31.1.07 - By James Slater: Britain’s John H. Stracey is a boxing legend. From his pro debut in 1969, John went on to win both the British and European titles at welterweight, before reaching his crowning achievement in Mexico City in 1975, by capturing the WBC world title by stopping the great Jose Napoles in six rounds. Although knocked down in the very first round, Stracey showed determination and heart by coming back to win the championship five rounds later. Napoles never fought again. John, on the other hand, went on to successfully defend his belt the following year, with a stoppage victory over the accomplished Hedgemon Lewis. Before losing his title in defence number two, to the world renowned Carlos Palomino. continue
31.01.07 - The hard hitting welterweight Keenan Collins, 12-1-1 (8 KO's), is slated for February 23 nd when he will enter hostile territory and take on Lancaster's own Doel Carrasquillo, 8-4-1 (6 KO's) in the main event at Lancaster Host. Fighting out of Reading PA, by way of York, Collins has one of the longest reaches in the welterweight division and is one of the best talents to ever come out of Marshall Kauffman's infamous Kings Gym. continue
Promoter Carlos Llinas CLIP Boxing, Blue Cap Promotions and Little River Casino are hoping for yet again another sold out night of boxing when they present Saint Valentines Day Massacre, a night of professional boxing to be held at Little River Casino, Friday, February 9th at 7pm. The night will feature the talents of up and coming sons of legends, as well as the hottest young prospects in the country. Reality television stars Cornelius “K9” Bundrage and ring legend Thomas Hearns are scheduled to appear. Motown recording star Trice will be singing the national anthem. continue
31.01.07 - By Kirk Allen: IBF light middleweight champion Cory Spinks (35-3, 11 KO's) returns to the ring on Saturday night when he defends his title against Rodney Jones (37-3-1, 22 KO's) at the Silver Spurs Arena, in Kissimmee, Florida. Spinks, 28, is coming off of a controversial majority decision over Roman Karmazin in July 8, 2006, a fight that many people thought should have gone to Karmazin based on his superior work-rate and harder blows landed. Nevertheless, Spinks got the win, whether it be the case of an old fashioned home down decision, it matters little at this point now that the bout is behind him. In Jones, 38, Spinks is presented with arguably his easiest opponent in years, possibly dating back as far as 2002.
Though, Jones is ranked as the #1 challenger in the IBF, it hasn't come about because of wins over solid, top-ranked opponents, since Jones has hasn't beaten any of those, aside from a 12-round decision over Raul Frank on February 24, 2006, an opponent that I personally don't consider to be a top 10 light middleweight. continue
31.1.07 - Scott Harrison (25-2-2, 14 KO's) the former WBO featherweight champion, has been arrested for drug charges in Glascow, based on reports from the BBC. At this time, he is said to be in jail, looking to appear in court tomorrow on the charges. According to reports, Harrison, 29, was arrested along with a 35-year old man, whose name is still unknown at this time. Recently, Harrison was stripped of his WBO featherweight title for backing away from a planned defense against Nicky Cook. To make matters worse, Harrison was banned for an indefinite period of time from boxing by the BBBC for his failure to appear at a hearing on the conditions regarding his recent withdrawal.
MT. PLEASANT, MICH (January 31, 2007) – MICHAEL ACRI BOXING PROMOTIONS, in association with Carlos Linas' Clip Boxing and Dennis Baxter's Blue Cap Promotions, presents the 2007 ring debut of “The Pittsburgh Kid,” undefeated former International Boxing Federation lightweight champion PAUL SPADAFORA! Spadafora, in a 10-round jr. welterweight bout, will headline an action-packed card, Friday, March 9, at the Soaring Eagle Casino in Mt. Pleasant, Mich. continue
NEW YORK (Jan. 31, 2007)—Undefeated southpaw James “Mandingo Warrior” Kirkland (17-0, 15 KOs) and unbeaten Timothy “Desert Storm’’ Bradley (17-0, 10 KOs) will take on Billy Lyell (14-3, 2 KOs) and Manuel Garnica (22-6, 12 KOs), respectively, in the co-featured bouts Friday, Feb. 2, on “ShoBox: The New Generation.” SHOWTIME will televise the action at 11 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the west coast). continue
HOLLYWOOD, FL, January 31 – Without question one of the most exciting fighters in the world today, Uncrowned Middleweight Champion, Edison ‘Pantera’ Miranda will make his long-awaited debut in his newly adopted home of Puerto Rico on Saturday, March 3rd when he takes on hard-hitting rising star Allan ‘Sweetness’ Green on a star-studded HBO World Championship Boxing card featuring Miguel Cotto’s WBA welterweight title defense against number one contender Oktay Urkal.
This stellar doubleheader, which is presented by Top Rank, with Miranda-Green being presented in association with Seminole Warriors Boxing, will air live on HBO from the Coliseo Roberto Clemente in San Juan, Puerto Rico. “Puerto Rico has become like a second home to me,” said Miranda, a native of Colombia. “I love to train there and the people treat me like one of their own. I can’t wait to fight in front of the people of San Juan on March 3rd, and I promise to treat them to another knockout victory against Allan Green.” continue
31.01.07 - Former British, Commonwealth, European and IBO lightweight champion Billy Schwer is backing Graham Earl to put Luton back on the map as a British boxing stronghold. Schwer, who like Earl hails from the Bedfordshire town, was its favourite son as he powered his way to a string of titles during the 1990s. continue
HOLLYWOOD, FL, January 30 – With a combined record of 49-2-1, it is amazing that Timor Ibragimov (21-1-1, 13 KOs) and Tony Thompson (28-1, 17 KOs) haven’t already received a well-earned shot at the World Heavyweight Title. So on Friday, February 16, at the Playboy Mansion in Beverly Hills, California, these highly-avoided warriors will do things the old fashioned way by fighting each other and leaving no doubt as to which fighter is truly the most deserving contender. continue
30.01.07 - By Michael Marley/Boxingconfidential.com: Bob Arum was on his way to the dentist in Las Vegas when I drilled him with the news that Oscar De la Hoya had just announced on a media conference call that his trainer for the May 5 Superfight against Floyd Mayweather Jr. will be the ubiquitous Freddie Roach. "He cannot train both Manny (Pacquaio) and Oscar," Arum said. "It's impossible. Manny fights April 28 in Macau and Oscar on May 5 in Vegas. It's an unworkable, impossible situation and I will speak to Manny about this right away." . continue
30.1.07 - Oktay Urkal is preparing for a hot battle in the heat of San Juan, Puerto Rico where he takes on WBA welterweight champion Miguel Angel Cotto on March 3. "That will be a tough fight," said the 37-year-old mandatory challenger. "But I am ready. It´s not the first time that I´m in the same ring with a world-class fighter."
Urkal (38-3, 12 KOs) proved his class in June 2001 when he dropped a close points decision against WBA/WBC light-welterweight champion Kostya Tszyu despite fighting with a broken jaw during the last rounds. "Just like Cotto Tszyu had a great record with a lot of KOs," said Urkal. "I have learned from that experience."
Urkal worked hard to earn two more world title fights against Vivian Harris, who controversially won the first duel before stopping his opponent in the second battle. "It won´t happen again," said the former European Champion. "Getting four world title shots tells you something about my heart and my class. I am in great shape." continue
30.01.07 - "Sounds like Cap'n Freddie Roach was smart enough to jump ship before the U.S.S. Manfredo sinks in Wales on April 7!" - Joe Calzaghe, world super middleweight champion, commenting on Freddie Roach exclusively training Oscar De La Hoya for his fight against Floyd Mayweather, Jr. continue
30.1.07 - By Per Ake Persson: Female flies Susianna Kentikian and Carolina Alvarez clash for vacant WBA title February 16 in Cologne in a fight between stablemates. In the co-headliner Sebastian Zbik take on Dane (licensed in Germany) Fawaz Nasir for the vacant WBO I/C middleweight belt. Nasir thus skips the planned fight against Malik Dziarra February 17 in Magdeburg. On the undercard, Vitali Tajbert takes on Italian Alessandro Di Meco. Heavyweight Sebastian Kober is also on the bill. The show, promoted by Spotlight Boxing, is televised by ProSieben. continue
30.01.07 - Michael Marley, www.boxingconfidential.com: Oleg Maskaev promoter Dennis "The Menace" Rappaport spent a week on a Caribbean cruise where he barely had time to sit in a lounge chair. Rapstar, who admits to being a workaholic, spent most of his "vacation" burning up the phone lines with WBC president Jose Sulaiman and Shelly Finkel, who handles returning WBC heavyweight champion "emeritus" Vitali Klitschko. continue
30.01.07 - By Michael Montero: Top ten pound for pound lists are too easy so I decided to challenge myself and come up with a list of the top 25 fighters in the current boxing scene…
I DO NOT RANK HEAVYWEIGHTS! Even if I did, there’s only one that would deserve such ranking and he of course is Wladimir Klitschko (who I’d probably put somewhere in the top twenty). Also, I don’t base my rankings solely on records and/or title status; I factor in the fighter’s talent, potential, quality of opposition, length of time and/or dominance in their current division, and said fighter’s potential style match ups with other top ranked fighters. continue
30.10.07 - By Paul McCreath: The weigh-in has for many years been an integral part of boxing, designed to guarantee that boxers are within the limits of their weight class, it ensured that fighters were matched with others of similar size or more definitively, similar weight. Over the years, the custom became common to hold the weigh in on the day of the fight, usually around noon. continue
30.01.07 - By John Chavez, BoxingConfidential.com: I've been a long time observer of Bernard "The Executioner" Hopkins. I've seen nearly every single one of his professional fights. I attempted to catch his title defense against Howard Eastman but ended up missing the flight to the Staples Center and raced home like a madman in time to watch the live performance. Ricardo Lois, my colleague here at Boxing Confidential still teases me about the missed flight. I made a nice chunk of change wagering on Bernard against Felix "Tito" Trinidad. I also made an even nicer chunk of change wagering on him against Oscar De La Hoya.... continue
30.01.07 - World Welterweight Champion Antonio Margarito has agreed to take on two-time world champion Miguel Cotto on a Top Rank mega event June 9 at Madison Square Garden. Bob Arum of Top Rank and Team Margarito made the announcement today. "This is the biggest fight out there for me," Margarito said. "I am anxious to get into the ring against Cotto." Margarito, the 'Tijuana Tornado' with a record of 34-4 with 24 knockouts, is presently out with an injury in his right wrist. Margarito, managed by Sergio Diaz and Francisco Espinoza, will attend the Miguel Cotto vs. Oktay Urkal WBA world welterweight championship fight on March 3 in San Juan, Puerto Rico. If Cotto wins, a formal Cotto vs. Margarito announcement will be made that night.
30.01.07 - By Zhenyu Li: Three-division world champion Sugar Shane Mosley will return to the welterweight division to face the former WBA welterweight champion Luis Collazo for the WBC interim welterweight world title on February 10.
Can the 35-year old veteran, faster and stronger, bring Collazo back to school? Or, will the 25-year old young lad, both slicker and craftier, be able to force Mosley to pass the torch? Before answering this question, let’s look at some interesting facts.
Mosley has been a loser against Forrest. Forrest was outpointed by Tszyu. Tszyu had a nightmare with Hatton. Hatton was wobbled by Collazo… Some food for thought, isn’t it? continue
30.01.07 - LAS VEGAS – Tickets for the highly anticipated super fight between Oscar De La Hoya and Floyd Mayweather sold out in three hours Saturday afternoon at MGM Grand's box office and thru TicketMaster's website. More than 5,400 tickets for the fight, Saturday, May 5 at MGM Grand in Las Vegas, were devoured by fans eager to help establish the record-breaking live gate of $19 million. The previous record was $16,860,300 for the November 13, 1999 Lennox Lewis vs. Evander Holyfield II championship event at the Thomas and Mack Center. continue
Philadelphia (January 30, 2007)—This past Saturday saw the first boxing event in Sweden in thirty-seven years and heavyweight Joey Abell was the talk of the night. Abell moved to 11-1 with eleven knockouts as he stopped Ergrin Solmaz of Germany in two rounds of their scheduled four round bout in Gothenberg, Sweden. Abell put on such dominating performance that the corner of Solmaz threw in the towel after the end of the round. continue
30.01.07 - By Sean Ocampo: Juan Manuel Marquez finally got his chance for a big pay day and more importantly a big fight against a legit superstar. He has been waiting for this kind of opportunity since the days of Prince Naseem Hamed as the prince of the Featherweights. This fighter has been denied with big money fights all throughout his career because of some managerial mistakes. The career defining fight that he craved all these years is scheduled and a done deal. He will face fellow Mexican Marco Antonio Barrera for the WBC Super Featherweight Championship. continue
30.01.07 - By Geoffrey Ciani: This morning, as I was browsing the web in search of boxing news, I came upon a poll asking “Who was the fighter of the year in 2006?” The poll had six fighters to choose from, some of whom had no business being there. I understand that sometimes you need to include additional options to create the illusion of choice, but sometimes the answers are all too obvious, and the extra options act only as an insult to the poll-takers intelligence.
One of the options this time around was Israel Vazquez. Vazquez had two fights in 2006, both times defending his WBC super bantamweight title against Ivan Hernandez and Jhonny Gonzalez. These were two solid defenses against former champions, and no doubt, these accomplishments speak for themselves. continue
30.01.07 - by Michael Marley, BoxingConfidential.com: They've been in opposite corners. Trainer Freddie Roach played a supporting role, some say a leading role, in trying to steer the universe's most popular fighter to Oscar De La Hoya and his Golden Boy Promotions. Rival Bob Arum wanted Manny Pacquaio in the Top Rank promotional tent. A protracted legal war between Arum and his former charge, Oscar, continues but, as it drags on, Roach and Arum may have found something which they can both embrace. Both the trainer and the promoter believe that Pacman needs to leave his beloved Philippines, relocate to SoCal and get down to business asap at Roach's Wild Card Gym in Hollywood. continue
30.01.07 - By Geoffrey Ciani: On June 21, 2003, WBC heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis was originally slated to face Canadian Kirk Johnson in an unsanctioned bout. Mike Tyson was initially scheduled to appear on the under card against boxing’s most common foe, ‘TBA’. This was designed as a prelude to the Lewis-Tyson rematch that, thankfully, never happened. continue
VERO BEACH, Florida (January 30, 2007) - Being the son of a former world champion, as well as one of boxing's most respected contemporary trainers, certainly has its pros and cons for unbeaten middleweight prospect James McGirt, Jr., who has won all 13 of his pro fights with seven knockouts. McGirt, 24, was born into boxing, the son of famed James "Buddy" McGirt (73-6-1, 48 KOs), former IBF light welterweight (1987-88) and WBC welterweight champion (1991-93), as well as 2002 Trainer of the Year (Boxing Writers Association of America). continue
29.01.07 - DiBella Entertainment has reached agreement with Roy Jones, Jr. to co-promote the former world champion with Square Ring, Inc., it was announced today by DBE president Lou DiBella. Jones is a former titlist in four weight categories - middleweight, super middleweight, light heavyweight, and heavyweight - and is on the comeback trail, eyeing a title shot against another active, living legend - light heavyweight champion Bernard Hopkins - later this year.
“Roy Jones Jr. is not only one of the legendary fighters of this generation, but one of the greatest boxers in the history of the game. I am excited about the opportunity to promote him with Square Ring,” said DiBella. “We will move forward to make the superfight against Hopkins on July 21 as long as the deal is fair to all parties and the fight is on an even playing field.” . continue
PROVIDENCE (January 29, 2007) - Former Commonwealth light middleweight champion Ossie Duran takes on The Contender I star Jonathan "Reid Dawg" Reid in the eight round co-feature on the Febarury 9th "Hearts Of Fire" pro-am show at the Rhode Island Convention Center in Providence. Two-time world champions Mia "The Knockout" St. John and Jaime "The Hurricane" Clampitt headline "Hearts Of Fire, presented by Jimmy Burchfield's Classic Entertainment & Sports, Inc. (CES), in association with Lincoln Park, in the 10-round main event for the vacant IWBF lightweight title. continue
29.01.07 - By Ricardo Lois, www.BoxingConfidential.com: LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – Jorge Arce's secretive entrance, riding in on a dancing horse, may or may not of been the most outrageous ring walk in recent years, but it was a hell of a lot more entertaining than Julio Roque Ler. Ler could have entered the ring to a special "Walk it Out" remix just for himself…. continue
Philadelphia, PA—An IBF welterweight elimination contest and the return of popular junior welterweight Mike “No Joke” Stewart tops the Friday evening, March 2 boxing card at the New Alhambra, Swanson & Ritner Streets, next to Forman Mills, in South Philadelphia. First of seven fights at 7.30 p.m. David Estrada, of Miami, FL, and Walter Matthysse, of Argentina, collide in the scheduled 12-round elimination contest, while Stewart, of New Castle, DE, takes on hard-hitting Enrique Colin, of Mexico in the 10-round co-feature. continue
29.01.07 - By Ted Sares: When boxers demonstrates uncommon courage, vicious determination, and focused tenacity inside the ring….guys like Castillo, Pacquiao, Gatti and Ward….they are often labeled a "throwback" to the golden days of boxing, but those who do the labeling seldom bother to define what they mean by old school. There have been countless arguments about whether old school fighters could handle modern ones, and I am not about to take up that argument here. After all, as Einstein says, everything is relative, but it is tempting.
Ironically, and while he is rightly criticized for frequently coming in overweight and/or out of shape, James Toney is a boxing history buff and an astute student of “old school techniques,” likely resulting in his uncanny ability to use his shoulders to shrug off blows, deflect punches with his arms, and counter with deadly and crisp accuracy. That's pure old school. The quintessential Toney showed this when he fought Jirov and Holyfield. continue
29.01.07 - Video by Kirk Lang - click here to watch video: USBA junior featherweight champion Mike Oliver, of Hartford, CT, will be putting his title and unbeaten record on the line when he faces New York prospect Gary Stark, Jr. Feb. 16 in Miami, Oklahoma. Stark is currently 18-0 with 8 knockouts. In the following clip, Oliver puts in some work at LA Boxing in Glastonbury, CT, under the tutelage of former light heavyweight world title challenger John Scully. Oliver is wearing a white tank top, black gloves and black shorts. WBC super featherweight youth champion Matt Remillard is also in the video. He is wearing a red tank top and red boxing shoes.
(Smeaton Grange, Sydney: 29th January 2007) - When Naoufel "Chocolata" Ben Rabah and Lovemore "Black Panther" Ndou meet in the ring in the main event of "BAD BLOOD" on Sunday afternoon 4th February 2007 at the Homebush State Sports Centre in Sydney, they will be accompanied on the supporting card by some of Australia's best boxing talent today. While Ben Rabah and Ndou are fighting for a world title shot against current IBF super lightweight world champion Ricky "Hitman" Hatton, the other Australian boxers on the card will be attempting to win and head closer towards their own big fights in 2007. continue
29.01.07 - By Per Ake Persson: AMI Production, headed by Michel Acaries, won today´s purse bids for Devi Gogiya´s mandatory defence of the EBU supermiddle title against Italian Cristian Sanavia. Date and site is to be determined within the next 15 days. Female superfly Alesia Graf has left Universum and joined Arena Box Promotion. In a press release from Arena Graf´s manager Ralf Haffner states they feel Universum concentrates too hard on Ina Menzer and not on Alesia. continue
28.01.07 - By James Slater: No fewer than five modern day boxing greats were born in the month of February. And three of these household names are actually still active - indeed two of them will soon be squaring off against one another in the fight of the decade. The retired greats that will be blowing out candles on birthday cakes in the coming month are featherweight legends, Barry McGuigan and Naseem Hamed. And while these two 126 pound former world rulers never swapped punches with each other they are rivals of a degree, in that their respective positions among the all-time greats of the featherweight division are somewhat debated. Just who was the better overall fighter, Hamed or McGuigan?
A tough one to call, but deep down, when it comes to such qualities as heart, character and mental toughness, my opinion says Barry was the better fighter. His reign didn’t last as long as Naseem’s, he didn’t have anywhere near as much punch power and he might not have been as exciting to watch; but oh, what guts and passion for fighting “The Clones Cyclone” had. You can place him a couple of notches above Hamed on the best ever featherweights poll for this writer, definitely so. continue
28.01.07 - 1. Manny Pacquiao 43-3-2 (33 KOs) - The year 2006 was a great year for the "Pacman". He practically dominated the year two spectacular wins over Erik Morales and taking tough tune-up against Oscar Larios. He is scheduled to face WBC Featherweight Champion In Jin Chi this April. However, with the promotional turbulence he is having I believe that Pacquiao's reign will be in serious trouble this year. continue
28.01.07 - Ricardo Lois, BoxingConfidential.com: ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA -- Top Rank Promotions produced an entertaining night of boxing at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California, with the semi-final and main event televised by HBO's Boxing After Dark.
Jore Arce (45-3-1, 34 KOs), super flyweight, entered the arena, heavily populated by an audience of Mexican decent, riding high on a horse, with cumbia rhythms blasting, and surrounded by gentlemen dressed in authentic charro suits. A few yards from the ring, the horse stopped, and started swaying side to side, following the rhythmic patterns of the music. continue
By Per Ake Persson: January 27, Gothenburg, Sweden- Heavyweight Aldo Colliander won a deserved majority decision after four rounds (the maximum distance allowed by the Swedish Martial Arts Delegation) over former cruiser champ Robert Daniels in the headliner of New Sweden Boxing Promotion´s show at the Scandinavium in Gothenburg. Aldo fought a cool, controlled fight in the first two but was under pressure in the last round. He had a badly swollen, possibly broken, right hand and said afterwards he had hurt it in a sparring session the week of the fight but not told anyone. Scores: 39-37, 39-38 and 38-38. continue
27.01.07 - By James Slater: Word is the hugely popular and respected Arturo “Thunder” Gatti is going to box again. Apparently July 14th is the date, and Atlantic City is the venue. No opponent has been named yet, however. As much as we admire Gatti - a fighter who has already given way more than any fighter ever should in the ring - do we want to see him risk it one more time? Even though it would be great to see him go out on a winning note, I personally would prefer it if he fought no more. Let’s face it, how much can Arturo possibly have left inside? Not much, especially after the number of brutal and punishing fights he’s been involved in during a quite sensational career.
Last year, of course, he was stopped by Carlos Baldomir and before that, in 2005, he was ripped to pieces by Floyd Mayweather. And while one can fully understand how that is not the Arturo Gatti “Thunder” wants us to remember, the possibility exists that he could be made to suffer another painful experience when he steps back into the ring. continue
27.01.07 -By Jim Amato: Nikolay Valuev is a giant of a man. At 7 ' 325 pounds. He is quite an imposing figure to say the least. They say he is a nice man and that may well be true, but... This nonsense of him tying or breaking the long standing 49-0 record of the great Rocky Marciano is beyond my realm of comprehension. Who has he beaten ? Even after padding his record for years and then finally upgrading his competition, he beat who ? He barely beat the limited John Ruiz to win the " title ". continue
27.01.07 - By Ted Sares: Teddy "Two Gun" Reid, 23- 9 -2 with 17 ko's has too much heart for his own good. Having won only one of his last six, the time has come to walk away on his own terms. Teddy has never been in a dull fight. His style of take no prisoners and fight every fight for the full 3 minutes of every round simply does not allow for that. Having whipped the likes of Terrence Cauthen, Juan Laporte, Emanuel Augustus, Courtney Burton and Juan Carlo Rubio, but having lost to such notables as Ben Tackie, Andrew "Six Heads" Lewis, Golden Johnson, Kermit "El Asesino" Cintron, Rodney Jones, tough Verno Phillips and having fought to a draw with with J.C. Candelo has left its mark on this tough Jamaican warrior. And make no mistake, Teddy Reid is a warrior. continue
27.01.07 - Cheryl Nance Promotions, CNP, in association with Fight Night for Kids hosted the annual fundraiser in Charlotte, North Carolina on Thursday, January 25, 2007. The night started off with two exciting four round fights, Jamie Winchester (7-2) defeated David Gomez (0-1) (Dec) and Edsom Aguirre (12-5-1) defeated Richard Heath (3-8) (Dec). continue
27.01.07 - By Andy Olsen: There’s times where I forget how quick you have to be on this site. I too had heard the rumour that Arturo Gatti was going to have one last contest, and had penned down some notes for an article. When I sat down to write them up, my colleague James Slater had written pretty much everything I was going to. Another area I was going to cover was the potential for a Carl Froch- Robin Reid contest, which ESB have since highlighted. Nonetheless, I’ll attempt to cover the career of a fighter who helped close out one era in British boxing, heralding another.
