New York, July 31Dino Duvas cruiserweight champion Ola Afolabi, the NABO titlist, will make his long-awaited national television debut on Friday night, August 15, in an eight-round affair on ESPN2s Friday Night Fights from Ibiza Night Club in the nations capital, Washington, DC. The card will be presented by Duva Boxing and Major Boxing Promotions. continue
by James Slater: A Mexican warrior of the highest order during his lightweight prime, it looks as though the end has come for Jose Luis Castillo. Moving up to welterweight because neither 135 or even 140-pounds were realistic weights anymore, Castillo's 147-pound debut did not go as planned. continue
Interview by Shawn M. Murphy: Recently I spoke with former WBA Heavyweight champ Mike Weaver. Weaver started boxing in the Marine Corp and turned pro in 1972. He got his first title shot against Larry Holmes in 1979. Weaver gave Holmes an extremely tough fight, losing however by a TKO in the twelfth round. In 1980 he met WBA title holder John Tate. Losing by a wide margin going into the fifteenth round, Weaver would do the seemingly impossible, landing a perfect left hook to take the title. Weaver would lose the title to Michael Dokes in 1982, somewhat controversially, and lose the rematch the following year by a draw. He would fight for a world title one last time in 1985 against Pinklon Thomas but lost by an eight round knockout. Weaver retired in 2000 after a loss to Larry Holmes with a final record of 41-18-1 with 28 KOS.
(SM) Mike how did your boxing career first get started? continue
31.07.08 - by John Carter: Pound 4 Pound lists are always a very emotive and subjective collection of names. Everyone seems to have (and rightly so) not only an opinion of who should be on the list but also a different definition of what P4P actually means. For example, in my opinion Joe Calzaghe fits the criteria perfectly while Ricky Hatton, does not. continue
31.07.08 - Former EBU super-bantamweight champion Spencer Oliver has told Setanta Sports News that there is no way back for Miguel Angel Cotto following his WBA welterweight title loss to Antonio Margarito at the weekend. continue
Boxing star Amir Khan is set to thrill shoppers at Manchester's Arndale on Saturday 9th August when he performs a free-to-watch public work-out. The young star from Bolton will give fans a special sneak preview of how preparations are going for his fifth Commonwealth Lightweight title defence next month at the M.E.N Arena.. continue
By Vivek Wallace, photo by D.M.Warr / DKP - After witnessing Antonio Margarito and Miguel Cotto display their value to the sports deepest weight division, many fans immediately began to assess the welterweight talent around them to see what chances for them truly exist. With so many key figures entered in that equation, it's a somewhat forgotten component that remains just as lethal, whispering from a closer-than-expected distance in the dark.
A slick southpaw with more ring intelligence than the average, Brooklynite Luis Collazo looks to use that element of surprise to sneak up, and ultimately tear down walls of lost recollection, allowing himself to rewrite an incomplete legacy that still lacks clarity in it's latest chapter.
After getting tons of email and questions from curious fight fans, I had a chance to talk 'fight game' with Luis Collazo. Here's how it all went down! continue
Philadelphia, PAJunior middleweight prospects Latif Mundy, of Philadelphia, PA, and Rudy Cisneros, of Chicago, IL, collide in an eight-round fight on Friday evening, Aug. 29 at the New Alhambra, Swanson & Ritner Streets, next to Forman Mills, in South Philadelphia. First of seven fights at 7.15 p.m. continue
Audley Harrison will face Martin Rogan on September 6 at the M.E.N Arena as Frank Warren's season-opener just gets bigger and bigger. Sydney Olympic gold medallist A-Force will look to get his world title ambitions back on track against the unbeaten Irishman in Manchester. He will tackle Rogan in a 10-rounder. continue
The extremely popular junior middleweight James Moore, 15-1 (10 KOS), a native of County Wicklow, Ireland, who fights of out Queens, New York, cant wait for his August 6th battle against veteran Lloyd Christian Joseph, 12-6-3 (5 KOS), a New Yorker by way of the Virgin Islands. continue
By Ade Makinde: Over four decades have passed since the curtain came down on Sugar Ray Robinsons career. In many ways it was a conventional end to a fighting mans career; a denouement that often is at once slow and painful as it is predictable. The irrevocable diminution of his athletic powers was mirrored by the steady regression of his earning power and both were reflected in the sorts of venues where his twilight bouts were staged. There was the penultimate engagement with one Rudolph Bent in the non-descript environs of Steubenville Ohio and before that a range of hotels, auditoriums and even an ice rink in Paisley Scotland. His reputation however, is anything but conventional. For Robinson today is still widely viewed as being the most complete boxer ever to have lived. To study Robinson in the process and construction of his craft, some have argued, is akin to savouring the elemental genius of a Nureyev or a Caruso. He was, wrote Jack Newfield, the Einstein of the geometry of angles and distances. He was to boxing what Shakespeare was to playwriting.
There are many ways of calibrating the greatness of a fighter. Recourse will often be made to the fighters record, his longevity, his punching ability, his resistance to punches and the like. On each criterion, Robinson stands out. continue
31.07.08 - By Tony Nobbs: Nicky Durandt said this morning that he intends to file a protest with the IBO and request an immediate rematch with Billy Dib after his fighter Zolani Molari's points loss to the Australian in the super featherweight world title shot in Newcastle, NSW, last night.
The whole team is disgusted with the result and the handling of the fight. I will be filing a protest to the IBO and requesting an immediate rematch. We will come back to Australia and fight but to another part of the country and we will have neutral officials, as I did with Isaac (Hlatswayo) when he fought Rob Medley said Durandt, one of South Africa's major boxing figures. continue
EL CAJON, CA (July 31, 2008) Wednesday night undefeated prospects Luis Ramos and Carlos Molina of the Espinoza Boxing Club scored knockouts in their broadcast debuts on ESPN2s Wednesday Night Fights from the Sycuan Resort and Casino in El Cajon, California, just outside of San Diego. continue
31.07.08 - Paul McCreath: Promoter Don House of Xtreme Boxing announced recently his plans for an 8 man heavyweight tournament to be held in Des Moines Iowa on August 29th. The tourney will feature 5 round bouts all the same night and televised by Fox Sports Net with total prize money of up to $2 million. Should we get excited about this? Probably not because the names involved as competitors are hardly top 10 fighters but you never know what might develop later. continue
30.07.08 - Inteview by Tony Nobbs: He was once a Tomorrow's Champion, one of a group of outstanding US prospects coming out of the early eighties, but today Alex Ramos is a hero to many of yesterday's Champions who have fell on hard times after their money earning nights in the ring.
New Yorker Alex, who's lived in Southern California since the late 80's, is president and founder of the Retired Boxers Foundation (RBF), an organization he set up in 1995 after his storied ring career ended and he himself hit skid row through alcohol and substance abuse. The RBF is very much a hands on operation which helps almost one hundred ex fighters of every caliber a year.
In March 1999, the week of the first Holyfield-Lewis heavyweight unification at MSG, an already convicted rapist(in 1985) who had impersonated Alex and continued to do his trick when released from prison, was arrested for rape and part of the official press release from police read Alex Ramos, 38, was charged last night with rape and sodomy of a woman in a Manhattan hotel. continue
Jim Amato: Greatness, like beauty is really in the eye of the beholder. Since 1965 I've followed the careers of so many wonderful fighters. Over the past couple of decades it has become increasingly more difficult to judge a fighters true worth. With so many titles and weight classes involved sometimes we as fans never really know who is the best fighter in their weight division. At times when a fighter does emerge who looks like he is the cream of his division, he promptly moves up a weight class. Floyd Mayweather Jr. is a good example. Manny Pacquaio too. continue
By Taj K. Eubanks - July 30, 2008: Such a title was bound to get your attention. Seriously though, what are the prospects of a repeat victory by Paul Williams? Lets examine what we know, starting with what we found out about Margarito this past Saturday. First, Margarito still gives away too many early rounds. The first six rounds of Cotto-Margarito clearly belonged to Cotto, who boxed beautifully, circled, and threw combinations. continue
By Tony Nobbs: In an entertaining battle Anthony Mundine (33-3, 23 KO's) got off the floor to unanimously out point tough Japanese warrior Crazy Kim (28-5, 24 KO's) at the Newcastle Entertainment Center in NSW on Wednesday night. Weighing 74.5 kg, the lightest of his career officially, Mundine was caught by a clean left hook to the chin in the third, going down, landing hard on his back. continue
By Coach K Carlos Escopeta (shotgun): Monzón 89-3-9, 59 Kos was an Argentine boxer born in the slums of Argentina but went on to win the world middleweight title and hold it for 7 years, defending his title 14 times. Antonio TornadoMargarito born into poverty started fighting pro at the adolescent age of fifteen, Monzon turned pro at twenty. Both fighters had minor amateur careers and began their pro careers against local competition fighting their way into contention. Both Margarito and Monzon had the majaroty of their losses early in their careers.
Antonio Margarito / Miguel Cotto resembles Carlos Monzon / Nino Benvenuti in many ways. Monzon like Margarito was the challenger and no one gave the Argentinian a fighting chance. Margarito entered as the underdog, at times even as high as 3-1. Margarito although being dodged by many at the top contenders like Shane Mosley, Floyd Mayweather and even Cotto earlier, until his loss to Paul Williams many believed the big welterweights dominance to be a myth. continue
30.07.08 - photo by Eoin Mundow/Cleva Media - Former cruiserweight king David The Hayemaker Haye has once again reiterated that hell be big enough and hit hard enough to shatter the jaw and reign of heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko despite the Ukrainians concerns that the Bermondsey man needed to grow a bit. continue
Amir Khan's new trainer Jorge Rubio has promised to help deliver a world title to the 21-year-old. Rubio was unveiled as Khan's new cornerman over the weekend. And the Florida-based Cuban met the press today in Bolton with Khan, and said he is among the most talented fighters he has worked with. If all goes to plan, Rubio will help guide Khan to a world title within the next 12 months. continue
by James Slater: In what is great news for former WBO cruiserweight champion Enzo Maccarinelli, promoter Frank Warren successfully won the purse bids for the fight between the former champ and the unbeaten American from Detroit, Jonathon Banks. This means the bout will take place in the U.K - at a venue and date to be confirmed. continue
30.07.08 - by Nefarious Nick Fremont: It's a few days after the big fight in the desert and every superlative that can be said about the contest has been said already.
Now, in the aftermath of that brutal war, what's going to happen to its participants?
TO THE VICTOR GOES THE SPOILS
Antonio Margarito is in an unfamiliar and enviable position now. He was champion before, but Mayweather and then Cotto were always The Man at 147. Now Margo is that man. He won't have to chase big paydays anymore.
There is talk that Margo's next fight will be against the winner of the Clottey-Judah fight on Aug. 2 that will determine the holder of the IBF 147 lb. belt Margo vacated to fight Cotto (Clottey being the mandatory). continue
LOS ANGELES, July 30 Mexican Independence Day weekend will be celebrated this year with the rematch of one of 2008s most hotly contested world title fights when former World Champion Vernon Forrest looks for redemption against a young World Champion Sergio Mora, who is looking to solidify his spot amongst the top junior middleweights in the world. On Saturday, September 13th, Sergio The Latin Snake Mora takes on the man he won his first world title from, former two-division World Champion Vernon The Viper Forrest at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. continue
by James Slater - Speaking recently with BBC radio, boxing legend "Sugar" Ray Leonard gave his take on the up-coming (new date to be confirmed) Joe Calzaghe-Roy Jones Junior fight. A fan and admirer of both boxers, the all-time great who won world titles at five different weights said he gives the Welshman an edge, due in large part to his incredible hand speed. continue
30.07.08 - By Vivek Wallace: This weeks 'Left-Hook Lounge' segment takes a look at some pretty interesting questions from fight fans around the globe. On the tab today, we look into matters surrounding everything from last weekends Cotto/Margarito fight, to Pacquiao's proposed showdown with Oscar, to a host of other topics. So, with no further ado........
Rodrigo Salinas (Houston, TX): What do you think ultimately led to Cotto's loss and what do you see in his future? continue
By Anthony Coleman, photo by Naoki Fukuda: No offense to Miguel Cotto, but when Antonio Margaritos hand was raised in victory I was smiling. Not because Cotto was defeated (and I hope that he is recovering after taking a Vargas-esque beating like he did). Not because my prediction of a Margarito victory came to fruition (go onto a popular boxing website and lookup Blackartsviper). But it was the fact that he was able to get the greatest victory of his career after boxing politics seemingly stalled it.
Ever since he won the WBO Welterweight title from Andrew Six Heads Lewis (remember him?) in 2003, Margarito has been near or the very top of many boxing fans and writers list of best Welterweights. Yet despite his credentials and Bob Arum by his side, he still couldnt score that one mega-fight that would pay him millions and bring him to the pound-for-pound inner circle. He was consistently looked past for fights with Forrest, Mayorga, Spinks, Judah and of course Mayweather (who didnt accept an 8 million dollar offer to fight Margarito in 2006). It was the same boxing cliché: Too good for his own good. continue
30.07.08 - by James Slater: In sad news, former WBC light-heavyweight champion and Olympic gold medallist Mate Parlov died late on Tuesday in his hometown of Pula, in Croatia. Five months ago, the 59-year-old was diagnosed with lung cancer, and yesterday, while being treated in hospital, the former champ passed away. continue
PROVIDENCE (July 30, 2008) Two of The Contender reality television series most popular fighters, The Pride of Providence Peter Manfredo, Jr. (Season One finalist) and Donny The Savage McCrary (Season Three participant), battle for the NABF Interim super middleweight title in the 12-round main event, headlining August Annihilator on Friday night, August 22 at Twin River Events Center in Lincoln, Rhode Island. continue
7/29/08 - By Mike Cassell, the Philadelphia Boxing Report - LAS VEGAS - If we have learned anything Saturday night in Las Vegas inside the MGM Grand arena is that there are very few fighters in the world with the pure will of Mexican welterweight Antonio Margarito. His 11 round relentless pursuit of Puerto Rican tough guy Miguel Cotto will go down in the pugilistic annals as one of the single greatest performances in the history of the welterweight division. continue
By James Slater: It would be scarcely believable if this coming Saturday's Joshua Clottey vs. Zab Judah welterweight title bout were even half as good as the fight we saw in Las Vegas on July 26th. Hell, the action Antonio Margarito and Miguel Cotto put on at The MGM Grand was hard enough to believe itself, such was its greatness. But in Judah vs. Clottey we may just have ourselves yet another excitement filled and extremely watch-able affair in a currently red-hot welterweight division.
Fighting for the IBF welterweight crown Margarito gave up so he could get the chance to rip the WBA belt from Cotto - which he did in sensational style, of course - Clottey and Judah clash at The Palms Casino in Vegas. Both men are hungry, too. "Super" Judah wants to get back to where he was a few years ago, when he was considered the main man at 147 pounds after having beaten Cory Spinks. continue
WBC CABOFE Heavyweight champion, Manuel "El Toro" Quezada (23-4, 15 KO's), will square off against Arthur Williams (44-15, 30 KO's) in a ten round bout scheduled for August 21, 2008 at the Tachi Palace Casino in Lemoore CA. continue
For the first time is his career, former Light Heavyweight champion Julio Gonzalez ( 41-5, 25 KOs) will walk into the ring with back-to-back losses. In his past two fights, Julio has lost very close decision fights to Clinton Woods and Reggie Johnson. I feel like I won both of those fights says Julio. continue
By Geoffrey Ciani: So Miguel Cotto finally met his match. After building an early lead in the first half of his match against Antonio Margarito, Cotto would ultimately succumb to the relentless pressure being applied by his bigger foe. It was an absolute marvel watching Cotto land powerhouse combinations throughout the entire contest, only to watch Margarito shrug them off as if they were nothing more than a mere nuisance. continue
29.07.08 - by James Slater: As has been widely reported, a split between Ricky Hatton and his long-time trainer Billy Graham has been on the cards for some time. There were no ill feelings between the two men, however, and the reason for the split, as has been reported in the U.K today, was simply Graham's decision to retire from being a boxing trainer.
Graham ended the months of speculation himself, by announcing that this coming Saturday's fight, in the corner of British 100-fight journeyman Ojay Abrahams, will be his last. Ricky Hatton's father, Ray, paid tribute to Billy in the British media recently.
"Ricky and Billy had a meeting yesterday (July 28th), in which Billy admitted he was not going any further," Ray Hatton said. "It was quite emotional because they have been together for so long (eleven years). continue
by James Slater: Going into his last fight, Mexican puncher Daniel Ponce de Leon was the reigning WBO super-bantamweight champion. Less than three minutes into his defence against the unbeaten, emerging Puerto Rican star that is Juan Manuel Lopez, everything changed for de Leon. Smashed to a sensational defeat at just 2 mins and 25 seconds of the very first round, the 28-year-old southpaw was an ex-champion. continue
NEW YORK (July 29, 2008) ShoBox: The New Generation returns to New York City for the first time in four years with New Jerseys own Pawel Raging Bull Wolak (21-0, 14 KOs) as he puts his undefeated record on the line against ShoBox veteran Ishe Sugar Shay Smith (19-3, 19 KOs) in a 10-round junior middleweight bout, Friday, Aug. 1, live on SHOWTIME at 11:00 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast). continue
by James Slater: It seems Vernon "The Viper" Forrest is going to get the immediate rematch he wanted with Sergio Mora - who upset him via a shock points verdict this past June. Scheduled to face the Contender star/legitimate world champion for a second time on the Joel Casamayor-Juan Manuel Marquez fight in Las Vegas on September 13th, the 37-year-old will be going all out for revenge in an attempt to regain his WBC light-middleweight belt. continue
by Shawn O'Donnell: Joe Cortez is a long standing professional referee who has witnessed some of the biggest moments in boxing history. He presided over the main event of the largest audience in fight history: Julio Cesar Chavez and Greg Haugen. Cortez was also present for one of the greatest accomplishments in sports history, when ancient pugilist,George Foreman, knocked out Michael Moorer to recapture the heavyweight title. Lately fans and media have been hounding Cortez over his governance of boxing matches. Many of his critics have pointed to the fact that he is no longer a part of history, but is in fact the one that is influencing historical outcomes. It is the life of the referee, noticeable when there is controversy, but as visible as a ghost when fights run smooth. continue
29.07.08 - by James Slater: Well, former heavyweight champion Hasim Rahman got what he wanted in the end. According to a news flash on FightNews.com, the official decision of Rhaman's July 16th rematch fight with James Toney has been demoted from a 3rd round TKO win for "Lights Out" to a No Decision. continue
The Zab Judah vs. Joshua Clottey hot undercard is packed with future stars and top prospects including undefeated lightweight Anthony Peterson of Washington, D.C. Bob Arum made the announcement today. Judah and Clottey will rumble for the vacant IBF welterweight title this Saturday, August 2, at the Pearl Concert Theater inside of the Palms Hotel-Casino in Las Vegas. continue
Popular Mexican fighter and former WBC lightweight world champion Jose Luis El Temible Castillo (56-8-1, 48 KOs) will get back in the ring against Argentine Sebastian Iron Lujan (29-5-2, 20 KOs) in a 10-round welterweight battle on Wednesday, July 30, live on ESPN2 at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT. continue
By Taj K. Eubanks - July 28, 2008: Twenty-four hours have passed. Second-guessing abounds. What the boxing world thought it knew, it didnt. Few expected an outcome so improbable, a shining star ground to dust, mere remnants of its whole. Miguel Cotto found himself in too deep against an opponent with nothing to lose and everything to gain. Say what you will, but you didnt see it coming, not like this.
A juggernaut stopped cold only happens in comic book movies or fantastic books written by men free with their pen. Yet the very soul of Las Vegas bore witness to the granite fists of a man in possession of a diamond chin, a man who wrote a new ending to story that seemingly had already been written.
The post-Cotto-Margarito era had been in discussion for quite some time. Would Cotto be Oscar de la Hoyas final dance partner? Or would he face Paul The Punisher Williams, the other man deemed to be the in line for the designation as the divisions best? continue
HOLLYWOOD, FL, July 28 One of the biggest punchers in boxing today, as well as one of its most exciting practitioners, former undisputed cruiserweight world champion ONeil Bell is ready to introduce some of that excitement into a new division heavyweight. continue
Marco Captain Huck (21-1, 16 KOs) will take on European cruiserweight champion Jean Marc Monrose (24-1, 15 KOs) in his hometown of Bielefeld on September 20. It will be a special fight for the 23-year-old who returns to the place where he almost celebrated the biggest success of his career. continue
28.07.08 - By Srithar Visuasam: This Wednesday July 30, Australian Anthony Mundine (32-3, 23 KOs) takes on Japanese fighter Crazy Kim (Toshiharu Kaneyama) (28-4, 24 KOs) in a 10 round showdown at the Newcastle Entertainment Centre, Sydney, Australia. This bout will be fought at a catch-weight of 164 pounds as Mundine, the former two-time WBA super middleweight champion, takes the first step of his planned drop to the 160 pound middleweight division. continue
28.07.8 - By Robert Jackson: This follow-up article to the pre fight article I scripted is not meant to rub salt into the wounds felt by Miguel Cotto and all of his loyal fans, nor is it intended as a 'pat myself on the back' piece. I appreciate and honor Mr. Cotto's performance in the ring Saturday nite, Mr. Margarito was just the better man on that nite. The question is where do both fighters go from here?
The Tijuana Toughman man has plenty of options 1) he can begin to unify the titles and clean up the division (Zab Judah was at one time the undisputed 147lb champ), 2) he can (with Arum's help) coax Mr. Mayweather out of retirement for a REAL BIG fight, 3) he can give Miguel Cotto a rematch (this shouldn't happen right away Cotto needs time to heal), 4) rematch Paul Williams (the best and most lucrative option), and 5) fight Judah/Clottey winner. continue
Its a special edition of HBO BOXING AFTER DARK when HBO Sports presents the exclusive replay of the highly anticipated welterweight championship fight MIGUEL COTTO VS. ANTONIO MARGARITO this SATURDAY, AUG. 2 (9:30 p.m. ET/PT) on HBO. The HBO Sports team, which was ringside for the live event at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, will call all the action. The replay will be available in HDTV. continue
by James Slater: Not long to go now until the 2008 Olympic games in Beijing are upon us. And British boxing is being well represented at the games, with no less than eight boxers having qualified. One of the stars of the eight-man squad boxing for Britain is lightweight Frankie Gavin, aged 23. continue
The extremely popular junior middleweight James Moore, 15-1 (10 KOS), a native of County Wicklow, Ireland, who fights out of Queens, New York, is primed and ready for his August 6th battle against veteran Lloyd Christian Joseph, 12-6-3 (5 KOS), a native of the Virgin Islands who fights out of New York. continue
by James Slater: Antonio Margarito just keeps coming and coming in a fight. He's done it many times before, and he did it again last night against the hitherto unbeaten Miguel Cotto. Without question, the Mexican warrior is an unstoppable, never give up, heartbreaker. That's what Margarito does, he breaks fighters' hearts.
Take last night's "Battle," for example. The 30-year-old waded through Cotto's best and most accurately hurtful shots all night practically, only to win in the end. It wasn't one shot that ended Cotto's reign and unbeaten record, it was simply the overall pressure of a fighter who is beginning to look like a true modern day phenomenon. Who else could have overwhelmed an on song Cotto, who was putting on a virtual punch-perfect display for almost half a dozen rounds, the way "Tony" did? Make no mistake, what we had the privilege of witnessing last night in Las Vegas was the sight of a unique fighter doing his thing. continue
By Michael Klimes: What can I say about the most anticipated fight of the year, which was one of the rare classics that exceeded expectations and defied most pundits predictions? Unfortunately, not much, but I may as well try without skidding into a cliché as I write from a summer house in Sweden where a person returns from exhilaration to consider previous events in tranquillity. I was stranded in Stockholm for the weekend that is not a bad place to be with its galleries, architecture and long legged blond beauties.
