By Paul Strauss: The fans at Citizens Business Bank Arena, Ontario, CA, USA witnessed The Punisher’s one sided victory over yet another out-sized and out gunned opponent. Paul Williams is so good, and has such a tremendous physical advantage over his opponents, that fans are almost forced to cheer for the underdog. Saturday night it was Verno Phillips who literally gave up the higher ground in his battle against Williams. He looked like a junior middle weight against a light heavy.
The only real question in the contest seemed to be whether the fight might be stopped due to a head butt cut over Williams' right eye, which he sustained in the first round. Otherwise, the contest almost appeared to be an injustice, because Williams had such a size advantage. A fighter about to face him would almost certainly want him to step on the scales again and again, because they would be thinking the officials must have incorrectly read the numbers, or the scale must be malfunctioning! They mumble to themselves, "This giant can't weigh the same as me, it's impossible! continue
Carl Froch believes he can become a household name by winning the WBC Super-Middleweight Title live on ITV1 on Saturday night. ‘The Cobra’ feels he is in the “shape of my life” for his world title showdown against Jean Pascal at the Trent FM Arena Nottingham on Saturday. Froch is back in his home city of Nottingham after last week returning from his training camp at the Breaffy House Resort Hotel in Castlebar, Ireland, where he spent five weeks with trainer Rob McCracken and the Hennessy Sports team. continue
by James Slater - Though he knows he has a tough time ahead of him in convincing the fans he can do it, Audley Harrison still believes he can become heavyweight world champion. Refusing to let the negativity of others get to him, "A-Force," now 37 years of age, is sure good things will happen for him as long as he continues to train hard and fight. continue
By Matt Knight: It wasn’t long ago when British boxing was going through what many observers, maybe myself included, had labelled a ‘golden era.’ We enjoyed a wide array of recognised World Champions (WBC, WBA, IBF, WBO) ranging from the higher to low-middle weight classes, some fighters were not only world champions but could have been considered division leaders, bordering on Top-10 lb-for-lb lists. So how have the 11 belts once in the possession of UK fighters been whittled down to the paltry 1 (Nicky Cook, WBO Super Featherweight) we currently possess? Has British boxing hit a wall? How can a sport with diminishing popularity recover and once again mount a foothold on the world stage? And were we really in a ‘golden era’ anyway?
Well if we take into account the ever increasing farce that is boxing politics, then immediately we can ease the sense of crisis in Britain. continue
By Michael Amakor: Washington DC -- Ever since his debut acting a boxer on the popular late seventies hit sitcom series “TAXI” Tony Danza’s star has been on the ascendancy and he has become familiar to TV audiences around the globe in appearances on the triple Oscar winning movie “Crash”, and several sitcoms including the popular Tony Danza show to his record.
Right now, Tony Danza is making a come back to boxing center stage, as the host of the popular TV reality series The Contender, now in its fourth season, and previously hosted by Rocky star Sylvester Stallone and former 5 division world champion Sugar Ray Leonard. continue
01.12.08 - By Jason Peck -- He blasted the rugged Jesse Feliciano in a single round, scored a controversial draw over future IBF champion Juan Urango, and spent an inordinate amount of time atop of the WBO’s rankings without a title shot. At one time, the enormous talents of “Mighty Mike” Arnaoutis gave him plenty of spotlight. But times have changed. A look over Arnaoutis’s career reveals the missteps that ruin so many prospects today. Promoters and the public at large are so obsessed with unbeaten records that they never challenge their fighters until it’s too late. continue
30.11.08 - By Frank Gonzalez Jr. - Saturday in Ontario California, Paul “The Punisher” Williams (36-1, 27 KO’s) administered a beating to former IBF Light Middleweight titlist, Verno Phillips (42-12-1, 21 KO’s). Williams used his long jab and a battery of punches to constantly back Phillips into the ropes, where Williams directed his assault to the body and head of his shorter opponent.
Phillips had a couple of good moments here and there, landing some clean shots, ducking, slipping and making Williams miss but the most damage he caused Williams came from a head butt late in the first round. That butt caused a nasty little cut on the side of Williams’ right eye. The cut bled profusely during the fight but Williams paid it little mind and his corner did a pretty good job of keeping the cut from becoming a debilitating factor. continue
Maloney Press Release: BERNARD DUNNE and manager Brian Peters will be men looking in from the outside later this month. Bitter Bernard and Bitterer Brian have come up with non-stop excuses about the super-bantamweight's defeat in seconds to Kiko Martinez and accused European champion Rendall Munroe of running scared. 'The Bitters' big rivals invade Dunne's home city, Dublin on Thursday December 18 and have vowed to show who the best super-bantamweights in Europe really are. continue
By Loren Robinson: This was the one boxing division always dominated by the United States of America (USA). There have been numerous America champions in the past such as Jack Johnson, Rocky Marciano, Larry Holmes, Muhammad Ali and Mike Tyson. However, currently there are no American heavyweight champion boxers. All of the current heavyweight’s champions are from countries outside of the USA. What happened to American heavyweight boxing? continue
By Vivek Wallace: Ok, call me crazy, but after watching a poorly conditioned Chris Arreola put away what I would consider a highly under appreciated opponent in Travis Walker, I had this crazy idea. I guess that word 'crazy' probably depends on who you ask, but before I get to that idea, it probably makes more sense to analyze what appears to be the newest heavyweight contender to have his name tossed around with the words 'serious contender' attached to it.
What I continue to notice in Arreola is that despite the rubber armor he wears, this dude can take a punch and land a better one!
Now, I know someone - or actually quite a few people out there - are thinking to themselves...."He got dropped and was getting pasted prior to that". Well, my response is three-fold. For one, he laid on the ropes and was clearly attempting to taste the guys' power. continue
By James Slater: Herbie Hide, the colourful former WBO heavyweight champion from Britain, says he is going to make boxing history next year. Now aged 37, and winner in his last eleven fights, Hide is a cruiserweight these days and he could be just one win away from a shot at the WBC title currently held by Italian Giacobbe Fragomeni. continue
By Christopher Roche: Malignaggi falls short in his dream match. Williams looks to eventually land his. Paul Malignaggi landed his dream fight last weekend against Ricky Hatton, but after the first round, the “Magic Man” ran out of tricks and suffered the most one-sided loss of his career. Malignaggi, who only lost one other time, bounced back nicely from his gutsy defeat against Miguel Cotto, and he eventually earned the IBF Belt at 140 lbs. continue
by James Slater - Unbeaten heavyweight slugger Chris "The Nightmare" Arreola moved one step closer to a planned shot at IBF heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko last night, as he got off the floor to stop a game and dangerous Travis Walker just over ten seconds into the 3rd round. Billed as some kind of IBF eliminator, last night's fight, and win, saw to it that the man looked upon as America's best young heavyweight out there retained this reputation, and perhaps even enhanced it.
Make no mistake, though he was guilty once more of coming into a fight, this one a very important one, while at least 20 pounds overweight, Arreola is the real thing. Deceptively accurate, hardworking and comfortable in the ring, with a good chin also, the 27-year-old poses a threat to the man he is chasing in "Dr. Steel Hammer." Indeed, David Haye aside, who would you rather see the younger Klitschko defend his belt against once he has seen off last chance saloon visitor Hasim Rahman next month? continue
Los Angeles, CA (November 28, 2008) – Goossen Tutor Promotion’s Matchmaker Tom Brown has orchestrated an exciting undercard for the “AT LAST” boxing event scheduled for Saturday, November 29, highlighted by the pro debut of 2008 U.S. Olympian Shawn Estrada of East Los Angeles. The Event will be held at the new Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, CA. continue
HOLLYWOOD, CALIF. (November 28, 2008) -- Two-time BWAA Trainer of the Year, World-Famous Freddie Roach is confident that his charge MANNY PACQUIAO, boxing’s No. 1 pound-for-pound fighter and five-division world champion, will not only beat “The Golden Boy” Oscar De La Hoya, but will knock him out within nine rounds. continue
By Erik Schmidt, Boxing News24.com: Undefeated WIBF / WBA female super middleweight champion Natascha Ragosina (19-0, 11 KOs) defeated Kenyan Conjestina Achieng (14-6-3, 7 KOs) by yet another controversial 10-round unanimous decision on Friday night in Germany. And like the last time, the final decision was booed loudly by the German crowd, many of who like myself, felt that Achieng had done enough to get the decision.
However, the judges saw it differently, giving Ragosina the victory by the lopsided scores of 97-93, 99-91 and 98-92. I'm not entirely sure which fight the judges' were watching, because Ragosina looked awful for most of the fight, bouncing around, looking uncoordinated, constantly missing punches and throwing jabs that would stop a foot in front of Achieng, hitting air or the gloves of Achieng. It didn't seem to matter to the large German crowd, because they screamed like mad no matter what Ragosina, the home town fighter, did in the ring. I personally scored the fight six rounds to four for Achieng, and I felt that I bent over backwards in giving Ragosina even those rounds, because she looked awful throughout and was never able to generate any power on her weak punches. continue
British fight fans will get a chance to see the man Rendall Munroe is ducking tomorrow night (Saturday, November 29th) when highlights of Bernard Dunne's recent win over world rated Uruguayan, Cristian Faccio are shown on ITV4 at 9:15. continue
Per Ake Persson: November 28, Helsinki, Finland: Khoren Gevor stopped Amin Asikainen in the seventh round to win the vacant EBU middlewweight title in the headliner of P 3 Boxing´s and Live Nation´s big show at the Hartwall Arena that went out on PPV in Finland. The fight was stopped at 2:45 of the round when trainer Pekka Maeki retired his man who had just gotten up after a bad knockdown. British referee Mark Green then called for a timeout to look for Asikainen´s mouthpiece, Maeki had seen enough and did the right thing and stopped the fight. continue
28.11.08 - by James Slater - Now that practically everyone has accepted the fact that Ricky Hatton is no way near finished, and instead has a good few top quality fights left in him, it's time to look ahead. Straight after silencing the critics that said he was close to a shot fighter with his strong showing against the previously unstopped Paulie Malignaggi, Hatton mentioned fighting the winner of December 6th's big De La Hoya-Pacquiao clash. Hatton also said something else very interesting.
Stating, with sincere belief, that he will never lose a fight at his natural weight of 140-pounds, the 30-year-old set himself a challenge. continue
by James Slater - Currently recognised by a lot of knowledgeable people as one of the best, if not the best, trainers in the sport, Floyd Mayweather Senior has gone on record as saying he feels he may have less than two years left in boxing, before health problems force him to call it a day. This news has no doubt come as quite a shock to many people, Ricky Hatton, who Floyd is now training, in particular. Oscar De La Hoya - who may well have looked at re-hiring Mayweather Senior's services if a showdown with "The Hitman" came about - will be feeling the same way. continue
By Vivek Wallace: In this weeks 'Call Em Out Fridays' segment we take a look at one of America's few rising stars amongst the heavyweight ranks. In an era of the sport where the once prestiged division is no longer dominated by Americans, we take a deeper glimpse at a man whom many believe has the best chance to become relevant amongst them. continue
by James Slater - If things were simple and easy in the sport of boxing, welterweights Paul Williams and Antonio Margarito would have fought at least once more by now. That way, the paying fans would know, one way or the other, which one of the two great fighters is the best in the world today at 147-pounds. Alas, as we all know, nothing is simple or easy in our sport, and the two top welterweights appear headed in completely differing directions.
Williams, who has his second fight above welterweight this year, against Verno Phillips at 154-pounds on Saturday night, claims no-one wants to fight him at 147. So he has moved up as far as middleweight in search of big, meaningful and well paying fights. As we know, "The Punisher" out-pointed Margarito back in July of last year. As fine a win as that was for the lanky lefty, "Tony" bounced back and upset the all-conquering Miguel Cotto in the 11th round of a sensational battle a year after he'd lost to Williams. continue
Oisin Fagan is planning to give himself an early Christmas present by grabbing the chance of a lifetime with both hands. The Dubliner faces Amir Khan in London on December 6th with Khan looking to bounce back from his sensational first round knockout defeat to Breidis Prescott. continue
Boxing promoter Frank Maloney hopes Lennox Lewis will stay retired. In recent weeks speculation about Lewis’ return to the ring has reached fever pitch. Reports say Lewis would return to the ring for a staggering $100m. But Maloney, who managed the heavyweight for over 12 years, told Setanta Sports News he did not think it would happen. “He would never do that. I’ve known Lennox for a long time. I know we had our differences at the end but that’s water under the bridge. continue
Universum Box-Promotion have turned down Team Sauerland´s 2.5 million-euro offer for a unification clash between IBF middleweight champion King Arthur Abraham and WBA title-holder Felix Sturm. “We will not pick up negotiations at the time being,” Klaus-Peter Kohl stated in a press release. “For us it was not a serious offer but an ultimatum.”
Even though manager Wilfried Sauerland was not surprised by Universum´s reaction, he rejected Kohl´s remarks. “I think it is a pity that there were no actions in support of Sturm´s and Universum´s big words,” Sauerland stated. “Our offer was serious and not an ultimatum. We submitted it in writing and stressed that there could be additional time for negotiations. It was our second official offer for Sturm – the first one for 1.5 million euros has never been answered.. continue
by James Slater - Even long before he was iced inside a single minute by Colombia's Breidis Prescott, there were serious question marks surrounding Amir Khan's chin and his ability to take a punch. Down heavily in his fight with the relatively soft-punching Willie Limond (obviously, NO boxer's punch is soft!), Khan's chin was under intense scrutiny afterwards. continue
New look Enzo Maccarinelli vowed to put his ripped physique to good use next Saturday night against Jonathan Banks. The big-punching Welshman challenges for his old WBO World Cruiserweight crown against the undefeated American at the ExCel London. And he has embarked on a strength and conditioning programme ahead of the big fight which has seen his body mass index drop dramatically - and his muscle density increase two-fold. continue
TOTOWA, NJ (November 28, 2008) -- World super flyweight champion and Fighter of the Year candidate VIC "Raging Bull" DARCHINYAN is ready to defend his crown by kicking a little Arce, as they say Down Under. Darchinyan (31-1-1, 25 KOs), from Sydney, Australia by way of his native Vanadzok, Armenia, will be making the first defense of his newly unified titles against WBA interim super flyweight champion Jorge Arce (51-4-1, 38 KOs), of Los Mochis, Mexico. Promoted by Gary Shaw Productions and Top Rank, Darchinyan vs. Arce will take place on Saturday, February 7, 2009 and will be televised live on SHOWTIME Championship Boxing.
"I can't get enough of Mexican fighters. They bounce real good off the canvas when I hit them," boasted Darchinyan. "Let's see, I've stopped Cristian Mijares, Victor Burgos and Luis Maldonado over the past two years. Unlike Jorge Arce, those three fighters were very tough hombres.. Defeating Arce won't take much training. It won't even be a fight for me --more like pest control. continue
Indianapolis, IN-Relentless Events and CBelieve regretfully inform the public that the November 29th HomeComing fight featuring Lamon Brewster vs. Bruce Seldon at the Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis has been postponed. Brewster had contracted stomach flu in the final days leading up to the fight and would not be ready to compete on Saturday. continue
Los Angeles, CA (November 26, 2008) – On Saturday, November 29, undefeated Cristobal “The Nightmare” Arreola will defend his WBC Continental Americas title against Travis “Freight Train” Walker on the first-ever professional boxing card to be held at the new state-of-the-art Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, California. The bout is scheduled to air on HBO's "Boxing After Dark" preceding the main event, 2-time WBO Welterweight Champion Paul "The Punisher" Williams vs. 3-time World Champion Verno Phillips. continue
27.11.08 - by James Slater - Thanks to his exciting and overall reasonably impressive stoppage win over Monte Barrett a couple of weeks back, David Haye is now 2-0(2) as a heavyweight. Thrilling to watch and a much needed breath of fresh air to the big guys' weight class, "The Hayemker" has taken it upon himself to restore order and value for money to the most important division in boxing.
However, there is a chance Haye, anxious to see his childhood dream of being heavyweight champion of the world realised, may rush things and head straight into a fight with either one of the Klitschko brothers. One can understand the 28-year-old's urge to get it on with the two best heavyweight champions out there, but surely tackling one of these guys in his very next bout would be a bad idea? continue
by James Slater - Ireland's Wayne McCullough, the former WBC bantamweight champion, is still not ready to hang up the gloves and give up on his goal of having one last shot at winning a second world title. Despite losing his last fight back in June of this year, when he was forced to quit on his stool while ahead on points against Juan Ruiz, the 38-year-old warrior wants to give it one more go at world level before he's through. continue
by James Slater - As has now been confirmed on a number of boxing web sites, ESPN.com originally, the on/off Antonio Margarito-Shane Mosley fight is back on for good. The two welterweight stars will clash, as originally planned, in Las Vegas on January 24th. The fight was thought to have been a done deal anyway, only for Margarito, the reigning WBA 147-pound king, to have a change of heart late last week. Deciding to "pass on the fight," the Mexican great reportedly decided to go straight into a much more lucrative return fight with Miguel Cotto, next June. Now, however, thanks to a increased purse, "Tony" will take on "Sugar" first. continue
By Ted Sares - The first thing that Nacho Beristain told me when we started working together was 'I can bring out more power from your left hook.' And I looked at him and I said to myself, you must be crazy. --Oscar De La Hoya
I had to come to the United States to prove myself. I fought for a long time in England and a lot of people thought I was a protected fighter. --Ricky Hatton
If the “Golden Boy” gets by Manny, another mega-fight--this time with Ricky Hatton--is not far fetched. But if they fought right now, here is how I see it playing out—and let me say at the outset that by heart is with Ricky but my brain says Oscar: continue
Riverside, CA (November 26) - The following are quotes from Dan Goossen, George Peterson and boxing’s “most feared fighter,” 2-time WBO Welterweight Champion Paul “The Punisher” Williams (35-1, 26 KOs) who will move up a weight class to take on the IBF Junior Middleweight Champ Verno Phillips (42-10-1, 21 KOs) in a scheduled interim 12-round battle for the WBO Super Welterweight Championship that will take place this Saturday, November 29 at Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, California. continue
26-11-8 - Vladimir Virchis leaves his Hamburg based promoter Universum Box-Promotion and proceeds chasing new opponents along with his manager Oleg Hug. “We decided to end the contract with Universum”, stated Hug. “Still Vladimir’s career is far from over. We already have some good offers for his next fight. We will see who comes up with the best offer in the end. Although he lost his WBC final elimination bout to Juan Carlos Gomez Vladimir still is one of the best heavyweights today. And he can definitely still beat anybody who crosses his way.. continue
26.11.08 - By Vivek Wallace: After last Saturday nights performance by Ricky Hatton, there's no question, this weeks 'Left-Hook Lounge' installment will come heavy on the Hatton dosage. Not only on Hatton himself, but also the trainer in his corner, as well as the options they'll have to collectively ponder about his future. Aside from that, we analyze questions relative to the Margarito/Mosley showdown which now appears to be firm, as well as one fight fans dream to one day see a showdown at 154 lbs between James Kirkland and Paul Williams. As always, there are a lot of topics to conquer, so with no further ado, we jump right in.
Jeffery S. (Miami Lakes, Fl): At times you've supported Hatton, but you've also been critical of him in regards to his dedication to the sport. What do you think of him now that he has Mayweather Sr. in his corner?continue
PROVIDENCE (November 26, 2008) – World cruiserweight contender Matt “Too Smooth” Godfrey (18-1, 10 KOs), rated No. 3 by the WBC, became the first Sovereign Nations Boxing Council (SNBC) champion last Saturday night when he won a dominating 10-round decision against Eddie “The Iron Man” Gutierrez at 4 Bears Casino in New Town, North Dakota. continue
by James Slater - Yuriorkis Gamboa, one of the most exciting and potentially great prospects in all of boxing right now, looks set to get his first shot at a world title some time next year - an interim version of one anyway. According to news regarding the WBC's upcoming purse bids, as reported on FightNews.com, a Gamboa-Elio Rojas bout will go to purse bids on December 19th this year. continue
HOLLYWOOD, CALIF. (November 27, 2008) -- Six-division world champion OSCAR DE LA HOYA reportedly beat up ... A CARNEGIE DELI CHEESECAKE! Reports are sketchy, but it appears that an irate De La Hoya committed Pastrycide on the 11.25-pound, 12-inch antioxidant-rich chocolate cheesecake sent as a Thanksgiving gift to him at his training camp in Big Bear Lake, Calif. from TEAM PACQUIAO.
"I'm not too surprised Oscar was able to whip the cheesecake, look at what he did to that French pastry Patrick Charpentier back in 1998. That's his specialty," said Pacquiao's trainer World-Famous Freddie Roach. "However, he's going to find out that it's going to take more than dieting down to a Twiggy-like 145 pounds to beat Manny. Manny is no cream puff and he is looking forward to serving Oscar his just desserts at the MGM Grand on December 6." continue
photo by J.A. Treptow - Turkish investor wants to bring the WBC world heavyweight championship to the Bosporus - ARENA-CEO Ahmet Öner announced today that he received offers from a big Turkish investor and one of the biggest Turkish TV stations to host the WBC heavyweight championship between Vitali Klitschko and no. 1 contender Juan Carlos Gomez in Istanbul, Turkey! “Since we brought boxing back to Turkey in June 2007 the interest in the sport is huge” states Öner. “Now one of the best known experts for sports marketing in Turkey contacted me regarding this fight knowing that a WBC world heavyweight championship is the most prestigious event possible. continue
TOTOWA, NJ (November 25, 2008) – Undefeated junior middleweight sensation ALFREDO “Perro” ANGULO of Mexico, has picked up the scent of his next victim – former world champion Ricardo Mayorga. The Angulo-Mayorga junior middleweight rumble will take place on February 14, 2009 – Valentine’s Day – and will be televised live on HBO. “I’m going to leave forget-me-knots all over his nicotine-stained face,” growled Angulo, whose nickname “Perro” translates to “dog” in English. “Mayorga isn’t going to have to wait until the last second to get knocked out like he did with Shane Mosley. I’m going after him like a dog on a bone the second the first bell rings. He is so done.. continue
Former Undisputed Cruiserweight World Champion David Haye promised to make a statement in his first major heavyweight fight Saturday, November 15 against Monte Barrett and the "Hayemaker" delivered in devastating fashion, dropping the former world title challenger five times en route to a fifth round TKO victory. Now Haye (22-1, 21 KOs) is hunting even bigger game....
