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The Battle Of The Juniors - Chavez Vs. Camacho, A Fight To See, Or One To Ignore?

by James Slater: Reportedly there is a clash in the works between two sons of boxing legends. Julio Cesar Chavez Jnr and Hector Camacho Jnr both fought on the same card last Saturday night in Mexico. They both won, and it now seems they will meet sometime in the coming year. Is this a fight to see, or one to ignore? continue


Firat Arslan vs Darnell Wilson This Saturday

arslan dingPhotos by Eroll Popova / Boxing.de - The „Universum Champions Night“ on May 3rd in Stuttgart is loaded with action including the first title defence of local hero Firat Arslan, who will face Darnell Wilson. Darnell 'The Ding-a-ling Man' Wilson (23-6-3, 20 KOs), who brings dynamite in both fists as his 20 KOs in 23 wins will attest, is a favorite of American TV viewers. Arslan is a pressure fighter who never takes a backward step, which sets the stage for nothing less than a collision.

For WBA world champion Firat Arslan (28-3-1 (18)) a dream came true after years of hard work when he dethroned the boxing legend Virgil Hill in November 2007 in Dresden and claimed the WBA belt. The world champion, who comes from the swabian town named Süssen nearby Stuttgart, had to wait for years for this chance to fight for a world title and he is now ready to defend this belt in front of his hometown crowd. In the Austrian ski resort of Sölden Firat Arslan will have a high altitude training camp where he will be trained by his Universum trainer duo Michael Timm and Valentin Silaghi for this upcoming challenge. continue


Ishe Smith ready for Joel Julio

By Brett Mauren: Tonight marks a return to the spotlight for the first time since February ’07 for Junior middleweight Ishe Smith. Smith will be pitted with feared up and comer Joel Julio on ESPN’s Wednesday Night fights. The last time the world saw Ishe Smith was in a tactical chess match with Sechew Powell, in which he dropped a close decision, but managed to knock powell down early in the fight. Smith looked to be cautious and that may have costed him. Standeing across the ring from a bonafide knockout artist in Joel Julio(32-1 30 ko’s) one would figure Smith may have a different strategy lined up. continue


Willie Limond v Graham Earl On June 14

Willie Limond will make the first defence of his IBO Intercontinental lightweight title against Luton’s Graham Earl at Glasgow’s Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre on Saturday June 14. Limond captured the belt after a hard-fought 12-round battle with Coatbridge’s Martin Watson at the SECC in March and the 29-year-old joiner from Gartharmlock is delighted to be making a quick return to the ring. continue


Vargas-Brunelli Added To May 9 ESPN2 Fights

Bronx, NY - Apr 30, 2008 - 2004 U.S. Olympic team captain Devin Vargas (15-0 6 KO) will battle Philadelphia tough guy Dave Brunelli (8- 3 3 KO) in an 8 round Heavyweight bout, May 9th, 2008, taking place at Bally's Atlantic City and to be telecast live on ESPN2's Friday Night Fights. continue


Pavlik's Trainer Gives the "Loewdown" on Beating Lockett

pavlik boxingYOUNGSTOWN, OH (April 30, 2008) -- JACK LOEW, trainer of world middleweight champion KELLY "The Ghost" PAVLIK, read with great interest the remarks made earlier this week by Gary "The Rocket" Lockett, the No. 1 contender who will be challenging Pavlik for the title in June.

"I see where Lockett has become inspired by Joe Calzaghe's victory over Bernard Hopkins in his U.S. debut and is predicting the same result against Kelly. Maybe Enzo Calzaghe can teach Lockett to slap like a girl -- just like Joe," said Loew

"You can get away with that style of fighting against a 43-year-old geezer, but don't try that against Kelly. continue


Thirty-Seven Years After The Fight - Joe Bugner Admits Henry Cooper Beat Him

by James Slater: Big Joe Bugner is currently in the U.K for a series of after dinner speaking engagements. One of the fights Joe, who now lives in Australia, is asked most about - aside from his bouts with world champions Joe Frazier and Muhammad Ali - is his all-British showdown with the beloved Henry Cooper. For those fans that aren't aware, a very young Bugner met "Our 'Enry" at Wembley, London on March 16th, 1971, in what turned out to be the final fight of the 37-year-old Cooper's long career. continue


Oscar De La Hoya returns to HBO World Championship Boxing

Superstar Oscar De La Hoya, aka “The Golden Boy,” fights in front of a hometown crowd for the first time since 2000 when WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING: OSCAR DE LA HOYA VS. STEVE FORBES is seen live SATURDAY, MAY 3 (10:00 p.m. ET/7:00 p.m. PT) from The Home Depot Center in Carson, Cal., exclusively on HBO. continue


Ricky Hatton diet faces test in May 24th Lazcano fight

When England's most famous boxer, Ricky Hatton, steps into the ring against Mexican-American scrapper Juan Lazcano on May 24th, no one at Manchester's City Stadium will be watching harder than sports nutritionist guru Kerry Kayes, founder of the CNP Professional sports nutrition range. continue


Is David Haye delusional, arrogant or the saviour of heavyweight boxing?

haye boxing30.04.08 - By Andrew Walker: David Haye has transformed himself from being a little known British cruiserweight to the undisputed cruiserweight champion and now challenger to the heavyweight crowns in less than twelve months. After dismantling former WBO cruiserweight champion Enzo Maccarinelli inside two rounds in March, Haye declared war on the “bums” in the heavyweight division calling out Wladimir Klitschko (who many regard as the real champion) claming his recent fight with Sultan Ibragimov was a disgrace to boxing.

Haye even pounced on the WBO/IBF/IBO champion in London recently and tried to goad the champ into agreeing to fight him next with a verbal assault that would have made Ali himself proud. continue


Floyd Mayweather, Jeff Mayweather Discuss De La Hoya vs Forbes Fight

Dan Rafael, ESPN.com: Floyd on the call a couple of days ago with Oscar, I asked him about just the idea of how it went for you two guys to get back in the gym together after the one fight hiatus and what it was like, if you were able to just pick it up as business as usual or did you have to kind of rehash and discuss what had gone on for the past several months? Can you just describe what it was like going back to work with Oscar after all of the, really crazy stuff that had gone on prior to the fight with your son. continue


The Left-Hook Lounge: Vivek Wallace's Weekly Q&A Mailbag Featuring Dela Hoya, Berto/Clottey, Mosley, Pacquiao, and Much More!

30.04.08 - By Vivek Wallace: This weeks Left-Hook Lounge Q&A segment covers a very interesting group of topics and fighters. With great ring moments of 2008 already behind us, most of today's questions from some of the biggest fight fans on the planet takes a look at the road ahead. continue


De La Hoya - Forbes Undercard Announced

Rising stars will shine on Saturday, May 3 as junior welterweight power-puncher Danny Garcia, middleweight stand-out Daniel Jacobs and the debut of Golden Boy's latest addition, junior welterweight Hector Sanchez, are featured in separate bouts that headline the "Homecoming" De La Hoya vs. Forbes undercard at The Home Depot Center. continue


Salita Responds to HBO’s turning down his June 21st! Bout with Edgar Santana

boxing30.04.08 - By Matt Yanofsky: Junior Welterweight rising star Dmitriy Salita 28-0-1 (16 KO’s) expected to be getting his big shot June 21st on national television as he was set to battle his long time cross town rival and former promotional stablemate Edgar Santana. This was until HBO decided to go against the fight that would have featured the two young rising New York stars. I had the opportunity to speak with Salita about his future plans as well as his disappointment about being denied the HBO date.

MY: Dmitriy, you had told me earlier in the week that this fight was going to be on HBO then you came back a few days later and said they turned it down. What exactly happened?

DS: Cedric Kushner was contacted about the fight, forwarded it to me, and I accepted the offer. A few days later, I heard it wasn’t approved and that HBO was going to go with (the fight between undefeated heavyweight prospects) Chazz Witherspoon and Chris Arreola. Initially, they talked about it being a triple header but I guess there only going with two fights as far as I know. continue


Johnny Tapia Returns Friday

Former five-time world champion Johnny Tapia of Albuquerque, N.M., launches what he vows will be his final—and a successful—comeback when he fights veteran Pedro Rincon Friday, May 2, in El Paso, Texas. “I’m returning to win a title at 122 pounds,” said Tapia. “I’ve won belts at 115, 118 and 126, but not at 122.. continue


Shawn Estrada Wins Semifinal Bout at the Americas Qualifier, Claims a Middleweight Berth in Beijing

Middleweight Shawn Estrada (E. Los Angeles, Calif.) became the ninth member of the U.S. Olympic boxing team to qualify for the 2008 OIympic Games, winning his semifinal bout at the second Americas Qualifier in Guatemala City, Guatemala on Tuesday. Estrada earned a 12-7 victory over Brazil’s Yamaguchi Florentine in their semifinal round match-up. continue


De La Hoya/Forbes: De La Hoya to Sport Dynamo Houston Colors Saturday Night

LOS ANGELES (April 29, 2008) – Acknowledging his newly acquired ownership in Major League Soccer's Houston Dynamo, as well as the fact that he will be fighting at the Home Depot Center's soccer stadium Saturday night, legendary champion Oscar de la Hoya will accent his robe and trunks with the Dynamo's "forever orange" color for his fight against Steve Forbes. The fight will be televised live on HBO's World Championship Boxing. continue


Oscar De La Hoya - No Longer A Blue Collar Hero?

de la hoya29.04.08 - by James Slater: Some years back (1991, to be exact) when mega-movie star Mickey Rourke decided to embark on a boxing career, an article in a famous boxing magazine stated how the fight offered nothing much more than a chance for the fans' curiosity to be satisfied. Could a regular fighter - one who also had a manual day job - beat up a movie star? Well, it came as no surprise who the majority of the fans wanted to see win - movie star Rourke's opponent, one Steve Powell.

The reason I bring this up (Powell lost, by the way - on points over 4 rounds) is because it seems a whole lot of regular fight fans now look at Oscar De La Hoya in a not altogether different way to how they viewed Rourke. Do the fans these days simply watch an Oscar De La Hoya bout to see if a regular fighter can beat up a mega-millionaire business man who now spends most of his time wearing expensive suits, as opposed to boxing trunks? continue


Bj Flores Visits Ft. Hood To Honor Trainer Kenny Adams

World ranked and undefeated cruiserweight BJ Flores was in Ft. Hood, Texas, this past weekend taking part in a celebration for his longtime trainer Kenny Adams. Said Flores, “It was terrific, we had a nice party for Kenny at the Officer Headquarters on the army base. Many officers from the military and a lot of his former fighters were there including former bantamweight world champion Eddie Cook as well as former amateur standouts (1988 US Gold Medalist) Andrew Maynard, Brian Lonon, Loren Ross and Ronnie Hughes. continue


Brinkley - Naugler on June 13

Reno, NV April 29th, 2008 - Let's Get It On Promotions is excited to announce that championship boxing returns to Reno on June 13th. WBC USNBC Super-Middleweight titleist Jesse Brinkley (30-5 21KOs) is set to face Canadian light-heavyweight champion Jason "Notorious" Naugler (18-7-1 11Kos). continue


Chuck Giampa Retires To Pursue Career As Boxing Consultant

Las Vegas, Nev. – Chuck Giampa, one of the top boxing judge’s in the world, has retired from his position as a boxing judge to pursue a career as a boxing consultant and continue as a sports columnist. Giampa was appointed as a judge in 1984 and has had an illustrious career, judging many memorable championship fights including the Holyfield-Tyson II “Bite Night” fight and the Holyfield-Bowe “Fan Man” fight. continue


Amir Khan Splits with Trainer Oliver Harrison

amir khanby James Slater: In a news story that has been reported on both Sky Sports and in The Bolton News, Amir Khan has split with his trainer Oliver Harrison. Khan has worked with the U.K's Harrison from just before the end of his amateur career right up until the last of his seventeen pro wins. The split is amicable, and Khan apparently wants to remain good friends with Harrison.

Speaking to The Bolton News, an official spokesman issued the following statement: "It is nothing personal with Oliver and we hope to stay friends, but Amir needs to go up to the next level."

Now that he is no longer working with Harrison, Khan is on the look out for a replacement coach. Apparently a number of American trainers are in the 21 year old's sights. Experienced men Freddie Roach, Roger Mayweather and James "Buddy" McGirt Senior are currently top of Khan's wish list, though nothing has been confirmed yet, as you would expect. continue


David Tua Set For Ring Return In July

by James Slater: It's been a while since he defeated a ranked contender, but because of his genuinely frightening punch power, David Tua has remained both an easily recognisable name and a fighter many fans are still interested in. Well, according to BoxRec.com, "The Tuaman" is set to lace up the gloves this coming July 12th, in Odessa, Ukraine. Sharing the bill with Tua will be unbeaten 27-0(18) heavyweight Roman Greenberg. As yet neither man has any opponent next to his name - only the all too familiar TBA. continue


Hallback-Garside potential female Gatti-Ward fight

ALBUQUERQUE (April 29, 2008) – Four-time world champion Chevelle “Fists of Steel” Hallback (26-5-2, 11 KOs) is one of the most recognizable, experienced and respected woman boxer in the world. Her June 13 showdown against WIBA featherweight champion Jeannine “G9” Garside (7-0-1, 3 KOs) in the 10-round co-feature feature for the vacant IFBA lightweight championship on the “Finally” pay-per-view event, airing live (10 PM/ET-8 PM/MT) from Isleta Casino & Resort in Albuquerque, not only figures to be a candidate for Fight of the Night, it also has all the makings of a female version of Gatti-Ward. continue


Junior Witter: "Bradley is a top opponent"

Junior Witter is looking forward to impressing a big TV audience in the next defence of his WBC light-welterweight title at the Trent FM Arena Nottingham on Saturday, 10th May. Witter (Bradford, England) is aiming to end the undefeated record of mandatory challenger Timothy Bradley (Palm Springs, USA) in the third defence of his prestigious world title on a Hennessy Sports in association with GoldenPalace.com show that also features WBC Super Middleweight mandatory challenger Carl Froch. continue


Odlanier Solis remains busy

solisHeavyweight sensation Odlanier Solis will not have much time to celebrate his smashing second round k.o.-victory over previously unbeaten Georgian Mamuka Jikurashvili last Saturday in Trabzon, Turkey. The 2004 Olympic gold medallist and three-time world amateur champion starts directly preparing for his next tough tests.

Solis is scheduled to give his US-debut on the "Night of the Rising Stars" undercard on May 17th in Primm, Nevada featuring his co-defector Yuriorkis Gamboa in one of three thrilling main events. On May 30th Solis will be in action yet again in Istanbul, Turkey.

"Everybody is crazy about Solis", states promoter Ahmet Öner. "The whole world wants to see his extraordinary skills. continue


English lightweight champion John Murray Ready For John Fewkes

English lightweight champion John Murray hopes that beating fellow unbeaten lightweight prospect John Fewkes next week will lead to a British title shot. Murray (Manchester, 23-0) is expecting a tough first defence of his English title against Fewkes (Sheffield, 17-0) when they meet at the Nottingham Arena on a Hennessy Sports in association with GoldenPalace.com show on Saturday, 10th May. continue


Andre Ward Returns To The Ring On June 20

Following up on his impressive knockout of former World title challenger Rubin Williams this past March, 2004 Olympic Gold Medalist Andre Ward looks to take that next big step towards a World Championship when Goossen Tutor Promotions in association with the Cayman Islands Department of Tourism presents “Cayman Knockout: Championship Boxing” from the wonderful Caribbean. The event on Friday night, June 20, 2008 will be televised on SHOWTIME (“ShoBox: The New Generation”). continue


Danny Johnston Sets Sights on Title

Following a twelve month absence from the ring Stoke’s Danny Johnston will fight twice within three weeks. He will contest the International Masters Title at light-middleweight against Birmingham’s Terry Adams at Trentham Gardens on 6th June but will prepare with a four round warm-up contest against veteran Peter Dunn at the Kings Hall, Stoke on 17th May. continue


Marco Huck inks early contract extension through 2011

huck boxingPhoto by Sauerland Event - Marco “Captain” Huck has extended his contract with Sauerland Event and manager Wilfried Sauerland through 2011. “Marco is one of the biggest talents in the cruiserweight division,” Sauerland managing director Chris Meyer said. “We´ve been trying to tie him to us for quite a while and we´re very happy that the new deal has now been finalised.”

The 23-year-old (20-1, 15 KOs) has taken the world of boxing by storm. He needed just three years to earn a world title shot. After his meteoric rise to stardom, it was hard to assess his market value. “I tried not to undervalue myself,” he said. “I gave it a very deliberate thought. But it was always clear that I wanted to keep boxing for Team Sauerland. That´s where I started my career and that´s where I want to continue it. continue


Banner Signs Five New Fighters

Banner Promotions president Art Pelullo has signed five fighters – IBO featherweight world champion Cristobal Cruz, and four prospects, Ruslan Provodnikov, Orlando Lora, Maxim Vlasov, and Ji-hoon Kim - to promotional contracts. Art said, “I think all of these boxers have a lot of talent and determination, and the potential to become world champions. I’m looking forward to working with all of them.. continue


WBC appoints Froch as Calzaghe mandatory

Jose Sulaiman.: The WBC Board of Governors has reviewed the situation concerning your case and the two unfortunate cancellations of the final elimination fights that were scheduled to determine the mandatory contender of the super middleweight division of the WBC. The WBC has voted unanimously to appoint you as mandatory contender of the division. We would like to wish you the best of luck and once again congratulate you for your exemplary loyalty to the World Boxing Council.


Clinton Woods May Not Retire - Considering His Options Right Now

by James Slater: Clinton Woods admits he boxed a poor fight against Antonio Tarver back on April 12th. The 35 year old was so disappointed with his own performance he even considered retiring from the sport. But now having had time to reflect, Woods may just change his mind. Telling his local newspaper, "The Star" what he is thinking, Clinton had the following things to say. continue


Cotto vs. Margarito is NOT official yet, Guess who didn't sign?

cotto boxingBy Scoop Malinowski, Boxinginsider.com: While most everyone thinks it's a foregone conclusion that Miguel Cotto and Antonio Margarito will meet in a major IBF/WBA Welterweight unification showdown in July, an unexpected delay has arisen which may jeopardize the much anticipated Super Fight. Margarito's manager Sergio Diaz explains.

Boxinginsider: I was wondering if the Cotto-Margarito fight was signed yet? I know you guys signed but Bob Arum said it was not a done deal.

Sergio Diaz: "We're still waiting on Cotto."

Boxinginsider: With your history of seeing marquee names like Winky Wright, Sugar Shane Mosley and Floyd Mayweather not sign to fight Antonio Margarito, are you starting to feel concern that maybe Cotto will skip a fight with Tony too? continue


Klitschko vs. Haye Feud, Episode 1

By Scoop Malinowski, boxinginsider.com: A heated, new rivalry is forming in the bland heavyweight division. It's a war of words grudge with tensions and hostilities, the type that elevate boxing matches into Super Fight extravaganza events. Yes, we're talking about the animosity-filled feud between upstart heavyweight prospect David Haye of England and IBF/WBO Heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko. continue


Dettweiler - Koc On May 17

A win is all that matters for Cengiz Koc and Rene Dettweiler when the two Sauerland heavyweights battle out an internal duel in Bayreuth on May 17. Koc (23-3, 15 KOs) will be in the ring for the first time since November 2006. Back then, the 30-year-old dropped a unanimous decision against Timo Hoffmann. "The loss really hurt," Koc said. "It took me a while to get over it.. continue


Estrada Earns Second Win at Americas Qualifier in Guatemala, Stands One Win Away from Beijing

COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.) – Middleweight Shawn Estrada (E. Los Angeles, Calif.) earned his second victory at the America Qualifier in Guatemala City, Guatemala on Sunday, defeating Colombia’s Alexander Brand, 13-2. The victory advances Estrada to the semifinal round where he will face Brazil’s Yamaguchi Florentino on Tuesday. A semifinal win will earn Estrada a berth in the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China. continue


Tsurkan Scores Career Best Victory

boxingBronx, NY - Apr 26, 2008 Ukranian born and Bronx resident Andrey Tsurkan (26-3 17KO) scored the biggest win of his career Friday night as he outgunned fellow tough guy Jesse Feliciano (15-7-3 9KO), scoring a TKO at 1:17 in the eighth round of a scheduled ten round Jr. Middleweight contest, at The Utopia Paradise Theatre in The Bronx, NY. The fight was televised live on ESPN2's Friday Night Fights.

The fight was as advertised, with both guys locking horns right from the opening bell. Both styles were mirror images of each other as the fighters stood at close quarters trading freely. Tsurkan landed a picture perfect right hand late in the round which dropped Feliciano for a short count and then followed up with crisp combinations which had Feliciano on rubber legs as the bell sounded ending the round. Feliciano came out strong in round two as the fighters once again engaged each other, both landing big shots. The fight went back and forth but it was clear that Tsurkan's punches were cleaner and crisper but Feliciano would always try and answer. continue


Brian Minto Gets 1st Round Stoppage Over Chad Van Sickle

by James Slater: Brian "The Beast" Minto did as many expected he would do yesterday, and got rid of his opponent, Chad Van Sickle, quickly. During the short fight which took place at The Mountaineer Casino Race Track and Resort, in Chester, West Virginia, a huge left hook to the head decked Van sickle right at the end of the very first round. During the minute's rest between rounds one and two the doctor decided not to let Van Sickle continue. continue


Lockett Inspired By Calzaghe Win

Gary Lockett has vowed to follow in the footsteps of Joe Calzaghe and win his debut fight in America. The Rocket Man takes on middleweight number one Kelly Pavlik in Atlantic City on June 7 for the WBO and WBC world titles live on Setanta Sports 1. And although the 31-year-old goes to the States a massive underdog, he possesses the explosive KO power to create a huge upset. continue


Q and A With Jamie Cox

28.04.08 - By Per Ake Persson: photo courtesy of frankwarren.tv -- British prospect Jamie Cox, 5-0, kindly took time out for a short interview. Cox is managed and promoted by Frank Warren´s Sports Network. The 21-year old started out with Richie Woodhall as trainer but is currently trained by Paddy Fitzpatrick in his hometown of Swindon. continue


'Front And Center': Boxing Spotlight On Female Featherweight Sandy Tsagouris

boxing28.04.08 - By Vivek Wallace, Photo by Emily Harney - Generally when boxing talk hits the airwaves it deals primarily with the Floyd Mayweather Jr.'s, the Oscar Dela Hoya's, and maybe the Manny Pacquiao's of the world. When more seasoned fight aficionado's take a trip down memory lane, they think Muhammad Ali, Mike Tyson, Sugar Ray Leonard, and maybe a couple others. After years of male dominance in the sport, fight fans began to slowly take note of the great female boxers who've been talented enough to penetrate the television market and put on spectacular performances, such as the Christy Martin and the Laila Ali. As female based boxing continues to develop a more consistent fan group, the reality is that it still isn't too easy to witness these talents, and since mainstream media has failed to consistently bring these talents to the world, today, we bring a one solid contender on her way up the ranks to you. To some, particularly above the Canadian border, this fighter may need no introduction, and after today, those below the border will be glad to announce that they don't either. continue


Raphael Butler Stops Otis Tisdale - Faces "Fast" Eddie Chambers Next

by James Slater: Last night, in Rochester, Minnesota, 24 year old heavyweight Raphael Butler stopped 39 year old veteran Otis Tisdale in four rounds. With the win, Butler improved his record to 31-4(24) and, more importantly, kept his June date with the returning Eddie Chambers very much alive. Butler unleashed a number of hard head shots on Tisdale last night, prompting referee Mark Nelson to jump in and call the fight off at 1 minute and 48 seconds of the fourth. Tisdale fell to 25-20-1(15). continue


Julio Cesar Chavez Junior Remains Unbeaten With 9th Round Stoppage Of Italy's Tobia Guiseppe Loriga

27.04.08 - by James Slater: Last night, in Queretaro, Mexico, light-middleweight Julio Cesar Chavez improved his unbeaten record to 36-0-1(29) with a good ninth round TKO over the previously undefeated Tobia Guiseppe Loriga of Italy. The 22 year old son of a boxing legend had his hands full at times, however, and also had to overcome an injury to get his win. Certainly, the now 24-1-1(6) Loriga came to fight. continue


Inkin pulls out of Froch fight... again

Mark Pickering: Unbeaten Russian Denis Inkin has withdrawn from his rescheduled WBC super-middleweight title eliminator against Carl Froch after reportedly slipping a disc in training. Inkin pulled out of the original March 29th date after being laid low by a virus. Froch's promoter Mick Hennessy has worked around the clock to bring in a world-ranked replacement for the May 10th bill in Nottingham and is set to achieve exactly that by finalising negotiations with former IBF champion Alejandro Berrio. continue


Urango - Vilches Undercard Recap

boxingBy Wray Edwards: Photos © Wray Edwards/ ESB. I travel all over the world covering boxing events, and nowhere else is the combination of a great venue and an associated promotion/management team so dependable and consistent as the Hard Rock Live in Miami. Last Wednesday night Joe Tessitore & Teddy Atlas for ESPN’s “Wednesday Night Fights” hosted an excellent evening of Boxing action.

Besides the Juan Urango and Joe Green attractions, there were four other fights on the card which included a surprisingly exciting Heavyweight fight between Wilmer Vazquez, 6 (4) - 0 – 0, Venezuela and Rodney Wallace, 4 (4) – 1 (1) – 0, from North Carolina. Also an action-filled Welterweight/Super Welterweight contest between David Estrada 22 (13) – 4 (2) – 0 from Chicago and Alex Pacheco 14 (12) -6 – (4) – 1 from Colombia. These Pics are frozen moments in the careers of these brave men. continue


Selcuk Aydin new WBC International Champion, Solis Stops Jikurashvili in two

“Mini-Tyson” Selcuk Aydin beat South African Lucky Lewele in his hometown Trabzon by unanimous decision to win the vacant WBC international welterweight championship. Aydin dominated the fight most of the time but former title holder Lewele kept on fighting back and always stayed dangerous. In the end the judges scored the bout 119:109, 118:109 and 118:110 in favour of “the Thunderstorm from the Black Sea”. continue


Francisco Rodriguez returns to Chicago on May 9

CHICAGO, IL (April 26, 2008) Popular bantamweight Francisco “EL NINO AZTECA” Rodriguez will return to action at BATTLE FOR PRIDE on Friday, May 9th at Cicero Stadium, as he takes on Columbian veteran Angel Priolo, it was announced today by Dominic Pesoli, President of 8 Count Productions, HOME OF THE BEST IN CHICAGO BOXING. continue


Erdei Outpoints Abron In A 12-Round Snoozer

26.04.08 - WBO light heavyweight champ Zsolt Erdei (29-0, 17 KOs) made the tenth successful defense of his belt by beating DeAndrey Abron (15-2, 10 KOs) to keep his title on Saturday in Dresden, Germany. All three judges scored the bout 119-109 after 12 boring rounds. "I saved my energy. I really didn't risk much, I have a feeling bigger fights are still to come." said Erdei. Other results: Sergiy Dzinziruk (35-0, 22 KOs) retained his WBO light middleweight belt with a very close decision against Lukas Konecny; Dennis Boytsov outpointed Robert Hawkins.


Afolabi Turns Down Aaron Williams Fight

26.04.08 - Photo by P. Heintzelman / ESB - Hot cruiserweight prospect, “Awesome” Aaron Williams is ready, willing and able to meet newly crowned NABO champion Ola Afolabi on ESPN2, Friday, June 6th. The question is: Is Afolabi willing to meet the challenge of the undefeated, Las Vegas cruiserweight? According to Williams’ managers, the interest from the Afolabi camp is lukewarm, at best.

