By Matthew Hurley: Legendary writer W.C. Heinz died at his home in Vermont on Wednesday. He was 93 years old. Born Wilfred Charles Heinz in Mount Vernon, New York on January 11th 1915 Mr. Heinz would become one of the preeminent sports journalists but he began to make his mark as a war correspondent during World War II for the New York Sun. continue
Feb. 29, 2008 - HBO Sports is presenting a thirty- minute special analyzing the upcoming HBO Pay-Per-View showdown fight between two of the best pound-for-pound fighters in boxing, Juan Manuel Marquez and Manny Pacquiao. The long awaited super featherweight world title battle is set for Saturday, Mar. 15 at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. continue
Photos by Hoganphotos.com/Golden Boy Promotions: Six-division and Ten-time World Champion boxer and president of Golden Boy Promotions Oscar de la Hoya (right) and Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer (left) visit The NASDAQ Marketsite in New York City on February 28, 2008. De La Hoya and Schaefer rang the NASDAQ's closing bell while in New York to promote the upcoming bout between De La Hoya and Steve Forbes on May 3, 2008 at The Home Depot Center in Carson, California and televised live on HBO. continue
by James Slater: Providing he does as most experts feel he will, and gets past the tough Alfonso Gomez in his next fight in April, WBA welterweight king Miguel Cotto will face the always dangerous Ricardo Mayorga in July. Such a match up is one that is in no way a natural or demanded one, but it just might be that a fight between the Puerto Rican legend and the unpredictable Nicaraguan will be one hell of an entertaining fight.
Let's face it, Mayorga has never been in anything but a watch able fight - win or lose. The most pertinent question regarding a bout between Cotto and the former WBC and WBA 147 pound champion, however, is is there any way the 34-year-old wild man can possibly reach that weight again - at least in a healthy and ready-to-fight manner? continue
By Matt Yanofsky: In front of a packed house at the Roseland Ballroom, IBF super flyweight champion Dimitri Kirilov 29-3-1 (9 KOs) was surprisingly held to a draw by unheralded Mexican contender Cecilio Santos 22-8-3 (12 KOs). The aggressive Santos landed most of the telling blows during the first five rounds. Kirilov, who has a striking resemblance to former super middleweight champion Sven Ottke, had an excellent sixth round where he was able to land many quick punches to the head of Santos. continue
Chicago's #1 prospect, undefeated middleweight Michael Walker (18-0-1, 12), faces former title challenger Antwun Echols (31-7-3, 27) in the main event of tomorrow night's edition of ESPN2's "Friday Night Fights" at 8 p.m. CST from the Paragon Casino in Louisiana. With just 24 hours notice, Walker agreed, without hesitation, to take the bout. continue
By Matt Yanofsky: I had the opportunity to sit down with junior welterweight prospect and crowd pleaser Nick Casal 16-2 (12 KOs). Casal hopes to get back in the win column this Saturday on the Israel Vazquez Rafael Marquez undercard. Casal, who fell after short in two of his last three fights, will be taking on James Wayka. continue
By Ted Sares: On February 9, 1996, Rustico Torrecampo, 11-4-4, met Manny Pacquiao, 11-0 coming in, in Mandaluyong City, Philippines. After an uneventful two rounds, it happened. In the third round, Manny was hit by a brutal left to the stomach with all of Torrecampos weight and incoming speed behind it. Manny went down and out. He was lifted up by the referee like a rag doll. It was a startling sight to behold, but it was no fluke.
Rusticos only other noteworthy win came by 6-round KO against Noel "The Eel" Tunacao, 28-4-2 at the time after which The Eel went on a ten fight win streak. continue
One day before Israel Vazquez and Rafael Marquez renew their rivalry on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING, Americas No. 1 Fight Network will hit you with one of the most anticipated ShoBox: The New Generation fight cards of the year when IBF featherweight champion and ShoBox alum, Robert The Ghost Guerrero (21-1-1, 1 ND, 14 KOs), defends against Jason The American Boy Litzau (23-1, 19 KOs) live on SHOWTIME (11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast). continue
ST. LOUISDon King was in St. Louis today to formally announce his championship boxing twin bill at Scottrade Center on March 27 featuring hometown stars Cory Spinks and Devon Alexander. Spinks will defend his International Boxing Federation junior middleweight championship against former three-time world champion Verno Phillips while Alexander, the World Boxing Council Continental Americas champion, will take on World Boxing Association FEDELATIN champion Miguel Callist. continue
By Geoffrey Ciani: Professional boxing is, first and foremost, a form of entertainment, the same as any other sport. Were it not for the fans who pay good money to watch top tier athletes compete amongst themselves at the highest level, the business aspect of the sport would be threatened, and the entire existence of professional sports as we know them would cease to exist. continue
28.02.08 - By Scoop Malinowski: Order has finally been restored to the heavyweight championship. After nearly a decade of unification avoiders, Wladimir Klitschko has stepped up and skillfully got the job done last Saturday night against the dangerous quick-fisted Sultan Ibragimov and we have a new unified IBF/WBO/IBO champ.
But many ring observers and media members were not pleased with the action of the fight, saying Klitschko was too careful and should have tried more for the knockout. continue
By Matthew Hurley: As Israel Vazquez, 42-4 with 31 KOs and Rafael Marquez, 37-4 with 33 KOs ready themselves to wage war on one another for a third time this Saturday night at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California the two fighters will enter a fistic pantheon inhabited by only a select few. Rematches of great fights are rare but rubber matches are even scarcer. continue
28.02.08 - Photos by Tom Casino: Israel Vazquez and Rafael Marquez will square off in a highly anticipated rubber match for the WBC/The Ring Magazine super bantamweight title this Saturday, March 1, at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. Vazquez-Marquez I and II produced the most exciting, bloody, give-and-take slugfests of 2007, with the second bout winning Fight of the Year and Round of the Year honors. Now, the Mexican warriors face each other in the final battle for honor, pride and 122-pound supremacy on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING (9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast). continue
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.International Boxing Federation No. 1-ranked lightweight and mandatory challenger Nate Galaxxy Warrior Campbell is confident going into his match against undefeated unified lightweight world champion Juan Baby Bull Diaz on March 8 at Plaza de Torros in Cancun, Mexico. I dont want to sound conceited or overconfident but Juan Diaz is not a demigod, Campbell said. A demigod is half mortal, half god and I just dont see that. Unless my team and I have been in this sport too longor not long enoughwe are seeing a lot of hype.. continue
Photos by Chris Farina / TopRank - SAN FRANCISCO (February 28, 2008) -- It wasn't an earthquake that shook the bay area today but the excitement of hundreds of fight fans, including many young families with children, jam-packed in the Titantium Training Center to see Manny Pacquiao's first ever public workout in San Francisco. Pacquiao, (45-3-2, 34 KOs), a three-division world champion, hit the mitts, jumped rope, then signed autographs, did a slew of interviews and posed for photographers. Dubbed "Republica Enemy No. 1" for blitzing the best fighters Mexico has had to offer since 2003, Pacquiao is in his final weeks of training before challenging WBC/The Ring magazine super featherweight champion Juan Manuel Marquez (48-3-1, 35 KOs), from Mexico in a rematch of their 2004 world title rumble .
MANNY PACQUIAO: "I've never trained harder - NEVER - for a fight. Two days ago I hit the mitts with Freddie Roach for 17 straight rounds with no timeouts. I run high in the mountains every day, then I go to the Wild Card gym and train 3 hours non-stop. I don't like timeouts while training and do not use them. continue
Undefeated WBC No. 1 cruiserweight contender Matt Too Smooth Godfrey (16-0, 9 KOs) broke his Hartford-based training camp on Tuesday and departed for Germany to acclimate himself for his March 8 WBC title elimination showdown against unbeaten No. 2 ranked Rudy Kraj (13-0, 10 KOs) in Krefeld. continue
New York, NY, MSG announced today that the network will air the U.S. television premiere of undefeated "Irelands" John Duddys bout against Tunisian brawler Walid "Tempete de Sable" Smichet on Sunday, March 2nd at 8:00 p.m. The 10-round bout was the co-feature for the heavyweight unification match between Wladimir Klitschko and Sultan Ibragimov on February 23rd at Madison Square Garden, promoted by K2 Promotions and Seminole Warriors Boxing. continue
After a dismal performance by Wladimir Klitschko and Sultan Ibragimov in last weekend's unification match at Madison Square Garden, the boxing world is desperately searching for a new torchbearer among the heavyweights. Here in England, promoter Barry Hearn hoping to inject some excitement into the weight class with a knockout tournament at London's York Hall but it will take time to see if the concept can renew public interest in the big men. continue
Photo by Tom Casino - CANCUN, Mexico, February 27WBC Interim Heavyweight Champion Samuel Peter continues his best training camp ever arriving in beautiful Cancun, Mexico, for his March 8 HBO date against WBC kingpin Oleg Maskaev.
The Nigerian Nightmare described his preparation as the most serious ever, arriving from Las Vegas two weeks ahead of the fight date. New head trainer, Stacey McGinley, joins Pops Anderson, and a world class conditioning group of conditioning trainers and nutritionists. continue
Televison presenter and film actor, Steve "Little Big Man" Kwasnik has recruited big name trainers in Marvis Frazier and Val Colbert to prepare him for his debut 'celebrity' fight against Danny Bonaduce of The Partridge Family fame and star of Breaking Bonaduce & VH-1's My Kid's a Child Star. continue
(COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.) Boxing legend and 1992 Olympic gold medalist Oscar de la Hoya has been named a finalist for the 2008 United States Olympic Committee Hall of Fame class. He is one of 18 finalists, and six winners will be chosen by Olympians and Paralympians, members of the Olympic family as well as an online vote by fans. continue
By Lucas White: Last Saturday, Wladimir Klitschko unified the IBF and WBO heavyweight titles in Madison Square Garden with a near shut out unanimous decision victory over southpaw Sultan Ibragimov. continue
27.02.08 - By Old Yank Schneider: Boxing trilogies are easy to predict, right? We all knew Joe Frazier was going to retire on his stool at the end of the 14th round in the final leg of his trilogy against Mohamed Ali. Micky Ward was bound to come up short after dropping Arturo Gatti in the 6th stanza of their third meeting. The outcome of the final bout of the Marco Antonio Barrera series against Erik Morales was easy to predict and as certain as the non-controversial scorecards in their first two meetings. And Riddick Bowe and Evander Holyfield were surely going to bore us to death in their final meeting, so who even bothered to tune in?
Since Rafael Marquez is a virtual unanimous decision guarantee in the trilogy bout against Israel Vasquez, this is bound to be as easy to predict as all great trilogies. I mean, since Vasquez is a lay-up certainty in stopping Marquez inside the distance, just plan on setting up your bookie for the easiest pickpocket session of the century. continue
The International Boxing Hall of Fame announced its flags will fly at half-staff in memory of sportswriter W.C.Heinz. He passed away at an assisted-care facility in Bennington, VT. He was 93. Born Wilfred Charles Heinz in Mount Vernon, NY on January 11, 1915, Heinz is one of the great American sportswriters. In the fall of 1943 he was the New York Sun's war correspondent covering Allied movements in Europe. continue
On April 25th 2008 its Merhaba, ARENA Box-Promotion again. Ahmet Öner will promote his second show in Turkey featuring Selcuk Aydin who takes on South Africas Lucky Lewele for the WBC International welterweight championship in his home-town Trabzon. At the Black Sea ARENAs Mini-Tyson is already a superstar. continue
Former European Champion Bernard Dunne will head Into the West for his return to the ring on the Hunky Dorys Fight Night at the International Events Arena, Breaffy House Resort in Castlebar, Co. Mayo on April 12th. Dunnes clash with former World Champion Felix Machado will mark his return to the ring following last Augusts shock European title defeat against Kiko Martinez and the Dubliner is itching to step back between the ropes. continue
LOS ANGELES (February 27, 2008) all photos by Hoganphotos.com / Golden Boy Promotions - Ever since his emergence on the world scene as an Olympic Gold Medalist in 1992, Oscar de la Hoyas name has been synonymous with Los Angeles, the city that molded him into The Golden Boy, a boxing legend. On Saturday, May 3, De La Hoya will face former world champion Steve Forbes, in what will be the first-ever boxing event at The Home Depot Centers 27,000 seat soccer stadium. The bout will also mark De La Hoyas return home to fight for the first time in Los Angeles since 2000 as well as his return to HBOs World Championship Boxing for the first time since 2001. De La Hoya-Forbes is the featured event of a Homecoming weekend the likes of which the sport has never seen. continue
Philadelphia, PADavid Martinez, of Albuquerque, NM, will challenge champion Rogers Mtagwa, of Philadelphia, PA, for Mtagwas North American Boxing Federation (NABF) featherweight title in the scheduled 12-round main event Friday evening, March 7, at the New Alhambra, Swanson & Ritner Streets, next to Forman Mills, in South Philadelphia. First of seven fights at 7.30 p.m. continue
PROVIDENCE (February 27, 2008) Two popular blasts from the past, Vinny Paz and Irish Micky Ward, will be in opposite corners on March 14 as honorary captains of Team Italy and Team Ireland, respectively, for the Italian-Irish themed Rumble at the River pro boxing show at Twin River Events Center in Lincoln, Rhode Island. continue
Markus Beyer is back! On March 14th three-times WBC super middleweight champion Markus Beyer (34-3-1, 13 kos) will give his debut for Hamburg based ARENA Box-Promotion at Zenith hall in Munich. At today's press conference Beyer stated, "I'm glad to be back in Munich! This is the place where my pro career actually started more than 11 years ago.. continue
By Tony Nobbs: Anthony Mundine retained his WBA super middleweight strap by decisioning number 15 contender and fellow Sydney fighter Nader Hamden at the Cities Entertainment Center tonight (Wednesday Feb 27). After an exciting and grueling twelve rounds that were fought sportingly, Mundine was awarded the W by margins of twelve, ten and six points.
Mundine's brilliance was matched by Hamden's ruggedness. There were some terrific exchanges which had the crowd on their feet at the end. The opening rounds were closely fought with Mundine just doing enough to stay ahead through out. By the middle rounds Mundine had extended his lead where Hamden needed at least a knockdown to get back in to it. There were times when Mundine's fast hands flew in rhythm and he looked on the verge of a stoppage as he trapped Nader along the ropes. continue
European middleweight champion Sebastian Sylvester (28-2, 13 KOs) is just one win away from a world title fight. If he beats Javier Castillejo in Neubrandenburg on April 12, he will be the new mandatory challenger of WBA champion Felix Sturm. "I am looking forward to fighting Castillejo," the Hurricane said. "Against a world-class opponent like him I will prove that I am ready for a world title shot." Castillejo (62-7, 43 KOs) became Sturm´s mandatory challenger last November when he defeated Mariano Natalio Carrera. continue
Experts from the British Geological Survey now believe that WBO World Cruiserweight Champion Enzo Maccarinelli was the reason behind this mornings terror earthquakes that rocked Britain! The dynamite-fisted Welshman recently shifted his training sessions to the early hours of the morning to prepare for his mega-showdown with David Haye a week on Saturday at The O2 in London, and last night Big Mac put in an awesome power-packed session on a 400lb heavybag that experts believe triggered the earthquake which hit a staggering 5.1 on the Richter scale. continue
Chicago, IL (February 27, 2008) Chicago based World Boxing Council Lightweight Champion David Diaz is busy preparing to battle Ramon Montano on Saturday, March 15th at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, NV. The Diaz/Montano bout will be broadcast on HBO Pay-Per-View on the undercard of UNFINISHED BUSINESS, featuring the rematch of the epic battle almost four years ago between Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez. continue
This weeks glimpse into the "Left-Hook Lounge" mailbag offers a look at a few interesting topics along many fronts in the world of Boxing.
Talking with members of various boxing circles around the globe it seems that the same names continue to get tossed around. As I skimmed through emails received this week, it was pretty obvious that pattern wasn't about to change.
Everything from Miguel Cotto's surprising remarks about Mayweather, to Cintron's remarks about Cotto, it's all fair-game in this weeks mailbag. And so we now take a look:
Karla Flores (Miami, Fl): How do you rate Oscar Dela Hoya's legacy?continue
For the first time since signing a multi-year deal with Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing, Curtis "Showtime" Stevens will step into the ring at the Manhattan Center on March 6. Stevens will appear as part of the action packed under card which features a USBA Junior Welterweight title fight between "Mighty" Mike Arnaoutis vs. Harrison Cuello. continue
The WBC has released its February ratings and undefeated middleweight contender Giovanni Lorenzo has been installed as the #1 mandatory challenger to WBC champion Kelly Pavlik, it was announced today by Main Events CEO Kathy Duva. Although honored by the ranking Lorenzo makes it clear that he wants to fight Pavlik today and not wait for the mandatory term to expire. continue
OSCAR DE LA HOYA: "Always I want to thank the media first and everyone that is here today. It is an honor to be here, and it just feels like a culmination of years of hard work, dedication and all the fights I have had. Now I am back home and part of this great event.
"I feels as though it's Steve Forbes who is giving me the opportunity. He might be from the Contender but actually I am a contender now. I am not a champion so I am coming to fight as hard as I can. continue
Matthew Hurley: The proposed welterweight match up between former champions Shane Mosley and Zab Judah has been signed for May 31st. According to a report filed by ESPNs Dan Rafael the fight will be on HBO pay-per-view and most probably in Las Vegas at a site yet to be determined. Both Mosley, 44-5 with 37 KOs and Judah, 36-5 with 25 KOs are coming off respective losses to WBA welterweight champion Miguel Cotto.
Mosley lost a twelve round unanimous decision to Cotto back in November at Madison Square Garden in a tightly contested bout. Judah was knocked out by the champion in the eleventh round in their June rumble, also at Madison Square Garden. The Brooklyn based fighter has since won two unanimous decision victories over Ryan Davis and Edwin Vazquez. continue
The Russians are here! It's fight week, and Cedric Kushner's Gotham Boxing and Steve Bash's Bash Boxing are set to present their boxing spectacular at historic Roseland Ballroom on West 52nd Street in New York City this Thursday night, February 28, headlined by IBF junior bantamweight world champion Dimitri "The Baby" Kirilov (29-3, 9 KO's) in his first title defense against Cecilio "Boga" Santos (22-8-2, 12 KO's) in the main event. continue
By Scoop Malinowski: Status: WBA # 3 ranked junior welterweight boxes on Thursday night in New York City at the Roseland Ballroom on the undercard of the IBF Junior Bantamweight title fight between champ Dimitri Kirilov and Cecilio Santos. Record: 27-0-1 (15 KO's).
First boxing memory: My gym wars with current super middleweight Curtis Stevens at Starret City Boxing Club. Also the nice cars double parked outside the gym. It meant a famous pro was training inside. continue
A crush of fight fans are expected to turn out for Manny Pacquiao's Media Day in San Francisco on Wednesday. Pacquiao, chief trainer Freddie Roach and assistants will take a private jet from Burbank, Calif. to San Francisco for the open workout. Pacquiao will speak to fight press first, then get into the ring to shake out. Fight fans there are invited to attend. continue
Matthew Hurley: Floyd Mayweather Jr. has always wanted nothing more than to be a crossover star. Boxing, the profession he was born into, has apparently been a means to an end for the so called pound-for-pound best fighter in the world. Many of his ring performances do indeed justify that distinction and his talent is unquestionable, but his desire to fight the very best in boxing has been questioned by many in the media and certainly by the general boxing public. At least as of late.
Now comes the news that Mayweather will participate in WrestleMania XXIV at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Florida on March 30th. The welterweight champion will apparently take on seven foot Big Show, a four hundred and thirty pound wrestler.
At a press conference held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles Mayweather, who as of late has gone by the nickname Money, tossed out hundred dollar bills into the crowd before staring up at his future opponent. The sight of the diminutive boxer and the towering wrestler was not lost on Big Show. continue
Los Angeles, CA, February 26, 2008 The boxing world was shocked yesterday at a press conference at the Staples Center in Los Angeles when Floyd "Money" Mayweather confirmed a proposed match with the 7 foot 399 lb Big Show®. continue
Fighting action with two world champions on Friday February 29 from 7:30 pm at the Sporthalle Hamburg: WIBF/WBA world champion Susi Kentikian faces the WIBF champion at Minimumweight Sarah Thrilla´ from Manila Goodson. It will be her first title defence which will be broadcasted by ProSieben Germany LIVE. TV commentators for the event will be Regina Halmich and Jan Stecker. continue
By Andrew Walker: The term pound for pound is something that is starting to really grate with me in the boxing world right now. I understand what it means and how the ranking is arrived at but I think it is a meaningless title or moniker for any boxer to attain to. It cant be proved in the ring so why do the fans and the media give it so much importance? Floyd Mayweather Jr. is universally ranked as the pound for pound number one right now but if you put him in a boxing ring against Joe Calzaghe who is somewhere in the top ten of this mythical list depending on who wrote it, Mayweather would lose big time to Joe. continue
26.02.08 - By Scoop Malinowski: It's the most important and exciting match that can be made in boxing today - Floyd Mayweather vs. Miguel Cotto. Two of boxing's very best with contrasting styles and personalities to determine supremacy at welterweight. But that mouth-watering fight may never happen.
"You'll never see it," said Emanuel Steward yesterday at a New York City press conference. "It's a matchup I would love to see. But I don't think Mayweather will ever fight him." When asked if HBO could force it or if Floyd is fearful, Steward replied, "I won't even get into that. I just don't think you'll ever see it."
Bob Arum agreed with Steward's assessment, although a little more vehemently. "I think Mayweather will never ever EVER go into the ring with Miguel Cotto. Ever. EVER." Couldn't HBO force Floyd to fight Cotto? "No. No! Nobody can force him to do it. He won't do it.. continue
Top trainer Enzo Calzaghe has warned David Haye that his career will be over if he's taken 12 rounds by Enzo Maccarinelli. The pair meet on March 8 at London's O2 Arena on a show dubbed Bombs Away live on Setanta Sports in the UK and on Showtime in the US. The WBC, WBA and WBO cruiserweight titles will be on the line. Many expect the fight to be over early - but Calzaghe snr insists that he has prepared Maccarinelli for a 12 round war. continue
Ulli Wegner and Sven Ottke have been reunited. The former IBF/WBA super-middleweight champion will work out under the guidance of his long-time coach to shape up for the May 24 showdown with former world champion Dariusz Michalczewski. Ottke went through the first joint training session in almost four years in Kienbaum on Monday. continue
Photos: JORGE GARCIA - Israel Vazquez and Rafael Marquez participated in a public open media workout Monday as they continue to wind down preparations for their highly anticipated rubber match, Final Confrontation for the WBC/The Ring Magazine super bantamweight title this Saturday, March 1, at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. continue
26.02.08 - By Wray Edwards: Photos (c) Wray Edwards/ESB at the apron Madison Square Garden. Besides the Co-Main Event featuring Duddy and Smichet, there were five prelims, one of which was a twelve rounder between Joe Green (17-0, 13KO's, 157.25 Lbs.) from Queens, New York and Francisco A. Mora (52-12, 36 KO's, 159.25 Lbs.) from Cordoba, Argentina for the NABO & NABA Middleweight Championships.
