Boxing


One Big Hit & A Whole Lot of Misses for Team Palle: Kessler’s success smokescreens his stable’s multiplicity of disappointments

carlos donquiz(Venezuelan knockout artist, Carlos Donquiz, on right, seen here flattening highly regarded prospect Reda Zam Zam) 31.03.07 - By Gabriel DeCrease: Mikkel Kessler is, at least, a strong favorite to take over the super-middleweight boxing division when Joe Calzaghe hangs up his mitts.

At present, it is unclear—and hard to say—whether Joe’s retirement will come off the end of Kessler’s long jab (or straight right hand), on the heels of a Lacy-esque schooling of ”The Viking Warrior,” or quietly without ever making the fight to settle the current, hotly-disputed youth-versus-experience-at-168-pounds debate. But, one way or another, Calzaghe is not long for the division, and whatever side you come out on regarding his legacy, someone is going to have to take his place as the division’s leader. continue


Robin Reid Defeats Jesse Brinkley In U.K-U.S.A Contender Tourney - How Far Can The Comeback Go?

31.03.07 - By James Slater: Former super middleweight champion of the world Robin Reid fought for the first time in nineteen months last night, in Newcastle, England. Headlining the card that saw British fighters take on the American's in a spin off of the hugely successful Contender T.V show, "The Grim Reaper" unanimously out pointed Jesse Brinkley over eight rounds. The victory, Robin's first since being stopped for the only time in his long career, against Jeff Lacy, is the first step in what the thirty-six year old hopes will be a long term comeback. continue


Swedish Boxing: Pro Box Events Inc

31.03.07 - By Per Ake Persson: A new promotional company has been formed in Sweden: Pro Box Events Inc with Anders Holmberg, Kjell Tuvemark and Benny Rosen as founders. All are well known in the Swedish boxing community. The first show is planned for September 15 in Karlstad at the big Lofbergs Lila Arena. Backing the event is Farjestads Icehockey Team, one of the best in Sweden and the owner of Lofbergs Lila Arena. continue


Peter Manfredo Jr: Is he a worthy "Contender"?

31.03.07 - By Alden "The Kid" Chodash: Coming off a decisive, star-making boxing performance last year against Jeff Lacy, we expected great things from Joe Calzaghe in the future. Instead, what we got was an somewhat unimpressive hometown showing against Sakio Bika in place of an anticipated Glen Johnson affair which was delayed. For some, his upcoming bout may be a let down as well, after all, Manfredo's biggest victories and defeats have come to fighters significantly less than world-class. However, if you look into the career of Manfredo closely, you will figure that he is indeed probably the best "Contender" of both seasons of that show. The boxing lessons learned from Freddy Roach combined with the unique experience of "The Contender" might make this bout an interesting affair, and of course, Manfredo's determination isn't a knock either. If Calzaghe is viewing this as just another hometown showing (as he probably was against Bika), he's in for a shock. continue


Short Takes: Much Needed Comebacks & Overdue Retirements

felix trinidad31.03.07 - By Gabriel DeCrease: Some fighters leave the game too soon. Of course, only a fighter knows when there is nothing left in the tank, when it is time to hang up the gloves and stop punching. But there are those guys that seem undeniably to have walked away from the game with unfinished business that they were hale-and-hardy enough to go ahead and finish. The first part of this list will, I hope, stand as an open invitation to consider the possibility that certain fighters should return to the ring, if not for one more night under the lights.

Conversely, there are—probably a lot more often—those warriors fighting bravely, or foolishly, on who should, by all rights, quit while their legacies, and perhaps their central nervous systems intact. I believe a fighter should, if they so desire, be permitted to fight on as long as they are fully and rationally able to make that choice without taking unusual health risks, or creating them for other fighters. However, I hope to generate here a second list that will be one of fighters who ought to at least ponder the suggestion that the time is right for retirement. continue


Edwards and Robinson to Contest Commonwealth Title

31.03.06 - When English flyweight champion Chris Edwards meets Dale Robinson at Altrincham Leisure Centre later this month, for one of the two boxing pugilists Friday the 13th will a lucky day after all. Not only will the prestigious British flyweight title be at stake but also the Commonwealth title. For Edwards it provides the opportunity to match the achievement of Stoke’s last British champion Tommy Harrison. Harrison won both the British and Commonwealth (then the British Empire) titles when he defeated Jim Higgins in Liverpool on 26th June 1922. continue


Tomasz Adamek accused of doping

31.03.07 - By Per Ake Persson: Former WBC lightheavy champ Tomasz Adamek has been accused of doping in a book, a bestseller, published in Poland called "Tomasz Adamek - true story". The book, written by a former member of Team Adamek, claims to reveal how Adamek was allegedly on steroids for all major fights and not only that: It´s claimed that the ex-champ also allegedly committed tax offences while in the US, falsified documents while importing cars from the US to Poland and had connections to organized crime. continue


Tomasz Bonin Plots Downfall Of David Haye

31.03.07 - Tomasz Bonin, the WBC 11th ranked heavyweight who is on his way to Wembley Arena to take on David Haye, the face of British boxing, on 27 April has released the first comments from his Polish training camp. Bonin is clearly not making the journey to the UK just to make up the numbers, but to inflict a severe dent into any ambitions Haye may have in the heavyweight division. “I am very excited abut fighting David Haye! Very excited!” Bonin said from his base in the Polish mountains. continue


Kentikian Destroys Anchorena

susianna kentikian(Susianna Kentikian, shown on left tagging Anchorena) 31.03.07 - By Fritz Drexel: Earlier tonight, WBA female flyweight champion Susianna Kentikian (16-0, 13 KO’s) stopped Maria Jose Nunez Anchorena (7-2, 6 KO’s) in the 3rd round of their scheduled 10-round bout at the Köln Arena, in Germany. Kentikian, 19, originally from Yerevan, Armenia and now living in Germany, making the first defense of her WBA flyweight boxing title, was much too quick and powerful for her overmatched opponent from Uraguay, controlling the bout all the way through until the bitter end in the 3rd.

In the 1st round, both fighters started out slowly, with Nunez mostly staying to the outside, harmlessly flicking wild jabs that missed the mark badly. Kentikian, boxing out of a crouch, quickly closed the distance, shooting out left-right combination thrown with mean intentions. As the round neared the end, Kentikian landed two consecutive left hooks to the head of Anchorena, 33, snapping her back violently. The punches were beautifully thrown, looking like a textbook example of how to throw a left hook. Superb! As Kentikian walked back to her corner, she grinned impishly, looking like he had just her a good joke. continue


Travis Walker and Raphael Butler, both of Whom Decked Vitali Klitschko In Sparring, Co-Headline Friday, April 6 On ShoBox

31.03.07 - New York – Travis Walker and Raphael Butler knocked down then-World Boxing Council (WBC) heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko during sparring in late 2005, according to trainer Dickie Wood. Witnesses on those separate November days in 2005 have been reluctant to speak about the incidents at the gym formerly known as the La Brea Boxing Academy.

That is not the case with Wood. “I was there the whole time, and I saw it all,” said Wood, who co-trains Walker and serves as the head trainer for Diego Corrales. continue


PAL Boxing: Youth Development Program for Red Hook Kids

31.03.07 - by David Pambianchi: Ancient, rusty, crane platforms and abandoned warehouses melt away as new building developments overlook Brooklyn’s Red Hook waterfront, bringing tourism, revitalized industry, various shops and markets, but on March 31, 2007, the Police Athletics League started some revitalization of their own. There is a new PAL Boxing Program for kids at 595 Clinton Street. continue


Mtagwa Looks to Ambush Roy at the Citadel

31.03.07 - By Christopher Roche: When a top-five contender graces a boxing card, the show automatically morphs into a "must see" event. Featherweight Rogers "The Tiger" Mtagwa is expected to vault into the IBF's top five world rankings next week, just in time for his April 11 bout against Terrence Roy at the Citadel in Charleston, SC.

Mtagwa, 22-11-2 (16 KO's), is training hard in Philadelphia, and he looks to rebound after dropping a gut-wrenching split-decision to Martin Honorio back in November. Mtagwa seceded his USBA Featherweight Title after that razor thin defeat. continue


Julio Crushes Davis in 7th Round KO

joel julio(Joel Julio, on right, lands a right hand knockout blow to the head of Thomas Davis) 31.03.07 - By Jeff Bastasini: Light middleweight Joel Julio (30-1, 28 KO’s) easily defeated an overmatched Thomas Davis (11-4-2, 7 KO’s), stopping him in the 7th round at the Cobo Hall, Detroit, Michigan, on Friday night. Showing why he was a highly regarded prospect, the power punching Julio, 22, was simply too much for the tall, slender, 6’2” Davis to handle, pounding him continuously with hard combinations over the course of the bout.

Davis, 34, a native of Knoxville, Tennessee, and a former U.S. Marine, attempted to trade with Julio early on in the first few rounds, perhaps thinking that he could beat Julio at his own game, but Davis soon discovered that this wasn’t the best of plans, when Julio began throwing laser shots back at Davis, all but forcing him to stop punching out of fear. Really, after the first two rounds, Davis’ punch output dropped to almost nothing, averaging between 3-8 punches per round. continue


Joey Gilbert Promotions Brings Championship Boxing to Reno

(Reno, Nevada – March 31, 2007) – After a successful first boxing production in Lake Tahoe, Joey Gilbert Promotions will be bringing its second professional boxing event to Joey Gilbert's hometown of Reno, NV. The Reno After Dark Championship Boxing event will be held at the newly built Reno Events Center on Saturday, May 12th, with doors opening at 6 PM and the first bout starting at 7 PM. continue


European Boxing Roundup

31.03.07 - By Per Ake Persson: WBO I/C jr middle champ Lukas Konecny will now face experienced Frenchman Serge Vigné April 7 at the Universum gym in Hamburg. Marco Schulze, also at 154, will take on Sylvain Touzet. SES promotes. WBA and WBC supermiddle champ Mikkel Kessler is heading to the US for a combined vacation and business trip writes Danish media. With Mikkel is Mogens Palle. continue


Köber Stays Unbeaten in 5th Round Knockout win over Ricail

31.03.07 - By Fritz Drexel: Unbeaten German heavyweight, Sebastian Kober (8-0, 8 KO’s) destroyed Luis Oscar Ricail (20-19-2, 14 KO’s), stopping him in the 5th round of a scheduled six round bout on Friday night, at the Köln Arena, in Köln, Germany. The differences in the class levels between Kober and Ricail, 31, was clearly evident in the first 30 seconds of the fight, when Kober landed a hard left-right combination to Ricail’s midsection and head. In the following rounds, Kober put a beautiful slugging display of power punching, showing some excellent boxing skills along the way, such as defense and ring movement. continue


Halmich Punishes Raab

regina halmich31.03.07 - By Fritz Drexel: Last night, in front of 19,500 fans in Cologne, Germany, Regina Halmich, the WIBF female flyweight champion, took on German entertainer/comedian Stefan Raab as part of a celebrity exhibition rematch of their 2001 fight, a fight in which Halmich badly batted Raab, an untrained fighter, breaking his nose in the process, in Cologne, Germany. This time, however, Raab, 40, promised things would be different. Indeed, he appeared to be in decent shape compared to the last fight with Halmich, and he even seemed to have learned how to box somewhat, though his power was clearly lacking. Before the fight started, Raab drove up to the ring in a large tank, which turned out to be the genuine article.

Raab, wearing camouflage clothing with sunglasses, quickly emerged from the tank, bounding out of the inside compartment and running up into the ring. After taking off his cap, he revealed that he had most of his hair trimmed off, making him look like he had just gotten out of military boot camp. In the meantime, Halmich entered the ring in a much less showy manner, slowly walking into the ring, looking shy and slightly embarrassed by all the attention being made over the fight. continue


Jamie Kang Strives To Be King

30.03.07 - His birth name is Jameson Bostic. His friends know him as Jamie Kang. In boxing, he is rapidly becoming known as the sports best kept secret. Three-time world middleweight title challenger Robert Allen (38-5, 27KO) will find out the hard way on April 18, when he squares off against Bostic in their scheduled super middleweight matchup in Hoffman Estates, IL. There is no title at stake, not even a guarantee of advancement in the rankings. It's risk now, reap the benefits whenever. continue


Kevin Johnson Is Calling Everyone Out

30.03.07 - Undefeated heavyweight contender Kevin “Kingpin” Johnson (13-0, 5KO) made his South Carolina debut a memorable one, crushing journeyman Curtis Taylor via 1st round KO, last night (3/29/07) at the Plex in North Charleston, SC. “I hit this dude with my jab and his fighting spirit flew right out of him” said Johnson. “Once I moved my attack to his body it was game over”. continue


Michael Montero’s Boxing Notebook: A few suggestions to help cure boxing

30.03.07 - By Michael Montero: Collectively, boxing fans disagree on almost every issue in the sport (best fighters, all-time greats, mythical match-ups, etc) – but everybody agrees on one thing: professional boxing is not as big as it once was. Everybody has their opinions on how to get our beloved sport back to it’s former glory, below are a few of my suggestions (more like brainstorms I guess)…. continue


Warren: If Calzaghe Beats Manfredo, Then Kessler Is Next

Peter Manfredo Jr.(Peter Manfredo Jr. pictured on left, stalking Scott Pemberton) 30.03.07 - Boxing promoter Frank Warren today told talkSPORT, the UK’s only national commercial speech radio station, that WBO champion Joe Calzaghe has his sights set on a title unification bout with WBC and WBA super middleweight Mikkel Kessler following the Dane’s defeat last weekend of Mexican Librado Andrade after a unanimous points decision where he retained his crowns.

Speaking on the Breakfast Show to Alvin Martin and Graham Beecroft ahead of Calzaghe’s fight with Peter Manfredo Jnr on 7th April at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, Warren said: “With Joe, you never know what’s going to happen with him. He’s a really good fighter. He’s the best fighter I’ve ever been involved with in my time in boxing. I think he’ll win the fight [against Manfredo]. But I think it will be a really tough, competitive fight. If he comes through that then we’re looking to do a unification with [Mikkel] Kessler. continue


O’Donnell: Minter is not worthy

30.03.07 - Britain’s most avoided fighter John O’Donnell believes that he should be in the shakedown for the British welterweight title this summer. The standout 21-year-old confirmed his credentials with an impressive win over fellow undefeated puncher Stuart Elwell last Friday to claim the English championship on the Hennessy Sports and GoldenPalace.com ‘Cobra’s Hood’ event at the Nottingham Arena. It seems, however, that in order to get a tilt at the British he will have to wait for the Championship to be contested on two more occasions. continue


Rios vs Vasquez on April 13

30.03.07 - Undefeated lightweight prospect Brandon “BAM BAM” Rios returns to Chicago for his second straight SOLO BOXEO televised co-main event on Friday, April 13th as part of RESURRECTION, another evening of world class professional boxing promoted by Dominic Pesoli’s 8 Count Productions, HOME OF THE BEST IN CHICAGO BOXING. Joining 8 Count Productions in presenting RESURRECTION is Bob Arum’s Top Rank Incorporated, TCF Bank and TECATE Beer. continue


Bernard Hopkins To Be Guest Analyst on ESPN 2 Friday Night Fights

Detroit, MI (March 30, 2007) –Light heavyweight boxing champion Bernard Hopkins will be a guest analyst on ESPN2 Friday Night Fights, taking the place of famed ringside analyst Teddy Atlas, who is off this week. Hopkins, who will be joined by ABC sports commentator Todd Harris, will provide play-by-play action for the fight card which features local favorite Mary Jo Sanders (23-0, 7 KOs), the IBA middleweight champion and the daughter of former Detroit Lions tight end Charlie Sanders, against f ormer WIBF cruiserweight champion Valerie Mahfood (19-12-3, 9 KOs) for the IBA Female World Championship. The fights will take place at Wayne Hall of Cobo Center in Detroit starting at 9 p.m. continue


The Passing of Time In Boxing

steve collins(Steve Collins, pictured on left, fighting Mike McCallum) 29.03.07 - By Michael Klimes: Christmas Presents

Christmas is beautiful, even after one discovers that their parents and all the parents over the world have been involved in the most elaborate conspiracy theory since the inception of man: Santa Claus. I can still remember in fourth year (fourth grade I believe in U.S. education system) when it was revealed to me by my callous schoolmates that Santa was a complete fraud. I felt sad and in some ways betrayed that all my classmates had discovered the truth much earlier then I had. For some reason I had just floated in a bubble of naiveté much longer then any of them, which they happily burst. I have many fond memories of Christmas like I am sure the older fight fans of boxing do. Sometimes reflection can leave us slightly sad.

Last December I had the privilege of receiving a stack of old boxing magazines from the 1990s. I flicked through them astounded and it seemed the boundary between the past and the present merged into one surreal stream of consciousness. continue


Lou Savarese: An ill-Fated Comeback?

29.03.07 - By Jim Amato: On April 5th, former heavyweight boxing contender Lou Savarese will have his third fight since 2004 when he meets Matt Hicks ( 10-1 with 10 KO's ) in Houston, Texas. Hicks' only loss was by knockout to J.D. Chapman in 2006. Big Lou will turn 42 in July, and has a very respectable 45-6 record, with 37 knockouts.

Savarese turned pro in 1989, and quickly racked up 36 straight wins. His most important victories were kayos over Olian Alexander and Buster Mathis Jr. In 1997, Savarese met linear heavyweight champion George Foreman for the WBU version of the title. Savarese lost a hard fought split decision. It was Big George's last win. That was the beginning of phase two of Savarese's career. Counting the loss to Foreman, Savarese would go 9-6 for the rest of his boxing career up until now. continue


Jermain Taylor vs. Cory Spinks in Memphis on May 19th

Memphis, March 29-Undefeated World Middleweight Champion Jermain “Bad Intentions” Taylor will put his titles on the line for the fourth time when 154-lb world champion Cory “The Next Generation” Spinks moves up to middleweight to challenge him on Saturday night, May 19th, at FedExForum in Memphis, Tennessee. DiBella Entertainment and Don King Productions will present the boxing extravaganza, which will be Taylor’s second championship defense in Memphis. continue


Video: The 13th Round With FreddyLokz (Episode 3)

29.03.07 - FREDDYLOKZ answers reader's boxing questions, talks about the Kessler-Andrade fight, Joe Calzaghe, Feliciano-Rodriguez, Dmitry Salita, Victor Burgos and of course the Mayweather/De La Hoya PPV plus Sergio Mora, Jermain Taylor, Pacman/Arum and much more... Check out the third episode of "The 13th Round With FREDDYLOKZ" continue


Baldomir And Forrest Set To Meet In Crossroads Fight In May

baldomir29.03.07 - By James Slater: In a quite fascinating fight set to take place on May 19th, two former world champions are set to clash, with the winner being vaulted to the WBC’s number one challenger position at light middleweight. Carlos “Tata” Baldomir and Vernon “The Viper” Forrest are the two veteran fighters scheduled to meet in a genuine crossroads fight. And what a fight it should be. With the winner knowing he will be on the way to a shot at the victor in the fight the whole world will be watching on May 5th - De La Hoya Vs. Mayweather, of course, there will be much on the line as the two climb into the ring at The Fed-Ex Forum in Memphis.

Both men are in their mid-thirties, with Carlos a year the younger boxer at thirty-five, and both have seen themselves propelled right to the very top of the welterweight division, only to be sent back down a few notches after a seemingly short tenure among the elite. continue


Boxing: 2007 v 1907

29.03.07 - By Mark Law: Fantasy match-ups: they’re always a fun, tireless topic of conversation among boxing fans. Legend against legend from different eras. Who would beat who? So many possibilities with so many outcomes. Another topic that crops up from time to time is how boxing “isn’t what it used to be”, how it no longer compares to the “good old days”. I remember back in the 1990’s there were a few writers and fans grumbling about the state of the heavyweight division. Looking back now, that seems incomprehensible! In the ‘90’s, we had Evander Holyfield, Lennox Lewis, George Foreman, Riddick Bowe, Mike Tyson, Michael Moorer, Ray Mercer and Tommy Morrison. That was a hell of a deep division compared to today. continue


Calzaghe-Manfredo Part of HBO's Free Preview Weekend in the U.S

CARDIFF, WALES (March 29, 2007) -- Undefeated super middleweight champion JOE CALZAGHE'S landmark 20th title defense against Top-5 contender PETER MANFREDO, Jr., the first alumnus from "The Contender" to challenge for a world title, will be part of an HBO free preview weekend in the U.S. The April 7 world title rumble will be broadcast Live! from Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, Wales, on HBO World Championship Boxing, beginning at 5 P.M. EDT / 2 P.M. PDT with a replay airing later that evening at 10 P.M. EDT/PDT. continue


The Internet and Boxing = A Match made in Heaven

29.03.07 - By Anthony Coleman: Let me be blunt honest for a moment here: in addition to being a boxing enthusiast I’m also a huge wrestling fan. Sure I stopped watching for a number of years due to the quality of WWE’s product, but I was still a wrestling fan at heart. Anyway, because I’m a wrestling fan one of my favorite websites is WWE 24/7 online. If you’re not familiar to this site, then let me drop knowledge on you: 24/7 is WWE’s Pay-Per-View website in which you buy classic wrestling matches for a low price of $1.49. The catalog for selection is huge and because of the site I was able to buy classics like Stone Cold Steve Austin vs Bret Hart at Wrestlemania 13. Well one day while surfing on the site the inevitable thought hit me: Damn would this be great if there was a boxing site like this. Since that day the thought has constantly swirled and swirled in my brain. continue


Reality Check(s) Vol. II: More public opinions and pundits’ predictions I cannot swallow

joshua clottey29.03.07 - By Gabriel DeCrease: This second round of boxing challenges will be possessed by a more rapid-fire spirit. I will do my best to tame and subdue the completist tendencies that tend to make my articles more encyclopedic than concise. I assure you that long-windedness is, in fact, grown out of love of the fight game, and not the lack of an effective editor. As in the first installment, I will present an alleged fact or commonly agreed upon judgment, and then draw attention to what I perceive to be the obvious—and wholly ignored—inherent weaknesses of the opinion in question. Without further throat-clearing…

The Experts Suppose: Joshua Clottey proved his salt and his elite status as he battled through a painful hand injury to give the world class, much-dodged Antonio Margarito a run for his money. Such a clash demands Margarito have his bottom fitted for a throne cushion, and Clottey be knighted as constituent of the king’s court. continue


Mayweather Sr: If Roger Can’t be in sons corner May 5th, Sr. "I’ll fill his shoes if he needs me to"

29.03.07 - By Phillip Pastrano, BoxingRealm.com: Last Wednesday I had a chance to speak to the one and only Floyd Mayweather Sr. for another one on one interview, a third in a series from BoxingRealm.com. For whatever reason Floyd did not have any poems for me as with the earlier interviews and we did not talk about Freddie Roach. We did however touch on other topics such as his plans now that Roger is back with his son. Other issues include the state of boxing and prospects of ever seeing a Layla Ali and Anne Wolfe fight actually materialize.

I want to thank Floyd Mayweather Sr., who says a lot but has seen a lot and in my opinion has every right to HIS opinions. This website will continue to publish interviews and post verbatim conversations with Floyd Sr and any other boxing celebrity (I know celebrity is a dirty word but couldn’t think of any other) that we are so lucky and gracious enough to land. continue


Joe Calzaghe, Peter Manfredo, Sugar Ray Leonard Conf. Call Transcript

29.03.07 - FRED STERNBURG: We are 11 days from one of the year’s biggest fights. On April 7, all eyes will be turned to Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, Wales, where Joe Calzaghe will try to make personal history, going for his 20th consecutive successful defense of his super middleweight title. But, in the way of that goal is going to be top-five rated contender and the first alumnus for “The Contender” to challenge for a world title, Peter Manfredo Jr, who, with his corner, ably handled by his father, Peter Manfredo Sr., and assisted by Sugar Ray Leonard, a five-division world champion, who is helping with Peter’s strategy. As we all know, Ray is no stranger to big fights. In fact the April 7 fight is 20 years and on day to the day Ray pulled off his own “upset of the year,” defeating undisputed middleweight champion Marvelous Marvin Hagler on April 6, 1987. It’s going to quite an event on April 7, with 30,000 seats already sold and with 11 days to go, many more will be sold. continue


Floyd Mayweather/Oscar De La Hoya: Camp Notes

28.03.07 - CAMPS IN SESSION, TRAINERS IN PLACE: For Oscar De La Hoya and his new trainer Freddie Roach, the honeymoon is over and training camp is down to business. It is Roach's first training camp in three years (last one with Mike Tyson in Phoenix training for the Danny Williams fight) where he had to leave his Wild Card Gym in Los Angeles, go on location, work with and set-up camp with just one fighter. "I am used to being at my gym 10 hours a day training a bunch of fighters," said Roach. "Being only with Oscar in Puerto Rico gives me a chance to concentrate and focus specifically on the game plan for the fight, something I wouldn't have been able to do as well as I can now." continue


Calzaghe Unloved

joe calzaghe28.03.07 - By Ben Paul Dunn: Another Saturday night, another pre-fight prediction and the same old words. Joe Calzaghe smiles, says he's heard it before, says it makes him laugh as he listens to his next opponent, Peter Manfredo, talking himself up. If we're to believe Manfredo, he has developed skills he's never shown before, he's a new man, taken a leap in ability, and he's now a world-class operator after a stint on boxing's equivalent of big brother: Sylvester Stallone's contender series.

I agree with you, Joe, tired phrases we've heard a thousand times before and which are rarely true.

But I'm laughing too, nodding my head as I listen to Calzaghe saying his tired old lines: thirty four years old and still promising to go after the big names. Sure, Joe, bring on Hopkins, show me Taylor, let me at the light-heavy boxing champions. continue


Guerrero makes appearance at Fight Night at the Tank in San Jose

28.03.07 - Tonight Robert "The Ghost" Guerrero makes his way back to the ring, this time it will be as an honored guest at the "Fight Night The Tank" series held at HP Pavilion in San Jose. Headlining the card will be Guerrero's occasional sparring partner, Jesus "Chuy" Rodriguez. Roberts longtime friend and Goossen Tutor stalemate, Olympic Gold mentalist Andre Ward, will fight in the Co-Main event. Tickets are available and can be purchased at he HP Pavilion box office or online at ticketmaster.com. Doors open up at 6pm bouts start at 7:30. continue


James McGirt, Jr. moving on up

VERO BEACH, Florida (March 29, 2007) - Team McGirt has announced that unbeaten prospect James McGirt, Jr. (14-0, 8 KOs) from now on will campaign exclusively as a super middleweight. In his last two fights, both contracted at 160-pounds, the 6-1 McGirt struggled to make weight and, despite registering a fourth-round TKO in his last bout against Anthony Little, wasn't at his physical and mental best. McGirt, in fact, came in 1-1/2 pounds over weight against Little, which cost James a few dollars out of his pocket. continue


Hill-Maske PPV show Saturday from Germany

MUNICH, Germany (March 28, 2007) - Cruiserweights Virgil "Quicksilver" Hill and Henry "The Gentleman" Maske square-off Saturday, 10-plus years since they originally fought in the same venue, in the 12-round special attraction headlining "The Rematch" pay-per-view card, live from Olympia Hall in Munich. continue


Great Fights That Never Happened.....But Could Have

david tua28.03.07 - By James L. Boyle:Throughout the years boxing fans have long debating about what would have happened if great fighters from different eras would have met. Who would have won if Ali and Marciano traded leather or if Louis and Dempsey laced them up? But those fantasy fights were just that, pure fantasy. They could have never happened because these fighters fought in different eras. But over the years there have been many instances where great fighters shared the same spotlight and timeline, but for some reason or another their paths never crossed in the ring. Be in politics, money or just bad timing, the two combatants were just never destined to meet. Here are 10 bouts that never happened that under the right circumstances could have and if they had they would have made for some very interesting fights:

1973 - JOE FRAZIER VS. KEN NORTON

Smokin' Joe and Ken Norton were fairly good friends and made it known that they never really wanted to fight each other. But if they did it would have had to happen after 1973 because this is when Norton burst onto the Boxing scene with his surprise victory over Muhammad Ali. continue


Tony Oakey Challenges Peter Oboh For British Light Heavyweight Title

28.03.07 - Tony Oakey is using the same training camp in Tenerife as David Haye in preparation for his clash with Peter Oboh for the British Light Heavyweight title. This much awaited bout, which takes place on the undercard of the David Haye vs Tomasz Bonin fight at London's Wembley Arena on 27 April, has been to the forefront of Oakey’s mind for some time. continue


Alexander to take on Muller while Cavallo battles Word at The Legendary Blue Horizon

Light Heavyweights Max Alexaander and Chucky Cavallo will appear in separate co-feature bouts on Friday April 6th at The Legendary Blue Horizon in Philadelphia.Alexander will take on Ted Muller in a scheduled eight round bout while Cavallo battles Mike Word in a scheduled six round affair. Muller, of Moline, Illinois brings in a record of 19-10-2 with nine knockouts. continue


Sycuan Ringside Promtions' Boxers Make Guest Appearances at Gaming Convention

Phoenix, Ariz., (March 28, 2007) – San Diego-based Sycuan Ringside Promotions brought three of its boxers – International Boxing Federation (IBF) lightweight champion Julio Diaz, undefeated heavyweight Shawn Hawk and teenage lightweight sensation Jorge Paez Jr., to the National Indian Gaming Association’s annual convention at the Phoenix Civic Plaza Convention Center in Phoenix Tuesday and Wednesday. continue


Hopkins vs. Wright: What does Hopkins want to prove?

bernard hopkins28.03.07 - By Zhenyu Li: There were rumors about the possibility of Bernard “The Executioner” Hopkins fighting with the WBC heavyweight boxing champion Oleg Maskaev, the WBO super middleweight champion Joe Calzaghe, the former WBC/WBA cruiserweight titlist O'Neil Bell or even a rematch with his 1993 conqueror Roy Jones Jr., but none of those panned out. Instead, this privilege fell into the hands of a naturally smaller middleweight, Winky Wright. Is this the right move for a 41 year-old Hopkins? What does he want to prove?