“Aaron is ready to go on ESPN2, June 6th, said co-manager, Albert Falcon. “We’ve been told that Afolabi and his camp don’t want anything to do with Aaron. This is a great fight for fans and ESPN and it needs to be made. Aaron is moving up the NABO ranks, he just KO’d the former NABO champ. If Afolabi is afraid to defend his belt, give it up, and let Aaron and another fighter who are willing to fight, battle for the belt.. continue


Chris “Rapid Fire” Byrd: The light heavyweight

26.04.08 - By Cesar Pancorvo: Hard to believe. Chris Byrd, heavyweight contender for almost a decade, now declining, will campaign in the Light Heavyweight division. Apparently, he has no problems making that weight and is already close to it. I can’t remember a case that is similar to this one in recent history –I’m not counting Roy Jones, who only fought once as a heavyweight. continue


Audley Harrison And Danny Williams To Box Trilogy?

by James Slater: Don't be too cynical, but it appears a rubber match between British heavyweights Danny Williams and Audley Harrison is a strong possibility for this year. A short article in British newspaper "The Mirror" had the story, and both men seemingly are interested in a decider between them. continue


Joe Calzaghe - "Bernard Hopkins Is A Sore Loser, And He Should Accept That He Lost!"

by James Slater: Speaking yesterday with the BBC, new Ring magazine light-heavyweight king Joe Calzaghe blasted the man he defeated to take his second world title. Almost a full week on from his close split decision victory over Bernard Hopkins, the 36 year old Welshman told BBC what he thinks of "The Executioner's" disagreement with the scoring of the judges. continue


Mayweather vs. Arum: Business Very Personal

26.04.08 - mayweatherBy Michael Herron (M.I.C.): In the world of boxing, styles make fights, dollars make sense, and business is never personal. Well maybe the first two statements are true but as for the latter it appears that promoters and fighters have made business more personal than ever. How often do we read the latest headlines only to see that Golden Boy Promotions wont work with Top Rank, or Don King won’t work with Bob Arum, or Mayweather Promotions refuses to do business with DKP and Top Rank etc…Are these simply business decisions gone wrong, or are there indeed some very personal issues preventing desirable match-ups from happening? What is apparent is that these disputes seem to be heightened when it comes to Oscar De La Hoya, Floyd Mayweather, Jr. and Bob Arum.

Fortunately for boxing fans, Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions and Bob Arum’s Top Rank Promotions have “momentarily” settled their differences. As a result, great match-ups like Cotto vs. Mosley, Pacquiao vs. Barrera II, and Pacquiao vs. Marquez II have taken place. The disputes between De La Hoya and his former promoter seem to have finally been cleared away; the question that remains, however, is can Floyd Mayweather, Jr. and Bob Arum make a similar agreement and give the fans the fights they want to see? continue


Heavyweights Chris Arreola And Chazz Witherspoon To Collide?

by James Slater: Both are unbeaten and good looking heavyweight prospects, with just one negative - neither of them has yet taken what could really be called a risky fight. Chris Arreola, 23-0(21) and Chazz Witherspoon, 23-0(15) are the two heavyweights in question, and according to a news flash on FightNews.com, the single negative will be done away with on June 21st, as the two men are set to fight. continue


Feliciano pummeled with 267 Punches to the Head

By Paul Strauss: Once again Jesse demonstrated his toughness, and once again he took a beating. If Jesse's talent was near the same level as his courage, he would be a champion. Unfortunately for him, that is nothing more than a dream.

In Friday night's fight against Andrey Tsurkan, Jesse valiantly tried to imitate what he hoped would be a repeat of the Gatti vs. Ward wars. However, right from the start it was obvious that was not to be. In fact, Jesse got dropped for a flash knock down in the very first round by a short right. continue


Exclusive interview with heavyweight Moultrie Witherspoon

by James Slater: 34-year-old Columbia, South Carolina heavyweight Moultrie Witherspoon may have left it quite late to turn pro as a boxer - the 6'6" 240-pounder's debut took place in September 2004, at which time Witherspoon had turned 30 - but the once-beaten (on points) prospect is starting to make both progress and a name for himself now. Currently 14-1(8) the chiselled bodied Witherspoon is making up for lost time by fighting extremely regularly also. Moultrie had five fights last year, and plans on having at least that many in 2008. continue


Ngoudjo-Mbaye; Pascal-Zuniga On June 6

pascalPhoto by Wray Edwards / East Side Boxing: In what is quickly becoming an annual tradition, Group Yvon Michel (GYM) is proud to announce the 3rd annual open-air Grand Prix Boxing Gala at Uniprix Stadium in Jarry Park. A grand kick-off to both summer and the race itself, this year’s gala take place on Friday June 6th.

The can’t miss summer spectacle is a proud production of the Budweiser Boxing Series presented by the Casino de Montreal and is a centerpiece attraction to Montreal’ s most significant sporting weekend as the city plays host to visitors from across the globe. The first two editions were spectacular, propelling its participants to stardom. 2006 saw current World Champion Joachim Alcine (30-0-0, 19KO) feed off the atmosphere to deliver his best performance to date. continue


Dirrell-Hanshaw Rumble Headlines May 2 SHOBox at Chumash Casino Resort!

SANTA YNEZ, CALIF. (April 25, 2008) – In a match-up of top super middleweight prospects, undefeated 2004 Olympic bronze medalist Andre Dirrell (14-0, nine KOs) will take on once-beaten Anthony Hanshaw (21-1-1, 14 KOs) in a 10-round showdown Next Friday! May 2, live on SHOWTIME (ShoBox: The New Generation, 11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast). In the co-feature, the promising and once-beaten Antonio DeMarco (18-1-1, 13 KOs) will take on undefeated Juan Castaneda (12-0, nine KOs) in an eight-round lightweight bout. continue


De La Hoya/Forbes: Oscar Interview Transcript

Richard Schaefer: Hello everybody. On behalf of Golden Boy Promotions I welcome everybody to today's conference call. I guess some things never change. What I mean is we have 126 media members on the phone right now so that shows you again when Oscar fights the world watches. And indeed the boxing world will be - will have its focus on Los Angeles next week. continue


Steve Forbes Talks About De La Hoya Fight

Kelly Swanson: Thank you everybody for calling in today for the Steve Forbes conference call. Again, Steve will be facing Oscar De La Hoya Saturday May 3rd at the Home Depot center in Los Angeles. We have so many great events being planned around the fight and I can just say that starting Saturday – this Saturday, both Steve and Oscar will be arriving in Los Angeles. continue


Wladimir Klitschko On David Haye - "This Guy Is Nuts!"

David Hayeby James Slater: Cruiserweight sensation David Haye has made no secret of what he thinks of the overwhelming majority of today's heavyweight division. "The Hayemaker," who is soon to launch an all-out assault on the weight class and its fighters, has gone as far as calling men like Klitschko, Peter and Valuev flat out bums. Well, in an interview with Setanta Sports, Wladimir Klitschko, who is in London for a few days, fired back at Haye.

"I met this guy yesterday," Wladimir told Setanta on April 25th. "I'd never heard of him before, but he was so loud I could've heard his voice overseas. This guy is nuts. He's a nice guy, but he's so excited about his career and moving up to the heavyweight division and winning all the titles. He's definitely got a good punch and is a great boxer but he's just so loud it's unbelievable," the IBF and WBO ruler added. continue


McGirt regroups after 1st loss

There’s nothing more devastating in boxing that than a hot prospect’s first pro loss, especially for someone such as James McGirt, Jr. (18-1, 9 KOs), whose last name alone makes opponents perform better. McGirt suffered his first set-back April 11 when another son of a former world champion, Carlos “Baby Sugar” DeLeon, Jr. (20-2-2, 12 KOs), stopped James in the seventh round of their ShoBox co-feature. continue


David Diaz Blogging For The Chicago Sun-Times

CHICAGO, IL (April 25, 2008) World Boxing Council Lightweight Champion David Diaz and The Chicago Sun-Times have partnered to bring fight fans worldwide a unique opportunity for a behind the scenes look as he prepares to defend his title against boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao on June 28th at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. continue


Call 'Em Out Friday: Oscar De La Hoya....Still A Goldenboy, Or Simply An Ordinary Man Searching For More Gold?

By Vivek Wallace: In this weeks "Call 'Em Out Friday" segment, we summon one of the sports most iconic figures centerstage to dissect him from both angles in an effort to understand whether his current agenda is a fact or fiction, fraud or true mission. For years his ring status and school boyish good looks have made him the toast of the town, but despite a career that has seen him take on all comers, his twilight fights have been seen in the eyes of most as nothing more than a great exit strategy aimed at money bags in the sports hottest division. continue


If and When Cotto Fights Margarito…

Miguel CottoBy Ted Sares: If they meet, it will give new meaning to the phrase “Mega Fight.” Let’s just call it “Machismo Explosivo.” This fight involves two tough as nails guys meeting in a clash of titans. One is from boxing crazy Puerto Rico; the other from boxing crazy Mexico.

Miguel “Junito” Cotto is 32-0 and slaughtered his last opponent. Antonio Tony Margarito, 36-5, brutalized his last foe. Both have excellent KO percentages and both can render tremendous punishment (Cotto over Carlos Quintana and Margarito over Sebastian Andres Lujan).

Margarito can take you out with one body shot (Cintron) or one head shot (Golden Johnson), but most of all, he is an incoming pressure fighter who uses an incredibly high punch volume to break his opponents down in savage and relentless fashion. continue


Floyd Mayweather, Jr. to Serve as Honorary Starter at This Year's Indy 500

Floyd Mayweather, Jr. will serve as the honorary starter of the 92nd Indianapolis 500 on Sunday, May 25, 2008. Mayweather, a world champion in five weight classes, will wave the green flag to send the field of 33 drivers in action on the famous 2.5-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway oval. The race will be broadcast live at 1 p.m. ET on ABC Sports, the IMS Radio Network and XM Satellite Radio. continue


Guzman Obtains Visa

World Boxing Organization (WBO) Junior Lightweight Champion Joan Guzman (28-0, 17 KOs) has obtained a visa that will allow him to travel to Scotland to defend his title against interim champion and Scotland-native Alex Arthur. “This was the last hurdle that we needed to clear before we could make our title defense,” Guzman said. “Now we’re just waiting on the new date.. continue


Fields And Barrett Meet On Pacquiao-Diaz Card

by James Slater: On the under-card of the massively intriguing June 28th lightweight battle between David Diaz and Manny Pacquiao, there is an also quite interesting heavyweight clash. The huge Tye Fields takes what is arguably his sternest test yet when he meets former world title challenger Monte Barrett over ten rounds. continue


Darnell Wilson: I am going to knock Firat Arslan’s head off

wilson boxingDuva Boxing’s popular “Ding A Ling Man” Darnell Wilson gets a crack at the world title when he challenges champion Firat Arslan for the WBA Cruiserweight Championship on Saturday night, May 3 at Hanns-Martin-Schleyer-Hall in Stuttgart, Germany.

“This is my dream. Nobody can stop me from becoming world champion on May 3. I knew all along that I deserved my shot but at times it seemed like it was never going to happen,” said Wilson. “I knocked off four world rated fighters in a row at one point and I am glad justice has now been done”. Dino Duva, Wilson’s promoter and President of Duva Boxing, believes this opportunity is a gift from God that his fighter is not taking for granted, training harder than ever before.

“Boxing works in funny ways sometimes. Darnell has been waiting for a well-earned title shot for a long time and now it finally comes after the loss to Flores,” added Duva. continue


USA Boxing News: Shawn Estrada Records an Opening Round

COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.) – Middleweight Shawn Estrada (E. Los Angeles, Calif.) notched his first win at the second Americas Qualifier in Guatemala City, Guatemala, but light heavyweight Christopher Downs (Fort Carson, Colo.) dropped his first round contest. continue


Arthur - Guzman Postponed

Alex Arthur's WBO World Super-Featherweight title clash against Joan Guzman has been postponed because the Dominican Republican has not received his Visa in time. Edinburgh star Arthur, the interim champion, was scheduled to meet full title-holder Guzman on May 3rd at the Meadowbank Stadium but with Guzman unable to travel, promoter Frank Warren will announce a new date for the super-fight shortly. continue


Henry Coyle battles in Chicago on Friday May 9th

CHICAGO, IL (April 24, 2008) Chicago based Irish prospect Henry “THE WESTERN WARRIOR” Coyle will battle Billings, Montana veteran Ben Aragon in a special attraction eight round junior middleweight bout at BATTLE FOR PRIDE on Friday, May 9th at Cicero Stadium. continue


'Just-See' Feliciano: Gritty Puerto Rican Welterweight Out To Silence All Skeptics

boxing By Vivek Wallace: The welterweight division has been the sports proverbial 'loaded-deck' for quite some time. Generally when this weight division comes up, the names Mayweather, Cotto, and Margarito fill the conversation to a point where there's very little room to discuss any others. As great as those 3 aformentioned fighters are, last November, one relatively unknown commodity set out to change that, and by the end of the night it was obvious that this diamond-in-the-rough was poised with a 'shine' being polished as we speak. That commodity is none other than the man simply known as "El Rayo", Mr. Jesse Feliciano, whose recent gritty performance against a top tier welterweight earned him ring credibility in it's bravest form, leaving many to openly ponder the question of exactly when would that 'guy' who gave Kermit Cintron absolute hell be back in the ring?

After that defining moment, those who didn't know his name not only began to respect it, but also request it, and with no further ado, tonight "El Rayo" (15-6-3, 9KO's) strikes again as he faces Andrey Tsurkan (25-3-1, 16KO's) on ESPN's Friday night fights. continue


Steve Cunningham named best boxer by Ring Magazine

Philadelphia (April 23, 2008)—for the second consecutive year, Ring Magazine has named Steve “USS” Cunningham the best boxer in the cruiserweight division. It was a banner 2007 for Cunningham has he won and then defended the IBF Cruiserweight championship. When told of the honor, Cunningham was more then happy of the accomplishment. continue


Weights From Turkey - Aydin 146.5 - Lewele 146

Watch the fight live this Saturday on eastsideboxing.com -- photos: M.A. Sayer - Local hero „Mini-Tyson“ Selcuk Aydin and former title holder Lucky Lewele presented themselves well prepared and very optimistic at the official weigh-in for their WBC international championship bout in Trabzon tomorrow (Saturday, April 26th). continue


Undefeated Junior Middleweight James Moore Weighs His Options

Undefeated junior middleweight James Moore, 15-0 (10 KOS), a native of County Wicklow, Ireland, who fights out of Queens, New York, is itching for a fight. He wants to continue the momentum that began with his sensational 10 round decision victory over the much more experienced J.C. Candelo of Colombia in the main event of the March 15th pre-St. Patrick Day’s show at Madison Square Garden’s WaMu Theater that was called “A Fistful of Shamrocks.. continue


Juan Urango Ko’s Carlos Vilches In Light Welterweight Eliminator & Joe Green Is Mean To Okine

boxingBy Wray Edwards: Photos © Wray Edwards/ESB - click here to view photo gallery -

Juan Urango from Coral Gables, Florida took another step back in his quest for another championship by dropping Carlos Vilches from Mendoza, Argentina. Vilches, 53-7-2 showed courage and toughness as he confronted Urango, 19-1-1 in a contest billed as a title eliminator for a super lightweight championship opportunity.

A very responsive crowd at the Seminole Warriors Hard Rock Live was treated to two very exciting co-features. Urango, who looks like a boxer (for what that’s worth) proved, in this case, that form follows function. His compact, triangular torso provided plenty of power for his victory. Though game, Carlos was no match for Urango’s burrowing inside style. These photos attest to the action: continue


Nick Charles To Be Honored By Boxing Writers Association

NEW YORK (April 24, 2008) – Nick Charles, who serves as host and play-by-play announcer for the critically acclaimed SHOWTIME boxing series ShoBox: The New Generation, will receive the prestigious Sam Taub Award for excellence in broadcast journalism at the 83rd Annual Boxing Writers Association of America Awards Dinner on Thursday, May 1, 2008, in Los Angeles. continue


Joan Guzman Ready to Defend Title Against Alex Arthur

SAN DIEGO, Calif. (April 24, 2008) – Contrary to information circulated on the internet, undefeated World Boxing Organization (WBO) Junior Lightweight Champion Joan Guzman (28-0, 17 KOs) will travel to Scotland to defend his title against interim champion Alex Arthur. continue


Video: Urango, the Knockout King!

HOLLYWOOD, FL, April 24 - It was the most emphatic statement Juan Urango could have possibly made to the junior welterweight division, and after his devastating fourth round knockout of Carlos Wilfredo Vilches Wednesday night at Hard Rock Live, “Iron Twin” made it abundantly clear that he is ready to once again reign over the 140-pound weight class. continue


The Case for Benn, Collins, and Eubank in the Hall

benn boxing14.04.08 - By Ted Sares: The British press hates a winner who's British. They don't like any British man to have balls as big as a cow's like I have. -- Nigel Benn

I‘ll fight him [Roy Jones] in a phone box in front of two men and a dog. --Steve Collins

Not being born to parents who were accountants was probably my biggest mistake --Chris Eubank

When you think of these three guys, you sometimes think of words like peacock, controversy, arrogant and celebrity (particularly insofar as Chris Eubank was concerned). These were trademarks outside the ring, but in the ring, they provided uncommon excitement and entertainment. continue


Boxing Hall of Fame Names Cooper & Jones Parade Grand Marshals

CANASTOTA, NY - APRIL 24, 2008 - The International Boxing Hall of Fame announced today legendary comedian and entertainer Pat Cooper and Dallas Cowboys superstar Ed "Too Tall" Jones have been named Grand Marshals of the 19th Annual Boxing Hall of Fame Parade of Champions scheduled for Sunday, June 8th at 1 p.m. continue


John Ruiz walks for U.S. Troops

LAS VEGAS (April 24, 2008) – Former two-time world heavyweight champion John “The Quietman” Ruiz still be part of the ESPN Radio 1100, The Dream Team marching to show support for U.S. military troops next Wednesday morning (April 30), starting at 9 AM/PT, in Las Vegas. continue


Turkey goes crazy about boxing; Fans pray for local hero “Mini-Tyson” Selcuk Aydin

This Saturday (April 26th) welterweight powerhouse “Mini-Tyson” Selcuk Aydin (14-0-0, 12 kos) is coming home to Trabzon to fight for the vacant WBC international championship against former title holder “Babawazoo” Lucky Lewele (25-4-0) from South Africa. Trabzon’s sport fans already go crazy about the upcoming show. It will be the first night of professional boxing ever to be held in the small city at the Black Sea. continue


Oscar De La Hoya Says He's Going To Put On A "Spectacular Show" Vs. Steve Forbes

Oscar De La Hoyaby James Slater: Not long now until "The Golden Boy" himself, Oscar De La Hoya, makes his latest return to the boxing ring. May 3rd, as most fans surely know, is the date and Steve Forbes is the opponent. Oscar's been doing a good job in publicising the fight, too. In an interview with The Sporting Life, the 35 year old living legend had the following to say.

"There is no looking past Steve Forbes," The former six-weight world champion began. "I've been training so hard for this, as though it's the most important fight of my life, " De La Hoya claimed.

When reminded about what happened the last time he boxed a guy most people, he included, felt was a relative soft touch (in Felix Sturm) and therefore the all-time great slacked off in training, Oscar had a firm response. continue


Search For Next Great Heavyweight Champ Begins On "American Champion''

HOLLYWOOD, CA - April 24, 2008 – Mention the names Muhammad Ali, Joe Louis, Mike Tyson, or Rocky Marciano to anyone from 18 to 80, and you will immediately garner a reaction, a positive acknowledgement of athletes that held what was once seen as the most prestigious title in all of sports – the world heavyweight championship. continue


Lovemore N'dou Wants Ricky Hatton

24.04.08 - by James Slater: Australia's Lovemore N'dou is desperate for a showdown with Manchester, England's Ricky "The Hitman" Hatton. The former IBF light-welterweight champion shares top billing with Hatton on May 24th, when he goes up against current IBF champ Paulie Malignaggi in a return fight. It's no secret that the winner - who most people expect to be the New Yorker - will then very likely face Hatton some time later this year. continue


Team Mayweather Selects Latest Excuse To Duck Cotto

24.04.08 - By Scoop Malinowski: Team Mayweather has floated several different excuses and reasons to duck Miguel Cotto in the past but this week, probably after extremely careful deliberation, they've come out and settled on one - that Cotto lacks enough star power to interest Floyd. continue


Juan Urango Dispatched Carlos Vilches with a Brutal Right Hook!

boxing24.04.08 - Jaime Castro-Núñez, photo by Wray Edwards / ESB - click here to view photo gallery - Wow! Wow! Wow! That’s the only exclamation that comes to mind after watching the devastating right hook that put former IBF light welterweight champion Juan Urango (20-1-1, 16 KO’s) closer to a championship fight. The Juan Urango-Carlos Vilches IBF eliminator bout took place on Wednesday night at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Florida.

Round one started with Urango, 27, trying to chase Vilches, as the Argentina-born stepped back in an effort to avoid the fire zone. Urango kept the pressure and at the very end of the round caught his opponent with a half-loaded right hand that shook Vilches´s amalgams and sent him to the canvas. Rounds two, three, and four were a photocopy of the first one: on one glove, we had a cautious Carlos Vilches moving and using the jab. Juan Urango, on the other glove, continued the hunting until he threw a fully-loaded, lethal right hook that forced Vilches to visit the ants for several minutes. When he kissed the canvas, it was obvious he was not going to be able to continue. Wow! The hook was simply spectacular. continue


Khan: Next Stop Birmingham

British boxing sensation Amir Khan will headline Birmingham's National Indoor Arena on Saturday, June 21, as he rapidly closes in on a world title fight. The undefeated Bolton star has electrified fans with his speed, power and dazzling combinations up and down the country and is delighted to bring big-time boxing back to the Midlands. continue


Junior Witter "I'm in the hottest form of my career"

Junior Witter believes he is in the hottest form of his career ahead of his next world title defence against Timothy Bradley at the Trent FM Arena Nottingham on May 10. Witter (Bradford, England) makes the third defence of his prestigious WBC light-welterweight title on a Hennessy Sports show in association with GoldenPalace.com as joint main event with Carl Froch’s (Nottingham, England) WBC super-middleweight title final eliminator against Denis Inkin (Russia). continue


Adamek impressive in win over Bell

By Geoffrey Ciani: When Tomasz Adamek announced he was moving up to cruiserweight following his loss against Chad Dawson, many observers questioned the wisdom of his decision. After all, climbing from 175 pounds all the way to 200 pounds is one of the more difficult jumps in boxing. Adamek had already proven he was a championship caliber fighter at light heavyweight, but many doubted whether his skinny frame could handle the punches of stronger foes twenty-five pounds north of his ‘natural’ weight class. In retrospect, the move seems wiser than many first realized. continue


After Saturday's Big Fight - Rating The Light-Heavyweights

Joe Calzaghe22.04.08 - by James Slater: There has been a lot of top class action going on in the 175 pound weight class just recently. Not only did we have the Joe Calzaghe Vs. Bernard Hopkins fight this past Saturday, we also had two more world title fights at light-heavyweight the weekend before - with Antonio Tarver easily out-pointing Clinton Woods and Chad Dawson really having his hands full with a not-past-it-yet-by-any-means Glen Johnson. Indeed, the 175 pound division is in very good shape at the moment, with some excellent fighters doing their stuff. There figure to be even more intriguing and fan-friendly bouts at 175 in the coming months, too.

One of boxing's traditional weight classes, the light-heavyweight division has boasted its greats in the past - with men like Bob Foster, Archie Moore, Thomas Hearns and Roy Jones Junior to name but four all-time greats who successfully campaigned there. continue


SHOWTIME Press Conference Photos: Ward, Ravelo

Photos by: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME: Olympic Gold Medalist Andre Ward looks to take the next step toward a world title shot when Goossen Tutor Promotions in association with the Cayman Islands Department of Tourism presents “Cayman Knockout: Championship Boxing” from the Caribbean on Friday, June 20, 2008, live on SHOWTIME’s ShoBox: The New Generation (11 p.m. ET/PT delayed on the west coast). continue


WBC Supports Supports Vitali Klitschko In His Campaign To Become Mayor Of Kiev

It was not a surprise for the President of the WBC, Jose Sulaiman, to see that the WBC Emeritus Champion, WBC World Ambassador for Peace and Good Will and WBC former champion Vitali Klitschko, would run for election to become Mayor of Kiev. continue


Two IFBA World title fights June 12

HENDERSON, Nevada (April 24, 2008) – Double-barreled International Female Boxers Association (IFBA) world championship action heads East on Thursday, June 12 for a show airing on Fox Sports Net’s Best Damn Championship Fight Night Period from Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut. continue


Tarver Confident That He Can Stop Calzaghe

Antonio Tarver23.04.08 -Antonio “Magic Man” Tarver: "Just like I predicted years ago that I could beat Roy Jones, Jr I am putting the world on notice that I am the boxer who can stop Calzaghe. Having just beaten his fellow country man, Clinton Woods, Calzaghe should step up and fight me to defend the honor of his country."

Tarver Responds To Calzaghe

“Everyone was mentioned as Calzaghe’s potential next opponent but ME – the true light heavy weight champion. I am the REAL legend killer! I beat Roy Jones, Jr. not once, but twice. I have also beaten Glenn Johnson, Clinton Woods and many more top fighters in the light heavy weight division. I am the ONLY light heavy weight champion who currently holds two belts and on my way to unifying the belts this year. I will fight Calzaghe in the US, in the UK or wherever he wants to fight. Three fights, three titles, undisputed!” continue


Edwin Valero To Make Fourth World Title Defence On June 12th

23.04.08 - by James Slater: Quite possibly the single hardest punching world champion in boxing today, the unbeaten and quite sensational Edwin Valero fights again on June the 12th. Making the 4th defence of his WBA super featherweight championship, the 26 year old Venezuelan boxes Japan's Takehiro Shimada in Tokyo. continue


Erdei - Abron This Saturday; Arslan Ready For Ding-A-Ling-Man

The prefight press conference was held Monday in Dresden for Saturday's big "Universum Champions Night" world title twinbill at the Freiberger Arena featuring the WBO light heavyweight world title fight between champion Zsolt Erdei (28-0, 17 KOs) and #4 rated DeAndrey Abron (15-1, 10 KOs) and the WBO junior middleweight world title clash between champion Sergiy Dzinziruk (34-0, 22 KOs) and #2 rated Lukas Konecny (36-2, 18 KOs). continue


Rest In Peace Jim Moriarty

San Fernando, CA — On April 21, 2008, boxing unfortunately lost one of its own due to heart failure. Jim Moriarty was not only a great man; he was part of our boxing community. I remember meeting Jim about 20 years ago. He was a man’s man. I was the U.S. Heavyweight Champ at the time. continue


The 'Left-Hook Lounge: Vivek Wallace's Q&A Session Featuring Calzaghe, Hopkins, Roy Jones Jr., Trinidad, and Pacquiao

calzaghe hopkins boxingNow that Bernard Hopkins and Joe Calzaghe have finally settled the "Battle of the Planet", fight fans around boxing can not only reflect on the past, but also welcome the future as the sports ever changing landscape continues to shift. This was never more present than in the questions posed in todays Left-Hook Lounge Q&A session where a few of those fans felt a need to not only reflect on the Calzaghe/Hopkins matchup, but also contemplate what the future may hold for the two legends relative to another one who lurks in the backdrop awaiting his chance to solidify a legacy that in the mind of most has already been fulfilled. That other legend being the always dangerous Roy Jones Jr. So, with no stones left unturned, we take a peak at the fight games new 'buzz' topics of the day...... continue


Munroe Puts European Title At Risk On May 2

Super bantamweight Rendall Munroe returns to the ring at Harver Hadden LC in Nottingham, England on Friday, May 2, 2008, after recently shocking the boxing world by clearly outpointing Spanish strongman Kiko Martinez to capture the European title in March. continue


Froch: "Calzaghe was messy and inaccurate with his punches. Nothing really landed on Hopkins. I thought Calzaghe got beat"

Carl Froch says he will produce a better performance than Joe Calzaghe did at the weekend in his WBC Super-Middleweight Title Final Eliminator against Denis Inkin (Russia) at the Trent FM Nottingham Arena on May 10. British champion Froch (22-0) 18 KO’s was not overly impressed by Clazaghe's points win over Bernard Hopkins in Las Vegas on Saturday. continue


Opponent Named For Johnny Tapia's Come-Back Fight

by James Slater: Joining the list of fellow former world champions that just cannot stay retired and say goodbye to the game, Johnny Tapia fights again a week on Friday - as has been reported earlier. Now, according to BoxRec.com, Tapia's opponent has been named as Jose Leo Moreno, a 33 year old from Minnesota. continue


Remembering "Simply the Best" - Chris Eubank

eubankby Mark Henbridge: He probably wasn't simply the best boxer, but he was, as he called himself, 'the man'. Chris Eubank, in 1990, 1991, 1992... 1993, 1994, 1995; demanded front and back page tabloid space on the national newspapers. A Versace-clad celebrity peacock who liked to pretend he was born with a silver spoon in his mouth, yet boxed for a living, Fleet Street lapped him up. His memorable reigns as WBO middleweight champion and WBO super-middleweight champion were courted with controversy, both in and out of the ring.