I wonder if they outdo the showgirls or ring girls in Las Vegas? I will have to satisfy my curiosity in the future. To my humiliation, I could not find a bar that showed the fight so I experienced the delayed elation of seeing Antonio Margaritos victory over Miguel Cotto. I read about the result on the internet before I saw the fight. Oh well
the wait was worth it. Margarito put his middle finger up to me as I voted for the wrong guy. continue
By Per Ake Persson: Newly crowned EBU heavy champ Sinan Samil Sam has relinquished the title rather than go through with the rematch against Italian Paolo Vidoz. It will now be Vidoz vs Brit Matt Skelton for the vacant title with September 8 at noon as deadline for purse bids or agreement. continue
Dick Landis reporting - Saturday evening (7-26) in Charlotte, NC, a local boxing card was staged in a middle school gym promoted by Red Leather Sports. The card featured mostly local fighters and a goodly number of young aspiring men making their professional debut. The surprising element to the otherwise local show was the appearance of former heavyweight prospect Timor Ibragimov, scheduled for the featured bout vs. journeyman Andrew Greeley. continue
27.07.08 - By Chris Acosta: It wasn't that long ago when I could ask someone, "Did you watch that fight last night?" and they would know what I was talking about. But those days are gone. Now, I get en excited look of acknowledgment followed by the names of UFC fighters I don't know. "Yeah!" They say. "Did you see that knee to the stomach?" Since Andrew Golota isn't as active these days, I can only assume they aren't talking about boxing. continue
By Taj Eubanks, photo by Naoki Fukuda - July 26, 2008 - I saw you beat that man like I never saw no man get beat before, and the man kept coming after you. Now we don't need no man like that in our lives. --- Duke to Apollo Creed from Rocky II
Boxing, despite its alternately glorious and lurid history, has the ability to ignite a fire within fans that I have only seen otherwise in international soccer matches. The nationalistic fervor that engulfed the MGM Grand Arena tonight was spectacular, as the seats were stuffed to the rafters with rabid Boricuas and Mexicans chanting, singing, flag-waving, and engaging in raucous back-and-forths with each other. The atmosphere was, in short, electric. Surrounded on either side by fans from each contingent, it was difficult not to get swept up in the frenzy and act completely insane. Instead, I just took it all in, absorbing every sight and sound like a human sponge. I knew that I was in a special place and moment and wanted to savor every second. continue
By Frank Gonzalez Jr.: What a GREAT fight! Will beat skill. Brawler beat boxer. Stamina beat speed. Underdog beat favorite. Styles make fights and on paper, Cotto was rightfully the favorite because hes the better boxer, has good power and commanding ring generalship. But it came down to who could take a punch better. The story of this fight was Margaritos tremendous stamina and durability in a classic comeback victory. continue
By Paul Strauss: Max Kellerman described the essence of the fight, when he said it was an example imposing will over skill. The fight went as the experts predicted. The consensus was Cotto was too fast and skilled for Margarito. Cotto's fight plan was to use that speed and boxing ability to take advantage of Margarito's mistakes, making him pay. continue
27.007.08 - by James Slater: Last night in Las Vegas, on the under-card of "The Battle," relatively unknown Colombian Cesar Canchila put on a career-best performance by hammering the big-punching Mexican Giovanni Segura to defeat over 12 absorbing rounds. The scores were 117-110, 1170-110 and 115-112, all for Canchila. The new interim champ improved to 27-1(21), Segura was beaten for the very first time and fell to 19-1-1(15). continue
By Vivek Wallace, photo by Chris Farina/TopRank: In what was a very colossal affair, fight fans around the globe got every penny of their monies worth as Mexican Antonio Margarito and Puerto Rican Miguel Cotto finally stepped in the ring to deliver on this years most highly anticipated showdown. In an era where fight fans are not always accustomed to witnessing a true showdown, this battle was definitely as good as advertised. Coming into this fight it was very clear that the two fighters - both of whom bring a very dominant will into the ring - would try to break the posture of the opponent, and after 11 hard fought rounds, the unthinkable happened. A pre-fight prediction rendered spoke ominously of the words of former Miguel Cotto victim, Alfonso Gomez, who once stated that "Many men have hurt Miguel Cotto, but the difference is gonna come against the guy who can close him". After 11 action filled rounds and plenty of peaks and valley's, some found out what a few already knew. That something is that unlike Mosley, Judah, and many of the past, Antonio Margarito is a bona-fide closer.
Few initially saw reason to go against Miguel Cotto and through better than the first half of the fight, he would show exactly why, connecting on virtually everything he threw. continue
By Shaun Brown: Would Miguel Cotto really want to fight Antonio Margarito again after the kind of defeat he suffered when losing his welterweight crown yesterday? In the opening stages of this fight Cotto was boxing beautifully. Countering at will, his movement excellent and to many, there may have been an argument that Margarito was being left to look outclassed and bewildered. continue
By Kingsley Walker: The mood I seem to be experiencing after a purely exhilarating boxing fight, which in my mind could go down as the fight of the year with its hype and deliverance is that many seem to be doubting Cotto. The Margarito-Cotto fight I feel lived up to expectations for boxing fans and the hardcore boxing enthusiasts, this was a grueling fight for both warriors as they battled it out, over pride and nationalism all combined and delivered effectively. Although Margarito won, nothing can be taken away from Miguel Cotto. continue
Bill Calogero at ringside: Saratoga Springs, NY James McGirt Jr. dominated Raymond Joval in the first five rounds, dropping the former IBO Champion twice in the third to win a unanimous ten-round decision in their Middleweight bout. The fight was the main event of ESPN2s Friday Night Fights. The Pugnacious Promotions show was broadcast live from the Saratoga Springs Center in Saratoga Springs, NY on ESPN2. continue
By Mike Casey: The It factor, it is often said, can never be truly defined. We simply know that some people have it and others dont. Identifying and appreciating its components is another matter and can prove a devilishly difficult task.
At some time or another, we have all seen a fighter whom we know to be great without initially knowing why. We tend to keep quiet about this, of course. When you make your living on the boxing beat, it doesnt do to go around asking others to enlighten you.
The average fan, by contrast, is a more innocent and admirably courageous animal. I must admit to having quite a high regard for the fellow who posted the following question on one of the Internet forums: WHY WAS CARLOS MONZON SO GREAT?
My admiration for this honest soul might surprise you, since I happen to be one of Monzons greatest boosters. At first glance, the question might seem akin to asking what Joe Louis ever did that was worth a spit. continue
WASHINGTON D.C. (July 28, 2008) Former WBO light welterweight champion DeMarcus Chop Chop Corley is in a crossroads fight Wednesday night against Ashley Treasure Theophane (21-3, 7 KOs) in Rochester, New York. Corley (31-8-1, 17 KOs) is out to snap a four-fight losing streak and go back to the future, working with a new team in hopes of getting back into title contention. continue
IBF Cruiserweight champion, Steve USS Cunningham wants to send congratulations to John Bon Jovi & The Philadelphia Soul for winning the Arena League world championship on Sunday and joining Cunningham as the only currant world champions in the sports-crazed city. continue
By Vanessa McConnell, photo by Naoki Fukuda: Antonio Margarito (37-5, 1NC, 27 KOs) got exactly what he wanted and took the WBA world title from Miguel Cotto (32-1, 26 KOs) July 26 at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas. Cotto made it to the eleventh round when his uncle/manager/trainer Evangelista Cotto threw in the towel. This was one of the most anticipated fights of the year and turned out to be one of the bloodiest. Cotto was undefeated until now. continue
By Ted Sares: The Prediction: Paul Williams was able to beat Margo by utilizing a disciplined fight plan and by staying on the outside keeping Tony at bay with a great volume of effective jabs. Cotto, in my view, is too small to emulate this strategy.
I see Margarito eventually luring the undefeated Cotto into a slugfest, taking away his fight plan and with it, his focus. Against Sugar Shane Mosley, Cotto tired in the late rounds, but Mosley was too tired himself to capitalize. If this happens against Tony, it will prove fatal. However, I dont see the fight going that long.
With his superior size, I see the warrior from Tijuana getting stronger with each round and, with alternating brutal shots to the body and straight rights upstairs, imposing his will on Cotto by the sixth or seventh stanza. Once this occurs, he will be in a position to stagger his smaller opponent with either a debilitating shot to the liver or straight right to the temple. He then will close matters decisively around the eight or ninth round. continue
CEBU CITY Rafael Concepcion of Panama overpowered AJ Banal on Saturday to score a dramatic 10th round knockout and win the WBA Interim super-flyweight crown. The end came in the 2:35 mark of the 10th round with a solid right to the face in a neutral corner. The thousands of local fans in attendance at the packed Cebu Coliseum were dismayed and stunned as the hot favourite AJ Banal was brought to his knees and was unable to beat the referee's count apparently due more to exhaustion. continue
26.07.08 - Jim Amato: WHAT A FIGHT ! Miguel Cotto outboxed a plodding Antonio Margarito early but Margarito got stronger as the fight wore on and finally battered Cotto into submission at 2:05 of round eleven. This was a classic that lived up to and even surpassed expectations. Margarito is a monster. That is the best way I can describe him. Cotto landed many jabs and several clean shots but they just seemed to bounce off Margarito. Not once did Margarito show any sign of being hurt. Cotto's nose started bleeding early and soon there was a cut over his eye. continue
26.07.08 - by James Slater: Exactly eighty years ago this very day, heavyweight champion of the world Gene Tunney boxed for the very last time. The fight also marked Tunney's second defence of the heavyweight championship. Having won the crown two summers previously by out-pointing the great Jack Dempsey over ten scheduled rounds, and then beating "The Manassa Mauler" for a second time in the legendary "Battle of The Long Count," Tunney had achieved all he'd wanted in boxing. continue
By Jason Sardelis: July 26, MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada: Antonio Tornado Margarito 37-5, 27 Kos won his third welterweight title winning the WBA belt stopping Miguel Cotto 32-1, 26 Kos with 55 seconds left in the 11th round.
Cotto outboxed Margarito in the opener but the Mexican showed he was there for the long hall. The Mexican challenger used relentless pressure and remained the aggressor throughout the fight, turning it into a war. Margarito landed a viscious a right hand in the second stanza hurting Cotto a sign of things to come. He also cut Cotto inside his left eye.
Margarito continued the relentless pressure over the next few rounds, but Cotto appeared to be landing the cleaner shots. Cotto used his mobility taking rounds three, four and five.
In the third round the challenger kept targeting the body but drew two warnings for low blows in less than a minute as Cotto continued to counterpunch stealing rounds. continue
26.07.08 - Carlo Pamintuan: Heartaches continue for the fabled fighters of the well-known ALA Gym in the Philippines as Rafael Concepcion (11-2-1) of Panama knocked out the popular AJ Bazooka Banal (17-1-1) in the tenth round of their twelve round encounter. Banal won most of the early rounds by connecting hard punches to Concepcions head and body but his stamina fizzled out and Concepcion grew stronger and stronger as the rounds progressed. continue
by James Slater - Last night, in Saratoga Springs, New York, 25-year-old James "Buddy" McGirt Junior bounced back from his TKO loss to Carlos De Leon Junior by unanimously out-pointing the vastly experienced and world class Raymond Joval. McGirt scored two knockdowns in the 3rd round, and triumphed by scores of 97-91, 99-89, 99-89. McGirt improved to 19-1(9). Joval fell to 37-5(16). continue
By James Allan: As a regular consumer of boxing critique over the last ten years, I've come to notice that the scribes that follow our sport are among the finest commentators that fill the sports pages, whether printed or electronic. I won't bombast you with my favourites (of which I have many) nor will I seek yours, as I'm not looking to stir debate in this area or massage any egos. But the quality of writing, depth of knowledge and reverence to boxing's storied history, will often astound me like an explosive Seymour Hersch investigation or a surprisingly well penned novel. continue
by James Slater: Jeff Lacy, the former IBF super-middleweight champion, won a tougher than expected ten-round decision over Epifanio Mendoza only this past Wednesday, seemingly setting himself up for a big fight with Jermain Taylor. Yet today, in an article that has appeared in The Tampa Tribune, Lacy has let it be known he intends to retire from boxing altogether.
"I'm retiring," Lacy is reported to have said with frustration clear in his voice. "There will be no fight between me and Jermain [Taylor]. I'm just retiring, I'm done. This business is dirty. That's all I have to say. This is a very dirty business. I would advise anyone who has kids not to let them ever fight in this business."
Lacy's shocking comments have left his trainer, Roger Bloodworth perplexed, as have they promoter Lou DiBella - who handles former middleweight champion Taylor. continue
Amir Khan has confirmed that Jorge Rubio has been appointed as his new trainer. The undefeated star of British boxing recently went to America and met with a number of top trainers but gelled best with Rubio.The Cuban taskmaster has already started work with the 21-year-old hot-shot at his Bolton training headquarters as he prepares for his Commonwealth title defence on September 6 at the M.E.N Arena. continue
by James Slater: Vastly experienced boxing trainer Hector Roca, of Gleason's Gym Fame, has gone on record as saying Manny Pacquiao has a better than average chance of beating Oscar De La Hoya, should the fight actually happen - and it's looking more and more like it will. continue
CHICAGO, IL (July 26, 2008) Chicago fight fans were treated to an outstanding evening of professional boxing last night at The Aragon Ballroom as Dominic Pesolis 8 Count Productions, HOME OF THE BEST IN CHICAGO BOXING, presented a terrific evening of action packed fights. continue
26.07.08 - By Raymond Markarian, photo by Chris Farina/TopRank: After coming down from the nature high of being one day away from arguably the best fight in the Mexican vs. Puerto Rican boxing rivalry since Fernando Vargas lost to Tito Trinidad in December of 2000, there is one question that comes to mind; why are we so lucky?
Then again, why would Bob Arum put Miguel Cotto in the ring with the most avoided fighter in the world in Antonio Margarito?
A loss definitely hurts Cotto more than a victory helps Margarito. If Cotto loses on Saturday night all the momentum he has gained as the newest boxing savior would be thrown out the window. Not to mention, the possible De la Hoya fight in December and loud cries for a Mayweather fight. continue
by James Slater: "The Pride Of Providence," Peter Manfredo Junior, 30-5(15), is scheduled (according to BoxRec) to get back in the ring this coming August 22nd at The Twin River Event Centre in his native Rhode Island. The always watch-able Manfredo will be engaging in his third bout since losing on points to former IBF super-middleweight champion Jeff "Left Hook" Lacy - a fight that took place on the massive Floyd Mayweather-Ricky Hatton bill in Las Vegas. continue
By George Ulrich: With all the fanfare this fight has attained (and rightfully so) Im going to take a look at both fighters most recent opponents and how they dealt with them.
Miguel Cotto has had arguably the tougher road of the two as far as his most recent encounters. In his past three fights hes faced a durable fighter in Alfonso Gomez, former p4p elite Shane Mosley, and an incredibly physically gifted fighter in Zab Judah. continue
by James Slater: According to FightNews.com, the IBF has a scheduled August 5th purse bid for an intriguing clash of young heavyweights. "Fast" Eddie Chambers has a mandatory USBA defence against the unbeaten Malik Scott, and it seems the two will meet in what will be both men's next fight. This should be an interesting and entertaining battle of talented heavyweight wannabes. continue
By Vivek Wallace, photo by Chris Farina / TopRank: The fight that the whole world of boxing had asked for and once thought would never happen is finally upon us. In an era where fighters are known for out of the ring antics and bravado, finally, fight fans can watch two men of few words who produce a helluva lot more action. Two great ambassadors of the sport, two different nations, and in the end, there can only be one hand held high. Heroics of the past have made it literally impossible to pick a winner, but when it all boils down, we don't have to, because the true winner tonight is the fans. And besides, choosing a winner in the ring won't come down to us fans to choose, because if the past is any indication, these two warriors are more than ready to settle that score. So, as we live out the last few moments of anticipation, we quickly take a glimpse into the technicalities that will ultimately shape the finality......
KEYS TO VICTORY
Miguel Cotto: Few fighters have the discipline to weather an opponents storm and stay true to who they are or what the gameplan calls for. continue
25.07.o8- By Vivek Wallace: In this weeks 'Call Em Out Fridays' segment we perform a first. Typically, we 'Call Out' actual fighters, or other prominent figures in the sport by placing them under the microscope and dissecting their actions and shortcomings for the fight world to see, analyze for themselves, and ultimately decide. This week, rather than calling out the fighters involved in this huge spectacle over the upcoming weekend, we 'call out' the fans. continue
By Jim Amato: He had walked away from the most prestigious prize in all of sports. I was shocked but Vitali Klitschko is his own man and for whatever reasons he had, the decision was made. How good was Vitali Klitschko? Where will he fall when rating him against the other great heavyweights of all time? It will be quite difficult to judge with the abrupt end to his career. Vitali has only 37 fights, winning 35 with 34 stoppage wins. The numbers are impressive. Let's look at the quality of his opposition. continue
By Joe Barrett - Within sections of the media, the fans and even the fighters themselves, we have long heard grumbles of the best fighters dont fight the best, instead choosing to fight the opponent who offers the least risk for the most reward. However in the past few years this trend seems to have changed, with these two fighters at the forefront which has ultimately lead to them confronting each other in which is possibly the biggest fight in the game at the moment. continue
by James Slater: Last night, in California, former IBF super-middleweight champion Jeff "Left Hook" Lacy won on points in a ten-round thriller against Colombia's Epifanio Mendoza. The victor via a hard-fought, 97-93, 96-94, 95-95 majority decision, 31-year-old Lacy improved to 24-1(17). The 32-year-old Mendoza fell to 28-6-1(24).
Both men had their moments in a fight that was extremely good to watch, and after a quite brutal and damaging bout the critics will claim once again that the former 168-pound world champ is no longer the force he was before his losing fight with Joe Calzaghe. Lacy inflicted more than enough hurt himself, but he was hit back in kind by the determined Mendoza.
Round two saw both men hurt, and it was apparent the fight was going to be a gruelling affair. Hurt again in the late rounds, Lacy dug deep to come back in the 10th and final round. continue
by James Slater: You can bet your bottom dollar Floyd Mayweather Junior will be watching Saturday's hugely anticipated Miguel Cotto-Antonio Margarito fight somewhere. Mayweather may be retired, but his interest in boxing has not faded to the point where he will fail to tune in for this one. The question is, will Floyd be able to resist the urge to make a comeback and fight the winner - especially if that winner turns out to be the man who was seen as his biggest threat at 147-pounds for quite some time, in the mighty Cotto? continue
By James Slater: Former cruiserweight champion David Haye today confirmed his first full-time fight up at heavyweight will take place in the month of November. Speaking to Steve Bunce on Setanta Sports, Haye confirmed the date but said there were still a number of fighters being considered for his opponent. continue
Jacksonville, FL: IBF / WBO / WBA Lightweight king Nate Campbell will return to the broadcasters chair for 2 weeks, as he was selected to fill in for Teddy Atlas on ESPN2's Wednesday Night Fights. With Atlas heading to China to cover the Olympics, Campbell will co-host the August 6th and August 13th editions of the Wednesday night series, alongside Joe Tessitore. Campbell's recent appearance as an in-studio analyst on ESPN2 impressed many, leading to his selection for these dates. continue
25.07.08 - By Vivek Wallace, photo by Chris Farina / Top Rank: As we hoan in on Saturday's mega-fight between Puerto Rican Miguel Cotto and Mexican Antonio Margarito, it seems everyone with an opinion has voiced it already. Fans, fugitives, boxing scribes and desperate housewives; every last one of them have decided to chime in and give their take on this spectacle we all await. As great as it is to here the varied rhetoric, few have stopped to take a moment out to actually celebrate the two men now at center stage. Today, rather than talking left-hooks and uppercuts, we take the path least followed and analyze a few random tidbits about these two men that most fight fans never knew. The kind of things that not only tell us who they are, but why they've been ultimately driven to reach the pinnacle in which they now stand. For example, it's easy for the average fight fan to point out the fact that Miguel Cotto is a 'body-snatcher' with a strong penchant for wearing an opponent down, but how many people out there knew that this phenom we've all come to love and adore would not have happened if it weren't for his Mother's cooking. Yep, at only age 11, a young Miguel Cotto was a hefty 156lbs, and only got into boxing because his brothers were doing it, and it was a good way for him to "try to lose some weight". Probably not the message our parents had in mind when they told us "don't throw any food away because there are people in the world without it", but hey, we now know at least one success story to motivate our kids with as a result of that strategy, huh? continue
CHICAGO, IL (July 25, 2008) Former lightweight world champion Carlos FAMOSO Hernandez will return to the ring in Chicago on Friday, August 15th in the SOLO BOXEO TECATE televised ten round main event of ON FIRE/EN FUEGO at The Aragon Ballroom, it was announced today by Dominic Pesolis 8 Count Productions, HOME OF THE BEST IN CHICAGO BOXING, along with Oscar De La Hoyas Golden Boy Promotions. continue
NEW YORK CITY (July 25, 2008) Bob Duffys Ring Promotions announced today that it has been hired to promote the inaugural KnockOut Poverty pro boxing show, featuring all African boxers, on Tuesday night, September 23 at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City. continue
Middleweight boxer Gary Lockett admits he has become disillusioned with the sport but has distanced himself from reports in the press that he is set to retire from boxing just yet. Lockett told Setanta Sports News that boxing fans can expect a decision either way this September. continue
By Michael Klimes: It is often said that love or perhaps even affection for somebody makes it precarious for that person to criticise them. I have always felt that Joe Calzaghe was a brilliant fighter, maybe a great one, who just had the misfortune of being born a few years too late. I think Joe Calzaghe has now done enough to be considered a worthy Hall of Famer. The humiliating boxing lesson he taught to Jeff Lacy, the enthralling match up with his heir apparent Mikkel Kessler and the ugly yet important victory over Bernard Hopkins have ensured that he has earned the votes to enter Canastota.
Still I think it is a little tragic and Calzaghe has discussed this himself that he has not had the best opposition to test himself against to prove how good he believes he is. Calzaghes long road to greatness is maybe the best example of how boxing started to decline around the time I was born. What do I mean by this? From the late 1980s, boxing saw a new generation of fighters from mainly Europe and America rush to establish themselves as it was clear that the previous stars of Marvin Hagler, Roberto Duran, Sugar Ray Leonard and Tommy Hearns were being to fade. At the time it might have seemed boxing was entering a slump. After all, wouldnt it be difficult to surpass those legends? continue
British Featherweight Marianne Marston is to be on the card of Jarvis Robinson's Fight Night Productions 'Casino Battle Royale' event which is to be held in Atlantic City this coming November. continue
July 25 (Chicago, Ill)- Undefeated prospect and WBC Continental Americas light heavyweight champion, Cedric Agnew (8-0, 4) of Chicago Heights, has been added to the undercard of the August 8th edition of ESPN2s Friday Night Fights which will be broadcast from Chicagos Aragon Entertainment Center. continue
VERO BEACH, Florida (July 24, 2008) Dont expect to see middleweight prospect James McGirt, Jr. (18-1, 9 KOs) betting horses at The Spa, beautiful Saratoga Race Track, at least not until Saturday despite him spending several days this week in Saratoga Springs. continue
24.07.08 - By Michael Klimes: Wales is one of the worlds foremost boxing nations. To use a boxing phrase known in our community, he or even she in the politically correct culture punches well above her weight. I can imagine the faces of certain fans on the other side of the Atlantic shaking their heads in disbelief and disagreement as the infantile tribalism sets in. They are preparing to articulate their counter-arguments. Unfortunately, their counter-arguments are not as eloquent as my middle finger which is now pointing in their faces. Jimmy Wilde, Freddie Welsh, Tommy Farr, Howard Winstone and Johnny Owen embody this noble boxing tradition. Joe Calzaghe is the latest manifestation and since the Welshman is thirty six and his fighting days are numbered, one might think that as a Calzaghe fan I would be waving my supportive banner and frantically joining the Welsh tribe. I am not though as I have never had time for narrow sectarianism and I am a boxing fan of all shapes and sizes, colours and creeds. Sentences like he is an American bum or British fighters are crap because they are British have not and never will appeal to me. continue
Miika Forssröm: Finnish middleweight contender "Idi" Amin Asikainen (24-1, 16 KOs) takes on Argentinean Claudio Ariel Abalos (18-10-2, 5 KOs) August 30 in Tampere, Finland. It is a tune-up fight for Asikainen, who later this year fights for the vacant European middleweight title against Khoren Gevor. Asikainen versus Abalos is scheduled for 8 rounds. continue
By P.H. Burbridge: Fight fans cant wait to see Miguel Cotto face off against Antonio Margarito. This is the most intriguing match up out there and there is no other fight that has the potential to generate more fireworks. Its one of those cant miss events in our sport where fans are actually rewarded for their dedication and for enduring so many pound for pound fighters making excuses as to why they wont face the best competition out there. continue
HOLLYWOOD, FL, July 24 Less than a month away from his pivotal bout against Jose Miguel Torres on the August 13th edition of ESPN2s Wednesday Night Fights, unbeaten contender Mean Joe Greene is primed for his bout and also ready for all comers in a new weight class - 154 pounds. continue
24.07.08 - By Mike Casey: Suddenly it all clicked. All the pieces of the jigsaw fell into place and Jack Dempsey was flying, ripping and barnstorming his way to a fight with Jess Willard for the heavyweight championship of the world.
