 15 KOs). continue

ShoBox Tournament Quotes

03.08.06 - Photo: Mary Ann Owen / For SHOWTIME - In a pair of 10-round bouts, Anthony Hanshaw will face Esteban Camou and LaFarrell Bunting will meet Jose Luis Herrera in opening-round matches of the “ShoBox” super middleweight tournament Friday, Aug. 4, on SHOWTIME (11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast) from The Sports Center of Las Vegas. Bunting-Herrera will open the telecast, followed by Hanshaw-Camou. The winners will advance to face each other in the semi-finals on Oct. 6. The other semi-final that evening will match a pair of unbeatens, Jean Paul Mendy and Henry Buchanan. continue

David Diaz In Title Fight On August 12 In Las Vegas

03.08.06--Chicagoland fan favorite lightweight David Diaz. 31-1-1 (16KO's) is currently finishing preparations for his WBC lightweight world title fight with champion Jose Armando Santa Cruz, 23-1 (13KO's) of Lincoln Heights, California on Saturday, August 12th at the Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. Said Diaz this week, "This is a huge opportunity for me and I'm more than ready to win the world title on August 12th." continue

John Duddy Continues to Tread Water Against Faded Veterans

John Duddy03.08.06 - By John Way, photo by Wray Edwards / ESB - A capable and charismatic performer, "Ireland's" John Duddy is perhaps boxing's most popular prospect. Although clearly blessed with athleticism, a solid chin, and some serious crunch in his punch, the jury is still out on the young middleweight, unable to decide where he fits into the rich Irish-boxing tradition: whether he's the next John L. Sullivan, or the next Christy Elliot. Hopefully boxing fans will gain a measure of insight when Duddy squares off against Luis Ramon "Yory Boy" Campas in September.

Duddy's busy schedule is commendable, but it's a mystery why his management team would select such morose opposition for his continued progression to contender status. Following sensational early wins against the likes of Lenord Pierre, Victor Paz, and Pat Coleman, it would seem that he's heading for a career anticlimax thanks to such timid matchmaking. continue

Rincon Vs. Perez Added To Chicago Superstars Card

03.08.06--An outstanding welterweight showdown has been added to CHICAGO SUPERSTARS as Francisco Rincon of Dallas, Texas will battle Chicago KO artist Luciano “EL MICHICANO” Perez in a scheduled eight round bout, it was announced today by Dominic Pesoli, President of 8 Count Productions. CHICAGO SUPERSTARS is another installment of world class professional boxing presented by 8 Count Productions, HOME OF THE BEST IN CHICAGO BOXING set for Friday night, August 25th at the Aragon Ballroom presented with Miller Lite and TCF Bank. continue

Aiken To Defend Against Guerrero Sept. 2 On SHOWTIME

LOS ANGELES (August 3, 2006) – An already spectacular night of boxing just got better IBF 126-pound champion Eric “Mighty Mouse” Aiken (16-4, 12 KOs) will put his title on the line when he faces Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero (18-1-1, 11 KOs) at STAPLES Center Saturday, Sept. 2, 2006 on SHOWTIME (10 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast), it was announced today by co-promoter Dan Goossen. continue

Andre Berto: Exclusive Interview

Andre Berto03.08.06 - By Ryan Songalia: I was able to catch up with undefeated 2004 Olympian Andre Berto at the Crunch Gym in the heart of New York City. He spoke about his training and preperation for his upcoming fight against Roberto Valencia on the undercard of Quartey-Forrest.

Ryan Songalia: How has training for your upcoming fight?

Andre Berto: Training has been tremendous, we’re training real hard and staying focused. All the progress that we’ve been looking for is coming along on time. I can’t really complain at all, just staying focused and going straight ahead.

Songalia: Who have you been sparring with to get ready for Saturday?

Berto: For preparation of this fight here, I’ve got some local guys from the gym that I’ve really been working with. Sometimes I go up and spar with my man Winky Wright and guys like that. I’m really just using regular guys from the gym. continue

William "KO King" Guthrie's back!