Geoff Ciani's comprehensive report and evaluation of these fights (see below) leaves little to add...so here with brief remarks is a photo presentation of the highlite moments in these contests. continue
By Geoffrey Ciani: The historical IBF-WBO unification bout between former Soviets Wladimir Klitschko and Sultan Ibragimov wound up being a real stinker. Indeed, the first heavyweight unification bout of the 21st century was one of the least entertaining heavyweight championship fights I have ever seen, right on par with the snooze fest between John Ruiz and Fres Oquendo. Boxing fans may have found greater amusement had they tuned into C-Span and watched the US Congress debate the annual budget.
Unfortunately, this was an opportunity to help rekindle interest in boxings marquee division, and instead of giving lift to the dire state of the struggling weight class, the lackluster event probably left the casual fan feeling more dyspeptic than ever. This is evidenced by the fact that there were more boos than cheers throughout the entire twelve rounds of fighting. What a gloomy state of affairs! continue
On March 6, 2008, the Grand Ballroom at the Manhattan Center in New York City will be electrified with screaming fans as Cestus Managements 140-pound contender Mighty Mike Arnaoutis makes his much anticipated 2008 return to the ring. continue
by James Slater: According to U.K newspaper, The Daily Mirror, James Toney will box British heavyweight Danny Williams this summer. The fight will be promoted by the U.K's Spencer Fearon and will take place in Britain also - either in May or June. For Toney, the bout will be his first since being banned for taking illegal substances prior to his points win over Danny Batchelder last May. continue
Matthew Hurley: While many in the boxing community gave little chance to Irish middleweight contender John Duddy, 24-0 with 17 KOs in his proposed June match up with champion Kelly Pavlik, the fighter from Derry did nothing to assuage even his staunchest supporters in his very shaky outing against Tunisian journeyman Walid Smichet, 17-4-3 with 13 KOs. Duddy escaped with a controversial split decision victory Saturday night on the undercard of the Wladimir Klitschko Sultan Ibragimov heavyweight title unification bout at Madison Square Garden. continue
By Wray Edwards: Photos (c) Wray Edwards/ESB from the apron at Madison Square Garden -- large photo gallery -- It was a shame that this fight was not televised because Middleweight Walid Smichet (17-3-3, 13 KO's, 160 Lbs.) from New York gave John Duddy (23-0-17 KO's, 158.5 Lbs) from New York and Ireland, all he could handle. John's agressive, focused style did not intimidate the seemingly slower but effective puncher in Walid. Smichet demonstrated a tight, short inside offence which proved to be very effective versus Duddy.
About half way through the fight, John sustained a serious cut in the left eyebrow. At this point the word "team", in relation to single combat, had great meaning as "Big George Mitchell" did a remarkable job of keeping the bleeding to an absolute mimimum. The following photos show what,
in my opinion, will probably postpone any chance for Duddy to get a title fight soon due to the necessity of having to wait for the cut to heal properly. continue
25.02.08 - By Wray Edwards: Photos (c) Wray Edwards/ESB at the apron Madison Square Garden -- large photo gallery -- Wladimir Klitschko and Sultan Ibragimov waged tentative war against each other for a full twelve rounds. The big murmur ringside was when is Wlad going to throw the right. I think it was the third or fourth round when he first rolled out the hammer. Before that Klitschko was content to score average points with his quick jab.
Sultan stayed low and back responding with counter attempts to head and body. Many times when Sultan rushed in Wlad would respond with arm-wraps to the point that some were respelling his name "Clinchko. Really though, Sultan was also prone to poke and choke. They both spent the first six rounds in largely ceremonial boxing postures. But then, Wlad began to time Sultan and dropped the hammer quite effectively. The following photos pretty much tell the story. continue
Puerto Rican newcomer Gadiel Andaluz will return to the Cicero Stadium squared circle on Friday, March 14th at MARCH BADNESS, another evening of world class professional boxing presented by Dominic Pesolis 8 Count Productions, HOME OF THE BEST IN CHICAGO BOXING. continue
By Per Ake Persson: Cruiser Marco Huck returns to action April 12 in Neubrandenburg in a supporting bout to Sebastian Sylvester vs Javier Castillejo and Cristian Sanavia vs Karo Murat. Huck lost to IBF champ Steve Cunningham late December in a very tough fight but took only a few weeks off before getting back to the gym. continue
Undefeated Bronx and Puerto Rican star Jorge "The Truth" Teron (19-0-1, 11 KO's) ascends the ranks when the New York State champ faces Sandro Marcos (27-16-2, 23 KO's) of Mazatlan, Mexico in a 12-round clash for the vacant WBO Intercontinental Lightweight Championship on the undercard of the Thursday night, February 28 "Russians Are Coming" fight extravaganza at the Roseland Ballroom. continue
By Adrian Jacob: Undefeated middleweight John Duddy (24-0, 17 KOs) struggled badly in winning a bloody 10-round majority decision over Walid Smichet (17-4-3, 13 KOs) on the undercard of Klitschko vs. Ibragimov on Saturday night at Madison Square Garden in New York. Duddy, 28, was supposed to have been showing off his skills in what many thought would be an easy victory for Duddy, as he moved forward for a world title shot against WBC/WBO middleweight champion Kelly Pavlik.
Duddy, however, was cut badly over his left eye in the 3rd round in the process of taking horrendous punishment from Smichet, and had to fight tooth and nail to get the victory. Along the way, Duddy, looking nothing like a top 10 fighter, showed almost zero defense as he was repeatedly nailed with huge shots from Smichet. continue
With all eyes in the UK turning to boxing on the 7th and 8th of March, there is one man who doesn't care about British boxing or tradition, or even British fight fans. The "Spanish Bull", Kiko Martinez intends to put the horn into "The Matador", Rendall Munroe at Harvey Hadden Leisure Centre in Nottingham on March 7. continue
By Tony Nobbs: Boxing's first ever All Sydney showdown for a world championship takes place at the Cities Entertainment Center on Wednesday night when Anthony Mundine (33-3, 23 KO's) puts his regular WBA 168 lb strap on the line against veteran hard man Nader Hamden (40-5- 18 KO's).A winner of his first 32 bouts who was once the top contender to Oscar De La Hoya when the Golden Boy held the WBC title at super welterweight, Hamden recently slipped into the WBA's top 15 at super middleweight. continue
WBO World Cruiserweight Champion Enzo Maccarinelli has begun the "night shift" ahead of his fight with David Haye - and has promised to give the WBA/WBC title holder nightmares on March 8. The pair will clash at around 2am at London's O2 Arena in order to accommodate US television network Showtime. The fight will be screened live on Setanta Sports in the UK. continue
By Pavel Yakovlev, photo by Wray Edwards / ESB: Vladimir Klitschko defeated Sultan Ibragimov last night in one-sided fashion, winning a decision by scores of 119-110, 117-111, 118-110. Klitschko put on an impressive performance, exhibiting superb ring generalship, athleticism, defense, and boxing skill en route to neutralizing the offensive of the fast, dangerous Ibragimov. As a result of his win, Vladimir retains his IBF heavyweight championship belt while simultaneously acquiring the WBO belt held by Ibragimov.
This writer scored the bout 120-110 for Klitschko, who is now 50-3, with 44 knockouts. He was never stressed or pressed at any time in the bout, as his excellent use of his superior height and his defensive skills enabled him to dominate the action all night. continue
by John Alutus: Come on, be truthful! Were you not more impressed with the improved, passionate, never-say-die Taylor than with the nice-and-steady, but not extraordinary Pavlik in their contested rematch last week? The fight confirmed Pavlik had still a while to go before he could be recognised as one of the best in the world. It also proved Taylor was very much the kind of fighter who comes back hungrier and better after defeat, his warrior's pride intact. What a pleasant revelation continue
NEW YORK (Feb. 25, 2008) On Saturday, March 1, SHOWTIME subscribers will have access to a secondary audio program (SAP in Spanish, where available) for one of the most anticipated rubber matches in boxing history, Israel Vazquez vs. Rafael Marquez III. The fight, airing live on SHOWTIME from The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. (9 p.m. ET/PT delayed on the West Coast), will be called in Spanish by veteran boxing announcer Juan Larena, it was announced today by Ken Hershman, senior vice president and general manager of Sports and Event Programming for the premium network. continue
By Scoop Malinowski: There's Livingstone Bramble. The former WBA world Lightweight champion, 1980 Olympian. He's sitting in the lobby of the Affinia Hotel across the street from Madison Square Garden, about 6:30. Bramble took the title from Ray Mancini by TKO 14 in Buffalo in 1984. He said that night was one of his two finest ring performances. "The best performance I had by far was the fight I had with Kenny Bang Bang Bogner and the first Mancini fight. Those are the best fights of my whole career." I ask why. continue
24.02.08 - By Anthony Coleman, photo by Wray Edwards / ESB: Last night Wladimir Klitschko became the first man in nearly a decade to unify at least a portion of the Heavyweight title when he scored a wide unanimous decision victory over Sultan Ibragimov.
According to the HBO crew, the story of the fight was Klitschkos left jab, the punch he used to keep the shorter Ibragimov at bay and off balance throughout the entire fight, but that wasnt the only narrative. The other was the fact that the fight reached a level of god-awfulness that has rarely been seen in a boxing ring. This may have been the worst Heavyweight title fight Ive ever seen.
There was not a single moment of drama, suspense and sustained action in this entire miserable fight. In fact the fight was an example of a man who couldnt, and the man who wouldnt. In the first half of the fight it was dominated by Klitschko scoring with his aforementioned sledgehammer jab, and he ruined Sultans only chance of controlling the outside of the ring with his right jab. continue
By Mike Indri - Retired Boxers Foundation, photo by Wray Edwards / ESB - Wladimir Klitschko pawed, jabbed and swatted his way to a twelve round unanimous decision win over Sultan Ibragimov in a rare heavyweight unification title fight; which enabled Klitschko to add Ibragimov's World Boxing Organization title belt to his trophy case, along with his own International Boxing Federation championship crown.
Headlining a Madison Square Garden fightcard which featured several quick knockouts by talented local prospects and a ten round "Pier Six" style brawl between popular Irish middleweight John Duddy and Francisco Mora, the Klitschko-Ibragimov heavyweight clash was hoped to be an intriguing, classic battle of two champions willing to put their hard earned titles at risk in their quest to become the one and only true "Heavyweight Champion", instead the huge crowd had to endure twelve rounds of a tentative, strategic effort by the physically bigger and stronger Klitschko against a willing and game champion who had no answer to combat his obvious disadvantages in height (five inches) and weight (close to twenty pounds). continue
25.02.08 - COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.) Three U.S. Olympians kicked off their 2008 competition schedule with wins over Russian opponents, February 24 in Magnitogorsk, Russia. The United States team faced off with Russias best in the first of two duals. continue
In an intriguing clash of styles that will have boxing pundits declaring this bout an early candidate for 2008 Fight of The Year, master boxer Joel Casamayor will put his Ring Magazine Lightweight World Championship on the line against a fighter many are calling the next Arturo Gatti, unbeaten Australian and WBO Interim Lightweight World Champion Michael Katsidis. continue
By Frank Gonzalez Jr, photo by Wray Edwards / ESB - Saturday night at Madison Square Garden, Ukrainian Heavyweight champ Wladimir Klitschko (50-3, 44 KOs) defended his IBF and IBO titles against Russian WBO champ, Sultan Ibragimov (22-1-1, 18 KOs). Klitschko stood four inches taller on paper but looked a foot taller in the ring. Ibragimov earned his stripes beating former WBO champ Shannon Briggs by UD 12 in June of last year. A month later, Wladimir avenged his loss to Lamon Brewster by administering a beating. Brewster retired in his corner after the sixth round. continue
By Ted Sares, video coverage of Vazquez v Marquez I & II courtesy of Showtime: On March 1, with the super bantamweight supremacy at stake, boxing fans will be treated to the rubber match in what again promises to be an exciting, back-and-forth slugfest between two hard men. They will likely go to war with a total disregard for their wellbeing, and with a doggedness and uncommon determination that may well produce another Fight of the Year candidate. These two warriors are what machismo is all about. "The Final Confrontation" will be televised live on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING beginning at 9 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast). A serious nose injury-- a metabolic blockage--halted Vazquez in the first fight when he surprisingly retired after the seventh round even though he seemed in control. continue
With the 2008 Summer Olympic games in Beijing around the corner, the only American boxer to capture a gold medal in the last Olympics continues to climb the ladder of the professional ranks toward world title contention. continue
Los Angeles, CA - - With seven days left before "The Final Confrontation", both Israel Vazquez (42-4, 32 KOs) and Rafael Marquez (37-4, 33 KOs) stepped on to the scales in accordance with the World Boxing Council's regulations. Israel Vazquez weigh in result: 124lbs / Rafael Marquez weigh in result: 126.54lbs (57.400kg). continue
Olympic gold medallist Odlanier Solis will show his special qualities two times in only two weeks. After taking on Adrian Rajkai (15-6-0, 4 kos) from Hungary this Friday at OPI 2000s show at the Palalido in Milan El Sombra (The Shadow) will be back in action on March 14th in Munich. continue
by James Slater: As most fight fans will surely be aware, the last time Travis "Freight Train" Walker and T.J Wilson met, back in October 2007, Wilson won via a highly contentious TKO in just 15 seconds of round number one. Referee Raul Caiz, deeming Walker to be badly hurt, took it upon himself to dive in and call a halt to the action. What followed was anger, controversy and the need for a rematch. That rematch takes place this coming Friday (February 29th) in California, and this time the NABF title is on the line.
Taking a break from his training for the much anticipated return bout, Travis Walker very kindly gave this writer the following words earlier today.
By Andre Courtemanche: It would appear on the surface that Houston super lightweight Daniel Garcia will be a huge underdog when takes on Puerto Rico's Jesus Pabon (11-1, 8 KOs) at the Paragon Casino and Resort in Marksville, Louisiana, and live on ESPN2 this Friday, February 29. continue
Heavyweight contender, Brian The Beast Minto (29-2 18kos), of Butler, Pennsylvania will headline the 7 bout card on Sunday April 27th at The Mountaineer Casino Racetrack & Resort in Chester, West Virginia. Minto will defend his WBA Fedecentro Heavyweight Title in the 12 round main event against former NABA cruiserweight champ, Chad Van Sickle (22-7-3 12kos) of Columbus, Ohio. continue
24.2.2008: One of Denmarks most promising prospects, super featherweight Kim Poulsen (7-1), have been added to the April 4th card in Aarhus, Denmark, where former IBF world title-challenger Allan Vester and super middleweight Fawaz Nasir headline at the NRGI Arena. Team Vester, in cooperation with Risum Boxing, promotes. continue
By Peter Mark Heintzelman: The womens IWBF lightweight championship belt is on the line, March 14th at Twin River Event Center, in Lincoln, Rhode Island, when Jamie The Hurricane Clampitt defends her golden belt against seasoned veteran, Belinda Brown Sugar Laracuente.
The 29 year old Larcuente (23-20-3, 9 KOs), fighting out of the Big Apple, has forty-seven professional bouts under her belt, twenty-one of which bouts were against world champions. She sports an opposition list of the whos who in the female boxing world, including names like Missy Fiorentino (17-1, 6 KOs), Sumya Anani (24-1-1), Mary Jo Sanders (15-0-0), and Holly Holm (21-1-2) whom she last fought on February 7, 2008 at Pechanga Resort & Casino, in Temecula, California, where she lost a ten round decision. With twenty of her last twenty-one bouts have been against world champions, she has gained the respect and admiration of boxing fans of the fairer sex. continue
By Christopher Roche, Brickcityboxing.com - While I do not normally open commentaries with reader submissions, I thought the one below was an appropriate lead. In part of my column last week, I predicted an upset in the Klitschko vs. Ibragimov bout. Reader AJ immediately called me out on the day of publication. continue
By Andrew Walker: IBF & IBO champion Wladimir Klitschko (50-3, 44 KOs) took another step towards unifying the heavyweight division with a decisive victory over WBO champion Sultan Ibragimov (22-1-1, 17 KOs) at New York Citys Madison Square Garden tonight. In what could only be described as a dull one sided fight the far superior Wladimir Klitschko repeatedly fended off the smaller Ibragimov with his left jab and little else the entire twelve rounds of the fight. When Wladimir Klitschko did let the right hand loose he had success with it nearly every time and a sustained attack could have seen the fight finish earlier via a knockout but this did not happen. continue
By Tom Hatheway: Wladimir Klitschko, 238 unified the IBF and WBO heavyweight titles with a methodical unanimous 12-round decision tonight over Sultan Ibragimov, 219, in New Yorks Madison Square Garden. Ibragimov controlled the first two rounds by being the busier fighter as Klitschko was content to use his jab as a range finder on his opponent. continue
By Ted Sares: What was at stake: The heavyweight unification fight between the IBF Champion Wladimir Klitschko and the WBO Champion Sultan Ibragimov.
Styles: 1) Klitschko, 49-3 (44), is improved in all areas and can take an opponent out with left hooks (Ray Austin), a signature lethal straight right (Calvin Brock) or ultra punishing jabs (Lamon Brewster). His stamina has improved and so has his focus under the masterful direction of Manny Steward.
2) Ibragimov, 22-0-1 (17), is a hard working, in-and-out type southpaw fighter who adjusts well and gets the job done, but in less than a crowd pleasing manner. continue
Matthew Hurley: Within the confines of historic Madison Square Garden in New York City, IBF and IBO heavyweight belt holder Wladimir Klitschko, 50-3 with 44 KOs and WBO belt holder Sultan Ibragimov, 22-1-1 with 17 KOs engaged in the first unification bout in the division since then belt holders Evander Holyfield and Lennox Lewis fought in a rematch in the same venue back in November of 1999. On that night Lewis captured the crown, if not the universal acclaim of the boxing public, and tonight Wladimir Klitschko took one step further in his quest to become the universally recognized champion in boxings flagship division. continue
February 23, Per Ake Persson: Ukrainian lightheavy Yuri Barashian won the EBU title with an eighth round stoppage of Thomas Ulrich, the defending champion. Ulrich was hurt by a bodydshot
late in fifth, floored three times in the seventh from the very same southpaw left hooks to the liver region. Early in the eighth Barashian floored Ulrich again with that left hook and it was waved over at 0.56 as Thomas got up. It was a tough fight from the start and developed into a wild punchup as the German, sensing the fight was slipping away from him, opened up with both hands. Barashian was hard to catch though and Ulrich kept missing with an alarming number of punches. continue
by James Slater: Ricky "The Hitman" Hatton is scheduled to make his return to the ring on May 24th. Following his dismantling at the hands of Floyd Mayweather, Hatton is entitled to a tune-up type of contest, and currently Sacramento's Juan Lazcano is top of the list. The thing is, Hatton is a boxing superstar, and as such the fans and experts alike demand that he fight only formidable and quality opposition. Does the 37-4-1(27) Lazcano fit the bill? continue
By Matthew Hurley: In his American television debut on ESPNs Friday Night Fights (FNF) promising super featherweight contender Yuriorkis Gamboa, 9-0 with 8 KOs knocked out Johnnie Edwards, 13-2-1 with 7 KOs at 1:34 of the first round. Gamboa, a former Olympic gold medallist came out fast, immediately backing Edwards into the ropes. Edwards had no answer for Gamboas hand speed and before he could even set his feet beneath him he was on the canvas from a quick left hook.
Edwards rose on unsteady legs as Gamboa charged after him, firing rapid combinations before landing a stiff right hand, missing with a left and then ending the night with a straight right cross. Referee Brian Gary immediately called a halt to the fight as Edwards attempted to rise. The stricken fighter stutter-stepped to a neutral corner before falling into the protective embrace of Gary. continue
By Team Maskaev: In recent weeks, team Maskaev has requested that the WBC recuse itself from the selection of ring officials for the upcoming Maskaev - Peter Bout in Cancun, Mexico on March 8, 2008. The reason for this request was due to the ongoing legal battles between team Maskaev and the WBC and the unavoidable conflict of interest and bias they have shown in virtually every action they have taken with respect to Maskaev. The WBC rejected team Maskaev's request and sent Mr. Maskaev a letter assuring him that he would be treated with all due respect and complete impartiality and fairness. I guess this jives quite nicely with the February 20, 2008 press release posted on the WBC website: continue
LOS ANGELES Before Israel Vazquez (42-4, 32 KOs) and Rafael Marquez (37-4, 33 KOs) renew boxings most exciting rivalry on Saturday night, fight fans get to catch young, promising, fighters on the under card of the most highly anticipated rubber match of the year. Some of the boxers boast ties to the well-regarded, prospect-based series, ShoBox: The New Generation (Showtime), which has produced 23 current or former world champions in its six year history. continue
22 year old Werrington heavyweight Alex El Toro has been selected to take part in the inaugural Prizefighter Series scheduled for York Hall, Bethnal Green on 11th April. Promoted by Matchroom Sports the event will be televised live by Sky Sports. The Prizefighter Series, brainchild of sports impresario Barry Hearn, will involve eight of the UKs heavyweights in a knockout series with the winner securing prize money of £25,000. continue
By Wray Edwards, Photos (c) Wray Edwards/ESB: Irish Middleweight John Duddy (23-0, 17 KO's, 158.5 lbs.) will appear at Madison Square Garden in the Co-Main Event leading up to the Heavyweight Unification Championship between Wladamir Klitschko and Sultan Ibragimov.
Duddy will duke it out in a ten round fight with Walid Smichet (17-3-3, 13 KO's, 160 Lbs.) from Brooklyn, New York (B. Tunisia, Res. Montreal)
Duddy, not content to have a reclusive career in the safe confines of his native land, has been shuttling between Ireland and the U.S. to become a star on both sides of the Atlantic. His style is rough and ready, and should make a great warm up for the main event. Here are the undercard weigh-in photos and weights. continue
22.02.08 - By Wray Edwards - all photos (c) Wray Edwards/ESB at Madison Square Garden. If you can find a parking space in New York City, you are truly blessed. That done, we enter the theater at MSG where nine years of waiting is about to end. Heavyweight Champion Wladamir Klitschko and Heavyweight Champion Sultan Ibragimov stepped on stage and on the scales to check the beef.
The contest, to be carried by regular HBO with Michael Buffer at the mike, has so many facets it's hard to count them all. Just to name a few, the reach difference, the weight difference, the height difference, the style diference, and the stance difference.
Most feel that the majority of these contrasts favor Klitschko and it would appear at first glance that they are correct. As we see in these pictures there are great contrasts indeed. continue
To take the big step over the Atlantic was definitely worth it for ARENA Box-Promotion. Ahmet Öners first own show in the US together with Decubas Presents Friday night in Fort Lauderdale turned out to be a major success. continue
By Phil Santos Overhandright.com - Super prospect and Cuban Gold Medalist Yuriorkis Gamboa made his US television debut tonight on Friday Night Fights. His opponent Johnnie Edwards was supposed to offer some resistance and test the fast rising youngster. Gamboa would have none of it. He wasted no time in attacking Edwards with quick, stinging punches which landed Edwards on the canvas via a left hook only 30 seconds into the 1st round. continue
February 23, 2008 WBC CABOFE Middleweight Champion and Former Contender TV Series Star Miguel Espino is calling out to NABF Champion Enrique Ornelas after watching his recently televised bout on Telefutura. After listening to Ornelas say that he wants tougher competition and a fight with Kelly Pavlik, Espino stated, Ornelas needs to beat a true fighter from the Contender series and then climb his way up to a Championship match with Pavlik and that starts with me. Im ranked at #13 and hes at #14 in the WBC. continue
By Ted Sares: In the past, I have written about cuties like Jimmy Young and Jersey Joe Walcott, bombers like Bob Satterfield and Cleveland Williams and closers like Sugar Ray Leonard and Khaosai Galaxy. But what about spoilers, you know, a boxer who derails a potential contender or favored contender and thwarts his chances, at least temporarily, of staying hot or even winning a championship; a guy who has a style that negates the obvious talents of his favored opponent?