Robin Reid was a relatively unknown prospect, going through the norm of beating journeymen in small halls. After 23 such contests, and without a British, European or Commonwealth title to his name, he received what many regarded at the time to be a totally undeserved crack at WBC titlist Vincenzo Nardiello in October 1996. Not that this was going to be set up for him, he had to do it by travelling to Milan. Now history is not exactly littered with British fighters who have been able to win a title of any note in Italy, and even those who knew anything about the then 25 year old would have been hard pushed to give him as much as an outside chance. continue
27.01.07 - Many people consider him one of the greatest Jewish warriors since Moshe Dayan. His name is Bruce "The Mouse" Strauss, he is one of the chosen people and now the legendary former boxer has been chosen to be the "main event" at Bosfest, 2007, the roast/tribute/benefit being held for another ring legend, Johnny Bos. continue
LAS VEGAS (January 27, 2007) - Former two-time WBC lightweight champion Stevie "Lil' But Bad" Johnston captured the vacant IBA title last night (Friday, Jan. 26) on the "Blood, Sweat & Guts" card, presented by Silverhawk Championship Boxing, at Destiny Nightclub in Orlando, Florida. The crafty Johnston (40-4-1, 18 KOs) won a 12-round majority decision (18-3, 13 KOs) against Tyrone "Fury" Harris (18-3, 13 KOs). continue
27.01.07 - Commonwealth Bantamweight Champion Tshifhiwa Munyai continued his campaign of victory over the best of Britain's little men last night in London as the six foot, 118 lb South African stopped British Champion Martin Power in a rematch over four one sided rounds at the Goresbrook LC in Dagenham, London. The 21 year old from Soweto now looms over the British Isles as promoter Frank Maloney has begun his search for a fighter that can defend English soil against the towering African. continue
26.01.07 - Los Angeles - WBC Super Featherweight Champion, Marco Antonio Barrera will meet WBO Featherweight Champion Juan Manuel Marquez Saturday, March 17 at Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino. Boxing fans have been waiting a long time for this battle between two of the most recognized Mexican fighters in the world. “Fearless” - Barrera vs Marquez, is a dream fight which has finally become a reality. The 12-round WBC Super Featherweight Championship, presented by Golden Boy Promotions and Romanza Boxing, will be broadcast live on HBO Pay-Per-View beginning at 9pm ET / 6pm PT.
Tickets to Barrera vs Marquez are priced at $400, $300, $200, $100 and $50 and go on sale Thursday, Jan. 25 at noon. Tickets will be sold at any Mandalay Bay box office and all Las Vegas Ticketmaster locations (Smith’s Food and Drug Centers, Macy’s stores and Ritmo Latino). To charge by phone with a major credit card, call the Mandalay Bay box office at (702) 632-7580 or Ticketmaster at (702) 474-4000. Tickets also are available for purchase at www.mandalaybay.com or www.ticketmaster.com. continue
LAS VEGAS –The wait is nearly over for fans across the globe as tickets for the Oscar De La Hoya vs. Floyd Mayweather super fight go on sale tomorrow, Saturday, Jan. 27 at 10 a.m. The unprecedented battle between six-division world champion Oscar De La Hoya and unbeaten, four-division world champion Floyd Mayweather will be held Saturday, May 5 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. continue
NEW YORK (Jan. 26, 2007) – SHOWTIME continues to live up to its billing as America’s No. 1 Boxing Network as it delivers yet another compelling match-up on Saturday, March, 3, 2007. In one of the most highly anticipated fights in years, Israel Vazquez will defend his World Boxing Council (WBC) super bantamweight title against International Boxing Federation (IBF) Bantamweight Champion Rafael Marquez in the main event on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING (9 p.m. ET/PT delayed on the west coast). continue
26.01.07 - By David Pambianchi: On Jan. 25, 2007, at the Paradise Theatre, Maureen Shea met Elizabeth Villareal for a scheduled six round Junior Lightweight bout, which turned out to be six solid rounds of slugfest.
A landmark of community history and entertainment, the renovated Paradise Theatre once again transported New Yorkers to a fantasy setting, and provided Maureen with a stage for a hometown match.. continue
26.01.07 - By Scoop Malinowski: While the entire boxing world is keenly excited for the WBC Light Heavyweight showdown between champ Tomasz Adamek and young American challenger Chad Dawson next week (Feb. 3), which promises to be a war, the tone of the conference call yesterday was rather peaceful and respectful. Both fighters sounded confident but seemed to choose their words without saying very much. So you will have to read between the lines for yourself, to decipher any clues as to what will happen in the Kissimmee, Florida ring under the Showtime Network lights.
Here's what the two uneaten gladiators had to say:
Question: Tomasz, what are your thoughts about fighting on U.S. television? continue
CARDIFF, WALES (January 26, 2007) -- Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, Wales, may soon be known as "Millennium Square Garden!" Promoter Frank Warren announced today that with nine weeks still to go, over 20,000 tickets have already been sold to the Joe Calzaghe-Peter Manfredo, Jr. super middleweight championship. The world title fight is almost certain to be fought in front of the biggest live boxing audience in United Kingdom history. continue
VERO BEACH (January 26, 2007) - World light welterweight contender Paulie "The Magic Man" Malignaggi opened training camp three weeks ago in Vero Beach, Florida in preparation for his ring return February 17 against Edner Cherry in the 10-round main event on HBO live from the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City. Malignaggi (21-1, 5 KOs) hasn't fought since June 10, when he lost a courageous 12-round decision to the then WBO light welterweight champion Miquel Cotto. Paulie suffered a fractured cheekbone and cut over his eye. continue
26.01.07 - The late night HBO boxing series premieres with a spectacular doubleheader when HBO Boxing After Dark: Jorge Arce vs. Julio Ler and Kelly Pavlik vs. Jose Luis Zertuche is seen SATURDAY, JAN. 27 at 10:15 PM ET/PT, from The Honda Center in Anaheim, CA, exclusively on HBO. Sitting ringside for the event will be the Boxing After Dark announce team of Fran Charles, Max Kellerman and former undisputed heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis. The event will be in HDTV, as well as closed-captioned for the hearing-impaired and presented in Spanish on HBO Latino. continue
26.01.07 - By Geoffrey Ciani: When HBO aired its “Night of the Young Heavyweights” on March 15, 1996, two fighters emerged as standouts: Andrew Golota and David Tua. Golota relentlessly battered Emanuel Steward protégée ‘Doc’ Nicholson for eight rounds until the bout was mercilessly stopped and Tua nearly decapitated poor John Ruiz a mere 19 seconds into their scheduled twelve-rounder. With these noteworthy victories, it appeared that Golota and Tua both had bright futures in the sport. Neither would go on to win a championship, however.
Ironically, two losers from that same night would go on to win portions of the heavyweight crown. After being stopped in embarrassing fashion by Tua, few figured John Ruiz would ever amount to anything, but with a lot of hard work and a little help from Don King, Ruiz would become WBA champion when he beat an aging Evander Holyfield. continue
26.01.07 - Ricardo Lois, www.boxingconfidential.com: HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA – While working his promotional magic at the Marco Antonio Barrera v. Juan Manuel Marquez press conference at the House of Blues in Hollywood, California, Oscar De La Hoya took the time to speak with Boxing Confidential on a few situations of interest to boxing aficionados.
The legal battle between Golden Boy Promotions and Top Ranks has been documented, at length, but win or lose in court, De La Hoya was very clear in his desire to make the bout for his featherweight standout Marco Antonio Barrera. continue
26.01.07 - Bolton wonderkid Amir Khan wants to get rid of tough Frenchman Mohammed Medjadji early as he looks to go one up on big rival Kevin Mitchell. The Olympic Silver Medallist takes on Medjadji over eight-rounds at Wembley Arena on February 17 live on ITV1 and will be looking to do the job in half the time it took Mitchell in December 2005 when he stopped him six rounds. continue
26.01.07 - By Michael Marley, BoxingConfidential.com: Bob Arum's lips are sealed...well pretty much but not competely. The top man at Top Rank told me that those in the live audience at Anaheim Saturday and those watching on HBO are in for a major treat when they see what charismatic Jorge "Lollipop Cowboy" Arce is planning for a ring entrance. Although sworn, he said to secrecy, Arum did offer some tantalizing tidbits as he made me play a guessing game as to what special effects or dramatic touches Arce will offer to live and TV audiences. continue
26.01.07 - By Wray Edwards: Photo © Wray Edwards. Back on February 4th of 2005 when the Super Bowl was held in Jacksonville, Florida, Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions presented “Super Fight I” at the UNF Arena attempting a tie-in with the big game. In theory, there would be a lot of people in town who love contact sports that might be happy to have something to do on Friday or Saturday night before Sunday’s extravaganza. The main event was a bout featuring Librado Andrade and Nicolas Cervera in a Super Middleweight event. It was a great opportunity for the people of Jacksonville to see main-stream boxing. The turn-out was so-so and ODLH did not follow up.
Cut to this year’s Super Bowl in Miami and we find another Boxing mogul attempting a boxing-football weekend link. None other than Don King had arranged for not one, not two, but three world championship boxing matches to be held in the Miami Arena. continue
26.01.07 - Former WBC world super middleweight champion Robin Reid has failed to respond to an offer to fight Carl Froch, despite apparently stating on Channel M recently that he coveted the Nottingham fighter’s British Title. Reid - who was stopped in 8 by American Jeff Lacy last time out – missed the Lonsdale on his way to world honours, but Froch has heard that the Runcorn fighter informed the Manchester station that he still has an ambition to lift the prestigious belt. continue
One night before the Super Bowl, a world championship doubleheader will transpire on “Super Saturday’’ on SHOWTIME. In SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING’S main event, two of the light heavyweight division’s brightest stars will clash when exciting Tomasz Adamek (31-0, 20 KOs) risks his WBC belt against hard-hitting southpaw and WBC No. 2 contender “Bad’’ Chad Dawson (22-0, 15 KOs). Making his first start since he won the IBF lightweight belt in a bout against Levander Johnson that ended in tragedy 16 months ago, Jesus “El Matador” Chavez (42-3, 29 KOs) will defend against IBF interim champion Julio “The Kidd’’ Diaz (33-3, 24 KOs) in the telecast’s opener (9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast). continue
26.01.07 - Sauerland Event today unveiled the spectacular new signing of "Golden Boy" Mads Larsen, who has joined the Berlin-based promoters with immediate effect. A tedious lawsuit with his former promoter has kept the 33-year-old Dane (45-2, 37 KOs) out of the ring for over three years. "I´m thrilled to return to action and fight for Sauerland," Larsen said after putting pen to paper in Germany´s capital on Friday. "Their professional set-up will help me to get back to the top." . continue
25.01.07 - By Geoffrey Ciani: One of the greatest things about being a sports fan is contemplating what might have been. In the case of boxing, I think pondering the hypothetical is especially interesting. Whether it’s comparing fighters from different eras, wondering how a different outcome from a single bout may have changed the sport’s history or any number of other plausible scenarios—the hypothetical has long fascinated fans and become the centerpiece for many a heated debate. Hypothetical scenarios help strengthen the imagination when trying to put historical sporting figures into proper perspective. This brings me to a hypothetical scenario which I’ve long pondered:
What would have happened if George Foreman beat Jimmy Young?
When Jimmy Young lost a controversial unanimous decision against Muhammad Ali in their 1976 title bout, Young was placed in a difficult predicament: How was he going to work his way back into title contention? The answer, it appeared, was by facing the man who was still one of the most feared in all of boxing—“Big” George Foreman! continue
25.01.07 - Leading up to the unprecedented junior middleweight championship match between future Hall of Famers Oscar De La Hoya (38-4, 30 KOs) and Floyd Mayweather (37-0, 24 KOs) -- set for Saturday, May 5 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, and carried live on HBO Pay-Per-View -- HBO Sports will present an exclusive four-episode prime time countdown series over the final weeks leading up to the intriguing blockbuster boxing showdown. continue
25.01.07 - By Scoop Malinowski: Do you know which famous welterweight boxer said that? "Who is Paul Williams?" No, it wasn't Antonio Margarito. It was Floyd Mayweather who says he doesn't know who Paul Williams is. "I don't know who this young fighter is," claimed Floyd after Williams impressively destroyed Sharmba Mitchell on HBO last year. "But they say he's pretty decent. All he gotta do is keep on working hard and continue to have faith in his skills and believe in himself." So there you have it. The self-proclaimed greatest fighter in world history doesn't even know who Paul Williams is. continue
25.01.07 - by Yero Moody: In continuation of my original piece regarding Antonio Margarito facing his mandatory challenger, the # 1 contender, Paul "The Punisher" Williams, I'd like to add some new insights into this matter. It has now been announced by Bob Arum that Margarito will indeed vacate his WBO belt to face Miguel Cotto on June 9, 2007. This is not at all shocking news for those of us who have been following this story. However, to those die-hard Margarito fans and Floyd Mayweather,jr. detractors, this may come as a severe shock. continue
25.01.07 - By James Slater: His return to the ring is scheduled to take place this coming April, against an opponent yet to be named. And when Zab "Super Judah" (photo by Tom Casino / Showtime) does step between the ropes again he will be doing so after the longest layoff of his entire career. Due, of course, to his being given a suspension following the all-out craziness that ensued in his last bout, against one "Pretty Boy" Floyd Mayweather, Zab has not boxed for almost a year. The question is, will Judah actually accomplish as much as he himself thinks he will upon his return?
Still only twenty-nine, the flashy and undeniably talented Brooklyn native is certainly no shot fighter. Hell, he was more than holding his own against Mayweather - boxing's number one pound-4-pound (on most lists, anyway) - before the ring intrusion that temporarily halted matters. And Zab is talking rematch, at least he was the last time he was on T.V. continue
PROVIDENCE (January 25, 2007) - They've taken different paths to the top of women's boxing and February 9th two-time world champions Mia "The Knockout" St. John and Jaime "The Hurricane" Clampitt will fight for the vacant IWBF lightweight title, headlining the "Hearts Of Fire" pro-am show in the 10-round main event, at the Rhode Island Convention Center in Providence. continue
LAS VEGAS (January 25, 2007) – “Blood, Sweat & Guts,” presented by Silverhawk Championship Boxing, features five 12-round title fights Friday night (Jan. 26) at Destiny Nightclub in Orlando, Florida. IBF International cruiserweight champion William “KO King” Guthrie (35-3-2, 28 KOs), former IBF light heavyweight champion, has been added to the all-star card in a 12-round bout against Marlon “Rumblin’ Hayes (22-5, 11 KOs) for the vacant NBA cruiserweight title. continue
25.01.07 - Attention Boxing Fans: Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing’s sensational “Punchin’ at the Paradise II” show from the Paradise Theater in Bronx, New York, will be televised via tape delay in two parts on the HDNet network. Part one will be broadcast on January 26. Part two is scheduled for February 2. Both begin at 9:30 pm. continue
25.01.07 - By Hunter Breckenridge: The boxing world has just erupted with the news that former WBC and Ring heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko is planning to return. He is clearly interested in an immediate title shot, which will likely spark legal action from the WBC's top contender, Samuel Peter. Peter does have a legitimate claim that he has earned a shot at WBC titlist Oleg Maskaev. He has twice defeated a top ten fighter in James Toney, and has been repeatedly promised a chance to fight for the title.
Despite Peter's grievances, there is someone else with more to lose if Vitali does come back. Vitali's younger brother and current IBF champion, Wladimir, might benefit the most by having Vitali remain retired. Wladimir has stated that it is his goal to unify the alphabet soup titles. If Vitali manages to secure a title shot against Maskaev, he will most likely (but not definitely) emerge the winner of such a contest. continue
25.01.07 - Gary "Hot Stuff" Woolcombe 22-0 (7) steps up tonight as the chief support to the hugely anticipated bantamweight rematch between the outstanding British Champion Martin "Too Much" Power and the deadly Commonwealth Champion Tshifhiwa "The Atomic Spider" Munyai at the Goresbrook LC in Dagenham, London. continue
25.01.07 - Sauerland Event have added the vacant IBF super-middleweight clash between Robert Stieglitz and Alejandro Berrio to their March 3 fight card after winning one of the closest purse bids of all time. Sebastian Sylvester will also take on Amin Asikainen in a re-match for the European middleweight title, while German heavyweight Timo Hoffmann returns to action for the first time since his impressive victory over Cengiz Koc last November. continue
(Winter Haven, Fla.) – Rising welterweight star Andre Berto (Winter Haven, Fla.) has spent the last several weeks toiling in the gym, preparing for his second HBO Boxing showcase. His recent success in the boxing ring is in stark contrast to his often difficult upbringing. Despite the negative influences that often swirled around him, Berto found a positive road in life and he wants to make sure that the youngsters growing up behind him make the same choice. continue
25.01.07 - By Geoffrey Ciani: When heavyweight contender Andrew Golota challenged WBO champion Lamon Brewster back in May 2005, many observers expected Golota to put on a boxing exhibition. Indeed, coming off solid back-to-back performances against IBF champion Chris Byrd and WBA champion John Ruiz, it seemed as if “The Foul Pole” would finally put everything together and secure his first championship. After all, not only did many spectators feel Golota deserved the nod against both Byrd and Ruiz—which arguably would have made him a unified champion—Brewster was coming off of a lackluster performance against Kali Meehan.
Despite high expectations, Golota was stopped by Brewster in under a minute, adding yet another fiasco to his enigmatic career. At the time, very few fans were probably aware that there was another Polish fighter featured on the under card. continue
CICERO, Ill. -- The fight line-up for this Friday's MAS MACHO event, another outstanding evening of world class professional boxing at Cicero Stadium, has been finalized. In the main event electrifying 21 year old Antonio Escalante, amongst the hottest prospects in boxing, returns to Cicero Stadium to battle former world champion Mauricio Pastrana in the main event. continue
25.01.07 - By Per Ake Persson: The Robert Stieglitz vs Alejandro Berrrio fight for the vacant IBF supermiddle title has now been set for March 3 in Rostock and will go ahead along Amin Asikainen´s defence of the EBU title against Sebastian Sylvester ("Idi" Amin must of course first take care of Lorenzo Di Giacomo on Tuesday in Helsinki). Heavyweight Timo Hoffmann is also on the bill. continue
25.01.07 - Legendary boxing promoter Don King has been a big presence in boxing for years - but now a second Don half his size is planning global domination. Pint-sized puncher Don Broadhurst may weigh in at just a shade over eight stone, but what he lacks for in size he more than makes up for in ability. A Commonwealth Games gold medallist at flyweight in 2006, the Brummie has made a spectacular start to his professional career with two outstanding wins since signing terms with top promoter Frank Warren. continue
25.01.07 – By Adrian Saba: After several weeks, being between the sword and the wall, Antonio Margarito surprised everyone (and pleased his detractors) when it was announced that he will vacate the WBO Welterweight belt that he won five years ago. He has decided to vacate his belt instead of facing challenger Paul Williams. The reason is obvious: He doesn’t want to risk, he doesn’t want to lose that bout, and, at the same time, he doesn’t want to risk his potential superbattle against Miguel Cotto in June. For a sector of fans, he is now the one who ducks, instead of the one who is ducked. It is interesting, however, to see that Cotto indeed has decided to be on a fight before facing Margarito. That fight will be against Oktay Urkal (33-4-2, Top10 ranked contender) on March 3rd.
Weeks ago, Margarito came out victorious from his fight against Joshua Clottey (also Top10 ranked contender by The Ring), nevertheless, it was a difficult fight for him, and many fans thought that he lost it. In my scorecard, Margarito was the winner, but it was a close contest. continue
25.01.07 - The doors are opening for Scott Belshaw, the hugely impressive and unbeaten Belfast based heavyweight. But he clearly recalls one door that was unfairly slammed shut as he prepares for his first bout on British soil.mBelshaw, known as "The White George Foreman", stepped away from an immensely promising amateur career to join the professional ranks immediately after suffering what he considered to be blatant refereeing injustice. continue
(January 25- 2007) - Professional boxing in Georgia experienced a massive boom in 2006, almost averaging one show per week. Now the country by the black sea will take it up a notch, and host its first international title fight ever. On January 25 at the Cinema Hall Of Rustaveli in country-capital Tbilisi, compatriots Levan Shonia and Vepkhia Tchilaia will duke it out for the vacant UBO International middleweight title. continue
25.01.07 - John Duddy: “It’s going to be a great night the 16th of March in Madison Square Garden, the arena of all arenas. I thank Anthony (they shook hands). I respect him in and out of the ring. He has a hard lifestyle (working nights and single father of two children). We’re hungry fighters. (Yory Boy) Campas asked me a lot of questions (in Duddy’s last fight) and I answered some questions. Anthony will be asking me questions about what I can do in the ring. It’s going to be a tremendous fight. We both have tremendous heart and hunger. continue
LEVALLOIS, France—Legendary boxing promoter Don King arrived in Paris today to stage a press conference on Wednesday (Jan. 24) announcing a highly anticipated rematch between World Boxing Association and World Boxing Council cruiserweight champion O’Neil “Supernova” Bell and former unified world cruiserweight champion Jean-Marc Mormeck that he will be promoting with the Levallois Sporting Club on March 17 at the Palais des Sport Marcel Cerdan in the city of Levallois.
Bell and Mormeck met each other in one of last year’s most memorable boxing matches in the Theater at Madison Square Garden on Jan. 7. The prestigious Boxing Writers Association of America recently distinguished this match as one of the five best fights in the world during 2006, naming Mormeck vs. Bell a Fight of the Year nominee. The winner will be announced at the annual BWAA awards dinner, which will take place this year in Atlantic City, N.J., in April. continue
24.01.07 - By Michael Marley, www.BoxingConfidential.com: You can't see hot molten lava pouring from a person's mouth when you speak to him over the telephone. But Ivaylo Gotzev, the always-aggressive manager of WBC #1 heavyweight contender Sam Peter, is getting into volcanic mode to put a screeching halt to the "sneaky ways" of the WBC and the returning Vitali's handlers. And he threatens massive litigation, which might put the financially troubled world governing body out of business permanently. continue
24 January 2007- By Vitali Klitschko: “I’ve been back in the gym for a couple of weeks and I feel great. My injuries have healed and after much hard work and with the approval of the doctors, I am cleared to continue my boxing career.
“I am returning to the ring to get my WBC Heavyweight Championship back. In November 2005, due to a serious knee injury, I retired without having lost the WBC belt in the ring. At the WBC gala event on December 20, 2005 in Cancun, Mexico, the WBC designated me as “WBC Champion Emeritus” and assured me that whenever I was ready to return, I would become the immediate mandatory challenger for the title. continue
24.01.07 - WBO Interim World Lightweight title challenger Graham Earl has promised to show England's cricketers how to Australia for six when he takes on Michael Katsidis at the Wembley Arena on February 17th. With captain Freddie Flintoff and his men KO'd by the Aussie's in the Ashes and now bruised and battered in New Zealand in the one day series, Earl has promised to bring back some national pride when he faces dynamite puncher Katsidis, from Toowoomba, who has sparked out 19 of his 21 opponents - 11 inside the first three rounds. continue
24.01.07 – By Geoffrey Ciani: Rumors have recently surfaced that former WBC heavyweight champion, Vitali Klitschko, is contemplating a return to professional boxing. Such rumors have floated around ever since he first retired back in late 2005, however, this time there seems to be a bit more substance behind them. This time, it looks as if Vitali Klitschko’s comeback is really going to happen.
It appears that the former WBC champion is looking to dive right back into the thick of things without even taking a tune-up bout. A tentative match-up against reigning WBC champion, Oleg Maskaev, is seemingly in the making. Apparently, the two camps are negotiating for a possible showdown this April in Moscow. Originally, Maskaev was targeting a unification bout with Vitali’s younger brother, reigning IBF champion, Wladimir Klitschko, but Wladimir has decided to fulfill his mandatory obligation in March, putting an end to any hopes for unification. continue
24.01.07 - Robert Macleod, trainer of Commonwealth Bantamweight Champion Tshifhiwa Munyai, sits in a quiet corner of a small pub near the Elephant and Castle in London where the pair await Munyai’s second title defence. Just hours earlier they had flown in from South Africa and were feeling the effects of the climate change as they prepare for their forthcoming clash with British Champion Martin Power . continue
24.01.07 - Mia St, John (by phone): “I’m excited to fight there (New England) for the first time. Jaime is a great fighter. Both of is come to fight and neither of us have ever ducked anybody.
Jaime Clampitt: “I’ve been training hard and I’m ready to go. I respect Mia as a fighter and business woman. I switched trainer and I’ve already learned a lot from Kurt Reader. I’m excited you’re coming to Providence, but you better be ready.” . continue
LAS VEGAS (January 24, 2007) – Silverhawk Championship Boxing announced today that it has signed a pair of Mexican warriors, former world title challenger Carlos “El Elegante” Bojorquez and welterweight prospect Jose “El Nino” Reynoso, to promotional contracts. Both were born in Mexico and now fight out of Mira Loma, California. continue
24.01.07 - By Scoop Malinowski: It is always a dynamic thrill for boxing when the former Heavyweight king decides to return to the ring to recapture his throne. Only except when a Klitschko is involved because almost anything to do with the Klitschko's here in America is twisted in a negative way.
