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Kid Diamond vs Antonio Pitalua on Jan 11

31.12.06 - Philadelphia, PA— Kid Diamond makes the first defense of his North American Boxing Federation (NABF) lightweight title when he boxes hard-hitting Antonio Pitalua in the scheduled 12-round main event Thursday evening, Jan. 11, at the New Alhambra, Swanson & Ritner Streets, next to Forman Mills, in South Philadelphia. First of seven fights at 7.30 p.m. The Versus network will televise the Diamond-Pitalua fight as well as the scheduled 10-round junior middleweight semifinal between Anthony Thompson and Robert Frazier. continue


The Road Warriors

31.12.06 - By Ted Sares: I wouldn't be surprised if the first name you come up with is Buck Smith. After all, he once went down to Mexico to get knocked out by Julio Caesar Chavez and after all, his current record is 178 - 17 - 2 - 25 . Hell, just last August he lost to one Julius Fogle in Kansas City and prior to his comeback, he got iced by tough Jorge Kahwagi in Tijuana in 2003. But most of Buck's bouts have been fought in the Mid-plains circuit of Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri, Iowa, Indiana, and Tennesee. Yes, he did fight Shannan Taylor in Australia and Gary Murray in South Africa both in 1995, but these two fights plus his two in Mexico don't even come close for qualifying him for induction into the International Boxing Hall of Road Warriors. The members of this Hall comprise a pretty exclusive group and entry is extremely difficult. continue


Michael Marley's Exclusive Interview With Top Rank's Top Dog Bob Arum

31.12.06 - Interview by Michael Marley, BoxingConfidential.com-- NEW YORK-- The raspy voice on the other end of the phone was unmistakable. If there are three telephone voices I instantly recognize after all these decades covering boxing, they are Muhammad Ali, Don King and this slightly gravelly speaker, Robert Arum. It was the Top Dog of Top Rank. He started on top when George Chuvalo fought Ali in Toronto in 1966, and the Harvard-trained and former Justice Department lawyer, was attending his very first fight card. But he wasn't a spectator, he was the promoter. continue


Ultimate Insight into the Cruiserweights

29.12.06 - By Troy Ondrizek and B.J. Flores: As children we have an inherent need to impress our family and friends to garner attention. We will suck spaghetti through our nose and pull it out of our mouths, we will make farting sounds with our armpits that sound very similar to Jingle Bells; some will just act out and punch everything that moved. While all of us grow up, some of us don’t grow out of the need to be in the spotlight, and while our methods to obtain attention may change, the burning desire to be noticed never really goes away. Fighters generally fall into this category; I mean some fight for the honor and glory, while others battle for monetary means. It doesn’t matter the reason one fights, what matters is that if a fighter truly wants to obtain glory or money, he needs fans to notice him. For if no-one notices how good a fighter is, the fighters won’t achieve any of their goals regardless of what they are. continue


A Look At Pedro Lovell - AKA Spider Rico

31.12.06 - By James Slater: Most fans will have seen the sixth and (hopefully) final instalment of the Rocky series by now. Indeed, there have been some fine articles right here on Eastside Boxing by writers who very much enjoyed and rated the movie. I too thoroughly enjoyed it, and was somewhat relieved at having done so. The last thing I wanted was for the movie to bomb, as number five did. Sly Stallone certainly does deserve credit for bringing a touch of class back to his most famous celluloid creation. One of the things I enjoyed most about Rocky Balboa though, was the nostalgia elements to it. Nice work I thought, bringing us up to date with the Lil’ Marie character, for example. Even better, however, was the updated storyline featuring the guy who is the subject of this article. Rocky, as all who have seen the movie know, is friendly with his one-time opponent in Spider Rico. continue


Bonsante's stalking of Vanda ends Jan. 12

30.12.06 - Newly crowned Minnesota middleweight champion Anthony "The Bullet" Bonsante's years of stalking bitter intra-state archrival Matt "The Predator" Vanda finally ends January 12 when they headline "Bad Blood" in the 10-round main event at The Target Center in Minneapolis. The Contender Season One star Bonsante (28-3-3, 17 KOs), of Shakopee, defends state title belt and fights for the vacant IBA Americas championship against former IBA Americas light middleweight title-holder Vanda (35-2, 21 KOs), fighting out of St. Paul. continue


James Toney vs. Sam Peter: Who Will Win The Rematch?

29.12.06 - By Paul McCreath: On Saturday January 6th, in Miami Florida, James Toney and Sam Peter will meet in a 12 round WBC heavyweight title eliminator rematch of their previous Sept 2nd bout. The first match ended with Peter gaining a controversial 12 round decision and the WBC, in their wisdom, decided that another fight was necessary to decide who would be the mandatory challenger for Oleg Maskaev. continue


Rocky Balboa: Film Review

30.12.06 - By Craig Parrish: About a year ago, when “Rocky Balboa” started filming I wrote an article called “Looking Back: Rocky," in which I reviewed the original film that started it all. It seems that there are basically two types of fans who love the “Rocky” movies: those who like the early, character driven films and those who like the populist entertainment of Rocky III, IV, and to some extent V. I fall into the previous category. Even though I love boxing, I really enjoy the intimate moments of the early films.

I love the development of the characters, how we discover their imperfections, weaknesses and fears, and how they all find each other. Make no mistake, on the average, “Rocky” films are about redemption and overcoming long odds. “Rocky Balboa” does not disappoint. I am inclined to say that this movie is the best “Rocky” movie since the original. It is very, very good. continue


Jail Issue Pink Undies? Tyson Proves It: Driving Does Not Go Better With Coke

30.12.06 - By MICHAEL MARLEY, BoxingConfidential.com: So much for Mike Tyson having a Happy New Year. According to wire service reports police in Scottsdale nabbed "Iron Mike" for DUI and possession of cocaine. He was pinched after leaving a nightclub in the wee hours and his shenanigans supposedly included almost ramming into a cop car. Tyson allegedly told the police he is addicted to coke, saying "I use it whenever I can get my hands on it." continue


Euro Boxing Roundup: Klitschko-Austin, Seferi On McCline-Valuev card, more

30.12.06 - By Per Ake Persson: K 2 Promotions are likely to put on Wladimir Klitschko vs Ray Austin March 10 in Mannheim, Germany. Swiss cruiser Nuri Seferi could be facing Dutchman Don Diego Poeder on the undercard to Valuev vs McCline January 20 in Basel. On for the bill as a chief support are Christophe Canclaux´s defence of the EU jr middle crown against ex-champ Jimmy Colas in an all-French matchup that was on for Sauerland´s show in Wetzlar in September. However, Colas was forced to pull out due to illness and the title was declared vacant with Canclaux outscoring Youkri Chentour to win it. continue


Shaw Says He Needs To Hear From Team Marquez To Negotiate Vazquez Fight

29.12.06 - Ricardo Lois, BoxingConfidential.com: Los Angeles -- Yesterday, it was widely reported that the managers of Israel Vazquez (Frank Espinoza) and Rafael Marquez (Ignacio Beristain) are highly interested in a duel between the crowd pleasing Mexican sluggers. Today, Gary Shaw, promoter for Rafael Marquez, informed Boxing Confidential that the bout has been discussed with Marquez's co-promoter Jaime Quintana (head of Romanza Promotions). Shaw directed Quintana to get an idea on the size of the purse Marquez's team would deem reasonable for the proposed Marquez v. Vazquez fight. continue


Toney/Peter II, déjà vu!

29.12.06 - By Geoffrey Ciani: On January 6, in what will be the first big fight of the new year, heavyweight contenders Samuel Peter and James Toney will square off in a title elimination bout—for the second time. Indeed, this is like déjà vu all over again. When these two heavyweight contenders first met September of this year, they fought their first eliminator in which the winner was slated to face reigning WBC champion, Oleg Maskaev. Apparently, that wasn’t just an elimination bout, but an elimination bout for the crack at yet another elimination bout; only, nobody was eliminated.

Here we are four months later, and these same two pugilists are squaring off yet again for the right to face boxing’s newest Cinderella Man, Oleg Maskaev. Are you confused yet? continue


Jose Antonio Rivera Training Camp Notes

WORCESTER, Mass. (December 29, 2006) - World Boxing Association light middleweight champion "El Gallo" Jose Antonio Rivera broke his New England-based training camp today and headed south for final preparations leading up to his January 6 title defense against Travis Simms fighting on Showtime live from the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida. Rivera (38-4-1, 24 KOs), a three-time world champion in two divisions, defends his WBA 154-pound title belt against the WBA "champion in recess" Simms (24-0, 18 KOs) in the 12-round co-feature on the Samuel Peter-James Toney II card. continue


Don’t ever tell me that boxing is a dying sport!

29.12.06 - By Jeffrey Cabauatan: If 2006 taught us anything, it would be that boxing is alive and well. Nothing had changed much in the heavyweight division. The unification tournament failed to materialize and we still do not have an undisputed champion. Guys south of the heavyweight division carried the sport with fights like Tarver vs. Hopkins, Pacquiao vs. Morales, Wright vs. Taylor, Mosley vs. Vargas, and Judah vs. Mayweather. continue


Ricardo Lois Goes One on One with Edwin Valero

29.12.06 - Exclusive Boxing Confidential Interview by Ricardo Lois: A few weeks back, I ran Part One of my interview with W.B.A. Super Featherweight Champion Edwin Valero. The interview can be read here. Valero returns to the ring on January 3, 2007, in Tokyo, Japan. Promoted by Teiken Promotions, El Inca will be making the first defense of his title against Mexican Michael Lozada. continue


Five Boxing Predictions For 2007

29.12.06 - By James Slater: The new year is almost with us. And what kind of a year will the boxing world have in the coming twelve months? For what it's worth, the following five picks predict what I feel will be some of 2007's between the ropes highlights.

Prediction 1. James Toney will be stopped for the first time in his career.

Starting with a bang, I give my take on what I think has a great chance of happening in 2007's first big fight. In a rematch with the big puncher who both beat him (controversially, of course) and troubled him with his power shots, James Toney will have the lights put out on him for the first time ever. Don't get me wrong, I love James Toney, and he has done exceptionally well fighting amongst the big men of his sport over the past few years. Especially for a former middleweight. continue


Ricky Hatton On Weight For Urango Showdown

29.12.06 - With less than a month to go before his IBF title clash with Juan Urango in Las Vegas, Ricky Hatton is just eight and a half pounds above the light welter 140 lb weight limit. "Ricky officially weighed in at ten stone eight and a half pounds (148.5 lb) last week," said father/manager Ray Hatton. "He's well in front of schedule from what he normally is a month away from a fight. Ricky is out to prove a point as a lot of people said that they didn't think he'd make the ten stone (140 lb) limit. He's actually busted his weight schedule wide open." continue


Nikolai Valuev hits Berlin for sparring - Valuev/McCline

Nikolai Valuev has hit Berlin to begin sparring ahead of next month´s clash with fellow giant Jameel McCline. The unbeaten WBA champion (45-0, 33 KOs) yesterday arrived from St. Petersburg where coach Manuel Gabrielian had put him through tough training sessions in the last couple of weeks. "I´m in great shape," said the Russian Giant. "I´ve trained very hard in St. Petersburg. After doing all the basic work-outs in Russia I am now ready to start sparring in Berlin." continue


SHOWTIME Starts 2007 With Back-To-Back Fight Cards Jan. 5-6; Peter-Toney Replay Wednesday

29.12.06 - SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING begins its 21st year of televising world-class events with a doubleheader on Saturday, Jan. 6, 2007, at 10 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast). The telecast will start at a special time in order to accommodate fans tuning into the NFL Wild Card games airing the same night. Normally, the SHOWTIME telecasts start at 9 p.m. ET/PT. In the main event at Hollywood, Fla., Samuel Peter will face James Toney in a rematch of an exciting and controversial fight won by Peter on Sept. 2, 2006 on SHOWTIME. In the Jan. 6 co-featured bout, Jose Antonio Rivera will defend his WBA super welterweight title against undefeated Travis Simms. continue


The Wonderful Welterweight Division-who will emerge supreme?

29.12.06 - By Evan Young, Boxingforecast.com: The welterweight division is beginning to shake out nicely as some important questions have already been answered in 2006 but many questions remain.

TOP WELTERS NARROWED DOWN

Floyd Mayweather out sped the “real” welterweight champion Carlos Baldomir and although many felt it was a wipe out I thought Baldomir made Floyd very uncomfortable and forced Floyd to make it a track meet. In my view “Tata” won 3 or 4 rounds. New arrival Miguel Cotto looked sensational in running down highly regarded fellow countryman Carlos Quintana in his 6th round stoppage. Antonio Margarito looked rusty and mortal in a hard fought contest against teak tough Joshua Clottey. continue


Finkel 'Angry' Due To Pacman's 'Lack Of Loyalty, Bad Choices'

29.12.06 - By Michael Marley, BoxingConfidential.com: What follows is verbatim manager Shelly Finkel's disappointed reaction to Manny Pacquiao's announcement in Manila that the Filipino boxer will now fight for Bob Arum's Top Rank. Finkel also said that Arum's press conference remarks that his (Finkel's) managerial deal expired in August are false. Finkel said he is "angry" at Manny's "lack of loyalty and bad choices." . continue


Don King Mourns Godfather Of Soul, Mr. James Brown In NYC And Georgia

29.12.06 - By Michael Marley, BoxingConfidential.com: No doubt Don King, the hardest working man in boxing, always identified with the hardest working man in show business, Mr. James Brown. And, back in the day, King owned a nightclub in Cleveland where many black stars, including Little Milton and Dinah Washington, performed. So it is no surprise that King has taken time out to honor Mr. James Brown by attending the memorial service Thursday at Harlem's famed Apollo Theater where, as the announcer used to shout, JB and His Famous Flames were "a living rage upon the stage." continue


The Final Bell For Boxing In 2006

28.12.06 - By Dave Domenico: 2006 was an interesting year for boxing. We had our good, bad, & ugly scenarios as usual. True to my style, I came up with a list of ten highlights, which summarized boxing for 2006.

1.) Manny Pacquiao emerged as the new boxing superstar: Manny has it all. The charm, the style, the punching power, and he’s actually legitimately beating top opposition in devastating fashion. continue


Interview: Freddie Roach - Roach Will Remain In Pacman's Corner

28.12.06 - By Michael Marley, BoxingConfidential.com: Manny Pacquiao may be committing professional suicide by spurning a better promotional deal from Oscar de la Hoya and Golden Boy but trainer Freddie Roach intends to remain in Pacman's corner. Roach told me, in a wide-ranging exclusive interview that the popular fighter is being deceived by "a human leech and degenerate" named Michael Koncz who is on the payroll of promoter Bob Arum.

Roach threatened to quit the Pacquiao team once before, in 2004 when Roach refused to work with promoter Murad Muhammad any longer. So the question that naturally arises now is whether the Boston native would remain as Pacman's boxing tutor if the world champ rejects GBP and remains in the promotional clutches of Arum's Top Rank. continue


The Pacman Soap Opera Ain't Over Yet, Not By a Longshot

28.12.06 - Ricardo Lois, BoxingConfidential.com: Manny picks Bob Arum and scorns Oscar De La Hoya in a Manila press conference. So what? My mother loves watching those over-acted, cheese ball Spanish language soap operas. Little did I know I would be covering one with Manny Pacquiao being the star. Nothing, and I mean N-O-T-H-I-N-G has been resolved by Pacquiao's public announcement that he will stick by Top Rank. continue


Yory Boy Campas Back In Action On Jan 11

28.12.06 - New York — Mexican legend and former world champion Yory Boy Campas, fresh off his electrifying November battle against John Duddy, will headline the Gotham Boxing/DRL Promotions “Winter Heat” fight extravaganza on Thursday night, January 11, at Roseland Ballroom in New York City, it was announced today. continue


Marley's Pacman Primer: Everything You Always Wanted To Know But Were Afraid To Ask

28.12.06 - By Michael Marley, BoxingConfidential.com: As the Pacman saga continues, I want to see if I can clarify some aspects of the fascinating fight among the promoters, managers, the trainer and various agents...so here goes.

Q. Some criticize Pacman himself for the mess he is in now. Do you concur? continue


Team Haye step up attempts to make cruiserweight clash a reality

28.12.06 - As negotiations for a blockbuster showdown between cruiserweights David Haye and Enzo Maccarinelli head towards a standstill, Londoner Haye, promoter Frank Maloney and manager Adam Booth are making one last attempt to salvage the mouth-watering contest. Team Haye are offering Maccarinelli and the Welshman’s promoter Frank Warren an ‘open’ set of fresh negotiations. Maloney said: “Frank Warren knows that David is free for one fight, to box on his show in Cardiff in April, if that is what it takes to get this fight on.”

Haye’s trainer/manager Adam Booth further explained: “The idea is for myself, David and Frank Maloney to meet up with Enzo Maccarinelli and Frank Warren at an arranged location and thrash out the negotiations for this fight as soon as possible.”

Team Haye also hope Warren will accept an invitation to a press conference immediately after the negotiations. They hope that, whether negotiations are fruitful or not, all of them will greet a bevy of British press to explain why the fight has or has not been made. continue


Erdei vs Santiago on Jan 27, Asikainen defends EBU title Feb 10

28.12.06 - By Per Ake Persson: WBO lightheavy champ Zsolt Erdei will defend the title against American Danny "the Bronx Bomber" Santiago in his January 27 defence at the Burg Wachter Castello in Duesseldorf. Universum promotes. Also on the bill: heavy Dennis Boytsov, supermiddle Karoly Balzsay and Julia Sahin, who takes on WIBF jr fly champ Anastasia Toktalouva. continue


Junior Jones signs Multi-Year Fight Deal woth Russo

New York City, NY (Dec. 28) – Five-time world champion Junior "Poison" Jones (50-6) signed a three-year, multi-fight deal with Tommy Russo Boxing Management, Inc. Jones is best known for his total domination of Mexican boxers. Most noteworthy are his two outstanding and punishing victories over current WBC Super Featherweight Champ Marco Antonio Barrera (63-4). continue


Mosley vs Cintron: Tickets Go On Sale Thursday

LAS VEGAS – “Sugar Shane” Mosley will climb the mountain once again as he looks to become the welterweight champion of the world for the second time when he faces International Boxing Federation (IBF) 147-pound champion Kermit Cintron. The explosive battle, destined to be one of the most memorable fights in 2007, will take place Saturday, Feb. 10 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center. “SUGAR AND SPICE!,” Mosley vs. Cintron, will be presented by Golden Boy Promotions and Bobby Bostick Promotions. The fight will air live on HBO World Championship Boxing at 9:45 PM EST / 6:45 PM PST. continue


Shane Mosley: Is He Ready For Kermit Cintron?

shane mosley28.12.06 - By Jim Amato: I like Sugar Shane Mosley, and I clearly think he has been good for boxing. Without a doubt, he was a fine lightweight champion, who jumped right to welterweight and defeated the "Golden Boy", Oscar De La Hoya, not once but twice. However, Mosley has had his ups and downs since. The two losses to Vernon Forrest at 147 and two more Winky Wright at 154. In beween those losses, he beat Oscar again at 154. He returned to form recently at junior middlewight by twice halting Fernando Vegas. Now, Mosley is going back to welterweight and he will be meeting once beaten Kermit Cintron for the IBF version of the title on February 10th, in Las Vegas. Is Cintron the best welterweight in the world? No, in fact, he was destroyed in five rounds by WBO titleholder Antonio Margarito in 2005.

Mosley will be returning to 147 pounds, where he feels he is at his best. He has announced that he is ready for the elite welterweights, be it Cintron, Antonio Margarito or Miguel Cotto. Is he, in fact, really ready? Has he done enough to deserve a title shot? continue


Nick Casal vs Jose Izquierdo on ShoBox

NEW YORK (Dec. 27, 2006) – A pair of talented, unbeaten boxers with eerily similar pro careers will collide when Nick Casal (15-0-1, 1 NC, 12 KOs) faces Jose Antonio Izquierdo (15-0-1, 13 KOs) in an excellent co-featured attraction on Friday, Jan. 5, 2007, on “ShoBox: The New Generation.” The Casal-Izquierdo eight-round junior welterweight skirmish will precede the 12-round finals of a “ShoBox” super middleweight tournament that pits Jean Paul Mendy (23-0, 12 KOs) against Tony Hanshaw (21-0, 14 KOs). The telecast airs on SHOWTIME at 11 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the west coast). continue


Guzman-Davis on "Boxeo Caliente"

27.12.06 - Boxing fans can get their New Year's celebrations off to an early start this Friday night, December 29th by watching "Boxeo Caliente" on Fox Sports En Espanol at 11pm ET / 8pm PT. The New Year's Special features undefeated WBO junior lightweight champ Joan Guzman (27-0) defending his title in the Dominican Republic against rugged American and No. 5 contender, Antoine "T-Rex" Davis. continue


Rocky Balboa (2006)

27.12.06 - By Geoffrey Ciani: Having been a big fan of the Rocky franchise since first seeing Rocky III some twenty plus years ago, I was most enthusiastic when I heard news of the pending release of its sixth installment, Rocky Balboa. Surely, I thought, this one would erase the stench left by the only sub-par film in the franchise, Rocky V. On Christmas weekend, a bunch of friends and I headed to the theater to go see this film. In the end, I’m left with bittersweet reflections. continue


Rocky Graziano and the Great Christmas Present

26.12.06 - By Craig Parrish: Over the years, I have written many articles about fighters from the golden era of boxing. I have been fascinated all of my life with fighters like Henry Armstrong, Joe Louis, Rocky Marciano, Jake LaMotta, Willie Pep, and many, many others. One of my all-time favorites though has to be Rocky Graziano. I own a copy of the terrific movie of his life starring Paul Newman, “Somebody Up There Likes Me”, and have watched it many, many times. The true story of Rocky’s rise from the meanest streets to the Middleweight Championship of the world and his epic trilogy with Tony Zale is the stuff of legend, and a natural for the silver screen.

