USBA Heavyweight Champion, 'Fast' Eddie Chambers 31-1 (17KOs) returns to the ring this Friday against Livin 'La Maquina' Castillo 14-5 (9KOs) at the Vernoca Michael promoted 'Cancer Awareness Night' at the Philadelphia landmark venue, The Legendary Blue Horizon. continue
by James Slater - According to British newspaper The Daily Mirror, Amir Khan will likely make his comeback against fellow Brit Martin Gethin, a 24-year-old lightweight with a 15-0-1(7) record. Gethin shocked the also unbeaten John "Fireball" Fewkes in his last fight, stopping the highly touted fighter in just four-rounds. continue
By Geoffrey Ciani: In the days following Antonio Margarito’s upset victory against Miguel Cotto, I became very keen on the idea of a showdown between Margarito and former Cotto victim, Sugar Shane Mosley. Considering Cotto’s victory over Mosley was by a razor-thin margin, I believed Mosley’s superior chin, better stamina, and (arguably) stronger punch would enable him to do what Cotto was unable to do—last the distance in a decision-winning effort against Tony. However, after seeing Mosley’s fight this past weekend, I am less convinced he would survive twelve rounds with the relentless iron-jawed menace, Margarito.
After closing the show in dramatic fashion with a twelfth round knockout of Ricardo Mayorga, Sugar Shane Mosley proved he is still an elite fighter. He still has the talent and ring intelligence to compete with the best in his weight range, and no doubt, his superior skills paved the way to victory against the tough but limited Mayorga. continue
By Per Ake Persson: Cuban heavy Odlanier Solis face American Chauncy Welliver for the vacant WBC Int´l title October 11 in Berlin in a supporting bout to Klitschko vs Peter. The show is interestingly enough supervised by the BDB and not the GBO, who previously handled K 2´s shows in Germany. Also on for the bill is heavyweight giant Alexander Ustinov, signed to K 2 East. continue
For years students have been wracking their brains for the perfect excuse to avoid handing in their coursework. A recent survey showed that "My dog ate it" is the all-time classic - but now boxing brainbox Nathan Cleverly has one to trump even that. He won't be attending lectures at Cardiff University next Friday - because he is challenging for the Commonwealth light-heavyweight against Tony Oakey at the Everton Park Sports Centre. continue
29.09.08 - by James Slater - Though both men are still fighting and may even add further to their greatness with another truly meaningful win or two, I thought it would be fun to look back at the achievements so far, and the boxing careers so far, of "Sugar" Shane Mosley and "The Golden Boy," Oscar De La Hoya - two rival fighters who were always destined to meet, but today are firm friends and business associates. Also, I ponder the question, who has been the overall greater fighter? Let's take a look.
Oscar and Shane fought each other of course, with Mosley getting the points win both times. But does that make Sugar the better overall fighter? Not necessarily it doesn't. Sure, Mosley twice proved to be too much for De La Hoya, at both welterweight and then light-middleweight, but what about the two men's other notable career achievements? continue
30.09.08 - Wilfried Sauerland celebrates a special anniversary today as it was 30 years ago that he staged his first boxing fight. Having fallen in love with the sport as a small child when his father took him to Dortmund´s Westfalenhalle to see Heinz Neuhaus in action, September 30, 1978 eventually marked the beginning of an astonishing career – a career he had never envisioned. continue
by James Slater - Last week, in a written column in a British newspaper, promoter Frank Warren made a quite brutal attack on the fighter he used to promote in Joe Calzaghe. Warren claims the things he wrote in his column were nothing but a retaliatory response to some of the nasty things Calzaghe has said about him recently. It is common knowledge the two men ended a hugely successful partnership earlier this year, and a lawsuit is now pending on the part of Mr. Warren. continue
by James Slater, photo by Tom Casino / Showtime - The soon-to-be-upon-us Samuel Peter-Vitali Klitschko heavyweight rumble is not expected by many to go the distance. Both men are more or less stationary fighters and it may well come down to who hits who first. One feature that may well make Vitali Klitschko the first to get hit is the amount of ring-rust the 37-year-old will be bringing into the ring with him.
As we know, the elder Klitschko brother has not fought since December of 2004, and will almost certainly be affected by this layoff when he gets in there, mid-ring, with the hard hitting Samuel Peter. To some degree, though Klitschko is a far superior fighter, October 11th's fight may have similarities to the Peter-Oleg Maskaev fight. Maskaev, then the defending WBC champion, was around the same age as Klitschko and, more importantly, also coming into the fight having had a long layoff. "The Big O" hadn't been as inactive as "Dr. Iron Fist" has been, but at 15 months his time out of the ring was no doubt a factor in his losing to Peter. continue
Tampa, September 30, 2008---Entertainment icon Diddy and NFL great Deion Sanders are set to host a series of star-studded events entitled "The Good Life Experience" along with hometown boxing champion Winky Wright at Tampa Bay's premier nightspot The Venue January 29-31. continue
Reigning WBC Welterweight World Champion Andre Berto (Winter Haven, Fla.) made his first successful title defense on Saturday, winning a unanimous 12-round decision over former World Champion Steve “Two Pounds” Forbes at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. The fight opened with an entertaining first round as both boxers looked to establish the early momentum. The second round was a chess match between the young, hungry Berto and the crafty veteran Forbes. Yet Berto grabbed control in the third and would not relinquish it throughout the fight. He found his comfort zone in the fifth round, landing an astonishing 50% of his power shots to connect with 19 punches. continue
29.09.08 - By Wayne Joseph Tulio - December 6 is well penciled in most fight fans’ calendar as the day marks a pound for pound match up than gives fans a reason to be excited about. Manny Pacquiao, touted as the sport of boxing’s pound for pound number one takes on Oscar Dela Hoya the most accomplished active boxer of this era. Tickets are already sold out, and the projected pay per view sales are through the roof. Fights fans are already counting the days.
But while some experts and many Pacquiao followers dismiss the Golden boy as a threat to Pacquiao’s dominance of the sport, a nightmare of a loss is starting to look real. I must admit as anstudent of the sport and as a fan, I am torn between this match up as I am a Pacquiao fan and an even bigger Oscar follower. Oscar has been inactive in recent years and Pacquiao is moving up to his heaviest weight yet, these factors makes the match up interesting rather than a mismatch in favour of the Golden boy as some say. continue
Featuring interviews with Jose Torres, Carlos Ortiz and Emile Griffith
By Rob Tierney: By the late 1960’s, Yankee Stadium was no longer playing host to the sporting world’s largest attractions. The New York Yankees, a clubhouse that dominated America’s pastime in previous decades, were competing significantly below media expectations as their stadium and surrounding neighborhood became burdened with decay. continue
Hayemaker Boxing are delighted to announce the acquisition of Liverpool’s Joe McNally to their ever-expanding roster of professional boxers. The ambitious 23-year-old light-middleweight signed for Hayemaker last week and has been pencilled in to make his bow for the team on November 15 at The O2 in North Greenwich, London. continue
YOUNGSTOWN, OH (September 28, 2008) -- One year ago tomorrow, KELLY "The Ghost" PAVLIK transformed himself from the No. 1 middleweight contender into world middleweight champion and boxing folk hero. It was on Saturday, September 29, 2007, in Atlantic City's Boardwalk Hall, that Pavlik pulled himself off the canvas after a second round knockdown, served up by undefeated defending champion Jermain Taylor, to come roaring back, knocking out Taylor in the seventh round.
More than just the passing of the torch for one of boxing's most hallowed titles, Pavlik's victory single-handedly rejuvenated interest in the sport. Beyond his punching power and gun-slinger style of fighting, media and fans alike have embraced Pavlik for his dedication to civic duty and his self-deprecating sense of humor, which first surfaced hours after his world title victory when he made fun of himself after he discovered on his flight home to Youngstown that he had left his purse check in his Atlantic City hotel room! continue
September 29, 2008 (Merrillville, IN) Entering his final week of training Michael "The Midnight Stalker" Walker (18-1, 12 KO's) is primed and ready to go for this Friday's "Radisson Rumble". The hard working Walker is finishing the 8-week training camp for his October 3rd rematch against former top world rated contender Antwun Echols (31-8, 27 KO's). continue
RICARDO MAYORGA (Post-fight quotes taken in the ring): "I was proud of the way Shane fought, like a true champion. He didn't run. I thought I was doing well in the fight, and I came out to win it in the last round, but Shane caught me. I will tell that he hit harder than I thought he would." After the 11th round, the judges at ringside at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., had the fight scored: continue
by James Slater - Last night in L.A, on the Mosley-Mayorga card, unbeaten defending WBC welterweight champion Andre Berto did just as most people felt he would do beforehand, and out-pointed the slick and experienced Steve Forbes. A stoppage would have been a helluva statement by the 25-year-old, but it was always going to be tough getting rid of "Two Pounds," a man who has never even been down before.
Sure enough, Berto, the bigger man and the natural 147-pounder, dominated and won a wide UD. The scores after 12 reasonably absorbing rounds were 118-109, 118-109 and 116-111. Berto, who was making the first defence of his world title, improved to 23-0(19), while the always competitive 31-year-old former super-featherweight world champ fell to 33-7(9). continue
by James Slater - First things first. "Sugar" Shane Mosley scored one of the most amazing and out of the blue KO's of recent years last night in California, as he sent wild man Ricardo Mayorga crashing to defeat with just ONE-SECOND remaining in the 12th and final round of their light-middleweight showdown.
But as happy as the 37-year-old former lightweight, welterweight and light-middleweight champion looked after the stoppage, Mosley had to know he'd looked anything but great in the majority of the previous 11 rounds of fighting. continue
28.09.08 - by James Slater - This coming December the 6th, fight fans are going to be spoilt for choice. Not only will one of the most intriguing, hotly debated and potentially thrilling fights of recent years take place, in Oscar De La Hoya's showdown with pound-for-pound standout Manny Pacquiao, but there will also be the 50/50 super-middleweight world title affair between Carl Froch and Jean Pascal, two unbeaten fighters. And, by way of one more addition to this boxing feast, we will have the return bout of Amir Khan. continue
By Paul Strauss: Sugar Shane Mosley had a lot of trouble with the unorthodox Ricardo Mayorga. In fact, Mayorga took the first few rounds, and then Sugar Shane stepped things up, only to have Mayorga come back again. Mayorga threw many more punches, but Shane still landed two to three times more.
The "Tale of the Tape" revealed what would become a telling factor, and that was Mayorga put on about 16lbs after the weigh-in, to Sugar Shane's seven. That extra weight and accompanying strength had an effect on the rough housing aspects of the fight, which made up much of the action. Shane's father, Jack Mosley, pleaded with his son to quit making the fight a wrestling match. He wanted Shane to use his jab more, and then punch around Mayorga's glove. continue
By Coach “K” - September 26th, the Huntington Hilton, Huntington, New York: Bob Duffy’s Ring Promotions brought a night of Havoc to Long Island. Duffy and matchmaker Frank Mullen put together an entertaining fight card comprised of many of New York’s top prospects. Cruiserweight action opened the show with Ahmed 2-0 facing Andrew Hutchinson 2-9-2, both missing a Ko on their record. The evenly matched fight saw Samir the stronger bigger man pressing the action. Hutchinson was rocked by several Samir looping right hands losing his tenth by the scores 40-36 and 39-37 twice. continue
by James Slater - Last night, in Cabazon, California, 26-year-old former Olympian and hot prospect Vicente Escobedo of Woodland, CA scored his best pro win yet, as he stopped the previously unbeaten Dominic Salcido of Rialto, CA in the 6th round of an entertaining lightweight clash. continue
By Frank Gonzalez Jr. September 27th, 2008 - In a very sloppy Jr. Middleweight contest Saturday night at the Home Depot Center in Carson California, former titlist “Sugar” Shane Mosley (45-5, 38 KO’s) labored through 12 ugly rounds against wild-man, former welterweight titlist, Ricardo Mayorga (29-7-1, 23 KO’s) until knocking him down and out with one second left in the 12th round.
Mayorga looked dangerous in the first three rounds, where he threw bombing overhand rights, a few of which caught Mosley, who took them well enough. Mayorga’s confidence was heightened after landing some wild punches and harassing Mosley with sloppy pressure. But by the fourth round, whatever Mayorga had was fading, as Mosley started to land the cleaner shots and win the little brawling exchanges that Mayorga was initiating. continue
by Per Ake Persson - Panamanian Guillermo Jones stopped Firat Arslan in the tenth round to win the WBA cruiserweight title. Arslan was never down but took a bad beating, had a busted nose and a badly injured lip. Jones scored almost at will with sharp uppercuts from both hands. Once Arslan had figured out how to block some punches Jones switched stance and nailed the champion from a different angle. continue
ONTARIO, CA (September 27, 2008) Wasting no time on Friday night, 19 year old undefeated lightweight prospect Luis Ramos remained the talk of the Southern California boxing scene, as he devastatingly knocked Puerto Rican banger Celestino Rodriguez in the first round at the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario , California . continue
By Ted Sares: Mayorga to Mosley: “I’m glad you’re throwing out the first pitch at the Dodgers game tonight. You should be a catcher for the way you take right hands.”
If you judge this one, in part, by looking at common opponents, Fernando Vargas and Vernon Forrest come to mind. Mosley, now 37, savaged Vargas twice while the Nicaraguan, 'El Matador' Ricardo Mayorga fought “El Feroz” in a relatively slow, though entertaining fight somewhat reminiscent of Duran-Camacho.
On the other hand, Mosley lost two to the Viper getting beat up in one, while Mayorga beat Forrest twice. But then Mayorga, an “old” 34, got iced convincingly by Oscar De La Hoya whom Mosley “beat” twice. Of course, that was then and this is now and a lot has changed. continue
PHILADELPHIA (September 26, 2008)—In front of an enthusiastic crowd at The National Guard Armory, WBA #9 Ranked Light Heavyweight, Yusaf Mack unveiled a piston-like jab over the first five rounds to keep Omar Pittman in check until Mack unleashed a right hand assault that was capped off by a thudding knockdown and subsequent stoppage at 2:59 of round six to capture both the NABA and Pennsylvania state Light Heavyweight championships. continue
By David Pambianchi -On September 26, 2008, in the Grand Ballroom of the Huntington Hilton Hotel on Long Island, along with dinner, New Yorkers got a mouthful of Technical Knockouts. Near the historic birthplace of Walt Whitman (famous for his powerful, energetic writing and free spirit), this evening as spectators dined in elegance, they also tasted the excitement, power and energy from a spirited night of boxing. continue
By Ted Sares - Welcome to my chat room where anything boxing goes. Topics that are presented for discussion are the following, but feel free to inject your own topic as long as (hopefully) it pertains to boxing.
1) How can something be done to shake up the heavyweights so that we can get some sizzle and rock and roll back into the fights? The technically proficient Eastern European fighters win, but not in a very fan-friendly manner. How can this change? Or should it?
2) Paul Williams is back. Is there anyone out there who can stop the “Punisher Express?” Freakishly huge at welterweight, he even dwarfs most middleweights. But could he compete with the likes of Kelly Pavlik?
3) Is Monte Barrett a true test for the very vocal David Haye or will Haye take him out early with a malefic straight right as I suspect? continue
9.26.08 – by Amir Peay, photos by Menja Ranjalahy - Last night I attended an evening of fights at Michael’s Eight Avenue Ballroom in Glen Burnie, MD (close to Baltimore). It was the season opener in what has been an ongoing tradition for years of great boxing in the Washington, DC and Baltimore areas. I was going to write a recap of the fights, but after reading the recap of DC’s premiere fight reporter, Gary ‘Digital’ Williams, I realized I couldn’t do a better job, so why try. For a full recap of the fights, visit Gary at http:// boxingalongthebeltway. blogspot.com. continue
27.09.08 - by James Slater - "Slick" Willy Wise was a colourful welterweight journeyman of the highest order back in the 1990s. A decent amateur, Wise turned pro in December of 1988 and went 15-0-2 in his initial four years, often fighting at The Felt Forum in his native New York. Then, in June of 1992, 25-year-old Wise lost the first of an eventual 11 defeats. continue
27.09.08 - By James Slater: Tonight, In Germany, former WBC cruiserweight world champion Juan Carlos Gomez, the Cuban southpaw who now lives in Hamburg, Germany, earned himself a shot at the WBC heavyweight crown. Comprehensively out-pointing Ukrainian heavyweight Vladimir Virchis in a final eliminator for the WBC crown, the 35-year-old "Black Panther" scored a 5th round knockdown on the way to his unanimous decision victory.
Gomez improved his record to 44-1(35) and will now await the winner of October 11th's title clash between defending belt holder Samuel Peter and the returning "Champion Emeritus" Vitali Klitschko. Can the Cuban lefty beat either guy?
A dominant WBC cruiserweight champion from 1998 to 2001, Gomez gave up his belt to campaign as a heavyweight. continue
photos by Sumio Yamada - At the official weigh-in for the WBC Final Elimination bout between Juan Carlos Gomez (rated #2; 106,0 kg / 233.5 lbs.) and Vladimir Virchis (#1; 109,0 kg / 240 lbs.) the “Black Panther” shouted out “It’s Showtime!” - The former world cruiserweight champion can’t wait to step into the ring with “The Hunter” to fight for a shot at the world title. The winner will face either Vitali Klitschko or WBC champion Samuel Peter after their clash on October 11th. continue
by James Slater - There is nothing official yet, but more and more it looks like British welterweight Michael Jennings will be Paul Williams' November 29th opponent - according to a news article on the website of Setanta Sports. continue
27.09.08 - By Vivek Wallace: This evening in Carson City, California, fight fans will get the chance to watch as a few major players in the boxing landscape fall under the microscope. In the preliminary bout, the young and highly touted WBC Champion Andre Berto gets the opportunity to prove his mettle against experienced veteran Steve Forbes. Some see this fight as a stepping stone for Berto with little chance of an upset. Others around the boxing world openly view this as perhaps the best glimpse we've ever seen into the true skill level of Berto, who will find himself in against a fighter who is naturally smaller, yet larger in talent than any of his past opponents. continue
26.09.08 - By Vivek Wallace: In this weeks 'Call Em Out Fridays' segment we delve into the essence of a fighter whom - despite accomplishing many great things - has suddenly found himself with much to prove as he enters the final quarter of a career that has seen many highs and lows. For years, Shane Mosley has been viewed as one of the best the sport has had to offer, however, on the heels of banned substance allegations and a loss to one of the sports newest, yet brightest stars, some have felt a need to publicly question more than his ability to compete. continue
26.09.08 - Interview by Craig Hardie: This writer was lucky enough to catch up with the New Zealand Heavyweight Champion and Heavyweight Contender "The Fat, Dorky, White Guy" Chauncy Welliver, who is deep in training for a BIG fight early October. Here is what the popular heavyweight had to say. continue
Per Ake Persson: Universum have announced that Denis Inkin vs Fulgencio Zuniga is now for the "full" WBO supermiddle title as Joe Calzaghe has finally let go of the crown he held for so long. With Julia Sahin´s fight off Universum´s show at the Color Line Arena - seating 7000 people for this event - is down to "only" 82 rounds of boxing with four twelve-rounders scheduled. Highlight of the show must be the WBC heavyweight eliminator between Vladimir Virchis and Juan Carlos Gomez - a fight that goes ahead at about 8 PM. Nicaraguan Rene Gonzales begins the show at about 6 PM and takes on Frenchman Mohamed Benbiou.
Other European boxing news:
Polish lightweights Dariusz Snarski and Matt Zegan clash for the vacant BBU title November 7 in Wieliczka. The fight will take place in an old mine a few hundred metres underground. Tom Boxing Team promotes the show. continue
ATLANTIC CITY, NJ (September 26, 2008) – Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall is four weeks away from “Unstoppable” -- the light heavyweight rumble between undefeated world middleweight champion KELLY “The Ghost” PAVLIK and legendary two-division world champion BERNARD “The Executioner” HOPKINS. The televised undercard features three compelling match-ups featuring fighters with a combined record of 168-12-2 (111 KOs) and a combined winning percentage exceeding 92%. WBO featherweight champion Steven Luevano defends his title against top contender Billy Dib, undefeated bantamweight champion Abner Mares battles Luis Melendez and in a WBC middleweight title elimination bout, Marco Antonio Rubio takes on Enrique Ornelas. continue
by Shawn O'Donnell: “Kill the body and the head will follow” is the old trainer's credo. Never has there been a more truthful piece of wisdom extolled by trainers. A devastating body shot, when executed flawlessly, leaves little measure for resiliency. It is decisive and cutting as the finest, manicured blade. The destructive potential is obvious,but little is known about how the body punch effects a fighters' ability to perform. In order to understand this, an examination of the anatomy of the body blow itself is necessary. There are four main regions of the torso that are effected significantly by body blows:the liver, the solar plexus, the heart and the high ribs. Some of these regions are well known to the average boxing fan, while other spots are more obscure. continue
by James Slater - Though he is far from a top dog at 160-pounds, Andy Kolle is a more than capable, and natural, middleweight. And, going into last night's fight with reigning WBO welterweight champ Paul Williams, who was re-testing the waters at 160, a number of people felt Kolle had at least a shot at making "The Punisher" realise he'd made a mistake in moving up.