Eubank was essentionally a long-range boxer, with awkward movements and good reflexes. Occasionally, he'd throw a good sneak right hand or great right uppercut. Occasionally, he'd throw a long, loopy right hand that bordered on the ludicrous, missing by a mile. To say he lacked consistency would be an understatement. His lack of workrate and stamina caused a lot of dubious decisions in his favour, though he'd turn negative into positive by calling himself the 'master of brinkmanship'. continue


Kevin Johnson - Bright Heavyweight Prospect Or Faint Hope?

23.04.08 - Paul McCreath (Hiker): For those or you who didn't get your fill of boxing this past weekend watching Calzaghe-Hopkins or Diaconu-Henry and if you are still interested in the heavyweight division chances are you took a look in at the scrap between Kevin Johnson and Terry Smith on ESPN. Judging by some of the comments on these threads after this fight I gather many are not very impressed with Kevin. Some others in these times of few top American prospects are more inclined to see him as America's best heavyweight hope behind perhaps only Chris Arreola in potential. These people were more likely to be pleased with what they saw Friday night. So where does the truth lie? Let's take a closer look. continue


Double Down in Monte Carlo: Murphy vs. Mutti (1985)

By Ted Sares: Lee Roy Murphy, known as “Solid Gold,” was one of the greatest amateur fighters to come out of Chicago with a record of 157-17 and the 1979 Light Heavyweight National Golden Gloves title. I saw him fight many times in the amateurs and can attest to his brilliance. Only President Jimmy Carter’s senseless boycott of the 1980 Moscow Olympics prevented him from reaching his true amateur acclaim and a likely Gold Medal. continue


Tecate celebrates Oscar De La Hoya's return to Los Angeles with intergrated marketing campaign

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (April 23, 2008) – As part of its continued efforts to bring the excitement of boxing directly to Hispanic adults in the U.S., Cerveza Tecate announces its multi-platform campaign in support of the highly-anticipated May 3 match between Oscar de la Hoya (38-5, 30 KO’s) and Steve Forbes (33-5, 9 KO’s). continue


Calzaghe/Hopkins – Thoughts on the aftermath

calzaghe hopkins boxingBy Jim Dorney, photo by HoganPhotos.com/GBP: Having watched the fight a few times now & read the varying reports, I’m struck by a number of things about this fight:

Hopkins is most certainly NOT past it – He fought a strategically great fight, but was still ultimately beaten by a fighter able to adapt more in the ring on the fly – A rare thing indeed.

Calzaghe WAS made to look average – Hopkins had bragged that he would do this, and he was right. What he couldn’t do, however was win the fight. In losing he made Calzaghe put in what was apparently the least inspired performance of his career in terms of ring artistry, but perhaps most impressive in terms of ring smarts & strategy. continue


Seminole Warriors Boxing Promotions Joins The Army

HOLLYWOOD, FL, April 22 – In an effort to provide phones for the courageous men and women of the United States that are fighting for our freedom overseas, Seminole Warriors Boxing Promotions has teamed up with the US Army and the organization Cellphones for Soldiers to do just that this Wednesday night at Hard Rock Live, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. continue


Daniel Ponce De Leon To Face Juan Manuel Lopez On June 7th Card In Atlantic City

by James Slater: This coming June 7th, on the Kelly Pavlik-Gary Lockett card in Atlantic City, New Jersey, two very talented southpaw fighters collide for the WBO super bantamweight championship. The belt belongs to the chillingly hard punching Mexican, Daniel Ponce De Leon, but the unbeaten Juan Manuel Lopez of Puerto Rico will be doing his best to take it. continue


Star Boxing: Johnson And Robinson Are Victorious

Bronx, NY - Apr 22, 2008 - UNDEFEATED #9 WBA Heavyweight, Kevin "Kingpin" Johnson (19-0-1, 6KO's), stepped up his game on Friday night, scoring a unanimous 10 round decision, 97-93 (twice), 96-94, over a very game and tough Terry Smith (30-5-1, 18KO's), telecast live on ESPN2 Friday Night Fights, from the Buffalo Run Casino in Miami, Oklahoma. continue


Cotto Fans Roadtrip from Tennessee to Atlantic City

cotto mayweather22.04.08 - By Scoop Malinowski: There they were - three Puerto Rican fans holding up a banner that read, "Cotto #1 Boricua, We Want Mayweather." I just had to run over and get their story. As it turns out, the trio of Cotto supporters had driven all the way up to New Jersey from Tennessee to back their man.

Here is their story, as told by Angel Hernandez: "To be the best boxer you have to go to the distance every time you step into the ring. Miguel Cotto has proved to the world he is now capable of going the extra mile to prove he has the heart and courage to fight the best fighters out there. That's the influence he has given to boxing fans, to always go the extra mile. That is what we saw in the Cotto-Gomez fight in Atlantic City: We're three fans that are self-considered Cotto's best fans and we held a banner that said, "We want Mayweather.. continue


Kevin Kelley To Fight On Mosley/Judah Bill?

by James Slater: Kevin Kelley, the former featherweight champion of the world, was at the big Calzaghe-Hopkins fight in Vegas at the weekend, and the word is "The Flushing Flash" is going to fight again. Speaking to 15 Rounds.com, Kelley, now aged 40, told of his plans to appear on the under-card of the upcoming Shane Mosley Vs. Zab Judah match in May. Apparently, Kelley will box 36 year old Julio Gamboa of Nicaragua. continue


Arthur Abraham meets Jimmy Cliff

King Arthur Abraham, Alexander Frenkel, Francesco Pianeta and First Lady Cecilia Braekhus enjoyed a special break from their high-altitude training camp in Switzerland when they met Jimmy Cliff on Sunday. Together with coach Ulli Wegner, they attended the reggae legend´s concert in Samnaun. Cliff revealed he was a big fan of King Arthur and said he would love to see a fight. continue


Exclusive Interview with Joe Hipp - "The Morrison Fight? That Was A Great War!"

22.04.08 - by James Slater: "Indian" Joe Hipp may have failed in his bid to become WBA heavyweight champion, but in fighting for the title, against Bruce Seldon back in 1995, Hipp made history - by becoming the first ever Native-American to box for a version of the heavyweight championship. Unfortunately, in the 10th round, Hipp was pulled out of the fight due to severe facial swellings. A member of the Blackfoot tribe (Joe's mother was a Blackfoot and Joe was born on a reservation) Hipp is very proud of his history-making and his Indian roots. continue


Did Bernard Hopkins Win New Fans?

hopkins boxing22.04.08 - By “Old Yank” Schneider, photo © HoganPhotos.com / GBP: Bernard Hopkins…what can one say but, Philly perfection. Few are tested in the furnaces of hell and then returned to us. Bernard Hopkins is one such special person; nee, special fighter and special man.

A promise broken to a mother’s soul is the price to be paid for the redemption of a boy finding his manhood – a 43 year-old boy finding manhood. There are few boxers who find themselves and their destiny at the same time. The reclamation of perfection is here to be claimed by one named Hopkins. He will rise to the challenge; he always has.

In an era pot marked by drug scandal and steroid scandal, a professional athlete stands above the noise as a beacon to the truth of redemption. continue


Estrada & Godfrey special guests at A Wish Come True fundraiser

Providence boxing bookends, 2004 U.S. Olympian Jason “Big Six” Estrada and NABF cruiserweight Matt “Too Smooth” Godfrey, will be special guests of the A Wish Come True, Inc. dinner/dance fundraiser Friday night (April 25) at The Venus de Milo in Swansea, Massachusetts. continue


BJ Flores Speaks About The Cruiserweight Division

PHOENIX, AZ (April 22, 2008) After an exciting weekend in Las Vegas taking in the Bernard Hopkins/Joe Calzaghe Light Heavyweight Title bout, undefeated and world ranked cruiserweight BJ Flores spoke about this past weekend’s IBF Title Elimination bout between Tomasz Adamek and O’Neil Bell which took place in Katowice, Poland. continue


Jones Wants Lehoullier

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – On Friday night Carson Jones went from journeyman to prospect, with an impressive lopsided decision win over Jose Luis Gonzales on ESPN2’S “Friday Night Fights” telecast from the Buffalo Run Casino in Miami, OK. continue


Observation on Calzaghe-Hopkins

calzaghe hopkins boxing22.04.08 - By Anthony Coleman: First of all lets get something out of the way: yes Saturday night’s Light Heavyweight title fight between Joe Calzaghe and Bernard Hopkins was boring and ugly. It featured the script of a typical Hopkins fight: grappling, clinching and fouling. Secondly, the fight was still of extreme importance. We had two of the best fighters of the last fifteen years facing one another while they were still pound for pound level guys and not semi-washed up geezers. Despite the low quality of the action the fight actually meant something to the legacies of both men and the business of Boxing. Now it is the time to reflect and really consider what we have learned from Saturday night’s encounter.

For Joe Calzaghe this victory continues the roll he has been on since destroying Jeff Lacy in their Super Middleweight unification match two years ago, and he can now make a legitimate case for being the pound-for-pound best fighter in the sport. continue


Smokin’ Joe Frazier To Auction Thrilla In Manila Robe

New York, - On April 24, Sotheby’s and SCP Auctions will offer a fine selection of sports memorabilia and cards for auction. The April sale includes an outstanding offering of material that comes directly from Smokin’ Joe Frazier. Born in 1944, the 11th child of sharecroppers in South Carolina, Frazier took up boxing at the age of 17, and his raw talent was soon discovered and honed by trainer Yank Durham. continue


Is there a Line? What does it mean to cross it?

22.04.08 - Paul Strauss: These questions surfaced again because of Bernard Hopkins' pre-fight antics leading up to his fight with Joe Calzaghe. When Hopkins employed bullying tactics, spewed insults, and most particularly made racist comments, some questioned whether he crossed the line? Larry Merchant made a telling comment when he said, "To Bernard, there is no line!. continue


Laura Serrano: "She Did Boxing....."

By Bernie McCoy: When I saw Laura Serrano's retirement announcement, in an open letter to WBAN, I recalled a long-ago line from a boxing lifer in New Orleans. I was doing time on the "States Item" in that old city and we were propped up at the bar in a joint on Canal Street, one of those places that had "We Never Close" block letter painted in the front window. He was discoursing about a guy named Ralph Dupas, a tough-as-barbed-wire fighter out of the Irish Channel neighborhood, a long standing breeding ground for good professional fighters in the Crescent City. continue


It Looks Like It Will Be Roy Jones Junior Next For Calzaghe

Roy Jones Jrby James Slater: No sooner do I write an article pondering what the future might have in store for Joe Calzaghe and Bernard Hopkins, do I read that a Calzaghe-Roy Jones Junior fight is in the works. According to an article in British newspaper The Sun, Jones Junior will face Calzaghe next, and in Cardiff, Wales, too.

According to the news article, shortly after the fight on Saturday night Jones met with Calzaghe and had the following to say to reporters.

"They've told me it [a fight with Calzaghe] will be November 15th, " Jones Junior said. "They've got a date set aside for it. I'm ready for it and it doesn't matter to me if it's in Wales. I'll go to Wales. With a name like Jones I'd be right at home there. This fight will happen if Joe Calzaghe wants it," the multi-weight legend added. continue


Mahir Oral back in action this Saturday

ARENA’s most promising middleweight prospect Mahir Oral will be back in action this Saturday (April 26th) in Trabzon, Turkey, after recovering from numerous hand injuries in the last two years. “In fact, this whole trouble started in 2002 when I broke my hand bone for the first time”, states Oral. “In December 2006 – right before my scheduled clash with Domenico Spada – I broke the same hand again and never totally recovered from that. Even when I fought and beat Spada in March 2007 I still felt the fragile bone. continue


Kassim Ouma Hits The Big Screen

The heart wrenching story of former world champion Kassim Ouma hits the big screen this weekend with the world premiere of "Kassim the Dream" at the prestigious Tribeca Film Festival co-founded by Robert De Niro in Lower Manhattan. In this inspiring tale of survival and determination, we see Kassim "The Dream" Ouma transformed from a Ugandan child soldier to a world champion boxer. continue


I was wrong about Calzaghe

By Geoffrey Ciani: As I noted in my recent article Why Hopkins will beat Calzaghe I was all but convinced of a Hopkins victory. I was wrong. This was not the first time I was incorrect when making a prediction and surely it shall not be the last. Being proven wrong in your assessment of a certain fighter is part what makes this sport so interesting, and Saturday night, Calzaghe proved to me that he is truly a great fighter despite my previous convictions. continue


'They call Him Joe': Win Over Hopkins Puts Calzaghe At Center Stage

hopkins calzaghe boxing21.04.08 - By Vivek Wallace, Photo © HoganPhotos.com / Golden Boy Promotions --For nearly 15 years the United Kingdom held a secret. A secret that slowly began to spread from continent to continent amongst both believers and non-believers. What began as whispers would later evolve to growing shouts, however, America chose to continuously turn her back on this growing phenomenon, under the impression that there was no man strong enough to conquer her love. Well, Saturday night America had no choice but to listen as the man who beckoned her attention for quite some time performed in a way that would not be denied. That man....well, let's just say they call him 'Joe'. And this 'Joe' proved that he's no ordinary 'Joe' by doing something that few have. That was effectively disengage the man previously believed to be his most gravest moment; The equally enigmatic, yet still efficient Bernard "The Executioner" Hopkins.

For all this time many thought Calzaghe was just another face in the crowd, and although it came in an effort far from pretty, Saturday night proved to the world that Mr. Calzaghe is more than just another stepping stone across the transatlantic. continue


Calzaghe Serves Up Good Crow!

By Yero Moody: I hate eating crow but when you make such bold predictions as I have, and will continue to do, sometimes this is the result. Although I can say that I am accurate in my predictions far more than I am wrong, it still doesn't taste good. Calzaghe did not surprise me at all. He fought the fight I knew he would fight. It was Hopkins who surprised me. I was baffled that he thought the he could try and land that overhand right all night against a younger, faster fighter. continue


Primo Carnera - "The Walking Mountain" - FREE World Premiere movie set for April 22 at MSG!

By Mike Indri, Retired Boxers Foundation -- Madison Square Garden will again play host to a truly significant event in remembrance of the late Italian boxing champion Primo Carnera. Seventy-five years ago the 6 ft. 6 inch, 260-pound Carnera knocked out Jack Sharkey in Madison Square Garden to become World Heavyweight Champion. The Italian giant lifted all of Italy on his broad shoulders that June 29th in 1933 and forever became a legend. continue


Pound for Pound List (As Of 4/20/08)

21.04.08 - By Matt Yanofsky: Floyd Mayweather {Welterweight}
Although Calzaghe and Pacquiao are catching up, Mayweather is definitely the number one fighter in the world. Unfortunately, Mayweather will be fighting Oscar De La Hoya in a rematch on September 20th (which real boxing fans don’t care to see). If Mayweather beats Oscar again and doesn’t face the winner of the July 26th Miguel Cotto vs Antonio Margarito fight, his legacy will be severely hurt for blatantly ducking the winner. continue


Did Joe Calzaghe Win New Fans?

Joe CalzagheBy “Old Yank” Schneider: Does a fighter exist that has had more difficulty winning American fans then Joe Calzaghe? He began his amateur career at the age of nine and fought in 120 contests before turning pro – winning all but a few. He amassed a professional record of 45-0 with 32 KO’s. He claimed victories over very good competition. He took on all comers at super middleweight with perhaps only one or two missing names.

He is ranked on most credible top-10 pound-for-pound lists in the top 5. In the very rarefied air of 20 or more successful title defenses, he ranks in the top 3 of all-time. Yet he has been maligned by American fans as being coddled and protected by rarely leaving the UK to fight and for never stepping foot in the USA to fight. Did his victory over the cagey veteran Bernard Hopkins help him finally win over some new fans? continue


Calzaghe And Hopkins - What Should Each Guy Do Now?

by James Slater: The debate about who actually won on Saturday night still rages, but now that "The battle of The Planet" is done, what should Joe Calzaghe and Bernard Hopkins do in the immediate future? A return match, though doubtful, would more than likely sell and prove interesting. A Calzaghe-Hopkins II, in Wales? The event could be huge. Not only would a rematch over in the U.K give the now 45-0 Welshman the chance to prove his dominance once and for all, it would also afford him the chance to do so on home soil. continue


Danny Garcia extends on his knock out streak

Philadelphia's rising star, Jr. welterweight Danny Garcia, improves to (5-0, 5 KO's) as he dismantled Guadalupe Diaz at the 1:53 mark of round one on the undercard of Calzaghe vs Hopkins. Garcia whose known for his fast hands and powerful punch, hurt the Michoacan native early with a barrage of punches. Tony Weeks was forced to stop the beating after Diaz was on wobbly legs. continue


Odlanier Solis: From Trabzon to Las Vegas; ARENA fighters victorious

This Saturday (April 26th) Cuban heavyweight sensation Odlanier Solis stops by in Trabzon (Turkey) on his way to the USA. Before giving his US debut on the undercard of the “Night of the Rising Stars” in Primm, Nevada on May 17th (presented by ARENA Box-Promotion and Gary Shaw Productions, LLC – featured on HBO’s “Boxing After Dark”) the 2004 Olympic gold medallist has to go past unbeaten Georgian prospect Mamuka Jikurashvili (20-0, 14 kos). continue


Tomasz Adamek Stops O' Neil Bell

O'Neil Bell20.04.08 - by James Slater: There was another major fight last night, aside from the Hopkins-Calzaghe shootout. In Poland, cruiserweights Tomasz Adamek and America's O' Neil Bell met in an eliminator for the IBF 200 pound championship. Earning a crack at reigning champ Steve Cunningham, former light-heavyweight boss Adamek stopped Bell after 7 rounds - when Bell opted not to come out for the next session.

Adamek, 34-1(23) dropped Bell, 26-3-1(24) in the 1st round, when a right hand made Bell take a knee. Bell tried to use his power and aggression, but was too slow for the speedy Pole. Still, it was a shock when Bell chose to stay in his corner prior to the start of round number 8. Complaining of feeling dizzy and sick, Bell explained his decision. continue


Frenkel to fight Phelps for IBF Youth Cruiserweight Title

Alexander Frenkel will fight Cory Phelps for the vacant IBF youth cruiserweight title in Bayreuth on May 17. The 23-year-old German, who boasts a perfect record of 14 wins in as many fights (10 KOs), last stopped Arthur Williams in the fifth round of their meeting in Nurnberg (Feb. 16). Less than two years after making his professional debut, the gifted youngster is now eager to win his first title. continue


As Calzaghe Scrapes Points Win Over Hopkins, Should The Question Be Asked - Don't The Judges Appreciate The Subtleties Any More?

20.04.08 - by James Slater: Let me start right off the bat by telling you I predicted a split decision win for Joe Calzaghe last night. Let me also tell you that I do not believe he deserved this winning result he actually got from the judges after his 12 rounds with Bernard Hopkins in Las Vegas last night. No, the result was far from an outrageous one, but at the same time it made me ask the question, what do judges look at as their priority when scoring a boxing contest these days? continue


Audley Harrison Gets Back In Win Column With 5th Round TKO Over Jason Barnett

by James Slater: "A-Force" Audley Harrison made a successful return to the ring last night. Boxing on the under-card of the Hopkins-Calzaghe clash, the 36 year old fought for the first time since February of last year - when he was stopped in three rounds by Michael Sprott. Stopping the limited Jason Barnett at 1 minute and 48 seconds of round number 5, Harrison had his first win under new trainer James "Buddy" McGirt. continue


Calzaghe Recovers From a Rocky Start To Beat Hopkins By Split Decision

Joe CalzagheBy Sean Ocampo: Reigning WBA/WBC/WBO Super Middleweight Champion Joe Calzaghe (45-0-0 32 KOs) recovers from a first round knockdown to salvage a split decision victory over universally recognized Light Heavyweight Champion Bernard "The Executioner" Hopkins (48-5-1 32 KOs) in a rough and dirty fight at the Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. The scores were 114-113 for Hopkins, 115-112, 116-111 for Calzaghe.

In the first round, Hopkins dropped Calzaghe with a strong right hand that momentarily stopped the aggressive Welshman. Calzaghe was also cut on the side of his nose during the round. As the fight progressed, Calzaghe shook-up his cobwebs and slowly got into his game by aggressively throwing combinations to Hopkins. The left hand of Calzaghe would normally push the 43 year old Hopkins back and at close range, Calzaghe's volume punching would frustrate Hopkins. continue


Adrian Diaconu vs. Chris Henry Replay

BUCHAREST, Romania—A Worldwide Web replay of Saturday’s excellent showdown between undefeated Adrian Diaconu and Chris Henry will be available beginning tonight at 7 p.m. ET at DonKingTV.com and can be accessed with a simple click at any time thereafter for the following week. Diaconu won a close, unanimous decision to become the interim World Boxing Council light heavyweight champion in a match staged at the Sala Polivalenta in Bucharest, Romania. continue


Garside-Hallback co-feature June 13 on PPV

The much touted Fight of the Night candidate on the June 13th “Finally” pay-per-view event, airing live (10 PM/ET-8 PM/MT) from Isleta Casino & Resort in Albuquerque, is the 10-round co-feature for the vacant International Female Boxers Association (IFBA) lightweight championship between WIBA featherweight champion Jeannine “G9” Garside (7-0-1, 3 KOs) and WIBA & IBA junior lightweight title-holder Chevelle “Fists of Steel” Hallback (26-5-2, 11 KOs). continue


Diaconu Decisions Henry In Romania

20.04.08 - Chris Henry, of Houston, Texas, was defeated Saturday night by #1 World Boxing Council Contender Adrian Diaconu in Bucharest, Romania by a unanimous decision, in the 175 lbs. limit Interim Light Heavyweight Championship. The scoring was: 115-113 Oren Shellenberger (Texas); 115-113 Victor Panin (Russia); 116-112 Mark Green (United Kingdom). continue


Hopkins Claims Throw Back Win - 2 of 3 Judges Disagree

Bernard Hopkins20.04.08 - By Paul Strauss: In the first round, it looked like Bernard Hopkins, the crafty old veteran, was once more going to prove his critics wrong, and pull off an upset. His plan was to first win the psychological warfare, and then out think and out tough Joe Calzaghe. Hopkins wanted to make Calzaghe mad, and thereby upset his game plan. Calzaghe's game plan was to use his greater speed to overwhelm and constantly pressure Hopkins. He understood it was going to be one of his toughest fights, and when Hopkins dropped him with a short right counter in the first round, that thought quickly became a reality.

Hopkins was able to land the blow by giving the impression he was bending in to clinch, but instead he fired the short right. Calzaghe didn't see it coming, and it dropped him straight back on the seat of his pants. When he got up, he seemed more embarrassed than hurt, but the punch definitely stung him, and left him with a minor abrasion on the bridge of his nose, and maybe a trickle or two of blood. continue


Bridgeport to Host the USA Boxing Olympic Invitational on May 9 at the Arena at Harbor Yard

COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.) – USA Boxing will showcase eleven outstanding bouts of amateur boxing action, May 9 at the Arena at Harbor Yard in Bridgeport, Conn., in a major United States Olympic tune-up for the Beijing Summer Olympic Games. Nine international bouts between the United States, Brazil and China will highlight the action in an early showcase of many of the athletes that will vie for gold in Beijing, China. continue


Marriott Boxing Sold Out - Buy June

The number 1,412 will be announced for the 20th straight time this coming Thursday, as promoter Roy Englebrecht declares his 20th straight Battle In The Ballroom sellout, dating back to February of 2005. And the 1,412 boxing fans will be in store for a solid six bout show. Undefeated fighters Arron Martinez, Luis Ramos, and Jennifer Barber will put their perfect records on the line and they all will face tough opposition. continue


Ballroom Boxing: May 29th Main Event Announced

As announced this morning on the "Ballroom Boxing Report" on WJFK-AM in Baltimore, undefeated Pasadena, MD super middleweight "The Persecutor" Mike Paschall will battle former world title contender Larry "The Laser" Marks of Newark, DE on Thursday, May 29 in the main event of the next Ballroom Boxing card at Michael's Eighth Avenue in Glen Burnie, MD. continue


Sharkie’s Machine: White Boy Beats Bernard Hopkins

Joe CalzagheBy Frank Gonzalez Jr. Undisputed Super Middleweight (WBA/WBC/WBO) Champion, Joe Calzaghe (44-0, 32 KO’s) made his debut fight in the USA, as a Light Heavyweight Saturday night at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, against America’s legendary, former undisputed Middleweight Champion and current (IBO/NBA, no, not basketball) Light Heavyweight Champion, Bernard “The Executioner” Hopkins (48-4-1, 32 KO’s).

The lead up to this fight there was a lot of emphasis on Hopkins’ age and his workouts with his conditioning coach as well as Calzaghe’s methods of training with his father, a jazz musician turned boxing trainer. And of course, there were some typical mud slinging, mostly by Hopkins. Calzaghe kept to his usual polite demeanor, even after Hopkins’ told him that he’d, “never let a white boy beat him.” Calzaghe just responded saying, “If you fight me, you will lose.” continue


Calzaghe outpoints Hopkins!

By Phil Santos – Overhandright.com: Joe Calzaghe survived a first round knockdown and boxed his way to a split decision win over Bernard Hopkins to become the Ring Magazine Light Heavyweight Campion. Hopkins floored Calzaghe with a stiff right hand in the first but lost some steam as the fight progressed.

Calzaghe is credited with landing more punches against Bernard Hopkins than any other fighter during a comp-u-box fight. After rising off the canvas Calzaghe steadily increased his work rate throughout the fight. While the heavier punches were clearly coming from the Executioner it was Calzaghe that landed the higher volume and showed steady aggression. continue


Calzaghe Slaps His Way To A Sloppy Victory

19.04.08 - By Jim Amato: Joe Calzaghe is still undefeated ( 45-0 ) and now has Ring Magazine's endorsement of being the " best " light heavyweight in the world after slapping an aged Bernard Hopkins enough to win a split twelve round decision. Disappointed ? I know I was. What was projected to be a candidate for " Fight of the year " turned out to be the farce of the year. Other then Bernard catching Joe coming with a nice right hand and dropping him in the first round, there was little excitement to me. continue


Evans Ashira KOs Mamadou Thiam

19.4.2008: In a battle of former world title-challengers, Evans “The African Warrior” Ashira (29-3, 15 KOs) knocked out former European champion Mamadou Thiam (42-7, 39 KOs) in round six of a scheduled twelve on Saturday night (April 19) in Frederiksund, Denmark. Ashira, a promotional free agent who once went twelve hard rounds with Joe Calzaghe at super middleweight, is now back at his natural weight of 154 Lbs, and is now looking to get back in line for a shot at one of the four major world titles later this year. continue


Calzaghe vs. Hopkins: The Prediction and the Outcome

hbo boxingBy Ted Sares: The predicted outcome: Hopkins will make this an ugly fight from the start and will frustrate the more aggressive Welshman who likes to swarm his opponents with fast combinations of never-ending punches. The “Executioner” will try to get “The Prince of Wales” to fight off the ropes where he can alternate with sharp counters and clinches. In so doing, he will be warned for low punches and butts and may well lose points.