My Wife has tolerated my passion for boxing history very well, God bless her, and didn’t even protest when I bought my then 3 year old son a punching bag last year (which he asked for). I am the Father of a terrific set of twins, a boy and a girl. The children really bring the joy of Christmas, and this year we had a full house with my parents, my Sister and her Husband, and my new baby Niece staying with us for the holiday. continue


More Thrillas Around Manila As Arum Jets Into Pacmanland

26.12.06 - By MICHAEL MARLEY, BoxingConfidential.com: The Battle for Pacman took a one-day Christmas break but the kettle is steaming again with the arrival in the Philippines of Top Rank's Bob Arum. Arum is planning to meet as soon as possible with Manny Pacquiao. "It's always been Bob's dream to spend New Year's Eve in General Santos City," a source close to Arum said, laughing. "No, Bob is over there to make a personal plea to Manny. He will try to convince Manny to stay with Top Rank. He will be working overtime pointing out how screwed up he contends Golden Boy Promotions is." continue


Ricardo Lois' Best of Boxing 2006

26.12.06 - Ricardo Lois, BoxingConfidential.com: Los Angeles -- I am not really sure what drives the need for human beings to develop and read year end awards and lists. Years and years ago some hack at a long defunct magazine or newpaper created the first of these lists to improve sales, I am sure of it. Who cares if the Clipse's "Hell Hath No Furry" was the best Hip-Hop record of 2006. I want to know how it matches up against classic record such as, "The Low End Theory," "Illmatic," and "Straight Outta Compton." Same thing with boxing. continue


Interview with David Quinonero

26.12.06 - By Bradley Marchetti: Who needs the Heavyweights, with such a talent rich Cruiserweight division? "The Night of the Crusierweight Chargers" will take place Friday, December 29th at the Valley Forge Convention Center, in Valley Forge, PA. For Spainiard David Quinonero, it will be his U.S. Boxing debut, after compiling a stellar 21-0 (19) record in Europe. David will be facing journeyman Dennis McKinney in scheduled 10 round main event. I had an opportunity to sit down with Quinonero in training camp at Miami Beach's Normandy Gym. continue


David Tua: Can He Still Win A Heavyweight Title?

david tua26.12.06 - By Paul McCreath: Recently, I had the good fortune to sit down and watch a whole series of fights in their entirety featuring heavyweight boxing contender David Tua. These bouts ranged from his very early career up to his most recent fight with Maurice Wheeler in November 2006. As it so happened, the Wheeler bout was immediately followed by one from Tua's early days as a hot prospect.

For me, I could hardly believe the difference, for you would never know it was the same man, it was so shocking. Tua for his 6th pro bout, weighed in at a slim, well defined 216 pounds. At the time, he was a lean, mean punching machine and unlike most other sluggers, he had a second huge advantage - a rock solid chin. continue


Euro Boxing Roundup

26.12.06 - By Per Ake Persson: In the mainevent of the annual Christmas Day show in Izegem, Belgium, Ismail Abdoul, again at cruiser, proved to be too tricky for Jean Claude Bikoi and won on points after eight. Abdoul had a point deducted for dangerous use of the head in the sixth but by then Bikoi already had one eye swollen shut. In the co-headliner middleweight veteran Mike Algoet won an upset split decision over Frenchman Abdel Mehidi also over eight. continue


Ted The Bull's Boxing Awards for 2006

25.12.06 - By Ted Sares - 1) Fighter of the year: Emmanuel Dapigran "Manny" Pacquiao continues his winning ways by stopping Erik Morales twice and beating tough Ocsar Larrios in between for good measure.

2) Fight of the year: Jose Armando Santa Cruz vs. David Diaz for the WBC Lightweight Title. Diaz, behind on the scorecards 88-83, 88-83, 87-84 going into the 10th, scores a stunning ko to snatch victory from the jaws of certain defeat. Diaz landed a monster left uppercut that removed all the resistance out of his younger opponent, Santa Cruz. He then went on a savage attack sending Santa Cruz down two more times before being referee Richard Steele mercifully rescued him as he stood against the ropes, absorbing brutal and unanswered punches. continue


Fistic Crystal Ball Reveals...Is It Cracked Or Is It The Author? Guaranteed To Happen In The Boxing Ring During 2007

24.12.06 - By MICHAEL MARLEY, BoxingConfidential.com: Guaranteed to happen in and around the boxing ring during 2007....remember this comes from your Maine man, your New Hampshire man and your Massachusetts man Marley, who bucked the tide and predicted SHANNON BRIGGS BY KO over Liakhovich. I know, I know, I was off by five rounds but if you cashed the winning ticket you don't care about that.. continue


SOVIET LEGENDS: Igor Vysotsky - The man who had Teofilo Stevenson’s number!” ESB EXCLUSIVE Interview!

24.12.06 - By Gennadiy “Komar” Komarnitzky and Izyaslav “Slava” Koza: When Komar and I first started working together, writing the stories of the Soviet Legends of the boxing ring, the praise we received, also came with one specific request. Time and again we were asked to write an article on the one person hardcore followers of boxing knew but also knew very little about.

It wasn’t a question of if an article on the matter would come, but a question of when, how, and what sort of motivation would make us write something worthy of the topic. This September, I sat down to watch a live feed of the Abraham-Miranda card on Russian TV. It was with great shock that I heard the host mention that Igor Vysotsky would be a guest analyst in the studio. Before the additional shock of hearing this legendary man speak could wear off Arthur Abraham’s courageous performance further pushed me to attempt and get in contact with this legendary fighter. Gennadiy accomplished the rest. continue


Antonio Escalante Back In Action On Jan 26

25.12.06 - Electrifying super bantamweight prospect Antonio Escalante will battle Leivi Brea in the twelve round main event on Friday, January 26th at Cicero Stadium, it was announced today by Dominic Pesoli, President of 8 Count Productions, HOME OF THE BEST IN CHICAGO BOXING. The Escalante/Brea bout headlines another terrific evening of world class professional boxing broadcast internationally on SOLO BOXEO TECATE and presented by 8 Count Productions along with Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions and TCF Bank. continue


Sean Ocampo's Final Pound for Pound Ratings of 2006

1. Manny Pacquiao 43-3-2 (33 KOs) - The “Pacman” gave boxing three wonderful fights this year including two fight of the year candidates. His two devastating stoppage victories over Erik Morales clinched the number one spot in this pound for pound ratings. The man from the Philippines is every boxing fan’s dream fighter. He always give fans their money's worth with tremendous fights with all out action. But Pacquiao is not just about excitement he is also an elite fighter stomping his way to the hall of fame. However, “Pacman” is still waiting for his promotional problems to clear out before he could step in to the ring once again. continue


Casinos No Go! Garden Gets Briggs Vs. Ibragimov, March 10

24.12.06 - By MICHAEL MARLEY, BoxingConfidential.com: Las Vegas and the two big Connecticut casinos took a pass so Madison Square Garden will host Shannon Briggs first defense of the WBO heavyweight title against mandatory challenger Sultan Ibragimov. So it's a hometown defense for the new champ from Brooklyn. That has to be a welcome Xmas present for the just-turned (December 4) 35-year-old champion. Briggs backers and Briggs haters will be in the house along with a Russian horde which Iggy figures to motivate to buy tickets. HBO will televise the show. continue


Hands Of Stone: The Life And Legend Of Roberto Duran

Hall Of Fame Duran24.12.06 - The first and definitive biography of the new hall of famer and boxing legend ROBERTO DURAN. Often called the greatest boxer of all-time, he held world titles at four different weights and is the only professional in history to have fought in five different decades. His bouts with fellow greats like Sugar Ray Leonard, Tommy Hearns and Marvin Hagler have gone down in fistic folklore and his pro record of 104 wins (69 by KO) in 120 fights puts him in an elite group of fighters. They call him Manos de Piedra: “Hands of Stone”.

Now American journalist Christian Guidice has written the first – and definitive – story of Duran’s extraordinary life both in and out of the ring. He has interviewed the fighter himself, his family and closest friends and scores of his opponents to separate truth from myth and get to the heart of one of the most intriguing sports stars of modern times.

Duran was born in utter poverty in the Panama Canal Zone, the illegitimate son of a serving US soldier and a local girl. He grew up in the streets, fighting to survive. His talent with his fists was soon apparent, and on one fabled occasion he even knocked down a horse with a single punch for a bet. He grew into a fighter’s fighter, and his willingness to take on anyone, anywhere, anytime and never take a step back made him a huge favorite. continue


ROCKY BALBOA: The end of the stairs

24.12.06 – By Adrian Saba: Yesterday, mentally prepared to be disappointed, I watched Rocky VI, or Rocky Balboa. Apparently, it is the last part of the notable and sometimes tarnished Rocky saga. I was misteriously relieved after watching the first minutes, mainly because I had been waiting for that film during two years, and also after reading some familiar names from the prequels: obviously Sylvester Stallone as the affable and noble boxer from Philadelphia, Burt Young and the risible and angry Paulie and Tony Burton as the loyal trainer Duke. Other actors involved in this movie are Geraldine Hughes as Marie, Milo Ventimiglia as Robert, James Francis Kelly III as Steps and, of course, former Light Heavyweight Champion Antonio Tarver as the Undisputed Undefeated Heavyweight Champion: Mason “The Line” Dixon. continue


Five Intriguing fights that could be made in 2007

24.12.06 - By Ted Sares: 5) Bernard Hopkins vs. Oleg Maskiev in the kind of fight Hopkins wants for his legacy; namely, one that everyone says he can't win. But he will win. Unless Oleg fights Klitchko (in which case he will be dispatched summarily), he would be the perfect foil for a heavier and smarter BHOP in what will be one of the most boring fights in recent history. Still, because of what it represents, it would be an highly intriguing one and makes my list, albeit last. continue


Mendy Meets Hanshaw In ShoBox Super Middle Tourney Finals

24.12.06 - No BCS controversy or photo finishes here. The two most talented fighters in the “ShoBox” super middleweight tournament will clash for the championship when Jean Paul Mendy faces Tony Hanshaw, Friday, Jan. 5, 2007, on SHOWTIME at 11 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the west coast) from the Desoto Civic Center in Southaven, Miss. Gary Shaw Productions, LLC, and Round One Entertainment will co-promote the event.. continue


The Final Pound-4-Pound Boxing Ratings Of The Year - For Period Ending December 22nd 2006

manny pacquiao24.12.06 - By James Slater: There is little over one week left in the year. Therefore the following pound-4-pound ratings are probably the last ones you will read before 007. This coming year will hopefully give us plenty to cheer about in terms of boxing action, and the top-ten best fighters on the planet list may well be subject to a major shake-up. With every single year in boxing history providing us with its share of big upsets, I expect next year to be no different. At the moment though, the following positions are safe ones for the boxers occupying them. Who knows though, in the coming twelve months perhaps the men holding positions one and two in the following list may actually be defeated. Time, as always, will tell.

1. Manny Pacquiao

Leaps to the top spot courtesy of a quite fabulous year. Fought three times, winning on each occasion - twice by KO. The last of these knockouts, a swift destruction of all-time great Erik Morales, sealed Pac-Man’s pound-for-pound supremacy. continue


An Open Letter From Alex Ramos On Keith Mullings

24.12.06 - To Michael Marley, Publisher & Editor - WWW.BOXINGCONFIDENTIAL.COM: The Retired Boxers Foundation has an expert on Veteran's Benefits who is more than willing to help Keith Mullings. The process does take time, but with expert help, it will take half the time. The Retired Boxers Foundation Founder and President, Alex Ramos, has said many times: "We have to look at this situation like the Emergency Room Doctor treating a gunshot wound victim--He doesn't ask whose fault it is....he looks at the situation, treats it and thats it!".

We need to look at Keith's situation in the same way. "His past is like his ass....it's behind him" --Another Ramos pearl of wisdom. continue


Miranda To DiBella: "Make The Fight!"

HOLLYWOOD, FL, December 22 – In a recent interview, Lou DiBella, promoter of middleweight champion Jermain Taylor had many derogatory statements to make about the people’s middleweight champion, Edison ‘Pantera’ Miranda, who was not pleased to hear of the insults. “I think Lou DiBella should stick to acting, because he plays a promoter in the make-believe world better than he does in real life,” said Miranda, referring to DiBella’s role in the film Rocky Balboa. continue


King denies he is chasing Pacquiao

22.12.06 - “I have not called nor have I spoken with Manny Pacquiao, his trainer or anyone in his camp,” King said. “I have no idea where these reports have emanated from, but I can assure everyone the media accounts are absolutely false in their entirety and have no merit whatsoever.” Stories ran earlier this week, and have been repeated in publications and Internet Web sites around the world, making several preposterous claims directly attributed to Pacquiao’s trainer—all of which King denies. The false allegations include King phoning relentlessly and offering large amounts of money attempting to become Pacquiao’s promoter. continue


Sean Ocampo's Year End Awards

22.12.06 - Controversial Decision of the Year: Chris John UD Juan Manuel Marquez

Former WBA/IBF Featherweight Champion Juan Manuel Marquez fought WBA Featherweight Champion Chris John in John's native of Indonesia last March. The fight was clearly dictated by the former champion and was taking the Indonesian to school. However, the judges favored the hometown hero by a controversial unanimous decision victory. Marquez was also a victim of questionable deductions in this fight that played a big factor in the outcome of the fight.

Promoter of the Year: Oscar De La Hoya (Golden Boy Promotions) continue


Gary Woolcombe and Brian Magee Added To "Payback Or Playback"

22.12.06 - Frank Maloney has added two solid supporting bouts to the hotly anticipated Commonwealth Bantamweight title rematch between reigning champion Tshifhiwa Munyai and British titlist Martin Power at Goresbrook LC in Dagenham, England on Friday 26 January. The promoter announced that Welling's Gary "Hot Stuff" Woolcombe will meet dangerous Sheffield spoiler Andrew Facey for the English Light Middleweight title and popular Irishman Brian Magee takes on Andrew Lowe of London's East End in a final eliminator for the British Light Heavyweight title. continue


Looking For Ideas And Solutions For Ex-Champ Mullings

22.12.06 - By Michael Marley, BoxingConfidential.com: Who is to blame? Who can and should help Keith Mullings and his two kids? As a former world champion, do you think the WBC, whose belt he wore, and the other alphabet groups should pitch in? How about HBO, Showtime and ESPN? What about some of our wealthier current world champions (hello PBF and Oscar)? How about the casinos in Vegas and Atlantic City?. continue


Maddalone Technical Loss Overturned!

Dec 22, 2006 - The New York State Athletic Commission has announced that the shocking December 15 technical decision loss suffered by fan-favorite heavyweight Vinny Maddalone has been changed to a no decision by virtue of opponent Julius Long having tested positive for an, as yet, unknown illegal substance. continue


BJ Flores vs Chris Thomas on Jan 13

22.12.06 - Unbeaten cruiserweight B.J. “El Pelogroso” Flores plans on going from prospect to contender with an impressive winning performance January 13 against Chris “Cold Steel” Thomas for the WBF and NBA cruiserweight titles at Knox Arena in Olive Branch, Mississippi. Flores (17-0-1, 12 KOs), reigning WBF All-Americas champion, is rated No. 26 by the WBC, as well as No. 3 by the NABF and No. 5 by the IBA. “I wanted to make a statement against an opponent who poses a real threat,” Flores said.

“I wanted this fight, he wanted this fight, and Jan. 13 we’ll answer all of the questions. A win should get me into the top 15 and after that we’ll see which way my team wants to go. I’m not looking past Thomas, who is a good puncher and former NABA champion, but I’d like to get a title shot against (IBF champion) Krzysztof Wlodarchzyk. I’d go to Poland to fight him. (Steve) Cunningham wasn’t robbed in his fight against Wlodarchzyk. He didn’t land enough clean punches. When you go to the other guy’s country you need to knock him out or dominate. You need to grab the brass ring and Cunningham didn’t dominate the fight. Wlodarchzyk is perfect for me; he comes straight ahead and doesn’t move too much. A fight between us would have a lot of action. continue


No Christmas Cheer For Keith Mullings: Broke, Busted And Disgusted, In Brooklyn Shelter With Two Children

22.12.06 - By Michael Marley, exclusive from www.BoxingConfidential.com: NEW YORK CITY -- Ho, ho, homeless. That is the tear jerking status of former world junior middleweight champion and US Army Gulf War veteran Keith "Brooklyn Assassin" Mullings.

Spare him your Christmas cheer. The 10-1 underdog whose career highlight was a December 6, 1997, ninth-round KO of the legendary Terrible Terry Norris (which cost Norris a signed $4.5 million deal to fight Oscar de la Hoya), is residing in a homeless shelter on Bedford Avenue in the rough-and-tumble Bed-Stuy neighborhood of Brooklyn. continue


Junior Witter on Parade

22.12.06 - Hennessy Sports promoted Junior Witter will take a break from his rigorous Christmas training schedule to appear on the pitch at Valley Parade on Boxing Day with his WBC World light welterweight title. The Ingle-trained 32-year-old made history in September when he became the first ever Brit to win the governing body’s prestigious belt at 140lb with an under-rated dominant points win over former world champion DeMarcus Corley. continue


Galvan and White to Settle the Score in Slug Fest ’07

December 22 (Merrillville, IN)- Professional boxing returns to greater Chicagoland’s premier entertainment venue, Star Plaza Theatre located at I-65 & US 30 in Merrillville, Indiana, on Friday, February 9th, when Octavius James’ One In A Million Inc. presents “Slug Fest ‘07.” With just days until Christmas, tickets to Slug Fest make the perfect stocking stuffer for any fight fan. continue


Samuel Peter Visits Boys and Girls Club

Deerfield Beach, Florida, December 22—The number one contender for the heavyweight championship made 100 kids feel like champions for the Christmas holiday. Samuel Peter is known as the “Nigerian Nightmare,” but he was truly a dream come true for dozens of youngsters yesterday at the Boys and Girls Club of Broward County in Deerfield Beach.

Peter is training in Deerfield for his rematch against James “Lights Out” Toney set for January 6 at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in nearby Hollywood. Peter, Duva Boxing president Dino Duva and Peter’s manager Ivaylo Gotzev wanted to make the holidays special for less fortunate children in the area. There was a buzz at the Boys and Girls Club for the last couple of days because the youngsters were told that one of boxing’s best heavyweights would be stopping by for a visit. And up on the bulletin board were photographs of Peter in action and these words: “Welcome the Nigerian Nightmare”. continue


Anthony Bonsante vs. Matt Vanda On Jan 12

MINNEAPOLIS (December 21, 2006) - "Bad Blood" spills over January 12 in Minnesota as bitter archrivals Anthony "The Bullet" Bonsante and Matt "The Predator" Vanda finally meet in the ring in a Minnesota dream match at The Target Center in Minneapolis. The 10-round main event matches The Contender Season One star Bonsante (28-3-3, 17 KOs), of Shakopee, defending his recently captured Minnesota State middleweight championship, as well as fighting for the vacant IBA Americas title belt, against former IBA Americas light middleweight title-holder Vanda (35-2, 21 KOs), fighting out of St. Paul. continue


Aaron Davis: Even Paz Didn't Have Enough Kryptonite To Stop "Superman"

21.12.06 - By Jim Amato: He may be one of the most overlooked champions of the 1990's. He had style and skill, winning 49 of 55 bouts and a piece of the welterweight title. He knocked out 31, yet he himself was never stopped. His name was Aaron Davis and they called him "Superman." continue


Euro Boxing Roundup: Sylvester v Asikainen II on March 3rd, More

21.12.06 - By Per Ake Persson: Amin Asikainen´s defence of the EBU middleweight title against German Sebastian Sylvester will now go ahead March 3 at the Town Hall in Rostock - which was the original date planned by Sauerland Event. As the fight went to purse bids, won by Sauerland with a huge bid, the Finnish team, headed by Pekka Maeki, protested and insisted on that Sauerland, as the rules call for, stage the fight inside 60 days of the purse bid date. continue


Bugging Out Over Floyd Sr. Replacement Derby: Oscar Will Tap Freddie Roach As New Trainer; Puts GBP In Solid With Pacman

21.12.06 - By Michael Marley, BoxingConfidential.com: NEW YORK CITY -- The drum beat keeps getting louder and louder. The message, although totally unsubstantiated so far, is that Floyd Mayweather Sr. is getting the axe as Oscar de la Hoya's trainer and that the Golden Boy is deciding on a replacement. The bottom line for Oscar is that he does not need the mental distraction of the father and son pissing contest which is guranteed to erupt with media types like Ricardo "Flamethrower" Lois pouring gasoline on already burning embers.

You think ODLH wants to face the media day after day and be asked questions from the pages of "Psychology Today" about the dysfunctional relationship between Floyd Sr. and Floyd Jr. Hell no, it says here.

Let's say Oscar is giving the doggerel-spouting Papa Mayweather the "86," then what ? continue


The 12 Days of Christmas By Duva Boxing

21.12.06 - On the twelfth Day of Duva Boxing: A twelve-round (or less) beating. Samuel “The Nigerian Nightmare” Peter (27-1, 22 KOs) knows that James Toney has been naughty for too long and when he meets him again on January 6, Peter will give Toney his late Christmas present: a nice long nap on the canvas while sugar plum fairies dance in his head. continue


Antuofermo-Hagler I Kicks Off 2007 "Top Rank's Legends of the Ring," on Versus

LAS VEGAS, NV (December 21, 2006) -- Thursday, January 4, 2007, at 9 p.m. ET, VERSUS (formerly OLN) will kickoff the new year by televising the sixth installment of "Fight Night: Top Rank's Legends of the Ring," hosted by Michael Buffer. January's episode will feature the rarely-seen first fight between VITO ANTUOFERMO defending his world middleweight title against the legendary MARVELOUS MARVIN HAGLER, November 30, 1979, at Caesars Palace. continue


Miranda To Gibbs: "Get Over It!"