Had Kevin Howard beaten a come backing Sugar Ray Leonard, he would have been a spoiler. He had so nicknamed himself. Gene Mad Dog Hatcher spoiled many a streaking boxers record-- something to which Joe Manley, Alfredo Escalera, and Johnny Bumphus can all attest. Mike The Bounty Hunter certainly did some serious spoiling as Jose Maria Flores Burlon, Jimmy Thunder, Pinklon Thomas, Dwight Muhammad Qawi, Oliver McCall, Alexander Zolkin and Buster Mathis Jr. will verify. When Jimmy Young derailed George Foreman, he was a both a cutie and a spoiler.. continue
Memphis-TN, Friday, February 22, 2008 - On Saturday, March 1st Prize Fight Boxing presents another exciting installment of Fights at the Fitz at the famed Fitzgerald's Casino and Hotel in Tunica, Mississippi. In the main event, Rafael Valenzuela (9-1, 4 KO's) and Robbie Cannon (10-1, 6 KO's) will collide in a twelve round no-holds barred battle for the NABO Featherweight Title that will have each fighter throwing everything they possess in their arsenal to come away the victor. continue
Matthew Hurley - Ever since trainer Emanuel Steward got his hands on current IBF and IBO heavyweight belt holder Wladimir Klitschko he has been telling everyone within earshot that not only is the hulking Ukrainian one of the best most complete fighters he has ever trained but that he is a heavyweight worthy of sharing the ring with any of the great big men of the past. Steward is generally an analytical conversationalist when it comes to boxers but where Wladimir is concerned uncharacteristic hyperbole comes to the forefront. continue
By Geoffrey Ciani: Boxing fans were treated to a great fight when middleweight champion Kelly Pavlik beat former champion Jermain Taylor in their rematch last weekend. Pavlik proved his first win was no fluke by winning the fight unanimously over twelve rounds of action. The deciding factor in the fight came down to consistencythroughout the contest, Pavlik was able to stick with his game plan and do the things he needed to do to win, while Taylor was unable to remain on the path to success. continue
By Peter Mark Heintzelman: Jimmy Burchfields Classic Entertainment & Sports, in association with Budweiser and the Tournament of Contenders, hosted a press conference on Thursday, to announce their Rumble At The River, fight card, scheduled for Friday, March 14, 2008, at the Twin River Events Center, in Lincoln, Rhode Island.
The ten round super middleweight main event pits The Pride of Providence Peter Manfredo, Jr. (28-5, 13 KOs) against Shane The Irish Hitman Benfield (17-1, 9 KOs), of York, South Carolina. The card is being promoted by Burchfield an Italian-Irish themed boxing show, with Vinny Paz acting the part of team leader of the Italian quarter, and team leader, Irish Micky Ward in the, well, green corner. continue
22.02.08 - Promoter Don King will feature hometown favorites on a card he has dubbed Pride of St. Louis featuring Cory The Next Generation Spinks and Devon Alexander The Great at Scottrade Center on March 27. Spinks is a world champion and his protégé Alexander will fight in a championship unification match. continue
Montreal, Friday February 22st 2008 Montreal based Light Heavyweight sensation Adrian The Shark Diaconu (24-0-0, 15 KO), rated #1 by the WBC, is set to battle against WBC #3 rated Chris Henry (21-0-0, 17 KOs) for the WBC Interim World Light Heavyweight title on Saturday, March 29th 2008 in Buchares Romania. The bout and event will be promoted by Gankor Promotions. continue
It has been confirmed that Darnell "The Ding a Ling Man" Wilson will return to the place where he has fought 15 times in his career. In September 2006, Darnell destroyed Danial Judah (Zab's brother) in route to four consecutive devestating wins that propelled him into the high levels of the cruiserweight division. Topped off by the 2007 KNOCKOUT of the YEAR. continue
LOS ANGELES, CA (February 21)Fundamentally, it is Mexican champion Juan Manuel Márquez's professionalism and dedication to his craft that makes him one of the best in the sport of boxing today. Márquez, one of the last warriors of the great Aztec dynasty of modern boxing, seeks a place in the boxing history, has been proven to be among the elite level in the sport but he attributes his success both in and out of the ring to his tremendous work effort and although successful, still maintains his hunger for fame and glory that keeps him dedicated to his training and committed to his daily regime of hard work and training when preparing for a fight.
"In the ring there is no such thing as an easy fight or a small challenge and I keep that in mind and base my philosophy on that when I am preparing for a fight. If you do not look at boxing that way, with a very serious attitude and dedication to the way a fighter prepares for a fight. continue
Per Ake Persson: Dmitri Sartison, 21-0, steps in for Jurgen Brahmer and fights Pablo Daniel Zamora Nieves tomorrow night in Halle an der Saale. As for why Brahmer pulled out German media have been informed by Universum that it is because of illness in the family. The show still shapes up insterestingly with the European debut of Colombian puncher Santander Silgado, 11-0 (11) as a possible highlight on the undercard. continue
February 22, 2008 .New York City .In a little more than 24 hours Wladimir Klitschko will try to unify all three boxing heavyweight championship belts when he takes on Sultan Ibragimov at Madison Square Garden Saturday night. But thanks to a guaranteed $500,000 donation by Klitschko to The Laureus Sport For Good Foundation, he is a winner already in the eyes of the thousands of at-risk children who participate in service programs funded by Laureus. continue
Reno, NV February 21, 2008 - Jesse Brinkley and Otis "triple OG" Griffin are locked and loaded for the "War for the West" boxing show at the Silver Legacy Resort and casino in Reno, Nevada.At a press conference Wednesday, Brinkley stated that if he were to loose this fight he would hang up the gloves and retire. continue
For Calzaghe and his fans, the Hopkins match is not merely about Joe stepping up in weight and establishing himself in the light heavyweight division. The match is really about Calzaghes legacy in boxing history.
Lately there has been much talk in the press and on the Internet regarding Calzaghes chances against the great and noteworthy light heavyweight champions of the past. continue
22.02.08 - Photos by Meghan Sinclair: Wladimir Klitschko, the IBF heavyweight champion, gets a high five and enjoys a few laughs with Conan O'Brien, last night on his nationally televised interview on NBC's Late Night with Conan O'Brien, to promote Saturday night's Unification against WBO titlist Sultan Ibragimov at Madison Square Garden. HBO's World Championship Boxing will televise. continue
22.02.08 - Ahmet Öner and ARENA Box-Promotion are definitely on the fast track. In only one and a half years Öner rushed to the top of the German boxing scene and brought professional boxing back to Turkey. Now hes speeding up again with his first own show in the USA. In cooperation with Decubas Presents Hamburg based ARENA will host the Night of the Olympians at Xtreme Karting in Fort Lauderdale, Florida tonight featuring Cuban gold medallists Yuriorkis Gamboa (8-0-0, 7 kos) and Yan Barthelemy (4-0-0). The show will be broadcasted LIVE on ESPN 2s Friday Night Fights. continue
By Neil Dennis: Previously undefeated prospect Shane The Irish Hitman Benfield (17-1, 9KOs) hit a snag last year that forestalled his light heavyweight dreams. He ran headlong into a rising power puncher from Youngstown, Ohio. No, it wasnt Kelly Pavlik, but rising late-bloomer DeAndrey Abron (15-1, 10KOs). The 2003 Golden Gloves light heavyweight champ has come a long way in a short time thanks to former Mike Tyson and Jesse James Leija trainer Ronnie Shields. continue
Mexico City, D.F. - The press gathered intently yesterday as Rafael Marquez (37-4, 33 KOs) hosted an open media workout to showcase his skills that he will display to eager fight fans and thousands watching Showtime Championship Boxing on Saturday, March 1 when he battles to regain his WBC Super Bantamweight Championship and Ring Magazine Belt title against current champion Israel Vazquez (42-4, 32 KOs).
Vazquez - Marquez III, which headlines an exciting night of world-class boxing action, is presented by Gary Shaw Promotions in association with Sycuan Ringside Promotions, Golden Boy Promotions and Romanza Boxing Productions. Tickets for this sure-to-be-classic battle are on sale. Tickets are priced at $300, $150, $75, $50 and $25 and may be purchased at The Home Depot Center Box Office, open 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. continue
by James Slater: Ronnie Shields is one of the finest trainers in the sport of boxing today. Currently getting 'world' lightweight champion Juan Diaz ready for his fight with veteran Nate Campbell, Shields - who is now reunited with "The Baby Bull" after a temporary parting that lasted a few months - has also worked with greats like Evander Holyfield and Mike Tyson. Speaking to me over the phone from his gym in Texas, Shields spoke about Diaz's upcoming fight on March 8th, possible future opponents for the unbeaten lightweight king and what "The Real Deal" should do now. continue
21.02.08 - Wladimir Klitschko: It is a very special event; it is a very special night, and a very special opponent. I won't underestimate Sultan, and I wont overestimate Sultan. Don't miss it. To be the heavyweight champion means a lot. The title is very special and is different than other titles in sport. The heavyweight champion can use that title to inspire people outside of the ring all over the world.. continue
Ticket for Saturday's "Johnson vs. Gonzalez" Fight Night for Climate Change at the Lake Charles Civic Center in Lake Charles, Louisiana, are selling quickly, as anticipation builds for the all-action light heavyweight shootout. "Most of the premium seating is gone," revealed event co-promoter Kerry Daigle. continue
21.02.08 - photo by Hoganphotos.com/GBP - Bernard Hopkins was booed today by a large crowd of British and American fight fans in Las Vegas as his press tour with Joe Calzaghe drew to a close. The 43-year-old light-heavyweight number one, 48-4, may have been banking on home support by asking for the fight to take place in America. But it looks like Calzaghe could be the "home" fighter on April 19 at the Planet Hollywood Ring, The Thomas & Mack Centre, Las Vegas, when the pair finally get it on.
Calzaghe, 44-0, got a huge cheer when he was introduced to around 1,000 fans in Vegas on Thursday at a press conference at the Planet Hollywood casino on the strip. Hopkins was roundly jeered, but as he has cast himself as the pantomime villain for this fight, may not be overly bothered. He continued his verbal attack on Calzaghe as the pair were called together for a photoshoot. continue
PROVIDENCE (February 21, 2008) World super middleweight challenger The Pride of Providence Peter Manfredo, Jr. returns to the ring March 14, headlining Rumble at the River, against Shane The Irish Hitman Benfield, in an Italian-Irish themed pro boxing show at Twin River Events Center in Lincoln, Rhode Island. continue
By Ciaran Harrison: When undefeated middleweight John Duddy (23-0, 17 KOs), the pride of Derry, Ireland, enters the ring on the 23rd of February as part of the undercard to Klitscho/Ibragimov heavyweight unification showdown in Madison Square Garden, what essentially is at stake will be the chance to challenge the undefeated middleweight champion Kelly Pavlik. June 7th has been mooted as the potential date for a Duddy/Pavlik contest, and promoter Bob Arum has made no secret that he believes the undefeated, charismatic Duddy, 28, is the right opponent for Pavlik's first defence of his WBC/WBO belts. continue
By Geoffrey Ciani: Fans of the heavyweight division finally have something to celebrate! For the first time in what seems like an eternity, unification is upon us. No, this one is not for all the marbles, but at least we will have someone who can claim to be a unified champion for the first time since Lennox Lewis decided to drop the IBF strap rather than face Chris Byrd. Not that I believe Byrd would have actually beaten Lewis, but that is a theme for another article. continue
photo by Hoganphotos.com/GBP - Joe Calzaghe showed the first signs of winning the psychological war against Bernard Hopkins as the two squared up in LA on Wednesday. Calzaghe repeatedly taunted Hopkins about twice losing to Jermain Taylor at middleweight, and promised to repeat the trick on April 19 at the Planet Hollywood Ring, The Thomas & Mack Centre, Las Vegas, when the pair clash at 175 pounds. There was plenty of glamour at Planet Hollywood in Los Angeles, with Sylvester Stallone and Oscar De La Hoya throwing their weight behind the fight.
" These guys are legends at what they do," said Stallone, who was representing fight sponsors Planet Hollywood. I'm really excited to be part of the big night on April 19. You are going to witness drama and spectacle and it will be one big party.. continue
A big weekend in British boxing is fast approaching, starting with Rendall Munroe's attempt to snatch the European super bantamweight title from hard punching Spaniard Kiko Martinez at the Harvey Hadden Leisure Centre in Nottingham on Friday, March 7. Munroe knows this is the biggest fight of his career to date and has taken two and a half weeks off from work to concentrate on his final preparation. continue
Former IBA cruiserweight champion Bobby Gunn 18-3 (15 KOs) will be returning to the ring on March 22nd to headline a card at the Fort McDowell Casino in Fountain Hills, Arizona. Gunn, who turned pro in 1989, is happy to return to the state where he had many of his early career bouts. continue
By Jason Peck: It wasnt long ago when a possible bout between Oscar De La Hoya and WBA welterweight champ Miguel Cotto had the boxing public salivating. It seemed imminent, a foregone conclusion. Cottos team was obviously waiting before they signed someone else clearly, they wanted Oscar to bite instead. continue
20.02.08 - By Matthew Hurley, photo by Hoganphotos.com/Golden Boy Promotions: Bernard Hopkins and Joe Calzaghe took their press junket from England to New York on Tuesday. The two fighters, who will meet on April 19th at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, are beginning to display a level of increased intensity in their comments towards one another. Hopkins 48-4-1 with 32 KOs, who recently got in a dispute with a British television commercial crew over the unsavory conditions of the shoot (the clip can be seen on Youtube.com) was in his usual form, basking in past glories and in his image as a legend of the ring.
Hopkins, decked out in a black hooded sweatshirt said, Im the best whos ever done this in my era. Im going to punish him slowly. Ill ask that his father (Enzo) is merciful to him and pull him out when he is getting hurt. Im going to prove that the sand hasnt run out of the (hour) glass yet and Im going to retire on my own terms in my own way.. continue
The movie, Love Ranch directed by Taylor Hackford, starring Helen Mirren and Joe Pesci, is hosting a free boxing event on Monday February 25 at Tingley Coliseum on the Expo New Mexico grounds. Doors open at 7 am. Come early as seating may be limited. continue
Hennessy Sports in association with Golden Palace.net are proud to announce that British Champion Jon Thaxton will be fighting Yuri Romanov, the current European champion and Number 1 contender for the WBA title. The fight will take place on the 4th April 2008 in Norwich and will be broadcast live on Friday Fight Night at 9.30pm on SKY SPORTS ONE. continue
By Andre Courtemanche: The plot has thickened now that former world title challenger Antwun Echols is in and Samuel Miller is officially out as super middleweight contender Allan "Sweetness" Green's opponent on Friday, February 29. continue
20.02.08 - By E. "G" Morales Febus: For those that don't quite know, it lies in the Caribbean Sea, 'only' 95x35 miles wide with a population of just 3.7million and another 3.8million of its decedents worldwide. She is known as "La Isla Del Encanto (The Island Of Enchantment) or "La Perla Del Caribe" (The Pearl Of The Caribbean) amongst other synonyms that describe her beauty and attributes. AND... She is also known as La Tierra De Campeones or The Land Of Champions! Yes, I'm talking about Puerto Rico.
One might find it an extremely hard task to explain on how this Island so dimensionally small and relatively difficult to locate on your average world map has had and continues to produce their 'Campeones' at such an impressive rate. Most countries would welcome their championship "recipe". continue
21.02.08 - By Jack Crider: What America needs right now is an American Heavyweight Champion. All through the history of boxing America has always had a fondness for the Heavyweight Division. These fans are especially fond of an American Heavyweight Champion. continue
20.02.08 - By Vivek Wallace: Last Saturday night fight fans were awarded with the opportunity to see another epic battle between Jermain Taylor and Kelly Pavlik. In a stark contrast to the initial showdown, this fight went the distance but in the end, the result was the same. continue
Matthew Hurley: According to WBC junior welterweight champion Junior Witter he is willing to take short money in order to get Ricky Hatton in the ring on May 24th. Hatton and his team are still trying to iron out the details of his return to the ring in his native Manchester but problems have arisen with HBO. Because the network only has so many open slots for pay-per-view events they cannot guarantee full financial backing for the fight. HBO is currently committed to the proposed Shane Mosley Zab Judah fight the following weekend. (According to boxrec.com that fight is still scheduled for May 31st.. continue
By Christopher Cruz: The rematch between Manny Pacquiao (45-3-2, 35 KOs) and Juan Manuel Marquez (48-3-1, 35 KOs) set for March 15th at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, in Las Vegas, Nevada, has been long overdue for almost four years. They will come to a final resolution in the Ides of March, but I am sure you already know that. You may even already have a favorite to win this much-awaited rematch.
But what is surprising to me is the fact that many knowledgeable observers I come across pick Marquez, 34, to win it. It is surprising to me because in the time between their first fight and the rematch one fighter has virtually maximized his upside while the other has seemingly regressed. continue
20.02.08 - By Paul Strauss: Let's see how well your intellectual faculties are functioning and whether you're right brained.
Based on the following deceptions/descriptions, make your best guess as to the fighter's identity, and then check your answers below. As always, before you accept this assignment, be careful with your assumptions, and weigh all of the possibilities, as you know I'm not above a little subterfuge and chicanery. There's at least one red herring. A perfect score will get you get slapped with the perspiration award. continue
19.02.08 - Bernard Hopkins promised to take Joe Calzaghe into the trenches today when they meet at the Planet Hollywood Ring, The Thomas & Mack Centre, Las Vegas on April 19. The pair resumed hostilities on the first leg of a three-city press tour of the United States. " I'm in Executioner mode," said a mean and moody Hopkins, 48-4, at a media conference at Planet Hollywood in New York. continue
19.02.8 - by Pavel Yakovlev: This Saturday IBF world heavyweight champion Vladimir Klitschko will meet WBO champion Sultan Ibragimov in a match to unify their belts. As of this writing, Klitschko is heavily favored to win, with major betting houses picking him over Sultan by odds of 1/6, 2/11, 1/8, and 1/7.
Klitschko (49-3, 44 knockouts) is rightly regarded by most boxing experts as the dominant heavyweight of today. At 66 ¾, 243 lbs., and with a reach of 81, with considerable athletic skill, very good speed and devastating punching power, Vlad is a veritable monster of a fighter who has already established himself as one of the best 50 heavyweights of all-time. With Emmanuel Stewart regarded as the dean of todays boxing trainers in his corner, Klitschko hopes to eventually prove himself to be a bonafide all-time great heavyweight. continue
Joe Calzaghe flies to America today for a press tour with Bernard Hopkins - with a pair of fine cashmere socks to give to the world's number one light-heavyweight. It follows Hopkins' temper tantrum last week in the UK, when he was filming a promotional video for the fight at a warehouse location first thing in the morning. Despite being a product of the tough streets of Philadelphia, Hopkins likes his home comforts, and moaned constantly about the cold.
And when one of the producers threw a pair of socks at him, he failed to see the funny side and threw a temper tantrum of diva-like proportions in his dressing room. " I just hope Hopkins doesn't get cold feet when it comes to going toe-to-toe with me," said Calzaghe, who will meet Hopkins head-to-head in New York, LA and Las Vegas. continue
NEW YORK, NY, February 19 With the buzz for Saturdays heavyweight title unification bout at Madison Square Garden between IBF champion Wladimir Klitschko and WBO champion Sultan Ibragimov turning into a deafening roar, promoters K2 Promotions and Seminole Warriors Boxing have decided to release additional tickets to fight fans today for just $150 per ticket. continue
Matthew Hurley: When all is said and done Jermain Taylor lost twice to Kelly Pavlik and the proud fighter from Arkansas will have to deal with the fact that no matter what he does from here on out his career will most probably be defined by those two losses. Taylor has been in an uncomfortable hot seat for years now. So revered was he as he marched through the middleweight ranks towards a title shot against long time champion Bernard Hopkins that he was all but anointed boxings brightest shining star before the flame had even been lit. Looking back it would seem that the young upstart never really had a chance at all. All the hype overshadowed the fact that he was a flawed fighter and not quite as good as his marketing team had hoped. continue
Derrys own John Duddy may be just one fight away from his dream of a world title bout against middleweight Kingpin Kelly Pavlik but hes not the only Derryman eyeing World honours this year. Duddys former amateur team mate Paul McCloskey is creating a real stir of his own following an impressive 12 months that has seen him emerge from Duddys shadow to become a star in his own right. continue
19.02.08 - By Ted Sares: What's at stake: The heavyweight unification fight between the IBF Champion Wladimir Klitschko and the WBO Champion Sultan Ibragimov. Itfs Russia and the Ukraine in this battle of Eastern European heavyweights.
Records: Klitschko, 49-3 (44), has an impressive 85% KO percentage. Ibragimov, 22-0-1 (17), has a KO percentage of 74%.
Styles: Klitschko, at 6f-61/2ff with an 81f reach, is improved in all areas and can take an opponent out with left hooks (Ray Austin), a signature lethal straight right (Calvin Brock) or ultra punishing jabs (Lamon Brewster). His stamina has improved and so has his focus under the masterful direction of Manny Steward. The PhD from the Ukraine has become a Killing Machine, pure and simple. continue
19.02.08 - Matthew Hurley: After their compelling rematch Saturday night in which Kelly Pavlik won a twelve round unanimous decision over Jermain Taylor the two fighters retired to the media room in the MGM Grand Hotel and spoke of the fight and their future plans. While Taylors disappointment could be summed up in his comment that he was going to take my ass home and go fishing, the Arkansas native not only did himself proud in the ring but also continued to do so outside the ropes. continue
Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing presents an all- star card featuring two of Star Boxing's more popular fighters in Co-Main Events. "Mighty" Mike Arnaoutis (17-2, 9 KO's) the Pride of Greece, collides with Dominican power puncher Harrison Cuello (15-5, 11 KO's) in a 140-pound contest for the vacant USBA Junior Welterweight Title. As an added attraction, fan favorite Vinny Maddalone (28-4, 20KO's) once again steps through the ropes squaring off against tough Ohio veteran Jeff Yeoman (21-8, 8 KO's) in an 8 round Heavyweight battle. All the action takes place on Thursday, March 6th at the Grand Ballroom of The Manhattan Center in New York City, NY. continue
Let's Get It On Promotions is excited to announce that decorated amateur boxing star Emily Klinefelter will make her pro debut on the Otis Griffin/Jesse Brinkley card in Reno, NV. Since beginning her boxing career six years ago, 22 year old Emily Klinefelter has won 13 senior national titles, more than any other U.S. woman, including the 2003, 2004, and 2006 U.S. Championships, 2003 - 2006 PAL National Championships, 2002 - 2005 Ringside World Championships, and the 2005 and 2006 National Golden Gloves. continue
18.02.08 - By Vivek Wallace, photo by Naoki Fukuda: On Saturday night before 9,000 plus fans, Kelly Pavlik found himself on the winning edge of yet another classic matchup with Jermain Taylor. Coming into the fight, Taylor knew that he would have to employ more head movement, more jabs, and more endurance to overcome the "Ghost". From a gameplan standpoint, that was totally accurate. The trouble is, he was suppose to do that for more than the first 9 rounds.