Well, with just over a minute-and-a-half gone in the fight, the lanky, 6'1" Williams laid any doubts to rest as he laid Kolle out. No doubt about it Williams made a statement, as the now 17-2 (12) Kolle had never been legitimately KO'd before - his only other defeat coming via an injury enforced corner retirement against hot prospect and former Olympian Andre Ward. The question now being asked (not only by this writer, but by others) is can Williams do to the real top class guys at middleweight what he did to Kolle?
As we know, Williams, who plans to drop back down to 147 to defend his WBO belt against an as yet TBA on November 29th, has claimed for some time that the top names at welterweight want nothing to do with him. His promoter, Dan Goossen, claims Williams is the most feared man in boxing. continue
HOBOKEN, N.J. (September 26, 2008) – Unbeaten International Boxing Federation middleweight champion “King” Arthur Abraham insists that he isn’t looking past his October 4th title challenger, former world champion Raul “El Diamente” Marquez, as he prepares for their 12-round main event showdown, headlining a pay-per-view card airing in the United States and Canada live from Bamberg, Germany. continue
Mayorga to Mosley: “I’m glad you’re throwing out the first pitch at the Dodgers game tonight. You should be a catcher for the way you take take right hands.”
Mayorga to talkative Mosley cutman “Captain” Cassius Green, who always wears his trademark captain’s hat, after Green heckled Mayorga from the audience: “I’m glad this guy has his captain’s hat on because he and his man are going down like the Titanic on Saturday.. continue
By Paul Strauss: Kolle promised he wasn't going into the fight with the mindset of simply being an opponent. He was going into the fight to win. I'm sure “Kaos” Kolle believed that, but the Punisher certainly didn't.
Williams is an unbelievable specimen. He was huge at welterweight, and still dwarfs most middleweights. If you don't believe he has an incredible reach, just compare his reach with that of "large" heavyweight Chris Arreola, who fought earlier on the same card. Williams dangles arms that stretched out to 82 inches. Arreola's reach is 77 inches! Poor Kolle's reach is a short 70 inches.
Kolle's pre-fight plan naively included a hope of backing up Williams, and wearing him down, but how can you realistically do that if you're at waltz time, with short arms, and the other guy is somewhere in the neighborhood of break-neck (yours) speed with a reach that exceeds Muhummad Ali's! continue
GRAHAM EARL enters the last chance saloon when he makes his ring return against in-form Henry Castle at York Hall, Bethnal Green on Friday October 17. Although no title is at stake the winner is certain to be in the British lightweight title picture, while the loser may find it tough picking up the pieces. Earl (25-3) had a terrible 2007, losing to Aussie Michael Katsidis in a interim WBO title fight and nine months ago was blown away in 72 seconds by Amir Khan. continue
World Boxing Council (WBC) heavyweight champion Sam Peter (30-1, 23 KOs) will defend against WBC Champion Emeritus Vitali Klitschko (35-2, 34 KOs) in the opening half of a world championship doubleheader Saturday, Oct. 11, on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING. Immediately following the heavyweight world title fight, which begins at 9 p.m. ET/PT on tape delay, two light heavyweight champions will meet, live on SHOWTIME, when Antonio "Magic Man" Tarver and "Bad" Chad Dawson square off in a long-awaited grudge match. continue
by James Slater - Only a couple of hours after his big fight with David Haye was announced, heavyweight contender Monte "Two Gunz" Barrett, 34-6(20) very kindly granted this writer an over-the-phone interview from his home. Upbeat and extremely confident-sounding, the 37-year-old who had been hoping he'd land the November fight with Haye ever since his awesome June destruction of the big Tye Fields, was a pleasure to speak with. Here are Monte's answers to my questions.
James Slater: Firstly, Monte, congratulations on getting the fight you wanted with David Haye. Did you always think you'd get it, or did you think Haye would fight someone else instead?
Monte Barrett: First let me say thank you for congratulating me on getting the fight, and there will be congratulations for me, not just for getting the fight, but after I win it. continue
HOLLYWOOD, FL, September 25 – It’s a trio of excellence – a former world champion, a top contender, and a star on the rise. On Tuesday, November 11th, these three boxing stalwarts – Glen Johnson, Edison Miranda, and James McGirt Jr. – will step into the ring at Hard Rock Live in Hollywood, Florida to show the world once again what happens when the bad boys of boxing put the gloves on. continue
by Pat Testa: IBC lightweight champion Verquan Kimbrough retained his title Thursday night at the Mountaineer Casino in Chester, West Virginia by fighting Michael Clark to a draw. Clark, of The Contender series, brought a 37-5 record into the fight and would prove to be a dangerous opponent for Kimbrough. continue
By P.H. Burbridge (A voice in the crowd) - Paul “The Punisher” Williams (34-1, 25 KO’s) is scheduled to meet Andy Kolle (17-1, 12 KO’s) of Fergus Falls, Minnesota tonight in a middleweight match that few believe will be much of a fight. Why Kolle? Because Kolle represents little to no risk AND on paper he certainly looks the part.
He has only three recognizable names on his resume, Andre Ward, who he lost to in April of 2006, Matt Vanda, a fellow Minnesotan who Kolle beat via an 8 round unanimous decision in November of 2007 and Jonathan Reid who Kolle beat back in June of this year via a 10 round unanimous decision. Back in 2000, Reid fought William Joppy for the WBA middleweight Championship of the world. He lost via a 4th round TKO. Reid has lost 9 of his last 10 fights! Williams and Kolle are clearly on opposite ends of the fistic spectrum. continue
Richard Schaefer: Welcome everybody to today’s conference call. As we all know, the main event, the Sugar Shane Mosley versus Ricardo Mayorga, it’s going to be a 12 round Junior Middleweight bout. It’s going to be an exciting co-main event as well with Andre Berto versus Stevie Forbes, Saturday, September 27 at the Home Depot Center here in Carson, California. continue
HOBOKEN, N.J. (September 25, 2008) – Former world champion Raul “El Diamente” Marquez, who overcome the destruction of Hurricane Ike, recently broke his Houston training camp and departed for Germany, where on October 4th he challenges unbeaten International Boxing Federation middleweight champion “King” Arthur Abraham, headlining a pay-per-view card airing in the United States and Canada live from Bamberg, Germany. continue
15.09.08 - by James Slater - Almost as soon as the huge body of Tye Fields hit the floor back in June, Monte "Two Gunz" Barrett was calling out David Haye for his next fight. Calling himself a desperate and therefore dangerous man, the 37-year-old who got himself a load of attention by destroying Fields in less than a round told anyone who would listen he was willing and able to come over to England to fight "The Hayemaker." Well, just moments ago, on The Steve Bunce Boxing Hour on Setanta T.V, Barrett was officially announced by Haye's manager and trainer Adam Booth as the November opponent for the former cruiserweight king.
This news will no doubt be welcomed by the majority of fight fans - fans who were concerned/appalled that Haye would maybe wind up meeting someone like the untested J.D Chapman, the ancient Ray Mercer or the not quite so ancient Hasim Rahman. As Booth said today, loads of fans kept saying, "Fight Monte Barrett, Haye!" The deal is done and he will be. continue
Following a number of set backs Carl Froch will finally fight for "the best belt in the world" when he takes on Canada's Jean Pascal for the WBC Super middlweight title on Saturday 6th December. Speaking on Setanta Sports News during Steve Bunce's Boxing Hour Froch expressed his relief at having found a credible opponent. "It's what I've been waiting for for the past 18 months, since I became mandatory to Joe Calzaghe's belt. It's been difficult, sitting back, waiting in the wings for something to happen. continue
by James Slater - Though he once said he realised he is no welterweight and would therefore not attempt to box at the weight again, Ricky Hatton has had a change of heart. Currently in the middle of preparations for his upcoming big fight with Paulie Malignaggi on November 22nd, Hatton has revealed to Sky Sports news that he has his eye on the even bigger fight that is taking place in December. Wanting very much to fight the winner of the hugely anticipated and recently sold out De La Hoya-Pacquiao fight, "The Hitman" has said he would go up to 147 pounds again to do so. continue
In this weeks 'Left-Hook Lounge' installment there's quite a few buzz worthy topics at the helm. With a great weekend of Boxing scheduled, most of today's questions from fight fans deal with the fighters on that card, namely Mosley, Mayorga, and Forbes. Other focal points in today's Q&A mailbag is the legendary Roy Jones Jr. and his new tango partner, the U.K.'s Joe Calzaghe, whom also find themselves gearing up for a fight of epic proportions. Of course, a mailbag wouldn't be a mailbag unless the 'Goldenboy', Mr. Oscar De La Hoya walks past the coach section and confidently finds himself a seat in the cockpit, as one fight fan ponders how much of a difference will famed trainer 'Nacho' Beristain really make in his corner as he prepares for Filipino Manny Pacquiao. So with no time to waist, we jump right in..... continue
25.09.08 - After months of speculation and numerous pull-outs, former world cruiserweight champion David ‘The Hayemaker’ Haye has today been able to officially name the heavyweight opponent he will face on November 15 at The O2 in North Greenwich. The chosen heavyweight is New York contender Monte ‘Two Gunz’ Barrett, ranked at number six by the World Boxing Organisation (WBO) and a former WBC and WBA world heavyweight title challenger. continue
Photos by Jan Sanders/Goossen Tutor Promotions- WBO welterweight champion Paul ‘The Punisher’ Williams (34-1, 25 KOs) makes his first move toward fighting anyone from 147 to 168 pounds - a weight span that he wants to take him from welterweight to super middleweight, simultaneously – when he makes the start of what he hopes will be his historic run tomorrow at the Soboba Casino when he jumps two weight classes from welterweight to the middleweight division challenging upset-minded Andy Kolle (17-1, 12 KOs) in the main event of Goossen Tutor Promotions’ first event to be televised on the VERSUS network (9 PM EST/6 PM PST). continue
By Christopher Rivera , photos by DELANTE.COM: -18-08: Panama City, Panama: On a late summer night, there was a festival of fights in Panama City, Panama at the Centro de Convenciones Figaly. With the buzz in the crowd for the two heavy hitters, the stage was set for one of the most memorable bouts of the night for the WBA Fedelatin cruiserweight title- fight between hometown hero Luis “El Lenador” Pineda and Francisco “The Wizard” Palacios.
Both fighters came in confident ready for a title showdown. Pineda was ready to keep the belt in Panama while Palacios was dead set on bringing it back to Puerto Rico. From the sound of the opening bell, the action was instant. The Wizard set the tone, jabbing early with the intent to destroy.
After shooting a right jab jab hook combination, a moment that clearly stunned Pineda, the magic was displayed with a 1-2 long right hand combo that floored Pineda. El Lenador looked dazed but beat out the long count. continue
LOS ANGELES (September 24, 2008) World Boxing Council Super Bantamweight Champion Israel Vazquez has returned to a light training regimen in Los Angeles following a relaxing summer spent with family and friends. “It feels great to be back in the gym, although I’ve been out of serious training for a while it all came back very quickly. I won’t be sparring for a while, but everything else is going very well. It’s nice to see my friends and other fighters here and also during my morning runs.. continue
Boxing superstars Oscar De La Hoya and Manny Pacquiao will each make one of the biggest announcements of their respective careers when they officially announce their December 6 mega-fight at one of the most cherished landmarks in the United States-the Statue of Liberty on Liberty Island in New York City. The press event, the first ever to take place on Liberty Island, will kick-off a six-city press tour marking the official announcement of what is a dream match-up for sports fans and one of the biggest fights in boxing history. continue
Tickets to "The Dream Match" -- the 12-round welterweight super fight between six-division world champion OSCAR DE LA HOYA and boxing's No. 1 pound-for-pound fighter MANNY PACQUIAO – are already gone just hours after going on sale today, making the almost 16,000-seat arena a complete sell out with a gross gate of almost $ 17.0 million, making it the second biggest gate in boxing history.
"This is just a reflection of the overwhelming interest in this mega-event and we are extremely delighted that tickets sales were so swift," said Richard Schaefer. "The match-up is one of the best in boxing and will be one of the biggest events the sport has ever seen." continue
9.25.08 – by Amir Peay - On December 6, Oscar De La Hoya will be fighting Manny Pacquiao in the welterweight division, in place of what was supposed to be his rematch with Floyd Mayweather Jr. Although Mayweather claims to be retired, hence his not wanting to fight, that hasn’t stopped De La Hoya from recently talking about how much he would like the opportunity to have that rematch. The initial rematch planned would have been very intriguing for reasons outside of the ring, and having to do with the politics of the Mayweather family, and it turns out there is an added twist in the dynamic that this writer did not know about. continue
Manny Pacquiao’s next big test inside the ring will be against Oscar De La Hoya, but before he takes on boxing’s most popular figure, the four-division champion faces the challenge of co-promoting his first boxing show with Sycuan Ringside Promotions on Thursday, Sept. 25, 2008 at Sycuan Resort and Casino in San Diego, Calif. continue
New York City (September 23, 2008)…After a four-city media tour that was as fast as both fighters’ ring styles, Joe Calzaghe and Roy Jones Jr. will now begin a serious training regiment as they prepare for their November 8 “Battle of the Superpowers” at Madison Square Garden in New York City and live on HBO Pay-Per-View.
The Calzaghe vs Jones press tour spanned from one ocean to the other with the trip beginning in New York, traversing west across the country to Los Angeles, followed by a transcontinental overnight flight from LAX to London Heathrow that landed with the fighters going right to a London press conference where they meet a throng of UK media. The fighters spent the next day in London making media appearances and filming a commercial for UK-rights holder Setanta. The final stop a three hour drive to Cardiff, Wales—home of the champion Calzaghe—for a rousing rally at Cardiff City Hall that had fans lining up as early as 4:00am that morning. continue
Frank Maloney returns to the capital city in a big way when the South London based promoter puts on a thrilling fight card at historic York Hall in Bethnal Green, headlined by Ian Napa's exciting challenge of European bantamweight champion Carmelo Ballone on Friday, October 17, 2008. The UK's most skillful boxer, Napa, 17-6 (1), won the British title last year and his three scintillating defenses of the domestic crown have led the 5'1 dynamo to a second crack at the European trophy but in order to claim Continental glory, the flashy 30 year old must surmount a difficult opponent. continue
By Vivek Wallace: New York City has been long known as a haven for some of the best pure talent on the face of the planet. Part of the reason for this abundance of talent is a street culture that literally makes no exception for the weak, and no excuses for the lame. For some, making it beyond the rugged streets of New York City has proven too tough, turning journeys into dead ends. Others mapped out their destination carefully, yet still failed to reach it in the end. continue
24.09.08 - by James Slater: Both Ronald Hearns and Julio Cesar Chavez Junior are young fighters attempting to follow in the footsteps of their all-time great fathers. Happy to be keeping the family name going, the two unbeaten light-middleweights also very much want to make their own mark in the sport of boxing. Hearns, currently 20-0(16) has won each of his pro bouts with little or no trouble thus far, whereas Chavez, currently 37-0-1(29) has struggled in a couple of his fights. It could be argued, that even though neither guy has been matched too tough yet, 22-year-old Chavez has met the slightly better competition. But who is the better prospect of the two, 29-year-old Hearns or the even younger Chavez?
There has been talk for quite a while suggesting the two sons of boxing legends may actually meet one day, and this would be the most complete way in which to answer the question this article asks. continue
By James Slater: Once-beaten heavyweight contender "Fast" Eddie Chambers was one of the fighters recently put on the shortlist of fighters to face David Haye on November 15th. As soon as bouts with J.D Chapman and Kevin Johnson fell through for the former cruiserweight champ, Chambers' name was rumoured top be at or near the top of the pile for the date at The O2 Arena in London. continue
by James Slater - Originally, unbeaten crowd pleasing middleweight/light-middleweight John Duddy was to challenge IBF 154 pound champion Verno Phillips in November in Belfast. However, due to this fight being (temporarily) scrapped due to a failure to obtain a suitable T.V date, Irish man Duddy will now face an opponent TBA in November, in New York, before facing fellow unbeaten light-middleweight wannabe Ronald Hearns some time early next year. This is what Duddy's manager Eddie McLoughlin has been telling The Irish Independent. continue
With a little over two months to go before his epic showdown with Manny Pacquiao on December 6th at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Oscar de la Hoya has made perhaps the most important decision of his career, bringing in trainer of champions, the legendary Ignacio "Nacho" Beristain, to prepare him for the attack of the "Pac-Man". "Nacho Beristain is a great trainer who I have respected for many years and I'm honored to have him in my corner," said De La Hoya. "In addition to his great tactical mind and considering that he prepared Juan Manuel Marquez for two fights against Manny Pacquiao, he knows him very well. I'm confident that with Nacho's gameplan and my execution, we'll be victorious on December 6th."
"Oscar de la Hoya is one of the premier fighters of this era and I am excited about working with him for this very important fight," said Beristain. "I already have a plan in mind for beating Pacquiao and I know Oscar will do whatever it takes to carry that plan through on fight night." continue
by James Slater - Welterweight contender and former WBA world champion Luis Collazo has his next fight on the under card of a show headlined by the last man to beat him - Shane Mosley. Having his second fight back after losing to "Sugar" Shane in February of 2007, the 27-year-old southpaw will (according to Box Rec) face the 10-6-3(7) Gilbert Venegas in Los Angeles this Saturday night. continue
Setanta Sports News’ boxing magazine programme, Steve Bunce's Boxing Hour, has an action packed line-up this week. On Thursday from 2pm Buncey will joined by some of Great Britain’s best up and coming boxers. Carl Froch will join the show live from the Liberty Gym in Nottingham. Froch will be previewing his December 6th bout for the WBC Super Middleweight world title against Canada’s Jean Pascal. Light heavyweight boxer Clinton Woods, who has been off the circuit since his defeat at the hands of Antonio Tarver last April, will be speaking to Buncey about where he takes his career next. continue
by James Slater - Nothing has been made official yet, and Amir Khan's team say the 21-year-old has the final say on the matter, but it looks very much like Freddie Roach will be the former Olympian's new trainer. Khan spent this past weekend working with Roach at his famous Wild Card gym in Los Angeles, as has been revealed on talkSPORT.
"We worked yesterday (Sunday, Sept 21st)," Roach said. "We were discussing the mistakes he made in that fight [against Breidis Prescott]. I tried to get that out of the way. I really don't want to dwell on the past too much. We're going to fight in December and he's going to train here for six weeks for that fight." continue
by James Slater - When he was last seen in a boxing ring, Ohio's Ray "The Rain Man" Austin was being handled easily by defending heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko. Stopped in just two rounds by a one-handed "Dr Steel Hammer," Austin had a spectacularly bad night. Indeed, the March 2007 performance put on by Austin was so bad many fans felt they'd perhaps seen the last of him. continue
Kevin Mitchell has promised Ricky Burns he will be ringside on Friday night - and says he is more than happy to face the Scotsman if he wins the Commonwealth super-featherweight title. Yesterday Burns blasted British champ Mitchell and said he would be too scared to watch him challenge for the Commonwealth belt against Osumana Akaba at Bethnal Green's York Hall. continue
By Vivek Wallace: This afternoon Goldenboy Promotions and Don King Productions hosted a live conference call for all the boxing media to outline the pending Mosley/Mayorga fight card. As most fight fans would expect, the words of Mayorga gave much to talk about, the laid back demeanor of Mosley gave much to think about, and when it was all said and done, every boxing scribe on the phone was left with much more than they could possibly digest to write about.
Never short on words, Mayorga hit the airwaves first and showed his typical bravado, stating at one point that "if Mosley stands in front of him he may be KO'd in the 1st round, but if he runs it'll be 2 or 3 rounds". continue
(LOS ANGELES, CALIF.) – Reigning world champion Andre Berto (Winter Haven, Fla.) made the cross-country trek to Southern California on Tuesday, arriving in Los Angeles for his September 27 welterweight clash with former World Champion Steve “Two Pounds” Forbes (Las Vegas, Nev.) at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. continue
New Jersey (September 24, 2008) – Boxing is back at Medieval Times! Former world champion Vivian Harris will headline “Knockout Knights” when big-time boxing returns to the beautiful Medieval Times Castle in Lyndhurst, NJ on Wednesday, October 29th. The hard-hitting Harris, a Guyanese native who resides in Brooklyn, New York, has long been on the list of boxing’s most avoided fighters. A pro since 1997, Harris finally made a splash in 2002 when he fought and knocked out Diosbelys Hurtado to win the WBA junior welterweight championship. continue
By Ted Sares - Antonio Pitalua, a Colombian who lives in and does all of his fighting out of Mexico City has a record of 46 (KO 40)-3 and a lofty KO percentage of 81.63. Twenty-nine of his stoppage wins have come in three rounds or less. He has stopped his last fourteen opponents in a row including the highly regarded Jose Armando Santa Cruz just this past weekend. Pitalua, 38 years old, won the interim version of the WBC lightweight title with an impressive sixth round upset win over the much younger Santa Cruz.