"I did everything I promised to do against Monte Barrett and now I'm ready to clean up the heavyweight division by getting rid of the Klitschkos," said Haye. "It doesn't matter in which order I fight them, but the result will be the same - "The Hayemaker" by knockout." Both Haye's U.S. promoter, Oscar de la Hoya's Golden Boy Promotions and trainer Adam Booth, were awed by the 28-year-old's devastating performance at London's O2 Arena. continue
Los Angeles, CA – Veteran referee Jon Schorle has been appointed by the California State Athletic Commission and the World Boxing Organization as the third man in the ring for the interim WBO Super Welterweight Championship bout between Paul “The Punisher” Williams and Verno Phillips in the new state of the art Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, CA on Saturday, November 29. continue
By Jason Peck - Dear Ricky: You can hear it, can’t you? The welterweight division is calling again. Word on the street says that you’re going to fight Oscar De La Hoya if the Golden Boy makes it past Manny Pacquiao. But come on – you already know that welterweight is wrong you. At 140, you’re a proven champ; at 147 your record is none too impressive. Build a legacy where you belong, where you really shine. It’s not like one weight class is a bad thing. continue
November 25) Los Angeles, CA -- Just two days before Thanksgiving and "At Last" featuring 2-time WBO Welterweight World Champion and "The Most Feared Fighter in Boxing," Paul "The Punisher" Williams taking on 3-time World Champion, Verno Phillips, in an interim 12 round WBO Super Welterweight World Championship bout, will take place two days later on Saturday, November 29, at the Inland Empire's hottest state-of-the-art building, Citizens Business Bank Arena located in Ontario, California and broadcast on HBO.
Presented by Goossen Tutor Promotions, Riverside's and Inland Empire's Cristobal "The Nightmare" Arreola, the WBC Continental Americas Heavyweight Champion will fight NABF Heavyweight Champion, Travis "Freight Train" Walker also in a 12-round IBF Heavyweight Elimination bout. In addition, Shawn Estrada, the 2008 US Olympian from East Los Angeles, will be making his professional 4-round debut. continue
Belfast slugger Martin Rogan says he'll knock out Audley Harrison at the ExCeL London next Saturday - but has offered to run him home for free afterwards! Rogan, who has also makes a living driving a taxi in his home city, meets the 2000 Olympic Gold medallist on Saturday 6 December. A win could put him in line for a series of lucrative paydays and a title opportunity - and bring an end to the career of Harrison. continue
26.11.08 - All videos courtesy of John Martinez, IronBoxing.com - "The Dream Match," the 12-round welterweight collision between two of boxing's biggest attractions, De La Hoya and Pacquiao, is scheduled to take place on Saturday, December 6 at MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada, the bout will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View, beginning at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT. It is promoted by Golden Boy Promotions and Top Rank, Inc., presented by Tequila Cazadores and sponsored by Ceverza Tecate, DeWalt Tools, Full Throttle Energy Drink, and Southwest Airlines, the fight sold out in hours, making it the second largest grossing gate in boxing history. continue
25.11.08 - Interview by Vivek Wallace: On Saturday night in Indianapolis, Indiana, current NABA heavyweight champion Lamon Brewster will take on former WBA heavyweight champion, Bruce Seldon. After climbing his way up the ranks, becoming the WBO heavyweight champion by knocking out Wladimir Klitschko back in 2004, injuries found a way to slow his progress, and to an extent, his career. Four years and six fights later, Brewster has finally found good health, as well as what he believes will be the blueprint to lad him right back where he feels he belongs. That highly coveted location is at the top of the sport. Eager to prove his mettle to the world, talking both fight game and fight promotions, here's what Lamon had to say:
VW: Hey Champ, how's it going? How's everything?
LB: Everything's great, just getting prepared for Bruce Seldon next week. Everything's great, I feel good. continue
In the Main Event, former IBF Jr. Middleweight World Champion Roman "Made in Hell" Karmazin 36 (ko23)-1, from Russia will attempt to re-establish his career and his status as an elite fighter when he squares off against another former WBO World Champion Branco "Superman" McKart 51(ko31)- 8, from Monroe, MI. Karmazin vs. McKart 12 round main event will be for the IBF Intercontinental and NABF Middleweight Championships. continue
Click here to listen to the show -- On Sunday Nov. 23 at 8pm est/5pm pst, On The Grind Radio is back with our weekend wrap up show featuring Ishe "Sugar Shay" Smith. The former cast member of the original season of the Contender TV series, and rising Jr. Middle Weight star will be telling his story and updating us on his current situation. Gato Figueroa will also be stopping by for his first radio interview following his controversial win over Emmanuel Augustus. In addition OTG Radio will be covering the Hatton-Malignaggi bout that took place in Las Vegas this weekend. Tim Kudgis and Suge Green will be taking your calls and calling it like they see it, as always...On The Grind. continue
by James Slater - Unbeaten star Joe Calzaghe has come out writing in an effort to put an end to the false rumours that say he has made up his mind and has retired. Responding to these claims on his very own web site, Calzaghe.com, Joe wrote the following: "I understand that stories have been placed in the media today by a so-called acquaintance. This person claims I have given him an exclusive announcing my retirement. Whoever this guy is, he is wrong. The truth is I have not made my mind up. It is too soon since my fight with Roy Jones Junior to make a decision one way or the other.
"When the time is right I will sit down with my family and then the first place my fans will hear about my decision will be here on Calzaghe.com. In my last few fights I've achieved everything I want to achieve. Therefore, I'll sit down, have a rest, have a think about it, and make my decision after Christmas.. continue
HOLLYWOOD, FL, November 25 – Last Friday night before a sellout crowd, it only took WBA super bantamweight champion Celestino Caballero four rounds to destroy previously unbeaten hometown favorite Steve Molitor, and to add the Canadian’s IBF 122-pound championship belt to his collection. Now “Pelenchin” wants to see which of the remaining top guns in the division are willing to step into the ring with him. continue
by James Slater - Just when Ricky Hatton felt he had a new trainer who would (and perhaps already has) make him a much better fighter as the two men worked together for the remaining super fights he has left, does Floyd Mayweather Senior drop a bombshell. It's no secret Hatton and Oscar De La Hoya are in talks to meet next summer, perhaps as early as May and in Cardiff according to the latest word on the street, but Mayweather Senior has gone on record as saying he is unsure which of the two men he would train for the Mega fight. continue
By Vivek Wallace: Well, the 140 lb landscape has suddenly become a bit more legible. Paving the way for that movement was the effort of British phenom Ricky Hatton who stormed the MGM Grand last Saturday night, devouring Brooklynite Paulie Malignaggi in the process. Leading up to the fight many - (yeah, myself included) - openly pondered whether or not the 'Hitman' could regain his form with Papa Mayweather in the corner and to the delight of many, he did that and then some.
Now that the smoke has cleared and the picture is a bit more transparent, we take a brief glimpse into the proverbial crystal ball to see what the future may hold for the 'Rickster'.
Option 1 - The Bradley Effect: With Ricky Hatton showing the great discipline he displayed against Malignaggi, one can only wonder how great it would be to see a fighter with his style tango with Mr. Desert Storm, Timothy Bradley. For Bradley, this is a very welcomed fight that he's already gone on record as openly stating that he would love to entertain. continue
by James Slater - Whatever anyone wants to say about "Prince" Naseem Hamed, and right enough he had his share of critics in his day, one thing he was not was a dull fighter. Capable of putting on electrifying shows in drama-filled fights, Naz, as he was affectionately know, often gave value for money and thrills to the fans. continue
By Paul McCreath: Alright I know you are going to ask so I will get right to it. You are wondering why I call him the impossible heavyweight right? Let me ask you a question first. What are the chances of finding a fairly decent heavyweight who stands 6 foot 4 inches and weighs around 235-240 pounds with 43 pro fights and a winning record who has never scored a single KO victory? Impossible right? Well no it isn't because those facts describe one 38 year old Zuri Lawrence who has been a pro since 1994 and is still winning fights. continue
24.11.08 - By Mike Casey - Sometimes I go to bed at night worrying that great old fighters will be forgotten. I know that is stupid in a world of vastly more immense issues, but I can’t help it. I worry that the brave and skilful ring wizards of yesteryear will finally be enveloped and swallowed up by the mists of time as we finally overdose on the great rush of getting to the next big thing. Even what’s happening right now is no longer a sufficiently potent drug to keep us high.
I despair each Sunday evening here in England when my enjoyment of my beloved NFL football, (thoughtfully slipped in between the commercial breaks), is shattered by the dreaded words, “Coming up….”
The ball from the opening kick-off is still pleasantly enjoying its hang time when a booming voice starts telling me what’s coming up next Sunday. You think this game is going to be great? Next Sunday’s game will be even greater! And, hey, we’re only six or seven weeks away from the Super Bowl! continue
New York, N.Y. (November 25, 2008)-VERSUS, the network that celebrates real competition, will debut the fourth season of THE CONTENDER on Wednesday, December 3, at 10 p.m. ET. Television icon Tony Danza will host the series, which includes 11 one-hour episodes and a live two-hour finale. The weekly episodes will air Wednesday nights at 10 p.m. ET, and the live two-hour finale on February 25 will start at 9 p.m. ET. All episodes are available on VERSUS HD. continue
Undefeated heavyweight prospect Derek "Del Boy" Chisora is preparing for his hardest task yet - sparring with world title contender Enzo Maccarinelli in Wales. Maccarinelli tops the December 6 card at the ExCeL London, challenging Johnathon Banks for the Vacant WBO World Cruiserweight title. And rising star Chisora appears on the undercard in an eight rounder. The pair will spar together this week at Maccarinelli's Newbridge gym - and have promised not to hold back. continue
by James Slater - To all the so-called boxing experts who were calling Ricky Hatton a spent fighter who was only a fight or two away from retirement, "The Hitman" gave a smack in the eye last night. In punishing Paulie Malignaggi in Las Vegas, Hatton looked great. Hatton promised beforehand he would look a different, vastly improved fighter under new trainer Floyd Maweather Senior, and he was as good as his word.
In taking "The Magic Man" apart over the course of ten and-a-bit rounds, Hatton forced Maliganggi's trainer, "Buddy" McGirt, to throw in the towel at 48-seconds of the 11th round. The Manchester man's showing, in becoming the first ever man to stop the New Yorker, was so good it prompted both UK commentator Ian Darke and US promoter Lou DiBella to call his performance his best since the great win over Kostya Tszyu. continue
24.11.08 - by James Slater - Now that he has silenced his critics with his back-to-his-best performance against Paulie Malignaggi, the future looks extremely bright for 30-year-old Ricky Hatton. It's no secret both he and Oscar De La Hoya want very much to engage in a mega-fight showdown next year (providing Oscar gets past Manny Pacquiao, of course). Talking about this mouth-watering prospect, Hatton himself and Golden Boy's Richard Schaefer are both mightily excited about the possibilty. continue
Los Angeles, CA (November 24, 2008) – On Saturday, November 29, undefeated Cristobal “The Nightmare” Arreola will be taking what he hopes is another step toward a World Heavyweight Championship, when he defends his WBC Continental Americas title against Travis “Freight Train” Walker on the first-ever professional boxing card to be held at the new state-of-the-art Citizens Business Bank Arenain Ontario, California. continue
By Ted Sares - I prayed, thanking God, for making it all possible for me, because I knew where I came from. --Tommy Hearns
I'm one of the few fighters around who doesn't smoke, doesn't drink and doesn't get high no kind of way. --James Shuler
James Shuler was a 1979 and 1980 National Golden Gloves Champion at 156 lbs and then became a member of the 1980 U.S. Olympic boxing team. He was from Philadelphia and carried the moniker “Black Gold." He qualified as a member of the 1980 Olympic boxing team that perished tragically in an air crash in Warsaw, Poland. James missed the flight, however, as he stayed home due to an injury. The crash of LOT flight 007 resulted in the deaths of 31 Americans including 22-members of the U.S. amateur boxing team along with several U.S. Olympic team candidates. The team was en route to Warsaw for a USA vs. Poland Box-off. continue
NEW YORK (Nov. 24, 2008) – The hard-hitting South American welterweight champion has an unblemished record (24-0), a knockout percentage of nearly 90 percent (21 of 24) and a world top-10 ranking (World Boxing Council/WBC No. 7). So is Luis Carlos Abregu a legitimate contender? As good as his report card indicates? A simple answer is, stay tuned. continue
by James Slater - For weeks now, word has been both spreading and growing about a possible return to the ring by former heavyweight king Lennox Lewis. Initially looked at as nothing more than a foolish rumour and nothing more, the idea of the 43-year-old all-time great actually lacing up the gloves one more time actually got halfway believable when Lewis himself told a British newspaper he might come back if he were offered the huge sum of $100 million. continue
21.11.08 - By Ron Scarfone - On May 31, 2008, Stacey Louise Reile was one win away from fulfilling her dream of becoming a world champion, but her dream turned into a nightmare. Ina Menzer, the female featherweight champion, holds the WBC and IBF versions of the titles and Reile was so excited to have an opportunity to fight Menzer for the world featherweight championship. Reile is currently ranked in the top ten at featherweight by those sanctioning bodies as well as the WIBA, IFBA, and GBU. Before I elaborate on Reile’s fight against Menzer, I would like to begin by explaining how I first became acquainted with Stacey Reile.
There are people in sports and entertainment who make their living as talent scouts. These are people who have to be able to recognize aptitude and the potential for greatness. I am not a talent scout, but when I saw Stacey Reile fight for the first time, I knew that I was looking at someone who had the potential to be a world champion. It was December 2006. I was the editor and a writer for Boxing Tribune.com, a website that is now defunct. continue
November 24 (East Los Angeles, CA) - 2008 East LA Olympian, Shawn Estrada held an open media workout today and spoke with the press on his preparation for his first professional bout against Washington, D.C.'s Lawrence Jones that is set to take place this Saturday, November 29 at the new Citizens Business Bank Arena located in Ontario, California. continue
WBO World Super-Featherweight champion Nicky Cook, who was due to feature alongside Enzo Maccarinelli, Amir Khan and Audley Harrison at the ExCeL London on December 6, has been ruled out due to flu. Cook, Britain's only world champion, was due to makes the first title defence of his title against Salford's Stephen Foster Jnr but has withdrawn today following professional medical advice. continue
By Paul Strauss: Ricky hurt Paulie early and often. He continued his relentless attack throughout the fight. After the tenth round, trainer Buddy McGirt told Paulie he wasn't going to continue letting him take so much punishment, and would stop the fight. Paulie wasn't capable of changing the course of the action, so Buddy threw in the towel. It was only 28 seconds into the eleventh round.
The MGM Grand headline event started off in an entertaining fashion. Ricky literally bounced into the ring in his "Fat Man" suit, doing his version of the Curly Shuffle to lyrics saying, ".....never eats salad, and that's why he's fat". Paulie joined in with a few dance steps of his own. Ring announcer Michael Buffer glanced sideways at the "Fat Man", and had all he could do to keep from bursting out into laughter. Then the robes came off and the fun was over. continue
24.11.08 - NEW TOWN, NORTH DAKOTA -- In front of a standing room only crowd at the 4 Bears Casino & Lodge, three of CES' rising stars, Matt Godfrey, Aaron Williams and Hank Lundy all put on impressive performances in securing victories on Saturday night. Godfrey, the reigning NABF cruiserweight champion, added the brand new Sovereign Nations Boxing Council cruiserweight crown to his resume with an impressive shut-out performance over tough Eddie Gutierrez. Providence's Godfrey put on an impressive display of speed in scoring the unanimous decision win over Gutierrez by scores of 100-90 twice and 99-91. continue
By Srithar Visuasam: Friday 21 November 2008 saw the Elite Cranes Cup held at the Malvern Town Hall, Victoria, Australia. With a capacity crowd in attendance there were two title bouts at stake in the six fight card with Shannon McMahon taking battle with Paz Veijo for the Victoria State Junior Middleweight Title and Luke Moloney up against Frank Ciampa for the Victoria State Super Middleweight Title. continue
Exclusive interview by James Slater - Reigning and undefeated WBC light-welterweight champion Timothy "Desert Storm" Bradley will be a very interested observer of tonight's big Hatton-Malignaggi fight in Las Vegas. Though he is in line to meet the winner of the upcoming rubber-match between Kendall Holt and Ricardo Torres, the 25-year-old from Desert Springs also has his eye on facing tonight's winner. Indeed, Bradley has no shortage of potential mega fights at 140-pounds.
Very kindly taking time out to speak with this writer from his home this evening, the always polite Bradley discussed his future and also gave me his predictions on a number of upcoming bouts.
James Slater: I really appreciate you time, champ. Firstly, will you be fighting the Kendall Holt-Ricardo Torres III winner, as we hear?
Timothy Bradley: Yes, it will be the winner of Holt-Torres. continue
Indianapolis, IN-Less than a week away from his November 29th Homecoming fight in Indianapolis, NABA heavyweight champion "Relentless" Lamon Brewster remains very confident approaching his 12-round clash with former WBA heavyweight champion Bruce Seldon. "I'm feeling relaxed and ready. I've done everything I could do to prepare for Seldon. I'm a man of God and I'm going to leave it all in His hands. I feel very good about this fight." The show is the sophomore effort of Brewster's own Relentless Events in association with Colin Bates' CBelieve. continue
by James Slater - While unbeaten 36-year-old future Hall of Famer Joe Calzaghe has yet to make up his mind about if he will take another fight or retire, Chad Dawson and his manager Mike Criscio are busy calling out "The Pride of Wales." Apparently making at least some progress, "Bad Chad" has gone on record - according to View London.co.uk - as saying he is in talks with a Calzaghe representative about the possibility of a fight next year. continue
by James Slater - Last night, on the under-card of the Hatton-Malignaggi fight, unbeaten 24-year-old light-middleweight James Kirkland improved his record to 24-0(21) as he brutalised an incredibly brave Brian Vera. Finally getting the stoppage win at 1 minute and 45-seconds of the 8th round, when referee Vic Drakulich decided he'd seen enough and dived in to rescue Vera as he was being pounded in a corner, Kirkland showed again why he is such an exciting prospect.
The southpaw who hails from Austin, Texas, (as does Vera) came out bombing in the opening round, a KO win clearly the only thing on his mind. Guilty of leaving himself open at times in fights, last night's included, this only makes Kirkland more thrilling to watch. continue
22.11.08 - Bill Calogero, TheDailySports.com - Celestino Caballero dominated Steve Molitor through four rounds to add the IBF Super Bantamweight Title to his WBA Super Bantamweight Belt from the Casino Rama in Ontario, Canada Friday night. The contest was broadcast live on ShowTime’s ShoBox Series. Caballero used his height and arm reach advantage by dictating the fight from the opening bell. He was able to land his jab, followed by right hands almost at will to a seemly defenseless Steve Molitor. continue
LOS ANGELES, CA (November 21, 2008) – Golden Boy Promotions and Top Rank announced the addition of two 12-round title fights to the December 6 pay-per-view undercard of “The Dream Match,” headlined by the 12-round welterweight collision between two of boxing’s biggest attractions OSCAR DE LA HOYA and MANNY PACQUIAO. continue
By Frank Gonzalez Jr. November 21, 2008 - Photo: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME -- Friday night at the Casino Rama in Ontario, Steve “The Canadian Kid” Molitor (28-1, 11 KO’s) lost his first pro fight and his Junior Featherweight IBF (122-pound) title in front of his Canadian fans in a short fight against the tall Panamanian, WBA titlist Celestino “Pelenchin” Caballero (31-2, 22 KO’s).
Molitor, who stands at five-foot-seven and is basically a technical boxer that looks to counter-punch his way to victory. He entered the ring undefeated. Celestino Caballero, at five-foot-eleven may be the tallest Jr. Bantamweight I’ve ever seen and he didn’t come to box but to destroy his opponent with long armed aggression. He used his superior range, jabs and combination punching to control Steve Molitor from outside where his long reach proved quite effective.
Molitor wasn’t able to get into any kind of rhythm but was getting clocked in every round. Though Molitor landed a few decent shots, here and there, they were few and far between. continue
By Paul Strauss: The Morongo Casino Resort & Spa boxing fans were treated to a typically good showing from Jhonny Gonzalez. He had no trouble with Reynaldo Lopez, stopping him at 2:17 of the fourth round. Jhonny now has a win streak of six, and all but one ended in either a KO or TKO. Tonight Jhonny spent the first couple of rounds finding the range. Meanwhile, Lopez was trying his best to make a good showing of his own. He threw some solid punches, but was unable to penetrate Jhonny's defense. continue
By Vivek Wallace: Tonight, fight fans will get a chance to watch as two of the best in the business at the 140lb jr. welterweight division square off. In his first trip back to the United States after his humbling loss at the hands of Floyd Mayweather Jr. nearly a year ago, Manchester's Ricky Hatton (44-1, 31KO's) will take on Paul Malignaggi (25-1, 5KO's) in a fight that could predict the future of both men. continue
By Paul Strauss, photo by Tom Casino / Showtime - The so called rumble in Rama, Ontario, Canada turned into a mugging of Steve Molitor. Molitor appeared very tight and tentative. He was unsure of himself, asking his corner man after the first round how he did? He corner man diplomatically said, “It was decent." It was more like a decent to the lower depths of the 122lb rankings, not to mention loss of his title.
Caballero now holds both the WBA and IBF belts, and wept with joy over his victory, Molitor suffered his first defeat, proving Cabellero's record, which includes two defeats, is still more impressive than Molitor's, because it's against better competition. continue
James Moore, 16-1 (10 KOS), a native of County Wicklow, Ireland, who fights out of Queens, New York, has been training hard at Freddie Roach’s Wild Card Gym in Los Angeles for his December 13 challenge of NABF junior middleweight champion Yuri Foreman, 26-0 (8 KOS), at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City. continue
PROVIDENCE (November 21, 2008) – On a mission to establish himself as America’s No. 1 heavyweight prospect, 2004 U.S. Olympian Jason “Big Six” Estrada closes out 2008 on November 29, headlining “Holiday Havoc” in the 8-round main event against Derek “The One Man Riot” Bryant (20-4-1, 17 KOs), at Twin River Events Center in Lincoln, Rhode Island. continue
Photo by Tom Casino / Showtime - (Nov. 21, 2008) – In a one-sided fight from the beginning, Celestino Caballero outclassed previously unbeaten Steve “The Canadian Kid” Molitor, registering a TKO just 52 seconds into fourth round to become the 122-pound International Boxing Federation (IBF) and World Boxing Association (WBA) world champion Friday on SHOWTIME’s ShoBox: The New Generation. Caballero of Colon, Panama, improved his record to 31-2 while Molitor drops to 28-1.