You probably noticed there already is plenty of American media complaining that poor Samuel Peter is getting shafted here. But where was the same frustration from these supposedly nuetral American boxing writers when Wladimir Klitschko mysteriously got leapfrogged in the rankings by DaVarryl Williamson - a man he beat just a few months earlier? This IBF rankings manuever which unfairly rewarded Don King's fighter Williamson into a small money title shot with Chris Byrd cost Wladimir almost a year of valuable time as champion (everyone knew he would slaughter Byrd who ducked Klitschko as long as he possibly could). continue
BLOOMFIELD, NJ (January 24, 2007) – Main Events has signed International Hall of Fame Boxing Promoter/Matchmaker J Russell Peltz as a Consultant/Matchmaker, it was announced today by Main Events CEO Kathy Duva. “Main Events has worked with Russell since its inception in 1979,” said Duva. “We have tremendous respect for his abilities as a boxing matchmaker and boxing ‘sage’, and we are delighted that he is in our corner once again.”. continue
24.01.07 - "Back to the roots" - Alexander Jakob wants to know it again. With 21 years he was already double world champion of the amateurs, as a professional he only lost 4 of 28 fights and won the PABA title. After a two-year break the Heavyweight returns on February 23 in Berlins BoxTempel again. The return of the 1,91cm large citizen of Berlin was triggered by the comeback wave of the past months. continue
24.01.07 - By Per Ake Persson: Supermiddle Jurgen Brahmer, who has been called the biggest German boxing talent of all time by promoter Klaus Peter Kohl, takes on former WBO middle champ Hector Velazco from Argentina February 24 in Oberhausen in the co-headliner to WBA lighheavy ruler Silvio Branco´s defence against Croatian Stipe Drews. continue
24.01.07 - Enraged would best describe normally easygoing WBC mandatory title challenger Samuel “The Nigerian Nightmare” Peter (photo by Ed Keenan) at the reportedly imminent announcement of former champ Vitali Klitschko’s return to the ring. Peter’s foul mood comes in reaction to news that the returning Klitschko will be allowed to step over him, their mandatory number-one contender, and immediately face current belt holder Oleg Maskaev, and thus further delay his title shot.
“It’s a disgrace! I fought my way into this position without taking shortcuts. I paid my sanctioning fees not once, but twice. I wasn’t even supposed to fight the second time, but people were questioning their judges, so I fought again to prove myself.”
Peter maintains he was promised he would next face Maskaev both times he defeated James Toney last year, in fights that were sanctioned by the organization as title eliminators. The idea that, after all those promises and the sanctioning fees he paid in both fights, Peter will now have to step aside, is more than he says he’s willing to take. continue
24.01.07 - By Michael Marley, Boxingconfidential.com: Don Jose Sulaiman thinks all the involved and concerned parties need to take a chill pill. He said they need to take deep breaths, take a yoga class or meditate. Okay, okay, the WBC President never used those words but he did tell me tonight that the question of whether former heavyweight champ Vital Klitschko will return to the ring and get an immediate crack at titleholder Oleg Maskaev is undetermined. continue
Undefeated, hard-hitting James Kirkland (17-0, 15 KOs) and unbeaten Timothy "Desert Storm'' Bradley (17-0, 10 KOs) will risk their unblemished records against Billy Lyell (14-3, two KOs) and Michael "Cold Blood'' Clark (36-4, 17 KOs), respectively, in the co-featured bouts Friday, Feb. 2, on "ShoBox: The New Generation." SHOWTIME will televise both contests at 11 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the west coast). continue
PHILADELHIA (January 23, 2007)—The IBF ordered an immediate rematch to cruiserweight, Steve “USS” Cunningham on Tuesday surrounding the events of the November 25th bout in Warsaw, Poland where Krzysztof Wlodarczyk won a split decision to capture the title. Cunningham was granted the rematch on the grounds of that a post-fight urinalysis was not given to either fight as was agreed upon in a pre-fight rules meeting. That also was a violation of an IBF rule that stipulates a post-fight drug test for all championship bout. continue
23.01.07 - By Ted Sares: The progressive jump in athletics for African Americans that went from the Negro Baseball League to Jackie Robinson (who provided hope and heroism) to Lary Doby to Jim Brown culminated with a new breed of active and responsible African American athletes who began to pave the way more quickly for others. People like Wilma Rudolph, Arthur Ashe, Curt Flood, quarterback Doug Williams, golfers Charlie Sifford and Lee Elder, Mohammed Ali, Tiger Woods and, of course, the 41st Super Bowl in which both head coaches are African Americans. The evolution has been spectacular, but far too long in coming. Mohammed Ali’s considerable contributions to this time line will remain part of his legacy. But other things will also be a part of that legacy
Ali made his socio-political statements during the 60’s and 70’s, though universal consensus on his motives and positive impact remains slightly less than 100%. continue
23.01.07 - Undefeated cruiserweight prospect Aaron Williams (10-0-1, 8 KO’s) will appear on Bobby Hitz’ “Wednesday Night Fights” card, tonight, January 24th, in Hoffman Estates, IL, 35-minutes northwest of Chicago. The Las Vegas cruiserweight takes a step-up in competition when he meets Charles Davis (17-10). Davis’ opponents have a 70% winning percentage and he’s only be stopped twice. He also has a win over former cruiserweight kingpin, Arthur Williams. continue
23.01.07 - Exciting Junior Welterweight Al “Speedy” Gonzales (16-2-1, 7 KO’s) will face the crafty Nelson Romine (7-1-1), on Bobby Hitz’ “Wednesday Night Fights,” January 24th at the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates, IL, 35-minutes northwest of Chicago. Gonzales weighed-in at a ripped and ready 145lbs. and is looking forward to his first ring appearance in two years. “I’m ready and I can’t wait,” said a confident Gonzales. continue
23.01.07 - Ecentric light-middleweight contender Anthony Small is hoping green power will propel him to a British title by the end of the year. With global warming becoming an increasingly big political issue, Small is determined to do his bit to protect the environment - and is proud of being boxing's number one Eco Warrior. Where he's concerned there are no gas guzzling 4x4s - just his trusty bicycle. continue
23.01.07 - By Karl E. H. Seigfried – On Saturday night, England’s Ricky Hatton won back the IBF title at light welterweight that was once his. The IBO belt was a bonus. Colombian (and now Floridian) southpaw Juan Urango showed well in two rounds out of twelve, but dropped a clear-cut unanimous decision to give up his belts. While the superbly-conditioned Hatton never seemed to break a sweat, the heavily-muscled Urango looked like he never really got warmed up.
At 139 pounds, both Hatton and Urango were a pound under the light-welter limit at the weight-in. By fight night, the two were up in the light-middle range at 149. Both fighters were wearing 10-ounce gloves for the first time, instead of the usual 8-ouncers. A new rule from the Nevada commission now requires the larger gloves for all fighters at lightweight and above. continue
Houston, TX (January 23, 2007)-Coming up February 2nd at the Main St. Armory in Rochester, New York to be televised on ESPN 2 Friday Night Fights, a ten round heavyweight match-up between former heavyweight contender Dominick Guinn 27-4-1 (18 KO’s) and tough journeyman Zuri Lawrence 20-11-4 (0 KO’s) has been added to the line up. continue
LOS ANGELES, January 23 – The stakes will be higher than ever for Juan Lazcano and Vivian Harris on Saturday, Feb. 10th, when the two highly regarded contenders battle it out in a 12-round WBC super lightweight elimination bout which is the co-featured attraction of the “Battle At The Bay” card at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. “Battle At The Bay” – Sugar Shane Mosley vs. Luis Collazo, and Vivian Harris vs. Juan Lazcano will air live on HBO World Championship Boxing at 9:45 PM EST / 6:45 PM PST. continue
23.01.07 - By Geoffrey Ciani: It’s been over seven months since Paulie Malignaggi’s last prizefight. In that bout, we saw Malignaggi give WBO super lightweight titlist, Miguel Cotto, one of his toughest challenges to date. In fact, Malignaggi managed to become the first (and to date, the only) fighter to have lasted the distance with Cotto in a title bout. Not only that, but the bout was competitive all the way to the final bell.
Going in, few observers expected much from relatively unknown Malignaggi, especially since he had considerably less big-fight experience. When Cotto dropped Malignaggi with a perfectly timed left hook in the second, most people prefigured a knockout was just around the corner. This, however, never came to fruition. Instead, the brave young warrior was able to make adjustments and fight his way back into the contest. continue
23.01.07 - By Michael Marley, Boxingconfidential.com: Jameel McCline was legitimately knocked out this morning. Knocked out by an anesthesiologist working with Dr. Michael Stoller at the Paramus (NJ) Medical Center. McCline tore the patella tendon in his left knee during his WBA heavyweight title bout Saturday night in Basel, Switzerland, and will be out of boxing for at least six months.
When he awakens from surgery or soon thereafter, the hulking heavyweight may receive some very good news. Instead of his TKO loss to Russian Giant Nickolay Valuev being his strike three, you're out heavyweight title chance, there is a possibility that the World Boxing Association will consider or even rule that MCline get a fourth title try. continue
SAN DIEGO, Calif. (Jan. 23, 2007) -- The only thing Sycuan Ringside Promotions’ International Boxing Federation (IBF) interim lightweight champion Julio Diaz is willing to lose when he opposes defending IBF lightweight champion Jesus Chavez on Saturday, Feb. 3, is that nagging “interim” label. continue
In these times when fighters, managers and promoters are so careful about matchmaking, a thriller is in store when Martin ‘Too Much’ Power, 19-1 (8 KO's), goes head to head with Tshifhiwa ‘The Atomic Spider’ Munyai, 12-0-1 (7 KO's), his sole conqueror to date, at Goresbrook Leisure Centre in Dagenham, London on January 26, 2007. continue
23.01.07 - By Paul McCreath: The other day I was thinking about my favorite division in boxing, the heavyweights, and kind of wondering who might be in line for title shots after the current round of mandatories is finished. I tried to think of some of the top men who might be making a move when I realized that I could not even remember some of the names in my top twenty. What's wrong here? My memory, while not perfect, still functions pretty well and I follow the heavyweights about as closely as anyone. Why don't I know these guys and if I don't how many of the general public are going to know them? continue
22.01.07 - By Matthew Hurley: “You don’t want to be in fights that bore the shit out of everyone.” So said newly crowned IBF and IBO junior welterweight champion Ricky Hatton. Obviously he was thumping his chest proudly in regards to his fistic style and his win over Juan Urango. But just as obviously it was a bit of a jab, with a wink and a nod, at the fighter he hopes to eventually face, Floyd Mayweather. In terms of styles there can be no two fighters more polar opposite than Hatton and Mayweather and Hatton has been consistently harping on that for quite some time now.
But the refreshingly honest and charming young man from Manchester, England has more pressing things on his mind now – one of those being the former lightweight champion Jose Luis Castillo. And even though Castillo looked very rusty in his bout against Herman Ngoudjo, Hatton would be a fool to take the former champion lightly. Particularly in light of the fact that Urango, despite Hatton’s wave-offs at the post fight presser, hurt him seriously to the body in the middle rounds. continue
NEW YORK CITY (January 23, 2007) – IBA middleweight champion “Ireland’s” John Duddy defends his world title for the first time, as well as his WBC Continental Americas belt, March 16 against The Contender 1 star Anthony “The Bullet” Bonsante, headlining the “Erin Go Brawl” pay-per-view event, live from The Theater at Madison Square Garden. continue
23.01.07 - By Jason Peck: Oleg Maskaev is one of four heavyweight champions today, and easily the most unpopular. Contenders regard him with disdain. Promoters disregarded Maskaev altogether when Sam Peter and James Toney fought for a shot at him. Worse yet, the average sports fan regarded his knockout win over Hasim Rahman with indifference. continue
LOS ANGELES, January 23, 2006 – In an effort to increase technology access to families and youth throughout East Los Angeles, Microsoft today announced a grant worth more than $1 million in software to the Oscar de la Hoya & Microsoft Learning Center. Through this grant, the foundation will receive a makeover to include new Windows Vista-equipped personal computers. continue
22.01.07 - By James Slater: The much anticipated super fight between Oscar De La Hoya and Floyd Mayweather has been announced officially to take place at The MGM Grand in Las Vegas, as we all know. And this choice of venue was no surprise to anyone, what with Vegas being a virtual second home for “The Golden Boy.” What may have come as a shock, however, is the incredibly high prices that tickets for the fight are going for. A ringside seat will cost a staggering two thousand dollars, while even a “cheap” seat will set fans back over two hundred bucks.
Surely then, this epic in the making is THE most expensive boxing match in history, at least from the perspective of the punters who will have to shell out a small fortune to witness it live and in person. Epic in the making? Well, that’s my point in this article - will the fight serve to give the fans who are fortunate enough to be there value for money? continue
22.01.07 - Impact Boxing today confirmed that a date had been set for the rematch between Stoke’s Chris Edwards and Huddersfield’s Dale Robinson who will challenge for the British flyweight title. The bout will take place on April 13th at Altringham Leisure Centre. The pair last met in November at Stoke’s Kings Hall when they contested the vacant English flyweight title. Despite entering the contest as a firm favourite last time, Dale Robinson suffered only his third career defeat at the hands of the busier Edwards. continue
22.01.07 - Aussie powerhouse Michael Katsidis has sparked a war of words ahead of his WBO Interim World Lightweight title fight against Brit Graham Earl on February 17. Katsidis, who is ranked number two by the WBO to Earl's number one, tackles the Luton scrapper at the prestigious Wembley Arena live. And he has promised to hand him a "beating" and destroy his dream of becoming a world champion. continue
22.01.07 - Statement from Asian boxer Akaash Bhatia: "As I prepare for my fifth professional fight on 26 January in London, I have been disgusted by the treatment of my countrywoman Shilpa Shetty by Londoner Jade Goody on Big Brother, the reality TV show. "I train in Frank Maloney's multicultural gym in Bermondsey and I wish to stress Ms Goody's behaviour, and that of all people like her, is not typical of Londoners or human beings. continue
22.01.07 - By Wray Edwards: I think many are still nostalgic for a super hero like Ali, and that is understandable. It is so much easier to identify with an invincible, undefeated KO artist than a hard-working, flawed journeyman. The Ali syndrome was such an easy ride. Everybody gets on the bandwagon and feeds the boxer's ego until he either self-destructs (ex. Corrales) or, somehow, discovers common sense. "Men occasionally stumble on the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing had happened." - Winston Churchill
Everything in life is timing and location. Clay quit too late and is paying the price for his style after his comeback, which included getting hit a lot more. The three and a half years between Zora Foley and Jerry Quarry were a remarkable sacrifice he paid to principle. continue
22.01.07 - Don King likes to do big things, from the Rumble in the Jungle to the Thrilla in Manila, and Saturday, Feb. 3 he will make history again at the Silver Spurs Arena at Osceola Heritage Park in Kissimmee, Fla., when he presents the biggest fight ever in the greater Orlando area. The showcase features undefeated WBC Light Heavyweight Champion Tomasz “Goral” Adamek (31-0, 21 KO) defending his crown against fellow unbeaten/WBC No. 2 contender “Bad” Chad Dawson (22-0, 1 NC, 15 KO), while IBF Lightweight Champion Jesus “The Matador” Chavez (42-3, 29 KO) will face IBF Interim 135-pound Champion Julio “The Kidd” Diaz (33-3, 24 KO). continue
22.01.07 - In a sensational televised co-feature on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING (Feb. 3 beginning at 9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast), IBF Lightweight Champion Jesus Chavez (42-3, 29 KOs) will defend his title against IBF interim champion Julio Diaz (33-3, 24 KOs). Boxing pundits and critics alike expect both the world title fights to be two of the most action-packed contests in recent memory. “Chavez versus Diaz is a very good stylistic match-up,” said SHOWTIME analyst Al Bernstein. “Both fighters are active and skilled, which adds up to a match filled with plenty of action for several rounds.” . continue
22.01.07 - By Per Ake Persson: WBC / WBA supermiddle champ Mikkel Kessler´s defence against Librado Andrade could be on for March 24 with Copenhagen as site but as Denmark play a very important soccer game against Spain the very same night - with live TV - don´t be surprised if Palm Promotions will be forced to change the date. continue
22.01.07 - By Vanessa McConnell: Photos by Chris McGee Mightgloves.com - Ricky Hatton (42-0, 30 KOs) from Hyde, England fought the fights of his life last weekend at the Paris Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas against Juan “Iron Twin” Urango (17-1-1, 13 KOs) from Monteria, Colombia. Hatton made his point loud and clear, that he wants to be “the first British fighter to be successful in America.” His point was well taken in the twelve round judge’s decision over Urango. Hands down, Hatton won by favor as all three judges scored the fight 109-119, for Hatton. 6,379 fans packed into the Grand Ballroom at the Paris Hotel to witness the British sensation take back his title as the IBF/IBO Jr. Welterweight Champion.
Referee Tony Weeks got a workout in the ring, after giving the fighters their rules in English and Spanish he had to constantly step in and break up the dance numbers. Hatton entered the ring to the tune of “Blue Moon,” as the nearly 3,000 or more European fans went wild, stomping on the bleachers and singing in sync around the ballroom. continue
22.01.07 - By Zhenyu Li: This is not only the fall of Jameel “Big Time” McCline, but the fall of the big time of the American heavyweight. Undefeated WBA heavyweight champion the Russian Nikolai Valuev won the “biggest” match against another American contender Jameel “Big Time” McCline by TKO and took one step further to Rocky Marciano’s historical record of 49-0 with the 46th win added to his perfect record. The fall of the “Big Time” was caused by a debilitating injury to his left knee after throwing a right to “the eighth wonder of the world” at the end of the third round. continue
22.01.07 - Sports Network's Fab Four show featuring Liverpool stars Derry Matthews, Paul Smith, Steven Burke and Tony Quigley has just got bigger! Promoter Frank Warren today confirmed that the show on Saturday 24th February at the Liverpool Olympia has been moved to the new date of Saturday 10th March and will now feature a host of further stars from the Sports Network stable to be broadcast live on ITV1. French hitman Souleymane M'Baye will make the first defence of his WBA World Light-Welterweight title against Ukrainian Andreas Kotlenik after Warren won the right to stage the fight following purse bids held in Panama City last week. continue
22.01.07 - By Michael Marley, Boxingconfidential.com: The Mothership? That's what this randy burg is to boxing. What happens here does not always stay here, Here's some things I learned or relearned at the Punchfest at The Paris Hotel & Casino.
1. His rabid Mancunian (that means people from Manchester, UK) followers love to sing about "There Is Only One Ricky Hatton" in a weird chant/song that then becomes "Winter Wonderland." The 2500 or so Hattonmaniacs who were here were strictly blue-collar types who believe that "beer is good food" and that good nutrition starts with a beer breakfast. I didn't see any lager louts but one waiter at the Strip view Mon Ami Gabi told me he could not understand "a fookin' word" the Mancunians were saying so he had them point to what they wanted on the "fookin'" menus. Promoter Artie Pelullo, a South Philly cat, is starting to have a combo Philly/Mancunian accent. continue
21.01.07 - By Ricardo Lois, BoxingConfidential.com: Ricky Hatton and Jose Luis Castillo's respective fights on Saturday night at the Paris Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada did little more than give Top Rank, Fight Academy, and Banner Promotions the green light for a June 2 showdown between the junior welterweights. Hatton (photo by Curtis McCormick) handled Colombian Juan Urango in a professional manner, taking the bout by wide decision. The Brit' did an excellent job of boxing at times, but also did his fair of holding and grabbing Urango, prompting my comrade at Boxing Confidential, John Chavez, to lean over and tell me during the fifth assault, "I see a lot of John Ruiz in Hatton."
Body punches may prove to be Hatton's kryptonite, as the slow of foot Urango was able to land some body punches that made Manchester's native son visibly wince and maintain his hand's lower for the majority of the fight. Camp Castillo noted the chink in the armor, with manager Fernando Beltran saying, "One thin is clear, Hatton does not like it to the body."
Hatton may not like it to the body, but Castillo looked sluggish and slow against the more than game Canadian Cameroonian Herman Ngoudjo. Castillo had trouble with Herman, who with a mere fifteen professional fights showed decent speed and guts. continue
21.01.07 - By Mansfield B. Frazier: Unbeaten British junior welterweight titleholder Ricky Hatton makes no bones about his intentions of cashing in big on his talent in Las Vegas , and few would argue against that possibility in light of his unanimous 12-round decision over the vastly outclassed Columbian champion Juan Urango on Saturday night (Jan.20). With a 42 - 0 record and a sparkling personally to boot, the only thing that could kept Ricky Hatton out of the realm of superstardom is Ricky Hatton himself. continue
21.01.07 - By Chris Acosta: Every once in a while, a bout comes up that seems too good to be true. The circumstances are so impossibly perfect that you expect several sets of strings to be attached. As the days lead up to the fight, you feel a buzz that consumes your internal energy and makes the time slow to an almost unbearable crawl.
In my lifetime, it was Julio Cesar Chavez and Meldrick Taylor. You had two undefeated men with powerful reputations, willful styles and the kind of talent that took on a mystical quality. Of course we all know how it turned out and those final two seconds will be the subject of debate until that big meteor sends us into extinction. continue
Philadelphia (January 21, 2007)—On Friday night, February 9th at The Legendary Blue Horizon, boxing fans will see one of the biggest shows in recent memory in the Philadelphia. Already announced were two highly anticipated rematches that will headline the card when Light Heavyweight’s, Max Alexander of Camden, New Jersey takes on Marty Lindquist and Heavyweights Joey Abell and Arron Lyons battle in a scheduled six round Heavyweight bout. continue
21.01.07 - By Andy Olsen: In my preview, I was a little critical of HBO’s billing for the American leg of last nights’ action, emanating from the Paris hotel in Las Vegas. I felt both Hatton and Castillo should have been touted as having capable opponents, and not two fighters who were there as a warm up for a later fight. Perhaps HBO knew that their charges would be effective rather then attractive. Maybe they knew that the time they have both had out of the ring would lead to difficulties when they stepped into it.
Either way, both came through the problems that Juan Urango and Herman Ngoudjo offered in their respective contests. Ricky certainly dominated his opponent more than “El Temible” did. Hatton neutralised the threats that Urango offered, with the Colombian offering very little in terms of credible offence throughout. He charged in at his opponent a little in the first, but between rounds 2-6 put on a decent display of effective boxing. However in round 5 he was visibly shaken by a decent body shot, and it did appear to slow down his momentum in the rounds that followed. continue
21.01.07 - William Doherty: Fort Smith, Arkansas - Bill Calogero’s TheDailySports.Com kicked off it’s 10 fight series Saturday night in Fort Smith despite inclement weather which failed to deter a good gate showing. This event was brought about due to Calogero’s commitment to the Fort Smith Boxing Assoc. Inc. , (the area amateur program) as honorary board member. Held at the new Kay Rodgers Park Expo Center, the crowd was entertained by Memphis sound masters, The Gregory Brothers and various musicians. The Fort Smith All-Stars as they were known tonight added a flare to the evening. continue
21.01.07 - IBF Pan Pacific Light Heavyweight Champion Danny Green crushed durable PABA titlist Paul Murdoch in two rounds last night in front of 3,000 fans at the State Netball and Hockey Centre in Melbourne, Australia. Win the thrilling victory, the hammer fisted Green, 23-3 (21), now has a clear path to challenge the winner of February's WBA title contest between reigning champion Silvio Branco and number one contender Stipe Drews in Germany. continue
21.01.07 - Super bantamweight Antonio Escalante, amongst the hottest prospects in boxing, returns to Cicero Stadium this Friday night, January 26th, to battle former world champion Mauricio Pastrana in the main event of MAS MACHO, broadcast on SOLO BOXEO TECATE. MAS MACHO, another evening of world class professional boxing, is presented by Dominic Pesoli’s 8 Count Productions along with Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions, TCF Bank and Tecate Beer. continue
21.01.07 - Photos: David Martin Warr - Don King Productions - Undefeated WBA heavyweight champion Nikolai Valuev (46-0, 34 KOs) is slowly but surely closing in on Rocky Marciano´s record of 49 wins without defeat as he stopped Jameel McCline on Saturday night in Switzerland. In round three of the "biggest" heavyweight fight ever, McCline went down after exchanging punches with the Russian Giant. He immediately clutched his knee and realized his kneecap had popped out, prompting the referee to stop the bout on the ring doctor´s advice.