In 2001, he lost a SD to tough Arnulfo “Chico” Castillo, 33-1-3 coming in, and in 2000, he dropped a close twelve round decision in Germany to Artur Grigorian, 30-0 at the time. At stake was the WBO lightweight title. One of his early victories came against Cosme Rivera who gave Andre Berto all he could handle. Another came against Saul “Baby” Duran, but mostly his opposition has been less than stellar. Still, an 82% KO percentage is nothing to sneeze at. Make no mistake, Pitalua can throw bricks. continue
By Shawn M. Murphy: Recently I spoke with Herol Graham, often called the greatest British fighter to never win a world title. Graham was a defensive wiz and quick as lightning. Graham would fight for world titles three times in his career, losing to Mike McCallum by a close decision, Julian Jackson via a one-punch knockout and to Charles Brewer via TKO in his final fight. During his career Graham would win the British, Commonwealth, and European Light-Middleweight titles and the British and European Middleweight titles. Graham retired in 1998 with a final record of 48-6 with 28 KO'S. continue
by James Slater - Never a guy to bite his tongue or be afraid of making bold predictions when going into a fight, Nicaraguan wild man Ricardo Mayorga has today declared he will knock out Sugar Shane Molsey in just 3 rounds this coming Saturday in Los Angeles. As reported on Fight News, "El Matador" has given Mosley some of the same trash-talk treatment he gave Oscar De La Hoya, Vernon Forrest, Cory Spinks and others when going into fights with them. continue
By Geoffrey Ciani: Boxing fans are in for a real treat when former middleweight champion Bernard Hopkins squares off against reigning champ Kelly Pavlik. In one corner, we have a 43 year old proven veteran whose tactical genius inside the ring has been in the lime light for the past fifteen years. In the other, we have a 26 year old rising star whose obscene power has left most of his foes sprawled out on the canvas. Making matters all the more interesting, this bout will take place at 170 pounds with no belts will be up for grabs—this one is all about pride and legacy.
The most obvious difference that jumps out is the vast difference in age between these two pugilists. This begs the question, can the ageless warrior find a way to win against his younger determined foe? Frankly, I am not so sure that he can. continue
9.22.08 – by Amir Peay - This past week I was watching some MMA programming and I took note of how the marketing for mixed martial arts is in many ways different from that of boxing. In particular, MMA has done a good job of marketing their product to younger men, ages 18-34.
I am a fan of MMA, although boxing has always been a bigger part of my life, and when the PPV dollars are on the line, I go with the sweet science. continue
22.09.08 - By Robert Jackson: I know this article is unoriginal, ESB contributing writer James Slater wrote a masterpiece comparing and contrasting Hopkins, Pavlik, Jones and Calzaghe in fights that might occur in a parallel universe. He gave me his blessing to write this article, honest. In parallel universes this coming Saturdays fights might be Berto vs Mayorga, Mosley vs Forbes or Berto vs Mosley, Mayorga vs Forbes. Let's now discuss these four alternative bouts. continue
22.09.08 - by James Slater - For a long time now, Wladimir and Vitali Klitschko have spoken about their dream of being reigning heavyweight champions at the same time. Should they achieve their goal they will have made boxing history, as never before have two brothers simultaneously held versions of the world heavyweight title. Before the year 2008 is out, the Klitschko bother's dream could be made true.
For at least a couple of years it looked like the dream would remain as just that, a dream. Vitali, who became the first of the two siblings to win a universally recognised version of the world title when he beat Corrie Sanders for the WBC belt in 2004 (avenging a defeat suffered by his brother in the process), made just one retention before leaving the sport for almost four years due to injury. That left Wladimir to take over, and the younger brother banged out Chris Byrd to win the IBF belt in 2006. It seemed the two Klitschkos were destined only to reign separately. continue
All good things come in fives. With a great programme and five title bouts, the upcoming „Universum Champions Night“ will present great boxing actions in Hamburg. Alongside the highly expected title defence of cruiserweight world champion Firat Arslan against his mandatory challenger Guillermo Jones, the big card will include four more title bouts on September 27 at the Color Line Arena in Hamburg. continue
Fans of this country’s premier heavyweight boxer, take note: Shane “Mountain Warrior” Cameron’s fight against Terry Smith will now go live on two platforms. Maori Television will screen the match up as the feature fight in CAMERON’S CRUSADE, live, exclusive and free-to-air on Saturday September 27 at 8.00 PM. continue
By Jaime Castro-Núñez - On Friday, September 20, 1985, featherweight prospect Robinson Pitalúa-Támara convincingly defeated Puerto Rican Julio César “Tarzán” González at the Tamiami Fairgrounds Auditorium in Miami, FL. It was Pitalúa’s second victory on US soil. Two months earlier, on July 16, he had traveled from his native Montería, Colombia, to Miami, Florida, where his new promoter, Cuban-American Félix “Tuto” Zabala, wanted him to train under the tutelage of Argentinean master Amilcar Brusa.
The six-round bout against “Tarzán” González was certainly a tough one, but the skilled, 1983 Pan American games silver medalist had made a statement: he was ready for better opponents. Satisfied with the outcome, both Amilcar Brusa and “Tuto” Zabala gave him the weekend off. Shortly after the fight, Pitalúa phoned his parents in Colombia and informed he had outworked the Puerto Rican. “González proved to be a tough opponent, I sent him to the canvas in the first round, but I couldn’t finish him off,” he said. “Keep training hard, we’re so proud of you. We all know you’ll be champion of the world very soon, like “Happy” Lora,” replied his mother, María Elena Támara. continue
Los Angeles, September 22 – Goossen Tutor Promotions’ latest finds, super bantamweight Rico Ramos (6-0, 4 KOs) and junior welterweight Mike Dallas, Jr.(5-0, 1 KO) will showcase their talent on the undercard of the Soboba Casino doubleheader featuring WBO Welterweight Champion Paul “The Punisher” Williams taking on Andy Kolle in a 10-round middleweight bout and in the companion bout, WBC Continental Americas Heavyweight Champion and world rated Cristobal “The Nightmare” Arreola will be taking on the tough Puerto Rican challenger from New York, Israel “King Kong” Garcia. continue
PHILADELPHIA (September 22, 2008)—On Monday, the fighters that will compete in two co-features on an championship doubleheader that will take place at The National Guard Armory in Northeast Philadelphia met the media at The Philadelphia Inquirer/Daily News building in an anticipation of a championship doubleheader as four title will be on the line when Joey Eye Boxing presents Yusaf Mack taking on Omar Pittman in a ten round Light Heavyweight bout for the NABA & Pennsylvania state Light Heavyweight title. continue
By P.H. Burbridge (A voice in the crowd) - Creating a boxing superstar is much like running for President of the United States. You pick your fights carefully and your team spends most of their time spinning your accomplishments so that you appear to be more then you actually are. For Julio Cesar Chavez Jr, it’s getting to the point where no amount of spin will change the public’s perception and unless he makes a big “statement” soon he can easily end up being another in a long line of 2nd generation BUSTS.
Talk about pressure!
On Saturday, November 1st Julio Cesar Chavez Jr (37-0-1, 29 KO’s) is scheduled to meet Matt Vanda (38-7, 21 KO’s) in a rematch of a fight that took place back on July 12th. Although this bout does not qualify as a “big statement” it is an important fight for Chavez Jr. Frankly, this fight is more about repairing Jr’s physce then anything else. continue
CHICAGO, IL (September 22, 2008) Dominic Pesoli’s 8 Count Productions, HOME OF THE BEST IN CHICAGO BOXING, has announced details of “CICERO FURY”, their next evening of world class professional boxing on Friday, October 17th at Cicero Stadium. Headlining “CICERO FURY” is the return of long time Chicagoland fan favorite, featherweight Jose Hernandez, 22-4 (14KO’s). The Round Lake Beach resident returns to the ring following his terrific battle with former world title challenger Rocky Juarez on May 5, 2007 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas in the co-main event to the Pay Per View record setting Oscar De La Hoya/Floyd Mayweather bout. continue
22.09.08 - Miika Forsström: Stakes are high when world-class contenders “Idi” Amin Asikainen (25-1, 17 KOs) and Khoren Gevor (29-3, 15 KOs) will clash for the vacant European middleweight title November 28th in Helsinki Finland. The promoters P3 Boxing and Live Nation expect over 10,000 spectators to the beautiful Hartwall Arena. Asikainen´s trainer-manager Pekka Mäki told Eastside Boxing; “This is more than a European titlefight. We have two high ranked world class middleweights and the winner of this fight will be very close to shot at world title”. continue
22.09.08 - by James Slater - "The Viper," Vernon Forrest and "The Latin Snake," Sergio Mora, are all tied up at the moment, with one win each. Contender star Mora upset the odds and Forrest back in June with a close points win, while now three-time champ Forrest got revenge with his own points victory this past September 13th. The question is, will there be a deciding bout?
No, neither of the first two fights were what you could call classics, but at the same time they were far from stinkers. And there is pride at stake. Mora certainly wants a third meeting and he believes he is the better fighter. Claiming his pre-fight battle with the scales led to his loss in the rematch, Mora insists he can beat Forrest again. Coincidentally, "The Viper" put his loss in fight one down to over training. Maybe he was telling the truth, because he looked a different fighter in the return. continue
TEMECULA, CALIF. (September 22, 2008) – Let loose this dog of war! Undefeated junior middleweight contender ALFREDO “PERRO” ANGULO (13-0, 10 KOs), from Mexico, can’t wait to sink his teeth into his next victim -- Andrey Tsurkan of (26-3, 17 KOs), of Ukraine -- in a battle of Top-10 contenders highlighting “Night of the Rising Stars II.. continue
Philadelphia, PA--Take some time off and the public forgets you. A few years ago, Kassim "The Dream" Ouma was the hottest young fighter in boxing. Now, question marks surround the all-action Ugandan. Ouma, former IBF junior middleweight champion, returns to the ring Saturday evening, Oct. 4, when he takes on veteran Martinus Clay in the scheduled 10-round main event at the National Guard Armory in Northeast Philadelphia. continue
21.09.08 - by James Slater - Ricky Hatton's new assistant trainer, Floyd Mayweather Senior, has been talking about "The Hitman's" former teacher Billy Graham - and Floyd has had nothing good to say about the man known as "The Preacher." Working with Hatton ahead of his upcoming fight with Paulie Malignaggi, Mayweather Senior has promised to make Ricky better than ever.
Talking with U.K newspaper The News of The World recently, Mayweather blasted the training abilities of Graham and declared that had he himself been working with Hatton going into the December 2007 mega-fight with his son, Floyd Mayweather Junior, Hatton would very likely have won. continue
LAS VEGAS, NV (September 22, 2008) World ranked junior middleweight Deandre “THE BULL” Latimore, training diligently in the summer heat of Las Vegas, took a break recently and headed to the nearby MGM Grand Garden Arena for the second junior middleweight clash between Vernon Forrest and Sergio Mora on September 13th. continue
IBF Cruiserweight World Champion, Steve 'USS' Cunningham unveiled his new promotional video. The all action video features scenes from his fight with Kelvin Davis, his title winning battle with Krzysztof Wlodarezyk and his first defense victory against Marco Huck. The video has been produced to give those that have yet to see Cunningham in action a 'taste' of what to expect from him during his second mandatory title defense against Tomasz 'Goral' Adamek, the current number two rated cruiserweight, later this year. continue
Photos by Sauerland Event - Marco “Captain” Huck (22-1, 17 KOs) is the new European cruiserweight champion following a 12th-round TKO victory over Jean Marc Monrose. Just four months after breaking his jaw in his win over Frantisek Kasanic, Huck displayed great punching power and explosiveness as he constantly punished his aggressive opponent with strong shots. A furious series of punches saw the referee step in after 77 seconds of the final round. “Today I proved that I can box well,” Huck said. “This win really means a lot to me. Monrose was a very strong opponent who kept coming at me but I stuck to the game plan. I really wanted to win the title for my home fans.”
Nine months ago, Huck suffered his first defeat of his career when IBF champion Steve Cunningham stopped him in the 12th round. However, on Saturday night, Huck showed much improved skills, cleverly keeping Monrose at bay. The Frenchman kept pressing the action throughout, but it was Huck who permanently connected with powerful punches to body and head. “I am proud of Marco,” coach Ulli Wegner said. “His opponent was very strong and kept marching forward. Marco needed to box very cleverly tonight and that is just what he did.. continue
21.09.08 - Heavyweight contender Larry “The Legend” Donald has been seeing numerous fighters calling out former cruiserweight champion now heavyweight David Haye. Many names have been mentioned as opponents, fighters Hasim Rahman, James Toney, Kevin Johnson, Eddie Chambers and even fourty seven year old Ray Mercer , before any of these fighters or anyone else gets the fight Larry Donald wants to drop his name in the hat and let team Haye know that he is ready to fight. continue
by James Slater - Last night, at The Arena Coliseo, Mexico, 38-year-old Colombian Antonio Pitalua won himself the interim version of the WBC lightweight title with an impressive 6th round stoppage of the much younger Jose Armando Santa Cruz of Mexico. Pitalua put the 28-year-old down in round number 4, before putting him out for good in the 6th. The official time was two minutes and 50-seconds of the 6th. The title, the interim version that is, was on the line because "real" champ Many Pacquiao has his welterweight mega fight with Oscar De La Hoya coming up. continue
By Mike Casey - I’m tired of living and scared of dying. So go the famous old words of Ol’ Man River. It’s funny how people see life and death in different ways. We all have our fears and our phobias.
During my long career in journalism, I have had the good fortune to meet many men of courage from various walks of life, be they boxers, soldiers, firefighters, policemen or humble nine-to-fivers who never imagined they could be Superman for a day.
Few have been tired of living, yet they have been strangely scared of it. They can only live joyously when life is spiced with danger and the price of failure is savage.
Understand that such men do not harbour a death wish. What they need is the challenge and the adrenaline charge of venturing into the valley of death and daring it to swallow them up. continue
By Per Ake Persson: Wiking Box Team promotes a show in Greifswald / Wusterhausen in the North of Germany September 27. In the headliner, Thomas Troelenberg squares off against Steve Klockow in a German title fight at middleweight. On the undercard, heavyweight Konstantin Airich returns after the loss to Danny Williams and faces Czech Vaclav Cihlar. continue
20.09.08 - by James Slater: Paul "The Punisher" Williams, the reigning WBO welterweight champion, re-tests the waters at middleweight in his next fight on September 25th. Wanting very much to become an all-time great, the 6'1" southpaw believes if he can win world titles at welterweight right the way up to super-middleweight he will achieve his goal. continue
By Jim Amato: There are seven fights that have been scheduled from now to the end of the year that have captured my attention. How will they turn out ?
September 27th - Shane Mosley -vs- Ricardo Mayorga
The wild man Mayorga must be given a puncher's chance. Although Shane isn't what he used to be he is still a major player. Mayorga again has stepped out of his league. Trinidad and De La Hoya beat his ass. Shane will do the same.
October 4th - Arthur Abraham -vs- Raul Marquez
I like Raul but he is in way too deep in this one. This fight will be an Abraham showcase in the build up to a fight with Kelly Pavlik. Abraham by KO.
October 11th - Sam Peter -vs- Vitali Klitschkocontinue
By James Slater: Unbeaten super-middleweight Carl Froch has vacated his British 168 pound championship, as he now feels his future is well and truly at world title level. As fans know, a fight with the also unbeaten Jean Pascal of Canada, for the vacant WBC super-middleweight belt, is set for December 6th. "The Cobra" who feels he pretty much cleaned up the U.K domestic scene, will have hometown advantage and is confident he will become not only a world ruler, but the very best at the weight. continue
20.09.08 - by James Slater - Cuban trainer Jorge Rubio arrived with a big reputation, and a then unbeaten Amir Khan was busy telling everyone he would become an "untouchable" fighter with Rubio's coaching. Well, some two weeks after being annihilated by the big-punching Breidis Prescott, reportedly an opponent Rubio recommended, the Cuban with the big reputation has been fired by Khan. continue
19.09.08 - By Vivek Wallace: Every week in my 'Call Em Out Fridays' segment we put one of the sports perennial figures under the microscope and examine the media buzz around them to see if they're fact or fraud. With so many key figures in the sport making headlines, a recent email from an avid fight fan provided more than enough reason to place the bulls eye on one target and one target only. Good thing my 'call-outs' are never designed to be one dimensional because there really isn't too many positive opinions relative to today's subject. Somehow when it's all said and done, like always, we'll take a look at the fan supportive perspective, the critics perspective, and once I drop my spin on the table, we'll let the great debates begin. So with no further ado, we now examine the Dominican Republic's latest question mark..... continue
by James Slater - A quite bizarre heavyweight "title" fight was announced today by Olaf Schroder of Fight Production promotions. Apparently, British heavyweight enigma Danny Williams will face none other than "The White Buffalo" himself, in South Africa's veteran former world title challenger Francois Botha. Something called the WBF heavyweight title will be on the line on November 30th in what is being billed as the first ever big fight to be staged near the foot of the pyramids and the great Sphinx. continue
by James Slater - As has been reported by a number of sources, Paulie Malignaggi has vacated his IBF light-welterweight crown because he is unable to grant Herman Ngoudjo, his mandatory challenger, a return fight. As we know, Malignaggi has his mega fight with Ricky Hatton to focus on, in a bout that will still settle the argument as to who the world's best 140-pounder is, and therefore cannot grant the 17-2(9) Ngoudjo a return of their January fight which "The Magic Man" won via a closer than expected decision. continue
By Robert Jackson: Ok to start with, I BLEW it, Juan Manuel Marquez is a STUD! Picking winners in boxing and horse racing is an inexact science, but I won't pick against Marquez again unless he's facing Wladimir Klitschko, Sam Peter and Kimbo Slice, on the same night. I also, don't doubt that Marquez would move up to welterweight to face Pacquiao a 3rd time, should Pacquiao decide against returning to 135lbs after facing De La Hoya. Joel Casamayor made a good accounting of himself and had his moments, but at 37 and not getting any younger his days as an elite fighter may be over.
The fight on it's own merits wasn't the most action filled, but it had drama, the ebb & flow of the fight especially early made it either guys fight for the taking. Into the middle rounds as Marquez began to take over Casamayor would rise up like the Phoenix and deny Marquez supremacy if only temporarily. continue
By Ted Sares - The following is taken, from my new book entitled “Reelin’ in the Years: Boxing and More”, due out in November 2008.
On March 10, 1992, welterweight Tim Rabon met Philadelphian William “The Hammer” Jones at the Blue Horizon in Philadelphia in a 4-rounder that was televised on Tuesday Night fights as part of a bigger venue. Those who were fortunate enough to see this one will never forget it. Rabon was 13-7-2 at the time. continue
International boxing promoter, Golden Gloves Promotions announced a new event for Australia’s hottest boxing prospects. Golden Gloves will be staged for one night only at the Hordern Pavilion, Sydney on Saturday, October 25, 2008 at 6.30pm. Adam Watt, Managing Director, Golden Gloves Promotions said “Golden Gloves & Network TEN are working together to return the sport of boxing to a position of prominence it has previously enjoyed in the Australian sports world. This event gives boxers a great platform to become real household names.. continue
18.09.08 - by James Slater - Tonight, on Setanta Sports' Steve Bunce Boxing Hour T.V show, the Joe Calzaghe-Roy Jones and Kelly Pavlik-Bernard Hopkins fights were heavily previewed - with interviews given by all four boxers. And as intriguing as both fights are, this writer couldn't help but get the feeling that the match-ups are the wrong way around. Yes, both bouts are good, top of the range fights, but surely things would be even better if Calzaghe was facing Pavlik, and, in a rematch of their 1993 fight, Jones was facing Hopkins. Let's face it, everyone wants to see Pavlik take on Calzaghe - there has been talk to this effect, on both sides of the Atlantic, for months now. And on tonight's Boxing Hour, talk again briefly revolved around a possible Calzghe-Pavlik showdown.