His inability to maintain that strategy in the Championship rounds was the X-Factor, because as it stood in the end, that was exactly where his ambition to overcome his career's lone obstacle fell short. continue
Chicagos 8 Count Productions, HOME OF THE BEST IN CHICAGO BOXING, begins their second decade of presenting world class professional boxing by teaming up with Bob Arums Top Rank Incorporated to present MARCH BADNESS on Friday, March 14th at Cicero Stadium. MARCH BADNESS is headlined by an outstanding lightweight clash between former world champion Javier EL Chatito Jauregui and world ranked contender Miguel Angel EL Anestesista Huerta. continue
Nathan King: According to earlier reports by several sources, a possible match-up between former middleweight king Jermain Taylor (27-2-1, 17 KO) and former four-division champ and former p4p king Roy Jones Jr. (52-4, 38 KO) can take place as early as June. Taylor has apparently already agreed to the fight and is willing to give Jones Jr. the larger share of the purse. continue
WBC CABOFE Middleweight Champion Miguel Espino has been forced to postpone his February 23rd fight against Humberto Corral due to an illness. Espino was ordered to bed rest for two weeks by his doctor, which subsequently forced a brief hiatus on his training camp. continue
18.02.08 - By Cesar Pancorvo: After waiting nine years, finally there will be a unification bout in the Heavyweight division: Wladimir Klitschko against Sultan Ibragimov. It is true that the winner will hold two of the four belts, but will he be considered the World Heavyweight Champion?
There has not been a Heavyweight Champion, linear or unified, since Lewis retired in early 2004, and he left a division in crisis.. This weak era could finally reach its conclusion with a fight that re-establishes the Heavyweight lineage. The Ring Magazines attempt to introduce Vitali Klitschko as Champion he won the Ring belt after defeating former contender Corrie Sanders in 2004 was a disappointment; not many fans recognize Vitali as a former Champion, mainly because he didnt beat Chris Byrd, John Ruiz or Lamon Brewster, who were the other elite fighters in the division at that time. Wladimir Klitschko, who has clearly achieved much more than Vitali, defeated Chris Byrd and Lamon Brewster. continue
Las Vegas, Nev, February 19, 2008 The 7-foot Big Shows arrival at No Way Out was a huge surprise. But theres no way to measure WWE fans shock when Rey Mysterios guest, WBC Welterweight Champion Pretty Boy Floyd Mayweather, showed the world why he is considered pound for pound the best boxer in the world by landing a lightening fast combination of punches on the Big Show. continue
Matthew Hurley: Streaking British lightweight contender Amir Khan, 16-0 with 12 KOs will face Martin Kristjansen, 19-1-3 with 5 KOs on April 5th at the Bolton Arena in Lancashire in what is scheduled as a World Boxing Organization title eliminator. The twenty-one year old Khan was scheduled to face off against Kristjansen back in February before the Danish fighter fell ill with flu-like symptoms. Khan instead fought Gairy St. Clair in defense of his Commonwealth title, winning by a twelve round unanimous decision. continue
18.02.08 - by James Slater: On March 22nd, in California, there figures to be an extremely interesting lightweight clash between two fighters whose careers are going in different directions. One fighter, Joel Casamayor, looks to be heading towards the end, while the other guy, Michael Katsidis, is the new blood-and-guts star of the lower weight classes. The question is, can the 27-year-old Katsidis, 23-0(20) become the first man to stop the veteran 36-year-old Cuban-born Casamayor who is currently 35-3-1(21)? continue
By Taj K. Eubanks-17 February 2008- photo by Naoki Fukuda: What began as journey of inspiration and success has now collapsed like a house of cards. Pavlik-Taylor II more than lived up to boxing fans expectations as a 36-minute slugfest and potential Fight of The Year candidate.
Kelly Pavlik, galvanized by his previous drubbing of former undisputed middleweight champion Jermain Taylor, was firing on all pistons as he had an answer for every weapon in Taylors arsenal. Taylor gave a good showing of himself with a spirited and, dare I say, more disciplined effort than in the previous match. It was not enough, however. While Kelly Pavliks hands were once again raised in victory, Jermain Taylors second loss only raised questions. continue
The European Boxing Union (EBU) officially announced that Sinan Samil Sam (29-4-0) and Matt Skelton (21-2-0) will fight for the vacant European heavyweight champion title. Sam already wore the belt from October 2002 until February 2004 when he lost it controversially to Luan Krasniqi. continue
The first heavyweight unification title fight since 1999 highlights a special evening of boxing-oriented programming when WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING: WLADIMIR KLITSCHKO VS. SULTAN IBRAGIMOV is seen SATURDAY, FEB. 23 (9:30 p.m. ET/ 6:30 p.m. PT) from New Yorks Madison Square Garden. The fight will be available in HDTV, as well as closed-captioned for the hearing-impaired and presented in Spanish on HBO Latino. Jim Lampley, Max Kellerman and Lennox Lewis on the call from ringside. continue
18.02.08 - By Andre Courtemanche: Leon Margules, Executive Director of Florida-based Warriors Boxing, will co-promote the "Double Main Event" ESPN2 broadcast from the Paragon Casino Resort in Marksville, Louisiana on February 29 along with Keeppunching Entertainment and Holden Productions. Warriors Boxing has enjoyed some tremendous successes under the leadership of Margules with WBO Heavyweight Champion Sultan Ibragimov, former cruiserweight champion O'Neil Bell and light heavyweight top contender Glen Johnson among the elites in their stable. continue
Undefeated IBF middleweight champion King Arthur Abraham has advised Edison Miranda to seek psychological help following his latest verbal outburst. He must still be traumatised by our first meeting, King Arthur (25-0, 20 KOs) said. I kicked his butt even though I had my jaw broken twice. That must have done something to his heart and brain. If Miranda wants to speak to someone about his mental problems, then he should go and see a psychiatrist.
Miranda publicly demanded a rematch with Abraham even though he had turned down an offer from Sauerland last summer. I cannot understand Miranda´s remarks at all, Sauerland managing director Chris Meyer said. Last summer, when Arthur had to make his mandatory defence, we offered Miranda a rematch. But he turned down and moved up to super middleweight instead.. continue
By Tom Hatheway: Saoul Mamby was the first fighter in boxing history to fight in five different decades. Turning pro in 1969 and having his last fight in 2000. Most believe Roberto Duran was the first to do this but not so. His fight on May 19, 2000 preceded Duran's 2000 bout on June 16 of that year. Duran beat local Pat Lawlor in that bout via 12 round decision. He went on to decision Patrick Goosen on August 12, and finished up with a decision loss to Hector Camacho in July 2001. continue
New York, NY -- State Senator Serrano today honored Iran "The Blade" Barkley, former Middleweight Boxing Champion of the World, as part of an annuel celebration of Black History Month with Congressman José E. Serrano. continue
18.02.08 - Vladimir Virchis informed the local press in Ukraine today that he is in best physical condition and impatiently waiting for his long expected WBC elimination bout against The Black Panther Juan Carlos Gomez. continue
17.02.08 - By Old Yank Schneider: Which is more important, how pretty a resume is or how well someone does their job? So you say this is an easy question to answer; how someone does their job is more important than how pretty a resume reads by a measured mile. Good! We are off to a great start! Why is it that boxing fans place such a ridiculous emphasis on a resume? The answer lies in the inability of the casual fan to evaluate how well a fighter performs in the ring without the aid of the resume they know how to casually read a resume but they do not know how to evaluate the depth (or lack of depth) of a resume or even what is going on before their very own eyes.
These casual flaws in evaluating a fighter is what seemingly allows all fans to think of themselves as experts once a fighter has built a long resume, but it continues to leave them in the dark in evaluating the young talent that has not yet tacked recognizable names onto their resume. In fact, this inability to properly read and evaluate a resume places the casual fan in a position of getting the wool constantly pulled over their eyes. continue
Octavius James, CEO of One In A Million Inc., has announced that the One In A Million Boxing Gym, located at 8789 Louisiana in Merrillville, now offers memberships to anyone who wants to Train Like A Champion. In addition to it's top-notch boxing equipment and world class certified boxing instructors, the 5000 square foot facility offers the latest in cardio equipment and free weights and now offers programs geared toward at-risk youth, childhood obesity and women's fitness. continue
By Andrew Walker: Nikolai Valuev made a strong case for reclaiming his WBA World heavyweight title last night in the Nuremberg Arena, Germany by winning every round to defeat Sergei Lyakhovich with an impressive display of boxing. Previously Valuevs biggest asset was his size alone that made him hard to beat as he dwarfed all opponents before him until Ruslan Chagaev managed to outpoint the beast from the east by working inside to claim an impressive victory last April. But Valuev displayed some new found skills Saturday night as he effortlessly jabbed away at Lyakhovich preventing him from mounting any type of serious attack throughout the entire fight. continue
by Jeff Fenster: In no Particular order, I will begin with...5. Shorten big cards to 4 fights Total.
And by total, I mean including off TV fights as well. Just 4 fights, and thats it. Now many of you may be immediately opposed to this idea, but hear me out. Two big improvements can come from this. First of all, watching Saturdays big Pavlik vs Taylor rematch showed me something I've seen many times in the past. continue
17.02.08 - By Bill Calogero, TheDailySports.com: Kelly Pavlik (photo by Chris Farina/TopRank) went twelve rounds for the first time during his professional career en route to a twelve-round decision over Jermain Taylor last night from the MGM Grand Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. The Rematch was broadcast live on HBO PPV and was co-promoted by DiBella Entertainment and Top Rank, Inc.
The first round started fast with both fighters attempting to establish their jab. Jermain Taylor rattled off several quick and stinging jabs that landed. Kelly Pavlik started the round off by using his jab effectively too. The only difference to me was that I felt that Kelly was able to follow his jab with several hard rights that landed flush. Taylor was able to show his much superior hand speed from the start of this round and ultimately throughout the fight. It was a close round but on my card, I gave it to Pavlik. continue
This Friday, February 22, CLIP Boxing and Heavy Hitter Promotions will proudly present Night of Knockouts 2 at the Ford Community and Performing Arts Center (Michael Guido Theatre). Packed with guaranteed action, Night of Knockouts 2 will be taped for national broadcast on Fox Sport Network. continue
By Per Ake Persson: When Universum´s heavyweight veteran Luan Krasniqi, 30-3-1, pulled out of a possible EBU titlefight against Matt Skelton there was obviously a plan behind it and in today´s edition of Bild Zeitung it is all explained. Universum have applied for another voluntary defence for WBA champ Ruslan Chagaev - against Luan Krasniqi. continue
Leading New York based marketing firm, Global Advertising Strategies has been chosen to drive the multicultural media and advertising campaign for the upcoming 12 round heavyweight unification bout, between Ukraines Wladimir Klitschko and Russias Sultan Ibragimov. The winner will become the unified Heavyweight World Champion. This great match-up will be held at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Saturday February 23rd. continue
By Pavel Yakovlev: In an important match between top rated heavyweights, Russias Nikolai Valuev (photo by Sauerland Event) impressively beat Sergei Lyakhovich today via 12 round decision at the Nuremberg Arena in Nuremberg, Germany. Valuev dominated the match with his fast, solid, long left jab. Lyakhovich was never able to effectively cut the distance between himself and the 70 Valuev, and as a result, he was compelled to spend most of the fight running from his opponents telephone pole-like jabs and long, thumping rights.
The decision was unanimous, with Valuev winning by scores of 120-108, 120-108 and 120-107 on the judges cards. This writer scored the bout 119-110 in favor of Valuev. Lyakhovich, a Belorussian native now residing in Scottsdale, Arizona, was simply never in the fight. continue
Bronx, NY - Feb 18, 2008 Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing presented another entertaining evening of fights Friday night from the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, CT. The fights were telecast live on ESPN2's popular "Friday Night Fights" boxing series. continue
With less than two weeks left before his second title defense, two-time world champion Robert "The Ghost" Guerrero (21-1-1, 14 KO's) prepares for the biggest fight of his life when he battles Jason "The American Boy" Litzau (23-1, 19 KO's) at the Tachi Palace Casino in Lemoore CA on February 29th, 2008. continue
By Mike Indri, Retired Boxers Foundation - February 17, 2008: ATLANTIC CITY, NJ - Philadelphia's LaJuan Simon used a swarming, non-stop offensive attack to successfully defend his hard earned USBA middleweight belt, and remain undefeated, against the resilient challenge of Elco "The Animal" Garcia, from Albuquerque, New Mexico. continue
17.02.08 - By Frank Gonzalez Jr, photo by Naoki Fukuda: Five months after Kelly Pavlik (33-0, 29 KOs) knocked out Jermain Taylor (27-2- 1 Draw, 17 KOs) and captured his WBC and WBO Middleweight Titles; they met again Saturday night at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, where Taylor got a chance to redeem himself and win back his pride if not his Titles, which were NOT on the menu for this rematch. The contracted weight for the fight was 166-pounds, six pounds over the Middleweight limit. It was Taylors request and Pavlik graciously accepted.
Taylor has a champions heart and did not want to fight anyone other than the man who beat him. Like he said, this is boxing the way it ought to be. And I concur. Lucky for us fans, Kelly Pavlik also has a champions heart and he was as ready for the rematch as Taylor was intense. continue
If theres one surname synonymous with New York and music, its Joel. So its fitting that on the biggest night in boxing in the sports Mecca, Madison Square Garden, rising star Alexa Ray Joel will sing the National Anthem before the world heavyweight title unification bout between WBO Champion Sultan Ibragimov and IBF Champion Wladimir Klitschko on Saturday, February 23rd. continue
Professional boxing returns to the Days Inn and Conference Center in Allentown, PA on Saturday March 15th when Rob "The All American Prizefighter" Calloway puts his WBC Continental Americas cruiserweight title on the line against rising undefeated prospect Juan Carlos Robles in a ten round main event being sponsored by King's Promotions in association with Major League Boxing. continue
By: Christopher Roche, Brickcityboxing.com: 1) I had Jermain Taylor winning the fight by a count of seven rounds to five. All of the rounds were 10-9 rounds, as there were no knockdowns and the rounds were competitive. My scorecard read the following way: Taylor: 2,3,5,6,8,9 and 10; Pavlik: 1,4,7,11 and 12. continue
Edison Pantera Miranda has not had much to say about his former opponent Arthur Abraham in a long time. But in a recent interview he blasted him for not being a true champ. "Ever since I busted your jaw, you have fought nobody. But here you are bragging to the media about what solid opponents youve faced. Who are these guys? It is a joke that you never step it up like a true champion and fight a strong opponent.
Abraham will be facing Elvin Ayala (18-2-1, 8 KOs) for his next title defense in late March. Miranda had some choice words about this opponent as well. I could only laugh when I saw his next hand picked opponent. Ayala is a guy that lost not once, but two times to David Banks, a guy that I sent through the ropes with one punch. To make matters worse he brings all these bums into his backyard a place where the referee treats him like his own daughter. If he had any balls, he would fly his ass to America and fight m! e at a catch weight of 165. Id destroy him!.. continue
The public gets a chance to watch Wladimir Klitschko (IBF) and Sultan Ibragimov (WBO) in their final preps for the Heavyweight Unification Championship set for Madison Square Garden on Saturday, when both fighters workout for the public and media on Tuesday afternoon at the Hard Rock Cafe on Broadway and West 43rd Street in New York City. continue
March 7 sees Commonwealth bantamweight champion Jason Booth continue his climb back to the top of the British and European boxing pack when he makes a title defense at the Harvey Hadden Leisure Centre in Nottingham, England on the undercard of Rendall Munroe's title challenge of European super bantamweight champion Kiko Martinez. continue
By Neil Dennis: Hands down, middleweight champion Kelly Pavlik was served the toughest fight of his career in his rematch against Jermain Taylor. Although the scores did get as wide as 117-111 from Dave Moretti , most in attendance and at home watching the fight would easy agree that the 115-113 score called by Patricia Morse-Jarman was the only dead-on of the three. Taylor once again showed more against Pavlik than hes ever shown against anyone hes ever beat. And once again, he will walk away with his fans applauding him for a loss of all things. You cannot blame them one bit. Taylor dominated the first half of the fight, and kept making Pavlik working for everything he got. If this fight is any indicator, Taylor will be just fine at super middleweight. continue
Just like the millions watching on TV, Wilfried Sauerland could not believe his eyes. "Not in my wildest dreams would I have expected something like that," the manager enthused following the Russian Giant´s shut-out victory over highly-rated ex-champ Sergey Liakhovich. "He finally showed what he is capable of doing. That was the best Valuev ever." In a WBA eliminator in Nurnberg, the biggest and tallest champion of all time jabbed his way to a unanimous decision against a quality opponent. Valuev won every single round on all three scorecards (120-108, 120-108, 120-107). "I am very pleased with my performance," he said. "I really wanted the rematch with Chagaev. I am looking forward to it.. continue
One of the hottest names in the sport of boxing, Román El Chocolatito Gonzalez will risk his undefeated when Boxeo PRODESA puts on a big nine bout card on Friday February 29th at Pharaohs Casino in Managua, Nicaragua. Gonzalez, just twenty years old out of Managua will look to thrill the hometown fans when he takes on Javier Maravilla Murillo in a ten round minimum weight fight. continue
By Ted Sares: As some, but not nearly as many as one might expect, predicted, The Ghost did it again by withstanding Jemaine Taylors sporadic explosions and good start to win a solid unanimous decision. My thinking before the fight was that the first icing had gotten into Taylors head, and this would be déjà vu all over again. I was wrong. continue
Former IBF world title-challenger Allan Vester and charismatic super middleweight contender Fawaz Nasir will headline a card in their hometown of Aarhus, Denmark on April 4, when Team Vester, in cooperation with Risum Boxing, promotes at the NRGI Arena. continue
17.02.08 - By Matthew Hurley: According to a report filed by ESPNs Dan Rafael, Oscar De La Hoya, 38-5 with 30 KOs will face former junior lightweight titlist Steve Forbes, 33-5 with 9 KOs on May 3rd. Boxrec.com has listed the bout as taking place at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California. De La Hoya insisted on a tune-up bout before his scheduled September rematch with Floyd Mayweather. Oscar lost by split decision in their first fight back in May of 2007.
Forbes was last seen in the ring in October of 2007 winning a ten round split decision of former highly touted prospect Francisco Bojado. That victory came after two straight decision losses to Demetrius Hopkins and Grady Brewer. Forbes was also a featured player on the second season of the Contender series. He was the runner-up in that competition. continue
17.02.08 - By Phil Santos Overhandright.com: In a controlled early going Jermain Taylor found success with his jab in between the busier Kelly Pavliks attack. Taylor carried the speed advantage with him to 166 lbs but it was Pavlik with more consistent pressure and a rock solid approach. Pavlik fought nearly an identical fight to his first meeting with Taylor and although the knockout didnt come, his game plan prevailed. He kept Taylor moving backwards and applied the type of smothering pressure that made it difficult for Taylor to mount a suitable offense. continue
Kimbo Slice registered a spectacular 43-second, first-round knockout over David Tank Abbott Saturday on SHOWTIME. Kimbo (2-0) wowed the crowd en route to demolishing Abbott, an MMA icon who entered the cage to win. But Tank spent more time on the ground than on his feet, going down three times from legitimate punches and a couple other times from slips.I wanted him to get up, I wanted to bang, Kimbo said. I had to push him off because we were too close. Then I just knocked him down. It was great fighting in front of the hometown fans. Id be lying if I told you they didnt jack me up. Miami, you are my home. I have a lot of respect for Tank. This was one of my dream fights, along with Mike Tyson. But I am ready to fight anybody and ready to fight again really soon. read full report
Four ARENA-fighters were the celebrated heroes at the big opening ceremony for the Turkish professional boxing commission in front of 2.000 spectators at Istanbuls Bagcilar Spor Salonu. In the main event welterweight prospect Mini-Tyson Selcuk Aydin once more stepped up to his name by knocking out Leonti Vorontsuk from Estonia after 30 seconds of round 2 taking his record to 13-0-0 (12). Vorontsuk lost his consciousness after a smashing right to the head and was brought to hospital right after the fight. continue
16.02.08 - Nathan King: Win or lose Saturday, Kelly Pavlik (32-0, 29 KO) will still keep his middleweight crown. Bob Arum, Pavliks promoter, is trying to workout his young champions next fight and first defense of his middleweight title. Although Irish John Duddy, a popular rising contender, appears to be the leading candidate, it has been reported earlier by Dan Rafael that Bob Arum has been in talks with Don King, Felix Trinidads promoter, about a possible match with the former three-division champion from Puerto Rico. The clash would headline an HBO PPV card on June 7, the night before the annual Puerto Rican Day parade. "We've talked," Arum said.
"Then King went down to Puerto Rico to meet with Trinidad last week. Then we spoke this week before he went to Germany and he said the meeting with the Trinidad went positively." continue
16.02.08 - Bill Calogero, TheDailySports.com: Uncasville, CT Joe DeGuardias Star Boxing continues to present entertaining boxing cards, with the latest taking place last night at the Mohegan Sun Resort & Casino. The main and co main events were broadcast live on ESPN2s Friday Night Fights. In the main event of the evening, Delvin Rodriguez dominated previously unbeaten Troy Browning in their ten-round Jr. Middleweight bout. continue
By Anthony Coleman: The names and faces are the same, but virtually everything else has changed. From the location (Atlantic Citys Boardwalk to Las Vegas Mandalay Bay), the broadcast format (HBO free cable to PPV) and the weight class everything has a feel of difference for the rematch between Jermain Taylor and Kelly Pavlik. Most shockingly, for an immediate rematch of a previous title fight, Pavliks Middleweight crown he won from Taylor last September will not be on the line Saturday Night. Oh no, there are three reasons why this rematch is taking place tomorrow night. continue
16.02.08 - By Phil Santos From Ringside Overhandright.com - Main Event: Delvin Rodriguez vs. Troy Browning: Live from the Mohegan Sun Resort and Casino a great night of exhilarating boxing took place. Broadcast live on ESPN2 and promoted by Star Boxing the show featured an intriguing Welterweight match-up between a fairly well established young fighter, Delvin Rodriguez, versus an aging but undefeated veteran in Troy Browning. A bit of a crossroads fight for both men with Rodriguez looking to reaffirm himself as a viable prospect/contender in the games hottest division and Browning seeking a signature win to legitimize his unbeaten record and further his career which at 40 years old has presumably passed him by. continue
ATLANTIC CITY (Feb. 14, 2008) Undefeated world champion Miguel Cotto defends his WBA welterweight belt on April 12 against Contenders star Alfonso Gomez. Cotto has beaten a quartet of former world champions in his last five fights Shane Mosley, Zab Judah, Paulie Malignaggi and Carlos Quintana which has made him the most dangerous welterweight in the world. Gomez, in the biggest fight of his career on July 14, 2007, stopped Arturo Gatti in the seventh round and ultimately sent him into retirement.