VERO BEACH, Florida (August 3, 2006) - A funny thing happened to former International Boxing Federation light heavyweight champion William "KO King" Guthrie (34-3-1, 27 KOs) on his way back to the 175-pound division. Last Saturday night in Boise, Guthrie stopped Luke Munsen (19-6, 13 KOs) in the fifth round to capture the vacant International Boxing Federation International cruiserweight title on the "Hold Nothing Back!" pay-per-view show at Qwest Arena in Boise, Idaho. continue

Sergei Liakhovich Speaks His Mind

03.08.06 - WBO Heavyweight Champion Sergei “The White Wolf” Liakhovich is issuing a public challenge to the other champions of the major sanctioning bodies to give the fans what they want and begin the unification process by facing him. “I want to fight all of them,” says Liakhovich of IBF Champion Wladimir Klitschko, WBA Champion Nicolay Valuev, and WBC Champion Hasim Rahman. “Let’s get it on. Let’s not waste time with easy challengers. Let’s give the world one heavyweight champion.” continue

News from the Connecticut Boxing Hall of Fame

03.08.06 - The 1950s were considered the golden years for boxing, and two Connecticut legends played prominent roles during that era. Chico Vejar of Stamford was a middleweight who ducked no one, and Gaspar Ortega of New Haven was a middleweight who also took on all comers. Vejar and Ortega, who had more than 200 fights between them, are two of the six inductees who will be honored at the 2nd annual Connecticut Boxing Hall of Fame dinner to be held Dec. 1 at the Foxwoods Resort Casino. continue

Harold Lederman: Exclusive Interview

03.08.06 - By Ryan Songalia: I met up with unofficial HBO judge Harold Lederman last week at the David Tua fight in New York City. We discussed some upcoming boxing events and his career at HBO.

Ryan Songalia: How has it been working with Larry Merchant, Jim Lampley, George Foreman and the rest of the HBO crew for over 20 years?

Harold Lederman: I like working with the HBO crew, they're very nice to me. You got to realize, I came into boxing, I came into television as a fight guy. What did I know about television? All I knew how to do was score fights. I've tried to tell the public more or less whose winning or losing. I throw a few of my opinions in, even though I know I'm stepping on Larry's toes and Emmanuel's toes. If I see something, I try to tell you. continue

Frank Warren makes double Amateur swoop

03.08.06 - By Mark Pickering: Frank Warren’s Sports Network has announced the acquisition of two promising amateurs, adding Scotland’s Kenny Anderson and England’s Anthony Crolla to the British stable. Anderson, 23, triumphed in the Light-Heavyweight category at this year’s Commonwealth Games in March, winning Gold in a points win over Nigeria’s Adura Olalehin. continue

Barrera Invites Ricky Hatton Ringside For Juarez Rematch

03.08.06 - September 16th might not mean much to the average Brit, but stop a Mexican in the street and he will tell you that is the day his country gained Independence. So, on the 16th of September, WBC Super Feather Champion Marco Antonio Barrera will celebrate Mexican Independence Day in a rematch against Rocky Juarez in Las Vegas. Marco has invited England's very own 'White Mexican", WBA Welterweight Champion Ricky Hatton, to be his guest at the fight. continue

Frank Warren: Do you want Calzaghe, Roy?

02.08.06 - By Mark Pickering: Frank Warren has declared that WBO/IBO Super Middleweight Champion Joe Calzaghe would welcome a showdown with Roy Jones Jr. after the four-time world champion outpointed Prince Badi Ajamu on Saturday. Jones, 37, posted his 50th career win in a one-sided clinic in Boise, Idaho, to end a run of three defeats and temporarily silence his detractors. The American announced in his post-fight interview that he’s targeting a shot at Calzaghe, which the Welshman’s camp promptly responded too. continue

Some Thoughts on Smokin’ Joe Frazier (Part 2)

02.08.06 - By Stuart Cornwell: My recent tribute to the great Joe Frazier provoked so much response (both positive and negative) - and more than a little debate - that I have been inspired to produce this follow up piece, for better or for worse. There were many thoughts and facts omitted from that article that I had wished to include but doing so would have made for an excessively lengthy article.

Of course, Joe Frazier is the type of subject of which boxing writers will never tire. A fighters’ fighter and a writers’ fighter. Of those who respect the profession of prizefighting he will forever command the utmost respect. For those who are roused only by the eccentric poets, bad boys, nut-cases and thugs who sometimes steal the boxing limelight he will probably remain a disappointment. Joe Frazier was pure fighter. And a champion. The true fans love him. continue