Calzaghe once more claimed that Pavlik twice turned down a fight with him. While Pavlik, who spoke to Steve Bunce via a telephone hook-up from the States, said he has never been offered a fight with Calzaghe at any time. “I don’t know why they keep throwing my name out there,” Kelly said on air. “They never offered us the fight. Calzaghe? Never. I don’t know where they get these things from. His dad’s a ballet dancer. After I knocked Gary Lockett out his dad started ripping me apart. I’d go on Eastside Boxing and I’d read things where Enzo [Calzaghe] was ripping me apart.. continue
The WBC has stated that whoever turns out winner, tomorrow at the northern Mexican city of Monterrey, in the bout between Antonio Pitalua from Colombia and José Armando Santa Cruz will face Edwin Valero from Venezuela for the WBC Lightweight Interim Championship- This match, promoted by Golden Boy will have special attention from the world, due to the quality of the contenders and the afterwards announced battle for the interim crown of the weight division. continue
On September 27th ARENA-fighter Juan Carlos Gomez and Universum’s Wladimir Virchis face in their long estimated showdown WBC final elimination bout to challenge the winner of Vitali Klitschko vs. Samuel Peter. One week before the fight Universum let ARENA know that Gomez’ presence at the official press conference “will not be necessary”. The official reason for this is that the clash between Virchis and Gomez has no main event status at the Universum Champion’s Night in Hamburg which means that neither Gomez nor Virchis will be at the press conference. continue
by James Slater - Golden Boy's Richard Schaefer is still hopeful a third fight between Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez can be made - if "Pac-Man" wants it. Schaefer is convinced that the idol of the Philippines is concerned about facing the Mexican, a fighter the promoter claims has Pacquiao's number. However, in talking to Setanta Sports, Schaefer said the money side of making the fight isn't an issue, and that the bout all of boxing wants to see can be made.
"The money for [a third] Marquez-Pacquiao fight is there so it cannot be the money," Schaefer said. "Manny knows he could have made more money fighting Juan Manuel Marquez, far more money, than he made by fighting David Diaz in his last fight. So I think money is not a good excuse. I don't believe it. Pacquiao can say it as many times as he wants. I don't believe it. I believe he knows Juan Manuel Marquez has his number and that he will beat him again. So he is going to try to find different fights, different avenues." continue
by Mark Gregory - October sees two British veterans look to prolong the perhaps unexpected success that has characterised the twilight of their respective careers. Jon Thaxton gets a second chance at the European title he failed to win when stopped on cuts at the end of the fifth against classy Yuri Romanov in April this year. Dean Francis meanwhile has the chance to extend his impressive unbeaten run at light-heavyweight when he defends his British and Commonwealth belts against the talented but green Nathan Cleverly. continue
WBC and WBO middleweight champion Kelly Pavlik has denied claims that he turned down the opportunity to fight Joe Calzaghe. Pavlik, who takes on Bernard Hopkins on the 18th of October, has said that no approach from the Calzaghe camp was ever made. In an interview on Setanta Sports News during Steve Bunce’s Boxing Hour Pavlik said: “I don’t know why they keep throwing my name out there. They never ever offered us the fight. Calzaghe? Never. continue
By “Old Yank” Schneider: Who do you want to win? Who do the sanctioning bodies want to win? Who do the writers want to win? Who does Las Vegas want to win? Who do the “Boxing Gods” want to win? Oh, if I could read your mind… Oh, if you could read my mind… What does “want” really mean? I “want” a black fighter to win. I “want” a technician to win. I “want” a white hope to win. I “want” a “last man standing” kind of fighter to win. I “want” a “stalk, stun and floor” fighter to win. I “want” an entertaining fighter to win. I “want” a busy fighter to win. I “want” a legend to win. I “want”…
Do you really have a clue what you want?
Yes, damn it; I do know what I want! I want blood! I want power! I want blazing speed! I want ebb and flow! I want skill against skill! I want shots thrown that Compubox has trouble keeping up with! continue
BRITAIN’S new boxing star CARL FROCH will fight for a world title on prime time ITV1, as part of a new deal announced today (18.09.08) with Hennessy Sports. Froch will meet Canadian star Jean Pascal for the WBC Super middleweight world title in his home city of Nottingham at the Trent FM Arena on December 6, with both men going into the fight unbeaten. continue
Gray: Antonio you have said that Chad is the future and you’re the now. What gives you the indication that he’s not the ‘now’ and the future as well?
Tarver: Well, I feel like I’m at the top of my game. I just took the IBF title from Clinton Woods. I’m here. I’m the unified champion, four-time light heavyweight champion, twice undisputed. I’ve done it all. I’ve beaten everybody so why wouldn’t I feel like I’m the now and he can be the future? continue
18.09.08 - by James Slater - "Merciless" Ray Mercer is the latest heavyweight to call out David Haye. With no opponent yet a dead-cert for "The Hayemaker's" November 15th date, the former Olympic gold medallist and WBO champion has made it clear he would take the fight in a heartbeat. Mercer may be 47-years-old now, but he's still tough, determined and is coming off a win. Talking to me over the phone today (September 17th) the 36-7-1(26) former champ had the following answers to my questions.
James Slater: It's great to talk with you, Ray. Straight to business, you want David Haye?
Ray Mercer: Absolutely. I just want the opportunity, I want to show the world that I'm still alive and that I can still do it. I think I'd be perfect for him because he's a tough guy, I'm a tough guy and I have a name. Half of these guys that are in the top-ten, I know I can knock them out. continue
Danilo Haussler will challenge WBA super middleweight champion Mikkel Kessler in Oldenburg on October 25. The 33-year-old former European champion is full of confidence ahead of the biggest fight of his career. “This is the chance I have been waiting for all my life,” Haussler said. “I will make the most of it... continue
18.09.08 - by James Slater - The war of words between the Joe Calzaghe and Kelly Pavlik camps has been going on for some time now. Calzaghe and his father and trainer claim Pavlik is afraid of him, while Pavlik and his father and trainer claim the exact opposite thing. Whatever the truth of the matter may be, it does not look like the unbeaten light-heavyweight king and the unbeaten middleweight boss will be getting it on. A shame indeed, and once again it is the fans who lose out. continue
By James Slater: Seeing the hitherto unthinkable thing happening in front of your very eyes in a boxing ring can cause a huge, never-to-be-forgotten, shock. Often it will be the sight of a once invincible looking fighter being beaten that causes this shock, other times it will be a rock-chinned warrior being knocked out for the very first time, while on other occasions still it will be the sight of a much smaller or lighter hitting foe taking out his rival that leaves the fans open-mouthed. Are there any fight fans out there who will ever fail to remember the stunning KO job Tommy Hearns did on Roberto Duran, to name just one of these momentous and unexpected boxing results.
Well, this coming November and December, respectively, we have two fights where a KO win from two of the four fighters involved would create such a shock. In November, we have Ricky Hatton Vs. Paulie Malignaggi, and in December we have Oscar De La Hoya Vs. Manny Pacquiao. continue
PROVIDENCE, RI (September 18, 2008) – New England’s favorite son DEMETRIUS ANDRADE, a 2008 U.S. Olympian and reigning World Amateur Champion, will host a news conference luncheon homecoming with his promoters Joe DeGuardia and Art Pelullo of Star Boxing and Banner Promotions, respectively, to announce his highly- anticipated professional boxing debut. The news conference will take place Next Wednesday! September 24 at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center (One LaSalle Square, Providence, RI, 02903), in the One LaSalle Square Restaurant beginning at Noon ET. continue
Hard-hitting heavyweight hope Derek Chisora has promised to breath new life into the "boring" domestic heavyweight division. 'Del Boy' is out in action again next Friday night at Bethnal Green's York Hall in a 10 round International contest, and his immediate aim is to climb to the top of the British rankings. continue
This weeks 'Left-Hook Lounge' takes us on another journey around the sport of boxing as we break down fan questions on everything from the Guzman/Campbell debacle, to the suddenly quiet David Haye, as well as various other topics. With so much going on in the sport there's never a dull moment, and what better way to survey the landscape than connecting with fight fans around the globe? I can't think of one, so that being said, we open it up for another session with the best fans in the world, kicking off right here in my neck of the woods.....Miami, Florida.......
Cedric T. (Miami, Fl): What are your thoughts on the fallout of the Guzman/Campbell fight and the recent apology of Joan Guzman?
Vivek W. (ESB): I think what Guzman did highlights and deeply underlines the problem with not only the sport of boxing, but a certain percentage of today's athletes in general. It goes right back to that old 'silk pajamas' theory. Many of today's athletes want the rainbow without the rain. continue
17.09.08 - photo by Vanessa Bollmer - Only four months after breaking his jaw in his ninth-round TKO victory over Frantisek Kasanic, Marco “Captain” Huck (21-1, 16 KOs) returns to the ring on Saturday when he takes on European cruiserweight champion Jean Marc Monrose. Fighting in front of his fans in Bielefeld, Germany, Huck is confident the belt will stay in his hometown. “I will not disappoint my fans again,” he said at today´s official press conference. “I will leave the ring as the winner.. continue
by James Slater - Ambition, and plenty of it, still burns inside Ricky Hatton. Currently in preparations for his November 22nd clash with Paulie Malignaggi, "The Hitman" has been working with the father of the only man to beat him, in Floyd Mayweather Senior. Wanting to learn new things and further develop his game this late in his career, Hatton also thinks by having "Money" Mayweather's father training him it just might inspire Floyd Junior to come out of his retirement and fight him for a second time. continue
LOU DIBELLA: First of all, I want to thank you for the opportunity, and I want to thank Cris for giving Israel this opportunity, Israel Garcia, better known as "King Kong" in New York. When I ran into Cristobal Arreola after he beat Chazz Witherspoon on the streets in Memphis ‑ he told me lineup another one of my fighters so he can beat him up. I'm lining up another one of my fighters, but I think this time you're in with a real tough guy, Cris.
I'm very proud to promote Israel. He's one of the nicest guys I promote, the hardest working fighters and a rugged guy himself. He is a Puerto Rican‑American fighter from the hood in New York. A guy that has worked very, very hard I've promoted him in the last couple of years and last five or six fights of his career.
I think he's ready for this opportunity, and looking at it as an opportunity of a lifetime. We respect Cristobal Arreola right now as probably the best American heavyweight. continue
DAN GOOSSEN: My gratitude goes out to Versus Network and the Soboba Casino for making this all possible. This is our first fight on Versus and we're really looking forward to providing a great event. We are equally ecstatic that we could have such high‑profile fighters on the event. I know it's the biggest event that Versus has had on their network, and that includes the one bout with Ricky Hatton. continue
By Joan Guzman: I was wrong and I apologize. There is no one else to blame for me not making the lightweight division weight limit of 135 pounds for my WBO, WBA and IBF title bout against Nate Campbell this past weekend. No trainer is to blame. No nutritionist is to blame. No manager is to blame. No promoter is to blame. Put the blame on me, Joan Guzman, because I was completely at fault. continue
by James Slater - With today's official press conference in London to announce David Haye's upcoming opponent for November 15th having ended up telling us virtually nothing and merely confusing the issue, this writer called up Kevin Johnson a few hours ago in an attempt to get some clarification. Very strongly rumoured to be Haye's next foe, Johnson instead, we are told by Haye's trainer/manager Adam Booth, asked for too much money and therefore the fight was off. Well, in attempting to get to the bottom of the whole thing, I was given a completely different version of events from the unbeaten Johnson.
Unaware that the fight had even been scrapped, the 28-year-old informed me he was going to have to make some phone calls of his own now that I'd given him the news! Astounding. According to Johnson, the first he heard the fight was off was when I told him. Very upset and disappointed, "King Pin" told me he wanted/wants this fight bad and at no time did he ever ask for more money. continue
By Per Ake Persson: K2 won the purse bids to stage Wladimir Klitschko vs Alexander Povetkin with an offer for 13.130.130 USD. K 2 have December 13 in Halle / Westfalen as working date with RTL televising in Germany - the very same date as Sauerland and their network ARD have planned for Nikolai Valuev´s first defence of the WBA title. continue
17.09.08 - Peter Quillin: “This is my third charity fight; I may change my name from ‘Kid Chocolate’ to ‘Kid Charity.’ I represent Cuba and America, proudly. I’m coming to win; he’s coming to win – it’s going to be a great fight. I’m an entertainer here to showcase my talent in front of the fans.. continue
New York, NY, September 16, 2008 – In a battle between two of boxing’s superpowers, world’s will collide when “Super” Joe Calzaghe (45-0, 32 KOs) clashes with “Superman” Roy Jones, Jr. (52-4, 38 KOs) in “Battle of the Superpowers,” a scheduled 12-rounder for the Ring Magazine Light Heavyweight Championship belt. The bout is scheduled to take place on Saturday, November 8th at the Mecca of Boxing, Madison Square Garden and broadcast live on HBO Pay-Per-View.
Tickets for this battle between two of the sport’s icons - three years apart, but more different than the ocean that separates them - are priced at $1500, $1000, $750, $500, $250 and $150 and are on sale and available at the Garden Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets or online at ticketmaster.com. Calzaghe vs. Jones is presented by Square Ring, Inc. and Calzaghe Promotions in association with Madison Square Garden. The bout will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View. continue
NEW YORK, Sept. 16, 2008 – HBO Sports’ groundbreaking reality franchise “24/7,” which captured three Sports Emmy® Awards earlier this year, returns next month with the exclusive series CALZAGHE/JONES 24/7, leading up to their light heavyweight pay-per-view showdown on Nov. 8. The first episode of the three-episode, all-access series debuts SUNDAY, OCT. 26 (8:30-9:00 p.m. ET/PT), on HBO, with another episode debuting the following SUNDAY, NOV. 2, at the same time, while the finale debuts THURSDAY, NOV. 6 (11:00-11:30 p.m.), two days prior to the bout. All three episodes will also be available on HBO On Demand. continue
16.09.08 - by James Slater - Universum today announced that unbeaten and highly touted Ukrainian heavyweight Alexander Dimitrenko will face German veteran Luan Krasniqi in defence of his WBO Inter-Continental heavyweight title on November 15th. Big things are expected of the 26-year-old Dimitrenko, who has compiled a 28-0(18) pro record since making his debut back in December of 2001. continue
By Nate Campbell - IBF / WBO / WBA Lightweight Champion: "I can't begin to tell you how disappointed I am in Joan Guzman. So much went into this fight. My preparation, my time away from my family. So much. And for him to pull this stunt shows a complete lack of respect for the sport, the fans, the network, and myself. I wanted my pound of flesh. I wanted his "0". I found out he had pulled out of the fight while on my way to the dressing room. I found out later that this nonsense had been going back and forth all day. He was gonna fight, he wasnt gonna fight, he was gonna fight, etc. Terry had kept me pretty insulated from most of it though, so I didnt know until on my way to the dressing room what was up. I really feel bad for the fans who came out, and for DKP, Showtime, and the Beau Rivage, who put so much effort into making this fight happen. Alot of money and effort went down the drain due to the unprofessional conduct of this idiot.
One other thing that makes me laugh too is that throughout this entire promotion, Guzman and his people made allegations against me regarding steroid use, yet it is Guzman who bulked up so much mass that he couldnt even make 135. continue
by James Slater - The David Haye press conference, in which he would announce who he would be fighting on November 15th, went ahead just hours ago in London, but there is still no dead-cert opponent for the former cruiserweight king. According to a news article on Setanta Sports, the T.V company that shows Haye's fights, no less than THREE potential opponents have pulled out in the last few days. The latest to do so, according to Haye's manager and trainer Adam Booth, is unbeaten, yet untested heavyweight J.D "The Natural" Chapman. continue
16.09.08 - (Earlier today the World Boxing Association issued a response to a press release recently distributed by Team Ruiz. Team Ruiz responds below in bold type, point-by-point to the WBA's five-point statement.) After learning that serious allegations were made by Team Ruiz after his defeat against Nicolay Valuev last August 30th in Berlin, Germany, the World Boxing Association (WBA) strongly denies any wrongdoings by any of its appointed officials and wants make some statements about it. continue
By Vivek Wallace: Last Saturday night, fight fans were able to watch as many key questions relative to many key figures in the sport were answered. The lightweight division - as well as the many fans who follow it - watched as an old name became its newest star. A few pounds north, the jr. welterweight division saw a status solidifying performance from one of its soon-to-be household names, and in the light middleweight division we saw a recently questioned talent restore his status in the sport.
Nothing in life is perfect and this great night of boxing would be no different as the hottest ticket in town instead left fight fans in Biloxi with a new meaning for the term 'Mississippi Burning'. Now that the smoke has cleared, we take a look back at what was, and a potential glimpse at what could be.....
JUAN MANUEL MARQUEZ: His performance was easily the strongest of any throughout the evening on either telecast. For Marquez this was that proverbial 'statement' fight that just opened a new can of worms in what is rapidly becoming the sports deepest division. continue
by James Slater - It's a fight all of boxing wants to see; Manny "Pac-Man" Pacquiao Vs. Juan Manuel Marquez III. But it did seem as though the fight would never happen. Richard Schaefer of Golden Boy Promotions is certainly under the impression that the fight is doubtful, claiming recently that Pacquiao wants nothing more to do with the Mexican great who held him to a draw at featherweight and then took him 12 hard rounds in a super-featherweight return. continue
by James Slater - Exactly 30 years ago today, the great Muhammad Ali boxed a rematch with the much younger Leon Spinks. Spinks had shocked the ageing Ali seven months earlier, by out-pointing the defending heavyweight king over fifteen unforeseen rounds . A huge underdog going into the bout held in Las Vegas in February of 1978, the gap-toothed, fun-loving 1976 Olympic gold medallist upset "The Greatest" via a split decision. In truth, the fight should have been scored as anything but a close win for Leon - he clearly won so thoroughly. continue
By Vanessa McConnell, Photos by Naoki Fukuda: Golden Boy Promotions put on an exciting fight card this weekend at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas in front of 7,882 boxing fans. Juan Manuel Marquez (49-4-1, 36 KOs) won the Ring Magazine lightweight title by TKO against Joel Casamayor when referee Tony Weeks stopped the fight at 2:55 of the eleventh round. He dropped Casamayor twice in the eleventh round before Weeks stepped in.
"It was a great fight," Marquez said. "We were prepared and did what we had to do to win. We moved up in weight, and I'll fight anyone my promoters want. I was the more intelligent fighter," Marquez said. "I was watching out for myself. I knew to neutralize his left hand. I threw a lot of combinations because I knew I couldn't win with just one punch.. continue
Setanta Sports News, the rolling 24-hour sports news service, will broadcast a special episode of Steve Bunce’s Boxing Hour at 6:30pm on Thursday 18 September. For the first time ever Joe Calzaghe and Roy Jones Junior, two of the world’s greatest boxers, will appear side by side for an exclusive interview. Straight talking boxing pundit Steve Bunce will meet Calzaghe and Jones Junior for their first UK interview ahead of their clash for the light heavyweight Ring magazine title at Madison Square Garden in New York on Saturday 8th November. The fight will be shown exclusively live on Setanta Sports 1. continue
15.09.08 - By Tony Nobbs: In one of the most brutal fights in Australian heavyweight history, number 8 contender John Hopoate (10-2, 10 KO's) from Manly, NSW, claimed the National heavyweight championship by stopping defending champ Bob Mirovic (29-20-2, 20 inside the route) from the NSW Central Coast at the Gold Coast Convention Center in Broadbeach, Quensland on Wednesday night. It was an epic give and take war as the two combatants hammered away at each other having fans on the edge of their seats every second. continue
15.09.08 - By Michael Klimes: During my visit to New York in May with my father I discovered the best second hand book shop. It’s called Strand Bookstore on the corner of Broadway and 12 Street. When I first entered that building it was labyrinth of shelves and I spent several hours there, happily advancing through the different sections of my newfound heaven. The Sports Section was located downstairs and had a splendid assortment of titles from the all physical occupations humanity has invented.
I was happy to find that in many of New York’s bars I had seen residues of the city’s once glorious boxing heritage preserved through grainy pictures hung up on the walls. I was even gladder that such a brilliant bookstore was a bastion for the literature which has been inspired by men punching each other. Later I reflected that boxing needed all the allies it could muster to survive. Bars and bookstores are two good friends for a person to have if he is in trouble. For me, bars, the ring and bookstores are sacred places. continue
Saturday night's "Stars of the Future" fight card at London's York Hall was a resounding victory for Frank Maloney as the promoter presided over the successful christening of four prospects from his stable. The highlights of the evening were heavyweight Tom Dallas and lightweight counterpart Liam Shinkwin, both of whom showed up to their respective professional debuts with large, vocal audiences in tow. continue
9.14.08 - by Amir Peay - Golden Boy has just announced its plans to co-promote 4 pay per view mixed martial arts events with the fledging MMA promotion and t-shirt company, Affliction. These events will broadcast both Boxing and MMA together on the same cards, and apparently Golden Boy attempted to have the first MMA event on the under card of the Bernard Hopkins-Kelly Pavlik bout October 18. Co-promoter Top Rank and HBO rejected the offer. continue
14.09.08 - by James Slater - The lightweight division has seen some changes just lately. Juan Diaz, seen by many as the very best at 135, lost to Nate Campbell, who in turn declared he was #1 at lightweight. Then Manny Pacquiao moved up from 130-pounds and destroyed David Diaz, thus making believers of many that he was the king of the weight class.