Last October, Hopkins announced his intention to challenge the WBC heavyweight champ Oleg Maskaev. His rationale for coming back, as he stated, was all derived from patriotism. The four world-renowned heavyweight boxing titles were at the time all held by fighters from the former Soviet Union, Wladimir Klitschko, Nicolay Valuev, Oleg Maskaev and Sergei Liakhovich. He considered himself to be the Savior Jesus who would reclaim at least one title for his country. continue


Froch lays down challenge to Dennis Inkin

28.03.07 - Carl Froch is a man on a world title mission. Rather than sit back and bask in the glory of his devastating punch perfect win over world operator Sergey Tatevosyan at the weekend, the Nottingham puncher has called on the Russian’s countryman Dennis Inkin to meet him in a final eliminator. British and Commonwealth super middleweight champion Froch, boxing in front of his loyal hometown fans at the Nottingham Arena, became the first ever to stop Tatevosyan after flooring him with a spectacular right hook in the second round. Tatevosyan beat the count, but was rescued shortly after whilst under a barrage of punches from the merciless ‘Cobra’. continue


Virgil Hill vs. Henry Maske: Is Maske Making a Mistake by Returning to Boxing?

28.03.07 - By Ron Hansen: Former light heavyweight champion Henry Maske (30-1, 11 KO’s) makes his comeback on Saturday night, when he meets Virgil Hill (50-5, 23 KO’s), the WBA light heavyweight champion, for a scheduled 12-round bout at the Olympiahalle, in München, Germany. The fight is a rematch of their championship bout fought 10 years ago, on November 23, 1996, a bout in which Hill won a split decision by the scores of 116-113, 115-113, 112-116, to take Maskaev’s IBF light heavyweight title and send him into retirement. Though he was only 33-years-old at the time, Maske decided to call it a career rather than seek a rematch with Hill, and try to regain his title. No doubt, it was an odd decision at the time, considering the closeness of the bout. continue


Steve "USS" Cunningham to Fight Rematch On May 26, 2007 In Poland

Philadelphia (March 27, 2007) — IBF number-one ranked cruiserweight, Steve "USS" Cunningham got the word on Tuesday that he will be going back to Warsaw, Poland to win the IBF Cruiserweight boxing title from Krzysztof Wlodarczyk on May 26th. "Although it is my preference to fight in a neutral county, I am excited about the opportunity for the rematch. The people of Poland treated me with a lot of respect when I was there in November." continue


Reality Check(s) Vol. I: The public opinions and pundits’ predictions I cannot swallow

oscar de la hoya27.03.07 - By Gabriel DeCrease: I am—I admit—laying my own punditry and pugilistic prophecies on the line in writing this piece. It might seem that I am also suggesting that my own observations about the fight-game are in some sense better-informed or more well-founded than those propagated by the media and boxing public. However, I am not implying that directly—or indirectly. In general, I am no more or less prone to making the odds (or calling them) than the next guy. But, even so, there are some notions being widely circulated, and going unchallenged, that seem unusually bizarre and wide-of the-mark. The first of these curious attitudes are listed below—with my own depreciations following immediately thereafter.

Public Opinion: Mikkel Kessler proved he is the big show at 168-pounds by outfoxing, out-hustling, out-classing, and out-banging Librado Andrade. Naturally then, all questions have been answered, he is a no-brainer pick to beat Joe Calzaghe in a potential unification match. continue


European Boxing News: Sturm, Castillejo, Branco, Veit and More

27.03.07 - By Per Ake Persson: Universum´s big show in Oberhausen will all in all feature six title fights. On top reinstalled WBA middleweight boxing champ Javier Castillejo defends against Felix Sturm, at light heavyweight WBA ruler Silvio Branco will face Stipe Drews and WIBF feather queen Ina Menzer fights Maria Andrea Miranda. Outside of that WBC Int´l cruiser titlist Rudolf Kraj, WBO I/C jr welterweight king Willy Blain, supermiddleweights Lukas Wilaschek and Mario Veit are also on the bill. continue


Dean White-Damian Fuller Showdown Added to May 12th Patriot Center Card

FAIRFAX, VA – A pit bull will tangle with a Motor City brawler when DEAN “THE PIT BULL” WHITE (14-6-1, 7 KOs) battles DAMIAN “DAMO” FULLER (26-4-1, 12 KOs) in an eight-round lightweight contest as the co-featured attraction on the highly-anticipated LANGE-CABELL II: THE REMATCH card set for Saturday, May 12th at the Patriot Center in Fairfax, VA. continue


Jamie Moore vs Sebastian Lujan April 13

Jamie Moore 26-3 (18 KOs) has at long last found the world class opponent he has been seeking for his top of the card bout at Altrincham Leisure Centre in Manchester, England on Friday, 13 April. Several highly rated Americans were afraid to leave their shores to take on the formidable 28 year old British Light Middleweight Champion, but two time former world title challenger Sebastian Andres Lujan 26-4-2 (18KOs) of Sante Fe, Argentina, did not hesitate when offered the opportunity to return to the UK. continue


After Manfredo Falls, Will We See Calzaghe-Kessler?

joe calzaghe27.03.07 - By Jim Amato: Mikkel Kessler is 28 years old. He sports a 39-0 record. He is the WBA and WBC super middleweight titleholder. All that is missing is world wide recognition. HBO was smart enough to air his recent defense in Denmark, a one sided drubbing of previously undefeated Librado Andrade. That was the first step toward Mikkel being known on this side of the Atlantic. Hopefully the next step will be a unification bout with unbeaten WBO champion Joe Calzaghe. That is if Joe overcomes the challenge of Peter Manfredo Jr. on April 7th in Cardiff, Wales. Calzaghe is a solid favorite to win that fight and rightfully so.

Calzaghe won over the American boxing public when he dominated the highly regarded Jeff Lacy. He has done little though to build on the prestige since he gained with that victory. Calzaghe needs Kessler but Kessler needs Calzaghe more. Will this highly anticipated fight ever be made? continue


Old-time boxing returns in "Collision Course"

PROVIDENCE (March 26, 2007) - "Collision Course" is a throwback to the days when boxers readily fought each other, politics didn't play a role, and fans always got their money's worth. "Collision Course," promoted by Jimmy Burchfield's Classic Entertainment & Sports, Inc. (CES), headlines ESPN2 Friday Night Fights on April 6 with young cruiserweight contenders Matt "Too Smooth" Godfrey and Felix "Bad News" Cora, Jr. squaring off at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut. continue


Chris Edwards Earns World Ranking

27.03.07 - British title hopeful, Chris Edwards received a boost to his preparations today when he learned that had become the first member of Impact Boxing’s fledgling stable to earn a world ranking. The WBC, one of the leading sanctioning bodies in world boxing, now ranks Edwards at number 38 in the flyweight division. continue


Fighter's Corner: State Of The Game Address

26.03.07 - by Michael Demmie, BoxingRealm.com: My Fellow Fight Fans, We have been hearing a lot of talk on various blogs and websites concerning the current state of the boxing game. Negative remarks on how the business side of things is bringing the game down, how the current state of the heavyweight division is drying out boxing as a whole and how boxing being taken off of network TV is causing the popularity of the sport to suffer dramatically. continue


Counting Down To De La Hoya – Mayweather

mayweather26.03.07 - By Matthew Hurley: As May 5th approaches I’ve found myself yawing a bit behind my hand in a marked lack of anticipation for the upcoming, so-called “biggest fight ever” – Oscar De La Hoya vs. Floyd Mayweather. Not in any way because I dislike either fighter. In fact I’m a big fan of both – well, Mayweather defines “egomania”, believe me and that can really grate on one’s patience. It’s because I can’t help but envision a serious letdown when the bell finally rings. Particularly in regards to all the hype the bout is generating. There is a feeling, in this corner, that we have another De La Hoya – Felix Trinidad on our hands, only with Oscar in the aggressive boxing mode.

I hope I’m wrong. This is a fight that will find coverage in newspaper sports pages, not just websites. Vegas will be abuzz with anticipation, as if Elvis and Sinatra were performing on the same night, and the stars will be out in force. I’m sure I’ll be looking to get close to Angelina Jolie, if she’s not busy that night adopting another kid. Actually, when it comes to boxing matches the only thing that can distract me from the fighters and trainers and other boxing scribes are the scantily clad ring card girls that parade about between rounds. And even those beauties take a backseat when the cut men climb into the ring to stop the flow of blood. continue


David Haye Targets Jean-Marc Mormeck After Heavyweight Test

26.03.07 - WBC number one cruiserweight and European boxing champion David Haye has a new target at 200 lb with Jean-Marc Mormeck's recent world title win over hated rival O'Neil Bell. "I'm really looking forward to fighting Mormeck," said Haye. "I think our styles will make for a great tear up but I'm convinced that I have the ability to beat him. Haye has a letter from the WBC confirming that Mormeck must face the lanky London powerhouse and Haye's promoter Frank Maloney feels a sense of deja vu. continue


Maske-Hill: Hill hitting high notes in Germany

MUNICH, Germany (March 26, 2007) - Five-time world champion and reigning WBA cruiserweight title-holder Virgil "Quicksilver" Hill has collaborated with Grammy Award-winning record producer Rodney "Darkchild" Jerkins and singer Joy Enriquez to produce "Conqueror," a new single that will be released at "The Rematch," headlined by the 12-round main event between Hill and Henry "The Gentleman" Maske, on March 31 in Munich, Germany. continue


New Jersey Boxing 2007 Hall of Fame Inductees.....just announced!

26.03.07 - By Mike Indri - Retired Boxers Foundation - Henry Hascup, president of the New Jersey Boxing Hall of Fame, beamed with pride as he announced the thirteen newest members of the highly esteemed organization, selected by the Hall's electoral committee this past week. Hascup, a noted boxing historian, has served as the NJBHOF president for over twenty years. "I've been involved with the Hall of Fame since 1981, and this is one of the better votes I've ever seen! All the boxers earned it, as well as those that provide such a great service to our sport." continue


Mikkel Kessler: All Hail The King?

Kessler26.03.07 - By Michael Demmie, BoxingRealm.com, photo by SUMIO YAMADA: This past Saturday, HBO’s “Boxing After Dark” featured a super-middleweight bout between two unbeaten fighters, WBA/WBC Champion Mikkel Kessler (39-0-29 ko’s) and rugged mandatory challenger Librado Andrade (24-1-18 ko’s). Kessler, a megastar in his native country of Denmark and known to die-hard boxing fans for his devastating one-punch knockout of Markus Beyer, was making his debut on US television. Andrade, who was born in Mexico, but lives in California, was looking to make a statement as well. Although he’s fought in the states, he’s done so with no publicity. On paper, it was a legitimate match-up. They were both rugged, hungry, undefeated fighters looking to make a name for themselves among US fans. That goal, though for two very different reasons, was definitely accomplished.

In front of a sold-out crowd of over 20,000 adoring fans in the Parken Stadium of Kessler’s native Copenhagen, the hometown hero put on a display that will definitely have fans around the globe wanting to see more of him. From the opening bell, the differences between the two fighters were apparent. They were both extremely heavy-handed, and both landed some good shots. continue


Euro Boxing Roundup: Ulrich, Brähmer, Berrio, More

26.03.07 - By Per Ake Persson: EBU lightheavy champ Thomas Ulrich defends the title May 19 in Hamburg against Italian Leonard Turchi. On the same bill supermiddle Jurgen Brahmer returns after a layoff due to injury and take on Argentinian Hector Velaczo. A defence by EBU heavy king Vladimir Virchis against Italian Paolo Vidoz could also be happening. continue


Velazquez vs. Lorenzo on April 13

26.03.07 - Super featherweight Hector Velasquez will return to Chicago on Friday, April 13th to face Francisco Lorenzo at Cicero Stadium in the main event of RESURRECTION, it was announced today by Dominic Pesoli, President of 8 Count Productions. RESURRECTION, another evening of world class professional boxing is presented by 8 Count Productions, HOME OF THE BEST IN CHICAGO BOXING along with Bob Arum’s Top Rank Incorporated, TCF Bank and TECATE Beer. continue


Interview With Trainer Ronnie Shields

25.03.07 - By John Martinez, BoxingRealm.com: The affable world trainer extraordinaire Ronnie Shields took a few moments to talk with us about WBA Lightweight champion Juan “ Papa Bull” Diaz ‘s preparations for his upcoming unification match against WBO Lightweight titleholder Acelino “ Popo” Freitas. The fight will take place at the Foxwoods Resort Casino and air live on HBO’s BOXING AFTER DARK series beginning at 10PM ET/PT on Saturday, April 28th. I asked Ronnie to respond to some of Freitas’ recent comments concerning the impending fight with his charge, Juan Diaz. Here is what Ronnie had to say. continue


Mikkel Kessler Destroys Andrade

Kessler 25.03.07 - By Anthony Coleman, photo by SUMIO YAMADA: In a fight that had many in the boxing world talking, WBA and WBC Super Middleweight titlist Mikkel Kessler was expected to be given a tough test against heavy-handed challenger Librado Andrade. Instead the fight turned into a mismatch as Kessler used his superior technique to absolutely dismantle his foe for twelve highly one-sided rounds. In winning the fight, Kessler made believers out of his few remaining detractors and announced to the world that he is perhaps the best 168 pounder in the world today.

Round 1 began as a usual feel out round. Kessler moved around the ring from left to right as Andrade relied on pressure and began to chase. Andrade threw to the body, but his footwork was slow, his balance clumsy while Kessler was moving comfortably from left to right and his balance was excellent. Midway through the round, Kessler unleashed his dynamite left-jab/ right-cross combination. The combo landed flush and a short left hook also landed to the side of Andrade’s head. It was the beginning of the story of the fight as Kessler’s straighter, sharper punches would land on Andrade with full authority. Towards the end of the round Andrade landed his best punch of the round, a left hook that momentarily stunned the Danish champion. Little did he and the audience know that this would be his best punch of the fight. Despite being slightly stunned, this was a clear Kessler round. continue


Feliciano vs. Rodriguez: Wow!

25.03.07 - By Ted Sares: Sometimes, you get an opportunity to watch what I call a "fun fight." Pure enjoyment. In this one, I was enjoying the way Delvin Rodriguez, 20-2-1, was setting skillfully traps for tough Jesse "El Rayo" Feliciano, 15-5-3. Rodriguez was dictating the action almost until the end, as he was luring Jesse in and then punishing him by putting together punches in bunches, fast combos, a stiff jab, and most of all, sharp right uppercuts propelled by outstanding hand speed for which Jesse had few answers. continue


Muriqi - Ahmad: Rumble in New Rochelle

24.03.07 - By Ted Sares: On July 23, 2002, I was well ensconced in my den in the North Woods of New Hampshire, amber liquid in one hand and a large ring corona in another. Elvir "The Kosovo Kid" Muriqi (24-1, 14 KO's) was set to meet "Slamming" Sam Ahmad (16-3-3, 7 KO's) in New Rochelle, NY. Ahmad, not known for having heavy hands, had made his bones fighting at the Blue Horizon in Philadelphia and may have been taken too lightly by Muriqi’s boxing camp which included trainer, Teddy Atlas. continue


Calzaghe Blasts Back At Manfredo

24.02.07 - WBO super-middleweight boxing champion Joe Calzaghe has hit back at Peter Manfredo Jnr's claims that he will knock him out when they meet on April 7 at the Millennium Stadium Cardiff. Contender runner-up Manfredo also branded Calzaghe a slapper, questioned whether he was a legend and said his reign as a world champion would be ended in front of his own fans in a fortnight's time. continue


Exclusive Interview With Joshua Clottey

clottey24.03.07 - By James Slater: Ghanaian born Bronx native, Joshua "The Hitter" Clottey is preparing for yet another big fight. Last time out he proved he was both lacking fear by facing the oft-avoided Antonio Margarito, as well as proving he was very much in the WBO champion's class level with his spirited twelve rounds points loss. A damaged left hand hindered his chances, yet the thirty year old still managed to hang tough right until the final bell. His performance drew both notice and praise as a result. Next up for Joshua is a fight with the boxing warrior that is Diego "Chico" Corrales. Currently in training for the April 7th bout, Clottey very kindly gave this writer the following interview.

James Slater: Firstly, Joshua, how are preparations going for the Corrales fight? continue


Carl Froch Vs. Sergey Tatevosyan Report - "The Cobra" Makes A Statement!

froch24.03.07 - By James Slater: Tonight, in a boxing bout scheduled for twelve rounds at super middleweight, Britain's Carl Froch (photo by Crhis Royle) stepped up in class against the world ranked Russian Sergey Tatevosyan in Nottingham. The class of "The Cobra's" opposition may have been a higher one than he'd faced before - at least on paper - yet the result was the same. Tatevosyan had never been stopped in his 26-7 record (14 KO's) but that statistic was obliterated tonight. In the process of becoming the first to flatten the thirty-four year old southpaw Carl made a very impressive statement to all other super middleweights in the sport.

In the first, Froch, 20-0 (16 KO's) going in, came out with his habitually low held hands, firing out flicking left jabs. He also opened up in quick bursts with both fists on occasion, while the older man was content to trudge forward with a high guard. Carl won the round, a fairly eventless one, sure enough. A big right to the head in the last twenty seconds of the session tested the Russian's chin, and the durable veteran took the shot well. Froch's round, 10-9.

In round two, Froch continued to pick his punches well, while the visiting fighter again tried to press forward. Carl went to the body a little in this round and when he opened up he looked extremely sharp. continue


Kessler beats Andrade

By Per Ake Persson: March 24, Copenhagen- Danish WBA (superchamp) and WBC supermiddle boxing king Mikkel Kessler won every round against steel chinned and tough challenger Librado Andrade at the Parken sport Arena tonight. All three judges scored the fight 120-108 for Kessler. There were no knockdowns but how Andrade could stay upright after taking volumes of hard, precise punches is anybody´s guess. Kessler´s nose kept bleeding but never seemed to bother him. He moved well, created openings and followed up on them putting on an outstanding performance. continue


Dmitriy Salita steps up with decisive victory!

24.03.07 - By Mike Indri - Retired Boxers Foundation - While promoter Lou DiBella's latest rendition of his Broadway Boxing Series failed to yield any real surprises, those that crammed their way into Manhattan's Hammerstein Ballroom this past Thursday night quite possibly witnessed the turning point in the promising career of twenty-four-year-old Dmitriy Salita. continue


Grano KO's Turlington In 1

24.03.07 - Heavyweight prospect Tony Grano (8-0-1, 7 KO's) scored a first round knockout victory over John Turlington (5-11-1, 4 KO's) on Friday night at Foxwoods Resort and Casino in Ledyard, CT. Grano, the 2005 United States Amateur Heavyweight Champ, pounced on the journeyman Turlington from the moment the bell sounded to begin the bout. continue


James J. Corbett vs. John L. Sullivan: “The Battle of New Orleans”

john l sullivan23.03.07 - By Sam Gregory: One of the most elaborate and important programs staged in boxing history was the three- day “Carnival of Champions” held at the Pelican Athletic Club in New Orleans, Louisiana, on September 5th, 6th, and 7th, 1892. Several events were held over the three day festival; among them were title bouts between the two highest ranked lightweights. Undefeated lightweight Jack McAuliffe maintained his unbeaten streak against Billy Myer.

There was also a featherweight boxing title fight in which George Dixon defeated Jack Skelly to maintain his six year reign as featherweight champion of the world. Jim Corbett even held a wrestling match exhibition against Jim Daly during the three day program. The highlight of the event came to be known as “The Battle of New Orleans.” The fight marked the end of one era in boxing and the beginning of a new one. It will be remembered for a rule that changed the course of boxing forever. A heavyweight championship bout was held that was the last fight ever fought by John L. Sullivan. continue


Klitschko holds more claim than Briggs for the “man” honors!

23.03.07 - By Izyaslav “Slava” Koza: Lately there has been more and more sound off in regards to Shannon Briggs and his to being the best heavyweight in the boxing world today. Of course, the speculation and arguing are trivial relative to dare I suggest an argument in the ring, but for the sake of the Briggs supporters, I figured it was necessary to give some perspective on this less then honest viewpoint. continue


Arnaoutis Back with a Vengeance, Fights Holt in Eliminator

THU March 23 - After losing his first title match via highly controversial split decision, Cestus Management’s 140-pound contender “Mighty” Mike Arnaoutis is back in training. The Greek powerhouse, who is out to prove that his only loss is a fluke, is slated to face Kendall Holt in a WBO Junior Welterweight boxing title eliminator which will be broadcast live on Showtime. The fight scheduled for April 20, 2007, is going to take place at the Bally's Event Center , in Atlantic City , New Jerse. continue


A Familiar Dialogue About Boxing

23.03.07 - By Justin Hackman: “What will it take?” He thought once again, as he had so many times before. “How can boxing revive itself? Would someone have to revive it, is it the elitist style of television coverage, is it the talent or lack thereof? That doesn’t make sense, the talent out there is just as good as it always has been,” he thought. “Physical talent grows exponentially with the times in every sport. Seaver versus Clemens, Maravich versus Jordan…Ray Robinson versus Jermain Taylor? Ali versus Klitschko? Maybe the talent does not get exponentially better in boxing.” The enigma continued to plague the mind of the young boxing fan. continue


Is Shannon Briggs Today’s Top Heavyweight?

shannon briggs23.03.07 - By Joseph Mathew: On the evening of August 12th, 2006, Russian heavyweight Oleg Maskaev completed the puzzle of Eastern European domination over the heavyweight division of professional boxing. He defeated Hasim Rahman by a 12th-round technical knockout to win the WBC title. At the time, the other three world champions were Wladimir Klitschko (IBF) from Ukraine, Nikolai Valuev (WBA) from Russia, and Sergei Liakhovich (WBO) from Belarus. Would this be a long-lasting era for the heavyweights? Were there any worthy heavyweights capable of bringing a belt back to the United States?

Just three months later, on August 4th, Shannon “The Cannon” Briggs brought the WBO title back to the United States, defeating Liakhovich by a 12-round stoppage. In what could have been the most boring eleven rounds ever, both men were reluctant to throw a combination or go in for the kill. continue


Hot Welterweight Contender Delvin Rodriguez Ready to Ignite

23.03.07 - The fans have turned out in record numbers to watch welterweights Delvin Rodriguez (20-1-1, 12KO) and Jesse Feliciano (14-5-3, 8KO) lock horns for the USBA Welterweight Championship this Friday, March 23rd, at the sold-out Fox Theater. This bout is promoted by Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing and will be televised live on ESPN2’s “Friday Night Fights” starting at 9:00 PM/ET. continue


Bell Demands Third Fight With Mormeck To Settle The Score

HOLLYWOOD, FL, March 23 – Back in the United States after a disappointing weekend in France, former undisputed world cruiserweight champion O’Neil Bell has plenty to say about the circumstances surrounding his 12 round decision loss to Jean-Marc Mormeck in their highly anticipated rematch. continue


Unbeaten Thompson Promotions Fighters Headline Benefit Event

ORANGE, CA - Tonight Thompson Boxing Promotions will present two of its unbeaten rising stars in separate bouts at the Doubletree Hotel in Orange, CA. Super Featherweight Dominic Salcido of Rialto will face brawler Barbaro Zepeda in an eight round bout, while hard-hitting Colombian Yohnny Perez faces Oscar Andrade in an eight round bantamweight bout. continue


Exclusive Interview with Brian Minto

brian minto23.03.07 - By Geoffrey Ciani: Last Saturday night, heavyweight pugilist Brian Minto titivated his career when he put on a sensational performance against top contender, Luan Krasniqi. Krasniqi was awarded a unanimous decision in this very competitive bout which many felt Minto deserved to win.

Afterwards, I was fortunate enough to be afforded the opportunity to have a brief chat with Minto, and here’s what he had to say:

Hi Brian, what are your thoughts on the decision in your recent bout with Luan Krasniqi?

I thought I got robbed on points, I feel like I won the fight. Again, watch it on the internet; I was the much more aggressive fighter. continue


Mikkel Kessler vs. Librado Andrade: Isn't Kessler a Bit Overrated?

23.03.07 - By Miguel Velasco: On Saturday night in Copenhagen, Denmark, boxing fans get the treat of seeing one of the most talented fighters in all of boxing when Mexican-born Super middleweight, Librado Andrade (24-0, 18 KO’s), the WBC #1 ranked challenger, and a knockout artist in the mold of Antonio Margarito, takes on WBC/WBA champion Mikkel Kessler (38-0, 29 KO’s), a fighter originally from Denmark, one that many people consider to be the second best, if not the best, fighter in the super middleweight division. I’m not among those believers, I'm happy to say. continue


Kessler-Andrade Weigh-In Photos

By Per Ake Persson, photos by SUMIO YAMADA - March 23, Copenhagen, Denmark: WBA and WBC superchamp Mikkel Kessler and challenger Librado Andrade both weighed in at 168 lbs / 76,2 kg at today´s weigh-in in Copenhagen. Both looked very fit. During the staredown that followed the champion seemed to get the edge and Andrade turned away. Kessler begins as an overwhelming favourite. continue


De La Hoya, Mayweather: The Countdown clock is ticking

LAS VEGAS, NV (March 22, 2007) . . . The Countdown clock is ticking with six weeks remaining before the highly anticipated 'The World Awaits' super fight between Oscar De La Hoya and Floyd Mayweather, Saturday, May 5 from MGM Grand in Las Vegas live on HBO Pay-Per-View. Golden Boy Promotions is pleased to offer media members a schedule of weekly international media conference calls beginning Wednesday, March 28, and continuing throughout April until fight week begins May 1. continue


Slater: The Ten Greatest Heavyweights In History

george foreman22.03.07 - By James Slater: In response to the Ring magazine's ten greatest heavyweight boxers in history, in a list that has recently been posted up on ESB's forum, I give here my choices for the ten finest big men of all-time. Make of this list what you wish, it is simply my honest - axe to grind free - opinion. Here goes.

1. Muhammad Ali - Simply the Greatest! Who else fought such an awesome collection of opposition?

2. Jack Johnson - Astonishingly completely absent from Rings magazine's list! The best defensive heavyweight in all of boxing. Second only to Ali as the best heavyweight of all-time in my opinion.

3. Jack Dempsey - Revolutionised the sport with his aggressive, man possessed style. A truly fearsome puncher, with a granite jaw. continue


Ndou to Gatti’s promoter: “I’m always in the Mix!”