Silence Mabuza/Marquez Bros: Showtime Workout Pics

02.08.06 - Photos: TOM CASINO / SHOWTIME --IBF No. 1 bantamweight contender Silence Mabuza works the mitts during a workout at a health spa Wednesday at Lake Tahoe. The once-beaten South African gets his much-desired rematch against IBF/IBO 118-pound titleholder Rafael Marquez in the opening half of Saturday's world championship doubleheader on SHOWTIME (11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast). The WBO's top two contenders, Terdsak Jandaeng and Juan Manuel Marquez, box for the WBO interim featherweight title in the SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING main event. continue

ShoBox Tournament: First Round Bouts Continue On Aug 4

NEW YORK (Aug. 2, 2006) – “ShoBox: The New Generation” will continue its super middleweight tournament with two more explosive bouts when the opening round resumes Friday, Aug. 4, at the Sports Center of Las Vegas. The SHOWTIME telecast will open with Tony “The Tyger’’ Hanshaw (19-0, 13 KOs) of Warren, Ohio, taking on Esteban “Rocky’’ Camou (18-1, 15 KOs) of Navojoa, Mexico, followed by late substitute Lafarrell “Memphis Fairway’’ Bunting (15-1-1, 15 KOs) of Las Vegas, Nev., by way of Memphis, Tenn., facing Jose Luis Herrera (14-1, 14 KOs) of San Onofre, Colombia. continue

Harry Arroyo and the Two Charlie Brown's

02.08.06 - By Ted Sares: Harry Arroyo has movie star good looks and a personality to match. In plain English, he was and is a hellava guy. He was a power puncher from Youngstown, Ohio, the same city that produced Ray "Boom Boom" Mancini and he fought in the same exciting way. Right from the start, he went 22 (17 ko's)-0 before facing popular "Rockin" Robin Blake in Atlantic City on January 14, 1984. Robin was 20-0 at the time. It was a much anticipated fight between two 135 pounders on the move. continue

Quartey - Forrest: Meet Me at the Crossroads

02.08.06 - By Thomas Scherr: This Saturday’s fight between Ike Quartey and Vernon Forrest is being billed as “Now or Never” and never have those words been more true for two combatants. This is truly a crossroads fight for both men, where the winner should be thrust into the mix at the top of the 154 lb. division, while the loser needs to consider life after boxing.

Ike Quartey is currently 36 years old and hales from Accra, Ghana. In 1994, he won the WBA Welterweight title, and went on to make eight successful defenses of that belt. Over that span, he notched wins against contenders “Cool” Vince Philips and Oba Carr and fought Jose Luis Lopez to a rousing draw. In 1999, Ike Quartey faced Oscar De La Hoya for the WBC Welterweight title. The fight saw both men on the canvas, with Oscar taking a controversial split decision victory. In his next fight, Quartey was matched against Fernando Vargas. The fight was a furious slugfest, which ended in a close but unanimous decision for Vargas. Ike thought he should have won both of these decisions, and retired from boxing in 2000. Quartey returned to the ring in 2005, and has since earned wins against rugged veterans Verno Phillips and Carlos Bojorquez. continue

Fight Night Returns To The Roxy!

02.08.06 - Cappiello Promotions brings professional boxing back to the Roxy in Boston, Friday, August 11, for the first time since promoting an ESPN 2 Friday Night Fights' card there on St. Patrick's day. "It's going to be great to promote another professional boxing event at The Roxy;" Promoter Rich Cappiello stated. "It really is one of the best smaller-sized venues you could ever attend, to see a fight. continue

Abraham vs Miranda: Verbal Exchange Between Both Camps

02.08.06 - Three weeks before the IBF-world championship match between middleweight champion Arthur Abraham and challenger Edison Miranda, the manager of Miranda, Steve Benbasat, made barbed remarks about the title holder. “I could summarize in a couple of sentences how this kid fights, I think he's very one-dimensional. I don't know why people say that this kid is so tough." he told Furthermore, Benbasat has no doubts about the result of the bout, "If I didn't have a knockout artist like Edison I would be a bit worried. But I’m not. A jab from Miranda will knock Abraham flat." continue

Classic Fight Ali v. Bonavena Thurs PM on OLN

02.08.06 – OLN, in collaboration with Top Rank, today announced details of the classic fights to be featured on Fight Night: Top Rank’s Legends of the Ring. From Muhammad Ali to Joe Frazier and Sugar Ray Leonard to Thomas Hearns, these classic fight packages will not only include the action inside the ring, but tell the back-story of each match as it happened. When feasible, classic fights will be enhanced to include interviews with the contenders, pre-fight press conferences, weigh-ins, and behind-the-scenes banter between contenders. Hosted by famed ring announcer, Michael Buffer, the first classic fight, Ali vs. Bonavena, will premiere Thursday, August 3 at 9 p.m. ET. continue

Quartey vs Forrest: The Fan's Guide

Quartey vs Forrest02.08.06 - By Ryan Songalia: When Ike Quartey and Vernon Forrest step into the ring on August 6, both men will know exactly what their yet to be determined fates mean. Both former welterweight champions are aware that a loss all but erases any hope to reascend the plateaus they both occupied. On the other hand, a win would elevate them to the top of the wide open junior middleweight division. For two of the most gifted fighters in the world, the stakes couldn't be any higher.