While last night in Las Vegas, Juan Manuel Marquez also moved up to 135 and became the first man to stop Cuba's Joel Casamayor - who himself was seen by a good number of fans as the best at the weight after rejuvenating himself with a great win over the gutsy Michael Katsidis. So who's the best lightweight on the planet now? continue
The light heavyweight division’s undefeated major domo and former World Boxing Council champion CHAD DAWSON stepped on the scale today, after lunch, a svelte 178 pounds – just three pounds over the light heavyweight limit. He’s just 28 days from his world title rumble with International Boxing Federation / International Boxing Organization light heavyweight champion Antonio Tarver. continue
PAULIE MALIGNAGGI - IBF Jr. Welterweight Champion - "This is a great chance for my west coast fans to come support me. My east coast fans got a glimpse of me at Madison Square Garden. The referee is there to do his job. The bell is going to ring and you won't see me looking at the referee for help. There are only two boxers with this style, John Ruiz and Ricky Hatton. I will have an answer for Hatton on Nov. 22.. continue
By Paul Strauss: Move over Oscar, There's a New Mexican Hero! Dinamita is the new sheriff in town, but it was no easy task. The fight was very close until the dramatic eleventh round. In fact, several rounds could have gone either way, or been scored even. But, it was obvious Joel Casamayor was recipient of the most damaging blows. By the 5th round, he was bleeding from a cut above the right eye, and also from the nose. As always though, El Cepillo was still very dangerous.
The fight started in usual fashion for Joel Casamayor. He was warned for pushing Marquez’s head down. In fact, ringside announcer Ron Borges said that before the ring action started, “He (Casamayor) had already won the yapping end of the fight.. continue
by James Slater - Last night, in Biloxi, Mississippi WBC light-welterweight champion Timothy "Desert Storm" Bradley made a successful first defence of the world title he won from Junior Witter earlier this year. Out-pointing former lightweight Edner Cherry over 12 reasonably engrossing, if unspectacular, rounds, 25-year-old Bradley prevailed by scores of 119-109, 118-109 and 117-110 - scores that give an accurate reading of how far ahead of Cherry the champion was. continue
by James Slater - A while back, shortly after his brutal stoppage loss to Kelly Pavlik, Ring magazine wrote how Colombian middleweight/super-middleweight Edison Miranda, unless he improved his boxing skills and his defence, was in danger of becoming the new Ricardo Mayorga. Well, two quick wins later, "Pantera" met Arthur Abraham for a second time and was mercilessly dispatched inside four rounds. Abraham seemingly couldn't miss Miranda and Ring magazine's prediction looked spot on. continue
By Frank Gonzalez Jr. - September 14th, 2008 - I don’t know about you, but I was furious that Joan Guzman pulled out of the Nate Campbell fight on Saturday. Guzman couldn’t make weight and though he tried in the waning moments before the fight, he was still a little more than three pounds over the contracted weight.
While the defensively slick Guzman (28-0, 17 KO’s) has looked very good against mediocre opposition, it should be noted that he hasn’t scored a knockout since 2004. In a show of questionable heart, Guzman opted out of the fight after going back and forth throughout the day. When Campbell was asked what he would say to Guzman, Nate said, “I don’t have anything to say to him. He’s a professional with a long amateur history. He knows better than to be unprepared for the official weigh-in.. continue
Fans may call it "Manchester Muscle vs. New York Flash," "England vs. The United States," or "Brawler vs. Boxer." Regardless of how it is described, the Junior Welterweight World Championship bout between England's Ricky "The Hitman" Hatton and New York's Paulie "The Magic Man" Malignaggi on Saturday, Nov. 22 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas will be a clash between the two best 140-pound fighters in the world and one of the most intriguing and exciting fights of 2008. continue
13.09.08 - by James Slater - At the age of 37, Sugar Shane Mosley shows absolutely no signs of slowing down. Okay, he will never again be the lighting fast, sublimely skilled lightweight/welterweight he was in the late 1990s/early 2000s, but the former three weight world champion is as hungry, as determined and as willing to face the best as he always was. continue
Biloxi, Miss. (Sept. 13, 2008) - In his first world title defense, Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley dominated dangerous veteran Edner “Cherry Bomb” Cherry en route to a decisive unanimous decision victory on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING. Bradley retained his World Boxing Council (WBC) super lightweight title by scores of 119-109, 118-109 and 117-110.
The previously scheduled main event, a WBA, WBO and IBF World Lightweight Championship between champion Nate Campbell and challenger Joan Guzman was cancelled when Guzman reportedly refused to fight due to health concerns. Guzman had failed to make the 135-pound limit at Friday’s official weigh-in, coming in at 138 ½ pounds.
Elevated to the main event, Bradley and Cherry did not disappoint the capacity crowd at the Beau Rivage Theatre at the Beau Rivage Resort & Casino. continue
LOS ANGELES, CA) September 12 - Undefeated junior welterweight Ty Barnett stayed that way when the Washington, D.C. native improved his record to 15-0-1, with 11 KOs by stopping former Olympian Jose Cruz (12-4-2, 8 KOs) at 2:50 of the sixth round. Said the talented up-and-comer, “I feel better and better each fight and my knockout power seems to be doing the same.. continue
by James Slater - The word currently spreading on a number of boxing web sites says that unbeaten Kevin "King Pin" Johnson will be the man to face the much hyped David Haye in "The Hayemaker's" November bout. For months now, we have been listening to Haye talk about how he is the saviour of a poor heavyweight division and we have been waiting patiently to see who the former cruiserweight king will face in his heavyweight "re-debut" at The O2 Arena in London on November 15th. continue
By Jim Dorney: The purpose of this article is to confirm which boxer in the sport’s glamour division was the main man of his decade. This has been a matter of some debate, and will no doubt continue to be so, but I’d like to throw my picks in the mix & see what the good reading public of Eastside make of it. Along with my overall choice for each decade I’ll give a few honorable mentions.
I feel it’s key before I go any further to specify that my choices are based on achievements in context (not only titles & defenses, but who they beat and at what stage their opponents were at) as opposed to hype & media attention. This will account for a couple of what might be perceived to be some controversial choices…
By Vivek Wallace, photo by Naoki Fukuda: This weeks 'Call Em Out Fridays' segment deals with one of the sports most enigmatic figures. In the eyes of many fight fans, categorically, Vernon Forrest remains in that proverbial hit-or-miss echelon. Few have ever totally understood how a man can rise to greatness by defeating a future hall-of-famer one night, then lose to a far less than talented smoke puffing loud mouth on the other. That type of swing in the pendulum leaves room for many questions. Unfortunately, at times it can appear like the ones that are never completely answered. So in an effort to understand this talent-with-questions, today we dig into topic like any other weekly 'Call Out' session, and do what we always do....Analyze the 'fan supportive' perspective, analyze the 'critics perspective', and after I throw my thoughts in the hat, we let you, the reader proceed in wearing it out! continue
13.09.08 - By Vivek Wallace, photo by Tom Casino / Showtime - Tonight, the fighters scheduled to see action won't be the only ones with too much on their hands. Normally, fight fans can grab the popcorn with one, a low-key brewski in the other, and kick back while they're entertained. This time around, they'll either be very hungry or very thirsty because one of those hands will be permanently glued to the remote control as they waver back and forth, unable to settle on which fight card they actually wanna tune in to. continue
13.09.08 - by Mark Gregory, photo by Tom Casino / Showtime - When Joan Guzman enters the ring to take on three-belt lightweight champion Nate Campbell later today, the fans will not be witnessing a championship fight. This is because Joan Guzman yesterday failed to make weight by the not insignificant margin of three and a half pounds.
Campbell deserves credit for still going ahead with the fight, as he would have been well within his rights to pull out, just as Diego Corrales did when Jose Luis Castillo failed to make weight for their rubber match in the great lightweight trilogy that never was. Whilst Castillo had been struggling to make 135lbs for year, the fact is that in this case there can be little excuse for Guzman failing to make the weight. In the modern era, a fighter’s weight is constantly monitored throughout the training camp to ensure that the pounds are being shed at the right rate so as to not drain strength and endurance. Fighters are also weighed periodically right up to seven days prior to the fight to gauge whether or not it is feasible for them to make weight. In short, then, Joan Guzman would have been well aware that he was over the limit in the lead up to the fight and will have known that those extra pounds needed to be shed. continue
13.09..08 – by Amir Peay - Not too long ago Juan ‘The Baby Bull’ Diaz was the undisputed lightweight champion of the world, and in one of few times ‘The Ring’ has gotten it wrong, Joel Casamayor was (& still is) the lightweight Ring champion. Sometimes the Ring belt is limited because it adheres to the linear crown, which does not require a champion to defend his title against top contenders, and in this instance it has been clearly identifying the wrong man as lightweight champion of the world. continue
By Shawn M. Murphy - Recently I spoke with former four time New York Golden Gloves champion and heavyweight contender Mitch "Blood" Green. During the interview I would also end up speaking to his mother, two friends and his dentist. To say the least, it was entertaining and, well entertaining. Not the average interview but I did learn that Green still hates Don King and Mike Tyson and still wants to fight in some capacity, although fifty-one years old. Hey, he may liven up the heavyweight division a little these days. continue
“Mini-Tyson” Selcuk Aydin strikes again! After only 32 seconds in the 2nd round the WBC International Champion hat stopped his challenger Marat Khuzeev with a stunning left uppercut. It took several minutes for the physicians to bring the Russian back to his feet. “Once more Selcuk proved that he is one of the most dangerous fighters today”, stated promoter Ahmet Öner. “He is a knockout machine.” “For me there is no welterweight who punches as hard as Selcuk”, added coach Karsten Röwer. Aydin defended his title for the first time and promoted his record to 16-0 with 13 stoppages.
Heavyweight sensation Odlanier Solis was even faster than his stable-mate. The 2004 Olympic gold medallist and three-time world amateur champion stopped US veteran Chad Van Sickle after only 98 seconds in the first with a hard body shot. “It went pretty well”, said Solis. continue
By Ted Sares - On September 12, 1995, Japanese Champion Shinji Takkehara took on South Korean Sung-Chun Yi for the OPBF Middleweight Title in Tokyo. Takehara was a world-class fighter. He was the heaviest boxing champion to come from Japan. When he fought a prime William Joppy, Joppy said that no one hit him as hard. He would have been even greater had he not suffered a detached retina which cut his career short. continue
By James Slater: When they met back in July, British big men Danny Williams and John McDermott engaged in a highly spirited and also very controversial twelve-rounder. Underdog McDermott used his underrated skills and fast hands to give "The Brixton Bomber" a real battle and in most eyes "Big Bad John" deserved the points win. continue
by James Slater - Oscar De La Hoya has always been very good at hyping a fight, especially if it's one of his own. Well, though the upcoming De La Hoya-Manny Pacquiao fight doesn't need any further hype to become a huge success, a little more never hurts. And the 35-year-old legend has been talking recently with ESPN on the December 6th fight.
Calling the welterweight clash dubbed "The Dream Match," a "global event" and "the biggest event in boxing history," De La Hoya certainly talked the fight up big style. "The Golden Boy" also talked tactics and gave a little away as to what type of fight the bout may well become. Having been studying both of Pacquiao's close calls with Juan Manuel Marquez, two of "Pac-Man's" toughest fights, De La Hoya has been formulating his game-plan. continue
Photos by: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME - WEIGHTS – Nate Campbell weighed 135 pounds while Joan Guzman tipped the scales at 138 ½ pounds during Friday’s weigh-in. Timothy Bradley weighed 139 ¾ pounds, while Edner Cherry weighed 139 ¼. Guzman failed to make the 135-pound lightweight limit. He will compete in the main event against Campbell. Both Campbell vs. Guzman and Bradley vs. Cherry will be televised live on SHOWTIME at 9 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast). continue
On Tuesday, September 16, members of the press and public are invited to Greenwich’s magnificent O2 Arena as guests of former WBC/WBA and WBO world cruiserweight champion David ‘The Hayemaker’ Haye. Proceedings kick off from 12pm. As well as working up a sweat in a public workout, Haye will also be joined by fellow Hayemaker Director Adam Booth and Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer to announce the name of ‘The Hayemaker’s next heavyweight opponent. continue
9.11.08 - by Amir Peay - It seems that a lot of people are upset at Oscar De La Hoya for fighting Manny Pacquiao, a smaller man who has been fighting 3 to 4 weight classes below him. Especially considering that it will be DLH’s last fight (supposedly) and because he will not be facing Antonio Margarito or Miguel Cotto. However, I must say that the Golden Boy has walked in the shoes of his upcoming opponent, and did so, in rather similar proportions.
Oscar turned pro at 133 lbs, and fought as low as 130 lbs. Manny Pacquiao turned pro at 106 lbs, and never fought below that weight. So, at their youngest and fittest, we are talking about a 24 lb weight difference.
Bernard Hopkins turned pro at 177 lbs, and worked his way down to 160 lbs to begin his middleweight reign. So, at Hopkins’ and DLH’s youngest and fittest, we are talking about a 30 lb weight difference. continue
The extremely popular junior middleweight James Moore, 16-1 (10 KOS), a native of County Wicklow, Ireland, who fights out of New York, severely injured his right hand while sparring, which resulted in him having to cancel his October 4 appearance on an Irish-themed fight card in Philadelphia. continue
Photos by Tom Casino / Showtime - Danny Sheridan of USA Today has Joan Guzman as a 2 to 1 favorite over Nate Campbell.The MGM/Mirage Sports Book has Guzman as the favorite at -220 with Campbell the underdog at +180. Two world championships will be featured including International Boxing Federation, World Boxing Association and World Boxing Organization lightweight champion Nate “Galaxxy Warrior” Campbell (39-5-1, 25 KOs) defending his crowns against undefeated former two-time WBO champion Joan “Sycuan Warrior” Guzman (28-0, 17 KOs) and World Boxing Council super lightweight champion Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley (22-0, 11 KOs) will make his first title defense against WBC No. 6-ranked Edner “Cherry Bomb” Cherry (24-5-2, 12 Kos). continue
11.09.08 - by James Slater - Unbeaten super-middleweight Carl "The Cobra" Froch is never a man to hold his tongue when it comes to expressing his belief in his talents as a boxer. With a world title shot in his sights and also deserved, the Nottingham fighter has recently been focusing his attention on WBA super-middleweight champion Mikkel Kessler. Writing in The Nottingham Evening Post newspaper, the quick-tongued (or in this case sharp-penned) Froch had the following things to say about the Dane, who he has very much in his sights for the near future.
"I see Mikkel Kessler is bravely defending his WBA title in Germany against Danilo Hausler. I have often been puzzled by some of the decisions out there in Germany over the years. I remember Robin Reid being given a stern warning from the ref for landing a punch on Sven Ottke. continue
HOBOKEN, N.J. (September 11, 2008) – Integrated Sports will distribute the much anticipated October 4th showdown between unbeaten International Boxing Federation middleweight champion “King” Arthur Abraham and top contender Raul “El Diamente” Marquez, in the United States and Canada, live from Germany. continue
On Friday night, October 3rd one of the best Heavyweights in the world will be coming back to the Legendary Blue Horizon as Blue Horizon Boxing Inc in association with Score America and Goossen-Tutor present: The Return of “Fast” Eddie Chambers. Chambers, 31-1 with seventeen knockouts is currently ranked number-eight by the IBF, will grace The Legendary Blue Horizon ring for the first time in almost two and one-half years. Chambers amassed a perfect record of17-0 with nine knockouts at The Legendary Blue Horizon. continue
By Mike Lister: On another dreary night on Saturday in Manchester as one star was failing another was born in a modern Cinderella story, Breidis Prescott an unknown Columbian fighter sent ripples through not only the boxing world but making the front and back pages of every major newspaper in Britain after his annihilation of Amir Khan, Britain’s golden boy and one of the hottest young boxers in the game.
Much has been said about Khan and his abilities as a world class fighter since Saturday night in both the rags and hotly debated forums but what about the man who arguably has made the biggest impact in British boxing in under a minute? continue
11.09.08 - by James Slater - A fascinating super-middleweight clash takes place in Germany on the big September 27th card topped by the Juan Carlos Gomez-Vladimir Virches bout, as unbeaten Russian Denis Inkin takes on Colombian puncher Fulgencio Zuniga. The fight will contest the Interim WBO title at 168 pounds (Joe Calzaghe will still be the "real" champ) and both men will be coming to win. continue
photos by ARENA Box-Promotion - Big surprise at the official weigh-in for ARENA’s show in Cuxhaven tomorrow! Marat Khuzeev, official challenger of WBC international welterweight champion Selcuk Aydin, couldn’t make the weight-limit! 2 hours after his first try on the scale Khuzeev still weighed in at 150 lbs. (68 kg). continue
By Robert Jackson, photo by Tom Casino / Showtime - Boxing has gone flat with the end of Friday Night Fights season, USA Olympic boxing's dismal results and the outcome of the Margarito/Cotto superfight. Well this coming weekend arguably the top 4 lightweights will take center stage in fights to eventually determine 135lb supremacy. In one corner we have the grizzled, wiley veteran Nate "The Galaxy Warrior" Campbell who proved his metal by conquering "young lion" Juan Diaz and TAKING his titles. The other corner will be inhabited by up-and-comer Joan Guzman. When I think about Campbell, it's hard to forget the schooling he was putting on Robbie Peden only to let down his guard and get caught with a knock-out left hook! The subsequent rematch between Peden and Campbell didn't yield an alternate ending, with Peden once again having his hand held high at the end. When Joan Guzman is thought about, one thing comes to mind, Floyd Mayweather Sr. Despite Mayweather Sr's shinanigans I consider "Floyd Joy" to be one of the top 5 trainers in the business, but I sometimes wonder what the "Joy" means? Floyd Sr has Guzman fighting a VERY disciplined fight and using all of the tools available to an elite fighter. Coming up from 122lbs directly to 130lbs and shortly thereafter jumping to 135lbs has to mean something for Guzman? Will Guzman be strong and durable enough to handle the pounding that Campbell will put on him? Or, will Guzman box circles around Campbell all nite? Either scenario may turn out to be the case. continue
From WBC President Jose Sulaiman: On the occasion of WBC super lightweight world champion Timothy Bradley Jr.'s title defense against challenger Edner Cherry, scheduled to be held in Biloxi, Mississippi, on September 13, members of the World Boxing Council have been threatened with imprisonment by the Mississippi State Athletic Commission, disregarding the rights that the WBC has of free association and free speech, as well as their denial of due process guaranteed by the United States Constitution. continue
The shock defeat Amir Khan suffered at the hands of Breidis Prescott “is not the end of the world” according to Audley Harrison. Harrison, an Olympic gold medallist in 2000, has backed Khan to return to boxing stronger than before. Speaking to Setanta Sports News during Steve Bunce’s Boxing Hour Harrison said: continue
11.09.08 - by James Slater - Unbeaten 29-year-old Ronald Hearns has been very active this year. Having already had two fights this year (both stoppage wins), Hearns has another two scheduled for September and October, respectively. A natural light-middleweight at the moment, the son of the legendary Thomas Hearns has compiled stats of 19-0(15) since turning pro - at the fairly advanced age of 25 - in April of 2004. Ronald has inherited his father's long-limbed physique and his formidable boxing skills. It seems as though the next generation Hearns has also been blessed with serious punching power.
Very kindly taking time out to speak with me over the phone yesterday, the soft-spoken and very polite fighter had the following answers to my questions.
James Slater: Did your Dad work your corner in last fight?continue
Scotland’s Alex Arthur admits he “didn’t exactly know what happened” as he lost his WBO super-featherweight title following a points defeat against Nicky Cook in Manchester last Saturday. The Scot now hopes that Cook will give him the chance to win back his title. Speaking on Setanta Sports News during Steve Bunce’s Boxing Hour Arthur said: “I didn’t really need to fight Nicky. I thought it would be good to go to England and to fight an Englishman. I could have chosen another opponent. continue
Las Vegas (Sep 10, 2008) - JOEL CASAMAYOR, Two-Time World Champion- “I want to thank Juan Manuel Marquez for taking this fight because not everyone is willing to fight me. I’m ready for this fight on Saturday.”
JUAN MANUEL MARQUEZ - Three-Time World Champion - “I’ve prepared myself very well for this fight. I will put my whole Mexican heart in the ring. I will use my boxing knowledge and fifteen years of experience in the ring on Saturday night.. continue
By Old Yank Schneider: It will take close to 4 hours to travel more than 220 miles only because we did not run into traffic along the route. But who cared? At the end of the line were four tickets at the front of Section 205 in Boardwalk Hall to see the undefeated Jermain Taylor defend his middleweight title against the slight underdog Kelly Pavlik. Our trip will be a blink of the eye compared to the Pavlik fans making the trip from Youngstown, Ohio. But we are fans and be it 4 hours, 8 hours or more, this is what a fans life is all about.
