HILDALGO, TEXAS, October 31 – Two-time World Champion and Mexican superstar, Juan Manuel Marquez, is in search of yet another world title. Undefeated star, Demetrius Hopkins, looks to follow in the footsteps of his famous uncle, Bernard Hopkins, and put himself in position to capture his first world crown. continue
Brockton, MA - Cappiello Promotions president - Rich Cappiello has announced undefeated New Haven, CT super-middleweight Elvin Ayala (16-0, 7 KOs) and Chicago's Freddy Cuevas (25-9-1, 17 KOs) will headline a November 24 Telefutura boxing card at The Roxy in Boston. Tickets, priced at $40 & $80, are available by calling 888.291.2900 or 508.587.3370. Co-feature and undercard bouts will be announced soon. For more information, and updates on undercard bout information, go to www.cappielloboxing.com
31.10.06 - By Ted Sares: Here are seven fights I'd pay to see in 2007. Would you?
7) Edison Miranda vs. Arthur Abraham II: A rematch. Both fighters have lot's of heart and a genuine and pure hatred for one another. The second fight could be more brutal and bloody than the first......if that is possible. It's the hatred factor that I find compelling on this one.
6) Joe Calzaghe vs. Mikkel Kessler: Let's get it on. Euro fans demand it and deserve it. A bona fide unification...just like the old days. Forget Hopkins or Roy Jones.This fight would define J.C.'s career and give Kessler the chance at making boxing history as well. Both are popular, unbeaten and both are double world champions. Moreover, the victor takes home all the marbles. This IS the one for serious boxing fight fans.....whether in the US or abroad. Let's see if Kessler peaks and catches Calzaghe at just the right time, or if Joe rises to the occasion as is his wont and turns in another Lacey-like performance. Too close to call. continue
LAS VEGAS, NV (Halloween 2006) -- Velocity Sports Performance Center, the team of "sports specialists" retained to keep ERIK MORALES from eating junk food as he prepares for his fight against MANNY PACQUIAO, has reportedly doubled the guard at Morales' training camp to prevent him from escaping on a Halloween bender tonight! Is this a training camp or a junk food intervention? continue
31.10.06 - Up-and-coming heavyweight Rene Dettweiler has been handed his first ever title shot after an arm injury forced Marco Huck to pull out of Saturday´s EU-championship fight against Pietro Aurino in Muelheim/Ruhr. Cruiserweight Huck, unbeaten in 16 fights (13 KOs), will now take on his Italian opponent on December 16. “That is a pity,” the “KO-King” said. “I was in great shape but unfortunately the injury keeps me from entering the ring on Saturday night.” continue
31.10.06 - By Per Ake Persson: Belgian supermiddle Djamel Selini is off Friday´s (Nov 3) EU titlefight against Lolenga Mock. Mock vs Selini was to have headlined Team Palle´s show in Skive. No word on replacement yet. Selini pulled out yesterday due to a back injury and is said to be in the hospital.. continue
31.10.06 - By Sean Ocampo: Erik Morales seems to be ready to fight Manny Pacquiao with full force this coming November 18 at the Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas. With all the hard work in training and all the process he needed to go through just be 100% ready for Pacquiao seems to be over looked by boxing fans as if he's just another stepping stone in Pacquiao's quest to boxing greatness.
Morales spent his last few months going through a process that is very scientific in nature. He went to "Velocity" to make the weight with no problem at all and be able to have the legs to go full 12 rounds against the fire breathing Pacquiao. He is slowly getting into shape and has been all business when it comes to his training. He is currently isolated and training rigorously in high altitude at the Otomi Mountains. continue
31.10.06 - Dynamite hitter Gary Lockett will make the second defence of his WBU World Middleweight title against Roman Aramian at the Newport Centre on November 18. The 29-year-old Welshman is looking to build a platform for a shot at one of the big four world titles at some point next year. The Rocket enjoyed a highly successful 2006, stopping Gilbert Eastman in the first round to win the belt in March, and then dropping Ryan Rhodes en route to a unanimous 12 round decision at the Millennium Stadium in July. continue
PHOENIX—It will be suntan lotion in the afternoon and stars at night with the retractable roof open at Chase Field on Saturday when Don King presents the first world heavyweight championship ever held in Arizona. Sergei “White Wolf” Liakhovich (23-1, 14 KOs), originally from Belarus and now a seven-year resident of Scottsdale, will defend his World Boxing Organization crown for the first time against Brooklyn, N.Y., native Shannon “The Cannon” Briggs (47-4-1, 41 KOs), the No. 3-ranked WBO contender. continue
30.10.06 - Deptford swaggerer Anthony Small continued his surge up the light middleweight ranks last weekend, crushing previously unbeaten Mancunian Prince Arron in two pulsating rounds to clear the path for a November 13 return to the ring. Small, 25, improved his unblemished record to 13-0 (8) at the small hall show in Elephant & Castle, London, and will be back in action before the year is out against an undetermined opponent on the undercard of European Cruiserweight Champion David Haye's highly anticipated WBC world title eliminator against Italian Giacobbe Fragomeni on a Maloney Promotions bill at York Hall in London on November 17. continue
HOLLYWOOD, FL, October 30 – At the 19th annual WBO convention, held on the cruise ship Enchantment of the Seas, the sanctioning body’s Championship Committee reconfirmed to Seminole Warriors Boxing’s Lourdes Carrero and our promotional partners Eric Gomez from Golden Boy Promotions and Sampson Lewkowicz that unbeaten heavyweight sensation Sultan Ibragimov, as the WBO’s mandatory challenger, will get a shot at the winner of Saturday’s bout between champion Sergei Liakhovich and challenger Shannon Briggs within 90 days.
Once the bout between Liakhovich and Briggs is over, both parties will have until the middle of November to reach a deal with a site and date for the fight. If a deal cannot be reached, a purse bid will take place at the WBO offices in Puerto Rico on November 16, 2006. Said Ibragimov, “I am eagerly awaiting the result of Saturday night’s fight, but no matter who wins, I am prepared to challenge the winner and become the new WBO heavyweight champion of the world.”
PROVIDENCE, RI (October 30, 2006) - Smaller gloves, no headgear and different scoring aside, America's top heavyweight prospect -- 2004 U.S. Olympian Jason "Big Six" Estrada -- doesn't think anything else, particularly the final outcome, will be any different November 17 against unbeaten heavyweight Travis "Freight Train" Walker, who Estrada defeated three times as an amateur, on Showbox: The Next Generation from the Soboba Casino in San Jacinto, California. Estrada-Williams is the co-feature headlined by Sam Soliman-Enrique Ornelas. continue
LAS VEGAS (October 30, 2006) - Silverhawk Boxing's power-punching heavyweight Gerald "The Jedi" Nobles, after being inactive for nearly two years, successfully returned to the ring last Thursday night stopping Wallace McDaniels with a vicious right uppercut 2:58 into the opening round at The Plex in Charleston, South Carolina. continue
30.10.06 - True to his promise, Dutch heavyweight destroyer Richel Hersisia returned after nine months out with an electrifying performance, banging his opponent Adenilson Rodrigues to the canvas three times for a clean knockout in round two last Saturday in Stuttgart, Germany. continue
NEW YORK (Oct. 30, 2006) -- It only seems like hard-hitting Shannon “The Cannon’’ Briggs – bleached-gold dreadlocks and all - has been around forever.
“It’s funny,” he said, “because when everyone thinks of me, they think I am old because I fought George Foreman and Lennox Lewis, and other guys. But those fights were when I was very young. When I tell people my age, they’re like, ‘Naw, you can’t be.’ For the record, the six-foot-four-inch Briggs is just 34 and has won 11 consecutive fights, all by knockout. A dangerous threat to any boxer in the heavyweight division, he is the World Boxing Organization (WBO) No. 3 and World Boxing Association (WBA) No. 8 contender. In addition, 27 of Briggs’ 41 career knockout victories have occurred in the first round.” continue
30-10.06 - Undefeated Cruiserweight prospect Aaron Williams (9-0-1) has been added to the next edition of VERSUS Fight Night, in conjunction with Top Rank Boxing, on Thursday, November 2 at 9 p.m. ET. Williams will take on Mike Word in a 6 round bout. The Williams’ fight will support the Kelly Pavlik / Leonard Pierre main event at the Chevrolet Centre in Youngstown, Ohio. continue
New York, Oct. 30—Due to an injury to Ross Puritty, Gotham Boxing has signed heavyweight Abraham “The African Assassin” Okine as the replacement face David Tua in the main event this week at the Roseland Ballroom in New York City on Friday night, November 3 on “Marathon Extravaganza” fight card presented by Gotham Boxing and DRL Promotions, it was announced today. continue
30.10.06 - European Super-Featherweight Champion Alex Arthur reckons his face should feature on the new £20 note if he beats Sergio Palomo this Saturday (4 November). The flash Edinburgh star makes a record third defence of his title against the tough unbeaten Spaniard at Glasgow's Kelvin Hall and a win will set him up for a big world title fight next year and put him on the road to untold riches. continue
HOLLYWOOD, CA (October 29, 2006) -- World-famous FREDDIE ROACH, trainer of MANNY PACQUIAO, couldn't resist commenting on the World Boxing Council-sanctioned 30-day weigh-in Pacquiao and his opponent Erik Morales successfully completed recently. In front of a massive public audience in Mexico City, Morales tipped the scale at 142 lbs. Pacquiao weighed in at 138.75 lbs at Roach's Wild Card Gym in front of the Pacquiao camp and a WBC-appointed supervisor.
"My goodness. I have never seen so many people surround one man to make sure he eats so little," said Roach comparing his old school training group against Morales' team of certified experts in all the various disciplines from Velocity Sports Performance Center. "That was no weigh-in, it was a Weight Watchers meeting," continued Roach with tongue planted firmly in cheek. "I don't know what Velocity has on his menu, but I guarantee you on November 18, Manny will be serving Erik a steady diet of Reyes leather all night long until he can eat no more." continue
30.10.06 - MIAMI--Undefeated WBO junior lightweight boxing champ Joan Guzman was a featured guest Sunday morning on Univision's extremely popular sports summary show, "Republica Deportiva." Guzman, who has a 26-0 record with 17 knockouts, discussed a variety of subjects with co-hosts Fernando Fiore and Rosano Franco. continue
29.10.06 - PROVIDENCE, RI -- The City of Providence welcomed amateur boxing back in a big way at the historic Columbus Theatre on Saturday night, as over 800 fans turned out for the Tiny Ricci Memorial Show presented by the Rhode Island Boxing Gym, which is headed by two-time world champion Jaime "The Hurricane" Clampitt. continue
29.10.06 - By Per Ake Persson: Veteran Firat Arslan scored a big upset in a WBA eliminator at cruiser in stopping touted Russian Grigory Drozd in five last night in Stuttgart. Arslan has been around since 1997 and is now close to a world title shot. Supermiddle Jurgen Brahmer looked good in knocking out Argentinian Francisco Mora in his first fight since losing to Mario Veit. continue
29.10.06 - By Scoop Malinowski: For those boxing fans who refused to believe that Floyd Mayweather could possibly be afraid of Antonio Margarito, I offer you this exchange during the recent Floyd Mayweather conference call:
CHUCK JOHNSON (USA Today): What do you think about Bob Arum calling you, to keep continuously saying that you're ducking Antonio Margarito?
FLOYD MAYWEATHER: I mean, Bob Arum is the type of guy, you know, I mean he's grumpy. He's an old lady's grumpy, you know. But, I mean I'm just going to tell Bob, you know, thanks for every, you know thanks for our relationship. I mean in the past thanks for everything you done for me, you know, I appreciate you. continue
28.10.06 - By Alden "The Kid" Chodash: Kermit Cintron was destined to be a world champion. After being christened by Steve Farhood as SHOBOX's "poster boy", Cintron made his first appearance on HBO's Boxing After Dark against heralded and dangerous veteran, Teddy Reid. Cintron fought like a undeveloped yet talented prospect as he overcame a few shaky moments to stop the hard punching Reid in the eighth. In his very next appearance, Cintron took on the vicious punching Antonio Margarito for the Cintron's first world title in Caesars' Palace in Las Vegas, April 2005. Cintron, from the moment the opening bell sounded, was completely unprepared for the professionalism and the class Margarito had to offer. continue
28.10.06 - OPERATOR: Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen. My name is Pam and I will be your conference operator today. At this time I would like to welcome everyone to the Floyd Mayweather Conference Call. All lines have been placed on mute to prevent any background noise. After the speakers' remarks there will be a question and answer period. It is now my pleasure to turn the floor over to your host, Ms. Kelly Swanson. Ma'am, you may begin your conference. continue
Los Angeles, CA (October 29, 2006) - TRU ‘dat’ Entertainment and Tycoon Holdings Inc. have partnered to sponsor the November 4th, HBO pay-per-view showdown between Pound-for-Pound king Floyd Mayweather and Welterweight champ Argentinean Carlos Baldomir at Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, in Las Vegas. TRU ‘dat’ Entertainment and Tycoon Holdings are built on hard work and success in the field of entertainment and star studded events with this sponsorship being no different; both companies together are in a unique position to become a major player in the world of boxing. continue
29.10.06 - By Izyaslav “Slava” Koza: Those people who have read my articles from the start, know that my favorite fighter in the world of professional boxing is Vasily Jirov. In fact it was the aftermath of the Jirov Mesi fight that inspired me to start writing articles on the sport, and so in some part if you want to praise or hate me for it, a portion of those strong feelings should be attributed to the Tiger from Kazakhstan.
More often then not fans ask me why it is that I like Vasily Jirov more so then all the other fighters, which is why I have gotten used to summarizing my response. While there are those who like other boxers, for their style, or their heart, or perhaps what they say at press conferences, I don’t think that is wholly the full pie of my reasoning behind my respect for the Tiger. continue
28.10.06 - By Ted Sares: Salem, New Hampshire is about an hour and a half South from where I live in and I wasn't about to miss this one. I knew one of the fighters well (having followed him from his armature days in Lowell, MA) and smelled an action packed brawl. It was high time "Irish" Micky Ward got over the hump of beating a world class contender...in this case, Reggie"Showtime" Green (30 (14 ko's)-4 coming in. The slick Green, ranked 7th, had whipped Ray Oliveira and lost a razor thin MD to Sharmba Mitchell in a fight prior to Ward. That's not to say Ward was incapable of an upset. continue
FAIRFAX, VA (October 28, 2006)– Two of the Washington area’s top boxers will serve as co-headliners and a highly-anticipated, super lightweight contenders’ rematch highlight a six-bout fight card presented by Major League Boxing set for Saturday, December 9, 2006 at the Patriot Center. continue
28.10.06 - Former world heavyweight champ Trevor Berbick, 51, was killed in Jamaica on Saturday by an assailant wielding a hatchet or machete, according to Reuters. Berbick, who lost his heavyweight title to Mike Tyson in 1986 and was the last boxer to fight Muhammad Ali, suffered a head wound in the attack and was pronounced dead at the Port Antonio Hospital.
28.10.06 - By Jim Amato: Reports out of Kingston, Jamaica are saying the former WBC heavyweight champion Trevor Berbick was found dead. His death is being treated as a murder by police. He allegedly died from a wound to the head caused by a sharp object. Berbick represented Jamaica in the 1976 Olympics and turned professional in in September of that year. Berbick won his first eleven fights before being taken out in one round by Bernardo Mercado in 1979.
In 1980, Berbick stopped former WBA title holder John Tate. That win eventually led to a 1981 title shot against WBC champion Larry Holmes. Berbick lost a unanimous decision. Two fights later, Berbick met Muhammad Ali in the Bahamas and handed Ali the final defeat of his career. In 1982, Berbick upset Greg Page but the lost to Renaldo Snipes. In 1983, Berbick lost an upset decision to S.T. Gordon. Berbick came back to win eight straight fights and in 1986, he met the reigning WBC heavyweight champion Pinklon Thomas. Trevor won the title and in his first defense he agreed to fight Mike Tyson. Berbick was taken out in two brutal rounds beginning Tyson's reign of terror. continue
28.10.06 - In boxing, sometimes it's not what you can't do, but what you can do that can be your greatest detriment. Luis Collazo knows that very well. Talent can be a double edged sword. To borrow from a Jay-Z album, Collazo's skill has been a gift and a curse. The former WBA Welterweight titlist has found that looking good in the ring can make you unattractive to matchmakers. continue
28.10.06 - Sports Network are delighted to announce the signing of leading bantamweight and former world title holder David "The Warrior" Guerault to their stable as their Gallick operation gathers pace. Frenchman Guerault is a former stable mate and close friend of Souleymane M'baye, and aims to follow in his recent footsteps by becoming a world champion. continue
28.10.06 - British Super Featherweight Champion Carl Johanneson is not one to overlook an opponent and has dismissed all talk not relating to his upcoming defence against undefeated Bradford based fighter Femi Fehintola. When Johanneson, 24-2 (17), silenced a York Hall crowd with an emphatic fourth round stoppage over local favourite Billy Corcoran to claim the title in July, he sent out a message to the super feathers of Britain that he meant business. continue
28.10.06 - By Scott Frake: Roy Jones Jr. (50-4, 38 KO's) will be taking on light heavyweight Manny Siaca (20-6, 18 KO's) on December 9th, according the latest boxing news. Siaca, 30, is currently ranked #2 in the WBA. In terms of boxing talent, Siaca is about along the same lines as Roy Jones Jr's last opponent, Prince Badi Ajamu, although with a little more power. Siaca has been previously stopped by Byron Mitchell, who has beaten him twice, and Mikkel Kessler. There's no shame in that, but if you were looking for Jones, 37, to be fighting a champion-level opponent, then you're going to be sorely disappointed, I'm afraid.
At this point, it appears that Jones is taking the career slow path once again, rather than challenging a title holder, like Tomasz Adamek, Farbrice Tiozza or better yet, Zsolt Erdei. Siaca, although he's respectable opponent, he also has slow hand speed and average ring movement, perfect for Roy Jones Jr. to look good against. continue
27.10.06 - By Leon Shook: David Tua, 33, will be returning to the ring on Friday, November 3rd, at Roseland Ballroom, in New York, against the journeyman knockout artist Ross Puritty (30-19-3, 27 KO's). This after, former cruiserweight champion Kelvin Davis pulled out from a proposed bout with Tua and promoter Cedric Kushner went to work on finding a last minute opponent and came up with the hard punching Puritty as a substitute. As it turns out, Puritty might actually be the much more lethal threat to Tua, than the rather diminutive Davis, who at 5’9,” would have been forced to fight Tua at close range, something it is always risky to do due to Tua’s immense punching power.
Tua (45-3-1, 39 KO’s), as usual, is on a sort of a come back trail. Actually, Tua hasn’t done much in recent years, other than his draw with Hasim Rahman in 2003. To be honest, I felt that Tua lost that fight. continue
27.10.06 - Carlos Baldomir, who despite not having lost a fight in more than nine years, came out of virtual obscurity last January to register upset victories over Zab Judah and Arturo Gatti, takes on boxing’s pound-for-pound champion Floyd Mayweather for Baldomir’s welterweight championship. “PRETTY RISKY”— Mayweather vs. Baldomir for the World Boxing Council welterweight championship takes place Saturday, November 4, at Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas and broadcast live on HBO Pay-Per-View. Baldomir, who’s promoted by Sycuan Ringside Promotions, tipped the scales at 153 ½ pounds at his WBC mandatory seven-day weigh-in. The following quotes are from the weigh in: continue
27.10.06 - The Retired Boxers Foundation is one-hundred percent behind Superfighter, a new and innovative sports entertainment event showcasing the extraordinary talents of the world's elite fighters in an intensity harnessed atmosphere. "Boxing, the sport I love, needs a transfusion!" says Alex "The Bronx Bomber" Ramos, Founder and President of the Retired Boxers Foundation. continue
27.10.06 - By Joseph Mathew: It is always extraordinary when we see a boxer’s name rise in popularity so quickly and then fall even faster. At one point, you think you’re observing the next big thing making history in the ring. Before you know it, poof, that name disappears like magic. He wasn’t everything you had expected him to be. But in reality, his downfall was inevitable.
This year, two significant names fell just as they seemed to be establishing themselves as couple of the world’s best in their division.
