by James Slater -- A fighter doesn't get too long to celebrate a win before talk turns to his next fight these days. Fortunately, Manny Pacquaio is a warrior who doesn't seem to mind. Willing to take on all comers and fight on a regular basis in an effort to keep on proving his greatness, "Pac-Man" behaves like a pound-for-pound king should behave.
With all that said, on to Manny's next fight. According to an article that went up today on PhilBoxing.com, Pacquaio could next be facing none other than "Mr. KO" himself, Edwin Valero. Talk about a fight that takes the excitement level up a few notches!
According to the news article, promoter Bob Arum, in an overseas phone call with Manila Standard today, was "pretty close to making a deal with [Akihiko] Honda," Honda being Valero's Japanese handler. continue
By: Jason Sardelis: June 28th,The Castle in Boston, Massachusetts: Before a partisan Irish crowd, in an atmosphere similar to his hometown Hammerstein Ballroom, “Irish” John Duddy 25-0, 17 Ko’s remained undefeated whipping Charles Howe 17-5-2, 9 Ko’s. Duddy now trained by former Jermain Taylor trainer Pat Burns used a sharp jab (a Taylor trademark) to set up and disguise his clean combination punching. continue
NEW YORK (June 30, 2008) – Monte “Two Gunz” Barrett (34-6, 20 KO’s) was supposed to be just a step up fight for gigantic six-foot-eight heavyweight Tye “Big Sky” Fields (41-2, 37 KO’s) on Fields’ way to heavyweight success. The 37-year old Barrett had other ideas Saturday night at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Fields’ hometown. continue
TV3 will broadcast the Big Time Boxing show live from 9.15pm on Saturday July 5th from the National Basketball Arena, Dublin. Top of the bill is the clash between Irish Light-middleweight champion Ciaran Healy (8-7, 2 KO) and world rated gladiator Jamie Moore (29-3, 20 KO). Ciaran Healy is relishing the biggest opportunity of his career. continue
30.06.08 - Article by Trish Kilcullen & Peter Mark Heintzelman, Photos by Peter Mark Heintzelman - Irish John Duddy returned to the ring Saturday night at The Castle in Boston, Massachusetts, and returned in style, as he decisioned a durable Charlie Howe after ten rounds of rabble rousing middleweight action.
Thirteen hundred plus voices, mostly with an Irish drawl, drowned the traffic sounds on Arlington Street, chanting, “Ole, Ole, Ole, Ole,” as their champion returned to Beantown to headline the Irish Ropes fight night. The capacity crowd was ablaze in green, orange and white, while Howe entered the ring, in simple black trunks, a determined mind, and maybe three or fans in his corner. That was soon to change. continue
NEW YORK (June 30, 2008) – DiBella Entertainment presents “Hot Fights…Summer in the City”, a special edition of their hit series “Broadway Boxing” Wednesday night August 6 live at B.B. King Blues Club (237 West 42nd Street) in the heart of Times Square. continue
by James Slater -- Brooklyn's Paulie "The Magic Man" Malignaggi has almost everything you could want in a fighter. Almost everything. Blessed with superb speed of both hand and foot, excellent accuracy, an extremely reliable chin, a fearless attitude and a willingness to take on the best fighters available, what more could you want from a fighter? Well, there is one thing - that big equaliser known as a KO punch. continue
He won’t have Uri Geller in his corner this time but Peter McDonagh believes it will still be a case of mind over matter when he defends his Irish Lightweight title against Andrew Murray on the Hunky Dorys Fight Night at the National Stadium, Dublin on July 12th. Their ten round bout is one of two Irish title fights on the undercard to Bernard Dunne’s clash with Argentina’s Damian Marchiano. McDonagh though is hoping to steal the show by ruining Murray’s perfect record. continue
By Ted Sares, photo by Naoki Fukuda: Asia has produced any number of legendary fighters over the years. Fighters like Yoko "Fierce Eagle" Gushiken, Jung-Koo "The Korean Hawk" Chang, Masao Ohba, Yuri Arbachakov (alias Yuri Ebihara), Jiro Watanabe,Chartchai Chionoi, and old timers Ceferino Garcia and Pancho Villa. There are many more, but three in particular come to mind.
Fighting Harada (Japan)
One of my favorites was Masahiko Harada better known as Fighting Harada and a member of The International Boxing Hall of Fame. Among other accomplishments, he beat the great Hall of Famer Eder Jofre, 72-2-4, twice and split a pair against Pone Kingpetch and rugged Jose Medel. He also fought Australian great Lionel Rose and duked with Johnny Famechon twice. In 1969, he challenged Famechon for the world featherweight championship in Sydney. It was a classic brawl that in the end was called a draw by guest referee Willie Pep, but Famechon's fans rallied over the call by booing Pep. continue
Limerick’s second ever night of pro boxing will also feature the city’s second ever pro boxer. Hometown hero Andy Lee made history in Limerick in February by headlining the Ladbrokes.com Fight Night – the first time ever that a professional boxing event was staged in the city. continue
Tickets are now on sale for an evening of world class professional boxing as Dominic Pesoli’s 8 Count Productions, HOME OF THE BEST IN CHICAGO BOXING, presents CHICAGO’S PRIDE on Friday, July 25th at the Aragon Ballroom headlined by local fan favorite Francisco “EL NINO AZTECA” Rodriguez squaring off against El Paso slugger Alex “EL DIABLO” Becerra in a ten round bantamweight bout. continue
Terrance "The Heat" Cauthen (32-4 9KO's) looks to get back on track and put himself back into world title contention when he takes on the dangerous up and coming knockout artist Alexis Camacho (16-0 15 KO's) on July 16th from the Municipal Auditorium in San Antonio, TX. The Cauthen v Camacho fight will be the ESPN2's "Wednesday Night Fights" 10-round co- feature to the Delvin Rodriguez v Oscar Diaz fight for the vacant USBA Welterweight Championship. continue
30.06.08 - By Anthony Coleman, photo by Naoki Fukuda: Last night the Pac-Man arrived to another unforeseen land in an attempt to continue his reign of dominance. Brave David Diaz, one of the champions of the land, was given the job to defend the territory against this wandering warrior…and got the high holy shit beat out of him. Thus the Pac-Man claimed another victory and ascended to another level in staking his claim as the best fighter in the known universe.
Yes, I know this opener sounds like a plot from a Dragonball Z storyline, but that is my perfect analogy for Manny Pacquiao because if there is ever a boxing equivalent of Son Goku he is it. He is a powerful and dominant fighter who continues to ascend to another level with every move to a higher division and dangerous foe by adding new arsenals to his skills. continue
29.06.08 - By Jim Dorney: First off, I don’t want the title of this article to give boxing fans the wrong impression. From what I’ve seen of Kelly Pavlik, he seems a damn fine fighter, and it’s clear that he has many things going for him – height, reach, serious punching power (as his 30 KOs from 34 fights clearly demonstrates), as well as heart (as shown by getting off the floor to defeat Jermain Taylor) and a good boxing brain. continue
Top middleweight contender Matthew Macklin is hoping that re-signing with promoter Frank Warren will help him win a world title. The 26-year-old will fight in his home city of Birmingham for only the second time when he appears at the Aston Events Centre on July 19. All-action Macklin will fight Francis Cheka in a 10-rounder on the bill joint-headlined by Audley Harrison versus Martin Rogan and the return of Enzo Maccarinelli. continue
This past weekend saw an array of champions from the world of boxing, past and present, turn out to support some local fighters from The James Shuler Memorial Gym as they put on an outside exhibition at the 18th annual Susquehana block party in North Philadelphia. continue
29.06.08 - By Vivek Wallace, photo by Naoki Fukuda: If playing pool until midnight and being a constant spectacle among skeptics results in the destruction fight fans saw Saturday night at the hands of Manny Pacquiao, a lot of other fighters had better chalk a stick and pull out the cue ball because there's a new training regimen about to take effect in the world of Boxing.
Coming into the fight, many wondered whether Manny Pacquiao would be able to sustain his greatness and carry his power with him as he traveled north to the Lightweight division and that question was answered in a mighty way as he showed great strength and power, knocking the very durable David Diaz out in 9 rounds.
This is a true testament to Manny Pacquiao, as never before has a fighter been known to carry his power up from such a small weight class (light flyweight - 106 lbs) to lightweight (130 lbs), and still remain this effective from a KO standpoint. continue
By Paul Strauss: Fans were rewarded with an extremely exciting night of action at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Las Vegas. Unfortunately, the night was marred by the decision of referee Joe Cortez d to disqualify Humberto Soto in his match-up with Francisco Lorenzo. The fight undoubtedly was a shut out for Soto, who steadily increased the pressure on Lorenzo. He punished him with a variety of punches. About the only damage Lorenzo was able to accomplish against Soto, was to frustrate him with his style. continue
By Per Ake Persson: The undercard to Klitschko vs Thompson July 12 at the Color Line Arena in Hamburg will again be supervised by the GBO. Kronk will bring in cruiser Jonathon Banks and lightheavy Haxhi Krasniqi fights Steve Kroekel. In the chief support EBU jr middle champ Zauerbek Baysangurov defends the title against Ivan Gontsa. continue
Harry Joe Yorgey was declared the winner on Friday, June 13, 2008, in his arbitration case over his manager James E. Deoria. Both parties were in a dispute over the boxer-manager contract that was signed between them on February 9, 2006. At the age of 30, Harry is a five-year pro. A veteran boxer at 154 pounds, he is a very popular performer in his home area in Pennsylvania . continue
by James Slater, photo by Naoki Fukuda: Manny Pacquiao never put a foot, or a glove, wrong last night at The Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. Utterly dominating the game but out-classed David Diaz for almost every second of the nine rounds the fight lasted, "Pac-Man" put the finishing touches to his handiwork at just after the 2 minute mark of the 9th. A perfectly delivered short left hand to the head sent fellow southpaw Diaz face-first to the canvas and the fight was over. The official time was 2 minutes and 24 seconds of round nine.
With his great win the 29-year-old Pacquiao made boxing history as he became the first Filipino fighter to ever win a world title at lightweight - picking up the WBC 135 pound belt with his destruction of the 32-year-old from Chicago. Also with such an impressive display "Pac-Man" proved beyond any doubt he belongs at the top of all pound-for-pound lists. For the record, Pacquiao improved to 47-3-2(36). Diaz fell to 34-2-1(17). continue
29.06.08 - by James Slater: There was massive confusion followed by even more massive controversy in Las Vegas last night, as Mexico's Humberto Soto was disqualified in his interim WBC super-featherweight title fight against The Dominican Republic's Francisco Lorenzo. continue
by James Slater: According to promoter Bob Arum, a Manny Pacquiao-Ricky Hatton super-fight could take place next year. "There is a possibility we could fight Ricky Hatton next year. That remains to be seen, " Arum said not too long after his fighter had destroyed the game David Diaz to annex the WBC lightweight belt. Talk about a fight that would do absolutely huge business! continue
by James Slater: The sky fell in on the heavyweight known as "Big Sky" last night. Boxing on the under-card of the Pacquiao-Diaz clash in Las Vegas, Monte "Two Gunz" Barrett pole axed the touted Tye Fields in less than a minute of action. Thought to be a relatively safe step up for the 6'8" Fields, Barrett instead proved to be way too much for the untested 33-year-old. continue
By Ted Sares, photo by Naoki Fukuda: Saturday represented a chance of a lifetime for David Diaz, 34-1-1, and he tried to make the most of it as he defended his WBC lightweight title against Manny Pacquiao
But unlike Pacquiao, Diaz is no legend. He is a Chicago blue collar type, almost old school, who has a boatload of ability and fortitude, keeps up the pressure like Jake LaMotta with crunching body work, and should never be taken lightly. Erik Morales and Jose Armando Santa Cruz both found this out. Diaz does everything well and possesses a stellar amateur background. Indeed, he had only lost one fight (to Kendall Holt).
However, Pacquiao has been in with opposition light years better than that of Diaz. Names like Marquez, Barrera, Morales, Larrios, Valazquez, Fahsan 3K Battery, Emmanuel Lucero, Lehlohonolo Ledwaba and many others dot his fine record of 46-3-2. As far back as 1998, he KOd the great Chatchai Sasakul in Thailand. continue
This past Friday at the Morongo Resort and Casino, Golden Boy Promotions undefeated young gun, Juan Carlos Velasquez, improved to (8-0, 4 KO's) with another impressive victory. The Puerto Rican native decisively defeated Missael Nunez in rout to a unanimous decision and continued his undefeated record. Score cards read 60-54 twice, while the other judge had it 59-55. continue
On June 26, 2008 Don Juan Futrell (21-3-2, 10 KO's) fought Lowell Brownfield (10-4-1, 3 KO's) in the main event at the Tachi Palace Casino in Lemoore CA. On the line was Futrell's WBC USNBC light welterweight title. continue
Indiana based veteran James Morrow 11-10 (5 KO’s) will be stepping in to challenge former IBA cruiserweight kingpin Bobby “The Celtic Warrior” Gunn on July 12th at the Bernie Robbins Stadium in Atlantic City, New Jersey. continue
by James Slater: Last night, at the historic York Hall in Bethnal Green, London, 25-year-old Matthew Marsh ripped the British super-bantamweight title from defending champion Esham Pickering. An underdog going in, Marsh, who was only having his 11th pro fight, prevailed via a much deserved unanimous decision. The scores after 12 pulsating rounds were 117-111, 116-113 and 115-113. In winning his first major title, Marsh improved to 10-1(1). Pickering, the older man at age 31, fell to 33-7(13).
The fight was all-action right from the opening bell. Coming out full of energy, Marsh attacked the seasoned Pickering with an all-out, blazing attack. continue
Undefeated professional Edwin Rodriguez of Worcester, Mass., boosted his record to 7-0 with five knockouts with a six-round unanimous decision over his toughest opponent to date, Hector Hernandez of Phoenix, Saturday night in Boston. The 23-year-old Rodriguez, 162, won by scores of 60-54 on two of the three judges’ scorecards and by a score of 59-55 on the third judge’s card. continue
Photos by Chris Farina - TopRank - Ten months after a wildly controversial ending to their first fight, Ricardo Torres will defend his World Boxing Organization (WBO) junior welterweight title against No. 1 contender Kendall Holt in a rematch on a special edition of ShoBox: The New Generation on Saturday, July 5, 2008, live on SHOWTIME at 11 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the west coast). continue
By Tony Nobbs: In a bout between Sydney Olympian's Daniel “The Real Deal” Geale retained his IBO “world” middleweight bauble with a unanimous decision over British based Serbian Geard Ajetovic at the Campbelltown Catholic Club in West Sydney on Friday night. continue
28.06.08 - By Peter Mark Heintzelman, Photos by Peter Mark Heintzelman: He's back and he's was in Boston today, for his weigh in at The Kells, in Allston, Massachusetts. Navy blue sport coat, jeans, and full of the Irish, he weighed in at a fit 158 ½ lbs, as he readies for his Saturday night fight against Charlie Howe (17-4-2, 9 KOʼs) at The Castle, in Boston.
With the Burns brothers in tow, Boston is in for one exciting fight card, as the new and reportedly improved Irishman , John Duddy (24-0-0, 17 KO's) comes to make his mark in Boston, and across the middleweight world, from the City of Revolution!
EastSideBoxing caught up with John Duddy just before the official weigh in, for his final thoughts before Saturday's brawl. continue
Carl Froch has now got his hard-earned shot at the vacant WBC super-middleweight title against Jermain Taylor later this year but hopes his co-challenger doesn't bottle out of it. Undefeated British champion Froch has been elected to fight American Taylor, the former undisputed middleweight champion, for the prestigious vacant WBC title after Joe Calzaghe vacated the belt rather than fight mandatory challenger Froch. continue
By John Barrie: Unfortunately we haven’t yet perfected time travel so when pitting fighters from different eras against each other we can only speculate as to what would be the outcome. This piece is going to lay out 10 heavyweight fights from some of the greatest fighters in history that I’m sure I’m not alone in saying would have been real mouth-watering contests. Alas, we will never see them, but we can imagine! And whilst imagining, we can have fun speculating on the results. continue
By Peter Mark Heintzelman, Photos by Peter Mark Heintzelman - Life doesn’t get better than this, for middleweight prospect, Donnie Orr (12-0-0, 5 KO’s), formerly of Victoria, British Colombia, and recent transplant to Boston, Massachusetts. The mild mannered prospect, in the camp of Cappiello Promotions of Brockton, MA, has gained a huge following in a very short time in Beantown, because of his exciting fight style and his friendly humility. He finds himself on the undercard of Duddy Howe this Saturday night, and he’s ready for a tactical fight. continue
LOS ANGELES, June 27, 2008 – Mexico celebrated its independence from Spain on the historic date of September 16, 1810 and over the years, this day has grown to become a special day of celebration, especially in the world of sports and entertainment. This year, the boxing world will celebrate Mexico’s Independence Day when reigning Ring Magazine World Lightweight Champion Joel “El Cepillo” Casamayor meets former two-division World Champion Juan Manuel Marquez Saturday, Sept. 13 at MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nev. in a 12-round championship bout that celebrates the best of the sweet science and two of its greatest practitioners.
In professional boxing, this day or the celebrated weekend has always been home to the largest boxing events in the history of the sport. continue
28.06.08 - At the scales: Trish Kilcullen, Photos by Peter Mark Heintzelman: The Kells of Boston, hosted the weigh in event for Saturday night’s fights at The Castle in Boston, featuring “Irish” John Duddy versus Charlie Howe. With Massachusetts’ Boxing Commission’s Chairman, Daniel Fitzgerald at the scales and Irish Ropes’ promoter Eddie McLoughlin looking on, the fighters weighed in as follows: continue
Interview by Peter Mark Heintzelman, Photo by Peter Mark Heintzelman- Charlie Howe(17-4-2, 9 KO’s) comes from a family of boxers: His father a coach, two brothers who boxed, one against Larry Holmes. With ten more years of boxing experience than Duddy, Howe is counting upon his legacy and veteran status to overcome Boston’s favorite Irishman on Saturday night at The Castle, in Boston, Massachusetts. “I thrive on pressure!. continue
By David Pambianchi: On July 18th, WIBA title holder Eileen Olszewski faces Italy’s reigning champion Simona Galassi for what promises to be a dramatic WBC Flyweight Championship bout. Simona “The Romagna Queen” captured the title in March from Stephania Bianchini who fought a controversial Draw with Eileen last September. Now, Eileen “The Hawaiian Mongoose” plans to get the record straight. continue
By Geoffrey Ciani As of this moment, it appears a forthcoming showdown between Joe Calzaghe and Roy Jones Junior will soon be upon us. Negotiations for the bout have supposedly been in the works for some time, which is hardly surprising given Jones is a notoriously tough negotiator. Even though this fight would have made more sense some ten years earlier, it is nonetheless, still an intriguing clash, and one that ought to attract major interest within the boxing community.
Calzaghe is coming off the most impressive win in his career, having just beaten the ageless warrior, Bernard Hopkins. On the other hand, Jones is coming off a total farce in which he beat a grossly overmatched Felix Trinidad in a bout that should probably have never happened, given Tito was fighting well above his normal weight after a long period of inactivity. continue
WBA World Featherweight Champion Chris John will fight Jackson Asiku on the 26th of July in Jakarta, Indonesia which will be John’s 10th World Title defense. Should John be successful Craig Christian, (Trainer/Manager of John) and World Wide representative Sampson Lewkowicz are committed to honor the WBA Champion mandatory defense against Hiroyuki Enoki during the first week of October in Japan. continue
by James Slater: Former lightweight-welterweight and light-middleweight champion "Sugar" Shane Mosley has certainly picked a risky opponent for his next fight. With his sights still very much on becoming a world champion yet again before his great career is over, Mosley choosing to take on the wildly dangerous yet no longer world class Ricardo Mayorga is quite a surprise. continue
By James Slater: Talk about a match-up that has "Fun-fight" written all over it. An Andrew Golota-Chris Arreola fight would more than likely be a bout well worth making and then well worth watching. There is no official word yet on who either guy will face next, but both men should be back in action before too long. continue
27.06.08 - By Vivek Wallace, Photo: Chris Farina - Top Rank -- In this weeks 'Call Em Out Fridays' installment we take a look at a man who stands on the brink of accomplishing something few have. That immeasurable feat is a victory over Filipino phenom Manny Pacquaio. To some, David Diaz is simply another face in the crowd. To those aware of his worth, they'd strongly beg to differ. Like any other of my 'Call Em Out Fridays' segments, today we'll take a look at the subject (David Diaz), as it relates to the "Fan Perspective", the "Critic Perspective", and in the end, like always, we turn it over to get your perspective, as the readers chime in via comments.
David Diaz - (The 'Fan' Perspective): For those who have followed David Diaz over the years, they can attest that Saturday evening represents a chance of a lifetime. continue
by James Slater: On July 19th in Birmingham, Audley "A-Force" Harrison has the second fight in his latest comeback - a comeback he hopes will finally see him box for a world title. Opposing him next month is a tough Irishman who made a name for himself this past April by winning in the British heavyweight "Prize-fighter" tournament. continue
Genius won’t escape the trained eyes. And once recognized worldwide, genius gets itched in the immortal stones of history. International matchmaker nonpareil Sampson “Picasso” Lewkowicz will join on Wednesday the lines of great men in boxing history to be recognized by the prestigious World Boxing Association (WBA) in time for its Annual Directory Meeting and Awards dinner scheduled on July 2 at the Panamericano Buenos Aires Hotel in Buenos Aires, Argentina. continue
LAS VEGAS (June 27, 2008) – Soon after it was announced that WBA heavyweight champion Ruslan Chagaev had pulled out of his July 5 mandatory title defense against former WBA title-holder and No. 1 contender, Nikolai Valuev, due to another injury, John Ruiz, through his advisor and attorney, Tony Cardinale, contacted World Boxing Association officials demanding that, in accordance with WBA rules and regulations, the championship be vacated and negotiations ordered to begin for a title fight between Valuev and former 2-time world heavyweight champion, WBA No. 2-rated John “The Quietman” Ruiz (43-7-1, 29 KOs). continue
LAS VEGAS, NEV. (June 27, 2008) -- photos by Naoki Fukuda -- If World-Famous Freddie Roach has his way, there will be a fourth man in the ring Saturday night when his star pupil, WBC super featherweight champion MANNY PACQUIAO, challenges WBC lightweight titleist David Diaz. A maître d'!!! "I have Manny ready to go," said Roach. "Manny's going to eat Diaz's lunch on Saturday night and have Billy Goat for dinner. I'm thinking of sending Manny out with a napkin tied around his neck and a fork in his glove. If Cubs fans thought the meltdown of 1969 was bad, wait until Manny lights it up like Mrs. O'Leary's cow!."
During Monday's press conference in Los Angeles, a goat, an alleged descendent of Murphy, the goat owned by William Sianis, was presented to Diaz and Pacquiao (photo by Chris Farina/Top Rank) . continue
On Friday, June 20, Adalaide Byrd, Nevada Boxing judge and wife of World Boxing Hall of Fame Referee, Robert Byrd, received a call that her youngest brother, Aaron Tyndale, 44, of Pennsylvania had been in a terrible motor vehicle accident and his condition was grave. Tyndale had been traveling from Virginia to his home in Philadelphia when his vehicle was run off the road by a tractor-trailer on I-95 in Delaware. continue
By Nate Campbell: To David and Manny, Good luck to both of you this Saturday. I know alot of folks are predicting Manny to win this with ease, but I also know it ain't gonna happen that easily. But that's neither here nor there. I'm writing this letter because I want the winner of your fight to really consider the history that could be made by fighting the winner of my September 13th fight with Joan Guzman, which of course I am confident will be me continue
Following Universum boxer Ruslan Chagaev's latest withdrawal from the heavyweight championship, Team Sauerland are now seeking a title fight for Nikolai Valuev, the mandatory challenger, against a different opponent in the near future. Such a request has already been lodged with the World Boxing Association (WBA) by Sauerland managing director Chris Meyer. continue
26.06.08 - by James Slater: As hard as it may be to believe, the Mike Tyson-Michael Spinks "One and For All" heavyweight unification showdown took place exactly twenty years ago today (June 27th). How time flies! I can Clearly remember this fight as though it were yesterday.
How Spinks was considered the biggest threat to "Iron Mike's" continued dominance in the heavyweight division. How much turmoil the soon-to-be 22-year-old heavyweight champion had going on in his no longer private life. And, come the pre-fight instructions, how absolutely frozen stiff the gifted Spinks appeared to be.
Why Spinks, a proven great, was so terrified of Tyson puzzled me back then. Sure, Mike had awesome power and was fast and came at you like a man possessed. But Spinks had been in with killers like Dwight Muhammad Qawi, Eddie Mustafa Muhammad and Marvin Johnson - taming them all. continue
PHOENIX, AZ (June 26, 2008) World ranked and undefeated cruiserweight BJ Flores wanted to set the record straight regarding media reports that he rejected an “offer” to fight CES promoted Matt Godfrey next month on ESPN2. Speaking following a training session with former heavyweight world champion Hasim Rahman in Phoenix, Arizona, Flores said, “Let me set the record straight. CES has Aaron Williams and Matt Godfrey. Williams had wanted to fight me after my win over Darnell Wilson in February. I was fine with that at the time, but I was okay with waiting until after his fight with Jose Luis Herrera.. continue
By Per Ake Persson: Cuban heavy Odlanier Solis is injured and the fight against South African Frans Botha set for July 4 in Ankara is off. On is WBC Int´l cruiser champ Herbie Hide, who defends the title against Swiss-Albanian Nuri Seferi. Middleweight Mahir Oral will face Latvian Jurijs Boreiko. The show is headlined by Sinan Samil Sam and Paolo Vidoz in a fight for the EBU heavy title. continue
26.06.08 - WBA heavyweight champion Ruslan Chagaev has suffered a complete tear of the Achilles tendon in his left ankle after sparring today. Felix Sturm will headline the July 5th card vs Randy Giffin. continue
By Christopher Roche: “Ireland’s” John Duddy is one of the most maligned, undefeated fighters in boxing today. The critics state that he does not move his head, his defense is porous, and his aggression seems to have waned.