My 18 year old son Max hopped into the front seat of my classic Mercedes at 7:30 in the morning and we were on our way. We picked up my son-in-law Sean and his backpack at the Park and Ride at the thruway entrance and off we went. continue
(September 11, 2008) – The stars will be out September 17 at “The Maul In Manchester” pro boxing show in the 7th annual Fight To Educate charity event at the Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester, New Hampshire. Boxing Hall of Famers Roberto “Hands of Stone” Duran and Angele Dundee, as well as future HOF inductee Tommy “Hitman” Hearns, will be on hand to meet and greet fans. continue
photos by Tom Casino / Showtime - Biloxi boxing fans rejoiced at the news that Hurricane Ike's dangerous "cone of uncertainty" no longer included their city, paving the way for Don King Productions world championship boxing card presentation at the Beau Rivage Theatre on Saturday. Check out quotes from today's media workout featuring unified lightweight champion Nate Campbell and undefeated former two-time WBO champion Juan Guzman foreshadowing their match here on Saturday night. continue
10.09.08 - By Michael Klimes: There appears to be a considerable amount of doom and gloom among British fight fans and the press that Amir Khan was knocked out so brutally by Breidis Prescott. Promoter Frank Warren was feeling unwell during the post-fight interview as he lost the aura of what was arguably the most important name in his stable.
Recently, Warren’s roster of big names has been diluted as Enzo Maccarinelli, Joe Calzaghe and now Khan have either divorced him or been savagely stopped. Some fans will see this as poetic justice as they cannot understand why Warren has shifted his allegiance from ITV to Sky after he has done well over the past few years to give British boxing fans good cards to watch without paying exorbitant fees. continue
Bernard Dunne’s manager Brian Peters has accused Rendall Munroe’s promoter Frank Maloney of selective memory over the Londoner’s claim that Dunne is “running scared“ from the current European Super Bantamweight champion. Yesterday Maloney claimed that he had made a “substantial offer” to Dunne to come to England to challenge Munroe for his old title. However Peters remains puzzled as to why Maloney rejected a career best purse for Munroe to defend his title against Dunne in Ireland. continue
Finally he will get his world title shot. Universum fighter Jürgen Brähmer, Germany's light heavyweight contender for the world title, will challenge Argentinian WBA champion Hugo Hernan Garay. The fight was scheduled for October 18 at the Freiberger Arena in Dresden but has been postponed due to an injury by Garay. He suffered the sprain of his left ankle on a training run and has to recover for three weeks before he can get back to training. continue
This weeks 'Left-Hook Lounge' installment is literally overflowing with buzz. To add a biblical spin, our proverbial 'cup' has runneth over! With a ton of talented lightweights getting set for a mega-fight weekend as we speak, this weeks mailbag serves as an official role call. Campbell, Juan Diaz, Guzman, Marquez, Casamayor, you name it, they're all in the mix. And once all the lightweight talk thins out, we take a look at the jr. middleweight rematch between Mora and Forrest, followed by a trip across the pond where we analyze the pairing of Hatton and Mayweather Sr., as well as the rise and unexpected fall of Amir Khan. So with no further ado, we kick off another tour.....City of H-Town on deck.....
Brent S. (Houston, TX): How would you rate the performance of Juan Diaz and where do you think he stands amongst the better lightweights in the sport?continue
10.09.08 - By Amir Peay: So the other day I am walking around the magazine section of the Borders bookstore, in downtown Washington, DC, and I decided to sit down with a copy of ‘The Ring’ magazine. For me, it’s a pretty good way to kill some time while your wife shops for clothes next door. continue
Press Release - New York—USBA Cruiserweight titlist BJ Flores (21-0-1, 13 KOs) has not fought in seven months and it doesn't look like that is going to change anytime soon. Flores has turned down Duva Boxing's exceptional offer to fight NABO Cruiserweight Champion and rising star Ola Afolabi (13-1-3, 5 KOs). The offer included a significant payday, a television date, a shot at Afolabi's title, and a WBO Eliminator position. continue
by James Slater - Exactly fifteen years ago today, one of the most controversial fights in lower weight history took place inside The Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas. Well, the fight itself wasn't controversial, in that there were no unforgivable fouls, infringements or anything out of the ordinary like that - but the fight's official scoring offended many. The fight I'm talking about is the WBC welterweight bout the great Pernell Whitaker and the also great Julio Cesar Chavez put on on September 10th, 1993.
How bad was the drawn verdict the bout was given? Boxing Illustrated magazine were so incensed with the scoring of two of the three judges - judges who both agreed the fight should have been scored 115-115 - had a bold headline on their issue that followed the fight. "Do Not Buy This Magazine If You Think The Fight Was A Draw!" continue
Kenny Anderson will face the Czech Republic’s Roman Vanicky at the London Grosvenor House Hotel on Friday September 12 after three opponents withdrew from facing the hard-hitting 2006 Commonwealth Games gold medallist. Edinburgh’s Anderson, who has stopped all six of his opponents since his professional debut in October 2006, had originally been due to face American Antonio Baker in keeping with the UK versus USA theme for Sports Network’s fourth annual DebRA charity dinner. continue
LAS VEGAS (September 10, 2008) – Team Ruiz blasted Wilfried Sauerland and his promotional company about derogatory remarks made against two-time World Boxing Association heavyweight champion John "The Quietman" Ruiz (43-8-1, 29 KOs), after the latter responded to a press release in which Team Ruiz demanded a full videotape of Valuev-Ruiz II to further review for evidence of alleged corrupt practices in their August 30th fight in Berlin. continue
10.09.08 - By P.H. Burbridge (A voice in the crowd)- James "Lights Out" Toney (70-6-3-1 NC, 44 KO's) has long been one of my favorite fighters and over the years I’ve watched him re-invent himself time after time. I go back with Toney. I’m talking about the James Toney who was managed by Jackie Kallen. The James Toney who had a special relationship with a little disabled girl named Elizabeth. For a time having a prominent female manager in a male dominated sport along with Elizabeth at ringside not to mention the much publicized once strong relationship he had with his mother, Sherry seemed to soften James Toney’s tough guy image.
Well, that was a long time ago and over the years things have changed significantly. The James Toney of today has a kind of love-hate relationship with the fans and the press. continue
by James Slater - Fresh off his August 29th upset win over the highly touted (by some) and previously undefeated Roman Greenberg, 39-year-old Cedric "The Bos" Boswell of Atlanta, Georgia has made it abundantly clear who he wants to fight next. In talking to Fight News recently, Boswell called out another unbeaten fighter in 27-year-old Chris "The Nightmare" Arreola. continue
German Bundesliga top-scorer Artur Wichniarek and “Captain” Marco Huck battled out a special duel in Arminia Bielefeld´s SchucoArena on Wednesday afternoon. Ten days ahead of his European title fight against Jean Marc Monrose, the 23-year-old cruiserweight visited his hometown to challenge football hero Wichniarek in a shoot-out. The former Polish international proved his class, though, edging Huck 3-2 after his second attempt hit the left post. “That was just bad luck,” Huck commented. continue
by James Slater - In slightly depressing news, it seems welterweight champion Antonio Margarito will not be having another fight this year. Originally, BoxRec had "Tony" scheduled for a November 1st fight, more than likely against new IBF champ and former victim Joshua Clottey. But now Margarito's name has been removed from the November show, which looks like it will still go ahead with Julio Cesar Chavesz's rematch with Matt Vanda now topping the bill.
There is no word yet about Margarito's next bout, but more and more it's looking like it will not take place until early next year. Just why the Clottey rematch fell apart, at least for the November date, is unclear. Clottey, for his part, was willing and ready to take the return bout - convinced as he was that only damaged hands led to his 2006 points loss to the Mexican warrior.
Going from July of this year to, say, January or February of next year without any action will be quite a layoff for the 30-year-old "Tijuana Tornado." continue
By John Cedartraining: I'm not sure what I'm more shocked about after this weekend? Is it Amir Khan getting utterly blown away by a completely unknown Colombian puncher? Or is it the racism that is spilling out of the various internet boxing forums after this event? Perhaps I expect too much from these outlets that allow anybody to post their opinion, but I have to admit that I've been appalled at the abuse being directed towards Khan, not because of his performance but because he's Asian. All societies have their fair share of morons and so should I expect the boxing community to be any different? I suppose, being 2008, I just hoped that we had moved on from the kind of racism that was indicative of the Jack Johnson era? continue
CHICAGO, IL (September 9, 2008) Cicero Mayor Larry Dominick and 8 Count Productions President Dominic Pesoli met this morning at the Mayor’s office to discuss “LIBERTY”, the upcoming world class professional boxing card set for Friday, September 19th at Cicero Stadium. Said Pesoli, ‘We’re very happy to return to Cicero as part of their huge Mexican Independence Day festivities. Mayor Dominick and his team have done a great job within the community to celebrate with the festival, parade and fireworks and we’re very happy to be part of it. continue
by James Slater - Like the fight or not, it's happening in less than three months time and the bout will be a hugely watched event. The match-up I'm talking about, is, of course, Oscar De La Hoya's "dream fight" with Manny "Pac-Man" Pacquiao. The fight has already generated loads of interest and tickets are reportedly being much sought after as we speak.
In this article, I ask the question, what will it mean if Pacquaio beats De La Hoya, and will such a win elevate the Filipino superstar to all-time great, legend status? Without a doubt, if he's able to overcome the much bigger and in theory more powerful De La Hoya, Pacquaio will have dome extremely well - but well enough to be compared with such pugilistic immortals as Sugar Ray Robinson, Henry Armstrong and Robert Duran, to name just three legends? continue
Photos by Tom Hogan/Golden Boy Promotions - WBC World Super Welterweight Champion Sergio Mora, Ring Magazine World Lightweight Champion Joel Casamayor, Former Three-Time World Champion Juan Manuel Marquez and Former Two-Time World Champion Vernon Forrest pose for the media and fans on September 8, 2008 at La Placita Olvera in Los Angeles at a press conference for their Saturday, September 13, 2008 fights at MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas which will be distributed by HBO Pay-Per-View. Casamayor faces Marquez and Mora faces Forrest in separate 12 round bouts. continue
While such instantly recognizable names as Floyd Mayweather, Manny Pacquiao and Ricky Hatton continue to pack out arenas around the world, these luminaries of boxing were once just pinpoints of light among a dense field of strivers, all trying to fight their way to the top. continue
By Mike Casey - Some fighters, the truly great fighters, transcend the boundaries of time and technique. They render academic the arguments of those who would tell us that you can draw a definitive timeline between the great and the not-so-great fighters in boxing history. The special few slice through all the doubts and debate because we instinctively know that they would have stood up and flourished on any stage in any pocket of time.
Watch Tommy Loughran on film and you will see a timeless boxer of sublime skill and elegance who could fit snugly into any era and still be the master and commander of deft skill and graceful movement among the 175-pounders. Watch him ghosting around Jim Braddock, who, we tend to forget, was being described as a sensational young contender and a terrific hitter in 1929 before being shunted into the sidings and re-emerging as the Cinderella Man.
Loughran, the maestro from Philadelphia, The Phantom as many called him, was a natural who made lesser man square up to their mirrors and wonder why they couldn’t duplicate moves that seemed so ridiculously easy. continue
by James Slater - Amir Khan's former trainer, Oliver Harrison, who was unexpectedly fired by Team-Khan earlier this year, has expressed his opinion on his replacement. And what Harrison has had to say about Jorge Rubio is not at all good. Very much blaming the Cuban coach for the disaster that befell the previously unbeaten 21-year-old this past Saturday night in Manchester, Harrison told The Guardian newspaper that if he'd still been with Khan the 1st round KO would not have happened. continue
09.09.08 - By Matt McGrain: JD Turner was not a great heavyweight - but he was a white one. What that meant, in 1942, was that he didn’t need to win to be given another chance, and James D had plenty of them. His record was a winning one, both upon his retirement (he lost 8 of his last 9) and when the idea - the strange, even frightening idea - that he should share a ring with Burley, the Pittsburgh welterweight first surfaced. Indeed, despite a record that contained almost as many losses as wins, Turner found himself involved in boxing at the highest level. continue
Team Sauerland has dismissed John Ruiz´ protest against the outcome of his WBA heavyweight title fight versus Nikolai Valuev, branding his accusations as “ridiculous and an affront to the WBA”. It is not the first time the former heavyweight champion and his team act as sore losers. Back in December 2005, his then-coach stole the belt from Valuev after the official verdict was announced. Instead of taking the law in their own hand again, Team Ruiz decided to protest the outcome of last month´s fight, which Valuev clearly won on points (116-111, 116-113 and 114-113). Valuev should be stripped of his belt and a rematch ordered, so Ruiz claims. “That is absolutely ridiculous,” Sauerland Event managing director Chris Meyer said.
“His accusations are without any substance. They are an affront to the WBA and their officials. Everybody saw that Nikolai clearly won the fight.” continue
Newly crowned WBO World Super-Featherweight champion Nicky Cook has backed Amir Khan to return even stronger from defeat at the hands of Breidis Prescott. Khan was beaten in the first round by the heavy-handed Colombian at the M.E.N Arena in Manchester last Saturday night. But Cook insists that Khan's career is just beginning - and says the 21-year-old can take heart from his own experiences. continue
by James Slater - A most intriguing fight is up on BoxRec right now as happening at super-middleweight on November 13th. "Contender" reality T.V stars Peter Manfredo Junior, of season one, and Sakio Bika, the most recent winner of the show, will clash in 27-year-old Manfredo Junior's hometown of Providence, Rhode Island.
This is a very good match-up and a potentially tough fight for both men, particularly Manfredo. Bika, who sensationally defeated Jaidon Codrington to win the "Contender" final last November in what turned out to be one of the best fights of last year, is one dangerous fighter. Since stopping Codrington (who is also scheduled to box on the November bill), "The Scorpion" from Sydney, Australia has won a fight by 1st round KO this past April. With a good record of 26-3-2(16) in his possession and a very good chin to go with it, the 29-year-old will surely be the favourite to beat the two years younger Manfredo. continue
Nate Campbell JUST arrived with his team to the Beau Rivage in Biloxi, MS. - International Boxing Federation (IBF)/World Boxing Association (WBA)/World Boxing Organization (WBO) Lightweight Champion Campbell will defend his titles against undefeated two-division world champion Guzman at Beau Rivage Resort & Casino in Biloxi, Miss. In the co feature, WBC Super Lightweight Champion Bradley will open the telecast and make his initial world title defense when he takes on No. 6 contender Cherry. Their upcoming world championship doubleheader on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING Saturday, Sept. 13, 2008 (live at 9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast). continue
CHICAGO, IL (September 8, 2008) Former amateur standout Noe Perez, brother of Chicago’s blood and guts warrior Luciano Perez, will make his professional debut on Friday, September 19th at Cicero Stadium, it was announced today by Dominic Pesoli, President of 8 Count Productions, HOME OF THE BEST IN CHICAGO BOXING. continue
by James Slater - There is some bad blood forming in the run up to the hugely anticipated Joe Calzaghe-Roy Jones Junior clash. Originally, when the fight was signed a few months ago, the two fighters spoke of each other with only respect, saying what a great fighter the other guy was. But now, in a stunning outburst in The Daily Mirror newspaper, 36-year-old Calzaghe has turned more than a little nasty towards the man he will be facing in New York on November 8th.
The two legends were originally supposed to fight, way back in 2001. According to the Mirror article, Jones claims the Welshman avoided him because he was afraid of him. Obviously, "The Pride of Wales" disagrees. However, he does acknowledge that Jones has spoken badly of him in the past. The two men will meet up for a series of promotional bits to help hype the fight later this week. Starting in New York and travelling to Los Angeles, London and finally Cardiff, the two will have plenty of opportunities to go face to face. continue
Dave Itskowitch: Thank you everyone for joining us today. As I’m sure you all know Casamayor vs. Marquez is a 12 round light weight championship fight for Casamayor’s Ring Magazine title. It’s taking place September 13 at the MGM Grand Garden Area in Las Vegas. It will be distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View, beginning at 9:00 p.m. Eastern Time, 6:00 p.m. Pacific, and at a suggested retail price of $44.95. continue
LAS VEGAS (September 8, 2008) – Two-time World Boxing Association heavyweight champion John “The Quietman” Ruiz (43-8-1, 29 KOs), as well as his advisor/attorney Tony Cardinale and head trainer Manny Siaca, Sr., believe they faced sizable unfair disadvantages August 30 fighting Nikolai Valuev (49-1, 34 KOs) for the WBA heavyweight title in Berlin. Valuev recaptured the WBA belt by way of a 12-round decision clouded in controversy. Team Ruiz is demanding a full videotape of Valuev-Ruiz II to further review for evidence of alleged corrupt practices. continue
08.09.08 - by James Slater - Quite amazingly, considering the brutal way in which he was despatched inside a minute by Colombian puncher Breidis Prescott on Saturday night, Amir Khan was back in the gym the very next day. In a successful attempt to show he is still as hungry as ever, the 21-year-old trained in his local gymnasium in Bolton only hours after being beaten, and KO'd, for the very first time.
"I want to show my friends and fans that I'm all right," Khan told Sky Sports News as he headed to his gym. "Yesterday I was up against a tough fighter and at my status not many fighters would have taken that on. I took it on and maybe I rushed in, I've watched the video now and I know what mistakes I made. I might have been too excited - I wanted to get in there - especially against a big puncher.
"I could have done that to him, he could have done that to me, that's what happens in boxing. A lot can change in a fight, he was cold, I was cold, but the big shot came in and he got me with some clean shots. continue
West Australian whiz kid Cool Willie Kickett will be in action in the main support bout to Wednesday nights Big Bob Mirovic – John Hopoate Australian heavyweight title show down at the Gold Coast Convention Center. Kictett 21, sports an unblemished 12 – zip record with 5 Knockouts and in his most recent two outings has defeated top 15 world ranked opponents. continue
By Neil Goodman - Well, were to start? It is often said that the loss of an unbeaten record is not the end of the world. Of course it is possible to rebuild, learn and most importantly comeback stronger; just ask Lennox Lewis. Sometimes a fighter is simply matched against someone who has his number; as was perhaps the case recently for Miguel Cotto. continue
07.09.08 - by James Slater - Last night's destruction of the highly touted Amir Khan left ripples of shock amongst fight fans in the U.K. But the year could get much worse for British boxing before it's over. 2008 has already seen the demise (at least temporarily) of Enzo Maccarinelli, Clinton Woods, Junior Witter, Gavin Rees, Matt Skelton and now Khan. Will British boxing's remaining world champions/ stars in Joe Calzaghe, Ricky Hatton and David Haye meet a similar fate before the year is out? It's a possibility that must be looked at by any patriotic British fight fan.
Firstly, "The Pride of Wales," Joe Calzaghe, faces the still formidable Roy Jones Junior on November 8th. At first, this writer felt the match-up was a fairly easily winnable one for the unbeaten Calzaghe. continue
By Per Ake Persson: The WBA have called for purse bids for the all German mega fight at middleweight between WBA ruler Felix Sturm, promoted by Universum, and mandatory challenger Sebastian Sylvester, promoted by Sauerland Event. The deadline is September 15. The day after the IBF stage purse bids for Wladimir Klitschko vs Alexander Povetkin. Should Sauerland Event win they might look to promote the fight in Moscow. continue
By Paul Strauss: The best thing Michael Katsidis did all night was the post fight interview. Otherwise, he was totally dominated by Juan Diaz. Diaz out jabbed him. He out fought him on the inside. He throw better combinations, which were faster, straighter, and more damaging.
Katsidis has a big heart, though. There's no quit in him, and he tried everything he knew how to do, which included using his left shoulder as a weapon a few times. He couldn't back Diaz up with his jab, or a sustained attack. continue
by Mark Gregory- It took only 54 seconds for the unknown Breidis Prescott to emphatically confirm that the doubters were correct in thinking that Amir Khan’s chin would not stand up to a shot from a legitimate, hard punching lightweight. Having already been floored heavily and almost stopped by the light-punching former super-feather Willie Limond, and more recently by another ex-130lber Michael Gomez, there were serious questions surrounding Khan’s punch resistance ahead of his meeting with the dangerous-looking Prescott.