By the late rounds, I would not be surprised for the crowd to begin calling for more action, but these two are too smart to let crowd noise bother them.

Going into the championship rounds, I believe Calzaghe will hold a slight lead based on his superior, but less than normal, punch volume. At this point, Hopkins may simply not have enough left in the tank to pull it out, but his rough and perhaps even dirty style will put the outcome it in doubt. continue


Shawn Estrada, Christopher Downs and Michael Hunter to Compete in the Final Americas Olympic Qualifier, April 25-30 in Guatemala City

(COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.) – Three U.S. boxers will compete in the final Olympic Qualifier, April 25-30 in Guatemala City, Guatemala. Middleweight Shawn Estrada (E. Los Angeles, Calif.), light heavyweight Christopher Downs (Fort Carson, Colo.), and super heavyweight Michael Hunter (Las Vegas, Nev.) will all vie for their Beijing berths at the Domo-Deportiva Zona in Guatemala City. The trio of boxers will depart for Guatemala on Sunday, April 20 before opening competition on April 25. continue


Iron Will At MSG Golden Gloves

by David Pambianchi: On April 18, 2008, Night Two of the 81st Annual Daily News Golden Gloves Finals, an anxious crowd packed the WAMU Theatre. A massive image of Iron Man against Madison Square Garden’s façade foreshadowed tonight’s event. Every fighter fought with Iron Will resolve. continue


Impact Boxing Announce Bumper Bill

Impact Boxing will host their next evening of professional boxing at Stoke’s Kings Hall on 17th May and have announced their biggest bill to date. In total eight bouts are scheduled to take place on the night. Opponents have yet to be confirmed but four local lads will step through the ropes together with a further four from Impact’s partner stable in Chester. continue


'Call 'Em Out' Fridays: Floyd Mayweather Jr....Potential G.O.A.T. or Hoax?

mayweather boxing19.04.08 - By Vivek Wallace: As part of the weekly 'Left-Hook Lounge' four part series, today is the very first of what will be a regular Friday 'Call-Out' session aimed at fighters in the world of Boxing who display the talent, yet don't always display the character. In no way, shape, or form is this a bashing session, but rather an in-depth look at questions surrounding key figures as they relate to the sport we all know and love. Categorically, there are many fighters who deserve to be 'CALLED-OUT', but at the top of the list is a man who often craves the spotlight, and today, that wish will be granted - perhaps moreso than even he desires. No scripts, no tricks, and no hidden agendas. Simply a perspective with a WIDE OPEN forum. We use the term wide open because the truth often leaves no place to run or hide. So as we look at the both perspectives, in the end we let you decide. continue


Next Saturday - Julio Cesar Chavez Junior-Tobia Giuseppe Loriga

19.04.08 - by James Slater: There is more exciting boxing action next Saturday night. Ok, it's not quite as exciting, or as big, as tonight's huge Calzaghe-Hopkins showdown, but the Julio Cesar Chavez Junior Vs. Tobia Giuseppe Loriga match-up should be worth catching. The young Chavez is always in good, entertaining fights, and it will be interesting to see what his Italian rival in Loriga brings to the table. continue


Frenkel vs Phelps on May 17

April 19, 2008 Ashland, KY Team Phelps is pleased to announce that Cory “The Cobra” Phelps has signed to fight for the IBF Youth Cruiserweight title in Germany. The televised IBF Title fight against undefeated Alexander Frenkel (14-0 w/10 KOs) will take place on May 17th and is scheduled for 10 rounds. continue


Naseem Hamed - "I'm Not Retired!"

by James Slater: Naseem Hamed was a ringside fan last night, as his good friend Ryan Rhodes won the British light-middleweight title in London. And though he is almost universally considered a retired ex-fighter, Naz, with a glint in his eye and a ready smile, said this is not actually the case. Speaking to Sky Sports' Adam Smith moments after his friend Rhodes had KO'd Gary Woolcombe, "The Prince" had the following things to say. continue


Nate Campbell waiting patiently.....

kjohnsonTampa, FL: IBF / WBA / WBO Unified Lightweight Champion Nate Campbell is patiently waiting to see who his next fight will be against. "We have a WBO mandatory defense due, so we are waiting to see whether it will be Casamayor, Khan, or Peterson", said Terry J. Trekas of One Punch Productions, Campbell's co-promoter alongside Don King.

"We will go through the motions with this Casamayor thing and present an offer to Golden Boy, even though the likelihood of Joel actually fighting Nate is less than 1%. We can't really do anything else at the moment, because until the WBO actually strips Casamayor, or he vacates the WBO Interim title, any move by us for another fight could cause Nate to be stripped of the WBO title. Now I'm sure that Frank Warren wouldn't shed a tear over that, because he would like to make Khan the WBO champ, without having to fight Nate, but rest assured that we will do whatever we have to, to make sure that our WBO mandatory obligation is fullfilled. continue


Ryan Rhodes Wins British Light-Middleweight Title With Devastating 9th Round KO Of Gary Woolcombe - Naz There To See Him Do It!

Last night, at The York Hall in London, 31-year-old Ryan Rhodes of Sheffield sensationally took Londoner Gary Woolcombe's British light-middleweight title - knocking him flat at 37 seconds of round number 9. A big right hand to the temple area did the job, and the brave Woolcombe hit the floor with a heavy thud - he was totally out and the medics immediately piled into the ring to assist him. Thankfully, after being given oxygen, the 25-year-old was okay. continue


Boxing Commentary: Joe Calzaghe’s Shot at the P4P Title

By Christopher Roche, Brickcityboxing.com -- Boxing Questions (and answers): 1. If Calzaghe defeats Hopkins, does he deserve consideration for the top spot in the pound for pound rankings?

Joe Calzaghe’s numbers speak volumes. 44-0. 32 KO’s. 10 years with a world title belt. 22 title fights. 21 title defenses. Simply incredible. Two other numbers stand out for Calzaghe. Only 2 fights outside of the United Kingdom. 0 Fights in America. continue


'Capital Punishment': Will Calzaghe Face A Day Of Execution?, Or Stay Of Execution?

19.04.08 - By Vivek Wallace: Tonight's scheduled 12 round Light Heavyweight fight between the Bernard 'The Executioner' Hopkins (48-4-1, 32KO's) and Joe Calzaghe (44-0, 32KO's) should be a colossal affair of epic proportions. Dubbed the "Battle of the Planets", no other name could be more fitting as these two gladiators, separated by 7 years and many thousand miles, have found a destiny that will collide at center stage before the masses. Both considered future Hall of Famer's, there could be no better fight to be made. As we get set to embark on this grand affair, we take a very in-depth look at both men, as well as what it will take for each man to effectively redefine and/or seal his legacy. continue


Most-Feared: Mythical Title or Pure Fantasy?

Antonio Margarito18.04.08 - Michael Herron (M.I.C.): To compete in a boxing ring one must possess heart, determination, strength, and above all, courage. With that understanding, is it feasible to suggest that any fighter literally fears another? To simply choose prizefighting as a profession denotes a certain degree of fearlessness; and to actually engage in battle is something that only the chosen few can do. Boxing great Joe Frazier once stated, “I respect all men with two hands who steps into the ring.”

This statement clearly indicates the mutual respect and natural vigilance shared amongst all fighters; yet even with this general respect established, cynical fans, biased writers, and uninspired promoters can’t help but create a mythical beast known as the most-feared fighter in boxing.

Has the most-feared moniker become a credible mythical title? Is this the anti pound-for-pound champion? It seems that whenever there is a fighter who is recognized as the best, a most-feared archetype is created to oppose him. continue


Is Hopkins’ Boxing Record Really That Much Better Than Calzaghe’s?

19.04.08 - By James Barlow: I’ve read and heard a lot of talk on various boxing web sites debating the boxing records of Bernard Hopkins compared to Joe Calzaghe. Even Hopkins and Calzaghe have also been discussing each others records. Everyone has an opinion but I have been analyzing each boxer’s credentials and want to expel a few myths. continue


Pacquiao vs Diaz: Diaz Opens Camp In Preparation For Showdown With Pac

CHICAGO, IL (April 18, 2007) World Boxing Council Lightweight Champion David Diaz opened up camp this morning at JABB Boxing Gym in Chicago in preparation for his title defense against THE MEXICUTIONER, Manny Pacquiao on June 28th at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. Said Diaz, “It’s time to go to work, everything is signed, the tickets are going on sale on Saturday and I’m thrilled to start camp.. continue


A-Force battles American Jason Barnett on Calzaghe vs Hopkins undercard

Olympic gold medallist Audley Harrison (21-3-0) will meet American journeyman Jason Barnett (10-6-0) on the undercard of the Calzaghe-Hopkins bill tonight in Las Vegas. Harrison, 36, returns to the ring for the first time since being knocked out by Brit Michael Sprott fourteen months ago. "I’m back and ready to rumble," said Harrison. continue


Kevin Johnson WU 10 Terry Smith - "Kingpin" Remains Unbeaten

kjohnsonby James Slater: Last night in Oklahoma, unbeaten heavyweight prospect Kevin Johnson kept his perfect record (one early draw aside) with a clear and unanimous points win over the durable Terry Smith. A KO wasn't expected from the now 19-0-1(6) Johnson, nor did he provide one. Instead, he won by comfortably wide scores of 97-93, 97-93 and a closer tally of 96-94.

It really is time for the confident-talking Johnson to make his move up in class. We know he has a superb left jab in his arsenal, but other than this fine asset what else does the man known as "Kingpin" have to offer? A bout with a decent name would likely tell us. Johnson, from Atlanta, Georgia, is 28 years of age now, yet it is not clear whether or not he has made significant improvement since turning pro back in 2003. Certainly Johnson has not bettered his punching ability and talent for knocking guys out - "Kingpin" has not stopped a guy in well over a year. No, big punching is not the sole thing a heavyweight boxer needs, but there is a danger fans will soon become bored with Johnson. continue


Tomasz Adamek: 198; O’ Neil Bell: 199 - Weights/Photos from Romania

Both Tomasz Adamek (IBF #3) and O’ Neil Bell (IBF #7) made weight for their IBF Cruiserweight Eliminator bout at the Spodek Arena in Katowice, Poland, it was announced today by Main Events CEO Kathy Duva. Adamek weighed in at 198 lbs while Bell weighed 199 lbs, both coming in under the 200 lb. cruiserweight limit. The 12-round bout will be broadcast live on ESPN Classic tomorrow (Saturday, 6PM ET/3PM PT) “Bell is a good fighter, but I am better,” said Adamek. “I will box smart, win this bout, and then fight for the IBF Cruiserweight Championship.. continue


Calzaghe - Hopkins: Why is this fight different from all other fights?

LAS VEGAS, NEV (April 18, 2008) -- Despite the fact that BERNARD HOPKINS fights in an unorthodox style, known to lead with head followed by a punch, JOE CALZAGHE has full confidence that referee Joe Cortez will keep things Kosher when they meet tomorrow night in The Planet Hollywood Ring at Thomas & Mack Center in a battle of Ring Magazine champions for Hopkins' light heavyweight title. continue


Bell In Poland To Take On Adamek This Saturday

HOLLYWOOD, FL, April 18 – Eager to move a step closer to regaining his world title, former undisputed cruiserweight champion of the world O’Neil Bell has traveled to Katowice, Poland, to take on former light heavyweight titlist Tomasz Adamek in a 12 round title elimination bout that is destined to produce fireworks. continue


Trainer Freddie Roach Says Team Hopkins Have "Ideal Plan" To Beat Joe Calzaghe

Bernard Hopkinsby James Slater: Freddie roach is, without a doubt, one of the most competent trainers in the sport of boxing today. With too many fine fighters to mention having worked with Roach throughout his excellent career, Freddie's pedigree has been proven time and again. Now, in attempting to help the 43 year old Bernard Hopkins to get a victory over the unbeaten Joe Calzaghe on Saturday, Roach is on the verge of one of his greatest challenges. In an interview with BBC sport, Roach says he and his team have developed an ideal plan to beat the superb Welshman.

"Calzaghe has a difficult and awkward style, " Freddie began. "But he's never faced anyone like Bernard - Bernard knows more about boxing than all of us [in our team]. There's me, John David Jackson and Naazim Richardson in the team, because we needed to create a battle plan. Joe stands in front of you, he's a little bit square and he throws punches over the top, and that leaves openings for a good counter-puncher, Roach added. continue


Champs Corner: Hopkins vs Calzaghe

By Ron Champ Miller: Hello fight fans! I know, it's been a while..You are wondering "what was up with the Champ"? I'm sure you were worried about the man who started it all. The legend, icon, master. Often imitated, but never duplicated. The man of the hour, too sweet to be sour. Space mountain, Howard Cosell and the Mike Wallace of boxing rolled up in one. The man who always tells it like it is, no matter how unpopular. Well I am here,and I'm bringing sexy back!!! continue


Now A Light-Heavyweight, Chris Byrd Calls Out The Calzaghe vs Hopkins Winner!

18.04.08 - by James Slater: He hasn't fought as low as light-heavyweight since way back in May of 1993, but Chris Byrd, who is about to try to reinvent himself at 175 pounds at age 37, has reportedly issued a bold challenge to the winner of Saturday's big Bernard Hopkins-Joe Calzaghe fight. continue


Ray Robinson Returns Home

Friday night April 18th, at the National Guard Amory in Philadelphia, PA, "The New" Ray Robinson (7-0) fights in his hometown for the first time in his professional career as he takes on spoiler Jason Jordan (5-19-3) in a special six round welterweight attraction. continue


Hopkins v. Calzaghe: The Breakdown & The Prediction

Joe CalzagheBy Yero Moody: This is the fight we've all been waiting for! The public has widely anticipated the day when Joe Calzaghe would cross the pond and face an elite fighter here in the USA. On April 19 Calzaghe will finally be given the opportunity to answer his critics who question his claim to be the best. Many, including myself, have been highly critical of Calzaghe's record and his 21 title defenses. It seemed as if he was content to live off his brilliant win over Jeff Lacy two years ago. Calzaghe deserves major credit for stepping up in weight and most importantly in class to establish his claim for supremacy.

Bernard Hopkins on the other hand has made a career of fighting the best opponents and seemed to shine when the odds were against him. A very disturbing story comes to mind in regards to the odds being against Hopkins. During the huge middleweight tournament that took place in 2001 the odds were so against Hopkins that Don King had Felix Trinidad's name already engraved on the trophy before the two even fought. continue


Super Channel To Televise Witter/Bradley, Froch/Inkin

TORONTO, CANADA, April 18, 2008 - Hennessy Sports and Super Channel, Canada’s only national pay television network, are pleased to announce an exclusive agreement to televise the world title clash featuring WBC super lightweight champion Junior Witter (36-1-2, 21 KO’s) against mandatory challenger American Timothy Bradley (21-0, 11 KO’s). continue


Friday Night Fights: Terry Smith 224 vs Kevin Johnson 243

18.04.08 - MIAMI, OK - The Buffalo Run Casino in Miami, OK plays hosts to ESPN2's "Friday Night Fights" this week as former heavyweight contender Terry Smith looks to breathe new life into his career as he battles undefeated prospect Kevin Johnson in the 10 round main event. continue


Diaconu - Henry Final Press Conference Quotes

18.04.08 - About 100 media members (including 12 TV cameras) were able to squeeze into a packed Marriot Hotel Bucharest ballroom this afternoon for the final press conference before Saturday’s event. Tickets are virtually sold out of the 6,100 seat facility. Final Press Conference Quotes: continue


Calzaghe vs Hopkins Trainer Roundtable Quotes

Bernard HopkinsEnzo Calzaghe: “I can tell you right now, Bernard Hopkins will look for a disqualification rather than lose to Joe. If Hopkins’ is such a legend, he needs to prove it. He needs to fight like a man not foul like a coward. A DQ is the only chance Hopkins has to stop Joe. I’m convinced that Hopkins is coming in to spoil it not win it because he can’t win it and he knows it. Just look at his last three fights. It’s head first and punch after.”

“Joe will win the fight. It doesn’t matter if it’s in the first round or the final round. I just want it to be a good fight, but it takes two to make that happen.” continue


David Haye and Maloney part company

Cruiserweight world champion David ‘The Hayemaker’ Haye has amicably severed ties with promoter Frank Maloney, ending a successful two-year promotional relationship. Londoner Haye, 27, began his association with Maloney in early 2006, during his run as European cruiserweight champion. Aided by Maloney, Haye successfully negotiated three defences of the EBU title in 2006, including a WBC title eliminator. The link-up eventually culminated in Paris in November 2007 when Haye dethroned WBC and WBA world champion Jean-Marc Mormeck. continue


John Ruiz rated high, still avoided

LAS VEGAS (April 17, 2008) – Former two-time world heavyweight champion John “The Quietman” Ruiz used to be the Rodney Dangerfield of boxing as well as one of its most avoided fighters. Now, though, the new Ruiz has gained respect in many circles, particularly after his impressive win against 4-time world title challenger Jameel McCline, yet, John remains the opponent champions and top contenders alike least want to fight. continue


Pacquiao-Diaz: Tickets Go On Sale this Saturday

LAS VEGAS, NEV. (April 17, 2008) – When two explosive world champions at the top of their game mix it up for the world title, it’s a “Lethal Combination!” Newly-crowned World Boxing Council (WBC) super featherweight champion MANNY PACQUIAO and WBC lightweight champion DAVID DIAZ will battle in a 12-round rumble with Diaz’s title at stake. Promoted by Top Rank, in association with MP Promotions, Pacquiao vs. Diaz will take place Saturday, June 28, at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino and will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View, beginning at 9 p.m. EDT / 6 p.m. PDT. continue


Kostya Tszyu To Make A Return To The Ring?

Kostya Tszyuby James Slater: It has been almost three years since his last fight. On that occasion, the fighter many felt was going to become one of the all-time greats was humbled after eleven bruising rounds with Manchester's Ricky "The Hitman" Hatton. But now, Kostya Tszyu is considering making a return to the ring.

Speaking in the Sydney Today newspaper, the 38 year old said there was a strong possibility he would resume his boxing career.

"I'm realistically saying it's still a big chance, Tszyu said. "But it would need to be huge motivation. I would never fight [just] for money but it would need to be a big number. Some Russians offered me ridiculous money, bigger than I've ever had, but nothing concrete," the 38 year old added. continue


Diaconu vs Henry live and FREE on DonKingTV.com

Don King will continue his march into Internet webcasting on Saturday with a battle of undefeated boxers vying for the interim World Boxing Council light heavyweight championship that pits Adrian Diaconu against Chris Henry that can be seen live exclusively on www.DonKingtV.com for free beginning at 1:30 p.m. ET/10:30 a.m. PT (GMT 5:30 p.m.) from the Sala Polivalenta in Bucharest, Romania. continue


Next Saturday - Travis "Freight Train" Walker Back In action

by James Slater: Less than two months after his revenge win over T.J Wilson, 28 year old heavyweight prospect Travis Walker steps through the ropes again next Saturday, April 26th. Walker was the victim of a controversially quick stoppage against Wilson back in October of last year, when referee Raul Caiz jumped in after just 15 seconds of the very first round to stop the fight as Wilson had Walker on the ropes. continue


Boxing: USA vs Puerto Rico

Members of the national teams from the United States and Puerto Rico are enjoying their last week of training as they prepare for the USA vs. Puerto Rico Dual, April 26 at the Liacouras Center in Philadelphia, Pa. The two delegations will arrive in Philadelphia on Wednesday, April 23 for final preparations before taking the ring for their grudge match. The exciting night of action will begin at 7 p.m. with 11 outstanding bouts of action on tap. continue


Hopkins, Calzaghe Quotes

Joe CalzagheBernard Hopkins After being handed a cane (a “gift” from Enzo Calzaghe)…: I’m going to find something to do with it. Something Kinky. This is going to be my third assassination of a southpaw in the last year and a half. There is nothing for me to hype. Even my worst critics have to bow down and admit that I’m in great shape. The times have changes where 43 is not what it used to be. I don’t have days off. I don’t do anything to my temple—my body—that’s why I’m here. It comes from discipline that I got from a dark place 20 years ago.

Being an underdog, that’s not a negative to me. That’s a positive. Everything I have I had to fight for. I was just handling my business and I’m watching the Calzaghe-Kessler fight. And after he wins, what does he say? “I want to fight Bernard Hopkins.” So I put my teeth in, I rocked back in my rocking chair, took a pop of Geritol, and I call Richard Schaeffer and told him to make it happen. continue


Peter Quillin and Chazz Witherspoon Win Decisions In New York

by James Slater: Last night, at The Hammerstein Ballroom in New York, two unbeaten and exciting prospects kept their unbeaten records intact with commanding unanimous decision points wins. "Kid Chocolate" Peter Quillin gave former world title challenger Antwun Echols a painful beating over ten rounds at super-middleweight, while heavyweight up-and-comer Chazz Witherspoon won a clear ten rounder against the durable Domonic Jenkins. Quillin won by scores of 99-91, 98-91 and 98-92. Witherspoon's win was awarded by margins of 98-92,97-93 and 96-93. continue


Calzaghe/Hopkins: Sledgehammer a Tire or Have a CAT Scan?

By Paul Strauss: What is boxing coming to these days? Now days when boxers talk about their team, they are not kidding. For example, take Bernard "The Executioner" Hopkins. For his upcoming fight this Saturday with Joe Calzaghe, he has employed a very sophisticated fitness expert, who has a high tech clinic with all the gizmo's and gadgets you can imagine. continue


Dat Be Dat Prevails in Boston - Report & Photogallery

By Peter Mark Heintzelman, Photos by Peter Mark Heintzelman: The fights this past Saturday night, at Boston’s Roxy, promoted by Richie Cappiello’s Cappiello Promotions, provided ticket payers with a great card from start to finish. But no event was better than the main, when heavy featherweights, Dat “Be Dat” Nguyen and Robert “Don’t Lose” DaLuz, duked it out to the end in the eight round main eventer. continue


Bad to the Bone: Morrison vs. Hipp (1992)

boxing16.04.08 - By Ted Sares: A prime Tommy “The Duke” Morrison was a powerful hitter who possessed a great left hook; however, he was “chinny” and that factor made him an exciting fighter though it cost him against stiff punchers. Joe “The Boss” Hipp, a fringe contender and a member of the Blackfoot Tribe was a rough, tough heavyweight out of Yakima, Washington and the type of guy you didn’t want to meet in an unfriendly bar.

While Tommy had the punch but a suspect chin, Joe was gritty with solid whiskers at that point in his career. continue


Vazquez & Marquez Honored For Their Unforgettable Trilogy

PHOTOS: Jorge Garcia/For SHOWTIME - Showtime celebrated the historical Israel Vazquez-Rafael Marquez trilogy by honoring the legendary warriors with a special presentation at a media luncheon Wednesday at Tamayo Restaurant in Los Angeles. Media were invited to share their thoughts with America’s No. 1 Boxing Network as it filmed a special Vazquez-Marquez documentary. continue


Why Hopkins will beat Calzaghe

By Geoffrey Ciani: The highly anticipated showdown between Bernard Hopkins and Joe Calzaghe is finally upon us. Saturday night boxing fans will have an opportunity to see two of the best fighters in a generation square off in what will likely become a tactical chess match of technical genius. For the better part of the past twelve years, Hopkins and Calzaghe have respectively ruled the middleweight and super middleweight divisions. In an ironic twist, the two will finally do battle at light heavyweight in a battle of legacies. continue


Lorenzo-Marquez On Miranda/Abraham Undercard

TOTOWA, NJ (April 16, 2008) – Undefeated IBF #4 ranked middleweight contender Giovanni Lorenzo has accepted an offer to challenge former world champion and current IBF #12 ranked contender Raul Marquez in a 12 round IBF Voluntary Eliminator on June 21, 2008, it was announced by Main Events CEO Kathy Duva. continue


Live Streaming of Hopkins/Calzaghe Weigh-In on HBO.com

Joe CalzagheApril 16, 2008 – Boxing fans with broadband access can log on to hbo.com/boxing to view live streaming of the Bernard Hopkins – Joe Calzaghe mega-fight weigh-in This Friday! April 18, at 5:30 p.m. ET/ 2:30 p.m. PT. The two accomplished superstars are facing off in the light heavyweight division in one of the year’s most intriguing showdowns.

The live fight takes place on Saturday, April 19 from the Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas and will be seen live on HBO at 9:45 p.m. ET/ 6:45 p.m. PT. continue


Allen Green Calls Out Jeff Lacy

TULSA, OK -- The fight has been talked about numerous times in the past, however it has never come to fruition. Super middleweight contender Allen Green does not wish to wait any longer and is offering his services on May 31st against Jeff Lacy, who is scheduled to be featured on that PPV card. continue


Elvir Muriqi Wants A Rematch With Antonio Tarver - Faces Omar Sheika First

by James Slater: Elvir Muriqi, the tough fighter known as "The Kosovo Kid" is desperate to get it on again with new IBF light-heavyweight champion Antonio Tarver. The two men fought last June, in a bout that contested the vacant IBO 175 pound belt "The Magic Man" won by a close majority decision. continue


Prize Fight Inks Mexican Hard Hitter Victor Proa

Memphis based Prize Fight Promotions has inked a multi-fight deal with UNDEFEATED WBO ranked #12, Jr., Bantamweight Victor Proa (17-0, 13KO's).Proa, hailing out of Monterrey, Mexico, will make his American debut on May 24th at the Fitzgerald Casino in Tunica, MS, as part of the highly successful fight series “Fights at the Fitz” presented by Prize Fight Promotions. continue


Abraham - Miranda II Official

abraham mirandaHOLLYWOOD, APRIL 16 – The controversy over their 2006 bout has subsided some, but when it comes to their competitive fires, Edison Miranda and Arthur Abraham still believe they have some unfinished business to resolve. On Saturday, June 21st, in the US, these two world-class fighters will settle the score once and for all in a 166-pound special attraction that is destined to produce fistic fireworks. Abraham vs Miranda II headlines a night of professional boxing presented by Seminole Warriors Boxing Promotions and Sauerland Event. Showtime World Championship Boxing will televise this highly-anticipated rematch beginning at 9pm ET / PT.

“This is the matchup that all boxing fans should love and the type of fight that helps keep this great game alive,” said Leon Margules, Executive Director of Seminole Warriors Boxing. “Miranda and Abraham didn’t need to take this fight, but they did, not only for their own legacies, but to give the fans what they’ve been asking for, and I expect that they will deliver in spectacular fashion this June.. continue


Boxing Returns to Trentham Gardens

Potteries based boxing promoters Impact Boxing today announced that they would stage the first boxing event at Trentham Gardens this century when they host a dinner event at the venue on 6th June. The last time the venue played host to the pugilistic arts was on 8th December 1999. continue


Giacobbe Fragomeni Retains European Union Cruiserweight Title With Dull Points Win Over Konstantin Semerdjiev

by James Slater: Last night, in Lombardia, Italy, reigning European Union cruiserweight champ Giacobbe Fragomeni of Milan out pointed his former sparring partner Konstantin Semerdjiev of Bulgaria over 12 dull and disappointing rounds. After the less than excitement-filled 12 rounder was over, Fragomeni was awarded a unanimous decision victory. This writer struggled to give Semerdjiev a single round. continue


Kirkland, Angula, Gamboa on HBO Boxing - May 17

PRIMM, NEV (April 16, 2008) – JAMES KIRKLAND, ALFREDO ANGULO, and YURIOKIS GAMBOA, the undefeated trio of young boxing phenoms, with a combined record of 42-0 (35 KOs), headline “Night of the Rising Stars,” Saturday, May 17, at Terrible’s Primm Valley Casino Resorts. HBO Boxing After Dark will broadcast all three 10-round bouts live, beginning at 9:45 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the west coast.. continue


Joel Julio Work out Quotes

boxingJaime Castro-Núñez: LOS ANGELES, California (April 16, 2008). In just two more Wednesdays, Joel Julio’s fans will have the opportunity to see what the “Loved Child” has refined and learned since his knockout victory over Cornelius Bundrage on July 11, 2007, in Hollywood, California, at the Kodak Theatre.

