It was with astonishment that Team Sauerland reacted to Felix Sturm´s most recent comments about a potential showdown with IBF middleweight champion Arthur Abraham. Sturm had voiced his disappointment that none of the "1000 offers" from his end had been successful. "I don´t know to whom he directed those offers but we did not receive anything at all," Wilfried Sauerland stated. "There has just been one offer - last year and from us. We put it in written form to his promoters."
Last Saturday King Arthur defended his IBF crown with a spectacular third-round stoppage of Sebastien Demers. "Arthur is in the best shape of his life. He has never boxed that well," trainer Ulli Wegner lauded. Sauerland holds a similar view - and would love to stage a unification fight. "Sturm would be our favourite opponent for a unification," he stated. "I am 1000 percent sure that Arthur would beat him. Our offer is still the same. One could always negotiate financial questions. Furthermore, Sturm keeps saying he wants to fight the best - and Arthur is certainly among them. continue
Final details have been announced for the huge Chicago SOLO BOXEO/TEST OF COURAGE professional boxing event at Cicero Stadium this Friday night, June 1st. Said Dominic Pesoli, President of 8 Count Productions, “It’s an action packed card from start to finish. We’ve got 52 rounds of scheduled boxing over 8 fights. From the first bout at 6:30pm, fight fans will see some of the best national and local prospects in the sport. continue
31.05.07 - Hanley’s light-welterweight hopeful Gary Reid took time out of his hectic training schedule to talk about his forthcoming Commonwealth title clash with unbeaten Ajose Olusegun. The bout is scheduled to take place at Crystal Palace National Sports Centre on 15th June. continue
31.05.07 - By James Slater: Everyone loves a big puncher. We boxing fans may appreciate a super-stylish boxer, but a huge, all-out aggression minded banger is something we can admire in an altogether different way. There is nothing like a spectacular KO, the site of one man completely and utterly mastering another by way of a single, crushing blow.
It can happen any second at all when two brave gladiators are in the ring, and both they and us know this all too well. Yet when a recognized puncher, a man known for his ability at landing lots of lethal punches throughout his career is in the ring, this possibility is much more likely. That’s why, as a general rule of thumb, history’s big punchers have been the biggest money earners/fan favorites. We simply love to see knockouts! continue
30.05.07 - By Christopher Roche: Brickcityboxing.com - If Jermain Taylor does not fight Kelly Pavlik next, would we want to see Pavlik take on Edison Miranda again? While Pavlik's victory over Miranda was somewhat lopsided, the action was so riveting that a rematch is not out of the realm of possibility. Miranda said he had trouble losing weight for the bout, and he has documented problems with wildness in the ring. If Miranda studies the tapes and makes a few adjustments, he could close the gap on Pavlik. Miranda has a lot of upside, and he always has a puncher's chance and a huge heart.
Pavlik had a distinguished amateur background and is very technically sound. What surprised viewers on HBO was his great chin and extraordinary punching power, even though he has had those attributes his whole career. continue
New York, May 30—With summer right around the corner, it will be an evening of hot boxing action when DiBella Entertainment presents another installment of Broadway Boxing at the Grand Ballroom at Manhattan Center in New York City on Wednesday night, June 20, headlined by knockout artist Jaidon Codrington vs. Omar Sheika in the 10 round super middleweight main event. continue
30.05.07 - By Vivek Wallace: The year of 2007 has been huge for the world of Boxing so far and with a hot summer lineup that appears to have reached a boiling point there seems to be no end in sight. In the spring on May 5th we saw the highly anticipated showdown between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Oscar Dela Hoya. Coming on the heels of that showdown was the HBO double feature with the Pavlik/Miranda slugfest and the methodical Spinks/Taylor scratch-off. Kicking off the summer phase of the lineup is the June 9th epic battle which pairs the undefeated rising Puerto Rican star Miguel Cotto (29-0, 24KO's) and the blemished, yet equally talented Zab Judah (34-4, 25KO's).
For the two fighters at center stage in this appropriately dubbed "X-Plosive" showdown, the road to supremacy was nothing short of stellar, yet in hindsight appearance, visibly backwards. continue
(COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.) – Over six months of qualifying tournaments have led up to the 2007 U.S. Championships, June 2-8, in Colorado Springs, Colo. As the lone direct qualifier for the 2008 Olympic Team Trials – Boxing, the U.S. Championships hold new importance for the 243 male athletes competing in the premier Olympic-style boxing national championship event. The top eight finishers in each of the 11 weight divisions will advance to the Olympic Trials. continue
30.05.07 - By Sam Gregory: Joe Louis was one of the greatest and most colorful boxers in modern pugilistic history. It’s been written that only Jack Dempsey since the gloved era and John L Sullivan in the bare knuckle era of boxing compared to Louis in popularity and ability. Born May 13, 1914 in Lafayette Alabama, Joseph Louis Barrow is considered by most to be the finest heavyweight champion in the history of boxing. Louis’ career is one that won’t soon be forgotten.
Joe Louis won his first 27 professional fights, 23 by knockout having beaten the best contenders along with former heavyweight boxing champions Primo Carnera and Max Baer in his first two years as a pro. On June 6, 1936 Joe Louis lost his first professional fight to Max Schmeling in a non title bout at Yankee Stadium, he was KOed in the 12th round. continue
Pictures of “the Bull from the Bosporus” Sinan Samil Sam with living Black-Welsh-bull “Lemming” (Photos: J.A. Treptow).
Ahmet Öner presents his best and biggest guys on June 16th in Ankara, Turkey. The arena show will be the first event in Turkey since professional boxing has been banned by the Turkish government in 1980. The main event of the night features Sinan Samil Sam who is a national hero in his country.
“Sinan’s fight will be absolutely fantastic”, states Öner. And it really promises to be as the “Bull from the Bosporus” faces “The Atomic Bull” Oliver McCall in what is called the “Bull fight at the Bosporus”. In other words, WBC’s no. 2 ranked Sam faces no. 4 ranked McCall. The winner will get a shot at the WBC Heavyweight Championship. continue
With the original 16,000 tickets for "X-Plosive!" -- the June 9th world welterweight championship between Miguel Cotto and Zab Judah -- projected to sell out this week, Bob Arum, CEO of Top Rank, and Madison Square Garden have decided to open the upper mezzanine section creating an additional 3,000 seats ($50 each) to accommodate the ever-growing demands of boxing fans. This will be the first time since 2001 The Garden has opened the mezzanine for a boxing event. Limited tickets at other price levels are still available.
"Naturally we are ecstatic, but not totally surprised," said Arum. "We have been grooming and showcasing Miguel Cotto at The Garden and on national television for years in preparation for exactly this circumstance. continue
May 29, 2007 (New York) – World Ranked Light Heavyweight contender Elvir “Kosovo Kid’ Muriqi (34-3, 21KO’s) has been in training camp for two weeks in the Pocono Mountains for his June 9th IBO World Championship bout against former undisputed Light Heavyweight Champion Antonio “Magic Man” Tarver (24-4, 18KO’s). The event will take place at the Connecticut Convention Center, located in the new riverfront district in downtown Hartford, CT.
Still two weeks away before fight night, fans can rest assured there will be no weight debacle at the scales. Murqi is already in peak form weighing a trim 179lbs! continue
Undefeated “Awesome” Chad Dawson (23-0, 1 NC, 15 KOs), of New Haven, Conn., will make the first defense of his WBC light heavyweight title against hard-hitting Jesus “Chuy’’ Ruiz (19-4, 17 KOs), of Long Beach, Calif., by way of Guadalajara, Mexico, in the co-featured bout on Saturday, June 9 on SHOWTIME (10 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast). In the other SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING co-featured attraction at The Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford, Conn., former undisputed 175-pound world champion Antonio “Magic Man’’ Tarver (24-4, 18 KOs), of Tampa, Fla., will battle New York-based Elvir “The Kosovo Kid” Muriqi (34-3, 21 KOs) for the world IBO light heavyweight crown . continue
30.05.07 - Sultan Ibragimov worked out at the Atlantic City PAL gym today in preparation for his fight on Saturday against World Heavyweight Champion Shannon Briggs. Here is what Sultan had to say following his workout, during which he hit trainer Jeff Mayweather with a right jab to the chin while hitting the mitts…
“Liakhovich was scared when he fought Briggs. When I get in the ring on Saturday night, it will be to fight. Briggs talks too much and I don’t like that. If people ask me questions, I will answer them. I don’t like to talk about other people, like Briggs. But I like to talk about fighting. Briggs, he likes to listen to himself and he can’t help himself, but he won’t have much to talk about after the fight.. continue
The “Derry Destroyer” John Duddy returns home this summer to show Irish fight fans just what they’ve been missing during his impressive four year stint in the Big Apple. Duddy will return to the National Stadium, Dublin – the scene of many of his amateur triumphs, on Saturday, 14th of July in his first ever professional fight in Ireland. Billed as “The Homecoming” the event will be promoted by Brian Peters Promotions in association with Irish Ropes.
Since leaving behind the amateur ranks in 2003 Duddy has blossomed in to New York’s biggest boxing star racking up 20 straight wins during his time Stateside.
A mouth watering World title clash with middleweight champ Jermain Taylor is on the cards but first Duddy wants to make his mark on this side of the Atlantic – and he reckons Irish fight fans won’t recognize him! continue
29.05.07 - Boxingrealm’s, Phillip Pastrano sat in on today’s conference call involving current WBC light heavyweight champion Chad Dawson and his challenger, Jesus Ruiz and asked them about their upcoming title bout on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING, June 9 with the telecast beginning at 10 PM ET/PT. continue
30.05.07 - Universum Box-Promotion today announced one of the main undercard attractions for Felix Sturm’s WBA ‘world’ middleweight title defence on June 30 at the Porsche Arena in Stuttgart, Germany. It’s a facinating heavyweight clash between WBA No. 7 Taras Bidenko and Fight Production’s Dutch destroyer Richel Hersisia. Bidenko not only puts his world rating and WBA Intercontinental title on the line, but also his future with promoters Universum in what is an eliminator of fighters jointly promoted by Universum, respectively its sidekick Spotlight Boxing.
The fight is a huge break-through chance for the 33-year-old Dutch and Benelux champion Hersisia, who feels that – despite once calling himself WBF ‘world’ champion – he has been unfairly underestimated for too long. continue
29.05.07 - By Eric Sloan: Truth be told, I am not yet an advocate for open scoring because such would make Harold Lederman moot, spoil Jim Lampley’s speculative fun, and cause Larry Merchant to shout nothing but “I can’t stand this incompetence” at something other than Steve Smoger. Alright, perhaps I am closer to picking up the open scoring flag than I first made out; however, at this stage, I will simply defend the idea. continue
29.05.07 - By Taj Eubanks: Let’s pretend for a moment that we live in a perfect world, that our beloved sport was actually thriving. That it was not relegated to the back pages of major media publications and that it didn’t depend on one superfight to save it from its obvious decline. That politics didn’t prevent good matchups from happening and that there weren’t multitudes of champions at each weight class. That fighters didn’t duck and dodge one another or that you could, like in the seventies and eighties, see great fights for FREE on television.
Wouldn’t that be grand? Well, down South (in my neck of the woods) there is a popular saying that simply states, “People in jail want out and people in hell want ice water.” continue
29.05.07 - By James Slater: On Saturday, June 9th, at approximately the same time big name players from the world of boxing such as Antonio Tarver, Zab Judah and Miguel Cotto will be plying their trade on the big stage, a veteran former middleweight will be doing likewise. Yet on a much less publicised and financially rewarding scale. Forty year old Youngstown native, Lenzie “Lightening” Morgan is the man this article is dedicated to. The same Lenzie Morgan I recall seeing for the first ever time fighting Britain’s Nigel Benn way back in October of 1991. That bout, Morgan’s 19th, was contested at super-middleweight. continue
29.05.07 - By Jaime Castro-Núñez: Montería, in Northern Colombia, is a tranquil, yet commercially active city located along the banks of the Sinu River, well-known for its fructiferous soil, for the beauty of its women, and for being the home-city of Miguel “Happy” Lora, the charismatic boxer that reigned in the bantamweight division from 1985, when he categorically defeated Mexican warrior Daniel Zaragoza in Miami, FL, to 1988, when he loss the belt to Raúl “Jíbaro” Pérez in Las Vegas, NV.
Born Miguel Lora Escudero on April 12, 1961, he was nicknamed “Happy” by his Aunt Marina, who used to wake him up saying, in English, “happy day, Miguel” and he remained Miguel “Happy” Lora for the rest of his life. Lora started his boxing career at an early age, as he grew up watching local legends such as Cipriano “Barbulito” Zuluaga and Enrique “Quique” Higgins, whose skills impressed him to the point that he did not want to do anything else, but boxing. continue
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – Toyo Tire (U.S.A.) Corporation has another champion under its belt as Toyo-sponsored Quinton “Rampage” Jackson defeated Chuck “The Iceman” Liddell during UFC 71 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on the evening of May 26th. Jackson became the new UFC® (Ultimate Fighting Championship®) light heavyweight champion by surprising Liddell with a right hook which sent him to the mat during the first round. Jackson seized the opportunity to overcome the stunned Liddell with a series of blows to score a TKO only 1 minute 53 seconds into the fight. continue
29.05.07 - Amir Khan may have taken to the sunny climes of Tenerife ahead of his clash with Willie Limond - but the Scotsman is hoping home comforts can set him up for an against-the-odds win. The Commonwealth lightweight champion, who fights Khan on July 14 at the O2 Arena, London, has set up training camp at Fort William as he attempts to successfully defend his belt. The rural retreat was much loved by former WBO World Featherweight champion Scott Harrison, who would regularly take to the surrounding mountains in a grueling fitness regime. continue
New York, May 29—Undefeated Jewish fighters Dmitriy Salita and Yuri Foreman will be among the celebrities at Jewish Stars: A Celebration of Jewish Heritage to benefit the Jewish National Fund on Monday night, June 4, at La Carne Grill kosher restaurant. The fighters will be joined from 6:30 to 8:30 PM for wine tasting and hors d’oevres event by Jewish rap star Remedy, and celebrity appearances by 1969 Mets world champion Art Shamsky, former Knicks and Duke standout Art Heyman, sportscasters Len Berman, Warner Wolf, and Kenny Albert, Daily News columnist Vic Ziegel, and author Evan Weiner. continue
29.05.07 - By Bernie McCoy: Singers sing, actors act, writers write and fighters fight. That's only one of the reasons Christy Martin is stepping into the ring on June 2 in Lake Charles, LA for a six round bout with an undefeated Hammond, IN boxer, Amy Yuratovac. Christy Martin is a fighter. Another reason is, as Martin told me on the telephone last week from her training base in Florida, "I love it, I'd like to get to fifty (wins, she currently has 46), but the main reason is, I love it." continue
28.05.07 - By Izyaslav “Slava” Koza: On June 2nd a potential slugfest of titanic proportions awaits anybody adventurous enough to purchase the PPV WBO title fight between champ Shannon Briggs and his #1 contender Sultan Ibragimov. From the opinions that I have read and seen most fans and opinion makers believe Briggs will be too much for Ibragimov and the champ will retain his title more then likely by a quick and quiet-less KO. While there is no denying that this sensational result is a possibility I believe there is more to this fight then meets the eye.
Most of the predictions I have seen are based on Ibragimov’s weak showing against Ray Austin with whom he fought to a draw in his second to last bout. Though I understand why most think this will be a factor as I have kept reminding readers and re-writing over and over: continue
28.05.07 - Philadelphia, PA (May, 28 2007)-After an eighteen hour flight and as soon as he received his luggage at Philadelphia International Airport, brand new IBF Cruiserweight champion, Steve “USS” Cunningham was whisked away to the NBC-10 studios on Philadelphia’s main line to make his first appearance as a world champion on the 6 o’clock news with sports anchor John Clark. continue
28.05.07 - By Ted Sares: This championship fight is scheduled for June 2 in Atlantic City. Shannon Briggs has been atypically quiet in the lead up to this fight which reflects serious focus and determination. Surprisingly, it is Sultan ahmed “Sultan” Ibragimov who seems to be doing most of the mouth work. “I’m tired of talking about the fight,” said Ibragimov recently. “I just want to get in the ring and take my title. I won’t be denied my dreams.” But if Sultan performs as he did against Ray Austin, he will be having nightmares. Here is how I see it playing out.
As the bell rings for round one, "The Cannon goes after Ibragimov, 20-1-1, by launching an all-out attack, a mugging if you will. The Russian, surprised by Briggs' ferocity, backs off and tries to tie him up, but this time and unlike the Lennox Lewis fight, the big dread-locked fighter from Brooklyn does not let his opponent off the hook and clubs him to the canvas with heavy punches. continue
28.05.07 - By Taj Eubanks: Prodigy. Savant. Genius. Many an accolade has been bestowed upon arguably the most gifted fighter of the last twenty years, “Pretty Boy” Floyd Mayweather, Jr. (38-0, 24 ko’s). Much has been written about the 30 year-old from Grand Rapids, Michigan who over the span of nearly eleven years has forged an absolutely brilliant career.
His oft-discussed spider-like reflexes, old-school defensive genius, legendary work ethic (bordering on the sadistic), complete arsenal of offensive weapons, and unrivaled ring intelligence are beyond reproach. In fact, no one in recent times except the great Roy Jones, Jr. has even come close in terms of natural ability. Floyd is as comfortable in the ring as a fish in water or a bird in the sky, the product of one of boxing’s most celebrated pugilistic families. continue
Welterweight Gilbert Venegas traveled to Albuquerque, New Mexico this past Friday and battled highly regarded tough veteran Jesus Soto Karass to a draw in an outstanding battle broadcast internationally on Telefutura’s Friday night boxing series, SOLO BOXEO TECATE. The high action, hard fought fight took place at the Isleta Casino Resort in front of a packed house of over 2,800 fight fans and is certainly a candidate for the Fight of the Year. continue
Undefeated Russian middleweight prospect Victor Polyakov returns to action in Chicago this Friday night, June 1st at Cicero Stadium as he takes on Puerto Rican prospect Rene Luis Sierra in a six round bout at TEST OF COURAGE, another evening of world class professional boxing presented by 8 Count Productions, HOME OF THE BEST IN CHICAGO BOXING. continue
Fresh off a fishing trip in his native northern Florida, undefeated light heavyweight prospect Tavoris Cloud spoke about his move in the rankings to #15 in the IBF and #26 in the WBC. The 25 year old Cloud’s record stands at 15-0 with fourteen knockouts after his brutal first round stoppage of Jim Strohl on May 11th in Chicago. continue
28.05.07 - By Steven Shabo: The world will soon know. The world will soon know if the man they call Kimbo Slice can really fight. We will finally know if this Miami bodyguard is more than just a bare-knuckle brawler and super-hyped internet creation. On June 23, 2007, Slice will make his professional mixed martial arts debut against former heavyweight champ Ray Mercer at the Cage Fury Fighting Championship 5 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. continue
27.05.07 - By Jim Amato: He turned professional in 1958 and ten years and one day after his pro debut he became a world champion. Nevertheless, it was a long road for Argentine defensive wizard Nicolino Locche. By the time he met Paul Fuji in Tokyo, Japan for the World Boxing Association Light Welterweight title, Locche had amassed over one hundred fights. He halted the pained and frustrated Fuji in the tenth round to capture the crown. continue
27.05.07 - By James Slater: The big bill at the Fed-Ex Forum in Memphis last week certainly stirred up a lot of alternate opinions regarding the middleweight division we have today. In particular, Jermain Taylor, in his defence against light middleweight fighter, Cory Spinks, drew tons of criticism.
And deservedly so. While at the same time the unbeaten Ohio fighter, Kelly Pavlik, gained a whole lot of well earned praise for both his taking on of the extremely dangerous Columbian puncher in Edison Miranda, and his knockout victory of the same man. We just do not know who the best 160 pound fighter in the world is now, do we? Winky Wright, judged by most to be the best at middleweight, instead engages in a catch-weight fight with all-time great Bernard Hopkins in July. continue
27.05.07 - By Taj Eubanks: One of the continuing criticisms of our great sport (along with outrageously-priced low-quality pay-per-views, poor judging, and backroom politics) is that it seems as if there is often a title bout in which the challenger is unworthy of the title shot in question.
One need look no further than the mercurial Zab Judah (34-4), who seems to have nine professional lives despite repeated meltdowns during his most important fights. Judah, a supremely-skilled southpaw who had been compared early on to Hall-of-Famer Pernell “Sweet Pea” Whitaker, possesses a skillset that most pugs would die for—quicksilver handspeed, nifty footwork, knockout power with the left hand and decent power with the right, and a better-than-average ring I.Q. continue
27.05.07 - King Arthur celebrated a spectacular return to the ring as he destroyed Sebastien Demers in just three rounds. The IBF middleweight champion (23-0, 18 KOs) crowned a furious series of hard punches with a big right to the head that sent his opponent down. Demers scrambled back to his feet but the referee waved the bout off. "That was a sensational performance by Arthur," manager Wilfried Sauerland lauded. "He is without a doubt the best German boxer and he will clean up the middleweight division."
Fighting for the first time since his legendary victory over Edison Miranda, Abraham looked like he had never been away. continue
(Referee Big John McCarthy, seen here helping a dazed Chuck Liddell up off the mat seconds after stopping the fight in the 1st round) 26.05.07 - Once again, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson (27-6) has shocked the UFC world, this time with a 1st round knockout over Chuck “The Iceman” Liddell (20-4) on Saturday night at UFC 71 to win the UFC light heavyweight title. As before, in their previous bout in 2003, Jackson just had the better overall slugging skills for Liddell, 37, to deal with.
As the fight started, Liddell seemed very cautious of Jackson, and stayed on the outside, circling constantly and throwing nothing but an occasional jab. He briefly attempted a right hand, but caught a left-right combination from Jackson for his efforts. Shortly after, Lidell attempted to land a left to the body, and Jackson answered immediately with a huge windmill right hook that crashed off of Liddell’s jaw sending him down to the mat flat on his back and badly hurt. Jackson quickly followed up with three more shots which Liddell was helpless to block. The second shot, a big right hand, caused Liddell to go completely flat and motionless for a second, initiating the stoppage. continue
Katowice, Poland (May 26, 2007)—Steve “USS” Cunningham took the IBF Cruiserweight championship with a twelve round majority decision over reigning champion Krzysztof Wlodarczyk on Saturday night. Cunningham (20-1, 10 KO’s) built an early lead and never looked back despite the close scores. Those scores read 116-112 from Alejandro Lopez, Somsak Sirianant saw the fight 115-112 for Cunningham while Bob Gibson scored the fight 114-114.
This was a rematch of a fight that happened six months earlier when Wlodarczyk won a hotly disputed split decision over Cunningham in a bout where many who saw the fight thought the Philadelphian pulled out the fight. continue
26.05.07 - By James Slater: Right about now, we in Britain should be watching the Matt Skelton vs. Michael Sprott heavyweight rumble. Unfortunately, due to the leg injury sustained by the man who so impressively KO’d Audley “A-Force” Harrison in his last performance, there is no heavyweight showdown in the U.K tonight. Also, adding to the disappointment regarding British fighters, news has just broken that Clinton Woods’ rematch with the teak-tough Julio Gonzalez - originally scheduled as chief support to the Ricky Hatton-Jorge Luis Castillo fight in Las Vegas in June - has been set back too. continue
26.05.07 - By Izyaslav “Slava” Koza: There was no surprises in Germany for Alexander Povetkin as he easily put away Canadian Patrice L'Heureux in the second round. It was difficult to give Povetkin too much credit, however, as the Canadian looked like some sort of amalgamation between Eric Esch and a poor man’s Samuel Peter. The Canadian stood in place almost immobile trying to jab rather then counter from such a position.
Povetkin had a ball moving in and out as he wanted and striking with whatever punches he wanted. Though Patrice held his hands high, Alexander easily punched through the guard and forced his opponent to the ropes at will. The ref made a mercy stoppage in the second after L’Heureux was pinned to the ropes. In America they might have let it go till somebody hit the canvas but after the token protest you could see the Canadian’s legs were doing the drunken dance. continue
26.05.07 - By Izyaslav “Slava” Koza: It was a welcome and sweet return to the ring for Armenian born German Arthur Abraham as he took out Canadian Sebastian Demers in 3. The bout started off tentatively with the first round showing both men having their moments but due to lack of accuracy on Abraham’s part the round going to the Canadian. In the second more of the same continued but Abraham found his form and landed a few more telling and accurate blows. In the third the bout came to a screeching halt as Abraham’s accuracy finally buzzed Demers and he fell to the ropes looking to Winky Wright his way out of a jam.