After all the mining camp brawls, after all the hobo struggles and saloon fights and a sometimes brutal apprenticeship in the ring of rules and regulations, the rare diamond had been polished to a sparkle.
The wise men like Jack Kearns, Teddy Hayes and Spider Kelley had known it all along. Now the others knew it too. They could see and understand the very exceptional talent that was Jack Dempsey.
The bronzed and muscled youngster had seemed to toil for an age as he hacked his way through the vast field of competition from the mountains and the deserts of the Old West to the Old Fun City of New York. continue
World title hopeful Kevin Mitchell says a WBO World Super-Featherweight title victory for best friend Nicky Cook will not put his own ambitions on hold. Mitchell's stablemate challenges for Alex Arthur's world crown on September 6 at the M.E.N Arena in Manchester. continue
Las Vegas, Nevada (July 24, 2008) "Slick" Nick Sampson & Macke Roberts of Sin City Sports & Entertainment LLC proudly announce that current WBO Oriental Welterweight Champion Emanuel "The Drunken Master" Augustus, has a new trainer in his corner former two time world champion Roger Mayweather. continue
23.07.08 - by James Slater: So far, with the fight having only recently been announced, most boxing people seem to feel Kelly Pavlik will prevail in his October clash with Bernard Hopkins. However, trainer Enzo Calzaghe is not one of these people. continue
Exclusive Interview by James Slater: This writer had the pleasure of a quick, over-the-phone interview with current WBO welterweight champion Paul "The Punisher" Williams last night. Time was short and the phone line could have been a clearer one, but the 26-year-old and I did discuss a few things. With the sound of the gym in the background, Williams, who was to work-out after hanging up, was as gracious and as polite as always.
Here is what the 6'1" welterweight star had to say.
James Slater: I really appreciate your time, Paul. Firstly, are you disappointed you never got the fight with Kelly Pavlik?
Paul Williams: Oh, yes sir. That fight was tailor-made for me! I would have loved that fight. I always want to fight the best. continue
Karo Murat defends the EBU supermiddle title against Spaniard Gabriel Campbillo September 20 in Germany. This is likely to be a supporting bout to Kessler vs Haussler. Murat can already be found at # 9 in WBA ratings. continue
Golden Boy's rising stars, twin sensations Carlos Ivan and Juan Carlos Velasquez remain undefeated as they maintain their quest of becoming world champions. From the Morongo Resort and Casino on July 23, 2008: Carlos Ivan continued to shine as he demolished David Vasquez via 2nd round TKO. In the opening round, the Puerto Rican native imposed his strength as he pushed Vasquez back while landing nice left hooks to the head. continue
On August 15, The Venue at The River Cree Resort and Casino, in Enoch, Alberta, just outside Edmonton, plays host to one of the most intriguing match-ups of the year, as undefeated British middleweight sensation Dazzling Darren Barker (17-0, 11 KOs) makes his North American debut against upset-minded veteran Larry Sharpe (22-4, 10 KOs), of Pine Falls, Alberta. continue
By Geoffrey Ciani: Miguel Cotto and Antonio Margarito are slated to square off this weekend in a contest many perceive as a potential fight of the year encounter. Some observers are even pegging this mega-bout as a potential fight of the decade candidate, and not without good reason. Of all the fights that could possibly be made right now, this might well be the best match-up (at least on paper) that a boxing fan could dream of. Indeed, this is one of those fights that will appeal to both casual fans and die-hards alike.
What makes this fight so potentially exciting is the fact that each fighter personifies what it means to be a warrior. Once inside the squared circle, neither fighter is afraid to mix it up, neither is apt to take a backwards step, and neither understands the meaning of the word quit. continue
NEW YORK (July 23, 2008) Making his first title defense, Nate Campbell will risk his newly acquired International Boxing Federation, World Boxing Organization and World Boxing Association lightweight titles against undefeated two-division world champion Joan Guzman on Saturday, Sept. 13, 2008, live on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING at 9 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast). continue
Pensacola, FL -- Roy Jones Jr. discusses the postponement, the Joe Calzaghe injury and losing the September 20 date: It sounds to me as though Joe has a normal and usual injury. He had shown some concern recently about his hand not being ready. I still wanted to move forward with the September date, since HBO had already laid out the red carpet for a pay-per-view success when we took the De La Hoya-Mayweather date. But I dont want him to be no less that his best so if this is what it takes for that, then so be it.. continue
July 24, 2008 Kaliesha Wild Wild West (10-0-0, 2 KO) made quick work of Elizabeth Cervantes for her 10th win a row last night in front of her home crowd at the Morongo Casino Resort and Spa in Cabazon, California. West was originally scheduled to fight Cynthia Talmadge from San Francisco, however, due to a failed eye exam Cervantes subsequently took the fight. continue
23.07.08 - By George Ulrich: First up the facts
.: Miguel Cotto is undefeated (32-0 26 KOs). He has beaten 2 upper echelon fighters in Zab Judah and Shane Mosley in the welterweight division. He has shown the ability to box, brawl, and his body attack has been devastating for some opponents. His jab might be underrated for its speed and accuracy, and his ability to fight going backwards was on display against the great Shane Mosley.
Antonio Margarito has a record of 36-5 with 1 no contest and 26 KOs. At 511 hes tall for a welterweight. He fought a very heavy handed fighter in Kermit Cintron and knocked him out twice. His first three losses came in the first 15 fights of his career and he turned pro at age 15. His most recent loss was to Paul Williams, a fight he didnt have to take, but wanted to keep his championship belt losing in a close decision. He has received accolades for his ability to take the hardest punches unfazed, and his punch output is among the highest in the division. continue
by James Slater: An excellent pairing of world class super-featherweights takes pace on the under-card of September 6th's Juan Diaz-Michael Katsidis lightweight clash in Houston, Texas. A former world champion meets a four-time world title challenger, as Argentina's Jorge Rodrigo Barrios meets Texas' Rocky Juarez over twelve scheduled rounds. continue
July 23, 2008 Justin Fortune, former Australian Heavyweight Boxer who fought Lennox Lewis for the World Title has opened a boxing gym in the heart of Hollywood. Fortune is well known for his strength and conditioning work-outs as well as previously working with superstars such as Manny Pacquaio, Israel Vasquez, Brian Villoria, Mike Tyson and James Toney to name a few. continue
Friant, CA, As one of boxings rising young superstars, unbeaten Raul The Cobra Martinez has dazzled fight fans throughout his four year pro career. Now hes ready to take the next step, but standing in his way is Isidro Chino Garcia, a veteran champion looking to regain his spot at the top of the heap. continue
In this weeks 'Left-Hook Lounge' Q&A Mailbag session, we take a look at a few questions directly from the fans. As a Boxing scribe, it's easy to discuss these questions from the comfort of my office space, but for the two men standing in the ring come Saturday night, any true fight fan knows that nothing involved in this fight will come easy. Not the questions pondered by the fans, and certainly not the answers rendered by the fighters in the end. Our first question today comes from...........
Ricky S. (Dallas, TX): Antonio Margarito has been in the sport longer, but he has not faced as many big names on a stage like he's about to take part in. Do you think the fact that Miguel Cotto has been in these type of mega-fights before gives him an edge? continue
At a press conference in Ankara on Tuesday Sinan Samil Sam received the European championship belt that he had won by majority decision against Paolo Vidoz on July 4th. We are sorry that this took so long, stated EBU President Bob Logist who had come to Ankara for the ceremony. I would have loved to crown Sinan in the ring instead.. continue
By Mike Cassell, the Philadelphia Boxing Report 7/23/08 - No one is bigger admirer of the tenacity and staying power of aging Philadelphia middleweight icon Bernard The Executioner Hopkins 48 5 -1 (32 KOs) than I am. It was recently announced that he is slated to yet again, climb into the ring and face middleweight champion Kelly The Ghost Pavlik 34 0 30 (KOs) in October of this year. With Bernards better days behind him, this fight seems to be all about the money, and when its all about the money, it is usually bad for boxing. continue
by Andrew Gibson: Its has become a rarity in the sport where we find ourselves salivating like a pack of hungry wolves in anticipation of what should be the epic event of modern day history. For most, theres not just one or two things about this contest that has fans worked into a rabid frenzy, but layers of special circumstances that not only separates the 147bl. continue
23.07.08 - By Ted Sares: Earnie hit me so hard, it shook my kinfolk back in Africa -- Muhammad Ali
I wouldn't drive through Philadelphia because I didn't want to take a chance on running into Williams. -- Ernie Shavers
Earnie Shavers retired with a 74 (KO68)-14 (KO 7)-1 record and an impressive KO percentage of 76.4. Each year his awesome power seems to grow in legendary status, but I for one think it just might be a bit overrated. Sure, icing guys like Ken Norton, Henry Clark, Jimmy Young, and Jimmy Ellis is impressive, but knocking out Lou Bailey (17-35-5), Tommy Howard (2-17-2), (Charley Polite 913-21-3), Cleo Daniels (7-24), Johnny Mac (5-6), Art Miller (21-25-2), and Lee Estes (12-23-3) is quite something else. When Shavers stepped down, he usually chilled, but when he stepped up, he had only fair success and was chilled seven times. Still, he won almost twenty seven fights in a row by knockout and tallied twenty four first round wins. continue
23.07.08 - What do you think about your last fight against Quintana? Paul Williams: The last fight I knew I had something to get up for and not get caught off guard ever again
of course it was more than something I had to prove in the ring. I had to show that I had could take on a fellow who just beat me and virtually destroy him once the bell rang. I proved he didnt have my number. The media was saying I would have no answer for Quintanas left and I had to prove them wrong. I had something to prove to everyone and it was tough having to wait four months for me to do it. continue
(COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.) The USA Boxing program at the United States Olympic Education Center at Northern Michigan University will reopen following a nine month hiatus due to funding issues. With joint financial assistance from USA Boxing, the USA Boxing Foundation and Northern Michigan University, the program will recommence in the fall of 2008. continue
LOS ANGELES, CA, July 23 The weights are in for Golden Boy Promotions Wednesday night event featuring a ten-round super middleweight brawl between former Super Middleweight World Champion Jeff Left Hook Lacy and Colombian Epifanio Mendoza in the main event and an eight round battle pitting world number one ranked lightweight Jose Armando Santa Cruz against Mexico Citys Miguel Angel Munguia on ESPNs Wednesday Night Fights at the Morongo Casino Resort & Spa in Cabazon, California. continue
By Tim Kudgis: Day after day I have been trying to figure out why I am so against this fight. At first, I thought to myself Am I against this fight for my own selfish reasons? This idea was brought on by the fact that Bernard Hopkins is my all time favorite and he is set to face my current favorite fighter, Kelly Pavlik.
After a lot of debating with myself, I realized that I am not being selfish for myself, but I am being selfish for boxing. Kelly Pavlik should be fighting Paul Williams. This would have been another Pavlik showcase, but this time against a World-Class Fighter. The Pavlik/Williams fight would have helped the buildup for Pavlik vs Abraham or Calzaghe. Bernard could then fight a send-off fight against Trinadada fight that everyone may not want to see, but could be a perfect send off for an All Time Great. Using this situation, HBO could have provided one hell of a doubleheader. continue
Willie Limond is absolutely gutted that his dream chance to fight in Madison Square Garden has been postponed due to an injury sustained by headline act Joe Calzaghe. Limond was due to face American-based Ukrainian Dmitriy Salita in the famous New York venue on September 20 on the undercard of Calzaghes bout with Roy Jones Jr., but the Welshmans wrist injury has forced the whole show to be put back to November. continue
ERIE,PA -- (July 22, 2008) -- Unbeaten former IBF lightweight champion Paul Spadafora (41-0-1) has cleared another hurdle in his comeback bid. Spadafora who underwent knee surgery June 3rd at Sharon Regional Health Systems Hospital in Sharon, PA, returned to the gym yesterday, Monday, July 21. The surgery was performed by Dr. Keith Lustig a renown specialist in knee surgeries to remove a floating cartilage. continue
By César Pancorvo: -Knock outs in the late rounds are usually an indication that the fight was entertaining. That was not the case, this time, for Wladimir Klitschko. After dominating for eleven tedious rounds, Klitschko unleashed his power and knocked out Tony Thompson, Top10 contender who was also one of the best contenders that America has to offer right now. Klitschko KO. It didnt matter. continue
By Robert Jackson: The anticipated Miguel Cotto/Antonio Margarito matchup is 4+ days away and counting. Other than an emotional diatribe to describe how this fight will fare, I've decided to present "just the facts".
One of my fellow writers, may I say brother-in-arms discussed the trainer dynamics of the two fighters and in this category Margarito seems to have an edge, but... as successful as Cotto has been his luke-warm relationship with his trainer/Uncle hasn't seemed to hurt him and may in-fact help him! A more comfy relationship between Evangelista and Miguel Cotto may serve to make Miguel SOFT. continue
LOS ANGELES, CA (July 22, 2008) Espinoza Boxing Club prospect Abraham Lopez heads to the boxing capital of the world, Las Vegas, NV this Friday night, July 25th, as he takes on Cuauhtemoc Mendoza, 5-5-1 (1KO), in a scheduled four round lightweight bout at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Café. continue
by James Slater: The September 13th Joel Casamayor-Juan Manuel Marquez fight is a good enough event on its own, but, according to BoxRec, the card will also feature the superb Timothy Bradley. Bradley, who won the WBC light-welterweight championship with a points win over Junior Witter back in May, will be a welcome addition to the bill being held at The MGM Grand in Las Vegas. continue
(COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.) The 2008 Olympic Boxing Team took off for their long journey to Beijing, China, on Tuesday. The nine-member squad went through Team Processing at San Jose State University on Monday, receiving their Olympic Games outfitting as well as final team briefings from the United States Olympic Committee. continue
Enzo Calzaghe has told Setanta Sports News that the fight between Joe Calzaghe and Roy Jones Jr will go ahead in November, after the Welsh fighter's wrist injury led to the original September date being postponed. It was feared that Calzaghe would not be able to compete in the bout due to a hand injury, but Enzo, who doubles up as his father and trainer, confirmed that he will go through with the fight.
However, Calzaghe will need time to recover from his injury and the mammoth clash might have to be rescheduled for November to give him enough time to be ready.
"He [Joe] sprained his wrists on the pads," Calzaghe told Setanta Sports News.
"It's one of those things you never want to happen, but it's happened. continue
TOTOWA, NJ (July 21, 2008) WBC/IBF #4 ranked jr. middleweight contender Joel Julio will headline an August 13, 2008, fight card from the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Florida, it was announced today by Main Events CEO Kathy Duva. Julio will battle Nicaraguan veteran Jose Varela in a 10 round jr. middleweight contest. Both the Julio-Varela bout and the co-feature contest between "Mean" Joe Greene and Jose Miguel Torres will be broadcast live on ESPN2 "Friday Night Fights," beginning at 9:00 pm ET. continue
Team Sauerland have laughed off complaints from an American promoter who has criticised the selection of Taurus Sykes as Alexander Povetkin´s latest opponent. Lou DiBella called last Saturday´s fight, which Pokvetin won by KO in the fourth round, a disgrace to boxing. DiBella insisted a meeting with his fighter Israel Garcia would have promised far more excitement but fell through due to monetary reasons. continue
By Miika Forsström: European Boxing Union (EBU) has named Armenian Khoren Gevor as the co-challenger for the vacant European middleweight title. Gevor will face the official challenger, "Idi" Amin Asikainen of Finland, in the European title fight. European champion Sebastian Sylvester relinquished the title in order to fight the WBA World champion Felix Sturm. Contracts of the fight must be signed by September 4 or EBU will hold a purse bid. continue
By Vivek Wallace: On the evening of Saturday, July 26th, at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, fight fans around the world will witness a showdown between two of its most intriguing figures. Despite vastly different paths to reach this pinnacle, there is no denying that both men are equally deserving of all the accolades and fan adulation that come along with the territory of finally making it here. In Miguel Cotto, you have a Puerto Rican fighter who has continued to elevate his game at each level, silencing critics while establishing new fans. In Antonio Margarito you have a fighter whom to many should be recognized as the face of this generation of Mexican fighters, yet for some odd reason, his name has never really caught up with his talent in that regard. Although both men stand ready for battle at the highest peak of the welterweight mountain, most of us who have followed them know that this wasn't always the case. Today, we take a look back at key moments in the careers of Antonio Margarito and Miguel Cotto that defined the way that we all see them. In the life of every 'great one' there's some rite of passage. We now examine the very moments that solidified the entrance through that gateway for these two brave warriors. continue
by James Slater: Exactly forty-five years ago today, at The Convention Centre, Las Vegas, Charles "Sonny" Liston, the reigning heavyweight king, starched challenger and former champion Floyd Patterson in one quick round.
Making the first (and as it turned out last successful) defence of the title he'd brutally relieved Patterson of inside a single round the previous September, Liston's punches were once again weapons Floyd had no answer for. continue
By Raymond Markarian: This past Friday, July 18th, Hector Macho Camacho captured his record tenth world championship by defeating Perry Ballard via TKO in Houston, Texas. The fight began as a slugfest with both combatants itching for the knockout and ended with Ballards corner throwing in the towel after the end of the seventh round.
The 46 year old Camacho showcased some of the razzle dazzle boxing fans were accustomed to seeing from the Puerto Rican fighting legend. The future hall of famer controlled the action using superior speed and power, dislocating Ballards jaw in the process of victory. continue
by James Slater: It is in no way definite yet, but rumours are in circulation saying that Joe Calzaghe has once again injured his hand and as a result his September super-fight with Roy Jones Jnr will have to be postponed. According to a breaking news story (no pun intended!) on Sky Sports.com, a November date has been put forward as a replacement date should the hand injury scupper September 20th. continue
LAS VEGAS (July 22, 2008) Photo by D.Warr / DKP Two-time World Boxing Association heavyweight champion John The Quietman Ruiz (43-7-1, 29 KOs), rated No. 2 by the WBA, travels to Germany once again to fight the 7-0, 320-pound giant who took his title belt 2 ½ years ago, No. 1 contender Nikolai Valuev (48-1, 34 KOs), on August 30 in Berlin.
The WBA vacated the title due to an injury to Ruslan Chagaev, declared him champion in recess and ruled that the top two rated contenders had to fight for the title. Valuevs co-promoter, Sauerland Event, won the Valuev-Ruiz II purse bid ($2,006,500 50/50 split between the two fighters; beating rival Universum by a mere $94,000) and the title fight will take place in the same arena they originally fought, Max Schmeling Halle, where Valuev won a controversial 12-round majority decision (116-114, 116-114, 114-114). The Valuev-Ruiz II winner will be obliged to fight Chagaev, if available, by June 26, 2009. continue
Last week ARENA-CEO Ahmet Öner decided to quit his engagement with the German boxing commission (BDB). The BDB didnt strip his license as falsely reported. Öner himself left the BDB as Wilfried Sauerland and the Klitschkos had done before him. continue
It was not without surprise that Team Sauerland found out about Mogens Palle´s latest comments in the media. The Danish promoter had voiced his delight about not winning the purse bid for Mikkel Kessler´s WBA super middleweight title fight against top-ranked German challenger Danilo Haussler, stating the bout could hurt the sport of boxing in Denmark. continue
By Tony "The Tiger" Thompson: Hello fellow bloggers and blog readers, No one asked me to write this addition but I found it therapeutic and I am hoping it has the same affect for you because if I ever needed therapy it would be now. But since I still cant afford it, this will have to do (see its working already). Im now of course back home and have been getting a lot of positive feedback of a lot of atta boys and we will get him next time (why people always say we usually dont have the headaches or the gash over their eye or look as if weve been in a car accident)
Las Vegas (July 22, 2008) - Multi-award winning artist Richard T. Slone has unveiled his latest work of art, a massive pre-fight canvas of boxing champions Miguel Cotto fighting Antonio Margarito just days before their epic battle in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Painterly lines and splashes make up the ferocious faces of Miguel Cotto (32-0, 26 KOs), a two-division world champion as he fires a solid left hook at two-time welterweight king Antonio Margarito, who in turn, fires a long straight right with bad intentions. Its all on the line and these gladiators are fighting with their entire souls. Art fans are brought deep inside the ring with Slones latest masterpiece, simply titled The Battle.
Slone, the Official artist of the International Boxing Hall of Fame, has envisioned the fight and depicted it in superb colors before the championship fight is set to take place Saturday, July 26th at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. continue
Junior middleweight James Moore ready for return to the ring against Lloyd Christian Joseph at B.B. Kings on Wednesday, August 6. The popular junior middleweight James Moore, 15-1 (10 KOS), a native of County Wicklow, Ireland, who fights of Queens, New York, will face the battle-tested veteran Lloyd Christian Joseph, 12-6-3 (5 KOS), in an 8 round bout on Wednesday, August 6, at B.B. King Blues Club in the heart of New York Citys Times Square. continue
Through 50 years of promoting boxing, Hall Of Fame promoter Mogens Palle has experienced many crazy things. Now the Denmark-based promoter has a new one to add to his list. "I am getting phone calls from boxing people and from media types," Palle said Monday. continue
By David Math Matthew: As the Cotto/Margarito super-fight of the summer closes in, most of us do not need any extra incentive to be glued to our television come this Saturday, July 26th. But as one takes a deeper look into the respective camps (thanks to HBO's excellent "Countdown to Cotto/Margarito" series) of Cotto and Margarito, it is clear that this fight has all the makings of supreme boxing drama. continue
21.07.08 - By Jaime Castro-Núñez, Photo: Courtesy of Jhon Romero/Cuadrilátero: WBAs #2 rated contender César Canchila (26-1-0) of Cereté, Colombia, is refining his three-month preparation for his collision against favorite Giovanni Segura (19-0-0) this coming Saturday, July 26 as the undercard for ¡La Batalla! / The Battle!, the pay-per-view extravaganza headlined by Miguel Cotto and Antonio Margarito at the MGM Grand Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, NV.
Canchila, who will battle for the WBA interim light flyweight, stated that Im ready! I spoke with him after a workout session at Cuadrilátero gym, where he exercises under the supervision of Orlando Pineda and Álvaro Mercado. continue
22.07.08 - by Sebastian Swiecznik: There is still no exact date or venue for the all German middleweight clash between WBA Champion Felix Sturm and #1 contender Sebastian Sylvester, but I think we don't have to wait much longer than October. However there's already bad blood between both guys. Sylvester has been calling out Sturm for the last two years and finally earned his shot by knocking out tough Ami Asikainen and former Sturm conqueror Javier Castillejo. continue
CHICAGO, IL (July 22, 2008) Award winning seafood restaurant, MARICOS EL VENENO will host the open to the public weigh-in this Thursday night, July 24th at 7pm for CHICAGOS PRIDE, an outstanding evening of world class professional boxing presented by Dominic Pesolis 8 Count Productions, HOME OF THE BEST IN CHICAGO BOXING. continue
22.07.08 - By Thomas Scherr: Junior middleweight contender Billy Lyell will be headlining the July 25th card at Appalachian Power Park in Charleston, WV. His opponent is still to be named. While only 23 years old, Billy Lyell 16W(3KO)-5L is an established veteran in the ring. He has been fighting since 2003, and while not know as a power puncher, Lyell is a gutsy veteran that can give anyone in the division a tough fight. continue
By Paul Strauss: You fill in the "blank". Before you do, consider a few things about each combatant. Let's take Miguel first. He's undefeated, having turned away anyone and everyone thrown at him. He is blessed with a great demeanor for fighting, a cold unemotional killer instinct. He truly views the task at hand as a business, or a job. He doesn't need to motivate himself by listening to trash talk, or attempt to use it himself. He coolly leaves incidentals to his trainer, manager and promoter. He concentrates on winning, and part of that concentration involves improving with each outing, bringing something new and improved for his opponents to worry about. .