I had the opportunity to watch his training session last April 5th thanks to the generosity of Féliz “Tutico” Zabala, Roberto Quesada, Mario Santamaría, and David Obregón, the 29-year-old light middleweight pugil who sparred with Joel. Courteous, good-humored and accompanied by his lovely wife, Lilly, the Colombian arrived to the Miami Fight gym in order to oil his joints and practice what he will be doing on Wednesday, April 30, in Canada. continue


Margarito: The last step for Cotto before a fight with Mayweather?

16.04.08 - By Cesar Pancorvo: Alfonso Gomez is better than the average opponent that is usually elected for tune-up fights; he wasn’t ranked in the Top10 (Ring ratings), but was a relatively well-known fighter, because of “The Contender”, and had beaten Peter Manfredo Jr. and Arturo Gatti. continue


Who is the Best Welterweight in the World?

16.04.08 - Yero Moody: As I watched the welterweight doudle-header on HBO this past weekend I was again reminded of how richly talented the welterweight division truly is. Two of the top ten pound for pound fighters in the world reside there, Floyd Mayweather and Miguel Cotto and a former pound for pound champ Shane Mosley. The fights themselves panned out to be exactly what most predicted. A relatively easy win for Cotto over a grossly overmatched Gomez and part II of the vicious beating of Cintron at the hands of Margarito. continue


Yet More Big Talk From Calzaghe - "I'm Going To Put Hopkins Into Permanent Retirement," Says Joe.

by James Slater: Joe Calzaghe is certainly doing his bit to hype his upcoming super fight with the legendary Bernard Hopkins. Not that this fight needs any more trash-talking to sell tickets - with a fight between two proven greats such as these two, the arena would likely fill if neither guy said anything at all. Still, a little more hoopla won't hurt any. In a recent interview with Sky Sports, Calzaghe said what he planned to do to the holder of the Ring magazine light-heavyweight championship belt this coming Saturday in Las Vegas. continue


The Left-Hook Lounge: Vivek Wallace's Q&A Session Featuring Cotto-Margarito, Hopkins-Calzaghe, Dawson-Johnson, Mayweather, and More!

Chad DawsonLast Saturday night fight fans suddenly found themselves much closer to a welterweight mega-fight than previously thought as Antonio Margarito and Miguel Cotto set the stage for a summer showdown by defeating their respective opponents. As great as it is to see the smoke in the welterweight division begin to clear, most fight fans take issue with the fact that it isn't a result of the divisions biggest name (Mayweather) eliminating contenders, but rather a result of the two men who are actively pursuing his spot. In today's Q&A session, we take another in-depth look at fan questions surrounding this topic as well as many more.....

Jerry L. (Santa Maria, CA): What other welterweight matches do you think would be good for the division aside from the obvious Margarito, Cotto, or Mayweather fights? continue


Alexander Dimitrenko To Face Derric Rossy For WBO Inter-Continental Heavyweight Title

by James Slater: On the under-card of the Firat Arslan-Darnell Wilson WBA cruiserweight title fight in Stuttgart, Germany on May 3rd, a decent and quite interesting heavyweight pairing takes place. The unbeaten 25 year old Ukrainian Alexander Dimitrenko squares up against the once-beaten 27 year old New Yorker Derric Rossy. At stake will be the WBO Inter-continental heavyweight strap. continue


Wayne Elcock withdraws from British title defence

Hennessy Sports in association with GoldenPalace.com today regrettably announce Wayne Elcock has had to withdraw from his British Middleweight Title defence against Darren McDermott due to a severe chest infection. continue


British Boxing: Another First For Frank Maloney

Promoter Frank Maloney has once again stolen the march on his rivals by signing flyweight Najah Ali, the UK’s first professional Iraqi boxer. Ali successfully competed in the 2004 Athens Olympic Games and created a massive impression with the manner of his 21-7 victory over North Korea’s Hyok Ju Kwak. continue


Kevin Johnson: “After Terry Smith, I Want The Top Guys In The Division!”

kevin johnson boxing16.04.08 - By Matt Yanofsky: I had the opportunity to speak with top rated heavyweight prospect Kevin “Kingpin” Johnson 18-0-1 (6 KO’s). Johnson will be taking on tough veteran Terry Smith this Friday on ESPN 2’s Friday Night Fights.

MY: Kevin what’s up? In your last TV fight (which was an August 3rd Shobox card) you dominated fellow prospect Damian Wills. What took a rising heavyweight star so long to get back on the air?

KJ: It’s not up to me it’s up to the promoter. I’ve been in the gym since December which was right after I fought Jameel Barnes. If it was my choice, I would have fought on TV like 7 more times since my last TV bout in August. I want to fight the top guys and nothing else.

MY: On Friday you will be taking on a tough experienced opponent in Terry Smith. He has never been knocked out and has been in some very entertaining action fights. What are you doing to prepare for the man known as “The Troublemaker”? continue


Carbajal and Whitaker Set for Boxing HOF Weekend

CANASTOTA, NY - APRIL 16, 2008 - Hall of Famers Michael "Little Hands of Stone" Carbajal and Pernell "Sweet Pea" Whitaker will be among the boxing superstars attending festivities planned for the 19th Annual Hall of Fame Induction Weekend scheduled for June 5-8th in Canastota, NY. continue


Countdown To De la Hoya - Forbes Premieres On April 19

16.04.08 - HBO Sports is presenting a thirty-minute special analyzing the upcoming HBO World Championship Boxing matchup between superstar Oscar De La Hoya and savy veteran Steve Forbes. Their showdown is set for Saturday, May 3 in the outdoor soccer stadium at the Home Depot Center in Carson. Calif. continue


Is America blind to the talent of Calzaghe? Is Britain underestimating Hopkins?

By Andrew Walker: Unless you have been living under a rock or have no interest in the sport of boxing you will be aware that there is a big boxing match up taking place this weekend in Las Vegas. The fight in question is between the American Bernard Hopkins 48-4-1-(32) defending his Ring magazine light heavyweight title against Wales Joe Calzaghe 44-0-(32) the reigning undisputed super middleweight champion who holds the WBA/WBC/WBO/Ring magazine belts. continue


Johnson deserves a rematch with Dawson

Glen JohnsonBy Geoffrey Ciani: Through the midst of a smoky haze, with vision slightly blurred from a sea of booze, it appeared from my vantage point that Glenn Johnson had done enough to secure a victory against rising star Chad Dawson. Admittedly, there were many close rounds which could have gone either way, and this was by no means a robbery (although the final tallies did seem a bit too wide). Even still, the body language on display at the post-fight interview was quite revealing. Johnson clearly believed he had done enough to win, whereas, Dawson looked like a man who had just gotten away with murder, as evidenced by his uninspiring interview.

In the end, I was impressed by both fighters. Johnson proved that at age 39, he is still formidable contender in the light heavyweight division. Driven by a will to win, Johnson gave his best efforts at scoring an upset against one of the greatest young talents in the sport. continue


Video: Glen Johnson Talks About The Chad Dawson Fight

16.04.08 - The People's Light Heavyweight Champion, Glen Johnson, has a message for his fans, the media, and everyone in the boxing world following his highly controversial 12 round 'LOSS' to Chad Dawson last weekend in Tampa, Florida. Click below for these exclusive video clips, filmed just days after the Dawson bout. continue


Cotto-Margarito this July for the REAL Welterweight Championship

By Michael Montero: WARNING: Attention Floyd Mayweather lovers; this article contains facts that may be hard for you to swallow - please proceed with caution!

After their impressive demolition victories over capable opponents last Saturday at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, the stage is set for the #1 and #2 welterweights in boxing, Miguel Cotto and Antonio Margarito, to do battle this July (according to promoter Bob Arum). continue


Aydin vs. Lewele on April 26th in Trabzon, Turkey

The WBC international welterweight championship clash between unbeaten Turkish powerhouse “Mini-Tyson” Selcuk Aydin and former champion Lucky Lewele from South Africa has been postponed for one day from April 25th to April 26th 2008. The bout will take place in Selcuk’s hometown Trabzon. continue


Arum Working On July Date For Cotto-Margarito Super fight

Antonio Margarito15.04.08 - by James Slater: The welterweight fight fans are all desperate to see is being worked on as we speak - and I'm not talking about any fight involving Floyd Mayweather Junior. Miguel Cotto Vs. Antonio Margarito, just about the most potentially thrilling and explosive fight that can be made at 147 pounds right now, is being pencilled in for July 26th, according to Arum.

"The target date is July 26th," Said Arum. "I hope to conclude the negotiations for the fight soon. Nothing is sealed and nothing is signed [yet]," the promoter added.

There should, however, be no problem. Both warriors want the fight, both are promoted by Arum and the bout would likely be one of the greatest fights of this, or any other year. continue


Shannon Briggs Says He'd Love A Fight In The U.K - Possibly One With David Haye!

by James Slater: He's been inactive as of late and he hasn't won a fight since late 2006, but former world champion Shannon Briggs isn't being quiet. In an interview with Setanta Sports, Briggs told of his desire to go up against cruiserweight star David Haye, once "The Hayemaker" makes his move up north to the big guys' weight class. continue


Ed Perry Named As Come-Back Opponent For Audley Harrison

15.04.08 - by James Slater: Olympic gold medallist Audley "A-Force" Harrison makes a return to the boxing ring this Saturday, on the under-card of the huge Bernard Hopkins-Joe Calzaghe showdown. According to Box-rec.com, Harrison's opponent will be 32 year old Ed Perry of Lafayette, Indiana. continue


Calzaghe, Hopkins: The Fight Game

By Nefarious Nick Fremont: The road to acceptance in the fight game today typically requires a foreign fighter to travel to these shores and prove himself under the glare and scrutiny of the Las Vegas lights. To do otherwise would be to risk toiling in obscurity for an entire career (Dariusz Michalczewski, anyone?) continue


Calzaghe Talks About Hopkins At Today's Grand Arrival At Planet Hollywood

calzaghe hopkinsLAS VEGAS, NEV (April 14, 2008) -- photos courtesy of Planet Hollywood by Denise Truscello - JOE CALZAGHE, boxing's current longest-reigning world champion, greeted hundreds of fans and media at his grand arrival at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas today.

Calzaghe (44-0, 32 KOs), from Newbridge, Wales, the super middleweight champion since October 11, 1997, has successfully defended his title a division-record 21 consecutive times, fourth-best on boxing's all time list. The only super middleweight champion to have held every major belt, Calzaghe makes his U.S. and light heavyweight debut this Saturday when he challenges Philadelphia's Bernard Hopkins (48-4-1, 32 KOs), for Hopkins title in a rare battle of The Ring magazine champions. continue


Danny Green: Six Fights That Defined His Career

15.04.08 - By Srithar Visuasam: As you all would be aware, Australian boxer Danny Green has retired. He has retired a reigning world champion and has retired due to no further desire to prove anything more in the ring and with a look to his future health. His record at retirement was 25-3, with 22 wins by knockout. continue


Golota Supports Bernard Hopkins!

15.04.08 - By Scoop Malinowski: Andrew Golota won't be in Las Vegas this weekend for the Bernard Hopkins-Joe Calzaghe showdown, but the WBC #8 heavyweight contender is supporting the legendary man from Philadelphia. Golota wants to send a simple message to Hopkins: "(I) wish him luck. Tell him like this: Stay focused. Go and win."

Golota met Hopkins for the first time at Madison Square Garden where the two warriors sat near each other at ringside for Trinidad-Mayorga. Hopkins was kind enough to offer Golota some very useful advice and inspiration for his 2004 WBA Heavyweight title challenge against John Ruiz which Golota employed to good use. continue


Roy Jones, Jr.’s Square Ring Announces Restructuring

PENSACOLA, FL—April 15, 2008—Roy “Superman” Jones, Jr. and his boxing promotional company, Square Ring, Inc., today announced a significant restructuring to position Square Ring to become a leading promoter of world class boxing events with the appointment of former Don King Productions attorney John Wirt as Square Ring’s new Chief Executive Officer. continue


Tony Thompson: "Klitschko's Gonna Get His Ass Knocked Out!"

klitschko thompson15.04.08 - Interview by James Slater: For those fans that are not that familiar with heavyweight contender Tony Thompson, he is a 6'5" southpaw who holds an impressive 31-1(19) record - the sole loss coming on points back in 2000 in a four-rounder that what was only Thompson's fifth pro fight. Since then "The Tiger" has won 27 straight over an unbeaten eight years. Last year, in Germany, against the tough Luan Krasniqi, the 36 year old Thompson won an official WBO heavyweight title elimination bout, via an impressive 5th round TKO.

Since then, however, Thompson has been on the backburner, patiently - sometimes frustratingly - waiting for his big chance. Now, in July, he gets his chance courtesy of a fight with IBF and WBO heavyweight king Wladimir Klitschko. Here is what the easygoing Tony had to say over the phone to this writer about his upcoming shot at glory. continue


Pencils Down! Joe Calzaghe vs. the WBO belt

15.04.08 - by J. Kitchen: Given the tremendous hype surrounding their upcoming Light Heavweight duel, it seems a little strange to me that more boxing journalists aren't devoting more pages to what has been a burning question in my mind for about ten years now:

"Who is Joe Calzaghe?" continue


Bika KO's Kapusi In 1

By Tony Nobbs: Contender series 3 champion Sakio “The Scorpion” Bika needed just one round (2 min 59 to be exact) to dispose of Argentine champ Gustavo Javier Kapusi at Cronulla Leagues Club in Sydney last night. Headlining a Foxsport Jeff Fenech Fight Night Bika (IBF & IBO # 10), wearing his blue team Contender trunks, couldn't have done anything but finish the fight in style against the late replacement who arrived in Australia on Thursday morning. continue


Joe Calzaghe - "I'm A More Experienced Fighter Than Bernard Hopkins"

14.04.08 - by James Slater: In an exclusive interview with Setanta sports in which Joe Calzaghe spoke to T.V presenter Des Lynham, the unbeaten Welshman spoke in depth about the man he is going to be fighting in less than five days time. Some of the things the 36 year old said were quite noteworthy, too. continue


The Aftermath: Post Fight Analysis On Cotto-Gomez, Dawson-Johnson, Margarito-Cintron, and Tarver-Woods!

margarito14.04.08 - By Vivek Wallace, photo by Chris Farina - TopRank - Fight aficionado's around the world walked away from their television tubes on Saturday night high on life. Not only had they witnessed a great evening of boxing, but the results rendered set the stage for some huge things to come in both the Light Heavyweight and Welterweight divisions. Although the four fights witnessed went a long way in answering questions, perhaps it's the ones raised that will serve as the appetizer, en route to the potential main course. As we continue to digest what happened last Saturday night, we take an in-depth look in the form of a close-up analysis.

Miguel Cotto-Alfonso Gomez: Most can remember a few years ago in the NBA when sports fans had a chance to see the elevation in the game of Dwyane Wade who went from a young, somewhat injury prone player to one who would rise to the occassion at every stop and ultimately end that season with an MVP award in his sports biggest stage. continue


Nate Campbell Claims Amir Khan Is Nothing But A Fraud

by James Slater: According to an article on Sky Sports.com, Nate Campbell, the reigning world lightweight king, has no respect for the prospective challenge of the unbeaten Amir Khan. Khan, as fight fans know, has spoken of his desire to box Campbell later this year, but "The Galaxxy Warrior" is not impressed. "Amir has plenty of heart," the 36 year old said. "but he's not ready for me. But the only way he can show the world he is not a big fraud is by taking me on. I hope khan is stupid enough not to be afraid.. continue


Rodriguez, Hinkey ready to shine May 17 in Boston

PAWTUCKET, Rhode Island (April 15, 2008) – Pro boxing returns to Boston on May 17 when promoter Peter Manfredo, Sr., in association with Let’s Get It On Promotions, presents “Diamonds in the Rough” at Freeport (I.B.E.W.) Hall in Dorchester, Massachusetts. continue


Castillo Brothers Star as Main and Co-Main Events at VIP Boxing in Miami

MIAMI, FL -- (April 15, 2008) -- Elieser Castillo and younger brother Eliseo Castillo will fight for the first time on the same card at the premier of the VIP Boxing Event . "Bringing it Back to the Knight," June 6, 2008, at the James L. Knight Center in Miami, Florida. A Weigh-In and Charity Auction will take place on June 5, 2008 at the Hyatt Regency Riverfront Room in Miami. continue


Edwin Rodriguez Remains Undefeated! Fight & Photo Coverage from The Roxy in Boston

boxing14.04.08 - By Peter Mark Heintzelman- Photos by Peter Mark Heintzelman

Worcester, Massachusetts’ promising super middleweight, Edwin Rodriguez, was looking for his fourth professional win in only eleven weeks, and came out on top against a very tough and competitive, Jeffrey Osborne, Jr., of Davenport, Iowa.

Prior to the fight, Osborne, a second generation boxer, had stated to EastSideBoxing, that he had lots of respect for Rodriguez, who he characterized as a slick fighter. That his game plan was to take the fight to Rodriguez. It may well have been the fight of the night! continue


Leon Margules: “The scoring of Johnson-Dawson was a disgrace”

HOLLYWOOD, FL, April 14 – You would think Glen Johnson would be used to this by now – fighting his heart out, doing enough to win, and then seeing judges destroy his hard work with a stroke of their pen. It happened to ‘The Road Warrior’ against Joseph Kiwanuka, Sven Ottke, Omar Sheika, Julio Gonzalez, Daniel Judah, and Clinton Woods (twice), just to name a few. But Saturday night’s verdict of his bout against Chad Dawson may have hurt the most. continue


A Night At The Cotto Fight

By Scoop Malinowski: Miguel Cotto and Antonio Margarito proved on Saturday night in Atlantic City that the 147-pound division is on the verge of exploding into a rebirth of the Golden Age of the Welterweights. Like the 1980's legendary group of Leonard, Duran, Hearns and Hagler attracted and fascinated so many boxing fans with their fearlessness, fighting skills and spectacular unforgettable events, our new warriors Cotto, Margarito, Mayweather, Williams, Quintana, Clottey and Berto appear ready to revitalize the sport of boxing. continue


Rodriguez Fights in Idaho May 3

Undefeated professional and two-time national amateur champion Edwin Rodriguez of Worcester, Mass., fights in the west for first time with a four-round middleweight bout May 3 in Worley, Idaho. Rodriguez, who has a record of 4-0 with three knockouts and turns 23 May 5, is hoping for an early birthday present with a win in his first fight outside of Massachusetts and New York. continue


Savage Slugfest Sees The amazing Antonio Margarito KO Kermit Cintron For A Second Time

margarito14.04.08 - By James Slater, photo by Chris Farina - TopRank - Last night's rematch between Kermit Cintron and the only man to ever beat him in Antonio Margarito did not disappoint. A quite incredible battle saw the Mexican tough guy (an understatement) finish off the brave Cintron with a wicked left to the body in round number 6. The time was 1 minute and 57 seconds, and Margariro is now the new IBF welterweight king.

Both men came right out at the opening bell and went to war. This was not a fight for the purists, but, wow, was it great to see. Cintron, one of the hardest punchers in boxing, teed off on the rock-hard head of Margarito in this round, rights in particular exploding on the Mexican. But, as before, Margarito went nowhere. The noise of the crowd was deafening, and a savage shootout was well underway. continue


Chicago's 8 Count Presents Battle For Pride On Friday, May 9th

CHICAGO, IL (April 14, 2008) World class professional boxing returns to Cicero Stadium on Friday, May 9th as Dominic Pesoli’s 8 Count Productions, HOME OF THE BEST IN CHICAGO BOXING and Octavius James’ One In A Million Incorporated present BATTLE FOR PRIDE, an action packed evening headlined by an eight round middleweight cross-town showdown between Chicago natives “MACHO” Miguel Hernandez and “SUPERMAN” Derrick Findley. continue


Kelly Pavlik-Marco Antonio Rubio In The Works?

by James Slater: According to ESPN.com, middleweight king Kelly Pavlik's second world title defence is already being discussed by promoter Bob Arum. Top scribe Dan Rafael, in speaking with Arum revealed how a bout with the tough Mexican, Marco Antonio Rubio is being set for Pavlik's next defence assuming "The Ghost" does as most feel he will and beats Welshman Gary Lockett in defence number one this coming June. continue


Eric "Danger" Fields Derailed By The Come Backing Ola Afolabi

by James Slater: Somewhat lost in the shuffle at the weekend, what with so many big fights taking place on the same day, was the cruiserweight battle between the unbeaten Eric Fields and his come backing opponent, Ola Ofalabi. Fields, nicknamed "Danger," was having his first fight since his sensational one round destruction of Kelvin "Concrete" Davis. His march towards a likely world title shot was derailed by the relatively unknown Ofalabi, however, as Fields was stopped in the 10th round in Tacoma, Washington on Saturday night. continue


Chad Dawson Holds Off Glen Johnson In WBC Light Heavyweight Contest

dawson johnson boxingBy Wray Edwards: Photos © Wray Edwards -- click here to view large photo gallery -- Truth be told, I would have rather seen Tarver-Dawson, Johnson-Woods last night. IMO that would have led to a Dawson-Johnson meeting down the road. Trouble is, single spectators can't choose. Nobody who has ever met Glengoffe Johnson has come away with other than a positive, uplifted feeling. Throughout his entire career he has been the consummate professional.

Whenever I missed one of his fights it was not just the fighting action one missed, it was also the opportunity to feel honored and respected by this guy. He treats everyone he meets as if he is glad to do so…and he probably is. His effort versus Chad Dawson in their Light Heavyweight match for the WBC crown was classic Johnson. The fight was a photographer's dream with so many opportunities for classic, prize fighting contact shots. continue


Shaun George vs Chris Byrd May 16th On ESPN

For years, Shaun George has waited patiently for his chance to rise to the top of his division. His journey comes to a head on May 16, when the Brooklyn native faces former two-time heavyweight champion Chris Byrd on ESPN's Friday Night Fights in Las Vegas, NV. The fight will be contested at the light-heavyweight limit of 175 pounds. continue


Sharkies Machine: Thoughts about Cotto, Gomez, Margarito, Cintron, and Bad Match Making

By Frank Gonzalez Jr. - April 13th, 2008 - Saturday night in Atlantic City, New Jersey, Miguel Cotto (32-0, 26 KO’s) made easy work of Alphonso Gomez (19-3-2, 8 KO’s) winning by TKO after the fifth round when the ringside doctor stepped in and stopped it. Even though Gomez was in way over his head and getting floored three times in five rounds, he wasn’t incapable of continuing. That stoppage, while merciful, was totally premature. continue


Calzaghe Hopkins: Welsh Rugby Figures Send Well Wishes To Calzaghe

14.04.08 - By Mark Pickering: Super-middleweight king Joe Calzaghe has received well wishes for Saturday’s super-fight with Bernard Hopkins from some of Welsh rugby’s most popular figures. Calzaghe, 36, is primed for the biggest bout of his glittering career and will be looking to continue Wales’ scintillating year of sporting success after the Grand Slam winning exploits of the rugby side and Cardiff City’s stunning FA Cup run. continue


Antonio Tarver Outpoints Clinton Woods To Win IBF Light Heavy Title

tarver boxing woodsBy Wray Edwards: Photos © Wray Edwards/ESB -- click here to view large photo gallery -- Last night at the St. Pete Times Forum in Tampa, Florida Antonio Tarver faced a determined IBF Light Heavyweight Champion, Clinton Woods, in an uneven effort to relieve Woods of his belt. The name of Clinton's game was "In your face" while Tarver elected to stick to a counter-defensive hit-and-run style for the most part.

In this photo essay we can see that Antonio made the most of this approach which, at times, frustrated his corner. Meanwhile, somebody with security must have been napping, because between rounds these scantily-clad, beautiful girls kept getting in the ring to wave around big pieces of cardboard with numbers on them. I took several photos of this for future reference. continue


Photos: Adrian Diaconu vs. Chris Henry

13.04.08 - Photos: Diaconu and Henry held separate public workouts today at a shopping mall in Bucharerst, Romania, as they prepare for their April 19th fight for the WBC Interim Light Heavyweight Championship and an immediate unification fight with champion Chad Dawson. continue


Come On, Mayweather - Fight Cotto!

by James Slater - It is massively apparent to almost any fight fan. The only opponent out there that the unbeaten and quite superb Floyd Mayweather Junior needs to face is the also unbeaten and equally superb Miguel Cotto. This fight, to once and for all decide the 147 pound division's supremacy - if not the pound-for-pound title's - is simply one that HAS to be made. Seemingly, judging by "Pretty Boy" Floyd's comments as of late, the only person opposed to such a meeting is the Grand Rapids native himself. continue


Arnaoutis Returns May 9 On ESPN2 "Friday Night Fights"

Bronx, NY Apr 11, 2008 Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing has outdone itself as they present a terrific twin bill of matches on May 9, 2008 emanating from Bally's in Atlantic City, NJ. In the first co-main event recently crowned USBA Jr. Welterweight champ "Mighty" Mike Arnaoutis (18-2-2, 9 KO's) making his first title defense against the undefeated Lanardo Tyner (19-0, 11 KO's) in a 12 round bout. continue


Sylvester knocks out Castillejo, Sturm Next?

sylvester sturm abrahamSebastian Sylvester clinched a spectacular 12th-round KO victory over Javier Castillejo to defend his European middleweight title and become Felix Sturm´s next mandatory challenger. With 67 seconds to go, the Hurricane dusted his opponent with a huge right to the head. “The fans helped me win tonight,” Sylvester (29-2, 14 KOs) enthused. “They were fantastic.” The sell-out crowd of 4.600 fans in Neubrandenburg supported their local hero from the first bell on and raised the roof during a spectacular sixth round when Sylvester rocked the former world champion with several strong combinations. “El Lince” looked hurt but refused to give in as Sylvester kept punishing him with strong left jabs and big rights. “The fight was decided after the sixth round,” coach Hartmut Schroder said.” Sebastian did an excellent job. He again proved his class tonight and showed his will to win.. continue


Showdown Nears For Woolcombe vs. Rhodes

With only a few days to go before popular south Londoner Gary Woolcombe's first British light middleweight title defense against former champion Ryan "Spice Boy" Rhodes, the spiritual home of English boxing, York Hall, looks set for another thriller this Friday, April 18, 2008. This highly anticipated light middleweight clash is the classic contrast of youth against experience. continue


Unstoppable Miguel Cotto is too much for anybody

By Mike Cassell - The Philadelphia Boxing Report 4/13//08 -- Atlantic City – Give Alfonso Gomez credit. He did something that Floyd Mayweather, Oscar De La Hoya, and a host of other “so called” hall of fame fighters will not think about doing and that is step into the ring with Miguel Cotto. Maybe Cotto needs to join the WWE or put on pair fishnet stockings to lure these guys into the ring. continue


Barthelemy impresses on Tarver-Woods / Dawson-Johnson undercard

Tampa, April 13th 2008 -- Bantamweight phenomenon Yan Barthelemy remains unbeaten after Saturday night’s impressive six rounds unanimous decision win over Colombian veteran Jose Garcia Bernal at St. Pete Times Forum in Tampa, Florida. Barthelemy once more showed excellent boxing skills winning every round plus dropping his opponent in the fifth. It was the sixth victory in as many pro-fights for the 2004 Olympic gold medallist and former world amateur champion who emphasized again that he is absolutely focused on winning a world title at the pros as well. continue


Sharkie’s Machine: Glen Johnson Speaks The Truth

tarver woodsBy Frank Gonzalez Jr., photo by Tom Casino / Showtime-- April 12th, 2008 - Saturday night at the St. Pete’s Forum in Tampa Florida, WBC Light Heavyweight champion Chad Dawson (26-0-1 NC, 17 KO’s) defended his title against one of the toughest guys in all boxing, former IBF Light HW champ, Glen Johnson (47-12-2, 32 KO’s).