After a sensational first round knockout win over Willie Gibbs on December 16th, uncrowned middleweight champion Edison Miranda was widely praised for his effort over the tough Philadelphian. But instead of crediting ‘Pantera’ for a job well done, Team Gibbs has gone to the media, citing a knee injury as the cause for Miranda’s knockout victory. “I’m disappointed by the reaction of Gibbs’ team to their defeat,” said Miranda. continue


Michael Marley Column: Guzman, Nunez, SEDEFIR Prove That Boxing Has Not Struck Out In The Dominican Republic!

guzman20.12.06 - By Michael Marley, BoxingConfidential.com, photos © Marty Rosengarten / Ringsidephotos.com - click here for huge Guzman-Davis photo gallery- SANTO DOMINGO--Conventional wisdom had it that professional boxing in the Dominican Republic would never get to first base. All the potential heavyweights are baseball sluggers or pitchers and all the potential welterweights and below are shortstops. But then along came national ring hero Joan Guzman, promoter Jose Nunez and a totally unified effort with the backing of the DR's President, Hon. Leonel Fernandez, Minister Of Sports Felipe Payano and many other key figures in government and the business world.

Now pro boxing is, after a three-decade slump, as hot as salsa in this country. It seems like every man, woman and child in the nation was either in the sold out Sports Palace or watching on CDN Monday night as Guzman successfully defended his WBO super lightweight title against American brawler Antonio Davis. Guzman dazzled the crowd of over 11,000 and Davis with remarkable hand and foot speed in taking a wide unanimous decision, pushing his record to 27-0 and keeping his name in the forefront for big bouts in 2007 against Manny Pacquaio, Marco Antonio Barrera and others. continue


Mayweather/De La Hoya set for May 5 at MGM Grand in Las Vegas

20.12.06 - It will be an unprecedented super fight between two boxing superstars and former Olympians. It will be an event poised to shatter records many believe would never be broken. Golden Boy Promotions is pleased to announce six-division world champion Oscar De La Hoya will meet unbeaten, four-division world champion Floyd Mayweather Saturday, May 5 at MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nev., in the biggest fight to hit the sport in decades. continue


Hall of Fame Trainer Ignacio "Nacho" Beristain Speaks Out!

20.12.06 - Interview by Ricardo Lois, BoxingConfidential.com -- Los Angeles -- When I call Ignacio Beristain, Hall of Fame Trainer to Juan Manuel Marquez and Rafael Marquez, I settle down and get comfortable, because for whatever the reason maybe, Nacho opens up and gives me an earful. I never know where the conversation will end up.

When called him on Tuesday evening, it had been well over a year and a half since I contacted the prolific Mexico City trainer, my intentions were to get a low down on recent reports from the Philippines claiming that Golden Boy Promotions was moving on from the Manny Pacquiao entanglement and working on a fight between Marco Antonio Barrera and J.M. Marquez. continue


Edwards-Robinson II Confirmed as British Title Clash

20.12.06 - Christmas came early for Potteries’ boxer Chris Edwards when Impact Boxing confirmed that the English flyweight champion will face Dean Robinson again but this time for the coveted British title. Edwards put paid to the Huddersfield man’s English title ambitions with an eighth round stoppage at Stoke’s Kings Hall in November and confounded most experts by becoming the first boxer to stop Robinson, the former Commonwealth champion, within the distance. continue


Half A Dozen Heavyweight Boxing “What Ifs?”

20.12.06 - By James Slater: All sports, not least heavyweight boxing, are full of, “what ifs?” With a split second turning of the tide possible in any game, be it football, tennis, rugby, or the sport known as “The fight game,” a result can easily swing another way from the one in which it was headed earlier. In boxing though, there are other, “what ifs?” Certain fights never happened, for example, and as a result we fans ponder what would have happened had they done so. In the following list, by way of a year-end article for nothing more than fun, I give my half a dozen choices for the ultimate heavyweight boxing, “what ifs?”

1. Ali Vs. Foreman II - What if?

Having learnt that he was badly fooled by The Greatest in their first encounter, George paces himself far better in the rematch. As a result, Ali’s rope-a-dope doesn’t have the same effect it did in Zaire. continue


Joe Calzaghe, “The Italian Dragon” all smoke, no fire

20.12.06 - By Mike Cassell, “The Philadelphia Boxing Report” - Philadelphia - You know the old saying, you can lead a horse to water, but you cannot make him get in the boat, and come to America to face real competition. I really have a hard time with fighters like Joe Calzaghe 42 – 0 (31-KO’s), who claim to be the best, yet in over forty professional fights, they have yet to step on American soil, to face the best. I have absolutely no problem, agreeing that the Heavyweight division in America is in something of a sad state, however, the lower weight classes are brimming with talent, and the best fighters fight here. continue


Team Gammer Sticks To Guns Over Audley Harrison Rejection

20.12.06 - British Heavyweight Champion Scott Gammer's promoter/manager Paul Boyce confirms that he has rejected the overtures of Audley Harrison's new promoter Sports Network and turned down an offer to meet "A-Force" at London's Wembley Stadium in February. "There been a lot of talk about Scott possibly fighting Audley Harrison," said Boyce. "But it's probably not going to happen. We've offered the fight to Audley twice in the past and he turned us down both times. Now, he's got nothing to offer us back. continue


Arthur Abraham: Boxer Of The Year In Germany

20.12.06 - IBF middleweight champion Arthur Abraham has been voted Germany´s boxer of the year while coach Ulli Wegner finished first in the coaching race to cap a successful year for Sauerland Event. BoxSport magazine had conducted the annual poll among its readers and also consulted a prominent jury which featured the likes of Dariusz Michalczewski, Sven Ottke and Graciano Rocchigiani. continue


Klitchko The Robot Killer

19.12.06 - By Ted Sares: Manny Steward is on to something. Make no mistake. He has created a new Frankenstein Monster in Wladimir Klitchko. Having watched The big Ukrainian dispatch Bryd and Brock in brutal fashion, I now believe "Dr. Steel Hammer" has become a Robot Killer. What Manny has done is to simply take this superb athletic specimen of uncommon size and coordination and said, "look, all you have to do is figure out your opponents style in the first 2 or 3 rounds, adopt a counter strategy, execute it in the 4th or 5th and take him out." The PhD turned boxer will have no trouble absorbing the lessons.

If he fights Oleg Maskaev next, he will feel out the plodding, one dimensional Russian early and then come up with his plan of execution which will be to pick up the pace in the 3rd with an increasing number of stiff jabs and an occasional straight right and maybe a hook thrown in for good measure. continue


John Duddy eyeing March 16 at MSG

NEW YORK (December 19, 2006) - IBA World middleweight title-holder "Ireland's" John Duddy, does not have a career-threatening detached retina, contrary to an erroneous report, and he pulled out of his scheduled January 11th fight in New York because cuts over his eyes, suffered September 29 in his title-winning fight against Luis Ramon "Yory Boy" Campas, haven't completely healed. continue


Peter/Toney II and a thought about mandatory challengers

19.12.06 - By Matt Yanofsky: As we await the much anticipated James Toney/Samuel Peter rematch for the WBC number one contender spot, I started to think about something... Sultan Ibragimov battled Ray Austin in a fight to determine the number one contender to IBF Champion Wladimir Klitchko. The fight turned out to be a draw. Somehow, Ibragimov became the WBO's number one contender and Austin became the IBF's number one contender. continue


David Haye and British fight fans await Maccarinelli response

19.12.06 - The biggest and most exciting match-up in the world cruiserweight division could and should still happen, despite an air of sudden uncertainty on the part of promoter Frank Warren. The prospect of a clash between fan favourites David Haye – European champion and WBC no.2 ranked contender – and Welshman Enzo Maccarinelli – WBO belt holder – appears too good to pass up. Yet, despite going public with a £150,000 offer to Maccarinelli and promoter Warren, Frank Maloney and Haye’s manager and trainer Adam Booth are yet to hear anything back in return. continue


Dave Sands Memorial Upgrade Ceremony

Dave Sands 19.12.06 - Photo by Gary Wilcox (Glebe, Sydney) At a public ceremony at the corner of Broadway and Glebe Point Road in Glebe yesterday, an upgraded memorial plaque to Aboriginal boxing hero Dave Sands (Ritchie) was unveiled. The event was attended by over 120 ex boxers, fans, colleagues, Aboriginal identities and community leaders.

At the time of his death in a truck accident at age 26 at Dungog, near Newcastle, Dave Sands was rated the # 3 Middleweight contender in the World behind Champion Sugar Ray Robinson and had scored his 97th victory (62 ko) against 10 defeats and a draw. In his 11 year career, Sands held the Australian Middle, Light Heavyweight and Heavyweight Titles and won the Commonwealth Middleweight Title. He was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1997. continue


Calzaghe Comments On Potential Taylor Fight

19.12.06 - Joe Calzaghe: "I would love to defend my title against Jermain Taylor. Not only is he a terrific middleweight champion, he's the man who beat the man -- Bernard Hopkins -- TWICE. Perhaps in another year Jermain will be ready to step up and challenge me and we can have a fight between two belt holders. I just don't think it's fair to push him up to my level yet. It's frustrating for me because it would be a big money fight, but it's obvious he's just not ready."


Scott Gammer's Manager Turns Down Pay Day

19.12.06 - Promoter Frank Warren is stunned that Scott Gammer's manager Paul Boyce has turned down a mega £100,000 pay day for his man to fight Audley Harrison on February 17 at Wembley Arena. Warren offered Boyce the opportunity for Gammer to make a voluntary defence of his British Heavyweight title against Harrison after Danny Williams could not make the February 16 date in Port Talbot - due to a British Boxing Board of Control suspension - following his loss to the Olympic Champion earlier this month. continue


Joval Back In Training, Guerrero & Albazi to Fight For Vacant IBF Featherweight title

19.12.06 - By Per Ake Persson: Promoter Bettina Palle announced that Roberto Guerrero and Spend Abazi will fight for the vacant IBF featherweight in Denmark sometime early 2007. The title became vacant when Orlando Salido, who beat Guerrero tested positive for illegal substances. WIBF and GBU supermiddle champ Natascha Ragosina is looking to add the WBA belt to her collection February 17 in Magdeburg when she takes on Yahaira Hernandez at the Maritim Hotel. Malik Dziarra, who previously have campaigned at supermiddle will try to revive his career at 160 in a supporting bout. Cruiser Serdar Sahin, jr middle Daniel Kafer and lightheavy Sascha Poppendieck, European champ in thaiboxing, are also on the bill. continue


Overweight Heavyweights: Does The Extra Weight Pay Off?

19.12.06 - By Paul McCreath: Everyone who follows the heavyweight division knows that the heavies are bigger today than in earlier years. They are not just taller but bulkier, too. Do they gain anything from this added weight or are they just lazy fighters taking the easy route in their training? In order to try to answer this question, I will take a look at the careers of some who have gained a lot of weight and at the results that followed. I will exclude from this examination any who have always been heavy for their height or those who have put on weight in order to move into the heavyweight division. These I may deal with in a later article.

Probably the most famous of the fat boys is George Foreman. When George first won the world title from Joe Frazier in 1973, he was one of the biggest heavyweights in the world. At the time, the young, 24-year old Foreman weighed all of 217 pounds, almost all pure muscle with little fat. In fact, up until his last pre retirement fight with Jimmy Young, in March 1977, Foreman was only over 230 lbs once. continue


Munyai vs. Power 2 War Of Words Heats Up

19.12.06 - The hotly anticipated bantamweight rematch between Commonwealth titlist Tshifhiwa Munyai and British Champion Martin Power, "Payback or Playback", takes place on January 26 at the Goresbrook LC in Dagenham, England. The last time the pair met in June of this year, Munyai, a late replacement, forced Power's corner to pull the plug in the ninth round to save their man from permanent damage. continue


Woolcombe On Track For British Title

19.12.06 - Unbeaten light middleweight Gary "Hot Stuff" Woolcombe draws closer to British title challenge. Woolcombe will appear on the Martin Power vs. Tshifhiwa Munyai Commonwealth Bantamweight Championship rematch at Goresbrook LC in Dagenham, England on 26 January. continue


Euro Boxing Roundup: Beyer To Continue Career, Branco Defends Title Against Drews

19.12.06 - By Per Ake Persson: WBA lightheavy champ Silvio Branco defence against Croatian Stipe Drews will take place February 24 in Oberhausen with supermiddle Jurgen Brahmer in the chief support along with GBU superfly champ Alesia Graf. WIBF fly champ Regina Halmich defends against Hungarian Reka Kempf January 13 in Halle/Saale with lightheavy Thomas Ulrich in the co-headliner going for the vacant EBU title against Rachid Kanfouah. continue


De La Hoya Says: Guzman Romped But Tried Too Hard For Hometown Knockout In DR

19.12.06 - By MICHAEL MARLEY, BoxingConfidential.com, photo © Marty Rosengarten, Ringsidephotos.com: SANTO DOMINGO -- Oscar de la Hoya had a positive but critical review of Joan Guzman's performance in a 12-round unainimous decision over game but overmatched Antonio Davis. After the unbeaten Guzman retained his WBO 130-pound title, his co-promoter said the Dominican star was too tight.

"He was trying to hard," the Golden Boy said in the ring seconds after the lopsided scores of the judges were read by Jimmy Lennon Jr.

"You can't knock everybody out," de la Hoya said. "and I just felt Joan was trying too hard. Maybe fighting at home made him uptight, He was just trying too hard for the knockout. If he sat down on his punches just a little bit more, it would have come for sure."

Guzman delighted and excited a flag-waving sold out house which included baseball Hall of Famer Juan Marichal and many other Dominican ballplayers. Guzman extended his pro record to 27-0 and now looks to some big-money bouts against the likes of Manny Pacquaio and Marco Antonio Barrera. continue


Manfred Wolke to coach Henry Maske again

18.12.06 - Henry Maske received an early Christmas gift on Monday when it was confirmed that long-time trainer and mentor Manfred Wolke will be cleared to coach the "Gentleman" in his comeback fight against Virgil Hill. "From the first second on it has been my wish to have Manfred Wolke in my corner," the former IBF light heavyweight champion said. "I am very happy that this has been made possible and it makes me very optimistic for the fight." continue


Miranda Calls Out The 160 Pound Elite

18.12.06 - In less than three minutes on Saturday night, Edison ‘Pantera’ Miranda reminded the boxing world why he is the uncrowned middleweight champion of the world as he dispatched of tough Willie Gibbs in devastating fashion. But now the Colombian bomber wants the hardware to go with his status as the people’s champion, and in 2007, the first man on his hit list is the fighter seen as the undisputed titlist at 160 pounds, Jermain Taylor. continue


Guzman vs Davis Tonight: Interview With Joan Guzman

18.12.06 - Interview by Baltazar Montefusco, BoxingConfidential.com, photos © Marty Rosengarten, Ringsidephotos.com: SANTO DOMINGO -- I had the distinct pleasure of being able to sit down and chat with undefeated WBO super lightweight champion Joan Guzman in his suite at the Renaissance Jaragua Hotel & Casino after the weigh-in for his title defense here Monday night against No. 5 contender Antonio "T-Rex" Davis. Guzman, who takes a 26-0 record into the ring against the 22-2 challenger from Atlanta, promised to be explosive and to put on great show for his countrymen and the boxing world. continue


Attn. Mr Kerry Davis: Edison Miranda is the Middleweight You Should Market and Promote!

18.12.06 - Ricardo Lois, BoxingConfidential.com: Los Angeles – Boxing writers have once again started aggressively beating the drum, announcing the death of boxing. Many symptoms have been noted: the popularity of Mixed Martial Arts, frequent increasingly sub-par pay per view cards, mediocre performances by the so-called faces of the sport.

Saturday Night, defensively flawed, offensively gifted middleweight Edison Miranda knocked out Willie Gibbs with a stiff right hand to the forehead in the first round which marked the end of the fight.

I hope the blow also caught Mr. Kerry Davis' attention.

Last week HBO viewers watched Jermain Taylor pound out a less than inspiring victory over Kassim Ouma. Yes, Taylor dominated, but he provided little drama or intrigue. And while Taylor can be commended for fighting Bernard Hopkins twice, Ronald "Winky" Wright, and Kassim Ouma in succession, not one of the fights fueled the imaginations of boxing fans. continue


In Jin Chi Decisions Lopez

18.12.06 - By Scott Frake: In Jin Chi (31-3-1, 18 KO's) regained his Featherweight title yesterday, winning a 12-round unanimous decision over Rodolfo Lopez (19-3-1, 13 KO's), at the Chungmu Art Hall, in Seoul, South Korea. Lopez had briefly held onto the title after winning it against Takashi Koshimoto, whom he knocked out in the 7th round on July 30th, 2006. Previous to this, Koshimoto had defeated In-Jin Chi, winning a 12-round split decision to snatch away Chi's featherweight title. Chi, 33, was able to use his busy style to control much of the action, often forcing the younger 23-year old Lopez into the ropes, where Chi would pound away with brutal combinations. The crowd was sparse, with possibly only as much as 300 in attendance. However, it seemed to be much more, as they screamed loudly whenever Chi would go on attach, which, as it turns out, was quite often. continue


Will the winner of Toney/Peter do what’s right?

17.12.06 - By Izyaslav “Slava” Koza: With Oleg Maskaev’s easy victory over overmatched Peter Okhello, in Moscow, the rumor mill has gotten wind of a possible Oleg Maskaev vs. Wladimir Klitschko bout in the near future. While for most old timers this is nothing along the lines of Lewis/Holyfield it is one of the better fights that could be made at Heavyweight at this point in time, and as such, should garner enough fan support. continue


George Foreman Vs Jimmy Ellis - The Highest Paid Mismatch In Boxing History

17.12.06 - By James Slater: No, not THAT Jimmy Ellis. The title of this article is not referring at all to the 1960’s heavyweight champ from Louisville, the same town The Greatest hailed from. Ellis, as fight fans will remember, was Ali’s chief sparring partner and eventually went on to claim a portion of the heavyweight championship in his own right. Jimmy was a decent enough heavyweight, certainly when one considers the fact that he began his fighting career boxing in a much lower weight class.

No, the fighter who’s name is written next to Big George’s in the above headline was a club fighting heavyweight brawler who was somehow put in against the forty-two year old heavyweight legend back in December of 1991. The fight was one of the easiest Foreman had in his entire comeback. Indeed, some scribes actually wrote that the original Jimmy Ellis, then many long years retired, would have put up a better showing than did his young namesake. The fact that George was paid the staggering amount of five million dollars proved just how much of a phenomenal success the comeback he’d launched after a ten year hiatus had become. continue


Litzau KO'd by Hernandez, Miranda Destroys Gibbs In 1st Round KO

December 17th, 2006 - By Frank Gonzalez Jr., Sharkie’s Machine - Photo by 8CountProductions.com- Saturday night at the Miccosukee Gaming Resort in Miami Florida, rising Featherweight Prospect, Jason “The American Boy” Litzau (20-1, 18 KO’s) stepped into the ring undefeated and left with his first L. That loss came by way of an eighth round knockout, compliments of a big right hand from Jose Hernandez, who improved his record to 22-3, with 14 KO’s.

Early in the first round, Litzau was leading the fight, peppering Hernandez with jabs and combination punching. Hernandez landed a clean right cross that knocked Litzau to the canvas. Litzau beat the count and before he could say hello, Hernandez was all over him, looking for the finish line. Litzau barely survived the round. continue


Top Ten Reasons Why Pacman Is The King Of Todo Boxeo

17.12.06 - By MICHAEL MARLEY, www.boxingconfidential.com: He will huff and he will puff and I'm sure Manny Pacquaio will blow out his 28 candles on his birthday cake Sunday in General Santos City. So, on his special day, how about the Top Ten reasons why Pacman is the the King of All Boxing as 2006 turns into 2007. continue


Post Fight Quotes: Jose Hernandez

(MIAMI, December 17, 2006) Chicagoan Jose Hernandez stunned the HBO Boxing After Dark nationally televised audience and the packed house at the Miccosukee Resort and Casino by knocking out Jason Litzau at 2:52 of the eighth round Saturday night. Hernandez, 22-3 (14KO's) had earlier dropped Litzau, 20-1 (18KO's) in the opening stanza of their scheduled ten round featherweight bout before spending the next six rounds trading leather with the St. Paul, Minnesota native. continue


Scott Gammer Offered Audley Harrison Showdown

17.12.06 - Promoter Frank Warren has made a substantial offer to Scott Gammer’s manager Paul Boyce for his charge to defend his British Heavyweight title against re-born star Audley Harrison. Gammer is scheduled to make the second defence of his title against Danny Williams on February 16 in Wales but following the Brixton punchers loss to Harrison last weekend and the injuries sustained in the fight, Williams has been placed under suspension by the British Boxing Board of Control and is unable to make the date. continue


Guzman: "I am not thinking about Pacquiao now, only about Davis and Monday night"

guzman vs davis Photos © Marty Rosengarten / Ringsidephotos.com - photo gallery from
Santo Domingo
- Maybe the story has been told wrong for so long. Maybe his headquarters is really the South Pole or a beach hut at scenic Boca Chica. Whatever, the real deal is even Santa Claus showed up for Saturday's final pre fight press conference for the Joan Guzman-Antonio Davis WBO junior lightweight title bout. The conference was held at Champions Sports Bar inside the Renaissance Jaragua Hotel & Casino and the fat, jolly fellow made no secret of who he is picking Monday night when the 26-0 Guzman faces the challenge of fifth-ranked Antonio Davis (22-2).