Abraham as promised went after the Canadian’s body and forced to run across to the other side of the ring to hide from the assault. There was no hiding, however, as a massive straight right landed from left field flush on Demer’s jaw. While he was able to get to his feet his lack of balance and senses forced the ref to call a halt to the bout. continue
26.05.07 - By Miguel Velasco: Steve “USS” Cunningham (20-1, 10 KO’s), gained revenge for a previous loss on Saturday, by winning a 12-round majority decision over IBF cruiserweight champion Krzysztof Wlodarczyk (37-2, 27 KO’s) at Katowice, in Poland. The final judges’ scores were 116-112, 115-112 and 114-114.
The scores, however, were not indicative of the actual fight that took place, I must say, as Wlodarczyk did very little until late in the fight. It’s not that he didn’t try, but he clearly was putting in the effort, yet his hand speed was so poor, made much worse by the nature in which he was telegraphing his punches. continue
(Marco Huck, on right, landing a right uppercut to the head of Vadim Tokarev) 26.05.07 - By Scott Frake: Unbeaten cruiserweight Marco Huck (19-0, 14 KO’s) won a convincing 12-round majority decision over Vadim Tokarev (23-1-1, 16 KO’s) on Saturday night in the IBF eliminator at the Jako Arena, in Bamberg, Germany.
Huck, 22, controlled the action for much of the bout, landing multiple combinations frequently. Though Tokarev was the aggressor through much of the action, he lacked power in his punches and he did little damage to Huck, who had little trouble taking the shots. From the first round on, Huck punished Tokarev at his leisure, choosing when to attack and when to back off and go into his shell. continue
25.05.07 - By Fritz Drexel: The women’s WBA flyweight champion Susianna Kentikian (17-0, 13 KO’s) had a tough time on Friday night with French challenger Nadia Hockmi (9-5-1, 5 KO’s), in winning a grueling split decision victory at the ProSieben Fight Night in Cologne, Germany. The judges’ scores were 97-93, 98-92 Kentikian and 97-93 Hockmi. Kentikian, 19, originally from Yerevan, Armenia, now living and fighting in Hamburg, Germany, was making her second title defense of her WBA flyweight champion ship.
Having been accustomed to winning by early knockouts, Kentikian, 5’1,” struggled in the later rounds as Hockmi, both taller and more energetic, took the fight to her starting in the 6th round, punishing her combinations. In the first five rounds, Kentikian, nicknamed “The Killer Queen,” used foot movement and sharp combinations to keep Hockmi at bay. However, Hockmi was a virtual punching machine, always coming forward throwing left-right shots, though without much power behind them. continue
(Lamont Peterson, pictured here) 25.05.07 - By Jeff Bastasini: Unbeaten prospects Lamont and Anthony Peterson, had a relatively easy time on Friday night, winning by KO’s at the DC Armory in Washington, DC. Anthony Peterson, (23-0, 17 KO’s), though had a tough time with southpaw, Luis Ernesto Jose (27-5-2, 24 KO’s), who was able to hit Anthony often with huge shots, before tiring under the constant attack by Anthony and being stopped in the 9th round.
Light welterweight, Lamont Peterson, 23, the older brother, showed excellent skills in the process of stopping John Brown in the 8th round. Using a vicious body attack, Lamont pounded away at Brown with combinations to his midsection and completely outclassed him in a one-sided boxing affair. continue
26.05.07 - By James Slater: The heavyweight division has had more than its share of switches and changes over the last couple of years or so. Indeed, there have been more comings and going atop the big guy’s weight class just lately than there have been unfulfilled Frank Warren world title fight promises for the British heavyweight trio that is Matt Skelton, Danny Wiliams and Michael Sprott. No sooner, it seems, does a guy win a big fight/title, he loses after only a couple of defences or none at all.
Lamon Brewster looked like a guy who might hang around as a champ for a while. Instead, he shocked both Wladimir Klitschko and the odds in a war of a fight, but then lost, after a reign of two years, to Sergei Liakhovich. “The White Wolf,” a fighter some then felt might be the guy to dominate the division, instead went and lost to the thirty-five year old Shannon Briggs in his next bout. And Briggs, according to the odds maker’s, is sure to lose his WBO belt in HIS first defence, against Sultan Ibragimov. Who is out there to bring stability to this weight class? continue
(Frank Bruno, former WBC heavyweight champion, in photo) 25.05.07 - By Ted Sares: Jamaica is known for great reggae singers, wonderful and hard working people, fantastic food, beautiful beaches, and an interesting bob sledding team. While boxing is not an active sport, the tiny island nation has had a hand in producing (either by birth or by parentage) a disproportionate number of very notable boxers. But you'd never know it because many fight under the flags of the countries to which they immigrated. As Jamaican boxing expert and essayist, Scott Neufville, puts it, "The world has seen many great Jamaican fighters. The world has watched as they have pummeled champions, broken gladiators and stood proud above fallen warriors. But the world has not known they were Jamaican."
Two such fighters went to war last year in Hollywood, FL and when the dust settled, road warrior Glen Johnson, who was born in Jamaica, had been crowned the new International Boxing Association champion, but his opponent, Richard "The Destroyer" Hall had earned considerable respect for a competitive and gusty showing. continue
25.05.07 - For two super middleweight fighters who may wind up in opposite corners this November, WBA-WBC champion Mikkel Kessler and boxing legend Roy Jones Jr. are quite agreeable. Jones, who has a July 14 PPV TV date upcoming in Biloxi, Ms., against Anthony Hanshaw, said that WBO 168-pound champ Joe Calzaghe and his promoter Frank Warren have completely given him the runaround. According to the 50-4 future Hall Of Famer, Super Joe and Warren were never serious about making a Jones-Cazlaghe fight.
“They wanted me to go to England to fight Joe and I said yes,” Jones said. “But they make a lowball offer. They never thought I’d agree to go his country to fight Joe so I fooled them. My phone stopped ringing after I told them and the world I would go there to fight Joe. Now it would be stupid for me to chase Joe around. If I win this fight, and I’m not looking past Hanshaw by any means, then maybe I can fight Kessler for his two titles in November. Kessler sounds serious about fighting me so I’d be stupid not to look into it. I don’t duck and dodge nobody.” continue
25.05.07 - By Ted Sares: He represented Brazil, in the 1956 Olympics and then turned professional in 1957 at 21. His nickname was "The Golden Bantam" and his final record was 72-2-4 with 50 KO’s and a KO percentage of 68%. He was one of the few champions to have never suffered a knockout. Eder Jofre (born March 26, 1936), is considered to be the best Brazilian boxer of all time....and arguably the greatest Bantamweight of all time. In an article by Dan Cuoco, Director of the International Boxing Research Organization (IBRO), he calls Jofre "The Second Best Pound-for-Pound Fighter in Boxing History." He was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1992. I have him well placed in my top 25 fighters since 1950.
With one punch knockout power in either hand, he also was a slickster with great technical skills and reflexes in the style of Sugar Ray Robinson and “Feo” Rodriguez. He had the hook and the straight right; hell, he had it all. A classic body puncher who would wear his opponents down before moving upstairs for the kill, he did his work in a bobbing and weaving manner. continue
25.05.07 - By Jaime Castro-Núñez: The day in which inspiration assaulted Colombian musician Jairo Varela to write the lyrics of the song “Buenaventura y Caney,” nobody could even imagine that on the streets of Colombia’s most important seaport in the Pacific Coast, there was Edison Miranda, a 7-year-old boy who had been abandoned by his mother six years earlier. And while the inspiration told the genius musician to write “in the pacific coast there is a town we keep in our souls, here we have love, happiness, and party,” the boy was working hard without a minute of rest. “I just wanted to be a kid and play the whole day,” said adult Edison when asked about those days of solitude and neglect.
When salsa music group Niche sang Varela’s final product, in Puerto Rico everybody knew that Buenaventura was “Gibarito´s land” and in New York, Venezuela and Panama people loved when Varela apologized for not honoring them with the song. continue
25.05.07 - By Monte Cox: Boxing is a sport that has a 125 year history. It is the oldest major surviving sport. John L. Sullivan was America’s first sports hero in 1882, now in 2007 we can look back on a sport that has a history richer and deeper than any other including Baseball. When creating a list of the greatest, most accomplished men to ever participate in a sport with such a long history there is bound to be some variance of opinion.
The original ESPN list is highly controversial with some analysts claiming they showed favoritism to fighters they have film rights on and neglecting many other deserving candidates. Others, especially some younger fans tended to think that they showed favoritism to old time fighters. One misinformed fan posted on a message board “Can they get someone under 100 years old to make these lists?” Of course the far worse problem would be having someone whose knowledge of the sport beyond 1980 is very limited. In order to make a correct list the examiner needs a thorough knowledge of the game, its history, its competitors and the circumstances of the era in which they fought. continue
25.05.07 - By Ted Sares: Former world champion Roy Jones Jr. (50-4, 38 KOs) will go up against unbeaten Anthony Hanshaw (21-0-1, 14 KOs) in a light heavyweight bout on July 14 at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum and Convention Center in Biloxi. The name of the event is "He's Baack! Witness The Return Of A King."
To Roy’s credit, Anthony is no easy opponent; he is young, reasonably tough, undefeated and represents a threat. But Roy Jones Jr. is no Jean Paul Mendy. Indeed, aside from Mendy and Rocky Camou, Anthony’s level of opposition leaves something to be desired.
What makes this fight compelling is Roy’s vulnerability. Which Jones’s will we see? The one who was sent to dreamland by Johnson and given some scary moments by Prince Adjamu in the first round of their fight, or the one who was throwing combinations, superb body shots, shooting blistering leads, and using great footwork during the rest of his fight with The Prince? continue
May 25, 2007 -- HBO Sports is presenting a thirty-minute special analyzing the upcoming HBO pay-per-view welterweight title fight between Miguel Cotto (29-0, 24 KOs) and Zab Judah (34-4, 25 KOs). This intriguing 147-pound matchup features an undefeated world champion from Puerto Rico confronting the challenge of a New York product on his home turf at boxing’s most revered venue. The special "COUNTDOWN TO COTTO-JUDAH," which will feature fighter profiles, expert analysis and forecasts for the pay-per-view showdown, will premiere Saturday night, June 2 at 9:30 p.m. ET/PT on HBO. continue
24.05.07 - By Richard Rodriguez at ringside: James Toney (70-6-3, 43 KO's) W 70 (43 ko's) struggled tonight to win a 10-round split decision victory over journeyman fighter Danny Batchelder (25-5-1, 12 KO's) at the HP pavillion in San Jose, California. The scores were 98-92, 97-93 for Toney and 96-94 for Batchelder. The San Jose crowd, usually more accustomed hard working fighters, were none too impressed with Toney's economical, energy preserving counter punching style and let him know about it with a shower of boos for much of the bout. continue
In a legitimate Fight of the Year candidate, WBO welterweight champion Antonio “The Tijuana Tornado” Margarito (34-4, 1 NC, 24 KOs) will make his seventh defense when he faces unbeaten, No. 1-ranked contender Paul “The Punisher” Williams (32-0, 24 KOs) in the main event of a stellar fight card Saturday, July 14, 2007, in the outdoor tennis stadium at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. continue
24.05.07 - By Gary Jones: James Toney (69-6-3, 43 KO’s) returns to the ring tonight for a 10-round tune-up bout against Danny Batchelder (25-4-1, 12 KO’s) at the HP pavilion in San Jose, California. Toney, 38, always one to struggle with keeping his weight down, is coming into the bout at 229 lbs, slightly lighter than usual, but a far cry from the 160 lbs he fought at while campaigning as a talented middleweight fighter 15-years ago, while in his prime. Since then, Toney has eaten his way out of one weight class after another, though not without winning titles in the middleweight, super middleweight, light heavyweight and cruiserweight divisions. He almost had a major heavyweight title, winning a 12-round decision over John Ruiz for the WBA heavyweight title in April 2005, but the fight was ruled a no contest after Toney tested positive afterwards for steroids.
Unfortunately, it’s been pretty much downhill for Toney since then, with him winning only once in the past two years, while losing twice and fighting to a draw. In fact, he's lost his last two fights going into his bout with Batchelder, each against Samuel Peter. Before that, Toney fought to a draw with Hasim Rahman, though many people consider this a loss for Toney as well, as he was pretty thoroughly handled by the bigger Rahman for most of the bout. continue
24.05.07 - By John Martinez, BoxingRealm.com: Earlier in the day, a conference call was held to promote the upcoming title fight for Antonio Margarito’s (34-4, 24 KO’s) WBO welterweight belt when he takes on the unbeaten challenger Paul Williams (32-0, 24 KO’s) at the Home Depot Center in Carson, CA on July 14.
Both fighters talked to reporters about the famed sparring session that took place three years ago between the two and each guy gave conflicting accounts as to who got the best of whom. Williams laid claim to damaging Margarito to the body and eye while Margarito stated that Williams refused to continue the session. However, both men agreed that on July 14, they would leave everything in the ring and nothing to chance.
I for one am anxious for this fight because I believe it will have provide a prominent shakeup in the welterweight division and it will give the fans what they deserve, a real fight. continue
24.05.07 - By Anthony Coleman: After his recent performance on Saturday night I think it is fair to say that Jermain Taylor has now become one of the most maligned champions in boxing today. This isn’t hyperbole; an overreaction to one bad performance. Instead it is a culmination of long simmering resentment held by boxing fans. They view Jermain Taylor as a built up HBO product with severely limited skills, a benefactor of both HBO’s cheerleading and dubious decisions by the judges. Oh yeah and his last two fights were against undeserving junior middleweight challengers and he failed to look impressive in either one of those fights.
Add it all it up and you are left with a fighter with declining credibility amongst fans, and when that happens fans won’t watch his fights on HBO or go to the arenas to see him. Taylor is no stuck in the proverbial rock and the hard place, and he must do something in order to avoid becoming the boxing version of Kwame Brown. continue
The World Boxing Commission will present the U.S. Virgin Islands’ own Julian “The Hawk“ Jackson, (55-6, 49 KO's) former WBA Light Middleweight Champion and former WBC Middleweight Champion with a permanent Middleweight Championship Belt in an official ceremony hosted by Governor John P. deJongh, Jr. and Lieutenant Governor Gregory R. Francis on Monday, June 18, 2007.
On hand to make the presentation will be WBC Vice President Lloyd Van Putten joined by several representatives of the Boxing World to include: Joe Cortez, Emile Griffith, and Dave Selwyn.
Governor deJongh stated, “This is an extremely important and proud occasion for Mr. Jackson and the people of the U.S. Virgin Islands because during the course of his active boxing career, he was never permanently issued his WBC Belt. This is not only national and international media event, but a historical event that will add yet another chapter to the legacy of Julian’s illustrious career and as world-renown Champion Boxing. continue
24.05.07 - By James Slater: WBC light-heavyweight king, “Bad” Chad Dawson is a fighter many believe to be on the verge of superstardom. The unbeaten twenty-four year old southpaw hailing from New Haven, Connecticut, won his world title last time out via a comprehensive and very impressive points victory of the then unbeaten Tomasz Adamek. Chad’s decision to part company with trainer Dan Birmingham and join forces with Floyd Mayweather Senior just before this fight in February raised a number of eyebrows. The move proved to be a successful one, however, and Dawson feels he is now a complete fighter under his new coach.
Currently in training for his first title defence - against Mexican tough guy, Jesus Ruiz, in a fight that will take place on the under card of Antonio Tarver’s comeback bout against Elvir Muriqi - Chad graciously took time out to speak with this writer. Here is what “Bad” Chad had to say. continue
(Emanuel Steward, seen here giving Jermain Taylor an earful in between the 11th & 12th round of the Taylor-Spinks bout) 24.05.07 - By Eric R. Sloan: Remember the look on Michael Spinks’ face during referee instructions before he fought Mike Tyson? Under the boxing definition of fear, that look on Spinks’ face is referenced. It is rare, however, that fight fans get such an obvious insight into a fighter’s mental preparedness, or lack thereof, before the opening bell. Spinks, a hall of famer, had never showed “the look” before that night. Ninety-one seconds later, Spinks suffered the only loss of his professional career and retired from the sport.
More often, however, a fighter’s mental deficits surface publicly during the one minute rest periods between rounds. The classic example of such is Teddy Atlas and Michael Moorer. Atlas set the bar for creative tough love and one minute motivational speaking. I’m not sure Moorer ever really understood or appreciated it, but he became heavyweight champion regardless because Atlas knew how to manage this problem after years of practice. While Atlas is in a class of his own in this respect, Emmanuel Steward has a history of opening cans of verbal whoop derriere in the corner—most trainers do. continue
24.05.07 - By Taj “Yuma” Eubanks: Last Saturday’s middleweight championship bout between the universally-recognized middleweight kingpin Jermain Taylor and the recognized junior middleweight champ Corey Spinks on HBO’s World Championship Boxing did little to convince an increasingly uncaring public of boxing’s well-being. In fact, judging by the chorus of boos that erupted with disturbing frequency from the sparsely populated arena, one would think that boxing barely had a pulse.
Not only did the main event fail to entertain, but also it paled in comparison to the blitzkrieg that was the co-main event. In fact, one would think that the explosion that was Edison Miranda-Kelly Pavlik was the event that people came to see. The boxing world knew beforehand that the Taylor-Spinks affair had the makings of a snooze-fest, so our collective anticipations turned (and rightfully so) to the head-to-head between the division’s top-ranked contenders. continue
24.05.07 - Pound for pound king of the ring and newly crowned WBC super welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather is coming to the District of Columbia to attend this Friday's ESPN2's 'Friday Night Fights' at the D.C. Armory, featuring the hometown debuts of rising stars Anthony Peterson and Lamont Peterson. Mayweather, who will be accompanied by longtime advisor, trainer and friend Leonard Ellerbe—a District native who grew up in Northeast area—will sit ringside with Mayor Adrian Fenty for the action-packed fight night.
Mayweather will also take time to visit with hundreds of military men, women and their families in attendance as part of a special tribute to the Armed Forces for the Memorial Day match-up. continue
24.05.07 - Mike Indri, Retired Boxers Foundation: New York - If television's reality boxing series "The Contender" has done anything for it's participants, it has provided several young fighters with very rare and beneficial mainstream exposure, as well as some well deserved finances. A majority of those that fought on the "The Contender", such as Peter Manfredo, Sergio Mora, Joey Gilbert, and now Alfonso Gomez, are better known and more recognizable than most of the current world champions within boxing continue
24.05.07 - Israel “Magnifico” Vazquez and his manager Frank Espinoza have chosen Joe Goossen as their trainer for Vazquez’s huge rematch on August 4th against WBC Superbantam weight champion Rafael Marquez. Vazquez was formerly trained by Freddie Roach. “Joe Goossen is a well respected trainer and a very knowledgeable person,” said Espinoza. “He’s also a great strategist. We’re very happy with our choice.” Marquez beat Vazquez by seventh round TKO in a thriller on March third. continue
Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions and Chicago’s 8 Count Productions are teaming up again for an outstanding evening of world class professional boxing on Friday, June 1st at Cicero Stadium, featuring some of the sports finest prospects and future world champions. Said De La Hoya about the eight bout TEST OF COURAGE card, “Golden Boy Promotions always looks forward to bringing quality fights to Chicago because it is home to some of the best boxing fans in the world.. continue
23.05.07 - Sultan Ibragimov is ready to put his unbeaten record up for grabs against the WBO Heavyweight Champion, Shannon Briggs, on Saturday, June 2nd at Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, NJ. The high-impact 12-round showdown is presented by Golden Boy Promotions and Seminole Warriors Boxing Promotions in association with Caesar’s Atlantic City, Nafta Moskya, Golden Grain, CSI Sports, Global Advertising and Main Events. The fight will be shown on Pay-Per-View and begins at 9:00 pm ET/ 6:00 pm PT. continue
IBF middleweight champion Arthur Abraham is thrilled to finally return to action on Saturday night when he takes on Sebastien Demers in his hometown of Bamberg, Germany. The unbeaten 27-year-old has been out of the ring ever since his legendary battle with Edison Miranda who dropped a unanimous points verdict even though Abraham had his jaw broken twice. King Arthur (22-0, 17 KOs) is confident that neither the injury nor the two titanium plates inside his jaw will hinder him in the ring. "I am back in great shape," he said.
"I´ve been training for five months now and can´t wait to fight again. Demers probably hopes that the jaw will bother me. First of all, I have already forgotten that it was broken, and secondly, he won´t even hit me."
It will be a special homecoming for the IBF champion who grew up in Bamberg. "The support of my hometown fans will give me another boost," he stated. "I want to show them my talent. I won´t disappoint them." continue
New York, May 23—K2 Promotions announced today that it has won the purse bid for the European Championship between undefeated Russian star Zauerbek Baysangurov (15-0, 12 KO’s) and French standout Hussein Bayram (24-2, 13 KO’s) for the vacant European Super Welterweight title. The Baysangurov/Bayram fight will be the co-feature for the IBF/IBO Heavyweight Championship of the world between Wladimir Klitschko and Lamon Brewster held July 7th in Cologne, Germany. Both fights will be seen internationally in over 100 countries. continue
23.05.07 - By James Slater: Joining the currently large number of veteran heavyweights who refuse to retire for good, former two-time heavyweight champion Tim Witherspoon makes yet another comeback this coming July. Tim, now one year short of his half-century, boxes against a yet to announced opponent in Birmingham, England. Witherspoon’s having the desire to fight again when nearly fifty years of age is a quite shocking one, to say the least. His fighting days looked to be well and truly over back in 2003, the year the Philly boxer last made a ring appearance.
For four years ago, Tim was out pointed over ten rounds by one Brian Nix - the same Brian Nix, who, two fights later, would be stopped in three rounds by the then undefeated Audley Harrison. Before that loss, “Terrible” Tim was KO’d for one of the rare times in his long career, in five rounds by the soon-to-face Evander Holyfield, Lou Savarese. Coming back now, when he can surely be nothing more than four years older and who knows how many pounds heavier, can only be a bad idea, surely? continue
23.05.07 - Arena Box-Promotion distances itself from any kind of violence at ringside. The ringside fights on Universum’s 250th event last Saturday were not initiated or provoked by arena-CEO Ahmet Öner. “Fights should only be held inside the ring”, states Öner. “To my mind the presence of bodyguards and hired goons at ringside and especially the brutal attacks on spectators harm the image of boxing itself. People will not go to any boxing event anymore if they have to fear a bashing. Hence, being the reputable promoter I am, I had never provoked such a thing.. continue
23.05.07 - By Ted Sares: Different countries boast of their own great fighters. The English had gritty Nigel Benn and the great Lennox Lewis, the proud Cubans had the flashy Kid Gavilan and “El Feo” Rodriquez, the Nigerians had super talented Dick Tiger and Hogan "Kid" Bassey, the Ukraine has the Klitchko’s and so on. But for gaudy records, legendary fights and especially high drama, I have always had a great fondness for South American fighters and most particularly, for those from Argentina. Let’s go back in history now and look at a few of the more notable ones.
1. Carlos "Escopeta “(Shotgun) Monzon.
With a final record of 87-3-9 with 59 KO's, This powerful and rangy Argentinean killing machine, built like an iron rod, first captured the World Middleweight Boxing Championship in a shocking upset over the highly favored Nino Benvenuti. Who can forget the perfect rights cross to the jaw that was the coup de grace for Nino? continue
23.05.07 -Hennessy Sports head Mick Hennessy wants to know if rival boxing promoter Frank Warren intends for the British and Commonwealth super middleweight champion Carl Froch to share a ring with pop sensation Gwen Stefani. He is also wondering if the Sports Network chief now finally agrees with his opinion that Froch is the future of world boxing. It is a fair question; on Monday Warren made his second purse bid to secure the promotional rights to a mandatory defence by ‘The Cobra’. continue
23.05.07 - Boxing legend Roy Jones Jr. (50-4, 38 KOs) will get into the International Boxing Hall Of Fame by acclamation. But the greatest super middleweight fighter of all time is not ready to be enshrined just yet. Jones is fighting onward and no boxer is admitted into the hallowed halls in Canastota, N.Y., until he has been retired for five years.
"The Hall Of Fame...well, that will be nice. But I am not ready for that and I am not ready for any rocking chair, either," Jones said. "I am ready, willing and able to prove that I still have what it takes to be a world champion once more. That is why I am fighting a young, tough strong, undefeated guy like Anthony Hanshaw on Saturday, July 14 on PPV TV.
"There is plenty of boxing life left in me yet," Jones said. "I guess Joe Calzaghe knows that because he does not want any part of me. I am taking this fight to measure myself. No one can hold me to a greater standard than I hold myself. I will use Hanshaw as my measuring stick. I coming not only to win but to win big and to shine from start to finish. Age is just a number, I promise you, because you will see more than flashes of the Roy Jones Jr. that made all that boxing history." continue
22.05.07 - By Matt Stein: IBF middleweight champion Arthur Abraham (22-0, 17 KO’s) in his first fight since having his jaw broken in two separate places against the hard-punching Edison Miranda, defends his IBF middleweight crown against Canadian Sebastien Demers (20-0, 9 KO’s) at the Jako arena, in Bamberg, Germany. Abraham, 27, has been out of action since beating Edison Miranda on September 23, 2006, a fight that was marked with controversy and one which Abraham took a terrific amount of punishment in the process of winning.