When Antonio Tarver lost by decision to Roy Jones Jr. in their first meeting, the decision was somewhat controversial. Many felt that Tarver was robbed. However, in their rematch, Antonio would not allow the fight to go the distance, knocking Jones out in the 2nd round. Tarver instantly made history, being the first man to ever knock out Jones, the pound-for-pound king. continue
27.10.06 - You've heard of million dollar baby - now it's million pound balls! Unbeaten hot shot Kevin Mitchell has insured his privates ahead of his Commonwealth Super-Featherweight title clash against Ghanaian hard-man George Ashie tomorrow night after watching tapes of his opponent's previous fight. continue
STAMFORD, CT (October 27, 2006) – Undefeated middleweight Kelly Pavlik headlines the next edition of VERSUS Fight Night, in conjunction with Top Rank Boxing, on Thursday, November 2 at 9 p.m. ET. Pavlik will take on Lenord Pierre in the 12-round main event in Pavlik’s hometown of Youngstown, Ohio. Pavlik headlined the first-ever Fight Night card in July when he stopped veteran Bronco McKart on a sixth-round TKO. continue
27.10.06 - Hanley boxer Chris Edwards will top the bill at the Kings Hall on November 24th when he faces Huddersfield’s former Commonwealth champion Dale Robinson. An application has been made to the British Boxing Board of Control for the ten round bout which has been made at the 8st flyweight limit to be made an English title clash. The Board will discuss the application at its next meeting on 8th November. continue
27.10.06 - Although their roads to the championship have been extremely different, there are some stark similarities between "Pretty Boy" Floyd Mayweather and Carlos "Tata" Baldomir who will meet in the ring November 4 at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas and broadcast live on HBO Pay-Per-View. The bright lights, big city attitude of Mayweather significantly contrast to the hard-working, unassuming Baldomir and yet, at the end of the story, they are both two fathers, with four children each, fighting for the safety and future security of their family. We asked them both a variety of questions to help to uncover their differences and similarities. Let's take a deeper look in to the background of both these warriors.
Who is your role model ?
BALDOMIR: Carlos Monzon is one of my role models but I always looked up to myself too.
MAYWEATHER: My mother, grandmother and my Uncle Roger.
Where's your favorite vacation spot?
BALDOMIR: I've never vacationed. Too busy training. I guess I like Universal Studios because that's the only place I've had the chance to visit. continue
By Neil Thompson 26th October 2006: Two undefeated champions sharing all the major versions of the 168lb-title, this fight would be historic. Just like in 1981 when we had two outstanding Welterweight champions in Sugar Ray Leonard and Thomas Hearns, this division, like all divisions, needs to be unified. When you are down to only 2 champions sharing all the 4 major belts everything that can be done should be done to secure the fight.
On the first weekend of October 2006 I watched two very good Super Middleweight world champions at work. In the UK Joe Calzaghe, 42-0 (31) was making his 19th defence of his WBO title and his first defence of his IBF title. Whilst in Denmark, WBA champ Mikkel Kessler, 38-0 (29) stopped the WBC champ Markus Beyer to become a double world champion. Now we have two ‘World’ champions in the 168lb division each with 2 versions of the crown each. Surely these two undefeated champions have to meet in 2007. continue
26.10.06 - This Saturday (October 28), trainer James "Buddy" McGirt returns to the Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, CT, for the first time since May 18, 2002, when he worked the corner of Arturo "Thunder" Gatti in his epic slug-fest with "Irish" Micky Ward. Believed by many to have been one of the greatest fights of all time, the brutal ten-round affair was the first of three memorable bouts between the two warriors. continue
New York, October 26—Spanish Harlem star Edgar "El Chamaco" Santana (19-2, 12 KO's) will take center stage in the main event on Wednesday night, November 15th, when DiBella Entertainment's Broadway Boxing Presented by StubHub returns to the Grand Ballroom at Manhattan Center in New York City. continue
26.10.06 - Photos: Mary Ann Owen / For SHOWTIME: Determined, hard-working Sergei "White Wolf'' Liakhovich continued his intense preparations for his upcoming, eagerly awaited heavyweight world title fight with a serious, spirited 90-minute workout Tuesday in Las Vegas.
Liakhovich, of Scottsdale, Ariz., will make the first defense of his WBO crown when he faces Brooklyn's Shannon "The Cannon'' Briggs in the Saturday, Nov. 4 main event on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING. Liakhovich won the WBO strap with an exciting decision over heavily favored Lamon Brewster last April 1 on SHOWTIME. The give-and-take 12-round slugfest is a serious candidate for 2006 Fight of the Year.
A winner of seven in a row, Liakhovich, of Scottsdale, Ariz., is 23-1 with 14 KO's. The hard-punching Briggs (47-4-1, with 41 KOs) has won 11 straight inside the distance. continue
26.10.06 - By Per Ake Persson: German heavy Luan Krasniqi has replaced Sinan Samil Sam as mandatory challenger for EBU champ Vladimir Virchis. Krasniqi headlines the Universum show December 2 in Berlin and Virchis will make a voluntary defence on that bill. If both win, Virchis vs Krasniqi could then happen early in 2007. continue
26.10.06 - Two Native American promotional entities, Sycuan Ringside Promotions of California and Seminole Warriors Boxing of Florida, considered by many to be sleeping giants of the boxing industry, may prove in the immediate future they are just that--giants. Sycuan Ringside Promotions and Seminole Warriors Boxing have announced they are pledging their considerable resources to better establish themselves as more influential and important participants in the sport. continue
26.10.06 - Ray Hatton, father and manager of the fighting Hatton brothers, Ricky and Matthew, was shocked last Friday when his younger son was disqualified from a British Welterweight title eliminator against Alan Bosworth with just two minutes remaining at the Don Valley Stadium in Sheffield, England. Referee Howard Foster took two points from Matthew Hatton for low blows in the ninth round and then disqualified the 26 year old Manchester welterweight in the tenth and final frame. continue
26.10.06 - By Hunter Breckenridge: The heavyweight division is the flagship division in boxing, and as such, is the division that has received the most scrutiny. Whenever someone wants to be seen as knowledgeable about the sport, all they need to do is point out how weak the heavyweights are. Almost every era of heavyweights has had its detractors. And in the past hundred years or so, there have indeed been some weak eras.
The eighties is a popular era to denigrate. The first half of the decade was dominated by Larry Holmes, and the second half by Mike Tyson. The greatness of those two is generally not denied (although just how great they were is often disputed), but the rest of the contenders that decade were seen as lacking, especially considering just how deep the heavyweights were for most of the decade before. continue
26.10.06 - Carlos Baldomir held a conference call October 24th and members of the media asked him various questions regarding his upcoming fight with Floyd Mayweather. A week earlier his trainer Amilcar Brusa also answered questions. Here, then, follows a transcript of both of these calls. All questions posed to Carlos Baldomir were translated by Gabe Ruelas, a part of Goossen Tutor Promotions. continue
26.10.06 - By Ted Sares: They say one learns from his or her mistakes. Let's see if there is any truth to that as I come up with a revised list below. And why since 1945? Because I actually witnessed each listed boxer fight at one time or another, and I don't mean by video. Of course, I carefully analyzed their records, ko percentages, skill-sets, the era in which they fought, entire body of work, quality of opposition and other important criteria as well. continue
New York, Oct. 25—A tremendous supporting cast has been added to the Wladimir Klitschko vs. Calvin Brock World Heavyweight Championship card at Madison Square Garden on Saturday, November 11 th. “We now have two World Title fights, an IBF eliminator, and two NY State Championships,” announced Tom Loeffler of K2 Promotions. Undefeated Laila Ali (22-0, 19 KO's) makes her Madison Square Garden debut as she squares off against #3 rated Shelley Burton (8-2-1, 2 KO's), in a Super Middleweight Championship Bout. Ali will be defending her WBC and WIBA titles. continue
26.10.06 - By Jim Amato: Gerry Cooney and Chuck Wepner...What an interesting match up that may have been. Gerry could whack but Chuck could sure take it. Size wise they match up fairly well. Gerry had the better skills but if Chuck got inside he knew how to rough house. Unless Gerry could take Chuck out early or at least get his respect, it might have been a long night for Gerry. The longer the fight went the better I like Chuck's chances.
I wish Gerry would have fought better competition on the way up. Beating faded fighters like Jimmy Young, Ron Lyle and Ken Norton looked good on paper but did little to test him. I feel that Young, Lyle or Norton in their prime could have beat Gerry. Even in his losing effort against Holmes, Gerry showed that he had some basic talent and that wrecking ball left hook. He had a great trainer / teacher in Victor Valle. I had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Valle in Youngstown when he was working with one time bantamweight champion Greg Richardson. Fine and knowledgeable man. continue
NEW YORK (Oct. 25, 2006) – One half of the popular Southern California-based “Bash Brothers,” Enrique Ornelas, will face world-ranked Sam Soliman in the main event on Friday, Nov. 17, on “ShoBox: The New Generation.” True to the “ShoBox” mantra, the 26-year-old Ornelas will take on his toughest opponent to date in a 10-round middleweight bout. continue
25.10.06 - Undefeated Hartford, Connecticut junior-featherweight Mike "Machine" Oliver (16-0, 7 KO's) challenges for the vacant USBA title Saturday night at the Mohegan Sun Casino, when he squares off against California's Adam Carrera (18-1, 8 KO's) in the evening's main event. For Oliver, who first entered a Hartford boxing gym at the tender age of 5, Saturday night is the next big step in his ultimate quest to becoming a world champion. "When I beat Carrera Saturday night, I'm bringing the USBA title to Hartford, my hometown! continue
LAS VEGAS (October 24, 2006) – Former world title challenger Corey “Primetime” Johnson and prospect “Classy” Chris Gray, both promoted by Silverhawk Boxing, registered impressive wins this past weekend on two different shows. continue
CHICAGO (October 24, 2006) Fight fans at Cicero Stadium this past Friday night were treated to the Chicagoland debut of undefeated featherweight prospect Jason "The American Boy" Litzau as he knocked out veteran Sammy Ventura in stunning fashion during the second round. Among those attending was Chicago's most popular fighter, Jose Hernandez, who has earned the respect of fans and boxing writers across North America with televised displays of his warrior spirit. continue
24.10.06 - Within a week of his recent destruction of title challenger Micky Steeds, British Heavyweight Champion Scott Gammer, 17-0-1 (9), has set his sights on the number one domestic contender and former world title challenger, Danny Williams, with a possible February date in the pipeline. Although Williams' last appearance in the ring was in the lacklustre "Battle of Britain" against Matt Skelton, the defeat has left "The Brixton Bomber" with little hope of rebuilding his career unless he is to once again wear the British belt. continue
24.10.06 - By Tim Neilson: On November 11th, Wladimir Klitschko (46-3, 41 KO's) will defend his IBF heavyweight title against challenger Calvin Brock (29-0, 22 KO's) at Madison Square Garden, in New York City. Up to this point, this fight is failing to generate much excitement in the boxing community other than to diehard Klitschko boxing fans, most of which could care less whether Wladimir, 30, ever fights an interesting opponent. In the case of Brock, a former not too successful 2000 Olympic boxer that goes by the nickname "The Boxing banker," it would appear that he is one of the less appealing opponents for Wladimir.
The problem with Brock, it seems, is that although he is undefeated, most of those wins have come against journeyman fighters, none of which are easily recognizable to most fans. continue
24.10.06 - WBO and IBF super-middleweight champion Joe Calzaghe and WBO cruiserweight champion Enzo Maccarinelli - plus promoter Frank Warren - proved a big hit in the Big Apple today (tues). The Welshmen met with the cream of the US boxing media in New York ahead of possible debuts in the States in 2007.
It marked the high point of a successful mini-tour for the pair, who also attended the WBO convention in Miami over the weekend and met with legend Oscar De La Hoya. continue
New York, Oct. 24—Gotham Boxing has signed veteran heavyweight puncher Ross Puritty to face David Tua in the 10-round main event at the Roseland Ballroom in New York City on Friday night, November 3 on the “Marathon Extravaganza” fight card presented by Gotham Boxing and DRL Promotions. continue
HOLLYWOOD, FL, October 24 – They made history in May by becoming the first two tribes to join forces to present a world championship boxing card. Since that time, the Seminole Tribe of Florida and the Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation have continued to work side by side to bring the best of the best to fight fans around the world. Seminole Warriors Boxing Promotions and Sycuan Ringside Promotions have in place co-promotional deals with World Lightweight Champion Julio Diaz and World Super Bantamweight Champion Celestino Caballero. continue
24.10.06 - 2000 Olympian Jerson "SuperJerz" Ravelo (JR) sat down with BestDamnBoxing.com's CEO Elvi Guzman and Senior Editor, Anthony Santos in what was his first public interview since his October 14th fight with top-ranked Allan Green. It will not take you long to recognize Jerson's passion for "The Game" and the honesty of a man who seeks victory, not for his selfish benefits, but that of his family. continue
24.10.06 - By Per Ake Persson: Former WBC cruiser champ Juan Carlos Gomez have signed with Arena Box Promotion, headed by Ahmet Oener, in Hamburg. Gomez, who like Oener fought most of his career for Universum, is now living in Los Angeles. He has been under supension in Germany for a year after testing positive for cocaine after beating Oliver McCall last year but will make his comeback on the big One-Night-Superfighter-Tournament December 1 in Melbourne. The 33-year old Gomez, npw a heavyweight, is 39-1. continue
CHARLESTON, South Carolina (October 24, 2006) - The spotlight focuses on heavyweights this week as new Silverhawk Boxing stable-mates Gerald "The Jedi" Nobles and Robert "Desert Storm" Davis are featured in the main event and co-feature, respectively, on the "Thursday Night Fights" show at The Plex in Charleston, South Carolina. continue
24.10.06 - Carl Johanneson, who is described as one of Britain most exciting fighters, makes the first defence of his British Super Featherweight title against Bradford’s Femi Fehintola at the Metrodome in Barnsley, England on November 3. Johanneson, from Leeds, won his belt in sensational style at Bethnal Green’s York Hall last July against Wembley based Billy Corcoran, silencing the partisan London crowds in 4 action packed rounds. continue
NEW YORK (Oct. 23, 2006) – A humble, soft-spoken young man and dedicated Christian, Issac “The Angel” Hlatshwayo was a choirboy when he was young. However, he was no angel. One of five children, Hlatshwayo was a street fighting kid. “I used to provoke guys to get them to fight me,’’ Hlatshwayo said. “It was just a matter of me enjoying fighting.’’. continue
23.10.06 - By Mike Cassell - “The Philadelphia Boxing Report": Back in April, a confident and cocky Antonio Margarito W 33-4 (24 ko's) called out the best fighter pound for pound in the world; Floyd Mayweather Jr.... Mayweather’s response was simple. I can’t make any real money with you, go out and fight somebody, then come see me. To say that Margarito is taking some tough fights is a real understatement. Joshua Clottey W 29-1 (18 ko's) is one tough customer, and if the truth be know, his only loss comes from Carlos Baldomir, and that was by disqualification for leading with his head, but he was clearly winning that fight on the cards, and if the fight went another round or two, he would have won, and rewrote everything that is happening right now at 147lbs. There is something very important to understand about Clottey. continue
24.10.06 - By Vanessa McConnell: UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship) came on the scene and opened the door for MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) events in Las Vegas, for bringing the sport to fans in a live arena. Now MMA fans have Pride FC to thank for allowing Vegas to be the first state in the U.S. to host the sport live. Seasoning myself with the UFC only prepared me for the next level, Pride Fighting. Pride Fighting brings the most elite and dangerous fighters from all over the world to compete in a ring for honor, victory, strength, pride and most of all to defend their fighting styles. read full story
23.10.06 - By Norm Tollman: Roy Jones Jr. (50-4, 38 KO's), until recent years, was often considered to be the best pound for pound boxer in the world. That is, until he met up with Antonio Tarver, on May 15th, 2004, losing by one-punch knockout in the 2nd round. This was the 2nd fight between the two, the first occurring in November 2003, when Jones won a controversial 12-round majority decision over Tarver. In both cases, Roy Jones Jr. looked like a shadow of his former self, often being roughed up and pushed around by the lanky Tarver. Eight months previous to Jones first meeting with Tarver, in March 2003, Jones had bulked up to 193 lbs and defeated John Ruiz for the WBA heavyweight title. continue
By Moncayo Blackbull - October 23, 2006 - Donald Camarena is set and ready to take on the current WBC International and NABF champion Herman Ngoudjo on Saturday, October 28th. The fight will take place at the Casino of Lac Leamy, Quebec Canada with both titles on the line. Camarena knows what’s at stake going into this double championship contest against Ngoudjo and has had an extensive training camp. Support coming from all parts of Colorado and New Mexico. continue
23.10.06 - By Geoffrey Ciani: Saturday night, Daniel Ponce De Leon successfully defended his WBO junior featherweight championship against Al Seegar. This was Ponce De Leon’s first fight since facing Sod Looknongyangtoy July of this year. During that bout, his amazing power was put on display when he knocked out Looknongyangtoy just 52 seconds into the first round. Brutal first round knockouts often lead to intrigue and the case of Ponce De Leon was no exception. Would he be able to do it again? continue
23.10.06 - By Bill Calogero, TheDailySports.com: I have to admit, I was definitely intrigued by the WBA Heavyweight Title fight between Nikolai Valuev and Monte Barrett BEFORE I actually watched it. I too wanted to see the seven-foot phenom fight. Unfortunately, what I witnessed made me realize how terrible the Heavyweight Division really is.
First off, let me give credit where credit is due. Nikolai Valuev, 45-0 (32 KOs) won the WBA Heavyweight Title. Forget about the way he won it, or even how Ruiz managed to “get it back” in the first place. He won it in the ring, or at least via the judge’s score cards. The bottom line is he won it. He is the WBA Heavyweight Champion, but I personally feel that the title of World Heavyweight Champion, whether it’s an undisputed world title or a piece of the title, should stand for something. Primarily the label of being the best, or one of the four best Heavyweights out there. Valuev is DEFINITELY not one of the top four Heavyweights in the world. He may be the biggest, but he certainly is not the best. continue
ERIE, PA (October 23, 2006) – MICHAEL ACRI BOXING PROMOTIONS presents the ring return of “The Pittsburgh Kid,” undefeated former International Boxing Federation lightweight champion PAUL SPADAFORA! Spadafora’s return – his first fight in over two years – will headline Acri’s 22nd annual Erie Boxing Classic, Wednesday, November 22, at The Avalon hotel (16 West 10th Street) in Erie, PA. The first bout will begin at 8 P.M. EST. continue
23.10.06 - Daniel Ponce DE LEON vs Al SEEGER - Result: De Leon TKO, 1:43 8 th Round, WBO & IBA Featherweight Champion -- Quotes: De Leon "He was a fast guy. We were hoping we were going to slow him down and get him. I knew that eventually I was going to be able to catch him. I had to make my fight and I was able to do that tonight. I am happy to be a world champion and as for the future, I want to unify the belts and to do that I would have to face Cabelleros." continue
WESTERVILLE, OHIO (October 23, 2006)—On Saturday December, 9 former world Heavyweight champion, “Merciless” Ray Mercer steps back in the ring that will headline a special night of boxing for all the world to see. Mercer will take on Kenny Lemos in a ten round Heavyweight bout that will be the main event of a card that will emanate from Charleston, South Carolina that will be shown on www.wenppv.com with a price of just $10.00 and will have a start time at 7:30 pm EST. continue
Youngstown, OH—Hard-hitting Ray Narh, of Pittsburgh, PA, knocked out veteran Justo Sanchez, of Howell, UT, in six rounds Friday, Oct. 20, at the Chevrolet Center. The 28-year-old Narh used the match as a warmup for his Nov. 17 bout at the New Alhambra in Philadelphia, PA, where he and unbeaten lefty Ramazan Palyani meet for the vacant Pennsylvania lightweight championship. continue
23.10.06 - Dominic Pesoli, President of 8 Count Productions has announced plans for CICERO CHILL, the next huge card of world class professional boxing at Cicero Stadium on Friday, November 10th, headlined by a twelve round USBA featherweight title fight between Mexico City’s Martin “El Brochas” Honorio and Tanzanian native Rogers “The Tiger” Mtagwa. continue
22.10.06 - By Jeff Wilkins: Next month, it will be exactly one year since Vitali Klitschko (35-2, 34 KO’s), the former WBO and WBC heavyweight champion of the world, retired from boxing following a string of injuries to his back and knee. At the time of his retirement, the 6’8” 250 lb Ukrainian giant held the WBC heavyweight title and was scheduled to defend against Hasim Rahman. Unfortunately for him, the injuries to his right knee ( torn meniscus, Medial Collateral tear to his ligament and a bone bruise) were so severe that Vitali decided on retiring rather than letting his title be stripped from him.