Duddy, for his part, acknowledges his faults in the ring, and it seems like he is working to correct them. Clan Duddy recently replaced Don Turner with Pat Burns, as head trainer, and Saturday night, the public will get its first glimpse of the revamped Irish middleweight.
Duddy is in the precarious position, of being undefeated, in his prime, yet on the comeback trail. continue
Orange, June 26 – On Friday, June 27th, at the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, California, unbeaten prospects Dominic Salcido and Yohnny Perez will be pushed to the limit by veteran competitors who have close to 100 combined fights and who are hungry for victory. continue
By James Boyle: Two fighters struggling to keep hope alive as they make their way through their up and down careers need to find an answer to right their slowly sinking ships. Last weekend Edison Miranda after taking at least the first 2 rounds against a slow starting (albeit an intentional strategy) Arthur Abraham was brutally knocked out in the 4th stanza. Once Abraham stepped on the gas it looked as though Miranda shouldn't have been in the same ring with the "King". continue
by James Slater - Regardless of the criticism he's been getting from some people for choosing to face a faded Roy Jones Junior in what will almost certainly be his last fight, the fact cannot be denied that Joe Calzaghe is the best in the world at 175 pounds right now. Not only is Joe The Ring magazine and lineal champ, the 36-year-old is also the choice for the best in the world pound-for-pound when it comes to a vast number of people. continue
6/25/08, Las Vegas,Nevada -- Three-time world champion Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines and Chicago born WBC World Lightweight Champion David Diaz pose during a press conference at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas today for their upcoming WBC World Lightweight championship fight. Diaz vs Pacquiao - "Lethal Combination" will be live on HBO Pay-Per-View Saturday,June 28 at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas.
Jim Strickland – Manager/Co-trainer Diaz:
“We were brought around the country from coast to coast promoting this fight. There’s been enough talk. On Saturday night, all the talk will take place in the ring.. continue
By Tony Nobbs: In a battle between two Hall of Famers, Australia's pride Jeff Fenech edged Ghanan icon Azumah Nelson over ten rounds at the Vodafone Arena in Melbourne, Victoria on Tuesday night. The bout was held at junior middle, with Nelson, carrying a little pauch, one pound heavier at 153. During the first few rounds both looked rusty but the action gradually heated and the bout turned out be a fairly entertaining and evenly fought match. continue
By Per Ake Persson: Contrary to what one might believe EBU middle champ Sebastian Sylvester did not take over Javier Castillejo´s position as mandatory challenger for WBA ruler Felix Sturm despite beating the Spaniard. Randy Griffin is ranked # 1 while Sylvester is # 2. There are apparently some moves made to get the rematch between Sturm and Griffin recognized as mandatory defence by the champion. continue
by James Slater - June 25th, 1948. Exactly sixty years ago today, at Yankee Stadium in The Bronx, New York, the longest reign in heavyweight championship history came to an end as Joe Louis stopped Jersey Joe Walcott in the 11th round. Making the 25th and final retention of his heavyweight title, "The Brown Bomber" stopped the wily old Walcott and in so doing made up for a less than stellar showing in his previous fight. continue
By James Slater: Enzo Calzaghe, the father and trainer of Joe Calzaghe, is never a man to mince his words. A proven talent in the field of training, Enzo has earned the right to speak his mind and to be listened to. However, his latest interview, as given to Setanta Sports today, is an interview that will without a doubt upset all fans of Kelly Pavlik.
Launching into an extremely animated and colourful sounding tirade about the man he says his son will never fight, Enzo stated that the fighter known as "The Ghost" is not on the same level as the man Joe Calzaghe has opted to fight instead - Roy Jones Jr. Speaking with Setanta, Enzo had the following things to say.
"At the end of the day, it's never going to happen," Enzo said with regards to a Calzaghe-Pavlik fight. continue
25.06.08 - by James Slater: In what will be his first fight this year, former IBF super-middleweight champion Jeff "Left Hook" Lacy, according to BoxRec, is set to fight again this July 23rd in California. Facing Colombia's 32-year-old Epifanio Mendoza, Lacy's ten round super-middleweight clash will go out on ESPN2. continue
Gary, IN - At the first official press conference for the upcoming historic August 2nd "Steel Yard Brawl" at Railcats Stadium, One In A Million, Inc. President/CEO Octavius James came to introduce the fighters and historical figures of this event. In attendance for the Press Conference was the City of Gary Mayor Rudy Clay and he said about having the "Steel Yard Brawl" in the City of Gary. "This is a fantastic event and we are glad to have an event of this magnitude in the City.. continue
PROVIDENCE (June 25, 2008) – Classic Entertainment & Sports, Inc. (CES) president Jimmy Burchfield has expressed his disappointed that USBA cruiserweight champion BJ Flores (21-0-1, 12 KOs) has rejected an offer to fight NABF cruiserweight title-holder Matt “Too Smooth” Godfrey (16-1, 9 KOs) in an ESPN2 main event next month. continue
By Robert Jackson: As most boxing fans now know Floyd Mayweather Jr. announced his retirement in early June 2008. Before speculating on when “Money May” will return, one must speculate on why he left in the first place. Rumors abound that Floyd was disgusted with direction that the negotiations with GBP were taking in regards to the proposed September rematch with Oscar De La Hoya. The rematch scheduled for September 20th 2008 was to be fought for the lineal & Ring 147lb titles. Trouble was brewing when De La Hoya in an attempt to stay active in 2008 barely made the 150lb catch-weight for his tuneup match against Steve “2-Pounds” Forbes.
This trouble was further exacerbated when natural 130lber-Forbes even while losing administered out a “pumpkin head” to de La Hoya. All of the advantages De La Hoya felt he would have by staying active went down the drain during and after the Forbes fight. continue
by James Slater: It's a fight everyone wants to see, and according to a recent article on The Las Vegas Review, a third meeting between Many Pacquiao of the Philippines and Juan Manuel Marquez of Mexico could happen as early as next February. Assuming both Pacquiao and Marquez win their upcoming bouts - Pacquiao's against David Diaz (and then an October fight against an as yet TBA) and Marquez' against Joel Casamayor - there is a good chance the two greats will box again next year at lightweight. continue
ST. LOUIS, MO (June 25, 2008) Two weeks ago St. Louis native Deandre “THE BULL” Latimore scored the biggest win of his career as he stopped #1 IBF Junior Middleweight Sechew Powell in the seventh round at the Hard Rock Café in New York City. The bout, broadcast on ESPN2’s Wednesday Night Fights is being called an early contender for upset of the year. continue
25.06.08 - Esham Pickering is warning challenger Matthew Marsh not to underestimate him ahead of their British Super-Bantamweight Title fight at the York Hall in Bethnal Green on Friday, 27th June 2008. continue
25.06.08 - By Michael Klimes: In his last album Hip Hop is Dead, the acclaimed rapper Nas had a little gem of a track called ‘Can’t Forget About You’. His opening lines are, “There comes a day in your life when you wanna kick back/ Straw hat on the porch when you are old perhaps/ Wanna gather your thoughts have a gold one brag/ To your grandkids about how life is golden.”
In his simple but precise lyrics, Nas projects the idyllic state of retirement and the image of a satisfied person reflecting on their life thinking I’ve been there and done that. Tragically, boxers are very far from this ideal. They are usually nomads roaming the desert when it comes to finding that mysterious oasis called retirement. continue
LOS ANGELES, CA --The following is the 3rd entry written by Tony Thompson with regard to his daily life as he prepares and trains for his upcoming July 12 battle for the WBO/IBF mandatory unification title challenge against the champion Wladimir Klitschko. Presented by Goossen Tutor Promotions, The HBO telecast on July 12 is live at 4:30 p.m. ET/ 1:30 p.m. PT with replay that night at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT. continue
Interview by Paul Foley: How did you get into boxing: Michael Lomax: When I was 8 my parents wanted me to toughen up and become street wise. Dad took me to a local club.
Describe your first time in a gym: Amusing. While watching others spar I wasn't holding onto the ring properly, they backed into me. I hit my head against the wall, fell down and was knocked out! continue
Some of boxing’s brightest young talents, including eight unbeaten prospects, will take center stage on Friday, June 27 when Golden Boy Promotions returns to the Morongo Casino Resort & Spa in Cabazon, California for a stacked, eight-fight card which promises more explosive action than you’ll find anywhere else. continue
This weeks 'Left-Hook Lounge' Q&A Mailbag shines light on everything in the sport considered to be true 'buzz'. Making the tab this week is a few key questions about Kelly Pavlik and his future, as well as a potential lightweight match involving Nate Campbell and a certain Filipino phenom that would set the sport on fire. Also making the list is Arthur Abraham, who should eventually land on Kelly Pavliks turf, as well as the future of young gun Andre Berto. With so much to cover, we take it straight to the streets where a huge Kelly Pavlik fan had a great question that probably occupies space in the mind of many other fight fans.....
Kevin G. (Dallas, TX): Kelly Pavlik is slowly becoming the new Oscar De La Hoya, as everyone is lining up to take a shot at him. How do you think the potential fight between he and Paul Williams would play out if it comes to fruition? continue
Enzo Calzaghe, father and trainer of Joe, would not be drawn on the issues surrounding his son’s controversial split from boxing promoter Frank Warren, but he did indicate that middleweight boxer Gary Lockett may retire from the sport. In an exclusive interview with Setanta Sports News during Steve Bunce’s Boxing Hour, Enzo said: continue
Las Vegas, Nevada (June 25, 2008) "Slick" Nick Sampson & Macke Roberts of Sin City Sports & Entertainment proudly announce the nomination of former WBC Continental Americas Jr. Welterweight Champion Emanuel Augustus formally known as Emanuel Burton for fight of the decade by ESPN friday night fights. continue
CHICAGO, IL (June 24, 2008) “THE POLISH PRINCE”, Andrzej Fonfara will battle cross town rival Derrick “SUPERMAN” Findley as the featured co-main event at THE RETURN OF THE POLISH WARRIOR, an outstanding evening of world class professional boxing set for Friday, July 11th at the historic Aragon Ballroom in Chicago, it was announced today by Main Events CEO Kathy Duva and Dominic Pesoli, President of 8 Count Productions, HOME OF THE BEST IN CHICAGO BOXING. continue
Last Saturday night was a mixed bag as usual with some real surprises. Here are some pics of the under-card action:
After the fights at the Hard Rock last time, as I headed for my truck, I ran into these two guys. The younger man looked familiar and as it turned out when we spoke, he was Elija McCall, the one who got the second piece of gum. continue
Team GB’s boxers are ‘on track’ ahead of this summer’s Olympic Games in Beijing, that is according to Team GB Boxing Team Leader Terry Edwards. Speaking to Setanta Sports News during Steve Bunce’s Boxing Hour he said: “We’ve just come back from a major tournament in Poland where our Olympians competed and we did extremely out there. continue
Commonwealth lightweight champion Amir Khan’s ‘best days’ are ahead of him, that is according to WBO super featherweight champion Alex Arthur, who watched Khan’s defeat of Michael Gomez in Birmingham at the weekend. continue
TULSA, OK - Former world title challenger Zahir Raheem feels ready and confident as he enters the final stages of his training camp for his upcoming IBF world lightweight title elimination bout in East London, South Africa against Ali Funeka. continue
Each morning as Andy Lee steps out to begin his roadwork he peers up at the highest peaks of the Austrian Alps. The fresh, clean mountain air is the perfect setting for clearing his thoughts as he begins his daily run up the picturesque foothills of the imposing mountain range. With each step he leaves behind the memories of the first defeat of his professional career but looming large in the foreground is the imposing figure of Willie “The Gladiator” Gibbs – the power punching American who will stand across the ring from Lee in his native Limerick on July 19th on the next Ladbrokes.com Fight Night.
Now well into a 6 week training camp in Austria where he’s training alongside and sparring with World Heavyweight Champion Wladimir Klitschko Lee’s only focus is on next month’s date at the University Sports Arena in his native city. continue
NEW YORK (June 25, 2008) – Last weekend for DiBella Entertainment can be summed up in one line, “two out of three ain’t bad”. DBE had three of its combatants fighting in separate bouts in two different locations on Friday and Saturday. continue
Manny Pacquiao: “I liked the goat. Goat is my favorite food. I didn’t stop training after the last fight and there has been no problem. I am a fighter, so it is OK to come back in three months and fight again. I recovered after my last fight in two weeks and I was ready to go again. I am very comfortable at 135. The power is no concern - I feel stronger at 135. What we have been working on is to maintain my speed. Because of moving up there is a chance to get slower, but fighting bigger guys is definitely not a problem for me.. continue
By Raymond Markarian: Compared to boxing, the mainstream sports have it made. We seat in marvel at the fantastic fights men like Pacquiao, Marquez, Pavlik or Cotto provide for us but tend to forget about the vulnerability of the sweet science. Mainstream sports such as the MLB, NFL, and the NBA have their faults but the inefficiencies as a league are less visible. Those leagues have schedules; set rules, players with annual salaries, coaches, and team owners all working beneath one letterhead. continue
25.06.08 - By James Barlow: A lot has been written about Joe Calzaghe’s decision to fight Roy Jones Junior. It will most probably be Calzaghe’s last fight in a long and illustrious career. The Italian Dragon or Pride of Wales has fought 45 times. Defending a version of the Super Middleweight title in 23 bouts Calzaghe recently moved up and captured the linear light heavy weight title on his debut at the weight. Calzaghe has held the W.B.A, W.B.O, W.B.C and I.B.F belts at one time or another unifying the division and being declared the Ring Magazines champion. At the time of writing this article Boxrec.com ranks Calzaghe as the pound for pound best in boxing today after the retirement of Floyd Mayweather Junior. continue
NEW YORK (June 25, 2008) – The return of unbeaten world middleweight title contender “Ireland’s” John Duddy to Boston highlights Saturday night’s (June 28) “Hassle In The Castle,” presented by Irish Ropes Promotions, at The Castle. continue
By Mike Cassell - The Philadelphia Boxing Report -- You know the old saying, “If you listen to the crowd, you will be sitting with them.” Undefeated heavyweight prospect Chazz Witherspoon 23 -1 15KO’s has been inundated with press and fan banter throughout his four year professional career, that he doesn’t display the “killer instinct” in the ring. Most times Witherspoon just shrugs it off and usually counters with a cerebral response that would temporarily quiet his critics. continue
Diaz-Torres: Julio Diaz and David Torres pose after Tuesday’s weigh in at the Sportsmen’s Lodge Hotel in Studio City, Calif. The main event fighters square off Wednesday at the world famous Playboy Mansion on ESPN2 (11:00 p.m. ET/8:00 p.m. PT). Buchanan-Norman: Henry Buchanan and Brian Norman both weigh in at the super middleweight limit of 168 pounds. The two kick off ESPN2 Wednesday night fights at 11:00 p.m. ET/8:00 p.m. PT. continue
24.06.08 - What took 180 Days in the past, Goossen Tutor Promotions and their fighters have established a new timetable..."Around the World in 40 Days." The journey started on June 7 and concludes on July 16. The updated short story follows:
June 7, MOHEGAN SUN, UNCASVILLE, CONNECTICUT, SHOWTIME: Paul Williams started it all in incredible fashion in recapturing his WBO Welterweight Championship with a first round knockout of then-champion Carlos Quintana. Williams was out to prove his superiority at welterweight and certainly did so with an exclamation point at the end. The "most feared man in boxing" once again demonstrated the reason why.
Williams gives boxing its youth back, to the future. continue
On Thursday, June 26th, Sal Musumeci's Final Forum Boxing is excited to bring boxing back to the Main Street Armory in Rochester, NY. Final Forum has aligned with the "Roc-City All-Stars" for this event, who are managed by Steve Nelson and Mike Mihalitsas. continue
24.06.08 - By Joseph Boyle: This Filipino World Boxing Champion started his professional career at a tender age fighting seasoned tough men in a harsh environment. This southpaw, with the great Freddie Roach in his corner, continues to amaze boxing fans with brutal finishing shots. At this stage, anyone would be forgiven if an image of a Manny Pacquiao finishing flurry flashed into their heads. However, the Filipino champion I speak of is ‘Fearless’ Gerry Penalosa, a two-weight World Champion, and current holder of the WBO’s version of the title at Bantamweight. continue
By Rahul Deb: MMA recently got its first exposure on network television when CBS broadcast the EliteXC fight card headlined by none other than internet sensation Kimbo Slice. It was a big step for MMA towards gaining mainstream recognition as a sport and some claim it is a matter of time before MMA passes boxing in popularity. read full story
24.06.08 - by James Slater, photo by Chris Farina - Top Rank - There was a time when the summer months were thought to be a a relatively quiet time for the sport of boxing. This is certainly not the case this year. Starting this Saturday night and going on until early August, there is a big fight in all but one of the next six Saturdays. That's five top quality, intriguing - and is some cases - super fights.
This weekend we have the Manny Pacquiao-David Diaz fight, of course. Then, the following Saturday, we have the much anticipated Ricardo Torres-Kendal Holt rematch. Then the Wladimir Klitschko-Tony Thompson heavyweight showdown, then, after a quiet weekend, we have the huge Miguel Cotto-Antonio Margarito clash. And finally, ending a superb summer schedule, we have the very hard to pick Zab Judah-Joshua Clottey title fight on August 2nd. Fight fans the world over will be glued to their T.V screens in the next six weeks as a result. continue
24.06.08 - by James Slater: In quite unexpected news, unbeaten great Joe Calzaghe has split with his long-time promoter Frank Warren. Speaking with The South Wales Argus, the 36-year-old super-middleweight and light-heavyweight king made the official announcement earlier today. Despite having been with The Hall of Fame promoter for well over ten years, Calzaghe wants to wind up his career by calling the shots himself. continue
by James Slater: It was a fight that was announced to much derision, and some people went even further and suggested the possibility that either guy may get hurt. The fight in question is the quite unnecessary third fight between the 44-year-old Jeff Fenech and the 49-year-old Azumah Nelson - and thankfully the bout passed without incident just a few hours ago in Melbourne, Australia. According to reports the fight was a rather dull affair and both men were huffing puffing at the end of the ten rounds. continue
By César Pancorvo: This is worse than the weak period in the late 1920s and the early 30s, the interlude between Jack Dempsey and Joe Louis. In the past two years I’ve been writing on how we are starting to see a bright future in the heavyweight division. continue
23.6.08 – Karl E. H. Seigfried: Yesterday was the seventieth anniversary of the most politically-charged sporting event of the twentieth century—the second fight between Max Schmeling and Joe Louis. With 70,000 spectators in attendance and 100 million worldwide radio listeners, this boxing match had not only the largest audience of any radio broadcast in history, but the largest audience for any single event in the human experience. It truly seems from contemporary reports that the world stood still for that one moment when the Brown Bomber destroyed the Black Uhlan of the Rhine. The two men, both from impoverished backgrounds in nations that were fighting economic hardship, found themselves transformed into living symbols of their respective countries. A simple fistfight, the most ancient and basic sport of all, somehow turned into an international incident and was seen as a political bellwether for a world moving towards war.
From today's vantage point, it is hard to understand the enormous international significance that was attached to a boxing match. continue
24.06.08 - By John Carter: Joe Calzaghe has sensationally announced that he has ended his 12-year association with Frank Warren and also put paid to any fight with the American fighting machine that is Kelly Pavlik. Warren who has promoted Calzaghe since 1996 and under his management fought 26 times to become undisputed super-middleweight champion as well as recently adding Bernard Hopkins’ light heavyweight ring belt to become a two weight world champ. Calzaghe will now follow in the footsteps of David Haye and promote himself. continue
British boxing stars Alex Arthur and Amir Khan will both feature at the Manchester Evening News on Saturday 6th September in a blockbuster show promoted by Frank Warren. All-action Arthur, the WBO World Super-Featherweight Champion, makes the second defence of his title against a challenger to be announced. continue
24.06.08 - By Jim Dorney: On Saturday night in Birmingham, Amir Khan overcame a fantastic effort from veteran Michael Gomez to hand him his first defeat. In an action-packed fight, Khan put Gomez down hard in the first round, possibly giving credence to the opinion of many pre-fight observers – that it looked like a mismatch & Gomez would do well to last more than a round. continue
By Anthony Coleman: Let me make one thing clear from the start: I thought that Abraham was going to win the fight. I knew he was the better technician on offense and defense and before his jaw was broken by a Miranda uppercut in the first fight, Abraham was giving the business to the Columbian born fighter. However, going into the rematch I didn’t think that he would blast Miranda out of thing ring, but in the fourth round that is exactly what happened. The German based Armenian couldn’t have been more impressive in his KO victory and he has now created universal demand in the boxing world for a showdown with the Middleweight champion of the world, Kelly Pavlik.
The first two rounds were won by Miranda based purely on activity as Abraham went into his high guard defensive shell. The whole time, while Miranda swung for the fences Abraham was studying him and waiting to attack. In the third round the game plan was put into fruition as the German was able to tee off on Miranda with extremely accurate counter punches. In the fourth round Abraham scored a left hook knockdown over Miranda. continue
HOLLYWOOD, FL, June 24 – photo courtesy of diario-deportes.com - What had been an exciting night of boxing at the Hard Rock Live in Hollywood Saturday night, featuring the super middleweight rematch between Arthur Abraham and Edison Miranda, as well as the middleweight title eliminator between Raul Marquez and Giovanni Lorenzo, was marred in the end by the cowardly actions of Alexander Abraham, Arthur’s brother. continue
24.06.08 - by James Slater: Denis Boytsov is an unbeaten 22-year-old heavyweight prospect who has been compared to none other than the great Mike Tyson. A decorated amateur who was world junior champion at super heavyweight in 2004, the Russian who now lives in Germany has a most impressive physique. And his body structure is not his only similarity with "Iron Mike.. continue
By Geoffrey Ciani: As Raul Marquez became the first fighter to beat undefeated prospect Giovanni Lorenzo, I could not help being reminded of his bout with “Sugar” Shane Mosley over five years earlier. Not because the bout between Marquez and Mosley was anything memorable, in fact, the bout was rather disappointing, having lasted just three rounds before being halted. continue
23.06.08 - By Vivek Wallace: This past weekend fight fans were pleasantly surprised as they were treated to a night of Boxing that exceeded expectations. Although there were some surprises on both the HBO and Showtime cards, it was the overall performance by the young Andre Berto that perhaps left most with much to talk about. The welterweight division is one of the rare divisions in the sport where literally as many as 8 of the top 10 contenders are all totally formidable and are fully capable of springing the kind of performance that could leave some of the best judges in the game on the brink of making what could result in very unpopular decisions in the end.
Prior to last Saturday night, standing atop the division was rising Puerto Rican sensation Miguel Cotto, and Mexican warrior Antonio Margarito, followed by the likes of seasoned veteran Shane Mosley, the powerful Joshua Clottey, the incomprehensible Paul Williams, and a distant but still noteworthy Kermit Cintron, Zab Judah, and Carlos Quintana. continue
By Thomas Scherr: On Wednesday, July 2nd, Tommy Karpency (11-0-1 with 7 KO’s) will compete in his first televised bout as the co-feature on ESPN2’s Wednesday Night Fights from Pullman Park in Butler, PA. I recently spoke with Tommy’s Promoter, Steve Simons. “Tommy has huge potential, and I think in time he is going to be a household name” says Simmons. continue
John O’Donnell continues on the comeback trail as part of a talented and exciting bill at the York Hall in Bethnal Green on Friday, 27th June 2008. Top of the Hennessy Sports in association with GoldenPalace.net bill is the British Super-Bantamweight Title fight between Esham Pickering (Newark) and Matthew Marsh (Welling) and there is plenty of quality on display before the main event featuring London boxers. continue
The crowning glory of a professional boxer’s career is to face as many talented opponents as possible and prevail. Champions move sideward across organizations and southward to conquer higher weights for the same reason. It was not the game, not even the love of the game, but the confirmation that you are the best among your peers. continue
By Wray Edwards, all photos by Wray Edwards - Last night’s real Boxing match was between Mexican Raul Marquez and Giovanni Lorenzo, from the Dominican Republic, in an IBF eliminator. While Lorenzo had skills including mobility, perhaps he should have concentrated on the other abilities just a little more. He was, IMO, one of the better backwards runners this writer has ever seen. One can imagine him actually doing his road work looking more like a deep coverage linebacker than a boxer.