Now, eight months later and with his broken jaw apparently healed and deemed ready to go by doctors in Germany, Abraham will be setting foot back in the ring, albeit against Demers, ranked # 15 by the IBF and not noted for having much power in his fists. continue
22.05.07 - By Ron Hansen: WBO Super middleweight champion Joe Calzaghe (43-0, 32 KO’s) is raring to go for a fight with Jermain Taylor (27-0-1, 17 KO’s), the WBC/WBO middleweight champion, especially after seeing Taylor’s latest poor showing last Saturday night against Cory Spinks. As things stand, Calzaghe’s promoter, Frank Warren, is still working on arranging the fight which they hope to take place in September if things can be worked out financially.
However, Taylor is not close to being satisfied with the money offer of $4 million, and reportedly wants much more than that, in the neighborhood of up to $6 million. This may seem unreasonable to some, however, Taylor has other fight options on the table to pursue, in particular with Kelly Pavlik (31-0, 28 KO’s), who easily destroyed the highly hyped knockout artist Edison Miranda last Saturday night. As of right now, there’s a huge demand for Pavlik vs. Taylor in the American public, which will only increase as the time goes on. Showing how desperate he has become, Calzaghe is now willing to come to the United States to fight Taylor, forgoing his usual pattern of fighting mainly in front of friendly audiences in the UK. continue
22.05.07 - By Sam Gregory: On Labor Day September 3, 1906 a classic championship fight took place in Goldfield, Nevada between two of the greatest lightweights to ever step in the ring. Joe Gans and Oscar “Battling” Nelson entered into a 45 round showdown for Gans’ lightweight title.
A couple things made this particular fight one of the true classic bouts of all time. First is the fact that Joe Gans is considered by many boxing historians to be the greatest light-weight fighter that ever lived. Born in Baltimore on November 25, 1874, Gans turned pro in 1891 at the age of 17. At a young age Gans already possessed great speed, power and combination punching ability. Newspapers from coast to coast wrote about Gans’ amazing speed, agility and clean hitting ability. continue
(Sergio Martinez, pictured here in 2005) 22.05.07 - By Ted Sares: While not necessarily new kids on the block, here are three to keep an eye on in 2007:
Bermane “B. WARE” Stiverne
From Laval, QC, Canada and now residing in Las Vegas, This heavyweight is 12-0 with all wins coming by KO. I have seen him fight twice and both times, he rendered his opponent unconscious (one was veteran Harold Sconiers).
Stiverne moves nicely for a big man and is very athletic. He has fast hands, uses stiff jabs, nice hooks, and closes matters with a devastating right. He also possess good defensive skills. I see him as having the entire package, but at age 30, he needs to step it up. I believe his agent is Lennox Lewis. continue
Michael Sprott has been forced to withdraw from his Commonwealth Heavyweight title challenge against Champion Matt Skelton this Saturday at the ExCeL London through injury. The Reading fighter injured a muscle in his left leg during a training session late last week. Following expert medical assesment Sprott has been advised not to go through with the fight and to rest. The injury is not career threatening and Sprott has been told he can resume training in a couple of weeks. continue
22.05.07 - By Wray Edwards: Former Heavyweight Champion of the World George Foreman is making the talk show rounds to promote his book "God In My Corner". He appeared on the Fox News show Hannity and Colmes to discuss his Boxing career, spiritual beliefs and family life. Of special interest to Boxing fans were his remarks about the famous contest he had in Zaire in the 1974 "Rumble In The Jungle."
George, who is never at a loss for words, exercised his friendly infomercial style and elected to highlight and discus, among other topics, his belief that he was slipped a Mickey in the dressing room just before entering the ring to face the "Rope-a-Dope". Here is part of this amazing interview:
George is welcomed to the show.
Colmes: "There was a piece on page six of the New York Post the other day saying that you might have been secretly drugged to lose to Muhammad Ali in your 1974 Rumble in the Jungle." continue
22.05.07 - By John Martinez, BoxingRealm.com: This afternoon I caught up with Roger Mayweather, uncle and trainer to pound for pound king, WBC junior middleweight champion “Pretty Boy” Floyd Mayweather Jr. Roger was very straight forward in his answers and equally explicit in expressing some of his thoughts to me, especially when he spoke about other trainers. Here is a direct transcript of our conversation unfiltered:
JM: Roger, thanks for taking time out to talk with me this afternoon.
RM: No problem man.
JM: I’d like to get right to it now. Jack Mosley stated that he and his son would pursue Floyd Jr. as Floyd’s next fight. Any truth to this?
RM: As far as I know, my nephew is planning on fighting in November, but I don’t know with who. There ain’t been no money talked about as far as I know right now between Shane and Floyd, but I know that he’s planning on getting in there again in November. continue
22.05.07 - Brooklyn's Shaun George knew he had to do more than just earn a victory; he needed to make an impression. Squaring off against his most difficult assignment to date, dangerous knockout artist Richard "The Destroyer" Hall, George shined on ESPN2's Friday Night Fights in front of a nationally televised audience. All three judges scored the bout 78-74, awarding Shaun George a unanimous decision win. Shaun George's record now stands at 14-2-2 (6 KO). continue
(Sydney, Australia: 22nd May 2007) - International Boxing Federation (IBF) super lightweight world boxing champion Lovemore "Black Panther" Ndou will be Live in the FOX SPORTS NEWS studios tonight, Tuesday May 22, 2007 at 9:00pm AEST. 35 year-old Ndou will be discussing his first world title defence against Paulie Malignaggi from Brooklyn, New York at the Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, Connecticut, USA on June 16, 2007. continue
21.05.07 - The fans go with the winner. When Trinidad fought Hopkins, at the beginning of the fight, everyone was chanting “Tito, Tito, Tito,” but in the fifth round, everyone was chanting, “Hopkins, Hopkins, Hopkins.” In St. Louis, (vs. Cory Spinks on 2/5/2005 in Cory’s hometown), it was a bigger place than The Garden and 23,000 people were against me, but by the end of the night, those same 23,000 people were with me. continue
21.05.07 - By James Slater: Twenty-eight year old Kosovo born Elvir Muriqi is eagerly awaiting his chance at causing a huge boxing upset next month. Facing the world renowned Antonio “Magic Man” Tarver for the vacant IBO light heavyweight title on June 9th, Elvir is very confident of making his name on the big stage. Nicknamed “The Kosovo Kid,” the man who relocated to his current home of New York is in the middle of intense training for his huge opportunity. With a very respectable record of 34-3 (21) the boxer-puncher says now is his time to shine and that he is very much ready for the highest profile opponent of his, now nine year, career. continue
HOLLYWOOD, FL, May 21 – It was a disappointing Saturday night in Memphis for middleweight contender Edison ‘Pantera’ Miranda as he suffered his first real loss of his career to Kelly Pavlik. But Miranda vows to be back in the ring and better than ever in the future.
“I’m sorry to all my fans for my performance on Saturday night,” said the gracious Miranda. “I let you down, but know that I tried my best with what I had to win the fight. I thank you for all the support you have given me and I promise that I will return to the top and win a world championship for you.”
“I realized the importance of this fight for my career, my fans and most of all, I did not want to disappoint HBO who has been my supporter after the events in Germany. I was faced with adversities that I have never had to deal with in this fight, with my weight,” said Miranda. continue
21.05.07 - By Steven Shabo: What Larry Merchant must be going through? After nearly a thirty year career with HBO Boxing, it was recently rumored that Merchant would be replaced when his contract expires in June by hot shot analyst, Max Kellerman. Like him or not, Larry Merchant is an original who definitely has his own style. It can’t feel good to be pushed out of your job at seventy-six by some slickster less than half your age. In fairness to HBO, it does appear that Merchant has slowed down a little over the past year.
His unique poetic metaphors have started to sound stale and his quick wit has seemed to dull to the point where HBO sports boss, Ross Greenburg, felt it was ultimately time to pull the plug on Jim Lampley’s longtime partner. It has been reported that HBO is trying to bring in the younger audience to its boxing broadcasts and apparently they believe a fast talking hipster like Kellerman is the ticket. I guess out with the old and in with the new. continue
21.05.07 - By James Slater: Jermain Taylor did it again on Saturday. He boxed negatively, boringly and without authority against a naturally smaller opponent. Against the feather-fisted Cory Spinks, Jermain refused to use his advantages in strength and power and instead allowed the challenger to hit and run his way to a close split decision.
As a result Taylor, now 27-0 (17) came very close to losing his title and unbeaten record. Why he didn’t try and bully his former welterweight/light middleweight of a challenger only he knows. His tactics during the “action” so perplexed his corner-man, Emanuel Steward, that the hall of fame trainer lost his temper and began to both scream and swear at his charge. So exasperated was he at Taylor’s refusal to get rough and tough with a fighter both men knew couldn’t hurt him with his punches. But Taylor, for whatever reasons, either would not or could not do as his coach was pleading. continue
HOLLYWOOD, FL, May 21– With a little over two weeks to go before his long-awaited shot at the World Heavyweight Championship, number one contender Sultan Ibragimov is punishing sparring partners and approaching his physical peak right on schedule for his June 2nd bout against WBO Champion Shannon Briggs. Now he just hopes Briggs will show up. “We pray that Briggs’ health will allow for him to make it to the fight on June 2nd,” said Ibragimov, who saw his first title shot in March get delayed when Briggs withdrew from the bout due to illness. continue
21.05.07 - By Eric R. Sloan: On May 5, 2007, Oscar De La Hoya and Floyd Mayweather, Jr. put on one of the most financially rewarding sparring sessions in boxing history, which was incorrectly titled “The Fight to Save Boxing.” From the press conferences to HBO’s 24/7 series, we were led to believe that the world was awaiting something explosive. By the millions, we paid for the hope of explosiveness. After it was over, we realized that we had purchased a sparkler instead of a bottle rocket. The reality is that no single fight can save the sport.
The middleweight encore was staged on Saturday night. The FedEx Forum in Memphis looked like a ghost town, which was probably fitting since the only star from who emerged was Kelly “The Ghost” Pavlik. Pavlik dismantled the hard-hitting Edison Miranda in the seventh round; however, an argument could be made that the fight should have been stopped a round earlier. continue
21.05.07 - Top promoter Frank Warren has won the right to stage Carl Froch's Commonwealth Super-Middleweight title defence against Ghana's Charles Adamu. Purse bids were opened today at the British Boxing Board of Control's headquarters in Cardiff and the winning bid delivered by Warren will once again ensure that Froch gets one of his biggest ever paydays courtesy of a rival promoter. continue
21.05.07 - By Christopher Roche - Commentary from Ringside. “Ireland’s” John Duddy entered the ring Friday night with a tight, new crewcut, and he traded in his traditional green trunks for blue with gold piping.
Despite his new look, the results stayed the same as Duddy graduated from the teens with his 20th straight victory.
Although Duddy’s opponent, Dupre “The Total Package” Strickland, of Slidell, LA, had most of us checking Boxrec, New York City’s Beacon Theater still hosted a spirited crowd that neared capacity. After absorbing a first round knockdown, Strickland managed to stay upright for the last nine, and he made a decent fight of it. continue
21.05.07 - Universum Box-Promotion GmbH distances oneself from the incident that happened during the "Universum Champions Night" at the Color Line Arena in Hamburg last Saturday night. All the security procedures at a Universum boxing event are supervised and taken care of by our partner Pütz Security for many years and we are very satisfied with their work. A right wing extremist background that has been said in a different press release is not true. In our collaboration with Pütz Security there has never been such an incident as the Pütz Security has employed an important number of people that have an international background. Every suspicion, that this was a direct attack against Mr. Öner and his accompanists is incorrect. With the fact that it was a public sporting event as well as an anniversary for Universum with it has to be referred as totally absurd. continue
21.05.07 - By Ted Sares: The rap on Ramirez was that he was a bit slow and ponderous, but if that's true, what does it say about the 82 opponents he KO'd?
Record: His boxing record is an "old school" 102-9 with 82 KOs and his KO percentage a great 74%.
Level of Opposition: Outstanding It included many former champions and Hall of Fame inductees. He fought such notables as Pernell Whittaker and Edwin Rosario each twice, Ruben Olivares, Hector Camacho, 26-0 at the time, Terrance Alli, Charlie "Choo Choo” Brown (who had taken the IBF Lightweight Title in 1984 from Melvin Paul), Julio Cesar Chavez, AND Cornelius Boza Edwards. He also did battle with Juan Martin Coggi, Vicente Saldivar, Aurelio Muniz, Irish Frankie Crawford, Jose Torres, Manuel Hernandez, Bostonian John Rafuse and Dominican Cocoa Sanchez (who had whipped Jerome Artis and Rocky Ramon). To his great credit, he had a penchant for going into his opponent's home town to fight. continue
21.05.07 - Frank Warren says the winner of this Saturday's big heavyweight clash in the East End will definitely fight for a world title. Matt Skelton defends his Commonwealth heavyweight title against Michael Sprott, a rematch of their 2004 clash in Reading which ended with a win for Skelton. Now the pair meet again at Dockland's ExCeL Arena - and Warren is adamant he will match whoever emerges victorious with one of the four heavyweight world champions.
"I will guarantee one of these guys will fight for a world title," said Warren.
"I don't want to say we are going for a particular world champion, but I believe we are in a strong position because we bring British TV into the equation. We also bring good fighters and big gates. continue
20.05.07 - Ahmet Öner, CEO of arena Box-Promotion, was involved into a ringside battle at Universum’s 250th event in Hamburg Saturday night. Right after Jürgen Brähmer’s controversial victory over Hector Javier Velasco, Öner and two of his companions were beaten up so bad that Öner’s attendants are in hospital now. continue
NEW YORK, NY (May 20, 2007) -- Boxing's current longest-reigning world champion, JOE CALZAGHE, will present the Edward J. Neil Trophy as the "Fighter of 2006" to three-division world champion MANNY PACQUIAO at the Boxing Writers Association of America's 82nd Annual Awards Dinner, the BWAA announced today. The awards dinner will take place Friday, June 8, at the Copacabana in New York. continue
20.05.07 - By Frank Gonzalez Jr. The REAL Main Event was disguised as the under-card at the Fed Ex Forum in Memphis Tennessee, where in a WBC eliminator bout, Kelly “The Ghost” Pavlik (26-0, 28 KO’s) hunted down the ever-dangerous Edison “Pantera” Miranda (28-2, 24 KO’s) with constant pressure and solid boxing skills in a highly anticipated match up Saturday night. This is the kind of fight that fans want to see, two guys on top of their game, taking the big risk of fighting each other.
The so-called Main Event was a boring contest of a Bull, (WBC Middleweight Champ Jermain Taylor, 27-0, 17 KO’s) who couldn’t catch the Matador (Cory Spinks, 39-4, 11 KO’s), who couldn’t hurt the Bull. Spinks was able to win the first two rounds by out-boxing and landing cleaner, pity-pat punches. Taylor went on to win almost every round that followed on the basis of pressing the fight, landing the stronger punches and sustaining zero damage from Spinks, who managed to make Taylor look bad, even in victory. continue
20.05.07 - By Alden "The Kid" Chodash: Saturday night was sort of a crossroads night in the middleweight boxing division. We saw Kelly Pavlik, 31-0 (28), slingshot to the top as a result of his terrific knockout over a fighter regarded by many to be the most dangerous middleweight on the landscape, and we also saw Jermain Taylor, 27-0-1 (17), lower the expectations of himself with his second unimpressive struggle against a naturally smaller and weaker foe. continue
20.05.07 - By Anthony Coleman: Last night in Memphis we saw the best middleweight in the world give a sensational performance which resulted in a knockout victory over a top rated boxer. Unfortunately it wasn’t the middleweight champion who was responsible for the performance. Kelly Pavlik shut the mouths of his skeptics in his brutal KO victory over Edison Miranda; showing a decent chin, great technical skills and of course world class punching power. Meanwhile, Jermain Taylor won another in a seemingly long line of controversial decisions over Cory Spinks and proceeded to stink out the joint in the process. It was an abysmal fight that once again showed the worst in Taylor.
From the very beginning Pavlik proved his supremacy by imposing his size and length over Miranda. Pavlik would repeatedly back up Miranda and throw crisp hard sharp combinations that landed flush every time. From the jump Miranda seemed confused by the fact that Pavlik was not intimidated by his punching power and he seemed befuddled by merely being backed up. continue
19.05.07 - By James Slater: Last night, on the under card of the main event between middleweight king Jermain Taylor and his challenger Cory Spinks, a quite awesome fight too place - one that lived up to ALL its hype. Without doubt stealing the show from the headliner, the war the unbeaten puncher Kelly Pavlik and the once beaten puncher Edison Miranda put on has to rank as a possible candidate for fight of the year. Beforehand some people compared the match-up to the legendary Hagler-Hearns thriller from 1985, and anticipated a fight that would perhaps be almost as good. These people were correct in their thinking.
After the intros by Michael Buffer - which included a ten-count given in memory of the recently and shockingly deceased Diego “Chico” Corrales - the action began. And what action! continue
19.05.07 - By Scott Frake: WBC/WBO Middleweight champion Jermain Taylor (27-0, 17 KO's) won a listless 12-round split decision victory over Cory Spinks (36-4, 11 KOs) tonight at the at the FedEx Forum in Memphis, Tennessee. Neither fighter did much to distinguish themselves in the bout, which featured a lot of running – as usual – by Spinks and an abnormally low punch output by both fighters with little action for long periods. Taylor won by the final judges’ scores of 117-111, 115-113, with Spinks winning the third card 117-111.
Despite being the shorter fighter, Spinks, the IBF junior middleweight champion, was able to score effectively during the first half of the fight, landing jabs and combinations, while Taylor was mostly limited to one shot at time. Spinks, however, wasn’t able to get much power on his punches for most of the bout, and seemed much the weaker fighter compared to Taylor’s powerful shots, which were impressing the judges. In the 2nd half of the fight, Taylor appeared to come on as Spinks was visibly tiring, and taking the fight to him. Still, Taylor looked pedestrian, for the most part, especially compared to Kelly Pavlik’s awesome performance earlier against Edison Miranda. continue
19.05.07 - By Ted Sares: Edison “Pantera” Miranda, 28-2, 24 KO's, should have focused on his opponent rather than Jermain Taylor. Miranda talked too much in the build up to the fight. Trash-talking has become a part of boxing, but Edison needs lessons. He doesn’t do it well.
As for Kelly Pavlik, 31-0 with 28 KO's, he kept quiet and focused, letting Miranda do the talking and putting pressure on himself to back up the talk. Kelly had a sound and studied strategy, backing up the tough Columbian and hitting him with crunching body shots and savage straight rights. “Pantera,” who does not possess the greatest technical skills, was unable to fight backing up. He was confused from the get-go as Pavlik shocked the spectators by his dominance (and by his ability to handle Miranda’s best shots). As Miranda’s eyes began to close, it became “when” and no longer “if.” The “when” occurred in the sixth round as Kelly brutalized Edison with accurate and deadly straight rights and left hooks. He finally sent him to the canvas twice. In the seventh, “The Ghost” decisively closed the show by stopping the highly touted Miranda with a savage assault on the ropes, as tolerant Steve Smoger called a halt to the assault and battery. continue
19.05.07 - Middleweight contender Kelly Pavlik (31-0, 28 KO's) shockingly stopped highly touted Edison Miranda (28-2, 24 KO's) in a sensational 7th round knockout victory. From the very start, Miranda was no match for Pavlik, who seemed to punch Edison at will, hurting him numerous times in the bout and making him seem like a crude amateur. Miranda was knocked down twice in the 6th round and barely survived the round, thanks to the bell saving him. His mouth was bloody. In the 7th round, Pavlik quickly finished him, blasting Miranda into the canvas for the final time. The referee, Smoger, then stopped the bout, as Miranda lay bloody and beaten on the canvas.
19.05.07 - By Jeff Bastasini: Welterweight prospect Andre Berto (18-0, 16 KO's) put on a sensational punching display on Saturday night en route to a 7th round stoppage of tough journeyman Martinus Clay (12-15-2, 4 KO's) on the undercard of Taylor/Spinks, at the FedEx Forum, in Memphis, Tennessee. Berto, 23, a former Olympian boxer fighting for Haiti in the 2004 Olympics, showed flashes of brilliance as he used vast a array of fast power shots to slowly take the fight out of Martinus Clay, Berto's latest victim.
Instead of trying to take Clay out in the bout, as is Berto's custom, he appeared to be taking it easy on Clay in the early rounds, perhaps using him to get more rounds under his belt. However, Berto's punches were sizzling regardless, and Clay was eating a lot of them up until the point he suddenly turned his back and quit in the 7th round, doing a Duran "no mas" imitation. A round earlier, in the 6th, Berto had dropped Clay with a quick left hand to midsection, sending Clay to the canvas where he sat for the count of seven before getting up to continue fighting. continue
Puerto Rican super featherweight prospect Daniel Jimenez will battle veteran Angel Chacon on Friday, June 1st at Cicero Stadium in the ten round co-main event at TEST OF COURAGE, another evening of world class professional boxing, it was announced today by Dominic Pesoli, President of 8 Count Productions. Said Pesoli, “I saw Jimenez beat Vicente Escobedo a year ago and Angel Recio at the end of last year. He’s a very skilled, entertaining fighter and someone that many boxing people tell me is a future champion.. continue
20.05.07 - By Scotty Crouse: Last night, May 19, Cory Spinks become the twentieth current or former welterweight champion in boxing history to challenge for the middleweight title. Ten men have tried and succeeded, ten have failed. Boxing immortals like Sugar Ray Robinson, Carmen Basilio, Emile Griffith, Felix Trinidad and Sugar Ray Leonard are some who have accomplished the feat. The names of those who have challenged and failed are equally impressive--Henry Armstrong, Kid Gavilan, Jose Napoles and Oscar De La Hoya among them. Some, like ring-greats Mickey Walker, Thomas Hearns, and Roberto Duran failed the first time only to succeed on later attempts.
With such a distinguished list of pugilistic powerhouses it would be very easy to forget others whose names don’t resound as famously, but whose accomplishments are just as significant and who paved the way for the rest. Surely one such individual would be Tommy Ryan, a largely unknown fighter from long ago but the first to become the middleweight champion after already winning the welterweight title. Born Joseph Youngs on March 31, 1870, in Redwood, New York, he changed his name to Tommy Ryan as a young man soon after running away from home. Gaining fighting experience as he traveled about he made the switch from extracurricular fighting to that of professional in 1887. continue
19.05.07 - By Jim Amato: Pernell Whitaker is being inducted into the International Boxing Hall Of Fame in a few weeks. This is an honor he richly deserves. His storied amateur career along with his " Who's Who " list of boxers he met in the professional ranks surely entitles him to this honor. What a career he had!
Within two years after turning pro Whitaker was beating the likes of John Montes, Rafael Williams and former champion Alfredo Layne. In 1987 he outpointed the highly regarded Roger Mayweather. He garnered his first title shot in 1988 and he lost a decision that has to be rated among the most unjust of all time. Tough Jose Luis Rameriz had "retained" his WBC lightweight title. It was quite a gift. Pernell regrouped in 1989 and proceeded to give rugged Greg Haugen a boxing lesson to win the IBF version of the lightweight title. Later that year he avenged his "loss" to Rameriz and picked up the WBC title too. Pernell was awesome at 135 pounds beating back the challenges of men like Freddie Pendleton, Azumah Nelson, Juan Nazario and Jorge Paez. In 1992 he moved up to the 140 pound division and captured the IBF crown with a win over Rafael Pineda. continue
19.05.07 - By James Slater: On the under card of the hotly anticipated fight between Miguel Cotto and Zab Judah, a quite interesting bout will take place. Not only will this fight provide fans with another chance to see one of the sport’s most exciting and heavily hyped prospects in action, there is also a side bar of a story to the match up. For back in September of 2005, one Grover Wiley put an end to the fighting days of the great Julio Cesar Chavez. In a huge upset, the unheralded Grover forced Chavez Senior to quit in his corner at the end of the fifth round. A busted hand was the reason the Mexican legend gave for his submission but, whatever the case had been, the boos rang loud and clear. It was a sad ending to a glorious career.
But now, on the June 9th card at Madison Square Garden, New York, Julio’s son and namesake will get the chance at avenging his all-time great father. Back in 2005 and the time of Senior’s loss to Wiley, Chavez Junior was TKO’ing Corey Alcaron in two rounds on the under card. Then in no way the main attraction, things have changed some now. With his statistically impressive record of 31-0-1 (24) the twenty-one year old has emerged as a good fighter in his own right. continue
19.05.07 - By David PambianchiIn: 1928, the Beacon Theatre opened to “Silent Films,” a majestic realm of white, grey and brown marble, polished bronze, and Art Deco design, but on May 18, 2007, John Duddy faced Dupre Strickland, and Peter Quillin met Victor Paz, with nothing silent about it.