"For a heavyweight that weighs more than 270 pounds it is vital to keep the balance all the time," Valuev said after the fight. "Jameel wasn´t in a stable position at that very moment." McCline was stretchered out off the ring and immediately taken to a local Swiss hospital for further examination. His patella tendon appears to be torn. "I feel very sorry for him," added Valuev. "But something like this can always happen in sports. Every athlete runs danger of picking up injuries. Too bad we couldn´t show the fantastic audience a longer fight." . continue
21.01.07 - Exciting Junior Welterweight Al “Speedy” Gonzales (16-2-1, 7 KO’s) is sparring with former Junior Welterweight Champion, Vivian Harris. Gonzales is putting on the finishing touches as he prepares for his January 24th in Chicago. This will be Gonzales first bout after a two year lay-off. Gonzales will return to Las Vegas after Wednesday’s fight to continue working with Harris. Harris is preparing for a February 10th, WBC Lightweight elimination bout with Juan Lazcano. continue
21.01.07 - By Brad Marchetti - “This is like a club show on Andro.”- Lou Dibella. From the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City, Broadway Boxing with Dibella Entertainment is hosting HBO’s Boxing After Dark on February 17th. With a capacity of 1200, the Hammerstein is quickly becoming a Blue Horizon-like tough guy boxing venue. Fast talking Italian warrior Paulie “Magic Man” Malignaggi , 26 (21-1, 5 ko’s) headlines the card against the always exciting Edner “Cherry Bomb” Cherry, 24, (21-4-2 10 ko’s) in a 10-round lightweight battle. continue
21.01.07 - By Alden "The Kid" Chodash: Jose Luis Castillo and Ricky Hatton have been on a collision course ever since Castillo's termination of his rubber-match with Diego Corrales by failing to make weight on June 2nd of 2006. The point of their January 20th collision course was not only to give Hatton a chance to reclaim his former title, but to view how effective Castillo would look at a weight that most experts believed to be his natural fighting weight. And to be frank, I didn't believe it would be a difficult task to prove what many already thought, that he was a threat at 140 pounds. Consider the opposition. Herman Ngoudjo boxed 15 times and was nearly stopped against Emanuel Augustus and looked lackluster against the shell of former title challenger, the tiny John Brown. continue
21.01.07 - By Scott Frake: Nikolay Valuev (46-0, 34 KOs), the WBA heavyweight, had a short night tonight after challenger Jameel McCline (38-7-3, 23 KOs) slipped at the bell ending the 3rd round, crashing to the floor and injuring his left knee. As soon as he hit the floor, it was clear that McCline wasn't going to be able to continue just by the look on his face, which showed a mixture of pain and disappointment. It appeared that McCline got his left foot caught on Valuev's leg just as McCline was attempting land a right hand shot, and as McCline fell, he landed on his left side with his knee banging off the floor.
There's no question the injury was real, despite the chorus of boos from the angry crowd in the St Jakobshalle in Basel, Switzerland. Several times, McCline bravely tried to get up, to no avail, as he quickly fell back down. continue
21.01.07 - Ricky Hatton returned to the light welterweight ranks in authoritative fashion last night at Las Vegas' Paris Hotel, overcoming Colombian strongman Juan Urango via a wide points decision to once again claim the IBF 140 lb title as well as the IBO belt. Ricky's younger brother Matthew Hatton was also in the winner's circle, showing a heavy right hand in stopping Frank Houghtaling for the vacant IBF International Welterweight title. continue
21.01.07 - IBF Pan Pacific Light Heavyweight Champion Danny Green meets PABA Champion Paul Murdoch tonight at the State Netball and Hockey Centre in Melbourne, Australia. The hammer fisted ex-WBC Interim Champion is making his second foray into the light heavyweight ranks after tangling with such top super middleweights as Eric Lucas, Markus Beyer and Anthony Mundine. continue
21.01.07 - Junior Witter stopped Arturo Morua in the ninth round and defended his WBC light welterweight title in front of a near-capacity crowd of 2500 at Alexandra Palace tonight. Witter knocked Morua into the ropes in the ninth, and ended the fight with another series of combinations, finishing with a left uppercut. Witter improved to 35-1-2 with his 19th knockout. Morua fell to 24-8-1.
21.01.07 - Promoter Dino Duva is responding sharply to rumors that former heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko has been considering a return to the ring that would involve stepping over his fighter, mandatory challenger Samuel Peter, to face current WBC boss Oleg Maskaev. “From the standpoint of Vitali personally, I respect him and we wish him the best and if he comes back, we hope the injuries that forced his retirement are really healed, so that he may continue his career. However any thought or mention of him or anyone else trying to step in front of Samuel Peter’s path to the title is very dangerous legally and financially for anyone who goes there. We will not stand by and allow Samuel Peter’s rights to be violated.”
Duva says he’d like to issue the following message to all the relevant parties. “I hope they’re not even THINKING about trying to step over Samuel Peter, including Maskaev, Klitschko, the television networks, and the entire WBC. Samuel Peter has earned the right to a title shot. Vitali can wait in line. When Samuel Peter becomes champ, we’d be happy to give him the opportunity.” continue
LAS VEGAS (January 20, 2007) - Two title belts were around the waists of three different Silverhawk fighters last night when they left the ring following winning performances in "Super Fights" at Knox Arena in Olive Branch, Mississippi. "Super Fights" was co-promoted by Silverhawk Championship Boxing and Knockout Promotions. B.J. "El Pelogroso" Flores (18-0-1, 12 KOs), rated No. 26 by the WBC, won an exciting 12-round decision (116-112, 116-111, 116-111) against Chris "Cold Steel" Thomas (16-7-2, 14 KOs) for the vacant WBF and NBA super cruiserweight titles. continue
20.01.07 - By Andy Olsen: I doubt it’s his taste in music, but I suggest Ricky Hatton bare in mind the title of the British group M people, in their 90’s hit “don’t look any further”. He is in action in what is considered by most to be a routine outing against little-known Columbian Juan Urango. Talk on the Las Vegas strip, and indeed back home has been on potential future clashes with Jose Louis Castillo and Floyd Mayweather. Hopefully, the Hitman isn’t listening. continue
21.01.07 - by David Pambianchi: The face of Boxing changes over 3,000 years, not its motivation. A new breed of warriors grace the arena, women testing their courage through personal challenge and combat, the odyssey of stepping into a ring and giving their all in a controlled battle ironically referred to as "The Sweet Science." Maureen Shea emerges as one of these warriors, a rugged, determined young woman ready to face and fight an opponent on equal terms. Intelligent, thoughtful, discerning, she values education, boxes professionally, and hails from the Bronx. Together with life experiences, she continues to develop not only a good right cross, but depth in character and understanding on many levels. continue
19.01.07 - By John Stanley: The giants have been sleeping for too long, but now that one of them is awakening there's going to be hell to pay. Since the great Lennox Lewis retired, we’ve been waiting for the big men to pull their socks up – in vain, so it seemed. It got so depressing that a pair of bloated cruiserweights were able to lull scores of juggernauts into mediocrity with little more than a traditional Detroit shoulder roll and the odd counter punch here and there.
While some marvelled at James Toney’s and Chris Byrd’s genius (and hoped to God that they never fought each other in what could’ve been a purgatory of lazy counter punchers), it was humiliating for their opponents and disconcerting for the fans to see some talented behemoths flailing at air. continue
Lion Heart Boxing Productions, in association with Damon Feldman, will host Former World Champion Bruce Seldon (35-6) in his final comeback attempt. The fight is the first fight to be held in North East Philadelphia and a Philadelphia Jewish Community Center. Lion Heart Boxing Productions’ Northeast Philly Fight Night, a live Professional Boxing event, will be held at the Klein Branch of the Philadelphia Jewish Community Center in North East Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (the Klein JCC) on February 10, 2007. continue
20.01.07 - On January 25, in Milan, Salvatore Cherchi's Opi 2000 and Barry Hearn's Matchroom Sport will promote a major show at historic the boxing venue Palalido (4.000 seats). In the main event, European light middleweight champion Michele Piccirillo will defend against respected English boxer Micheal "The Destiny" Jones. continue
19.01.07 - By John Stanley: Mikkel Kessler (38-0, 29 KOs) continues his quest to prove he’s ‘Simply The Best’ super middleweight as he defends his WBC title against dangerous Mexican Librado Andrade (24-0, 18 KOs) in a bout whose date has yet to be confirmed. The Dane has secured home advantage, following a fuss over where the bout would be staged and whether it would even go ahead after rumours that the WBC held bias toward the Mexican mandatory.
There were many who hoped for Golden Boy Promotions to win last Monday's purse bid, on the grounds that it would’ve granted Kessler wider exposure. But Palm Promotions beat both Golden Boy and Team Palle (promoter of Kessler) to the punch, landing the bout in Denmark. continue
PHOENIX (Jan. 20, 2007) – Photo by Tom Casino - Looking more and more like a genuine contender than a prospect, undefeated southpaw Juan Manuel Lopez scored an impressive, one-sided sixth-round TKO over Cuauhtemoc Vargas in Friday’s main event on “ShoBox: The New Generation.”
The co-feature between Victor Ortiz and Manuel Cordova ended in a bizarre first-round technical draw. A match that appeared to have the makings of a terrific shootout was stopped due to a severe cut suffered by Ortiz from an inadvertent elbow by Cordova during the final 10 seconds of the session. Cordova, who was headed to the mat after a slip, caught Ortiz on the way down with an accidental elbow high on the forehead near his scalp above his right eye. It was not clear to the naked eye what had caused the severe laceration, but television replays confirmed it was an elbow. continue
19.01.07 - By Per Ake Persson: The Spend Abazi, 25-1, vs Robert "the Ghost" Guerrero, 19-2-1, fight for the vacant IBF title has now been announced for February 23 and will take place at the Falconercenter in Copenhagen. For Abazi it´s the biggest fight of his career. He has previously held the EBU title at bantam and have beaten the likes of Alexandre Yagupov, Dmitry Kirilov and Lehlongo Ledwaba. continue
19.01.07 - By Mark Pickering: Two-time Canadian Olympian Troy Ross is looking to make an impression this Saturday when he steps into the squared circle for his first professional bout in Britain. Ross, 31, battles Birmingham favourite Hastings Rasani in a stellar undercard match-up on Hennessy Sport’s stacked card at Alexandra Palace, London, which features Junior Witter’s first defence of his WBC Light Welterweight Championship against Mexico’s Arturo Morua. continue
LAS VEGAS (January 19, 2007) - "Blood, Sweat & Guts," presented by Silverhawk Championship Boxing, features an all-star card of world-class fights with six different titles being contested, January 26 at Destiny Nightclub in Orlando, Florida. In the 12-round main event, unbeaten heavyweight Leo "Paco" Nolan defends his USBO title against Texas State champion Hector Ferreyro. Nolan (26-0, 10 KOs) has the fifth-best undefeated record in the world among active heavyweights. continue
19.01.07 - By Adrian Saba: After weeks of speculation and uncertainty, finally an agreement has been reached: the younger of the Klitschkos, Wladimir, will fight Ray “The Rainman” Austin, boxer from Cleveland, Ohio. They will face on March 10, in Germany, at the SAP-Arena.
Before this fight was announced as official, there were rumours about a showdown between Wladimir and Oleg Maskaev, in Russia or Germany, a duel that would have unified the IBF/WBC belts and that, probably, would have also been for the vacant and prestigious Ring Title. Now, with Klitschko-Austin happening in the near future, unification seems distant once again. Apart from that, it will pressure Maskaev to defend against Samuel Peter, probably on April or May. He must take that immense risk or retire, but the WBC won’t give him another optional defence, mainly because Samuel Peter deserves a title shot more than anyone in the current Heavyweight division. continue
STAMFORD, Conn. (January 19, 2007) – VERSUS, in collaboration with leading boxing promoter Top Rank, today announced that the IBF light flyweight world championship will be up for grabs in a showdown between Mexico’s Ulises Solis (22-1-2, 16 KOs) and Will Grigsby (18-3-1, 7 KOs) of St. Paul, MN. The fighters will headline the network’s second live Fight Night telecast of the New Year on Thursday, January 25 at 9 p.m. ET from The Orleans Arena in Las Vegas. continue
19.01.07 - While celebrated the Christmas and New Year festivities, Martin "Too Much" Power, 19-1 (8), has been relentlessly training in preparation for his red hot rematch with Tshifhiwa Munyai, 12-0-1 (7), for the Commonwealth Bantamweight title at Goresbrook LC in Dagenham, England. This is Power's first fight since being controversially stopped by the gangly South African in the ninth round at York Hall in June 2006, after the previously unheard of Munyai stepped in as a last minute replacement for the injured Ian Napa. continue
19.01.07 - Don King Productions’ “Super Saturday” boxing card featuring three world championships will stay in Florida and take place on Feb. 3 at the Silver Spurs Arena at Osceola Heritage Park in Kissimmee, Fla. The event, originally slated for Miami, will now make history as the biggest fight card ever in the greater Orlando area featuring three world championship matches: undefeated World Boxing Council light heavyweight champion Tomasz “Goral” Adamek will defend his crown against fellow unbeaten and WBC No. 2-ranked contender “Bad” Chad Dawson. continue
19.01.07 - By Yero Moody: "Floyd Mayweather is afraid of me". "I am the most feared fighter in boxing." "I can not get a shot at a big fight because none of the top fighters want to fight me. Mosley, De La Hoya none of them want to fight me." Recognize these words? If you are a boxing fan and have been on planet earth for the past two years these words are easily recognizable. For those who have been out of the loop, these are the words of none other than Mr. Antonio Margarito, the current WBO welterweight champion of the world.
I have had the displeasure of hearing Floyd Mayweather, jr. Shane Mosley and Oscar De La Hoya being called scared and reluctant to face Margarito. Although history and the present are strong indicators that that is not true nor was it ever. All of the above mentioned fighters have beaten and faced fighters much better than Margarito. continue
19.01.07 - In response to the story titled "Margarito Mandatory" from maxboxing.com of today, the following will set forth the actual facts: When Bob says he has "no idea" if he will participate in the purse bid, his response is tantamount to a responsible chief executive of a company not having any plans for the next quarter's business plan! It would never happen. Bob and his fighter realize Paul Williams is a risk, a very serious risk. The only way they believe they can avoid Williams is to tell everyone there is no money in the fight or he's injured. continue
19.01.07 - "I don't look for the KO, it just comes naturally." - At 17-0 with 12 KO's, Flores is eyeing his 3rd consecutive knockout in his 3rd consecutive fight at the cruiserweight limit. The newly arrived hard hitting cruiserweight will be stepping into the ring Friday night against another heavy handed 200 pound fighter in Chris Thomas. With 14 of his 16 wins coming by way of knock out, Thomas will be the biggest test Flores has faced thus far at the 200lb limit. continue
HOUSTON – It was another banner year for Munisteri Sports & Entertainment’s three top heavyweight prospects, Travis Walker (2003 National Golden Gloves Champion), Malcolm Tann (2002 National Golden Gloves Champion), and Raphael Butler (2004 National Golden Gloves Champion). Walker and Tann both went undefeated in 2006, with Walker winning eight fights and Tann winning six. continue
19.01.07 - One of boxing's most recognizable females, Mia "The Knockout" St. John, will fight in New England for the first time on February 9 when she defends her IFBA lightweight title against two-time world champion Jaime "The Hurricane" Clampitt in the 10-round main event on the "Hearts Of Fire" pro-am show at the Rhode Island Convention Center in Providence. Jimmy Burchfield's Classic Entertainment & Sports, Inc. (CES), in association with Lincoln Park, is promoting the "Hearts Of Fire" pro-am show, which will be taped live and air February 10 (7:00-(00 PM/ET and Feb. 17 (12:00-2:00 PM/ET) on CN8, The Comcast Network. CN8 reaches 9 million homes in 12 states and 20 television markets. The event will also air on the Cox Network at dates and times to be determined.
"Fights fans have been waiting years for this fight," CES president Jimmy Burchfield said, "and we're excited to be promoting 'Hearts Of Fire.' People all over the world know Mia. Jaime is a crowd favorite who has been in a few of the greatest all-time women's fights. It's rare for women to headline a show but this is the second we've promoted a women's world title fight in Rhode Island with Jaime on top. We're also going to be unleashing some new talent on this show." . continue
19.01.07 - Danny Green defends his IBF Pan Pacific Light Heavyweight title against Pan Asian Boxing Association champion Paul Murdoch at the Melbourne State Netball and Hockey Centre this Sunday, January 21. The bout is seen as a step up light heavyweight rankings as Green continues to target WBA Champion Silvio Branco but Team Green isn't underestimating the heavy handed Murdoch. continue
18.01.07 - By KIRK LANG: The State of Connecticut, not exactly known for churning out world champion boxers on a regular basis, has a chance to have two world champions within 30 days. "Tremendous" Travis Simms, of Norwalk, did his part on Jan. 6 when he knocked out Jose Rivera, of Worcester, MA, for the legitimate WBA junior middleweight championship. While Simms' previously held the WBA "regular" championship, the "regular" title the WBA created is generally not regarded as the legit title. When Simms won the WBA "regular" title in December 2003, Sugar Shane Mosely was the real WBA champion but was called the "super" champion because he happened to hold another organization's belt as well. continue
18.01.07 - By Per Ake Persson: Russian heavyweight Denis Boytsov takes on South African Sam Ugobane on the Erdei vs Santiago show January 27 in Duesseldorf. Hungarian supermiddle Karoly Balczay is in against veteran Soon Botes, who also from South Africa. Spotlight Boxing promotes in Stuttgart February 16 with a new TV partner: ProSieben, a network based in Munich. Headlining is middleweight Sebastian Zbik, who takes on Panamanian Alfonso Mosquera for the WBO I/C title. continue
18.01.07 - By James Slater: On the evening of February 24th this year, a very emotional and quite unique dinner will be held in London. To aid former middleweight champion of the world Gerald McClellan, a stellar gathering of former and current world boxing champions will be found in the same room at the same time. Gerald, of course, was badly injured in his brutal fight with Britain’s Nigel Benn. And now Benn, wanting to do something to help his former opponent’s constant and heartbreaking plight, has agreed to the benefit.
Nigel, now forty-two, will come face to face with “The G-Man,” now thirty-nine, for the first time since their fierce and life changing boxing match - a fight that took place twelve years ago this year. Benn hooked up with former British welterweight champion and one time world title challenger, Kevin Lueshing - Nigel’s close friend and agent - to help make the evening possible. An absolute star gathering of past and present boxing talent was soon found and once asked was only too happy to give a helping hand to Gerald also. continue
18.01.07 - Celebrated former five-time world champion and MMA pioneer Frank Shamrock and world renowned, revenge-minded Brazilian Jiujitsu expert Renzo Gracie will usher in the next generation of Mixed Martial Arts with EliteXC when their match-up highlights an explosive MMA fight card airing live for the first time on premium television. The battle between the two legendary fighters will transpire in the main event on SHOWTIME, Saturday, Feb 10, at 10 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the west coast) from the DeSoto Civic Center in Southaven, Miss. read full story
NEW YORK (Jan. 18, 2007) – The philosophy of the popular SHOWTIME boxing series, “ShoBox: The New Generation’’ is simple: to televise exciting, crowd-pleasing and competitive matches while providing a proving ground for willing young fighters determined to fight for a world title. Since its inception in July 2001, several “ShoBox’’ alums not only have challenged for, but won world titles, among them: Leonard Dorin, Scott Harrison, Juan Diaz, Jeff Lacy, Ricky Hatton, Robert Guerrero, Eric Aiken, Juan Urango, David Diaz (interim), and Kermit Cintron. continue
18.01.07 - Matthew Hatton will join older brother Ricky Hatton in Las Vegas this weekend, taking on troubled journeyman Frank Houghtaling in a twelve round clash for the IBF International Welterweight title at the Paris Hotel on Saturday night. Since becoming a professional fighter in 2000, 25 year old Matthew Hatton has toiled in the shadow of his celebrated older brother Ricky Hatton but the welterweight from Manchester is hoping that his bout with Houghtaling will grab some of the family limelight. continue
18.01.07 - PHOTOS: TOM CASINO/SHOWTIME - The four talented young boxers who will be featured in SHOWTIME's excellent "ShoBox: The New Generation" doubleheader Friday (11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast) pose after Thursday's weigh-in at Phoenix. From left: Marvin Cordova, Cuauhtemoc Vargas, Juan Manuel Lopez and Victor Ortiz.
Juan Manuel Lopez (14-0, 12 KOs) of Caguas, Puerto Rico, meets Cuauhtemoc Vargas (15-1-1, 10 KOs) of Mexico City in a 10-round super bantamweight bout and Victor Ortiz (16-1, 11 KOs) of Oxnard, Calif., faces unbeaten Marvin Cordova Jr. (12-0, 8 KOs) of Pueblo, Colo., in an eight-round junior welterweight scrap Friday on “ShoBox: The New Generation.’’ Bob Arum’s Top Rank, Inc. will promote the excellent doubleheader from the Dodge Theater in Phoenix, Ariz., on SHOWTIME at 11 p.m. ET/ PT (delayed on the west coast). NOTE – WEIGHTS: Lopez and Vargas each weighed 123 pounds at Thursday’s weigh-in, while both Ortiz and Cordova 142. continue
18.01.07 - Football mad Michael Sprott is putting his money where his mouth is - by backing his team Reading to reach the Champions League and himself to defeat Audley Harrison. The European Union heavyweight champion is as long as 11-2 to topple Harrison on February 17 at Wembley Arena. And his local team, the Royals, are even bigger odds to gatecrash the Premiership top four and qualify for the richest club tournament in the world. But Sprott has had a massive wager on the double of him winning and Reading doing the business - and is confident of netting tens of thousands of pounds. continue
18.01.07 LAS VEGAS – Golden Boy Promotions is pleased to announce that the hottest ticket in sports, Oscar De La Hoya vs. Floyd Mayweather, will go on sale Saturday, Jan. 27 at 10 a.m. The unprecedented battle between six-division world champion De La Hoya and unbeaten, four-division world champion Mayweather will be held Saturday, May 5 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Tickets are priced at $2000, $1,500, $1,000, $750, $350 and $150 and will be available at the MGM Grand Garden Arena box office. continue
18.01.07 - By Per Ake Persson: German super middleweight Jurgen Brahmer has prolonged his contract with Universum. It´s stated in a press release from Universum that the contract now will run until the end of Brahmer´s career. There was an offer on the table from Arena Box Promotion but Brahmer turned it down. Jurgen will next fight February 24 in Oberhausen when Silvio Branco defends the WBA lightheavy title against Stipe Drews and will be one of the featured fighters on Universum´s and ZDF´s "Champions Night" program. continue
18.01.07 - By Scoop Malinowski: Late in 2005 the World Boxing Council designated Vitali Klitschko as "WBC World Champion Emeritus", which grants Vitali the right to become the immediate WBC mandatory official challenger if someday he would wish to come back to professional boxing. So it is true, If Vitali were to decide his body and mind are ready to endure two months of training, he could challenge current WBC champ Oleg Maskaev this spring.
The unfortunate loser in this possible but seemingly improbable scenario would be current official mandatory Samuel Peter. Peter's manager Ivalyo Gotzev suggested in an indirect way that Vitali Klitschko vs. Oleg Maskaev could be in the works.
"(Maskaev's) out there trying to sell the belt to the highest bidder, and that's something that should be beneath the dignity of a WBC champion. We've earned our position not once but twice, so they should do the honorable thing and face us instead of trying to cash out against one of the Klitschkos." continue
18.01.07 - “The WBC title is not for sale,” flatly states Samuel “The Nigerian Nightmare” Peter’s manager Ivaylo Gotzev to Dennis Rappaport, promoter of WBC Heavyweight Champion Oleg Maskaev. Rappaport has been waging a public and private campaign for the WBC to allow Maskaev to avoid facing mandatory challenger Peter in favor of a number of other “big money” opponents. continue
18.01.07 - On the strip the high rollers are rolling, the tourists are checking out the sights, and fight fans are taking in the big event atmosphere that no other sport can compare to. But for IBF junior welterweight champion Juan Urango, this isn’t a time for partying; it’s time for work as he readies for his first title defense this Saturday night against British superstar Ricky Hatton at the Paris Hotel and Casino. continue
January 17, 2007 - By Mike Indri, Retired Boxers Foundation - Millions of people, worldwide, know that Muhammad Ali, "the greatest of all time", turns 65 years old today. Also, hoards of boxing enthusiasts are well aware that current WBC super featherweight world champion Marco Antonio Barrera is celebrating his 33rd birthday bash. Happy and Healthy Birthday wishes go out to both these great champions and boxing icons! Unfortunately, not nearly enough people, in or outside of boxing, know that January 17th also marks the birthday of Alex Ramos. continue
17.01.07 - By Zhenyu Li: It’s a fight between two explosive hard punchers. It’s a fight of two undefeated sensations. It’s a fight that could redeem either fighter’s ringside image. Undefeated two-division world champion Ricky “Hitman” Hatton will go back to the 140lbs division and challenge the IBF junior welterweight champion Juan “Iron Twin” Urango, another undefeated fighter on Jan 20.