In fact, one could make a good case he lost 114/113 in the contest because he just ran too much. These photos show Raul carrying the fight to Giovanni as well as the price Marquez paid in blood to get his shot. continue
23.06.08 - By Peter Mark Heintzelman, Photo by Peter Mark Heintzelman - After referee, Randy Phillips and the Tennessee Boxing Commission DQ’d Chazz Witherspoon Saturday night on HBO, at three minutes of the third round, Chris Arreola was declared a controversial winner of their heavyweight bout scheduled for twelve, leaving the American heavyweight scene in complete disarray. continue
by James Slater: Now that he has recovered from the wicked body shot unbeaten Urbano Antillon stopped him inside a single round with back in March, Bobby Pacquiao is set to get back in the ring on August 2nd. According to Box Rec, the brother of the current pound-for-pound king will face Thailand's 23-year-old Decho "The Lazy Boy" Bankluaygym in Cebu City in his native Philippines. continue
By Frank Gonzalez Jr. June 21st, 2008 - In a rare setting, two undefeated Heavyweights with nearly identical, unbeaten records fought each other, risking their unbeaten status at an early stage in their pro careers. Rare for an era characterized by protectionism. It was a clash of styles on the menu at the Fed Ex Forum in Memphis when Chris Arreola (now 24-0, 22 KO’s) took on Chazz Witherspoon (now 23-1, 15 KO’s).
Arreola admits that he likes getting hit. It’s what lets him know he’s in a fight. Arreola’s a banger and he loves mixing it up in a fight. Chazz Witherspoon is the cousin of former USBA Heavyweight Champion Tim Witherspoon. Chazz is a “boxer” and not a brawler.
In the first round, Witherspoon showed some good boxing skills, used his height, landed some clean jabs and was able to handle Arreola, who landed a nice uppercut before rallying his offense. continue
Commonwealth lightweight Champion Amir Khan has thanked the Birmingham public for coming out to watch him defend his title on Saturday night. Khan headlined at the National Indoor Arena in front of a capacity 10,000 crowd that had been sold out weeks in advance. continue
Dear Chris, Congratulations on your win last weekend against Chazz Whitherspoon. I honestly didn’t agree with the referee’s decision to disqualify Chazz. Hell, I really wasn’t impressed by anything you did. I think it’s time for us to determine who America’s top heavyweight prospect is. There’s been a lot of hype about you being the “Nightmare,” but you’ve never fought anybody quite like “Big Six.. continue
22.06.08 - by James Slater: "King" Arthur Abraham solidified his formidable fighting prowess with last night's 4th round destruction of Edison "Pantera" Miranda. Not only did the German silence Miranda by taking him out in a quicker fashion than anyone predicted beforehand, Abraham also stopped the dangerous Colombian much quicker than anyone else ever has. continue
By Ted Sares: Chris Arreola has now firmly exploded upon the heavyweight scene, but he still has a way to go before I am ready to anoint him as the next Coming.
Arguably, the first solid opponent he has faced was Chazz Witherspoon Saturday night and he certainly did impress as he blew “The Gentleman” away and upped his record to 24-0 with a lofty KO percentage of 88%. He showed a nice relaxed style and then, all of a sudden, an explosion of power that should serve notice on any future opponent.
But aside from Malcolm Tann, most of his other opponents have been no-names who have fought other no-names. Only well-traveled Sedreck Fields, 20-37-2, has fought anyone of note.
Another issue is the fact that Chris may be too good for his own good, as twelve of his outings have lasted two rounds or less and two of his wins have come by way of 3-round DQ. continue
by James Slater: The incredibly tough Michael Gomez certainly made a lot of people eat their words in his fight with Amir Khan on Saturday night. Expected by many fans - fans who bellowed their derision upon the bout being announced - to be blown away with no trouble, Gomez instead gave Khan his most nerve-racking fight to date. continue
By Moncayo Blackbull - After a couple of disappointing losses to Timothy Bradley and Herman Ngoudjo, Donald Camarena regroups in big fashion by defeating WBO/WBC Latino champion Oscar Leon on June 21st at the National Western Complex in Denver, CO. Camarena up’s his ring record to 19-4 while Leon’s drops to 27-9. continue
On June 26, 2008 Don Juan Futrell (21-3-1, 10 KO's) will test his skills against Lowell Brownfield (10-4, 3 KO's) as they clash in a ten round main event bout at the Tachi Palace Casino in Lemoore CA. continue
by James Slater - Early on in his pro career Amir Khan was matched with a number of fighters who had very low KO percentages and even a few men who had no KO wins at all. Did Khan's team know something we did not with regards to his ability - or lack thereof - to take a good shot upstairs?
The warning signs have since flashed twice. Back in July of last year, Khan was sent to the canvas by the relatively light-punching Willie Limond and then again, last night, the prospect was sent reeling by the known puncher, but faded force, that is Michael Gomez. Is there the possibility Khan is, at least a little bit - chinny?
Some fans will bellow a definitive "Yes!" to such a question, whereas others will likely say "No, give the kid a break, he's still learning." This writer finds himself somewhere in the middle. continue
FIGHTS AT THEIR FINEST! The tradition continues at Remington Park Racing & Casino in Oklahoma City. Tuesday night, July 22, 2008. The event starts at 6:30 p.m. Doors open at 6:00! Some of the best undefeated boxers in the country will be fighting on CatBOX Entertainment’s card, consisting of FIVE PROFESSIONAL and THREE AMATEUR bouts. continue
By Tom Hatheway: RESULTS FROM TENNESSEE - Arreola defeats Witherspoon: Chazz Witherspoon was dropped twice in the third round defeat to Chris Arreola. Technically a DQ, should go down as a TKO for Arreola. Now 24-0 looks to bigger and better things. Witherspoon, suffering his first loss dips to 23-1. Andre Berto stops Miguel Rodriguez for the Vacant WBC Welterweight Title in the 7th round. Berto, 146 out punched Rodrigues, 145 by 163-79. For what that’s worth. Berto is now 22-0 (19), while Rodriguez dips to 29-3 (23). continue
Contrary to other reports, Alexander Abraham did not violently attack Edison Miranda or any member of his team following the knockout victory of King Arthur Abraham this weekend. The brother of the IBF middleweight champion was detained in a casino nearby to the arena after the fight due to the disturbance of an event. Early on Sunday morning (local time), he was set free for an administration fee of 100 U.S Dollars without any further sanctions. continue
22.06.08 - by James Slater: Two young and undefeated heavyweights clashed last night in Memphis, with Chris "The Nightmare" Arreola taking on "Gentleman" Chazz Witherspoon. With much at stake for both fighters the pair of heavyweights raised the level of their game - the 27-year-old Arreola especially. It showed, as "The Nightmare" threw and connected with a huge number of powerful shots on the one year younger Witherspoon.
The end came via a somewhat controversial route, as Witherspoon was DQ'd as his corner people came into the ring to help him back to his stool after a knockdown. Arreola decked Witherspoon midway through the 3rd round and upon getting up Chazz was under monstrous fire. Going down for the second time just as the bell rang, the 26-year-old's team piled into the ring to help him back to his corner. Confusion reigned until referee Randy Phillips, after a confab had taken place with the Tennessee Boxing Commision, ruled the fight as a DQ win for Arreola. The official time was 3 minutes of round number three. continue
Lenny Daws believes he will deserve another crack at the British Title if he beats experienced Frenchman Mihaita Mutu at the York Hall on Friday, 27th June 2008. The Hennessy Sports light-welterweight is chief support on the same excitement-packed bill as British super-bantamweight champion Esham Pickering versus Matthew Marsh which Sky Sports will televise live. continue
Philadelphia, PA--It will be the laborer against the school teacher when Richard Stewart, of New Castle, DE, boxes Chuck “The Professor” Mussachio, of Wildwood, NJ, in a scheduled eight-round light-heavyweight contest Friday evening, July 18, at the New Alhambra, Swanson & Ritner Streets. First of seven fights is 7.30 p.m. continue
Argentina’s Damian Marchiano has been confirmed as Bernard Dunne’s next opponent when they clash at the Hunky Dorys Fight Night at the National Stadium, Dublin on July 12th. Their ten round contest will headline a 7 fight card that features two Irish title bouts. Marchiano is coming off an unsuccessful challenge in South Africa for Silence Mabuza’s IBO title and he knows a second successive defeat is not a desirable career option. continue
By Frank Gonzalez Jr-- If you remember the first time Edison “Pantera” Miranda (30-3, 26 KO’s) and “King” Arthur Abraham (27-0, 22 KO’s) fought (back in September of 2006 for the IBF Middleweight title), Miranda broke Abraham’s jaw and bullied him for most of the fight but lost a controversial decision because Miranda was penalized for a total of five points during the course of the fight. The referee in that fight was Randy Newman. Three points were taken for low blows (two of which were questionable, as they were on the beltline) and two points for a head butt that appeared intentional. Many arguments can be made that Miranda beat the snot out of Abraham that night in Germany—but still lost the fight.
Though Abraham was hurt and more focused on defense after being injured, he did manage to land some very telling shots that night, particularly with his right hand. Though Miranda was busier and clearly did more damage in that fight, he suffered his first professional loss in a fight he should have won. For Miranda, Saturday night was time for redemption. continue
Mark 'Oak Tree' Brown put on an impressive show for his hometown fans at the Fight Night Productions 'History In Our City' event in Salem, New Jersey on Saturday night, culminating in a second round knockout of Ralph 'Wild Wild' West of Louisville, Kentucky. continue
Bay Area Ca. June 23, 2008 Two-time world champion, Robert "The Ghost" Guerrero (22-1-1, 15 KO's) has made the decision to vacate his IBF Featherweight title and move up to Jr. Lightweight. The decision came about as Guerrero, who stands at 5'8 ½, struggled to make weight in his last two championship bouts. continue
By Tony Nobbs: On June 24's Nelson – Fenech card WA whiz kid Cool Willie Kickett was stepping up in to the world class level when he faced former world champ Gairy St Clair. 21 year old Kickett, Perth born and bred, has been heavily touted by trainer Craig Christian - and many others – including Johnny Lewis, the man behind St Clair. In an interview this year, Johnny told The Fist that he sees Kicket as “the bright light” of Aussie boxing and has even made comparisons to the great Lionel Rose. continue
John Martinez, Ironboxing.com, photo by Tom Casino / Showtime - A poll was distributed earlier this week asking various members of the boxing media along with other boxing insiders to predict who would win tonight’s IBF Middleweight title eliminator featuring the former champion Raul “El Diamante” Marquez (40,3,1, 29 KO’s) against the highly fourth ranked IBF undefeated contender Giovanni Lorenzo (26-0, 18 KO’s).
I chose Marquez. I, along with only three other peers, represented the twelve percent surveyed, that saw Marquez exploiting the youth, inexperience, and over hyped record of the young stud Lorenzo.
Most in the media, and I suspect the fans as well, thought this fight would be a walk through showcase for the highly touted Lorenzo. And with all due respect, it probably should have been. continue
22.06.08 - By Mike “Cachibatches” Donohue: The image of a fringe contender making good on a career of missed chances, near misses, bad decisions and blunted opportunities with lots of hard work and one good fight against a great champion did not start with Rocky Balboa, or even Chuck Wepner, for those who are boxing wise. It was probably old when Queensbury rules were introduced. It is seminal, primordial, one of the fundamental reasons why we watch boxing. We love our underdogs. continue
21.06.08 - Jim Amato: The eyes of the boxing world will be focused on Manny Pacquiao next Saturday in his quest to win the lightweight title. To some, Manny winning this fight and a piece of the lightweight crown is a forgone conclusion. Many feel that Manny is the best boxer pound for pound active today. A win Saturday could open the door for mega fights between Manny and Ricky Hatton and maybe even a Pacquiao - De La Hoya confrontation. It seems to me that many boxing scribes and fans are putting the cart way before the horse. continue
22.06.08 - By Paul Strauss No controversy with Abraham - Miranda II. The King executed his opposition with three big left hand knockdowns, and at 1:13 of the fourth round it was over. During Jim Gray's post fight interview, the King made a good effort with his English in explaining how much he liked the American people, and wanted to come back here to fight again. continue
Photos TOM CASINO/SHOWTIME - HOLLYWOOD, Fla. (June 22, 2008) – With three well-timed power punches, “King” Arthur Abraham blasted his was to a definitive fourth-round TKO over nemesis Edison Miranda in a thrilling rematch Saturday on SHOWTIME. In a terrific co-feature, an IBF middleweight eliminator, veteran Raul Marquez won a close unanimous 12-round decision over Dominican upstart Giovanni Lorenzo. All three judges scored the bout 114-113.
The two-fight SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING telecast was presented by Seminole Warriors Boxing and Sauerland Event in association with The Seminole Tribe of Florida.
In one of the most anticipated rematches since Marquez-Vazquez II, Abraham and Miranda had unfinished business. In their first fight, in September 2006 in Germany, Abraham won a controversial, and some say confusing, unanimous decision after suffering a broken jaw in the fifth round. Miranda had five points deducted in that fight (for a head butt and repeated low blows). continue
By Phil Santos – Overhandright.com - These are the type of match ups that have fight fans marking their calendars. It’s not every week that your treated to two brutally big punchers, with exciting styles, meeting for a second time to settle a score. Their first meeting had all the drama, conspiracy and heavy hitting that you can squeeze into a middleweight fight. The result was a decision win for Arthur Abraham. continue
22.06.08 - By Alden "The Kid" Chodash, ringside: IBF Middleweight Champion Arthur Abraham (now 27-0 with 22 KOs) took out Columbian knockout artist Edison Miranda inside of four rounds at The Hard Rock in Hollywood, Florida. In this highly-anticipated non-title bout, Miranda took the upper hand in the early going against a seemingly uninspired Abraham. However, Abraham began to respond with his own shots in the third before a right hand followed by a big left hook put Miranda down in a flash. continue
Andrew Walker: Many expected Amir Khan 18-0-(14) to blow away a shop worn Michael Gomez 35-9-(24) inside two rounds tonight in the NIA, Birmingham, England. Gomez went down in the first round but what followed was a display of true blood and guts from a true warrior. continue
By Per Ake Persson: June 21, Copenhagem, Denmark: Mikkel Kessler regained the WBA supermiddle title with a 12th round stoppage of Dmitri Sartison. Sartison was totally exhausted when the Dane finally caught up with him and floored him with a barrage of punches. The fight was stopped right away and the German, who should have been retired by his corner earlier, was taken to the hospital as a precaution. Sartison was also down in the eleventh and was trailing by nine points on two cards and eleven on the third going into the final round.
The fight started so well for Sartison as he rocked Kessler badly with a sneaky overhand right. The Dane barely remained upright but grabbed command later in the round. And he stayed in command throughout although Sartison was dangerous with his wide punches from the outside. But while Mikkel kept winning the rounds he looked far from as impressive as he did against for instance Librado Andrade but then again styles makes fights: continue
by James Slater: Two interesting developments took place in the heavyweight division last night. In The Cayman Islands "Fast" Eddie Chambers returned to the ring for the first time since his sole career loss, to stop Raphael Butler in six rounds, and in Las Vegas Friday "The 13th" Ahunanya became the first man to beat the previously untested Alonzo Butler - unanimously out-pointing "Big Zo" over ten rounds. continue
21.06.08 - by James Slater: Edison "Pantera" Miranda is convinced he only lost to Kelly Pavlik because he was left weight drained after struggling to make 160 pounds. And Miranda, who tonight is in action with Arthur Abraham, of course, wants to get himself a rematch with the only other fighter to have beaten him. He's got to get past Abraham first, which is no way anything like a sure thing, but the big-punching Colombian sees nothing wrong in making plans for the future. continue
by James Slater: The career of one of Ireland's toughest fighters came to an end last night in The Cayman Islands, as former world bantamweight champion Wayne McCullough announced his retirement moments after losing to Juan Ruiz in his comeback fight. Remaining on his stool after six rounds had been completed, McCullough told his corner he could not go on. continue
21.06.08 - by James Slater: Tonight, at The National Indoor Arena in Birmingham, Commonwealth lightweight champion and super-prospect Amir Khan was made to work harder than ever before as a pro boxer. The incredibly tough and battle-hardened Michael Gomez, who turned 31-years-of-age today, gave it one truly supreme effort in what will likely be his final fight. The end came in the 5th, as referee John Keane dived in to save a battered Gomez from further punishment. But what a tough fight Khan was given beforehand!
Gomez came out fast in the 1st round, bobbing and weaving as he advanced. Khan, looking absolutely razor sharp, soon had his man down and it looked like the fight would be the mismatch many had predicted. continue
Photos: TOM CASINO/SHOWTIME - Unbeaten IBF middleweight champion Arthur Abraham (left), who weighed 166 pounds, looks on as Edison Miranda, who weighed 165, flexes after Friday's weigh-in at Hollywood, Fla. In tomorrow's/Saturday's main event on SHOWTIME (9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast), Abraham (26-0, 21 KOs) and Miranda (30-2, 26 KOs) will clash in an eagerly awaited rematch of a controversial fight Abraham won 21 months ago in Germany. The 12-round scrap will be contested at a catch weight of 166 pounds. continue
Interview by Rob Tierney: Two undefeated Heavyweights are in the spotlight this Saturday Night and to the surprise of many, neither one of them are from the former Soviet Union. Two American contenders, Chazz “The Gentleman” Witherspoon and Chris “The Nightmare” Arreola, are pure bred American muscle. In Memphis this weekend against one another, they each look to claim their stake as the next great American contender in a division dominated by colossal Russian giants. continue
(MARQUETTE, MICH.) – The 2008 Junior Olympic National Championships concluded on Friday with 24 title bouts at the Superior Dome in Marquette, Mich. Championship round action took place in both men’s and women’s action in all of the contested weight divisions. continue
GEORGE TOWN, Grand Cayman (June 20, 2008) – Photos by Jan Sanders/Goossen Tutor Promotions - Top super middleweight prospect and Olympic Gold Medalist Andre Ward scored an eighth round technical knockout over Jerson Ravelo in his first title fight on the acclaimed SHOWTIME series ShoBox: The New Generation. The 12-round NABO super middleweight championship fight was promoted by Goossen Tutor Promotions in association with the Cayman Islands Department of Tourism. Ravelo’s corner threw in the towel at the 2:37 mark after Ravelo had trouble defending himself.
In the eighth stanza, Ward threw a clean right that dropped Ravelo onto his right shoulder.
Once Ravelo regrouped, Ward pounced on him cutting off any space between them. He landed numerous shots to the head and that’s when Ravelo’s corner had seen enough. continue
By Ted Sares: Medgoen "3-K Battery" Singsurat fought Jorge Arce on December 1, 2007 for the WBC Latino bantamweight title. He was 53-4 coming in but was blown away by “Travieso” in just 47 seconds. A paralyzing left to the body followed by a left hook upstairs finished matters faster than you can say Pad Thai. 3-K has now "regrouped" and is 57 (KO 41) - 5 (KO 5) in 62 outings. continue
LOS ANGELES, CALIF (June 21, 2008) -- Newly-minted World Boxing Council super welterweight champion SERGIO MORA attended Oscar De La Hoya's recent book signing in Los Angeles. De La Hoya, a six-division world champion and currently the WBC's No. 1 super welterweight contender has authored the recently-released autobiography, American Son. continue
FRAMINGHAM, Mass. (June 20, 2008) – Many amateur boxers who do not qualify for national teams often develop into better pros than some Olympians. Contrasting styles and maturation processes often are contributing factors and 2008 U.S. Olympic first alternate Danny O’Connor could very well be the next example of a boxer becoming a better professional than amateur. continue
20.06.08 - By Max Lom: If there is one boxer in the world that can get the sport back in the spotlight in the United States, even to the level of the 1990’s, it is Middleweight champion Kelly “The Ghost” Pavlik. Sure, the 90’s were the time period in which the sport of boxing’s popularity fell the furthest, but the attention paid to big fights in that time still far exceeded what we see today.
For a sport with only one true remaining crossover star, a Mexican-American named Oscar whose career in the ring is clearly on the verge of death, the 90’s are sadly something to shoot for, and Pavlik is the best hope for the once-proud sport.
Why Pavlik? Because he’s everything a casual American sports fan can want to see in a fighter. continue
Las Vegas -- Powerful, all-action Zab 'Super' Judah of Brooklyn, N.Y. will battle #1-rated welterweight Joshua Clottey of Ghana on a Top Rank championship boxing card at The Pearl inside the Palms Casino Resort on Saturday, August 2, 2008. The announcement was made today by Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum. continue
(LOS ANGELES) - June 20, 2008 - Green Dot Public Schools, the largest charter school organization in Los Angeles, announced Thursday that Ten-Time World Champion boxer, Oscar De La Hoya, donated $3.5 million to fund his namesake Oscar De La Hoya Ánimo Charter High School and additional Green Dot schools. continue
By Per Ake Persson: Mikkel Kessler weighed in at a perfectly fit 76,1 kg / 167,75 lbs for tomorrow´s WBA title fight in Copenhagen against Dmitri Sartison, who came in at 75,9 kg / 167,25 lbs. Sartison looked smaller though both in height and weight as the two had a short staredown and then smiled for the cameras. The WBA have ordered the winner to face Danilo Haussler inside 120 days with a 60-40 split of the purse in case Kessler wins and 50-50 if Sartison should pull of a huge upset. continue
by James Slater: The date was June 20th, 1980 and the venue was The Olympic Stadium in Montreal, Canada. What followed was a boxing match that would go down in history as one of the very best ever in the welterweight division!
"Sugar" Ray Leonard was an unbeaten 24-year-old former Olympic gold medallist with a 27-0 record and the WBC welterweight title. His handsome face practically everywhere, Leonard, haling from Palmer Park, Maryland, was the new superstar of professional boxing. Roberto Duran was Leonard's polar opposite. A former Panamanian street urchin, the 29-year-old was the former undisputed lightweight world champion (title vacated, not lost) and some were saying he might have been the best 135-pounder ever. Neither as flashy or as cute as Leonard, Duran, known as "Hands of Stone," was nevertheless idolised the world over due to his own brand of boxing ability. continue
Former WBO Cruiserweight champion Enzo Maccarinelli has admitted that he is ‘obsessed’ with regaining his title ahead of his comeback fight on Saturday 19 July. Maccarinelli’s opponent for the bout has yet to be named. Speaking to Setanta Sports News during Steve Bunce’s Boxing Hour Enzo revealed: continue
Michael Gomez has declared himself ‘ready to go to war’ against Commonwealth lightweight champion Amir Khan this Saturday at the National Indoor Arena in Birmingham. Gomez dismissed rumours that Khan’s former trainer Oliver Harrison had helped him prepare for the fight. Speaking to Setanta Sports News during Steve Bunce’s Boxing Hour Gomez said: “There was a rumour started by Michael Gomez just to get under his [Khan's] skin. What can Oliver Harrison teach Michael Gomez? continue
June 20, 2008 - Leading up to the lightweight championship bout between David Diaz and Manny Pacquiao -- set for Saturday, June 28 in Las Vegas and broadcast live on HBO Pay-Per-View-- HBO Sports will present the exclusive replay of two action-packed fights. continue
By Vivek Wallace: With slightly over a week before Filipino phenom Manny Pacquiao squares off against WBC Lightweight Champion David Diaz, those who eagerly anticipate the fight can't help but to assess the two men involved. One is a great talent trying to find his way among the sports elite. The other is a great fighter who currently dwells in that elite level, equipped with a persona torn from an Elvis Presley type fabric.
To many, having excessive fans and admiring figures on the trail is never a bad thing, but let some around the sport tell it, that provbial 'good-problem-to-have' could soon culminate into the ultimate demise of one the sports biggest global interest. As we analyze things a bit closer, in my standard 'Call Em Out Fridays' fashion, we'll take a look at the "Upside Fan Perspective" of Manny Pacquiao, the "Downside Skeptic Perspective", and in the end, a "Final Analysis Perspective". continue
20.06.08 - By Tom Hatheway: ESPN2 returned to the Arco Arena in Sacramento, California for this weekʼs edition of Wednesday Night Fights. The Don Chargin promoted card consisted of four bouts. The bout started with Lock coming out jabbing and circling with Gonzalez in pursuit. Lock, 127, Detroit MI, was the taller, speedier boxer despite Roger Gonzalezʼ nickname (Speedy). After nearly getting floored by a straight right, Southpaw Lock came back strong and landed two good lefts to the chin to put Speedy on the canvas. continue
Lee Samuels: The three-division world champion is here -Manny Pacquiao - he’s been training weeks at the Wild Card Gym in Los Angeles. He looks tremendous; he’s in top condition. And he’s all set for Lethal Combination. Manny Pacquiao challenges WBC lightweight champion David Diaz - Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino Saturday, June 28 live on HBO pay per view; one of the most exiting events we’ve had in a long, long time at Top Rank. continue
20.06.08 - Photo by Jan Sanders/Goossen Tutor Promotions - Andre Ward tipped the scales at 168 pounds during Thursday’s weigh-in at The Westin in George Town, Grand Cayman. Jerson Ravelo came in at 166 ½ pounds. Ronald Hearns weighed in at 156 pounds while Jose Gonzalez measured 154 pounds. continue
Photos by Tom Casino / Showtime - In one of the most eagerly awaited rematches in years – and the most anticipated since Vazquez-Marquez II -- undefeated middleweight champion Arthur Abraham (26-0, 21 KOs) and explosive, hard-hitting Edison Miranda (30-2, 26 KOs) will clash in the main event live on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING this Saturday, June 21, at 9 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast).