For the scheduled ten rounds Main Event, cheering, hopeful Irish fans looked for that Duddy flurry and quick knockout, and it looked like they might get it after a knockdown in the first. But a tough Dupree can take punches and cut-man, “Big George Mitchell,” snapped into work early with bleeding over Duddy’s right eye in the second round. continue
19.05.07 - By David Pambianchi: On May 18, 2007, at the historic Beacon Theatre, with its twin 30 foot Greek statues of warrior women, polished bronze, white Marble floors and Art Deco design, Junior Bantamweight Eileen Olszewski faced Kimberly Tomes for a scheduled 6 round bout. continue
19.05.07 - by Nick Mathur: Tonight, Jermain Taylor will defend his middleweight crown against Cory Spinks, former undisputed welterweight champion and current IBF junior middleweight belt holder. While there are a few analysts who believe that Cory may be fast and elusive enough to create problems for Taylor, the majority believe that a Taylor victory is almost guaranteed, and perhaps even a win inside the distance. While Spinks is certainly a high caliber fighter, one has to wonder if he is in any way a threat to dethrone Taylor.
The probable outcome on Saturday night is that Jermain will win the fight easily, being able to impose his size and reach advantages on the smaller, feather fisted Spinks. In fact, I anticipate that Jermain will win almost every round of the fight leading up to a late round stoppage, even if he chooses to be patient in the early rounds in order to figure out Spinks’ slick southpaw style. It won’t even be close. continue
18.05.07 - Unbeaten middleweight contender John Duddy (20-15 KO’s) won a dominating 10-round unanimous decision victory over Dupre Strickland (18-2-1, 7 KO’s) on Friday night at the Beacon Theatre in New York. Duddy, 27, was cut over his right eye in the 2nd round, but it wasn’t a factor for the rest of the way as Duddy was able to control the action with hard combinations and a strong jab. The final judges’ scores were 100-89, 100-89, and 100-90.
18.05.07 - By James Slater: Edison “Pantera” Miranda is one tough fighting man. In fact, he has been all his life. Subsequently, following a childhood that was unimaginably bleak and hard, nothing the Twenty-six year old Columbian encounters in the boxing ring is going to be too much for him to handle. His heartbreaking formative years have been well documented by my fellow boxing scribes, indeed there is enough material there on which to base a film on Edison - what with the awful things he was able to live through.
For example, Miranda’s mother abandoned him when he was an infant, having a family friend look after him. This “friend” abused him, however, and at the age of nine Edison went in search of his mother. Yet more heartbreak was in store for him when he found her, though, as she still wanted nothing to do with him. Growing up without parents, Edison scratched an existence doing whatever menial job he could get his hands on, sweeping the streets and working the fields was nothing strange to him. continue
MEMPHIS, May 18 – Edison “Pantera” Miranda was in his usual form today at the final press conference before his HBO-televised bout with Kelly Pavlik at the FedEx Forum, letting both Pavlik and the night’s headliner, Jermain Taylor, know that he’s got both of them in his sights. “Pavlik’s a great fighter but I’m in a different league,” said Miranda (28-1, 24 KOs) of his opponent on Saturday. “I’m a Major League player and he’s in the Minor Leagues. People watch baseball for the homeruns and boxing for knockouts. On Saturday night I’m going to give people what they want to see, a KNOCKOUT!”. In the midst of the BBQ festivities in Memphis this week, Pantera promised that he was going to have his very own BBQ. “I will Bar-B-Que Kelly Pavlik!.. continue
18.05.07 - By Anthony Coleman: Ok let’s get one thing out of the way before we begin: nobody gives a damn about the so-called main event to tomorrow’s HBO showcase. The Taylor-Spinks showdown is programmed for the sole reason of pissing off boxing fans so that they won’t care about the sport ever again (or at least that is my reasoning for HBO’s decision to green-light this shit fight). This fight is going to be bad, real bad. Hell, it might surpass the infamous John Ruiz-Fres Oquendo “fight” in sheer unwatchability. In my personal opinion this fight isn’t worth mentioning let alone watching. However, the co-feature to Taylor-Spinks; Edison Miranda versus Kelly Pavlik is a fight truly worthy of discussion and viewing.
It is perhaps the most intriguing of boxing’s great matchups: puncher versus puncher. It is the one matchup that is almost universally beloved among boxing fans, both casual and hardcore. Sure there are those who are turned off by seeing two scientific boxers going toe-to-toe, but the idea of seeing two men with the ability turn the lights out with one punch will always capture the imaginations of fight fans. It really is that simple. And man let me tell you; you’ll be hard press to find two fighters who are as good at the art of punching as Miranda and Pavlik. continue
MEMPHIS—The final press conference prior to Saturday’s showdown between World Boxing Council and World Boxing Organization middleweight champion Jermain “Bad Intentions” Taylor and International Boxing Federation super welterweight champion Cory “The Next Generation” Spinks, who is moving up to 160 pounds for this fight, took place today in the Grand Lobby of the FedExForum in Memphis. The main event and Edison Miranda vs. Kelly Pavlik will be broadcast on HBO beginning at 10:15 p.m. ET/7:15 p.m. PT.
Why do you look and sound so confident?
Cory Spinks: “I’ve finished my training and now I know I’m fully prepared to face Jermain on Saturday night. I’ve come to win and I will win. I don’t know if it’s going to go 12 rounds or if it will end in a knockout. My goal is to pitch a shut out.”. continue
On Lou Savarese as an opponent: "I usually don't like fighting guys with Lou's style. I like guys who are aggressive. But the champions now pretty much fight the way Lou fights so that's why I chose him."
About continuing his quest for a fight world heavyweight championship: "I work harder at the gym than the young guys. If I didn't believe I could do it, I wouldn't try. It's just like my momma told me when I was young. You have to know how to finish. You may not have control over where you start, but you can control how you finish. I want to win the undisputed heavyweight championship and then let the young guys take over.. continue
17.05.07 - World rated Light heavyweight Victor Oganov has offered to step in for the injured Manny Siaca who was scheduled to face Danny Green on May 30 in Perth. To make the decision a little easier for him, Victor who is sick of people avoiding him has offered to fight for free! Further to this his trainer Jeff Fenech has offered a wager of $50,000.
We rang Danny’s management as soon as it was reported to offer Victor as an economically viable option for them, yet they want no part of it. When asked why not, we were told that he has nothing to offer said an amazed Stuart Duncan (Oganov’s Manager). I quickly pointed out that Victor in fact is rated with 3 of the major sanctioning bodies including the WBO where he is rated # 5 the WBC # 17 and WBA # 13 Light Heavyweight. Obviously gone are the days where if you believed you were the best, that you would face all local challengers. According to Duncan, it has to be one of two reasons – Danny’s spooked because he knows the man who taught him how to fight is in the opposite corner, or Victors unblemished record of 26 fights all wins by KO. Either way they want nothing of Victor. “I cannot believe that they wouldn’t consider this fight – the broadcaster would have been happy as it saves the date and makes for a well matched bout between two world rated opponents. continue
17.05.07 - By John Martinez, BoxingRealm.com: Moments ago, I caught up with the two division former super bantamweight champion Israel “ Magnifico” Vazquez. He was gracious enough to take time out from his gym work to talk about the upcoming rematch for the WBC super bantamweight title with current king, Rafael Marquez. Even though it’s early in the year, many people feel their first battle has been the fight of the year so far. Vazquez says that the rematch won’t disappoint. In fact, he pledges it will be better the second time around. continue
17.05.07 - By John Martinez - Boxingrealm.com - Boxingrealm.com caught up with WBC light heavyweight Champion Chad “Awesome” Dawson’s manager and co trainer, Mike Crissio. Crissio informed us that Chad is preparing for his title defense and Floyd Mayweather Sr. is currently the co- trainer to Chad. Although he touched on the aforementioned topics; it was Antonio Tarver that was the true subject on his mind. continue
The undercard included a no contest, a low blow tko a dreaded draw, a ud, and a first round tko leading up to the main event. The messy bunch of bouts which preceded the main, provided an example of what not to do in a boxing ring and, by contrast, rendered the main event even more enjoyable. Here is an ESB pictorial of the get down action between Johnson and Griffin: Both fighters brought good conditioning, a balance of offense and defense and very little inclination to hold into the ring. Most of the contest was a great mix of slugging and boxing. continue
17.05.07 - By Yero Moody: As many fans were somewhat disappointed (De La Hoya fans may have been very disappointed) with the fight between Floyd Mayweather and Oscar De La Hoya on May 5, as was I, there is still the feeling of unfinished business lingering. Neither fighter was able to deliver on what they said they would do which created a tactical fight that played into the hands of Mayweather.
De La Hoya said he would fight rougher and more aggressive than normal and force Mayweather to make mistakes and end the fight with a knockout. That never happened. Although De La Hoya was very aggressive he wasn't effectively aggressive. He also never really fought as rough as he and Freddie Roach initially said that they would. Mayweather said he was going to be brutal in his win over De La Hoya but as it turned out it was anything but that. He was content to land shots mostly one at a time. He never forced the action nor did anything to hurt Oscar. continue
16.05.07 - By James Slater: Glen Johnson, “The Road Warrior,” as he is known, last night set himself up for one more crack at a world title before his long and hard career finally ends. Stopping fellow veteran Montell Griffin in eleven rounds in Hollywood, Florida, the thirty-eight year old earned himself a meeting with IBF 175 pound champ, Britain’s Clinton Woods. And, oh, how these two guys know one another. Currently all square at 1-1-1, a fourth match will settle the score with regards to who is the superior. Firstly, though, Clinton, now aged thirty-five, must get past another tough guy in Julio Gonzalez. Gonzalez is yet another fighter Woods has already shared a ring with - out pointing him in defence of his world title, back in 2005. And on June 23rd, on the under card of Ricky Hatton-Jose Luis Castillo in Las Vegas, Clinton meets him again.
It is very much a case of Woods going over old ground then. Should he do as expected and beat Gonzalez for a second time ( a repeat points win for the Sheffield man if you ask me) Clinton, 40-3-1 (24) will then be obligated to meet the man he knows so well in Johnson - his mandatory challenger courtesy of last night’s victory over Griffin. continue
16.05.07 - By Scott Frake: Junior middleweight contender, Joel Julio (31-1-29 KO’s), won his fourth consecutive win on Thursday night in stopping boxing veteran Mauro Lucero (42-12-1, 28 KOs) in the 1st round of a scheduled eight round bout at the Hard Rock Hotel, in Hollywood, Florida. Julio, 23, after starting out slowly for most of the first round, suddenly opened up with blistering combinations late in the round, knocking Lucero down twice before the referee stopped the bout with Lucero unable to make it up after the 2nd knockdown.
The first knockdown came after Julio landed a powerful right uppercut followed by two lefts and another right that dropped Lucero on the canvas. He made it up with little more than 20 seconds left in the round but was badly hurt and on the defensive immediately. Julio, seeing that Lucero was still hurt, backed Lucero up to the ropes with a hail of punches, catching him with a hard body shot and two right hand head shots that sent Lucero down for the final time. continue
Gomez was not a man to take a day off. He re-established himself as the ruler of his old division and proceeded to vanquish his enemies like he had never been absent. The W.B.C allowed him two preparation bouts before defending his title again. He then made his final four defences at the super bantamweight limit. There are only two which are worth mentioning. He looked at his best technically against Juan ‘Kid’ Meza in Atlantic City. Meza was a tough brawler and Gomez dissected him with peerless brilliance over six rounds.
Meza’s chin kept him in the fight as Gomez placed his shots beautifully and reminded everyone why he was a boxing legend. He was powerful, fast, gave Meza angles and most admirably looked like a smaller version of Joe Louis. Round two was reminiscent of the ‘Brown Bomber’ where Gomez landed a perfectly timed left hook. Meza came right back and Gomez retreated, biding his time. He did not feel the urge to recklessly engage with Meza. His punches were also compact and economical. continue
(Winter Haven, Fla.) – Welterweight prospect Andre Berto (Winter Haven, Fla.) will return to the ring on May 19 at the FedEx Forum in Memphis, Tenn., for a welterweight clash with veteran Martinus Clay (Wilson, N.C.). The welterweight contest will be Berto’s second of 2007 following a first round destruction of The Contender’s Norberto Bravo on HBO’s Boxing After Dark, February 17, in New York, N.Y.
The 23-year-old is looking forward to returning to the ring after a three-month layoff and feels prepared for the challenge that Clay will present. “My training camp was great, I’ve put in the work in the gym and now I’m ready to put on an exciting performance at the FedEx Forum on May 19,” he said. continue
16.05.07 - By Mike Indri: -Retired Boxers Foundation - NEW YORK - Still beaming from their all-time record setting Oscar De La Hoya-Floyd Mayweather mega-event, which drew close to 2.2 million pay-per-view buys, amassing over 120 million dollars-as well as picking up another 19 million dollars from the live gate at the sold out MGM Grand Garden Arena, Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer and HBO executives Ross Greenberg (President, HBO Sports) and Mark Taffet (HBO's Sr. V.P. of Sports and Pay-Per-View) kicked off the five city press tour for the July 21st clash between Bernard Hopkins and Winky Wright. continue
16.05.07 - By Mike Indri - Retired Boxers Foundation - Boxing buried one of its most beloved champions Tuesday afternoon, as former two-division world titleholder Diego Corrales was peacefully laid to rest following last week's tragic motorcycle accident that claimed the life of the legendary fighter.
Known for his lethal punching power and warrior's heart, Corrales will also be remembered for being a caring and special person, who lived life to the fullest and, unfortunately, treated each day as if it was his last.
That savagely reckless approach to life, while contributing greatly to his boxing prowess also led to his ultimate, and way too soon, demise. Ironically, the attributes that made Corrales one of the most popular and exciting fighters in all of boxing, and provided the Californian born slugger with million dollar fight purses and a well-earned badge of honor and respect, was not enough to protect Corrales during his toughest battles of all; the constant fight with his demons outside the boxing ring. continue
Griffin 's camp was stoked regarding Montell's eight week training camp, and were very confident for his encounter with Johnson tomorrow night. ESB spoke with Johnson, who was in great shape (see photos) and was very upbeat. The two boxers showed respect and met their weight goals for the contest. The main event and under-card weights were as follows: continue
BRISTOL, CT (May 16, 2007) -- Boxing's current longest-reigning world champion, JOE CALZAGHE, will wing over from Wales to the high definition studio at ESPN to make his debut as in-studio guest analyst on "ESPN2 Friday Night Fights" with award-winning host Brian Kenny, This Friday! May 18, beginning at 9 P.M. EDT continue
16.05.07 - By Ted Sares: Serious boxing fans know all about Bob's history, style and accomplishments. He was very tall, had long arms and could launch a left hook with deadly results. His jab was a snapping one capable of slicing and dicing an opponent's face and he had decent power in his right. As well, he dominated a so-so light heavyweight division for about 6 years. But it was his malefic hook that was his calling card.
Now some have argued that Bob didn't beat anyone at light heavyweight who could hold a candle to the guys to whom he lost. Fellow ESB writer Marc Axelrod states, "... Other than the spectacular knockout of a much smaller and older Dick Tiger, who did Foster beat that would warrant the high placement that boxing experts give him? Were his wins against Vincente Rondon and Chris Finegan [1972 Fight of the Year] and Roger Rouse and Tommy Hicks and Mike Quarry enough to make him the greatest light heavyweight since Archie Moore? Was it the two close [and historic fights] with Pierre Fourie that put Foster in the upper echelons of light heavyweight glory? His spirited draw with Jorge Ahumada?" I don't know, but like Rocky Marciano, he did what he had to do at the time he did it. He handled what was served up to him. continue
The Records There have been many evocative nicknames in boxing over the decades. Fighters such as Mike Tyson, Muhammad Ali, Thomas Hearns, Evander Holyfield, Mickey Walker and Stanley Ketchel have enshrined an almost mythical quality to their own aliases through the way they fought and acted. It gives me an indescribable pleasure to say ‘Iron Mike’ and feel the syllables roll off my tongue. I imagine Tyson in of his less hysterical moments calculatedly destroying his opponent. I love to say ‘The Greatest’, emulating Ali’s mean stare which he gave to the man opposite him.
One could not get ‘realer’ then the ‘Real Deal’ Holyfield struggling against his arch-nemesis Riddick Bowe or as tough as the ‘Michigan Assassin’ battling on the inside. Mickey Walker was the ‘Toy Bulldog’ and Tommy Hearns was the complete package as ‘The Hitman.’ Now anyone who wears that name emblazoned on their trunks must ensure they do not bring it into disrepute as it is almost as legendary as Sugar which has been honorably carried by the trio of Ray Robinson, Ray Leonard and Mosley. continue
NEW YORK (May 16, 2007) -- Tickets in all price ranges go on sale Wednesday, May 16, for a sensational fight card Saturday, June 9, at The Connecticut Convention Center at Hartford, Conn. Priced at $35, $50, $100, $200 and $500, they are on sale at TicketMaster outlets by calling (860) 525-4500 and at TicketMaster.com. Tickets also may be purchased at The Connecticut Convention Center by calling (860) 249-6000.
The main event of an outstanding fight card will feature the highly anticipated return of one of boxing’s most recognizable and talented pound-for-pound fighters, the legendary, former undisputed light heavyweight champion, Antonio “Magic Man” Tarver of Tampa, Fla. continue
(left-to-right) Tarver, Chad Dawson and Muriqi pose after the press conference at The Connecticut Convention Center. 16.05.07 - Photo: TOM CASINO/SHOWTIME - Former undisputed light heavyweight champion, the legendary Antonio “Magic Man’’ Tarver, undefeated World Boxing Council light heavyweight champion “Awesome’’ Chad Dawson and 175-pound contender Elvir Muriqi were featured at a press conference Tuesday in Hartford, Conn., to formally announce the sensational world championship doubleheader Saturday, June 9, at the Connecticut Convention Center on SHOWTIME.
Tickets, priced at $35, $50, $100, $200 and $500, are on sale at TicketMaster outlets, online at TicketMaster.com and at The Connecticut Convention Center (860) 249-6000.
The exciting, popular Tarver (24-4, 18 KOs), of Tampa, Fla., makes his first start in a year in the main event. The ex-World Boxing Association, International Boxing Federation and WBC light heavyweight champ engages Elvir Muriqi (34-3, 21 KOs) for the vacant International Boxing Organization 175-pound belt. The New York-based Muriqi has won three in a row and 21 of his last 23. continue
New York, May 16-Philadelphia’s “The Gentleman” Chazz Witherspoon (17-0, 11 KO’s) is the latest, talented youngster to be added to the impressive Jermain Taylor-Cory Spinks card set for Saturday night, May 19 at the FedEx Forum in Memphis.
Witherspoon will face St. Charles, Missouri’s Joe Stofle (10-10, 9 KO’s) in an eight round heavyweight tilt. The hard-hitting Witherspoon is looking to make a mark in the dormant heavyweight division. continue
16.05.07 - Steve Spartacus has vowed to live up to his name and produce a gladiatorial display to win the British light-heavyweight title on Friday. The Ipswich boxer – real name Steve Smith – faces Portsmouth puncher Tony Oakey, 31, in east London where he will walk to the ring in a gladiator outfit and box in what looks like a Roman tunic. continue
16.05.07 - Tony Oakey has warned opponent Steve Spartacus that he is in the shape of his career for their vacant British Light-Heavyweight Title showdown at ExCeL London in Docklands this Friday. The pair headline the Hennessy Sports ‘SENI:BOX’ promotion, the launch event for the three day seni07 Combat Sports Showcase that has been brought to the Capital for the very first time. continue
15.05.07 - English Light-Heavyweight Champion Peter Haymer is out to erase the painful memories of his last fight when he takes on Paul David at ExCeL London in Docklands this Friday. The Enfield-based boxer, who trains out of Tottenham, appears on the Hennessy Sports ‘SENI:BOX’ promotion headlined by the clash for the vacant British Light Heavyweight Title between Spartacus and Tony Oakey. Haymer hopes to secure a challenge against the winner and would be confident of victory, having recorded wins over both. continue
DALLAS, TEXAS --- The mixed-martial arts world stage is now set for an explosive night of International team fighting. SUN Sports & Entertainment, CEO, C.J. Comu, announced today that SUN’s ART OF WAR 3, Undisputed Arena Fighting Championships will feature an All-Star lineup when Team USA takes on Team Brazil on Saturday, June 30th at Dallas’ American Airlines Center.
MMA heavyweight star Jeff “Snowman” Monson heads up Team USA when he challenges Brazilian Jui Jitsu legend, Pedro “The Rock” Rizzo for Rizzo’s IFA World Heavyweight title, in the Main Event. continue
NEW YORK (May 15, 2007) – For many years, young southpaw Chad Dawson was known as “Bad” Chad. On Feb. 3, 2007, “Bad” Chad became “Awesome” Dawson. On that night, Dawson captured his first world title, the World Boxing Council (WBC) light heavyweight crown, with a brilliant and decisive 12-round decision over fellow unbeaten defending champion Tomasz Adamek of Poland on SHOWTIME.
In two impressive bouts on “ShoBox: The New Generation,” the premium network’s prospect oriented series, and a career-best victory on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING, Dawson went from promising prospect to legitimate contender to world champion. Now, the 24-year-old is poised to become boxing’s next great American superstar. continue
15.05.07 - By James Slater: I was recently reading ESPN’s listing of their choice for the fifty greatest boxers in history. The list angered many, as proven by the large number of disagreeing comments left on various boxing web sites. Still, overall I found the list to be okay. Such a chart is nothing more than conjecture anyway, as the great Teddy Atlas said while defending the choices ESPN had made in their top fifty. Their list may have been an okay one, but that doesn’t mean I agreed with it entirely. In fact there were a couple of outright omissions that caught my eye - the superb, and never beaten, Ricardo Lopez for one.
With all the above said, I give here my list of the fifty finest pugilists of all-time. Compiling the list you are about to read was no easy job. Nor did I attempt the task with anything other than a serious attitude. Disagreement, even angst, will no doubt be felt by a few readers - perhaps even more than a few. But understand that this list was written with absolutely no axe to grind, and that if serious disagreement is felt then perhaps the writing of another list should be undertaken by the person (or persons) who so feel so strongly against mine. continue
15.05.07 - By James Slater: Forty year old Commonwealth heavyweight champion Matt Skelton faces a man he has already beaten on Saturday, May 26th. Michael Sprott is the man big Matt KO’d in the twelfth and final round of a fight back in April of 2004. Sprott, however, claims to have improved immeasurably since and his recent destruction of Olympic gold medallist Audley Harrison certainly made it look as though he has done. Yet Matt, too, feels he has improved since his win over Michael, a victory that came in Skelton’s thirteenth fight. Now, with Matt, 20-1 (18) defending his commonwealth belt, the two men meet again in London in a little over a week’s time.
Currently in training for the fight, Matt very kindly gave this writer some of his time for an over the phone interview. Here is what the big man had to say.
James Slater: Firstly, Matt, how are preparations going for the fight on the 26th? continue
15.05.07 - By Christopher Roche: Boxing Questions (and answers)
1) Why am I so lonely on the Jermain Taylor Bandwagon?
The American Boxing Public groans that we do not have a signature American champion. The heavyweight division is dominated by the Eastern Europeans. The super middleweight division features Europeans Joe Calzaghe and Mikkel Kessler. The lighter weight classes are dominated by Latin and Asian fighters. I am puzzled that the American public has not caught the fever for Jermain "Bad Intentions" Taylor.
Taylor is young, athletic, marketable and undefeated. Taylor is the champion in a traditional premier division. Taylor's signature victories are two decisions over Bernard Hopkins, and two significant TKO wins over Raul Marquez and Daniel Edouard. continue
May 15, 2007 (Bronx, NY) - Montell "Ice" Griffin (48-6, 30KO's) grew up idolizing the Greatest of All-Time, Muhammad Ali. As a child, he watched Ali train at his father gym and learned to mimic his style-many people even thought Griffin was his son! Griffin's problem? His height peaked at 5'7". Neigh Sayers told Griffin he would never succeed, he was too short to compete as a light heavyweight. From becoming a 1992 US Olympian to becoming the first man to beat Roy Jones, Griffin's has made a career of proving his critics wrong. Montell recalls, "Just being around Ali made you want to strive harder to reach your goals". continue
WORCESTER, Mass. – José Antonio Rivera, a former three-time world boxing champion in two different weight classes, announces the formation of Rivera Promotions, a Worcester-based promotional company dedicated to rebuilding the sport of boxing in Central Massachusetts and throughout the New England area. continue
15.05.07 - Undefeated featherweight Jose "Pitbull" Diaz has been added to already star studded June 2, 2007 boxing event presented by Bayou Promotions. Diaz will participate in a 6 round bout that will be a part of the first ever boxing event taking place at the L'Auberge du Hotel and Casino in Lake Charles, Louisiana. Diaz is the younger brother of current WBO and WBA lightweight champion Juan "Baby Bull" Diaz. continue
15.05.07 - Light middleweight George Hillyard believes that he has had the best preparation of his career ahead of his appearance on the Hennessy Sports ‘SENI:BOX’ promotion at ExCeL London in Docklands on Friday night.