"I have been busy prepping my sleigh and my reindeer," Santa said. "We have a big night coming up on December 25. I guess the world's children and I are lucky we do not have to pay any sanctioning fees, ho, ho ho. No question, because soy Dominican (I am Dominican) and I think Joan will knock the American lad out in three rounds." Herewith Flash Quotes from the packed presser continue


Marco Huck claims EU Cruiserweight belt, Sylvester dusts Mitrevski

17.12.06 - For once, Marco "Captain" Huck (17-0, 13 KOs) could not stop an opponent. Still the 22-year-old talent clinched the vacant EU cruiserweight title as an infuriated Pietro Aurino stormed out of the ring in round two after being deducted two points for a deliberate headbutt. It spelled a shameful end to what could have been a spectacular fight. "I feel very sorry for the fans," a disappointed Huck said afterwards. "I´m sorry for his unsporting behaviour. He felt that he could not beat me tonight. If he felt he could win this fight, he would not have left the ring." continue


Jose Andres Hernandez: "No Risk, No Gain"

16.12.06 - By Ted Sares: Ever since Jason "The American Boy" Litzau, now 20-1- with 18 ko's, survived a seventh round knockdown to score a razor thin and somewhat controversial 10-round split decision over hard luck featherweight Johnny Nolasco back in July 15, 2005, I have had serious doubt about his hype. He just takes too many punches and has a tendency not to pay attention to his corner. continue


Jason Litzau-Jorge Hernandez: Hernandez back with a vengeance!

16.12.06 - By Izyaslav “Slava” Koza: Ever Since Jorge Hernandez sent Jason Litzau down in the first, it seemed that Litzau had every opportunity to step it up and take Hernandez out. Throughout most of the bout I was wandering why the hell Jason Litzau was not coming in to finish his opponent off. continue


Miranda-Gibbs: Did Edison break much of a sweat?

edison miranda16.12.06 - By Izyaslav “Slava” Koza: Before the bout Miranda promised to visit Gibbs in the hospital and help fix his jaw. I don’t think the fight lasted long enough where that could be a possibility. A shot to the temple did the damage and Gibbs was only able to put his hands up long enough to eat a barrage and get knocked down and counted out, as the knee he took didn’t help him get up in time.

While the bell rang at ten, honestly, Gibbs was in no condition to continue the fight, and there was really no need to discuss it further. While I have not seen enough of Gibbs to make much of the bout, I guess Miranda did not make much of a mistake in looking past Willie. Not much more can be added except bring on Abraham Miranda 2!!!!


Mashaba Destroys Leon!

16.12.06 - By Colin Nathan: Putting in a career best performance, Thomas Mashaba retained his IBO "World" Featherweight championship for the third time with a crushing third round knockout of Colombian challenger, Oscar Leon this last Friday night at the Jim Summers Hall in Kimberley, South Africa. Not a noted puncher in this division, Mashaba looked absolutely devasting, knocking out Leon, with a single right uppercut in 1:33 in the third round. continue


Savagery in New Rochelle

16.12.06 - By Ted Sares: On July 23, 2002, Elvir "The Kosovo Kid" Muriqi (24-1, 14 KO's) met "Slamming" Sam Ahmad (16-3-3, 7 KO's) in New Rochelle, NY. Ahmad, not known for having heavy hands, had made his bones fighting at the Blue Horizon in Philadelphia and may have been taken too lightly by Muriqi’s camp which included trainer, Teddy Atlas. continue


Proksa, Matolcsi win in York Hall

16.12.06 - Ryszard Koczura: Middleweight youth champion Grzegorz “Super G” Proksa scored a biggest win of his career, defeating experienced Steve Conway. The fight took place in the famous York Hall in London. After cautious beginning Proksa (9-0, 5 KOs) started to connect with right jabs, uppercuts and left crosses. “Super G” easily controlled the first half of the fight using his speed and balance. Conway (34-8, 6 KOs) was trying to figure out how to fight opponent who is a southpaw like himself, and spent many time in clinches. continue


The Greatness Of Lennox Lewis & Floyd Mayweather Jr. And The Gameness Of Shannon Briggs & Arturo Gatti

16.12.06 - By Jim Amato: I had the great treat of watching replays this weekend of Lennox Lewis vs Shannon Briggs and Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs Arturo Gatti. Within the realm of these bouts I saw and respected two things. Tremendous talent and equally tremendous courage.

LEWIS-BRIGGS

Lennox was the cream of the heavyweight division but Briggs had just come off a disputed victory over George Foreman who was, by all rights the linear heavyweight champion.George had beaten Moorer who had beaten Holyfield who had beaten Tyson. Case closed. Lennox knew that by beating Briggs he would solidify his status as being the best heavyweight of his era. Briggs started fast and late in the first round he rocked Lennox on a couple of occasions. After that Lennox took over and he dominated Briggs flooring him on several occasions. Finally the fine referee Frank Cappuccino had seen enough and ended the battle in round five. continue


Rivera relishes grand stage to fight hot dog Simms

WORCESTER, Mass. (December 16, 2006) - World Boxing Association light middleweight champion "El Gallo" Jose Antonio Rivera hopes to eliminate the phrase "boxing's best-kept secret" from his portfolio with an impressive performance January 6 on Showtime live from the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida. Rivera (38-4-1, 24 KOs), a three-time world champion in two divisions, defends his WBA 154-pound title belt against the WBA "champion in recess" Travis Simms (24-0, 18 KOs) in the 12-round co-feature on the Samuel Peter-James Toney II card. continue


Euro Boxing: Kristjansen - Zoff is a draw

By Per Ake Persson: December 16, Slagelse, Denmark: Local hero Martin Kristjansen retained the WBO I/C lightweight title on a controversial draw against Italian veteran Stefano Zoff after a fastpaced, bloody 12-rounder. Zoff made a slow a start and lost the first five rounds but started coming on in the sixth with a non-stop attack. In the third Kristjansen wasnt cut around the left eye after an accidental headclash. Zoff was cut somewhere on the scalp. In the sixth the Dane started showing signs of fatigue but kept boxing on the move. continue


Supercanal Caribe Makes Deal With Jay Boxing To Televise Guzman Bout

SANTO DOMINGO --Calling all Dominicans and calling boxing fans in general.´Undefeated WBO junior lightweight champion Joan Guzman's Monday, December 18, title defense against #5 contender Antonio "TRex" Davis wil be seen live on many major cable operators in the United States. The scheduled 12-round world championship, which will come live and direct from the Sports Palace in the Dominican capital city, will also be seen live in Haiti, the British Virgin Islands, Venezuela and Puerto Rico. continue


Wladimir Klitschko's potential matchups for 2007

16.12.06 - By Hunter Breckenridge: Going into 2007, IBF titleholder Wladimir Klitschko is clearly the man to beat in the heavyweight division. He is on a hot streak, having won against three straight top-five contenders. Klitschko has a tremendous upside, being a relatively young 30, and having the best combination of speed, power, and skill in the division. Not to mention having one of the greatest trainers of this generation in his corner. However, no discussion of Wlad seems to be complete without the usual caveat regarding his chin. Klitschko is indeed vulnerable to a strong puncher, and always will be. He does seem to have improved in responding to pressure, and is obviously now better equipped to deal with tough situations.

In any case, Wlad has the most options of any heavyweight right now. All roads lead to him. Every heavyweight in the top 50 seems to be calling him out these days. While we may laugh at Brian Minto or Audley Harrison's interest in taking him on, there are plenty of interesting matchups available for Klitschko. I have listed some of the more likely matchups for Klitschko this year, and a prediction for how each fight might turn out. continue


Miranda vs Gibbs This Saturday On HBO

HOLLYWOOD, FL, December 15 – Despite his reputation as one of the most feared fighters in the world, never let it be said that uncrowned middleweight champion Edison Miranda doesn’t have a more generous side, as was evidenced by his presentation of an early Christmas gift to the man he will be fighting on Saturday, Willie Gibbs. continue


Stevens, Stark, Mcgirt Victorious at the Manhattan Center

15.12.06- By Matt Yanofsky {ringside}- In front of a standing room only crowd at the Manhattan Center, Light Heavyweight Curtis Stevens 15-1 {12 KO's} scored a second round knockout over tough veteran Jonathan Corn 47-16-2 {26 KO's}. Stevens dominated the first round by landing big shots but was not able to drop the game veteran. In the second round, Stevens continued to throw heavy punches. Stevens was able to drop Corn with a huge left hook. continue


It will be a Happy Chanukah for Unbeaten Brooklyn Fighter Salita

New York, December 15-President George W. Bush and First Lady Laura Bush have invited unbeaten Brooklyn boxing star Dmitriy Salita to the White House to attend their annual Chanukah Festival Celebration on Monday, December 18. Salita, the undefeated junior welterweight, has a record of 26-0-1 with 15 KO’s, and is promoted by DiBella Entertainment. The celebration will include the annual Menorah lighting by the President and First Lady, and it will be Dmitriy’s second visit to the White House. continue


Rocky Balboa: Stallone Returns With A Winner

15.12.06 - By Tim Neilson: Sylvester Stallone, now 60, resurrects the Rocky character once again for theatre viewers in the latest installment called simply "Rocky Balboa,” which opens in theatres on December 20th. As usual, Stallone controlled all aspects of the film, writing, directing and starring in the film, which has former light heavyweight champion, Antonio Tarver, starring as "Mason Dixon," Rocky Balboa's adversary. Stallone is in fine form, showing some of his best acting in years, possibly dating back as far as "Rocky 2," made in 1979. It was after this movie, I feel, that Stallone's acting ability seemed to slowly melt away, as he transformed into a pretentious, body conscious, ham actor, who tended to over act to the point of embarrassment.

Along the way, Stallone became almost obsessed with his body, exercising hours a day with little to show for it other than making him look even smaller than his 5'9" already done for him to begin with. continue


Battle Between De La Hoya and Arum Get in Way of Barrera's Revenge?!?

15.12.06 - Ricardo Lois, BoxingConfidential.com : Los Angeles – Filipino journalist Ronnie Nathanielsz reports in the Manila Standard Today that Juan Manuel Marquez might be Marco Antonio Barrera's opponent for March 11th, 2006.

Quoting Nathanieslz, "…Viva Sports/Standard Today was informed that Golden Boy, who signed a seven-fight contract with Pacquiao in mid-September, is considering Marquez as an opponent for Barrera." continue


The Heavyweights: Belts are made to be unified, not multiplied

15.12.06 - Michael Cassell, “The Philadelphia Boxing Report” – In a division that is hemorrhaging fans faster, than Mel Gibson and Michael Richards combined, a small amount of excitement is better than nothing at all. Last year, the consensuses best Heavyweight in the world, was Hasim Rachman. After the better half of the Klitschko brothers retired, and while Chris Byrd was still in the mix, it only made sense to declare Rahman, the best of the bunch. continue


Witter, Daws & O’Donnell on marquee bill at Ally Pally

15.12.06 - Hennessy Sports are promoting a championship-laden bill headlined by Junior Witter at the Alexandra Palace in London that will provide the UK leg of the Sky Box Office Pay Per View Event on January 20th featuring Ricky Hatton. On the show Witter – Hatton’s long-term rival - will make the first defence of the WBC light welterweight title he won by comprehensively out-pointing former world champion DeMarcus Corley at the same venue in September. continue


Klitschko-Maskaev In Moscow?

15.12.06 - Michael Marley Reporting/Exclusive from www.boxingconfidential.com: When he was the whackier half of the Gerry Cooney managerial duo known far and wide as "the Whacko Twins," it was almost always a safe assumption that Dennis Rappaport was speaking with forked tongue.

Rapstar, as I like to call him, liked to puff. He liked to exaggerate. He liked to tell fibs and tales. There are no lies in boxing, only tales, so I can tell you Rappaport told some whoppers but he never, ever lied. I believe he and George Bush Jr. at least have that in common although Bush is more of a baseball man than a fight guy.

Now comes forward as sort of a character witness for Rapport...Mr. Shelly Finkel, another clever teller of fistic fibs and tales and exaggerations. Mr. Finkel wants the world to know that Rappaport's statements about an Oleg Maskaev-Wladimir Klitschko WBC - IBF heavyweight title being put together are based in reality. continue


Shamrock-Gracie on Showtime

15.12.06 - ALL PHOTOS "Tom Casino/EliteXC" - At a jam-packed press conference Thursday at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, SHOWTIME and Pro-Elite, Inc., officially announced the formation of Elite Xtreme Combat (EliteXC). Beginning Feb. 10, 2007, Los Angeles-based EliteXC will exploit the growing phenomenon of mixed martial arts by staging world-class live events on SHOWTIME. continue


Harrison and Khan headline on February 17th at Wembley

14.12.06 - Mark Pickering: Frank Warren’s Sport’s Network stable held a press conference in London today to announce that Olympic Medallist’s Audley Harrison and Amir Khan, both of whom posted career-high wins on Saturday, will headline a supershow at the Wembley Arena on February 17th. Harrison, who resurrected his ailing career with an emphatic stoppage win in Saturday’s rematch with Danny Williams, has his sets set on a domestic title showdown with British heavyweight Champion Scott Gammer. continue


Mundine vs. Soliman 2 - "The Man" - The King - The Fight For The Crown"!

14.12.06 - Triple A Man” Sam “King” Soliman (33-8, 13 KO's) will finally receive his long dreamed of rematch with Anthony “The Man” Mundine (27-3, 21 KO's) on Wednesday night March 7 at the Sydney Entertainment Center, with the chance to win the vacant WBA super middleweight “regular” title as a princely reward. Dubbed “The Man – The King – The fight for the Crown." Promoter will be Tony Mundine Snr, Anthony's father and trainer. continue


One on One with Shannon Briggs

shannon briggs14.12.06 - By Scoop Malinowski: Shannon Briggs, WBO Heavyweight champion. It just might be the biggest surprise of 2006. Many fans, writers, even promoters gave up on Shannon Briggs who was generally deemed to be lacking the heart and determination required to be a champion. But like one James 'Buster' Douglas, the Brooklyn-native was able to galvanize all his speed, power and experience into one special night. And on November 4th in Phoenix, with that 12th round blockbuster right hand, Shannon Briggs forever became a part of boxing history.

The new champ took time to discuss his spectacular triumph:

Scoop: What was your strategy going into round 12?

Shannon Briggs: Although I thought I was winning the fight I knew he was more than likely getting the rounds because it was his hometown and he was the Champion. I knew I had to make it happen so I thought to myself "Go home tired." I shot all I had left on every punch in the last round. continue


Generous Guzman Has Birthday Gift For Pacquaio

SANTO DOMINGO --Only 10 shopping days until Christmas and only three shopping days until boxing's most popular attraction, Manny Pacquaio, celebrates his 28th birthday. Undefeated WBO super featherweight champion Joan Guzman's Christmas gift list is long and he will not be able to work on it until after his title defense here Monday, December 18, against Antonio "TRex" Davis. continue


Euro Boxing Roundup: Adamek vs Dawson, MBaye vs Kotelnik?

14.12.06 - By Per Ake Persson: WBC lightheavy titleholder Tomasz Adamek defends against Chad Dawson February 3 in Miami, FL. Dawson is thus out of an eliminator against against Interbox´s Romanian Adrian Diaconu, who now will fight the highest available contender for the mandatory challenger spot. WBA jr welter champ Souleyman M´Baye could reportedly be facing Ukrainian Andreas Kotelnik in February of next year. continue


Brooklyn’s Curtis “Showtime” Stevens replaces Sechew Powell in the main event

New York, December 14- Brooklyn’s Curtis “Showtime” Stevens (15-1, 11 KO’s) will be an 11th hour replacement for Sechew Powell in the co-main event, when he faces veteran Jonathan Corn (47-15-2, 26 KO’s) in a 10-round super middleweight season finale of Broadway Boxing Presented by StubHub this Thursday night, December 14th, at the Grand Ballroom at the Manhattan Center. continue


Hatton/Urango on January 20 at Paris Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS -- Promoters Art Pelullo/Banner Promotions and Dennis Hobson/Fight Academy, in association with Top Rank, Inc., will present a sensational world championship fight card on Saturday, January 20, 2007, at Paris Las Vegas, located at 3655 Las Vegas Boulevard South in Las Vegas. The main event and co-featured fight will be televised live on HBO's World Championship Boxing beginning at 10:00 P.M. ET, 7:00 P.M. PT.

In the 12-round main event, former jr. welterweight and welterweight world champion Ricky "Hitman" Hatton, 41-0 with 30 knockouts, of Manchester, England, will challenge International Boxing Federation jr. welterweight world champion Juan "Iron Twin" Urango, 17-0-1 with 13 knockouts, of Monteria, Colombia.

Ricky has been the biggest draw at the gate in Great Britain for several years, and has beaten defending world champions in his last three fights. He defeated IBF jr. welterweight world Kostya Tszyu and World Boxing Association super lightweight world champion Carlos Maussa in 2005, and was the consensus "2005 Fighter of the Year." . continue


Howard Eastman set to impress against Williams

14.12.06 - Howard Eastman has vowed to put his recent setbacks behind him and begin the process of rebuilding towards another world title shot when he takes on long-term friend Richard Williams for the vacant British middleweight title this Friday at the York Hall in Bethnal Green live on Sky Sports. The ‘Battersea Bomber’ is coming off the back of three losses, but the figures only tell half the story. The run has come at the very highest level and in controversial circumstances, supporting the 36-year-old’s conviction that he still has the ability to capture a major honour. continue


Duvas Congratulate “Sweet Pea” Whitaker

14.12.06 - Promoter Dino Duva of Duva Boxing and his hall-of-fame father, Lou Duva, wish to send their sincerest congratulations to former multiple world champion Pernell “Sweet Pea” Whitaker upon the announcement of his induction into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in Canastota, New York. The Norfolk, Virginia, southpaw, who retired with a final mark of 40-4-1, with 17 KOs, won a gold medal in the 1984 Olympic Games and went on to capture six world titles in four different weight classes (WBA, WBC and IBF Lightweight, IBF Light Welterweight, WBC Welterweight, and WBA Light Middleweight) in a glorious professional career that spanned 17 years. continue


Rudy Cisneros Returns In Christmas Brawl Dec. 22

CHICAGO, December 13, 2006 -- CHICAGOLAND fan favorite and ESPN's The Contender Season 2 participant Rudy Cisneros returns to the ring to face undefeated prospect Eliezer Cepeda at CHRISTMAS BRAWL on Friday, December 22nd, at Cicero Stadium, it was announced today by Dominic Pesoli, President of 8 Count Productions. continue


Respecting "Mister" Snipes

13.12.06 - By Jim Amato: He came within an eyelash of upsetting the great Larry Holmes and winning the heavyweight championship of the world. For the better part of the 1980's he was ranked in the top ten. By the time his career ended he had crossed gloves with no less then eight men who at one time held the moniker, world champion.

Renaldo "Mister" Snipes was born on August 15, 1956, in Houston, Texas. He fought out of Yonkers, N.Y. as he turned pro in 1978. He won his first twenty two bouts, as he progressed quickly up in the rankings. In 1980, Snipes halted Larry Alexander and Dwain Bonds. In 1981, Snipes made his move. He defeated the powerful Floyd "Jumbo" Cummings. Then Snipes outscored light heavyweight champion Eddie Mustafa Muhammad. Snipes next met the hard punching Gerrie Coetzee. Snipes was awarded what I felt was a terrible decision over the South African. continue


Danny Green To Face Paul Murdoch In Preparation For WBC Challenge

13.12.06 - Green Machine Promotions are please to announce that word class light heavyweight contender Danny Green will face top domestic rival Paul Murdoch at the Netball Centre in Australia’s sporting mecca of Melbourne on Sunday, 21 January 2007. Green, 22-3 (20 KO's) vs Murdoch, 25-6-1 (16), promises to be an all action affair as two of Australia’s best light heavy weights go toe to toe for the WBA PABA and the IBF Pan Pacific regional titles. A loss will spell disaster for either boxer’s future. continue


New Opponent For Jorge Paez Jr.

Sycuan Ringside Promotions’ undefeated teenage sensation Jorge Paez Jr. has a new opponent, veteran Rafael Urias, for his six-round, lightweight bout Friday, Dec. 15, in Mexicali, Mexico. “This change in opponents won’t bother me,” said Paez Jr., the son of former International Boxing Federation and World Boxing Organization featherweight champion Jorge Paez. “I’m ready. I feel I’m in better shape and more focused than I have been in eight months.” . continue


Samuel Peter And James Toney Conference Call Quotes

13.12.06 - A mere four months after one of the most exciting heavyweight fights in years ended amid a whirlwind of controversy, Samuel “The Nigerian Nightmare” Peter (27-1, 22 KOs) and James “Lights Out” Toney (69-5-3, 43 KOs) are set to go at it again in the main event on Saturday, Jan. 6, 2007, on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING. A 12-round elimination bout to determine once and for all who the mandatory challenger for WBC champion Oleg Maskaev will be will air on SHOWTIME (10 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast). continue


Who Was the Worst of 2006? The Boxing Stinker of the Year Award

ricky hatton13.12.06 - by Yero Moody: My fellow fight fans, it is the end of the year and a time to reflect on the good and the bad performances of the year. The best fighter of the year in this writer's opinion is Manny Pacquiao. Two dominating performances against a former top ten pound for pound fighter is quite astonishing indeed. Manny may not be as highly skilled as Bernard Hopkins, Shane Mosley, Floyd Mayweather or Oscar De La Hoya but he is very well conditioned and comes to fight all 12 rounds of every fight.