Abraham, an Armenian based in Germany, outlasted Miranda, a Colombian who lives in Puerto Rico, in their amazing first fight, winning a hotly disputed decision on September 23, 2006, in a slugfest in Germany that was rife with drama, incredible two-way exchanges, a broken jaw, multiple head butts, low blows and controversy. Saturday’s 12-rounder will be contested at a catch weight of 166 pounds. SHOWTIME will re-air Abraham-Miranda I tonight/Thursday, June 19, at 10 p.m. ET/PT on SHO2 and this Saturday, June 21, at 6 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME®. continue
20.06.08 - Photos by Jan Sanders/Goossen Tutor Promotions - CHAMBERS: “I feel great! I had a lot more time to train for this fight. I had a great camp and my sparring partners Chazz Witherspoon and Stevie Cunningham pushed me to the limits and helped me prepare to expect anything. I come into this bout with Butler much better prepared physically and mentally.. continue
20.06.08 - by James Slater: In an added twist to the upcoming fight between Amir Khan and Michael Gomez, hotshot Khan's former trainer Oliver Harrison has been helping Gomez get ready for Saturday night's fight, it has been revealed on The Sporting Life web site. Harrison and Khan parted company a short while back, under less than amicable terms, and this recent news has only served to alienate Khan further. continue
MEMPHIS, TN (June 19, 2008) -- Photos courtesy DiBella Entertainment - DiBella Entertainment in association with Prize Fight Promotions, Don King Productions, and Goosen Tutor Promotions is proud to put on a night of boxing action Presented by Phat Farm at FedExForum in downtown Memphis, Tennessee next Saturday June 21. continue
By James Slater: It has been almost one year since former WBO heavyweight champion Lamon Brewster's last fight. On that occasion, back in July of last year, Brewster was quite easily beaten by IBF heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko. After six rounds, Brewster decided he'd had enough of trying to get past Klitschko's left jab, and quit on his stool. Klitschko, who "Relentless" had brutally beaten in a previous, 2004 encounter, had gotten his revenge. The question now regarding Brewster is, will he fight again?
Now aged 35, and after having had his well documented retina problems, time is running out on the former WBO champ. An intense fighter with a true warrior's mentality when at his best, the Brewster of the mid-2000s is certainly a heavyweight we could do with today. continue
Undefeated professional Edwin Rodriguez of Worcester, Mass., returns to Boston June 28, looking to boost his record to 7-0 in a six-round bout against Hector Hernandez of Phoenix. Hernandez is unquestionably Rodriguez’s toughest opponent to date. Hernandez has a record of 10-2-2 with four knockouts and has won four of his past five bouts. Both Rodriguez and Hernandez stand 6-foot. continue
Los Angeles, CA June 19, 2008 - Hombre Media, Inc. announced today that it will be supporting the work of the World Boxing Council, (WBC), and expanding Internet and broadcast coverage of high-quality boxing and boxing related programming world-wide. continue
It’s final. The deal has been sealed and delivered. International matchmaker nonpareil Sampson Lewkowicz once more wrapped up his latest masterpiece—the Banal-Concepcion WBA superfly titlemaker—for delivery as a month-end ring explosive in Cebu City. AJ “Bazooka” Banal is currently WBA No. 3 while Panamanian Rafael “Little Bull” Concepcion is WBA No. 5. continue
By Geoffrey Ciani: With the recent “retirement” of Floyd Mayweather Junior, Manny Pacquiao has inherited the highly coveted “Pound-for-Pound King” label, and rightly so.
After all, he has already gotten the best of three Mexican legends (Marco Antonio Barrera, Erik Morales, and Juan Manuel Marquez), which in itself, warrants consideration for a top spot on the Pound-for-Pound charts. With Mayweather supposedly out of the picture (at least for the time being), Pacquiao is the natural heir to the throne (although, I suspect numerous Calzaghe fans might respectfully disagree). continue
(MARQUETTE, MICH.) – Thirty-eight boxers punched their tickets for the final round on Thursday at the 2008 Junior Olympic National Championships in Marquette, Mich. Semifinal action was contested in weight classes ranging from 95 pounds through the super heavyweight division of 201 plus pounds at the Superior Dome. continue
The undefeated Velasquez Twins Carlos Ivan (7-0, 6 KO's) and Juan Carlos (7-0, 4 KO's) are scheduled to be back in the ring June 27, 2008. Golden Boy Promotions brings you the action from the Morongo Casino in Cabazon, CA. Both fighters are looking to extend on their winning streaks as they steadily climb up the featherweight rankings. continue
One of the most wanted fights between two Kenyan boxers will finally take place on 21st June 2008. At the Club Afrique, Nairobi, National Heavyweight Champion Thomas Okusi (6-9) will fight fellow countryman Raymond Ochieng (13-7) in an 8 round non-title fight. Okusi has held the heavyweight title for over a year and a half, since defeating Chris Sirengo last year. He has not defended his title since that fight. continue
WBC #4 ranked lightweight Amir Khan will be keeping a close eye on next weekend's fight between Manny Pacquiao and David Diaz - and says he wants the winner. The pair fight for the WBC World Lightweight title in Las Vegas on June 28. And Khan is hoping that he'll be in line to fight whoever emerges victorious. "I'm fighting in front of a 10,000 sell out on Saturday night so I think I'm one of the main men in the division," said Khan.
"And by the end of the year I'm not just going to be one of the main men, I'm going to the number one, and everyone's going to be after me.
"I've got a high rating with both the WBO and the WBC, and I feel ready for a world title shot. continue
NEW YORK (June 19, 2008) – Middleweights will be showcased June 28 on “Hassle In The Castle,” presented by Irish Ropes Promotions, headlined by the 10-round main event between undefeated world middleweight contender “Ireland’s” John Duddy in his first fight with new head trainer in his corner, Pat Burns, against Charles Howe (17-4-2, 9 KOs), at The Castle in downtown Boston. continue
Former USBA Welterweight Champion Delvin Rodriguez (22-2-1 13 KO's) looks to extend his most recent winning streak and also reclaim his belt, when he takes on tough and exciting Oscar Diaz (26-2 12 KO's) for the vacant USBA Welterweight Championship. The fight, which will take place on July 16th 2008 at the Municipal Auditorium in San Antonio, TX, will be the main event for that evening's ESPN2's "Wednesday Night Fights" broadcast. continue
HOLLYWOOD, FL, June 19 – It’s the biggest fight of the summer, and some of the world’s biggest celebrities will be in attendance at Hard Rock Live in Hollywood on Saturday night when “King” Arthur Abraham battles Edison “Pantera” Miranda in their long-awaited rematch. continue
By Danny Serratelli, Brickcityboxing.com, photo by Tom Casino / Showtime - Expect a fight of the year candidate this Friday on Showtime when undefeated 2004 Olympic gold medalist Andre “S.O.G.” Ward, 15-0, 10 KO’s takes on The Brick City’s best, 200 Olympian, Jerson “SuperJerz” Ravelo 18-2, 12 KO’s. Promoter Dan Goossen recently said, "Ravelo is a fighter who's still on the upswing in his own career, so it's another good matchup at this point for Andre." It is hard to believe that Goosen really believes that Jerson is still on the upswing of his career and a major threat to his fighter, but he may be in for a rude awakening.
Word has been out time and time again that Jerson was damaged goods, but he has always possessed the total package as a fighter, and his heart, perseverance, confidence, skills and an undying determination are included in that package. continue
SAN DIEGO, Calif. (June 19, 2008) – Julio Diaz (34-4, 25 KOs) is looking to make a statement when he returns to action against promising prospect David Torres (20-0, 13 KOs) on Wednesday, June 25 at the world famous Playboy Mansion, live on ESPN2 at 11:00 p.m. ET/8:00 p.m. PT. “This is somewhat of a comeback fight for me,” said Diaz, who is trained by his older brother Joel Diaz. “It feels like I'm at the plate with two strikes. I can't allow myself to get that third strike. If that happens I’ll fall out of the big picture.. continue
By Harry Summers Jr.: "Cool" Willie Kickett (10-0) is a modest, unassuming, and quietly-spoken kid outside the ropes. Almost painfully shy. But the 21-year-old junior lightweight hotshot is set to make some serious noise inside the squared-circle next Tuesday when he battles former IBF 130lb world champion Gairy "Superman" St. Clair (40-6-2) in the chief support to Fenech-Nelson III. continue
19.06.08 - by James Slater: "To be a fight fan is to be a cockeyed - or is it black-eyed - optimist, with hope everlasting." - Budd Schulberg.
"Ringside - a treasury of boxing reportage" is a Budd Schulberg book that is on the shelves now in both America and Great Britain. As one would expect of any writing by the great New Yorker, the collection of work is a superb read indeed. continue
Photos: Courtesy Red Line Media Group - Edison Miranda winds downs training for his important return fight against undefeated middleweight champion Arthur Abraham this Saturday, June 21, on SHOWTIME.
In one of the most eagerly awaited rematches in years – and the most anticipated since Vazquez-Marquez II -- the explosive, hard-hitting Miranda (30-2, 26 KOs) will face Abraham (26-0, 21 KOs) in the main event live on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING at 9 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast).
Abraham, an Armenian based in Germany, outlasted Miranda, a Colombian who lives in Puerto Rico, in their amazing first fight, winning a hotly disputed decision on September 23, 2006, in a slugfest in Germany that was rife with drama, incredible two-way exchanges, a broken jaw, multiple head butts, low blows and controversy. Saturday’s 12-round rematch will be contested at a catch weight of 166 pounds. continue
By Christopher Roche, Brickcityboxing.com: He has fought in the club shows, and he battled on the “Contender”. He stepped up, and he has stepped out, but Friday night is his big shot. Jerson Ravelo represented the 2000 Olympic Team for the Dominican Republic, but now he represents Newark, NJ, aka the Brick City. Like warriors before him, such as Marvin Hagler and William “Bo” James, Ravelo’s craft is steeped in pride. continue
18.06.08 - by James Slater: It is interesting that following their terrific fight at super-featherweight back in March, both the winner, Manny Pacquiao and the very close loser, Juan Manuel Marquez, chose to make the move up to lightweight. "Pac-Man" takes on David Diaz for the WBC 135 pound title on June 28th, while Marquez takes on Joel Casamayor in a battle that will decide the WBO interim championship at lightweight on September 13th. continue
Wayne Elcock says there is no way he is taking challenger Darren McDermott lightly ahead of their British Middleweight Title showdown at the Civic Hall, Wolverhampton on Friday, 20th June. ‘The Battle of the Midlands’ is Elcock’s first title defence since beating Howard Eastman on points last year and Sky Sports will televise the action live on the Hennessy Sports show in association with GoldenPalace.net and 1st Team Promotions. continue
By Ted Sares: Many writers claim they watched Monday and Friday night fights “with their dads,” but if they did, they better be my age. I recently noted one renowned writer as claiming he grew up watching Friday Night Fights. That’s hogwash. He wasn’t even born.
Back in 1949, we had a pitifully tiny TV set on which my Dad and I (and some of my friends) would watch different programs, but the one that we enjoyed the most were the fights. They were televised from New York or Chicago and names like Madison Square Gardens, St Nicholas Arena or Marigold Gardens were commonplace. Some programs aired boxing matches on Monday. By far the most popular was "Gillette's Cavalcade of Sports," spotlighting the "Friday Night Fights" from Madison Square Garden. continue
Lee Samuels: This is a very, very exciting day for Top Rank. The champion is here with us, David Diaz, WC Lightweight Champion, and he’s getting ready and set for Lethal Combination, Saturday June 28 at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. He’s going to fight Manny Pacquiao, the three-time World Champion in an explosive match-up. David’s been training very, very hard in Chicago and he’s going to be taking all your questions today. At this time I’m going to turn it over to my boss, the Hall of Fame Promoter and CEO of Top Rank, Bob Arum - Bob. continue
18.06.08 - by James Slater: No sooner had this writer submitted yesterday's article that suggested Ricky Hatton might box Filipino idol Manny Pacquiao this November, instead of original foe Paulie Malignaggi, did "The Magic Man's" promoter Lou DiBella send me an e-mail expressing his annoyance. This suggestion, which was read by the author on an internet article by The Manila Bulletin, is in no way, shape or form true. continue
George Town, Grand Cayman, (June 18, 2008) – The spectacular Seven Mile Beach behind the Westin Casuarina Resort & Spa served as the backdrop for today’s final press conference to promote the “Cayman Knockout” professional boxing extravaganza set for Friday night. continue
In this weeks 'Left-Hook Lounge' segment fight fans around the sport bring us a very wide array of topics to ponder. Making the buzz this week was the usual suspects, Oscar De La Hoya and Miguel Cotto, however, a couple new faces surfaced as well. To name a few, Kelly Pavlik, Roy Jones Jr., Abraham and Miranda, as well as two heavyweights most figured to be on the brink of self-destruction - James Toney and Hasim Rahman.
Despite the recent loss and renewed talks of retirement, also making it back in the buzz this week is the legendary Bernard 'The Executioner' Hopins, as well as the rebounding Mikkel Kessler. So with no further ado, we take the 'Left-Hook Lounge' Back to the streets where a huge fight fan out of Orlando, Florida wanted to know the following...... continue
June 18, 2008 — Female sensation Kaliesha “Wild Wild” West (8-0-0, 1 KO) has been added to the Golden Boy Promotions fight card which will take place at the Morongo Hotel & Casino on Friday, June 27th. The bout will be televised on Telefutura. continue
Bronx, NY - Jun 18, 2008 Former IBO Middleweight Champion of the world Raymond Joval (37-4 16 KO's) will face off against rising prospect James "Buddy" McGirt Jr. (18-1 9 KO's) on July 25th at the City Center in Saratoga Springs, NY in the 10-round main event. continue
June 18, 2008 – Mexico City - From WBC President Jose Sulaiman: “The WBC is extremely happy that our two newest rules - open scoring after the fourth and eighth rounds and the use of instant replay - have been used in the last few days and gotten a great response. continue
A dream comes true for Dimitri Sartison: the unbeaten spotlight-Fighter Sartison (22-0-0 (14)) will face the former WBA and WBC world champion Mikkel Kessler (39-1-0 (29)) in the Danish capital of Copenhagen in a bout for the WBA world title belt at super middleweight. Born in Kazakhstan, he now lives in Hamburg with his wife Regina and calls it his home after he had signed a contract with spotlight boxing in September 2003.
After turning pro Sartison has continued his climb to the top although he was held back with many injuries. “Dimi” had a very successful amateur career and he won 95 out of his 115 fights with being runner up at the youth world championships in 1998. With his talent, his great skills and his hard working training efforts he has impressed not only his coach Magomed Schaburow but also his promoter Dietmar Poszwa. continue
Brazilian Champion Carlos Oliveira (22-5) has sounded out a warning to Kenyan Sande Otieno promising to show the WBC International Champion Sande Otieno that Brazilians have other talents other than soccer. Oliveiras was speaking at his hometown, Sao Vicente after the 30-day weigh-in for their clash next month. The WBC requires all boxers competing for WBC title to submit their medicals and weights 30-days before the fight day. continue
Hennessy Sports have had to make the decision to move the “Battle of the Midlands” Event to the Civic Hall, Wolverhampton and promote this event in association with 1st Team promotions. We would like to thank 1st team for working together with us on this joint venture at such short notice. We would also like to apologise for any inconvenience this has caused to the fighters, fans and Sky TV and thank them all for their understanding and support on this matter. continue
When an event like the upcoming August 2nd, "Steelyard Brawl" comes around it gives an opportunity for fans to look back and remember the boxing days of old, it is a throwback event to Championship Boxing at a Professional Baseball Stadium. continue
Their first fight played out like a Hollywood script: rife with drama, incredible two-way exchanges, a broken jaw, multiple head butts, low blows and controversy.
On Saturday, June 21, undefeated middleweight champion Arthur Abraham, and the explosive, hard-hitting Edison Miranda will co-star in the emotionally charged sequel, live on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING at 9 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast). Abraham won the first fight on a hotly disputed unanimous decision in a scintillating affair on September 23, 2006. The 12-round rematch will be contested at a catch weight of 166 pounds.
Abraham and Miranda took time from their workouts Tuesday to offer some insights on how training camp has been, what they thought of their first fight and their views on the rematch. continue
2008 Junior Olympic National Championships action moved into the quarterfinal round on Wednesday at Northern Michigan University’s Superior Dome in Marquette, Mich. Fifty-three bouts were contested with boxers from 14 different weight classes taking the ring in Marquette. continue
18.06.08 - Golden Boy Promotions and Arena Box announced today that a co-promotional agreement has been signed for two of Cuba's hottest prospects in years, 2004 Olympic Gold Medalist Yan Barthelemy and 2005 World Amateur Champion Erislandy Lara. continue
NEW YORK CITY (June 17, 2008) – Unbeaten Dominican middleweight sensation Giovanni “Chico Malo” Lorenzo has planned a breakout party Saturday night when he fights former world champion Raul “El Diamente” Marquez in the 12-round co-feature on Showtime Championship Boxing, live from Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Florida. continue
It’s blues, barbeque and boxing right off Beale Street when young prospects take the spotlight on HBO BOXING AFTER DARK: ANDRE BERTO VS. MIKI RODRIQUEZ AND CHRIS ARREOLA VS. CHAZZ WITHERSPOON, presented SATURDAY, JUNE 21 at 10:00 p.m. (live ET/tape-delayed PT), from The FedEx Forum in Memphis, Tenn., exclusively on HBO. The HBO Sports team of Bob Papa, Max Kellerman and Lennox Lewis will be ringside for the event, which will be available in HDTV, closed-captioned for the hearing-impaired and presented in Spanish on HBO Latino.
Undefeated heavyweights clash when Chris Arreola (23-0, 21 KOs), from Riverside, Cal., goes up against Philadelphia’s Chazz Witherspoon (23-0, 15 KOs) in the scheduled 12-round opening bout. Both fighters stand 6’4” and look to establish themselves as top American prospects in the division. continue
George Town, Grand Cayman (June 17, 2008) – Whether it was a misunderstanding or just plain hype, Cheryl McCullough would have none of it. Upon reading comments made by Juan Ruiz on boxing websites this morning which -- in the eyes of this longtime manager/wife of 1992 Irish Olympic Silver Medalist and former world champion Wayne McCullough – concerned her as ones designed to tarnish his spotless reputation as one of boxing’s really solid citizens. continue
Former IBA cruiserweight champion Bobby Gunn 18-3-1 (15 KO’s) will return to the ring at Bernie Robbins Stadium in Atlantic City, New Jersey on July 12th. The card which is being promoted by FelKO promotions, has already received media attention as it will also feature a special attraction bout between 1988 American League MVP Jose Canseco and former All Pro football player Vai Sikahema. continue
Junior middleweight James Moore, 15-1 (10 KOS), a native of County Wicklow, Ireland, who fights out of Queens, New York, incurred his first defeat at the Aviator Sports Complex in Brooklyn, New York, on June 4. Gabriel Rosado, 10-2 (6 KOS), of Philadelphia, won a unanimous 8 round decision by the scores 77-74, 78-73 and 76-74. continue
17.06.08 - By Michael Klimes: A recent syndrome has afflicted me. I am exchanging boxing for politics and vice versa, perhaps devaluing my opinions in both subjects. I was also convinced that when I read Floyd Mayweather’s short retirement letter I would not write an article analysing what I believe is a publicity stunt. However, how can one avoid talking about the best pound for pound or former best pound for pound in the world? Mayweather seems to be like Tony Blair. Both started off their careers solidly but became embroiled in controversy and criticism the longer they went on. By any standard Blair is one of the most eloquent, stylish, dynamic, energetic and tough-minded politicians of his generation. Mayweather is not a wordsmith like his political counterpart but when it comes to producing dizzying performances of skill, style and elusiveness, Mayweather is unparalleled. Furthermore Blair and Mayweather have both perfected the art of making spectators impotent at guessing when they will retire. Blair’s last years were definitely a long goodbye. Some of his most enthusiastic detractors in the United Kingdom grew so accustomed to biting chunks out of him that they seemed to be a little sad when he exited the stage as they lost their favourite punching bag. Could the same happen with Mayweather? continue
17.06.08 - by James Slater: Tough but shop-worn Michael Gomez has what will almost certainly be the final fight in his excitement-filled boxing career when he faces hotshot Amir Khan in Birmingham this coming Saturday night. As such, the fearless warrior known as "Predator" is promising to give his all against the unbeaten super prospect. continue
by James Slater: With David Haye's move up to heavyweight, his world titles at cruiserweight were vacated. According to Fightnews.com the WBC version of the world title will be fought for by Italy's Giacobbe Fragomeni and Czech Republic-born Rudolf Kraj. Apparently, the bout looks likely for Italy - so home advantage will go to the 38-year-old Fragomeni. continue
by James Boyle: I had the unfortunate "privilege" of attending the Klitschko / Ibragimov debacle back in February. I had gone thinking it was going to be about a 4 or 5 round boxing lesson given by an amazingly athletic man who at nearly 6' 7" would just be too big, too strong, too fast and too talented for his smaller foe. continue
17.06.08 - Jim Amato: Although it is not etched in stone, it is beginning to look like the proposed Joe Calzaghe - Roy Jones Jr. bout will be made. The projected date is in November. The ramifications of this fight could have an immense impact on the current state of the sport. Will Roy win and reclaim his mantle of greatness ? Will a Calzalghe win seal a much desired match between Joe and Kelly Pavlik in 2009 ? Will Calzaghe, upon a win over Jones retire as he has hinted ?
The fight itself can be viewed in several ways. Calzaghe is looking to cash in on his relatively new universal fame. Jones appears to be the perfect opponent. Roy may be living off his past greatness but he is still a high profile boxing celebrity. As they say, he puts asses in the seats and he rings up large pay per view audiences. continue
On Friday, June 27th, at the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, California, unbeaten prospects Dominic Salcido and Yohnny Perez will be pushed to the limit by veteran competitors who have close to 100 combined fights and who are hungry for victory. It’s the ultimate test for these two rising stars. continue
17.06.08 - Rafael Concepcion is poised to emulate the proud accomplishments of his fellow Panamanian countrymen as he fights for the World Boxing Association super flyweight world Championship in Cebu City Philippines on July 26th. continue
The 2008 Junior Olympic National Championships commenced on Tuesday afternoon at the Superior Dome on the Northern Michigan University campus in Marquette, Mich. Over 200 of the nation’s top male and female boxers made the trek to Marquette for the annual event, which continually produces future Olympians and World Champions. continue
17.06.08 - By Paul Strauss: (Showtime’s replay of the first fight) - Referee Randy Neumann seems to be in need of a refresher course in anatomy. He explained to Miranda, "You need to stop hitting him (Abraham) in the balls." Well, unless the King has his gonads tucked into a pouch at belt level, Neumann was misdiagnosing the ailment. He wasn't the only one off base. Clearly the judges had spent too much time in the beer garden saying Prost!
The fight was ugly enough without help from the referee and judges. Miranda probably should have been disqualified for the intentional head butt foul he committed in the fifth round. However, he wasn't, and the fact is he probably won just about every round in the fight. If not for five penalty points levied against him, he should have gotten a decision. But, that isn't the way the judges saw it. Their scores were 115-109, 116-109, and 114-109. Miranda probably had a different "toast" he would like to have shared with them. continue
World Xtreme Boxing Challenge brings the classic art of boxing to the next level with a “round-robin” tournament set-up; an exciting new style that has never been done before in the world of boxing. continue
George Town, Grand Cayman (June 17, 2008) – In a takeoff of one of the most familiar sports monikers, boxer Juan Ruiz (21-5, 6 KOs), got a dose of “Let’s Get Ready to Humble” directly from his idol and Friday night opponent, Wayne McCullough (27-6, 18KOs), upon his arrival yesterday in the Cayman Islands. continue
It’s almost been a second home for 2004 United States Olympian Vicente Escobedo, and on Wednesday, June 18th, the spectacular lightweight prospect returns to ARCO Arena in Sacramento, California for the seventh time in his professional career when he faces Mexico’s Cristian Favela in the co-featured attraction on ESPN2’s Wednesday Night Fights. continue
17.06.08 - By Ted Sares: The Setting: On April 29, 2005, Frenchman (but Iranian-born) Mayhar Monshipour, 26-2-2, met Japan’s Shigeru Nakazato in the nourish city of Marseille. At stake was the WBA super bantamweight crown. This one promised to be a clash of two in-coming brawlers who never take a step backward. It turned out to be far more.
Nakazato, 24-7-1, was challenging for the world title for the third time, while the heavy handed Monshipour was making his fourth defense of the title. The Japanese fighter had lost two bouts by UD to tough Oscar Larios, both held in Japan. continue
LOS ANGELES (June 16, 2008) -- "Don't call us, we'll call you...maybe" seems to be the mantra from Team Taylor whenever Ray Leonard and Jeff Wald call to make a fight between the former middleweight champion Jermain Taylor and Tournament of Contender's BRIAN VERA. continue
by James Slater: Both Michael Katsidis and Juan Diaz are crowd-pleasing fighters who almost always give great, all-action type performances. As such, when the two world class lightweights clash on September the 6th in Diaz's hometown of Houston a thrilling bout can be expected.
Katsidis only knows one way to fight. Referred to by some as "the new Arturo Gatti," the Australian slugger has already given us at least three classic wars. His five round battle with Britain's Graham Earl in February of last year was awesome, as was "The Great's" points win over game Thai Czar Amonsot last July. Then, in his last fight this past March, the 27-year-old from Toowoomba, Queensland gave us his third epic when he lost a sensational slugfest with veteran Joel Casamayor. continue
16.06.08 - by James Slater: The proposed fight between "Sugar" Shane Mosley and Sergio Mora will not be happening. Vernon Forrest, a shock points loser to Sergio Mora on June the 7th, had a rematch clause going into the bout and he has made it quite clear he is going to use it. Threatening court action if Mora doesn't grant him a return fight, Forrest will be getting his rematch soon. continue
16.06.08 - by James Slater: It seems Joe Calzaghe has all but made his mind up. Roy Jones Junior will not only be Joe's next opponent, he will very likely be his last. Speaking to BBC sport recently, the 36-year-old great suggested the fans had better enjoy him while he's still boxing, because it's likely the fight with Jones will be his swansong.