Ike “Bazooka” Quartey, 37-2-1 (31 KO), is no stranger to big fights. The former WBA welterweight titlist has been one of boxing’s mainstays for over 10 years. After winning his first championship in 1993, the Accra, Ghana fighter made seven successful defenses before facing off with Oscar De La Hoya. After trading knockdowns and being behind in most ringside observers minds, De La Hoya staged a desperate twelfth round performance, knocking Quartey down again and finishing the fight with a strong rally. When the judges announced their verdicts, Quartey found himself on the down side of a split decision.

Following the disappointment of his showdown with De La Hoya, Quartey returned to the ring the following year, challenging the then unbeaten junior middleweight kingpin Fernando Vargas. It was a spirited, high action encounter that saw both men have moments of glory. continue

Bunting Replaces Injured Bika In Friday's ShoBox Tourney Bout

NEW YORK (Aug. 1, 2006) – Sakio Bika has withdrawn from the “ShoBox: The New Generation” super middleweight tournament with an injured elbow and has been replaced by once-beaten southpaw Lafarrell “Memphis Fairway” Bunting. The announcement was made Tuesday by “ShoBox” Executive Producer Gordon Hall and tournament promoter Gary Shaw. continue

Brawls At The Birchwood, Aug 4th

Whippany, NJ, August 1- KEA Boxing will bring boxing fans the "Brawls at the Birchwood" on Friday, August 4th as KEA's Friday Night Fights Series makes its debut at the elegant Birchwood Manor ( in Whippany. Mt. Arlington's "Polish Pride," Pawel Wolak, 9-0, 5 KO's, will be putting his unbeaten record on the line in a match that is sure to be a war against Bayonne's Dennis Sharpe, 17-3-1, 4 KO's . continue

Bad Intentions? Or Really Bad Intentions?

01.08.06 - From Team Soliman press release: Immediately after Taylor-Hopkins II, Lou DiBella, promoter of Jermain "Bad Intentions" Taylor, states "Taylor's next fight will be in Little Rock (Ark) against a bum." That scenario doesn't play out, instead Taylor fights Winky Wright.  Immediately after that fight, DiBella upgrades his previous "bum" statement by telling the world his fighter really had bad intentions and will fight no one more significant than "Bozo the Clown." continue

Jandaeng, Mabuza Take On Marquez Bros

NEW YORK (Aug. 1, 2006) – Photo by Tom Casino / Shwotime- They are rough, talented, extremely confident, hard-hitting southpaws. Each has 15 career knockouts and only one loss. One will make his third United States start; the other, his fourth. Both fell short in the biggest fight of their careers. Terdsak “Pit Bull’’ Jandaeng and Silence “African Spice” Mabuza, however, are quietly determined to make amends in dramatic fashion on Saturday, Aug. 5, 2006, when they appear in both halves of a world championship doubleheader (SHOWTIME, 9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast) as the 20th anniversary of SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING continues in sensational style.

Jandaeng (24-1, 15 KOs), the World Boxing Organization (WBO) No. 1 featherweight contender, will face former two-time world champion/WBO No. 2 contender, Juan Manuel Marquez (44-3-1, 33 KOs), for the WBO interim 126-pound title in the main event. The winner of Jandaeng-Marquez will be the mandatory challenger for WBO champion Scott Harrison. In the telecast’s opening bout, International Boxing Federation (IBF) No. 1 bantamweight contender, Mabuza (19-1, 15 KOs), will box a rematch against defending IBF and International Boxing Organization (IBO) 118-pound titleholder and Juan’s younger brother, Rafael (35-3, 31 KOs). Rafael will make his seventh title defense. continue