That's why he is not concerned about such things as, "How will you fight Margarito? What style will you use?" He is not concerned, because he knows he can do so many different things in the ring. continue
by James Slater: It seems former heavyweight champion Riddick Bowe cannot give up the ghost and retire for good. Scheduled (according to BoxRec) to fight again on September the 12th in Gyor, Hungary, the former champ will box one Zoltan Petranyi on a card that will also be promoted by his opponent. Also set to appear on the card is cruiserweight Lasse Johansen of Denmark, a former opponent of David Haye. continue
21.07.008 - By Vivek Wallace: In the world of sports there's only one thing that parallels the accomplishment of reaching ultimate supremacy in the form of a championship. That one thing is, always has been, and always will be, the passionate feeling relative to defeating an arch nemesis. It often seems that no matter how good or bad a team has been in the past, when faced by a rival, you're guaranteed to see the absolute best that each team has to offer because the premium penchant placed on victory in these wars can be no greater. In the good old days of the NBA there was the Celtics-Lakers rivalry, the Bulls-Pistons rivalry, and countless others. Fans of the NFL may remember some of the great moments of the past in the Cowboy-Redskins rivalry, the Dolphins-Jets rivalries, as well as the Raiders-Chiefs rivalries to name a few. In baseball, arguably the most prominent of them all would be the battle-fest between the RedSox and the Yankees. continue
by Ville Niemonen: Though hes ranked as middleweight champ Kelly Pavliks number five challenger by the respected Ring magazine, Finlands Amin Asikainen remains virtually unknown to most boxing fans. Hugely popular in his home country, Asikainen burst onto the scene in May 2006 when he kayoed tough Frenchman Christophe Tendil in the fifth round to win the vacant European Union middleweight title. continue
20.07.08 - by James Slater: Unbeaten IBF mandatory contender at heavyweight, Alexander Povetkin looks like being the next challenger for IBF and WBO champion Wladmir Klitschko. Annoyed he had to watch Tony Thompson fight Klitschko first, the 28-year-old Russian contender demanded he get next crack at "Dr Steel Hammer."
Wladimir shows no signs at all of not wanting the fight, desiring very much to keep his IBF belt and then hoping to go on and unify the others. But is Povetkin even a fighter who is ready to take on Klitschko? Is the man who has only 16 pro wins under his belt ready, or is he rushing things? Sure, Povetkin is the IBF mandatory and he earned the distinction by emerging triumphant in the elimination tourney that also featured Chris Byrd, Calvin Brock and Eddie Chambers - but this doesn't mean he's ready for Klitschko, does it? continue
By Frank Gonzalez Jr. - July 19, 2008: The current WBA Welterweight champion, Miguel Cotto (32-0, 26 KOs) of Caguas, Puerto Rico has been skillfully managed, and not only built up his record and confidence, but actually gave him the incremental, slow cooked experience to become the very well rounded fighter he is today. There are many schools of thought on how fighters in boxing should be brought up and Cottos is a story of great success in that everyone involved has made money, Cottos undefeated and at the pinnacle of his abilities as he prepares for his July 26 match up at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas against IBF Welterweight champ, Antonio Margarito, who is the very definition of the word, fighter. continue
Nikolai Valuev (48-1, 34 KOs) will fight John Ruiz for the vacant WBA heavyweight title in Berlin on August 30, it was revealed today. Team Sauerland won the purse bid in Panama with an offer of $2.100.000, edging out Universum by $100.000 ($2.000.000). I am happy my team won and that the fight will be staged in Germany, the Russian Giant said from his home in St. Petersburg. Berlin is very special to me. That is where I defeated Ruiz in 2005 to become world champion. Fighting in the Max-Schmeling-Halle again will be like a home match.. continue
Three-time world champion Carina "La Reina" Moreno (18-1, 5 KO's) wastes little time continuing the quest to become the greatest female boxer of her generation. Riding a ten fight winning streak, Moreno, the "WBC Female Fighter of the Year", is ready to get back into the ring on August 21, 2008 at the Tachi Place Hotel and Casino in Lemoore, California. continue
20.07.08 - by James Slater: You've got to hand it to Bernard Hopkins. At age 43, the Philly tough guy is showing no signs of avoiding the hard opponents. Okay, you may not like B-Hop's style of boxing, but to take on the unbeaten, pound-for-pound duo of Joe Calzaghe and Kelly Pavlik in successive bouts sure takes some guts. The kind only old-school fighters possess.
Hopkins, 48-5-1(32), has been criticised by many for his spoiling tactics, but surely no-one would dare sniff, even slightly, at the choice of top level competition "The Executioner" has chosen to tangle with just lately. Not only did B-Hop decide to face the unbeaten Jermain Taylor twice in 2005 - losing a contentious split decision in fight one - and then light-heavyweight and pound-for-pound standouts Antonio Tarver and Winky Wright, respectively, after that (beating both), but the veteran then got it on with Joe Calzaghe this year. Despite how aggressively you thought Hopkins boxed against the Welshman, it has to be conceded that the former prison inmate accounted himself well against yet another all-time great. continue
"James, congrats on your win, although there really isnt much for you to celebrate. Just another washed up out of shape American heavyweight beating on another washed up out of shape and old American heavyweight. Watching you and Hasim Rahmn exchange love taps for three forgettable rounds nearly sent me into a coma. continue
by James Slater: When he was last seen in a ring, "Tremendous" Travis Simms was being upset by the then largely unknown (in America, anyway) Joachim Alcine. Simms lost his WBA light-middleweight belt that July evening last year, getting out-pointed by the man from Canada. continue
By Ken The Machine Gun Dunne: A lot of people criticize promoters today, but the one man doing his part to bring boxing back to the main stream is long term promoter, Bob Arum. I know a lot of people will say, What are you talking about , but this man at the moment is doing a better job than all other promoters combined , in keeping boxing alive. continue
Alexander Povetkin warmed up for Wladimir Klitschko with a fourth-round KO victory over Taurus Sykes. Fighting in front of 4,000 enthusiastic fans in his home city of Chekhov, the 28-year-old Russian dominated from the first bell on and left his American opponent without a chance.
Povetkin´s huge right kept finding its target, and in the second round Sykes was already in the ropes. The White Lion kept up the pressure in the third as Sykes went down, but no knock-downs were ruled. Sykes looked intimidated, though, and it was not long until he was in for further punishment. Povetkin floored his opponent with a right to the head early in the fourth for the referee to count the 33-year-old out. continue
LAS VEGAS, NV (July 21, 2008) With the temperature scorching in the boxing capital of the world, Las Vegas, NV, junior middleweight Deandre THE BULL Latimore is back in the gym preparing for a bout that he hopes will be announced soon. Said the 22 year old St. Louis native, Im ready to fight when they call, I took a couple of weeks off to relax after the Powell fight back home but I was out here by the end of June.. continue
by James Slater: Last night, in Limerick, Ireland, middleweight prospect Andy Lee got himself back on the winning track following his shock defeat at the hands of Brian Vera. Stopping a game and tough Willie Gibbs in the final seconds of the 10th round, the 24-year-old southpaw showed precious few ill effects from the March stoppage loss to Vera. continue
20.07.08 - by James Slater: It seems there is a very strong chance Oscar De La Hoya's farewell opponent could be none other than Manny Pacquiao after all. This fight, which has been spoken of as a possibility for some time now, has a good chance of taking place on December 6th in Las Vegas. continue
20.07.08 - By Michael Klimes: The late comic genius George Carlin, as many of you know, was a fan of Joe Pesci. I am too. I am mesmerised by Pescis use of the word fuck and his deftness at squeezing it into almost every sentence that comes out of his mouth. Whether it was the gangster flicks Goodfellas and Casino or that beautiful comedy My Cousin Vinny, Pesci was the actor whose lines thrilled and chilled movie goers in equal measure. Whenever I return to these films I am happy that Pesci is there to be conservative and radical at the same time. He is conservative in the sense that he can be depended on to swear voluminously as he is a hydrogen bomb waiting to go off. However, he is a radical in the way his technique never wavers or becomes clichéd. Pesci is predictably unpredictable. It is difficult to pick a favourite scene where he explodes at something or somebody but I have awarded my Oscar. continue
By Srithar Visuasam: On July 30, Billy The Kid Dib (20-0, 11 KOs) will take the next step in his quickly blossoming career. He takes on tough South African Zolani Marali (19-1, 13 KOs) at the Newcastle Entertainment Centre, New South Wales, Australia, for the vacant IBO super featherweight world title. continue
Alex Arthur has put his ambitions of winning an Oscar on hold - to concentrate on his upcoming fight against Nicky Cook. Edinburgh star Arthur will make the first defence of his WBO World Super-Featherweight title at the M.E.N Arena on September 6 that also features Commonwealth Lightweight Champion Amir Khan. continue
by Jason Peck: Made-for-TV events like De La Hoya-Mayweather have produced scores of mainstream boxing fans who think they know jack about pugilism. You know the kind of guy who knows three heavyweights by name, but doesnt let that stop him? Never mind that, THIS is the dumbest thing they could say. continue
By John Karl - CHICAGO, July 20, 2008Its 93 degrees at the Chicago Boxing Club just south of 35th and Halsted, and bathed in sweat, female amateur boxer Kristen Gearhart, 19, turns her body behind snappy punches that land with a solid whap, whap, whap! Shes hitting a pair of focus mitts held by acclaimed trainer, Sam Colonna, 48. He sees a bright future in her. Shes pretty, shes a hard worker, and thats what it takes, he says. Hard work will take you a long way in this sport.
Colonna should know. After all, he ran the hallowed Windy City Gym from 1990 until it closed its doors in 2006 and, in the process, acquired a well-earned reputation by working with a long line of contenders and champions alike. continue
19.07.08 - By Andrew Walker: British Heavyweight champion Danny Williams (40-6-1 NC) won a surprising victory over John McDermott (25-4) at the Goresbrook Leisure Centre, Dagenham, England last night over twelve rounds of boxing. The fact that Danny won the contest was not that surprising in itself as he was the odds on favourite to win and to win big and early by most observers pre fight predictions. continue
By Per AKe Persson: German paper Bild Zeitung wrote Friday that the German Federation, the BDB, who holds the membership to the EBU, have revoked the license from Arena Box Promotion. No exact reason is given but it´s no secret that there´s been tension all along coming to a head during recent shows in Spain and Turkey (where Arena had the Latvian Federation as supervisors). continue
Donna Duva-Brooks, promoter of critically injured boxer Oscar Diaz, has issued a somewhat encouraging update regarding their fighter's condition. "The brain is back to its normal size and position, and the swelling has gone down," said the somewhat relieved promoter from Diaz's bedside at University Hospital Trauma ICU in San Antonio. continue
By Mike Casey: People love to tell funny stories about Mickey Walker. Lord knows, the boxing archives are bulging with them. I hope you will forgive me if I depart from well-worn tradition and simply praise Magnificent Mick for the truly fabulous fighter he was.
It seems that Mick, like his great rival and pal Harry Greb, never goes out of fashion. Walkers rugged and mischievous face stares out gloriously from the old newspapers and magazines, forever young and vibrant, forever hip and cool. Pick any trendy word from any era and it fits the Toy Bulldog as snugly as a meaty bone clamped between the jaws.
He looked every inch a real fighting man, as did so many men of his great and quality-laden era. The rugged face was topped by a head of thick and tousled hair, while the powerful chest and muscled arms channelled down to a solid waist and sturdy, chunky legs. continue
by James Slater: Thirty-seven years ago today, in Belovdsk, Kyrgyzstan, formerly of the U.S.S.R, Vitali Wladimorovich Klitschko was born. Some thirty-three years later, the 6'7.5" Klitschko became the WBC heavyweight champion of the world. continue
Instead of one, two male conquerors and a lady warrior is slated to show their wares at the ALA Gym in Banilad Town Center (BTC) today. WBA No. 6 super flyweight contender Rafael Concepcion, WBA Intercontinental challenger Carlos Melo, and lady boxer Brenda Shaylor of Las Vegas, Nevada will hold a public workout and together open a chance for Cebuano boxing enthusiasts to meet them in person before their fight this week at the New Cebu Coliseum. continue
By Geoffrey Mpenda @ Ringside: On Saturday July 19 Sparks Pro-Boxing Promotions promoted an action-packed card at the WAB Hotel in Nairobi, Kenya, sanctioned by the Kenya Professional Boxing Commission. No titles were at stake, but the entertainment was never the less of high standard. continue
19.07.08 - By Jim Amato: I have considerable mixed emotions about this fight. First off I feel that from a Team Pavlik stand point, it is a good move. If the aging lion with marquee value wants another fight, why not cash in ? If they don't someone else will. A win over Hopkins, especially a KO will really sweeten the pot for a Calzaghe showdown later on. BUT ... I also consider this a dangerous fight for Kelly.
Yes I know Bernard looked terrible against Calzaghe but Joe's style was all wrong for Bernard. Remember it wasn't all that long ago that Hopkins looked pretty good beating Tarver and Winky Wright. Is Hopkins old and shot ? We'll find out October 18th. What if he isn't ? Kelly has never fought anyone like Bernard. He'll be shown things in that ring he's never seen before. Give Hopkins this, he knows every trick in the book. If B'Hop is on his game this could be a very difficult fight for Kelly. Bernard has a great chin and he surely knows what to do when he is hurt. I see him setting a lot of traps for Kelly. He'll try to let Pavlik's aggressive style work against him. I look for Bernard to try and use his jab to break up Pavlik's rhythm. continue
Following on from his hugely successful inaugural fight night in Salem, New Jersey last month, promoter Jarvis Robertson and his Fight Night Productions team are in the process of organizing an even bigger event 'Casino Battle Royale' which will take place in Atlantic City in November 2008. continue
Once more Cuban phenomenon Yuriorkis Gamboa backed up all experts who see him as one of the up and coming superstars in boxing. At the Star of the Desert-Arena at Terribles Casino Resort in Primm, Nevada, the 2004 Olympic gold medallist destroyed former world title contender Al Seeger in only 2:30 minutes in the 1st. El Ciclon de Guantanamo literally blew away his 28-year-old opponent with a stunning right to the chin. The fight featured on ESPNs Friday Night Fights almost looked like Gamboas ESPN-debut back in February when he stopped Johnnie Edwards in the 1st as well. It was Gamboas 11th win in his 11th pro fight and his first victory after descending from super featherweight (130 lbs.) to featherweight division (126 lbs.). continue
Tickets are a hot commodity for Golden Boy Promotions' upcoming September 6th event at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas as more tickets have been released after quickly selling in the first week. The highly anticipated doubleheader features Houston's former Three Time World Champion, Juan "Baby Bull" Diaz against Australian warrior Michael "The Great" Katsidis and Houston native and 2000 Olympic Silver Medalist Ricardo Rocky Juarez against former Junior Lightweight World Champion Jorge "La Hiena" Barrios. continue
Antonio, is this your biggest fight? ANTONIO MARGARITO: I want to thank Bob for giving me this opportunity against Cotto and it is the biggest fight of my career. I am preparing myself very well for this fight and cannot wait to get up into the ring. Sometimes you think things are not going to come your way. I did not want to leave my title on the table. I wanted to defend it. Things did not go as well there as I had expected, but the opportunity is here right now, its been a long road and now I am here.
What type of fight do you think this will be?
ANTONIO MARGARITO: I am not sure what strategy Cotto will have for this fight. I know that I am the type of fighter that throws a lot of punches and puts a lot of pressure on my opponent and well see how he comes out and how he reacts to it. But I can tell you right now that it is going to be a great fight. continue
After a long and extensive training camp in Florida, former Super Middleweight World Champion Jeff Left Hook Lacy expects to arrive in California this Saturday in excellent mental and physical shape and ready for his July 23rd bout against Colombian Epifanio Mendoza on ESPNs Wednesday Night Fights at the Morongo Casino Resort & Spa in Cabazon, California. continue
NEW YORK (July 18, 2008) International Boxing Federation (IBF) junior bantamweight champion Dimitri The Baby Kirilov (29-3-1, 9 KOs) will defend his title against former IBF flyweight champion and knockout artist Vic Raging Bull Darchinyan (29-1-1, 23 KOs), Saturday, Aug. 2, live on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING at 9 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the west coast). continue
With only a few weeks to go until the "Steelyard Brawl" on August 2nd, One In A Million Inc. prospects Ed Ochoa 4-0 (4KOs) and Evette Collazo 3-0 (2KOs) will take some time out of their busy schedule to participate in the Northwest Indiana Puerto Rican Parade this Sunday in East Chicago, IN. continue
MIGUEL COTTO: This is just another fight for me. Its a fight that Margarito wants to take my title and that makes it big enough for me. Margarito is a great fighter. I have trained to win this fight and that is all thats on my mind right now win this fight. I feel the same right now, in this fight with Margarito, as I do going into most of my fights.
This is going to be a battle in the ring. Everyone that shows up is going to see a real battle because he is trying to take my title away.
Do you prepare differently because you may get more punishment than in your last few fights?
MIGUEL COTTO: When I train, I try to get my body in the best shape that I can. I have trained so hard for Margarito that my trainers know that I have nothing left to give. continue
18.07.08 - Interview By Raymond Markarian: His Excellency is back to reveal the secrets that made him arguably the most respected trainer in boxing history. Angelo Dundee candidly speaks of the true story behind Ali vs. Larry Holmes, Sugar Ray Leonards emotional mistake against Roberto Duran, Marvelous Marvin Haglers weak hand, and hes favorite fighter, Kelly Pavlik. continue
18.07.08 - "Our thoughts and prayers go out to Oscar, his family, and all of Oscar's fans and friends in San Antonio," voiced Joe DeGuardia, CEO of Star Boxing. "This is very tragic, no one ever wants to see something like that. Oscar is a tremendous fighter and more importantly a tremendous person. It is hard to think about anything else right now other than giving our full support to Oscar. We hope for the best, and ask everyone to keep Oscar in their thoughts and hearts, as this is a very tough time for him and his family," stated DeGuardia. continue
Photos by Aidan Walsh: Both Lee (160.5 pounds) and Gibbs (160.5 pounds) weighed in at the first time ahead of tomorrow night's bout. In the chief support bout Paul McCloskey (142 pounds) puts his unbeaten record on the line against current English Light Welterweight Champion, Nigel Wright (141.25 pounds) in an all southpaw battle. continue
18.07.08 - By Vivek Wallace, photo courtesy of Klitschko.com: In this weeks 'Call Em Out Fridays' segment we call-out a fighter who most see as a man standing firmly at the brink of greatness, yet to some, he's still viewed as merely a wishing well of untapped potential. In standard 'Call Em Out Fridays' fashion, we'll take a look at all perspectives involved with this spectacle, to include the supportive fan perspective, the non-supportive critic perspective, and after getting a glimpse of my thoughts, we turn it over to you, the avid fight aficionado to chime in with yours. After calling out Floyd Mayweather, Oscar De La Hoya, Manny Pacquiao, and a host of others, this week we shine the spotlight on the man known to most as Dr. Sledgehammer......Mr. Wladimir Klitschko.
Wladimir Klitschko - (Supportive Fan Perspective): In today's era of Super-Heavyweights, what more could you ask for than a man who stands at a firm 6'6", 241 lbs, with the power of an ox? continue
NEW YORK (July 17, 2008) ShoBox: The New Generation returns to New York City for the first time in four years with New Jerseys own Pawel Raging Bull Wolak (21-0, 14 KOs) as he puts his undefeated record on the line against ShoBox veteran Ishe Sugar Shay Smith (19-3, 19 KOs) in a 10-round junior middleweight bout, Friday, Aug. 1, live on SHOWTIME at 11:00 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast). continue
So far Cuban phenomenon Yuriorkis Gamboa was considered one of the big rising stars of the super featherweight division. The 2004 Olympic gold medallist made big impression at 130 lbs. beating experienced fighters like Adailton De Jesus, Johnny Edwards or in his most recent fight Darling Jimenez and capturing the NABF championship as well as the WBC international title. continue
18.07.08 - Photo by Artyom Korotayev -- Here are the weights from Chekhov, Russia. Apart from undefeated heavyweight star Alexander Povetkin (15-0, 11 KOs), former European welterweight champion Michel Trabant (43-3, 19 KOs) will also be in action, among others. continue
17.07.08 - By Mike Casey: Some time back, when the secretive lair was finally penetrated and the crown jewels sparkled in the sudden sunlight, I realised with a sense of wonder that every great thing ever said about Nicolino Locche was true. There he was, moving casually and almost contemptuously around the ring, an imperious master of his trade, taunting his hapless opponent with gifts of body and mind that only come from the gods. The hapless opponent was Antonio Cervantes, who was only one of the greatest junior welterweights that ever lived. What does that tell us about Locche? It tells us volumes. He pitched a 15-0 shutout on the cards of all three judges in that unforgettable exhibition of pure boxing. Yes, the fight was in his native Argentina. No, it wasnt hometown favouritism gone mad.
What was it about Argentina and other exotic lands when I was growing up in the sixties? They seemed to be cloaked in as much secrecy as the Soviet Union and China. Nothing seemed to get smuggled out. A glimpse of Locche or Eder Jofre on moving film was a rare treat. continue
Eight days towards the biggest fight of his career, WBA No. 3 super flyweight contender AJ Banal looks forward to be worthy of the fateful chance to claim ascendancy to a world championship crown that he had been dreaming for since he was a child fighting in the depressed grounds of Ermita and the busy byways of the citys main wet market earning his daily keep for his family. continue
CHICAGO, IL (July 18, 2008) Chicago fan favorite Mike THE HAMMER Nevitt returns to action next Friday night, July 25th, as he faces Seattle slugger Luis EL LOBO Lopez in the feature attraction light heavyweight bout at CHICAGOS PRIDE, an outstanding evening of world class professional boxing presented by Dominic Pesolis 8 Count Productions, HOME OF THE BEST IN CHICAGO BOXING. continue
Undefeated boxer Akaash "Kash The Bash" Bhatia is one of Britain's top prospects and the red hot featherweight will be in action tonight, Friday, July 18, on the eagerly anticipated bill of Danny Williams vs. John McDermott for the British heavyweight title at Goresbrook Leisure Center in Dagenham, England. continue
by James Slater - Last night, in Dagenham, U.K, British heavyweight champion Danny Williams had a very rough encounter with "Big Bad" John McDermott. Winning a very debatable majority decision after 12 hard rounds, Williams improved to 40-6(31) and retained his belt. In losing via scores of 114-111, 114-113 and 113-113, McDermott fell to 25-4(16).
Make no mistake, Williams was uncomfortably close to losing this fight. Not only was the 35-year-old badly hurt by a huge right uppercut and on the verge of being stopped in the 5th round - indeed, referee Dave Parris would not have been out of order had he dived in and rescued Danny - but Williams also looked like a possible points loser. In no way confident he'd done enough to have earned a points win, Danny was mightily relieved when the scores were read out. continue
British heavyweight champion Danny Williams has backed David Hayes bid to revive the flagging division and went as far as to describe Haye as the man. Williams was speaking to Setanta Sports News during Steve Bunces Boxing Hour ahead of his bout against John McDermott on Friday night at the Goresbrook Leisure Centre in Dagenham. continue
By Dan Fitz-Simons: John Duddys recent victory over Charlie Howe (the Hassle in the Castle) has upped the Derry Destroyers record to an impressive 25-0 (17 KOs). Duddy is currently listed # 2 by the WBC and the WBO, # 5 by the WBA, and # 10 by the IBF in the middleweight division. continue
ORANGE, July 17 - There comes a time in every young fighters career when he must step up and prove whether he can sink or swim against experienced opposition that would like nothing better than to pin the first loss on a prospects record. continue
17.07.08 - British boxing sensation David Haye has dismissed Wladimir Klitschkos fighting style as predictable and boring in another attack on the current batch of heavyweight boxers. In an interview with Setanta Sports News at his training camp in north Cyprus Haye gave a candid assessment of Klitschkos last fight.
I wasnt impressed with what he did. If Wladimir Klitschko was 62 and 220lbs I dont think wed be talking about him right now.
His boxing ability after 50 fights doesnt impress me. I can see what hes going to do.
Haye went on to describe todays heavyweight boxers as fat slobs, calling the entire division a disgrace. continue
Lightweight boxer John Murray is refusing to rule out the possibility of fighting Amir Khan, despite promoter Frank Warren overlooking him for Khans next bout on Saturday 6th September. Murray won his last fight against Lee Meager for the vacant British lightweight title; a fight which he had hoped would give him a shot at Khan. continue
NEW YORK (July 16, 2008) DiBella Entertainment middleweight James Buddy McGirt Jr. (18-1, 9 KOs) faces his next test next Friday night July 25 as he takes on talented, quick handed veteran, Raymond Joval (37-4, 16 KOs). The fight will be televised on ESPN2 Friday Night Fights LIVE from The City Center in Saratoga Springs, New York. continue
Danny Williams knows he is just one punch away from a world heavyweight title fight against WBC champion Samuel Peter. To reach his dream, the south Londoner has to come through a British heavyweight title defence against John McDermott at Dagenham, England's Goresbrook Leisure Centre on Friday night. continue
by Kent Appel, photo by Chris Farina - Top Rank: After two largely uneventful rounds in Temecula, California which saw former heavyweight champion Hasim The Rock Rahman holding a slight edge on the basis of a busier left jab over former multiple division champion James Lights Out Toney, it was determined that Rahman was unable to continue just one round later, after the third round, complaining he couldn't see clearly.