This IBF belt was formerly held by Hatton before he relinquished it to get a title shot against the WBA welterweight titlist Luis Collazo last May. Though concluded with a unanimous win, Hatton performed poorly in that match. Realizing the current landscape of the 147-pound division, he chose to drop the WBA title of welterweight and returned to his natural weight class, the 140-pound division. Urango, the Colombian who was a soldier in the Colombian military was picked up by Hatton as his first opponent when going back to the junior welterweight division. continue
17.01.07 - Derry Matthews will continue his quest to prove himself the best featherweight in the UK when he takes on British champion John Simpson on February 24 at Liverpool Olympia. The 23-year-old will be making the first defence of his WBU World Title, which he won in impressive style against Steve Foster Jnr in Manchester in October. And in Scotsman Simpson, also 23, he takes on a man fresh off a win over Andy Morris, whom he beat on a cut in London in December. continue
17.01.07 - WBC welterweight champion Junior Witter has hit back at rival title holder Ricky Hatton on talkSPORT, the UK’s only national commercial speech radio station, saying he thinks Hatton is a coward for refusing to meet him in the ring, depriving the public of the fight they desperately want to see. Talking to Alan Brazil and Graham Beecroft of the Breakfast Show, Witter said: “He’s a coward isn’t he? Realistically, if he wants to say I’m not on his radar, why has he had a press conference talking about me? . continue
17.01.07 - Matthew Thirlwall intends to overcome the frustrations he has experienced since becoming a professional and make 2007 the year in which he takes fulfilling the potential he demonstrated as an amateur to the next level. The 26-year-old middleweight from Bermondsey turned over as a member of Hennessy Sports ‘Real Class of 2002’ after a standout career in the vest that saw him put in an outstanding tournament run to stop 7 of his 8 victims on the way to a Senior ABA Title. continue
17.01.07 - By Zhenyu Li: The tale of two towers is narrated between the 7-foot Valuev and the 6-foot-6 McCline. Giant Nicolay Valuev, the WBA heavyweight champion of the world will defend his title against another huge guy Jameel McCline on January 20th.
The total weight of the two fighters will be nearly 600 pounds which is the “biggest” in boxing history. This might be the most intriguing part of this match since Valuev, the tallest and heaviest boxing champion of all time has never met someone as big as McCline who is 6'6'' and around 270 lb. McCline was once a capable fighter who thrashed Michael Grant, the then top contender in just one round. The current WBO heavyweight champion Shannon Briggs was also outpointed by him in a 10-round fight. But that is what he has accomplished several years ago. Now, the 36-year old McCline is not in his prime. His speed waned, his footwork is no longer as good and what deprived of all his deserved wins is his poor stamina. continue
HOLLYWOOD, FL, January 16 – Former world champion and 1992 United States Olympian Raul Marquez is the latest addition to the elite stable of boxers promoted by Seminole Warriors Boxing Promotions Inc., it was announced today.“Raul Marquez is a true warrior and one of boxing's most exciting fighters, and we are excited to be part of his team as he chases after another world championship in 2007,” said Leon Margules, Executive Director of Seminole Warriors Boxing Promotions Inc. continue
16.01.07 - By Matt Stein: In a bout that will match up two of the largest heavyweights in boxing, Nicolay Valuev (45-0, 33 KO's) will defend his WBA heavyweight title on Saturday, January 20th, against Jameel McCline (38-6-3, 23 KO's) in St. Jakob-Halle, Basel, in Switzerland. Unfortunately, the bout will not be shown in the United States, which is surprising since it would seem to me be a fight that many Americans would like to see, even though it’s expected to be a mismatch. However, unlike a lot of people, I’m giving McCline, 36, an excellent shot of an upset. Don’t get me wrong, I’m no apologist for McCline, whose had his share of bad luck in recent years, I just think he’s the better fighter of the two, and has the most to lose if he gets beaten. continue
16.01.07 - Promoter Frank Warren won the bidding war to stage Souleymane M’Baye’s WBA World Light-Welterweight title defence against Ukranian Andreas Kotelnik when purse bids were opened at the WBA headquarters in Panama City today. Warren’s bid of $648,000USD saw off the Acaries brothers, who bid $602,000USD, and Kotelnik’s own promoter Universum who bid $340,000USD. The fight will take place in Britain - where M’Baye won the title with a fourth round stoppage of Raul Balbi last September in Bolton - with a date and venue to be announced shortly. continue
16.01.07 - Junior Witter believes long-term rival Ricky Hatton is a ‘coward’ and a ‘bully’ who is ‘hiding behind smokescreens’ and has called for him to settle their long running feud in a massive winner takes all showdown for the sake of the British public. The two are fighting on the same Sky Sports Pay Per View Event this Saturday night, but on different promotions.
Witter headlines a Hennessy Sports show at the Alexandra Palace in the ‘First Defence’ of his WBC Championship against Mexico’s Arturo Morua before coverage switches to Vegas, where Hatton takes on Juan Urango for his old IBF title. The biggest hope within British Boxing, however, is that the two will actually share the same ring. The desire to see what could be the biggest fight the country has ever seen grows every day, apart from it seems within Team Hatton.
Between them ‘The Hitman,’ his trainer Billy Graham and his latest promoter Dennis Hobson have claimed that there wouldn’t be enough money in the fight, that HBO aren’t interested in Witter and that they don’t want to give the Bradford man a pay-day. Witter has treated the comments with the contempt they deserve. continue
16.01.07 - By Scott Frake: Based on the latest boxing news, the trainer for Oscar De La Hoya, Floyd Mayweather Sr, is asking to be paid two million dollars to train De La Hoya (38-4, 30 KO's) for the blockbuster bout with his son, which will take place on May 5th, 2007, at the MGM Grand Hotel & Casiono, in Las Vegas, Nevada. “I told him my figure and he said he’d get back with me,” Mayweather Sr. said to USA today. Apparently, Mayweather Sr. is basing his 2 million dollar figure on the fact that the bout is likely to smash box office records, bringing in substantial amounts of money from HBO PPV and at the gate, which could equal 70 million or more. continue
16.01.07 - Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing proudly announces the signing of one of the hottest up-and-coming prospects in boxing, red-hot Dominican welterweight boxer/puncher Delvin Rodriguez (20-1-1, 12 KOs). Naturally powerful with impressive boxing skills, the 26-year-old native of Santiago de los Caballeros, now living in Danbury, Connecticut,comes to Star Boxing on a 10- fight winning streak, including 7 knockouts. continue
16.01.07 - By Ricky Hatton: One week before the fight and training couldn't have gone any better. Saturday finished my usual grueling 15 rounds on the body belt, so this hard slog is now done. One more week now to wind down and then its just getting in there to do the job and hopefully bring back to Britain world title belts five and six, the IBF and IBO. Just one or two rumours I need to squash before I go into action on Saturday. continue
16.01.07 - Nikolai Valuev (45-0, 33 KOs) has firmly set his sights on Rocky Marciano´s incredible record of 49 straight wins as he prepares to tackle Jameel McCline on Saturday. "I definitely want to break his record," the undefeated WBA champion vowed at today´s press conference in Basle. "If there´s the chance to get your name in the history books with such a great record, it is of course my aim to accomplish it. But that does not mean I will fight weak opponents." The Russian Giant confirmed he would welcome a date with IBF champion Wladimir Klitschko. "If Klitschko wants to fight me before I have broken the record, I´ll be ready at any time," he stated.
Against McCline, the tallest (7ft) and biggest (330 pounds) champion of all time is looking to chalk up win number 46. "I know it won´t come easy," Valuev added. continue
16.01.07 - Phoenix) – Heavyweight prospect Malcolm Tann, 22W and 2L, is publicly calling out Chris Arreola for not backing up his boast last year that he was willing to fight Malcolm Tann and Travis Walker as step up fights. Despite this boast, according to Steve Munisteri, Malcolm Tann’s manager, Arreola backed out of a fight with Tann set for February 9th. Munisteri informed Arreola’s promoter Goossen Tutor last year that Tann would love to fight Chris Arreola Munisteri said. continue
16.01.07 - Mexico’s Arturo Morua flew in to England on Saturday morning ahead of his challenge to WBC light welterweight champion Junior Witter at the Alexandra Palace this weekend. The championship on Saturday 20th January headlines the Hennessy Sports promoted UK portion of a Sky Sports Pay Per View Event that also features Ricky Hatton’s challenge for Juan Urango’s IBF Title in Las Vegas. continue
LAS VEGAS, NV (January 16, 2007) -- Fight week for "Total Domination!" --featuring the 12-round WBC super lightweight title elimination rumble between former two-time WBC lightweight champion current WBC No. 1 super lightweight contender JOSE LUIS CASTILLO (54-7-1, 47 KOs), from Mexicali, Mexico, and the WBC's No. 2-rated contender, undefeated NABF/WBC International super lightweight champion HERMANN "THE BLACK PANTHER" NGOUDJO (15-0, 9 KOs), from Montreal, Quebec, Canada, continues Tomorrow! Wednesday, January 17. continue
16.01.07 - By JEFF WALD, Movie and TV Producer Extraordinaire - from www.BoxingConfidential.com: I first met Ali in late 1968 early 1969 when I was representing songwriter Oscar Brown Jr., made a musical out of a play called BIG TIME BUCK WHITE. We were fans of Ali and they had stripped him of his right to fight.
We put him in this play that opened I believe at the Winter Garden theater. The play opened and closed in six days.
The other producer insisted on Ali wearing this ridiculous wig. I was proud of the fact that we were able to put some money in his pocket as well as give him some different visibility and a forum for his wonderful views on the Viet Nam war.
I next saw him at both the Rumble in the Jungle and the Thrilla in Manila. I have the original program signed by Ali and George Foreman.
I went with Stallone to the second Spinks fight at the Superdome and spent a few minutes in his dressing room. I saw many of his fights and never ceased to be awed. continue
16.01.07 - Fearsome Belfast puncher Neil Sinclair has been added to the "Valentine's Weekend Massacre" event at Cork's City Hall on Saturday, February 17th. The former undefeated British welterweight champion challenged for a World title back in 2000 and is determined to scale those heights again in 2007. After an excellent amateur career which included Commonwealth Gold and a Bronze medal at the World Junior championships "Sinky" turned pro in 1995. continue
Philadelphia, PA (January 16, 2007)—in 2006, Joey “Minnesota Ice” Abell and Max Alexander were emerging as two of the top prospects in the Heavyweight and Light Heavyweight division respectively. But in the last few months of the year, both were shocked with potentially crushing setbacks. On Friday, February 9th at The Legendary Blue Horizon in Philadelphia the aforementioned Abell and Alexander have an opportunity to avenge those setbacks or “Can Lightning Strike Twice” when Abell takes on Arron Lyons in a scheduled six round heavyweight bout and Alexander battles Marty Lindquist in two of the most anticipated rematches in the recent memory in Philadelphia. continue
16.01.07 - Certified Brit killer Tshifhiwa Munyai returns to England on January 26 when "The Atomic Spider" defends his Commonwealth Bantamweight belt against British Champion Martin Power. It will be the third time that the towering South African has fought in the UK and based on his previous two bouts, Munyai may be heading on to bigger and better things. continue
16.01.07 - Photo by Paul Speak - Team Hatton- This past weekend, Ricky Hatton strolled into the Top Rank Gym in Las Vegas prior to putting in 15 hard rounds on the infamous bodybelt with trainer Billy "The Preacher" Graham. In attendance was Laila Ali, daughter of the legendary Muhammad Ali. The two fighters got on great with Ricky inviting Laila to his fight against Juan Urango at the Paris Hotel in Las Vegas on Saturday, 20 January.
Laila noticed a tattoo of her dad on Billy's arm and said "That's the first time I ever seen anybody have a tattoo of my dad". Billy replied, "Me dad let me stay up late to watch your dad beat Sonny Liston." Ricky then got down to serious business and banged out the 15 rounds on the body belt at a blistering pace. Firing on all cylinders, the Hitman is looking sharp and focused on Urango.
But the serious side of Ricky lost to the joker when he left his sweaty training union jack underpants in the Top Rank Gym as a souvenir of his visit. A prized possession for the gym manager, who said that he will frame them and give them pride of place in the gym. It is hoped they go over Floyd Mayweather's poster. continue
15.01.07 - By Matt Yanofsky: Last week, I had heard that power punching monster Rafael Marquez was planning to move up to from Bantamweight to Super Bantamweight after years of domination. Israel Vazquez, the Ring Magazine Super Bantamweight champion had immediately said he wanted to challenge Marquez. Vazquez is known for being in exciting fights. In his last bout, Vazquez stopped champion Jhonny Gonzalez in what may be fight of 2006. Prior to that, he stopped former champions Ivan Hernandez and Oscar Larios. continue
15.01.07 - By Ricardo Lois, Boxingconfidential.com: HBO boxing and Larry Merchant go hand and hand. Since I started watching the sport, Larry has been on the air for every HBO Championship Boxing broadcast I can remember. Will some boxing data geek correct me, or does Merchant have a Hearn-ian like attendance streak on Championship Boxing?
Boxing fans either love him or hate him. Merchant pulls no punches as a commentator and is not in the business of soothing the ruffled feathers of any boxer, promoter, or manager. If a fight stunk, Larry tells viewers and boxers using much more eloquent words. continue
15.01,07 - Let’s Get It On Promotions is back! Boxing’s most famous referee, television judge, and national personality Mills Lane and his two sons, Terry and Tommy, have put the company back in business and plan to start putting on fights soon. Mills Lane is regarded as one of the best referees in boxing history. Lane officiated some of the biggest fights in recent history including Holmes-Cooney, Chavez-Taylor II, Tyson-Holyfield II – and many others. All of his fights were preceded by his famous trademark phrase “Let’s Get It On!” Lane is excited about working with his sons at becoming involved in professional boxing again. continue
15.01.07 - By James Slater: Though I would sooner he quit the sport right now and retire, it seems unlikely James Nathaniel Toney, a professional fighter for almost twenty years, will do so. Always his own boss, “Lights Out” will listen to no-one but himself when it comes to doing what he believes is the best thing for him. And fighting on is what James seems to think is the way to go. Despite his bad defeat at the hands of the big punching Sam Peter - a fight where all of Toney’s thirty-eight years seemed to have caught up with him, and in which the self-proclaimed defensive master was hit a worryingly high number of times - James looks a dead-cert for carrying on with his career at heavyweight. And, let’s face it, what else should we expect from him?
Although hanging the gloves up now would be the smart thing to do from our standpoint, just what would Toney do then if he did choose the retirement option? Boxing is all he knows, after all. continue
15.01.07 - By Ted Sares: As both an Internet boxing writer and a socio-political columnist, I have noticed some remarkable things during the past many months. For one, the ability to get instant feedback on my work is now available. But what's even more remarkable is that I can engage my posters openly regarding their feedback, though admittedly this takes no little amount of courage.
Now I am the first to admit that I am not in the same league as those voting members of the Boxing Writers Association of America (BWAA) or other top writers. They get paid for turning out their pristine efforts and in that regard, they are true professionals. Indeed, their stuff frequently inspires mine. However, those who write for newspapers or magazines may have a limited horizon. The future in my opinion is the Internet pure and simple. Affirming this notion is the fact that in recent years many of the elite boxing writers have transitioned to or joined Internet boxing sites. continue
15.01.07 - By Paul McCreath: Regular readers of ESB will no doubt be aware that many fans today are of the opinion that the heavyweight division is in rather sad shape, especially in North America. While America once turned out around 90 percent of the leading heavies, today it is more like 20 percent. Today the talent pool is smaller but that is not to say that there is no hope for improvement soon. One of the problems has been that young prospects have been very reluctant to meet each other or any opponent who poses a real threat. They don't get tough fights and thus don't develop as well as they might if extended more once in awhile. continue
15.01.07 - By James Slater: Sure, there are some great, or at least potentially great, fights being staged in the coming year. But there is always more the matchmakers can do. And, without wanting to sound greedy, the following five choices are mine as far as mouth-watering bouts that I want made in 007. In fact, for both the benefit of the fans, as well as for the talented boxers themselves, I feel these fights can, and definitely should, be made. There may be other, more choice match-ups for many a reader, but for me personally the following five fights must be made. continue
15.01.07 - WBO World Super-Middleweight Champion Joe Calzaghe came face to face with the real Italian Stallion Sylvester Stallone last friday night at an exclusive dinner held at the Fifty Club in London.
Stallone, in the capital for tonight's star studded premier of the latest Rocky movie in Leicester Square, drew up a list of fighters he wanted to meet on his visit to Britain and the hard-hitting Welsh-Italian star was at the top of it after Sly watched his demolishing job on Jeff Lacy last year.
Also in attendance to meet Stallone were top boxers from the past and present including Steve Collins, John Conteh, Barry McGuigan and Enzo Maccarinelli (also of Welsh-Italian heritage), Matt Skelton, Kevin Mitchell and Ross Minter.
Calzaghe, training for his record 20th title defence against Peter Manfredo on Saturday 7th April at the Millennium Stadium, said, "Really, I would like to thank Sylvester Stallone for getting me into boxing because if it wasn't for the Rocky films I don't know what I'd be doing as a career now!" . continue
15.01.07 - On September 15th 2006 Sky Sports kicked off their coverage of this latest boxing season with a Hennessy Sports event at the Alexandra Palace headlined by Junior Witter in a challenge for the prestigious WBC light welterweight championship. This Saturday, their coverage of boxing in 2007 begins with another Hennessy Sports promotion at the historic venue.Fittingly, Witter returns to the scene of his under-rated triumph over DeMarcus Corley to make the ‘First Defence’ of the title he claimed by dominating the former world champion. continue
15.01.07 - The Mitchell brothers are back to terrorise London's East End only this time it's not Grant and Phil. Kevin and Vinny are the new hardmen of the square - ring that is. Kevin is already established as one of the hottest young talents in British boxing with a sparkling 22 fight unbeaten record and holds the IBF Intercontinental and Commonwealth Super-Featherweight titles and is on the verge of challenging for world honours. continue
15.01.07 - By Per Ake Persson: British jr welter Ted Bami has pulled ouf of the EBU titlefight against Gianluca Branco due to a shoulder injury. Bami vs Branco was scheduled for Milano January 25. The show will still go ahead with EBU jr middle titleholder Michele Piccirillo taking on Michael Jones. OPI 2000 is still working on the undercard but Arena Box Promotion have as already reported two guys on the show; heavyweight Steffen Kretschmann and jr welter Aydin Selcuk. continue
15.01.07 - By Craig Parrish: It has been reported by The Arizona Republic that according to Randy Lang, a Glendale attorney, former WBO heavyweight champion Tommy Morrison, now 38-years old, has tested negative for HIV and the results of the test have been submitted to an expert appointed by the Arizona State Boxing Commission. Commission member John Montano witnessed the test and is waiting on a report from the expert.
Lang had hoped to have Morrison fight this Friday night in a four-round bout, but has stated that Morrison injured his hand sparring last Saturday and will need to have a x-ray. They will continue to pursue the license in the hopes that Morrison will fight in February, barring serious injury to the hand. Montano has also stipulated that due to his age, he will also need to see Morrison spar before any sort of consideration can be made for a license. continue
15.01.07- On Monday, January 15, IBF Pan Pacific Light Heavyweight Champion Danny "The Green Machine" Green started a series of fitness boxing sessions with members of the Australian Football League St. Kilda Saints at Moorabbin Oval in suburban Melbourne, Australia. Following the session with the Saints players, Danny conducted his own training session on Moorabbin Oval in preparation for his upcoming fight against PABA Champion Paul Murdoch on Sunday, January 21 at the Melbourne State Netball And Hockey Centre. continue
15.01.07 - By John Chavez, Boxingconfidential.com: I'll admit it; I'm a Ricky Hatton fan. That crowd pleasing, explosive style makes me tired just looking at his physical excursion. He's not only known as "The Hitman" but also as "The Mad Hatter." The latter name is more fitting because rather than silently dissecting an opponent from long range, he beats you with his madness. When an opponent fights Ricky Hatton, they might as well request a four foot by four foot ring. He's in your face, hitting whatever is legal to hit, and sometimes illegal, ask Kostya Tszyu. continue
14.07.07 - By Troy Ondrizek @ ringside: I am elated that ESPN’s Friday Night Fights is back. I thought that this past Friday had some great fights to watch on TV like ESPN’s Cornelius Bundrage/Chris Smith fight and especially Maxboxing’s Rubin Williams/Antwun Echols affair. So knowing that these fights were available for me to see, I decided to head down to Tampa Florida instead and check out the lesser known Silverhawk boxing card that was going on Friday night. As I stated previously, TV fights are great and you get to see some of the best fighters or contenders in the game battle on television, however, sometimes checking out the guys who are just getting started and who are hungry to fight anyone and feel privileged to just be fighting at all, that’s food for my soul. continue
14.07.07 - By Tim Neilson: With only four short months to go before Floyd Mayweather Jr. (37-0, 24 KO's) takes on thirty-three year old Oscar De La Hoya (38-4, 30 KO's), which will likely be the biggest fight in boxing history takes place, one question that comes to mind when I consider Mayweather's qualifications: How does it happen that a fighter like Mayweather, 29, who has yet to take on a tough challenger, someone like Ricky Hatton or Antonio Margarito, be so adored and fawned over by his love-sick fans, many who seem to be blind to his lack of tough challengers, not to mention his offensive/defensive weaknesses. Admittedly, Mayweather has beaten the opposition set in front of him, one by one, but all of this, of course, needs to be taken with a grain of salt due to the overall quality of his opposition.
For the most part, Mayweather has beaten fighters that are arguably on the downward portions of their perspective careers, such as Arturo Gatti, Sharmba Mitchell, and Zab Judah. continue
LAS VEGAS, NV (January 14, 2006) -- Fight week is finally here! Undefeated two-division world champion RICKY "HITMAN" HATTON, making his Las Vegas debut after 41 bouts as a professional, has already put in a full week of sparring in Sin City, while undefeated IBF junior welterweight champion JUAN "IRON TWIN" URANGO, making his first title defense, is scheduled to break camp this morning and arrive later today. Urango and Hatton go toe-to-toe, This Saturday! January 20, at Paris Las Vegas. continue
LAS VEGAS (January 13, 2006) - Silverhawk Championship Boxing added another title belt to its growing display case as Adrian "Juanito" Mora captured the vacant NBA super lightweight championship last night in Tampa, while stablemate Rubin "Hollywood" Williams retained his NBA super middleweight crown Friday evening in Auburn Hills, Michigan. continue
By Per Ake Persson: January 13, Halle an der Saale, Germany: Thomas Ulrich won the vacant EBU lightheavy title with a tenth round stoppage of Frenchman Rachid Kanfouah after an excellent fight that was the co-headliner of Universum´s sold out (4500 spectators) Brandberg Arena. It was quality vs quantity as Ulrich had the harder but fewer punches while Kanfouah kept a high workrate. Ulrich was almost down in the eighth but came back well later in the round and got the best of some blistering exchanges. continue
13.01.07 - By James Slater: What a month for legendary heavyweight champions January is. Not only was George Foreman born in this month - on the 10th, in 1949 - but his two most famous adversaries were as well. Both Joe Frazier and - the man who holds the mantle, surely, as THE most famous boxer of all-time, Muhammad Ali - also came into the world in the year’s first month, on the 12th in 1944 and on the 17th in 1942, respectively. More than enough ink will be used in writing tributes to “The Greatest’s” sixty-fifth birthday next week, me-thinks - so in this article I look back instead at the ring exploits of the man so often sadly relegated to being remembered as having merely been Ali’s supporting player.
Joseph William Frazier was born in Beaufort, South Carolina, sixty-three years ago today (Jan 12th). Born into a hard working family that, if it wasn’t flat out broke, was certainly what one could class as being poor, Joe soon relocated to the place with which he would forever be associated - Philadelphia. continue
13.01.07 - World class light heavyweight contender Danny Green wowed the public during an open air training session at Federation Square in downtown Melbourne on Thursday. The session gave fans an small insight into the hard work boxers go through both mentally and physically in a fight preparation. continue
13.01.07 - By Per Ake Persson: IBF middleweight titleholder Arthur Abraham is now back in full training, reports German paper Bild Zeitung. No sparring yet though. Abraham expects to be able to fight at the end of April and says he wants a rematch with Edison Miranda.