I do predict however, that due to his fighting style which exhibits little defense and constantly coming forward that he will be beaten by a good defensive counter puncher. A close second place for fighter of the year is Bernard Hopkins. He successfully added 15lbs. of solid muscle and moved up to light heavyweight to fight the best light heavyweight fighter and undisputed champion at the time, Antonio Tarver and totally and thoroughly dominated him. No one saw this coming and very few people predicted a Bernard Hopkins "execution". Truly an amazing accomplishment after having dropped two of his previous fights to Jermain Taylor. continue


Versus Showcases "Fight Night : Best Of Live" This Thursday

STAMFORD, CT (December 13, 2006) – It will be a holiday celebration of fisticuffs when VERSUS presents its Fight Night: Best of Live telecast this Thursday night, December 14 from 9-11 p.m. ET. This year-end special will showcase some of the great performances televised this year as part of VERSUS’ Fight Night in conjunction with Top Rank Boxing. continue


IBA Light Heavyweight Boxing Tournament Starts Tomorrow

13.12.06 - By Jacqui Snow: Gulfstream Park in Florida will play host to "The Rumble In The Park", a professional boxing tournament, starting tomorrow, December 14th, 2006. Tomorrow's card will be the first in a series of five fight cards and will be broadcast on Comcast Sports South on December 18 @ 9 pm ET. The first two cards will both feature two bouts for light heavyweights. The tourney will be conducted on a single-elimination format and is restricted to light heavyweights, although other weight classes will be represented on the undercard. Finalists will vie for a winner's purse of $25,000, and take possession of the International Boxing Association championship belt. The runner-up will earn $10,000. continue


Huck vs. Aurino: Tempers flying high

13.12.06 - Tempers were flying high at today´s press conference in Kempten, Germany where Marco Huck and Pietro Aurino almost exchanged more than just verbal jabs. "It is very nice of Sauerland to give me the opportunity to make so much money and win the title before Christmas," Aurino (37-2, 16 KOs) said ahead of Saturday´s EU-Championship. "Huck is a kid. He has no chance. It will be a very easy fight." . continue


Who Was 2006's Fighter Of the Year?

floyd mayweather jr.13.12.06 - By James Slater: The year is almost over, and a good one it has been for boxing - overall at least. Sure, the heavyweight division is still not too pleasing to many and 2006 saw a fair share of fights that could have been made failing to materialise ( the third Corrales- Castillo fight, Mayweather-Margarito, Hatton Vs. anyone other than Luis Collazo, etc, etc) but the year brought us some great fights all the same.

Big stars such as Oscar De La Hoya, Manny Pacquiao, Miguel Cotto and Winky Wright all had good years and entertained us with quality bouts. There was also the odd upset here and there, not least Carlos Baldomir's fine win over Zab Judah in January and Joe Calzaghe's trouncing of would-be star Jeff Lacy in March. So all in all 2006 wasn't a bad year for fights fans. The question is, which fighter had the very best year of all? Who should be named fighter of the year for 2006? continue


A Flaw In The Scoring system

13.12.06 - By Paul McCreath: I watched the recent Winky Wright-Ike Quartey fight on TV. It was a good fight and I had no quarrel with the decision. Winky won easily.I did have a problem with something that happened in the second round. Ike was having one of his few good rounds when near the end HBO commentator Larry Merchant suggested that he was winning the round. Shortly after, Winky knocked Quartey down.Merchant then advised that a 10-9 round for Quartey had just changed to 10-8 for Winky. continue


This King Bows Out, Blew $3 Million, Leaves USA Amateur Boxing In The Dump Where He Found It

13.12.06 - By Michael Marley, BoxingConfidential,com: NEW YORK--Professional boxing in this country is staggering and glassy-eyed. Now it looks like USA amateur boxing, which has been in the dumps for two decades, has been hit with a knockout blow which might send it down and completely out in terms of being competitive in world tournaments and the Olympic Games. continue


Tickets are now on sale for Calzaghe/Manfredo

13.12.06 - The Pride of Wales Joe Calzaghe's makes a historic 20th defence of his WBO World Super-Middleweight title against American superstar Peter Manfredo Jnr at the magnificent Millennium Stadium in Cardiff on Saturday 7th April. It's been a great year for Calzaghe with the highlight being his sensational win over Jeff Lacy when he unified the titles and next year it will be even bigger when he headlines the world renown stadium that has staged some of the biggest sports and entertainment events. continue


Erik Morales – An Appreciation

13.12.06 - By Matthew Hurley: As 2006 comes to a close there are many moments that come to mind in regards to the sport of boxing. Yet none are as compelling or, upon reflection, as moving as the great Erik Morales staring helplessly at his corner, at his father, and ultimately shaking his head in surrender, allowing himself to be counted out at the feet of Manny Pacquiao. After nearly ten years as a resident in the mythical pound-for-pound rankings and arguably the sport’s most honest and gallant warrior, the tiny titan from Tijuana went out as we all knew he would – swinging.

Only after he had thrown everything he had left in his much older than thirty-one year old body did he acknowledge to himself that he had nothing left to give. Rarely is there a fighter who need not apologize for taking a count. Erik Morales is such a fighter. continue


Kassim Ouma wins big with loss to Taylor

13.12.06 - PHILADELPHIA – By Mike Cassell: Kassim “The Dream” Ouma 28-3 -1 (15 KO’s), came into the Alltel Arena with more than just his championship aspirations. He was carrying the load of the warring Ugandan nation. He was carrying the death of his father, at the hands of the Ugandan militia, retaliation for Ouma leaving the country. continue


Miranda Promises To Impress On HBO; Claims Taylor Is Boring

13.12.06 - Edison ‘Pantera’ Miranda is in the finishing stages of what he is calling a perfect training camp. This Saturday, he takes on Willie Gibbs in the main event on HBO’s Boxing After Dark. The co-main event will feature Jason Litzau vs. Jose Hernandez. It will be aired live at 9:45 pm from Miccosukee Resort & Gaming in Miami, FL. Miranda claims he is in perfect shape and is ready to showcase his skills the moment the bell sounds. continue


Grzegorz "Super G" Proksa takes on Steve Conway

13.12.06 - By Ryszard Koczura, www.Boxing.pl - WBC & IBF youth middleweight champion Grzegorz Proksa faces a hard task on Friday. The Polish prospect is scheduled to fight experienced Steve Conway, who has 41 bouts under his belt, including winning IBO world championship. The fight will take place in Bethnal Green, London, on the undercard of Howard Eastman vs Richard Williams clash for the British middleweight championship. continue


Don King to Promote Manny Pacquiao?? Only in Cebu, Baby!

13.12.06 - Ricardo Lois, www.boxingconfidential.com -- Los Angeles – The World Boxing Council (W.B.C.) announced yesterday that the rights to promote a rematch between W.B.C. Super Featherweight Champion Marco Antonio Barrera and number one contender Manny Pacquiao would go to a purse bid on January 12, 2007. Conventional wisdom dictates that Barrera's promoter, Golden Boy, or Pacquiao's promoter, Top Rank, would win the bid.

Nothing in boxing's backstage soap opera is that simplistic.

A source close to Don King informed Boxing Confidential that King will make a major push to win the January 12th bid and promote the event between Barrera and Pacquiao.

"Don knows a money maker when he sees one. Manny Pacquiao is the hottest thing in boxing right now, do you think Don was going to sit back and see this one get past him? Don King will win this purse bid," said the source.

Though he is older, Don King is still a major player in boxing and will be until the day he dies. Old electric hair knows how to make money for himself and Pacman is the hottest commodity in the sport. continue


Silverhawk Boxing to fly high in 2007

LAS VEGAS (December 13, 2006) - Silverhawk Championship Boxing has announced an enterprising January schedule, including venues in Michigan, Florida, Mississippi and The Bahamas, to kick-off a breakthrough 2007 for the third-year promotional company. "We now have signed more than 20 world-class boxers and promising prospects," Silverhawk Boxing vice president Jeff Grmoja said. continue


CCE Ausralia and Star Boxing Join Forces

13.12.06 - Big Ticket Boxing Productions the specialist boxing division of leading Australian sports and entertainment marketing group Cross Country Entertainment announced today that have signed an agreement with New York based Star Boxing that will see them work as co-promoters on a series of major bouts in Australia commencing in early 2007. continue


Will Marquez Or Anyone Else Step Up To Test This Sycuan-Seminole Monster?

12.12.06 - Ricardo Lois, BoxingConfidential.com: Los Angeles -- For about a year and half now, I have been telling anyone willing to listen that super bantamweight Celestino Caballero is one of the most dangerously underrated boxers in the World. Caballero, co-promoted by Sycuan Ringside and Warrior Promotions, carries some good pop in his punches and is tall enough to give any super bantamweight fits. continue


Rocky III (1982)

12.12.06 - By Geoffrey Ciani: Saturday afternoon, I woke up with a major hang over and was feeling rather unmotivated. During such instances, I find the best way to escape this realm is by taking things easy. So I plopped down on the couch and began aimlessly flipping through the TV channels in search of motivation. Much to my delight, I discovered that TNT was playing a mini-Rocky marathon. I smiled merrily as I watched the closing credits of Rocky II scrolling down the screen, and with eager anticipation, I awaited the beginning of the third installment. Indeed, I was in need of motivation and Rocky III was just what the doctor ordered!

Rocky III is mindless entertainment at its very best. By that, I’m talking about a film that provides maximum entertainment value without the need to actually think. Any good action film ordinarily fits the bill, but Rocky III represents an even higher order of this phenomenon. continue


Valuev vs. McCline: Battle of the Giants!

12.12.06 - Nikolai Valuev´s third defense of his WBA belt will certainly be a special one. His meeting with Jameel McCline (Jan. 20) is not just the first-ever heavyweight title fight on Swiss soil but also the "biggest" championship in the history of boxing.

"Almost 600 pounds will be in the ring," manager Wilfried Sauerland said. "The new year kicks off with a true boxing highlight."

While the Russian Giant (45-0, 33 KOs), the tallest and heaviest champion of all time, is likely to weigh in around the 330-pound-mark, McCline normally puts up around 265 pounds in weight. The bout in Basle will be a completely new challenge for either fighter - even for Valuev.

"This will be a very tough fight for me because Jameel cannot be compared to any of my previous opponents," Valuev said at a press conference in Basle. "Not in terms of height, not in terms of weight and not in terms of experience. I will be training harder than ever." continue


The 2007 Boxing Wish List: Klitschko, Hatton, Miranda, Margarito and Mayweather

12.12.06 - By Onur Tezucar: As the holiday season approaches, many of the children around the world begin to strategize what gifts Santa should bring. This holiday season, my milk and cookies will be next to my wish list under the Christmas tree hoping Santa can come bring all of us a better new year of boxing. After a relatively mediocre 2006, which could not provide a clear cut "Fight of The Year" winner, hopefully Santa can answer the bell and provide a more dramatic 2007. So here’s my wish list in no particular pecking order: continue


Giovanni Lorenzo Returns Dec 18

BLOOMFIELD, NJ – On Dec 18 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, undefeated Dominican brawler Giovanni Lorenzo will compete for the first time since announcing that he is entering the middleweight fray, it was announced today by Main Events CEO Kathy Duva. The Dec 18 bout against Jordan Sanchez (13-6, 8 KO’s) will take place on the Joan Guzman-Antonio Davis WBO Jr. Lightweight Championship fight card. continue


Fana wins the "Right" to fight Klassen

12.12.06 - by Colin Nathan @ ringside: Mzonke Fana is back in the frame as a "world" title contender, when last Friday night he beat South American Champion Roberto Arrieta in what the IBF deemed as an eliminator for their jnr. lightweight title. I put the word "right" in adverted commas, because, I think the IBF is in a weird position now, because it will be recalled that a few weeks back they too, sanctioned Kevin Kelley against Manuel Medina in what they too deemed an eliminator for this very same division and title! continue


Calzaghe/Manfredo Press Conference Photos

Calzaghe vs ManfredoLONDON, ENGLAND (December 12, 2006) -- Photos courtesy Sports Network. Shots of Joe Calzaghe, Frank Warren and Peter Manfredo, Jr. from yesterday's news conference in London for their April 7 WBO super middleweight title fight at Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, Wales. HBO will televise live at 5 PM ET/2 PM PT. Calzaghe (42-0, 31 KOs), from Newbridge, Wales, has successfully defended his world title 19 times -- sixth-best on the all-time list -- since winning it in 1997. Manfredo Jr. (26-3, 12 KOs), from Providence, RI, a former NABO champion, boasts career-high world ratings, ranked No 7 by the World Boxing Organization and No. 8 by the World Boxing Council.

Promoter Frank Warren confirmed that the super middleweight championship bout between Joe Calzaghe and Peter Manfredo Jr has been moved from March 3 to April 7 due to a logistical problem with the venue, the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, Wales. The event will remain at the Millennium Stadium on the new date. continue


Shelly Finkel Interview

12.12.06 - Interview by Michael Marley, www.BoxingConfidential.com: And Shelly Finkel told me all that before the soup came at Tropica inside Grand Central Station. Boxing's most successful manager of his generation was, as usual, bubbling over with enthusiasm and optimism although he does see imminent danger ahead for boxing in general.

Finkel is, above all, two things. He is a survivor and usually an optimist, a guy who prefers to look at the proverbial glass as half full rather than half empty. continue


Lewkowicz, Nunez, Sedefir Cook Up Dominican Fight Fan's Feast

12.12.06 - The chef's name is Sampson Lewkowicz. The guy who hired the top chef is Jose Nunez. Working together and with SEDEFIR, the Dominican government agency which handle sports among other subjects, they have combined to whip a fistic feast for boxing fans. On Monday, December 18, in Santo Domingo, Jay Boxing Promotions and SEDEFIR, in assocation with Golden Boy Promotions and Sycuan Ringside Promotions, will serve up a nine-bout menu of great bouts. continue


Marco Huck oozing with confidence

12.12.06 - Marco Huck has been oozing with confidence ahead of his first-ever title fight. The up-and-coming cruiserweight takes on Italy´s Pietro Aurino (37-2, 16 KOs) on Saturday to battle out the EU-Championship in Kempten, Germany. "Aurino is a good fighter but only the latest obstacle on my way to the top," Huck vowed. "I will be the next cruiserweight champion." continue


Edison Miranda vs. Willie Gibbs: Knockout Artist Miranda Returns To Action On Saturday Night

edison miranda12.12.06 - by Matt Stein: Colombian middleweight Edison Miranda (26-1, 23 KO's) will return to the ring this Saturday night when he fights Willie Gibbs (20-1, 16 KO's) at the Miccosukee Resort & Gaming, in Miami, Florida. The fight will be showed live on HBO, which will give American's audience a first time of seeing the young 25-year old Miranda, who is currently is the #1 ranked middleweight in the IBF. Miranda, best known for his huge knockout power, is taking on another tough up and coming middleweight in Willie Gibbs. For his part, Gibbs has been very impressive since turning professional in 2001, winning the majoring of his fights by knockout. Aside from his lone loss, a 4th round knockout loss to Daniel Edouard in August 2004, he has showed excellent potential.

In September 2006, Miranda suffered a 12-round controversial loss to IBF middleweight champion Arthur Abraham, a fight in which Miranda broke Abraham's jaw in the 4th round. continue


Euro Boxing Roundup: Gomez vs Frank, Krajnc, Abazi vs Guerrero?

12.12.06 - By Per Ake Persson: Mahir Oral is out and Mustapha Karagol is in as opponent for Italian Domenico Spada on Friday in Hamburg on Arena Box Promotion´s big show at the Sporthalle. According to Arena, Oral, EU champ at 160, and co-challenger for the vacant WBC title, hurt his right hand as he tried to interfere in a brawl that had erupted in the hotel where the press conference announding the show took place. continue


Unbeaten Jorge Paez Jr. Fights This Friday In Mexicali

11.12.06 - Sycuan Ringside Promotions’ undefeated teenage sensation Jorge Paez Jr. appears in his second six-round bout when he faces veteran Joel Padilla in a lightweight fight Dec. 15 in Mexicali, Mexico. The 19-year-old Paez, who has a record of 11-0 with seven knockouts, is coming off four decision wins, three of which were on HBO pay-per-view cards. On Sept. 16 in Las Vegas he beat Derrick Campos; on Aug. 19 in El Paso, Texas, he defeated Armand Horn in his six-round debut; on May 6 in Las Vegas he decisioned Lowell Brownfield; and on June 10 in Atlantic City, N.J., he bested Travis Hartman. continue


Mastermind Marley's Top Ten Reasons The Heavyweight Division Blows Wind

11.12.06 - By MICHAEL MARLEY, BoxingConfidential.com: Going to Hades in a hand basket? Chances of revival, slim and none and slim is way out of town. Perhaps a plot to exterminate professional boxing altogether? Maybe it is but one thing we can all agree on is that the bifurcated heavyweight title, divided into four parts, is a sick joke on every sucker who has ever forked over $49.95 for a pay-per-view show or $200 for a cheap seat ticket in Vegas.

Herewith Mastermind Marley's Top 10 Reasons The Heavyweight Division's stock is lower than Don Rumsfeld's testosterone levels... continue


Maskaev Impressive In First Title Defense

oleg maskaev11.12.06 - By Kirk Allen: WBC heavyweight champion Oleg Maskaev (34-5, 26 KO's) easily cruised to a 12-round unanimous decision over Ugandan challenger, Peter Okhello, (18-5, 16 KO's) on Sunday at the Olympiysky Sports Arena, in Moscow, Russia. The final judge's scores were 120-107, 118-109, 120-107. In the first round, it was immediately clear that Okhello was going to be having problems with Maskaev's superior power and skill, as the big 6'4" Ugandan was continuously tagged with right hand power shots by Maskaev. Fighting out of a crouch, and looking like a modern day Rocky Marciano, Maskaev was able to duck under most of Okhello's shots, often making him miss badly.

Leaving aside an occasional jab landed by Okhello, the fight was entirely controlled by Maskaev. Okhello, 34, was knocked down in the 10th round, after getting hit with a huge right uppercut from Maskaev, leaving Okhello entangled in the ring ropes. continue


Ouma/Taylor: Large, Medium… Too Small

11.12.06 - By Rizwaan Zahid: Kassim ‘The Dream’ Ouma entered Saturday night with little in his favour. His fight against Jermain Taylor was clearly going to be the toughest fight of his career. Not only was he a small junior middleweight compared to others, but he is an even smaller middleweight, fighting a 6’1 middleweight in Taylor. From the opening bell, it was apparent that the usual punching machine that we see in Ouma was not going to have his typical fight. He landed 502 total punches against Jantuah in early 2005, however against Taylor Kassim could only manage to get off 701. continue


Taylor vs Ouma: Open Scoring Experiment

11.12.06 - By Geoffrey Ciani: Jermain Taylor successfully defended his middleweight championship against Kasim Ouma this past Saturday. It was a good win for Taylor whose punching power was the difference maker. Ordinarily, Ouma has an extremely high punch output, but against an elite fighter like Taylor, Ouma was forced to think twice before throwing caution into the wind. Although Ouma was a game challenger, he essentially lost every round against Taylor in what amounted to be a one-sided unanimous decision. continue


William "KO King" Guthrie Flattens Wiggins

LAS VEGAS (December 11, 2006) - Fans witnessed a real barnburner last Saturday night in an exciting, action packed fight that ended in dramatic fashion when IBF International Light Heavyweight Champion William "KO King" Guthrie flattened former NABF and WBC Continental Americas Champion Donnell "Cadillac" Wiggins at 2:21 of the fourth round of their scheduled eight round bout at the Florence County Fairgrounds in Florence, South Carolina. continue


Jermain Taylor And The Power To Win

11.12.06 - By Frank Gonzalez Jr. Sharkie’s Machine - Jermain “Bad Intentions” Taylor improved his record to 27-0-1, 17 KO’s after successfully controlling the action and scoring the better punches over rookie Middleweight and seasoned veteran Contender, Kassim “The Dream” Ouma (25-3-1, 15 KO’s). The fight took place in Taylor’s hometown of Little Rock, where the Arkansan pugilist wanted to impress his fans with a knockout victory. He hasn’t KO’d anyone in two years now and as Taylor suggested before the fight, its about that time. Taylor won practically every round but failed to get the KO in a fight that was competitive to the end.

Taylor began the fight like a Tasmanian devil possessed with the idea of a quick knockout. He was so wild that at times, he was off balance. Kassim Ouma is no pushover and though Taylor won rounds, he wasted a lot of energy with the pace he employed early on. continue


Heavy Thinking Part 3 - Our Future Hopes: Povetkin, Dimitrenko, Greenberg, Chambers, Platov & Gammer

11.12.06 - By Paul McCreath: In Parts #1 and #2 we looked at all the name heavies and what they are likely to do in the coming year. In Part #3, we examine the small group of young fighters who are most likely to make the jump in 2007, from prospects to big name stars. The best prospect in the world today, in my opinion, is Alex Povetkin, the German based Russian who won gold in the last Olympic Games at superheavyweight. Alex is 27, stands 6 feet 2 inches and weighs in at around 220. A pro only since June of 2005, he has progressed rapidly and already has 10 wins with 8 KO's. Promoted by Sauerland, Povetkin has been brought along very quickly. continue


Euro News: Askainen-Sylvester on McCline-Valuev undecard, more

11.12.06 - By Per Ake Persson: EBU champ Amin Askainen´s defence against German middle Sebastian Sylvester has now been set for January 20 in Basel on the undercard to Valuev vs McCline. Sylvester must first get through the defence of his WBA I/C title against Australian Peter Mitrevski, Jr, December 16 in Kempten in the chief support to Aurino vs Huck. It doesn´t look very likely that he should be able to fight two 12-rounders of this magnitude inside five weeks but time will tell. continue


Peter-Toney, Rivera-Simms Doubleheader Has New Start Time

11.12.06 - To accommodate sports fans tuning into the NFL Wildcard game on NBC, Saturday, Jan. 6, 2007, SHOWTIME has pushed back its SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING telecast one hour. The new start time is 10 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the west coast). In the main event, heavyweights Sam Peter and James Toney will box a rematch of their exciting fight in September 2006 on SHOWTIME. The winner of the 12-round elimination bout becomes the mandatory challenger to WBC champion Oleg Maskaev. In the Jan. 6 co-feature, Jose Antonio Rivera defends his WBA super welterweight title against Travis Simms. The fights will take place in Hard Rock Live at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Fla.


Moorer, McCall, Greenberg and Marrone Get It Done..."Night Of The Heavyweights" Thrills The Crowd

moorer11.12.06 - By Wray Edwards: Photos © Wray Edwards - click here for photo gallery -- There was something for everyone last night at the Seminole Hard Rock Live" Arena. Michael Moorer didn't waste any time dropping Cliff Couser with a serious right.

Cliff threw several punches which would have probably killed Michael, but Moorer ducked the speeding leather. At 1:36 of the first round Michael popped Couser with a punch that put him on his back and caused his legs to elevate from the concussion.