Toney was getting untracked in that third round clearly winning the round by landing several right leads to Rahmans head, a good left hook, and the best punch of the fight up by either fighter to that point, a right hand to the head that punctuated a good left jab, however it was a clash of the heads of the two fighters that caused a cut above the left eye of Rahman, which the doctor ruled was not big enough to warrant stopping the fight, that appeared to cause the damage that ended the fight. continue
History will be made Saturday night (July 19) when Affliction Entertainment presents, Affliction Banned, the greatest line-up of mixed-martial-arts fights ever presented in one night, showcasing talent from around the world in the fastest growing sport on earth, live on pay-per-view from Honda Center in Anaheim, California. "Affliction Banned" features six of the 10 heavyweights in the world, including the much-anticipated return of the former undisputed PRIDE® heavyweight champion and Russian M-1 legend Fedor Emelianenko (27-1), who takes on former 2-time UFC® heavyweight title-holder Tim Sylvia (24-4) in the main event (5 five-minute rounds) for the inaugural WAMMA heavyweight title. click here to watch videos
Paul Smith will be gunning for immediate revenge when he tackles Steve Bendall at the M.E.N Arena on September 6. The Scouser lost his English middleweight title to Bendall in Birmingham last month on a hotly disputed points decision. continue
Promoter Art Pelullo/Banner Promotions and Rodney Berman/Golden Gloves will present a sensational world championship fight card on Friday, August 22, 2008, at the Sommet Center, located at 501 Broadway in Nashville, Tennessee. The main event and co-featured bout will be televised live on ESPN's "Friday Night Fights.. continue
16.07.08 - By Ted Sares: Not since the classic shoot-out between Mexican legend Salvador Sanchez and Puerto Rican bomber Wilfredo Gomez in 1981 have I anticipated a fight more. Once again, two tough-as-nails guys will be meeting in a clash of titans. And again, one is from boxing crazy Puerto Rico; the other from boxing crazy Mexico.
Some say the result of an irresistible force meeting an immovable object is an indescribable collision, but Iwill try to describe what I think might happen on July 26 when these two immensely popular fighters collide at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
A Clash of Styles
Miguel 'Junito' Cotto is 32-0 (KO 26) and brutalized his last opponent. continue
by James Slater -- In very interesting super-middleweight news, long-reigning WBO 168 pound champion Joe Calzaghe will keep his title and not relinquish it as first reported. According to FightNews.com, a fight between WBO #1 rated Karoly Balzsay and #2 ranked Jean Pascal will be for the interim title - not the full title at super-middleweight. The championship for real will still belong to Calzaghe. continue
On 16 July 2008, Frank Warren dealt a further blow in his ongoing libel case against Random House over allegations published in the book "Ricky Hatton: The Hitman, My Story". Three court of appeal judges dismissed the publisher's attempts to amend its case over one of the three false allegations, which is that Mr Warren misled the boxer Vince Phillips about the sale of the television rights for his fight against Ricky Hatton. continue
16.07.08 - by James Slater: According to a breaking news article on FightNews.com, Cuban hotshot Yuriorkis Gamboa, the unbeaten super-featherweight sensation, will now face a new opponent in his next fight this coming Friday night in Nevada. Venezuela's 36-year-old Jose Rojas is out, and Savannah, Georgia's Al Seeger is in. continue
by James Slater: We will know in a few hours, whether or not the surprisingly light 226 pounds James Toney has weighed-in at for his fight with Hasim Rahman is as good as it looks. For although "Lights Out" has somehow got himself down to his lightest weight since his TKO over Evander Holyfield back in 2003, this does not necessarily mean Toney will box a good fight.
Remember, for his last fight - the awful showing he put on against Danny Batchelder last May - Toney weighed-in at 229 pounds. But against trial-horse Batchelder, Toney looked anything but impressive.
Toney claims he has rededicated himself to training and that his low weight for the rematch with Rahman proves it. continue
Both Oscar Diaz and Delvin Rodriguez addressed the media today in their final press conference before their much anticipated showdown for the USBA welterweight championship that will take place this Wednesday at the Municipal Auditorium in San Antonio, TX. continue
Los Angeles, July 15, 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. continue
(COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.) USA Boxing and light flyweight Luis Yanez (Duncanville, Texas) have reached a settlement allowing Yanez to return to the United States Olympic Boxing Team. The agreement was reached following a unanimous decision by USA Boxings Judicial Committee to uphold his dismissal from the United States Olympic Team. continue
In this weeks 'Left-Hook Lounge' installment we take a look at a few fighters that have rarely made the mailbag. With the sports heavyweight division as thin as we've ever seen it, we field questions on the man listed as the weight class front runner, as well as a potential 'dark-horse' in the race with a very familiar name. Aside from that, we take a look at the Pavlik/Williams showdown which is tentatively set, as well as the son of a Mexican legend who finds himself in the midst of a very shaken world. With no further ado, we take this weeks first question from a huge fight fan on the west coast....
Mark J. (Oakland, CA): With Wladimir Klitschko considered the Heavyweight front-runner, what are your thoughts on his performance last Saturday?
Vivek W. (ESB): Honestly Mark, my take on this recent performance by Wladimir Klitschko is probably one that most will say isn't too popular, but truth be known, it echoes the sentiments of a no longer silent majority around the sport. continue
Today the European Boxing Union (EBU) announced that Sinan Samil Sam is the new European heavyweight champion. The Bull from Bosporus had faced Italian warrior Paolo Vidoz in a 12-round-battle in Ankara, Turkey, on July 4th. The fight ended in a controversial draw after one of the judges had changed his scoring of the 12th and final round. continue
16.07.08 - Oscar de la Hoya President of Golden Boy Promotions - September 16 is always a special weekend for Mexican fighters, fans and the public watching at home. It started with the days of Julio Cesar Chavez and then I fought seven times on this weekend during my career.. continue
15.07.08 - By Kent Appel, photo by Jan Sanders/Goossen Tutor Promotions -- This Wednesday night July 16, 2008, in Temecula, California two former world champions James Lights Out Toney and Hasim The Rock Rahman will square off in what may be the last opportunity for either fighter to get a chance to seriously challenge for the heavyweight championship of the world.. continue
15.07.08 - By Mike Casey: He jabbed with laser-like accuracy, he slipped and blocked punches, he double-feinted all night long in a sublime exhibition of masterful boxing. For forty-five minutes of near technical perfection, Harold Johnson mesmerised the more than capable Doug Jones on a May night in Philadelphia in 1962.
Like a rare diamond that had been kept shut away in a vault, Johnson finally stepped out and sparkled as the master of all he surveyed among boxings 175-pounders. How great was he on that magical night in the City of Brotherly Love? Well, Doug Jones would go on to scare the life out of young Cassius Clay just ten months later. Against Johnson, Doug could barely hit the target, never mind hit it with anything worthwhile.
Jones was no mug. He was a tough, hard-hitting fighter who compiled a solid and honourable world class career. Against Johnson, however, Doug was a bewildered pupil against a master. continue
WBA World Featherweight Champion is in great condition two weeks out from his 10th consecutive title defense against former sparring partner Action Jackson Asiku. Craig Christian trainer/manager of Chris John says Chris John has trained very hard for the fight, he has sparred over 150 rounds with Red Hot Prospect William Kickett and is very confident about the result. continue
15.07.08 - By Paul Strauss: Klitschko once again does what is needed to come away with a victory, but he also once again fails to excite. He added another knockout to his record, but it was yet another rather ugly affair. continue
by James Slater -- Tonight, in Galicia, Spain, unbeaten 22-year-old light-welterweight prospect Ali Chebah of France improved to 27-0(21) with an all too easy 2nd round blow-out of Brazil's 25-year-old Antonio Carlos de Jesus. A good right, left, right combination to the head accounted for de Jesus, for even though the Brazilian beat the count he was deemed unfit to go on by referee Francisco Vasquez. continue
15.07.08 - by James Slater: Back when he was the main man at heavyweight, holding the majority of the alphabet titles and taking on all manner of top contenders, Lennox Lewis was a vastly under appreciated fighter. How things have changed now that he's retired and left us with what we currently have atop the most important weight class in boxing.
Now recognised as the great heavyweight he was, Lewis is a big guy we could use so badly today. Surely the Lewis of 1999 to 2003 would have been too much for today's best heavyweight, Wladimir Klitschko? After all, even in his very last fight, when he was past his best, Lewis beat Wladimir's older brother (and better, more natural fighter) Vitali - making a disgraceful mess of "Dr. Iron Fist's" face in the process. Had Lewis been in with the more robotic and reluctant younger Klitschko that night - or any other night when he was still akin to his prime - the British boxer's hand would have been raised inside only a few rounds. continue
CHICAGO, IL (July 15, 2008) Chicago fan favorite Francisco EL NINO AZTECA Rodriguez returns to the ring on Friday, July 25th at the Aragon Ballroom in the ten round main event against El Paso veteran Alex EL DIABLO Becerra. continue
NEW YORK (July 15, 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
PHILADELPHA (July 15, 2008)Today on July 15th, IBF cruiserweight champion, Steve USS Cunningham is celebrating his 32nd birthday by doing what he does everyday and thats train hard to prepare for his next title defense. continue
Alexander Povetkin (15-0, 11 KOs) claimed he is taking one step at a time ahead of this weekend´s fight against Taurus Sykes. The 2004 Olympic gold medal winner faces The Bull in his home city of Chekhov, Russia on Saturday night. If Povetkin defeats his American opponent, he will be in for a showdown with IBF/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko.
Povetkin became the IBF´s mandatory challenger in January after defeating Chris Byrd and Eddie Chambers in a four-way elimination tournament. However, right now his full focus is on Saturday´s meeting with Sykes. There is a lot at stake for me, Povetkin said at today´s press conference at the ITAR-TASS offices in Moscow. I need to win to get the Klitschko fight. And I will allow nobody to take that away from me. A victory over Sykes is all that matters to me now.. continue
TALLAHASSEE, FL. (July 15, 2008) Unbeaten light heavyweight Tavoris Cloud is training in the summer heat of Florida preparing for his light heavyweight showdown with former world champion Julio Gonzalez at HARD EIGHT on Friday, August 8th at the Aragon Ballroom in Chicago. continue
by James Slater - Known among fight fans mostly for his great battle with Amir Khan, where he scored a knockdown and gave Khan all the trouble he could handle, Scotland's Willie Limond has just been given the opportunity to make an even bigger name for himself. According to a news article on The Evening Times On-Line, Limond has been approached with an offer to face the big-punching Dimitriy Salita on the huge Calzaghe-Jones bill on September 20th in New York. continue
The undercard for this Saturdays Ladbrokes.com Fight Night features a trio of fighters who have the knockout looks to go with their knockout punches. Up and coming prospects Stephen Haughian, John ODonnell and Logan McGuinness should prove popular with female fight fans at the University Arena in Limerick this weekend but promoter Brian Peters says theres more to boxing than looking the part. continue
by James Slater -- Saturday, October the 11th is a date all boxing fans will surely by now have circled on their calendar. Not only will the long awaited Vitali Klitschko-Samuel Peter rumble finally happen, but an equally intriguing pairing of top class light-heavyweights also takes place, as Antonio Tarver meets Chad Dawson.
Some lucky fans (or rich fans, as the case may be) will no doubt get to see both cards - as the heavyweight bout will take place in Germany, and therefore will get underway a good few hours before the U.S fight card, the two bouts will not clash. But for those fight fans who will only get the chance to tune in to one of the two fights, the decision on which encounter to view will likely be a tough call. Which match-up figures to give us the better fight? continue
An unprecedented event in the world history of boxing will take place on September 6th, 2008 in the heart of Moscow, in the Red Square as part of the City Day festivities under the aegis of Moscow Government - 'The Ring Stars In The Red Square', a charitable night of boxing. continue
In his first fight since losing a disputed decision to Gabriel Rosado on June 4, the enormously popular junior middleweight James Moore, 15-1 (10 KOS), a native of County Wicklow, Ireland, who fights of Queens, New York, will take on Lloyd Christian Joseph, 12-6-3 (5 KOS), in an 8 round bout on Wednesday, August 6, at B.B. King Blues Club in the heart of New York Citys Times Square. continue
HOLLYWOOD, FL, July 14 With a combined knockout percentage of 85% in their 53 pro bouts, it is easy to see why Joel Julio and Mean Joe Greene are considered two of the most powerful punchers in boxing today. On Wednesday, August 13, at Hard Rock Live in Hollywood, Florida, these Heavy Hitters will look to add two more names to their victims list as they co-headline ESPN2s Wednesday Night Fights. continue
NEW YORK (July 14, 2008) Building upon its tradition of delivering the most evenly matched and significant fights in boxing, SHOWTIME Senior Vice President and General Manager, Sports and Event Programming Ken Hershman officially announced today the fight that boxing pundits and fans have been waiting for. World champion Antonio Magic Man Tarver (27-4, 19 KOs) and undefeated Bad Chad Dawson (26-0, 17 KOs) will face off in a battle of light heavyweight kingpins on Saturday, Oct. 11 live on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING at 9 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast).
Theres been a ground-swell of anticipation for this fight for more than a year, said Hershman. Two of the pound-for-pound best going toe-to-toethis is what SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING is all about. Tarver-Dawson is yet another example of SHOWTIME delivering on our promise to televise the most meaningful and competitive match-ups in the sport.. continue
LOS ANGELES (July 14) After a successful five year relationship, Golden Boy Promotions and former World Champion Marco Antonio Barrera have amicably agreed to end their association with each other with Barrera having been released from his promotional contract and agreeing to give up his position as a partner in Golden Boy Promotions. continue
14.07.08 - From WBC President Jose Sulaiman: Regarding the WBC interim super featherweight world championship fight between Humberto Soto and Francisco Lorenzo, the WBC Board of Governors has voted for the following: 1. The World Boxing Council officially confirms its decision of NO CONTEST, which was rendered at ringside on June 28. continue
BAYAMON, Puerto RicoDaniel Santos became a world champion for the third time by defeating previously undefeated World Boxing Association super welterweight champion Joachim Alcine in Montreal on Friday night at the beautiful outdoor Uniprix Stadium. continue
By Jason Peck, photo courtesy of Klitschko.com -- click here for Klitschko-Thompson photo gallery -- What else do they need this guy to do? Walk on water?
His older brother Vitali had honors thrown at him for losing to Lennox Lewis. Anyone elses status as undisputed champ would be beyond question if he accomplished what Wladimir Klitschko did on Saturday night. Stack Wlads last six opponents against any other pretender, and it doesnt come close.
Am I a Ukrainian kiss-ass? A Klitschko diehard? A nut-hugger? Hardly. Ive merely taken a rational look at a very simple issue. continue
14.07.08 - by James Slater: Unbeaten light-middleweight contender Julio Cesar Chavez Junior kept his undefeated record on Saturday night in Mexico, as he won a split decision over a very tough Matt Vanda. But in improving to 37-0-1(29) Chavez was unable to either score the KO he so badly wanted, or even to win clearly. Indeed, the 22-year-old was hit plenty in the second half of the fight, when his energy level was severely depleted. On the verge of real exhaustion, Chavez held on to scrape his spilt decision victory. continue
14.07.08 - By Anthony Coleman: Let me be blunt and take the side of virtually all of the knowledgeable boxing fans and insiders: this is the worst era of Heavyweights in a long, long time. Ever since the retirement of Lennox Lewis in 2003, every major title holder and top contender has shown to the world that they are a collection of flawed boxers. In fact it seems as if the oldest and most glamorous division in boxing is almost forgotten. And now two days after Wladimir Klitschko, the universally recognized best fighter in the division, gave a less than sterling performance against Tony Thompson, we must recognize that a savior isnt coming anytime soon. For the time being were stuck in the Mediocrity rules everything around us* or the M-r.e.a.u era era of Heavyweights. continue
By Geoffrey Ciani: According to my sources, Don King is considering a four-man tournament to determine a mandatory challenger for the WBA heavyweight crown. Supposedly, the four participants under consideration will be Andrew Golota, DaVarryl Williamson, Serguei Lyakhovich, and Kali Meehan. Talks of such a tournament are in the early stages, but it appears that DKP is planning this contest for September. continue
"Time for the first giant to fall!" growled WBC heavyweight Champion Samuel Peter at the news that former champion Vitali Klitschko had signed to face him on October 11. "I've been waiting a long time for revenge on the first giant (Vitali's brother, IBF and WBO Heavyweight Champion Wladimir Klitschko) but now I get to knock them both out!."
While there are still two cities competing for the opportunity to host the Samuel Peter- Vitali Klitschko megafight (Abuja, Nigeria and Berlin, Germany), Peter says regardless of where it's held, his greatest hope is that Vitali actually shows up this time.
"He has already run from me many times, but now he has signed the contract. This time he must finally take his punishment like a man or get out of boxing forever.. continue
LOS ANGELES, CA (July 14, 2008) The Espinoza Boxing Club went two for two this past Friday night as world ranked contender Miguel EL ANESTESISTA Huerta and fast rising prospect Jesus POLLO Hernandez scored big wins in Corpus Christ, Texas, and Montebello, California, respectively. continue
July 14, 2008 - HBO Boxing fans will be treated to a special preview leading up to the highly anticipated welterweight title fight on July 26 that will be carried by HBO Pay-Per-View between Miguel Cotto and Antonio Margarito. HBO Sports will present the exclusive re-broadcast of three of the fighters most memorable fights on back-to-back weekends. continue
14.07.08 - By Chris Acosta: I think I am going to write a letter to Corrie Sanders.
"Dear Corrie," I'll begin, "you don't know me but I know you. No, I am not a neighbor or old acquaintance but rather, a boxing fan that has a beef to pick with you. Let me first ask you a few questions though. continue
14.07.08 - By Ted Sares: We will serve no wine before it's time. -- Paul Masson slogan: This Canadian born heavyweight has a KO percentage of 93.75 and an excitement factor of 100%. A little over a year ago, I said the following about him:
From Laval, QC, Canada and now residing in Las Vegas, This heavyweight is 12-0 with all wins coming by KO. I have seen him fight twice and both times, he rendered his opponent unconscious (one was veteran Harold Sconiers).
Stiverne moves nicely for a big man and is very athletic. He has fast hands, uses stiff jabs, nice hooks, and closes matters with a devastating right. He also possesses good defensive skills. I see him as having the entire package, but at age 30, he needs to step it up. I believe his agent is Lennox Lewis.
As to why he was not in the Olympics, he was robbed in a qualifying tournament in Mexico where he knocked down his Mexican opponent three times but still lost the decision and the place in Olympics. [He was Canadian super heavyweight silver medalist in 2005]. continue
14.07.08 - by James Slater: Without a doubt, the superb performance unbeaten John Murray put on on July 11th - when he made short work on Lee Meager to win the vacant British lightweight title - made it clear a fight between he and Amir Khan would be a very even match. continue
by James Slater: There is a strong chance the first fight back for Enzo Maccarinelli following his 2nd round KO loss to David Haye could be a world title fight. According to the BBC's boxing website, 27-year-old Maccarinelli may face unbeaten Russian Alexander Alexeev in September. The fight would contest the WBO cruiserweight belt David Haye has vacated so as to campaign as a heavyweight. continue
TULSA, OK - Through his lawyer Stuart Campbell, world rated lightweight contender Zahir Raheem has filed an official protest of his July 5th stoppage loss to Ali Funeka. The bout was sanctioned by the IBF as a world title eliminator. continue
13.07.08 - By Bill Calogero -- click here for Klitschko-Thompson photo gallery -- Wladimir Klitschko (photo: www.klitschko.com) knocked out Tony Thompson at 1:22 of the eleventh round in another questionable performance retaining his IBF, WBO & IBO Heavyweight Titles Saturday night. The bout was broadcast live on HBO from the Color Line Arena in Hamburg, Germany.
In what was a one-sided fight, Wladimir Klitschko used his pawing jab, followed by his powerful right hand to methodically break down Tony Thompson en route to a not so exciting match-up.
Until the end of the bout, it appeared that Thompson was able to withstand Klitschkos best shots. The problem was that he (Thompson) simply was not throwing enough punches and when he did, there was absolutely no snap or power behind them. continue
Danny Williams, current British heavyweight champion and the most likely Briton to win a heavyweight world title since Lennox Lewis, gets into the ring on Friday, July 18 to defend his prestigious Lonsdale belt against Essex man John McDermott at Goresbrook Leisure Centre in Dagenham, England. continue
Fight Production manager Olaf Schroeder today confirmed reports coming out of Sweden that Dutch heavyweight Richel Hersisia, 30-2 (24 KOs), will indeed clash with veteran former WBO world champion Merciless Ray Mercer, 35-7-1 (26 KOs), in Karlstad, Sweden on September 5 in a bout scheduled for 6 x 2 minutes, the maximum allowed distance in that country. continue
Nicky Cook has vowed to make up for the misery Scott Harrison caused him in 2006 - by taking it out on his fellow Scotsman Alex Arthur. Cook was supposed to challenge Harrison for the WBO World Featherweight title 18 months ago, only for the Glaswegian to pull out on 48 hours notice. continue
13.07.08 - By Mike Casey: For some considerable time I have wanted to write a technical appraisal of the magnificent and timeless Jack Johnson. I have refrained from doing so because Jack, the great Lil Arthur as he was known, comes with so much historically vital yet distracting baggage. His story and ye gods, it is some story even now is so crammed with political intrigue and controversy that his immense boxing skills are nearly always shoved onto the back burner and mentioned in passing.
Johnson was a giant of a man in every way, but the prime objective here is to demonstrate his wonderful knowledge and mastery of something we used to call the Noble Art. Quite simply, it was the art of hitting without being hit. It was about utter dedication and devotion to an astonishingly difficult and slippery discipline.. continue
13.07.08- by James Slater: We all knew it wouldn't take long for David Haye to put forth his opinion of last night's fight between Wladimir Klitschko and Tony Thompson. And we pretty muck knew Haye would not have too many nice things to say about the IBF and WBO champ's 11th round KO win. continue
By Frank Gonzalez Jr. July 13th, 2008 - On Saturday at the Color Line Arena in Hamburg Germany, WBO #1 contender Tony Thompson (31-2, 19 KOs) of the USA, fought IBF/IBO/WBO Heavyweight Champion, Wladimir Klitschko (51-3, 45 KOs) for eleven tough rounds, scoring more punches against Klitschko than anyone Ive seen and yet lost by knockout in the eleventh round, compliments of a Klitschko right hand that put him down, seeing him barely make it up at ten and waved out by the referee, Joe Cortez. continue
By Jim Amato: Tough 1960's and 70's heavyweight Jerry Quarry has been almost immortalized these days. He was the heavyweight who came along at the wrong time. The Ali - Frazier era. Joe and Ali each beat Jerry twice, but Jerry had his share of big wins over top contenders. Floyd Patterson, Thad Spencer, Buster Mathis Sr., Mac Foster, Ron Lyle and Earnie Shavers all suffered defeat at the hands of Jerry. continue
By Jason Sardelis, photo courtesy of www.klitschko.com - July 12th, Color Line Arena in Hamburg, Germany heavyweight champion Wladimir Dr. Steelhammer Klitschko 51-3, 45 Kos defended his IBF,WBO and IBO titles with a long over do right hand on the chin of former sparring partner Tony "The Tiger" Thompson 31-2, 19 Kos. Thompson ,cool and calm like the king of the jungle won the first round with Klitschko again appearing uncomfortable facing a southpaw. Klitschko was slapping down Thompsons punches as he did in February against Sultan Ibragimov.