The 12-round world-title unification fight was the first ever to take place in Canada and the first on ShoBox. Orion Sports Management presented the historical scrap from Casino Rama in Rama, Ontario, Canada. Molitor, from nearby Toronto, Canada, seemed lost from the very beginning. Caballero on the other hand wasted no time moving in on his opponent and throwing combination after combination. Forced into the ropes, Molitor was never able to find his rhythm. continue
by James Slater - 30-year-old Ricky Hatton has heard the talk that has come from some people saying he is on the way down and is a fighter way past his best. And Hatton has heard a fair few people saying they think Paulie Malignaggi will beat him and end his career at top level this Saturday night in Las Vegas. Yet despite all this negativity, "The Hitman" says he feels as good as ever - no, BETTER than ever. continue
NEW TOWN, North Dakota (November 21, 2008) – Sovereign Nations Boxing Council (SNBC) debuts tomorrow night (Saturday, November 22) when cruiserweights Matt “Too Smooth” Godfrey and Eddie “The Iron Man” Gutierrez fight for the first SNBC title headlining a special card, promoted by Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment and Sports, Inc., at 4 Bears Casino in New Town, North Dakota. continue
By Ted Sares: Daniel Aldo Gonzalez was an Argentinean bomber who went undefeated in his first 49 bouts. His first loss was on points to Johnny Gant in Monaco in 1976. He then won six in a row before losing another decision to Miguel Angel ‘El Zorro” Campanino, 85-5-4 coming in, for the Argentine (FAB) welterweight title. Back in 1975, he fought to a draw with rugged Carlos Maria Gimenez in an unsuccessful bid for this same belt. Gimenez would retire with a sparkling 114-10-5 mark.
In 1979, he was matched with Sugar Ray Leonard, 19-0 at the time, in a bout televised from Tucson, Arizona and announced by Howard Cossel. “Cañonazo” as Gonzalez was known had a gaudy 52-2-4 slate and had never been stopped. He was touted as a real test for the streaking Leonard who by then had victories over Floyd Mayweather, Randy Shields, Armando “El Hombre” Muniz, and power punching Canadian Fernand Marcotte. Significantly, however, he held a TKO won over Johnny Gant, the same man who broke Cañonazo‘s long undefeated streak. continue
21.11.08 - By Thomas Scherr - Last Saturday night in Morgantown WV, Jimmy Lubash and Tommy Karpency faced veteran opponents that were supposed to take them rounds. Instead, both earned early knockouts, but will be back in the ring next weekend to try to hone their skills.
Lubash entered the ring in the main support bout, and was treated to a rousing ovation from the Pittsburgh crowd that made the short trip down to see Lubash work. continue
By CONOR WARD: Manchester’s much-loved hard-living puncher Ricky ‘The Hitman’ Hatton is on another eagerly anticipated mission in the Nevada Desert this weekend, as he takes on brash and talented New Yorker Paulie ‘The Magic Man’ Malignaggi. In official terms, the prize at stake is Ricky’s IBO light welterweight title, but the reality is that these two are locking horns in a battle to establish the de facto king of the division. WBC champ Timothy Bradley, Junior Witter’s vanquisher, might have something to say about that, and no doubt he will get his chance at a later juncture, but for now, Hatton-Malignaggi is where it’s at in the 140 pound class. continue
By Vivek Wallace: U.S. soil remains a major feeding ground for the international boxing scene, and two weeks after hosting Joe Calzaghe, another British phenom is scheduled to take the U.S. by storm as Ricky Hatton gets set to take center stage. From the very beginning of his career, Hatton has been viewed as a fighter whose fiery passion and plow ahead style ignites a crowd like few others. Trouble is, recent twist in his career have left some wondering whether this little hot-air balloon needs to cool off before it indeed fizzles out. As we attempt to analyze Mr. Hatton full circle, like any other 'Call Em Out Fridays' segment, we'll take a look at all perspectives to keep things fair and balanced. The 'Supportive' perspective, the 'Critics' perspective, and in the end, a more 'Neutral Objecting' perspective to tie all the loose ends. On the eve of his first U.S. showdown since his one and only humbling defeat, we shine the spotlight on the 'Hitman'.... continue
NEW YORK, NY (November 20, 2008)... Recognized for its innovative marketing approach to top tier events, HBO Pay-Per-View has designed a non-traditional interactive strategy for the December 6th De La Hoya-Pacquiao event to allow sports fan everywhere to engage the event. HBO Pay-Per-View® is utilizing the social networking site Facebook.com as a promotional tool to reach the site’s 120 million unique users. continue
BALTIMORE, MD (November 20, 2008) Super middleweight contender Joey Gilbert wasted no time taking control of the action Thursday night, dropping William Johnson with his first punch. The Reno , NV resident would drop the rugged Mississippi veteran four times before a halt was called to the action at 1:18 of the second round. “I felt great right out of the box, he threw a combination and I decked him with a solid overhand right. He was game and aggressive but I was able to beat him to the punch on a consistent basis” said Gilbert. continue
by James Slater - Carl "The Cobra" Froch is massively confident ahead of his WBC super-middleweight title fight with unbeaten Canadian Jean Pascal, so much so that he and his promoter are looking ahead to a big fight with Jermain Taylor as a follow-up. If 31-year-old Froch, currently 23-0(19), gets past the also unbeaten Pascal, 21-0(14), on December 6th in his home town of Nottingham, a fight with "Bad Intentions" could take place next, and the venue being discussed is Madison Square Garden, New York.
"I have already made it clear we will go out there [to America]," said Mick Hennessey. "I offered Taylor big money to fight Carl for the title but he actually accepted less to take on Jeff Lacy in what was an eliminator. He obviously didn't fancy Carl. Taylor Vs. Lacy was always going to be a mismatch." continue
Undefeated IBF middleweight champion King Arthur Abraham is hopeful that Felix Sturm will finally get in the ring with him after Team Sauerland earlier this week submitted a written offer of 2.5 million euros. Abraham would not be distracted by Sturm´s latest remarks in which he called the offer a PR gag. “The offer is on the table,” King Arthur said. “It was officially submitted in writing by our managing director. This is as serious as it gets. continue
In the first 12-round world title unification fight in the eight-year history of ShoBox and the first world title unification fight to take place in Canada, undefeated IBF champion Steve “The Canadian Kid” Molitor (28-0, 11 KOs) and WBA champion Celestino Caballero (30-2, 21 KOs) will collide tomorrow/Friday, Nov. 21, from Casino Rama in Rama, Ontario, Canada, live on ShoBox: The New Generation (SHOWTIME, 11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast). THURSDAY’S WEIGHTS – Steve Molitor and Celestino Caballero both weighed in at 121.6 pounds. continue
by James Slater, photo by Tom Casino - As is the case with Kendall Holt, the other exciting fighter in this light-welterweight rivalry, Ricardo Torres, the former WBO 140-pound champion, is very confident he will emerge the victor and settle the score once and for all on December 13th. As such, the fans cannot wait for Holt-Torres part three. As we know, controversy abounded in fights one and two, with Torres being sensationally stopped in just 61 seconds of the return fight held in Las Vegas.
However, were it not for a head butt landed by Holt, Torres says, he would have definitely won. Very kindly taking time out from training to speak with this writer about this and other things concerning his fight with "Rated R," Ricardo gave the following answers to my questions.
Speaking through his promoter and translator, Billy Cham, the 28-year-old Colombian spoke to me over the phone today. continue
(November 20) Los Angeles, CA -- "At Last" only nine more days until the first bell rings on Saturday, November 29, at the Inland Empire's newest state-of-the-art building, Citizens Business Bank Arena located in Ontario, California and broadcast on HBO. Presented by Goossen Tutor Promotions, the main event features 2-time WBO Welterweight World Champion and “The Most Feared Fighter in Boxing” Paul “The Punisher” Williams taking on 3-time World Champion, Verno Phillips, in an interim 12 round WBO Super Welterweight World Championship bout. continue
by James Slater - Though he is convinced he is a more talented fighter than Ricky Hatton and that he will emerge the victor this coming Saturday night in Las Vegas, Paulie Malignaggi has admitted he is somewhat concerned about "The Hitman's" propensity to wrestle and hold in fights. The fast-talking New Yorker wants nothing more than a fair fight on Saturday, and he doesn't want Hatton being shown any favouritism in the form of the Manchester man being allowed to get away with his clinching and spoiling. continue
By Jerry Pinder: I recently caught up with young heavyweight Mike Mollo, the all action brawler who lost a controversial decision to former title challenger Jameel McCline recently in China. Mollo has also been in with other big names Andrew Golota, Davarryl Williamson and Kevin McBride, and never seems to be in a dull fight.
JP-Hi Mike, thanks for taking the time.
Mike Mollo –No problem
JP-Why did you start boxing, what age, what was your amateur record?
Mike Mollo-I started boxing because I thought it was the most competitive sport out there and that it was in my family already. My uncle was a 1972 lightheavywieght Olympian, and my grandfather was the champ of the navy. My amateur record was like 25-3. . continue
Enzo Maccarinelli has promised an explosive display on December 6 against Johnathon Banks - and says he'll then go on to clean up the cruiserweight division in 2009. The Welsh wizard challenges for his previously held WBO World title against highly-touted American Banks at the ExCeL London. It's his first fight back since losing to David Haye in March, and Maccarinelli is vowing to get back to winning ways in a fortnight's time. continue
20.11.08 - By Ted Sares - I thought, 'I've got him here' and I saw his legs do a little dance, but he got close enough to hold on to me and simply said, 'are your hands hurting yet?' --Tony Bellew, Paul Bonson opponent
Slovakian Jozef Kubovsky, now 13-101-14, recently reached the 100 mark when he lost to Jindrich Kubin, 1-0 coming in. continue
20.11.08 - by James Slater - Today, on The Steve Bunce Boxing Hour, on Setanta sports, David Haye and his trainer/manager Adam Booth were the special guests. Having had almost a week to reflect on November 15th's winning fight with Monte Barrett, "The Haymaker" and his main man spoke about the bout and what's up next for the 28-year-old.
Haye was asked if he was happy with the way the Barrett fight went, and if he perhaps wanted a quicker stoppage.
"If I'd put the pedal to the metal I probably could've done it earlier, Haye said. "I was in great shape, though, and I took my time and gave a good, entertaining scrap. The last tube was at a quarter past midnight, and I promised people they'd be able to get the last tube home, so I had to get him out before seven rounds [laughs]." continue
20.11.08 - Final Press Conference Quotes: PAULIE "MAGIC MAN" MALIGNAGGI: "I'm just glad to be here and I want to thank everybody. I'm not going to go through the names because there are a thousand of them but I want to thank everyone who's involved in setting up this whole show." "I feel very prepared and I've had a great camp. I'm more than ready for this fight Saturday night. Like Lou [Di Bella] said, I've been waiting a long time for a fight of this magnitude and it's finally here and it's a very exciting time for me.. continue
Photos: Durell Wambolt (For SHOWTIME) - In the first 12-round world title unification fight in the eight-year history of ShoBox: The New Generation and the first to take place in Canada, undefeated International Boxing Federation (IBF) champion Steve “The Canadian Kid” Molitor (28-0, 11 KOs) and World Boxing Association (WBA) super bantamweight champion Celestino Caballero (30-2, 21 KOs) will collide this Friday, Nov. 21, from Casino Rama in Ontario, Canada, live on SHOWTIME (11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast). continue
David Haye’s manager Adam Booth has accused the Klitschkos of backtracking following the British boxers outstanding performance against Monte Barrett. Haye was due to fight IBF, IBO and WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko in London next summer. It now looks increasingly likely that Haye will instead face WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko. Speaking to Setanta Sports News Booth said:
“At first they were talking about Wladimir, now they pull Wladimir out and offer me Vitali.”
Booth added that it was a case of either fighting the brother “with better punches and a weaker chin [Wladimir] or the one with the better chin but who has slowed considerably over the last few years [Vitali]”. continue
HOLLYWOOD, CALIF. (November 20, 2008) -- Seer, soothsayer and two-time BWAA Trainer of the Year, World-Famous Freddie Roach, made another bold prediction at his Hollywood-based Wild Card Boxing Club, where he is training five-division world champion and No. 1 Pound-for-Pound fighter MANNY PACQUIAO for his 12-round welterweight super fight against “The Golden Boy” OSCAR DE LA HOYA. continue
ARENA-CEO Ahmet Öner will present his next US show on January 9th in Primm, Nevada. The show will be featured live on ESPN Friday Night Fights. For the first time Cuban Olympic 2004 gold medallists Yuriorkis Gamboa and Odlanier Solis will be on the same card in the United States as Solis will give his US debut. continue
19.11.08 - Exclusive interview by James Slater - Kendall Holt and Ricardo Torres have unfinished business. Hugely so. Thankfully for the fans, this unfinished business is (hopefully) going to be sorted out on the second Saturday in December. And if fight-three is anywhere near as good as the two men's initial fights, which were as thrilling as they were filled with controversy, we are in for something special. Fight one, which took place in Torres' backyard of Barranquilla, Colombia back in September of 2007, saw Holt, who was ahead on the scorecards, stopped in the 11th round - but only after beer cans had been thrown into the ring by over-excited Torres fans and after Holt had allegedly had his leg grabbed by someone who reached inside the ring.
A rematch was deemed necessary, and the two colourful 140-pounders met again, this time in Las Vegas, this past July. More controversy occurred, however, as Holt KO'd Torres in one of the wildest opening rounds in boxing history - but only after Holt had landed an unintentional head butt on the defending champion. continue
In this week's 'Left-Hook Lounge' mailbag we take a look at some very key questions from avid fight fans as they relate to some of the hottest names in the sport. Everything from Haye's impact on the heavyweight division, to Oscar's chances of defeating Pacquiao, and everything in between all come full circle as we put an ear to the streets and find out what fight fans really want to know. With no further ado, we start out in New York City, where a fight fan wanted to know the following about the U.K.'s latest fighter to take the fight world by storm: continue
19.11.08 - By Erik Schaffer - Here we go again with another installment of The Handicappers Thread as we take a look at the big 140 pound fight taking place this Saturday night on November 22 between Ricky Hatton and Paulie Malignaggi, which is being held at MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. As always I will discuss the betting line, analyze the fight and give a prediction. So lets get to it. continue
By John Martinez, IronBoxing.com: November 19, 2008 -- December 6, the fight dubbed “The Dream Match” between the once golden Oscar De La Hoya and the now, very much in his prime Filipino sensation Manny Pacquiao will take place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas airing on the media outlet that Oscar built, HBO PPV.
Originally, I wasn’t interested in this match up. What others were calling a “Dream Match”, I was giving lying claim to the moniker of “glorified sparring session.” However, after having repeated debates on this issue, I have now figured out what the entire buzz is truly about.
Oscar will lose. My recipe for Manny to be successful would require the little man to weather a vicious assault by De La Hoya early on. Oscar has a tendency to throw everything he has in the first four to five rounds. After that, he becomes flat footed and gassed. continue
by James Slater - For the first time in a while, Ireland's Steve Collins finds himself in the news, and unfortunately it's not good news. "The Celtic Warrior," the WBO super-middleweight champion from 1995-1997, is, according to a news article on Herald ie, one day into a trial for which he is accused of assault. The trial began yesterday, and allegedly, after unsuccessfully attempting to get into the VIP section of The National Boxing Stadium to see a June 2006 Bernard Dunne fight, Collins hit bouncer Adrialik Voda in the face. continue
LOS ANGELES, November 19 - British welterweight star Matthew Hatton and junior featherweight contender Rey "Boom Boom" Bautista will be pushed to the limit in pivotal bouts on the off-television undercard of Saturday night's showdown between Ricky "The Hitman" Hatton and Paul "Magic Man" Malignaggi at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. continue
By Alex McMillan: This Saturday night Ricky Hatton squares off against Paulie Malignaggi in what should be a terrific clash of styles. Or will it? Will the influence of Hatton’s new trainer Floyd Mayweather see a more cultured boxing display from the Hitman? Can Ricky conceivably pull off such a stylistic change for twelve rounds so late in his career? How will his American opponent react if he should? Will we see a more aggressive Malignaggi, ready to do the chasing and instigating so regularly brought into the ring by Hatton? Or will there be other surprises from either or both fighters?
A terrific clash indeed. Both of these fighters are at interesting stages of their careers. For both this is a huge contest, the implications of winning or losing likely career defining. Almost twelve months down the line from his only defeat, in that same town where Floyd Mayweather Jnr caused him such problems, Hatton seeks a return to the level of big-time not tasted since. For Malignaggi, this could herald his real emergence. continue
TOTOWA, NJ (November 18, 2008) -- World super flyweight champion VIC "Raging Bull" DARCHINYAN is ready to give WBA interim super flyweight champion and Mexican loudmouth Jorge Arce (51-4-1, 38 KOs), the big Olé-off! Darchinyan (31-1-1, 25 KOs), from Sydney, Australia by way of his native Vanadzok, Armenia, responded to the challenge Arce made to him today. continue
Richard Schaefer: Welcome to today's conference call to discuss the "Dream Match" between Oscar de la Hoya and Manny Pacquiao. Those who have seen last night's episode of 24/7, it really was one of the best episodes if not the best. There is such a contrast between these two fighters, and yet they have so much in common. They are both exciting, explosive, and are training so hard and really want to win. They both carry the pride of their people, of their nations on their shoulders. continue
by James Slater - In a surprising development, WBA welterweight champion Antonio Margarito has changed his mind about facing former champion "Sugar" Shane Mosley in January, with the Mexican great apparently deciding to "pass on the fight" that was scheduled for January 24th 2009. This news has been widely reported on the web today, and originally came from an article in the LA Times.
Top Rank president, Todd duBoef told the paper on Tuesday that Margarito let yesterday's deadline for the fight come and go, and that he decided against fighting Mosley after it appeared the bout was an all but done deal. duBoef explained why he thinks Margarito and his team made the decision they did.
"Part of their thinking, I'm sure, is that the Cotto fight did good numbers and that's the fight they want, more than a guy Cotto beat," duBoef said to the LA Times. "Shane Mosley was a big name seven years ago, but they [Team Margarito] weighed the consequences and decided it was onward and upward." continue
NABF cruiserweight champion Matt “Too Smooth” Godfrey (17-1, 10 KOs), rated No. 3 by the WBC, fights Saturday night for the first Sovereign Nations Boxing Council (SNBC) title against Eddie “The Iron Man” Gutierrez at 4 Bears Casino in New Town, North Dakota. SNBC is a fledging professional boxing organization linking federally recognized tribes throughout the United States and Canada. continue
Boxing scholar Nathan Cleverly will make the first defence of his Commonwealth Light-Heavyweight title on Friday 12 December at the Kingsway Sports Centre in Widnes. Cleverly returns to the north west, where he won the crown in stunning style in Liverpool last month, outclassing Tony Oakey over 12 quality rounds. No opponent has yet been named, but Cleverly - who studies Mathematics at Cardiff University - is relishing the chance to impress again in front of the Sky television cameras. continue
Photos by Photo Wende - Nikolai Valuev and Evander Holyfield both voiced their respect for each other during yesterday´s media tour. One month before their eagerly-anticipated showdown in Switzerland, the WBA heavyweight champion and his legendary challenger held joint press conferences in Zurich and Berlin. “Evander, I want to thank you for getting into the ring with me. It will be an honour to fight you,” Valuev stated. “You are a great champion and I have always had a lot of respect for you. But I am convinced I will leave the ring victorious.”
The “Real Deal”, who has fought the likes of Mike Tyson, George Foreman and Riddick Bowe, admitted that the showdown with the Russian Giant will definitely be something special. “He is the biggest champion I have ever faced, that is a fact,” said the 46-year-old, who will try to become the oldest heavyweight champion of all time. “But boxing is not about size. It is about how you fight. And believe me, I will be prepared for him.. continue
Americas most prominent heavyweight future starts will face each other with bragging rights as the #1 young heavyweight in the World. The bout will be broadcast on HBO, at the Inland Empire's newest state-of-the-art building, Citizens Business Bank Arena located in Ontario, California. Presented by Goossen Tutor Promotions, the main event features 2-time WBO Welterweight World Champion and "the most feared fighter in boxing" Paul "The Punisher" Williams taking on 3-time World Champion, Verno Phillips, in an interim 12 round WBO Super Welterweight World Championship bout. continue
by James Slater - Back in June of this year, on the under-card of the Manny Pacquiao-David Diaz WBC lightweight title fight, Mexico's Humberto Soto and the Dominican Republic's Francisco Lorenzo met in a fight that proved to be one of the year's most controversial. Boxing for the interim version of Pacquiao's WBC super-featherweight title, Soto had the upper hand in the early rounds, before seemingly emerging as a stoppage winner at 2 minutes and 43-seconds of the 4th round. continue
18.11.08 - by James Slater - Oscar De La Hoya says he will not be content with a mere points win over Manny Pacquiao on December 6th. Helping to further publicise the bout that has been dubbed "The Dream Match," De La Hoya has made it clear he wants to knock "Pac-Man" out, and has also said that if he doesn't he will consider it a "total disaster."