The 22-year-old appears on the undercard of the clash between Ipswich’s Steve Spartacus and Portsmouth’s Tony Oakey for the vacant British Light Heavyweight Championship. continue
15.05.07 - Wanstead based Scot Dave Stewart - who is line to face the winner of the upcoming Commonwealth Lightweight Title clash between Willie Limond and Amir Khan - looks to build on his win over Kpako Allotey this Friday. The London-based Scot appears on the undercard of the Hennessy Sports ‘SENI:BOX’ event at ExCeL London in Docklands, which features Stewart’s gym-mate Steve Spartacus challenging Tony Oakey for the vacant British Light-Heavyweight Title as main event. continue
15.05.07 - Mickey Steeds is confident that reinventing himself at cruiserweight will lead to bigger and better things. The Isle of Dogs boxer has competed at heavy throughout his career, but makes his debut in the lighter division on the Hennessy Sports ‘SENI:BOX’ promotion at ExCeL London in Docklands this Friday. continue
Philadelphia, PA—The North American Boxing Federation (NABF) featherweight title will be the prize when Rogers Mtagwa, of Philadelphia, PA, and Aldo Valtierra, of Mexico City, meet over 12 rounds for the vacant belt on Friday evening, July 20, at the New Alhambra, Swanson & Ritner Streets, next to Forman Mills, in South Philadelphia. First of seven fights at 7.30 p.m. continue
15.05.07 - Vernon "Iceman" Paris will look to avenge the loss of fellow prospect Jorge Paez Jr. by facing the fighter who knocked Paez Jr. out. Paris will face Ramon Guevara on Friday night May 18 in Muskegon, MI at the LC Walker Arena on a card promoted by Carlos Llinas of CLIP boxing and Blue Cap Promotions. Paris is fighting fresh off his win on ESPN and puts his 14-0 (10 KO's) record on the line. "Guevara knocked out Paez Jr. when he was 13-0 so he poses a real threat to Paris" says Carlos Llinas, Promoter of Paris. Door open at 6:30 and are available at the door or by calling Star tickets plus.
(Gerald McClellan, on left, facing off against knockout artist Julian Jackson in their first bout on May 8, 1993) 14.05.07 - By Miguel Velasco: While the world waits to find out who Floyd Mayweather Jr., boxing's pound for pound prince will be fighting next, I thought it would be interesting to speculate how Mayweather would have done against Julian Jackson (55-6, 49 KO's) and Gerald McClellan (31-3, 29 KO's) - two of the hardest punchers in middleweight/junior middleweight history. In light of the numerous comparisons being made between Mayweather and Sugar Ray Robinson, the fighter considered the greatest middleweight in boxing history, I thought this article would be appropriate to give us some historical persective. Could Mayweather, who appeared extremely reluctant to mix it up in his last two fights against Carlos Baldomir and Oscar De La Hoya, box well enough to keep knockout artists as destructive as Jackson and McCellan from catching up to him and planting him on the canvas?
Before I start, I realize that there are a legion of Mayweather fans that probably wouldn't consider this a fair fight comparison, saying that he isn't a true middleweight/junior middleweight and he shouldn't be compared to ones that are, especially with knockout artists like Jackson and McClellan. continue
CANASTOTA, NY - May 14, 2007 - Former undisputed middleweight champion and 1993 Hall of Fame Inductee Marvelous Marvin Hagler will attend festivities planned for the 18th Annual Hall of Fame Induction Weekend scheduled for June 7-10th in Canastota, NY. "It's very exciting to have Marvelous Marvin Hagler return to Canastota for the Hall of Fame Weekend," said Hall of Fame Executive Director Edward Brophy. "He's a legend and a fan favorite." continue
14.05.07 - By Ted Sares: I was shocked. At stake were the WBC Light Heavyweight Title and Vacant WBC Super Middleweight boxing Title, and Donnie LaLonde was doing a number on Sugar Ray Leonard. The fight was being televised from Caesars Palace in Las Vegas on Novemebr 7, 1988.
BAM! Donnie put Ray down early in the first round with an overhand right and lifted his hands to salute the stunned crowd. Sugar was visibly shaken and went on the defensive as LaLonde pressed the attack. Ray looked dejected as he headed for his corner at the bell.
Donnie, the "Golden Boy" of Canada, who had climbed his way to the top by winning the light-heavyweight Canadian and world championships was throwing punches that had evil intention written all over them. Trading furious exchanges during the next several rounds, the fight appeared to be even, though LaLonde had tallied the knockdown in the first round. continue
ATLANTIC CITY, NJ – Tickets for the Caesars Atlantic City-hosted welterweight doubleheader featuring Arturo Gatti vs. Alfonso Gomez and IBF Welterweight Champion Kermit Cintron vs. Walter Matthysse will go on sale to the public on Monday, May 14 at 3:00 pm ET, it was announced today by Main Events CEO Kathy Duva. Tickets, priced at $300, $200, $150, $100, and $50, can be purchased by calling Ticketmaster at 1-800-736-1420.
Main Events is promoting the evening of boxing, in association with The Tournament of Contenders, LLC and Caesars Atlantic City.
“Main Events is excited about returning to ‘The House That Gatti Built’ –Boardwalk Hall,” said Main Events CEO Kathy Duva. “Fans know they are guaranteed to see a great fight when Arturo steps into the ring, and with Kermit Cintron in the co-feature they know they will get more than their money’s worth.” continue
14.05.07 - By James LB: Last night I was in the mood to watch a good movie, so I settled for a great teleplay. I popped Rod Serling's television version of "Requiem for a Heavyweight" into my VCR and watched one of the finest boxing plays ever written. Former Army Bantamweight Champ Serling gave us a great story about a washed up heavyweight trying to redefine his life. It was near the end of the play when a young prospect is brought to the crusty old trainer, played by the late Keenan Wynn, wanting to be a fighter. When the trainer tries to discourage him and the prospect refuses to be discouraged, the trainer
replies: "Well, then get this straight! There are EIGHT champions! The rest are also-rans!"
I wondered how well that line would play TODAY if the truth were told and Keenan Wynn said, "Get this straight! There are 206 champions! If you can't win a "World" title in seven fights, you ain't worth my time!" I realize just how easy it is to win a "World" championship today. It is one of the many things causing the decline of boxing. I also realized just how difficult it was to even get a title shot many years ago. It took men like Ezzard Charles ten years to get a world title shot, while it took Leon Spinks just ten FIGHTS to get a shot at the undisputed heavyweight championship. continue
Philadelphia (May 14, 2007)—A slew of media showed up at The James Shular Memorial Gym in West Philadelphia this past Saturday to watch number-one ranked cruiserweight, Steve “USS” Cunningham take part in a workout as he prepares for anticipated rematch with IBF Cruiserweight champion, Krzysztof Wlodarczyk that will take place on May 26 in Warsaw, Poland. continue
Los Angeles, Cal., May 14, 2007 – As he begins the most intense training camp of his career, Alfonso S. Gomez (16-3-2, 7 KO’s) took time out to speak about his upcoming match against rugged blood-and-guts veteran Arturo Gatti (40-8, 31 KO’s). The 10-round bout takes place July 14 in Atlantic City as part of a triple-header welterweight event on HBO’s “World Championship Boxing.” continue
14.05.07 - Modern day gladiator Spartacus has promised to open the ‘seni07 Combat Sports Show’ being staged at ExCeL London in Docklands this weekend in style. The 30-year-old from Ipswich meets Portsmouth’s Tony Oakey this Friday for the vacant British Light Heavyweight Championship on the Hennessy Sports ‘SENI:BOX’ promotion, the launch event of the three-day showcase of Combat Sports, Martial Arts and Extreme Fitness. continue
Fairfax, VA --- Showing his fearless courage and trademark heart, Jimmy Lange scored an eight-round TKO of Fontaine Cabell in their highly-anticipated rematch to capture the previously vacant World Boxing Council (WBC) Continental America’s 154-pound title in front of 4,382 jubilant hometown fans at the Patriot Center on Saturday night. continue
14.05.07 - David ‘Kid Dynamite’ Walker believes he can still be a force to be reckoned with as he makes his comeback at welterweight on the Hennessy Sports ‘SENI:BOX’ event at ExCeL London in Docklands on Friday, May 18th. The Hennessy Sports boxer was last in action against Manchester’s Jamie Moore in a fourth round stoppage loss for the British Light-middleweight Title in September 2005. continue
13.05.07 - By Tony Nobbs: Australian boxing lost one of it's treasured “Old Brigade” on May 6 with the passing of former top line welterweight and trainer/promoter Bernie Hall, 19 days before his 80th birthday. Hall had been in bad health for more than a decade and over the years there were premature reports of his death. His final years were spent in a Nursing Home in Sydney. continue
13.05.07 - By John Howard: There's nothing like the electricity in Vegas in the days prior to a big fight. I've been here many times over the past twenty-five years and nothing has compared to the buildup of De La Hoya vs. Mayweather. The last star-studded event that came close was Tyson's comeback fight against the infamous "Hurricane" Peter McNeeley in August of '95. At that time, I paid $600 for my seat in section L205, row E, seat 16, at the MGM Grand Garden. With the fight lasting 89 seconds, that's $6.74 per second of excitement!.
A bit on the high side of the excitement scale. At that fight, I saw Shaq, Donald Trump and his wife at the time Marla Maples, Francis Ford Coppola, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and my own personal favorite Pam Anderson. Pam was on her honeymoon with Tommy Lee and was wearing (actually was busting out of) that yellow, form fitting skirt that looked like something she borrowed from her little sister. Her much "littler" sister. I apologize, but I've since forgotten what Tommy was wearing, but if my recollection serves me correctly, I'm thinking he had a few tattoos. continue
13.05.07 - By James Slater: For Evander "The Real Deal" Holyfield, the comeback rolls on. Seemingly unfazed by the recent allegations of his steroid use and the bad press this has brought him, the forty-four year old marches onwards in his desire to once again rule his division. The next step takes place in Texas, Evander's new favourite town in which to fight. His last three bouts, all wins, were boxed in The Lone Star State and fight three, against yet another big and brave white heavyweight in fellow veteran Lou Savarese, will follow suit. Big Lou has a good record of 46-6 (38) and is himself engaging in a return to the sport. His latest comeback, begun in January of this year, saw the six foot, five brawler take out Travis Fulton in three, and in his last fight, in March, Lou wiped out Matt Hicks in a single round. Now he faces the legend that is "The Real Deal."
Savarese, from the state in which he will tangle with Evander, has met some of the greats in his up and down career. Back in 1997, when aged thirty-one and undefeated, Lou met Big George Foreman. A split decision loss was the result, but Savarese performed in an impressive manner. Then, a year later, Lou scored what is arguably his career best win. He scorched the man who gave us "The Biggest Upset In Boxing History," in James "Buster" Douglas in a single round. Although "Buster" was aged Thirty-eight at the time, and much heavier than he'd been when slaying Mike Tyson in 1990, the win was still a smashing one for big Lou. He had made a name for himself in the Foreman fight, and now he was considered a title threat. continue
12.05.07 - By Eddie Velez: Friday night was supposed to be a shining moment for the Cotto Family. Jose Miguel Cotto was fighting for the vacant WBA lightweight title against Prawet Singwangcha; Younger brother Miguel Cotto was Co-Promoting his first nationally televised card. The shining moment never came and the night turned into a bad episode of Jerry Springer.
As the telecast began, everything seemed to be going well for the Cotto family, at least based on appearances. They had a decent crowd on hand, and it looked like it was going to be a good event. Cotto started out strong, winning the first three rounds of the fight in a dominating fashion. During this time, Jose's brother, Miguel, seemed satisfied with what was transpiring in the ring.
However, Jose quickly began tiring starting in the 4th, and was beginning to be outworked by Singwangcha. During the end of the 6th round, Singwangcha appeared to have evened up the contest and was starting to take control of the fight. continue
12.05.07 - By Jim Amato: Which fight will end up being the 2007 Fight Of The Year? Well it hasn't happened yet but I will be surprised if the upcoming Miguel Cotto - Zab Judah contest isn't high on the list at the end of the year. On paper, this is a dream match up. Boxer/puncher vs. slugger. What a fight this could be. I can't wait...June 9th at Madison Square Garden. Damn, get me a ticket!
Zab Judah...Boy did he come along at the wrong time. He can box, he can punch and he can sell tickets but Kostya Tszyu, the best 140 pounder of the era stopped him and flashy Floyd Mayweather Jr. out-slicked him at 147. Could be that Zab will be remembered as the Esteban De Jesus or Rodrigo Valdez of our time. That is not a knock, just an unfortunate and dreaded curse. In reality, he deserves better. A win over Miguel Cotto could go a long way in changing that line of thinking. Will that happen? continue
12.05.07 - By Izyaslav “Slava” Koza: With June 2nd rapidly approaching, WBO #1 contender Sultan Ibragimov is currently working hard in training gearing up for his first, hopefully successful, title shot. In between the running, sparring, and words of wisdom from strategic goliath Jeff Mayweather, Sultan found a few minutes to give for an interview.
ESB: Hey Sultan! First off can you tell us what you did at home after your last fight? continue
12.05.07 - By Scott Frake: De Marcus Corley (31-6-1, 17 KO’s), the former WBO light welterweight champion, was shockingly stopped in the 8th round by unheralded Nicaraguan fighter Jose Alfaro (18-3, 17 KOs) at the Pharaohs, in Managua, Nicaragua on Saturday night. Corley, 32, knocked Alfaro down in the 1st round, after landing a powerful left hand. However, instead of going after him, Corley failed to follow up with any meaningful punches. As it turns out, Corley probably wished he had gone all out and finished him in the 1st, because as the fight progressed, Alfaro unleashed a vicious body attack that sapped the energy out of Corley’s aging body.
Rounds two and three were close, with both fighters landing big shots. Alfaro landed some excellent straight right hands, and left hooks to the body that got Corley’s attention early on. continue
13.05.07 - Corrie Sanders (42-3, 31 KO’s) had a tough time while winning a 10-round unanimous decision over Daniel Bispo on Saturday night at the Emperors Palace Casino, in South Africa. The final judges’ scores were 100-91, 100-91 and 100-91. Sanders, 41 started out strong, knocking Bispo about with ease in the first round and totally outclassing him despite Corrie’s advanced age. However, in the process, Sanders injured his left hand and was unable to use it for the remainder of the 10-round fight. It hardly mattered. Even with one hand, Sanders was much too skilled for the Brazilian Bispo, tagging him with powerful right hands and slapping him with his injured left. continue
12.05.07 - Trainer Robert McCracken and promoter Mick Hennessy still believe that Junior Olympic Gold Medallist and English Welterweight Champion John O’Donnell is a major talent, despite the inaccurately reported setback he suffered at the weekend. The just turned 21-year-old with strong Irish heritage lost to Christian Solano on the undercard of the Oscar de la Hoya-Floyd Mayweather mega-fight at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. continue
11.05.07 - By Robert Jones: The summer of heavyweight boxing kicks off June 2nd when WBO Champion Shannon Briggs takes on challenger Sultan Ibragimov at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City. The Boardwalk Hall should be known as the House “Arturo Gatti built” because he has been filling it with fans and drama for nearly the last half decade. Fans, and TV viewers alike have a very good chance of seeing that same drama and excitement when these two heavy hitters enter the ring, at least for a few rounds anyway.
The emphasis being on a few rounds because I believe there are three factors that will make this fight a short one, in favor of the champion.
Briggs is 6’4 ½ and will hold at least a 40 pound weight advantage. Camp Briggs he keeping quite on weather he will come to the fighter lighter than he did against Sergui Lyahkovich, but regardless the size difference will be very substantial. Ibragimov stands just over 6 foot tall and does he best work a few pounds south of the 220 pound mark. Ibragimov has had success with larger foes, specifically the 6’7 270 pounds Lance Whitaker, but Whitaker by all accounts has been past his best – mentally and physically – for quite some time. continue
11.05.07 - Super middleweight Peter Manfredo Jr. (27-4, 13 KO’s) returned to action on Friday night, stopping journeyman Ted Muller (19-11-2, 9 KO’s) in the 9th round at the Twin River Event Center, in Lincoln, Rhode Island. Manfredo, who was badly outclassed by Joe Calzaghe in a 3rd round stoppage in April 2007, was simply too good for Muller to contend with, as he battered the journeyman at will until the stoppage in the 9th round. Fighting tough on the inside, Manfredo landed often with hooks to the head and powerful body shots that kept Muller from mounting any of his own attacks. continue
11.05.07 - By James Slater: Twenty-four year old southpaw, Donald Camarena is a light welterweight prospect with a record of 18-3 (9). Managed and trained by Aurelio Martinez, the editor of Inside Boxing web site, Donald goes up against the unbeaten, yet arguably untested, Timothy Bradley on a ShowBox card on June 1st. The fight with Bradley will contest the WBC Youth title at 140 pounds. Confident of victory, Camarena, who has been in with the likes of Paul Malignaggi and Herman Ngoudjo, believes 2007 will be his breakthrough year. Yesterday, I had the pleasure of speaking with both Donald and his manager Aurelio, by way of a three-way telephone interview. Here is what both men had to say.
James Slater: Firstly, Donald, how are preparations going for the Bradley fight on June 1st?continue
12.05.07 - "Unfortunately, there is rumor and innuendo going around in some boxing circles that my fighter, undefeated Joan Guzman, pulled out of his May 26 HBO title challenge against WBO lightweight champion Michael Kastidis for non-medical reasons. Nothing could be further from the truth. Guzman deeply regrets having to pull out due to a hand injury. In fact, Guzman did not want to pull out. I made that decision as his manager based on the medical advice from Dr. Steven Sanders who is an expert in treating the hands of professional boxers. No one fight is worth destroying the remaining career of an incredibly talented fighter. continue
11.05.07 - Zab Judah is running 8 miles a day, sparring 10 or more rounds daily, taking on spar partners who studied Miguel Cotto video tapes "for weeks" said promoter Brian Young today in Memphis. "Zab is fully prepared," said Young, president of Prize Fight Boxing which promotes Judah. "Zab just sparred 10 hard rounds at our gym in Memphis. He went in against sparring partners who studied Cotto video tapes for weeks.. continue
New York, May 11-A bevy of DiBella Entertainment youngsters, including superstar welterweight contender Andre Berto, have been added to the spectacular Jermain Taylor-Cory Spinks card set for Saturday night, May 19 at the FedEx Forum in Memphis. Unbeaten Winter Haven, Florida native Andre Berto (17-0, 15 KO’s) takes on Martinus Clay (12-14-2, 4 KO’s) in a ten round welterweight bout. A 2004 Olympian, Berto has been nothing short of sensational in his pro career, as he tries to extend his unbeaten string to 18 straight. continue
11.05.07 - Scottish super-featherweight star Alex Arthur has been nominated by the European Boxing Union as their Champion of the Year for 2006. Arthur won the European title with a classy performance to beat then holder Boris Sinitsin in July 2005. The Edinburgh hot-shot successfully defended the belt three times last year against Ricky Burns, Sergey Gulyakevich and Sergio Palomo which impressed the EBU hierarchy. continue
11.05.07 - With Tony Blair stepping down from power after 10 years as Prime Minister; record-breaking World Champion Joe Calzaghe has promised that he will not be relinquishing his position as the world's number one super-middleweight in the near future. Blair flattened rival John Major when he swept to power in May 1997 and Calzaghe followed five months later with an emphatic points victory over British great Chris Eubank at the Sheffield Arena to begin his reign as WBO Champion. continue
LOS ANGELES, CA – With critics threatening that boxing was in trouble and in danger of losing its grip on the American public, the sport needed a great event to give it a shot in the arm. On May 5th at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, boxing got what it needed when Oscar De La Hoya and Floyd Mayweather put on a dramatic 12 round bout that saw Mayweather win a close split decision victory, and the world responded to this event in a way never before seen, with records being shattered in a number of different areas.
"May 5th was a great night for two elite fighters, Oscar De La Hoya and Floyd Mayweather, and an even greater night for the sport of boxing," said Richard Schaefer, CEO of Golden Boy Promotions, the promoter of the event. "We knew that if you put two of the best fighters in the world together in the ring and promote it properly, it would show the world just how special this sport can be, and we proved that. Boxing isn't going anywhere except up." continue
11.05.07 - Former world champion Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini will be ringside Friday night, May 11th at Cicero Stadium as Dominic Pesoli’s 8 Count Productions presents MANO A MANO, another evening of world class professional boxing. MANO A MANO, is presented by 8 Count Productions HOME OF THE BEST IN CHICAGO BOXING, along with TCF Bank and Miller Beer. 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. Tickets are available in advance by calling 312-226-5800. continue
10.5.07 - Peter Manfredo, Jr.: It's all good. I'm a throwback, old school fighter. I watched Ted and he brings it. I like that and that's why we picked him. I'm prepared. My father (trainer Peter, Sr.) has been torturing me. I'm going to be thinking of him when I punch you (Muller). Unfortunately, in my last fight I didn't get a chance to fight. Now I have to show that I belong at that level. First, I have to get past Ted. In England, nobody liked me, it was weird. I like being here with all those smiling faces. . continue
NEW YORK (May 11, 2007) -- "Boxing Noir" is the only way one can describe the danger, the intrigue and the revenge elements of the pay-per-view undercard of “X-Plosive!” -- headlined by undefeated MIGUEL COTTO's welterweight title defense against former two-division world champion ZAB JUDAH. Promoted by Top Rank, in association with Prize Fight Boxing, “X-Plosive!” will be broadcast live, Saturday, June 9, on HBO Pay-Per-View, from Madison Square Garden. continue
New York, May 10—DiBella Entertainment’s Paulie Malignaggi challenges veteran world titlist Lovemore N’dou in an IBF Junior Welterweight Championship bout on Saturday night, June 16 at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut, it was announced today by DBE president Lou DiBella. HBO Sports exciting Boxing After Dark series will televise live. It will be Malignaggi’s second straight appearance on BAD.
In the co-feature, Brownsville, Brooklyn’s Curtis Stevens (17-1, 12 KO’s) makes his HBO debut in a 10 round super middleweight battle against fast rising prospect Andre Dirrell (11-0, 7 KO’s), the 2004 Olympic Bronze medalist. Stevens is yet another fighter groomed and developed on DBE’s Broadway Boxing, sponsored by HBO. “Magic Man” Malignaggi (22-1, 5 KO’s) comes off a convincing unanimous decision triumph over Edner “Cherry Bomb” Cherry on February 17 at New York City’s Hammerstein Ballroom. Malignaggi made his return to the ring a winning one in his first fight since his courageous battle against world champion Miguel Cotto last June 10th. continue
10.05.07 - Floyd Mayweather Jr: "Boxing has lost a great warrior and a gifted athlete. Diego Corrales had the heart of a champion, and while we were competitors in the ring, he was someone who I greatly respected and will be remembered for his spirit and passion in and out of the ring. The boxing community lost a great champion this week and he will be truly missed. My condolences go out to his wife Michelle, his five children and the rest of his family and friends."
10.05.07 - Reidar “The Viking” Walstad arrived in Dublin today to predict the end of Bernard Dunne’s reign as European Champion. The two men came head to head today for a press conference ahead of their Hunky Dorys Fight Night at the Point on June 23rd. The press conference took place at the Dublinia and Viking World Heritage Centre in Dublin’s Christchurch and Walstad has promised that the city is set for another Viking raid this summer. continue
New York, May 10—“Magic Man,” a film that chronicles the rise of Brooklyn Light Welterweight contender Paulie Malignaggi, to his dramatic fight with Miguel Cotto will make its debut at the Hoboken International Film Festival on Tuesday night, June 5, at 8:00 PM, it was announced today by executive producer and co-producer Lou DiBella, Malignaggi’s promoter and the president of DiBella Entertainment. continue
LOS ANGELES (May 10) . . . A five-city press tour is planned for “Coming To Fight,” the highly anticipated match-up between light heavyweight champion Bernard Hopkins (47-4-1, 32 KOs) and Winky Wright (51-3-1, 25 KOs) for Hopkins’ Ring Magazine light heavyweight belt. The tour kicks off Tuesday, May 15 at the ESPN Zone in New York City and continues on to Tampa, Washington, DC, Philadelphia and Los Angeles. The fighters will conduct press conferences, interviews and photo opportunities as part of the excitement leading into this summer’s hottest event.