Former EBU heavy champ Paolo Vidoz takes on Croatian Ivica Percovic January 27 in Cividale del Friuli. Vidoz is currently in London sparring with John McDermott. continue
13.01.07 - Boxing sensation Amir Khan today took up one of the most important fights of his life - fighting child cruelty as an NSPCC ambassador. Speaking about the announcement Amir, who is in training for his fight on February 17th at the Wembley Arena, said: "It is an honour to be appointed an NSPCC ambassador and it is a role I will take very seriously. continue
12.01.07 - By Ted Sares: He gave us thrills and chills. From his gutsy performance against Pretty Boy Floyd to his 2001 Fight of the Year with Micky Ward to the uncommon sportsmanship displayed when he fought Ray "Sucra" Oliveira. His redemption KO win against Courtney Burton was sweet and his TKO over heavily favored Carlos Wilfredo Vilches was pleasantly shocking. He was his own man...even when referees attempted to make him stop doing what he does best. He was too hard core and different for the mainstream and politically correct element of boxing. Maybe that's why we all liked him so much. He was his own man; he did it his way. We all want to tell our boss to "go to hell." He did it for us.
Sadly, however, he finally met the undisputed, undefeated champion of all time, Father Time. Over 500 rounds and 68 fights is more than Ali fought. It's too many when you fights the way Emanuel fights. On Thursday, January 11, his ring age (he is only 32 chronologically) had finally caught up with him. Every tough round he had fought caught up with him. continue
12.01.07 - Michael Marley, Boxingconfidential.com: Dennis Rappaport, promoter of WBC heavyweight champion Oleg Maskaev, does not need to sit by the phone, the fax, or his computer waiting for clearance from the organization for a unification title bout against IBF champ Waldimir Klitschko. Rappaport wanted to make Maskaev-Klitschko for April in Moscow. His chances, to use Don King's pet phrase, are slim and none and slim is out of town...I spoke to WBC President Don Jose Sulaiman from Mexico City last night and, like it or not Dennis Rapstar, you will have to comply with your mandatory against two-time James Toney conqueror Samuel Peter. continue
12.01.07 - By Ted Sares: If Wladimir Klitschko faces Oleg Maskaev instead of Ray Austin (and there is now some talk this might occur), it will it be a virtual repeat of the Brock blow out. Let's break it down. Size: Unlike Austin, Oleg will not see eye to eye with Klitschko and will weigh somewhat less. The Russian has an 79' reach while Dr. Steel hammer has an 81' span. The "Big O" is 6' 3. Wladimir is an imposing 6'6." Size favors Klitchko, though both are hard bodied men. Still, Wlad's elongated and heavily veined muscles make for great jackhammer power. Edge to Klitchko. continue
12.01.07 - By Karen Belford: Hello, East Side People, it's good to be back. I haven't written in a while but I hope to get back in the swing of things, if my school and work schedule permits. Lately, I was intrigued with the news that Roy Jones Jr. is reportedly in the process of fighting Bernard Hopkins, once again. In the beginning, I thought this was such terrific news because I thought their first fight was so stirring, but after I thought about it for awhile, the image of those two fighting again put me off completely. continue
12.01.07 - Just one week until Nikolai Valuev, the biggest and tallest heavyweight champion of all time, will be stepping over - not through - the ropes to face fellow giant Jameel McCline in Basle, Switzerland.
The third defense of his WBA belt will be the toughest fight of his career, he said in an interview with Boxen.com. The Russian Giant also shared his thoughts on a potential showdown with Wladimir Klitschko. An English version of the interview can also be found on www.boxen.com.
Boxen.com: Nikolai, in one week's time you will defend your WBA heavyweight title against Jameel McCline. How has the preparation been going so far?
Nikolai Valuev: We are right on course. The foundations have been laid with Manuel Gabrielian in St. Petersburg. At the end of December, I started sparring in Berlin and everything has gone according to plan so far. The finishing touches ahead of the fight will then be made in Switzerland. continue
12.01.07 - Photo: Paul Speak - Promoter Dennis Hobson of Fight Academy arrived in Las Vegas yesterday and immediately met with the star of his promotional stable, Ricky Hatton, who is in town preparing for his hotly anticipated IBF/IBO Light Welterweight title showdown with Juan Urango. After a cup of good old fashioned English tea, the pair took a walk down the strip, taking in the sights. At the fabulous Paris Hotel, the location of the Urango bout, the guys stopped for a moment to savour the magic of Las Vegas. continue
12.01.07 - Reports by various media outlets have stated that a super-fight between WBO Bantamweight champion Rafael Marquez and my fighter, WBC Super Bantamweight and "The Ring" World Champion, Israel Vazquez, is a done deal. As it stands, we have not received contracts or discussed money, therefore, those reports are inaccurate. It's been reported that Marquez vs. Vazquez will take place on April 7th on Showtime. As much as we would love for this explosive fight to take place on such a prestigious network, until business is discussed, finalized and we've reach a satisfactory agreement, it can't be considered official. continue
12.01.07 - Sugar Shane Mosley and Luis Collazo have come face to face to announce their February 10 clash titled "Battle at the Bay" at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, USA on HBO World Championship Boxing. The WBC interim welterweight world title will be on the line.
"I had two opponents to choose from for this fight," said Mosley, "Kermit Cintron and Luis Collazo and in the end, Kermit had some problems and we decided on Collazo. Luis is a difficult fighter because he is a southpaw and he is going to come with everything and try to beat me. However, my goal is to continue to win and I will win this fight." 35 year-old Mosley 43-4 (37) is coming off back to back stoppage wins ove r Fernando Vargas in 2006. continue
(NEW YORK) Jan. 11, 2007 – Photos by David Martin Warr/DKP - Four talented, crowd-pleasing boxers with a combined record of 130-6 with 89 knockouts—a winning percentage exceeding 95 percent -- will be featured during an excellent world championship doubleheader on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING on Saturday, Feb. 3, it was formally announced Thursday during a press conference at Miami Arena in Miami, Fla.
In a battle of unbeatens in the main event, exciting and talented Tomasz Adamek (31-0, 21 KOs) of Jersey City, N.J., by way of Zywiec, Poland, will defend his WBC light heavyweight title against hard-hitting WBC No. 2 contender "Bad" Chad Dawson (23-0, 15 KOs) of New Haven, Conn., via Hartsville, S.C. continue
12.01.07 - By Michael Marley, Boxingconfidential.com: It's an Asian casino owner's dream fight. Promoter Bob Arum informed me that all indications are that Manny Pacquiao's opponent for April 28 in Macau at Steve Wynn's hotel-casino will be rugged Korean veteran and current WBC featherweight champion In Jin Chi.
The All-Asian brawl, matching the Filipino national idol and the Korean, will likely be seen in America on pay-per-view TV, the head of Top Rank said from his Las Vegas office. Arum said that he has "a good offer" in front of Chi's handlers in South Korea and that he expects an affirmative response soon. While Arum does not see any need for a U.S. press conference, he said he believes Pacman may go to Anaheim to watch "his buddy," the colorful Mexican Jorge Arce, fight Jan. 27. continue
MICHAEL HIRSLEY, CHICAGO TRIBUNE: It sounds like from some of the responses up to this point that you’re a little bit torn between staying at junior welterweight for the likes of this title fight and Castillo and perhaps the unification and moving up for the big names like Cotto and Mayweather. If you start thinking more seriously about welterweight, would you take a few tune-up fights or do you think you just need more time in training camp to get ready for a welterweight fight?
RICKY HATTON: I think I’d just need more time in training camp really. I mean people when they go through the weight of it. You know, I’m a different build to what most people there. I think if I was a little bit on the taller side maybe it would be easier for me to go through the weight divisions, maybe something like a Tommy Hearns or an Oscar de la Hoya has been able to do, but with me being very short and stocky type frame it doesn’t, I’m not really built to move up the weight divisions. continue
FRED STERNBURG, BANNER PROMOTIONS: Undefeated two-division world champion Ricky “Hitman” Hatton will be making his Las Vegas debut when he challenges undefeated IBF jr. welterweight champion Juan “Iron Twin” Urango on Saturday, January 20 at Paris Las Vegas. It will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing beginning at 9:45 p.m. East Coast time and at 6:45 p.m. West Coast time. Ricky is going to attempt to regain the title that he previously held before vacating it to win the WBA welterweight title. Ricky, it’s a pleasure to welcome you back to the States. Why were you so keen on fighting in Las Vegas and how are you enjoying it so far? . continue
12.01.07 - By Zachary Q. Daniels: Unlike most boxing biographies, Adam Pollack's John L. Sullivan: The Career of the First Gloved Heavyweight Champion is not a chronicle of his life and times, but rather an extensively documented history of his boxing career. Readers who are interested in stories of Sullivan's drinking habits and later conversion to evangelism will have to look elsewhere—but those interested in "The Boston Strongboy's" performance in the ring will find a wealth of information likely unobtainable outside of library microfilm machines. What Pollack has done is to reconstruct the details of Sullivan's career using almost exclusively primary sources that describe the various fights Sullivan participated in immediately after they occurred, rather than relying on secondary sources published decades later. This gives the book an historical authenticity that is usually absent from most boxing biographies.
He begins by describing the context of Sullivan's career by explaining the state of the sport in the 1870s when Sullivan began his career, providing insight into the rules under which Sullivan fought, in both bare-knuckle and gloved bouts. continue
12.01.07 - By Michael Marley, Boxingconfidential.com: Fearless Frank Espinoza, one of boxing's most aggressive managers, is the kind of guy who would try to throw a lamb chop past a starving wolf. That is how FF rolls and handles his boxing business. But he is also a savvy guy and he lives by the credo of getting his fighters the biggest reward for the least risk. But sometimes he bends his formula.. continue
LAS VEGAS (January 11, 2007) - Five titles will be on the line January 19 in "Super Fights," co-promoted by Silverhawk Championship Boxing and Knockout Promotions, at Knox Arena in Olive Branch, Mississippi. Two 12-round championship matches, featuring NBA heavyweight champion Sherman "The Caribbean Tank" Williams and world-rated light heavyweight Prince Badi "The Fighting Prince" Ajamu, have been added to the star-studded card, headlined by a 12-rounder between unbeaten B.J. "El Pelogroso" Flores and knockout artist Chris "Cold Steel" Thomas for the vacant WBF and NBA cruiserweight championships, originally scheduled for January 13. continue
11.01.07 - By Dave Medd: Every fan wants heavyweight unification, but every fan also knows that boxing politics won’t allow it, right? Wrong. I have a unification solution that satisfies the ABC mandatory obligations that even Don King wouldn’t stop. And, no, Don does not have to be assassinated by the Russian mob. In fact, I think he’d actually like the idea. What needs to be done? continue
11.01.07 - By Hunter Breckenridge: Boxing fans love hypothetical matchups. What might have been is often just as interesting to boxing fans as some of the fights themselves. Boxing fans are like any sports fans in that they thrive on debate. For me, one of the most interesting ''what if'' scenarios is a very recent one. Less than ten years ago, George Foreman versus Lennox Lewis was a possibility.
September 22, 1997. On that date, then-48-year-old George Foreman fought Shannon Briggs for the linear heavyweight championship of the world. On that night, Foreman dominated Briggs. Foreman consistently backed Briggs up, landed harder and more frequent punches, and had Briggs hurt on more than one occasion. Shannon Briggs was known for his trademark ''swarm,'' a barrage of punches early on that was designed to obliterate the opposition in the 1st round. This rather reckless tactic was completely absent, however, as George set the pace for the fight. Briggs seemed to have a great deal of respect for Foreman's power, and he never pressed matters. continue
11.01.07 - By Per Ake Persson: Souleyman M´Baye´s planned defence of the WBA jr welter title against Brit Graham Earl that was on for February 17 in London is off after the WBA refused to approve it. There will be purse bids for M´Baye´s mandatory defence against Universum-promoted Ukrainian Andreas Kotelnik January 16 in Panama City. continue
Bradford’s Junior Witter, who made history in September by becoming the first ever Brit to win a WBC world championship at 140lb, believes the clock may be ticking on an all-domestic marquee affair against Ricky Hatton. Whilst the 32-year-old has a raft of options ahead of him as the holder of the most prestigious belt in the division, he has admitted that long-term rival Hatton is still on his radar as ‘an itch he wants to scratch.’ The pair are already scheduled to headline on the same Sky Box Office Pay Per View Event on January 20th, but on different promotions. continue
11.01.07 - Spurred on to avenge his only career loss at the hands of South Africa's "Atomic Spider", Martin Power has pushed himself to the brink in a bid to topple reigning Commonwealth Bantamweight supremo Tshifhiwa Munyai on Friday, January 26 at the Goresbrook LC in Dagenham, England. continue
11.01.07 - All Photos © Paul Speak: Ricky Hatton sparring Donald Camarena in Wayne McCullough's Las Vegas gym - The very next day after arriving in Las Vegas, Ricky Hatton engaged in fierce combat over the course of twelve rounds of sparring as "The Hitman" prepares for his IBF Light Welter Championship fight with reigning champion Juan Urango, scheduled for Saturday, January 20 at The Paris Hotel. At the Las Vegas gym of former WBC Bantamweight Champion Wayne McCullough, Hatton displayed his legendary fitness by going twelve hard rounds with rugged southpaw Donald Camarena. The action was fast and furious, a fitting preview for the highly anticipated slugfest expected when Hatton and Urango square off at The Paris next weekend.
Dennis Hobson/Fight Academy and Banner Promotions, in association with Top Rank, Inc., present Ricky Hatton vs. Juan Urango for the IBF Light Welterweight Championship of the world on January 20, 2007 at the Paris Hotel, Las Vegas, NV. HBO World Championship Boxing will televise live in the US starting at 10PM ET/7PM ET. SKY Box Office broadcasts live in the UK beginning at 22:00 GMT. Tickets can be purchased by logging onto www.ticketmaster.com. continue
HOUSTON, TX (January 11th, 2007)-The proposed February 16th ten round heavyweight match-up between former heavyweight contenders Dominick Guinn 27-4-1 (18 KO’s) and Kirk Johnson 36-2-1 (26 KO’s) failed to materialize and has been scrapped due to what Team Guinn calls refusal to fight on Canadian Kirk Johnson’s part. continue
11.01.07 - Four talented, promising prospects with a combined record of 57-2-1 with 41 KO's and a 95 percent winning percentage will be featured on an excellent "ShoBox: The New Generation" doubleheader on Friday, Jan. 19, 2007, on SHOWTIME (11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast). continue
11.01.07 - Fort Smith, AR – www.TheDailySports.com Boxing Promotions announced today that the River Valley Fight Night Show scheduled for January 20th has had such a positive response; it had to be moved to a larger venue in order to accommodate the ticket demand. “We have had such a demand for our pre-fight-night ticket sales, that the Event Center wasn’t going to cut it”, stated Bill Calogero, President of TheDailySports.com Boxing Promotions. continue
10.01.07 - By Scoop Malinowski: It is absolute rubbish when fans or media say the heavyweight division is at a low talent level right now. I know this is the prevailing notion these days but it's nonsense, 100% BS. The heavyweight division is always the most exciting realm in all of sport, perhaps even all of entertainment. Just look who showed up at the recent Toney-Peter WBC Eliminator - Shaquille O'Neal, Hulk Hogan, Bernard Hopkins to name a few. Imagine how many celebrities would be at Klitschko vs. Briggs for all the marbles?
If the top talents are matched up against each other in 2007, we will without a doubt see the kind of memorable fights of yesteryear. Here's why: The best against the best will almost always produce the kind of vicious, desperate, dynamic, extraordinary confrontations that are what boxing is all about. But, the best against Henry Akinwande, Vaughn Bean or Zelkjo Mavrovic is a letdown on so many levels. continue
10.01.07 - WBO World Super-Middleweight Champion Joe Calzaghe wants the last remaining precious kilograms of Welsh gold to be used on a special world title belt on Saturday 7th April. Calzaghe makes a record 20th title defence of his WBO crown against American superstar Peter Manfredo at the Millennium Stadium but is devastated to hear that Welsh Gold plc, the last producer of pure Welsh gold at the Gwynfynydd Mines Royal in Dolgellau, is expected to close very soon with supplies coming to an end. continue
10.01.07 - Michael Marley, Boxingconfidential.com: Some times people forget that promoter Lou Dibella went from Brooklyn to Harvard, not the other way around. The boy may have left the BK but the BK never left DiBella. Asked if he wanted to respond to Seminole Warriors boxing boss Neon Leon Margules' throwing down the gauntlet for a Jermain Taylor-Edison Miranda middleweight title showdown, DiBella was short if not sweet in his reply. continue
10.01.07 - Ricardo Lois, Boxingconfidential.com: Building a world class boxing promotion is a tough row to hoe, but Seminole Warriors Boxing left a serious mark on the fistic landscape in 2006 and will to continue to present world class fights in 2007. Last year Warriors promoted fights on networks such as ESPN, HBO, Showtime, and even went as far as presenting their own pay per view events. Leon Margules Executive Director of Warriors, said that it was not difficult breaking in with boxing's premiere networks once a key component was in place…talent. continue
10.01.07 - By Geoffrey Ciani: On January 20, Nikolay Valuev will defend his WBA heavyweight championship belt when he makes a voluntary defense against Jameel “Big Time” McCline. The bout, which will take place in Switzerland, features two enormous heavyweights which, in and of itself, makes this a most intriguing match-up. Combined, these two giants stand at thirteen and a half feet tall and weigh in excess of 600 pounds! That’s a lot of heavyweight! In fact, these two behemoths will be the biggest men ever to have squared off in a heavyweight championship bout—even bigger than Lennox Lewis’s blowout victory against Michael Grant, duly billed as “Two Big”, when the combined height and weight were thirteen feet and 500 pounds.
Valuev is undefeated in the professional ranks; he has 45 victories, 33 coming by way of knockout. Since beating John Ruiz for the WBA championship, he has had two successful title defenses, having stopped Owen Beck and Monte Barrett inside the distance. continue
10.01.07 - Dino Duva, promoter of World Boxing Council number one contender Samuel Peter, is calling on WBC heavyweight champion Oleg Maskaev's promoter Dennis Rappaport to immediately begin negotiations for the mandated heavyweight championship. “I have requested in a letter that the WBC order negotiations to begin immediately,” said Duva, on the heels of Peter’s dominating victory over James Toney in the WBC title eliminator on Saturday. “I would like to sit down with Dennis Rappaport as soon as tomorrow, to begin negotiations and make a fair deal for the fight. I am confident we can work it out. In the unlikely scenario that we don’t, we go to a purse bid.” . continue
09.01.07 - Undefeated middleweight prospect Michael “Midnight Stalker” Walker (14-0-1, 8) arrived in Ohio today to help undefeated NABF Middleweight Champion Kelly Pavlik (29-0, 26) prepare for his showdown with Jose Luis Zertuche on the January 27th edition of HBO’s Boxing After Dark. Walker, a Chicago native, is promoted by Octavius James’ One In A Million Inc. continue
09.01.07 - Some $1.638 made the difference today as Team Sauerland won the purse bid for the vacant IBF super-middleweight championship between Robert Stieglitz and Alejandro Berrio. The Berlin-based promoters offered $614.444 for the fight, edging out Universum´s $612.806 by the closest of all margins. "We´re delighted to promote this fight," Sauerland managing director Chris Meyer said. "Time and date will be set soon."
09.01.07 - By Chris Acosta: Learning is a painful endeavor. Whenever our minds are forced to work outside their frame of reference, there is a reflexive tendency to resist. That's why so many people give up on learning new languages or musical instruments. If you're able to buckle down and see it through to the end however, the rewards take on an almost mystical value in terms of wisdom and experience.
Samuel Peter (photo by Wray Edwards / ESB) is very much a work in progress. When he was coming up through the ranks, he was viewed as something of a poor man's Ike Ibeabuchi, the former heavyweight contender who also hailed from Nigeria. Like Ike, Peter was built like an S.U.V and hit like one. But unlike his countryman, Samuel lacked the finesse to go with his brute force. Fortunately, Peter also lacked the psychotic episodes that sent Ibeabuchi to prison on rape charges back in 1999. continue
09.01.07 - Frank Maloney's Fitness Academy is a training facility for his ever-growing stable of boxers. Based in Deptford, South East London, it has been home to many well established boxers over the years and is renowned for cultivating talent. Upon entering the intimate gym, there is one poster in particular that catches the eye. It shows Maloney, his face red with anger, doing some serious finger wagging in the direction of WBC president Jose Sulaiman after Lennox Lewis' controversial draw with Evander Holyfield in 1999. "His bark is worse then his bite," laughs head trainer Alan Smith. continue
09.01.07 - By Per Ake Persson: EBU middle champ "Idi" Amin Asikainen, 19-0, defends the title January 30 at the Hartwall Arena in Helsinki against Italian Lorenzo Di Giacomo, 34-2-1. In the chief support jr Michele Di Rocco, 14-0-1, defends the EU title against Juho Tolppola, 19-2. This show was originally scheduled for February 10 but as it clashed with the EBU 28 rule P 3 Boxing and Welldone Promotions were forced to change the date to have Asikainen´s already scheduled mandatory defence against German Sebastian Sylvester to take place. Asikainen vs Sylvester II is set for March 3 in Rostock. continue
09.01.07 - By Scoop Malinowski: There is nothing more important to the sport of boxing right now than instituting a recognized Heavyweight champion of the world. In other words, Unification must be initiated NOW.
We need finality, closure - just one single world heavyweight champion. Then, the sport will prosper like it should, as the most exciting, fascinating athletic competition there is on earth. continue
08.01.07 - By James Slater: As hard as it may be to realise, “The Motor City Cobra” himself, the great Detroit “Hitman,” Thomas Hearns first punched for pay thirty years ago this year. Indeed, a generation has passed since Tommy’s professional ring debut. In this article I recount his initial rise towards fighting for his first title, and the ruthlessly shown skill that was witnessed when he got there. His Hall of Fame worthiness has been proven many times over since his claiming of world title number one (the first of five at different weights - six if you count the WBU’s belt at cruiserweight) but to many people, including Thomas himself, his annexing of that first one remains the most special. Without a doubt, there will never be another Thomas Hearns.
The future boxing legend turned professional on the 25th of November 1977, with a quick second round KO over Jerome Hill. Afterwards he swiftly became known as one of the most devastating punching welterweights in ring history. Quite amazingly, he had only scored a paltry twelve knockouts in his 147 amateur wins. His newfound punching ability would soon become respected and feared by all the 147 pound boxers in the world, however. This ability to punch with such force may have been nurtured by Tommy’s training with Emanuel Steward or possibly it was just a growing maturity and strengthened physique, whatever, he was soon destroying opponents in frighteningly quick time! continue
New York, January 09 — It’s the first heavyweight championship fight of 2007, and on Saturday night, March 10th, at Madison Square Garden’s Theater in New York City, Sultan Ibragimov hopes to take his first step towards becoming the sport’s next great heavyweight when he challenges hometown hero and champion Shannon Briggs for the WBO Heavyweight Championship of The World. HBO will televise this high-impact 12 round showdown - which is presented by Seminole Warriors Boxing Promotions, Golden Boy Promotions, and Golden Grain, in association with Madison Square Garden – live beginning at 10pm ET / on delay 10pm PT. continue
08.01.07 - With regards to the British super fight between David Haye and Enzo Maccarinelli, Team Haye would like to confirm that at no time did they made any extra demands or try to move the goalposts for the fight that all of Britain wanted to see. From the commencement of negotiations, this fight was always a one fight deal when Team Haye offered Enzo Maccarinelli a "one off" fight on Sky television in April against David Haye. continue
08.01.07 - By Geoffrey Ciani: When Lennox Lewis decided to vacate his IBF championship belt rather than face #1 contender, Chris Byrd, few people probably realized the significance of this move. In the aftermath of Lewis’s bout with “Iron” Mike Tyson, few thought Byrd’s slick southpaw style presented a worthwhile challenge, and Lewis was too busy trying to negotiate a rematch with Tyson—obviously interested in maximizing his dollar in the twilight of his career. How else can one explain his relentless pursuit of a Tyson rematch? I mean, how often do you see one fighter totally dominate another with the winner demanding a rematch? continue
08.01.07 - By Paul McCreath: On Saturday, January 20th in Switzerland, Nicolay Valuev (45-0, 33 KO's) will defend his WBA heavyweight boxing title against Jameel McCline (38-6-3, 23 KO's) in a 12-round voluntary defense. The combined weight of the two fighters will be close to 600 pounds, an all time record for a title bout. This fact alone is one of the few outstanding features of this match, although that is not to say it is not an interesting paring that may turn out to be a good fight to watch. Neither fighter is considered to be the best in the world in spite of the billing as a world title match.