By now, however, Vitali's leg injury should be well healed and pretty much as good as it's going to get. With injuries, they tend to get worse as the years go by, not better. You wait too long and things like Arthritis or the need for a total knee replacement come into play. continue
22.10.06 - By Kirk Allen: Let me just start off by saying that, like many people, I used to be disgusted by the fact that Floyd Mayweather Jr., 29, wasn't fighting better opponents, ones like Kostya Tszyu, Manny Paccquiao, Ricky Hatton or Antonio Margarito. After 10 years, I figured Mayweather should have fought a career-defining fight by now, shouldn't he? Well, I'm no longer bothered by any of that anymore, not since he selected Carlos Baldomir (43-9-6, 13 KO's) as his next opponent. Finally, Mayweather has stepped up to fight someone truly worthy, a fighter in my estimation that can beat Mayweather, quite eaily in fact.
For most people, however, they see Baldomir and assume that just because he's somewhat slow and old (35), that he's going to get easily beaten by Mayweather. What they don't see, however, is that Baldomir is much tougher than anyone Mayweather has fought previously. continue
Oct. 22, 2006 - Currently preparing for his November 11th title bout against Wladimir Klitschko at Madison Square Garden, America’s only undefeated heavyweight contender, Calvin “The Boxing Banker” Brock, has released the following statement in support of the Superfighter tournament. continue
22.10.06 - By Jeffrey Cabauatan: Any publicity is good publicity. This applies even more to the sport of boxing which shown tremendous decreased in fans and media exposure. Hype is what’s keeping the interest in boxing. In an era where key match ups failed to materialize and champions avoid one another, it seems that hype over a certain fighter keeps the fans salivating for a the next Mike Tyson, Oscar De la Hoya, and Manny Pacquiao.
It worked wonders before. A good example is Prince Naseem Hamed who brutally knocked out every fighter that was put in front of him in stunning fashion. He was essential into bringing the spotlight into the little guys. His aura of invincibility came to a sudden halt when he faced brawler turned boxer Marco Antonio Barrera. Some may argue that Hamed was nothing but a product of hype who carefully chose his opponent. However, those same people can’t deny that his popularity propelled Barrera’s status into p4p elite. continue
22.10.06 - By Per Ake Persson: Italian veteran and former world champ, 49-year old Gianfranco Rosi suffered a bad knockout loss to Frenchman Robert Roselia on October 20 in San Marino in a IBF I/C titlefight. Rosi is now recuperating in hospital. The police in San Marino are investigating the fight as Rosi complained about Roselia´s gloves and stated to media that there must have been something wrong with them. IBF supervisor Benedetto Montella states however that were no wrong doings: continue
21.10.06 - By Jim Amato: He turned professional in 1974 and in a short time he became a serious contender for the welterweight title. Dave "Boy" Green took England by storm. He won his first 24 fights as he quickly climbed the ladder. In 1976, he halted Billy Waith in an eliminator for the British junior welterweight title. Later in the year he stopped Joey Singleton to win the British title. continue
21.10.06 - By Mark Pickering: Despite failing to enhance his ever-exceeding reputation on Saturday, Joe Calzaghe touches down in America today as an unbeaten double champion, buoyed by the customary jingoism of his stateside foes.
While a convincing win was the mandate, the Newbridge man endured a frustrating evening in Manchester, forcing a hard fought points victory over the durable yet unheralded Sakio Bika.
Nonetheless, the win was distinctly palatable to Frank Warren, whose animated face in the closing rounds served as a pointed reminder to the unexpectedly bruising nature of Calzaghe’s 19th title defence. continue
October 21, 2006 - U.S. super lightweight Donald Camarena (18-2 9KO’s) will travel to Montreal Quebec, Canada to challenge the current WBC International and NABF champion and undefeated Herman Ngoudjo (14-0 9KO’s) for his titles. Ngoudjo is rated #3 in the world by the WBC, while Camarena is working his way up in the world rankings and currently stands at #39 in the WBC. continue
21.10.06 - It has been a solitary existence in the gym for light middleweight prospect Anthony Small, 12-0 (7), of the Deptford section of London, England as he prepares for his return to action this evening. The 25-year-old Muslim celebrates Ramadan this month and is currently fasting during the day. Consequently, Small has been forced to train predominantly at night. However, he believes that such nocturnal activity may actually benefit him come fight night. continue
20.10.06 - By Scott Frake: Earlier tonight, at Chevrolet Centre in Youngstown, Ohio, former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson, 40, fought to a boring lackluster 4-round decision over Corey "T-Rex" Sanders, his one-time sparring partner in the first bout of Tyson’s "world tour." Moments after it started, Tyson knocked Sanders down with a big right hand. For all practical purposes, Tyson could have ended the fight as soon as Sanders made it up. However, Tyson backed off after that, probably wanting to give the audience their money's worth. It was visibly noticeable that Tyson was pulling his punches and not putting his full power into each one. What was even worse, Sanders, who looked badly out of shape, offered almost zero resistance, throwing very few punches during the bout. continue
20.10.06 - By Jim Amato: Zack Page of Warren, Ohio pulled off an upset when he outworked former WBA light heavyweight titleholder Lou Del Valle over ten rounds on the undercard of Tyson-Sanders in Youngstown. Del Valle has been in the ring with the likes of Roy Jones Jr. and Virgil Hill. This was a cruiserweight contest. continue
20.10.06 - John Hopoate registered his third straight inside the distance win by knocking out fellow former rugby league player Anthony “Chook” Fowler in 34 seconds in Ipswich, Queensland last night.
The two didn't waste time getting in to it and a right uppercut followed by a right hand over the top did the job (though debutant Fowler was gone after hit by the uppercut!). RSC immediately. Fowler spent several minutes on the canvas. “Hoppa” will next at the Magic Millions Complex on the Gold Coast on November 17 on promoter Jamie Myer's card headlined by PABA heavyweight champion and former WBO title challenger Kali Meehan against South Africa's Anton Nel. With obvious punching power and a professional sporting background, Hopoate, 32 could develop into a solid fighter to back his drawing power. continue
HOLLYWOOD, FL, October 20 – With the December 1st event date approaching rapidly, Seminole Warriors Boxing Promotions’ undisputed cruiserweight champion O’Neil Bell and former world heavyweight champion Oliver McCall are training feverishly for their opportunity to win five million dollars in the inaugural ‘Superfighter’ tournament at Melbourne, Australia’s Telstra Dome. continue
20.10.06 - By Jim Amato: In the early 1970's, Dan McAlinden was a streaking young heavyweight who appeared to have the makings of a world champion. He was strong, aggressive and carried a solid punch. He and Joe Bugner were both making their mark on the division and a battle between the two seemed inevitable. continue
20.10.06 - By Stuart Cornwell: Lennox Lewis is sometimes thought of as a master boxer, a scientific boxer-puncher, a heavyweight fighter of great skill. The basis to his boxing style though was always his raw strength, terrific size and punching power. In fact, his tendency to adopt a drawn out, chess match approach to his fights was often frustrating to watch. Often he seemed to stop far short of unleashing the heavy artillery and passionate intensity necessary - not only to vanquish his opponent most convincingly, but to thrill and excite the crowds who gather to see top heavyweights do battle.
That is not to say Lewis could not be utterly ruthless when he had his man in serious trouble - he exhibited a killer’s instinct on more than a few occasions - but too often he seemed content to paw away with the left hand like a well fed lion mauling the remains of an unwanted carcass. Lewis’s methods, however unattractive, were vindicated by the fact that he almost always won. continue
20.10.06 - By Scoop Malinowski: WBC Light Heavyweight champion is back in Poland after his thrilling second title defense against Paul Briggs on October 7th in the United States. Scoop Malinowski contacted Adamek for this interview:
Scoop: Congratulations on your victory. Were you satisfied with your important performance which was televised in America on HBO?continue
20.10.06 - Their names stand for excellence: Franziska van Almsick, the formerly best and still best known German swimmer, and Nikolai Valuev, the biggest and heaviest boxing champion of all time. Unlike the Russian giant, Franziska van Almsick is no longer an active athlete and is currently working on her second career – as a journalist. She has already interviewed sports celebrities such as Boris Becker, Michael Schumacher or Roger Federer for the prestigious German paper "Welt am Sonntag". And now she has met with Nikolai Valuev in Berlin. continue
20.10.06 - Ann Marie Saccurato (11-1-2) of White Plains, NY will replace the injured Eliza Olson and face Jelena Mrdjenovich (18-1-0) for the Interim WBC lightweight title on November 4 at the Shaw Conference Center in Edmonton. Olson broke her toe. This fight is the main event of "A Ring of Their Own's" "Border War" which also features two other world title bouts and will be telecast on iNDemand Pay per view beginning November 17th. Lisa "Bad News" Brown (12-2-2) of Toronto will battle the Bronx born Melissa "Hurracan" Hernandez" for the vacant WIBA Super bantam weight title and Jeannine Garside (5-0-1) steps up to battle Laura Serrano (16-2-2) for the WIBA featherweight crown. continue
New York, October 20—Duva Boxing has a signed a knockout co-feature to get the crowd on its feet for the blockbuster Kendall Holt vs. Isaac Hlatshwayo main event on Friday night, November 3, at Bally’s Casino Ballroom in Atlantic City: local hero and number one Atlantic City attraction Shamone Alvarez (15-0, 10 KO) will take on Enrique Gutierrez (9-0, 7 KOs) in a welterweight attraction. continue
20.10.06 - Sycuan Ringside Promotions’ No. 1-ranked bantamweight Mauricio Martinez faces former world champion Gerry Penalosa Oct. 21 in El Paso, Texas. The 31-year-old Martinez, who is ranked No. 1 by the World Boxing Organization (WBO) and was the WBO’s bantamweight champion during 2000 to 2002, has a record of 31-6-1 with 21 knockouts. continue
20.10.06 - By W. Gregory Guedel: Professional Boxing is presently a world out of balance. Inside the ring, fighters demonstrate on a daily basis that the physical talent, disciplined skills, and raw human determination that made the sport great continue to flourish in the contemporary era. Yet outside the ring, darkness prevails. Questionable match ups, the incomprehensible logic behind fighter rankings, and the depressing tales of fighters left infirm and penniless from their ring battles have contributed to a decline in Boxing’s overall stature among the major sports. continue
19.10.06 - By Jim Amato: A major player in the heavyweight title picture in the early 1970's. The native of Spain turned pro in 1968. He was the rage in Europe winning his first 30 fights by knockout including a win over Peter Weiland to capture the European heavyweight title. Finally, rugged German Jurgen Blin took Urtain the fifteen round route but lost the verdict. Urtain's first loss was by a low blow disqualification to Alfredo Vogrig.
On November 10, 1970, Urtain met the ever popular Brit Henry Cooper in London. "Ol' Enry" withstood Urtain's early aggression and then used his masterful left hook to halt Urtain in the ninth. Urtain was extremely strong but his boxing limitations were now exposed. continue
19.10.06 - By Izyaslav “Slava” Koza: If somebody wants to know what part of the problem with boxing is, they need look no further then the newly announced SuperFighter tournament. The 8 man, 1 night, 4 round elimination tourney with a clear prize and tremendous prestige with no risk of a loss on the record, had gotten fans very excited, especially considering the names involved. As of today, while the prospect of the tourney is still exciting, the two best reasons why that was so have exited and as far as I am concerned chickened out.
Now, when I say chickened out, I don’t mean in the sense that they are scared of any one of the other single competitors. I have long come to realize that whenever a boxer chooses to fight or not fight another boxer it has little to do with fear. In the worst case they can always take a dive or claim an injured shoulder, or jaw, or leg. It's not so much fear but rather the protection of their personal investment. Boxing has become a business which is why fighters are seeking to defend that “aura” of invincibility that they have built up, usually by way of less then stellar opposition. continue
19.10.06 - By James Slater: London's David "Hayemaker" Haye is one win away from a shot at cruiserweight ruler O'Neil Bell's world title. If Haye beats the undefeated Italian, Giacobbe Fragomeni in his next fight he will become the mandatory challenger for Bell's WBC version of the title. And with all due respect to the man who will be challenging David for his European title at York Hall, Bethnal Green in London on November the 17th, he shouldn't be expected to derail the world title hopes of the big puncher from Bermondsey. continue
19.10.06 - By Per Ake Persson: French veteran Fabrice Tiozzo has today announced his retirement reports l´Equipe. Tiozzo thus relinquished the WBA lightheavyweight title. The 37-year old was to have defended the title November 18 against tough Argentinian Hugo Garai but that is now off. Tiozzo states to l´Equipe that he was tired of waiting for big money fights that didn´t seem to materialize. continue
19.10.06 - The promoter and manager for heavyweight contender and “Nigerian Nightmare” Samuel Peter wish to publicly announce that, contrary to published reports, their fighter is NOT participating in the $5 million one-night Superfighter Tournament scheduled for December 1. “We have read recent media reports that the Superfighter Tournament representatives have announced Samuel Peter’s participation in December. We regret that the Super Fighter representatives have erroneously mentioned Samuel’s participation. continue
19.10.06 - Mike Tyson: “I’m happy to be here, starting my world tour in Youngstown. It’s been a little nerve-racking, but I’m ready to get it started. I’m a little nervous. The people here have been great. I lived approximately 18 miles from here. I’m sure this will be entertaining. I expect to have some fun. Bigger things (on the world tour) are down the road, places like Australia, China and possibly Dubai. I’m doing these exhibitions for charity. I’m retired; no way I’m fighting again. I began training to get in shape and it just snowballed. I wanted to do something for charity and here we are.”
“Mike Tyson’s World Tour” officially starts Friday night (Oct. 20) on pay-per-view from the Chevrolet Centre in Youngstown, Ohio. Living legend “Iron” Mike Tyson (50-6, 44 KOs), former undisputed heavyweight champion of the world, boxes veteran Corey “T-Rex” Sanders (23-11, 15 KOs), who holds a knocked out victory against reigning World Boxing Council heavyweight title-holder Oleg Maskaev, in a four-round exhibition headlining the pay-per-view event. continue
19.10.06 - CHICAGO - Undefeated Polish boxing prospects Mateusz Masternak and Andrzej Fonfara will be featured at the SOLO BOXEO De Miller/OCTOBER FURY event this Friday night, October 20th at Cicero Stadium. The massive eight bout OCTOBER FURY card is presented by Dominic Pesoli’s 8 Count Productions, HOME OF THE BEST IN CHICAGO BOXING and Bob Arum’s Top Rank Incorporated, along with Miller Lite and TCF Bank. continue
19.10.06 - The 20-year anniversary celebration of SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING continues with an exciting world championship doubleheader on Saturday, Nov. 4, when Sergei “White Wolf” Liakhovich (23-1, 14 KOs) defends his WBO heavyweight title against Shannon “The Cannon’’ Briggs (47-4-1, 41 KOs) and WBA lightweight champion Juan “Baby Bull” Diaz (30-0, 15 KOs) risks his crown against Fernando “La Fiera” Angulo (18-3, 12 KOs). The Don King Productions-promoted twinbill will air on SHOWTIME at 9 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the west coast) from Chase Field in Phoenix, Ariz. continue
19.10.06 - The annual Boxing Memorabilia Fayre run by Lonsdale Sporting Club and Chas Taylor will take place on Saturday, 21st October 2006 at Number One Piccadilly (formerly the London Pavillion). This is an afternoon for collectors and fans. There will be approximately 30 stalls selling past and present boxing related books, tapes, photographs, paintings and so on. Eastsideboxing's Ade Makinde will be manning a 'Dick Tiger' stall for the second year running.(Don't worry he's writing another book). continue
19.10.06 - The 1980’s saw a golden era in world boxing when we had the likes of Sugar Ray Leonard, Marvin Hagler, Thomas Hearns and Roberto Duran. Fans were enthralled in the epic meetings of these fighters and even now the popularity of these legends continues. The 1990’s then saw another golden era, this time in British boxing when Lennox Lewis, Nigel Benn, Chris Eubank and Naseem Hamed all dominated the scene. But all sports experience lull phases as well and boxing is no exception as it is currently going through such a period. continue
19.10.06 - The stars shone bright last Friday, at the Westchester County Center in White Plains, New York, as all the Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing warriors were victorious in their bouts – but perhaps none shone brighter than USBA Junior Middleweight King Terrance Cauthen. Cauthen, now 32-3, 9 KOs, announced himself as the new junior middleweight to watch by winning the vacant championship while stopping fellow former Olympian Dante Craig in round 10. continue
LAS VEGAS, Nev. - Sycuan Ringside Promotions (SRP) of San Diego today was granted a promoter’s license for the state of Nevada by the Nevada State Athletic Commission, thus becoming the first non-Nevada tribal group to be licensed in the state. Since making its promotional debut in 2004, SRP already has six current or former world champions. In addition, SRP has promoted and presented world title bouts across the country on premium cable networks. continue
18.10.06 - By Geoffrey Ciani: Saturday night, undefeated WBO/IBF super middleweight champion, Joe Calzaghe, won a unanimous decision against Sakio Bika. When asked who he’d like to fight next, Calzaghe called out Bernard Hopkins. Said Calzaghe: “I am looking forward to coming to America to show I am the real deal. Bernard Hopkins is the man and 100% I would fight him in his own garden if that is what it took to get him into the ring with me.”
At the end, one was left wondering why Calzaghe would bother calling out a “retired” fighter, especially when he has a potential mega-bout with fellow super middleweight champion, Mikkel Kessler. Does Calzaghe know something we don’t? Is Bernard Hopkins really retired? Or is there a chance the future Hall-of-Famer will comeback for one last fight? continue
18.10.06 - By Mike Cassell: In 1986, an aging Larry Holmes was all but finished as a heavyweight, but a young Brooklyn born fighter, with the help from his recently deceased, adopted father, legendary trainer, Cus D’Amato, was tearing though the heavyweight division, and a better script could not have been written. The media and marketing machine that propelled Tyson, was nothing short of brilliant. Boxing in general, was taking a standing eight count around the world, and it needed a savior. continue
18.10.06 - By Ted Sares: A big disclaimer at the outset. This is just my opinion and only mine. Heck, it is virtually impossible to get two boxing writers to ever agree on anything. But I think it might be interesting to share the mental checklist I use that so that readers know where at least where I am coming from when I submit a piece. And please read the very last sentence...if you get that far. continue
18.10.06 - Living legend "Iron" Mike Tyson (50-6, 44 KOs), former undisputed heavyweight champion of the world, held an open media workout yesterday at the Downtown Boxing Gym in Youngstown, Ohio. Tyson boxes veteran Corey "T-Rex" Sanders (23-11, 15 KOs), who holds a knocked out victory against reigning World Boxing Council heavyweight title-holder Oleg Maskaev, in a four-round exhibition headlining Friday's night's the pay-per-view event. continue
18.10.06 - By Coach Tim Walker – He’s not seven feet tall and he doesn’t weight 350 pounds. In fact, at 6’2” and about 220 pounds he closer to Muhammad Ali’s fight size than he is to the man he will face November 11 for the IBF Heavyweight Title.