"What a way to finish, fighting one of the greats of this generation," Calzaghe told BBC Radio Wales. "I'd love my last fight to be in Cardiff but it comes down to business and what the T.V companies want. It'll be the fight of my life. I haven't started training yet, but once a date is confirmed I'll get back down to business. Fighting the greatest fighter of the 1990s would be the perfect way to finish off my career. But he [Jones] will be fighting the greatest fighter of the millennium. This is a case of famous last words but I think that'll probably be it for me so my message to my fans is enjoy it now because after this year, it'll be the end.. continue
George Town, Grand Cayman, (June 16, 2008) – A quintet of primary talent to be featured on Friday night’s pro boxing spectacular – along with promoter Dan Goossen and the Honourable Charles E. Clifford, Minister of Tourism, Environment, Investment and Commerce -- took to the beach on Grand Cayman today as part of an open workout to promote the event to be held at the Royal Watler Cruise Terminal in the Grand Cayman capital city of George Town and presented by Goossen Tutor Promotions in association with The Cayman Islands Department of Tourism. continue
Miami, FL: All Star Boxing, Inc: “The New Generation” and Promoter Tuto Zabala, Jr. returns with the popular series of Boxeo TELEMUNDO this Friday, June 20, 2008 to the Miccosukee Resort and Gaming in Miami, FL and the son of 3 times WBA World Champion and living legend Wilfredo Vazquez will be in action. continue
Ankara is not only the Turkish capital; it is also about to become a major city for professional boxing in Europe. After last year’s “Bull fight at the Bosporus” between Sinan Samil Sam and Oliver McCall ARENA will be back in Ankara on July 4th at the Büyük Anadolu Hotel. The main event features local hero Sinan Samil Sam again who takes on “The Titanium Jaw” Paolo Vidoz from Italy for the vacant European heavyweight championship. continue
15.06.08 - by James Slater, Photo Jan Sanders / Goossen Tutor - Most experts agree that James Toney's finest heavyweight performance came in his 2003 fight with Evander Holyfield. On that occasion, Toney was a relatively svelte (for him as a heavyweight, anyway) 217 pounds and he looked good. But then, in subsequent heavyweight fights, Tony weighed-in at around the 230-240 pound mark and looked less than fit as a result.
Well, according to a recent article on Daileybreeze.com, "Lights Out" is looking the best he's looked with regards to his weight since the Holyfield fight. Toney and his next opponent Hasim Rahman were in Sherman Oaks just before the weekend to attend a news conference to formally announce their July 16th rematch fight. continue
By César Pancorvo Rosazza: When Oscar de la Hoya announced his 2008 agenda, many started speculating about potential opponents and I thought that, apart from Forbes in May, De la Hoya was going to fight Mayweather in September (the tremendous dividends were enough to convince him about this rematch; apparently they couldn’t persuade Floyd) and then, in his last fight, the winner of Margarito-Cotto or Ricky Hatton. Also, I always had the idea that De la Hoya was/is going to fight in May 2009. continue
15.06.08 - by James Slater: They were supposed to fight last September, but Adrian Diacanu injured a hand and had to pull out of his fight with WBC light-heavyweight champion Chad Dawson. Now, according to ESPN, the two will finally get it on in 90 days time.
Diacanu is Dawson's mandatory challenger and as such the WBC champion has been ordered to face the Romanian interim champion within 90 days (from Friday). Not only that, but it has been reported by ESPN that the bout will take place in Diaconu's home country of Romania. "Bad" Chad has a tough one ahead of him it seems. continue
15.06.08 - by James Slater: Having his first fight in nine months, Mexican warrior Jose Luis Castillo steps back in the ring this coming July 30th. Making his debut up at welterweight in a bout against the once-beaten Lanardo Tyner at The Sycuan Resort and Casino, California, the former WBC lightweight champion's bout will be televised by ESPN. continue
Their first fight played out like a Hollywood script: rife with drama, incredible two-way exchanges, a broken jaw, multiple head butts, low blows and controversy. On Saturday, June 21, undefeated middleweight champion Arthur Abraham, and the explosive, hard-hitting Edison Miranda will co-star in the emotionally charged sequel, live on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING at 9 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast). Abraham won the first fight on a hotly disputed unanimous decision in a scintillating affair on September 23, 2006. The 12-round rematch will be contested at a catch weight of 166 pounds.
In the SHOWTIME co-feature, undefeated middleweight Giovanni Lorenzo (26-0, 18 KOs) of New York, by way of Dominican Republic, will face Raul Marquez (41-3, 29 KOs) of Houston, Texas, by way of Mexico, in an IBF World Championship eliminator. continue
Hennessy Sports in association with GoldenPalace.net are proud to announce the all-Manchester showdown between Lee Meager and John Murray for the vacant British Lightweight Title at the Robin Park Arena in Wigan on Friday, 11th July 2008. The Hennessy Sports pair have been given their opportunity after Jon Thaxton was given another shot at the European title. continue
King Arthur Abraham yesterday enjoyed a special break from his training routine when he went jet-skiing with First Lady Cecilia Braekhus. The two Sauerland fighters have been in Florida since last Tuesday as they prepare for Saturday´s bouts. King Arthur (26-0, 21 KOs) will take on Edison Miranda in a highly-anticipated rematch, while the First Lady (7-0, 2 KOs) will come face-to-face with Nicole Woods. continue
Wayne Elcock sees Friday's first defence of the British Middleweight Title as the first step on the road back to the top. Birmingham's 'Mad Dog' was unsuccessful in a world title shot when he faced IBF champion Arthur Abraham in his last fight in December 2007. Elcock is confident he can secure another world title opportunity with a series of British Title defences. continue
15.06.08 - By Trish Kilcullen, Photos by Peter Mark Heintzelman - Before a packed house in his back yard, Manchester, Connecticut’s Matt “Too Sharp” Remillard showed who was boss, defending his WBC Youth Featherweight Title Friday night against a game Jose Magallon.
By unanimous decision at the Connecticut Convention Center Ballroom, in Hartford, CT, Remillard remained undefeated, now 14-0, 7 KO’s, but not without breaking a good sweat, as Jose Magallon, 9-4, 3 KO’s, of Las Vegas, Nevada, took him the distance for ten rounds of crowd pleasing, power punching action.
Anxious to show well on his home turf, Remillard had clearly trained hard, and came into the ring, fit, ready, and anxious, to show his honed skills of excellent jab and body shots that convinced the judges to give him the unanimous nod, 96-93, and 97-92 twice. continue
Frankie Gavin is backing close pal Amir Khan to score a spectacular victory when big time boxing returns to Birmingham at the weekend. Birmingham's world amateur champion is flying back from a multi nations tournament in Poland later this week, and hopes to be ringside for Khan's Commonwealth lightweight title clash with Michael Gomez at the sold out N.I.A, televised live and exclusive on ITV1. continue
Los Angeles, CA (June 15, 2008) – If not for getting clipped in the eighth round against journeyman Art Binkowski after dropping him three times, Rochester, MN heavyweight Raphael Butler would be on an impressive 15-fight winning streak and a Top Ten ranking. continue
by James Slater: Golden Boy Promotions have announced the dates for two of boxing's most anticipated bouts. According to a news article by Dan Rafael of ESPN, heavyweight David Haye, who is now ranked at number 5 by the WBC, will face a top-ten contender on November the 29th. And then, on December the 6th, Oscar De La Hoya will box for the very last time. Haye's fight will take place at The 02 Arena in London, and De La Hoya's final fight will take place in Las Vegas. continue
By Ted Sares: Jim Brown was a great all-around athlete who played lacrosse, football, basketball, and even ran track at Syracuse University. He may have been the greatest lacrosse and football player ever). Of course, he went on to professional football immortality. It’s pretty difficult to argue that he was not the greatest athlete in American history. Jackie Robinson, Gene Conley, Deion Sanders, Dave DeBusschere and Bo Jackson (Bo could DO!), were pretty darn good all-around athletes as well. So were Jackie Jensen, Bob Mathias and, of course, Jim Thorpe. There were many other high-profile athletes who were multi-sports stars.
But one who flew under the radar for whatever reason was a 6'4" 230 pounds, well-muscled, strong, and fast athlete who graduated from San Diego High School in 1952. He quickly became the youngest player in the history of the National Football League. He was one of the few who made it to--let alone star in- the NFL without playing college football (which may account for his low profile). Amazingly, prior to playing football, he had signed up with the old St. Louis Browns as a power hitting outfielder and spent the summer playing Class B ball for the Stockton Ports of the California League before forsaking baseball for football. continue
CHICAGO, IL (June 15, 2008) World ranked lightweight contender Almazbek Raiymkulov aka KID DIAMOND has been added to the action packed FEARLESS professional boxing event, presented by Dominic Pesoli’s 8 Count Productions, HOME OF THE BEST IN CHICAGO BOXING, set for this Friday night, June 20th at Chicago’s Aragon Ballroom. continue
14.06.08 - by James Slater: Last night, in Portsmouth, in the southeast of England, a terrific light-heavyweight battle was witnessed by a vocal crowd as Commonwealth champion Dean Francis met local hero and British champion Tony Oakey. A brutal, all-action war followed and in the end 34-year-old Francis won by sensational TKO at 2 minutes and 47 seconds of round number nine. A sweet left hook to the head sent the teak-tough Oakey down, and soon after beating the count referee Richie Davies dived in and called a halt. The loss marked the first stoppage defeat in the career of Oakey. continue
Hennessy Sports in association with GoldenPalace.com are proud to announce that Private Negotiations with Mr Ricardo Sanchez Atocha of Rimer Box have been successful and purse bids were cancelled with the EBU on Tuesday morning, both parties have agreed that Juan Carlos Diaz Melero will come to the UK and fight British Lightweight champion Jon Thaxton for the vacant Prestigious European Lightweight title. The fight will take place this September in Norwich, both the venue and date will be confirmed in the coming weeks. continue
by James Slater: "The Dark Destroyer," Nigel Benn, is one of Britain's best known and admired fighters of recent years. Tremendously exciting almost every time out, Benn became a massive household name in the 1980s and '90s. Now long retired and also hugely religious today, Benn recently gave an exclusive interview with U.K newspaper The Sun. In the interview, the former middleweight and super-middleweight world champion spoke about some of the biggest names currently dominating his former sport.
At one point in the interview, Nigel was asked what he felt about Joe Calzaghe.
"If Joe had been around with me, Chris Eubank and Steve Collins, he would have had some harder fights than he gets today," Benn told The Sun. "But I still think he would have come out on top. You've got to give it to him, what he's achieved, being an undefeated fighter for a decade takes a special fighter. continue
14.06.08 - British boxing legend Joe Calzaghe has been awarded a CBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours list announced yesterday. The 36-year-old from Newbridge in Wales, who was appointed an MBE in 2003, was recognised for his services to sport and voluntary services to Wales. Calzaghe said, "The award came completely out of the blue and for the first time in my life I was knocked out!. continue
Los Angeles, CA (June 14, 2008) – After seeing the birth of his daughter, Amira Lecian Ward, Andre declared himself to be on a mission. The undefeated 2004 Olympic Gold Medalist Andre “S.O.G.” Ward (15-0, 10 KOs) is set to take off for the Cayman Islands tomorrow where, on next Friday night, he will compete for his first title as a professional against former “Contender” competitor Jerson Ravelo (18-2, 12 KOs). continue
Former WBO World Cruiserweight Champion Enzo Maccarinelli returns to action on Saturday 19th July when he headlines at the Aston Villa Events Centre as he aims to reclaim his title. This will be the Welshman's first fight since his loss to David Haye in March and he is out to prove that he is still a major force in the 200lb division. continue
14.06.08 - Up until the night of his 33rd professional fight last July, undefeated southpaw Paul Williams had to prove himself worthy of the declaration bestowed upon him as the Best Welterweight in the world and the most feared boxer on the planet. When he pounded out an impressive, unanimous decision win over, arguably, the then most avoided World Champion -- Antonio Margarito -- to capture the WBO World Welterweight Championship, the native of Aiken, SC, known as “The Punisher” solidified those claims.
However, in his first title defense back in February, the heavily favored Williams and his reputation took a major hit when he turned in a lackluster performance in losing his title – via unanimous decision – to the once beaten and underrated Carlos Quintana. continue
by James Slater: Exactly 23 years ago today, one of boxing's true blue collar warriors began a pro career that, while it never saw him win a recognised world title, was one of the most thrilling and admired in recent years. "Irish" Micky ward is the fighter, and today he is nothing short of a legend among fight fans. Known primarily for his three unforgettable wars with fellow combatant Arturo "Thunder" Gatti, Ward engaged in a good number of other, almost equally brutal encounters. continue
by James Slater: According to an article on ESPN, to whom Golden Boy promotions recently spoke, a number of intriguing fights are in the pipeline. Reportedly, Juan Diaz will clash with Michael Katsidis on September 6th, Joel Casamayor and Juan Manuel Marquez will meet the following week and then, on October the 11th, "Sugar" Shane Mosley will fight again - and the rumour is Mosley will fight new WBC light-middleweight champion Sergio Mora. continue
13.06.08 - by James Slater: It seems the fight all of boxing is talking about right now - In Joe Calzaghe-Kelly Pavlik - will not be happening. At least not any time soon. Speaking to The South Wales Argus, Calzaghe said a fight with Roy Jones Junior would be the much more likely bout for him in his next fight. continue
13-06-08 - Interview by Srithar Visuasam, photo by W.Edwards /ESB - Sam ‘King’ Soliman (35-11, 13KOs), who recently contested for the WBA super middleweight title against fellow Australian Anthony Mundine took out a few minutes of his time to speak to ESB. In the discussion, Sam touched on topics including what he has been up to since the fight, his take on the Mundine bout and his intentions within the ring going forward. Please see below for Sam’s candid thoughts:
Sam Soliman on what he is currently up to…
“Back into it (training) this week….as of the weekend, get some light training in and come Tuesday (17 June 08) is my first serious day back in training. The training is basically conditioning, keeping fit and my manager will hopefully have something by the end of next week.. continue
13.06.08 - Former IBA and WIBA Flyweight Champion Melinda Cooper (19-0) was nothing short of spectacular in her fourth round demolition of Donna Biggers (19-8-1) for what marked her first appearance on the East Coast Thursday night at the Mohegan Sun Resort and Casino in Uncasville, Connecticut. continue
HOLLYWOOD, FL, June 13 – The most highly-anticipated rematch in years is approaching, and Seminole Warriors Boxing Promotions has a full-slate of activities planned for fans and the media during fight week, leading up to the Saturday, June 21st showdown between ‘King’ Arthur Abraham and Edison ‘Pantera’ Miranda at the Hard Rock Live in Hollywood, Florida. continue
Audley Harrison returns to Britain on Saturday 19th July at the Aston Villa Events Centre in Birmingham as he focuses on his last chance at winning a world title. The 2000 Olympic Champion takes on Belfast puncher Martin Rogan - who shot to stardom following his win in the Prizefighter tournament - in a ten-round heavyweight contest. continue
13.06.08 - By Vivek Wallace: Earlier this week in my 'Left-Hook Lounge' Q&A Mailbag session the major topic on the minds of fans was Oscar De La Hoya. Despite all of the talk about him being a has-been, it seems that when its time to talk boxing, those that fight in the sport, those that view the sport, and perhaps even those totally away from the sport all seem to gravitate towards one name. Oscar De La Hoya. When it comes to Oscar, everyone has an opinion. Despite the great success of yesterday, lately it appears the tone on this one individual hasn't been so pleasant. Today we take a closer look at what exactly has caused the sudden divide. Like any other of my 'Call em Out Fridays' sessions, today we'll put another one of the sports key figures under the spotlight as we analyze the "Upside Fan Perspective", the "Downside Fan Perspective", take a glimpse into my own perspective, then open the doors to let you, the avid fight fan chime in with yours. Spotlight and drumroll please........ continue
By Per Ake Persson: German Jurgen Brahmer will face Frenchman Rachid Kanfouah on the undercard to Valuev vs Chagaev and Sturm vs Griffin July 5 in Halle / Westfalen. Brahmer is now campaigning at lightheavy and could be fighting the winner of Hugo Garay and Yuri Barashian July 3 in Buenos Aires. continue
Olympic Gold Medalist Andre Ward looks to take the next step toward a world title shot when he battles former Olympian Jerson Ravelo in a 12-round North American Boxing Organization (NABO) super middleweight championship on Friday, June 20, 2008, live on the SHOWTIME series ShoBox: The New Generation 11 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the west coast). continue
Los Angeles, CA (June 12, 2008) – In a classic crossroads battle of two former champions trying to sustain their careers for one last shot at another title, James “Lights Out” Toney and Hasim “The Rock” Rahman will hook up in their long-awaited rematch on Wednesday night, July 16. continue
12.06.08 - by James Slater: Yesterday's new WBC heavyweight ratings revealed that the former cruiserweight champion of the organisation who gave up his WBC 200 pound belt (along with his IBF and WBO versions) to campaign up in weight is now the #5 rated fighter in the top-ten. David "The Hayemaker" Haye, now even closer to making his dream of becoming a heavyweight champion reality, spoke on his future now that he is a world ranked heavyweight. Speaking with Setanta Sports today, Haye once again made it clear he sees himself as THE heavyweight of the future.
"The [heavyweight] division is starting to pick up," Haye told Setanta. "And then you've me thrown in the mix. I've just got my WBC number five ranking at the moment - that came [on Wednesday] - I know now I'm number five at heavyweight, so I'm going to keep pushing. continue
PHOENIX, AZ (June 12, 2008) Undefeated cruiserweight contender BJ Flores continues to expand his business interests beyond boxing and real estate in the Phoenix area, as he has taken on the role of advisor for explosive cruiserweight prospect Erick “Dynamite” Vega. continue
CHICAGO, IL (June 12, 2008) World Boxing Council Lightweight Champion David Diaz will hit the airwaves this weekend to discuss his upcoming showdown with THE MEXICUTIONER, Manny Pacquiao set for Saturday, June 28th at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. continue
Undefeated world middleweight contender "Ireland's" John Duddy is training in Miami with his new trainer, Pat Burns, for his return to Boston on Saturday night, June 28 against Charles Howe, headlining "Hassle In The Castle" at The Castle in downtown Boston. "I'm looking forward to fighting again in Boston," Duddy said from training camp. continue
12.06.08 - By Garfield Hodgson: Glamour is not a word usually associated with former world champion Carl 'The Cat' Thompson. Whilst his fellow mancunians worship Ricky Hatton in sell out venues at home and abroad, Thompson's fists drummed out a different beat in the boxing backwaters of tough northern towns across England. But you wouldn't hear Thompson complaining. He had always done it the hard way. With power in both hands coupled with a shaky defence and a tendency to always start fights slowly, this battle hardened warrior has been involved in some of the most savage action ever seen in a British ring.
In a wildly up and down 18 year career, Thompson epitomises the 'have gloves, will travel' attitude of a special breed of fighter. I defy anyone to name me a British fighter in the last two decades who has been in more wars and provided more thrills than 'The Cat'. Nigel Benn maybe? After that, forget it! Thompson made an art form out of looking on the brink of defeat in virtually every contest. continue
Salem NJ, 13th June 2008 - The city of Salem, New Jersey will be making history on June 21st 2008 when it hosts it's very first fight night, which will be headlined by home town favourite Mark 'Oaktree' Brown (12 (5 KO's) - 1 (1 KO) - 0) in a heavyweight bout against Ralph 'Wild Wild' West (17 (14 KO's) - 13 (10 KO's) - 1) from Jamboree, Kentucky. continue
By Damon Gonzalez - Rockford's top young boxer in years is ready to step it up another level later this month during a major fight card in Rockford. Bazooka Joe Linenfelser will fight in the main event in the 'Old School Toe-2-Toe event at the All-Starz Sports Complex. continue
Esham Pickering feels he has a point to prove when he defends his British Super-Bantamweight Title against Matthew Marsh at the York Hall in Bethnal Green on Friday 27th June 2008. Pickering (Newark) will make his second defence of the British crown on a Hennessy Sports in association with GoldenPalace.net after stopping Sean Hughes in the ninth round in January. continue
by James Slater: Originally, Oscar De La Hoya was going to have three fights is this, his final year in boxing. Oscar had the Steve Forbes "tune-up" bout as planned in May, he was then going to have a big fight rematch with Floyd Mayweather Junior in September, and then, in the last month of 2008, De La Hoya would box a "farewell" fight - before hanging up his gloves for good after having had one of the greatest boxing careers in recent years.
Now, however, Oscar's plans have changed - no doubt largely because of Floyd Mayweather's decision to retire. Instead of two more fights and then out, "The Golden Boy" will now box only one more time this year and then hang up the gloves. Speaking to Reuters recently, Oscar gave a few hints on just who his very last fight might be against.
"One more and that's it. This is my final year," De La Hoya said. "I'm doing one fight and then hanging up the gloves. Time is running out. If [Floyd] Mayweather [Junior] is playing these little games thinking he can catch me at an older age next year, it's not going to happen. It has to happen this year." continue
With their thrilling light heavyweight showdown looming tonight at Portsmouth, England's Mountbatten Centre, British champion Tony Oakey and his Commonwealth counterpart Dean Francis have both leaped the final hurdle in their preparations as Oakey tipped the scales at 173 pounds (12 stone 5) while Francis came in at the divisional limit of 175 pounds (12 stone 7) at yesterday's weigh-in. continue
Matt Remillard: “I respect Jose for coming here. He’s 99.9 percent sure he’s going to pressure me? If he believes that he’s going to leave here on a stretcher. He says he’s coming here to go toe to toe; he won’t have to look for me. You’re prepared? I’m more prepared. You’re ready? I’m more ready. You won’t have to look for me. I’m going to give Hartford its best fight ever. I hope you’re ready.. continue
Unbeaten Nadeem Siddique is ready to shake up the British lightweight division. The Bradford boxer meets Canadian Julius Odion in a clash of two unbeatens as chief support on the Hennessy Sports show in association with GoldenPalace.net at the SkyDome Coventry. Top of the bill is Wayne Elcock’s British Middleweight Title defence Darren McDermott which will be televised live by Sky Sports. continue
By George Ulrich: Edwin Valero defeated Takehiro Shimada by way of 7th round TKO. He caught Shimada with a flush right hook that sent the Japanese fighter to the canvas prompting referee Guillermo Pineda to stop the bout at 1:55 of the 7th round. Shimada is a crafty veteran that moves well, fires straight punches and has good ring generalship. It took every bit of his talent to get to the 7th with Valero.
This fight begs the question, “when will someone take notice of this spectacular talent?”
When Marco Antonio Barrera was asked who he thought could beat Manny Pacquiao, he simply replied “Valero." Edwin Valero admittedly needs a few more fights, hopefully including a recognizable name, before he faces the likes of Pac-Man. Right now a fight is being made for Valero in Texas as he was recently medically cleared to fight there. Edwin has been forced to fight outside the US after New York banned him from fighting anywhere in the States after it was discovered he suffered a head injury from an accident. continue
12.06.08 - Heading into the final day before their highly anticipated showdown, "WBC Female Fighter of the Year" Carina "La Reina" Moreno (17-1, 5 KO) and Eileen Olszewski (5-0-1) make weight. Both fighters tipped the scales at 107 ¾ pounds and looked to be in great shape. continue
Hard Rock Cafe, New York City - 12th June 2008. Philadelphia's middleweight battler Jamaal 'Da Truth' Davis was just 81 seconds from certain victory when the referee stepped in to stop the fight with New Jersey's Richard Pierson after a cut received during an accidental clash of heads two rounds earlier re-opened. continue
It is something truly special when you can meet three future boxing Hall-of-Famers and see the future of boxing all in one night under the same roof. On Friday, June 13th the hottest ticket in town will be at Pierce College in Woodland Hills, Ca. when Celt Boxing Club in association with A Frostchild Production plays host to “Celt Fight Night.. continue
OSCAR DE LA HOYA has launched a new book and, in celebration of it, is in doing a book-signing tour around the U.S.
From one of the most celebrated fighters in the history of boxing comes American Son: My Story, a touching memoir about achieving the American Dream, by Oscar De La Hoya with Steve Springer. De La Hoya offers insight into his personal and professional life — his rise to the top, the pitfalls of stardom in a celebrity obsessed culture, the tragic and painful passing of his mother from cancer, as well as a very personal take on how important being an American is to him.
The son of Mexican-born parents, De La Hoya (The Golden Boy) is one of the most beloved athletes in America, and one of the greatest boxers of all time, defeating over a dozen world champions, winning ten world titles and an Olympic gold medal. continue
by James Slater: 33-year-old Taurus "The Bull" Sykes has been confirmed as the July opponent for unbeaten heavyweight contender Alexander Povetkin of Russia. The fight will take place in Chekhov, Russia on July the 19th and the bout will be the undefeated 28-year-old's final ring action before his scheduled world title shot against IBF and WBO king Wladimir Klitschko. continue
12.06.08 - He’s here! Yesterday ARENA-CEO Ahmet Öner welcomed Erislandy Lara in Hamburg. The 2005 world amateur champion from Cuba joined his fellow countrymen Odlanier Solis, Yuriorkis Gamboa and Yan Barthelemy in signing with ARENA Box-Promotion. continue
Andy Lee has been handed an acid test as he looks to bounce back from the first defeat of his career when he headlines the next Ladbrokes.com Fight Night in his native Limerick on July 19th. Lee will face Philadelphia puncher Willie “The Gladiator” Gibbs and the American is predicting a nightmare return to the University Sports Arena in Limerick for the hometown hero next month. continue
Photo by Wray Edwards / ESB - History is in the making as the boxing scene is buzzing about the recent retirement of Floyd Mayweather and its effect on Oscar De La Hoya. As De La Hoya eagerly searches for a worthy opponent, he will find one in former Middleweight champion, Ronald “Winky” Wright, of whom he’s been avoiding for years. Upon hearing the news, Wright exclaims, “It’s destiny… Floyd retired, nobody cares to fight Oscar, but here I am. He can’t run from me any more.”