"It's always special when Miguel Cotto goes into the ring," said Bob Arum, CEO of Top Rank. "Miguel is a great body puncher. Not good, great. He has a relentless style. He has power, intelligence and ring smarts. Now he faces a very tough challenger in Gomez who defeated and retired the great Arturo Gatti in this very same historic arena. continue
By Andrew Walker: There are a few big fights coming up where on paper the protagonists are evenly matched but the fan boys on here and other respected boxing sites seem to think they will be walkovers or one-sided affairs? The fights in question are Jermain Taylor versus Kelly Pavlik, David Haye versus Enzo Maccarinelli and Joe Calzaghe versus Bernard Hopkins.
Lets take the Taylor Pavlik fight first. The opinion of most fight fans is that Kelly Pavlik will destroy Jermain Taylor in this catch weight rematch at 166lbs quicker then he did in the first fight last September for the Middleweight crown. continue
By Andre Courtemanche: You wouldn't like him when he's angry. "They used to call me 'The Incredible Hulk' in the Marine Corps," laughs easy-going junior middleweight Mike Martinez. "Sometimes I get mad in there." In much the same way they say "everyone has a plan until they get hit," Martinez is the most unassuming and sociable person you'd ever meet -- until he gets hit. continue
15.02.08 - King Arthur Abraham will return to the ring on March 29 when he takes on Elvin Ayala in Kiel, Germany. The undefeated IBF middleweight champion (25-0, 20 KOs) is brimming with confidence ahead of his seventh title defence. I have big plans for 2008, the 27-year-old said. I will start with Ayala.. continue
Matthew Hurley: As boxing fans and insiders continue to debate on who will win the upcoming rematch between Kelly Pavlik and Jermain Taylor two trains of thought seem to be the most prevalent. Either Taylor is a spent bullet and the naturally bigger Pavlik will make shorter work of him this time around or that the fires that once burned so fiercely in Taylors gut, which led him to the middleweight title, have been reignited by his first loss and he will gain revenge on his one time conqueror.
It appears the majority of the press is banking heavily on a Pavlik victory and the Vegas odds have instilled him at 200 to Taylors + 160. But dont mention any of that to Taylor promoter Lou DiBella. continue
On the day of their tenth anniversary event, CELEBRATION, set for Friday, February 15th at Cicero Stadium, Chicagos 8 Count Productions is receiving praises from many of professional boxings leaders. Said Oscar De La Hoya, President of Golden Boy Promotions, Golden Boy Promotions congratulates Dominic Pesoli and 8 Count Productions on their 10th anniversary. Its always a pleasure doing business with them and we look forward to co-promoting outstanding events with them in the future. . continue
By Madra Uladh: When Kelly Pavlik and Jermain Taylor climb into the ring for their much-anticipated February 16th rematch, it will be Taylor who has arguably more at stake. He has had his middleweight titles lifted by way of brutal knockout at the hands of Pavlik last September. The rematch will be held at the catch-weight of 166 lbs, hence no titles will be on the line. But even without the belts being at stake, Taylor can ill afford to lose to Pavlik a second time, especially at the more comfortable weight he requested. Another loss would severely hurt his standing, not to mention his earning power. continue
Wilfried Sauerland has praised Nikolai Valuev´s shape ahead of his WBA eliminator against Sergey Liakhovich on Saturday night. The German manager has no doubts the Russian Giant will celebrate his 48th victory and win a rematch with Ruslan Chagaev. Both Valuev and Liakhovich are very strong, he said at today´s press conference. But I know that Niko has looked great in practice. For me he is the best heavyweight in the world if he sticks to the game plan and uses his size advantage cleverly.. continue
Israel Vazquez and Rafael Marquez I and II produced the most exciting, bloody, give-and-take slugfests of 2007, and inevitably have led to one of the most highly anticipated rubber matches in boxing history. Now, they battle for the World Boxing Council (WBC) 122-pound title, The Ring Magazine 122-pound crown and super bantamweight supremacy in the third and final chapter of boxings best rivalry in recent memory. Vazquez-Marquez III Final Confrontation will take place on Saturday, March 1, 2008,from The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif.
Vazquez - Marquez III, which headlines an exciting night of world-class boxing action, will be presented by Gary Shaw Promotions, in association with Sycuan Ringside Promotions, Golden Boy Promotions and Romanza Boxing Productions. continue
WBO number one ranked contender Gary Lockett will be keeping a close eye on the massive rematch between Kelly Pavlik and Jermain Taylor - and says he wants the winner next. The pair clash at the MGM Grand Las Vegas early on Sunday morning in a fight set for 166 pounds live and exclusive on Setanta Sports 1. continue
While the weather may be calm right now, the heavyweight division is about to rocked by two severe-weather systems. The collective known as the Elite Boxing Team, manager Ivaylo Gotzev, WBC Interim Heavyweight Champion Samuel "The Nigerian Nightmare" Peter and former WBO King Sergei "White Wolf" Liakhovich say they're coming into their upcoming fights in earth-shaking physical condition. continue
14.02.08 - Matthew Hurley: According to a report filed by MEN Sport, Wembley has offered a bid to Ricky Hattons camp to schedule his return to the ring there instead of Manchester Citys Eastlands. Blues officials were hoping that Hatton would fight on May 24th at the City of Manchester Stadium but Wembley has countered that and is looking for a fight on May 31st. continue
14.02.08 - By Vivek Wallace: What a difference a week makes. Last week we were getting ready for what most thought would be a walk-in-the-park for Paul Williams. This week we're talking about a welterweight division in the midst of a grand shakeup. Obviously, I'm not the only one in the world who sees the changing landscape of the welterweight division, and in todays mailbag, fight aficionado's around the globe decided to chime in.
Not only about the welters, but also some of the other hot names in the sport. Can't quite get to all of the questions, but today I'll decipher what I view as the most intriguing 6, which includes the likes of David Haye, Carlos Quintana, Miguel Cotto, Manny Pacquia, Mike Tyson and a young guy who could be on the brink of taking the sport over. Only time will tell, but for now, here goes..... continue
by James Slater: Whilst scanning website BoxRec.com, this writer had to do a huge double take earlier today. The reason? What is listed to be taking place in Idaho on February 23rd. No other legendary fighter than the warrior that was Iran "The Blade" Barkley is apparently set to return to the ring against a TBA. Can this be true? If it is, many questions spring immediately to mind - the most relevant one being, how on earth did Barkley manage to get a license? It is common knowledge that Barkley, now aged 47, has diminished eyesight due to the number of ferocious battles he engaged in in the ring. continue
By Jason Peck: Ive heard a lot of accusations lately that bad decisions by referee Joe Cortez made Ricky Hatton lost his fight against Floyd Mayweather. Some of it even comes straight from Hattons own mouth. And I do agree the deck was stacked against Hatton from the opening bell. But it was Hatton who handicapped himself. continue
From WBC President Jose Sulaiman: I would like to respond to erroneous interpretations and accusations in certain news reports that we at the WBC and boxing commissioners in Mexico ignored a request, reportedly sent by the Association of Boxing Commissions in the United States to the boxing commission in Leon, Guanajuato, to not allow Tommy Morrison to fight on the February 9 event presented by Top Rank, Zanfer, and a local promoter. continue
Question: It's the first unification since Lewis vs. Holyfield, desire to unify the title, what does it mean to pick up one of the other major?
Wladimir: "I will be honest. I am looking at it as a sporting event, each fight is a different story. I enjoy the preparation, everything we are preparing in camp, the strategy, and then to accomplish that and to have success. I really enjoy what I do.
"It's a unification fight, to me that's not important right now, but to deliver a great performance because I love what I do. Of course it's important, especially for the boxing fan and even for sports, the sport of boxing needs THE heavyweight champion, I am looking forward to the guy who holds one title, as a boxing fan. I am talking about consistency, I am looking to winning the title and beating everyone in the ring." continue
Floyd Mayweather will participate in tonight's NBA All-Star Celebrity Basketball game (EPSN Live, HD at 7:00pm), as part of his participation in this weekend's NBA All-Star Game activities in New Orleans. continue
On June 16th, 2007 ARENA Box-Promotion held the first professional boxing show in Turkey in almost 30 years. The event featured fighters like Turkish welterweight prospect Selcuk Aydin and The Black Panther Juan Carlos Gomez and was headlined by the main event WBC International Championship between Sinan Samil Sam and Oliver McCall. The sold-out show in Ankara caught the public interest all over Turkey so Caner Doganeli, president of the Turkish amateur boxing board, decided to found a professional boxing federation supported by promoter Ahmet Öner. continue
By Mel Dixonian: I'm like many people. I'm a boxing fan of many years who has spent most of those years watching it on a rectangular screen from the comfort of an armchair - you could say I'm your archetypal armchair fan. Last year I made the long-awaited journey to a live 'in-the flesh' boxing event in England. Now I've been to see many different sports, ranging from football to snooker (and yes, I did fall asleep in the latter), but I've never felt such a huge difference between the televisual experience and the three-dimensional reality, of watching a sport, as I found with boxing. continue
By Anthony Coleman: That is the question on the minds of knowledgeable boxing fans after Carlos Quintana defeated Paul Williams on Saturday. For the second time in less than a year we have a new WBO Welterweight champion, and another earthquake at the top of the division. Now well have to sort through a new pile wreckage in order to conclude who is the best 147-pounder in the sport.
This was not supposed to happen. Going into the fight Quintana was an 8-1 underdog, and for good reason. 14 months earlier, he stepped into the ring with Miguel Cotto and he got the high holy shit beat out of him. continue
By Geoffrey Ciani: After Shane Mosley lost a closely contested battle against Puerto Rican pugilist Miguel Cotto, it appeared he had a limited number of options left on the table. A bout with pound-for-pound king Floyd Mayweather seemed out of the question, a rematch with Cotto was seemingly not in the works, and it appeared Paul Williams, Kermit Cintron, and Antonio Margarito were all pursuing different pathways. Additionally complicating matters was the fact that, at age 36, Father Time is clearly catching up with him. continue
Put the house on it the next Ladbrokes.com Fight Night looks set to be a sure fire candidate for the 2008 Fight of the Year with Irish middleweight champ Matthew Macklin set to do battle with former World Champion Yori Boy Campas at the National Stadium, Dublin on March 22nd. continue
By Matthew Hurley: According to Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer, Marco Antonio Barreras retirement will be short-lived. Barrera, 63-6 with 42 KOs announced his retirement at the post fight press conference following his October points decision loss to Manny Pacquiao in their rematch. Barreras retirement came on the heels of arch rival Erik Morales apparent bowing out after his close decision loss to WBC lightweight champion David Diaz in August. continue
13.02.08 - by James Slater: In recent heavyweight boxing history there is one fighter that stands out as one of the toughest, most durable and most hard-headed big men of the last 20 years or so. His name is Everett Martin; you will probably remember him best via his highly original nickname of 'Big Foot.' During a career that began way back in 1984, and finally finished in 2001, Martin, who at one time fought as low as 167 pounds, boxed no fewer than 16 heavyweight world champions. 'Big Foot' even defeated one of them, too. It was as a tough-as-nails trial horse that Everett is best known, however.
Turning pro in August of 1984, with a 1st round KO win over one Tony Garner, Martin, from Houston, Texas, would go unbeaten in his next five bouts. Less than a year later, in losing his first fight, to a guy named Isak Sakkie Enslin, in South Africa, Martin pretty rapidly got used to coming up short - almost always on points. continue
By Matthew Hurley: As Jermain Taylor, 27-1-1 with 17 KOs makes his final preparations for his much anticipated rematch with Kelly Pavlik, 32-0 with 29 KOs the Arkansas fighter insists that his willingness to step back in the ring against a man who knocked him cold in the seventh round of their first go round has more to do with an opportunity lost than mending his perceived shattered ego. continue
Kevin Mitchell is backing good friend Enzo Maccarinelli to unify the cruiserweight division on March 8 - but says he'll steal the big Welshman's thunder at The O2. Current Commonwealth super-featherweight champion Mitchell will face his toughest fight yet when he tackles British champion Carl Johanneson. And says he'll make the chief support even more explosive than the mouth-watering main event, which sees WBO cruiserweight king Maccarinelli taking on WBA/WBC counterpart David Haye.. continue
Professional boxing returns to Butler, Pennsylvania after almost three years. Promoter/matchmaker, John Byrns, in association with Shadyside Health & Fitness presents a six-bout card on Friday February 29th at the Days Inn in Butler. Headling the event will be local heavyweight Jimmy Emrick (3-1 2kos) of Butler. Emrick collides with Toledo, Ohios Dan Mean Machine Whetsel (9-13-1 5kos) in the six-round main event. continue
13.02.08 - By Cesar Pancorvo: Paul Williams loss, in his fight against Carlos Quintana, made me reorganize my thoughts and make some conclusions:
One: Puerto Rico is living a very good moment in boxing. The best weight division has three Puerto Rican beltholders Miguel Cotto, who is also the #1 contender, Kermit Cintron and Carlos Quintana. Not bad.
Two: Quintanas win is not only Quintanas win, it also makes Miguel Cotto look much better, because we have to remember that Cotto defeated Quintana in his exciting debut at 147 pounds. Williams was seen as a very dangerous fighter he is durable and dangerous, and lost the fight because of styles and was defeated by someone that Cotto beat in a fight that, apparently, wasnt so relevant. (At least, it was not seen as relevant, a priori, as the Judah or Mosley fights). continue
13.02.08 - By Andre Courtemanche: Former middleweight and light heavyweight champion Reggie "Sweet" Johnson (43-7-1, 25 KOs) has had a good career. In his first world title fight in 1991, Johnson had a prime James Toney legitimately down and hurt, but lost a razor-thin split decision. Two fights later, he lifted the WBA strap from the talented multiple world champion Steve Collins, no easy feat, and then successfully defended three times. continue
13.02.08 - By Raymond Markarian: There is an on-going trend in the fighting world today. The MMA and boxing are in the midst of a ratings war. March 1st will mark the third time in the same amount of months that a live MMA show is being held on the same date as a major boxing event. Here is a recap. read full article
By Matthew Hurley: Mondays press conference for the Kelly Pavlik Jermain Taylor rematch was a fairly sedate affair. Both fighters expressed respect for each other and promised victory on Saturday night when they meet at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. The bout will be fought at a catch-weight of 166 pounds. Pavliks middleweight title will not be on the line. continue
By Geoffrey Ciani: Prior to his bout with Carlos Quintana, many observers (including me) had a very high opinion of Paul Williams. After all, whats not to like about a freakishly tall welterweight with a piston-like jab and an obscenely high work rate? Following his impressive victory against Antonio Margarito, many felt that Williams might be the next best thing in the division. As it turns out, after his lackluster performance against Quintana, he seems much less impressive than me and many others had previously thought.
One thing that was so remarkable about Williamss win over Margarito was the sheer volume of punches thrown. In that contest, Williams threw more than 1,200 punches (including over 600 jabs) for an average of over 100 per roundan astounding number by any measurable standard. continue
by Paul McCreath: We have all taken our turn at trashing the sanctioning bodies at one time or another. Who has not accused them of corruption, incompetence, stupidity or accepting political influence from promoters or managers? Are they all equally bad or is one organization more respectable than the others? I wanted to research this question and come up with an answer but how could I do that? continue
Nikolai Valuev and Sergey Liakhovich underwent a public training session today at the Adidas Brand Center in Herzogenaurach. The two former champions will battle out a WBA eliminator in Nurnberg on Saturday night. "I want to win back my title," the Russian Giant (47-1, 34 KOs) said. "That´s why I will defeat Liakhovich. He is a strong opponent but I will beat him.. continue
As the architect of Lennox Lewis' meteoric rise to the undisputed world heavyweight title in the late 1990's, brash promoter Frank Maloney knows a thing or two about the big men and doesn't mince words when it comes to his take on the glamor division. "There are two categories in boxing; the heavyweights and then everyone else," he said. "As the heavyweights go, so go the fortunes of the sport.. continue
12.02.08 - Nathan King: As Saturday looms up ahead, and Jermain Taylor (27-1-1, 17 KO) tries to distance himself from the memory of August 29, 2007, one question springs into mind: Does the result of the rematch ultimately lie in Taylors hands? Its safe to say that we are all well aware of what happened in the previous clash between the two (at the time) unbeaten fighters.
In an exciting match, Kelly Pavlik (32-0, 29 KO) rose off the canvas from a 2nd round knockdown and took out Taylor in the 7th in impressive fashion. All credit is given to Pavlik, and his win was impressive, but two questions constantly spring into my mind as the rematch approaches: If Taylor makes the proper adjustments and is 100% physically and mentally prepared, does he beat Pavlik? Or does it come down to the fact that Pavlik has Taylors number? continue
Hennessy Sports are pleased to announce that they have won the purse bid for the Vacant English Welterweight title fight between Adnan Amar and Matthew Hatton, this long awaited fight will be added to the undercard of the Froch vs Inkin show to be held at the Nottingham Arena on Saturday 29th March. continue
Nikolai Valuev is not the only giant in Nurnberg these days. Their local football club, the reigning German Cup winners Nurnberg FC, most recently acquired Czech international Jan Koller. The popular striker is 2.02 metres tall and today caught up with an athlete who even exceeds him in height (2.13). It is not very often that I look up to people, Koller joked. I wish Nikolai all the best. I´m sure he will win on Saturday.. continue
Gavin Rees has warned Amir Khan he'll shatter his dreams of world domination - if he dares step up to light-welterweight and fight the Welshman. Rock-solid Rees, 27, will defend his WBA light-welterweight title against Andreas Kotelnik at the CIA, Cardiff, on March 22. And he knows that if he comes through the showdown, a Battle of Britain against Khan could be a possibility towards the end of 2008. continue
by James Slater: 31-year-old Serguei Lyakhovich was last seen being knocked clean out of the ring in his losing fight with Brooklyn's Shannon Briggs. Lyakhovich, nicknamed "The White Wolf," said good bye to his WBO heavyweight championship in that fight, and also disappeared from view for well over a year afterwards. In his fight before, however, the 31-year-old had very much established himself on the world stage with a thrilling points win over the tough Lamon Brewster of Indianapolis. It was in that fight, staged in April of 2006, that Lyakhovich won his WBO belt - this win also proved Serguei could get up off the floor and prevail, having been down on one knee in round 7.
Now making his return to the ring, the Belarus-born fighter takes on the huge Russian, Nicolay Valuev, in a final eliminator for Ruslan Chagaev's WBA title. The elimination takes place on February 16th, in Germany - the country that has played host to eight of "The Beast From The East's" last ten fights. continue
12.02.08 - WBA middleweight world champion Felix Sturm will face unbeaten Australian middleweight contender Jamie Pittman (16-0-0 7 KOs, ranked WBA #14) on April 5 in Dusseldorf, Germany. Sturm has been beaten just twice in 31 outings, one of those losses being to the legendary Oscar De La Hoya, who Sturm took to a points decision over 12 rounds in 2004.
Carlos Llinas of CLIP Boxing and Bluecap Promotions have announced an outstanding Fox-televised card at the Soaring Eagle Casino in Mt. Pleasant Michigan, on Saturday, March 29. In the main event, former WBO Light Middleweight Champion Bronco "Superman" McKart (51-8, 31 KOs) will face former IBF Light Middleweight Champion Raul "El Diamante" Marquez (40-3, 29 KOs). continue
TOTOWA, NJ (February 12, 2008) Two of the worlds top cruiserweights will vie for the IBFs #1 mandatory position on April 19, 2008, when Tomasz Adamek (IBF #3) and O Neil Bell (IBF #7) battle in a 12 round IBF eliminator, it was jointly announced today by Main Events, Ziggy Promotions, Warriors Boxing, and KnockOut Promotion. continue
11.02.08 - By Francisco Lobo, photo by Wray Edwards/ESB: With something short of the remarkable essence of comprehension, one can understand the importance of the upcoming heavyweight unification fight between the IBF Champion Wladimir Klitschko, 49-3 (44), and the WBO Champion Sultan Ibragimov, 22-0-1 (17), in clarifying the future of both world heavyweights titlists and of the division. There is a generalized perception among boxing cognoscenti that the former Soviet Union block fighters that presently overcrowd the upper reaches of the division have not unlocked boxings most visible weight class from the puzzling, unclear and stagnant situation that settled in with different champions and titles. Gone are the days when the two top heavies would square off and bomb away at one another in irresistible toe-to-toe slugfests to decide who was the one champion but for the present standards, this is a big heavyweight fight nonetheless. continue
Chicago bantamweight prospect Francisco "EL NINO AZTECA" Rodriguez will battle Andre Wilson this Friday night, February 15th in the SOLO BOXEO TECATE televised co-main event at Cicero Stadium, it was announced today by Dominic Pesoli, President of Chicago's premiere 8 Count Productions. continue
By: Phil Santos Overhandright.com: The rematch that weve eagerly anticipated is finally here. This Saturday, February 16th, Jermain Taylor and Kelly Pavlik will do battle once again. For the first time since 2005 Jermain Taylor will make his way to the ring devoid of any World Championship Titles. As for Kelly Pavlik he now holds both the WBC and WBO Middleweight Titles, which he won from Taylor, however neither will be on the line in this bout. Fighting at a catch weight of 166 will make Taylor vs. Pavlik II the most anticipated non-title fight of 2008. continue
Newly crowned Ring Magazine Trainer of the Year, Enzo Calzaghe, has backed his stable of stars to pull off a hat-trick of world title victories in the coming weeks. Enzo Maccarinelli, Gavin Rees and Joe Calzaghe are all in massive fights in either March or April, and will require all the savvy of Calzaghe Snr if they are to emerge victorious. continue
With a ready smile, which has just a hint of mischief, he drives up in his car to begin yet another day of grueling work at perfecting his dangerous abilities. It is fascinating to watch this good-looking, but seemingly ordinary man make the transition a seemingly ordinary joe to world-class, blood-sport Boxer. continue
11.02.08 - By Vivek Wallace: Coming into the Williams-Quintana showdown, if asked to name the top 3 in the welterweight division, Mayweather, Cotto, and Williams would have been the consensus picks after Williams defeated the fearsome Antonio Margarito. With Saturday night's upset of Paul Williams at the hands of the slick Quintana, it has become obvious that things aren't always the way we see them in the sport.