(Sydney, Australia: 23rd March 2007) – In response to a suggestion from Arturo Gatti’s promoter Main Events this week that he is out of the mix for a July 14 match, IBF super lightweight world champion Lovemore “Black Panther” Ndou hit back at the politics in boxing that hurts the sport. “I’m always in the mix!” Ndou said, from his Sydney home. continue


U.S. Olympian Jason Estrada promises new look for April 6 fight

PROVIDENCE, RI (March 22, 2007) - 2004 U.S. Olympian Jason "Big Six" Estrada, coming off of his first pro loss, promises to unveil a new, relatively svelte physical look April 6 for his six-round fight against Alvin Manley (11-1-2, 3 KOs) at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut. In his last action (Nov. 17, 2006), Estrada weighed 257 pounds and lost an eight-round majority decision on Showbox: The Next Generation to Travis Walker (21-0-1, 17 KOs), 2003 National Golden Gloves champion, who "Big Six" had fought and beaten three times in the amateurs. continue


Hatton/Castillo Tickets

22.03.07 - Promoters Art Pelullo/Banner Promotions and Dennis Hobson/Fight Academy, in association with Top Rank, Inc., will present a sensational fight card on Saturday, June 23, 2007, at the Thomas & Mack Center, located at 4505 S. Maryland Parkway in Las Vegas, Nevada. The main event will be televised on HBO’s World Championship Boxing. MAIN EVENT: RICKY “Hitman” HATTON, 42-0, with 30 KOs, Manchester, England, vs. JOSE LUIS “El Temible” CASTILLO, 55-7-1 with 47 KOs, Hermosillo, Mexico. continue


Floyd Mayweather Sr Interview - Part II

mayweather sr22.03.07 - By JOHN MARTINEZ, BOXINGREALM.COM: As promised I am delivering the second half of the Mayweather interview. However, before we delve into the mind of Floyd Sr., I would like to take a moment to clarify some things. In the first interview, many people expressed displeasure with some of the content that was written.

I understand that some of the words and thoughts expressed by Floyd were hard hitting for some people. But I think that by not including everything Floyd said, I would be doing him, myself, and more importantly you the fans a disservice because I would not be telling the whole story and therefore not doing my job. It should be noted that while there were a few of you who decided to blame the messenger (me) there were plenty more who enjoyed the material. Most of you understood that I only wrote the words that YOU read. I would not and will not belittle anyone’s illness no matter what it may be. continue


Euro Boxing Roundup: Kessler/Andrade, Virchis/Vidoz, Herbie Hide, More

22.03.07 - By Per Ake Persson: EBU heavy champ Vladimir Virchis will defend the title May 19 in Germany against Italian Paolo Vidoz. Virchis beat Vidoz last year on a one punch knockout to win the title. Mandatory challenger for Virchis is his Universum stablemate Luan Krasniqi. Palm Promotions in Denmark states that Kessler vs Andrade on Saturday in Copenhagen is a success both in regards of PPV and ticket sales. The Parken Arena holds for this event 25 000 spectators. continue


The Contender: Small Riles Yank

22.03.07 - A war of words erupted today ahead of next Friday's Contender's show when team USA were ambushed by one of their UK counterparts. Mouthy Londoner Anthony Small, a member of the eight-man UK side to be captained by Barry McGuigain, gave the yanks an ear-bashing when they arrived in Newcastle - and promised they would be returning to America empty handed. As well as national pride being at stake, the teams are competing for the Sugar Ray Leonard Cup - and Small says that the trophy will be staying in Britain. continue


Michael Grant Scheduled To Return In April

21.03.07 - By James Slater: The huge Michael Grant, a man once considered the next heir apparent to the heavyweight throne, makes a return to the ring on April 19th in Pennsylvania. As yet no opponent has been named for the six foot seven Grant, but being as the bout will be the first for the thirty-four year old in nearly two years we can expect a pretty safe calibre of opposition. Grant’s last fight was a win, however, an eight round UD over the 13-6 Marcus McGee. That win marked the third victory in a row for the former world title challenger since his seventh round destruction at the hands of Dominick Guinn. Now, trained by Buddy McGirt, Grant is set to give it one more go at doing something in the heavyweight division. continue


Floyd Mayweather Reunites With Uncle And Lead Trainer: Roger Mayweather

mayweather/DeLaHoyaLAS VEGAS, NV (March 21, 2007) . . . Floyd Mayweather welcomed his uncle Roger Mayweather—who has been the fighter’s lead trainer for most of his career—back to the gym and his Las Vegas training camp this week for his May 5 super fight with Oscar De La Hoya. Mayweather, who did not hire another trainer in his uncle’s absence, is ecstatic to have his lead trainer back in his corner after a six-month and one-fight absence. De La Hoya vs Mayweather, the “World Awaits,” takes place at MGM Grand in Las Vegas and will be broadcast live on HBO Pay-Per-View.

“When he got to the gym we picked up where we left off and things were back to normal,” said Floyd Mayweather. “It’s great to have my Uncle back and I never thought to pick someone else to train me, as I truly believe that my Uncle is the best in boxing and there is absolutely no substitute for what he can do.” . continue


Pantera Miranda Sick Of Paper Champs At 160

HOLLYWOOD, FL, March 21 – Boxing has always been a tough business. It’s even tougher when those who claim to be ‘champions’ continue to run from real challenges in search of easy paydays that keep deserving contenders from getting their opportunity to shine. People’s middleweight champion Edison Miranda is not shy about discussing this topic. “The middleweight division always had proud champions willing to fight everyone, like Marvin Hagler, Carlos Monzon, and Sugar Ray Robinson,” said Miranda. continue


Young Froch supporters given Golden opportunity

21.03.07 - The future good citizens of Nottingham will roar on local favourite Carl Froch tonight when he faces Sergey Tatevosyan in a 12 round international super middleweight contest at the Nottingham Arena, after event sponsors GoldenPalace.com donated 100 tickets to his favourite charity. Over the last year Froch has become a patron for the 'Help A Nottinghamshire Child' scheme at the 'NCCL Galleries of Justice' museum, one of the Midland's leading Tourist Attractions. In between the 1780's and 1980's the museum site was used as prison and courts. continue


John Duddy in-studio guest on ESPN2 FNF

NEW YORK CITY (March 21, 2007) - Fresh off last Friday night's ninth-round technical decision win against Anthony Bonsante, IBA World and WBC Continental Americas middleweight champion "Ireland's" John Duddy (19-0, 15 KOs) joins host Brian Kenny tomorrow night (March 23) in the ESPN2 Friday Night Fights Hi Def studio between 9-11 PM/ET. continue


Freitas-Diaz: War or Bore?

acelino feitas21.03.07 - By Ted Sares: I’ll be attending this one for a number of reason one of which is that I’d enjoy seeing Acelino “Popo” Freitas get his butt whipped by Juan “El Torito” Diaz on Saturday, April 28 at Foxwoods Resort Casino, Mashantucket, CT. The WBA/WBC Lightweight boxing Title will be at stake. The fight will be televised live on HBO.

Like I said, I want the Brazilian to lose, but admittedly for many wrong reasons. I felt his retirement announcement after the Zahir Raheem fight was a poorly disguised negotiating maneuver to gain leverage for a large payday fight. I am sick of his hype (when he got married, his wedding was televised live to all of Brazil, and it broke the all time audience record for a live event in that country), his marital problems (he was later divorced), his near emotional breakdowns and tears after he wins a fight, his lame excuses for sub-par performances and his all-around heavy boxing drama…but most of all…I’m tired of his recent reluctance to be a warrior. continue


Maske/Hill: Virgil Hill winning hearts & minds in Germany

MUNICH, Germany (March 21, 2007) - If future Hall of Fame boxer Virgil "Quicksilver" Hill becomes any more popular in Germany, where he is preparing for his March 31st pay-per-view fight against Henry "The Gentleman" Maske in the main event on "The Rematch" card, promoted by WHS International at Olympia Hall in Munich, Bavarians will make him an honorary Baron. continue


Matt Vanda in crossroads fight

MINNEAPOLIS (March 21, 2007) - Middleweight Matt "The Predator" Vanda is at the crossroads of his pro career as he prepares for his eight-round fight April 6 against Alexis Divison on the undercard of "Heavyweight Invasion," co-promoted by Minnesota-based Tony Grygelko's Seconds Out Promotions and Goossen Tutor Promotions, at The Target Center in Minneapols. continue


Froch, Tatevosyan and O’Donnell Press Conference Quotes

21.03.07 -Nottingham’s British and Commonwealth super middleweight champion Carl Froch and Russia’s Sergey Tatevosyan came head to head for the first time yesterday ahead of their 12 round showdown at the Nottingham Arena on Friday night. The pair compete at championship weight in the top of the bill contest on the Hennessy Sports and GoldenPalace.com ‘Cobra’s Hood’ event that also features the championship for the vacant English welterweight title between Hennessy Sports standout prospect John O’Donnell and fellow unbeaten puncher Stuart Elwell. O’Donnell and event promoter Mick Hennessy were also both in attendance at the presser at the Revolution Russian Vodka bar in Froch’s home city of Nottingham. continue


Bute Versus Bika Set For June

lucien bute21.03.07 - By John Way: Sparks are guaranteed to fly when red-hot prospect Lucien Bute faces off against rugged contender Sakio Bika on June 16. Both are somewhere in the Top 15 of the super middleweight boxing rankings, and the winner is sure to move well into the Top 10. For Bute, this would most likely mean a shot at the winner of the upcoming Mikkel Kessler-Librado Andrade title fight. If Bika wins in June, he would be one step closer to an opportunity for revenge against Joe Calzaghe, the man who beat him by unanimous decision last September.

A precise punching amateur star from Romania, Lucien Bute has already amassed a career's worth of quality names on his resume. He has bested Digaan Thobela, Kabary Salem, Donnell Wiggins, Andre Thysse, and Lolenga Mock among others. He is a two-fisted threshing machine, fighting out of a southpaw stance. continue


Walker vs Saunders on April 7

22.3.07 - Undefeated Chicago middleweight prospect Michael Walker will face Cincinnati native Dave Saunders on Saturday April 7th at the PAR A DICE Hotel and Casino in East Peoria, Illinois, it was announced today by Dominic Pesoli, President of 8 Count Productions. The Walker/Saunders co-main event is featured on RUMBLE IN PAR A DICE, an evening of world class professional boxing presented by Dominic Pesoli’s 8 Count Productions, HOME OF THE BEST IN CHICAGO BOXING and the PAR A DICE Hotel and Casino, “The Friendliest Casino on the Water”. continue


One of Boxing's Professional Cut Men: "Big George" Stops Big Cuts

21.03.07 - by David Pambianchi: Oblivious to what goes on in the corner, many spectators analyze, perhaps simply gossip about what just happened in the ring, thinking only that the fighter receives some up-to-the-minute advice from trainers, a quick rest, sponge bath and a chance to spit. But as a boxer, if the panic call goes out for the Cut-Man, then you feel a lot better as "Big George Mitchell" jumps through the ropes or towers over your corner. Six foot seven, 275 lbs., master bleed stopper and fight saver, Big George rules the ringside for over ten years. continue


Chris Edwards set to make boxing history

21.03.07 - On 13th April Stoke’s Chris Edwards will enter the ring at Altrincham Leisure Centre hoping to repeat his victory over Dale Robinson and in doing so secure for himself the British title. Should Edwards prevail he will become the first Potteries based boxer to win a British title since Tommy Harrison won the British bantamweight title by defeating Jim Higgins in June 1922. Incidentally, Harrison also won the British Empire title that day also. continue


Should Kostya Tszyu Fight Again?

kostya tszyu21.03.07 - by Nick Mathur: When examining the careers of the great boxers from the past, it is evident that these might be ideal circumstances for Kostya Tszyu to retire and focus solely on his other business ventures outside the ring. Tszyu is thirty-seven years old. He is intelligent, has managed his finances well, and no longer needs to fight in order to make money. He can retire now with his health and boxing legacy intact, in stark contrast to so many fighters who have been forced to continue even when significantly past their prime. Or when their physical or mental health has deteriorated as a result of the brutal toll that the sport takes on fighters who have been in the game for too long.

The most significant update on Tszyu’s future came recently, when he publicly stated that his intentions are to hold an exhibition fight in Russia in the relatively near future, while waiting for offers to materialize against top opponents, particularly the belt holders. continue


O’Donnell: I’ve had a few sleepless nights

21.03.07 - John O’Donnell admits he has had sleepless nights ahead of his next fight on Friday at the Nottingham Arena, but not at the thought of challenging for his first professional title. The welterweight, regarded as one of the most promising young talents in world boxing, faces fellow unbeaten prospect Stuart Elwell on the Hennessy Sports and GoldenPalace.com ‘Cobra’s Hood’ event, headlined by Carl Froch’s 12-round International super middleweight fight against Sergey Tatevosyan. continue


Booth promises to put on a show

21.03.07 - Tyan Booth hopes to become the latest star to emerge from the Ingle production line and can take a step towards that goal by winning his first title in Nottingham on Friday. The Nottingham welterweight contests his first title as a professional against Walsall’s Darren Gethin when he fights for the Midlands Area Welterweight Championship on the Hennessy Sports and GoldenPalace.com ‘Cobra’s Hood’ event at the Nottingham Arena. continue


Corrales/Clottey Conference Call Transcript

21.03.07 - Diego Corrales will move up two weight classes when he returns to SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING on Saturday, April 7, 2007, to take on dangerous, world-ranked challenger Joshua Clottey. SHOWTIME will televise the 10-round 147-pound bout at 9 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the west coast). Gary Shaw Productions, LLC, will promote the event from The Shrine Mosque in Springfield, Missouri. Opening Comments. continue


Exclusive Interview With Floyd Mayweather Sr.

Mayweather Sr20.03.07 - By John Martinez - BOXINGREALM.COM - Last night I spent some time talking with one of the greatest minds in boxing, Floyd “ Joy” Mayweather Sr. The man had so much to say that I believe I might make our discussion into a two-part story. He believes many people confuse his frankness for arrogance. I would call it truthfulness. Read on to hear the “Master” trainer open up about WBC light heavyweight champion “ Bad” Chad Dawson, the robbery of Steve Forbes, Freddie Roach, and oh yeah, that guy named Oscar De la Hoya among many other topics.

JM: Floyd, we have got to talk about what happened over the weekend to your fighter Steve Forbes.

FLOYD SR: Well first of all, let me say that Stevie decided to come back to the Master. He told me that if I wasn’t going to train him then he was going to retire. Now, look- what happened that night was nothing but politics. You know that and I know that and everyone else knows that!. continue


Boxing News and Views: The 13th Round With FreddyLokz (Episode 2)

20.03.07 - FREDDYLOKZ talks about the upcoming Kessler/Andrade and Klitschko/Maskaev fights in Denmark and Russia, Pac-Solis plus all the weekend action: Marquez vs Barrera, the cruiserweight war between Mormeck and Bell, Ponce De Leon, Paez Jr loss, the controversial Forbes vs D Hopkins fight, Caballero vs Castillo and John Duddy vs Bonsante. Check out the second episode of "The 13th Round With FREDDYLOKZ" continue


HBO Boxing After Dark: Kessler vs Andrade

20.03.07 - HBO's hit late-night boxing series showcases an emerging super middleweight star when HBO Boxing After Dark: Mikkel Kessler vs. Librado Andrade is seen Saturday, March 24 at 9:45 PM ET/PT from Parken Stadium in Copenhagen, Denmark, exclusively on HBO. The HBO Sports team will be ringside for the event, which will be available in HDTV, as well as closed-captioned for the hearing impaired and presented in Spanish on HBO Latino. HBO2 playdates: March 25 (7:45 AM, 4:45 PM) and 27 (11:45 PM). Times are ET/PT. continue


Vitali Klitschko: How Good Is He?

20.03.07 - Paul McCreath: With Vitali Klitschko apparently lined up to meet Oleg Maskaev for the WBA title on June 2nd in Moscow, Russia, it is time to look at his chances of regaining his old crown. How good is Vitali Klitschko likely to be now after two years out of boxing action, and indeed, how good was he at his peak? There could be a difference. continue


Corrales-Clottey April 7 on SHOWTIME

diego corralesNEW YORK (March 19, 2007) – Three-time world champion Diego Corrales will move up two weight classes when he returns to SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING on Saturday, April 7, 2007, to take on world-ranked challenger Joshua Clottey. SHOWTIME will televise the 10-round welterweight bout at 9 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the west coast). Gary Shaw Productions will promote the event from The Shrine Mosque in Springfield, Missouri. While the change in weight from 135 to 147 pounds is a considerable step for most boxers, Corrales says it was a natural progression for him.

“I couldn’t make the weight at lightweight anymore,” he said. “It took me three weeks to get under 142 pounds, and I was damn near killing myself just to make weight. “One-forty-seven is a much more natural weight for me. This change is going to be the best thing for me.” Corrales (40-4, 33 KOs) hopes the combination of the weight change and replacing his revered trainer Joe Goossen, with whom he won his title belts, for long-time friend and respected trainer Dickie Wood will be a recipe for success. continue


Sugar Ray Leonard: "Manfredo Shows All The Signs Of Pulling Off The Upset Against Calzaghe"

HOLLYWOOD, CALIF (March 20, 2007) -- The winds of change are blowing as a new season begins with tonight's vernal equinox. "The Contender's" Peter Manfredo, Jr. and his training camp advisor, five-division world champion Sugar Ray Leonard feel that the times, they are a-changin' too. Yesterday, Leonard, Manfredo and father/trainer Peter Manfredo, Sr. held their final west coast sparring session at the Wild Card Boxing Club in Hollywood, Calif. before breaking camp last night and heading back to Rhode Island. continue


European Title Challenger Ian Napa Returns To Flyweight

20.03.07 - Ian Napa, so impressive in his recent defeat to European bantamweight champion Simone Maludrottu, will return to flyweight in an attempt to win the title he yearns for. Napa 13-6 (0 KOs) went toe to toe with the Italian champion from the first bell at Dagenham's Goresbrook Leisure Centre on 9 March and an upset looked possible before Maludrottu's strength and height advantage told. Napa, 29, realises that a continuation of the dedication he has shown in recent months will give him the title he so desires and the former Southern Area flyweight title holder is enthusiastic about his return. continue


Celestino Caballero Looks For Unification

HOLLYWOOD, FL, March 20 – Fresh off his seventh consecutive victory, four of which have come in world title fights, WBA Super Bantamweight Champion, Celestino Caballero is hunting for some bigger game at 122 pounds as he looks to unify the World Title. “I’ve beaten champions, contenders, and prospects – whoever was put in front of me,” said Caballero (26-2, 18 KOs). “Now I want to unify this title to prove who the best super bantamweight in the world is.”. continue


Mormeck wins back his belts by avoidance and with a little help from his friends

o'neil bell19.03.07 - By Evan Young - Boxingforecast.com. Frenchman Jean Marc Mormeck took back the WBA and WBC cruiserweight titles he lost to American via O’Neil Bell last Saturday night in France. As a 4-1 underdog Bell stopped Mormeck via 10th round stoppage over a year ago in Madison Square Garden. I picked Bell last year and I went with him again even though he was only a slight underdog this time and was fighting on the road in France.

The scenario I envisioned mostly played out except the part about Mormeck not making it to the final bell. The fight opened at a brisk pace and like the first fight, Mormeck was able to win most of the early rounds with punching volume and speed. But the thing with Mormeck is that he’s an eight round fighter meaning that he fights like hell for 8 rounds and then hits the wall and runs out of gas. And that is clearly what happened here. Bell, on the other hand, is impervious to heavy shots on the chin and has tremendous stamina late in a fight. continue


Euro Boxing Roundup: Brewster-Krasniqi 2, Kessler-Andrade, more

20.03.07 - By Per Ake Persson: German paper Bild writes that the rematch between heavies Luan Krasniqi and former WBO champ Lamon Brewster is in the works for July 15 in Hamburg. Brewster scored a come from behind victory over Krasniqi in 05 in Hamburg to retain the title. Arena Box Promotion put on a staggering 17 professional boxing matches on their two shows March 24 in Hamburg with a six-fight bill where comebacking Croatian jr middle Ante Bilic, formerly with Spotlight Boxing, will face Michael Shubov. continue


Maureen Shea: High Profile Venues, Low Profile Opponents

19.03.07 - Bernie McCoy: On Friday night at the Theater in Madison Square Garden, featherweight Maureen Shea raised her professional boxing record to 10-0. It was essentially business as usual for the self proclaimed "New Million Dollar Baby" as Shea stopped Eva Silva via TKO in the third round of a scheduled eight round bout on the Irish Ropes' "Erin Go Brawl" card. This bout marked Shea's second appearance at the Garden in a career that has also included a fight underneath a Evander Holyfield PPV event. It was, likewise, business as usual for a Shea foe, as Silva (4-6), who arrived at the Garden with three straight losses and without a win in over two years, was, from the outset, a clearly overmatched opponent. continue


Jim “The Pink Panther” Rock on Dunne undercard

19.03.07 - Jim “The Pink Panther” Rock is set to rock the Point in Dublin again – over 11 years after he made his pro debut at the venue! Rock has stepped in at short notice to fight on the undercard of Bernard Dunne’s first European title defence at the Dockland’s venue this Sunday. The popular Dubliner was added to the card after both Matthew Macklin and Neil Sinclair were forced to pull out from their scheduled bouts due to injury. continue


John Duddy continues winning streak

john duddy19.03.07 - By Geoffrey Ciani @ Ringside -- click here for photo gallery --
Undefeated middleweight John Duddy continued his winning ways Friday night when he won a technical decision against Anthony Bonsante. An accidental clash of heads in round two caused a very bad cut near Bonsante’s scalp which increasingly bled with each passing round until the fight was halted before the tenth round. As a result, the fight went to the scorecards where all three judges had Duddy winning, 90-81, 89-82, and 88-83.

I scored the bout 89-82 in favor of Duddy, and although he was the clear-cut winner, this fight appeared to be more difficult for him than most anticipated. Duddy is your typical offensive-minded fighter. He likes throwing punches in bunches and he does so with mean intentions. He likes getting his punches off first, is willing to take a few punches to get one in of his own, and is capable of throwing punches from a wide variety of angles. Offense is clearly his forte. continue


8 Count Productions Sponsors Chicago Golden Gloves

19.02.07 - For the third consecutive year, Dominic Pesoli’s 8 Count Productions is proud to sponsor the Chicago Golden Gloves. The tournament, held annually at St. Andrews Gym on the north side of Chicago, begins Wednesday, March 21st with the finals culminating on Friday, April 14th. St. Andrews Gym is located at 1658 W. Addison. For ticket information, please call 773-921-4000 or visit the Chicago Golden Gloves website at www.chicagogoldengloves.com. continue


Marquez outworks Barrera

19.03.07 - By Geoffrey Ciani: Saturday night, Juan Manuel Marquez outworked and out-hustled Marco Antonio Barrera en route to a unanimous decision victory. The highly anticipated match-up between these two great Mexican warriors was an exciting encounter with two of the best in the business. This victory might prove to be the career-defining fight for Juan Manuel Marquez, who has spent much of his time on the outside looking in. continue


Lovemore Ndou issues challenge to Arturo Gatti

(Sydney, Australia: 19th March 2007) – Reigning IBF super lightweight world champion Lovemore “Black Panther” Ndou is issuing the challenge and putting the boxing world on notice that he is ready to face Arturo “Thunder” Gatti. “I understand that HBO, Gatti’s promoter Main Events and his manager are meeting this week to decide on his next opponent,” he said. “The only name they have to consider is Lovemore Ndou.” Born in Transvaal, South Africa and now a citizen of Australia, 35 year-old Ndou (45 wins, 8 losses, 1 draw, 30 knockouts) is currently rated No.4 by THE RING magazine at super lightweight. continue


Bring on Duddy Versus Lorenzo…Now!

john duddy19.03.07 - By John Way: This weekend, two of boxing’s hottest prospects triumphed in impressive fashion as "Irish" John Duddy and Giovanni Lorenzo both scored wins over solid competition on the same card. Duddy managed a unanimous decision over tough but limited contender Anthony Bonsante, while Lorenzo looked especially sharp, stopping Robert Kamya in three short rounds. A year ago when Duddy was a wicked hitting wrecking ball, a fight between these two would have been tabbed a mismatch.

But in light of the Irishmen’s struggles in his last two fights, and Lorenzo’s recent improvement, this match has become practically even-money. Speaking of money, everyone involved in this fight would stand to earn a very pretty penny if Irish Ropes Promotions steps up and signs the contract. So why not? Even if Duddy has looked limited in his wins over Bonsante and Yory Boy Campas, he still has crunching power and an unlimited supply of grit, which is more than enough to succeed, with proper application. Irish Ropes Promotions realized this at the beginning of his career, and has done a commendable job in maneuvering him thus far. continue


HBO Boxing: Barrera vs Marquez Replay

19.03.07 - It’s a special edition of HBO BOXING AFTER DARK when HBO Sports presents the exclusive replay of the super featherweight title showdown MARCO ANTONIO BARRRERA VS. JUAN MANUEL MARQUEZ this SATURDAY, MARCH 24 at 9:45 p.m. (ET/PT) & 8:45 p.m. CT on HBO. The HBO Sports team, which was ringside for the live event at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, will call all the action. continue


Marquez Beats Barrera in a Twelve Round Classic

18.03.07 - By Sean Ocampo: After waiting all these years, Juan Manuel Marquez finally seized the perfect opportunity for boxing greatness as he beat Mexican ring icon Marco Antonio Barrera in their twelve round thriller. The man called "Dinamita" showed why he was avoided by great fighters early in his career with this awesome performance.

The fight definitely lived up to expectations as both fighters showed true Mexican pride in the ring. However, it was Marquez who got the better of the two by winning by a seriously tough unanimous decision. Two judges scored the fight 116-111 and one judge scored it 118-109, all in favor of the challenger Marquez. The win earned him his third world title in two divisions. continue


Jon Thaxton signs long-term deal with Hennessy Sports

18.03.07 - British Lightweight champion Jon Thaxton is looking forward to bigger things after making the first defence of his domestic title and signing a long-term deal with promoter Mick Hennessy. Thaxton, 32, thrilled his home fans at the Norfolk Showground in Norwich by stopping Stoke challenger Scott Lawton in the seventh round on Friday in outstanding fashion. Thaxton expects the promotional contract with Hennessy Sports will move his career on to the next level and is eyeing up a European Title tilt. continue


Evander Holyfield Too Much For Brave Vinny Maddalone - Stops Him On Cuts In Three

evander holyfield18.03.07 - By James Slater: Well, Vinny Maddalone gave it a shot last night in Corpus Christi against legendary four-time heavyweight boxing king Evander Holyfield. But once again cuts proved to be a major handicap for the tough New Yorker. Many critics had said beforehand that Vinny was out of his depth and maybe Maddalone knew this himself. But the fight offered him the opportunity of a lifetime and he went for it, naturally. But it was not to be his night, as a bad clash of heads in the opening round - ruled to have been accidental by referee, Ruben Carrion - left Vinny in far worse shape than Evander.

Of course, this is not the first time Evander has used what is known nowadays among boxing fans as his “Third Glove,” his head. And though the clash was ruled as unintentional it’s a shame that practically all of “The Real Deal’s” fights have to have a head butt or two thrown in for good measure. Who knows, if the bad cut hadn’t happened so early in the fight, Vinny might have fared better. This is clutching at straws, however. The win was Evander’s and Vinny’s big chance - the biggest of his entire career - had gone. continue


Vitali Klitschko vs. Oleg Maskaev Almost Set For June 2nd

18.03.07 - By Jeff Bastasini: Former WBC/WBO heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko is reportedly close to an agreement for a June 2nd bout with the WBC heavyweight champion Oleg Maskaev (34-5, 26 KO’s) which will be taking place in Moscow, Russia, on the same day that another heavyweight title match between Shannon Briggs, the WBO heavyweight boxing champion, and challenger Sultan Ibragimov, also will take place in Moscow. To make the Klitschko-Maskaev fight possible, however, Samuel Peter, the WBC mandatory challenger, will have to accept a step-aside offer of cash, with the agreement that the winner between Klitschko/Maskaev must fight him next. continue


Caballero Levels Castillo, Remains WBA Super Bantamweight Champ

18.03.07 - Five-foot-11 1/2-inch Celestino “The Towering Inferno” Caballero successfully defended his World Boxing Association super bantamweight championship Friday, March 16, halting Ricardo Castillo by technical knockout in the ninth round of their main event on the nationally televised “Tribal Pride 2” card at the Hard Rock Resort & Casino in Hollywood, Fla. The one-sided bout ended at 2:02 of the ninth round when the corner of the game but thoroughly beaten Castillo gauged he had sustained enough of a battering. continue


Jon Thaxton stops Scott Lawton

18.03.07 - By Keith Chadwick: When Scott Lawton stepped between the ropes in Norwich on Friday night to challenge holder and homeboy Jon Thaxton he was the rank outsider. When he stepped out of the ring after referee Richie Davies had stopped the contest with only 20 seconds of the seventh round remaining Lawton, although vanquished, emerged with an immense amount of credit and confirmed his credentials as a serious contender at domestic level. Furthermore, until suffering at cut just above his nose at the beginning of the 7th, Lawton had been in the contest and had played his part in making it an exciting affair. continue


Mormeck Decisions Bell

mormeckLEVALLOIS-PERRET, France—If cruiserweight titans Jean-Marc Mormeck and O’Neil “Supernova” Bell have taught us anything in their two meetings in just over 14 months, it’s probably that they would exchange power shots toe to toe from bell to bell if they fought each other 10 times in a row.