The docs worried over him for some minutes and when he was helped to his feet he was heard to say, "Wow! That was really something".

After Cliff gathered his brain cells back in order he went over to congratulate Michael. continue


Kenny Craven Signs With TheDailySports.com Boxing Promotions

11.12.06 - Queensbury, NY – TheDailySports.com Boxing Promotions has signed rugged veteran Kenny “The Raven” Craven to a promotional contract. Craven, who resides in Albany, Louisiana currently, holds a 27-18 (22 KOs) record. His last fight was a first round TKO loss to Heavyweight Oliver McCall on June 30, 2006 in Florida. continue


Brandon Rios vs. Humberto Tapia in Co-Main at Cicero December 22nd

10.12.06 - Undefeated lightweight prospect Brandon Rios will return to Chicago to battle Humberto Tapia in the eight round co-main event at CHRISTMAS BRAWL on Friday, December 22nd at Cicero Stadium, it was announced today by Dominic Pesoli, President of 8 Count Productions. CHRISTMAS BRAWL, another evening of world class professional boxing, is presented by 8 Count Productions along with Bob Arum's Top Rank Incorporated and Miller Lite along with TCF Bank. continue


De La Hoya coming to the Dominican Republic for Guzman bout

10.12.06 - SANTO DOMINGO--Joan Guzman is a pugilist not a politician. In fact, he is among the world's best in the prize ring, having rolled up two WBO titles and a 26-0 record to date. But, as his Monday, December 18, WBO 130-pound title defense against 22-2 American Antonio "TRex" Davis fast approaches, Guzman said he is feeling "presidential." Let the Dominican boxing dandy explain that. continue


Amir Khan Decisions Rashid Drilzane

danny williams(From left to right, Amir Khan and Rashid Drilzane) 10.12.06 - By Bob Webb: Amazingly to fans of Amir Khan, who are predominantly British, there is a heap of disdain coming from other quarters outside the British Isles. There has recently been some speculation on ESB, indeed, that he even has a soft chin, the main argument for which appears to be that his opponents up to now and including last night’s opponent, Frenchman Rashid Drilzane (10 – 3, no KOs), have very poor KO records and that Khan’s management and promotional team are avoiding heavy hitters in order to protect his chin.

There has even been the suggestion that Khan has been rocked several times to add to that impression. Has that question been answered by Khan’s latest outing, a ten round fight for his first time against Drilzane for the hyped and fairly meaningless IBF Intercontinental title at Light-Welterweight? continue


Boxing's Billionaire Is Back

10.12.06 - By Michael Marley, www.boxingconfidential.com - He is, without doubt, the richest man in boxing. A credible source, Forbes magazine, lists him as the 72nd richest person on the planet. But, on November 27, Suleiman Kerimov was nearly killed when he crashed his Ferrari at high speed in France.

Some gave the boxing billionaire up for dead when he was put into intensive care. There were whispers about him slipping into a coma. But international boxing matchmaker/adviser Sampson Lewkowicz tells www.boxingconfidential.com exclusively that not only will Kerimov live he will also show up to support WBO heavyweight challenger Sultan Ibragimov in his March 10 bout against newly-crowned Shannon Briggs. continue


The Best Latino Boxers 2006, PT II - The Flyweights

10.12.06 - Ricardo Lois from Boxingconfidential.com: Ivan Calderon did not stir-up much passion when I picked him as the Best Latino Straweight for 2006. The tiny boxing master is so much better than any other strawweight, the announcement failed to produce a pissing match for the ages.

As I move up in weight, decisions will be much more subjective and I hope the grand insults and drama will reappear on Boxing Confidential and Boxeo Mundial. continue


Mayweather Against The Elite

10.12.06 - By Ted Sares: Let’s speculate as to how Pretty Boy Floyd Mayweather Jr., 37-0 with 24 ko's, would do against some great fighters of other eras. Clearly, I could do the same with Manny Pacquiao who seems to be closing the gap on Floyd as the top P4P fighter in the world. Nevertheless, PBF is one of the most talented young fighters to come along in some time. Blessed with speed, stamina, power, sharp punching, a solid chin and great defense, he is undefeated and at the top of his game. Some of his victims have included Emanuel Augustus, Carlos Baldomir, Arturo Gatti, Phillip N'dou, DeMarcus Corley, Genaro Hernandez, Zab Judah, Jose Luis Castillo (twice), Jesus Chavez, and, of course, Diego Corrales. As a "purist," I find the level of his all around skills not only uncommonly high, but exciting to watch as well. continue


Audley Harrison Destroys Danny Williams In 3rd Round TKO!

10.12.06 - By Bobb Webb: Okay, with the shouting over, let’s get last night’s clash between Danny Williams and Audley Harrison into some kind of perspective. When previewing this fight, taking into account their last outing and Harrison’s dismal showings in that fight and in his subsequent loss to Dominic Guinn, I could only predict, perhaps lamely, that Harrison would either show us something - or nothing, again. Danny Williams, on the other hand, was a rather too well known quantity.

It was always going to be a case of in what guise Harrison would turn up. Frankly, from what he’d shown us so far, there was little hope that he’d improve over his last performances, because he never had done so, at least not against that level of opponent. continue


Jermain Taylor, and what makes him middleweight champion

09.12.06 - by Alden "The Kid" Chodash: Jermain Taylor proved Saturday night that you don't need to look spectacular to retain your world title. This was Taylor's homecoming, his chance to send a message to future threats such as Wright, Calzaghe, and even Abraham. Although he didn't increase his stock off a beat-down of smaller, yet extremely game Kassim Ouma, he prevented the Ugandan from giving a solid blueprint on how to defeat Taylor. And although many may believe that Hopkins and Wright gave plenty clues on how to fight Taylor, beating him is a completely different task. So what really separates Jermain from the middleweight division? continue


Team Rivera Disputes Claims By Travis Simms

10.12.06 - For two days last week in both New York City and Hollywood, Florida WBA 154 pound world champion Jose Antonio Rivera (Worcester, Massachusetts) and one-time prospect Travis Simms (Norwalk, Connecticut) spent time with reporters and TV personalities as they discussed their upcoming clash for Rivera's WBA championship on the undercard of the heavyweight rematch between James Toney and Samuel Peter at the Hardrock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Florida. continue


Jermain Taylor Decisions Kassim Ouma

10.12.06 - By Jeff Bastasini: WBC and WBO Middleweight champion Jermain Taylor (26-0-1, 17 KO's) won a hard fought 12-round unanimous decision last night over Kassim Ouma, (25-3-1, 15 KO's) who was fighting for the first time at middleweight, and looked good against Taylor. The final judge’s scores were 110-118, 111-117 and 113-115, all for Taylor. In command of the fight from the outset, Taylor used his speed, size and power advantage to win the majority of the exchanges, seldom appearing to be challenged during the bout by the smaller Ouma. In general, Taylor looked far from impressive, though, as Ouma applied constant pressure through the course of the bout, which seemed to rattle Taylor, at times. In the 5th round, Taylor's left eye was cut. continue


Harrison Blasts Williams: Is it enough to get “A-Force” Back on Track?

audley harrison09.12.06 - By Aaron King: Audley Harrison took a step toward reviving his career Saturday night after destroying fellow Brit Danny Williams in the third round. With the win, Harrison avenged his loss to Williams a year ago.

In what was his most impressive performance since winning Olympic gold in 2000, Harrison (21-2, 16 KOs) jumped on Williams (36-6, 29 KOs) from the opening bell and never let up, causing significant damage to his opponents face within the first minute.

Harrison’s sharp, straight lefts produced considerable eye swelling and cuts on both sides of Williams’ nose, forcing the referee to momentarily intervene in the second round while Williams was evaluated by the ringside physician. Harrison, a southpaw, continued coming forward, keeping Williams on the outside with stiff jabs and barbing lefts. In the third, Williams’ condition continued to worsen as Harrison landed two pulverizing left uppercuts that turned Williams’ legs into noodles as he slipped to the canvas. continue


Michael Moorer KO's Couser, Greenberg, and McCall Score Knockouts

09.12.06 - By Scott Frake: Former heavyweight champion Michael Moorer (48-4-1, 38 KOs) scored had little trouble tonight, stopping Cliff Couser (26-11-2, 14 KO's)in the 1st round of their bout at the The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel in Hollywood, Florida. This bout wasn't expected to be a competitive fight. However, no one thought that Moorer, who was making his first appearance in the boxing ring in over two years, would be up to the task of taking out Couser so quickly. Quite honestly, Couser, a Tyson look alike, never saw the knockout coming, thinking that he had Moorer trapped and helpless against the ropes. continue


Harrison V Williams II: The Show Must Go On

09.12.06 - By Neil Goodman: This evenings Frank Warren promotion originally boasted not one, but two main event bouts and an expansive undercard. The last few weeks have taken a toll on the bouts schedule. First, the fight between Skelton and Harrison fell by the wayside; with Skelton pulling out through injury. Then to compound Warren’s woes, Scott Harrison pulled the plug on the eagerly anticipated bout between the former WBO featherweight champion and Nicky Cooke. continue


World Middleweight Championship on the line for Taylor vs. Ouma tonight

New York, December 9 - Undisputed and undefeated World Middleweight Champion Jermain "Bad Intentions" Taylor (25-0-1, 17 KO's) and promoter DiBella Entertainment have signed Alltel Wireless as title sponsor along with secondary sponsors StubHub and the motion picture Rocky Balboa (MGM) for Taylor's title defense against Kassim "The Dream" Ouma (25-2-1, 15 KO's) on Saturday night, December 9th 2006 at Alltel Arena in North Little Rock, Arkansas. continue


Where's The Beef? Warrior's Boxing "Night Of The Heavyweights" At The Seminole Hardrock: Michael Moorer vs. Cliff Couser

michael moorer(From left to right, Michael Moorer with Cliff Couser) 09.12.06 - By Wray Edwards: Photos © Wray Edwards ( + Photo Gallery ) -- Here we are back at the Seminole Hard Rock Casino for a weigh-in and a night of boxing. The Main Event is a Heavyweight bout between Michael Moorer (47-4-1, 37 KO's) and Cliff Couser (26-10-2, 14 KO's). Also Oliver McCall (48-8, 35 KO's) will face Cuban Yamqui Diaz (13-4, 8 KO's), Roman Greenberg (22-0, 15 KO's) will match with Steve Pannell (34-10, 28 KO's) and, rounding out the Heavyweight action, Michael Marrone (15-0, 12 KO's) will take on Ronald Bellamy (14-5-4, 9 KO's.

Michael Marrone, from just up the road in Vero Beach is a real burner who has great focus and heavy hands. The guy is all business in the ring. Roman Greenberg from Tel Aviv, Israel has been building an international career in Europe and the United States. The best moment during the weigh-ins was when Danny Vanstaden, a Lightweight from Key West, Florida did not even remove his sweats while on the scales and even pulled out his cell phone. The undercard boasts a lot of young guys who are coming on line and there is usually at least one good scrap in a lot like this. continue


Oleg Maskaev vs. Peter Okhello: Oleg Makes His First Title Defense

08.12.06 - By Tim Neilson: Oleg Maskaev (33-5, 26 KO's) defends his WBC heavyweight title against Peter Okhello (18-4, 16 KO's), a big 6'4" heavyweight from Uganda, on Sunday at the Olympiysky Sports Arena, in Moscow, Russia. Maskaev, 37, won the WBC heavyweight title in August, 2006, knocking out in a 12th round shocking upset of American Hasim Rahman in Las Vegas. Like in their previous bout together, Maskaev was expected to lose to Rahman. However, Maskaev matched up well with Rahman in the power department, making the fight a toss up until the 12th round, when Maskaev finally took Rahman out with an accumulation of punches. continue


Roberto Duran Comments on Boxing Hall Of Fame

08.12.06 - “I would like to take this time and thank all my fans for there wonderful support which has spanned for over five decades. It seems like yesterday that I stepped into the ring for the very first time and who would’ve thought I would have the longevity in my career that I did. So many great memories from Buchanan, Leonard, Moore, Barkley, and so many more! To my fans around the would, I look forward in seeing you in Canastota, NY for this joyous occasion. This is truly the greatest honor an athlete can receive for all his accomplishments, no one can ever take this away!” . continue


Timothy Bradley Joins Arnold Schwarzenegger at East LA Parade Tomorrow

LOS ANGELES, CA (December 8, 2006) -- Undefeated WBC junior welterweight youth champion Timothy "Desert Storm" Bradley Jr. (17-0, 10 KOs), from Palm Springs, CA, will participate in the Hollenbeck Youth Center Parade, Tomorrow! Saturday, December 9, in downtown Los Angeles, where over five thousand needy children will receive an anticipated Christmas party. continue


The Greatest Champion From Every Weight Class In History

08.12.06 - By James Slater: Though I would love, like practically every other boxing fan, for the old days of only eight weight divisions with only one champion in each to return, I realise that this is never going to happen. There are now seventeen weight classes, of course, with as many as four title holders in each - even more should we consider other alphabet organisations aside from the more established ones. Oh, sure, it’s a mess alright. Still, this is not to say there haven’t been many fine champions in weight divisions other than the old and traditional eight of yesteryear.

With the arrival of weight groups such as super middleweight, junior lightweight, cruiserweight and the like, some fine champions have been crowned. Indeed, men like Joe Calzaghe, for example, have certainly benefited from the invention of new divisions. Joe, too big to be a middleweight and probably too small to compete effectively as a light heavyweight (though he has said more than a few times he will one day more than likely go up there) finds himself right at home at 168 pounds. It is lucky for him, therefore, that the weight class exists. continue


Rubin Williams-Antwun Echols headlines "Fight Night At The Palace"

LAS VEGAS (December 8, 2006) - World-class super middleweight contender Rubin "Hollywood" Williams returns home on January 12 to fight veteran bomber Antwun "Kid Dynamite" Echols for the vacant IBA super middleweight title, headlining "Fight Night at The Palace" in the 12-round main event, at The Palace in Palace Hills, Michigan. continue


Williams/Harrison: Audley Seeks Revenge!

08.12.06 - By Kirk Allen: On Saturday night at the ExCel arena, in London, England, Audley Harrison, (20-2, 15 KO's) once considered one of Englands's most promising heavyweights, will be fighting for what's left of his shattered career when he seeks revenge against Danny Williams, (36-5, 29 KO's) a fighter that decisioned him a year ago in December, thus starting Audley's career freefall. The fight itself was nothing to speak of, with both fighters often looking dreadful, rarely throwing punches and posing the whole time, as if they were waiting for their photos to be taken. continue


Future of the Cruiserweight Division Vol. 1

08.12.06 - By Troy Ondrizek: Relegated to being the Jan Brady of the boxing world, the cruiserweight division needs someone to pay attention to it. There are only a handful of individuals who I have actually found that are knowledgeable about the cruiserweights and truth be told they are almost all from Europe. Plus the division is almost completely ignored by boxing scribes, so I am on a mission to rectify this travesty. So far, I haven’t done well, I can talk all day long about fighter after fighter and I can hope that readers will do some research about them, hasn’t happened. continue


Top Ten Distinctions Of New Hall Of Famer Robert Duran

08.12.06 - By MICHAEL MARLEY - From www.boxingconfidential.com
1. He did knock out a horse which is something that Ray Leonard, Thomas Hearns and Marvy Marvin Hagler never did.

2. He did have a pet lion named Simba. And he wasn't lying about that.

3. He took that knockout shot from Hitman Hearns and did not die on the spot.

4. Without speaking a single word of English, he was scarier than Tony Montana.

5. He split two fights with Puerto Rican Esteban DeJesus and, when DeJesus was dying of AIDS in a prison, "Hands Of Stone" went to pay his respects when they both the end was near for Esteban. continue


Harrison/Williams Weigh-In Ends In Brawl

08.12.06 - FrankWarren.tv: Danny Williams' rematch with Audley Harrison kicked off early today, with the Brixton bomber taking a swing at the Olympic gold medallist at the weigh in ahead of their fight at the ExCeL Arena tomorrow night. Before the mayhem, Williams had scaled 19'1, while Harrison was 17'13 and a half pound. When the two boxers were called together for a head-to-head in one of the conference suites at the ExCeL Arena, Williams lost his temper. As the flash bulbs began popping, Williams put his face close to Harrison's, prompting the 2000 Olympic star to push him away. Williams responded by seeming to aim a punch at Harrison - which missed - and the resulting melee drew in members of both boxers camps and security guards. The pair were warned by General Secretary of the British Boxing Board of Control, Simon Block, about their future conduct. read full story ... continue


Amir Khan vs. Rachid Drilzane: Khan Fighting For IBF Intercontinental Belt On Saturday Night

08.12.06 - By Jeff Bastasini: British Light welterweight Amir Khan (9-0, 7 KO's), the former Olympian from the 2004 Olympic games, will be Rachid Drilzane (10-3) on Saturday night, December 9th, at the ExCel Arena, in London, England. At stake will be the vacant IBF intercontinental light welterweight title, something that is important more in terms of a boxing resume than in a real money-ralated sense. Drilzane, 28, isn't expected to present much in the way of opposition for Khan, considering that the Frenchman doesn't possess much in the way of power, and, in fact, doesn't have one knockout on his record. continue


Samson Onyango Ready To Go For First Title!

08.12.06: After going undefeated in all of his ten professional fights so far, Risum Boxing’s super middleweight prospect Samson “The Hammer” Onyango (10-0, 7 KOs) will challenge for his first title in the pro ranks, when he takes on Mohammed Orungi for the Kenyan national 168 Lb. title on December 12 at the Grand Regency Hotel in Nairobi. A fight that was supposed to take place earlier in the year, but was cancelled when promoters postponed the show. continue


Margarito's Win Calls To Mind Lewis, Duran, Chavez, Holyfield & Marciano

antonio margarito08.12.06 - By Scoop Malinowski: No, it was not the most spectacular performance of Antonio Margarito's career. But let me tell you something. There have been many, many great fighters who have had these types of - shall we say - sub-par matches during their careers.

Lennox Lewis had Zelkjo Mavrovic. Evander Holyfield had Bobby Czyz. Mike Tyson had Mitch Green and James Tillis. Roberto Duran had Kirkland Laing and Zeferino Gonzalez. Julio Cesar Chavez had Dwight Pratchett and Rocky Lockridge. And the artist LeRoy Neiman told me, Rocky Marciano, shortly before the first Roland LaStarza fight, had a totally ordinary outing - against a man whose name he has forgotten.

But no matter how flawed or vulnerable some critics want to say Margarito looked against a very formidable yet little-known Joshua Clottey on December 2nd, nothing in the world can erase the fact that we saw Floyd Mayweather stuttering and stammering almost incoherently in those youtube videos at the mere mention of the name 'Antonio Margarito.. continue


Star Boxing will be helping make the holidays brighter for kids

08.12.06 - Star Boxing will be helping make the holidays brighter for kids this year, and you can help. On Friday, December 8, at the Paradise Theater in the Bronx, New York, representatives of the United States Marine Corp will be collecting new, unwrapped toys for the Toys for Tots organization. The collection will be part of a night of fights by Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing, featuring up-and-coming Kevin “Kingpin” Johnson (12-0-1, 5 KOs), as he takes on Charles Davis (17-10-1, 4 KOs) in a 10-round heavyweight battle.. continue


Euro Boxing Roundup: Haussler Fights Bargero On December 16th

08.12.06 - By Per Ake Persson: French paper Le Monde have reported a posibble connection between WBA jr welter champ Souleyman M´Baye and a dr Eufemiano Fuentes, a Spanish doctor that has been involved in a big doping scandal that has rocked cycling as well as other sports. It appears that M´Baye, a frequent visitor to Spain in the last few years, has met dr Fuentes in Madrid. The case also involves Spanish superbantam Kiko Martinez, who is the mandatory challenger for EBU titleholder Bernard Dunne. M´Baye tells another paper, l´Equipe, he is looking into suing Le Monde and denies any wrongdoings. continue


Marrone Fighting Saturday!

08.12.06 - Duva Boxing’s 21-year-old undefeated heavyweight Mike Marrone (15-0, 12 KOs) will make his next appearance this Saturday, on Warriors Boxing’s "Night of the Heavyweights" pay-per-view telecast from the Seminole Hard Rock LIVE Arena in Hollywood, Florida. Marrone’s opponent will be North Carolina’s Ron Bellamy (14-5-4, KOs). continue


Benny "Kid" Paret: Lest We Forget

07.12.06 - Ted Sares: The bout had been televised live and I saw it. I was 25 at the time and had witnessed several previous fight that had ended in tragedy though I was by no means inured to such a grim thing. There had been bad blood between Emil Griffith and Benny "Kid" Paret prior to their third fight on March 24, 1962.

The two had split their previous two meetings. During the weigh-in, Paret reportedly called his opponent a maricon, the Spanish equivalent of "faggot." Emile had to be restrained from going after "The Kid" right there and then. continue


Duran, Lopez and Whitaker Elected To Boxing Hall Of Fame

CANASTOTA, NY - DECEMBER 7, 2006 - The International Boxing Hall of Fame and Museum announced today the newest class of inductees to enter the Hall. Living inductees include four-division champion Roberto “Hands of Stone” Duran (Panama), two-division champion Ricardo “Finito” Lopez (Mexico), four-division champion Pernell “Sweet Pea” Whitaker (USA), trainer Amilcar Brusa (Argentina), administrator Jose Sulaiman (Mexico) and artist Leroy Neiman (USA). continue


Boxing Hall Of Fame: Boxing Personalities Comment On Class Of 2007

“The Class of 2007 is stupendous. It is very rich in talent and all-time heroes.”
- Hank Kaplan, 2006 Hall of Fame Inductee

“The new class of inductees is fantastic. There is so much talent there.”
- Arthur Mercante, 1995 Hall of Fame Inductee. continue


Winky Wright – Respect Long Overdue

07.12.06 - By Rizwaan Zahid: Last Saturday, Ronald ‘Winky Wright’ outboxed Ike Quartey over 12 rounds, in the latest fight of what has been a tough career. He has traveled and fought around the world as much as some business clients. Not only has he repeatedly challenged the best, but he has on most occasions been in favour of mutual terms for fights, as well as always showing tremendous respect towards his opponents. continue


One on One With The Amazing Edison Miranda

Miranda and Scoop07.12.06 - By Scoop Malinowski: Someday they're going to make a movie about Edison Miranda. They have to. Though he's just 25, his life story is already one of the most amazing, event-filled dramas you will ever hear about any sportsman.