No words spoken could ever take away from the effort of Quintana on Saturday night, but it wouldn't be considered an 'out-on-a-limb' statement to assess that Williams' lackluster performance was primarily due to a weakened state. This thought can be solidified by the fact that he had to starve himself to make the mandatory 147 pound weight limit, only to turn around and gain 18 pounds by the time he stepped into the ring only a day later. continue
The first world heavyweight championship ever staged in Mexico will take place in Cancuns Plaza de Torros on Saturday, March 8 when World Boxing Council heavyweight champion Oleg Maskaev makes the second defense of his title against WBC interim heavyweight champion Samuel The Nigerian Nightmare Peter to determine the sole WBC heavyweight champion. The two had been scheduled to meet in New Yorks Madison Square Garden on Oct. 6, but a back injury forced Maskaev to pull out of the fight on Sept. 21. continue
By Andre Courtemanche: Undefeated 28-year-old super welterweight Wilford Scypion Jr., the son of 80s TV favorite and former world title challenger Wilford Scypion Sr., says he's looking to surpass his father's impressive ring career. continue
Clip Boxing & Heavy Hitter Promotions presents Night of Knockouts 2 at the Ford Community and Performing Arts Center (Michael Guido Theatre) on February 22, 2008 at 7PM EST for broadcast on Fox Sport Network. The main event will feature Detroit's own Vernon "ICE MAN" Paris taking on Nasser "The Silencer" Athumani. continue
Boxing roundup by Matthew Hurley: Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., 35-0-1 with 28 KOs scored an eighth round technical knockout over Jose Celaya, 31-4 with 16 KOs Saturday night in Guanjuato, Mexico, winning the World Boxing Council continental super welterweight title. Fighting on the same card was his younger brother Omar Chavez who knocked out Miguel Camacho in the first round for the sixth victory of his career.
Also on the card, former WBO heavyweight champion Tommy Morrison, 48-3-1 with 42 KOs registered a third round TKO over Matt Weishaar, 3-0-2 with 2 KOs in a scheduled four round contest. The bout had come under scrutiny after a protest was filed by the Association of Boxing Commissions (ABA) concerning the licensing of Morrison. continue
JERMAIN TAYLOR: " A lot of people have said to me, why don't take a tune-up and get your confidence back. I don't need a tune-up to get my confidence back, I never lost my confidence. I can beat Kelly Pavlik. I choose to do this rematch because I want to beat the guy who beat me. I don't want to waste anytime with any tune-up fights. That's what the fans want to see.. continue
10.02.08 - by James Slater: The ever hot welterweight division saw two fighters going in different directions this past Saturday. One, Andre Berto, was seen moving ever upwards, while another, Paul Williams, was seen losing in a big upset, and going down a notch or two as a result. And while the loss suffered by "The Punisher" was something of a disappointment, as it potentially ruined a number of mouth-watering welterweight showdowns for the future, the 147 pound division was once again proven to be the best weight class in boxing - from both a big name standpoint as well as a mega-competitive one. continue
Per Ake Persson: Sauerland Event´s undercard to Valuev vs Liakhovich is shaping up very well. Cruiser Alexander Frenkel will face experienced Arthur Williams, young heavy Francesco Pianeta goes for the vacant WBC Youth title against overaged Donnell Wiggins. Australian Kali Meehan squares off against American Jeremy Bates in a scheduled ten-rounder, heavies. Arthur Abraham´s younger brother Alexander faces decent Youkri Chentour, jr middles. continue
10.02.08 - By Frank Gonzalez Jr.: Congratulations to the new WBO Welterweight Champion, Carlos El Indio Quintana (25-1, 19 KOs), who challenged Paul The Punisher Williams (33-1, 24 KOs) and came up big against the biggest, most feared fighter at Welterweight. Who really thought that the man who quit on his stool after five bruising rounds with Miguel Cotto would be the man to beat the man nobody wanted to fight. Williams phone will be ringing off the hook now.
Maybe Paul Williams just had a bad day or is not accustomed to fighting other skillful Southpaws but whatever it was, the story of this fight was Quintanas left hand and his ability to move in and out of range to tag Williams with clean punches all night. I want to give a shout out to the Judges for their honesty in scoring this fight. This is good for boxing. continue
By Andrew Wake: Weve all heard the now long running argument about whether or not Mixed Martial Arts rise in popularity will bring about an end to boxing. Its been going on for over two years now and quite frankly Im bored of it and Im sure its something that you knowledgeable Eastside readers will also have grown tired of. I dont want to bore you further by talking too much about this Fighting civil war but I will try and put the argument straight by saying this: The two codes of fighting are completely different entities and can coexist in perfect harmony. read full article
HarperEntertainment, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, today announced the acquisition of an autobiography by boxing legend Oscar De La Hoya. To be called AMERICAN SON, De La Hoyas book will chronicle his rise as one of the most-talked about fighters in the history of boxing, a frank and touching memoir about his pursuit and achievement of the American Dream. The pre-emptive deal for the HarperEntertainment imprint was struck by Rene Alegria. continue
Ahmet Öner did it again. The Hamburg based promoter signed a very promising amateur who was haunted by promoters from all over the world: Atagün Yalcinkaya, Turkish silver medallist at the 2004 Olympics in light flyweight division. continue
By Phil Santos Overhandright.com - Andre Berto continues to impress by stopping Michel Trabant. Trabant, who had never been stopped, quit on his stool following the conclusion of round six. Berto snapped off nasty body shots and stinging jabs throughout all six rounds befuddling Trabant who consistently failed to let his hands go. The punctuation of Bertos attack came in the 3rd round when Berto scored numerous vicious uppercuts.
It became clear early as to why Trabant had never previously been knocked out. His chin was sturdy but unfortunately for him that was the only positive asset that he brought to the ring with him. Trabant had no answers and Berto simply punished him. continue
10.02.08 - By Ted Sares: Joe Calzaghe will take on Bernard Hopkins at the Thomas and Mack Centre in Las Vegas on April 19. Calzaghe, 44-0 (32), will make his debut both in America and at 175 pounds having unified the super-middleweight division by adding Mikkel Kessler's WBA/WBC titles to his own WBO crown in November of last year. Hopkins, who is 43, is a former undisputed middleweight world champion with an impressive 48-4-1 (32) record. The fight is presented by Golden Boy Promotions, Frank Warren's Sports Network and Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino.
Now lets break it down:
Profile: Hopkins had 20 title defenses at middleweight before stepping up two divisions. He is headed to the Hall of Fame. Calzaghe has been undefeated for 17 years. With his aggressive, fast-punching style, he is arguably the best active world champion today. continue
10.02.08 - Bill Calogero, TheDailySports.com: Even though we are currently in a Boxing Boom, its not often we see a Good Fight and when its all over, a Justified Decision. Sometimes we see an exceptional fight, but can argue over who won, unless of course there was a knock out involved. continue
10.02.08 - Promoter Dino Duva of Duva Boxing wishes to congratulate newly established world-class cruiserweight contender BJ "El Peligroso" Flores (21-0-1, 13 KOs) for his impressive 12-round victory over always-dangerous Darnell "Ding-a-Ling Man" Wilson (22-6-3, 19 KOs), last Friday. continue
By Mike Indri, Retired Boxers Foundation - February 9, 2008 -- UNION CITY, NJ - Prior to Henry Crawford entering the ring for his main event bout against Tennessee native Thomas Davis, the boisterous crowd that made its way to the Pound-for-Pound Promotions premiere boxing show, caught brief glimpses of four young and talented area fighters that made quick work of their overmatched opponents. continue
By Ted Sares: He never really got into his grove and his punch volume was way down, so what was wrong? Badly cut and badly beat, the mystique of The Punisher, Paul Williams, 33-1 with 24 KOs, is no more. Something was very wrong tonight and you could see it from the get go.
But wait, perhaps it wasnt so much that Williams was sour as it Carlos Quintanas ability to hit Williams repeatedly with fast, sharp and slashing punches, particularly his somewhat awkward straight left hand, and then cleverly move out of the way. Williams told Lennox Lewis before the fight that he would lay down on his punches to generate more power and perhaps get a one punch knockout. He never came close. continue
Middleweight veteran CLASSY Freddie Cuevas will return to the ring this Friday night, February 15th to take on Dominican Luis Hodge at CELEBRATION, an outstanding evening of world class professional boxing marking the 10 year anniversary of Dominic Pesolis 8 Count Productions, HOME OF THE BEST IN CHICAGO BOXING. continue
By Per Ake Persson: I got hold of former WBC cruiser champ and current WBC # 2 heavyweight Juan Carlos Gomez, trainer Freddie Roach, strength and conditioning coach Moritz Klatten after the press release from Universum arrived that cancelled the planned March 8 date against Vladimir Virchis in a WBC eliminator. It began with an internal dispute between Gomez´s management and his promoter, former stablemate Ahmet Oener, then Virchis pulled out and finally Universum pulled the plug on the fight. There has been no new date set yet and the WBC has as of yet not made any decision on how to deal with the delicate situation. continue
27 year old British super bantam Rendall Munroe put on the performance of his career in stopping opponent Marc Callaghan to win the English title this past October but the Leicester southpaw must overcome far greater odds if he is to lift the European title from bull-like reigning champion Kiko "La Sensacion" Martinez in their upcoming clash. continue
By Pavel Yakovlev at ringside. Tonight Mexican junior featherweight Antonio Escalante dominated countryman Jose Angel Beranza en route to winning a unanimous decision at The Castle at the Park Plaza Hotel in Boston. The bout was filled with high intensity exchanges in every round, with Escalantes superior strength, speed and aggression enabling him to win by scores of 98-92, 100-92, and 96-94 on the judges cards.
Escalante, rated seventh in the world by the WBO, displayed an intense offensive that force Beranza to fight a gritty, desperate battle of survival for most of the bout. Both fighters demonstrated superb conditioning, boxing skills and courage throughout the match.
In the first two rounds both fighters circled each other, keeping their hands held high near their chins and jabbing aggressively. continue
Boxing legend Ken Buchanan has backed Scott Harrison to put the troubles that have plagued his career for the past two years behind him and capture another world title. Former undisputed lightweight world champion Buchanan made the journey from Edinburgh to Harrisons Glasgow Phoenix gym last week to see the 30-year-old previous two-time WBO featherweight title-holder complete another vigorous session as his comeback continues to gather momentum. continue
Matt Hurley: There was a comment made recently by a precocious young fighter who maintained that not only was Floyd Mayweather Jr. the greatest boxer who has yet to lace up a glove but that Sugar Ray Robinson, the mythic pugilist for whom the term pound-for-pound was coined, was overrated. continue
By Christopher Roche, Brickcityboxing.com - I remember the feeling I had that August afternoon back in 1987, and it still hurts today. Mark Breland, my indestructible childhood hero, was knocked out by Marlon Magic Man Starling. I kept waiting for Breland to turn it on, like he had done so many times before, but for some reason he looked sluggish and out of sorts. Well, tonight, in California, Paul Williams reincarnated Brelands performance, and he dropped a shocking decision to Carlos Quintana. continue
By Matthew Hurley: Defending WBO welterweight champion Paul Williams, 33-1 with 24 KOs entered the ring against challenger Carlos Quintana, 25-1 with 19 KOs smiling, gesturing to the crowd and sporting a Mo-Hawk haircut but Quintana wiped that grin off Williams face with deft boxing skills and a southpaw left hook that seemed to be glued to the right side of the champions jaw.
In the opening rounds of the bout Quintana was able to use slick movement, circling to his right in order to avoid Williams own southpaw right jab. Quintanas boxing skills seemed to surprise Williams early as his vaunted punch output, sometimes clocking in at over one hundred a round, was stifled. continue
By Bill Calogero, The Daily Sports.com: BJ Flores won a unanimous twelve-round decision over Darnell The Ding-A-Ling Man Wilson to capture the USBA Cruiserweight Title as the Main Event of ESPN2s Friday Night Fights broadcast live from Dover Downs in Dover, Delaware. Flores was able to follow his game plan, which consisted of using his superior arm length and boxing skill to control Wilsons power to win the bout. Flores stayed on his toes, snapping his jab following it up with an occasional right hand to the head of Darnell Wilson for most of the twelve round bout. continue
By Neil Dennis: With the withdraw of Kermit Cintron from a title unification match, many felt WBO title holder Paul Williams replacement wouldnt give him much of a fight. The Punisher was, after all, being hailed as the most feared and most avoided boxer in the division. So, someone like Carlos Quintana (25-1, 19KOs), who was broken down by Miguel Cotto eight months ago, was seen as little more than a speed bump in the way of possible super-fights with either Cintron, Cotto or even pound-for-pound king Floyd Mayweather, Jr. Williams (33-1, 24KOs) seemed supremely confident going in. He certainly looked taller than the 61 he is purported to be side-by-side with 59 Quintana at the weigh-in. continue
By Phil Santos Overhandright.com - What a fight! Fans saw straight up action from start to finish. Paul Williams was punished early by Carlos Quintana power shots before settling down and out boxing the determined Quintana during the middle rounds. Just when it appeared that Quintana may be fading, under the pressure of the long armed champion, he proceeded to pound left hooks into Williams brow. Quintana opened up cuts over both of Williams eyes and Quintana persistently targeted them. continue
By Old Yank Schneider: Imagine yourself in a locked vault with only a limited amount of oxygen to breathe. If you thought someone would open the window long before your air ran out, you would do little to conserve your limited supply. But when no one opens a window, your last full breath wont end your life, it will only weaken you until your inevitable gasps slowly arrive.
You will not even be cognizant of the inevitable end; your lungs will simply fill with the false hope of nothing but un-breathable air. A career in boxing is too often exactly like that. And at 43 years-old, Bernard The Oxygen Burner Hopkins is about to find out that this is the inevitability of his career too. No one is going to open a magic window in the stale-air vault called the career of Bernard Hopkins. continue
By Phil Santos Overhandright.com - In an interesting match-up that had the potential to shake things up in the Cruiserweight division, Darnell Ding a Ling Man Wilson, 22-5-3 (19), took on the undefeated B.J. Flores, 20-0-1 (13). Wilson the current USBA Cruiserweight champion and the #9 rated Cruiser by The Ring Magazine was looking to continue his assent up the rankings by dominating the untested Flores. For Flores this bout means everything. This was the up and comers crack at national exposure, a marquee victory and in summation to take his career to another level. continue
By Michael Montero: With the busy season of professional boxing fast approaching, I wanted to put together an updated list of divisional rankings for early 2008. In regards to my divisional champions I simply list the fighter that is clearly the best of their weight class. There are only a few divisions that I consider the championship as being vacant due to the lack of a clear cut #1. I try to squeeze in a historical fact about divisions here and there (especially the newer ones), and Im sure to note if any of my ranked fighters carry an alphabet title. Hopefully everybody will enjoy - here we go . continue
British super-flyweight champion Chris Edwards will make the first defence in Barnsley on 28th March of the title he won last December. The Fenton based fighter will meet English champion Andy Bell at Barnsleys Metrodome Leisure Centre on a Sky Sports televised card, the event being promoted by Frank Maloney. continue
By Stephan Hawkes: On April 19th, Ring Magazine Light Heavyweight Champ Bernard Hopkins will face his most dangerous opponent of the last 15 years when he squares off against undisputed Super Middleweight Champion Joe Calzaghe at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas. This intriguing match up of linear champions is one that finds boxing fans divided as ever.
Overtones of national pride (similar to the build-up of Mayweather-Hatton) have already infiltrated boxing message boards and there is no doubt that this will become more prevalent leading up to the fight. Add to this a not-so-subtle racial suggestion by Hopkins himself and you find the boxing public divided even further. Regardless of all this conjecture and posturing there should be little doubt as to the outcome of this Mega-Fight. continue
Norman Horton: Thank you and good afternoon everyone. This is Norman Horton. On behalf of Team Taylor and DiBella Entertainment, we would like to welcome and thank you for your participation today. On the line we have Jermain Taylor, his trainer Ozell Nelson, and his promoter, Lou DiBella. We will have an opening statement from Lou DiBella, and then we will open up for questions. I present, Lou DiBella. continue
As part of their 10 year anniversary, Dominic Pesolis 8 Count Productions, HOME OF THE BEST IN CHICAGO BOXING, has announced plans to honor Rocky Martinez and Mike FLY Garcia this Friday night, February 15th at Cicero Stadium with both being inducted into the 8 Count Productions Hall of Fame as part of the CELEBRATION boxing event. continue
By J. Carter: Ladies and gentlemen, in this year of 2008, a very strange and perplexing situation has unfolded! Something inexplicable which demands an explanation! Confused? Let me spell it out. continue
08.02.08 - By James Slater: Unbeaten 26-year-old heavyweight contender Chris "The Nightmare" Arreola continues making steady progress. Currently 22-0(20) the California native fights again this Saturday (Feb 9th) and once again it is against an opponent that he is expected to defeat. Cliff "Twin Tyson" Couser, though he can be dangerous (just ask Monte Barrett), is expected to lose to the rugged Arreola when they meet on the under-card of Paul Williams's fight with Carlos Quintana. What the fans want, is for Arreola to make the move up into world class. Happily, I can report that that is just what Chris plans on doing this year.
Speaking to me over the phone yesterday, Arreola spoke of his future plans, his fight with Couser, and other things. continue
By Jason Peck: Im an American. But I dont resent Soviet domination of the heavyweight division over the Americans fighters, I don't root for American heavyweights because of the nationality, and I dont understand why I should. Quite the contrary I respect the hell out of the Eastern European heavyweights. continue
Lee Samuels: The champion is here, Kelly Pavlik. Hes in his hometown, Youngstown, Ohio with his trainer, Jack Loew ,who is also with us today and of course my boss, Bob Arum. This is Kelly Pavlik v. Jermain Taylor. The epic battle continues on HBO Pay-Per-View coming from the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Saturday, February 16. continue
Temecula, CA - Paul "The Punisher" Williams (33-0, 24KOs), the most feared fighter in boxing faced Carlos "El Indio" Quintana (24-1, 19KOs) today at the official weigh in. The two will square off tomorrow night in front of eager fight fans at The Pechanga Resort and Casino and thousands more on HBO's Boxing After Dark. continue
Nikolai Valuev is a man on a mission. The Russian Giant is eager to win back his WBA belt from Ruslan Chagaev, the man who handed him the sole loss of his career. In order to get a rematch with the reigning champion, Valuev (47-1, 34 KOs) needs to defeat Sergey Liakhovich when the two battle out a final WBA eliminator in Nurnberg on February 16. After another exhausting training session in the Max-Schmeling-Gym, the Russian Giant took time out to speak with boxen.com about his ambitious goals.
Q: Nikolai, with just one week between now and the final eliminator against Liakhovich, how are things inside camp?
A: Everything has been going well. Im in great shape and have no doubts I will win. continue
By Matthew Hurley: After IBF welterweight champion Kermit Cintron injured his right hand in a shaky but successful title defense against Jesse Feliciano in November his proposed February unification bout with WBO champion Paul The Punisher Williams was scrapped. Cintron went on the disabled list but still found time to call out nearly every fighter in and around the welterweight limit with the exception of Williams. Ultimately, Cintron got a rematch with former champion Antonio Margarito, who knocked him out in the fifth round of their first bout back in 2005, and Williams, who defeated Margarito for the title, was left scrambling for a dance partner. continue
Jr. Welterweight Lenny DeVictoria scored an eight round unanimous decision over the gritty Derrick Moon to headline an exciting five bout card at The Legendary Blue Horizon on Friday night. It was the second straight back and forth wall that the Philadelphian has engaged in as he was coming off his classic sixth round knockout over Elad Shmouel last December 7th in the same venue. continue
by Andre Courtemanche: The pleasure of watching a young, up-and-coming contender stems from the thrill of the unknown. Does he have what it takes? Is his next test going to be too much, too soon? Are we witnessing future greatness? Watching a young lion scratch his way up the fistic food chain is an intriguing and often-compelling aspect of professional boxing. continue
08.02.07 - By Jaime Castro-Núñez: It is too early to start talking about the knock out of the year. 2008 has just begun and we have ten more months ahead plenty of exciting matches and spectacular stoppages we all hope. Therefore, I will not address this short article to that matter. Instead, I want to share some aspects related to the most feared right hand in todays boxing.
We will be focused on this Machiavellic right hand that has loosen up amalgams, smashed bones, shaken neurons, dislodged TMJ´s, and whose performance will be remembered at the end of this year when we start talking about the knock out of the year. That right hand has so much power that we boxing enthusiasts, writers, and analysts are short of adjectives whenever we have to describe it. We have virtually depleted the Thesaurus. A quick search over the internet will prove it. Here are some examples: vicious, huge, lethal, amazing, big, spectacular, well-educated, explosive, powerful, tremendous... continue
ITV and Hennessy Sports can today (08.02.08) announce that boxings WBC super-middleweight world title final eliminator between Carl Froch and Russias Denis Inkin will be broadcast live on ITV1 on Saturday March 29th from the Nottingham Arena. British champion and WBC number one challenger, Froch is undefeated in 22 fights and has won 18 by way of knockout. WBC international champion, Inkin is also undefeated in 32 fights and has won 24 by knockout. continue
February 8, 2008 - Leading up to the rematch between Kelly Pavlik and Jermain Taylor -- set for Saturday, February 16 in Las Vegas and broadcast live on HBO Pay-Per-View-- HBO Sports will present the exclusive replay of the first action-packed fight showcasing their considerable talents. continue
LOS ANGELES, February 7, 2008 Bernard Hopkins and Joe Calzaghe, fighters with a combined 43 wins in world championship bouts met today in London to confirm that on Saturday, April 19, in the Planet Hollywood (PH) Ring in Las Vegas, Nevada, in a rare contest between linear champions, light heavyweight champion Hopkins will defend his title against Calzaghe, the undisputed super middleweight champion, in a 12-round bout for Hopkins' Ring Magazine Light Heavyweight World Championship to determine the true premier champion of this era. Tickets for this epic battle go on sale today. continue
Photos by Tom Casino/Showtime: SHOWTIME will thrill boxing fans with an exciting and explosive light heavyweight championship doubleheader when International Boxing Organization (IBO) 175-pound champion and former undisputed light heavyweight kingpin Antonio Tarver defends his crown against International Boxing Federation (IBF) titleholder Clinton Woods at the St. Pete Times Forum in Tampa, Fla. on Saturday, April, 12.
Before Tarver and Woods exchange leather, fans will enjoy the highly anticipated light heavyweight championship fight between World Boxing Council (WBC) titleholder Chad Dawson and former world champion Glen Johnson, making April 12 a cant miss night of boxing. continue
(In photo, IBF super lightweight champion Paulie Malignaggi) By Paul Strauss: Boxing fans are often criticized for being rabid followers of a violent sport, a sport like no other. Boxing critics would begrudgingly agree there are true blue fans in other sports too, the fanatics, the stalkers, the groupies, whacko teenagers, etc., and I'll throw in this one.... the blue bloods and snoots of the arts. However, they mistakenly describe boxing fans as strange (barbaric), odd (violent) and even eccentric (stupid). What about the "Cheese Heads" continue
WBO World Cruiserweight champion Enzo Maccarinelli has revealed the secret of his sensational KO punching power - he soaks his hands in pure virgin olive oil! Big Mac faces hammer-fisted WBA/WBC World Champion David Haye at the O2 Arena on March 8 in what promises to be one of the most explosive clashes of all time televised live in the UK on Setanta Sports 1 and on Showtime in the US. continue
Temecula, CA - Photos by Jan Sanders/Goossen Tutor Promotions: Pechanga Resort and Casino is known best for their fun and relaxing atmosphere, a perfect retreat when one needs to get away from reality. That was not the case Thursday in Hummingbird Hall for the final press conference before undefeated Paul "The Punisher" Williams (33-0, 24KOs) defends his WBO welterweight title against Carlos "El Indio" Quintana (24-1, 19KOs) on Saturday, February 9. continue
By Matt Yanofsky: Former World Boxing Organization title challenger Kendall "Rated R" Holt 23-2 (12 KO's) scored a majority decision over the always tough Ben Tackie 28-9-1 (17 KO's). Holt was able to land clean shots in sports but unfortunately, there were some periods of little action. The always tough Tackie showed his famed iron chin and was able to walk through many of Holt's power shots. Tackie was only able to land 58 punches in the ten round contest. scores were an unexplainable 95-95 and 98-92 twice for Holt.