The difference on Saturday was Mormeck was able to weather Bell’s late surge to finish the fight and win a close, unanimous decision in front of a raucous sellout crowd of 4,000 at the Palais des Sports Marcel Cerdan in Levallois-Perret, France. The Frenchman won back the World Boxing Council and World Boxing Association cruiserweight titles he surrendered to Bell in their first fight. Mormeck (33-3, 22 KOs), from Point-a-Pitre, Guadalupe, France, now residing in Rosny-sous-Bois, had been the first French fighter to become a unified world champion, and he said he felt tremendous pressure attempting to regain the titles in his home country. continue


Jean-Marc Mormeck-O’Neil Bell: Post Fight Quotes

17.03.07 - Jean-Marc Mormeck: “I am so happy for me and France to have won the titles back. I made a lot of sacrifices to make this happen. Thanks to my team, Don King and to my new trainer Richie Giachetti for helping me win this fight.

“I felt the whole country of France on my shoulders going into this fight but it helped me. I was fighting for them tonight. We were in it together. I couldn’t let them down. continue


Manny Pacquiao: Boxing's Only Superhero is in the U.S.

LOS ANGELES, CALIF (March 17, 2007) --Photo: Chris Farina - Top Rank -- The Manila Iceman arriveth! Boxing’s pound-for-pound most exciting fighter MANNY “PAC-MAN” PACQUIAO landed at Los Angeles International Airport tonight and was mobbed by a throng of fans that exceeded 600. Pacquiao will resume training This Monday! at the Wild Card Boxing Club in Hollywood, as he prepares for his 2007 debut, defending his World Boxing Council International super featherweight title against undefeated Mexican dynamo JORGE “COLORADITO” SOLIS. continue


Ross and Keeton in Commonwealth clash tonight

17.03.07 - Troy Ross hopes beating John ‘Buster’ Keeton for the vacant Commonwealth Cruiserweight Title tonight will edge him closer to facing the division’s top fighters. Canadian Ross faces Sheffield’s British champion Keeton, (26-14), at the Montreal Casino on a Hennessy Sports Canada/GYM event, aiming to move his career on to the next level. continue


Caballero Retains WBA Super Bantamweight World Title & Michael Moorer Works Out

Wray Edwards17.03.07 - By Wray Edwards, All Photos © Wray Edwards/ESB
Last night at the Seminole Hard Rock Live in Miami, Warriors Boxing and Sycuan Ringside Promotions presented a full night of Boxing action.

The main event was a very hard-fought WBA Super Bantamweight Championship contest between Champion Celestino Caballero (30) from Colon, Panama and Ricardo Castillo (28) from Kmpalme, Mexico.

Castillo was assessed one point for low blows in round three, and though he fought his heart out, Caballero's height, reach and skill advantages were too much for the Mexican and his corner asked the ref to stop the fight late in the contest. continue


Velasquez, George and Cisneros in April 13th 'Resurrection'

CHICAGO'S 8 Count Productions returns to Cicero Stadium on Friday, April 13th to present RESURRECTION, another evening of world class professional boxing. The six bout RESURRECTION event is presented by Dominic Pesoli's 8 Count Productions and Bob Arum’s Top Rank Incorporated, along with TCF Bank and TECATE Beer. Cicero Stadium is located at 1909 S. Laramie, just minutes from the Eisenhower and Stevenson Expressways. Doors for this event will open at 5:30pm with the first bell at 6:30pm. Advanced tickets can be obtained by calling 312-226-5800. continue


Klitschko-Brewster II?

17.03.07 - By James Slater: Wladimir Klitschko, soon to turn thirty-one years of age, is clearly the best of all current heavyweights boxing in the year 2007. His effortless beat down of mandatory challenger Ray Austin aside, "Dr. Steel Hammer" has bested some fine opposition in his most recent fights. Both Chris Byrd and the then unbeaten Calvin Brock fell inside schedule last year, while power punching Samuel Peter was competently out pointed over twelve rounds in the first of Wladimir's seriously testing rehabilitation fights, back in 2005. Rehabilitation? Sure. continue


Is The Heavweight Division Ready To Heat Up?

17.03.07 - By Jim Amato: It may be soon that the boring heavyweight division will produce some fights that may actually be of interest to the fans. The boxing public is growing tired of contests like Maskaev-Othello, Klitschko-Austin and Ibragimov-Mora that were thrust upon the public as battles to supposedly determine who the best heavyweights in the world are today. Please...Coming up in the near future should be the following battles: continue


John Duddy: Green Pastures for St. Patrick's Day

john duddy17.03.07 - by David Pambianchi: Fans exploded on March 16, 2007 at the Madison Square Garden Theatre, as John Duddy met Anthony Bosante for a schedule 12 round bout and the IBA World & WBC Continental Americas Middleweight Championship. With tonight's popular Irish Fight Card, every lad and lass in New York seemed packed into the house, chanting, shouting, cheering, and likely saying goodbye to their voices for the remainder of the weekend.

For the first three rounds, Duddy clearly scored with speed, and at will, and often through Bosante’s gloves. But an accidental head butt in the second marred the full picture. Bosante bled. He looked like faltering and might go down in the fourth, but clearly the blood that seeped into his eyes could have been a factor. Nevertheless, he came back in the fifth, sixth and seventh, catching Duddy solid with some well placed rights, lefts and uppercuts, and surviving with pure heart, took punishing hits from a determined Duddy. continue


Marquez-Barrera: Too great a boxing match to whine about bad officiating

17.03.07 - By Alden "The Kid" Chodash: If there was reason to knock the great Barrera as a spent force for his two close and somewhat sub-par showings against Rocky Juarez, there is once again reason to consider him one of the best in the world in boxing after Saturday night. Same is true for Marquez, with the loss to Chris John and missed opportunities for a rematch with Pacquiao distant memories. We knew beforehand that both were fighting with something to prove. However, most had no idea that they would produce a fight this close, controversial, tumultuous, and needless to say, legendary. continue


Williamson response to Liakhovich-Toney rumors

17.03.07 - By DaVarryl Williamson: In response to the rumors of a potential James Toney - Sergei Liakhovich fight: Sergei. I used to think you had a ton of heart, I came to respect you, came to respect your heart, and came to respect your abilities in the ring, but I can't respect this "mouthpiece" of yours. Is this Ivaylo talking, or are you talking from behind his skirt? Is this your decision, or your sycophant manager's decision? (I'll save you the trouble of pulling out the dictionary, it means "kiss-ass", Ivaylo). continue


Par-A-Dice Hotel Casino is proud to sponsor another high-energy boxing event

17.03.07 - Six amateur fighters will enter the ring to show off their talents in three action-packed fights!! Then, Par-A-Dice Hotel Casino will host FIVE professional fights featuring Brooke Dierdorff of Chicago, IL facing off against Melinda Woody of Cleveland, Tennessee! The Main Event is a feature lightweight bout pitting Mike Gonzalez of Bayamon, Puerto Rico against Jamie Alvarado from Mexico City! In between there are three additional professional bouts that are sure to leave you on the edge of your seat. continue


Holyfield Too Much For Maddalone

evander holyfield17.03.07 - By Kirk Allen: With a little help from a first round head butt, which opened a cut on Vinny Maddalone’s forehead, Evander Holyfield (41-8-2, 27 KO’s), proved too much for the younger fighter, stopping him in the 3rd round at the American Bank Center, in Corpus Christi, Texas.

Holyfield, 44, pressured Maddalone (27-4, 19 KO’s) throughout, landing combinations with pinpoint accuracy and showing overall why he was a previous four-time heavyweight champion. Maddalone gamely fought back hard, at times, despite the blood that was pouring from his cut, but he wasn’t able to match Holyfield’s offensive arsenal and was countered by the older fighter. In round three, with Maddalone seemingly helpless and trapped on the ropes, absorbing terrible punishment from Holyfield, Al Certo, Maddalone’s trainer, stepped in and asked for the fight to be stopped to save his fighter from any more abuse. continue


Andy Lee Destroys Daniels In 3rd Round TKO

17.03.07 - By Scott Frake: Middleweight sensation Andy Lee (8-0, 5 KO’s) demolished ring veteran Carl Daniels (49-11-1, 31 KO’s), stopping him in the 3rd round of a scheduled six-round bout at New York’s Madison Square Garden. The bout was one-sided from the beginning for the southpaw Lee, 22, using his superior height and reach to control the action from the outside, working his jab and right hook to perfection to tattoo Daniel’s face. Try as he might, the 5’9” Daniels seldom landed during the bout, except on a few occasions when he was able to catch Lee, when he was coming in with a hook to the body. In the first two rounds, Lee mainly used his jab and right hook combination to keep Daniels off balance. continue


Krasniqi Decisions Minto

17.03.07 - By Kevin Dinkins: Heavyweight Luan Krasniqi (30-2-1, 14 KO’s) came on strong in the second half a 12-round bout with Brian Minto, knocking him in the 12th round to earn a unanimous decision victory and capturing the WBO Intercontinental boxing title in the process, at the Hanns Martin Schleyer Halle in Stuttgart, Germany on Saturday night. Minto (27-2, 16 KO’s) began the bout with his usual all out attack, charging forward like a bull and hammering Krasniqi with hooks. Krasniqi, who fights in a European style, one that relies on fighting from a distance and stranding straight up rather than a crouch, seemed unprepared for Minto’s aggressive inside fighting tactics. continue


Krasniqi gets past Minto

By Per Ake Persson: March 17, Stuttgart, Germany: German heavyweight Luan Krasniqi outscored American Brian Minto to win the vacant WBO I/C title in the headliner of Universum´s show at the Hanns Martin Schleyer Halle in Stuggart, Germany. Minto was hurt and floored in the final round and lost on scores of 116-111, 116-111 and 115-112. Krasniqi was in control of most of fight but didn´t punch enough and Minto, agressive but one dimensional, plugged away to make it closer than it actually was.


Brock Stops West!

(Calvin Brock pictured here delivering the right hand knockout blow to West)calvin brock17.03.07 - By Jeff Bastasini: Heavyweight challenger Calvin Brock (30-1, 23 KO’s) erased some of the sting from his recent 7th round shellacking courtesy of Wladimir Klitschko by destroying Ralph West, a slightly paunchy journeyman fighter with eleven losses on his boxing record, in the 1st round at the American Bank Center, Corpus Christi. Brock, 32, started strong, snapping quick, sharp jabs at West’s face, and landing straight right hands, few of which he showed any effort at blocking with his gloves. It wasn’t long after when Brock connected with a beautiful right hand to the head of West, sending him to the canvas, where the referee decided to stop it rather than letting the one-sided bout continue.

As you can see from the photo, West, perhaps, wasn’t in the best of shape of his life, looking a little bearish and perhaps a good 25 lbs overweight. To be fair, though, it hardly would have mattered if he had come in a svelte 220, as he was just not in the same class as Brock, and it showed during every second of the short fight. continue


Maureen Shea: Green-eyed Angel Reigns on St. Patty's Day

17.03.07 - By David Pambianchi: “T'wer the night before St. Patrick's Day,” March 16, 2007, in The Theatre at Madison Square Garden, when Maureen Shea met Eva Lidia Silva for a Light Welterweight, scheduled 6 round bout. With last night's popular Irish Fight Card, every lad and lass in New York seemed packed into the house, chanting, shouting, beer, flags, whistles, cheers to the song of the Irish Rover, and likely saying goodbye to their voices for the remainder of the weekend. But often hidden by her Irish name few notice another fan base and influence that stems from Maureen’s Mexican heritage, her first language, Spanish. continue


Bruce Seldon Scores Second Straight Knockout

17.03.07 - On Saturday, March 10, Squared Circle Promotions presented a seven bout card which featured, comebacking, former WBA Heavyweight Champion Bruce Seldon in the main event and several local prospects including Perry Ballard, Ibn Ali and Juan Carlos Robles. The standing room only crowd was treated to a fine evening of fistic fury at the Best Western Banquet Hall in Winchester, VA. continue


Is Ibragimov vs. Peter a possibility? Boris Grinberg speaks on Ibragimov/Briggs and much more!

16.03.07 – By Izyaslav “Slava” Koza: With the confirmation of the WBO championship title bout between defending champ Shannon Briggs and #1 contender Sultan Ibragimov currently slated for Moscow, Ibragimov’s manager Boris Grinberg was, as always, kind enough to give us a run down of the situation.

ESB: Greetings, Boris! First of all, congratulations on Sultan’s terrific win. What did you think of the fight? continue


Manny Pacquiao's Milestone

manny pacquiao16.03.07 – By Mark Law: There are numerous exclusive clubs in boxing. For example, there’s one for boxers who have been convincingly beaten by Jermain Taylor in a world title fight, which currently boasts only one member (Kassim Ouma). And there’s one for prime-time world class heavyweights who have been beaten by Nicolay Valuev, which is so exclusive it actually has no members (please don’t mention John Ruiz). However, the one I’m gonna highlight here is the most exclusive club of all: boxers who have won a legitimate world championship in three of the original eight weight divisions. This club has just two members; Bob Fitzsimmons and Henry Armstrong.

Fitzsimmons, sometimes known as “Ruby Robert," took the world middleweight crown from “Nonpareil” Jack Dempsey in 1891 with a 13th round KO. In 1897, he beat Jim Corbett for the heavyweight championship, landing his famous solar plexus punch in the 14th round. At the time, there was no light heavyweight boxing class; this was not established until 1903. Fitzsimmons became the third champion in the 175 lb division when he outpointed George Gardner over 20 rounds, thereby completing his hat-trick. continue


Star Boxing News: Vinny Maddalone a Hit in Corpus Christi!

March 15 (Corpus Christ, TX) – Although Vinny Maddalone is squaring off against living legend Evander “Real Deal” Holyfield this Saturday at the American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, TX, the amiable slugger took some time out of his training schedule to meet and greet some of the local boxing community. Although Corpus Christi is virtually Holyfield’s backyard, Maddalone was welcomed with open arms. continue


Briggs-Ibragimov Lands In The World-famous Luzhniki Sports Palace In Moscow

HOLLYWOOD, Fl, March 16 – It’s fitting that a meeting of two heavyweight kings should take place in a palace, and Seminole Warriors Boxing and Golden Grain Promotions are pleased to announce that they have secured such a location for the WBO Heavyweight Championship bout on June 2nd between champion Shannon Briggs and number one contender Sultan Ibragimov. The 12,000 seat Luzhniki Sports Palace in Moscow will host this clash of heavyweight titans, and great things are expected for the unbeaten Ibragimov’s homecoming. continue


Tickets for David Haye vs. Tomasz Bonin On Sale Now

16.03.07 - WBC number one ranked cruiserweight David Haye, 18-1 (17 KOs), will meet Polish heavyweight Tomasz Bonin, 37-1 (20 KOs), in a hugely anticipated clash of big men at London's Wembley Arena on 27 April, 2007. Before Haye flies out to his training camp he will attend the WBC World Cruiserweight rematch between O'Neil Bell and Jean Marc Mormeck in Paris on Saturday 17 March. Tickets are priced at £100; £70 & £40. continue


Sorry Bert but Lewis is a top ten heavyweight and Holyfield wasn`t greater than Lewis?

lennox lewis16.03.07 – By Kieran Redmond: Recently I found myself watching a TV interview with none other than Mr. Bert Sugar. I`ll be honest, I don`t much care for most of his rants. He`s a pure anachronism and I long for the moment that science develops a time machine that can send him to when most other people smoked cigars as well. On this occasion Bert was displaying his all time top ten heavyweights of all time. Firstly, as I had expected from Bert, there was no Lennox Lewis on the list, and secondly he had put Evander Holyfield at tenth place.

Before we go any further maybe we should clarify what greatness should mean in boxing (how we should construct an all time top ten heavyweight list). Take, for example, fighter A at first place and fighter B at second place. Firstly, fighter A should be ranked above fighter B based on the fact that fighter A in his prime would most likely beat fighter B in an encounter in the ring. Secondly, fighter A should be ranked above fighter B because fighter A faced and beat a higher number of high level opposition. continue


Boxing News and Views: The 13th Round With FREDDYLOKZ

16.03.07 - FREDDYLOKZ talks about Johnny Tapia, Chavez Jr knocking out Raul Munoz in the third round, John Duddy vs Anthony Bonsante, Holyfield-Maddalone, the upcoming Mormeck-Bell II war in France plus Wladimir Klitschko vs Ray Austin, Sultan Ibragimov destroying Javier Mora, Celestino Caballero taking on Ricardo Castillo, the “Ding-a-Ling Man” and of course Barrera vs Marquez plus much more... Check out the first episode of "The 13th Round With FREDDYLOKZ".. continue


Mia St. John to Face Rita Figueroa on April 20

March 16, 2007 (Merrillville, IN)- Octavius James, CEO of One In A Million Inc., has announced that Chicago’s undefeated Rita “La Guera” Figueroa (9-0, 3 KOs) will face Mia “The Knock Out” Rosales- St. John (43-8-2, 18 KOs) in the main event of his “Fist of Fury” event on April 20th at Star Plaza Theatre in Merrillville. continue


Darchinyan Ready to Fill the Breach Against Taylor

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA (March 16, 2007) -- Undefeated IBF/IBO flyweight champion VIC "RAGING BULL" DARCHINYAN is looking to move up in weight in search of a bigger challenge. Actually, Vic is looking to move up 10 WEIGHT DIVISIONS for that challenge. Specifically, undefeated middleweight champion JERMAIN TAYLOR. "Everyone made such a big deal when Roy Jones moved up two weight classes to challenge heavyweight champion John Ruiz and when Bernard Hopkins moved up two divisions to fight Antonio Tarver. continue


Legacy: Lennox Lewis

lennox lewis15.03.07 – By Geoffrey Ciani: When considering the legacy of former heavyweight boxing champion Lennox Lewis, two pairs of names usually come to the forefront. Evander Holyfield and Mike Tyson represent one pair while Oliver McCall and Hasim Rahman make up the other. In my mind, this simplification undermines the greatness which defines his true legacy.

No doubt these names do play a big part in the bigger picture. Wins over Tyson and Holyfield certainly helped solidify Lewis as the best from his era. It’s unfortunate that Lewis faced faded versions of these two former champions, but it’s better to have faced them late than never at all—case in point, Riddick Bowe and the mega-bout that never was. In any event, wins over Tyson and Holyfield helped cement his legacy, but surely, they ought not define it. With regards to McCall and Rahman, there are two ways of looking at things. One way is that McCall and Rahman each knocked Lewis out in upset victories. continue


Jimmy Lange returns May 12 to Patriot Center

16.03.07 - FAIRFAX, VA – Popular Northern Virginia middleweight contender JIMMY LANGE (27-3-2, 19 KOs) returns to the ring on Saturday, May 12, 2007 at the Patriot Center to face Fontaine “The Flame” Cabell (21-6-2, 16 KOs) in a 12-round rematch for the World Boxing Council (WBC) Continental America’s 154-pound title. Doors open at 6:00 pm with the first bout scheduled for 7:30 pm. continue


De La Hoya vs. Floyd Mayweather: Commercial To Make World Premier During Barrera/Marquez

LAS VEGAS (March 15) . . . The television commercial for The World Awaits—Oscar De La Hoya vs. Floyd Mayweather super fight on May 5 in Las Vegas—will make its world premier this weekend as part of the Barrera vs. Marquez HBO Pay-Per-View telecast live from the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino airing Saturday at 9:00 p.m. ET/ 6:00 p.m. PT. The commercial spot produced by HBO Sports incorporates the “Everyone is talking, The World Awaits” theme that is the center piece of the advertising campaign. continue


Klitschko-Valuev to restore Heavyweight lineage?

15.03.07 – By Adrian Saba: Last Saturday, Wladimir Klitschko’s job was to defeat the man that the IBF put in front of him, Ray Austin, and he accomplished it via destruction in the second round. It was surprising to watch Wladimir KOing someone without the use of his right hand, and with 4 overwhelming left hooks. Klitschko did as he was expected, there is no other way of seeing this, and he should not be criticized for taking that fight. It was that or getting stripped (and I’m against all the ABC belts, but the sad truth is that fighters still need them). The responsibles here are, as usual, the infamous sanctioning bodies –the IBF in this opportunity. continue


An Alternative to Unification: A Rematch Between Wladimir Klitschko & Sam Peter

wladimir klitschko15.03.07 – By Hunter Breckenridge: First of all, let me begin with an apology. I'm quite confident many boxing fans are getting tired of reading about Wladimir Klitschko. Thanks to his recent win over Ray Austin, his status as the number one heavyweight, and the current drama going on with his brother Vitali, he is getting a lot of attention. I imagine those who don't like Wlad are seething over all of the recent articles about him. Even those who like him might prefer to talk about the Marquez-Barrera fight, or Floyd Mayweather, or even what type of crane will be used to hoist Butterbean into the ring.

I understand all of this. But, alas, he is the best heavyweight in the world right now, and that carries significance. Significance not just to the boxing world, but to the casual fan as well. And there happens to be an issue with Wlad that I would like to discuss. So forgive me as I contribute to the bludgeoning of the dead horse and talk about Dr. Klitschko once more. Or at least talk about an issue that affects him directly. Don’t worry, this is a lot bigger than Wladimir. continue


Holly Holm-Ann Saccurato Bout Headlines Championship Night of Boxing March 22

15.03.07 - When Hillary Swank stepped into the ring for Million Dollar Baby, a role that earned her an Oscar, women’s boxing went from undercard curiosity to main event. Now FSN, in a first for the network, is riding the surge of popularity for female fighters, shining the spotlight on the sport’s growth and giving women their own night. As part of Best Damn Sports Show Period’s popular boxing series, FSN presents the Best Damn Championship Fight Night Period on Thursday, March 22 at 11:00 PM EST/8:00 PM local from the Isleta Casino and Resort in Albuquerque, New Mexico. continue


Mormeck vs. Bell: Final Press Conference Quotes

LEVALLOIS-PERRET, France—The final press conference for Saturday’s rematch of a 2006 Fight of the Year candidate featuring World Boxing Council and World Boxing Association cruiserweight champion O’Neil “Supernova” Bell meeting former unified cruiserweight champion Jean-Marc Mormeck was held today at the Evergreen Laurel Hotel in Levallois-Perret, France, a suburb of Paris. The officials for the sold-out match were also announced today. The referee will be Massimo Barrovecchio from Italy. The judges will be Hubert Minn from the United States; Guido Cavalleri from Italy; and Michael Hook from Sweden. continue


John Duddy: I am ready for war!

15.03.07 - By Matt Yanofsky: Today only hours before the weigh in, I had the pleasure of speaking with rising Middleweight Star John Duddy 18-0 {13 KO's}. Duddy is coming off his biggest victory of his career against former World Champion Yory Boy Campos. Tomorrow, he will be taking on Anthony Bonsante in front of a sold out crowd at the MSG Theater. If you don't have a ticket, you can order the fight for only 24.95 on Pay Per View. Fans can visit John at IrishRopes.Com. continue


The enigmatic frustration that is David Tua

david tua15.03.07 - By David Bloch: From the early colonial wars, the trench warfare in World War I & II and any occasion the feared All Black’s step out on the rugby field, New Zealand has built itself a reputation of producing proud, courageous warriors capable of results far beyond the capabilities of similar sized nations. A nation of just four million people, Aoteroa has played proud parent to many successful, over achieving athletes in its day. However, not all New Zealanders reach their full potential.

A veteran, who through natural gifts alone climbed within view of the highest echelon of the sport, yet unlike Hillary, could not quite conquer his Everest due to poor management, lack of motivation and ultimately, a lack of professionalism. Mafaufau Tavita Lio Mafaufau Sanerivi Talimatasi, known to us simply as just David “The Terminator” Tua was born in 1972, on a small island in Samoa, moving to New Zealand at the age of ten, Tua began a promising amateur career which culminated with a bronze medal at the 1992 olympic games in Barcelona. continue


Caballero Makes Weight, Set to Defend WBA Title On March 16

Hollywood, Fla., (March 15, 2007) – Both World Boxing Association super bantamweight champion Celestino Caballero of Panama and challenger Ricardo Castillo of Mexico made the 122-pound limit Thursday, the day before their nationally televised 12-round title fight at the Seminole Hard Rock Resort & Casino in Hollywood, Fla. Caballero, who’s co-promoted by Sycuan Ringside Promotions and Seminole Warriors Boxing Promotions, weighed 121 pounds at the weigh-in at the Seminole Hard Rock Live Arena; Castillo came in at 122 pounds. continue


HBO Boxing: Bob Papa added to broadcast team

NEW YORK, March 15, 2007 -- Widely recognized for its innovative role in televised professional boxing, HBO Sports has added a new broadcaster to the hit late-night boxing franchise HBO BOXING AFTER DARK. HBO Sports executive producer Rick Bernstein announced today that veteran broadcaster Bob Papa will be joining the BOXING AFTER DARK broadcast team as blow-by-blow announcer. The move takes effect with the March 24 BOXING AFTER DARK presentation from Copenhagen, Denmark. continue


NABF Female Fighter of the Year - 2007: Carina Moreno

15.03.07 - President Rex Walker and the NABF are proud to announce that NABF Lt Flyweight Titlist, Carina Moreno has been chosen Female Fighter of the Year. Carina has had a long and valiant journey to this place in boxing history. As one of the top Female Amateur boxers in the world, she and her trainer Rick Noble learned that hard work and talent were not enough to get Carina the recognition she deserved. It wasn’t until the NABF and promoter Christian Printup took notice of her that things began to happen. And they happened quickly. continue


Vasili Jirov Interview: Jirov-Toney 2 is Headed For Moscow!

vasili jirov14.03.07 - By Izyaslav “Slava” Koza: Ever since April 26, 2003, and ever since the final bell of the 12th round of the first bout between legendary fighter James Toney, and one of my personal favorite boxers, Vasili Jirov, I as well as many fans have been clamoring for a well deserved rematch. It wasn’t the score of the bout, the defeats and victories both men met with after the memorable first scrap, but rather that icy cold, Star Wars episode one Qui Gon vs Darth Maul separated by the force shield, we ain’t done with each other stare that neither James nor Vasili turned away from before they continued on with their boxing careers.

As of today, it has come to our attention that round thirteen of this 2003 fight of the year, and one of the few bouts in recent history to earn the name “throwback,” might finally take place this September. Although negotiations have just gotten under way and much is still to be decided, the relevance is that even the prospect of the bout should still bear significance for the sport as well as boxing history. continue


Israel Cardona continues comeback on “Collision Course"

PROVIDENCE (March 15, 2007) – Former world title challenger Israel “Pito” Cardona’s comeback continues April 6 against Juan Manuel Buendia in the eight-round co-feature on “Collision Course,” headlined on ESPN2 Friday Night Fights by cruiserweights Matt “Too Smooth” Godfrey against Felix “Bad News” Cora, Jr., at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut. continue


8 Count Prepares for Terrific Friday Night St. Patrick's Boxing Show

15.03.07 - Dominic Pesoli’s 8 Count Productions has made final preparations for MARCH MAYHEM, the annual Chicago St. Patrick’s Day card this Friday night, March 16th at Cicero Stadium. ARCH MAYHEM, another evening of world class professional boxing is presented by 8 Count Productions, along with TCF Bank and Miller Lite. Cicero Stadium is located at 1909 S. Laramie, just minutes from the Eisenhower and Stevenson Expressways. Doors for this event will open at 7:00pm with the first bell at 8:00pm. Advanced tickets can be obtained by calling 312-226-5800. continue


Arthur Abraham meets junior reporters

15.03.07 - Arthur Abraham caught up with a group of intrepid junior reporters at the Max-Schmeling-Gym to get their journalistic careers off to an exciting start. Along with brother Alexander, the IBF middleweight champion tackled countless of interesting questions about video games, action movies and spare time activities. "Now that was a lot of fun," King Arthur said. "It´s an honour for me to support them. It´s good to see that they are starting early to develop a passion for their future jobs." continue


Exclusive Interview With Wladimir Klitschko

wladimir klitschko15.03.07 - By James Slater: The world is in agreement right now when it comes to who the best heavyweight is today. That man is “Dr. Steel Hammer,” Wladimir Klitschko. Fresh of his quick destruction of Ray Austin at the weekend, Wladimir very kindly gave this writer an interview over the phone from his headquarters in Germany. Here is what the thirty year old big man had to say.