De La Hoya has yet to concede to Wright’s call; however, Wright plans to aggressively pursue De La Hoya. “I’m not giving up…” Wright says, “If he thinks I’m going to fall back and let it go – he’s wrong. He must have forgotten who I am. I’m the guy who’s fought around the world to prove I’m the best pound for pound fighter. And after I pound Oscar, the world will see what I’ve been telling them my whole career: that I am the greatest.”
While Wright’s comments may raise eyebrows due to his hiatus from the ring due to his recovery period and alleged outstanding financial requests, he assures that this fight can be a reality. continue
12.06.08 - By Tony Nobbs: It wasn't his greatest win but it was the most courages. In what may be a career defining moment Shannan Taylor dug deep in to the well to stop Indonesian Andreas “Mayorga” Searan at the Gold Coast Convention Center in Queensland on Friday night. In front of a strong live crowd and a national audience on a Foxsport Jamie Myer fight night, Taylor looked on the verge of defeat before producing one last barrage to take the vacant PABA middleweight title in the eighth round. continue
12.06.08 - by James Slater: Now that he's apparently retired for real and we've seen the last of his fine talents in the boxing ring, let's take the time to reflect a little on the superb career of Floyd Mayweather Junior. His greatness is beyond doubt - just how great is another matter, but Floyd was great nonetheless. continue
NEW YORK (June 12, 2008) – Two of America’s best young heavyweights will highlight the co-feature of HBO Boxing After Dark “Black and Blues” presented by DiBella Entertainment in association with Prize Fight Boxing, Don King Productions, and Goosen Tutor Promotions LIVE Saturday June 21 from FedExForum in downtown Memphis, Tennessee.. continue
12.06.08 - By Ted Sares, photo by Wray Edwards / ESB - Sechew “The Iron Horse” Powell, 23-1 coming in, was a prohibitive favorite to beat unknown and unheralded Deandre “The Bull” Latimore in a fight held at the Hard Rock Times Square in New York City on June 11 Not only had The Bull, 18-1, fought all of his fights in Missouri, but his level of opposition was dreadful and he was iced by Ian Gardner the only time he really stepped up. That was on January 25, 2007. Since then, however, he put together a 7-fight win streak featuring 5 stoppages.
Powell, of course, is a highly regarded boxer out of Brooklyn who turned pro in 2002 and was undefeated in his first 20 fights before losing to Kassim Ouma in 2006. In 2007, he won a close decision over Ishe Smith and had a KO win over Terrance Cauthen to become the IBF #1 ranked contender. He also holds wins over “Contenders” Cornelius Bundage and Grady Brewer. Clearly, his level of opposition has been light years better than that of the Bull. continue
Harry Summers: He has 10 fights, 10 Wins and is taking on former World Champion Gairy “Superman” St. Clair and can’t wait to test himself. Kickett says “I can’t wait to fight Gairy, I’m in great condition and I love a challenge. I want to fight better fighters every fight, I’m not scared to take on a challenge, and I like to test myself.. continue
New York hip hop artist and former pro boxer Mitchell Rose announced that he has filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against Shaun “Jay-Z” Carter. Rose’s claim states that on March 12th, 2001 following the William Joppy-Felix Trinidad fight; he handed Jay-Z his demo, which featured tracks in which he used a whispering tone. Rose’s claim continues that shortly after he handed over the tape, Jay-Z stole the style from him and started to use it in his own songs. continue
11.06.08 - by James Slater: Unbeaten light-heavyweight puncher Tavoris Cloud takes the potentially toughest fight of his career this August. Taking on the teak-tough Mexican Julio Cesar Gonzalez on the 8th in Chicago in a fight that will be televised on ESPN, the 18-0(17) Cloud will be moving into the big time should he win. continue
LAS VEGAS, NEV (June 11, 2008) -- photo by Naoki Fukuda -- Great eras in sports are defined by the athletes that compete in them. On the eve of the U.S. Open golf championship, we are reminded of golf's "Big Three" -- Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player -- who ushered in the sport's television era contributing to its popularity explosion. Boxing's "Big Three" -- MIGUEL COTTO, MANNY PACQUIAO and KELLY PAVLIK – is attracting the same excitement and international attention from media and fans alike. Together, Cotto, Pacquiao and Pavlik own “Majors” -- world titles -- in seven different weight divisions, with a combined record of 112-3-2 (90 KOs) – a winning percentage of 95.7% and a victory by knockout ratio of 80%!
“Their “go-for-broke” style of fighting, reminiscent of Palmer’s style of play during his heyday, has sold out major arenas and attracted millions of pay-per-view buys.” said promoter Bob Arum. “They are the new generation of boxing and best of all they are all under 30 with their peak years ahead of them!."
Pacquiao (46-3-2, 34 KOs), from General Santos City, The Philippines, may be the smallest of the trio physically, but fiscally, he takes a back seat to no one. His memorable trilogy against Mexican icon Erik Morales attracted over one million pay-per-view buys alone – a record for the lower weight divisions. continue
The British Boxing Board of Control have upheld their decision to strip Kevin McIntyre of his British welterweight title. The Stewards of the Board held their monthly meeting on Wednesday and reaffirmed that Kell Brook and Barrie Jones will contest the vacant title at the York Hall in London this Saturday. continue
There is a new player ready to take over the 154 lb. division and his name is Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez (43-1-1, 23 KO’s). The DBE Super Welterweight looked outstanding Saturday night knocking out a highly motivated, well prepared Archack TerMeliksetian (16-7, 13 KO’s), in the 7th round of a scheduled 10 round contest. Sergio displayed fast combinations, slick footwork, great defense, an abundance of power and a clear will to win. continue
CHICAGO, IL, (June 11, 2008) - Photo: Tom Cruze/Chicago Sun-Times - World Boxing Council Lightweight Champion David Diaz throws out the first pitch for the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday night, June 10th prior to the start of their game against the Atlanta Braves in front of a packed house of 41,624 at Wrigley Field. Said Diaz, "It went great, nice little slider that caught the outside of the plate. If they need a couple of innings after June 28th, I told them to call me." The Cubs, sporting the best record in baseball, trounced the Braves 10-5 to start the three game series. continue
In this weeks 'Left-Hook Lounge' segment it would probably be more appropriate if we named it the "Oscar Hour". Why?, well, because of all the questions received from various fight fans, it was Oscar De La Hoya's name that consistently came up. At any rate, aside from the Oscar chronicles, we'll also take a glimpse into a few questions that ponder the future of Paul Williams, Manny Pacquaio, Ricky Hatton, and perceived pretender turned true contender, Sergio Mora as well. Kicking off this weeks Q&A session, we head to the Sunshine State....
Freddie O. (Boca Raton, Fl): Now that Hatton has decided not to face Oscar, how likely is it that we will see him face Pacquiao?, and how do you see this fight panning out?continue
CHICAGO, IL, (June 11, 2008) World ranked bantamweight contender Alex Valdez returns to Chicago next Friday night, June 20th to face Ghana-based veteran spoiler Anyetei Laryea in the ten round main event at FEARLESS, an outstanding evening of World Class Professional Boxing presented by Dominic Pesoli’s 8 Count Productions, HOME OF THE BEST IN CHICAGO BOXING. continue
11.06.08 - by James Slater: Unbeaten WBA light-middleweight champion Joachim Alcine of Quebec, Canada makes the second defence of his title on July 11th. The 32-year-old, who made history by becoming the first fighter from the country of Haiti to win a world title in the sport of boxing, will take on Puerto Rican southpaw Daniel Santos. continue
11.06.08 - By Yero Moody: In part 1 of this article I believe I gave a clear overview of the possible reasons why Floyd Mayweather, Jr chose to retire. However, in hindsight I offer to you a third and very real possibility. Before I do that I want to absolutely clarify some points that a lot of Mayweather's detractors have brought up as a reason for his sudden retirement. continue
New York, NY – June 10, 2008 – 2K Sports, the sports publishing label of Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. (NASDAQ: TTWO), announced today that the highly anticipated title, Don King Presents: Prize Fighter!, is now available on North American retail store shelves for Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft. Developed by 2K’s Venom Games studio, Don King Presents: Prizefighter is the first and only current generation title to combine all the action of professional boxing with compelling live-action cut scenes featuring legendary fighters.
“I am thrilled to be an integral part of this monumental entertainment experience,” said legendary boxing promoter Don King. “I have applied all my decades of boxing insight to inspire and elevate Don King Presents: Prize Fighter beyond anything fans of the sport have ever experienced before.. continue
With Showtime and veteran boxing analyst Al Bernstein presiding, assembled media were given asmall glimpse of the action when "Finally", the all women's championship boxing pay per view takes the stage Friday, June 13 at the Isleta Resort Casino in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Teh assembled fighters, some of the best and the brightest in female boxing today, were all in agreement that this event is a great step forward for their sport and that "the best fight the best.. continue
By Jim Amato: The Philippines have been getting a lot of boxing press lately through the success of favorite son Manny Pacquiao and deservedly so. The Philippines have produced many great fighters like Flash Elorde and Ceferino Garcia. One such fine fighter and former two time world champion from the Philippines has been largely forgotten through the passages of time. His name was Erbito Salavarria. continue
On July 4th the vacant European heavyweight championship will be on the line in Istanbul, Turkey. Originally Matt Skelton was meant to fight local hero Sinan Samil Sam but the former British and Commonwealth champion had to pull out of the fight due to a virus infection. The next one in line would have been Universum’s Alexander “Sascha” Dimitrenko but Universum declared him “unavailable” for no obvious reason. So now veteran Paolo Vidoz gets the shot at the belt. continue
by James Slater, photo by Peter Mark Heintzelman - Now that he is seemingly back to his best form after annihilating in one swift round the only man to have beaten him in Carlos Quintana, the sky is the limit for Paul Williams. Maybe "The Punisher" will indeed go on to become the star many people felt he would after he beat Antonio Margarito. There are certainly no shortage of big and attractive fights out there for the now two-time WBO welterweight champion.
In an ideal world, who should the long-limbed southpaw face next? Well, it might not happen next, but should Williams face the winner of the upcoming Miguel Cotto-Antonio Margarito clash the fans would get the chance to see firsthand who the world's best welterweight is. However, Cotto and Margarito are not fighting until July and after what will presumably be a quite brutal and punishing bout the eventual winner (and loser, come to that) will need a few months to pass before being ready to fight again. continue
The Junior Olympic National Championships will return to Marquette, Mich., in 2008, marking the 37th edition of the event. Over 200 of the nation’s elite junior Olympic boxers will face off for a national championship, June 17-20, at the Superior Dome on the Northern Michigan University campus. The United States’ top 15 and 16-year-old boxers will convene in Marquette for the event, which consistently showcases the future stars of boxing. continue
By Joseph Boyle: The Anglo-Zanzibar War which broke out in 1896 has the dubious distinction of being the shortest war of all time, at just 38 minutes. Needless to say, it is of course rarely remembered by anyone. Fast forward 100 years to the Point Theatre in Dublin where another war raged for roughly the same amount of time as its predecessor. However, neither man wilted or retreated in the same fashion as the forces of Zanzibar had a century before. The challenger was Mexican Jose Luis Bueno, and he challenged home favourite Wayne McCullough for the WBC World Bantamweight title. continue
10.06.08 - by James Slater: Fresh off his stunning one round annihilation of Mexico's Daniel Ponce de Leon, new WBO super-bantamweight champion and possible superstar in the making Juan Manuel Lopez is scheduled to make the first defence of his world title on August 30th. continue
By Peter Mark Heintzelman, Photos by Peter Mark Heintzelman: Hartford, Connecticut hosts the defense of the WBC Youth Featherweight Championship belt on Friday night, June 13, 2008, when the undefeated champion, Matt “Sharp Shooter” Remillard, 13-0, 7 KO’s, looks south of the border, into the eyes of Mexican challenger, Jose Magallon, 8-4, 3 KO’s! Remillard, of Manchester, Connecticut, acquired the WBC strap in September of 2006, at the same venue, when he handed the previously undefeated Jose Hernandez, (9-1-0, 3 KO’s), of Fort Worth, Texas, his first and only defeat, by a unanimous ten round decision.
Remillard’s first defense of his green and gold was against Manuel Perez (11-4-0, 2 KO‘s), in January of this year, at the Foxwoods Resort Casino, where Remillard retained his title after a tough ten round unanimous decision. Perez had been on a five match winning streak, before luck ran out at the casino. continue
British light middleweight champion Tony Oakey has long been his hometown's leading sports hero, but he now shares the limelight with the football team that brought the FA Cup back to Portsmouth, England. continue
by James Slater - James "Buddy" McGirt Junior certainly hasn't wasted any time in getting back in the ring after his first career defeat. Moving down to middleweight, the 25-year-old southpaw makes his start back on July 25th in New York. Taking on tough veteran Raymond Joval of The Netherlands, McGirt Junior will be back in action a little over three months on from his heavy stoppage defeat at the hands of another "boxing junior," in Carlos De Leon's son. continue
LAS VEGAS--Boxing returns to the Las Vegas Hilton with co-main events, one matching former World Boxing Council featherweight champion Kevin Kelley of Las Vegas against Abdul Malik Jabir of Washington D.C./Ghana for the Boxing Illustrated lightweight championship, the other featuring undefeated super middleweight Aaron Pryor Jr., of Cincinnati, on the inaugural, nationally televised “Tuesday Night Boxing Live from the Las Vegas Hilton” card July 8. continue
by James Slater: He hasn't even made his lightweight debut yet, but Filipino superstar Manny Pacquiao is already making plans for what to do after he's done so. Challenging WBC lightweight champion David Diaz on June 28th, Pac-Man will, if he's successful, collect his fourth world title in different weight classes - but even that will not be enough for the pound-for-pound standout.
According to an article on Sky Sports recently, Pacquiao told Ring magazine that after he's fought Diaz he wants to move up to 140 pounds and take on British superstar Ricky "The Hitman" Hatton.
"After Diaz I want to fight Ricky Hatton. That will be a good fight, Pacquiao said. "I'm 150 pounds right now. My sparring partners are always 140 to 150 pounds. It's not a problem for me. And I'm not getting any younger - so why not? continue
Arthur Abraham (26-0, 21 KOs) is on his way to the US. The undefeated IBF middleweight champion has boarded a plane at Berlin Tegel at 9.50 am this morning. After a quick stop in Munich, he is expected to arrive in Miami at 4.35 pm local time. “I am really looking forward to the rematch with Miranda,” he said before his departure. “I could not show my true potential in the first fight because of the broken jaw. I will make up for that this time out. Miranda better prepares himself for a tough battle.. continue
Light-middleweight prospect Anthony Small is determined to spank another yank - and has set his sights on new WBC World light-middleweight champion Sergio Mora. Small beat Contender star Walter Wright last year in a UK v USA event in Newcastle. And now he is keen on turning his firepower on the winner of the first Contender series - Mora. continue
10.06.08 - by James Slater: Hot 154 pound prospect Julio Cesar Chavez Junior steps back in the ring this coming July 12th. Boxing once again in his home country of Mexico, the unbeaten 22-year-old will be having what is already his third fight this year. After getting past southpaw Jose Celaya in February and then the previously unbeaten Tobia Giuseppe Loriga in April - winning both bouts by stoppage after having had a few rocky spells beforehand - Chavez Jnr now faces Minnesota's 29-year-old Matt Vanda. continue
09.06.08 - By Vivek Wallace, photo by Peter Mark Heintzelman - Last Saturday night showed many in and outside the boxing world exactly why so many love this sport so much. In the N.F.L. they say "Any Given Sunday". In Boxing, there's no special saying of any true relativity, but a couple fights on the tab gave us a perfect example of the fact that on any given night, the odds, predictions, and experts can all be shown exactly how much they really know. One day it's a name that's rarely heard, then a few rounds later it's a daily word!
Who would've ever thought that Juan Manuel Lopez would've knocked out Ponce De Leon? All the questions about his ability to conquer seasoned elite fighters as well as take their punches were answered quicker than they could be asked. Chalk it up as another home run for the island of Puerto Rico who lately has seen it's stock rise in the world of boxing. Kinda funny how an island so small continues to spit out this caliber of fighters. continue
09.06.08 - By James Barlow: In an interesting turn around of events Ricky Hatton has suddenly become the most sort after opponent in boxing. The retirement of Floyd Mayweather Junior has left the biggest box office attraction in boxing, Oscar De La Hoya with out an opponent for this up coming bout in September. And Ray Hatton, Ricky’s father has public admitted that De la Hoya’s first choice replacement for ‘Money’ Mayweather would have been the ‘hit man’. "An approach has been made but it would be too soon, Richard only fought two weeks ago," said Hatton’s father in an interview with the BBC. continue
John Martinez, Ironboxing.com: (09Jun08) Since the announcement of Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s retirement this past Friday, there have been several columns and postings from fans, writers, and promoters expressing their personal slant on why Floyd has called it quits and what this does and means for boxing. I, for one believe that the departure of Mayweather Jr. will and can only help boxing. The step aside by Floyd allows the fans and the sport to finally clarify the true champion of the welterweight division. continue
By Jim Amato: I recently learned that one of Japan's first great boxers, Mitsunori Seki passed away. He was the victim of a brain hemorrhage at the age of 66. Seki was good enough to challenge for a world title no less then five times during the 1960's. continue
Great champions last a long time, defend frequently and duck no one --Anonymous
He who is not curageous enoughto take risks will accomplish nothing in life. --Mohammad Ali
By Ted Sares: Back in the day, the best always fought the best, or so it seemd. I can recall Ezzard Charles, Joe Louis and Jersey Joe Walcott doing their round robin. Even Marciano got into that mix. Kid Gavilan never backed down from an opponent, nor did tough hombres like Chico Vejar, Joey Giardello, Emile Griffith, Dick Tiger, and, of course, the great Sugar Ray Robinson (who had 24 fights with Hall of Famers alone). George Chuvalo fought anyone who was anyone and Archie Moore had 229 total fights which says it all. The heavyweights in the 70’s never avoided one another. In still another era, Alan Minter, Tommy Hearns, Marvin Hagler, Roberto Duran, Wilfred Benitez and Sugar Ray Leonard did it. I could go on and on, but hopefully I have made my point--which brings me to 2008. continue
Philadelphia, PA—Two of the best featherweight prospects on the East Coast, Teon Kennedy, of Philadelphia, PA, and Thomas “K.O.” Snow, of Capitol Heights, MD, collide in the eight-round main event Friday evening, July 18, at the New Alhambra, Swanson & Ritner Streets, next to Forman Mills, in South Philadelphia. First of seven fights at 7.30 p.m. continue
OAKLAND – The African American Ethnic Sports Hall of Fame, which is dedicated to honoring black and other ethnic sports legends, will induct Alex (The Bronx Bomber) Ramos along with nine others at The Adam Clayton Powell State Building on Saturday, August 16, 2008. continue
For those of you who saw Sergio Mora score a majority decision over Vernon Forrest on Saturday winning the WBC Welterweight World Championship, you can now add Mora to the list of 32 current or former world champions who have fought at the Battle In The Ballroom. Mora, who is still undefeated, won a decision at the Marriott in June of 2002. continue
08.06.08 - By “Old Yank” Schneider, photo by Naoki Fukuda - For every fan but the most ardent distracters, Joe Calzaghe has built an impressive set of accomplishments. He ranks in the very rare air of fighters who have successfully defended a title for 10 or more years. He remains undefeated. He has stepped in the ring with a host of current and former champions and dispatched with every one of them. Rare are controversial decisions in a Calzaghe bout – the majority are as starkly clear cut as the unprotected Brazilian rainforest. Calzaghe is a winner and he leaves no doubt about it. His record stands at 45 wins (32 by way of KO), with no losses and no draws and no no-contests. He is likely the best super middleweight of all-time. When we add it all up, it is a list of accomplishments that forms a legacy – a legacy worth protecting. continue
NEW YORK (June 9, 2008) -- DiBella Entertainment in association with Prize Fight Promotions will present a night of boxing action LIVE at FedExForum in downtown Memphis, Tennessee on Saturday June 21. “Memphis is a great place to do an event, and I do need my fix of barbecue and blues,” says DiBella Entertainment head Lou DiBella. continue
LOS ANGELES, CA --The following is the 2nd entry written by Tony Thompson with regard to his daily life as he prepares and trains for his upcoming July 12 battle for the WBO/IBF mandatory unification title challenge against the champion Wladimir Klitschko. Presented by Goossen Tutor Promotions, The HBO telecast on July 12 is live at 4:30 p.m. ET/ 1:30 p.m. PT with replay that night at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT. continue
"Finally" is all set to go Friday June 13 at the Isleta Casino in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The IFBA light middleweight title bout between Holly Holm and Mary Jo Sanders has been much discussed and everyone has opinions and comments to spare. Experts, fighters, and writers and boxing industry professionals offered their predictions and comments on the main event for all to read and further discuss. continue
by James Slater, photo by Peter Mark Heintzelman - If yesterday afternoon, you'd asked the average fight fan who the best 147 pound fighter in the world was, chances are the name Miguel Cotto would have been widely heard. For with Floyd Mayweather retired (for now at least) Cotto seemed the obvious choice for the fighter to take over at the top of all things welterweight.
But then, once again redefining himself as a truly frightening force at welterweight with his one round destruction of Carlos Quintana last night, Paul Williams must now be looked at as the serious contender for today's very best welterweight - as many believed he was a few months back. Making it seem more than clear that his previous points loss to Quintana was nothing but a blip on the way towards greatness, "The Punisher" is now back in the position he was in after he'd beaten the Mexican tough guy that is Antonio Margarito. Quite simply, "The Punisher" is back continue
09.06.08 - by James Slater: It is fitting that Larry Holmes was inducted into The Boxing Hall of Fame at the weekend. For exactly thirty years ago today, June the 9th, Holmes gave a performance that just might have been the very best of his entire career. And as Larry basks in the glory of being acknowledged as a true great today, his greatest fight is remembered here. continue
09.06.08 - Regrettably, Braveheart Promotions have had to cancel the Championship Boxing show scheduled for Saturday 14th June at the SECC. Glasgow’s Willie Limond was set to make the first defence of his IBO Intercontinental lightweight title against Graham Earl, but the Lutonian has damaged the fifth metacarpal on his left hand, leaving him with no option but to withdraw. continue
By Mike Cassell, photo by Naoki Fukuda - As the Floyd Mayweather Jr. era comes to a close, it seems fitting that a fighter like Kelly Pavlik 34-0 (30 KO) has emerged. Although he has fought very far above his competition and has done so in an absolutely spectacular fashion, someone often needs to remind this humble young man that he is the recognized undisputed middleweight champion of the world, the 300lb. gorilla of American middleweight boxing. continue
By Paul Strauss, photo by Peter Mark Heintzelman - The Latin Snake didn't slither or crawl. He was more like the Mongoose, darting and dancing, taking a bite out here and there, and getting warned about targeting the back of the head. His speed and quickness frustrated Vernon Forrest, who admittedly was flat. In fact, Vernon seemed to come into the ring that way. His body language and facial expression suggested he just wasn't "there" mentally.
Buddy McGirt pleaded with him to let his hands go, to quit trying to load up and just let his punches flow. However, Mora's style kept him out of sync and too often stationary. Several times during the fight, the crowd booed, not so much at one fighter or the other, but at both, because of the lack of action. Mora would dance and dart, tantalizing Vernon, daring him to attack, but too much of the time Vernon was unable to do so. continue
The first-ever USA Boxing Olympic Invitational, will be featured in a nationwide broadcast on NBC leading into the U.S. Open Golf Championship at 3 p.m. EST on Sunday, June 14. The event showcased four of the United States boxers who will compete in this summer’s Beijing Olympic Games in head-to-head match-ups with fellow Olympians. continue
By Frank Gonzalez Jr. - June 8, 2008 -As we’ve heard by now, Floyd Mayweather Jr. is retiring from boxing again. Most of us are sure he’ll be back. The question is when? The answer is simple; when it’s safe to come back. This is not about love or hate. This is about logically assessing the value of a fighter who was crowned the best in the business. continue
08.06.08 - by James Slater, photo by Naoki Fukuda - Now that the fight many experts correctly said was a mismatch all along is over with, in Kelly Pavlik-Gary Lockett, are we fight fans going to see a genuine super fight involving "The Ghost" and a Welsh fighter? You know who I'm talking about, Joe Calzaghe. And while Calzaghe's team mate Lockett had absolutely no chance in Atlantic City last night, "The Pride of Wales" himself would surely have more than a good chance of becoming the first man to beat the big-punching and extremely popular Pavlik.