2004 Olympian and rising junior middleweight star Vanes Martirosyan improved to 19-0 (13 KO's) with a third round destruction over Michi Munoz 20-2 (13 KO's). Martirosyan went to work immediately, dropping Munoz in the opening round with a straight right hand. The free swinging and much shorter Munoz had little luck in landing his haymakers. continue
Rob Calloway was flown out to Dover, Delaware for tonight's ESPN2's Friday Night Fights which comes on at 8pm Central Time. IBF # 9 & IBF-USBA Cruiserweight Champion Darnell Wilson takes on IBF # 12 & IBF-USBA # 4 Contender B.J. Flores in the Main Event. Wilson and Flores will be fighting for the IBF-USBA Cruiserweight Championship as well as the IBF # 2 rating. continue
LOS ANGELES, February, 2008Antonio Escalante, one of the most talented and explosive fighters in the junior featherweight division, will have the opportunity to prove his boxing skills tonight at The Castle at Park Plaza in Boston, Massachusetts, where he will headline an evening of exciting boxing promoted by Golden Boy Promotions in association with Cappiello Promotions, Inc. and Peltz Boxing. continue
Duva Boxing sends an important battle in the cruiserweight ranks into the ring this week and a national television audience will be watching on ESPN2's Friday Night Fights when the sensational knockout artist Darnell Ding A Ling Wilson puts his USBA Cruiserweight championship on the line against undefeated up and comer B.J. Flores this Friday night, February 8, at Dover Downs Racetrack and Casino. Dino Duvas promotional company will present the title tilt in association with Sal Musemeci's Final Forum Promotions. continue
By Matthew Hurley: Although Bernard Hopkins can be something of a polarizing figure in boxing he has remained one of the games best self-promoters during his long and storied career. His ability to dominate press conferences has become legendary including press conferences in which he was not even the central attraction.
Who can forget Golden Boy Promotions (GBP) promoter Hopkins basically taking the microphone away from Juan Manuel Marquez after his victory over GBP house fighter Marco Antonio Barrera and turning the post fight presser into a meandering piece of self-congratulatory rhetoric. continue
New York, February 8Gotham Boxing chief Cedric Kushner beams that the February 28 the Russians Are Coming fight extravaganza at the Roseland Ballroom is the best local fight card that Ive ever promoted, hands down!. continue
By Geoffrey Ciani: Prior to his title defense against undefeated challenger Kelly Pavlik, middleweight champion Jermain Taylor found himself in the midst of another battlea battle for respect! Despite his undefeated record in the professional ranks, and the fact he made four successful defenses of his crown, Taylor was unable to garner any respect from the boxing community. This must have been especially frustrating for him when you consider he faced some top class opposition in Bernard Hopkins and Winky Wright. continue
By Jason Peck: The boxing media report that the WBA will likely force the mighty Miguel Cotto to fight the unknown Yuriy Nuzhnenko sometime by December, and I can already hear the criticism. It reminds me of not too long ago when the IBF forced Wladimiar Klitschko to fight Ray Austin, who the champion KOd one-handed. But whats the problem? If Nuzhenko's a joke, then Cotto will kick his backside. If he gives Cotto some hell, then odds are he deserved that shot after all. continue
By Ted Sares: The latest is the greatest --Anonymous
We already have discussed mythical fights between Sugar Ray Robinson and Floyd Mayweather JR., and also Robinson vs. Sugar Ray Leonard, and in so doing, we tried to separate nostalgia and myth from fact by taking into account all essential variables.
To complete the series, it is necessary to look at what would happen (at least in my opinion) if Sugar Ray Leonard fought Mayweather on a prime vs. prime basis at a weight of 145 pounds. continue
Bronx, NY - Feb 07, 2008 After his sensational show stopping U.S debut in front of a SOLD OUT crowd at the Manhattan Center in New York City on October 18, 2007, French-Moroccan welterweight sensation Ali "Hurricane" Oubaali (20-3, 17KO's) is set to make his second appearance in his newly adopted homeland, when he goes up against Great Britain's Ashley "Treasure" Theopane (20- 2-1, 7KO's). continue
Bronx, NY - Feb 07, 2008 - Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing, has inked multi fight deals with two promising prospects. Highly thought of Light Heavyweight YaThomas Riley who won the National PAL and the Golden Gloves Championships in 2006 is turning pro after a stellar amateur career. continue
Israel Vazquez and Rafael Marquez successfully completed their World Boxing Council (WBC) mandatory pre weigh in one month before their third and final clash, Saturday, March 1 from the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. and live on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING. Vazquez weighed in at 129 ½ pounds, well below the allowed limit of 134 pounds, at South El Monte Boxing Gym, in Los Angeles under the direction of WBC supervisor Rudy Tellez. continue
NEW YORK, NY, February 7 - The highly-anticipated heavyweight title unification bout between IBF Champion Wladimir Klitschko and WBO Champion Sultan Ibragimov is approaching fast. Time is running out for fight fans to get their tickets for the biggest heavyweight event in years, which takes place on Saturday, February 23rd at the Mecca of Boxing, New York Citys Madison Square Garden.
This is exactly the type of fight that the heavyweight division needs and the first step for Wladimir to try to accomplish his goal of unifying all the titles, said Tom Loeffler of K2 Promotions. I give a lot of credit to both Champions for putting their titles on the line, something that hasnt happened since Holyfield/Lewis in 1999. continue
by Ken Hissner: Not often do two former world champions agree to fight one another. On February 23 at the Lake Charles Civic Center, in Louisiana, Reggie "Sweet" Johnson (43-7-1, 25 KOs) from Houston, Texas, will face Julio Gonzalez (41-4, 25 KOs) from Huntington Beach, California. At stake is the vacant IBA Light Heavyweight title. continue
Bronx, NY - Feb 07, 2008 - When Devin Vargas splashed onto the pro boxing scene back in 2004 after coming home from the Summer Games in Greece, it was clear, after knocking out his first three opponents in the first round, that the boxing world would be feeling his "ripple effect" for years to come. continue
07.02.08 - Originally, Olympic gold medallist Yuriorkis Gamboa (8-0-0, 7 k.o.s) was meant to step into the ring twice in February: Tomorrow on the undercard of Ding A Ling Man Darnell Willson vs BJ Flores in Dover, Delaware two weeks later in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Now plans have changed: El Ciclon will concentrate on his first title shot coming up on February 22nd at the Night of the Olympians at Xtreme Indoor Karting in Fort Lauderdale. continue
LONDON (February 6, 2008) -- Photos by Kelly "Flash" Swanson: The Ring magazine light heavyweight champion BERNARD HOPKINS landed on the shores of England this morning and took a brief tour of London. Hopkins is in town to meet undefeated and undisputed super middleweight champion Joe Calzaghe at a press conference tomorrow at Planet Hollywood to officially announce their light heavyweight title rumble, scheduled for April 19 in the Planet Hollywood Ring in Las Vegas. Promoted by Golden Boy Promotions, Frank Warren and Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, Hopkins vs. Calzaghe will be broadcast live nationally on HBO World Championship Boxing.
Hopkins was shadowed by a BBC film crew doing a feature story on the fighters life. "I have never been to London and stopped by Buckingham Palace in hopes of seeing the Queen herself," said Hopkins. "Although she wasnt home at the time, I did leave her a message letting her know the true 'King of the Ring' was in town." continue
Former WBC super middleweight champion Markus "Boom Boom" Beyer will be back in action on March 14th in Munich. It will be his first fight under the banner of ARENA Box-Promotion. After losing to Mikkel Kessler in a title unification bout in October 2006 southpaw Beyer had to undergo surgery on his left hand. At that time there were rumours about the end of Beyer's career. continue
(COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.) The United States OIympic-style boxing talent will be on full display, March 9-14 as the nations top male and female boxers compete in the U.S. Future Stars National Championship at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. The event, which was known as the U.S. Championships in previous years, will showcase many of the athletes who will be vying for the 2012 Olympic Games in four years. continue
Philadelphia (February 6th, 2008)-Quotes from Wednesdays final press conference at The Legendary Blue Horizon for Friday nights show that will feature Lenny DeVictoria taking on Derrick Moon; Gee Cullmer battling John Michael Terry and Ran Nakash squaring off with Ray Ruiz. There will be four other bouts plus a ceremony honoring Randall Tex Cobb. continue
06.02.08 - By Vivek Wallace: Being a boxing scribe for many years I've had the opportunity to connect with some of the best boxing fans on the planet. On a daily basis I receive questions and feedback from readers so rather than answering them one by one, today I kick off a weekly feature entitled "The Left-Hook Lounge", where I address these questions for everyone since most fight fans often wonder about the same things. Each week I'll take the five most intriguing questions and respond, while you, the reader get to chime in as well.
So, with no further ado, ladies and gents, here we go.... continue
Undefeated junior middleweight James Moore, 14-0 (10 KOS), a native of County Wicklow, Ireland, who fights out of Queens, New York, will headline a pre-St. Patricks boxing extravaganza called Gaelic Storm on Saturday, March 15th, at the Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York. His likely opponent is Freddy Curiel, 18-6-2 (8 KOS), of Vernon, New Jersey. Curiel was a popular participant on season two of The Contender television series. continue
Reno, NV February, 2008 As previously announced, Glenn "The Filipino Bomber" Donaire(16-3-1 9KOs) will be returning to the ring in Reno, NV on February 22nd. Donaire will be facing a former foe in Brazilian Olympian, Jose Albuquerque (8-2-1 2KOs). This bout is being billed as the co-main event under the Jesse Brinkley/Otis Griffin super-middleweight USNBC championship contest. continue
by James Slater: Fight fans should already know the amazing life story of Ugandan-born light-middleweight Kassim "The Dream" Ouma. How he was born into poverty and then kidnapped and forced to carry a gun in the national resistance army of his troubled country. How Ouma's siblings were killed and how he himself fled to the United states to continue a promising boxing career that had began at amateur level in Uganda. continue
06.02.08 - By Old Yank Schneider: He causes the men he faces in the boxing ring to lose consciousness in 10 ½ minutes. He can make himself rise up from the dead. He can cause an entire mid-west town to follow him around as if hes the Pied Piper. He has seen only 3 men out of 32 still on their feet at the end of a contest. He has seen no man remain on his feet for an entire contest against him. Hes more powerful than a locomotive. Look! Up in the sky its a bird, its a plain spoken gentleman its Kelly Pavlik.
The combined record of the last six fighters Kelly Pavlik has faced is an impressive 157 wins, 13 losses, with 115 knockouts. Pavlik has knocked out his last 9 opponents in a row including the undisputed middleweight champion Jermain Taylor, the seemingly indestructible Edison Miranda, the once serious prospect Jose Luis Zertuche and the veteran Bronco McKart. continue
HOLLYWOOD, FL, February 6 When boxings premier promotional companies join forces, fight fans become the true winners when it comes to action-packed nights of fistic fury. On Friday, February 29th Seminole Warriors Boxing and Keep Punching Entertainment will team up once again, along with Tony Holden Productions, for another great night of fights at the Paragon Casino & Resort in Marksville, Louisiana, featuring a double main event to be televised live on ESPN2s Friday Night Fights. continue
Junior middleweights Andrzej Fonfara and Francisco Rincon will battle in a special feature attraction bout on February 15th at CELEBRATION, a terrific evening of world class professional boxing at Cicero Stadium, presented by Dominic Pesolis 8 Count Productions and Bob Arums Top Rank Incorporated. continue
SAN DIEGO, Calif. (Feb. 6, 2008) Contrary to information circulated on the internet, undefeated World Boxing Organization (WBO) Junior Lightweight Champion Joan Guzman (28-0, 17 KOs) remains under contract with his co-promoters, San Diego-based Sycuan Ringside Promotions and Oscar De La Hoyas Golden Boy Promotions through March 1, 2008. continue
By Geoffrey Ciani: Antonio Margarito once had a reputation for being the most feared fighter in all of boxing. Whether or not this was ever actually true is a matter of debate, but one thing was certainMargarito was a top welterweight who posed a great risk to anyone in the weight class. As a result, many observers in the boxing community were stunned when Margarito found himself on the losing end of a unanimous decision last summer, which paved the way for the emergence of a new fighter to whom many are now applying the most feared labelPaul Williams.
The 26 year old Williams stands over six feet, which is freakishly tall for a welterweight. He has decent power, fast hands, and an almost obscene work output, throwing punches in bunches from start to finish. continue
HARTFORD (February 6, 2008) - Former world lightweight title challenger Israel 'Pito' Cardona has become a gatekeeper of the welterweight division since returning to the ring nearly two years ago after being retired 3 1/2-years. Hartford-native Cardona (36-8, 28 KOs), now 33, heads north of the border for a 10-round test in the main event Saturday night at the Montreal Casino against unbeaten prospect Antonio Decarie (17-0, 5 KOs), the 25-year-old former Canadian light welterweight champion. continue
Unbeaten junior welterweight prospect Mike Alvarado will battle Jesus CHUY Rodriguez in the ten round main event at CELEBRATION, an outstanding evening of world class professional boxing on Friday, February 15th at Cicero Stadium presented by Dominic Pesolis 8 Count Productions and Bob Arums Top Rank Incorporated. continue
On Saturday February 23, and in honor of black history month, HBO Sports will be present its poignant documentary JOE LOUIS: AMERICA'S HERO, BETRAYED, a touching retrospective of the life of the legendary boxer and his tremendous impact on segregated America. Louis was the original crossover athlete, a star in both white and black America, at a time when the country was falling into war and desperately needed heroes. When the "Brown Bomber" entered the ring, the world stood still. His 1938 defeat of Germany's Max Schmeling was interpreted as democracy's defeat of Nazism, boosting public morale and transforming Louis into a true American hero. continue
Former world heavyweight champion Tommy (The Duke) Morrison returns to action this Saturday, Feb. 9 in a special attraction bout on Top Rank's Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. vs. Jose Celaya "Latin Fury" championship card, to be televised on Pay Per View. Morrison, 39, will appear in a special four-rounder, taking on Matt Weisharr, 3-0-2, 1 KO, of Atchison, Kansas.
The Morrison vs. Weisharr bout will be featured on the PPV broadcast.
"I decided to give it a final whirl in 2008," said Morrison. "I just started training after the holidays, but I'm at the point where I have to do it now, if I'm going to do it at all. My girlfriend got tired of me sitting around the house all day, and told me to start fighting again, or go get a real job." continue
Rendall Munroe gets the opportunity to join the big league when he takes on European super bantamweight champion Kiko Martinez at the Harvey Hadden Leisure Centre in Nottingham, England on March 7, 2008. Munroe has gone one step ahead of his anticipated challenge for Esher Pickerings British title by targeting the European title first and will be relying on his undoubted skills to beat his hugely talented opponent. continue
Luckless welterweight boxer Jimmy Doherty has been forced to withdraw from Impact Boxings next promotion scheduled for 1st March at Stokes Kings Hall. The popular Tunstall based fighter has injured the same right hand that forced him out of and earlier show at the Kings Hall last September. continue
EL MONTE, CALIF. (February 5, 2008) Former world champion MARTÍN El Gallo CASTILLO and three-time world title challenger JOSE NAVARRO hosted a media workout today at the South El Monte Community Gym. Both fighters are training for world title fights which will be broadcast live on the pay-per-view extravaganza headlined by the 12-round rematch between undefeated world middleweight champion Kelly Pavlik and former undisputed world champion Jermain Taylor. continue
Matthew Hurley: With big accomplishments come big responsibilities. Just ask Kelly Pavlik. Since his breakout year in 2007 the Youngstown boxer has suddenly had to deal with the notoriety that comes with being the middleweight champion of the world. In his small hometown the blue collar hero has become a figure of inspiration and pride while on the grand stage he has been anointed one of boxings pivotal players a potential superstar because of his style and good guy image.
Its been tough, he told the Tribune Chronicle in regards to being thrust into the spotlight. It wears on you. Dont get me wrong, Im not complaining but you do get tired.
Pavliks ascent to the boxing hierarchy was a steady climb, a process mapped out by his trainer and confidant Jack Lowe. continue
By: Phil Santos Overhandright.com: This is what I call an appetizer. If Israel Vazquez vs. Rafael Marquez III is the filet mignon of entrées than Robert The Ghost Guerrero vs. Jason The American Boy Litzau are certainly the Oysters Rockefeller of first courses. With a 1-2 combo like this one fight fans may just be stuffed before they can roll out the desert cart. Save the dates February 29th and March 1st, you wont want to miss either of these awesome match ups. continue
Promoters Gary Shaw Productions and AT Entertainment will be announcing a spectacular light heavyweight world championship doubleheader: TNT: Title Night in Tampa, at a news conference luncheon Feb 7, at the XO Club at the St. Pete Times Forum. Mr. Shaw will be joined by IBO light heavyweight champion ANTONIO TARVER, IBF light heavyweight champion CLINTON WOODS, undefeated WBC light heavyweight champion CHAD DAWSON, former IBF/IBO light heavyweight champion GLEN JOHNSON and Ken Hershman, senior vice president and general manager, Sports & Event Programming, SHOWTIME. continue
LAS VEGAS, Nevada (February 5, 2008) Pro boxing comes to the Dover Downs Hotel & Casino on Friday February 8, 2008 when TNT Boxing in association with Duva Boxing & Final Forum Promotions presents an exciting fight card broadcasted live on the ESPN 2 television network at 9 P.M. eastern time. In the televised opening fight Rayco "War" Saunders goes up against Dhafir Smith. Other fights on the card will include bouts featuring Darrell "Ding-A-Ling Man" Wilson, B.J. Flores and Yuriorkis Gamboa. continue
By Yero Moody: The welterweight division is and has been, for quite some time now, the best weight class in all of boxing. No other weight division in boxing can boast of such stars within its ranks. From the pound for pound best fight fighter in the world, Floyd Mayweather, Jr to the future hall of famer and legend "Sugar" Shane Mosley its packed from top to bottom.
With so many great fighters there stands to be many more great fights. In February of this year Paul Williams will face Carlos Quintana and in a double-header in April Miguel Cotto will battle Alfonso Gomez and Kermit Cintron will seek revenge against Antonio Margarito in a rematch. These fights will set the landscape for even bigger fights to come this year. The winners of the April double header are set to face each other and most including myself are predicting a Miguel Cotto v. Antonio Margarito showdown. continue
Montreal, Thursday February 5th 2008 - The undercard for the InterBox Gala featuring Lucian Bute vs. William Joppy is taking shape, with three fights now confirmed. Two of the three fights will be title bouts with Renan St-Juste (WBC Continental of Americas 160 lbs title) and Victor Lupo defending his Canadian Welterweight title. continue
NEW YORK (February 5, 2008 ) One day before Israel Vazquez and Rafael Marquez renew their rivalry on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING, Americas No. 1 Fight Network hits you with one of the most anticipated ShoBox fight cards of the new year. On Friday, February 29, IBF featherweight champion and ShoBox alum Robert The Ghost Guerrero (21-1-1, 14 KOs) will defend his title against Jason The American Boy Litzau (23-1, 19 KOs) on Friday, Feb. continue
Universum Box-Promotion informed the WBC today that neither Vladimir Virchis nor Juan Carlos Gomez have signed for their heavyweight title eliminator on March 8th in Krefeld, Germany. Universum had won a WBC purse bid on January 14 to stage the fight, which was according to WBC rule 2.16 was to take place within 90 days. The March 8th date is 55 days after the purse bid. continue
HBOs late-night boxing series presents a night of compelling welterweight action when HBO BOXING AFTER DARK: PAUL WILLIAMS VS. CARLOS QUINTANA AND ANDRE BERTO VS. MICHEL TRABANT is seen SATURDAY, FEB. 9 at 9:45 p.m. (ET/PT), from the Pechanga Resort and Casino in Temecula, Cal., exclusively on HBO. The HBO Sports team of Bob Papa, Max Kellerman and Lennox Lewis will be ringside for the event, which will be available in HDTV, closed-captioned for the hearing-impaired and presented in Spanish on HBO Latino.
In the main event, undefeated welterweight champ Paul Williams (33-0, 24 KOs), from Augusta, Ga., takes on Carlos Quintana (24-1, 19 KOs), from Moca, Puerto Rico, in a scheduled 12-round contest. continue
05.02.08 - Son of legendary Heavyweight World Champion Smokin Joe Frazier, Marvis Frazier, announces his plans for the building currently housing the Gym in North Philadelphia that bears his fathers name. continue
PROVIDENCE (February 4, 2008) Unbeaten NABF cruiserweight champion Matt Too Smooth Godfrey (16-0, 9 KOs), rated No. 1 by the World Boxing Council, travels to Germany to battle undefeated, No. 2 ranked Rudy Kraj (13-0, 10 KOs) on March 8 in a WBC title elimination bout determining champion David Hayes mandatory challenger. continue
04.02.08 - by James Slater: New York middleweight prospect Peter Quillin has a nickname that was once shared by an all-time great. Quillin goes by the nickname of Kid Chocolate, the name the great Cuban featherweight of the 1920's and '30's (real name Eligio Sardinas-Montalbo) was known around the world as. Given the prestigious moniker because he is said to resemble the hall of famer, both facially as well as in the ring, the 24-year-old has begun to turn heads due to his genuine boxing skill and talent. Currently 16-0(13) the six foot one inch Quillin, who was brought up in Grand Rapids, Michigan, says he is confident he is THE best prospect in world boxing today.
Speaking to me over the phone recently, here is what Quillin had to say.
James Slater: What kind of amateur career did you have, Peter?
Peter Quillin: I didn't really have a big career as an amateur. I had around 15 fights, I was twice a Golden Gloves runner-up. I first put the gloves on when I was around 7-years-old. continue
LOS ANGELES, CA (February 4, 2008) Two of Mexicos hottest fighters return to action on Friday, February 22, when Enrique Ornelas and Nestor Rocha step into the ring for pivotal bouts on Golden Boy Promotions latest explosive card at the Morongo Casino Resort & Spa in Cabazon, California. continue
Per Ake Persson: British heavy Matt Skelton has accepted a position as mandatory challenger for the vacant EBU title along with German Luan Krasniqi. Krasniqi, Skelton have a deadline for agreement or purse bids until February 18. Ex-WBC supermiddle champ Markus Beyer and Arena Box Promotion will stage a press conference tomorrow to announce their future plans. So far it´s known that Beyer headlines Arena´s show March 14 in Munich. continue
By Neil Dennis: ESPN2's Friday Night Fights will give American boxing fans their first serious look at Irish knockout artist Andy Lee. His opponent will be none other than former "Contender" Brian Vera. Vera, who was last seen beating Max Alexander via unanimous decision on The Contender finale undercard, will step into the ring with Lee at the Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, Connecticut on March 21. Vera (15-1, 9KOs) was previously undefeated going into The Contender, that was until Jaidon Codrington knocked him out in the second round of a five round quarterfinal bout. continue
Matthew Hurley: When then middleweight champion Jermain Taylor knocked down challenger Kelly Pavlik in the second round of their September 29th showdown the much derided fighter from Little Rock, Arkansas suddenly found fistic redemption after several lackluster performances in the ring. In one instant he had erased the questionable decisions that had gone his way and the tepid performances he put up against smaller men like junior middleweight titlist Cory Spinks. In two short years he had alienated not only the boxing public in general, but his own fan base.