But don’t discount Brock because of his stature. He has endured monumental disappointment and setbacks from the time he first went to a boxing gym. Boxing is the sort of sport that separates the men from the boys and even when you win you usually take a butt whipping in the process. Brock certainly endured his share of whippings early as an amateur. He lost his first 6 amateur fights and that would have made most boxers, man and boy alike, hang up their gloves in search of greener sport pastures. But Brock hung in there and eventually represented the United States in the 2000 Olympics. continue
18.10.06 - By Per Ake Persson: When former WBC supermiddle champ Markus Beyer accepted to fight WBA counterpart Mikkel Kessler it was under the condition that his mandatory challenger Librado Andrade stepped aside. Andrade did, Beyer lost and new WBC / WBA "super" champ Mikkel Kessler will have to fight Andrade. The WBC have set November 11 for purse bids and apparently expect the parties to meet during the WBC convention in Dubrovnik October 29-November 4 for negotiations. Kessler vs Andrade will have a 60-40 purse split if the WBA title is on the line. continue
18.10.06 - In a statement issued from their Sydney, Australia, offices today the shareholders, management and staff of the exciting and controversial new high-intensity, shortened format Boxing franchise – Superfighter – expressed their best wishes to Calvin Brock in his up-coming challenge of Vladimir Klitschko for the IBF World Heavyweight Championship. Brock, who had already signed as one of the eight elite Heavyweights scheduled to contest the inaugural Superfighter Heavyweight Championship in Melbourne, Australia, on the first weekend of December, was released by the Superfighter organisation to take his shot at the traditional title. continue
18.10.06 - HBO Sports is presenting a thirty-minute special analyzing the upcoming HBO pay-per-view welterweight championship fight between Carlos Baldomir and Floyd Mayweather. This intriguing showdown at 147 pounds features the compelling storyline of a largely unknown welterweight king whose stock has soared in the past eight months. In his past two fights, Baldomir has gone into the lion’s den twice and beaten both Zab Judah and Arturo Gatti juxtaposed against the premier fighter in the world as the undefeated Mayweather is widely regarded as the sport’s “pound-for-pound” finest performer. continue
18.10.06 - Eight elite heavyweights will collide on December 1 (December 2 at 11AM in Australia) for a $5 million first prize in the "Superfighter" tournament at the Telstra Dome in Melbourne, Australia. The field includes Chris Byrd, Samuel Peter, Calvin Brock, Oliver McCall, Jameel McCline, O'Neal Bell, Juan Carlos Gomez and Tye Fields. Should any fighter drop out, Sinan Samil Sam is set to step in. Brock is commited to fighting in this event, even though he's challenging IBF heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko on November 11. continue
October 18, 2006 — Evander Holyfield does not consider 'Father Time' as an opponent as he continues his boxing comeback and his quest to become the only five-time world heavyweight champion. Holyfield celebrates his 44th birthday in Houston on Thursday but it will still be a full-scale training day. The night before, Wednesday, the popular and charismatic boxer will appear on Fox's "Best Damn Sports Show Period." continue
18.10.06 - European Super-Featherweight title challenger Sergio Palomo will dethrone champion Alex Arthur according to 16th Century seer Nostradamus. Edinburgh star Arthur makes a risky defence of his title against the unbeaten Spaniard on Saturday 4th November at Glasgow's Kelvin Hall and the famous French prophet, who lived from 1503 to 1566 and predicted many of the worlds major events, reckons he will lose the title to Palomo. Nostradamus wrote, "At the end of the tenth month of 2006, the King of Spain will cross the Pyrenees with his army," continue
18.10.06 - By Adrian Saba - Lennox Lewis was never so excited and elocuent on television than during the transmition of the rematch between Hasim Rahman and Oleg Maskaev, August 12th 2006. Rock was losing, but could still present a resistance to the aging russian. In the last round there was a simulation of what happened six years prior, except that Hasim didn’t go out of the ring this time. We were witnesses of how the American gassed out, and how the russian went forward to apply the rules of his fists. If I remember correctly, the former Champion held from Maskaev’s leg to keep his massive body inside the ring and to avoid falling into Jim Lampley’s lap again. Maskaev TKO12 Rahman.
No explanations needed about the significance of this, you all know that the division is now under the rule of four beltholders born in territory of the former Soviet Union. Another thing is that, right now, the World Heavyweight rankings show an anomaly. No American is present in the current Top3: continue
18.10.06 - Former National Rugby League and Australian Test star John Hopate has his third professional fight on a Jamie Myer card at the Bundamba Basketball Stadium in Ipswich on Friday night. Hopate,31, could hardly have been more impressive in his debut on the Mundine – Green under card in May when he stopped Frank Fassolo in 44 seconds. He then continued his good form in August on the Gold Coast when he became the first man to stop ex New Zealand amateur super heavyweight champion Alex Mene (in 4 rounds). continue
17.10.06 - Hot on the heels of a sell-out show at Stoke’s Kings Hall at the end of September Impact Boxing today announced that their next event will be held at the same venue on 24th November. This, the fifth event promoted by Impact Boxing, takes place just over one year since their first show at the Kings Hall during which time professional boxing has been elevated to new heights in Stoke-on-Trent. continue
17.10.06 - By James Slater: The year was 1990, and the heavyweight division had just been blown wide open courtesy of James “Buster” Douglas and his upset of the century. Going into his fight with the undefeated, undisputed and seemingly invincible heavyweight king Mike Tyson, Douglas was a massive 42-1 outsider. Yet James smashed the odds into oblivion while doing likewise to the twenty-three year old known as “Iron Mike.” A huge uppercut collided with Tyson’s jaw in round ten, Mike then hit the canvas, tried with all his might to put the gum-shield that had been violently knocked from his mouth back in, and was counted out in the act of rising. “Buster” Douglas had done the unthinkable. The native of Columbus, Ohio was the new heavyweight champion of the world!
Yet there was one other heavyweight boxer who benefited from Douglas’ triumph. At the time continuing with his struggle to convince the sceptics that his comeback was one worthy of respect, George Foreman, then aged forty-one, was still viewed by most experts as a fraud - one who would have been exposed by Tyson in short order had his wish of fighting to regain the crown he lost to Muhammad Ali two decades earlier been granted. continue
17.10.06 - By Per Ake Persson: Ukrainian supermiddle Stas Kashtanov defends the WBC Youth title against Belgian Michel Henrotin November 4 in Monte Carlo in a solid matchup. Kashtanov´s stablemates from Union Boxing Team in Donetsk, lightweight Andrey Kudryavtsev and welter Vyacheslav Senchenko are also on the bill.
French welter Nicolas Guisset takes on Rafael Jackiewicz October 28 in Debica, Poland, in the headliner of Hammer Knockout´s first show of the season. It´s a defence of Jackiewicz´s IBC title. continue
17.10.06 - By John Howard: He's inmate number 11772-030. His address has changed from the San Fernando Valley in Southern California to the United States Penitentiary in Leavenworth, Kansas. His release date is scheduled for June 16, 2024. This wasn't the way Michael Nunn dreamed it would be after capturing the middleweight title on July 28, 1988 by totally outclassing former Olympic gold medalist Frank Tate with a shocking TKO in the ninth round at Caesar's Palace Pavilion in Las Vegas. I can still remember the buzz from the boxing fans in attendance that night. I was sitting in an elevated section of seats a few rows behind ringside.
At that point in his life, Michael was a good looking, articulate athlete who was on top of his game, and it appeared, the world. "Michael Nunn's a class act." I remember that quote from Sugar Ray Leonard when asked about Nunn during an interview. continue
17.10.06 - By Harry Summers Jr. The hotly-anticipated IBF 140lb title eliminator between adoptive Australians, Tunisian-born Naoufel Ben Rabah (24-2), and South African-born Lovemore N’dou (44-8-1), appears set to land in Jakarta, Indonesia, on January 6, 2007.
Earlier this week, Golden Boy Promotions (whom recently won the purse bid with $62,000 to stage the contest), in association with MTM Promotion sent a bout agreement to N’dou. He is expected to sign shortly. Rabah’s stablemate, Chris John, is the most famous pugilist in Indonesian boxing history.
CHICAGO (October 17, 2006)Welterweight contenders Michel Rosales and Jesus Soto-Karass will battle for the WBC Continental Americas Championship this Friday night, October 20th, in the twelve round SOLO BOXEO De Miller main event at OCTOBER FURY in Cicero, Illinois. continue
17.10.06 - Philadelphia, PA—Hall-of-Fame promoter J Russell Peltz today announced the signing of five local fighters, two of them undefeated. “I’m determined to make the New Alhambra a viable name in boxing in the country,” said Peltz, who began in 1969 at the Blue Horizon, and took shows first to the Arena, then to The Spectrum, helping those buildings become world-class fight venues. continue
16.10.06 - Las Vegas, NV – Seven weeks from now, the over 17,000-seat ARCO Arena in Sacramento, Calif. will be a sight to see when UFC® fans from all around the world pack the house to watch UFC World Heavyweight Champion Tim “The Maine-iac” Sylvia face “The Snowman” Jeff Monson and UFC World Welterweight Champion Matt Hughes take on No. 1 Contender Georges St. Pierre in their long-awaited rematch at the Ultimate Fighting Championship® organization’s UFC 65: BAD INTENTIONS Saturday, Nov. 18, 2006. read full story
16.10.06 - Copenhagen - Mogens Palle, who is coming up on his 50th anniversary as Europe´s leading boxing promoter, has put British promoter rank Warren “on blast” for what Palle said are complete lies concerning an offer made to Mikkel Kessler to fight Joe Calzaghe. Kessler, by virtue of his stunning, three-round KO over Markus Beyer, now holds both the WBA and WBC super middleweight title belts. The veteran Calzaghe, now 42-0, continues to wear the IBF and WBO title belts. Palle and the 38-0 Kessler both made it clear again in the wake of Kessler´s dominant victory over the German that Kessler wants to fight Calzaghe like a hungry wolf wants som lamb chops.
“It must be difficult for Frank Warren to look at himself in the mirror the way he lies. And he must have trouble putting on his pants each morning when he has the British press in his pockets. continue
16.10.06 - By Scoop Malinowski: Floyd Mayweather is too clever to ever admit to a secret fear of fighting WBO Welterweight champ Antonio Margarito, but every now and then when the Pretty Boy speaks it seems the truth slips out. We all remember Floyd's famous mandates: If it makes dollars it makes sense, Margarito is just average, he will be easy work, I love Bob Arum, and I'll fight anybody anywhere as long as Bob shows me the money. continue
NARRAGANSETT, RI -- Two-time world champion Jaime "The Hurricane" Clampitt has announced that the surgery performed on her right hand three weeks ago at the Lahey Clinic, was a complete success and she is now hoping for a 2007 return to the ring, as long as her hand heals completely. continue
15.10.06 - By Vanessa McConnell -Photos by Robert Powley - When Tito “The Huntington Beach Bad Boy” Ortiz knocked out Ken “The World’s Most Dangerous Man” Shamrock, on October 10th at the Hard Rock Live at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, FL, the UFC witnessed first hand the “turning point for the UFC” according to Dana White, UFC President. With 2.8 million homes tuned into the anticipated grudge match of the archenemies, Tito Ortiz dominated Shamrock in the first round and shortly after the round, Shamrock announced his retirement from the UFC. Fans, no doubt, were disappointed but happy to see the legend defend his honor one more time and become a part of UFC history forever.
UFC 64: Unstoppable was held last Saturday at the Mandalay Bay Event Center, with an even more impressive fight card. Two championship titles were up for grabs, one of which has been abandoned and left in the vault for the past 4 years. continue
PHOENIX - The co-featured main event on the Nov. 4 edition of SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING will showcase World Boxing Association (WBA) Lightweight Champion Juan “Baby Bull” Diaz against Ecuadorian challenger Fernando “La Fiera” Angulo from Chase Field in Phoenix, Ariz. continue
New York, Oct. 16—The New York City Marathon will be on the horizon just days later, but boxing fans will be sprinting to the Roseland Ballroom in New York City on Friday night, November 3, when heavyweight contender David Tua headlines Cedric Kushner’s Gotham Boxing and DRL Promotions’ “Marathon Extravaganza” fight card. continue
15.10.06 - By Mike Indri: The press conference was ugly; with punches almost being thrown a day before either guy even entered the ring. The pre-fight trash talking was downright mutually disrespectful. continue
15.10.06 - By Pete Madzelan: When Bernard Hopkins surgically dismantled Antonio Tarver to win the light heavyweight championship, he accomplished what another former middleweight champion did forty years earlier.
On December 16, 1966, Dick Tiger, a gentle lunch pail workman challenged Jose “Chegui” Torres for the title. Tiger wasn’t supposed to win. The odds were stacked against him. He was going in against a man who had the height, weight, and reach on his side. And then, there were the speculating whispers that at 37, Tiger’s best days were already in the pages of history. The speculation about age helped to install Torres as a solid 12-5 favorite, gaining credibility eight months earlier when Tiger lost his middleweight championship to Emile Griffith, the welterweight champion. Not only did he lose, but he was decked for the first time in his career. And though the decision was debatable, it added fuel the belief that Tiger’s career was on the downward spiral. continue
15.10.06 - By Mark Pickering: Retired former heavyweight boxing king, Vitali Klitchsko, recognised as the last great heavyweight of the modern era, is the subject of interest from the kickboxing orientated martial arts organisation K-1. Klitschko, 35, who was originally a kickboxer in his native former Sovet Union, retired from boxing last year while still WBC Heavyweight Champion, citing politcal aspirations and a mounting series of injuries.
The much-admired Ukranian sports a professional kickboxing record of 37-4, and has recently been training alongside four-time K-1 World champion Ernesto Hoost at the Vos Gym in Rotterdam, Holland. continue
16.10.06 - Ontario, CA - Undefeated "Desert Storm" Timothy Ray Bradley Jr. weighed in tonight at the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario for his main event fight against Alfonso "Poncho" Sanchez.
"I was not expecting to fight at 147 lbs. but I'll make my opponent pay for that. I was the WBC Youth champ at that division so I have no problem in facing a bigger guy," said Bradley after Sanchez' camp informed the promoter that he was having difficulties making the weight stipulated originally. continue
15.10.06 - By Jim Amato: According to the latest boxing news, Tony Bonsante of "The Contender" fame will meet veteran Troy Lowry at the Minneapolis Target Center on November 17th. Fringe contender Matt Vanda, who holds a win over former champion Yury Boy Campas, is scheduled to fight a yet to be determined opponent in the co-feature. It is rumored the if both Bonsante and Vanda win, the long awaited showdown between them may finally take place in January of 2007. continue
15.10.06 - By Per Ake Persson: German Jr. middle Marco Schulze outscored Robbie Siebert over six in a non-title fight in Salzwedel yesterday. Schulze will defend the national title November 11 in Oranienburg. WIBFsupermiddle champ Natascha Ragosina was originally defend her title on this show but will now fight in Duesseldorf November 18. continue
15.10.06 - By Daxx Kahn: Diego "Chico" Corrales 40-4 (30) not only lost his lightweight title recently but maybe a piece of himself. In what was his third bout with Joel Casamayor, Corrales was really looking for a big win to help get him back into his true form. It seems that lately the fighter has been lacking something in himself. He not only had his belt stripped from him for not making weight (something he had faulted his previous opponent Jose Louis Castillo for) but lost a decision to Casamayor in what was their third meeting. continue
15.10.06 - SJC Boxing Promotions, along with Brian M. Boyle, welcome Florida’s snowbirds back to Fort Myers with Combat on the Caloosa IV, “Seasons’ Beatings,” on Tuesday, November 28, 2006, at the Harborside Event Center, at 7:30 PM. This will be an upscale, entertaining, professional boxing event with a strong international flavor. The show will be a combination of former champions and title contenders, along with several exciting young prospects on the way up, from several different countries. continue
14.10.06 - By Jim Amato: It wasn't even close... The cream rises to the top...Peter Manfredo Jr. took apart the bigger but less skilled Joey Spina. The bout was stopped in the third round after a game but outclassed Spina got up from a knockdown but took a vicious right hand that prompted the towel to come in from his corner. A wise stoppage. Poor Joey was in way over his head. continue
14.10.06 - By Ted Sares: Calzaghe, W 42 (31 ko's) - 0 vs. Kessler, 38 (29) ko's) -0 is a fight that has to be made and someone's O must go! Off their respective fights with Sakio Bika and Markus Beyer, Mikkel Kessler must be given a solid chance to slow down the Welshman's express train. Joe had to battle his way to the final bell of a very hard night’s work with the game Australian (by way of Cameroon), Bika, who came to win.On the other Hand, Kessler brutally destroyed WBC super middleweight champion Markus Beyer in three rounds and now owns both the WBA and WBC 168-pound belts.
As for fighting Calzaghe, the Dane said he has no qualms about facing the 42-0 world champion either in England or Denmark. continue
14.10.06 - COPENHAGEN--Just minutes after he brutally destroyed WBC super middleweight champion Markus Beyer, probably knocking the German veteran into retirement, two-belt champ Mikkel Kessler stood and spoke with the media and well-wishers near his dressing room at Parken Stadium.
Someone mentioned that the now 38-0, 29 KOs Dane had picked a good fight for his American television debut (HBO) and Kessler said, "It is not television. It is HBO. Now I can say I am on the same television network as 'The Sopranos.'" continue
14.10.06 - By James Slater: In a rough, wild and gruelling, yet entertaining fight at the MEN arena in Manchester, England, WBO and IBF super middleweight world champion Joe Calzaghe successfully retained his titles via unanimous decision tonight. With a hard fought win over the tough challenger from Australia, Sakio Bika, Joe improved on boxing’s longest unbeaten run to take his record to 42-0. But how the Welshman was made to work for his victory.
The once beaten Bika certainly came to win, and he succeeded in making things plenty hot for the thirty-four year old Calzaghe. The younger man by some seven years, Sakio, known as “The Scorpion”, roughed Joe up at times and had the world champion out of his game and breathing hard at the end of the lively twelve rounds. In a fight that may have proven an ageing one for Calzaghe, the superstar of the 168 pound division had to dig deep to ensure his win. In the end all three judges agreed that he had done more than enough to have done so, but the performance he put on for the American audiences will have more than likely failed to impress them. With HBO tuning in live, Calzaghe was expected to blow away, or outclass, the largely
unknown challenger. continue
14.10.06 - By Sean Ocampo: After being humiliated by Manny "Pacman" Pacquiao and Zahir "King" Raheem in his last two fights. Erik "El Terrible" Morales vowed to the boxing public that he will be victorious against his Filipino counterpart Manny Pacquiao in their "Grand Finale" this November. The warrior from the streets of Tijuana, Mexico will try to get back to his roots by reuniting with father and trainer Jose as he try to reclaim lost glory. However, the comeback of "El Terrible" is pretty much questioned by the public. Whether or not he's still capable of beating the younger and faster Pacquiao?
Erik Morales is a three division champion. He won championships at Super Batamweight, Featherweight and Super Featherweight. With that kind of resume', he is probably a future hall of famer. But his recent performance against Zahir Raheem and Manny Pacquiao was pretty much not the Morales of old. The "El Terrible" that we once knew is probably on the down side of his boxing career. continue
14.10.06 - By TK Stewart: Nikolai Valuev, WBA Heavyweight Champion of the world, had just knocked out Monte Barrett in the eleventh round and everybody around him was in a celebratory and jovial mood. Don King was cackling like only Don King does, “Hah-hah-hah! My Russian Giant! The Eighth Wonder of the World! Hah-hah-hah!”
The scene wouldn’t have been noteworthy except for the fact that Nikolai Valuev is a towering, hulk of humanity that stands over 7’0” tall and weighs nearly 330 pounds. His match against Barrett was unremarkable and it was designed merely to showcase Valuev on an American stage. But because Valuev is the largest human being to ever hold a portion of the heavyweight championship he is a rubbernecker’s fantasy who is gawked at with a peculiar mix of curiosity and awe. Unbeaten in 45 straight fights and currently boxing’s longest reigning heavyweight titlist he has conquered Europe and now his ringmasters want him to conquer America. Nikolai Valuev, it would seem, should have had a lot to smile about, but last Saturday night in Rosemont, Illinois he appeared to be the saddest person in the room. continue
14.10.06 - British Heavyweight Champion Scott Gammer made the first defense of his title last night in front of a packed house at the Afan Lido Sports Centre in Port Talbot,Wales by dominating challenger Micky Steeds of London on a Paul Boyce promotion with Sky Sports televising.The twenty nine year old Welshman from Pembroke Dock proved once again that he remains one of the top men in the country by shutting out Steeds in virtually every exchange of the twelve round contest.
Steeds, of London's East End, started fast and took advantage of his edge in handspeed to put Gammer on the defensive but very little passed by the Champion's defense. By the close of the first round, Gammer had stamped his authority via a hurtful bodyshot that shook Steeds to his boots. continue
14.10.06 -Brockton, MA - Already being headlined by a Mike Oliver - Adam Carrera USBA Junior Featherweight Title bout, Cappiello Promotions has announced the addition of an exciting 10-round light-heavyweight co-feature bout, between veteran Rodney Toney and upcoming prospect Anthony Russell, to its October 28 Mohegan Sun Fight Night card. " This should be a very exciting fight," promoter Rich Cappiello states. " Anytime you put a seasoned veteran, like Toney, in with a young prospect, like Russell, you can expect some fireworks!" continue
14.10.06 - England's most exciting fighter, David Haye, will make the third defence of his European crown against unbeaten Italian Giacobbe Fragomeni on Friday, November 13 at the world-renowned York Hall in Bethnal Green, London. In an announcement made a week ago, promoter Frank Maloney confirmed that the cruiserweight clash has been sanctioned as a final eliminator for the WBC title. Either Haye or Fragomeni will meet the winner of the upcoming rematch between current champion O'Neil Bell and Frenchman Jean Marc Mormeck. continue
After at least three weigh-in disasters in the year just past, the WBC has finally turned its sleepy, little head “…to look at what needs to be done to correct the problems.” The history of the sport is replete with examples of weigh-in or weight change issues. From Roy Jones moving up to heavy, then back down to fight Tarver having had to lose not only fat but muscle to do so, to Mike Anchondo’s debacle with Barrios, Jose Castillo’s two fiascos with Corrales, and Chico’s most recent downfall versus Casamayor, the common thread was Boxing’s complete inability to control the weighting game. continue
13.10.06 - By Lucas White: On November 4th, Serguei Lyakhovich (23-1, 14 KO’s) will defend his WBO Heavyweight title against hard punching Shannon Briggs (47-4-1 41 KO’s) in Phoenix, AZ. This will be the Lyakhovich's first title defense since upsetting Lamon Brewster on April 1st. In what many called the fight of the year, Lyakhovich, 30, easily out boxed the more powerful Brewster and showed poise and skill in his victory. Briggs, though, is presently holding high rankings in all major sanctioning bodies, and brings to the table eleven straight knockout victories, many of them courtesy of his thunderous haymakers. This fight offers a wonderful style match up that pits two fighters of different styles and backgrounds against each other.