"The Golden Boy," a huge favourite going into the welterweight match-up, is expected by many to do as he wishes and stop the Filipino legend, but is there a chance the big expectations on Oscar will put/have put added pressure on him? And if so, and if the soon-to-be 36-year-old goes out with only one thing on his mind, is there a chance Pacquiao could get lucky? Everyone knows that when a fighter is in a forward advancing attack mode, trying desperately to get his man out of there, he also leaves himself open and is therefore somewhat vulnerable. continue
Photo of Israel Vazquez/Courtesy Espinoza Boxing Club -- Los Angeles, CA (November 18, 2008) World Boxing Council Junior Featherweight Champion and “Pound for Pound” candidate Israel “EL MAGNIFICO” Vazquez was honored this past Saturday night at the LAX Marriott by the World Boxing Hall of Fame. continue
By Paul McCreath - Whenever the subject of David Haye and his future prospects comes up it becomes immediately clear that there are two schools of thought on this matter. On the one hand we have David's loyal fans who are sure he is headed strait for the heavyweight title. Some even think he could KO both of the Klitschko brothers right now. On the other hand are the doubters who think that David is sure to come up short for any one of several reasons. I am inclined to think that the truth lies somewhere in the middle ground between the two sides. In this article we will look at some of the various opinions,add a few facts and hopefully reach some kind of logical conclusion. continue
18.11.08 - by James Slater , photos by Photo Wende - According to the thinking of the average fight fan and/or boxing expert, Evander Holyfield will have pulled off a minor miracle if he is able to defeat the huge, 7'2" Nikolai Valuev in December. In fact, most people would agree "The Real Deal" will have done incredibly well if he's capable of even making the title fight he has done nothing to deserve at all competitive. After all he's achieved in a genuinely great boxing career, Holyfield shouldn't even think about boxing on, but he is.
More disturbing than the fact that the 46-year-old, who has not won a fight since June of 2007, is going to be swapping punches with a man somewhere approaching 100 pounds heavier than he is, are the things the former four-time heavyweight champ has been saying about what he plans to do after December 20th. continue
17.11.08 - By Jason Shearer: So has the pale skinned fighter from the Land of Song finally silenced all his critics with his recent dominance of Roy Jones Junior? – almost certainly not. Boxing scribes, so called experts and laymen alike are fond of honesty and telling it like it is. For the sweet science is pretty much the most honest sport of all, as well as being the hardest. continue
18.11.08 - For the past week James Moore, 16-1 (10 KOS), a native of County Wicklow, Ireland, who fights out of Queens, New York, has been training at Freddie Roach’s Wild Card Gym in Los Angeles for his December 13 challenge of NABF junior middleweight champion Yuri Foreman, 26-0 (8 KOS). continue
By Robert Jackson: To quote comedian Chris Rock, "Yeah I said it"; I thought that Roy Jones would defeat Joe Calzaghe, how wrong was I? While rewatching the fight replayed on HBO this past weekend, Roy fought as well as could be expected and was never hurt even while being hit with many good shots! Early in the fight Roy's legs were there but were taken away as Joe Calzaghe worked him over. There were also many good rounds where Roy was competitive, but in the end all was for naught because he was beaten by a much better fighter, which goes without saying. My mind even allowed me to think the unthinkable, that being, maybe at Roy's BEST he wouldnt've have beaten Joe! continue
Undefeated light heavyweight boxer Joe Calzaghe has revealed he will make a decision about his future after Christmas. Following his recent win over Roy Jones Junior the Welshman’s future has been subject to much speculation. Calzaghe told Setanta Sports News he would just ‘enjoy Christmas with the family and make a decision afterwards.’ “It was a hard, hard training camp for me. There was a lot of pressure going into the fight and I really have to evaluate the situation and the risks involved in fighting.. continue
18.11.08 - By James Slater - He may have only had two fights at heavyweight, but there is little to no doubt right now that London's 28-year-old David Haye is the most electrifying big man in the sport today. In fact, it's a no brainer. Name another heavyweight that brings to the ring the kind of white knuckle drama Haye does. You can't.
With his blend of sheer power, speed and athleticism, combined with his perceived (and perhaps genuine) vulnerability, the former cruiserweight king sees to it that no fan can afford to so much as blink when he's doing his stuff. Raw, genetic punching power is what Haye is said to carry, and last night he showed he also carries genuine box office appeal. In an O2 Arena that was rocking with enthusiastic fans straining their necks to see every second they could of a heavyweight who at last brings the weight class palpable excitement the likes of which has not been felt since the days of the peak Mike Tyson, Haye gave some serious value for money. And this was merely the first step of his heavyweight invasion. continue
17.11.08 - by James Slater - In a fascinating article in The Los Angeles Daily News, celebrated trainer Freddie Roach spoke with Michael Rosenthal about the fighters he has worked with in his over twenty year career as a boxing trainer. Roach, who is currently getting Manny Pacquiao ready for his mega fight with "Golden Boy" Oscar De La Hoya, says "Pac Man" is without a doubt the most disciplined boxer he has ever worked with. continue
by James Slater - Thanks in large part to the explosive talents of one David "The Hayemaker" Haye, the heavyweight division is fast becoming one of excitement and intrigue again. For a number of years the fans have been turned off by safety-first orientated and/ or lumbering giants who failed to provide the high-octane, all-action type fights needed. Well, in less than two week's time another exciting heavyweight wannabe is in action, and his fight may well join the Haye-Monte Barrett slugfest and become a second end of year thriller put on in the sport's ultimate weight class. continue
By Frank Gonzalez Jr. November 16th 2008, Photo by Sumio Yamada- Saturday night in Nashville, former Middleweight titlist and current Super Middleweight contender Jermain “Bad Intentions” Taylor faced his old Olympic teammate Jeff “Don’t know why they call him Left Hook” Lacy in a WBC title eliminator bout.
Jeff Lacy (24-2, 17 KO’s) was constantly beaten to the punch by Taylor (28-2-1, 17 KO’s) who had the faster hands, better footwork and far more accuracy in his punches. Lacy showed a lot of heart, as he pressured Taylor as best as he could, too often trying to land big bombs instead of jabbing his way in and setting up his power punches. Taylor won every round except the fifth (in my opinion), when Lacy landed a right that caught Taylor behind the head and sent him to the canvas. The referee, Lawrence Cole ruled it a slip but the replay showed that it was certainly a punch that influenced Taylor’s trip to the canvas. continue
Audley Harrison believes Martin Rogan's 'charging bull style' will suit him down to the ground on Saturday 6 December at the ExCeL London. The 2000 Olympic Champion knows he has to produce the goods against the rough undefeated Belfastman or the dream of a world title opportunity is well and truly over. Although he beat Brazilian George Arias in his last fight, it was a lack luster performance and Harrison has promised better. continue
Welterweights Delvin Rodriguez (23-2-2, 14KO) and Isaac Hlatshwayo (28-1-1, 10KO) battled to a 12 round draw on Monday night in Hlatshwayo's home country of South Africa. At stake in the bout was an IBF #1 ranking and future date with IBF welterweight champion Joshua Clottey. From the opening bell it was an entertaining fight as Hlatshwayo looked to press the action while the sharp shooting Rodriguez was content on firing off crisp combinations from the outside. continue
By Joe Mills: Former Undisputed World Cruiserweight champion David Haye triumphed in his first real test at Heavyweight tonight over perennial contender Monte Barrett in five rounds. “2 Gunz” had to scrape himself off the canvas four times before being put down for good in the fifth stanza by the “Hayemaker.”
In front of a packed 02 arena, and a very interested Vitali Klitschko, the WBC Heavyweight king, Haye answered one question that has hung over his 200lb adventure, while leaving another ambiguous. Haye showed in dismantling the extremely capable Barrett that the power that made him a fearsome force at Cruiserweight has joined him in the trip up to Boxing’s banner division. continue
17.11.08 - by James Slater - The plot thickens with regards to the possibility of a Lennox Lewis comeback. Not only has the man who is seemingly desperate to get Lewis back in the ring, Vitali Klitschko, claimed this past Sunday that Lennox is currently giving the idea of coming back some serious thought, but Lewis' former trainer Emanuel Steward has just come out and said he is in favour of a return by the former heavyweight king. continue
17.11.08 - Dear Boxing Family: Our beloved WBC World Champion, Genaro Hernandez, is facing the fight of his life. Diagnosed with a rare cancer, his insurance will not cover his full treatment. The World Boxing Council, and our President Jose Sulaiman, urges you to join us in Genaro's corner. Here's how you can help. continue
by James Slater at ringside - Tonight at the O2 arena in London, David Haye's full time heavyweight arrival came in explosive style as he blasted through Monte 'Two Gunz' Barrett in 5 rounds. Improving his record to 22-1 (21), Haye knocked Barrett down 5 times. Barrett fell to 28-7 (20). The official time was 1 minute 28 seconds of the fifth when a lethal left right combination to the head sent Barrett crashing for the last time.
Barrett's entrance to the ring was almost as spectacular as the fight itself. Attempting to leap clean over the ropes, Barrett instead became tangled and went flying, much to the amusement of the crowd. continue
by James Slater, ringside - Heavyweight sensation David Haye wasn't the only exciting British puncher in action over the weekend. Going down a few weight divisions, unbeaten 22-year-old Kell Brook, a welterweight superstar in the making, was also busy making a statement - on Friday night. Another big puncher, Brook made his own headlines in Scotland. - Below is this writer's fight report of the British 147 pound title fight. continue
Super-Bantamweights Matthew Marsh and Rocky Dean have promised a showdown as intense as the Battle of Trafalgar after going head to head on the mighty HMS illustrious. The pair meet at York Hall on Friday 21 November in a British title clash screened live by Sky Sports. And they promised an explosive display in London's east end when they came face to face on the aircraft carrier in Greenwich. continue
Per Ake Persson: November 15, Duesseldorf, Germany: WBO I/C heavy champ Aleksander Dimitrenko retained the title with a third round knockout of challenger Luan Krasniqi in a true crossroads fight. It was fastpaced and exciting for as long as it lasted with the fired up Krasniqi dominating the action. Luan seemed to get Dimitrenko under some pressure in the second. In the third Aleksander, the bigger man, did better but it was still Krasniqi´s round.
Then Dimitrenko scored with a right, Krasniqi covered up and the Ukrainian threw a short left hook that landed to the liver of Luan, who took a step back, then sat down on one knee while Spanish referee Manuel Oliver Palomo counted him out. It was a clean end but also somewhat disappointing as the fight was still wide open. After two rounds it was scored 20-18 twice for Luan and 19-19. For Krasniqi this must the end while Dimitrenko most likely will be mandatory challenger for the WBO. continue
17.11.08 - Click here to listen to the show -- On Sunday, November 16th On The Grind Radio returned with a great weekend wrap-up show. Fights covered include David Haye vs Monte Barrett and Jermaine Taylor vs Jeff Lacy. Our special guest was a fighter on the comeback trail...On the road back to World CruiserWeight Title contention, the Celtic Warrior Bobby Gunn dropped by On The Grind to retrace his footsteps through the world of boxing, and to tell us where he has charted his course to. continue
viagogo, Europe’s leading ticket exchange, has seen ticket demand soar for Oasis’ mini-tour in Mexico as Ricky Hatton fans look for a famous Manchester double header. Hatton lines up against Paul Malignaggi on Saturday 22nd November in Las Vegas, with his fellow Mancunians, Oasis, beginning a run of three dates in Mexico four days later. Fans clearly have their eye on an extended celebration with hundreds of people snapping up Oasis tickets at the same time as securing their tickets for the big fight. continue
By Rizwaan Zahid: Mikkel Kessler of Denmark, Lucian Bute of Montreal by way of Romania, Carl Froch of England, Jean Pascal of Montreal by way of Haiti, Librado Andrade, Jermaine Taylor, Jeff Lacy, and the list continues.
Former champions and current champions are all in the most underrated vision currently. I can’t personally remember when there was such international talent in one division. With all these fighters either having fought recently, or will be fighting in the next few months, 2009 looks promising and exciting for the super middleweight division.
Lucian Bute recently retained his title with a 12 round decision over Librado Andrade. I won’t go into the controversial ending, because it has already been covered extensively by nearly every boxing website or columnist. continue
By Rizwaan Zahid: This past Sunday I celebrated my 20th birthday, and even though I was only entering my second decade, I, like most people, look back on the years and think about the past, wonder about the present, and ponder the future. Most of us remember our childhood birthdays and it was always a celebration of gifts and receiving attention rather than serious thinking. Boxing careers are very much the same as birthdays. continue
By James Slater - A number of people were surprised when Amir Khan's “comeback” opponent for December 6th was announced. Instead of taking on the widely predicted patsy, the 22-year-old who was shocked by Breidis Prescott in his sole pro defeat back in September, chose to tackle tough and durable Irishman Oisin Fagan. No doubt, Khan deserves to be applauded for proving he means business by taking on such a good calibre foe – but has he taken on the wrong man against whom to begin his rehabilitation? continue
By Jim Dorney: After Joe Calzaghe’s recent victory over Roy Jones Jr., what his next move might be has been a hot topic for boxing fans around the world. Calzaghe is a fighter who polarises opinion, but few have NO opinion on the man.
Languishing largely in the shadows in a global scale until his upset domination of heavily-hyped Super-Middleweight heir apparent Jeff ‘Left Hook’ Lacy in March 2006, Calzaghe had already made 17 defences of his WBO Super Middleweight belt, drawing much derision from fight fans particularly in the states as to the legitimacy of the organisation in relation to the more traditionally celebrated ‘big three’ of the WBC, IBF & WBA.
The world had to take notice of Calzaghe’s victory over Lacy – Not just because the underdog won, but also because of the nature in which he won. continue
Bernard Dunne and his manager Brian Peters are delighted to hear that European Super Bantamweight champ Rendall Munroe is due in Dublin tomorrow morning for a press conference. Perhaps Munroe is ready to accept Peters latest offer of £60,000 to defend his title against Dunne…or maybe he’ll try to explain why he’s defending his title against an obscure Italian in Dublin next month. continue
BIG BEAR, CALIF. (November 14, 2008) – In an exclusive video interview with FoxSports.com’s Mark Kriegel, 10-time world champion Oscar De La Hoya, at his training camp in Big Bear, Calif., cooly countered trainer Freddie Roach's prediction of a ninth-round knockout victory by his star pupil, WBC lightweight champion and boxing’s No. 1 pound-for-pound fighter Manny Pacquiao, when they meet, on December 6, in a 12-round welterweight super fight. continue
15.11.08 - By Vivek Wallace: Tonight's featured showdown on HBO will be as much about individual redemption as it will be a fight for a future in the sport itself as both Jermain Taylor and Jeff Lacy try to bounce back from some very troubling moments in the recent past. For Taylor (27-2, 17KO's), he'll enter the ring for the first time in the post-Pavlik era of his career as he tries to move beyond a string of losses, one in which he was brutally knocked out in the 7th round to lose his divisional straps.
For Lacy on the other hand, this will be his latest effort to climb out of what is clearly an uphill battle which started on the heels of his humbling loss to Welshman Joe Calzaghe back in 2006. As we get ready for the fight tonight, in an effort to analyze the chances of both men, we narrow the scope and talk keys to victory, "four to explore", and sum it all up with an official prediction. continue
14.11.08 - Jaime Castro-Núñez - Yesterday in Barranquilla, Colombia, junior welterweight superpower Ricardo “Mochuelo” Torres weighed in at 154 pounds in the first pre-weight ceremony for his Saturday, December 13 WBO championship match against Kendall “Rated R” Holt in what should be the last chapter of a riveting trilogy. The protocol took place at Cuadrilátero Gym and was supervised by the commissioner René Pantoja. Torres, who stopped the scale at the maximum recommended by the World Boxing Organization, said to the press: “I needed to weight no more than 154 and I did it! I´m very motivated for this fight, willing to recapture the belt that I lost in Las Vegas due to an awful head butt on my chin that knocked me out.. continue
14.11.08 - By Jim Amato - Although most of the buzz is surrounding HBO's feature bout between Jermain Taylor and Jeff Lacy, there is an under card bout that has captured my interest. Former welterweight champion Kermit Cintron faces a very stern test in rugged Lovemore N'dou. Unless I'm way off base I look for Taylor - Lacy to be pretty much one way traffic in favor of Taylor. continue
14.11.08 - By Alex McMillan, photo by Tom Casino: Of the fights taking place this coming weekend two stand out immediately as the most intriguing and, for the winners and losers, ultimately career defining. On one side of the Atlantic David Haye takes his first real step into heavyweight reckoning against Monte Barrett, whilst on the other side Jermain Taylor challenges Jeff Lacy in a fight surely neither can conceive of losing. For two of these fighters, one supposes, this weekend will be the final meaningful contests of careers which, at one time or another (never more so than now in the case of Haye) have promised the entire boxing world and everything in it.
Haye’s is a particularly mouth-watering bout, given the style of his fighting and the potential for some really huge fights to follow should he win with a degree of flair. continue
Bernard Dunne: “I'm 28 now so I know I need to step up to the mark and test myself against the big names at world level and hopefully 2009 will be all about that but for now the only thing I’m thinking about is beating Cristian Faccio and getting another win under my belt. All the talk about world title fights will mean nothing if I slip up tomorrow night and this guy has to be respected. He’s only just fought for the world title himself and is world rated, he’s mixed in some good company and there’s no doubt he can bang as well, his record proves that.. continue
VERSUS, the network that celebrates real competition, today announced a deal to bring the fourth season of THE CONTENDER to the network and that they have signed television icon Tony Danza to host. THE CONTENDER, which includes 11 one-hour episodes and a two-hour season finale, will debut on VERSUS December 3 at 10 p.m. ET. THE CONTENDER is produced by Mark Burnett Productions and DreamWorks Television and the series will be produced in Singapore in cooperation with Mark Burnett Productions Asia who is providing production and logistical support. continue
by James Slater - Amir Khan has not yet even won his first fight back since being sensationally knocked out in 54 seconds by Colombian Breidis Prescott, yet Khan has been telling the press he wants a rematch with the big puncher in the near future. Khan, who is now trained by Freddie Roach, returns to the ring on December 6th, against tough and capable Irishman Oisin Fagan, but he is already planning the day he will avenge his loss to Prescott.
"I spoke to Freddie and he said if you can get that fight again then go for it, because you can beat him and do a clinical job on him so it's a fight in the future I would like to have," Khan said. "I have learned from my mistakes. I still have my goals and my ambitions that I want to achieve. It [the loss to Prescott] has knocked me back a bit but I am still going to do my job. continue
By Ted Sares - In a fight that gave new meaning to the words “fury” and “courage,” Rogers “The Tiger” Mtagwa (25-12-2) and Mexican warrior Tomas “El Norteno” Villa (20-6-4) engaged in almost ten rounds of wild ebb and flow savagery.The battle was held on November 7 at the Casino Del Sol in Tucson, Arizona.
Things started fast. The first round was one of pure fury in which both engaged in legal, back-and-forth assault and battery and the crowd was up and roaring in disbelief when the bell rang. Villa’s punches were shorter and sharper; Mtagwa’s were wider but seemed to be more menacing. Both landed numerous times. This continued in rounds two and three. continue
by James Slater - One of boxing's hottest up-and-coming stars of the future makes an appearance on November 22nd's Hatton Vs. Malignaggi card. Unbeaten light-middleweight talent James Kirkland, the 24-year-old southpaw with the 23-0(20) pro record, will take on the once-beaten and 26-year-old Brian Vera, currently 16-1(10). continue
By Vivek Wallace, photo by Tom Casino - This weeks 'Call Em Out Fridays' segment shines the spotlight on one of the sports most enigmatic figures. A fighter who once showed great promise, yet after being derailed across the pond against Welshman Joe Calzaghe, his career has seemed to take an unexpected twist. No one technically knows at this point what the future of Jeff Lacy will be, but if the recent past has been any indication, it may not involve a great level of success. As he prepares himself for his latest shot at redemption, we take a look at that full circle that surrounds him. In standard 'Call Em Out Fridays' fashion to keep the spin of this article fair and balanced, we'll analyze a 'Supportive' perspective, a 'Critics' perspective, and before turning it over to the fight fans for their angle, I'll first throw in my own perspective. So with no further ado, Mr. Lacy now stands under the proverbial 'spotlight'.......
Jeff Lacy - (Supportive Perspective): In February of 2001 Jeff Lacy started what most at the time felt was an inevitable quest to reach the top of the sport in his respective weight class - the super middleweight division. The outcome was a victory in a rather astonishing fashion, which saw him end the night for his opponent before the end of the first round. After 210 amateur fights and numerous other accolades, it was finally time for the world to see what many felt for a very long time - which was the birth of a new star on the rise. continue
Jermain Taylor: "When we where roommates during the 2000 Olympics there where times when we talk about fighting each other one day. That day is now here and I know Jeff will be ready. We both want bragging rights over each other." My team has put together a good game plan for Jeff and I'm very confident about the outcome of the fight. It will be all business come Saturday night, I'm going to dictate the pace of this fight and fight my fight.. continue
By P.H. Burbridge - Fight predictions!! If you’re right you look like a genius but if you’re wrong…..Well, you know the deal. I really thought Roy Jones Jr was going to surprise the world and out maneuver Joe Calzaghe. In the first round when Roy caught Joe with that short little right hand which was more wrist than fist I felt like a genius. I said to myself “I knew it!! I knew it!!” However, after that one event it became obvious round after round that Roy’s ONLY chance to take Calzaghe out had passed. continue
By Paul Strauss: Providence, RI fans saw their hometown hero Peter Manfredo, Jr. chose to stay in close with Sakio Bika and try to counter Bika's power shots with his own left hooks. Saying Manfredo chose to fight that way is like saying the dog decided to chase the cat. There really isn't any choice involved. Manfredo doesn't know how to fight any other way. He is a warrior and not about to run.
However, tonight he just didn't have the fire power or the needed good jab to keep Bika at bay. Bika is very strong, and punches very hard with both hands. He also employs a big looping right hand that is difficult to defend. Often times it lands behind the head, and although it doesn't have the same knockout potential of a punch to the chin, it still causes havoc with a fighter's equilibrium. That was the case in the very 1st round, when Bika landed two big rights to the back of Manfredo's head. Referee Ricky Gonzalez did not issue a warning, but in fairness to him, a referee many times has no choice but to allow such a punch, because the recipient turns away as the punch is thrown, and gives the back of his head as a target........i.e. Peter versus Toney. continue
By Thomas Scherr - Saturday November 15th, Tommy Karpency will enter the ring at the Waterfront Hotel in Morgantown, West Virginia. He will be taking another step forward in his progression up the Light Heavyweight ladder. At just 22 years of age, Tommy has plenty of time to develop and hone his skills, and his promoter and manager, Steve Simons has carefully moved Tommy forward so far. continue
Sakio Bika: “I feel very happy. Thank God I got this opportunity to fight for the IBO world super middleweight title. This was for my wife and two children back home. This belt will be an early Christmas present for them. Next year is going to be good for me. Next, I want Bernard Hopkins.. continue
by James Slater - There are two world heavyweight title fights taking place in the month of December, one on the 13th in Germany and one the following week, in the unlikely setting of Switzerland. IBF and WBO champ Wladimir Klitschko will be the first of the two champions in action, when he takes on the drafted in Hasim Rahman, and WBA ruler Nikolai Valuev will climb through the ropes on the 20th, when he will take on former four-time heavyweight king Evander Holyfield.