At 39 years of age, Johnson is nearing the end of his boxing career but he showed that he still had plenty left in him as he battled highly regarded Dawson through 12 hard fought rounds and on my scorecard, won the fight. Johnson is no stranger to bad decisions and he let the world know how he felt about it during the post fight interview, which I recorded word for word at the end of this article. continue


Cotto punishes Gomez - Margarito crushes Cintron!

By Mike Indri, Retired Boxers Foundation - April 13, 2008 -- Atlantic City, NJ - With the Boardwalk Hall filled, and HBO broadcasting to millions at home, Miguel Cotto tore into Alfonso Gomez and in the same ring where the "Contender" fighter enjoyed his greatest win (TKO 7 vs. Arturo Gatti, 7/14/07), punished the likable and big willed fighter, sending Gomez to his most demoralizing defeat. continue


Sylvester Kos Castillejo, Euro Boxing Roundup

By Per Ake Persson: Spanish 20-year veteran Javier Castillejo´s long and glorious career surely came to a brutal end at the hands of EBU middle champ Sebastian Sylvester Saturday night in Neubrandenburg. At the same time Sylvester - improving fight by fight and with that fragile look about him is gone and replaced by the confidence of a champion - emerged as a genuine threat to WBA champ Felix Sturm and a big all-German worldtitle fight can be on for early fall. Sebastian´s win also finally opens the door for the number one challenger in the EBU ratings, Finn Amin Asikainen, who was ringside in Neubrandenburg. As for Castillejo, he spent the night in a hospital as a precaution but is now back in Spain nursing his wounds. continue


Ivica Bacurin to give his pro-debut next Saturday

Four times Croatian amateur champion Ivica Bacurin signed with ARENA and will give his pro-debut on Saturday, April 19th 2008 against Ben Nshofah (1-0) from Darmstadt. 25-year-old Bacurin came to Hamburg upon the recommendation of former WBA light heavyweight champion Stipe Drews. continue


Tarver Calls Out Dawson After Both Win

tarver woodsTAMPA, Fla. (April 13, 2008) – Photo by Tom Casino / Showtime - Antonio Tarver registered a unanimous 12-round decision over defending champion Clinton Woods to capture the International Boxing Federation (IBF) light heavyweight crown and World Boxing Council (WBC) 175-pound kingpin Chad Dawson remained undefeated with a thrilling, hard-fought 12-round decision over hard-luck Glen Johnson Saturday on SHOWTIME.

The world championship doubleheader, billed as “TNT: Title Night in Tampa,” took place at the St. Pete Times Forum and was promoted by Gary Shaw Productions, LLC, and AT Entertainment in association with Fight Academy. A crowd-pleasing event aired on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING at 9 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the west coast). continue


Rodriguez Wins in Boston Saturday

Undefeated professional and two-time national amateur champion Edwin Rodriguez of Worcester, Mass., improved his record to 4-0 with a fourth-round technical knockout of veteran Jeffrey Osborne Jr. of Davenport, Iowa, in a super middleweight bout scheduled for four rounds in Boston Saturday night. continue


Nineteen Years Ago Today - The Great Sugar Ray Robinson Passes Away

by James Slater: It is fitting that today, April 12th, there is a huge amount of boxing action taking place. For today marks the 19th anniversary of the death of THE single most gifted and consistently brilliant boxer in the history of the sport. Nineteen years ago today, the man born Walker Smith Junior, passed away at the age of 67. continue


Public Invited to Monday's Hopkins Calzaghe Hollywood Style Grand Arrivals

LAS VEGAS, NEV (April 12, 2008) – Legendary world champion superstars BERNARD HOPKINS and JOE CALZAGHE will make Hollywood style grand arrivals at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino This Monday! April 14, to kickoff fight week for their world title rumble. In true Hollywood fashion, Calzaghe and Hopkins will commemorate boxing’s world premiere event with Planet Hollywood by placing their fists in wet clay, a la the tradition started 81 years ago at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, immortalizing two of this era's brightest stars of the squared ring. continue


Majestic Antonio Tarver Rolls Back The Years With Superb Performance Against Clinton Woods

tarver woodsby James Slater, photo by Tom Casino / Showtime -- Last night, in Tampa, Florida, 39 year old Antonio "Magic Man" Tarver more than lived up to his name as he scored a clear and dominant points win to relieve Britain's Clinton Woods of his IBF 175 pound belt. Putting on a near master class, Tarver won by commanding scores of 119-109, 117-111 and a surprisingly close 116-112.

Thought by many to be way past his best, this writer included, Tarver instead boxed one of his best ever performances last night. Woods, it has to be said, was a big disappointment. The brave man from Sheffield didn't stop trying, he simply could not cope with the seed and skill level of the four years older man. continue


Boxing Great Johnny Tapia To Make Ring Return

by James Slater: It looks like you can add the name of Johnny Tapia to the seemingly endless list of former world champions making comebacks these days. According to Boxrec.com, Tapia now aged forty one, will box in El Paso, Texas on May the 2nd. continue


Chris Henry Arrives In Romania; Ready For Diaconu

Chris Henry, # 3 WBC Light Heavyweight contender from Houston, Texas, arrived just hours ago in Bucharest, Romania for his scheduled WBC Interim Light Heavyweight Championship April 19th against # 1 Contender and local favorite Adrian Diaconu. At a short press conference, Henry picked Glenn Johnson to knock out Chad Dawson Saturday night.The winners of the Dawson-Johnson fight and Diaconu-Henry will meet to unify the WBC Light Heavyweight title. continue


Undercard Results From The St. Pete Times Forum

Ringside report from Alden "The Kid" Chodash in Tampa Bay, Florida: Undefeated Raymond Biggs Jr. outboxed Jean Baptiste over the course of six rounds and garnered a unanimous decision victory. Scores were 58-55 (twice) and 59-54. Biggs booted his record to 9-0 with 6 by knockout with the win. continue


Dawson vs. Johnson Biggest Surprise of the Night

tarver woodsBy Paul Strauss, photo by Tom Casino / Showtime -- Saturday Night's most exciting fight also proved to be it's most controversial. Leading up to the fight, it seemed Chad Dawson would be too big, too fast, and too young for the aging legs of the 39 yr old Glen Johnson. However, Dawson did not fight a smart fight, electing to get into a slugging match with Johnson, which made it a much harder fight for him. There is no doubt Johnson fought an impressive fight, and stayed strong to the very end, but It appeared his success was due more to Dawson's poor choices, then to his own strategy.

This was evident during those times when Dawson did follow his corners' instructions to box, move and throw combinations. He would easily win rounds, or portions of rounds, when he followed instructions. continue


Is HBO Ready To Rumble?, It's Showtime: Fight Breakdowns For Margarito-Cintron, Cotto-Gomez, Dawson-Johnson, and Tarver-Woods

12.04.08 - By Vivek Wallace: Saturday night the world of boxing heats up as both HBO and Showtime have put together very stellar fight cards which will go a long way in narrowing down two of the sports more interesting divisions. On HBO, fight fans will see what is viewed by most as a welterweight eliminator, as the two men who emerge victorious after the two fights will eventually square off to decide the winner of the official 'Money' Mayweather sweepstakes. The Showtime card will display an eliminator of sorts as well, as fight fans will watch Clinton Woods square off against Antonio Tarver, along with 'young gun' Chad Dawson against Veteran Glen Johnson. continue


Danny Williams To Now Face Alabama's Marcus McGee On Tonight's Tampa Show

by James Slater: British juggernaut Danny Williams fights on tonight's under-card of the Clinton Woods-Antonio Tarver/Chad Dawson-Glen Johnson doubleheader in Florida. At first it was reported Williams would face former IBF cruiserweight champ Alfred Cole. continue


Boston Roxy Weigh-In For Saturday Night Fights And Photogallery

12.04.08 - At the Scales: Trish Kilcullen, Photos by Peter Mark Heintzelman: Richie Cappiello does it again, with an exciting fight card full of great matches from top to bottom, scheduled for Saturday Night at the Roxy, in downtown Boston. The Massachusetts Boxing Commission weighed the combatants in at the Holiday Inn, in Randolph, Massachusetts on Friday night, and the scales tipped as follows: Main Event: Eight Rounds Featherweight: Dat “Be Dat” Nguyen, Vero Beach, 11-1, 6 KO’s, 124 lbs v. Robert DaLuz, Providence, Rhode Island, 10-10-2, 9 KO’s, 124 ½ lbs. continue


Calzaghe: "It's Boot Hill for Hopkins' Career as a Fighter!"

calzaghe hopkinsLAS VEGAS, NEV (April 11, 2008) -- Photos by Tom Donoghue / Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino-- Boxing's quickest and deadliest gunslinger, SOUTHPAW JOE C WALES, is not only boxing's current longest-reigning world champion, he is also the only active fighter in the top-five of boxing's all-time list for consecutive successful title defenses. There isn't a professional fighter -- dead or alive -- that has ever left the ring from a Joe Calzaghe showdown with anything but a loss, dating back to his pro debut in 1993, 44 bouts ago.


"Hopkins fancies himself "The Executioner" but he will be the one walking the "last mile" when he leaves his dressing room to enter the Planet Hollywood Ring with me on April 19," said Calzaghe, after his public workout at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino this week. continue


Santana Decisions Lopez, De Leon Stops McGirt Jr.

MIAMI (April 11, 2008) – One night before the light heavyweight world championship doubleheader in on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING, ShoBox: The New Generation showcased four legitimate prospects in two close and thrilling match-ups. continue


Hopkins, Calzaghe Trainers Interview Transcript

Enzo Calzaghe: Hello everybody in America – pleased to be here. The weather is good and I can't wait for the 19th.

Kelly Swanson: Okay while we are waiting for questions I'm going to start. There has been a lot of discussion on the Hopkins side. Bernard Hopkins has hired four trainers to help him prepare for your son – a lead group of trainers. And as he mentioned on his call last week his payroll is not cheap. So is there any intimidation factor going on there knowing that you're up against these four guys? And what are your thoughts on that continue


Cotto - Gomez, Cintron - Margarito / Tarver-Woods Weigh-in Results

11.04.08 Miguel Cotto 146.5 vs Alfonso Gomez 147
Antonio Margarito 146.5 vs Kermit Cintron 146.5
Don Mouton 164 vs Omar Coffi 165
Andres Ledesma 123 vs jesus Rojas 122.5 . continue


Cintron-Margarito: See you at the Crossroads

Kermit CintronBy Anthony Coleman: On Saturday night Kermit Cintron and Antonio Margarito will have their second confrontation, and there is a lot at stake, and I’m not talking about Cintron’s belt. No something more valuable is on the line: reputation. Though many might not know; this fight is a crossroads fight. No, this isn’t one of those standard definition crossroads bouts in which a fighter loses and drops from a contender to a litmus test fighter for up-and-coming prospects. Cintron and Margarito will still have a chance to fight for championships after Saturday night’s fight.

However, this maybe both men’s last chance at super stardom. While Cintron and Margarito have main evented occasional cards in the past (their first fight was the main event of the very first ESPN Pay-Per-View), they are usually relegated to being undercard level fighters. continue


"Prize Fighter" The Tournament - Outsider Martin Rogan Upsets Favourite David Dolan To Win In Final!

By James Slater: Tonight, at The York Hall, Bethnal Green in London, a most unusual boxing event took place. Named Prize Fighter, the tournament featured 8 heavyweights going up against each other in a series of bouts. The winner of each fight progressed to the next level, until there was only two men left - who then boxed each other in the final. In total, tonight's eventual winner fought three times. continue


Exclusive Interview With Super-Featherweight Contender Billy "The Kid" Dib

by James Slater: It's possible not too many fans will have heard of Australia's unbeaten super-featherweight contender Billy Dib. But that will change when the unbeaten 22 year old drops down to 126 pounds and challenges WBC featherweight king Jorge Linares on May 3rd in California. Boxing on the huge De La Hoya- Forbes card, the 18-0(9) Dib, nicknamed "The Kid" looks to make a big name for himself by becoming the first to defeat the quite superb Venezuelan-born Linares. continue


Saturday Winners - Your Advance Notice: Dawson/Johnson, Tarver/Woods, Margarito/Cintron, Cotto/Gomez

11.04.08 - By Paul Strauss: This is what you have been anxiously awaiting….predictions for this Saturdays’ big match-ups. Most fans value their own picks above all others, and there are those who bellyache about results when they are wrong, bemoaning in their minds "we was robbed". Isn’t it obvious most fans favor one fighter over another because they like the fighter, or like his style, or maybe it's because he's from their home town, or some such reason. Objectivity is not the norm, it's the exception. Keeping that in mind, here are my picks for what I hope will be an exciting night of fights. continue


Luis Resto vs Billy Collins Jr. (1983) - A Retrospective Ring Report

collins resto "cornered"11.04.08 - by Pavel Yakovlev: Twenty-five years ago Luis Resto and Billy Collins, Jr. fought a ten round no-decision at Madison Square Garden in a bout that proved to be one of the darkest and most notorious events in boxing history. That night, of course, Collins suffered heinous facial injuries because the padding in Resto’s gloves had been surreptitiously removed before the fight.

The match ended the careers of both fighters. Resto and his trainer Panama Lewis were subsequently convicted on criminal charges of assault, conspiracy, and criminal possession of a deadly weapon (bare knuckles). Both were jailed and banned from boxing for life. Collins suffered even worse, as he was forced to retire at age 21 because his iris had been irreparably damaged by blows from Resto’s loaded gloves. His career suddenly over, Collins sank into deep depression and alcoholic despair, and he was killed nine months later when his speeding car smashed into an embankment. Many who knew Collins believe the accident was in fact a suicide. continue


"Iron" Mike Tyson To Begin U.K Tour In May! - Five Dates Scheduled

11.04.08 - by James Slater: The shores of Great Britain will be treated to a very special visitor this coming month of May. None other than boxing legend "Iron" Mike Tyson himself will be in town for a series of after dinner speaking engagements. Kicking off the five date tour in the great city of Manchester on the 23rd, Mike will go on to meet and greet his fans in Carlisle, Birmingham, Gateshead and, finally, Doncaster. continue


Bernard Dunne and Felix Machado Weigh In

Photos Aidan Walsh: Bernard Dunne, former World Champion Felix Machado, promoter Brian Peters and David Byrne of the Lynch Hotel Group pose for the cameras ahead of tomorrow nights Hunky Dorys Fight Night at the Breaffy House Resort.

Andrew Murray and Brazilian Wellington De Jesus weigh in ahead of their 10 round clash on the Hunky Dorys Fight Night at the Breaffy House Resort. continue


Team Sauerland disappointed with Sturm for ignoring Arthur Abraham offer

Wilfried Sauerland has offered Felix Sturm 1.5 million euros for a unification clash with IBF middleweight champion Arthur Abraham. Team Sauerland have filed an official offer for a showdown in Germany on July 19. However, Sturm once again failed to respond. “Sturm told everyone he wanted to fight Arthur and that he would win 24 rounds against him,” Sauerland said. “We are happy to prove him wrong. That´s why we have put a great offer on the table. This is the fight everybody in Germany wants to see.. continue


Glen Johnson Remembers The Night He KOed Roy Jones

johnson boxingBy Scoop Malinowski, photo by Tom Casino/SHOWTIME - Glen Johnson became a legend of the ring the night he KO'ed Roy Jones in September 2004. Nobody ever expected to see Jones so completely obliterated as he was at the hands of Johnson that night, a historic performance which helped Gentleman Glen to earn the 2005 Ring Magazine and USA Today Fight of the Year honors. I spoke recently with The Road Warrior about the unforgettable evening he conquered Roy Jones Jr. in round 9. As well as why he believes he will take the WBC Light Heavyweight title from Chad Dawson this weekend in Tampa. Antonio Tarver also weighs in on the deceptive effectiveness of Glen Johnson (47-11-3, 32 KO's)...

Scoop: I guess it's safe to assume the finest performance of your career in the ring was against Roy Jones? continue


Renowned ring announcer Michael Buffer recovering from cancer surgery

11.04.08 - Boxing ring announcer, Michael Buffer, famous for the trademarked phrase, "LET'S GET READY TO RUMBLE", is currently recovering at his home in Los Angeles following surgery to remove cancerous tumors from the throat and neck. Buffer has issued the following statement: continue


Tarver-Woods, Dawson-Johnson Final Press Conference Quotes

11.04.08 - Photos by Tom Casino / Showtime - IBO champion and former undisputed light heavyweight kingpin Antonio Tarver (26-4, 19 KOs), of Tampa, Fla., will challenge IBF 175-pound titleholder Clinton Woods (41-3-1, 24 KOs), of Sheffield, England, and undefeated WBC light heavyweight champion Chad Dawson (25-0, 17 KOs), of New Haven, Conn., will defend against former world champion Glen Johnson (47-11-2, 37 KOs) of Miami, by way of Jamaica, this Saturday, April 12, at the St. Pete Times Forum in Tampa, Fla., on SHOWTIME (9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast). continue


ESPN Classic To Broadcast Adamek-Bell Live

On Saturday, April 19, 2008, ESPN Classic will broadcast live the 12 round IBF Cruiserweight Eliminator between Tomasz Adamek (IBF #3) and O’ Neil Bell (IBF #7), it was jointly announced today by Main Events, Ziggy Promotions, Seminole Warriors Boxing, and KnockOut Promotion. The winner of this highly-anticipated cruiserweight showdown at the Spodek Arena in Katowice, Poland will earn the IBF’s #1 mandatory position. ESPN Classic’s broadcast of the bout will begin at 6:00 pm ET. continue


Interview with Antonio Margarito - “The Tijuana Tornado will become a world champ again!”

margarito cintron2008.11.04 – By Ricardo Gamez, Photo by Chris Farina - Top Rank: More and more these days, we hear that the reason why a boxer turns a fight away is because of a “business decision”. Despite the politics, and all the other nonsense, we’re still fortunate enough to have fighters who are hungry and only want to fight the best, regardless of the risk, in order to prove they are the best. With that said, the fight that I’m most looking forward to this Saturday is the highly anticipated rematch between Kermit Cintron and Antonio Margarito. This is a fight that is sure to be as entertaining, if not more, as any other fight in the welterweight division, as it features two big homerun hitters, two big wills, and too much to loose on the line. Something’s gotta give. I had the privilege to discuss this fight with Antonio Margarito in regards to his upcoming battle with Kermit Cintron. Here is what Antonio had to say.. continue


Danny Williams Scheduled To Return On Woods-Tarver Bill Tomorrow Night

11.04.08 - By James Slater: According to the British Boxing News, heavyweight contender Danny Williams, from Brixton in the U.K, is set to box tomorrow evening on the under card of the Woods-Tarver/Dawson-Johnson bill in Florida. Boxing for the first time this year, the 34 year old Williams is reportedly set to face the old-timer that is none other than the quite ancient Alfred "Ice" Cole, the former cruiserweight king. continue


Woolcombe Ready For First Title Defense

British light middleweight champion Gary Woolcombe can’t wait to get in the ring with Sheffield southpaw Ryan Rhodes at York Hall on Friday, April 18. Woolcombe, who has only one loss in a dazzling 26 bout career, is unbeaten in 14 appearances at the historic venue. continue


Boxing: +35

By Andrew Harrison: What is it about the latter stages of the first decade in the new millennium that has seen the emergence of the mature tough guy? Is it diet? Could Gillian McKeith and her mob really have influenced a new tribe of senior action heroes by swapping beers and chips for lettuce leaves and green tea? Maybe it’s the pension crisis that has ruffled these old folks and caused a bit of an uprising continue


Hopkins Workout Quotes - Calzaghe/Hopkins

hopkins calzagheRing Magazine light heavyweight champion Bernard Hopkins opened the doors of his training camp in Pasadena, California today and showed the media a sample of his rigorous training schedule. Hopkins, who did a full workout, was in a terrific mood and had this to say to the members of the press assembled ringside.

"I think that saying I can manipulate my opponents is an insult to my abilities and takes away from them too. I feel you should just look at my professionalism and know that I have been able to master the sport of boxing and hone the skills I have been able to develop, mold and maintain. The only thing that I am going to get in his head is this left and right hand.

"Basically I know what I am doing and no one can take that away from me. continue


ESPN2 to Broadcast "Box NYC", NYC's Premier Social Boxing Event

NEW YORK – “Box-NYC” (www.box-nyc.com), one of New York ’s most popular and exciting boxing events, will for the first time be broadcast live on ESPN2 when the fourth edition of the event takes place on Wednesday, April 16 at New York ’s Hammerstein Ballroom. continue


BJ Flores Mixes Charity And Boxing This Saturday In New Jersey

PHOENIX, AZ (April 10, 2008) Undefeated and world ranked cruiserweight BJ Flores travels to New Jersey Saturday, April 12th, where he will participate with members of the Super Bowl Champion New York Giants and the New York Jets football teams at the 2008 Sports Challenge benefiting the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. continue


Lopez-Santana, McGirt Jr-De Leon Weights and Quotes

NOTE: WEIGHTS – Josesito Lopez and Edgar Santana tipped the scales at 140 pounds during Thursday’s weigh-in at the Miccosukee Casino in Miami, Fla. James McGirt, Jr. weighed in at 166 ½ pounds while Carlos De Leon, Jr. measured 167 pounds. continue


Will Hopkins Beat Calzaghe?

Bernard HopkinsBy James Barlow: In just over a week Joe Calzaghe will finally meet Bernard Hopkins face to face for the first time in the ring. All the talking will be over and these two superstars over their own perspective sides of the pond will clash in the U.S to see just who the best is. This for me is an interesting fight but one that should have happened five years ago. The usual issues, that at times can seem the death of boxing, money and politics got in the way of these two in the past.

Although I don’t doubt Hopkins skill I have never really been a big fan of his. He has fought other boxing superstars but they usually came out of their natural/best weight category to make these mega fights. I applaud the likes of De La Hoya and Trinidad (some of you may say that Trinidad was a middle weight champ when he fought Hopkins but he was never really comfortable at the weight) for stepping up to fight Hopkins but felt it was a shame you could never say the same about a peak Hopkins. continue


Do Super-fights really save boxing?

By Jason Peck: The mainstream sports press operates under this idea that De La Hoya-Mayweather “saved” American boxing. Obviously, both fighters would hype themselves, but sometimes I wonder what the masses are thinking. Their first bout proved that pugilism can still make millions in the States – provided that HBO spends untold millions more to relentlessly push a fight that probably would have sold anyway. In the process, fights that could really make a difference get no attention at all. Or even worse, they might never happen in the first place. continue


Mijares-Munoz Super Flyweight Title Unification on PP

GOMEZ PALACIO, DURANGO, Mexico (April 10, 2008) – WBC champion Cristian Mijares and WBA title-holder Alexander “El Explosivio” Munoz will fight May 17 in the first super flyweight unification title bout in more than 10 years, headlining the “Noche de Campeons” pay-per-view event live from the Auditorio Centenario in Gomez Palacio, Durango, Mexico. continue


Banner Promotions Signs Chris Byrd

Banner Promotions’ president Art Pelullo has signed former IBF and WBO heavyweight world champion Chris Byrd to a promotional contract. Art said today, “I’m very pleased to announce this major signing. I’ve been a fan and friend of Chris’ for a long time, and I’m looking forward very much to working with him. continue


Joe Calzaghe Deserves Credit For Coming To The U.S. - Hopkins/Calzaghe

Joe CalzagheBy Geoffrey Ciani: Roy Jones Jr. and Dariusz Michalczewski both simultaneously held portions of the light heavyweight championship for more than six years. A showdown between these two seemed inevitable, but for various reasons, the fight never came to fruition. As a result, boxing fans were deprived an opportunity to see the division’s two best fighters proving who was the better man. This is something which shall forever taint the legacies of both champions, as well it should. After all, could you imagine the implications had Muhammad Ali had never squared off against Joe Frazier?

Why these two never fought and who was to blame is a matter of debate. Some say the timing was never right, others claim the potential reward was not worth the risk, and some will blame one or the other for not leaving his home country to make the fight happen. Although there is probably some truth in all of this, the last reason seems to be the one most frequently cited. continue


Calzaghe: I'll retire Hopkins once and for all

Joe Calzaghe has vowed to turn the tables on Bernard Hopkins - and "execute" what remains of the American's career. The 36-year-old Welshman tackles Hopkins on April 19 at the Planet Hollywood Ring in Las Vegas, and the winner will be declared the best light-heavyweight in the world. And Calzaghe says it will be a night to savour for British fight fans fed up with motor-mouth Hopkins' disrespectful comments. continue


IBF Grants Klitschko Exception to Fight WBO Mandatory Thompson

New York, April 10—The International Boxing Federation has granted Heavyweight Champion Wladimir Klitschko an exception to fight Tony Thompson (31-1, 19 KO’s), the World Boxing Organization mandatory challenger. The fight is expected to take place during July in Germany, on a date and site to be determined, it was announced today by K2 Promotions’ Tom Loeffler, and Klitschko Management Group’s managing director Bernd Boente. continue


German education for Matt Godfrey

PROVIDENCE (April 10, 2008) – NABF cruiserweight champion Matt “Too Smooth” Godfrey (16-1, 9 KOs) has been boxing professionally for four years, after a lengthy amateur career, but his ring education reached another level last month in Germany, albeit in defeat. continue


The War of Words at Cotto vs. Gomez Press Conference

cotto gomezBy Scoop Malinowski, Photo: Chris Farina - Top Rank -- Miguel Cotto is a contradiction. Outside of the ring you will not find a classier, more polite, more gentlemanly boxer. He will not say a bad word about anyone, not his next opponent, not even the ducking and dodging WBC champ Floyd Mayweather. He is thoughtful and respectful to all media inquirers. But inside the ring you will not find a more violent, rude or viciously relentless wrecking machine. It's confounding how nice Cotto is now but how enraged he will fight to defend his title on Saturday night against Alfonso Gomez.