Briggs, 34, is the type of fighter that is not out of a fight until the final bell has sounded or he himself is knocked out. continue
13.10.06 - By Jim Amato: This fight has sure generated a lot of interest, especially since neither boxer is highly ranked. Still, they are both top prospects and the bad blood between them has really stirred up the boxing public.
Peter Manfredo Jr., of course, is the better known of the two from his stint on "The Contender" series. Since his close, controversial loss to Sergio Mora in that year's Contender finale, Peter took a big step up the ladder in beating Scott Pemberton. Maybe the wars that Pemberton had with Omar Shieka and others had softened him up. Who knows? Remember that Pemberton had just lost to Jeff Lacy in a bid for the IBF title. continue
13.10.06 - By Neil Goodman: Saturday 14th October; Joe Calzaghe defends his WBO Super Middleweight belt for the 19th time. With Calzaghe’s a reign now in its 9th year, he has yet to come close to defeat and now has the added bonus of being the IBF belt holder to boot.
So will the Welsh dragon breathe fire in defence of his two title belts? Well, if history is anything to go by, ‘No’ is the simple answer. The likely course of events is that Joe will come out all guns blazing and stamp his authority on proceedings. At this point the challenge will either lose his appetite for a scrap; or, Calzaghe will aggravate one his many niggles and therefore will seek to coast home via the scorecards and another lopsided win on points. Do I sound cynical? Well, I do not mean to be. I am big Calzaghe fan and I have seen him box on many occasions. He has developed into great boxer-fighter and I do not use the word ‘great’ lightly. Joe has stopped 75% of opponents and the other 25% have generally been beaten on points (in convincing fashion). continue
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND (October 13, 2006) -- The wait -- NOT THE WEIGHT! --is nearly over for Tomorrow's world super middleweight championship rumble between undefeated WBO/IBF/The Ring champion JOE CALZAGHE and top-rated contender SAKIO "The Scorpion" BIKA. One week after the WBC lightweight title fight was put in disarray for the third consecutive time when one of the combatants again came in overweight, both Calzaghe and Bika weighed in at the 168-pound limit on arguably the world's unluckiest day.
HBO's "Boxing After Dark" will televise the Calzaghe-Bika super middleweight championship in the U.S. Tomorrow, Saturday, October 14, at 11 P.M. ET/PT. continue
13.10.06 - By Ryan Laming: Over the past year, I’ve had the urge to write an article on Jermain Taylor. After his second fight with Bernard Hopkins, where he still really wasn’t getting the recognition he most rightly deserved, it became clear that someone should step up and say something. I think we’re morally obligated as fight fans. Here we have a young gun who steps up to the plate against a legend and holds his own. It doesn’t even matter which way you score the fights, Taylor stood up and showed grit when he needed to. Needless to say, I was impressed with his performance in both fights for the fact that in the second fight, he didn’t try to overextend or force matters. He didn’t offer The Executioner as many countering opportunities as most expected. He learned and improved on the first fight. His sheer talent or ability in the ring isn’t what I am trying to point out, though. continue
13.10.06 - By Cesar R: The Heavyweight division topic has been discussed ad nauseam and, as you know, a huge sector of fans consider this one of the worst eras in Heavyweight history, probably the worst. It is a fine opinion, but I think this people need to realize the context in which we are situated. In the 1940s, a fighter could have a record of 13-17-3 against contenders; in the 1970s, probably something like 9-4. It was more common, and easier, to fight Top 10 boxers in the previous eras. So, you can see boxers with a higher number of wins against this kind of opposition, but also with more losses in general.
Lets remember also that, in the last 20 years, a heavyweight’s professional career is composed by 40 to 50 fights. In the current era, boxers fight less times in the careers and it is much more difficult to arrange bouts against contenders. That is certainly not a problem of the fighters, it is a problem of the system. The Order has changed...boxing has changed...you will see less fights between contenders, accept it. When ranking this era, the true historians will study the context and consider all this factors before formulating a verdict. continue
13.10.06 - Aussie Middleweight “King” Sam Soliman is jumping out of his skin and probably in the best physical condition we have seen him in says trainer Dave Hedgcock. He was scheduled to face rugged Mexican Enrique Ornelus last month in America and for the first time in his 40 fight career had to pull out of a fight due to an injury sustained training. He has now been back in training and sparring and is ready to go. “He wants it to happen tomorrow laughed Hedgcock”. Speaking from his hometown in Melbourne Australia Soliman had this to say on Ornelus: continue
13.10.06 - Proven championship campaigners Alan Bosworth and Colin Lynes will meet in the chief support contest to Lenny Daws’ first defence of his British light welterweight title against mandatory contender Barry Morrison at the York Hall in Bethnal Green on October 20th.
The winners of the two contests on the Hennessy Sports event - being shown live on Sky Sports - could well be facing each other in the near future following the British Boxing Board of Control’s decision to sanction Bosworth-Lynes as an eliminator for the domestic 140lb crown. continue
New York, October 13 — DiBella Entertainment announced yesterday that the October 20th Broadway Boxing Presented by StubHub card at the Grand Ballroom at Manhattan Center has been cancelled due to injuries to a number of the participants. Robert Kamya, who was scheduled to face James “Buddy” McGirt Jr., suffered a jaw injury. Noriko Kariya, slated to fight Elisha Olivas injured her wrist, and Darling Jiminez has a back injury. Eric Kirkland’s manager/trainer Dwight Yarde fell ill while in England. Kirkland was matched against Robert Hawkins. continue
13.10.06 - The Legends Of Leather Boxing Club of Trumbull County, Ohio enshrined writer Jim Amato to their Hall Of Fame on October 8th. Amato is a staff writer for Boxing World magazine. He also contributes articles to the ( Cleveland ) East Side Daily newspaper. He writes for several on line boxing sites and he created his own site in May of 2005. The link is: continue
Undefeated cruiserweight phenom BJ Flores, 17-0 (12 KO's), has registered back to back 1st round KO's in his first two fights at cruiserweight. With consecutive 1st round KO's over Gary Dydell and Ali Supreme, Flores has put the entire cruiserweight division on notice. The kid with best jab in the game is showing that he has the big right hand coming directly behind it. When talking about the how his power feels at the new weight Flores explained, "I absolutely feel more powerful. I am at my right weight. I wasn't looking for the KO's. I was patient and it worked out that way. It happened naturally." continue
12.10.06 - Robbie “Bomber” Peden was amused when he first read the press release from Bobby Pacquiao’s Management team (yes that’s right all 3 of them) which boldly stated “Our promoter Top Rank was unable to reach agreeable terms”! The facts; Your promoter was unable to reach the phone and return calls left trying to make this fight culminate. Their reference to going to purse bids with the possibility of the fight being staged in Australia was nothing more than us showing our willingness to fight him anywhere – anytime. continue
WEST PALM BEACH -- Daniel “The Haitian Sensation” Edouard, whose only pro loss is to middleweight king Jermain Taylor, has strung together a pair of impressive wins. What makes those wins impressive is the ex-middleweight turned super welterweight’s resurgent boxing ability. Edouard has been labeled a brawler for his many smash mouth fights similar to his 2004 train crash with Willie Gibbs. continue
13.10.06 - Scott Lawton today became the first ever boxer to be honoured by the City of Stoke-on-Trent. The Lord Mayor, Councillor Jean Edwards, hosted a civic reception at the city’s council offices in honour of Scott’s achievement in securing the English lightweight title and presented the local champion with a commemorative plate which had been manufactured by the famous local firm Spode. Representatives of Impact Boxing along with Scott’s family also attended the reception. continue
12.10.06 - 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 terrible Bates was. Jeremy, in obvious awe of Evander, was unable to capitalize on the right that momentarily stunned "The Real Deal" in the second round and which caused Evander tellingly to flounder ever-so slightly. As predicted, Bates then quickly fell apart. So much for his "Rocky" dreams. 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. "Eventually I'll be the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world — 44, 45, it don't make no difference," Evander said.
His next fight is with Fres Oquendo, 26 - 3 with 16 ko's, on November 10 at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. Oquendo, who has a disturbing tendency to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory in his big fights, is 33 year old, 6’ 2” and has an imposing 80 inch reach. Ideally, his fighting weight is 230 pounds. He returned from a two-year layoff to stop Brazil's Daniel Bispo, 7-4, in the ninth round in February and then beat Javier Mora, 19-3 by UD in May for the Vacant WBO Latino Heavyweight Title. continue
12.10.06 - By Tony Nobbs: This Saturday night WBO number one lightweight contender Michael “Rocky” Katsidis (21-0, 19 KO's) was scheduled to face Mexico's WBO number eight Osvaldo Lara in a title eliminator in his home town of Toowoomba, Queensland. However that fight was canceled after his career took a dramatic twist for the best with the retirement of world champion Acelino Freitas last week. Katsidis, 26, who was nick named after former WBC super welterweight champion Rocky Mattiolli, will now face off with 28 year old, 24-1, 12 KO's number two contender Graham Earl of Luton, England within 90 days for the vacant championship. Eastside spoke to Katsidis' trainer manager Brendan Smith about his charges chances and he answers the knockers who have criticized the way he has guided “Rocky's” career. continue
12.10.06 - By James Slater: Whenever I sit and watch a boxing match, in the immediate moments before the first bell, I often wonder to myself if an opening round is about to be witnessed comparable to the awesome one Marvellous Marvin Hagler and Thomas “The Hitman” Hearns gave us back in 1985. So far, this has not been the case. Really, the sheer mayhem that was the result of two truly great fighters throwing caution to the winds as they leapt at one another instantly is a rare thing so early in a big fight. With so much at stake when one or more world titles are on the line, boxers usually take a couple of minutes - at the very least- to feel their opponent out. The fact that Marvin and Tommy both had the same mindset of, “the hell with it, let’s fight!”, is really quite incredible.
To have taken such a big, not to mention mind-bogglingly exciting, gamble, required incredible guts and self belief. It could so easily have been a risk that failed for the winner, in Hagler. As Hearns, the heroic loser, found out. continue
12.10.06 - By Jim Amato: At one time, Anthony Hanshaw was the second best amateur boxer in his weight class. The #1 guy was a fellow by the name of Jermain Taylor. After turning professional, his career seemed to be going right on track. He started his pro career in 2000 and in less then a year he was 11-0. He fought in Vegas and Atlantic City and he appeared to be a star in the making.
In his twelfth fight, he met another unbeaten prospect in Kingsley Ikeke. The fight took place in Canton, Ohio and all three judges had it 98-92 for Hanshaw. Ikeke would go on to become a highly ranked middleweight. In fact, his only other loss was to Arthur Abraham for the vacant IBF middleweight title. continue
12.10.06 - This Friday, October 13, British Heavyweight Champion Scott Gammer takes the stage at the Afan Lido Sports Centre in Port Talbot, Wales to once again face opponent Mickey Steeds. The two rivals went to war in February of last year with Gammer taking a bitterly contested points win but Steeds vows that this time things will different. "I really see this as a 50-50 fight," said the London man. "The last time I fought Gammer, it was at two weeks notice, but this time out I'm much fitter." continue
12.10.06 - By Per Ake Persson: German heavy Luan Krasnigi returns December 2 in Berlin on a Universum show at the Estrel Convention Center. The former EBU champ and current WBO #2 was scheduled to fight in Stuttgart in September but pulled out after a managerial dispute. An agreement have since been reached.
WBO jr middle titleholde Sergey Dzindziruk defends against Russian Alisultan Nadirbegov October 21 in Halle/Saale. Headlining is WBC Int´l supermiddle ruler Mario Veit taking on Denis Inkin. continue
12.10.06 - By Mike Casile: I would like to think I am one of the few boxing purist, that really have some kind of belief, in what we now call the Heavyweight division. I wait and wait, for something big. I didn’t think the big thing I so eagerly yearned for was 7’ 320lb. Nikolai Valuev. In fact, after watching, what can only be described as, two very weak punchers with marginal skills, throw one punch at a time, hoping the other would get hit or just drop from exhaustion, I actually started to doze off, dreaming of the days when titan’s like Bruce Seldon and Trevor Berbick graced the ring.
This was a championship fight, and we are all about 50% dumber for even allowing ourselves, to be sucked into believing that, Monte Barrett deserved this shot, after he basically had a sparring match in last fight with Hasim Rahman. And Valuev, although seemingly a very nice guy, who try’s to run away from the fact, that he is 7’, and very Cro-Magnon looking, beat a John Ruiz (barely) to have the honor of fighting Monte (yes he actually calls himself TWO GUNS) Barrett. continue
12.10.06 - Tonight at the Burbank Hilton, Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero (19-1-1 12KO’s) will be an honored guest at the “Duelo De Aztecas” card, as he shows support for his stable mate and good friend Miguel Espino. Both fighters train at the Northridge Athletic club with coach John Bray. “The Ghost” who was recently crowned IBF Champion of the world, will meet and greet fans and sign autographs for everyone in attendance. Look for an electrifying night of boxing as former “Contender” star, Espino (12-2-1 4KO’s), locks horns with rival Rigoberto Placencia (7-6-1 3KO’s) in a rematch anticipated by many in the LA area. continue
October 12, 2006 Hayward, WI: Rock Solid Boxing in association with the LCO Casino in Hayward, Wisconsin announces the second installment of their boxing series “Night of Champions” set for Saturday January 13, 2007. “Night of Champions II” will feature “Native Sensation” J.J. Corn (46-15-2 w/ 25 KOs) in the Main Event defending his LCO Casino Light Heavyweight Championship. Corn, a member of the Menominee Tribe of Wisconsin, was an obvious crowd favorite this past September 16 when he won the LCO Casino Championship. continue
Little Rock, AR, October 11 — Home town hero Jermain “Bad Intentions” Taylor, the Undisputed and Undefeated World Middleweight Champion, will put his title on the line against Kassim “The Dream” Ouma on Saturday night, December 9, at Alltel Arena in North Little Rock, Arkansas, when DiBella Entertainment presents in association with Golden Boy Promotions and Peltz Boxing Promotions “Home for the Holidays: The Return of a Champion,” it was announced today by DBE president Lou DiBella. continue
11.10.06 - By Grampton James: All week long leading up to WBA heavyweight champion Nikolay Valuev’s fight with Monte Barrett, I couldn’t wait to see the fight. However, after finally watching it, I have to admit that what I saw of Valuev, I was slightly disappointed. The footwork that Valuev showed in some of his previous fights was almost non-existent against the thirty-five-year old Barrett. For the most part, Valuev (45-0, 33 KO's) looked sloppy and at times even flustered about what to do to his pressuring opponent. Valuev took a great deal of punches and for such an important fight, considering it was his US debut, he failed to knock Barrett (31-5, 17 KO's) out quickly enough to enthrall the general public, and create the image that his promoter was most likely looking for. continue
11.10.06 - By Ted Sares: This series started on another site and will return there for Part Three. In the first piece, I mentioned names like Moore and Durelle, Chacon, Tyson-Douglas, Shavers-Williams, and how they contributed to memories that have been impossible to erase. The series continues below.
1) Once, while visiting the Hall of Fame, Johnny Tapia was busy signing autographs in the Museum when his publicist said, "Come on, Johhny, we'll be late for the plane." Johnny apologized to the other people who were waiting and then started to leave. All of a sudden, he spotted this young fellow in a wheel chair who wanted his photo taken with him. When Johhny went over to accommodate him, his publicist got shrill and said "dammit, we will miss our plane." Johhny's reply was "beep the plane. First things first." I'll never forget the look on that young fellow's face. For that moment in time, he was the most important person alive. Wow! continue
11.10.06 - By Luke White: Last weekend, Nikolay Valuev defended his WBA Heavyweight title for the second time in Chicago, Illinois. His opponent was Monte “two gunz” Barrett, a totally overmatched fighter from the get go, and who never really had chance against the gargantuan Russian. Nevertheless, even in victory, Valuev proved to me that he has litle in the way of boxing skills, or even power. After twelve rounds of clinching, poor punching and a nap in eighth round, I was finally asking, where are you John Ruiz? From round one, we knew the fight was going to be a sleeper. Early on, not much happened and it seemed I was scoring rounds based on clinches instead of punches.
Barrett’s wild overhand rights reminded me of the old video game punch out, where the fighter would jump in the air to take a crack at his opponent. While they seemed initially to be effective against Valuev, however, they clearly weren't doing any real damage to Valuev's thick skull. continue
11.10.06 - In an exclusive new documentary for ITV4, Calzaghe: No Average Joe, former super-middleweight dons Nigel Benn and Chris Eubank are reunited and say that Joe Calzaghe might have beaten them if he fought in their era.
Examining the career and achievements of the longest reigning current world champion, No Average Joe speaks candidly to Joe and those close to him, as well as the top figures from the world of boxing including: Frank Warren, Don King, Sugar Ray Leonard, Wladimir Klitschko, Ricky Hatton, Thomas Hauser, Gary Shaw, Ron Borges, Jay Larkin and Kery Davis. continue
LAS VEGAS, NV (October 11, 2006) -- Tomorrow! Thursday, October 12, at 9 p.m. ET, VERSUS (formerly OLN) will televise the fourth installment of "Fight Night: Top Rank's Legends of the Ring," hosted by Michael Buffer. This week's classic features the rarely-seen WBO heavyweight championship bout between Big George Foreman and Tommy "The Duke" Morrison.
Fighting for the vacant WBO title, June 7, 1993, at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Morrison, nicknamed "The Duke" because he was related to movie star John Wayne, confounded all the experts. Instead of using his usual style of blasting away at his opponent, Morrison’s trainer Tommy Virgets programmed Morrison to box the perfect fight needed to beat Foreman – to keep hitting him and moving around him, never staying in front of him for too long. A lesson world champion Michael Moorer should have heeded when Big George fought him next. Foreman, 45, would knock Moorer out to become the oldest heavyweight champion. continue
11.10.06 - Highly touted heavyweight prospect Kevin Johnson (10-0-1, 5 KOs) has been added to the already stellar lineup of fighters appearing on the Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing event at the Westchester County Center in White Plains, New York, on October 11. The New Jersey native will face deceivingly tough Detroiter Demetrice King in a six-round special attraction. continue
11.10.06 - See the WIBA Flyweight title match between Elena "Baby Doll" Reid (18-3-5), and Mary "The Heat" Ortega (28-2-1) Toe to toe action that originated August 31 from Harrahs, Lake Tahoe, and airs on The Men’s Channel, Channel 218 on Dish Network beginning October 12, 2006. continue
10.10.06 - By James Slater: A solitary defeat can ruin a fighter. Sometimes, no matter how good a boxer is, he is never the same force after suffering his first ever defeat. Whether the problem is mental or physical, the sport has had many top name fighters who never got back to where they had once been after having the 0 at the end of their record replaced with a 1. Some never fought again. Period.
While others tried but quickly realised they simply couldn’t do it any more. Indeed, it is testament to the grit and determination of the fighters who managed to come back even stronger after their first taste of defeat, that they rose higher than they had been before their setback. Not all fighters can do this, however, as the following list, which is in no particular order, goes to show. In many cases in boxing it can be a case of one strike and you’re out. Not three. continue
10.10.06 - By Ted Sares: Here we go again. First it was Camacho, then Mancini. While Vinny clearly is no slam dunk, I believe a reasonable case can be made for his induction and that's what I'll try to do below. Then you decide.
Record: W 50 (30 ko's) - 10 Vinny "Vinny Paz" or the "the Pazmanian Devil" Pazienza was a rare four-time former world champion to wit: IBF Lightweight Title, WBA Light Middleweight Title, IBO Super Middleweight Title, WBU Super Middleweight Title.