James Slater: Firstly, Wladimir, I want to thank you for speaking to me. Congratulations on the quick win on Saturday. Did you always think you’d get a quick KO?

Wladimir Klitschko: What happened, happened. I just felt very motivated after all the hot air that came from Austin. All the stuff about my chin, my balls, my heart. I was well prepared and looking forward very much to getting in the ring to make a short process with Austin. I never plan any round , when it’s going to happen, I just look for the opportunity (to get the KO) and that’s what I do in every fight and when I see it I take it. continue


Guinn vs. Chambers on ShoBox May 4th

HOUSTON, TX (March 14, 2007)-Former heavyweight contender Dominick Guinn 28-4-1 (19 KO’s) who has been wanting that one fight to get himself back in the mix of the heavyweight picture has just signed a deal to face off against the undefeated heavyweight contender Eddie Chambers 28-0 (16 KO’s) May 4th at the Palms Casino in Las Vegas, NV to be televised on Showtime’s ShoBox: The New Generation. continue


Sultan Ibragimov vs Javier Mora Video

HOLLYWOOD, FL, March 14 – Sultan Ibragimov wanted to send a message to absent WBO Heavyweight Champion Shannon Briggs at The Theater in Madison Square Garden on March 10th. Well, against Mexico’s Javier Mora, he let Briggs know loud and clear that his title was in jeopardy as he blasted out Mora in just 46 seconds. Now you can see the future Heavyweight Champion in action at warriorsboxing.com as the entire Mora fight is replayed for fight fans around the world. click here to watch video


Bell-Mormeck II: Live on MSG Network!

New York, NY, March 14, 2007 – MSG, a world class sports and entertainment network, has acquired the television rights to air the highly anticipated WBC and WBO cruiserweight championship rematch fight between World Boxing Association and World Boxing Council cruiserweight champion O’Neil “Supernova” Bell and former unified world cruiserweight champion Jean-Marc Mormeck. The fight will be telecast live on MSG from Palais des Sports Marcel Cerdan in Levallois-Perret, France on Saturday, March 17 at 4:00 pm ET. The fight will be re-telecast on MSG later that evening at 12:30 am, on March 19 at 8:00 pm and additional airings will begin in April. continue


Crossing the Line

roberto duran14.03.07 - by Ted Sares: Sometimes a fight becomes a beating. When that happens, someone needs to step in and stop it before it becomes something worse. On December 10, 1994, Jorge "Locomotora” Castro met tough John David Jackson for the WBA Middleweight Title in Monterrey, Mexico. The fight, named Ring Magazine’s Fight of the Year, featured one of the most dramatic endings in ring history. Castro was trailing badly on all three scorecards (71-80, 73-80 and 74-79). One eye was closed and the other was half closed. He was bleeding and pinned against the ropes taking wicked shots and combos.

Famed referee Stanley Christodoulou positioned himself to stop the fight and started to raise his hands to signal the stoppage, but then Castro landed a hard right hand on Jackson's chin and Jackson went down. continue


Euro Boxing Roundup: Klitschko/Maskaev, Samil Sam, Kessler-Andrade Undercard

14.03.07 - By Per Ake Persson: German media, quoting Russian and American sources, writes that Oleg Maskaev vs combacking ex-champ Vitali Klitschko is almost on with #1 challenger Samuel Peter receiving a substantial step aside fee. However, when and where remains open as WBO king Shannon Briggs´ defence against Sultan Ibragimov "stole" the planned June 2 date in Moscow.

Arena Box Promotion have switched both date and town for their show in Turkey. It will now take place June 9 in Ankara - it was previously set for June 23 - being moved from June 16 - in Istanbul. Heavies Sinan Samil Sam and Juan Carlos Gomez headline. continue


Grimsely Out Of Moorer Fight

HOLLYWOOD, FL, March 14 – George Foreman couldn’t knock Crawford Grimsley out in their 12 rounder in 1996, but a severe intestinal illness – Diverticulitis – has forced the Florida heavyweight out of Friday night’s bout with former heavyweight champion Michael Moorer on Seminole Warriors Boxing Promotions’ Tribal Pride 2 card. Grimsley will undergo surgery on Friday in Florida. Seminole Warriors Boxing Promotions wishes ‘The Terminator’ a speedy recovery. continue


Duddy-Bonsante Press Conference Quotes

13.03.07 - JOHN DUDDY: “I’ve worked very hard -- I’m sure Anthony has too – for this fight. We’re both hungry and eager to give fans what they want. I’m looking forward to it. My career has come along and, hopefully, this will be my biggest fight. Stay in your seats. There’s going to be a lot of excitement whether it goes one or 12 rounds.” continue


Corbett vs. Fitzsimmons: The Fight of the Century

james j. corbett14.03.07 - By Sam Gregory: On St. Patrick’s Day March 17, 1897 in Carson City, Nevada heavyweight champion of the world James J. Corbett lost the heavyweight title to Bob Fitzsimmons in what came to be known as “The Fight of the Century.”

Jim Corbett was the reigning heavyweight champion having won the title in 1892 from John L. Sullivan at “The Battle of New Orleans.” Corbett was considered the first heavyweight champion of the “Queensberry Era” rules of boxing. The end of the bare-knuckle brawling days, it marked a turning point for the sport of boxing. One of the rules stated heavyweight fighters must wear gloves in a championship bout.

Not only was this fight considered a classic by boxing standards, in 1897 it also exceeded all expectations for a financial endeavor of any kind. continue


The All-New Boxing Hall of Shame

14.03.07 - By Mark Law: I’m not a big fan of award shows but I’m always interested to see who gets elected to the International Boxing Hall of Fame every year. Generally, I agree with the chosen inductees, though there have been some borderline cases. This year, I was real pleased to see that Pernell Whitaker and Roberto Duran will be enshrined, as there is no disputing the fantastic accomplishments of these two legends.

But what was Jose Sulaiman’s name doing on the list of inductees? Was this a misprint? Or a joke? Who the hell nominated him??? It’s sad that this guy, who unbelievably has referred to himself as the “humble servant of boxing” (did he manage to say that with a straight face?), will receive a plaque in Canastota. No representative of any of the alphabet groups should be honoured in such a way, from my perspective. continue


Vitali Klitschko vs Oleg Maskaev on June 2?

14.03.07 - Reports from Russia indicate that Vitali Klitschko will fight for the WBC belt against Oleg Maskaev on June 2 in Moscow. A press conference in Kiev is scheduled for Friday. According to Eurosport.ru, Samuel Peter will take 2.75 million step aside money and will then fight the winner of Klitschko-Maskaev. Maskaev promoter Dennis Rappaport told Eurosport.ru: "We were able to agree on several key points, Samuel Peter will step aside and give us the opportunity to fight Vitali Klitschko. We will make an official statement within 24 to 48 hours."


Max Alexander to take on Jeff Baker on “Night of the Undefeated” Card

Philadelphia—(March 12, 2007)—Fresh of his decisive victory on February 9th over Marty Lindquist, Max Alexander will once again risk his undefeated record when he takes on Jeff Baker of Indianapolis, Indiana in a scheduled eight round Light Heavyweight bout as the co-feature on April 6th at The Legendary Blue Horizon in Philadelphia, PA. continue


A bag of random thoughts: Valuev/Klitschko, Briggs, DLH-Mayweather, Calzaghe

Valuev vs Klitschko14.03.07 - by David Bloch - Can Valuev beat Klitschko? Let us assume for the moment that boxing is perfect, that Valuev defeats Ruslan Chagaev in his April defence, does the seven foot wonder have any chance against Wladimir Klitschko? The fight offers us two highly intelligent eastern pugilists. There can be no question that Wladimir Klitschko is the favourite for this fight.

Standing at 6 feet, 6 inches, Klitschko himself is not bereft of size himself. With hand speed, combination punching and power that has seemingly been non-existent since the retirement of Lennox Lewis, Klitschko has the tools to get the job done against any challenger.

On the other hand, Valuev has shown himself as having a capable chin, being drilled with shots by both Monte Barrett and Jameel McCline before his eventual victories. Whilst Barrett and McCline will never rate as huge power punchers, they were able to land solid shots on the jaw of Valuev to little effect.

Valuev has natural advantages in size that no other man has possessed at this level of boxing, yet his biggest advantage has to be his undeniable intelligence. continue


Jon Thaxton comeback story continues

14.03.07 - Jon Thaxton defends his British Lightweight Title in front of his home crowd in Norwich on Friday in the latest stage of his comeback after thinking a car accident had ended his career as a boxer. The Norwich boxer initially retired after a car smash with a lorry in 2002 left him with a shoulder injury considered serious enough then to end a career that had seen him give the likes of Ricky Hatton and Eamonn Magee good fights at British and Commonwealth Title level up at light-welterweight. continue


Handling of Current Heavyweight Mandatories is the Problem!

14.03.07 - “One organization forced a true champion to fight a bum mandatory, and on the other side another organization is preventing their true mandatory from fighting the champion.” Dino Duva. Still embroiled in prolonged negotiations for his fighter Samuel Peter’s twice-earned shot at the WBC Heavyweight Champion Oleg Maskaev, promoter Dino Duva, of Duva Boxing, says Saturday was a good indication of the problems with today’s heavyweight division. continue


Caballero Defends WBA Title Fri. March 13

Hollywood, Fla., (March 13, 2007) – Sycuan Ringside Promotions’ World Boxing Association super bantamweight champion Celestino Caballero (25-2, 18 KOs) won’t be boxing’s best kept secret if he keeps sending his opponents to the canvas. Celestino, co-promoted by San Diego-based Sycuan Ringside Promotions and Davie, Fla.-based Seminole Warriors Boxing Promotions, will try to floor one more when he puts his WBA 122-pound championship on the line when he faces Ricardo Castillo (27-3, 17 KOs) at the Seminole Hard Rock Live Arena at the Seminole Hard Rock Resort & Casino in Hollywood, Fla., Friday, March 16, at 9 p.m. ET. continue


Anne Wolfe Interview: “Ali’s legacy didn’t live on through his daughter!”

ann wolfe13.03.07 - By Izyaslav “Slava” Koza: One of the biggest and worst misconceptions currently regarding women’s boxing is that Laila Ali represents its true face. This is of course mostly due to the fact that the name Ali carries into the ring was made way before she put on a pair of gloves. Jealousy, sensationalism, and bias, aside, as a true fan hearing that Laila Ali is the best female fighter in the world in the mainstream media and seeing her take that spotlight away from more deserving boxers angers me as I am sure it does most fans.

I would bet that not more then five lazy fight fans here in the USA who say Ali is the best, know the name of her last opponent, who she conveniently faced off against in Africa. While they can surely find out in order to spite me, I can guarantee that almost any fan I ask, who her father Muhammed Ali fought in the Rumble in the Jungle, will effortlessly say George Foreman without having to look it up. continue


KEA Boxing at The Citadel on April 11

New Jersey, March 13, 2007- KEA Boxing is coming to South Carolina! After establishing a solid reputation for displaying world-class talent at top-notch venues in New Jersey for the last several years, KEA has decided to take the show on the road. The April 11th show will feature an exciting night of world-class professional boxing at The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina . KEA plans on doing consistent shows this year, and to start doing them all over the country. continue


McGee, Holmes, Moore and The Cooks Complete April 20th Card

March 13, 2007 (Merrillville, IN)- Octavius James, CEO of One In A Million Inc., has announced an impressive undercard of local standouts to support Mia St. John’s main event bout on April 20th at the Star Plaza Theatre in Merrillville, IN. Jimmy “The Fighting School Teacher” Holmes (14-0-2, 7 KOs) of DeMotte, Don Moore (10-0-1, 8 KOS) of Gary and LaPorte’s Cook brothers, light heavyweight Nick (14-1-1, 8 KOs) and super middle weight Jason (pro debut), will round out the five-bout under card for the “Fist of Fury” event. continue


Alfonso Gomez Geared up for UK, Martin Concepcion

Los Angeles, Cal., March 13, 2007 -- Alfonso Gomez heads across the Atlantic this month for the first time in his career, confident that he will be able to add a win to his record and showcase his skills in front of English boxing fans on March 30 in Newcastle. Gomez (15-3-2), who gained recognition on the first season of the Contender TV series, will face Martin Concepcion (11-3-0), of Leicester, England, in an eight-round light-middleweight bout. Billed as the Contender UK versus USA, the event at the Metroradio Arena pits eight U.S. Contenders against UK fighters, with the winning team taking the first “Sugar Ray Leonard Cup.” . continue


O’Neil Bell vs. Jean-Marc Mormeck II Sold Out in France, Rematch this Saturday

Bell-Mormeck IILEVALLOIS-PERRET, France—Promoter Don King arrived to good news in Paris on Sunday when he was told by local promoters from the Levallois Sports Club that the rematch between defending World Boxing Council and World Boxing Association cruiserweight champion O’Neil “Supernova” Bell and former unified cruiserweight world champion Jean-Marc Mormeck on Saturday at the Palais des Sports Michel Cerdan in nearby Levallois-Perret has sold out.

“It is great to be back in France and great to hear the French boxing fans have gobbled up all 4,000 tickets for this rematch of one last year’s best fights, which took place at the Mecca of boxing, Madison Square Garden,” King said. “Viva Le France.” Both fighters arrived in Levallois-Perret, a suburb of Paris, on Sunday to make last-minute preparations. continue


Holyfield-Maddalone on CN8 March 17

Philadelphia (March 13, 2007) -- CN8, The Comcast Network "sounds the bell" with exclusive live broadcast coverage of Evander “Real Deal” Holyfield vs. Vinny Maddalone on Saturday, March 17 at 10:00 PM/ET. The Holyfield-Maddalone boxing event will also be made available to all Comcast Cable systems nationwide with an opportunity to reach more than 24 million homes. In addition, CN8 offers a worldwide audience the opportunity to view this historic fight with its live Webcast on www.CN8.tv. continue


Sylvester Stallone Charged With Importing Human Growth Hormone

13.03.07 - According to AP, Sylvester Stallone, 60, has been charged with importing 48 vials of human growth hormone, “Jintropin,” a muscle building drug, after being stopped by customs officials at the Sydney airport last month in Australia, at a time he was in the country promoting his movie “Rocky Balboa.” The hormone is a banned substance in Australia and requires a special permit before it can be allowed into the country. Apparently, Stallone had marked down “no,” on his customs declaration form when asked if he was bringing into the country any restricted substances. Stallone faces a penalty of $22,000, if found guilty. continue


Tapia Hospitalized, Apparent Cocaine Overdose

13.03.07 - By Craig Parrish: Boxer Johnny Tapia has been hospitalized at Presbyterian Hospital in Albuquerque, New Mexico, after being discovered unconscious in a hotel room. Police say a plastic bag containing what was confirmed to be cocaine was discovered in the room and that Tapia will be charged with possession of a controlled substance. Tapia remains in critical condition.

The 40-year old Tapia won a bout several weeks ago with a majority decision over Evaristo Primero. He is a five time title-holder in the featherweight, bantamweight and junior bantamweight divisions. continue


Barrera/Marquez: Too many are counting Barrera out

Barrera vs Marquez13.03.07 - By Geoffrey Ciani, photo by Naoki Fukuda: In the lead-up to the highly anticipated Mexican showdown between Marco Antonio Barrera and Juan Manuel Marquez, I’m utterly amazed by the number of observers who seem to think Barrera stands no chance. This is simply inexplicable. After all, we’re talking about an all time great here— we’re talking about Marco Antonio Barrera.

The way some are talking you would almost think the respective careers of these two outstanding pugilists was reversed. In a battle of resumes, few (if any) would argue that Marquez has had a better career than Barrera. To be sure, both of these Mexican boxers have been amongst boxing’s elite for over ten years. There is, however, one big difference: Barrera’s career shined in the spotlight, personified by success in high-profile bouts, whereas Marquez’s is the tale of one stuck on the outside looking in.

Both of these fighters are 33 years old and both have something to prove. I expect a very competitive bout between two of the best in the business. Strangely enough, many observers seem convinced that Marquez has this one in the bag. continue


Pickering looks to impress against Callaghan

13.03.07 - Esham Pickering intends to win back the British Super-Bantamweight Title at the prestigious Norfolk Showground on Friday night to show he deserves a rematch with either Michael Hunter or Bernard Dunne. Newark’s former European champion faces Barking challenger Marc Callaghan (19-10-1) for the title on the Hennessy Sports and GoldenPalace.com ‘The Showdowns @ The Showground’ event being shown live by Sky Sports. Their championship is co-main event along with British lightweight champion Jonathan Thaxton’s first defence against Scott Lawton in font of his loyal hometwon fans. continue


Barrera vs. Marquez This Satuday: This Could Be A Classic!

13.03.07 - By Jim Amato: This coming Saturday on HBO/PPV, Marco Antonio Barrera will put his WBC Super Featherweight title on the line against former featherweight champion Juan Manuel Marquez. This pairing has all the ingredients for a superb, fan entertaining contest. Barrera is 63-4 with 42 knockouts. Marquez is 46-3-1 with 35 KO's. Each boxer is highly respected within boxing circles. Both boxers are thirty three years old. There were many who thought Barrera had peaked when he whipped Naseem Hamed in 2001. continue


Shannon Briggs Answers Ibragimov’s Taunts!

13.03.07 - WBO Heavyweight Champion Shannon “The Cannon” Briggs has released the following statement in response to today's press release from mandatory challenger Sultan Ibragimov's camp that claimed, among other things, Briggs was “running” from him. “As for running from Iggy, that's a joke! I'm from Brownsville, never ran and never will! I got nothing against Iggy but he's in way over his head and he's gonna get hurt. I hope this billionaire backer of his set Iggy up with a pension plan because on June 3, he's going to be looking for a new source of income.” continue


An Idea For Wladimir Klitschko's Next Defense

wladimir klitschko12.03.07 - By Paul McCreath: Last Saturday evening in Germany, Wladimir Klitschko (48-3, 43 KO's) fulfilled his obligations by defending his IBF heavyweight title in a mandatory bout against challenger Ray Austin, winning by a second round KO. This result left Wladimir in an enviable position. He now has about one year before he must make another mandatory defense and he may now for the next nine months or so make one or more voluntary defenses against almost anyone he wants within reason. What Klitschko does with this opportunity will determine to a great degree just how the public judges him as to his position in the heavyweight division.

Right now, most clear thinking people consider him to be the best heavyweight in the world, but not the undisputed champion. Wladimir would like to change that. He would like to be recognized as the true boxing champion and if possible unify the titles. We all know that is next to impossible so what he must do is gain public support for the idea that he is the real champion. This can only be done by defeating the most logical other contenders for that position. continue


Ibragimov vs Briggs in Moscow, Russia - June 2

HOLLYWOOD, FL, March 12 – Fresh off a 46 second annihilation of Javier Mora on Saturday night at The Theater in Madison Square Garden, number one WBO Heavyweight contender Sultan Ibragimov is looking forward to getting his shot at champion Shannon Briggs on June 2, in his home country of Russia. “I’ve been ready for Briggs for a long time and I’m just waiting to win the belt officially back home in Russia,” said Ibragimov. “June 2nd will be a big night for me and my fans.”

The unbeaten Ibragimov’s promoters, Seminole Warriors Boxing, Golden Boy Promotions, and Golden Grain Promotions, have finalized plans to bring the WBO Heavyweight Championship bout to Moscow, Russia on June 2. continue


Kassim Ouma wants Mosley, Spinks

12.03.07 - Whether they’re bigger or smaller, Kassim Ouma wants to fight the best. Just months after moving up to middleweight to challenge Jermain Taylor, Ouma now wants to go down to welterweight and challenge Shane Mosely.

"I want the biggest and best fights so you got to go where the action is," said Ouma. "Shane looked great in his last fight against another southpaw in Louis Collazo. I know it would be a tremendous fight between me and him. I really respect him and I’d have to get down to 147, but I think for once I would have a size advantage. I could make 147 and be really strong, but I’d only go to welterweight for a major fight." . continue


Maddalone/Holyfield: Vinny Maddalone Training Camp Notes

12.03.07 - On Training: “Al Certo and I have been training very hard for this fight. At the crack of dawn, he has me out in the snow doing my roadwork. My sparring has been intense with some of the best guys we could find. They are preparing me for everything that Holyfield will throw at me.” “Evander Holyfield is a smart fighter. He has a strong inside game. Al Certo and I have designed a strategy where we will punish him for being in my range.” continue


Interview with Lukasz Wawrzyczek

Wawrzyczek12.03.07 - By Ryszard Koczura: On March 25 unbeaten middleweight prospect Lukasz Wawrzyczek (4-0, 1 KO) is going to test his skills in Dublin, Ireland, against an opponent soon to be announced. The fight is scheduled for eight rounds. Lukasz, who is now preparing in Budapest, Hungary, speaks about himself and the upcoming fight.

Ryszard Koczura: How have you started with sports?

Lukasz Wawrzyczek: I was 13. In Oswiecim, where I was born and where I still live, I saw posters advertising a new boxing gym. Mr. Janusz Jelen was a trainer there. I remember there were about fifty kids in the gym. Now, only I still box.

R.K.: Did you have amateur successes?

L.W.: I was youth national champion in 2003, and I won silver medal at senior championships in the following year. There were also some minor achievements, like bronze medal at national championships and silver medal at national cup. Together with my team PKB Poznan I won in national league. Altogether, I had 180 amateur fights, with 29 losses. continue


Night of Champions - Boxing & Mixed Martial Arts

12.03.07 - Alexandria, LA, — Dana Pitcher Productions, in association with the GAEDA, City of Alexandria, England Airpark and Miller Lite head to the Rapides Parish Coliseum on Friday, March 30th to proudly present Night of Champions “Power, Pride & Honor”. An action packed evening of world class professional Boxing and Mixed Martial Arts. Showcasing this 11 fight card headlined by, top contenders and featuring up and coming prospects... continue


It's Showtime in Minneapolis

MINNEAPOLIS (March 12, 2007) - Tony Grygelko's Seconds Out Promotions, co-promoting with Goossen Tutor Promotions, is bringing Showtime's "Showbox: The Next Generation" series to Minneapolis on April 6 at The Target Center. "Heavyweight Invasion," headlined by a 12-round title bout between Travis "Freight Train" Walker and George "El Torito" Garcia for the vacant IBA Americas heavweight boxing championship, features Minnesota native Raphael Butler in an eight-round heavyweight battle against unbeaten Nigerian power-puncher Teke "African Prince" Oruh, and showcases several Gopher State fighters. continue


Eileen Miyoko Olszewski: Hawaiian Flower Means Business

12.03.07 - By David Pambianchi: All-round boxing aficionado David Selwyn recently received his manager's license and wasted no time signing on Eileen Miyoko Olszewski, "The Hawaiian Mongoose." Former Knicks City Dancer, Eileen decided to go from "Eye Candy" to Boxing's "Candy Girl." Make no mistake, this little power house means business and with trainer, undefeated professional kick boxer, 26-0, Matthew Olszewski, cut man, "Big" George Mitchell and David Selwyn at the helm, watch out! continue


Heavyweight Unification? Is it Possible?

wladimir klitschko12.03.07 - By Geoffrey Ciani: Saturday night, reigning IBF heavyweight boxing champion Wladimir Klitschko made the second successful defense of his championship belt when he defeated mandatory challenger, Ray Austin. Klitschko made this one look easy. It took him just two rounds to stop the unheralded Austin. Even more amazing, not only did Klitschko barely break a sweat, he didn’t even have to use his right hand the entire bout. A stiff jab and some well-timed left hooks was all it took.

It’s sad to believe this was actually a mandatory boxing defense. To be fair to Klitschko, he cannot pick and choose his own mandatory challengers, but even still, his reputation is impacted by this. It became clear pretty early that Austin was a couple of classes below Wladimir.

Even Manny Steward looked disappointed when the first round concluded and he noted the vast difference in class between the two. Larry Merchant further cemented this notion when he stated, “…just getting here (into a championship bout) was a victory for Austin”. continue


Lawton V Thaxton: Keith Chadwick Previews Friday Night’s British Title Showdown

12.03.07 - When Scott Lawton enters the ring in Norwich at around 10 pm on Friday night he will be carrying the hopes and best wishes of the Potteries with him. A victory by Lawton on the evening will represent the biggest sporting victory for the city since Stoke City lifted the League Cup in 1972. With odds of around 7/1 being quoted on him to win, Lawton will start the contest as the underdog and in champion Jon Thaxton he will be facing a formidable adversary, consequently few in the know will be tipping Lawton to win this one. continue


Peden KO'd In Home Coming

12.03.07 - By Tony Nobbs: It was not the home coming we had all hoped for as popular former IBF 130 lb title holder Robbie “Bomber” Peden was stopped in round eight by Filipino boxing fire power Ranee Ganoy at the Chandler Sports Complex in Brisbane, Queensland on Friday night. The bout opened promisingly for Robbie as he was too slick for the wild throwing Ganoy in the opening boxing stanza but that was as good as it got as the writing went on the wall in round two when his legs went after being nailed by a heavy and clean two punch combo. continue


Sultan Ibragimov, Lion Of The Caucasus, Stops Javier Mora In One Round

12.03.07 – by Pavel Yakovlev at ringside: Heavyweight contender Sultan Ibragimov stopped rugged Javier Mora at Madison Square Garden with a stunning display of punching power, hand speed and aggression. The fight lasted only 46 seconds. Mora, 246 ¾ lbs., entered this bout with a record of 21-3-1, including 17 knockouts. The native of La Chona, Mexico, is known for his durability, as he had never before suffered an inside the distance loss and had withstood the best blows of hard punching contender Kirk Johnson. continue


Uh Oh, Sounds Like Valuev Might Duck Wladimir!

nikolay valuev12.03.07 - By Scoop Malinowski: WBA Giant Nikolay Valuev came out with a statement regarding his supposed interest to unify the heavyweight boxing titles against IBF king Wladimir Klitschko. Valuev: "OF COURSE IT DEPENDS ON MY MANAGEMENT but I am ready to get in the same ring with Wladimir at any time." I highlighted the more important part of the statement for those of you dear readers who may underscore it's importance.

Let's hope it's not true but this could be Valuev's out, his crutch, his escape hatch from ever fighting Wladimir Klitschko. It's an old and often used trick by boxers who need protection from certain other fighters: Pin the blame on his management for not letting it happen. "My team calls all the shots out of the ring, I call all the shots in the boxing ring."

But you do not hear Wladimir Klitschko ever talking out of both sides of his mouth regarding unification? Do you? continue


“Tribal Pride 2”: Moorer vs Grimsely, Caballerovs Castillo

HOLLYWOOD, FL, March 12 – Six foot Celestino Caballero, one off the most physically imposing super bantamweights in boxing history, defends his WBA World Title against Ricardo Castillo, March 16, at the Seminole Hard Rock Live Arena in Hollywood, Florida. At 5’6”, Ricardo Castillo will try to climb the mountain and take Caballero’s WBA Super Bantamweight World Title in the main event of “Tribal Pride 2”. continue


Matt Godfrey training in Philly for Cora

PROVIDENCE (March 12, 2007) - World cruiserweight boxing contender Matt "Too Smooth" Godfrey loves cheese steaks but that's not why he's training in Philadelphia for his April 6 main event fight on ESPN2 Friday Night Fights against his 2000 U.S. Olympic Trials teammate, Felix "Bad News" Cora, Jr., at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut. continue


Thaxton: ‘Khan isn’t ready’ – Pickering takes first step back

12.03.07 - Jon Thaxton has warned Amir Khan that he is a long way from challenging for his British Lightweight Title. The popular Norwich boxer makes the first defence of the title he won by out-pointing Lee Meager in a gruelling clash last December at the prestigious Norfolk Showground on Friday March 16 live on Sky Sports. The Hennessy Sports and GoldenPalace.com “Showdowns at the Showground” event also features Esham Pickering, who attempts to get his career back on track by winning back the British Super-Bantamweight Title against Marc Callaghan. continue


Rafael Marquez: As Great as Zarate?

rafael marquez12.03.07 - By John Way: Only minutes after his sensational win over Israel Vasquez, Rafael Marquez was already looking forward to further challenges against other elite fighters in the junior featherweight division. As tempting as it is to look ahead for the Mexico City native, now is the perfect time to contemplate his legacy in boxing history, and what the win against Vasquez could mean for that legacy. His accomplishments are almost unparalleled in recent bantamweight history. Previously he thrashed the best fighters the 115 and 118 lb. divisions had to offer. The iron-fisted champion had essentially exhausted the division of talented challengers, save for comparative novices like Wladimir Sidorenko and Hozumi Hasegawa.