Now, with the hard hitting Pavlik flailing about the ring, trying desperately to regain his balance and his senses all that had gone before would certainly be forgiven. The fans would embrace him once again. continue
Matthew Hurley: There are countless iconic moments in sports caught for posterity by a photographers camera. Moments that capture the thrill of victory are usually those that find their way into frat houses, bar rooms and the walls of every sports fan who has a favorite team or athlete that enchanted them. But its those moments of despair on the playing field that resonate more completely because it is both a more common sight and a more empathetic emotion. continue
CHICAGO (February 3, 2008) Chicago based World Boxing Council (WBC) Lightweight Champion David Diaz is preparing to face off against Ramon Montano on Saturday, March 15th at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. The ten round non-title bout against Montano will be Diazs first return to the ring following his outstanding win over three division world champion Erik Morales on August 4, 2007 at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, IL. The win over Morales was Diazs first defense of his WBC title and was noted on many boxing writers' 2007 Fight of the Year lists. continue
By Matthew Hurley: After securing a dominant points victory over former IBF super featherweight champion Gary St Clair at Londons ExCel Arena Amir Khan acknowledged that he would now be seeking a world title shot in 2008. The final tallies were 120-108 three times. After a series of victories over marginal opposition the Olympic silver medallist showed poise and impressive technique in defending his Commonwealth lightweight title over the slippery St Clair. continue
By Phil Santos Overhandright.com: When they first met Antonio Margarito was already an established champion with four title defenses on his résumé. Kermit Cintron was an undefeated up and comer with 23 knockouts in 24 fights as a pro. Although Margarito held an edge in experience and quality opponents faced it was Cintron who appeared to be the future. Five rounds and four knockdowns later Margarito had erased any doubt as to who the preeminent fighter was. Not only did Margarito drop Cintron four times, and add a serious blemish to his previously perfect record, but he cast a shadow of doubt over the future of the once prized prospect.
Since suffering his first, and only, career loss at the hands of Antonio Margarito in 2005, Kermit Cintron has bounced back by rattling off five consecutive victories. Impressively all five wins came by way of knockout and more importantly during that same stretch Cintron captured the vacant IBF title by stopping Mark Suarez. continue
February 4, 2008-The John Bray Boxing Club held its 1st Annual John Bray Free Youth Boxing Clinic to help the community in preventing violence and promoting discipline and academic success among school-age students by interfacing with local community leaders. continue
On Friday night's Frank Maloney promotion at York Hall in London, Tony Oakey put in the most impressive performance of his career by knocking out Peter Haymer to retain the British Light Heavyweight title for the second time. continue
Philadelphia -- This Friday night, IBF Cruiserweight champion Steve USS Cunningham will be the special in-studio guest on ESPN 2 Friday Night Fights. Cunningham, 21-1 with eleven knockouts will join award winning studio host Brian Kenney and among the topics that they will discuss will be Cunninghams tremendous twelfth round stoppage over Marco Huck last December 29th that took place in Hucks hometown of Bielefeld, Germany. continue
Carlo Pamintuan: It was supposed to be a great stylistic match-up. The technical boxer fighting in his hometown against the proud foreign puncher trying to prove he still has it in him. It was billed to be a good night of boxing because there was so much at stake. Z Gorres, the boxer, was coming of a big win against former world champion Eric Ortiz and his opponent, Vic Darchinyan, was also coming off a win against Federico Catubay. Both of them, however, have lost their last championship fights. Gorres lost a close split decision against Fernando Montiel and Darchinyan was knocked out by Nonito Donaire.
This fight was to decide who deserves a shot at the championship held by Dimitri Kirilov. Is it the former champion trying to regain lost glory or is it the young contender who failed short in his first shot at the title? continue
03.02.08 - Photos by Benoit Photo -- Israel Vazquez, WBC super bantamweight champion and one of the most feared pound-for-pound boxers in the world, made a special appearance at Santa Anita Park, the historic thoroughbred racing track in Arcadia, Calif., earlier today. continue
ORANGE, CA The future is bright for rising stars Josesito Lopez and Pavel Miranda, and many believe that 2008 will be the year that will show the world what these two prospects can do against the elite of their divisions. On Friday, February 22nd, at the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, California, Lopez and Miranda will have to survive their latest tests if they are to move forward in the ultra-competitive world of elite prizefighting. continue
03.02.08 - by James Slater: Tonight, at The Excel Arena, London, Commonwealth lightweight champion Amir Khan won what beforehand was considered his toughest pro test yet, by unanimously out-pointing Australia-based challenger and former IBF world super-featherweight ruler, Gairy St Clair over 12 rounds. Khan won a complete shout-out on all thee judges' cards - winning by 120-108 three times. Boxing masterfully, maturely and superbly skilfully, the 21-year-old has never looked better. continue
By Andrew Wake: In what was supposed to be his toughest test Boltons Amir Khan retained his Commonwealth lightweight title by outclassing and outboxing Australia based Guyanan Gairy St.Clair on way to a unanimous decision victory, 120 108 on all cards.
The Olympic silver medallist did have to get his way through bursts from the challenger but on the whole he dominated proceedings from bell to bell and will now hope to contest his first world title later in the year.
Khan was cautious in the opening frame as he worked behind an authoritative jab that pieced St. Clairs peek a boo guard on several occasions. continue
02.02.08 - By Jeff "Big Bazooka" Linenfelser: Andy Lee completely broke down Argentinean Alejandro Gustavo Falliga in total domination over 5 of a scheduled 10 rounds. Le started the assault at the opening bell landing 2 hard straight left hands that sent Falliga backwards, Falliga was dropped in an exchange in round 2 and the referee called a stop to the fight at 1.49 of round 5 after Lee dropped Falliga 3 times in that round also. Emanuel Stewart announced that He and Bob Arum of Top Rank have come to an agreement for Andy Lee to fight the winner of the Kelly Pavlik / John Duddy Non-Title fight in June.
by James Slater: Tonight, at The Excel Arena, London, defending WBU welterweight champ Michael Jennings and his challenger Ross "The Boss" Minter put on an excellently entertaining and thrilling fight. The contest, chief support to Amir Khan Vs. Gairy St Clair, saw both men marked up, shaken on occasion and the contest had more than its fair share of switching momentums. The end finally came right at the end of round number nine, as Minter's corner threw in the towel seconds after the challenger had been decked heavily by a flush left hook to the head. continue
02.02.08 - By Old Yank Schneider: How in the world can you know as much as you do about judging a fight and the application of the Ten Point Must System and still be so wrong in predicting what the official scorecards show? Hey, the judges do just get it wrong from time to time, but you are beyond terrible! Now you are convinced that the judges must be on the take and that Don King and the Not-So-Honorable Soul-less-man rule the entire universe by raining decisions down on you that were pre-baked in the alphabet soup kitchen. Or maybe its you. Perhaps you just have not put all the pieces of the puzzle together correctly. Maybe its finally time for you to get your act together. continue
HINCKLEY, Minn. It was a cold night in Minnesota, but there were two action packed, sizzling fights on Friday nights ShoBox: The New Generation.
Alfredo Angulo stormed into the ring against Ricardo Cortes an undefeated prospect fresh off an impressive first round TKO with another tough challenge in front of him. He walked out victoriously once again, his unblemished record intact, with another knockout in the first stanza and world title hopes in his near future.
In the co-feature from the sold out Grand Casino Hinckley in Hinckley, Minn., undefeated prospect and 2004 United States Olympian Mickey Bey, Jr. remained unbeaten by defeating late replacement Roberto Acevedo with an 8-round unanimous decision. continue
Early in February 2008 British Featherweight Marianne Marston left her London home and travelled to America to train full-time under the watchful eyes of the legendary Heavyweight World Champion Smokin' Joe Frazier - who, on Marianne, says quite simply "She's going to be the Champ" - and his son, Olympic Gold Medallist & Heavyweight contender, Marvis Frazier at their gym in Philadelphia. continue
Vladimir Virchis will not fight Juan Carlos Gomez on March 8th, 2008 according to a press release issued by his agent Oleg Hug. The Hunter clearly explained to his promoter Universum/Spotlight that he needs more time to prepare for a fight of this importance and will not sign a fight contract for the proposed date. He needs at least eight more weeks of preparation. continue
02.02.2008 - By Cesar Pancorvo: I thought the heavyweight division was getting better in 2007, but now it has declined once again after Klitschkos long inactiveness and the recent unimpressive performances of Ruslan Chagaev and Alexander Povetkin. Almost two years ago, Wladimir Klitschko demolished Chris Byrd, for the second time, and became the top dog of the heavyweight division. But hes still not the Champion, even after twenty-one months; he has not faced another top contender like Hasim Rahman (who was a top heavyweight before being defeated by Maskaev), Sergei Liakhovich (he was a top heavyweight after defeating Brewster), or the current elite: Chagaev, Ibragimov, Peter. Maybe, if he defeats Ibragimov and unifies two heavyweight belts, he will be finally perceived as the Champion, or, at least, as something more than a simple #1 contender. continue
By Jeff Fenster: Over the hundreds of years that boxing has survived, there have been hundreds of boxing commentators and analysts. Spanning from around the globe, these men formulate sentences with brilliance and relative ease, and describe the action with such beauty and grace that the video feed hardly matters. This list is of the greatest of the greats (in my opinion of coarse), all of which represented our sports voice brilliantly and respectfully.
NOTE* Sorry UK fans, I'm an American, and I have rarely heard your commentators speak. I've heard Lacy-Calzaghe and Hatton-Mayweather being commentated, but I do not know these mens names nor have I heard much of their work. Sorry guys. continue
02.02.08 - By Chris Akers: After months of negotiations and endless and repetitive comments about one fighter been avoided by another, the light heavyweight contest between Bernard Hopkins and Joe Calzaghe has been made. While everyone with any connection to the fight game should be happy that these two fighters are meeting each other, various publications stated that they did not want to see the fight. Not because they considered the fight a mismatch, nor that their respective talents did not deserve to grace the podium that they now share. It is because in Hopkins' case, his style is regarded as boring. continue
Take note boxing fans welterweight sensation David Estrada (21-4,12KOs) is putting together all the right moves in 2008 in order to win that world championship title that has eluded him. As you know he has had hard fought battles with the divisions toughest and best in Shane Mosley 2005, Kermit Cintron 2006 and Andre Berto 2007. continue
Stokes boxing enigma, Gary Reid, will travel to Nottingham on 7th March to enter the ring against Derbys Scott Haywood in a light-welterweight clash. Reid and Haywood will appear on the same bill as Jason Booth who defends his Commonwealth bantamweight title and Rendall Munroe as he attempts to secure the European super-bantamweight title. Sky Sports will televise the Frank Maloney promoted event. continue
By Anthony Coleman: That is the question that the entire boxing world has seemingly pondered over the past two years and it is one of the few topics that has totally divided it. The debate over Gattis potential induction into the Halls of Canastota from both his detractors and defenders is filled with the passion you usually see before a boxing match between fighters of rival countries. The funny thing is that the argument over Gattis Hall of Fame qualifications is likely to continue even if he were to gain induction. The topic is that polarizing.
The arguments presented by both sides of the Gatti Hall of Fame controversy represent the discussion of style over greatness; or to be more precise genuine-greatness versus excitement-and-great-memories. continue
Open letter by Jon Thaxton: Dear Mr Block, Recent events have forced me to write this open letter to question your latest decisions made as the UKs Commonwealth Hon Secretary. You need to take responsibility for your decisions and answer the questions on everyones mind. In November 2006 Dave Stewart fought Kpatpo Allotey in a official Commonwealth Lightweight Title Eliminator at the Nottingham Arena. continue
GOBBLER'S KNOB, (Groundhog Day 2008) -- At 7:27 A.M. today, Punxsutawney Phil -- seer of all seers, predictor of all predictors -- emerged from his burrow at Gobbler's Knob in Punxsutawney, PA, and proclaimed, in his native Groundhogese, that MANNY PACQUIAO'S dominance over Mexico's greatest fighters would continue with a victory over WBC super featherweight champion Juan Manual Marquez on March 15! continue
Los Angeles, Cal., February 1, 2008 Alfonso S. Gomez (18-3-2) is speaking out about his upcoming fight against Miguel Cotto (31-0-0), saying that the 12-round battle for Cottos WBA Welterweight belt will give him the chance to achieve his life-long goal of a world title while silencing his critics once and for all. The April 12 HBO World Championship Boxing event marks Gomezs return to Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey, the scene of his spectacular 7th round knockout of Arturo Gatti last July. continue
(A disappointed-looking Oscar De La Hoya seen here being consoled by his former trainer Floyd Mayweather Sr. shortly after De La Hoya's 12-round split decision loss to Floyd Mayweather Jr. on May 5th, 2007) By Matthew Hurley: Floyd Mayweather Sr. is officially back in Oscar De La Hoyas corner, replacing trainer Freddie Roach. Mayweather sat out Oscars May 5th fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr. because of a dispute over money (Mayweather asked for $2 million.)
The acrimonious relationship between father and son seems to be the foundation for the publicity machine that will hype a rematch that the boxing public didnt ask for after the rather tepid first bout. The verbose to the point of unbearably egocentric Mayweather Sr. acknowledged as much to ESPNs Dan Rafael. continue
WBC Super Bantamweight Champion Israel Vazquez will make a special appearance at Santa Anita Park, the historic thoroughbred racing track in Arcadia, Calif., this Saturday, Feb. 2. Vazquez, who battles Rafael Marquez for a third consecutive time on Saturday, March 1 at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., will present the winners trophy for the Santa Monica Handicap ($250,000), one of the most exciting races during Santa Anitas February calendar. continue
01.02.08 - With regard to the latest public remarks made by A.Öner in connection with the planned WBC Heavyweight Final Eliminator Fight on 8 March between Vladimir Virchis and Juan Carlos Gomez, we would like to make the following statement: continue
Andy Lee (right) and Alejandro Gustavo Falliga (left) pose for the cameras after weighing in at the George Boutique Hotel in Limerick. Also pictured is fight promoter Brian Peters and Lee's manager and trainer Emanuel Steward. Both Lee and Falliga weighed just under the middleweight limit with each tipping the scales at 11 stone 5 lbs (159 lbs) ahead of tomorrow nights first ever pro fight night in Lee's native Limerick. continue
01.02.08 - Matthew Hurley: Although his loss to Floyd Mayweather left little doubt as to who the better man was in the ring on December 8th Ricky Hatton remains both determined to erase the memory of his tenth round knockout loss and hopefully get back in the ring with the Pretty Boy one more time. Hatton recently told The Times that he felt that over officious referee Joe Cortez hindered his performance and ultimately led to his mentally unraveling before Mayweather finished him off.
I have a lot of respect for Mr. Cortez, he said. Maybe he just had an off-night. And I was a little bit over-keen, over-eager and I made the cardinal sin of losing my composure.
As for a return bout with Mayweather, Hatton revealed that he feels he needs to redeem himself and stepping up to fight Floyd again is the only way to accomplish that. continue
01.02.08 - Sin City Boxing would like to congratulate our fighter welterweight boxer Emanuel Augustus on his spectacular second round KO victory last night in Sydney, Australia over David Wiremu. Emanuel Augustus despite his deceiving record is one of the most talented and entertaining fighters in the sport of pro boxing. It showed once again last night after being inactive for six months. continue
Some days in a professional boxer´s life are better than others. Just ask King Arthur Abraham. On Saturday, the IBF middleweight champion´s expertise will again be needed to determine Germany´s most beautiful model. For the third time, Abraham will be among the jury experts who elect the Miss Germany. continue
By Phil Santos Overhandright.com - No chance. Essentially that is what former Middleweight champion Jermain Taylor has been given in his rematch against current top dog Kelly Pavlik. Since besting future Hall of Famer Bernard Hopkins twice and fighting Winky Wright to a draw Taylor has seen his stock plummet. Fairly or not Taylor has faced plenty of criticism. He defended his crown against blown up Welterweights in Cory Spinks and Kassim Ouma and to make matters worse he was less than impressive in doing so. continue
by James Slater: Oscar De La Hoya turns 35-years-of-age this coming Monday (Feb 4th). Yet despite having reached what can certainly be called a somewhat advanced age for a boxer who is not a heavyweight, Oscar has planned for this, his final year in boxing, his busiest 12 months since way back in 1999. That year was the last one that saw "The Golden Boy" box more than two times in a 12 month period. The question is, at the age of 35, is Oscar pushing his luck by taking three fights in 2008?
Okay, Oscar is smart. He knows his body, what it can and cannot do, and he says he wants to finish off his superb career with three more fights - the first, a May tune-up against Steve Forbes, the second, a September rematch with pound-for-pound king Floyd Mayweather, and finally, a "farewell" fight, against a still TBA, in December. continue
Feb. 1, 2008 - HBO Sports is presenting a thirty-minute special analyzing the upcoming HBO Pay-Per-View showdown between two of boxings most compelling competitors: Kelly Pavlik and Jermain Taylor. Their eagerly anticipated rematch is set for Saturday, Feb. 16 in Las Vegas at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. continue
By Matt Yanofsky: In his first fight since losing a close decision to Antonio Tarver, Elvir Muriqi 35-4 (22 KOs) earned an impressive fourth round TKO over Jameel Wilson 13-12-3 (8 KOs) of Philadelphia. Muriqi began the contest where he left off against Tarver, using all out aggression leaving Wilson little room to breathe. Muriqi continued his onslaught in the second round as Wilson began moving backwards while landing a few shots on the anxious Muriqi. Muriqi went right back to work in the third where he badly hurt the tough Philadelphian. continue
31.01.08 - By Andrew Wake: Im sure I was not the only person in the boxing fraternity to put their head in their hands and scream PLEASE GOD NOOOOOOO when it became known that former IBF and WBA super-middleweight belt holder Sven Ottke is due to comeback to the squared circle against his German counterpart Dariusz Michalczewski in May. continue
By Matthew Hurley: Now that his showdown with Bernard Hopkins has become a reality super middleweight champion Joe Calzaghe is anticipating the war of words to get heated in the build-up to their April 19th fight. Calzaghe has already been verbally taunted by the former undisputed middleweight champion and has born witness to Hopkins unique, and sometimes questionable, psychological tactics. It was back in December at the Floyd Mayweather Ricky Hatton weigh-in that The Executioner let loose with his latest foray into bad taste.
It was on that day that Hopkins insisted that he would never let a white boy beat me. Although many in the media derided Hopkins comment as racist, insinuating that had Calzaghe made such a remark he would have been subjected to much harsher criticism and, probably, a visit from Al Sharpton, the Welshman understood the gamesmanship involved and simply brushed it aside. continue
By Jeff Fenster: The year 2007 was supposed to be remembered as the year that boxing died. The year that the most corrupt, narcissistic, and greedy sport on the planet, faded into the distance and eroded into nothing but fond memories. But 2007 has come and passed, and boxing is still here. Its once glamorous appeal is reappearing, its respect among other sports fans is heightening, and its ability to entice future champions is gaining momentum. Boxing, despite all its downfalls and shortcomings, is slowly finding its way back. Instead, 200y will be remembered as the year boxing miraculously came back from the dead. continue
Jr. Welterweight Lenny DeVictoria will now take on Derrick Moon in the main event of an eight bout card at The Legendary Blue Horizon in Philadelphia on Friday night February 8th. DeVictoria was originally supposed to fight Carlos Cisneros. When Cisneros fell out, Moon jumped at the opportunity to fight at The Legendary Blue Horizon. continue
(COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.) Heavyweight David Carey (Anchorage, Alaska) has been named USA Boxings athlete of the month for January. Carey recorded an impressive victory in the USA vs. Mexico Dual, January 18 in San Diego, Calif. The 6-foot-5-inch heavyweight pounded out a convincing 27-16 decision over Mexican Olympian Javier Torres in the opening event of 2008. continue
By Ted Sares: My last ten predictions have resulted in a 7-3 tally. Still to come is:
1) Kelly Pavlik, 32-0, over Jermain Taylor, 27-1-1, by early and brutal stoppage: I believe it will be difficult for Taylor to recover mentally from what occurred in the first fight--which I picked Taylor to win based on contrasting styles. Hopefully, I wont make the same mistake again, as I think the savage stoppage over Jermain has gotten into his head in a way that will work against him. Having his old trainer will help (particularly with his stamina), but if Pavlik hurts him early, look for a quick kill. The Ghost is a decisive closer. Moreover, the stakes are high as a win puts him in line for a possible mega payday against Calzaghe or Hopkins. Meanwhile, Taylor fights for redemption. (2-16-08). continue
Undefeated junior middleweight prospect Alfredo Angulo and Ricardo Cortes will headline the SHOWTIME telecast on Friday (live at 11 p.m. ET/PT delayed on the west coast). Angulo weighed in at 152 pounds and Cortes tipped the scales at 153 pounds during Thursdays weigh-in. continue
Sebastian Sylvester will make a mandatory defense of his European middleweight title on April 12 when he takes on Javier Castillejo. Five days ago, the 27-year-old German (28-2, 13 KOs) clinched a unanimous points victory over Francois Bastient. Experienced Castillejo last scored a KO victory over Mariano Natalio Carrera to become the mandatory challenger to WBA champion Felix Sturm. Whoever wins on April 12 will be hopeful to get a world title shot soon. Castillejo is a tough guy, Sylvester said.
But a win would put me in a great position for a world title fight. My goal is to become champion. And this is a great opportunity to move one step closer.
A venue for the clash has yet to be confirmed. However, it will certainly be in Germany. We today agreed with Castillejo´s management that we will stage the fight, Sauerland managing director Chris Meyer said. continue
Dear Tszyu Crew, A very happy new year to all of you around the world! After Christmas I took my family to Thailand for a holiday and the only bad thing I can say is that it has ended and it is now time to get back to work. I am working on some new interesting business ventures in Australia and Russia and of course, I have been finding time to exercise every day. continue
Two-division boxing world champion and current IBO super flyweight world champion Vic Raging Bull Darchinyan will face Z.Gorres this weekend in The Philippines at the Waterfront Cebu City Hotel on Saturday February 2. continue
By Thomas Scherr: This Friday in Pittsburgh, PA Monty Meza-Clay faces former International Boxing Federation featherweight titlist Eric Aiken in the headline bout of ESPN 2s Friday Night Fights. This bout will help prove whether Meza-Clay is a legitimate contender in the Featherweight division or just a regional draw with a padded record. continue