But will the fight happen? And if so when? Well, the two men who can make the fight happen, promoters Bob Arum and Frank Warren, spoke immediately after last night's easy three round win for middleweight world champion Pavlik and discussed the possibility of the match-up. continue
Photo by Peter Mark Heintzelman - Sergio Mora, in his first world championship fight, wrested the WBC Super Welterweight belt from veteran champion Vernon Forrest with a hard-fought majority decision at Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Conn. Ringside judges scored the bout 116-112, 115-113 and 114 a piece. In the co-feature Saturday on SHOWTIME, Paul Williams recaptured the WBO Welterweight title that he lost to Carlos Quintana in February with a spectacular first-round TKO. continue
08.06.08 - By James Barlow: What is it with the lack of coverage of boxing in the U.K? Last month on the 30th of May British Heavy weight champion Danny Williams traveled to Germany to take on the supposed up and coming German heavy weight prospect Konstantin Airich. On the under card former British two time Heavyweight champion and now current W.B.C international cruiser weight champion Herbie Hide defended his title against Ehinomen Ehikhamenor. Both fighters were victorious. continue
An IFBA World welterweight title fight between Jill Emery and Angel Martinez has been added to Thursday night’s (June 12) Fox Sports Net’s Best Damn Championship Fight Night Period card at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut. IFBA World junior featherweight champion Lisa “Bad News” Brown (14-3-3, 4 KOs) and challenger Alicia “Slick” Ashley (14-7-1, 1 KO) headline Best Damn Championship Fight Night Period, presented by Cappiello Boxing in association with Hollybrook Regency, Inc., in the 10-round main event. continue
By Frank Gonzalez Jr. June 7th 2008 - Photo by Sumio Yamada - Saturday night in Atlantic City, Kelly “The Ghost” Pavlik improved his record to 34-0, with 30 KO’s after making easy work of Gary Lockett (30-2, 21 KO’s). Lockett landed a few good shots and put on his best menacing face but he took a knee twice in the second round after being tagged a few good times by Pavlik, then again in the third, after a series of unanswered punches in the third found Lockett on his knee yet again, his corner (Enzo Calzaghe) threw in the towel. Lockett couldn’t handle the power and quality of Pavlik.
With all the politics that stir the pot in boxing, it’s interesting to note that the trainer of Gary Locket is Joe Calzaghe’s father/trainer and outside of being in Lockett’s corner, Enzo got a good, up close assessment of what Pavlik brings, which should be valuable information, should Pavlik fight his son anytime in the near future. continue
New York, New York – The Cayman Islands will host a world-class boxing event for the first time when “Cayman Knockout: Championship Boxing” comes to George Town, Grand Cayman on June 20th, 2008. Boxing fans will be able to experience the stunning scenery of the Cayman Islands while enjoying championship-level boxing as three former Olympians lace up their gloves. continue
08.06.08 - by James Slater: Wow, wow and wow again! What else can you say about what happened in last night's chief supporting bout at The Boardwalk in Atlantic City? We all knew that unbeaten 24-year-old Puerto Rican Juan Manuel Lopez was a good fighter, but he was going in against the fearsome and lethal punching WBO super-bantamweight king Daniel Ponce de Leon of Mexico. Many people felt it would be the champion, who had knocked out a previous 30 opponents and had only lost once before - by decision - to be the man scoring the fast KO. continue
by James Slater: Last night, at The Boardwalk in Atlantic City, unbeaten 23-year-old British super-featherweight prospect Kevin Mitchell successfully made his U.S debut as he stopped tough 33-year-old Colombian southpaw Walter Estrada right at the end of the 5th round. A right hand body shot that almost looked as though it landed on the lower chest of the older man did the damage, and although Estrada beat the count at about nine the referee stopped the fight. Mitchell improved to 27-0(20). Estrada fell to 34-6(23). continue
By Mike Cassell, photo by Peter Mark Heintzelman - The Philadelphia boxing report - Sergio Mora shocked Vernon Forrest Saturday night, capturing Forrest's World Boxing Council super welterweight title with a majority decision. Two of the judges scored the bout in his favor, 115-113 and 116-112, while a third scored it even, 114-114.
Mora came on in the later rounds to dominate Forrest. For Forrest, who defeated Shane Mosely twice and barley escaped Ike Quartey; it may be time for the injury laden fighter to hang them up. Mora gave himself a C+, but he gets an A in the court of public opinion, and may actually be a lot better than most have thought. Mora improved to 21-0-1, while Forrest drops to 40-3, with 29 distance wins. continue
CHICAGO, IL (JUNE 7, 2008) The highly anticipated showdown between unbeaten light heavyweight Tavoris Cloud and former world champion Julio Gonzalez will take place on Friday, August 8th at Chicago’s Aragon Ballroom and will be broadcast on ESPN2, announced Dominic Pesoli, President of 8 Count Productions, HOME OF THE BEST IN CHICAGO BOXING, who will promote the event along with Chicago- based A TEAM Management. continue
Heavyweight sensation Odlanier Solis remained unbeaten with a unanimous decision win over 20-year-old Dutch prospect Harry Duiven, jr. in Hattersheim on Saturday night. “La Sombra” controlled the fight from the first bell on and outboxed his opponent over eight rounds taking his own record to 10-0-0 (6 kos) while Duiven jr. dropped to 12-3-1 (10 kos). continue
by James Slater: Two heavyweights who have compiled good records against less than stellar opposition fight on a decent card at The Thomas and Mack Centre, Las Vegas on June 20th. Unbeaten 29-year-old Alonzo "Big Zo" Butler takes on 36-year-old Friday "The 13th" Ahunanya over ten scheduled rounds and once-beaten 34-year-old Horace Ray Grant, knows as "The ReeaZon" takes on 25-year-old Kevin "Big Man" Burnett over a scheduled eight rounds of boxing. The card will go out on ESPN 2. continue
By Ted Sares: Kelly Pavlik (photo by Sumio Yamada) successfully defended his WBC and WBO middleweight title belts tonight with a beat down of game Welshman Gary “ The Rocket Man” Lockett in Atlantic City. Pavlik moves to 34-0 while The Rocket crashes to 30-2.
Despite Enzo Calzaghe’s exhortations between rounds, there was nothing anyone could do to stop the taller and sharper “Ghost” from coming forward, savaging his outclassed opponent, decking him thrice and rendering his face a bloody mess. Indeed, if there was an angle to discuss about tonight’s fight, it was that everything seemed to come together for Pavlik and such a confluence of skills would have spelled doom for anyone at his weight on the Planet Earth this particularly steamy evening in Atlantic City, NJ. continue
By: Jason Sardelis: “Catch a Flying Fist” promoted by Jeff Wurst, Sweet Science Events featured veteran Zuri Lawrence 23-14-4 0Ko’s versus Darrell “King David” Madison 9-0-1, 3Ko’s for the vacant New York State Heavyweight Title vacated by Patchogue Medford’s Derrick the “Shaolin Fist” Rossy 18-2, 10 Ko’s. continue
07.06.08 - by James Slater: Floyd Mayweather Junior, in his official press release to the media in which he announced his retirement, spoke of having a heavy heart as he made his news public. Oscar De La Hoya, who was supposed to fight Mayweather in a rematch in September, must also have a pretty heavy heart right now. continue
Philadelphia's promising middleweight prospect Jamaal 'Da Truth' Davis (7(6KO)-3-0) returns to the ring against Richard Pierson (7(4KO)-1-0) from Paterson, New Jersey on Wednesday 11th at the Gotham Boxing Promotions - Seminole Warriors Boxing - Bad Dog Productions co-promoted event at The Hard Rock Cafe in Times Square, New York City. continue
By Andrew Walker, photo by Naoki Fukuda - WBO-WBC middleweight world champion Kelly Pavlik 34-0-(30) outclassed reigning WBU middleweight champion Gary Lockett 31-2-(21) inside three rounds tonight at the Boardwalk Convention Hall, Atlantic City, USA. Pavlik showed his intentions from the opening bell throwing more punches then the shorter challenger Lockett and looking totally relaxed whilst doing so. To his credit Lockett did not look overawed by the occasion and came to fight and make the most of his opportunity but it quickly became obvious that he was way out of his depth against the champion.
Round two would show the challenger’s limitations at this level more acutely with Lockett taking a knee and a count twice as he succumbed to the greater volume and power of Pavlik but still the gutsy Welshman remained calm and took the full count both times to try and gain some composure before continuing. Lockett survived the second round and on returning to his corner trainer Enzo Calzaghe implored his charge to throw more punches but the usual “bollocking” that Enzo dishes out to his fighters was not forthcoming and you could already see the concern on his face for Lockett. continue
Unbeaten prospect Kell Brook will face Barrie Jones for the Vacant British Welterweight title at the York Hall on Saturday 14 June. Brook, the mandatory challenger, was due to meet Kevin McIntyre but after the Scotsman withdrew from the fight for the second time citing an injury, the British Boxing Board of Control have declared the title vacant. continue
06.06.08 - By Yero moody: As many of you know, who have read my previous articles, that I have always been and will continue to be an avid supporter of great boxers. In my humble opinion, Floyd Mayweather, Jr. is the best boxer of this generation. While I do not agree with or like his out of the ring antics, or his seemingly arrogant behavior. continue
NEW YORK (June 6, 2008) – photos by Tom Casino / Showtime - In front of a large and cheering crowd at the Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Conn., Vernon Forrest weighed in at 153 ¾ pounds, Sergio Mora tipped the scales at 154 pounds, Carlos Quintana measured 146 pounds and Paul Williams weighed in at 145 ¾ pounds. continue
07.06.08 - by James Slater: Last night, at The Uniprix Stadium in Montreal, Canada, 28-year-old Herman Ngoudjo unanimously out-pointed former WBA light-welterweight champion Souleymane M'baye over twelve rounds in an IBF 140 pound final elimination bout. Ngoudjo, who was born in Cameroon but now lives in Montreal, won by scores of 117-111, 116-112, 115-113. Ngoudjo improved his record to 17-2(9). While the beaten Frenchman in M'baye fell to 36-3-1(25).
The win, which earned Ngoudjo a title fight with IBF 140 pound champion Paulie Malignaggi ( a rematch, actually, as the two men fought this past January) was a tough one. Ngoudjo boxed well in the first two rounds, looking sharp and accurate. But then in the 3rd, his left eye began to swell up badly. By the 5th round, the eye was almost completely closed and the ringside doctor was called to inspect the damage. Deemed okay to carry on, "The Black Panther" showed heart and bravely fought the 33-year-old M'baye on the inside. continue
Kelly Pavlik 159 - Gary Lockett 159.5
Daniel Ponce De Leon 121 - Juan Manuel Lopez 121
Kevin Mitchell 130 - Walter Estrada 129
Gustabo Mejia 142 - Demetrio Soto 142
Eberto Medina 153 - Arman Ovsepian 153 . continue
By Floyd Mayweather Jr.: "It is with a heavy heart that I write you this message today. I have decided to permanently retire from boxing. This decision was not an easy one for me to make as boxing is all I have done since I was a child. However, these past few years have been extremely difficult for me to find the desire and joy to continue in the sport. continue
06.06.08 - Shaun Brown: After only his twelfth professional fight Paul Appleby has won the British Featherweight title following in the footsteps of legends like Ted ‘Kid’ Lewis and Barry Mcguigan. It was a battle of east meets west and despite the ‘welcome to hell’ banners that greet Edinburgh fighters when they travel to Glasgow the 20-year old produced a gutsy performance over John Simpson. continue
King Arthur Abraham claims he is ready to conquer America after his demanding training camp on a small island in the Baltic Sea has come to an end. The unbeaten IBF middleweight champion will return to Berlin this weekend to continue his preparations for the highly-anticipated rematch with Edison Miranda. He will then fly over to the US on Tuesday. Here are his latest thoughts on the June 21 showdown.
Q: King Arthur, with two weeks between now and the fight, how is your shape?
AA: “I am already in a very, very good shape. Everything has gone perfectly in the last couple of weeks.”
Q: Has the preparation for the Miranda fight been different from the other fights?
AA: “It is an advantage for me that I already know Miranda. I know how I will fight against him and that is why I know how to prepare. It gives me even more security.. continue
by James Slater: Currently in the news due to his quite shocking financial troubles, former four-time heavyweight king Evander Holyfield is a guy who should instead be living a life with no such worries. How can it be that (reportedly, anyway) "The Real Deal," a fighter who has earned millions of $$$ in a Hall of Fame career, is almost broke? continue
06.06.08 - Photos by Robert Mladinich - Winky Wright Productions and Thomas Gallagher Promotions, in association with Sal Musemeci’s Final Forum, put together a sensational fight card at the Aviator Sports Complex in Brooklyn, New York, on June 4 that was televised on ESPN 2’s Wednesday Night Fights. continue
06.06.08 - by James Slater: Exactly twenty years ago today, one of the biggest upsets in middleweight boxing history occurred at The Hilton Hotel, Las Vegas. 28-year-old Iran "The Blade" Barkley, a huge underdog, met defending WBC middleweight champion of the world Thomas "The Hitman" Hearns and scored an upset win that still beggars belief today. continue
06.06.08 - By Vivek Wallace: In this weeks 'Call em Out Fridays' segment we take a look at a fighter who stands short in stature, yet very large in ability and presence. Rarely in any sport has their ever been such a cult following associated with any figure like that of the many men and woman who boldly support the man standing at center stage today. His persona in many ways replicates the group that follows him, and despite such a rambunctious nature, when the bell rings, the man who'd rather spend a night sippin' on a low-key brewski and throwing darts is all action and all business. Like any other 'Call em Out Fridays' session, we take a look and the upside perspective, the downside perspective, and my perspective. When the facts are all laid out, we let you chime in so we can hear your perspective. So after previously calling out Mayweather, Pacquiao, Calzaghe, and many others, today to 'Call Out' the big-little guy simply known as 'The Hitman'. continue
by James Slater: It's been three months since Enzo Maccarinelli lost his WBO cruiserweight title to David Haye. Smashed to defeat in just two rounds, the Welshman has admitted he was sorely disappointed with his own performance. Almost desperate to get back in the ring and prove he is still a world class fighter, it is with great interest that we await the 27-year-old's comeback fight. continue
CHICAGO, IL (June 6, 2008) World Boxing Council Lightweight Champion David Diaz will quietly celebrate his 32nd birthday on Saturday as he prepares for his title defense against boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao. continue
06.06.08 - By Shaun Brown: Over the seventy fight career of Marco Antonio Barrera it’s not too difficult to pick out some memorable fights. His three wars with Erik Morales and his schooling of Naseem Hamed will live long in the memory, but in February 1996 he was involved in the first of his many classics with Kennedy Mckinney. continue
Photo: Chris Farina - Top Rank - ATLANTIC CITY, NJ (June 6, 2008) – P-Day, the sixth of June. Battalions of Kelly Pavlik fans will be invading the beaches of Atlantic City to witness the public weigh-in for Pavlik's first defense of his world middleweight title. Thousands and thousands of fans from the Pavlik Nation, traveling Coast-to-Ghost, by car, boat, buses, and planes, will be lending their moral and vocal support to Youngstown's favorite son as he steps on the scale at the Circus Maximus Theatre at Caesars Atlantic City. Open to the public, doors open at 4:30 p.m., with the undercard weigh-in at 5:00 p.m., followed by the two main events at 6:00 p.m.
KELLY "The Ghost" PAVLIK (33-0, 29 KOs), from Youngstown, Ohio, returns to Atlantic City, where he won the middleweight championship, defending his title against No. 1 contender and mandatory challenger GARY "The Rocket" LOCKETT (30-1, 21 KOs), from Cwbran, Wales, This Saturday! continue
06.06.08 - Jim Amato: Two of the strongest middleweights to ever lace up the gloves square off for a battle of the ages. Carlos Monzon of Argentina. Tall, lean but deceptively strong with a thudding left jab and a thumping right cross. Gene Fullmer of Utah. Barrel chested and bull strong. Awkwardly aggressive but effective, especially on the inside. This should be a real crowd pleasing affair. continue
The Hard Rock Live in Hollywood, FL will serve as the site for a Showtime World Championship Boxing middleweight doubleheader. The 12 round non-title main event bout will feature a rematch between Edison Miranda (30-2, 26 KO’s) and undefeated IBF middleweight champion Arthur Abraham (26-0, 21 KO’s). continue
If middleweight contender Enrique Ornelas has anything to say about matters, the sky won’t be the only place to see fireworks this Fourth of July, as he will be putting on his own explosive display in the ring as the featured attraction in the main event of the July 4th edition of TeleFutura’s ‘Solo Boxeo’. continue
The new NABA Light Heavyweight Champion Yusaf Mack returned victorious to his long time 'home', the legendary James Shuler Memorial Gym in West Philadelphia, to show off the belt he won on Wednesday evening having beaten Daniel Judah, of the famed Brooklyn Judah family, by unanimous decision.
Yusaf was cheered on entering the gym with belt in hand, after the manyhandshakes and slaps on the back even more cheering and clapping followed when world famous coach Brother Nazzim asked everyone to cease training and then after giving a stirring congratulatory speach called Yusaf in to the ring to receive further accolades from fellow boxers at the gym. continue
CHICAGO, IL (June 6, 2008) “Nine years is a long time to be fighting out of town, I’m thrilled to be fighting at home on June 20th” said former world champion Montell “ICE” Griffin after a training session in his native Chicago. continue
Two mouth watering Irish title fights have been added to the next Hunky Dorys Fight Night, which will be headlined by Bernard Dunne at the National Stadium, Dublin on July 12th. The “Pink Panther” Jim Rock will return to the ring as he attempts to become an unprecedented 4 weight Irish Champion by stepping up to Light Heavyweight to tackle Jonjo Finnegan. continue
CHICAGO, IL (June 6, 2008) World Boxing Council Lightweight Champion David Diaz will take a break from training for his title defense against boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao to give the commencement address at Carl Von Linne Elementary School in Chicago on Monday, June 9th. continue
Photos by Tom Casino / Showtime - On Saturday, June 7, SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING will present a world championship doubleheader as Vernon Forrest (40-2, 29 KOs) defends his WBC super welterweight title against Sergio Mora (20-0-1, five KOs), while Carlos Quintana (25-1, 19 KOs) looks to defend his newly acquired WBO welterweight belt against the boxer he dethroned, previously unbeaten Paul Williams (33-1, 24 KOs) live at 9 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the west coast).
The event is 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
HARTFORD (June 5, 2008) – Unbeaten Hartford heavyweight prospect Tony “TNT’ Grano, one of New England’s most popular fighters, steps up in class June 13th when he takes on Missouri knockout artist Leroy Childs in the 8-round co-feature on “Connecticut Conquest” at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford. continue
Darren McDermott claims his British Middleweight Title showdown with Wayne Elcock on June 20th is the biggest all-Midlands clash for 28 years. Dudley's 'Black Country Body Snatcher' argues there has not been a bigger Midlands boxing derby since former world title challenger Pat Cowdell and Dave Needham faced each other in Wolverhampton for the British featherweight title in 1980. continue
Today tickets for the August 2nd "Steelyard Brawl" went on sale to fans of not only boxing, but also Railcats baseball. A tremendous opportunity has opened up to a limited number of fans and for the first time in Railcats history the team has agreed to open up not only the full stadium seating, but also offer a limited number of VIP Field seats directly on the playing field around the ring. continue
by James Slater: One of the most defensively savvy boxers of the past ten years or so, Ronald "Winky" Wright has been avoiding ring action of any kind for the better part of one year now. Last seen losing a competitive fight up at a catch weight of 170 pounds with Bernard Hopkins last July, the 36-year-old southpaw has been almost completely off the boxing radar since.
Finally breaking his silence whilst being a guest on ESPN last night, Wright stated how he wants to get back in the ring this September, but only against a big name opponent who is sure to motivate him. Winky mentioned both Oscar De La Hoya and Kelly Pavlik. What are the chances of either fight happening, and who would Wright be better off facing? continue
PENSACOLA, FL—June 4, 2008—Former World Heavyweight Title Challenger Owen “What the Heck” Beck has signed a promotional deal with Square Ring, Inc. CEO John Wirt announced today from their Pensacola corporate offices. The Jamaican native is 27-3 with 20 KOs to his credit. continue
Since its inception in 2005, the Connecticut Boxing Hall of Fame has had three successful induction dinners, compiled an expansive collection of fight films, and stockpiled memorabilia. The only thing missing for the Connecticut Boxing Hall of Fame was a home. That will all change on June 12. continue
Joe DeGuardia, President of Star Boxing announced today, the appointment of Kevin Rooney Jr., Director of Media Relations. Rooney, a 2006 graduate of Fordham University, is no stranger to the boxing world being the son of world renowned trainer Kevin Rooney and godson of 6-time world champion Vinny Pazienza. continue
By Michael Klimes: It is astounding how a celebrity like Paris Hilton can attract the incessant fascination of so many youngsters. What happened to crediting the everyday folk? The cult of personality which surrounds such mediocre entities makes one feel sorry for barmen or I believe, in American lingo, bartenders. Think of what a bartender has done for you personally and human civilisation! In my recent trip to New York, they demonstrated themselves to be erudite conversationalists with many anecdotes. They made delightful Mohitos and Cuba Libres which made reality more tasteful and manageable. They are the distributors of Benjamin Franklin’s noble maxim, “Beer is living proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.” Where would James Bond be without his two greatest allies: The Martini and bartender? Where would Raymond Chandler’s prose be without the bartender presence to infuse colour into his imagined Los Angeles? Where would this story have come from if it was not for Larry Trap? continue
by James Slater: It's always risky looking ahead in boxing, but Marco Antonio Rubio's name has been mentioned quite a bit just lately as a potential challenger for middleweight champion Kelly Pavlik. Rubio's name was reportedly on the shortlist that eventually saw Welshman Gary Lockett get picked as the next foe for "The Ghost." But, assuming both men win this weekend, will the big-hitting Mexican be Pavlik's September opponent? continue
Welsh middleweight boxer Gary Lockett has warned the American public not to underestimate him ahead of his bout against WBC and WBO champion Kelly Pavlik at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City this Saturday. While Lockett admits he is unknown in the States he refuses to go down without a fight. Speaking to Setanta Sports News he said: “I think they [America] think Kelly Pavlik is a lot better than what he is. continue
by James Slater: Irish boxers are going through a pretty torrid time just recently. First, back in February, the exciting and also world title-bound John Duddy was involved in an absolute war with the little known Walid Smichet - a fight that saw the middleweight from Derry, Northern Ireland busted up, more than a touch exposed and lucky to get the points win. continue
This weeks 'Left-Hook Lounge' Q&A mailbag comes a day late, but never-the-less, remains fully equipped with many questions straight from the minds of some of the best fight fans on the planet. On the tab this week is a wide array of topics, covering everything from the Quintana/Williams rematch, to ESPN's Dan Rafael who made what amounted to far less than accurate statements about Team Judah. Other notable topics on the docket include Pavlik, Nate Campbell, and a look at what makes a fighter pound for pound worthy. So with no further ado, here we go again....
Antonio Chavez (Miami Lakes, Fl): Oscar Dela Hoya has recently stated that he wants to see Cotto/Mosley before Cotto/Mayweather. What's your perspective on his thoughts?
Vivek W. (ESB): Personally, I think my perspective would reflect that of most fight fans out there. I think when it all boils down, Oscar could have had several motives behind that statement. continue
Originally ARENA-CEO Ahmet Öner had planned to present heavyweight sensation Odlanier Solis in the USA on May 17th, 2008 but the Cuban Olympic gold medallist was denied visa. Now ARENA’s attorneys tried again to get “La Sombra” into the US but the Consulate in Berlin denied the application again. continue
Legendary fighter Sugar Ray Leonard recently shared his thoughts about Sergio Mora and the challenger’s upcoming bout against Vernon Forrest Saturday on SHOWTIME. Mora will face his biggest test when he takes on Forrest (40-2, 29 KOs) for his WBC super welterweight title Saturday, June 7, on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING (9 p.m. ET/PT delayed on the west coast). continue
WBO Intercontinental Super-Featherweight Champion Kevin Mitchell aims to emulate his hero Nigel Benn by conquering Atlantic City on his American debut. Mitchell defends his title against former world title challenger Walter Estrada on the Kelly Pavlik-Gary Lockett undercard on June 7 at the Boardwalk Hall, televised live and exclusive on Setanta Sports 1. continue
05.06.08 - By Ted Sares: I have discussed and written about this subject on any number of occasions and sites, but given that this is Hall of Fame week in Canastota, it seems timely to write about it again. It’s just seems there is a marked paucity of boxers from Asian countries represented in the International Boxing Hall Of Fame. After all, the word “International” is in the name.
Yes, Filipino great Flash Elorde and Thai legend Khaosai Galaxy are in and so is Masahiko “Fighting” Harrada, but that’s only three and that’s far from enough in my view. And to have no South Korean inductees is totally baffling. Perhaps the following list can jog some memories or induce some research, but if even one person who has the privilege of voting has to ask “who are these guys,” the problem goes much deeper than it might appear: continue
05.06.08 - Former lightweight world champion Julio “Kidd” Diaz (34-4, 25 KOs) will face unbeaten David “El Torrito” Torres (20-0, 13 KOs) in a 10 round bout on Wednesday, June 25, from the world famous Playboy Mansion in Beverly Hills, Calif. (ESPN2 11:00 p.m. ET/8:00 p.m. PT). continue
By Cesar Pancorvo: More than two years ago, Hasim Rahman and James Toney fought in a dull bout for the WBC championship, a fight of a monotone rhythm that had The Rock outbox a 237 lbs. James Toney –the heaviest ever– to only get a draw in the judges’ scorecards. It was lamentable for Rahman, because most viewers thought that he outworked his out-of-shape opponent; for James Toney, it was a weak performance and the second time that he couldn’t win a title in the heavyweight division, however, we must look at his whole career and realize that it is remarkable that a fighter that won the Lineal Middleweight title in 1991 was able to become a competent heavyweight contender for three years (2003-2006). continue
HARTFORD (June 4, 2008) – Hartford’s popular boxer Israel “Pito” Cardona injured his elbow, forcing him to withdraw from his scheduled June 13th fight against Jason Pires, but promoter Jimmy Burchfield has announced that Cardona will be inducted into the CES Ring of Honor during a special ceremony mid-way through the “Connecticut Conquest” pro boxing card at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford. continue
04.06.08 - by James Slater, photo by Tom Casino - 31-year-old Joshua Clottey gets his second chance to become a world champion on August 2nd. Facing Zab Judah for Antonio Margarito's vacated IBF welterweight title, Clottey feels now is the time for him to finally become a champion.