Now he has a win over the best fighter at 122. Faced with the opportunity of a lifetime against Vasquez, he stepped up to the plate, delivering unquestionably his most stirring effort since his title-winning 8th round TKO over Tim Austin. Before that, he had twice beaten Mark "Too Sharp" Johnson, a man previously rated the second best fighter in the world, pound for pound. continue


European Boxing Roundup: Huck/Tokarev, Abraham Returns, More

12.03.07 - By Per Ake Persson: Arena Box Promotion have announced that Fritz Sdunek will no longer train Mustapha Karagol, Sinan Samil Sam and Alpaslan Aguzum. Arena boss Ahmet Oener, who is Sdunek´s son-in-law, states he wants a full time trainer for his stars. Sdunek also trains the likes of WBO light heavyweight boxing champ Zsolt Erdei, cruiser prospect Aleksander Alekseev and supermiddle Mario Veit and has been instrumental in building the strong Universum stable. continue


America’s First Mixed Martial Arts and Boxing Doubleheader Announced

12.03.07 - It will be a first for fight fans in Southern California, whether you are into boxing or mixed martial arts, as promoter Roy Englebrecht announces his first ever Battle In The Ballroom doubleheader, Sunday and Monday nights, April 1st and 2nd, at the Irvine Marriott Hotel. And if that wasn’t enough, it will also be the Orange County debut of Mixed Martial Arts in a modified 24’x24’ boxing ring, not a cage. continue


Frankie Figueroa will see action on March 22 DBE Broadway Boxing card

New York, March 12—Flashy Frankie Figueroa, the New York State Junior Welterweight champion, will add some hard-punching Latin flavor to DiBella Entertainment’s March 22 Broadway Boxing Presented by StubHub card at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City when he steps into the ring against the veteran Antonio Ramirez. Figueroa, fighting out the Bronx, New York, is a Puerto Rican upstart with a 14-2 ring record, including 10 knockout victories. Ramirez, the diminutive Dominican veteran, has recorded 24 career victories, with 14 KO scores. continue


Ted The Bull's' New Lucky 7 for 07

antonio margarito12.03.07 - By Ted Sares: Here are seven fights I'd pay to see in during the remainder of the 2007 boxing year. Would you?

7.) Edison Miranda, 28-2 with 24 ko's vs. Kelly Pavlick, 30-0 with 27 ko's. After Miranda's destruction of Green, a fight against Pavlick is a natural and could well be a true boxing shoot-out. Moreover, Miranda's technical deficiencies might be offset by Kelly's defensive shortcomings. Off his brutal ko of Jose Luis Zertuche, if the taller"Ghost" with the 90% ko percentage puts the "Panther" down, he might stay down. I'd pay to find out..... Clearly, the winner of a Miranda/Pavlik matchup could fight Jermain Taylor down the line.

6.) Edison Miranda vs. Arthur Abraham II: A rematch. Both fighters have lot's of heart and a genuine hatred for one another. King Arthur is a tough guy and has credibility. The second fight could be even more brutal and bloody than the first......if that's possible. continue


Lonsdale Signs Up For The Contender

12.03.07 - Lonsdale have signed up as the official boxing equipment and apparel provider to the UK team in the new ITV TV series of The Contender. Each member of the team will be kitted out in Lonsdale from head to toe in and outside of the ring with Lonsdale even providing the formal suits. The Contender UK versus USA live show will take place at the Metroradio Arena, Newcastle on March 30th in front of 10,000 people. Whichever team wins the most fights on the night will be presented with the Sugar Ray Leonard Cup. continue


Mendy to Dibella: Let’s make a fight!

12.03.07 - By Matt Yanofsky: Lionheart Boxing’s Edward Mendy is challenging promoter Lou Dibella to put any of his fighters from 140 to 154 in the ring with Antonio Mesquita. Mesquita, who is promoted by Mendy, is 33-0 with 26 knockouts and is scheduled to fight March 31st in Erie PA. “I have tried making a fight with Lou but I have not heard back from him” said Mendy. “Tell Lou that Mesquita will fight anyone in his stable between 140 and 154 and we will knock them all out”! Dibella’s stable in that weight range is highlighted by Paulie Malignaggi, Andre Berto, Sachew Powell, and Ike Quartey. continue


Boxing and MMA: "Battle of the Badges"

12.03.07 - KDT productions will present the first Battle of the Badges Boxing and MMA Event, March 19th, at 9:00 pm(et), on Events in Demand Pay Per View. This exciting night of fights will pit cops and firefighters against one another in the ring for pride, respect and honor.Each match will be 10 bouts. Each boxing bout will be 3, 11/2 minute rounds, with a one minute resting period between rounds. Each MMA bout will be 3 minute rounds with a 1 minute resting period between rounds. continue


Ibragimov destroys Mora in 46 seconds

Mora/Ibragimov12.03.07 - By Wray Edwards: Photos © Wray Edwards/ESB. When Shannon Briggs got the sniffles and bowed out of his championship match with Sultan Ibragimov, Warriors Boxing set to work trying to save the day by cobbling together a halfway decent fight card…no easy task. Boxing careers can be derailed by such glitches...witness Chico Corrales and others. Ibragimov, who is now under the watchful eye of Jeff Mayweather, obviously got deadly serious about his weight and training after a reality check with Ray Austin reminded him and his crew what the word professional really means.

Unfortunately, other heavyweights who might have filled in for Briggs, and should, if we are to believe their hype, have been able to do so effectively, were either afraid of Sultan or mistakenly thought he was not up to their resume. As Sultan and Mora were fighting at the Mecca of Heavyweight action on the very same pads in the very same ring which hosted Ali/Frazier back in the seventies, one would have hoped that their contest would honor the setting. For his part, Sultan astounded many who had never seen him before with his amazing hand speed, power and floor-mounted punches. continue


The Excellence of Wladimir Klitschko

12.03.07 - By Scoop Malinowski: He's so good now, you can't deny it. Don King can't deny it. The ignorant American writers can't deny it. Nobody can deny it, Wladimir Klitschko is the world's heavyweight champion. That's how supremely superb Klitschko is right now.

He annihilated his opponent with a Tyson-like ferocity - and quadruple left hook (the fifth missed), and with one arm in less than five minutes (he never even launched a single right). Ray Austin is not a bum but Klitschko is so dominant, so devastating that Mr. Rainman was made to look like one. continue


An Open Letter to Wladimir Klitschko

11.03.07 - Wladimir, first I’d like to congratulate you on a very credible performance against Ray Austin. You looked very fit; despite the extra weight that you carried into this fight. The hand speed you exhibited in your repeated left hooks were impressive, reminding me of past heavyweight boxing champions who had more than just size. continue


Valuev to Klitschko: "Brother, see you in the ring!"

11.03.07 - Undefeated WBA heavyweight champion Nikolai Valuev reaffirmed his interest in a unification showdown with Wladimir Klitschko after the Ukrainian's second-round stoppage of Ray Austin. Speaking from his hotel in Berlin, where he is shaping up for his mandatory boxing defense against Ruslan Chagaev (April 14), the Russian Giant said he has been waiting for a clash with Klitschko for a long time. "I have been asked this question a hundred times and my answer is always the same," he vowed. "Of course it depends on my management but I am ready to get in the same ring with Wladimir at any time." . continue


Roy Jones: An Examination Of His Career And His Legacy

roy jones jr.11.03.07 - By William Pinkard II: Have you ever had that feeling when time and time again upon visiting a Boxing chat room and people are posting that certain fighters are the greatest, hearing that they were sooooooooo good, they beat this many title holders, etc. etc etc. ??????? However, when you dig deep into their resume you see truths that fans refuse to admit or accept! Roy Jones is the perfect example of this issue.

There is no doubt about the skills he possessed. Anyone who can doubt the amazing offensive skills he had is blind. He had probably the fastest hands of all time. In fact, I believe at Middleweight his hands were faster throwing a single counter, or a one-two, than Sugar Ray Leonard’s were at welterweight. This is amazing because Sugar in the late 1970’s and early 80’s was the epitome of speed in the ring. continue


Luciano Perez Returns To Chicago

11.03.07 - Chicago welterweight knockout artist Luciano “El Michicano” Perez will battle Ramiro Rivera at MARCH MAYHEM this Friday, March 16th at Cicero Stadium, it was announced today by Dominic Pesoli, President of 8 Count Productions. MARCH MAYHEM, another evening of world class professional boxing is presented by 8 Count Productions, HOME OF THE BEST IN CHICAGO BOXING along with TCF Bank and Miller Lite. continue


Tarvis Simms Impressive In Ring Return

11.03.07 - After a 23 month absence from the ring, "Marvelous" Tarvis Simms returned to the ring Saturday night, looking impressive en route to a unanimous eight round decision over tough Daniel "Danny Zee" Stanisavljevic of Los Angeles. The two middleweights faced off in an entertaining and crowd-pleasing main event at the packed Riveredge Hotel in Reading, PA. Though Stanisavljevic proved to be a formidable and game opponent, Simms overpowered him with his speed and ring experience. Simms improved his record to 21-0-1 (11 KOs). continue


How About Dariusz Michalczewski in the Hall?

11.03.07 - by Ted Sares: With a final slate of 48 -2 with 38 ko's, "The Tiger" accomplished much in his career. The question here is whether it's enough to get him into the Hall when his time comes. Let's review his body of work.

Darrius came up through Poland’s Government-run sports program as a boy and had a very successful amateur career before turning professional in 1991. His record was 133-15-2 with 83 KO's. Among his many amateur honors, he won the 1990 German Light Heavyweight Championship and the European Light Heavyweight Championship in 1991. continue


Sharkie's Machine: Wladimir Klitschko KO's Ray Austin But So What?

wladimir klitschko10.03.07 - By Frank Gonzalez Jr. IBF Heavyweight Champion, Wladimir Klitschko (48-3, 43 KO’s) made easy work of IBF Contender Ray Austin (24-4-4 Draws, 16 KO’s) at the SAP Arena in Mannheim Germany Saturday night by scoring a second round knockout with a series of left hooks onto the face of Austin, who was leaning into the ropes before dropping to the canvas. By the time Austin got up, he was out.

Not too exciting. But this is what happens when “mandatories” take the place of legitimate match ups. It’s obvious by now that the Sanctioning bodies do NOT want to see a unified Champion. Not when there is more money to be made from multiple sanctioning fees from several champions. Again, business trumps competition. Welcome to the modern world. continue


Ibragimov annihilates Mora at the MSG Theater

By Mike Indri, Retired Boxers Foundation - March 10, 2007 - NEW YORK - With the 2,478 in attendance at the Madison Square Garden Theater and pneumonia stricken WBO Champion Shannon Briggs at home in Florida, Sultan Ibragimov needed only 46 seconds to blow away Brigg’s replacement, Javier Mora, and set the stage for Ibragimov’s shot at the World Boxing Organization’s version of the heavyweight championship.

The fight was on as the opening round’s bell sounded and both Ibragimov and Mora wildly fired away at each other. Ibragimov’s vicious uppercuts landed and, just like that, Mora was out on his feet, with only the ropes preventing him from collapsing out of the ring. Mora did drunkenly fall to the canvas, and amazingly got to his feet when it looked like the fight was already over. Actually, it was, but the gutsy Mora continued as referee Mike Ortega carefully watched on. continue


Klitschko’s Quick Work in Germany

10.03.07 - By Sean Ocampo: What happens when you get hit by a steel hammer? Just ask latest Wladimir Klitschko knockout victim Ray Austin about that devastating experience. Their IBF/IBO Heavyweight Championship affair just ended in two rounds when IBF/IBO Champion Wladimir "Dr. Steel Hammer" Klitschko flattened Ray Austin with four consecutive powerful left hooks to the head in front of a massive German crowd in Mannheim, Germany. The win marked Klitschko's second successful defense of his IBF/IBO titles after winning it from Chris Byrd last year. continue


Ibragimov Destroys Mora at The bell!

10.03.07 - By Izyaslav “Slava” Koza: If a message is what Sultan Ibragimov wanted to send Shannon Briggs then that is exactly what happened as he destroyed Javier Mora. To be fair, Mora came at Sultan right at the opening bell and that turned out to be his undoing. Sultan turned on his full weight and laid into a devastating uppercut with his left which put a stunned Mora down. As the ref let a shaky Mora continue Sultan, completely unphazed and completely pissed, came at Mora and unloaded a barrage that eventually allowed 2 punches to get through on a hurt Mora on the ropes. The referee wisely stepped as allowing it to continue would have left Mora without consciousness. continue


Klitschko Takes out Austin Early as Expected!

wladimir klitschko10.03.07 - By Izyaslav “Slava” Koza: In all, the excitement of Sultan Ibragimov’s stunning performance tonight, Wladimir Klitschko’s solid but expected beatdown of Ray Austin almost went unnoticed. Perhaps it was because the fight was mostly sleep inducing but its hard to fault the “RainMan” from engaging Wladimir from the get go.

The first round was a basic scouting session with neither fighter landing anything significant but the edge going to Klitschko based on a heartier aggression. In the second Klitschko adjusted and came forward a little more pushing Austin and almost stunning him with a single jab. The end came suddenly as Klitschko chased Austin down to the ropes, stepped to the side, and let loose with a single left hook that basically did the job right then and there. Were Austin able to fall down at that moment perhaps he would have had a chance to get up and clinch his way out of a jam, but unluckily for him rather then falling the top half of his body keeled over while his legs remained upright. continue


M'Baye retains title against Kotelnik

10.03.07 - Souleymane MBaye retained his WBA light-welterweight title by fighting to a controversial draw with Andreas Kotelnik on Saturday. Paul Thomas gave the fight 115-114 to MBaye, Mickey Vann scored it 117-112 for Kotelnik. Terry O'Connor had it a 114-114 draw. MBaye is now 35-1-1, Kotelnik drops to 27-2-1.


Klitschko KOs Austin

By Per Ake Persson: March 10, Mannheim, Germany: IBF and IBO heavyeight champ Wladimir Klitschko knocked out American challenger Ray Austin at 1:23 of the second round. After a slow opener where Klitschko used his reach to keep Austin at bay the champion upped the pace in the second. Wladimir jabbed and then jumped in with the left hook with Austin against the ropes and the challenger was both hurt and surprised - a bad combination. Klitschko landed with three more left hooks, with the second even more hurtful and Austin went down. Ray got up but had his back against the ring as referee Eddie Cotton tolled ten and out with the crowd booing Austin´s sloppy defence and cheering Wladimir.


Jamie Moore To Fight Sechew Powell Next?

10.03.07 - By James Slater: Manchester crowd-pleaser Jamie Moore, 26-3 (18) is ready to step up in class. Already holder of the British light middleweight title - a belt he last defended in an unforgettable war with the courageous Matthew Macklin in last year's Britishfight of the year - Jamie, also a former Commonwealth champion, now wants to break the world's top-ten. A needed rest of five months followed the Macklin thriller and then last night Moore returned with a tune up points win over eight rounds against the 10-36 journeyman Mugerel Sebe. continue


Austin/Klitschko: Is Wladimir Ripe For Another Loss?

wladimir klitschko10.03.07 - By Miguel Velasco: For many people, heavyweight challenger Ray Austin (23-3-4, 16 KO's) has little, if any chance at beating Wladimir Klitschko, the IBF heavyweight champion, this Saturday night at the SAP-Arena, in Mannheim, Germany. Before I go on, let me introduce myself to all of you: I'm relatively new to East Side Boxing, having recently stumbled across it while reading about a few of my favorite boxers. I immediately took a liking to the site and have been posting on the front page ever since. Indeed, some of you may have seen one or two of my posts.

At any rate, to get back to my point: I saw how many of you were giving Austin almost zero chance at beating Wladimir, so rather than sit on the fence and keep my mouth shut, I felt it necessary to speak out, to let all of you know what a mistake you are making by ignoring the size, power, endurance and chin which Ray Austin brings into his bout against Wladimir (47-3, 42 KO's), a fighter with a truckload full of problems, mainly related to his dreadful stamina and notoriously weak chin. continue


Results From Germany And Euro Boxing News

By Per Ake Persson: March 10, Hamburg, Germany: Jr welter Selcuk Aydin stopped Belorussian Vitaly Martynov in the very first round of their scheduled six-rounder that headlined Arena Box Promotion´s show in their brand new gym. Aydin floored Martynov with a mean left hook and it was all over at 1.01. Bulked up Latvian Roman Dabolins gave his all and came close but lost to much bigger Adnan Serin in a heated six-rounder. continue


Austin-Klitschko Glove Dispute Solved with Coin Toss

MANNHEIM, Germany—After rejecting Don King’s suggestion of a coin toss to solve a glove dispute that erupted late Friday afternoon and jeopardized Wladimir Klitschko’s defense of his IBF heavyweight title tonight against No. 1-ranked mandatory challenger Ray “The Rainman” in Mannheim, Germany, the Klitschko camp had a change of heart this morning and agreed to a coin toss to solve the problem. It had already been contractually determined that Klitschko would use Grant gloves. The coin toss would only determine if Austin would wear Klitschko’s preference of Grant gloves or the challenger’s choice of Reyes gloves. continue


Klitschko/Austin: Ten reasons why it’s a well “hyped” fight

10.03.07 - By Dave Domenico: I would like to focus on the hype end of this fight. I have constructed my trademark “ten list” of reasons why this fight was “hyped” well. Whenever Wladimir Klitschko gets in the ring, there is a natural interest in him. He is big and very skilled, yet he seems to have fundamental flaws. It almost seems like fight fans are waiting for an opponent to test him. Wlad is defending his IBF heavyweight title today against mandatory challenger Ray Austin. The question is, can Austin test him? The last fighter to test Wladimir was Sam Peter. Peter was big and tough and strong. continue


Team Klitschko Responds To King's Glove Allegations

wladimir klitschkoMannheim, Germany, March 10—Heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko is ready, willing and able to defend his world title on Saturday night in Germany against IBF mandatory no. 1 challenger Ray Austin. But a glove controversy has put the fight somewhat in jeopardy.

The local German boxing commission rules state that the champion has the right to select the gloves worn by the participants in the title contest, with both fighters having to wear the same brand.

Since Team Klitschko and Team Austin were unable to reach an agreement on the gloves as per the contract, the champion selects the glove brand, according to the rules of the commission.

The contract states that DKP and Shelly Finkel would work out the gloves that Ray Austin wears, and since we couldn’t it fell to the local commission, whose rules are that the champion has priority on picking the gloves, it’s that simple,” said Shelly Finkel, Klitschko’s boxing advisor.


Evander Holyfield statement regarding steroid allegations

09.03.07 - I am disturbed about potential damage to my hard-won reputation as a result of allegations in recent news reports concerning performance-enhancing substances. While nobody has directly accused me of anything, the implications in many of these stories are obvious and unmistakable, and I'm anxious to respond in detail. continue


De la Hoya-Mayweather Tour Brings Out Media And Fans In Record Numbers

LOS ANGELES, CA (March 9, 2007) . . . Last week "The Golden Boy" Oscar de la Hoya and the "Pretty Boy" Floyd Mayweather completed an 11-city media tour—which included stops in New York, Philadelphia, Washington, DC, Chicago, Detroit, Miami, Houston, Dallas, San Francisco, Las Vegas and Los Angeles—to promote their May 5 "The World Awaits" super fight at the MGM in Las Vegas and live on HBO Pay-Per-View. The nine-day tour brought out a horde of worldwide media outlets and thousands of sports fan s in every city. continue


Klitschko-Austin: Glove Dispute

09.03.07 - MANNHEIM, Germany — A glove dispute placed Saturday’s International Boxing Federation heavyweight championship at the SAP Arena in Mannheim, Germany, in jeopardy late Friday afternoon. IBF heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko is slated to defend his title against No. 1-ranked mandatory challenger Ray “The Rainman” Austin. continue


Every Time I Wipe Their Blood Off Of My Camera, My Respect For Boxers Increases

Ebo Elder09.03.07 - By Wray Edwards, Photos © Wray Edwards/ESB. Manny Steward is fond of saying that Boxing is 90% mental. While that might be true during the more tactical and strategic phases of the sweet science, once you get tagged big time, it's 100% neurological. That is why our heroes wind up horizontal at Madison Square Garden, Mandalay Bay and Hard Rock Live from time-to-time.

Despite where a guy appears in the rankings, Every fight, for him, is a championship contest. On any given night the space between the ropes is the whole world for those two boxers, and they are there to see who will be champ of that ring there and then. The context outside the ring might be "primarily important" to some shallow Boxing "fans" and commentators, but for those two fighters, and true lovers of the sport, it is survival of the fittest spot on. If any of you doubt that, just consider the fact that most have died or been damaged for life while trying to get to the top in these preludes to fame and fortune, not in the glorious settings of fighting for "The Championship of the World!!" . continue


Photos: The Fab Four - M’baye vs. Kotelnik tomorrow

09.03.07 - Souleymane M'Baye headlines with the first defence of his title against Andreas Kotelnik. Derry Matthews joint-headlines the card with the a defence of his WBU World Featherweight title. Photos from left to right: Walking down Mathew Street and outside the world famous Cavern Club where the Beatles started out: Paul Smith (Challenging for the WBU International Middleweight title), Souleymane M'Baye (WBA World Light-Welterweight Champion), Derry Matthews (WBU World Featherweight Champion, Joe McNally (Pro-Debutant). continue


Star Boxing News

09.03.07 - “TURF WAR” HOLT vs. ARNAOUTIS - APRIL 20th BALLY'S - SHOWTIME to televise WBO Jr. Welterweight Eliminator -- On April 20th at Bally’s Atlantic City Hotel and Casino, the two premier Jr. Welterweights in the World are set to clash in a Garden State Turf War. WBO #1 rated Kendall “Rated R” Holt (21-1, 12KO’s) from Patterson, NJ vs. the WBO #2 rated “Mighty” Mike Arnaoutis (17-1-2, 9KO’s) of Atlantic City, NJ, in a 12- round WBO Jr. Welterweight Eliminator for the #1 mandatory spot. The winner gets a shot at the current WBO champion Ricardo Torres. continue


Arturo Gatti versus John Duddy: This fight should happen this year!

09.03.07 - By Dave Domenico: It was reported that former champion and icon of boxing Arturo Gatti is planning to fight again this year. Last I heard an opponent was still to be named for Gatti in his comeback. I remember seeing “Irish” John Duddy fighting Yuyi boy Campas a while back. That was a great fight and Duddy looked very exciting in that brawl. At the end of the fight, Duddy was the battered victor. Seeing him in action reminded me of another fighter. But which one? continue


Ibragimov-Mora, Greenberg-Simms Weigh-In at MSG

Ibragimov vs Mora09.03.07 - By Wray Edwards, Photos © Wray Edwards/ESB, What can I say?...it’s the “Big Apple”, like moving around on a fire ant mound that someone just kicked over. Manhattan is the perfect place for aggressive sporting events like driving from Newark airport to Madison Square Garden…Lucky to be alive. Also lucky are those Boxing fans who will witness two world class heavyweight fights and a great under-card.

Coming off of a draw with Ray Austin at the Seminole Hard Rock Live Arena, Sultan Ibragimov will face Javier Mora. Due to Shannon Brigg’s bout with pneumonia, Javier agreed to step in to face the big Russian who is now being trained by Jeff Mayweather. If Sultan’s natural aggressiveness has been complimented by improved technical skills, he will be a formidable opponent for Mora or anyone else for that matter. continue


HBO Sports To Replay Barrera Vs. Juarez I 2006 And Marquez Vs. Pacquiao 2004 on HBO2

March 9, 2007 - Leading up to the super featherweight title fight between Marco Antonio Barrera and Juan Manuel Marquez -- set for Saturday, March 17 in Las Vegas and broadcast live on HBO Pay-Per-View-- HBO Sports will present the exclusive back-to-back replay of two action-packed fights showcasing their considerable talents. On Friday, March 16 at 11:30 p.m. (ET/PT) and Saturday, March 17 at 11:00 a.m. (ET/PT), HBO2 will replay Barrera vs. Juarez 1 2006 and Marquez vs. Pacquiao 2004. On September 16, 2006, Barrera fought Juarez in an all out battle for 12 rounds with Barrera prevailing by a narrow decision. continue


Duddy-Bonsante Sold Out

NEW YORK CITY (March 9, 2007) - All tickets have been sold for the "Erin Go Brawl" pay-per-view show on March 16, featuring "Ireland's" John Duddy and Anthony "The Bullet" Bonsante, live from The Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Duddy (18-0, 15 KOs), rated No. 7 by the WBO and No. 9 by the IBF, defends his IBA World and WBC Continental Americas middleweight titles against The Contender Season I star Bonsante (29-8-2, 17 KOs), reigning IBA Americas and Minnesota State middleweight title-holder, in the 12-round main event. continue


Carlos Bojorques Names Opponent

(March 9, 2007 Las Vegas, Nevada) - - Today the fight vetrian Carlos “El Elegante” Bojorques (26-9-6, 22ko’s) named his opponet for Friday March 30th at the Pechanga Resort and Casino in Temcula, CA. Bojorques will face Eddie Sanchez (15-6-2, 9ko’s) in a 10 round battle that will rock the house. They will be fighting for the GBU Jr. Middleweight Title which “El Elegante” currently holds at 156 pounds. Bojorques will face one of the toughest fights of his life and Sanchez will definatly have his hands full!. continue


The Case for Steve Collins in the Hall

steve collins09.03.07 - By Matthew Hamill: Maybe it's my imagination, but Steve "The Celtic Warrior" Collins seems to have been forgotten by those who cast votes at the boxing Hall in Canastota. Let's examine this Dubliner's record and see if we can uncover the reasons.

Record: As an amateur, he won he won 26 Irish titles at junior heavyweight, light-heavyweight and middleweight before moving to and turning professional in Boston, Massachusetts in 1986 where he was trained by Bostonian Freddie Roach. He also worked out of the Brocton boxing gym of the Boston-based Petronelli brothers who trained his idol Marvelous Marvin Hagler.

Steve was a road warrior having fought in Scotland, Ireland, Wales, England, Northern Ireland, France, Italy, Atlantic City, Las Vegas, The Meadowlands Arena in New Jersey and in and around the Boston area. continue


Late Late appearance for Bernard Dunne

09.03.07 - European Champion Bernard Dunne will appear on the Late Late Show on RTÉ ONE tonight (Friday, March 9th). The Dubliner is currently in training camp in Belfast hard at work in preparation for the first defence of his title at the Point on March 25th. He'll be back in his native Dublin tonight though to discuss the upcoming fight with Pat Kenny and look back on that memorable night last November when he lifted the title with a boxing masterclass against Esham Pickering. continue


Jeffrey Resto vs Roberto Valenzuela on March 16

08.03.07 -Welterweight prospect Jeffrey Resto will take on Roberto Valenzuela in a special attraction bout at MARCH MAYHEM on March 16th at Cicero Stadium, it was announced today by Dominic Pesoli, President of 8 Count Productions. MARCH MAYHEM, another evening of world class professional boxing is presented by 8 Count Productions, HOME OF THE BEST IN CHICAGO BOXING along with TCF Bank and Miller Lite. Cicero Stadium is located at 1909 S. Laramie, just minutes from the Eisenhower and Stevenson Expressways. Doors for this event will open at 7:00pm with the first bell at 8:00pm. Advanced tickets can be obtained by calling 312-226-5800. continue


Scott Lawton happy to enter Lion’s den

09.03.07 - Scott Lawton insists champion Jon Thaxton’s home crowd will not intimidate him in his British lightweight title challenge on the Hennessy Sports and GoldenPalace.com ‘Showdowns @ The Showground’ event in Norwich on Friday 16th March. The Stoke challenger expects to have a loyal army of over 100 fans down from the Potteries for his first chance at winning the domestic crown. Lawton, 30, earned his opportunity by Steffy Bull in the eighth round to lift the English title last year. Scott has plenty of respect for Thaxton, but is not giving his opponent’s superior experience too much thought. continue


Protecting The Fighters

gerald mcclellan08.03.07 - By Matthew Hurley: In the aftermath of yet another fighter falling into a dark void he may not recover from, I’ve found myself questioning the passion I hold for the sport of boxing. After witnessing firsthand the death of Leavander Johnson and writing about the proud fighter before he fell and eulogizing him after he was laid to rest I promised myself that when it happened again, as we all knew it would, I wouldn’t write about the death of a fighter again. I had already said enough. Only I hadn’t, and I never possibly could. I love and respect boxers too much to simply grimace and turn away when tragedy strikes.