Hopkins vs Wright “Coming to Fight” will take place Saturday, July 21 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. The fight is promoted by Golden Boy Promotions, in association with Winky Promotions, and sponsored by Southwest Airlines, Tecate beer and Rockstar Energy Drink. HBO Pay-Per-View will televise the fight live at 9pm ET/ 6pm PT. continue
10.05.07- Winner of 19 Sports Emmys® in 12 years, REAL SPORTS WITH BRYANT GUMBEL presents its 122nd edition when a new show debuts MONDAY, MAY 14 (10:00 p.m. ET/PT & 9:00 p.m. CT), exclusively on HBO. HBO On Demand availability: May 21-June 4. Segments include: *Still Fighting. Life has never been easy for boxer Johnny Tapia. Bouts of depression and conflicts outside the ring inspired the maxim “Mi Vida Loca” (“My Crazy Life”), which was emblazoned on his boxing trunks. continue
10.05.07 - East End boxing brothers Kevin and Vinny Mitchell aim to succeed where other famous British fighting brothers have failed - to become the first to hold World titles at the same time. Although there have been mixed results with the Turpins (Randolph and Dick), Finnegans (Chris and Kevin), Coopers (Henry and Jim), McKenzies (Duke, Clinton and Winston) and Hattons (Ricky and Matthew) no British siblings have achieved this feat yet. continue
LAS VEGAS (May 10, 2007) -- The memorial service for Diego "Chico" Corrales, 29, has been rescheduled for Tuesday, May 15, at the Palm Green Valley Mortuary (7600 South Eastern Ave., Las Vegas, NV 89123). The public viewing will be from 9 A.M. to Noon PT with the funeral service, conducted by Richard Steele, beginning at Noon. Burial will be immediately following the service. A two-division world champion, Corrales (40-5, 33 KOs), was killed in a motorcycle crash Monday evening in Las Vegas. It was the second anniversary of his epic lightweight title unification victory over Jose Luis Castillo.
(Dwight Qawi, on left, landing a punch against Matthew Saad Muhammad) 10.05.07 - By James Slater: Dwight Muhammad Qawi is one of the true greats of boxing. A world champion at both light heavyweight and cruiserweight, Dwight gave boxing fans some truly unforgettable fights. His 1986 bout with Evander Holyfield, is, quite simply, THE greatest fight ever held in the junior heavyweight division. Qawi lost that one, by a very close split decision, but during his fine career he managed wins over the likes of Matthew Saad Muhammad (twice) Leon Spinks, Eddie Davis, Mike Rossman, James Scott and Piet Crous. As a result, Dwight was enshrined in The Boxing Hall of Fame in 2003.
Earlier today, in an interview that has to rank as one of the best this writer has ever had the privilege of being granted, Dwight spoke to me over the phone from his home in New Jersey. I am pleased to be able to say that the former two-time world champ sounded in great spirits and was happy to speak on any subject regarding his life and career. Here is what he had to say. continue
10.05.07 - Hennessy Sports are bringing their hallmark brand of competitive championship boxing to the ‘seni07 Combat Sports Show’ at ExCeL London in Docklands with ‘SENI:BOX,’ the launch event of the three-day showcase of Combat Sports, Martial Arts and Extreme Fitness that debuts in the Capital. continue
NEW YORK CITY (May 9, 2007) - Unbeaten middleweight sensation "Ireland's" John Duddy headlines "Tomorrow's Champions" in the 10-round main event against Dupre "Total Package" Strickland (18-1-1, 7 KOs) on May 18th at the famed Beacon Theatre in Manhattan. The Northern Ireland born Duddy (19-0, 15 KOs), now living in Queens (NYC), is the reigning IBA World and WBC Continental Americas middleweight champion. continue
09.05.07 - Sycuan Ringside Promotions’ undefeated cruiserweight prospect Shawn “The Sioux Warrior” Hawk appears in an eight-round bout May 11 in Lewiston, Idaho. Hawk, who has a record of 13-0-1 with 11 knockouts, is scheduled to meet Dennis McKinney, a veteran of more than 70 bouts and his most experienced opponent to date. continue
May 2007 ( New York) –Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing is proud to announce that on June 9th the former undisputed Light Heavyweight Champion Antonio “Magic Man” Tarver (24-4, 18KO’s) will vie for the vacant IBO Light Heavyweight title when he takes on Elvir “Kosovo Kid” Muriqi (34-3, 21KO’s). This world championship doubleheader will also feature Chad Dawson (23-0, 15KO’s) making a voluntary defense of his WBC Light Heavyweight World title against Jesus Ruiz (19-4,17KO’s). The event will take place at the ultramodern Connecticut Convention Center, located in the new riverfront district in downtown Hartford, CT.
“We’re happy to be bringing world-class championship boxing to Connecticut’s Capital” stated Star Boxing CEO Joe DeGuardia. “This World Championship doubleheader will ignite the city of Hartford. We encourage the fans to come out and experience the electricity an event of this magnitude generates. It will be the event of the year for Connecticut.” continue
10.05.07 - By Jim Amato: He was to be the heir apparent to the retired Muhammad Ali. He was a big strong heavyweight who could box. Yes Larry Holmes was the holder of the World Boxing Council's version of the heavyweight title. Larry had been embarrassed though in the amateurs by Duane Bobick. Yes as a pro he was undefeated. He beat an aging , slow and ponderous Earnie Shavers to qualify for a shot at the WBC title. Larry then defeated Ken Norton to win the vacant WBC championship. Still many thought of Larry as nothing more the Ali's sparring partner who was in the right place at the right time. continue
Some of the best fights of the year have come from the smaller weight divisions where fighters have so much to prove and so much to lose. Martin Power, who is looking to get back on track after two brave defeats at the hands of Tshifhiwa Munyai earlier in the year, is a fine example of the admirable qualities possessed by fighters in these divisions. continue
09.05.07 - With just over one week to go before his big showdown against Kelly Pavlik in Memphis Tennessee on HBO, Edison Miranda, the 'People's Champion', took some time to talk about his thoughts for his upcoming fight. "Kelly Pavlik is a very unlucky guy. I had a goal after I saw the horrible performance that Jermain Taylor gave when he undeservingly took the belt from Bernard Hopkins. My goal was to get in the ring with Taylor and show him how a true champion fights. I spent a lot of money flying to Las Vegas, getting a room and going to this fight. It was a waist of my money and I want a refund.. continue
09.05.07 - By Sam Gregory: Seven of the original eight divisions in boxing originated in England; the only one that didn’t is the light heavyweight division. Known in Europe at the time as the cruiserweight division, the light heavyweight division got its start in America in 1903. The division was never very popular in those days because the men who weighed between 160 and 175 lbs., the official weight for light heavyweight, knew that only occasionally was the division a good money-making class. When fighters in the middleweight division reached the top of that class they usually tried to make the heavyweight ranks where they new the financial rewards were always greater. Only a few men fought and stayed in the 175 lb. weight class in the early days of boxing and many had to fight heavyweights just to get fights.
Looking back, some of the greatest boxers in the history of the game were known as light heavyweights, Bob Fitzsimmons, Philadelphia Jack O’ Brien, Billy Conn, Gene Tunney, the list goes on but the greatest light heavyweight in the history of the sport was Archie Moore, “The Old Mongoose.” continue
LOS ANGELES, May 10 – Due to an injury to his left hand suffered during training, two-division world champion Joan Guzman has been forced to withdraw from his WBO lightweight title challenge against interim champion Michael Katsidis on May 26th at The Arena at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California. continue
May 9, 2007 – NEW YORK -- HBO Sports reported today that 2.15 million pay-per-view buys and $120 million in pay-per-view revenue was generated from last Saturday’s mega fight showdown featuring Oscar De La Hoya and Floyd Mayweather at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The fight was promoted by Golden Boy Promotions in association with MGM Grand Hotel & Casino. In a fight that set the all-time pay-per-view record by eclipsing the previous mark by a sizable margin of 160,000 buys as well as establishing a new mark for revenue from a pay-per-view telecast, Mayweather scored a split decision victory and captured De La Hoya’s junior middleweight title. The showdown, which featured boxing’s two biggest attractions, produced 1,225,000 buys from cable systems and 925,000 buys from satellite homes throughout the 50 states. continue
09.05.07 - Alexander Povetkin (11-0, 9 KOs) is determined to further enhance his reputation as one of the hottest heavyweight prospects with a special boxing doubleheader. The former world amateur champion, who also won the gold medal at the 2004 Olympics, will take on Patrice L´Heureux (20-3, 12 KOs) in Bamberg on May 26 before coming face-to-face with Monte Barrett (31-5, 17 KOs) just one month later. continue
09.05.07 - By Ted Sares: Back in July 2006, I wrote that Sugar Shane Mosley’s KO of Fernando Vargas II was evidence that like a perfect storm, everything was coming together......just the right things in the mix and with just the right timing for him to fight Floyd Mayweather. Team Mosley was running on all cylinders and it seemed unlikely for anyone to slow it down. But that was then and this is now.
Since then, Floyd has vanquished Carlos Manuel Baldomir and Oscar De La Hoya. Mosley has beaten Luis Collazo in a fight where Collazo suffered a fractured left thumb and ligament damage in his left hand during the second round.
Sure, against Collazo, Sugar Shane showed a display of effective jabs and great hand speed, once again using feints, quickness, and crafty head and body movement that served him so well in his two wins against Oscar De La Hoya and Vargas. But Collazo is not Mayweather, and Vargas had taken brutal beatings at the hands of De La Hoya and Trinidad by the time he met Mosley. continue
09.05.07 - Diego "Chico" Corrales, who was tragically killed in a motorcycle accident Monday night in Las Vegas, was a mainstay on SHOWTIME. A two-division world champion, the popular, crowd-pleasing Corrales fought 10 times on the network, nine times on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING and once on "ShoBox: The New Generation.'. continue
HOLLYWOOD, FL, May 9 - Seminole Warriors Boxing was stunned by the news Monday night that two-division world champion Diego Corrales was killed in a motorcycle accident in Las Vegas. The entire company sends its sincerest condolences to the family and friends of ‘Chico’, one of the sport’s greatest warriors and a friend to everyone who met him. continue
09.05.07 - Floyd Mayweather, Jr doesn’t want to battle a UFC champion. No problem. IBF World Welterweight Champion and former high school/college wrestling star Kermit Cintron would like to accept the challenge from UFC President Dana White, it was announced today by Main Events CEO Kathy Duva. Cintron, who will be defending his IBF crown against mandatory challenger Walter Matthysse on July 14 in Atlantic City, NJ, would like to battle the UFC champion following his June IBF title defense. continue
09.05.07 - By KIRK LANG, Photos by Naoki Fukuda/WBC: Diego Corrales, who would rather have died in the ring than quit like Acelino Freitas did two weeks ago against WBA-WBO lightweight champion Juan Diaz – and like Freitas quit against Corrales three years earlier – was one of boxing’s ultimate warriors.
His tragic life was cut short Monday night as a result of a motorcycle accident near his home in Las Vegas. You will be missed Diego.
Saturday night’s fight between Oscar de la Hoya and Floyd Mayweather was billed as a match-up that could possibly save boxing. No one fight can save boxing, especially when the general public craves action and de la Hoya and Mayweather engage in a less than thrilling affair. However, Corrales, throughout his career, gave boxing fans and non-boxing fans countless action-packed and thrilling fights. Heck, he probably converted casual fans into die-hard enthusiasts of the Sweet Science. continue
09.05.07 - By Larry Brown, www.LarryBrownSports.com: Chuck Giampa is an insurance broker and insurance consultant in Nevada, and has been a boxing judge since 1984. In his incredibly accomplished career, Giampa has judged around 2,500 fights, 114 of which have been world title fights. He was one of the judges for some of the most notable fights in recent history, including the Tyson/Holyfield “Bite Fight,” and the “Fan Man” fight at Caesar’s Palace. Chuck was privileged to be one of the three ringside judges on Saturday for De La Hoya vs. Mayweather, and scored the bout 116-112 in favor of Pretty Boy Floyd. He was also kind enough to share some of his time with me for one of the most interesting conversations I’ve had. And now I take you behind the scenes of what a fight looks like from a judge’s perspective. Enjoy. continue
09.05.07 - Following some reports in the media that Matt Skelton's Commonwealth Heavyweight Title defence against Michael Sprott has been moved to July, promoter Frank Warren would like to clarify that this is inaccurate and that Sports Network's show on Saturday 26th May at the ExCeL London will go ahead as scheduled. The only change to the fight card is Souleymane M'Baye's WBA World Light-Welterweight title defence against Gavin Rees which has been put back until July.
09.05.07 - JOEL CASAMAYOR... Proclaimed today that he will dedicate his next fight to Corrales memory. “Boxing has lost a giant, and I’ve lost a rival and fierce competitor. My career will forever be linked to this man. I am deeply saddened to hear this tragic news. My heartfelt sympathy goes out to Corrales' beautiful family… May “Chico” forever rest in peace. . continue
09.05.07 - By Sean Ocampo: On the second year anniversary of his epic first fight with Jose Luis Castillo, Diego "Chico" Corrales (photo: Tom Casino/Showtime) passed away due to a tragic motorcycle accident. I was saddened with the tragic passing of Chico because he was one of my favorite fighters of all time. My heart goes to his family and friends. Chico gave boxing fans toe-to-toe battles and will forever be remembered those fights. May he rest in peace.
May 7, 2005 was the date many boxing fans will never forget. It was the night when Diego "Chico" Corrales and Jose Luis Castillo battled it out in one of the most unforgettable fights in boxing history. At stake in this fight was Castillo’s WBC title and Corrales’ WBO title.
Only a few fight fans in the Mandalay Bay Events Center witnessed the fight live. Only a few knew the significance of this fight. These few fight fans were treated with history. continue
09.05.07 - Mads Larsen celebrated a successful ring return on Tuesday night when he clinched a unanimous points verdict over Russia´s Vasily Andriyanov in Spain. Despite a break of over three-and-a-half years, the former European super-middleweight champion dominated the entire eight rounds and was ahead 80-72 on all three scorecards. "It´s great to be back," Larsen said afterwards. "That was a good start. I am happy to be fighting again." continue
09.05.07 - By Evan Young, Boxingforecast.com. Floyd Mayweather defeated Oscar de la Hoya by split decision in their highly anticipated fight at the MGM Grand Hotel Casino in Las Vegas last Saturday night. This was a fight that brought back memories of mega fights such as Ali/Frazier I, Leonard /Duran I, Hagler/Hearns and Hagler/Leonard that non boxing fans would pontificate about. Many people who couldn’t care less about boxing would ask me about the fight. Was this 1980 or 2007? It seemed like Déjà vu all over again. I think it’s a great thing that non fans are talking boxing. It certainly proves that if the sport is marketed correctly it can increase in popularity. continue
09.05.07 - Literally packing as he spoke from his home in Tallahassee, Florida, undefeated light heavyweight Tavoris Cloud prepared to leave for Chicago and his main event battle with Jim Strohl this Friday night at Cicero Stadium at MANO A MANO, another evening of world class professional boxing presented by Dominic Pesoli's 8 Count Productions, HOME OF THE BEST IN CHICAGO BOXING. MANO A MANO, another evening of world class professional boxing, is presented by 8 Count Productions along with TCF Bank and Miller Beer. continue
09.05.07 - By Steve Skinner: On Cinco De Mayo, 2007, the world was awaiting a great fight between Oscar De La Hoya and “Pretty Boy” “Money” Floyd Mayweather Jr. Although I must admit that I enjoyed the fight in terms of the high skill level displayed by both fighters, we all must admit that it did not completely fill our appetite’s-and to no fault of Oscar.
“Pretty Boy” has made a career out of being a “hit & run” and “pot shot” specialist, and this fight was no different. Although many call the sport of boxing “The Sweet Science,” the fact is that we all watch boxing for the bloodlust factor. We want to see sweat & blood fly through the air, heads snap back, and the grunts and groans from the combatants absorbing brutal punches. Bottom line: people watch boxing in hope of seeing a brutal highlight reel type of kayo, or to see the heart of a champion displayed in the ring. Because we got neither, the fight was entirely anti-climactic. continue
09.05.07 - From WBC President Jose Sulaiman: Hearing the sad news of Diego Corrales’ death last night, the WBC declares a day of worldwide mourning in our sport, and sends its sincere condolences to the former lightweight and super featherweight world champion´s family. Corrales, 29 years old, died on a highway close to Las Vegas while riding his motorcycle. continue
PROVIDENCE (May 9, 2007) - "The Pride Is Back," featuring the ring return of "The Pride of Providence" Peter Manfredo, Jr., launches the "The Budweiser Night at the Fights" series, promoted by Jimmy Burchfield's Classic Entertainment & Sports, Inc., Friday night (May 11) at the new Twin River Event Center in Lincoln, Rhode Island. Manfredo (26-4, 12 KOs) faces fight veteran Ted Muller in the 10-round main event. Manfredo returns off of his April 7 loss by controversial stoppage to undefeated WBO super middleweight champion Joe Calzaghe. Muller (19-10-2, 9 KOs) has fought a draw against hot prospect Carlos De Leon and taken Allan Green, Elvir Muriqi and Bronco McKart the distance. The six-round co-feature pits 2004 U.S. Olympian Jason "Big Six" Estrada (8-1, 1 KO), fighting out of Providence, against former IBU heavyweight champion Robert Hawkins (21-7, 7 KOs). continue
LAS VEGAS (May 9, 2007) - IBA World lightweight champion Stevie "Lil' But Bad" Johnston has been training in Colorado Springs since May 1 to re-acclimate himself to the area's high altitude for his May 18th title defense against WBC Latino & WBA FEDEBOL super featherweight champion Humberto "El Fuerte" Toledo in the 12-round main event, headlining "Rocky Mountain Mayhem: Return of the Champ," at the Broomfield Event Center in Broomfield, Colorado. continue
08.05.07 - By Tony Liang, photo by Naoki Fukuda: I just wanted to start off by stating that I was very impressed with both Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Oscar De La Hoya's performance. Both fighters came to fight in tremendous shape and were very determined to win. Both fighter came into fight with logical game plans and were determined to make it their fight. It was also the first time I got to witness De La Hoya using rough house and dirty tactics to hurt his opponent. Even though Oscar fell short on his biggest fight of his career, he did prove to the world that he still got what it takes to compete with the current p4p king pin by his relentless pressure and throwing hurtful punches from opening bell to the final bell.
Now before you guys bash me for calling De La Hoya dirty, during rare successes to pin Floyd on the inside, Oscar seized almost every opportunity to clinch with one hand and hit with the other (foul #3) starting from round one. continue
LAS VEGAS -- (May 8, 2007) -- The memorial service for Diego "Chico" Corrales, 29, originally scheduled for Thursday, May 10, at 11 A.M. PT, at the Palm Green Valley Mortuary (7600 South Eastern Ave., Las Vegas, NV 89123), has been postponed. Details on the service will be forthcoming from the Corrales family. A two-division world champion, Corrales (40-5, 33 KOs), was killed in a motorcycle crash Monday evening in Las Vegas. It was the second anniversary of his epic lightweight title unification victory over Jose Luis Castillo.
08.05.07 - Two time world champion Jose Luis Castillo of Mexico was very saddened today after learning that Diego Corrales had passed away in a motorcycle accident. "I was very surprised and upset when I heard about Chico. It really is tragic when something like this happens. My heart goes out to his family who I know he cared a lot about. I always liked Chico. We had what I would call as a friendly rivalry when we got into the ring. "We had two amazing fights and our names will be linked forever. For me it was a privilege of knowing Chico and being part of such great fights"
08.05.07 - By Yero Moody: Before I begin to break down De La Hoya vs. Mayweather, I want to take a brief moment to offer my deepest condolences to the family, friends and fans of Diego Corrales. He will be sorely missed by all. I personally enjoyed watching all of his fights, whether he won or lost. He was and will always be remembered for his true warrior spirit. continue
08.05.07 - By Geoffrey Ciani, photo by Naoki Fukuda: Now that Floyd Mayweather has defeated Oscar De La Hoya in one of the most highly anticipated bouts of all-time, it will be interesting to follow his next move. Having accumulated an unblemished record in 38 contests, including 24 victories inside the distance, Mayweather has already established himself as one of the best fighters in his era. He’s won titles in every weight class between 130 and 154 pounds, and is undoubtedly one of the greatest talents the sport has ever known.
What will Mayweather do next?
The way I see things, Floyd has six options. Of the six, it’s extremely likely that he will choose the path with the lowest risk/highest reward. Who can blame him? After all, boxing is not an easy sport, so it makes sense to try and maximize the size of your wallet whenever you can. continue
08.05.07 - It’s a special edition of HBO’s WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING when HBO Sports presents the exclusive replay of the junior middleweight title showdown OSCAR DE LA HOYA VS. FLOYD MAYWEATHER this SATURDAY, MAY 12 at 10:00 p.m. (ET/PT) & 9:00 p.m. CT on HBO. The HBO Sports broadcast team, which was ringside for the live event at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, will call all the action. The replay will be available in HD-TV. continue
LAS VEGAS (May 2007) . . . When boxing historians look back at the current era of boxing, two names will stand out among the finest of this generation – Bernard Hopkins and Winky Wright. But for these fierce competitors, being one of the elite isn’t enough. On Saturday, July 21st, at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, live on HBO Pay-Per-View, Hopkins and Wright will battle one another to claim supremacy. continue
08.05.07 - Diego Corrales (40-5, 33 KO’s), a former world super featherweight and lightweight champion, died on Monday, after crashing his motorcycle in Las Vegas, Nevada. Based on reports, Corrales, 29, crashed his 2007 Suzuki 1000 motorcycle into the back of a Honda Accord, which was driving in front of him, knocking him into oncoming traffic going the opposite direction. He was then struck by a Mercedes, which was unable to stop before hitting him. continue
08.05.07 - By Jeremy “NR” Ebert: With the death of former boxing champion, Diego "Chico" Corrales, we are once again reminded that despite our best efforts, we can't cheat the moment our last breath is released. Inside the ring, Corrales was the ultimate example of an often used boxing cliché—the ‘ring warrior’. It didn't matter who the opponent might be, "Chico" could be counted on to keep the paying customer in the seats riveted upon the edge of them.
At times, such as in his most memorable battle against Jose Luis Castillo (I), it seemed as if Corrales had no hesitation about toeing the line with danger. "Hooking with a hooker", Corrales traded with Castillo, balls to the wall for ten hellacious rounds—a fight that more than justifiably belongs in any discussion about the greatest bouts in boxing history. He tested himself that night, not blinking at the face of defeat, even after two mind numbing knockdowns at the hands of Castillo. As was the case with his entire life, he faced defeat with bravado and rose back up to clutch victory in his hands. It was just within the fiber of his being, to never back down. Not against Castillo—not against risk. continue
08.05.07 - By James Slater: As surely all boxing fans are now aware, Diego "Chico" Corrales tragically died in a motorbike accident in Las Vegas yesterday. This is one of the worst tragedies in recent years involving a boxer. The news is particularly heartbreaking due to the fact that Diego, only twenty-nine years of age as he was when he passed away, was one of the most well liked and respected of fighting men. Even his rival opponents in the ring had no bad words to say about him. And certainly, his many fans were never going to be in any way negative when speaking about their hero - such was Diego's massive popularity. This popularity, mind you, was earned the hard way in the ring. Never short on guts, "Chico" went way beyond the call of any boxer on more than a few occasions - he gave his all every time he fought. That he was killed in such an unfair and cruel way, when his life, not only as a man but as a fighter, had many more years left, is perhaps the most saddening part of Monday's tragic events.
Though no-one can do an adequate job of encapsulating Diego's incredible career in a mere article - such an exhilarating fighting life is more that worthy of an entire book being devoted to it - I try here to at least do Diego justice. In short, he will never be forgotten, and here I recall some of his greatest ring accomplishments.
Diego, born on August the 25th, 1977, in Sacramento, turned pro in March of '96. A three round TKO win over one Everett Berry was his and the beginning of a sensational boxing career had begun. Diego went unbeaten in his first thirty-three fights, picking up the IBF super featherweight title with a seventh round stoppage of Roberto Garcia in 1999. This belt proved to be the first of many titles Diego would box for. continue
Sunlight slices its way into Barry’s Gym through two massive doors that are thrown open to bring in the warm and refreshing Las Vegas breeze. Joan Guzman stands in the center of the ring with a slight daydream look as he stares toward the incoming sunlight. The balmy, sunny day grabs Guzman’s attention for only a moment, then suddenly he yells, “Todavia no,” which is Spanish for “Not yet.” It’s a signal to new trainer Floyd Mayweather Sr. that Guzman is not finished with his workout. continue
ATLANTIC CITY, NJ – Tickets for the Caesars Atlantic City-hosted welterweight doubleheader featuring Arturo Gatti vs. Alfonso Gomez and IBF Welterweight Champion Kermit Cintron vs. Walter Matthysse will go on sale to the public on Monday, May 14 at 3:00 pm ET, it was announced today by Main Events CEO Kathy Duva. Tickets, priced at $300, $200, $150, $100, and $50, can be purchased by calling Ticketmaster at 1-800-736-1420. Main Events is promoting the evening of boxing, in association with The Tournament of Contenders, LLC and Caesars Atlantic City. continue
08.05.07 - By Anthony Coleman, photo by Tom Casino: When asked what my favorite fight is in all my years of boxing, there is always one answer that pops into my head: Corrales-Castillo I. To me that match represents all that is dramatic, all that is great of the sport of boxing. I’ll go one step further: Corrales-Castillo I was the greatest sporting event I’ve ever seen-bar none. The fight was that good.