Gomez is as ready as he can be and his speech at the podium captivated the audience at Wednesday's press conference at Sofrito. Gomez, a gentleman himself, spoke with a passion and unoffensive vehemence that made you instantly like him if you already didn't. continue


Kevin "Kingpin" Johnson vs. Terry Smith On ESPN2 FNF April 18

Bronx, NY - Apr 10, 2008 - UNDEFEATED Kevin "KINGPIN" Johnson (18-0-1 6 KO's) proves once again he is ready at the drop of a dime as the WBA 9th ranked heavyweight in the world takes on the tough Terry Smith (30-4- 1 18 KO's) in the main event at the Buffalo Run Casino, Miami, OK, April 18, 2008. The ten round bout will be televised by ESPN2. continue


Israel Vazquez Victory Dinner Quotes From San Diego

Wednesday, April 9, 2008, At The Historic U.S. Grant Hotel in Downtown San Diego Sycuan Ringside Promotions of San Diego honored one of the greatest, most talented pound-for-pound and exciting fighters in the world, Israel Vazquez, at a victory celebration dinner Wednesday for his legendary, instant-classic victories over arch rival Rafael Marquez. Vazquez, who is promoted by Sycuan and managed by Frank Espinoza, successfully defended his world 122-crown by rallying dramatically to outpoint Marquez on Saturday, March 1, 2008, in the rubber match of an epic, memorable series. continue


Hiker's Heavyweight Boxing News And Views

09.054.08 - By Paul McCreath (Hiker) The title situation in the heavyweight division is in its usual foggy state these days. Who knows what will happen! Dual belt holder Wlad Klitschko has been in a bit of a quandary. He holds both the IBF and WBO championships and both mandatories are due. The WBO wants him to fight Tony Thompson and the IBF are pushing Alex Povetkin. Wlad would prefer to meet Thompson first then Povetkin in the fall since Tony has been waiting longer but Povetkin's camp are not happy with that idea. continue


Tarver, Woods, Dawson, Johnson Workout Quotes

dawsonPhotos: TOM CASINO/SHOWTIME - IBO champion and former undisputed light heavyweight kingpin Antonio Tarver (26-4, 19 KOs), of Tampa, Fla., will challenge IBF 175-pound titleholder Clinton Woods (41-3-1, 24 KOs), of Sheffield, England, and undefeated WBC light heavyweight champion Chad Dawson (25-0, 17 KOs), of New Haven, Conn., will defend against former world champion Glen Johnson (47-11-2, 37 KOs) of Miami, by way of Jamaica, this Saturday, April 12, at the St. Pete Times Forum in Tampa, Fla., on SHOWTIME (9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast.

Tickets for a doubleheader promoted by Gary Shaw Productions and AT Entertainment in association with Fight Academy are on sale at the McDonald's Box Office at the St Pete Times Forum and all Ticketmaster outlets, by phone at (813) 287-8844 or 727-898-2100 or online at ticketmaster.com. They are priced at $27.75, $52.75, $102.75, $202.75, $302.75. continue


CBS C.S.N. To Host College Boxing Championships

CBS College Sports Network, in partnership with the National Collegiate Boxing Association (NCBA), will host the 2008 Collegiate Boxing Championships from the Downtown Reno Ballroom in Reno, Nev. this Thursday, April 10 – Saturday, April 12. The Boxing Championships are part of the third annual Collegiate Nationals, a first-of-its kind event that crowns national champions in 11 categories. continue


Sylvester and Murat confident of success against veteran opponents

Javier Castillejo believes experience will make the difference on Saturday night when he takes on European middleweight champion Sebastian Sylvester in Neubrandenburg. The 40-year-old Spaniard is confident he will defeat his German opponent in front of his home fans. “I can count on the experience of 20 years as a pro,” Castillejo (62-7, 43 KOs) said at today´s pressconference. “That gives me a lot of confidence.” The former world champion shaped up in the mountains near Madrid. “He is in great shape. It´s almost as if he was 20 years old,” coach Ricardo Sanchez Atocha praised. continue


New foe for Yan Barthelemy

ARENA’s unbeaten bantamweight phenomenon Yan Barthelemy will face Jose Garcia Bernal instead of Pedro Rincon Miranda this Saturday on the undercard of the light heavyweight world championship doubleheader headlined by the Antonio Tarver-Clinton Woods IBO-IBF title unification fight and Chad Dawson’s WBC title defence against former world champion Glen Johnson at the St. Pete Times Forum in Tampa, Florida. Experienced Garcia Bernal has won 27 out of 38 pro-fights including 18 stoppages. Barthelemy is going into the fight with a record of five wins in as many pro-fights. continue


Calling Your Senator “Baby”

Joe MesiBy David J. Kozlowski: “Baby” Joe Mesi once had a promising career in the heavyweight division. Boxing experts even included him among the top fighters in the weight class. By 2004, he was undefeated and immensely popular in his hometown of Buffalo, New York. Then he ran into a blown-up Cruiserweight named Vassily Jirov, who only a year before had lost a very close 12-round decision to James Toney.

Mesi dominated early, but was knocked down once in the ninth round and twice in the tenth, and only sheer power of will carried him to the final bell. Mesi beat Jirov 94–93 on all three cards, but suffered a subdural hematoma (bleeding on the brain) in the fight. The injury resulted in his suspension from fighting by the Nevada Athletic Commission. That was in March of 2004. He has since had trouble getting licensed by other states, and is still unable to fight professionally in New York. continue


Showtime Boxing Kicks Off Second Quarter on April 11

New York (April 9, 2008) – SHOWTIME will smash into the second quarter of 2008 this weekend with consecutive live ShoBox: The New Generation and SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING telecasts on April 11 and 12, respectively. America’s No. 1 Boxing Network will continue to enhance its reputation as the place to go for the best boxing on television with a world championship doubleheader on June 7 at Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Conn., and two outstanding ShoBox telecasts slated for May 2 and May 10. continue


DonKingTV.com: Spinks-Phillips/Alexander-Callist Event Attracts 400,000 Page Views

DEERFIELD BEACH, Fla.— Don King’s illustrious promotional career ventured into cyberspace with his first-ever live webcast of a boxing event on DonKingTV.com on March 27. As usual, his presence was felt when 400,000 total page views and 200,000 unique page views were recorded for his championship doubleheader featuring Cory Spinks vs. Verno Phillips and Devon Alexander “The Great” vs. Miguel Callist from Scottrade Center in St. Louis. continue


McGirt vs. DeLeon in battle between sons of former world champs

VERO BEACH, Florida (April 9, 2008) – The marketing of unbeaten super middleweight prospect James McGirt, Jr. (18-0, 9 KOs) spikes Friday night when the son of former world champion James “Buddy” McGirt fights in his first scheduled 10-round bout against the offspring another ex-world title holder, Carlos “Baby Sugar” DeLeon, Jr. (19-2-2, 12 KOs), in the 10-round co-feature on ShoBox, airing live from Miccosukee Resort in Miami. continue


'The'Left-Hook Lounge': Vivek Wallace's Weekly Q&A Mailbag featuring Cotto, Margarito, Dawson, Mayweather, and Dela Hoya

cintron margaritoIn only three days from now, fight fans will be treated to a fight aficionado's 'Delight' when HBO and Showtime televise two incredible fight cards that will undoubtedly shape the future of the respective weight divisions. On HBO, the 'Battalion of Young Stallions', better known as the welterweight division, will showcase two champs (Cotto and Cintron), and two opponents (Margarito and Gomez) who could very well use this big stage to prove their mettle. On Showtime, it'll be the young and solid Chad Dawson squaring off against seasoned vet Glen Johnson, while in other action it'll be Clinton Woods against Antonio Tarver.

In this weeks "Left-Hook Lounge" showcase, many of the questions received had to deal with this big fight weekend, and of course there were a few others that couldn't stray away from the 'Money' Mayweather chronicles, being that he's the official 'man' of the welterweight pack. That being said, we'll take a look, like we always do, at the top 5 questions, then in the end let you, the reader, help decide....So here we go... continue


Sosnowski-Nelson added to Tsurkan-Feliciano April 25 ESPN card

Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing has put together an exciting co-feature and yet another interesting undercard to complement the ESPN2 April 25th explosive main event featuring Andrey Tsurkan (25-3, 16KO's) vs. Jesse Feliciano (15-6-3, 9KO's) scheduled for ten rounds, live from the Utopia Paradise Theater in the Bronx. continue


HBO Boxing Doubleheader: Cintron-Margarito, Cotto vs Gomez

Boxing fans will be treated to back-to-back welterweight title bouts when WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING: MIGUEL COTTO VS. ALFONSO GOMEZ AND KERMIT CINTRON VS. ANTONIO MARGARITO is seen live SATURDAY, APRIL 12 (10:00 p.m. ET/7:00 p.m. PT) from Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City. 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, Larry Merchant and Emanuel Steward (second fight of the telecast only) will be ringside for HBO Sports. continue


Trinidad-Taylor and Cotto’s comments

09.04.08 - By Cesar Pancorvo: The rumors of Trinidad-Taylor continue, Don King has met Trinidad and it is more than a possibility. King said that, after that fight, Trinidad could continue his career and challenge the Calzaghe-Hopkins winner.

Taylor-Trinidad could happen in the last week of September, but why is Trinidad doing that, fighting someone that will most probably defeat him? continue


Yan Barthelemy Workout Quotes from my Boxing Diary

barthelemyJaime Castro-Núñez - Los Angeles, CA. April 3, 2008: It's 11:45 PM and I'm inside the aircraft, ready to go to Miami. My wife is next to me. When I told her that I had bought two tickets to Florida, she thought we were having a second honey moon. But soon she realized that I was going to interview some boxers and I needed an extra pair of hands. At the beginning she wasn't that excited, but the idea of leaving the crowded LA for a weekend was enough, even if it was to interview "sweaty guys" as she said. But now that we're ready to depart, she looks comfortable, perhaps resigned.

Miami, FL. April 4, 2008
It was 7:30 AM when we landed at the Fort Lauderdale airport. We took a taxi to Miami, rented a car, and then went to the hotel. continue


Forrest-Mora, Quintana-Williams II Set For June 7 On SHOWTIME

Forrest will defend his WBC super welterweight title against Mora and Quintana will look to defend his newly acquired WBO welterweight belt against the boxer he dethroned, the previously unbeaten Williams. The event, will be promoted by Gary Shaw Productions, LLC, and Fight Nite, LLC, in association with Tournament of Contenders, LLC, DiBella Entertainment and Goossen Tutor Promotions in association with Northeast Promotions. It will emanate from Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Conn. continue


David Torres takes on Oscar Leon this Friday in Chicago

CHICAGO, IL (April 8, 2007) An excellent lightweight bout has been added to THE ODEUM RUMBLE this Friday night, April 11th as undefeated lightweight prospect David “EL TORRITO” Torres will take on former world title challenger Oscar “EL ARTISTA” Leon, it was announced today by Dominic Pesoli, President of 8 Count Productions, HOME OF THE BEST IN CHICAGO BOXING. continue


Euro Boxing Roundup: Klitschko - Thompson, More

0804.07 - By Per Ake Persson: IBF and WBO heavyweight champ Wladimir Klitschko plans to defend at least the WBO belt against Tony Thompson July 12 at the Color Line Arena in Hamburg, writes Bild Zeitung. However, it could be that Klitschko will have to face IBF mandatory challenger Alexander Povetkin before facing Thompson. continue


Joshua Clottey “Cintron Is Running From Me!”

clottey09.04.08 - By Matt Yanofsky: I had the opportunity to speak with IBF #1 ranked welterweight and perhaps the most avoided fighter in boxing Joshua “The Hitter” Clottey 34-2 (20 KO’s). Clottey is coming off an impressive 5th round TKO over tough veteran Jose Luis Cruz on April 3rd.

MY: Joshua what’s going on? You were very impressive in stopping Jose Luis Cruz but some feel the stoppage was premature. What is your comment on the stoppage and your performance?

JC: I did what I had to do but I am not a referee so it was his job to call the fight. At the time the referee (Ricky Gonzalez) stopped it; Cruz was receiving too many punches and so that’s why he ended it. continue


Sylvester determined to beat Castillejo

Sebastian Sylvester, Marco Huck and Karo Murat all have important fights coming up this Saturday in Neubrandenburg, Germany. Today the trio participated in a public workout in the East German city. European middleweight champion Sylvester (28-2, 13 KOs) is preparing for what coach Hartmut Schroder calls „the biggest challenge of his career“ - a meeting with former world champion Javier Castillejo (62-7, 43 KOs). „If you want to reach the top, you have to beat the big names,“ Sylvester said of his clash with the experienced Spaniard, who is Felix Sturm´s mandatory challenger. „I am eager to defeat him.. continue


Estrada Featured On “Knockout Kings” Card On April 23

HOLLYWOOD, FL, April 8 – Rejuvenated and more focused than ever following a six month break from the ring, Miami favorite “King” David Estrada will return to the ring on Wednesday, April 23rd to take on hard hitting Colombian Alexander Pacheco Quiroz at Hard Rock Live in Hollywood to resume his quest for the world welterweight title on the highly-anticipated “KNOCKOUT KINGS” card. continue


Hector Camacho Jr. Headlines "The Best of Both Worlds"

Saturday, April 12 at the Greater Richmond Convention Center (403 North 3rd Street) in Richmond, VA, La Belle Femme Inc./Infinity Boxing Promotions presents "The Best of Both Worlds", an evening of professional boxing and mixed martial arts. The main event features super middleweights Hector Camacho Jr. and Jimmy LeBlanc; other scheduled bouts are: lightweights Jamie Palma and Lennie De Victoria. continue


Dat Be Dat Nguyen: “I’m A Fighter Who’s Afraid Of Nobody!”

nyugenBy Peter Mark Heintzelman, Photos by Peter Mark Heintzelman: Twenty-five year old, featherweight, Dat “Be Dat” Nguyen, an absolute New England fan favorite fighter, headlines this Saturday night exciting fight card on the Cappiello Promotions’ “Ethnic Invasion” boxing event, that brings professional boxing back to Boston, at the Roxy. Nguyen has gathered a faithful following, because of his exciting action-packed fight style.

Training for his fight this weekend down in Florida, with trainer Buddy McGirt, Dat Be Dat, took time out of his training regimen to speak with EastSideBoxing about his upcoming bout in Boston against Robert Daluz, 10-10-2, 9 KO’s, of Providence, Rhode Island continue


Selcuk Aydin headlines in Turkey; Solis on the undercard

ARENA Box-Promotion invades Turkey again! After promoter Ahmet Öner brought professional boxing back to Turkey on June 16th, 2007 Selcuk Aydin will take his “First Step” to the top on April 25th, 2008 in his hometown Trabzon. The “Thunderstorm from the Black Sea” (“Karadeniz Firtinasi”) faces Lucky Lewele from South Africa for the vacant WBC international welterweight championship. continue


David Obregón Fights in Miami on April 11

08.04.08 - Jaime Castro-Núñez- Miami, FL. Central-American prospect David Obregón (12-3-0, 7 KO´s) is eager to return to the boxing arena this coming Friday, April 11th, in a middleweight bout that will be featured on the undercard of Edgar Santana and Josesito López at the Miccosukee Resort & Gaming in Miami, Florida. Originally from Chontales, Nicaragua, Obregón now fights out of Miami. continue


Maragarito-Cintron, Cotto-Gomez This Saturday

08.04.08 - 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. continue


Is the Pope…? Does a bear…? Will “The Ghost”…?

pavlik07.04.08 - By “Old Yank” Schneider, photo by Eric Mull Photography - In boxing there are very few things that are a certainty; especially when it comes to being consistently correct in making predictions. The variables are enormous. Will a fighter make weight without drying himself out? Can a fighter be assured of not catching a bug a couple of days before a fight? Are fighter’s girlfriends dependable enough to not distract a fighter with a mental KO the morning before a bout? Is anything certain?

Does a hobby horse have a permanent woody? Is the Pope Catholic? Does a fat baby fart? Will “The Ghost” beat Lockett? Yes, yes, yes and YES! continue


Joe Calzaghe Media Workout in Las Vegas - Public Invited

LAS VEGAS, NEV (April 8, 2008) – SOUTHPAW JOE C WALES, aka JOE CALZAGHE, will take target practice at a media workout This Wednesday! April 9, at 1 p.m. PT, on the mezzanine level of Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. Calzaghe (44-0, 32 KOs), from Newbridge, Wales, boxing’s longest-reigning world champion, having held the super middleweight title since 1997 through a division-best 21 consecutive title defenses, makes his U.S. and light heavyweight debut on Saturday, April 19, when he challenges the legendary Bernard Hopkins (48-4-1, 32 KOs), from Philadelphia, for Hopkins’ light heavyweight title in a battle of Ring Magazine champions. continue


Denis Boytsov: Another Russian Is Coming

08.04.08 - By Paul McCreath: American heavyweight fans have grown used to the fact these past few years that the ranks of the big boys are now dominated by fighters from the former Soviet Union. Until Sam Peter a Nigerian won the WBC title recently all 4 major belts were held by boxers from behind the old iron curtain. Fortunately since most of these fighters fight regularly in USA it doesn't matter all that much since the American fans get to see them anyway. continue


Dawson-Johnson, Woods-Tarver Live on SHOWTIME this Saturday

SHOWTIME will thrill boxing fans with an explosive light heavyweight championship doubleheader when International Boxing Organization (IBO) 175-pound champion and former undisputed light heavyweight kingpin Antonio Tarver faces International Boxing Federation (IBF) world titleholder Clinton Woods at the St. Pete Times Forum in Tampa, Fla. on Saturday, April, 12. continue


Is Shannon Briggs ‘ducking’ Andrew Golota?

Shannon BriggsBy Geoffrey Ciani: It has been almost three months since 40 year old Andrew Golota outworked and out hustled fringe contender Mike Mollo en route to a unanimous decision victory. For the first time in his long and illustrious career, the enigmatic Golota was able to overcome adversity. Fighting with one eye completely swollen shut for much of the contest, Golota was able to keep his composure and stick with his game plan—something he was unable to do in most of his previous marquee match-ups. What was especially impressive about this victory was that his younger foe exemplified the type of opponent who often troubled the Polish pugilist in the past.

In many ways, the victory over Mollo represented a perfect opportunity for Golota to hang up the gloves and call it a career. continue


Five exciting stars and the paths the lie ahead…

07.04.08 - By Michael Montero: I wanted to take a look at five of my favorite fighters to watch and talk about what lies ahead for each of them. Where do I see their careers going over the immediate future? Which fights make the most sense financially? Which do the fans want to see? What don’t we want to see? continue


Brits on Tour 2008 – Golden Era for British Boxing

07.04.08 - by Neil Goodman - Part 1: The resurgence of boxing into the public consciousness continues to gather momentum; with the up and coming bout between Bernard Hopkins and Joe Calzaghe looking to take centre stage (both sides of the Atlantic). It has taken B-Hop along time; but the big money fights for him now keep rolling in; Trinidad, De La Hoya, Tarver and Winky all being repelled by the old school skills of the man from Philly. The fight against Calzaghe is a truly intriguing proposition; which has divided opinions on the likely outcome. continue


Chagaev, Valuev, Peter, Povetkin, Klitschko – Three months of uninspiring duels

By Cesar Pancorvo: The last five important fights the heavyweight division had left me with a sour taste in the mouth and some decadent thoughts that could be taken as conclusions. Ruslan Chagaev has practically smashed all the momentum he built in 2006 and early 2007 with his very dull performance against Matt Skelton; Ruslan looked very beatable against this fringe contender and bored us, however, he has the “I had been inactive for 9 nine months” excuse and some people might forgive him. continue


Hopkins, Calzaghe Put On The Canvas!

hopkins calzagheLas Vegas, NV (April 7, 2008) - Multi-award winning artist Richard T. Slone has completed his latest painting, a pre-fight action painting of boxing champion Bernard Hopkins going toe to toe with unbeaten champion Joe Calzaghe. The two square off later this month in Las Vegas.

The acrylic on canvas masterpiece is 30 inches by 40 inches and has been masterfully created to pay homage to two of the greatest boxers of this era. The spectacular painting pits two linear champions against each other and is painted in typical Slone style, the viewer is placed right in the middle of the action as both boxers submerge in full combat prior to their upcoming ‘Superfight’ which will be held Saturday, April 19th, 2008 in the PH Ring at the Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. continue


Jones vs. Venegas May 9 at Alhambra in Philly

PHILADELPHIA, PA—Unbeaten welterweight Mike Jones, of Philadelphia, PA, will box Gilbert Venegas, of Chicago, IL, in the scheduled eight-round main event Friday evening, May 9, at the New Alhambra, Swanson & Ritner Streets, next to Forman Mills, in South Philadelphia. First fight at 7.30 p.m. continue


Boxing Hall of Fame Prepares for 2008 Induction Weekend

CANASTOTA, NY - APRIL 7, 2008 - The International Boxing Hall of Fame will host the 19th Annual Hall of Fame Induction Weekend in Canastota, New York on June 5-8th. With over 20 events planned, there will be something for everyone in "Boxing's Hometown.. continue


Dunne set for battle on Western front; Proska vs Alvarez

Bernard Dunne is itching to get his hands on former World Champion Felix Machado. The Dubliner’s clash with Machado headlines this Saturday’s Hunky Dorys Fight Night at the Breaffy House Resort in Castlebar, Co. Mayo and Dunne will be out to put last August’s defeat to Kiko Martinez well and truly behind him. continue


Undefeated Calderon keeps improving with dominating performance!

calderon07.04.08 - By Francisco Rodriguez - Photo: PR Best Boxing Promotions/Jose Perez - Champions showed why they are champions and former champions continued on their quest for another title bout in front of thousands of Puerto Ricans during Puerto Rico Best Boxing Promotion’s “Civil War II”, Saturday night at the Roberto Clemente Coliseum in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

The main event featured the undefeated WBO light flyweight champion, Ivan “Iron Boy” Calderon, of Guaynabo, Puerto Rico, who successfully defended his title against the veteran Nelson “Fuegete” Dieppa of Vieques, Puerto Rico. Calderon demonstrated that he had too much speed and boxing skills for Dieppa to handle. Dieppa, who comes off a TKO victory over Alex “El Nene” Sanchez over a month ago, was outboxed, outpunched and outwitted by Calderon. continue


"I'll Knock Her Block Off!" Mary McGee - April 19 at Majestic Star Casino

April 7 (Merrillville, IN)- Introduced in 1965, "Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Robots" has become a pop culture phenomenon. Introduced in 1986, 21-year-old "Merciless" Mary McGee (13-0, 7 KOs) has become a phenomenon of her own in Northwest Indiana. Using "steel crunching hooks" and "pile driving jabs," McGee says that when she faces her opponent in the main event of the "Majestic Rumble" on Saturday, April 19th, she will "Knock Her Block Off!. continue


Peñalosa, Bautista and Banal Destroy Foes in Manila

07.04.08 - By Sean Ocampo: In front of massive hometown crowd at the Araneta Coliseum, WBO Batamweight Champion, WBO Intercontinental Junior Feather titlist Rey “Boom-Boom” Bautista, and rising star A.J “Bazooka” Banal destroyed their respective foreign opponents in a fight card tagged as “Invasion”. The three fighters from the Philippines scored emphatic knockouts victories over their opponents. continue


Khan Stops Kristjansen!

By Tony Krebs: Undefeated lightweight contender Amir Khan (17-0, 13 KOs) sliced through Denmark’s Martin Kristjansen beating him by an effortless 7th round TKO on Saturday night in the WBO lightweight title eliminator at the Bolton Arena in Lancashire. For those who were under the mistaken impression that Kristjansen, 30 would present any kind of challenge to Khan, they were dead wrong in their beliefs for Khan made it look effortless in stopping the outmatched Kristjansen. click here for full story


Aaron Williams "Awesome" In 17th Win!

aaron williamsBy Peter Mark Heintzelman, Photos by Peter Mark Heintzelman: Unlike the main heavyweight fight, the co-feature, between Aaron Williams, of Las Vegas, and Andre Purlette, of Miami Florida, was worth the price of admission all by itself, despite its brevity. Many in the boxing world, knowing Andre Purlette’s background and fierce competitive spirit, with a record of 35 knockouts in 42 fights, with only two losses, had a feeling this was a bad match up for the rising Williams.

But it was Williams’ night, as he ended Purlette’s five fight winning streak, by technical knock out at 2:50 seconds of the second round, after the fighters treated its audience to a highly skilled performance of boxing technique, trading jabs and hooks to each other’s head and body. continue


Diaconu - Henry on April 19 in Romania

Bucharest, Romania – Gankor Promotions, Inc. will present a night of World Championship Boxing at the 7,000 seat Sala Polivalents Arena in Bucharest, Romania on Saturday April 19th. The main event is the WBC Interim Light Heavyweight Championship between # 1 contender Adrian “The Shark” and # 3 contender Chris “Hard Hitting” Henry. continue


Isaac Rodrigues earns title belt with hard fought victory

By Mike Indri - Retired Boxers Foundation - April 5, 2008: Most sports fans would not be able to tell you the three boxers that hold portions of the world heavyweight crown these days…that question might even stump the Schwab! It takes a real boxing fan to rattle off Ruslan Chagaev (WBA), Sam Peter (WBC) and Wladimir Klitschko (WBO & IBF) as the current kings of all the heavyweights. continue


Penalosa Defends Title, Finishes Challenger in 8

By Carlo Pamintuan: Gerry Penalosa (53-6-2) successfully defended his WBO bantamweight title by disposing of the game but overmatched Thai challenger Ratanachai sor Vorapin (72-10-0) inside eight rounds. Penalosa started to connect with crisp combinations to the head and body very early in the fight. He would often frustrate the challenger with quick 3-punch combinations while the Thai missed wildly with his tries. It was obvious that the two thirty-something combatants prepared very well for that fight because both knew that a loss this night could very well be their last. continue


Estrada Conquers Mount Whitaker

estradaBy Peter Mark Heintzelman, Photos by Peter Mark Heintzelman

05.04.08 - On Friday night, in front of a nationwide television audience on ESPN2’s Friday Night Fights, Jason “Big Six” Estrada was stepping up, big time. And looking up, big time as well, as he faced 6’ 8” Lance “Mount” Whitaker, in ten rounds at heavyweight.

Whitaker, a former NABA, NABO, and WBC Continental Americas’ heavyweight champion, from Van Nuys, California, suffered only his 5th defeat, at the hands of Big Six. His pedigree included wins against two world champions, Oleg Maskaev, and “Al” Ice Cole, and a loss to Luan Krasniki, in a heavyweight eliminator in 2005. continue


Spina Spoils Whittom’s Prediction!

05.04.08 - By Peter Mark Heintzelman, all photos by Peter Mark Heintzelman: At the press conference the day before the match, Whittom had said “we’re both heavy punchers, and one of us is going down, but it ain’t going to be me.. continue


Full Undercard Coverage From Twin River Events Center

By Peter Mark Heintzelman, Photos by Peter Mark Heintzelman: MAYES BESTS MCCREEDY: Baltimore, Maryland’s Henry “Hurricane” Mayes went toe to toe with local favorite, Irish Joe McCreedy, of Lowell, MA, for six full rounds at light heavyweight. McCreedy, with the colorful and famed Norman Stone working his corner, and who has a habit of running over his opponents, found stiffer opposition than he’s seen in the past coming from the red corner. continue


Felix Sturm retains title & Euro news

Per Ake Persson: WBA middle champ Felix Sturm retained the title tonight in Duesseldorf with a seventh round tko win over brave but outclassed Australian challenger Jamie Pittman. The fight was stopped with the challenger, right eye shut and cut, down from a right uppercut, right hand and then a left as Sturm poured it on. Pittman made a good, aggressive start to the fight but couldn´t keep the pace up, nor score effectively. continue


Ted the Bull Interviews Alfonso Gomez

Alfonso GomezBy Ted Sares: I had a chance to catch up with Alfonso Gomez who is getting ready for his big fight with Champion Miguel Cotto on April 12. Here is what he had to say.

The Bull: I have to tell you your match up with Cotto is one of those fights where it is hard to root against either fighter. Both of you guys are true gentlemen who always give 100%, are respectful, and don’t engage in trash talk or false hype. Why have you avoided that part of the game?

Gomez: It’s part of my culture. Mexicans are taught to be humble and respectful. I also had those kind of values instilled in me as I grew up. It’s just the way I am. Cotto and I look at this as a business and that’s how we approach it. There is no need for the insults. continue


Video: Cory Phelps vs Bobby Gunn

ASHLAND, KY APRIL 5, 2008 - By Team Phelps: Cory “The Cobra” Phelps and White Lightning Promotions have received numerous requests for their March 22nd professional boxing match against Bobby Gunn to be made available on the Internet. The 6 round fight, which resulted in a highly controversial draw, was purchased at the event from the promoter by Larry Phelps, the father and trainer of Cory Phelps. continue


Jamie Arthur - Back To Stay

By Mark Pickering: Boxing is more than accustomed to its share of comebacks – there are those who’ve been there and done it, those who’ve had a taste and prospects chasing a career making fight. Jamie Arthur falls into latter category.