In the second round Dr. Steelhammer started to find his right hand, then Thompson landed a good left and the two clashed heads cutting each fighter over the right eye. continue
Jacksonville, IL- International Known Heavyweight Boxing Champion Ken Norton Sr. will return to his hometown in August to celebrate his 65th Birthday. A KNOCKOUT Birthday Bash/Fundraiser will be held in Kens honor on Friday, August 8, 2008. The filet mignon dinner and auction will benefit Pathway Services and the Retired Boxers Foundation. This event will be held at 6:30 p.m. at 110 North East in Jacksonville. continue
by James Slater: Boxing on the under-card of the Klitschko-Thompson heavyweight title fight in Hamburg, Germany, unbeaten Kronk cruiserweight Jonathon Banks earned a less than impressive points win over experienced Italian veteran Vincenzo Rossito. With his majority win, the 26-year-old from Detroit won the lightly regarded IBO title. The scores after 12 dull rounds were 117-114, 115-113 and 114-114. Banks improved to 20-0(14). The 32-year-old Rossito fell to 36-6-2(22). continue
Behind a loud and energetic hometown crowd, Bobby The Celtic Warrior Gunn improved to 19-3-1 (16 KOs) after stopping game veteran James Morrow 11-11-1 (7 KOs) in the fifth round at the Bernie Robbins Stadium in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Gunn blitzed Morrow with powerful jabs, as well as an arsenal of heavy shots, dropping him in the second round following a vicious left hook to the body. After the knockdown, Gunn proceeded to land powerful blows on Morrow while avoiding most of his return shots. continue
by James Slater, photos courtesy of klitschko.com: Tonight, in Hamburg, Germany, IBF and WBO heavyweight champ Wladimir Klitschko turned back the challenge of the durable but ponderous Tony Thompson in 11 rounds. A big right hand to the head sent the 36-year-old challenger down, and referee Joe Cortez counted "The Tiger" out in the act of rising. The official time was 1 minute and 38 seconds of the round.
Klitschko, while being pretty much in control throughout, was his usual safety first self. His left jab was not thrown with the commanding authority it could have been, and had he gone for it, the finish could've come a few rounds sooner at least. Or so it appeared. Sure, Thompson has a good chin and he took a number of hard shots well enough, but the challenger was no way near elusive enough. Presenting the 32-year-old champ with an upfront, easy target, the southpaw from Washington D.C was almost a sitting duck for straight punches at times. continue
Panamas Rafael El Torito Concepcion is poised and ready to take on AJ Bazooka Banal in the much anticipated battle for the WBA Super Flyweight crown at New Cebu Coliseum, Philippines on July 26. continue
12.07.08 - By Srithar Visuasam: Sakio Bika (26-3-2, 16 KOs) is at an exciting stage of his career at the moment. In the past 24 months, he has fought for the WBC and WBO super middleweight title, fought in an eliminator for the IBF super middleweight title, and most significantly competed and emerged victorious in the third instalment of the boxing television series, The Contender. continue
Former NABF Champion and #1 contender "Big" Michael Grant (43-3, 33 KOs), returned to action in the main event last night at the National Guard Armory in Philadelphia and scored an impressive victory over a difficult foe. continue
Exclusive interview by James Slater: As surely every British, if not global, fight fan is aware, Brooklyn, New York's Paulie "Magic Man" Malignaggi is the next opponent for Ricky "The Hitman" Hatton. Set to meet in November, most likely in Las Vegas, the two superb 140 pound fighters will clash in a contest that will decide the IBF light-welterweight championship - currently held by Malignaggi.
Very kindly granting me an over-the-phone interview today, (July 9th) the 27-year-old New Yorker with the 25-1(5) record spoke about the upcoming fight, his oft-broken right hand, his career in general and his ambitions for the future should he get past Hatton. Quick-tongued but very friendly, here is what "The Magic Man" had to say.
James Slater: Firstly, Paulie, how's your right hand? I understand the cast came off earlier this week.
Paulie Malignaggi: The hand is going good right now. I'm in the rehabilitation stage right now, but there is no pain and I'm healing real well. continue
ALA Promotions president Michael Aldeguer announced today that a two-person advance party of Team Concepcion will be arriving in Cebu City on July 18 in order to ensure that preparation of the July-26 title fight are fully set before World Boxing Association (WBA) No. 6 super flyweight contender Rafael El Torito Concepcion are taken care of. Concepcion arrives on the July 20, and will be facing ALA Gym warrior and WBA No. 3 AJ Bazooka Banal for the WBA super flyweight title. continue
Darien, Connecticut July 14, 2008 The American Association of Professional Ringside Physicians (AAPRP) announced today the 2008 AAPRP Award Recipients. The 2008 AAPRP Medical Seminar on Ringside Safety, (in cooperation with Norwalk Hospital), will take place October 16-18, 2008 at the Paris/Bally s Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. continue
Just weeks before the August 2nd "Steel Yard Brawl" at the USS Steel Yard, OIAM rising middleweight Derrick "Superman" Findley 12-2 (7KOs) continued in his ascension up the middleweight ranks defeating Andrzej Fonfara 10-2 (3KOs) Of Warsaw, Poland by TKO before a worldwide television audience on ESPN 2. The 23-year old Gary native showcased his immense power disposing of Fonfara with a barrage of devastating punches at 2:59 of the second round. continue
By Jason Sardelis, photos by Emil Kegebein: July 11th, Aragon Ballroom, Chicago, Illinois: Tomasz Adamek 35-1, 24Kos outclassed mismatched Gary Pit Bull Gomez 18-10-1, 7Kos with the Utah resident calling it on his stool. Adamek used his combinations well. Not just his punching, but combining his quick hands and quick feet. The skilled Polish fighter used what was taught to me by my trainer Coach K as setting the clock.
Setting the clock is the simple tactic of moving your feet immediately after you finish punching. Get off and get out or find a new spot, a new position whether for safety or to launch your next attack. Coach would say move get one move, move get two move and so on. Your opponents experience, hand and foot speed will determine how high you can set the clock. continue
by James Slater: Puerto Rican southpaw Daniel Santos is a fighter who all but disappeared from view after his points loss to Ukraine's Sergiy Dzinziruk in December of 2005. Santos lost his WBO light-middleweight belt on that occasion - after having held it since 2002 and after having defended it successfully against excellent fighters such as Fulgencio Zuniga, and the mighty Antonio Margarito, no less. continue
By Erik Schmidt: Female super middleweight champion Natascha Ragosina won a highly controversial ten round unanimous decision over Conjestina Achieng in Cuxhaven, Germany. The Judges scored the fight 97-93, 96-94, 97-93 for Ragosina. Ragosina barely won any rounds and rarely managed to throw any punches at all night. Achieng outlanded and outpunched Ragosina throughout the fight and recieved standing ovations from the 1000 spectators, who felt that the Kenyan was badly cheated. East Side Boxing scored the fight 98-92 in favor of Conjestina Achieng. Robert Stieglitz (32-2, 20 KOs) scored a fifth round TKO of Fawaz Nasir (13-3, 8 KOs) on the undercard. continue
July 11, 2008 - HBO Sports is presenting a thirty- minute special analyzing the upcoming HBO Pay-Per-View showdown between welterweight superpowers Miguel Cotto and Antonio Margarito that is shaping up to be one of the best fights of 2008. The highly anticipated 147-pound world title fight is set for Saturday, July 26 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. continue
12.07.08 - By Michael Klimes: The heavyweight division is currently experiencing one of its seasonal depressions. It always does after the heavyweight champion of the previous generation retires. Lennox Lewiss absence has left a void. If I was a doctor and the heavyweight division was my patient, my diagnosis would be that it is clinically obese with far too much mediocrity to resuscitate its asphyxiation. There are two sides to every experience and tradition is no different. Current boxing fans and heavyweights are suffering from the inescapable shadow of tradition haunting them. Following the standard of greatness someone has set before you is a daunting task as you try and carve out your own reputation in history. It is intimidating since you are not fighting your opponent in the ring but their reputation and image, which is enshrined in the collective memory of fans. Thus far, no heavyweight has emerged to purge Lewiss presence from our collective memories: He was the most recent great of the division we have seen and is therefore the immediate standard others will be measured by. continue
King Arthur Abraham and Ulli Wegner made a special appearance on Thursday night when they provided sports and business executives with a fascinating insight of a boxer´s everyday life. Speaking at the first SPONSORs Pokernight, a charity event hosted by sports business magazine SPONSORS, sports rights agency Kentaro and legendary football club FC St. Pauli, the IBF middleweight champion said: A man has to be able to defy pain.. continue
By César Pancorvo: Joel Casamayor defeated Diego Corrales in 2006, became Linear (and WBC) lightweight champion many dispute the fact the he is the Linear champ, and have solid arguments to do it and then defended, twice, against Santa Cruz, barely a Top10 contender that, in the eyes of most people with two eyes, won that fight, and against Michael Katsidis, an outstanding win for the Cuban nicknamed El Cepillo. continue
From WBC President Jose Sulaiman: Chad Dawson contacted the WBC to inform that he will not fight Adrian Diaconu for the undisputed light heavyweight championship and therefore is relinquishing the title, even though representatives of both fighters had participated in a purse offer that was won by the Romanian promotor Gangkor Promotions. continue
11.07.08 - By Vivek Wallace: This weeks 'Call Em Out Fridays' session takes a look at a man who stands on the brink of doing something that few others in the sport have been fortunate enough to do. That near impossible feat is redefine a legacy gone bad, and the man with the golden opportunity is none other than Mr. Roy Jones Jr.
Like any other Friday call out session, we take a look at a perspective presented by those that support the individual, we take a look at the perspective of those who no longer see an upside perspective to support, and after a bottomline analysis representing my perspective, we go to the readers who are always open to providing their own perspective. For any first time readers of the weekly 'Call Out' session, the only request is that you attempt to see the big picture by analyzing both arguments before forming your own perpective. continue
12.07.08 - by James Slater: Tonight, at The Robin Park Arena, Wigan, unbeaten 23-year-old lightweight talent John Murray battered a brave but out-classed Lee Meager to defeat in five rounds to win the vacant British lightweight title. Both fighters, who hail from Manchester and are good friends out of the ring, were expected to put on a great fight. continue
LAS VEGAS, NEV. (July 11, 2008) Fasten your seatbelts! The undercard for The Battle! -- the pay-per-view extravaganza headlined by the world championship fight between welterweight superpowers Miguel Cotto and Antonio Margarito -- promises to be as explosive as the main event! Promoted by Top Rank, The Battle! takes place Saturday, July 26 at the MGM Grand Resort & Casino and will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View, beginning at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT. continue
by James Slater: In news that is guaranteed to displease all of the fighters who were to box on the bill, next Saturday's Sports Network boxing card in Birmingham has been postponed due to what the official press release calls "Television scheduling problems.. continue
11.07.08 - by James Slater: Mexican great Marco Antonio Barrera has not fought since his October 2007 rematch with Manny Pacquiao. Losing for a second time to "Pac-Man," this time via unanimous decision as opposed to the 11th round TKO he suffered at the hands of Pacquiao in fight number one, Barrera announced his retirement afterwards.
But recently there have been whispers indicating Barrera has the urge to fight again - and is keen to end his legendary career with a win. There was talk of a second fight with Mzonke Fana, a fighter Barrera handled easily back in April of 2005 - stopping the South African in just two rounds. Fana then regrouped and won the IBF super-featherweight title - hence Marco's possible desire to fight him for a second time. But then, this past April, Fana lost his belt. So no rematch with Barrera, then. continue
by James Slater - Unbeaten super-prospect Amir Khan has responded to the criticism he has been forced to undergo in the days following his tougher-then-expected fight with Michael Gomez. In the fight which took place last month, 21-year-old Khan was hurt more than once and he was also floored. This prompted a number of experts to proclaim Khan is not yet the finished article as a fighter. Some went even further and said he never will be. continue
July 10, 2008, Temecula, CA On July 16th, 2008, the boxing world will have the rematch of a lifetime - literally. The long-awaited Last Chance for Hasim Rock Rahman (45-6-3, 36 KOs) to be considered a heavyweight contender as he once again faces the living legend James Lights Out Toney (70-6-3, 43 KOs) at Pechanga Resort & Casino in Temecula, CA. continue
Photos courtesy of www.klitschko.com and Jan Sanders/Goossen Tutor Promotions. LOS ANGELES, CA -- The following are photos of Tony "THE TIGER" Thompson as he faces off against Wladimir Klitschko at today's weigh in, chooses his gloves for his battle tomorrow night and is measured for his reach in arm length. continue
by James Slater: With the long awaited clash between reigning WBC heavyweight champion Samuel Peter and "Champion Emeritus" Vitali Klitschko looking as though it will finally take place in Germany this coming October, it's time to take a look at the bout and see who will win. On paper a tough fight to pick - due largely to the inactivity Klitschko has undergone - this heavyweight rumble could go either way.
Both men can punch seriously hard, and as such there is a big chance a KO - very possibly a quite spectacular one - will bring about an ending to the bout. But in whose favour? Sure, the fight is not too far from a pick 'em in 2008 - but if it were not for "Dr. Iron Fist's" current age and the fact he has been both injury prone and about as active as a volcano recently, this would not be the case. continue
By: Jason Sardelis - New York State Heavyweight champion Darrel Madison 10-0-1, 3Kos has returned from Germany where he was working as a sparring partner for 70, 320lbs Nikolay The Russian Valuev. After convincingly beating veteran Zuri Lawrence 23-14-4 0Kos to win NY states vacant heavyweight title in May Madison was brought in by team Valuev as a sparring partner due to his slick switching southpaw style, similar to Chagaevs. continue
Los Angeles, CA (July 10, 2008) With less than one week to go before their long-awaited rematch and one Last Chance at another possible world heavyweight championship bout, James Lights Out Toney (70-6-3, 43 KOs) and Hasim Rock Rahman (45-6-3, 36 KOs) checked in with updates from their respective training camps where final preparations are being made for their July 16 showdown. continue
Per Ake Persson - July 11, Hamburg, Germany: IBF, WBO and IBO heavy champ Wladimir Klitschko weighed in 109,3 kg / 241 lbs at today´s chaotic weighin in a major shoppingcenter in Hamburg that took place at noon. Challenger Tony Thomnpson came in at 247,5 lbs / 112,3 kg. Thompson didn´t take off his shirt which led to some speculation he had something to hide - but I was told that yesterday evening at 10 PM he worked out hard and impressively in the gym at the Maritim Hotel. continue
10.07.08 - by James Slater -- Two fights into a series that will surely see at least three fights, and we are still none the wiser as to who the superior fighter is - Kendal Holt or Ricardo Torres. Both boxers have a win over the other, but due to the fact that both guys won in controversial circumstances - Torres by 11th round TKO in fight one and Holt by 1st round KO in fight two - it's still up for grabs who the better fighter is.
Both fights, despite being shrouded in controversy, were great action bouts - fight two especially. As such, and because both warriors have the right to maintain that they are the best, the rubber-match simply has to happen. If common sense is adhered to, we will indeed see Torres-Holt III. But who will win and what kind of fight can we expect when the two light-welterweights clash again? continue
SAN DIEGO, Calif. (July 10, 2008) Popular Mexican fighter and former WBC lightweight world champion Jose Luis El Terrible Castillo (56-8-1, 48 KOs) will get back in the ring against Argentine Sebastian Iron Lujan (29-5-2, 20 KOs) in a 10-round welterweight battle on Wednesday, July 30, live on ESPN2 at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT. continue
Arthur Abraham got a new IBF belt! Three weeks after it was stolen from his car at Miami International Airport following his impressive victory over Edison Miranda, Wilfried Sauerland surprised the IBF middleweight champion with a special gift during a team dinner in Berlin. "I know how much the belt means to him so I tried very hard to get a new one," the manager said. "It is of big symbolic value to him. I was very impressed by his performance in Florida. I know he can beat every opponent everywhere.. continue
by James Slater -- Originally, it was announced that former middleweight champion of the world Jermain Taylor, in moving up to 168 pounds, would face Britain's unbeaten Carl Froch in a WBC super-middleweight title bout (title currently vacant). Then it was decided Froch carried insufficient name power in America to make the fight a big hit, and "Bad Intentions" would instead face former IBF 168 pound champ Jeff Lacy. continue
10.07.08 - World heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko has described his opponent this Saturday, Tony Thompson, as a little bit special as he prepares to defend of his IBF, WBO and WBC titles at the Color Arena in Hamburg.
Speaking to Setanta Sports News during Steve Bunces Boxing Hour the big Ukrainian said: I will not underestimate this opponent. He hasnt lost in the last eight years. He is very confident. Hes famous in Hamburg. He knocked out Luan Krasniqi spectacularly in their fight in their fight last year.
Hes an unorthodox fighter, he doesnt fight impressively, but hes very effective with his style. He is a south paw fighter. Ill have to really adjust myself to his style.
Klitschko also revealed that a queue is forming to fight him, with the UKs David Haye and Russias Aleksander Povetkin in-line for a title shot. He described Haye as difficult to handle and plans to teach him a lesson in behaviour should they meet in the ring. continue
LOS ANGELES, CA (July 10, 2008) Highly regarded unbeaten flyweight prospect Manny SUAVECITO Roman has issued a challenge to former junior flyweight world champion Koki Kameda. I know hes fighting this weekend in Mexico, but he was very public about fighting bigger fights in the near future in Las Vegas. Im unbeaten and ready to fight him next, said the 20 year old Roman. continue
Super middleweight boxer Carl Froch faces more frustration in his quest for a shot at the vacant WBC super-middleweight title as his much hyped bout against US star Jermain Taylor is thrown into doubt amidst a cash row. Froch hit back at claims from his rival that he is not well known enough to fight in the States. continue
Golden Boy Promotions is bringing big time boxing back to Houston, Texas. On Saturday, September 6th, Houstons own former Three Time World Champion, Juan Baby Bull Diaz will face off against Australian warrior Michael The Great Katsidis in the first boxing event at the Toyota Center in Houston. Diaz will be making his Golden Boy Promotions debut as he returns to the ring in front of his hometown crowd in what might prove to be his toughest test to date against Katsidis, who like Diaz, will be with prepared to go to war for the win. The event will be broadcast live on HBOs Boxing After Dark. continue
By Fausto Perez Villareal, Photo by Alfonso Cervantes/EL TIEMPO - With his face intact, without any mark of the punches he received on Saturday night, Ricardo Torres returned to Barranquilla last Monday. "I'm tranquil and optimistic. I know I was impressive on Saturday. Kendall Holt isn't a better boxer than me. I lost because of an accident. He has to return the belt. He didn't do anything to win it."
"Mochuelo," who suffered his second defeat in 34 professional bouts, arrived along with his trainer Orlando Pineda and his representatives Sergio Chams and Alberto Agamez. He was welcomed by relatives and a crowd of followers at the Ernesto Cortizzos airport. "Look at my face. I don't even look like I fought! Holt, on the contrary, is all swollen. His eye is cut and imflamed. He didn't defeat me.. continue
Kevin McIntyre has been installed as mandatory challenger for his old British welterweight title. McIntyre will face Sheffields Kell Brook, who won the vacant title against Barrie Jones after the Paisley native was controversially relieved of his championship status by the Stewards of the British Boxing Board of Control for failing to defend the Lonsdale Belt as a result of a back injury. continue
Promoter Mick Hennessy believes his boxers Lee Meager and John Murray can produce the best domestic fight of the year when they meet on Friday, 11th July 2008. Meager and Murray get it on in a Manchester derby for the vacant British Lightweight Title at the Robin Park Arena in Wigan on a Hennessy Sports show in association with GoldenPalace.net. continue
10.07.08 - By Paul McCreath: Over the past few years we have seen our once great sport decline in popularity to a position now where it is little more than a niche sport. There is little doubt that a few top fighters like Calzaghe, Hatton or de la Hoya can still pack in big crowds but the average fight card is no longer big news. When you compare the 8-12000 crowds so common at many title fights today with the 50-100 thousand that show up every weekend for American football or soccer in Europe during their seasons and in other sports as well on a regular basis, boxing has become rather small time. continue
10.07.08 - LOS ANGELES, CA -- The following are photos of Tony "THE TIGER" Thompson as he makes his final preparations by training at Karstadt's sporting goods store located in Hamburg, Germany 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.
Photo: As Tony "The Tiger" Thompson arrived for his open media workout today he was greeted by eager boxing fanatics and press who were excited for the opportunity to meet him and attend his public workout session. continue
Las Vegas, Nevada (July 10, 2008) "Slick" Nick Sampson & Macke Roberts of Sin City Sports & Entertainment proudly announce that current WBO Oriental Welterweight Champion, Emanuel "The Drunken Master" Augustus, has just signed a exclusive deal to appear in the EA Sports Fight Night 4 video game which is scheduled for a 2009 release date. continue
Boxings back in a big way. Desert Diamond Casino and Golden Boy Promotions are teaming up once again to bring the best in boxing to Southern Arizona. On Friday, August 1st, the gloves will be flying in a scheduled 8-fight event, featuring Mexicos David Lopez. continue
More garbs and leathers are coming our way as ALA Promotions raises the bar for boxing promotion in the Philippines and brings out the first-ever back-to-back world-title fight in Philippine boxing within two months. continue
By Ted Sares: I love him like a little brother. We stayed together in one of Emanuel Steward's houses when we were kids. It was just like camp. Me, Jonathan Banks, John Jackson, and Vernon are all pro boxers now. --Cornelius K-9 Bundrage
I heard he was stabbed once and then someone else said five times
love the heck out of him, but he needs to distance himself from some of his problems. We're praying for him. --Michigan State boxing commissioner Al Lowe.
I dont want to jump into something and make another mistake
I have to take it slowly. --Vernon Paris
Detroits exciting lightweight/junior welterweight prospect Vernon "Iceman" Paris, 18-0-0-1, fights with a bullet still lodged in his back and another in his thigh, after having been shot three times in the summer of 2006 in a murder attempt in which he was not at fault. continue
Philadelphia, PACruiserweight prospect Simon Carr today (July 8) lashed out at skeptics who claim he wont show up July 18 to fight Larry Robinson in their all-South Philadelphia showdown at the New Alhambra, Swanson & Ritner Streets, next to Forman Mills. continue
The professional career of Michael Domingo is an epitome of a warriors spirit pushing on with a quest for the ultimate world championship crown against all odds and amidst all personal limitations of a too-human prizefighter. continue
Alex Bunema will defend his WBA Intercontinental championship against Walter Matthyssee (26-3 25KOs) on July 11th in Montreal Canada. The 12 round bout is a co-feature to the WBA world championship bout between WBA champion Joachim Alcine and Daniel Santos. continue
By Per Ake Persson: It´s on - at least according to Bild Zeitung: Vitali Klitschko vs Samuel Peter for the WBC heavyweight title October 4 at the brand new O2 World Arena in Berlin. If brother Wladimir Klitschko makes it on the card as well depends on the results of Satuday´s showdown against Tony Thompson. But if Wladimir wins and doesn't get injured we might see Wladimir vs Alexander Povetkin as co-headliner in front of 17 000 fans. Vitali has attempted to come back twice now and been injured both times, he was also forced to retire due to injuries so there are of course big question marks this time as well around his comeback.
The undercard to Klitschko vs Thompson and Baysangurov vs Gontsa July 12 at the Color Line Arena in Hamburg will feature Kronk´s cruiser Jonathon Banks in an IBO titlefight against Italian Vincenzo Rossitto. Alexander Ustinov will face Livin Castillo. Kronk also bring in heavyweight debutant Nathan James. K 2 use the GBO, German Boxing Organisation, to supervise it´s shows on German soil. continue
The Black Panther returned to Hamburg yesterday and is already kicking up a fuss again. At todays so called public workout for Wladimir Klitschkos title defence against Tony Thompson on Saturday Juan Carlos Gomez has been kicked out by Klitschkos security. continue
by James Slater: Set to meet in an extremely intriguing world title fight at lightweight on September 13th (venue still to be determined), are defending champion Nate Campbell and the unbeaten challenger Joan Guzman. What we have in store here is a very hard match-up from which to pick a winner. continue
09.07.08 - by James Slater: It's apparent 36-year-old Joe Calzaghe will not be having what he says will be the final fight of his great career on home soil, as was first suggested. Instead, according to a breaking news story on ESPN.com, light-heavyweight champion Calzaghe will meet former pound-for-pound king Roy Jones Junior at the legendary venue that is Madison Square Garden in New York. The bout will take place on September 20th. continue
By Vivek Wallace, photo by Naoki Fukuda - This weeks 'Left-Hook Lounge' Q&A Mailbag is a riot!!! Plain and simple. So much happening in the world of boxing and the chosen fight fans who have featured questions asked to be served up straight with no chaser! On the slate this week is everything from Kelly Pavliks next opponent, to the highly debated issue of race in the sport, inflamed by the sports most outspoken figure, Floyd Mayweather Jr. With so much to cover, we taxi and takeoff....Our first question coming from a fight fan in my neck of the woods, Miami Lakes, Florida....