Victor Burgos a tough thirty-three year old boxing veteran was completely overmatched against fearsome flyweight champion Vic Darchinyan. For nearly twelve rounds the undersized, light hitting fighter – his heart beating furiously with pride – did everything he could to keep the onrushing champion off him. As the rounds wore on and the beating continued he began to run for cover but his corner kept sending him out for more punishment when it was apparent to everyone that all hope was lost. continue


Acelino Freitas-Juan Diaz At Foxwoods On April 28

08.03.07 - Promoters Art Pelullo/Banner Promotions and Don King/Don King Productions will present a sensational world title unification fight on Saturday, April 28, 2007, at Foxwoods Resort Casino, located at 39 Norwich Westerly Road in Mashantucket, Connecticut. The main event will be televised live on HBO. WBO lightweight world champion Acelino “Popo” Freitas, 38-1 with 32 knockouts, of Salvador, Brazil, will face WBA lightweight world champion Juan “El Torito” Diaz, 31-0 with 15 knockouts, of Houston, Texas, in the main event scheduled for 12 rounds for the unified WBO-WBA lightweight championship of the world. continue


Judah vs Galvan on April 13

08.03.07 - TUNICA, MS – Prize Fight Boxing and Super Promotions present “Take It Outside” on April 13th, 2007 at the Fitz Casino and Hotel in Tunica, Mississippi. The fight card will be televised live on ESPN2 with Zab Judah (34-4, 25 KO’s) versus Ruben Galvan (27-11-2, 10 KO’s) in the 10-round main event. The outside setting will offer a scenic view of the mighty Mississippi River as the ring will be set up a mere 100 feet from the river banks. continue


Travis Kauffman Eyes Major 07!

08.03.07 - This Saturday night in Reading PA, Travis "GW Hope" Kauffman plans to kick off a major 2007 with a bang. At 7-0 with (5 KO's), the undefeated heavyweight prospect is looking at 10 fights by December and multiple TV dates. This Saturday night at the Riversedge in Reading PA, "GW Hope" takes on the hard hitting Joe Stoffle, 10-9-2 (10 KO's) in the co-feature. Speaking on his first year as a pro, Kauffman feels he has gained very important and valuable knowledge. continue


Valuev & Marciano: Too much emphasis on the “0”

nikolay valuev08.03.07 - By Geoffrey Ciani: Rocky Marciano set the standard of excellence in heavyweight boxing. Of course, I’m referring to his unblemished record of 49 wins without a loss or a draw in 49 contests. This record has stood since Marciano retired after defending his heavyweight crown against Archie Moore in 1955. Amazingly, Marciano did what few other pugilists in the sport’s history have been unable to do—he walked away at his peak and never returned. More amazingly, Marciano had just turned 32 years old when he decided to call it a career.

Fifty-two years later, Marciano’s unblemished record is being challenged for a fourth time. The most recent challenge to the standard comes from the seven foot tall, three hundred thirty pound WBA boxing champion, Nicolay Valuev. Kind of ironic that the most recent threat comes from a man who is Marciano’s polar opposite in terms of physical stature. After all, Marciano was just 5’10 and weight around 185 pounds—that is giving up 14 inches in height and almost 150 pounds in weight! continue


Barrera-Marquez conference call transcript

08.03.07 - RICHARD SCHAEFER, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER, GOLDEN BOY PRODUCTIONS: Good morning, good afternoon to everybody. Thank you for joining us on the conference call for the first actually pay-per-view event of the year, and what a way to start it, with March 17, HBO pay-per-view Fearless, a great battle between the two best fighters from Mexico, Marco Antonio Barrera and Juan Manuel Marquez. The magnitude of this fight is further underlined by the fact that HBO has put together a special documentary show chronicling the Barrera and Marquez fight and everything leading up to it. The history between these two fighters from where they came from, it’s going to be an amazing piece which is actually going to be shown on HBO several times. continue


Team Rabah Present N'dou with Juicy Rematch Option

08.03.07 - By Harry Summers Jnr.: One wouldn’t have blamed transplanted Australian (Tunisian born) "Chocolata" Naoufel Ben Rabah if he stepped away from the fight game after a career-reducing battle with fellow transplanted countryman Lovemore "Black Panther" N’dou. On February 4 the two top-tier 140lbers waged war in a grudge match that even with its considerable build-up exceeded all expectations (it's a shoo-in for Australian fight of the year), with the 45-8-1 (30 KOs) veteran N'dou winning a true battle of attrition via stoppage in the 11th round. The fight was initially billed as an IBF eliminator, but with ex-champion Ricky Hatton opting not to fulfill his mandatory obligations next up, N'dou was upgraded to titleholder. continue


BJ Flores fighting way into top 15

LAS VEGAS (February 8, 2007) - Unbeaten cruiserweight B.J. "El Peligroso" Flores has positioned himself to crack the top 15 ratings in boxing's major organizations, primarily based on his last four performances against quality opponents, registering a pair of first-round TKOs and two unanimous 12-round decision victories. Flores (19-0-1, 12 KOs), fighting out of Phoenix and promoted by Silverhawk Boxing, easily won a 12-round unanimous decision (117-111, 177-111, 116-112) on March 2 against IBA super cruiserweight champion "Punchin" Pat Nwamu (12-1) in Boise, Idaho. continue


Bernard Hopkins: Sultan is Next Heavyweight Champion of the World

ibragimov08.03.07 - By Scoop Malinowski: Bernard Hopkins was in New York yesterday afternoon, performing as promoter for one of Golden Boy's top boxing talents, the WBO's no. 1 ranked heavyweight Sultan Ibragimov. Hopkins took the two-hour Amtrak trek from Philadelphia to attend the Ibragimov-Javier Mora press conference at Gallagher's Steakhouse and had some interesting comments about Sultan and the heavyweight division.

"The heavyweight division is so confused, nobody really knows but two people," said the living legend who will fight Winky Wright on HBO PPV in July. "They know one because he's eight-feet tall and then you have another that has an outside personality that's a lot different than the norm of a fighter and that's the Klitschko's education background."

"Saying that, people do know the premier guys of the heavyweight division but it's still in chaos, to be solved as times goes on. No one has really stood out. During the Tyson era, we knew Tyson was the heavyweight champion. During the Holyfield era we knew Holyfield was the champ. The same with Riddick Bowe..." continue


Henry Maske goes from McDonald's to Hill

MUNICH, Germany (March 8, 2007) - Former IBF light heavyweight champion Henry "The Gentleman" Maske has come out of his 10-plus year retirement to fight the only man ever to defeat him as a professional, five-time world champion and reigning WBA cruiserweight title-holder Virgil "Quicksilver" Hill, on March 31 in "The Rematch" pay-per-view event at Olympia Hall in Munich, Germany. continue


WBO Champ Shannon Briggs to appear at Miami Heat game

On Sunday March 11th 2007, the Miami Heat organization will acknowledge, WBO heavyweight champion Shannon "The Cannon" Briggs, at their home game versus the Washington Wizards at the American Airlines Arena in Miami. The NBA's defending champs and their fans will get a see Briggs go toe to toe with the Heat mascot during the game. Briggs dramatically captured the WBO crown last November, when he knocked Serguei Lyakhovich out of the ring in the final seconds of round 12. The newly crowned champ and Brooklyn native who now resides near Miami, is recovering from pneumonia and will be back in action when he is fully healed. For more information on the only American Heavyweight Champion standing, visit Shannon Briggs official website.


Ibragimov-Mora-Greenberg Presser Quotes

New York, March 8—Gallagher's Steak House in midtown was the packed venue to get fight week underway, as the Russian heavyweights head to Madison Square Garden’s Theater this Saturday night, March 10. Sultan Ibragimov (19-0-1, 16 KO’s) will be in the main event against Mexican star Javier Mora (21-3-1, 17 KO’s), while Roman Greenberg (24-0, 17 KO’s) takes on Michael Simms (19-6-1, 13 KO’s) in the co-feature, as both stars put their unbeaten streaks on the line on the fight card spectacular presented by Seminole Warriors Boxing and Golden Boy Promotions in association with Golden Grain Promotions, Nafta Moskva, Gotham Boxing, Goossen Tutor and Global Advertising Strategies. continue


March 8, 1971: Ali-Frazier I...The Greatest Show On Earth

joe frazier08.03.07 - By Jim Amato: There are certain dates that will stick with you as long as you live. Your birthday, the birthdays of family members, anniversaries, the day that you got your divorce ( s ), etc...Happy and important days that mark milestones in your life.

One such date I'll always remember is March 8, 1971. The "Battle Of The Century," it was so aptly named. Two undefeated boxers who each had a legitimate claim to being the heavyweight boxing champion of the world would collide.

When Muhammad Ali first won the title in 1964 his name was Cassius Clay. He would shortly thereafter change his name and then proceed to change the face of boxing. He dominated the scene until 1967 when he refused induction into the US Military due to his religious beliefs. Then came the Eight Man Elimination Tourney that was won by Jimmy Ellis. continue


Sexton sets sights on lifting heavyweight division

Former standout amateur Sam Sexton insists he can be the new face of British heavyweight boxing and give the domestic division a much-needed boost. The Norwich fighter is in Germany sparring with Richel Hersisia, the Dutchman who was out-pointed by London’s 2000 Olympic gold medallist Audley Harrison in 2004, ahead of his fifth professional fight on the Hennessy Sports and GoldenPalace.com bill at the Norfolk Showground on March 16. continue


British Boxing: The Man Who Was Born To Punch

Opportunity Knocks for 12 fighters who appear on the Simone Maludrottu vs Ian Napa support card at the Goresbrook Leisure Centre in London on Friday 9 March. Maludrottu and Napa meet to decide the European Bantamweight title on a card that includes the much hyped fifth professional appearance of Scott Belshaw, "The man who was born to punch." Belshaw 4-0 (4 KO’s) meets Paul King 5-13-1 (1 KO) over four rounds and the 6’ 7” Irish heavyweight is sure to be focused on nothing but his 32 year old opponent. continue


DBE's Puerto Rican star Santana Ready for Saturday MSG Fight

New York, March 7- Edgar Santana (20-2, 13 KO’s), the popular fixture on Broadway Boxing, makes his return to Madison Square Garden this Saturday night, March 10, as one of the co-features on the Ibragimov-Mora fight card. “El Chamaco” has reeled off fourteen straight wins in New York and has his sights set on his fifteenth consecutive victory on Saturday Night. Standing in Santana’s way will be Colombian Dairo Jose Esalas (29-6, 24 KO’s). Esalas comes into the bout with an impressive 24 knockouts in 35 fights. continue


Mundine KOs Soliman, Becomes Two-Time World Champion!

mundine07.03.07 - By Gavin Stone: Anthony Mundine defeated Sam Soliman by way of knock-out in the ninth round to claim the WBA super-middleweight world title in Sydney on Wednesday night. Mundine, who scored a controversial win on points against Soliman in their only previous bout in 2001, was too strong for Soliman with a supreme display of aggression and punch combinations.

The fight started closely and much to the surprise of many with Mundine being the stalker and Soliman sniping from the outside. Late in round two Mundine caught Soliman with a flush right hand which dropped ‘The King’ down for the count. Soliman rose to see out the round but was made to look second rate-despite displaying tremendous courage and heart- up until round nine when Mundine had Soliman down again and referee Stanley Christodoulou intervened at the 2:26 mark. continue


Versus To Showcase Mancini-Arguello 1981 Fight This Thursday

Stamford, CT (March 7, 2007) - VERSUS will allow fight fans to relive a classic performance by the legendary Alex Arguello when it televises his 1981 title defense against Ray "Boom Boom" Mancini on its Legends of the Ring series in conjunction with Top Rank Boxing this Thursday, March 8 from 9-11 p.m. ET. Arguello, a world champion in three different weight classes, was making his first title defense of his WBC lightweight title as he prepared to meet the undefeated Mancini in Atlantic City. continue


Tarvis Simms Ready For Ring Return

07.03.07 - Unbeaten middleweight Tarvis Simms will face Canadian Daniel Stanisavljevic in the main event of "March Badness at the Riveredge" in Reading, PA on Saturday March 10. Tarvis, the identical twin brother of WBA light middleweight champion Travis Simms, is coming off a 23 month layoff due to legal problems with his former promoter. The former Golden Gloves boxing champ, who has an amateur win over WBC/WBO middleweight champ Jermain Taylor, is looking forward to resuming his career and eventually facing the division’s top names. continue


Oliver McCall - Can He Become Heavyweight Champion Again?

07.03.07 - By James Slater: Forty-one year old Oliver McCall is a man on a mission. Serious about his boxing career as perhaps never before, “The Atomic Bull” is staying very busy and has two more fights already scheduled for this year. Oliver will box an eight round tune-up in April, before a mooted meeting between he and Turkish tough guy Sinan Samil Sam takes place in June. If victorious in these fights, McCall, who is now back in the WBC top-ten, just might be rewarded with a title shot. continue


2007 Big Fight Predictions

floyd mayweather jr.07.03.07 - By Neil Thompson: 2007 is looking like a vintage year for boxing. I was disappointed with 2006 which, for me, was a poor year for match-ups. This year has already seen many mouth-watering contests being made, contest that’s will split boxing community right down the middle.

On the 28th February, Mr. Yero Moody, my fellow writer for ‘East Side Boxing’ wrote an article entitled “Why Mayweather, Castillo, Judah, Williams and Wright Will All Win in 2007”, in which he predicted many of the outcomes of the big fights of 2007. I disagree with a few of them so I have decided to write an article in response. I have made predictions on 4 of the big fights to come.

This is what makes 2007 look so promising, there are so many match-ups being made that are close to genuine 50-50 fights. We have Mayweather-De La Hoya, Hatton-Castillo, Cotto-Judah, Barrera-Marquez, Margarito-Williams, Hopkins-Wright and I’m sure there will be more for the second half of the year. continue


Godfrey & Cora on "Collision Course"

PROVIDENCE (March 7, 2007) - Young cruiserweight contenders Matt "Too Smooth" Godfrey and Felix "Bad News" Cora, Jr. are on a "Collision Course" to position the winner for a possible major world title fight later this year, headlining the ESPN2 Friday Night Fights show April 6 at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut. continue


Froch: Calzaghe can happen

07.03.07 - Carl Froch believes a marquee all-British clash with WBO super-middleweight champion Joe Calzaghe can happen and hopes his next fight will be good preparation for a possible future showdown with the Welshman. The British and Commonwealth super middleweight champion can edge closer to earning a world title final eliminator if he beats Russian Sergey Tatevosyan on March 23rd. continue


Austin vs. Klitschko: The Prediction

06.03.07 - By Matthew Hamill: Wladimir Klitschko faces mandatory challenger, Ray Austin on Saturday and it will be a repeat of the Brock blow out. Austin stands at 6 feet 6 inches and weighed 245 pounds which means he will see eye to eye with Klitschko. The Rainman has an 80' reach while Dr. Steel hammer has an 81' span. While size is a wash, Klitschko’s superior physique is firmer and far more muscular. His vein popping muscles make for jackhammer type power. continue


Many of The Brightest Stars in boxing Today are One Dimensional

antonio margarito06.03.07 - By Yero Moody: The modern day athlete has improved dramatically in the past fifty years. Modern technology combined with advances in the science of nutrition and kinesiology have spurned many athletes to achieve what was once thought to be impossible. Athletes today are bigger, faster and stronger than they have ever been. The "sweet science" of boxing has also been improved by such a large quantity of great athletes. The downside of modern day sports in general is the lust for money. Now corporate sponsors have much more power than they've ever had and as a result the overall honor and integrity of sports has been on a drastic decline.

With all these huge sports fields and arenas that need to be filled and the need to financially compensate these megastar athletes, costs have soared and marketing strategies have become ruthless. More and more athletes are adopting a "me first" attitude. But please don't blame the athletes entirely because they are reacting to the attitudes that are pervasive at the "top." Crap rolls downhill. continue


Klitschko-Austin Preview

06.03.07 - By Sam Gregory: On Saturday March 10th number one heavyweight contender Wladimir Klitschko 47-3 (42 KO’s) will defend his IBF and IBO title belts against mandatory heavyweight boxing challenger Ray Austin 24-3-4 (16 KO’s) at the SAP Arena in Mannheim, Germany. This scheduled 12 round heavyweight fight will be televised on HBO at 4:45 PM ET/ 1:45 PM PT. 36 year old challenger from Cleveland, Ohio Ray Austin got to this fight by way of an elimination bout. The 6’6” heavyweight contender is reportedly in the shape of his life having dropped over 30 lbs in an eight week training camp with world renowned trainer Stacy McKinley. continue


Euro Boxing Roundup: Kessler vs Andrade undercard, Damgaard returns, more

06.03.07 - By Per Ake Persson: Ex-IBF and EBU jr middle champ Roman "Made in Hell" Karmazin passed through Helsinki recently and sparred a few rounds with EBU titleholder Amin Asikainen. Karmazin is currently in Hamburg, Germany, sparring with Mahir Oral. Palm Promotions have announced the complete program for Kessler vs Andrade March 24. It will be a mixture of boxing and entertainment with the football game between Spain and Denmark as show closer. continue


Can Ray Austin beat Wladimir Klitschko?

06.03.07 - By Geoffrey Ciani: Most boxing observers agree that Wladimir Klitschko is probably the best of the reigning heavyweight boxing champions, and quite possibly, the best in the division. Klitschko has been blessed with tremendous size, incredible strength, and deceptively fast hands. Combined with an extensive amateur background and good ring fundamentals, these natural abilities have enabled him to become an elite force in the heavyweight division. continue


Countdown: De La Hoya versus Mayweather

floyd mayweather jr.06.03.07 - By Geoffrey Ciani: The most highly anticipated match-up of the year is just two months away. That, of course, being the Cinco de Mayo showdown between pound-for-pound king, Floyd Mayweather, Jr., and boxing’s biggest attraction, Oscar De La Hoya. When this fight was first announced back in November of last year, it seemed light years away; now we’re just two months out, and the bout is just as intriguing as it was then.

What’s interesting are the unknowns. In particular, there are two unknowns that make this fight very difficult to pick a winner. (1) How much does De La Hoya have left? (2) Will Mayweather be able to overcome De La Hoya’s natural advantages in size and strength? If one had the answer to these two questions he’d stand a much better chance at accurately predicting how this fight might unfold. continue


2004 Cuban Boxing Gold Medalists-Solis, Gamboa And Barthelemy-Defect To US To Start Pro Careers

06.03.07 - Cuban Heavyweight Odlanier Solis, a 2004 Olympic gold medalist, two-time Pan Am Champion and three-time world amateur champion, along with Cuban nationalist teammates Super Bantamweight Yuriorkis Gamboa, a 2004 Olympic Gold Medalist, 2006 World Cup Champion, and Flyweight Yan Barthelemy, a 2004 Olympic Gold Medalist and former world amateur champion, defected to the United States late last week and announced today at a press conference at David's Café in South Beach, Miami, Florida, that they would pursue their professional boxing careers under the tutelage of Miami-based attorney and manager, Tony Gonzalez, and German promotional companies, Arena Box Promotion and First Artist. continue


HBO Boxing: "Countdown to Barrera vs Marquez" after Klitschko vs Austin

06.03.07 - HBO Sports is presenting a thirty- minute special analyzing the upcoming HBO Pay-Per-View super featherweight championship between Marco Antonio Barrera and Juan Manuel Marquez. The highly anticipated bout is set for Saturday, March 17 in Las Vegas at Mandalay Bay. The fight is an intriguing match-up between two of the elite fighters in the 130-pound division, with the champion Barrera and the very dangerous Marquez colliding in the ring. continue


Valuev: "Fighting Chagaev will be no different from my other bouts"

06.03.07 - Undefeated WBA heavyweight champion Nikolai Valuev expects his first mandatory title defense to be business as usual. The Russian Giant (46-0, 34 KOs) comes face to face with top-ranked contender Ruslan Chagaev (22-0-1, 17 KOs) in Stuttgart on April 14. "The fight will be no different from my other bouts," Valuev said at today´s press conference in Stuttgart. "The fact that it will be my first mandatory boxing defense does not make a difference at all. I take him very seriously. I´ve been in training for weeks." continue


Bowe vs. Lewis: The Best Fights – Which ‘Never’ Took Place Part 1

riddick bowe05.03.07 - By Neil Goodman: Let us fantasize for a wee while; imagine if you can the boxing fights which could have been made, albeit, had the politics and money been set aside.

Lennox Lewis Versus Riddick Bowe

Even after all these years, it is difficult to fathom out; why was this THE fight that never was? Back in 1992/3, this fight would never been easier to sell than arms to the Iraqi’s! Both fighters were undefeated and operating at world title level and best of all they had significant ‘previous.' At the 1988 boxing Olympics, Lewis stopped Bowe in the second round and thus was crowned the Gold medallist. This loss clearly irked Bowe and he would forever claim the stoppage of the fight had been premature. continue


European Champ Maludrottu Invades UK

05.03.07 - European bantamweight champion Simone Maludrottu has landed in England prior to his showdown with Hackney man Ian Napa this Friday, March 2 at the Goresbrook Leisure Centre in London. Maludrottu, the "Sardinian Silencer", has won his last 18 contests, including six straight European title defenses and promises to leave his mark on challenger Napa. continue


Marc Callaghan confident of continuing momentum

05.03.07 - Marc Callaghan challenges Esham Pickering for the vacant British Super-Bantamweight Title on March 16 confident of continuing his career’s recent momentum after recovering from a family tragedy. Callaghan knows he will be underdog when he climbs into the ring for the co-main event along with Jonathan Thaxton’s British Lightweight Title defence against Scott Lawton at the Norfolk Showground. continue


Fighting Irishmen exhibit sets sail for South Street Seaport Museum

New York, March 5—The widely popular Fighting Irishmen: Celebrating Celtic Prizefighters 1820-Present exhibit, fresh off a long run at the Irish Arts Center, sets sail down the East River of Manhattan for the South Street Seaport Museum beginning Friday, March 16th , with curator Jim Houlihan again at the helm. The exhibit is a collaborative effort between the South Street Seaport Museum and the Irish Arts Center. continue


The Case for Nigel Benn in the Hall

nigel benn05.03.07 - By Matthew Hamill: When you think of Nigel Benn, you think of words like fury, rage, and ferocity. These were his trademarks in the ring and provided uncommon excitement and entertainment. Unfortunately, his career defining fight ended with tragic results and detracts from his entire body of work. As one writer stated, " One man’s finest hour was the end of another man’s life as he knew it." Let's look at that work now and see how his accomplishments stack up insofar as being a prospective inductee into the International Boxing Hall Of Fame.

Record: Nigel "The Dark Destroyer" Benn, a Middleweight and Super Middleweight boxing Champion, 42 - 5 - 1 with 35 ko's (three of his defeats came at the end of his career), was born in Liford, England the son of Barbadian immigrants. As an amateur, he had a fine record of 41 wins and 1 loss. His pro ko percentage was an excellent 83%. continue


Witherspoon, Alexander and Cavallo headline Legendary Blue Horizon’s “Night of the Undefeated” on April 6

Philadelphia (March 5, 2007)—Three highly rated prospects will look to continue their winning ways on Friday, April 6 when Vernoca L. Michael and Blue Horizon Boxing Promotions presents “Night of the Undefeated” at The Legendary Blue Horizon on North Broad Street in Philadelphia. Heavyweight Chazz Witherspoon, 16-0 with ten knockouts will be featured in the main event fighting in an eight round bout against an opponent to be named shortly. continue


Cotto-Urkal: World Boxing Association didn't approve open scoring

PANAMÁ, March 5, 2007 - The World Boxing Association (WBA) wants to let boxing fans, media and public in general know that it has never approved the implementation of the "open scoring" system during the WBA Welterweight championship fight between Miguel Cotto and Oktay Urkal, last Saturday in Puerto Rico. continue


Duddy-Bonsante: Notes from Anthony Bonsante's training camp

NEW YORK CITY (March 5, 2007) - Despite frigid temperatures and heavy snowstorms, Anthony "The Bullet" Bonsante has been training hard in Minnesota for his March 16 title fight against IBA World and WBC Continental Americas middleweight boxing champion "Ireland's" John Duddy in the 12-round main event on the "Erin Go Brawl" pay-per-view live from The Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City. continue


Mexican Boxer Victor Burgos Survives Brain Surgery

burgosCARSON, Calif.—Mexican boxer Victor Burgos was whisked from the ring to a hospital on Saturday where he underwent immediate surgery to remove a blood clot in his brain and to reduce swelling after participating in an International Boxing Federation flyweight championship against Vic Darchinyan at Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif.

Burgos survived the operation at Los Angeles County Harbor-U.C.L.A. Medical Center in nearby Torrance, Calif., but is still in a medically induced coma, a common technique used after head trauma to help reduce harmful brain swelling. His doctors have also reported Sunday that Burgos has already shown certain signs of movement in the intensive care unit that can only be described as positive. Burgos became the IBF junior flyweight champion by defeating Alex Sanchez at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas in 2003.

He moved up to the 112-pound flyweight limit in 2005 and was challenging Darchinyan for his title on Saturday in a match televised by SHOWTIME Championship Boxing as part of a world championship doubleheader. continue


Darchinyan asks all to say a prayer for Victor Burgos

Los Angeles, USA: March 5, 2007-Please find above a release from promoter Don King's office regarding the medical condition of Mexican boxer Victor Burgos, who unsuccessfully challenged IBF/IBO flyweight world champion Vic Darchinyan on Saturday night in Los Angeles, USA. Darchinyan is currently in transit flying back from Los Angeles to Australia and will arrive at Sydney International Airport on Tuesday morning 6th March 2007 at approximately 8:00am. "I will be praying for Victor Burgos that he recovers and I ask everyone to say a little prayer for him," said Darchinyan. 31 year-old Darchinyan will not be able to comment further until he arrives back in Sydney on Tuesday morning.


Mundine vs. Soliman II Preview

05.03.07 - By Gavin Stone: Anthony Mundine will take on arch-rival Sam Soliman tomorrow night at the Sydney Entertainment Centre for the vacant World Boxing Association (WBA) super middleweight title. Mundine and Soliman have traded verbal jibes since the fight was announced in late 2006 upon Denmark’s Mikkel Kessler dropping of the WBA world title. The Australian rivals fought out a close bout at the Wollongong Entertainment Centre in 2001 in which went Mundine’s way via a split point’s decision. continue


Klitschko, Austin - Final Press Conference Quotes

05.03.07 - HEIDELBERG, Germany—International Boxing Federation heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko and IBF mandatory challenger Ray “The Rainman” Austin participated in the final press conference in Heidelberg, Germany, for their championship fight on Saturday at the SAP Arena in nearby Mannheim. The bout will be televised live on HBO at the special time of 4:45 p.m. ET/1:45 p.m. PT with a same day replay at 10 p.m. ET/PT. Promoters from K2 Promotions announced they expect a sellout crowd of approximately 15,000 persons with only 500 tickets remaining for sale. continue


Twenty Years Ago This Month - Big George Foreman And His Comeback Dream

george foreman04.03.07 - By James Slater: Twenty years ago this very month, former heavyweight champion of the world George Foreman was about to shock the boxing world by making a return to the sport some ten years after leaving it. Though in his heyday George had been one of the most powerful and respected of big men, his intention to box again while aged almost forty was considered to be nothing more than a joke. And a bad one at that. Did he need the money? Was he crazy? Would he get badly hurt? These were just some of the many questions George’s comeback raised.