Both Rahman and, even more so, Holyfield, are somewhat lucky to be getting the chances they are this late in their careers, and both guys will enter the ring as the underdog. Has either fighter got a realistic shot at victory?
Let's look at the Klitschko-Rahman fight first. continue
By Glen Johnson: Dear Joe, Congratulations on your win over Roy Jones last Saturday night. I’m happy to see that you’re finally getting some overdue credit, and now that you’ve accomplished what you wanted to against Jones and Bernard Hopkins, I think it’s time for you and I to settle some unfinished business. I’m sure you remember, but if you don’t, you previously agreed to fight me three times in the past, yet all three times you pulled out of the fight due to injury and we never had the opportunity to give the fans the fight they were all waiting to see. continue
On November 29th, heavyweight contender Danny Batchelder (25-6, 12 KO's) will step back into the ring for the first time since August. Danny will be taking on a tough veteran Otis Tisdale (25-22-1, 15 KO's) at the Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis Indiana, on the undercard of the Lamon Brewster-Bruce Seldon fight. In his career, Tisdale has fought the likes of Nicolay Valuev, Michael Moorer, John Ruiz, and Bowie Tupou. continue
by James Slater - Today in London, heavyweights David Haye and Monte Barrett came face-to-face for the last time before they get in the ring on Saturday night, as they attended the "Two Gunz Vs. One Hayemaker" final press conference. And things were a whole lot different from the initial press conference the two men engaged in a few weeks back.
Then, the two men were respectful of one another, the mood was light and there was no bad blood to speak of. Today, however, the press conference, in the words of a Setanta Sports commentator, "Turned the air blue." Having to have it's live T.V coverage cut short because of the bad language, the conference was heated to say the least.
The problems began when Monte Barrett started to complain about the way he has been treated since arriving in the U.K. "Two Gunz" claims Hayemaker promotions have not shown him the respect a fighter deserves, and top of the list in his complaints is the fact that his hotel room is way too small and the he has not been afforded the services of a chauffeur. continue
LOS ANGELES (November 13, 2008) . . .Olympic Gold Medalist and 10-time world champion in six weight classes, Oscar de la Hoya opened his training camp yesterday to over 100 media members who made the trip up to the secluded mountains of Big Bear, CA to observe the boxing legend's training regiment first hand as he prepares for his December 6 "Dream Match" against The Ring Magazine pound-for-pound champion Manny Pacquiao at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas and live on HBO Pay-Per-View. Along with head trainer Ignacio "Nacho" Beristain, training consultant Angelo Dundee and the rest of his team, De La Hoya welcomed the impressive turnout of media members and gave his insight on his upcoming bout. continue
WBA heavyweight champion Nikolai Valuev will return to the ring on December 20 when he faces living legend Evander Holyfield in Zurich. The Russian Giant, the biggest and tallest champion in the history of boxing, is confident of success against the man who at the age of 46 will try to become the oldest heavyweight titlist of all time. “Holyfield was a great champion,” Valuev stated. “He is very experienced but I have no doubts that I will beat him. I take this fight very seriously.. continue
All photos by fight-production.com - Manager Olaf Schroeder today officially confirmed reports by HR television that Fight Production’s only current German boxer, comebacking heavyweight Willi ‘De Ox’ Fischer, will finally take the next step with an appearance on the Klitschko vs Rahman ‘world’ heavyweight title undercard on December 13. Fischer, 35-6-1 (22 KO’s) and from Frankfurt, will bring many of his fans to near-by Mannheim, where K2 (the Klitschko brothers promotional company) stage the show at the SAP-Arena. While the opponent, whom Fight Production expects to announce later this week, should be a test (“We can only keep Willi interested when he feels the opponent poses some threat,” says trainer Tom Leidenheimer), he certainly won’t be as prolific as the 36-year-old Fischer’s training partner, who is none other than former undisputed world heavyweight champion Riddick ‘Big Daddy’ Bowe! continue
by James Slater - Though he is undoubtedly in the minority, Nigerian boxing coach and former Olympian Jerry Okorodudu says his countryman and former WBC heavyweight champion Samuel Peter should not be written off just yet. As fight fans know, Peter was a big disappointment in his title fight defence against the returning Vitali Klitschko last month - quitting on his stool after 8 rounds. continue
Super middleweight boxer Carl Froch is confident he can overcome Jean Pascal when the pair battle it out for the vacant WBC super middleweight on the 6th of December. Speaking to Setanta Sports News Froch described his opponent as predictable. “You know what to expect from him. He’s going to be looking to counter punch and move around. continue
13.11.08 - by James Slater - Last night on British television, a boxing documentary aired for the first time. The nearly two hour masterpiece entitled "Thriller in Manila" looks back at the third, savage, instalment of the epic series between Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier. As compelling as it is at times disturbing, the documentary pulls absolutely no punches.
With recent interviews with Joe and Marvis Frazier direct from Joe's Philadelphia gym, along with contributions by Larry Holmes, Dr. Ferdie Pacheco, writers Jerry Izenberg and Thomas Hauser, and priceless archive footage from the 1975 battle, the re-telling of the story of what to many is the greatest fight of all-time is a sensational piece of work. continue
photos: M.A. Sayer - Mahir Oral and Alexander Sipos both weighed in at exactly 160 lbs. for their WBC Mediterranean middleweight championship today Tuesday in Cuxhaven, Germany. It is the second time Oral and Sipos meet in 2008. On May 30th “Lion” Mahir won a close unanimous decision in Bilbao, Spain. Now Sipos is seeking revenge. continue
Statement by Klaus-Peter Kohl: "We accept!" - Universum promoter Klaus-Peter Kohl has issued following statement regarding a possible unification clash between German middleweight world champions Felix Sturm (WBA) and Arthur Abraham (IBF): "Felix Sturm fought the multiple world champion and US superstar Oscar de La Hoya at the height of his career in Las Vegas and defeated him according to all experts. Thus, he has already achieved what Arthur wants to have: to have a good name in America. With all due respect to Arthur Abraham, he is far from being an Oscar de la Hoya. Felix has already defeated Arthur twice as an amateur and I'm quite sure that he would also do it for a third time because Felix Sturm is a far superior boxer.. continue
By Peter Mark Heintzelman, Photo by Peter Mark Heintzelman -- Tough guys will be tested tonight, at the Providence, Rhode Island Dunkin Donuts Center, when light middleweights, Cornelius "K9" Bundrage challenges Grady "Bad Boy" Brewer in 10 rounds scheduled in an IBO Light Middleweight Title Eliminator! A Co-feature fight on a card headlined by Peter Manfredo, Jr. and Sakio Bika’s IBO Super Middleweight Championship fight, this card is chuck full of great fighters, and great fights, from top to bottom, that will draw fans from far and wide to "The Dunk" tonight, for a fantastic night of professional boxing!
Cornelius Bundrage (28-3, 16 KO’s) of Detroit, Michigan, and a star of The Contender II, is more than ready for this opportunity, and fights a good friend, in Grady Brewer (23-11, 13 KO’s), of Lawton, Oklahoma. "But what ever the outcome of the fight," said Brewer at the final press conference in Providence yesterday, "K9 and I will still be friends.. continue
By P.H. Burbridge - Over the last 10 to 15 there has been a not so subtle change in the heavyweight division. American heavyweights who once ruled the division have been over taken by European heavyweights. It really started when Lennox Lewis, the first British fighter to win the title in nearly a century established himself as the best heavyweight in the world. Lennox’s success ushered in a change in climate and the end of American dominance. Currently, Eastern European fighters are the preeminent force in the division. Wladimir and Vitali Klitschko have accomplished an incredible feat that will go down in the annals of professional boxing by becoming the only brothers to hold heavyweight world titles simultaneously. That particular milestone may last a lifetime and beyond. continue
13.11.08 - At the Scales: Trish Kilcullen, Photos by Peter Mark Heintzelman - This Thursday nights, "Tried ad Tested" fight night, is promoted by the Tournament of Contenders in association with Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment and Sports, Inc. (CES), will air nationally live on Versus television. continue
by Mark Gregory - Following Joe Calzaghe’s dominant points win against 39 year-old Roy Jones Jnr last Saturday, there has been much analysis and re-analysis of what the victory means for the Welshman’s legacy. Given that, after initially appearing to backtrack on his retirement claims, Calzaghe looks very likely to quit the sport, now seems like an appropriate time to try and put his legacy into some sort of perspective.
One topic of debate, raised largely by his 2008 victories over Bernhard Hopkins and Jones Jnr, is how Calzaghe’s career stacks up against his great American peers. There is a certain symmetry between the careers of Jones Jnr, Calzaghe and Hopkins. Whilst Jones Jnr was dominating at 175lbs, Calzaghe was ruling the roost at 168, and Hopkins was in the midst of a long reign as middleweight champion. continue
12.11.08 - by James Slater - We are four days on from his dominant and impressive win over Roy Jones Junior, and Joe Calzaghe's name is still the one on the majority of fight fans' lips. With a whole lot of talk currently swirling around with regards to what Joe will do next, how great he is, where his place in boxing history is and so on, one fighter has not given up hope of one day getting into a ring with "The Pride of Wales.. continue
Interview by Peter Mark Heintzelman, Photo by Peter Mark Heintzelman - Hartford Connecticut’s pride, Matt “Sharp Shooter” Remillard continues to stay busy on his climb to the top of the featherweight division, taking his fifth fight in 2008 against a tough Colombian, Mauricio Pastrana, this Thursday at the Dunkin Donuts Center, in Providence, Rhode Island. On the undercard of the Manfredo-Bika showdown, the Remillard-Pastrana fight could have been a headliner of its own, as it faces off two top lightweights, so keep your eye on this bout, a hidden jewel on an otherwise fantastic card, pitting Contender competitors in the headline attractions. continue
By Ted Sares - Photo by Tom Casino / Showtime -- I'm ready to give Joe [Calzaghe] the opportunity to draw the curtain on his great career in front of his family and friends and 70,000 fans," and "It's the best fight in the light heavyweight division between two undefeated champions. --Chad Dawson
Pound for pound, [Chad Dawson] is the best fighter in the world – Floyd Mayweather Jr.
…there is nothing offensively in a boxing ring that Chad Dawson can’t do. --Al Bernstein
Most fans remember this one as a dominant 117-110 , 117-110, 118-109 UD for “Bad Chad Dawson. 27-0, who fights out of New Haven, Connecticut. continue
BRONX, NY - With the 2008 year nearing an end, Joe DeGuardia and his team at Star Boxing will definitely deserve to enjoy the upcoming holiday season that is quickly approaching. Star Boxing has recently been all over the world representing their growing roster of boxers. Whether it has been promoting fights, attending major sanctioning body conventions, or just taking time out to support some of the different organizations throughout the boxing industry, you can pretty much guarantee that Star Boxing has been there. continue
By Greg Double -- 3 fights, 3 weeks, 3 careers at 3 very different crossroads. November 2008 could be the most significant month ever in the history of British Boxing. 2007 saw the coming of age of a perceived golden generation - seven world champions hailing from the British Isles. Gavin Rees bravely outpointed Souleymane M'baye for the WBA light-welterweight strap, Junior Witter defended his light-welterweight title twice successfully, IBF light-heavy champ Clinton Woods comfortably completed his 4th defence and Enzo Maccarinelli defeated three opponents whilst defending his WBO version of the Cruiserweight title. continue
This weeks 'Left-Hook Lounge' mailbag segment takes a look into a few pretty interesting questions posed by some of the most avid fight fans on the planet. Coming only days after last Saturdays showdown, obviously making the cut in today's mailbag is both Joe Calzaghe and Roy Jones Jr. Aside from them, David Haye, Glen Johnson, and a few other highly notables. Kicking things off today, we start out in Boca Raton, Florida where a fight fan wanted to know the following:
Robert Johnson (Boca Raton, FL): Now that Floyd Mayweather has retired and Roy, Tyson, and the other true American icons are out of the game, who do you predict to become the next mega star as far as American boxers go?
Vivek W. (ESB): Well, there are two ways to answer this question. If you mean who the next American boxing iconic figure will be from an endorsements and 'larger-than-life' perspective, that's a question I'm not really prepared to answer. When you think of Floyd, Ali, Tyson, or Jones, all of those guys had the gift to gab and they had a very innate ability to go in the ring and back it up. continue
GOING ONCE, GOING TWICE . . . According to the New York Post, the world middleweight championship belt Rocky Graziano lifted from Tony Zale on July 17, 1947, will be auctioned off on Nov 15 at a Louisville, KY sports memorabilia show. It is expected to sell for as much as $75,000. Just 11 months after winning the belt, Graziano would return it to Tony Zale in the rubber match of their epic trilogy. Ironically, that June 10, 1948, bout at Ruppert Stadium was the last world championship fight in Newark, NJ—that is until Dec 11, 2008, when Philadelphia, PA native Steve “USS” Cunningham defends his IBF Cruiserweight Championship against Jersey City’s “Polish Warrior” Tomasz Adamek at the Prudential Center. VERSUS will broadcast the Cunningham-Adamek bout and a co-feature contest beginning at 8:00 pm ET . . . The NY Post article can be found here. continue
Frank Maloney Promotions returns to London this Saturday night, November 15, when welterweight Scott Woolford leads a charge of young fighters looking to make their mark on the highly competitive British scene. 25 year old Woolford came of age in his recent clash with Matthew Hatton, giving the Manchester veteran all he could handle before losing the bitterly contested eight rounder on points. continue
Los Angeles, CA (November 12, 2008) – Photo: Jan Sanders/Goossen Tutor Promotions -- On December 13, 2008, a pair of prominent top heavyweight world title contenders will square off against each other with everything on the line, including their professional future at Morongo Casino Resort & Spa. The winner of Toney vs. Thompson, ‘Now or Never,’ emerges as the next major challenger to the Klitschko brothers, the reigning Heavyweight Champions. In addition, the only-Olympic Gold Medalist for the United States in the past 12 years, Andre “SOG” Ward, will defend his NABO Super Middleweight Championship.
“Our sport along with the fans, want compelling bouts. In the Toney-Thompson fight, we’ve put together two fighters that are world ranked, battling against each other, and the winner guaranteed to being closer to fighting again for the most coveted title in sports – World Heavyweight Champion. continue
Bob Arum: We’re getting closer and closer to the fight. Freddie Roach, who I regard as the best trainer in boxing today, is working hard with Manny. He’s going to have Manny in tip-top shape. I don’t know how much better Manny can be than what he is now. But just amazing and we’re going to shock the world on December 6 because with Freddie’s guidance Manny is going to not only defeat Oscar but knock Oscar out. So it’s a pleasure me to turn this over to Freddie Roach. continue
Undefeated International Boxing Federation (IBF) champion Steve “The Canadian Kid” Molitor and World Boxing Association (WBA) super bantamweight boss Celestino Caballero will battle to unify the titles on Friday, Nov. 21, from Casino Rama, in Ontario, Canada, live on ShoBox: The New Generation on SHOWTIME (11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast). The 12-round world title unification fight is the first ever in the eight-year history of ShoBox and the first to take place in Canada. Orion Sports Management will promote the historical scrap between two of the most talented 122-pounders in the world. continue
Exclusive interview by James Slater, photo by David Martin Warr - DKP - Fresh off his upset 1st round retirement win over Andrew Golota in China, 38-year-old Ray "The Rain Man" Austin is understandably feeling good at the moment. Almost certainly retiring Golota with his quick victory, Austin, 26-4-4(17) rejuvenated his own career on November 7th. Now 2-0 since his bad loss to IBF and WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko, Austin is back and looking for another big opportunity.
Very kindly taking time out to speak with this writer today, Ray had the following answers to my questions.
James Slater: Congratulations on the win over Andrew Golota. You must be very happy with the quick win?
Ray Austin: Oh, yes, I'm pretty happy right now. continue
Leon Williams looks to channel Tyson on November 15 - Before Streatham’s Leon ‘Solid’ Williams enters the ring on November 15 at The O2 he’ll first pinch himself and then ponder how his hero would deal with this situation – a professional boxing debut. In 1983, Leon’s hero, a man named ‘Iron’ Mike Tyson, knocked out Hector Mercedes inside the very first round of his pro debut in New York. continue
NEW YORK (November 11, 2008) – Cedric Kushner, President of Gotham Boxing, announced in New York today that he has been informed by Irish Ropes that they cannot deliver the services of John Duddy, the headliner on the November 21st New York City show. As such, the show has been cancelled. continue
I’ve never doubted Peter Manfredo Jr.’s heart, his likeability or his willingness to fight. Indeed, I’ve heard more than a few people compare him to Arturo Gatti, a charismatic underdog who rallies the fans despite lacking the talent of an elite pugilist. And like Gatti, that marketability gets Manfredo into fights way over his head.
I was rather concerned to see that Manfredo will fight Sakio Bika this week. Fans say that Manfredo has a chance; reality says he doesn’t. And if Manfredo does make it past Bika, the Pride of Providence still has a long way to go. Gatti may have been B-list, but he still had powerful weapons that made him dangerous against superior competition. Unless Manfredo makes some improvements, he’s doomed to forever remain a journeyman. continue
By Per Ake Persson: It´s not official but Nikolay Valuev´s defence of the WBA heavyweight title appears to be on for Zurich in Switzerland December 20 with Evander Holyfield as opponent. As always when Sauerland Event promotes they have the Austrian Federation as supervising body - in this case it´s a must as the Swiss Federation has an age limit for 35 for professional boxers and Evander is 46. continue
By Shawn M. Murphy - Recently I spoke with former welterweight contender Dave "Boy" Green. Green had an excellent amateur career over a span of 105 fights. He turned pro in 1974. Over his seven year career he won the British and European Light-Welterweight titles and the European Welterweight title. He lost in two bids for a world title, against Carlos Palomino in 1977 and against Sugar Ray Leonard in 1980. Although an excellent fighter he had the unfortunate luck of fighting at a time when the Welterweight division was absolutely loaded with talent. He retired in 1981 with a final record of 37-4 with 29 KO'S. continue
11.11.08 - by James Slater - While the fans and experts are debating what future Hall of Famer Joe Calzaghe will decide to do with regards to either carrying on with his great career or ending it, the fighter himself seems to have made up his mind. Claiming the temptation to fight on is not really there any longer, Calzaghe has been talking with U.K newspaper The Mirror. One thing Joe told the paper is a definite, is the fact that he will never grant Bernard Hopkins a return fight.
Hopkins, as fight fans know, very much wants a second go at the man who won a split decision over him back in April of this year. But according to Joe yesterday, the 43-year-old will not get what he wants.
Joe began by talking about how he feels it's time to walk away from the sport he dominated in for so many years. continue
11.11.08 - by James Slater - Billy "The Preacher" Graham may not be Ricky Hatton's trainer any more, but that doesn't mean he no longer has a genuine interest in Ricky's upcoming fights. Next up for "The Hitman" is "The Magic Man," Paulie Malignaggi, and Graham has been discussing this fight and it's likely outcome with Ring magazine. continue
By Shawn M. Murphy - It has been a long road for Pinklon Thomas with a lot of highs and lows. The early part of his life was drugs and crime. Boxing however proved his salvation and eventually he became the heavyweight champion. Clean and sober since 1989, Thomas will tell you that he is lucky to be alive. He now counsels youth on how to make smart choices in life and shares his story on how he overcame an addiction that nearly destroyed him. Thomas says he is currently writing a book about his life story because as Thomas says "There is a real message here that needs to be told." It's a message that kids need to hear and hopefully they benefit from it. Fans can catch him at his site, www.pinklonthomas.com. continue
By Peter Mark Heintzelman, Photos by Peter Mark Heintzelman --This Thursday night, the Dunkin Donuts Center, Providence, Rhode Island, hosts a world title boxing event, facing off The Pride of Providence’s Peter Manfredo, Jr. against The Contender champion, Sakio Bika, for twelve rounds scheduled, for the vacant IBO super middleweight title.
At age 27, the Providence super middleweight has been round the block, and more than once. In his career, that spans over eight years in length now, Peter has fought the best the boxing world has to offer, including bouts against world champions, Jeff Lacy, Sergio Mora, Alfonso Gomez, and Joe Calzaghe. continue
Newly crowned WBC USNBC light welterweight champion, Don Juan Futrell (22-3-2, 10 KO's) is issuing a challenge to former two-time world champion Julio "The Kidd" Diaz. Futrell, who's unbeaten in his last nine fights, is coming off an impressive win against Hector Alatorre. continue
Alexander Povetkin will remain in the top mandatory spot of the IBF rankings after an ankle injury forced him to postpone the December 13 showdown with reigning champion Wladimir Klitschko. IBF president Marian W. Muhammad confirmed in an official letter to Sauerland Event managing director Chris Meyer that the 29-year-old will face the winner of Klitschko´s fight with Hasim Rahman next year. She wrote: “Mr. Povetkin will remain in the No. 1 position in the heavyweight rankings. As Wladimir Klitschko has elected to fight the next leading available contender to complete his mandatory, Mr. Povetkin will be designated the next mandatory for the winner of the bout between Wladimir Klitschko vs. Hasim Rahman. If Klitschko retains the title on December 13, Povetkin should fight in a mandatory within the next nine months.” If Rahman wins, he would have one year to make his mandatory defence against the White Lion, the IBF president added. continue
11.11.08 - By Max Lom - With his feet firmly planted atop the boxing world after his dominant win over Roy Jones Jr, many have called for Joe Calzaghe to step away from the sport while he is at his peak. Although that may appear to be an easy decision for the 36-year-old Pride of Wales, he does have some decent options if he does choose to continue his career. Below, I’ve listed the options for Calzaghe’s next fight, ranked from best to worst.