I called Joshua on the phone at the end of May, and his brother informed me he was playing soccer (another of Clottey's passions) in his garden. A few minutes later I called back and the New York native who was born in Accra, Ghana was happy to speak about his upcoming fight.
The interview was short, but here is what Clottey had to say. continue
by James Slater: Former IBF light-heavyweight champion Clinton Woods was comprehensively defeated by Antonio Tarver back in April. Losing his precious world championship belt, the 36-year-old considered calling it a career and retiring - so disappointed was he with his poor performance. continue
By Joseph Boyle: Long before ‘Road Warrior’ Glen Johnson entered this world, one International Boxing Hall of Famer became the yardstick by which this particular nickname should be judged. From Cuba and Venezuela to Spain and Belgium, and even South Africa, Freddie Miller really did bring the Featherweight Championship to the world in the 1930s. And long before Johnson had earned his nickname, I was mesmerised by a tale told to me by my grandfather. continue
Undefeated world middleweight contender “Ireland’s” John Duddy returns to the ring June 28 with a new head trainer in his corner, Pat Burns, in the 10-round main event against Charles Howe, headlining “Hassle In The Castle” at The Castle in Boston. continue
By Mike Cassell - The Philadelphia Boxing Report - When I asked Philadelphia middleweight legend Bernard Hopkins what he thought of Kelly “The Ghost” Pavlik (33-0, 29 KOs), last year, his reply was simply, “don’t believe the hype”. Well, I’m sorry Bernard, I’m believing, buying, and getting in line for some more, when it comes to Kelly Pavlik. On Saturday night, Pavlik returns to the Jersey Shore to defend his WBC 160lb belt against one of Enzo Calzaghe’s best. No not his son, but another slugger from Wales named Gary Lockett (30-1, 21 KOs). Boardwalk Hall is the place where 20,000 screaming fans watched Pavlik climb from the canvas in a very “Rocky Balboa” like moment, to totally destroy Jermaine Taylor last year, the man who beat one of Philadelphia’s toughest, tough guys Bernard Hopkins twice. He met Taylor again in February of this year, and thoroughly outpointed him in a fight that showcased Pavlik’s amazing ring generalship. continue
04.06.08 - By James Slater: Golden Boy Promotion's Richard Schaefer has been talking quite frequently with Setanta Sports just recently. Aside from giving his opinion on what fighters like Miguel Cotto and Floyd Mayweather should do in the future, Schaefer also spoke about what the future may hold in store for 43-year-old legend Bernard "The Executioner" Hopkins. continue
Undefeated junior middleweight James Moore, a native of County Wicklow, Ireland, who fights out of Queens, New York, weighed in at a slim and ready 154 pounds for his eight round bout against hard-punching Gabriel Rosado, 152 ½, of Philadelphia. The two will open the show on the June 4 installment of ESPN 2’s Wednesday Night Fights from the Aviator Sports Complex in Brooklyn, NY. Moore is 15-0 (10 KOS), while Rosado boasts a record of 9-2 (6 KOS). continue
Wayne Elcock is even more fired up for his British Middleweight Title first defence against Darren McDermott on Friday 20th June after his opponent's camp tried to get him stripped of the belt. Birmingham banger Elcock faces Dudley's 'Black Country Body Snatcher' McDermott in the biggest all-Midlands fight for years on a Hennessy Sports show in association with GoldenPalace.net. continue
04.06.08 - Photos: Joe Miranda/SHOWTIME- Sergio Mora participated in a recent media workout as he winds down preparations for the biggest fight of his career against Vernon Forrest (40-2, 29 KOs) for his WBC super welterweight title Saturday, June 7, on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING (9 p.m. ET/PT delayed on the west coast). Mora (20-0-1, five KOs), of Los Angeles, won “The Contender” television series on Oct. 15, 2005, with an entertaining and hard-fought split decision over Peter Manfredo, Jr. The fight with Forrest is exactly what Mora has been aiming for and should prove to be his toughest challenge to date.
As part of a world championship doubleheader on SHOWTIME, the evening will kick off when Carlos Quintana (25-1, 19 KOs) looks to defend his newly acquired WBO welterweight belt against the boxer he dethroned, the previously unbeaten Paul Williams (33-1, 24 KOs). The Quintana-Williams bout is a rematch of a WBO welterweight title fight that Quintana won in a shocking upset on Feb. 9, 2008. continue
LOS ANGELES, CA (June 4, 2008) World Boxing Council Super Bantamweight Champion Israel Vazquez will host a youth boxing clinic at the TKO Boxing Club in Santa Ana on Wednesday, June 4th at 4pm. The club is located at 726 S. Center St. in Santa Ana, California. continue
CHICAGO, IL (June 3, 2008) - photo by 8 Count Productions - IBF Cruiserweight #1 Mandatory Tomasz Adamek met with the media in Chicago today to announce his ESPN2 televised showdown with veteran brawler Gary Gomez set for Friday, July 11th at the Aragon Ballroom. continue
CANASTOTA, NY - JUNE 3, 2008 - The opening bell will soon ring for the 19th Annual Hall of Fame Induction Weekend, June 5-8th. A huge gathering of boxing legends of yesterday and today has been assembled to participate in festivities in Canastota. continue
NEW YORK (June 3, 2008) - After dominating Paul Williams for 12 rounds and capturing the WBO welterweight title in convincing fashion, Carlos Quintana believes that he is still getting no respect. Going into their Saturday, June 7 rematch for Quintana’s title on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING (9 p.m. ET/PT delayed on the west coast), most industry experts have the champion as the underdog to Williams.
In the second fight of the World Championship Doubleheader at the Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Conn., Vernon Forrest will defend his WBC super welterweight title against Sergio Mora, the winner of the inaugural season of The Contender.
“I feel like the respect people give me is not the respect I deserve,” Quintana said. “I feel like I have to go out and prove myself on June 7 once again.. continue
Women’s boxing history will be made next month when an all-women’s pay-per-view card, “Finally,” is supported the night before by an all-women’s nationally televised show, Fox Sport Network’s Best Damn Championship Fight Night Period. A total of six world championship bouts will be held for seven different world titles – 6 International Female Boxers Association (IFBA) and one International Boxing Association (IBA). continue
Former WBC international champion and WBA super middleweight title challenger Jaffa “The African Assassin” Ballogou 45-6 (39 KO’s) is ready for a return to the ring, but has found it difficult to find an opponent. He also dealt with a recent issue of what he describes as a phony promotional contract. continue
Popular WBC mininumweight champion Carina “La Reina” Moreno is a prime example of good things coming in small packages. The 5-foot, barely over 100-pounds Moreno (11-1, 5 KOs) faces WIBA flyweight title-holder and former New York Knicks dancer, Eileen “The Hawaiian Mongoose” Olszewski (5-0-1), fighting out of New York City by way of Honolulu, in a 10-round fight June 13 for the IFBA junior flyweight crown on the “Finally” pay-per-view show, airing live (10 PM/ET-8 PM/MT) from Isleta Casino & Resort in Albuquerque, New Mexico. continue
by James Slater, photo by Wray Edwards/ESB - If he'd beaten his last opponent, Walid Smichet, in a dominant and overwhelming fashion Ireland's John Duddy would very likely have been challenging middleweight champion of the world Kelly Pavlik this Saturday. But, as fans are aware, the unbeaten 28-year-old instead had one hell of a time with the largely unknown Canadian native on the Klitschko-Ibragimov show back in February.
Duddy kept his unbeaten, now 24-0(17) record, but he took way too many shots from Smitchet, was badly busted up as a result and quite spectacularly eliminated himself - for the time being, at least - from the Pavlik sweepstakes. Duddy was, it must be said, somewhat exposed. Showing hardly any effective defence all night, the Irishman was to suffer horrendous cuts around his eyes. Suddenly the 28-year-old was passed over by Welshman Gary Lockett when it came to who would box "The Ghost" next. The question is, has Duddy's marketability been irreparably harmed since his way tougher than expected fight with Smichet? continue
Tony Oakey steps into his hometown ring on Friday, June 13, 2008 on a card billed as "Fright Night", to defend his British light heavyweight title against Commonwealth champion, the hard punching Dean Francis. continue
June 3rd, 2008 Reno, NV - Several local emerging stars are set to appear on the INTERNAIONAL AFFAIR under card headlined by USNBC titelist Jesse Brinkley, and Canadian light-heavyweight champion Jason Naugler. The card is scheduled for eight exciting fights and the Hinkey brothers look to be challenged against undefeated opponents. continue
June 3, 2008 – 2K Sports announced today that Don King Presents: Prizefighter, the first documentary-style boxing extravaganza, has officially gone gold and is now ready for production for Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft. Developed by Venom Games, a 2K studio, Don King Presents: Prizefighter is equal parts sports simulation and true boxing drama that takes place both inside and outside the ring. continue
03.06.08 - by James Slater: Finally, the fight all of boxing fans want in Miguel Cotto-Floyd Mayweather, has been given a little attention by top promotional team Golden Boy. Acknowledging that the welterweight super fight is a bout all of boxing wants to see, Golden boy's Richard Schaefer spoke recently to Setanta Sports about the prospective fight. But what Schaefer had to say wasn't all the great - at least for those people who were hoping to see Cotto and Mayweather clash this year.
Schaefer said what he'd like to see after the also massively anticipated Cotto-Antonio Margarito showdown set for this coming July is over with, is a rematch between Cotto (should he win) and "Sugar" Shane Mosley, the man the Puerto Rican out-pointed last year.
"Cotto has a very tough fight ahead of him with Antonio Margarito and I hope after that he'll give another opportunity to "Sugar" Shane Mosley," The Golden Boy chief said. "[Last time] it was a very close fight. Many of the ring observers felt that Shane won that fight.. continue
03.06.08 - By Joseph Boyle: Exactly thirty-five years ago today, in the tiny French principality of Monaco, two all-time greats faced each other for the second and last time. One was at the peak of his powers and the dominant force of the Middleweight division, the other was one of the greatest Welterweights of all time, with the sun setting on a glittering career. It was Emile Griffith facing ‘Escopeta’, Carlos Monzon, for the World Middleweight title. continue
LAS VEGAS (June 3, 2008) – Former 2-time WBA heavyweight champion John “The Quietman” Ruiz, currently the WBA’s No. 2 rated contender, left today for Venezuela to participate in this week’s 18th annual WBA – KO to Drugs Festival. continue
03.06.08 - by James Slater: One of the most exciting heavyweight sluggers out there today, 33-year-old Brian "The Beast" Minto, fights again this coming July 2nd in his hometown of Butler, Pennsylvania. According to BoxRec, Minto will square off with 37-year-old John Poore, a 20-2(18) heavyweight who is also from Pennsylvania. continue
By Nate Campbell: My recent comments about the Ring magazine "title" have led some folks to think that I am trying to discredit Ring, and everything they have done for boxing over the past 80 years or so. Nothing could be further from the truth. As a kid, I grew up reading Ring magazine, and KO, and Boxing Illustrated, among many others. I have always been a fan of Ring magazine. My problem is not with them specifically, but with the effort going on these days to say that somehow the Ring title = the lineal title, and the true world title belts (IBF, WBO, WBA, WBC) don't matter anymore.
The Ring title should be looked at for exactly what it is. Recognition from the top magazine in the sport. Nothing more. Nothing less. Because that's what it is. Now Ring has a few guidelines in place to dictate who exactly can be their "champion", but those guidelines are so few that you cannot look at the Ring title as a true world title. It is simply an award, a trophy, that happens to look like a title belt. And there's nothing wrong with that. Nothing at all. But it is NOT a true world title. It is simply the opinions of the editorial board of the magazine. continue
By Danny Serratelli: Brickcityboxing.com has received word that Brick City area fighter, Francisco Lorenzo, 32-4, 14 KO's, the #3 ranked fighter by the WBC will be fighting for the interim WBC super featherweight title against # 2 ranked Humberto Soto, 44-6-2, 28 KO's. The bout will take place on the undercard of Top Rank's Manny Pacquaio, 46-3-2, 35 KO's vs. David Diaz, 34-1-1. 17 KO's fight on Saturday June 28th at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Laws Vegas. continue
By Ahmet Öner: “First of all I want to apologize for all the confusion in this fight. And I want to point out that I never meant to cheat on Danny in any way. If it would have been my goal to steal the victory from him I wouldn’t have thrown in the towel at a point were Konstantin was leading on all scorecards. continue
Record: “Little Red” went 42–6 with 39 KO’s and a KO percentage of 81%, which is highly impressive given the level of his opposition.
Style: Soft-spoken and humble, he was ferocious and unrelenting once the bell rang. In an era in which fights were regularly seen free on non-cable television, he was one of the greatest of the television fighters and his name guaranteed big ratings. continue
-- click here to watch the full fight -- British heavyweight boxer Danny Williams has described his ‘relief’ at registering the win against Konstantin Airich during a controversial seven round tie in Bilbao in Spain on Friday night. Round six of the match ended a minute and a half early. Speaking to Setanta Sports News the 34 year-old from Brixton said: “I just thank God I got the win. It was WWE meets boxing. I had the guy hurt in the sixth round, on the verge of knocking him out and then what happens? His own promoter stands up and rings the bell, halfway through the round. That’s just unbelievable.”
Williams, nicknamed the Brixton Bomber, also had three points deducted for unclear offences. He said: “I didn’t expect the opponent to fight as well as he did. He fought tremendous; I take my hat off to him. continue
By Jason Peck: The Ring Magazine once claimed that their championship policy would clear up the chaos and confusion sown by a multitude of the much-maligned “alphabet soup” titles. And people believed them. To many, the Ring is the one sanctioning body beyond reproach. continue
02.06.08 - IBF cruiserweight champion Steve “USS” Cunningham saw some comments over the weekend from former WBO champion Enzo Maccarinelli in regards for the Welshman desiring a fight with Cunningham. “Enzo’s people know that my promoter Don King and Frank Warren already had some preliminary discussions” said Cunningham. “Some complications happened to slow things up.. continue
LOS ANGELES, CA --The following is a short entry written by Tony Thompson with regard to his initial press conference, which took place in Hamburg, Germany and Kiev, Ukraine, announcing his July 12, 2008 WBO/IBF mandatory unification title challenge against the champion Wladimir Klitschko. continue
In one of the worst refereed fights ever, British heavyweight Danny Williams stopped Konstantin Airich in the 7th round in Spain. The fight saw both fighters trade knockdowns, with Williams down in the 4th and Airich down in the 5th and 6th. Besides that, Williams received two standing eight counts in the 3rd round, along with two separate point deductions for low blows, once in the 2nd and another time in the 5th. In the 6th round, Airich was taking more and more sustained punishment with his back against the ropes when suddenly the round ended with 1:28 left on the clock! Who rang the bell? The referee looked confused, but didn’t allow the round to continue...was the round ended early to save Airich from getting knocked out? continue
02.06.08 - by James Slater: Talk about a fight that takes some believing! It seems almost anything is possible in the sport of boxing these days, and adding proof to this way of thinking is the fact that two former greats who should be doing nothing but reflecting on their past achievements are instead making quite astonishing returns to the ring later this month. continue
HBO Sports presents two championship fights on the Boardwalk when WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING: KELLY PAVLIK VS. GARY LOCKETT AND DANIEL PONCE DE LEON VS. JUAN MANUEL LOPEZ is seen live SATURDAY, JUNE 7 (10:05 p.m. ET/7:05 p.m. PT) from The Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, on HBO. continue
by James Slater: No doubt the majority of fight fans out there will have believed 39-year-old Oleg Maskaev was all but done as a fighter after his March stoppage loss to Samuel Peter. Not only was "The Big O" comprehensively beaten, but the losing fight also came after a number of postponements had been forced on the ageing fighter due to injuries. continue
02.06.08 - by James Slater: Not long ago at all, Paul "The Punisher" Williams was being referred to as "The most feared man in boxing!" Being given that label after his super win over the previous welterweight to have been given such a fearsome reputation in Antonio Margarito, Williams looked set for a long reign atop the welterweight division. But then, in the very first defence of the WBO 147 pound belt he'd snatched from the teak-tough Mexican, "The Punisher" was upset by former world title challenger Carlos Quintana.
Theories abounded as to why the freakishly tall welterweight was beaten. Was it because he could no longer make 147 pounds properly? Was it because Williams badly underestimated Quintana, a man who was beaten relatively easily by Miguel Cotto? Was it because Williams was simply over-rated all along? Well, this Saturday in Connecticut -on a card that also features Vernon Forrest defending his light-middleweight championship against Sergio Mora - Williams gets the chance to answer these questions in a return match with the only man to have beaten him. continue
Kelly Pavlik's trainer Jack Loew has once again had his knuckles rapped by Trainer of the Year Enzo Calzaghe. Calzaghe is incesnsed that mouthy Loew is dismissing Pavlik's challenger Gary Lockett by looking ahead at a showdown against his son Joe, the undefeated two-weight world champion. continue
Hennessy Sports in association with GoldenPalace.net are today proud to announce that the rescheduled date and venue for the British Middleweight Championship fight against, title holder Birmingham’s Wayne “Mad Dog” Elcock and challenger Dudley’s Darren “Black Country Body Snatcher” McDermott will now be held on Friday 20th June 2008 at the SkyDome Arena Coventry, the fight will be screened live on Sky Sports. continue
Universum Box-Promotion has protested Wladimir Sidorenko's decision loss to Anselmo Moreno on Saturday night in Düsseldorf, Germany. "To us, Wladimir Sidorenko didn't lose this fight," said manager Dietmar Poszwa. "Therefore we have filed a protest with the WBA. We want a direct rematch, Sidorenko should become the #1 in the world rankings.. continue
By Danny Serratelli (BrickCityBoxing.com) at ringside, Photo by Joey Belnome -- Rising Star Promotions once again teamed up with the Showboat Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey to present their 2nd show featuring world class professional boxing. In the main event of the evening, Bruce "The Atlantic City Express" Seldon was impressive in a knockout victory over a very game opponent in Livin Castillo, 14-5, 9 KO's. Seldon stalked the smaller Castillo for much of the fight, may have under used his big jab and threw his right hand bombs a little wide, but in the end he did a great job of putting together the knockout punches.
Seldon was hit more than he should have been by the awkward southpaw, however he showed good patience, chin, power and hand speed when he needed it. Castillo caught Seldon clean at times and Bruce shook his head which made you wonder if they were not as hard as they looked (Castillo is more of a cruiserweight) or if they were as hard as they looked and were getting Seldon's attention. continue
Sauerland Event received several prestigious awards during the IBF Convention in Hamburg. President Marian Muhammad not only named the Berlin-based boxing stable ‘Promoter of the Year’ but also recognized them as the ‘Most Active Promoter Worldwide’. continue
By Ralph Rimpell: For a long time many boxing writers said the sport of boxing had declined in popularity. Many fight fans witnessed mismatch after mismatch. Attending boxing matches was like having a movie script in your hands. You kind of knew what the conclusion was. The suspense of the outcome just wasn’t there. As an example, the networks and the promoters would match up a prospect, with a record of 21-0, 15 KOs against a washed up past his prime fighter with a record of 12-16, 4 KOs. continue
Undefeated junior middleweight James Moore, a native of County Wicklow, Ireland, who fights out of Queens, New York, can’t wait to open the televised portion of ESPN 2’s Wednesday Fights on June 4 at the Aviator Sports Complex in Brooklyn, NY. As a veteran of 314 amateur fights and the onetime captain of the Irish national amateur team, he is much too experienced to underestimate his opponent, Gabriel Rosada, 9-2 (6 KOS), of Philadelphia. continue
by James Slater, photos by Sumio Yamada- Two Mexican warriors thought to have seen better days earned somewhat surprising victories in Quintana Roo, Mexico last night. Former world champions Oscar Larios and Guty Espadas Jnr won by stoppage - Larios with a 5th round TKO over Colombian Feidir Viloria and Espadas Jnr with a 2nd round TKO of Japan's Naoki Matsuda. In winning, both men re-emerged as top class fighters in the featherweight division. Larios is now the interim WBC champ at 126-pounds, while Espadas Jnr is now the mandatory challenger for the WBC belt - currently held for real by 22-year-old Jorge Linares.
Larios, who took his fight on short notice after Linares was forced to pull out with a shoulder injury, won in slightly controversial fashion. Opening up with a burst of punches in the 5th, the referee suddenly dived in and called a halt to the bout, causing Viloria's team to go crazy at what they felt was a stoppage that was premature. continue
World title hope Z "The Dream" Gorres of ALA Boxing Gym cruised to a shutout unanimous decision over Kenya's Nick Otieno in the main event of Saturday's night's "One More Time" card at the Waterfront Cebu City Hotel. The bout saw Gorres displaying his superb boxing skills, but the ALA fighter just could not put away the game Otieno despite numerous big shots landing on the visiting fighter. All three judges saw the fight 100-90 in favor of Gorres, who now improves to 28 wins, 2 losses, 2 draws with 15 KO's. continue
by James Slater: There is no doubt about it, Ricky Hatton is still obsessed about a rematch with the only man to have ever beaten him,in Floyd Mayweather Junior. And though many fight fans feel "The Hitman" should forget all about a return match with "Pretty Boy," because of Floyd's overall superiority and his being better suited at the weight limit of 147 pounds, Ricky is still intent on extracting revenge over the only man to have ever beaten him as a professional. continue
Cruiserweight-slash-heavyweight sensation David ‘The Hayemaker’ Haye has reacted with both bewilderment and amusement to promoter Frank Warren’s £600,000 offer for the Bermondsey puncher to face Matt Skelton. On the day that Haye, trainer/manager Adam Booth and Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer put promoters on notice with the birth of Hayemaker Promotions, Haye received news that the less-than-alluring prospect of Bedford’s Skelton was waiting in the wings. continue
By James Slater: A genuine grudge fight takes place in Hollywood, Florida on June the 21st. Super-middleweight Edison "Pantera" Miranda faces "King" Arthur Abraham in a rematch that is set for a catch weight of 166 non-title pounds. For though Abraham is the reigning IBF middleweight champion, these two will meet in an above weight non-title affair that will mean so much more than just a belt. Quite simply, Miranda and Abraham cannot stand each other!
The dislike stems from their first meeting. Fighting back in September of 2006, Miranda and Abraham boxed a contest that decided the German's IBF 160-pound world title. What followed was one of the most brutal, one of the most controversial and one of the most talked about middleweight title fights of recent years. continue
Harry Summers: Western Australia’s “Cool Willie” Kickett, the best prospect Australia has produced in a long long time with a record of 10 Wins from 10 starts will take on the biggest fight of his career when he faces Gairy “Superman” St. Clair who has a record 40 Wins and 6 Losses on the Jeff Fenech v Azumah Nelson III promotion. continue
01.06.08 - By Ted Sares: South Koreans Myung-Woo Yuh met Oh Kon Son in Seoul on September 8, 1985 in a fight that featured head-to-head exchanges without let up and which had Son‘s face a bloody mess by the sixth round. I am fortunate enough to own rare footage of this fight and it must be seen to be believed. continue
01.06.08 - by G.I. Lewis: John Mugabi’s house is sparsely furnished. For such a distinguished professional athlete, there is a distinct lack of a trophy cabinet. Mugabi said he dispensed with all of his boxing memorabilia after he finished his boxing career almost ten years ago.
“When it’s over, it’s over. It’s in the past”, he says. continue
By James Slater: British heavyweight Danny Williams is a quite amazing fighter. Talented, gifted, physically intimidating and capable of going to hell and back in an attempt to achieve victory, the 34-year-old can hang with the best when he's on form and in the mood. But that's the point - WHEN he's in the mood. In the past, Danny's heart and commitment to boxing has been questioned, and rightly so.
On the one hand, Williams is content to enter the ring at a quite obscene weight of 288 pounds and put forth a seriously lazy effort on the way to a points loss to Matt Skelton. Yet on the other hand, Danny is able to withstand the ferocious bombs of a still dangerous Mike Tyson to come on a couple of rounds later and score a smashing victory. Really, you never know which Danny Williams is going to show up. continue
01.06.08 - Ciaran Harrison: On a beautiful sunny evening in the plush surroundings of THE Shorts Social club BELFAST, Ireland, Irish heavyweight prospect Scott "Ding Ding" Belshaw made a spectacular return to winning ways, with a brutal one punch finish that any heavyweight in the world would be proud of. continue
by James Slater: Along with being one of the most exciting fighters in the world right now, Kelly Pavlik is also one of the most likeable and approachable. One reason "The Ghost" is so likeable is his down to earth qualities. Refusing to change now that he happens to be the middleweight champion of the world, the fighter from Youngstown remains the same humble guy he always has been. continue