In Valuev, 33, we have a giant of a man, around 7 feet tall, and usually about 325 pounds. He is often criticized as being slow and limited in skills, but when you are that big, does it really matter how fast you are? continue
08.01.07 - Robert "The Ghost" Guerrero is set to fight for the vacated IBF featherweight championship of the world in his next bout, this time he will have a new face in his corner, Freddie Roach. Guerrero stated "I look forward to working with Freddie and his experience will be well appreciated." Team Guerrero feels that Freddie Roach is the primer trainer in boxing and can help Guerrero become a dominant force in the 126lbs and 130lbs division. Negotiations have been worked out with GoossenTutor and Team Abazi, as the fight will take place in Denmark sometime in March.
08.01.07 - By Michael Marley, Boxingconfidential.com: WBC President Jose Sulaiman is being heavily lobbied by powerful Russian politicians and business leaders to green light a WBC-IBF heavyweight title unification for Moscow on April 21. Boxingconfidential.com has learned exclusively that one of those writing to Sulaiman to express support for a unifier between WBC champion Oleg Maksaev and IBF king Wladimir Klitschko is the city's popular mayor, Yuri Luzkhov. continue
08.01.07 - By Izyaslav “Slava” Koza: In order for this criticism to not be misconstrued as Peter bashing by a non fan, let me begin with the positive: Samuel Peter is correct in saying this was his best fight and that he improved as a boxer because this was obviously true. Peter's improvements began in training and showed at the weigh in before the fight, where Peter was eight pounds lighter and looking much thinner than in recent years. It continued in the ring, as Peter showed a continuous work rate and even some decent mobility. continue
08.01.07 - By Craig Parrish: According to the Arizona Republic, former heavyweight champion Tommy Morrison underwent a blood test on Friday in hopes of receiving a boxing license. Morrison has not fought in the United States in ten years after testing positive for the HIV virus. He is 38 years old.
Morrison is claiming that the initial test was a false positive, and Peter McKinn, a Phoenix based promoter stated that Morrison has tested negative for the virus at least 3 times, the last test being administered in December. John Montano of the Arizona boxing commission witnessed the test last Friday. continue
LAS VEGAS (January 8, 2007) - Veteran heavyweight Cedric "The Bos" Boswell and unbeaten cruiserweight prospect Josh Green have signed exclusive promotional contracts with Silverhawk Championship Boxing. Boswell (22-1, 17 KOs), fighting out of Atlanta, has beaten the likes of Jim Strohl (25-1), Talmadge Griffs (21-3-) and Marcus McIntyre (14-0), all by technical knockout. Twelve-year pro Boswell's last fight was a second-round TKO of Wallace McDaniel on April 28. continue
LAS VEGAS (January 8, 2007) - Detroit's prodigal son Rubin "Hollywood" Williams returns home to defuse veteran bomber Antwun "Kid Dynamite" Echols in Friday night's 12-round main event for the vacant IBA super middleweight title at The Palace in Auburn Hills, Michigan. "Fight Night at The Palace" is co-promoted by Silverhawk Championship Boxing and Fight Night, Inc., in association with Banner Promotions. continue
January 8 (Merrillville, IN)- In a cross-town battle for bragging rights, Hammond’s Ruben “The Modern Day Warrior” Galvan (27-10-2, 10 KOs) faces Merrillville’s Jermaine “Too Sweet” White (14-2, 7 KOs) for the IN.B.A. state welterweight championship on February 9th at Star Plaza Theatre in Merrillville, IN. Presented by Octavius James’ One In A Million Inc., in association with Jack “Kid” Callahan, “Slug Fest ‘07” features six bouts including the return of fan favorite “Merciless” Mary McGee. continue
08.01.07 - By Bob Webb: The 50s was a bad decade for Heavyweight boxing, right? Wrong. The more I researched this series of articles the more I became impressed by not only the depth of talent amongst the contenders but also by the World Champions themselves.
In Rocky Marciano we have one of the top three Heavyweights of all time according to most historians with an unimpeachable 49-0 record. Jersey Joe Walcott: the oldest man in history at that time to win the World Title, at the fifth attempt.
Ezzard Charles: almost universally reckoned to be the greatest Light-Heavyweight of all time – and a Heavyweight World Champ to boot.
Floyd Patterson: youngest man to win the World Heavyweight title before the advent of a certain Mike Tyson and the first man to regain the title. continue
08.01.07 - Promoter Frank Warren has dismissed claims made by David Haye's trainer and manager Adam Booth about an 'orginal deal' that could salvage the fight with WBO World Cruiserweight Champion Enzo Maccarinelli on April 7 at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff. Booth refers to a faxed offer for a one-fight deal but the subsequent acceptance of a counter offer by Team Haye from Mr. Warren made the original offer invalid. continue
08.01.07 - Samuel Peter: “You saw what I did tonight,” Peter said. “I taunted him [Toney]. I gave him the Muhammad Ali shuffle, with a little Floyd Mayweather, too. This was my best fight. I fight the best. The South Florida camp Don King made me do was great. He didn’t let me stay in Las Vegas. I had a great training camp. I even missed Christmas. I ran on the beach for the first time and I loved it. I had a great team. continue
08.01.07 - Ricky Hatton has overcome an arm injury during training sessions for his January 20 Las Vegas debut and continues preparing for his HBO/SKY televised showdown with IBF Light Welterweight Champion Juan Urango. "Ricky lost four sessions of sparring because he damaged his arm," said father/manager Ray Hatton. "It's not ideal but we got through it because of Ricky going into the gym so early. His fitness is bang on and we thought instead of taking any chances we'd have a week off from punching and sparring. continue
January 7th, 2007 - By Frank Gonzalez Jr. Sharkie’s Machine - Saturday night at the Hard Rock Live Arena in Hollywood Florida, Heavyweights James “Lights Out” Toney (69-6-3-1, 43 KO’s) fought a defining rematch against Sam “The Nigerian Nightmare” Peter (28-1, 22 KO’s). Their first fight resulted in a controversial Decision win for Sam Peter. I thought Toney won that fight with better control and skills. Peter rarely landed any flush shots in that one but when he did, Toney took them well and always gave back with cleaner shots. Because Peter is so strong, I can understand how some thought he won the first fight. The rematch was certainly designed by the first questionable decision.
The rematch Saturday night was a clear victory for Peter, who showed noticeable improvements overall, including crisper punching, improved footwork and better stamina. Peter has benefited greatly from his recent experiences (the loss to Klitschko and the first Toney fight) and has become a more complete fighter. continue
07.01.07 - By Ted Sares: Sadly, I have just learned that former British empire boxing champion Yvon "The Fighting Fisherman" Durelle has died at age 77. Family members said he suffered a stroke on Christmas day and also had Parkinson disease. He died in a hospital in Moncton on Saturday. His 1958 ebb and flow classic with Archie "Old Mongoose" Moore made him a Canadian legend and is one of the most memorable fights of all time. continue
MINNEAPOLIS (January 7, 2007) - Much more than bragging rights and regional title belts will be on the line Friday night (Jan. 12) when Minnesota middleweight champion Anthony "The Bullet" Bonsante fights Minnesota archrival Matt "The Predator" Vanda, headlining "Bad Blood" in the 10-round main event for the state title and vacant IBA Americas championship, at the Target Center in Minneapolis. continue
07.01.07 - 8 Count Productions is preparing for another outstanding year of presenting world class professional boxing for Chicagoland fight fans. Said Dominic Pesoli, President of 8 Count, "Last year we promoted 18 events and we're looking at a similar number this year. We had a terrific 2006 with some outstanding battles in front of huge crowds. Chicago fight fans have been very loyal to us with their enthusiastic support and we've repaid them by consistently providing high quality events. That's our continued commitment to them in 2007." . continue
07.01.07 - By James Slater, photo by Tom Casino/Showtime - In one of my final articles of last year I did a piece on predictions. The first of these predictions declared how I felt James Toney would be KO’d, for the first time in his long career, in his rematch with Samuel Peter. OK, so I was only half right. Still, make no mistake, last night saw James take the worst beating of his nearly twenty-tear boxing career. My question, however, is was the fight a classic case of a guy leaving his fight well and truly in the gym? Let’s face it, there had to be SOMETHING wrong with Toney for him to have been handled so easily. And I think the training regime he underwent, the toughest discipline he has shown for many years, may well have been the reason for his one-sided loss. To have pushed his body so hard at his current age was simply too much.
As a result he was left weakened and vulnerable to Peter’s attacks. Sure, I could be totally wrong and it may simply have been his age and nothing more that led to his points defeat. After all, James is thirty-eight and after such a long career it really should come as no surprise if the number of candles blown out on birthday cakes has taken its toll on “Lights Out.” continue
07.01.07 - By Michael Marley - Boxing Confidential.com: Nobody asked me, but....My plans are progressing for the "Battle Of The Boxing Wives" PPV event. I am thinking of bringing Jerry Springer in as guest referee. Our newest entrant is Tremendous Travis Simms' better half, Sandra Stokes-Simms, and she says she can whip Jin Mosley, the Korean Tigercat, and Marta Vargas, the Chicana Cougar, on the same night. Who got beef with Sandra is what our newest contestant wants to know. By the way, who is Sandra's sidekick, the shrill lady talking on her mobile while looking all agile and hostile? Sidekick is louder than Don King. continue
06.01.07 – By Adrian Saba: Boxing quotes are delicious. Some make you reflect, some are simply hilarious, others are truculent, some just leave you stupefied, and the best are not thoughtful. A brief collection of quotes for you.
Once, Jack Handey said: “To me, boxing is like a ballet, except there's no music, no choreography, and the dancers hit each other”. Deep Thoughts. continue
06.01.07 - By Wray Edwards: Photo: TOM CASINO/SHOWTIME - James Toney (WBC #2), in a post fight interview with Showtime's Jim Gray was having great difficulty connecting with reality. His protest that he had won the fight was remarkably lame. Samuel Peter (WBC #1), having made the most of his training with Pops Anderson and sparring with Eliseo Castillo, dominated Toney in ten of the twelve rounds they fought in a WBC title eliminator. Gone are the days when Peter lurched around the ring looking to throw home-run KO punches like the one that slaughtered Jeremy Williams back in '04. continue
HOLLYWOOD, Fla. (January 6, 2007) — Photo: TOM CASINO/SHOWTIME - A busier, more precise and determined Samuel Peter showed up to Saturday night’s World Boxing Council (WBC)-mandated heavyweight rematch and that meant trouble for James Toney.
In a spectacular and brutal battle of big men, Peter and Toney met at Hard Rock Live at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino to determine once and for all the No. 1-ranked, mandatory challenger to WBC Champion Oleg Maskaev. Peter won the unanimous decision by scores of 118-110 twice and 119-108.
In the co-feature, super welterweight Travis Simms regained the World Boxing Association (WBA) title in devastating fashion with a ninth round TKO of Jose Antonio Rivera. continue
06.01.07 - By Jeff Bastasini: Samuel Peter (28-1, 22 knockouts) had an easy time tonight beating the grizzled, 38-year old ring veteran James Toney, beating him by a lopsided unanimous decision at the Seminole Hard Rock LIVE Arena in Hollywood, FL. The victory, the second consecutive win over Toney for Peter, makes him the mandatory challenger for Oleg Maskaev, the WBC heavyweight champion. continue
TAMPA (January 6, 2007) - Professional boxing returns to Tampa on Friday night (January 12) as Silverhawk Championship Boxing presents "Boxing By The Bay," featuring world-class fighters and promising prospects, at the famed Cuban Club. In a pair of 12-round championship matches, unbeaten prospect Adrian "Juanito" Mora takes on Aaron Drake for the vacant NBA lightweight title, while IBF Intercontinental cruiserweight champion William "KO King" Guthrie defends his belt against an opponent to be determined. continue
SOUTHAVEN, Miss. (Jan. 6, 2007) – Rematch, anyone? - The boxers, Tony Hanshaw and Jean Paul Mendy, definitely want one; promoter Gary Shaw is willing to do it, too. But whether Hanshaw and Mendy, who fought to an exciting, hard-fought 12-round draw Friday in the main event on “ShoBox: The New Generation,” meet again may depend on a few things. The main obstacle is the condition of Hanshaw and how long it will take for a horrific, diagonal cut above the brow of his right eye to heal. The ugly gash came from an obvious, albeit accidental clash of heads early in the 12th round. It could be a few months before Hanshaw is cleared to box again. continue
05.01.07 - By Bob Webb: From the retirement of Joe Louis in 1949 to the coming of Cassius Clay in 1964, well I’ll do the math for you, there was a 15 year period known as the fifties. Yeah, yeah, I know, a decade was ten years then but, as with the 60s still alive until 1972 or thereabouts, I think you can cut me some slack here for poetic purposes.
I guess that most fans of Heavyweight boxing are familiar with the World Championship during that time, the Champions and their assorted challengers, but it is not just that with which this story is concerned. It is also with the men who never made it but who were easily good enough, perhaps, given the chance, to win the title during that era and, if not, then certainly more than good enough to do so now in this age of fragmented alphabet belts. continue
05.01.07 - By Aaron King: Former two-time heavyweight titlist Hasim Rahman will start up the comeback road again, but this time, he’ll do it with a new chief second. According to manager Steve Nelson and ESPN.com, Rahman hired Marshall Kauffman of Reading, Pa. to help reestablish the 34-year-old on the championship scene. Kauffman, who used to train welterweight Kermit Cintron, replaces Thell Torrence. continue
05.01.07 - By Ted Sares: According to the IBF rules, Wlad Klitschko must now face his mandatory challenger, Ray Austin. If this fight does take place, will it be a repeat of the Brock blow out. Let's break it down.
Size: Austin stands at 6 feet 6 inches and weighed 245 pounds before his last bout. This means he will see eye to eye with Klitschko and may very well weigh more than the Ukrainian PhD when they step into the ring. The Rainman has an 80' reach while Dr. Steel hammer has an 81' span. Both are 6'6'. The size issue appears a wash, though Klitchko's body is firmer and more muscular. His elongated muscles make for great jackhammer type power. Edge to Klitchko based on his superior physique. continue
05.01.07 - Interview by Michael Marley, BoxingConfidential.com: It's not every freakin' day that you get to talk to a living legend. So today was a special day as I heard the bulldog bark of Big Lou Duva on the other end of the phone. Big Lou had just landed at the airport and was being whisked off to the Sam Peter-James Toney press conference.
Legend Lou will be looking at 85 candles come next May 28 but, despite heart attacks (plural), the tragic death of his son, top promoter Dan Duva at age 44 and a family feud which enveloped Main Events after Dan's death, the manager-trainer who is about to mark an incredible 75 years in the busted beak business keeps on plugging away. continue
05.01.07 - LAS VEGAS – Boxing superstar and Three-time world champion Sugar Shane Mosley makes his long awaited return to the ring on Saturday, Feb. 10 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, NV., with a new opponent in the opposite corner but the same desire to kick off the New Year with a resounding bang. Now looking to take Mosley down will be former welterweight champion Luis Collazo, an exciting, upset-minded boxer / puncher eager to topple the three-division titlist.
“Battle At The Bay” - Mosley vs. Collazo, will be presented by Golden Boy Promotions and Don King Productions. The fight will air live on HBO World Championship Boxing at 9:45 PM EST / 6:45 PM PST. Tickets to Mosley vs. Collazo are priced at $300, $200, $100 and $50 and go on sale Saturday, January 6 at noon. Tickets will be sold at any Mandalay Bay box office and all Las Vegas Ticketmaster locations (Smith’s Food and Drug Centers, Macy’s stores and Ritmo Latino). To charge by phone with a major credit card, call the Mandalay Bay box office at (702) 632-7580 or Ticketmaster at (702) 474-4000. Tickets also are available for purchase at www.mandalaybay.com or www.ticketmaster.com. continue
05.01.07 - One night before the Super Bowl in Miami, four talented, crowd-pleasing boxers with a combined record of 130-6 with 89 knockouts -- a winning percentage exceeding 95 percent -- will be featured during an excellent world championship doubleheader on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING on Saturday, Feb. 3, at Miami Arena. In a battle of unbeatens in the main event, exciting and talented Tomasz Adamek (31-0, 20 KOs) of Jersey City, N.J., by way of Zywiec, Poland, will defend his WBC light heavyweight title against hard-hitting WBC No. 2 contender "Bad" Chad Dawson (23-0, 15 KOs) of New Haven, Conn., via Hartsville, S.C. continue
05.01.07 - By: Troy Ondrizek: Riddle me this, why have boxing fans and mixed martial arts fans (MMA) pitted themselves against one another? I am so exhausted mentally from listening to MMA fans taunt boxing fans for boxing’s supposed fiscal demise, and then hearing boxing’s constituency fire back with equally childish remarks of MMA just being a fad. People get over it already, seriously enough is enough. The reality is that the UFC isn’t going away anytime soon and boxing needs to come to terms with that. continue
05.01.07 - By Paul McCreath: Moving up to heavyweight is really nothing new. As far back as 1897, the then world middleweight boxing champion, Bob Fitzsimmons jumped all the way up to heavy to take that title from James J. Corbett by 14th round KO. It should be noted that there was no lightheavy class at that time. Fitzsimmons would later drop back down to that division in 1903 and win that title as well. continue
05.01.07 - Open Letter By Alex Ramos: I am the founder and president of the Retired Boxers Foundation. Our mission is to assist retired professional boxers in the transition from their glorious days in the ring, to a dignified retirement. We are writing this letter of support for Mike Tyson, who is a friend. Needless to say, public perception of the retired champion is based on what they read or what they see in the media. Having been in the fight game for over twenty-five years, I can tell you with confidence, that much of what is said in the press is said to promote a fight or the fighter. Most of it is fiction. Granted, there are facts that cannot be over looked, but there are also many factors that lead to the ugly side of a messed up fighter. I know from my own personal experiences as well as the experiences of the hundreds of retired fighters we have helped. continue
05.01.07 - By James Slater: I recently had the pleasure of speaking with exciting heavyweight slugger Vinny Maddalone. Talking to me over the telephone from his home in Flushing, New York, the thirty-three year old nice guy was keen to speak on any and every subject regarding his up and down boxing career. Here is how the interview went.
James Slater: Firstly Vinny, can I talk to you about your last fight, with Julius Long? What are your thoughts regarding that fight?
Vinny Maddalone: Yes, we fought on December 15th and that fight we took on two days notice because two other guys fell out. There was no real skill in that fight, he was just throwing elbows and head butts at me. continue
05.01.07 - WBA heavyweight champion Nikolai Valuev is so focused on practice that he will find no time to celebrate Russian Christmas this weekend. "I need to shift my full concentration to the fight against McCline," the Russian Giant vowed. "I don´t have no time for any festivities right now. I have to get myself ready." . continue
05.01.07 - Welterweight prospect Ross Minter is delighted to finally see the back of an injury-hit 2006 and is looking forward to making a big-hit in 2007. The Crawley boxer, son of British boxing legend Alan, only fought once last year - a points win over Romford's Duncan Cottier in July - but now makes his long awaited return on the Michael Sprott-Audley Harrison undercard at the Wembley Arena on February 17 in an eight-round contest. continue
05.01.07 - Michael Marley, BoxingConfidential.com -- LAS VEGAS -- Will Oscar call him or not? Will he be in De La Hoya's corner when Oscar answers the first bell against Floyd Joy Mayweather's son, unbeaten Floyd Jr., here on May 5? Or will 'Pretty Daddy' just be another of the million or so couch potatoes who catch it on the TV screen because they couldn't be on the scene? For an ex-boxer, Floyd Sr. is doing a lot of wrestling lately, wrestling with some pretty heavy questions which have to be running through his mind. But the father of Pretty Boy Floyd said that's not really the case.
"I will say this, it's not the same fight if I am not in Oscar's corner," Mayweather said. "Like I told you before, Oscar is good as he's gonna get and he won't get better with anyone but me. continue
05.01.07 - Exciting Junior Welterweight Al “Speedy” Gonzales (16-2-1, 7 KO’s) is back and training at the Top Rank Gym under the watchful eye of former Light Heavyweight Champion, Eddie Mustafa Muhammad. There were plenty of fireworks as Gonzales and contender Kid Diamond engaged in a spirited sparing session. “That was a good ol’ fashion gym rumble,” said Muhammad. “Everyone in the gym stopped what they were doing to watch. I can’t believe Speedy hasn’t fought for two years.” . continue
05.01.07 - Marco "Captain" Huck will make a first defense of his EU cruiserweight belt on the Valuev undercard on January 20 when he faces Ismail Abdoul (Belgium). The 22-year-old champion (17-0, 14 KOs) notched the first title of his career on December 16 after Pietro Aurino left the ring in the second round. Five weeks later, Huck will be seeking another early victory. This time, however, it should come by KO. continue
05.01.07 - By MICHAEL MARLEY, boxingconfidential.com: WBO heavyweight champion Shannon Briggs is like a patient who does not go to general practitioners. He seeks out specialists and that's just what Mr. Briggs has done in obtaining the select services of former WBA middleweight champion John David Jackson as one of his trainers for the March 10 title defense against Sultan Ibragimov at Madison Square Garden. (There will be an MSG press conference next week to formally announce the title bout). continue
05.01.07 - By Ricardo Lois, BoxingConfidential.com -- Marco Antonio Barrera has been quiet, very quiet. On November 15th, 2003, Marco Antonio Barrera was handed the most embarrassing defeat of his career at the hands of Manny Pacquiao. After the fight, many called for his retirement, even his long time trainer Rudy Perez was quoted as saying it might be time for Marco to retire. The last three years Marco has been searching for a rematch with Pacquiao.
A promotional tug of war between Golden Boy and Top Rank, Barrera, President of Golden Boy – Mexico, might never get a chance to avenge his defeat. As the drama played out with Pacquiao's promotional rights and the announcement was finally made by Richard Schaefer of Golden Boy Promotions that Barrera would be facing fellow Mexico City native Juan Manuel Marquez on March 14th, not a peep has been heard from Barrera. continue
(Denver, CO, January 4, 2007, Air Tight Boxing) New Mexico is famous for its hotter than hot chili but this Friday fight fans will be treated to heat of a different kind as Colorado based contender “Red Hot” Rob Frankel will fight the co-main event on the Top Rank promoted Telefutura card emanating from Las Cruces. Frankel, who comes in with a modest record of 18-5 with 3 knock outs, will open ‘07 looking to carry the momentum he gained in going 6-0, 2kos in ‘06. continue
Star Boxing President Joe DeGuardia has announced the second in a series of fights to take place at the beautifully renovated Paradise Theatre, Bronx, NY, Thursday, January 25, 2007. Headlining the eight bout card will be former Olympic Bronze Medalist Terrance “Heat” Cauthen (32-3 9 KO’s) Trenton, NJ, defending his USBA Junior Middleweight title against former USBA champ Raul Frank (27-5-3 13 KO’s) Brooklyn, NY in a 12 round bout. The fight is also an elimination for the IBF’s #2 ranking in the World. continue
05.01.07 - Scott Lawton now has just over seven weeks left to prepare for the defence of his English lightweight title scheduled to take place at Stoke’s Kings Hall on 24th February. Lawton, who won the title in June last year, will defend against Dean Hickman of West Bromwich over the title distance of ten rounds. continue
04.01.07 - Photos: TOM CASINO/SHOWTIME - (official weights: Peter 249 lbs & Toney 234 lbs)
Samuel Peter: "I will beat James Toney, hands down. I am going to beat him so bad. I am going to shut James Toney's lights off for good. I am going to knock him out. I doesn't matter what round. I want to fight for the heavyweight championship and James Toney cannot stop me. I am going to shut his lights off forever."
At the podium: "James Toney, I am telling you ..." then Peter said something in Nigerian but wouldn't translate it. He told a writer, "I will translate it for you tomorrow." Then Don King said: "I heard ALI BUMBAYAH, but have no idea what he said!" continue
04.01.07 - By Scoop Malinowski: Living legend James Toney has a tremendous world-wide fanbase who appreciate the talents and accomplishments of the sure-to-be, first-ballot Hall of Famer. Among them is American footballer Dominic Rhodes, the starting running back for the Indianapolis Colts.
Rhodes, who will also be in athletic action this Saturday - in the NFL playoffs against the Kansas City Chiefs, is an avid boxing supporter and cited the man from Ann Arbor as his favorite ring gladiator. "Aw man, there's so many (boxers) I like...But I like watching James Toney. He's the one, James Toney." continue
04.01.07 - Four talented, undefeated boxers with a combined record of 74-0-2 with 51 knockouts will compete in an excellent doubleheader on “ShoBox: The New Generation’’ on Friday, Jan. 5, 2007, on SHOWTIME (11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast). In the main event, southpaw Jean Paul Mendy (23-0, 12 KOs) faces Tony Hanshaw (21-0, 14 KOs) in the finals of the “ShoBox” super middleweight tournament. The winner of the 12-round bout also takes home the International Boxing Organization (IBO) 168-pound belt. continue
STAMFORD, Conn. (January 4, 2007) – VERSUS, in collaboration with leading boxing promoters Top Rank, today announced that a NABF Lightweight Championship battle between Kid Diamond (23-1-1, 14 KOs) and Antonio Pitalua (41-3, 35 KOs) will headline the network’s first live Fight Night telecast of the year on Thursday, January 11 at 9 p.m. ET from the New Alhambra Arena in Philadelphia. continue
04.01.07 - By Matthew Hurley: There is a feeling among many when it comes to Mike Tyson that you reap what you sow. For so many years Tyson has infuriated and disappointed so many people, be they defenders or critics, that it’s a wonder all these years removed from his fistic prime that he should remain a source of interest to anyone at all. But there is something compelling about the man, and something sadly tragic.