Chad Dawson: At only 26, Dawson might be the fastest rising American boxer at any weight. His recent domination of Antonio Tarver raised a lot of eyebrows and even prompted Floyd Mayweather Jr, a fighter always short on compliments, to call him the No. 1 pound-for-pound fighter in the world. A bout with Dawson would not be as lucrative as a UK return with Jones or Hopkins, but a decisive win for Calzaghe would cement his place as the best of the era in many people’s minds. continue
by James Slater - One of the latest trends in boxing over the last few years has been "boxing juniors." Sons, and indeed daughters, attempting to keep boxing in the family by following in the footsteps of their fathers. Men like Ronald Hearns, Julio Cesar Chavez Junior, Wilford Scypion Junior, Carlos DeLeon Junior and female fighters like Jacqui Frazier-Lyde and Laila Ali are some of the more famous of the boxing offspring who have recently taken it upon themselves to try and do what their parents did before them, but at the same time try and make a name for themselves in their own right. continue
Interview by Peter Mark Heintzelman, Photos by Peter Mark Heintzleman: On a card labelled "Tough & Tested", Providence, Rhode Island’s Dunkin Donuts Center hosts some major Contender graduates this Thursday, November 13, 2008, including the Season 2 champion, Grady "Bad Boy" Brewer (23-11-9, 13 KO’s) from Lawton, Oklahoma, who faces Cornelius "K9" Bundrage (28-3,16 KO’s), in a ten rounds at light middleweight. continue
“Gomez is one of very few who can actually beat Vitali!” . Hamburg, November 10th 2008 – ARENA-Boss Ahmet Öner fought for his #1 rated heavyweight Juan Carlos Gomez at the 46th annual WBC Convention in Chengdu (China) and got what he wanted: Vitali Klitschko has to defend his belt against mandatory challenger Gomez immediately
How do you feel after this decision, Mr. Öner?
Ahmet Öner: “I feel great, of course! I am looking forward to this big fight – not only as promoter but as a boxing fan. Like it or not – this is definitely one of the best possible match-ups in heavyweight boxing today!. continue
By Peter Mark Heintzelman, Photos by Peter Mark Heintzelman: Itʼs a long way from Cameroon, a land of deserts, rainforests, poverty, beaches, and the birthplace of a boxing Contender champion, Sakio Bika, 29 years young. Sakio, started boxing at the vulnerable age of 13, when, in Cameroon, he found that boxing tournaments allowed him to collect prizes of household goods that would help his parentsʼ family, where he was one of nine children. He was stung by a scorpion, at a young age, in Cameron, and adopted the fight name, "Scorpion", after that bite. continue
All photos by TEAM MADDALONE - NEW YORK- Just 2 weeks removed from his 2nd round KO victory over Terrell 'Baby Bull' Nelson, NY Heavyweight Vinny Maddalone will return to the ring this Saturday vs. 22 year old Denis Boytsov, 22-0 18 KO's on the Krasnaqi-Dimitrenko undercard in Germany. Vinny promises to bring it to the young prospect like never before and says that they can "replace the ring with a phone booth for this one". continue
10.11.08 - by James Slater - Many pro boxers will tell you the hardest hurdle they encountered in their fighting career was making the decision to retire. After years and years of fighting, training, and living the life of a boxer, it has been almost impossible for many greats to give up the sport they love until they absolutely had to - they had to either because they simply could not perform anywhere near their former ability anymore, or because the commissions refused to continue to allow them to box.
Right now, the unbeaten Joe Calzaghe is in the position of having to decide whether or not to hang up his gloves. Joe may say different, but he is not going to find making his choice at all easy. With literally millions of dollars, or pounds, being dangled in front of him for "just one more fight," the superstar from Wales is going to think and rethink and then rethink some more, before he makes his decision. continue
NEW YORK (November 10, 2008) – Former World Boxing Organization (WBO) junior lightweight champion Joan Guzman (28-0, 17 KOs) will be back in the ring before the year ends. Guzman will travel to his native Dominican Republic to take on World Boxing Association (WBA) Fedelatin lightweight champion Ameth Diaz (25-7, 19 KOs) on Saturday, Dec. 20, 2008, from El Palacio de los Deportes in Guzman’s hometown of Santo Domingo. continue
by James Slater - Joe Calzaghe put the finishing touches to a great career last night with his dominant points win over former great Roy Jones Junior. Or did he? Will "The Pride of Wales" call it a day, or will he fight again next year? As good as he looked in busting up and all but overwhelming Jones in his New York debut last night, it may well be extremely hard for Joe to give up fighting - even though no-one but an incredibly harsh and biased critic would say he has anything left to prove. continue
By Vivek Wallace: Leading up to last Saturday nights showdown between Joe Calzaghe and Roy Jones Jr. few knew decisively which one of the two superstars would emerge victorious. After 12 somewhat lopsided rounds and a heavy dosage of vindication later, it was the "Pride of Wales" who proved once again where he stands amongst the all-time elite in the sport. A brave young man, trained by a former musician who probably couldn't fight his own way out of a wet paper bag, yet nearly two decades later they brilliantly cap off arguably the best story in the sport, and they did it the old fashioned way - by kicking ass and taking names, literally. No, he and his trainer aren't American, but neither can anyone deny that this is a script which is typically born in Hollywood. With the showdown finally settled, in the 'aftermath' we now take a deeper glimpse into what that future may hold for both men.
Joe Calzaghe - A Look Ahead:
For Joe Calzaghe, the future has never looked brighter. He basically removed all the pre-existing obstacles from his path and silenced his doubters. continue
10.11.08 - By Mark Pickering: British boxing icons Joe Calzaghe and Ricky Hatton could land the biggest hits of their career in December as they trade the squared circle for the recording studio to battle for the highly coveted Christmas No 1 spot. While Calzaghe’s future remains unclear after his stunning victory over Roy Jones Jr. in the earlier hours of Sunday morning the 36-year-old will spend some welcome downtime recording a track with Welsh rockers the Stereophonics. continue
NEW YORK—Barack Obama and John McCain ended their American presidential campaigns last Tuesday. But for the world’s finest super middleweight boxer, Mikkel Kessler of Denmark, the campaigning continues. Kessler came here to continue his friendly push to convince undefeated Welshman Joe Calzaghe to grant him a rematch. Kessler, age 29, has lost only to Calzaghe by decision in 41 professional fights. Kessler and Calzaghe attracted 50,000 partisans into a huge stadium in Cardiff for their lively brawl and the Dane is trying to sell the 36-year-old Calzaghe on doing it again. continue
By Christopher Roche, Ringside - Brickcity boxing.com: It started in the undercard and continued throughout the main event. Welsh fans held their flags up high and chanted:
Super Joe Calzaghe!
The devoted throng of fans who crossed the pond for last night’s scrap were not disappointed, as Joe Calzaghe, of Newbridge, Wales, dominated the once invincible Roy Jones, Jr., at Madison Square Garden.
Calzaghe’s confident supporters had an anxious moment in round one, when Jones landed a blistering jab that turned Calzaghe’s head. Jones followed that up with a wide right hand that caught Calzaghe’s face with a good bit of forearm. continue
By Mark Pickering: Manchester amateur Joe Murray has announced his intentions to move to the paid ranks in light of his one-sided defeat to Ireland’s David Oliver Joyce on Sunday at the European Amateur Championships in Liverpool. The 21-year-old world bronze medallist was furious with the 16-3 score and said the judging was worse than in this summer’s Olympic games where he went out in the first round after defeat to China's Gu Yu. continue
It’s a special edition of WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING when HBO Sports presents JOE CALZAGHE VS. ROY JONES JR., the exclusive replay of their highly anticipated light heavyweight showdown, this SATURDAY, NOV. 15 at 10:15 p.m. ET/ 7;15 P.M. PT on HBO. The HBO Sports team, which was ringside for the live event at Madison Square Garden in New York, will call all the action. The replay will be available in HDTV. continue
09.11.08 - By Paul Strauss: Madison Square Garden fans were treated to a very exciting display of the many talents of Joe Calzaghe. He proved he can do just about anything he wants to in the ring and get away with it. He has great reflexes, toughness, speed, volume punching, and ability to read or sense what his opponent is going to do and then react accordingly.
Joe came into the ring looking very relaxed and resplendent in his sequined outfit. Roy looked equally at ease, acknowledging friendly faces in the audience. But, when the action started, it seemed like a replay of the first round in Calzaghe's fight with Hopkins. This time Joe seemed hurt, though. The knockdown occurred when Roy Jones, Jr. landed a stiff left jab, which concealed the big right to follow. Calzaghe didn't see the right, and as a result it sent him to the canvas and made for a 10-8 round for Jones. A slow motion replay of the knockdown showed the right was actually Jones' forearm that landed, and not the glove. Regardless, it caused the desired effect. continue
By Madra Uladh - For the second time in a row, Joe Calzaghe left the comfort of his native Wales to fight an American legend in America. And for the second consecutive fight, Calzaghe was knocked down with a minute left in round one. And for the second straight fight, the Welshman got quickly back up and went on to victory. An oversimplification, perhaps, of Calzaghe's first defence of his RING MAGAZINE light-heavyweight title, as the similarities end there.
Calzaghe began aggressively and carried the fight to Jones for the first two minutes, when Jones blinded him with a left jab and followed up with an uppercut that resulted in his forearm smashing into the champion's face and dropping him to the canvas. continue
NEW YORK, NY (November 8, 2008) -- Undefeated IBF/IBO light heavyweight champion CHAD DAWSON wants to be the first to congratulate Joe Calzaghe on his dominate victory over Roy Jones, Jr. at Madison Square Garden tonight. "Joe has lot to be proud of and I for one am very impressed," stated Dawson. "If Joe wants to have his grand farewell in Wales, I am ready to accommodate. My passport and world title belts are ready to travel across the pond. I'm ready to give Joe the opportunity to draw the curtain on his great career in front of his family and friends and 70,000 fans. It's the best fight in the light heavyweight division between two undefeated champions.. continue
King Arthur Abraham cruised to an uncontested seventh-round TKO victory over Raul Marquez in Bamberg on Saturday night. The undefeated IBF middleweight champion (28-0, 23 KOs) used his explosiveness and punching power to wear the mandatory challenger down. After absorbing numerous heavy shots throughout, Marquez quit on his stool after the sixth round. “That was another great performance by Arthur,” coach Ulli Wegner lauded. “He fought very cleverly. There is nobody in the middleweight division who can beat him.”
Abraham could count on some special support this time out as he was fighting in front of a ferocious sell-out crowd in his home city. With 6.000 fans in the arena and famous German TV entertainer Oliver Pocher, who carried the IBF belt, in his corner, King Arthur put on a show from the first bell on. Unlike in other fights when he used to start slowly, he rocked Marquez with a couple of big hands in the first round. “That was our game plan,” Abraham revealed. “I wanted to make my presence known to Marquez. I wanted to impress him early for him to stay on the back foot.. continue
Mike Cassell 11/8/2008 - NEWYORK- Neil young once sung that it is better to burn out, then to fade away. Roy Jones Jr. managed to do both on Saturday night in Madison Square Garden. Early in the first round there was a glimmer, a small spark of the old Roy jones we all once knew. It was a small farewell gift to the millions of fans Jones culminated over his 19 year career since his first knock out of Ricky Randell in 1989. continue
by Jason Peck - You did not see a bout between two elite contenders in their prime. You did not see a fight that was competitive, that was ever supposed to be competitive, that no reasonable person could ever expect to be competitive. You did not see a fight that matters to anything other than the retirement checks of Joe Calzaghe and Roy Jones Jr. continue
By Frank Gonzalez Jr. - November 9th, 2008 - Saturday night in NYC’s Madison Square Garden, former Light Heavyweight King Roy Jones Jr. (52-5, 38 KO’s) faced LHW/Super Middleweight King, Joe Calzaghe (46-0, 32 KO’s) in a 12 round contest that saw Calzaghe go down in the first round from a lightning fast Jones’ right that he didn’t even see. Calzaghe looked hurt but got up and upped his output until the bell ended the round. It was high drama as the faded former super star looked like a possible legend killer spiller.
In the next round, Calzaghe continuously pressured Jones and landed more often but got caught by a few clean shots compliments of Roy. Calzaghe out-hustled Roy and even out scored him but because Roy landed the cleaner shots that had more oomph on them, decent arguments can be made that Jones won the second round too.
But from the third round on, it was all Joe Calzaghe, dominating the action with pressure and constant barrages of punches that didn’t have a big bite but nibbled away at Jones confidence and stamina as the fight wore on. continue
On Friday night at Robin Park Centre in Wigan, England, Lee Haskins, 18-2 (9), overcame stiff resistance to take the British super flyweight title from reigning champ Andy Bell, 11-4 (3), by decision after twelve rounds of combat on a Frank Maloney promotion. The early rounds were disjointed as cagey southpaw Haskins proved to be an elusive target for Bell and the frequent clinches led to several instances of the two men tumbling to the canvas in locked embrace. Haskins was the first to find his rhythm as the Bristol man zeroed in a sharp right jab while Bell continued to wait for an opening. continue
Hammersmith’s ‘The Saint’ George Groves will discard his vest and head guard on November 15 at The O2 in North Greenwich when he makes his eagerly anticipated professional debut. Forming part of the undercard to David ‘The Hayemaker’ Haye’s heavyweight showdown with Monte ‘Two Gunz’ Barrett, Groves is simply itching to get started. The former two-time Senior ABA middleweight champion has waited a long time for this moment. continue
By Ted Sares - Joe Calzaghe has been in against Mikkel Kessler and Bernard Hopkins, and while looking great against the undefeated Dane, he was somewhat less than compelling against the 43 year old “Executioner,” but then few ever look good against Hopkins who can give the word “ugly“ new meaning. Joe is 36; Roy is 39. Both are headed to the Hall of Fame. Calzaghe outworks his opponents using superior stamina, rhythmic focus, great punch volume, and ring smarts. Against Jones, he will need to put on pressure, utilizing his trademark smart flurries at the end of several rounds.
Roy can no longer move around the ring as he once did and has a propensity to hang on the ropes which could prove very dangerous if Joe traps him in a corner and turns on the volume as is his wont. Moreover, a 39 year old Roy may not be able to do anything about it, though Calzaghe must be cautious of Jones‘s snapping counter left hook off the ropes which could change the fight faster than you can say “Nonito Donaire. continue
by James Slater - Last night, on the under-card of the Calzaghe-Jones fight, unbeaten light-welterweight Ukrainian Dimitriy Salita kept his perfect record in going 12 rounds for the very first time. Giving the New York-based 26-year-old a good argument was 27-year-old Derrick Campos of Kansas. At the end of 12 highly engrossing rounds that were not without action, Salita prevailed by a unanimous decision. A way out of line 120-108 was in no way a true reflection of the action, whereas scores of 117-111 and 115-113 were closer to the mark. Salita improved to 29-0-1(16), Campos fell to 17-6(10). The vacant IBF intercontinental light-welterweight belt was on the line. continue
by James Slater - There was a big upset tonight in London, as British heavyweight champion Danny Williams lost in a supposed tune-up bout against big underdog Albert Sosnowski. 35-year-old Williams, who is a fighter known for his notorious ability to blow hot and cold, saw his career take one mighty setback as he was TKO'd in the 8th round by the Polish big man. continue
by James Slater - 26-year-old Alfredo Angulo is an unbeaten and very exciting Mexican warrior who comes to fight each and every time out. Some fans may well have seen/read about his most recent fight, the 10th-round TKO of Andrey Tsurkan. Much was made of the amount of punches Tsurkan was to take from Angulo before the ref finally stopped the one-sided beating. Speaking to me through his wife/translator, Jessica, from his home in Los Angeles, Alfredo began by speaking about the Tsurkan bout. Was it stopped too late, I asked him.
"Everybody has said that about that fight," the 5'10" light-middleweight said." A lot of people got on the ref's case also, but he [Tsurkan] never once stopped throwing punches, so it was hard to stop the fight."
Angulo was very aggressive in the fight, is this how he fights all the time? continue
By Vivek Wallace: Well, ladies and gents, the time has come. These two names have been paired together for nearly a good decade and after so many discussions about what could have been, we finally get a chance to find out exactly what will be. Two unequivocal forces, two different countries, two different paths, and one final destination. That destination, none other than the 'Mecca', New York City's Madison Square Garden, where a host of fight fans, celebrities, and many in between will watch arguably two of the best talents in the history of the sport battle to one man's bitter end. continue
By Evan Young, BoxingForecast.com: Both of these guys have had storied careers although Jones has appears to have seen his better days while Calzaghe has reached the pinnacle over the past year when he scored excellent point wins over superb Mikkel Kessler and living legend Bernard Hopkins.Jones, when he was in his prime, may have been the most dominant boxer we have ever seen. He was virtuoso performer that was virtually untouchable and could paint his ring canvas in any manner he desired. Jones, circa 1995 -2002, just made everything look too easy. Jones had unparalleled talent and speed and made solid fighters look like they were fighting in quicksand with a 100 pound backpack on. continue
by James Slater - Practically every fighter has an excuse he comes up with after suffering a loss. Unable to accept that he was simply beaten by the better man, the crushed warrior is capable of coming up with all kinds of imaginative excuses to explain his failure to win his fight. However, U.K boxer Junior Witter, the former WBC light-welterweight champion, is one boxer who has a genuine reason to give when explaining his last defeat.
Witter, defending his WBC crown against the unbeaten Timothy Bradley back in May, had been informed just days before that his father Walter had been diagnosed with lung cancer. continue
By Neil Goodman - Joe Calzaghe and Roy Jones Jnr face off in a light heavyweight match up this coming weekend; a true boxing ‘Event’ in every sense of the word. For both fighters the outcome presents the opportunity for them to grasp hold of their very own Holy Grail. Joe Calzaghe enters the bout looking to end his career both on a high and undefeated. His opponent, the mercurially talented Jones Jnr seeks to redeem his legacy; tainted mainly by the KO to Glen Johnson. continue
by James Slater - Over the past few days, it has been very interesting reading what the experts have had to say about tomorrow's hugely intriguing and tough-to-pick Calzaghe-Jones fight. Writers, commentators and fellow fighters, both active and retired, have given their opinion on what will happen in the ring in Madison Square Garden, New York. continue
Nov 08, 2008 On Friday Night before a sold out crowd, Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing presented yet another exciting night of boxing at the beautiful Bally's Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, NJ. The seven bout card which featured some of boxing's hottest up and coming prospects was headlined by the WBA #5 rated heavyweight in the world Kevin "Kingpin" Johnson taking on Matt Greer in a ten round heavyweight contest. Johnson came out looking very determined as he immediately began firing blistering shots at Greer. Greer who has never been stopped as a professional showed his toughness as he refused to go down throughout the fight.
Johnson's accuracy was on display as he seemingly landed every single punch he threw. With Greer's face covered in blood, and the amount of punishment he was taking, his corner had no choice but to throw in the towel mid way through the third round. continue
WBA #15,WBO #11 heavyweight Brian 'The Beast' Minto (32-2 21kos) of Pennsylvania wants a title shot against Valuev, and his manager, Pat Nelson, has taken issue with the comments made by Valuev's manager, Boris Dimitrov. Nelson states, "Dimitrov has said that 'We do not have other viable options' for the WBA heavyweight title in Zurich on December 20th. That's nonsense! There's a list of 15 ranked contenders by the WBA to choose from, and one, Minto, is not only a free agent but is also well known in Germany and the U.S.. continue
TORONTO, ON – November 7 2008 - While IBF Junior Featherweight champion Steve Molitor makes his last second preparations for WBA champion Celestino Caballeros on November 21, in the most important Canadian fight in over a quarter century, two of Canada's best heavyweights will be fighting for their own piece of national boxing history. continue
By P. H. Burbridge (A voice in a crowd) One day and counting!! One more day and Roy Jones Jr will complete his unlikely return to the spotlight. One more day for “REDEMPTION”! The perfect opponent has fallen from the heavens and placed himself squarely in Roy’s path. A fighter who has succeeded not with great talent but with a superior work ethic and a mental toughness that’s not commonly seen.