Style: Short and muscular, he could box to a degree when he needed to but preferred to mix it up. Pazienza fought in a frenetic style that, while not technically sound, won you over with its energy, hustle and moxie. Extremely speedy, particularly in the earlier part of his career, he never possessed one punch knockout power but still had plenty of pop and could wear down an opponent by applying constant, incoming pressure. He threw punches, even uppercuts, from unorthodox angles and sometimes boxed in a frenetic and whirlwind manner. It could be said that his swarming style was somewhat unique as he often threw wild lefts and rights and occasionally his wild roundhouse punches looked amateurish, but if they landed, things could change in a hurry. continue
10.10.06 - Seminole Warriors Boxing is pleased to present “The Infamous Round 5”, this being a reference to the fifth round fiasco that took place in Wetzlar, Germany during the Edison Miranda and Arthur Abraham IBF Middleweight World Title fight. Arthur Abraham was awarded an extremely controversial decision victory. A decision which was ultimately challenged by Seminole Warriors Boxing and later decided by the IBF that the fight should have been ruled a TKO in the fifth round and the IBF further decided that Edison Miranda would remain as the number one contender in the Middleweight Division. Log on to www.warriorsboxing.com to see it for yourself.
10.10.06 - By Per Ake Persson: Team Palle have announced the complete program for the big WBC/WBA unification fight at supermiddle between Markus Beyer and Mikkel Kessler October 14 at Parken in Copenhagen. Highly ranked feather Spend Abazi takes on Venezuelan Edinso Torres while supermiddle Lolenga Mock face Mukadi Manda, who fights out of Spain. Danilo Haussler, also at 168 and Sauerland Event´s only fighter on the undercard, fight Russian Sergey Kharchenko. There will all in all be twelve fights on the bill. continue
10.10.06 - Dino Duva of Duva Boxing, promoter of undefeated heavyweight Mike Marrone (15-0, 12 KOs), has responded to the recent announcement that heavyweight JD “The Natural” Chapman (25-0, 22 KOs) has entered the WBC’s Top 15 world ratings. “No disrespect to JD or his manager, Scott Hirsch, but we’ve wanted to match him with our Mike Marrone for a long time. Now that they’re both entering another level in their careers, it’s time to make this fight happen.” continue
09.10.06 - By Valerij “Rudolph” Calmic and Izyaslav “Slava” Koza: One night in Paris, five years ago during my trip to Europe, I happened to turn on the TV in my hotel and catch a BBC special on the condition of the Moldovan prison system. For those who care, and for those who don’t but are reading anyway, the capital of that republic, Kishinev is where I was born.
It goes without saying that the special did not paint a flattering picture of the country’s administration. The tuberculosis- ridden inmates, some of whom, teenagers, were no older then me, were dying and suffering mainly because the department handling the corrections facility could not gather a thousand dollars to take off rotted metal window bars, preventing fresh air from circulating inside the cells. The special concluded with the statement that Moldova was the poorest country in Europe. continue
09.10.06 - Undefeated middleweight prospect Michael Walker has been added to the OCTOBER FURY card set for Friday, October 20th at Cicero Stadium, it was announced today by Dominic Pesoli, President of 8 Count Productions. The action packed eight bout OCTOBER FURY card is presented by Dominic Pesoli’s 8 Count Productions, HOME OF THE BEST IN CHICAGO BOXING and Bob Arum’s Top Rank Incorporated, along with Miller Lite and TCF Bank. continue
YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (October 9, 2006) - Youngstown icon Ray "Boom Boom" Mancini returns home October 20th to handle color commentary for the pay-per-view broadcast of the inaugural "Mike Tyson's World Tour" stop at the Chevrolet Centre.
The first leg of "Mike Tyson's World Tour" in Youngstown, presented by Sterling Promotions, will be broadcast live in North America on cable and satellite pay-per-view beginning at 10:30 PM/ET, 7:30 PM/PT. The event is being produced and distributed for Pay Per View by Queensbury Media and Integrated Sports and will be available in more than 50-million homes in North America via iN Demand, TVN, DirecTV & Dish Network in the USA, Viewer's Choice & Bell ExpressVu in Canada. The suggested retail price for the PPV telecast is only $29.95. continue
October 9, 2006 - Mexico City - From WBC President Jose Sulaiman: The World Boxing Council is very concerned with the latest example of a fighter not being able to make the official weight in a title fight. I have prepared several topics in regards to this, and hope that they are approved during the WBC's 44th Annual World Convention that will be held from October 29 to November 4 in Dubrovnik, Croatia. continue
09.10.06 - By Lee Purchase: Evander Holyfield & Thomas Hearns are the embodiment of pure sporting ambition, huge intestinal fortitude who endeavour to prove that age isn't the be-all and end-all of high end competitors. Iron-willed, strong, astounding men with a talent for the inconceivable. They are also, however a modern example of one of the major pitfalls of elite boxing success- when the end of an era for a star pugilist is near, the inability to finally 'let go' and accept the inevitable, for one reason or another.
When the door opens for a graceful exit from the sport which has provided them with so much, it is either directly shunned or treated as the revolving type with some boxers retiring numerous times only to make ill-fated comebacks. Why do great competitors such as these continue to damage both their legacies and their physical condition to such an irreversible state? continue
09.10.06 - Former US Olympian Dante “Inferno” Craig (17-4-1, 13 KOs) has stepped in to face Terrance “Heat” Cauthen (31-3, 8 KOs) for the vacant USBA Junior Middleweight Championship in the 12-round co-main event of Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing’s October 11 professional boxing event in White Plains, New York. Cincinnati’s Craig replaces originally scheduled opponent Raul Frank. “It’s very fitting to me that Dante Craig would be appearing on our show,” says DeGuardia. “We already have several Olympians appearing, including Cauthen himself, who is an Olympic Bronze Medalist, and Star Boxing’s own Roberto Benitez, who represented the US in 2004. continue
New York, —Evoking memories from the historic days of Madison Square Garden, the name ALI will once again be on the marquee at the “Mecca of Boxing” Saturday night, November 11. Following in the iconic footsteps of her legendary father Muhammad Ali, who graced the Garden’s ring in 8 epic battles, WBC super middleweight world champion Laila Ali will make her MSG debut. Tom Loeffler of K2 Promotions announced today that Laila will be defending her title against no. 3 ranked Shelley Burton. continue
08.10.06 - By Michael Klimes: I cannot lie; I love boxing and love it immensely. My father, a pious anti-boxing cleric cannot reconcile my passion for poetry and the gloved fist. He sees it as vulgar, violent and states that his main opposition to it is that, ‘It is a sport where the deliberate objective is to harm the other person.’ I cannot agree with his first point but the second hinge of his argument is partially true and the concluding part of his Holy Trinity is more concrete then I would like to admit.
At the beginning of this article it seems like I have already entered a sodden bog with no chance of escape. My father’s three-folded argument gives him a sense of immense satisfaction like a Sunday picnic. For all his esteemed wisdom and experience, I cannot bring myself to remember that cold shiver, which consumes my spine with the power of a spasm when I hear the word ‘vulgar’ associated with boxing. It feels like being spat in the face and I am not exaggerating. continue
09.10.06 - Opportunities are not limited to just the 122-pound division for new World Boxing Association super bantamweight champion Celestino Caballero. Not when he stands an amazing 6-foot-1-1/2-inches tall.
“There are plenty of possibilities, more than that are immediately apparent” said Glenn Quiroga, president of Sycuan Ringside Promotions, which co-promotes Caballero along with Seminole Warriors Boxing. continue
09.10.06 - As rumoured, Dutch heavyweight king Richel Hersisia, 27-1 (21 KO’s), returns to the ring after nine months out of action due to a shoulder operation on Universum Box-Promotion’s ‘Heavyweight Explosion’ card in Stuttgart, Germany on Saturday, October 28. Having recently relocated to Berlin, it will also be ‘The Dutch Sonny Liston’s’ first outing with new trainer Torsten Schmitz. The 32-year-old puncher is set to meet Brazilian Adenilson ‘Maguilinha’ Rodrigues of Sao Paulo, son of former world class heavyweight Adilson Rodrigues, in a clash scheduled for 10 rounds. Rodrigues has a statistically impressive record of 19-4 (15 KO’s), but his losses came when he stepped up to Hersisia’s supposed level. continue
FAIRFAX, VA (October 9, 2006) --- Needing a strong performance to get back on the winning track, popular Northern Virginia middleweight contender Jimmy Lange didn’t disappoint the 3,614 boisterous fans Saturday night at the Patriot Center, using an impressive surge late in the fight to record a ten-round technical knockout (2:45) over tough veteran Tommy Wilt in the Main Event. Lange of Great Falls, VA, improved to 27-3-1, 19 KOs, while Wilt from Altoona, PA, dropped to 20-6, 4 KOs. continue
08.10.06 - By Per Ake Persson: What´s next for still EBU middle champ Amin Asikainen? With mandatory challenger Khoren Gevor more interested in getting a shot at WBO ruler Jermain Taylor it´s likely to leave "Idi" Amin with a rematch against the man he won the title from, Sebastian Sylvester. Asikainen vs Sipos drew 6800 fans to the Hartwall Arena and cable network MTV3 had 400 000 viewers, which is considered very good IBF number one lightheavy Robert Stieglitz will now face American Robbie Howard on Tuesday at the T-mobile Arena in Prague in the Czech Republic. continue
08.10.06 - By Jacqui Snow: The eleven-round snoozefest between Nikolay Valuev and Monte Barrett wasn't the only heavyweight bout in Chicago last night. The non-televised portion of the card featured a scheduled twelve-rounder between 33 year old veteran Kevin McBride and Mike Mollo, a young Chicago-born fighter of Italian descent. Mollo, just 26 years old, came out cracking and delighted the local fans with a good-looking second round knockout of the heavily favored McBride.
Admittedly, Kevin McBride looks a whole lot better on Mollo's resume than he did in the ring. On the resume, McBride is five inches taller and 47 pounds heavier, with a 2-inch reach advantage. He's 34-4-1 with 28 KO's and had won his last nine, including a spectacular, (supposedly) career-ending victory over Mike Tyson, who quit on his stool against McBride. continue
08.10.06 - By Wray Edwards: Six weeks ago I evaluated Chico's recent career as having been in limbo for seventeen months. He had not thrown a significant punch during that time leading up to this fight. He had not been given a chance to make a series of bouts which most believe is necessary for a boxer to fully recover from a total KO such as he experienced in round four of his second meeting with Castillo. He ended totally off-balance, after a brutal training camp for his ill-fated third meeting with Jose.
What goes around, comes around, and Chico, looking puffy and double-chinned during his pre-fight interview with Jim Gray, was contrite about his own failure to make weight for his third tussle with Joel. Casamayor, whose frame and musculature are a natural Jr. Lightweight/Lightweight combination, made weight with ease. Having been beaten on the scales and financially thrashed by the WBC, Diego entered the ring with two strikes against him. He looked soft and was not well received by the crowd. continue
October 8th, 2006 - By Frank Gonzalez Jr. Sharkie’s Machine - Saturday night at the Allstate Arena by Chicago, Monte Barrett (31-5, 17 KO’s) showed big heart in challenging gigantic, WBA Heavyweight Champion, Nicolay Valuev (45-0, 33 KO’s). Maybe if Barrett had a better sling shot, he might’ve slain the mighty Goliath that is Valuev. Instead, Valuev won this sloppily fought contest by TKO in the 11th round after Barrett was floored a few times and ran out of gas.
Though Valuev is very large and thick as a tree, his power is questionable. He managed to hit the much smaller Barrett several times without knocking him down in many of the earlier rounds. Either that or Barrett has a hell of a chin! But even blocking Valuev’s punches can push you backwards from the mass alone. Barrett was valiant but lacked the discipline to out box and beat the giant Champion. It took 11 rounds for Valuev to accomplish a KO victory over Barrett. It wasn’t pretty. continue
07.10.06 - By John Howard: In October of 1910, still fresh off a win over Jim Jeffries and at the top of his profession as a boxer, Jack Johnson, intrigued by automobiles and speed, challenged Barney Oldfield to an automobile race. Oldfield, the self-proclaimed "World's Champion Automobilist," jumped at Johnson's challenge. The amount wagered between the two was $5,000, a tidy sum of money even for today's standards, a king's ransom for the year 1910.
Oldfield and Johnson shared many similarities. They were both sports pioneers. Oldfield, like Johnson, was fond of sealskin coats and diamond rings. He was married four times but rarely faithful. He drank too much and brawled too often. He spent too much money, often ordering two thousand cigars at a time. Above all, Oldfield shared Johnson's willingness to run big risks. Oldfield pushed the envelope on April 13, 1910, just six months before the race with Johnson, when he drove his "Blitzen Benz" 105.56 mph (in a half-mile) on the board course at the Motordrome near Los Angeles, CA. continue
07.10.06 - CHICAGO – In what has proven to be another tough and memorable contest Paul “Firepower” Briggs has been defeated by the slimmest of margins by Poland’s Tomasz Adamek for the WBC light-heavyweight World Title. The fight, which went the full twelve rounds was scored, 113 to 113, 114 to112 and 115 to 111 to Adamek at the Allstate Arena, Chicago, Illinois, USA. continue
LAS VEGAS (Oct. 7, 2006) – The World Boxing Council Lightweight title was only Joel Casamayor’s to win on Saturday night; and win it he did. Casamayor became a world champion for the third time by defeating Diego Corrales in a close and hard-fought split decision scored 116-111, 115-112 and 113-114. In the co-feature, International Boxing Federation (IBF) Flyweight Champion Vic Darchinyan retained his title with an explosive sixth-round technical decision over Glenn Donaire.
The conclusion of the Corrales-Casamayor trilogy lived up to its billing as a dramatic and exciting match. The fight was thought to be in jeopardy when Corrales failed to make the official weight of 135-pounds on Friday. As a result, he lost the WBC belt he took to Las Vegas before the bout even began. continue
07.10.06 - By Izyaslav “Slava” Koza: In his first major market American debut, Nikolay Valuev had no issues in dispatching Monte Barrett over 11 identically low action rounds. Basically, even though you guys may misconstrue this as bias, it was because Barrett clinched any time Valuev got close to him. It is hard to blame him though since he was always a limited fighter and he did the best he could with what he was given. For his part Valuev with an apparent look of boredom did not get overexcited and worked the jab straight right until a monster shot in the 11th finally put the absolutely spent Barrett down as he could not get his arms around Valuev in a clinch fast enough.
Really, fans should not get on Valuev’s case for being boring in this fight, much like they should not have gotten on Calvin Brock’s case when he beat Timur Ibragimov in an even less interesting bout. Nikolay did the right thing by pacing himself because as most critics and journalists note, guys that big have to watch how many punches they throw.
This is also why Valuev does not put much mustard, by turning his body, into his shots and depends on arm punching and mass to tire the fighter out and do the damage. Barrett, for his part, did connect on occasion, but as most fans note it’s a decent size target he was aiming at. continue
08.10.06 - By Alden "The Kid" Chodash: With the exception of the Klitschko brothers, there hasn't been a good history of heavyweights over 6'5. Jess Willard, the Pottawatomie Giant, proved to be nothing more than a mediocre "white dope" exposed when Jack Dempsey blasted him out in three. Primo Carnera, the second heavyweight champion over 6'5, pulled boxing down to an all-time low according to The Ring magazine founder Nat Fleischer. Nicolai Valuev, setting a record for tallest heavyweight kingpin the sport has ever known, has just proven to us on Saturday (versus sluggish, and outmatched Monte Barrett) that he doesn't even match Carnera and Willard's limited ability as a giant heavyweight titleholder. continue
07.10.06 - By Jeff Bastasini: WBC light heavyweight champion Tomasz Adamek (31-0, 21 KO's) won a majority decision tonight against challenger Paul Briggs (25-3, 18 KO's). The fight was a back and forth slugfest, with Adamek going down in the 1st round from a big left hook from Briggs. However, Adamek came back in the next two rounds, outworking Briggs, who was looking for one big shot. continue
07.10.06 - By Izyaslav “Slava” Koza: In a situation eerily similar to Arthur Abraham’s bout with Edison Miranda, Glenn Donaire suffered a broken jaw in his bout with Vakhtang “Vic” Darchinyan. The similarities ended there, however, as Donaire indicated to the ref, Tony Weeks, that he could not continue due to a “phantom” headbutt foul. The replay clearly showed Darchinyan landing a straight left that rocked Donaire at which point he stopped the action himself and told the doctor and the referee he could not go on.
Donaire clearly lost every round up to that point and was knocked down in the bout. It was abundantly clear that he was looking to quit and really the bout should have been stopped via technical knock out, as the blow came from a punch. continue
08.10.06 - CHICAGO--Speaking from his living room while watching the undefeated Chicago Bears trouncing of the Buffalo Bills on Sunday afternoon, WBC Interim Lightweight Champion discussed Saturday night's championship bout between Joel Casamayor and Diego Corrales from the Mandalay Bay Casino and Resort in Las Vegas. continue
07.10.06 - By Scott Frake: Nikolay Valuev (45-0, 32 KO's), the WBA heavyweight champion, knocked out challenger Monte Barrett (31-5, 17 KO's) in the 11th round tonight at the Rosemont Arena in Illinois. From the start of the fight, Barrett, 35, appeared very nervous and ill prepared for Valuev's big punches. From the earliest moments, Barrett was getting caught clean by right hand bombs thrown by Valuev. At one point, Barrett appeared to almost go down after getting tagged with a right. In the 2nd round, Barrett did a little more to win the round, mostly due to his wild looping punches. continue
07.10.06 - By Karen Belford: Nikolay Valuev (44-0, 32 KO’s) defends his WBA heavyweight belt tonight against Monte Barrett (31-4, 17 KO’s) at the Rosemont Arena in Illinois. Valuev, called the "8th wonder of the world" by his promoter, Don King, is one the largest heavyweight champions in history of boxing. While standing 7’0” and weighing in at 328, Valuev dwarfs Barrett, who at 6”3” 222 lbs, is outweighed by 100 lbs. It doesn’t take a rocket science to see that Barrett is going to have to use speed and movement to avoid being mauled by the mammoth Valuev.
Of course, stranger things have happened, and Barrett could very well get lucky and outbox the slower punching Valuev. In fights like this, where neither fighter has much talent, every detail matters, every little punch landed or slipped, could change the outcome of this fight. Unlike most people, I seriously doubt that Valuev will be able to knockout the much quicker Barrett. continue
BROOKLYN, New York (October 7, 2006) - World light welterweight contender Paulie "The Magic Man" Malignaggi and his manager, Sal LoNano, have officially announced the hiring of Buddy McGirt as Malignaggi's head trainer and chief second. McGirt, who handles Malignaggi's idol Arturo Gatti, replaces Paulie's only trainer from the amateurs to the pros, Billy Giles. Malignaggi (21-1), still rated No. 12 by the World Boxing Organization and No. 15 by the World Boxing Council, is recuperating from a fractured cheekbone suffered in his courageous 12-round loss by decision to WBO champion Miguel Cotto last June in Madison Square Garden. continue
07.10.06 - When the 20th anniversary celebration of SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING continues on Oct. 7 at 9 p.m., ET/PT (delayed on the west coast), Diego “Chico” Corrales will face arch nemesis and former 130-pound world champion, southpaw Joel “El Cepillo” Casamayor.
The fight was thought to be in jeopardy when Corrales initially weighed in at 139.5 pounds, over the 135-pound limit. Corrales returned to the scales to weigh in nearly two hours later and tipped the scales at 139 pounds. Casamayor weighed 135, the lightweight limit, on his initial try. continue
07.10.06 - By Ted Sares: Many families have had more than one member become famous in the sport of boxing. Some of them have even had multiple world champions. This is about five sets of boxing brothers...with each vignette featuring just a bit of twist and/or irony.
1) Giuseppe "Joey" LaMotta, brother of Giacobe "Jake" LaMotta, was one of my favorites. His record was 32-5-2 with 22 KOs, only one stoppage loss.But get this! His career was only 21 months long, but in those 21 months, he had 39 fights! He usually had a fight a week. He once had two fights in two days winning both by early ko's! He was one active fighter. Probably the best he ever fought was Anton Raadik out of Chicago. He was, on paper at least, Jake's manager. But in the film, "Raging Bull," Joey (played by Joe Pesci) is a complex and composite character -- a little bit Joey, and a whole lot Jake's best friend, Pete Petrella. Many of the things that happen between Jake and Joey in the film actually happened between Jake and Pete in real life (as La Motta reveals in his autobiography) -- the arguments and jealousy about women, about the mob, etc. Even the "breakup" and reconciliation with Joey actually happened In real life with Pete. continue
07.10.06 - The memorable 20th anniversary year of SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING will conclude in sensational style on Saturday, Dec. 2, with an outstanding world championship doubleheader featuring two of boxing’s most dynamic performers, Miguel Cotto and Antonio Margarito, live at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City (9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast).