After being rocked by a stiff jab just seconds into the fight, a quick left hook from Prescott buckled Khan’s legs, before a straight right and another left hook dropped him heavily. Khan was on shaky legs when he rose and perhaps should have been stopped; had it been Prescott in that kind of state you have to think that the ref would have waved it off there and then. As it was, Khan was allowed to continue just long enough to take another left hook to the chin, and that was all she wrote. The unheralded Columbian had done what the bookies and the Khan hype-machine thought to be almost impossible and stopped the former Olympic silver medallist. continue
By: Phil Santos – Overhandright.com - A win equals a quality victory, over a tough opponent, an alphabet strap (The Vacant IBO Lightweight Championship) and would be a huge step toward securing a spot among the elite at 135 pounds. A loss means a two fight winless streak and a major step back in a career that seemed full of promise. What’s intriguing is that these statements hold true for both fighters. It’s truly a beautiful thing for fight fans when the stars align and two young, fearless, combatants with so much at stake square off to set the score straight. This bout would pit the fast hands and relentless pressure of Juan Diaz against the power punching and warriors spirit of Michael Katsidis. continue
by James Slater - It was quite a night for the sport of boxing last night. In The U.K, hot shot Amir Khan was sensationally flattened inside a single minute by the previously unknown Breidis Prescott. In Russia former heavyweight champion Oleg Maskaev came back from his stoppage loss to Samuel Peter to out-point journeyman Robert Hawkins over 10 rounds, the fight topping the very first card of boxing to be held in Russia's Red Square. continue
by James Slater - Colombian banger Breidis Prescott was as good as his word tonight in Manchester, as he sensationally KO'd hot prospect Amir Khan inside a single sizzling round. Khan's chin was no match for the unbeaten 25-year-old's awesome punching power, and two brutal knockdowns ruined the 21-year-old's previously perfect record.
Down heavily twice inside a minute, Khan failed to beat the count for a second time and was counted out by referee Terry O'Connor at a mere 54 seconds of the opening round. Prescott, who will now earn some huge money, improved to 20-0(18). The devastated Khan fell to 18-1(14). continue
LOS ANGELES (September 6, 2008) In front of a packed house last night at the Quiet Cannon Country Club in Montebello, junior lightweight prospect Abraham Lopez thrilled the crowd with a crunching first round knockout of Las Vegas’ Omar Valencia improving his perfect record to 4-0. The 20 year old Lopez, from La Puente , took control of the action from the opening bell and dropped Valencia with a crunching over hand right, left hook combination forcing the stoppage by referee Raul Caiz Jr. at the 0:48 mark of the first round. The knockout was the third of Abraham’s pro career. continue
by James Slater - Last night, in Nottingham, England, European super-bantamweight champion Rendall Munroe retained his belt for the second time with a very hard-fought unanimous decision over the aggressive and gutsy French-Armenian, Arsen Martirosian. After 12 ultra-compelling rounds of hard fighting, all three judges had the 28-year-old champion winning. It was quite close, though, with two officials giving Munroe the victory by the slimmest of margins. continue
By James Slater: Tonight, on the under-card of the Amir Khan-Breidis Prescott fight in Manchester, heavyweight hopeful Audley Harrison won an unimpressive ten-round decision over Brazilian veteran George Arios. Sole scoring official, referee John Keane, scored the fight as a wide win for 36-year-old southpaw Harrison, by a margin of 98-92. However, in improving to 23-3 (17) "A-force" proved virtually nothing.
34-year-old Arios, who was given a huge round of applause by the British crowd, fell to 41-11(29).
Despite taking the fight on short notice, Arios was in good shape at a solid 212 pounds. Audley, far bigger, almost ludicrously so, also looked trim at 250 pounds. Unfortunately, however, despite his Adonis-like physique, it was again the same old Audley Harrison. Pawing with his right jab, looking uncomfortable in there and more than a touch easy to hit to the head, the former Olympian was given a run for his money by a much smaller heavyweight. continue
HOUSTON -- Always considered one of the top boxing cities in the world, Houston, Texas has again delivered with its enthusiastic response to Saturday's doubleheader at the Toyota Center, putting the card featuring hometown heroes Juan Diaz and Rocky Juarez in pivotal bouts against Michael Katsidis and Jorge Rodrigo Barrios, on track to become one of the biggest boxing events ever in Houston. continue
by James Slater - The stakes for Alex Arthur's title fight defence against fellow Brit Nicky Cook were high enough before, but in the last 24 hours the fight has become an even more important one for the Scot. In making the first defence of the WBO super-featherweight title he was given for real when Joan Guzman moved up in weight, the 30-year-old from Edinburgh had enough pressure on his shoulders. But now, according to promoter Frank Warren, Arthur, should he come through with a win in Manchester tonight, may land a mega-fight with the legendary Marco Antonio Barrera. continue
Photos courtesy of Star Boxing - Bronx, NY- Sep 05, 2008 Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing returned to Bally's Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, NJ tonight and put on yet another fantastic show in front of a near capacity audience.
The Pride of Greece, "Mighty" Mike Arnaoutis (20-2-2, 10KO) knocked his opponent Nasser Athumani (20-7-2, 16KO) out cold in the third round of their scheduled ten round jr. welterweight contest.
Arnaoutis came out in the first two rounds looking to size up his opponent.
As the third round started it was clear Arnaoutis was looking to press the action now as he began throwing hard straight left hands and right hooks to both the body and head. A huge left hand landed flush on the jaw of Athumani and sent him to the canvas flat on his back. Offcial time of the stoppage was 1:42 of the third round. continue
By Frank Gonzalez Jr - September 6, 2008 - Friday night at the Austin Music Hall in Texas, exciting Jr. Middleweight prospect James Kirkland (23-0, 20 KO’s) was on display against yet another little known fighter named Ricardo Cortes, who’s record of 22-3-1, 15 KO’s is on par with Kirkland’s record (minus three loses). Cortes was coming off a first round KO loss to Alfredo Angulo in February. Kirkland’s last fight was a TKO 1 Win over Eromosele Albert. If I ruled the world, Kirkland would’ve been fighting Angulo instead of Angulo’s leftovers. continue
By Per Ake Persson: Septermber 5, Karlstad, Sweden: Former heavyweight champ "Merciless" Ray Mercer had enough left to beat "the Dutch Sonny Liston" Richel Hersisia on a majority decision over six two minute rounds. It was scored 59-55 for Mercer from two Swedish judges while Belgian Daniel Van de Wiele came up with 57-57. Mercer controlled the action behind a heavy jab in the first rounds and seemed to shake Hersisia in the second. The Dutchman had good spells in the fourth and fifth when Mercer looked every bit a faded 47-year old. In the final round Ray went for the body and Hersisa didn´t like that one bit and with the strong finish Mercer won 58-56 on my card. continue
Photos by Tom Casino / Showtime - PRIMM, Nev. (Sept. 5, 2008) – On a night of sensational southpaw sluggers, Antonio Demarco and Yonnhy Perez turned in thrilling performances and scored wins over Jose Reyes and David Martinez, respectively, Friday on SHOWTIME’s ShoBox: The New Generation.
DeMarco (20-1-1,14 KOs), of Los Mochis, Mexico, recorded his third ShoBox victory in one year by tallying a 10-round split decision over World Boxing Latin American (WBO/LA) Lightweight Champion Reyes (23-5, eight KOs), of Aguas Buenas, Puerto Rico. Judges Patricia Morse Jarman and Robert Hoyle scored the main event bout 96-93 and 95-94, respectively, in favor of DeMarco, while Adalaide Byrd had it 96-93 for Reyes. In the co-feature from the Star of the Desert Arena in Primm, Nev., Yonnhy Perez (18-0, 13 KOs) remained undefeated and continued to stake his claim for a world title shot by scoring a sixth-round TKO over late substitute David Martinez (18-5-1, three KOs). continue
LOS ANGELES (September 5, 2008) Eighteen year old amateur standout Ronny Rios has joined the professional ranks by signing a managerial contract today with the Espinoza Boxing Club, it was announced this afternoon by Frank Espinoza, President of the EBC. “I’m very happy to the join the Espinoza Boxing Club. They’ve done a great job with champions like Israel Vazquez and Martin Castillo and I’m confident that they can truly help me reach my dream of becoming a world champion,” said Rios. The Santa Ana resident will make his professional debut in November as a super bantamweight. continue
PRIMM, Nev. (Sept. 5, 2008) - Proud ShoBox alum and former World Boxing Council (WBC) light heavyweight champion Chad Dawson returns to the critically acclaimed series TONIGHT, not as a fighter but as a guest, during this evening's SHOWTIME telecast of ShoBox: The New Generation (LIVE on SHOWTIME at 11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast). continue
By Vivek Wallace: Ok, here we go again. On the eve of a great showdown between Juan 'Baby Bull' Diaz and Michael Katsidis, somehow, some way, we find ourselves once again entrapped within a very 'Hollywood' type drama where a very unlikely candidate has landed an 'Oscar' on the sports biggest stage. None-the-less, it is what it is, and in today's 'Call Em Out Fridays' segment we'll do what we always do, which is breakdown, decipher and analyze every angle to see what's really going on.
After we take a look at the perspective that supports this showdown, we'll analyze the one that doesn't, and after I cast my thoughts into the pond, I'm sure many of you will also bite the bait and chew on the goods til' the last drop. So now that the table is set and the blessing has been offered, the time has come....Let's eat! continue
HOUSTON, TX (September 5) - Fighting words were flying at today’s final press conference for the highly anticipated doubleheader featuring 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. See below for press conference quotes: continue
In a terrific fight in the second-half of an excellent world championship doubleheader, International Boxing Federation/World Boxing Organization/World Boxing Association (IBF/WBO/WBA) lightweight champion Nate Campbell (32-5-1, 25 KOs) of Jacksonville, Fla., will make his first defense against undefeated two-division world champion Joan Guzman (28-0, 17 KOs) of, Brooklyn, N.Y., on Saturday, Sept. 13, 2008, live on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING at 9 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the west coast). continue
by Mark Gregory: Pretty much ever since Lennox Lewis hung up his gloves a little over five years ago, the heavyweight division has been crying out for some much needed excitement and entertainment. It seems that we have been plagued by a succession of plodding, slow and downright uninteresting champions – from the sleep-inducing John Ruiz to the talented but gun-shy Wladimir Klitschko, the big men of the recent past have quite simply not done the flagship division of boxing many favours.
Quite apart from the lack of fireworks these guys have delivered in the ring, if they stood next to cardboard cut-outs of themselves you would have a tough time deciding which one had more personality. continue
05.09.08 - On September 13 in Las Vegas, Juan Manuel Marquez will take a huge step toward cementing his status as one of the greatest Mexican fighters of all-time when he challenges Joel "Cepillo" Casamayor, who reigns as The Ring Magazine World Lightweight Champion. For Marquez, a victory over the Cuban southpaw would be monumental. With a victory, Marquez, who has held world titles at featherweight and junior lightweight, would become a three-division world champion. continue
By Jim Amato: It took place on June 22, 1996 in Atlantic City. It was a bout for the vacant International Boxing Council version of the middleweight title. It was not the title at stake that the fans were interested in. It was the match up. The legendary Roberto Duran was going to take on Hector "Macho" Camacho. In 1994 Duran had met the popular Vinny Pazienza for the IBC's super middleweight title. Roberto floored Vinny in the fifth but Pazienza walked off with a controversial decision win. The two met again in 1995 and this time Vinny won a clear cut verdict over a sluggish Duran. Based on that fight Duran was a decided 4 to 1 underdog to the flashy Camacho. There was no love lost between these two combatants. The bad blood only added to the fan interest. It also fanned the embers still burning deep within the once great Duran. continue
by James Slater - Despite word to the contrary, trainer Floyd Mayweather Senior WILL be working with Oscar De La Hoya when "The Golden Boy" faces Manny "Pac-Man" Pacquiao on December 6th. Despite being an extremely busy man - with a reported assignment with Ricky Hatton being put on his schedule recently - the 55-year-old trainer in demand will still find the time to work with Oscar in what may well be the 35-year-old legend's final fight.
After having worked with Mayweather for so long - in all of his recent fights expect the loss to Mayweather Junior - Oscar will naturally feel extra confidence knowing that Floyd Senior will be practicing his own particular type of magic so as to help him win on December 6th. FightNews.com have confirmed that Mayweather will work De La Hoya's corner, and Oscar also spoke about the fight's 147 pound weight limit. continue
By John Martinez, IronBoxing.com: It was reported earlier this week that trainer extraordinaire, Floyd Mayweather Sr. would begin his new duties as head overseer of IBO light welterweight champion Ricky “The Hitman” Hatton’s preparations for his upcoming duel with the IBF light welterweight boss, Paulie Malignaggi on November 22 in Las Vegas. Reportedly, Hatton expects his new instructor to arrive in the UK by late September to continue the provisions that will be needed in order for a victory to be sealed against Malignaggi. continue
All fighters weighed in today for Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing show this Friday night at Bally's Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, NJ. - "Mighty" Mike Arnaoutis weighed in at a ripped 142 lbs. while his opponent Nasser Athumani tipped the scales at 141 lbs. "I feel great, and am ready to go," said a cofident Arnaoutis. "I had a great training camp. I am physically and mentally one-hundred percent prepared for this fight. You are going to see the best Mike Arnaoutis ever tomorrow night.. continue
05.09.08 - by James Slater - Twelve years ago this very month, Zab "Super" Judah had his very first professional boxing match, winning by a 2nd round TKO. Judah, then aged just 18, weighed 142-pounds for the bout. Here we are in 2008, some 43 pro fights later, and Zab pretty much weighs the same as he did back then.
In his last fight, the TD loss to new IBF welterweight champion Joshua Clottey, the 30-year-old Judah weighed-in at just 143 pounds. Beaten up by a bigger, stronger fighter, Zab didn't look so super. It seemed clear to the commentators calling the fight that the Brooklyn boxer came in too low, especially against a very big welterweight in Clottey, and it seemed clear to many fight fans afterwards that Judah's immediate future was in the light-welterweight division. Indeed, if he is to have a future in the upper echelon of pro boxing, Zab must drop down a weight in his very next fight. continue
Photos by Tom Casino / Showtime: WEIGHTS – Antonio DeMarco weighed 134 pounds and Jose Reyes tipped the scales at 136 pounds during Thursday’s weigh-in. Yonnhy Perez weighed 118 pounds, while David Martinez weighed 118 ½.
David Martinez has replaced Tomas Rojas as the opponent for Yonnhy Perez in the 10-round bantamweight co feature on this Friday’s ShoBox: The New Generation telecast on SHOWTIME (11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast). continue
By Jason Peck: Some transitions are natural. Super-featherweights often score at lightweight; super-bantamweights often succeed at featherweight. But only ONE of the 51 men who held cruiserweight belts managed a successful heavyweight career, making this perhaps the least successful weight transition in boxing history. No matter how much David Haye talks, that doesn’t change the fact that history is overwhelmingly against him. continue
04.09.08 - by James Slater: Unbeaten lightweight star Amir Khan is in an incredibly confident mood ahead of his very first pay-per-view fight this Saturday. The 21-year-old former Olympic medallist will face the likewise unbeaten Breidis Prescott, a puncher who has vowed to stop Khan, but Amir has no doubt he will win. Citing his new trainer, Cuba's Jorge Rubio, as one of his chief assets today, the 19-0 Khan has gone as far as saying he'll be "untouchable" as soon as he's a had a few more fights with his new coach.
"After meeting Jorge and learning the things I had never done before, it showed me how much I was behind," Khan said. "He has taught me so much in eight weeks and I know in another two or three fights, I will be untouchable. continue
by James Slater - He may not exactly have been meeting any top names, but 33-year-old heavyweight Brian "The Beast" Minto has been keeping himself extremely active just lately. Since his points loss to Germany's Luan Krasniqi back in March of 2007 Minto has boxed regularly every three or four months against limited opposition. continue
British boxing sensation David Haye believes heavyweight boxers refuse to fight him because “they know it’s going to be their last fight.” He has yet to find an opponent for his debut fight at the O2 Arena in London on November 15th. Haye told Setanta Sports News that he was in talks with four heavyweight boxers for the fight later this year and that one boxer had backed out. continue
IBF middleweight champion King Arthur Abraham (27-0, 22 KOs) is looking for his 28th win in as many fights when he takes on mandatory challenger Raul Marquez in Bamberg on October 4. Speaking at today´s official press conference in his home city, the 28-year-old said: “Marquez is a very experienced and tough boxer. I expect a hard-fought battle that will go the full distance but if there is a chance to win by knock-out I`ll go for it.”
Back in June, Abraham and Marquez shook hands following their successful fights in Hollywood, Florida. While King Arthur knocked out Edison Miranda in the fourth round, Marquez (41-3, 29 KOs) defeated highly-rated Giovanni Lorenzo in a title eliminator. “I could not watch the fight live as I was warming up for my own bout but of course I have watched the tape and analysed it with my coach,” Abraham stated. “I know about his strengths. I will be prepared.. continue
LOS ANGELES (Sept. 4, 2008) Undefeated junior lightweight sensation Abraham Lopez returns to the ring Friday night, September 5th, in a scheduled four round bout against Las Vegas native Omar Valencia at the Quiet Cannon Country Club in Montebello, California. Lopez, the 20 year old La Puente resident, is coming off a dominating performance on July 25th taking a four round decision over the much more experienced Cuauhtemoc Mendoza at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. The win raised Lopez’s record to 3-0 with two knockouts. continue
04.09.08 - By Sebastian Swiecznik: In a recent interview with German boxing magazine "Box Sport", IBF middleweight champion Arthur Abraham revealed his plans about fighting in America, talked about his next opponent Raul Marquez and his future as a middleweight plus other interesting questions. Let's see what Germany's finest boxer had to say about... continue
It’s finally official. Antonio “Magic Man” Tarver’s (27-4, 19 KOs) International Boxing Federation (IBF) light heavyweight belt will be on the line when he battles “Bad” Chad Dawson (26-0, 17 KOs) on Saturday, Oct. 11 live on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING at 9 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast) from The Pearl Theatre at Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, Nev. The announcement came at Wednesday’s Los Angeles press conference where both fighters addressed the media.
As an added bonus to fans in attendance at The Pearl Theatre, the SHOWTIME telecast of WBC Heavyweight Champion Samuel Peter vs. come backing Vitali Klitschko will be fed to the arena’s big screens at 6 p.m. PT. Immediately following the bout, Tarver and Dawson will make their way to the ring for their live fight. Thus, ticket holders at the Palms can enjoy the same blockbuster doubleheader of world championship boxing as the SHOWTIME viewers. (NOTE: The Pearl Theatre will receive the East Coast feed of Peter vs. Klitschko and therefore see the heavyweight fight three hours prior to the West Coast SHOWTIME households, which begins at 9 p.m. PT). continue
04.09.08 - by James Slater - Going into the 2008 Beijing Olympics, lightweight talent Frankie Gavin was the most talked about British boxer of the games. Sadly, though many hade expected him to win a gold, the 22-year-old failed to make the 60 KG weight limit, despite working incredibly hard to do so. continue
Olympic gold medallist James DeGale has ruled out competing at the European Championships this November as offers to turn professional roll in. The middleweight boxer, who has yet to receive an offer from the Amateur Boxing Association (ABA), told Setanta Sports News he would “give them a miss.. continue
Are you ready over here? Are you ready here/ Ok, let’s get it on.
-- Mills Lane
Excitement in the ring means different things to different people. There is no one right definition. For me it means a lack of predictability in which a fighter can chill or be chilled at any give time. To that end, Bob Satterfield was the most exciting fighter I have witnessed bar none. To others, it might mean Antonio Margarito systematically breaking down and then closing out an opponent in brutal and relentless fashion. A ‘stalk, stun and kill” style is an exciting one to be sure.
This weekend, boxing fans will be watching another extremely exciting fighter in Michael Katsidis as he battles Juan Diaz in a high-profile crossroads fight that has potential classic written all over it. Indeed, my sense of anticipation is almost as high as it was for Margarito-Cotto. continue
04.09.08 - by James Slater - As has been widely reported today, Floyd Mayweather Senior will be helping Ricky Hatton get ready for his upcoming world title fight with Paulie Malignaggi. As fans know, long-time trainer and corner-man Billy Graham was "let go" from the Hatton team a few weeks back, and Hatton Assistant Lee Beard took over as head trainer. continue
Anyone who is anyone in boxing knows who Sugar Ray Robinson is. Robinson is believed by many to have been the best pound for pound fighter of all time. Now many people are learning there is a new Ray Robinson in boxing today. "The New" Ray Robinson, one of Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing's brightest star's, is an undefeated jr. welterweight prospect with a record of (8-0, 3KO's). continue
03.09.08 - by Mark Gregory - Following the highly publicised departure of long-time trainer Billy Graham and respected strength coach Kerry Kayes from light-welterweight Ring champion Ricky Hatton’s corner, it was today announced that Floyd Mayweather Snr would be joining Hatton’s latest training camp ahead of his upcoming showdown with IBF champion Paulie Malignaggi.