Joe Calzaghe is a self made man. A natural born boxer who has willed his way past all of his prior opponents. He is “good” in all phases of the game but it would be misleading to say that he was “great”. You’re not great if you beat an overhyped Jeff Lacy and you’re not great if you beat the highly overrated Mikkel Kessler. And you’re not great if you squeak by a fading legend. Jermain Taylor also beat Hopkins, twice. Is HE great?? That’s why he’s perfect for Roy Jones Jr! continue
NEW YORK (November 7, 2008) – NABA light middleweight champion “Mean” Joe Greene has been added to the star-studded “The Grande Event” card, promoted by Cedric Kushner’s Gotham Boxing, November 21 at the famed Roseland Ballroom in Manhattan. Unbeaten middleweight (heading to light middleweight) “Ireland’s” John Duddy (25-0, 17 KOs), fighting out Queens (NY) by way of Derry, Northern Ireland, headlines against veteran Sam “The Punching Policeman” Hill (17-9-1, 10 KOs). Duddy is rated No. 2 by the World Boxing Organization, No. 4 by the World Boxing Council, and No. 7 by the International Boxing Federation. continue
(COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.) – Two-time Olympian and 2007 World Champion Rau’shee Warren (Cincinnati, Ohio) will remain amateur and work toward becoming the first-ever three-time Olympic boxer from the United States. The 21-year-old was the youngest male U.S. Olympian in any sport at the 2004 Olympic Games before returning for a second Olympic berth in 2008. After winning the first World Championship for the United States since 1999 at the 2007 World Championships, Warren dropped a heart-breaking one point decision in his opening bout at the 2008 Olympics. continue
07.11.08 - By Vivek Wallace: As we stand less than 48 hours away from showtime, one could literally cut the tension surrounding this topic with a plastic butter knife. In this pending mega fight the sport intricately pairs arguably the two best fighters of this era from their respective countries, and coming on the heels of an unprecedented week that awarded the U.S. election to a minority for the first time, one can only imagine what other history is on the brink of being broken. Overall, there are many things about this fight that intrigue, and perhaps the only thing to be found humorous is the fact that initially, there was a large contingent that didn't support the fight happening. Considering the magnitude of the fight and the two superstars involved, how it's even remotely possible that a fight fan can fail to see the fireworks behind this marquee matchup is beyond me, but to put it all in perspective, today we'll take a look at all angles to narrow the scope. To keep it fair and balanced, like any other of my 'Call Em Out Friday' sessions, we'll view the 'Supportive' perspective, the 'Critics' perspective, and before turning it over to the readers for their feedback, we'll take a glimpse at a more 'Neutral' perspective as well. So with no further ado, our final journey before fight now takes flight......... continue
This Friday November 7th the WBA #5 rated heavyweight in the world, Star Boxing's Kevin "Kingpin" Johnson (20-0-1, 7KO) looks to stay undefeated and continue to climb the heavyweight ranks when he takes on Matthew Greer (12-3,11KO) in a ten round heavyweight contest being broadcast live on GoFightLive.tv from Bally's Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, NJ. Johnson, considered by many to be the top American heavyweight prospect, and whose hand speed has been compared to heavyweight greats, hall of famers Muhammad Ali and Larry Holmes, has had a busy schedule as of late, especially for a fighter of his magnitude. continue
by James Slater - A few hours ago, in Chengdu, China, Ray "The Rain Man" Austin beat the odds and did likewise to Poland's Andrew Golota. Knocking Golota down in the opening few seconds of the very first round and then battering the 40-year-old mercilessly until the bell, Austin made Golota quit. Golota was unable to come out for the 2nd round due to an injured left arm - very possibly a dislocation - and Austin was declared the TKO winner. continue
David Haye’s next opponent Monte Barrett is backing Joe Calzaghe to triumph over Roy Jones Junior. The pair clash this Saturday at Madison Square Garden in New York. Speaking to Setanta Sports News Barrett tipped Calzaghe to succeed. “I love Roy, but I’m going with Calzaghe. Calzaghe’s got that little special ‘oomph’ – he just doesn’t lose. He’s not the most polished fighter as far as throwing punches but he throws a lot of them. He’s consistent.”
Barrett takes on David Haye at the O2 Arena in London on Saturday 8th November. And the heavyweight boxer added that the odds are stacked against Jones.
“One thing about boxing – you never count anybody out. I’m not counting him out; I’m just saying that the odds are stacked against him. In every fight you have a winner and you have loser. The odds have been stacked against me and I’ve come through, so that’s not to say he can’t win through.. continue
06.11.08 - Click here to listen to the show -- On The Grind Radio is thrilled to have current World Lightweight Champion Nate Campbell as our next very special guest, Thursday 11/6 at 8pm est/5pm pst. Coming off his thrilling title victory over Juan "Baby Bull" Diaz in Cancun, and the disappointing cancellation of his scheduled bout with Dominican standout Joan Guzman...Nate stops by to update the On The Grind audience about what he has in store. Call in live (347) 843-4293) and get the lowdown straight from Nate. continue
Indianapolis, IN - Tickets for "Relentless" Lamon Brewster's homecoming fight in Indianapolis are now on sale and priced to move. The former WBO heavyweight champion, (34-4, 30 KO) will be competing in front of his home crowd for the first time since his amateur days. "The Homecoming", promoted by Relentless Events and C'Believe, will take place November 29 at the Conseco Fieldhouse. "I wanted to make the tickets affordable because we're living in tough economic times," Brewster says. continue
06.11.08 - by James Slater - Exactly 15 years ago today, at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, Evander "The Real Deal" Holyfield put on an odds-defying performance that went a long way towards making him the legend he is today. Meeting the much bigger Riddick "Big Daddy" Bowe, the only man to have ever beaten him, for a second time, Holyfield pulled off the upset and got his revenge - in so doing paving the way for a third and deciding fight between two of the 1990's greatest heavyweights.
Holyfield, then aged 31 and with a record of 29-1, had taken a pretty bad beating from the 26-year-old and then undefeated (34-0) Bowe the previous November. Losing his undisputed heavyweight titles while losing a clear UD in a fight that also saw him hit the canvas for only the second time in his career, Evander was even urged to retire by some people. These people knew nothing about the inner steel and resolve of the former and undefeated cruiserweight king though. No way was "The Real Deal" going to retire after his maiden loss - hell, the man is still fighting today, some 15 years and 23 bouts on! continue
LOS ANGELES, November 6 - Before Ricky Hatton and Paulie Malignaggi step into the ring at the MGM Grand Garden Arena to settle their score on November 22nd, two junior middleweight bangers will light up the Las Vegas night with their explosive attacks when unbeaten James Kirkland takes on 'The Contender's" Brian Vera in a 10-round All-Texas co-feature. continue
“WE’RE GOING TO KNOCK HIM OUT IN NINE ROUNDS!” - World Famous Freddie Roach
HOLLYWOOD, CALIF. (November 6, 2008) – In an exclusive video interview with FoxSports.com’s Mark Kriegel, two-time BWAA “Trainer of the Year” World Famous Freddie Roach, boldly predicted that his star pupil, WBC lightweight champion and boxing’s No. 1 pound-for-pound fighter Manny Pacquiao, would knock out Oscar De La Hoya when they meet on December 6, in a 12-round welterweight super fight. continue
By Vivek Wallace, Calzaghe-Lacy photo by Tom Casino -- On Saturday night in the 'Mecca' - New York City's Madison Square Garden - fight fans will get a chance to see the latest chapter in two very storied careers. As individuals, both men are widely celebrated for their offensive prowess and blinding speed among other things, but when analyzing the effort it took to get them to this point in their respective career's, it's easy to note that one other intangible probably had more to do with their success than all others. That intangible is sheer will power - which has allowed them both to find a way to answer challenges that few could overcome. Today, as the clock and the countdown both continue to unwind, we take a look back at some of the major triumph's on the resume of the two men in an effort to see the same heroics that will undoubtedly rear during the fight. As we take this quick trip down memory lane we start this journey across the pond as we first look at the biggest initial test in the career of Joe Calzaghe.... continue
by James Slater - This coming Saturday evening, when most boxing fans will be looking forward to the huge Joe Calzaghe-Roy Jones Junior fight that will take place on the other side of the Atlantic a few hours later, British heavyweight Danny Williams will be in action in London. continue
06.11.08 - by James Slater - It's possible Filipino superstar Manny Pacquiao is a fighter no longer too concerned with holding an alphabet title as a means to prove himself as the best boxer in his weight class. Pretty much accepted as the best fighter, pound-for-pound, on the planet right now, "Pac-Man" is not only the best lightweight according to the WBC. continue
Ray Austin KO 1 Andrew Golota
Marco Antonio Barrera TKO 4 Sammy Ventura
Juan Palacios KO 8 Teruo Misawa
Devon Alexander TKO 4 Sun-Haeng Lee
Jameel McCline W 12 Mike Mollo (116-112, 116-111, 114-113
Photos: David Martin Warr - DKP -- Don King Brings Star-Studded Fight Card to China tomorrow. Andrew Golota vs. Ray Austin, Jameel McCline vs. Mike Mollo; WBC Strawweight Championship: Juan ‘El Exterminador' Palacios vs. Teruo Misawa; Also Appearing: Former Five-Time World Champion Marco Antonio Barrera And Undefeated WBC No. 1-Ranked Super Lightweight Phenom Devon Alexander. continue
Bronx, NY - Nov 06, 2008 On November 7th Terrance "Heat" Cauthen (33-4, 9KO) and Shamone "The Truth" Alvarez (19-1, 11KO) will go to battle in a ten round welterweight contest at the Bally's Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, NJ. The card will be promoted by Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing and broadcast live on GoFightLive.tv. The Cauthen vs. Alvarez fight will be the co-feature bout of the evening, and will pit two New Jersey natives against one another in a true cross- roads battle of welterweight contenders. continue
Chengdu / Hamburg, November 6th 2008 – The 46th annual WBC Convention in Chengdu, China officially declared that world heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko has to face mandatory challenger Juan Carlos Gomez in his very next fight. Klitschko had requested to do a voluntary defense first but the Board of Governors chaired by President Dr. Jose Sulaiman decided in favour of no. 1 contender Gomez who had won the final elimination bout against Vladimir Virchis on September 27th in Hamburg. “This is exactly what we wanted”, stated promoter Ahmet Öner. “This is a great day for ARENA Box-Promotion. We got Gomez vs. Vitali – now we also want the world famous green belt.. continue
06.11.08 - by Mark Gregory - When Roy Jones Jnr hit the deck against Glen Johnson in 2004 and took several minutes to get back up again, few would have predicted that four years later he would be preparing for one of the biggest fights of his career. When he lost a wide decision to Antonio Tarver the following year, giving Tarver a 2-1 record over Jones Jnr (though many feel it should be 3-0), it seemed that Jones Jnr was completely finished. He went into that fight with one intention: to not get knocked out. That he achieved this was one thing, that he seemed to be genuinely happy that he had achieved this is quite another. When a four weight world champion and nailed-on all-time great fighter is content to merely survive 12 rounds with the talented – if unpredictable and short of the greatness he professes – Antonio Tarver, you have to question if there is any point to him continuing to fight.
Comeback wins over Prince Badi Ajamu and Anthony Hanshaw did precious little to silence those who were calling for Roy to retire. Neither fighter would have survived 6 rounds with a peak version of Jones Jnr. There then followed, earlier this year, a convincing victory in what was billed as a ‘superfight’ with former three weight world champion, Felix Trinidad. continue
“Those Pitty-Pat Punches won’t work against Roy Jones!”
Roy Jones Jr: (Losing those fights) makes me want to go out and perform more because of what happened. I am as fit as ever. He’s a fit as ever. We are both telling the truth when we say that. I know I’m going to almost have to kill him to take that undefeated record away. This will be one of the hardest fights of my career because of his style. continue
In his 25th year announcing boxing events and known throughout the world for his trademark “Let’s Get Ready to Rumble,” legendary ring announcer Michael Buffer will call his 40th fight at Madison Square Garden in New York City Saturday night when “Super” Joe Calzaghe meets “Superman” Roy Jones Jr. in “Battle of the Super Powers” for Calzaghe’s Ring Magazine light heavyweight championship live on HBO Pay-Per-View. continue
By Matt McGrain: Reviewing footage for this fight tells of a late stoppage for Calzaghe if his hands hold up, and a points victory if his hands do not hold up. That’s just what I see when I (reluctantly) look at the Jones “comeback” footage, his most recent efforts including his failure to stop a 170lb welterweight. Magical Roy Jones. He’s perhaps the most incredible spectacle in boxing in terms of physical ability, footage of him in his prime is not something that is ever far from my DVD player, and my YouTube and Daily Motion accounts are littered with his best work. But I was never a Roy Jones fan.
I didn’t trust his near obsession with breeding fighting animals. I didn’t care for his arrogance. I never, ever considered him a coward or thought of him as anything other than the best in the world but I did think he made the hardest fights the toughest to make, and I certainly didn’t approve of his “on tour” attitude, where he took his unified titles and defended against all manner of municipal workers whilst Darius Michalczewski languished in Europe, the fight between Jones and the man who carried the lineal belt at 175 never to be made. continue
The city of Halle an der Saale will be the center of attention at the beginning of December: popular WBA/WIBF flyweight champion Susi Kentikian and her three stable mates Sebastian Zbik, Vitali Tajbert and Sebastian Köber will headline the „ProSieben Fight Night“ on Friday, December 5 at the Brandberge Arena. Filling out the card will be the local heroes and up-and-coming fighters Oliver Güttel, Tommy Altmann und Falko Besser. continue
By Chen Zen from Jing Wu - So, here we are. On the cusp of upcoming and much anticipated ‘Mega fights’, ‘Dream fights’ and maybe a few boring fights… One Roy Jones JR is looking to change the current mind set of his critics and that of the general perception of him as a fighter who’s past his best days. Jones is looking to dethrone the current guardian of the Ring Magazine light heavyweight crown, Joe Calzaghe. The Pride of Wales aims to have this match serve him as his retirement fight and to go out with an undefeated record…. continue
Exclusive interview by by James Slater, 37-year-old southpaw Tony "The Tiger" Thompson, currently 31-2(19), gets back in the ring this coming December 13th for the first time since his unsuccessful challenge of IBF and WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko. Opposing the 6'5" lefty will be all-time great James "Lights Out" Toney - a fighter who has promised to score a KO win. Taking time out from his training for a fight he feels will lead him into a much wanted rematch with Klitschko, Thompson very kindly took time out to speak with this writer earlier today.
As “Super” Joe Calzaghe and “Superman” Roy Jones Jr., get ready to face each other Saturday night in “Battle of the Super Powers” at Madison Square Garden and live on HBO Pay-Per-View, some of the best fighters in the sport and a sampling of the top boxing writers on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean lend their analysis and predictions on the highly anticipated match-up. continue
By: H.Walklin - Frank Warren’s Sports Network promoted card scheduled for December 6th at the ExCel Arena is shaping up nicely, and should provide an evening of exciting boxing action. Britain’s only world champion, Londoner Nicky Cook defends his WBO Super Featherweight title for the first time after his impressive unanimous decision over the tough Alex Arthur. continue
Ulli Wegner has praised King Arthur Abraham´s shape ahead of Saturday´s IBF middleweight title fight against Raul Marquez. Five weeks later than originally planned the two fighters will finally come face-to-face in Bamberg after the champion was flattened by the flu on the day of the fight. “Arthur is in great shape,” Wegner lauded. “He has worked very hard and very disciplined. The postponement did not affect his form at all.” After needing a last-second work-out session to make weight the last time out, the champion is already very close to the limit now. “Making weight can be very hard but great athletes have to live like nuns. Arthur did just that,” Wegner added.
Meanwhile, Arturo Marquez, Raul´s father and coach, believes Abraham ducked out of the first meeting. “He was not sick,” Marquez stated. “He underestimated Raul when seeing him in America. When he analysed the tapes more closely he saw how strong Raul really is and then he did not want to fight him anymore.. continue
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (Nov. 5, 2008) – Tecate, cerveza con carácter, further strengthens its support of boxing as sponsor of the exhilarating Junior Welterweight World Championship unification bout between Ricky “The Hitman” Hatton (44-1, 31 KOs) and Paulie “The Magic Man” Malignaggi (25-1, 5 KOs) at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Saturday, Nov. 22. continue
05.11.08 - by James Slater - For so long, the unbeaten Joe Calzaghe has been telling people his November 8th fight with Roy Jones Junior will all but certainly be his last. Having nothing more to prove, Joe feels, his retirement would be much deserved. However, according to a breaking news story in Wales On-line, Calzaghe has admitted that he signed a TWO FIGHT deal when he and Jones worked alone in setting up this coming Saturday night's bout, and that a rematch, should it actually happen, would take place in Wales. continue
by James Slater -- Australia's WBA, IBF and WBC super-flyweight champion Vic Darchinyan does not forget an insult. Only moments after returning home to Sydney airport yesterday (Australian time) the man who made a mockery of expert claims that said Cristian Mijares would out-class him this past Saturday made it clear who he wants in the ring next - Mexico's Jorge Arce.
Last year, after Darchinyan was sensationally KO'd by Nonito Donaire, Arce launched into "The Raging Bull" and called him a fraud. Claiming he knew all along that Darchinyan was nothing but a big mouth who couldn't back up his talk in the ring, Arce made an indelible impression on the big-punching Australian who was born in Armenia. Now, according to Saint Mary's Star, a March date for the two fierce rivals is expected to be announced on Friday. continue
In this weeks 'Left-Hook Lounge' segment we preview the pending Jones/Calzaghe showdown by putting an ear to the streets. Many of the questions that came to me from avid fight fans about this fight showed me exactly how anticipated this fight really is. When you listen to the critics it's easy to believe that many out there aren't interested due to the fact that both men are arguably beyond their prime, but the hardcore aficionado's out there made it very clear that there's no such thing as a bad time for a good fight. It was hard to shy away from an actual prediction after reviewing some of the questions posed, but never-the-less the job is done and that prediction is forth coming....As for today, we analyze all the other hot topics involved and continue to soak up all the festive mood which parallels a perfect calm before the storm. Our journey starts out in 'Strong Island' where a fight fan wanted to know the following....... continue
MIAMI, Wednesday-Nov.6 -With less than two weeks to go before the fight that could determine the entire direction of his boxing future, Jermain Taylor is both calm, cool, confident and anxious to get in the ring. Taylor has less than one week left in his Miami-based training camp before shifting to Nashville, Tennessee, site of his 12-round Super Middleweight Eliminator fight with Jeff Lacy on November 15th "All Or Nothing". continue
By Vivek Wallace: Despite the huge success and many accolades, there remains a strong contingent who fail to see the true worth of arguably the best talent to cross the pond in the history of the sport, which is why yesterday in our first installment of the countdown to Jones/Calzaghe we took a closer look at "The Truth" behind the 'Pride of Wales', Mr. Joe Calzaghe. In today's segment we take a look at a his opponent, a man who many experts once considered to be the most talented fighter of his generation, arguably one of the most talented fighters in history.
There's an old Japanese proverb - reincarnated recently by the NBA's Dwyane Wade/Converse - which breathes life into the mantra "Fall 7 Times, Stand Up 8". Few will ever understand the passion for success in the mind and heart of a warrior but in an era of the sport where fighters are routinely protected to preserve the non-blemished record, these two legends help us understand that without those proverbial 'falls' of the past, we may never have seen their current 'stands' of the present. continue
Former WBC heavyweight champion Hasim Rahman is the new opponent for unified IBF/WBO/IBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko on December 13. Both men have begun to discuss their championship bout at the SAP Arena in Mannheim, Germany. The 35-year-old Rahman, a native of Baltimore, Maryland, has already had 15 title fights in his career, including seven world championship bouts. continue
04.11.08 - by James Slater - 34-year-old Irishman Oisin "Gael Force" Fagan meets the returning Amir Khan on December 6th in London. Many experts felt Khan would pick an easy opponent to return against after what happened to him last time out against Breidis Prescott. However, the 22-5(13) Fagan is in no way an easy touch and for taking this fight Khan and his team should be applauded.
Oisin is as tough and full of heart as can be, and he says he fights with a real passion felt towards his fellow Irishmen and women. It's true, Fagan is not the biggest of names - or, as he readily admits, the biggest of punchers - but he is without a doubt a "live" and dangerous underdog. continue
by James Slater - British lightweight talent Amir Khan has added his name to the slowly but surely growing list of people who feel Manny Pacquiao has a very good chance of causing the upset against the much bigger Oscar De La Hoya next month. The Olympic silver medallist joins Julio Cesar Chavez Junior as the latest boxer to give "Pac-Man" a shot against "The Golden Boy." After his rematch win over Matt Vanda Saturday, Chavez Junior let it be known he feels the Filipino has a good chance on December 6th. Now, Khan, who has been sparring with Pacquiao in Freddie Roach's Los Angeles gym, has come out and said the same.
"Manny's in great shape - very explosive, very fast, you don't know where his punches are coming from," Khan told The L.A Times. "He's got a good chance to beat Oscar. I'm very quick, with a good jab like Oscar, and I'm taller than Manny, like Oscar. It'll make Manny think about what's coming.
"Manny's so sharp and quick. Speed is power. Manny's got a good chin to handle what Oscar throws at him. He'll just be too explosive for Oscar, and he's a big puncher himself.. continue
In just two days time, British super flyweight champion Andy Bell has vowed to turn up the heat on challenger Lee Haskins and turn the canvas at Robin Park Centre into a hot coal carpet when the two meet this Friday in Wigan, England. Bell put in a scorching performance to rip the Lonsdale belt away from Chris Edwards at the end of March and the towering 23 year old from Doncaster is preparing a hellish reception for Haskins. continue
04.11.08 - By Ed Clarke - The Super Middleweight division, once again, has real depth. There’s a plethora of talent all waiting to burst through the ranks and become top dog with names like Pascal, Miranda, Lacy, Taylor, Froch, Inkin, Bute, Mundine, Dirrell and of course, the proven Kessler. It’s exciting times ahead to see how this all pans out.
With all this action lined up in the near future and reading all the fans opinions on each of the names I’ve mentioned above, it reminded me of my one and only fight with a Super Middleweight boxer some 18 years ago. No, it wasn’t a professional fight but a street fight on my local estate. continue
by Robert Jackson: This coming Saturday, a very interesting match up a long time coming will be happening, Superman Roy Jones Jr versus Welchman Joe Calzaghe. At least Jones used to be Superman. The pro's and con's of each man's fight game will be probed and analyzed, then a prediction made, so let's get this party started.
Any conversation regarding these 2 protagonists must begin with both guys main assets their SKILLS. Roy Jones Jr was at one time considered the 'heir apparent', to the great Sugar Ray Robinson. So sweet were Roy's skills that he barely lost a round in any of his 40+ fights, not a fundamentally sound fighter Roy used the athleticism and reflexes of a basketballer, tremendous hand speed, the grace of a ballet dancer and the power of a power lifter to impose his will on his opponents. continue
Bucharest, Romania - A hand injury to the champion has caused the sudden postponement of the World Boxing Council Light Heavyweight Championship bout between WBC Champion Adrian Diaconu and mandatory challenger Silvio Branco scheduled for November 15th. Event promoter Chris Ganescu of Gankor Promotions said as soon as the extent of the injury is determined and a new date is set a formal announcement would be made. continue
When Joe Calzaghe boxes at Madison Square Garden on November 8 against Roy Jones Jr, he will not only be risking his own legacy, but he will be following in the footsteps of some of his greatest countrymen. Nearly 40 years ago, Tom Jones played two nights at Madison Square Garden, but it has been a long time since a Welshman has boxed in New York. But the city has always held a great lure for the Welsh, from Dylan Thomas, to Shirley Bassey to Gwyneth Jones and there was a golden generation of Welsh boxers who came to the Big Apple. continue
By Ted Sares, photo by Tom Casino/SHOWTIME-- Okay aficionados and amigos, turn on some nice blues, jazz, rap or pop, pull up a comfortable chair near your computer, pour some single malt Glenmorangie, and torch up a nice robusto (this month’s pick is a CAO Maduro Robusto). It’s time to discuss all things boxing, and this month’s topics are the following, but feel free to inject your own subject of interest as long as (hopefully) it pertains to boxing:
1) Now that Vic Darchinyan has emerged as the Man, he has many options including Fernando Montiel, Nonito Donaire Jr. (rematch), Jorge Arce, Mijares (rematch) or he can move up in weight. What do you see as his best choice?