Gary Reid to Follow Lawton’s Lead

01.08.06-English Lightweight champion Scott Lawton hopes to be joined by British Masters Light-Welterweight champion Gary Reid who has today been nominated to challenge for the English Light-Welterweight Title. Impact Boxing, who represents North Stafforshire’s two leading pugilists, today revealed that The Midlands Area Council of The British Boxing Board of Control had nominated Reid as the contender for the English Light-Welterweight Title. The nomination will be discussed at the BBBoC’s next meeting. continue

Ouma vs. Powell: Ugandan To Wear "GuluWalk" at MSG

01.08.06 - Former child soldier Kassim ‘The Dream’ Ouma will be stepping back into the ring for GuluWalk on Saturday, August 5 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Ouma, the number one contender for the World Junior Middleweight title, will have the GuluWalk logo emblazoned on both his robe and his trunks when he enters the ring in front of a worldwide audience on HBO. continue

John Duddy to miss Aug 10 fight in Vegas due to heat prostration

New York, August 1—Ireland’s John Duddy has been sidelined by heat prostration and dehydration, and will be unable to appear on the August 10 fight card at the Orleans in Las Vegas, it was announced today by Irish Ropes. Due to the hot temperatures in New York during the past few weeks, Duddy’s training regimen has been severely curtailed, and doctors have advised Duddy to postpone the fight. continue

Oleg Maskaev Conference Call Transcript -Maskaev vs Rahman

rahman vs maskaev01.08.06 - LEE SAMUELS, TOP RANK: Greetings everyone. We’re in Las Vegas. Oleg Maskaev, the mandatory challenger for the big fight August 12th is in Colorado Springs with his manager and promoter, Dennis Rappaport and his manager Fred Kesch. And the fight is August 12th, Thomas & Mack Center, sponsored by our good friend at Caesar’s Palace in Wynn, Las Vegas and we are on HBO pay-per-view.

BOB ARUM, TOP RANK: Welcome. I mean boxing I think needs this fight. I really look forward to what will be a traditional heavyweight fight. There is no question in my mind that this fight, because of who the participants are, will be a fight that’s going to end in a knock out. It’s the kind of fight with two big heavyweights that people just focus on because at any time a telling blow can land, which can turn the fight and cause its termination. So I’m excited, particularly since I’ve been out of the heavyweight business for so long and now I realize why people are fascinated the way they are with heavyweights and I look forward to a great fight on August 12th and I’m so happy that the challenger Oleg Maskaev is with us.

And I’m going to turn it over now to Dennis Rappaport. continue

Euro Roundup: Bidenko, Krasniqi, Adamek, Tiozzo, More

01.08.06 - By Per Ake Persson: Ukrainian heavies Taras Bidenko and Alex Mazikin clash August 22 at the Universum Gym in Hamburg with Spotlight Boxing promoting. It´s scheduled for ten with Bidenko defending the Int´l German title in a very interesting matchup. In the co-feature French jr welter Willy Blain goes for the vacant WBO I/C title. Also on the bill are heavies Dieter Roth, Gbenga Oloukun and Sebastian Kober, cruiser Aleksander Alekseev, supermiddle Eduard Gutknecht, middleweight Gennady Golovkin and welter Maurice Weber. The mainbouts are televised in 54 countries by EuroSport. continue

Rahman/Maskaev II: Expert Predictions

01.08.06 - Las Vegas, NV – America’s only current world heavyweight champion, Baltimore-born Hasim Rahman, will defend his world title for pride, honor and country when he takes on hard-punching No. 1-rated contender and mandatory challenger Oleg Maskaev of Kazakhstan, at the Thomas & Mack Center, Las Vegas, on Saturday, August 12. Promoted by Top Rank in association with Dennis Rappaport Productions, Caesars Palace and Wynn Las Vegas., Rahman-Maskaev II will be broadcast live on HBO Pay-Per-View. continue

Michael Jennings On The Hunt

01.08.06 - WBU World Welterweight title challenger Michael "The Lurcher" Jennings is a regular with his hunting dogs on the Lancashire Moors - and now he wants to get his teeth into champion Takaloo. The 28-year-old fights for the WBU crown on Frank Warren's mega card at the Bolton Arena on September 2, but there will be no splashing out on a fancy holiday or a sports car if he wins. continue

Some Thoughts on Smokin’ Joe Frazier

01.08.06 - By Stuart Cornwell: Joe Frazier was a ferocious heavyweight. He put some serious hurt on his opponents. Tough opponents too. When Frazier was in his prime he would not enter the ring to merely outbox the other man. Nor was his aim to simply score the knockout. He was there to inflict pain and to destroy a man’s soul. To break a man down, not only physically but spiritually and emotionally.