On the face of it, this appears a strange choice for Hatton. Not only is Hatton not a typical Mayweather, but his personality is so different from that of Mayweather Snr that it is difficult to see how the pair can work together effectively. Whilst Hatton has built up a devoted fan-base with his down to earth, humble demeanour outside the ring, Mayweather Snr remains one of the most brash, outspoken and controversial figures in the game. continue
04.09.08 - Hi ESB addicts. Sitting at home, looking at some up and coming fights, I was debating with myself about the fights to look for a line to bet on. I thought to myself why not share it with others, right? Yep, just for the hell of it. Well here it goes. continue
03.09.08 - Jim Amato: It is with great sadness to report that former middleweight contender Rocky Castellani passed away August 31st. Attilio "Rocky" Castellani...Born and was still residing in Luzeme, Pennsylvania. He was one of the best middleweights of the 1940's and 50's. He turned pro in 1944 and engaged in 83 professional contests in a career that lasted until 1957. In his lone title shot he lost a fair and square fifteen round decision to Hall Of Fame inductee Carl "Bobo" Olson in 1954. continue
Mike Cassell 9/4/08 - As I browsed through a major website news service and clicked the sports tab, I noticed the considerable list of sports buttons that included MMA. I had to go to the very bottom of the page and click “other sports” moving past archery and arena football to find boxing. As I read the two short news stories on the otherwise blank page, I had to ask the question, what the hell has happened to what used to be one of the world’s most exciting sports? The names on the front page used to be familiar names with familiar faces.
American fighters with personalities we could relate to. In the 90’s as the myth of Mike Tyson was destroyed by a virtual unknown in Tokyo, the popularity of boxing was slowly slipping away from the imagination of American fans. Next to Evander Holyfield, there was only one man who personified the excitement and tested the limits of the sweet science, and that man was Roy Jones Jr. He was cocky, unapologetic and very fun to watch, in and out of the ring. continue
Manny Pacquiao's next big test inside the ring will be against Oscar De La Hoya, but before he takes on boxing's most popular figure, the four-division champion faces the challenge of co-promoting his first boxing show with Sycuan Ringside Promotions on Thursday, Sept. 25, 2008 at Sycuan Resort and Casino in San Diego, Calif. continue
Miika Forsström: Finnish middleweight contender "Idi" Amin Asikainen (25-1, 16 KOs) did what he was expected to do and knocked out Roberto Oliveira de Jesus of Brazil (13-3, 6 KOs) August 30 in Tampere, Finland. Asikainen, 32, dominated the opening round and in the second round Asikainen landed a crashing right hook at the chin of the Brazilian. Oliveira de Jesus went down face first and was down for several minutes. Fortunately Oliveira de Jesus seems to be all right after the brutal knockout. continue
by James Slater - David Haye has been talking again. Speaking exclusively with Setanta Sports, who will be showing his next fight live, "The Hayemaker" has said he will be "one of the best conditioned heavyweights you'll have ever seen" when he gets in the ring in November. Haye also spoke about how he feels he will do against two of the current favourites to be meeting him on November 15th - James Toney and Hasim Rahman.
According to Setanta, fighters Vladimir Virches, Monte Barrett, Juan Carlos Gomez, Oleg Maskaev, Alexander Dimitrenko, Serguei Lyakhovich and Chris Arreola have been ruled out for one reason or another, and this leaves Rahman and Toney. Rahman is the frontrunner, but Haye spoke about how he'd do against both "Rock" and "Lights Out." continue
Ricardo Cortes isn’t worried about fighting James Kirkland in his hometown of Austin, Texas. Kirkland’s reputation as a ferocious puncher and tenacious boxer doesn’t faze Cortes in the slightest. Even the Kirkland’s gaudy record and high knockout percentage means little to “El Guero,” one of the best boxing prospects to come out of California in a long time. Don’t think that Cortes is taking his fight with Kirkland on September, 5th in Austin, Texas, at the Austin Music Hall on ESPN’S Friday Night Fights lightly. Cortes just knows that everything that can be said about Kirkland, can be said about him. continue
Sparks will fly when HBO Sports spotlights world-class performers on WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING: SHANE MOSLEY VS. RICARDO MAYORGA AND ANDRE BERTO VS. STEVE FORBES, presented live SATURDAY, SEPT. 27 (10:30 p.m. ET/7:30 p.m. PT) from The Home Depot Center in Carson, Cal., exclusively on HBO. The WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING team will be ringside for the event, which will be presented in HDTV and in Spanish on HBO Latino. continue
This weeks 'Left-Hook Lounge' mailbag is a crown jewel. Today, fight fans take us all around the globe as we field questions relative to everyone from the U.K.'s David Haye, to Filipino Manny Pacquiao, to Puerto Rico's Ivan Calderon, to American (or when convenient Mexican) Oscar De La Hoya. Topping it all off, there was even some love shown for the legendary Muhammad Ali who was thrown in the middle of an interesting hypothetical that questions his odds of surviving in today's era of the super-heavyweight. So much for the preludes...As the summer comes to a close, we jump in the mix one more time while the water's warm...
Maurice Chatman (St. Louis, MO): It was reported that new heavyweight David Haye has ruled out a bout with James Toney. What do you think is the real deal here?continue
03.09.08 - by James Slater - Reigning WBO welterweight champion Paul "The Punisher" Williams has proven he was serious all along about once again fighting up at 160 pounds. The lanky southpaw, who boxed a handful of his early pro career bouts as a middleweight, said earlier this year that he wanted a shot at current middleweight king Kelly Pavlik. Most people laughed at Williams, but "The Punisher" was serious. continue
Los Angeles, CA (September 3, 2008) – There is an old axiom in boxing: “Don’t talk the talk if you can’t walk the walk.” On Thursday, September 25, WBO Welterweight Champion Paul “The Punisher” Williams (34-1, 25 KOs) will back up his claim of accepting every conceivable challenge between 147 pounds and 168 pounds, when he moves up to the middleweight division (160 pounds) to take on tough, hard-hitting middleweight, Andy Kolle (17-1, 12 KOs), in a non-title 10-round bout at the Soboba Casino in San Jacinto, California. The fight will air live on VERUS, a national sports network in more than 73 million homes at 9 P.M. ET. continue
03.09.08 - By Mike Dunn - Hard to believe it’s been more than 50 years since the Rock and the Cobra took center stage and kept boxing fans and sports fan in general gripped with the gritty drama of two classic battles for the heavyweight championship. Hard to believe also that Rocky Marciano would have turned 85 this week if he was still with us. No doubt he would have been pleased to recall the notable ring wars he had with the man known as the Cincinnati Cobra and all the publicity those fights generated.
It was the summer of 1954. Reigning heavyweight champion Rocky Marciano defended the title against former champion Ezzard Charles, each time thrilling a large crowd at Yankee Stadium. In June, Marciano pounded out a tough 15-round decision and in September, Marciano knocked out Charles in the eighth round. The latter fight was not without its drama, however; Marciano¹s nose was grotesquely split early in the fight and he was in danger of being stopped himself if he did not successfuly terminate Charles¹ challenge. continue
HBO’s late-night boxing series presents two intriguing battles when HBO BOXING AFTER DARK: JUAN DIAZ VS. MICHAEL KATSIDIS AND ROCKY JUAREZ VS. JORGE BARRIOS is seen SATURDAY, SEPT. 6 (10:15 p.m. live ET/tape-delayed PT) from the Toyota Center in Houston, exclusively on HBO. The HBO Sports team of blow-by-blow announcer Bob Papa, commentator Max Kellerman and expert analyst Lennox Lewis will cover the action at ringside, which will be available in HDTV, closed-captioned for the hearing-impaired and presented in Spanish on HBO Latino. continue
03.09.08 - By P.H. Burbridge (A voice in the crowd) - The sport of boxing is a high stakes shell game with moves that can be interpreted not only as slight of hand trickery but as symbols of our own moral deficiency as a society. From John L. Sullivan refusing to fight Peter “Black Prince” Jackson to Jack Dempsey being swayed away from Harry “The Black Panther” Wills to Joe Louis getting the first crack at Jimmy Braddock ahead of Max Schmeling. Read full story
03.09.08 - by James Slater: It seems to me, that whenever boxing experts on this side of the pond debate who was Britain's most exciting warrior of the past twenty years or so, the name Nigel Benn always comes up. And rightly so.
Undeniably incredibly exciting almost each and every time he set foot into the ring, Benn, from London, was also able to capture world titles in two different weight classes - middleweight and super-middleweight - and he reigned as a world champion, on and off, from 1990 to 1996. But this article is not about how great a fighter Benn was; it is about how ultra-exciting he was!
Benn began his pro career in January of 1987, and went on to give his paying public an array of quite astonishing and electrifying ring performances. continue
03.09.08 - by Mark Gregory - There are many well-worn platitudes that crop up in boxing, and one of the most frequent is that a good big one will always beat a good little one. Whilst there are many examples throughout the history of the sport that could be wheeled out in evidence on either side of the argument, that is not the purpose of this article. The purpose of this article is to examine whether or not the notion that an elite big man will always beat an elite little man runs so deep in boxing that it even permeates the notion of comparing fighters on a pound for pound basis. continue
The new World Boxing Council (WBC) Super Lightweight Champion Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley will defend his title for the first time against Edner “Cherry Bomb” Cherry on Saturday, Sept. 13, in the co-feature of the SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING telecast, which begins live at 9 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast).The main event of the world championship doubleheader features Lightweight World Champion Nate Campbell vs. Joan Guzman for Campbell’s International Boxing Federation (IBF), World Boxing Organization (WBO) and World Boxing Association (WBA) 135-pound titles. continue
by James Slater - He made a huge statement back in June by smashing defending WBO super-bantamweight champion Daniel Ponce de Leon to defeat inside a single round, and now new champion Juan Manuel Lopez of Puerto Rico is set to have his very first title defence. Facing the 25-year-old sensation will be another Mexican, in 30-year-old Cesar Figueroa, a naturally heavier man than "Juanma." Currently, 30-6-2(22) Figueroa's last two fights have been up at 130 pounds, and the Mexican has won both bouts by KO. Now, in Hato Rey, Puerto Rico, the veteran of almost forty bouts will drop back down to 122 pounds in an effort to take Lopez' world title.
Figueroa has a tough task ahead of him. Southpaw Lopez is both a lethal puncher and a very quick man. For the Mexican, who has been stopped a total of four times in his pro career, this could prove nasty. "El Cesar" has actually shared the ring with the man who Lopez won his world title from, in de Leon - Figueroa was TKO'd in the 6th. That fight happened in February of 2004, and was a non-title affair. continue
Frank Warren, the internationally respected boxing promoter has accepted substantial libel damages from the publisher Random House over allegations published in the book “Ricky Hatton: The Hitman, My Story”. The book is the autobiography of Ricky Hatton, the well-known professional boxer and former IBF World Light-Welterweight world champion, who was promoted by Frank Warren between 1997 and 2004. The book was written in association with the Daily Express boxing journalist, Niall Hickman. continue
by James Slater - With his now twice postponed fight with Northern Ireland's Martin Rogan being held up by a hand injury suffered by Rogan, Audley Harrison has had a replacement opponent drafted in for his next bout. Now, this coming Saturday night at The MEN Arena in Manchester, "A-Force" will box 34-year-old George Arias of Brazil in a scheduled ten-rounder. continue
02.09.08 - By Ted Sares - There are many out there who bring electricity into the ring, but if forced to select five, here they are in no particular order. And keep in mind the emphasis here is on excitement and not necessarily skill. Kelly Pavlik is skilled and destructive, but in a perverse way may not be as exciting as Edison Miranda whom he destroyed.
1) Antonio Margarito. (37-5 ) My favorite style is a “stalk, stun and kill” type and that’s exactly what Tony brings to the fray. His stunning blow-out of Citron and classic win over Miguel Cotto puts him on just about any top list.
2) Manny Pacquiao. (47-3-2) His exciting whirlwind, in-and-out style combined with his systematic destruction of opponents makes this future legend an easy pick. Heck, he just might be a legend in his own time.
3) Christian Mijares. (36-3-2 ) The technically skilled Mijares, showing defensive skills that are astounding and a punch volume that is eye popping, brings tools into the ring that are reminiscent of other great Mexican fighters of yore. Yes, he is that good and so is his non-stop style of fighting. continue
"Mighty" Mike Arnaoutis (19-2-2, KO's), the Pride of Greece, and Star Boxing's world rated jr. welterweight contender will be back in action in Atlantic City next Friday September 5th when he takes on power punching Nasser Athumani (20-6-2, 16KO's) in a ten round jr. welterweight contest that will be broadcast live on GoFightLive.TV. The always entertaining, fan favorite Arnaoutis, recently sat down to discuss his upcoming fight. continue
01.09.08 - by James Slater - Eighty-five years ago today, September 1st 1923, one of the most beloved of all heavyweight champions was born in Brockton, Massachusetts, USA. Born Rocco Francis Marchegiano, the future heavyweight king became known to the world as Rocky Marciano. Some old timers will tell you Rocky went on to become the best heavyweight champion of all-time!
Certainly, as fight fans are aware, Marciano's statistics were perfect. Retiring unbeaten at 49-0 - surely the most famous numbers in heavyweight boxing - "The Rock" won every pro fight he had. continue
By Mike Casey - The story is old but it still chills the blood upon its retelling. Ad Wolgast, the former lightweight champion of the world was out doing his running when a curious patrol cop stopped him by the roadside. Wolgast was an incongruous addition to the sprawling landscape and the cop knew it.
“Hey, Ad, what are you doing?”
“Doing my training for the Nelson fight,” Wolgast replied, “and I’m gonna lick the son of a bitch!”
Nothing wrong with that, you might think. Just another pumped up fighter getting in the zone. Except that Wolgast was training for a fight with Battling Nelson that had taken place years before. continue
By E "Stuck In A Moment" Schaffer: On September 13 Nate Campbell will defend his version of the 135 title vs. Joan Guzman. Nate Campbell will enter this fight as a 2-1 dog. How can that be? I mean Campbell just beat 135 pound champ Juan Diaz. Diaz was unbeaten with an easy KO win over Acelino Freitas, but Campbell was able to bully Diaz all night for a win and has won 6 of his last 7 fights losing only once by SD. Campbell comes into this fight with the better resume and this will be Guzman's first fight at 135 pounds and we didn't see any power from him at 130. continue
by James Slater - There are exactly four months remaining of the year 2008, and we have four more genuine mega-fights left in the year before we say hello to 2009. In October, we have the long-anticipated Vitali Klitschko-Samuel Peter heavyweight title fight showdown, and the intriguing, hard to pick Kelly Pavlik-Bernard Hopkins light-heavyweight meeting. While in November we have the re-scheduled Joe Calzaghe-Roy Jones Junior clash, also at light-heavyweight. continue
By Ted Sares - I started in Muay Thai when I was seven years old and I was fifteen or sixteen when I started boxing…fighting is something I’ve done all my life. - Sasakul
I first saw WBC champion Christian "El Diamante" Mijares (34-3-2, 13 KOs) fight in 2007 when he schooled the very talented Jorge Arce over 12 rounds. I then watched him beat slick Jose Navarro in February 2008 in a battle of two crafty southpaws. The decision was a split one and perhaps the most bizarre I have ever witnessed. Judge Chris Wilson had it 115-113 for Mijares while judge Adalaide Byrd scored it a more accurate 117-111. However, Doug Tucker scored it 108-120 giving the badly bleeding Navarro every round. Bizarre is not a fitting word to describe this inexplicable scoring. continue
Winter Haven, Fla. – WBC Welterweight World Champion Andre Berto (Winter Haven, Fla.) (22-0, 19 KOs) will take the ring for his first title defense on September 27, facing former World Champion Steve “Two Pounds” Forbes (Las Vegas, Nev.) (33-6, 9 KOs). The 12-round welterweight title bout will be contested at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., the site of Forbes’ recent match-up with Oscar de la Hoya. continue
By Paul Strauss: Boxing fans are whining about Oscar's decision to fight Manny Pacquiao instead of Paul Williams or Antonio Margarito. But, the most money for the least amount of risk talks, and this match-up will most certainly draw a huge PPV audience. Undoubtedly, it will be an exciting fight as well, and will give the PPV fans a good show.
However, the experts have immediately emphasized the physical mismatch this December meeting will bring. Manny will be giving up five inches in height, and about six inches in reach. (Remember Marciano's reach was only 67", and he almost always gave up height and weight). Big Edge Oscar. continue
by James Slater - There was disappointment last night in Puerto Rico, as the highly anticipated rematch between light-flyweight's Ivan Calderon of Puerto Rico and Hugo Cazares of Mexico was cut short due to a head-butt. The clash of heads came in the 7th round of a fight that had been both engrossing and entertaining to watch, and defending WBO champion Calderon suffered a huge cut right in the middle of his forehead.
The doctor took one look at the savage cut and waved the fight off at 1 minute and 58 seconds of the round. The scorecards were sought, and 33-year-old southpaw Calderon retained his belt via a 68-65, 68-65 and 67-66 unanimous decision. Both fighters were badly disappointed at how the fight ended, as was the big crowd. Calderon improved to 32-0(6), while the 30-year-old Cazares fell to 26-5-1(19). A third fight is a distinct possibility. continue
01.09.08 - by James Slater - As has been reported on ESPN.com, former three-weight world champion and proven great Marco Antonio Barrera has signed a five year deal with promoter extraordinaire Don King. This news has come as quite a shock, especially considering the Mexican's age of 34. Barrera planning to fight again, once, is one thing, but to plan on having a further five years of ring activity? That's something else entirely. continue
Team Sauerland are seriously concerned about Ruslan Chagaev´s eyesight following his dubious comments on Saturday´s showdown between Nikolai Valuev and John Ruiz. Even though the Russian Giant was ahead on all scorecards (116-111, 116-113 and 114-113), and even though the international media praised him for “dominating” his opponent, Chagaev questioned the decision by the WBA officials. He said: “For me, the fight was at the most a draw. I even leaned toward Ruiz.. continue
By Jason Sardelis - After reading the line up for Ring Promotions, “Havoc at the Hilton” set for Sept. 26th at the Huntington Hilton, I couldn’t help reflect back to a very interesting and true article by John “IceMan” Scully, “Boxing’s Most Unappreciated Job” ( www.strictlybusinessboxing.com /66.html ). It reminded me that most great fights and certainly all top boxing shows are the creative work of a diligent matchmaker, who most times goes unrecognized.
The matchmakers for this attractive Long Island show are Bob Duffy and Frank Mullen. Duffy has long established himself in the promotion and matchmaking game, where as Mullen a former gym owner and excellent amateur/pro trainer is relatively new to the job.
So far looking at the card they have combined to put together some fine match-ups for this show. continue
Sebastian Swiecznik - In a rematch of their very controversial 2005 bout, Russian giant Nikolay Valuev managed to beat John Ruiz again. However, on saturday night, the Berlin crowd wasnt satisfied with the outcome of the fight and booed the judges decision. In a fight, that first seemed to become a much better one than the first encouter, John Ruiz started fast and aggressive and, to the suprise of the audience, without clinching. On my scorecard he was winning the most of the first six rounds in landing the cleaner shots. Even though Valuev looked more agile than in their first battle, he couldnt manage to keep Ruiz at distance. Until that point I have to admit that it really was a good fight. continue
01.09.8 - By Dick Landis: Tommy Hill's Red Leather Sports staged one of its monthly boxing cards Saturday evening (8-30) at the Bette Rae Thomas Recreation Arena in Charlotte. The burgeoning city in the Southeast features the NFL Panthers and the NBA Bobcats and is primed for regularly scheduled boxing shows. continue
Nikolai Valuev (photos by Sauerland Event) is the new WBA heavyweight champion following a unanimous points victory over John Ruiz. The Russian Giant was ahead 116-111, 116-113 and 114-113 on the scorecards to regain the belt he already held from December 2005 to April 2007. “I am happy to be the champion again,” Valuev said. “The new training methods have paid off. I was much quicker than in the first meeting.”
Back then, at the same venue and against the same opponent, he had clinched a split decision, but this time, he cruised to a clear success. “In the first seven or eight rounds we saw the best Nikolai ever,” manager Wilfried Sauerland stated. “He moved and used his left jab well before getting a little tired towards the end. Ruiz was a tough opponent but Nikolai beat him clearly.. continue
Statement Ruslan Chagaev to Valuev vs. Ruiz - Chagaev: It was a draw! Universum fighter Ruslan Chagaev saw the heavyweight clash between Nikolai Valuev and John Ruiz on Saturday night at home in front of the TV. After his Achilles tendon tear in June, the WBA heavyweight champion "in recess" is back in light training. continue
By: Cestus Press - On August 29, 2008, at the Laredo Civic Center in Laredo, Texas, a sold-out crowd of over three thousand hard-core, ravenous boxing fans were treated to a great night of boxing as Recon Garza Promotions, in association with Los Dos Laredos Boxing Productions and Cestus Management put on the “Friday Nite Rumble”. The fight card featured several action packed jaw dropping knockouts, but one bout stood out the most as a star was born. continue