2) The heavyweight division appears to be in disarray with only the Ukrainian brothers sparking much interest. Now there is even talk of a disgraceful match between Evander Holyfield and the Russian Giant, Valuev. Maybe a strong showing by David Haye against Monte Barrett might offer something, but my view is that either PhD would dispatch the brash Englishman forthwith, as they are simply too big. Is there any disagreement with that? continue
Danny Williams will be joint top of an explosive bill that promises fireworks when he collides with Albert Sosnowski in an international heavyweight bout at the York Hall in Bethnal Green on Saturday, November 8th 2008. Williams is part of the second show from Hennessy Sports that will be screened by ITV Sport following the knockout success last month of Jon Thaxton’s European Lightweight Title win. continue
NEW YORK (Nov. 4, 2008) – World Boxing Association (WBA) super bantamweight champion Celestino Caballero and undefeated International Boxing Federation (IBF) champion Steve “The Canadian Kid” Molitor will battle to unify the title on Friday, Nov. 21, from Casino Rama, in Ontario, Canada, live on ShoBox: The New Generation (SHOWTIME 11 p.m. ET/PT). continue
04.10.08 - By Jason Peck - Felix Sturm has the skills and dedication it takes to make a dent in the middleweight division. But up until last weekend, a KO loss to Javier Castillejo left his ability in question, and his resume lacked a significant victory (other than Oscar, but that’s a different story.)
No more. Sturm’s victory over the dangerous Sebastian Sylvester undoubtedly stands as the WBA champ’s biggest victory, and finally makes him a player in the middleweight mix. An all-German unification match against IBF champ Arthur Abraham is now all the more likely. And if anyone is left holding 50 percent of boxing’s major belts, odds are that he’ll fight Kelly Pavlik, the man with the other half.
Other bouts such as Mijares-Darchinyan and Chavez-Vanda got all the attention last weekend. This weekend, Calzaghe-Jones will get too much. But despite the lack of attention, Sturm-Sylvester was an intriguing fight that potentially makes the middleweight division a lot more interesting. continue
Nov. 3, 2008 - Leading up to the light heavyweight showdown between future Hall of Famers Joe Calzaghe and Roy Jones Jr. -- set for Saturday, Nov. 8 and broadcast live on HBO Pay-Per-View-- HBO Sports will present the exclusive replay of both fighters’ previous ring action from 2008. On Friday, Nov. 7 at 11:00 p.m. (ET/PT) and Saturday, Nov. 8 at 10:00 a.m. (ET/PT), HBO2 will replay back-to-back Hopkins vs. Calzaghe 2008 and Trinidad vs. Jones 2008. Both fights went the distance in two highly anticipated showdowns. continue
Former world cruiserweight champion David ‘The Hayemaker’ Haye has signalled the importance of the upcoming weeks for British boxing and has warned that fight fans could either witness a glorious renaissance of the sport in this country or a dramatic collapse. Starting with Joe Calzaghe’s light-heavyweight super-fight with Roy Jones, Jr. on November 8, the next four weeks will see all four of Britain’s leading players involved in captivating, hard-to-call matches. continue
03.10.08 - by Vivek Wallace - As we prepare to see two of the sports most prestigious performers in what should fall nothing short of a classic chess match, today, we begin a journey that will literally walk us to the very doorstep of that event. Critics have been very open in their down talk of the fight, stating that it isn't what it could have been because it's happening nearly a decade after the point in which it should have. Well, speaking on behalf of the not-so-silent majority, I think there's never a bad time for a good fight. Roy Jones Jr. is arguably one of the most talented fighters in the history of the sport, and despite the three losses, a recent string of 3 victories has given him a shot in the arm, leaving him oozing with that same old confidence. Calzaghe on the other hand has been a ruler in it's highest form, never coming up short on any night of his well tenured career. Tomorrow, we'll get a chance to dig into the truth behind Roy Jones Jr., but today, we open the Calzaghe 'envelope' to shine light on who he really is. Many fight fans outside of the U.K. view him as a protected jewel, polished but never worn out. Those closer to the situation beg to differ, and today we'll examine why. continue
by James Slater -- Now holding all but one of the four recognised world heavyweight titles, Wladimir and Vitali Klitschko want to make it a perfect set and win the one belt they do not yet have; the WBA version. Currently held by the once-beaten seven foot colossus that is Russia's Nikolai Valuev, the WBA belt is the only thing left in terms of world titles for the brothers from Ukraine to add to their collection. continue
by James Slater -- Unbeaten 31-year-old Carl "The Cobra" Froch sees himself as the man to take over at super-middleweight now that Joe Calzaghe is all but finished. Froch, currently, 25-0(17) is in training for his very first crack at a world title but still found time to give his opinion on the upcoming Calzaghe-Roy Jones Junior fight. continue
By Paul Strauss: Vic Darchinyan used his most unusual style, speed and punching power to completely dominate and destroy Cristian Mijares. Most boxing writers, after witnessing Darchinyan's destruction at the hands of Nonito Donaire, felt that the little Raging Bull had too many weaknesses and vulnerabilities to come away with a win over such a slick technician as Mijares. After all, didn't Mijares give the similarly aggressive Jorge Arce a boxing lesson!
The "Little Creeper" took umbrage with all of the criticism, and said the boxing writers didn't appreciate his cleverness and skills. He claimed Mijares would be damaged, and would need a lot of time to recover after he was done with him. Apparently his fans believed in him, because prior to the fight, the pollsters said the majority of fans (not writers) felt the KO artist was going to once again be successful. continue
LOS ANGELES, CA (November 2, 2008) Tired of the continuous taunting and excessive calls to fight, World Boxing Council Junior Featherweight Champion and “Pound for Pound” candidate Israel Vazquez has agreed to former world champion Jorge Arce’s demands to fight. “It’s getting ridiculous, at first when he started calling me out I didn’t take him seriously but this has been going on for over a year now, always the same thing with him. It’s like being in a schoolyard with the little guy egging on the bigger kid. Trust me, Jorge, I am not only bigger but better. continue
Enzo Maccarinelli aims to reclaim his WBO World Cruiserweight title when he challenges undefeated American Johnathon Banks for the vacant title on Saturday 6 December at the ExCeL London. Big Mac joins Nicky Cook, who makes the first defence of his WBO World Super-Featherweight, and Amir Khan's comeback against Irishman Oisin Fagan on Frank Warren's end-of-year extravaganza. continue
02.11.08 - by Mark Gregory - The announcement that Hasim Rahman will be stepping in to fill the shoes of the injured Alexander Povetkin to face two-belt champion Wladimir Klitschko next month has been met with a mixture of disbelief and dismay by the majority of fans and pundits alike. Rahman’s last bout saw him involved in a controversial no contest with fellow veteran James Toney in a fight which saw accusations of quitting levelled at The Rock, and not just from his ever vocal opponent.
Prior to the Toney controversy, Rahman has strung together a sequence of four wins – all against less than stellar competition – since being stopped in the 12th round by Oleg Maskaev for what was Rahman’s WBC belt. This was his second stoppage loss to the hard-hitting Russian, the first coming some 9 years earlier. That hardly looks like the kind of form you would expect of a man who is about to have his fourth shot at a world title. continue
By Mel Dixon: In the first part of this fictionalised boxing tournament, eight fighters were introduced. The eight fighters were all deemed to have lost their way in the heavyweight division after showing some early promise in their professional careers. This knockout tournament offered those fighters an opportunity for redemption and a path towards a previously unlikely world title shot. continue
By Mel Dixon: In this subjective piece of screwballing around in the realms of fantasy, I propose an eight-man boxing tournament between once-promising heavyweights whose careers have been somewhat derailed. The winner of the tournament gets to lift a golden choo-choo train trophy where a boxing glove replaces the steam coming out of the nozzle. What does it represent? It represents the fact that the winner has got themselves ‘back on track’ towards a world title shot. Yes, they’re ‘steaming’ ahead once more. Enough of that, here are the contenders. continue
By Paul Strauss: Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. won easily Saturday night over Matt Vanda in the main event of the night at Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Las Vegas. The rematch helped Chavez, Jr. explain away his poor showing in their first fight. This time he wasn't going to make the same mistake. From the beginning, he dictated the pace and distance at which the fight would be fought.
Vanda's nickname is the Predator, but he appeared more like the prey. Much of the night, he seemed leery of extending his punches. His trainer and corner man Ron Lyke implored him, "Hit him (Chavez, Jr.), throw your one-two anywhere (..........i.e arms, chest and body)." Vanda did have a few moments, but very few. On occasion, he would mount a bit of an attack, which would include a left hook to the body, and lead rights to the head, but he would not or could not sustain it. Chavez, Jr. easily weathered those momentary flurries. continue
02.11.08 - by James Slater - Unbeaten great Joe Calzaghe cannot wait to get Roy Jones Junior into the ring. Set to meet next weekend in a highly anticipated New York showdown, the Welshman told The Sunday Mirror today that he is ready right now and would fight Jones tonight if he could! Claming he has trained better than ever and is in the shape of his life so as not to let any slip-ups ruin what he says will be his last fight, Calzaghe is absolutely itching for combat. continue
Roy Jones Jr: I have had a great time training and waiting to put my skills on display. The age for me and because of the amount of punches that Joe throws (will make this the most difficult fight of my career). He is not the most ferocious fighter I will have fought but that fact that it is the time for me, and the punches that Joe throws. James Toney was probably the highest skilled fighter I have ever fought. continue
By Srithar Visuasam, photo by Tom Casino / Showtime -- Vic ‘The Raging Bull’ Darchinyan’s (31-1-1, 25 KOs) crushing display against Mexican star Cristian Mijares (36-4-2, 15 KOs) to unify the super flyweight division was a mind blowing performance that has caused shockwaves across the boxing world. Darchinyan, who captured the WBC and WBA belts to add to his current IBF title, becomes the first Australian to unify a weight division since Kostya Tszyu completed his trio of light welterweight belts in November 2001 against American Zab Judah.
Going into the fight as rank outsider, the Armenian born Darchinyan, 32, was expected to go down to the 27 year old Mexican glamour boy. The ever smiling, pretty faced Mijares was expected to box his way to a comfortable decision victory against a fighter who by many has been typecast as a walk up fighter with limited defense to trouble the world’s elite. continue
01.11.08 - By Paul McCreath: For many years, in fact going right back to its beginnings in the late 1970's and early 1980's the cruiserweight division has been an almost ignored weight class. Except during the period when Evander Holyfield reigned supreme few casual fans have paid these men much attention. Frankly I could never figure out why this is the case. Are the cruisers of today not the same size or even bigger than those much revered heavyweight champs of the golden age of boxing like Jack Dempsey, Gene Tunney, Rocky Marciano or Ezzard Charles? Those former champs all weighed around 190 pounds. continue
by James Slater - Last night in Las Vegas, in improving his pro record to 38-0-1(29), 22-year-old "Son of A legend" Julio Cesar Chavez Junior left no doubts as to who the better fighter is, he or Matt Vanda. Back in July, however, this was not the case. Many felt "The Predator" did enough to have deserved the split decision that went to Chavez in Mexico. continue
By Mike Casey - His was a wonderful, seamless blend of culture and controlled savagery. He stalked and threw punches constantly in the manner of Rocky Marciano, but with far greater education and precision. At his raging best, there didn’t seem to be a single aspect of the game at which Marcel Cerdan wasn’t breathtakingly efficient. Boxing observers looked in vain for any vital physical or mental component that he lacked. He was a natural and versatile predator who could prosper in any given climate.
Cerdan is something of a strange case among history’s greatest middleweights. He is a stalwart member of most people’s top ten, yet is rarely discussed at length and almost never mentioned in fantasy fights between the elite masters. We hear of Ketchel, Greb, Walker Robinson, Monzon and Hagler. Even Tony Zale, Rocky Graziano, Dick Tiger and Gene Fullmer occasionally get into the mix, largely because they were tough and colourful battlers. continue
By James Barlow: It’s been a funny few years in terms of the middle to light heavy weight divisions. Fans seem to have been waiting for a passing of the guard, when the top athletes in the divisions would retire and a new age of superstars would take over. When Bernard Hopkins finally seemed to start to splutter against Jermain Taylor in their clash in 2005 and lost a split decision the daggers were firmly out. When Taylor also won the rematch it was decided that the age of Bernard Hopkins had passed. A new wave of younger fighters including Taylor, Jeff Lacey, Mikkel Kessler, and Arthur Abraham would now take over. Lacey was due to fight a 34 year old Joe Calzaghe who had been repeatedly written off by the American press as an over protected and over rated European fighter. continue
by James Slater - Last night, in Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania, Brian "The Beast" Minto, one of the more active of today's heavyweights, scored his fifth KO win in a row, and his third this year, as he despatched late replacement, southpaw Galen Brown in the 4th round. Decking the 27-year-old twice in the 4th round, Minto won at 1 minute and 34 seconds of the session. Now with an impressive record of 32-2(20), what the 33-year-old desperately needs is a fight against a big name opponent. Brown, who came in when original foe Marcus McGee pulled out injured, fell to 31-10-1(19). continue
02.11.08 - By Frank Gonzalez Jr., photo by Tom Casino - Showtime -- Saturday in Carson California, IBF Super Flyweight titlist Vic Darchinyan (31-1-1, 25 KO’s) knocked out former WBA/WBC titlist Christian Mijares (36-4-2, 14 KO’s) in the ninth round with a powerful, straight left that saw Mijares downed and out.
This victory rendered Darchinyan the possessor of three of the four major title belts in the 115 pound division. Darchinyan is now one belt away from being the only man in boxing to possess all four major titles. That would make him, “The Undisputable Champion” of the Super Flyweight division. It would also make him the ONLY unified Champion in boxing. continue
01.11.08 - By Erik "stuck in a moment" Schaffer - Time for another installment of The Handicappers Thread as we go inside the numbers of the Joe Calzaghe / Roy Jones fight, which takes place on November 8 at Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York. As always I will talk about the perception of the betting line, give a fight analysis and prediction on the fight during my article. continue
By Tony Mckenna: At his best Roy Jones was a virtuoso. He brought to the ring a smoothness, a sinuousness which was almost hypnotic. Sometimes one could forget that Jones was fighting at all; for the performances he produced were closer to theatre or ballet. And yet. Suddenly he would land a fusillade of punches; blows which arrived from everywhere and nowhere; a flurry which made it seem as though his opponent was suspended in slow motion. Until they went crashing to the ground, that is. At his best Roy Jones was boxing inside a vacuum; every punch was deft, every combination fluid and every movement exact. He was boxing in a place which no one else could reach. continue
02.11.08 - By Carlo Pamintuan - One night, two different cards, two different fights that ultimately lead to one. The next logical step at for world champions Vic “The Raging Bull” Darchinyan (31-1-1, 25 KOs) and Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire (20-1-0, 13 KOs) leads them to each other, again. It was roughly 15 months ago when their paths crossed for the first time. Back then, Darchinyan was the more celebrated fighter. He was unbeaten in 28 fights, with 23 of those not reaching the final bell. Donaire, on the other hand, was a silent operator. He was going down in weight from 115 to challenge the champion who holds a win over his brother, Glenn.
There was some bad blood between the two as Donaire sorely wanted to avenge his brother’s defeat while Darchinyan was out to prove that it was time to move to 115 because there was nobody worth fighting at 112 anymore. Darchinyan even went as far as calling Donaire “nothing but a ballet dancer” in his website. continue
02.11.08 - by James Slater -- It seems the bold predictions James Toney made about the upcoming David Haye-Monte Barrett and Joe Calzaghe-Roy Jones Junior fights have caused quite a stir. When speaking with "Lights Out," yours truly was informed under no uncertain terms that "Two Gunz" will knock out Haye on November 15th and , before that, Roy Jones will put "The Pride of Wales" "to sleep" on November 8th. Sure, Toney is a guy known for talking, and talking, and talking......... But could he be right in what he says? Is there any chance his predictions could come true? continue
The Universum-champion displayed a brilliant boxing effort on Saturday in front of 9200 viewers at the König-Pilsener-Arena in Oberhausen, Germany, against mandatory challenger “Hurricane” Sebastian Sylvester, promoted by Sauerland Event. It was the first all German world title bout since eight years and Sturm was in controll from the get-go. The WBA middleweight champion dominated his 28-years old opponent in most rounds, using his stiff jab, quickness and ring generalship. continue
By Ted Sares, photo by Tom Casino/SHOWTIME -- Mijares has what I want - the remaining major belts in the 115-pound division. Let's see how great a matador he really is when he steps inside the ring and goes face-to-face with the Raging Bull. He won't be yelling ‘Toro!’ He'll be screaming ‘I surrender! --Vic Darchinyan
Vic Darchinyan unified the championship belts with a dominating performance tonight, as Christian Mijares had no answers for the tough Armenian via Australia. From the opening round when he floored his opponent, Vic controlled the action, dictated the pace and ended matters with a thumping late knock out. He fought an almost perfect fight showing uncommon skills that shocked everyone in the house. continue
PROVIDENCE, R.I. World ranked super middleweight Jesse Brinkley is busy preparing for his long awaited showdown with Northern Nevada rival Joey Gilbert set for January 30th. The Yerington, Nevada resident has been training for the last month at Peter Manfredo’s Gym in Pawtucket , R.I. continue
By: Jaime Castro-Núñez -- Last October the 10th, in the city of Montería, Córdoba, Colombia, a tree was planted to honor featherweight hot prospect Robinson Pitalúa (6-0-0, 4 KO´s), who mysteriously drowned in Miami on September 22, 1985, while swimming with a friend. The tree, which was planted in front of the Sinú River, at Montería´s First Avenue, will remain as a perpetual tribute to whom was considered by The Ring Magazine as one of the biggest boxing hopes in Colombia during the eighties. continue
By Ted Sares - Photo: Lito”Angelito” Sisnorio, Filipino boxer fatally injured in 2007 Thai boxing match
Desperate fighters, without any real chance of winning, are frequently pitted against seasoned veterans looking to boost their records and entertain the viewers, if only for a few brutal rounds. --Karl Brandt
On October 31, 2008, Thai southpaw, Pongsaklek Wonjongkam stopped Indonesian Danny Sutton in two brutal rounds. Wonjongkam was 68-3-1 coming in and had lost only once in his last 41 bouts. As for Sutton, this was his professional debut! continue
by James Slater -- Promoter Frank Warren is set to sign another big boxing star - an amateur star, anyway. But 23-year-old Frankie Gavin, who, aside from an Olympic medal, has won just about everything that is worth winning as an unpaid boxer, is determined to become a star of the pro ranks also. As has been reported widely on the net and in various newspapers, Gavin will sign a deal with Warren next week and will then begin his pro career in the light-welterweight ranks early next year. continue
by James Slater -- It seems we will see heavyweight powerhouse David Tua climb back into a boxing ring after all. Inactive for over a year now, Tua and his people are working on a number of fights for him right now. Most sought at the moment is a long awaited Tua-Shane Cameron clash, a fight that would be huge in New Zealand. However, this fight is being held up by money issues between the two fighters and their respective promoters. continue
31.10.08 / by James Slater - Yesterday evening (U.K time) this writer had the pleasure of speaking with all-time great and future Hall of Famer James Toney. Toney, now aged 40 and with a record of 70-6-3(43), is still convinced he can rule the world at heavyweight (in fact, as you'll see in the interview, James believes he already has). Providing the kind of no holds barred interview any writer worth his salt would thoroughly enjoy, "Lights Out" was as full of himself and fast-talking as I knew he would be.
James, one of the sport's true throwbacks, had some very interesting things to say, and the interview is one I am most grateful for being given. Also, perhaps somewhat surprisingly, considering the bad press he gets in some quarters, James was as polite and friendly as could be imagined. continue
By Doug Matthews - He may have the worst losing record in boxing, but closer scrutiny reveals the true story of this 39 year old's history in the sport. Buckley has been defeated 256 times and boxes so often he sometimes turns up with an injury from a previous bout before a match. But he has remained undeterred and took on match after match - fighting more than any other boxer - until tonight. continue
Photo by Ludo Saenz/notifight.com -- WBC heavyweight world champion Vitali Klitschko attended the opening day ceremonies on Monday and addressed the assembly. He said, "Dear ladies and gentlemen, dear representatives of government of China, dear Governors, dear friends, and of course, dear Don José Sulaimán, I am very happy to be here in China, the second time of this year after Olympic Games, where China showed the great performance of their boxers just a couple of months ago. I'm sure that China has great potential for professional boxers, and I'm sure that in the next couple of years we'll announce new professional world champions from China. continue
CARSON, CALIF. (Nov. 1, 2008) – photo by Tom Casino/SHOWTIME -- For the first time in 115-pound division history, three title belts were unified as International Boxing Federation (IBF) super flyweight champion Vic Darchinyan knocked out World Boxing Association (WBA)/World Boxing Council (WBC) champ Cristian Mijares Saturday, Nov. 1, 2008, on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING.
Darchinyan (31-1-1, 25 KOs), who had been previously known for his wild boxing style, used combinations, smart defense and polished boxing skills to control the fight and knockout the heavily favored Mijares (35-4-2, 13 KOs) in front of a largely pro-Mijares crowd at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. The fights were co-promoted by DiBella Entertainment, Gary Shaw Productions and KO Entertainment. continue
Emanuel "The Drunken Master" Augustus fights #4 WBC, #5 IBF, and #15 WBA ranked contender Frankie Figueroa in the opening televised bout on the HBO Pay Per View, Battle of The Super Powers fight card. This card features Roy Jones Jr. versus Joe Calzaghe at Madison Square Garden in New York, New York, on Saturday November 8, 2008. continue
by James Slater - Heavyweight contenders James "Lights Out" Toney and Tony "The Tiger" Thompson meet on December 13th for the vacant IBA heavyweight bauble. A good match-up and an interesting fight, picking a winner is not so easy. As those readers who checked out this writer's recent interview with Toney will know, "Lights Out" predicts a KO win. But predicting one and getting one are two different things. continue