For ten rounds Diego Corrales and Jose Luis Castillo produced perhaps the most brutal, most intense, and hellacious fight in the long history of our sport. In my mind it is unquestionably the greatest lightweight title fight ever. I myself can remember watching the fight live on Showtime sitting on the edge of my seat jumping up and down with each punch that Corrales and Castillo landed. Through 9 rounds I was mesmerized. Then came the tenth round. continue
08.05.07 - Ambitious young boxing star Jamie Cox has made a pact with Swindon Town: Win the Premiership title and I’ll win a World title. Cox, the 2006 Commonwealth Games Champion, saw the Robins secure promotion to League One after their 1-1 draw against Walsall last weekend and he hopes they will keep up their good form over the next few seasons to crack the Premier League. continue
08.05.07 - By Ron Champ Miller: Hello fight fans!!! Your humble correspondent is back. I bet you couldn't wait. You turn on the radio to hear about the champ. You turn on the TV, praying you will see "Champs Corner". You scour the internet hoping to see the column of all columns. Well wait no longer. I'm baaacccckkk like Michael Jordan, without the hops. Well what can I say? I hope you all took my advice and bet Floyd. Mayweather was the choice here. He was bet down at some shops as low as -160. Wow. My only regret was not getting it at a better price. -185 is ok, but I could have done better. But then again, I didn't know the line would drop that much. So I'll take it. A win is a win. continue
08.05.07 - By John Hewson: As a starter, kudos go out to Max Kellerman for stepping up and countering Lampley's ridiculous statement that boxing at its best exhibits skills that MMA fighters just don't have. As soon as he said it, most fight fans must have seen it was just an absurd statement, and thankfully someone pointed it out rather than just it slide as if Lampley was dead-on. It's obvious that someone such as Floyd Mayweather or De La Hoya is gifted with boxing skills, that's why they are on top of their sport. Some MMA fighters are very adept with their fists as well, and their defensive abilities have to be just as strong as any boxer. Although we love boxing, we have to be objective enough to admit that MMA is simply a different genre of fighting, but the fighters are no less skilled than boxers. continue
MEMPHIS, May 8th - While "The World Awaited" for another bout, Tennessee, Arkansas and Missouri fight fans are waiting for one too. Jermain Taylor and Cory Spinks are in the final stages of preparation for their WBC and WBO middleweight championship on Saturday, May 19 from FedExForum in Memphis, Tennessee. The bout will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing at 10:15pm (ET) / 9:15pm (CT) / 7:15pm (PT).
Jermain Taylor, from Little Rock, Arkansas, is universally recognized as the World Middleweight Champion. He defends his belts against St. Louis native, and current champion in Cory Spinks, who is more than a fighter with a famous last name. “Cory is a very good fighter, he’s a World Champion so that tells you a lot right there,” said Taylor. “He’s very fast and a top-notch fighter and I know he will be well prepared to do battle. I'm approaching this fight with Cory just like any other challenge to my belts, very serious.”
Because Spinks is a southpaw, Taylor has made sure his sparring partners are left-handed fighters and men who are quick. Spink's speed isn’t much of a concern for Taylor but he does understand you must prepare for it. continue
08.05.07 - By Geoffrey Ciani: Pound-for-pound king Floyd Mayweather Junior retained his status as boxing’s top talent when he was awarded a split decision victory against Oscar De La Hoya. Despite conceding to numerous unfavorable terms in order to make this fight happen, Mayweather’s talent proved too great for the game De La Hoya. Now, in addition to retaining his status atop the pound-for-pound charts, Mayweather also has a career-defining victory against boxing’s “Golden Goose”.
The fight itself was fairly entertaining and perhaps even something that will make casual fans more apt to tune-in for the next big bout. I scored it 116-112 in favor of Mayweather, and frankly, was rather baffled that one of the judges inexplicably scored the bout for De La Hoya—Mayweather was the clear winner. How anyone could see Oscar as the victor is well beyond the realm of reason. continue
08.05.07 - By Mike Indri, Retired Boxers Foundation: When all the HBO Pay-Per-View numbers are officially announced, this past Saturday night's fight between Oscar De La Hoya and Floyd Mayweather will further confirm the fact that boxing is not dead; or at least not the business of boxing. It's the sport of boxing which has been squeezed off practically all the sports pages of daily circulated newspapers, very rarely gets any mainstream sports news or magazine coverage (Sports Illustrated, ESPN Magazine, etc…) and currently is getting put into a sleeper hold by WWE Wrestling and Mixed Martial Arts (MMA). continue
May 7, 2007 – Guts Fighting Incorporated’s RockBox will feature an exciting night of exhibition boxing between celebrity boxer Danny Bonaduce (Adam Corolla Show FreeFM Mornings) and Lee Honish (Fight_Net Radio FreeFM Weekends), as well as MMA/K1 superstar Bob “The Beast” Sapp (“The Longest Yard”) and a surprise celebrity athlete TBD. In addition, a special concert San Diego’s own six-time Grammy nominated P.O.D. will perform immediately following the boxing matches. continue
08.05.07 - By Wray Edwards: Jay Leno is a professional entertainer and a very adept interviewer. His conversation with Floyd Mayweather Jr. was quite revealing and was also a great opportunity to see Floyd interacting with the general public. This interview follows Sunday and Monday news reports on all the networks (including local stations) regarding the fight indicating vast market penetration. There was also an unequivocal statement by Floyd regarding his retirement.
Jay Leno, "What does this (referring to the belt) mean to you, tell me about that?"
Floyd, "That means the world to me…127 fights just to get to the biggest fight of my life against the legendary Oscar De La Hoya. So, it was a great fight…went out there and put on a great show.
Jay, "I know the odds makers picked you two-to-one, but a lot of the fans kinda favored Oscar, they kinda made you out to be the bad guy, they said 'oooooooo' when you walked into the ring…especially with the sombrero…tell me about that. continue
May 8, 2007 (Merrillville, IN)- They may be small in stature, but they are huge on action! On Friday, June 8th, NABF champion Giovanni Segura of Mexico faces WBA Latin champion Cesar Canchila of Columbia in a 12-round World Boxing Association light flyweight championship eliminator from Gary, Indiana. Promoted by Octavius James’ One In A Million Inc. and Bob Arum’s Top Rank Incorporated in association with the City of Gary, “Warriors,” an evening of world class boxing, will be televised live from Gary’s Hudson-Campbell Sports Center to more than 42 US markets and 70 foreign countries on Telefutura’s “Solo Boxeo.” . continue
07.05.07 - By Vanessa McConnell, photo by Naoki Fukuda: I’m glad the witch hunt is not just against me. I was not the only person locked out of this weekends “The World Awaits” fight between Oscar De La Hoya (38-5) and Floyd Mayweather Jr (38-0). Many other proud and very reputable media affiliates were not allowed to take pictures at the weigh-in Friday, nor were they allowed inside the fight at the MGM Grand on Saturday. Forced to watch the fight on closed circuit television, many of us did what we had to do to get the story. continue
07.05.07 - By Paul McCreath: A few days ago, I wrote an article about identifying heavyweight prospects at an early stage that many of you readers seemed to enjoy. In it, I promised to follow up with another article about some of the young heavies that I am currently tracking with interest. Today, we will look at some of those fighters. I should emphasize that this is not a list of the world's top prospects but rather a suggestion of a few rather obscure names you might want to keep an eye on. continue
07.05.07 - By Matthew Hurley: In spite of the fact that the De La Hoya – Mayweather bout turned out to be a pretty good scrap that left even marginal boxing fans happy, the card itself begged the question, “why does boxing keep shooting itself in the gut?” This was an event that could have been used to showcase tons of new up-and-coming prospects on the under card. Instead pay per view buyers were cheated. Only two bouts, the rousing Rey Bautista – Sergio Medina junior featherweight fight and the pedestrian featherweight bout between Rocky Juarez and Jose Hernandez were offered to the buying public. On top of that small sundae, pay per view buyers were demanded upon to pony up ten dollars more than the usual $45.00. So you paid more and got less.
The strange thing is that the card was promoted by Golden Boy Promotions. Oscar and his company has a herd of terrific young prospects in their stable and instead of marching them out in front of the world’s stage, a stage boxing hasn’t had in quite some time, they opted not to. continue
07.05.07 - By David J. Kozlowski: There was a lot of build-up for the Oscar De La Hoya/Floyd Mayweather fight. While it may not have lived up to some people’s billing of “the fight to save boxing,” it did provide some insight, and a potential opportunity to really build the fan-base. We learned Mayweather is still the best pound-for-pound boxer on the planet, but he is no longer unbeatable. Unbeaten, yes, but not unbeatable. Floyd in no way wanted to trade with Oscar. Oscar was able to pin him against the ropes and deliver hard lefts to the body. Yes, Mayweather was accurate, but early in the fight, Oscar shocked “Pretty Boy” by walking through punches and throwing back, where most fighters do not let their hands go for fear of Mayweather’s right. Oscar simply tired down the stretch; consensus says he lost 5 of the last 6 frames. Had Oscar been able to press Mayweather more, he could have come away with a victory. continue
07.05.07 - By Michael Montero: It was the fight to save boxing. It was the event that the entire sports world was going to be buzzing about over the summer. It was Mayweather’s big chance to gain mainstream acceptance, build his legend, and prove his greatness… continue
STAMFORD, Conn. (May 7, 2007) – A 10-round heavyweight bout pitting former two-time WBC heavyweight champion Hasim “The Rock” Rahman (41-6-2, 33 KOs) against former NABA champion Taurus Sykes (25-3-1, 7 KOs) headlines the next Fight Night on VERSUS in collaboration with Top Rank Boxing on Thursday, June 14 at 9 p.m. ET from the Main Street Armory in Rochester, New York. continue
07.05.07 - By James Slater, photo by Naoki Fukuda: "The Golden Boy" shone pretty brightly once again this past Saturday, didn't he? By pushing the man most writers have (had?) at number one in the world's pound-4-pound ratings all the way to a close and debatable split decision, Oscar more than proved he is far from done as a fighter. If he so chose he could easily reel off another two or three fights - and what's more he would probably win them. Who would pick either Ricky Hatton or Miguel Cotto as dead-certs over him at 147 pounds, for instance?
So, does Oscar, after his respectable performance in the fight "The World Awaited," deserve to once again be ranked in the top ten of the world's absolute elite fighters? And, in another question, does Floyd Mayweather deserve to be lowered a place? Struggling against a guy who is at least five or six years past his peak, in a fight most tipped him to win with ease, is not something that should happen to a guy as good as the experts, and Floyd himself, say he is. Manny Pacquiao and his loyal followers will certainly have something to say about it if "Pretty Boy" retains his lofty position atop all things pound-4-pound, that's for sure. continue
07.05.07 - By Chris Acosta: It's been recently concluded that the UFC and MMA events have captured the 18-45 year-old Caucasian market. It's no big surprise being as how the majority of those attending the X-Games as opposed to the Olympics are Anglo. Extreme is in. I could try my best to go on some comedic rant as to why white folks love to indulge in what I would consider unnecessary thrill seeking but that's just my take and I do not want to offend anyone with my temporary ignorance (this is also coming from a guy who is afraid of dolls if that should explain something). continue
06.05.07 - By Michael Iurato: In a fight that was promoted to the absolute gills, a true fight fan would understand that the chances of living up to the hype of that nature is slim to none. Fights like Aaron Pryor vs. Alexis Arguello (1982), Marvin Hagler vs. John "The Beast" Mugabi (1986), and The Ward vs Gatti Trilogy only floats around every so often to succeed these expectations. You have to look what each of these men brought to the table to understand that it would be exactly what it was, a game of cat and mouse. continue
06.05.07 - By Chris Acosta: It’s one day after Oscar De La Hoya’s unsuccessful defense of his 154 lb. title against Floyd Mayweather Jr. and a surf through various website threads seems to suggest a bias that confounds me. Many fans have proclaimed Mayweather as having dominated the “Golden Boy” just as he has most of his previous 37 opponents. HBO analyst Max Kellerman had Floyd up nine rounds to three and seemed perturbed as to how Oscar could have won any more than that. As I watched the fight I was shocked (though I shouldn’t have been given his inconsistency) that Harold Lederman could give the challenger and pound- for- pound fighter rounds that De La Hoya seemed to have won. continue
06.05.07 - By Yero Moody, Photos by Naoki Fukuda: Dominating! Boxing clinic! Wow! These are all adjectives to describe the performance of Pretty Boy Floyd Mayweather, Jr. on Cinco de Mayo vs, the Golden Boy Oscar De La Hoya. What stands out in my mind is the compubox statistics. For they tell the tale of the fight better than any writer or observer could ever tell. 43% of Mayweather's punches connected compared to only 21% of De La Hoya's and the power punch numbers clearly define what really happened in this fight. Mayweather landed a staggering 57% of his power punches against the bigger and stronger De La Hoya. A feat that is impossible to accomplish by running! De La Hoya due to Mayweather's superb defense was only able to land a mere 24% of his power shots.
De La Hoya got all that he asked for plus more. He got the smaller ring size, the Reyes gloves, the venue he chose, his company promoting the fight and a much samller man to tee off on. In fact, if what Mayweather said was true, he in fact only weighed 148lbs. on fight night. So De La Hoya was in fact in there with a legitimate welterweight. So what happened? continue
06.05.07 - Chicago heavyweight Carl “IRON FIST” Davis returns to the ring this Friday night against Zack Page at Cicero Stadium in the ten round co-main event of MANO A MANO presented by Dominic Pesoli’s 8 Count Productions, HOME OF THE BEST IN CHICAGO BOXING. MANO A MANO, another evening of world class professional boxing, is presented by 8 Count Productions along with TCF Bank and Miller Beer. continue
06.05.07 - The "Universum Champions Night" returns to the Color Line Arena in Hamburg on May 19 with a stellar card featuring super middleweight star Jürgen Brähmer, three-time European light heavyweight champion Thomas Ulrich, and WBO junior middleweight champion Sergiy Dzinziruk in separate bouts. The event was announced today at a press conference high atop the "Elb-Panorama," a high-rise event room with a spectacular view of the city of Hamburg. continue
By Per Ake Persson: EBU lightweight champ Yuri Romanov, fresh off a third round knockout win over Tontcho Tontchev, will make another voluntary defence of the title in July in Donetsk, Ukraine. Romanov will take on Andrei Kudriatsev. It will be Brazilian Carlos Nascimento that challenges WBO jr middle champ Sergey Dzinziruk May 19 at the Color Line Arena in Hamburg. Emanuele De Prophetis and Aram Ramazyan fight for the vacant IBF Int´l 135 lb title May 18 in Udine. continue
06.05.07 - By James Slater: Well, the biggest fight in recent years came and went last night - and a good, engrossing fight it was. Not a classic for the ages by any means, but a fine and well boxed exhibition of the sweet science. I always feel as sense anticlimactic after such a huge fight, and the exciting build-up leading towards, it is over. In this case, perhaps even more so. Like many other fans, I worry what the boxing world has left in store for us, mega-fight-wise at least, in the coming months. Quite simply, there is nothing on the horizon anywhere near as big as what we had last night in Las Vegas. Except, of course, for a rematch. But that's a different story (one I will come back to).
Still, we can rest easy on one front. In the lead-up to "The World Awaits," I wrote a piece in which I stated that my overwhelming urge was for the fight to be a good one, with no controversy and no embarrassing elements. That much was certainly granted us with last night's bout. On the whole the match was a good advert for out sport, with a foul-free and honourably fought fight. Okay, some will/have questioned the split decision in Mayweather's favour, but the verdict cannot be considered one that was in any way a bad one, can it? continue
PROVIDENCE, RI (May 2007) - 2004 U.S. Olympian Jason "Big Six" Estrada is back in action May 11 on "The Pride Is Back" card at Twin River Event Center in Lincoln, Rhode Island. Estrada (8-1, 1 KO), fighting out of Providence, takes on former IBU heavyweight champion Robert Hawkins (21-7, 7 KOs), only five weeks after Jason pitched a shutout against veteran Zack Page (13-11-1), winning a six-round decision (60-54 three times) on ESPN2 Friday Night Fights. continue
05.05.07 - By John Martinez, Boxingrealm.com: Last night at the Palms Casino in Las Vegas Dominick Guinn lost to Eddie Chambers in a heavyweight match up that pitted an up and comer against one trying rekindle earlier flashes of glory. The fight was broadcast on Showtime’s “The Next Generation.” Guinn, who is now 28-4, lost on all three judges scorecards even one judge giving all 10 rounds to an undefeated Chambers who’s now recorded a total of 28 wins. The other two judges had it 97-93 each. continue
Fight Production today announced the signing of former WBO ‘world’ heavyweight title challenger Willi Fischer, who hopes to start the comeback he has quietly been preparing for for almost a full year with his new management this summer. For Fight Production, who have mostly handled foreign boxers over the last few years, the cooperation with Fischer constitutes a return to its German roots and manager Olaf Schroeder said: “We are happy that after long and thorough considerations, Willi has choosen Fight Production to guide his ring return, although he naturally had other options much the same.” . continue
By Frank Gonzalez Jr. - May 5th, 2007: WBC Super Welterweight Champion, Oscar de la Hoya (38-5, 30 KO's) lost a Split Decision and his Title to WBC Welterweight Champion, Floyd Mayweather Jr. (38-0, 24 KO's) Saturday night in Las Vegas. It was a good, close fight and the two under card bouts were competitive and entertaining. Was it worth $55 bucks? That's for you to decide.
Floyd's hand speed, accuracy and defense proved a winning formula over Oscar's inspired, yet at times, inconsistent performance. When Oscar used his jab, he was effective and able to keep Floyd on the defensive. But for whatever reason, DLH did not use his jab enough. In some rounds, he rarely threw it. Arguments can be made that DLH outworked FMJ and that he had Mayweather going backwards most of the fight. Mayweather appeared to land at a higher connect percentage, mostly from superior counter punching. continue
0.05.06 - By Bill Calogero, TheDailySports.com: Uncasville, CT – Mike “Machine Gun” Oliver won a unanimous decision over Vernie Torres in their scheduled ten-round Jr. Featherweight bout. It was the main event of Battlezone Boxing from Mohegan Sun Resort & Casino. Oliver’s superior boxing skill, especially his hand speed, controlled the bout. Every round of the fight featured “Machine Gun” battering Torres with punches in bunches, landing a full assortment of crisp snapping jabs, right and left hooks to the head and body and solid uppercuts to bang Vernie Torres from one end of the ring to the other. continue
04.05.07 - By James Slater: On the eve of one of the biggest fights in recent years - “The World Awaits” - this writer had the pleasure of speaking with the son of a legendary boxer who had more than his share of super fights in his heyday. Ronald “The Motor City Cobra” is that man, and he is now forging ahead in his own career as he attempts to follow in the footsteps of his all-time great father, Thomas. Currently in training for his next fight, to be held on the big bill in Memphis on May 19th, the modest Ronald, 13-0 (11) very graciously took time out to speak with me today. Here is what he had to say. continue
Chicago boxing favorite Angel “TORO” Hernandez returns to the ring on Friday, May 11th to battle Kendall Gould at Cicero Stadium as the special feature attraction of MANO A MANO, it was announced today by Dominic Pesoli, President of 8 Count Productions. HOME OF THE BEST IN CHICAGO BOXINGb MANO A MANO, another evening of world class professional boxing, is presented by 8 Count Productions along with TCF Bank and Miller Beer. continue
By Wray Edwards: Lampley must have read my projection that Floyd would play "the matador to Oscar's bull" or perhaps "great minds think alike". In a laughable display of highschoolish, amateur windmill flurries, Oscar De La Hoya attempted to busy himself to a decision victory. DLH would bulldoze Mayweather to the ropes and proceed to flail away with extremely humorous body shot attempts, including an occasional forearm and elbow thrown in for good measure. During these crowd-pleasing absurdities, Floyd often looked exactly like Ali V George in Zaire when he leaned on the ropes with his right guard up and his left across his body.
I attempted to score this fight as one might if they were impressed by Oscar's hyperactive, but generally ineffective scramble cuffing. Opposite Oscar's schoolyard antics, Mayweather used his one punch and retreat method about 75% of the time while mixing in occasional combinations, all of which were more than twice as accurate in both landed and power shot categories. By forcing myself to give credit for Oscar's work rate, whether his punches were landed or not, I came up with the same 115/113 result as did the two deciding judges. Here is the scoring which resulted from allowing Oscar's slap shots to count continue
04.05.07 - By Rizwaan Zahid: Boxing like many other sports, has a family aspect to it. Many people may wonder how boxing - a bloody and violent sport - could be a ‘family sport.' But boxing could, and boxing is a sport that includes many family members, especially fathers. continue
04.05.07 - By Christopher Roche, Ringside: Everything went according to plan for Staten Island, NY’s Gary Stark, Jr., except for the receipt of one nasty right hand, courtesy of little known Andres Ledesma. The crowd in the Grand Ballroom at New York City’s Manhattan Center witnessed a main event shocker when Ledesma, of Miami, FL, via Colombia, reached into his back pocket and pulled out an overhand right that smashed into Stark, Jr.’s left ear. Stark, Jr. was pressuring Ledesma into the ropes, near Ledesma’s corner, when Ledesma uncorked the fateful shot that laid Stark, Jr. flat on his back toward the center of the ring. The count only reached five, and the TKO was called at 2:08 of the fifth round. Stark, Jr. was knocked stone cold. continue
HOLLYWOOD, FL, May 4- He is boxing's most exciting fighter and regarded by fight fans as the ‘People's middleweight champion of the world.' Now you can show your support for your favorite fighter, Edison Miranda, by sporting the new line of PanteraWear now available at www.PanteraBoxing.com. continue
By Ted Sares: The Prediction: Oscar has fought better opposition is bigger and maybe stronger. He is an orthodox fighter who looks to land fight-ending left hooks following stiff jabs, but the edge goes to Floyd who is the complete package blessed with superior speed, stamina, sharp punching, a solid chin and great defense. He has subtle old school moves and his great counter punching ability should give him the advantage in any heated exchanges, but he needs to be weary of THAT hook.
Late-developing issues between Floyd Sr and Roger seem unsettling, but Floyd has great pedigree and focus. Oscar has been taken out once and down several times. He has lost two of his last four fights, looked bad against Sturm, and beat a made-to-order opponent in Mayorga. Still, he has been in many mega fights and also has great focus. continue
04.05.07 - By Umar Lee: People in the mainstream sports media are calling the Oscar De la Hoya V. Floyd Mayweather fight tonight the fight that can save boxing and let me first and foremost dismiss that ridiculous notion. It is true that the sport of boxing has declined steeply from what it once was in terms of popularity, and that mixed martial arts may some day soon equal or even surpass boxing as an industry, but at the end of the day boxing is going to be around for a very long time to come. continue
04.05.07 - Photos by Naoki Fukuda: Oscar De La Hoya weighed in at exactly the 154-pound limit this afternoon. Floyd Mayweather Jr. weighed in at 150 pounds. De La Hoya vs Mayweather "The World Awaits" is for the WBC super welterweight championship, Saturday, May 5 at MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. Promoted by Golden Boy Promotions, the fight will be broadcast live on HBO Pay-Per-View at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT and will be available to more than 61 million pay-per-view homes and in 176 countries around the world. continue
04.05.07 - LAS VEGAS, NV - The World Awaits the showdown Saturday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena as the Pretty Boy—Floyd Mayweather Jr.—squares off against the Golden Boy—Oscar De La Hoya. The boxing writers have spoken and of the 31 writers polled, 21 feel that Mayweather will be the victor in the mega fight. Only eight of the 31 members of the media feel that the bout will end in a knockout. continue
LAS VEGAS (May 3, 2007) – photo by Tom Casino -- Two of boxing’s most promising young heavyweights, “Fast” Eddie Chambers and Cristibol “The Nightmare” Arreola, kept their unblemished records in tact in the co-featured bouts Friday on “ShoBox: The New Generation.’’