If you didn't already know, Edison was abandoned by his family at one-month old. He later escaped the dubious parental supervision of other family members and by age nine, Edison Miranda was living completely on his own in Colombia. Sometimes he was forced by necessity to eat road kill in order to survive. By age 12 he was working a full-time man's job in construction. At 14 he was a cattle butcher.

At a recent New York City show, on the way back to my seat, I spotted a man standing inconspicuously in front of a wide column, watching the action. Hey, wait a minute, that looks like EDISON MIRANDA! I thought to myself. I stopped in my tracks. I love Edison Miranda, just on seeing that brief ESPN2 promo before the Howard Eastman fight. continue


Ouma takes center stage, as another African fighter steps up to fight the best

07.12.06 - Michael Cassell, The Philadelphia Boxing Report - PHILADELPHIA – What is it with these tough African fighters? Last week, two African fighters lost on television, Joshua Clottey and Ike Quartey. One thing that resonated in both losses was that both of these men fought like true warriors. They never gave in, and they dug as deep as possible, to fight the best fight. Joshua Clottey, a rugged fighter from the village of Bokum in Ghana, and a member of the Ga-Adangbe tribe, showed the world, that even with an obviously broken hand, he would fight until the end against a rugged Margarito. continue


Interview With Vivian Harris

07.12.06 - By Matt Yanofsky: Today I had the pleasure to speak with former world champion Vivian Harris 27-2 18 KO's. Harris has won his last two fights coming off a shocking knockout loss to Carlos Maussa. Harris is once again a top Super Lightweight and is looking forward to another title fight. Fans can chat with Vivian at Myspace.Com/ViciousVivian. continue


"Battle Zone at The Castle" Dec. 15 in Boston

BOSTON, Mass. (December 7, 2006) - Professional boxing returns to downtown Boston on Friday night, December 15 as the Alpha Omega Entertainment Group presents "Battle Zone at The Castle." The Alpha Omega Entertainment Group, in association with Sprint/Nextel and NESN, is promoting Battle Zone at the Castle. The show will be taped live and aired in January on NESN. continue


Scott Harrison’s A Series of Unfortunate Events

07.12.06 - by Gabriel DeCrease

I'll tell you one thing, big man, it's nae the fighting that bothers me. The fighting's the easy part. It's the living that's the killer. -Scott Harrison, on his recent harsh-times

According to a public statement released Wednesday by his father and trainer Peter Harrison World Boxing Organization (WBO) featherweight champion Scott “The Real McCoy” Harrison will abdicate his title due to the impossibility of safely making weight in time for his scheduled title defense against European Boxing Union (EBU) titleholder Nicky Cook. This decision comes at the end of a long and very-much self-inflicted period of instability and turmoil for the now 29-year-old Harrison.

Harrison has long been known to boxing fans and journalists as a fun-loving, hard-drinking, and decidedly brackish Wildman. The fighting Scotsman seemingly began to suffer the ill-effects of his lifestyle in May of this year when a string of arrests forced him to withdraw from a title defense against Aussie-technician Gairy St Clair. continue


"Caribbean Tank" Williams Heading Home

LAS VEGAS (December 7, 2006) - Bahamian heavyweight Sherman "The Caribbean Tank" Williams returns home to defend his WBC CABOFE & NBA titles on January 27, headlining "Big Drama in Little Bahama" against WBC Mundo Hispano title-holder Gonzalo Omar "El Paton" Basile, at the Kendal Isaacs National Arena in Nassau, The Bahamas. Three-time world champion Stevie "Lil But Bad" Johnston fights Argentinean champ Fernando David "El Vasco" Saucedo for the vacant IBA lightweight championship in the 12-round co-feature. continue


Heavyweight "Kingpin" Johnson Tops December 8 fight night

Bronx, New York - Dec 7, 2006 Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing has announced the revised card for the Friday, December 8, night of boxing at the Paradise Theater in the Bronx, New York. The new main event will feature a dangerous test for Asbury Park, New Jersey’s up-and-coming Kevin “Kingpin” Johnson (12-0-1, 5 KOs), as he takes on former WBC Continental Americas, WBE Heavyweight, WBC Latino and WBE International Super Heavyweight Champion Charles Davis (17-10-1, 4 KOs) in a 10-round heavyweight battle. continue


Hernandez More Than Ready For Litzau

07.12.06 - CHICAGO - Chicagoan Jose Hernandez heads to South Florida next week to battle Jason Litzau at the Miccosukee Resort and Casino in Miami, Florida next Saturday night, December 16th as part of an outstanding HBO Boxing After Dark doubleheader. Hernandez and Litzau will square off in the ten round co-main event starting at 9:30pm EST, 8:30pm CST. continue


Jermain Taylor: The Graduate

jermain taylor07.12.06 - By Justin Hackman: In anticipation for each of Jermain Taylor’s last three fights, I remember thinking, though it would not be a walk in the park, he would be victorious in each. For the first fight with Hopkins, I underestimated exactly how much gas he had left in his tank. I knew there were an exorbitant amount of miles on the Hopkins-mobile, but they must have been highway miles, because he still currently is performing like a well-oiled machine. For their rematch, I figured if Taylor made it that close in their first encounter, he could only improve, while with Hopkins…well it’s hard to teach an old boxer new punches.

Then for Taylor’s match-up with Winky Wright, I foresaw Taylor banging away at Wright’s guard, getting through enough to wear him down and eventually win a decision. While it did not turn out to be that easy, Wright defended against Taylor’s imposing athleticism better than expected, making this bout a draw in the end. The same can be said with Taylor’s fights with Hopkins: though Taylor got the decisions, the fights were highly competitive, and he did not beat Hopkins with the conviction as some, including yours truly, may have predicted. continue


Rob Calloway Moves Down To Cruiser

St. Joseph, Missouri, December 7, 2006 – “All-American Prizefighter” Rob Calloway will be going for his 65th professional win and his 50th Knock Out when he takes on Doug Kaluza on Thursday, December 7th at the Municipal Auditorium in Kansas City, MO. This fight will be televised on tape delay, nationally through Time Warner and locally through Metro Sports and St. Joseph Cablevision. continue


Litzau-Hernandez; Miranda-Gibbs on Dec 16

(Dec 6, 2006) – Undefeated featherweight prospect Jason Litzau makes his first appearance on HBO on December 16 when he battles Jose Hernandez in a 10 round co-feature bout that will open the “Boxing after Dark” broadcast, it was announced today by Main Events CEO Kathy Duva. The main event features what is expected to be a 10 round middleweight war between Edison Miranda and Willie Gibbs. Miccosukee Resort & Gaming will host the exciting evening of boxing. HBO’s “Boxing After Dark” telecast will begin at 9:30 pm ET/PT. continue


Floyd Mayweather Jr. - Why Doesn't Mayweather Fight The Best?

06.12.06 - By Mike Cassell: I CAN ALREADY HEAR THE PHRASE, “Floyd hater.” I cannot find too many writers that are more impressed with Floyd Mayweather Jr. than I am, but his speed and natural ability far exceed his hunger to fight the best competition, and that is his major flaw. continue


Peter-Toney-Rivera-Simms Quotes

Toney vs Peter 206.12.06 - Photos: TOM CASINO / SHOWTIME - At Tuesday’s press conference formally announcing Peter vs. Toney 2, promoter Don King and Ken Hershman, Showtime Networks senior vice president of Sports Programming, announced the addition of Rivera vs. Simms to the Jan. 6, 2007 edition of SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING. The world title doubleheader will air live at 9 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast) and is being promoted by Duva Boxing, Goossen Tutor Promotions, Warriors Boxing Promotions, and Don King Productions.

The always exciting Jose Antonio Rivera (38-4-1, 24 KOs) will make the first defense of his WBA super welterweight title against undefeated, WBA champion "in recess" Travis Simms (24-0, 18 KOs). Rivera won the title in spectacular fashion May 6, 2006, on SHOWTIME, dropping Alejandro "Terra” Garcia four times en route to winning a lopsided decision. Simms, who knocked out Garcia to win the WBA 154-pound belt, will be making his first start since October 2004 when he defeated Bronco McKart. The main event features the hottest young heavyweight in the world, Samuel “The Nigerian Nightmare” Peter, and one of the craftiest pugilists in history, James “Lights Out” Toney, fighting a WBC-ordered rematch at Hard Rock Live at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Fla. continue


Tsypko-Lacy: It should have been a draw!

06.12.06 - By Izyaslav “Slava” Koza: As a prelude to what should be a very interesting interview with Vitali Tsypko, mostly regarding this past Saturday’s bout with Jeff Lacy, I wanted to weigh-in with my opinion on the bout. For one, I tuned in due to the Clottey-Margarito overlap (can anybody say "exposed" and Margarito at the same time?) only after the third round, but from what I understand those were clearly Lacy rounds, anyway. continue


Taylor/Ouma: Can Kassim Outwork Taylor?

06.12.06 - By Mark Stein: WBC/WBO Middleweight champion Jermain Taylor (25-0-1, 17 KO's) will be defending his middleweight titles on Saturday night against challenger Kassim Ouma, (25-2-1, 15 KO's) at the Alltel Arena, in North Little Rock, Arkansas. Ouma, 27, a former IBF light middleweight champion, will be making move up in weight, fighting for the first time at middleweight when he takes on Taylor. As such, the 5'8" Ouma will be at a tremendous height and reach disadvantage against the 6'1" Taylor, and will likely be forced to come inside if he wants to make contact with the longer armed Taylor. continue


Heavy Thinking - Part 2

06.12.06 - By Paul McCreath: In part 1, we looked at the belt holders and who they are likely to fight in the new year. We mentioned the Toney-Peter winner as being part of the mix, but what of the loser? Well, that depends on who it is. If Toney loses to Peter, you can essentially say that it's pretty much over for him. continue


Jeff Lacy Suffers Possible Career Ending Shoulder Injury

jeff lacy06.12.06 - By Scott Frake: According to the St. Peterburg Times, Super Middleweight Jeff Lacy (22-1, 17 KO's) suffered a torn rotator cuff to his left shoulder in his close controversial win over Vitali Tyspko on last Saturday night's fight at the St. Pete's forum in Tampa, Florida. The injury reportedly occurred in the 2nd round of the fight, a round that Lacy looked powerful and in control. The tear is possibly a "full thickness" tear, meaning that the injury is quite severe and will require surgery to repair it rather than rest.

In addition, Lacy's shoulder muscles may have also been torn in the process, which will compound the shoulder problem. The injury will require up to a year to heal, and there's no guarantee that it will ever be the same as before. If this turns out to be true, this could spell bad news for Lacy, being that his left hook is his main weapon, and without it, he'd be a gravely limited fighter. continue


European Boxing Roundup

06.12.06 - By Per Ake Persson: The Brahim Asloum vs Rafael Lozano fight this past weekend in Berck, France, was originally set to be at 108 but was "upgraded" to be at flyweight a week before the fight. Asloum won on a tko in four rounds effectively ending the career of the now 36-year old Spaniard. In a supporting bout EBU supermiddle champ Deviya Gogiya outscored Jackson Chanet and may next defend the title against Mger Mkrtchian, whom he beat to win the title. Mkrtchian will return to action later this month or early in January. continue


Michael Moorer vs. Cliff Couser: Moorer Returns to The Ring On Saturday Night

06.12.06 - By Kirk Allen: Former heavyweight and light heavyweight champion Michael Moorer (47-4-1, 37 KO's) makes his boxing comeback this Saturday night against Cliff Couser (25-10-2, 13 KO's) at the Seminole Hard Rock Arena, in Hollywood, Florida. Couser, 35, who resembles a mini Mike Tyson, and fights much in the same manner, should give be a strong test for the ring rusty Moorer. Between them, they have a collective age of 74, which means anything can happen. continue


"TRex" Davis Says He Won't Catch Champ Guzman Sleeping In Dominican Republic

ATLANTA--Antonio Davis is an educated young man. Unlike many of his fellow boxers, he does not rely on old, exhausted cliches to tell you what he thinks about his business affairs. Most underdogs would try to feed you the cliches about the favorite. You know, I'll catch the champ snoozing. The champ will be overconfident. Fighting in front of his hometown fans will be a burden on the champ. And similar garbage. continue


Lamon Brewster Healthy And Eager To Jump Back Into Heavyweight Mix

06.12.06 - After suffering a detached retina early on in his fight against Sergei Liakhovich former WBO heavyweight champion Lamon Brewster has been given a clean bill of health. He is eager to prove he remains the best and most exciting heavyweight out there, and intends to take on any of the current champions and unify the belts once and for all.

“Contractually I am a free-agent, Brewster confirms, and I am ready to move on and go after what the public demands, and that’s an exciting aggressive American heavyweight who will unify the belts.”

Brewster say’s “The eye injury was an unfortunate injury, and it cost me the title, but I learn from every fight, and I intend to be very aggressive in all my future bouts. My strength is my power and I intend to KO all opponents from now on. continue


Meager upbeat ahead of Thaxton showdown

06.12.06 - Hennessy Sports promoted British Lightweight champion Lee Meager believes that his superior technique will see him overcome Jon Thaxton at the Goresbrook Leisure Centre in Dagenham this Friday. Meager ­ who stopped fellow Hennessy Sports boxer Dave Stewart in six rounds to win the vacant belt in May­ goes straight in against his mandatory contender live on Sky Sports in what most are seeing as an old-school 50/50 affair. continue


Audley Harrison vs. Danny Williams: Could This Be The End For Audley?

06.12.06 - By Tim Nielson: Danny Williams (36-5, 29 KO's) will be stepping in against former Olympic Super Heavyweight champion Audley Harrison (20-2, 15 KO's) on Saturday night at the ExCel Arena, in London, England. Harrison, 35, originally was scheduled to fight Commonwealth heavyweight champion Matt Skelton, but he forced to back out of the fight after injuring his hand while training for the bout. With only a weeks notice, Williams, 33, agreed to fight Harrison. continue


Is Ouma "Tailor " Made For Taylor ?

06.12.06 - By Jim Amato: Middleweight champion Jermain Taylor will take on former junior middleweight titleholder Kassim Ouma in his hometown this weekend. This is a good showcase fight for the talented Taylor after two bouts with Bernard Hopkins and a match with clever Winky Wright. Although Ouma is a good fighter with a name and a reputation, do you honestly think team Taylor would pick a boxer they weren't sure he was going to beat in Little Rock? continue


Boxing's Historic Records Under Assault?

05.12.06 - By Tom Luffman: I couldn’t believe the headlines when I read them, “Valuev Eyes Marciano’s Undefeated Record”1 and “Calzaghe retains middleweight belts, ties Hopkins' record”2. Even the claim that Bernard Hopkins holds the middleweight title defense record as supreme boxing writer Dan Raphael stated in an “USA Today”, March 30th, 20033, article is highly speculative. It’s unreal how much spin and outright inaccuracy is involved in sports “journalism” these days. At the very least these claims deserve an asterisk next to them to connote the truth behind the new “record” they trumpet as imminent.

I’ll take each grievance in order. “Valuev Eyes Marciano’s Undefeated Record.” This has been claimed by several publications in the past few months, but this particular headline comes from a boxing website where the writer Jesse K. Cox states, “Valuev (44-0) will likely meet and surpass Marciano's 49-0 record with little trouble. With fingers crossed, sensibility may settle in before that point and Valuev won't have the greatest heavyweight record.” continue


The New Wright: Following a trend of fighters who modified their styles for the better

05.12.06 - By Alden "The Kid" Chodash: Did you notice the CompuBox punch count for the main event in Tampa on Saturday night? How does Ronald "Winky" Wright, whose defense is as impenetrable as anyone's in the fight game today, turn into an all-action punching machine? continue


Oktay Urkal to challenge Miguel Cotto

05.12.06 - WBA mandatory challenger Oktay Urkal is keen to clash with newly-crowned welterweight champion Miguel Cotto. The 36-year-old German (38-3, 12 KOs), a former European champion, expects to take on his undefeated opponent early next year. Cotto successfully moved up to welterweight last weekend when he stopped fellow Puerto Rican Carlos Quintana in the fifth round. "Cotto is a tough nut to crack," said Urkal. "But I am in the shape of my life for the chance of my life." continue


Tsypko Eyeing Jeff Lacy Rematch

05.12.06 - Vitali Tsypko agrees with the experts who believe he was on the wrong end of a majority decision when Jeff Lacy last weekend clinched a debatable points victory in front of his hometown fans in Florida. While Larry Merchant and fellow journalists had the Ukrainian ahead, two of the judges controversially awarded the ten-rounder to the former IBF champion (96-94), with the third one scoring it a draw (95-95). "I feel like I have won this fight and I deserve a rematch," the 30-year-old southpaw (19-2, 10 KOs) said. "Lacy might have controlled the first two rounds but I took over in the following. continue


If Jermain Taylor Were To Go To 168…

05.12.06 - By Justin Hackman: As a fan of boxing, I would love for Jermain Taylor to move up to 168. Say what you will about the results of his last three fights--if the scoring was not clear, the message was: he proved he could hang with the best in town, and that he shares the title of "Co-Best" with Winky Wright at middleweight. Even if one chooses to pose an argument that says Taylor is better than Wright, or vice versa, I say, "Who cares?" They each currently own the rights to being the undisputed best at 160.

This much is virtually not open to debate even without seeing Taylor take on the likeable, yet soon-to-be over classed Kassim Ouma, which should easily be nothing more than a sparring session; and considering the level of opponent in the fearless Ouma, Taylor will soon plainly prove his worth in defense of his title. There is no one else to give Wright and Taylor a good fight at 160, except each other. continue


Nicky Cook: I´ll Mash Scott Harrison

05.12.06 - Cockney scrapper Nicky Cook has given WBO World Featherweight champion Scott Harrison more food for thought ahead of their fight on Saturday night - by claiming pie and mash is his secret weapon. The undefeated European, Commonwealth and British title-holder met with the media today at the world famous Roy's Pie and Mash shop in Dagenham, Essex ahead of his showdown with Harrison at London's ExCeL. continue


Euro Boxing Roundup: Valuev vs McCline On January 20th

05.12.06 - By Per Ake Persson: German feather Nick Lucas, who was seriosly injured November 17 in Furstenwalde after getting knocked out by Nico Schroeder, has made a slight recovery. Lucas, a pro debutant, had two operations to the brain and has been in intensive care. He remains in coma though. continue


Heavy Thinking For 2007 - Part 1

05.12.06 - By Paul McCreath: While we all have differing opinions on the quality of the heavyweight division these days, one thing that we can agree on is that it is the most talked about division in boxing. Today, I will look into my crystal ball and see what might be ahead for us in 2007. First let us consider the four champions in no particular order. We all know there is no real world champ today. Instead, we have four alphabet champs, who for the most part, avoid each other like the plague. As much as we fans would like to see unification of the titles, reality tells us it will not happen in '07. continue


James Toney vs. Samuel Peter: How Toney Can Be Successful In The Rematch

04.12.06 - By Ted Sares: In a piece I did on July 25, 2006 entitled, "James Toney: Why He'll Defeat Samuel Peter," I ended it with the following paragraph:

"I am feeling cocky (and maybe even foolhardy), but off my recent posted predictions of a draw between Taylor and Wright and a Baldomir win over Gatti by 9th round TKO, I'll go out on the limb and predict that Toney exposes Peter's lack of fundamentals and takes the crude but proud Nigerian to school. I see an semi-exhausted Toney winning by UD or MD." Well, I was wrong but not by all that much. This is what is what I think James Toney has to do to prevail in the rematch. continue


Rivera-Simms Added To Toney-Peter II Card

04.12.06 - Don King is making the biggest boxing match ever staged in Hard Rock Live at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on Saturday, Jan. 6 an even more star-studded affair with the addition of a World Boxing Association super welterweight championship, which will join the World Boxing Council-ordered heavyweight rematch between Samuel “The Nigerian Nightmare” Peter and James “Lights Out” Toney. continue


Lennon will handle the mike for Guzman-Davis

04.12.06 - SANTO DOMINGO--He's the son of a boxing legend, no doubt. But, in 25 years on his own in the center of the ring, Jimmy Lennon Jr. has proven himself to be a legend in his own right. Often referred to as "The Golden Voice" of boxing, Lennon is a master at setting the stage for classic fights. continue


Antonio Margarito: The Hype is Over!

04.12.06 - by Yero Moody: This past weekend was full of great boxing action. Winky Wright v. Ike Quartey, Miguel Cotto v. Carlos Quintana and Antonio Margarito v. Joshua Clottey. These fights were supposed to showcase each fighters talents in the hopes of setting them up for bigger and better fights. Not surprising was the technically precise beating that Winky delivered to Quartey but what was surprising was the poor showing by Margarito against upstart Clottey. continue


Brian "The Beast" Minto: Exclusive Interview

04.12.06 - By James Slater: Brian Minto is a crowd pleasing heavyweight currently working his way up to the top of his division. With his all-action style, "The Beast" is a 220 pound warrior fully deserving of a shot at a big fight sometime soon. Ever fearless, Brian even went as far as to publicly call out IBF king Wladimir Klitschko recently. Willing to fight anyone, Minto could well be a fighter who finds himself holding at least a version of the world title in the future. With his fine sixth round stoppage win over the come backing Axel Schulz still fresh, a win that was achieved in the German's own country at that, Brian kindly took time out to speak with me. Here is what he had to say.

James Slater: Firstly, Brian, I'd like to talk about your win over Axel Schulz, where you went into the lion's den as it were and got the win. How did that feel?