In the first of the two co-featured main events on SHOWTIME, Margarito, the exciting, hard-hitting, World Boxing Organization (WBO) 147-pound champion will defend his crown against WBO No. 5 contender Joshua Clottey. continue
07.10.06 - Last night on a Maloney Promotion at York Hall in London, England, Commonwealth Champion Tshifhiwa Munyai continued his march through the British bantamweight division with a sixth round stoppage over previously unbeaten southpaw sensation Lee Haskins on a televised Sky Sports broadcast. Initially, Haskins leveraged his smaller size and advantage in quickness into successful forays inside Munyai's guard but his best efforts had no effect on the young South African. The towering champion was missing wildly with his punches but as each moment passed, Munyai became increasingly accustomed to the shifty style of his English rival. continue
PROVIDENCE (October 6, 2006) - Ten members of recently concluded television reality series, "The Contender - Season 2 (C2)," plus original Contender champion Sergio "The Latin Snake" Mora, will attend a private solidarity dinner Friday night, October 13 - on the eve of "The Contender Special - Put Up or Shut Up" - to support their fellow Team TOC (Tournament of Contenders) members Peter "The Pride of Providence" Manfredo, Jr. and Jerson "SuperJerz" Ravelo at Camille's on Historic Federal Hill in Providence, Rhode Island. continue
SANTA YNEZ, Calif. (Oct. 6, 2006) – The international field of eight has come down to France against the United States as fellow unbeatens Tony Hanshaw and Jean Paul Mendy advanced to the finals of the “ShoBox” super middleweight tournament with convincing victories Friday on SHOWTIME. continue
06.10.06 - When the 20th anniversary celebration of SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING continues on Oct. 7 at 9 p.m., ET/PT (delayed on the west coast), Diego “Chico” Corrales will face arch nemesis and former 130-pound world champion, southpaw Joel “El Cepillo” Casamayor. continue
06.10.06 - By Anthony Coleman: A capacity crowd has come to this outdoor Las Vegas Arena for a special night of professional boxing. Yes this frenzied mass of humanity is anxious in anticipation for the main event for tonight’s card; however, another important moment is occurring tonight. On this moonlit Saturday night, Alex Watters will be making his professional debut.
Boxing fans, whether it be the historians or fans, are never in unanimous agreement about any given fighter. Yet, everybody who has seen any of Watters’ amateur fights knows that the kid has once in a lifetime talent and the ability to become great. Watters is blessed with superb physical and technical skills. He can punch with either hand and fire off great combinations in the blink of an eye. Alex also can glide around the ring like a jet and out-think his man. He is tall, with a long reach and handsome. He basically looks the part of a championship boxing hero. continue
06.10.06 - By Dave Domenico: On Saturday October 7, WBA champion Nikolai Valuev will face American challenger Monte “Two Guns” Barrett live on HBO. There has been a lot of buzz surrounding this fight. With Valuev standing at seven feet tall and weighing over 300lbs, that makes him a unique attraction by itself. However, what makes a person most curious about this championship fight is this question: Can Valuev fight? Is he for real? Is this another hype job? Well Saturday we may get that answer. Monte Barrett is not the most threatening of opponents.
Barrett, 35, appears to be a fighter pulled off the shelf as a hand picked opponent to make Valuev look good for his American Debut. For this article, I will simply list a few possible outcomes for this fight. I think that would be more effective rather than reiterating my opinion. Here is a short list of the possible outcomes from this fight. As boxing fans, we hope we get an exciting and interesting fight. Saturday night we will see what we get. continue
06.10.06 - By Markus Stepin: Thirty-three year old Nikolay Valuev, (44-0, 32 KO's), a man, a giant, King Kong... Perhaps, more than any other heavyweight boxer, Valuev causes mixed opinions from boxing fans and critics. Yet rarely has anyone bothered to do a thorough technical analysis of it all. Why? Well, because with a boxer like Valuev, it is very quick and easy to form an opinion about him, even without having seen him in a fight. On Saturday night, he will be taking on Monte Barrett (31-4, 17 KO's) at the Allstate Arena, Rosemont, Illinois. Also, the fight will be shown live on HBO. continue
06.10.06 - By Mike Casile: For all you naysayer that think the American Heavyweight is gone, look east to the fighting city of Philadelphia, then look up, at the 6’4”, 240lb up and comer, Chazz “The Gentleman” Witherspoon. This is not your garden Variety fighter. Besides being one of the most exciting fighters in the Gym’s of Philadelphia, he brings an elegance and class, which the division has been missing, for many years. continue
06.10.06 - The dream boxing power manager Scott Hirsch had a year ago, of turning an inexperienced country boy into a world-class heavyweight, came closer to being realized today, as Arkansas’ JD “The Natural” Chapman has entered the WBC’s world ratings at #14. The 23-year-old Chapman (25-0, 22 KOs) has fought ten times in the year he has worked with Hirsch. Along the way, he’s picked up IBF/USBA Southern Regional, NABC, WBC Latino and Arkansas State Heavyweight Championships. continue
06.10.06 - By Per Ake Persson: EBU middle champ Amin Asikainen weighed in at 72,2 kg / 159,25 lbs at yesterday´s weighin for today´s title defence at the Hartwall Arena in Helsinki against German Alexander Sipos, 72,3 / 159,5, reports boxing.fi. Juho Tolppola came in at 63,3 / 139,5 for his non-title ten-rounder against Frenchman Gabriel Mapouka 63,4 /140. Ringside report to come. continue
06.10.06 - There will be much at stake tonight for Bristol's southpaw sensation Lee Haskins when he climbs through the ropes at London's legendary York Hall to challenge Commonwealth Bantamweight Champion Tshifhiwa Munyai. A loss can harm the career of any unbeaten boxer but for Haskins, this clash represents more than just a title belt; it's all about reclaiming lost British glory. continue
YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (October 5, 2006) - Legendary boxer "Iron" Mike Tyson will follow in the path of past greats when he kicks-off the "Mike Tyson World Tour," a series of four-round exhibitions, on an October 20th pay-per-view event at the Chevrolet Centre in Youngstown, Ohio.
Tyson (50-6, 44 KOs), former undisputed heavyweight champion of the world, headlines against veteran Corey "T-Rex" Sanders (23-10, 15 KOs), who knocked out current World Boxing Council heavyweight title-holder Oleg Maskaev in the eighth round of their 2002 bout, in a four-round exhibition in the inaugural show in Youngstown.
The first leg of "Mike Tyson's World Tour" in Youngstown will be broadcast live in North America on cable and satellite pay-per-view beginning at 10:30 PM/ET, 7:30 PM/PT. The event is being produced and distributed for Pay Per View by Queensbury Media and Integrated Sports and will be available in more than 50-million homes in North America via iN Demand, TVN, DirecTV & Dish Network in the USA, Viewer's Choice & Bell ExpressVu in Canada. The suggested retail price for the PPV telecast is only $29.95. continue
05.10.06 - By Jim Amato: I just received my ballot for the International Boxing Hall Of Fame induction nominees. There are 45 boxers on the ballot. Danny "Little Red" Lopez was not one of them. OUCH!!!
We can vote for ten. The top three vote getters will be enshrined. To me it's a no brainier...Roberto Duran ( my all time favorite ), Pernell Whitaker and Ricardo Lopez. I was not a Whitaker fan while he was active. Like Roy Jones Jr. in his prime this guy didn't lose fights, hell he rarely lost a round ! He was a true master of the ring. I recall a fight he had with Louie Lomeli. A tough guy who fought out of the Chicago area. The Whitaker that beat Lomeli that night was comparable to the Ali who beat Cleveland Williams. He was flawless. That night I knew, Whitaker was destined for greatness. continue
05.10.06 - One match-up features former roommates who used to spar together, while the other pits undefeated fighters from different sides of the globe. What all four fighters have in common, however, is a goal to reach the top of the super middleweight division. That journey will continue when SHOWTIME televises the semi-finals of the “ShoBox: The New Generation” super middleweight tournament on Friday, Oct. 6, as part of a FREE PREVIEW WEEKEND. continue
05.10.06 - When the 20th anniversary celebration of SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING continues on Oct. 7 at 9 p.m., ET/PT (delayed on the west coast), Diego “Chico” Corrales will face arch 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 the World Boxing Council (WBC) lightweight champion. He is 8-1 in world title fights. Casamayor (33-3-1, 21 KOs), of Miramar, Fla., by way of Guantanamo, Cuba, is 7-3. In the co-feature, Vic “The Raging Bull” Darchinyan (26-0, 21 KOs) will risk his International Boxing Federation/International Boxing Organization (IBF/IBO) flyweight crowns against world-ranked Glenn “The Filipino Bomber” Donaire (16-2-1, nine KO’s) continue
05.10.06 - Banner Promotions president Art Pelullo said yesterday, "Acelino called me and told me that he wanted to retire from boxing, and that he wanted to make the announcement in his hometown of Salvador , Brazil.
"We want to send out this joint statement today to thank everybody for their support during his great career.
"Acelino is a real life rags-to-riches story. We've been together for nine years, starting with the Boxcino tournament in 1997, and he is very happy with the career that he's had and his very impressive accomplishments. continue
06.10.06 - Philadelphia, PA—Undefeated Ramazan Palyani, of Northeast Philadelphia, and once-beaten Ray Narh, of Pittsburgh, PA, meet in a scheduled 12-round contest for the vacant Pennsylvania State Lightweight Championship on Friday evening, Nov. 17, at the New Alhambra, Swanson & Ritner Streets, next to Forman Mills, in South Philadelphia. First of seven fights at 7.30 p.m. continue
06.10.06 - By Tom Luffman: 06.10.06 - Tonight Riddick Bowe (42-1 KO’s 33) will try to improve upon his last outing when he takes on George Linberger (29-8-1 KO’s 25). The challenger is riding the wave of a six fight win streak, with his last victory coming over toughman Eric “Butterbean” Esch (75-7-4 KO’s 56). The action will take place in Norfolk, Virginia’s Scope Arena.
Currently I’m on an ominous political assignment in New Orleans and just yesterday while strolling on Bourbon Street at first light my assistant remarked, “the French Quarter looks like a used whore at this time in the morning." Indeed with the nearly over-powering smell of what can only be described as a urine-based leachate, gaggled of used car salesmen types from Dallas, and bleary eyed, make up smeared goth kids running about in the post dawn haze the Crescent City certainly has seen better moments than this morning. To come full circle the scene reminded me of Riddick Bowe’s career. continue
05.10.06 - Former season one “Contender” star, Miguel Angel Espino, climbs back into the ring October 12th at the Hilton Convention Center, in Burbank Ca on the “Duelo De Aztecas” card, promoted by Coda’s Boxing Promotions. Espino (12-2-1 4KO’s), who hails from North Hollywood, goes toe to toe in a 10 round rematch with Rigoberto Placencia (7-6-1 3KO’s) out of North Hills Ca. The two fighters fought in an explosive slugfest back in June of 2003, with Miguel getting the majority decision. Recognized as pressure fighters, Espino vs Placencia is guaranteed to be a crowd pleaser. continue
05.10.06 - By Lee Purchase: Unfortunately for boxers, each great fighters' career inevitably has to encompass a 'crossroads' fight, and what used to be just winning or losing now becomes do or die, win or bust, sink or swim. Erik Morales, after a long, illustrious, thrilling career which has spanned the last decade and brought us some of the most exciting bouts in Bantam/Featherweight history, is now at this decisive land of purgatory along the pugilistic road.
I call it purgatory because 'El Terrible' has failed to deliver in his last two fights on a grand scale, losing a lop-sided decision against the decidely average, defensively-minded Zahir Raheem which was following by a brutal knockout defeat to his new arch-nemisis, the pound-for-pound destructive filipino force that is Manny 'Pacman' Pacquiao. He now has the chance to redeem himself following the most devastating part of his career and be ranked among the best yet again. continue
05.10.06 - Carl ‘The Cobra’ Froch has promised to knock out long-term rival Tony Dodson on Friday 24th November when he attempts to win the British Title outright in front of his loyal hometown fan base on a Hennessy Sports event at the Nottingham Arena.
The undefeated 29-year-old spoke about the long-awaited showdown during an interview he gave to the web-site of the high-flying Nottingham Panthers whilst attending their recent 4-2 win over the Cardiff Devils. continue
Welcome to your Sports Network Joe Calzaghe conference call hosted by Frank Warren.
FW Thank you. Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen, thanks a lot for joining us. We have got Joe Calzaghe on the line, WBO and IBF Super Middleweight Champion, and we would like to talk today about his forthcoming 19th Defence, against Sakio Bika, who is based in Australia, which will take place on 14th October at the MEN Arena in Manchester, England.
Joe, as you all know, put a tremendous performance in his last fight against America's Jeff Lacy. I thought it was one of the most one-sided fights I have ever seen at a World Title level especially going into the fight where Jeff Lacy was considered the favourite to win it. Joe came out of it, I think, with a lot of credit at long last. continue
05.10.06 - By Colin Maitland: I have a photo on my lounge wall that shows the MSG ring in 1947, I believe, with Arnold Raymond Cream standing over a stricken Joseph Barrow, the front rows, packed with famous faces from crooners to Mafiosi, flushed with excitement. Barrow got up to win that fight of course, but met an inglorious end a few years later when he was knocked right out of the ring by Rocco Francis Marchegiano.
OK, I’m being smug without the slightest justification. I imagine every boxing fan knows that Mr Cream was actually Jersey Joe Walcott, Barrow was, of course, Joe Louis and Rocco was Rocky, of the Marciano variety. continue
NEW YORK New York, October 5, 2006 – Everlast® Worldwide Inc. (NASDAQ: EVST), manufacturer, marketer and licensor of sporting goods, boxing apparel, footwear, and other active lifestyle products under the Everlast brand name, is proud to announce that on Saturday October 7, 2006 heavyweight contender Monte Barrett will wear pink Everlast professional boxing gloves in support of Everlast’s Breast Cancer Awareness initiative with The Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF). Everlast will donate to BCRF 5% from the sale of every pair of its pink boxing gloves sold through sporting goods retailers such as Target, Modell's and Dick's Sporting Goods, to name a few. continue
05.10.06 - This past June, undefeated British Bantamweight Champion Martin Power was shocked by the unrelenting ferocity applied to him by South African visitor Tshifhiwa "Atomic Spider" Munyai, who battered the London man from pillar to post before Power's own corner pulled the plug in the ninth to save the British Champion from lasting damage. With the surprising victory in London's famed York Hall, Munyai went from an unknown to become the Commonwealth Bantamweight Champion. continue
04.10.06 - Two boxers with a genuine disdain for each other will duke it out with bad intentions for a third time when Corrales defends his World Boxing Council (WBC) and RING lightweight titles against former world champion and longtime adversary, southpaw Joel “El Cepillo” Casamayor, on Saturday, Oct. 7, during a Free Preview Weekend on SHOWTIME.
In the co-feature bout of a world championship doubleheader that begins at 9 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the west coast), Vic Darchinyan will risk his International Boxing Federation/International Boxing Organization (IBF/IBO) flyweight crowns and against world-ranked Glenn Donaire.
Saturday’s SHOWTIME BOXING CHAMPIONSHIP telecast is the second night of fight cards airing on the network during the Free Preview Weekend that runs Friday, Oct. 6 through Monday, Oct. 9. On Oct. 6, “ShoBox: The New Generation” will air two semi-final bouts as the super middleweight tournament continues live at 11 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME (delayed on the west coast). continue
05.10.06 - Paul “Firepower” Briggs will fight Tomasz Adamek for the WBC light-heavyweight World Title, in the most anticipated title fight rematch in recent boxing history, this Sunday October 8th (Eastern Standard Australian Time) at the Allstate Arena, Chicago, Illinois, USA. The fight which is the undercard to the heavyweight title bout between World Boxing Association champion Nicolay Valuev and challenger Monte Barrett, will screen in Australia on Foxtel Main Event with coverage starting from 11am October 8th (EST). continue
HOLLYWOOD, FL, October 4 – After a highly controversial 12 round decision defeat that rocked the boxing world and caused the media and fight fans to speak out in droves against the injustices done to ‘Uncrowned Middleweight Champion’ Edison Miranda, the International Boxing Federation (IBF) decided on September 29 that Miranda will retain his number one spot in the sanctioning body’s rankings, thus keeping him as the mandatory challenger to champion Arthur Abraham, who was awarded a controversial decision over ‘Pantera’ on September 23rd in his hometown of Wetzlar, Germany in a bout that should have been ruled a fifth round TKO in the Colombian’s favor.
“I’m pleased that the IBF has decided to keep Edison Miranda as the mandatory contender, and their decision makes it clear that they will not tolerate any injustice when it comes to their championship matches,” said Leon Margules, Executive Director of Seminole Warriors Boxing, Miranda’s promoter. “Edison Miranda won that fight and every objective observer and mainstream boxing journalist who has seen the fight agrees. We believe Miranda is the uncrowned champion and the result of September 23rd’s fight should be changed to a TKO5 for ‘Pantera.’” continue
PHILADELPHIA (October 5, 2006)-- The Year of Champions continues at The Legendary Blue Horizon on Friday, October 13th when emerging stars who have been staples in this, The Year of Champions, will compete in entertaining bouts on a card Promoted by Vernoca L. Michael and Blue Horizon Boxing Promotions. continue
NEW YORK (Oct. 4, 2006) – In 2006, SHOWTIME continues to live up to its billing as America’s No. 1 Boxing Network by televising the most compelling championship fights on the first Saturday of every month. The memorable 20th anniversary year of SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING will conclude in sensational style on Saturday, Dec. 2, with an outstanding world championship doubleheader featuring two of boxing’s most dynamic performers, Miguel Cotto and Antonio Margarito, live at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City (9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast). continue
04.10.06 - By Evan Young: Tony “the Tiger” Thompson may just be the best kept secret in the heavyweight division. He is definitely the best heavyweight out of the Maryland area and I say that emphatically with Hasim Rahman in mind. The problem for Thompson is that enough people in boxing know that he presents a major risk and a lesser gain to prospective opponents. Thompson has fought mostly under the radar for most of his career.
He landed a good television date against well known former contender Dominick Guinn last June. It was good timing because the volatile stock known as Dominick Guinn had a spike in value when he upset former super heavyweight 2000 Olympic Gold Medalist Audley Harrison in his previous fight. Guinn was installed a 2 – 1 favorite over the unknown Thompson for their match. Guinn has decision losses to name guys like Monte Barrett, James Toney and current WBO champ Serguei Lyakhovich. continue
04.10.06 - By Jeff Bastasini: Felix Sturm, 27, the former WBA middleweight champion, will make his ring return on November 18, 2006, taking on Gavin Topp (20-2-2, 4 KO's), an Australian fighter, at the Burg-Wächter Castello in Düsseldorf, Germany. This will be the first appearance for Sturm (25-2, 11 KO's) since being stopped in the 10th round by Javier Castillejo on July 15, 2006. Sturm lost his WBA middleweight title in that fight, and hopes to get as rematch with Castillejo in the near future. In that bout, Sturm had a commanding lead in the early rounds, mostly jabbing as is his custom, but he seemed to fade as the fight progressed under Castillejo's constant pressure. In the 10th round, with Sturm trying to circle and stay away from Castillejo, he was suddenly caught with a barrage of punches by the Spaniard and was badly hurt, causing the referee to step in and halt the bout. continue
Orange, CA - On Monday, October 16, Thompson Boxing Promotions will make its return to the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, CA, with a stellar boxing card. Making his comeback to the Inland Empire venue will be highly regarded prospect "Desert Storm" Timothy Ray Bradley Jr. (15-0, 9 KOs) who will face veteran Alfonso Sanchez (20-5, 18 KOs) in an eight round welterweight clash. continue
04.10.06 - By Per Ake Persson: Hungarian promoter Felix Racz, head and founder of Felix-Promotion, created a big surprise last week when he announced his retirement from professional boxing. During the past weekend he took time out for a conversation on the past, present and future.