In an age where a celebrity simply can’t get away with anything Tyson has become fodder for ridicule and finger-pointing because the former street tough is what he always was – a man-child. When he showed boxing promise he was sheltered by mentor Cus D’Amato who allowed him every benefit of the doubt and fired employees like Teddy Atlas who dared to reprimand the wunderkind. Tyson, at nineteen, took up residence in a fish bowl and was never allowed to mature. Much like an Elvis Presley everything was handed to him and every indiscretion was covered up until all the damage had been done and he was beyond repair. continue
04.01.07 - By John Chavez, BoxingConfidential.com: There are people out there that still believe Shane Mosley has the stuff that made him "Sugar". These are the same people who buy Beanie Babies thinking that they'll be worth something in the future. These are the same people on the O.J. Simpson murder trial jury. In essence, these people are worthless. Unfortunately, there are a lot of worthless people in this world. Shane is about as likeable a character as you can get outside of the ring. He's polite, charming, and has a very feisty wife. The problem is that people can't write an honest article about the man because of his amiable personality. continue
04.01.07 - By Mark Pickering: As negotiations for a blockbuster domestic cruiserweight clash pitting David Haye against Enzo Macarinelli appeared on the verge of meltdown last week, it has emerged that both parties have hammered out a deal for the popular pair to meet on April 7th at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff. Team Haye offered Maccarinelli and promoter Frank Warren a fresh set of negotiations this week after the Welshman labelled the original £150,000 career high purse offer as derisory. continue
04.01.07 - By Jim Amato: Terrell only won slightly more then half of his professional fights, yet he battled five men who held a piece of a world title. He also fought four others that challenged for the heavyweight title. It is fighters like Harry Terrell that brings boxing full circle. They may not be good enough to beat the best but if a boxer entertains thoughts of being a legit contender or even a champion, you've got to beat men like Harry Terrell. In my day, they called fighters like Terrell "policemen." You had to go through them to get to the elite. Boxers like, George "Scrapiron" Johnson, Levi Forte and Terry Hinke among others, fell into this distinction. continue
04.01.07 - By Travis Marks: As a new year begins one must always reflect on the events of the passing year before moving on. Boxing was tremendous in 2006. There were many highlights, great fights, upsets, standout performances, lowlights and controversy in the sport. I, like most scribes out there am compelled to give out awards based on what went on last year in boxing.
Fighter of the year: Floyd Mayweather Jr. - No one fighter did anything amazing this year in boxing. This award is debatable because everyone on this list can be criticized for one thing or another. The reason Mayweather wins this award is because he moved up and won the linear welterweight title from Carlos Baldomir and is still proving to be difficult to hit and hurt in the ring while continuing to box circles around his opponents. He does not have to fight tooth and nail with his opponents because he’s on such a different level. continue
04.01.06 - By Michael Marley, BoxingConfidential.com: I bow to no man in my admiration for Oscar De La Hoya. I will, though, bow to the millions of females who adore and swoon over Oscar. My fantasies about Oscar are limited to his romping in the boxing ring, nowhere else, I can assure you. I have told Oscar's lieutenant, ex-banker Richard Schaefer, more than once and in writing that I consider ODLH to be the president of boxing. He's just as charismatic and as popular in that role as JFK was when he was living in the White House. continue
04.01.07 - All Star Boxing returns to the Quiet Cannon in Montebello for an early Valentine's Day dinner show as young prospects from the local Los Angeles area will be the attractions of the evening. All Star Boxing's Cleotis Pendarvis (6-1-1, Los Angeles) will headline the show in a 8 round bout against San Diego's Eddie Mapula (5-2) for the California State Jr. Welterweight Championship. continue
Philadelphia,Pa - LionHeart Boxing Productions in association with Feldman Promotions will feature a major Boxing card in Philadelphia Live on Saturday February 10 at the Klein Jewish Community Center in North East Philadelphia 10100 Jamison Rd and Red Lion Rd at 7:30 P.M. The featured attraction will be the Philly Return of the Contenders own North East Philadelphia's Aaron Torres as he will fight an opponent TBA . continue
4th January 2007 - By Neil Thompson: “I’m always up for a challenge … but is Enzo? I’ve proven myself against WBC ranked fighters and unbeaten contenders. I’ve taken risks - Can Enzo look himself in the mirror and say the same thing? …. I very much doubt it.” David Haye.
A couple of weeks ago, European Cruiserweight Champion and WBC number one contender, David ‘Hayemaker’ Haye, challenged WBO Champion, Enzo Maccarinelli to a British domestic showdown in April at the huge Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, Wales. The prospect of this fight may not have the interest of boxing fans around the world, but it’s certainly a fight that both hardcore British boxing fans, and British sport fans in general, would love to see. Now it appears the 'Brits' (myself included) will get what we have been asking for as both promoters have agreed terms. Whilst issuing the challenge, David taunted Enzo on the lack of risk’s taken on the road to gaining the WBO crown. However, to his credit, Enzo has responded in the best way possible by accepting David’s challenge. continue
CARDIFF, WALES (January 4, 2007) -- Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, Wales, may soon be known as the new "Mecca of Boxing!". Promoter Frank Warren announced today that in just three weeks, over 10,000 tickets have already been sold to the Joe Calzaghe-Peter Manfredo, Jr. super middleweight championship, and with three months to go before the big night, the world title fight is projected to be fought in front of the biggest live boxing audience in United Kingdom history! continue
04.01.07 - By Per Ake Persson: Argentinian middle Mariano Carrera, who stopped Javier Castillejo in eleven last December in Berlin to win the WBA title, has, according to German and Spanish media reports, tested positive for an illegal substance. There´s no official announcment from the WBA yet. More to come ... continue
MINNEAPOLIS (January 4, 2007) - Harley riding, tattoo covered Matt "The Predator" Vanda has been hunted by Minnesota middleweight champion Anthony "The Bullet" Bonsante, but that changes January 12 at the Target Center in Minneapolis, when they headline "Bad Blood" in the 10-round main event and long awaited battle between the pair of warring intra-state rivals. continue
04.01.07 - Photos: TOM CASINO / SHOWTIME -- Former three-time world champion and current No. 2-ranked heavyweight contender James "Lights Out" Toney and the newest member of Team Toney, renowned training and fitness guru and Tae Bo® creator Billy Blanks, at dinner Wednesday night at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Fla. In addition to thousands of sit ups, hundreds of rounds of sparring and many miles of road work, Blanks also has helped Toney resist empty calories and excess carbohydrates as he prepares to face No. 1-ranked contender Samuel Peter in Saturday's eagerly awaited WBC Heavyweight Elimination bout on SHOWTIME (10 p.m. ET/PT).
Second photo: A lean-looking James "Lights Out" Toney enjoyed a salad for his main course Wednesday. Toney is readying himself for a highly anticipated 12-round rematch with Samuel Peter in a WBC Heavyweight Eliminator Saturday on SHOWTIME at 10 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast). Third photo: James "Lights Out" Toney with his wife Angie and son, James "Little Lights Out" Jr., at dinner. continue
04-01.07 - Four months after one of the most exciting heavyweight fights in years ended amid a whirlwind of controversy, Samuel Peter (27-1, 22 KOs) and James Toney (69-5-3, 43 KOs) will go at it again in the main event this Saturday, Jan. 6, on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING (10 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast) in Hard Rock Live at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino at Hollywood, Fla. continue
04.01.07 - By Ricardo Lois, BoxingConfidential.com: Cuba's amateur boxing program is one of the best, if not the best. Unfortunately, for boxer's leaving Cuba's socialist regime via defection to Europe, Latin America, and the United States, success has been as scarce as read meat in their Caribbean homeland. More on the red meat later…In recent times, the only Cubans to command the respect of the professional boxing world have been Joel Casamayor and to a lesser degree Juan Carlos Gomez. Jose Antonio Izquierdo now enters the stage. continue
04.01.07 - Look out Oscar De La Hoya, there is another fighter/promoter who is putting the gloves back on! In October heavyweight Lou Savarese and longtime businessman Cameron Park both put on their promoter’s hat for the first time in what wound up as a resounding success when they showcased unbeaten Light Heavyweight Chris “Hard Hittin” Henry, former UFC heavyweight champion Ricco Rodriguez in his pro boxing debut, unbeaten Middleweight Chase Shields and local favorite Bobby “El Jefe” Flores to a totally sold out Houston Grand Plaza Hotel. continue
04.01.07 - Michael Marley, BoxingConfidential.com - LAS VEGAS--Urgent memo to Oscar De La Hoya, Richard Schaefer, Golden Boy Building, Los Angeles: Mr. Floyd Joy Mayweather is waiting for your important call. Mr. Floyd Joy Mayweather's boxing calendar is rapidly filling up.
Urgent memo to Ms. Oprah Winfrey, Harpo Productions, Chicago: Mr. Floyd Joy Mayweather is waiting for your important call. Mr. Floyd Joy Mayweather's media calendar is rapidly filling up. It's so true. Boxing's most quotable trainer is getting busier than a one-armed paperhanger.
Yesterday, I revealed exclusively on BoxingConfidential.com that Floyd Sr. is now training light heavyweight contender Bad Chad Dawson as he preps for a Feb. 3 title shot against WBC champ Tomasz Adamek. continue
LAS VEGAS, NV – A star-studded lineup comes to Ohio featuring current UFC® Heavyweight Champion Tim “The Maine-iac” Sylvia along with Rich “Ace” Franklin and Matt Hughes – two former UFC champions who are hot on the championship trail and loaded with a vengeance. The Ultimate Fighting Championship® organization presents UFC 68: THE UPRISING live from Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio Saturday, March 3. “We have been looking at holding a UFC in the Midwest for a long time, and the weekend of the Arnold Sports Festival presented the perfect opportunity for a UFC event,” said UFC President Dana White “We are excited to come to Nationwide Arena and give UFC fans in Ohio an amazing event featuring great fighters who helped make the UFC the hottest name in sports today.” read full story here
03.01.07 - By Sean Ocampo: Venezuelan sensation Edwin "El Inca" Valero successfully defended his WBA Super Featherweight title for the first time against Mexican challenger Michael Lozada via first round TKO in Tokyo, Japan. Valero's win improved his amazing record to 21 wins with 21 KO's with 19 of his knockout wins coming in the very first round. Valero stalked Lozada right from the opening bell. He was feeling his opponent for awhile by throwing a couple of straight lefts to Lozada's body and also a few jabs. Valero found the perfect time to throw his powerful left hand just 39 seconds in to the fight as he drop Lozada for the first time. Lozada got up right away but he was obviously wobbly from Valero's vicious shot. continue
03.01.07 - Ricky Hatton and his team, consisting of manager Ray Hatton, trainer Billy Graham, strength coach Kerry Kayes and agent Paul Speak, are making preparations to move their camp from the grim northern environs of Manchester, England to sunny Las Vegas, scheduled to take place on the 7th of this month. continue
03.01.07 - By Ted Sares: Listed alphabetically. These guys make Friday go by faster knowing that you will see them fight on Saturday.
Jorge "Travieso" Arce, 44 (35) -3-1, "With blood flowing from a wound that made him look like a second-place finisher in a machete war, relentless Jorge "Travieso" Arce scored a brutal 10th round TKO over Hussein "Hussy" Hussein to win a classic battle in a WBC flyweight title eliminator." A typical headline for an Arce fight. And his recent blow out of Hawk Makepula took less time than the Hawk's walk in. Enters the ring on a horse to the adulation of his Mexican fans! What's not to like?
Jorge "La Hiena" Barrios, 46 (33 ko's)-3-1-1. He always comes to fight and like most of the others on this list, would rather die in the ring than quit on his own. His fight with "Popo" Frietas was pure courage as was his recent set-to with Joan Guzman. No trips to the refrigerator during one of his savage brawls. continue
03.01.06 - By Ricardo Lois, BoxingConfidential.com -- Los Angeles -- As Boxing Confidential checks in with boxing's major players and their plans for 2007, Luis De Cubas, a central figure in DRL Promotions (along with Dan Wise and Roberto Duran), could not be left behind.
Promoter of the Lightweight Champion of the World Joel Casamayor, De Cubas' is not quite sure who the crafty Cuban southpaw will face off with in 2007, but does have makes on the most attractive possibilities. continue
HOSTOUN, TX (January 2nd, 2007)-Final preparations are being made for a scheduled ten round bout between former heavyweight contenders Dominick Guinn 27-4-1 (18 KO’s) and Canadian born boxer Kirk Johnson 36-2-1 (26 KO’s) which is attentively set to take place February 16th at the Playboy Mansion in Los Angeles, CA and be aired on Fox Sports Net. continue
02.01.07 - By Matt Yanofsky: 2006 is finally over. The ball has dropped and so has a great year of boxing! While many fans may not belive 2007 will be as good as 2006, I disagree. There are many super fights, intriguing prospects, and "what if's" that will bring the year 2007 a long way. I have listed a few of each below. continue
02.01.07 - Workout Photos: Ed Keenan; "Before" Victory Photo: TOM CASINO/SHOWTIME: Do not expect to see as much of Samuel Peter this Saturday, Jan. 6, when he fights James Toney on SHOWTIME at 10 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the west coast). Peter, you will notice (please see attached pictures), has lost a considerable amount of weight. He tipped the scales at a career-high 257 pounds before he won a controversial decision over Toney in their exciting September 2006 slugfest on SHOWTIME..
But in recent weeks Peter has quietly and diligently been peeling off excess poundage as he prepares for Saturday's 12-round rematch at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Fla. "This is the best and hardest training camp of my career and I am solid as a rock,'' Peter said. "Much has been made of Toney's new, super training regimen and supposed low calorie diet, but I don't care and it won't matter what he weighs. "I have been running four miles every day in addition to my usual hard, gym workouts. I am in the shape of my life. Toney will pay the price on Jan. 6.''
Note: In non-weighty matters, Peter, at 26, is the youngest heavyweight in the consensus Top 10; Toney, conversely, is the oldest at 38. A quick rundown: Wladimir Klitschko – 30 years old; Oleg Maskaev – 37 (born 3-2-69); Samuel Peter – 26; James Toney – 38 (8-24-68); Shannon Briggs – 35; Sergei Liakhovich – 30; Lamon Brewster – 33; Nicolay Valuev - 33; Ruslan Chagaev – 28; John Ruiz – 35. continue
02.01.06 - After a one year layoff, Bobby Hitz has put together an action packed card for January 24th in Hoffman Estates Illinois to mark the comeback of "Top Level" Pro boxing in the Chicago area. Hitz himself, a former Heavyweight Title Contender, knows what it takes to make a great fight card and has been working long and hard on the return of "Wednesday Night Fights" and building the Chicago Pro boxers into a World force to be reconed with. continue
02.01.07 - By Scott Frake: WBA heavyweight champion Nikolay Valuev, (45-0, 33 KO) defends his title on January 20th, against ring veteran Jameel McCline (38-6-3, 23 KO’s) in St. Jakob-Halle, Basel, Switzerland. The choice of McCline as an opponent seems rather odd, since he’s ranked only at the 14th spot by the WBA, and has had a rough time in recent years when fighting tough opposition, losing to Wladimir Klitschko, Chris Byrd, Calvin Brock and Zuri Lawrence. continue
02.01.07 - Ricardo Lois, BoxingConfidential.com: Los Angeles – With Marco Antonio Barrera vs. Juan Manuel Marquez apparently a reality (I say reality, because in boxing, nothing is real until the opponents are in the ring and the bell sounds), one of the burning questions on the mind of boxing fans is: will the W.B.C. now strip Marco Antonio Barrera of his Super Featherweight Championship since he will not be fighting mandatory opponent Manny Pacquiao? "That decision has not been made," stated Sulaiman direct from Mexico City, Mexico, "that will be decided by the Executive- Council and you can expect a decision by the end of this week." . continue
02.01.07 - By Michael Marley, BoxingConfidential.com: NEW YORK--That little bit of egotistical doggerel is what you hear when call trainer Floyd Mayweather Sr. Let's face it, he's not the kind of guy who likes to hide his light under a bushel. False modesty is not his shtick. He would probably tell you he's the supreme trainer east of the Mississippi as well.
Some less informed types may think Papa M is sitting around, moping and wondering if Oscar de la Hoya is going to give him the axe before Oscar starts training for his May 5 super fight date against Senior's prodigal son who has not returned. Nothing could be further from the truth as Mayweather is training a string of fighters at the Top Rank Gym in Vegas, including his newest prize pupil, undefeated light heavyweight contender bad Chad Dawson. Dawson, 24, one of Gary Shaw's soaring young stars, challenges tough as nails Pole and WBC champ Tomasz Ademek Feb. 3 on Showtime at the Miami Arena. Manager Mike Criscio, who like his fighter lives in New Haven, tells boxingconifdential.com that the boxer-trainer marriage is working great.
"We were talking about trainers and I mentioned that Joe Goossen is a good one and that Floyd Sr. is a good one," Criscio said. continue
02.01.07 - By Per Ake Persson: Arena Box Promotion in Hamburg, Germany, have kicked off the new year by signing up several new fighters. From Russia comes jr welter Sergey Sorokin, who´s definitely a comer in the game. Lightheavy Kai Kurzawa, formerly with Sauerland Event, also has joined Arena as has Belorussian heavy Alexander Ustinov. Kurzawa, Ustinov and jr middle Alexander Sipos are all featured on Arena´s dinner show at the Elysee Hotel in Hamburg February 10. continue
02.01.07 - By Alden "The Kid" Chodash: In the career of James Toney, nothing is ever certain. About ten years ago Toney was competing as a cruiserweight and the critics were gibbering on how Toney somehow went from a dynamic middleweight to a pudgy cruiserweight. Ten years and about thirty pounds later, Toney is one of the best heavyweights in the world. He already "took" the title from John Ruiz in April of 2005 before an infamous steroid test snatched it away from his waist. continue
02.01.07 - Morden¹s Lenny Daws has the opportunity to demonstrate that he is the next big thing in his division when he appears on the Sky Box Office Pay Per View Event on 20th January alongside two current marquee light welterweight operators from Britain. The 28-year-old defends his 140lb British Title against mandatory contender Barry Morrison in the chief support contest of the UK leg of the broadcast, being promoted by Hennessy Sports at the Alexandra Palace. continue
02.01.07 - By William Pinkard II: Roberto Duran - Sugar Ray Leonard. Two names that will be forever linked together almost as popular of a dynamic duo as Muhammad Ali - Joe Frazier. Recently, Roberto Duran was inducted into the Hall of Fame. Hell, he should have been inducted while he was fighting. Many believe he was the most dominant Lightweight ever to live. Roberto Duran had a career record of 104 - 16 (69). At Lightweight, he was flat out a beast. He steamrolled the division. He amassed a record of 70-1 before he moved up. The one loss to Esteban Dejesus, he later avenged. Twice! He greatest victories at lightweight were against Dejesus and Ken Buchanon. He then saw a chance at not only history but also the biggest purse he had ever made. To do this, he would have to put on 12 pounds and beat the Sugar man. Duran moved up, and in one of the best fights the welterweight division will ever know, Duran had his way with Sugar Ray Leonard. Duran was awarded a 15 round unanimous decision.
There was a rematch In Nov of the same year. This time Leonard used his boxing style, speed, counterpunching ability, and even taunting tactics to frustrate and humiliate Duran, to the point that he quit in the 8th round. All of a sudden the man known for taking on anyone and anything, for his brutality, was made to look like a traitor. It would be nine years before he would get another shot at Leonard. By that time, both were well past their primes. This fight was completely one-sided as well. Making Duran’s career record vs. Leonard 1-2 (1 tko). Duran would go on to lose fights to Benitez, get brutally ko’d by Thomas Hearns in 2 rounds. continue
02.01.07 - On a cold and foggy East End morning, British Bantamweight Champion Martin Power was busy preparing for his rematch against Commonwealth Champion Tshifhiwa Munyai on Friday, January 26 at the Goresbrook LC in Dagenham, England. Having been stopped by Munyai earlier this year after the lanky South African stepped in at the last minute to replace the injured Ian Napa, Power has been sparring with larger opponents such as Ashley Theophane, Robin Deakin and Jamie Radford in an attempt to nullify his opponent's size advantage. continue
LAS VEGAS, NV (January 2, 2007) -- This Thursday! January 4, 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
01.01.07 - By John Howard: "Pete Rose was such a model prisoner at Marion, Ill.,
that they're thinking about retiring his number." ~ Allan Mallamud
"Emotions are running so high at the [Bobby] Fischer- [Boris] Spassky chess match, beer sales will be cut off after the seventh move." ~ Allan Mallamud. continue
1.01.07 - By Michael Marley, BoxingConfidential.com: As you can see from Machine Gun Marty Rosengarten's classic photo (circa 1999), there is a New Sheriff in the heavyweight house. His name is Shannon Briggs and the never shy Brooklyn lad shared his 2007 New Year's Resolutions with boxingconfidential.com.
1. I wish, I wish, I could order the other champs out of town by sundown. Unfortunately, that is not in my powers so I resolve do the next best thing moving forward. I do warn all the other champs that, if they climb into the ring with me, they are entering Tombstone Territory and I am Doc Holliday.
2. I resolve to clock Klitschko. I will hit Wlad, who I respect in and out of the boxing ring, so many times he will think someone implanted a cuckoo clock in his cranium. Manny Steward knows what time it is in that bout.
3. I hereby resolve and promise, first things first, to give a straight up beat down to Iggy, meaning Sultan Ibragimov, when he dares to challenge me for my WBO diadem on March 10. He will know he's in Madison Square Garden, the House That Briggs Is Building. They called Babe Ruth the "Sultan Of Swat.' When I get done getting jiggy with Iggy, he will be called the Sultan Who Got Swatted. continue
01.01.07 - Undefeated lightweight prospect Mike Gonzalez will face Carlos Madrid at MAS MACHO 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. MAS MACHO, another evening of world class professional boxing is presented by8 Count Productions along with Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions and TCF Bank. continue
31.12.06 - Middleweight boxer, Kemal Kolenovic, (10-6-2, 5 KO’s) was killed on Sunday, December 31st, while bravely trying to breakup a fight that had started inside a bar in the Bronx, New York. Apparently, two bar patrons had gotten into a heated argument, which led to them taking the fight outside. Kolenovic, 28, trying to be helpful, stepped in and attempted to stop the fight, hoping to settle things. However, despite his efforts, one of the two men involved in the argument then got into his vehicle and drove onto the sidewalk and struck Kolenovic, killing him. The driver of the vehicle then got out of the car, an SUV, and then ran from the scene, escaping into the night. Kolenovic, originally came from Montenegro, moving to the United States, and trying to make a career in boxing.
31.12.06 - By Michael Marley, BoxingConfidential.com: To say that Lou DiBella is loud is to say that Maria Sharapova is sexy. Lou often reminds me of the line about the guy who learned to whisper in a saw mill. If I was a National League home plate umpire at Shea Stadium, I would bring earplugs to block out DB's screaming from his VIP behind the backstop seats. The way Lou sees it, no one on the Mets ever strikes out. They're always victims of blind umps. But there are times, loud or in a conversational tone, when the Harvard man via Brooklyn makes sense. Like today, when I asked Luigi for his Fistic Resolutons For 2007, this was one of those times. continue
31.12.06 - By Jim Amato: Ike " The President " Ibeabuchi scored his twentieth and last victory on March 20, 1999. It was an impressive knockout stoppage of unbeaten, future WBO and IBF heavyweight champion Chris Byrd. Twenty one months earlier he had handed David Tua his first defeat. Ike was a serious heavyweight contender but then he took a detour to prison.
In March of 1999 Lennox Lewis drew with Evander Holyfield in a battle to unify the WBA, WBC and IBF titles. They met again eight months later, with Lewis getting the decision. Lennox was now the undisputed champion. Let's just say that Ike does not go to jail. Let's pretend that Lennox decides to meet Ike in the Spring of 2000 instead of Michael Grant. How would that fight had played out ? Lewis was 6'5" tall and usually came in around 250 pounds with an 84" reach. He was an imposing figure in the ring. In Ibeabuchi, he would not be meeting a small heavyweight. Ike was 6'2" who would tip the scales in the 235 pound range. Lennox would have an eight inch advantage in reach though. continue