Samuel Blades (Miami Lakes, Fl): You published an article about the recent Mayweather/Wright race related statements. Can you clarify the position you hold on the matter for those still in question.
Vivek Wallace (ESB): Bottom line here Sam, I personally think that racism is a very strong word to use in today's society. continue
LOS ANGELES, July 9 This Friday night, July 11th, Top Rank, in association with the International Brotherhood of Prizefighters, will turn up the heat on an already hot summer with a night of world-class boxing at the American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, Texas, designed to produce some belated 4th of July fireworks. continue
Frankfurt heavyweight Willi De Ox Fischer underwent a curious form of training recently, but certainly hopes it will push his so far successful comeback, which he started last year under the management of Fight Production, to its pinnacle. The 35-year-old former WBO title challenger was made by trainers Tom Leidenheimer and Boris Schwarz to push a Smart automobile up and down the streets, being allowed to breath only through a swimmers snorkel! continue
Tickets are now on sale for Sports Network's blockbuster show titled 2 Hot 2 Handle at the M.E.N Arena on Saturday 6th September. Edinburgh star Alex Arthur headlines with the first defence of his WBO World Super-Featherweight title in an all-British showdown against tough Londoner Nicky Cook. continue
09.07.08 - Jaime Castro Nuñez: The purpose of this article is to analyze the fight that took place last July 5 at the Planet Hollywood Casino in Las Vegas between Ricardo Torres and Kendall Holt. the progressive analysis of the sixty one-second fight will reveal details of what has been called, erroneously, "the most dramatic one round fight in recent times." And I write "erroneously" because what makes it "dramatic" is actually a spectacular head butt. Here we go.
0:00-0:12: Torres and Holt in the center of the ring. Torres attacks with a left. Some exchange.
0:13: Torres catches Holt with a huge right hand over the top. Down goes Holt. It's Torres's fourth hand of the night.
0:15: Torres goes to the neutral corner. Holt gets back on his feet. Jay Nady counts. Holt doesn't seem to be hurt, as he moves and jumps. Nady says: "Come to me." Then he asks: "Are you all right?" Holt is able to continue. continue
CHICAGO, IL (July 9, 2008) Following his public workout on Tuesday afternoon at JABB Boxing Gym in Chicago, #1 IBF Cruiserweight Mandatory Tomasz Adamek declared himself more than ready for battle heading into his ESPN2 televised Friday night showdown with Gary THE PITBULL Gomez at The Aragon Ballroom. continue
PHILIDEPHIA, PA (July 8, 2008) IBF Cruiserweight World Champion Steve USS Cunningham will be an interested party this Friday night as he watches # 1 IBF Cruiserweight Mandatory Tomasz Adamek square off in the main event of ESPN2s Friday Night Fights against Gary THE PITBULL Gomez from the Aragon Ballroom in Chicago. continue
John Murray is confident he can win the British Lightweight Title on Friday, 11th July and strike a blow for Manchester City over Manchester United. Undefeated Murray faces Manchester rival Lee Meager at the Robin Park Arena in Wigan on a Hennessy Sports show in association with GoldenPalace.net. continue
With a couple of titles under his belt, heavyweight champ Wladimir Klitschko swings back into action in a mandatory title defense when WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING: WLADIMIR KLITSCHKO VS. TONY THOMPSON is seen live SATURDAY, JULY 12 (4:30 p.m. ET/1:30 p.m. PT), from the Color Line Arena in Hamburg, Germany, with a replay later that same day at 10:00 p.m. (ET/PT). The HBO Sports team of Jim Lampley, Larry Merchant and Lennox Lewis will be ringside for the event, which will be available in HDTV, as well as closed-captioned for the hearing-impaired and presented in Spanish on HBO Latino.
Wladimir Klitschko (50-3, 44 KOs), from Kiev, Ukraine, continues his pursuit to the top of the heavyweight division. He scored a unanimous decision victory over Sultan Ibragimov last February to unify two of the world titles in the heavyweight ranks, and now returns to the friendly confines of Germany to face mandatory challenger Tony Thompson. continue
08.07.08 - by James Slater: If ever there was a British fighter who has paid his dues, is never in a bad fight, is willing to face the best and always comes in in top shape - it is 29-year-old light-middleweight contender Jamie Moore of Salford, Lancashire, England. Southpaw Moore, 30-3(21) has given his fans some truly unforgettable battles during his nine year pro career. continue
PHILADELPHIA (JULY 8, 2008)Boxing returns to the National Guard Armory on Roosevelt Blvd. in Northeast Philadelphia as Southern Starr Promotions presents a huge night of boxing that is headlined by the continued comeback of former world Heavyweight title challenger, Michael Grant taking on upset specialist Demetrice King in a bout scheduled for eight rounds. 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. Some of the best undefeated boxers in the country will be fighting on CatBOX Entertainments card, consisting of six professional bouts. continue
by James Slater, photo by Peter Mark Heintzelman / ESB: 27-year-old U.S heavyweight Jason Estrada has finally got his act together and is at last showing the talent as a pro many expected him to display a few years back. Estrada, a decorated amateur who won all manner of titles in the early 2000s, was a big disappointment at the 2004 Athens Olympics - losing in only his second bout, and to a man he had previously defeated at that.
Estrada freely admits he was overweight and not at his best during his Olympic adventure, and it was feared this lackadaisical attitude had followed him into the pro ranks. Beginning his work in the paid ranks in December of 2004, the clearly talented Estrada offended many by weighing-in at or around the 250 pound mark for his initial seven fights. continue
If a boxer leaves home to train abroad for a fight, rest assured he is a determined fighter. If a warrior leaves home to wage war in the opponents turf, expect a very dangerous combatant. World Boxing Association (WBA) No. 6 titlist Rafael El Torito Concepcion is both. continue
COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.) USA Boxing is pleased to announce a new alliance with Golden Boy Promotions, one of the leading boxing promotional companies in the world, under which USA Boxing and Golden Boy Promotions will collaborate on numerous marketing, media, broadcast and consulting efforts. continue
VERO BEACH, Florida (July 8, 2008) Coming off of his first pro loss, James McGirt, Jr. (18-1, 9 KOs) very well could have settled on his next opponent being a confidence builder. However, instead of fighting somebody brought in to lose and make James look good, Team McGirt jumped at the opportunity to fight former IBO and WBU middleweight champion Raymond Hallelujah Joval (37-4, 16 KOs) in the 10-round main event on the July 25th ESPN Friday Night Fights show at Saratoga Springs, New York. continue
by James Slater - For quite some time now, Felix Trinidad's name has been bandied around as a possible choice for Oscar De La Hoya's very last pro opponent. Oscar, as we know, will box what he says will be his final fight this coming December, and the only question was who would the bout see "The Golden Boy" swapping punches with. All along, this writer ( and without a doubt many other people also) had the feeling it would be Felix Trinidad who got the call. Well, it looks as though this may actually be the case - the fight is up right now on BoxRec, anyway.
In this article, I give my reasons for why a farewell fight against "Tito" makes perfect sense for De La Hoya.
Reason One: A fight with Trinidad gives De La Hoya the opportunity to gain revenge for his first ever loss. continue
08.07.08 - British boxing hero Ricky Hatton has played down reports in the press that he only has two fights left in him. While Hatton admits he is entering the home straight of his career, he has no intention of hanging up his gloves just yet. continue
The Black Panther is back in town! After returning to Hamburg on Monday Juan Carlos Gomez (43-1, 35 kos) currently no. 2 in the WBC world ratings) is full of self-confidence for his upcoming WBC Eliminator against no. 1 rated Vladimir Virchis (24-1, 20 kos). continue
Jacksonville, FL: Contrary to several recent rumors, IBF/WBO/WBA Lightweight king Nate Campbell has no plans to vacate any of his world titles, especially the IBF belt. "I've heard this in a few places, and there's no truth to it whatsoever. There's no way I'll vacate my IBF title. Ms. Muhammad, Mr. Tucker, Mr. Peoples, and everyone else within the IBF believed in me, even when nobody else would so much as rank me. continue
By Ted Sares: Hey vatos; Do you know who the best fighter in the world is pound for pound? Hands down, vatos, hands down! Los jabs, los hooks, los uppercuts...Mando Ramos!" --Edward James Olmos' 1992 film, "American Me".
He was a man of many great qualities
He had the rough and tough outer exterior of a fighter. But inside, he had a pure heart and a gentle soul. He was a great champion in the ring, but he was an even greater champion in life. He helped a lot of inner-city kids. --Mando Ramos Jr.
The California boxing connection is a strong one and the ex-boxers meet regularly. When Mando Ramos sadly passed away this week, the connection evidenced itself front and center. Superstars such as, Alberto Davila, the Baltazar boys, the Sandoval's, Bobby Chacon, Frankie Duarte, Paul Gonzalez, Danny Little Red Lopez, Arturo Frias, Genaro Chicanito Hernandez, and Oscar DeLaHoya expressed their grief and shock. continue
Unbeaten WIBF/WBA world champion Susi Kentikian will feature in the first "ProSieben Fight Night" after the summer break which will take place on August 29th at the Burg-Wächter Castello in Düsseldorf. The "Killer Queen" will meet Hagar Finer of Israel. The event will kick off at 6:30 pm with the live TV broadcast on ProSieben at 10:30 pm.. continue
Former champion Kevin McIntyre will find out tomorrow whether he will be installed as the mandatory challenger for the British welterweight title. McIntyre was stripped of his championship under controversial circumstances last month after the Stewards of the British Boxing Board of Control ruled that the title should be declared vacant owing to his continuing inability to make a championship defence as a result of injury. continue
Flyweight sensation Don Broadhurst has vowed to halt Spain's modern-day sporting Armada. Broadhurst tackles tough Spaniard Jordi Gallart over ten-rounds at the Aston Events Centre, Birmingham, on July 19 featuring on the undercard of Audley Harrison v Martin Rogan. continue
Photos: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME - Paris Hilton and Good Charlotte guitarist Benji Madden enjoy the action from ringside during last Saturdays SHOWTIME boxing matches at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, Nev.
Hagler-Hearns gave way to Holt-Torres Saturday as fireworks arrived a day late on SHOWTIME. In one of the most dramatic and explosive opening rounds and rematches in recent memory, Kendall Holt and Ricardo Torres combined to knock each other down three times in 61 seconds on a truly special edition of ShoBox: The New Generation.
After Holt hit the canvas twice in 34 seconds, the WBO No. 2 contender rallied spectacularly to knock Torres out cold and win the World Boxing Organization (WBO) junior welterweight title at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. Bob Arums Top Rank, Inc., presented the exciting event, which aired on SHOWTIME at 11 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the west coast). continue
#1 IBF Mandatory Cruiserweight and former WBC Light Heavyweight Champion Tomasz Adamek will hold a public workout on Tuesday, July 8th in Chicago as he returns to the city of his two greatest victories in his nine year career. continue
NEW YORK CITY (July 7, 2008) IBF junior welterweight champion Paulie The Magic Man Malignaggi (25-1, 5 KOs) had a cast removed from his right hand last Tuesday and he has started rehabilitation. continue
Nadeem Siddique aims to prove he is one of Britain's top lightweight contenders with an emphatic win over Steve Saville on Friday, 11th July 2008. Unbeaten star Siddique's eight round contest is chief support to the vacant British Lightweight Title battle between Manchester duo Lee Meager and John Murray at the Robin Park Arena in Wigan on a Hennessy Sports show in association with GoldenPalace.net. continue
by James Slater: Reigning IBF super-middleweight champion Lucian Bute of Canada will make the 2nd defence of his world title on October 24th when he faces teak-tough Mexican Librado Andrade. The fight will take place in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, the scene of all but four of the champion's 22 pro fights. In the 29-year-old Andrade, Bute will be meeting a very hardened warrior.
Bute, a talented 6'2" southpaw who was born in Romania 28 years ago, won the title with an 11th round TKO over Colombia's Alejandro Berrio back in October of last year. Since then "Le Tombeur" has turned back the challenge of former world champion at middleweight, William Joppy - a fighter who had undeniably seen better days. Bute stopped him in the 10th round. Making defence number two against the rock-chinned Mexican who lives in California, it is likely Bute will be tested like never before. continue
07.07.08 - By Team Santana: Due to recent rumblings regarding MSG being a potential venue for a Sep 20th Roy Jones - Joe Calzaghe showdown and Dmitry Salita joining Jones Square Ring promotional company, Team Santana has instructed promoter Lou Dibella to reach out to Square Ring and make a Santana Salita fight. continue
Top Rank has signed unbeaten, world-rated Demetrius Hopkins, a top 28-0-1 contender in the junior welterweight division. Bob Arum made the announcement today. Hopkins, handled by Cameron Dunkin who works with world champions and star attractions including Kelly Pavlik, Nonito Donair and Steven Luevano, said "...we think Top Rank is the best promoter to take Demetrius right to the top.. continue
When former heavyweight boxer Mitchell Rose released his book Mike Tyson Tried to Kill My Daddy, his goal was to educate as many people as possible about the corruption in pro boxing, as well as clarify what happened during the night of his notorious street fight with boxing legend Mike Tyson. continue
07.07.08 - by James Slater: In yet MORE news featuring David Haye, there is at last some inclination of who "The Hayemaker" will fight in his heavyweight re-debut this coming October. According to the usually very reliable BoxRec, Haye will face none other than former WBC heavyweight champion Oleg Maskaev. It's unlikely the majority of fans will be too thrilled if this does indeed turn out to be the fight that is made. The far more formidable Monte Barrett, for one, will surely not be happy.
Maskaev, now 39-years-of-age and not having fought since his 6th round TKO loss at the hands of Samuel Peter back in March, is the last person this writer expected to land the October fight with Haye. Then again, it was reported not too long ago that "The Big O" was back in training and wanting to fight again. A good fighter in his day, Maskaev is a worn and faded force now - at least he looked like it in his clash with Peter. continue
The United States Olympic Boxing Team will be holding their final open training session at 11 a.m. on Friday, July 11 at the legendary Gleasons Gym in Brooklyn, N.Y. The eight-member squad, which is ranked number two in the world, will make a final swing through New York, July 10-12, before departing for Beijing on July 21. continue
by James Slater: It's likely, almost certain, that fight fans are getting a little bored with what has constantly been coming out of David Haye's mouth just lately. Indeed, this is around the third or fourth article that has appeared on Haye in the recent weeks. Still, if the guy keeps making the news it has to be reported - hence this further article on "The Hayemaker.. continue
07.07.08 - By Jim Amato: It is with grear sadness to report that former world's lightweight champion Mando Ramos has passed away. He was 59 years old. I was notified by his dear friend boxing historian David Martinez. Mr. Ramos was one of my early boxing favorites. May his soul rest in peace. continue
By Vivek Wallace: Lately, it appears that U.S. politics isn't the only topic that entertains the question of race. In what may quickly become a 'watershed' moment, ignited by arguably one of the sports most outspoken figures, the question of race has unfortunately found a way to rear its ugly head. In a sport best suited for those not accustomed to backing down, suddenly comes a topic that leaves most put on the spot about this matter doing just that. Last week it was reported by David Mayo of the Grand Rapids Press that longtime Pound for Pound great, Floyd Mayweather Jr., had some less than flattering things to say about the state of race as it relates to the sport. Mayweather was quoted as saying that "Pavlik should get credit for defeating Jermain Taylor twice, but they [HBO Boxing Television Crew] talk about Pavlik, a white fighter, like he's the second-coming, or they go crazy over Manny Pacquiao". He then asked rather rhetorically, "Is it being racial"? The response, "Absolutely. They praise White fighters, they praise Hispanic fighters, but Black fighters, they never praise". Chiming in on the topic a bit later was Ronald 'Winky' Wright, whose statement touched closer to perhaps the true core of the problem. Wright stated "Boxing is supposed to be an art, but the announcers, all they want is someone who goes out there face-first. But Black fighters, we've got style and pizzazz, but all they want is for us to go out there and slug it out". This statement, (in my observation), doesn't prove any blatant racism, but does point out a view that somewhat supports the thoughts of Mayweather and Wright. continue
CHICAGO, IL (JULY 7, 2008) In advance of his show down this Friday night, July 11th, against veteran brawler Gary Gomez at the Aragon Ballroom, #1 IBF mandatory cruiserweight contender and former light heavyweight world champion Tomasz Adamek will hit Chicago with a flurry of public appearances leading up to the ESPN2 televised ten round main event. continue
by James Slater - Although this writer would never profess to being a huge fan of referee Jay Nady, I do feel the flack he is getting right now with regards to his officiating of Saturday Night's wild, wild affair between Kendal Holt and Ricardo Torres is unjustified. Let's be honest here; the incredible amount of furious action that transpired in just over one minute of boxing was chock full of incident. As such, no referee, whoever he may be, could have possibly done a better job than the third man who chooses (or used to choose) to give a salute when it comes to his onscreen gimmick. continue
CHICAGO, IL, (JULY 7, 2008) Tickets are now on sale for HARD EIGHT, an outstanding evening of world class professional boxing, headlined by the Light Heavyweight IBF Title Eliminator clash between undefeated contender Tavoris Cloud and former world champion Julio Gonzalez set for Friday, August 8th at the Aragon Ballroom to be broadcast on ESPN2s Friday Night Fights. continue
06.07.08 - by James Slater, photo by Tom Casino / Showtime - In what may well have been the single most dramatic one round fight seen in recent memory, New Jersey's Kendal Holt got up from two hurtful knockdowns to knock out cold Colombia's Ricardo Torres last night in Las Vegas. With his sensational win "Rated R" snatched the WBO light-welterweight tile and improved his record to 24-2(13). The deposed Torres, who remained prostrate for quite some time after being KO'd, fell to 32-2(28). The fight was all over at one minute and one second of the opening round.
The action came amazingly fast as soon as the opening bell had sounded. Rushing right at his man, 28-year-old Torres caught Holt with a superb right hand over the top. continue
English heavyweight champion John McDermott says the talk of Danny Williams getting a title shot against world champion Samuel Peter later this year is disrespectful. McDermott is slated to challenge British champion Williams on Friday, July 18 at the Goresbrook Leisure Centre in Dagenham, England, and is furious at being considered a formality to be disposed of. continue
06.07.08 - by James Slater: With the Manny Pacquiao-Edwin Valero fight now up on BoxRec as taking place on November 8th (venue still to be announced, but Texas being a frontrunner), we can look forward to a very explosive fight. Everyone knows how hard the unbeaten Valero can hit, and "Pac-Man's" greatness is already beyond doubt. Put these two fighters together - as promoter Bob Arum has - and you have a fight that cannot fail to be exciting. continue
LAS VEGAS, Nev. (July 5, 2008) photos by Tom Casino / Showtime - Hagler-Hearns gave way to Holt-Torres Saturday as fireworks arrived a day late on SHOWTIME. In one of the most dramatic and explosive opening rounds and rematches in recent memory, Kendall Holt and Ricardo Torres combined to knock each other down three times in 61 seconds on a truly special edition of ShoBox: The New Generation. continue
by James Slater, photo by Tom Casino / Showtime - On last night's Torres-Holt II card at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas, unbeaten 24-year-old light-welterweight prospect Lamont Peterson of Washington D.C improved to 25-0(12) by stopping the very game Rogelio Castaneda of Mexico. The end came in the 9th round of a one-sided fight, as the 31-year-old's corner, seeing their man under heavy fire after having got up from a knockdown, signalled to referee Russell Mora to call a halt. The official time was 2 minutes and 50 seconds of round number nine. The Mexican, who never stopped trying all night, fell to 24-14-3(8). It is clear Lamont Peterson is in need of bigger and better opponents right now.
Having pretty much everything his own way throughout the scheduled ten-rounder, the talented 24-year-old brother of Anthony Peterson was basically given nothing more than a good workout. Choosing to either box on the outside and use his vastly superior speed of both hand and foot, or fight on the inside where he was able to rip into Castaneda with uppercuts and wicked shots to the body, Peterson was always in command. continue
By Paul Strauss: Pretty Boy Floyd recently held a three day retirement celebration in Grand Rapids, MI. During the celebrations, and an interview with the Grand Rapids Press, he felt compelled to play the race card. He said he could "no longer hold his tongue"! In this particular case, he dealt the card to HBO, bemoaning their (white) announcers didn't give black fighters their due. By black fighters, he of course meant himself. continue
by James Slater: Scoring a quite sensational win in his home country of South Africa tonight, once-beaten lightweight contender Ali Funeka KO'd highly rated Philly fighter Zahir Raheem in just four rounds. With the superb win, Funeka, now 30-1-2(25), became the mandatory challenger for the IBF lightweight title currently held by 36-year-old Nate Campbell of Florida. Raheem, a one-time conqueror of the great Mexican warrior Erik Morales, fell to 29-3(17). This is the first time the defensively gifted Raheem has ever suffered a stoppage defeat in his pro career. continue
By Per Ake Persson: July 5, Halle / Westfalen: WBA middle champ Felix Sturm retained the title with an impressive display of slick, sharp boxing against American challenger Randy Griffin in the headliner of Universum´s show at the Gerry Weber Stadion. The judges scored the fight 116-112, 116-113 and 118-110. There were no knockdowns and neither man was at any time hurt. Griffin was under pressure in the last two rounds and had Sturm more power he would surely been stopped in the eleventh round. At the final bell Griffin also seemed unsteady. continue
By Jason Sardelis , photo by Tom Casino / Showtime - July 5th, Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada: In the rematch of their controversial first fight, Kendall Holt 23-2, 13 Kos picked himself up off the deck twice to blast out WBO Junior Welterweight Ricardo Torres 32-1, 28 Kos at 1:01 of round one. In the first fight it was Torres who picked himself up off the deck to come from behind scoring an eleventh round TKO of Holt holding on to his WBO light welterweight title.
After fight Holt and his camp protested to the WBO complaining of referee Genaro Rodriguezs quick stoppage and his handling of trash being thrown into the ring. The judges scores at the time of the stoppage were 95-94, 94-95 and 91-98 Holt. continue
LOS ANGELES, CA --The following is the 4th 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
Arena Press Release: After the very emotional discussions right after the European heavyweight championship between Sinan Samil Sam and Paolo Vidoz in Ankara Friday night ARENA-CEO Ahmet Öner gained broad support for his reaction to the draw. After the dust had settled Öner talked to the involved officials who made clear that they understand his anger. continue
WBC International Super bantamweight Champion Sande Otieno (15-0) his trainer Paul Otieno, left the country yesterday for Johannesburg, South AfricaSao Paulo Brazil, where he will put his green belt on line for the second time. This will be Sande's first mandatory defense of the WBC title he won in March last year and successfully defended in a voluntary defense in Russia in November. continue
Photos: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME-- Ricardo Torres and Kendall Holt each weighed in at 139 pounds during Fridays weigh-in. Lamont Peterson and Rogelio Castaneda each tipped the scales at 141 pounds. 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. 2 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).
In the 10-round junior welterweight co-feature, undefeated World Boxing Association (WBA)/WBO No. 5 140-pound contender Lamont Peterson (24-0, 11 KOs) will put his undefeated record on the line against former International Boxing Association champion Rogelio Castaneda. Top Rank will promote both contests from the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, Nev. continue
This is an open letter from The Mechanic Chris Smith to Top Rank, Star boxing, Hall of Fame promotions and Los Leones.
First and foremost the Top Rank matchmaker promised me a rematch with Jesus Soto Karass. I recently found out that Karass is now fighting David Estrada. continue
By Jason Peck: HBO commentator Jim Lampley recently commented that Arthur Abraham could give middleweight champ Kelly Pavlik a tough fight, but WBA champ Felix Sturm would pose no threat at all. In Lampleys words, Sturm simply wasnt strong enough, despite his impressive "showing" against Oscar De La Hoya. continue
05.07.08 - by James Slater - As one of the most popular fighters to have come from Britain in many years, it will be a sad day in the U.K when Ricky Hatton calls it quits and retires from boxing. And in a recent interview with BBC Hatton let it be known that that time may not be too far away. continue
Ahmet Öner: We will not accept this! - After the dust had settled in Ankara the controversial draw between Sinan Samil Sam and Paolo Vidoz in their European heavyweight championship bout still led to lots of discussions. The Bull from Bosporus had been the more active fighter over the 12 rounds but Vidoz could score with his pumping jab. When the referee announced the result 5,000 Turkish fans at Büyük Anadolu Hotel did not believe their ears: Two judges had given a draw while one had Sinan two points ahead. Therefore the European championship and the IBF interconti belt remain vacant.