"There is no single reason to why I stop with boxing, it´s many things that have played a part in my decision. I have been in the game for 14 years" states the now 33-year old Racz, "and done it all and it was time to move on. I want to try a different way of life. First up is a long vacation, the first in 14 years, and a trip to Central America." continue
04.10.06 - Brian Peters Promotions and Hunky Dory present European Championship Boxing. Bernard Dunne V Esham Pickering for the European Super Bantamweight title at the Point, Dublin on November 11th. The acid test has arrived for Bernard Dunne and what a night it promises to be. The unbeaten Dubliner headlines a historic night of boxing at the Point on November 11th when he looks to claim the European super bantamweight title from England's Esham Pickering. continue
New York – October 4 2006 – The sweet science returns to MSG when the network airs (via tape delay) Ireland’s John Duddy’s brawl against Yory Boy Campas. Duddy vs. Campas, which took place on Friday, September 29 in the Theater at Madison Square Garden, will air on Friday, October 6 at 8:00 p.m. on MSG. Boxing insiders are calling this war a candidate for Fight of the Year. continue
04.10.06 - It is fitting that former WBA Super Bantamweight World Champion Clarence “Bones” Adams would choose a date ten days from Halloween to rise from the dead. Having disappeared from the boxing world more than three years ago, after a 13-year, 51-fight career as a television and fan favorite, the Kentucky native and frequent visitor to Detroit will return to the ring on October 21 at the Palace of Auburn Hills in the main event of promoter Joe Donofrio’s “Malice at the Palace” professional boxing event. continue
04.10.06 - After delivering what most experts and fight fans were calling the “fight of the century” in Manchester between Jamie Moore and Matthew Macklin, Maloney Promotions are please to be returning to their home base at the York Hall in Bethnal Green, London. It’s in this famous venue that the Commonwealth Bantamweight Champion Tshifhiwa Munyai from South Africa will take on Commonwealth Flyweight Champion Lee Haskins, who makes an audacious attempt to move up and become a two-weight champion. This fascinating clash of styles and builds will be decided over the championship distance of 12 x 3 minutes rounds at the York Hall on Friday, 6 October. continue
04.10.06 - BALTIMORE, MD –Despite published reports regarding a proposed bout with Detroit’s Jonathan Banks, USBA cruiserweight king Emmanuel Nwodo is willing and ready to face any cruiserweight in the world.
“The bout with Banks was turned down because of the way that it was orchestrated,” said Han Kim, promoter of Nwodo. “We were offered the fight, we accepted the fight and than we read that Banks was fighting someone else. We never heard from his people or got a contract. Than we get a call weeks later that they want to still make the fight on a different date, etc.” continue
04.10.06 - Sycuan Ringside Promotions added its fifth world champion in its eight-boxer stable when Celestino “The Towering Inferno” Caballero captured the World Boxing Association super bantamweight title. The hard-hitting, 6-foot-1 1/2-inch Caballero stopped Somsak Sithchatchawal by technical knockout, flooring him three times in the third round in Thailand Wednesday. continue
HOLLYWOOD, FL, October 4 – Ask boxing aficionados for their list of the top punchers in the game, pound for pound, and odds are that you will find junior welterweight contender and former world champion Randall Bailey somewhere on the list. And with five wins in a row (the last three by knockout) Bailey is moving fast towards another shot at regaining his title.
“To be honest, all I’m thinking about are knockouts,” said Bailey. “I know if I hit anyone clean, they’re going out, and I feel as I’ve gotten older and gained more experience, my accuracy has become frightening. Just look at my last three fights.” continue
LAS VEGAS, Nevada(October 3, 2006) – Pro boxing comes to Houston's Grand Plaza Hotel on Thursday October 12, 2006 when Rock Solid Promotions presents a five bout fight card which includes a main event for the WBC United States (USNBC) Light Heavyweight Title when Rayco "War" Saunders challenges the champion Chris Henry for his title. Other fights on the card will include bouts featuring former UFC Heavyweight Champion Ricco Rodriguez in his professional boxing debut, Junior Middleweight Chase "The White Tiger" Shields, Cruiserweight Dominique "Diamond" Alexander & Heavyweight fan favorite Bobby “El Jefe” Flores. continue
03.10.06 - By James Slater: Exactly forty-five years ago yesterday, Canadian heavyweight legend George Chuvalo engaged in a fight that, if he’d won it, would have earned him his first crack at the heavyweight championship of the world. In the opposing corner was the Welshman, Joe Erskine, a boxer who was about to achieve a victory that has to go down as the finest one of his entire career. If the twenty-four year old Chuvalo had won he would have fought heavyweight ruler Floyd Patterson two months later. He didn’t. Disqualified, somewhat controversially, in the fifth round due to head butting, George would have to wait some five years before challenging for the world crown. When this opportunity came, however, it would not be against Floyd.
As for the erstwhile Erskine, despite his shock win over the rugged and hard punching Chuvalo he was not rewarded with anything quite as glorious as a heavyweight world title fight. continue
03.10.06 - By Ted Sares: Ray "Boom Boom" Mancini in the International Hall of Fame? Many have suggested this; others thought he was already in. Few have really dug into the facts. Let's do just that and then you weigh in.
Record: 29 (23 KO's)) - 5. He had a stellar amateur career and in 1978 turned professional.
Style: He was short and very muscular and possessed a great left hook. His whirlwind punching style, though risky, was one in which he went straight at his opponent, punching non-stop and concentrating far more on offense than defense. He was an extremely good body puncher as well, and was always in great shape. But to categorize his style succinctly, he was an incoming brawler who enjoyed furious exchanges and would sometimes suffer the consequences. Nevertheless, he was an exciting type of fighter who gave the fans their monies worth. continue
03.10.06 - By Mike Casile: Outrageous statements, declaring greatness, has been done over and over, in the world of boxing. The only time it really seems to mean anything, is when the person making those statements, follows through. Right now we have a fighter in Floyd Mayweather Jr., that has all the god given talent in the world, he certainly has the mouth, and most importantly, he wants to go down as the greatest fighter of all time. He has compared his talent to Muhammad Ali, and Sugar Ray Robinson. I can not say that he does not have the same ability, but let’s compare accomplishment, not ability.
Mayweather, a pro fighter for TEN years is, 36 – 0 – 24 (KO’s). Sugar Ray Robinson was 36 – 0 – 25(KO’s) less than TWO years into his career, and the irony is that he fought Jake La Motta in his Tenth year. He defeated LaMotta, but he was tested. Robinson fought for 25 years, and finished with a record of 173 – 19 – 108(KO’s). We also have to keep in mind, that a majority of those losses came 17 years into his career. He was amazing. Mayweather also claimed to be better than Muhammad Ali. That statement could be closer to the truth, considering the amount of wins and KO’s both fighters had after 10 years, but ALI lost 3 years of his first ten years, and he fought a much better grade of opposition. Mayweather does not seem to be looking very hard for his Frazier or LaMotta. continue
03.10.06 - By Per Ake Persson: WBA lightheavy champ Fabrice Tiozzo´s defence against strong Argentinian Hugo Garai November 18 will go ahead in Le Cannet in the south of France in what will be the 10th anniversary of promoter Michel Acaries´s first show there.
WBA supermiddle ruler Mikkel Kessler is now in the final week of sparring and will when all is done have completed 160 rounds of hard work against Russian southpaws Sergey Tatevosyan and Eric Teymour. It´s a lot by anyone´s standard, too much some might argue - we´ll see who´s right October 14 in Parken against WBC titlist Markus Beyer when the "Battle of the Champions" goes ahead. continue
03.10.06 - Audley Harrison, the former Olympic and Commonwealth champion today admitted that he let factors outside the ring get to him before his fight against Danny Williams.
Talking to Hawksbee and Jacobs on talkSPORT, the UK’s only national commercial speech radio station, Harrison confessed: “When I came to England to fight Danny I was 19 and 0, ranked in all the organisations and two fights away from a world title so I was disappointed from that perspective that I didn’t perform.
“But there were a lot of reasons, a lot of things going on outside the ring where normally I cut them out. Normally I’m a man who can just get in that zone. For the Danny Williams fight I couldn’t get in to the zone. A lot of people have seen me on TV and said ‘he looked frightened, he looked scared.’ But it wasn’t actually Danny or the fight. If I could have stayed in bed that day I should have. All week I was having dramas and I just couldn’t cut it out. It happened to me once before as an amateur, I just couldn’t cut it out. The outside distractions got to me. continue
03.10.06 - By Tim Nielson: Nikolay Valuev, 33, the WBA heavyweight champion, will be making his 2nd title defense on Saturday night when he fights challenger Monte Barrett (31-4, 17 KO's) at the Allstate Arena, in Rosemont, Illinois. Valuev, both the tallest and heaviest heavyweight champions in history of boxing, has so far failed to catch the appeal of the boxing public, despite his impressive 44-0 record. Part of the problem, it seems, is the fact that Valuev, although huge at 7'0" 320 lbs, he punches with very little power and is forced to box with his much smaller opponents. Then, of course, is the way Valuev won his heavyweight title, that is, in a match with John Ruiz, which Valuev won my majority decision, even though many people who saw the fight felt that Ruiz decisively won the match. Having seen the fight myself, I thought the fight should have been ruled a draw. Nevertheless, if Valuev wins this fight against Barrett, he may be soon fighting Ruiz again, since Ruiz is now the number # 1 ranked challenger for Valuev's WBA belt. continue
Los Angeles, CA (October 2, 2006) – In preparation for his first defense of the IBF Featherweight title he won just a month ago here at Staples Center, Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero returned to Los Angeles today to finish training for his November 4 battle with top-rated contender Orlando Salido, to be held at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. This action-packed bout will be the Semi-Main Event to the Floyd Mayweather – Carlos Baldomir WBC world welterweight championship fight to be broadcast on HBO Pay-Per-View. continue
03.10.06 - The “Kosovo Kid” Elvir Muriqi (31-3, 19 KOs) will appear in an exciting light heavyweight scrap as one of the many top-rated contenders featured on promoter Joe DeGuardia’s next jam-packed Star Boxing event on October 11 at the Westchester County Center in White Plains, New York. A hero and an inspiration in his homeland during the Kosovo War, Muriqi will face Moline, Illinois’ “Irish” Ted Muller (19-7-2, 19 KOs).
“Elvir has always been a tremendous crowd pleaser, and who can forget his ESPN fight of the year with Sam Ahmad?" asked DeGuardia. “Watching a Muriqi fight is always fun, as he brings out his passionate fans (Kosovo and Albanian flags waving) and the atmosphere is electric.” continue
LOS ANGELES—Two members of the Sycuan Ringside Promotions stable will be honored by the World Boxing Hall of Fame at the 27th annual banquet of champions in Los Angeles Oct. 14. World Boxing Council and lineal welterweight champion Carlos Baldomir will be named “Fighter of the Year” and Israel Vazquez’s grueling fight with Jhonny Gonzalez will be named “Fight of the Year.” continue
03.10.06 - Brocton, MA - Cappiello Promotions presents another exciting installment of its Mohegan Sun Fight Night Series Saturday, October 28, from the Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, CT. The 12-round main event pits Hartford, Connecticut's Mike "Machine" Oliver against California's Adam "El Torito" Carrera for the vacant USBA Junior Featherweight Championship. Oliver, ranked #4 by the USBA, looks to maintain his unbleamished professional record (16-0, 7 KO's) when he takes on the USBA #3 ranked Carrera (18-1, 8 KO's) in what will be the biggest fight, thus far, in either fighter's career. continue
HOUSTON, TEXAS – Houston based business owner Cameron Park and former top heavyweight Lou Savarese join forces to create Rock Solid Promotions. On October 12 the newly formed company will stage its first professional boxing event, showcasing some of Houston’s rising stars and the pro debut of a MMA legend. continue
02.10.06 - By James Slater: So, Audley Harrison is to step up to the plate once more. In a fight with commonwealth heavyweight champ Matt Skelton, “A-Force” is giving it what would appear to be a last shot at proving his pro career just might amount to something. Coming off two dreadful performances, to Danny Williams and Dominick Guinn, Harrison is somewhat fortunate to find himself able to be fighting for a title - any title. If he fails to put up in this one, to take place on December 9th, it has got to be over for him. If it isn’t already.
As amazing as it sounds, the question remains for the Olympic gold medallist- can he fight? Many people think not. The same accusation has also been levelled at his December opponent, however. While Matt’s heart is without question, his skill level has been subject to the odd jibe from the critics. Indeed, if this fight were to have been scheduled some eighteen or so months back, Audley would no doubt have been the definite favourite. But what can we expect now? continue
02.10.06 - By Mark Pickering: Matt Skelton, 39, will make the maiden defence of his Commonwealth Heavyweight Championship against fellow Brit Audley Harrison on December 9th at London’s Excel Arena. The Bedford banger scored a unanimous victory over arch rival Danny Williams in July to win the crown. Former Olympic champion Harrison, 33, arrived in the pro ranks as Britain’s latest heavyweight hope and has failed to live up to his billing. The 250-pounder fell from his Olympic glory after adopting a cautious and overly conservative style in addition to a facing a serious of unheralded opponents.
The London native, who now fights out of Las Vegas, registered an abundance of lacklustre performances and suffered defeats to compatriot Danny Williams and the durable Dominic Guinn. continue
02.10.06 - By Izyaslav “Slava” Koza: It has been more than one week since the breathtaking, spectacular, wonderful and apparently controversial bout between IBF champ Arthur Abraham and hard punching, and determined challenger Edison Miranda. In what I can best describe as a Gatti like performance Arthur Abraham, busted and bloodied, fought on with a broken jaw to take a unanimous decision over a very tough and difficult opponent in Miranda.
What amazes me most, however, is not the fact that fans are praising Abraham for his guts and Miranda for his determination but for the perceived controversy in that bout. I remember watching Gatti-Ward 1 and seeing, low blows, and fouls, and Cappuccino not stopping the fight in the 9th , and Ward winning a controversial decision, with not one fan caring one iota about any of that. Now that people have watched it on DVD, and replayed all the fouls and close calls over and over, they can belittle the Abraham on the effort he put in?
I was one of the few Americans to watch the fight live (and rewatch it the next day), and without the benefit of pause and rewind. Neumann made some questionable calls, true, and some that on second look were not correct. However, as I have said, he also made some questionable no calls in regards to both fighters, such as Abraham’s holding, as well as Miranda’s early low blows, his rabbit punching and the shot after the bell. continue
02.10.06 - On 7th October Nikolai Valuev will climb into the ring as the heavyweight world champion for the first time in America. The champion and his coach Manuel Gabrielian prepare for the forthcoming fight at the Allstate Arena in Chicago.
Boxen.com has talked to the world champion. continue
02.10.06 - By Rev. Marc Axelrod: Let's say the Ali who fought Jerry Quarry in ATL comes back to fight todays top heavyweights. Let us talk about how it would go. I see Ali winning a late round TKO over Sergei Liahovich. He reminds me of the Oscar Bonavena of the present day, but he would be peppered all night by the Ali jab and the crisp right hands.
I also see Ali winning a unanimous decision over James Toney. Toney relies on airheaded sluggers coming forward, winging punches from the grandstands. Ali would make Toney come forward, and he would administer
a boxing lesson to the former 160 pound champion. continue
02.10.06 - By Derek Kelley: With Sergei Lyakovich's recent announcement that he'd be defending his WBO heavyweight title against Shannon Briggs (47-4-1, 41 KO's), the decision to fight him hasn't sit so well with me. Out of all the boxers for Lyakhovich to fight, why take on someone like Briggs, someone who hasn't fought a top level fighter since taking on Jameel McCline in 2002. Even then, Briggs was totally dominated, in losing a 10-round decision. Granted, since then, he's won 11 consecutive fights, yet only one of them, a 44-year old Ray Mercer, is against a halfway decent opponent, but come on, Mercer was hardly a top tier fighter at this point in his career. Besides that bout, I'd have to go all the way back to Briggs' fight with Botha in 1999, a fight that ended up a 10-round draw, to come up with another good heavyweight. continue
October 2, 2006 - Mexico City. From WBC President Jose Sulaiman: The daily general assembly meetings at the World Boxing Council's 44th annual convention will deal, as usual, with ratings and mandatory world title defenses, as well as current controversies. But of special importance, they will also include the appointment of a world planning committee to review our goals and objectives and make any necessary changes in accordance with what we need to do to benefit the sport of boxing and boxers going into this 21st century. continue
02.10.06 - In one of two exciting semi-final match-ups, former sparring partners LaFarrell Bunting and Tony Hanshaw will square off Friday, Oct. 6, 2006, on SHOWTIME at 11 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the west coast) as the “ShoBox” super middleweight tournament continues. In the other 10-round contest from the Chumash Casino Resort in Santa Ynez, Calif., Jean Paul Mendy will take on Henry Buchanan. continue
02.10.06 - Continuing to add to their ever-growing stable of world champions, top contenders and promising prospects, Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing proudly announces the signing of former NABF and NABA Junior Welterweight Champion and 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games Bronze Medalist Terrance “The Heat” Cauthen (31-3, 8 KOs) to a promotional agreement. continue
New York, October 2—In a crossroads fight in the 140 pound division, Duva Boxing will pit two of the brightest young super lightweight talents in the world when Kendall Holt (20-1, 12 KO’s) squares off against unbeaten Isaac Hlatshwayo (20-0, 9 KO’s) for the vacant NABO Super Lightweight Championship on Friday night, November 3, at Bally’s Casino Ballroom in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Shobox: The New Generation, the popular Showtime series showcasing boxing’s young stars, will televise live at 11 PM/ET (delayed on the west coast). continue
01.10.06 - By Jim Amato: Bernard Hopkins is the best middleweight of his era. It would be senseless to argue that point. He will more then likely be a first ballot Hall Of Famer when that time comes. He dominated the division for years. Even with his long reign and his signature win over Felix Trinidad, I always felt he was a bit over rated. In fact, I was more impressed with Bernard's win over Antonio Tarver than in any middleweight bout he ever had. It told me that Bernard should have moved up to light heavyweight long ago. He looked strong and carried the weight well. I think he may have hurt himself career wise staying at middleweight and fighting inferior opponents.
Bernard lost his first pro fight, which was at light heavyweight. He then began to work his way down to middleweight. On the way up, he defeated some decent fighters, like Percy Harris, Cleveland's Ralph Moncrief and Dennis Milton. Bernard challenged Roy Jones Jr. in 1993 for the vacant middleweight title and lost a decision to at the time, a superior middleweight. continue
LAS VEGAS, NV (October 1, 2006) -- Thursday, October 12, at 9 p.m. ET, VERSUS (formerly OLN) will televise the fourth installment of "Fight Night: Top Rank's Legends of the Ring," hosted by Michael Buffer. Next week's classic features the rarely-seen WBO heavyweight championship bout between Big George Foreman and Tommy "The Duke" Morrison.
Fighting for the vacant WBO title, June 7, 1993, at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Morrison, nicknamed "The Duke" because he was related to movie star John Wayne, confounded all the experts. Instead of using his usual style of blasting away at his opponent, Morrison’s trainer Tommy Virgets programmed Morrison to box the perfect fight needed to beat Foreman – to keep hitting him and moving around him, never staying in front of him for too long. A lesson world champion Michael Moorer should have heeded when Big George fought him next. Foreman, 45, would knock Moorer out to become the oldest heavyweight champion. continue
01.10.06 - By David Powell: I have never seen two fighters with this much excitement and anticipation for their upcoming bout. It reminds me of the hype I felt before Oscar De La Hoya vs. Trinidad and Tommy Hearns vs. Marvin Hagler. We’re still two months away from the actual bout and every day when you look at the net, there’s always news coming out from both camps. continue
30.09.06 - By Jacqui Snow: Fans in the United States will finally get the opportunity to see Poland's Tomasz "Goral [Highlander]" Adamek (30-0, 21 KO's) on television when he rematches Australia's Paul Briggs (25-2, 18 KOs) for the WBC Light Heavyweight belt on October 7th. The bout's being shown on HBO as the undercard of the WBA Heavyweight title fight between Nikolay Valuev (44-0, 32 KOs) and Monte Barrett (31-4, 17 KOs.)
Adamek's speedy footwork, granite chin, devastating punching power and—perhaps most of all—his heart have made him a favorite of internet boxing forums, but he's known to only the most hardcore American boxing fans because none of his fights have been televised in the United States. continue
30.09.06 - By KIRK LANG: The thousands of fans - mostly Irish - that filled the Theater at Madison Square Garden Friday night got their money’s worth when rising star "Ireland's" John Duddy and former junior middleweight champion Luis Ramon "Yory Boy" Campas engaged in a 12-round war that rarely saw a punch not being thrown.
Both men showed a tremendous will to win, but early on, it looked like Duddy, 18-0 (15), may have bitten off more than he could chew against the former IBF junior middleweight champion with nearly 100 fights of professional ring experience on his ledger. However, he would go on to win a 12-round unanimous decision in a fight that was much closer than the scorecards indicated. The three judges had it 117-111, 116-112 and 115-113. Duddy picked up the vacant IBA middleweight championship with his effort. continue