But Foreman, who had turned into a man of God after discovering his saviour in a steamy dressing room in Puerto Rico moments after his final fight - a points loss over twelve rounds to Jimmy Young - was determined to fight once more. On March the 9th, 1987, in Sacramento, he did. continue


Scott Lawton talks about his forthcoming showdown with Jon Thaxton

04.03.07 - Stoke’s English lightweight boxing champion, Scott Lawton took time out from his busy training schedule to talk about his campaign to relieve Norwich’s Jon Thaxton of the coveted ‘Lonsdale Belt’. 30 year old father of one, Lawton travels to Norwich on 16th March to challenge local man Thaxton who is making his first defence of the British lightweight title. continue


Miranda Too Much For Green

04.03.07 - By Roland Flores: On Saturday night, Edison Miranda (28-1, 24 KO's), possibly the hardest puncher in the middleweight boxing division since Julian Jackson, won a 10-round unanimous decision over Allan Green, a previously undefeated, and similarly hard punching middleweight, in what may have been one of the most anticipated fights so far in 2007, at the Coliseo Roberto Clemente, San Juan, in Puerto Rico. continue


The Trouble WIth Mandatories

04.03.07 - By Paul McCreath: This coming weekend, Wladimir Klitschko (47-3, 42 KO's) will defend his IBF heavyweight title against mandatory challenger Ray Austin (23-3-4, 16 KO's). Why? Austin has never defeated another high rated fighter. His losses came against Charles Hatcher, Harold Sconiers and Attila Levin, not exactly a who's who of the boxing world. He has also been held to a draw by Zuri Lawrence, Lance Whitaker, Larry Donald, and the somewhat more respectable Sultan Ibragimov, in that eliminator that should have eliminated both fighters. continue


Sharkie’s Machine: A Collision of Champions: Rafael Marquez vs. Israel Vasquez!

marquez04.03.07 - By Frank Gonzalez Jr. Hardcore boxing fans got a real treat Saturday night in Carson California when IBF Bantamweight Champ, Rafael Marquez (37-3, 33 KO’s) brought his cool, killer instinct to the ring to meet one of the most dangerous fighters on the planet, WBC Super Bantamweight Champion Israel Vasquez (41-4, 31 KO’s). Two great fighters in their prime taking on each other are the perfect ingredients for a hell of a fight.

Heavyweights may have made boxing famous but it’s the lighter weight fighters that are the real heartbeat of boxing.

31-year-old Rafael Marquez is the brother of Featherweight boxing Titleist, Juan Manuel Marquez. Rafael is on a seven-year winning streak. His resume includes impressive wins over Mark Johnson, Tim Austin, Mauricio Pastrana, Peter Frissina, and Heriberto Ruiz before silencing Mabuza twice and showed incredible poise after being floored by Israel Vasquez last night. continue


Austin-Klitschko: Trainer says Ray Austin is a "new man"

MANNHEIM, Germany—International Boxing Federation heavyweight mandatory challenger Ray “The Rainman” Austin arrived in Mannheim, Germany, on Thursday to make final preparations before meeting IBF champion Wladimir Klitschko at the SAP Arena in a match televised live in America on HBO Saturday at 4:45 p.m. ET/1:45 p.m. PT and replayed at 10 p.m. ET/PT. Austin (23-3-4, 16 KOs) has been training for the first time under the guidance of Stacey McKinley, the man responsible for the remarkable transformation of Samuel “The Nigerian Nightmare” Peter prior to his second fight with James “Lights Out” Toney on Jan. 6. Peter, literally, did not look like the same man that barely got past Toney just four months earlier and called the training camp where he showed such great improvement, “the best of my life.” . continue


Cotto Wins in Bizarre Ending

04.03.07 - By Roland Flores: Oktay Urkal (38-4, 12 KO's) came into Saturday nights’ fight at Coliseo Roberto Clemente, San Juan, in Puerto Rico, as the known underdog and he knew it. Urkal was the mandatory challenger for Miguel Cotto (29-0, 24 KO's). This fight was supposed to be a showcase boxing fight in front of the home crowd for Cotto, and it was suppose to provide excitement for the June 9th fight between Zab Judah and Miguel Cotto. continue


Miranda Decisions Green

03.03.07 - By Jim McManus: Edison Miranda, (28-1, 24 KO’s), dominated a mostly reluctant Allan Green (23-1, 16 KO’s) tonight, knocking him down twice in the 10th round, en route to a 10-round unanimous decision at the Coliseo Roberto Clemente, in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Miranda controlled the action in the first half of the fight, constantly pursuing Green, who spent much of the time either running or jabbing defensively. On occasion, Miranda would trap Green and land huge shots, which made Green all the more determined to continue running, possibly afraid of getting stopped if he were to try and trade punches with Miranda. However, in the eighth round, Green suddenly stopped running and surprised Miranda with a huge left hand that knocked Miranda down. continue


Marquez rips title away from Vazquez

marquez03.03.07 - By Anthony Coleman: Well, I guess I was right: this fight was an unpredictable affair. After the performance he put forth against Jhonny Gonzales and his “I’m ready to die” in that ring comments, nobody expected Israel Vazquez to give up his Junior Featherweight title. Yet that is exactly what he did. Actually, he simply didn’t give up his title; Rafael Marquez forced his Vazquez to quit by breaking his nose early in the bout with hard power-shots delivered by A+ combinations. It was truly a great performance by Marquez, as he finally stepped out of the shadow of his brother.

Now I must say that the ending of this fight was disappointing. This fight was heating up and turning into a stand-up brawl and Vazquez’s body work were seemingly beginning to tilt the scales to him.

The crowd of over five thousand at the arena and watching this fight in their houses were anxiously and impatiently waiting for the 8th round to begin and to see what Raffy and Izzy would do next. Then suddenly, shockingly; Vazquez orders the fight to be stopped. If that doesn’t leave a sour taste in your mouth, than I don’t know what will. continue


Chris John Outpoints Rojas in Enthralling World Title Defense

03.03.07 - By Harry Summers Jr.: WBA 126lb titlist Chris “The Dragon” John successfully defended his strap for the sixth time with a clear-cut decision over spirited Venezuelan Jose “Cheo” Rojas on Saturday night at the Bung Karno Indoor Tennis Stadium, in Senayan, Jakarta, Indonesia. Scores were all in favour of the now 39-0-1 (20 KOs) Indonesian native 118-108, 117-107, and 116-110. continue


Nevitt To Face Hammack on March 16

Undefeated Chicago light heavyweight “IRISH” Mike Nevitt will face fellow Irishman Shawn Hammack in the main event at MARCH MAYHEM, Chicago’s annual St. Patrick's Day professional boxing event, on Friday March 16th at Cicero Stadium. MARCH MAYHEM, another evening of world class professional boxing is presented by Dominic Pesoli’s 8 Count Productions, HOME OF THE BEST IN CHICAGO BOXING along with TCF Bank and Miller Lite. continue


Frank Maloney Promotions Announces Spring Schedule

Frank Maloney Promotions announces three high level fight cards this spring that will bring compelling bouts to British fight fans in both the London and Manchester areas over the next two months. The first promotion features sharply skilled bantamweight Ian Napa, who will attempt to land in the world rankings by challenging long reigning European champion Simone Maludrottu at the Goresbrook Leisure Centre in Dagenham, London on Friday, March 9, 2007 . continue


Marquez KOs Vazquez; Darchinyan stops Burgos

MarquezCARSON, Calif. (March 4, 2007) – Photo by Tom Casino / Showtime - After breaking his opponent’s nose in the first round of an electrifying bout, IBF Bantamweight Champion Rafael Marquez captured the World Boxing Council (WBC) super bantamweight title by stopping defending champion Israel Vazquez at the end of the seventh round Saturday on Showtime championship boxing.

Vazquez asked his trainer, Freddie Roach, to stop the contest because he was having trouble breathing.

“I was able to breathe through my mouth, but I couldn’t get any air through my nose,” Vazquez said. “I couldn’t breathe. I was taking a lot of shots because of that.” . continue


Mike Gonzalez returns to Peoria

Undefeated lightweight prospect Mike Gonzalez will face veteran Jamie Alvarado at the PAR A DICE Hotel and Casino in East Peoria, Illinois on Saturday April 7th, it was announced today by Dominic Pesoli, President of Chicago based 8 Count Productions. The Gonzalez/Alvarado main event headlines RUMBLE IN PAR A DICE, an evening of world class professional boxing presented by Dominic Pesoli’s 8 Count Productions, HOME OF THE BEST IN CHICAGO BOXING and the PAR A DICE Hotel and Casino, “The Friendliest Casino on the Water”. continue


Saturday night fights: Darchinyan, Cotto, Marquez and Miranda, all Prevail

04.03.07 - By Tom Donelson: Showtime and HBO held dueling slugfests. In Showtime first bout, Victor Burgos challenged Vic Darchinyan for Darchinyan flyweight title. Darchinyan fights with one punch, the straight left from his southpaw style but that left hand has power. This is a flyweight who punches like a heavyweight. Every punch is thrown with mean intention and his hand is quick enough to make his style successful. When he hit you, it is like being hit with a 2 by 4 club. continue


Berrio claims IBF belt, Povetkin stops Bostice

04.03.07 - Alejandro Berrio clinched the vacant IBF super-middleweight title in spectacular fashion and Russian sensation Alexander Povetkin logged another impressive early stoppage in Rostock on Saturday night. WBA Intercontinental Champion Sebastian Sylvester and German heavyweight Timo Hoffmann also left the ring victorious. continue


Gammer and Williams meet at the crossroads

gammer03.03.07 - By Neil Goodman: Scott ‘The Hammer’ Gammer defended his British Heavyweight title yesterday evening; against the former British and Commonwealth champion Danny Williams.

This was a real crossroads fight for both boxers. Gammer, going into the bout, was undefeated and showing plenty of promise in his career to date. For Williams another defeat would have meant certain retirements and dreams of what could have been.

Even before the first had rung there was intrigue with Williams weighing in at 16st 4lbs. Eye brows and question marks were raised with Williams coming in so light; when you consider Williams has generally operated at between 18 and 20 stones, this was a massive drop. continue


The Week That Was In Boxing.....Pretty Good

03.03.07 - By Alden "The Kid" Chodash: Not a bad week in boxing. Some tremendous match-ups, a couple national superstars, and Vic Darchinyan, whose name speaks for itself. A world championship changed hands, a vacant title was won overseas (both mild upsets yet stirring performances by the victors). We also viewed two early "Fight of the Year" candidates, and an excellent prospect in much-hyped Elio Rojas. continue


Berrio KOs Stieglitz, Povetkin stops Bostice

By Per Ake Persson: March 3, Rostock, Germany: Colombian supermiddle Alejandro Berrio won the vacant IBF title with a suprisingly easy third round stoppage of previously unbeaten Robert Stieglitz. Stieglitz won their first fight - an IBF eliminator - late in 2005 but was then kept waiting.. waiting before Joe Calzaghe relinquished the title. Berrio stayed active, worked hard and that probably made the difference the second time around. The Colombian used his jab well in the first, a round he won on two cards. In the second round Berrio got away with two low blows and Stieglitz seemed to lose his temper and began to attack hard. continue


Joey Gilbert beats Michi Munoz

03.03.04 - Joey Gilbert, "Contender" reality TV star, promoter and main event headliner, successfully defended his WBO North American Boxing Organization middleweight championship with an unanimous 12-round decision over undefeated Michi Munoz (now 17-1, 12 KOs), of Topeka, Kan. via Guanajuato, Mexico. Gilbert, who weighed 159 pounds and is now 14-1 with 10 knockouts, won by scores of 119-109 (twice) and 120-108. continue


Ali or Louis – Who was The Greatest, Final Part 3

ali02.03.07 - By Bob Webb: The great Joe Louis and Muhammad Ali were widely different men and fighters to such an extent that it is no surprise that their careers also were so completely different. In fact I can only draw one good comparison – their respective late career losses to Rocky Marciano and to Larry Holmes. Apart from that it’s not easy to draw specific parallels. That won’t stop me trying.

Where Joe Louis was a slightly shorter and lighter man than Ali, those attributes helped somewhat to define his style. His punches, as I’ve described, notoriously rarely traveled more than the requisite inches to make a foot of them. His style was compact and economical. Ali on the other hand was taller and heavier with a longer reach and fought almost exclusively on the outside. In fact his inside work was notable by its absence, as were his body punches. He got most power into his long punches and was not effective on the ropes where, incidentally, he chose to fight many of his later contests. continue


Showtime Weigh-In Photos and Weights: Vazquez-Marquez, Darchinyan-Burgos

02.03.07 - Photos: TOM CASINO/SHOWTIME - Rafael Marquez (left) and Israel Vazquez pose after Friday's weigh-in in Carson, Calif. Marquez weighed 121 1/2 pounds; Vazquez 121 3/4. The best bantamweight in the world, IBF/IBO 118-pound champion Marquez, will challenge the world's most talented fighter at 122, WBC super bantamweight titleholder Vazquez, in the eagerly awaited, highly anticipated main event Saturday on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING at The Home Depot Center in Carson. continue


Klitschko/Austin: Will We Really See An Austin Upset Over Klitschko?

02.03.07 - By Jim Amato: Next Saturday ( March 10, 2007 ) in Germany, Ray Austin will challenge Wladimir Klitschko who many feel is the best heavyweight in the world today. The fight will be for Klitschko's International Boxing Federation heavyweight title. First of all, I like Ray Austin. He is from my hometown of Cleveland, Ohio and he has done enough to earn a shot at the heavyweight championship. He has met anyone willing to face him. He has ducked no one. Ray has only three career losses. continue


Holt-Arnaoutis April 20 on "ShoBox"

NEW YORK (March 2, 2007) – Two fighters who have made a name for themselves on the popular SHOWTIME boxing series, "ShoBox: The New Generation,” return to the network for the most significant fight of their respective careers. In arguably the finest, most meaningful match-up in the six-year history of “ShoBox,” World Boxing Organization (WBO) No. 1 contender Kendall Holt will take on No. 2 contender Mike Arnaoutis in a WBO 140-pound elimination bout Friday, April 20, 2007. continue


Williams vs. Gammer - Danny Regains British Heavyweight Title

danny williams02.03.07 - By James Slater Tonight, at the Neath Sports Centre in Glamorgan, Wales, an astonishingly light Danny Williams proved his boxing career is not quite over yet. A crushing ninth round knockout over defending British heavyweight champ Scott Gammer saw the Brixton big man rejuvenated once again. Always seemingly able to blow both hot and cold, Danny boxed well tonight and now starts a new reign
as British champion.

Coming in at the shockingly light weight of only 228 pounds - this from a man who has weighed as much as 288 in the recent past - Williams started boxing aggressively immediately. In fact, both men put on a fine show and a clinch-free fight was witnessed by those in attendance. Gammer, himself weighing in at 239 pounds, used his fast hands to good effect in bursts and certainly won his share of rounds. Danny was carrying his left hand noticeably low, yet was also firing out sharp, head snapping jabs with it. Williams won the opener for me, while Gammer won the second. Scott put together some good combinations to both head and body well throughout the fight, particularly in the earlier rounds. continue


Seminole Warriors Boxing Responds To Don King

HOLLYWOOD, FL, March 2 – Seminole Warriors Boxing is understandably disturbed at recent comments made by Don King regarding the upcoming rematch between IBF cruiserweight champion Krzysztof Wlodarczyk and challenger Steve Cunningham, where King demanded that Wlodarczyk’s native Poland be excluded from the list of possible sites for the bout. continue


Joan Guzman Flying To PR To Support Panther Miranda and Mendez

02.03.07 - By Michael Marley, Boxingconfidential.com: SAN JUAN --Undefeated WBO junior lightweight champion Joan Guzman is not the type of guy who forgets a friend or a protégé. So that is why the Dominican Dandy will be landing in La Isla del Encanto early Saturday. Guzman is coming in to give moral support to middleweight contender Edison "La Pantera" Miranda in his crossroads HBO bout with another power puncher, Allen Green, and to cheer his Dominican protégée, 130-pounder Argenis "La Tormenta" Mendez (2-0) in his four-rounder. continue


Jhonny Gonzalez vs Irene Pacheco on March 30

(Tucson, Arizona) --- It’s the classic fight. World champion vs. number one ranked contender. On Friday, March 30th, current WBO Bantamweight titleholder, Jhonny Gonzalez, is risking his coveted belt against Colombia’s Irene Pacheco at Desert Diamond Casino’s Diamond Center. And as if the night needed more enticement, David “The Destroyer” Lopez will be featured in a 10-round event. Tickets to see these fights and more, range from $25 to $100 in advance and go on sale starting March 1st. continue


Vazquez, Marquez: Final Press Conference Quotes

darchinyan02.03.07 - photo by Tom Casino - Israel "El Magnifico" Vazquez (left) and Rafael Marquez square off following Thursday's press conference in Hollywood, Calif., then are "separated" by Vic "The Raging Bull'' Darchinyan during a light-hearted moment shortly thereafter.

Vazquez, Marquez and Darchinyan will be featured on Saturday's tremendous SHOWTIME boxing fight card at the Home Depot in Carson, Calif.

Tickets for the live event, priced at $25, $50, $75, $100, $150 and $200, are on sale at TicketMaster outlets and on-line at TicketMaster.com. They also may be purchased at The Home Depot Center box office from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. on Friday, March 2, and on Fight Day starting at 10 a.m. continue


Jamie Moore Heads Up Napa - Maludrottu Undercard

02.03.07 - Jamie Moore is a busy man who wants to be even busier. The 28 year old recently became a father for the second time and is combining his new parental responsibilities with ensuring his promising boxing career goes into overdrive. continue


British Boxing: Lawton Starts Countdown

02.03.07 - On 16th March English lightweight champion Scott Lawton will step between the ropes at the Norfolk Showground in Norwich for what will be the biggest fight of his career to date. Lawton, from Stoke-on-Trent, is scheduled to meet holder Jon Thaxton in a 12 round contest for the British lightweight title. continue


Carl Froch hoping for Nottingham Double

02.03.07 - Carl Froch is hoping himself and his beloved Nottingham Forest can complete a double ‘promotion’ this year. Froch faces Russian Sergey Tatevosyan as top-of-the-bill on the Hennessy Sports ‘Cobra’s Hood’ event at the Nottingham Arena on March 23rd as he looks to secure an eliminator for one of the four major world title belts later this year. continue


Benn/McClellan: A Night of Champions for a Champion

mcclellan02.03.07 - By Tim Austen: When Nigel Benn fought Gerald McClellan for the WBC Super-Middleweight boxing Championship of the World at the London Arena on February 25 1995, those watching witnessed one of the most brutal wars in boxing history. Both fighters put their lives into the fight but tragically Gerald McClellen suffered a serious injury which ended his career and left him in coma. Gerald is blind, 70 percent deaf and needs 24 hour care. Due to brain damage, his mental state leaves him in his own world with only limited understanding. His earnings from boxing have not been sufficient for the kind of support he needs. There have only been a handful of people that have helped Gerald out financially – which is shameful considering he gave so much to boxing.

Nigel made the decision that something should be done and decided that a benefit evening at Grosvenor House in Park Lane, London would be a way of raising funds for Gerald. continue


Worldwide Audience Tonight For Gammer -Williams

02.03.07 - At the official weigh-in for the most anticipated fight this year in the UK, British heavyweight champion Scott Gammer and former title holder Danny Williams each tipped the scales at career levels as they go into tonight's contest at the Sports Centre in Neath, Wales, viewable outside the UK as a live internet streaming broadcast on 101knockouts.com. continue


Video: Interview With Dana White

02.03.07 - FOX News Fight Game interview: Dana White talks about Chuck Liddell taking on Rampage Jackson, Pride, Kurt Angle, Brock Lesnar and reinstating knees to the head of a downed opponent. He also talks about boxing promoters getting into MMA and much, much more… click here to watch video


Rumble In The Jungle™ Replay With Special Guests Muhammad Ali And Trainer Angelo Dundee

LOUISVILLE, KY (March 1, 2007) … On Sunday, March 18, the Muhammad Ali Center will host “Rumble Replay” – a fundraiser featuring the famous “Rumble in the Jungle™” Muhammad Ali vs. George Foreman fight held in Kinshasa, Zaire shown in its entirety with round by round insights and stories from Ali’s trainer Angelo Dundee. Hear for the first time what were both Dundee and Ali’s fight strategies in how Dundee was coaching Ali between rounds leading up to the stunning eighth round TKO. continue


Arthur Abraham: A Message for Miranda

abraham01.03.07 - IBF middleweight champion Arthur Abraham revealed he wasn´t surprised to hear that Edison Miranda is a stranger to beauty contests. "I wish I could be judging beauty contests like Arthur Abraham, but fighters fight", Miranda had stated earlier this week. Just like during their brutal meeting last September, when King Arthur handed Miranda the first loss of his career despite fighting with a broken jaw for eight rounds, Abraham was quick to deliver the right answer.

"I´m not surprised he´s not welcome at beauty contests. There´s no reason for him to be there," the unbeaten champion (22-0, 17 KOs) stated after his morning practice session in Berlin´s Max-Schmeling-Gym.

Miranda had also wondered about Abraham´s next opponent, which has yet to be named. "He should not be worried too much about my opponents but focus on himself," King Arthur added. "If I failed to beat someone who has his jaw broken twice, I would end my career and work as a janitor." Abraham, a huge fan darling in Germany, will return to the ring at the end of April.


Holyfield: What is the Real Deal? Fight with Maddalone next step towards undisputed quest

01.03.07 - By Mike Indri: - photo courtesy of The Retired Boxers Foundation - Tuesday’s New York press conference announcing the Main Events promoted Evander Holyfield vs. Vinny Maddalone heavyweight boxing showdown set for March 17th did little to answer boxing’s ultimate question of the four-time former world champion: WHY ARE YOU STILL FIGHTING? That’s because while the legendary future hall-of-famer graciously answered this most frequent question pitted by every boxing scribe in attendance, he never really did answer the question. continue


Israel Vazquez-Rafael Marquez: Too Close to Call

01.03.07 - By Anthony Coleman: I sometimes laugh when people speak about the unpredictability of boxing. You know the clichés; “boxing is the theater of the unexpected,” or “anything can happen in the ring.” I laugh not because it’s false, but because unexpected events in a boxing ring are such a rare occurrence. Yes there are some fights that are unpredictable, whether it is the outcome or the events that occur in the fight; but for the most part a boxing match is as predictable as a confrontation between a squirrel and a semi-truck going one-hundred miles per hour. You know what’s going to happen, and more likely than not, how it’s going to happen. Quick show of hands: how many people think Miguel Cotto’s mis-mandatory defense against Oktay Urkal won’t end in another brutal victory for Cotto? Come on let me see those hands! I didn’t think so. continue


Valuev, Chagaev lands in Stuttgart

01.03.07 - WBA heavyweight champion Nikolai Valuev will make his first mandatory title defence in Stuttgart on April 14. The Porsche-Arena has been unveiled as the venue for his clash with mandatory challenger Ruslan Chagaev. "I´m looking forward to Stuttgart," said the Russian Giant (46-0, 34 KOs). "It´s good to fight in Germany again after two successful trips to Switzerland and America." Valuev had last stopped Jameel McCline (TKO 3) and Monte Barrett (TKO 11) in Basle and Chicago. continue


Turn Back The Clocks! Miranda v Green

edison miranda01.03.07 - By Kyle Dziubinski: I know they aren’t the biggest attractions or best fighters in the boxing market today, but Edison Miranda (27-1, 24 KO's) and Allan Green (23-0, 16 KO's) should be thanked for their throwback boxing fight. I say this because most fighters today are so caught up in NOT losing that we get subjected to lopsided, boring, or otherwise meaningless matches. Here are two power punching monsters with bright careers ahead of them and instead of taking the same boring path against cream puff chumps they chose to fight each other.

Neither is polished tacticians of the boxing sweet science, but both are extremely dangerous and the fight can, and most likely will end in the blink of an eye. I cant wait for Saturday night when I get my usual crowd of fight fans over to witness the drama unfold between these two true throwback fighters. continue


Euro Boxing Roundup: Sturm, Branco/Drews, Abraham

01.03.07 - By Per Ake Persson: Universum have made it official: Reinstated WBA middleweight champion Javier Castillejo defends the title against ex-titleholder Felix Sturm April 28 in Oberhausen. In the co-feature WBA lightheavy ruler Silvio Branco squares off against Croatian Stipe Drews. WBA heavy champ Nikolai Valuev defends the title against Ruslan Chagaev at the Porsche Arena in Stuttgart. Valeuv will arrive in Berlin on Sunday for sparring and final preparations. continue


Sebastian Sylvester: A Hurricane also on the football pitch

01.03.07 - Practice can be fun. Just ask Sebastian Sylvester. The Hurricane, who will defend his WBA Intercontinental middleweight belt against Alessio Furlan on Saturday night, yesterday caught up with the footballers of Hansa Rostock. Sylvester joined his new team-mates for a thirty-minute training session featuring warm-ups and five-on-two games before coach Hartmut Schroder jumped in between. "Their practice match would have been too dangerous for Sebastian. We can´t risk any injuries at this point," he said. continue


Evander Holyfield: I do not use steroids

01.03.07 - Four-time world heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield has released the following response to allegations linking him to a steroid investigation: “I do not use steroids. I have never used steroids. I resent that my name has been linked to known steroid users by sources who refuse to be identified in order to generate publicity for their investigation. I’m disappointed that certain members of the media fell for this ploy and chose to use my name in headlines and publish my photo alongside stories in today’s newspaper about an investigation into a practice that has nothing to do with me or what I stand for.”


Why Mayweather, Castillo, Judah, Williams and Wright will all win in 2007!

28.02.07 - By Yero Moody: 2007 is shaping up to be a great year for boxing! We have already seen the brilliant performance of the ageless Shane Mosley easily defeating Luis Collazo. In March we have Vasquez v. Marquez and Miranda v. Green which will be great fights as well. This year we will also witness the fall of some legends and the rise of others.

May 5 "The World Awaits" brings us the biggest fight perhaps the world has ever seen in terms of audience and hype. Floyd Mayweather, Jr v. Oscar De La Hoya. It was announced by Mayweather, Jr. yesterday, at the press conference in Las Vegas for his upcoming bout with De La Hoya, that he is uniting with his father, Floyd Mayweather, Sr. for this fight. This adds to the tremndous soap opera twists and turns that have been surrounding this fight even before the fighters signed to fight one another. De La Hoya sent word to Mayweather, Jr. that if he didn't tone down with the negative theatrics and verbal assaults that he was going to be kicked off the media tour and "sent home like a little kid." In this writers opinion it was a very smart move by De La Hoya because Mayweather, Jr was turning off alot of people, including myself and hurting boxing with his brash trash talk. continue


Floyd Sr, Roger, Floyd Jr. Reuniting For May 5 De La Hoya War?

28.02.07 - By Michael Marley, BoxingConfidential.com: No confirmation, yet official or unofficial, but persistent rumors out of Las Vegas keep repeating the same message: the Mayweather clan is putting aside petty boxing jealousies and past familial disputes to form a united fistic front when Pretty Boy Floyd Mayweather Jr. climbs into the ring May 5 to fight Oscar De La Hoya. continue


Frank Maloney Promotions: When Opportunity Knocks

Ian Napa, the diminutive but hugely talented Bantamweight is a little man with a big opportunity when he challenges Simone Maludrottu 24-1 (10 KOs) for the EBU (European) Bantamweight title. Napa 13-5 (0 KOs) has the chance to achieve the recognition he deserves and the Londoner is out to prove that his brains are more than a match for Maludrottu’s brawn. “Maludrottu is strong but he is crude,” said Brian Lawrence, Napa’s trainer, “Whereas Ian has the gift to outbox anyone.” . continue


“Fist of Fury”: Mia St. John Fights in the Main Event On April 20

(Merrillville, IN)- Former Playboy cover girl and current IFBA Lightweight Champion Mia “The Knock Out” Rosales-St. John headlines “Fist of Fury” on April 20th at Star Plaza Theatre in Merrillville, IN. Conveniently located from downtown Chicago, simply take the Skyway to I-65 and exit at US 30. Presented by Octavius James’ One In A Million Inc., St. John will be in Chicago next Wednesday, March 7th to promote the event. continue




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