It would have been less controversial if one of the judges hadnt changed his score of the last round afterwards, stated ARENA-CEO Ahmet Öner. On one of the scorecards it said 10:10 but Sinans 10 was crossed out and replaced by a 9. This one point turned a win for Sinan into the draw. This smells like robbery and I will not accept that. Of course, it was a close fight but Vidoz didnt do enough to win the fight or earn a draw. I already protested at the EBU.. continue
05.07.08 - By James Barlow: Nigerian born British former two time heavy weight champion Herbie hide last night defended his W.B.C International cruiser weight title in the Bueyuek Anadolu Hotel, Ankara, Turkey. This is his third defense of this title and Hide has now not lost since 2004. This loss came against Mindaugas Kulikauskas via a TKO, and anyone who saw the fight would not count it against Hide. continue
05.07.08 - Jaime Castro-Núñez: I classify boxers into two categories: those who lost and those who are going to lose. Virtually, no matter how great, powerful, or skilled a pugilist is, someday he or she will be outboxed, outworked, outclassed, or even knocked out! That is what the history of the sport teaches me. But we boxing writers, commentators, followers, authorities, and so-called boxing bibles do not digest that idea. Sadly, most of us have the tendency to believe that pugilists are some sort of indestructible, all-mighty punching machines, thus forgetting that they are just human beings. continue
By Christopher Roche, Brickcityboxing.com: Boxing Questions (and answers) - 1) Is a title shot in the immediate future for Irelands John Duddy? The Castle in Boston, MA is a long way from the glitz of the MGM Grand, and despite facing a middleweight from Ohio, John Duddys opponent Charles Howe could not be mistaken for Kelly Pavlik. However, Duddys fans relished a last chance at seeing their fighter up close, in a club setting. For Duddy, this bout was a showcase, as well as a coming out party with his new trainer Pat Burns, and he tossed a shutout against the tough, yet overmatched Howe. continue
04.07.08 - By Vivek Wallace: In this weeks 'Call Em Out Fridays' segment we 'Call Out' a figure who once appeared destined from ultimate supremacy. A highly recognized talent in his early days landed him on the U.S. Olympic team in the year 2000 where he was awarded a bronze medal. From that point on, very few could ever dispute his greatness, or atleast that would be the case until he ran into a previously invisible bump in the road somewhere in Youngstown, Ohio. After so many years of greatness, the stellar reputation established had all of a sudden produced some not so positive thoughts about his future and his ability to correct his past. Today, like every other 'Call Em Out Fridays' segment, we analize the perspective of those who support Taylor - (The Fan Perspective), the perspective of those who don't - (The Critic Perspective), and after a brief look at my personal perspective, we let the readers chime in with theirs. continue
ST. LOUIS, MO (JULY 4, 2008) After his stunning ESPN2 televised knockout victory over Sechew Powell on June 11th at the Hard Rock Café in New York City, Deandre THE BULL Latimore is looking for his next victim stated his manager, Jerry Giuliano. continue
by James Slater: Shortly after David Dolan came second in promoter Barry Hearn's "Prize-fighter" tournament of heavyweights back in April - losing in the final to Ireland's tough Martin Rogan - I wrote a piece saying how the talented 28-year-old should perhaps drop down to cruiserweight. Well, tonight in Liverpool, on the under-card of the David Barnes-Barry Morrison clash, Sunderland's Dolan did just that - winning by KO in four rounds against Brazilian puncher Elvicio Sobral. continue
Las Vegas, Nevada (July 4, 2008) "Slick" Nick Sampson & Macke Roberts of Sin City Sports & Entertainment would like to congratulate our fighter welterweight boxer Emanuel "The Drunken Master" Augustus on his spectacular second round KO victory last night in Sydney, Australia over Jakkirt Suwunnalirt of Thailand for the WBO Oriental Welterweight Title. continue
04.07.08 - by James Slater: Middleweight champion of the world Kelly Pavlik is tentatively set to return to the ring in September. So far, however, no opponent has yet been signed. Right now, promoter Bob Arum is reportedly in talks with a number of fighters and their managers to try and get a deal done for "The Ghost's" next bout. Amazingly, it seems the possibility of a Pavlik-Paul Williams fight has been discussed and such a match-up could take place.
Such a fight is somewhat doubtful, due to Bob Arum and (Williams' promoter) Dan Goossen being unable to agree monetary terms. Still, should such a fight take place anyway? Sure, "The Punisher" is a tall guy at over 6.0" and the WBO welterweight champion does struggle to make weight. But move up two division and take on the fierce-punching middleweight champion? First impressions tell me Williams, as talented and brave as he may be, would get taken out quickly. continue
by James Slater - With the unbeaten but oft-injured Ruslan Chagaev temporarily out of the picture (he has been demoted to something the WBA calls "champion in recess"), his scheduled rematch opponent Nikolay Valuev will now face John Ruiz for the vacant belt. This too, will be a rematch, and as soon as Chagaev's Achilles tendon recovers the former champion will be able to challenge whoever it is who holds the WBA strap. continue
Per Ake Persson: Both men looked perfectly fit and trim but I give the weighin procedure this afternoon at the Gerry Weber Stadion on points to Randy Griffin, who came in at 72,4 kg / 159.5 lbs and with a very confident look on him. WBA champ Felix Sturm, 72,3 / 159,25, looked a bit tense. continue
04.07.08 - by James Slater: David Haye, a fighter who is seemingly in the news almost constantly these days, hasn't even made his fulltime move up to heavyweight yet. But the former cruiserweight king is already making plans for what he will do once his boxing career is over. Speaking to Fighters Only Magazine recently, "The Hayemaker" was absolutely serious when he said he'd make the move to MMA as soon as he has achieved all he wants to in boxing. continue
04.07.08 - By Old Yank Schneider: The woman in my life has sucked me in. If a show is on TV that is about dancing, it is either on the screen or its recording on TIVO. As a real man I can admit Ive gotten hooked. Real men know that showing a sincere interest in what a woman likes is a sure path to her heart (and other regions). As a huge boxing fan I genuinely appreciate how a dancer moves. And like any great fan, I genuinely appreciate watching great footwork from a boxer.
We often hear that a boxer has great footwork or that his footwork got him in trouble. Some of us have gotten some training along the way so we actually know what footwork is. Amazingly, most fans have heard the term and generally know that it is obviously about a fighter moving his feet, but dont have the benefit of being trained so they really dont know all that much about what footwork really is. continue
Lee Meager is putting friendship aside when he takes on John Murray for the vacant British Lightweight Title at the Robin Park Arena in Wigan on Friday 11th July 2008 on a Hennessy Sports in association with GoldenPalace.net event. continue
I am only thinking about Friday night there is nothing else on my mind right now, states Sinan Samil Sam. I am very well prepared for Paolo Vidoz. The Bull from Bosporus and the Titanium Jaw from Italy will fight for the vacant European heavyweight championship at Büyük Anadolu Hotel in Ankara, Turkey. Today Sam weighed in at 252.5 lbs. while Vidoz brought 250 lbs. continue
By Ted Sares -- On Wednesday July 2, 2008, at renovated Pullman Park in Butler, Pennsylvania, Heavyweight Brian The Beast Minto 31-2- 20, iced Big John Poore 20-3, 18, in the first round in a fight that proved absolutely nothing except Poore was a poor opponent for Minto. The quick blow out allowed for a walk-off fight featuring undefeated Anthony Gatt, 5-0-1, against hometown fighter, 37 year old Jim Emrick who came in at 4-1-1. continue
03.07.08 - by James Slater: 37-year-old Monte "Two Gunz" Barrett scored a sensational 1st round KO over the hyped Tye Fields on the under-card of June 28th's Pacquaio-Diaz clash in Las Vegas. In so doing the former two-time "world" heavyweight title challenger has - temporarily at least - rejuvenated his career. No, Fields is no great - far from it - but the manner in which Barrett got rid of the 6'8" giant, and the big stage on which he did so, made sure he got himself noticed.
Sure to be rewarded with a big payday type fight in the near future, Barrett made it abundantly clear who he hopes this fight will come against. Almost immediately calling out Britain's David Haye after he'd felled Fields, Barrett says he would be the perfect opponent for "The Hayemaker."
Speaking to me over the phone from promoter Lou DiBella's New York offices three days after his annihilation of Fields, "Two Gunz" very kindly gave me the following interview. continue
Photos: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME - 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
LOS ANGELES (July 3, 2008) With super bantamweight Alex Valdezs big win over Anytei Laryea in Chicago broadcast as the main event on SOLO BOXEO on June 20th, Los Angles based Espinoza Boxing Club continued its progress towards producing future world champions such as Junior Featherweight King Israel EL MAGNIFICO Vazquez and recently retired former bantamweight champion Martin "EL GALLITO"Castillo. continue
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (July 3, 2008) The World Boxing Association ruled today at its Directory Meeting that WBA heavyweight champion Ruslan Chagaev will be considered champion in recess due to an injury and that he has until June 26, 2009 to fight for the title. continue
03.07.08 - By John Martinez, Ironboxing.com - In a Houston gym that felt as hot and humid as the daily temperature outside was, there was a workman like volley of punches in rapid succession finding their way onto at first a speed bag and then a heavy bag. The man responsible for the quick, rhythmic snare drum sounds on the speed bag and thudding shots to the heavy was none other than the former ruler of the lightweight division, Juan Diaz (33,1,17 KOs).
We found Diaz in the midst of his preparations for his next assignment scheduled on September 6 at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas against the very dangerous and always entertaining fighter, Michael Katsidis (23,1, 20KOs).
The young boxer that has already experienced success in the squared circle has taken that approach to the classroom as well. continue
By Jason Sardelis: Watching some old fight films of Jose Torres and Floyd Patterson I couldnt help but see Mike Tyson. The high hands, upper body movement, the tight defense and power counter punching were mirrored by all the three. By no coincidence all three were trained by Cus DAmato.
Lets take a peek at Constantine "Cus" D'Amato the legendary boxing manager and trainer. DAmato not only influenced his fighters but took under his wing many now highly established trainers. continue
03.07.08 - Universum press release: The World Boxing Association has decided in Buenos Aires today that Ruslan Chagaev will keep his world title. Chagaev was named "champion in recess" which means that he will have time to recover from his injury and has to defend his belt by the latest 26th of June 2009. continue
Prizefighter winner and heavyweight boxer Martin Rogan has warned Audley Harrison not to underestimate him ahead of their clash at the Aston Villa Leisure Centre in Birmingham on Saturday 19 July. Speaking to Setanta Sports News during Steve Bunces Boxing Hour Rogan said: Audley Harrison has a lot more on his plate than he thinks. He thinks hes going to walk all over me, that hes going to bully me? Hes not going to bully me. continue
IBF Light Welterweight champion Paulie Malignaggi is just waiting for the final word before confirming his hotly anticipated fight against IBO Light Welterweight champion Ricky Hatton. In an interview with Setanta Sports News during Steve Bunces Boxing Hour Malignaggi said: Ive been watching Ricky for years and I always knew I would end up fighting him.
Ive heard Ricky wants to fight in Madison Square Garden, I think it would be a mega event in New York. Ultimately I guess its where Ricky wants to go.
Malignaggi was quick to dismiss rumours that he had been offered step-a-side money to make way for Manny Pacquiao. The self styled Magic Man made it clear that Hatton was firmly in his sights. continue
03.07.08 - by James Slater: A clash between unbeaten Chris Arreola and former world title challenger David Tua has been in the pipeline for some time now. And according to a recent article in The New Zealand Sunday News, the fight is very close to being made official. Also, the word is, the winner will be rewarded with a world title shot afterwards. continue
LOS ANGELES, July 3 This Friday night, middleweight contender Enrique Ornelas (27-4, 17 KOs) is back in action and looking to finish off his Fourth of July with some fireworks of his own when he takes on upset-minded Daryl Salmon (15-2, 4 KOs) in a ten round bout that headlines TeleFuturas Solo Boxeo at the Dodge Arena in Hidalgo, Texas. continue
GARY, IN (July 3, 2008) On Friday July 4th, the current NABC Lightweight Champion Mary McGee will take some time out of her training to participate in the Fourth of July Parade in her native Gary, Indiana. The parade begins at 9 a.m. at 21st Avenue and Broadway in Gary, Indiana. continue
By Jason Sardelis - July 2nd, Pullman Park, Butler, Pennsylvania, ESPNs Wendsday Night Fights: Heavyweight Brian The Beast Minto 31-2, 20 Kos made quick work of Big John Poore 20-3, 18 Kos. Minto pounded Poore into a shell from the opening bell. Then a Big right hand from the Beast decked Poore for the first of three times he would meet the canvas. Minto firing with both hands dropped the hapless Poore again but the heavy bag of a fighter gained his feet only to eat a right uppercut dropping Poore again causing referee Gary Rosato to call the fight at 2:33 of the first round.
In the semi main event Pennsylvania natives Rayco War Saunders 16-10, 7 Kos and Tommy Karpency 11-1, 7 Kos fought a closely contested eight round battle. The fight marred by several strategic timeouts for low blows early came as Karpency began to score at will. The questionable decision gave Karpency his first loss. Karpency appeared to outwork and out score Saunders who fought at the pace of plaster drying. The judges scored the fight 76-75 Saunders times three. continue
by James Slater: 33-year-old Brian "The Beast" Minto has been making a habit of scoring 1st round knockouts just lately. He did it again last night in his home-town of Butler, Pennsylvania, as he despatched 37-year-old one-time prospect "Big" John Poore in 2 minutes and 33 seconds. Minto sent the now 20-3(18) down three times before the slaughter was over with. This now makes four 1st round stoppages in a row for Minto - albeit against less than stellar opposition. continue
Despite returning to winning ways against Felix Machado in Castlebar in April Bernard Dunne admits theres something missing at the moment his European title belt. The Dubliner is back in action in his native city on July 12th when he meets Argentinas Damian Marchiano in the Hunky Dorys Fight Night headline bout at the National Stadium. continue
Photos: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME - Kendall Holt stretches during Wednesday's media workout in Las Vegas. In an eagerly awaited 12-round rematch of a hotly disputed fight 10 months ago, Holt will challenge defending champion Ricardo Torres for the WBO junior welterweight title Saturday in the main event of ShoBox: The New Generation on SHOWTIME (11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast). continue
This weeks 'Left-Hook Lounge' installment is nothing short of a blockbuster. Tons of topics on the tab and each holding a great relevance to everything the average fight fan wants to know. Everything from Manny Pacquiao's greatness, to who has the edge in the Margarito/Cotto bonanza?, to the top 5 fights I'd love to see if I were a matchmaker in the sport, and much, much, more. With no time to waist, we initiate a true Lenny Kravitz moment and "Dig In"! Our first question comes from Southern California......
Fred Solomon (Los Angeles): Many See Calzaghe as the sports P4P King. Does Pacquiao's victory over Diaz change that decision?
Vivek W. (ESB): First and foremost, I'd like to congratulate Manny Pacquiao on a job well done. This guy has quickly become the most adored Asian fighter on the planet since Bruce Lee. continue
By: Thomas Scherr -- The ESPN Co-Feature was a battle of local fighters featuring Tommy Karpency from Adah, Pa and Rayco Saunders from Pittsburgh. The first round was a tale of two halves. Saunders came out firing early and landed multiple right hands upstairs, but slowed down in the second half of the round. Tommy controlled the second half with a southpaw jab and left hook. In the second Tommy kept his momentum going, clearly outworking Saunders with crisp combination punching as Saunders kept coming forward but rarely threw leather. continue
South London light middleweight boxer Anthony Small has slammed Bradley Pryces internet antics and demanded a rematch. Speaking to Setanta Sports News during Steve Bunces Boxing Hour Small said: Im chasing a fight with Ryan Rhodes or Bradley Pryce. continue
by James Slater -- Two British heavyweights collide on July 18th in a fight that will contest the British championship. Danny Williams, the holder, will meet John McDermott in London and an intriguing fight is expected. Now, however, according to a news story on The Sporting Life's website, the fight will have even bigger significance. continue
02.07.08 - By Old Yank Schneider: In this first of the summer of 2008 series, we will examine what makes a boxer great. This tutorial is for boxing fans and by boxing fans. Without your input it will fail. With your input is should be a blast. Because of your input you might even attract a comment or two from a known trainer, boxing historian, corner man or even a world champion. We may never agree on what makes a boxer great, but we will prove that boxing fans are great!
Lets get started.
What makes a boxer great? Is it applying the sweet science like few can? Is it about power so great that the show can be closed with a spectacular icing? Is it about displaying a heart the size of Brooklyn, Mexico City, San Juan or Cardiff? continue
by James Slater -- They clash on Friday night, and tough old warriors Sinan Samil Sam of Turkey and Paolo Vidoz of Italy will be fighting for the vacant EBU European heavyweight title. Both men have previously held the title and are now looking to regain it. Who will win the bout taking place in Ankara, Turkey? continue
by James Slater -- One of the most entertaining lower-weight fighters of recent years, Carlos "El Famoso" Hernandez, the former IBF super-featherweight champion, is, according to BoxRec.com, set to make a comeback this coming August 15th. The 37-year-old announced his retirement from the sport after losing a close one on points to fellow veteran Kevin Kelley back in September of 2006. Now it appears Hernandez has changed his mind. continue
By Cesar Pancorvo: This great welterweight era didnt last too long only two years and we are probably seeing the last moments of it. Lets go back to 2005: Zab Judah (the Champion), Cory Spinks, Antonio Margarito; nobody talked about a great period at the 147 pounds division, but everything changed in late 2005 and during 2006, mainly because of the immigration from three fighters Mayweather, Cotto and then Mosley, from other divisions, and because of the appearance of some names who raided the rankings: Williams, Clottey, Cintron, Collazo, etc. continue
By Ted Sares: Im not getting hurt - well, very rarely. Every now and again you come up against somebody that is a bit different. I think you will find that in any walk of life ---Peter
Light middle weight Peter Desperate Dunn, out of Pontefract, Yorkshire in the UK generally fights once or twice a month and has been doing so since December 12, 1997 when he beat a bloke by the name of Leah Daniels by points in a six rounder. Daniels retired with a 1-1-1 record. Dunns current record stands at 12 (KO 0) - 97 (KO 11) - 4 in 113 bouts and he shows no signs of slowing down. continue
British lightweight title challenger John Murray is offering to be Amir Khans next opponent on 6th September 2008. Former unbeaten English champion Murray faces fellow Manchester boxer Lee Meager for the vacant British Lightweight Title at the Robin Park Arena in Wigan on Friday 11th July 2008. continue
Los Angeles, CA (July 1, 2008) Heavyweights James Lights Out Toney and Hasim The Rock Rahman will make an appearance on FSN's "Best Damn Sports Show Period" tonight, July 1 at 11:00pm local time. Both Toney and Rahman will discuss their Championship rematch on Wednesday, July 16 that will take place in Southern Californias Pechanga Resort & Casino in Temecula. continue
Rafael El Torito Concepcion has arrived in New York from Panama to intensify his training for the WBA super flyweight fight against AJ Bazooka Banal which was left vacant by Alexander Munoz. Rafael is looking strong. He arrived in New York last week and he is looking forward to stepping up his training. says Damon de Berry from Optimum Sports Agency. continue
01.07.08 - by James Slater: Former cruiserweight king, David "The Hayemaker" Haye is in need of an opponent for his heavyweight re-debut this October - who agrees with me when I say Monte "Two Gunz" Barrett would be the perfect guy to land the fight?
Haye is still looking for a recognisable name to fight against in the first phase of what he hopes will be heavyweight domination, so why not let the recent conqueror of the huge Tye Fields have the opportunity of testing Haye at the end of the year? Barrett can punch, he's experienced and he's a fairly big name; in other words, he's perfect for Haye and the first step in his fulltime heavyweight invasion. There has been talk of Haye boxing Hasim Rahman but, (to this writer's knowledge anyway) no-one has yet been officially signed to fill Haye's upcoming TBA slot. continue
by James Slater -- At one time, it seemed the pro career of Olympic gold medallist Audley Harrison would match the talented Brit's amateur success. In becoming the first U.K fighter to win a gold medal at the Olympics since Chris Finnegan in 1968, "A-Force" was a household name even before returning home from Sydney. He had it all on a plate. continue
Sylvester to get world title shot this year: Hurricane Sebastian Sylvester will fight for the world middleweight title before the end of the year. WBA president Gilberto Mendoza confirmed in writing that the 27-year-old will take on the winner of Saturday´s meeting between Felix Sturm and Randy Griffin within the next 120 days. Should Sturm retain his title, the showdown with Sylvester, which has been highly anticipated by German boxing fans, would be official. continue
Houston Chris Arreola, after his win against Chaz Witherspoon boasted that he was willing to fight anyone anytime. North American Boxing Federation Champion Travis Walker, WBC #12, WBO #6, has accepted Arreolas challenge and has upped the ante by stating he will fight Chris Arreola winner-take-all. Walker stated, First of all, I congratulate Chris Arreola on a fine performance destroying Chaz Witherspoon. continue
01.07.08 - Photo by Chris Farina / TopRank - Ten months after a wildly controversial ending to their first fight, Ricardo Torres will risk 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 this Saturday, July 5, live on SHOWTIME at 11 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the west coast). Torres (32-1, 28 KOs), who will defend his WBO crown for a third time, rallied to score a hotly debated 11th-round TKO over Holt (23-2, 12 KOs) on Sept. 1, 2007, in the champions hometown of Barranquilla, Colombia.
In a 10-round junior welterweight co-feature, undefeated World Boxing Association (WBA)/WBO No. 5 140-pound contender Lamont Peterson (24-0, 11 KOs) will put his undefeated record on the line against former International Boxing Association (IBA) champion Rogelio Castaneda. continue
01.07.08 - Both WBA middleweight champion Felix Sturm and challenger Randy Griffin faced off at today's today's presser at the Cinemaxx in Bielefeld, Germany. Sturm vs Griffin is a rematch of last year's draw, in which Sturm retained his title. continue
by James Slater -- Former world bantamweight champion Wayne McCullough has informed top news site, Fight News.com, that despite what almost everyone seems to think, he has not quit the sport of boxing. Wayne has been reading tribute after tribute to his fine career on many a web site and he felt the need to put the record straight. continue
By Paul McCreath: Any time now we should get the official announcement from the WBA that their heavyweight champion Ruslan Chagaev has been stripped of his title for not defending it against his mandatory challenger in over one year. They will either decide on a bout between top challenger Nicolay Valuev and their number two man John Ruiz for the title or they will fight for the interim title with the winner to meet Chagaev if and when he is able to fight again. continue
By Geoffrey Ciani: Even before Floyd Mayweather Junior recently announced he was retiring from boxing, an argument could be made that Manny Pacquiao was the true pound-for-pound king. After all, in seven contests against a trio of Mexican legends (Marco Antonio Barrera, Erik Morales, and Juan Manuel Marquez), Pacquiao emerged with an amazing five victories, a draw, and just a single defeat. That, in itself, made Pacquiao a legitimate part of the discussion pertaining to who reigned supreme amongst boxings elite.
When Mayweather announced his retirement, Pacquiao was the logical heir to the pound-for-pound throne. Of course, a small faction of Calzaghe faithful may have respectfully disagreed, but by and large, the coronation of King Pacquiao was nearly unanimous amongst objective observers throughout the boxing community. continue
By Per Ake Persson: Heavyweight veteran Luan Krasniqi is looking to return this fall. Krasniqi has been out since July of last year when he lost a WBO eliminator to Tony Thompson after a poor performance but was all set to fight stablemate Aleksander Dimitrenko this spring when the Ukrainian, unhappy with the payment, pulled out. Luan remains a big name in Germany but needs activity to get into the picture of bigger fights. continue
A former world super middleweight champion, Jeff Lacy made his name in the boxing world behind his concussive power and trademark left hook; equally powerful Epifanio Mendoza has never taken a backwards step in his nine-year pro career. On Wednesday, July 23 at the Morongo Casino Resort & Spa in Cabazon, California, Lacy's irresistible force meets Mendoza's immovable object in a 10 round bout which should leave fight fans on their feet and cheering. continue
LAS VEGAS, NEV. (June 30, 2008) -- What are the odds that defending WBO junior welterweight champion RICARDO TORRES successfully defends his title twice against top-rated contender KENDALL HOLT? According to David Snook, Supervisor of Race & Sports at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, not very good. continue