After capturing a gold medal at the Commonwealth Games in Manchester Arthur was keen to establish himself in the paid ranks. continue


Romanov stops Thaxton in five

By Andrew Walker: British lightweight champion Jon Thaxton 33-8-(18) has lost out on a potential big money summer clash with Commonwealth lightweight champion Amir Khan 16-(12) after being stopped by his corner after the fifth round due to a serious cut inflicted by Yuri Romanov 21-2-(14) at the York Hall, Bethnal Green, London, tonight. continue


Bernard Hopkins Interview Transcript Part II - Hopkins vs Calzaghe

hopkins calzagheChris Murray, Philadelphia Tribune: Bernard if you're victorious in this fight, you've basically climbed every mountain in this sport in terms of fighters. Who else would be out there once you get past Joe Calzaghe?

Bernard Hopkins: When I get past Joe Calzaghe I will really, really will have to make a big, big announcement. Heavyweight division is not in my circle any more because Moscow was the guy that I wanted. Thought that that would be a perfect match for me and there's no other guys that's too big that holds the title. I ran out of opponents. And when you go look for a fight it's like being in the neighborhood you normally pick on the person that you shouldn't have picked on? I'm not going to be in that position because now I'm looking for a fight then having something to fight for. continue


Bernard Hopkins Interview Transcript Part I - Hopkins-Calzaghe

Oscar de la Hoya: As we all know Bernard Hopkins is the legend in the sport and a future Hall of Famer. He's a former Middleweight Champion reigning for over a decade with a record 20 consecutive defenses. He right now is the current Ring Magazine Light Heavyweight Champion. A title he captured with a very, very impressive – one of the most impressive wins – in recent time against Antonio Tarver in 2006. continue


Warriors Boxing/Miranda contemplating legal action!

04.04.08 - In another case of shady dealings sullying the great sport of boxing, Seminole Warriors Boxing, promoters of super middleweight contender Edison Miranda, have discovered that former world champion Mikkel Kessler negotiated in bad faith with Team Miranda and Showtime, agreeing to a May bout while at the same time trying to put together a WBA title fight against a fighter he already defeated, Anthony Mundine. continue


HBO Boxing: Countdown to Calzaghe Hopkins

HBO Sports is presenting a thirty-minute special analyzing the upcoming HBO World Championship Boxing matchup between two of boxing's most accomplished fighters: Bernard Hopkins and Joe Calzaghe. Their long-awaited showdown is set for Saturday, Apr. 19 in Las Vegas at the Thomas & Mack Center and will be carried live on HBO. continue


Aaron Williams Interview

aaron williamsInterview by Peter Mark Heintzelman, Photos by Peter Mark Heintzelman: Undefeated cruiserweight “Awesome” Aaron Williams, 16-0-1, 11 KO’s, is in for the fight of his life tonight, on ESPN2’s Friday Night Fights, at the Twin River Event Center, in Lincoln, Rhode Island. Just five days shy of his 22nd birthday, the likeable Williams, from Las Vegas, sat down with EastSideBoxing, to discuss his fight plans against Andre “Tombstone” Purlette, 40-2, 35 KO’s.

EastSideBoxing: Aaron, are you coming into this fight with any injuries?

Williams: No injuries. I feel great, I had a good camp I was camping with Chad Dawson, so we had fun, and were running in the mountains every weekend.

EastSideBoxing: Aaron, what do you know about Purlette, and his game plan? continue


Andre “Tombstone” Purlette: A Good Fighter Becomes Great Under Pressure!

04.04.08 - Interview by Peter Mark Heintzelman, Photos by Peter Mark Heintzelman - Thirty-four year old, Andre “Tombstone” Purlette, 40-2, 35 KO’s got started in boxing because he was tired of getting his school lunch money beat out of him during his youth in Guyana. He moved to the United States to enhance his boxing opportunities, and has amassed an unbelievable record of 40-2, 35 KO’s in a tough cruiserweight division. continue


Weight And See: Dawson Looks Awesome

LAS VEGAS, NEV (April 4, 2008) -- Following a hearty breakfast, undefeated WBC light heavyweight champion CHAD DAWSON stepped on the scale this morning and weighed 176 pounds at his official WBC seven-day weigh-in. "After I chow down on Glen Johnson next week, it's on to Clinton Woods and his titles for dessert," said Tarver (25-0, 17 KOs), from Hartford, Conn. "There is no way Antonio Tarver survives his fight with Woods. Woods is going to make hash out of 'The Magic Spam;, er Man.. continue


Kotelnik Honored In Lviv, Ukraine

04.04.08 - The new WBA jr.welterweight world champion Andreas Kotelnik was welcomed in his hometown of Lvov / Ukraine. After his fantastic victory over previoulsy unbeaten Welsh champion Gavin Rees on March 22nd in Cradiff/Wales, he celebrated with a public ceremony in the City Hall of his hometown. He proudly presented his championship belt to the delegates and he was congratulated by them to his great success. It was a very special day and moment in the career of the 30 year old Kotelnik, who had worked hard for this dream for many years. continue


Witter relishing prime time title defence

Junior witterBy Mark Pickering: WBC world light-welterweight champion Junior Witter is relishing making his May 10th title defence on prime time TV after news that his first outing of the year will be broadcast live on ITV1 from the Nottingham Arena.

ITV and promotional powerhouse Hennessy Sports have teamed up to stage one of biggest British cards of the year which features Witter making his third title defence against number one WBC mandatory contender, America’s Timothy Bradley.

Yorkshireman Witter shares top billing with Nottingham favourite Carl Froch as he tackles unbeaten Russian Denis Inkin in a WBC super-middleweight final eliminator. continue


Ivan Popoca returns to the ring in Chicago on April 11

CHICAGO, IL (April 4, 2008) Chicago based undefeated welterweight prospect Ivan Popoca will return to the ring at THE ODEUM RUMBLE, a seven bout action packed card of world class professional boxing set for Friday, April 11th. Popoca, a native of Guerrero, Mexico, will be featured in a five round bout against fellow undefeated prospect Trenton Titsworth, it was announced today by Dominic Pesoli, President of 8 Count Productions, HOME OF THE BEST IN CHICAGO BOXING. continue


Fantasy Boxing: Bouts I’d Love to see over the next 24 months

04.04.08 - By James Barlow: Over the last 18 months there have been some cracking fights between some very talented fighters. For once the promoters got their acts together some made sure a lot of the best fights out there happened. But what of the next 18 – 24 months? Below are some of the fights Id love to see. continue


Foreman, Clottey & Mendes are Winners on Versus

By Paul Strauss: The highlight of the night was probably a good natured debate between announcers Nick Charles and Wally Mathews about rabbinical law! Specifically, Mathews mentioned Yuri Foreman was a rabbinical student, and his studies of rabbinical law included one about not harming another human being. Mathews suggested that might be why Yuri had so few knockouts (8 KOs)? Nick Charles said, “I am not buying it.” His feeling is Yuri just doesn't have the punching power, and will have a tough time challenging for a title with his style of fighting, when the unspoken rule is you have to take the title. continue


Joe Calzaghe Interview Transcript - Hopkins/Calzaghe

calzagheFrank Warren: Good morning, good afternoon, and good evening depending where you are. We're really looking forward to this fight. It's as Fred said, it's arguably the two best guys in the last 10, 12 years in world boxing, and they certainly are the best in their respected weight divisions. Joe is stepping up for as we know to fight for the ring belt on the 19th and that is a bit of unknown there for him but he's obviously feeling very comfortable and very confident which I'm sure he'll tell you himself in a moment.

It's Joe's first fight in the states but I think it'll be like fighting at home for him because it seems there's going to be more Brits there than there are supporters for Bernard Hopkins, so it should be a real British atmosphere and I know that all of Britain will be behind him and I think he'll win over a lot of the American fans as well if he hasn't already done after his two performances that we've seen over there with Jeff Lacy and Mikkel Kessler. continue


Abraham-Miranda II? No, IBF orders Abraham-Lorenzo!

TOTOWA, NJ (April 3, 2008) – Team Lorenzo Press Release: First it was WBC Middleweight Champion Kelly Pavlik. Now it is IBF Middleweight Champion Arthur Abraham. One by one the world’s middleweight champions are avoiding undefeated IBF/WBC mandatory middleweight challenger Giovanni Lorenzo. Only weeks after Pavlik selected Gary Lockett as his next opponent rather than risk his crown against Lorenzo, Sauerland Promotions (Abraham’s promoter) has begun discussions with Warriors Boxing about defending the IBF crown against Edison Miranda in June. Not so fast says Lorenzo. continue


Yusaf Mack added to April 11 Chicago card

CHICAGO, IL (April 3, 2008) Super middleweight contender Yusaf Mack has been added to THE ODEUM RUMBLE, an evening of world class professional boxing set for Friday, April 11th, it was announced today by Dominic Pesoli, President of 8 Count Productions, HOME OF THE BEST IN CHICAGO BOXING. The 28 year old Mack, a native of Philadelphia, PA, will square off against Mexican veteran Ernesto Zamora in a scheduled eight round bout. Both fighters will be making their first appearances in Chicago. continue


“Invasion: Philippines vs. The World”

LOS ANGELES (APRIL 3, 2008) – Golden Boy Promotions and preeminent Filipino broadcasting corporation ABS-CBN today announced, as part of their ongoing relationship, that “Invasion: Philippines vs. The World” featuring WBO World Bantamweight Champion and San Carlos City, Philippines native Gerry Penalosa (52-6, 35 KO’s) will defend his title against Ratanachai Sor Vorapin (72-9, 48 KO’s) of Bangkok, Thailand, will air exclusively in the United States on ABS-CBN’s global channel, The Filipino Channel (TFC) and live via the internet on TFC Now. The event will also be available exclusively on TFC throughout Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Australia. continue


Israel Vazquez Victory Celebration Luncheon Quotes & Photos

vazquezPhotos: Joe Miranda/For Sycuan Ringside Promotions - Sycuan Ringside Promotions and Frank Espinoza’s High-Flying Boxing Club honored one of the greatest, most talented pound-for-pound and exciting fighters in the world, Israel Vazquez, at a victory celebration luncheon Wednesday for his legendary, instant-classic victories over arch rival Rafael Marquez. Vazquez, who is promoted by Sycuan and managed by Espinoza, successfully defended his world 122-crown by rallying dramatically to outpoint Marquez on Saturday, March 1, 2008, in the rubber match of an epic, memorable series.

Vazquez would reign supreme in the exhilarating trilogy, taking two out of three. Each slugfest would top the previous one in energy, excitement and goosebumps, making it one of the most critically acclaimed trilogies of all time. continue


Poulsen Got His Revenge, Vester and Bladt Victorious

Super middleweight Fawaz Nasir improved his record to 13-2 (8) last night (April 4) in Aarhus Denmark, when he dominated Tanzanian Maneno Oswald (27-16-1, 21 KOs) before knocking him out in the second round of a scheduled six. It was an impressive display of determination and power from the 28-year-old, who’s only losses came on close decisions against undefeated Germans, Lukas Wilaszheck and WBO # 2 Sebastian Zbik in title fights. continue


Clottey, Foreman Victorious In Brooklyn!

By Matt Yanofsky: In the first fight card ever held at the Aviator Sports Arena, rising junior middleweight star Yuri Foreman improved to 25-0 (8 KO’s) after an impressive ten round decision over Saul Roman 24-5 (20 KO’s). Foreman began the bout by doing what he does best as he effectively boxed and moved. Roman, who scored a shocking upset over Kassim Ouma in his previous fight, was cut in the second round from a punch. continue


Twin River Presser & Weigh In Photo gallery: Estrada-Whitaker, Williams-Purlette

By Peter Mark Heintzelman, Photos by Peter Mark Heintzelman - At the scales: Trish Kilcullen - Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment & Sports, Inc., in association with Twin River Event Center, Budweiser and ESPN2 Friday Night Fights, host “Heavy Hitters” this Friday. And heavy hitters there are, as the main event features strong-man, Jason “Big Six” Estrada, 11-1, 2 KO’s scheduled for ten rounds at heavyweight with of Lance “Mount” Whitaker, 32-4-1, 27 KO’s, as the scheduled main event on ESPN2’s Friday Night Fights. continue


In Defense of “Money” Mayweather Part II: Eyes On The Prize

Floyd Mayweather Jr.02.04.08 - Michael Herron (M.I.C.): Since writing “In Defense Of “Money” Mayweather: A True Prizefighter,” many boxing fans have sent emails questioning how as a writer and a boxing fan could I support the antics of Floyd Mayweather, Jr. I decided to create a response that encompasses several arguments and point-of-views posed by readers.

First of all, thanks for reading and voicing your opinion. Also, I appreciate the politeness by which many of you have done so. My article was written first and foremost, not as a means to give Mayweather a free pass, but to counter some of the harsh opinions, statements, and articles written about him lately. continue


Truth Revealed Behind Assault of “Irish” Billy Collins Jr., Luis Resto Comes Clean After 25 Years

New York City (April 2, 2008) – The truth has finally been revealed regarding one of sports’ darkest hours. Former prize fighter Luis Resto admitted today at a press conference in New York City that he not only battered “Irish” Billy Collins Jr. for ten rounds during a boxing match, with padding-removed gloves, but that his knuckles were pre-cast with tape soaked in plaster of Paris - before the hollowed gloves were placed over his fists. continue


Tarver-Woods, Dawson-Johnson Showtime Conference Call Quotes

Former undisputed light heavyweight kingpin and current IBO champion Antonio Tarver will face IBF champion Clinton Woods and WBC 175-pound titleholder Chad Dawson will defend against former world champion Glen Johnson Saturday, April 12, on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING (live at 9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast). Tickets are on sale at the McDonald's Box Office at the St Pete Times Forum and all Ticketmaster outlets. Charge by phone at 813-287-8844 or 727-898-2100 or log onto ticketmaster.com. Tickets are priced at $27.75, $52.75, $102.75, $202.75, $302.75. Limited ringside seats are available at $602.75. continue


Lennox Lewis Talks Calzaghe/Hopkins

02.04.08 - When undefeated superstar Joe Calzaghe of Wales (44-0, 32 KOs) steps into the ring on Saturday, Apr. 19 and faces off with boxing legend Bernard Hopkins (48-4-1, 32 KOs) in a light heavyweight showdown from Las Vegas that will be telecast live on HBO’s World Championship Boxing at 9:45 p.m. ET/ 6:45 p.m. PT, the undefeated visitor from across the pond will be making his first appearance in a ring outside Europe. continue


Kessler Mandatory Challenger For Mundine’s WBA Title

Mikkel KesslerBy Srithar Visuasam: The WBA has announced that Denmark’s Mikkel Kessler (39-1, 29 KOs) has been elevated to mandatory challenger for ‘regular’ WBA super-middleweight champion, Australia’s Anthony Mundine. After his narrow defeat at the hands of Welshman Joe Calzaghe in their unification mega-bout last November, the former dual WBA/WBC super middleweight champion Kessler will now be able to fight for Mundine’s world title in his very next bout.

The move to fight Mundine may surprise many fight fans as it was originally assumed that Kessler would try head to the light-heavyweight division in a bid to gain a significant ranking by the WBA and fight for their recently vacated world title due to the retirement of their champion, Australia’s Danny Green. continue


Rodriguez Fights in Boston April 12

Undefeated professional and two-time national amateur champion Edwin Rodriguez of Worcester, Mass., returns to the ring April 12 in Boston in a four-round middleweight bout against another experienced boxer. The opponent for the 22-year-old Rodriguez, now 3-0 with two knockouts, is Jeffrey Osborne Jr. of Davenport, Iowa, a sturdy vet of 15 fights. continue


New Jersey Boxing Hall Of Fame Announces Their 2008 Inductees

By Mike Indri - Retired Boxers Foundation: Former two-time world heavyweight champion Tim Witherspoon and ex- super middleweight title holder Charles Brewer, along with East Rutherford resident Keith Idec, Paterson's Eddie Cotton, Clifton's Danny Milano and Paterson native Nick Lembo headline a group of 14 well deserved members elected into the New Jersey Boxing Hall of Fame earlier this week. continue


Jon Thaxton “There’s only one proper 50/50 fight this weekend”

Jon Thaxton claims Europe's best two lightweights will be in action when he boxes Yuri Romanov at the York Hall in Bethnal Green on Friday, April 4th. British champion Thaxton (Norwich) headlines the Hennessy Sports show in association with title partners GoldenPalace.com which will be shown live on Sky Sports 1 9.30pm. continue


The Left-Hook Lounge: Vivek Wallace's Weekly Q&A Mailbag: Is Mayweather Going Too Far?, Is A Cotto Fight Close?

Floyd MayweatherFor the first time ever, today's Left-Hook Lounge Q&A session takes a look at an event that took place AWAY from the sport of boxing. Who does the topic at hand surround?...Yep, you guessed it....The man of many names. Some call him 'Money'...Others call him the 'Pretty Boy'.

Recently, he ditched both names and put the world on notice that comedian turned actor Cedric isn't the only 'Entertainer' on the short list of Hollywood's "In-Demand" group. Last Sundays historical WWE 'Wrestlemania' event was ground breaking in many ways. Today, in the aftermath, we take a look at the man who resides center-stage, as well as two commonly asked questions from fight fans around the globe, and answers that present my take on the topics. continue


Khan/Kristjansen: The Vikings Are Coming

Martin Kristjansen has promised a performance worthy of a Viking warrior when he tackles Amir Khan in Bolton on Saturday night. The fight will be screened live on ITV1 at 9.15 - and Kristjansen says he will become a star by defeating his 21-year-old opponent in front of a prime time audience. continue


Coming out party for Estrada & Williams

PROVIDENCE (April 2, 2008) – CES stable-mates Jason “Big Six” Estrada and “Awesome” Aaron Williams are planning coming out parties Friday night (April 4) on the ESPN2 Friday Night Fights card, “Heavy Hitters,” promoted by Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment and Sports, Inc. (CES), live from Twin River Events Center in Lincoln, Rhode Island. continue


Joe Calzaghe: “I will hurt Bernard Hopkins”

By Nathan King: If it’s one thing Bernard Hopkins and Joe Calzaghe have succeeded at lately, it’s the constant verbal exchanges between the two. From Hopkins’ “I will never lose to a white boy” comment to Calzaghe’s “I’m going to punish Bernard Hopkins,” there’s been a back and forth trash-talk battle between the two for some time now. Why should it stop now with the fight just a few short weeks away continue


Ricardo Torres Vs Kendall Holt Part II “The Rematch”

Ricardo Torres04-01-08. Jaime Alberto Castro Núñez - Barranquilla, Colombia. Colombian promoter Billy Chams confirmed today that WBO Light Welterweight champion Ricardo “Mochuelo” Torres of Magangué will be making his third title defense against No.2-ranked Kendall Holt of Patterson. The bout has been scheduled for July 5 in Las Vegas, NV. Torres, who knocked Holt out in their first encounter last September 1, 2007, at Country Club’s Salón Jumbo in Barranquilla, Colombia, has three months to probe that his victory over Holt came out as a result of a clean left hook. Holt, likewise, has the same amount of time to train and to show who the true champion is.

“Mochuelo has ninety days to get in shape and knock Holt out once again. Now he’ll be more confident because he already knows Kendall’s style,” said Billy Chams. “I’ll be even more prepared for this rematch. I hope he won’t be running away this time. I expect him to fight, not to run as he did in Barranquilla. continue


Floyd Mayweather To Cover Cost of National Golden Gloves Tournament Of Champions

Las Vegas, NV (April 1, 2008). . . Boxer and entertainer Floyd Mayweather is giving back to the sport that launched him to superstardom. Mayweather recently announced that he will pay the projected operating budget for the National Golden Gloves Tournament of Champions taking place in his hometown of Grand Rapids, Michigan from May 5 through May 10. The tournament is being hosted by Michigan Golden Gloves, the non-profit organization through which Mayweather took his first steps to launching what is now recognized as one of the most highly decorated careers in the sport of boxing. Mayweather, who plans to attend the tournament's opening ceremonies on May 4, is ecstatic about helping out. continue


All set for Vester vs. Saku, Nasir vs. Oswald Card

2.4.2008: The full undercard is now complete for Fridays promotion in Aarhus, Denmark where former world title challenger Allan Vester (26-6-1, 5 KOs) takes on African champion Hassan “The Hitman” Saku (9-3, 8 KOs) at welterweight, and super middleweight Fawaz Nasir (12-2, 7 KOs) squares off with Tanzanian puncher Maneno Oswald (27-16-1, 21 KOs) in the featured bouts. continue


British Boxing: Alex to Carry the Flag

Werrington’s 22 year old heavyweight Alex Ibbs will become the latest Stoke-on-Trent based boxer to seek to win honours in a high profile event. Alex takes part in the first ‘Prizefighter Series’ which takes place at York Hall, Bethnal Green on 11th April. continue


Have Calzaghe fans lost their minds?

Joe CalzagheBy Geoffrey Ciani: East Side Boxing’s “Boxing Forum” is a pretty good place to gauge how fans feel about a particular upcoming contest. Generally speaking, there tends to be some fairly good balance when it comes to making assessments, which is why I am utterly baffled by the foolishness on display pertaining to the upcoming mega bout between Bernard Hopkins and Joe Calzaghe. The way these Calzaghe fans talk (and there are scores of them), you would think Calzaghe was slated to fight Academy Award winning actor, Anthony Hopkins, instead of Bernard. Then again, the out-of-control mass delusion which has overtaken a large percentage of the Calzaghe faithful might well mean giving the actor best known for his portrayal of Hannibal Lecter a better chance against Calzaghe than Bernard.

That so many fans believe Calzaghe will beat Hopkins is one thing; that so many believe he will beat him easily is quite another. This is simply inexplicable. continue


UFC Star To Make Pro Boxing Debut April 11th In Chicago

UFC Star Terry Martin will make his professional boxing debut on Friday, April 11th at THE ODEUM RUMBLE, an evening of world class professional boxing at the Odeum Sports and Expo Center in Villa Park, presented by Dominic Pesoli’s 8 Count Productions, HOME OF THE BEST IN CHICAGO BOXING. continue


Yan Barthelemy Added To Tarver-Woods / Dawson-Johnson Undercard

TAMPA, FLA (April 1, 2008) -- Undefeated bantamweight phenomenon YAN BARTHELEMY, Cuba’s 2004 Olympic gold medallist, will be back in action on Saturday, April 12th against the rugged veteran Pedro Rincon Miranda (30-16, 25 KOs), from Colombia.. continue


Euro Boxing Roundup: Klitschko Turns Down Offer To Fight Povetkin, Tua In Ukraine, Charr On Sturm Undercard, More

By Per Ake Persson: According to German paper Bild Zeitung, IBF and WBO heavyweight champ Wladimir Klitschko has received an offer for five million EUR from Sauerland Event to face Alexander Povetkin, the IBF mandatory challenger - and Klitscko turned it down. Wladimir insisted on fighting Tony Thompson in July next but the matter is becoming complicated. Sauerland Event have protested to the IBF and a decision is expected soon. continue


Zab “Super” Judah; The man the Elite are lining up to Beat

judahBy: Phil Santos – Overhandright.com: His name still holds weight. He was once a solid champion who possessed three World Titles (WBC, WBA & IBF) and was widely considered to be the best Welterweight on the planet. Those days seem like a distant memory. Since losing to Carlos Baldomir the once “Super” Zab Judah has been recast as a marquee name no longer capable of beating the top fighters in his weight class.

Much like the man he accompanied to the ring as a youngster Judah’s future as a fighter seems to closely mirror that of Mike Tyson. Now before I get too far ahead of myself I want to make myself clear. It is my opinion that Zab is still a solid top ten Welterweight, a claim that at the end could not be made by Iron Mike. It is also apparent that Judah wishes to continue fighting and badly wants to reestablish himself as an elite fighter, another assertion that doesn’t jive with the end of Tyson’s career. In those ways they are different. continue


Meet Joey Abell - Minnestoa Ice

Paul McCreath: If you look at the current rankings of the world's heavyweight boxers it does not take a genius to realize that many of the best known names are getting old. Tony Thompson, John Ruiz, Oleg Maskaev, Matt Skelton, Andrew Golota, James Toney,S hannon Briggs, Evander Holyfield and Luan Krasniqi are all at least 36 years of age. Hasim Rahman is 35 and also slipping. It seems likely that most if not all of these fighters will be gone in another couple of years. continue


BJ Flores To Be Guest Host on Friday Night Fights

Undefeated cruiserweight sensation BJ Flores will be the in-studio guest on Friday Night Fights this week. Airing on ESPN 2 with host Brian Kenny this Friday night, April 4th, Flores will offer analysis, insight and perspective on the televised portion of the card including the main event featuring heavyweight prospect Jason Estrada vs. Lance Whitaker. continue


Aaron Williams in ESPN2 Co-Feature This Friday

Cruiserweight prospect, Aaron Williams (16-0, 11 KO’s), will be the co-main event on ESPN2’s “Friday Night Fights,” April 4th at the Twin River Event Center in Lincoln, RI. Williams is taking a big step-up when he meets former NABO champion, Andre Purlette (40-2, 35 KO’s) in the 8 round co-feature. continue


Steve Molitor To Defend His IBF Super-Bantamweight Title This Saturday

Steve Molitor01.04.08 - by James Slater: This Saturday, in his native Ontario, "The Canadian Kid," Steve Molitor makes the fourth defence of his IBF 122 pound championship when he is challenged by Mexico's Fernando "Pinocho" Beltran Junior. The 26 year old Mexican earned his shot with a final elimination bout triumph last December, when he TKO'd Panama's Jose Arboledo in ten rounds.

Molitor, a southpaw like his challenger, is rapidly becoming a formidable and respected world champion. Pretty much at his absolute peak right now at age 27, the unbeaten Molitor captured the vacant IBF belt in late 2006 with a relatively quick stoppage win over Britain's recently retired Michael Hunter. Possessing superb speed of hand, if not devastating punching power, the 26-0(10) champion will take some beating. Most of his fights have taken place in Canada, but Molitor is not afraid to travel, as he proved when winning the vacant title in Hunter's hometown of Blackpool in the U.K. Interestingly, Molitor has boxed over in the U.K on three occasions. Saturday's defence takes place at home, however, and Beltran Jnr will be up against it. continue


Spadafora's 2008 Debut Postponed Until April 25 in Erie

Michael Acri Promotions’ has postponed the April 6 professional boxing card at The Avalon Hotel in Erie, Penn. (16 West 10th Street), headlined by the 2008 debut undefeated former IBF lightweight champion "The Pittsburgh Kid" PAUL SPADAFORA. The six-bout card has been rescheduled for Friday, April 25, beginning at 8 p.m. ET, at the same venue. Spadafora (40-0-1) returns to the ring for the first time in over a year, fighting in the 10-round welterweight main event bout. continue


Ronald Hearns Back In Action On April The 17th In California

01.04.08 - by James Slater: Ronald Hearns, son of the legendary Thomas, of course, fights again on April 17th in Highland, California. Taking on one Alan Velasco, Hearns, now going by the nickname of "The Chosen One," as opposed to his previous moniker of "The Motor City Cobra" like his father, will be having his 19th pro fight. At age 29 Hearns should be moving up in quality pretty soon. continue


European Boxing News: Firat Arslan-Darnell Wilson, Sylvester-Castillejo, More

31.03.08 - by the European Boxing Association - europeboxing.com - FIRAT ARSLAN's next WBA defense is scheduled on May 3rd. WBA Cruiserweight Champion FIRAT ARSLAN will make his second WBA World Title defense on May 3rd in Stuttgart, Germany, against American DARNELL WILSON (22-6-3/19 KOs). It will be televised by ZDF and promoted by Universum Box-Promotions. continue




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