Chambers (29-0, 16 KOs) registered a unanimous 10-round decision over Dominick “The Southern Disaster’’ Guinn (28-5-1, 19 KOs) while Arreola (20-0, 18 KOs) scored an eighth-round TKO over Malcolm “The Show Stopper” Tann (23-3, 12 KOs).
The doubleheader at Palms Resort Casino was presented by Goossen Tutor Promotions and aired on SHOWTIME at 11 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the west coast). continue
04.05.07 - Training alongside Oscar de la Hoya has inspired John Murray and John O’Donnell to put on an eye-catching display at the MGM Grand Casino and Hotel in Las Vegas on Saturday. The Hennessy Sports duo box on the undercard of their US co-promoters highly anticipated clash against Floyd Mayweather, arguably the biggest fight in boxing history. Manchester lightweight Murray takes on American Lorenzo Bethea over eight, while London-based welterweight O’Donnell boxes over ten against Mexican Christian Solano, who took the highly regarded Julio Cesar Chavez Junior to a ten round points decision in his last fight. continue
03.05.07 - By Rizwaan Zahid: This Saturday will be a fight that most boxing fans have been waiting and yearning for. After the months of hyping up the fight like most pay-per-view events, and the talking between both fighters, everything will be decided in a 12 round bout for the WBC super welterweight championship. But before we get too excited and thinking that it will be a slugfest – let’s face it – rarely do the major fights that have the most marketing and publicity live up to the expectation of being a brawl. continue
03.05.07 - By Steve Skinner: A few months back I was emailed by a member of Eastside boxing named “Pitbull” or something similar. Apparently he’s an avid UFC fan, and was continuing on with Dana White’s(UFC’s President & CEO) strategy to “call out” boxing-to say that UFC is better, that they’re making more money by producing larger PPV figures, that boxing is a dying sport, and ultimately that its only a matter of time before the UFC takes over. continue
03.05.07 - by James Slater: Twenty-six year old Columbian born Edison Miranda is one hard man. Not only in the ring but out of it as well. His unbelievably tough childhood has been well documented - not only was Edison parentless for most of this childhood, but he had to work extremely hard in physical jobs while still barely a boy. This tough beginning helped make him the fighter he is today, however, and he believes the world title is his destiny.
Currently in training in his new home of Puerto Rico for his fight on May 19th with the unbeaten Kelly Pavlik - a fight where a win will lead Edison to a second title shot - "Pantera" very kindly gave this writer the following interview ( through an interpreter).
James Slater: Firstly, how are preparations going for the Kelly Pavlik fight on May 19th?
Edison Miranda: Things are going excellent like always. I'm training very hard and will be in perfect shape both physically and mentally.
J.S: You beat the previously unbeaten Allan Greene last time out, but were knocked down on the way to the points win. How tough a fight was it, and how badly hurt were you by the knock down? continue
03.05.07 - Photos by Tom Casino/Showtime: Undefeated “Fast” Eddie Chambers (28-0, 16 KOs) faces Dominick “The Southern Disaster’’ Guinn (28-4-1, 19 KOs) in the 10-round main event Friday, May 4, 2007, on "ShoBox: The New Generation” (live on SHOWTIME, 11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast). In the second half of the heavyweight twinbill, undefeated, hard-hitting Cristobal “The Nightmare” Arreola (19-0, 17 KOs) will meet streaking “ShoBox’’ alum and late replacement, Malcolm “The Show Stopper’’ Tann (23-0, 12 KOs). continue
03.05.07 - By Anthony Coleman: We are right on the eve of the biggest fight in years. On Saturday night Junior Middleweight Champ Oscar De La Hoya and Welterweight Champ Floyd Mayweather will get it on while the whole world watches. This fight has generated a great deal of excitement from not only boxing fans, but the mainstream media. In fact both men are on the cover of this week’s issue of Sport Illustrated and Mayweather snagged the solo cover of ESPN the magazine. Not since Lewis-Tyson has a boxing match generated this much excitement among the casual sports fan, and this is exactly what boxing needs. continue
03.05.07 - By Paul McCreath: As an old-timer who has spent more than 50 years closely following heavyweight boxing, one of my greatest pleasures, in addition to watching the actual fights of course, has been to try to spot the prospects as early as possible and follow them throughout their development into contenders or champions. I usually spot them within five fights of when they turn pro. They are mostly not true prospects at this stage and out of every 100, I start to track only four or five will ever amount to anything. continue
03.05.07 - By David J. Kozlowski: Fans at Florida’s Grove Isle Hotel were witness to a less-than-thrilling bout between Fres Oquendo and the lightly regarded Damian Norris on Wednesday, May 2. In a fight that ended in a two-knockdown TKO in the sixth, and saw Norris on his knees in the final second of the third round and again at the beginning of the fourth, there was surprisingly little excitement. Oquendo improved to 27-4, Norris dropped to 9-3.
Oquendo made a name for himself by rising to 22-0 in the late 90s and early 00s, beating the impressive looking (if nothing else) Duncan Dokiwari, the then undefeated and now incarcerated Clifford Etienne, and the fairly respectable Obed Sullivan along the way to a third round TKO of David Izon. It was then Oquendo hit a wall in the form of David Tua, once described as the litmus test of the heavyweight division. Oquendo failed the test. continue
03.05.07 - Hennessy Sports lightweight John Murray is looking forward to putting on a show against Lorenzo Bethea on the undercard of the highly anticipated clash between Oscar de la Hoya and Floyd Mayweather at the MGM Grand Casino and Hotel in Las Vegas on Saturday. The 22-year-old from Manchester will box over eight rounds against the American, who had been due to meet the highly rated Philadelphian prospect Rock Allen. The match was a natural when Allen was forced to withdraw from the event. continue
03.05.07 - Amir Khan will start a strong favourite against Willie Limond, according to early odds released by bookmakers. The 20-year-old challenges Limond for the Commonwealth lightweight title at the O2 Arena on July 14, and fights for his first major title. And as with all his fights so far, he will start a big odds on favourite, with defending champion Limond as long as 13-2 despite his record of 28-1. In comparison, undefeated Khan is best priced 1-10, and is 8-13 to win inside the distance. continue
03.05.07 - By Jim Amato: "Out with the old, in with the new ". How many times have we heard that phrase in our lifetimes ? Or " the young eat the old " ? The aging champion, however great he may have been must step aside for Father Time. There will always be a young lion poised and ready to take his place. As great as Muhammad Ali was the ravages of time saw him lose to a novice named Leon Spinks and then get savaged by his heir apparent Larry Holmes. It was sad to see but no less demoralizing then watching the Brown Bomber , Joe Louis getting belted by a champion in waiting named Rocky Marciano. continue
ATLANTIC CITY, NJ, May 3, 2007 -- The world heavyweight champion and “baddest man on the planet" has always been crowned in the squared ring dating back to the 1800s. That distinction has been blurred recently with the rise of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA). Truth be told, it all started with bare-knuckle fighting, two men meeting at a random location with money exchanged between supporters in a winner-take-all brawl.
On June 23 Trump Entertainment Resorts, Inc. presents CFFC 5, the “Present World,” former world heavyweight boxing champion Ray Mercer, fighting the “Old World,” underground bare-knuckle legend Kimbo Slice, in the “New World” environment – The Cage, in an MMA bout at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, live on pay-per-view. Tickets, priced at $50, $75, $100, $200, and $250, are on sale and available at the Boardwalk Hall Box Office, all Ticketmaster locations, by calling Ticketmaster at 800-736-1420, or online at ticketmaster.com. continue
03.05.07 - By Mark Pickering: In the wake of the world’s fastest-growing spectator sport hitting British shores at a teeming MEN Arena the dissenters have once again aired their typically misinformed, reactionary opinions in the public domain. Across the pond the Ultimate Fighting Championship, the leading brand within mixed martial arts, has superseded boxing as the authoritative force in combat sports and propelled it’s leading combatants into becoming household names. read full story
PROVIDENCE (May 3, 2007) - When "The Pride of Providence" Peter Manfredo, Jr. steps into the ring May 11 to fight veteran Ted Muller, he'll be making a statement that he's much more than a reality television star on The Contender, rather a legitimate world class boxer reloading to get another title shot. Manfredo-Muller headlines "The Pride Is Back" promoted by Jimmy Burchfield's Classic Entertainment & Sports, Inc. (CES), kicking-off "The Budweiser Night at the Fights" series, in the 10-round main event at the new Twin River Event Center in Lincoln, Rhode Island. continue
02.05.07 - By James Allan: I can remember watching a match on Sky Sports several years ago. To tell you the truth, I can remember almost nothing about the fight itself, neither the approximate date or even who was fighting. Not even the result. What did stick in my memory, however, was Barry McGuigan talking at the end of the fight about the importance of power the further you go in the professional game. Or as Barry clenching a fist termed it, "the old equaliser." continue
03.05.07 - By Zhenyu Li, photos by Naoki Fukuda: If you log onto any boxing news website, you’ll be overwhelmed with numerous toutings and hypes about the upcoming showdown between Oscar De La Hoya and Floyd Mayweather Jr.. Leaving the rhetoric and drama behind, what I am trying to do here, as an unprejudiced Chinese writer, is to provide our readers with some inside facts and objective analysis about this boxing event so that they can have a better taste of it.
I've enjoyed reading many of the articles written by my fellow colleagues about this fight. Most of them are professionally written, well documented and thought provoking. But as far as I am concerned, one of the beauties of boxing is that it is not statistic-oriented. The result of a fight is far from totally predicable. On paper it’s one thing, but in real battle, it’s quite another. However, a basic scan of both fighters’ recent histories reveals that can only be interpreted as a clear advantage for Mayweather. continue
02.05.07 - By Per Ake Persson: Comebacking heavyweight Andrew Golota will now join lightheavy Tomasz Adamek June 9 in Katowice along with lightweight Matt Zegan, Wojicech Bartnik and Mariusz Cendrowski. Adamek´s contract has, according to a Polish paper, been bought by a Swiss company from Don King Productions for 750 000 USD. Golota is said to have received 250 000 USD to join this show and not fight on Hammer Knockout´s May 26 show, also in Katowice. continue
02.05.07 - Former European super-middleweight champion Mads Larsen (45-2, 37 KOs) will return to the ring for the first time in over three-and-a-half years on May 8 when he takes on Russia´s Vasily Andriyanov in Spain. Boxen.com, Sauerland Event´s German internet portal, has caught up with the 34-year-old Dane who is thrilled to be back in action. continue
02.05.07 - By Zhenyu Li: Feeling the heat that filled up the Oscar De La Hoya vs. Floyd Mayweather press conference, the first thing that came up to my mind was, how much of it is real, and how much for show? In the conference, Mayweather appeared to be extremely cocky and insolent, talking trash about De La Hoya. De La Hoya reacted to Mayweather's aggressive words and behaviors in his own way. He swore to exact his revenge in the ring. The heat was turned up. Your appetite was turned up. continue
02.05.07 - By Grampton James, Photo by Naoki Fukuda-- When you see the most recent Sports Illustrated cover with quotes "The Fight To Save Boxing," you can begin to understand how equivocally important this fight is to the sport of boxing. This is easily the biggest fight in Floyd Mayweather Jr’s career by far, but because of the press associated with it and the projected PPV sales, this may also be the biggest fight of De La Hoya's career as well. That's saying a lot considering that Oscar has been the poster child of boxing since the retirement of Mike Tyson. So the bottom line is, both of these men better come prepared to fight.
I don't think the pressure will get to either man. De La Hoya is no stranger to the limelight and Mayweather seems incredibly comfortable in front of a camera lense. Don't expect either man to freeze on Saturday night because it's not going to happen. This will be a fight won and lost with no excuses. continue
02.05.07 - Promoter Mick Hennessy believes that standout welterweight John O’Donnell is the pick of a rapidly developing raft of talent with proud Irish heritage. The 21-year-old boxes Mexico’s Christian Solano over ten rounds at the MGM Grand on Saturday night on the undercard of Oscar de la Hoya’s highly anticipated showdown against Floyd Mayweather. His teammate John Murray, the history making WBC Youth Lightweight Champion, also appears. continue
LAS VEGAS, NV (May 2, 2007)…Everyone is talking and weighing in on the outcome of the Oscar De La Hoya vs Floyd Mayweather "The World Awaits" mega-bout Saturday, May 5 at MGM Grand in Las Vegas live on HBO Pay-Per-View. From "The Donald" to Miami Heat's "D Wade," find out what the celebrities, professional athletes and fellow pugilists are saying about the hottest and most highly anticipated bout in boxing history. continue
TOTOWA, NJ (May 2, 2007) -- Gary Shaw announced the signing of four undefeated contenders from Puerto Rico. Joining the roster of Gary Shaw Productions are: featherweight ORLANDO CRUZ (12-0, 6 KOs), jr. middleweight EMANUEL GONZALEZ (7-0, 3 KOs), super bantamweight VICTOR FONSECA (4-0, 2 KOs), and lightweight FERNANDO TORRES (2-0, 1 KO). Combined, they have a perfect record of 25-0, 12 KOs. continue
02.05.07 - By Yero Moody, photo by Naoki Fukuda: It has been 20 years since the anticipation of a mega-fight has reached such epic proportions as this fight, not since Hagler v. Leonard. The four-part reality TV series 24/7 aired by HBO has been magnificent and is serving its purpose to hype this fight very well. I've personally enjoyed getting a more personalized glimpse into both fighters lives as they prepare for this career defining fight. From the casual boxing fan to the most hardcore boxing fan, The World Awaits.
I've also enjoyed reading the many, many articles my colleagues have written about this fight. Some have been very well thought out and unbiased while others seem to be based on personal dislike/like of either fighter. I'm quite sure I've been lumped into the latter category many times. However, I can assure you, the readers, that I really like both fighters. Both possess qualities that I admire. continue
02.05.07 - British and Commonwealth super middleweight champion Carl Froch has gone under the knife to rectify a long-term ligament problem after WBO champion Joe Calzaghe refused a £1.6 million offer to defend against him on a Hennessy Sports event this summer. The undefeated 29-year-old, who should shortly find himself in the WBC #1 position, first damaged his right knee around four years ago in training. A scan at the time revealed that the anterior cruciate ligament was only partially torn and would in all likelihood heal sufficiently naturally, so after a short rest he went on with the business of storming through the 168lb ranks. continue
02.05.07 - For more than two years, Goossen Tutor Promotions and HP Pavilion in San Jose, California have provided Bay Area boxing fans with world-class events featuring a blend of future stars and Bay Area boxers for the successful “Fight Night at the Tank” series. On Thursday, May 24, the series “American Metal and Iron Fight Night at the Tank” will be headlined by its biggest star ever, as seven-time world champion and future first ballot hall of famer, James “Lights Out” Toney makes his return to the ring in his first stage of reclaiming the world heavyweight title belt. continue
(Sydney, Australia: May 2 2007) - International Boxing Federation (IBF) super lightweight world boxing champion Lovemore "Black Panther" Ndou announced at a press conference in Sydney today that his first world title defence will be against Paul Malignaggi from Brooklyn, New York at the Mohegan Sun Casino, Uncasville, Connecticut, USA on June 16, 2007. continue
02.05.07 - By James Slater: How the fight game has changed over the years. Back in the heyday of the greatest fighter who ever lived, Walker Smith Junior - better known, of course, as "Sugar" Ray Robinson - there was nowhere near as much hype and hoopla given to a big fight. Certainly not as much as this Saturday's "The world Awaits" promotion has had, anyway. Nor was there anywhere near as much monetary reward for the men doing the fighting. Evan someone as phenomenally gifted as Ray Robinson could have only dreamed of earning the kind of cash Oscar De La Hoya and Floyd Mayweather will pocket this weekend.
Consider: throughout his entire career, Ray Robinson made roughly four million dollars. Nowadays a fighter the calibre of a Floyd Mayweather would not even box a non-title bout for that kind of dough. Hell, Oscar is getting nearly five times that amount for his defence against "Pretty Boy!" Oh, how the sport has changed. And how unfair it all is. continue
May 2 (Miami, FL)- Over the past six months, Chicago-based heavyweight Mike Mollo has knocked out Mike Tyson conqueror Kevin McBride and won a “stay busy” fight against Zack Page. With those wins and a #7 rating from the WBA, Mollo finds his patience being tested as he waits for his shot at a world rated heavyweight. continue
LAS VEGAS (May 2, 2007) - WBC Latino & WBA FEDEBOL super featherweight champion Humberto "El Fuerte" Toledo is moving up one weight class to challenge IBA World lightweight title-holder Stevie "Lil' But Bad" Johnson on May 18 headlining "Rocky Mountain Mayhem: Return of the Champ" card, promoted by Silverhawk Championship Boxing, at the Broomfield Event Center in Broomfield, Colorado. continue
02.05.07 - 21 year old Werrington heavyweight Alex ‘El Toro’ Ibbs has been mixing it with former WBA World champion Tim Witherspoon. Witherspoon won his world title by defeating Tony Tubbs on points over 15 rounds in January 1986 and successfully defended it in July of the same year when he scored an 11th round TKO over Frank Bruno at Wembley. During his career Witherspoon racked up 55 wins from 69 contests and stopped his opponent in 38 of them. continue
02.05.07 - By Geoffrey Ciani: Ordinarily, there is a lot of chatter amongst boxing fans in the lead-up to a big fight. For the upcoming bout between Oscar De La Hoya and Floyd Mayweather, this certainly holds true. The only difference with this bout is the chatter has extended beyond that of the boxing faithful—indeed, everyone is talking about De La Hoya-Mayweather.
This is potentially great news for boxing enthusiasts.
The sport has always counted on the casual fan. This, of course, refers to the type of fan who exclusively tunes in for big fights and otherwise doesn’t care. These types of fans have seemingly become a rare breed in recent times. As such, the market is largely driven exclusively by die-hard fans—the type that are never apt to miss a bout. Like an underground cult, die-hard fans are few in number, so in order to attract casual fans into the mix there needs to be some element of intrigue. continue
Fairfax, VA --- Ice Promotions is proud to announce that popular, 20-year veteran ring announcer Henry "Dis-com-bob-u-lating" Jones will bring his exciting style to the May 12th boxing card featuring the Jimmy Lange-Fontaine Cabell WBC Continental Americas Championship Main Event at George Mason University’s Patriot Center. continue
01.05.07 - As the days wind down towards the “Meza-Clay Invasion” on Friday May 11th, all media and fans are invited to attend a free workout at Heinz Field’s Coca-Cola Great Hall at 1:00 P.M. featuring IBA World Super Featherweight Champion Monty Meza-Clay as he prepares for his showdown with Former World Champion Carlos Contreras. The workout session will give the opportunity for attendees to get an up-close look at Meza-Clay working with Tommy Yankello, one of the elite trainers in the sport, followed by a question and answer session for the media. continue
HOLLYWOOD, FL, May 1 – Sick of long, drawn-out hugging matches that call themselves fights? Tired of watching fighters throw punches that have the power of a mosquito bite behind them? Well, Seminole Warriors Boxing has the cure for all that ails you on Wednesday, May 16th, as the undercard to the IBF light heavyweight title elimination bout between Glen Johnson and Montell Griffin features some of boxing’s heaviest hitters in fights guaranteed to deliver explosive action. continue
01.05.07 - By Ted Sares: Oscar De la Hoya has fought better opposition, is bigger and maybe stronger. He is an orthodox fighter who looks to land fight-ending left hooks following stiff jabs, but the edge goes to Floyd Mayweather Jr. who is the complete package blessed with superior speed, stamina, sharp punching, a solid chin and great defense. He has subtle old school moves and his great counter punching ability should give him the advantage in any heated exchanges, but he needs to be weary of THAT hook.
Late-developing issues between Floyd Sr and Roger seem unsettling, but Mayweather has great pedigree and focus. De la Hoya has been taken out once and down several times. He has lost two of his last four fights, looked bad against Sturm, and beat a made-to-order opponent in Mayorga. Still, he has been in many mega fights and also has great focus.
In my view, the fight will be overly tactical, unless De la Hoya can use his size to back up Mayweather in which case it could spell big trouble. continue
NEW YORK (May 1, 2007) – Malcolm “The Show Stopper’’ Tann (23-2, 12 KOs) has signed to fight hard-hitting, undefeated heavyweight Cristobal “The Nightmare” Arreola (19-0, 17 KOs) in an eight-round bout Friday, May 4 on "ShoBox: The New Generation,” it was announced Tuesday. Tann, who has never been knocked out, replaces Devin Vargas, who was forced to withdraw after hyper-extending his elbow during a recent sparring session. The six-foot-six-inch, 28-year-old Tann has won his last seven fights in a row, and 15 of his last 16. continue
01.05.07 - By Izyaslav “Slava” Koza: WBO #1 contender Sultan Ibragimov, currently training for his June 2 title attempt in Atlantic city against WBO champ Shannon Briggs, weighed-in with his thoughts on the mega May 5th showdown between Oscar De La Hoya and Floyd Mayweather. Co-promoted by De La Hoya and company, Sultan gave his brief estimation on the bout:
Sultan Ibragimov: Of course as with any fight you are personally not involved in it is hard to pick a winner. I would love for Oscar to win, although I have to admit that Floyd seems faster. However, the experience factor leans towards Oscar. I’ll watch the fight at home with some friends and my trainer (Sultan is trained by Jeff Mayweather, Floyd’s Uncle). He will be cheering for his nephew so it might create some sort of issue between us(laughing). continue
01.05.07 - by John Martinez, Boxingrealm.com: Moments ago, I thought I’d be talking with Floyd about his new charge, WBO junior lightweight champion Joan Guzman and another one of his champions, WBC light heavy weight king “ Bad” Chad Dawson. Instead, he informed me that the glowing relationship that everyone thought would dominate the 175-pound division seems to have faded. Here is what he had to say continue
(Arturo Gatti, on left, absorbing a right hand from Floyd Mayweather Jr.) 30.04.07 - By Ted Sares: I hate it when two of my favorites fight each other and that’s just what’s going to happen later this summer when fading Arturo Gatti meets up-and-coming Alfonso Gomez. My heart says “Gatti” but my brain is telling me something else. Let’s take a closer look.
Gomez: Alfonso Gomez, 16-3 -2 with 7 ko's had an impressive 80-10 amateur record. He went professional in 2001 and fought Ishe Smith in just his second fight and then met tough Jesse Feliciano in his fourth. In his 6th, he fought Dumont Welliver, 12-1-1 coming in, then Michael Santos, 6-0, Feliciano again (who was 8-1 at the time), and Juan Carlos Amezcua, 9-0. Finally, he got somewhat of a breather when he fought Antonio Garcia who was 14-16. After a few more fights, he ended Peter Manfredo Jr's unbeaten record of 21-0. He later added tough Jesse Brinkley, 25-2, and mismatched Martin Conception to his list of victims. continue
HOLLYWOOD, FL, May 1 – When unbeaten welterweight contender Shamone Alvarez was rising up the 147 pound ranks, one of his mentors and friends was IBF lightweight champion Leavander Johnson, a fighter who had been through the ups and downs of boxing and who was able to give a young fighter the advice he needed to navigate the murky waters of the fight game. continue
LAS VEGAS, Nev.-- Floyd Mayweather Sr. loves what he sees in Sycuan Ringside Promotions’ undefeated World Boxing Organization junior lightweight champion Joan Guzman. “We just started working together, but I could tell right away that he’s got unbelievable talent,” said Mayweather Sr., who has trained future hall of fame boxers Floyd Mayweather Jr., his son, and Oscar De La Hoya. continue
MIAMI, FL (April 30, 2007) -- Linear world lightweight champion JOEL CASAMAYOR was thrilled to see undefeated World Boxing Association lightweight champion JUAN DIAZ unify the lightweight belts when he forced World Boxing Organization titleist Acelino Freitas to quit again, last Saturday, at Foxwoods Resort Casino. "Diaz stepped up and fought a great fight taking the first step in unifying the title," said Casamayor. "Now he needs to complete the mission by going mano-a-mano with me to determine the TRUE lightweight champion. My belt from The Ring magazine -- the only belt that you can't lose outside the ring to politics, and can only win inside the ropes --against Juan's WBA and WBO straps. continue
30.04.07 - By James Slater: Plenty has been written about the fight the whole world will be watching this Saturday. Who will win, will the fight be a toe-to-toe battle, will there be a KO? Etc, etc. But another question I think is a very important one is, will the fight be a good advert for its sport? Let’s face it, the last thing boxing needs right now is an embarrassing or farcical event from a true super fight such as “The World Awaits.” With this fight being held under what can only be described as a global spotlight, the last thing our great sport needs is another black eye. There have been embarrassments and disappointments from super fights past, though, haven’t there?
Remember when Julio Cesar Chavez fought Pernell Whitaker back in 1993? This fight too was a huge event, one that saw the two best boxers in the business going against one another. Yet with all the attention the fight got, the end product - a highly controversial draw - left a sour taste in the mouth. continue