Brian Minto: That was a very great feeling, to go over there to hostile territory's, but you know what, it wasn't really that hostile, the fans were pretty nice and they were respectful people. The only thing I was worried about beforehand was the three German judges, whether or not they would be fair. But you know what, I brought my own judges with me - my left and my right. continue


Margarito agrees to fight Williams

04.12.06 - Having watched the Showtime Championship Boxing telecast of WBO Welterweight Champion Antonio Margarito’s hard-fought victory over Joshua Clottey Saturday night, Paul “The Punisher” Williams -- Margarito’s immediate WBO mandatory challenger -- declared that he vows to meet Margarito in the middle of the ring in his next fight. No ducking accusations from either camp. Just two of the top welterweights ready to fight to the finish. Just what boxing fans want. continue


Peter/Toney 2: Toney filling in the Blanks for Peter rematch

Los Angeles, CA (Monday, December 4, 2006) – Determined to leave no doubt this time, James “Lights Out” Toney has added the services of renowned training and fitness guru Billy Blanks to ensure he steps into the ring on January 6, 2007 in the best possible condition when he takes on Samuel Peter in their WBC Heavyweight Title Elimination rematch at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida. continue


Nicky Cook: It's Jocks Away

04.12.06 - World featherweight title challenger Nicky Cook has promised to dump Scott Harrison on the scrapheap alongside Scottish wannabe pop stars the MacDonald Brothers this Saturday at the ExCeL London. The cheesy pop act tumbled out of the X-Factor last Saturday night and now the cheeky Cockney scrapper, who challenges Harrison for his WBO crown, reckons he will KO Harrison to add further misery to the Scottish nation live on ITV1. continue


Is Jeff Lacy A Shot Fighter?

jeff lacy03.12.06 - By James Slater: Is Jeff Lacy a shot fighter? Let’s face it, after his “win” over the Ukrainian he controversially out pointed on Saturday in his hometown, it looks like it. Not only did “Left Hook’s” best shots fail to do the desired job on their target, but Jeff was also badly wobbled on occasion. He was also extremely tired at the end of the ten rounds and looked the epitome of a demoralised fighter. He was certainly somewhat pensive looking as he awaited the reading of the scorecards, and with good reason. An injured left shoulder was attributed to have been a major factor in Lacy’s below par performance, but this may well have been a sorely needed excuse. Who Knows?

One thing is clear, however, the choice of opponent team Lacy selected for his first step at rehabilitation following his drubbing at the hands of Joe Calzaghe was a most curious one. An upright southpaw with quick hands? Talk about a boxer with a style likely to provide Jeff with confidence draining flashbacks. Vitali Tsypko was all but a Joe Calzaghe clone. What were Jeff’s team thinking? continue


Miguel Cotto's Brother, Jose Miguel Cotto, vs. Miguel Huerta in Cicero on Dec. 22

04.12.06 - World class professional boxing will return to Cicero Stadium on Friday, December 22nd as super lightweight contender Jose Miguel Cotto, brother of world champion Miguel Cotto, will face Miguel Angel Huerta in the ten round main event of CHRISTMAS BRAWL, it was announced today by Dominic Pesoli, President of 8 Count. continue


Jeff “Left Hook” Lacy vs. “Indian” Yaqui Lopez

03.12.06 - By Ted Sares: After watching Jeff “No Left Hook” Lacy stumble his way through 10 rounds with his eye closing and his shoulder not working against another tough Ukrainian guy named Vitali (Tsypko, this time), I am getting ready to close the books on many of the super middleweights and more particularly the light heavyweights. continue


Mora Topples Ivy In Two

LANSING, Michigan (December 3, 2006) – In front of a full capacity crowd of screaming and cheering boxing fans at the Lansing Convention Center in Lansing, Michigan, Colorado lightweight Adrian "Juanito" Mora (17-0-1 9, KO's) folded game but outgunned Anthony Ivy (7-11, 3 KO's) in the second round of their scheduled eight round bout last night. continue


Cotto Wrecks Quintana In Five

miguel cottoDecember 3rd, 2006 - By Frank Gonzalez Jr. - Sharkie’s Machine - Photo: TOM CASINO/SHOWTIME. Saturday night, winter said hello with some icy wind on a cold, clear night, but inside the Broadwalk Hall in Atlantic City NJ, a heated battle was on the menu as former 140-pound World Champion, Miguel Cotto (28-0, 23 KO’s) of Caguas battled fellow Puerto Rican, Carlos Quintana (23-1, 18 KO’s) of Moca, for the vacant WBA Welterweight Title.

Quintana has good mobility and tenacious boxing skills, as demonstrated in his recent win over the then unbeaten prospect, Joel Julio. Quintana’s experience level isn’t close to Cotto’s but the boy has some skills worthy of recognition. He had some early success countering, landing and taking some good shots but he got rocked with a Cotto ‘signature left hook’ that blasted him cleanly to the liver—making it an early night, after five exciting rounds. continue


TOP RANK Warriors, burn up the Boardwalk in Atlantic City

Mike Cassell, The Philadelphia Boxing Report - Atlantic City NJ - In a boxing era where business sense is the only thing on the minds of most promoters, Bob Arum has proven time and time again, that great match ups will be the only true cure for professional boxing. In what can only be described, as a scene out of Rocky, four incredibly tough and talented fighters, really put everything out there, to give boxing fans their money’s worth. WBO welter weight champion, Antonio Margarito 33-4-1, with 24 KO’s, battled the rugged Ghanaian fighter, Joshua Clottey 30-1-1, 20 KO’s. I thought this fight would be a toe to toe slugfest, but I had no idea the amount of heart of these two warriors. continue


Mayweather's Dilemna Part II: Is Floyd a "Runner"?

02.12.06 - By Yero Moody: As I read the post fight comments of various writers, experts and fans after the Mayweather V. Baldomir fight it became clear that Floyd had not left a great impression on everyone in the manner I'm sure he'd hope to have done. Many felt it was a boring technical performance by Mayweather that inspired sleep and not awe. Some of his more rabid detractors even accused Floyd of "running."

Due to Floyd Mayweather's flashy style in and out of the ring and his bragadocious manner he has created alot of naysayers and negative press. Some of it well deserved and some of it based on personal dislike. Anything he does directly and indirectly draws a response. He was even criticized in a negative manner by some people for giving away turkey dinners to needy families in his former neighborhood stating that Floyd was only doing it for publicty. Ignoring the fact that he had been doing this for 5 years with virtually no publicity until this year! This is an example of the type of intense ridicule he constantly faces from those who dislike him personally. When you have fans, writers and even some "experts" scrutinizing a person in such a manner it is extremely difficult, if not impossible, to get unbiased viewpoints when speaking of Floyd. Either you love him or you hate him. continue


Margarito and Lacy did not impress, Cotto won a war, Wright showed his art..

02.12.06 - By Adrian Saba: Antonio Margarito won what in the record looks like a comfortable decision. It was a much more difficult fight, in fact. Clottey surprised many in the first four rounds, doing a good job against the Mexican. After that, Margarito recovered and looked liked the best man in many of the mid rounds, while Clottey’s perfomance became worse. Both men had injuries that affected them later in the fight. Clottey’s hand was apparently fractured and Margarito injured his wrist. At the end, Antonio won by Unanimous Decision and even one judge scored it 119-109. The actual fight was much more competitive than that, and Margarito had his hands full with Joshua Clottey. continue


Winky Wright v Ike Quartey & Jeff Lacy v Vitali Tsypko: Jeff and Winky Hit The Comeback Trail

jeff lacy02.12.06 - By Wray Edwards: Photo © Wray Edwards - Jeff and Ronald have a lot in common. They live near each other in the Tampa Bay area. They both fight in the middleweight to super middleweight divisions. They have both struck out on their own from the Gary Shaw promotional camp. They will both be in the same ring (though not together) this Saturday night and, most importantly, neither fighter won his last match. Early in the year Jeff went to Jolly Old to defend his titles and took on the pride of Wales, Joe Calzaghe. Jeff was schooled by Joe and got his first glimpse of world class boxing and tactics…more about that later.

Winky traveled to Memphis to fight Jermain Taylor in a WBC/WBO title meeting. The very busy scrap left Ronald with a puffy face and Jermain with a closed eye. continue


Jermain Taylor Conference Call Transcript

Taylor/Ouma02.12.06 - photos by Teddy Blackburn - Norman Horton: Hello, this is Norman Horton, I'm want to welcome all members of the media for participating in the Jermain Taylor conference call today. Jermain Taylor, the undisputed middleweight champion of the world is on the call, Lou DiBella CEO, DiBella Entertainment, Emmanuel Steward, hall of fame trainer and manager. At this time I'm going to have an opening statement from Lou DiBella.

Lou DiBella: Thank you everybody for joining us and you know, we are looking forward on December 9th to another fight in Jermain Taylor's extraordinary run of this fight. And I think it's very unheard of for a young champion to have a run of opposite and like two fights with Bernard Hopkins followed by Winky Wright and followed by very deserving title challenge on December 9th with Kassim Ouma. continue


Cotto, Margarito Triumph

ATLANTIC CITY (Dec. 2, 2006) – Photo: TOM CASINO/ - SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING closed out its 20th anniversary year with a brilliant welterweight doubleheader Saturday from Boardwalk Hall. In the main event, Miguel Cotto won the vacant World Boxing Association (WBA) 147-pound crown by disposing of fellow Puerto Rican Carlos Quintana by technical knockout at the end of the fifth round. In the co-main event, dynamic power puncher Antonio Margarito retained his World Boxing Organization (WBO) title with a unanimous decision over Joshua Clottey. continue


No Watch for Freddie Cuevas

01.12.06 - By Ted Sares: Maybe there will be party...I hope so. But there sure as hell won't be any gold watch, much less insurance, pension and 401K benefits. That's what happens when you are forced to retire from boxing. Few leave on their own terms, unless, of course, you are on the tip of the boxing iceberg with other champions and top contenders. And even then, unless you are smart enough to get the right financial advice, pensions and other retirement benefits may be hard to come by. Hell, how do you spell "annuity?" continue


Carrera stops Castillejo in Berlin

01.12.06 - By Per Ake Persson: Argentinian Mariano Carrera won the WBA 160 lb title with an eleventh round stoppage of Javier Castillejo after an exellent fight that had it all. There were no knockdowns but Castillejo had two points deductions, in the fourth and tenth, for repeated low blows. Castillejo made a good start but from the third on Carrera moved a lot better and used his longer reach. There were numerous exchanges and both men showed very good upercuts - and good chins. continue


Foreman KO's Norton In Two - "Big" George At His Peak

george foreman01.12.06 - By James Slater: The year was 1974, and heavyweight champion of the world George Foreman was making the second defence of his recently acquired title. Once again defending his crown on foreign soil, Foreman met top contender Ken Norton in Caracas, Venezuela. George was no stranger to fighting abroad. He had won his title with a two round pulverising of "Smokin'" Joe Frazier in Kingston, Jamaica, and he had made his first defence - a one round blow-out of the overmatched Joe " King" Roman - in Tokyo, Japan. Now he was having his third fight in a row in a country other than his own. The result, however, was the same.

Fighting the body-beautiful Kenny Norton, the man who, famously, had not only beaten Muhammad Ali but broken his jaw while doing so, George was in absolutely peak condition. He took Norton very seriously, acknowledging the fact that Ken had done very well in his two fights with The Greatest. Judging him on that form, Norton would present any heavyweight in the world with problems. So George whipped himself into even better shape than he had been when challenging Joe Frazier the year before. There was a lot at stake for the twenty-five year old Foreman. Not only was his title on the line, but a prospective showdown with the great Ali was also on the cards should he retain against Kenny. continue


Shannon Briggs Interview

01.12.06 - By Matt Yanofsky: I had the pleasure of speaking with newly crowned WBO Champion Shannon "The Cannon" Briggs (48-4-1 42 KO'S). Briggs was scheduled to fight Wladimir Klitchko but after contractual issues ended up fighting and defeating Serguei Lyakhovich. Fans can reach Shannon at ShannonBriggs.com or Myspace.com/BriggsBoxing.

MY: Shannon what's up man, congrats on the incredible knockout victory over Serguei Lyakhovich. Going into the 12th, did your corner say you needed a knockout to win?

SB: Yeah they did, my trainer said we needed a KO to win and I was behind on points and we needed a knockout. I went into the 12 th aggressively and came out with the knockout victory and the WBO Belt. continue


Cotto-Quintana, Margarito-Clottey Weigh-In Photos

01.12.06 - Photos: TOM CASINO/SHOWTIME - Photo 1 -- Quintana and Cotto square off after weigh-in. The boxers who will appear in Saturday's eagerly anticipated SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING world championship doubleheader all made the weight Friday in Atlantic City, N.J. Miguel Cotto weighed 146 pounds. Antonio Margarito, Joshua Clottey and Carlos Quintana each tipped the scales at the welterweight limit of 147 pounds. Cotto faces Quintana for the vacant WBA welterweight title and Margarito defends his WBO 147-pound belt against Clottey Saturday on SHOWTIME (9 p.m., ET/PT, delayed on the west coast). continue


Bob Foster vs Andy Kendall: Closet Classic

01.12.06 - By Jim Amato: Not to long ago, one of my favorite writers, Ted Sares, asked me if I could come up with some bouts as he described them as "closet classics." I came up with a few for Ted. Here recently, I was making a tape for a friend. One of the bouts was the 1969 light heavyweight title fight between Bob Foster and Andy Kendall. I have a mint copy of this fight and what a war it was while it lasted. continue


One More Time: Smokin’ Joe Frazier set to go a few more rounds…for charity

01.12.06 - By Gabriel DeCrease: The man who twice whipped Ali is now 62-years-old. It seems impossible. Frazier is frozen in the collective memory of the ring at his peak when the muscles of his torso were always coiled as vipers waiting to snap, lightning-quick, deadly, and send another opponent home hurting. Even though he—like everyone else—has gotten old, the golden-aged Smokin’ Joe still has in his eyes, and in his posture, the terminal tension of a fistic-assassin. His last sanctioned professional bout was in 1981—a frustratingly dull drawn-out draw with the ordinary Floyd Cummings. It seemed an unfitting end-cap on a career that included throwdowns with big George Foreman, Ali, Buster Mathis, Bob Foster, Jimmy Ellis, and Jerry Quarry.

The upcoming bout is an exhibition, and all the proceeds will be donated to support a drug treatment and community outreach program. His opponent will be 66-year-old Memphis, Tennessee mayor Willie Herenton. So Smokin’ Joe is probably in no danger of going out on a stretcher. continue


Santiago Stops Garcia In 7th Round, Bradley Records Technical Decision Over Rangel

SANTA YNEZ, Calif. (Dec. 1, 2006) – Although Mario Santiago hails from Puerto Rico, the Golden State and “ShoBox” are fast becoming the undefeated fighter’s homes away from home. For the third time in his last five fights, the 28 year old recorded a knockout in California on America’s No. 1 boxing network by stopping Salvador Garcia in the seventh round Friday on “ShoBox: The New Generation.” continue


Willie Pep - Remembered

01.12.06 - By KIRK LANG: Willie Pep, one of the greatest boxers of all time, died on Thanksgiving after a long battle with Alzheimer’s Disease. Hartford residents took pride in the boxing virtuoso that represented their city but all Connecticut residents should be proud of the former two-time featherweight champion. continue


Skelton Out, Danny Williams Gets Audley Harrison Rematch

01.12.06 - Former British and Commonwealth Heavyweight Champion Danny Williams has been handed a shock rematch against bitter rival Audley Harrison on December 9th at the ExCeL London after Matt Skelton fractured his hand. Skelton, the current Commonwealth king, injured his hand during a sparring session last week and it was made worse by when he continued with his training programme not knowing the severity of the injury. Following medical consultation and receiving X-Ray results, it was confirmed that Skelton had broken a meta carpel bone in his right hand and has been advised to rest. continue


Cotto-Quintana, Margarito-Clottey Round Table Quotes

miguel cottoPHOTO: TOM CASINO/SHOWTIME - On Saturday, Dec. 2, SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING will televise 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 (33-4, 1 NC, 24 KOs), the exciting, hard-hitting, World Boxing Organization (WBO) 147-pound champion will defend his crown against WBO No. 5 contender Joshua Clottey (30-1, 1 NC, 20 KOs).

The second championship bout of the night will pit undefeated Cotto (27-0, 22 KOs) against fellow undefeated Puerto Rican, southpaw Carlos Quintana (23-0, 18 KOs), for the vacant World Boxing Association (WBA) welterweight title. Bob Arum’s Top Rank, Inc., in association with Northeast Promotions and Caesars Atlantic City, will promote the twin bill. continue


Weights from Berlin, European Boxing News

Per Ake Persson: December 1 Berlin, Germany: Ex-WBA middle champ Felix Sturm came in at 159,5 lbs /72,4 kg for tomorrow´s non-title ten rounder against Australian Gavin Topp, 159,75 / 72,5, that headlines Universum´s show at the Estrel Congress Center in Berlin. Current WBA 160 lb champ, Javier "El Lince de Parla" Castillejo weighed in at 159,5 / 72,3 as did his opponent, Mariano Natalio "Adrenalina" Carrera. Should both Sturm and Castillejo win the rematch could reportedly be on for March of next year. continue


Klitschko Brothers: UNESCO Champions

PARIS (Dec. 1, 2006) – Former two-time heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko and current IBF and IBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko will be named UNESCO Champions by Koïchiro Matsuura, Director-General of the organization, on Monday, Dec. 4. Many celebrities, politicians and athletes are expected to attend the event. continue


Quick results and quotes from The Legendary Blue Horizon

01.12.06 - -Steve Chambers Upsher UD over Lenny DeVictoria in a Jr. Welterweight bout. Scores 78-74 on all cards -- Steve Chambers Upsher (14-1-1, 4 KO’s): “He wanted his revenge, I gave him a chance to get it. He couldn’t do it I train to hard. I am warrior. I won the fight with my jab. Even though I got a lot more work to do, I won it with my jab and my heart” continue


Ricky Hatton Targets Urango, Castillo And Mayweather

30.11.06 - Ring Magazine's Light Welterweight Champion Ricky Hatton is relishing his return to the 140-lb division after a brief foray into the deeper waters at welterweight. "The Hitman" is set to face fellow unbeaten Juan Urango at the Paris Hotel in Las Vegas on January 20, 2007, for the Colombian's IBF title.

"Urango has a big punch, he’s very muscular and very strong," said Hatton. "In his last fight he had to go looking for his opponent, but I don't think that's going to a problem when we get in the ring. I've got the bit between my teeth now and going to Las Vegas is a step in the right direction."

The Manchester Whirlwind has dreamed of fighting in Sin City from a young age but that ambition was nearly derailed during a life or death struggle against Luis Collazo for the WBA Welter title that Hatton won by the narrowest of margins, six months ago in Boston. continue


Jermain Taylor/Kassim Ouma Undercard Feat. Andre Berto

30.11.06 - Undisputed and undefeated World Middleweight Champion Jermain “Bad Intentions” Taylor defending his title against Kassim “The Dream” Ouma will be the icing on the cake of the December 9th DiBella Entertainment championship fight card at Alltel Arena in North Little Rock, as there are heaping portions of excitement layered on a truly stellar undercard as well. continue


Top Rank: Are They Making A Mistake By Matching Cotto Against Quintana?

30.11.06 - By Eddie Velez: There have been certain times in everyone's life that we have made bad decisions/choices and have reaped the consequences. We look back and say to ourselves, "What were we thinking?" Life is pretty unforgiving and when you're involved in the brutal world of boxing, that can be ten-fold. continue


Ray Mercer Returns To The Ring On December 16th

30.11.06 - Westerville, OH - Former Heavyweight Champion of the World Ray Mercer will make his return to the ring on December 16, 2006 in Charleston, South Carolina as part of the Support The Troops-Legends of Boxing Tour presented by WENPPV. Mercer will take on seasoned veteran Louis Monaco, who has traded punches with former Heavyweight Champions Trevor Berbick, Michael Dokes, and James Buster Douglas throughout his career. continue


Boxing For The Fans: Short takes on the fighters we loved to watch (1980-2006)

30.11.06 - By Gabriel DeCrease: Upon the retirement of Arturo Gatti immediately after his painful knockout loss to Carlos Baldomir, many fight fans were forced to confront the notion that despite all the thrills “The Human Highlight Reel” provided over the span of his blood-soaked, swollen, drama-drenched fifteen-year career, he will likely never be among those inducted at the International Boxing Hall of Fame (IBHoF) in Canastota. Moreover, the more realistic of those Gatti-worshippers came to realize that, all-things-considered, Gatti probably does not rightly belong in The Hall alongside Joe Louis, Willie Pep, and Carlos Monzon.

In fact, he falls more than a little short of the marks set by less legendary enshrines such as Khaosai Galaxy, Eder Jofre, Eusebio Pedroza, and even guys like Antonio Cervantes. Sadly, there is no blood-and-guts hall of fame where men are formally inducted into a club for the crazy-brave, hard-knocked, hard-nosed, and hard-headed. continue


Santiago, Bradley, Garcia, Rangel Weights And Quotes

30.11.06 - One day before Miguel Cotto and Antonio Margarito co-headline a terrific world championship doubleheader on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING, a spectacular 2006 season of late night Friday fistic festivities will end on Dec. 1 when unbeatens Mario Santiago and Timothy Bradley co-headline the final presentation of the year on “ShoBox: The New Generation.’’ continue


Margarito Confident, Clottey Guarantees Victory! Interviews with both by ESB!

30.11.06 - By Onur Tezucar: Nervous is a word not in Joshua Clottey's vocabulary. However, I found out yesterday that spoiler is. I had a very candid conversion with the champ from Ghana, catching up with him and Antonio Margarito at the Showtime press conference yesterday in NYC. Clottey, though, he acknowledges the fact that Margarito is his toughest challenge to date, he oozes with confidence heading into their welterweight brawl on December 2. continue




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