There was more than a hint of meanness to Smokin’ Joe but he was no bully. He gave no quarter and expected none in return. His own pain he met with a grin not a grimace. He seemed to relish a tough fight more than any easy one. To my mind there is no doubt that Joe Frazier was willing to die in the prize ring. Let us not forget what he did to the undefeated Muhammad Ali when they met in Madison Square Garden in the aptly billed “Fight of the Century” (March 8, 1971). He took the fight to Ali for 15 rounds, administering a thorough beating to the self-proclaimed “Greatest”, and walking through some of the best shots Ali could throw. continue

Stevie Johnston goes back to lightweight division

01.08.06 - Crafty veteran Stevie “Little But Bad” Johnston has decided to return to his natural fighting weight of 135 pounds, back to the lightweight division he dominated for four years, rather than continue giving up too much size and strength to the world’s top rated super lightweights. The 5-foot, 5-inch Johnston (38-4-1, 17 KOs), 33, captured the World Boxing Council lightweight championship twice between 1997 and 2000, registering seven successful title defenses at 135 pounds. continue

Talented Prospects Featured On “Now Or Never” Undercard

New York, July 31 - In addition to the clash of former world champions Ike “Bazooka” Quartey and Vernon “The Viper” Forrest in the main event, and the co-feature pitting Sechew Powell vs. Kassim Ouma, the exciting "Now or Never" presented by StubHub card at the Theater at Madison Square Garden on Saturday night, August 5th includes top bouts featuring some of DiBella Entertainment’s most promising prospects. continue

Prizefight Network To Webcast USBO Title Fight

01.08.06 -The Prizefight Network ( will webcast live the USBO welterweight title fight this Saturday night from Pompano Beach, Florida. The bout will feature champion Said "Prince" Ouali (18-2, 10 K0s) vs. Xavier "The X-Man" Tolliver ( 21-5, 14 KOs) and will emanate from Club Cinema. Promoting the fight will be Jeff Gibson's Elite Promotions. Also being shown on the webcast will be a light heavyweight battle between Dyah Davis and James Johnson. continue

Open Letter From "Vicious" Vivian Harris: Harris Challenges Hatton

31.07.06 - By Vivian Harris: I have to take my hat off, first of all, to former champ Stevie Johnston. The warrior came to fight me Saturday night on HBO from the beautiful Chumash Casino in Santa Ynez, Calif. I expected no less from a great former champion. I worked so hard in camp and it paid off as I came away with a victory. Again, Stevie, you are truly 'Lil But Bad' and I appreciate the fact you came in on two weeks notice to replace Mike Arnaoutis.

Thanks also to my promoter, Gary Shaw, my manager, Jose Nunez and trainer Lennox Blackmoore for all their hard work and faith in me. Big thanks to HBO for giving me the opportunity to shine on their big TV stage. And thanks to all my fans from Guyana to Brooklyn .

Now, while my hat is off to Stevie, I want to put my hat on, I mean I want to get it on with world champion Ricky Hatton. Hatton has made it clear that he is coming back to the junior welterweight division and who can blame him after my Brooklyn homeboy, Luis Collazo, nearly beheaded him in Boston?. continue

Michael Jennings: Exclusive Interview With The Welterweight Contender

31.07.06 - By James Slater: Not only is Michael Jennings one of Britain’s most talented welterweights, he is without a doubt the single hardest training boxer in the UK today. The way Michael throws himself into intense training and conditioning is nothing short of awe inspiring. Stamina, dedication and hunger are never going to present problems for the twenty-eight year old Jennings. In fact, Michael has been guilty of over training in the past. The former British welterweight champ lost his belt, in his lone defeat, to Young Muttley, due, in large part, to doing just this. continue

UFC 62 preview

31.07.06 - By Carlo Pena: For all the MMA fans, one of the biggest UFC events of 2006 is less than a month away. Coming on August 26, 2006 10PM ET/7PM PT is UFC 62. Among the featured fights for this event are the rematch of The Ultimate Fighter alum Forrest Griffin (12-3) and Stephan Bonnar (12-2); and the UFC light heavyweight championship bout between Chuck “The Iceman” Liddell (18-3) and Renato “Babalu” Sobral (27-5), who are also facing each other for the second time. read full UFC 62 preview

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